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CORVALLIS, OREGON, MARCH 21, 1903.
B, F. IRVUTE
Editor and proprietor.
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Silk and Trimming M
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: f HOME-SEEKERS I
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the reliable information you wish, also showing
you over the country. ,
Real Estate, Loan, and Insurance,
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Really wholesome changes from a steady
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P. M. ZIER0LF.
make no mistake in
THE PENNELL RIDE,
MYSTERY OF AUTO'S PLUNGE
WITH OCCUPANTS INTO
..' THE quarry;
Was it to Avoid the Newly Discov
' ered Evidence and the Ceas
- tere and Detectives
Tne Burdick Case.
Buffalp, March 17. A rich man
beaten to death at midnight in
his own honse: . twelve days cf
mystery enfolding mystery with
scores of police, detectives and
newspaper men treading a labyrinth
of divorce proceedings and strange
ge loves in the hunt of themurderer
and finally the man suspected
above all others lie who had the
strongest - motive to kill riding !
with his wife over a cliff to instant
death for the one and fatal
injury for the rough quarry below!
Not even- the splendid horrors of
Poe's immagination furnish such a
picturesvuely terrible story as these
plain facts in the great Burdick
murder case at JtJuHalo. lnat nnal
scene in the gray-twilight, with
Arthur R. Pennell and his wife
sweeping in the pouring rain over
the edege of a rockv pit while a
newspaper man waited for him to
come back to his house and face
newly discovered evidence the
plunge of the swift automobile, the
scream of Mrs. Pennell and the hor
rified roadside boy clambering
down among the rocks to find a
dead man and a dying woman it
sounds like' a page from Victor
Now there are three deaths to
explain. Mrs. Burdick is still liv
ing behind closed blinds with her
mother and children in the house
in which her husband was slain
before he. cnnld press -to-a climax
the divorce suit based on her rela
tions to Mr, Pennell. Mrs. Pennell,
who told the police '. that her
husband was at home on the night
of the murder is dead and no word
of explination has come from her
lips. Pretty, witty, clinging Mrs.
Payne, the dentist's wife, who has
been to closely watched " and so
sharply,.questioned by the police,
still dwells under sem-s ur veil
lance in her house, a four-minute
walk from the scene of the murder.
That wild plunge to death in the
stone quarry has riven the veil a
little. Now we hear that Mr. Pen
nell was in an agony of anxiety,
that he sat in his law office day
after day in an almost . hyster
ical condition, fearing to remain at
home lest it might be thought he
bad broken down under the strain.
Innocent or guilty, he found, it
hard to keep up an appearance
of confidence, for wherever -the
changing . trail of inveetiga'ion
led, whatever might be the chan
ging clues that set the clamor of the
newsboys m the streets against
some new suspect, the unchangeable
fact remain that Mr. Pennel was the
only man known who had a direct
and eufficent motive for desiring
Mr. Bttrdick's death, and that fear
of him had persuaded Mr. Burdick
to carry a revolver. , And Mr. Pen
nell, being a shrewd lawyer, knew
that the police must come to his
door again, in spite of the alibi wit
nessed by himself, and his wife. '
The news from Buffalo is that
the police have doubts as to wheth
er or not Mr. Pennell deliberately
committed suicide. It might have
been an accident. They are still
looking for Mr. Burdicks slayer
among the living.
The situation at the time of Mr.
Pennell's death was intensely dra
matic and suggestive. He had
been the shadow on Mr. Burdicd's
home. Three times Mr. Burdick
had forgiven his wife on her prom
ice to keep away from Mr. - Pennell,
Then came the last phase of recre
ancy and Mr. Burdick hired pri
vate detectives, secured evidence,
and sued his wife for divorce, nam
ing the young lawyer as co-respondent.
Mrs. Burdick left her hus
band, her children, and her mother
and w4 to live at Atlantic City.
Thither Mr. - Pennell went also.
The two were seen together.' These
facts were known ' to the injured
husband. He pressed hia suit for
divorce and amended the complaint.
Mrs. liurdick's answer to her hus
bands suit wsb a counter-suit for
divorce, with Mrs. Warren, adivor
ced woman, of Cleveland Ohio, and
Jane Doe, of Buffalo, named as -corespondents.
, Mr. Pennell came back to Buf
falo and made an effort to stop the
divorce proceedings. He saw Mr.
Burdick and he begged him to for
give his wife once more. Mr. Bur
dick refused the suit must go on.
It is said Mr. Pennall threatened to
kill himself and Mrs. Burdick.
Even-then Mr. Burdick' did not
relent. . - ,'.
Imagine that scene! Picture the
tempter pleading for the tempted,
and the wronged husband, sitting
beside his own lawyer, turning a
pitiless countenance upon 'his for
mer friend! His wife, his children,
his' home, all involved in that
last stern answer, his home.
