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THE MORNING OREGONIAN. SATURDAY, JANUARY SO, 1912.
RIVE C1ATT "WRECKED BT EXPLOSION ANT THREE MEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES.
FOR UNITED PARTY
E.W. ITCH SLAIN;
Speakers at Portland Jackson
Club' Meeting Deplore
Robbery Not Motive of Killing
of We!!-to-Do East Side
The only Baking Powder made
from Royal Crape Cream of Tartar
NO ALUM. NO LIME PHOSPHATE
WILSON INCIDENT VEILED
BULLET PIERCES HEART
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Spot Where Bol y Was rl-ovrr-d
Visited by Policeman Short Time
Before Death Victim Owner
of Mnch Property.
Edison W. Mutch. as;ed SS years, for
mer proprietor of a dirmr store at JM
East Burnslde street anil well-to-do.
was found murdered at 11:45 this
mornln tn a doorway at the, rear of
the Merchants' F' hanire aaloon. First
stret. crir Ankeny. lie had been ahot
throuKi tf heart. The body, atlll
warm, was found by Patrolman Con
verse and Special officer peabursj on
thtr re;rt:lar rounds. Feaburir had
vl.ltd ttie same spot at IS o'clock and
aald the body was not there then.
Shortlv after ti murder had ben
discovered. Ernest Ottlns;er. proprietor
or the M ri-h ax. ta' Cxhsnrt saloon, waa
flared enter arrt by I'atrolman
Klenlen and la ri'-talned at the police
station pendlnsr an In vewtlxatlon. The
police found a Jt-callber revolver In Ot
tfna;r's poesesslon. one chamber of
which had been recently discharged.
Mr the police.
officer Klenlcn wnt to the saloon a
few mlnutea after the body had been
taken away and found Ottlnarer. who
had been wipinar up the bar. standing
with bis arms on the bar and hla head
on hla arm. Klenlen asked:
"YVbat's the, matter, old man?"
Tin eorrv." replied Ottina;er.
"Sorry for what? It was an acci
dent." said Klenlen.
(mincer looked up and. rrlnntnr. an
swered "Was ltr
Fo stated Patrolman Klenlen at the
police atatlon this morning;.
A youns; man known In the Mer
rhtnta' Kx-hans: aaloon aa Karl was
drlnklnr with Mutch In the resort about
o'clock. Shortly thereafter Mutch
and his companion left together by the
front door. Neither waa Been In the
P'are atraln by Krnest Ottln-er. pro
prietor of tha aaloon. who was on
watch. Mutch was somewhat under the
Influence of liquor.
nobbery Xmt Motive
Mutch's movements after he left the
saloon have not yet been learned.
K.rly this morn In a; the police bad seen
no one who had aeen hlra alive after
Robbery was evidently not the motive
for the killing; aa Mutch's heavy gold
watch, worth perhaps $100. waa In the
pocket of hla veal. In his trousers
I-ocketa were S3 or 14 In email chan re
No motive for the murder waa appar
ent. Converse and Seahurg- found Mutch's
. body lylna- In the rear doorway of the
saloon. The rear door of Ottlnarer's
place leada Into a sort of paved court.
r blind alley. This door was locked
at T o'clock last night, as Is custom
ary, and waa not opened thereafter,
Death Theejarajt (laaeaas.
The body had evidently been drafted
to the apot. aa the clothlna: was cov
ered with dirt. As Mutch was a larre.
heavy man and not easy to draa;
around. It Is the belief of the police
that he was murdered not far from the
The bullet, evidently from a revolver
of .It caliber, had pierced the heart
and death must have been Instanta
neous. Life waa extinct when the
policemen came upon the body, but It
was seen that Mutch had not been Ions;
"dead. The ball went through the vic
tim's coat, vest and ahlrt. but thtee
was no bullet hole In the beavy over
coat the mttn wore. The fatal shot had
been nred at close range.
