Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, January 19, 1912, Image 1

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, VOL. LI NO. 15.9G0.
Captain, Mate, Fireman
Are Victims.
Explosion of Boiler of Sarah
Dixon Proves Fatal.
Fnglneer Who Wu on Duty Dclret
Ho Knows Xo BeMon Survivor
Reach KiLimt, Xear Which
Town Wreck Occurred.
KjLIAllA. Wash, Jan. 1- (Special.)
The boiler of the river steamer
Karah Dixon exploded fear mtlea above
here at lt:lS tonight. Tha pilot-house
waa rlppd from tha superstructure
and tha uhI aoon Bank. Three Uvea
were lost. The dead are:
year .Id.
Nine persons eacaped from the link
ing steamer and la a boat under tha
command of Pilot D. Conwar were bar.
ried down the river to thla city.
C. O. Ousley, watchman of the
iliimw, aald that tha boat waa op
posite Martln'e Island when the ex
plosion occnrred. A number of th
crew were In bed and loft tha vessel
in scanty night wear.
Chief Engineer Chester L Lewis, 144
Sumner street Portland; First Assist
ant Knalneer Steve Meaner; Mrs. Hill,
rook: Deck Hands Cbarlee Aeksnata,
Paul Peterson. Dad Fnoemaker: Flre
maa Harry Dewey; Pilot D. Conway
and Watchman C O. Ousley arrived
In one of tha leuasr's long life boats.
Ttve fiarab Dixon Ml Portland thla
afteraeen far Beaver Slouch and
reached Martins Island wltk no aa
ueual circumstance In the voyage,"
said Watchman Ousley. "The captain
and mate were In tha pilot-house
when th blast occurred and were In
stantly killed. No one saw either of
them or tha fireman, who waa In the
engine-room, after the explosion hap
pened. "After the people on board aaw that
(ha deck waa ripped open by tha
blast and that tha Sarah Dfxon was In
dancer of slaking-, there waa a wild
rush for tha lifeboats.
"All of the nine persons cot Into the
one boat from tha after part of tha
tearaer and rowed to Kalama. Hone of
ua were well clothed and before wa got
here we were all suffering from the
Eaarlaeer at Vmm for fssie.
Chester 1 Lewis, chief engineer of
the Sarah Dixon, who waa on duty In
the engine-room of tha hapless steam
er when tha explosion occurred and
who miraculously escaped unhurt, la at
a loss to explain tha causa of the ex
plosion. Ho made tha following state
ment: "Tha boiler virtually blew up In my
fsce. and aa I felt the steamer sink
ing. I made a race for tha lifeboat and
got away. I can scarcely realise that
I came out of It all unharmed, but I
There waa no warning. Every
thing seemed to fly to pieces. I can
not tell whether tha boiler went up or
down, through the bull of the boat. I
did not know until I reached tha life
boat that tha pilot-house had been
blown off. The boat sank Immediate
ly. I don't know whether those killed
perished In tha explosion or were
drowned. Tha Dixon aank ao quickly
there waa no way of telling.
Maehtaerr Had Warned Well.
"There waa nothing In tha action of
.he engine or any part of tha machin
ery to indicate there waa anything
wrong. I waa carrying about 100
pounds of steam. That and from 205
to 110 pounds la what wa were In the
habit of carrying on the steamer. Tha
fuel oil we were using waa purchased
of tha Union OH Company, of Port
land, and was tha kind wa always used.
I had been on duty alnca C o'clock in
the evening, and everything worked all
right up to the minute of the explo
sion. I was the only person In the en
glne-roora when tha blast came. I waa
thrown back by the force of tha explo-
sion. but made for the lifeboat and got
away In the nick of time."
The river steamer Sarah Dixon was
bulit here In 130. and waa owned by
the Sharer Transportation Company.
She had a gross tonnage of S6S and a
net tonnage of 1(4. The craft was 1(1
feet long and had a depth of 7.1. her
beam measuring I.J feet. The Sarah
Dixon carried a crew of eight and waa
of 40 horsepower.
With the receipt of the news In this
city of tha blowing up of the steamer
Farah Dixon. Captain D. Shaver, of tha
Vhaver Transportation Company. Im
mediately ordered the steamer Wauna
to tha scene of the wreck.
