W PORTANT DECISION EMM
from This Country
Pool Traffic and Commis
of the most important
been called upon to' de
It is that of
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
The complainant's petition was filed
_., 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,
which is very voluminous, was
Commissioner, Franklin K.
brief, and in effect, the commis
decided .against itself. It holds
authority over oceanic
that it has no
transportation and this determines
adversely to the contention of
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
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
"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."
Will Be at National Democratic Con
vention in Denver.
Denver, Col.—For the first time in
the history of
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
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
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.
SEN. ELK1N8 SPURNS A TITLE
Refuses to Become Italian Duke to
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
"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
Only 72,000 Men, Including Militia,
Available for Quick Service.
The army establishment of the
Briefly this is the opinion of an army
officer of high rank who is now in
"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
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.
Saloonmen Must Pay.
The supreme court of Nebraska has
handed down two decisions in which
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
is argued that the census of
will credit Texas with a' popu
latlon of close to 5 , 000 , 000 .
of births over deaths and the in
of Immigration for 10 years from
is conservatively esti
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.
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
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
Passage of an employers' liability 1
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.
has become almost white and as firm
After a week the beard
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
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
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
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
Kirkwood seminary in the village of
Kirkwood, In 1861, by Mrs. Anna
Sneod Cairns, who on Thursday last
celebrated her 67th birthday and anni
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
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
n g $200,000 cash, and stocks in the
various Guggenheim enterprises that
| b i'Qught the annual average up to
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Blanche Walsh is quite ill and has
her tour for
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
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
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.
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