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THE HORNING OREGONIAN , THURSDAY, . DECEMBER 19T 1907.
fBANK WRECKER IS
1- IN MEXICAN JAIL
' Walker Is Positively Identified
and Will Not Resist Ex
tradition. RECOGNIZED BY CONSUL
Man Who Robbed New Britain Bank
of $665,000 Is Captured in Ixw-.
er California tis onmes
and ... Their Cause.
SAN DIEGO, Cnl.. Dec. 18. A special
dispatch to, the Tribune from Ensenada
A man who was arrested In a mining
camp about 100 miles back In the moun
tains and Is now In jail here awaiting
Identification, Is supposed to be "William
,F. Walker, formerly cashier of the Sav
ings Bank of New pritaln. Conn., who la
wanted to answer the charge of embez
zlement In that city. . .
. The suspect Walker was arrested by a
posse and the Chief of Police from here,
accompanied by a detective, at a mining
'camp called Balare, in the mountains
bout 100 miles from Ensenada. The pris
oner Is about five feet eight Inches tall, of
medium build, wears a moustache and
Van Dyke beard.
A small vial which Is supposed to con-
' tain poison was taken from him just .n
time; also a revolver was taken from him
after he had made a desperate attempt to
CRIME AND ITS RETRIBUTION
."Walker Will Return Voluntarily.
Himself Prey to Swindlers.
NEW TORK, Dec. 18. The Pinierton
Detective Agency In this city confirmed
tonight the report that W. F. Walker,
the absconding treasurer of the New
' Britain (Conn.) Savings Bank, had been
captured at Ensenada, Lower California.
Positive identification has been made and
Walker has consented to return to Con
necticut without resort to extradition
Walker was arrested at a mining camp
150 miles from Ensenada, Lower Califor
nia, which is Mexican territory; 'yester
day. He was taken by a representative
of the detective agency at Los Angeles,
assisted by a party of Mexicans. The
prisoner was taken to Ensenada, where
his identity was confirmed. He will be
transferrd to San Diego, CaL, and then
jbrought east at once.
The arrest was brought about lndlrect-
1 ly by information furnished to the offi
cials of the New Britain Savings Bank
by the United States Consul at Ensen-
oda. The Consul had seen the pictures
of Walker sent broadcast after his dis
appearance, and recognized the fugitive
.when he appeared some time ago In En
senada. Before his capture could be ef
fected, ' Walker, apparently suspecting
rthat his identity was known, fled to. the
mountains in the vicinity of Ensenada.
After wandering about for some time, he
found shelter at the mining camp to
which he was traced.
Meantime Assistant . Superintendent
Hoffman, of the Los Angeles office of
the detective bureau, had been put on
the trail and. enlisting the aid of sev
eral Mexicans familiar with the region,
he ran down the absconder. The fact
that, the posse was . searching for
Walker became known and led to pre
mature reports of his capture.
Walker, when confronted by the of
ficers, admitted his identity, and agreed
to return East without raising legal
obstacles. Further than this he had
little to say.
"What I have to say I will say when
I am back In New Britain," was his
reply to inquiries concerning his theft
and subsequent flight. . Walker is in
fairly good health and does not appear
to have suffered so much as might
have been expected. ,
A reward of $5000 had been offered
for Walker if taken alive and $1000
for his dead body if . found.
Walker is 61 years old and had long
held an enviable position In the busi
ness, social and church.clrcles of New
Britain. On February 10 he disap
peared, and soon afterward it wu dis
covered that $665,000 worth of securi
ties had been stolen from the bank.
Walker was also treasurer of the Con
necticut Baptist Convention, and after
his flight it was found that $55,000 of
the convention's funds had been stolen.
At a meeting of the convention at Put
nam, Conn., on October 15 last, it was
announced that Walker's shortage had
been made' up by others." Walker has,
been one of the most prominent Bap
' tists in the state, and at the conven
tion a prayer for his ultimate salvation
Walker's disappearance was first be
lieved to have been due to mental de
rangement following sickness-. For some
time previous he had suffered from kid
ney trouble and was in the habit of
making . frequent trips to this city for
medical treatment. At least .this was the
understanding of his family, though it
was afterward alleged that he came to
New York and had business dealings with
others, who succeeded in stealing from
him money which he had taken from the
bank. It was said later that he became
Involved with a gang of wiretappers and
that he was Induced to use securities of
the bank to raise money for the promo
tion of illegal schemes in which he had'
On the Sunday following his disap
pearance his son In New Britain receivffi
a telegram from this city, saying that his
father had been Injured and removed to
a hospital. An inquiry at police head
quarters failed to discover such an acci
dent as described In the telegram and
the police became convinced that the mes
sage had been sent by Walker himself.
