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rOKTLAND, OKEGONY WEDNESDAY. DECE3IBER 8 1915.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
WAY IS PREPARED
TOR PEACE TALK
Gi:miAX ;ovf:nNiENT ot or.
KKCD TO ItEICHSTAG DKBATE.
MEET IN ST. LOUIS
BAY STATE TOWNS
DAMAGED BY FIRE
JUDY DISAGREES IN
BOOTH MURDER CASE
NOTE IS DEFENSE
GIVEN BY LANSING
St'CCESS FOLLOWS WHEREVEIt
PARTY LINKS ARK DRAWN.
BURGLAR ALARM GIVES WARN
ING TO FIREMEN.
Other Issues Do Not
INTERNAL PERIL POINTED OUT
Cheers Greet Denunciation of
Plotters at Home.
PUNISHMENT IS DEMANDED
Prc-.i,i-at . Addrea I.n:-. He
lis 1 rt IHeret to (onfrnfc
Tr ,.rr;T.v. r--. T. rreMt
wre ta kia annual I Ce-
! lKlr. dealing Kd.tr will '
loaa! !, proclaimed aa advae4
ri.Am.rVii -.t front h
1'itf ! a..3l af IS Monro doctrta It
i T J 4 bmerM mk Ui:h cf
a I tia AfKi.
Ansa,. ia in .t(i aidr.. ka
iv.red la I'n.frwt, lha
rre.ld.nl tout-he tii a variety af sub
ject., ma pr.dotnla.aeir- aot m IX
aa.-e.aity af policy af salutary pro
far.dna.a a sneet the ra4 1 J.lmea ta af
th ait geaaratioe aa they a.T.ct
Ike Amrt-e Conle.nl.
!. fwl tWtaae AIL
Ira nr;he.t4 kia point by aaving;
"Vot.aa ) th I( withta your viw
pe'Uil IS full s!einvec af It
la cemmn4 )Hr thought. I cjbbo!
id in rutht lichi la .ik-.- ta eat
fort th particular matter thai lie al
th vary treat af my whe-1 thought a
I add'a.a on loaUj. I saeaa Natloaal
4. (a Boa."
Taa point waa o.er.h.diw.d
when th rrldnt. ta th ami t.
n. ir.d lerm ha airar kaa employed
f'ra l'oc(M, 4-no u c. Batural
U4 American who bv their eympa
in i.a fur th turer.aa belligerents
aaa tntiacrtd Amaru-en aeutraltty.
k!' Ctttmam eheer.4 r-in load I y. aa
referred ta then aa havieg "par4
tha r.o. af diaieyalty lata th vary
( our National life a4 a
lho ah. iM -tura a m:iga r.ae
I'oa agalsat lb Iwtmnini r4 taa
. a.ep wh h4 welcomed aa4 nur
! rlla a.
Wira vtdara af 4eep feeling Ida
rre.id.nl eipr.oed "th ...a eepr
imi:u!ia ati4 K.m h t- h av.ry
eeif-po.ea.t aa4 theuchtful patriot
t Am.rl.raa rau.t f.al Ba k. laink.
f tara aa4 of lha dirtd l thy ar
eriocle spoa aa"
Walla tea IT..l3Bta auttina af ba
-tmiaitr(ioa p:aa for taa Army aa4
M'T paa4 vitaaui a rfppla of ap
flt'ii" an4 ala r.f-r.or.a la Tan
Amartt-aai-.tn tf. only pancual.4
lea tnr af approval. K.pubuc
iii aa4 IBxrrat ihki Jln4 la aa
mpriatia i.maorlioo al kta word
f can'i.miialtoa, for laoaa fe aiai4
TRa rrMaal lek aa r. a-Amr-rai.ta
al taa aut.t af fct mAa.
aaaflr.. ill... aa Caa.ua Ml.c
"All laa ernnaata af Anrtca.
i4 fc.. lni. o far aa ar roa-
carna. apaa a tootlnc af ff.nula.
aioaicr aa4 ufT4.ttoa4 in4aaa4
an-a. rataia anabat4 taa aplrtt
ai- l aa a fraahty a Inia ward.
