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THE SUNDAY. OKEGONIAN, PORTLAND. JUNE 21", 1903.
FUND IS GF!QW!NG
Over $17,000 Raised for
Large Sums Coming From
Benefits This Week,
HO MORE CLOTHING NEEDED
Xilberal Donation Have Supplied All
Snch Xeeds Pathetic Incidents at
Relief Store Committee Pre
paring: Xor Permanent Aid.
Tho funl collected br tle Portland
relief committee ror lb Hcppnr flooi
euCerers amounted yesterday to 517,
109. The theatrical benefits are ex
pected to add $2000; several hundred
dollars will be added br athletic bene
fits; If tie Fourth of July fund should
be turned over It will add about $2000;
eo that the fund will reach a total -well
Portland merchants are not prceslnc
collection of bills due from residents In
the devastated district, and some such
claims have been canceled altogether.
Collections will be made for the fund
In many churches today, and It Is esti
mated that flCOO will be raised in this
Jo more clothing Is needed, for the
people of Heppner have plenty for pres
ent needs, and have no place to store
e. surplus. ,
The relief committee Is already pre
paring' to devise a plan of permanent
them, that these contributions jjf cloth
ing: "were among: the best that had been
offered. The -wishes at the donors -were
respected, and the two bundles were for
warded -without eliminating: any cf the
There were many other incidents of
much the same character. Small children
carried in bundles of clothing: as larg-o
as themselves, and explained that it was
their own donation. Now and then some
little child brought in a single garment
that he or she had selected from a -wardrobe
that could spare the sacrifice.
The heavy contributions Portland made
in the war of clothing- -were astonishing',
especially in view of the fact that as late
as last Fall a similar appeal was made
in Portland on behalf of fire sufferers in
this state and Washington. The quality
of all the offering's was good, and the
quantity was so great that the commit
tee has been compelled to declare posi
tively that no further contributions will
Permanent Relief Plana.
The Portland relief committee -will take
up the work of rendering' permanent re
lief within a short' time. In fact, prelim
inary steps have already been taken.
While no definite plan has been an
nounced. It is likely that the Portland
committee will do its utmost to' help
Heppner aid itself.'
Not only here, but elsewhere, through
out the Northwest, there Is a feeling- that
Heppner's relief committees -will be thor
oughly organized -within a few days and
able at that time to take up the -work of
rebuilding the town. When the Heppner
committee gets the details of Its -work in
hand, it -will be fully able to estimate the
amount of assistance different sufferers
First of all, it Is likely a list of persons
who have lost all or a part of their pos
sessions will be prepared. It -will also be
shown what aid -will be necessary In or
der that these people may re-establish
Ixing: children are the only ones not al
ready provided for.
The two Dlx children -Kill be cared for
by responsible relatives. The two chil
dren .of George Thornton -will go to their
grandparents. A, boy named Johnson win
be taken care of by an uncle.
One ward of the Boys' and Girls' Aid
Society was drowned by the flood. Ger
trude Ford, a little girl In the caro of
Mrs. Wills, met death la the torrent of
water and was buried Friday by Officer
The Gunn children, who go to Detroit
tomorrow, will take with them a small
dog -which In some way came through
the flood alive. When the alarm was
given and Mr. Gunn and his wife ran from
the house calling to the children to follow
them, the dog was left In the building.
Though only a few feet apart, Mr. Gunn
and his wife were drowned, while the
children saved themselves. They natur
ally supposed that the dog had been
killed, as the next day not a vistlge of the
house could be found. Within a few
hours, however, the dog found them at
the hbuse of a neighbor. For his devo
tion he -will go to Detroit.
MINISTERED TO THE HELPERS.
Father Mi J, Kelly, of Heppner,
Urges Seed of Ample Assistance.
Rev. M. J. Kelly, pastor of St Patrick's
Church, of Heppner, is at the Imperial
HoteL From the first moment of the
disaster Father Kelly -was In the midst of
the ruin. Among the four of his Catholic
people who perished In the flood was the
faithful agent of the O. R. & N. Co... Mr.
