Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, May 04, 1906, Page 13, Image 13

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How Fortune of D. K. Abrams
Has Been Dissipated
Is Told.
Kffort Is Made to Have Deed to the
Pacific University Set Aside,
and Evidence Is Sub
mitted to Court.
Additional evidence was submitted In
Judge Clfland's court yesterday in the
suit of George W. Stapleton, guardian of
li. K. Abrams, to set aside a. deed to the
Pacific University, tending to show how
easily Mr. Abrams was influenced to part
with his money and his slight knowledge
of careful business methods.
Mr. Abrams owned stock In the firm of
J. K. Jlaseltlne & Co.. which was after
wards incorporated. The interest each
held In the firm held good as stock In
the corporation, and Mr. Abrams also ac--unlred
stock in the corporation by deed
. ing to it valuable wharf front property
on the East 31de. This was testified to by
J. E. Haseltine. The par value of the
Haseltine & Co. stock was J100 a Bhare.
Evidence was given that Mr. Abrams sur
rendered 70 shares of stock to J. A. Ha
seltine to cancel notes which Mr. Abrams
had Issued in favor of Ezra Durand,
who once conducted the Durand Organ
Company, swindled his creditors, forged
, notes and finally landed In the peniten
tiary. Mr. Haseltine held these Durand
Organ Company notes.
Ed Campbell obtained a judgment
against Mr. Abrams in Columbia County
for 12428 on account of money lent. Addi
son A. Llndslcy then represented Mr.
Abrams as guardian. Mr. L.lndIey Is a
brother-in-law of J. Thorburn Ross,
manager of the Title Guarantee & Trust
Co., which company holds the trust deed
for the property given by Mr. Abrams to
the Pacific University: Mr. Campbell
aused an execution to be issued upon his
. Indtrment and lew was made on 656
shares of stock of the Weatherly Cream
ery Company, supposed to be worth about
$8000, and 70 shares of stock ln J. E. Ha
seltine & Co. The Creamery Company
stock was bid in by Mr. Campbell for
$6iS a share, and the Haseltine & Co.
stock by J. Ambrose Haseltine for $1100
. par value 10O a share. This was in Sep
tember, 1903.
Mr. Llndsley -was soon afterwards re
moved as guardian, said to hai'e been
done at the Instigation of those opposed
to the university deed, the Title Guar
antee & Trust Company, the trustee, and
Mr. UndRley, because he was the
brother-in-law of J. Thorburn Ross.
J. A. Haseltine testified that deeds were
obtained from Mr. Abrams to his undi
vided one-half Interest In 1300 acres and
1600 acres of land to secure Haseltine &
Co. for $13,000 advanced to Abrams and
represented by a judgment in the State
Circuit Court in Columbia County. J. E.
Haseltine sold nine acres of land for Mr.
Abrams, and a mortgage for part of the
purchase price, amounting to $7000. was
collected. This was credited on the Ha
seltine & Co. books on the $13,000 judg
ment held against Mr. Abrams and the.
$7000 '-was deposited' in the Trust National
Bank as a credit against $36,000 indebted
ness against Haseltine Co., for which
Mr. Abrams and A. A. Knox were sure
ties. J. E. Haseltine on Wednesday ad
mitted that he owed this money, and
deposited the deeds given by Mr. Abrams
in the bank at the request of A. L.. Mills,
who wanted additional security because
Mr. Abrams was transferring all of his
property. Milton W. Smith, attorney for
the university, asked J. A. Haseltine to
produce a statement of the account of
$13,000 testified as owing by Mr. Abrams
to Haseltine & Co. This Judgment was
obtained by default. Service was made
on . Mr. Abrams and afterwards on his
guardian. Mr. L.indsley. The matter of
the account has' not yet been disposed of
George W. .Stapleton, the present guardian-
In, Multnomah County, .testified that
lie had not moved In the courts against
the Campbell and Haseltine & Co. judg
ments on the ground that they were ob
tained at a time when Mr. Abrams was
incompetent. He was not satisfied that
he could legally do so. He thus testified
In answer to questions by Milton W.
Smith, who called his attention to a
statute providing for the opening of a
Judgment for irregularity within a year.