Information received by Captain
(haver early thla morning from a
nember of the crew waa that the
wrecked steamer Immediately after
;). explosion turned over on her side
end floated down the river. Tha crew
tCoacludcd ea Pae 4.)
Foreign Legations In Capital Pre
pare for Trouble Today Fre
mler Yuan Closely Guarded.
PEKIN. Jan. II. Tha foreign lega
tions are. preparing for trouble In
Pektn tomorrow. Tha question of tha
.iwiica'tian of the throne will be dle-
eussed by tha Empress Dowager and
tha princes, but It is thought rrtmiw
Tuan Bhl Kal will not take part In the
It long has been expected the. Manchu
trreconcllablea would unlta In a massa
cre when all hope for tha administra
tion had vanished and a placard post
ed tonight indicates that tha Mancho
threats may be fulfilled.
It calls on all loyal Manchua and
Chines to resist the abdication of tha
Emperor to the death.
The street near tha office of tha
Chinese foreign board, on which Tuan
Shi Kal resides. Is heavily guarded by
the Premier's own men. of whom it is
aald there are IS00. Many Chinas who
...-. vat A..artd the city are pre
paring for flight tomorrow, and promi
nent followers of Tuan are taking ref-
..... nnt.Ma their own homea touignv.
hoping that in event of a massacr they
will not be found.
rh.rm that Yuan Shi Kal has been
disloyal to the Manchus. although pre
tending to support them, are
.luminii of foreigners, aa well
as Manchus and Chinese. Several revo
lutionists long have been saying
h. was working for the overthrow.
not the salvation, of the dynasty.
Others accuse Yuan or
his own Interests, and aay he Intended
to become dictator. If h did not as
sume tha throne.
Pastor Almost Through Service
When Girl Regrets and Refuses.
CENTRA LI A. Wash, Jan. II. Spe
cial.) "Do you take thla man to be
your lawfully wedded husband?"
"I do not."
Thla unexpected answer brought a
ji tA th waddlna oere-
mony which waa almost performed far
Cbarlea E. Cowell and Miaa Erlckeon,
. .nur.1. of Tono. by Rev. Rob
ert Reld. of Centralla. yesterday. The
couple had maae preparations ir m
v... rri mwm th. brida'B mother be
ing opposed to the union, and tha wed
ding r'leeta were assembles, on a aui
back of Tono.
a irriit waa In readiness to con
vey the newlyweds to thla city, where
they were to take tha train lor ruget
Sound points.
The mother, learning that she had
been outwitted, pretended to take poi
son. News of ber mother's attempted
..ioiia v.a Hiiiiid to tha bride, who
called the wedding off Just as the pro
nouncement or -man ana wuo waa ou
tha llpa of Rev. Mr. Reld.
Fortune of 110,000 Awaits Girl
'Somewhere In Southwest."
KANSAS CITT. Jan. Is. Attorney
for Henry C Simpson, of Lincoln. Kan,
executor of the estate of Nathaniel P.
Simpson, who died in this city three
weeks ego, today instituted search for
an Indian maiden, "somewhere in the
Southwest." who Is heiress to $1(0,000
of th Simpson fortune.
The Simpson estate of $112,000 waa
left in the hands of his son, Henry,
executor. After the death of his first
wife, tha elder Simpson la believed to
have married an Indian. It la for a
daughter by thla marriage that tha
son seeks. The daughter la aald to
have returned to live with her people,
the Navajos.
Three Great Grandparents Present
at Gold Hill Ceremony.
MED FORD, Or, Jan. IS. (Special.)
The four grandparents and three of
the great grandparents of the children
of J. J. Rltter were present at tha
funeral of their young mother, who
died at Gold Hill January It. The fu
neral services were held on Wednes
day. The grandparents present were:
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Cook, of .Oold
Hill, and Mr. and Mrs. V. Rltter; the
great grandparents were Mr. and Mrs.
William Morris and Robert A. Cook.
Mrs. Rltter was born In Southern
Oregon and belonged to a well-known
Gold Hill family. The great grand
parents and the grandparents are pio
neers of the Rogue River Valley.
llondsmen for Wallace Defendants
Released; No Indictments Found.