J. Kernan. Mr. Kernan lost his life at
his post of duty. He could have easily
saved himself and -wife, were it not for
the fact that he had waited to send a
message to the people of Lexington and
lone about the approaching flood. "The
late Mr. Kernan," said Father Kelly last
night, "was not only a faithful servant
IN SECOND DEGREE
Martin y. Leasia Convicted
of Murder. '
JURY BALLOTS FIVE HOURS
Several Vote" at First for Acquittal,
Seven for First Degree, bat
Compromise Is Readied on
A vtrdlct of murder In the second de
gree was returned by the jury In the Mar
tin V. Leasia case at 9:30 o'clock last
night. The punishment Is life imprison
ment. Leasia -appeared pleased with -the
result and thanked his attorneys for their
efforts In his behalf. To an Oregonlan
reporter who asked him If ho desired to
make a statement he replied, "I have
nothing to say."
The Jury retired for deliberation at A
o'clock after listening to a comprehensive
charge by Judge Sears, which was gen
erally acceptable to both sides. Several of
the Jurors' voted at first for acquittal and
the others voted guilty without fixing the
degree of crime. Then a juror moved that
the degree, be balloted on, and on the
first ballot seven voted for murder in the
The fund in the possession of the Port
land relief committee for the purpose of
relieving distress at Heppner now
amoants to $17,159. Of this amount 516,
007 has actually been paid in, the remain
ing $1152 being offered by subscribers who
will pay their money as soon as requested.
This showing makes it clear the Portland
relief fund will amount to more than $30,
000. The relief committee estimates that
over $2000 will be realized from the the
atrical benefits which are to be tendered
during the coming weok; several hundred
dollars will come in through the medium
of benefit baseball games and In addition
there Is talk of other athletic contests be
ing heid to aid the fund. The subscrip
tion Hat is not yet completed, and It is
expected when the donation in contem
plation by citizens of Portland are re
ceived, the total will exceed $20,000.
If tho Fourth of July fund is turned
over to the relief committee. It Is be
lieved the money available for reliev
ing distress will be swelkd by a contri
bution of something like $2000.
This, of course, does not represent all
that Portland will do. For Instance,
largo donations of clothing and provi
sions have been sent to the stricken town
and looal lodges have forwarded money
that does not appear In tho total showing
for the relief fund.
Xot Trying to Collect Debts.
In addition, Portland merchants who
had claims outstanding in the Heppner
district have expressed an intention to
lect. There are many outstanding bills
that have already been written off, and.
as a rule, the claims will not be pressed.
This means that Portland merchants
will decline to press claims amounting to
several thousand dollars, which Is in ef
fect a contribution to the relief fund.
This Is a phase of the Heppner question
that has been given but general atten
tion by local merchants. Within a short
time an investigation will toe made and
the merchants Intend to be most generous
in their treatment of the people of the
Cbnrcbes to Be Heard From.
It is likely there will be numerous con
tributions for the relief fund from the
churches today. The relief committee has
hesitated to make the suggestion to local
pastors that a special contribution be
asked for the benefit of tho Hepprrer suf
ferers. The relief committee would pre
fer that If anything of this kind is done
it be a free will offering on the part of
the various churches.
If tho attention of local congregations
is called to the subject today, something
more than $1000 should be obtained In this
manner, for many people who have had
no other method of contributing would be
able to avail themselves of this oppor
tunity to aid the stricken district.
More Clothing Xeeded.
The relief committee is anxious that
It should be generally understood that
no further contributions of clothing will
be required at least for the present. Al
ready 11 large and three smajl boxes of
clothing have been forwarded to Heppner;
a large box of contributed clothing and
one of new materials was forwarded to
While it is likely that all the clothing
which could be sent to the two towns
could ultimately be used to advantage,
the committee points out the fact that
the people who have lost their homes have
no means of storing the clothing that
would be sent to them. As a result.
much that would be acceptable later can
not be used at present.
The committee has a small accumula
tion of clothing on hand that will bo dis
patched to the two towns today. There
are several boxes of clothing at the de
pot which will also go forward some time
this morning and bo distributed as soon
as possible. In addition to the generous
gifts of clothing made by Portland other
near-by towns have contributed to their
full ability and this want is probably
A number of pathetic incidents were
connected with the work of gathering
clothing. Scenes were enacted at the
ware room on Front street showing how
deeply the people felt the loss of life at
Heppner that were not duplicated else
where and, when airs. Pratt completed
her work, she realized the generous spirit
of Portland better than any one else.
His Dead Baby's Wardrobe.
