The Plaindealer. (Roseburg, Or.) 1870-190?, March 16, 1905, Image 1

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Roseburg, Oregon
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Roseburg Plaindealer
Poinlatin, awo. The County Sent of Douglas
county. orirn Seldlera Home; C. s. Land Office
and U. S. W. athir Bureau are located here 8. P.
railroa 1 Mrfoa; splendid educational advantage.
Gateway ! the Coos Bay and Coqnillc cimnlrv.
f The moat widely read newapapar pnblianed In J
southern Oregon and conaeiuentiy the Buradver-
tiling medium. Large, modemly eqnipped Job
I printing department In connection. Katablianed
in 18S8. Hubacrlptlon, K per year (or Heml-Weekly.
No. 22
Judge Bennett of The Dalles, to Conduct His De
fense at the Land Fraud Trials Says
He has been Treated Unfairly
by the Newspapers.
Portland. Or., March 14. Senator
John H. Mitchell has arrived in Port
land from Washington after visiting
on his way here. To all inquirers the
Senator declared that his health is
good, and he appears to be much bet
ter than when he left for Washington
in January, although the ordeal
through which he has passed has left
its impress upon him. Mr. Mitchell
refuses to give out any information
beyond the statement that he is ready
for and desires a speedy trial.
As to the nature of his defense the
Senator would say nothing. .
"That is a matter which I do not
care to discuss for publication. The
newspapers here and elsewhere have
been unfair to me."
Senator Mitchell paused for a mo
ment, and then with a flash of indig
nation, he burst forth vehemently:
"The Oregonian has been damnable.
You know that as well as I do."
The angry gleam in his eye and
the vigor with which he spoke were
even more expressive than the words.
But it was evident that Senator
Mitchell was firmly resolved to keep
a tight rein on himself, and he added
immediately :
"I really do not wish to discuss the
charges against me. You will have
to excuse me."
To his friends Senator Mitchell
W. S. Mayberry of Milton, who is a dittance of over a mile with out evi-
tk w principal of the pnplic school at
Ant dope, Visco County, expects to
irit the cave of Crook county, Oregon
this summer, on an exploring trip. Mr.
Mayberry spent two years in that por
tion of the state some years ago, and
while there visited the lava beds and
cavos on the Des Chutes river and will i
return, to more fully examine this
wonderful region which has been explor-!
ed but superficially. '
At places in the lava formation on the
Des Chutes holes are found which lead '
to snbterraiiean caverns of unknown
depth and in manv places water can be
heard running underneath the floors of
the caverns on a still lower chamber.
The caves vary in heigh and width. In
some places it is necessary to crawl
through the small opening between the
dark chambers, and on other places the
caves widen out into spacious rooms,
filled to overflowing with bats and rep
tiles It is said that one of these under-
ground chambers has been explored for
reiterates his declaration that he is
guiltless of the offenses charged
against him. and that this will be ful
ly established when the cases are
tried. He says that if given a fair
trial he has no fear of the outcome.
Jndjc leaactt For Mitchell
Judge Bennett of The Dalles . is to
be Senator Mitchell's attorney. As
sociate counsel may be employed also,
but Judge Bennett will have charge
of the case. He is regarded as one
of the best jury lawyers in the state,
and is said never to have lost an im
portant jury case. He is a Democrat
and has twice been a candidate for
the state senate, but was defeated
both times. His second defeat oc
curred last June, when he ran against
Wheald on; the latter was elected by
a very narrow margin. W ien a young
man, Judge Bennett served a term
upon the circuit bench. It is possi
ble that Senator Mitchell will join
forces with Hermann and Wil
liamson, and that the same attorneys
will appear for all of them. George
A. Knight of San Francisco and the
local firm of Dolph, Mallory, Simon &
Gearin have been mentioned as their
probable choice, and it has also been
reported that one of the foremost
jury lawyers of Chicago had been re
tained by the defendants. Thus far
these rumors have received no confir
mation. dence of a tefminition of its wonderful
suites of sub'eranean rooms. The for
mation is lava and the caves open into
side chambers and smaller rooms in
numerable. At places openings are
found reaching out to the surface at
' varying depths and the entire country is
underlaid with a eystem of these lava
The principal opening by which the
caves are entered is at a place on the
Dee Chutes river, where a round hole
has been formed in the surface of the
ground, by a section of the earth's crust
about 30 feet in diameter sinking to a
depth of 30 feet forming a circular hole
30 feet across and 30 feet deep, from
which the cave opens and by which ex-
' ploring parties enter.
