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VOL.XLV. NO. 13,862. "
PORTLAND, OREGON, SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1905.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
IS PASSED HY
Distinguished Jurist Unable to
Withstand Inroads of
CHARACTER AND CAREER
Citizens of Oregon Unite in Paying
Jhe'ir Tributes to His Worth and "
in Expressing Their Sor
, - row at His Death.
SUMMAKT OF JUDGE BELLINGER'S
Born at Maquon, III., November 21,
Crossed plains with parents at ace
or S. settling In Marlon County. 1S47.
Attended Willamette University lor
several years, but did not graduate.
Studied law with B. F. Bonham. ad
mitted to bar. 1803.
Served In Modoc war and partici
pated In battle or Lava Beds, 1873.
Clerk and official reporter Supreme
Court, 1874 to 1S78.
Judge Fourth District Circuit Court,
1S7S to 18S0.
Appointed United States District
Judge Tor Oregon by Grover Cleve
land. April. 1803.
Died 3:15 P. M., May 12. 1003.
United States District Judge Charles
B. Bellinger surrendered in his long strug
gle for life yesterday afternoon and passed
peacefully away at 3:45 o'clock, surround
ed by .the members of his family and a
few of his most Intimate and long-time
The outcome was expected and the fam
ily had been waiting for the worst dur
ing sill of the day. The Judge passed a
restless and unsatisfactory night on
Thursday and .was much weaker when
day dawned Yesterday morning. During
the morning he sank into a semi
conscious condition and as the day length
ened into the afternoon the stupor be
came more marked, until it was impossi
ble to rouse the. patient to conscious
There was no great Increase in tern
porature during the day, but tho pulse
became more accelerated, though more
feeble, and tho respiration began to fail.
These conditions grew more marked until
at 3:40 the breathing stopped and the
stubborn fight was ended, though the
pulse continued to beat for fully two
minutes afterwards, showing the stubborn
resistance made by the rugged constitu
tion of the patient
The end came very peacefully and quiet
ly. The Judge was not able to recognize
any of those in the room after he sank
Into the stupor of the morning, and dur
ing the later hours was entirely uncon
scio'us of his surroundings. Death came
so softly and easily that those watching
hardly realized its presence until the an
nouncement of the physicians watching
by the bedside was made.
During all the time of Judge Bellinger's
Illness. Mrs. Bellinger has been continu
ally at his side, and was present yester
day at the end. AH of the children were
also present, with the exception of Mrs,
Knapp, who was confined to ner bed at
home, quite ill. Besides the members ot
the family were present Drs. Chapman
and Parker, Cyrus Dolph, M. O. Lownsdale
and the nurse who has had charge of
the case from the beginning.
Tho funeral services will be conducted
Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Crema
torium, special cars being reserved for
those who may desire to attend. Further
announcement of details will be made Sun
The death of Judge Bellinger can be
traced directly to the Oregon land fraud
cases, which have tilled his time from the
middle of November last. On Sunday
April 23, the Judge worked all day on
the decision which he was to hand down
the following morning on the Mitchell
plea of abatement He went early to his
office, and the weather being warm,
worked in his shirtsleeves until noon,
when he walked home to luncheon, re
turning again directly afterwards and
working until late in the afternoon. The
next day he also worked on tho decision,
and Tuesday, the day upon which it was
delivered, he awokoMvlth a fever and
feeling ill. "tS
From that time on the course of the
Illness is well known; the rally at the
end of the week, the journey lo the farm
on Saturday, the apparent Teturn
health on Sunday; tho Journey to court
on Monday, when tho last official act of
the Judge was given: the suspension of
sentence in the case of Henry W. Miller,
accused of conspiracy against the Gov
emment The relapse of tho afternoon
with the subsequent progress of the dis
case, much aggravated in every symptom,
to the deplorable end has all been re
lated dally since the seriousness of the
illness -was made public.
BIOGRAPHY OP THEJ JUDGE
Charles B. Bellinger Closely Identl
lied With Progress or Oregon.
