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THE MOTiXIXG OTiECOXIAX, FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1920
SHOOTING DF HARTH
Jury Doubts Suicide or Death
MURDER HELD INDICATED
Theory Advanced That JEncmy Slew
Handier of The Dalles In
Spirit of Revenge.
HE DALLES, Or.. July 29. (Spe
cial.) Doubt that George A. Harth,
found dead at his son's home here
Wednesday, committed suicide or was
phot accidentally, was expressed by
a coroner's jury last night, which re
turned a verdict that the wealthy
rancher "met death from a gunshot
wound at the hands of some unknown
The coroner's jury made no at
tempt to fix the crime upon any one.
Testimony introd-uced at the hear
ing that neighbors had seen a strange
man in the Harth yard shortly before
Mr. Harth was fatally shot tended
to corroborate the supposition that
he had been murdered.
Miot Directly In Brunt.
A careful examination of the body
by surgeons revealed the fact that
the gunshot wound was straight into
the right breast, a fact, together with
the position of the gun, that indicates
that Harth could not have inflicted
such a wound with intent to commit
suicide, and that accidental shoot
ing would have been difficult if not
The position of the (run when the
body was found might- rndicate a
crime. In front of the Harth home
was a carpenter's work ' bench. The
gun laid straight on tqp of it, muz
zle pointed north, as If carefully
placed there. Blood spots covered the
south end of the bench and Harth's
body was found 6ix feet from the
F.oemy Theory Advanced.
The evidenc tended to show that
Harth took his snotgun and left the
house to shoot squirrels; that he
reached the east side of the work
bench in the front yard, set the gun
up against the south end and stood
by the east side of the bench him
self. The theory advanced is that
then an enemy approached on the
west side of the bench, a quarrel per
haps ensued, the slayer picked up
the gun, took aim and shot Harth in
the right breast as he turned west
ward to face the person. He or she
then laid the shotgun down naturally,
with the muzzle toward the north,
"When the contents of the heavy
bore shotgun struck Harth in the
right chest he fell upon the south
end of the bench, with blood gush
ing from his wound, staggering in a
half-circle as if to get in the house,
and fell dead some six feet away,
bis body falling toward the front
porch. There are reasons to believe,
it is declared that Harth had some
unknown enemy who determined to
get revenge. The belief is held that
an attempt to extort money from
Harth was made, and. failing in that,
the alleged blackmailer killed him.
The ground where the shooting
took place is hard and shows no foot
prints, nor are there any available
finger prints on the gun to identify
Funeral services will be held here
tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock and
Interment will be in the Oddfellows'
cemetery. Mr. Harth was one of the
richest and most prominent ranchers
In this section, and had a large
acquaintanceship throughout eastern
DEALERS BUY GASOLINE
Tliree Carloads of Fuel Reported
Available in Texas.
HOOD RIVER. Or., July 29. (Spe
cial.) All of the II local automobile
dealers today signed an agreement to
purchase three carloads of gasoline
at a price to be stipulated later. The
oil. it is stated, has been secured in
The agreement specifies that deliv
eries will be made here at 10-day
intervals, the first car to arrive in
next 10 days.
Hood River is again without gaso
line, but the Standard Oil company
states that a shipment may arrive by
tomorrow. A trainload of gasoline,
ordered from Texas by the Portland
Automobile Dealers' association, with
promise of a carload for local distri
bution, remains lost enroute some
where in California.
FUGITIVE IN FOOD RAID
f Continued Krcm First Page.)
was general dejection and discourage
ment. Tonight men and boys were
eagerly waiting with rifles, shotguns
and revolvers hoping for some defin
ite call which would send them out
at once on the chase.
One reason for this revival of hope
is the fact that since the reorganiza
tion of the posses Wednesday none
but experienced men are being sent
out on the hunt for the slayers of
Sheriff Taylor. In the advance par
ties far off in the foothills of the
Meacham creek country are only
trained hunters, men skilled in the
lore of the woods and plains. And
I when these men sent back word that
they had found the footprints of the
two ring leaders in Sunday's murder
out jail-break officials at posse head
quarters here gave the statement full
Leonard Qnerle Red.
