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THE MORNING OKEGOSTA2s TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 1905.
FELON IN CELL
Slayer of Edna-Hoffman
TRIES TO KILL HIMSELF
Slashes His Throat With a
HE CONFESSES HIS CRIME
John Coleman, After His Arrest, De
clares That Ho Will Yet Cheat
the Gallows by Com
COIEMAN MURDER CASE.
John T. Coleman confesses to tho
murder of Edna Hoffman, which oc
curred at 1 o'clock Sunday mornlns In a
roam above the Palm faloon.
At the Coroner's Inquest the test!
niony or witnesses Is Tieard, and a
graphic story of tho fceno of the crime
and the flight of tho murderer Is told
by Bartender Edward McSweeney. The
latter believes that Coleman meant to
Mil John Furcy. of whom he was Jeal
ous, as he went Into Furey's room im
mediately after killing the woman. Mc
Sweeney was following him closely, how
ever, arid tho murderor ran out Into tho
street. The Jury holds Coleman respon
sible for the murder.
Coleman la captured at Chehalls,
TYadh., thrice attempts to commit sui
cide, but la saved from death. Is return
ed to Portland and lodged In the County
JaU. where Iks is bound to ht cot and
kept under guard.
When a corner's jury was listening:. to
testimony at the inquest into the murder '
r -pvinn Hoffman last night, in an cn- 1
deavor to fix upon the guilty person the
responsibility for the woman's death,
John T. Coleman lay on a cot in the Coun
ty Jail and to an Oregonlan reporter made
a full confession o the crime.
"Yes, I killed her," said Coleman, with
.as much emphasis as a man can com
mand who has thrice attempted to take
his own life by slashing his throat with
a razor. "I might as well admit it." he
continued. "I killed her, and 111 kill my
self, too. before I'll hang."
Murderer Bound to Cot.
Coleman, the self-confessed murderer,
spent last night in the County Jail, bound
securely to the cot upon which he slept.
This precaution was necessary as he has
thrice attempted to take his own life, and
has sworn to attempt It again.
Coleman arrived from Chehalls at 7
o'olock last night, in the custody of De
tectives Kerrigan and Snow, who had
charge of the case. He was accompanied
by Tr. G. W. Kcrinlcoth, of Chehalls, in
whose hospital Coleman was operated
upon after his first attempt at eulclde.
The prisoner was Immediately removed
4o the County Jail in an ambulance.
Coleman has confessed that he mur
dered Edna Hoffman, and has also told
the detectives how he escaped from Port
land. Confesses His Crime.
"I followed Edna Hoffman to Portland
hMUMisn T loved her." he said. "While
she was sick In Spokane I took care of
her. but after she recovered she left me
and went to Portland. I followed her
and. Anally located her early Sunday
.morning. I asked her to go back to Spo
kane with me, and she laughed at me
and refused to do so. Then the bartender
came up and said someone below wanted
to see her. She started to go down, and
J ran up behind her. grabbed her and cut
.her throat. Yes. I killed her. I might as
well admit It. I killed her, and I'll kill
myself, too, before I'll hang."
According to Coleman's statoment he
went from the scone of the crime to the
Spanish restaurant on Davis street, be
tween Third and Fourth and drank a cup
of coffee. Then he boarded a car and
rode to the vicinity of the Exposition
grounds. He got off the car there and
.walked down the river to Goble. He
crossed the Kalama and took the
JCorthern Pacific there. On the train was
Charles Wakefield, who was formerly a
"bartender and knew Coleman. He had
read newspaper accounts of the crime and
knew that Coleman was the guilty man.
He communicated with the conductor of
tho train and they decided to act when
Ccntralla was reached. At that station
Coleman was made captive by the train
crew, bound and taken to jail. The sher
iff from Chehalls drove over to Ccntralla
and returned to Chehalls with the prisoner.
As the jail was reached, Coleman sud
denly took from his. shoe the Tazor with
guarded, and the watch will be continued
until his case Is disposed of. In view
of the fact that he has confessed and
that clear and undisputable evidence has
been collected, even to his bloody clothes
and the razor with which he committed
the deed. It seems probable that Coleman
will pay the penalty for his crime.
That Coleman premeditated not only tho
murder of Edna Hoffman, but that he
meant also to kill John Furey, was tho
declaration of Edward McSweeney, before
tho coroner's jury last night.
