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W PORTANT DECISION EMM INTERSTATE COMMISSION. t Jurisdiction Over from This Country Ports—Different Corn Pool Traffic and Commis Have no They say 8 Ocean's Traffic Foreign to Any ies Can Cannot Interfere parti lion been promulgated commerce commis has £ decision tGe interstate of the most important been called upon to' de It is that of by in one SiOD it has for sonie time. Cosmopolitan Importing company, Philadelphia organization, chartered * Her the laws of New Jersey, against Hamburg-kmerican Packet com the North German Lloyd Steam 5'company,, the Wilson Unes, and Scandinavian-American lines. The complainant's petition was filed csses termine the toe the _., t h t he commission nearly a year snme time subsequently the defend ants filed a demurrer, attacking the of the interstate commerce The opinion in the case, pre ago. jurisdiction commission. which is very voluminous, was Commissioner, Franklin K. I .in' brief, and in effect, the commis decided .against itself. It holds authority over oceanic Id don that it has no transportation and this determines adversely to the contention of cue the complainant. In this case the complainant alleged that the defendant steamship com panies transport traffic untrer the bills of lading between inland points iof the United States and foreign ports, and thereby subjected to the jurisdic tion of the commission; that defend have made an arrangement for the pooling of eastbound export traf fle maintained by rail to Atlantic ports and thence by steamship lines to points ini Denmark, Sweden, Nor way, Finland and German ports in the Baltic, and that this so-called "Baltic pool'! arbitrarily determines the ultimate, rates from such Inland points of thp United States to such the North Atlantic ire lUtfl toreign ports, ports; and that the Hamburg-Amerlcan Packet company maintains a monopoly of westbound and eastbound traffic forwarded on local and on through bills of lading between Germany and other continental countries and inland cities of the United States. The prayer of the petition is that the commission declare the "Baltic pool" to be an illegal pooling of freights tin der the interstate commerce act; that the monopoly of the Hamburg-Ameri can Packet company be declared un lawful and that relief be granted to the complainant, which is also a trans Atlantic steamship company, doing a freight business between American and continental ports. Lane Explains Decision. In his discussion of a few of the reasons for the commission's decision, Mr. Lane says: "The commission may regulate in terstate traffic, whether by rail or by combined rail and water route, from point of receipt to point of delivery; Gut the commission in its control over toreign coufmerce is limited to the j, regulation öf such traffic, whether by I rail or by k combination of rail and »ater carriers, from and to the points transshipment. "The pooling of traffic by water carriers is plainly a matter over which file commission has no jurisdiction. "A rail carrier may control, and con nect with a line of steamships engaged In foreign commerce, with which it may interchange business as freely as »Ith another rail carrier, and it may quote a combination rate for the through movement, the agents of the railroad company acting as the agent °f the steamship company in so doing." WOMEN DEMOCRATS I Will Be at National Democratic Con vention in Denver. Denver, Col.—For the first time in the history of will be any political party there women delegates sitting in a national convention when the demo cratic party meets here July 7 to pom mate candidates for president and vice President. Colorado women who are advocates of woman suffrage have organized to invade the democratic Primaries and 8 use every effort to se , ure *h® selection of one of 'their num ®f as delegate to the democratic na °aal convintion from this state. . Längest in Histo-y. ashington.—Carrying the largest "PPropriation in its history. $ 222 , 190 , ' Postofflce appropriation bill 0(M PaSSed the house. This is $1,425, (jq mor ® than was reported by the mmittee. Chairman *hen the poncluded, Overstreet, reading of the bill had been waged a vigorous fight on ot .^PPSltion to increase the pay tutr, e ' etter carriers which was voted 6 b111 ' but that act was con arm ®4. 136 to 126. I'.., th® SEN. ELK1N8 SPURNS A TITLE Refuses to Become Italian Duke to Oblige Nobility. Rome, Italy, March 25.