Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, August 20, 1909, Image 1

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VOL. XLIX.-NO. 15,204.
Two Killed in Races,
One in Road Crash.
Barney Oldfield Does Mile in
43 1-10 Seconds.
Automobile Association Insists Upon
Immediate Changes or Will
amp Races Ten-Mile
Record Is Cut.
INTIANAPOLIS, Ind.. Aug. 19.-Two
liv wen lost at the ope ning of the new
Indianapolis motor speedway today.
William A. Bourque, driver of the Knox
car in the 260-mlle race, and Harry Hol
comb. hia mechanician, were killed by
crashing; into a fence. Cliff Litterall. a
Stoddard-Day ton mechanic, who was in
jured In an accident on the way to the
track yesterday, also died today, making
a total of three deaths laid to the score
of the new speedway.
Two records were broken. Barney
Oldfield. driving a high-power Benx,
covered a mile in 0:43.1, breaking De
Palma's mark of 0:51, and Louis Chevro
let. In a Buick. made ten'mllea in 8:56.4.
tutting Oldf'eld's time to 9:12.
Big- Race Fatal One.
Robert Burman won the 250-mile race,
the feature of the day. It was this con
test that cost Bourque and Holcomb their
lives. The winner's time was 4:36:S'.4
slow because of the many accidents that
marred the race.
The Stoddard Dayton Clements was
second. In 4:48:01 8-10. and the National
Merx finished third in 4:62:S9 7-10.
Another National was the only other car
of ten starters to finish.
The death of the two men caused the
American Automobile Association to in- '
form the owners of the track that certain
changes must be made by tomorrow, or
sanction for the remaining events will be
The association demands that the track
be freed from its many dangerous ruts
and that every inch of it be thoroughly
oiled and tarred. Today only a short
portion in front of the grandstand was
Crash Occurs Near Stand.
The Knox car was In second place, with
Barman in his Buick. leading, and had
covered nearly 160 miles when the crash
cam. While coming down the home
stretch, the Knox car suddenly swerved
and tore Into the fence at the left of
the track, turning completely over and
pinning its two occupants beneath. Both
men were alive when taken from under
the wreck, but Bourque died In the am
bulance on the way to the Emergency
Hospital. Holcomb died a few minutes
after he arrived at the hospital.
According to the story told by Private
Frank Brander. of the Indiana National
Guard, who was nearest the accident,
something caused both men suddenly to
turn and look behind. As they did so the
steering wheel slipped from Bourque's
hand. Then came the accident.
Bourque waa 26 ye&rs old and lived at
Springfield. Mass.. and had been with the
Knox people several years. Holcomb waa
23 years old and lived at Grandvllle,
Mass. Both were unmarried.
Chevrolet Laid Out.
Louis Chevrolet, of the Buick team, waa
led Into the hospital almost blinded with
the tar and dust from the track shortly
after the two men had died. The French
man, who had been leading during the
early part of the long race, was forced
to give up. He gazed upon the bodies
of his two former rivals, then, overcome
by emotion, staggered to a chair. As a
result of the two deaths, the Knox Com
pany has withdrawn all its entries for
the next two days, and, it Is said, It will
probably never again enter its cars In a
The following cars started In the 250
mile contest: Knox' (Bourque). Na
tional (Kincaid). National (Morse),
Stoddard-Dayton (Miller). Buick (Bur
man). Buick (Strang), Buick (Chevro
let). Jackson (Ellis), and Stoddard
layton (Clements).
Strang Out of Race.
Btrang was the first to come to grief,
as hia car caught fire before he had
completed one lap. He was delayed
some time by this, and the officials at
first refused to allow him to continue,
aa his mechanism had been aided by
the track volunteer fire company In
extinguishing the blaze. After a long
discussion, Strang was allowed to con
tinue, but the remainder of the field
had then gained about 15 miles on him,
and he dropped out.
Chevrolet dashed Into the lead at the
start and held it for 52 laps, or more
than half the race, with the brief ex
ception of the 15th and 16th laps, when
he relinquished it to his team mate.
Burman. the winner. When he was
blinded by dust he was led from the
track and his car withdrawn. Miller, in
a Stoddard-Dayton, also gave up.
