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About The Plaindealer. (Roseburg, Or.) 1870-190? | View Entire Issue (April 17, 1905)
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Population. 3500. Tbe County Scut of Douas
Count?. Or. iron BaMtasa Home; C. S. LanJt'rKee
and n. 3. W atner Uumi are located here 6 f.
railroad division : aplendid educational J vantages.
Gateway to tbe Coos Bay and Coquillr country.
ROSEBURG, DOUGLAS COUNTY, OREGON, MONDAY, APRIL i7, 1D05.
DEMURS TO CHARGES
His Partner and Associate File Abatement Pleas.
To Expose Unusual Proceedings
of Grand Jury.
Portland, April 15. There was achaugeof program
in the defense of those indicted for alleged complicity in
the Oregon land frauds, when Congressman J. N. William
son, his partner, Dr. Van Gesner, aud Marion R. Biggs ap
peared beYore Judge Bellinger to plead this morning. Con
gressman Williamson departed from the plan adopted by
Senator J. H. Mitchell, and entered demurrers on the
ground that the allegations do not constitute crime, and
other grounds. Van Gesner aud Biggs followed the Mitch
ell plan in the main, but improved upon it by meetiug
District Attorney Heuey's claim that it is too late, by the
statement that they filed pleas in abatement at the earliest
possible moment. Hearing will be had Monday (today.)
Now comes 1 he above-named defend
ant, J. N . Williamson, in bis own prop
er person, and H. S. Wilson and A. S.
Bennett, his attorneys, and demurs to
die indictment in the above entitled
cause, and says :
"That the said indictment, and the
natters and facte therein contained, in
manner and form as tbe same are stated,
are not sufficient to constitute a crime,
and are not direct and certain. And
that the said indictmert does not eet
forth with sufficient or any certainty the
character or nature or circumstances of
Hie allege! intended fraud upon the
Uoi ed States, or identify or describe
tbe land as to which said fraud is
claimed to have been directed, and of
which tbe United States, as :lsimed and
alleged, was intended to be defrauded,
or of tbe lands which were intended to
be transferred t the Unite 1 States by
."And the said defendant says he is
not bound by the law of the laud to an
swer the same, and that be is ready to
''Wherefore, for want of a sufficient
indictment in this behalf, the said J. N.
Williamson prays judgment, and that
the same will be quashed and adjudged
insufficient, and that he may be dis-
Elgjn, Or., April 12 News reached
here Inst night of a doable killing San
day in the. insolated northwestern por
tion of Wollowa County, 35 miles from
this place, in which J. H. McBain, a
homestead oi, shot and kit led two
brothers named Straa, whom he ac
cuses of trying to "squat" on a quarter
section hehad surveyed for himself in
that district. McBain came to the
Wallowa from Colorado several weeks
ago .to.-got a homestead claim. He
found what be wanted in what is known
as the Grossman neighborhood, where
no Government surveys have been
made. He surveyed his own claim, in
tending to put op a; shack and hold
"squatter's" right until an official sur
vey would give him prior right to file
and fall title.
Of THE BEST QUALITIES
' missed and discharged from answering
Htney Obje ts
"I object to the filing and considera
tion of these pleas in abatement," said
District Attorney Heney, "upon the
grounds first, that they came too late;
.second, that they contain matters which
contradict the record or which are, if
i true, only provable by testimony of the
jurors or of the United States Attorney,
who must be lierniitted to disclose w hat
, the terms of their oath or the general
j rules of law require them to keep secret,
. in order to contradict the same, and the
i effect of which matters is to impeach
their verdict : and that such matters
cannot be set up or considered in a plea
Williamson, together with Lis partner,
Dr. Van Gesner, and Marion 11. Biggs,
formerly a United State; Commissioner,
were indicted Feb. 11 on a charge of
subornation of perjury in having in
duced a number of persons to locate
Government lands in behalf of William
son Si Ges:ier, who own an immense
eheep range in (Eastern Oregon. II .v
took the affidavits of the alleged fraudu
CLAIMS X-RAY DID
Portland, Oregon, April 14 As an
example of the havoc which
X-rays will work on a ci ild's face,
lawyers for the plaintiff in the case of
Hellen Bail, a minor, vs. Drs. Alva D.
