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MORNING ENTERPRISE, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1911
The Sale of an
It Brought a Fortune to Family
That It Had Impoverished
Br ARTHUR TURNER BEALE
Oopjrrtsht by A ror1cn Press Ao-
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Wbn 1 went Into my new house I j-p t0 ,al, tlln, n, jj mt suspect wa
desired to hare ona room Id It aa an- 'bad any other motive tban to eell a
Mmu ooaalble. That room la my! bona Oda autograph. Hunts worda
Ubrary; Among tha furniture I de
sired waa a desk, I looked about rv
erywbere for ona that I could be aur
waa rery old and at last found one
that Oiled my wtshea. Upon getting
It Into my library I unlocked everj
drawer and after duatiug It wiped It
with a damp cloth. I noticed that
every bit of apace In tha dwk
converted Into um except a recUugu
lar area which seemed to have been
omitted. A bit of veneering aa large
aa tha tip of my linger had become!
loomed. In preaa.ng on It I reload
a aocret drawer. There waa only otic
piece of paper In tba drawer, but It
vscsi iuid bib doom.
waa Important It waa addressed on
tha back to Feter Drlsroll and was
dated April 8. 1S35. It read:
Send tha balance of tba property st
oca or take tba consequences.
. ,, NEMO.
1 .am endowed with a fair amount
of curiosity and, fortunately for me.
hare tba means to gratify It I tele
phoned a prominent detective agency
to aend me a good man. It aent
ma Evan Bunt Showing btm mj
desk. I told blm where I bad bought
It and directed blm to trace Its own
ership. Tba next day be reported tbat
tba storekeeper from whom I bad pur
chased It bad obtained It from the
eatate of Peter Drlacoll. a man who
bad been fonnd mardered ona morn
ing In hla bed.
I waa rery much moved by tba news.
I saw at one tbat the discovery of the
paper placed upon me an obligation to
turn tha letter over to tba autborltiea
But as I am of a retiring disposition I
did not relish' being mixed up In a
t murder case. I concluded to prosecute
(Mny Investigations further before mak
ing tba matter public. . Pledging mj
detective to secrecy, I abowed blm the
paper I bad taken from tba deak and
directed blm to find tha writer. The
signature "Nemo" waa undoubtedly as
sumed. Bat tba detective believed the
handwriting waa that of the person
. who bad made tbe demand alnce tboee
who levy blackmail are not likely to
impart a knowledge of what they are
.doing to any one else.
It waa folly a month before be re
ported that be bad found a man whom
be believed to be tbe writer of the
letter. No clew bad ever been found
to lead the police to tbe murderer of
Peter DrlacolL Hunt bad secured an
acquaintance with Driscoll'a family.
They bad been rich, bat discovered at
the death of their father that tha prop
erty, which bad consisted of interest
bearing stocks and bonds, had disap
peared. They bad concluded tbat be
had been speculating and loat It They
bad been obliged to give op tbe hand
soma boose la which they lived and
bad sold their furniture at auction.
Bant questioned them to discover If
they suspected their father's property
bad passed to tbe man who bad writ
ten tbe letter, but found they bad
ever beard of blm.
great many discoveries are stum
bled on. Bunt stumbled on tbe man
who wrote the letter. Be talked with
very one woo had known Drlacotl
and learned Incidentally from one of
DrlacoU'a acquaintances, s banker.
that Drlacoll bad kept an account with
blm. Bant succeeded in Inducing the
. """a to let him have a peep at Drla
coU'a account One man. an Italian
amea . VecM. hsa received Urge
amonnta tor which there waa no ex
planation. Bunt then aaked DrlacoU'a
Jrtdow to permit blm to look ever her
husband's papers. Among them be
toand letter tbe handwriting of
which corresponded with that of the
note I bad discovered.. In tbe note It
waa disguised, bat not so success fall
bat that Bunt suspected It waa the
sama aa In the letter be bad compared ! lone them. Before I left the boose
ft with. An expert proved that be wee very ona of na took an oath never to
right Vecbl lived aa a poor man, j reveal anything of what had hap
keeping a hop In which he dealt In tened.
odds and ends, curiosities, and did
something In the way of autographs
ef prominent persona.
