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FOOLS CLERK BY SAYING HE WAS AN INSPECTOR. After Train Had Left Bonners Ferry Robber Overpowers Clerks at Point of Gun and Then Goes Through Reg istered Mail—Stayed in Car Until It Reached Spokane. Spokane, March 16.—In the guise of a postoffice inspection, a bandit obtain ed admittance to the postal car on the Great Northern Oriental Limited at Bonners Ferry, Idaho, at an early hour Sunday morning, overpowered the two clerks at the point of a gun, locked one In a closet, bound the other and put him under the table, and then, coelly smoking a pipe all the while, calmly rifled the through registered mall pouches while the train was pro ceeding to Spokane, During the run to Spokane of 109 miles, which requir ed over six hours, the robber received the mail at the three stations where tho train stopped, and threw off the paper mail. Just before the train entered the yards of Spokane, the bandit leaped from the car and with his booty in a small satchel, which he carried when lie entered the coach at Bonners Ferry, made his escape. Harry Draper's bloodhounds wore taken along tho right of way of tho Great Northern and picked up the scent within tho city limits less than a mile from tho Great Northern station. They followed it several blocks to a car line, where the scent was lost. It is supposed that the robber boarded a car and rode downtown. Six registered mall sacks were cut and their contents rifled. All were for points on the Coast, tho Sacks for Spo kane not being disturbed. It is not known how much money and valuables the bandit obtained, but he is supposed to have made a big haul. In opening the sacks he sustained a severe cut on his hand, supposed to be the third finger of tho right hand. He bled freely from tho wound and tho mail he touched was covered with blood, it was from this blood that was not yet dry that tho dogs were given the scent. When the train reached Spokane, John Nystuou, postal clerk in charge, was found locked In the clothes closet, while Benjamin Stumpf, tho other clerk, was under the table with a jumper drawn over his head, and his arms tightly bound with clothes line rope that tho bandit brought with him, doubtless for this purpose. It was then that the story of tho robbery was first learned. When the train stopped at Bonners Perry about 4 o'clock yesterday morn ing, a man came to the door of the postal car and threw in a mail sack and a small grip, announcing that he was W. C. Bennet, a postoffioe inspec tor. "1 will return in a few moments and ride with you to Spokane," he said to Nystuen, tho dork in charge. Stumpf, the other clerk, was asleep under a table covered with mall sacks. Nystuen glanced at the mail sack and observed that it bore the name of Rennet. such as railway postal employes carry their belongings in. Just, before the train departed from I he Idaho town the man entered the oar. It was a paper mail sack "Is there any mail for me?" he in quired of the clerk. "There ought to bo some for me. Please look." Nystuen ran over some mail and when he turned around to inform the supposed inspector that there was none he found a big revolver pointed at his head. Locks Clerk in Closet. After warning the clerk to make no outcry and learned that another clerk was aboard, he directed Nystuen to get into the clothes closet, in which there is bandy sufficient room tor a man to stand erect. When the pseudo inspector first ap peared Nystuen awoke Stumpf and In formed him that an inspector was to ride with them to Spokane and that be would awake him again shortly. Ignorant of the daring robbery that was going on in the car Stumpf con HniMIlt to sleep lightly, train was leaving Sandpoint Stumpf thought ft strange that he had not been called and, looking up from un derneath the table where he was rest ing he saw the stranger opening letters. As he was crawtlng from underneath the table the bandit turned around, whipped a revolver from his overcoat pocket and commanded him to remain silent or he would blow his head off. He then throw a jumper over the clerk's head, bound hts bands behind him and seated him In a chair to the far end of the car, with his face to the wall. When the Most of the pouches were cut from top to bottom, and an examination of the contents showed that the bandit had been careful to make a thorough Pouches Cut Wide Open. Every package search for plunder, or envelope addressed to a bank show ed signs of having been carefully ex amined. Heavy Penalty. A report reached the police about a week ago that several mail pouches had been stolen from the Northern Pa cific depot platform at Sprague, Wash. Inspector Linn says that the penalty for placing a mall clerk In Jeopardy with a gun is Imprisonment for life at hard lablr. There Is a standing gov ernment reward of $1000 for the cap ture of such bandits. - SPORTING NOTES. Meellck won the Crescent derby at New Orleans Saturday. Jimmy Ilrltt and Packy McFarland have signed for a fight to take place In Frisco on April 21. Johnny Coulon of Chicago cleanly outclassed Young Terry McGovern of Los Angeles in their 10-round contest. George Hackenschmidt, the Russion lion, has arrived in America for his championship match Gotch. "Ty" Cobb has signed a contract for $5000 with the Detroit club. He led the American league in batting last season. Ed Green, the Troy wrestler, won the second and last fall in a hotly con tested match with Billy