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FIGHT WITH BAIiDITS
SHERIFF SHACKELFORD PUR
. SUES a IMNAHA - POSTOF
lifa was threatened on account of
hia filing on a certain tract of land.
rereooa wno Knew f omens says
be was peacebly disposed. He was
bright inan and poke several
languages. Hia age was about So.
Efforts Being Made in Illinois
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Sheriff a Horse Waa Shot From
Under Him Their Horses and : -1
Outfit Captured, butt Ban
dits Escape to the "r .
) Mountains Other ' " "". -:- :
7 - Newe.
Portland. Mar 2s. Oregdnian:
News of a pitched battle between
postoffice robbers and officers of
Wallowa county was brought to
this city-yesterday by J. C. Shack
elford, of Imnaha. The sheriff ov
ertook the robbers in the wilds of i
canyon and, though they were . two
to one and heavily armed, he engag
ed them in a fierce battle until hie
horse was shot from under him
Retreating for aid, he gathered a
posse and again engaged the band'
its in a running fight, bat in the
darkness and brnsh the bandits
managed to eseape. Officers of the
county are still on their trail, and
every effort is being made to effect
The two robbers are believed to
be ex-eon victs named ' Gale and
Hartley. A few nights ago they
rode into Imnaha and held up the
postmaster, helping themselves to
government funds and supplies
from the store. Mounting their
horses, they made for the moun
tains witn their booty. Before an
alarm could be raised they disap-
Sheriff bhackelford started on
their trail and on the afternoon
following the robbery he unexpect
edly met them face to face in i
canyon several miles from Imnaha
The robbers opened fire and Sheriff
Shackelford returned the eompli
ment. The fight was a running one
but it was coming to close quarters
when the Sheriff's horse fell, pierc
ed by a ballet from the -rifles of the
robbers. As the bandits rounded
the cliff, the sheriff fired a parting
shot and saw one of them fall. He
was evidently only slightly woun 1
ed, for he clambered to his horse a
gain and the two disappeared. The
sheriff relumed to Imnaha and
raising a posse of deputies, started
back on the trail of the robbers,
The nest day their camp was dis-
covered in a precipitous canyon,
The horses and outfit were captured
by the officers, but the officers could
not find the men. ' They were locat
ed about dark, returning to camp
They opened fire on the posse from
a high cliff. The fire was returned
by the officers, bat before the latter
could scale the cliff the robbers bad
succeeded in luding them. . The
starch was continued tor several
hours, but no trace of them could
be found. It is believed they atole
new mounts from a bunch of horses
that was found the following day,
and made their way to some refugi
in the mountains.
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North Sidney, N. S. W., May
2o. Thirteen lives were lost today
when the British steamer Turret
Bav, coal-laden, bound from Sid
ney to Montreal, during a fog struck
on the rocks, 19 miles uff Cape
North, the northernmost point
Cape Breton,- and sank in deep
water within 2o minutes. ' Only
nine men were eaved. Aftr the
impact the steamer backed off into
deep water. N
The crew attempted to cut the
boats clear, but while thus engaged
the vessel plunged down, bow first
carrying every man aboard with
her. Some of the men straggled to
the surface and clung to floating
pieces of wreckage. Fourteen per
sons were taken off the wreckage by
the life-savins crew that put out
from the island, but five of them
died before reaching the island
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MATTED STRANDS AND BLOOD
STAINS MAY SEAL WIL
Cottaee Grove. Or., May 22.
Louis Poitreus, a farmer living
Loraine, was found dead this morn'
ing near his doorstep, face down
DranrUta Jiak Learlolataro to Hake
Iltiett Sale of tkeDng DHBlooM :
How MaVms Ave .. ....
