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LA GRANDE, UNION COUNTY. OREGON.
AVEDN ESI) AY, AUGUST 9, 191 1.
MRS. MANSFIELD. SHOT
BY HUSBAND. WAS
DOUBLE TRAGEDY SAD V
AND WORST IX HISTORY
Baker Police Annals Record .Worst
and Most Pathetic Crime iu it JUs
tory When Young Fainter Kills U's
wit, an j Himself Yk-tlui of Jeal
ous IlHHlm'iiA ' Formerly J La U ranrte
S YICTIM A LA GRANDER FOIL .4
S MERLY. . ". '.:
' t nuin Arnnnflplil. shot by
. n, ( ,
. $ her husband at Baker last night.;'
-S was a La Grande girl born : and ?
$ raised. She was the daughter of f
' J Cb as. Green, formerly an O.R. &
S N. engineer out of La Grande
S before going to Baker, was a sis- &
" ter to Mrs. Joe McCrary, former-
ly of La Grande, but now of Ba-
4 ker and was a sister of Mrs. W..'
S J. Snodgrass of Colfax, Wash. $
8 other relatives live in La Grande.
- S Mrs. Mansfield was a popular La
. Grande girl and was noted for
her beauty and attractiveness. J
S She was still young when killed. $
a tioforo hp marrlaee to Mansfield
wvivw - - .
... If !a
3$ she was Eciitn ureeu, uu ... - -t
a flvA vAftm aeo that
& she movea iroiu " v
S TlnlrPr wim ner imicms.
' .. .
, Baker. Ore.,: Aug. 9. (Special)
Circumstances surrounding the dou
ble tragedy wherein Louis Mansfield
shot his wife to death and then killed
himself yesterday evening, indicate,
according to general belief, that Jeal
ousy was the sole cause of the rash
act. . ' v .. . "
In the history of Baker there never
has been such a crime and . the re-1
murkable cleancut manner in which
ths deed was done would indicate that
Mansfield had calmly i planned me
whole affair and was awaiting an op
portune time to carry out his plans.
Returnlne to ' his home on lrei
street Just back of the Morning Demo
crat office, in the afternoon where hi
wla and baby were, Mansfield spent
some time with them before the trag-
rtv it la nresumed he made accusa-
fi 1- (nlifiilnaa. oralnttt th6
Iwlfe which led to a quarrel, although
(there was no loud talk or commotion
Jaround the home." People passing
lieard the shots and investigation
showed that Mansfield had sent two
tullets Into his wife's body either of
Jvhich was fatal. One pierced her
peart and the other struck her In a
itai snot Then he turned the 38-
falibre gun' upon himself and put a
ullet through his cram.
A Fainter and Musician.
Louis ManBfield was a sign painter
..1. a a x u Mn.irAi in ToVpr fnr
fr ii duo auu uuu "
numbr of years. He was 27 years
: age and his wife was 22. Besides
llowlng his trade as- painter he was
musician of more than ordinary tat
it and had long been a prominent
timber of the Baker Concert band,
sides. holding a position with the
siker Theatre orchestra. . His stand-
In' the community was very good
d no one ever though of him com
Ittlng such a crime. :
f Leares a LItfle Chnd. ...
ProbabTy the most pathetic feature
the whole affair Is that a little child
left to th cold world without par-
Tie youngster is about two
rs of age.
Ferry Van Sees Crime.
mong the first to arrive on the
ne were Robert Wallbrun and L
lng-r, who were passing the house
Louis Gulnn of Perry, Ore . who
y at tte.hosplt.il rtrross the stwt
ere Lis "wlfo i& undergoing tmat
iit They found the bodies of Mr.
and Mrs. Mansfield ly:tig just oir.s:(l.
the back door of the Louse, ins'-l a
lat iced porch. They remained there
untii officers arrived, and broke in
the .screen door which was fastened. .
The killing was done with a 38
calibre revolver, there being ' three
empty chambers found, when the wea
pon was taken from the hand of the
dead man. He fired twice at his wife,
both shot s taking effect, one bullet en
tering her head Just under the ear,
and the other Just below the heart.
