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Vol. XVI. No. 49.
CORVALLIS, 7 OREGON. JANUARY SO, 19011
B, F. IB? 1HB
Big Discount on Every Article."
Specially Big Discount on1
. RUBBER BOOTS
DOWN TO DEATH
STRAIN PROVES TOO, HEAVY
AND THE CABLE PARIS '
. I V'A AT TOP OF SHAFT.
Bliody Trail Marks Flight of Cage
With Hainan FreightOnly."
' One of Sixteen Man E-cape "'
s- ; and Is Badly Iijurtd . '..
. Other News.
-WE- DO NOT- G!PTN; GH&NGS-;
Our ad., but our goods change hands
-everyday. Your money exchanged
for Value and Quality is the idea. '
Big Line' Freslr Groceries
s 1 Domestic and Imported. ' v '
Plain anQ Fancy Chinaware
A large and varied line. .
Ordera Filled Promptly and Com:
plete. Visit o.ur Store we do the
6. B. Bortiiiilir
iiruiie ami iiiusi!
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:; i VT.
South Main Street,
Cordially invite . you to inspect my New Stock of
Goods consisting of
Various Musical Instruments,
Bed Loutifres. and Couches,
Bedroom Suites, Iron Bedsteads,
Maple and. Ash Bedsteads, etc.
Woven Wire Springs,
Good Line of Mattresses,
Extension Tables, Center Tables,
Sideboards, Kitchen Sates, . .
Dining Chairs, High Chairs,
Children's Rockers, and
Many Styles of Other Rockers.
Fine Lot Bamboo Furniture just in
Window Shades, Curtain Poles.
3 lso Sewing Marines, new and second-hand. Second-hand Pianos
3 'nr sale and for reatt. A few stoves and a few pieces of Graniteware left, .
Victor, Colo., Jan. 26. As a re
sult of an I accident - that, o carred
about 3 o'clock this morning at the
Stratlon Independence mine. J seat
ed near the center of this .. citv,. 14
men are dead and t he severely, in
jured. .; ;
In the main shaft of the mine 16
men were being hoisted in the cage
from. the sixth, seventh and eighth
levels. .When the cage got to the
surface of the Ebafthouse the engin
eer,' for some r aon . unexplained,
was up able to atop the engine, and
the cage, with its - load of human
freight,-was drawn, up into the bal-
ows. frame, wbere.it became lodged
temporarily. 1 be strain on the ca-
ble. caused it to part, -releasing toe
cage wbiph went down.'' the shaft.
1500 feet, at a terrific uc omentum.
Two of the occupants of the cage,
bad become entangled with the
timbers, and . one of them, L. P.
Jackson, was crushed to death by
the sheave wheel, fa' ling upon him
The other, James Builbek, hid a
marvelous . escape ..... from death,
but received painful injuries. H
was. rescued- from bis perilous post
tion by men in the shaf thouse. . .
The Bbift boss and. a number of
miners later ;. went down into the
mine through , another compart
ment of the shaft and found that all
the fourteen men who started with
the cage on its wild flight of 150f
feet to the bottom of the shaft were
dead, their bodies befog scattered at
the station's . at different points.
Their arms and bodies were mang
led, their h ads crushed and their
clothing stripped from their bodies.
From the 1 00-foot level to the bot
tom the shaft is st altered with
blood, and here and there pieces of
flesh clinging ' to pi ejections. At
tbe bottom of the shaft stands 25
feet of water, 'and into this tbe cage
plunged. Some of tbe men were car
ried with the cage into this dump.
A squad of . military has taken
charge of the property and citizens
w 11 not be allowed . to enter the
mine, or shafihou e Until after a
thorough examination of : the ma
cbinery has been made py compe
tent engineers. -
Frank Gellepe, the engineer : in
charge ot the machinery when the
accident occurred; surrendered him
self to the military and was locked
up in the bullpen. He would "not
express any opinion as to how the
cage get beyond ontrol. Gellese
is a new comer in the district, but
is said to have been strongly recom
mended as a competent engineer.
