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STEEL! CAR WRECK
FATAL ACCIDENT OCCURS AT SPOKANE SUNDAY NIGHT. Motorman C. E. Nickerson Killed—Ac cident Occurred in Northeastern Part of City—Nickerson Said Brakes Would Not Work—Heavy Switch Engine Struck Car Square in Center. Spokane, Jan. 28.—Motorman Nick erson was fatally injured, every one of the nine passengers aboard bruised and cut, the bones of several fractured and the street car completely demol ished when a Great Northern engine Sunday uight struck the westbound Minnehaha street car No. 87 of the Washington Water Power company. The motorman died three hours later. The accident occurred northwest of Ross Park. Great Northern switch en gine No. 4t'O was backing to.vaid Ilill :■ ard at the time and was going at a :-peed of about 15 miles an hour, ac cording to the statement of the crew. The street car was carried a distance of from 150 to 200 feet along the track and was completely demolished. As soon as the extent of the catas trophe became known, dozens of peo ple living in nearby houses swarmed over the tracks and began at once to assist the injured passengers from the wreckage. The most seriously hurt were taken into the homes near by. So great was the force of Ihe col.'is ion that the street car was reduced to kindling, the wonder being that a single person escaped alive. Dying Man Makes Statement. G. E. Nickerson, formerly a fireman c n the Great Northern railroad and the motorman of the ill-fated car, made a statement to the crew of the car fol lowing his injury. He said: "I want to make a statement before I die. The trouble was that the air wouldn't work I want you men to ex plain that. We were sliding along the lack when I saw the engine ahead. I threw on the air and it wouldn't work. 1 then put on the emergency brake but it was too late." Nickerson died three hours later at St. Luke's hospital. The point at which the wreck oc curred Is unobstructed for a distance of many hundred feet from both tracks. The snow and the moonlight made the crossing visible to the crews of both cars. John Lee of 15 Ferry avenue, the en gineer on the switch engine, declared that he blew his whistle according to regulation before coming to the cross ing. Said he: Whistled at Crossing. "1 didn't see the street car until we struck it, as I was not looking that way. We were going about 10 or 15 miles an hour. I whistled at the cross ing." Lee was not Injured, nor was the fireman of the engine, Frank Mannl gan, of Hillyard. Both men, after the collision, assisted the injured. Ambulances at Wreck. Three ambulances arrived about an hour following the accident, in which the most seriously hurt of the passen gers were taken to the hospital. That the accident may have been due to the slipping of ihe trolley pole instead of the failure of the air is the explanation made by J. R. Yarrow of Saphire avenue and F street. Mr. Y'ar row was outside of his house at the time of the accident and witnessed the collision from a distance. Pole May Have Slipped. "I wad standing in my yard,' •aid he, "when I saw the street car come down the track. It seemed to be sli ding some before it struck the cross ing, although I can t be sure of that. As the Great Northern engine came along I saw the flash of the trolley wire, as if the pole had slid off, and then the crash came. I started off at cuce for the place." The railroad sent several score of men out to clear away the wreckage. So badly broken up was the street car that the remains of it wore not re moved from the tracks until over three hours after the wreck. The switch engine, one of the heavy type, was scarcely damaged by the im pact, except for the fact that the trucks of the tender were torn from its body. The Dead. C. E. Nickerson of 0628 .Monroe street, motonuan. aged 25. The injured passengers are: Mrs. J. R. Hegburg, aged 60, of Mead, Wash., badly injured about the bead and body. Miss Fern Hegburg, ag-^d 2?. dang' ter of Mrs. Hegburg. hands and arms cut. Miss Leiia Long, aged 17, Emerald avenue ami C street, compound frac ture of the right leg and internal in . . . , , , , Julia uong, sis'er of Leila, aged 20, hack injured and arms cut. I.ester long, aged 14. bracher of, the young women named above, bead [ slightly injured. Lucille Dean, ( aged 12, living at I Emerald avenue and D street, leg I broken and back injured. Florence Dean, aged 18, sister of Lucille Dean, head cut and bruises on the back and legs. Rev. G. W. Hurlburt, 1628 Tenth avenue, slightly injured on the leg. F. L. Smith, 1919 Fifth avenue, slightly injured about the lower limbs. G. H. Craig, conductor, 03221 Lin coln street, head injured. DR. M'GEE FOR CANTEEN. Noted Woman Surgeon Points Out a Lesson in Japan. Washington, Jan. 28.