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PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 27, 1907.
(Compiled from Brooklyn Eagle of
September 28, 1937.
MORE HIGH FINANCE
Darlington & Co., of Brooklyn, Tail
as Result of Tight Money
No event in recerrt years has so
shaken the mercantile world as the
failure of the Darlington Company to
open their big store in Brooklyn, N.
' It was to be the largest and highest-grade
department store in that
city. Immense quantities of merchan
dise had been imported, from Henry
Kayser & Fils, of 32 Faubourg Poig
. soniere, Paris, France, and orders for
over $500,000 of merchandise were al
ready placed with manufacturers in
this country. With the store's open
ing but a week away, the bottom fell
out of the whole affair.
From a transcript in the possession
of Sheriff Flaherty, of Kings County,
K. Y., it appears that the Darlington
Company, incorporated at $1,000,000,
started in business with a paid-up
capital of only $1000. The transcript
shows that ten shares of the capital
stock were issued for incorporation
purposes at the par value of $100
Ralph Leininger, president of the
Darlington Company, held four of
these shares ; J. A. Kohnery vice-president,
treasurer and manager of the
Darlington Company, held three
shares, and George D. Beattys, lawyer,
of 49 "Wall street, held three shares.
About four years ago Mr. Leininger
started in the real estate business with
the small amount he had saved from
his salary. It wasn 't long before he
was doing an .enormous business. He
formed the Kingston Realty Company,
which boasted in its literature of hav
ing the largest business operations in
Brooklyn. Leininger rose on the crest
of the boom. He reached a point
where he would have been a million
aire if he had been able to sell all his
holdings at the prevailing prices.
Then the boom began to die down.
Leininger saw the end coming.
"There is no future in the real es
tate business," he told his friends.
"The boom. is over and I am going to
get into a business where I can get
along without woifclng myself to
death. I am going to become the head
of a big department store. "
Leininger Said He Was Beady to Put
$900,000 Into the Store.
Darlington 's store was the result of
that determination. Mr. Darlington
arranged with J.-A. Kohner formerly
of Chapman's and later with Jour
neay & Burnham's, to get a lease on
the Offerman' Building. He told Mr.
Kohner that he wanted the finest
store in Brooklyn.
"You will need $650,000," Mr.
Kohner told him.
"Oh, I don't want it restricted to
$650,000," said Mr. Leininger. "I
am ready to -.put $900,000 in the
Mr. Kohner started out with the de
termination to make Darlington's the
best store in Brooklyn. He offered re
markably large salaries to get the best
designers, buyers and department
heads from other large department
stores. He built up an organization
that was said to be one of the strong
est ever got together for a new depart
ment store. In employing buyers he
would tell them to quit their old
places right away and go on salary
with the new company. Many high
salaried men and women gave up their
places and went on salary immediate
ly with Darlington 's. They had noth
ing to do, but were instructed to take
a vacation until called upon to work.
The recent tight money market in
Xew York tied up Mr. Leininger 's
capital and made his real estate a
drug on the market. He found him
self unable to raise the necessary cap
ital, and so the department Btore fell
with a crash that startled the mercan
tile world. .
Mr. Leininger is, with two excep
tions, the heaviest insured man in the
United States. He carries $1,500,000
of insurance, and this amount is ex
ceeded only by John Wanamaker and
his son, Rodman Wanamaker. He bor
rowed to the limit on his insurance to
avert the crash.
In reference to the above announcement, which is without
a parallel in the history of American merchandising, Lipman,
Wolfe & Co. direct attention to their great two-page adver
tisement in the first news section of this paper.
It announces a sale without precedent a sale of the highest-class
imported new Fall stocks of a store that never
opened absolutely new and desirable merchandise of first
quality, at the lowest sale prices ever recorded.
NEW YORK TRIES
TO SHIFT BUME
Cause for Stock Shrinkage
Lies in Wall-Street
ROOSEVELT'S PLAN RIGHT
Financial Hurry In Metropolis Haa
Little Effect ' on General Pros
perity of the Country, Espe
cially In Western Sections.
NEW YORK, Oct. 22. In ten months of
this year three billion dollars in market
value has been Wrung from the securities
that furnish the life blood of "the street."