Mr. Mayberry will take a companion
with him and make a complete explor
ation of tbe caves this spring if possible
It is thought that a wonderful system of
' underground caverns may be discovered
adding a new and thrilling attraction to
, Oregon's t houeand wonders.
Japanese Section Hand Crushed to
Death Under Handcar Wheels.
Foreman Injured.
After the day's work had been fin
ished and the Winchester Japanese sec
t On crew under Foreman John Kay
were returning to the station last Mon
day evening about 6 o'clock, the end of
a crow bar in some manner came in con
tact with one of the car wheels and was
hurled from the car, at the same time
striking one of the Japanese workmen,
named Okajaki, throwing him across
the track before the car, which passed
over his body crushing him (fatally. Id
passing over Okajaki's body, the car
was derailed and the rest of its occu
pants thrown of!. Foreman Kay's
left leg was dislocated at the knee and
one of the two bones of the lower leg
was broken a few inches beiow that
joint. Asona sustained a badly sprained
back which will keep him from work for
several weeks. The other members of
the crew suffered only slight bruises.
Dr. Geo. E. Houck, of this city, at
tended the injured men at Winchester
shortly after the accident. He notified
Justice Ixmg by telephone of Okajaki's
death, but after learning the facts in
the case, Mr. Long concluded that an
inquest was unnecessary.
Okajaki was to have resigned his posi
tion on the section on the evening of his
death and upon receipt of trans porta-
tion the next day, go direct to Japan to
enlist in the Mikado's army, which is
now in pursuit of the retreating Kus-
sians in Manchuria.
The accident occurred about a quarter
of a mile south of Winchester. The
body of the unfortunate Japanese was
taken to Portland on the overland train
Monday night.
Cottage Grove, Ore., March 13. The
railroad project mentioned here some
time ago by P. J. Jennings to the Coos
Bay county on the west, crossing the
Cascade mountains beyond the Bohemia
district, is being given considerable
serious consideration. G. B. Hengen,
who financed the Oregon Securities
Company and built the Oregon A South
eastern Railway from this place to Wild-
wood, has been looking over the coast
a vantages of such a project for some
time, and there are many rumors to the
effect that he and his people intend to
do heavy work this year.
Their present railway is 17 miles long
and was built primarily to tap the rich
timber resources east of Cottage Grove
and open the Bohemia mining district
It is expected that tbe road will be ex
tended up the basin it is following until
near the Oregon Securtiee mine, and
those who have been interested in the
new project believe it will cross tbe
divide somewhere near the headwaters
of the I'm p) as, reaching tbe Dee Chutes
valley at the headwaters of that stream,
where there are vast areas of white
p me.
Local developements indicate to tbe
community tbst Mr. Hengen and bis
associates have big work ahead, such as
offers for property, but until he madefnn
extended trip to tbe coast surveying the
country through which tbe proposed
route is to pass the real significance of
the enterprise was not appreciated.
CLEAN UP $25,000
Medford, March 14. One of the few
Southern Oreton hydraulic mines that
has been supplied with water for con
tinual operations this season, is the fa-
mous old Sterling, of Jackson county,
near here, vie property of B. E. and
Levi Ankeny, and N. Cook, of Portland.
It is believed that tbe output of the
Sterling for the present season, despite
the absence of rain, wilt be c ose to f2S,-
000, And. may be greater even than thai.
This is a production of some 40 or 60 pec
cent on the amount invested, and only.
a small crew i required" to operate the
property. Five veers ago the output of
tbe Sterling was f90,000. Plans were'
laid to eclipse that record this year but
low water prevented.
