Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, September 08, 1908, Image 1

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VOL. XLVIII. NO. 14,007. jtuax,, wwv, - '
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Papers of Jos. Meyers
of Salem Stolen.
Belief That Express Office
Was Robbed at Night.
Robbery Brings Again to Public No
tice Troubles In Meyers Family.
Sons' Fight to Prevent Fath
er's Marriage Recalled.
August IT Joseph Meyers Is ar
rested hs applies for marrlags
license at Courthouse. Charge is In
sanity, preferred by two older sona
August IS Hearing set for 2 P. M.
same day and sanity commission ap
pointed. At time appointed, case la
continued by Judr Webster at re
quest of sons until Friday. August il.
August 18 Marriage license Issued
by County Clerk Fields and Meyers
la married by Judge Morrow.
August 20 Sons ask for appoint
ment of guardian In Marlon County.
August 21 Meyers" aluable papers
delivered to . Wells-Fargo Express
Company at Salem for transmission
to him at Portland.
August 21-22 Package Is stolen
from express company In Portland
Union Depot.
August 31 Three physicians on
sanity commission testify strongly to
Meyers' sanity and Judge Webster
renders adjudication of sanity.
September 8 Attorneys for Joseph
Meyers will file suit to collect notes
given by his two sons and now miss
ing with stolen express package.
SALEM. Or, Sept. 7. (Special.) A
daring; express robbery. In which a
package containing; notes and other val
uable papers representing; over $60,000
belonging to Joseph Meyers, of this
city, brings again to public notice the
Internal troubles of the Meyers family.
It recalls the fight made by his sons to
prevent his recent marriage In Portland
to Mrs. Zenaide Du Rette, and to con
trol the old man's fortune. .
t'Pon the request of Mr. Meyers. J. H.
Albert, president of the Capital Na
tional Bank, of Salem, forwarded the
former's strong box to him at Portland,
In care of the Portland HoteL The
package was Intrusted to the Wells
Fargo Express Company here for
transmission to Portland on the after
noon of August 21. It arrived in Port
land that night at 11:30 o'clock.
Stolen From Express Company.
The package never reached Mr. Meyers
at bis Portland address, and it has Just
been learned that It was stolen from the
express company on the night of August
21. or the early morning of August 22.
The circumstances of the daring theft are
such that it is believed that unknown
persons entered the express office at the
Portland Union Depot, where the package
was left over night, and carried it away.
The strong box contained among other
valuable packages and Jewelry three notes
executed by Henry W. and Milton L
Meyers to Joseph Meyers of a total
value of a2.0O.
Xotes of Large Value.
Two notes, of 28000 and SS00O. were pay
able on demand. Another note, of 138,
000. was payable In ten years, with In
terest at 5 per cent. Since the disap
pearance of the papers. Interest on the
latter note has fallen due. Demands for
payment have been refused by the sons
unless a bond were given, as is usual In
the case of missing Instruments. This
was furnished. It Is said, signed not only
by Joseph Meyers, but by J. H. Albert,
president of the Capital National Bank.
u well. This was deemed Insufficient and
a, bond on real estate owned by Joseph
Meyers was demanded. Believing this
was an attempt to secure control of the
remaining property of Mr. Meyers, the
demand was refused.
Payment to Be Asked.
Suit will be filed here tomorrow to en
force payment at once of the three notes
by the two sons, because of the alleged
refusal to pay the Interest.
The sensational aequel to the Meyers
family quarrel has aroused the keenest
Interest locally, where the entire family
Is well known, Joseph Meyers having been
a prominent merchant here for a quarter
of a century.
Meyers Returns to Salem.
Mr. Meyers declines to give) for publi
cation his theory as to what became of
. the box or to discuss the affair in any
way- He and his bride returned to
- Salem today and are staying at the
Salem Hotel. Mr. Meyers Is looking as
nappy as usual, and if he la worrying
over the loss of the box. so valuable to
him. be does not show It by the expres
sion on faia face.
