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VOL. XBVI.-XO. 14,132.
PORTIiAIO), OREGON, SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 1906.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
-GUILTY OF THEFT
SAYS THE JUDGE
Criminal Charge in In-
JEROME ASKS FOR WARRANTS
ants Perkins, Bliss and Cor
CAMPAIGN GIFTS ILLEGAL
If Intent Wns to Defraud, Perkins
Committed I.nrrcny, Biles and
Gortelyou Becclvcd Stolca
Goods. Says Jerome
NEW YORK. Maroh 23. if the grand
Jury which Is investigating somo of the
condltons developed by the recent legis
lative Investigation reaches the conclu
hi that contributions of Insurance corn
puny fund to political campaign com
mittee: wore made with Intent to de
frawd the true owner of this property.
It must find that larceny has been com
mitted. This opinion was expressed to
day by Justice O'SullIvan In the Court
of General Sessions. In answer to a pre
sentment on the subjuct submitted to
Mm by the grand Jury. Judge O'SullIvan
addod that It Is not within the province
f tho eurt to say whether or not thero
wns intt. That is a question which
Uf Jurors must determine for them
selves from all the facts and circum
stances in the case. He charged the jury
lo make a through investigation Into all
the facts and to place the responsibility
for such crimes. If they find that crimes
Toins Issue With Jerome.
This opinion Is In effect directly oppo
Flte to one upon the same subject which
was jdvon by District Attorney Jerome
several days ago. Mr. Jerome. In his
brief, which was submitted to Justlco
O'Surilran, said that iiipw was no
ground for pro?ecuTon of any Insurance
ofilHaJ In connection with the campaign
contributions, taking the ground that no
intention to defraud had boon shown.
Judge O'SullIvan agrees with the conten
tion of the District Attorney that intent
must have been present to constltuto the
crime, of larceny, but declures that tho
question whothor or not there was Intent
Is a question which is yet to be deter
mined. Jerome Asks Warrants for Arrest.
Mr. Jerome was in court today and,
when Judge O'SullIvan had delivered his
opinion, the District Attorney asked the
grand Jury to remain, as ho desired to
address It upon the subject in question.
Jle declared that Judge O'Sulllvnn had
misconceived the subject which ho had
considered, and that. If tho court held
to Its opinion. It would be the duty of
the grand Jury to return indictments
against George "W. Perkins, ex-vlce-pres-ident
of tho New York Life Insurance
Company, for larceny, and against
George B. Corteryou, chairman, and Cor
nelius X. Bliss, treasurer, of the Repub
lican National Committee, as receivers
of stolen goods.
Mr. Jorome Informed Judge O'SullIvan
that. If he would sit as .a magistrate, ho
would submit affidavits to tho acts com
mitted by George "W. Perkins and would
ask for a warrant for his arrest. Ho
added that, in event of such warrant
being issued, a writ of habeas corpus
would follow, and that the case would
be taken to tho higher courts, where the
District Attorney would retain Alton B.
Parker as special counsel.
"Leaves It) lo Grand Jury.
Judge O'SullIvan declined to grant the
warrant, giving as his reason that the
question at Issue should be passed upon
by the grand Jury. In his charge to the
grand Jury In reference to questions put
to him. Judgo O'SullIvan said:
Contributing to a political party Ir not
mreRsarlly a crime. Individual and poi
flbly certain corporations may contribute to
political parties a they may contrlbuto to
anything ele. and be kuIIUcrk; but they
may contribute In nuch a manner as to ren
der the transaction criminal. You aro to
inquire If In this case an act prohibited by
Jaw has been commlttod with the Intent
which make It a crime. If you find clr
rumi'tances tending to deceive or mislead
vereons having beneficial or flnanrlal Inter
est In the property to dispose of. you may
consider that with regard to Intent.
