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44T1I YEAR. si1 -igasam i-v , v f 400r g" NOVEMBER The Morse Conviction. The conviction of C. W. Morse, the ico trust promoter, appeared inevitable as his trial progressed. His defense was pitifully unconvincing. It amounted virtually to a plea of ignorance of the law. The banking interests have no reason to feel that their honor has been assail ed because Morse must go to prison. He was of their numbers only so far as he could employ funds in his charge for the purpose of swinging stocu deals. IHb operations were carried on with the knowledge always present that he might wreck the institution of which he was the head. It, has been declared that the attempt on the part of Wall street to rid itself of Morse and to avenge itself upon F. Augustus lleinze caused the panic of last fall. This may be far from the actual truth, but catastrophes of the sort have followed less important in- j cidents Morse was a typo of what has been l!0,t th "nredntnrv r ch." Ho W8S a ' get rich quick financier upon a large ' scale, daring, unscrupulous, inordinate ly selfish and self interested. The pro motion of the ice trust was carried through at a time when an unusually hot summer emphasized a shortage in the ice supply. To aid the floating of the Btock great blocks of shares were scattered about among influential brok ers, city officials and those who might be ATnRntfiri to inaugurate reprisals. In vestigators found that Mayor VanWyck 1 spite or hi ill healt h and Thaw would had accepted certificates offered him j have saved the state of New York a gratuitously. The rise in the price of lame sum of money, ice, partly due to the shortage, was j While pistol carrying is practiced all more to artificial inflation, brought in- j over the country, and is everywhere pro tense suffering to tenement dwellers and j ductive of bad results, the real home of otherB who could least afford to meet i the gun toter is in the south, where, in the increased cost. This was the founda- j many instances, hot. headedness is mis tion stone of Morse's notorietyThrough- taken for pride. The hair trigger gentle out the years he made no effort to live j men of the southern states would do it down. His name became associated well to leave tdeir pistols at nome or re with a score of questionable financial af- move the chips from their shoulders, fairs until, growing more bold as his -fortunes grew, he precipitated the , smat-b. the echoes of which are now dy- For two cents it is possible for any . r ; one to send a letter from San Francisco 111 Alfred H. Curtis seems to have been j to London. The man in St. Louis who no more than a tool of Morse's, but he wants to write to his Mends and rela is no less guilty. He was as eager as his fives in any part of the United Kingdom principal to pile up a swift fortune. He ! Onds it necessary to pay only the same took chances which he knew were dangerous, permitted the juggling of de positors' money and the falsification of the books The banking industry should feel that it has been purged, the dispatch of Morse and Curtis to the penitentiary will give the honest and cautious banker higher standing in the community and cerve as a warning to the "wild cats" who cloak their irregular financiering with a national charter. mmmmm , ' . Ills., was a gu-st of her niece, Mrs. W ill " , . oi Morn- for a dav or uvo last wcok. one i ' , cam- to visit her tester, Mrs. Muxlow,! and finding her gone to Omaha, she and Mrs Morris went up there on Monday. , Marve Meyer is now tho owner of a fine auto, in which he expects to make his trip to Colorado the coming spring. OREGON, 1 12 151415 6 7 8 9 110 11 12 15 14 1516 1718192021 222524252128 29l50l 1111 SPAIN The Fatal Gun. When Robin Cooper and Senator Car mack, of Tenuessee, met, each was arm ed. Had neither man carried a pistol there would have been no shooting The country's criminal history is filled with incidents proving that the habit of car rving deadly weapons is quite as seriou: act nnv nf t.hft disftlTeHUble tllingS thilt prevail in the United States. Senator Carmack i dead because of a trifling difference in politics that might have been adjusted over a cup of tea or mmfi.iinn Hsd the two men come together in the street at a time when both were unarmed somebody's face might have been slipped or somebody it Lofii Imrl ;i blank eve as the re sult nf a scrimmage, but it is hardly likely that Carmak would have died and there would not have beguu a ft-ud of vast proportions. When Harry Thaw went to the Madi son Roof Garden in the summer of 190G, he made a mistake in taking a pisto pistol Wltu Dim. lilt) piaimu m.u a bad man, but it didn't puunish the bad man. for the reasou that Stanford White never knew that he was struck, and consequently had no knowledge of the penalty ho was paying for his wrong doiug. Young Thaw has been paying, however, a very high price for the satis faction he had in stmding over a dead mans form with a smoking pistol in hand. But for this pistol White might have continued a few years longer in j muuuu.u, iJUDl p--- in sending a letter to Heiieville. xne man in Cork, or Edinburgh, will spend the same amount of money in sending a ! letter from his city to his relatives in St, j l.ouib. mie .. i small sum for this service, it was enough ! to g;v pause to some frugal souls who will now write more frequently, : Thus is the world made smaller. One i hundred years ago several dollars were .required to send a message from th- : Mississippi Kiver to the racinc Coast- j Letters from points in the United Slate? 