Alarmed ,ly- tho rapid spread of the
cocaine habit' in Chicago and the at
tendant demoralizing consequences,
druggists ili t lie city, allied with others
from over the state, nave begun a con;
certed movement against the promiscu
ous sale o the drug.-- The legitimate
dealers are unanimously of the opinion
that legislative action is necessary to
reirulate tne present reckiessioistriDu-
tion of cocaine, and the matter received
no - little J attention at the recent
meeting " of the Illinois Pharma
ceutical association at Jacksonville. A
resolution. was passed which favors
transferring she present law govern
ing the matter from the civil to ve
pharmaceutical code. In this way, says
the, Chicago Tribune, it is beuevea tne
sale of cocaine by unscrupulous deal
ers could be better regulated and the
evils resulting from a. too general use
of the drag reduced to a minimum. , -
One of the leaders of tne movement
looking to legislation for the curbing
of the traffic is Walter H. Gale, of CM-
eago, president 01 tne atate associa
tion. L .
'I do not pretend to be conversant
with the dstails of the trade," says Mr.
Gale. "Reputable pharmacists do not
engage in it. but we all know that
there are many disgraces to the profes
sion who make large profit thereby.
The evil results are enormous, espe
cially in the ease of cocaine, which is
the most deadly of all these drugs.
It is true that there is a law on
the statuf e book prohibiting the sale
except on prescription, but it is inef
fective; Druggists who know their
customers have nothing to fear. If
questioned it is easy for them to say
that they sold the stuff on prescrip
tion, which prescription they have not
preserved. It is probably impossible
actually to eliminate the evil by legis
lation, but something can be done to
curb" it. - My idea, is to procure the pas
sage of a law something like that in
force-m -Pennsylvania. Aecording to
it is an onense to sell deleterious
drugs to uny one known to be addicted
to their use, fiends,' in fact. Further
more, anv friend or even acquaintance
of the fiend, can notify the drug stores
111 the locality, and if the druggists
persist in selling to the fiend, on pre
scription or otherwise, he can be pun
A high pharmaceutical authority.
questioned on the subject, said : ;
Tne cocaine fiend has no morals,
He neither knows the meaninjr of
truth nor comprehends the rights of
property. He will never hesitate to
steal anything he may lay his hands on
in order to procure the dru?. The men
tal effects are peculiar and erratic.
once knew an intellis-ent younir man
who became addicted to the habit. "He
was able to do his resrular work all
right, but outside of that he relapsed
into almost idiocy. This, I understand,
was a typical case. The physical effects
include emaciation, debility, and un
earthly pallor. An ever present symp
tom is a peculiar, glassy stare. The
effect of cocaine on-the eyes manifests
itself often in a remarkable manner
what is known as 'cocaine bugs,' symp
toms somewhat similar to delirium
tremens. The drug sets on the pupils
and so interferes with vision. The vic
tim sees spots before his eyes, which,
under the influence of a super-excited
imagination, he takes for bugs. I have
seen a man tear off his coat, roll up his
sleeves, and start to picking; these
imaginary insects from his arms.
A favorite method of taking cocaine
nowadays is in snuff. Thus it is pleas-
anter to administer than with the
hypodermic needle, and equally, if not
more, effective. Many tricks are re
sorted to by the sellers of cocaine.
Often the druggist wfll give the habit
ual customer a ticket, on producing
which he can obtain what he desires.
Such a ticket will be good with all the
druggists who compose this evil fra
ternity. Knowing their man, they have
nothing to fear."
A man who formerly worked in a
levee drug store, doing a large cocaine
traffic, spoke strongly of the evff con
sequences. "Cocaine fiends are the lowest of the
low," he said. "There is nothing they
will not stoop to. in order to obtain the
drug. Steal? They will steal any
thing. I have often had men come in
with perfumes, drugs, and the like,
which I knew they had stolen from
some other store, and try to trade
them for cocaine. ' We have had cuspi
dors, several of them in a day, stolen
from the store, unquestionably for the
The Dalles, dr.. May 25.
