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VOL. I. NO. 106
CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY. OREGON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1909
PRICE FIVE CENTS
COBVALLIS HAS WOULD-BE SUICIDE
CHIEF WELLS IN ROLE OF LIFE-SAVER
MAN WRITES LETTER TO GAZETTE-TIMES ANNOUNCING CONTEM
PLATED DEPARTURE ; CHIEF GETS IT. '
FINDS DESPONDENT MAN WITH CARBOLIC ACID AT HIS SIDE
Chief Pleads With Man and Induces Him to Forego His Contemplated Demise
Citizen Was Despondent At Departure of Wife From His Bed and Board
and Concluded to Shuffle OffChief Wells Appears in die Nick of ' Time
and Finally Reunites Separated Couple.
Corvallis, Sept. 2, '09.
This is to give you a good item.
If you will come around to my
boarding place in the morning,
you will find me dead. I have a
bottle of carbolic acid and expect
that to finish me. Please tell 'em
I don't want any flowers. I
haven't been used to flowers in
life and I can't use them when
Such is the text of a letter that
did not reach this paper last night
as intended. Instead of reaching
its proper destination, the boy
who was to deliver the communi
cation here, carried it to Chief
J. D. Wells and that spoiled the
whole thing. That official got a
rustle on, searched for three
-jhours, finally located the despond
ent, and after a strenuous effort
. convinced him that he ought to
wait and let the state hang him
at some convenient time. Thus
has a good story gone wrong.
Ready for the Job
When Wells found the would
be suicide, he was at his board
ing place preparing for bed, and
on the chair beside the bed stood
a four-cunce bottle of carbolic
acid, amply sufficient to burn the
lining out of a cast-iron stove.
He frankly admitted that he ex
pected to shuffle off in a few
minutes and he begged the chief
to let him carry out his purpose,
But Mr. Wells, appreciating the
present depleted condition of the
city treasury, disliked the idea of
Corvallis haying to bury anything
or anybody just at this time, so
he brought all his persuasive
powers into play:
Wife Had Left Him
He found out that the man s
wife had left him because of his
drunkenness and indisposition to
provide, and she had successfully
hidden herself. He felt that life
without her was not worth living
and, besides, this city being
"dry" made it too difficult to get
his fluid diet regularly hence his
disposition to shuffle off this mor
tal coil. As it happened, this
city's premier sleuth knew where
the man's wife had hidden her
self, and suggested that if the.
would-be suicide would sign a
pledge to keep straight and pro'
HAVE FAITH IN
Few of the Scientists Express Doubt
of Discovery of North Pole.
M. Lemesoff. librarian of the
Geographical Society and an au
thority on " polar questions, said
yesterday that while the society
had not received direct" news of
Dr. Cook's explorations, he saw
nothing to doubt in the report of
the expedition, especially consid
ering the personality of Dr. Cook.
"Wejiave known the naviga
tor." he,said, ."for several years.
He is a man of rare energy and
much experience in Artie and
"Exploring the pole is of
greatest scientific interest from
magnetic, meteorological and
geographical points of view. It
is impossible to imagine the ter
rible difficulties that, are to be
surmounted. This exploit, if
confirmed, is one of the most
wonderful and epoc-making of
Belgian newspapers comment
with enthusiasm on Dr. Cook's
achievement They . recall how
he came to join the Belgian ex
pedition to the South Pole. On
Gets Electricity at Low
But Uses Little Of It.
MERCHANTS WILL RUN BIG EXGUR
S10N TO LINCOLN
APPEAL TO GENERAL PASSENGER AGENT M' MURRAY ANSWERED FA
VORABLY AND CONVENIENCE IS SECURED.
The state of this city's finances
make it not worth while to urge
better lighting, but it may be
observed that Corvallis, which
gets electricity at a rate lower
than that accorded any town in
the valley, uses less electricity
for lighting purposes than any ;
dther city of its size in Ore-;
gon. Corvallis gets exactly the
same rate accorded Portland, j
which uses a tremendous lot of I
juice a rate twenty-five per!
cent lower than that at Albany, 1
Eugene, Independence, Salem, 1 All aboard for Toledo and the
etc. . Lincoln County Fair, Sept. 10.
