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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
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
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
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
Tho commission plan will give
1— An efficient form of govern
2 — Value received for its taxes.
3— Bettor protection for its peo
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. ,
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
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:
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
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
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
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
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.
See the exclusive patterns displayed in our windows
"Largest Tailoring Establishment in the Northwest"
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 ....
• 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
"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
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
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. <
»R O M
as the many excuses offered for
Jeffries' defeat.
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
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
Second Office Boy—Yes; he fired me.
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
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
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
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.
"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
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

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