Mr. Jerome immediately at the conclu
sion of Judgo O'Sulllvan's charge asked
that the jury remain so that he could
make a statement to it. He at once ad
dressed tho court, saying:
"Your Honor has misconceived this
Jerome Says It Was Stealing.
Tho District Attorney then went on to
say that he was in possession of a great
deal of information on this subject. He
said that Mr. Perkins had sworn that he
gave Mr. Bliss J4S.000 and that he was
reimbursed out oC tho funds of the New
York Life Insurance Company. He con
Such acta should be prohibited, but the
lact that confronts us here now Is, are they
prohibited, by law? There Is a legal propo
sition before this court that makes Georj?
ii. Corteiyou a receiver of stolen goods and
Cornelius N. Blirs also a receiver of stolen
goods urder these theories. Now. If your
honor will consent to sit as a magistrate, I
will submit all of those matters to you In
affidavit form. If you hold that they have
committed a crime, there are many reputa
ble corporation officers Jr this cltv -who
should be declared felons.
1 want to have the case of the people vs.
George W. Perkins put la such eh ape as to
make It binding upon the court and myself.
Judgo O'SullIvan. replied: "No one is
moro reluctant than I am in turning the
suwsr of the law toward these mm. It
is my duty lo say what the law Is and
my view of it. I have given an honest
opinion. You have been as honest as I.
Your lone experience in criminal cases
may lend more weight to your opinion
than there Ik to mine. There are 14 magis
trates In this jurisdiction and six of them
are in this building. "Why take this case
from the magistrates and submit 'It to
this court as a magistrate, or even to
the grand Jury?"
"Does your honor want me to answer
that question?" interrupted Mr. Jerome.
"Not now." replied the Judge. He
wont on. pounding the desk, "I don't see
why a hypothetical question was. sub
mitted to this court In the first instance.
There is a court idle below. The Court
of Special Sessions Is available, and one
of the Justices of this court. Recorder
Goff. is now Idle. Why not take tfic case
up to one of them? If they refuse to do
their duty, 1 will always do mine."
Thieves Should Be In .fall.
"The habit of stealing, which Your
Honor has .indicated, has grown up
through thuse corporations paying assess
ments which should be no excuse for
any person." said Mr. Jorome. "They
should be behind prison bars."
"If I were Innocent 1 would consent to
be tried and have my name cleared by
fellow-citizens." said Judge O'SullIvan.
"Would Your Honor wish to be In
dicted?" Hskod the District Attorney.
""While of course. I should not, desire
to be Indicted." replied the Judge,-"stlll.
I llalalssitBSsiSsBrV jCSssB
BsssssssMssssssssPf " ''ssstsssRHiHrB '
i sssssssssssBlikV -LSB "
I William Travers Jerome.
if I were indicted. I would clear my
name if I were Innocent."
"If Your Honor will issuo a warrant for
George W. Perkins that h may come
within tho custody of this court." said
Mr. Jerome, "he will at once "be taken out
of here on a writ of habras corpus and.
in order that the rights of the people
may be preserved. I shall retain Alton B.
Parker as counsel."
Jerome Will 3Inkc Charges.
Justice O'SullIvan said that he would
not Issue a warrant, for reasons he had
already stated and tliat for the same rea
son he would not accept tho deposition
which Mr. Jerome had to offer.
Mr. Jerome would make no definite
statement after the close of the proceed
ings in court. It is considered probable
that ho will go next week before somo
magistrate and there institute proceed
ings against Insurance f officials. "Wheni
asked if ho would "go before Recorder
Golf, as suggested by Judgo O'SullIvan,
"Certainly not. Recorder Goff is a
policy-holder In the New York Life."
Thomas C O'SullIvan was elected Judge
of General Sessions last Fall on tho
Democratic ticket. He was one of Tam
many Hall's old-time -orators.
SUITS AGAINST M'GUROYS
MUTUAL UFE CLAIMS MILLIONS
THEY" . WASTED.
Contributions, Excessive Salaries
and Commissions and Dam
ages Kcach $3,370,312.
