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TBy United Press Leased Wire)
NEW YORK, Dec 13—The
grand Jury at the instigation of
Win. R. Hearst, has begun an in
vestigation of the American Boy
Scouts. Hearst charges that the
solicitors for the organization were
using "illegal" methods to get
money for the enterprise and al
leges that he withdrew from the
organization when he found this
really capable officials. If five men of this calibre could
be elected under the new charter, there would be no fear
of the result. Next in importance is the safeguarding of
the people's interests, through protecting provisions in
the charter against the unjust encroachments of public
service corporations, and through possible unfair decisions
and actions of the commissioners on the one hand, and
private contractors and corporations on the other.
The Press does not think that the new charter affords
sufficient protection in these respects. Labor's represen
tatives on the charter revision committee, and some other
members outside of labor, have done their best to secure
proper- safeguards, but those who represent the big cor
porations evidently have succeeded in outflanking and
outplanning them. The clauses regulating franchises are
not satisfactory. The emergency requirements, regarding
the letting of big contracts, are not strict enough, and the
referendum in this respect is practically nullified. The
provision providing for universal transfers is embarrassed
by the clause making it possible fo*r the corporations to
refer it to the courts.
The Press fully understands the difficulties many mem
bers of the committee had to encounter in their fight with
the representatives of the big local interests. But at the
same time, the charter must be judged as it stands, and
this paper will now clearly show both the weak and the
strong points about it, to the end that the people may
vote clearly and intelligently. The personal quarrels and
mud-slinging of the different factions do not concern
The Press, and it will pay no attention to them. The peo
ple want to know just what they are voting for, and The
Press intends to give them the facts.
At the Invitation of the Manito
Improvement club F. C. Robertson,
the attorney who has recently led
In the fight for better conditions in
our municipal government, ad
dressed the club on the proposed
new charter.' Mr. Robertson ap
peared before the club as a citizen
and a taxpayer, and expressed no
Interest in the outcome of the
charter election than that to see
that the rights of the citizens were
Mr. Robertson condemned the
proposed new charter in many re
spects, chief among his criticisms
being the following: That there is
too much centralization and one
-man power and that this is opposed
to oar ideas of democratic rule.
That the provisions for direct ac
tion by the people in the matter of
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
SANTA ROSA, Cal., Dec. 13.—
Harking back to the religious be
liefs of the Hindus to explain "her
own views on love and her relation
ship with Dr. Willard P. Burke,
Luetta Smith, under cross-examina
tion today repeated the story of her
life at the Burke sanitorium. She
occupied the stand during the en
tire morning session of the trial of
Dr. Burke, charged with having
dynamited a dwelling in which hu
man beings resided.
Miss Smith, replying to ques
tions, told of her understanding of
An interesting Interview with a
prisoner named Dora Falk ap
peared in the organ ot the police
department and the city adminis
tration, to the effect that the Falk
girl had been hired by the editor
of The Press and some of the
women engaged in the matron
fight as a "stool pigeon" to procure
evidence on the police.
The statements purported to
have been made by the girl are
largely false, but worse than that,
the girl never gave the interview.
Not only that, but tbe "informa
tion" contained in tbe "interview"
was procured by two of the present
Jail matrons to cast aspersions on
the character of tbe women who
conducted the fight for police ma
trons and made it possible for the
present matrons at tbe city Jail to
bold their Jobs.
The statement by the Falk girl
that abe gave no interview to a
reporter for a morning paper or
any other paper until she saw a
representative of The Press, waa
•Mute this noon at tbe city Jail m
the presence of tbe matron la
charge, and verified by tbe bitter,
Wh*» abe told, reproachfully, to
tbe gMi I
out. The grand jury is inquiring
into the charges which Hearst has
filed, alleging that many of his in
fluential friends had been called
by telephone and asked to contrib
ute. The solicitors are said to
have represented that the calls
were from Hearst's private office.
Justice Gerard testified that as a
result of such a call he had con
tributed $1000 to the scouts.
(Continued from Page One.)
referring vicious legislation or ob
jectionable improvements to a ref
erendum vote were nullified by the
placing of extraordinary powers in
the hands of the commission to
suspend the operation of the refer
endum through the adoption of
emergency clauses.
Mr. Robertson took issue with
the unlimited power possessed by
the commissioners in the matter of
contracts, which by adopting emer
gency clauses could be awarded by
the commissioners without adver
tising for bids. He condemned the
clause that permitted the commis
sioners to buy improvements to be
made with patented processes.such
as Hassam, oileroid, granitoid, etc.
