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Pratt Must Say Why That Gas Tax Hasn 't Been Paid
M A SpflwM fey HaroH MaeGraitlhi Beglnns inn TSu© Press M@inidkj[ HOME EDITION—ONE CENT WFATHTP For s P okane and vicinity: To fTLAI nCIX night, fair, colder Sunday, fair. =======; Max. temp. 38, mm. temp. 31. ONE CENT IN CITY. ON TRAINS. FIVE CENTS. A CHAMPION AVIATOR FALLS TO DEATH PRATT MUST REPORT ON GAS Demanding to know why the nas company has paid no tax on tho Roger Williams franchise for near ly four years, the city council last ninht adopted a resolution offered by Councilman Cartwrighi re- j questing that the mayor and the corporation counsel make a report on this proposition. The franchise requires that the §,as company pay the city - per nut annually on its gross earnings. It did pay this for awhile and then quit, and no effort has since been made either to collect the tax or forfeit the franchise. The resolution of Councilman Cartwright is derlcted to Mayor Pratt, who is supposed to protect the people in such matters, as the corporation counsel is appointed by and under the Immediate orders of the mayor. .Mayor Pratl voted to pass the gas franchise as a councilman over the veto of Mayor Boyd, TROOPS READY FOR TROUBLE (B-- united Presn Leased WiT> FORT HUACIIUCA, Ariz , Dec. ni Troop c.. federal cavalry, sta tioned at Fort Huuchuca, Ariz., was ordered to the Sonora border at noon today, upon receipt of ad vices that trouble was expected there between the Mexican gov ernment troops and insurgents who have mobilized on the Arizona side. IT'S A PRETTY GOOD WORLD B-s-r-r-r! Ting a ling! B-z-r-r-r-r-r! That's the way The l'ress tele- phone has been going all day to day, it started last night. and has been keeping it up ever since. And all because why ? All because of tie- little story printed lasl night across the hot .U>in id' the first page about the mother and two buys who wore looking for work in order that they mighl support that family of 10 out at Itawley court. Everybody seemed to be able and willing to do something for them, anil everybody was mote than anx ious to do What they could. All of which goes to prove that this is a pretty good tdd world aft OS all If you only wake ii up. (By United P<-e*« Lease i Wlre.i SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 31.— 'John H Moissant was a former res ident of San Francisco. lie has many friends here. 53 PAY DAYS IN 1910; DID YOU GET WISE? Mow many paydays in a year. supposing you gei paid every Bat j Urel.LV'.' Huh, dial's an easy one. Fifty two —.ooks in a year; sli paydays in at, ehr, It's a good guess, but you're wrong this year. For in this good lit lie old year of 1910 the-re were- 53 Saturdays, and consequently 58 paydays. That's correct, the calendar says hi. The very flrsl day of the present year was Saturday, Jan vary I. and the very last day is today. Saturday, December 31, Incidentally, it has been 18 years since wo bad a year with 53 Sat unlays, the last year being Ihus abundantly blessed with paydays being the year 1898, when Satur day was both lln' flrsl and last day o) the year. CARNEGIE GAVE AWAY $19,664,325 Greatest "Giver" of the Year—Crime and Acci dent Record. CHICAGO, Dec. 31.—Andrew Carnegie has allowed his purse strings to hang more loosely than any other multi millionaire, in 1910, according to statistics printed today in the Chicago Tribune. These figures show that the iron master has given $19,664,325 for public benefactions dur ing the year. The total amount of such gifts during the year is $141,604,538. Embezzlements during the year aggregated $35,000,000 as compared with $8,000,000 for the preceding year. Fire losses came to $222,000,000, including $20,000,000 in forest fires. There Were lL'.t'.uS suicides, 6112 drownings, 3562 deaths in fires, lliui killed In mines. L'(i."i in storms, 881 by explosions, 189 from elec trical shocks, irjo in automobile accidents, 109 by lightning, 326 by asphxiatton, \\~ by elevators and 325 by railroads, which also in jured 21,858, THREE JAIL MATRONS j The city council did the right thing last night when it passed tie 1 ordinance, at the request of Chief of Police DotlEt, granting two more police matrons for Il* II . In the annual estimates adopted !in October, the number of matrons bad been . in to one. on the reoom- I mendatlon of the former chief. Chief Dousl is a warm believer jn [ matrons, and says that it is right and proper and In the interest of I common decency that women jail j ers should take care of women prisoners. FEAR DOUBLE CELEBRATION (By United Press Leased Wire.) BELLINGHAM Wn., Dee. 81.