Then Mr, Pennell, the smooth,
sly lawyer, went forth to think of
some other plan to avert the disclo
sures of the divorce suit. How
could be strike down the unrelent
ing - husband from his position of
advantage, how stay the coming
When Mr. Burdick was found in
his louningdeo with his skull bat
tered ta pieces all eyes turned to
ward Mr Pennell. Mrs Pennell
promptly confirmed her husband's j
declara'ion that he wan at home on
the night of the tragedy. Then
rumor went whopping after others.
Bat the trail led back to Mr1
Pennell. A few hours before he
was dashed to death in the quarry
new evidence had been discovered.
It was known on the day before the
murder he had met Mrs Burdick in
New York. That was a discovery.
The secret csnierence of the two
persons who, of all the world, had
the most obvious motivesof wishing
Mr Burdick dead gave a new turn
to the investigation. 7
So at the hour appointed, the
correspondent waited in Mr Pen
nell's house. And while he waited
Mr Pennell and his wife were tear
ing throgb the storm 1 along the
street in their automobil toward
the outskirts of Buffalo, toward the
cliff over .which they went head
lonlojfcherqcks below Innocent
br gailtth'elasrswift tash 'over
the roads must have been a' thrill
ing experience. So many things,
so many things to think of. So
many voices clamorihg, so many
fingers pointing. . .
So many policemen, so many
newspaper men, so many questions
and so many millions waiting to
hear the answers and pick them to
pieces. He had written a letter to
a friend in Pottsville, Pa, , saying
that Mr Burdick had been killed by
an unknown woman, and" the let
ter had got into the newspapers.
Ah! how they and plied him with
questions about that! ,"
How did he know that a woman
had killed Mr Burdick? So many
questions, so many questions. And
now he must explain his meeting
with Mrs Burdick in New York on
the day before the murder. He
must explain the new evidence.
Police detectives and newspaper
detectives how keen and presis
teutthey were! in a few minutes he
must begin an other explanation on
which his liberty, perhaps his life,
Two boys in the roadway heard
the automobile bell ring. They
saw Mr Pennell's hat fly off, his
arm go up; and then the swift
machine turn sharply out of the
highway, bumped over the side
walk and then leap thirty feet to
the rocks, crushing the lawyers
head almost flat", and killing him
When new3 came of that leap to
death in the stone qaarry it was
supposed that the end of the Bur
dick murder case had been reached.
But no; the police are still searching
for the murderer. Even if Mr Pen?
nell did commit suicide that does
not explain all.
How did Mr Burdick happen to
be dressed only in his undershirt
when his skull was beaten in?
For whom did ; he prepair the
partly eaten supper found in his
Why did he not seize the loaded
revolver found in his clothes, only
a few feet from where he was killed?
He was not drunk the medical
examidation shows that. He was
not drugged science has also de
monstrated that. He admitted
his slayer to the house, or some
one else in the dwelling did it.
There was no struggle. That is
shown by the condition of the room
He saw the first blow struck, for
his bruised ,. fingers indicate .that
he tried to parry it..
; The Burdick murder mystery
has not yet been solved.";
LIEU LAND PIRATES.
GOV. CHAMBERLAIN MAKE3
ANOTHER MOVE IN DEFENSE
OF STATE LANDS.
Won't Make More Selections Now
Referendum and Fair Appro-
priation Petitions Sent
Out Editors Sue Each
Salem, Mareh 16. The lieu
land business has come to an ab
rupt end. Governor Chamberlain
has refused to make any more selec
tions of lieu lands on mineral base,
even for the purpose of Eetting up
selections heretofore made, but
which have fallen down. In an
swer to every application that has
been made the governor has de
clared that, he will not make any
more selections until it has been
finally determined' what amount of
those already made will fall. If
the quantity is large he will contin
ue bis refusal to proceed. If the
amount i small, he may permit se
lections in all cases where the pur
chasers furnish the bass and pay
the state the difference between the
present value of the base and -the
amount they have already paid for
heu land. His determination is
that the credit of the state shall no
longer be hawked about by lieu
land operators for their own gain.
As a consequence of: Governor
Chamberlain's taking this firm
position, the lieu land operators
and purchasers are in sore straits
and are fearful of the outcome.
Governor Chamberlain's veto of
the bill in which a clause had been
inserted in the interest of the lieu
land ring, together with the stand
he has now taken, is a hard blow
for those who have been making
money by celling in valid base.
When 'both" houses had" passed a
bill which made it the -duty of the
governor to "set up" all fallen lieu
land selections, the operators and
all others interested thought the
way was clear for the perfecting of
the bad titles. But . the governor
discovered the stineer which had
been bidden in tbe bill and in spite
of the protests of those most inter
ested, he vetoed it. .
Albany, March 17. A determin
ed attempt is to be made to defeat
the appropriation of $500,000 made
by the Oregon legislature for the
Lewis and Clark Fair.