Testimony of Witness.
"I had just been upstairs to tell Edna
Hoffman that a hackdriver wished to see
her at the foot of the stairs, and she ?ald
she would be right down, when Coleman
called her back to him and killed her,"
said McSweeney, the bartender at tho
Palm saloon, and the' only person to see
Coloman with the woman, and to see him
as he fled from tho sceno of the crime.
"I had just reached the bottom of tho
stairF, when I heard ?. scuffling, and
started back. I thought' Coleman had
struck the woman, of whom he was
Jealous, and determined to go upstairs
and protect her. I found her grasping tho
railing. She tried to speak, but could not.
At that moment. Coleman opened the door
leading down the rear, and turned his
face so that I got a good look at It. I
hn Vnow that lie had killed the woman.
and thought ho was making for Furey's
room, to kill him. I followed him, and as
he entered Furey s room. I was close to
him. Furey works day shift, and was
asleep. I called to him, warning him.
Coleman hesitated a moment, and then
unbolted another door and fled Into
Fourth street. I believe that had not I
been .right after him, Coleman would nave
killed Furey, because he was Joalous of
him on account of tho fact that the mur
dered woman paid Furey a good deal of
"Coleman had been warned to keep
away from the Palm saloon, as the wom
an had requested the proprietor to see
that he did not get to see her. In spite of
this, however, when I went up to tell her
the hackman wished to speak to her, she
and Coleman were seated at a table par
taking of food. Coleman told me several
times that he was infatuated with her.
He said he had spent a ,mall fortune on
her. but was without funds now and
wished her to assist him in his poverty."
Verdict of Coroner's Jury.
The Jhquest began at o'clock, with
Acting Coroner A. U. Finlcy and Deputy
District Attorney H. B. Adams in charge.
The testimony of John Hill, proprietor of
the Palm saloon; Assistant City Physician
Slocum, Edward Burns and Jahn Furey,
John Coleman, Murderer of Edna Hoffman.
was taken, after which the Inquest ad
journed until 7:30 o'clock, owing to the
fact that McSweeney could not be lo
cated. Dr. Slocum was called to the
scene of the murder Immediately after It
occurred. He testified that death resulted
from knife wounds in tho throat. The
testimony of the other witnesses was cor-
robatlve of that given by Mcbweeney.
The verdict of the coroner's Jury fol
"That Edna Hoffman came to her death
at No. 42 North Fourth street, Portland
Or., at about 1 o'clock Sunday morning,
April 2, 1903. from the effect of knifo
wounds, inflicted by a person known to
the jury as Jack Coleman."
The scene of the murder Is where crimes
innumerable have occurred, it being for
merly in charge of "Bob" Patterson, a
notorious character, now facing- tho peni
tentiary for larceny committed there. It
was known for years as the "Favorite"
Lawn MowersBest to Be Had At the Lowest Prices
The Meier (3b Frank Store
Peninsular Stoves and Ranges Guaranteed
Trunks, Traveling Bags Greatest Variety
Store will be closed from
11:30 A. M. to 2 P. M.
Artistic Picture Framing to Your Order Lowest Prices
The Meier (& Frank Store
Special Sale $1.50 Copyright Books at 5 0c First Floor
Our Dress Goods Department Offers Skirts Made Free
Conservative judgment, a steady growth since 185?, the welfare of its patrons continually in mind, has made The Meier (b Frank Store,
Portland Largest and Best and Always-to-Be-Relied-Upon Department Store in the Northwest
AT THE THEATERS
What the Press Agents Say.
At the Empire Tonight.
Tonight, at the Empire Theater, Fritz
Krelsler, the eminent young Austrian
violinist, will give one of the recitals
which have caused such a sensation from
the Atlantl to the Pacific. There are
but two cities in the Northwest where
Krelsler will play, Portland and Seattle,
and tho event Is arousing the greatest
interest. The concert is under the per
sonal direction of Ix)ls Steers-Wynn
Coman, and will begin at half past eight.
