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Vol. XVlI.-No. 37.
CORVALLIS, OREGON. DECEMBER 31 . 1904.
Keeji ou r Store
j ' ' in your mind
' ' ' ' "V-v- '''''. :
It will b e an interesting place
for the next ibur weeks
Besides a big display of
all the latest novelties in
toys of every kind and the
endless variety of o t h e r,
things such as Celluloid nov
e ties, J ewelry, Handker
chiefs, all kinds of slippers,
watch our show windows.
Free Bus. Fine Light Sample Rooms. Jjj
if. $ 1 Hotel i
I $ffl&i!rrd Corvallis
Leading Hotel in Corvallis. Recently opened. Newrt
brick building. Newly furnished, with modern con-
veniences. Furnace Heat, Electric Lights, Fire Es-t
capes. Hot and cold water on every floor. Fine single j
rooms. Elegant suites. Leading house in the Willam- &
Rates: $1.00, $1.25 and $2.00 per day. j
G. II. lUill's music Rouse
of Albany, Oregon removed to 350
Alder street Portland Oregon. Write
for prices, save money. Special atten
tion to mail orders ;
Cecilian, the Perfect Piano Player.
Let the Public
There is a New Furniture Store
on South Main Street. .
There is a New and First-Class Stock to Select
From, Including all things required in Fitting up
an Elegant House. jt,
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There are Low Prices and a
s wnuiwc Jumc tu rscicui irom.
CALL ON BLACKLEDGE
FOR CHRISTMAS GOODS.
J. C Hammel, Prop.
A SEVERE; STORM : .
GREAT WINDS ,SagC:EA$T
. ;". 0 If THE RQCKIE3. y. '
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Thermometer Falls, to. -34 Degrees
--Below -Zero Telegraph Lines ,
DieabU - and Railroad,-. y
Trains Delayed Four
M-n Killed in Ex-, -
'. plosion. - 4
- Chicago, Dc, 27. One oi these
verest storms of recent years -has
raged throughout the . territory ly
ing between the Rocky. Mountains
and tbe Great Lakes since early
this morning, and has caused much
trouble ' to ; street-car ; companies,
railroads and telegraph companies.
The latter were the greatest suffer
ers from the blizzard, which swept
through the west and - northwest
during the last 24 hours, and which
was preceded by a heavy fog' 'and
drizzling rain, , which made ' the
wires almost unworkable. . .' ... . "
. The intense cold and terrifia gale
that followed close upon the fog
coated the wires with ice, and later
in the day through poles to the
ground, crippling' the companies
badly. Railroad trains were badly
delayed all threw the West,
some of them being 24 hours late.
Street-car traffic in all the cities of
the weBt and northwest was practi
cally at a standstill at some time
during tbe day. V.
' In its extent the storm was the
most widespread of any during the
last 15 years. Counting the fog as
a component part of the storm, it
stretched from the '.Rocky moun
tains to New York, and from Win
nipeg to New Orleans.
r At 10 o'clock tonight the Btorm
was reported 'as subsiding at Kan
sas City and other points in a north
and south line from that city.
. At Chicaeo and east of "here the
violence and was expected to . con
tinue throughout tbe night, the
center of the storm being between
Chicago and Cleveland. Reports
from Kansas City early in the day
were that tne storm extended from
the middle of Missouri as far south
as Indian territory, and police
police - were stationed to turn
back light delivery wagons, which
would infallibly be turned over .if
they attempted to pass the corners
ahead of them.
.Between noon and e cloctc in
the evening the mercury dropped
from J4 to 11 and was" still tailing.
Fort Gaines, Ga., Dec. 28. The
farmers and merchants met today
and decided to burn their share of
2,000,000 bales of surplus cotton.
A Btarter was made today, when
bonfire was made of cotton on the
streets at Fort Gaines. It is not
yet determined where it will stop,
The farmers have decided to set the
pace, and are moving determined
A large crowd paraded with much
spectacular ceremony. The object
is to show that the farmers are
ready to eacrifioe a few bales fcr
tbe benefit of the masses.
New York, December 28.
