The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, January 22, 1905, PART TWO, Page 16, Image 16

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Grand Jurors Indict
George Sorenson.
Judge Bellinger Accuses Him
of False Testimony.
Jury Is Discharged, and Two of ltb
Members Are Under Serious Sus
picion of Having Been
Secretly Influenced.
Thr Federal grand jury broke its long
silence a lght at 5:30 o'clock when it
brought a -new Indictment into court
charging Uoerge Sorenson with the crime
of perjiy.
Tli indfetmunt came hk the climax of an
exciting morning s-ession of the Federal
Court, at which Judge Bellinger recom
mended that the testimony of Sorenson
b rxanMited. and If Justifiable, an Indict
ment twr erjury be returned against him.
The action of the court took not only
District Attorney Heney by surprise, hut
the defendant as well, and the sitting
enoed with pome dramatic features which
for a long time haw been 'absent from
the xtaid and islct chamber.
Whri the court convened at 10 o'clock
the Sorewou trial Jury appeared before
Judge Hi'lliwser and reported that it was
tl'i unable to agree on a verdict. The
court dismlwed the men abruptly and
sent fr Mr. Heney. When the District
Attorney niHde his appearance. Judge Bel
lnger wld:
Testimony Manifestly False.
" I Imvc Mnt for you, Mr. Heney. for
the purpose of making a request. I de
xlre that you present the manifestly false
testimony of George Sorenson to the grand
jury at your earliest convenience for such
a tion as the grand jury may think proper
to take in respect to it. I refer particu
larly to his testimony with reference to
acknowledgement of the George Howe
deed of relinquishment. That testimony
was demonstrably false. I am satisfied
that his tOHtimony was equally false when
he did not remember that he had made
th fctatemetu to you that he did try to
bribe John Hall."
On the request of the court the truth
fulness of Mr, Sorenson was investigated
during the day and the indictment re
sulted at the adjournment hour.
The document tecltes that Sorenson was
on trial Tor having offered a bribe of
to John Hall, and that, being a witness
In his own behalf he had testified that he
had not offered John Hall any bribe,
but .jias In the employ of Hall to shadow
tbe defendants, Puter Watson. McKInley
-nd Ware; that If the defendant had ever
said anything to Hall which might have
appeared to have been an offer, it was
simply a report made by him to his em
ployer and not made as a bribe. This
the indictment charges to be false and
perjured testimony.
No Such P.erson as George Howe.
The testimony Is further called Into
question in relation to the statements of
Sorenson when before Heney and before
the grand jury. It is charged that he
knew no one ever appeared before him
to execute deed of relinquishment who
bore the name of George A. Howe, while
his testimony says that such a person did
appear. It Is further held that his state
ments before the court he had never
tald that he had offered Hall a bribe
were known to be false by the witness.
On these grounds the jury returned a
true bill against Sorenson.
t'pon the indictment being returned, yp.
Heney asked that the court issue a war
rant for the arrest of the defendant and
that he be placed under $4000 bonds to
Insure his appearance. A bench warrant
was Issued at C o'clock for the arrest of
the thriee-lndlcted man. but he has not
as yet been found, and it is not thought
that the Marshal will be able to locate
1.1m before Monday, as he Is reported tojd
have left the city for a short time. Sor
enson Is now under 5S000 bonds on the
two indictments pending against him, and
when he has furnished the additional
bonds he will have J12.OO0 pledged for his
appearance at the coming trials.
Prosecution Suspects That Two Mem-
berr Were Influenced.
The Sort-nson bribery trial came to a
close yesterday morning when the Jury'
was discharged by Judge Bellinger, after
having been out two nights and a day
without being able to come to an agree
ment Tho Judge. In discharging the men. was
caustic in his arraignment of the motives
whit-h would actuate the two men who
we hanging the Jury. After the Judge
had finished, Mr. Heney requested that
all of the Jurors come to this private office
on the second floor of the building, where
he gave the two men who held out for
ncqulttal such a grilling that both left
the room amid the applause of the re
maining ten.
John Northup. of The Dalles, and A. G.
Adkins are the two. men who have for a
time defeated the course of justice, and
both have escaped from prosecution for
perjury. If they have escaped, by a very
narrow margin. Neither of the men were
asked at the time of their examination
whether or not they "were friends of the
defendant, though it was supposed that
the were not acquainted from the other
questions put by Mr. Heney.