NEW YORK. March 23. The first com
plaint In a series of eight actions already
begun by the Mutual Life Insurance Com
pany against ex-President Richard A. Mc-
Curdy. his son, Robert H.. and the firm
of Charles IT. Raymond & Co., tho com
pany's former metropolitan agents, was
made public today. The particular com
plaint Is against Richard A. MrCurdy
and contains nine separate causes of ac
tion. In each Mr. McCurdy is charged
with the waste of largo sums of money
belonging to tho company through al
leged unfaithfulness and neglect in the
discharge of his duties. Damages amount
ing to $3,250,000 are demanded.
Must' Itcpay Campaign Funds.
The first five causes seek recovery In
tho aggregate of ?292,tK). as alleged con
tributions to political parties since Janu
ary 1. 1683. These contributions are Mated
lo have been 15.0CK In JSSfi. $33,000 in 1900
and 140.000 In lf04 to the National Repub
lican campaign committee: ?2Ti00 In ISO! to
the Republican Congressional committee,
and 5200,000. embracing the various contri
butions, testified to by Senator Piatt as
having been made to the New York Re
publican State Committee since January
Excessive Salary and Commissions.
The sixth cause seeks to recover the
sum of $225,000. embracing the $50,000 al
leged Increase of annual salary drawn by
tho ex-president since Juno 1, 1301, with
out authority, as Is claimed.
The seventh cause seeks to recover
J600.000 as the aggregate of the respective
sums of $25,000 drawn quarterly from the
company for the last six years of Mc
Curdy's presidency on the voucher of the.
committee on expenditures and under cir
cumstances detailed In the testimony be
fore the Armstrong committee.
Tho eighth cause deals with tho rela
tions of Louis A. Thcbaud. jon-ln-law of
HENEY TIKES UP
Declares There Is No Ground
for Ousting District
NO - HOLD-UP ATTEMPTED
PorseciiJor of Land Frauds Bclievos
Bristol Acted for Coo's Bay Com
pany. Not Page and Hobcrg;.
OREGOXIAN NEWS BUREAU. "Wash
ington. March 23. Francis J. Heney.
ex-Dlstrlct Attorney tor Oregon and
upon whose recommendation William
C. Bristol was later appointed to that
office. In ah Informal conversation' to- "
day said he bad not talked with the
President or the Attorney-General
about the proposed removal of Mr.
Bristol, but declared his personal opin
ion that there was absolutely no
ground upon which to oust Mr. Bristol
Mr. Heney, said Mr. Bristol's famous
letter to the president of the Coos Bay
Land Improvement Company was not
susceptible of any construction which
would oporateto Mr. Bristol's dis
credit. "Mr. Bristol In that transac
tion." he said, "was not representing;
Page Hobcrg. as has been commonly
understood, but was representing1 the
Coos Bay Land Company, and he de
clares this statement Is supported by
affidavits, not only from Page & Ho-
bergr, but from the president of the
Coos Bay Company and others familiar
with the deal." Mr. Heney says Mr.
Bristol wrote that letter at the sugges
tion of the president of the Coos Bay
Land Company in order that he might
be properly compensated for his serv
ice in tne event that the sale was
made and It is his firm conviction that
there was no double-dealing or at
As to tho letter of Secretary Max
well, Mr. Heney says Mr. Maxwell did
not know Mr. Bristol and was not fa
miliar with the facts, and he gives no
weight to Mr. Maxwell's statement
that Mr. Bristol was attempting; to
"holdup the Cbos Bay Company."
Though Mr. Heney says ho has not
discussed the Bristol case with the
president or other officials since he ar
rived in Washington, he declared today
that "oven If they should beat him
(Heney) in the Bristol case, they would
know they had had a scrap on their
hands before they got through." im
plying that ho intends to take up tho
fight in Mr. Bristol's behalf later on.