Judge Charles B. Bellinger was born in
Maquon. III., November 2L 1S3S. thus being.
at-the time of his death 66 years of age.
He came of a pioneer family dating back
from .the days ot the Holland immigration
to New York, in which state his ancestors
left their names as warriors and men of
affairs. His great-grandfather -was a sol
dter in the Revolutionary "War. while his
grandfather. John H. Bellinger, served
through tke "War of 1S12.
E. H Bellinger, the father of the Judge,
was a wagoara&ker at Maquon. 111., and
Mormon company led by Brigham Young,
and guarded by a company of soldiers.
The journey, which took six montns ior
Its accomplishment, was full of danger.
as the Indians were troublesome at that
time. It was the same year in which Dr.
Whitman was massacred, and at the time
when the Columbia River Indians were
The Bellincer party parted company
with Brigham Young and his followers
at Bear Valley and made the rest or tne
trio alone, arriving- In Oregon in saiety
and settling in Marion County, at that
time a wilderness.
Judee Bellinger's father, B. H. Bellinger.
was elected a member of the Territorial
Legislature in 1858. but was killed by be
ing thrown from a horse before the con
vention of the Assembly.
The maiden name of the mother of C
Bellinger was Miss Eliza Howard, a
member of an old Massachusetts family.
She died Jn Grant County in 1SS3. He has
sister, Mrs. Ellen Shrewsbury! now liv
ing at Los Angeles, while his brother,
Edward H. Bellinger, who was a well-
known merchant at Salem, was drowned
Iri attempting to cross Mill Creek during
the high water of 1SS9.
Charles B. Bellinger first attended
school in a country schoolhouse on the
santiam River, under tne -tutelage or
Orange Jacobs, '-who Is now a well-known
attorney of Seattle.
Ho later entered Willamette university.
but did not remain to graduate. Leaving
that institution, he studied law in tho
office of B. F. Bonham, now an attorney
at Salem, and was admitted to tho bar
In 1863, beginning the practice of his pro
fession with John C Cartwrlght
Tho young lawyer next turned to news
paper work for a time and edited the
Arena, a weekly paper at Salem, and at
that time tho Democratic organ of the
state. He later published the Salem Re-
iew, but owing to failing health left that
city and went to Monroe, Benton County,
where he engaged in the mercantil busl
ness."WhIle here he was elected a mem
ber of the Legislature from Benton in
In 1869 he again turned to journalism for
timo and edited the Albany Democrat
The following year he came to Portland
to practice his profession, and founded
the Portland News, which later became
the Telegram. He edited this paper for
two years. From 1S71 until 1S78 he was
Clerk ot the Supreme Court, and in 1878
was appointed a Circuit Judge of the
Fourth District by Governor Thayer, to
nil a vacancy caused bj a reorganization
of the districts.
In " 1SS0. Judge Bellinger received the
Democratic nomination for "the office
which he was at that time holding, but
was defeated, though he ran 1100 votes
ahead of his ticket
From 1880 to 1SS3 Judge Bellinger prac
ticed law, being associated with John M.
Gearin, and later became a member of
the Arm of Dolph, Bellinger, Mallory &
In 1893 Judge Bellinger was appointed
United States District Judge by President
Cleveland to fill the vacancy caused by
the death of Judge Deady. He took office
May 1 and retained the position until his
death,- discharging its many and difficult
duties with great fairness and distinction.
While Clerk of the Supreme Court
Judge Bellinger served in the Modoc War,
being a ueutenant-uoionel on the start
of General Miller. He took part In the
fight In the Lava Beds, June 17, 3873, at
which time the troops under Goueial
Whcaton were ambushed and defeated by
Judge" Bellinger was married while a
oung man to Miss Margery Johnson, in
Linn County, and from this union seven
children have been born. Oscar, the eld
est son. Is a civil engineer, with the O.