TrilEUCUT cine
rncnen nun
Y..-1, 11 In lk
thrilling fire Hew York has experienced
for many months 19 lives were lost and
40 persons injured, a number fatally.
F.arlv tndav an Kaat 8id tnmnt ...
destroyed. Many of the tenement
dwelleis were roasted to death like flies
on uie ciuimrou nrr-eucupeii, wiiue om
ers jumped shrieking to the pavement
before the eyes of the horrified specu
Tors, firemen and potiee officer threw
- .
menu selves into me worn oi rescue witn
absolute abandon of personal safety, and
deeds of heroism were continuous.
Many were rescued oeiore the roaring
furnace drove firemen away and con
sumed its remaining inmates.
We have a limited amount of screen
ings suitable for chicken feed that
offer for sale in quantities not less than
one hundred pounds. Douglas Countv
Mills. tf
Coroner May Investigate Death
the Third Mrs. Branton.
Writing in Note Sent to Cottage Grove Marshal Simi
lar to that of Many Letters Written by
Branton. Preliminary Hearing
Cottage Grove, March, 14. Prosecu
ting Attorney George M Brown
arrived here from Roseburg and has
been busy all day collecting evidence
against John Branton, charged Willi
shooting John Fletcher. Samples of
notes and letters in Branton's hand
writing were found and they bear
unmistakable similarity to the note
which was received by the city marshal,
signed John Fletcher. These letters
will be submitted to handwriting exert
at once
Tonight Attorney Brown left for Eu
gene. In achlition to arranging lor me
preliminary hearing of Branton, Proecu
tor Brown will discuss the question of
exhuming the body of Mrs. Branton tbe
third. It will lie necesnarv for County
Judge G. K. Chrisman, of Lane county
to isruean order granting Mr. Brown
the nower to draw uion I.ane countv for 1
the expense of conducting the coroner's !
inoue-it and to pav for a chemist to ex
amine the contents of the stomach. If
this is done the bodv of Mrs. Branton
will be exhume J at once.
The constant talk and ugly rumors
which have been current during the
past week have caused public sentiment
to change against Branton. Today men
ho had previously held to the inno
cence of Branton say that if he is proven
guilty of shooting thsre is perhaps some
thing in the stories about tbe deaths of
his three wives.
John Branton has been married three
times, and soon after marriage he is
said to have induced his wives to take
out liberal insurance parable to him.
His first wife died at his home on Camp
Creek east of Eugeue ; his second wife
died suddenly under suspicious circum
stances at Waterville. His third wife
died suddenly a few months ago at Cot
tage Grove. The latter having heard
the ngly rumors concerning the demise
of Branton's first wives, had refused t.i
insure her life, but she had property in
Cottage Grove which went to her hus
band at her death and which after her
death he forthwith mortgaged for all it
was worth. The death of each of Bran
tons wives seems to have been sur
rounded bv suspicious circumstances.
and Fletcher is supposed to have known
too much of the details.
It begins to look like Lane county has
a Johann Hoch.
ncafe br lia is Castes
Cottage Grove, March 14 Specula
tion aa to the shooting of John Fletcher
is the theme on everybody's tongue.
Tbe rambling stories as to the death of
John Branton's three wives have also
whetted the public appetite.
T. J. Ellioit, the father of Branton's
first wife, arrived here today from al
terville for the purpose of looking after
his three grand children. He is a man
of about 70 vears of age, his hair is al
most white, his shoulders drooped from
age, yet he is active ana seems to nave
good possession of his mental faculties
it was easy to discern from his counte
nance and expression that he is one of
those honest citiiens who regards his
word as sacred aa his note. Elliott said I
"My wife died some 21 years ago, leav
ing me two boys, John and William,
and two daughters, Mary and Millie.
