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Vol. XV. No 23.
CORVAIXXS, OREGON, JULY li), 1902.
B. F. IRVINB
Editor amo Pro
W. T. ROWLEY M. D.
Surgeon ang oculist
Office Rooms 12 Bank Bldg.
! Residence on . 3rd Et between
Jackson & Monroe, Corvallis, Or.
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Office on South Main St. Consul
' tation and examinations free.
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1 to 5:45 p. m. Phone 235.
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dence cor 3rd and Harrison Bts.
Hours 10 to 12 A. M. 2 to 4 and 7
to 8 P. M. Sundays 9 to 10 A, M,
Phone residence 315.
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Office over Post Office. Residence, Cor.
gth & Jefferson Sts. Hours io to 12 a. m
to .4 p. m. Orders may be left at Gra
am & W ortham's Drug Store.
Physician - Surgeon.
Office: Room 14, Bank Building.
Office Hours 10 to 12 a. m. -.
2 to 4 p. m.
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PHYSICIAN, SURGEON & OBSTETICIAN
Eesidence In front ol court house facing 3rd
et. Office hours 8 to 8 a. m. 1 to 2 and 7 to 8
C. H. NEWTH,
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J. P. Huffman
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isom 8 to 5. Corvallis Orego n
Abstract of Title Conveyancing
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, practice in all the courts. Notary Public
.Office in Burnett Brick.
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. ATTORNEY AT LAW
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
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' E. E.' WILSON,
ATTORNEY' AT-LA W,
Office in Zieriolf 's building. " '
Notice to Creditors. . .
Notice is hereby given to all persons concern
ed that the undersigned has been duly ap
pointed administrator with the will annexed
of the estate of Elda Jo Elliott, deceased, by
the county court of Benton county state of Ore
gon. All persons having ;claims against aa id es
state of El. ia1 J. Elliott deceased, are hereby
required to present the same with the proper
vouchers duly verified as by law required with
in six moritns from the date hereof, to the undersigned-at
his residence in Lebanon, Linn
county, Oregon, or at the office of E E Wilson, in
Corvallis, Benton County Oregon ;
Dated: this June 21st, 1902.
- Ernest Elliott
- Administrator with the will annexed of the
estate of Elda Elliott deceased,"
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MERRILL'S BODY FOUND
STORY OF TRACY TURNS
OUT TO BE TRUE.
Body Was Found by Mrs. Mary
Wagoner and Her 12-Year-Old
Son While Blackberrying
Chehalis, July 15. Mrs. Mary
Wagoner and her 12-year-old eon
have found the body of David Mer
rill, who with Harry Tracy escap
ed last monlh from the Oregon pen
itentiary, behind'a log on an unfre
quented road four miles southeast
of this place. The ghastly discov
ery was made shortly before dark
last evening, while Mrs. Wagoner
and ' her son were searching for
blackberries. The body was slight
ly decomposes!, but easily recogniz
able as that of Merrill. There was
a bullet hole in the back and anoth
er in the left, wrist. The body was
dressed in dark-blue trousers, a
dark coat, a black hat, and heavy
shoes. It had been dumped over
the log bead first, and lay with the
face concealed. Mrs. Wagoner's
son came here this morning and no
titled the coroner of the find, and
the body is now being brought in.
A settler named Verba, who lives a
few hundred yards south of the
place where the body was found,
has identified it as that of one of
two men who went past his place
at 5:30 a. m., June 28, the'day
Tracy sajd he killed Merrill. Both
men. Verba says, were heavily arm
ed, and he thought at that, time that
they were Tracy and Merrill.
Tacoma,. July 15. A Chehalis
special to the Evening News says:
Superintendent Westendorf, of the
state reform school, J and Dan W:
Bush have returned here, and con
firm the story of the finding of the
body of the escaped convict, Dave
Merrill, who was killed by his pal,
Hairy Tracy. : The body is un
doubtedly that of Merrill, and he
was killed at 6 o'clock, Saturday
morning, June 28. The body was
found by Mrs. Mary Wagoner and
her 1'2-year-old son, of NapaviDe,
yesterday afternoon, who will claim
the reward of $2,720. While pick
ing, berries, they discovered a corpse
thrown over a log and jammed be
tween two tre8 stumps, a few feet
off from the main road. A bullet
hole is plainly seen in the back,
and also one in the wrist. Another
ia believed to be in the neck.' Three
30 30 Winchesters were found, one
behind a cedar tree at the roadside,
and two about 10 , feet from the
corpse. The indications are that
Tracy fired the first shot from be
hind a tree, and then completed the
assassination of his dying pal and
brother-in-law, -Tracy first told the
story that he had killed Merrill the
day that he fode in a captured
launch to Seattle, July 2.
