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ALLENS, FATHER AND
SON, TO DIE TODAY
Law to Avenge Courthouse
Murders by Lawless Men .
of Virginia Hills.
CRIME HORRIFIES STATE
Two Others of Clansmen Xow Serv
ing Term In Prison and Trial
of Third Is Progressing
RICHMOND, Va, Nov. 21. The exe
cution of Floyd Allen and his son,
Claude Swanson Allen, sentenced to
die In the electric chair between sun
rise and sunset today, marks the first
blow of Justice upon the notorious
Allen clansmen whose lawlessness for
years held the natives of the Virginia
mountains In terror and culminated
early this year in the shooting up of
the Carroll County Court, when five
persons lost their lives. The news of
the crime sent a thrill of horror
throughout the Nation and tbe shocked
Virginia authorities moved expediti
ously to bring the criminals to jus
tice. On the morning of March 14. Floyd
Allen stood before the bar of the Car
roll County Courthouse, at Hlllsvllle,
to receive sentence for his part in aid
ing the escape of another mountaineer
from the custody of the Sheriff. A
crowd packed the little courtroom, for
' the character of the prisoner was well
known. Members of the Allen family
wrre known to be in court and trouble
was thought imminent.
More Thaa 300 Skots Fired.
The jury having announced a ver
dict of guilty. Judge Thornton' L. Mas
sif! sentenced the prisoner to one year
at hard labor. With the last word of
the sentence a crash of firearms broke
from the spectators' benches. Floyd
Allen, the prisoner, with a smoking
revolver in his hand, leaped from the
prisoner's dock and Joined the rush
of the gang toward the door.
When the courtroom was cleared the
body of Judge Massle, riddled with
bullets, was found lying over his desk:
Commonwealth Attorney Foster and
Sheriff Webb lay dead on the floor;
Augustus Fowler, a juror, and Eliza
beth Ayres, a spectator, were bleeding
from wounds which proved fatal the
next day, and Dexter Goad, clerk of
the court, lay shot through the neck.
Goad was one of the principal wit
nesses for the state at the conviction
of the prisoners.
When the courtroom was examined
later it was found that more than 200
shots had bnen fired. Twenty-seven
shots took effect upon those killed or
Posses Scoar Mountains.
An army of detectives and news
paper correspondents soon was scour
ing the muddy roads of the mountains
in search of tile . jtrlsoners. Floyd
Allen, the cause of the shooting, who
had been wounded by Sheriff Webb in
the courtroom, was taken the day of
the crime, together with his son, Victor
Allen, and his nephew, Bird Marlon.
Sidna Edwards, a nephew of the
Allen brothers, was captured in a hut
in the mountains March 22. Edwards
who is lame, had eaten nothing for
several days and was extremely weak
when found. Claude Swanson Allen,
another son of Floyd Allen, walked up
to a posse In the mountains and sur
rendered himself on March 28. The
next day Friel Allen, youngest member
cf the gang was taken at his father's
Floyd Allen, charged specifically with
the killing of Commonwealth Attorney
Foster, was found guilty of first de
gree murder on May 17 and sentenced
to death; Claude Allen, his son, was
tried on a charge of killing Judge
Massle, and convicted of murder in the
second degree. The Jury recommended
a sentence of IS years in the peni
tentiary. The state demanded a new
trial and a verdict of guilty in the first
degree' was returned on July 27 add
lie was sentenced to death.
Friel Allen pleaded guilty of murder
In the second degree and on August 14
was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Three days later Sidna Edwards plead
ed guilty to a like charge and received
sentence of 15 years. Victor Allen
was acquitted of a charge of having
participated in the murders.
A Bother Allea Sow on Trial.
idna Allen, brother of Floyd Allen,
and .recognised leader of the clan, and
his nephew Wesley Edwards, eluded
pursuit for many weeks, and eventually
escaped out of the Virginia mountains
and made their way West. They were
raptured at Des Moines. Iowa, Septem
ber 14, as the result of a love affair
of young Edwards. A letter from him
was lost by Maude Iroler, of Mount
Airy. N. C and detectives followed Its
information and captured tbe two men.
