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etters Curiously Alike Point
to Wholesale. Killings as
Work of Maniacs.
JilBLE PASSAGES QUOTED
rom Various Parts of Country
Scrawls Are Sent All Showing
Knowledge of Crimes and
Speaking of "Sacrifices."
VILLISCA. Ia., Aur. 3. (Special.)
p Denver, Colo., the home of a band of
fiurderoug religious fanatics who have
tilled 24 persons in the last year, and
I ho are spreading terror through the
tentral West? Sheriff Jackson and
ther officials of this (Montgomery)
lounty believe such to be the case and
Ihey are bending every effort toward
liscoverlng the members of this band
tefore another "batch" of murders can
For these killings, which are charged
lo blood fanatics, are always in "batch.
and never singly. The Iowa au
thorities believe the murders are per
petrated as a religious rite of some
Ind and are in the nature of a blood
Atonement or sacrifice.
Eight Murders Final Blotr.
The last "batch" committed by the
fanatics was the killing in this town
early last -month of J. B. Moore, his
wife, four children and two visiting
little girls. Previous murders, which
ire believed to have been done by the
Fame band, were in Colorado Springs,
rhere six were murdered; in Mon
nouth. 111., where there were three
victims; at Ellsworth, Kansas, where
ffive people were sacrificed, and at Pa-
"la, Kansas, where two persons were
slain. Xow Sheriff Jackson and other
Montgomery County officials are try
png to find the members of this band
ind place them behind the bars before
there Is another "time of sacrifice.
The theory of a sect of religionists
I who. are practicing murder as one of
the rites was formed by officers after
they had read literally hundreds of
letters written to them by cranks and
near-cranks on the subject of the -mur-
Ider of the Aloore family. Immediately
after the publication of the crime these
letters began pouring in and while
their numbers have diminished they
have not yet ceased entirely.
Letters Carefully Studied.
These letters were carefully studied
I by the officers, who hoped that, hid
I den somewhere in the rambling words
of a crank, would be found a clew to
I the murderer. The entire absence of
la motive for the crime led the offi-
Icers in the beginning to search for a
maniac of some kind one with a hom
icidal tendency. And the fact that some
I five or six "batches" of murders had
been committed In exactly the same
manner and with a similar instrument,
all within a few months, turned the
search in the direction of a maniac
who was- traveling about the country.
In studlng the crank Ietters'for a
clew,' the officers were following out
well-known tact that in many cases
where crimes are committed by men of
unsound mind the perpetrator will
write letters to the officers and will
refer To the crime. After studying
hundreds of these letters the officers
were struck with the contents of one
which had been mailed in Chicago and
which referred to numerous murders
commit t d in Denver several years ago.
The writer " of that letter purported
to give a description of the Denver
murderer and to see a strong re
semblance in the methods used by the
Biblical Passages Underlined.
"The writer of that letter is at least
In earnest, whether she knows any
thing about it or not," said Sheriff
The Sheriff of Ellsworth, Kan., sent
the Iowa authorities a copy of a let
ter - received by him some time ago,
following a family murder in that city,
In which the murderer followed the
exact lines of the Villisca murderer.
The letter was mailed in Denver, and,
although written In a rambling man
ner, showed much familiarity with the
Bible. The signature was taken from
a name in the Book of Isaiah. Several
Biblical words were underscored In red
"Circumstances have arisen which
cause us to believe this letter was
written by the Ellsworth murderer,"
wrote the Kansas Sheriff.
After a lapse of several days there
was received another letter which
pointed to Denver, although mailed in
"The man who wrote that letter was
the murderer of the Moore family, else
he knows who did the deed," was the
comment of every official who read it.
Letters Are Interlocked.
This letter, together with several
others, was submitted to experts on
chlrography, insanity and criminology.
It was a wonderfully constructed thing
written evidently by a religious ma
niac And. curiously, it fitted into the
letter written from Denver to the
sheriff at Ellsworth.
Its writer showed a familiarity with
the other crimes of the hideous series.
He quoted the same passage from
Scripture as did the writer of the Den
ver letter. And certain passages led
the officers to believe that at the
exact moment of the Villisca murders
a certain act was performed by others
In Denver, thereby making sure that
the crime had been the result of a
Blood Atonement Seen.