This city has a total of twenty Next Friday is Benton County
arc lights, and about forty incan- onA .v.
j , , , , , Day, ana ior this occasion the
descents. There are probably , . , , .
150 street intersections in this Retai1 Merchants' Association of
city, so it will be "seen that the , Corvallis has secured a special
supply of street lights is wholly excursion train and a special
inadequate. Washington street, round trip rate of $1.50. The
the direct route from the Union train wiU ieave Corvallis about 7
fetation to second street, has one
arc light on it, and that is di
rectly at the station. Jefferson,
the street used by the hacks and
most pedestrians, has one arc
SPECIAL TRAIN AND $1.50 RATE FOR BENTON COUNTY DAY
Tickets Are Now in Hands of Merchants and Are Offered For Sale Prospec
tive Excursionists Urged to Send in Orders At Once Merchants Hope to
Make a Big Showing at Toledo on the 10th Practically Entire Day Will
Be Spent at the Fair A Good Time Assured.
vide for his better half, he could the very day the Doctor was no-
probably effect a reconciliation, tified to join the party,, he cabled
CUrf Sl PrnMm from New York, asking it by
Thpdentrrt the -acace
carbolic acid in Chief Wells' pock- uuc"? W1C "C1f V TT ?
w v;B a ,,;J were immediately sent to him
neck and kissed him on each th shl? at Janeiro:
cheek, a proceeding that made
or 8 a. m. and on the return trip
will leave Toledo about 6 or 7 p.
m.,thus making it possible for
excursionists to spend practically
light between Main street and the entire day at the fair.
the station. From the fact that I . r t-i u
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all the stores close at six, and i
that few, very few, lights are' Those who desire to go to
left burning, Second street. Cor-. Toledo on Benton . County Day
vains, alter night is one of the should purchase their tickets
uarKest Dusmess streets in any irnTneriiatelv. 'The Merchants
,of .the towBS supplied jmth;elec- As has bought and paid
mc iignxs. ah oi wmcn is a for m tickets and these are now
rather remarkable condition in a fni- aau at th m-inna qWoc
Dr. Cook's assistance on "that
expedition was most valuable,
not only as a physician, but as a
far he resolved to reunite Photographer and scientist He
was xne me oi uie parry anu
worked wonders in cheering up
the Belgians time after time,
when their courage failed.
the official sorry he had inter
fered, but since the matter had
the erring soul with the woman
he professed to care for. That
act was accomplished this morn
ing, Chief Wells being assured
by the woman that she would
live with her husband if he would
keep sober. She has been and is
still ill. They are newcomers to
Corvallis, the husband being a
Will Now Find South Pole.
William L. E. Cook, a brother
of the explorer, states that Dr.
Cook will now devote his ener
ies to discovering the South Pole.
Anthony Fiala commander of
Friday and Saturday
laborer and fairly industrious, but
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unioriunaxe m oemg witmn xne the ziegler expedition of 1903-05,
power oi tne rum nena. xne agreed th Mr. Bradly in plac
names are nox usea simpiy max ing confidence in the reports of
"f Ur cook's success.
parxicmariy emoarrassea or m- .Dr Cook he has dig.
place having a comparatively
cheap rate. A profusion of lights
in the business houses is not a
necessity and wholly a matter of
choice with the business men,
but sooner or later the city
proper should have more arc
lights. Roseburg, Albany and
main Rtroatn hv HinioiTifr oi- will be for sale at the
lights and putting in clusters on
ornamental iron poles.
Call on your merchant or phone
mm and nave mm reserve a
ticket for you. No arrangement
for the sale of excursion tickets
any other way has been made, so
it is necessary to purchase of
the merchants. It is not now
known that excursion tickets
the 10th, no such arrangement
having oeen made. This is a
special train secured by the
merchants and it will be run by
For Benefit of Farmers.