—The neces sity for the restoration of the can teen in the army is strongly set forth in a letter from Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee to Captain J. Walter Mitchell of the Spanish-American War Veter ans' association. Dr. McGee, who formerly was an assistant surgeon in the army and later organized a corps of nurses tinder the auspices of the Red Cross society for work among the Japanese soldiers in the Russo Japanese war, gives her observations as to the drink habit among the Japan ese soldiers, and tells of the evil re sults following the abolishment of the canteen in the United Stales army. Conclusions of Dr. McGee. Dr. McGee says; "Like every one who knows some thing of the subject, I am heartily in favor of giving our American soldiers their club—called a canteen—where they may enjoy themselves harmless ly. As a woman and a physician I deplore the horrible results of making a man seek his amusements where he is liable to fall a prey to the worst temptations, and so I wish you speedy success iu reestablishing the cauteen in the American army. "Instead of our liquors, wines, etc., the Japanese use a beverage they pre pare themselves, called sake, tasting like sherry, served hot, but in charac ter like the light wines or beer for merly supplied in our army canteens. I saw this sake in Manchuria, where it was furnished as a part of the ra tions when it was feasible to provide it, though the quantity was exceeding ly small, so that the effect was stimu lating, not intoxicating. I have heard that sometimes, when the weather was biterly cold, the daily sake had to be dispensed in the form of a frozen lump, which was as big as a man's thumb. "In Hiroshima I met from time to time court officials who were on their way from Tokio to the front with a quantity of sake which the emperor was sending as a gift to the troops in celebration of some victory. This drink was also for sale by the post traders, and yet the temperance of the Japanese soldier was a wonder to my nurses and myself. We saw tens of thousands of them, but never did we se« a soldier drunk." MONTANA ITEMS. Samuel B. Pratt, an old timer, was found dead in his room in Kalispeil. He was a resident of Libhy. Mr. Pratt was 65 years old. General Manager R. B. Lamb an nounces some changes in the way of additions to the stuff oi the E.trccs King Development company, v.li; now slands as follows: R. B. Lamb, general manager and consulting engi neer; W. H. Brule, formerly in charge of the Nickle Plate, of the Daly estate, superintendent; W. D. Henry, late of the Simmer and Jack mines, of South Africa, mine foreman; L. C. Dyke, late of Stratton's Independence, engineer; Vrf. Penwell, accountant; A. D. Miles, assayer and geologist; P. D. Pauiy, late with the Barnes-King com pany. assistant engineer. This con stitutes one of the strongest staffs of any company in America. It is said gamblers are flocking to Helena. It is reported many games are running there. Tie legislature to investigate. Sheepmen and cattlemen declare that reports sent out recently detailing big losses in Ihe eastern and northern parts of the state are utterly untrue, and that, while losses will probably he somewhat above the average, it is still too early to approximate, as the heaviest losses usually occur during February, when stock is weakened from long exposure and battling with the elements. Sheepmen were better prepared to stand a severe winter than cattlemen, and in many places have kept the losses down by using rotary snow plows, with which they bared the ground and allowed the sheep to feed. A chinoek which prevailed the last few days helped conditions materially in the central parfof the state, melt ing a great mass of snow. German Socialists. In every district in Germany yester day Ihe socialists had a candidate for a scat in the reichstag. The issue was sharply drawn and the result is a sig nal defeat for the disciples of Uerr Rebel and his kind. The/ lost ground in every part of the empire. Pope Frames New Policy. Well-informed persons In Vatican circles declare new instructions from ti fi pope relative to the future organ! ration of Catholic churches In France have been forwarded to Paris. GOTCANALGONTRACT WM. D. OLIVER CAPTURED BIG PANAMA PRIZE. He, With A. M. Bangs, Was the Low Policy Is Adopted—It is Said There Is No Doubt Mr. Oliver Will Fulfill Re quirements. est Bidder—''Show Me' Washington, Jan. 28.