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Bb«x«b«b J^^^^^^^^^^^^ T)NE CENT IN CITY. ON TRAINS, FIVE CENTS. MILLIONAIRE IS SHOT BY WIFE WOMAN SAYS SELF DEFENSE r By Tj n it er i p ress Leased Wire.) PHILADELPHIA. Dec. 13.—Mrs. Mary Clapp, wife of Ile/bert Clapp, a millionaire clubman, mysteriously wounded at his home last night, today confessed that she shot her husband to protect her own life. "Rut I didn't want to kill him," she moaned. "1 shot him before I thought; 1 didn't want to kill him." When she became a little more <piiet she told the cir cumstances leading up to the shooting. "1 only wanted to fix him so he could not hurt me." said Mrs! Clap]), as a preface to the story. "He attacked me first and 1 wanted to protect myself. I didn't want to kill him." The trouble, she said, started Sunday night. "Last night," Mrs. Clapp continued, "1 went to the "Majestic hotel to buy newspapers. I was dressed in a loose tea gown. When 1 returned my husband reviled me for'appearing in such a dress. 1 left him and went to my room and retired. "Mr. Clapp drank four big glasses of whisky and took ll' grains of morphine. Later he walked up to the side of my bed and without speaking struck me in the face. When I attempted to rise he seized my throat with his hands and choked me. He held me until my breath was nearly gone; then he released me, but he heaped insulting names upon me. He leaned over me and struck me again. Then I struck back. "He walked slowly to his side of the bed and took his revolver from its holster. "1 ran to the other side of the bed and he followed. 1 dodged him and ran back, lie climbed over the bed am! we met in the center of the room between the bed and the bureau. He pointed the revolver at me and I grabbed his hands, tugging at his fingers with all my strength. The gun went off, the bullet entering the ceiling. Then he broke away from me and stepped backward. " 'I'll get you this time,' he screamed, 'and I'll get you right.' "I was certain he would kill me, and 1 wanted to pro tect myself. I lunged forward and seized the revolver. I managed to wrench it from my husband's hands. I step ped back, aimed the weapon at him and pulled the trigger. The bullet passed clear through his neck and he dropped. "I was frantic. I cleaned the floor, wiping up the little pool of blood. 1 pasted a postal card over the hole the bullet made in a mirror when it left the back of his head.'" Mrs. Clapp then hid herself, she said, but finally an swered the summons of the police. Clapp probably will recover. He is very bitter against his wife, saying that he intends to press the charge of "attack with intent to kill," which has been lodged against her. - —————— 1 WITH HEAPS OE GOLD TO BUT FOOD, ELKINS DIG BECAUSE HE CAN'T EAT (By United Press Leased Wire.) WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—Surrounded by luxury, yet starving to death because of inability to assimilate food, United States Senator Sttohen B. Elklns of West Virginia, Is near death, according to a re pen current here today. It Is said the senator's chief trouble Is his Inanality to digest his food and as a result his blood has become Im poverished. It Is asserted that he has lost considerable weight and thst his friends would not know him, so greatly has he changed. No one Is permitted to see the senator, although It was announced at the Elklns residence last night that his condition was good, snd that there was no cause for alarm. The Press Will Explain Weak and Strong Points of the Proposed Charter Within a very short time now the men and women of Spokane will be called upon to vote on the question of adopting a new charter, a commission form charter, for this city. From today and until December 28, the inter* est and discussion will increase. It is time to take up the issue as it stands, and examine it thoroughly. Of all tho prospective candidates, newspapers and big interests who are taking part In this charter revision campaign, The Spokane Press probably is the only one which can truthfully state that it haa no "axe to grind." They are all more or less interested in the public welfare, and are of course deeply concerned In securing the best possible form of city government. But The Press, in this, as in all past fights, has absolutely no personal into* ests to servo. It stands simply ac the representative and voice of the people ns a whole. t . . Now, in the opinion of tjjis newspaper, the proposed charter is not bf any means a perfect charter—ln fact, it is very far from that shining standard. The Press believes that, in theory, the commission form of govern* meut is an Improvement upon the present style, but certaiu vital things must be included in the now form to make it acceptable. Of course, the most important thing of ail is to elect really honest, continued on *•* Tv**v KIDDING UNCLE PUBLIC—nAND THE GREY GOOSE SAID FAWCETT TO MAKE FIGHT (By United Press.) TACOMA, Wn., Dec. 13.