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TEAK WASTED ON THE VOTES TOO INDIFFERENT TO REGISTER UNITED PRESS ASSOCIATION SERVICE BRAND JURY USELESS UNLESS RECORD IS MADE OF EVIDENCE BATTLE AGAINST CANNON WILL BE FOUGHT MONDAY CONGRESSMAN VICTOR MUR DOCH, LEADER OF FIGHT TO MAKE PEOPLE S REPRESEN TATIVE DO SOME REAL REP RESENTING, explains THE RULE STRUGGLE IN CON GRESS. By Qllson Gardner, •seetal Corrwponasmo* to Thm m« WASHINGTON, D. C, March 13. —Victor Murdock —you are destin ed to hear the name more often from this time on. So this Is who he Is: He is a large, strong congress man from Kansas. His hair Is red and curly. He smiles genially ana looks Into your eyes like the mak sle of a rifle. He probably tips the scales at 187. 'He doesn't look as If he were afraid —or would be, of anybody, or anything, at any time. He is the man who raised the banner of Insurrection in the house of represenatttves—of Insurrection against the tyranny of the speaker and the house rules. He is leading tbe insurrection •till. He is a sincere, thoughtful man. He is the son of an editor,,and him self the editor of a Kansas paper. He writes better than he talks — which is not badly. And, as T. R. would say, "He is dead square." I had looked up Murdock to asa him what he thought of the pros pects of the Insurgent movement and how he liked the speaker's ■ew "Calendar Tuesday" rule. He tells me that the fight has just be gun, and that the before mentloneo "Tuesday" is a gold brick. "What we asked," said Mr. Mur dock, "was an automatic calender da« What we got was a rule that, the house might, if it so desireff, BLACK KAI BLACKMAILS 1 WHOLE WORLD Assassination of Detective Reveals Source of Murder and Arson. ROME, March 13.—Sensational developments are expected to fol low the murder of Lieutenant pe troslno, of the New York detective force, who was shot down on the street last night by the black-hand. Papers were found In his pocket re vealing aatoundlng facts regarding an International blackhand organi sation, which Is shown to be con ducted through a council of chiefs of Sicilian bandits, whose agents commit murder and arson in all parts of the world for money. SEISMOGRAPH WILL TELL WHEN EARTH'S UNEASY Gonzaga Will Have Quake Recorder Set Up in Few Weeks. A seimograph, one of those deli cate little Instruments for record ing the antics of earthquakes, Is to be Installed in the basement of Gonsaga college within th • next few weeks. Father Goller, president of the Gonsaga college, made application for one of the Instruments several weeks ago, and The Press yester day announced hla success in s dispatch from Cleveland, Ohio, numbering Gonsaga among the Catholic Institutions that would be fitted with seismographs. Profes sor Ettgenlns Baclgalupl, teacher of physics and mathematics at Gon saga, will have charge of the In strument, which must come all the way from Germany and will be planted on a solid buse of concrete at considerable expense to the In stitution. "There is no doubt that Spokane Is in "-c earthquake belt," said FatlK-r ■ t'ioiler to The Press today. '•Thwre Is every indication that thlß has Veen a volcanic country. All , the formations Indicate that this j land has been a heated mass, but, tbst wss ages ago. When 't 'ceased to be that way we cannot deter-' mine, but the total absence of ton alls In the formation indicate to VICTOR MURDOCK. and so expressed it sdeslre by a majority vote, take up and consider bills on the calendar." Mr. Murdock backed into a cor ner of the corridor and divided the atmosphere into there sections. One document gives a full list of particulars regarding prominent ex convicts living at Palermo. - Petroslno was waiting for a car when the bullet was fired from a distance that killed him. A mo ment later a car approached proba bly "frightening away the assassin, who intende dto steal the Informa tion contained in notes concealed in Petroslno's pockets. The detective was sent here to get at the root bf the blackhand evil. scientist b that this soot ion la among the most ancient things of earth and i.ot noticeably subject to chllla. "With the seismograph, it Is probable that occasional trembles may be recorded, where otherwise the disturbance would have to be acute before we