Walker ami Kalph C. Walker, exhibited
the burned, scarred and disfigured face
of Hellen Ball to B jury in Judge Frazers'
court todav B tn sides of the child's
face are disfigured as if boiling water
had been poured on them, while her
head is almost bald, with the exception
of the top scalp, where there is a luxur
ant growth. One eve is twisted ont of
shape. This disfiguration, the plaintiff
claim, was caused by the unskillful ap
plication of X rays to the child's face by
the defendants in an effort to cure her
of eczema. The little girl is about 7
years old, and the suit is brought by
her mother Mrs. C. A. Ball. They ask
for 1 10, COO damages.
"Tcnnv 1 n nc
Heads Band of Horsemen Who
Dash Through Frederick, Okla.
Swinging Hats and Yelling
Texline, Tex., April 14. Yesterday
evening at Frederick, the President
made a fitting final event of the day of
fun. At the head of some "i0 horsemen,
he dashed through the streets of the lit
tle towu, all sw inging hats 'and veiling
like madmen. After thanking the peo
ple for their consideration in letting him
alone to enjoy himself, the president re
tired to his car, where he detailed his
exploits with the wolves to the newspa
per men. 1 1 was annouced this morn
ing that the Colorado headquarters of
Secretary Loefc and others of the party
who do not hunt will be at tilenwood
The President arrives at Colorado
Springs at 7:30 p. m. and leaves at 9:30
o'clock for the west. He will be escort
ed to the residence of H. B. Stewart for
the purpose of selecting his hunting out
fit. President Roosevelt will become own
er of the monster Colorado Midland
mogul engine No. 15, which has been
selected to haul Lis train to Newcastle.
The locomotive weighs 210,000 pounds
and is valued at $20,000. The presenta
tion will be made by John Hopkinson
on behalf of the Colorado Midland and
the train crew, so that when he returns
from Newcastle he will be hauled by his
ow n engine.
There has U-en a fresh snowfall and
the roads to camp Roosevelt are impass
able. Everything is report d iu good
order and there will be no dearth of
game. Four bears have already been lo
Cited and are beiDg watched and trap
pers are following the tracks of half a;
The hunting party in Oklahoma ae-
cured a total of IS coyotes. The hides
will be sent to the White House.
The president's special passed Texline
at 8 :20 o'clock this morning. He was
met at Empire Gap by Governor Mc
Donald and party, who will accompany
the special to Colorado Springs. A re
ception was planned on the arrival of
the train at Pueblo at 5:45 o'clock.
Bsauvdt Bttjas With a tear.
Newcastle. Colo., April 15. President
Roosevelt has killed his first bear, a '100
pound brown animal. He was brought
down with one shot with a ride of the
armv type, four hours alter the hunt
beran. The skin tonight is stretched in
front of tbe president's cabin ami Jack
Frye will have the choicest lar steaks
ready for breakfast in the morning
The bear's trail was struck 12 miles
from Newcastle, about half way to the
camp. The leading dog gave the alarm
and the whole pack of hounds was un
leashed. Eight dogs came up with the
game after a chase of altout two miles.
The hear took to a tree without fight.
President Roosevelt and John 1!. i"ff
were rijht behind the dogs. The presi
dent took steady aim and brought the
animal tumbling down with a shot
through the shoulder and lungs. The
rest of the party came up, the bear was
skinned, the beet parts of tbe meat cut
out and the march again taken up for
the camp. Penn's ranch was reached
at 5 o'clock.
There.is great rejoicing there over the
success of the first day's hunt and from
tbe fa-i that the weather is clear and
tbe conditions perfect for the sport.
