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TTIE MOKTG OREGON! AN", FT?TT)AT. NOVEMBER 20, 1914.
SLAYER OF GIRL IS
i' TAKEN NEAR KELSO
Fred Tronson "Glad" He Killed
Emma Ulrich "So No One
Else Could Have Her."
LYNCHING IS THREATENED
Iob AVUH Rope Bolts Into Restau
'. rant Alter Assassin Fugitive
Found Exhausted on Road.
Pistol Is Carried.
Fred Tronson. who has been sought
toy the authorities of two states for
the murder of Mis3 Emma Ulrich. was
captured near Kelso. Wash., by Sheriff
Ed Close and Deputy M. E. Hull, of
Cowlitz County. Washington, while
Tronson was walking- toward Tacoma
at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Sheriff Close brought Tronson to
Kelso, where the confessed slayer of
Miss Ulrich narrowly escaped violence
at the hands of several hundred angry
men. Trons-on, in confessing killing
Miss Ulrich, said he had premeditated
the murder since July, but had de
layed commission of the crime to await
the outcome of the vote on the bill to
abolish capital punishment and to
have another opportunity to ask Miss
Ulrich to marry him.
Pistol Bougrht In Vancoaver.
' "I met Miss Ulrich on the street
downtown Monday and it appeared to
me as if I couldn't' stand being with
out her any longer," Tronson said to
Detective Frank Snow and an Ore
gonian reporter on . the return trip to
Portland last night. "Miss Ulrich did
not see me. - Frantic, I boarded a
streetcar for Vancouver and there I
purchased the revolver found near
Miss Ulrich's home, I paid $5 for It
and then I spent $3 for a second-hand
revolver. 1 had only $4 left. . .
"Then 1 returned to Portland, ar
riving shortly before 6 o'clock, and I
went straight to Miss Ulrich's home,
where I waited until she got off the
car. The Oregonian's story . of the
shootintg was correct.
"From her home, after I shot her,
I ran up First street to Madison street,
whero I crossed the bridge to Haw
thorne avenue. Then I proceeded up to
Union avenue and Broadway and board
ed a Vancouver car. . At Vancouver 1
registered at a cheap lodging-house un
der the name of J. Johnson and I got
an outside room.
Xl&ht of Frir Described.
"That night was a night of horrors
for me. I sat up in bed all night with
my revolver beside me and every time
some one came up the stairway I
thought it was an officer. Had it been
I wuuld have shot myself or Jumped
out of the window.
"The next morning I started on my
walk to Tacoma, as I did rot want to
hang around these parts after I learned
that she was dead. If my shots had
not been successful I intended to go
back and finish the lob. As it was.
I intended to go to Tacoma and wait
until the coast was clear. Then I would
return to Portland and .shoot myself
in the very same place as I shot Emma.
But I didn't want to be caught until
I had a good chance to accomplish my
"The next morning cfter I Teft Van
couver I bought some bottles of port
wine to quiet my nerves and by night
I was broke. I slept that night In a
farmer's barn, and Wednesday night I
slept in a livery barn at Kalama.
Thursday morning I ate breakfast at a
farmer's place, and before I ate again
I was caught.
Farmer Notifies Sheriff.
It was at the farmer's that Tronson's
identity was suspected. These suspi
cions grew until about 2:15 o'clock yes
terday afternoon. Then the farmer
telephoned Sheriff Close at Kalama and
reported his suspicions. Sheriff Close
and Deputy Hull engaged an automo
bile and started north on the Tacoma
highway. A few miles south of Kelso
they overtook Tronson. A revolver was
found in Tronson's pocket.
"Are you looking for me?" asked
Tronson when the machine came to a
standstill, "because if you are you may
as well take me now. Yes, I'rii Tronson.
and I'm mighty hungry and my feet
are sore." Sheriff Close took Tronson
to Kelso and within a few minutes the
report of tlio slayer's capture spread
like wildfire about the town. While
Tronson was eating in a restaurant,
with the officers on guard, a crowd of
men burst into the place and demanded
that Tronson be lynched. One or them
had a rope. The Sheriff and his deputy
ordered the crowd out of the restau
rant, but the niob remained outside,
heaping curses upon the slayer of
Hope Scares Captive.
Referring to the threatened lynch
ing Tronson said, "I thought for a min
ute that my time had come. I was so
nervous that despite my hunger I was
unable to finish my meal."
; Tronson said yesterday that he
had a decided antipathy toward the
police, but disliked the attacks made
upon the police department by an after
noon newspaper for allowing aim
to purchase revolvers and for permit
ting him to remain within the state.
"That abuse was uncalled for," said
Tronson. "In the first place the re
volvers were bought in Vancouver,
Wash., and as for me not leaving the
state. Judge Stevenson tolo me to leave
the city for a while and to forget the
girl and he did not order me from the
state. Why. for every minute, it ap
pears, that I was in Portland after my
arrest and trial August 8 for carrying
concealed weapons. Detective Tacka
bery was always on my trail."