William M. Cake testified that he in
formed J. B. Haseltine when he obtained
the Abrams deeds that lie did not think
they were good If Mr. Abrams was in
competent at the time of their execu
tion. Mr. Cake appears as attorney for
Mr. Haseltine.
A. A. Knox, the partner of D. K.
Abrams for 42 years, during which time,
except three years, they have lived to
gether, testified that there was not much
difference In Mr. Abrams In the last eight
or ten years except that ho was more
easily Influenced. He signed quite a lot
of notes for other people and had to pay
heavy losses, and said he would never
sign agraln. and did the same thing over
again. Mr. Abrams was religiously In
cllned, and placed confidence in religious
men. A man with a strong mind could
influence him and get most anything he
asked for. The witness said he saw
Professor Ferrln at the Ridgefleld farm
talking to Mr. Abrams. but as he was
out of the room most of the time, he did
not know what occurred, and did not
learn of the deal until six months later.
Professor YV. N. Ferrln, for the de
fense, testified that he had three differ
ent Interviews with, Mr. Abrams concern
ing the gift of $25,000 to the university,
and that Mr. Abrams had previously
promised" Rev. Mr. Shaver to do some
thing. Mr. Abrams. in testifying, admitted that
he made the gift freely and had previous
ly made numerous gifts to the church.
F. S. Akin tentlfied that he lent $SOO0
to Mr. Abrams on mortgage security. Mr.
Abrams lent thbs money to L. U Poulson,
a lumberman, without security.
Hoffman Divorce Trial Begins.
The trial of the suit of Lillian Hoffman
against William Hoffman, a steamboat
engineer, for a divorce, was begun In
Judge Sears court yesterday, and will be
continued today. The Hoffmans were,
married in 1R7. and have three children,
the youngest 14 months old and the eld
est 7 years. The baby was in court with
its mother, who accused her husband of
cruel treatment. The litigants own a
home on Union avenue, and Hoffman alFO
has o tinioer claim wnlch the -wife says
Is worth $2000. She asks for a share of
the property, and the cuRtody of the chil
dren. The attorneys engaged in the case
are Claude Strahan, J. B. Hosford and J.
E. Magers.
Charges Cruelty and Desertion.
Carrie Erlckson has begun suit in the
State Circuit Court against Erlck Erlck
son, to whom she was married in Kan
sas in 1SS3. for a divorce. They have re
cently resided on a farm near Eugene.
Mrs. Erlckson alleges In her complaint
that her husband is possessed of a very
bad temper and has treated her in a
cruel manner. She further charges him
with desertion. They have four children,
&ged 20, 11, 12 and. 8 years, respectively.
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V j ' tenth. The rich corporations are the ones
i , ' fc : who would suffer."
V a ' - ' I 'v Mr- Baker will leave Portland tonight.
v:-.. ' 1 . vv : Arrangements are being made to give a
I v a . s!- ? 1 luncheon today In honor of Mr. Baker,
i ' . , v 8 :'''' which will be attended by the single-tax
'" x f"" - advocates of Portland.
Blooded Animals Find New
Record-Makers and Speed Prospects
Will , Go Under the Hammer,
and Some Fine Horses
Are Offered.
Forty-three more blooded horses
changed owners yesterday at the Irv
ington track. The buying interest was
better represented than on the first
day. Some handsome horses were sold
and prices held at about the same
average as before. This breeders' sale
means much to the horse-producing
industry of the Northwest. Today's
sale will carry the "Made in Oregon"
brand. Some of the best offerings will
appear and will show what the home
horsemen are producing. The record
horses and speed prospects will come
under the- hammer today, also some
perfectly-mannered drivers and sad
dle horses. The Tongue estate stable, the
Buddeley "Cautions." a pair of fast pac
inf mares from Salem, two great Com
monwealths and a Boodle trotter from
Sprlngbrook. Krlckson's Diablo fillies
and other fine specimens of equine
nobility in this part of the sale com
pare favorably with the consignments
from other states. At 9 o'clock the
speed prospects will be worked out,
and some fast brushes are expected.
Rex Montgomery will' show his seven
gaits, and many citisens who go out
this morning on the street-cars may
return tonight on horseback. Yester
day's sales were:
TidlUo, ch. jr.. by P'ar Ruby. William
Frailer. Portland. Or.. $-10.