Jack Borah said tonight he knew where
there are six more bears and also dozens
of mountain lions and bob cats.
The president is in the best of spirits
over the outcome today and the outlook
The presidential party arrived in New
castle this morning at 7 :45 o'clock. The
president had not finished dressing
when the train stopped and hurried out
on the platform in his stocking feet to
respond to the cheering. A little girl
clambered upon the steps and said :
"Mr. President, here is something for
It was the silver-mounted bridle pre
sented by the women's Relief Corps of
The cowboy parade and the plan to
lead a cage1 bear out several miles and
then let. him loose for the president to
kill was vetoed by Roosevelt, who em
phatically told the committee he did not
like that kind of sport.
OLD CHAMPOEG HERO
BECOMES AN ELK
Salem, Or., April 14. F. X. Matthieu
tbe only surviving "hero of Old Cham
poeg," last night donned the antlers and
became a full-fledged member of Salem
Lodge No. 33, B. P. O. Elks. Although
well along toward his 88th year, Mr.
Matthieu is apparently almost as active
as he was 40 years ago. Members of the
local lodge turned ont in full force for
the unusual occasion.
Mr. Matthieu is credited with the dis
tinction of being the only survivor of
the organization of the territorial gov
ernment of Oregon, which took place
upon a spot near Old Champoeg, now
marked by a monument, when, in 1852,
100 settlers lined up to decide whether
this country should be included in the
I United States domain or that of Eng
land, resulting in favor of the former by
the small margin of two votes, one of
which was cast by Mr. Matthieu. He
was born at Montreal, Canada, April 2,
1 1818. He came to tbe United States in
1839, to Oregon in 1842. In 1S51 he
founded the little town of Butteville and
built tbe first store, where he baa lived
ever since. Mr. Matthieu is also a mem
ber of the Masons.
SENSATIONAL NEWS FROM
RUSSIAN FLYING SQUADRON
Said to Have Fired on British Cruisers-Renewed
Rumors of an Engagement Com
munication Cut Off.
St. Petersburg, April 16 It is rumored the Baltic
squadron met and engaged two British cruisers in the
China Sea under the impression they were Japanese, and
Paris, April 16 The correspondent of the Petit
Journal at Haifong, French Indo-Chiua, cabling under
date of April 15, says: "lam informed that the Russian
fleet, 40 vessels strong, running at 12 knots and without
lights, was sighted in the 17th degree of latitude, steaming
in a northernly direction.''
Hongkong, April 15 A cable dispatch
ha- been received here from Manila
saying that fighting has begun between
the Russian and Japanese Meets near
the Palawan ieUnds. part of the Philip
The diipatcb does not go into details,
and w hile it is believed by naval men
here that there is a possibility of truth
in it, it is not supposed that the heavy
battleships of either Meet have been
engaged. The fighting, il any has oc
curred, will probably prove to have been
between scouting cruisers of the two
Japanese scouts have been sighted in
that locality within the last few days,
and the fact lends some color to the
report, as it is generially U lieve 1 that
the Russian deet has anchored lempor
arily in some harlur in that vicinity in
order to coal up and make other prep
arations before proceeding farther north
Another report is that the fleets met
off Nipt r Shoals. Japanese cruisers are
known to be near that point. The Tokio
News receive! here suggests a delay in
Two waye of diapoaing
BOYS PLAN BANK
AND TRAIN ROBBERY
Uranta Pass, April 14. Plans to rob a
local bank and hold up a Southern Pa
cific train, in addition to perpetration of
seven bold robberies, were disclosed at
the preliminary hearing of Fay, Durham
and Belcher, tbe three youthful (irants
Pass boys, who left here last night in
custody for the Reform School.
Young Belcher is a law student in the
office of H. I. Norton, a local attorney.
