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Vol. XVI. No. 49.
CORVALLIS, OREGON; JANUARY J7, 1901.
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EXPIATED HIS CRIME.
EXECUTION OP PLE AS ANT
ARMSTRONG IS SENSA
TIONAL IN MANNER
WE DO MOT OFTEN QMi
Our ad., but our goods change hands
f -. :vevery day. Your, money exchanged
for Value and Quality is the idea.
Big Line Fresh Groceries
Domestic and Imported.
Plain and Fancy Unaware
A large and varied line.
Orders Filled Promptly and Com
Visit our Store we do the
O. J. BLACKLEDGE'S f
sw Furnilure and music I
South Main Street,
I Cordially invite you to inspect my New Stock of
Goods consisting of
Various Musical Instruments,
Bed Lounges and Couches,
Bedroom Suites, Iron Bedsteads,
Maple and Ash Bedsteads, etc.
Woven Wire Springe,
Good Line of Mattresses,
Extension Tables, Center Tables,
Sideboards, Kitchen Safes,
Dining Chairs, High Chairs,
Children's .Rockers, and
Many Styles of Other Kockers.
Fine Lot Bamboo Furniture just in
Window Shades, Curtain Poles.
7 , ' Sewing Machines, new and second-hand. Second-hand Pianos
7 'tr sale and for rent. A few stoves and a few pieces of Graniteware left.
E. E. WILSON,
ATTORNEY, AT LAW.
Office In Zierolf Building, Corvillis. Or
B. A. CATHEY, M. D.,
Physician and Surgeon.
Office, Room 14, First National Bank
Bnilding, Corvallis, Or. Office Hours,
10 to is a, m., 2 to 4 p. m.
Kills His Sweetheart in a Fit of
Jealousy ar d Repents and Says
He Will Meet Her Again
Confesses to the.
B.k'j: City, J40. 22. The' first
legal execution 111 Baktr couDty
'took place at 7 o'clock this room
ing io the couit yard, SheriffBrown
and his deputies being the execu
tioners, Pieasant Armstrong the
All during the night the con
demned man, whose crime is well
known to the community, enter
tained bis friends and two brothers
in his cell. He did cot sitep much
beciuEe of receiving bo much com
pany. He played for some time on
his violin and seemed' cheerful.
Father Olivetti spent most of the
night with him and during the
latter part, towards moroing, they
were alone. At 5:30 o'clock this
morning, Armstrong washed ;- and
dressing himself carefully in a suit
of black, ate a hearty breakfast of
broiled ham and omelette, potatoes,,
bread and coffte.
Shortly after 6 o'clock the invited
witnesses to the execution began to
gather in the court house square
and by half past six 500 elood in
front of the gallows inside of the
high board enclosure. Sheriff
Brown and deputies Hemple, Lach-
ner and Snow, bad all arrange
ments made to perfection. . ,
Doctos . McDaniel and Curry
of Baker City Brock of
Sumpter, Grant of Harney and
Francis 01 Haines were summoned
officially' to judge of the death.
Newspaper men and reporters
representing all the local papers and
the Portland and bin Francisco pa
pera- wtra given a xwsition 'MJflkie
the wire. A few minutes before 7
o'clock Sheriff . Brown led Arm
strong from his veil and as he
pasted through the jail he shook;
hands with his fellow prisoners and
attendants and said; "Good-bye,'
boy, I will meet you in another
world. The procession formed and
marched through the rear of the
jail, Sheriff Brown and Deputies
Snow and Lachner leading, the
condemned man with the priest
coming next, Deputy Hemple and
a number of assistants btinging.up
Alone and unaided, Armstrong
stepped lightly up the Ecaffold stairs
and took- bis position facing the
crowd, with Fathtr Oilivetti at bis
.The priest invoked the blessings
of the Deity upon the repeutatt
criminal, and after reading the
death warrant when Sheriff Brown
asked Armstrong it he had anything
I to say, the slayer of Minnie Eos-
minger, standing erect lacing tbe
light of the breakirg day, in a clear
voice made quite a lengthy speech,
holding in bis hand before him a
crucifix. ' '
. "You all "res the world. This
cross is the other world. It is a
symbol of love, love for father,
mother, children and mends. I
bad a sweet girl once whom I loved
Minnie Eosminger. I took her
life, and I stand ready to die for the
crime. Minnie Enerainger in the
other world knows I was not re
sponsible for the crime. Love
prove all natures. I have prayed
day and night and 1 die in the state
of Christ and in the spirit of the
true church. I sincerely.' repent of
all my sins, especially of the great
crime for which I surfer. 1 hum
bly trust in infinite mercy" of
Christ, my savior, who died for me
Into Tby bands, oh Lard, I com
mend my spirit."-
as tne sneria auiuetea tbe noose
and black cap Armstrong cried out.
