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A GRANDE UNION COUNTY, OREGON,
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1911..
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MORBID CROWDS WAIT
NEWS OF DEATH
GOES TO ELECTRIC CHAIR
Wites Coufesston Admitting His Guilt
; Before Current Surge Throngk His
Body Early Morning Bours Grim
and Gloomy Lights Shine on Death .
Chair as Prisoner Arrives Xcar.
Richmond, Nov. 24. Henry Clay
Beattle, Jr.. was electrocuted this
irorntng, a confessed murderer of his
wife. He was pronounced dead at
7:23. Calmly and unfalteringly - he
stepped to the chair, though he was
only a shadow of his former self.
The exeoutlon took three minutes.
The execution chamber was In dark
ness until Beattle with the guards and
his spiritual advisers, crossed the
threshold, when the electric globes
hov the chair were turned, on. shpw-
7 tnr the oaken rhalr In atai-tUn rn-
-flief as the rest of the room remained
dark:'- !f . ' .r-.
Walks to Chair Bravely. ;
Unaffected by tho gloomy sight,
Beattle looked at the chair a moment
before turning to the two ministers,
shaking hands with both. Resignedly
he sat down and with a glance at the
guards signified his readiness to die.
. Current Is Tamed en.
Quickly but quietly the gusrds ad
Justed ilie llaclr th:f. cou j to'.ely
lild tn tale, and stropped. I ?; A
guard turned to the button, pressed
It, anl Be1-: wat: dead. ;
Confession Is Written,
' After Beattte's execution, Reverend
i- Fit announced that Beattle bad con
I fessed the murder.. The man wrote;
I "Much of what has been published
I concerning? the details is untrue,, to: t
I the awful fact without the harrowing
jL circumstances remains, and for my
faction I am truly sorry.
i Morbid (Towd Present.
h Vitolrla tha nrlflAti walla A TffinrhM
crowd of several hundred waited in
the rain for the news from the death
chamber. Finally the warden appear
ed and said: "It Is all over; it was
much the Same as other executions."
I Policemen then -told the crowds to
I move on.
I Father Sot at Hand.
Beattle's father and relatives were
I not near the penitentiary at the time
of the execution. The body' will be
turled by the side of hit wife. The
remains were claimed an hour after
1 the execution by his brother Douglas.
I Dies Without Breakfast.
I According to custom Beattle was
executed without eating hla breakfast.
Death was Instaneous. Tho funeral
will be held tonight or tomorrow. Rev.
Fix denied the alleged interview with
Beattle, senior. In whtch the elder
Beattle is quoted a"a i Hng: "Guilty or
Innocent, I'm proud of my son."
' The Confession in Toto.
The Beattle confession, given out by
Beverend Fht, follows. "I, Henry Clay
Beattle, Jr.. desirous of standing right
before God and man, do. this 24th day
of November, 1911, confess my guilt
of the crime charged against me.
Much has been published concerning
, the details which are not true, but the
J awful fact, without the harrowing cir
cumstances, remain. For tais action
I am truly sorry Believing I ani at
peace with God and am soon to pass
Into His presence, this statement is
"HENRY CLAY BEATTIE, JR."
Admits Premeditation. "
I Beattle admitted be premeditated
the murder to the ministers. He said
he wanted his wife out of the way be
cause he was to live with a woman
probably Beulah whom he didn't In
tend to marry. "
Ha confessed he was glad hfs wife
was dead as he thought he was free.
He arranged In advance to tell the
highwayman story but lacked the cun.
ning and wasn't a good actor.
Rev. Fix Issued a second statement
saying Beattle desired to thank his
many friends for the kind letters and
the public for whatever sympathy it
felt toward him.
Beulab Xot Affected.
Xew York, Xov. 24. While Beattle
died in the chair, Beulah BInford for
whom It is said he killed his wife,
slept soundly after a cheerful night
at a theatre with a small party of
friends and members of the family
with wuom'Bue ?s staying
BACK HAUL CASE IS DECIDED T0-
Portland and Other Coast Cities Win
Contentions Before Commission.