These securities represent the ownership
of railroad. Industrial, mining and other
properties extending over the length and
breadth of the United States. Wall street,
banking on the securities alone, Is in the
deepest depths of gloom over this three
billion dollar shrinkage.
Recently It has been on the verge of
panic over declining stock quotations and
the discovery that reckless, plunging
speculators , have been playing fast and
loose with the funds of some of Its
banks. The officers and directors of one
bank have been kicked into the street
and financial assistance has been ex
tended by the clearing-house to othsrs
that without assistance could not have
withstood the strain of the rapidly falling
Country at Large Safe.
With the country at large the situation
is distinctly different. Surprising as it
may be to wall street, the country is
not "busted' or even on the high road
to the poorhouse. Banking on actual
properties rather than on the "securities"
that are the all in all to Wall street, tne
country Is prosperous and serene. In
some lines of business, notably copper
and the iron and steel Industry, there is
hesitation, it is true, but general con
ditions are still good, and except for the
pessimists of the speculative markets
there is little or no fear for the future.
The country's crops, while not up. to
the average of recent banner years in
volume, bring higher prices and are of
greater total value, and the world is fur
nishing a ready market. Conservative
figures place the value of the produce or
the farms of the United States this year
at the enormous sum - of 16,500,000,000.
Some estimates run higher. The mines
and the forests have produced other bil
lions, and the country at large is not in
Wall street's predicament. It is rich
and getting richer, and the poverty of the
narrow way that runs from Trinity
Chnrch to the river disturbs only a very
small percentage of thetotal population.
There was a time, and not very long
ago, when Wall street ruled the nation's
finances. But the little old United States
has been growing financially, and the
wailing of a few "busted" speculators Is
no longer a signal for general alarm.
Makes Intel est ing Story.
The break in Wall street and the causes
that led up to It make a rather depressing
but an interesting story. It is chiefly
a tale of wrecked fortunes and badly
twisted speculators. Men who were worth
millions In January are "broke" , today,
and many of them have had empty
pocketbooks since the panic of March 14.
The man who asks Wall street the
cause will get the answer in just one
word Roosevelt. Upon the man in the
White House speculative New York places
the blame for all its recent disasters. In
the brokerage-shops of the financial dis
trict the President of the United States
is called "trust buster," "corppration
baiter," "fortune wrecker," and a lot of
other names even less complimentary.
What the President calls his efforts to
pecure a "square deal" for rich and poor
alike, his efforts to make the laws of the
land apply to the mighty as well as to
the mite, are termed in Wall street
"assaults on corporations" and, "attacks
on vested rights." Wall street has a -ery
bad case of Rooseveltphobla.
"High Finance" Remembered.
Reasonable people away from the mar
kets ' see the situation in a somewhat
different light. They agree with the spec
ulative interests that the confidence of
the investing public has been destroyed,
but they do not hold Roosevelt respon
sible. They carry their memories back
to the time when the investigations of
the big life insurance companies uncov
ered a system of financial rottenness that
had not been dreamed of before. They
remember the manipulative trickery ex
posed by the Interstate Commerce Com
mission and other Investigating bodies
In their examination of railroad manage
ment. They remember the Union Pa
cific dividend episode, when the direc
tors of one of the greatest properties in
the United States were accused of with
holding Information from ordinary stock
holders till the Insiders had had time to
profit by secret knowledge of -facts that
belonged to all alike.
Roosevelt may be responsible for the
uncovering of "yellow dog" funds and the
various forms of corporation wrecking
that have been practiced in high finance,
but he was never responsible for their
existence.. And, curious as it may seem,
Wall street withholds its hatred from the
men who were guilty of the wrongdoing
to bestow It all upon- the man they hold
responsible for exposing corporate cor
ruption.. Loss of Confidence.
If lack of confidence was one of the
causes that has brought the break in se
curities, lack of money was certainly an
other. Early in the year it became evi
dent that the money crop for speculative
purposes would be short. The amount of
funds required for the conduct of the
general commerce and industry of the
country was larger than ever before.
Bankers began to preach conservatism in
Investments and conservatism in general
business. They warned the public that
there was not enough money and credit
In the country to carry on business at
the pace it was then going and still main
tain the high level in stocks.