The boiies burled under the cage
at the bottom of the dump have not
yet been recovered. Nearly all the
men killed leave widows and chil
The accident is believed to have
been due to a defect in the hoisting'
engine brake connections, which
are controlled by air. 1 be engine
is a first-motion double-reel, and
tbe two cages work aa counterbal
ances. The cages each weigh nearly
two tons.. In starting the cage trom
the 600-foot level this morning with
the 16 miners aboard, steam was
used ; but after the cage had gone up
ward a certain distance under eteam
pressure lb steam was shut off by
Engineer Frank Gellese , and the
weight of tbe counterbalancing de
sceudirg'cage in the ether shaft
was allowed to bring the load of
miners to tbe eurface as is the cut
torn. . .
When the cage, with the 16 min
ers, arrived at the surface in the
shafthouse, Engineer Gellese, to bis
horror,' discovered that the ..air
brakes would not work. : i :." tr.
- Similar accidents, '- in which no
lives were lost, have occurred twine
before at the independence, with the
same engine now in use there.
judge declared tbe mayor was in ho,
way whatever guilty or liable,, and
the coroner's jury, in ordering him
held to the grand jury, had put an
nnjuet stigma on tbe " mayor; "who
had failed in no particular whatev
er in omission or commission. ;'
Tbe court decla-ed the chief el
ective of the city could not' legally
be held lor an v alleged failure, ' of
subordinates to perform their du
ties-; .-"r -'
The mayor secured his release on
writ of habeas corpus, ' as his' ur-
rest while In office was . unnsUHl.
The reading of tbe verdict ' of the
coronet's jury was that the mayor
and tbe otters accused of responsi
bility should be held "until die-
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cnargea oy aue prucesa ui law. , ifal double traced V was committed
neaecioeu here 8ome time during :.lst nil
A DOUBLE TRAGEDY.
PENDLETON.TE ACHER KILLS
, HIS WIKE AND . THEN
No More Mysterious Killing
' Has Occurred: in the Annals of ,
-Oregon J. T. Brown, of
V. Iowaf the . Murderer -and.
Pendleton, Or.", Jan. 26. A bor-
E. E. WILSON,
ATTORNEY AT LAW;
Office In Zierolf Building, CbmUis. Or
B. A. CATHEY, M. JX,
Physician and Surgeon,
Office, Boom 14, First National Bank
Bnilding, Corvallis, Or.- Office Honrs,
10 xo 12 a. m., 2 to 4 p, m.
The mavor. as soon as
oh bis course, accompanied by his
bondsmen and an attorney, appear
ed at tbe criminal court building:
where ' Mayor Harrison ' formerly
surrendered himself to Sheriff Bar
rett and thus nullified ' the. bond t f
$15,000 given yesterday in court to
secure the mayor's ' freedom from
literal custody. ' Notice was simul
taneously served on tie . state's et
toroey tnit an application lor a
writ of btbeas corpus : would be at
.once filed with Judge 'Tuthill."
In delivering his opinion Judge
"I have gone over . the testimony
of Fire Marehal Musham and Build';
ing Commitsioner Williams and
the mayor particularly,, and I can
eay witbout qual fication or hesita
tion that 1 hnd.not cn word in tbe
evidence, so far as I Lave examined
it, which tends even, remotely, ' in
my judgment to show that the may
or ba1 any knowledge of this mat
ter, or that he was in a:iy , respect
negligent of any du'y imposednpon
him by. the laws or by tbe rules
that commonly apply . to persons
who are respontible for the safety
"I find there were gross , viola
tions not only of the city ordinan
ces butof common rules .of safety
tbatoybody without expert knowl
edge would have said wasj absolute-'
ly essential at the .Iroquois. But
how the mayor, who is simply at
the bed of the city government,
could be held lesponsible for .any
misconduct on bis part in view of
this evidence I cannot conceive.
Following bis relettee, Mayor Har
rison made lh following statement.
to tbe Associated Press:
"Tie only possible feature which
the jury was able to ficd connecting
me with the lrcquois bre disaster
was the alleged negligence, and in
competency of my appointees; Fire
Chief Musham and Banding In
spector Williams. I want to call
attention to tbe (act that Chief Mu
sham has been connected with the
Chicago fire department for 40
years, beginning t the - hottom of
the ladder, and winning bis way to
the position of assistant chief by
the gallant and heroic conduct of a
lifetime. 'r Upon the' retirement of
Chief Sweenie I appointed Musham.
chief.. The, appointment , was on
merit, and met with unanimous ap
proval. ' When the position of building
commissioner became vacant, last
summer, I invited the Builders'
Club, the Association of Architects
and various nonpartisan profession
al organizations to name the best
available man for the. vacancy.