Tronson's first question at Kalama
.. "Has Emma's funeral been held yet?"
Captive Wants Attorney.
Tronsori, after having, been quizzed
by Deputy District Attorneys Ryan and
Robison. asked for an attorney to de
fend him. Tronson did not wear his
own tan cravanette but a black over
coat, borrowed from his brother.
Tronson said that after being re
leased by Municipal Judge Stevenson,
August 8, he went to Hillsboro and
Oregon City in search of work. Failing
to find employment, he Teturned to
Portland and later went to Hood River
where he picked apples. He also
picked hops at St. Paul. For the past
six or eight weeks he has not worked,
living with his mother and brother at
When asked what his motive was in
killing Miss Ulrich. Tronson" replied:
"She refused to marry me. She said
that I ought to be a man and I told
her I couldn't be without her. Then
she advised me to forget her. I
couldn't, so I shot her to keep anyone
else from getting her."
"XOT SORRV," SAYS SLAYER
Tronson Is Seized by Sheriff After
Report of Farmer.
KELSO. Wash, Nov. 19. (Special.)
"-"Yes, I killed Emma Ulrich and I'm
not Borry that I did. If I couldn't have
her I fixed It so no one else could
have her," said Fred Tronson, shortly
after he was caught a mile and a half
from here today by Sheriff Close, of
Cowlitz County, , and his deputy, Ed
ward Hull. '
Weak nearly to the point of exhaus
tion from lack of food for the past two
days, and suffering from exposure,
day 'and night, Tronson made no re
sistance to the officers who trailed
him from Kalama on the country road
toward this -city, after receiving notice
by telephone from a farmer who had
recognized Tronson from the photo
graph which appeared in The'Orego
nian Wednesday morning.
Sheriff Close's Informant refused to
give his name, as he declared that he
wanted no publicity In the case. He
assured Mr, . Close, however, that he
was certain of his man and his ap
pearance tallied perfectly with the de
scription sent -out and the photograph
which accompanied the article In The
The Sheriff and his deputy procured
a vehicle and pursued Tronson, who
when overtaken by the officials, con
fessed. . The fugitive carried a 32
caliber revolver in his hip pocket.
The prisoner talks little, has -a dis
tant stare in his eye, apparently has
little or no idea of the meaning of the
crime he committed, and to the officials
there seems to. be no doubt that he is
Tronson was taken to Kalama on
the train this afternoon and placed In
the County Jail to await the arrival of
officers from .Portland.
Tronson had no money, but carried
SLAYERS HAY GO
FREE, IS OPINION
Views Differ Widely on Effect
if Anti-Hanging Amend
ment Has Passed.
PENDER CASE DISPUTED
Judge Morrow Believes Murderers
Cannot Be Punished and Prose
cutor Thinks Law Only
if itigates Sentences.
There is a sharp division of opinion
among attorneys and Jurists as to
whether condemned murderers in this
state will go scot free. If the anti-capi-
CONFESSED SLAYER OF MISS EMMA ULRICH.
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in his pocket the picture of Miss Ulrich,
clipped from The Oregonian of Tues
day, which he frequently looks at and
Clackamas Officials Kept Busy. .
OREGON CITY, Nov. 19. (Special.)
Sheriff Mass, District Attorney Gil
bert Hedges and a small army of dep
uty, sheriffs and special ' officers de
voted two hours thoroughly combing
the brush east- of Gladstone In search
of a man who was thought to be Fred
Tronson only to And on- their return
to this city that Tronson had been
caught several hours before in Ka
lama, Wash. One man, giving his
name as Bailey, was picked up late
Tuesday night in-a barn near New Era,
but it was established beyond a doubt
the day following that Baily had no
connection with the killing of Miss
Theodore Shade,, of Astoria, is at the
L H. Simson, of The Dalles, Is at the
Mrs. M. E. Laws, of Astoria, is at
J. H. Dunlop, of Cascade Locks, "is at
the Oregon; . .
J. 'H. Price, of St. Helerir !s , at the
Multnomah.- - . '.
D. J. Hille, of Castle Hock.' is at
John E. Playter, of Seattle, is at
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Durbin, of Van
couver, B. C, are registered at the
Robert McSherryi of Redmond, is at
the Nortonia. '. ' . '
W; H. McNalr, of Ashland,' is at
the Imperial. ......
Bicknell Young is at the Seward
from Chicago. .
Charles A. Hyde, of Walla Walla, is
at the Carlton.
George Palmer Putnam, of Bend, is
at the Perkins.
W. . P. Mealey, a Medford attorney,
is at the Seward.
Mr. -and Mrs. Tom Ellis, of Rainier,
are at the Oregon.
W. G. Hufford, of Stevenson. Wash.,
Is at the Imperial. .
W. H. Lott, of Westport, is regis
tered at the Carlton.
- C. S. Wood is registered at the
Nortonia from Sisters.
J. Mattey is registered at the Per
kins from McMinnville.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Kearna, of Se
attle, are at the Eaton.
