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Kame "Wilde BeuU" ii Applied By
Mr. Sutton to Annapolis
Expresses Her Belief That Killing
Was Premeditated.
Declares Her Boy Was I ieaten
Governor is
National Irrigation Congress Begins
Its Annual Meeting in
Important Changes Foreshadowed in
Working Methods.
Guest of Honor
at the Opery
Governor Forbes of Manila Cables His
Felicitations to President
Executive Discusses 8-0'Clock Closing
law and Tries to Square Him
self With the Knights.
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., Aug. 9. A ne recon
vening today of the court of Inquiry Into
the death of Lieutenant James N. Sutton,
V. 8. M. C, the judge advocate. Major
Henry Leonard, moved that the lettess
read at the cloaed session of the court on
Saturday, when Mra. Sutton, the mother
of the dead lieutenant, wu on the stand,
be made publio. This motion was criti
cised by Henry E. Davis, counsel for Mrs
Sutton, but the court ordered the letters
The reading; shewed that Mrs. Sutton
Identified a number of letters as having
been written by her. The first of these
was- to Harry M. Swarts of the pay
master's office of the marine corps. Wash
lngton, D. C, and asked If he was a friend
t her son to whom she could write with
confidence as to his sympathy. A second
letter to Mr. Swarti gave a version of
what occurred on the night of Lieutenant
Sutton's dearth, ard also detailed wounds
on the face and head, which Mrs. Sutton
wrote had been inflicted upon her son. She
referred freuently to those who were with
Lieutenant Button when ha was shot as
"wild beauts:" In this letter the name of
Miss May E. Stewart of Pittsburg was
Calls Them "Low Brntes."
Mra. Button asked Swart to find out
from Osterman and the others who were
in the automobile with Sutton what had
actually happened preceding the shooting.
A third letter to Swarts gave further
details of what Mrs. Sutton had, she said,
discovered and referred to those who were
with ber son when ha died as "low
brutes." She referred to a letter from her
son in which he described his fellow offi
cers as "low cads" and referred in words
of bitter criticism to Lieutenants Adams,
Otter-man and others.
This letter described the receipt of the
news by her, at her home, of her son's death
and said she felt at that time that her son
.. was with her and that ha described to
her the jnfinnm7)f-.htr. dcatH, which. h
wrote, he declared was due to a ihot fired
iT Lieutenant Adams. Mrs. Sutton wept
quietly while her own words as to her sun's
death were being used.
The reading of the record concluded.
Mrs. Sutton was eroes-examlned by Mr.
Blrney and said she had received here In
formation relative to the wounds which she
believed to have been suffered by her son
from the testimony at the first investi
gation. All the letters of Mra. Sutton which were
ordered made publle were addressed to
Swarts and altogether make about 6.000
In the second letter, which was written
on April 9. evidently In answer to Swarts,
Mrs. Sutton said that "after Jlmmle was
killed Captain Maris and Lieutenant Utley
took hit keys and went through his trunk
and everything. Can you tell me if they
had a right to touch anything? To make
it more horrible, Utley was with Adams
and Osterman when Jlmmle was killed. I
believe ba engineered that fight; that it
was all planned."
Satoldo Story Cat roe.
"Jlmmle was beaten to death," the letter
continues, "and that shot was fired to
hide the crime. His forehead waa crushed,
nose broken, lips cut open, teeth knocked
out and an incision in the head half an
Inch long. Just think what my
poor boy's suffering must have been as
he was beaten to death by those wild
beasts. Good God! Mr. Swarts, the work
of wild men, and this on their awn sworn
testimony, and atlll they are walking the
treats today while by poor boy lies in
the grave, stamped a suicide."
Referring to the ill-fated automobile ride,
Mra. Sutton declared that If "Jlmmle"
bad been himself he never would have
t asked them (Adams, UUey and Osterman)
V ride with him. Adams and Utley hated
him, she declarea. Mention la also made
; of Lieutenant Potts, Sumner and Shearer,
who were In another automobile on the
night of the tragedy. She speaks of a
money transaction between her son and
Shearer, and several times during her cor
responuence wiin nwans expressed a
' strong dislike for him In uncomplimentary
: terms.