R. & N.; Victor, another son, is dead,
but was at the time of his death a prom
ising lawyer, and was associated with his
fatheiin the compilation of the edition
of Oregon laws known as the Bellinger
and Cotton Annotated Laws. Emmet and
Howard, two other sons, are cattlemen In
Washington. There were three daughters
Mrs. Edith Edwards, deceased, of
Springfield, HI.; Mrs. C. H. Knapp. of
Portland; and Mrs. Catherlno Morrison,
who resides at home.
Judge Bellinger Vas prominent In public
and philanthropic work, and was a mem
ber of many societies. Ho was one of
the charter members of the Oregon His
torical Society and of the Oregon Pbjncer
Association, and at times held the office
of president of both organizations. He
was appointed a Commissioner to tho
Lewis and Clark Exposition by Governor
When the Order of United Artisans was
organized Judge Bellinger was prominent
in the movement and had always been a
director in the order. He helped organize
the Oregon State Bar Association and
served as Its president for several terms.
For ten years, Judge Bellinger was pro
fessor of equity. Jurisprudence and plead
ing on the faculty of the University of
Oregon, and had been a member of the
Board of Regents since 1896, being the
president of the board for several years.
The deceased was a member of Wash
lngton Lodge. 46, of Portland, and was a
pastmaster of the Masonic order. He was
also a member of Washington Chapter 18,
noyai .rcn .uasous. aociauy, ne Tas a
member of the Arlington Club.
The Judge was president of the Port
land Cremation Association and a stanch
believer in cremation.
PAY TRIBUTE TO HIS WORTH
All Unite to Express Their Sorrow
at Jurist's Death.
Tho news ot Judge Bellinger's death
came as a great blow to many of the rest
dents of Portland, to whom he had been
known as a friend and fellow-citizen for
many years. Of this number, oerhans
none felt the sorrow more than did Mayor
Williams, who has been a friend and
neighbor of the deceased since the early
days of Portland existence as a cltv.
When told of the death of the Judge yee-
teraay aiternoon the Mayor said:
"i. nave Known Judge Bellinger for
many years, and have learned to have
great respect for him as a lawyer, as a
Judge and as a man. I knew him first
when he was running a paper In Port
land and -at the same time acting as clerk
of the Supreme Court One forms opin
ions of men by seeing them in their dally
life, and I formed a high regard for Judge
Bellinger as a man of Integrity and good
purpose. Wo have always been good
friends, though we differed In politics,
and in the early days, about tho time of
the Civil War, Judge Bellinger was a very
radical Democrat and had strong sympa
thy for the South and its cause.
"J have known him as a man and as a
lawyer, and have always had the great
est respect for him as a man of integrity
and honor. When he was an applicant for
the appointment to the position of Federal
Judge, although it was a Democratic ad
ministration, he came to me and asked for
my indorsement thinking. Inasmuch as
had been Attorney-General, my opinion of
him would have weight I very earnestly
recommended him for the place, and was
glad when he secured the appointment by
"For a long time he occupied one of my
houses, and we have been very Intimate
in friendship, and r have ajvery great re
card for him. As & Judge he filled a high
place, and always did what he thought
American Employes Stampede
From Canal . Zone ,and
Make Grave Charges.
NO PROTECTION TO'HEALTH
Men Must Live in -Filthy Houses -or
in Tents on BareGround--Med-
leal Supplies and. Lumber "
Not Shipped. .
WASHINGTON, May -12. (Special.)
That dread scourge, yellow fever, has
thrown into a panic the Americans .who
went to the Isthmus of Panama for ad
venture, as well as those who. went there
for work. Officially, 'Washington 'is In
formed by Colonel , Gorgas,. the acting
Governor. of the canal zone, that yellow
fever has gained a foothold there,' and ho
gives lists of names of Americans who
are now in the hospital at Panama under
If the Government has received, It is not
giving out, reports to substantiate tho
charges which are being made by Ameri
cans returning from the canal zone. These
charges reach the seriousness of criminal
negligence. If the statements are correct
the officials entrusted with guarding the
health of Americans engaged in work
upon the great canal have utterly failed
Lto provide the protection which they
know and admit is essential to prevent
contamination. The exodus of Americans
out of the canal zone, unless quickly ar
rested, will reduce the representation' of
this country down there to the garrison
and the officers in command.