Western bankers have been working on
that theory all through the year. Instead
of sending their cash to Wall street to
boost .the price of securities, they Invest
ed if themselves. They took a leaf out
of the city banker's book and began buy
ing commercial paper on a scale that
surprised and somewhat alarmed their
Lacking the usual contributions ef
Western funds to hoist the market quota
tions, many of the patriotic Wall street
director! of railroad and other corpora
tions resorted to the evpedlent of raising
dividend rates. The banks that were fur
nishing the money to carry stocks charged
more interest for the accommodation and
the dividend expedient was resorted Co
in order that stocks should come nearer
to paying their own board. In that way
the dividends of many a corporation were
raised far beyond the .point of conserv
ative finance In order that the speculative
directors of the properties might not be
put of pocket in carrying stocks they did
not really own. '
Still another reason for the decline in
security values, and one for which Presi
dent Roosevelt cannot be blamed by even
his bitterest critics, is the glutting of the
markets with new stocks and bonds. In
this direction the railroads were particu
larly ravenous. They and the industrial
corporations choked the banks, the bond
houses, the brokers' offices and. the in
vestors with new Isfeues of securities.'
They sopped up every dollar that could
be gathered in that way, but the limit
was reached at last. Toward - the end
they began to tempt the appetite pf the
investor with short-term notes at low
prices and high rates of interest.
And Europe played its part In the
tragedy. Investors across the water were
alarmed by the exposures of rottenness
in high financial places and expressed
their Inability to comprehend American
corporation methods. They could not un
derstand why the Union Pacific should
raise to 10 per cent a year the dividend on
Its common stock that was not' worth
much over $10 a share 10 years ago and
then immediately after go Into the mar
ket to sell J90.000.000 of bonds to pay for
needed Improvements. It made the prob
lem all the more difficult that the Union
Pacific should be carrying more than
$200,000,000 of the stocks of other com
panies New York Central, Baltimore &
Ohio, Alton and so on while it needed
cash to Improve and extend its own lines.
In some European centers it is not con
sidered exactly proper for the manage
ment of a railroad corporation to specu
late In that way with funds that belong
to the stockholders. The Union Pacific
situation was another destroyer of con
fidence, and again Roosevelt was hardly
Helnze's efforts to run a corner in his
United Copper stock and his failure to
do so have little more bearing on the
general business of the country at large
than a burglar breaking into a flat. . It
played hob with Wall street, however,
especially as it involved the reputation
of a bank of some former standing, and
came so closely on the heels of the re'
duction In the dividend on Amalgamated
Copper. Those events put' copper stocks
decidedly out of favor and added many
millions to the market shrinkage.
Helnze's experience as a bank pres
ident Is important In another respect.
It serves to show that the methods that
win In the mining and political camps
of Montana are not necessarily success
ful in the financial district of New York.
Manufacturing Little 'Affected...
Mournful as the situation Is In. "Wall
street, there Is nothing depressing in the
business affairs of the country. The rail
roads still have all tbe business they can
handle and expect to .have . more. . The
traffic manager's wail that he has' not
cars enough to carry the freight that is
forced on him Is heard already on some
lines.. General merchandise is still going
forward In good volume, and -collections
are good. vIron and steel, though quiet
just at present so far as new business
is concerned, give promise of more activ
ity as soon as money eases, making it
possible to push new enterprises on a
more reasonable basis. And even as'tt Is
the mills have - orders enough to keep
them going for months to come if no'
further orders are received."
HAS BULLET FOR EDWARD
FORMER SOUTH . AFRICAN PO
LICEMAN THREATENS KING.
Imaginary Grievance Arouses ' Ani
mosity of Man Caught Roam
ing Around Chippenham.
NEWMARKET, England. Oct. 26. The
police here today : arrested a man sus
pected of having designs on the life of
King Edward or the JPrlnce of Wales.
The prisoner, who was a member of
the Beehuanaland (South Africa), police
named J. H. Pearse, was found wander
ing in Chippenham Park, where the King
had been shooting this week and in which
the Prince is going to shoot on Monday.