Mr. Heney is unablo to say when tho
land fraud trials will be resumed in
Portland. For the present his time Is
otherwise occupied, and he Is notable
to go to Portland to continue the pros
ucutions. CONDEMNS PALOUSE SCHEME
.Grunsky's Kcport on Irrigation More
Unfavorable Than Any.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. "Wash
ington. March 23. Tho Secretary of the
Interior has received the report of Con
sulting Engineer C. EL Grunsky. of the
Reclamation Service, on re -exa ml nation of
tho Palouse Irrigation project. It Is even
more unfavorable than the report hereto
fore mndo by the local engineers. He
speaks of the project as being out of all
reason at the present time. Mr. Grunsky
finds many difficulties In the way. but tho
greatest objection at this time is the fact
that tho project cannot be built for lors
than $6,(00,000. and there is no such
This re-examlnation was made at the
request of Senator Ankeny, who had hopes
WOMAN WHOSE TEMERITY
Mile Robine, run a story current
In Tarli, was at St. Petersburg on
the latest occasion of the annual
ceremony of the blessing of the
waters of the Neva, and took, up a
position In front of the soldiery, fac
ing the Czar, An ald-de-camp was
ent to request, her to retire, but she
was unwilling to do so, and "the offi
cer returned to the Crar to report,
announcing- that the lady was a
Frenchwoman. In answer to this the
Czar is Mid. to have exclaimed.
Isurhlnsly. "O. if she is French you
oan do nothing with her."
of reviving this project. Mr. Grunsky's
report practlcaly puts this project to sleep
for a dozen years.
St. Paul Bridge Bills Pass.
OREGONTAN NEWS BUREAU, "Wash
ington, March 23. The Senatsf-tonight
passed tho six bills authorlrTngJthe Chi
cago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad to
build bridges over the Columbia and Snake
Rivers along the line of Its proposed ex
tension from Chamberlain, St D to Puget
New llural Carriers.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, "Wash
ington. March 23. William M. Quan
trlll has been appointed regular. Al
fred Churchill substitute rural carrier,
route No. 1 at Toppcnlsh, Wash.
Public Building Tor Juneau.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, March 23. Representative Sul
zer today Introduced a bill authoriz
ing the erection of a $200,000 public
building- :t Juneau, Alaska.
DOCTORS STILL KEEP GOVEUN
OR'S AILMENT SECRET.
lie Rallies From Slupor and Asks to
- Be Taken Home Mystery
' Aggravates Alarm.
COLUMBUS. 0-. March 2. Governor
Pattlson rallied this afternoon and. ac
cording to the statement of physicians Is
sued at H o'clock tonight, the Improve
ment'conUnued slowly and steadily. Tho
refusal of the attending physicians to
make any direct and definite statement
regarding the nature of the Governor's
Illness strengthens the Impression which
vast prevalent tonight that the Improve
ment is only temporary.
Mr. Pattlson rallied this afternoon from
a deep stupor and talked with the mem
bers of his family, expressing a deslro to
be taken back to his home In Milford, O..
as soon as possible. Should he recover to
such an extent that his removal would bo
possible, his wish will be gratified, hut
the physicians give no assurance that such
a step can be contemplated.
The following bulletin was issued at 11
"Governor Paulson's condition has
slowly btlt steadily improved. Pulse, ICS;
respiration. 25: temperature.
"E. J. WILSON.
"OLIVER P. HOLT."
The Governor Is very weak and tho fear
is that he may not have the strongth to
sustain the alarming finking spells that
perm to be becoming mruv .freuuont.
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
TESTERDATTS Maximum temperature. 5fl
deg.; minimum. 42: Precipitation.
of an inch.
TODAVP Shonrer. Frenh. gusty souther
Only details of agreement remain to settle
at Algeclras. Page ".
rtoo?evelt credited with solving Moroccan
problem. Tage 5.
Alliance of Britain. France and Russia pro
posed. Fare 5.