Did you ever see a brave man?
Look at me. I forgive you all."
' Two minutes before 7 the trap was
sprung and Armstrong's spirit shot
into eternity with scarcely a quiver
01 bis body. Tbe neck of tbe exe
ecuted criminal was broken instant
ly .and the doctors pronounced the
body dead in eight minutes.
Armstrong wss 2b years 01 age
last August. His victim was about
20. The dead man's body was turn
ed over to tbe undertakers for bur
ial at 4 o'clock today.
The crime was revolting in the
extreme. Armstrong was a farm
hand, industrious but passionate
and impetuous . Prior, to a year
ago last Christmas be worked on a
ranch near Haines. , He was 25
years of age, good-looking, and .gen
erally popular. His descent was
Spanish. He bad for some time
worked. in the neighborhood of the
place, where be did the killing.
; Christmas night; 1902, there was
a dance at Redding'a ranch, near
North Powder, Biker county.
For more tban a year Armstrong
andMionie Ensminger had . been
'keeping company," but several
weeks befortfthe holidays, the young
girl's parents forbade longer associ
. A few days prior to Christmas
Armstrong wa informed by Miss
Ehsminger that she should have
Nothing more to do with him. It is
fcaid be grew violently angry and
told her he would get even.,
t At the Christmas dance both at
tended , but the girl came in compa
ny, with another man. All the ev
ening Armstrong was sullen and
outwardly displayed his rankling
jealousy, j He left tbe daocing place
Sometime before the party broke up.
He lay in wait at a neighboring
ranch where he knew the object of
his crime was to t-leep. About 1:30
o'clock the morning of the 26ib,
Miss Ensminger came through the
gate. Armstrong jumped behind
her and shot her io the back with a
long new Colt's revolver. '. Af'erthe
girl ft 11 mortally - wounded, the
murderer fired another shot into
her breast and turning the weapon
upon himself he inflicted a slight
wound on bis temple. Then he ran
i - Several who were in the party re
turning to the raoch-house with the
wounded girl, gave chase and be
was speedily overtaken and cap
tured. Miss Eosminger diid 4 0'
clock that morning, Or a few hours
after being shot.
DEATH BY CYCLONES
ENTIRE TOWN IN ALABAMA
DESTROYED AND CITI
; Winnipeg, Mn., Jan. 24. Ernest
Cashiel, tbe condemned murderer
who escaped from the Calgary po
lice garrison a few days before the
date set for bis execution in De
cember latt, was caught by the po
Jice today a few onilesirouki here.
He is supposed to have been hiding
in an old cellar since bis escape,
Cashiel is now in tbe guardhouse,
Through the East Mississippi Val
ley Wreck and Ruin Is the Re
sult of . Cyclones Heart- ;
rending Scenes Floods
in the East:
Birmingham. Ala., Jan. 22.
Cousternation and intense excite
ment prevails here today over tbe
reports of the terrible cyclones that
are swooping over portions of the
Great loss of life is reported and
the full particulars are not known
at this hour.
L8t reports show a heavy lose-of
life at Moundvule, 70 miles north
of here, in Wt night's cyclone.
Conductor Capehart, of tbe Queen
& Crescent railway wired from Ak
ron that be could 1 ot pass Mound-
viile owing to the wreckage on tbe
tracks. He d eel arts that all tbe
inhabitants of that town are killed.
Capehart has backed his train to
Akron and sent a mesfaae in a
roundabout way. A special wreck
ing train left here with doctors and
nurses for the scene.