Bagiey of Mos cow, at Troy, recently. "Andy" Anderson, a freshman at the Washington State college, has been elected captain of the basket ball team for the season 1908-09. The California women won the inter collegiate basket ball championship Saturday, defeating Stanford the sec ond time. The score was 22 to 11. Pitcher Higginbotham, who was the star of the Northwestern league last season, has been showing up well in the early practice games at St. Louis. The Seattle Athletic club athletes won three of the four contests from Multnomah last week, Venables, Speck and Kelly winning from Frank, Dran ga and West. Arrangements are complete for a catch-as-catch-can wrestling match be tween Ixiu Bucholtz of North Y'akima and William Bagiey of Moscow, to take place Saturday night, March 21, at Palouse. "Cyclone" Johnny Thompson of Illi nois knocked out Johnny Murphy of Frisco in the eight round of what was to have been a 20-round glove contest at Frisco. The preliminary fight, be tween Jimmy Carroll and Monte Attell, at 115 pounds, went 16 rounds to a draw. Billy Roche was the referee in both events. Calvin Demarest of Chicago Satur day night broke the world's amateur record for the high run in the opening with Frank game of the national amateur 14.2 billiard tournament at the Chicago Athletic association, making 168 in his seventh inning. Demarest won the game, beating Clarence Jackson of Chicago 4U0 to 165. Demarest's aver age was 21 1-19. Northwest League Notes. Tarai) Osborne, the eccentric pitcher of the Spokane Indians, has been pur chased by Tacoma from Eddie Quinn, the purchase price being kept secret. Russ Hall's Butte team, which had planned on training at Lewiston this year after a successful training season there last spring, will now go to Ever ett for a few weeks prior to the open ing in Seattle. The switch is caused by the change in schedule, which takes Butte to the Sound to open and brings Aberdeen over on this side of the mountains. The Tacoma. Seattle and Vancouver teams will train at home. Manager Quinn announces that he has closed a deal with H. C. Calhoun of the Lewiston normal school for the uso of the normal baseball grounds and that the Indians will be taken to the Idaho city about March 23. They will be ordered to report to Captain Hulen at Spokane not later than Sat urday, March 21. Manager Quinn has also closed a deal for Manager Brown of Aberdeen whereby the Black Cats will report at Clarkston, just across the river from Lewiston, and train there at the same time that Quinn's men are working out on Normal hill. The Lewiston and Clarkston chambers of commerce have been interested in the thing for some time and are put ting up a handsome guarantee to cover the training expenses of the two teams. Murder at North Yakima, North Yakima, Wash., March 16.— Mrs. L. V. McCoy, a comely mulatto woman, was shot and killed at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon by Mortimer Moore, a negro, who claimed to have been converted under her teaching at a gospel mission several years ago. Moore was jealous because the woman was to marry E. T. Clifford, who had started her in business at the Fremont lodging house, where the murder took place. Moore then ended his own wretched life by taking carbolic acid, Grafters Guilty. Harrisburg, Pa.—The jury in the first of the capitol conspiracy cases to be tried gave a verdict of guilty as to every one of the four men who have been on trial here for the last seven weeks, tonight, after six hours' delib eratlon. FLEETTO KEEPOOING OUR GREAT ARMADA WILL CIRCLE THE GLOBE. To Touch Hawaii—Stop at Philippines and Probably Other Ports in Orient —Return Via Suez Canal—Officers and Men of Great Fleet at Practice at Magdalena Bay. San Diego, Cal.—The "American bat tle fleet" of 16 battleships is to under take a tour of the world within two months after its arrival at San Fran cisco on May 5. The itinerary of the world cruise, starting from San Francisco on July 6, and including Hawaii, Samoa, Austra lia and the Philippines in the points to be visited, has been formally ap proved by the president and his cab inet. Admiral Evans will relinquish com mand of the fleet during its forthcom ing stay at San Francisco, and who goes upon the retired list in August, was expecting some official word from Washington on the subject of the fu ture movement of the fleet, and it was in view of this and to enable the de partment to prepare its program that he sent the message the night of his arrival off Magdalena bay to the effect that the ships could start on any mis sion at a day's notice and were in far better shape as to machinery and effi ciency of crews than the day of sailing from Hampton Roads. Short Stay on the Coast. The residents of the Coast are some what disappointed over the brevity of the ships' stay in these waters, but they are patriotically proud of the fact that the flag is to be shown all the way around the world. President Roosevelt announced in his last mes sage to congress in referring to the trip of the battle fleet to Magdalena bay and San Francisco that no such fleet had ever undertaken such a cruise in the history of the world's navies. Tho significance and impor tance, therefore, of the added journey through "our Pacific possessions" and on through the Suez will, in the eyes of the world, add to the influence of our naval power. It has not been decided by the navy department whether the torpedo boat destroyer