They named Mr. Wi'liams,1 a re
public tn, ajid give me tbe strong
est . testimonial? to his character
and efficiency . I appointed him,
and he entered most earnestly upon
his duties. The imputation of guilt
upon these two men is-unjustifiable,
but to ?trike at me over tdeir shoul
ders is little short of infamy."
ring :.ist night;
when John T. Brown, a school
teacher, cut hie wife's throat and
then blew out his own brains with
a revolver. The two embraced in
death were found about i noon
today in a little field South of .this
city. A note which -they had left
in their room was the cause of find
ing their bodies. T: ; . .
The double deed was premeditat
ed, but so far no cause i as been as
certained. A number of letters
bave.heen left, but up to one o'clock
none of them have beenoj-ened. . -..
Brown j after the two had pone to
the field, a short distance, from the
borne of Ed ward L. mith, where
.the two were boardings cutthe.wor
man's throat with a. razor, and then
shot her through the left breast, di
tecily over the heart,, undoubtedly
killing her instantly. .
He tbeo placed' the revolver to
his right temple-and fired a. shot
which billed , him ; instantly, and
ended one (if t he most sensational
tragedies that had been, exacted in
this city for years add years,, .
V hen tbey wpre found this . fore
noon they were in each others arms
he having laid down - beside bis
dead young wife before he took his
own life. Mrs. Brown would have
been 25 years old today, as tbia is
her birthday. Brown has been
teaching' school on McKay Creek
for some little time and is 60 yeais
of age. The two were boarding
with Mr.. Smith, . Brown walking
the 'distance each morning and night
Mr.' and Mrs. Brown went to tbe
opera last evening t) see Human
Hearts, and the deed was commit
ted after tbey returned. Just bow
tbe deed was committed is not
known, but omoers think it was as
After tbe show the two went to
the Utile field, where; the wife: was
killed.: Brown then went - back to
Smith's bouse and left the follow
"Mrs. Brown and I have got tired
cf life and you will find us on the
nm soutneast 01 nere. ; riease see
that my effects reach my mother at
Rein beck, Iowa, . ad dree 8 M. A
Mrs. Smith awoke about two 0''
clock this morning and heard some
one .coming . to , the bouse and
then they left again. It is thought
Brown killed bis wife, came back
and then went out and killed him
self. His overcoat bad been thrown
over the body of bis dead wife.
showing that she had been killed
betore be died. 1 be bloody razor
lay near him and the revolver was
stilPin the grasp of his hand. The
letters left were to tbe I O.O. F
and A. 0. U. W; lodges, Pendltton
Mrs. M.' A. Brown of Reinbeck, la.
care of M. L. Brown, and to Mrs
M. Whitman, of Pendleton
Forget me as soon as possible and!
give mv love to all. Again, may
God comfort you, for I know tins:,
will hurt you, tout it you know my
suffering yon would not want me ta
live. ' Yours affectionately. ' '
- ; . JOHN."--
The woman left a letter addressed
to her brother,' Tom, other' nams
and address unknown, saying good.
bye, but in the- stove, torn to pieotsv -was
found a letter addressed to Todt
as follows: '
"Dear Brother Tom: When tbia '
reaches you 1 shall be no more.
if you know -what that -means. I
suppose I will soon know, ai I hara
reached a crisis in my life. ; I have -found
a man in Oregon I love bet
tar than my husband.. ; Oh (her,
the name of some person iB lost and
the piece could not be found) bow I
love him' ;
. The jurors do not believe there
was another man in the case unless
it was one of the actors in the play.
Morbidness and temporary lnsanity
biought on by witne'pM-er the play
is the verdict of the jury and no
one is connected witn tbe - casn :
Bofh were young and bad bright
prospects as the man was an exoel- ;
lent teacher. - They were . saving; -their
money to buy a fruit farm in
the Grand Bonde. He had$l00 in
the bank and some money mm his
person. Tbe letters of the lodges
directed the disposal of his, body,
and that he be buried at Bexburg,
Idaho.'-' :: ' " w : .