Gross Mismanagement Charged.
Stories of gross mismanagement are told
by refugees who have reached New York
from the Isthmus. They say conditions
under which they were to work were
grossly misrepresented, and, instead ot
being given sanitary quarters protected
with mosquito netting, they" were forced
to live in squalor and filth or sleep ex
posed in tents on the grass. Lumber or
dered months ago for the construction of
quarters for the employes has not been
shipped from this country, it Is charged.
and medical and sanitary supplies ordered
by Dr. Gorgas, who Is himself an author
ity and expert in the treatment of yel
low fever, have not reached the isthmus.
Charges are that the Government hos
pltal is not adequately equipped, that it is
on half supplies, and that much suffering
is caused by the negligence of those re
sponsible for the existing conditions.
On May 16, Chairman Shonts, of the
Canal Commission, and Judge Magoon,
THE LATE CHARLES
Governor of the zone, will start for the
isthmus, and they arc cxpefcted to correct
at once any laxity or weakness they may
find In the administration down there. A
Congressional Inquiry will certainly fol
low unless there is a material Improve
ment in conditions at once.
HIS ATTITUDE SUITS BRYAN
Democratic Leader Admires Itoose-
veil's Position on Hates.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 12. William
J. Bryan was the guest of honor and
principal speaker at a. dinner given by'
the Knife and Fork Club, of this city, at
tho Midland Hotel. In . an interview Mr.
Bryan, said that he admired the position
of President Roosevelt and MrVTaft upon
the question of railroad rate legislation.
In regard to the recent Iroquois ban
quet in Chicago, at which .President
Roosevelt was the guest of honor, Mr.
'I was gratified at the recent expression
of good will at tho demonstration in Chi
cago toward the President and I am glad
that the DcmocratK of the Nation are
supporting President Roosevelt in his po
sition on the. railroad rate legislation."'
HAY. WILL NOT RESIGN
Will Go to London and Sail for
Home June 7.
ST. PETERSBURG. May li-Spencer
M. Eddy, secretary" of the American Em
bassy, has returned here from Bad Nau
helm. He found Secretary Hay greatly
Improved." After completing the cure the
Secretary will go to London, sailing for
the United States June 7.
Mr. Hay informed Mr. Eddy that there
is no truth in the reports that It Is his
intention to resign the Secretaryship of
BRING HOME JONES? BODY
Slgshec's Squadron Going to France.
Burial at Annapolis.
WASHINGTON, May 12. The announce
ment was made at the Navy Department
today that Rear-AdmirarSigsbee's squad
ron will be sent to France to bring back
the remains of John Paul Jones. It 1
estimated at the department that Ad
miral Slgsbee will sail from New York
between June o and 10.
The President today approved the rec
ommendation of Secretary Morton that
the body be burled at Annapolis.
Plan Great Protectant Conference.
NEW YORK. May 12. Members of the
executive committee and the committee
of arrangements for the Inter-Church
Conference on Moderation have, at
meeting here, approved Ians for a meet
ing of the it5rsa.nttG's of thr- various
Protestant rauhos ot ilie Unlroa. States
to be held at Carnegie Hall. November
15-20. The conference is to be tho largest
In the history of the Protestant church yi
America. Delegates from the various de
nominations will represent 17,000,000
church members. Addresses were made
at the conference by ministers represent
ing various denominations, all of them for
conciliation In differences of religious be
.Hefs, and every one hopeful that there
Is about to be a great religious revival In
B. BELLINGER, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
EKTEND ROAD TO
President Earling Announces
- Intention of St. Paul
NO DELAY IN GOING TO WORK
Two Present Lines Will Be Extended
Through South Dakota to Unite
in Wyoming, Whence Road
Will Run Westward.
MITCHELL, S. D.. May 12. (Special.)