flotilla now on the way from Callao, Peru, shall accompany the bat tleship fleet on the voyage around the world. The settlement of this ques tion will depend upon the condition of the little vessels when they reach San Francisco. Secretary Metcalf has made public a copy of a letter addressed to Secre tary Root March 2 by Ambassador Bryce supplementing the Invitation extended by Sir Alfred Deakin in be half of the commonwealth of Austra lia for the battleships to visit that country on their return to the United States. English Naval Men Interested. The announcement that the Amer ican battleship fleet will return from the Pacific to the Atlantic by way of the Suez canal has created the greatest Interest among naval officers in Lon don, who are anxious to see the ves sels and observe the effects of the long cruise. Should the Americans fail to come to England, Malta would be the better place to etnertain them, as besides be ing headquarters for the Mediter ranean fleet, the duke of Connaught, the new commander in chief of the military forces of the Mediterranean, has a residence there, which makes it the center of much social activity. The cruise of the fleet from Hampton Roads to Magdalena bay has been closely followed by Englishmen, who laud the achievement, and a visit by it to some British port would prove extremely popular. Germans Comment. The German naval critics are com menting upon the wonderful feat of seamanship displayed in the 12,000 mile voyage of the American battle ship fleet under, command of Rear Admiral Evans and its arrival at Mag dalena bay four days ahead o£ sched uled time without a ship being dis abled. They consider it proof of ex cellent material as well as of sonnel. The details of the homeward voy age of the fleet will be watched with keen Interest in Germany. Hawaii Is Enthusiastic. per The official announcement that the United States Atlantic battleship fleet is coming to Hawaii has created the greatest enthusiasm in Honolulu, and preparations for the entertain i ment of the officers and tuen only await advices as to the time of rival. Japan Invites the Fleet. Tokio. Japan.—The official route of, the American battleship fleet, on its return to the Atlantic, has been veyed to the foreign office. Baron Saito, minister of marine, shown the itinerary, repeated his vious statements ar con when pre and emphasized Japan's desire that the fleet would visit a Japanese port In order to en able a practical demonstration of the sincerity of her friendship for the United States and people. At the for-| eign office it was said: "The decision of the American government to send tour of the world should finally silence all war talk, guaranty of the peace of the world." naval officers unanimous in pronouncing the pro posed tour one of the greatest achieve ments of history. the fleet on a It Is a are Military and FINED A CENT BY LANDIS Judge of $29,000,000 Fame Goes to the Other Extreme. George S. Miller, who wrote a dozen postal cards attacking the character of Dr. David W. Wilkins In vehement, defamatory and sometimes unprint able terms, was fined 1 cent by Judge Landis Saturday in the United States district court after Dr. Wilkins had admitted that he had failed to pay a debt of $2 to Miller for washing the windows of the doctor's office. "You are techhically guilty." said Judge Landis to Miller, "because you said these things on postal cards. Don't use the mails to say such things in the future. Go to the man and say them to his face if you think you are justified. I will fine you 1 cent and you need not pay any costs." Miller paid the fine. Dr. Wilkins had a witness fee of $1.50 coming to him, and Assistant District Attorney Shirer suggested to the doctor that he could add 50 cents to the fee and pay the window washer what he owed him. CHINA NOW HUMBLES HERSELF Grovels in Dust and the Tatsu Maru Incident Closes. Tokio, Japan, March 17.—A satisfac tory settlement of the Tatsu affair was announced this morning. China has conceded all the Japanese demands. She will purchase the ammunition on board the Tatsu Maru and hoist the Japanese flag over the vessel. While the flag is being rehoisted a Chinese warship will fire a salute. There is a general feeling of relief in consequence of the settlement of the incident. GENERAL NEWS ITEMS. Th« house has passed the bill provid ing for the restoration of the 'In God We Trust" motto on gold and silver coins. Raymond Hitchcock, the comedian, has been acquitted in New Y T ork of the charges brought by several young girls. They admitted they bad lied. A socalled Ooxey's army of Califor nia is marching to the capital of Cali fornia to demand certain measures which they believe will be of benefit to them. Edward Neil, John P.Boyd, Edward Lynum and Joe Veter, four men em ployed at the Old Iron Mountain mine, situate near the town of that name on the railroad in Western Montana were badly injured by an explosion of sul phurated hydrogen gas in the new tun uelg last Monday. Senator La Follette's Speech. In beginning his speech in the Senate last Tuesday Senator La Follette took cognizance of a generally current muk that by elimauting the railroad bonds from the Aldrich currency bill the, financial committee had taken the wind out of Mr. La Follette's sails. He declared that the action of the committee had rendered what he would have to say against railroad securities more pertinent than it would have been if such action had not been taken, daring that the recent financial strin gency in the country was brought about by the influence of " Standard Oil " and J. P. Morgan, senator La Follette, who practically closed the debate the Aldrich bill, entering upon a de nunciation of men high in the financial world. r. ■ De OU Kills Himself With a Small Knife. Chattanooga, Tenn., March 17.