1 to places in Europe were few and far ; , . t. . .. , I tween. and most ji tnem foiled to re be reach . . . T . their destinations. It is now a common , for Budapest to correspond with Seattle. Sr. L-uis with St. Petersburg I aud Winnip-g with Warsaw. Spped has made a better understanding within the human family, and the letters that are the children of speed have helped the good cause. MISSOURI, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER lioiuTE conn: matters. Judge Murphy Disposes of a Goodly Bunch of Probate Business. Dur nj thh ei.t're last week, and a few days this week, Jude Murphy h;is beei: as bus ap u cranbeir merchant, hear ir.g and disposing of probate matters. f: II l'nriv who has charge of the Char e? Wyiie estate, was granted an order of distribution and z.'.cl) each was o dered distributed to Mrs Everson, Mrs. Goodnight. Mrs Will Fitzmaurice md Mies Nettie Wjlie Eil Fuhrman. as guardhn of Edna Fuhrman, in mak ng iv.s St:n annum settlement, si.oi.ved a balance ot plUd it due his ward John Strough, who has charge of the Nura LJuttericU estate, made nis oui annual settlement, showing a balance in his hands of 391. 7.1 The appraisement of pprsonal proper ty, in the Lossen Si pes estate, was made by P. F. aud F. E Leach and George Hunt. The valuation was fixed at So4. A. W. VanCamp. W. R. Hopper and Chas. A. Moser, as commissioners, to set off the widow's homestead in tho Win Anno estate, filed their report. Van Taylor as guardian of Anna E Louden filed his first annual settlement shoeing a balance of S20." 40. Henrv Linville filed a demand for 200 against the P. M. Paschal estate. A trial was had, which brought many wit ness. The demand was i ffset by an in terest charge, and a balance of 27 cents was awarded Linville. Mary Heine is the guardian of the Heine children and as such she filed her third annual settlement, showing a bulauce due her as guardian of $5'J8.25 This cond-tion was brought about b reason of the loss of crops the past year from the high water conditions, and therefore advanced this sum for the benefit of her wards. W. 11. Richards, as guardian, was granted an oider to sell certain real estate for the benefit of his ward, Ed Kewen. An afBJavit in appeal was filed, from the decision of the court, in the demand of J. C. Cochran ag-dnst the D D Per kins it Co. estate. In the estate of the Wyman heirs, P L. Trapp, as guardian, filed his Fettle ment, showing 82,094 82 as due Demas, and So0 was appropriated for support. As to Helen his second pottlement show ed a balance of 81,713.24 due his ward, and S200 was appropriated for her sup port for the year. William Kee as guardian of May Stan ley, filed his report of the salo of his ward's 1 7 interest in f3 acres of land, made to Lemon Notley for $171 l'i; hie first annual settlement showed a balance due his ward of 8149 OS. The guardian of Guy, Harry and Allen Stanley filed his report of sale his wards G-7 interest in 53 acres of land to Lemon Notley for 81, 414.29, which were approved by the court, as to both sales. Mat Cawood in charge of the Amelia Stacey estate, made his final settlement. showing a balance of $31 .'IS on hand, which was ordered turned over to Nellie M. Cawood. Alonzo and CharKs McNulty, in charge of the G W. McNulty i state, made their final settlement, which showed a balance due the heirs of 82,010.83 It was ordered distributed in equal parts to May E , Heck, Harriet A., J. W.. Carrie, Lon, Charles and Belle McNulty. M. D. Walker in charge of the estate of Mrs. E. F. Adams, filed his first ann ual settlement, which showed a balance of 815 87, and the court ordered settle raentsdiscontinuedjHSguardianof Bryant Vminr, made settlement, which showed a balance of 830.32. As administrator of the Ed. Prussman estate, his settle ment showed a balance of 82,417.91; as guardian of John Brodbeck, his 9th annual settlement showed a balance of 81,5(53.59. Ho made his 7th annual settlement of the Blevins heirs, showing a balance of 82,003 03, and his 9th settlement as guardian of Mary Reel, showed a balance of 8377.39. Elizabeth Hoffman, is in charge of the Charles Hoffman estate and filed her first settlement, showing