y rri4al Jlearoa. l a .till m.an
la ma cinani raoaa af aatioaal
n.l-pan Jrwa aa4 poll t Hal libarty la
Arnarlca. bol IMal purpuaa la Boar tat
lar aa4rtaa4 aa far a. It ceacaraa
Taa marat. tha Trat4aal ai4. araa
tiat lha atata af Amrwa war sat
kuatlla rival, aal ra-oaratln frtaa4a.
aa4 Ibal laair aa.-ia!ion w.ra Ukaly
ta ria tk.ns a B. !aifu-ana la
"SCarat4. I Say ara .t;i all
lha cro-currt af tha reafu.a4 pol
ltl.- af a oril af kaatiia rKalrlaa."
a4 ka. "1 nit.4 la rptftt an4 aorpoaa
lnr ranoat ka 4!PPint.4 la th.lr
paa.-f4l rfa.tmr. Ti U ra-Am.r.
cmm. It kaa aoa af lha aplrtt of
aoira If It. II I. lha amb4!mat. lha
af.ctual imWimaal af tha .plrlt af
Ir a4 In-P-B lanra aaf Hearty ao4
Paa.aaia.Wa Drlar4 r.a..faC
Oraat 4.marrarla. lha rT!JM
aa 4. ara paaafat. aot .hiB atr sn4
wtthaul ihoujil af coaixt or do
"Put J il l.c.iu. a d.maaj gia.
l-t., 4ti!opiBt aa4 lh aadi.lnrbaj
l-niftrnftl of our own tl apoa our
aa prlntipt.a of llihl and liaarty."
ha 4-!ar4. rw.t. from sfcat
r n;ftr It ray com. lh afr
ua wo oara: lll aot vracllc.
IV a laaUt apoa aacartty la proaacat-
Bar tfkoaaa llB.a of Nation!
d.v.toym.at- Wo do Bvora lhaa that.
Wa dmaa4 It ai.o far otbara. froan
tha rrl ii hava null mmrrma caaaa
wita a I rtlB of Itharty on hl
da cf tha nd kta dam4 It
a. Important that ear Ba.'chbor tkoald
ka fra from ail eut.lda domln.tloa aa
fiat a ooraalvaa .ooo Id b : kava t
Amarlra aaldo aa a who la for tha o.
af ladapaodvat aaeloaa aad political
rrora that point lha Fra.tdrnt m
phtS44 tha aa4 of a National Iraia
las for df.n.o la karmony wltk Am.r
.8 lda: aid laatltatioaa and lhaa
rf.rr4 kMaf'.y to tha plana eqtltn.d
for lha Araiy and Navy, whtrfe ka arc. 4
4C.Mlii a ra a Cai
CharM-rllor Said to Count on Vatican
ad White Hoax, Amon Othrra,
la Aid Ilia ITotrimrnr.
TARI. I''. I It oo!4 ba a Bi
taho lo bllTO that a dLacaaaloa of
paaro conditiona la tht Baiacb.ta' will
b In.tltutad acainat tha a 111 of Ik
Carman ro.rnmnt. accrdin to trot-
aortky Informatloa from Carmany.
aj tha pa.-lal orrcpon4tnl of tha
T.rrp. at p.m..
Ml rna.t sot bo foraottao." lha eor
rpondnt rit. "that lha Intaro!
Utor la tha ttorialial mambor. Thllipp
haaidamana. '.! psoaa lo ka
harmoey wltk lha Brarn aad lo-
lantty oppoad lo lb amall croup o
oppoattloa rWuliiii. of nfclch tr. Karl
U.Mri.'M la lha .adr.
"Ti hi. alda 1'haatt-altor Ion Itatb
maaa-lto lora' I. ali.3d lo fcao an
ovra.laa lo aiptatn blmaalf r'cardind
ronditioaa of paar. maklnc II appoat
thai ka waa ble forrad lo t ha
pr.Mioa br lha ppa!ar will. Taa
f er.rnm.nt thaa rottid aot bo o-
proarh.4 altk baling ttk.a tha In HI
Taa Oanattor. tha rorra.pond.nl
B..arta at.o ba!ia that rarlala aQ-
ral Irfiu.n'... par tKtilarly lha Vatt
ran and the Whi! llou.a. III laka
tiro of kia proarammo and maka of'
fori lo kaa 11 pi .4.""