— The gladsome new year and the eadsome closing of the local grog geriee for a period of two years 1 will be the occasion for a double celebration tonight lit is feared), and it is believed that Bellingham's uptown will be literally torn down and thrown out of the windows. Special police will In' on duty, and a number of extra men win also wear stars. The saloontuen pront ise to do all in their pow<|' to keep order in their houses, but there is j likely to be a wild old time. NEW COMMANDANT HERE. Major BhattucV the new- com mandant of I'ort Co-urge Wright, arrived in this city yesterday to report for duty in place of Major Partello, who has been appointed to the seventh infantry regiment. Incldentaly, also, it will he al i most 100 years before there is another lapse of only 13 ye ars be tween years which have 53 Satur days, lor under the ordinary course of events every 14th year begins j ami ends on Saturday, but the fact that the year 1900, not being ; dl\ bible by 4(10, was Hot il leap year, jumped the Saturday years' ahe ad one day . So while 1910 litis been a mighty good year lor people working by the week ami getting Paul Satur day and a bad one lor the bosses who bad to meet that extra pay day, il will not be' until HC:: that w.-- again g't such a year, and there are mighty few- of us now living wlio v ill c ver see the Sat urdays come in a yen only I 13 ) eai s apart again. j The Spokane Press ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER IN SPOKANE Here's a picture of degrading New Year's eve revelry. This sori of thing has been carried on many times in Spokane—more so in former years than In the past year or so. But even one year ago tonight young girls were seen intoxicated in big restaurants, and men and wemen acted in a way many of them would be ashamed of even thinking about the rest of the 12 months. Instead of degrad ing time , Spokane can have a cheerful, skylarking, happy, uplifting time if the people so will it, and they won't need to fill them selves full of intoxicants, either. Which kind of a lime will it be? It's a safe bet that Spokane is much better on New Year's eve than many another big western city. Press reporters will be out with the crowds tonight, and Monday a report will be made of con ditions as they found 'em. WHAT SOME SPOKANE PEOPLE WANT What do you want most of all that the New Year should bring yon ? The Press has Interviewed a number of the hading citizens of the c ty and has asked them what they wanted most of all. Of course in a good many Instances it was not necessary to interview the people mentioned. The Press already knew what they wanted. Anyway, here is the result: Sheriff F. McX Pugh—A job as good and fat as that sheriffship. Mayor N. s. Pratl A commls sionership under the commission plan. city Clerk C, A. Fleming—To be appointed again if he doesn't win a commissionersbip. Cal Atkinson, retiring county clerk A little farm up the river. Warner Cobb, county coiumis ' sinner elect A good, clean admin istration of county affairs. Fred Pugh, retiring county prose cutor -A deputyshlp under Wiley. John T. Sullivan- Retirement from the police force on a pension Commissioner George Armstrong i Appreciate the nice pres ent! you mi sent me. I gol more presents this year than I do when papa's at work, and can not them for mo. But i would 110 l have got anything it it had not been for you good people. Bach one of us get a nice present, besides nuts and candy, and one good lady brought us a nice bos of candy for each one rrf us (his morning for New Year's, We do thank you all so much for whal you have done tor us. and we trust you will have a Happy New Year, and that Jesus will bless you for your kindness to us. From l.il lian F GIRL MAY LOSE LAND Suit was brought by tap Nor thern Pacific railroad yesterday against holders of alternate odd sections of land on the Spokane reaervation, Those drawing cer tain numbers, Including Miss Mabel McNickle, who left a posi tion as stenographer in Chicago and Dane west In claim her for lane, will possibly Use their draw iBgS. The plaintiff corporation is successor by government right to each alternate section of the res ervation! according to Stevens COUnty records. SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1910. SPOKANE CAN'T AFFORD TO "CELEBRATE" THIS* V/AY. I —A chance to build more hospitals j without advertising for bids. Mrs. May Arkwrighl HuttOD— More chances to vote. Mrs. Dey—Greater success for i the Spokane Orphans' home. Emergency Surgeon John O'Shea i—A new emergency hospital. President ('. M. Pause! t —En ; largement of the chamber of com merce next season. Al Jenkins Success for the Western Howling congress. Residents of the Cannon Hill dis trict—A favorable decision on tl t paving suit. President Joe Conn—Another pennant for the Indians. Colonel Andy Mulligan -A bill passed through the legislature a.i- I ATE NEWS BULLETINS Li (BY UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRE.) \j SECRECY VEILS PRObE. MANILA. Dec. ..a. I'nusual secrecy cloaks the movements of the I military authorities who are Investigating the activity of Japanese in i the Philippines, The civil authorities called in to assist in tiie search 1 for explosives in Japanese lodgings are no longer connected with the I investigation. SEATTLE PASTOR IN HOT WATER. SEATTLE, Wash., Dec. 81.