Seattle, July i 15. Picker ton de
tectives have joined in the celebrat
ed Tracy man-hunti, and the dime
novel cemplexion of the chase grows
more yellow; It is not so much to
capture Tracy himself that the
Pinlertons will center their famous
detective ability, but they are now
engaged in an endeavor to ascertain
who were the individuals who pass?
ed the rifles into. trie Saieu peniten
tiary, and also who afa Tracy's ac
complices at the present time.
" A short time: ago the Pinkerton
agents at Portland began opera
tions; assisted by a special detective
from the Chicago branch. Several
days were spent in the matter by
the detectives, and much valuable
information was obtained. The de
tails in their entirety could not be
learned from any of the Pinkerton
men, but the Chicago sleuth was not
averse to making a few statements.
"It is known," 6aid he, "that ne
gotiations were in progressbetween
Tracy and Merrill and two men in
Portland for at least three months
before the tragic outbreak at Sa
lem. One of the men who smug
gled the rifles and ammunition in
to the prison is known, but the
manner in which he did the job
has not as yet been fully learned."
It has also been learned that two
men have been in communscation
with Tracy.within the last few days,
but their names are not known.
The Chicago detective firmly be
lieves Tracy killed. Merrill He
says if Merrill is alive, he is sure he
has not been seen since June 26.
Many rumors concerning Merrill
have been run down, and in each
aDd every case they have proved
false. According to the detective
quoted above. Merrill, if he is alive,
has severed all connection with his
old pal, Tracy. Ia this connection
"Why should Merrill, who prob
ably never killed any one, join Tra
cy, when he had plenty of time in
which to escape, having nothing but
a 10-years' sentence to serve.
As "to why Tracy lingered around
Seattle so long, the detivea say there
is no doubt that Tracy fully intend
ed to assemble four notorious crooks
and turn ; rn' big trick, such as
robbing a 5rt : or big gambling
house. TiaCj wrote three ietters to
persons in Seattle. Two of those
wera intercepted by officers 'of the
law, but the most important ono
has not yet been found: In one of
the letters, which was posted at
Chehalis, Tracy as much as stated
his intention to turn a trick such
as these mentioned above.
It is said to b9 a fact that the de
tectives have leirned that Tracy
left Meadow Point for Port Madison'
in a skiff, with hi3 two pals, and
that the name of one of the .men is
known, but the other is not. It is
thought Tracy: arranged to meet
hi? Pals at Renton, while they were
rowing to Port Madison, and it is
certain that four men met Tracy
near Renton after he left the Ger
rells home. The plans of the gang
fell through, attd the following let
ter,. written to a crook in Portland,
throws some light on the fact:
'Hank on the kill; everything off
Hike.", ... . . ' '
The letter was addressed to A.B.
Cox, General Deliverys" .
Portlarid Oregonian: An inform
ation against A. L. Belding, charg
ing him with murder in the first de
gree, in having shot and killed Mrs.
Deborah A. McCroskey, his mother-in-law,
was fined in the etate
c5rcait court yesterday by District
Attorney Chamberlain. It sets forth,
that the killing was done with pre
It.is hot necessary to file inform
atiions against Belding charging
him with killing bis wife and
Wood ward, as he can only be hang
ed once, and one eonviction is suf
ficient for all purposes.
Since Eelding has been confined
in the city prison, his friends have
been very, attentive to him, and
have sent bim sumptuous meals,
consisting of steaks, qysteis, toast,
coffee, cherries, bananas, fried po
tatoes, chicken, etc. Cigars, ciga
rettes and bunches of roses have al
so been included among the gifts,
Belding was taken to the county
jail yesterday morning by Detec
tives Kerrigan and Snow. . Thepa
trel wagon is ia the repair shop,
consequently he had to walk to the
county jail Jwith the officers. In
his new quarters Belding will have
to conteut himself, with the jail fare
as it is not customary to allow
meals to be brought in from the
outside. His friends will be per
mitted to give him cigars or tobac
Seattle,. Wash. July 15. Thera
was absolutely nothing done by the
posses searching for Tracy today.
Sheriff Cudihee's orders for all dep
uties in the outlying districts to re
port to his office in Seattle are being
slowly obeyed. Cudibee himself re
mains at Iiavensdale with a small
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haired medicine men, wearing sharp
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CHAMBER OF DEATH
DEATH LIST WILL EXCEED THREE
Large Force of Men Trapped in
Shaft of the Cambria Steel
Company's Rolling Mill
Mine Few Escape 5
Miles From Main
Johnstown, Pa., JulvlO. What
(in all human possibility - was the
I greatest mine disaster in the histo
ry of the Pennsylvania coal fields
filled nearly 600 homes with terror
today and overcast the city with a
gloom comparably with that only
occasioned by the great Johnstown
flood of over thirteen years ago.