"On October 1," Vhe w rote, "Jlmmle bor
rowed $211 from the bahk. On October S
he gave Shearer a check for $130, and I
wrote Shearer and asked him what It was
for. He said he had just cashed It for
Jlmmle. I did not believe htm, and wrot
and told him what I thought of six men
who would let a man In helpless condi
tion be taken out and beaten to death.
On subsequent occasions, when she had
written Shearer, his replies wars curt, she
Mrs. Sutton says she used to scold her
son' for being so generous, and his an
war waa: "Mamma, my greatest happl
ness Is when I'm making others happy. It
.waa 'Jlmmle who loaned him his linen.
and It was Adams who sent ntm to bis
On May 1 Mra. Button promised to send
Swarts a copy of the first Inquest testi
mony and a copy of what evidence shs
had later obtained. She recites her dlf-
lultlea la obtaining anything definite
9out "Jimrnle'a'' death.
Iaaalros A boat "Nary" rail.
"Do you mean to say that If we prove
what we know, thewe men cannot be pun
ished simply because they belong to the
navy? Those men know why they are so
secret about the affair, but we are not
sleeping and I think th United States will
be compelled to alt up and take notice of
what kind of man run the navy and shield
pack of low brutes."
IConOnuod on Second Page.)
Aston C. Shallenberger. governor of Ne
braska was the guest of honor at the den
Monday night and he and his colonels did
homage to King Ak-Sar-Ben. Trie governor
arrived a little late and the oprey was
late in starting, but when it was once
under way it went with an eclat which
pleased all. No one seemed to enjoy the
fun more than the governor, who sat In his
shirt sleeves, surrounded by his colonels In
full regimentals.
Several parts of the oprey have to deal
with the S o'clock cloning law and none ap
plauded louder than than did Governor
Shallenberger and when he was Introduced
by the grand mufti to make a few remarks
he told some funny starles about the
o'clock closing and tried to square himself
with the sir knights for the hand he had
In putting- the law upon the statute bonks.
There has been a great deal said ahout
tha hour of the day, but 'you will learn to
like It,' " said Governor Shallenberger,
quoting from one of the choruses of the
oprey. He told of meeting a rough looking
chap In the west who asked him, "Are vou
the Shallenberger who shut the boose off
at S o'clock?" "No, I'm fhe Shallenberger
who turns the booze on at 7 In the morn
ing " Other stories of similar nature were
"Omaha Is to be congratulated on ths
great empire which lies back of It. No
state in the union can show better for Its
population. We never knew of the panic
and while traveling with some representa
tive men from the a month axo I
scarcely knew what they were talking
about when they refered to the panic.
"I used to look with envy on some of
these older states with their mines, but
mines some day fall to produce whereas the
soil of the great state of Nebraska grows
riches as the years roll by. It will produce
more In a hundred years from now than It
does today."
The governor said that he was going
to leave Wednesday morning for Seattle,
where they had no 8 o'clock closing law.
Accompanying Governor Shallenberger
were Colonels McPanlels, Getten, Byrne,
Berryman. Marshall, Kennedy, McShane
and Fetterman.
"I come from a city where they have
nothing but water and am sorry I did not
get to Omaha before S o'clock, said Judge
J. B. Barnes of the supreme court of Ne
braska. "We of Nebraska are proud of
Omaha for the growth of Omaha, means
the growth and progress of the etnlre stata.
Judge Barnes told of a trip he recently
made across the state and of the changed
agricultural conditions which he found.
John A. Fox, representative of the Klvers
and Harbors congress spoke most en
thuslastlcslly , of the great advantages, to
be a gain for the west by making tha
streams navigable. He said he did not
know of a single thing which would so
work far the development of the northwest
as to deepen the Missouri and make it
ready for boats. He said that by so doing
Omaha would become the gateway to a
great empire. Into which the many rail
roads centering at Omaha would all be
Grand Mufti Herring announced that
Ak-Sar-Ben had a membership of 1,060,
whereas a year ago the books showed but
936 members. He said that next Monday
was to be hotel men's night when the
members of the Northwestern Hotel Men's
association would be guests of the king.