a balance of S5.9G2.73. She was allowed 821 1G for sundry expenses. John Scarlett as administrator of the James VanGundy estate made his first settlement, show ing a balance in his hands of 31,509 72. W. S. Thomson filed a demand of 830 50 against the D. D. Perkins estate, which was referred to John W. Stokes, as speiai administrator. Charley Dege. as administrator of the F. W. Dege estate, made his final settle ment a d there being a balance of 8502. S3, it was ordered distributed to himself and mother, as als j a number of insolvent notes. Albert Noellsch made his iiist settle ment in the John Noellsch estate, show ing a balance of 8S.345 52. Albert Roecker, as adminhtor of the George Ad-lph esta'e. was granted an I order for the sale of probate property;! tie was gr oited a refun I order for ?4- t money advanced by Joshua Acolph: j .s J i u) was order d appropriated tor me .vidow. aaJ cl'J.) ordered tor uie -.wuon a vearlv allowance. Albert Ruecker. as executor of the John G Cowan e-tate, hied his tmai -ett lenient, showing a balance in his hands of 87 i" 1 31. which was ordered distributed to the following heirs: Jo irs. Mary Cowan, 8921 29; to Cora and Florence Cowan, each 8S17 ."j0: t child of Jessie Messenger, Etta and .lohn .Messenger, each 8515: to the heirs of Marv E. Cowan, John Asher. Frances ind Aseneth Cowan, each 8K S75; to Lillian. Robert. Dewitt. Charles. Reed, Ivan and Arthur Cowan, each 8233 57. G W Cummins in change of the D. C Anderson estate, filed his final settle ment, showing a balance in his hands of 81,203.41, which was ordered distributed to the children of D. C. Auderson, Alice md Guorge. On making her first annual settlement there was found to be due her 8399 9i, in the Augustus Appleman estate, b Mrs. Hannah Appleman, as administra tux. P A Dooley in charge of the Dooley & Dooley partnership estate, made final settlement, showing full administration with no balances, as administrator of the John A. Dooley estate, a balance of 812151 was found to be due on hnal settlement, which was ordered dis!ribu- ted to Grace Dooley, 8113 79; to P. A D.oley, 87 72. Ralph Meer, as admi istrator of the Wm. Terry estate, made hisfiual settle ment, thowing a balance of 8G03 S3, which was ordered distributed, 8105 14 each to Elrna, IVrry Colwell and Mi.bel C. Meyer and Ralph Meer as guardian of the minor heirs of W. H. IVrry. Mr Meyer also made settlement as the guardian of the Terry heirs, showing balance of 8S37 S5; 850 was appropriated for the support of Mary. M. D Walker, in charge of the John H. Proctor estate, made his 2d annual settlement, showing a balance of 82iS22 Wm. Jackson, as guardian of Virgil Jackson, an insane person, filed his 5th settlement, which showed a balance of 8S0G.13. Mrs. Lena Gord m, in charge of th' B. F. Gordon estate, showed a balance of 820337 due tho estate on her first settlement. John and Henry Fries, in cbarga of tho John G Fries estate, made their first settlement showing a balance of 81 973 37. Dowitt Porter and Henry Fries, execu tors of the L. C Fries estate, made a sho.ving of a b dance of 83.527 09, due the estate on their first settlement. J eeph Hatfield, as the guardian of tho Hatfield heiis, made his 7th annua accounting, showing the estate to have been fully administered, and settlements were ordered discontinued. L. A. Hunt, ovcutor of the Peter Ri ley estate ti'ed his third settlement, which showed abalance of 810.253 3G. W.E Smith, guardian of Harry Smith, made his Sth annual exhibit of tho af fairs of his ward, showing a balance of 81.443.75; the sum if 835 was appropriut ed for support of his ward. The court allowed the following de mands: lX'in.'iud of Against Amount estate of D. C. Poiter Jacob Moser 8433.19 W S Thomson & Co Hiram True 153.15 E. S. Thatcher Geo. Adolph W.S.Thomson &Co D.D Perkins 90 00 30.50 Not "Worrying Us. A reader of this great moral guide wants to know if it is possible that it is going to take 20 years yet to dig the Isthmain canal and what kird of a job will it be when it is completed. We have but little idon as to the length of time it will take to dig the canal, never having had any extended expeiience in digging canals of that tort, or of any sort. We hope that it will be completed before we have passed ovtr into the auriferous hence, and if we are still alive at its completion that it will ; be before we have arrived at an age when we are no longer able to expector ate over our chin; but further than this general interest, we refuse to become excited about that canal or rlose any sleep worrying over the matter. So far I ag we know, we have nothing that we j desire to ship by way of the canal, and we cannot at tnn writing tnii.Koi any - thing that anybody wants to ship to us by that route. If However. President Taft should want a good man on the commission, who is in favor of pushing things to the end of completing the job at as earl, a day as possible, we are ready to accept the place and draw the srilary. . Mrs M. D. Walker, after an tend ed visi' with her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Riley, of Maitland, has c ;me back homi-, and brought her grand daughter, Velma j Markt, home with her for a visit. 