Pearse, when taken into custody, said
he Intended to "shoot" the boss who was
shooting here. After a preliminary ex
amination in the police court he was re
manded for further inquiry regarding his
past life. It appears that he participated
In the Jameson raid and is laboring under
the impression that he has a grievance
against King Edward.
His Majesty left Newmarket early yes
terday and returned to London.
INDICTED FOR GRAFTING
Ex-Speaker of Indiana House and
Cashier of Concern.
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 2. The Marion
County grand Jury today returned Indict
ments against Henry Marshall, of la-
fayette. president of the Western Con
struction Company, and formerly speaker
of the Indiana House of Representatives.
George W. Baxter, cashier of the com
pany, was Indicted also. The company
has contracts with the city of Indianap
olis for repairing asphalt on asphalt
Harry Brunaugh, agent of the company.
charged with padding tne inspectors re.
ports, was brought back today from De
troit, whither he had fled.
Bridegroom Drowns Himself.
NEW YORK, Oct 26. Herbert Parkin
a passenger on the steamer Baltic, which
arrived today from Liverpool, leaped
overboard last Sunday night and w
drowned. Parkin gave a fellow passenger
the address of a woman In Hull, England
asking that she be notified. Then he
rushed to the rail and jumped overboard,
The liner was stopped an- a lifeboat
lowered, but no trace of the man could
be found. Parkin was on his way to
Kansas, where. It Is said, he was soon to
nave been married.
Railroad Dodging Taxes. '
ALBANY, Or., Oct. 26. (Special.)
Though it has not yet paid Its taxes for
1906, and all of Its property In Linn
County is now being listed to be sold at
delinquent tax sale next Spring, the Cor
vallis & Eastern Railroad Company today
filed formal complaint with the Board of
Equalization regarding its 1907 assess
ment. It protests that the valuation of
$8500 per mile placed on its roadbed and
rolling stock, as well as the valuation on
Its roundhouse, machine shop and other
property It owns In tola city, Is excessive.
Policemen and Carmen Have
Skulls Cracked With
TRACKS MUCH DAMAGED
Appearance of Oars When Factories
Pour Crowds Into Streets Proves
Signal for Violence The
Police Fight Bravly.
YONKT3RS, N. Y., Oct. 26. As a result
of an attempt of the Yonkers City Rail
way Company to run cars this afternoon,
three policement and a strikebreaker are
in the hospital. The Jactories had Just
closed for the Saturday half-holiday
when the cars left the barns and the
streets were filled with workmen.
As the cars moved slowly along the
avenues they were followed by thousands
of men and boys, yelling and hooting.
Two cars that ran along Rlverdale ave
nue were attacked by a mob and every
pane of glass in them was smashed with
stones. Two mounted policemen who
tried to drive back the rioters were
knocked off their horses and finally were
rescued by other policemen, who charged
Into the mobs, hitting right and left with
their heavy nightsticks.
The motorman of one of the ears at
tacked was struck on the head with stones
and knocked unconscious. It was sup
posed his skull was fractured. He and
the two policemen were taken to the hos
pital. A similar scene was enacted in War
burton avenue. Policeman Kennedy, who
tried to restore order, was hit on the head
with a stone and severely cut. He was
taken to the hospital. 'The motormen
and conductors of the cars sent out, with
the - exception of the men taken to the
hospital, managed to get away unhurt
After the attack on the cars, the mob
tore up the switchpoles In the tracks in
Warburton and Ashburton avenues and
threw, them into the river.
The streets this afternoon were crowd
ed with excited people and It is feared
that the disturbances will be renewed.
. The; strikebreakers are rapidly losing
heart as a result of their experience dur
ing the last two days, and it is said that
60 have left town.
Militia May Check Car Strikers.
. NEW YORK, Oct. 26. The strike for
higher wages by the conductors and mo
tormen- of the Yonkers Railway Company
has given; rise to reports that National
Guardsmen will be ordered to the sub
urb. : The company's latest efforts to run
cars have been unsuccessful, because the
tracks were obstructed by strike sympa
thizers, and the car crews were stoned.
President Mayer, of the comDanv. has
been arraigned in the Court of Special
Sessions , on a charge by Health Officer
McCormick of violating the sanitary code
in housing strikebreakers.
RECEIVER FOR HER ESTATE
Mrs. Mills, of Perry, Accuses Trus-
tees of Mismanagement.