— %h4 menaers of the Boylston Avenue Unitarian church in this city have called a meeting for January 12, lat which time charges against the pa«tt>r, Rev, I D. O. Bowers, will |be considered. Mr Powell made the following statrmdle "If I am dismissed it will split the church, i have eight of Be nine trustee with me. They will withdraw and take scores ofjfamilies With them." BURIED IN SNOW SLIDE. CLE BLUM, Wash , Dec. 81.-—Buried, in a heavy snow slide, car j tied down ti precipitous mountain side and finally rescued by a party I tor whom he telephoned after climbing a telephone pole thai had stopped his descent. .1 II Hugfcinsi v, a Sunset telephone lineman, probably will be crippled lor life, ueocrdlng to physicians at tho Cle Blum hospiial today. NO CONFETTI IN PORTLAND. PORTLAND, tue, Dec. 11l Confetti, feather ticklers and noise making apparatus calculated to arouse the new year into thorough wakefulness, will not he allowed ill Portland tonight, according to chief oi police cox if his plans do not miscarry, 1911 will he welcomed by the people of Portland with little demonstration. Heiress to Millions Elopes With a Poor Drug Clerk (By United Pr?-;* LttS«d Wire* PASAUKNA Cal., Pec :tl Cupid Is quite unpopular today with a numbi r of local gallants, former Button for the hand el Miss Louise Retting, heiress to in Dions, who yesterdaj eloped lo An geles with (loirgo 1.. Kroeger, em ployed in ii drug store here, an l was married. | The bride is the dnug itet ol thorizipg boxing matches in the state of Washington. Harry Hay ward More Shuberl shows for the Auditor) 'tn. Frank Smith- More dope. Chief W. .1. Doust -A new an toniobile for the police department MAXINE HAS NIFTY CAR. Maxine Elliott, playing • atj the Auditorium yesterday atld today, is traveling in a private car that is fitted up as. a complete miniature hotel, • am for which she pays fifty • dollars a day. • Charles r. Retting, millionaire fur ultive manufacturer of Qrand Rap- IdiJ .Mich , who has spent several writers here. Ifrom relet vee of the bride the yoUni couple w ill r< celve as wed i lag prcients a home richly fur i is.v.'d. and :i Couple of automo b'les. strueger first met Mis* Ret ; i>; 111 te drug sto c where he was i :i h.vrd. Police Judge M. A. Mann A Job with the Baker stock company. And the man who worked The Press Good FeHow stunt —A chance to do ii again next year and make 500 children happy instead of 350. BANDITS ROB GAMBLERS (By United Prc;s L-ised Wire) BAKERBFTELD, Cal.. Dec. 31.— Two masked robbers, with revol vers, held up the clubroom hack of William Carter's saloon at Marl CO pa at midnight and got away With Slunii in cash. Six men. play ing at the tallies, wet,, lined up against the wall and robbed of sev eral hundred dollars and their watches. 1 to- bandits escaped to the hills and took to their horses. MYSTERY! ißy United Press Leased V/Ire) LONDON, Dec. 81.—The Aero dull of Qreal Britain is pussled today over the receipt of mysteri ous cables received from Una, Ohio, in connection with the dlaap pearance of Cecil Grace, the avia tor lost while crossing the English channel In an aeroplane from franco. Tho first cable read: "Gruce landed with machine In Crevise under high cliff. Exact lo cation unknown." The Aero club asked for further Information and received the following cable! "Dropped on shore, not water. Could not rise above cliff. Request British coast line people search water's edge minutely," A TRIFLE TOO MUCH Louis Aiul' isun. a' man arretted on a combination charge i>r drun kennesi and Ihe carrying of con cealed weapons, last night agreed that it wai all right lor the city police to take his gun away, hut when they took a roll of gjno and a OOUple of promissory notes for |800 and then to cap the climax took away a little diamond set locket that lie had purchased for his lady love as a New Year's pretest, he fairly wept. ONE MONTH FOR 25 CENTS You can have The Press delivered right at your door early every afternoon for 25 cent* per month. Phone Main Main 375. NINTH YEAR, No. 68 25 CENTS A MONTH FAIRLEY HELD UP BILL OF ARMSTRONG'S City Comptroller Hob Falrley has held up the bill of George Armstrong, president of the board of public' works, for $"> for desk rent for T. H. Young, paving in spector. The old city charter provided that no city employe, directly or indirectly, could be interested in or a party to any contract with the city or sell anything to the city. Armstrong installed the desk in the office of Young and proceeded to collect rent at the rate of $l per month on ;i dc<k that is probably not worth much over $30. 