Somewhere between loo and 45o
mioers are entombed in the great
rolling-mill shaft of the Cambria
Iron and Steel Company, beneath
the foothills, five miles west of John
stown, as the result of an explosion
that occurred shortly before noon.
f The number is disputed, but how
ever many there are, there is little
doubt that all is the ehatt are dead.
Inside the mine fire is adding to
i the horrors of the explosion, and
smoke is slowly coming from the
entrances. The rescuing parties
have abandoned all attempts to use
the Westmont drift, and are devot
ing all their efforts from the Mill
Creekrshaft, at the other end.
v At midnight the first rescuing
party returned to the Mill Creek
shaft, after penetrating over two
miles into the workings. Dr. J. B.
Lowman, one of the party, said
that they had passed over twenty
five dead bodies. The party devot
ed its efforts to saving the living,
ad carried tolhem' lafge "'supplies
of oxygen. It is being supplied now
to about thirty unconscious men,
and the physicians hope to save
many of them.
" Up to midnight no one has been
laken alive or dead from the "Klon-1
dike," the portion of the mine in
which the explosion occurred..
There are probably 2oo men entomb
ed, and probably all are dead.
At l:3o o'clock the dead discover
ed numbered sixty-seven, and more
were being found at every step of
Officials of the company oper
ating the mine assert that there
were four hundred men at work aud
that two hundred and fifty escaped.
Those of the rescued who are able
to talk say that there were 600 men
in the long black hole which pene
trates the earth for a distance of
five or six miles, and that not more
than 15o have been accounted' for.
At 11 o'clock tonight four vic
tims were brought to the surface
from the Klondike Eection. Dr.
John B. Lowman who came up w:ttf
the men, said he passed twenty
five dead bodies, some of them in
Only eight bodies have been tak
en out. The rest are hemmed in
or crushed into shapeless masses
beneath thousands of tons of coal
and rock displaced by the explo
sion. If any areyet alive the res
cuers are prevented from reaching
them by the flames in someeections
and the black damp in others.
Rescuing parties composed of de
ter mied men wrought up to a pitch
of desperate courage by the exciting
events of the day have endeavored
in vain to penetrate the various
shafts, but none of them have suc
ceeded in accomplishing anything
beyond the recovery of a few of the
bodies of those who dropped in tneir
tracks while neeiBg toward dayligh.
Bratticibg, fanning and every
plan and device known to miners
for enabling them to penetrate
shafts failed with black damp have
been resorted to in vain, and so
complete has been their defeat that
nearly all have now given up hope.
Half-hearted efforts to accom
plish something are still beiug
made, but with practically no hope
It was not until news came into
the city that many miners had es
caped at the Mill Creek opening,
between four and five miles from
the city, that it was known that all
had not perished.
About a hundred miners manag
ed to escape by way of the Mill
Ureek entrance. They said that
they had left hundreds of dead men
in the mines, and told terrible sto
ries of crawling over the dead bod
ies of their comrades, i
The experience of those who at
tempted to get into the mine and
who were driven out gasping and
nearly dead in a few minutes shows
conclusively that those who are in
the center of the disturbance must
necessarily have been suffocated.
The general confusion about the
mine is amazing. A stupor seems
t ) have taken possession of every
one and all Johnstown seexs to be
stunned by the shock.
Even the disconsolate women and
children gathered about the mine
entries near their homes a sad fea
ture of mine disasters have ceased
to scream for husbands, fathers and
sons whose faces they will never
see again, and they sit or stand a
bout tonight in despairing silence.
They cannot be induced to leave
the spot. :
About both of the openings to the
mine the scene early tonight was
heart-rending. Thousands of men,
women and children were congregat
ed, waiting and hoping against hope
to hear of the safety of their loved
one. Wives and mothers,' sisters,
children of the imprisoned miners
were standing about wailing, .sob
bing and praying.
Some driven to desperation by the
fear that those whom they love they
will never see again have tried to
fight their way into the mine, but
1 have been held back from the fool
hardy errand. Throughout the city
and especially that portion where
the miners had their homes there is
mourning tonight.- Fathers, . hus
bands, sons and brothers are miss
ing, and those who loved them and
depended upon them feel all too
surely that they will never return
Johnstown is passing again
through an experience which it will
take years and years to efface.
' About a score of American min
ers who were at work in the "Klon
dike" district, but not at the imme
diate scene of the explosion, notic
ed the presence of the fire-dam p. io
their apartment soon after the ex
plosion occurred, and they started
for the main entrance. They were
nearly overcome by the deadly
fumes, but managed to reach safety.