Cyclones, are reported io several
place in Alabama this morning
At North Birmingham five stores
and several residences wers blown
down and a number of persons
killed. Mound ville is alto wrecked
by the storm. "
At Memphis, wires south of there
are down owing to cyclone condi-
t:ons. In tbeMescham suburb of
Memphis five houses were destroyed
but the inhabitants escaped.
Another message from Akron
sta'e the entire Northern portion
of Mound ville, which is" practically
the entire residence section, is de
stroyed and the population killed.
At Vicksburg, JNl ss., several
bouses were demolished and Charles
Lavinski, a backmau, and two
horses were struck by a falling wall
Ernest Cashitl, the young mur
derer and desperado who escaped
recently from Calgara, N. w.-T.,
while awaiting execution for the
murder of a Canadian officer, enter
ea upon nis criminal career in
Northern Wyoming three years ago,
Cashiel was only 18 years old then,
but be was one of the shrewdest
and moBt desperate criminals that
ever infested that region.
Cashiers first crime was the theft
of a watch from Attorney M. B
Camplin, of Buffalo, Wyo. Cashiel
was arrested, and while awaiting
trial escaped from tbe county 'jail
at Buffalo in a most mgenius man
cer. For several days he complain
ed of being ill. His muscles both
ered bim, be said, and be was per
mitted to spend much of bis time
in the corridor. One night Cashiel,
after placing a dummy in bis cell
crawled on top of tbe cage. He was
not seen Dy the liner when be was
locked up for the nigbt, and, during
the mignigbt hours Cashiel sawed
oft the bars of a window opening on
a back street. He then broke into
the sheriff's office, secured a rifle
and some ammunition, and made
his way into the mountains.
While io the mountains Cashiel
again resorted to a shrewd move to
evade capture. He tied back one
of bis fingers, bandaged it carefully
and covered the bandage with the
blood from a rabbit he had killed.
He told the mountaineers that he
bad accidentally shot off one of bis
fingers. A few months later Ca
shiel was' arrested at Casper, but as
he did not answer the description
of the fugitive in that there was no
missing digits, be was released.
Cashiel was next arrested in
Kansas, and Sheriff Kennedy of
Buffalo, started after him, but the
wily youth again eluded the offi
cers by crawling through a water
closet and escaping. He was next
heard from in Northwest Territory,
where he was arrested for cattle
stealing and forgery. While await
ing trial he overpowered the jailer,
killed the sheriff and made his es
cape, and it is for this crime that
be has been sentenced to die.
badly deranged the viaduot ancT
greatly damaged the east abutment.-, '
One boat was badly crushed and
another had a bole torn in her bow
above the water line. On the way
down stream she struck the fire boat
Clevelander, damaging it so badly-
that tbe latter waa beached to keen
from sinking. The ice then piled. -up
against, the lodged steamers.
The viaduct, which is the largest
drawbridge in the world is com-
pletely closed to traffic and thw
damage will be heavy.
Pittsburg, Jan. 22 Intense ex
citement prevails here today. Tele
graphic warnings have been sent as
weather forecast that breaking ice
has formed an immense gorge in
the Alleghany river. 1 The police
department has notifiedall business
houses and residents in the threat
ened districts that the worst flood
in 4o years is expected. Reports
from tbe entire state show an un
precedented rush of mad waters.
The Ohio river is a raging torrent
and all along its course the inhab
itants have been warned.
Indianapolis, Jan. 22. Tbe first
casualties from the flood were at
5:30 o'clock this morning when
John bhobe and bis wife were
drowned trying to escape from a
houseboat. Tbe entire west part of
Indianapolis is praetically cut off
The White River bridge Is totter
ing. Dispatches from Terre Haute
and Vincennes on the Wabash this
morning say that they are dynamit
ing the ice under tbe bridges in or
der to save the structures.
Tillamook, Orn Jan. 24. Henry.
H. Alderman, sheriff of Tillamook
county, shot himself in hU own
barn early this morning, death re
- Sheriff Alderman had been seri
ously ill for more than a month
and in addition to his physical
troubles there had arisen unfortun
ate gossip growing out of a dispute "
with accountants regarding a dis
crepancy in his books, which hede
clared he could and would make
good in full.