— "When you carry the day and defeat the anti-treating law by a referendum vote of the people, that day 1 will resign my office," said Mayor Fawcett to W. H. Armstrong, president of tlifi Royal Arch, today. Mayor Fawcett has be come thoroughly aroused at the movement of the saloon ists to defeat the ordiuance passed last week, and his declaration today is taken to can that a battle will be waged to the last ditch. HOW GAS CO. WORKS THE PEOPLE Do It With Two Companies t More Inside His tory. It's a fine plan—the scheme by which the Doherty syndicate In control of the Spokane gas plant manages to reef the consumer at one end and the city of Spokane at the other. Not a finer idea has ever been operated in this city of clever high financiers and smooth politicians. The Spokane gas company oper ates under two franchises, one pass ed In 1902, allowing as high as S2 per 1,000 for gas, and the other franchise is used to prevent the city from collecting Its just dues In the way of franchise tax. To do this It has been found nec essary to incorporate two com panies, the Spokane Fulls Gas Light Co., which holds the old fran chise, and the Spokane Gas ft Fuel Continued Two. jL-iji - , —i a THE "PINK" NIGHT EXTRA SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1910. DECLARE ACQUjITAL A CRIME (By United Presepeased Wire.) NASHVILLE, Term., Dec. J.—Charging that the ac quittal of Robin Cooper, acciijifl of complicity in the kill ing of" tonner Senator CarmaeW was a fraud on the state, attorneys who represented theptate in the Cooper trials today filed a petition with theviminal court, asking that the acquittal be set aside. OTe petition was denied by Judge Neil. £ The attorneys gave notice wkt the case wil lbe taken to the supreme court either om writ of supersedas or a writ of certiorari. It is charfed that Attorney General Anderson was acting in fraudulent collusion with the at torneys for the defense. MANY TINY TOTS TO BE PROVIDED FOR BY A. GOOD FELLOW. Well, the list of Good Fellows continues to grow, hut there must certainly be a lot more of the ten der-hearted oues who are willing to liel|i some little child to be happy on Christmas, but who have not yet sent their names and asked for membership in the Good Fellow club. .lust think, fellows, such a small part of that money that you get out and spend so carelessly for Christmas would make some little child happy, some little child who but for your klualy goodfellowship would have to get up on Christmas morning and fiud that Santa Claus had passed In the night and there was nothing In the little stocking which had been so confidently and so confidingly hung up the night before. MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR SA Enough good fellows have Joined the club to assure a Merry Christ mas and a happy one to almost 50 ot Spokane's unfortunate children, but there are ever so many more who still have little chance ot San af Cfaus coming to theni unless mere of us Good Fellows come to the front. If you could read some of the stories which come to my desk every day you would certainly feel lnclin'Hl to get In on this Santa Claus stunt, and gain your greatest happiness of the Xmas season through the knowledge that you had made some innocent child , happy. Let me tell you about a few of these children, and see what you think about the proposition: fake, for instance, the little tribe 'of'seven, whose father fell from a building on which he was working some time since, and who now lies at home with a broken back, alive, but paralysed and looking forward o'ulv to the time when death will oalue to his relief. tioesn't that make you feel as £you would like to do some Jontinued on page two.) IT OF MRS. TAFT, ♦ rejf AGED NINETY, DIES ♦ M. DECATtR, 111., Dec. 13.— ♦ ♦>|Mi s. Hannah Jack, an aunt ♦ tMDf Mrs. Taft. wife ot tbe presi- ♦ ♦idem, died today at her home ♦ SMiere. Mrs. Jack was 90 years ♦ *}*tit age. Her death was ♦ «>' caused by pneumonia. ♦ THE SPOKANE SECT LEADER CONFESSES (By United Press.) ■wJtfjiJANCft- U n JUec. t % Lupton, internation al leader of the '/Gift of Tongues" sect, this after noon issued a public confes sion that he had been "sore-; ly tempted and had fallen," and that he is the father of a "man child" born to an unmarried sister now at the Alliance mission with her baby. SHORT SEASON (By United Press.) NEW YORK, Dec. 13.