Labor Trouble
is About Over
Street Railway Companies and Union
Men are Getting Together
in Chicago.
CHICAGO, Aug. 9 Diplomatic negotia
tions marked the progresa of the street
railway situation here today. While no
definite proposal of peace was offered on
either side, conferences which were held
justified the conclusion that settlement
of the controversy without a strike or
arbitration Is only a few days off.
Ths union leaders refused the first offer
made by the railway officials that of a
graded scale, giving the 30 cents an hour
maximum to men who have been In the
service fifteen years. The union men then
put up the proposition of an Increase of 1
cent an hour at once, and an increase of
S cents an hour next year, and this prop
osition now Is being considered by the pres
idents of the two companies.
Mrs. Jan Germon, Sarvlvor of Last
Generation, Near Death Was
Fanoai 'Once,
BALTIMORE, Aug. . Mrs. Jane Ger-
roon, the comedienne, who Is 111 at the
home of her son. Dr. Frank Germon, of this
city, ia believed to be near death. Mrs.
Germon, who Is 78 years old, Is suffering
from ailments Incident to old age. Mrs.
Germon was well known to three genera
tions of theater goers throughout this
country, she having appeared with all the
great stars for more than sixty years prior
to her retirement from the stage some
eight or ten years ago.
Archbishop J.
ST. LOl'I. Aug. 9 That Archbishop
John Joseph Keane of the Roman Catholic
archdtecese of Dubuque is to retire from
active duty August 18, when a coadjutor is
to be recommended. Is the official news re
ceived here today from St. Paul, Minn., by
Rev. V. S. Phelan. editor of the Western
Watchman, a semi-official church publica
tion. Ill health. It Is stated, is the cause
of the venerable prelate's action.
The Irremovable rectora and oonsullorsot
the archdiocese have been summoned to
meet August IS at the archepiscopal reat
denoa In Dubuque and auggest names for a
coadjutor. The following day the suffragan
bishops are to ratify or change tha list.
Passage of Bill is Fruition of Hope
Long Delayed.
Puts in Considerable Part, of Day on
Golf Links.
Hasn't Yet Selected Hta Favorite of
Maay Courses A boat Beverly
Wants to "elect One and
tick to It.
BEVERLY, Mass.. Aug. . President
Taft today received a message of con
gratulations from the Philippines for his
efforts to obtain the passage of the Phil
ippine tariff bill. The massage came from
Acting Governor Forbes st Manila, and
the president sent a suitable reply. The
exchange of messages were.
MANILA, P. I.. Aug. 9. The President,
Washington, D. C: The Philippine com
mission wishes to express its thanks and
appreciation on the success of the years
of devoted effort which has resulted In
the supreme achievement of August S,
which opens the markets of the United
States to the Philippine people.
"The obstacles to Philippine prosperity
are now removM, and we, your represen
tatlves here, villi try to do our part In
turning the privileges conceded to the great
advantage of the Philippines.
"FORBES, Acting Governor General."
Forbes, Manila, P. I. I thank you
and the commission for your expression
of congratulation on the passage of the
Philippine section of the new tariff bill.
It Is a culmination of our united efforts,
which I am confident will result in great
benefit to the Philippines and the people
of the islands. WILLIAM H. TAFT.'
President Plays Golf.
Following out ths fixed routine of the
vacation days, the president this morn
Ing went early to the golf links, and on
the course of the Essex Country club
played eighteen holes with' William J.
Boardman of Washington.
The Boardmans have a summer place at
Beverly farms, a few miles north of here.
On the result of today's game much
will depend as to where the president will
play the greater part of his games. The
president regards the Myopia course as one
where thorough golf must be played on
every stroke If mishaps are to be avoided.