A middle-aged man brought a small
package of-carefully selected baby cloth
ing and asked that the bundle go for
ward as it was. He explained that his
wife had gathered the contributions and
added: "We lost our little one a short
A woman brought In a fair-sized bundle
of clothing that had evidently been the
property of an elderly person. She ex
plained, as she deposited her contribution,
that the clothing was that formerly worn
by her mother, which had been carefully
saved during the few weeks that have
elapsed since she died.
Mrs. Pratt was not the least bit sur
prised when she examined these bundles.
sa was necessary, la order to forward
THEATRICAL MANAGERS GIVING TUESDAY'S BENEFIT FOR THE HEPPNER SUFFERERS
GEORGE L. BAKER.
CAIVIX S. HEILIG.
themselves With this Information at
hand, the relief committees will be able
to undertake a systematic effort to re
store the town of Heppner and help the
people who will remain there to rebuild
Whllft th "Portland inmmlt(p mar not
actually direct all thrs work, quite likely
it will have representatives at Heppner
to aid in the work. It is desirable that
all this be cleaned up as soon as possible.
These Investigations can be completed
while the work of clearing up the town
of Heppner and the surrounding country.
taking precautions to Insure sanitary
conditions and otherwise paving the way
for new work is going on. When the
work of Portland's crew of 100 workers is
completed, it Is likely the details for re
establishing the town will have been com
HOMES FOR THE ORPHAXS.
Boys' and Girls' Aid Society Will
Care for Three Children.
Homes for all but three of tho orphans
made by the Heppner flood have been
found by Officer H. H. Hawley, of tho
Boys' and Girls Aid Society, and the
Society has promised to care for the
three children whoso relative cannot
provide for them. Mr. Hawley returned
last evening from Heppner with the four
Gunn children, whose father and mother
were both drowned before the eyes of
their children. The Gunn children will
be sent tomorrow to their grandparents
in Detroit, Mich.
Three Long children, whose father ana
mother were also drowned by the flood.
must be cared for by the Boys' and
Girls' Aid Society. They are now with
relatives on Butter Creek, some 12 miles
from Heppner. The authorities have told
Mr. Hawley, however, that the children
will be turned over to the Boys' and
Girls' Aid Society, and Mr. Hawley will
probably return to Heppner when the
but also an excellent citizen. He, togeth
er with the genial and energetic George
Conser, of tho First National Bank, suc
ceeded in having the generous people of
Heppner subscribe about $6000 for a Cath
olic school and hospital at Heppner."
Mr. Kernan and wife, being in life de
vout Catholics, were burled In accordance
with the solemn ceremonies of the Cath
olic Church. Rev. Father Kelly officiating.
Later their bodies, embalmed, were taken
to La Grande for burial. Two boys and a
girl survive them.
"The O. R. & N. Co. and the kind peo
ple of Oregon," said Father Kelly, "wilL
no doubt comply with the obligation of
Father Kelly says that bis church rests
on a solid foundation of elevated rock and
has been, since last Sunday, cordially
thrown wide open as an ark of refuge
for all people of all creeds. "This ac
counts," said Father Kelly, "for the re
cent large Increase of my cosmopolitan
congregation. Those dear welcome people
visit each night this humble Catholic
Church, devoutly to pray, firmly to re
solve and securely to sleep In St. Patrick's
Church. It Is to be hoped that the dread
ful lesson of the Heppner flood will avail
for an eternal security of everlasting
bliss for many In Oregon and elsewhere."
Father Kelly has been for the pact four
years on the Heppner missions one of the
severest in the United States. His month
ly house-to-house visitations among the
Catholics of Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler
Counties enable him to know thoroughly
the surrounding country. From his ob
servations and reports it is safe to con
clude that Heppner stands in great and
pressing need of assistance. In many
places the crops are a total failure, and
in other parts crops will be very short.
It will then be easily seen that this wide
spread sad condition will but increase the
wretched situation of tho hitherto indus
trious and noble people of Heppner.
"Newspaper representatives have man-
MEMBERS OF CITIZENS' COMMITTEE IN CHARGE
W. D. WeclvrrIIat.
County Court has made legal disposi
tion of the orphans.