— After re-electing Thomas J. Lynch president of the Na tional league, the baseball magnates this afternoon voted to adopt a 1911 game schedule, bringing the play ing season to a close October i, iDii. SIX IN MEN PRISON TAKE LIVES BT. PETERSBURG, Dec. 13.— S'x prisoners confined in the gov ernment prison at Zarantui com mitted suicide rather than subm't to alleged inhuman treatment, it was officially announced today by the prison officials. M. Bason off, the aasassln of Minister of the In terior Yen Phleve, was one of ths six. Ths official report said that three of the prisoners killed them selves by severing arteries in their wrists.. The other three took over doses of morphine. Rumors that Sasonoff had died aa the result of inhuman treatment by his jailers are believed to have caused the statements to be made. NINTH YEAR, No. 53. 25 CENTS A MONTH. DIETZ TRIRL DELAYED (By United Press Leased Wire.) w HAY WARD, Wis., Dec. 13.—The actual trial of John Dietz, "defender of Cameron Dam," was not begun today} as l\«id been expected. Judge Read said he would enter tain a motion for a continuance, which the defense an nounced it would make when court convened this after noon. r Attorneys for tbe defense asserted that they were not ready to begin the taking of testimony. "The court feels that defense would be greatly handi capped were they to go to trial now," said Judge Read, 4 ' As the case is so important that it may affect the future of the state of Wisconsin, 1* will order a continuation." ENGINEERS v AX ™N ■ (By United Press Leased Wire.) "~ CHICAGO, Dec. J3.—Representative* of 61 railroads, on which 33,000 engineers have voted to strike unless their demands for more money be granted, are t»> day considering the matter witli the brotherhood officiate, The general belief is prevalent that the demands will be refused and that the railroads will seek arbitration undet the provision of the Erdman arbitration apt. ♦ WATCH FOR SPORT SPECIAL TOMORROW. ♦ ♦ ■ • m ♦ Sporting writers, east and west and north and south, may ♦ ♦ pick their all-American football elevents to their heart's eon- ♦ ♦ tent, and while their selections are accepted with more or leas ♦ ♦ enthusiasm, everyone, including even the dope writers them- ♦ ♦ selves, waits with deepest Interest the announcement of tbe ♦ ♦ selections of Walter Camp, the great Tale coach.' and tbe ac- ♦ ♦ know (edged greatest living authority on football ♦ ♦ When Camp's announcements are made, his decision comes ♦ ♦ pretty near being accepted as final, and the paper which can ♦ ♦ first make them public is considered as having shown a stroke ♦ ♦ of enterprise worthy of note. + ♦ As is usual with all the big sporting events. The Press will ♦ ♦ be the first paper in Spokane to publish Camp's own story of e> ♦ his selections for the 1910 all-American team, and will publish 0 ♦ at the same time the first pictures in the city of all tbe mem- ♦ ♦ bers of the team selected by Cams). + POLICE FORCE MUST BE IMPROVED Chief Doust May Introduce Some of Cleveland's Fa mous Features. if W. J. Doust remains in office as chief of police, numerous im provements will be mads in tho manner of conduct of tha local po lice department, according to statements mads by ths chief dur ing an Interview this morning. "I ant not a trained man In po lice work." said Doiut this morn ing, "but 1 can plainly see that Spokane has far from a metropoli tan police system, if I remain in office ( am going to do what I can ,to bring the police system up to date. I intend making a tour of coast cities and studying police systems there with a Tlew to ip troducing improvements lv the lo cal department." Among the innovations on which Chief Doust is flgurtug at the pres ent time is the establishment ot the "report" system, whereby every officer making an arrest must file a written report ot the same, tell ing the circumstances leading up to the arrest and giving other avail able information. Heretofore local officers have) filed reports only In cases of eft* ceptionai interest to the depart* ment. and In many eaaea the cap tains on duty have not known the nature of the Crimea with which, men arrested oh other shifts than their own were accused. , The ' report" system also allows thee police to keep better track of the lodging houses and saloons «t the city, aa a record will tfeua tsa kept of the arrests made in tboso places, and of the general charac ter of their frequenters. t Chief Douat haa also been rotat ing up on the "Golden Rule" sys tem made so famous by Chief-Ftaft Kohler of Cleveland, Ohio, aa*Ma> introduce some of tho principle*•* that system Into tho a4mt»!atratfcMs of the local department. : r-j —;■—u-jii ji11 njaera^^.