would realise just what It was. The seismograph must he Installed in such manner that It will not be affected by com mon dynamite explosions, but will record the slightest quake of the earth. One Is to he installed in a Catholic college In Seattle, and others will be distributed through out the country." Pupils at Gonsaga with a scien tific turn of mind are anxious to see the instrument and Its abilities will be thoroughly demonstrated by Professor "Hacky." as they call the teacher of science. ,v .;,God.i .re'xlla. hm hm hmth MINERS WILL REPORT THEIR FAILURE PHILADELPHIA, March 12—A delegation of union miners from the antharclte region Is conferring today with President Lewis of the j United Mine Workers to set the time and place for a convention to draft n report to district unions of 1 yesterday's fruitless attempt lo come to satisfactory arrangements with mine operators. THE SPOKANE PRESS CANNON ON THE JOB. "Here are the people. Here are the people's representatives—niem bers of the house of represent* tlves. And here Is the speaker with his rules. (Continued on page eight) AGAINST ENGINEER ON BOARD The Scandinavian Republican club, one of the strongest clubs in the city, will take a decided stand agalnat the proposition .ot placing the city engineer on the board of public works, according to Arvid Reuterdahl, assistant county sur veyor and secretary of the dub, who has taken the matter up with a number of the members. "This move is one in direct oppo sition to the democratic system of government and is one more, step; In the direction of oligarchy," stat ed Mr. Reutherdahl this' morning.: "While I cannot, speak for the chiDj I can say that the measure will be brought up and from what I have' learned the club will almost' unanl mously vote to turn down the prop-' osltion. Another blow at the amendment was struck Wednesday evening by the West Bnd Improvement club. PLEADED THREE DAYS FOR COOPERS NASHVILLE, March 13.—At the conclusion of the closing argument for the defense today Th the trial of the Coopers and John Sharp, ac cused of the murder' of Senator Carmack, one of the most remark able closing arguments In the hla tory of United States jurisprudence will have ended. For three days attorneys for the defendants have argued and pleaded before the jury for justification of Carmack's death. Judge Anderson, suceeding Gen eral Washington In summing up for the defense, took the floor to day. GJULD LOVES HARRIMAN NOW NEW YORK, March 13—George Could said today he did not believe Harrlman would enter any of the Gould road directorates, but if he did he would We welcomed. Gould paid high tribute to the railroad king, saying he Is a remarkable man. He declared that although the government devoted Its energies to an attack upon Harrlman. the latter withstood onslaught affd was bigger today than ever. NAVY GETTING READY FOR A FUSS WASHINGTON. March 13— The navy department ia considering the advisability of sending marines to Nicaragua, but ts awaiting sugges tion from the Mexican government. Five hundred marines are station ed at Panama, and 200 at Quanta namo, Cuba. They are ready to sail at a moment's notice. Wsathar—Fair tonight anal tune** light frost tonight. SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 1909 HARRIMAN WILL ERDJUHT CHICAGO, March 13.—Harrlman lines are reported to be contemplat ing the cessation of steamship rate hostilities bettween the seaboard and gulf ports and seaboard porta of the Pacific coast. Tremendous loss In tonnage is claimed to be the principal cause, for the move on the part of the roads west of Pitts burg and Chicago. The loudest complaints come from merchants of the middle west who declare they are losing a vasti amount of business through the steamship fight. Shippers alone are profiting. i < ; WATER FOR STANDARD. The board of public works yester day afternoon recommended the granting of the petition of residents, on Standard street between Euclid and Fairview avenues for a water, main and reported the matter to the city council for action. .'