—Jas. A. Johnson, a leading politician of this city, committed suicide by cutting his throat on an Alabama Southern train between this city and Birmingham. LATE NEWS ITEMS. United States Senator William Pinc kney Whyte of Maryland died home in Baltimore last Tuesday. Tommy Burns knocked out Jem Roche at his in Dublin, Ireland, in one ronud last Tuesday. It was for'the championship of the world. Maneuvers by Japan's Fleet. Hongkong.—Information has received here from Formosa that the first Japanese naval squadren ha! sailed on secret service quadron has Torpedo Flotilla Arrives IAmerican Lieutenant at Panama. command of p „ „ ^ u ' ch L Cone, which left ' l ao March 9, has arrived here un expectedly. Roumanla is the most Illiterate coun ry in Europe. The last census shows that In a population of about 6.000.000 nearly 4.000,000 neither write nor read. TIMES ARE BEHEB FACTORIES RESUMING ADD MOSEY IS EASIER. and Steel Trade Greatly Improved Iron —Price of Copper Goes Up Since Butte Mines Reopen—Stocks A 9ain Advancing—No More Calls for Short Loam ■Foreign Money Invested. New York, March 17.—The prevail ing opinion reflected in the financial district last week was of increased confidence that the condition of affairs was menlng. Evidences were not versai that contraction had uni nm lu course, but from fields that were con sidered most significant the signs 0 f betterment were accepted as testi mony that the situation was shaping toward improvement. Figures compll ed by the American Railway associa tion of the number of idle freight cars showed a progressive reduction of the last two fortnightly returns, figures were highly Influential in shap These ing opinion on the general situation. Scattering- reports of resumption of work by factories which had suspend ed or largely reduced operations dur ing the depth of the depression, al though mixed with evidence of fur ther curtailment in other directions were a cheering factor. Especially in the iron and steel trade the reports of reopenings were notable, vance in the price of copper, which had boon falling since the decision to reopen the Butte copper producing The ad mines gave some reassurance to the confidence in improvement in that trade, which was expressed in the opening in Montana. The declining money rates here and abroad wore an element in the situation, and the dis crepancy in money rates here and in Europe induced some investment of foreign funds in New York. This was mostly confined to high-grade mort gage securities and to some takings of mercantile paper. The easing of the money market and re the stirring of activity in stocks brought into consideration the subject of financial needs of the great corpor ations which remain unsupplled and which insure attempts to float new issues of securities in the near future. The market for existing bonds was studied to discern a reflection of this improvement in the general bond mar ket, but with results somewhat disap pointing. The bond market lacked breadth and the prices at which sea soned bonds are still selling do not make a propitious condition for the offering of new securities. The ad vance in stocks was made feasible bj the evident completion of liquidation and a consequent scarcity of stocks offering which removed obstacles to the operations for an advance. An obstinate short interest also was left at a disadvantage by the cessation o( liquidation, and the necessities of this element offered a basis for raising prices with assurance that some de mand would be met on which to resell at a profit. AUSTRALIAN CHEER THE NEWS Deafening Hurrahs for the United States at Sydney. Sydney, N. S. W.. March 17.—There was a dramatic scene at a great gath ering of citizens, when, at the con clusion of an address on the subject of national defense, the premier, Al fred Deakin, read a cablegram an nouncing that that the American fleet of battleships would visit Sydney and Melbourne. He called for three cheers for the United States, and the audi ence rose en masse and responded with deafening hurrahs. Did Lincoln Drink? Chicago is wrestling with the ques tion whether Abraham Lincoln was al ways on the water wagon, of $50 by Alonzo Wilson of the prohi bition party to any one that can con clusively prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that "Honest Abe" indulged An offer In a friendly glass has excited much interest in the controversy. Duel Unto Death. Sheridan. Wyo.— W. S. Bunker of Arcadia, Iowa, and Herman Hanker o West Side ; Iowa, were found dead » a room at the Pepper hotel in K® 1 ehester, a small town near SherldaA recently, either as the result of & ^ volver duel or a suicide pact, volver was clutched in the right of each man and bullet holes were their heads. A <«■: il Fuel Pl al,t ' Big Fire In Colorado Trinidad. Col., March 17.—Fi re - posed to have been caused by cros electric wires, destroyed tb e washer, the tipple, engine bouse ^ chemical laboratory of tbe Co o Fuel and Iron company's mine ' 0 [ miles west of here, entailing a 10 J(| j estimated. $150,000, and throwing men out of work. A''