Nan Patterson, the former show girl
who is in the Tomb's prison charged
with the murder of Caesar Young,
was in better spirits today than at
anytime since -the second jury
which heard the testimony in her
caee reported that they were unable
to agree upon a verdict. She be'
lieved she said, that the freedom
for which she has longed for more
than six months was about to be
granted. Telegrams had come to
her from Wheeling, W. Va., an
nounclng that four prominent men
in that city were prepared to furn
ish bail lor her in any amount up
to $oQ,ooo. if the oners from
Wheeling have been made in good
faith, it is probable, that ' the dourt
will be askei within a few days to
fix the amount of bond.
While Miss Patterson would not
reveal the names of the Wheeling
men who offer to go on her bond,
dispatches from that city say they
are Charles W. Swisher, secretary-of-state-elect,
of Wheeling, and H.
J. Price, a merchant; T. A. Dave
Eey, a lawyer, and Howard Black,
a banker of Fairmount.-
Miss Patterson's counsel conferr
ed with Assistant Attorney Rand
today. Afterwards it was learned
that both sides desired delay, and
it ssemed probable that Miss Pat-
tersoo will not be put on trial again
for several nadnthe ,
.Sic Ja-tterson spent part of the
day. with his daughter in the
Tombs and Bid after leaving her
he feared she was going insane.
, ?,She 13 broken down complete
ly," he saii" "I tell you- my little
girl is a physical and mental wreck.
I am afraid hat her mind Is. giving
away under this dreadful strain.
She is wore. than she was when Bhe
collapsed af 'sr hearing of the jury's
disagreement. I have sent if or oar
family physician." .',-..,
Dr. McGuire was sent for . later,
and after examining Miss Patterson
"Miss Peterson Is in a highly
nervous and even a . hysterical condition-,
buijn my judgment i there
need not bit any fear . of .insanity
from: present - indications. ? She
laughs a geod deal, butthe iaughr
ter is of a hysterical character rath
er thaufrom any impulse that ap
pears ilka insanity. She needs
good care and , constant : watchful-
ness ana compaaionthip The lat
ter, as we all know, cannot be very
well supplied in a prison." y :
Chehalfe',:Wash.,,Dec. 28. Three
men wereikilled instantly and two
Injured, cue so that he died soon
afterwards by an explosion of four
boilers at the sawmill plant of Wal
worth,' fcf ; Neville, at Wallville,
Waah.y shortly after l o'clock this
afternoon; , Almost - -immediately
after the talll started for the after
noon ruo a terrific explosion occurr
ed .. 7"i::v.'-.;;-;.. ';rr: "
The c&use of the explosion is un
known. The mill plant .'bad been
shut down foi repairs and only suf
ficient "m,TvaB keptup ' rnn
tne cross arm lactory, ana lor yie
dry kihjs.-; The boilers were in
spected, by the official inspector of
a .ooiier insurance -coiupuuy. leu
days ag ), and were prooouneetji all
light.. ;lne plant is situated on
Rock Cfeek, 27 miles west -of- Che
hahs, on the Chehalia &. South
Bend railroad., When the mill, is
runnicji 100 men are employed. Id
Iy north of and near the railroad.
The boiler house leans against the
mill building 'on the west side.
The fact that the mill proper was
not running accounts for the small
number killed, as a ' large number
of men work within a few feet of the
boiler-house, in the mill, about the
saw, carriages and rolls.' The mill
was badly wrecked by the explo
sion. The damage is estimated at
several thousand "dollars. The
cross-arms plant is situated some
distance west of the main mill. The
mill is one of the best equipped in
this section of the state, and did a
large business in timbers and the
manufacture of crossarms. '
At Kings Valley.
The Christmas tree at the Evan
gelical church was well loaded with
Ernest and Sam Eddy of O. A.
C, and James Chambers and Fred
Groshong, from Portland, are
spending the Holidays at home.
Mr. Seibert is doing a good busi
ness in photography in the Valley.
Art Miller is doing good work at
logging although . he has a good
deal of mud to contend with.