Washington, Nov. 24. Portland, Se
attle and Tacoma won their -fight for
cheaper freight rates into Washington,
Oregon, Idaho and Montana today
when the lnterestate commerce com
mission ordered a 20 per cent reduc
tion in rates by the Northern Pacific
Oregon and Washington Railroad and
Navigation company and their connec
tion.,., , ,
This was known as the back haul
case, Med In 1909 by the coast cities
who alleged the rate were unduly
ARMY-BfAVI GAME SCHEDULED
Unrvard-Yale Game Likewise on the
Slate for Tomorrow.
$ Q Q Q Q $ $ Q $
: : :.'; ' :
1890 Navy 24; Army 0.
$ 1891 Army 32; Navy 16 . . .....
1892 Navy 12; Army 4. : '
1893 Navy 6; Army 4.' . '
1899Ariti3r 17; Navy-
1900 Navy 11; Army 7.
1901 Army. il; Novy 5. '
1902 Army 22; Navy 8,
1903 Army 40; Navy 5. S
1904 Army 11; Navy 0. 3
1905 Tie game. : :
1906 Navy 10; Army 0. ;
1907 Navy 6; Army 0. "
3 ; 1908 Army 6; Navy 4.
1909 No game. . $
1910 Navy 3; Army 0.
Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 24. With
the members of both teams in the
best possible condition and eager for
the fray, the army and navy football
elevens have arrived In Philadelphia,
ready for their annual game tomorrow
on Franklin field. In previous years
It has been customary to play the
game on the Saturday following
Thanksgiving, when the contest has
served to bring to a brilliant close
the football season In the east. The
advance of the date this year brings
the army and navy game into rivalry
for public Interest with that other
stellar attraction of the gridiron
the annual battle between Yale and
Harvard. But to all outward Indi
cations the crimson and blue contest
at Cambridge tomorrow will not de
tract from the public interest In the
army and navy game. More than 30,
000 seats have been disposed of for
the game on Franklin field, and to
day hotej accommodations In Phila
delphia are at a premium. Official
Washington will have its usual large
representation and army and navy
officers, active and retired, living with
In a thousand miles around Philadel
phia, will be here to root for their
favorites. ; With the two teams prob
ably as evenly matched as ever before
and with both full of the fighting spir
it that pervadeB the two great insti
tutions which the players represent,
all that Is believed necessary to In
sure a hard and high class game is,
suitable football weather. ' The offi
cials for the game wllj probably be:
Referee, M. J. Thompson, Georgetown;
umpire. A. 1. Sharpe, Yale; field Judge,
Carl B. Marshalf, Harvard; linesman.
Andy Smith, head coach at Pennsyl
vania. "' ' ' '
Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 24. In clas
sic Cambridge today outward and vis
ible signs are abundant that the great
athletic event of the season, the an
nual football game that Is to crown
with glory either the crimson or the
(OraUaaed m Fc Eight)
RELATES METHOD OF
LEASING HER TO
STORY 0F HER CRIME
PICTUKED FROM STAND
ROGERS. CAUGHT YES
Jlrs. Patterson on Stand Tells , lMiy
and How She Killed Her Uusbund
EvIuVnee Unearthed at St. Louis
May Injure Denver Case Took Trip
Abroad: with Chicago Millionaire.
ANOTHER! rEJiiSON HUNTED
EOIS IN GOODMAN CASE
When Confronted by a Man He Hid B'
hind and Betrayed by a (ih Work
nian.'A&itiits killing Goodman to Ob
tain Jewelry Confession Conies
When Net Tightens About Him.
Denver, Nov. 24. Before a court
room crowded with women, Mrs. Pat
terson sald she shot her husband after
be had struck her repeatedly and cal
led her vile names and wanted her to
deed her house to him, which she re
Previously she said she had been to
Europe with Emil Strouse, the Chi
cago clothier, to whom she asserted
Patterson had leased her for $1,600.
"I killed him in self defense," she
said. . " - ' ' -
' St. Louis, Nov. 24. Declaring that
Mrs. Patterson on trial at Denver for
murder, formerly ran a resort here
under the 'name of Gertrude Knight,
Chief of'Pollce Young has forwarde
statements to Denver today that may
place big odds against the woman's
chances of acquittal. Young says she
was here in 1904.