Proprietor ottlnfrer. of the Merchants
Kxrr.aDKe saloon, said he had known
Mutch a long; time, lie said he came
originally from Prince Kdward Island,
lor several years he waa a longshore
man, but In recent years had become
quite prosperous. Ottlnser said Mutch
was the owner of valuable property on
I'olon avenue. Fast Burnslde street and
other places on the Kast Side and waa
a stockholder In the IL O. Peck" Auto
, Wheel Company. lie was married and
lived at ti) fcaat lloyt street.
Ottlnger said Mutch came Into the
Saloon about ( o'clock In the evening
and that he seemed to be somewhat un
der the Influence of liquor. He re
mained about an hour, talking; with
the youns chap known aa Kearl. ot
tlnger aaya ho did not aee Uutch alive
after he left with KarL
HILL HAS UNE IS RUMOR
Western Pacific Be Lie-red to IS la
Hands of Implre-Bnllder.
NEW TORS. Jan. It. (Special.)
The sharp upturn la the stock market
started la the Great Northern ajroup.
Naturally the old rumor that Burling
ton 4'a were to be retired through the
Issuance of new bonds under the re
cent 1400,000.000 blanket mortgage tiled
by the Hill road was revived, and this
caused a spurt In Northern Pacific.
Later a far more Interesting story
was aprung In explanation of the
strength of Great Northern. It was to
the street that Jamea J. Hill bad ob
tained control of the Western raclflo.
with which tha Great Northern ahortly
would be connected.
For many montha financial circles
have Insisted tnat If ever the Western
Pacific ileveloped Into a railroad It
would become such under Hill manage
ment. The Hill Interests would gain various
advantagea through acquisition of the
Western Pacific, it would at once make
liUl a power in llarTlman territory.
DEAL COSTS HILL MILLION
Great "ortlirn" Cutoff In Idalto of
35 .Miles Is Expensive.
SPOKANE. Wash.. Jan. It. (Spe
cial.) The Ureal Northern Railroad has
let a f l.OOd.Ooo contract to Guthrie A
McDougalL of St. Paul, to take the
curves out of the main line of the Great
Norlnecn between iand Point and Al
bany Pal la. Idaho, and a lltie beyond,
a distance of about 3& miles.
Surveyors and a large engineering
crew are running a line now. and the
contractors are assembling crews and
construction teams and trains. Work
will begin early la February.
One thouaud mil will be employed
i t 1
by the contractors In reconstructing
the main line of the Great Northern
betweem these two Idaho points where
the Hill line la notoriously crooked.
Not only will the curves be eliminat
ed, but the. aara will be taken out and
the track will be raised to prevent any
trouble from floods. A maximum curve
of 3 per rent will be established on thla
important atretcn. and the grade line
will be made uniform.
LOST TAR EATS MUSSELS
Terrible Experience on IllcaJt Island
Nearly Proves Fatal.
FEATTLE, Wash, Jan. lt.-r-Ppec!aL
Lost for two midwinter days and
nights on Duke's Island, off the South
eastern Alaskan Coast, and nearly dead
when rescued by his shipmates. Jena
Jensen, a fisherman-sailor. In the crew
of the power schooner Northland, kept
the spark of life burning In Ms chilled
and hungry body by eating raw mus
sels gathered among the rocks of the
beach. The Northland reached Seattle
Jensen was lost while the men In the
crew were hunting. For two nights
and days the crew searched tha for
ests, carrying lanterns at night and
firing gone. Meanwhile the lost sailor
had made his way to the beach, a dis
tance of several miles from where the
scboober lay. and digging through tha
snow, procured a few mussels.
Chilled to the bone and with waning
strength after two frightful nights,
during which the dared not sleep for
fear of freeslng, he was finally found
struggling slowly along the beach.
He waa carrying a tin can with a few
mussels, one or two of which he ate
from time to time to keep up his
strength. Nauseated by the food and
weakened by exposure, the lost man
waa practically out of his senses.
FOUR FACEEATH IN WAVES
HI jU Seas 'Prevent Rescuers From
Getting Near Wreck.