—Following a conference at the White House yes terday, it is announced that the con tract for building the Panama ca nal would be awarded to William D. Oliver, who, with Anson M. Bangs, was the lowest bidder in the recent com petition, provided that within the next ten days he and his associates, with at least two independent contractors whose skill and experience are known, shall demonstrate they can cover the entire field of the work to be per formed under tne contract. The official announcement confirms the recent statement of the Associated Press. President Roosevelt then look the position that since Mr. Oliver had met all the requirements of the government it would he unjust to reject his bid of 6.75 per cent of the cost of the construction of the canal, or even to require him to sub mit a new hid for the contract. Mr. Oliver had informed the president that it was his desire to submit an Inde pendent bid for the work and that when the canal commission officials informed him that it would be neces sary to form a partnership with some other financially responsible contract or, they went so far as to suggest that he enter into an agreement with An son M. Bangs of New York city. Mr Oliver said that after receiving this suggestion from Chairman Shonts he visited the war department and was informed that Mr. Bangs would he en tirely satisfactory to the government. Mr. Oliver told the president that with this assurance as to the reliability of Mr. Bangs, he Immediately entered into an agreement with the New York contractor. Powerful Influence at Work. Powerful influences were brought to bear on tht president and Secretary Taft to reject all bids and advertise for new proposals, but the presiden; insisted that Mr. Oliver should bo given a reasonable time in which to make a satisfactory arrangement to substitute some other contractors or group of contractors to take the place of Mr. Bangs. At the White House conference held recently, the friends of the McArthur-Gillespie syn dicate argued that the contract figure should be increased to per cent of the total cost of construction and that the contract be awarded to Oliver, Mc Arthur and Gillespie. This suggestion, however, did not meet with tiie approval of the New York firm, v.'ho insisted that they could not un lertake the work for less han 12.50 per cent of the total cost, he figure n mtioned in their original bid. The president. Secretary Taft and flic canal commission officials then decided to award the contract to Mr. Oliver, provided he could make satisfactory arrangement with at least two other financially responsible con tractors. Secretary Taft and R. R. Rogers, general counsel to the canal commis sion, were in conference with th« presiden' for two hours, and th* whole matter was again gone over. At the direction of the president Mr. Rogers prepared the official statement for the press. Say Oliver Will Fulfill Contract. When informed of the statement is sued by directioa of the president. Mr. Oliver's representative said: "There is absolutely no doubt about Mr. Oliver being able to fulfill the re quirements of the canal commission. 1 here are now at least 20 of the most responsible contractors in the United States who have expressed a willing ness to join Mr. Oliver in the work of constructing the canal at the figure mentioned in his original bids. These names have been submitted to Presi dent Roosevelt. Before entering into another arrangement, Mr. Oliver wants to know positively that the contractor he chooses will be accept able to the government." OREGON SQUIBS. The Pendleton grand jury has com pleted its work after returning 12 true bills. According to Representative W. G. Cole the normal school question has been sounded among the legislators, and the indications are that two of the lour institutions will be abolished by act of the present legislature . t It will lie recommended that the school at Ashland, in southern Oregon, and the school at Weston be continued. George Trollope, an English actor of considerable note, has forsaken the stage and w'lil enter the Catholic priesthood. Strange as it may seem, the first play in which he appeared " •■s "The Sign of the Cross." WASHINGTON NOTES. Captain George K. Armstrong has