Jtm Stone, b. g., Iy Alcone. J. A. Scamon,
Wenatehee. Wash.. 13S.
Alarm, h. g.t by Alcone, J. M. Murchie,
North Yakima. tW.
CVntaia, b. ra., by Alcone, C. F. Brown,
Kraka and Dorothea, to. m...r Malcolm,
J A. Scamon. Wenalchee, Wash.. $341o.
Donilnu. br. g.. by Vice-Regent, J. W.
Ballev. Portland. $2 5.
Seaman, b. K., ty Alcone. J. A. Jonca.
SprlnKbrcKik. Or.. $20".
Mancus. ch. a. by Alondra. J. A. Scamon,
Wnatcher. Wash.. $10S.
Coly and Vlnl. b. g.. by Oyr Falcon. C.
C. Ferguson, Newberg, Or.. $25.
Phoebe, br. m.. bv Srcial TelefiTam, J.
J. Larsen. Fellingham. Wash., 1.
Setrno. b. m., by Lambert Hoy. Charles F.
Bmwn. VVenatchee. -Va-h.. $17.ri.
Oirasol, b m.. by Alfonso. J. A. Scamon,
Wenatchee, Wah., $130.
Orescent, b. a-., by Lambert Boy, C. Gates,
Belllngham. wash.. J110.
Vain. b. m.. by Malcolm, C. F. Brown,
IVenatehe. Wash.,
Ianseuse.. b. m., by Aleone, J. M. Atkin
son. Newherg. Or., $125.
Kleeev Cloixl. -r. m.. by Vice-Regent, C. B.
Williams, Portland. Or.. tlKO.
Brake, b. g.. by Alcone, D. McKeown,
Grepham, Or., $170.
Maharajah, b. s., by Alcone, A. McDougal,
Tacoma, $1.V.
Kelno. b. (. . by Keeler, J. M. Moore, Port
land. Or.. S1SO.
Troubadour, b. by Jubilee da Jarnetto. W.
AY. Smith, Lafayette, On., 15
Golden Robin, ch. g.. by Jubilee de Jar
nette, A. J Johnson. Corvallls, Or.. $12K.
Brlda-ett. dun m. bv Kalltan, J. W. Sween
ey. Portland. Or.. $115.
Exaris. b. ., by Expedition. J. A. Mundy,
Vancouver, Wash., $300.
Nat. ch. g.. by Pilot Lane, B. D. Gelser,
Portland, Or.. $210.
Inland I.ano ami Teddy, 'eh. g., hy Pilot
Lane, J. A. Brown, Portland, Or.. $370.
Boston Jr.. ch. a., by Boston, V W.
Smith. Lafayette, Or., $1!W.
Thomas H.. b. jr., by Lovelace, E. C. John
son. Portland', Or.. $BS0.
Can't Tell, thoroughbred s.. by Satsuma,
C. E. Brown. Wenatchce. YVaFh.. $2'V.
Royal Kagle. br. g., by Vice-Regent, F.
Joplln. Portland. Or.. $17K.
Bismuth, b. g. by Alfonso. Joplln &
Meek. Portland, Or.. $150. .
Alt, b. g.. bv Alcone, M. J. Driscoll, Port
land. Or.. $145.
Kl Monarch, b. g., bv Alfonso, L. H.
Tarpley. Portland. Or.. $250.
Sirocco and Trade Wind, b. m., bv Star
Ruby. R. L. Bewley. Sheridan. Or., $850.
Vonduc, b. g., by Vice-Regent, and Lar,
b. g., bv Alcone, E. S. McCord, Seattle, $40O.
Bob White, br. g., by Gyr Falcon, H. J.
Morrison. Portland, Or., $205.
Ba-,11, b. g.. by Alcone, I. C. Scherlr, Port,
land. Or.. $115.
Red Ruff, ch. g., by Vice-Regent, R. Hark
Ir.e. Mount Tabor, Or.. $170.
Coalla, bl. m.. by Alfonso, A. P. Morse,
Portland. Or.. $205.
Single-Tax Advocate Says District
Attorney Is a Tool of
the Rich.