Famine In Japan grows wore and disease
follows hunger. Pago 3.
Bpooner and Tillman spar about rate bllh
Houe has lively wrangles about small mat
ters. Page 7.
President tells Kep Commission his opinion
of red tape. Page 7.
Heney saj-gBrlsol charges are baselesa and
Bristol will retain ofHce. Page 1.
Interstate Commission Investigates under
billing frauds. Pago 2.
Judge. O'SullIvan saya giving campaign sub
scriptions was stealing and Jerome aeks,
for warrants for Perklns, Corteiyou and
Bliss. Pago 1.
Mutual Life brings suit for millions against
tho McCurdy. Page. 1.
Jerome makes vigorous apeech on lnsuranco
- prosecutions. Page Z.
Hadley speaks In New York on lawlessness
of trusts. Page
Shaw makes standpat speech In Iowa.
Conservative Democrats, fearing Hearst
boom, turn to Bryan. Page 1.
Government gives Hermann Nil of particu
lars, but he delays trlaU Pago 4.
Hadley offers Rockefeller truce to see. his
grandson. Page 4.
Rogers will testify In Standard Oil ca to
day. Tage 4.
Coal operators split In scale conference.
Governor Paulson's condition Improves,
Page 1. ...
All but one. body recovered, from Century,
mine. Psge i.
Convict to work on county roads In Wash
ington.. Page 4.
Martin Both, prominent salmon packer, dead
at Rainier, Or. Page 6.
Attorney McMahan Incenses Federal Court
and Jury by speech denouncing corpora
tion at Tacoma. Page A.
Farmer's wife and child mysteriously pois
oned In LJnn County. Oregon. Page 1.
Ex -Governor Geer Issues redhot circular let
ter denouncing political enemies. Pare C
Governor Gooding, of Idaho, denies story
that he offered to let Orchard repeat his
confession to labor leaders. Page 0.
Commercial aad Marts e.
Higher opening prices for Columbia River
canned eatmon predicted. Page IS.
Chicago wheat market strong and higher.
More strength In stock market. Pago 13.
Shipping demand for California apples.
Effect of cold wave on general trades.
Steamer Cambrian King arrives to load
cargo of flour toa Vladivostok. Pago 14.
Partiaad asd VIclaltr.
Plass for viaduct for wagon crossing over
terminal yards, which are to be greatly
enlarged. Page 11.
Woman murdered, by man jealous of atten
tions of a rival. Page 11.
Xetectlve says more evidence is needed to
hold Mum. on murder charge. Page 14.
Quarrel over a ras store leada to the
r Municipal Court. Pago 9.
rive divorce decree granted. Page 16.
Testimony la concluded In tho gaa inquiry;
arguments will be made. Page 10.
Federated Trades Council Indorses Judga
Ellis for Congress and opposes Jtasd.
Slogan of the exhibition of state manufac
tured products vrJU .be VMadela Oregon."
Tage 9. k
TesBocrat9 Invite -labor leaders .to a. Joint
coafereace. Psge lQ.
POISON KILLS 10
III ONE FAMILY
Mysterious Tragedy on Farm
Near Munkers, in Linn
MOTHER AND CHILD -DEAD
Same Virulent Toxic Decimates
Poultry and Destroys Song
.Birds PJiysiciaii Fails to
ALBANY.. Or., March 23. By some
cause unknown, but what strongly ap
pears to have been a wholesale poisoning,
almost an entire family was wiped out of
existence at Hunkers, in Linn County,
this wcok. News of two deaths and pe
culiar accompanying circumstances has
just reached Albany, and has caused
much comment. Local phyyfclnny are dis
cussing the matter, and declare that poi
son of some kind Is at the bottom of tho
fa tall tic.
