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PORTLAND, OREGON. MONDAY, AUGUST IS, 1913.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Escape From Matfeawan
Effected With Aid of
CONNECTICUT LINE IS GOAL
Stanford White's Slayer Darts
Through Open Gate to Where
Great Cars Await Him.
EXTRADITION NOT POSSIBLE
Belief Is Flight Is Made to
Yacht to Sail for Europe.
GATEKEEPER IS ARRESTED
Fugitive Last Seen Ten Miles From
Hospital Tearing Wltli Confed
erates Along Road at Speed
of 70 Miles an, Ilour.
SOt'TH JORWALK, Coaaw Ana-. 1"
It n learned late tonight tkat for
tiro hours thla afteraooa a large ateam
yacht wu aachored opposite Rotoa
Potat, about a half-mile off aeore. She
ateamed east late la the afternoon.
MATIEAWA.V, N. Y- Adj. 17. Harry
K. Thaw, the slayer of Stanford White,
escaped from the hospital for the crim
inal Insane here at 7:45 o'clock this
morning-. A dart for liberty through
an open Kate, a dash into the opsa
door of a powerful automobile hat
stood quivering: outside, and a flight
like a rocket for the Connecticut State
line, 30 miles away, accomplished his
Tonight he was still at large and the
hospital authorities felt certain he was
outside the state. Once beyond Its
boundaries. Thaw is free. Only long,
perhaps rears, of litigation can bring
him back, and then only In one event
that he be adjudged Insane in the state
to which he has fled.
Five Coafederatea Aid Thaw.
Five confederates manned the car
In which Thaw escaped and a big black
limousine which trailed it past the
asylum gate. The police have their
license number and the names under
which they registered at a local hotel
Friday night, and are seeking them.
The hospital authorities believe Thaw
has fled to the shore of Long Island
Sound and boarded a yacht, waiting
with steam up to rush him to Europe.
A reward of $500 for Thaw's appre
hension has been offered by Dr. R. F.
C. Kleb, superintendent of the asylum.
Howard H. Barnum. the attendant at
the gate past whom Thaw flashed In
his break for freedom. Is under ar
Test and other arrests are expected
to follow In the rigid Investigation be
gun by Ir. Kleb.
The shades were drawn in the dor
mitories and the Inmates Here get
ting their second sleep when Thaw
left his room this morning. He was
fully dressed. The milkman's cart was
rumbling on the road outside as he
walked through the storeroom and into
the outer court or yard of the asylum
grounds. Barnum. sole attendant at
the road gate, was pacing back and
forth when Thaw closed the storeroom
door behind him and apparently did
not grasp .the significance of Thaw's
Thaw Regarded aa -Trnrntr."
Tears of residence In the asylum
and repeated declarations by Thaw
that he would never attempt to obtain
his freedom except by legal means,
had established the madman's status
as a "trusty." There was little out
of the ordinary in bis appearance, even
at so early an hour, in the courtyard,
and If Barnum saw him he raised no
A six-cylinder touring car, black,
and 60-horsepower, followed by a lim
ousine, also black, loafed lazily along
the road as the milkman drew near
the gate. Thaw standing a few feet
away, apparently unconcerned, waited
until Barnum unlocked the gate and
swung It wide to let the milkman en
tar. At the same moment the two cars
drew up on the further side of the
road, opposite the gate, and stool still,
their engines throbbing. As Barnum
stepped aside for the milkman to drive
Inside the grounds he heard the gravel
crunch beneath Thaw's feet and look
ing up saw the madman flash past him
straight for one of the waiting cars,
With a shout, Barnum started in pur
suit, but a flying leap landed Thaw
lafely within the car. The wheels were
lowly turning before 'the keeper had
."airly reached the roadway. They were
throwing op a cloud of dust before
he bad gone 20 feet.
Down the roadway the cars aped la
a whirling cloud of dust that quickly
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GIRL AND ESCORT
SAVED BY BOATMAN
PRESENTIMENT OF TROCBLE
Man's Attempt to Recover Oar Al
nuKt Causes Traced on
River at Salem.
SALEM, Or.; Aug. 17. (Special.)
