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Smith—lt's mighty hard to get a wife. Hardup—lt's no trouble to get one, but It's hard to keep her. OUTRAGE 10 DELAY CHARTER REVISION CONSIDERATION Editor The Press—The action of the city council in putting off the election of 15 freeholders for nearly a year was a high handed outrage. More than 5000 citizens of Spokane have asked for the right to vote on a new charter and their petition is entitled to a bearing forthwith. It doe§ not speak very well for the coun%il that a committee must insti tute mandamus proceedings to se cure fo the people one of their most sacred rights—the right of petition. 1 attended the meeting of the city council last Tuesday night and in the course of one of the wrangles one of the members of the council said he was ashamed to belong to such a body. Another one a little later in the meeting said be did not blame the people for wanting to change to the commission form of government. Spokane needs the best plan of city government she can possibly get and she has about the worst form to be found anywhere. The mayor, instead of being an import ant factor in directing the affairs of tbe city as a member of the council, is chiefly a figurehead. He never attends the meetings of the council, and the Impression prevails that he is not wanted there. The work of the council, as shown at the meet ing tbe other night, is a travesty on the name of government To illus trate: There were men present de inanding relief from tlie council on account of the water short a ere Pen pie were clamoring for water to use for domestic purposes and when the feeling became Intense one mem ber proposed to remedy the evil by fining each member of the board of public works $25 for permitting the use of automatic sprinklers in the parks. All through the scheme of city government here two things are noticeable on all sides. They are Irresponsibility and inefficiency in obtaining results, 1 have heard it said that the city hall is a hotbed of corruption and that graft per vades every branch of the city gov ernment. It is openiy asserted by old residents of the city that vice and Wickedness thrive here because of police protection to bed men and fallen women. 1 do not know wheiher such statements are cor rect or not, but if they are not, those in authority hero cannot be much lowe: than tbe angels or they would be unable to resist the temp taiions to filch the public—the GrofFs Semi-Annual Clearance Sale It is Groff's policy never to carry a pattern over from one season to another, therefore this great Semi-Annual Clearance Sale, which starts tomorrow. This is the policy which has made Groff Spokane's greatest tailor, always giving the people the newest and nobbiest patterns the season offers. Your chance to get a high-class tailor-made suit at a great saving. Hundreds of patterns to select from. $30.00 Suits, made to order, Groff's Semi-Annual Clear ance Sale Price $32.50 Suits, made to order, Groff's Semi-Annual Clear ance Sale Price Corner of Sprague and Stevens chances to graft and profit in un derhanded ways are to be seen on every hand. The commission form of govern ment is based on the theory that the business of the public should bo conducted on strict business prin ciples. Each commissioner is held strictly accountable for the work of his department. The change from the present form of government to the commission form would do more for Spokane than the recent rate decision or any other one thing that has happened here in the past dec ade. Tho commission plan will give Spokane 1— An efficient form of govern ment. 2 — Value received for its taxes. 3— Bettor protection for its peo ple. 4 — Safe and sane regulation of its police service. r> —A bettp> and cheaper govern ment in every respect. Wherever tin commission form of government lias been given a fail trial it has improved conditions in al) branches of municipal service, it it the best form of city government ever devised and any person or clique in Spokane who is opposed to giving the new plan a trial can not be a tine friend of the city. "Not bigger, but bettor" should be the motto of Spokane just now. Geo. Chandler. 714 Park Place. , WHAT THE WEATHER MAN SAYS TODAY High pressure prevails in wast ern Oregon and Washington, pre calls over the northeastern part of the country and is near Florida. Elsewhere moderately low pressure obtains with areas of lower pres-; sure near Lake Winnipeg and over Arizona. Bain lias been widely scattered' from the northern Rockies over thej middle of the country and the lower Mississippi valley to the South At lantic coast. Temperatures generally are slightly below normal from the Pa cific to the Bookies. John H. Griffiths yesterday bought a 100-foot frontage on Fourth avenue and Division street for 125,000. The Very Latest Shades in Browns and Grays are Included in This Sale—Weights That Can Be Worn the Year Round—The Following Prices Tell the Story: THE SPOKANE PRESS SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 1910. A WAR STORY— One of the interesting survivors of the war for the preservation of the union, present at yesterday's session of the soldiers' camp, was M. O. Holston of the First and Six teenth Illinois infantry. Holston rendered considerable ser\lce to the cause of the union as a member of the secret service staff, commonly called in the army a spy. It is the most dangerous work that a soldier can undertake. Yet it is fascinat ing, and success means reward by promotoion. Detection means In stant death at the hands of the ene my. Holston tells with a good deal of pleasure of the time he was at