One bad shot will put a player far out of
the game. ,
Mr. Taft wants to settle down to one
of the many -courses about Beverly and
get thoroughly acquainted. He does not
believe his game can be improved by a
constant change of links. He will set his
own bogey score at either Myopia or Essex
and will try to play up to It every day.
Taft Once a Yachtsman.
As President Taft eat in the broad
veranda of his summer cottage this after
noon overlooking Salem bay, and watched
scores of small yachts In training for the
regatta to take place this week, he was
asked If he were Interested in yachting.
The question brought a reminiscent smile as
he declared he once was an enthusiast, but
lost Interest after an experience years sgo.
He was spending a summer along the
Long Island shore and one day at Shelton
Island was shipped as member of a yacht's
crew. The president said he waa put to
hauling and letting out the main sail, but
when the sail got to flapping, the rope cut
his hands and finally slipped through the
block, the boom swung violently around,
the rigging gave way and the future presi
dent of the United States was put ashore
as a hopeless landlubber.
President Taft has left entirely in the
hands of Secretary of State Knox the
formation of the far eastern bureau of the
State department, recently authorized by
Wavy Reorganisation Talk.
Secretary of the Navy Meyer will visit
Beverly some time next week. He Is now
In Canada. Mr. Meyer may take up with
the president several matters affecting the
Navy department, but any recommenda
tions based on the report of the Speery
board, or touching the reorganization of
the department unquestionably will be left
for the late fall, when the president re
turns to Washington.
The president today sent the following
message to George E. Barstow, president of
the Seventeenth National Irrigation con
gress at Spokane, Wash.:
"I greatly regret that I am not able to
he present to hear the discussion and get
the benefit of your deliberations. I have
the deepest sympsthy with the general ob
ject of the National Irrigation congress,
and yqu can count on my earnest endeavor
to further the cause of reclamation by ir
rigation in every part of the country with
in the jurisdiction of the federal govern
ment." Strikers Mast Vacate Homes.
PITTSBURG. Aug. 9. Sheriff Gumbert
and his deputies today served notice on
forty-seven families of the strikers at the
Pressed Steel Car company's plant at Mo-
Kees Rocks to vacate their homea within
twenty-four hours.
J. Keane of
About to Retire
The final selection will be made in Rome.
Archbishop Keane, it la aald, had made
up his mind to retire only within the last
few weeks. He has ranked among the
notables of his church for many years. He
waa born In Ireland In l&S and ordained in
186a. He waa successively rector of St. Pat
rick's church, Washington; bishop of Rich
mond. Va., rector of the National Catholic
university and then, in Roma, titular arch
bishop of tha congregation of the propa
ganda. He was transferred to Dubuque in
Some weeks ago be accompanied Arch
bishop Ireland to St Paul, whence comes
his request tor a coadjutor.
From the Philadelphia Record.
Protest of Powers is Made Effective
After Delay.
Informs Turkey of Its Intention to
Maintain Strict Neutrality With
Respect to Island of
CANE A, Island of Crete, Aug. 9. The
Greek flag, which wu fun over the
fortress and the Cretan tmljiary barracks
here on July 17. the day after the evacua
tion of the island by the International
troops, was lowered today as a result of
the protests of the four protecting pow
ers. ATHENS, Aug. 9. The Greek government
today handed to the Turkish minister a
formal reply to the porte's note, -which
asked Greece to express her disapproval
of the annexation agitation in Crete, and
formally to declare that she had no am
bitions regarding the Island.
The reply reaffirms Greece's Intention
of maintaining an attitude of neutrality
with regard to Crete, but It declares it
would be ultra vires (beyond her lawful
capacity or powers) for Greece to make an
announcement respecting the future of
Crete, which matter rests entirely with
the protecting powers.
In official circles It Is considered that
the situation has materially Improved.
Strike Closes
Pueblo Smelter
Men Demand Advance, and, When it
is Refused, They
Walk Out.
PUEBLO. Colo., Aug. 9. The Pueblo
Zlno amelter, one of the two plants of the
American Smelting and Refining Co. in the
city, is closed down as the result or a
strike called at midnight last night by the
furnace men employed at the plant.