NORFOLK. Va, Jan- 11. The revenue
cutter Itasca reached the shooner Harry
Prescott. stranded near Cape Hatteras.
at 10 o'clock tonight and"wlll attempt
to take off the four members of the
crew who are clinging to the rigging.
The lifesavers made a final attempt
to rescue the men at S eTclook and
failed. Because of high seas and the
strong ttde. it Is feared the men cannot
be rescued tonight.
Three men have already been saved.
They are: Captain V. K. Phllbrook. of
Weatherport. Me.; T. S. Smith, mate, of
Boston, and George Robins, ef Jones
Coast Bids Are Too High.
' OREGONIAH NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington. Jan. It. Bids for the construc
tion of the Walla Walla, Waslu. publlo
building, opened today, show that Dle
tor Wehtxel. of Wichita. Eaa, were
the low bidders, for limoetone. 1119.
414. and the Campbell Building Com
pany, of Salt Lake City, lowest, for
The Sound Construction Company, of
Seattle. V. aah, bid 1128. S00 for either
stone. There were no other Coast bid
dera. List of Well Known Pianos)
Now on sale la our exchange depart
ment Stelnway grands and uprights.
Everett grand A. B. Chase grand Ea
tey grand Kranlcb Bach grand, Eteck
grand Ohlckering grand Chase, Lud
wig. Knabe, Conover. Kroeger. Paca
erd. Kingsbury, Kimball. Lester and
other upright pianos all In A-l con
dition, many look new all for sale at
a tempting price. All marked In plain
figures Sherman, Clay 4k Co, Morri
son at Sixth.
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Bodies Are Not Recovered
From Dixon Disaster.
WOMAN COOK RESCUED
Chief Engineer Can't Account for
mowing- Vp of Holler Inspect
ors Start Investigation Ac
cident Third In Year.
Facing the third serious accident to
the fleet In less than a year, officers of
the Shaver Transporatlon Company
prepared early yesterday to ralae the
wrecked steamer Sarah Dixon, which
had drifted to a point near Kalama
after the explosion at 11:15 o'clock
Thursday night, when she was a short
distance above"- Martin's Island light,
headed down stream. Captain James
Ehaver wss at the scene early, the
steamer Wanna having been ordered
out. and at 10 o'clock the gasoline tug
Echo left Portland with men and sup
plies. Captain Sharer reported that no
bodies had been recovered from the
wreck and that the boiler was split on
top, but the cause of the explosion was
not established. As Captain Fred R
Stlnson and Mate Arthur Monlcal were
In the pilothouse at the time of the ex
plosion. It Is supposed that their bodies
were blown Into the river, as the pilot
house and texas were wrecked, and the
lower house was badly damacad. Un
less the hull wss lnjired more than
appeared to those at the scene, it prob.
ably will be the only portion of the
vessel saved with her machinery. As
Silas Knowles. fireman, was standing
In the flreroom It Is thought that he
was mangled, as he must have been la
the path, of the full force of the ex
plosion. The steamer Lurllne stood by the
wreck early In the morning, after hav
ing taken on the survivors at Kalsna.
and her crew put an anchor to hold
the Sarah Dixon fast until her owners
could reach there.
None of those who lost their lives was
married. Captain Stlnson had been in
the service of the Shaver Transporta
tion Company more than 1J years, hav
ing worked up from the deck force, and
Mate Monlcal was with the company
for a long period. Fireman Knowles
entered the service as a logger, but
owing to his massive build and weight
was too heavy tor the work, and was
given a fireman's berth.
Captain Stlnson. with Paul Peterson.
STEAMER WRECKED BY BOILER EXPLOSION AS IT NOW APPEARS.
KARAH DUCK '.'ARTLT SUBMERGED NEAR KALAMA.
a logger, and Jeff Owsley, watchman on
the Dixon, were on the steamer M. F.