MORSE MUST SEME.
Taft Refuses to Be Lenient With HI in
. Though Near Death.
Washington, - Nov. 24. President
Tatt today refused to pardon Banker
Morse,-; imprisoned " at Atlanta, ' who
petitioned for release on the grounds
that he is near death.
San FranciBco, Nov. 24. Betrayed
by Hazel Smith on whom policemen
found one of the diamonds stolen from
Salesman Goodman after foe was mur
dered, Rogers today became hysterical
and made a partial confession. The
woman led the yollce to tha strong
box lu a Kearney street saloon where
about half the stolen goms were found
Rogers declared the Jewels had been
given him by Manuel Fruttlnl, also em
ployed where Rogers worked. Fruttl
nl, on confronting Rogers, told him he
ltd and Rogers, broke down . complete-
The police are concentrating their
efforts searching for a tall blonde man
who was seen with Rogers shortly be
fore fhe murder, ft is believed that the
blonde man was concerned in the ac
His bloody overalls found In the
basement of the produce company,
where It Is believed the Jewelry sales
man, Benjamin Goodman, was mur
dered for $5,000 worth of . diamonds
and bis alibi refuted by his own moth
er, John Rogers, employed by a local
produce company, was captured yes
terday.,'"' ' ' -' ..
He said he was at his home Satur
day and Sunday, but his mother and
sister ay'"he"'':iefr borne Saturday
night and was not at home all day
IS TO TESTIFY
BAKER AND HILL
Clara Johnson, the 15 year old step
daughter of James Rlggs living two
miles north of Elgin, was e3tortnd to
La Grande from Baker last nl?U by
Chief of Police Walden and today sent
to Elgin where she Is to be the com
plaining w'tness against "Jamos Baker
and Lym Hill, two young men who
pre accused of assaulting tho girl at
home of her atep father. The as
sault is said to have taken place some
time ago and Is credited with being
txceptlonally brutaL The young girl's
collar bone was broken and one nhoul
dor dislocated In the struggle which,
rumor hat It, was partaken iu princi
pally by ore of the men While the oth
er looked on . The girl did not exiose
her assaulters until November 13 when
she swore out the complaint. In the
meantime the two men had left the
state but were captured at Euieka
near Walla Walla and escaped from
the sheriff. , Later one was nabbed at
Pendleton and the other at Clyde and '
both were taken to Elgin a few days '
ago. The cate was to come ti trial in
Justice court yesterday but the com
plaining witness was not present. At,
that time she was on her way back,'
from Boise where she was located by
the police and was met at Baker yes
terday evening. Her mother and step'
father went to Hot Lake to meet them
last night and during the night and
pending the departure of the Elgin
train this morning Mias Johnson was
kept under surveillance. She reached
Elgin today. Many conflicting stories
have been told 'about the assault but
the authorities believe the fact relat
ed above are about tha correct align
ment. The case has been set for pre
liminary hearing December 1.
The men are out on bonds of fl.OOQ
each. Along with the other rumors
buzzing the rounds was one that the
two alleged assaulters were responsi
ble for the disappearance of the girl
after her collar bone and other Injur
ies had partially healed. Her body
was terribly bruised, It Is pointed ont,
fa the complaint, during tha struggle
with the nien. Then, again, It Is said
that her parents expect one of the
men, thought to be Baker, to marry
Miss Johnson. .
take plare hf-re tomorrow on Mis
souri's home tii-ld. With both tc-ami
reported to be in good cond!t!t-n an j
with the fet'lliig of rivalry as strong
as ever, the game Is expected to at
tract hundreds of followers of tUe
sport from both states. Whlfcs local
sentiment Is strong for the Missouri
eleven the betting odds favor the Kan-
sans, not so much because of any de
velopments of this year's playing, but
because of the long line of victories
to the credit of the Lawrence school.
Apples Show In WasI.Jni;t"u.