These said that they believed not
one of the men who were at work
within the area of destruction could
The rumor spread broadcast that
all were dead. Women and chil
dren whose husbands were some
where, dead or alive beneath the
bright green of the hillside, rushed
to the point and gathered there,
some with dry eyes and set faces,
some crying, some moaning, but all
gazing steadfastly at that dark op
ening in the hillside; that was the
only impression thatconnected them
with the loved ones in the dark be
yond. But already from the opening in
the hillside the noxious gasses were
beginning to pour from an explo
sion that had taken place three
and a half miles away, and the po
lice of the Cambria Steel Company
refused to allow any one to enter.
Women with blanched facescame
and entreated that they might bs
allowed to eDter, with no thought
of the distance, with not the faint
est reasoning as to the utter use-
lessness of the attempt, only a de
termination to do something to res
cue the loved ones from dealh
Little children, little realizing the
terrible meaning of the news, but
with a child's vague consciousness
"that something that might hurt
father" was going on, clung to the
skirts of the women and added to
the piteousness of the scene.
From the stories told bv some it
must be that thi3 great mine, run
ning in all its ramifications gal
leries, drifts and chambers many
mile3 under the earth, honeycomb
ing the hils hereabout, is a vast
chamber ot death.
Far below the surface are hun
dreds of bodies in the dark galler
ies. By the time the rescuing par
ties shall have reached them even
those who may yet alive will likely
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OUTLAW HiS A CHE1P SHAYEf,
Convict First Eats Hearty MeaJEj
Takes Opposite Route to One
Picked Out for Him by
Enumclaw, July 15. Word?
reached here this evening that Tra
cy had dinner Sunday afternoon
with Morris Garner on what ia?
known as the Gannon farm, on
Boise Creek, three and a half miles,
southeast of here. Garner's story
has, up to the present time, been
kept quiet by him, through fear of
the outlaw, who, he says, threaten
ed when leaving. Garner says that
at or near three o'clock Sunday af
ternoon a man entered the housa
without knocking, and announced
himself as Tracy, saying:
"Gentlemen, I am Tracy, and I
want something to eat quick."
The Garners, father and three
son?, had just finished dinner,- so
they told him to sit up and help
himself, which he proceeded to do,
first ordering the two eldest sons to
go to one corner of the room, di
rectly in front of him, where he
could keep them covered with his
murderous rifle. At the time of
Tracy's entrance the youngest boy
was shaving, but after the convict
announced himse lfhe ceased the op-
eration, and was unable to proceed,
even when told by Tracy to go; a-,
head and finish his shaving; '
After eating his dinner, Tracy
said: "Young man, come here and
shave me." Upon the young man
demuring on the ground of not be
ing an adept with the razor,, Tracy
said: "That's all right; I am not
particular, and if I, don't kick you.
need not," whereupon young-Gar- -ner
lathered his face and proceeded
to remove his beard. They Btate
he had at least a two weeks' growth
of beard, with which he was much
pleased to part. After being shaved
Tracy helped himself to a pair of
trousers that were hanging on the
wall, putting them under his arm,
and then went out. .
This will materially change the
theories of Tracy's pursuers, as it
has been believed all the time that
he came to Enumclaw from Palmer
by working along the side of the
mountains south of the Northern
Pacific Railroad, and was first seen
by Clarence Burke just east of the
town. It seems, though, that be
came down the line on the north
side of the track until he came to or
near the White River, when he
worked his way south along the
river, crossed the track near the
White River bridge, and continued
up the stream to tha Garner home.
The railroad company keeps a
watchman at this bridge, and he
says he saw a man come up on the
grade and cross the track shortly
after the noon hour, who, he is sat-
isfied, carried a gun, as he could
see it glisten in the sunlight.
This even at 7.30 smoke was seen
ascending from a small gully in the
foothills just east of here. As it
has rained here nearly all day, and
at times very hard, it is believed by
a great many of the citizens thatthe
criminal is still lurking in the im
mediate vicinity. If his past: ac
tions are to be an index as to bis
future, it is more than likely to be
his campfire, as it is well situated
on a slope commanding a good view
of the main highway to the east,
and al;o overlooking the town. Any
oae in this position could keep a
good watch and be in no great dan
ger oj a surprise. Looked at through
a good glass at 7.45 this evening it
seemed as is one could detect the
rise and fall of the flames, as if the
fire were being replenished with
new fuel, and at one time one or two
watchers insisted that they could
see some one moving about. If this
is true, it is almost certain to be the
criminal, as there is nothing there
to invite a camp for any one but a
person to keep shady.
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