The feeling has persisted for the
past 48 hours that the two half-
I breeds have been in hiding in the
Meacham district, in spite of the fact
Ithat all rumors and clews which have
l.-iroused Pendleton to a feverish pitch
since Sunday have proved to be
sroundless. This latest report to-
Inight. if true, bears out the belief
f Ed Wood and Asa Thompson, who
ire directing the work of the posses.
Archie Leonard, police detective
from Portland, has been conducting
searching cross-examination through-
jut the day of halfbreed Indians from
he' Cayuse and Mcacam hill sections.
Deputies went out to those districts
ind rounded up all the halfbreed In
dians and brought them to the county
hail. Jlere in the courthouse some of
fhese Indians have undergone a quiz
zing almost equal to a third-dijjree
ordeal in an effort to obtain informa
tion from them concerning Hart and
Owens. Although the results of these
investigations were not made known.
I it was admitted at the courthouse that
valuable information had been ob
tained from some of the Indians.
Quizzing to Continue.
One halfbreed is reported to have
admitted that he saw Hart and Owens
in this district since the Sunday jail
break. Two young squaws, who are
said to befriends of both the escaped
prisoners, will ' be interviewed early
tomorrow by Inspectors Klingensmith,
Swennes and McCulloch, who are here
from the Portland police department
to assist in the man hunt.
Little credence was placed in a
telephone report received this morn
ing from Guy Hill of Halfway, who
told officials that an automobile con
taining five men and going at neck
breaking speed had passed through
Halfway about Tuesday noon. It is
not thought possible that the escaped
men could have procured an automo
bile up in this district. However, in
order that every possible avenue
might be covered, word was flashed
to officials at Weiser and Boise, Ida
ho, and to other towns in that section
to keep a close watch for any strange
automobile party that might appear.
One of the "hot" clews on which
possemen w;ere working last night
near Pendleton proved a "bloomer"
when they reached the trail's end and
found two high school boys from
Portland enjoying a swim in a nearby
creek. Bloodhounds and men with
rifles had tracked the boys on infor
mation given by some person who
thought they answered the descrip
tion of two of the fugitives.
Hunter Are Determined.
Although headquarters officials still
hope and expect something definite
from this latest report which sent
men hurrying to the top of Meacham
hill, it was made certain today that
even though outside man-hunters give
up the chase at the end of the week,
many Pendleton men are prepared to
work the remainder of the summer
in tracking down the men who killed
Sheriff Taylor. Some of these close
personal friends of the murdered
peace officer have announced pirblicly
that they will not return to their own
work, until these slayers are run to
Fl'XDS SOUGHT FOR. "WIDOW
Governor OU-ott to Urge Legisla
ture to Aid Taylor's Relatives.
SALEM, Or.. July 29. (Special.
In lieu of any reward the state might
consider proper for the capture of the
outlaws who last Sunday shot down
and killed Til Taylor, sheriff of Uma
tilla county. Governor Olcott will go
before the legislature at Its next ses
sion and recommend that this money
be paid direct to the widow and
mother of the slain official.
"I have received a request from J.
L. Vaughn, mayor of Pendleton, that
the state augment the $6000 reward
already offered by the county of Uma
tilla and the city of Pendleton for the
apprehension of the murderers of
Sheriff Til Taylor," said the governor
"The state has no funds with which
a reward could be paid directly, and
the only action the executive could
take in the premises would be to issue
a proclamation to the effect that he
will recommend to the next legisla
ture that it pay a reward in event of
the capture of the men.
"I have given this matter serious
consideration, and I believe that the
reward already offered will be as ef
fective in assisting in the capture of
these men as though it were increased
by any amount the state might offer;
but it is certain the state can in no
way repay in money for the services
Sheriff Taylor has rendered. But in
lieu of recommending to the legisla
ture that a reward be paid, it is my
intention to recommend to the legis
lature that any amount that might
be paid for such reward be paid in
stead to the widow and mother of
"If I thought for a moment that by
adding anything to the reward al
ready offered these vile murderers
could be apprehended a moment soon
er I would not hesitate to go to the
limit on what resources might be at
"But the enhancement of the re
ward, I am sure, will have no effect in
increasing the zeal or energy of the
hundreds of friends of the dead sher
iff who are scouring the , country to
apprehend these men. If the capture
is made for the sake of the reward,
the $6000 offered is sufficient induce
ment to anyone.