She fell from him,' and was found with
her head almost iu the doorway of the
kitchen." Mansfield then . turned the
gun on himself, the ball entering hi3
head Just below the temple, and going
way through , Dea'h in each case was
instantaneous,-according to the sever
al physicians, who examined the bodies-'
. " !" .,' .' '
Mr. Rosborougli and Mrs. Pierce,
ueigituuj . oi me :viaiisiieni8, aaafca
some testimony to that of those who
were the first to arrive on .the sceno,
and who appeared before the coro
ner's Jury. Each woman testified thai
Mrs. Mansfield had told them some
time ago that her husband had threat
ened to kill her, and that he-had at
tacked her. and given her a severe
beating at one time. Mrs. Mansfield
hdd only been out of the hospital a
few days, where she had undergone an
operation. The daughter" of the cou
ple, was at the home of ..Mrs.; Mans
fild'8 parents, Mr. and, Mrs. Charles
Green, when the tragedy took place.
The domestic life of the couple has
been somewhat' stormy of late, the
wife leaving her husband some time
ago, and going to the home of her
parents to live. Those who know of:
their home life say that It is probable
that Mrs. Mansfield and her husband
had quarreled again, and that she had
told him she was going to leave him a
second time, which, according to the
story of neighbors, she had threatened
to do.1.; :
The huBband had oeen T drinkln
heavily for sometime,, but If he was
intoxicated when the shooting took
place, he had become so later than
4:30 In the afternoon. At that hour
he was at the office of the publicity
manager of the Commercial club, to
collect a bill of $12, for work he had
done for the club. 'He was told that
his check would be ready the next
morning, He said, "all right," and
went away apparently in good spirits.
He then went to the store of the
Alexander Clothing company, and was
paid the sum of $22.50 for work he
had done for the firm. In Asking for
the money he said, "I have got to rus
tle $25.00 this afternoon , to pay the
doctor for my wife's operation." When
he left there he seemed to be feeling
good' ' :,
W OMEN FIGHT POLICE.
Strike in Lon7n Ties I'p Food Sup
pliesLondon Ie.IlQngry. .
London, Aug. 9. Continual clashes
between the police and striking dock
men and teamsters, in all of which
women and children fought desperate,
ly, were the features of the labor war
here' today In which 75,000 workers
are. Involved. It is expected that 25,
000 more will Join tomorrow. More
than 200 vessels, many loaded with
provisions, are tied up and London is
hungry. The situation Is critical be
cause the freight handlers on the rail
roads are also out and thus the land
supplies are cut off. -. 1 v
'FRISCO MINISTERS ANGERED.
Say Astor-Force Nuptials Will Not Be
Performed by Their Sect.
San Francisco. ' Aug. -8. Episcopal
ministers here today Joined in the de
nunciation, of the coming Astor-Force
nuptials. All, without exception, de
clare that the marriage will not be
performed by one of their Beet. .
EXPLOSION SINKS SHIP.
Boat Goes Down With Several on
Board When Split by Shock. ,
Rotterdam, Aug. 9. A boiler explo
sion off this port today sank the Ger
man passenger steamer Gutenburg. ft
spilt the vessel, which sank almost
Immediately. Six are reported lost
and ten Injured.
BELIEVED T AFT IS GO
ING TO VETO STATE
BILL AS. PASSED NOW IN- " u
CLUDES MOOTED ILAtSE
Oppositluu lo Recall of 'Judges "as Iu
eluded iu Arizona Constitution Will
Be Voiced by the President W hen
He . Vetoes Measure Cotton Bill Is
. ocruts. .
1 Washington, Aug., .. 9. Because of
his opposition to the recall of-Judges
provision, . it was definitely ' learned
today that President Taft will veto
the statehood bill now before the seir-
a e and certain of final passage. The
president has openly voiced his oppo
sition to the recall provision of Judges
in the Arizona' constitution and It was
learned that he has definitely decided
to veto the bill and voice his views
on the recall In the veto message.
