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Official Payer of Benton Ifeuty. ;
-4DOKTAIXJ8, OBXGOK, JAN. 6, 1S04.
TARRED' ABD FEATHERED.
Tie Holy Roller Apostles Roughly
Handled Married in his new . .
Tar and feathers were adminis
tered to Apostles Greffield and
Brooks, of the Holy Roller sect by
a crowd of twenty men Monday
night., The affair took place nnder
the light of a winter moon, near the
first bridge north of the Corvallis
saw mill at about 10 o'clock in the
evening. .The White Caps, who
were all Corvallis citizens, crossed
the ferry and went over to the
Beich house, ?oo yards to the east
ward." They stole noiselessly up to
the house which they surrounded.
J3hen they broke in the front door,
took, the apostles and, recrossing
-the fertv. went to the bridge In
question, where the clothing was
jemoved from both men, and the
tar and feathers applied. With
the ceremony complete, their cloth
ing was again put on the apostles,
and they were told to leave the vi
cinity, and not t return or worse
..treatment might- be applied. As
66n as released, both men started
north along the Albany road run
ning at full speed. While the af
fair was in progress, Brooks was
stoical, never uttering a word. Just
before the tar and feathers were
applied, however, Creffield, who
had trembled all along as though
much frightened, said, I,et us
pray." "We have heard too much
of your prayers already," was the
. gruff response of one of the party,
and Creffield had nothing more to
NO MASKS WERE WORN.
There was no attempt at secrecy
by those who took part in the affair
None wore masks, and none affect
ed a disguise. The identity of
many of the party is known, and
these are men of standing and char
acter. They say there was not a
boy or hoodlum in the party. In
the main, they were persons who
, lave felt the results of the strange
spell that the apostles have seemed
to exert on the members of famil
ies, often in a way to bring sorrow
and trouble. It is believed that
their purpose was not for motives
of revenge.but aneffort togetBrooks
and Creffield out of the community,
hoping thereby to secure a rest
from the religious agitation which
has dethroned the mind of one
young woman of its reason, at least
The party left Main street about
nine o'clock, according to the best
obtainable account. Before that
they had stood in groups in var
ious places. They did not leave
the street together, but passed along
in small groups. , They met at the
ferry, aad all Crossed together.
BROKE IN THE DOOR
From the terry they want direct
to the Beach house, 2oo yard Or
mote beyond the other side of the
river. There a dozen members of
Jfbe sect. nave held rendezvous for
the past monthi Passing in the
gate, the members of the party at
once surrounded the houee, so as to
bar all avenues of escape." Then
several stalwart men advanced to
the front door, and after a loud
knock, burst it in.
Nearly a dozen members of the
sect were in the room, Brooks and
, Creffield among them. Among the
others were, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Hurt, Mrs Frank Hurt's sister, the
Misses Seeley. and others whose
names could not be learned. Some
of them were seated on chairs and
others on the floor. A number,
if not all, were barefooted. At the
sudden appearance of the intruders,
the members of the sect were more
or less startled. Brooks and Cref
field were at once ordered to put on
their shoes. It was however, ap
parent that they were not astonish
ed, having lived no doubt in the
expectation that something of the
kind was likely to occur, at any
time. The female portion of the
assembly began to sing, and so con
tinued during the rest of the cere
mony. TIED APOSTLES TOGETHER
The rest of the proceeding at the
house is quickly told. Brooks and
Creffield were ordered to put on
their shoes and hats. They obey
ed with alacrity, for the command
to do so was not in gentle tones.
Then both men were tied together
and ordered to pass out the door.
This command they likewise obey
ed,' and the whole party followed.
"While in the room one of the female
members of the sect, passed from
one to the others of the intruders,
and gazed into each face intently,
apparently for the purpose of fu
After leaving the house, the par
f y .marchedTdlrecUy Ha, the 1erry
and crosse4 to the Corvallis iside
The captor while?! on s the boat,
stood, close 'about he -apostf as,.? to
prevent any possible- attempt at es
cape, une 01 tne tormer lighted, a
cigar. -and then held the i. lighted
match up 'before the face of Brooks,
to make sure, apparently, that there
was no mistake". -
: After leaving ; : the . ferry,; the
WBite Caps-did not even take the
precaution to travel by a back street
Passing under the electric lights
enroute, they came - directly . from
the ferry to Main street, and then
went north on Main, past the saw
mill and on north, to 'f the first
bridge. Halting there, they order
ed the apostles to remove their
APPLIED THE TAR.