. When wa hsd laid our Diana I went
with 'nunt to Yecbl'a ebop. The Ital-
tan bad aa disagreeable a face aa any
Af e You A Siihsctthzt to the
If The Morning Enterprise la to be aa successful as the Interests of Oregon
City demand it must needa have the support of all. The new dally haa
ft big work before It In boosting Oregon City and Clackamas County., Tour
tap port mean a mora strength for the work.
je- Will Yoti fctcip Boost yotif own Interests?
For a limited time the Moraine; Rn tee prise will be sold to paid In advance
budschdsts mm iuiiuws; . -
Br Carrier, l year
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I ever knew. I anuauerea ai
knowing we possessed bta secret iaat
he murder us to prevent our giving It
to tba authorities. Uunt said to him:
"Do you buy autographs here I -
"I have ona I would Ilka to sell yon."
: "Whoee autograph la It T"
"Not a very distinguished person.
Nevertheless wa aak a largo price for
"1 don't wbb to buy any autograph
for a largo price,"
"You will pay a fortuna for tbla ona.
I am aura, abeo you know wboaa It
"Whoee U It?"
Tba man gave an Involuntary start.
"Tour own" and the way the detective
looked at him assured blm that wa bad
coma on a very different errand..
"Let me aea It." an Id tha autograph
dealer in a low voice.
"I will read you tba nota to which It
la algned." aald Hunt.
I had arranged with Hunt thatwben
ha drew tba nota I waa to put my
band in my aide pocket and grasp a
revolver. I did ao, and Hunt, standing
well away from tha Italian that be
might not snatch tba paper, read what
waa written. llng with the word
"Nemo." Vechl beard M. doom In be
waited for blm to speak, keeping hla
eyea riveted on htm the while.
"How much do you ask for ltT Anal
ly Yechl axked.
"My friend here," replied the detec
tive, pointing to me. "ta lta owner. He
Intenda to give the proceeds' of Its sale
to the family of tbe man to whom tbla
note waa addressed and, who .waa"
Yechl etaggered. Hunt continued:
"Tbe price la certain stocks and
bonda that pawed to thla man Nemo,
(f they are all returned tbe note will be
returned to the writer to do what be
llkea with It and no atepa will be tak
en In the case. If every security w
aot given up Nemo will be arrested be
fore be can leave bta shop."
Yechl seemed to be thinking for a
few momenta, after which be aaked:
"Tell me tbe amount"
Wa did not know the amount butr
had provided for thla. -
Yon alone know the amount at
present, but since we know that thla
property haa pasaed Into tbe posses
don of Nemo we can at any time dis
cover the exact amount- If we dis
cover that be baa withheld any of It
we may reopen the case."
Yechl stood wavering, whether be
waa hesitating aa to the amount be
would return or whether to defy us I
lon't know. Presently be aald:
I will buy your autograph, gentle
men, but I have not tbe price bere.
Ton mast go with me to my bouse."
We went with him. aa be suggested.
I walking on one aide of blm. Hunt on
tbe other. Hunt and I each having a
hand on a revolver concealed. ' When
we reached the bouse Yechl took us
nto a room, locked tbe door and aald:
"What guarantee have 1 tbat you
will ke p-your word?"
"None whatever." aald nunt "You
moat rely on the promise of a gentle
man," Making . a virtue of necessity, be
opened a closet door, exposing a aafe
Embedded In the wall. Tbe aafe being
painted ik&tbe wy. only Its keyhole
a-as perceptible. Introducing tbe key.
be opened tbe aafe door and took oat
i Urge bundle of securities. I looked
them over and knew tbe value of moat
if them. I Judged they were worth be-
rween 3j0.ow and x-wu.uuu xoey
were mostly coupon bonds, not tbe
tame property that bad been trana
erred by Drlacoll to Yechl.
"Ia tbla aUr asked nunt
"Everything." replied Vecht "I have
to desire to leave anything amiss tbat
a 111 reopen thla matter."