He referred to the article on fran
chises as being filled with glitter
ing generalities that meant noth
the Hindu and Indian belief of the
"immaculate conception" of the
Savior. That there were both
spiritual and physical fatherhood
was, she said, her understanding
of their religious views. She said
she had talked of this view with
Dr. Burke and others at the sani
She said at first, taking this ver
sion as true, she believed her own
child was in the same sense im
maculate. She added, however,
that since Dr. Burke "had acted as
he had," she was no longer sure
that she held this view.
"Why, Dora, didn't you tell that
to me and the night matron?"
"1 don't care what I told you, T
never had an interview with any re
porter," said the girl, "and then
I did not say the things that I am
told the paper made me say."
So this is the character of the
"dope" the friends of the Sulllvan-
Pratt regime In the police depart
ment would have the public be
lieve —a column interview in quo
tation marks without tbe reporter
having aeen the prisoner.
That is all there is to the case.
Dora Falk, like hundreds of others
in the last six or eight months,
volunteered information that was
of no value because It was all In
tbe third person. She made con
tinual requests for money, but none
was ever given by Tbe Press, as
her information was of no assist
ance and was not and could not be
HAN FRANCISCO.—In a partial
distribution of the estate of the
late D. O. Milla, ordered today in
tbe superior court here; iSgdeir l
Mills and Mrs. Whttelaw Reid were
given 8250,000 each in oasb
—Chief Doust.
Chief of Police Disagrees
With Former Chief
"Spokane is badly In need of
additional police officers," safd
Chief of Police Doust this morn
ing, "but I would rather see trie
force decreased, if necessary, and
three police matrons kept on the
staff than to see two of the ma
trans cut off and the police force
"It seems to me that three ma
trons are absolutely necessary for
the proper conduct of the depart
ment, as one woman should be In
charge of the women prisoners all
the time.
"There has been some complaint
that when a matron is on duty sue
is acting in the capacity of a jailer,
and should be where her prisoners
are, just the same as is the jailer
who has charge of the men down
"The proposition has also been
brought up that we do not have
enough women prisoners in the jail
to justify keeping more than one
matron, but to this argument I
would reply that even though he
have but one woman prisoner she
is as much entitled to be taken
care of by a woman as though the
jail were filled.
"I do not know what the law Is
on the subject, but I see from pub
lished statements, that there is a
state law which requires the ma
trons to be retained, and I am sure
that I hope this statement is cor
rect. The matrons cost the city
only $75 per month each, and I be
lieve no money spent in the main
tenance of the police department
is better expended than is the sal
ary of the three matrons now em
The Great Northern road is con
structing snow sheds over it's
tracks in the Cascades, wnere the
disastrous slides occurred last year
in an effort to prevent a recurrence
of the catastrophe at Wellington
and other points along the line
where slides are in danger of de»
stroying track and road bed. The
name of the siding Wellington has
been changed to Tye, and at this
point snow sheds have been com
There was a hot time for a few
minutes on Riverside avenue this
morning when Sister Bilkiss, the
prison reformer, sailed into one of
the collectors for the Salvation
Army standing by one of the open
pots soliciting Christmas offerings.
"You are nothing but a bunch-of
grafters," said Sister Bilkiss, in a
loud tone of voice.' "I know ydu,
and know that you won't give one
dollar in ten of the money you col
lect for the purpose for which it is
given. If I were the city authori
ties I would drive you from the
♦ One stand table, one water ♦
♦ cooler still able to cool, and ♦
♦ four cuspidors in good condi- ♦
♦ tion'are to be auctioned off by ♦
♦ Uncle Sam with other worn ef- ♦
♦ fecta on the fourth floor of the ♦
♦ Federal building, December ♦
♦ 16th. This should attract ♦
♦ everyone. If you want a good ♦
♦ water cooler for your parlor or ♦
♦ dining room now is your ♦
♦ chance, or if hubby chews to- ♦
♦ bacco — heaven forbid! —he ♦
♦ wears out his cuspidors pretty ♦
♦ fast, and here are four partly ♦
♦ worn ones that will do him for ♦
♦ a time. ♦
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
NEW YORK, Dec. 13.—Support
of today's stock market was feeble
and a general weakness developed.
The market was relieved from
sluggishness by a brief selling
movement which forced United
States Steel down to 72 and also
other leaders a good fraction below
yesterday's closing.
New York Central gave way one
fourth. Many of the semi-active
issues had not been quoted up to
noon. Out of a total ot 110,000
shares which changed hands in the
first hour, 74.000 consisted of Unit
ed States Steel, Reading and Union
Pacific In the order named.