—"Are we to be spared humiliation?" cries high so ciety in Rome on hearing that Senator Elkins has spurned a proposition to ifiake him an Italian duke so the king's cousin, Duke D' Abruzzi, may get a wife not without rank when he marries Miss Elkins, as It is now understood that he certainly will do. Indeed, there is a rumor that the marriage has already been solemnized privately, which In tensifies gossip. Feeling in royal, aris tocratic and popular circles has been raised almost to the boiling point by accumulatelng circumstances connect ed with tne duke falling desperately in love with an American girl. There was strenuous opposition to the match at the outset because the duke had chosen for his bride a woman with no rank in European eyes, and not éven the faintest claim to the lowest order of titles. Then, when gossip spread that d'Abruzzi was after Senator Elkins' millions, Italian pro tested that the duke has an income of $90,000 a year and through his rank has membership in the house of Savoy and because of his personal fame he was eligible to wed the wealthiest and proudest of European princesses. Rut it was explained that the duke always has been democratic in his views and greatly admires American institutions. Report persists that Miss Elkins re fuses to change her religion and that the match has been broken off. This story would be willingly believed, but those who are acquainted with d'Abruzzi and with the facts in the case, ignore it. DECLARES ARMY WEAK. United States Is in an appalling condi tion. Weak numerically, with enough officers to handle it efficiently, ft is further handicapped by lack of supplies. "In case of a foreign war the coun try is in such a plight that a strong enemy could wrest from it territory at home and abroad, the recapture' of which would be accomplished only at the cost of thousands of lives and the expenditure of millions of treasure. Either this would be the case, or the United States woitld be forced to lower the flag to the terms of a humiliating peace." Only 72,000 Men, Including Militia, Available for Quick Service. The army establishment of the not Briefly this is the opinion of an army officer of high rank who is now in Washington. "There are only 55,000 men in the regular army," he said. "This includes all brandies, combatants and noncom batants. Of this number there are 15, 000 in the tnilippine islands, 500Q in Cuba and 1000 divided between Alaska and Hawaii. WAR BUDGET WINS. Fortifications Bill Goes Through Hous® Without Material Amendment. Without being materially amended in any form, the fortification appropri ation bill was passed by the house. During the closing debate the war de partment was criticised by several members regarding the money spent fortifications at Subig bay, which, it was charged, was wasted in view of a later recommendation that the de fenses at Cavite be strengthened. Crit icism likewise was offered to estimates of the department, which recommended over $ 30 , 600 , 000 , which, it was claimed, could not have been ex pended within 10 years. on the Saloonmen Must Pay. The supreme court of Nebraska has handed down two decisions in which responsible for liquor dealers are the deaths and declaring that damages can he collected, of a man who died äs the result of a debauch at David City was empowered to collect a reasonable sum for sup port from the saloonkeeper who sold her husband liquor. In the other the Willow Springs Brewery company of Omaha is decided to be liable for the death of a boy who is alleged to have become intoxicated at the brewery, wandered on the rail road track and was run over by an en gine and killed. In one the widow As to Texas. Official vital statistics for January show 4548 births and 1395 deaths, this rate the births for the 12 months will exceed the deaths by At of 1908 37,836. It also is argued that the census of will credit Texas with a' popu The ex 1910 latlon of close to 5 , 000 , 000 . of births over deaths and the in of Immigration for 10 years from is conservatively esti cess flux 1900 to 1910 mated at 1 , 500 , 000 . Bryan and Taft." Bryan and Taft will the nominees for P resid ®" t ° , doubt States and the issue wlll .