Perhaps my friend," aald Bunt
'may wish to know tbe bold yon bad
I have no such desire," I aald. The
roperty ia returned, and that la auffl-
rlent Tbe secret of blackmail If told
night bring distress on an Innocent
'amlly. Goodby, Mr. Nemo. So far aa
his matter la In my poeaesaion you
nay consider It closed."
We went from tbe sbop to tbe Drla-
wlla', where Mrs. Driacoll answered
ny card In person. I said to her:
Madam, I have an Important an-
toancement to make to you, and I de-
are that you call Into tbe room your
wna and daagbtera to bear It"
Surprised, she compiled with my re-
lueet, and her children, mostly grown.
vera summoned. When they were all
ssembled I told tbe story of my pur
base of tbe deak and tbe finding of
ho paper In tbe secret drawer. Then
entered upon Banfa Inveetlgatlona
some of tbem recognized him) and.
astly told of our visit to Vechl's shop.
t was Interesting to watch their fea-
area daring my recital of our Inter
view with the blackmailer, tbey grow-
ng more and more Intent till tbe de-
Ivery of tbe property. When tbe re
1tal waa finished I took the aecurltlea
"rom my pocket and banded tbem to
dra. Drlacoll. saying:
"There are seen rifles affording an
tnnnal Income of $20,000, In consldera-
lon of whlcb we have taken tbe lib
erty of giving Indemnity against prose
utlon for blackmail end"
I ahrank from epeaklng tbe dreadful
Every member of the faintly ap
proved of all I bad dona and acknowl
edged In every poealble way tbelr In-
lebtedness for tbe great favor I bad
' Mrs. Drlacoll afterward Informed me
bt ao far as she could discover the
tqulvalent of all tbe securities tier
roeband bad possessed wsa returned
'OTn tUfiOO In caab wsa unaccounted
COST OF CENSUS
About 37 1-2 Per Cent More
Than In 1900.
71,100 ENUMERATORS USED.
Carliae Legislation) Racammendad by
Director Durand Salaries and Cs
pensaa Paid Counters of Uncle 8am's
Population Aggregated $4,870,000, er
5.S Cent Pee Capita. I
Director E. Dana Durand baa sub
mitted bis auuusl report com-erulu
fthe operations of the bureau of the
Cflusua during the year I'JOIHO. it Is
shown tbat tbe cut I re coat of the flcll
work on population and agriculture lu
contlneutal United Stales for the tbir
teentb census waa about .S..VM j
In l'JOO the cost was H.SUT.XM. I Do
1010 coat waa about 37V, per cent more
than In 1UUU
The original estimate of JH.117.0Ki
aa the total cost of the divennlal cen
sus. Including the othei wort of tbe
bureau during tbe census period, the
director now believes too tow,' and be
thinka. in view of the additional work
required by congress a (id t for other
reasons. It will reach fully $H.:00.iO
Delayed Legislation Is Deplored.
The director urgea that If uew leg
Ulation la required for taking the ceu
aua of' WJO It should be passed much
earlier than waa done for tbe present
census Were It not for the fact that
the bureau la now a permanent organi
sation It would have been practically
Impossible in the nine months which
elapsed from tbe passage 0f tbe cen
eua act to the date of the 1910 enu
meration to arrange properly for tbe
taking of the census Tbe three p.'e
cedlng censuses bad preparatory e
rloda fifteen ciontbs long.
Tbe census act authorized not to
exceed 330 auperrlaora. The 'number
actually appointed waa 320 In conti
nental Uuited States and one In Porto
Rica Tbey were residents of the dis
tricts from which appointed. .
The number of enumeration dls-
trlcta finally established In continental
United States waa 09.023. Tbe dis
tricts bad on an average, therefore.
about 1.300 Inhabitants. Tbe average
population per district In cities of over
6,000 Inhabitants was about 1.485 and
In smaller towns and rural districts
In general there waa one enumerator
for each enumeration district, but In a
considerable number of districts lo Ibe
south a white enumerator waa ap
pointed to canvass tbe white popula
tion and a colored enumerator to can
vass tbe negro population, ao that tbe
total number of enumerators employ
ed In continental United Statea waa
about 71.100. .