"For that reason I believe what
ever the state does in the matter
should be done for the widow and
mother of the dead man as a tribute
to the services of Sheriff Taylor
services for which the state can In
no way adequately repay in money."
JOHNSON STILL VICIOUS
ATTACK OX GUARD AT SALEJI
PREVENTED BY QUICK ACTION".
Slayer of Mrs. Eunice Freeman At
tempts to Carry Out Threat
of Killing Keepers.
SALEM, Or.. July 29. (Special.)
Quick action of a guard at ttie peni
tentiary recently prevented Clarence
Johnson, serving a life-term for the
Lmurder of Mrs. Eunice Freeman of
Portland a few months ago, from car
rying leto execution his oft-repeated
threat that he would kill the first
people- who crossed his path, according
to information given out by a prison
It was reported that while tern
porarily enjoying his daily exercise in
the bull en recently, Johnson ob
tained a brick which he concealed,
awaiting the arrival of one. of the
guards. At the sight of the attendant
Johnson is alleged to have made ready
to hurl the brick, but was detected by
another officer and overpowered. He
again is in solitary confinement, ac
cording to prison officials.
Johnson is said to be the most
vicious prisoner ever received at the
prison and has boasted that he would
kill his keepers at the first oppor
BAKER AFTER CONVENTION
Legion Meeting for '1821 Desired
Delegates Carry Invitation.
BAKER, Or., July 29. (Special.)
With cards on wnich are printed an
invitation and with several other sur
prises by means of which it is hoped
the American Legion posts of Ore
gon may be induced to hold the 1921
state convention In Baker. J. R.
Brooks. W. H. Oxley and W. E. Baird
of the Baker post left to invade As
toria, the 1920 convention city.
Pendleton and several other cities
have announced their intention of go
ing after the meeting but the' local
ex-service men will do everything in
their power to bring the veterans to
Baker. . The plan has received the in
dorsement of the chamber of com
merce and a guarantee of the best
meeting ever will be made.
Bead' The Oregonian- classified -ada".
Rev. U. G. Murphy Says Ori
entals Unfairly Treated.
PROBERS VISIT THOMAS
"Woman Social Worker Details Prac
tices Which She Says Are
SEATTLE. Wash.. July 29. Charges
by the Rev. U. G. Murphy, a mis
sionary, that public officials of Wash
ington had been unfair to the Jap
anese in their investigations of the
oriental question, and a plea by
United States Representative Miller
of Seattle, for new laws restricting
the entry of Japanese in the United
States, were features of testimony
before the housing committee on im
migration and naturalization at ita
final hearing here today.
Dr. Murphy defended the so-called
Gulick plan of percentage Immigra
tion, and challenged the committee's
statistics showing 150.000 Japanese
are now in America, most of them
located on the Pacific coast.
Chairman Johnson retorted that the
committee had the Japanese associa
tions' figures which indicated there
were 85,000 Japanese in California,
about 25.000 in Washington and pos
sibly 5000 in Oregon.
Dr. Murphy said Japanese picture
brides, as a rule, were of a higher
order of intelligence than the men
The bulk of documents' transmitted
to the department of justice dealing
with the attitude of Japanese in
Washington during the war had
proved valueless because the infor
mation contained was inexact. Dr.
Murphy declared. He' said he was
opposed to unrestricted immigration
of Japanese, but complained that dis
cussion of the question has unfairly
stressed the number of Japanese en
tering the country without taking
cognizance of the number returning
Social Worker Testifies.
Representative Miller declared that
restriction would operate "not only
for the good of the' American people,
but for the good of the Japanese
as well. Unrestricted immigration
would "inevitably result in making
the Pacific coast an 'un-redeemed
Japan' in the eyes of that nation,"
Others who testified todav wnrt
Mrs. Edgar Blair, a social worker.
who asserted that Japanese were sell
ing a "dangerous narcotic intoxicant,"
and that they were rapidly assuming
control of the produce and dairying
industries in tne state.