After Chevrolet's withdrawal. Burman
a-galn went Into the lead, with Borque
second and Kincaid in a National third.
This order continued until the fatal acci
dent to the Knox. Kincaid then moved
(Concluded ea Fags S.JJ
Search of Captured Pair by Police
Reveals They Are Equipped for
Attempts at Burglary.
Three susnicious-looking men took to
their heels early this morning when Pa
trolman Thomas Swennes accosted them,
and the policeman tired six shots after
the fugitives as they ran west from the
corner of King and Washington streets.
It Is believed one was wounded.
Two of the three were captured later
by Patrolman Swennes In the grounds
surrounding the Hirsch home on Wash
ington street. One of these crouched be
hind the fence and the second was sliding
down the bank when nabbed. Search of
the prisoners at the police station re
vealed several burglar tools and a black
mask of the handkerchief type popular
with highwaymen.
A sharp scream ringing out after the
patrolman's first shot leads the captor
of the thugs to believe one of the trio
was wounded and sought refuge in the
vicinity of Twenty-third and Washington
streets. This locality was combed by
the police for the third man without
When first seen by Patrolman Swen
ness the men were standing at the
corner of King and Washington streeta
as If on watch. The policeman ap
proached them and they ran, six shots
from the policeman's revolver not
stopping them in their flight. One
headed for an alley near the Hirsch
home, another ran up St. Clair street
and the third disappeared in the dark
ness. Thoroughly aroused by the pistol
shots and the screams of the fugitives,
residents of the neighborhood rushed
to the street and many aided Patrol
man Swennes and other policemen who
gathered, in the search. In less than
half an hour two of the fugitives were
In the toils. They gave their names
as E. Rogers and Walter Brennan. The
police believe the men to be yeggmert
and are Inclined to think they are the
perpetrators of the safe-cracking at
Doernbecher's factory last Tuesday
Rev. Robert J. Bnrdette Resigns
His Pastorate.
LOS ANGELES, Cai., Aug. -(Special.)
The trustees of the Temple Baptist
Church today accepted the resignation
of the Rev. Robert J. Burdette. noted
preacher, humorist. Journalist and good
fellow. When the question" of his resig
nation came up .there was strong opposi
tion to It, many of the trustees propos
ing to give their pastor an unlimited va
cation, in the hope that his health would
recover sufficiently to permit him to
return to the pulpit, but a letter from
the pastor put an end to the discussion.
It is known among his friends that Dr.
Burdette will never recover from his
present illness. He probably will live
for many years, but his health is perma
nently broken. He Is resting at his
Summer home at the beach, and has to
wear a plaster cast to support his back,
which was injured last Winter in a fall.
No choice, has been made as to Bur
dette's successor and the only name men
tioned as yet Is that of Dr. Brougher, of
Ruling on Imports From Philippines
Under New Tariff.
ington, D. C. Aug. 19. The Treasury
Department today, in passing upon the
Philippine tariff schedule as contained
in the Payne bill, held that the low
rates apply only upon direct shipments
between the islands and United States.
No transfer of shipments .at Chinese,
Japanese and other Asiatic ports to
other vessels will be permitted under
the new schedule.
The decision Is far-reaching, and
those in a position to know declare that
the new ruling will result in the estab
lishment of direct steamship connection
between this country and the Phllip
plnea, as in no other way can shippers
get the benefit of the new rates.
It was also held by the department
that all cigar shipments from the isl
ands must enter under a certificate or
a bond guaranteeing production of a
certificate within 120 days of the time
the cigars enter. Under the terms of
the law. 70,000.000 cigars may be ad
mitted free of duty.
Joseph Greuner, at Forest, Receives
Bullet in Neck.
CHEHALIS. Wash.. Aug. 19.-(SpeciaI.)
About 9 o'clock tonight, at Forest Post
office store, eight miles southwest of Che
halls, John Bemier shot Joseph Greuner,
the postmaster.
It is believed the wound will be fatal
as Greuner was shot In the back of the
neck, and the latest telephone message
was in effect that he was dangerously
wounded. Sheriff Urquhart, Deputy
Forster and two physicians left at 9:30
for Forest.