There, where he had apparently been
studiously reading law, was found pow
der enough to blow up the block. Il
was the discovery of miscellaneous booty,
looted from stores, residences and even
a church, that led to the arrest of the
trio, and the expose of the organized
"gang" that has stirred the town. In
the attic of the opera-house was found
one cache of stolen goods, hile more
was discovered iu the law office, together
with tools for carrying on their crooked
Last Sunday the Durham boy joined
the Bethany Presbyterian Church. That
night the White House grocery store
was robbed by the trio. The Belcher
boy was committing the catechism for
admittance into the Kpiscopal Church.
All the boys, in addition to their promi
nent connections, were quiet, well be
haved, and by no means of the "rowdy"
Nearly all the articles taken in seven
robberies have been produced. The
boys broke completely down when first
questioned, and tearfilly begged that all
ki. ow ledge of their crimes be kept from
Articles of incorporation were filed
with the county clerk in Roseburg last
Friday by the Roseburg Rochdale Asso
ciation, the co-operative grocery com
pany. The capital stock is placed at
$5000, divided into one hundred shares
at 150 each. The incorporators were
the conflict. A semi-official statement
is made that Togo will not fight'until
he has the Russian fleet in the sea of
Bsssia It Bark less
St. Petersburg, April 15 With the
departure f the hospital ship Orel from
Saigoo. the last cord connecting the
Baltic squadron with St. Petersburg was
severed and the admiralty exjiects no
further direct news until a battle has
been fought and determined. "Hence
forth,'' said a prominent naval officer,
"the BWBM probably will l our only
source of information. Kojestvcnsky's
next message will not be written until
he has met the enemy."
I'nder the circumstances, many ru
mors take shai- in St. Petersburg aside
from those relating to encounters with
the Japanese at various places and w ith
varving results, but the most fanciful is
that saying the Baltic stpiadron met and
engaged two British cruisers under the
impression that they were Japanese and
THE BALLOT BOX.
of unfit public servants.
BURNED TO DEATH
Cottage lirove. April 16 - After twelve
hours intense suffering from the burns
received on her body, from her waist to
her head, and from inhaling flames o(
fire, Miss Parthena IVwns, aged 25
years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cieorge
Downs, residing on Mosby creek, east ol
Cottage (i rove, died Wednesday night
and was buried in Mosby Creek ceme
The young woman, who was almost
blind, having been left in that condition
by sickness in her youth, was at her
home alone w ith her 10-year-old brother
Wendeeday morning when the little boy
discovered that the grass near the house
was afire, having caught from a burning
log, and w.iB rapidly spreading toward
the fence. The young woman attempt
ed to check the blaze but her clothing
caught fire and in an instant they were
a mass of flames. In terror she ran
screaming to a water trough 100 yards
away and lying flat in the trough she
extinguished the flames, but not before
Bhe inhaled them into her lungs and
her body was fearfully burned. She
managed to walk to the house, however,
and her father, who had been working
in a nearby Held, and her mother, who
was at a neighbor's house, were called.
A messenger was sent post haste to
Cottage tirove tor a physician and in a
short time Dr. Job arrived. He found
the girl beyond human nelp and she
died twelve hours after she was burned
Whole and cracked corn for sale by the
Douglas County flouring Mills. tf
Robt. Robertson, W. F. Anderson, f. A.
McCall, C. W. Martyn and F. E Caven
der. The company has b ased the old
postoffice quarters in the Abraham
building and expect to open for business
with a line of groceries about May 15.
A manager for the store will be selected
in the near future.
To Be Held at Portland on Wed
nesday and Thursday
April 26 and 27
A convention of Hie state Develop
ment Leagues is ca!'- ! to meet at Port
land Wednesday and Ti n -wlay April 2I
and 27. The Oregon Development Lea
gue is composed of 52 regularly organ
ized commercial and industrial bodies.
A large unmber of delegates from all
sections of the state are expected to lie
in attendance. The program for the
meeting is partially arranged as follows:
WcdtMSoay April. 26
Convention called to order at 9 :30 a
m. delegates to arrive at ! if possible
ana receive badges. A local reception
committee will be on hand to welcome
Address of welcome, Hon. George E.