Cominebd witb his ill health, his
financial troubles apparently unset-
tied the sheriffs mint! temporarily,:
and he became despondent. When
he arose this morning bei had ap
parently no thought of committing
the deed, as heat once began the
About 7:30 this morning be got
up and awakened the hired girL
Then he apparently went immedi
ately to tbe , barn, a short distance
away. When the? girl Went to the
barn half an hour after to milk she
noticed bloodstains upon tbe around
floor. Going to the upper floor
she discovered the body of Sheriff
Alderman lying prostrate upon the
boards. : Evidently when alone in.
the barn bis despondent condition
bad reached its climax, and prompt
ed by his characteristic ' impetuous
nature, he had committed the deed
instantly. The piBtol from which
he bad sent a bullet into his mouth
was lying a few inches away.
Sheriff Alderman was about 40
years of age. He had lived in Til
lamook 'county for many years, and
had held tbe office of Bhenn for the
past seven years.A.moDth ago be
made a trip to the ' southern part of
tbe county, and there was taken
sick, from which he neyer fully re
covered. He left a wife and one
child, a girl of 11 years.
I be dead sheriff wsb a member of
the Masonic Order, as well as of
the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythi
as, Woodmen of the World and an
cient Order of United Workmen.
He. has one brother, W. P. Alder
man residing in thui county.
ine nnanciai trouDies reacnea
their height on last Friday, when a
warrant was made out lor his ar
rest, it being alleged that his ac
counts were $7,000 short. By his
residence of many years in Tilla
mook County Sheriff Alderman had
acquired property worth considera
bly more4than the sum said to be
missing, ile also carried a heavy
life insurance. He had declared
that he was able to fully pay for
any unconscious error in bis books
and if the report of the account
ants is confirmed, this will be done.
A number of friends have stood by
bim faithfully, never doubting his
Cincinnati, Jan. 22. Twenty
miles of ice is coming down the O
bio in tbe flood and a big gorge re
ported at Coney Island let go this
morning. Several barges were de
stroyed and people along tbe banks
are terror stricken.
Loraine, Ohio., Jan 22. At noon
today 20 vessels are lying helpless
in tbe Black river and ice is jam
ming against them. 1 be water is
10 feet above tbe normal stage. The
damage will already reach halt a
million dollars. It is stilt raining
Findlay, Ohio, Jan. 22 Many
streets are under water and also a
portion of the residence section
Two hundred families have, been
rescued. The damage is immense
to electric plants and power houses
which are under water;
Dr. Wells, the Albany V S will be at
Fruits livery stables every Friday ot
each week. Bring your horses and
have them examined free of charge .
Cleveland, Jan. 22. Three big
steel trust boats, one heavily loaded
broke from their, moorings this
morning under the great pressure
ot the tlfod on the Cuyahoga. Tbe
boats were swept down together into
the Superior street viaduct and
completely blocked tbe east passage,
Edward Paxsqn, of Batte, Mon
tana, will exhibit at the St Louis
Exposition his famous painting of
'The Custer Battle Field," which
has attracted so much attention at
Washington, D. C. This is one of
the most widely known paintings
by this artist and it is said to be
best representation of the celebra
ted battle field on which the gallant
General Custer and his force of
brave soldiers were killed. The
picture contains' more than 200 fig
ures, troopers, scouts and Indians,
all in one struggling fighting mass.
The dead and wounded lay all
ab6ut. There' are horses galloping
over the dead. Others e wounded
and are struggling over the fallen
men, most of whom are dead,
This was one of the fiercest bat
tles of tbe Noathwest. Sitting Bull
was chief of the Soux Indians by
whom General Custer and his com-,
pany of soldiers had been trapped. C
Tbe General is shown in the center
of the picture bareheaded and fight- -ing
for his life. A number of bis
officers are in the foreground, each '
in a hand-to-hand conflict with the
Indians. The picture is so full of
realism that it is said many old
frontier soldiers have been seen to '
weep as they stood gazing at it.
The details are graphically portra
yed. The painting is valued at