According to Dr. Grieve, the city
health office has fared badly in the
new city hall plans. No places
have been provided for the storing
of formaldehyde, for the steam
tests of milk, or for the detention
room for individuals with conta
gious diseases who may have to
stay at the city ball for a time, in
stead of returning to their homes.
Dr. Grieve has a.,ked Mayor Pratt
to have provision made for these
Allowing two tramps to help him
unload some machinery Into his
warehouse near Tekoa, Wash., yes
terday, H. M. Beach, a manu&H
WlPers mffwntwessw erey, «onna ni»
warehouse robbed of some 9250
worth of goods this morning, and
npUfied the local police.
Here is the latest photograph i: f the girl who fled with Dr. Crip
pea from England to Canada* Hor whereabouts today is a mystery.
It has been stated that she was with a friend in England, and again
that she had sailed for America. United States immigration offi
cials have the above picture 7 and also instructions to deport her when
she reaches these shores. There are people in New York who believe
that she has already slipped ashore and is in hiding in the United
States. i
13.—The first issue of the Weekly
Loonyftc, published by the inmates
of the Mattewan"' insane asylum,
where Harty K. Thaw is confined,
has just appeared. Thaw does not
appear as one of the editors, but
it Is announced that he will con
tribute to the next issue. ■
The paper says in its salutatory:
"Every profession, trade or busi
ness has a journal to voice its case
except the lunatics. In tbe state of
New York 30,000 of us are now re
strained, fed, boused and clothed at
an annual expense of $6,000,000.
Outside of insane asylums thous
ands are being incubated in the
hatcheries of so-called civilized and
Christian society, preparing to
make one of these palaces their
final roosting place.
"It is to put them and the tax
payers wise to the inside of their
future home that we launch this
long-felt want.
""The profits from this family
journal will be spent for the enter
tainment of the inmates. It's the
same old thing here day after day.
Give us a chance to help ourselves."
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
With several suspects under arrest
In connection with the robbery of
$57,000 in gold bullion from the
steamer Humboldt, secret service
agents today bent their energies to
ward identifying the gold filings
alleged to have been sold by the
men under arrest and an endeavor
to trace supposed ringleaders of
the gang.
The gold seized in the bank
vaults of the suspected men was
filed Into small pieces for easy dis
posal. These filings went among
assayers and gold brokers and or
dinarily could never be identified
as part of the stolen bullion. y[)l
Russian expedition under Wetofbgist
M. Rusanoff has discovered a Warm
ocean current around Nova ZenVbla,
but not passing through the ffl'a
sea, where Nansen and otn irs
sought (or such a current It is
expected that in consequence oL he
discovery, the maritime route to ' he
mouths of Siberian riven v ill
henceforth be north of
south of Nova Zembla. w
CHICAGO, Dee. 10.—A. J. David
son, former president of the St.
Louis & San Francisco railroad,
who forgot in what bank he bad a
checking account, and as a conse
quence was "compelled* to draw a
worthless paper, suddenly recalled
everything today, righted as many
of the wrongs that his lapse of
memory bad caused as he cou)d,
then slipped out ot alght once
BUFFALO, N. V. —William Mc
intosh, managing editor or the Bye-
at nls "Ofn* "»
Alderi. HO was 1)9 years old, anil
had been connected with the News
for 30 years. i
♦ ♦
♦ NEW YORK, Dec. 13.—For ♦
♦ the reason that both his ♦
♦ brother and sister had died ♦
♦ just as each was approaching ♦
♦ the age of 17, John Smyth, a ♦
♦ boy of the Upper East Side, ♦
♦ frequently had expressed a ♦
♦ gfear that he would never live ♦
♦to celebrate' his own seven- ♦
♦ teenth birthday anniversary. ♦
♦ He was nearing what he con- ♦
♦ sidered this crucial age when ♦
♦he fell eight stories today ♦
♦ through the elevator shaft of ♦
♦ a new building at Broadway ♦
♦ and Ninety-second street, and ♦
♦ died as tbe last rites of the ♦
♦ church were being adminis- ♦
♦tered to him. ♦
Further arrests were made yes
terday In connection with the case
of Jessie Johnson, a minor girl, to
whose downfall Louis Lanza, a
bartender; Joe Paine, fruit mer
chant, and Lillian Donnelly, aged
19, are accused of contributing. All
three were taken Into custody yes
terday afternoon. Glen Tees, Roy
Arsenau and James Doukas are
also under arrest on the same
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—The
railroads have the right to impose
such demurrage charges on private
cars as they see fit, according to
a decision today by the Interstate
Commerce Commission. The find
ing was given in a case brought by
Proctor & Gamble, soap manufac
turers of Cincinnati, against the
Cincinnati, Hamilton ft Dayton
railroad. The charges to which
the company objected were
charged to the company by the
railroad for failure to unload the
cars within a stipulated time.