Like all other couimands given,
the men proceeded at unce to do as
told. Creffield hesitated " long
Enough to propose a prayer,- but
the gruff mpcngV wa that he had
no time for that sort of thing and
tbut there had been too much of
his prayers already, and he began
at once to letttuve bis clothing.
The scene at the moment was
unquestionably dramatic. .The
moon shone dear and bright in tb.5j
m.m bj,, in9 iwo apjsues
nude anpl frhiverin in Ihfc center
of the group, Silenfce was only brok
en by the movements of . the
ffien and by an occasional remark,
sometimes of the jocular character.
One man, surveying Creffield,, after
his head and body had been well
smeared with the tar and feathers,
remarked, "Well you would make
a fine old Santa Claus now." The
apostle made no reply.. AH the
the time he trembled like an aspen,
and was undoubtedly much f igh
tened, It. was otherwise with
Brooks, who was stoical through
out,' and apparently undisturbed by
the proceedings. .
After the tar and feathers had
been applied, the apostles were re
quired to put their clothes on again,
and then they were told to leave,
and never to return to the com
munity. Both started off at full
speed, running northward along the
Albany road. Later, however dur
ing the night, Creffield returned to
the Beach house.
It is supposed that Frank Hurt
intercepted the fugitives in their
flight toward Albany. It is known
that he followed the White Caps
across the river after the apostles
were taken prisoners, and it is sup
posed also that he was an unseen
witness of the tar and feather act.
At any rate Creffield was back at
the Beach house by midnight, and
about that time Frank Hurt applied
at a local drug; store for linseed
oil for use.in removing tar.
A quel to the ineideut was the
marriage yppterday of Creffield and
Mi?s Maud Hurt. Early in the
morning a Corvallis livery carriage
drove up to the dtof of the Beach
house and stopped. Liter it drove
away in the direction of Albany,
wi'h Mr. and Mr, Frank Hurt'
Miss Maud Hurt 'with F. E Cref-
fieid as oecubapT7 A ' diipalon'fro'ffi
Albany to the TimeS abdiit noon
related tikt the party had reaobod
A'bany and had driven to the court
house, where a marriage license was
obtaiued, that with Mr. and Mrs.
Frark Hurt as witnesses, Maud
Hurt and Creffield had beea mar
ried at the court house, Judge
Palmer, officiating. The dispatch
added that the odor of tar was no
ticeable in the room when the cere
mony was performed .
THEIR FEES RETURNED.
After Eleven Lone Years Troubles of
County Clerk Moses has in his
possession the sum of eighty dol
lars that five Alsea settlers paid as
filing fees at the Roseburg land of
fice more than eleven years ago.
The homesteaders paid the fees $16
each on their homesteads October
21, 1892, and ever since that time
the money has been in the pockets
of some land official. Six months
ago, when the homesteaders made
were required to pay the fees again
and for a time it looked as if they
were to get no refund of the first
fees. There was no record in the
land office archives of the payment
of the fees as far as could be found,
and it was ony by dint of much ef
fort on the part of Clerk 'Moses
that a return of the money has fin
alfy been secured. The fees just
returned are for John Sapp, Joseph
Cox, U. W. Wren and J, W. Pet
ers. Of the number, three have
died in the long interim, and the
money goes to their widows. These
are Cox, Peters and Sapp. Three
other homesteaders paid $16 each
into the same land office at the
same time, and up to the present
County Clerk Moses has been un
able to secure a return of the mon-
;ey, lneseare C K. Banton, Wil-
liam HuddlestotJ and J-iW- Carey.
The storv of -' the-' htfc'aUon: ana! 1
lone delay to awhieh ?the settlers
were forced to submit was told for.,
merly in the, . 1 imes. ,They filed
pn lands in "Ajiea on the iist.day,
Lof October.-1892. and- i mmediatel y
thereafter tbe.Or&l J---J. ; -o.
set op a claim to the same glands.
The contest "V as fought outlri the
Rosebnrg land office and the set
tlers won. .The railroad - people,
however, hurried back to : Wash
ington, and before the papers ar
rived, secured deeds to the lands
from the interior department. . In
time the case of the settlers came
to the attention of the department,
and then Hoke Smith, - secretary of
the interior, began suit before Judge
Bellinger in Portland, to set aside
the deeds After two years, there
was a decision in favor of the set
tlers, but the case was at once ap
pealed to the supreme court. Six
months ago the case was again de
cided in lavor of the settlers, and
they were permitted to. file again
on their land?, but were required
to.pay a new filing fee. This they
did, protesting at the injustice - of
requirement. -County Clerk Moses
took up the case for them, and af
ter digging up all the evidence he
coulq in the clerk s oiace; maae a
trip or two to Sc'eburg. succeed
ing finally in securing' a feturn of
fees for the five settlers above mh
tioned. : He also has evidence , that
will force a refund of the Bantpn
fees, but is uncertain of being able
to do anything f of Huddles ton and
Carey. , I ,
INCREASED NINfi THOUSAND.