Washington. Nov. 24. To demon
strate the growth of the apple Indus
try in this section of the country, an
association of annle mfrs'of Vir
ginia and Maryland ha3 completed ar
rangements for a show to lr heM here
next week, the first of
held In the national cap!
of $.'0 will bo given to tb
bakes the best, apple j
plaj'ed at the exhibition
management will prese
Taft, who has been
the show. Dr. Wile:
expert, and Professo
j pie the
-. Aistyne of
New York will del ij ddresnes at
the exhibition. . ' '
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310ORE BREAKS DOWN
WEEPS AT TRIAL
i -hi 1 1 s -
If re wrr
STATU FOHCE3 Till DZ
FENCE TO PART WITH
TE.S WEXES EXACTED;
JUROR WEEPS IX in v,rix
Seven Peremptory Challenges All That
Remain for Defense In JIcNuniara
Case When State Requires Defense
to Remove Four Objetiiounlile Jur.
ors prom a Defense Standpoint.
Led F'ora Court ISora-i-W'e BejrgeJ
; for Divorce from IIIol.
Redwood City, Cal., Nov. 2t. Sob
bing like a broken hearted child Mil
lionaire Moore punctuated hia story of
his matrimonial experiences in a dra
matic narration today when' he prac
tically collapsed on the stand and was
assisted from the court room. , He
said his 'wife had come to'Ulm on . her
knWg and begged him to divorce nor
and that Bhe was the victim of tho
drink habit. Before the collapse he
said that he had once ordered Freder
ick Fenwlck a millionaire lumbermau
from his office the morning following
a scene In Moore's San Mateo home,
during which Mrs, Moore confessed
Fenwlck had been familiar on an au J
ride. .-, : ' . , .
To Speak at Harbor8 Congress
Washington, Nov. 24. The conven
tion of the National Rivers and Har
bors congress which is to assemble In
this city week" after next will 'have
among its leading speakers the presi
dents of all of the prominent river
Improvement organizations of the
country. Included among the num
ber, will be Col. John L. Vance, for
many years president of the Ohio Val
ley Improvement association ; Edgar
C. Ellis, president of the Missouri
River Improvement association; Sen
ator Duncan U. Fletcher of Florida,
president of the MiBslsslppl-to-Atlan-tlc
Inland Waterway association; T.
Wilkinson, president of the Upper Mis
sissippi River Improvement assocla
ton; J. Hampton Moore, president of
the Atlantic Deeper Waterway ' asso
ciation; C. S. E. Holland, president
of the Interstate Inland Waterway as
sociation, and W. K. Kavanaugh, pres
ident of the Lake-to-the-Gulf Deep
Waterway association., . ,
Farm Homes Discussed.
Spokane, Wash., Nov. 24. This was
"Farm Home day" on the program of
the National Country Life congress In
session in this city and It Included
the discussion of a wide variety of
questions relating to home life in the
rural communities and the work of
the grange. Prominent among those
who contributed papers or addresses
were Joseph E. Wing of Mechanlcs
burg. O.; Prof. P. G. Holden, head of
the agricultural extension department
of Iowa State College; Mrs. Clara H.
Waldo of Portland, Ore., and Clifford
Willis, of Minneapolis. ,
Kansas Choice Over Missouri ,
Columbia, Mo., Nor. 24. The annual
football game between Missouri and
Kansas universities, which for twen
ty years has usually been played on
neutral ground at Kansas City, Is to
Indiana T. M. C. A.
Anderson, Ind., Nov. 24. nopresen
tatlvoE of branches of the Young Mens
Christian association throughout In
diana assembled here today for their
42nd annual Btate convention. . The
sessions will continue three days, clos
ing on Sunday afternoon with a fave
well Bervlce In the opera hoiu. In
cludes among the men of prominence
on the program for addresses are for
mer Vice President Charles W. Fair
banks, President Francis J. McConnell
of De Pauw ' university. Dr. ; O. El
Brown of Vandebllt university, and J.
M. Clinton, secretary of the Chinese
Students' association in Toklo., Jipan
InterColIegiate Cross Country Run.