SPOKANE. Waah, Jan. II. On mo
tion of attorneya for the defendants In
th former Stat Bank of Commerce,
at Wallace, Idaho, the bondsmen of
Harry L. Day. Stanley A. Easton. Eu
gene R. Day and John H. Nordqulst
were released today and the men dis
charged. Thla action follows the failure of the
second grand Jury to return Indict
ments against any of these men. Only
two of tha former six indicted are still
under bond. These are Edgar 8. Wy
man and G. Scott Anderson. Wyman
has been held under three new Indict
ments. No announcement aa to An
derson baa yet been made.
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Chance in Oregon De
clared Lost.
Jersey Governor's Treatment
of Harvey Denounced.
Bourbons Declare Would-Be Candi
date's Alignment With TJ'Ren
Cost Him Prestige Cas
tlgatlon Is General.
Governor Wood row Wilson Is classed
as "a flash In the pan," "an lngrate"
and "a grandstander" by leading Dem
ocrats In Portland, and Is said to have
lost practically every chance for win
ning the Democratic candidacy for
President at least as far as Oregon
Is concerned by reason of the Wilson
Harvey Incident and the "unpatriotic"
Bryan letter.
While Portland Democrats of prom
inence were' willing only to express
their personal views yesterday, and
refused to say what the Democratic
party In tha state as' a whole might
do. It Is the opinion that action will
be taken.
Interesting developments are looked
for at the regular meeting of the Jack
son Club tonight. George L Smith,
president of the club, said yesterday
that he did not know what the club
would do, and waa not willing to ex
press any opinion as to the attitude
of the members as a whole. He did.
however, express his personal opinion.
. Saslth Waats Real Democrat.
"I was very much surprised at the
actions of Governor Wilson." said Mr.
Smith, "and it la my personal opinion
that la practically eliminates him from
the race. In Oregon, or perhaps I
should limit It to Multnomah County,
there ars many Democrats, Including
myself, who were not altogether
pleased with the actions of the Gov
ernor when be visited the state and
placed his entertainment In the bands
of W. S. U'Ren. of Oregon City. Thla
looked as though be was trying to play
the non-partisan act. Personally I
want to vote for a real Democrat. I
will vote for whomever the party puts
up, because I believe the best man will
be selected at tha National Conven
tion. "There has been a growing sentiment
In favor of Champ Clark and Harmon
la Oregon I believe. It seems so to
me that way. at least. My only means,
of Judging Is by talking to persons
who are keeping In touch with the sit
uation in various parts of the state."
"A flash In the psn." Is J. B. Ryan's
Concluded en Pas. B )
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The Weather.
TXSTERDATS Maximum temperature, 48 minimum. 17
TODAra Plr; winds mostly easterly.
Locations far general massacre in Pekm
today. Pace 1.
Veterans promt, to aid Offl la quieting
Cuba, and crUls sMras paaMO. Page -National.
Taft set. Charles W. Morse free, believing
his condUlon grave. Pe 1
Wltnaae ears two of defendant packer, knew
of combination asre.rn.nt as to coats.
Wood row Wilson says polities fan te keep
pace with economlo changes. Page Z,
Bride ef Stoteabory heaped with precious
Jewel, by brld.rroom and frl.nda. race x.
CI Til s.i-rlce extended In San Fran
class County. Pac. 2-
Llfe of Governor Foes guarded from Black
Hand. Pac
San Francisco society women will wear
trousers at Mrs. Crocker's Oriental ball.
Pace B.
Indianapolis crand Jury takes up purralt of
Schmidt and Capias, dynemltar. Page .
Mln.werkers Indorse John Mitchell; vote
down Socialists. Page 0.
Sbatrnck defeats Clinton Kelly at eeccer.
Pas 8-
Abe Attell bests "Knockout" Brown, of New
York. In ten-round bout. Page 8.
San Diego Is mentioned as Spring camp for
Beavers. Pag. 8.
Pacific Xorthweet.
River steamer Sarah Dixon blows up and
sink, near Kalama. with loss of thr.s
lives Page 1.