SHOPPERS ROUTED BY FIRE
vafcrelrl Join la Tanle Wtirn Ir-
partmrat More Rarna.
rntvinrLP. nu i-o-. ?. rui-
maa iSnrp.fi and 1lr!. 04 la
a pani today alia a lftty-apraadin(
firo broka out la Ibo baaamant of tka
four-.tory bulldmc afclrh bouaaa tha
t-oatoa Mora, owa'4 by Maclbroo A
Tha antlra atork. valu'd al IS.
waa 4a.troyad. Tha buildlnc loaa will
bo approalmataiy t..
fi'T.ral aala.xirta aarapad from tka
arond ("or by Jimplna from a Ara
nrapo. Tka flamoa aprrad lo lha ra-
trt-td t"a diatrtct. burnln aavaraJ
TRENCHES BAD AS ROUNDUP
Dancrr of flarraroolac taalrd In
War. fcaya Prndlrtonlaa.
riNrI.ETN. Or., ro. ". (Pparlal.)
William Darby, a form.r Tondlatoa
boy. aow a aoldlar la J ha Kncli.h army.
kaa wiittan to frianda bara from Kant.
t'arbjr. who waa rarantly woundad la
lhro pUe. baa fully rocovarad from
bla wonnda and la rrady for tha I ranch
Ila aaya that ha la bappy aa caa ba
and that ovary man facaa dath mo. b
aa doaa a maa (.tunc on tha famoua
Roundup burkln borao. Lone Tom.
tarby Intanda to return lo Prndlaton
If bo la rparrd.
MRS. YOUNG QUITS TODAY
Lal Itoand of Chlraxo (x-hool
Made by apcrlnlrndrnl.
CHICAGO. It- ". Mra. Etta I1air
Tounc. BuparlnlandBt of Chlcaco pub
lic a.-boola. today mid. bar laat round,
aa lha band of lha btbooI Iem, Aftar
S3 J.ara of activa adKstiaaal work la
Cbk-acK Mr. Youna will acirar bar
rlattochip wltk tha arhool ty.tam to
morrow. Job n r. hoop, a.al.tant Jluparlntand
anl of Cklraco public arhool. la as
pocla4 to b altd tomorrow to auc
caad Mr. Tounc.
AUTHOR OF HYMNAL DIES
Rrr. frank Srwall. Writer. A alitor,
Trarttrr. Pawa at Washington.
WAHHINGTOV. Ttlmr. Frank
await, wrttrr. du.ator. t.achrr. for
It y.ar profaaaor at t'rbaaa I'nlv.r
lly la Ohio, author of Iba Chrlatian
hmBal. diad al bla homo h'ra today
ia bta Ttk y.ar.
Tor Hi yaara ba bad baaa pa.lor of
Ibo churvh of Iba Nw J.ru.airm la
Ihla city. Dr. Hawaii' brothar. Arthur
Hawaii, waa William J. flryaa'a run
aisv mala for Ibo ITldn-y la ll.
14 WOMEN DIE AS SPIES
Villa rald lo Have Canard Whole.
aa le Ilccnlkn.
SA.V ANTONIO. Tes Da. T- Four
t.o M.iicaa woman were executed
tiuaday. tterambar . at Ca Grand,
by Ihe Villa military authorities on
rti'tn of having baaa epics for tba
lirt.au government, according to a4
vloaa retv.d at tka Carransa Con
sutat bar loalgbl.
Th worn.. It la a id. war stood n
against aa a-obe wall lo on Una and
shot by a long firing iuad.
ENTRY TO WAR ZONE ASKED
Appeal Front Peace Ship Sent It
Secretary of Slate.
OX BOARD STKAM.1HIP OSCAR II.
by wtralaa. via Cap lleca. Dec. 7.