Bernler is a young rancher living near
Alpha. He has had the reputation of
being troublesome to the. local officers on
his visits to town when drinking. Mr.
Greuner Is highly respetced and has lived
at Forest for years, 4
Fist Fight in House
Routed by Caugh.
Slayden Advances to Strike,
but Is Intercepted.
Committee Asks ' for More Time.
Palmer Helps to Clear Situation
by Resigning Soldiers' Home
Bill Fails in Hot Debate.
OLTMPIA, Wash., Aug. 19. (Staff Cor
respondence.) Comedy mixed with seri
ousness In the House proceedings today in
the course of a heated debate over the bill
removing the Soldiers' Home from Ortlng.
In Pierce County, to Port Orchard, in
Kitsap County, where it was desired to
combine it with the Veterans' Home at
that place.
Thfl word "blackguard" passed between
Representatives Slayden, of Pierce, and
Representative Hubbell, of Kittitas, an!
Slaydun aimed a blow with his right fist
at Hubbell, but fell short of tho mark.
The comedy ensued when Sergeant-at-Arms
Wilson started to rush down the
aisle to separate the prospective com
batants. Wilson's foot tripped, and he
sprawled on the floor. This Incident cre
ated general laughter, which helped to
clear the atmosphere, and Slayden, who
had left his seat, returned to it volun
tarily. Slaydcn's Blow Warded Off.
The Soldiers' Home bill brought out a
lengthy debate. Hubbell, of Kittitas, is a
member of the general investigating
committee, the House report on which
showed that the Soldiers' Home at Orting
has been inspected and which rec
ommended the removal to Port
Orchard. Slayden, a Representative of
Pierce County, fought the measure. Dur
ing the debate Slayden left his seat, and.
walking' over to Hubbell's chair, said
something, to which Hubbell responded
In low but angry tones. Slayden struck
at his colleague, but Representative
Whalley, of King, interposed and warded
off the blow.
How Fight Started.
According to Slayden's story, the Ta
coma man accused Hubbell of not being
willing to support any bill unless he had
an Individual interest in it somewhere,
and that Hubbell retorted by calling Slay
den a blackguard. Hubbell says that
Slayden used the epithet first and that he
called Slayden "another."
The Soldiers" Home bill as it finally
came before the House for i. . i action
was with the section stricken providing
for the transfer of the Home for the
Feeble-Mlnded from Medical Lake, Spo
kane County, to the vacated buildings at
Ortlng. This section was stricken on
the suggestion of H. W. Thompson, of
Lewis County, an old soldier, in an ef
fort to gain the support of the Spokane
County delegation. A number of Grand
(Concluded on Page 4.)
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Four Women and Chauffeur Meet
Instant Death in Tide Flats
at Night.
SEATTLE, Aug. 19. Four young wo
men and one man. the driver of the car,
met death and two young women nar
rowly escaped a similar fate when a large
Winton touring car, going at a hight rate
of speed, crashed through the railing of
the long trestle over the tide flats at the
point known to automobile drivers as
"Dead man's curve" at Fourth avenue.
South, and Andover street, at 11 o'clock
tonight. All the members of the party
were from Vancouver, B. C, except the
driver of the car, who is a Seattle man.
The dead:
Miss Agnes Cowen.
Miss Maggie Paul.
Mrs. J. Colvln.
MPS. M. M. Grothe.
Ira Parry, the chauffeur.
The tide was at its flood when the au
tomobile crashed through the rail and
the victims were hurled into several feet
of water. The body of the chauffeur was
found floating half a mile from the scene
of the accident two hours afterwards.
The bodies of the four young women who
met death have not yet been recovered.
Mies Mary Paul, a sister of one of the
dead, and Miss Kate Hiscock, were res
cued by a boatman who heard their cries
and found them clinging to the wrecked
All of the young women are said to
belong to prominent families In Vancou
ver, B. C. They came to Seattle to visit
theExposltion. Tonight they attended the
theater together and then hired the auto
mobile for a pleasure ride.
After Wild Dash, Auto Upsets, Hurl
ing Children Into Ditch.