|'" K Ü wil , Eventually the money , „ rv „ n in the come to the suppor o pres hope of administering- „rnnheatea ident Roosevelt T est ! ar® editor of of Colonel Henry Wattcreon^ edit the Louisville Courier-Journal. Says WUllLUiitiA.HuLLÀIftb PRESIDENT SENDS A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO CONGRESS. Program Favors Tariff. Revision— Favors the Aldrioh Bill—Is for Con cessions to Capital and to Laboi Limit Power of Injunction In Certain Courts—Great Effect on Nation. At a conference with the president held at the White House with tbel was following representatives of commer-| cial bodies of the middle west: Rich ard C. Hall, president of the Chicago Association of Commerce; J. V. Far well, Jr., member of the Chicago Asso ciation of Commerce; Charles H. Wacker, member of the Chicago Asso ciation of Commerce; James E. Smith, president of the St. Louis Business Men's league; F. J. Wade of the ex ecutive committee of the St. Louis Jiuslness Men 8 league; H. R. Topping, president of the Kansas City Coipmer cial club; C. D. Parker, ex-president of the Kansas City Commercial club; E. M. Glendenning, secretary of.the|j Kansas City Commercial club. President Roosevelt has determine:! on a legislative program the enactment of which will be urged upon congress in a special message, which he says1 will go in this week. Each of the measures to be proposed involves per-1 each will have plexing difficulties, and far-reaching effects on business andi eçonomic conditions pf the country. The program is the product of con-J ferences through which the president]holders has been put in possess!on of the views of all interests concerted. Likewise the attitude of the leaders in both branches of congress has been made known. Its success depends upon the combined effort which he believes can be brought to boar in behalf of theJ whole plan by those affected especially by some one of it 1 features. ' The program includes; A declaration in favor of revision of tne tariff in a special session to held after March 4, 19Ö9. An amendment to the Sherman anti trust law so as to make important con-1 cessions to combinations of both ila bor and capital. Limiting the powers of certain! courts in the use of injunctions in Iät I bor disputes. Passage of an employers' liability 1 law. Passage of the Aldrich financial bill. The support of the business and 1 financial interests of the middle west was pledged to the president on program following an exteuded con ference held at the White-House. AI most satisfactory conference was held at the president's office with leaders of the two houses of 'congress. Western Men Promise Support. _ Brownsvillè, Pa.—Undertaker .1. P. Rose believes he has discovered the secret of Egyptian mummy embalm ing, and crowds visit his establish ment daily to gaze on. a dead unknown, into whose body he has been injecting a ,secret preserving fluid daily for the past six weeks The man, was killed by a train on January 20. No one claimed the body, and the undertaker secured it, guaran teeing a decent burial when his experi ments were finished. In nearly 50 days that have passed since there has been no change in the of the body, except that It MUMMY GETS A SHAVE : A WEEK Beard Continues to Grow on Body Embalmed by New'Process. appearance has become almost white and as firm After a week the beard as marble, of the stranger grew to the length of about a quarter of an inch. A shave was regarded as necessary, and the un dertaker sought fôr several days be fore he found a barber willing to un dertake the job. Since then the mum has been given a clean shave once my a week. IS ROBBED OF $47,000 ROLL Held Up by Three Bandits on Road to Rawhide, Ney. Reno, Nev., March 24 .—Three ban dits, heavily armed, overcame Edward Hoffman and companion on a road two miles from Rawhide, threw them to the ground and made off in their vic tims' two-horse rig, taking gold and bank-notes amounting to about $47,000 The money was consign with them, ed to the Coalition Mining company at Rawhide, to be used iu paying miners' wages, and to meet the final payment properties purchased by the Coali on tion company. Girls' School Burns. gt Louls .