When Mr. Hawley reached Heppner he
was met by Judge Bartholomew, of the
County Court, and the principal of the
high school and a systematic 'arrange
ment made for the disposal of the
orphans rendered homeless by the flood
of last Sunday. A thorough canvass was
made by the school principal and every
child accounted lor satisfactorily. Many
-have already been taken Into prlvato fam
ilies and will be adopted, while a lew,
as in the case of the Long children,
must become the wards of the Boys'
and Girls' Aid Society. So far as Mr.
Hawley' has beea able to leaxi the thre
ifested their usual zeal," he remarked,
"and have evidently accomplished great
good In giving to the world a correct
Idea of the victims of last Sunday's
St. Johns Cltlsens te Act.
Mayor C. A. Cook, of St. Johns, has
called a meeting of the citizens of St.
Johns, to be held at S o'clock Monday
evening at the schoolhouse to raise funds
for the relief of the sufferers by the Hepp
Thousands of aew patrons have taken
Hood's Sarsap&rllla thte sc&asH. Tou
should try it. - .
first degree, three for murder In the sec
ond degree, and two for manslaughter.
Numerous ballots were taken before an
agreement was reached. The Jurors were:
E. J. Jeffery, George L. Hlbbard. George
H. Lewis. Cal Powell, James P. Baker,
M. W. Henderson. Dr. E. O. Smith, James
McBrlde, N. P. Tomllnson. H. L. Searls,
J. C. McGrew, B. F. Waldron.
Leasia occupied the wlntess stand a
short time yesterday morning for further
cross-examination, and the state' then
called Mrs. Drews, wife of the murdered
man. to testify In rebuttal. She was
asked if she had eyer heard her hus
band tHreaten Leasla's life, and she
answered In the negative.
Xot Anxious to See Leasia Hang.
Mr. Murphy on cross-examination asked:
"Are you not very anxious to see Leasia
"No, sir, I am not."
"Is It not a fact that your husband
had his life insured, and if it Is not
proved that he did not fire the first shot
you cannot recover tho insurance?"
She knew nothing about this.
"Is it not a fact that payment of the
insurance is held up pending tho outcome
of this trial?"
"Not that I know of."
O. Smith, called as a witness by the
prosecution testified that Leasla's repu
tation was bad. Ho said Leasla's father
had told him he was afraid of his son be
cause he always carried a revolver and
was a bad boy, and that Leasla's sister
had made the remark that her brother
was no good.
Attorneys Malte Speeches.
Deputy District Attorney Arthur C.
spencer made the opening speech for the
prosecution to the jury, and went over
the case carefully. He was followed by
Attorney Dan R. Murphy for the defense.
He made a strong plea In behalf of his
client, and denounced the evidence of
Mrs. Leasia as false. Witnesses who
testified about the shooting stated that
they only heard two shots. The explana
tion of the District Attorney concerning
this was that the neighbors did not hear
the shot fired by Mrs. Leasia because she
had a small revolver, which did not make
a loud report, and also because she shot
her husband in the house as he entered
the rear door.
Mr. Murphy, who argued that Drews
shot Leasia and that Leasia was not shot
by his wife, contended that the reason
only two reports were heard (those from
Leasla's revolver) could be explained from
the fact that the cartridges In the small
revolver which he said Drews used were
charged with smokeless powder, which
District Attorney John Manning made
an eloquent plea for a verdict of murder
in the first degree at the hands of the
Jury, asserting this to be the only so
lutlon of the case. He said Leasia shot
Drews down without a moment's warn
ing and In firing the second shot put the
revolver so close to his victims ncaa
that his hat was powder burned. "What
right had he." argued Mr. Manning, "to
keep harassing that poor, unfortunate
woman, who was compelled to come into
this court and obtain a divorce, while he
sat idly by and let her get the divorce.
He locked her in a scow every morning.
and still he comes here and tells you he
loved her so much he couldn't keep away
"Why should you bp lenient to a man
who thought no more of killing oia man
Drews than he would a rattlesnake. Ho
cared nothing for anybody but himself.
He thought nothing of his own poor, old
father. There is some testimony here
that-his father was afraid of him because
he carried a revolver. If there ever was
a man tried In Multnomah County who
deserved to dangle at the end of a rope,
it Is this man. He comes here and says,
I did It, I ought not to have done It.
but I did It. and I am In it and you should
do something for me.' Mr. Murphy's
effort Is simply to save this man's neck.
He even talks of a manslaughter verdict."