The latter became tbe wife of John
Branton. 1 opposed her marrying him,
Washington, March 15. Senator
and receiver of the Roseburg land office. He had a conference today with
Secretary Hitchcock, and was told that
removed. When the Government is
at Fulton will hfi asked to make recommendations. His meti will be ex
ominod ad if aatisfantorv will be appointed. If thev do not meet the
quirements he Will De aSKea to suomii
his aoWtion will tret the offices. Secretaty Hitchcock has abandoned his
independent search for men for the
Ever since Bridges and Booth
L . . . ,a , matin
wrior l.epo. "M" -' " m
dence which will warrant their removal, and such evidence they claim to
. b t the mmQt tnat either Mr. Bridges or Mr. Booth will be indicted on
- . . .
these charges Dy tne granu jury
- Secretary Hitchcock is satisfied that
; . . . j
. the WramriAnr rnar, uri iitoh ;iuu nuuwi
has practically been suspended during
nnttam Grove. March 14. A big row
- 1 is reported to have occurred at Com
D "
we stock Sunday anione a band of Greeks
! that is employed by tbe Southern Pa
rifle Oomnanv ballasting the tracks.
I Several shots were fired, but no one hit
but after her marriage I wished them
well. They were married in 1S1M, and
to thain three children were born. As
to what caused her death I don't know
She was a kind mother and was loved
by all who knew her."
Relative to the cause of the death of
Branton's second wife Elliot did not
know, only that she died verv suddenly.
"There was no suspicion thrown
aronnd Branton," Elliot continued,
"until after the death of his second
wife. Yes, his first two wives were in
sured for $1000 and 12000 respectively,
in favor of Branton."
Asked if he thought Branton was re
sponsible for the death of his wives and
the shooting of John Fletcher, Elliot
said :
"I hop.' not. 1 hope there was no
foul play with my daughter or any of
them. 1 do not want to accuse him un-
bul 1 wDt f our conn-
trv upheld and if he is Iguiltv let him
meet his just punishment. I told John
Branton in tail at Eugene that if he
Has guilty for the sake of his children
for him to confess and not to throw any
more stain upon the children than could
be hlped and save some of the property
for them
In the course of the interview the old
tn;in brake down several times and tears
fk wed down his cheeks. He ha 1 left
his home near Walterville and hastened
here to see that these children were
properly cared for. In conclusion he
said :
"I cams up here to look after my
grandchildren. I want to take them
home with me or see that they have a
good home and are properly provided
Another heartrending scene was wit
nessed this morning. A man took a
letter to the Branton house for the child
ren from their lather. In part Branton
wrote :
"Th newspapers hit me hard, but if
Grace and you children stand by me I
don't care if the whole world is against
The li ; girl twelve years of age.
ept baUutly. This G race, Branton re
ferred to is the woman who recently ob
tained a divorce from her husband at
Eugene and is here staying with Bran
ton's children. It is reported that
Branton and this woman were to be
married soon.
Coast FUtd it jseoo
Kagene, March 15. John Branton
was not given an examination before
the justice of the peace this afternoon,
as intended but instead District Attor
nev Geo. M. Brown today filed wilh the
I circuit court an information against
j Branton, charging him with assault with
j intent to kill, and fixed his bonds at
$5000. The district attorney had taken
I all the evidence in the case and it was
1 sufficient to ho d Branton, a preliminary
! examination being deemed unne edsmry.
i As it is probable he will not be able to
raise the bail, the prisoner will remain
! in the county jail hero till court meets
! in adjourned session on April 14.
The matter of exhuming the body :
' Branton's last wife in order to ascertain
! whether or not she was poisoned is now
being considered by County Judge
Chrisman. If the evidence is strong
enough to warrant the belief that the
woman died from other than natural
causes the order will be made by the
court to have the stomach examined.
Fulton will name the new register
in time Booth and Bridges will be
ready to make new appointments Sen
of .
owier names, u any uium iuou
land office
were suspended, various agen ts of the In
aWMn-,na :n,,nar; -,,.; i find
u.. as- u A - -of
ue...u uy mr.
he has evidence enough to convince
t. n...: t H lo,l ffi,-
uiul im. iu3iucn.i at me khi
these investigations.