E. O. Frantz has found a curiosi
ty in the shape of breech of an old
fashioned gun. He found it near
where Old Fort Hatking stood. He
has not been able so far to find any
one who has ever seen anything
The hills have a very thin coat
of snow. Some trees are full of
There were dances at Tom Alex
ander's and David Kibbey's last
Friday night. A pleasant time is
rerjorted from both. Uxo.
Olives in balk, fresh and
I am Here to Stay Attention
Owing to our inability to get a
location on the street, we have
opened our store over First Na
tional bank, in room 12 for a short
We have a nice stock of gold
jewelry which we shall be pleased
to show you. and at prices below
anything you have seen. We do;
all kinds of watch and jawelry re
pairing. Come and see as before
buying your Xtna3'preseats and be
convinced of the truth,
D. E. Matthews,
Room 12 over 1st Nat'l bank.
GRA.ND JURY FII,ES SEVERAL
NEW INDICTMENTS" IN LAND-FRAUD
CASES. ; -
. B. Ormsby, W. H. Davis - and
C E. Loomis to Undergo Trial 'y
All said to Be Mixed t
; '- ' Up in Land Ring-"-Two
' . : Others Included. ' . ,
Portland, Dec. 28. The Federal
erand iarv made its second uublic
appearance yesterday afternoon, at
which time it returned indictments
against Salmon B. Ormsby, of Sa
lem; William EU Davis, of Albany;
Clark E . Loomis of .Eugene; Hen
ry A. Young, George Sorenspn, of
Portland: John Doe and Richard
Roe; The charge Ib that the . in
dicted men entered into a Conspir
acy on December 29, 1901, having
as their object the defrauding of the
government of ; the United States
oat of a, portion of its public lands
in township. II south of range 7
east, and that by means of false and
forged applications, false and forg
ed affidavits and proofs of home
stead entry and, settlement,' some
in the names of real and some in
the names of fictitious persons, : the
government was induced to issue
patents to the lands, y yK .'
It is charged that in furtherance
of the "conspiracy , William H. Da
vis swore to an affidavit before' S.
B. Ormsby in which he Said he had
resided upon the claim taken by
him as the law required, and it is
also alleged that the conspiracy was
a part of the one entered into by S.
A. D. Puter, Horace G. McKinley,
D. W. Tarpley and Emma L. Watson.-
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.In the indictmeot just returned
William H. Davis, mayor of i Alba
ny and chairman of the repub
lican county central committee of
Linn county is the, central figure.
Ormsby and Loomis, So'renson and
Young have all been before the
public from the opening of the land
fraud trial several weeks ago, but
Dr. Davis had not been brought in
to the case by the government un
til the latter part of the week just
passed, when he appeared before
the grand jury by his own request.
The government expects to prove
by the evidence against the Albany
man that he went into tne conspir
acy to defraud the government
knowingly; and a year after he had
abandoned his claim as the result
of a correspondence with the land
office at WashiBgton.
The story shows that Davis went
into the forest in 1892 in company
with William Horn, a timber loca
tor, of Albany. Horn located him
on a claim and built a cabin for
him in the same year. The cabin
was afterward destroyed by a tree
falling upon it and the next
year Horn built another. In
1893 Dr. Davis went to his claim
for a day or so, and again in 1893
he spent a short time there on
hshing trip, lie also went nsnmg
in the vicinity in 1895
Dr. Davis made bis final proof
before R. B. Montague, of Albany,
in IqOO and swore that he had cul
tivated five acres of ground each
year since residing on the land;
that he had raised crops and had
made the place his residence except
for short periods in tbe winter,
when he was obliged to leave to
make a living for himself and fam
In 1901 C. Loomis came to Al
bany to make a report on the
claim of Dr. Davis, in connection
with about 45 other claims held up
by the department. It is said tbe
doctor became uneasy about this
time and wrote to Binger Hermann,
then commissiolier of the general
land office, asking his advice in re
gard to his filing. He also asked
Mr. LOomis to write to the depart
ment in regard to hia claim.
Under date of March 11, 1901,
Loomis wrote a personal letter to
Mr. Hermann asking his advice in
relation to the claim. - He stated
that Dr. Davis was in trouble over
it; that he had dropped the land
upon its being put into the Cascade
forest reserve, but that he had later,
upon the advice of Col. Bob Miller,
made his final proof. The Colonel,
so said ths letter, had advised Dr.