Ceveraor Hanna. of North Dakota, aant
a wlralasa maaeaae lo Secretary of
Mr. Hans urges tha Secretary lo
provide member of th Ford pace
party wita paj.p-ort waica win en
able la.ui to visit bItl(ral countries
City Is Chosen on the
13TH IS AVOIDED AS. DATE
Meeting Called for Wedne.s
day, June 14.
SHORT SESSION EXPECTED
rollilral I-adrrt Rrllcie It Cer
tain Thai Rrpnbllran Commlttoa
it Turaday W III Make C1il
cfo Conirntlon Cltj.
tASIl.i;TrX. fre. 7. Th Dmo
rratlr National ronrantlon of ll will
bo bald at 5t- Lnuta. b.alnnlnr V4nB
day. Juna 14. at noon- Tha Democratic
National commlttao tonlcbt namad tba
convantlnn city and adoptad raaoluliona
ratlina- for tha rnomlnatloa and ra-
alartion of TVoodrow Wllaon aa tb
tru.t.d ldr of National Damocracy.'
Oilraco and Datlaa contr.ted with
St. Louia tor lha honor of lb conran
lion, but ft. Loul oaally led from th.
atari and won on th aorood ballot.
TVhta tha Irand of lb vollrtc wii aan
Triaa mov.d that th choir of tt-
l'ji. b mada unanlmou. Ialla held
ax-ond rlara on th Brat ballot, but waa
diaplarrd by Cblrafo on tha accond
PI. I.aala larrraaaa l.
Th raault of th Brat ballot waa
ft. Lou la Si. Pa I laa II. Chicago 12. On
lha a-oni ballot tha vol waa:' BL
Loul :i. Chlcaco IS, and Dallaa
Th majority for rl. Loul waa calnad
oa this ballot. hn John T. McOrtv
aro.o naar lha and of tha ra'l and
cban44 Waal Virginia's vol from Chi
cago lo th Uiaaourl city. Then th.
rbolra was mad unanimous.
It has bn cuatoroary baratofor for
Na. Ina cenv.ntlons lo begin work aa
Tueeday. Th fact that Tuaaday fell
on tha 12th nam year may or may not
have bad something lo do with th de
termination of th commltte to begin
lh proceeding, a day later.
hart ieavaatlee FereeaaC
Tha omclal explanation, however.
was to th effect that th convention
would not rcqulr mora than three or
four days to complete Its work, and it
would not b loo late In th week; to
tart on Wednesday.
rollilral leaders In Washington to
night regarded It as practically certain
hat Chicago will be selected for th
Republican convention when the Na
tional commute of lb party meets
next Tuesday. Tha dale for this con
vention probably will b lata In June.
Kara of th three cities contesting
for the Democratic convention put In
b'.d of tlOA.OOO. fct. Louis placed In
ha hands of lb chairman New Tork
drafta for that amount. Dallas offered
certified check, while Chh-ego pra-
r.nriu44 a Taa X I'olumi 1. 1
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Drmocratlc Mayors Turned Out of
Waltham and Marlboro One
Dry City la Wet Column.
BOSTON. Dec. ".Republicans wer
successful where National party lines
were drawn in the elections In 14
Msssachusetts cities today. In Marl
boro and Waltham Democratic Mayors
wer defeated for re-election by Re
publican opponents. Republicans won
In Brockton, Northampton, rittsftetd
In Fall Rlrer. Fpringfield and Ha
verhill no Mayors were elected, bu
the Republicans secured a majority In
tho city government In th two former
clllea. Haverhill has a nonpartisan
There was on overturn on the
license question, Northampton shifting
from no Keen to license, making 11
cities In tha -wet" column.
3 EMERGE FROM NORTH
(ovrrnment School Teacher Will Re
main at Itethrl for Winter.
FKWARP, Alaska. Dec. 7. Captain
Louis Knsfllsrh and Engineers Lester
and Fltipatrlck. of the power schooner
Bender Brothers, which waa frosen
at the mouth of the Kuskokwlm River
when navigation In Baring Sea closed
early last month, arrived her today.
having traveled 1000 miles over the
snow trails from Bethel via Idltarod.
Captain Kna flinch reported that Mrs.