-.Fo.rest Park university, a private school for young with an enrollment of students from all parts of the country, was destroyed by fire recently, v All persons in the building escaped. Iu safety. It is be lieved the fire started from a defective The institution was founded as women, Kirkwood seminary in the village of Kirkwood, In 1861, by Mrs. Anna Sneod Cairns, who on Thursday last celebrated her 67th birthday and anni versary. MINES IN MANY CAMPS. Patsey Clark, who ha6 returned to Spokane from New York after sev eral months' absence, expresses the belief that the entire metal situation is improving Blowly but surely, and that by another year the production of copper will have nearly recovered its normal extent, but at prices in the neighborhood of 18 cents. At a special meeting of the Douglas Island local No. 109. Western Feder ation of Miners, a general strike was caJled and notices were sent out or dering union men and sympathizers to stay away. A late report from the Finlay river (B. C.) district confirms the rumor sent out from that country a few weeks ago to the effect that there has been a rich strike of gold in that section. A strike of rich ore about two and a half feet in width has been made in the Interstate mine. John Hays Hammond, the mining expert with the Guggenheim Explor a ti on company, says his contract ex pired March 1 and he has refused to | renew unless he gets $1,200,00 a Heretofore he has been receiv yea-r. n g $200,000 cash, and stocks in the various Guggenheim enterprises that | b i'Qught the annual average up to | $goo',000. W. Clayton Miller, general manager 0 j tbe Federal Mining company, states ctia.nc e fnine will be only temporary, that the closing down of the Last of $210,000 against thé Sullivan Min j. n g company, George Turner, presi dem 0 f the company, asks the stock to submit to an assessment on their stock of 7 cents per share, Engineer J. H. Gopdwln and two trainmen were killed and another serl o U8 ]y injured recently, rçhen ah en gi Ue on tbe Copper Belt railway, the jj ne that carries the ore to and from t hé mine in the Bingham district to the smelters, jumped the track and pmnged into the Dewey custom mill, which was destroyed. Forty mines have been added to the be]force of the Snowstorm mine, situated near Wallace. .The mine has been, shipping ofily about 100 tons daily lately. 1 *• Inforder to meet a pressing demand of prospecting for Alter 22 years gold in the Fish lake district, near ciealum,-Wash., John Lynch says he has struck the long-sought-for vein. Lynch has been working on tills one prospect for nine years. Ore shipments from Rossland (B. C.) mines during last week reached a total of 596 tons, including 3300 tons from the Centre Star, 1900 t°u a from Une Le Roi and 760 tons from the this|josie, mine, situated on the Kootenai river, about five mi i es beldw Nelson, B. C., ■j lag ; e d,fo other properties in that »• The success of the Granite Poorman vicinity starting work. Washington State Mining Inspector D. C. Rotting has completed his figures of the coal production of the state of Washington for 1907, with the excep [tioh of the returns from a few small mines which under the state mining laWB are 01rt requ j re d to give infor t ; mafion as to their output. The total production in 1907 was 3,713,824 tons, against 3,293.098 tons for tne preced ing year. ■ By counties the production was as follows: Kittitap, 1,524,368; King, 1,446,602; Pierce, 616,120; Lewis, 100,885 ; Thurston, 25,752! All. of the coal produced was consumed locally except à little over 50Ö0 tons, which was exported to Mexico from Tocoma. Nearly four feet of silver ore has been exposed in a crosscut of the lead of the Butte and Coeur d'Alene prop erty, near Senator Bryan Dies. Washington, D. C., March 23.—Unit ed States Senator William James Bry an of Flçrida, died at Providence hos pital-at. 8:30 o'clock Sunday morning of typhoid fever. It was only 72 days since he took his seat as successor of the late Senator Stephen R. Mallory, who died December 23, and 23 days of that time were spent in his fight against disease. In Mr.-Bryan the senate loses the seventh member by death since the adjournment of the 59th congress on March 4, a year ago. They were: The two late senators 'from Alabama, Mr. Morgan and Mr. Pettus; Mrs. Mallory, of Florida; Mr. Latimer of South Caro lina; Mr. Proctor, of Vermont; Mr. Whyte, of Maryland, and Mr. Bryan. Senate for Ship Subsidy. Under the terms of the ship subsidy bill as passed by ttie senate vessels of 16 knots an hour sped, traveling be tween American and South American, Philippine, Japan, China and Austra lian ports, will recçive a subsidy of $4 per mile. An allowance of $2 per'mile is made for 12 knot- vessels. . ■ ' A provision ^as adopted that the expenditures for foreign mail service should not exceed the estimated rev enue from ships engaged. ■ An amend ment to. add 27 auxiliary vessels, to the war fleet was defeated. Gilmore's New