United States Immigration Com
missioner Henry M. White, who sub
mitted figures relative to the entry
or Japanese "picture brides and de
sertions in American ports of Japanese
seamen, and Benjamin Wise, former
owner of a fruit stand who said he
had been forced out of business hv
Committee Visits Thomas.
This afternoon the committee visit
ed Thomas, a settlement in the White
River valley, for first-hand informa
tion as to living conditions among
the Orientals. Tonight thev planned
to leave for Grays Harbor for a visit
to cranberry - growing sections of
Grays Harbor, Pacific and Mason
Later hearings will be held in
Olympia and Tacoma. Representa
tive William N. ' Vaile of Colorado
will not accompany the other mem
bers, leaving tonight for Denver.
In her testimony, Mrs. Blair said
Japanese brides were filling positions
in Seattle that should be occupied by
American boys. The witness charged
that Japanese bus boys and kitchen
employes in restaurants contaminated
garbage sold to hog raisers if the
latter were whites, but took particu
lar care of garbage sold to Japanese.
She accused Japanese gardeners of
withdrawing produce from the mar
ket and allowing it to spoil rather
than sell under market quotations.
Representative Objects to Orientals'
LOUISVILLE, Ky July 29. Con
gressman King Swope of Kentucky, a
member of the house committee in
vestigating Japanese immigration to
Pacific coast states, declared in a
statement here today that this coun
try has reached a point where we
should not permit any unassimilable
race to fill up our Pacific states or
ny other states." He said the "priv
ilege of entry of any and all immi
grants should be predicated upon their
ability and desire to become real, loy
al, patriotic Americans."
"It is rather difficult for the people
of the east and south to fully appre
ciate the Japanese immigration ques
tion and its effect upon the Pacific
coast." said Mr. Swope. "When we
realize that about 100,000 of the ap
proximately 150,000 Japanese in this
country live in California we can
readily see why the Californians view
with great alarm a continued Japan
BRIBERY TRIAL BEGINS
Dentists of Jdaho Charged With
BOISE, Idaho, July 29. (Special.)
Trial of Dr. W. A. Myers, former sec
retary of the state dental board, and
Dr. V. A. Fitzgerald, charged with
license bribery, is now in progress in
the district court. This is the first
case of its kind ever tried in Idaho.
The charge is criminal.' It is alleged
by the state that Dr. Myers, who is a
Boise dentist, while secretary of the
state board of dental examiners, ac
cepted money for the certification of
licenses and that Dr. Fitzgerald was a
The charges made against Dr. Myers
created a sensation when made public
by the state law enforcement depart
ment. The state informed the jury
that it expects to prove that state
dental licenses were peddled over
states and sold at various figures
and that fact was commonly known
in such states.
The accused dentists deny they ever
resorted to bribery in the disposition
Kelso to Have Clinic.
KELSO, Wash., July 29. (Special.)
Under the direction of the Cowlitz
County Anti-Tuberculosis league a
tuberculosis clinic will be held in the
office of County Nurse Lawler to
morrow. Dr. Raymond J. Cary of
Seattle, assisted by Miss Lawler, will
conduct the examinations, which are
given without cost. This will be the
first of a scries of clinics and lec
tures in the fight against tuberculosis
in. this county.
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SALEM, Or., July 29 (Special.)
Acting at 1lie request of Fred" G.
Buchtel, chairman of the Oregon pub
lic service commission, Senator C. L.
McNary today sent a telegram to
Clyde B. Aitchison of the interstate
commerce commission, urging' that
some immediate action be taken by
the commission to assist in relieving:
the car shortage which threatens to
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"The car shortage conditions are
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WALLA WALLA. Wash., July 29.
(Special.) Suspicious circumstances
in connection with at least two of the
grain fires reported in this district,
and the actions of some of the harvest
hands, lead officers to believe that
I. W. W. are at work in this section.
Many farmers have come to town,
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lo the ranches only to have them say
that they will not work. Some men
have hired two or three sefs of har
vesters. Some men work but a little
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