Ha cams to Salem presumably to de
fend himself against the guardianship
proceedings brought by bis sons, H- W.
and M. 1 Meyers. The case is set for
bearing in the county court next Thurs
day, bat it Is reported that negotiations
arvi tn progress with a view to securing
dismissal of the proceedings without hav
lag the case) ootae to trial. All the sons
(OoaehssVsd urn Pass A J
Swiss Companion Frosen and Indian
Miraculously Rescued on
Peru's Lofty Volcano.
LIMA, Peru, Sept. 7. Miss Annie S.
Peck of Providence, R. L, the mountain
climber, nas succeeded, on her second
attempt within a month. In reaching
the summit of Mount Huascan. She
calculates that the height of the sum
mit Is 16.000 feet.
A Swiss companion of Miss Peck
had a foot and both hands froien,
which caused gangrene to set in, and
an Indian guide was miraculously
saved from death after falling 1000
feet down a ravine.
This last attempt of Miss Peck to
scale Huascan was begun on August
25. Two weeks previously she climbed
the mountain to a height of 25,000 feet,
but was compelled to return to the
lowlands on account of the Illness of
one of her guides.
Mrs. Neumann, Brooding Over Son's
Death, Leaps From Steamer.
SAN FRANCISCO. Sept. 7. Brooding
over the death of her son. Ensign Neu
mann, who was killed in a turret explo
sion on the battleship Georgia, while on
the target range off Boston last Fall, It
Is believed, caused Mrs. Eliza D. Neu
mann to jump from the deck of the Pa
cific mall steamer City of Sydney on the
night of September 1 when the steamer
was a few hours out from Acapulco. Mrs.
Neumann, who was the widow of the late
Paul Neumann, of this city, for many
years legal adviser to the late King Kala
kaua, of Hawaii, was missed about 11
o'clock at . night. The steamer was
turned back over its course, but no trace
of the missing woman was found.
A daughter, Mrs. H. Focke, of Hono
lulu, who came here on the steamer Mon
golia several days ago, was at the dock
today when the City of Sydney arrived,
expecting to meet her mother. Mrs. Neu
mann is said to have been despondent
ever since the death of her son.
Carpenter, While In Drunken Stn
por. Sustains Serions Injuries.
Upton O. Hlckel, 47 years of age. a car
penter, who lives In a lodging bouse at
213 Alder street, was probably fatally in
jured shortly before 1 o'clock this morn
ing by falling out of the window of. his
room while in a drunken stupor. He fell
from a rear window in the second floor
to the ground, a distance of about 12
feet, and struck on his back. He re
ceived injuries to his spine, which para
lysed his body from his waist down. He
was discovered by Patrolman Barsee,
who heard his calls for help. Dr. Zeig
ler, the city physician, was summoned,
and upon ascertaining the seriousness of
the man's condition, had him removed to
Bt. Vincent's Hospital, where a more
thorough examination revealed the fact
that his hopes for recovery are slight.
Drastic Kule for Male Students of
Nevada School of Mines.
RENO, Sept. 7. Opecial.) Under class
men of the Mackay School of Mines will
not be permitted to accompany co-eds
to campus affairs unless such functions
are purely social, according to this
semester's rules, which were posted by
the graduate students today. The fresh
men and sophomores will be barred from
the dormitory dlning-halls unless they go
without feminine companions, and even a
short chat on the floor of the gymnasium
or in the lobby of the recitation build
ings will be prohibited.
The girl students in the University of
Nevada and the State Normal School
were first Informed of the drastic rule
at dinner this evening.
Five-Year-Old Lad Catches Her by
Hair "When She Falls Into River.
SOUTH BEND, Wash., Sept. 7. Ope
cial.) John Henry, aged about E years,
proved himself a little hero yesterday,
when, by holding his sister, Julia, aged
8, above the water by the hair, he saved
her from drowning In the river.
The two children went out In a rowboat
when by some means the girl fell from
the craft. The little fellow caught hold
of his sister by the hair as she came to
the surface and supported her until some
people, who were attracted by his cries,
arrived on the scene and took the girl
from the water.
John was almost exhausted when help
arrived but the little girl did not appear
any the worse for her experience.
German Carpenter Succeeds to Es
tates of Russian Adventurer.