"District Attorney Jerome, of New
York, once said that Thomas Jefferson
was a faker. This is peculiarly applicable
to himself as he is the defender of some
of tile most colossal thieves in America.
If New York had a District Attorncy
with any conception of duty to the people,
some of the richest men in the world
would be behind prison bars within six
This remark was made by Robert
Baker, Congressman from .New York
from 1903 to 1905. who is now a guest at
the Hotel Portland. Mr. Baker Is a
single-tax advocate, the promulgation of
which movement he is making hla ife's
Mr. Baker said last night that District
Attorney Jerome, the idol of the masses
of New York City, was nothing more
than a representative of the weathy men
implicated in the recent insurance dis
closures. He said that such men as Bel
mont, Ryan, Rogers and others supplied
him with $100,000 for campaign expenses.
He says that District Attorney Jerome
instead of aiding does nearly everything
within his power to hinder the investiga
tion of the Insurance companies.
"Single-tax is simply a plan to absorb
through taxation the rental value of
land," said Mr. Baker last night. "If it
were applied it would have the effect
virtually to create a lot of free land. No
individual or corporation would take up
more land than it could use and there
would be no more withholding of land
from use as there Is now. The tendency
Is to lock up the land. Single-tax would
solve the surplus labor problem as it
would provhie work. The farmers who
are the ones who would be benefited more
than any others by the adoption of the
single-tax mode of taxation are hard to
interest. They now pay fully one-half
of the taxes of the country, but with
aiatle-iax tiiex Wjouia say, teas (baa one-
Mrs. Herbert J. Gosliner Writes
Hopeful Letter to Parents. ,
The San Francisco spirit is strongly
manifested in a letter sent by Mrs.
Herbert J. Gosliner (nee Miss Estelle
B. Samuel) to her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Li. Samuel, of this citj'.
Speaking of the business of her hus
band. Mrs. Gosliner says that the
workshop of her husband's electric
works is being constructed in the back
yard of their residence.. The parlor was
rented to the company for office pur
poses and another large concern occu
pies two former guest chambers of the
house for their temporary office. Mrs.
Gosliner speaks of the ruins of San
Francisco which remind her of an an
cient city, but is enthusiastic in her
statement that they will not leave and
hope to be better off in a short time
than tuey were ever before.
The only thing- lacking is postage
stamps, but all supplies so far are free.
It is impossible to buy them and Mrs.
Gosliner concludes her letter with the
statement that she will be glad when
the stores reopen for business.
Republicans 16.711
Democrats , 3,'M)7
Miscellaneous l.Oal
Total 21,739 T
Binger Hermann's Trial Set.
The -trial of Binger Hermann has
been set for the first week in June.
Francis J. Hency will go to Washing
ton to take charge of the prosecution.
This will necessitate the postponement
of some of the Oregon land-fraud cases
unless District Attorney Bristol takes
up some of Ih Heney indictments, in
which ho is directly interested.
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CAPT. MARRYAT Invincible. The price 4-for-25 cts.,
box of 25, $1.59. the cigar a proof of our proposition.
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Witnesses Praise Administra
tion of the Property Un
der W. M. Ladd.
Hired Girl of Foreman Wiesenbach
of the Farm Paid Out of the
Johnson JEstate Funds,
It Is Developed.
Evidence that W. M. Ladd is a gentle
man farmer of the school made famous
by the comic weekly Jokesmiths was one
of the features of the hearing of the de
fense in the matter of the petition of the
Johnson heirs for Mr. Liadd's removal as
administrator, taken up before Judge
Webster in the County Court yesterday
afternoon. On . the cross-examination of
J. J. Wlesenbach, superintendent of the
Reedvllle ranch, which is among the
properties of the A. H. Johnson estate
alleged to have been mismanaged by the
administrator, it developed that Mr. Ladd
has not only been paying the superin
tendent a salary of $3S a month and
"found" for himself and his family, but
at one time paid, also, the wages of
Wicsenbach's servant girl.
As Gentleman Farmer.