Walker's son, accompanied by officials
of the bank, came here that night and
their failure to find Walker led to an
Investigation of the Institution and the
disclosure of the shortage.
Walker was born in Andover, Conn..
the son of Rev. William C. Walker, pas
tor of the First Baptist Cburch at New
Britain during the Civil War. He was
made treasurer of the Savings Bank In
1S79. He was also a director of the New
Britain National Bank. His family lives
in New Britain.
SIGNS BOYCOTT DECREE
Gonld Warns Federation of Scope
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18. After hear
! lng arguments on various points In the
I case. Justice Ashley M. Gould today
I signed the decree . temporarily re
straining and enjoining the American
t Federation of Labor, Its officers and
j all others from interfering with the
business of the Buck Stove & Range
j Company, and from ' declaring and
-threatening any boycott against It.
All attempt of couoeel of the Amer
ican Federation of Labor to modify the
decree failed, except in one particular,
and that was to exclude from the or
der the Electrotypers". Molders' ' and
Finishers' Union, No. 17, against which
It was shown no specific allegation had
Justice Gould took occasion to dwell
upon the question of jurisdiction. He
said there would be no attempt made
by the court to assume jurisdiction be
yond the confines of the District of
Columbia, but that an order was oper
ative upon all the persons defendant
who are within the District of Colum
bia. An act, he said, committed by an
agent or business associate of one of
.the defendants outside the District of
Columbia could be held as the act of
the person within the District of Co
lumbia so . ordering it. and subject
such person to the punitive power of
the court. He believed the decree
should be very broad and that he need
not be too specific. There waa, he said,
no likelihood of the order being misun
derstood, because he was not enjoin
ing Ignorant men, but men who knew
their rights, and knew the law. Mr.
Gompers, he said, was one of these.
Cabmen Want Shorter Hours.
NEW TORK, Dec. 18.-One thousand
cabdrlvers who struck yesetrday for a
12-hour day and $15 a week, went back
to work today pending the arbitration of
their difficulties. The cabmen will mean
while get $15 a week.
MAKE TRUCE FOR ONE DAY
Fish and Harrlman Forces Vainly
Trying to Agree.
CHICAGO, Dec 18. A 24 hours' truce
was declared today in the war for the
control of the Illinois Central Railroad
Company. Both the meeting of the
stockholders and the. injunction 'suit
filed against the Harrlman forces y
Stuyvesant Fish were postponed until
tomorrow, and the attorneys represent
ing the varied interests involved spent
the greater, part of the day and night
in a conference, seeking to find a basis
of agreement for further proceedings.
Up to a late hour tonight no intima
tion had been given that such an
agreement had been reached.
Accused of Grand Larceny.
. TACOMA, Wash, Dec. 18. (Special.)
On a warrant charging grand larceny,
sworn to by Jim Kennedy, a logger, W.
Webster, a local employment , agency
man, and son of C. H. Webster, of Spo
kane, a prominent and reputed wealthy
commission broker of that place, was ar
rested today and lodged In Jail. Ken
nedy accuses Webster of taking $220 from
him two weeks ago. Webster Is. commu
nicating with his relatives whom he be
lieves can get him out of the trouble.
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The Denver Auditorium win be ready by June 1 for the National Democratic Convention. The building, while looking a
though it had just been started, in reality Is more than three-quarters finished. Four months more of work should complete the
Ground was broken on January 1'laat and the cornerstone waa laid September 18, 1POT. Henry Schlueter, the oontrmetor,
kt his contract October 23, and tbe work was taken up by the National fiurety Company and the Empire State Trust Com- '
pany of New York. There is said to be no danger of a strike. The work of swinging the steel roof-trussea Into place began '
Monday. The building will be under cover by February 1. The concrete, electrical and steam heating men will then begin work.
The auditorium will be 188 feet wide and 20 feet long. The walls will be 83 feet high. , It will seat 11.500 people' by
utilizing aisle space. The normal seating capacity will be 9000.
The bulldlnr will be equipped with a large number of committee rooms, but not enough to take care .of all the committees of
the National ponvention. . Important committee! will be housed at the Democratic Club building, three blocks alitant-
Tho completed auditorium will- cost $425,000. The money to build it was raised through a sale of bonds voted by the citizens
of Denver.. . ... . .