VICTORIA. B. C. Aug. 19 (Special.)
Rosa and Nell Hutchison, the 7 and
B-year-ok children of Mattljew C. Hutch
ison, of the Hutchison Motor & Launch
Works, narrowly escaped death in a mad
ride in a runaway automobile this morn
ing, but have only scratches and bruises
to show for an adventure that threatened
certain death.
City Electrician Robert Hutchison had
stopped his car to give the children and a
third youngster, the son of Ernest Price,
a short ride. Lifting the children In and
not noticing that the speed lever was off
the neutral, he cranked the engine and
the car bounded away.
Hutchison had barely time to snatch
the Price child and was knocked sense
less. The runaway car, ' with the two
terrified children, narrowly missed plung
ing into the harbor, and after a zigzag
run of a quarter mile turned turtle in a
sewer excavation and was badly wrecked.
The children were extricated from be
neath the wreckage with no bones
Lucky Baldwin's Estate Called Upon
to Pay $1,320,000 to Bank.
LOS ANGELES. Aug. 19.-A record
breaking claim in the local courts was
allowed by Judge Wilbur today. It
called for the payment of M,32O,O0O to the
Hibernian Loan and Savings Society of
San Francisco, and bore the signature
of E. J- (Lucky) Baldwin. The claim
was a note executed by Baldwin Janu
ary 12, last, due in one year.
This evidence of Indebtedness was the
last contribution of Baldwin to his cred
itors. It was secured by a trust deed
covering all of the real estate holdings
of Baldwin nere ano in pan r rancmco.
20, 1909.
Mot Running Office on
Extreme Lines.
Complaints of Irrigators Due
to This Cause.
More Withdrawn Than Under His
Predecessor and None Restored
to Entry No Controver
sy With Pinchot.
HELENA, Mont., Aug. 19 "As long as
any public lands remain to be adminis
tered, there will be complaints," declared
Secretary of the Interior Balllnger to
day, speaking of the recent controversy
at Spokane and the complaints concern
ing the Reclamation Bervlce. "No two
people are constituted alike, and there is
always ample opportunity for disagree
ment. "Some of the settlers on the reclama
tion projects were ignorant of the condi
tions that would confront them and they
settled on the land in the expectation of
reaping a fortune without the necessity
of understanding irrigation methods.
They have been disillusioned and now
desire the Government to release them
from their contracts and to reimburse
them for their expenditures.
"Such difficulties are to be expected
when a new work is taken up, and they
should not be allowed to assume too
much importance when the whole work
is taken Into consideration.
Action, Grossly Misrepresented.
"Since I entered the office of Secretary
of the Interior I have administered its
affairs, not as an extremist might dic
tate, but as I understood my duties. That
will continue to be my policy. .
"At the same time I realize there are
some things In the law governing the
disposition of publ'c lands which ought to
be modified and as soon as I shall- have
opportunity I shall suggest in a report
to Congress such changes as appear to
me to be necessary. In the meantime
the established policy of the Interior De
partment will continue. Gross misrep
resentations have been sent out regarding
the action of the department In certain
matters. Criticisms have been pretty
severe from some quarters, but, knowing
that I am absolutely right in the position
I have taken, I have paid no attention to
them. ' In time it will be shown beyond
a doubt that my course has been abso
lutely right.
No Power Sites Grabbed.
"It will be shown also, when the facts
are made known, that despite the claims
of the restoration of power sites during
this administration, actually more sites
have been withdrawn during this admin
istration than under the former one and
(Concluded on Page 4.)
Stock Market Advances on News of
His Restored Health and U.
P. Arrangements.
NEW YORK, Aug. 19. (Special.) Ar
rangements are being made by the North
German Lloyd people to transfer E. H.
Harrlman from the Kaiser Wilhelm II
to some craft, probably Mr. Harrlman's
yachts at some point beyond Sandy
Hook, to prevent the railroad man front
being annoyed when he reaches this
side. The boat to which he will be
transferred will either proceed to the Erlo
station, where a private train will take
the Harriman party to Arden or some
point up the Hudson In the neighborhood
of Ardon.