Referring to the defendant's testimony
Mr. Mannlnp said: "Tou cannot expect
any testimony irom mm Dut in nis own
favor, but If there is a particle of evi
dence in his favor I want you to consider
it, I want you to be cautious because I
know it is an awful thing to take a
man's life. But there are several ques
tions I will put to you to answer. Why
did ha take his wife and children with
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same as our higher-priced gar
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We save you from $2 to
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WHEN YOU SEE IT IN OUR AD, IPS SO
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Third and Oak Sts.
him and leave tho place? Why didn't he
remain there if he killed the man In
self-defense, as he said he did? If he was
afraid to remain because he knew the
boys would come, why didn't he take an
electric car .to the police station and give
himself up? When a man attempts to
leave the country. It Is a proof of his
The District Attorney reviewed and
commented upon the evidence In the case
very fully, and said he felt convinced
that the state had made out a case as
charged in the Information.
Ladles' Suits, Conts and Skirts.
That is what he want our racks cleared
of all garments, and beginning tomorrow,
Monday, we will cut the price down so
that you can get the most astonishing
bargains in ladles' garments you ever
saw offered In this city. Tou see we are
the manufacturers the makers of all our
stock. They are made of our regular
tailor cloths, tallor-llned, designed and
made by us shrunk, designed and cut by
us. Will fit, must fit, do fit. It Is our
business to make them fit, for we have
tho best. In fact tho only thoroughly ex
pert, competent, experienced designer and
fitter in this city, being manufacturers
we have to have them. We are not
putting this a bit too strong. Tou will
know It when you come. Come as soon
as you can as the selection will be larger.
THE J. M. ACHESON CO., "
Fifth and Adler.
Merchant tailors and manufacturers of
ladles' suits, skirts and coats, ready to
wear, or made to special order.
Sees for a. Wine Bill.
Tho California Winery commenced suit
in tho State Circuit Court yesterday
ntrnlnst Louis Tnimnwr and J. F. Harvey
to recover $423. balance due on a bill
amounting to 5719 for goods sola.
Claims Damage for .Mangled Hand.
C E. toman;, yesterday filed suit in
the State Circuit Court against Louis
Ruvensky, to recover $637 on account of
personal Injuries. Inman in his complaint
sets up that he was working- in a furnl-
ture factory for the defendant attending
a ripsaw. He alleges that the saw was
not furnished with necessary attach
ments, and was not properly set in posi
tion or furnished with a splitte. Be
cause of the failure of the defendant
to equip properly the saw, Inman says
his left hand was cut, lacerated and
mangled. John Dltchburn appears as hi3
Jnnsen Gets Xo Damages.
In the damage suit of Anton M. Jansen
against the Willamette Boiler Works, the
Jury returned a verdict in Judge Fraz
ers court yesterday for the defendant.
Jansen was employed at a crane and said
ho was seriously injured by a plato fall
ing on him. Tho defense was that it
was his own fault.
Oddfellows to Help.
The Grand Master of the Independent
Order of Oddfellows has issued a circular
letter to all the lodges In the state ask-
Ing for contributions for the relief of
members and their families who were left
in distress by reason of the recent dis
aster at Heppner. At least four members
of the lodge there were drowned, whllo
others lost all their possessions and a
part of their families. Responses should
be prompt as aid Is needed Immediately.
Contributions should be sent to B. E.
Sharon, grand secretary, at Portland, Or.
Snes on Xote and Attaches Lots.
Ladd & Tllton filed suit yesterday
against John and Mary Golden to re
cover $200 on a note, and caused lots 7
and 8 block 14, Proebstel's Addition, to bo
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North-Western Line, 122 Third street,
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HIGH WATER SALE
The near approach of HIGH WATER in our basement salesroom suggests the
wisdom of removing our entire stock of blankets, comfort
ers, quilts, curtains, table linens, towels and napkins.
We will clear the decks for action. COME MONDAY if you
want bargains in- Table Linens, Blankets, Quilts or Curtains.
Monday Morning Commences the Greatest Slaugh
ter Sale Ever Known in the City of Portland.
EXISTING CONDITIONS DEMAND QUICKACTION
McALLEN St McDONNELL
THE STORE NOTED FOR GOOD GOODS AND LOWEST PRICES
Agents fer Thomson's and Warner's Cersets. Bazar Patterns Rediiccd to 10c, Best oa Earth