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THE. SU-DA.X-vQJRE.GQ5IA3tv PJMITLATTD, SEPTEMBER 9, 1906.
up and turn the over to the com
pany. White has left for Darts un
known. The timber land claimed to be
thus illegally entered comprises about
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT SMARTLY DRESSED. MEN WILL WEAR
THIS SEASON ASK BEN SELLING
20.000 acres of the finest timber In the
fclato-. The land Is Included in what is
now the Seven Devils and Weiser forest
If charges of fraud are proven the
Steve Adams Is Arrested on
Warrant From Denver.
land will revert to the Government.
Federal Court convenes at Boise Mon
day and the men will be taken there
for trial. There will be about 50 de
fendants. It is stated other xtensive
land frauds are being Investigated and
HELD IN IDAHO PRISON
Witness In the Steunenberg Murder
Case Is Charged With the Mur
der of Lyte Gregory
BOISE. Ida., Sept. 8. (Special.) The
rase of Steve Adams grows complicated.
No objection was made by the state to
: hill release on the" writ of habeas corpus
Issued by Judge Stewart yesterday. He
was immediately arrested on a fugutive
warrant issued on the request -of the
Sheriff of Denver, Colo,, on a charge of
murdering Lyte Gregory In that city May
16, 1W4. and is held in charge of the
Sheriff of this county.
Now Sheriff Angus Sutherland, of Sho
shone County, this state, has wired that
he is coming for Adams, armed with a
warrant charging him with complicity in
the brutal murder of two men on the St.
Joseph River In Fall of 1904. These men
were named Tyler and Walley. They
were shot from ambush and it has al
ways been understood that J. L. Simp
kins, now a fugitive from justice In con
nection with the Steunenberg assassina
tion was one of the murderers. The deed
was done on or near Simpkin's ranch.
Adams was no sooner In sight of actual
liberty than two charges of murder ap
peared against him. It was the plan of
the state not to lodge the charges against
htm, but so soon as he yielded to the
blandishments of the . defense In the
Moyer-Haywood-Pettlbone case, the road
has been becoming rocky for him. He
was living in the penitentiary practically
as the guest of the state, but now he will
probably have to serve some where under
accusation for bloody crime.
It was Just 1:0s o'clock this afternoon
when Prosecuting Attorney Koelsch, of
this county, received the following dis
patch from Denver:
"Denver, Colo., September 8. District
Attorney Ada County, Boise, Idaho: A
charge of murder against Steven V.
Adams for the killing of Lyte Gregory In
the city and county of Denver, May 15,
1904, filed here today before Grant L.
.Hudson, Justice of the Peace and war
rant In my hands. Swear out fugitive
! warrant and hold Adams. Requisition
papers are being prepared and agent will
etart not later than Monday.
"Alexander Nesbit, Sheriff, Denver
'County and city."
Koelsch at once swore out a warrant
(or arrest of Adams before Justice
Dunbar. About 2:30 o'clock-Judge Stew
art, of the District Court, made an
, order releasing Steve Adams from the
I custody of Warden Whitney at the
state penitentiary by writ of habeas
(corpus. The court adjourned and Steve
I Adams, a free man, arose and began
Blunting nanas g wnn nis attorneys,
when he was tapped on the shoulder
,by a Deputy Sheriff, asked to step into
the Judge's private office and there in
1 the presence of his wife, nis uncle and
his attorneys, the warrant was served
Warden Whitney, on his return,
' merely stated that Adams had' been
placed in his charge for safe keeping
by the Sheriff of Canyon County, on an
: order from the Probate Court of that
county. In his answer the warden
stated that the order of the Probate
Court had never been revoked and
that no other order concerning the dis
position of Adams had ever been made.
He also 3tated that Adams' Incarcera
tion in the penitentiary had been made
with the full consent of Adams, "nis
attorney, C. A. Moore, of Baker City,
and the attorneys for the state.