.. .. I PRIZE WINNERS IN PRESS "THE GIRIJSuESTION" CONTEST First Prise—Hlelln MyeJb, 2011 Mallon. ■ . .. , rtraria rase —uecii Hoage, Kip, Sharp. '* iff FASSETT WINGS WAKES UP A BIT After The Press outlined the city campalgu situation last night the Fassett forces woke up to the ex tern of appointing committees for he remaining three weeks before the primaries. Harry Rhodes, assistant corpora tion counsel, resigned Ms office to assume the chairmanship of the Fassett campaign and open bead ana i ters in room 11 Zelgler block W. C. Hinman will act as secretary for the committee. Tbe city loses the services of a first class official by tills move for the sake of the Fassett campaign. A finance committee was also &p pointed consisting of F. R. Culber sou, David Hrown, M. T. Hartson E. T. Coman. R. T. Patterson. P. X Ooodall aqd EF. Waggouer. An executive committee will be naiueii to Include practically all of the big business men who look to Fassett as the man for the mayoralty Mr. Fassett has evidently fat saken his policy to Say nothhi. REQUEST OF GRAND JURY IS REFUSED Just before the noon recess to day tie grand Jury In the Gordon case filed Into Judge Huneke s court and made a request for the prosecutor to be given the right to take Hie evidence in shorthand. I Judg> Huneke refused to grant It and stood by his former ruling. The /grand Jury then adjourned until 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. The .request, of the grand jury is presented herewith: Th* grand jury, directs me, as their foreman, to respectfully re port trie following request: Can>the prosecuting attorney, or his deputy. If sble, take any notes or memorandum of testimony un der Mr" direction and solely for our use t*> the course of our investlga-! lions, isi such instances as wo deenf of vital Importance to the success of our labors* The grand jury ia unable to un derstand from the court's, instruc tion given this morning whether they can permit the prosecuting at torney* or his deputy to make any shorthand notes of any testimony whatever given before the grand jury. If he should be able to do so, whettjer said notes are taken for SeJful Trite—Stella Nichols, Wloffkission. Hefa are ihe winners in The Preea "Girl Question" Content and they will Bad>the prise seats, ready for then Moaday evening at the Spokane. The list inoludes a box for the beat resemblance to Miss Jane Dellls of the company: For the second nearest resemb lance"'four of the best seats. For the third three of tbe best seats. Por the fourth two of the best sen**. *- -. For the fifth one of the best seats. The photos were taken by Lor yea. the photographer, 824 River side; • . i—..■>.. ■ i it .... I*.. do nothing and be nothing," or at least bis friends have forsaken It for him. Borne one might have re marked that Uncle fMck Hutchin son would seen be in town bearing labor's Indorsement for his work in the state senate. G. N. ATTORNEYS SIICKING AROUND Many persons are led to specu late- as to the occasion for the prolonged visit In Spokane this week of L. C. Oilman, former gen eral western counsel of the Great Northern, promoted to be one or the vice presidents of the road, and Judge Brown, his successor. Oilman and Brawo, by some strange coincidence, have remained In Spokane while the discussion as to the empanelling of the grand Jury was in progress. They have not had sjjiy business in court, but it is a safe bet that they knew the nature of the fight being made by Prosecutor Pugh to secure a thorough and effective in vestigation of the alleged court corruption by the grand jury. FIVE TO ?0 YEARS SENTENCE. A sentence of from five • to 20 years in the penitentiary was liv- IKMted by Judge Webster this morn ing upon George elements, convict ed of highway robbery. Clements was a partner in crime of Frank Carpenter aud Tom Nolan, already serving terms ou the same charge. He was convicted before a jury o( having held up a merchant In Union Hark in th - ruddle of the winter a id rot Mag h'm of $1. all the mon c; t< hnd. th* benefit of the grand jury and kept under their control, or wheth er they are taken for the benefit of the prosecuting attorney in the furtherance of Justice. The grand jury is unanimous In the opinion that unleee the law per mits them to take in accurate form such parts of testimony as they deem of vital Importance to their investigations, no public good can possibly result from their labors; 'that they will be powerless to check or prevent the