Chamberlain, governor of Oregon.
Response by E. L Smith, president
Oregon Development League.
rt of League's work, Tom Rich
Addressee by Messrs. H. W. Goode,
president of Lew:? and Clark Exposition ;
J. R. N. Bell, Baker City ; Frank 1.
Vawter, Medford ; B. H. Worthington,
general manager S. P and O. R. A N.
Co Portland ; Chaa. V. Galloway, of
Rrief discussion of papers. Adjourn
ment at 12:30.
In the afternoon the convention will
meet in sections devoted to the vari
ous industries of the state, enabling
delegates to discuss subjects in which
they are particularly interested
The Willamette Valley Agricultural i
section will occupy the Marquam Grand
Good Roads section. Judge John H.
Scott, of Salem, chairman, tower room i
of Portland Commercial Club.
Dairy section, J. W. Bailey, Portland,
chairman, ladies' dining room, Port
land Commercial Club.
Fruit section, Wilbur K. Newell,
Dilley, chairman, Chamber of Com
Mining section, W. S. Newburry,
Sumpter, and C. C. Beekman, Jackson
ville, joint chairman, back room of
At these sectional conventions a con
dense but comprehensive report will be
matte for presentation at the general
session Thursday mornb, g.
In the evening reception in rooms of
Portland Commercial Cnb from t to 11
o'clock, for delegates, their families and ,
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Convention called to order promptly
at 9 o'clock.
Reports from sectional conventions,
in order named above.
Reports of vice presidents of the
Addresses bv Hon. Jefferson Myers,
president Oregon State Commission
ol Iewis and Clark Exposition.
Reports from all delegates repre
All delegates will be guests of the
Lewis aud Clark ;Fxosilion the after
noon of the 27th. leaving for the grounds
at exactly 2 o'clocfc, as per announce
ment to be made in tne convention.
Special rates made by the railroads
f r this occasion insure the convention's
success. On the O. R. A N., La Grande
and points eastwill be one fare for the
round trip; points between La Grande
and Portland, one and one third fare.
Ii ketc on the Southern Pacific will be
a Id at :.e fare for the round trip from
(ilendale and points south. Between
Glendale and Portland fare will be one
and one-'hird. Rate on the Northern Pa
cilie is one and one third fare for round
trip. These rates will apply on the 0
R. A N , and Southern Pecific for trains
arri.ing in Portland on Tuesday even
ins or Wednesday morning April 25th
and 2tllh. On the Northern Pacific
delegates may arrive either edneeday
or Thursday morning. April 28 is the
limit of tickets.
MOUNT SHASTA IN
Sit-son, Calif., April 1-1. Is Mount
Shasta active again?
Torn open by some powerful internal
disturbance is the condition of a vacant
lot adjoining A. Koletska's livery stable
here. Great jagged cracks have opened,
from which constant streams of dark
colored, oily mud are flowing in great
quantities. About the same time the
upper side of a big fill across Big canyon
sank 40 feetT
This phenomenon occurred at 10:30
o'clock Thursday morning The fill
across Rig canyon was built nbout six
years ago by the McCloud Railway com
pany, and was considered one of the saf
est fills on the entire road. The sinking
of the till and the upheave! at Sisson at
the same time gives ground to much
speculation as to the probable cause.
Many of the older citizens are inclined
to favor the theory that Mount Shasta
is on the verge of an upheavel. When
the mud first began Mowing from the
lo'. above the livery stable Mrs. Koletska
was at the barn alone. She saw that
the mud would flood the town if left to
its own course, so gave the alarm and
soon had men at work digging trenches
from the barn to the main sewer ditch.
The trenches, however, cannot carrv tbe
volume of flowing mud and the streets
below aie gradually filling.