That the Jury was influenced seems
self-evident, and it is supported by some
startling local entanglements which have
come to light. It was supposed at the
time the Jury was Impaneled that none
of the men were friends of either Soren
son or any one connected with "the land
frauds in any way. Since that time,
however, JCorthup has admitted that he
is an old friend of Sorenson" s and knew
the family. Adkins. on the other hand,
is a very good friend of Judge Alex
Sweek. of the firm of Sweek Jc Long, the
attorneys for the defense In the case.
At the outset the vote was nine to thfee
for conviction and later this changed to
ten to two. where it hung. Before the
flal. so It Is stated. Adkins was seen In
the Chamber of Commerce building, on
tbe same floor -with the Swc-ck & Long
offices, and in conversation with a bare
headed man who. so the informant says,
bore a great resemblance tc Mr. Long,
though not knowing the lawyer, the man
was unable to swear to the identity.
After the case had been sent to the Jury
U is stated that a man had a conversa
tion with Alex Swcck in hit; office, at
which time the outcome of -the Sorenson
i asc was discussed, and at this time Mr.
Sweek Is alleged to have said that there
would be no conviction bccaiute be bad a
persona) friend on the Jury, as did Sor-
cnson, and that these two men would hold
out against a conviction forever.
These circumstances lead the prosecu
tldn to believe that the Jury was Influ
enced even In the beginning, and an ef
fort will be made to probe the question
to the bottom to find out what the influ
ence was.
It 1s further stated that JCorthup re
fused to abide by the ruling of Judge Bel
linger on the law governing the case, but
looked it up for himself, lie Is also said
to have made the statement that it was
nothing to offer a $5000 bribe.
The statements of the members of the
trial Jury were taken by Mr. Heney and
will be offered to the grand jury. In' all
probability, and-It would not be a sur
prising thing if indictments for perjury
were to be returned against both Northup
and Adkins at an early date. .
Death of W. E. Harris, One of the
Oregon Pioneers.
W. E. Harris was born near Nashville,
Tcnn.. and while quite a young man crossed
the plains to California. oS years ago,
then came to Oregon on one of the first
calling vessels, the Emily Farnham, after
i -
which he settled In the little village of
Buttevllle. Or. There he piled his trade,
that of wagon making, and built the first
wagons made In Oregon. Two years later
he moved on to a donation land claim,
one mile south of Aurora, where he has
resided continually. His wife, nee Har
riet Bonney, preceded him two years
across the plains-. She died 26 years ago.
Mr. Harris was a man of rare qualities.
During hl6 5S years In Oregon he never
made an enemy, and was highly respected
in his neighborhood. He was known for
his kindness and help to those In need.
Mr. Harris- raised a family of two sons
and four daughters W. E. Harris and H.
E. Harris, of this city: Mrs. J. Peters, of
Pendleton: Mrs. Alice Brown, of Klamath
Falls; Mrs.-Florence and Mrs. Emma Ba
ker, of Wilsonville.
He came to "Portland to spend the holi
days with his two sons?, and was stricken
with paralysis while at the breakfast
table at the home of his son, H. B. Harris,
71 East Eighth street. After lingering
one week he died in the presence of all
his children. Rev. W. S. Gilbert had
charge of the services and made many
references to the past life and high Ideals
of Mr. Harris. Many friends and his
neighbors were present at his burial In
Lone Fir Cemetery.
The B. B. Rich Curio Store Com
mences Tuesday Afternoon.
Commercing Tuesday afternoon at 2
o'clock and in the evening at 7 the B. B.
Rich Curio Store will sell without reserve
the entire collection of art goods and
relics from all over the world. This will
be a rare opportunity to secure art treas
ures that have taken years to collect at
a nominal figure. The sale will be con
ducted by G. Lowit at the Curio Store.
123 Sixth street, near Washington.
Inquiries' are often heard on the
streets of our city, where is the best
place to purchase gas and electric
chandeliers, glassware. Lindsay burn
ers, Welsbach burners, show-window
and storeroom lighting apparatus. The
answer Is at all times The M. J. Walsh
Co. They also make a specialty of
electric light wiring, ns piping and
all kinds of repair work. See them at
their salesrooms, 343 Washington
street, corner Seventh, or phone them
for estimates.