W. B. Brown, charged with hav
ing attempted a criminal assault
upon little Beulah Crowl at the
Garrett hotel last Saturday, was
bound over to the superior court
under $3000 bonds by Judge Mann
after hearing the childs story In
police court yesterday afternoon.
Sitting on her father's lap, the lit
tle girl, who is but 7 years of age,
and small for her age, told the
story of the alleged assault In awed
tones, but In a manner so convinc
ing that no doubt was left in the
minds of the hearers that the
crime had been attempted.
♦ LONG BEACH, Cal., Dec. ♦
♦ 13.—Mrs. Jessie McDonald of ♦
♦ Tucson, Ariz., was seized by ♦
♦ an octopus, which she landed, ♦
♦ while fislhng at the pier today. ♦
♦ The fish, which measured two ♦
♦ feet across, wound a tentacle ♦
♦ aorund the woman's ankle. ♦
♦ Mrs. McDonald fainted, and ♦
♦ so firm was the grip of the ♦
♦ young sea monster that efforts ♦
♦of spectators to remove It ♦
♦ were unsuccessful until a fish- ♦
♦ orman applied a kplfe. ♦
When a conductor obligingly
waits for you while you run a half
block to catch a car, do you always
thank him? Evidently not, accord
ing to the testimony given by the
bell cord men. A case in point was
furnished this morning on ihe
Traction line. A school girl left
her home and saw the car a good
half block away and started on a
run for it. It was the last car that
she could take and not be late, and
so she sprinted tiesperately. The
conductor saw her efforts and al
though he waa about to signal the
-motorman to go ahead at the time,
when he realised her predicament,
he waited for her. As soon as she
saw he would wait she slowed to |
a walk and rather leisurely!
stamped aboard the car, not even
deigning a glance at the obliging
SHARON, Pa., Dec. 13—Wheat
land, Mercer county, has a tramp
who insists that he is to be a guest
of the hamlet and that he will use
the jail as a residence.
The town jail has had no occu
pants for some time. A few nights
ago Constable Hainer saw smoke
coming from the chimney. He in
vestigated and found Ben Jenkins.
thing for this band of "Empty
Stocking" children?
And the little girl whose parents
are so poor that they will be unable
to give her any Christmas presents
this year, but whose little heart was
so full of love and charity for the
other unfortunate children that
even though looking forward to an
empty stocking herself, she used a
bright new 25 cent piece, which
had been given her for a birthday
present, to purchase a dolly which
she dressed and turned over to heP
Sunday school to be sent with
other presents to the children at a
local orphanage; and who, when
told by her mama that these chil
dren would get plenty of presents
without her sending her dolly, re
plied with quivering lips and tear
dimmed eyes, "But, mama, they
haven't the good mama and papa
that I've got, so I want to send
them a dolly."
Don't you think Santa Claus
ought to find this dear, loving,
broad minded, self sacrificing little
girl on Christmas?
And there are others, ever so
many others. If yon could only
read those letters you would feel
like the man who wrote in yester
day to say:
"I'm damned hard up, but I want
to make some little kid happy on
Christmas. I Inclose two dollars."
That fellow meant what he said.
What are you going to do about
it, boys? Are you going to get in
and join the Good Fellow club?
Are you going to make some tiny
kidlet happy on Christmas, or are
you going to blow all your money
on yourself and let little hearts
break because Santa Claus didn't
even bring and nuts or candies?
Get In, Good Fellows.there's time
yet, and there are, oh, ever so
many who need a merry Christmas.
(By United Press Leased Wire)
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Dec. 13.—
Workmen' today began the erect
tlon of hangars on the Domlnguez
aviation field, where the Los An
geles municipal aviation meet will
begin, according to present plans,
December 24.
The Terra Cotta
Central location. Respectability
guaranteed. New management.
Rooms pleasant. Reasonable rates.
Regular and Transient.
W817% Sprague Aye.
Phone M. 6347 R.
Perfect Gas Lighting
Today no one in Spokane should tolerate poor
It is most expensive; it is hard on the eyes;
it is unKatisfaetory.
Poor light in this city is caused by the appli
ance—not the gas.
The gas is of the highest quality and is de
livered at the proper pressure.
We employ competent men whose business it
is to assist our consumers in securing perfect
Their advice and suggestions are yours for
the asking.