A bill granting statehood to Arizona
and New Mexico passed the senate last
night 53 to 18 after the Nelson amend
ment s'riklng out the Arizona re
call had been defeated. ' It differs only
slightly . from the house bill passed
several weeks ago.
- Cotton Tariff Bill Doomsd.
Prospects for favorable action tn
the senate on the house bill for the
revision of, the cotton tariff schedule
was practically blocked today when
the senate committee on finance voted
to report adversely on the measure.
The action came after the senate last
week directed the committee to make
a report on the botton bill before the
end qf the present session. The bill
which was fathered by Congressman
Underwood, passed the house some
days ago. Southern democrats oppos
ed it in the senate. The vote today,
however, does not finally disposed of
the measure, as a minority report may
bring. the bill up for further consid
eration.. ' " . ...
h Leaders Near 4?reement. '
l Representative ' Underwood, the
house leader forecasted today a com
promise agreement on the wool bill
between himself and La Follette and
Indicated that he believed an adjourn
ment Is probable by the end of. the
week. '' k-1 ' ,
ANOTHER FAST VICTIM MAYBE.
Sister of Dead Miss Williamson, Fast
Victim, May Die Also. j
Tacoma, Aug. 9. That Miss Doro-
thea Williamson, one of Dr. HazzardVs
patients who submitted 'to the alleg
ed "starvation cure", and a sister
of the dead Claire Williamson, whose
death caused Dr. Hazzard's arrest for
murder, is not entirely out of danger, I
and may not recover, was the state
ment of Dr. A. H. Colemaa who : is '
attending her. .'" H said she is still j
weak from suffering and s'arvatlon, i
but no organic troubles were found.!
, Seattle, Aug. 9. Denying she ever
starved the Williamson sisters, Dr.
Hazzard Is here today preparing her
defense. She believes her fast theory
to cure disease Is good and will ex
plain at the trial in October.
The Roosevelt on Trip. ' :
Copenhagen, Aug. 9. The Peary
arctic Bhfp Roosevelt, Captain Bart
lett commanding, Is en route to E!ap to
secure Eskimos ' and dogs for .in
expedition to Greenland.
Confederate Leader Dying."
Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 9 Physicians
today said that General Gordon, the
commander in chief of the United
Confederate veterans, an not survive
more than a few hours.
ERS IN READINESS
NOW BEST TIME TO "HAVE
i IT OUT SAY OFFICIALS
lUiJIroad Oflk'hils Take 'Sland That
They Cannot Fay More Wages Than
They Are at Present Conference
Willi tiie Principal Object of Pre-
-. ' v. .ma-Va
I'ndi r Way;
Chicago, Aug. 9. Evidence, of the
serious, aspect which - threatens a
strike' of shopmen on western roads,
has assumed shape is furnished here
today when the Chicago railroad offi
cials began arranging conferences
with the principal obJec of present
ing an undivided front if the trouble
should come. : "
Railroad officials take the stand that
they cannot pay more momey to work
men and if the struggle cornea now it
is the. best time for it.
, The situa lon has taken definite
form through the shopmen of (San
Francisco, who started the appeal for
higher wages and shortor hours. It
was taken first to Calvin of the South
ern Paclflo who refused the offers
and then carried up to Jude Lovett,
and he yesterday reHised to grant tfce
request. It Is conceded, row that the
fight has been started, that the shop
men will also .fight it through to the
finish. . ;. 1 : "r'".'.- .
WILL NOT JAIL PERKINS.
Stanley Rescinds Contempt Charges
' Asulnst Steel Magnate Perkins.
Washington, Aug. 9. The shadow
of a Jail was lifted from Steel Mag
naet Perkins this afternoon when
Chairman Stanley reversed his ruling
and decided he would not force Per
kins to answer questions regarding
contributions to politics. , Perkins yes
terday startled the world with his
story, but he didn't nswer all the
questions. Citation for contempt was
about to be ordered. '
Stanley withdrew the ruling; be
cause it was apparent he could not
Becure the full support from the dem
ocratic member of the committee.