Not even the hand of death laid upon
a victim can Kay James McDonald, a
collector of bills. While the body of
Edna Hoffman lay upon a slab in the
morgue, and Just before the Jury was
to sit at the Inquest, McDonald entered
and sought an audience with Acting
Coroner A. I. Plnley. Ha said he had
hills aggregating ?200 against the mur
dered woman: that he had .heard she
owned Jewelry worth several hundred
dollars, and that he wished to proceed
to collect. Ho was Informed she died a
pauper. He left, saying he was sorry
he could not get the money.
"The Marriage of Kitty."
"The Marriage of Kitty," a comedy
written by Charles Edward Stuart Cosmo
Gordon Lennox for production in Ixmdon
by his better half, Marie Tempest, will be
seen at the Marquam, Grand on Monday
and Tuesday nights, April 30 and 11,
when Jules Murry's Metropolitan com
pany, headed by Max Figman, will ap
pear. The play Is said to bo wholesome,
refined, full of wit, epigram and ludicrous
situations. The advance sale of seats
will open next Friday morning at 10
"A Runaway Girl" Tonight.
Tonight, Wednesday and Thursday
nights, the Pollard Lilliputian Opera
Company will present tho charming musi
cal comedy, "A Runaway Girl," in which
they made such, a decided hit last night
at the Marquam Grand Theater. Friday
night and Saturday matinee, "A Gaiety
Girl" will be the bill. Saturday night,
"An American Millionaire." Scats are
now selling for the entire week.
which he had killed Edna Hoffman, and
slashed his throat three times, before the
officers could prevent him. It Is declared
that the officers were careless, as they had
failed to search Coleman carefully and
did not have him handcuffed, at the time.
Taken to Hospital.
.He was removed to the hospital of Dr.
Kennlcoth, and there an operation was
performed. When Detectlvos Kerrigan
and Snow readied Chehalls and saw the
condition of the prisoner, they communi
cated with Chief of Police Hunt, of this
city, and received orders to bring Cole
man to Portland as soon as he could be
moved. Dr. Kennlcoth stated that the
prisoner could be moved, and offered to
come to Portland with the party. Before
they left Chehalls Coleman attempted
twice to rip the bandages from his throat.
He was prevented only by the plucky ac
tions of a nurse.
"I think he will recover and bo able to
Eland trial," said Dr. Kennlcoth last
night "He will have to be watched very
carefully, however, as he has sworn to
commit suicide If given a chance. He lost
a great deal of blood before the operation.
" He severed the windpipe. His pulse is
noerly normal now. however, and all he
needs -is close watching. He is a man of
Last night Coleman was carefully
AT THE VAUDEVILLE THEATERS
The newest thing in vaudevillo is a.
Chinese baritone, Lee Tortg Foo, who
sings at the Grand this week and makes
good. Ho has a good voice and gives an
act that Is not of the kind commonly met
with every day. Bartlett and Collins, In
grotesque comedy, are the top-notchers
and the strongest team on the bllL Their
excellent work must be heard to be be
lieved, and they are sure to make tho big
gest kind of a hit. Samson and Zaccho,
billed as the world's strongest duo, pre
sent an act of the sensational order.
Samson snapped steel chains by the mere
expansion of his mighty right arm. and
he lifted a burden weighing probably 230
pounds with one of his fingers. He has
enviable muscular development. Not to
be outdone, Zaccho mounted a pedestal,
and with her teeth swung a case bearing
a young man pianist and a piano. She
ought to be billed the Zaccho Express
Company. Orvllle Pltchor, stump
speaker and singer, talks In such a cool,
collected manner that he has Inserted a
dozen jokes, harpoon fashion, before you
are aware of it. . Other acts: Murray
: Hill, monologist; the Keltic Trio, unlaue
Spring and Summer Materials
This store's showing of Summer Fabrics far excels
all previous efforts With yesterday's sunshine
there arrived many pretty effects for today's
selling Here are a few new things for your choos
ing and the prices make them doubly attractive
New Silk Stripe Voiles that are so popular and
stylish and make up so prettily for
Shirtwaists and Shirtwaist Suits
Soie Boucle Madras in pretty patterns, all colors
and one of the many
serviceable effects we are showing.
30c and 35c White Ground Voile with colored
figures in Dolly Varden
effects and an exceptional value at.
Afilf inrar Some extremely stylish new arrivals make, the display in this
ATaXV J Section unusually attractive today.