Charldah Simpson, of musical fame, sues
rich Seattle man for breach of promise
Pace 5.
Judg. Galloway validates title of 800.000
acres in Oregon and California land grant.
Page 7.
Oregon Federation of Labor goes on record
aa not being opposed to education. Page 7.
Prosecutor narrates festures in Hszsard cure
In opening address to Jurors. Pag. 6.
State Kngtneer Lewis oppose, extension of
tira. on Benham Fall, contract. Pag. 6.
Commercial and Marine.
Steamer St. Helens to ply between Portland
and Alaska next Bummer. Page 18.
Large lot of bsrley sold to go East at
highest price of season. Page 19.
Wheat weak In East owing to sailing by
Nftbraska farmers. Page 19.
Bears attack stock market wltn poor suc
cess. Pag. 19.
Portland sad Vicinity. 1
Defense In Wilds esse challenges, and non
union man la excused. Psgs 1.
John Fleming Wilson's hero of light vessel
No. 188 arrives on steamship Beaver.
Pag. 12.
Chinese Reform Association head says he
will take down bannar when he gets
ready. Page 12.
Portland Democrats denounce Wood row Wil
son in plain t.rms. Pegs 1.
Bartender kill, woman and blma.lf at 8e
ond and Madison streets. Pac. 14.
Portland Chin., girl Is selected by new
republlo to command corps of rebel
troop. Pas. a.
At meeting of taxpayera. County Judg. Cle.
ton promisee lower levy tor 1913. Pace 14.
Electrification of Fourt-.treet line baits,
pending action ot Hlllsboro City Coun
cil. Pac. 18.
City Affulrs Wait While Rolph
Hearkens to Plea of Lads.
SAN FRANCISCO. Jan. It. (Special.)
There la a fox terrier scampering
around the city today and a happy
little boy scampering with It. owing to
the executive clemency of Mayor Rolph,
coupled with the lad's own courageous
ness In tackling the citye head In an
endeavor to free his dog from the
public pound.
The boy, Leon Heman, 10 years old,
accompanied by a companion of similar
age, visited the Mayor to complain that
the poundmaster bad bis dog. Super
visors, Commissioners and tha signing
of many bonds bad all to wait while
tha secretary and sergeant-at-arms
personally escorted the youthful dele
gation to th Mayor's Inner sanctum.
There Mayor Rolph beard the sad
story and rescued the canine.
Taft Acts on Report of
Banker Will Be Taken Abroad
for Treatment.
President Informed That Prisoner
Probahly Could Not Live Month
In ' Confinement; or Six
Months at Liberty.
February 10, 1907 Indicted.
October 15, 1908 Trial begins.
November S-o, 190S Convicted and
January 8, 1910 Begins prison term.
May 24. 1911 Taft denies pardon.
January It. 1912 Sentence is com
muted. "WASHINGTON, Jan. 18. President
Taft tonight commuted to expire imme
diately the 15-year sentence for viola
tion of the National banking laws un
der which Charies W. Morse, the New
Tork banker and "Ice king," has served
two years in the Federal penitentiary
at Atlanta. Ga.
The commutation of sentence, which
gives Morse immediate freedom but
does not restore his civil rights, was
granted upon recommendation of Attorney-General
Wlckersham and Surgeon-General
Torney, U. S. A.
Spaa of Life la Short.
According to the surgeon's report.
Morse could not live one month longer
in confinement, and even at liberty
probably would not live six months.
The White House statement granting
freedom to Morse follows:
"The President this afternoon com
muted the sentence of Charles W.
Morse to expire at once. This action
was taken upon the recommendation
of the Attorney-General, based upon
the following report of Surgeon-General
Malady Is Incurable.
Tt Is clear to my mind that Morse
Is suffering from a combination of dis
eases due to degenerative changes
which are Incurable and progressive.
The reports show that both the condi
tion of the kidneys and the heart are
growing worse. I regard the attack
of cardiac dyspnoea, of heart block,
from which he suffered on the morn
ing of th 15th instant, as an ominous
(Concluded on Page 2.)