For the benefit of out-of-town
people who may desire to have
tickets reserved, a certain
number have been placed at this
office- If they will phone for a
ticket will be laid aside for them
and charged up to them of
Make Big Day.
The merchants of Corvallis
hope to make a good showing at
Toledo on the 10th. They appre
ciate the spirit of the Lincoln
county people in setting aside
one day for Benton and they de
sire to show that appreciation in
a substantial way. The Lincoln
County fair will be well worth
the; while of any visitor," the
displays arranged for being very
superior. The people of these
two counties can well afford to
fraternize, hence the advisability
of a large excursion next Friday,
Get your tickets of your
A cement walk and curb has been
laid around the Bates property at the
corner of 7th and Van Buren.
A wireless telegraph station is being
installed at Newport.
covered land in the Far North,"
TTT n ' UJ? 1 1 '
vv ens as a me-saver ana peace- u. sa:d . .Tf thfi ian(1 is tWp
maker is entitled to ia medal from others will find it and verify it
tne uarnegie nero iuna.
or his story
will be branded ss
The Two Hoyts
In a one act comedy entitled
And a turn called "Paper Tearing" a
new vaudeville feature. Mr. Hoyt
will recite "The Face Upon the Bar
room Floor" and "The Drunkard's
New Motion Pictures
"Mine At Last"
A pretty love scene with a happy
"Wearybones Seeks Rest
And Gets It"
A clever comedy depicting the try
ing experiences of a tramp who is af
flicted with a chronic desire to sleep.'
'Th Turning Point"
A powerful temperance story, with
beautiful stage effects and convincing
acting. A picture the audience will
talk about. -
"Stripping a Forest In Winter'
Original, picturesque and realistic.
A him that snows true to me an im
The partnershig of Johnson and John
son, owners of the Toggery, Corvallis,
Oregon, has been this day dissolved,
K. C Merron having acquired the in
terests of J. C. Johnson and B. W.
Johnson in the business, which will be
hereafter conducted by C. V. Johnson
and R. C. Herron, -under the firm name
of Johnson & Herron. The latter
firm assumes and the liabilities of the
Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Herron
Corvallis, Ore., Sept, 1, 1909 9-3-10t
Proof Can be Offered.
What proofs would Dr. Cook
be able to bring back with him
to substantiate his claim to the
discovery of the North Pole?
This question was submitted to a
number of distinguished British
scientists, who had attended the
convention of the British Asso-
ciation for the Advancement of
Science. They all agree that
the only evidence Dr. Cook
could have would be his astrono
A good deal ot confidence was
expressed by the visitors in the
genuineness of the reports from
the American explorer. Colonel
Sir Duncan Johnstone, president
of the geographical section, said
Register: The Eugene Fruit Grow- it would be easy to prove if the
ers' association had a crew of 25 girls Pole had been reached by study-
packing green prunes for shipments ing the observations made. It
east, at the cannery, yesterday, and would be impossible for observa
they packed quite a number, but as it tions to be faked SO as to deceive
takes 1000 boxes for a carload and the scientists, he Said,
prunes are coming in slowly it may not
last or in. ihe prunes are large and Wanted Young man about 25, with
of good quality, but the ' crop is $250. as nartner in crond naviner busi
light. Mr. tioit thinks about five car- ness: Experience not necessary, but
loads will be shipped out in this man- must be a hustler. For information
inquire at the Gazette-Times office,
LANE'S PRUNE CROP
Ladies' Tan and Chocolate Oxfords in Vici
Kid and Russia Calf with the new Rugby
and Fifth avenue toe. These Oxfords sell
regular for $3.50. Special Saturday, $1.98
SEE WINDOW DISPLAY
LADIES' TAN HOSE
A Regular 75-cent quality, handsomely embroidered, in
light and dark shades. Saturday special,
Men's Odd Pants.
for $4.00 and $5.00. SPECIAL FOR SATURDAY
In this lot you will find grey stripe and both dark
and light colors. They sold regular tf0 A C
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