ST. LOUIS. Mo' Oct. 26. (Special.)
On petition of Mrs. Harriet R. Mills,
of Perry, Washington, . the Federal
Court at Springfield, 111., has appoint
ed a receiver for the estate of her
mother, Augustine K. Root. The re
ceiver, Albert Orrendorf, arrived in
Alton yesterday and took possession
of the property. He was accompanied
by a Deputy U. S. Marshal from the
Federal Court ' at Springfield, who
served a writ upon the trustees of the
estate directing them to turn the prop
erty over to the receiver.
Under the terms of the will filed
September, 1906, the estate, which Is
a large one, was to have been kepi.
in trust ror nve years and then dis
tributed among the heirs. Mrs. Mills
charged mismanagement and further
alleged that the four other heirs signed
an agreement to divide the estate be
fore the' trust period ended.
DISLIKES THE SOCIALISTS
Mayor Moore Says They Must Go
Either to Jail or to the Woods.
SEATTLE, Waih., Oct. 26. (Special.)
"If the Socialists want to speak or hold
meetings they can go to the woods or to
That is the reply Mayor W. H. Moore
gave a committee of Socialists today
when they called upon him to announce
that they intended to begin a series of
"The Salvation Army Is permitted to
hold meetings in the streets," declared
"It makes no difference," the Mayor
retorted, and then he offered the dis
ciples of discontent the alternative of
wandering into the timbered dlRtcfcts or
spending a night In the City Prison, al
ready condemned by the health authori
ties. The Socialists announced afterward
that they had completed a fund for ball
ing out their orators and had a commit-
tee of .speakers named to talk on street
corners. .They will continue their fight
WASTING GOOD LIQUORS
How Robber Suspects Amused
SPOKANE, Wash, Oct. 26. (Special.)
Lining up bottles containing $20 worth of
wine or beer on the bar of the dance
hall . at Bonners Ferry, and then with
one sweep of ' another bottle breaking
all Into many pieces was one of
the - pleasantries indulged in by C. R.
McDonald and Ed S-iith, arrested
on suspicion of being the Great
Northern train robbers, while they
were spending several days there. They
spent $381 In one' night.
Such was the story related yesterday
by ' Theodore Riley, proprietor of the
dance hall. "No sooner would they sweep
away 20 bottles of beer or four bottles of
champagne than they would call for an
other bunch to he set up on the bar,'
said 'Riley today in remarking upon the
amusements of the two men during the
three days they were at his resort.
First they would call for $20 wortn
of beer to be placed upon the bar.
Then one of the men would, with an
other bottle, dash all the bottles to"
pieces. The other fellow would then
call for $30 worth of champagne to be
put up and the four bottles would
scarcely be placed on the bar before
they were knocked to smlthereena,
vv niie tney were tnus enjoying mem-
selves they drank but little.
"While they were in the midst of
their rough house one of them asked
permission to break the mirror behind
the bar, saying he would pay more
than it was worth, but I . objected
to this. The other fellow then went
out to the rear of the building In
search of an ax, declaring that he In
tended to out the bar to pieces and
then pay me for It. I was mighty glad
he was unable, to find the ax."
Spokane bankers today positively
identified the $14,395 taken from C. E.
McDonald and Ed Smith, suspected
train robbers, as part of the consign
ment from the Commercial National
Bank of Chicako to the Old National
Bank, this city, September . The
money was still wrapped as described
by the Chicago bank, dated September
6, and O. K.'d by Reoeiver S. S. The
money was taken to the vaults of the
Union Trust Company today by Chlet
Rice and locked up.
EIGHTEEN PEOPLE HURT IN
Passengers Leap Into the Street.
Two Men Unconscious List
, of Those Injured.
SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 26. (Spe
cial.) At least 1& persons were injured.
two of them possibly seriously, In a
streetcar accident tonight, when a
cable-car on the Madison-street line
broke loose at Fourth avenue and
dashed down hill toward the turntable
at Western avenue. The runaway car
crossed Second avenue traveling at the
rate of 50 miles an hour, and crashed
into an ascending car, hurling it back
onto a third coach on the turntable
at the foot of the hill. All the way
from Third avenue passengers on the
hill car leaped In frantic fear of death.