The weird letter spoke of "sacri
fices," etc In such manner-as to lead
the officers to believe that the Villisca
as well as the other murders was per
petrated as a kind of blood atonement
in some horrible religious rites or cere
monies. And the writer of the fantas
tic letter promised again to visit Vil
lisca, or, rather, promised that Villisca
again should be "touched by the hand
of the Lord," because the "error Is still
"But there Is no telling where this
gang of fanatics may next strike," says
Sheriff Jackson. "The police power of
the different states should Join and
root this murder cult out of existence."
Meantime the people of Villisca and
the - surrounding country are taking
precautions against another visit from
the savage and fanatical destroyers.
DEMOCRATIC FOLK ACTIVE
State Offices Find Many Contestants
SEATTLE. Auc 3. A conference of
Democrats or Washington, called by
State Chairman Charles G. Helfner,
and presided over by him. today dis
cussed the campaign, received assur
ances that a full ticket will be nomi
nated in each county and instructed
iha chairman to appoint a finance com-
mlttee. One purpose of the meeting
was to make sure that there would be
a contest at the primary election on
September 10 for all the important
state offices. In order to bring out an
It was announced that the following
persons had filed or intended to file
announcements of candidacy:
Governor Hugh C. Todd, M. M. Gofl
man, E. C. Million, Seattle; L. F. Ches
ter. Spokane: W. W. Black, Everett;
Ernest Lister, Tacoma; W. D. Dunphy,
Lieutenant-Governor A. C. Edwards,
C C. Dill, Spokane; H. H. Collier,. Ta
coma; F. A. Kennett, Prosser.
Secretary - of State Lee . Rodgers,
Davenport; George E. Ryan, Seattle.
Auditor George Stephenson, North
Takima. 1 - -
Attorney-General Charles R. Hill,
Colfax; Richard Oowen, Seattle; P. SI.
Treasurer Louis Gilbert. Seattle.
Insurance Commissioner Jesse F.
Murphy, Seattle; Ernest L. Hlbberly,
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Eldrldge Wheeler, Montesano; Mrs.
Kate Monroe, Spokane.
Congressmen-at-Large E. O. Ed
wards. Spokane; Robert McMurchle,
Everett: George F. Chrlstensen, Ritz
vllle; H. M. White, Belllngham; E. L.
Farnsworth, "Wilbur; Thomas R. Horn
er, Seattle; E. F. Masterson, Tacoma.
First district Charles G. Heifner, J.
M. Gephart, Seattle. Second district
Charles Drury, George Hazzard, Ta
coma; J. A. Munday, Vancouver. Third
OF MEXICAN FIGHT
Rebel Train With 400 Troops
Is Sent From Juarez to
DENIAL MADE BY 0R0ZC0
Insurgent General Declares Report
of Battle Ia Untrue One Rumor
Says Federals Have Out Off
JUAREZ, Mex.. Aug. 3. According
to rebel advices received here late to-
TWO OF THREE CANDIDATES TOR WASHINGTON SUPREME BENCH
CLOSELY IDENTIFIED WITH OREGON. '
Why? Because we are selling new, desirable apparel for men
and women at genuine reductions from regular prices reduc
tions that are clean-cut and incisive. On most of our ladies'
apparel prices are cut in half. Come tomorrow and choose;
remember, it is this season's fine models that we are selling at
these remarkably low prices
. - . f.... frv': v
The Men's Shop
A wonderful clearance of Men's Suits; every one
is this season's model. Gome . quickly for choice
REGULAR $ 1 5.00 SUITS NOW ONLY $11.35
REGULAR $20.00 SUITS NOW ONLY $13.35
REGULAR $22.50 SUITS NOW ONLY $15.35
REGULAR $25.00 SUITS NOW ONLY $16.65
REGULAR $30.0Q SUITS NOW ONLY $20,00
REGULAR $35.00 SUITS NOW ONLY $23.35
All Our Men's Pants Greatly Reduced .
OLYMPIA, "Wash., Aug. 3. (Special.) Two of the three candidates for the
Knnremn bench of Washington, for th e nomination on the nonpartisan ticket.
are asking to be returned to the post s they now occupy and of the three, two
are closely identified with Oregon. Judge Wallace Mount is a native of that
state, while Judge R. O. Dunbar, the present Chief Justice, crossed the plains
n.ih m narAnts behind an ox team when he was a babe In arms. He was
educated In that state, but moved to Washington In 1865, or the year the Ctyll
War closed. Since his arrival here he has played a prominent part in Wash
ington affairs and during the 23 years he has been on the Supremo bench has
three times served as unlet justice, ju ante- v-. x. jma is a. u" m "".