The Chicago. Milwaukee & St Paul Rail
road, according to an announcement made
today by President A. J. Earling while In
Mitchell, will be extended to the Pa
cific coast with the least possible delay.
Mr. Earling was here with officials on
his way to Chamberlain, where the line
to the Black Hills Is building. He author
ized the announcement of the Pacific
Coast extension, through a member of the
party, and the statement was published in
several newspapers today as an author
Mr. Earling said that the line to Cham
bcrlaln would be built across Western
South Dakota and Wyoming as fast as
possible. The line now terminating at
Evarts will also be extended westward
across the Missouri River and Northern
South Dakota to some point In Wyoming,
where it will make a Junction with the
lino from Chamberlain west
Mr. Earling. H. F. Hunter, right-of-way
agent; the chief engineer and others will
take four teams at Chamberlain and drive
250 miles to the Black Hills over the route
of the extension from Chamberlain.
While It has been known that the Mil
waukee & St Paul Railroad has mado
surveys for a Paoific Coast line, and has
bought large terminal properties at Bel-
Hngham Bay and Seattle, Mr. Earling
has never before made a statement con
firming the reports of the company's
BATTLE WITH BANDITS.
Three Break Jail in Wyoming
Fight Sheriff's Posse.
BUTTE, Mont, May 12. A Miner spe
cial from Casper, Wyo., says:
While Deputy Sheriff Webb was giving
water to a prisoner In the County Jail
tonight he was overpowered and dis
armed by Ed Lee. Martin Trout and Will-
lam Wardlows, three desperate outlaws.
who made their escape after securing
ammunition and clothing from the Sher
iffs office and horse? and saddles from
They bound and gagged Sheriff Webb's
wife and choked her, but before depart
ing removed the gag and bade her good
bye. The trio rode away in the direction of
the Casper.-Mountalns. Deputy Sheriff
Hart organized a posse and started in
pursuit, overtaking the bandits near the
summit of tho mountains, seven miles
from town, where a battlo occurred. Cit
izens wltji field glasses witnessed the be
ginning of tho fight, but night came on
and tho outcome is not known.
Lee was formerly a Deputy Sheriff, and
knows every foot of the country. Ho was
waiting trial for horse-stealing. Trout
charged with stealing cattle, and ward-
lows Is charged with forgery.
A second posse left Casper and a third
will Join the chase at midnight The
outlaws, being -well armed and mounted.
it will be a difficult task to recapture
WILL DECIDE L00M1S CASE
Inquiry to Bo Conducted by Roose
velt Next Week.
WASHINGTON, May 12. Some matters
of importance were considered Informally
at today's meeting of the Cabinet but no
decisions of questions of concern -were
reached. Much of the time of the meeting
was taken up by the President in discuss
ing- the details of his Western trip.
No definite decision of the caso involv
Ing Assistant Secretary of State Ldomls
and Herbert W. Bowen, "United States
Minister at Caracas, took, place. Secre
tary Taft, who has had the subject under
consideration, in the absence ot the Presi
dent, arranged with Mr. Roosevelt to talk
upon the case tonight, when they went
over the matter fully and decided just
what method of procedure shall be foV
The case will be taken up by the Presi
dent next week. Mr. Roosevelt will -con
duct tho Inquiry Into the matter per
sonally and both Mr. Loomis and Mr.
Bowen will be given an opportunity to
present their respective sides. Mr. Bowen
Is expected In Washington Sunday and
the whole matter will probably be taken
up Alone ay.
EXTRADITION FOR GOLDEN
He Is Wanted in Vancouver, B. C,
WASHINGTON, May 12. The State De-
artment ha3 issued a warrant for . he
surrender to the British authorities of
Joseph Golden, held, under arreet at Port
land, under the charge of forgery commit
ted In Vancouver.
Joseph Golden was arrested In this city
about a month ago. on the street After
being taken before the Federal authorities
Golden and a companion under arrest
made a break for liberty. Golden was
shortly afterward recaptured. He la
accused of raising a Canadian money or
der. Stock Assessed to Pay Shortage.