20, 190S. Bryan the Preacher. hve from Chattanooga h report that two well known evangelists of that c!ly. w ho have conducted campaigns in various parts of ti.is and other countries. have asked William J, Bryan to join them in their good work. Just what Mr. Bryan's reply will be we do not I know, but we imagine that he will de cline the proposition. This; d es not mean, however, that Mr. Bryan is not a good preacher. Indeed, he is preacher firs, journalist, lawver, statesman, politician, orator afterwards. Bran is not merely religious, although his devotion to a faith is not to be qi.es tinned. He is essentially a giver of ad vice, a leader of a flock and expounder of doctrine. He has the personal plat form magnetism of the evangelist. By tricks of mind that are unconsciously operated, he sways his hearers much af ter the manner of the old fashioned ex horter. He is likely to "stir" sentiments within a willing breast. Where he can not get votes, he can get teats; aud we should not be surprised if his preaching were to bring hundreds upon hundreds to the mercy seat. Mr. Bryan is out of politics in the sense that he will never again appear as a national leader of the Democratic par ty. It is not too much to say, however, that he may come back one of these days as the chieftain of some new move ment-one of those unexpected but sweeping waves of public thought that sometimes, as the world's history has told us, have washed the foundations from beneuth great governments. It is notour view that this country is ripe for one of these large movements, nordo we think tl at one of them will come while Mr. Bryan survives as a strong figure on our stage; but that the man from Nebraska will be hrard from as p iet or preacher, lectur r or lawyer, we cannot doubt. International Intimacy. The German Emoeror a short time ago gave to an American journalist an interview. It was sold to one or our gre.it magr.zines and was announced for publication. Meanwhile, the Emperor's "calculated indiscretions" got him into trouble in Europe and even at homo. His own people questioned the wisdom of his att'tude on public m Uers. and p row of oo small proportions was created The article sent to America had got into proof and there came forth certaic signs that the magazine would joon give it to the world rather proudly, perhaps for it is not every magazine that can pre sont to its readers an authorized inter view with a really great Emperor. Then by a process not entirely clear at this time, influences were set to work. It was seen that the interview might not serve the ends of international harmony It would not do to iet it appear. Cable, telegraph, important person ages and many conferences were em ploved to the end that the article was suppressed. International intimacy in a degree not dreamed of before the days of Hay's and Root's shirt sleeve diplo niacy was employed and the end was that tho magazine proprietors agreed to leave the article out of its publication Incidentally. the German li,mporor proved his ability to "suppress" a publi cation in America, an achievement worth while and very difficult, as 6ome of our foremost citizens will aree. In deed the Emperor has been able to do in the United States a thing he has not always been able to do at home. No Rehearing-. It was to have been expected, and generally speaking it was expected, tha the United States court of appeals which originally reversed the decision of Judge Lmdis imposing a fine of 23 mil lions on Standard Oil, would also refuse to grant a rehearing of the case before the same appellate judges. No matte now what the reasons for this expecta tion were, but from the time theorigina decision in the appellate court was given it was taken for granted that the gov ernment's only hope lay in the suprem court of the United States, to which tribunal, it is now hoped, the case may be taken. Incidentally, there is reason to believ that under the Taft administration there will be accomplished some radical re forms in court procedure. Tbn subject is near to Mr. Taft's heart He discussed it courageously in hi- canvass. He ap proves of President Roosevelt's recom- i mendations, that the government be , ph.en theriKht of appeR, in criminnl j nf)l 5nvoh.it u, (..ipiln! , u, j.hment. .ugt M tfae indivi(juai ia j.iven lhe Baai0 ! rjcnt j u .'g thn viftW of Jm,. Tafl thnt pro. j ceflure shou i f)e .simplified, litigation j a(.c,.,HratPfl and that the rich litigant : shoul( nBVB n0 advantages in the law j itseif that the poor litigant does not en- joy. And the Standard Oil case ia likely