Bruce McDaniel, a boat tender for
Charles Denlson, became a hero late
today when he rescued Clara Brown,
22 years old. and H. B. Smith, a clerk,
25 years old, who had narrow escapes
from drowning when a rowboat in
which they were riding was overturned
by waves from a launch.
When the young couple rented the
boat, McDaniel had a presentiment that
thev were going to have trouble.
"Brown did not seem to know much
about rowing," said the young boat
tender, "and I decided I would keep my
eyes on the couple. They had almost
crossed the river to an island when one
of the oars dropped and Brown leaned
over to get it, as he did the launch
came by and the skiff was overturned
The girl sank twice and as she came
up the second time her escort seised
her. Then they clung to the over
McDaniel and Denison put out in a
boat the instant the couple were seen
to be in peril. Brown and the girl were
taken to the boathouse where they
were wrapped In blankets which, they
wore to their homes.
Persons who witnessed the accident
declare that but for the promptness of
McDaniel and Denlson the couple
would have been drowned.
PRAYER MADE FOR SULZER
Pastor Asks Heaven to Crash Tam
many and Send Rain.
Rev. Charles T. McPherson, pastor
of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church,
at 368 Hemlock street, from his pulpit
yesterday prayed for the overthrow of
Tammany and for the success of Gov
ernor Sulxer of New York.
The pastor said If the Governor had
done wrong he might have been led
Into it innocently as part of a Tam
many "frameup," and asked that he be
Following the service Rev. Mr. Mc
Pherson sent this telegram to Governor
Sulacr: "Christians asked to pray for
Tammany's overthrow. Glynn Is cow
ardly. "REV. CHARLES T. M'PHERSOS."
The pastor also prayed that rain be
sent to the relief of the drouth sections
in. Kansas. Missouri and .Oklahoma. He
censured Governor Hodges of Kansas
for refusing to call a general day or
prayer for rain.
Tut vnr Rev. Mr. McPherson Draved
for the cessation of rains in Oregon.
The rains stopped.
TIMID HIGHWAYMAN ROBS
Youth Visits Store Thrice Before
Nerving Himself to Show Gun.
CHICAGO, Aug. 17. A timid young
beginner In armed robbery held up a
delicatessen store here last night, after
nerving himself to the attack by three
visits. On the first visit his heart
failed him and he bought a pound of
coffee. He went out and came back a
few minutes later, and after some
hesitation asked that the coffee be
ground. He left again, but returned
and bought a pound of tea. Two girl
clerks and a girl cashier noticed the
youth's singular actions. He was back
again in a few minutes and this time
presented a shaking revolver and In a
trembling voice ordered the cash reg
The revolver enforced obedience, de
spite the woung man's evident fright.
He escaped with $65 after having
driven the girls into a back room and
locking the door on them. They said
he was about IS years old and neatly
SULZER ANSWERS LAWSON
"Frenzied Finance" Man Says He's
Urged to Push Fight.
BY THOMAS W. LAWSON.
PRINEVILLE. Or., Aug. 17. I have a
reply; from Governor Sulzer, of New
York, to my recent telegram and also
urgent requests from editors and
leaders the country over to act. The
consensus of opinion is that Puller's
impeachment is the culmination of a
long-hatching plot to seize the state
machinery, usurp the constitutional au
thority, release from prison Senator
Still well and Lieutenant Becker and
make it Impossible to finish the in
vestigation now under way and con
templated, which threatened exposure
of the past quarter of a century's
The Knickerbocker Express, of Al
bany, making calls for a National
committee, has urged me to come East
at once to organise such a committee.
OLD TREE CHANGES FRUIT
Freak Cherries Crow on Same Twig
With Green Gage Plums.
COLFAX. Wash.. Aug. 17. (Special.)
A remarkable freak in fruit was
brought to Colfax yesterday from the
S. H. Miller ranch, 12 miles south of
here. The fruit appears to be x cherry,
buta Is not quite the shape or color of
a Bing cherry, which it strongly re
sembles. Growing on the same limb
with the fruit, which is dark red In
color, are Green Gage plums.