He came to Washington in 1892.
district V. T. Trustin, Roscoe Drum
heller, Spokane. .
SENIOR THESIS COVERS COCX
TRY JOURNALISM IN STATE.
Miss Edna C. McKnlght, Graduate of
Oregon University, Shows lde
Grasp of Her Suttfect.
L'XIVERPITY OF OREGON. Eugene,
A,,tr 3 CPnecial.) Miss Edna C. Mc
Knlght, of Albany, has filed a copy of
her senior thesis upon the "Tendencies
of Country Journalism la Oregon" at
the University" of Oregon Library- The
thesis, which received honorary men
tion at the commencement in June, rep
resents a study of Oregon weeKiy news
papers from 1901 up to the present
Miss MoKnlehfs thesis tells how the
country weekly has developed during
the last ten years into a powerrui or
gan for the Improving of social and
industrial conditions on the farm. Her
study of the files of Oregon newspapers
leads her to believe that the special
field of the-country weekly newspaper
is in furnishing the news ot tne com
munity, rather than that ot national in
terest Her reasons for this stand Is,
that the extension of the rural mail
delivery system has. brought the peo
tl of the country within easy reach
of the big city daily. A brief extract
from her thesis follows:
"There Is an awakened interest in
the country weekly newspaper which
Is an outgrowth of a new attitude
which we are beginning to have to
ward the problems of country life.
Within the last few years there has
been a growing realization as to the
imDortance of developing and main
tainine- a high level of rural living.
"The value of the country editors
service was first brought to the atten
tion of the American public by the re
nort of the commission on country life,
which mentioned him as being one of
the DOssible regenerative agencies of
rural life. Today, there are distinct
signs of an Interest in rural Journalism
which promises good results.
"The fact that the country subscriber
constitutes from 15 to 75 per cent of
the subscription list, suggests the ques
tion: Do the interests of this 50 or 75
per cent receive as careful considers
tion as do tne remaining zt per cent
of town subscribers? Examination of
the newspapers of Oregon during the
first part of the last decade reveals
the printing of but little news to war
rant support from the farmer. Beyond
occasional mention of his visit to town,
and now and then a write-up of some
local enterprise, the papers had little
of 'vnmedtate personal Interest' to the
fa-m. With the material exploitation
of the state, however, the newspaper
necessarily began to pay more atten
tion to Its outside constituents.
Among; the many hopeful signs of
advance is the effort to have an effi
cient local correspondence service. An
interesting fact of note In this connec
tion is tho recent action of the Bend
Bulletin in offering to pay $1 per col
umn to country correspondents. This
publication establishes a precedent in
this respect. The significant result of
such a policy is the placing of rural
interest on a more nearly equal foot
ing with the Interests of the town.
Other points in favor of the rural con
stituency are the change In the char
acter of ready-print material and the
attention to country government."
day, fighting is in progress at Corra
litos. 150 miles southwest of here, and
50 miles north of Casas Grandes.
train bearing 400 rebel troops was dis
patched from this point to reinforce the
General Sanjines, commanding ' one
of tho two armies of federals, attempt
ing to bem In the rebels, has succeeded
in reaching the Mexico Northwestern
Railway, thug cutting off Juarez, where
General Orozco is, from Casas Grandes,
where General Salazar Is stationed with
luvu rebel soldiers. The forces under
Sanjines on reaching the railway on
the overland trip from Sonora ran Into
a party of rebels operating out of Casas
Grandes to protect the railway.
The rebels -are fighting , fiercely to
protect the road, but it is considered
doubtful at Orozco's headquarters here
If the reinforcements from Juarez can
arrive In time. So far the telegraph
line between Juarez and Casas Grandes
is intact. Indicating that the federals
have not succeeded in- reaching the
right of -way. ' '
South of Casas Grandes at Madera
Us located the main federal army under
General Rabago, and Salazar's forces
are in danger of a hostile . movement
from both south and north as a result
of today's developments. It also shuts
off Orozco. the rebel leader, from Sala
tar's assistance. In event of federal
victory in the ensuing fight tho rebels
will be forced to abandon all railways
and take to the hills.