Play. There Is said to bo a great deal of character, expression and eves grace In the manly figure of Jack Hartley In George V. Hobart's new romantic love Idyl, "The Wheel of Love," and Paul Gilmore is said to play it almost to perfection. The part is totally differ ent from the one in which he was last seen here, Dick Seeley, the Yale stroke in "At Yale," but it has many of the same qualities, notably those of hero ism, manliness and courage. It is a riper part, one in which the popular young actor accentuates the good points noted in Dick Seeley rather than adds many new ones. The piece will be brought t6 Spo kane Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and Saturday matinee. The production is said to be a particularly beautiful one and the cast more than adequate. Altogether the "Wheel of Love" 1b one of the great hits of tho season. Spokane Theater April Attractions. April 5, 6 and 7, "Coming Thro' the Rye"; April 10, Mm- y Mannering ln "Glorious Betsy"; April 11 and 12, "The Black Crook"; April 17 and 18, Creston Clarke in "The Power That Governs"; April 19 and 20, "The Burgo master"; April 21 and 22, Mrs. Patrick Campbell; April 27, 28 and 29, "Brew ster's Millions." Dramatic Notes. John Luther Long is writing a new play for Mrs. Leslie Carter. Booth Tarkington's new play, which he is writing for May Robson, is nearly finished. Blanche Walsh is quite ill and has her tour for up a few weeks. Maude Feely is going to be tho lead ing woman in a Kansas City Stock company this summer. Frank Daniels will probably have a new musical comedy by Harry Girard and Paul West next season. Garfield M. lopping, who was the owner and manager of one of the first theaters in Chicago, died recently at his residence at Barrington, 111. The Chicago Symphony orchestra, which comes to Spokane soon, was or ganized by Charles Beach in 1899, with Adolph Rosenbecker as conduc tor. The orchestra will give three con certs in Spokane, Monday and Tues day eVeûlng and Tuesday matinee, April 6 and 7, at the armory. Colonel Fairfax Dies. Richmond, Va., March 26. —Colonel John Walter Fairfax died Sunday at his home, Leesylvania, Prince 'William county, Va., in his 80th year. He was a well-known veteran of the civil war, having held the rank of colonel in the In 1864 he suc Confederate army, ceeded Colonel Zorell as ranking offi cer on the staff of General longstreet Owing to his dash and gallantry, Col Fairfax had been characterized in his tory as "Long6treet's fighting aide." Kills His Mother for Money. Fort Wayne, Ind., March 24.—Grover c. Blake and Orsel Reynolds, of Ander son , i n d., we re arrested here on the charge of murdering Blake's mother, Saturday, at Anderson. Young Blake made a confession after his arrest im plicating Reynolds. He said he had been drinking with Reynolds, and they both nee ded money, Blake says he secured $160 in money and some dia mond rings. Double Maryland License. A high license bill for Baltimore city has been passed by the house. Under its provisions saloons and clubs which now pay $250 annually will .pay $500 next year, $760 the year following and $1000 the third year. The license will then remain at $1660. The act is ex pected to cause a reduction of 25 or 30 cents in the city tax rate at the end of three years. Gives $100,000 to the Y. M. C. A. Chicago, March 21.—Tho pla* for raising a $1,000,669 emdnwmeat fund for the Chicago Young Mea's Christian association in rccogaitiaa of Ks 50th anniversary was givea impètas by the liberal pledge of $160,966 made Satur day by John G. Shedd, a prominent merchant. Mr. ShediFs offer was to give $50,000 if the association shall raise $600,000, and $50,900 additional if it shall raise $1,609,000 this year. Littlefield Resigns Congress. Governor Cobb of Maine, received a letter from Congressman Charles E. Littlefield, tendering from the Second district of Maine. The resignation is prompted by Mr. Littlefield's desire to take up his law practice, whieh has been seriously interfered with by his congressional duties. He will reside in New York. Catholics Must Marry Catholics. In accordance with the decree of Pope Pius X, of last Äugest, Arch bishop Farley sent a letter today to all Catholic churches explaining the new marriage law that will go into effect on Easter. In the main the de cree prohibits civil marriages lor Cath olics, and declares onion in the church on and after April 19 invalid if the bride or groom is not a'Catholic.