Benton's Portion of t State Taxes
Must puv Over Twenty Four
Benton county will have to pay
about $9,000 more state taxes this
year than she paid last. The amount
that it is necessary for her taxpay
ers to yield up is $24,745, The
amount last year was $15,352. The
increase is $9,393. The state tax
this year is probably the largest ev
er paid by the county, at least
since old Benton was divided. It is
a greater sum than is usually paid
for county expenses rThe increase
is sfmply enormous, . and will be
sure, to make taxpayers squirm
It is occasioned by the heavy . ap-,
propriations made by the last leg
lslature.wbich in spite of the sev
eral vetoes of appropriations by
Governor Chamberlain, left a large
legacy of biils to be footed. Of the
1905 fair appropriation, $250,000
will have to be paid this year, and
that contributes in a large measure
to the increased state taxes. The
big appropriations for the Indian
War veterans adds another lump,
and the appropriation fox the port
age railroad at The Dalles rounds
out the pile- The effect of all con
fronts Benton with the duty of
raising a state tax that will call out
many a complaint from taxpayers.
To raise the sum will require a levy
of about six mills . on a property
valuation of $4,336,000 in round,
numbers. - -
Tor is this the only way in which
the tai aeeaaat will be increased
this year. ' The tax for - County
schools will be much increased.
Last year the sum Collected on that
account was $12,500. This year
it will be $15,510, or an increase of
3,oto-. Formerly the school tax
was a levy of five mills on the tax
able property of the county A
new law, passed by the last legis
lature, requires the collection of $6
for every child ot school age in the
county. There are 2,585 such
children, and at $6 per capita, the
sum that the law requires collected
in taxesfor them is $15, sro, -instead
of the $11,500 collected on
the same account last year. This
increase added to the increase in the
in the state tax which is $9 339,
makes a clear iucrease on the two
accounts of $12,403, These are
matters that are entirely beyond the
jurisdiction of the county court to
fix. and that body will not deserve
the complaints that wili be uttered
as a result of the increases.
Ia Corvallis. there will be a sim
ilarly large increase in ' the taxes.
1 here will be collected as city tax-
ks for general purp0ses
this . year
"3.85i and tor street purposes,
$1,440, or a total of $5290. The
increase is $1,960. . In the Corval
lis school district, there is also an
increase in the amount of taxes,
but it is only slight, being about
The one pla in which there is
hope of a lower levy is for county
purposes.' The county court meets
today, and amqng the duties .that
come before it will be that of fixing
a levy for the current year, The
levy for county purposes last . year
was fifteen mills, much - of which
went in improvement ot roads.
Dry Wood. ; "
Maple or fir in any quantity. Leave
orders, at Hodes Grocery store, or order
direct to undersigned at phone nnmber
226. . Brank Francisco.
milt unall, black' bear skin cap. e. Leave
at Times officej.- ' 1 -'W--
Goto Zlerolf a for f reefa 'Yaquin JJay
oysters-" ' " v l" v"
,The celebrated stilletto pocket knives
Latthe.BicycleHospital.,. Every blade
- r Bucks for Sale.
Oxfords and Grade Merinos all two
years old past, Good sheep with ).rices
reasonable. Call on or address '
' T. W. B. Smith,
., Phone Snrbnrban 43. v ."
About Chrittman, from Winegar's sta
bles a dark colored shortia.led shepard
dog. Suitable reward. L. N. Edwards.
The Oregon Agricultural College will
receive lids for supplying wood for the
ensuing College rear commencing next
July. . Call on the Purchasing Agent
for specifications. ' .
Corvallis, December 22, 1903.
T. H. Crawford, y
Purchasing Agent. :
Lounges, Couches, Desks, . Folding
Beds, Etc., made to order. Particular
attention given to special orders and re
pairing. AH -work guaranteed. One
door south, ft ft, M. Wade's, Main street.
W. W. Holgate,
Last week, near First
streets, four keys on ring,
leave at this office.