BERLIN, Sept. 7. Fried rich Schlegel,
a carpenter of Spindelhof, Upper Pala
tinate, has been notified through the Ba
varian legation at St. Petersburg that he
is heir to 25.700,000 in cash and to several
estates in Russia, the property of a cer
tain German soldier of fortune named
The latter was in the Russian service
during the Crimean "War and was pro
moted to be a General. He was married
to a rioh Countess. His heir won the Iron
cross In the Franoo-Pruaslan Wax.
Washington Fight Has
Unique Features.
Local Option Makes Gover
norship Doubtful.
Even Division Among Mead, Mc
Bride and Cosgrove for First
Choice Expected Root Only
Supreme Judge in Doubt.
OLTMPIA, -Wash., Sept. 7. (Special.)
Tomorrow will give the state of Wash
ington Its first test of the new direct
primary law, which la its second choice,
nonpartisan judiciary, and free for all
candidacy features is unique.
With no precedent under the workings
of such a law for guidance, the moat
astute of politicians are wary about ex
pressing predictions as to the result
Conservative and unbiased opinion pre
dominates that Wesley L. Jones will be
the preference of a plurality of voters
for the United States Senate. Recent de
velopments and apparent gains f Sena
tor Ankeny In the last few weeks, how
ever, indicate that the contest may be
Local Optiou Causes Doubt.
There exists a more or less definite
opinion here that the Governorship will
not go to a secondi-choice candidate.
Were It not for the local option Issue,
Governor A. E. Mead would be considered
an almost certain leader In the first choice
voting and the probable winner. But It
la doubtful If local option sentiment is
so strong in this state that It will turn
conservative local optloniats against their
personal choice amonsr the other can
didates. The local option vote is likely to
be divided while the saloon vote bears
every evidence of being solid for Mc-
Bride. The liquor element will expend
every effort in getting voters to the polls.
actuated not wholly by desire to win the
Gubernatorial contest, but also by a wish
to elect legislative favorable candidates.
Cosgrove on Second Choice.
With the second-choice provision opera
tive, indications point to S. G. Cosgrove
as the probable winner of the contest.
This prediction is based on the theory
that the first choice vote will be fairly
evenly divided among Cosgrove, Mead and
McBride. with Cosgrove getting a greater
percentage of the second-choice votes
than either of the other two. Atkinson
is stllll considered a possibility on second
choice, but his' chances rest on the theory
that persons who vote first choice for
Mead, McBride or Cosgrove will not as
a rule cast their second-choice votes for
either of the other leading candidates.
Because of probability of the anti-saloon
faction being able to control the local
option forces In general. It Is likely that
McBride will be the leader on first-choice
On the remainder of the ticket, opinion
predominates that J. H. Schlvely will
win the nomination for Insurance Com-
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Rich Man's Son Who Sounded
Depths of Sin Tells Story
of Regeneration.
LOS ANGELES, Cal.. Sept. 7. (Spe
cial.) Standing reverently before a group
of mission workers and several hundred
social outcasts in the slums last night,
Leonard Mordaunt, son of a wealthy
Eastern family, graduate of Tale law
school, ex-convlct and now a convert , to
Christianity, celebrated his fourth anni
versary of freedom from crime with a
remarkable sermon. In simple words he
told of his regeneration, and the flotsam
and jetsam of humanity, the derelicts
who stemmed the tide for a moment to
listen, lingered until he was through,
many weeping aa If their hearts were
Falling to the lowest levels of degra
dation, Mordaunt sought to hide himself
by coming West. In his extremity he
became a highway robber. He was
caught, convicted, and sent to the peni
tentiary. He later became a deputy
sheriff, reformed, and now spends his
time and money assisting unfortunates
who are as he was.
Plant of Bailey Company Xear,Ells
worth Appears to Be Doomed.
VANCOUVER, Wash., Sept. 7. (Spe
cial.) The Bailey Lumber Company's
mill, about seven miles northeast of Van
couver, and about two miles north of
Ellsworth, is in flames. As there Js no
lire protection the entire mill, with the
lumber stacked in the yards, appears
George G. Bailey, president of the com
pany, values the mill at J16.000. The lum
ber in the yards, cwhich probably will be
consumed before the flames have burned
themselves out, is worth about 10,000.