Attorney Snow, for the state, in a
few words stated that he had no ob
Jertion at all to the court allowing
Adams his freedom, If Adams himself
wished to be released. He stated the
State pf Idaho had at that time no
charge against the man and wished to
make no effort to deprive him of his
As the court finished Adams' wife
turned to her husband and smiled. He
returned the smile and rose to his feet
to shake hands with his uncle, who
was also smiling. Then he turned to
shake hands with his 'attorney, when
'he was tapped on the shoulder by
Deputy Sheriff Higgins. The happy,
smiling look vanished from Adams' face
instantly. He was apparently greatly
surprised. His uncle glared seowling
ly at the deputy and Mrs. Adams hur
ried toward her husband.
"Are you going to play any more
tricks on my husband?" she demand
ed. "Are you going to steal him again?"
Then he went Into the Judge's cham
bers and was formally placed under ar-lest.
Crime Charged at Denver.
DENVER, Sept. 8. Lyte Gregory, for
whose murder Boise authorities are now
holding Steve Adams, was employed as a
detective and special officer by a private
uenver agency and had previously spent
several years worsting for the police and
detective departments in this city. While
on his way home from Edward Cleary'a
saloon In West Denver at a late hour
of the night of May 15. 1904, Gregory
was shot down Just at the entrance of
an alley-way. It was some time before
an alarm was raised and the police noti
fied, and Gregory's assassin made good
Examination disclosed the fact that 10
bullets were fired Into Gregory's body.
John Combes, a carpenter, was the only
person arrested, ana as it was impossible
to connect him with the crime, the au
thorities released hira after an investi
gation. Only a few weeks before his
death. Gregory was named by William
Warjon, an organizer for coalminers In
Colorado, as one of the men who had
brutally assaulted him at Sargent. Colo.
GATHERED IN BY D'FALLOK
RESIDENTS FROM THE MEADOWS
TO BE TAKEN TO BOISE.
Some Are Witnesses, Others Are
Charged With Fraud la Filing
on Government Land.
WEISER, Idaho, Bept. 8. (Special.)
The Government is after fraudulent
locators of timber land in this county.
A party of 39, a majority of whom are
charged with making false entries and
the remainder as witnesses, were
brought here today from the northern
portion of the county, where the entries
were made. The men are all residents
of the section surrounding Meadows.
It Is charged by United States Tim
ber Inspector O'Fallon, who secured the
evidence against the men. that tho
land was located and proved up on oy
the defendants in the Interest of the
Cook Timber & Lumber Company, of
Pennsylvania, and, that the money to
prove up was furnished by B. S. White,
(igent of the company, who paid the lo
cators from $200 to 400 each to prove
Interesting developments are expac-ea.
Brick Johnson's Slayer Captured.
LA GRANDE, Or., Sept. 8. Sheriff
Blakely, of Wallovea County, arrived in
this city this morning from Salmon
Meadows, Idaho, where he captured John
Bear, who on June 11 shot and killed
Brick Johnson, of Enterprise. The mur
derer had been hiding in Imnaha County
and waa caught while having his gun re
paired. The prisoner has a wife and three chil
dren, the oldest 6 years. He is aged 32,
and has lived in Wallowa County 25
years. On a ellght provocation he en
tered Ott Brothers' saloon on June 11 and
killed Brick Johnson, while the latter was
Bitting at the bar. ,
Northwest People in Chicago.
CHICAGO, Sept. 8. (Special.) Oregon
lans registered today as follows:
Stratford A. M. Curry and wife. Port
land. Kaiserhoff M. B. Coolldge, Portland.
Palmer House M. B. Thompson, Portland.
MADE TWO GOOD INDIANS
ISAIAH MATHETV, STRONG TYPE
OF WESTERN PIONEER.'
Myatery of Many Years Clenred XTp by
Tale Told by Argonaut After
Reaching; Old Age.
ASHLAND, Or., Sept. 8. (Special.)
Isaiah C. Matheny, whose funeral was
held here Thursday, was a pioneer
among Oregon pioneers, having come
across the plains with the Applegate
The Late Isaiah C. Matheny.
train in 1843, his family settling at
Wheatland, on the Willamette River,
near Salem. Four sons and two daugh
ters survive, viz:
N. G. Matheny. of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs.
Mary Norris, Pueblo, Colo.; D. L. Ma
theny, Santa Ana, Cal.; Mrs. Lottie
Paulson, Ashland; A. A. and G. H. Ma
theny, of Chicago.