General Orozco said tonight that he
believed no fighting was in progress
at Corralltos and that the report
earlier in the day to rebel headquar
ters here was a myth. The train of
reinforcements which left here today
has been unable to locate any fighting
along the line.
COLONIA UBLAN IS DESERTED
Americans Leave Propertjr In Pos
session of Rebels.
EL. PASO, Tex., Aug. 3. Disguised as
a rebel soldier, Sam Jarvls arrived here
on a freight train late today from Co-
lonia Dublan, the American settlement
200 miles southwest of the border.
Traveling overland toward the west.
he Says, are the men who remained last
week when the women arm children
were sent to El Paso. Fearing to move
north through rebel territory, ihey pre
ferred to take chances by joining the
federal army of General Senjines,
which is approaching rapidly the Casas
Jarvis said the men who . departed
early today from their homes of many
years did not join the federals as
fighting men, although the Americans
are carrying a few rifles hidden at the
time of the rebel confiscation of arms
held by foreigners. They merely be
lieve, according to Jarvis, that the
federal army will offer better protec
tion. - .......
The village that a month ago con
tained 1200 Americans Is deserted by
its Inhabitants, the rich fields untilled
and the Americans' homes occupied by
about 400 Mexican rebels, who have
taken possession of everything left by
the refugees. Jarvis remained to at-
tend to the shipping to El Paso of two
cars of provisions, which - the men
could not carry on their overland
Journey and which they believed' would
be of service to their wives and chil
dren now refugees In El Paso. The
shipment of the provisions to Juarez
was prohibited by rebel leaders, Jarvis
Jarvis, a young Mormon in his teens,
believed he could not reach the border
In safety unless In disguise.
Chehalls Man Has Narrow Escape.
CHEHALIS, Wash., Aug. 3. (Spe
cial.) George L. Schwartz had a nar
row escape today, when his horses
bolted, throwing him out of the wagon
onto the tongue. It was by the merest
chance that the horses were stopped be
fore the driver was kicked to death.
Recently Mr. Schwartz' wagon was
smashed by collision with a fast pas
senger train. At that time several of
his ribs were broken and his left arm
fractured in two places.
It is not a simple matter to sell 23
carloads of pianos In addition to the
regular quota, but we're going to do it.
First of all, we're going to sell these
pianos at the lowest possible prices;
secondly, we are going to mako terms
of payment extremely easy (some only
$1.25 a week), and third, we're going
to furnish with each one of these in-
ments a term of free music lessons. A
purchaser of one of these pianos has a
right to selecta teacher from the great
list of names of teachers In this town
to whom we have sold and who are
using our pianos. See our announce
ment on page' 11, section 1, of this issue.
CHEHALIS HAS RECORD HEN
"Biddfe" Presents Owner With 94
Eggs in 97 Days.
CHEHALIS. Wash., Aug. 8. (Spe-
olal.) Mrs. W. E. Bar -has raised an
other hen which surpasses the record
of . one she owned before, which - laid
56 eggs In 60 days.
The one she now owns laid 94 eggs
in 87 days.
Centralla to Observe Labor Day.
CENTRAL! A, Wash, Aug. 3. (Spe
cial.) At a meeting of the Trades
Council held in Centralla last night
preliminary plans were laid for a big
Labor day celebration this year. An
effort will be made to induce Eugene
Debs, Socialist candidate for President,
to stop off in Centralla. Both Mayor
Thompson and Herbert Robinson, sec
retary of the Commercial Club, will
extend Invitations to Mr. Debs, who Is
scheduled to speak in Everett the day
before and In Portland the day after
the proposed celebration ' here. Mr.
Debs spoke for 10 minutes In Centralla
two years ago and drew the largest
crowd which ever turned out to-, hear
one man in Centralla, with the excep
tion of W. J. Bryan.
Extra Special Men's Regular $20 and $25 CI A OC
Blue Serge Suits, medium and Fall weights P0J
The Young Men's
and Boys' Shop
AH Our Young Men's COLLEGE CLOTHES at Same
Reductions as Our Men's Suits
3.95 BOYS' SUITS NOW ONLY . ... . $2.65
5.00 BOYS' SUITS NOW ONLY . .... $3.35
6.50 BOYS' SUITS NOW ONLY . $4.35
SUITS NOW ONLY . . . . . $5.65
SUITS NOW ONLY.;... $6.65
$15.00 BOYS' SUITS NOW ONLY . . . . $9.85
Blue Serge Knicker Suits ONE-FOURTH OFF
All Our Boys' Knicker Pants Greatly Reduced Second Floor
$ 8.50 BOYS'
The Women's Shop
All thought of cost as well as
profit has been forgotten in .this
great clearance of ladies' stylish ,
apparel; our only desire is to
make you the owners, instead of
ourselves. 'Everything is plainly
marked; you can easily figure
what vou will save.