Straight to the vital of the Williams
murder eaee went ' Henry McGinn,
attorney for the thin-lipped pris-
u . , , it minium Kiaijuo, wees uut sa uuiu.
oner, when he made his opening Tu di8arranged the chain of evl
address to the jury this morning. J". L:uKlT jH-J -1L
TRIAL Of WILLIAMS
Found in an Empty Grave Strong
Circumstantial Evidence Intro- -;
duced at the Dalles The.:-"
Defense Is Defiant.
grayish, close-clipped bsard making
him look a few '-.years younger, . hot
it showed more clearly the thin and
sharp-edged lips, which lend an sic
of cunning to his face. He rested
one elbow on the table and kept
his mouth constantly covered with .
his hand to the despair of an artist
who vainly v endeavored-to eketoh
The rapid progress of the' ease'
was a surprise to the prosecution,
who had calculated that the cross
examination would be long and te
As a consequence their expert wit-
neeees, the chemist and. doctors,'
who will testify that the skin. and.
hair found in the seven-foot grave
on the Williams homestead, belong
to human beings and not to dogs aa-
Williams claims, were not on hand.
No conclusion , as to his eudden , p"T?e- rectories are never
j 11. u 1 i .i,l , t saf e, which is one reason why they are
death can he had "until the coroner's chained to th(, -
jury tomorrow. It is reported that The fiends have certain mcetin?
rortreus had had a leua Wltn SOine 'places on the levee, old shanties or
of his nearest neighbors over the j shacks where they meet and pass
killing of some of his cattle and it around the drug, the needle, and the
is possible that he met with foul STmft box- Apparently they enjoy
play, as it was reported that his ; "ompany. their degradation."
"Gentlemen," cried the lawyer
as he faced the 12 men, "the state
ot Oregon cannot prove death in
this case. The prosecuting attor
ney knows it. There are suspicions
but nothing more."
And on this single point bangs
the fate of Normon Williams. There
are no producable bodies of the
missing women. The corpus delic
ti is wanting. Upon a few strands
of matted hair and a blood-stained
gnnny sack disinterred after being
buried in the ground for four years,
the prosecution must rest all the
fabric of circumstantial evidence
with which it hopes to overwhelm
the defense, and the defense defies
All attempts to pile up suspicious
circumstances, previous convictiocs
of the prisoner or evidence of his sa-
tamc character for easy inspection
by the jury are baffled by the de
fense. ''Alma Nesbitt and her
mother may be alive," says the de
fense to the prosecution. "First
prove that they are dead, then prove
that Norman Williams murdered
So the prosecution with its 40
witnesses is bending every effort,
first to show that the wisps of hair
found in the grave belong to Alma
and her mother, and, second, to
build around the prisoner such a
chain of circumstantial evidence
that from it there shall be -ne es
cape. - How strong this chain must
be is a matter of doubt.
With public sentiment in an en
tire county so inflamed that 25 men
out of forty confessed to having an
unalterable conviction that the de
fendant was guilty, it would seem
that the technical and legal merits
of the case might be entirely over
looked. - The defense must win an
overwhelming victory to win at all.
The net result of the prosecution's
efforts today bas been to prove con
flicting statements on the Dart of
Williams as to the date on which
he last saw the missing women. S.
Bolton,' deputy county clerk, testi
fied that the prisoner told him that
be bad driven the women to the de
pot in Hood River on the morning
of march 9, and that they had tak
en the tram for Portland from
there. Against this the prosecu
tion had placed the testimony of
the O. B. & N.'s train dispatcher,
who Btated that the only morning
train passed through Hood river a
bout 5 o'clock A. M.
By other evidence it was shown
that Williams left in a team from
Hood river in the evening before,
bound for his ranch, 20 miles away
and the conclusion was drawn that
it would have been impossible for
him to have made the drive there
and back on a stormy night in time
to catch the train, even if there bad
been any reason why the trio should
drive all night nearly to return to
their starting point in the morning.
It was shown also by the livery
stable keeper that, while Williams
in this case professed to have re
turned with the women at 5 o'clock
he did not return the team until af
ter 8 o'clock, at which time he was
seen driving into town along the
road which led to his homestead.