submitted to Governor Mead a request for the organization of a company of state militia with headquarters at Col ville. Representative Jones has introduced a bill authorizing the construction of a dam across the Snake river at Five Mile rapids by the Benton Water com pany. Unlike nearly every former in stance of a Yakima Indian being killed by a train, Wavnaka, the old Indian who was struck and killed by a loco motive at Toppenish recently, was not drunk. At a recent meeting of the stockhold ers of the Dayton creamery a commit tee, consisting of J. W. Jessie, H. A. Kaeppler and A. C. Gerkin, was ap pointed to dispose of the creamery plant, the venture having proved a financial failure. Gray & Gray have sold their grist mill at Oakesdale to a Mr. Barron of Asotin. The annual district convention of Knights of Pythias convened in Spra gue and held an all-night session Fri day night. Five candidates were given the last rank in the order. Team work was put on by the Spokane lodge and a team taken from Harrington, Daven port and Sprague. Ice jams are forming in the Colum bia river and within the last few days two such jams have frozen together, making a compact mass of ice capable of sustaining the weight of teams and sleds. One is in the river just below Wenatchee, the up-river end coming just to the piers of the new bridge, the jam extending down the river about two miles. The other is above Wenal choe, between Orondo and Chelan, and Is over a mile long. Elaborate services were held over the remains of the late Eugene J. Fel lowes at Spokane last Sunday in the Masonic temple. The dead man was a member of several fraternal and social organizations and members of these bodies turned out to honor the memory of their dead comrade. Wenatchee business men are debat ing (he question of raising $200 a month to advertise the Wenatche val ley. Senator Ankeny has taken up with he director of the geoiog'ral survey the feasibility of irrigating a 40,000 "ore tract of land lying along Tucanon ■fiver in Garfield and Columbia coun ties. During the flood season it is esti mated the river carries off twice the volume of water it does during the dry season. The state board of control has con ■racted for 3.000 bales of jute at $26.90 per haie, delivered f. o. b. Walla Walla to continue the operations of the mill in the penitentiary. F. T. Crowe & Co., Tacoma, are the successul bidders. The last contract price, in December, was $27.65 per bale. Because Orville Jackson, aged 10, adopted son of J. Jackson, who lives on a ranch near Cedar Creek, between Garfield and Palouse, attempted to poi son his foster father, the little fellow has been sent to the reform school at Chehalis. A plan is on foot in Spokane to found a domestic training school for the edu cation of girls in the science of cook ing, laundering, serving, manners, care of children and the general duties of the modern house servant. The director of the geological survey has assured Senator Ankeny he will have the proposed irrigation project, which was recommended by the sena tor in Garfield and Columbia counties, examined into at once. Instructions have just been sent to geological sur vey engineers in the field to make a re port at the earliest possible date. Members of the Spokaue delegation sent a committee to Governor Mead re sently asking, him to make a change in the superintendent of the Medical Lake hospital on account, as they stated it, of the inability of Superin tendent Anderson to handle the insti tution efficiently. Dr. Anderson will take his vacation during February and may not return as superintendent. After living in the woods about the outskirts of Tacoma for more than a year, associating with no one, and se curing food by midnight thefts, f rank Richie, the police say, is the man who lor a year has been hiding in the woods, sleeping iu the underbrush and stealing chickens or whatever he could lay his hands on to keep life within him. The river and harbor bill, reported to the house Monday, carries $600,000 for the Celilo canal, $100,000 having been added to the amendment original ly looked for. Dikoff Head of the Navy. St. Petersburg.