6 AC Cleaning & Pressing Co.
C. C. Cate. , Tel. 791 R. H. Cate,
We call for, clean, press and deliver
one suit or your clothes each week for
one dollar per. month. Ladies skirts
cleaned. Five doors eouth of P. O,'
Make vour friend a Xmas present of a
stiletto pocket kuife. .For sale by Berry
&Cail. , . . j
On Jan. 5, igo4, is the time for you to
enroll in the Corvallis Business College.
Came to my Place.
Attraywhite sow, December 5th,
T. A. Logsdon.
. une hundred to 200 head of goats
Address, giving description, of flock and
A, J, Johnson, Corvallis.
Vetch seed at Gorvallis Flour Hills
Dr. Wells, the Albany V S wilf be at
Fruits livery stables every Friday ol
eac'a week. Bring your horses and
have them examined free of charge.
Notice to Creditors.
In the Matter ot the Estate)
0, F, Elgin, aecensefl. J
' Notice is herbbjr given td all pef hUs Concern
ed that the under&lgued bas.oeen.dul? appoint
ed administrator ot Uie estate of a. F. Elgin, de
ceased, by the Count Court ot the State of Ore
gon for Benton County. All persons having
claims agalnft said estate, of said G, F, Elgin,
deceased, are terebv required to present the
same, with the proper vouchers, duly verified
as by law required, within six months from the
tl&te hereof to the undersigned at the office of
Benton County flouring Mills, or at the law of
nceof E. E. ilson, in Corvallis. Oregon, -Dated
this December 12, 1903.
Administrator of the estate of G, F. EUln de-
Mrs. N. F. ROBISON
, CLAIRVOYANT CARD
Also gives reading by mail if given date
of birth, color of hair, gyps, anil three
leading questions. Also I have a fine
remedy for ladies who puffer with female
complaint, a woman's friem'. Atv address
corner Third and Jefferson Stt. over the
- P. A. KLINE
Office at Huston's Hardware Store. P.
O. Address, Box n.
Fays highest prices for a 1 kinds of
Live Stock. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Twenty years ex perience. .
Ewes and Yearlings by Barkis 130841.
Lambs by Freshman 188626.
Well bred young stock of both sexes
H. k PERNOT,
Physician & Surgeon
Office over nostofiice. Residence Cor.
Fifth and Jefferson streets. Honrs 10 to
12 a. m., 1 to 4 p. m. Orders may be
leftM Graham Be Wortham's drug Store.
?. January 5$ fyofiAS the Date
V ForPpeniog'aftettie" Holidays. '
CORVALLIS BUSINESS COLLEGE.
Cborouabt Short and Complete
' Courses in Bookkeeping, Shorthand, Typewriting, Rapid 0
Calculations, Commercial Law, Letter Writing, English:, jf
I. E. RICHARDSON, Pres.,
Our Great AnMiai Bediiction Sale of Winter Merchan
dise will, begin Monday, . December 28th and continue 30'
days. Every article in bar big stock will be reduced except
W, L. Douglas $3.00 and $3 50 shoes, , Hawes' $3.00 hate,
Monarch white shirts, spool cotton , and Oar Own overalls.
Great Slaughter on Boys' and Children's Softs and
Overcoats, Ladies' Tailor:made Saits,01oaks-r
Wraps, Jackets, Furs, Walking and Dress Skirts..
Everything must move. We want the room for: our Nevr
Spring Stock, and want to get the money but of winter
goods. Bemember the date, Monday morning at 9 o'clock,
December 28th. Storo closes at 6 o'clock, sharp.
What you Want
Is to try the New Goods
which have just arrived at
. Crystallized Cherries .
ENERGY, Health Food.
Hodes Grocery, Phone 483.
Kris ,Krinle gS"
The Holiday Rush is now on in earnest.
Go to Pratt's for a large and choice vari
ety from which to select your gifts.
Gifts for Ladies. For GentleineD.
Cut Glass, Watches,
Rings, Hat & Clothes Brushes
Silverware, ' Stick Pins,
Sterling Novelties, Cuff Buttons,
Ebony Toilet Pins, . Fountain1
Fancy Clocks, - And
Watches. '. Plain Gold Pens.
Come early and secure your choice from the larg
est assortment of its kind in the city. Open night
and day until January 1st. . Wishing you a Mer
ry Christmas and Happy New Year, I am
' Yours for Xmas Gifts,
E. V. S. PRATT,
The Jeweler and Optician.
New Honey .
New Figs and Dates
Olives in Bulk