R. N. Donnelly is registered at the
Imperial from Condon. -
A. W. Norblad is registered at the
Cornelius from Astoria.
J. D. Zurcher, of RosebuVg, is reg
istered at the Cornelius.
J. C. Deardorff. of ' Boise, is regis
tered at the Multnomah.
S. M. Reeves, of South Bend, Wash., is
registered at the Perkins.
J. A, Gilbaugh. of Astoria, is reg
istered at the Multnomah.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter C..- Henry, of
Seattle, are at the Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Sturdevant, of
Seattle, are at the Multnomah.
Mr. and - Mrs. Charles Baer, of San
Francisco, are at the Cornelius.
Air. and Mrs , E. H. Spearns. of
Arlington, are at the Nortonia,
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Lane, of Ash
land,, are registered at the Carlton, fc
Clyde E. Kiddle and James Irwip,
vi isianu t-ny, are at the Imperial.
Leonard W. Riley, president of the
aic.Minnvtne College, i3 at the Eaton.
Representative W. E. Hutnprey Is
registered at ine Oregon from Seattle.
G. W. Kelley. of the State Highway
Commission, is registeied at the Eaton.
tal punishment amendment has passed,
or whether their sentences at death
will be commuted automatically to life
imprisonment. .Also the status of the
commutation yesterday of the sentence
of John A. Pender by Governor West in
It will take an appeal to the Su
preme Court, it is believed,, to deter
mine the matter finally, assuming, of
course,-' that the amendment has a ma
jority in . its favor. This can be had,
it is said, by bringing habeas corpus
proceedings in the Supreme Court by
attorneys for one or more of the con
victed murderers under sentence of
Mr. Emu' -Opinion Given.
District Attorney Evans la of the
opinion that if the amendment has
passed, it acts merely as a mitigation
of punishment and tnaiconvicted mur
derers will not go free.
"The amendment, if passed," he
said, "I believe, will have the effect
of making the penalty life imprison
ment. "I am of the opinion that , the ' stipu
lation of Pender's attorneys that, in
view of the commutation, he will not
seek' tq take advantage of the amend
ment to obtain his freedom cannot
bind him, as he might raise this ques
tion at any future time by employing
different counsel." ,
Others hold that not only will con
victed murderers, under sentence to
be hanged, have to be set free with
out punishment, but that the commu
tation of the Pender sentence amounts
L.anr Immediately Operative.
It is established by Suureme Court
decisions that the amendment, if ic has
passed, became a law at the moment
tne last ballot was placed in the box
on election day.
In that event it is held that-because
the amendment is - loosely drawn and
makes no provision for the disposition
of convicted murderers, eitber for
holding them or penalizing them, no
other sentence than hanging being
substituted, they must be set free and
cannot be again tried, because they
have already- been placed -in Jeopardy.
Judge Morrow holds this opinion and
expressed' it at the time he sentenced
Lloyd Wilkins to be hanged.
It is asserted, accordingly, that the
act of Governor West in commuting
the death sentence of Pender to life
imprisonment is null and void.
Judge Morrow holds that, if the
amendment passed, it does away alto
gether with any penalty for first-degree
murder and until the law is cor
rected, charges. of murder. In the sec
ond degree must be brought against
red-handed murderers if they are to
PEXDEIt GETS COMMUTATION
Governor Changes Sentence of Slayer
to Life Imprisonment.
SALEM, Or.. Nov. 19 (Special.)
Governor West today commuted to life
imprisonment the sentence of John
Arthur Pender, of Columbia County,
convicted of killing Mrs. Daisy Wehr
tnan and her child. He announced he
was In doubt about Pender's guilt. He
also reprieved the 'sentence of . Lloyd
Wilkins, convicted of killing Lo Win
ters, in Multnomah County, to Janu.
ary 2S. . "
Action was taken by the Governor In
.the Pender case after John P. Logan,
counsel of the convicted man, had
promised the Governor if the sentence
was commuted no effort would be made
to take advantage of the lack of a sav
ing clause in the anti-capital punish
ment bill. In case it becomes a law, to
have the man freed. Tom Word, Sheriff
of Multnomah County; Circuit Judge
Campbell, who sat at the first trial of
Pender; Circuit Judge Eakin, who pre
sided at the trial when Pender was
convicted, and J. Upton, of the Spanish-American
War Veterans, interceded
in behalf of Pender. - , , . . . .
' TD AY
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$3.50 CHINA CAKE SETS, THE SET $1.49
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LIMITED NUMBER HOUSE DRESSES 48c As Long as Any of the Group Remain All sizes to 44. J
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17c WHITE COTTON CREPE, YARD 11c
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WOMEN'S 50c" AND 65c FLEECED VESTS 25c
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WOMEN'S $1.59 NAINSOOK PETTICOATS 79c
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15c PILLOW CASES, EACH 10c 17c PILLOW. CASES, EACH 12y2c I
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window shades, each at 29c Brass Extension Rods for Curtains
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