Mr. Mntheny was married In Yam
hill County In 1850 to Emeline Allen.
They lived in Marion County until 1866,
when they removed to California, re
siding there for a few years, but seek
ing tho frontier again In 1871, this time
in the Snake River region of Southern
Idaho, where Mr. Matheny embarked In
the stock business on the fringe of
the Nea Perces Indians' home, but lost
his herds of fine cattle during an un
usually severe Winter. In later years
the couplo made their home with their
daughter in Ashland.
A native of Edgar, County, Illinois, he
was in his 80th year at the time of his
death. Mr. Matheny fought Indiana
through the Cayuse war In 1847-8 as a
member of the regiment raised in Ore
gon for that purpose, but his expe
rience with the Indians was not con
fined to that conflict, and he spoke the
Chinook and other Indian Jargons
readily. He was also one of the early
Argonauts to California and went to
the Golden State right after the first
news of Marshall's discovery of old
It was on an expedition from Oregon
to California that he had a thrilling
Incident with Indians. There was a
mystery for years and years in connec
tion with the death of two notorious
Indian horse thieves and desperadoes
m November. 1S43,Y at Hangtown, or
Placervllle, Cal., and it was only a few
years before his death that Mr. Ma
theny cleared It up and gave the story
of the connection of himself and com
panions with the mystery.
The incident had long slipped from
publio mind, but it was one morning
early in November, 1843, that the bodies
of two stalwart Indians were found on
the outskirts of Hangtown. One had
had a long-bladed knife plunged into
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The Late Mrs. Eliza II. Marsh.
FOREST GROVE. Or., Sept. 8.
Mrs. Eliza H. Marsh, who died at
her home here yesterday, aged 65,
was born In Bloomfleld. O. After
her marriage to Sidney Harper
Marsh In 1860, she came to Oregon.
Her husband was the first president
of Pacific University, and herself
was widely known and beloved.
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his heart and the other had a bullet
hole through his head. The two Indians
for the few months that Hangtown had
been in existence had gained a repu
tation for thievery and many had made
threats to shoot them at the first op
portunity, but none had the heart to
deliberately put an end to their lives.
They were powerful fellows and none
dared cope with them in a conflict to
When their bodies were found all
were glad they were dead, save a few
renegade Mexicans who shared the re
sults of their raids, and they made
threats to bo avenged. No one in Hang
town claimed the honor of the killing.
and though the good citizens made
many efforts to learn the identity of
their benefactors they never succeeded.
It was left to remain a mystery because
Mr. Matheny and his party were
strangers in a strange land and fear
ful of foes, but Mr. Matheny finally be
fore- his death told the story in detail.
"We were on our way from Oregon to
the new Eldorado," said he, "and my
father, my brother and I and three
brothers named Thorp were hurrying
to the newly-discovered mines as fast
as we could go. We traveled overland
from this state, starting as soon as we
got news of Marshall's discovery
ami arriving at Sutter's Fort
early In November. We pushed on
and when within a few hours' ride of
Hangtown night overtook us and we
camped. We had 21 horses with us and
thinking we were near civilization ana
the norsea vvera pretty well fagged
we allowed them to run at will, keep
ing only two of them tethered to round
up the rest with in the morning.
''When morning came the free horses
had disappeared and we hunted three
days for them without success. On the
morning of the fourth day Elvin Thorp
and I started off with the two horses
we hdd left to look for traces of the
lost animals in a canyon some distance
from where we had previously been
searching and only a short distance
from Hangtown. Thorp had a bowls
knife nnd a rifle and I was armed with
a double-barreled pistol. As we rode
Into a hollow we caught sight of two
Indians on one of our lost horsos, and
away we went after them, hoping to
get information from them of the re it
of the band.
"Tho Indians Jumped from their
horses shortly after the race com
menced and attempted to escape on
foot, but we soon overhauled them. One
carried a bow and some arrows, and
as I Jumped from my horse he com
menced to string It, but my pistol was
leveled at him before he could fit an
arrow to It and he dropped his weapon.