The tree is 30 years old and was
planted by Dr. Lewis. The leaves are
plum leaves and the tree has always
bore Green Gage plums. This year it
is covered with the freak fruit, which
has a seed like a plum. Scattered over
the limbs is a liberal sprinkling of the
regular Green Gage plums.
Young Wife Tells of
FEAR FELT FOR HER CHILD
Fugitive's Love of Spectacu
lar Chief Cause of Dread.
OFFICIALS ARE BLAMED
Matteawan Staff Said to Be Juggled
by Prisoner Attempt of Es
caped Slayer to Murder Her
on Stage Not Unexpected.
NEW TORK. Aug. 17. (Special.)
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw dropped her arms
on the table in front of her when told
of her husband's escape from Mattea
wan. "Just another chapter and nobody
knows what its end will be," she said
in weary tones. "You know Harry.
One drink of liquor and he is as mad as
ever. What he'll do, heaven only
knows. Remember how he killed Stan
ford White. That's the way he'd do
anything. He must be in the lime
light for such a thing. Nothing would
so delight his mad soul as to shoot
me on the, stage.
"It's easy to see what prompted him
to escape. He couldn't bear the
thought of my making my own way
without dependence upon him. All I
can do is just go on and hope that
everything will come out all right
No one can tell what crafty schemes
he might use to get at me."
She was twisting a letter with a
foreign postmark in her hands. Sud
denly she opened it and glanced at the
queer childish attempts at drawing on
Mother F'ara for Her Baby.
"He's safe," she said, "but I wish baby
were near, where I could be with him
myself and be sure every moment that
he was all right He's in Folkestone
and the woman who has charge of blm
has everything to recommend her, but
I'd give anything in the world to have
him right here this minute.
"Isn't it aa outrage," she exclaimed.
crushing up the letter and placing it In
her bosom. "Isn't It shameful that a
great and wonderful state like New
York should permit a madman to jug
gle the superintendents and the staff
of one of Its greatest institutions, a
place for the care of Its criminal in
sane, where so many men more danger
ous than the worst criminals are con
fined? Harry Thaw was permitted to
Juggle the officers In that place as if
they weie his own servants."
For the first time today. Evelyn told
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INDEX OF JODAY'S NEWS
TESTEDRArfi Maximum temperature. 68-5
dtgrew; minimum. degrees.
TODAY'S Fair and warmer; westerly
a Harry K. Thaw.
Harry K. Thaw escapes from asylum at
Matteawan. Pass 1.
History of Thaw ease given. Pace 2.
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw femra husband may try
to kill bar. Pas. 1.
Parentage of Mrs. Thaw's son disputed.
Alienists believe Thaw is still Insane, Pace S
Tone of Mexican newspapers toward United
Stales Is bitter. fu 4.
Coast League results: Portland 7. Oakland
l; Venice -. Ban Francisco S-i; Bacra-
mento 4-3. Los Angeles a-u. Fast a.
Northwestern League results: Portland 7-1,
Seattle 1-1; Tacoma 4-1. Victoria T-u;
Vancouver S-lt Spokane 1-8. Page 8.
Anderson eager to enter ring Thanksgiving
Day. Page 8.
Week's piny In majors show Athletics weak
ening and Oicnta strengthening. Page &
McCrcdie shirts Stanley from . Colta to
Beavers. Page 0.
Oregon riflemen win 18 prizes at Camp
Perry. Page .
'Uncle Joe" Cannon again to seek election
to Congress. Page 1.
Mrs. Dlggs and Mrs. Caminetti to testify In
behalf of husbands. Page 3.
Trading In stocks recently is unusually ac
tive. Page 1U.
Antl-Suffraglsts confident of victory before
House of Representatives. Page 3.
Sulzer and Glynn spend quiet day prepar
ing cases. Page 6.
Girl and escort barely escape drowning at
Salem. Page 1.
Seattle excursion to Bend "held up" by
desperadoes. Page 1.
Addtsjn Bennett writes ot the Lewlston
country. Page 4.
Clackamas County officials, ousted by recall,
will turn over offices to successors to
day. Page 5. .
Portland and Vicinity.