8 CRUSHED TO DEATH (By United Press Leased Wire ) MATTEAWAN. N. Y„ Dec. 31.— Two Americans and six Italians were killed today in a fall of slate in the Lick Fork mine of the Red jacket Coal company. PROGRESSIVE UNION IMPORTANT (By United Prrss Leased Wire) BELLINGHAM, Wash , Dec. 81. -Founders of the Progressive Union, an organization of insur gent republicans and democrats of northwestern Washington, today declared that the union will come to !>•■ an Important factor ill the destinies of the new congressiona 1 district, which is to be composed of the northwest counties. QUAKE IN SAN FRANCISCO (By United Press Leased Wire) SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 31.—A sharp earthquake shock was felt in this city at 4:20 o'clock this morning. The vibrations lasted Several seconds. No damage has been reported. RAT ATTACKS MAN. MILLVILLE, X. J„ Dee. 31 — David Btein, a merchant, was badly bitten upon the lip and chin by a big rat. which attacked him early this morning while he slept. When the rat fastened his teeth in Stein's | flesh the pain awakened him. He threw the rut against the wall, killing it. The wounds were can-I terised, While Mrs. T Macomber of 1604 Itallon avenue was returning home last evening a man suddenly ran out and attempted to seize her. He had been hiding behind a stood' pile near the Bryant school. Mrs. Macomber streamed and he then ran, not having succeeded in snatching her purse. MAY PEACEFULLY ADJUST SEWER DEAL There was joy among the coin mlttees In charge of the North sitie sew .r referendum when Judge W A Richardson announced that, after consultation with At torney a if, Craven, he believed the referendum petition filed last Tuesday against the sewer will stand under the new charter. The reason that the referendum is a Continuing matter is because the city council last Tuesday night recognised its existence as a valid referendum* and this save the mat MOISSANT KILLED IN THE SOUTH Machine Got All Tangled Up in Air—His Adventur ous Career. Aviation deaths in Decern- I her: i Cecil Orace, British, sup- < posed drowned in North sea « on attempted return flight i across English channel, Calais i to Dover. < .Marquis Marie I'aulla, pas- < senger, and Alexandre La f- < fon, instructor at Antoinette < school of aviation, killed in < France when their machine < • dropped 200 feet as they • • started on a Paris to Hrus- < • sels flight. « John B, Moissant, Ameri- < can, killed in New Orleans. « (By United Press Leased Wire) NEW ORLEANS, Dee. 31. —Johfl B. Moissant, daring aviator, who sprang into fame among the birdmen by bis daring flight from Paris to London parrying his me chanician, Albert, as a pas senger, was killed today when hi> machine capsized at Haraban. .Moissant fell a hundred feet and was fright fully bruised and crushed. He died two minutes after being taken from the wreck age of his machine. Mois jsant had started on an at !tempt to lift the Michelin cup for distance flying. Ti.e California aviator made the aacent In a 50 horsepower Bleriot. Moissant carried a great can of petrul and just before ho ascended assured his friends that he firmly expected to establish a record which would astonish the aviation world. LIKE BUCKING HORSE. He Ctreled the field at iiarahan twice at an altitude of about liOO feet. Suddenly the machine be- Continued on Page Two. LABOR CONDEMNS CONTEMPT LAW (By United Press Leased Wire.) EVERETT, Wash. . Dee, 31.— 1 Rasing their action on the sentenc ing of two editors of the Seattle Star for Contempt, because the Star criticized the use of the injunction b) Judge Gilliam, the Everett labor council is on n cord today denounc ing the contempt law and the two frequent use of the writ of injunc tion. The resolutions adopted by tho union men declare that punishment for criticism of court decrees is a violation of the right of free speech and urge the adoption of a law tak ing away from the judiciary the right to punish for contempt com mitted outside the court room. ter an official standing prior to tin- adoption of the new charter. Under this definition of the case the sewer protectants will insist on their rights tinder the referendum provision of the old charter, unless the sewer controversy Is adjusted by subsequent council action. A movement was started yester day afternoon looking to a peace able adjustment of the sewer dlf» tit'ulty through a new assessment. If all parties can agree on this there will be no recourse to the referendum.