Congressman Littleton argued that
the resolution under which the com
mittee was operating was Insufficient
In power to allow them to demand
. A long debate occured In the Com
mitted room this morning. , '
FRYE'S SUCCESSOR UNNAMED.
Democrat Sure to Fill Vacant Sent
From Maine In the Senate, t ,
Portland, Aug. 9. Governor Pialst
ed has not yet indicated who he will
appoint to fill the vacancy of the
United States senate caused by the
death yesterday of Senator Frye. It
Is sure to be a democrat and there are
a number of candidates.
DAM DEFENDERS DYING.
Man Who Won Reeoaruitlon World Ov
, er for Bravery, Dy lag.
Waupun, Wis., Aug.. 9. Suffering
from blood poisoning caused by a
wound when he fought dff the sher
iff's posses, John .Dletz, the defender
of Cameron dam. Is near death today
In the penitentiary here. The family
was called to his bedside. .
"FAX" TAKES AN OUTING.
Balder Newspaper Mad Is Going to Sce
. , the Lake.
"Oh, yes, newspapermen are entitled
to an outing once every decade," re
marked T. E. Paxton, city editor of
the Baker Democrat, this morning as
he aoDeared full form and life stzs in
the Observer office on his way to Wal
lowa Lake. .
"You see, It's like thlst" continued
the scribe, "I have heard so much of
Wallowa Lake how the Indians fear
ed to go on the water, how deer could
not swim across it, I though I would
go up aud prove these stories arl can
ards. . My friend here, H. M. Relff, who
travels for a biscuit company', aud my
self are going up with the lurking de
sire to swim that lake. We may renlfe
whenwe see it, but we are going to
take a look, anyway."
DELINQUENT LIST PUBLISHED
Those lu Arrears Willi Their" Tuxes
Are LlsteiJ and Published. "
Publication : of the d:!! x
list commenced today .,- G0 has
been under proeesifV''. vparatlon
for the past 8overrf.wcvaud is pub
lished for theyVVne this evening
in other ci.V. of this paper. This
list li.c'.-s ji those who have not
paid theixes and who are conse
quently delinquent for 1910 taxes or
previously, The list is 'qui V large
but not more than usually, however,
when the time goes by for payment of
delinquent taxes, - . -
93 REPORTED DROWNED.
French Steamer Sinks, When Itii mined
, Off Gibraltar.
Gibraltar, Aug. 9. Tne French mail
steamer Emir collided today with the
British steamer Silverton in Gibral
tar straits and sank In five minutes.
The Silverton rescued 23 of the Emirs'
passengers. It is feared that 93 of
the passengers and crew were drown
ed. The Silverton was unable to res
cue more because of the dense tog,
TRIBUNE PUBLISHES POLL.
Editors oi Northwest Disagree as to
- Taft's Tariff Duties..
Chicago, ; Aug. 9. -Many editors of
newspapers In western states, includ
ing Oregon and Washington, .who an
swered queries by the Chicago Tri
bune, favor Taft signing, the wool and
free list and statehood bills. The Tri
bune today published the poll as fol
lows. That the president should sign
hill 22 republican dltors, 37 demo
crats, 15 Independents, as against 55
republicans, one democrat, six Inde
pendents. " ' .
GAYNOR'S flEC0YER RECALLED
Year Ago Today That ExecutlTe Was
Shot in New York.'
New York, Aug. 9. Mayor Gaynor
today was presented with a large sll
weddlng cup, purchased by a commit
tee of admiring citizens, as a memen
to of his recovery from the shot of
James Gallagher who attempted his
assassination Just one year ago. . .
' ','', Wiley Accuser "XrecdV
Washington, Aug. 9.Counsel tor
Dr., Wiley, the pure food expert,
sprang a surprise today when they
forced an admission from ' Solicitor
McCabe, for the agricultural depart
ment who recommended Wiley's dis
missal for violations of rules In em
ploying a New York- expert, that he
had previously approved the payment
of, a similar expert employed by an
other department." ; '
CELEBRATION WITHOUT POPE
Pins Unable to Attend Ninth Font! Ilea I
y , Celebration Today. , .