Many orphans find good homes as result of
iresh-air outings, page t.
Secretary Lane assures West ot Administra
tion sympathy. Page 1.
Six injured when two autos collide on East
Side. Pare 10.
Mrs. Franklin K. Lane center of social in
terest. Page 16. t
Lane hears grlefa of settlers. Page 3.
Maxama trip of IMS is now history. Page 10.
Governor Lister, of Washington, is visitor en
route to California. Page 16.
Newspaper boys find prices of Valley lan
too high. Page 5.
Weather report, data and forecast. Page 4.
QUAKE SP0ILS OIL WELL
Subterranean Explosion Results In
Flow of Gas From Gusher.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17. (Special.)
In the ocean field at Summerland.
near Santa Barbara, the Duquesne Oil
Company has a well which, in the past.
has produced considerable oil .but
following a recent earthquake shock
the oil ceased to flow and the well
commenced to yield gas irregularly
Today, after what appeared to be a
subterranean explosion, the well be
came a regular gas gusher and the
flow seems to be constantly Increas
ing. The well Is only 300 feet deep.
SHOWERS RELIEVE KANSAS
Forage and Alfalfa, Crops Benefited
and Stock Ponds Filled.
KANSAS CITT. Aug. 17. Heavy
showers today over most of the east
ern half of Kansas added to the relief
that came with the rains of yesterday
and it is believed the drought is now
AVOIDING THE ROCKS.
UNCLE JOE AGAIN
10 SEEK ELECTION
Factor In Illinois.
OLD PARTY IS REORGANIZING
Former Leaders, Defeated in
1912, Seek Vindication.
SWEEPING DEMANDS MADE
Cannon, McKinley, 'Sterling, Prince,
Fuller, Foss, Rodenberg and Wil
son. Ask for NominationsSher
man Unopposed for Senate.
CHICAGO, Aug. 17. (Special.) Each
of the present Republican Representa
tives to Congress Madden, Mann, Brit
ton, Copley and McKenzie will be a
candidate for re-election next year and
each one of the old Republican con
tingent defeated last November, ex
pects to try for vindication in Novem
ber, 1914. This list is headed by ex-
Speaker Cannon in the Danville dis
trlct: William B. McKinley, manager
of the Taft campaign, in the Cham
paign district; John A. Sterling. Bloom
ington; George W. Price, Galesburg;
Charles E. Fuller, Belvldere; George
E. Foss. Evanston; William A. Roden
berg. East St. Louis; William M. WU
son, Englewood, and some one repre
senting the political organization of
Napoleon B. Thistlewood of Cairo.
James McKlnney, who was not a can
didate for re-election in the Rock Is
land district. Is likely to be a can
didate for the Republican nomination
A'egotlatlons lader Way.
Information of the candidates came
to Chicago during the week, and is
playing an important part in the ne
gotlatlons now well under way for re
construction and rehabilitation of the
Republican state organization.
Repub' lean state Jeaders surmised
that minority leader Mann and Martin
B. Madden would ask for renomlnatlon.
Britten la an announced candidate In
the North Side district, according to
his friends, and McKenzle. In the old
Lowden district fully expects a re
Copley, who has been playing both
with the Progressives and Republi
cans, has been supposed to be in the
going as a Republican candidate.
The surprise which came to the
organization leaders was that the full
force of Republicans expects and de
mands the Congressional nominations
Claims of "El'l" Vital.
The political situation in Illinois is
such It Is understood from the conver-
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PLAY ROBBER ROLE
SEATTLE EXCURSION PARTV IS
GIVEN TOUCH OF OLD DAYS.
Garbed as Desperadoes, Business
Men Furnish Material for
BEXD.Or., Aug. 17 "(Special.)
That tile good old days of six-shooters
and holdups are not entirely a matter
of history was demonstrated this after
noon when Bend's annual special ex
cursion train from Seattle coming over
the Oregon Trunk Railway was held up
by a band of "desperadoes' a couple
of miles north of Bend. Intimidated by
the flash of many revolvers, accom
panied by the noise of repeated shots,
the train crew and 75 passengers were
obliged to alight, line up beside the
train and keep their hands in the air
while the "highwaymen" "frisked'
them In the most approved fashion.