Mr. Bailey says that the insurance on
the property is $8000. Until four or five
days ago It was $10,000. At that time
$2000 of the Insurance ran out and had
not been renewed.
It to not known how the fire started,
but it Is thought that It was due to an
overheated furnace.
Cornell Man Taken After Desperate
Fight With. Honduran Troops.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 7. Passen
gers on the steamer City of 6ydney,
which arrived here today from Panama
and Central American ports, brought
the news that Captain Lee Cannon, a
graduate of Cornell, who is said to be
one of the leaders in the Honduras
revolution, was captured and has been
sentenced to death.
According to the reports heard by
the passengers. Cannon killed IS men
In his last stand, but was finally cap
Tolstoi's Only Objection to Edict Is
Stimulated Sympathy. -
VASS'AVl PO LIANA. Sent. 7. Count
Leo Tolstoi, speaking of the encyclical
Issued against him by the Holy Synod
at St. Petersburg, asking all believers not
to participate in the celebrations in honor
of his 80th birthday, says that the en
cyclical displeases him only in the fact
that It Increases a "temporary and partly
artificially stimulated sympathy toward
Duke Defies Mother;
Is True to Love.
Last Appeal to Queen Mar
gherita Fruitless.
Abruzci Sends Brother to Plead
With Mother and Vows He
Will Slarry Miss Elkins
or Remain Bachelor.
KOMB. Sept. 7. The Milan Unlone, a
clerical paper, publishes an article to the
effect that the Duke of the Abruszi will
probably soon go to the United States to
make definite arrangements for his mar
riage with Miss Katherine Elkins,
daughter of United States Senator
Stephen B. EUfiina, of West Virginia, and
that the ceremony may take place on
January 29. the Duke's birthday.
According to the Union, the Count of
Turin, a few days ago visited Dowager
Queen Margherita at Grossney, where she
is spending the Summer, and attempted to
overcome her opposition to the marriage
of his brother, the Duke of the Abruzzi,
to Miss Elkins.
Dowager Queen Opposes Match.
It had been the Intention of the Duke
to have the marriage ceremony take place
in December if the opposition of the royal
family could be removed, but during the
recent celebration of the silver wedding
of the Duke and Duchess of Genoa, at
which all the Savoy princes were present,
opposition on the part of the Queen ap
peared stronger than ever. She said,
however, that time might bring a change
in her opinion, and after waiting a
reasonable period the Count of Turin
sought her at her country home.
In espousing the cause of his brother,
the Count declared to the Dowager Queen
that the Duke 'was steadfast in his love
for Miss Elkins, and if he broke hla en
gagement to her It would be impossible
for him to form an alliance with anyone
else. He added that Miss Elkins
possessed all the qualifications necessary
to fit her to enter the house of Savoy,
and that while she Is not of royal blood,
this was In keeping with the family tra
Aitirn a, the late Prince Amede, Duke
of Aosta, married a lady of recent no
bility, who sat on the throne or bpain
tnr flvo vears. The Count added also
that, as the Duke is now 35 years old. it
would not be proper for him to delay
marriage much longer.
Queen Fears American Critics.
Queen Margherita. said that her views
on the Question had not changed and she
refused to give her consent to the mar
riage. She objected to such an alliance
Allan her&usfl She believed many Ameri
cans thought that the Duke of the Ab
ruzci had sought marriage with Miss
Elkins when he found the American girl
would come into a large estate.
The Count declared that the Duke was
ready to marry Miss Elkins, even with
out the Queen's consent, and left for
Spesta to Inform his brother of the fail
ure of his mission.
Village of Snowball Wiped Out.
Inhabitants Barely Escape
. With Lives.
DULUTH. Minn., Sept. 7. The Mesaba
range tonight is threatened wlth a new
outbreak of the fire which swept away
Chisholm Saturday and wiped out thou
sands of acres of standing timber. After
a day of quiet the flames, which died
down Sunday, were fanned into renewed
fury again today and are sweeping on
toward Hibbing, Buhl and Nashwauk
from the south.