Hood's Sarsaparllla ensures good diges
tion and strength to tbe vitl organs,
insist upon Hood's,
William Uan-ii.
Commercial Club Holds its'An-
nual Meeting..
Reports Show Good Financial Footing
and General Prosperity Through
out Four New Members of
Board Are Named.
At its' eighteenth annual meeting last
night the Commercial Club, aside from
routine business, elected the following
as members of the board of governors
to serve a term of three years: L. 3
Fields, R. B. Miller, X. M. Smith, R. F.
Praei and H. M. Cake.
The reports of the president, treas
urer and secretary were read tind show
ed that the cash received during the
year of 1904. exclusive of the exploita
tion fund, aggregated $61,686.53. Ex
penditures for the replacing of equip
ment amounted to $2891.35, while $4700
was devoted to permanent fixtures. The
sum of $822 was expended for public
One hundred and twenty-seven new
members were admitted who. In Initia
tion fees paid into the treasury $3170.
The total net profit for the year Is
estimated at $5000.
During this year it Is proposed to in
crease the membership, at present 695,
to 1000, and it is hoped this may be
done in six months.
Next Saturday night the annual din
ner will be held. It is expected that
Governor Gooding, of Idaho, will at
tend, as will Governor ChambeX'aln
and Governor Mead, of Washington.
Foundling Home Loses Children.
PHOENIX. Ariz.. Jan. 21 -The Supreme
Court today denied -the writ of habeas
corpus In the case of the New York or
phans brought to Clifton. Ariz., from
New Transfer System and Other Practices Cause Discontent.
PORTLAND. Jan. 19. (To the Editor.)
A few months ago Portland had
two street-car lines or companies. The
service was fairly good. The conductors
and other employes were reasonably po
lite and accommodating. The two lines
were merged into one and within a few
days thereafter u marked change came
over the whole situation. An air of In
difference to the Interests and comfort of
the people showed Itself In every" de
partment. Conductors that had always
been uniformly polite and accommodating
became exacting and uncivil. The go-ahead
bell would often ring while passengers
were getting on and off. not Infrequently
throwing ladles to the ground and Inflict
ing more or less Injury and humiliation
upon them. Short and hasty answers
would be given to civil questions; every
thing showed that these servants were act
ing tinder stress, under pressure from
within. Men do not change from gentle
men to boors in 4S hours without a great
moving cause. More money must be made
out of the same effort, at whatever cost.
"The public be damned." Competition has
been eliminated and the Consolidated does
the rest. In a short time a placard was
stuck up in one end of the cars in the
archway of the roof, notifying the people
that unless they asked for transfers when
they paid their fares they forfeited their
rights to a transfer. This notice is print
ed, some portions of It, in large letters
and some portions in letters so small that
the best eyes can hardly make them out
at the length of the car.
Then the fun began. Persons would for
get to demand transfers when they paid
their fare, or perhaps concluded later to
go to some other portion of the city, or
would not see the notice, or perhaps could
not read. On asking for a transfer they
received an insolent answer, perhaps a
reprimand and a refusal, with a pointing
to the obscure notice in the gable end of
the car. and the parties were forced to
pay another fare. In this there seems
to be method to increase earnings. That
condition continues to this day. There is
scarcely a car In any part of the city but
what a scene is enacted over this outrage,
and parties arts forced to pay two fares
and the corporation Is ahead that much.
Today, on an Upper Alblna car. three
cases of this outrage took place two
strangers going to St. Johns, that were
not aware of the necessity of a transfer,
and the writer. When I paid my fare, my
attention was drawn to other matters, and
it slipped my mind, as formerly transfers
were not given out till the last end of
the trip. A few minutes later I applied
for a transfer and was insolently refused,
and my attention was called to the notice
Four of the -Twenty-Four Sale
Pianos Still Remain.