Henderson when she was struck by the
tug Samson, near Bugby Hole. July 22,
1911. The Henderson was practically
a total loss, her machinery being the
principal property saved.
The first disaster of last year for the
Shaver fleet was the burning of the
steamer Sharer. April 20. as she was
berthed at the Davis-street dock, most
of her house being destroyed. Members
of the crew experienced narrow es
capes, but there were no fatalities.
United States Inspectors of Steam
Vessels. Edwards and Fuller, began an
Investigation into the Sarah Dixon ex
plosion yesterday and the testimony of
Chester L Lewis, chief engineer; Steve
Meaney, assistant engineer, and Harry
Dewey, fireman, was taken. Others
probably will be called today but so
far no light has been thrown on the
mystery of the boiler explosion. Four
years ago the Dixon's boiler was in
stalled new, and at the same time her
hull waa rep:.ced. The boiler was last
Inspected In April and lta original al
lowance of ilO pounds of steam was
not cut down.
"14 must have been Immediately pre
ceding the accident that I saw Silas
Knowles, the fireman, standing along
side the boiler with his eyes on the
water glass," said Chief Engineer
yesterday. "He was a careful and con
scientious fireman and I cannot think
that the result was from water trouble.
We were carrying about 200 pounds of
steam and had no reason to make fast
time, as we were not due down the
river until daylight.
"It seemed to me that when the boiler
exploded it shattered everything abov
It, the celling of the lower house being
torn away, and the force in the pilot
house must have been terrific. I got as
far as my room, thinking to get some
clothing, but even that far aft every
thing was wrecked. The steamer be
gan to list toward the port side and
before we left the edge of the hurricane
deck was under water. We experienced
difficulty in getting into the boats, but
Mrs. H. II- HUL the cook, had the hard
est time as she was in water up to her
waist before we got her Into a boat.
"I remarked to the boys that the
wreck waa drifting, as soon after the
explosion we passed the Martin Island
light. We had the metallic lifeboat
and the workboat in the water, but
after pulling aa far as Hoffman's Land,
lng we tied th . work boat to dolphins
there. We knew the tide was ebbing
and thought the best place to head for
Steamboatmeu say that the accident
on the Earah Dixon is but the second
of the character on the Willamette, the
first having been the steamer Senator,
an Upper Willamette vessel, on which
the boiler blew up as she was heading
Into a dock near the foot of Stark
street Captain Dan McGlll. her master,
was killed and Chief Engineer Felix
Evans and others, of the crew were In
jured. The accident happened more than
40 years ago.
Orders have been given for timbers
and other mater" ai to be uaed tn rais
ing the Dixon and two barges and a
derrick will be sent to the wreck to
morrow, as It is not doubted but that
the craft can be floated and brought
here. She was slued at 330,000. Only
the engines remained from the original
Sarah Dixon and the hull first launched
la now part of th barge Sarah, moored
at the East Sid., yards of the Shaver'
Interests, and used as a workshop.
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Expected Comment on Controversy
of Sew Jersey Aspirant With
Colonel Harvey Does Not (
Develop as Predicted. (
Wrath of Portland Democrats over
the actions of Governor Wilson in the
Wilson-Harvey incident and the Bryan
letter tempered down to such a degree
yesterday that It formed the basis of
but little comment at last night's meet
ing of the Jackson Club, contrary to
The leading speaker at the meeting
was P. C. Hunt, who essayed to explain
some of . the Democratic troubles and
to show the whys and wherefores of
the Wilson and other controversies.
Plea Made for Harmony
"The Republican party is attempting
to detract from Its own feuds by point
ing out some of the so-called troubles
of the Democrats." said Mr. Hunt. "But
we must not stand for It. Democrats
must quit quarreling and get together.