Some of the mud was thrown into
clear water and an oily substance soon
covered the top of the water, which in
dicates the presence of much oil. L is
reported here that the mesa above town
is gradually sinking in several places.
BEEF TRUST OFFICIALS
FLEEING TO CANADA
Their WlVCS Summoned tn Tdl A Km it Dlne
Many Officials Arc Indictcd-Namcs
of the Fugitives.
Chicago, April 15. The federal grand jury today
made special efforts to secure evidence sufficient for more
indictments. Two women heavily veiled were taken be
fore the jury and examined at length. Every effort was
made by the Government officials to keep their Identity
secret, but it is said that they are Mrs. Irving Vant, wife
of the assistant secretary of Swift & Co., and Mrs. Richard
W. Howes, wife of the head of the casing department of
the same firm.
The hu.-bands of both are in Montreal in company
with several other employes of different houses in the com
bination. It is said the testimony of the ladies today had
to do with a European trip that was being planned by them
and an attorney of a packing firm for themselves and their
husbands. One man was also examined at some length.
His identity was not learned. The jury then adjourned
until next Wednesday.
Names of Fafjovcs.
Among the important Chicago depart
ment officials who have been located at
the Windsor Hotel ia Montreal are T.
E. Jone, traffic manager for Armour 4
Co. ; Richard H. Lane, manager of the
provision department of Armour A Co.
A. R. Fay, traffic manager for Swift A
Co. : F. A. Spink, traffic manager of the
National Packing Company: T. Filbur,
manager of the hog, tallow and casing
department of SwiftACo., andC Coffin,
one of the general managers of tbe Na
tional Packing Company.
The motion to squash the indictment
against Superintendent 1 . J. Connors, of
Armour A Co , was continued today bv
Judge Landis until next Saturday.
Although indictments on the charge
named have been returned against five
persons, it L claimed that efforts are
still being made to interefere with Gov
ernment witnesses. It is reported that
the fint intimation of the alleged inter
ference with another witness was gather
ed from the testimony of E. B. Fish, on
whose testimony four employes ol
The requisite rails for the building of
' the Medford A Crater Lake railroad to
Eagle Point, have been procured, Presi
! dent Whitehead reports The Medford
! Oregonian says that Contractor Ewing
has a small force engaged in grading.
1 which he will increase in a short time.
! Chief Engineer McCall. W. H. Parsons
his first assistant, and their party are
1 engaged in completing the work they
' began some time ago. The survey itself
i was finished as far as Bie Butte Falls
! and grade stake set several months
' since, but many of the details were in-
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Subpenas have been issued for six
women, wives of men employed by vari
ous packers. All of these men are now
in Canada, and tbe subpenas for tbe wo
men have been issued in connection with
the disappearance of their husbands.
They are : Mrs. Irving A. Vmnt, wife of
the assistant secretary of Swift A Co. ;
Mrs E. A. Allen, whose husband, sow
with tbe National Packing Company,
was formerly secretary of the Hammond
Packing Company; Mrs. James Bren
nan, whose husband is a department
manager for Swift A Co. ; Mrs. A. R.
Fay, wife of the traffic manager for
Swift A Co. j Mrs. Frank A. Spina, wife
of the manager for the National Packing
Company: Mr. Fred Wilbur, wife of
the manager of the hide, tallow and
casing department of Swift Co. It
could not be learned tonight whether or
not any of tbe subpenas had been
Wichita, Kan., April 14. In the Dis
trict Court today Carrie Nation. Mvra
McHenry and Mrs. Lucy Willbert were
found guilty of destroying property and
sentenced by Judge Wilson. Mrs, Ka
tion was fi ied 1250 and given four
months in jail; Mrs. McHenry. two
months and a fine of 1150, Mrs. Willbert
' 25 days and a fine of $150. Sentence
: was suspended on good behavior. Tbe
offense was committed September 99
; last, when the three women broke the
windows of a who I was Is liqnor boose.
Four miles of new streets were graded
J and graveled at Eugene last year
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