Spec'l Hosiery Values
Here is an opportunity for the ladies
to secure some splendid Hosiery values
at prices not to be overlooked
The Bargain for Today
$1.25, $1.50, $1.75, $2
Hose $1,19 Pr.
This Sale includes our entire line of fine French Lace Lisle Hose in all?
over lace patterns This store's Hosiery does not need any further
comment Lively selling is certainly assured for today
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Great Easter Sale of
Our Picture Store suggests some
ideas for Easter An appro
priate picture or scene We
have a splendid showing and
this morning we place on sale
some very tempting values
Hand-colored Oriental pictures fram
ed in handsome black frames, our
regular $2.25 pictures. fQ
Framed water color pictures in
black and gilt frames, panel
shapes, size 5x12.
Another good value in an odd lot of
framed pictures intended to sell
for $2.00. Special j j g
"We are also showing the latest nov
elties in posters, too many to describe
Suits, Petticoats and Waists
All at Reduced Prices $30 and $32 Suits $24.65
Great Easter offering of 200 Women's handsome Tailored Suits, in Voiles, Sicilians, Serges,
Shepherds, "Worsteds and Cheviots, in blouses, Etons and jacket effects; tight-fitting and
Norfolks; colors include blues, greens, browns, checks, blacks, tans and grays; the very
best $30.00 and $32.00 values for the low price of $24165 each. $24 65
Just received by express, entire new line of Tan Covert Jackets, the very 36 00
newest laeas, an unequaiea aispiay at prices nom ?i.ju w
"We are showing the latest things in Linen Suits, both Etons and Redingotes, hand-embroidered
and fancy trimmed,, at very low prices. Thousands of the prettiest Silk Shirt
New line of Shiptwaist Suits, white and colors, lace and embroidery trimmed, very
pretty styles, $20.00 to $4S.OO each. Our display of costumes and wraps is the grandest m
Silk Petticoats at $5.45
For Tuesday and "Wednesday, 400 Taffeta
Silk Petticoats, a special purchase we are
able to offer at about one-third below their
value. These Skirts, made of superior
quality Taffeta Silk, have deep accordion
plaited flounce and two rows of ruchings;
full width and splendidly made; colors
are navy, royal, light blue, pink, white,
light green, brown, tan and g g m gr
black ; your choice
Japanese Silk Waists
"We are showing a magnificent line of new
Jap Silk "Waists, trimmed with round-mesh
Vals. and Irish crochet laces and English
eyelet embroideries with small tucks and
sitleplaits; prices range from $3.75 to $30.00
Entire new line of Embroidered Linen
"Waists, tucked and lace-trimmed; the grand
est showing in the city at prices from $4.75
to $65.00 each.
Sec the hand-made French Waists.
In the Men's
The Meier &. Frank Store's Clothing Is Correct
Styles Are Always the Latest
Prices Are Always the Lowest
Men's all-wool, navy blue Serge Suits Single or
double-breasted Exceptionally well- g t J f(
tailored suit at the low price of.... P J AJU
Men's all-wool, fine blue unfinished Worsted Suits in
single or double-breasted, finely-fin-ished
and hand-tailored suit
Men's fine all-wool, fancy Worsted Suits in neat,
dark stripes and overplaids of the
newest designs Suit
Men's extra fine Worsted Cheviot Suits in new over
plaids Equal to any merchant
tailor's make Suit
Spring weather suggests Outing Suits We have them
in Homespuns and fancy Flannels
ranging up from $7.50 to, suit . .
Our assortment of Onting Trousers is complete, with Belt Loops
and Turnover Bottoms; prices range from C (
$2.50 to 3JVJVJ
For Spring and Summer there's nothing cooler than a Washable
Vest. Our assortment is great and prices range tf C
from $5.00 down to H
Two bargains shown in our Morrison-street display
that should interest every economical dresser and
items that are new and stylish at prices for below
their actual worth
$1.00 GOLF SHIRTS 83c
Men's new pleated white golf Shirts, made with the new
box pleats, regular $1.00 values.
$1.00 UNDERWEAR 85c
Men's super-weight natural wool underwear, the kind that
does not shrink or scratch, regular $1.00 values.