—The first step in the proposed international reorganization of the Russ.an navy was taken today by the issuing of a ukase which re verses the system of decentralization that has existed for (he last 10 years, and concemr; tes the power and res ponsibility for the direction of the .lent in the hands of the minister of marine. Under this new older Admiral Di koff, who was appointed a few days ago as coratnn.ider in chief of the fleet, becomes v!iu.ally the command ing admiral and is iu direct charge of all ships. NEWS OF THE WORLD SHORT DISPATCHES FROM ALL FARTS OF THE GLOBE. A Review of Happenings in Both Eastern and Western Hemispheres During the Past Week—National, Historical, Political and Personal Events. Helding a convention in Spokane in March for the purpose of discussing the plan to create a new slate, em bracing the Inland Empire, is definite ly proposed by some of the leading pro moters of the plan. Andrew G. Blair, one of the best known public men in Canada, died suddenly at Frederiskton, N. B. He was formerly premier of New Bruns wick and for several years minister of railways and canals iu Sir Wil frid Laurier's cabinet. At Birmingham, Ala., Farmer Burns recently defeated James Parr, the Eng lish champion, in a fast wrestling match. A challenge to the winner was made by Frank A. Gotch, the American champion, and Bums says he has accepted. Both houses of the Arizona legisla ture have passed the following reso lution; "Resolved by the house and council, That they view with appre hension and regret the effort now be ing made to include within the scope of congressional legislation the mat ter of the management of public schools of the states of the Union, and that they extend to the state of Cal ifornia their sympathy and hope of success in their effort to maintain its constitutional rights." George Wiinams, a settler, shot and killed Alfred Douglas, a farmer' on Sait Spring island, in the Gulf of Georgia, B. C., recently during a drunken quarrel. Miss Harriet Beecher Stowe, daught er of the famous writer of that name, died recently at her home in Sims bury, Conn., aged 70 years. On Janu ary 17 she suffered a stroke of paraly sis, which finally caused her death. The Northwestern railroad has con cluded the experiments which it has been carrying on on its western divi sion. and orders have been Issued to prepare ail locomotives in Wyoming for Ihe use of oil for fuel instead of coal. Reports from British Columbia in dicate at the present time there is a pronounced scarcity of labor all over that province. The labor unions of Chicago have de cided again to demand recognition from the meat packers, and unless the packers make concessions the work men declare they will go on strike to bring the employers to terms. Philadelphia.—Following the suc cess of the upholstery weavers in gaining an 11 cent Increase in pay, the Cloth Weavers' union decided to ask for a 15 cent increase in pay. Their union numbers about 12,000 members who are employed in about 50 mills. . Nelson, B. C.—Connection has been made with the city lights, municipal tramway and motor users in small manufacturies by the new municipal power plant just installed on Kootenay river, 10 miles below the city. Kercheval, a 4 year old colt by The Commoner out of Tihunas-Toraboy. ridden by Koerner, won the Burns han dicap at San Francisco Saturday by two length in the presence of 15.000 people. Logistilla was second by a neck, while Sir Edward secured third position two lengths in advance of Ra mus. Nealon, the favorite, was fifth. The field was well bunched at the Time, 2:0 1-5. The winner finish. was S to 1 in the betting. "Salome," the sensational opera by Richard Strauss, the German compos er, which had its first performance in this country Tuesday night at the Metropolitan opera house, may never be repeated in this country—at least at the Metropolitan opera house. This is the edict of the board of directors of the Metropolitan opera house. Mr. Conreid received in his mail today a letter from the directors, signed by ihe secretary of the board, protesting in very vigorous terms against a repro duction of "Salome." on the groun d (hat the opera based on a Bi'dical story and carried out as it is, with dis gusting and sensational realism, of fends the public's sense of decency. Hill Road to Stand Trial. A decision was filed In the United States district court at St. Paul over ruling the demurrers to the indict ments in the rebate cases recently brought by lie government against the Omaha. Great Northern, Wisconsin Central and Minneapolis and St. Louis railroads. The cases will go to trial at the April term. The Evidence. "The world is bankrupt.' "Nonsense." "Nonsense, nothing. It owes every man a living, and I can't make it give up a cent."—Philadelphia Record.