Mrs. Thomas McClain. of Munkcrs. was
early In tho week attacked by some vio
lent malady which called for immediate
medical aid. A physician was called, and
pronounced hor to be suffering from apo
plexy. After the departure of the physi
cian, Mrs. McClain. who had lost the
power of apeech. attempted to signal
something to her husband, clutching her
throat as if to Indicate that the trouble
was there. A fow minutes later she died.
Daughter Also Dies.
Tho next day her 4-year-old daughter
was attacked by throat trouble, which af
fected her much like the disease that had
carried off her mother. The physician re
mained with the little girl and studied her
case. Anally concluding that It was an
acute attack of croup. The child died.
The same day 20 chickens died suddenly.
nil seeming to be affected by a disease of
the throat. A numbor of wild birds which
had been frequenting the farm, also sick
ened. Then an examination revealed that
for several days poultry had been dying:
on the place, but because of illness In the
family no attention hud been paid to the
fact, and the large nnmbr of dead fowls
was not, .known until the search was
Both the mother and daughter had been
buried before .the. fact .that poison prob
ably had killed them was full' realized
There is much excitement and uneasi
ness In tho Munkers neighborhood over
the tragedy, the presence of any deadly
poison on the farm being: unaccountable.
Inquest May Be Held.
It Is probable that n Coroner's Inquest
will be held, unless there Is somo unex
pected development In the case, and a
-ohomlcal -analysis of the- Internal organs
of some of the dead chickens will bo made
If poison Is found the bodies of tho
mother and child will bo exhumed and
stops taken to ascertain the person or
persons responsible for their death.
At present, suspicion has not attached
STARTS TO OREGON TODAY
Mary Anthony Will Take Up "Work
of Dead Sister.
ROCHESTER, N. Y.. March 23. Mary 3.
Anthony, accompanied by Dr. Anna Shaw.
will start tomorrow for Portland, Or., to
take up tho work of woman suffrage in
compliance with the last wishes of her
sister, Susan B. Anthony. She will stop
CONGRESSMAN WHO IS TO BE
COME A JCTKJB IN THE
Newton W. Gilbert, of ImUaaa.
Congressman Newton Whiting Gil
bert, -who Is to retire from Congress
to accept a Judgeship In the Philip
pines. Is a welt-known lawyer who
lias served In the State Senate aad
also for one term was Lieutenant
Governor of Indiana. In the Span
ish War'he was captain of Company
if. 157th Volunteer Infantry. Mr.
Gilbert, whose home la In Fort
Wayne, was born at Worthlngton.
O.. In 1S6S. and at the age of 13
moved with his parents to Indiana.
He was educated in the common
schools and. the Ohio State Univer
sity. This Is his first term In Con
gress, having been elected is 1S04
over James M. Roblaaon. a Zemo-crat.
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week In Chicago. After tho Oregon
campaign Miss Anthony will go to Okla
RIGHT TO KILL OFF M0R0S
Chief of Philippine Constabnlary
Defends American Troops.
LEXINGTON. Ky.. March 23. In an
address befbore the Chamber of Com
merce tonight. General H. T. 'Allen, chief
of constabulary In the Philippine?, who Is
home on a furlough, discussed the recent
battle between the American arms and
hostile Moros in the Island of Jolo. He
"It Is. easy for us to sit at home and
criticise our own blood for what we fancy
Is brutality in dealing with the hostile
Moros. Conditions are little known, or
we would hesitate to do so.
"These hostile Filipinos glorified In
death and wanted the women to share
their fate. Allow them to escape and
this ambush warfare would continue In
definitely, their strength doubling imme
diately with each escape. What to us
would be termed a left-handed victory
would give encouragement to them."
LET CHICAGO TAKE THEM
Yerkcs Heirs AViliins to Sell Trac
tion Stocks to City.
CHICAGO, March 23. The News today
Ml the traction securities of the estato
of the late Charles T. Ycrkes are said to
have been placed at the disposal of the
City of Chicago yesterday during a con
ference between Mayor Dunne and Mr.