Boston, Mass.,; Nov. 24. Arrange
ments have been completed for the an
nual cross country run for the Inter
collegiate championship, which Is to
be held tomorrow morning over the
new course of the Brookllne Country
club. This year's entry list Includes
one more college than last year, the
newcomer being Brown. The other
colleges that have entered teams are
Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Co
lumbia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Syra
cuse, Dartmouth and the Massachu
setts Institute of Technology. , .
. Western Intercollegiate Run.
Iowa City, la., Nov, 24. Tha annual
cross country champolnshlp of the
Western Intercollegiate aesodat'on
will be run here tomorrow as a sort
of a preliminary to the Northwestern
Iowa football game. The run this 'ear
will bring together teams from Pur
due, Ames, Northwestern and the "uni
versities ; of Wisconsin, Minnesota
Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Chicago.
The last lap will be made on tho Iv a
miverslty track with the finish In
front of the grand stand.
Packers' Trial Delayed. .
Chicago, Nov. 24. Judge Carpenter
today postponed the pacers' trial until
December 6th on the plea of the beef
kings. The United States supreme
court meets December 4th when It
will receive the packers' appeal on the
constitutionality of the Sherman act
Hall of Records, Los Angeles, Nov.
24. A tense situatiou was climaxed i:i
the McNainara trial today when the
state passed all the men in 'the. box
and the defense was compelled to
peremptorily challenge four, reducing
their peremptorles to seven. The state
still has five, The men eliminated
were F. McBurney.'a builder, A. D.
Stevens, a retired cattleman; S. It. 01
cott, a rancher all of whom believed
McNamara guilty and J. H. Marshall,
a friend of District Attorney Freder
icks. his faco white. Jumped to his feet, and
told the Judge that he had absoluto
reason why he couldn't serve. The
udge took 15 minutes recess and talk
ed privately with Brorle. Erode waa
in tears when he, J. H. Coke and E. S.
Biabea were sworn, malting eight per
The exerclidng of the peremptorles
was delayed 20 minutea until the ar
rival of the prosecutor and nearly ev
eryone was nervous. Darrow, Ida
hands in hia pockets, paced tho floor,
while his associates whispered Ner
vously. Fredericks In announcing the
state "stood pat," smiled inscrutably
and seemiri.sly,, enjoyed the effect It
had on the defense. Of the fifty men
drawn in the tenth venire 17 qualified.
uan Defaulter Sentenced. V"
New York, Nov.' 24. A sentence of
not more than eight years and eic-ht
months or less than four years and
eight months, was Imnosed on w . .r
Cummins, former trustee of the Came- ',
gie Trust company, convicted of em-
u,6 ,i1v,uw 0( me insuiuiiona
funds today. ,
Former Postmaster Imprisoned.
Los Angeles, Nov. 24. George Lou
din, former postmaster of' El River,
Idaho, was arrested here today by the
postal authorities charged with embez
zling $4,580 In postal receipts.
Charges Against Bunk Officer.
; Corvallts, Ore., Nov. 24. The case
of James Evars, cashier of the de
funct First State bank of Philomath,
will be taken up by the grand jury
which met today. Evars is charged
with receiving and accepting depo i
after he had knowledge that the bank
was Insolvent. ' ' ' ,
Connt Komnro Dead. V
Toklo, Nor. 24. Count Komura, for-
mer foreign minister of Japan, for
many years the foremost man of the
nation, died today here of consump
tion. After taking a prominent part
In, the Ru sao-Jap war he was leader
of the Japanese commissioners who
made peace at Portsmouth, N. H wlt
Wltte, Russia's representative.
THREE WHO PLEAD GUILTY GIT.
TarKn'r ?rd Feathering of Jllss Cham,
berluln Partially Attaged,,
Lincoln Center, Nov, . 24 Everett
Clark, Watson Scranton and Jay Fltz-
water who all pleaded guilty to tar-i
ring Miss Chamberlain last week were
sentenced to a year eac?i In the pnl
The Chamberlain Jury Is still out at
11 o'clock. The judga said he would
prnbkbly keep them together until to-,
morrow, anyway. j