JM ' ' 'A
Wedding of Mrs. Oliver Cromwell to
Edward Stotesbnry, Morgan's
Partner, .Unique Affair.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18. (Special.)
Tho marriage this afternoon of Mrs.
Oliver Cromwell to Edward W. Stotes
bury, head of the banking house of
Drexel & Co., of Philadelphia, at the
homo of the bride on New Hampshire
avenue, was made unique in the his
tory of American millionaires- because
of the vast sums that have been spent
upon presents for the bride.
Tho treasure-room In which the wed
ding gifts were displayed was a ver
itable Aladdin gTotto of precious metals
and gems. A gift from the bride
groom of 84,000,000 of securities was
merely an Incident. There Is a pearl
necklace that cost 8500.000, also a gift
from Mr. Stotesbury. He has been col
lecting pearls for years from every
corner of the globe.
J. Plerpont Morgan, business part
ner of Stotesbury, sent a pretty little
token in the shape of a 840,000 dia
mond necklace.
No royal wedding in Europe ever
brought out such wealth of jewels and
gold and silver plate. And the blush
ing bride had got a trousseau to match
a trousseau that would fit out about
three Czarinas and two German Em
presses. Eighty Parisan gowns and
60 house gowns were Items of this
astounding trousseau.
President and Mrs. Taft attended
the wedding.
Foots Creek Residents Start Rush In
Search of Treasure.
MEDFORD, Or Jan. 18. (Special.)
While stumbling along Foots Creek
yesterday Ed Koster, a boy 14 years
old, kicked up a bright piece of metal
and, taking it home, discovered that
it was a gold nugget valued at 830.18.
The find caused considerable excite
ment, and since that time the boy and
about the entire population of the
Foots Creek mining district have been
tramping over that vicinity in search
of further treasure.
No further finds have been reported,
but Medford mining men are suffi
ciently interested to organize an In
vestigation committee which will leave
today for the scene of the find.
$2,000,000 Sale of Holladay Addi
tion Property Reported.
According to rumors heard yester
day, negotiations are in progress for
the purchase by Eastern Investors of
all unsold vacant lots In Holladay's
Addition, on the East Side Involving
a total consideration of about 12,000.
000. C. X. Larrabee, manager of the
Oregon Real Estate Company, owner
of the property, would not deny or con
firm the report last night.
The property surrounds Holladay
Park and extends south to Sullivan's
Gulch, embracing about 600 lots. With
the exception of a large strip east of
Holladay Park, the district has paved
streets. The northern part of the ad
dition contains many fine homes.
Bank Insures for $5,000,000 In
Moving Securities From Ruins.
NEW TORK, Jan. 18. A 85,000.000
Insurance policy, the life of which Is
three hours, was Issued today to guar
antee a New York banking house
against loss by highwaymen during the
transferring from the burned Equitable
building of the cash and securities,
which must be carried six blocks. Al
though the surety company assumes
the risk of loss, the actual protection
devolves upon the city, for a squad of
police will be the only guards.
The surety company called the policy
a "holdup and robbery policy," and re
ceived 8500 for the risk.
Burglar Believed to Have Sought
Grand Jury Evidence.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Jan. 18. Leav
ing several pools of blood as the only
clew the police have to work upon, a
burglar ransacked the residence of Os
car Lawler, United States special prose
cutor In the dynamiting probe conduct
ed here by the Federal grand jury,
early today, and escaped with a small
amount of money.
The police, however, declared it was
not money that the man was after.
Evidence relating to indictments re
turned by the grand jury, the police as
sert, was what the robber was hunting.
Power Plant Sold and Hood River
Rivals Will Now Fight for Control.
HOOD RIVER, Or., Jan. 18. (Spe
cial.) The transfer of the electric
light system and power plant of the
Pacifio Power & Light Company, lo
cated at Hood River to the Rood River
Gas & Electric Light Company, involv
ing 8125,000 was effected today.
The new company has announced a
cut In rates far below that of the new
ly constructed Hydro-Electric Com
pany, and war is on for control of the
local field.
Defense's First Chal
lenge Ousts Molder..
Admissions by Morris Not Evi
dence Against Promoter. .
Dozen Men for Trial May Be Chosen
by Tuesday Venireman Declares
Stranger Questioned Him.