In another case it waa testified to
that Williams told J. B. Goit, a
surveyor that he had not seen the
missing women since Alma's birth
day, January 25, on which day a
little reunion had been held by the
girl's Oiegon friends and neighbors
in her homestead. This story waa
also told by William3 to other per-
pont, but was contradicted-by the
version told to Bolton and, the
proscution say?, will be torn to tat
ters tomorrow by the evidence of
many witnesses, including John
Hall, United States district at Port
land, who is to arrive tonight
All through the day the prisoner
sat motionless beside his. attorney.
Ha had been elean-sbaven early in
the morning, the absence of the
denes which the dieHct attorney
had planned to present, und he was
forced to call such wiuu.-- as ho
"The evidence will show,", said
Mr. Wilson, "that for a year or tvtv
previous to tneir arrival in Oregoa
William and Alma NeBbitt knew
eadh other intimately in Nebraska -By
some means or other William-: '
gained her entire trust and confi
dence and persuaded ber to accom
pany him to Oregon. Later on ho
suggested to nor that it would be a
wise plan to take np a homestead
in the valley south of the Dalles.
Later in the summer of 1899, Alma .
took up a homestead."
The story was then recited of the
coming of Alma's mother to live 1
with her daughter, of the trip to
Portland of the two women and
Williams, of the return to Hood
River, and of the disappearance ex
the women and Williams into the
inky blackness nf a stormy night
on March 8, 1900.
"That, gentlemen," said Mr. Wil
son, "was tne last time the women
were seen, dead or alive."
Jackson, Miss., May 25. Fire in
Yazoo City today destroyed every
business house of any importance,
together with a large number of pri
vate resideuces, the principal hotel
and the passenger station. '
The fire started at o.dU this morn
ing, ana ournea until o o ciock mis
afternoon, destroying 200 buildings.
The burned district is ' three blocks
wide and 12 blocks long. The esti
mates of the loss are between $2,
000,000 and $2,500,000..
1 ne water supply was in adequate
and efforts to stay the flames were
futile. A citizen named Chamblish
was killed by falling walls and May
or Holmes was severely hurt, hia
condition tonight reported as pre
carious. In the afternoon the fire spread
to Latonia, a residence district,
where it destroyed some of the fin
est homes. The Yazoo county court
house and the Kicks Memorial Li
brary escaped destruction, and the
vaults of the banks and the postof
fice protected their treasures.
Yazio City is 40 miles distant from.
Jackson, and has 6,000 inhabitants.
lbe total insurance is between
$800,000 and $1,000,000.
Seattle, Wash., May 22. George
Clafwha, a Port Madison reserva
tion Indian, who is thought to be
about 80 years of age, has a private
cemetery on the reservation. Not
that Chafwha has been a "gun"
man, but that he is much related.
Chafwha has gathered all the rela
tives he can trace and adopted oth
ers for the purpose of burial, interr
ing tbem in his private grounds.
Last week the old Indian tear
fully decided that the unkempt
condition of his cemetery was a dis
grace to bim and his ancestry. It
could Dot disgtace poi-t-?ru , tn-i-ause
the family is practically run out.
Chafwha summoned all the In
dians on the reservation and gath
ered a few from Bainbridge Island,
which lies across Port Orchard and
Agate Passage from the reservation.
To the braves he expressed a deBire
for a fence that would enclose his
cemetery, and the willing perform
ers spent two days erecting posts
and stretching a wire netting.
When the work of protecting his
cemetery had been completed, old
Chafwha took the assembled Indians
to a white's house that he had se
cured for the occasion and gave
them an extensive banquet. Claf
wha planned the affair as a potlatcb,
but he was unable to bear the finan
cial strain of giving presents to all
his guests. The eating and drink
ing, however, continued for a day
or two, and the completion of ' old
Clafwha's private cemetery . was
made a holiday for the reservation