Prices advanced today, first on the
strength of plainly-worded dispatches
that Harriman had jntirely regained his
health and next on the trustworthy infor
mation that the Union Pacific segrega
tion plan had been perfected. ' The Union
Pacific may carry out its contemplated
plans, but, if so, Mr. Harriman will not
take a prominent part in such action In
the near future.
Irrespective of either the stock market
or Mr. Harrlman's plans. It can be stated
on tho best of authority that Wall street
will be surprised next week to find that
It has been misled during the last few
weeks by foreign cables regarding the
condition of Mr. Harrlman's health.
Believed to Have Killed 15-Months-Old
BELLI NGHAM, Wash., Aug. 19. On
suspicion of having done away with
her 15-montlis-old baby, Mrs. Thomas
J. Qulnn was arrested tonight by the
local police and is held without bond
until the disappearance of the child
can be satisfactorily explained.
Mrs. Qulnn returned Monday from
a visit with, her mother. Mrs. C. B.
Richardson, at Oakesdale, Wash., with
out the child, whom she had taken with
her. On her arrival In this city she
told an astonishing story of the baby's
having been strangled to death by Its
grandmother while she lay bound and
helpless watching the tragedy.
Telegrams from Spokane tonight re
vealed the fact that Mrs. Richardson
Is still at her home In Oakesdale, per
fectly sane, and that Mrs. Qulnn and
her baby had left Oakesdale together
for Bellingham. The woman told a
muddled story when asked by the po
lice to explain the discrepancy between
her story and this telegram, and she
was arrested on suspicion.
Insurance Scandals Rise and Gov
ernment Will Probe.
VICTORIA. B. C. Aug. 19.-According
to advices brought by the steamer Akl
Maru, the losses resulting from the great
fire at Osaka have bankrupted between
4000 and 6000 merchants of the Japanese
city, and great distress has followed.
The official statement is that the loss
was $15,000,000. The Insurance companies'
losses were $2,500,000, and few will be able
to meet them. Scandals are arising and
a government investigation of lnsuranc-i
companies will probably follow.
Rich Quartz Ledge Struck by Work
men in California.
AUBURN. Cal., Aug. 19. (Special.)
The work on the railroad cut-off from
Rocklln to Colfax Is developing some un
known mining prospects. Yesterday in
the tunnel through Baltimore Hill near
Auburn workmen ran through a very rica
quartz ledge: one piece as large as a
man's fist produced $5 in gold.
Near Weimar, a nice prospect was
found, with the result that men are now
sinking a shaft on the ranch of R. A.
Government Weather Sharps Spot
Hurricane in Carrlbean.
NEW. YORK, Aug. 19. The ' local
Weather Bureau today received the-fol-lowing
from Washington:
"Disturbance south of and near Porto
Rico moving westward. Considered
unsafe for vessels in vicinity of Greater
Antilles during next two days, and
probably later off our Southeast Coast."
Vessel Sinks Off French Coast, Prob
ably Spanish Steamer.
BREST, France, Aug. 19. The mys
tery of the wreck of a vessel during
last night's storm off Raz de Zin has
not yet been cleared up, but the ill
fated craft is believed to have been a
Spanish steamer, which was lost with
all on board.
Famous Austrian Professor and His
Wife Commit Suicide.
GRAZ, Syria. Aug. 19. The famous
sociologist, Ludwig Sumplowicz, profes
sor of political law at Graz University,
and his wife, Franclsca, committed sui
cide today.
He was suffering from an incurable
Prevents Collision of
Airships by Skill.
After Awaiting Crash With In
tense Suspense.
Sees Demarest Approaching on the
Same Level and Soars to Avoid
Him Will Enter Only in
Contests of Speed.
RHEIMS, Aug. 19. The American avia
tor, Glenn H. Curtlss, at sundown today
Prided a dramatic feature to the trial
flights of aeroplanes entered for the con
tests of aviation week, by skillfully guid
ing his machine above another aeroplane,
thus averting a collision.