K. P. Frohock. with her two babies
and th rest of th Bender Brothers'
crew, remained at Bethel for the Win
ter. Mrs. Frohock Is a Government
school teacher, fch will remain alone
with her babies In the North until th
reopening of navigation.
LITERACY TEST REVIVED
Senator Dillingham Would Apply
Restriction Only to Males.
WASHINGTON". Dec. 7. Senator DII
ingham. of Vermont, chairman of th
former Immigration commission, Intro
dured a bill today providing that male
aliens over 1 years old who cannot
resd should be excluded from th
Th bill also limits th admission In
a year of a nationality to 1 per cent
of tha residents of that nationality.
L'nllk tha bills vatoed by Presidents
Cleveland. Tsft and Wllaon. th Dll-
tlnghtm bill proposes that the literacy
est shall apply only to males.
CANDIDATE BEATEN, HURT
City Marshal Loses Job by Seven
Votes and Has Leg Broken.
ALBANY. Or.. Dec 7. (Special.)
To bo 'defeated for a city ofica and
break Ma leg In two places th same
night was the experience of J. N.
Weddl. who has served ss City Marshal
of fcelo for th past few years. In
ha city election yesterday be was de
feated by seven vote.
Within an hour after the returns had
been compiled Weddia fell from a aids-
Ik while taking an Intoxicated man
Germany Told Why At
taches Must Go.
ACTIVITIES ARE NOT APPROVED
Secretary Does Not Specify
or Discuss Facts.
Washington Still in Dark as to At
tltude of Berlin, but Its Atti
tude Is Said to Have Sat
isfied Von Bernstorff.
WASHIVRTnV Tie.- 7 Serretar
Lan.lng has communicated to Ger-
many through Count von Bernstorff.
the German Ambassador, the reasons
which caused the United States Gov
ernment to request the immediate with
drawal of Captain Karl Boy-ed and
Captain Frans Papen, renpectively.
naval and military attaches of the em
In the communication, which is be
lieved lo have reached the Berlin For
eign Office today, Mr. Lansing is under'
stood to have said that naval and mili
tary activities of tha attaches consti
tuted their principal offenses. It is
said that there was no discussion of
facia relating to the reasons for th.
Stale Department's request, nor any
disclosure of the department's sources
ftrrwuay's Attitude In Doubt.
Whether Germany expected a dis
cussion of the facts has not been made
known. Officials are awaiting with
interest to see whether the Berlin For
eign Office will be satisfied with the
stating of the broad, general reasons.
The opinion seemed to prevail that
Germany might, with the reasons be'
for It. Instruct the Ambassador to
send the attaches away without
further delay. In some quarters, how-
ever, it waa thought another commu
nlcatlon might com from Berlin.
Secretary Lansing declined to com'
ment on the subject for publication to
day, and tha German Embassy also was
Bermatarff Apaareatly Satisfied.
It was understood tonight that Count
von Bernstorff was of the personal
opinion that the reply made by Secre
tary Lansing was satisfactory. Offi
cials also apparently thought that it
probably would satisfy the German
In addition to mentioning the naval
and military activities of the attaches.
it was said authoritatively tonight that
tha American communication pointed
out that the attaches had been from
time to time more or less associated
in tha public mind by inference, if
nothing more, with certain persons
who since had been discredited, and
(Concluded on Page 3. Column 2.)
Loss Is Confined to First Floor and
Is Estimated at $ 5 0 0 0 Flames
for Time Hold Control.
l-lre started in the basement of a
sewing machine agency In the Ger-
linger building, at Second and Alder
streets, at 12:06 o'clock this morning
and did about $5000 damage to the
building and its contents. Defective
wiring is believed to have been the
The fire started a burglar alarm In
Roy & Molin's jewelry store.
Soon a sheet of fire was shooting up
the elevator shaft, filling the whole
building 'with smoke and giving the
impression that the fire ran through the
whole structure. A crowd of several
hundred persons gathered in the street
to watch the firemen.
Practically all the downtown ap
paratus was called out.
The chief losers were: Louis Ger
linger. owner of the building; E. J.