Attorney H. H. Rlddell, who was con
ducting the examination of witnesses for
the heirs, seized upon Wiesenbach's ad
mission of this fact with avidity as proof
or the contention of his clients that,
while Mr. Ladd was thoroughly at home
amid the plate glass and polished mahog
any of his city bank, he was out of his
element when he tried to make farming
Wiesenbach's testimony on direct ex
amination was very favorable to the ad
minlstrator. He testified that when he
was placed in charge of the Reedville
ranch in August, 1W0, he found the place
badly run down. Since that time, he
stated, he has built a new farmhouse, re
paired the various outbuildings, rebuilt
or repaired all the fences, slashed 60 acres
of the uncleared land, conducted consld
erable valuable experiment work with
fodder iplants. etc., and added to the stock
and equipment until the ranch was now
making a profit.
Deficit for Ranch. "
It is this ranch that Administrator
Ladd reports has cost the estate to oper
ate more than $18,000 since 1898. making
during that time only about $1Z,476 and
piling up a net deficit of $6305.
The facts regarding the payment of the
servant girl"s wages by the administra
tor came out while Attorney Rlddell was
going over a list of the administrator's
vouchers wltn the witness. He found a
woman's name sandwiched in among
those of the various hired men employed
on the place and demanded to know how
it came there.
"Oh, she's the hired girl," answered
On redirect examination Attorney Rich
ard Williams, for the administrator, de
veloped the fact that the hired girl was
not a fixture on the ranch, but had been
j D) C$n
employed during an illness of tha super
intendent's wife.
The .principal witnesses for the defense,
in addition to the Reedville farm super
intendent, were T, D. Honeyman and Ben
Selling, prominent Portland business men,
who are large creditors of the estate.'
They testified that Mr. Ladd s manage
ment of its affairs was thoroughly satis
factory "to them and that they believed
no man could have done better in pro
tecting the. assets and converting them
Into cash. Mr. Selling was especially
emphatic in bis praise of the administra
tor's course.
The lawyers on the other side attempt
ed to show, on the cross-examination of
Mr. Honeyman. that about a year ago he
bad not been so well pleased with the
Ladd administration. Mr. Honeyman ad
mitted that he had retained a lawyer to
look into the matter to ascertain why
claims again the estate were not being
settled more rapidly, but had assured
himself that all was being done that could
be done to hasten payments to the cred
Sale of Large Block of Stock.
Other witnesses who testified were M.
M. Spaulding and J. F. O'Shea, who told
of the sale of a certain large block of
packing-house stock, which had come into
the hands of the administrator. It had
been disposed of at par. they stated, and
at the best possible advantage to the
The hearing yesterday consumed but a.
small part of the .afternoon. Further tes
timony in behalf of the administrator will
be taken next Friday, when" Judge Web
ster will devote the entire day to the
Sues to Quiet Title.
The Victor Land Company has sued"
William Kennedy and J. C. Havely and
wife to quiet title to seven lots in Wood
stock. The plaintiff holds a tax title.
Appointed Estate's Administrator.
. Herbert Clayton was appointed In th
County Court yesterday administrator of
the estate of Mary D. Clayton, valued at
Progress on Mount Tabor-Penlnsu-lar
Pipe Line.
Work on the Mount Tabor and Penin
sular pipe line to connect with the higti
service reservoir Is progressing. Pipei has
been laid from the upper reservoir down
to West avenue, thence to the Base line
road and one-half mile west on the Basa
line road. The steam trench digging ma
chine has been abandoned, and the pipe
laying is now being by hand. The
machine was used on the first part of
the work between the reservoir and the
Base line road, but did not seem power
ful enough to tear up the hard ground
on the roads.
There are two gangs of men at work
one on the Base line road, of about 40
men, and another about two miles fur
ther on down, the pipe line.
The pipe is 24 Inches in diameter and
is capable of supplying 35,000 people.
Mount Tabor and Montavllla are confi
dent that they will be supplied with
Bull Run water from this pipe, and are
hoping to escape another Summer short
age such as they have been experienc
ing for several years past.
It will take two or three months to
complete this pipe line.
Two Clubs Will Ratify.
The Young Men's Democratic Club
and the Multnomah Democratic Club
will hold a Joint meeting tonight in
Unity Hall, Second and Morrison
streets, for the purpose of ratifying
the state ticket. John Montag is pres
ident of the Young Men's Club, and A.
E Ream., of the Multnomah organi
zation. All of the Democrats are In
vited to be present.
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