MILWAUKEE. Wis.. May 12. Control
ler of the Currency Rldgely has levied
an assessment of 6S 2-3 per cent on stock
holders of the First National Bank, of
this city, to raise 51,000,000 to make good
the capital stock caused by the defalca
tion of ex-President Bigelow.
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
TODAY'S Showers. "Winds mostly westerly.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temaerature. 60
oeg.; minimum, 5L Precipitation, trace.
The War la the Far East
Togo's fleet seen off Pescadores Islands
awaiting Russians. Page 4.
HongKons prepares lor naval battle near
that port. Page 4.
Russians must fight before June to avoid
typhoons. Page 4.
Russian Socialists determined to demonstrate
on Sunday. Page 4.
Official version of Zhitomir riot says Jews
provoked It Page 4.
Erqperor "William gives German officers les
sons of war. Pago 3.
Hungarian attack on Brann taken up by
junerlcan Minister. Page 5.
New forest reserve in "Wallowa County and
many more for Oregon. Page 2.
American employes of Panama Canal stam
ped from yellow fever. Page 1.
Shonts tells difficulties of canal work. Page 4.
Secrets of Armour car lines revealed to
Interstate Commission. Page 3.
Herbert Crokcr dles'i of opium-poisoning on
board "train. Page 1.
Portland crooks captured at Salt Lake,
Negro lynched In Illinois. Page 4.
Burying the dead at Snyder, Okla. Page 5."
President of St Paul road announces ex
tension to Coast Page 1.
Nan Patterson released from Jail. Page 3.
Automobiles racing to Portland pas3 Cleve
land. Page 5.
Hyde files charges against Alexander.
Three severe blows struck at striking team
sters. Page 5.
Portland wins from Tacoma. by score of 6 to
0 and Seattle does the same by San Fran
cisco. Page 7.
Whitman Academy wins interscbolastic
track meitjp'with majority of "points.
Seven miners killed In explosion at Butte,
- caused by careless handling of dynamite.
Northern Pacific surveyors appear at Lewis-
ton and create excitement by camping on
right of way of proposed Grangeville elec
tric Unci Page 6.
Portland bunco-steerer, calling himself
clairvoyant, made victim of fake detective
la Seattle. Page 0.
'. Commercial and Marine.
Proposed duty on tea. Page 13.
Strawberry consignments break local mar
ket. Page 15.
First samples of new wheat received at San
Francisco. Page 15.
Chicago wheat market closes firm and
higher. Page 15.
"Wholesale trade for Fall delivery Is good.
Firecrackers for Fourth of July coming on
steamship NIcomedia. Page 6.
Barkentine Amazon goes aground oft Irrman
Poulsen mill. Page 0.
Portland oad Viclalty.
Judge Bellinger has passed away. Page 1.
Conductors pass resolutions against Powell
Clayton, Ambassador to Mexico. Page 10.
Tanner-Creek sewer scandal comes up agalft
in Riner trial. Page 10.
Scheme to legalize the slaughter-house Is
devised. Page 14.
SoHth Portland citizens strongly favor the
2-mIU bridge tax. Page 11.
Mrs. Reed's will stands or falls, according
to whether her home was la Fortlaad or
Pasadena. Page 12.
Two notorious crooks are captured. Page 16.
Two states make ojeiriBg day at Expl
tlan a. holidav. Page 1.
DIES ON Tilt
Son of ex-Boss of New York
Becomes Victim of Opium
ON JOURNEY TO OKLAHOMA
Alter. Spending AS ternoon at Baces,
He Visits Chinese Opium-Joint.
Found Bead by Conductor
, at Early Morning.
KANSAS CITY, May 13. Herbert V.
Croker, a son of Richard Croker, the for
mer Tammany leader of New "York, was
found dead" on a south-bound Santa, Fe
train near Newton, Kan., early this morn
ing, and It is supposed that he died of
opium poisoning. From papers found on
the dead man it appears that he was on
the way from New York to spend a vaca
tion at the 10L ranch. Bliss, Okla. He
stopped In Kansas City, on his way West
yesterday, but did not register at a hotel,
or, so far as known, make his Identity,
known to anyone. He visited the Elm
Ridge races in the afternoon, but his con
duct was not unusual.