A number of the men are badly bruised
This is part of the gang that had a fra
cas near Latham about a month ago
when they threatened to kill the section
foreman for dischari some of the
To Be Held at Salem on March 23
All Commercial Organizations
Are Invited
Salem, Or., March 14, 1SX5.
Mr. W. C. Conner,
KJitor Plaindealer,
Roseburg, Oregon.
Dear Sir: We enclose you a special
invitation to our development conven
tion, ttreater harmony and enthu
siasm for upbuilding of Western Ore
gon, city, town and country, is the
object of this gathering. We are going
to have fine programs and would like to
have you present. The Press t'lab is
trying to arrange a social feature of tbe
convention especially for the newspaper
men. Program will be sent yon
Yours sincerely,
Pres. (Greater Salem Com
mercial Club.
Objtct of Ncetiag
Pursuant to resolution of
Salem Commercial Club,
the Greater
the under'
that i
eigneo committee, representing that
body, earnestly invitees the commercial
organizations oi tne several towns and
cities of the l-miua vallev to attend a !
convention of such bodies which is to he
held in this city on Thursdav, March
23, for the purpose of developing and
carrying out the objects involve! in the
following suggestions, among others.
L The better development of our
communities, the uniting of our forces
and the harmonizing of oar interests
along all lines that need promotion and
2. Making and securiag provisions
for taking care of the incoming tide of
tourists and homeeeekers.
3. Tbe encouraging of new indus
tries ; the construction of branch lines
of railroad, the extention of trollev
lines, the utilization of our unemployed
water powers, the establishment of
rural telephones and other desirable
utilities and enterprises.
We request the attendance of the
president and secretary of each com
mercial organization and at least five
delegates chosen from the membership.
The intention is to bold sessions for
the discussion of our varied interests in
the forenoon, and afternoon and even
ing, a program for which will be formu
lated and sent you later.
Let us come together and work to
gether for better conditions in this
grand country of Western Oregon.
Fraternallv vours.
Committee on Invitation.
P. S. Please notify us of the action of
your organization as soon as convenient,
and send our secretary a list of delegates
Kagene. March 14. One of the great
est religious revivals held in Eugene in
recent years is now in progress at the
M. K church. Five churches, the M.
E , Presbyterian, Cumberland Presby
terian, B-ptist and I'nited Brethren.
:ve united in these meetings and are
nducting them jointly. Evangelist
Beiderwolf is the preacher and is being
sisted by Harry Maxwell, tenor solo
The M. E church is crowded to
iverllowing every night, and people who
have not attended church for years can
be seen at these meetings. Owe 300
persons, including a number of the lead
ing business men, have signed cards,
expressing the determination to lead a
Christian life.
Los Angeles, March 14 Six persons
lost their lives and propertv loss of
$400,000 is the closest possible estimate
of tbe enect of tbe two days storm in
and about ixjs Angeles, two men were
irowned by the falling of the Seventh
street bridge, and two fishermen were
drowned at Santa Monica, one man at
North Beach and a railroad laborer at
Cajon Pass. No bodies were recovered
All the electric and steam are
still tied up.
Cottage Grove, Ore., March 17. A
delegating of homeseekera and colonists
struck this town Saturday and more are
to follow. Those that came here were
from Iowa and were the friends and
acqu lintanceBof a local real estate deal
er. They report that country too cold
for them and intend to settle here.
Several citizens are in receipt of letters
from friends advising them of the de
parture for the Oregon country and Cot
tage Grovs is the destination of many a
home seeker. 1'ropertv is cheap here
but is looking up and as soon as the
mines open up values of property will
greatly ascend.
Vacant houses are filling up and now
there are only a few desirable houses
for rent ; these people, however, will
probable buy lands near the city and
then move out in the country.
The Japs arc Repulsed at Tie Pass with Heavy
Loss. France Turns a Deaf Ear to
Russia's Appeal for a New Loan.
Kuropatkin is Recalled.