Schefter. owner of the Alder-street
pharmacy: Brown Bros., tailors, and
tho White chewing machine agency.
All were located on the first floor of
the building. All tho offices In the
building were filled with smoke.
T00ZEG0ES0N PEACE SHIP
Oregon Man Overcomes Difficulties
With Aid of Mr. Hawlcy.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington. Dec. 7. Timely aid given him
tonight by Representative Hawley will
enable Lamar Tooze, of Salem. Or.,
sail for Europe tomorrow on the second
Tooza reached Washington at 4
o'clock, having telegraphed in advance
for a passport. He had no credentials
nor papers of Identification. Mr. Haw-
ley went with him to the State De-
partment, but found it necessary to get
Mr. Ford's secretary in New York by
long distance telephone to establish
the fact he was one of the invited
HELP REACHES MINNESOTA
Disabled Steamer Taken In Tow by
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7. The
wrecking steamer Iaqua and the tug
Dauntless, sent from here last Friday
to the assistance of the Minnesota.
reached the disabled steamer at - 8
o'clock this morning and took her in
tow, according to a radio message from
the Iaqua received here by C. W. Wiley,
marine superintendent of the Great
Northern Steamship Company.
The message. Wiley said, cams from
the Iaqua. and. although he eXDected
word from Csntaln Oarlick or tho
Minnesota, had heard nothing fromltown
him at a late hour tonight.
ROBBER LOCKS CASHIER UP
Aliout $1500 Taken From Bank at
MANITOU, Colo.. Dec. 7. A lone rob
ber today entered the Bank of Manitou,
locked J. 1-. Campbell, tho cashier, in
tha vault and escaped with cash esti
mated at 1 1500.
Campbell, who was alone when the
robber entered, escaped from the vault
by use of a secret interior lock and
gave the alarm.
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
TESTERDtT'3 Maxlmnm temperature,
degree.: minimum, degrees.
TODAY'S Kaln; fresh southerly winds.
Food problem mbject of outspoken .contro
versy in Reichstag. Page 4.
German government said not to oppose peace
discussion In Keirnstag. page 1.
Army men to determine needs of Greek
entente situation, page z.
Turks cotlnue to gain on Tigris, rage 4.
British press comment on Wilson's address.
Lansing gives Fernstorfr general reasons
why ha auks recall ot attaches, page l
President's denunciation of Internal enemies
cheered in Congress. Psge 1.
Democrats hear debate on suffrage. Page 6.
Hepuhllians carry Massachusetts cities.
Husband's friend says woman was murdered
by being thrown from clirr. Page 3.
Democratic convention to meet ln St. Louis,
June 14. Page 1
Twenty-cent advance ln local flour market.
James Jihn High Kchcol taken into lnter-
hr.lastlc League. Page 14
All Cnat Lcakue managers except Rowdy
Elliott, to run team trom bench. Zage 14.
Dietz wants football retained at Carlisle.
Jury hears suit by ballplayer against Seals.
Portland wins at hockey. 2 to 0. Page' 14.
Pacific Northwest. ,
Scotland manufacturer rates Oregon's flax
crop among world's finest. Page 5.
Elections held throughout Northwest. Page 4.
Booth murder jury at McMlnnville, unable to
agree, is discharged, page 1.
Commercial and Marine.
Steamer Krroll held up In Com ox by fuss
over terms, page lo.
Slump at Chicago wipes out previous wheat
gains.. Page IV.
Slock-selllnp at lower price. Induced by
President s message. Page l'J. -Portland
Fa: stock will be auctioned today. Page 15.
Eugene ex-Mayor, 76. faces wife, 57, ln new
tangle of suits. Pago 11.
Charities fund passes $1000 mark. Page 6.
Stock show rated as one of best in coun
try. Page 15.
Mayor opposes Council's sitting as jury In
probe of Health Bureau. Page 7.
Litigation over land grants may last for
years, page 8.
Oregon waterways need nearly S3.000.000.
Fire damages Ccrllnger building. Page 1.
Poultry show crowds increase. Page 0.
Weather report, data and forecast. Page IV.
iihattuck school opened. Page a. .