Building Inspector Robert Willieon. who is in charge of the building, said recently:
"I have made a study of auditoriums in America and I km sure that the next Democratic convention will meet In the flneet .
hall in which any assemblage of delegates ever gathered.
One of the best features U Ue acoustic Dropertlea. A speaker on the rostrum will be able to throw his voice to the extreme
corners of the hall In the ordinary tons of a speaker's voice as readily u to those near him. ' In this respect,' the hall will be'
tbe finest la the Halted eta-tee.
CUN IS IN EVIDENCE
Means of Goebel's Death Pro
. ' duced in Court.
MAKES A GOOD . WITNESS
Quote Touteey's Remark Showing
Prisoner Opposed ' Shooting An
' other Witness Refuses to Tes
tify Against Powers Again.
GEORGETOWN. Ky., Deo. 18. For
the first time since it sent a bullet
speeding into the body of William
Goebel, January 30, 1900, the Marlin
rifle, about which so much has been'
said, was placed in evidence today
when Grant L. Roberts .took the stand
In the Caleb Powers trial today. It
is now i nthe custody of the court as
When the gun was brought into
court it was found to have been care
fully screwed in a wooden box made
for the purpose of its preservation, the
box wrapped in brown paper and the
whole securely tied. The steel bullet
and smokeless powder cartridges re
maining in its magazine after that one
shot had been fired had been removed
by Mr. Roberts before packing it, and.
these, too, were filed as exhibits in the
. .Grant Roberts would not identify the
gun without' qualifications. He was
"pretty sure" that this was the long
missing rifle which he had bought from
Clarence Fugazzl, of . Frankfort, but
would not speak with absolute cer
Point In Powers' Favor.
Before closing for the day, Judee
Morris, at the request of the defense.
Issued n order for Henry Youtsey to
be brought again from the penitentiary
S. S. Shepherd, deputy Marshal at
Covington, who was in the State Audi
tor's office in Frankfort in 1900, testi
fied this afternoon that on the Friday
or Saturday before Goebel was shot he
had seen Youtsey enter the office with
a gun,- apparently much excited, and
said that Youtsey exclaimed:
"Get your gun$ Something is golnp
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"JUST A PEEP"
Ton- should just take a peep
at our Boy 8' Department If you
want practical presents for the
We have selected many spe
cial articles for Boys' wear
especially appropriate as Christ-'
mas Presents Sweaters, Jersey
Coats, Neckwear, Jewelry, Silk
We are giving away free with '
Boys' wear the latest novelties
in mechanical toys.
166-168 Third! St.
to happen. Caleb Powers Is a brave
man, but if they let me have my way
about it I will soon settle the matter.
I have a good position at stake."
' Shepherd said: "I was at my desk
when Goebel was shot. I dropped my
work and went, to the west door of the
executive building, when I saw Henry
Youtsey coming from the east door
with a pistol in his hand."
Contradicts IToutsey's Story.
Ex-United States Senator William J.
Deboe denied an alleged conversation
with Henry Youtsey near Governor
AL CONVENTION WILL BE
Ewenry suaift off " plsm dl Eimglklhi stoiipes
Smpoiritedl' woirstedls anradl ekwib
. , amidl all msuimkla maftaoalcB
Fonnaerly sold from $40.00 to $60.00
Taylor's mansion on the night of Jan
uary 25, 1900. Youtsey had .stated on
direct examination that he told Deboe
of the plan to kill Goebel.
Powers, in his final testimony today,
emphatically denied the reported con
versation with Frank Cecil, in which
it was alleged that Powers had said:
"If you will find the man to kill
Goebel I will find a man who will fur
nish the money."
Cecil had testified to this at a for
mer trial. . but would not stay in
Georgetown at this trial and give the
same testimony. . .
FACTIONS FAIL TO AGREE
Fish and Harrlman Factions Hare
Fruitless Midnight Conference.
CHICAGO. Dec lg. After a series of
fruitless conferences extending past mid
night, attorneys representing the conflict
ing interests in the fight for control of
the Illinois Central Railroad announced
that no basts for a compromise had been
found. None of the conferees would dis
cuss the proceedings. The failure of the
conferences leaves the case in the same
status which it occupied yesterday.
Judge Bali, before whom the injunction
suit filed by Stuyvesant Fish against
the TJnlon Pacific' and the Railway Se
curities Company is being tried, sug
gested that the attorneys find some
workable agreement by which the stock
holders' meeting might go on pending a
decision in the injunction suit. A truce
of 24 hours resulted. What action will
be taken by Judge Ball today, in view
of the failure to agree, is problematical.