Sidna Allen was placed on trial No
vember 11 at Wytheville, Va., charged
with the murder of Judge Massle. The
trial is now under way.
ONE OF TWO OUTLAWS TO BE HANGED TODAY AND JURIST HE
HELPED TO SLAY.
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MEN A IS N0T SET FREE
INicaraguan Rebel and Ills Son to Be
Detained Further at A neon.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21. Chief Jus
tice Gudger, of the Supreme Court of
the Panama Canal Zone, has refused to
grant a writ of habeas corpus in the
case of the Nicaraguan revolutionist
leader. General Louis Mena. and his
son. Colonel Daniel Mena, "detained"
at Ancon by the United States.
General Mena and his boh were taken
to Ancon on a United States warship
after their surrender to American ma
rines September 28. following the bat
tle at Barranca. It is the intention of
the United States to restrain their free,
dom until conditions in Nicaragua be
Watch Case Manufacturer Wes.
PiTii.jnEl.PHIA. Nov. 21. Theo
,hiu z.nrbrusre. former president of
the Keystone Watch Case Company,
-kiAh waa th nrinciDal defendant in
tbe Government's suit to dissolve the
so-called "Watch Case -irusv aiea
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ABOVE CLAl'DH ALLEN.
BELOW IHE LATE JUDGE THORNTON I-
STORM TOLL LARGE
Estimate of Death From Ja
maica Hurricane Is 100.
SHIPS SINK WITH CREWS
Coasting Vessel Carried by Tidal
Wave Half Mile Up Main Street
of Savannah La Mar, Where
Devastation Was Worst,
vivr.BTnN .Ta Nov. 21. The official
estimate of the dead in the hurricane
fijai tohb that vfAiteri thA western
part of Jamaica, places the number at
more than 100 on the coast towns
alone. Details gradually coming in,
indicate great devastation in the west
Practically all lighters, coasting
sloops and small craft in the harbors
nt rir... loinnji ATm nt pirn I.ucea and
Savanna la Mar foundered and large
proportion or ine crews were uruwucM.
Many persons living in these towns lost
their lives In the collapse of buildings.
Food and Shelter Provided.
t.n.,aAa nf'tho AmerlfA.n colonv
s rnntcrn wei-A hndlv damasred but
no casualties are reported. The Governor-General
of Jamaica, Sir Sidney
Oliver, reached Montego bay today and
found conditions so direful that he im
mediately ordered the dspatch of sev
eral hunarM aKiitionai lenis auu i8
quantities of food supplies from Kings
ton. The railway lines now are work
ing within 20 miles of Montego Bay.
but the telegraph lines are disor
ganized. The tidal wave at Savanna la Mar
ka hivhptt in a. centurv. One
coasting vessel was washed half a mile
up the main street. Fully 95 per cent
of the houses were Diown down m
v... ..u. ti a tKa nrlnrlnAl hotels were
unroofed as were all the churches and
the railway depots.
Bodies Plied In Heap.
Thn baa RWAnt over the streets in
the lower section of the town and rows
of dwellings were piled up in a gigan
i. - at tia nnT h nf a. ff-iiilv. where
the largest number of bodies were re
covered. An American iouni
happened to be in that town during the
v.. ..ina na aA 4o hndlAR h Bid been re
covered up to the time of his depar
At Green Island. 18 miles southwest
t ..... hA irrwriKnn said, there was
much wreckage ashore and afloat but
no sign ol lite coma De oiscerneu.
At Lucea ten dead bodies were found
directly after the storm had subsided.
TURKS RESUME FIGHTING
Continued From First Page.)
haps sterner terms in the capital of
The negotiations thus far have been
conducted through the Russian ambas
sador at Constantinople, hut the Turk
ish ambassador at Berlin was on his
way to join his colleagues appointed to
meet the Bulgarian representatives
when the Turkish government's start
ling decision was telegraphed abroad.
Turks Rest Hope on Powers.