The men went out after being refused the
old scale of two years ago, which was
26 cents a day over the present scale. Dur
ing the night it became necessary to guard
the plant by a force of deputy sheriffs.
There are more than MO men out because
of the strike of the furnace men.
Aged Mother, Trying; to Separate Her
Sons, Is Sllg-htly
ST. JOSEPH. Mo.. Aug. 9. Jap Lindsay,
aged a, a stock yards employe, was fatally
shot by his brother, Clarence Lindsay, aged
19. this afternoon in a quarrel at their
home. The load from a ahotgun entered
his left eye. On trying to prevent the shoot
ing the aged mother of the brothers re
ceived a number of shot from the gun.
Clarence Lindsay surrendered to ths police.
Do you want a
girl for housework?
Phone Douglas
238 and get one.
That is the "Want-ad Num
ber." If you are without help,
go do it now. No use drudg
ing this hot weather when you
can get help so easily.
Girls looking- for work know that
Tha Bee publishes practically a com
plete Hat of people who want help,
o tbey look to the Bee Want-ad
when looking for a place.
Better step to the phone and
put in the ad
Flood Takes Out
Bridge in Heart
of West Denver
Loss of Life in Dry Creek Torrent
Prevented by Rancher Who
Gave Warning.
DENVER, Colo.. Aug. 9. Damage result
ing from the cloudbursts of Saturday and
Sunday afternoons, which sent great walls
of water roaring down Dry creek through
West Denver, proves more serious than at
first estimated and probably. . will . reach
That no lives were lost Saturday night
when a wall oj water fifteen feet high
rushed down the creek, was probably due
to the coolness and bravery of J. R. Garten,
a ranchman, who, when he saw the flood
coming, mounted his horse and galloped
along the stream shouting warnings to the
people living nearby. Hundreds of people
reached higher ground barely In time to
escape the torrent.
Considerable llvs stock was drowned in
the valley west of Denver, a, number of
farm buildings swept away anil other dam
age done.
When the flood, carrying on Its crest a
huge amount of debris, poured Into the
narrow walls of the creek bed In West
Denver it roared like a tornado. Near
West Twelfth avenue and Newton street a
big steel railroad bridge waa cut squarely
In two by a big tree which, carried on the
crest of the flood, crashed into the bridge
like a battering ram and sent one section,
ties, rails and all, a hundred feet up the
bank. Three blocks of the track of the
Denver & Intermountaln electric line were
torn up.
Man Who Wrote Them to Young Girl
la Arrested for His
ST. JOSEPH. Mo., Aug. 9. As a sequel
to the suicide of Marvel Chenoweth, aged
14. at Gower, Mo., which occurred several
months ago, Archie Fagan, aged 30, of
Gower, who has evaded the officers for
some time, is In jail here.
Pagan was taken into custody for shoot
ing at a policeman at the Union passenger
station, and his Identity was then dis
closed and the federal warrant served
charging him with sending two Improper
I letters to the girl.
The letters were found under the girl's
pillow by her mother, and after the girl
had confessed to receiving them, she killed
herself for shame.
Newspaper Man Getting: Ready for
Long Promised Flight to
the Pole.
TROMSOE, Norway, Aug. 9 Advices re
ceived here from Spitsbergen where the
Walter Wellman polar expedition Is being
prepared for an attempt to reach the Nortn
pole, say the repairs to the airship shed,
which was badly damaged by a storm last
June have been completed and that a gas
apparatus has been installed. Mr. Wellman
began the inflation of the balloon July SI.
War Clouds Are Gathering
Over Peru and Bolivia
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9-Is Bolivia seek
ing a pretense to bring on a war with Peru?
This question is being asked by South
American diplomats who are watching
every development in the situation in which
Argentina, Bolivia and Peru are directly
Interested, and Chill and Braxll Indirectly.
Some of the diplomats profess to think that
the excitement In Bolivia over the Argen
tine award, which was favorabls to Peru,
Is really a blind on the part of the poli
ticians there to bring about an armed con
flict with Peru nominally to secure a more
satisfactory adjustment of the boundaries
uf the disputed tract, but actually aimed
at territorial conquest.