At 10 o'clock last night. Croker, in a
condition of stupor, was put on board a
chair car on a Santa Fe train by a negro,
who gave him a purse containing ?19 in
money and a ticket to Blis3, O. T. Croker
Immediately lapsed into a heavy sleep.
His fellow-passengers noticed his sleep
become quieter. No attention was paid
to hi3 condition until Newton had been
nearly reached, when the conductor, seek
ing to arose him to collect his ticket,
found him dead.
The Coroner at Newton began an in
quest tonight, at which trainmen testified
that Mr. Croker did not smell of liquor.
The inquest was adjourned until tomor
row. An autopsy win dq neia 10 ueier-
mine the cause of death.
The police of this city found the negro
who put Mr. Croker on the train. He
was a porter at the Coates House, named
Woodson. He said that Croker, when at
the hotel, asked to be taken to an opium
joint, that he took him to such a place
kept by a Chinaman, and. that croner
stayed there for an hour, and taat then.
at his request, Woodson took Croker to
the train and helped him on board. The
police believe Woodson's story, and he has
not been arrested.
Brother Will Go After Body.
Croker's identity did not become
known until a message was receiveu
from Richard Croker at New York sev
eral hours later, asking the authorities
to hold tho remains, and stating that he
would leave the East Immediately for
The first clew to Croker's Identity was
a letter found in his pocket addressed by
Zach Mulhall, formerly of Oklahoma, who
Is now holding a Wild West show in New
York City, to Joseph S. Miller, manager
of the famous "ior ranch at Bliss, Okla.
Inquiry by telephone elicited the informa
tion that Croker was not known at the)
Bliss ranch. Evidently he was on the
way there for an outing. Following a
message of inquiry sent to New York City,
the Coroner took charge of the body and
empanelled a jury. An inquest was begun
Put on Board by Negro.
According to stories of passengers and
the conductor on tne xrain, xne youns
New Yorker was placed In the train at
Kansas City shortly after 10 o'clock last
night by a negro. He appeared to be
under the influence of some drug. The
negro was seen to hand him a sum of
money and a railroad ticket just before
the train started, when he jumped off and
disappeared. When the conductor came
around to collect Croker's fare, the lat
ter was asleep and he did not disturb the
passenger. Croker was left to himself,
all night until nearly 5 o'clock this morn
ning, when the conductor made another
attempt to collect his ticket He was
unable to arouse Croker and upon exam
ination found that he was dead.
The Coroner at Newton was notified by
wlro and when the train reached that
city the body was removed to an under
taking establishment It was several
hours later before the young man's Iden
tity was discovered.
As far as learned, Crokcr arrived in
Kansas City early on Thursday and spent
the afternoon at the- Elm Ridge, race
track. He Is known to have been In tha
company of several patrons of the race
track before he boarded the train for
Conversation With Negro.
Passengers on the train took, particular
notice when young Croker was assisted
Into a chair car at the Union Station In
Kansas City by a young negro, because
the white man was helpless, as if from
liquor. The negro assisted him into a
seat and then gave him a purse con
taining a railroad ticket and $19, counting
the money out to Croker. The passengers
heard Croker say:
"Now I want you to send me the rest
The negro asked Croker to write bis
address, but Croker refused, and finally
the negro wrote while Croker dictated.
The address was "Bliss, Oklahoma. Care
There are no marks of violence on the
body, and the ofilcers here do not believe
he died of heart trouble, as he was of.
fine physical development Beside the let
ter from Zach Mulhall. Introducing Croker
to Joe Miller of 101 ranch. Croker's papers
Included a letter of introduction from X.
D. Carroll, of New York, to Miller; a let
ter signed "Carter," from New York;
and an affectionate letter- from a woman
on West Twenty-second street. New York..
cje to Orsgea with, his wife ad call
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