Even yet it would seem tbat the
Turkish officials have not abandoned
hope that the powers will come to their
rescue and attempt to dictate a com
promise, but Sir Edward Grey, the
British Foreign Secretary, announced
tonight that tbe powers had not gone
so far as. to arrange a general confer
ence after the conclusion of the war.
Their only agreement, so far as sur
face Indications go, is to keep their
The probability of the resumption of
hostilities has started rumors afresh
from Vienna of Austrian and Russian
mobilizations on" their borders, and a
naval demonstration by the triple alli
ance on the Albanian coast if Servia
pushes her onward march to the cov
The continued successful defense of
the Tchatalja lines would strengthen
Turkey's diplomatic position,, but her
defeat after. prolonged fighting of her
own choosing would . inflame the Bul
garians' desire to make a triumphal
progress into Constantinople.
Sofia Dema'ndH Onward March.
Popular clamor in Sofia is demanding
more strongly each day that the ad
vance stop only at the Bosphorus.
European military officials consider
the terms of the allies harsh in one re
apect, that is, that they compel
an unconditional capitulation of Scu
tari and'-Adrianople, instead of allow
ing the garrisons to march out with
the honors of war.
Two more chapters of the war are
reported a naval engagement off Var.
na between the Turkish cruiser Hamld-
ieh and Bulgarian torpedo boats, and
the occupation of Fiorina by the
Greeks. The Bulgarians report that
they did great damage to and proba
bly sank the cruiser. . Tbe Turks re
port that they sank two torpedo boats
and that the cruiser was only slightly
By the occupation of Fiorina, which
lies south of Monastir, the Greeks, as
cording to the Athens report have
cut off 30,000 men of the rear guard
of the Turkish army retreating from
TURKS' HEAR GUARD CUT OFF
Greeks Capture Large Quantities of
Munitions as Enemy Flees.
ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 21. Greek
troops have occupied the Turkish town
of Fiorina, to the south of Monastir,
and cut off the rear guard of the Turk
ish army retreating from Monastir af
ter ila capture by tbe Servians.
The Turkish soldiers who succeeded
In escaping through the Servian lines
around Monastir number about 80,000.
Large quantities of ammunittion and
stores fell into the hands of the Greeks
when they cut off the rear guard.
Russians Warned Against Gossip.
ST. PETERSBURG, Nov. 21. Russian
officers were warned today by the
Minister of War, at direct command of
Emperor Nicholas, that idle gossip in
regard to military -preparations in
Russia would render them liable to
exclusion from the army. The order
points out that military men have been
concerned in the dissemination of ru
mors capable of being brought into
connection with events in the Balkans.
CHURCH WORKERS ENTHUSE
Home Missions Week Observed by
Numerous Protestant Bodies.
A great rally and banquet attend
ed by over 400 people was held Tues
day night In the First Presbyterian
church, which showed the interest
that is being taken in the movement
for the Increase of tbe Home Mission
field. Addresses were delivered by
prominent ministers of the Presbyte
rian denomination and by women
workers, while two execelient violin
solos were rendered by Rev. Charles F.
Tbe general aim that the committee
had in setting this week aside is to
educate the people of the state in the
work so far accomplished by the Home
Mission Society and to inform them
more particularly as to its plans for
the future. '
THE LARGEST W LEADING FUR MANUFACTURERS IN THE WEST
Sale in Our
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Opposite Old Location
Anybody Can Buy
YOU WANT and
THEN CUT THE
PRICE IN TWO
EXTRA CHARGE FOR AL
From $40.00 to $1250.00
Now $20.00 to $625.00
From $10,00 to $500.00
Now $5.00 to $250.00
From $6.00 to $450.00
Now $3.00 to $225.00
From $3.00 to $200.00
Now $1.50 to $100.00
Saturday Last Day
From $45.00 to $85.00
Now $22.50 to $42.50
DURING THIS SALE, ONLY ONE GARMENT SOLD TO EACH CUSTOMER-NO EXCHANGES
Inmate of Soldiers' Home De
clares Petty Rules Worked
Many Hardships. -
LITTLE" SYMPATHY SHOWN
Wearing of Overcoats In Oold Din-Ins-Room
Prohibited! In Winter.