to furnish good ground for argument. Lester Hodgin, who has been so very low with typhoid fever, is reported to be some better. NUMBER 28. The Future Missouri River. The claims of the inland waterway promoters have been substantially ad vanced by the Deep Waterways conven tion just held in Chicago. It is prac tically assured that a large appropria tion will be made h congress i.ext win ter to beg n this work as it should bo eguu. There is also teas n to beltcvo that in tho near future some plan t..r financing the ; hole project will be dfc- ised and adopted so that the major pcr- ion of the great waterways system, con necting the big interior markets directly ,vith the seaports of the world, shall bo made available in the shortest possible ime. Tnls is not only tho right policy, but it is also the right plan as an invest ment plan. No private corporation would build a great plant, at great cost, and then give only half equipmeut. It would give t the full equipment at onco so that it could get returns on the investment. Mr. Taft, in his address to the conven tion the other day, urged the provision of ample funds to complete the main dvisions of the system, and protested against the waste that would come of doing the work only halfway or by slow stages. Missouri has a tremendously impor tant part in this waterways pUy. From the mouth of the Missouri river to the eastern boundary of Kansas the stream traverses the state near the longitudinal center. ISo interstate complexity arises over what the state might undertake to do on its own acconut to improve the river between St. Louis and Kansas.City. The possibilities of state work arescarce- ly less inspiring than the poeibiiities of Federal undertakings along this stream. It should be remembered that under tho most favorable circumstances congress cannot be expected to do everything that could be done and should be done for the Missouri river in this slate. And che more the state does for itself, the more the river will get from the Federal government. And all that the federal government will give and all that tha state can do will not be too much for such a waterway as the Missouri can be made or for such a reclamation project as can be carried forward in connection with river improvement. The details of such a reclamation scheme would have to be worked out most carefully, but the plan is wholly feasible. The construction of levees should embody the building of a great east and west, highway. In the mciDf the first St. Louis Kacsas City highway should follow the Missouri. It would be the best single medium that could be provided for the aid of farmers in git ting their products to the docks. The hundreds of thousands of acres of land that would be protected.against floods or reclaimed from the river would in themselves, through their increased values, pay for this reclamation and highway project; but the benefits would reach a much more exl ended territory. The time of waste is nearing au end in this wonderfully resourceful Western country. The state of Missouri is singu larly blessed on the coming utilization of its great river, rolling through the cen ter of the commonwealth and recognized as one of the chief beneficiaries of the great national project of waterways con servation. Owners of Corporations. We are accustomed tr hear Morgan, Rockefeller, Harriman, Vanderbilt.Gould and others, denounced as capitalistic kings who are oppressors of labor. De nunciation has been so frequent that many of us have acc-pted it as based on fact In correction of :his error the New York Times has just published an ex hibit that demauds attention of all honest people. The exhibit shows con clusively that not a fow men are owners of our corporations. The railroads of the country are now owned by 500.000 stockholders who share the 8300,000,000 disbursed in dividends. The steel corporation is composed of 110,000 shareholders, and even Standard Oil has 5,500. Enumeration might be continued did space permit, but it is neces-ary only to state that the figures show that incorporated enterprises are composed of a grand total of over 2,000, 000 stockholders. Yet, this great num ber does not teprrsent all the people in- terested in corporations, for the savings banks of this country cirrying 15 000,000 accounts have over 8t50O.OOO.0CO invested in railroad securities for their 8,500,000 depositorr :vvhile the insurance companies protecting 2.".0n0.t,0') policy holders, have more than five times that amount invested in corporate seeuntus. Cor taifdy these figures show that Morgan, Rockefeib r, and others do not own the corporations An earthquake sho;k w.is felt at Sedalia. Clinton. Houstonia. La Monte, and other to.vns in that section of our state, on the morning of the 12th inst. Mrs. J. F. McClary, of Washington, Kansas, was here on a visit with her cousin, Charley Bartram, last week.