Amount Psld Enumerators.
The total payment to enomeratora
In continental United States as com
pensation for tbelr services and travel
ing expenses aggregated about $4,870,-
000. Tbe corresponding expenditure
at tbe census -of 11)00 was about $3.-
640.000. Tbe Increase waa tbua 37 per
cent aa compared with an Increase la
the population of 21 per cent.
While a considerable part of tbe
coat of enumeration, estimated at
about one-third. Is attributable to tbe
agricultural statistics, nevertheless a
broadly significant comparison may be
made by dividing tbe coat of tbe enu
mention at each census by tbe num
ber of lnbabltanta. This division
shows tbe compensation of tbe enu
merators aa equal to 4.7 cents per
capita In 1900 and 6.3 centa In 1910.
an Increase of about 13 per cent.
In discussing the field work of tbe
cenaua of manuractorea. mines ana
quarries tbe director atatea that It waa
practically completed Iaat fall and tbat
tbe aggregate coat waa about $751,000.
The average per establishment there
being 871.444 of these. Including
slaughter bouses, waa $2.02. substan
tially tbe aame aa In tbe cenaua of
Tbe office force of tbe bureau waa
on Aug. 81 Iaat at lta maximum point
there being 8.738 persons on the pay
rolla. Tbe largest number of emer
gency appolnteea on tbe roll at any
one time waa 842. last July. All each
were dropped la December last
OREGON HAS QUEER ROCK.
Balance te a Nloety Despite Laok ef
One of tbe moat remarkable rocka In
the world la that known aa tbe bal
ancing rock, whlcb standa oo the
bank of the Willamette river a abort
distance above the city of Portland.
Blaine from a broad base la email
column, roughly round In shape. Just
above thla ta a huge maee of rock,
bearing a tree pn the summit the to
tal height of rock and column being
about 100 feet
Although a great deal larger and
heavier thao tbe pillar on which It
standa, the big rock la very accurate
Tbe entire rock Is of a volcanic tut'
tare, and tbe most singular thing
about It Is the fact tbat tbe knob and
pfllar are entirely disjointed from one
Quicksilver Production Doereasse.
Leas quicksilver was mined In the
United States last year than lo 1009.
and, according to a government state
ment tbe tendency la toward a de
crease In tbe prod action.
Subecrloe for the Dally Enterprise
OWEN G. THOMAS
BLACK8MITHINQ AND REPAI
Beat of work and aatisfsctlon guar
anieeo. nave your horses shod by an
expert; ii pays.
All kinds ef repair work and emtthy
work. ' Prompt eervlce; greater por
tion of your work can be done while
you do your trading. Give me a trial
Job and see If I cant pleaee you.
OWEN G. THOMAS
Car. Main and fourth ft, Oregon City
t A GOOD ONI ON CONNIl t
Hugn Kullertoo tells a atory on
Connie Mack, mauager of tbe
world'a championship Philadel
phia American cluk During tbe
celebration In Philadelphia of
tbe Athletlca1 victory lu the
world'a cbaniploushlp series tbe
entire city waa glveu over to tbe
affair and honors were being
heaped uHn Connie. Mae waa
tbe biggest mad In Philadelphia
at that tluio."aid ever)' unu of
wealth and prominence In every
Hue counted It an honor to alt
with blm. He was at one of tbe
swell Philadelphia clulia as a
guest of a member when a stran
ger, who also wss a visitor at
the club, waa led forward aud
Tbla. Is Mr. Mak." aald the
boot to tbe atratitfcr.
"I'm pleased." nM the stran
ger, shaking the extended band.
I've aeon your play and enjoyed
"Indeed." enld Mack politely.
"You must be an old time fau."
"I am." answered the strauger.
i"I especially enjoy the romantlc
Irlsh melodrama: but. Mr.
Mack, It eeeuie to mo that ou the
stage you aeenj much heavier." J
GRAY," BILLIARD - STAR."