All Braai New, Oaly Slightly Dam
aged Cases. Practically a Third
Off Prlcer r" '
It may create a great deal of wonder
that we will consent to part with these
pianos at these tremendous reductions
when only a little labor would put them
In perfect condition. But. as Is well
known, it is the policy of Ihe Ellers Piano
House to never sell a damaged piano at
the price of a new one. In addition to
this, our repair department now has Its
hands more than full. and. as stated be
fore, our celling In the main salesroom Is
In danger of falling as a result of the wet
ting It got through the bursting of a de
fective water-pipe above stairs. It was
the water pouring through our celling
which damaged the pianos that we have
been selling -at such tremendous reduc
tions the past few days. The four that
remain will go tomorrow.
This sale, which commenced only last
Friday morning, has created a, tremen
dous amount of buying and purchasers
have without exception been delighted
with their bargains.
Every Instrument is fully guaranteed
and should any defect develop In the piano
as a result of this accident, same will
be cheerfully repaired without a cent of
charge. Were It not for the crowded con
dition of our floors and the fact that wo
have promised the public to sell 24 pianos
at these prices, we would not bother with
selllnsr these four remaining pianos at
the tremendous reductions. But these.
prices will hold good for Monday. Only
the earlv callers need hope to secure one
of these pianos, as we do not anticipate:
navtng one in tne store uy noon, raters
Piano House, 251 Washington street, cor
ner Park; Home of the Chlckcring.
Weber. Kimball. Hazelton. Lester, Ho
bart M. Cable. Story & Clark. Schumann
and many other highest grade pianos.
New York by foundling asylum officers
and placed in Mexican families and later
removed by force and since regularly
adopted by the families through probate
proceedings. The foundling home asked
for the writ, claiming It had never lost
legal guardianship. Upon announcement
of the judgment leaving the children with
their foster parents, the foundling homo
gave notice of an appeal to the United
States Supreme Court.
President of Traveling Passenger
Agents Announces Appointments.
Jay W. Adams, of Seattle, president
of the American Association of Trav
eling Passenger Agents, and Pacific
Coast agent of the Nickel Plate Road,
was a. Portland visitor yesterday.
Mr. Adams, who was elected to pre
side over the Traffic Association at the
annual meeting in Mexico City a short
time ago, has announced the appoint
ment of his executive committee. It Is
as follows and is composed of .repre
sentative and well-known traveling
passenger agents of the united States
J. M. Cornell, of the Atchison. Topeka
& Santa Fe. at Chicago; W. T. Pratt,
Wisconsin Central, at New York; B. F.
Kelly. Wabash, at Buffalo; Xr. J. Roche.
Denver & Rio Grande,, at Portland, and
W. B. Hutter. Lake Shore & Michigan
Southern, at St. Paul.
B. ,H. Trumbull, the, commercial
agent of the Illinois Centra) In this
clt,Svas appointed district deputy by
President Adams for the Portland dis
trict. It has been announced on the new
letter-heads now being used by the as
sociation in its official business that the
annual convention for 1905 will be held
In Portland during the month of Sep
tember. Heretofore the time has not
been stated, as it was left to the de
clsion of the executive committee.
Contractors can at nil times find a
complete line of hearth, floor and
wall tiling at The M. J. Walsh Co.,
343 Washington street corner Sev
enth. They also carry a complete line
of ash dumps, dampers, grates, frames
and ash-pit doors, at very reasonable
Death of Mrs. Marshall.
Mrs. Maud Ethelyn' Marshall, wife of
Dr. A. E. Marshall, of this city, died
Friday evening at the family residence.
704 Glisan street. Mrs. Marshall had been
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In the dome of tbe car. I TpriitprnA
kick, not against the conductor for h
Is acting under orders but against his
orders and his superiors. The company
made IS cents on that deal.
I deny, the people deny, the right of the
company to maKe laws against the people
ana innict punisnment on them for fail
ure to comply with such laws. The mm
pany has the transfer system, and when
a passenger has paid his fare he has
earned his right to a transfer and can
legally demand It at any time whll on
that car. It may be a convenience for
tne conductor to give transfers when the
fare is paid, and I am sure the people
would gladly aid In bringing about and
establishing this rule. If rrauixiHi in o
civil and gentlemanly manner, but they
wui not oe ordered to do so and fined for dj- any corporation mat ever
The street-car lines of Portland nr venn
derfully favored. They have, a free right
oi wav over the streets of this raDldlv
growing city. They pay nothing into the
city treasury for this ereat nrlvitnira
granted them by the people, and at least
fair treatment is due the people .for these
concessions, vehicles of all descriptions
are taxed hign for the privilege of trav
ellng the streets, while the strwt-onr-
company pays no such license, and the
management snouid De at least jU6t and
oo xar. consolidation tins not beon an
Improvement on the old competitive lines.