The first move in the caxpaign
was made this morning in this city
when the Referendum League was
The referendum is to be used as
the main weapon of the people who
are desirous of knocking out tbe
Lewis and Clark appropriation.
The referendum league was or
ganized in this city this forenoon
with Hon. J. J. Whitney, as presi
dent and Hon. T. J. Stites as secre
tary and treasurer.
It was ordered that a petition be
circulated throughout Oregon for
signatures asking for the reference
of tbe Lewis and Clark Fair bill to
the people under the referendum
act. Another meeting will be held
Tbe movement to invoke the ref
erendum against the Lewis and
Clark Fair appropriation is the di
rect outgrowth of the refusal of the
last ligislature to pass tbe Harris
bill for the taxation and regulation
of the corporation?. The demand
for the passage of this bill was ex
ceedingly strong in the rural dis
tricts and its defeat called forth se
vere condemnation from the coun
A similar measure was presented
two j ears ago but failed to become
a law. This fact was recalled by
Speaker Harris at the last session
in his argument for the passage of
his hill, and be warned tbe assem
bly that if the wishes of the coun
try districts were again ignored, tbe
consequences might be serious. :
' : While Speaker Harris did not
instigate and perhaps does not ev
en countenance the .effort which is
now being made to defeat the Fair
appropriation, it unquestionably
springs from the widespread dissat
isfaction of which he warned the
legislature. The farmers of the
state realize that the Harris bill
would have become a law if it had
received the cordial support of the
-Multnomah delegation, and they
felt that they bad the right - to de
mand that support in view of the
generous provision made for the
Fair. Even before the legislature
adjourned, intimations were fre
quently heard at Salem that the
farmers would retaliate by invok
ing the referendum upon the Lewia
and Clark appropriation. -
.Portland, March 17. -J. H. Da
vis yesterday filed suit against
Hannah Nicolai, bis mother-in-law,
-says The r Oregoman, to
recover $50,000 : damages for
alienating his wife's affections. Mrs
Nicolai is a wealthy woman, and is
tbe wife of Theodore Nicolai, who is
a member of tbe Nicolai Bro. Com
pany, which conducts a planing
mill in this city.
Davis is a dentist, and is a son of
Dr. L. M. Davis, also a dentist,
and a well-known politician of Al
bina. Young Davis has recently
practiced his profession atSumpter.
The facts in tbe case seem to be
that Mrs. Nicolai was displeased
with the union of her daughter and
Davis, and was not satisfied with
her son-in-law's business prospects.
"My child," said the legal rela
tive of Mr. Davis, in etiict accord
ance with every canon of the hu
morist, "your husband is not good
enough for you." . ,
"I know it." said tbe docile
daughter, and the way was paved
for the onslaught of Mr. Davis up
on the ducats of Mrs. Nicolai.
Mrs. Davis paid her mother a
visit a short time ago, accompanied
by .her little boy, aud her mother
persuaded her to go to California,
taking the child along. ,
The papers in the case wer9 filed
in the state circuit court by Attor-
ney Charles F. Lord. i
. The complaint recites that on
February 24, 1898, J. H. Davis
was married to Lucy A. Nicolai,
and one child was born to them on
December 4, 1899.
In February, 1903, while Davis
and his wife were living happily
together, it is charged that Mrs.
Nicolai maliciously and intending
to injure hiav aad..d&prive-Wnv of
the comfort and society of his wife '
and child, coucseled her to leave
him. Mrs. Nicolai it is alleged, in
order to induce Mrs. Davis to leave
the plaintiff, told her he did not
support her in a fit,, and proper
manner, and that there were sever
al young men of greater wealth who
could provide for her in a manner
fitting her station in life whom she
might have married, any one
of whom would marry her as soon,
as she wa& divorced from her hus
band. The complaint further re
cites that by means of these false
insinuations and by insidious wilea
Hannah Nicolai induced Mrs. Davis
to leave her husband and to depart
from the state, taking the child
with her. .
Because of distress of mind and
body which he suffers and the men
tal anguish caused by the loss of
bis wife and child, Davis demands
a judgment against Mrs. Nicolai for
Tillamook, Or., March 17. Fred
C. Baker, editor of the Tillamook
Headlight, has sued R. M. Watson,
editor of the Independent, for $5000
for libel. It is set out m the com
plaint that Baker, by inuendo, re
ferred to Watson as a ekunk.
Last November Watson sued Ba- '
ker for libel and asked for $6000
damages, and this suit of Bakes's -is
in the nature of a cross-suit.
Watson has offered to compromise
if Baker will pay him $1000, the
difference in the amount of dama-,
ges asked by each plaintiff.
Fifty thousand pounds of mohair
highest market price, at Kline's.
THE OLD RELIABLE
' Absolutely Pure
THERE S NO SUBSTITUTE
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