There were no fatalities. In .fact,
aside from a loss of composure on the
part of a few who did not "tumble", to
the joke at the outset, the waylaid
travelers report no losses. The train
robbers were business men of Bend.
Attired In chaps and masks, bristling
with six-shooters and generally togged
up in a manner that would have done
credit to the baddest of bad men. tbece
dozen "desperadoes" contributed the
holdup as a feature of the trip of the
Leaders of the "desperadoes" were:
Representative Forbes, J. P. Keyes,
Deputy Game .Wardenn McKay and
Mayor Putnam. Moving-picture ma
chines made films of the exciting
event. The excursion party will leave
Bend for Portland and Seattle Mon
day midnight, D. M. Mosessohn. ol
the Chamber of Commerce Bulletin, is
one of the Portlanders on the train.
CRAWFORD OFF TO BANDON
Attorney-General to Investigate De
portation of Editor.
SALEM, Or., Aug. 17. (Special.) At
torney-General Crawford went to
Bandon today, where he will make an
investigation, on the request of Gov
ernor West, of the deportation of Dr.
Bailey K. Leach, Socialist editor, wbo Is
accused of defaming the American flag
in his paper. Justice. The Governor
has designated the men who deported
the editor as a "mob" and says they
should be punlsbed as such, Mr.
Crawford will report the result of his
investigation to the authorities of the
eonetj- with supers." ns regarding -the
proposed prosecutions. .
Dr. Leach will publish the first issue
of his paper, since he was deported
from Bandon, in Portland, on Wednes
day. He says the publication will be
much larger than before, and the first
issue will contain a complete account of
his treatment by the Bandon cltlaens.
Among the persons accused are tw
MOUSE PLAYS JONAH ROLE
Rodent Cruises In Bell? of Bass,
Then Falls to Camp Cat.
MONTCLAIR, N.' J.. Aug. 17. (Spe
cial.) Warren H. Spangler, of Mont
clair, while fishing in Greenwood Lake
today landed a four-pound bass- The
fish was placed in the bottom of the
boat. The party remained on the lake
for an hour, and while all the other
fish in the boat seemed to have suc
cumbed the big bass continued to show
signs, of life that puzzled the anglers.
When the camp was reached Span
gler cut the fish open and out Jumped
a live field mouse. It appeared to be
feeble, but made a brave attempt to
get away. It had not gone two feet,
however, when the camp cat pounced
upon it and ate it whole.
PIONEER OF 1847 PASSES
JohntM. Watts, for Many Years Res
ident of Llnnton, Dies at 74.
John M. Watts died yesterday at 5:46
P. XL. at the Imperial Hotel, this city,
where he had made his home for the
last ten years. He was a bachelor and
leaves a sister, Mrs. Susan A. Stimson.
of this city. His brother. Lewis W.
Watts, died April . Dr. G. E. Watts,
of thla city, is a nephew.
John M. Watts was born In Missouri
In 1839. In 1847 he crossed the plains
with his. parents with an ox team. When
they reached Oregon his father took up
a donation claim near what Is now the
townslte of Llnnton. Mr. "Watts . lived
there until about ten years ago when
he came to Portland.
OMAHA HAS $200,000 FIRE
Three , Firemen Hurt in Blaze In
Business Center of City.
OMAHA, Neb.. Aug. 17. A loss of
$200,000 and three firemen Injured was
the result of a fire near the heart of
the business district tonight, which
threatened for a time a whole business
block and brought most of the local
Fire Department out. Captain John F.
Engle was the most seriously hurt of
the firemen. He was knocked from a
ladder and sustained a fractured skulL
The fire was the result of spontane
ous combustion in the rear of Burgess
Granden Company, an electrical and
gas fixture bouse, between Fifteenth
and Sixteenth, on Howard street.
Kansans Are Prosperous.
TOPEKA. Kan.. Aug. 17. Kansas and
Kansans have never been in as pros
perous condition as at this time." said
Governor Hodges last night, "Kansas
never experienced such a protracted or
as long a drouth with as little hardship
as we have gone through this period.".