Attorneys in Clash,
Elimination of prospective Jurors
through exercise of peremptory chal
lenges was reached In the Louis J
Wilde case yesterday. First of the 12
veniremen, passed for cause by the
prosecution and the defense, to be ex
cused on such a challenge was Louis
Haertleln, a non-union molder em
ployed by the Independent Iron Foun
dry and residing at 869 Mallory avenue,
In getting rid of Haertleln, the de
fense invoked the first of six peremp
tory challenges to which It is entitled
Th nrosecutlon is allowed three. Un
til another venireman qualifies tem
porarily to sit in the case, otner per
Amntorv rhaJlencres will not be mads.
Another venireman to take the placoj
of Haertleln had not been ODiaineo.
when court adjourned for tne aay
Kn.nlrlon that each side In all prob
ability will use up Its full quota of per
Tnntnrins makes reasonable the pre
diction that the Jury will not be final
ly completed before Tuesday or Wednes
Straase Vtalt Related.
The original list of 12 prospective
jurors, required before the use or per
emptory challenges could begin, was
vi initiated vesterday when the follow
ing veniremen were passed for cause
by the state and the aeiense. n.
larlrann. commercial traveler. 1282 Bel
mont street; L. A. La Jole, wholesale!
Jeweler, 1261 East Morrison, ana u. u.t
Ramsdell, contracting carpenter, 430-.I
WnrtiBth avenue. Southeast. I
Mr. La Joie, In his examination byj
Mr. Malarkey. told of having been vis-l
lted by a strange man 10 days agoj
innsht to laarn from La Jole hisl
opinion regarding the Wilde case. LaJ
Joie's description of his visitor an
fered from that of the man who called
nn Martin Battler, about the same time,
except as to age, both men being about!
48 or 60 years of age. I
La Joie testified In answer to -ques-l
tlons by Mr. Malarkey that a stranger
called at his place of business In the
McKay building a week ago last Sat
rj,v Aftr ascertaining that he was
addressing La Jole, the visitor, callinK
La Jole "brother," announced that he
had seen in the newspaper reports that
t o inis. waa on the Jury. According
to La Joie, the stranger then casually!
looked over the stock of jewelry, inci-i
a ,oii inmilrlnir about business andf
volunteering his views on the reasons
for the general business conaiuons
ot the country.
"Liquor" Complexion Noted.
"Finally," said LaJole. "the man
asked me If I had read anything in
the newspapers about the Wilde case.
I told him I had not. He then walked
over to the door and. Just as he started
to leave, he turned and said: 'So you
don't know anything about this case?'
To this question I again answered neg
atively and he left my place of busi
ness. 1 have not seen him since. He
man about 48 or 60 years of age.
smooth face, complexion of a man who
drank excessively and naa a aistinct
Irish brogue. He did not give his
name or address."
Further questioning by both Mr. Ma
larkey and Mr. Clark failed to develop
anything material, although LaJole
said In reply to an inquiry from Mr.
Malarkey that he was not aware that
the County Court had authorized the
employment by the prosecution of a
number of detectives in connection
with the Wilde case. He said further
that the mysterious stranger did not
say for whom he w'as making Inquiry
..ioiiva tn the. Wilde case. LaJole was
accepted temporarily by both sides.
After a brief cross-examination oy
Mr. Fitzgerald, F. E. Jackson, commer
cial traveler, 1282 Belmont stret. was
passed for cause. Mr. Fitzgerald
.iikd what effect failure on the part
of the state to convict Morris in the
pending case would have on the Juror's
mind In determining the case of
Wilde. This was the lirst intimation
of any kind from the prosecution
which would indicate the possibility
that Morris will not plead guilty to
the indictment and that the charge
against Morris will be dismissed.
State Accused of "Shifting."
This question provoked a lively tilt
between Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Malar
key, the latter charging the prosecu
tion with undertaking to "shift
ground." Mr. Malarkey said it was un
derstood between counsel when the ex
amination of Jurors iirst began that
If Morris pleaded guilty it was not to
be held against Wilde until the guilt
of Morris waa established independent
ly of liis confession, by otlicr compe-
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