"Thorp had stopped the other Indian,
but while dismounting from his horse
the trigger of his rifle caught in 6ome
shrubbery and the weapon was dls7
charged. It was a muzzle-loading af
fair and before he could reload it the
Indian grappled with htm. The man I
had cornered gave a loud yell and came
"I had some compunction about
shooting a man, even if he meant me
harm, and I attempted to back away. In
doing so I stumbled over a rock and
before I could regain my balance the
Indian was upon me. He grasped the
muzzle of the pistol as we fell and we
rolled over and over, fighting for the
weapon. Finally, by a display of
strength that I did not know I was ca
pable, of I wrenched the weapon from
his hand. My left arm was free and,
grasping him by the hair, I pulled his
head to one side and, placing the
weupon at his temple, pulled the trig
ger. "I freed myself from beneath the dy
ing Indian and as I staggered to my
feet Thorp came running to my assist
ance with his sheath knife dripping
with blood. Tho other Indian lay dead
not over a dozen yards away.
"Leaving their bodies where they lay.
we hurried on in the direction that the
Indians were going when we first saw
them, and not over half a mile away
we found our horses in a corral that
had presumably been built by the men
we had killed. We there resolved not to
tell how the Indians had been killed,
fearing the vengeance of their friends,
and this la the first time the-story has
William Abernethy Is Injured.
R09EJBURG-, Or., Sept. 8. (Special.)
As William Abernethy, of Forest Grove
was coming in from his farm at Doral
Coos County, to attend the district fair
at this place he was thrown at a late
hour from his horse and sustained a frac
ture of both bones of his right log Just
above the ankle. He is now resting com
fortably at a private residence in West
Roseburg. His advanced age makes it
the harder for him.
Kot Satisfied With the Pay.
OREGON CITY, Or., Sept. 8. (Special.)
Deputy Sheriff Shirley Buck will re
sign the chief deputyship in the Sheriff's
office next week, and Sheriff R. B. Bea
tle has announced that Robert W. Baker
will be appointed as Buck's successor.
Dissatisfaction with the salary that is
paid and the failure of the County Court
to grant an advance la the reason as
signed by Deputy Buck for tendering his
Beckett's Sentence Is Deferred.
TACOMA, Wash.. Sept. 8. (Special.)
The sentence of young Beckett for for
gery, which was expected to come up in
the Superior Court this morning, was
deferred by Judge Snell until a later
date, the court desiring to inquire into
the matter further. Beckett is the swift
youngster who posed as a Canadian Pa
cific official and cut a swath in Tacoma
and Portland under the name of Drink-water.
. Doomed Man in Cheerful Mood.
6ALEM. Or.. Sept. 8. (Special.) J. C.'
Barnes, .of Douglas County, who is un
der sentence to hang at the penitentiary
10 days hence, ifl living In hopes of ex
ecutive clemency, or relief from the Su
preme Court of the United States. So
far as anyone else knows, he has no
basis of a hope from either source
Barnes is cheerful, eats heartily three
times a day and gives no trouble what
ever. When asked about his case, he
6ays he Is expecting the Governor to
commute his sentence and that in case
the Governor refuses to interfere, the
case will be taken to the Supreme Court
of the United States.
Rains End Fire Warden's Work.
OLTMPIA. Wash., Sept. 8. (Special.)
State Fire Warden J. R. Welty reports
that the ralna of tho past few days
have closea the season's active field work
and he is now checking up to nnd how
his office stands financially. The funds
provided for the Summer's work in fight
ing fires amounted to $10,294, -at which
J2161 came from the Are protection fund
in the State Land Commissioner's office.
The remainder came from voluntary sub
scriptions by timber and millowners. The
total will probably be a little short of
The largest distribution of funds was in
Skagit County. Fires in some sections
were practically beyond control when the
rains fortunately began two days ago.
During the first three monthe of the pre- ,
ent year there were 5H6 strikes in the Ger
man empire. Last year there were 240fl
striken, only 528 of whlcii were a complete
ttcoess for the strikers, - -
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