Snowball, 100 inhabitants, was destroyed
this afternoon by a fire that came upon
it suddenly. The people had no oppor
tunity to fight the flames and fled in
terror. Snowball is about two miles from
Brooklyn, a small suburb of Hibbing, is
threatened by fire. Buhl and Nashwauk,
which were threatened with destruction
Saturday are again In danger. The citi
zens are fighting the flames desperately.
Aurora is surrounded by fires and the
citizens are fighting them.
Mitchell, a small town about one mile
south of Hibbing. was threatened with de
struction all day today and was saved
only by the efforts of the Inhabitants and
the employes of the Duluth, Mesaba &
Northern Railroad, whose roundhouse is
situated there. Several hundred men are
still guarding the place. The pine timber
which surrounds Mitchell has been almost
all consumed.
Between Nashwauk and Hibbing, a
region 22 miles long, the forests are one
continuous front of flames. From Hib
bing it is an appalling sight and big
clouds of smoke have been pouring over
the threatened city all day, hiding the
Leon de la Grange Exceeds Own
Peformance of Sunday.
PARIS, Sept. 7. Leon de la Grange,
president of the Aviation Club of
France, today beat his world's aeroplane
record made yesterday. He circled the
Held at Issy 18 times at an average height
of 13 feet and remained in the- air 31
minutes. .
As de la Grange's aeroplane ap
proached the ground, while making Its
first round of the -field, three minutes was
deducted, making the official time 28
M. de la Grange carried 30 litres of
fuel essence in the machine's tank, but
was forced 'o discontinue his flight be
fore all of It was exhausted, owing to
Interference of the lubricating oil with
the sparking apparatus of the motor.
M. de la Grange is confident that he
will be able to remain in the air an hour
before the end of the week.
Moves to Set Aside Deeds Father
Gave to Mabel McXamara.
BLOOMINGTON. I1L, Sept. 7. (Special.)
An amendment to the bill of Richard
Snell, asking thai deeds of his father to
land In this county and state which he
made out to Mabel Snell McNamara be
set aside, was filed In the Dewitt County
Circuit Court today. The amendment is
more specific than the original bill In
alleging the machinations of Mabel Snell
McNamara in her efforts to secure the
property from Colonel Tom Snell.
No attempt will be made to set aside
the deeds to Mrs. McNamara of property
which she has already transferred to her
Incendiary Destroys Factory and
Cremates Xlghtworkers.
NEW YORK, Sept. 7. Four persons,
believed to be members of a group of
employes working overtime, were burned
to death tonight in a fire, supposedly
incendiary, which destroyed a seven-story
factory building on Water stree't. The
bodies, burned beyond recognition, were
found after the lire had been ex
tinguished. Incident to the Are were rescues of
nearly a score of workers who were re
moved from the fifth floor by means of
ladders after the flames had cut off their
escape, and the collapse of the sixth
floor, carrying with it and slightly injur
ing two firemen.
The financial loss is $100,000.
Brodemus Wins Honors at Amateur
Athletic 3Ieet.
NEW YORK, Sept. 7. J. Brodemus.
of Princeton, with a point score of
6809, won the open all around athletic
championship of the A. A. U. at Celtic
Park today. This was a creditable
performance, although it is far behind
that of Martin J. Sheridan, of the
Irish-American Athletic Club, who won
the title on July 4 last year with a
record total of 7130 points.
In all there were several contestants
for the honor. T. J. Mahoney, N. Y. A.
C, finished second with 6321, and El
lery H. Clark, Boston' Athletic Associa
tion, third, with 5155.
Floods Destroy Rice Crop Between
River and Great Wall.
PEKTN. Sept. 7. A famine is threat
ened tn the region between the rrrex and
the great wall, as a result of the floods
which ara destroying the rloa crops.
Captured on Road to
, Sagamore Hill.
Pretended Detective Wants to
Catch Yeggmen.
John Coughlin Advances on Presi
dent's House to Ask Troops tor
Rescue of Boston FroB
Hands of Yeggmen.