the head of a Confederate company of negroes and drilling them to beat the hand. The officers of the com pany, all clad in the regulation gray, were picked men from the union linos. During the day they would drill the colored volunteers up and down the valley, and at night engage In burning bridges, tiring stores adn other such excit ing pastimes. This work would be done by his white company officers to whom he woud issue passes in proper form and thus avoid sus picion. Finally. Holston was organizing a company to storm Andersonville prison, when the Confederate boys got too hot on his trail and forced him to change his base of opera tions. WIFE OF ROOSEVELT'S FRIEND DIES HERE Raising her hands to brush the flies out of the kitchen and sud denly reeling back dead into the arms of Rose Harper, her daughter, Mrs. Mahala Hopper, wife of Thomas Hopper, the noted gttide and friend of Theodore Roosevelt, died yesterday morning of heart failure. On arising yesterday morning, Mrs. Hopper was apparently in the best of health, ate a hearty break ; fast and did the usual work around the house. Xo intimation of any thing wrong was given, until she reeled back dead. Mrs. Hopper : was .VI years old and bad many friends both in this city and in i British Columbia, Mr. Hopper is one of the best known hunters in the country, hav ing led several hunting expeditions ' for Roosevelt and his friends. THE SALE YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR $20.00 $22.50 See the exclusive patterns displayed in our windows GROFF, TAILOR "Largest Tailoring Establishment in the Northwest" NOT FROM RENO VICE PRES.'S WIFE, NOW SERIOUSLY ILL, GREAT HOME LOVER Mrs. James S. Sherman, wife of the vice president, who is now seri ously ill at the Johns Hopkins hos pital in Baltimore, is essentially a housewife and mother. She did not live in Washington during all the 24 years her husband was in congress, and it was with great reluctance that she left her Utica, N. V., home and entered into the fashionable and political life at the national capital when her husband became vice president. Mrs. Sherman has made an excep tional Washington matron,-for she says that she has no opinion on politics, and • she refuses to talk "politics" at all. She doesn't belong to a woman's club and she hasn't 1 the least idea about bridge. But she has for years prided her self upon the way she can keep house and "mother" her there boys. Her whole life is best illustrated in her own words: "I have never gone flitting around in society because I have had to bring up my boys, and now I have my grandchildren. I think a woman's home is enough of a sphere for her." "Do you feel the heat more than you do the cold?" "Yes, in tho summer time." $35.00 Suit, made to order, Groff's Semi-Annual Clear ance Sale Price . . . . $37.50 Suit, made to order, Groff's Semi-Annual Clear ance Sale Price .... MBS. JAMBS S. SHERMAN. fITY NEWC V) IN BRIEF O • The Chinese of Spokane • celebrated the Fourth in reg ' ular U. S. fashion yesterday, • and a number of people were - attracted to Chinatown on • Front avenue. Long bunches • of firecrackers were attached • to poles, and when these went • ofi, they made a terrific • racket. Little Lenora Alexander, aged six, was an early holiday caller at the office of Police Surgeon O'Shea yesterday. Lenora knew it was the Fourth of July, and was not up very long before she got busy celebrating the day with all the fervor of her childish energy. While thus engaged she ran a long splinter Into her hand, which re quired the attention of the police surgeon before relief was given. The children of the Home of the Friendless were presented with an American flag and flag pole Satur day afternoon by the Spokane branch of the United American Me chanics. "I will give a bond of $1,000 if you will let that man go," said George Newcomb, a wealthy ranch er of St. Joe, when Dr. Klussman of this city was arrested for fight ing a hack driver in front of the Silver Grill. Captain Weir refused to do so, and the doctor went to jail on a charge of disorderly con duct. Twenty-two "drunks" were ar ! rested during a three hour period i last night, setting a new police \ record. Whether it was due to the Fourth of July spirit or the sad news from Reno, they were unable to state. Minnshaha park was yesterday ! formally opened by the St. An ' drews, Clan MacLeod and Gaelic societies of Scots, and sports and dances were in full swing. Over 400 i were in attendance, and all report !ed a good time. A letter has been sent by the mayor's moral welfare committee to R. A. Willson, superintendent of Natatorlum park, commending him for his "efforts to make your park ' one of high character and a proper ; place of recreation for the boys and girls of our city, and wishes jto congratulate you on the success lof your efforts thus far. It is very $25.00 $27.50 gratifying to us to know that there is one in your position who is work ing toward the same ends that we are, and we are very glad to be Invited to come to you and talk over with you these matters of , mutual interests." The lingerie model of a woman, floating in the river below the Post street bridge, caused a crowd of 500 people to gather and circulated the report that a woman had been murdered. The fire department were called, and Captain Lindsey of the Central station crept out on a girder and rescued the dummy. Coroner Schlegel was notified, but failed to arrive. The police yesterday found a gun ny sack conta'ning 200 pounds of iron and brass junk near the Great Northern depot. With the last two weeks a gang of thieves have been operating in this city, making a