Coats Kept Buttoned in
Heat of Summertime.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21. A dozen
witnesses testified before the Senate
committee investigating the Sawtelle
Soldiers' Home today, giving: further
testimony of alleged incompetency of
the home's executive's poor food and
other conditions not conducive to com
fort and haDDiness.
Major F. W. Moore, treasurer of the
home, was severely arraigned by Ed
ward H. Kenny, a naval veteran. Major
Moore and George Cochrane, accord
ing to the witness, were insulting and
contemptuous in their manner toward
Veterans Kept Standing Long.
"The old soldiers want to be gov
erned by American military officers of
experiences and not foreigners who
have a centempt lor the old soldiers.
declared Kenny. "This Major Moore
wasn't naturalized as an American
citizen until 1886, and then he took out
papers in order to hold his Job. When
he inspected the veterans, he would
keep a company standidg for an hour
while he examined their clothing."
Kenny produced copies of what he
described as "nagging orders by. a set
of officers who never did military
duty." One of them was the rule of
compelling the inmates to keep their
oivilian clothing in the basement or
outside tbe grounds.
Inmates Softer From Weather.
Another, which Kenny denounced as
brutal was that prohibiting the wear
ing of overcoats in the dining hall
when the weather was inclement, com
pelling the veterans to go through tbe
rain to the dining hall without
In hot weather, he said, a policeman
stationed at the door of the dining
hall compelled the inmates to button up
their coats and keep them buttoned
during the meal.
Kenny pleaded that the Soldiers'
Homes be turned over to the War De
partment. "Give us Army or Navy officers,' he
said. "They will respect us and we will
A session ol the bearing will be held
at Sawtelle tomorrow.
Aviator Andre Frey Killed.
RHEIMS. France. Nov. 21. Andre
Frey, the aviator, was killed here to
day. His aeroplane collapsed and he
fell 160 feet. Frey participated in the
international aviation meet at Chicago
last September and was placed third.
700 Acres Are Transferred.
ASTORIA, Or., Nov. 21. (Special.)
A deed was filed for record today
whereby the Columbia Valley Company
sells to the Crosset Timber Company
about 700 acres of land, Including the
company's big sawmill at Wauna. The
consideration named 'in- the deed is
Expense Statement Made.
SALEM. Or., Nov. 21. (Special.)
A. C. Spencer- of the Portland Terminal
Investment Company filed a statement
with the Secretary of State today show
ing that he furnished Orton E. Good
win, treasurer of the Oregon Equal
Taxation League, with $2500 to assist
in carrying on the anti-single tax fight.
Great educational .. film, "A Noble
Profession." Globe Theater, Washing
ton and Uth. 10a
Caved in and Tons of
But we were not hit. We are now
located in the Portland Hotel
building, between Sixth and Sev
enth streets. , Today prices come
down like thousands of bricks on
Ribbons, Laces, Embroideries and
No. 1 and 1 Baby Rib'n, yd. 2J
No. 2, half inch wide, yard, 3
No. 4, inch wide.; 5&
No. 5, one inch wide 6
No. 9, IV2 inches wide 10
All Laces One-half price
Ladies' Union Suits 65
Ladies' Fleeced Union Suits $1
Ladies' Fine Cotton Union Suits
on sale at..... $1.50
F. P.Young Go.
328 Morrison Street.
Portland Hotel Building.
Holman Fuel Co.
mat i !' iw
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faction of knowing that your valuables are safe
more than repays the cost of a box.
Security Safe Deposit Company
Fifth and Morrison Streets
BOXES $3.00 FEB ANNUM AND UPWARDS
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to recommend it to any of my friends who are contemplating
buying furniture," said a man connected with a bank, who
bought his furniture DIRECT. .
Every day we hear something like this. Ask your neighbors.
They'll say the same thing.
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On account of the late fire on our
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ub Liquor Co,
243 ALDER ST., NEAR SECOND
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