As a consumer, entitled to the best, you
should avail yourself of this free and efficient
one. He smiled good naturedly
and turning to the passenger on
the back platform, whispered
"much obliged."
"Do they always pass you up
without thanks?" was questioned.
"Oh, about 75 per cent of them
do," he replied. "Of course I saw
her and waited, but I might not
have seen her, you know, that 1b
I saw her but could have pretend
ed otherwise. Yes, as a rule very
few of them, comparatively, think
to thank a conductor for waiting
for them."
A little sermon on politeness
might be delivered right here,
based upon that incident, which is
, only one of the numerous occa
sions where the writer haa wit
nessed the same thing. It costs
nothing to stay "thank you."
who says he lives at McKees Rocks
Pa., and has no "real home," seat
ed In front of the stove.
Jenkins had a big basket of food
and announced his intention ot
staying all winter. Constable Hai
ner has appealed to the sheriff of
Mercer county to help him eject
the unwelcome visitor so that he
may lock up the calaboose.
' ft O M
Co.. which holds the new franchise,
passed with the aid of N. S. Pratt
in 1904.
The Spokane Falls Gas Light Co.
owns the mains and the office
equipment and looks after the dis
tribution, while the Spokane Gas
& Fuel Co. attends to the manufac
ture of the gas, which it sells to
the other company.
The Spokane Falls Gas Light Co.,
which deals with the public, oper
atees under the $2 gas franchise
and one per cent tax to the city on
Us gross earnings. The Spokane
Gas & Fuel company, created by
Doherty, has a franchise that calls
for straight |1.50 gas "and requires a
2 per cent franchise tax to the city
—but it "does not operate," we are
told at the city comptroller's office.
The Spokane Gas ft Fuel Co. is
the manufacturing end of the com
bination, and sells its product to
the distributing end of the combine.
Fine business, Isn't it? The Spo
kane Gas * Fuel company is the
one that has capitalized at $2,300,
--000 and authorised bonds for fT.,000,
--000, yet it "does not operate," ac
cording to the city hall, and there
fore this franchise haa escaped any
tax for three years.
READING, Pa.. Dec. 13—Rev.
Dr. J. J. Kuendig celebrated his
50th anniversary Sunday as pastor
of St. John's German Lutheran
church. It was also the 50th anni
versary of the organisation of the
church. Dr. Kuendig will cele
brate his 80th birthday anniversary
next week.
Parisian Hand Mry
A particular laundry for particu
lar people, at popular prices.
1016-18 Mallon Aye. Phone Max. 610
Art Goods and Toys
Closing out a brand new
stock. See us before buying.
Picture framing.
Sls Lincoln St. Cor. First Ay.
Inland Furniture Co.
0801 Monroe St., Cor. Broadway
Furniture bought, sold and ex
changed at reasonable terms.
Phone Max. 2165
Spokane Falls
Gas Light Co.
More Room Needed
For Player Pianos
We need more room at one* Mr
player-pianos In order to display l **
advantage the many fine lines that
we now carry and tha variety of
styles we have for Christmas buy
era to consider. Our temporary
atore. where we are located during
erection of our new building, haa
many limitations, but we have de
cided that It Is better to sacrifice
our profit In closing out odd styles
of new pianoa and all slightly used
ones, than to limit our dlaplay of
player-pianos—the most popular
instrument for the whole family's
Christmas gift.
We have some sample cases of
the following makes that may be
had at one-third less than their
real value: Lawson, Filers, Nel
son and Marahall ft Wendell.
In slightly used ones we have
Kimball, like new, reduced $175; n
handsome Louis XV. Weber, new.
reduced $200; a Fischer, slightly
used, at almost one-half; a Knabe
and a Kranich ft Bach.
And don't forget that we are
closing out our entire line of
Weber, Steck and Wheelock
Pianola pianos, new and slightly
used, regardless of profit.
Remember, a piano is a lifetime
purchase. You can't afford to sac
rifice quality for price, and while
we offer unusually attractive
prices, you must keep before you
the quality of the lines we carry
when making comparisons.
Here's a chance to buy a piano
of real quality and save money on
it. Any reasonable terms will be
Location During Erection of New
Building, 416-420 Spragus Avenue,
Between Btevena and Washington.
Spot Cash
710 Main Aye.
Opposite The Crescent.
Creamery butter,
(storage), lb 30<
Fancy eastern sugar
cured skinned hams,
pound 16e*
Marbest Flour, high
est patent—
49 lbs 81.30
Best cane sugar, 17
lbs. for SI.OO
J. H. Summers
General Mason and Cement
Repair work a specialty.
Sl67V* Monroe St. Room 3.
Grand March
Princess Rink

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