commission of perjury by witnesses sppearing before them, and without any rea sonable hope of discovering the truth. If In the opinion of the court this cannot lawfully be done, then the grand jury respectfully requests the court to discharge them from further service, feeling that fur ther deliberations under such in structions could only result- ■d*> nedless public expense and useless personal sacrifice. At the same time the grand jury desires to In form the court that they do not by this request attempt to shirk their public duty to tbe citizens of Spo ; kane county, and assure the court of their willingness to serve and continue their investigations' a* long as the public welfare shall re quire, without regard to personal sacrifice er inconvenience, 'If the law permits the jury without un reasonable restrictions to do" so. The grand Jury desires further to disavow any purpose of showing disrespect to the court by thra communication. The Court: I will say, Mr. Davis, in that respect that the Instruc tions I gave you this morning cov ers that fully. ' Third Prise—lda Wood, 8327 Howard. Fifth PTlte—Ruth Kelly. TACOMA CALLS GRAND JURY TACOMA. March 13—Judge Eas terday today issued a call for a grand jury to meet April 5 to tnves ttgate charges against Mayor Link and Chief of Police Daley in con nection with their conduct in oper ating the restricted district. The charges were filed by Com; oilman Jamleson in a sensational repoi t several weeks ago. CANNON THROUGH TALKING ABOUT IT WASHINGTON, March 13 — Speaker Cannon left the whtte house this afternoon, announcing that if anything further is said re garding the situation in connection with the effort to change the house ruler, and depose Cannon it must come from Taft. PACIFICE AVENUE CHRISTIAN. Rev. A. C. Downing, pastor— Bermou, 11 a. m., "Success of Mod ern Missions"; evening. 7:30, "far don, Its Means aud Evidence." WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVO R SEVENTH YEAR, No. 109. 25 CENTS PER MONTH JURORS INVESTIGATING GORDON CASE SO NOTIFY JUDGE HUNEKE AT NOON Radical Action Follows Disciplining of ftgk for Taking Notes in Shorthand. Th* contention of Attorney Fred C. Pugh for the right of himself or his deputy to take shorthand notes of the evidence before the Root-Gordon grand jury, and the peremptory denial of this right by Judge w. A. Huneke, who has supervision of the grand jury, hat reach ed an acute stage. I . The fact that Pugh had his assistant, J. H. Pelletier, take shorthand, botes o? the evidence yesterday afternoon, contrary to the strict orders of the court on the subject* caused Judge, Huneke to be in no pleasant frame of Bated this morning when court convened, and for a time it ap peared as if the conn were about to deal with the prose cutor for contempt of his order. Notwithstanding the strict prohibition of all shorthand notes issued by the court, Prosecutor Pugh begun his in vestigation before the grand jury this morning with his assistant, J. H. pelletier, at his elbow. Pugh did not say that Pelletier expected to take the notes in shorthand, but he casually remarked as he advanced up the steps to the) fourth floor that: "I guess we will have to be fined for contempt." After court reconvened this morning, Judge Huneke had the grand jury to retire Into the hall way. He then took Prosecutor Pugh to task for the taking of evi dence in shorthand at the after noon session yesterday, and said that he had been informed by two witnesses who had been before the i grand jury that practically all of the evidence had been taken down. Pugh said that some of the evi dence that was considered material had been taken, but not all of It, and that it had been taken under the Instructions of the grand jury. Judge Huneke pronounced the | action of Mr. Pugh a deliberate violation of the order of the court,, and said he could not see why the | taking of all of the testimony was. necessary or reasonable. I Denies Jury Room Jurisdiction. Pugh replied with the statement that the grand jury was an inde pendent body, and that the court had no power over ft except to charge It and appoint its foreman. "I have my rights in the grand jury room, which I Insist the court cannot abridge or deny me," he. said. | The court asked as to the extent