E, SAYS LANE
CABINET OFFICER VISITS CITY
Secretary Declares Sympa
thies Are With West.
DESCHUTES TRIP BEGUN
Majority of Settlers on Irrigated
Land Found to Exhaust Cah
Early so That Best Results
Cannot Be Attained.
"We ought to make it just as easy
as possible for a man to get a home,
and just as hard as possible for a spec
ulator to get hold of the public land
and hold up the man who wants to get .
That is the conservation policy of
the Wilson Administration, as enun
ciated by Franklin K. Lane, Secretary
of the Interior, who arrived in Port
land yesterday morning, and who is in
specting the proposed reclamation en
terprises of the Deschutes country
"The trouble is that it is hard to dis
tinguish the home-maker," continued
Mr. Lane, speaking to. the group of lo
cal Democrats who, with a number of
persons interested in the public land
policy as applied to Oregon, welcomed
him at his headquarters at the Oregon
Speculators Give Trouble.
"We do want to weed out the specu
lator, the man who is hired by the big
timber companies to locate the land
and then relinquish, and all others wbo
are not bona fide settlers," said Mr.
"It is the same with reclamation
projects as It is with the administra
tion of the homestead laws." T. as
serted. "We find tbac va . kar9 tK:-'
speculator to contend with. Every
reclamation project, "virtually, comes
to the Government as a bankrupt prop
osition. Reclamation bonds are a drug
on the market. Investors have bit and
been bitten, and they want no more
of them. So when the Government
takes hold of a project it finds that a
part of the land or much of It, often
40 or 50 per cent., is privately owned.
Ellmlaatloa la Problem.
"The speculator participates in the
benefits of the project, and then boost:
the price of his land to .100 or 8200
an acre. How to eliminate bim is our
great problem. We don't want him at
all, but we can't tell who he Is until
we have him on our hands. We would
have to look Into a man's very soul to
"Why not extend the time of pay
ment for reclamation benefits to bona
fide land-users, and decrease the time
for those who do not use the land, but
merely pay for the water to hold, the
land for speculation?" asked J. W.
Brewer, of Redmond, vice-president of
the Central Oregon Development
"A very good idea," remarked Secre
tary Lane, asking Mr. Brewer to out
line it further.
Proof of Cnltlratloa Proposed.
1 think proof of cultivation should
be required every year," said Mr.
Brewer, "that the period of payments
should be extended to 15 years, with
the first five years free, and that the
water benefits should be withheld after
the land has not been cultivated for
Secretary Lane and party, consisting
of Mrs. Lane. Assistant Secretary of
the Interior Miller and Mrs. Miller, and
H. A, Meyer, private secretary to Mr.
Lane, arrived in Portland from Seattle
yesterday morning at 7 o'clock.
C C. Chapman, representing the
Commercial Club, boarded their car.
and went over the details of the pro
gramme in Oregon with Mr. Meyer.
The visitors arose at 8 o'clock and
they were greeted by Governor West.
J. N. Teal and C S. Jackson. They
were taken to the Oregon Hotel in
automobiles, where they bad breakfast
as the guests of Mr. Jackosn.
Maay Visiter Received.
After breakfast. Secretary Lane be'.d
an informal reception in the hotel
lobby, at which he was greeted by
local Federal office-holders, and others,
including United States District Attor
ney Reames, Postmaster Myers, Col
lector of Customs Burke, Appraiser of
Customs Miller, L. L. Sharp, special
agent of the Interior Department, Don
M. Carr, superintendent of the Takima
Indian Reservation, D. M. Watson and
Fred Hopkins,-of Central Point.
Questions of great public moment.
were discussed, with Secretary Lanj
standing in the center of the group of
Conference Held With .Mr. Reames.
Among the interviews was a private
one with District Attorney Reames
concerning the pending prosecution of
those who have been fraudulently
"locating" people on lands contained
within the Oregon c California land
grant on the assurance that the land
will revert to the Government, which
will then be compelled to give title to
claimants so located.
Secretary Lane remained in his
apartment from 10 to II and had
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