Knight, tho latter representing the heirs
to tho erkcs estate. The heirs are re
ported anxious to withdraw from the Chi
cago traction muddle and willing to take
Mueller certificates In full payment.
Tho last Legislature, at th Instance of
Senator Mueller, passed a bill providing
that the City of Chicago might issue cer
tificates to tho aggregate value of 573.-
W.OOO for the purchase of existing trac
GREAT RAID ON GAMBLERS
Chicago Detectives Chop Down Doors
and Smash .Furituro.
CHICAGO. March 23. (Spcclal.-Spcc-tacular
gambling raids were mado this
afternoon by detectives from Assistant
Chief of Police Schucttler's office Head
Quartcrs for handbooks run by men -who
for years havo defied, the authorities were
visited, and altogether the -round-up was
one of Ihe most thorough' tho police have
made for weeks.
Axes were used on two occasions to gain
access into rooms where the gamblers
were. Approaching the locked doors,, tho
police knocked without avail until they
decided to employ axes. The doors were
smashed in and part of the furniture de
stroyed. In all. 14 places were visited.
KILLED BY WIFE'S FRIEND
T. II. Plnnkett. Montana Ttanchman,
Shot In His Oven 'House.
ANACONDA. Mont.. March 23. A spe
cial to tho Standard from Kallspell says
a man named Kuhn has been arrested for
tho murder of J. H. Tlunkett. a ranchman
near Troy. Kuhn i is an old friend of
Plunkett's wife, and had been on the
ranch for six months. He and Plunkett
quarreled and the neighbors, who hurried
to the scene, found a duel In progress.
Kuhn had a rifle which ho was firing
Into tho window. Plunkett lay on the
floor dying. Plunkctfs wife had a shot
gun. The fatal wound, however, was In
flic ted by a revolver which has since been
found In Kuhn's trunk, to which tho
woman had the key.
SHOOTS FUNERAL PARTY
Insano Man Injures "inc, Two of
"Whom Will Die.
BALTIMORE. March 23. At Brooklyn,
across the river from this city. "Walter
Potee. an Insane man 2S years old, enter
Ins his brother's, house Just aa friends
and relatives were gathering to attend
the funeral of tho brother's child, opened
Are with a. revolver, set nre to the house
and himself died from gunshot wounds.
Nine people were Injured moro or less
seriously by his shots. Of these a broth
er. John P. Potee. and W". H. Miller, a
brother-in-law. are likely to die.
Mall Dispatched to Peary.
NEW TORK. March 23. The Peary
Arctic Club today dispatched Its an
nual mall to Commander R. E. Peary,
the explorer, who Is far up in tho Arc
tic region in an effort to reach the
North Pole. The mall will go by ex
press to Dundee, thence It will go by
the whalers leaving; that port April 1
to bo delivered to tho Esqulraos at
Cape York, with the hope that it may
later reach its destination.
Hepnbllcsn Campaign Iicadcr3.
"WASHINGTON. March 23. Representa
tlvo Dawson of Iowa, Is being- discussed
by Republican leaders to succeed Repre
sentative Overs treet of Indiana, as secre
tary of tho Republican Congressional committee-.
It is generally conceded that Rep
resentative Sherman of New York will
be named as chairman and Representative
Tawney of Minnesota, is still the most
dlacusaeQ candidate Xor Tlce-chalrman,
l William 1C. Hearst.
FLY FROM HEARST
TO BRYAN'S ARMS
Democrats Alarmed At
MAYBE HEW YORK'S GOVERNOR
Success Would Make Hearst
Man for President, -
BRYAN THEIR SAFE REFUGE
Xebraskan, Once Horror of Conserv
atives, Will Bo Welcomed Home
From Orient as Savior
"WASHINGTON, March 23. (Special.)
Democratic leaders in Congress are look
ing beyond the important elections ot
next Fail and giving serious attention to
390S. "Visiting- Democrats from various
states arc discussing the next President
tlal nomination in tho hotel lobbies.