Boys' Clothing at Special Prices
Boys' Washable Russian Suits, in tan, blue and pink
striped Uhambray, sizes ly to b C 1 1 Q
P 4 a A
years, best $1.50 values for
Boys' All-Wool Knee Pants in 'good,
mixtures, ages 3 to 15 years ; olir best
75c. values, on sale for
Boys' Norfolk and 2-piece Double-Breasted Suits,
'brown and gray mixtures and plaids, oj "5 Of
ages 8 to 14 years, best $4.50 values 3-.JJ
Boys' Russian Blouse Suits, for little boys, to 6
years, light grays, tans, navy, royal ae
blue and reds? $6.00-$6.50 values
Young Men's Suits in Cheviots and fancy Worsteds,
this season's best styles, ages 14 to 20 years, our
best $10.00 garments, on sale 1
for $0. 1
Young Men's Suits apd Topcoats, this season's new
est fashions and materials, from the fl CT tt
most prominent makers, $10.00 to. . .J.UU
"With every purchase of Suit or Topcoat at regular price to the amount - of $5.00 or over Ave give a
year's subscription to the "American Boy," the biggest and best boys' paper, free of charge. See that you
buy your clothing here.
musical act; Alf "Bonner, song illustrator,
in "Mamma's Boy," and the Grandlscope.
Tralnod pigeons, cockatoos, macaws and
doss! In stage language, they comprise
the Panahasika Animal Show at the Star,
and the act is one of the most lnteresUng
and Instructive spectacles o the season.
As most people know, the macaw Is es
sentially an American bird, and there are
at least IS species known. Well, the boss
macaw at the Star Is a born aristocrat
and his brilliant collegtlon ol reds and
greens, to say nothing- of his glittering
tall, would make a professional dyer
squirm with envy. The other birds act
as a Arc brigade and extinguish a blaze
in a manner that is both ludicrous and
interesting. The dogs perform all sorts
of tricks, and the whole act is just the
one for children. Alexander and Com
pany, billed as the handcuff king, per
forms uncanny tricks that savor of
witches and broomsUck .days. One min
ute he is bound with ropes and chains,
and the next ho is free in an unexplained
way. Rousell is an excellent gymnast
and has marvelous physical development
for a man of his size. Other acts: Fer
rington and Boyle, comedy: The Demonl
cos, in Roman ringwork; Billy Tan, com
edian; llorgan and Chester, sketch team;
Roscoe Arbuckle, song- Illustrator, and
All who have passed under .the spell of
Ernest Thompson Seton's animal stories,
and they are many, will experience a
thrill of pleasure in the act of Robert!
and his two trained bears. The bears
roll hoops, walk on ladders, and it's worth
the price of admission to see the baby
bear fight for his bottle of milk. The
musical Thors, great xylophone and banjo
virtuosi, are probably top-liners, and their
work causes great enjoyment. McLaln
and McLaln, a colored man and a white
woman, have an act that's actually new
to vaudeville, and their work when the
fake body is run over by the railroad
engine provokes roars of laughter. Other
acts are: Fioso, mechanical doll: Jean
Wilson, song Illustrator; Al Hazzard. ven
triloquist; Powers and Theobald, the "hu
man doll and her beau, and the biozrash.
Most remarkable bargains ever of
fered in ladies' percale wrappers. In
light and dark colors at 50c, 65c, -75c
and 95c. Any garment is readily worth
the price. Come today.
31'AL.L.EN & M'DONNELL.
Throws Proprietor Out of Hotel.
A. S. Biler was arrested at 1 o'clock
this morning on a charge of assault and
battery, preferred by A. J. Dietz, one of
the proprietors of the Scott Hotel. This
is about the fourth act in a row that has
been going on between Dietz and his part
ner, Stevenson, the opening act occurring
when one would not give up the keys to
the safe and the other had to blow it
open. Eiler is a new actor on tho sen
and appears as a henchman of Stevenson
hired for the purpose of throwing Dietz
out of the hotel, which he safely a:
complished. only to find himself immedi
New Manager of Moffat Read,
DENVER, April 3. Announcement was
made today that William A. Duel, super
intendent of the Union Pacific Railroad,
with headquarters at Omaha, has been
appointed general manager of the Den
ver, Northwestern & Pacific (the Moffat
road) and will enter upon his new dutle)r
on May L Mr. Duel also becomes gen
eral manager of the Colorado-Utah Con
struction Company, which has thn con
tract lor constructing the Moffat road.