On both of the cars at the foot of the
hill the conductors ordered passengers
to Jump and run for their lives, and1
everyone was gotten out of danger be
fore the crash came.
When the cars came together, car
42, hurled by the runaway car against
car 47, was thrown from the tracks
and both the others danwged. By a
peculiar coincidence, the runaway car
was the least damaged of all.
A week or more ago a similar acci
dent occurred, the cable car breaking
loose as did the one tonight at the
brow of the Fourth-avenue hill.
The accident occurred shortly be
fore midnight when the hill car was
heavily loaded with a theater crowd.
At first It was believed two men had
been killed. They are at a local hos
pital unconscious and physicians are
attempting to save their lives. The
injured who have been identified are:
George B. Kent, unconscious, extent of
Injuries undetermined; Mrs. William
Anderson, face seriously cut; A.
Bunch, skull fractured; L Greengart
en. clerk, both hips hurt. wrist
sprained; M. Gorgans, arm fractured,
scalp wounds, possibly skull fractured;
Mrs. A. G. Howatt, hurt about the
head and left hip; R. Schuman, employe
Madison-street power house, left leg cut;
H. L Gregg, cuts about head, not seri
ous; James Henry, wholesale meat deal
er, cut and bruised, skull may be frac
tured; Miss Hurst, young daughter of
James Hurst, bruised badly; Miss Mamie
Rordon, face fcruised, cut and suffering
from shock; R. S. Kinsle, back hurt;
Miss Peterson, employe Seattle General
Hospital, cut about face; Clara Rosen,
Ballard, bruised and Injured Internally;
E. R. Hart, face and head badly bruised,
right arm bruised and wrenched, left side
bruised: Thomas Brace, bruised about
head and legs: Mrs. Brace. Injured right
side; Robert Allen. 114 Valley street,
bruised about head and shoulders.
ROBBED AT GUN'S MUZZLE
M. E. Templcton Accosted by Two
M. E. Templeton. wire chief of the
Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph
Company, while walking south on
Sixth street toward his home, was held
up and robbed by two highwaymen.
who relieved him of $3a In coin.
Templeton resides at 330 Sixth street
and reached Sixth and Clay streets
about 12:30 o'clock this morning, when
he was accosted by a lone man who
demanded his money. Templeton be
lieving he could run a bluff on the
fellow, announced that he had no
money with him, but at this Juncture
the second highwayman arrived and
held a revolver to the victims' head
to emphasize the demand, while the
first man hastily searched his pockets.
The men secured $35 in money, but
failed to take a watch or any other
article on the person of the victim
The thugs are described as tough-
looking fellows, about medium build
and smooth shaven.
.Patrol Sergeants Wendorf and John
son were sent out to look for the men
as soon as the hold-up was reported,
but at a late hojir had failed to find
any trace of them. .
BLOW UP OLD PROSPECTOR
Montana Dynamiters Commit Das
tardly Deed in Mountains.
BOULDER. Mont.. Oct. 26. A dastardly
attempt has been made on the life of
Charles Heuer. a well-known old-time
prospector. Heuer was preparing his
breakfast at his mountain home, when
without warning the side of the cabin was
blown away. , Heuer's right arm was
nearly blown off and he also sustained
a number of bad injuries and burns about
the body and face. After a trying time
in extricating himself from the debris,
he made his way to this place, where
medical treatment was given. He will
Baby Dies at End of Journey.
TACOMA, Wash., Oct. 26. Special.)
At the close of a long and anxious Jour
ney, coming from Bryan, Mich., to join
her husband In Tacoma, Mrs. . Joseph
Multhaupt held the lifeless form of her
little baby in her arms as she got off
the train at the Northern Pacific Depot.
The baby had been sick on the way and
died Just as the train was coming into
Marlon Grey, Matrimonial
Agent, Hastens to a
SENTENCE IS DEFERRED
Pretty Deputy of Cupid Foregoes
Chance of Acquittal That She
May Hasten to Bedside of Girl
Friend Gives Vp Business.