The feat was accomplished when, for
the first time in history, three heavler-than-alr
craft were maneuvering to
gether at the same time. All were fly
ing rapidly when suddenly Curtiss saw
M. Dumanset in an Antoinette monoplane
approaching at right angles and on the
same level with him. Curtiss, realizing
the danger, elevated his plane. His ma
chine instantly shot upward and soared
safely over the Frenchman.
Wild Cheers for American.
Spectators watched the maneuver with
bated breath, but when they saw it waa
successfully and brilliantly carried out,
they applauded the American wildly. The
third machine in the air at this time was
that of M. Tissandier.
Experts tonight were agreed that Mr.
Curtiss had made a fine demonstration
of his skill and ability to control his ma
chine. They declare that his bi-plane
was a real racer.
The wind, which had been blowing;
for two days, suddenly died out at sun
down and the aviators rushed to the
sheds and dragged out their machines.
Count de Lambert, In a Wright ma
'chine, was the first to start and make
a complete circle of the aerodrome. M.
Tissandier, also on a Wright bi-plane,
followed htm.
Lands at Place He Names.
Then the Curtiss machine, looking
smaller and more compact than the
(Concluded on Page 5.)
The Weather.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 80.S
degrees; minimum, 00.2 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; westerly wind..
Curtiss avoids airship collision by skillful
work at Rheims. Page 1
Cretans hoist Greek nag In defiance of
powers and Turkey prepares lor wax.
Page 4.
Reyes makes revolutionary move In Mexico
and Diaz concentrates troops against hint.
fse 4.
Tart dismisses seven West Point cadets for
haling Roland Sutton. Paste 2.
Balllnger denies he has given up' power
situ, or that he has controversy with
Pinchot. Page 1.
War game ends In Massachusetts and re
sult Is not decided. Page i
Trans-Mississippi Congress squelches ex
Senator Patterson's attack on Plnchou
Page 8.
Harriman to be met by yacht on arrival
and taken to country home. Page L
San Jose capitalist and wire killed and
baby fatally injured in auto accident.
Page 6.
Burdette's resignation as pastor at Los An
geles accepted. Page 1.
Averell Harriman prefers roughing It on
railroad survey to European tour,
page 3.
President Katz. ot Windsor Trust Company,
and broker Indicted for frauds on Helnxe.
Page 3.
More floods come in Colorado and great
dam bursts. Page 4.
Coast League scores: Portland 4. San
Francisco 1; Los Angeles 4. Oakland 2.
Vernon 2. Sacramento 1. Page 10.
Northwestern League scores: Portland X
Aberdeen 1; Seattle 6. Vancouver l;.Ta-
n u Kt.nknne 2. Pace 10.
Burman wins 250-mile auto race at In
dianapolis arter two men are itiucu, i-
world s records broken. Page 10.
Defeat of Miss Kyan is surprise at Long
Beach tennis tourney. Page 10.
I'imIIIc Northwest.
Olympla solon angered at colleague's r-
strt. alms mow. dui ahumo nit
Page 1.
Scblvely's counsel attempts to show books
were "fixed" against him. Page T.
Condon saloonkeeper, in attempt to sep
flirhrers. kills one. Page 7.
First accurate survey of Mount Baker is
completea. .rage i.
George Bobbins. Hood River murderer sus
pect, breaks Jail but is captured. Page 8.
Elma shingleweavers go on strike. Page T.
Portlaud and Vicinity.
City enters field as competitor to contractors
in municipal ihiijiuiihu.. . .
Strait Is scored for complaint about Colum
bia County deer hunters. Page 10.
Hellig Theater will open under new name In
October. Pago 0.
New traffic war is on between Hill and
Harriman systems. Page 11.
Judge Gatens will investigate Mrs. Collins"
mental condition. Page 12.
Hill's lawyers maintain that Harriman has
no legal rights in Deschutes country.
Page 11.
President Taft will bo elaborately enter
tained while here. Page 9.
Steps taken to stop monstrous Lne Ceme
tery graft. Page 12.
Mayor after United Railways for delay In
laying rails. Page 16.
M. D. Wisdom dies of heart failure. Page 5.
Teamster stops runaway and aves Uvea of
woman and two children. Page 11.
National Commission plan is discussed by
delegates ot Agricultural College Con
vention. Page 4.