Bolivia has no sea coast. A successful
war with Peru might give it an outlet to
Dahlman Dares Shallenberger to Try
Ousting Him.
Action of the Epworth Assembly
Pats Him in a Rase and He De
fies Them to Take the
Threatened Action.
Mayor Dahlman defies former Senator
Patrick and the Epworth assembly and
dares Governor Shallenberger to Institute
ouster proceedings against himself and the
Omaha Board of Fire and Police Commis
sioners, composed of W. J. Hoye, C. J.
Karbach, W. J. Hunter and W. F. Wap
plch. "I am ready any time they are and If
they want to file charges my advice to
them Is to get busy," said the mayor.
"The trouble Is they are all a bunch of
four-flushers, who grabbed at the bait held
out by that fellow Patrick and adopted this
resolution without knowing the first thing
about It or the conditions In Omaha. I am
not saying anything about former Gover
nor Sheldon and do not know why he
voted for the resolution, but I have no
time for the rest of the bunch and am
ready for them any time they want to act.
"I am mayor of this city and I Intend
to show these four-flushers that I am
mayor. I have been here In this chair now
nearly four years, have always upheld the
law and always intend to. I dare the
governor to begin ouster proceedings and 1
dare the whole bunch.
"I am chairman of the Board of Ktre
and Police Commissioners and the board
has never refused to revoke the saloon
license of this man pinuxso. We have
taken the matter up with the city attorney
and are waiting an opinion from him.
"We may be ' moving slow, but I .will
move slow or just aa fast as I please, .and
no man down at Lincoln can make me go
slower or faster. I believe in being sure
you are right before going ahead."
Anti-Saloon League Aska Goveraor
to Proceed Against Dahlman.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Neb., Aug. 9. (Special Tele
gram.) Application was made to Governor
ohallenberger today to request the attorney
general to bring proceedings to oust Mayor
Dahlman and the members of the police
board of Omaha for falling to revoke the
license of a saloon-keeper who was eon
victed in police court of violating the
o'clock closing law. The application was
signed by B. F. Fellman, president, and
Harry Stone, secretary, of the anti-saloon
league of Douglas county, and It was sup
ported by an affidavit aettlng out the con
vlctlon of the saloon-keeper and the failure
of the board to revoke his license.
The papers were received at tha office of
the governor just as he left the building to
(Continued on Second Page.)
the sea by damage as an Indemnity Mo
quegua province, the southernmost In Peru
and adjoining the Chilian frontier. In that
province Is the harbor of Ilo, at tha mouth
of the river of that name. The harbor Is
said to be an excellent one and Its acquisi
tion by Bolivia would be of great advantage
to It.
Chili's probable attitude In the event of
hostilities between Bolivia and Peru Is also
being discussed w ith much animation. With
Chill's assistance Bolivia would have a
decided advantags and from tha military
standpoint, it is believed, could more easily
effect the prior occupation of the disputed
tract because of the practical Impos
sibility of Peru's transporting men and
munitions of war over the Andes.
Such is Declaration of Chairman of
Executive Board.
Director Francis H. Newell af tha
Reclamation Service la Principal
Speaker at First Day's Ses
sion of Congress.
SPOKANE. Wash., Aug 9.-"The govern
ment of the United States Is sitting klly
whlle millions of dollars" worth of nat
ural resources are going to waste. The
Appalachian forestry bill, which passed
the house and senate twice, was killed by
Uncle Joe. Notwithstanding the dispensary
systpm In South Carolina, there la too
much water there."
E. J. Watson, commissioner of th South
Carolina department of agriculture, com
merce and Industry, before the National
Irrigation congress this afternoon, uttered
the foregoing with telling effeot He
urged that the government take control
of such rivers, esst and west, aa might
be navigable, for the purpose of making
them waterways for smaller battleships.
James J. Hill, chairman of the board of
directors of the Great Northern railway.
whj was to have spoken at tha afternoon
session, was not present.