Chicago, Jan. 27, Mayor Harri
son was this afternoon ordered by
Judge Richard S. Tuthill to be dis
charged immediately ' from custody
and relieved from any responsibili
ty for tbe wholesale loss of . life at
the Iroquois Theatre ' fire. The
THE OLD RELIABLE
; Absolutdjr Pure.
THERE 15 NO SUBSTITUTE
Pendleton, Or., Jan. 26. Insane
ly jealous, without cause apparen
to a coroner's jury, John T. Brown
an Umatilla county school teacher,
induced his wife to eubmit to being
killed and then ended; bis own ex
istence. The dead bodies of the
two young people were found on
tbe crest of the hish hill south of
this city this morning about 10 0'
clock hy Sheriff Taylor and-Police
man Meeker, and Coroner Cole held
an inquest tonight, when the fol
lowing letter of Jan. 25, addressed
to Brown's mother, was introduoed
in evidence. y
"My ; dear mother: When this
reaches you I suppose you will
know that I am out of existence,
Knowing what I know of my wife
find it impossible to live with her,
so have concluded to end her -ex
i6tence and mine.; May tjod com
fort you. " Had she been true to me
nothing would bave driven me to
such a step, but there are eome
things worse than death, and this
is one of them.
"No, I am not insane, but I have
looked the future fair in the face
and find this the only solution.
Pendleton,. Or., Jan, 27.-jhyes-tigatiou
this afternoon .brought to
light the cauaes leading up to ' the
shooting of Mrs. Brown and the su
icide of John T. Brown, wboBe. bod
ies were found yesterday morning.
The husband bad become insanely,1;
jealous, caused by .bis wife allowing:.
voung man to kiss her while play.
ing a game of forfeits at a party in .
the ; country, .where. .Brown .was
teaching echooL ,
It was known at the inquest last.
night that Mrs. Brown bad left . a
letter addressed to a young man.
named Bert Whitman, son of Mrs.,
Whitman, at whose house BrownC
boarded while teaching school. Also"
on a sheet of paper .found on , her"
breast was; ., . '. 1
"Bert Whitman can explain all.,, f
This letter, left addressed to Bert, '
Whitman, was opened, by , the ' an- .
thorities, but its contents was not.
divulged until this, afternoon., .la
the letter Mrs. Brown says (to Whit
man) that her husband, Mack.' has
grown so Jealous because of the kiss;
at the party that she finds itimpos-
sible to live with him longer, and:'
as tbe no longer loves ber. husband
as she should, she is willing that, '
thev both die.. She gives her lovr
to Bart, and speaks , of the . good,
times she enjoyed the month sha
stayed with her. husband ..at Mrs,.
W hitman's home. .
There is .no . incriminating '. evi
dence whatever to be found in the'
letter to Whitman, and the author
ities declare that this kiss was the
only cause for' Brown's jealousy.
Mrs. Brown, daring November
stayed at Mrs. Whitman's with'
her husband, she then returned4
to the city and resumed her poai-4
tion as domestic in the home ot
JudgeS. A. Lowell,' " '1
setters iouna in isrown s vaiise'
today show that he bad accused his
wife of allowing this young man to
kiss her, and she had replied that
all of the other women at the party "
did and she thought nothing of it,?
but bad she known that he, Brown,'
was going to take it so seriously
she would never have permitted ir.y
The last letter was written about
three weeks ago, and she again de
nies any wrong intentions in allow-
Brown suffered from dyspepsia
and tuberculosis and was never;
known to smile. It is thought here -that
he brooded over ibis kiss and 1
so magnified the action that be be-i
came insanely jealcos. Ic in be
lieved that be cbided her sp Contsn--uously
about it that die grew des-
perate and discouraged and was
willing to die.
Begins with the symptoms of a common
cold; there is chilliness, sneezing, sore
throat, hot skin, quick pulse, hoarseness
and impeded respiration. Give frequent
small doses of Ballard's Horehound Syr
up, (the child will cry for it) and at the
first sign of a cronpy congh,' apply fre
quently Ballard's Snow Liniment to the
Mis. A. Vliet, New Castle. Colo.,
writes, March 19, 1901: "I think Bal
lard's Horegound Syrup a wonderful
remedy, and so pleasant." 25c, 50c and.
$1.00. Sold by Graham & Worthanu .
r . J. - For Sale.
Best Plymouth Rock or Brown Leghont
cockrels or eggs.
I. B. Irvine. Corralfis. -