MAY START BASEBALL WAR
Some Talk of American Association
CINCINNATI. O., Dec IS. Doubts as
to the accuracy of the report that the
American Association had decided to
place a ball club In Chicago was ex
pressed by August Hermann, chairman of
the baseball commission today.
"The American Association will not be
allowed to enter Chicago," declared he,
"unless the National and American
leagues give their consent. The Amer
ican League has gone on record aa op
posing tbe admission of the American
Association to Chicago and I am sure the
National League also would. If the
American Association has any grievance,
I feel that they would come to us before
they take the arbitrary action with which
they are" accredited. The entire story
looks to me like a piece of imagination,
without foundation of fact."
ST. . PATJT., Minn., Dec. 18. George"
Lannon, owner of the St. Paul club, said:
"I know nothing of any meeting In
Chicago, and have had ' no Information
H. B. LITT
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Foraerfy.eo!d-ffiramnr$.00 to $90.00
nnia&e & ire&I iraove! gift
From $1.00 to
STORE OPEN - EVENINGS
that my franchise is to be transferred to
that city. Under no circumstances will
I have any connection with a team in
OMAHA. Neb., Dec. 18. An effort will
be made by an Omaha syndicate, said to
be headed by a prominent brewer, to se
cure the St. Paul Association franchise.
MTIWATJKEE, Wis., Dec. 18. Presi
dent O'Brien, of the American Associa
tion, this afternoon denied that any
American Association franchise had been
transferred to Chicago. Mr. O'Brien says
thai no meeting with that or any other
end In view had been held recently.
CHICAGO, Dec. 18. Confirmation of
the report that he has been offered a
franchise In the American Association of
Baseball Clubs for Chicago, was ob
tained from James J. Callahan tonight.
BLERI0T HAS BAD FALL
Aeronaut's Machine Collapses In
- Midair, Injuring Inventor.
PARIS, Dec. 18. M: Blerlot, ' the aero
nautic expert, had H another narrow es
cape from death today, when his aero
plane was wrecked. The machine was
traveling at the rate of about 30 miles
an hour when the wires holding' the
wings broke and the aeroplane came to
the ground with a crash. M. Bleriot was
caught in the wreckage He was extri
cated with difficulty, but it was found
that he had escaped with only severe
On two other occasions recently M.
Blerlot has barely escaped serious lrijury
owing to an accident to his airship. On
Wkat Is Home Without
ESPECIALLY SO AT CHRISTMAS TIME
Our prices and terms of payments are such that anyone that
wishes may own a piano.
A visit to our salesrooms will convince you of this fact.
Our stock is so large and varied in makes and designs that
we can meet every demand.
Sherman Bay & Co.
SIXTH AND MORRISON STREETS
OPPOSITE P. O.
both occasions his machine waa badly
Front Street's Bad Paving.
PORTLAND. Dec 18. (To the Editor.)
I desire to call attention to the shocking
condition of Front street between Gllsan
street and the Steel Bridge. The mud along
the entire distance and especially along the
track is about a foot deep, and the atench
is unbearable. Having occasion to unload
a heavy granite monument from the can, 1
was compelled to wade in the mud up tn
my ankles. 1 do not know whose duty It
is to remedy this state of affairs, whether
the railroad company or the city, but the
matter should be attended to at once. The
municipal authorities or health officer sure
ly have the power to invoke the law and
see that tbe street is cleaned and placed In
proper repair. The existing conditions' ar
a disgrace. Mayor Lane should act and
cause the removal of this plague spot,
which Is a nuisance.
Hawaiian Officials Confirmed.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18. The Senate
today confirmed the nomination of
Walter F. Frear to be Governor of
Hawaii and of Alfred S. Hartwell and
S. M. Ballou to be Chief Justice and
Associate Justice, respectively, of that
territory. ' .
Finds Xasl's Arrest Iegal.
ROME, Dec. 18. The Chamber of
Deputies, after an hour's discussion to
day, by a vote of 294 to 91, decided
that the arrest of Nunzio Nasi, ex-Mln-ister
of Public Instruction, was legal.
Tomorrow (Friday) positively the last
day for discount on East Side gas bills.
Portland Gas Company.
Albany.'Or. The Albany band has been
reorganized with James Coon as leader ana
will now rte a permanent ornaiuaitu"ii.