All Ladies' and
All Ladies' and
' Fancy Suits
' HALF PRICE
All Ladies', Misses'
Fine "Wash Dresses
All Ladies' and Misses'
in Blues and Blacks
Q 17 T T fT4
MORRISON STREET AT FOURTH
FAWN'S FATE IS DEATH
SAMS CREEK TKAIlj or
Paul Broslus' Investigation jear
Gold Hill Reveals Poacher Who
Orders "Move On." .
GOLD HILL, Or., Aug. 3. (Special.)
'Move -on! You've got no business
here!" Such was the terse command
which, accompanied by rather an un
complimentary epithet, terminated Paul
Broslus' Investigation of the fate of a
spotted fawn which - lay bleeding by
the Sams Creek trail early Tuesday
evening, July 30, or two days before
the open season, not for spotted fawn
or 'their timid . mothers, " but- for the
fleet and wary Oregon buck.
Broslus "had taken a short cut into
town from Sams Valley, following, the
trail which runs along Sams Creek to
avoid, the dust and heat of-the open
road. ' Though In the heart of an old
settled district, the Sams Creek coun
try has always remained a favorite re
treat for deer and other game and it
was with the pleasant anticipation of
perhaps meeting some of the shy crea
tures of the wild that Broslus, a taxi
dermist and true nature lover, swung
Into the cool shade of the trail and
struck out briskly for Gold Hill, a' dis
tance of about five miles.
He had not gone far when he heard
a rifle shot at apparently no great dis
tance, but thought little of the circum
stance until ne came upon tne iawn,
gasping Its last In the russet madrone
1 pa vpa beside the trail. He had-. but
a few moments for sympathy and spec
ulation, for he had scarcely bent over
the deer when he received his orders
to ""move on." Looking up, he- found
himself covered by a rifle which, at the
little distance between the man that
held it and himself, seemed to Broslus
to be of unusually large caliber. He
hastened to comply with the command.
not pausing to argue the matter nor to
ask the stranger's pardon for intrud
ing, but noticing that the sights of the
rifle were backed by a most determined
and unfriendly eye, the rest of the face
being held so that It was almost en-
tirely .'covered by a slouch t hat pulled
Broslus came into Gold Hill and In
formed the authorities of his expe
rience, but as there is absolutely no
clew to the Identity of the poacher, it
is likely that this modern Robin Hood,
who not only kills out of, season, but
spares not even the younger members
of .the . deer family, will go unappre
hended for this offense, at least.
Farther down the trail, however, Bro
slus' ' earlier anticipations were more
pleasantly rewarded by sight of a big
six-point buck, who pranced along the
path, ahead for several hundred yards
before taking to cover, occasionally
pausing to take stock of the two-
Broslus' experience Is not at all un
usual, . except, in that he surprised a
"sooner" with his kill, for deer are fre
quently seen at short .distances from
town, several being killed last season
almost within gunshot sound of Gold
rock, was; descending the. hill east of
Hot .Springs, Addition, when the-rope
attached to the brake handle broke.
The wagon ran onto the horses and
they were not able to hold it. Before
it gained much headway Hale told a
young lad, who, was on the wagon, to
Jump. He obeyed and was not hurt.
Hale stayed with ,the team and was
thrown very, heavily. It is feared that
he Is injured Internally. He was
taken to the Blackburn Hospital. .
Oregon Electric Man Injured. ,
ALBANY, Or., Aug. 3. (Special.)
Cayril Bee, a timekeeper on the con
struction work of the Oregon Electric,
fellff a work train near Albany today
and sustained severe but not dangerous
injuries.- He was brought to St.- Mary's
Hospital In this city. .
Klamath Falls Teamster Injured..
KLAMATH FALLS, Or.. -Aug. S.
(Special.) A teamster named R. M.
Hale, with a heavy load of crushed
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