.St. Petersburg, March 15. Prince
Khikoff. minister of public works and
railways, in an interview on the sub
ject of peace, said: "Personally I
should be glad to see the end of the
war, but peace is impossible. Since
we received Kuropatkin's telegram
relative to the situation, there is no
reason for alarm. The question of
peace could be solved by the Zemski
Sobor, but this will not be summoned
France Itfasa Lul
Paris, March lo. It is understood
that the 13 rg French banks will
war fuse to take up the new Russian
, ,
l0aD' In tte event that the? do jt
thought the war will be brought to a
speedy termination, and that Russia
will sue for peace.
Portland, March 13. L. A. Greenley
will leave in a few days for his lime
properties in Dinglas County, where he
will commence operations preparatory '
to opening up a plant for the manufac
ture of lime. Arrangements will be
made for resuming work so that the'
The Fifty eighth Congress was con
vened March 4, ly03 and closed Msrch
4, 1905. Much initiated legislation
failed to become law because of the ex
treme pressure in the closing weeks.
Tbe following is a summary of the most
important accomplishments of the four
sessions :
Special session of Senate At the ses
sion of March 5-l!. 1903. the Cuban re
ciprocity treaty and the Hay-Herron
treaty with Columbia for lease of the
Panama strip were ratified.
First seesion extraordinary In this
session, which lasted from Nov. 9 to
Dec. 7, 1903. the Cuban Reciprocity En
abling act parsed tbe Hooee; in the
Senate it was discussed and secured
agreement for vote on Dec. 16.
Second session, regular This extend
ed from Dec 7. 1903. to April 28, 1904.
The Hay-Yariila Panama treaty was
ratified : Pre-ident authorized to pay
French Canal Company 40,000,000 and
Panama Republic $10,000,000, to Uke
possession of canal zone and begin work.
Cuban reciprocity was finally enacts I.
The coastwise laws were extended to
the Philippines after July 1, 1905.
We have implicit faith in the power of Good
Drugs to heal the sick. We believe that nature's
laws are such that if properly applied they will do as
nature intended they should.
Our laboratory is equipped to properly prepare
what nature has provided accordiug to the most
modern methods.
Jaaastsc leashes
London, March 15 A dispatch to
the Central News, from Tie Ling,
states that the Japanese attacked the
fortifications outside of that town
but were repulsed- It is believed that
the Japanese losses are heavy.
Karoaatkii IbbBbj
St Petersburg, March 15. A re
port is current here that Gen. . Line
vitch has been cut off and surrounded
by two divisions of Japanese under
Nogi which were attempting the turn
ing movement west of Tie Pass. The
lecision of the council of war to send
Nicholsivtch to replace Kuropatkin
has been approved by the emperor.
St Petersburg, March 15 Kuro
patkin reports that the Japanese
were repulsed at Tie Pass, and left
1000 dead on the field.
manufacture of lime will probably be
gin within two months, and will con
tinue for tbe remainder of the year. The
rock on Mr. Greenley's property has
been pronounced bv experts to produce
the most superior lime on the Pacific
Age Pension Order So. 78 was given
legislative approval by appropriation.
All army officers with Civil War rec
ords were given promotion on retire
ment. The sum of (500,000 was voted for
eradication of cotton boll weevil and
foot and month disease
An investigation of the alleged Beef
Trust was ordered.
Increase of navy was authorized by
one first-class battleship, two first-class
armored cruisers, three scout cruisers,
and two colliers to cost 131,000,000) and
3000 enlisted men.
House passed a bill for Statehood for
Oklahoma (.including Indian Territory .
Appropriations were ordered of $4,
00,000 to aid Louisiana E i position and
$475,000 for Lewis and Clark Expo
sition. The total appropriation for maintain
ing the national government for one
year, to June 30, 1906, amounted to
$7S1, 172,375.
Third session, regular. This extend
ed from Dec. 5, 1904, to March 4, 1906.
General arbitration treaties with six
v Concluded on second page'
K.sUOlUsr.e.1 l.-vSS
Incorporated 1901
Capital Stock
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