Australian Champion, Now In London,
Astounding English Billiard World. ,
Fancy a billiard player mouopolla
Ing tbe table from Wednesday until
Friday! This ia what the English ex
perts have to put up with Just now
durtug the tour of tieorge ray. the
young Australian phenomenon, who
thinks nothing of running up over a
thousand points at a time. Tbe Eng
lish 'game differs from the style of
play here. The pocket are brought
Into requisition In addition to the car
onia. and tbe table Is larger, with
smaller balls. There are probably a
half docen better all round exponents
eaoaoB obat, Ara-raAi.ua billiabd
of tbe art In England at the present
time, but nevertheless through devot
ing six hours a day of the past ten
years to practice the young antipodean
baa ao mastered a particular ahot that
he la now making all bla opponents
Ilia favorite stroke Is whst Is term
ed a "red loser." Tills consists In nurs
ing tbe red ball down from tbe end
rail to tbe middle pocket and glancing
In off." Once In this position It la dol
lars to dougbnuta tbe ran will go Into
tbe hundreds. Already Oray haa made
eight strings of over a thousand
points, and, from the way he la ahap-
Ing, It will not surprise any one If be
ret runs tbe two tboussnds. It Is
quite a new experience for tbe spec
tators to alt through a whole aesslon
and sometimes two or three and watch
one man go on raising bla break. To
the opponent It moat be aggravating
In the extreme.
HOLBEIN WILL TRY AGAIN.
i ' - -
Famous Swimmer te Meke Last Effort
te Cross English Channel.
Montague Holbein, who baa several
times almost accomplished the swim
ming of the English channel, will make
one last effort next summer. He baa
learned a new leg stroke by which he
not only hopes to Increase bla pace, bat
also to lessen the strain on bla etanv
lna. It la called the "northern kick"
and offers an absolute minimum of re
sistance to tbe water when tbe legs
are being drawn Into a position for a
kicking. Ita motion Increeaee tbe
speed, and there la not nearly the aame
Australian Oarsmen May Coach In U. ,
Information from Australia aaya
that two of tbe world'a greatest pro
fessional scullers Richard Arnat pr
ent world'a champion, and Harry
Pearce are likely to become connect
ed with tbe rowing departments of
two of tba foremost nnlversltlee In
tbe United Btatea one In tbe east and
the other In the middle west.
' tyreeuoe end Celumble te Moot
Colombia college of New Tork, after
eight years, haa resumed track rela
tions with Syracuse, and on May 8 tba
athletes of these colleges win meet at
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When you write youf classified
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Include In It Juat tbe Information e
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. By M. QUAD
Copyrleht or Assoclsted Ut-
When a widow la not a widow, but
baa a husband biking around - the
country some where, tbey call bar a
grasa widow. Tito term might aa well
be a bay widow or straw widow, but
It Is always given aa grass.
Miss Minerva Hatiudera waa a grasa
widow. tUie should have railed her
aelf Mre.. but tbe reimrt had come to
her that her uilastng hlisbaml, Abel,
bad Ihhui seen to drown himself In a
nilllpond. She waited a year and then
called herself Miss and removed to
Perklnavllle. She had Hot boou there
throe months when Moses Drew,
farmer, enw her st church and ad
mired her and legan courting. He
should have boon told atriili:htaway
tht Alcl waa' a. deceiving husband
and that that drownltnr1iwmcss might
have been ouo of bis little tricks, but
he wasn't. He went rlitht ahead and
courted nnder the Idea that be waa In
love with a mls. About eight months
after meeting the woman he asked
her to be hl wife. It waa then nearly
two years alnce tbe absconding AImI
was aupposed to have gune lo the bot
tom of the pond, and Miss Hiiuudera
Mushed ami stammered and aald alio
That waa enough for one night, on
the next the wedding day was set.
On the second the wedding day waa
Planned. On the third aa the happy
couple sat holding lis nils the absconder
walked Into the bouse. He had not
been drowned. He hnil not come any
where near It. Of course there waa
excitement, more of It than aa 4f a
clrrtia elephant had broken loose.
Abel apologised for bla advent. He
waa aorry he came. Jle reollxed what
a worthless critter" ho f was and he
could never forirlve bfjoself for bar
ing broken tip. a happy marriage.' He
would go right away and mmnilt sui
cide and let the matrimonial - event
take place. He asked for a dollar irnd
got It and then dlaapeared. Mr.