specialty of stealing iron. Frank M. Peck of Elk City 4 is probably the biggest winner 4 ■in Spokane on the Jeffries- 4 ■ Johnson fight. He placed at < ■ odds over $1200, which netted i ■ him about $2000. < CON TIN UED »R O M PAGE. ONE. JEFF WAS PRACTICALLY as the many excuses offered for Jeffries' defeat. WHAT WAS IT? In the first place, there is no denying the fact that Johnson showed the greater speed, strength, judgment and skill. His remark able defense was ever to the fore, and Jeff's best efforts were turned aside as a duck's back turns aside water. But was it the negro's superior fighting quality that won the bat tle for him; was it a lucky punch or was it a strange pall that seem ed ,to come over Jeffries the mo ment he stepped into the ring? Fair-minded critics will not take anything away from Johnson for the victorious battle he fought. He fought cleanly, cleverly and witli his consumma> skill he combined the qualities of a gentleman so far as gentlemanly conduct can go in the prize ring, where the principal aim of each contestant is to "knock the block off" of his "hon orable opponent. Jack never trans gressed the rules. He took no un due advantage while the referee was not looking, but lashed out. $40.00 Suit, made to order, Groff's Semi-Annual Clear ance Sale Price .... $45.00 Suit, made to order, Groff's Semi-Annual Clear ance Sale Price . First Office oy—l hear your boss made it hot for you yes terday. Second Office Boy—Yes; he fired me. SPOKANEHAD SANE FOUR TH There were very few casualties in Spokane yesterday as compaied with former years. No serious ac cidents occurred, although several are nursing burnt hands or scorched faces. Charles McCullough of the Logan hotel had four of his fingers burnt. ije Mar Chester, the 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Chester, was badly burnt around the left eye by a cracker. The wound is not serious. squarely, and when he landed it was a fair punch. Getting down to brass tacks, Jef fries lost everything he showed in training the moment he stepped into the ring. He had absolutely nothing, cold as a fish, his hands more like icicles than the great bone and gristle maulers that sent so many men to defeat, was noth ing like the Jeff whose training stunts made the great judges of condition marvel and predict that he would make mince meat out of Johnson. Why he should have gone to pieces on entering the ring, as Sam Berger, Jim Corbett and Billy Muldoon say he did, is an intan gible something that may come un der the head of psychology. Psy chology or whatever you may call it, Johnson seemed to have Jeff's goat, and no matter what the pa pers say, Johnson won easily and fairly. The lucky punch talk made its debut in the second round. John son bounced a sizzling straight left off the white man's eye. Instantly it began to swell. The punch did not rock Jeffries, but his eye was in bad shape. The moment the punch landed lie looked dazed and stepped Into the easiest sort of punches to avoid. His judgment of distance went to pieces and he be gan to fight like a washerwoman. To the men in his corner the an swer was apparently simple. He had been sympathetically blinded. The punch on the right eye had hit the sympathetic nerve, and the left eye was as useless as its mate. COULD SEE TWO JACKS. "I can see two Johnson," said Jeffries to Boger Cornell, to whom had been entrusted the task of car ing for his cuts and bruises, when the big fellow took his ( hair at the end of the second round. "I hit at one and miss, and then the other man hits me." From that round, it is claimed, Corner of Sprague and Stevens O. N. Hall, quartermaster at Fort George Wiigjit suffered a badly burnt hand. J. B. Jacobs, a printer living at 5525 Madison, received burns on the hands. A. F. W T eldenbacker of Valley ford was badly burnt around the face and neck with a toy cannon. H. A. McKay, J. D. McMillan, Joseph Brill and Mac McDonald were yesterday arrested for shoot ing giant crackers off In front of the Halliday hotel. Jeffries was practically blind, and when he lashed out, It was merely by instinct. He could not see, but knew the negro was before and not behind him. Blinded or not, too long out of the ring to come back, a victim of nerves or what not, Jeff was whip ped and fairly, and a mag nanimous enemy, despit v wolor or any other prejudice that may exist against the champion, he never met. LOST EVERYTHING BUT COURAGE. That Jeffries had nothing what ever is quite commonly agreed. What he did have, and he showed plenty In training, he must have left in camp, for the speed, endur ance, strength and everything else that seemed to be necessary to a successful battle were his while working both at Rowardennan and Moana Springs. In the very first rounds he showed evidence of hav ing lost everything save confidence and courage. He was slow of foot, hand and eye; was blocked with ease, could not land a solid punch when he had the opportunity, and in the clinches he semed as weak as a child. Some of his efforts in the early stages were pitiful. As early as the third round in half clinches his attempts to prod John son in the stomach had every ear mark of the fighter gone for good —whipped, but not knowing it, hoping against hope and believing that if he could land enough of the puny blows he was essaying to send in, he would work out the chance to put over the finishing punch. Hut it was not to be. Jef fries was a goner after the second round. Whether it was "due to the loss of bis "goat," the punch on the eye, or just natural superiority on Johnson's part will be questions to be argued out for months to come, $30.00 $35.00.