OYSTER BAY, N. Y., Sept. 7. A Orank
armed with an antiquated bulldog re
volver was caught near the President's
house today by the secret service guarcta.
The man described himself as John
Coughlin, a detective, and, when stopped
by the secret service men, presented a
card upon which were inscribed his name
and the word "officer." He said that
he had come to ask the President to
order 10.000 troops to catch yeggmen, who
had been terrorizing Boston.
Coughlin is supposed to have reached
Oyster Bay on the 12:19 train. Ho
walked three miles to Sagamore Hill. Tho
road leading to the President's house
forks at the tennis courts, 300 yards from
the house, and forms a loop about the
President's home, The two guards, who
are on duty in the daytime stand at
either end of the house and their view
commands both roads.
Wants Army to Fight Yeggmen.
One of the rules for visitors at Saga
more Hill Is that no one shall come on
foot; so when Secret Service Agent Adams
caught sight of Coughlin tolling up the
hill road, he guessed that something was
wrong and motioned for the man to go
back. Coughlin kept right on. Adam?
ran down the road to meet him. Coughlin
produced his card and explained in tha
most casual way that he hai come to
confer with the President concerning the
recent outrages by yeggmen in Boston
and to lead back such troops as the
President saw lit to order out.
Moves for Revolver Disarmed.
The secret service men tried to ex
plain that the President was not see
ing visitors at the moment, hoping to
get him quietly out of the grounds.
Coughlin hesitated a moment and then
slid his hand toward the back pocket
of his trousers. Adams grappled with
him without further parley. Coughlin
struggled for a moment, but he is a
slight-built man and Adams had no
difficulty In holding him until Agent
(Concluded on Page 3.)
, The Weather.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 63
.degrees; minimum. BR
TODAY'S Showers; southwesterly winds.
Miss Peck reaches summit of Mount Huas
can after many perils. Page 1.
Duke of the Abruinl will marry Miss Elkins
against mother's opposition. Page 1.
Congregation of Propaganda orders new
election of coadjutor for archbishop
Rlordan. Page 2.
De la Grange breaks own record for avi
ation. Fags 3.
Scheme of Tammany to steal Independence
convention from rs --
Hearst condemns Gompers for supporting
Bryan. Page 2.
Taft returns from fishing trip and will tour
Ohio today. Page 4.
Gompers denounces Cannon in his own
- home. i'age i.
Bryan sneaks on labor. Issue at Chicago.
Page 2.
Richard Snell moves to get back father's
nmn.riv from Mabel McNamara Page 1.
Highwayman reforms.and preaches to social
outcasts, rase x.
Crank with revolver captured on way to see
Roosevelt. Page 1.
Forest fires break out with renewed energy,
threaten five towns, burn one village.
Page 1.
Pacific Coast League scores rortland S,
I.os Angeles 2; Oakland 10-2, San Fran
cisco 8-1. Page 7.
Portland Bankers beat Seattle Money
Changers at baseball. 4 to 2. I'age 7.
Papke defeats Ketohel In 12 rounds, draw
ing much blood. Page 8.
Attcll and Moran fight 23-round draw.
Page 6.
raclflc Coast.
Express package worth over J50.000. owned
by aged Joseph Meyem, of Salem, stolen
from Union Depot. Page I.
Lee Johnson, accused of killing womas at
Nome, bought poison few days before her
death. Page S.
Woman fires on merrymakers who Invade
vineyard near Grants Pass, wounding girl
Two settlers on Sllets reservation, on whos
claims squatters locatea, receivs piom
to homesteads. Page 5.
Portland and Vicinity.
Populace applauds marching legions of
labor. Page iu.
Fair Grounds performer narrowly escapes
death. Page 10.
Difference of opinion among members of
Calvary Church about uniting with First
Presbyterian. Page 4.
Chief Gritamaeher aaks for 60 more patrol
men and taSO.OOO to run police depart
ment next year. Page 14.
Council to bold Important meeting tomor
row. Page 14.
1 K. Lewis, retired Portland merchant, Is
dead. Pag 14.
Frenelt ship Blarrits ordered to proceed to
Portland to load grain. Pag 15