Every strolling member of the Demo
cratic National Committee who drops oflJ
at the capital for a day or two has some
thing- to say about leadership timber for
tho campaign two years distant, and an
opinion to offer as to how events aro
Conservatives and scml-conservativcs-
tho latter term being permissible In view
of the situation that has devoloped with
in tho last two years are balancing be
tween the old and undying hopes of par
ty success and fears that tho party or
ganization may fall at last Into the
hands of William Randolph Hearst.
Two Causes of Speculation.
Two things havo contributed recently
to focusing Democratic attention on tho
Presidency. Tho Southern tour of Judgo
Alton B. Parker, the lato nominee of tho
party, has revived the old question oC
seeking tho candidate In Democracy's
stronghold, the aforctimo solid South,
and tho Parker declaration In favor oC
going below the Mason and Dixon line
for a nominee has set the bee buzzing Irt
the bonnet of many a Southern states
man. The other thing that has aroused
In various quarters either enthusiasm or
anxiety, and speculation in all quarters,
is tho present political situation In tho
State of New York. Of the two tho lat
ter is worthy of most serious considera-1
Hearst Propaganda Growing.
It cannot be denied as a result of the
news that reaches "Washington that tho
Hearst propaganda Is making rapid prog
ress In New- York State. The Hearst
martyrdom obtaining from the question
able Tammany victory In the recent
Mayoralty campaign, coupled with the
discontent and indignation over boss rule.
In state as well as city, exemplified by
.the disclosures of universal graft in con
nection with the Insurance Investigation
seem to bo sweeping Congressman:
Hearst toward the goal ot the Guber
natorial nomination. It is well under
stood, however, that that 13 not tho ulti
ma to goal, but Hearst's personally or-
ganlzed and salaried machine now sim
ply is engaged in a movement prelimi
nary to the attempt to capture the Dem
ocratic Presidential nomination in 1S0S.
Tho seriousness of the situation Is to bo
observed most notably from a distance by
the attitude of Democratic leaders who,
under ordinary circumstances, never could
bo found within sight of the Hearst ban
ner, but who are trimming their sails to
skim along In tho popular tide. As con
servative a leader a3 National Commit
teeman Norman E. Mack, of Buffalo, who
has represented New York's Democracy
during the stormy periods of the recent
past when New York sentiment was in
striking contrast to Democratic sentiment
throughout a large part of the country,
has been In "Washington the last few days
openly declaring that Hearst stands the
best of chances of "being nominated for
Governor this year, and that, If elected to
that ofllcc, ho will, In all probability, bo
nominated, for President two years hence,
Man or Destiny for 1908.
Even It Hearst should fall to secure ther
regular Democratic nomination for Gov
ernor, It Is understood here that ho will
be a candidate for tho ofHce Just the same.
Thero Is to be tho Independent Hearst
convention July 4, at which Hearst Is to
bo placed formally before the people, and
the politicians, such as National Com
mitteeman Mack, express the opinion that
with this Indorsement hq cannot fall to
command the regular party nomination In
September. But. even If he does fall in.
that, it seems practically certain to the,
politicians outside New York State that
he will run second in the race at the
polls In any event, and still be in a posi
tion to present his claims to the National
convention in 1S0S as the man of greatest
Conservatives Turn to Bryan.
"With this situation in the National fleldV
confronting them, It Is not to the South.,
whero the finger of Parker has pointed,
that the conservative and serai -conservative
Democratic leaders here are turn
ing, but to that peerless leader of old
"William Jennings Bryan. The Nebraskan.
who eight years ago was the alleged dis
organlzer of tho Democratic party, now
projects above the distant horizon bound
ing the Orient, where he Is on his trav
els, as the prospective organizer of the
next National campaign. The Bryan rad
icalism of 1S96 and 1200 is the conserva
tism of. the Democracy of 1906. To him.
Concluded on. Paa 2.)