CHICAGO. Oct. 26. (Special.) Because
a girl friend was seriously 111, probably
dying, Marion Grey, Elgin's handsome
and mysterious matrimonial agent,
pleaded guilty to using the mails to do
fraud in Judge Bethea's court today. She
pleaded that she did not know she was
doing wrong, and begged for the mercy
of the court. Judge Bethea suspended
action until the next term of court. Miss
Grey hurried from the courtroom to go to
the side of her sick friend, whom she said
she wished to nurse.
"I am willing to plead guilty to do any
thingJust so 1t will all be over," she
told the Federal authorities. "1 have a
dear friend wno Is 111 of typhoid fever.
Her mother died recently, and I am anx
ious to go to the girl's bedside so that I
can help to take care of her."
now She Begins Business.
The friend for whom Miss Grey was
willing to sacrifice her chance of an ac
quittal In a trial by Jury is said to ve
Miss Ona Wlndolf. of Canton, O.
When the pretty organizer of the
Searchlight Club appeared in court she
told, for the first time, how she started
the business of finding life mates for $S
"While I was attending school at
Ann Arbor the girl students and my
self answered matrimonial advertise
ments as a prank and to play Jokes
on the teachers," she explained to
Judge Bethea. "I developed the scheme
I had from the literature I received
from other matrimonial bureaus."
Says She Has Given It Up.
She declared that she entered the
business of mating hearts to get
money to continue her education and
had never thought It was illegal to
trick trusting swains and maidens, un
til she was arrested.
"You can be Imprisoned, or fined
heavily for your offense. ' Are you
willing to give up this business?"
askctl Judge Bethea. ,
"I have given it up," she sobbed.
The- pretty matrimonial agent, who
Is 20 years of age, nearly fainted as
she stood before the bar of the Fed
eral Judge. She covered her face with
her hands when Judge Bethea told her
that she could be punished with a fine
of $500 or 18 months' Imprisonment,
DEATH OF FRANK GRAY NOT
Tries to Get Clear of Woman 'With
Whom He Is Living, but Cannot.
Murder Is Suspected.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 26. (Specials
Charles A. Gray, father of Frank
Gray, the young singer in a Golden
Gate avenue music hall, whose life
was ended by a bullet in his apart
ments at 927 Eddy street, last Monday
morning. Is speeding on his way to
San Francisco from Denver to investi
gate his son's death.
Gray Is not satisfied that his son
committed suicide. Friends of the
dead youth who are familiar with the
circumstances surrounding his death
wired to Denver that a more rigid in
vestigation than that conducted by
the police Is warranted. They, have
already conducted one on their own
account and they say that details have
been found widely diverging from
those supplied by May Melville, or
Mamie Acton as she was known here,
who was the sole witness to Gray's
death and who is said to have owned
the revolver from which the shot was
fired. Gray, who was but 22 years old,
had no reason to kill himself and his
disposition was unusually cheery.
Morgue officials say that the wound
which caused death could hardly have
been self-inflicted, the bullet having en
tered the left temple and ranged slightly
downward. Gray was right-handed. The
pistol, if fired by him. must have been
held in the left hand. The powder marks
on the dead man's face Indicated that
the muzzle of the weapon had been held
several Inches away.
Gray was one of a team of entertainers
known as the McHimry Brothers. He had
been living with the Melville woman, who
is 18 years his senior. The woman, as
May Melville, was at one time the
keeper of a notorious house in Sacra
mento. She has been known to enter the
hall where Gray was employed and sit
at a table for hours alone without taking
her eyes from his- face. The morning
Gray met his death, she had a trivial tilt
with him. Friends of Gray say that a
few days before he was killed the woman
remarked to two women friends:
. "Something will happen before Monday
night that will shock you all; something
that will startle you."
"You are not going to kill yourself?"
" "May Melville Is too wise a girl for
that," is said to have been her reply.
Gray, say his friends, had been try
ing to shake himself clear from the
woman. He had saved enough money
to take him away, his friends say, but
the woman had learned of It and had
spent his savings. The Monday on which
the tragedy occurred she was to have left
for Sacramento at his request to open a
lodging-house at that place. Gray had
agreed to follow her. but had told friends
that he would not keep his promise.
President Congratulates Him.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26. President
Roosevelt today congratulated Secretary
Cortelyou on his admirable handling of
.the present financial crisis.