I believe that if the great Andrew
Jackson should rise from his grave and
speak he would shout at the top of his
voice, "Democrats, for God's sake quit
fighting and get together in the cause
of pure Democracy.' It does not matter
who the man Is. who is run for the
Presidency it's the principles he rep
resents. The Republicans have their
troubles In selecting a Presidential can
didate. "Personally, I believe that the Demo
cratic party will not have to pit Its
candidate against President Taft. but
will have to fight against Theodore
Roosevelt, the most unscrupulous, po
litical manipulator, audacious, four
flushing and dangerous demagogue ever
Intrusted with high authority. For
years the Democratic party has been
meeting defeat, but clouds are appear
ing on the Republican horizon and the
Democratlo skies are getting brighter."
Rerwbllcans Are Blamed.
Francis Clarno, who spoke at the
meeting, aeciarea mat ine w noun uwn
I - ..nmnl. Kv the Renubltcan
party interests. "If Wilson is to be
relegated to the DacRgrouna. aeciareu
Clarno. "let it be by the will of the
people and not by any political clique.
As for me, I believe Bryan is the great
. . . v " i n a ,.-th M o la
Ear man on muw a p, . --
a second runner to Roosevelt, but he
has not had an opportunity 10 u-"-strate
his worth. Roosevelt Is the only
man who has ever had an opportunity
to practice the things developed and
worked out by Bryan."
Ha praised Roosevelt for tenacity and
grit. "Even if I am a Democrat in a
Democratlo meeting," he said, "I can
not help expressing my admiration for
the tenacity of Roosevelt, who stood
up against all the world for what he
thought was right."
Party Principles Held First.
Ernest Kroner expressed the opinion
that Democrats ought to fight for
Democracy and not for the personali
ties of candidates who might be se
lected to represent those principles.
-Wa must discontinue our bickering on
unimportant questions and unite for
the good of the Democratlo platform
as a whole." he said. "Leave it to the
ability of any man the party nominates
for the Presidential campaign to work
out these principles."
The meeting was attended by E0
leading Democrats, a number of whom
expressed opinions as to the duty of
Democrats to get together and work
for the common interest of the party.
Among these speakers were Ogleiiby
Young. John H. Stevenson and M !
GIr!W. Mov.tague declared yesterday
that regardless of the opinions ex
pressed by many leading party mem
bers in Portland that the Wilson-Har-vey
Incident and the Bryan letter
would eliminate Wilson from the race
for the Presidential candidacy, he be
lieved it would not have that effect.
Support Declared Retained.
"I haven't heard of anyone who was
a Wilson supporter who Is not one
still." said Mr. Montague. "The op
posers, many of whom have expressed
themselves, were opposed to him be
fore these Incidents. I believe Wilson
acted the part of a man in refusing
to accept the support of Harper's
Weekly. He did not consider it proper
to be backed by Wall street interests
and man-like he expressed his views
openly. I believe records will show
that two-thirds of the rank and file
of Democrats lr the Btate are for him,
and I don't believe they have been
by L. W. Jones, 870 Halght Ave.
turned by these Inoldenta, which have
been magnified out of all proportion to
their importance. No man goes through
a campaign without his enemies club
Samuel White, who declares he is an
ardent Democrat, but not especially a
Wilson supporter, said! "I stand for
any man who represents the Demo
cratic principles. As for the Harvey
incident. I believe It is a molehill made
Into a mountain. It is a trick to force
Into retirement one of the strongest
men in the party, who is now a pros
pective candidate. As for the Bryan
letter, nobody is worrying about it.
Bryan Is not."
There was a great deal of criticism
by some of the Democrats about the
views expressed by others on the Wilson-Harvey
incident. It was announced
early in the day that a lively session
was scheduled for the Jackson Club
meeting, but it is thought the pending
storm was forestalled before the meet
ing hour. Only one of those who de-
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BUILDING BILL $16,000,000
House Committee Reports Omnibus
Measure Cutting First Estimates.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 19. The House
committee on public buildings and
grounds today decided to report an
omnibus public building bill carrying
116,000.000. The committee voted to re
strict each member of Congress to one
Chairman Underwood, of the ways
and means committee and other House
leaders advised against any public
The original estimates for publlo
buildings aggregated more than $30.
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