of the stenographic notes taken, j but Pugh denied tbe right of the! court to cross-examine him on what he did in tbe grand jury room. Pugh said he had made a statement in open court that he would obey the court's order, and j said that he believed he bad not yet violated It. The court, displaying consider able Irritation, said the contention about the stenographic notes in the grand jury room had taken about as much time as he proposed giv ing it. He said he would give Pugh the benefit of the doubt In this la stance and demanded the produc tion In court of the stenograpbrc notes taken. Deputy prosecutor Pelletler. who took the notes, said they had been (Continued from page 1) 1 LEFT FAMILY TO ELOPE WITH MERE SCHOOL GIRL Hecause of bis infatuation for Sarah Evans, his neighbor's daugh ter, aged 16, E. A. Atwood, a ranch er who resided about six miles west of Spokane, deserted his wife ana little children and left the country In the night with an affinity young enough to be his daughter. Mrs. Atwood was given a divorce by de fault on grounds ot desertion and nonsupport. by Judge Hinkle at the court house this morning, and like wise gets full possession of a farm on which she has lived for the last six years. Dally visits were paid by the friv olous husband and father to bis neighbor's daughter across the quatrer section, according to the testimony of his deserted wife and her neighbors this morning. His infatuation for the girl began when she was but a mere child, age 12. He would be with her for hours against the protests of her parents and the discontent of his own fam ily When upbraided by his wife for such conduct he said he went to see' Surah because he was lonely at home. When his children spoke 111 of the "other child" he scoolded and whipped them snd threatened ONE CENT ASSEMBLYMEN AIDING LAND GRABBERS SACRAMENTO, March 13.—That certain members ot the assembly actios in the best of faith are oft- Intent lonally playing directly Into, the hands of tbe Hyde, Benson. Ackerman interests by attempting?; to amend the* Thompson anti land grabber bill now before the lower house, was the statement made to day by Attorney Mn Webb, aad Surveyor General Xpprbury. who are waging war srfajst the hueV grabbing ring IB this sent*. Fearing the assemblymen •who are desirous of chnactag the bill M certain parts will accomplish that which Hyde, Benson nod Ackermao are endeavoring to do In other ways, namely kill the measure. Webb and Kingsbury are mating; every effort to have amendments) offered last night by Assemblyman Preston turned down. The Hyde crowd are trying to secure adoption of the amendments. TEXAS WONT STAND FOR JOHNSON'S WIFE GALVESTON. March 13— Tho white population of this city is up In arms today over the report that Jack Johnson, fighter. Ist coming' here with a white wife. Texas) law forbids tbe intermarriage of whites and blacks. The courts bold that no mattes' where the marriage takes plana they can not be allowed to live here. •TATE WILL PAY COUNTY. An allowance of 9200 has bee* made to Sheriff Pugh for bis ex penses in going to SI Paso, Tea., to bring back Corcoran, tbe bigamist) The state reimburses the county for this expense. to leave their mother when her jealousies mastered her quiet, yet combative spirit. Finally one night Atwood failed to return after his customary visit across the fields. His children cried for him but all in vain. Sarah Evans had crown into young wom anhood—she waa It and they were together—no one knew where. With his face drawn with the panga of sorrow and shame Mr. Evans walk ed from house to bouse among his neighbors the next day with the words, "Have you seen Sarah?" up on his life. No one had seen bar since the night before, when she and Atwood had met in the little pasture behind the barn. , Over there across the hills a mother's heart is still aching and a father's hair is turning gray In hla longing tor his daughter, and just across tbe quatrer section a UtUe group of children cling to their mother's skirts and with innocent faces turned to her are still asking If "papa" la ever coming back? Where Atwood and Sarah Bvaaa have gone la still an unsolved mfe> tery—they have sacrificed all far one another, bnt Mrs. Atwood era keep her children and the hnsnt.