. Rome, Aug. 9- Too III to partici
pate in the celebration of his eleva
tion to the pontificate, Pope Plus to
day began his ninth year as head of
the church. Thousands of congratu
latory messages from alt parts of the
world have arrived. Cardinal Merry
del Val presided at the celebration of
the pope's anniversary. The pope's
candltion is unsatisfactory.
Intense heat, 100 degrees, .today in
creased the weakness of the pope. Re
ports from the Vatican are disquiet
ing. Gout symptoms are much worse
and both hands and feet are badly'
swollen. . , ..,'.:'..,
Togo Goes to Baltimore,
Washington, Aug. 9. Admiral Togo
left for Baltimore today In a. private
KING OF WALL
"BET YOU A MILLION V
GATES DIES IN HIS
SPECTACULAR AND BRAINY
Body Mill l Shipped lo America for ,
.'. Burial-Wife I resent . When Dath
; Oernrs lias been Ailinir Long Has
Millions Almost Untold, Although
. Oik o Poor San laliei lln Seulor'S .
$ $ ? J i S- $
4 SOME GATES "DONT'S.?
John W., Gates, ' famous the $
world over as ?"Bet-Y6u-a-Mll- ','
lion" Gates, the best advertised,
"gamblinV man'" in America, on
Dec. 15 1900, astounded the sev
enth annual conference of the 4
i gulf division of the. Methodist
church, at 1 Port Arthur, Tex.,'
with the following spectr.cular ? '
'i' "dont's": .; v-
Dou't gambte. . ' ;'
Don't play cards, -&
v. Don't bet on horse races. . '
Don't speculate In wheat.
; Don't speculate on the stock '..-
'.exchange.. . ir -,
& Don't throw dice. ' '
Don't shirk honest labor.
;- Dont be a gambler; once a gam-
bier, always one. -
The ministers agreed these '';'
"dont's"-were all right, coming .
atfithey dldTfoni a nian Whose
Reavy betting on horse races
4 aroused the Jockey club of New
York to warn him to modify his
wagers; whose spectacular gam-
bllng at "draw poker" and bridge .?
are famed In sons; and Doetrv:
who matched pennies for f 1,000
s a throw, who cornered corn and
bucked Standard Oil and United
States Steel "off the boards" in
the stock exchange. 1 ' "
$ j $ tJ $ 4 $ $ j j
Paris, Aug. 9. John W.' Gates, the
milllonlare Wall Street and mining
man, died this morning In his wife's '
arms. It Is announced the body will be
brought to -New. York for burial on
the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse which
sails Aug. 16. - He has been critically
111 for weeks. :
The death of "Bet-You-a-Milllon"
Gates perhaps th best self-advertised
multi-millionaire in America, brings
to an olid a financial and personal ca- '
reer that has probably never been
equalled. "f.';", . .,
Worth probably $25,000,000 or 30,
000,000 at the time of his death, John ,
Wf Gates, the "forgetful man," who
stood not la awe of Morgan or Rocke
feller or, in fact, the whole combined
"Street," wanted the world to know he '
had money. He wasn't ashamed of
It. Once he had his private secretary
write to the New , York. Herald: "Let
It appear in your financial page that '
tiurlng ihs late rise in railroad stocks
3. W. Gates has made between' ?3,000,
000 and $4,000,000. principally In Bal
timore & Ohio and Unlan Pacific, both v
great favorites of his." : ;
Gates was bom in Turner's Junc
tion, 111., or ..what is now a part of
South Chicago, on May 8,18i5. He
was as poor as poverty. But, It South
side tradition be true, Gates was an
early financier. He farmed on shares
and usualy bought out his partners."
He was a most excellent "hoss swap
per." When he was 18 he was mar
ried to a farmer's daughter.
After running a small hardware and
grain business in Turner's Junction, ,
Gates became a drummer, and, he ad- .
mltted himself, he was -a "peach." Ho
traveled for Isaac L. Elwood, founder
of the barbed wire Industry, and in
troduced barbed wire In Texas, prov-
lng a wonderful adept at the art of - '
talking a man into buying. Later he
(ConMnned on Pag Bight)