Davis to the effect that all the time
elapsing since the creation of the
reserve and the date of actual en
try and since the survey had been
made would be recognized by the
department as residence. : The let
ter closed with the statement that
Mr. Loomis would be glad to gala '
any information which might be of '
some use to "some very good friends"
of Mr. Hermann's in Linn ounty
- This letter was given to Georgo I
R. Pgden, a clerk in the depart
ment, by Mr. Hermann, . who re .
pHei March 26,1901. Ogden call
ed attention to the fact that the -
doctor had sworn to his cultivation
and residence in his affidavit and
said that if it appeared from the"
fac's that the claim- had been '
abandoned , such affidavits would
maka Dr. Davis, or any other per-
sons, liable to, prosecution for '
perjury. - -. ri-v"' --.i j i'
Upoa receipt of this letter ; Dr.
Davis abandoned etrort to eeoare
the claim aud : nothing mors was
done about it until May. 1903,
when Ormsby was sent to make a
report on the landB. Some of the
claims had been recommended . for
cancellation by Loomis' and among
them wsb the Davis claim. , D. W,
larpley came to Davis about this,
time, so it is said, and made a prop- -
osition to him which be t accepted.
Davis was to secure $200 each from -the
men who had filed upon . the
claims and 'afterward abandoned
them. Tarpley was to receive a
share, and so was Ormsby, who
had been sent by the government
to make r hia report. Through :
Ormsby itwas expected that the
Claims conld be passed, to patent.
K Dr. Davis, it is said, then secured .
pledges from 14 men, each of whom
promised to donate $200 toward se
curing patents to their .' old and
abandoned lands. Of this sum the
doctor is eaid to have raised $1390. :
He gave $600 of the sum . to Tarp
ley and tbe rest was to have .been
divided between Ormsby and a firm
of Washington, D. C, attorneys,
who were to be employed to look
after the se curio g of the patents at
the general land office. ; y
The report of Mr. Ormsby was
favorable in spite of the fact that
Loomis had once reported against
the claims, and in October, 1902,
paten ts issued to the lands. :,
. Henry Young, . another one of
thoBe IhdiuTedT "i8"well -knopa4B;.
Portland and in the -Willamette
valley as an athlete. He came from
Astoria and was given a clerkship
in the secretary of state's office by
Frank I. Dunbar during the early
part of that official's first term.
Young, however drank to exceBB .
and was discharged. He later was
entangled with the law for having
collected money from various per
sons in balem under pretense of
representing a firm with which he
had no connection and is supposed
to have left the state under this
cloud. He was at one time a mem
ber of the Multnomah football team
and was known as "Spike" Young.
Young represented himself as Geo.
A. Graham before Judge Galloway,
then of the Oregon City land office,
and also made affidavit before R.
B. Montague as Henry Young.
Young is now in the . East, but
the government does not have any
great desire to apprehend him, as
he is of too little moment at the
present time. Aa the offense for
which he is indicted is not extra
dictable, it is thought that Young
will not be one of those to attend
George Sorenaon is also a well
known Portland character. He
was at one time a deputy sheriff of
Multnomah . county under Sheriff
Frazier and was charged with graft
ing Chinamen and was discharged.
He then went into the real estate
business. He has been implicated
in many things in Portland not to
his credit, and about a month ago,
when the land fraud drew near,
left the city. He is cow supposed
to be in Missouri.
Ormsby is supposed to ba at his
home in Salem, while Loomis is in
Eugene and Davis is at Albany.
The court fixed the bonds of each
of the men at $4,ooo and they will
be served with the ludictments and
placed under bonds at once.
Join the crowds onward to Nolan &.
Callahan's great redaction sale.
Barred Plymouth Rocks.
A few choice cockerels for sale,
from $2.50 up. Also a few hens . and
W. G. Emery.
. . di4 im. Corvallis.
Oar boys suits ate built to stay with
the boy the hustling boy is the boy we
like to fit out with clothes, the chap that
is never still, climbs trees and fences
and plays. We have got the clotbss to
hold them. Nolan & Callahan.