School girls have' been forced to- continue
their journey on foot from the St. Johns
Junction through the rain because they
had forgotten to ask for a transfer when
fare was paid and they had no nlckeL
I appeal to The Oregonlan because fre
quent complaints to the management have
been made by many for redress, without
avail. If this condition of things continues
the people will see to It that the system
comes under their own control for all
there Is in it.
The company could not turn a wheel
without a grant from the people, and the
people will not long continue to be treated
as if they were owned by their Inferiors
and dependants.
The people. I am sure, are willing to
make it as easy and convenient for the
conductors to make their collections as
possible, but they are not willing to pay
a forfeit for A slight forgetfulness. Con
ductors, as a rule. I think, try to be
gentlemen when not forced to be other
wise by the management. "I have to obey
order to bold" my Job. I got -a jackfng-up
the other day for violating the order; and
another conductor got laid off a week
for doing the same," was the excuse of
Special Bargains in
Boys' Department
the best wear-resisting fabric
known, all sizes, 7 to 15
years, value $3.95 ' CO QC
our GREAT $2.50
values, Sale Price .
$2.50 SAILOR SUITS $1.25
$3.00 SAILOR SUITS $1.50
$5.00 SAILOR SUITS $2.50
$ 3.95 OVERCOATS $2.95
$ 5.00 OVERCOATS $3.95
She was 27 years old and a native of
Iowa. Her parents. Mr. and Mrs. C. W.
Thompson. Tesidc at Silvorton, Or.
The funeral services will be held at
FInley's undertaking parlors .it 2:30 this
afternoon and the remains will be cre
mated. Besides her husband Mrs.
Marshall Is survived by a daughter one
year of age.
Is That the M. J. Walsh Co.?
Yes, ma'am. Will you please send up
six of your new Lindsay gas burn
ers, with Walco mantles, and place
them In my parlor, dining-room and
kitchen? This is how The M. J. Walsh
Desks Go
If you are going to want a desk of
any kind for office or home, now is the
time and at Calef Bros, is the place
to buy. We have a complete line,
ranging in prices froth $4.50 to $120.
The desk here shown is solid oak. We
are selling now for $22.50.
We also carry office chairs, rugs,
carpets and linoleum. You will 'get
a square deal at Calef Bros.
A Clean-Up
The shrewd buyer knows that prices
are lower now than at any other time.
If you have not seen Calef Bros.' prices
you have not seen the best place to
buy. Just think of a firm that hasn't
a dissatisfied customer. It means that
we do the right thing, and we are that
Calef Bros.
130 Sixth Street
If 70H bare Headache.
If yoB have Neuralgia,
If yea have Inflamed Eyelids.
If you are tronbled rritb Dlxxlarxx,
If jrou are tronbled Trltfa XervoasBess,
If you are troubled frith Car-Sickaesa,
Have Helped Others
Tuey May Help Yea
Fourth BBd Yamhill Street,
Y. -X. C. . BbJIjUb
$ 6.00
Co.'s phone keeps up all day since se
curing the agency for the new Lind
say gus "burner. Ask your neighbor
what they- are.
To Afd Home Industry.
There was a second meeting of the
Woman's Labor League yesterday after
noon at Drew Hall, with Mrs. L. A. Hel-
Don't miss
the opportunity
to dress well
at small
We're closing out stocks on
hand at greatly reduced
prices to make room for
new Spring goods.
Suit and extra pants of same
or striped material to order
for $25.00 and $30.00.
All garments to order for
cost of material and making
for the next ten days.' '
Full dress and tuxedo suits a specialty
.Satisfaction guaranteed in all cases
Garments to order in a day if required
108 Third Street
. mar, tow MF
bock presiding. Women laborers and th
wives, mothers and sisters of members ot
the labor union were admitted to mem
bership. There were a. number of neyr
names added to the charter list of last
week. The object of the league is tho
patronage of home industry, and labor,
and, as far as possible, the abolishment of
alien labor classes.