Four Men Hold Out 28
Hours for Acquittal,
JUDGE ORDERS DISMISSAL
Last Ballots Reported to Show
Eight for Manslaughter.
RETRIAL FACED IN SPRING
District Attorney Closes Argument
With Strong Arraignment of
Man and Woman Charged
With Willaniina Crime.
McMINXVILLE. Or., Dec. 7. (Spe
cial.) Young William Branson and
Mrs. Anna Booth must again stand
trial for the murder of the woman's
husband. William Booth, near the town
of Willamina October 8.
After being out just 28 hours th
Jury in the Booth murder case was
discharged by Circuit Judge Belt at
tol8:3' o'clock tonight, after it had
ported that it could not agree.
It is understood that on the first
few ballots the jury stood 6ix for con-
vlction of both defendants for murder
ln the second degree and six for ac
Later, those favoring conviction
switched to manslaughter and were
N'ned by two who had previously
favored acquittal. The vote is said to
have stood eight for a verdict of man
I slaughter and four for acquittal from
then until the jurors decided that
agreement was impossible.
Another Report Varies,
Another report had it that the final
ballot was ten for conviction and two
After it became apparent that the
opinions of all the Jurors were abso
lutely fixed, they reported that thera
was no hope of rgreement and were
Branson, a youth of 22. and Mrs.
Booth, who is 32. were on trial jointly
for the murder of Mrs. Booth's hus
band, William Booth.
Booth's dead body was found late
in the afternoon, of October 8 at the
edge of a thicket on the road from
Willamina leading to the home of Mrs.
Booth's parents, some two miles front
Trio' Movements Related.
Witnesses for the state testified to
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road, and this side of the thicket, about
1 o'clock. They also testified to having
seen Branson pass shortly after on his
bicycle and to having seen Booth pass
in the direction of the thicket not long
The state's witnesses agreed that a
shot was heard about 15 minutes later.
Some witnesses testified to having seen
Branson ride back down the road on
the bicycle. Others, living beyond the
thicket, swore Mrs. Booth had appeared
there some time after the shot.
Evidence was also introduced to show!
that Booth had suspected his wife and
Branson of improper relations.
e defense sought to prove an alibi
Branson by showing that he was
illamina at the time. It was ad
mitted that Mrs. Booth passed out the
road, but she and her parents testified
that she reached their home at 1:30,
the time of the murder, as fixed by tho
Closing Argument 3fasterly.
The closing argument of District At
torney R. L. Conner just before tli
jury retired at 4:29 o'clock yesterday
afternoon evidently made a deep im
pression on the jury, as well as on.
the packed courtroom that heard it.
His argument, conceded a masterly
summing up of the prosecution's case.
was also tinctured with wrath at accu
sations of attorneys for the defense
that he had coached witnesses.
Mr. Conner replied with great spirit
to these charges. He said he would
leave it to the jury, many members of
which had known him for years.
whether such aspersions on his integ
rity and fairness as a prosecutor could
have any foundation in fact.
The attacks on him, he went on to
declare, were made by counsel for the
defense in an effort to bolster up their
case by diverting attention irom me
evidence to the District Attorney.
He ridiculed the alibi presented by
the defense in behalf of Branson. He
laid especial stress oc the fact that of
the witnesses swearing to this alibi.
two were uncles and one a cousin of
the young man.
Comparing these witnesses with those
of the prosecution, he said: "I want to
ask if you, as reasonable thinking men,
can believo that Mr. Nelson and Mrs.
Eggen did not tell the truth when they
testified so positively that Branson
passed them on hiL bicycle."
Defense Contention Attacked.
Of the time the murder is supposed
to have been committed, which the
defense had declared that, from Mrs.
Eggen's testimony at the Coroner's in
quest to the effect that Mr. Booth
passed her home an hou after Mrs.
Booth and Branson, must have oc
curred between 2 and 3 o'clock, instead
of at 1:30, as fixed by the prosecution.
The exact time is not material in
tUis case so far as the particular mo
ment when Mr. Booth was murdered
is concerned. But it is material in
relation to other circumstances, such
(Concluded oa Pais. 2, Column S.).