Drew had to le talked to In a Booth-
Ing way for a lng time, but be Anally
eat himself down to wait until the
grass widow liecame a real widow.
In about. three months a stranger call
ed on Mrs. Saunders to any that he
lived twenty ' miles away and "waa a
carpenter. He bad a man named Anei
Ranndera np on the scsffold with him
one day when It fell to the gmnnd snd
A lel wsa a desd man.- He only bad
time to tell his nnroe aad express the
hope that his dear Minerva would now
go ahead and marry Moses. "
In five daya more the preacher would
have tied the knot but Alel walked
Into the house again. It was some one
else that had fallen from the eeaffold
and been burled by the town. If pro
vided with cheap suit of clothee he
would make an end of himself thla
Three tnonthe went by and nothing
from Abel. Dating thla interval there
waa no talk about the wedding day.
There must be no more surprises. It
waa lucky that tbe couple bad gone
alow. Mre. Saunders received by man
from a' town fifty miles away Ave af
fldavlta that a man who bad been
found froaen to death In a anow bank
waa tbe lamented Abel.- Aa the f rosea
lees bad broken abort off In carting
the body around there waa no doubt
"Pleaae exense me for aaylng theee
look good to me," aald Mr. Drew aa
he looked up after reading tha affida
vits. . . '
"Tea. Abel la euro gone thla time."
algbed the wife. "
An hour later Abel Baundera walked
In and bold bla toea to tbe Ore to toast
Minerva succeeded In fainting away,
but Moaea Drew arose la hla anger
and shouted out: '
"Then yoo were not froeen stiff 7"
"Met Oh. nor
"And they didn't break the lega off
"Legs? Oh. my legs are all right"
"And you're-come back!"
"Come back? Yea. but I'm not going
to etay long. I thought I'd go out akat
Ing tomorrow and akate Jnto an air
hole. Ton can both come along and
see me do It and then there won't be
any more false a lar ma." ,
"Ton go to grass, air, and I'll go
hornet Thla la a pretty muss for a re
spectable man to get Into!"
Mr. Drew stamped out of the bouse,
and Minerva got chilly on the floor
and returned to consciousness to fall
to weeping and to wall oat:
"Ob, Abel. I coaldn't have believed
It of your
"No. of connie not. I orter got
frosen, but I didn't m be all right
tomorrow, though. Don't cry, Nerva;
"But MoseaP' .
"Oh, he'll be all right in a day or
two. Jost feela hurt at my coming
back. Thinka I don't mean to akate
Into an air hole, but he shall see. Tea,
akate right In. and that will be the last
of me. Cheer right, up, girL"
It la a matter of record that Abel
Saunders went ont on the mlllpond
next morning and kept his promise.
More than twenty persons saw him
deliberately akate Into an atr hole and
hla body shoot over the high dam.
They looked for It, and though It waa
not recovered there waa no doubt about
the death. Three months later the
long delayed marriage took place. It
was a sure thing about Abel thla time.
Bnt was Itt Six months after the mar
riage a man waa killed almost In front
of the Drew house by a wagon run
ning over him. Snre as you live It waa
Abel Saunders, ne waa coming home
to say that be waa still alive, but
would shuffle off In a day or two to
oblige, ne had shuffled!
Crippled Beggar Turned Loose.
The crippled fruit purlolner who
when arrested Wednesday fought the
officer, and who refused to tell bla
name when. In court, waa Sent to jail
for 20 days. After 89 hours he begged
plteously to be turned loose and to
save expense this waa done. .. He Is
not likely to return with a 19 day sen
tence hanging over hla head.
Auto Speeding Must Stop.
The Mayor objecta to tha reckless
speed with which autos are often op
erated on tbe streets of the elty and
haa asked Chief Shaw to put a time
teat on a few of them and If running
too faat take them before tbe Re
eordr for a reminder.
Ai?e You a
To the New
Is to be as successful as the inter
ests'of Oregon City demands it
must needs have the the support
of all. The new daily has a
big work before it in boosting
Oregon, .City and Clackamas
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