The question of a next meeting place
has narrowed down to a fight between
San Francisco and Pueblo. Cola Illinois
probably will throw Its strength to San
Francisco. Among the other cities men
tioned Is El Paso.
The new constitution, provldftig a busi
nesslike basis for the congress, waa
Clash Between Factions.
A clash between the natural resources
preservation policies of the Roosevelt art-
mlnlstration and so-called "private Inter
ests" got its first Impetus when Mayor
N. S. Pratt of Spokane charged that pri
vate capital Is being used to Impede the
work of the government.
A telegram was received from President
Taft, expressing his regret at not being
able to be present. He expressed deep
sympathy with the cause.
That the time between conventions of the
National Irrigation congress is virtually
wasted because of tha lack of a business
like plan of procedure waa the declaration
of R. Inslnger, chairman of the board of
control of the congress, in . his address
today' at the opening session.
Add re as of Soversiir Hay. '.
Governor M. E. Hay of Washington, af
ter an allusion to the scope snd Impor
tance of tho work of the congress since
Its Inception In 1802. spoke of the waste
of timber and the threatened shortage
with which the country is confronted. Of
his own state he said:
"Western Washington can boast the
heaviest stand of timber in the world. It
Is estimated that at present there are 900,-
000,000,000 feet of mercantile timber stand
ing In this portion of the state. This Is a
magnificent resource, and it Is little won
der that It appeared unlimited to the pio
neers In the lumber Industry here.
"But today, If the heedless methods of
the past continue, we can approximate
with fair accuracy the time when this
great body of timber will be exhausted.
In the last fifty years fully 100,000,000 feet
of timber has either been cut or destroyed
by forest fires. By far the greater por
tion of this has disappeared in the last
decade. i
"The lumberman and tho logger, how
ever, have awakened to the gravity of tho
situation, and there la reason to believe
that henceforth more scientific and eco
nomical methods will be adopted In tha
harvesting of the timber of this state."
President Barstow Speaks.
George E. Barstow, president of tho
congress, spoke in part as follows:
"The national government has passed a
law providing for the establlshmen of a bu
reau of Immigration, to aid the immigrants
to locate upon lands for home building,
but should not the national government go
a step further. Shall I be regarded aa
preaching paternalism, or as socialistic,
when suggesting that the duty of the na
tional government may be found In provid
ing, under proper safeguard, a fond which
may be used to make loans to enable this
frugal and thrifty class of people to locate
homes under government Irrigation plants?
The great cities are the maelstroms of our
nation. Their citizens would soon become
effeminate and decayed save as they can
draw upon our country and simple Ufa.
"There Is too much unwarranted preju
dice against many of tha nationalities com
ing to our shores. There are, no doubt,
some of the people of each nationality un
desirable. But time has shown that
whether Huns or Slave, Italians or Chlnaae
or Japanese, they meks good cltlsena,
'I desire to Impress upon you the Im
portance of giving the federal govern
ment to understand that the people of
the nation demand that the reclamation
fund shall be forthwith supplemented by
the creation and sale from time
to time of gold bonds to tho total
sum of 15.000,000 In order that much more
rapid work may proceed in reclaiming tha
natlon'a arid lands. This same principle
finds Its application as to tha reclaiming
of our swamp lands and improvement of
our natural waterways. When all these
arid lands shall have been cultivated by
Irrigation, we shall have opportunity
for about 25.000.000 population, with an an
nual Increase of agricultural products
amounting to t6.WO.000.000."
Newell Principal Speaker.
Director F. H. Newell of the federal re
clamation service waa the next speaker.
He ssld in part:
"The present situation In national Irriga
tion is that homes are being provided for
thousands of self-supporting cltiiens at no
cost to the taxpayer. Seven years have
elapsed since the psssage of the reclama
tion act. Under Its operation irrigation
works have been built In the thirteen west
ern states and two territories, by which
waters are conserved and distributed and
nearly 700.000 acres already brought under
Irrigation, with returns to the fund amount
ing already to over 11,000,000. Tbs success
obtained may bo aald to Justify tho ho.