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VOLUME LXI ttO. 183
Persecuted French Officer
- Freed At Last.
RESTORED' TO RANK
Supreme Court Gives Decision
Completiy Exonerating Dis
DREYFUS IS NOT PRESENT
llfeglving Word Not Htatd By Mas
Taken From DevU't Island
, Faithful Brother Bar iU
PARIS. July 12,-TIi Supreme Court
tody announced It deel.lon annulling
the condemnation of Drsyfus without a
nw trial, Tha effect of tha dacUloa 1
a complete vindication of Drcyfue, en
titling him to restoration to liU rank in
the army aa though he bad never been
The decision was read by raiding
Judge M. BallotBeaupre, president of
the Court of Captation, immediately on
tha reassembling of the court at noon.
Tb Palace of Juntlce was thronged
rieent were Matthew Dreyfus, brother
of Alfred Dreyfue; Maitre Mornard,
ounel for Captain Dryfuj Joseph
Heinach, the historian of tha Dreyfue
affair; Colonel Picquart. Mme.,Zola, and
many others, who have figured In var
iou itagre of the celebrated case. Cap
tain Dreyfus waa not present, continu
ing hit habitual secrecy by remaining
secluded in the garret where he ha
hitherto been cut oft from the outer
Tha acme at the decision waa pro
nounced wai one of Impressive dignity.
Tlie court, confuting of 40 judge, gown
ed in flowing red robes, lolemnly mount
ed the bench. Deep alienee prevailed a
the presiding judge read the lengthy de
cision, minutely reviewing tha series of
tlu sensational event of the laat 12
year and completely exculpating Drey
fiu of all wrongdoing, freeing him of
the accusation of being the author of
the famous incriminating document, on
which the entire charge was founded,
and ordering the annulment of the judg
ment of the Rennet court-martial, with
the publication of the flnar announce
ment of his innocence in 60 newspapers,
to be choen by Captain Dreyfue. The
reading of the decision lusted an hour,
and it was only at the cloe that the
spectator realised the iweeping nature
of the vindication. '
As the final determination wet an
nounced, there waa a buzs of excited
comment and gome exclalnatloni of ap
proval, which the court officers sternly
repressed, Matthew Dreyfus hastily dis
patched a messenger to bear the good
news to Captain Dreyfus and Mme,
Dreyfus. Outside the court the crowds
received the decision without making
any demonstration. , '
KAISER LEAVES TRONDHJBM.
TRONDHJEM, Norway, July 12.
Kmperor William loft Troadhjem on the
The departure of King Haakon and
Queen Maud has been postponed. The
latter Is confined to her bed, suffering
from a sere throat, and very feverish.
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SEVEN CIRL8 In
WADINQ ARE DROWNED
('KI)AR RAPIDS, lOwa, July
12,-Elgbt children at a picnic
on the river bank, only three f
, bldYks from home, went wading
thii , afternoon, The smallest :
IIiwd Into a deep hole and in 5
trying to renew her, tlx others
, wi rt drowned, According to tha
only survivor, when the little one
slipped., tht next girl rubed
t) after her, and o tbey kept try-
ing to aava each other; until all
tha girla except om bad ben
a) drowned, Slit ran home and gave
tha alarm. Four bodies were
, quickly recovered from the water
but too lata to rucitat them.
The Ut body waa recoveied this
YESTERDAY ON THE DIAMOND.
Pacific Coast Leapt, '
At Portland-Portland 6, Seattla 1.
At Lo Ang'lr Lot Angeles 9, Oak-
At OaklandFresno 8, 8s a Francisco
At Spokane Kpok ana 10. Taeoma 0.
At Butte-Butte. 7, Gray'i Harbor 4.
MISS SUTTON WINS.
NEWlORT. England, July lt-Itt tha
Welsh ladles' championship tennis
garnet today May Sutton of California
beat Mrs. R!k at by a scort of 8-1. Mrs,
lUikt retired aft tha first act.
In the ladies' open doubles Mrs. Sterry
and Mlas Sutton beat Miss Longhurst
nd MUs Hudd, 61-, 6 0.
Alleged Lumber Combination to
PRICES WERE "REGULATED"
William Beckman Filet Bill For Injunc
tion Against Five Big Lumber
Companies, Said To Be In
CHICAGO, July 12,-Wiiliam B, Beck
man of BIytbeville, Ark., today filed a
bill In the United States Circuit Court
asking for an accounting with and the
receiver for the Chicago Mill and Lumber
Co., and an injunction against the
lVpeke Lelcht Lumber Co,, the Ameri
can Box Co., the Horman Tacking Box
Co., the Marked Tree Lumber Co., and
their oflleers and stockholders, restrain
ing them from acting in a combination
in the restrain of trade. Beckman al
leges that there .has been In existence
since 190O a pool to' regulate the prices
of boxes in the United States. Accord
ing to the bill, the combination repre
sents a capital of $200,000,000 and "pos
sibly twico as much" with an annual
output valued at $25,000,000. ,
NEW XORK, July 12.-Word was re
ceived here today from London of a
painful accident to MN Margaret Bax
ter, daughter of, Former , ..Governor J
W, Baxter of Wyoming, now a resident
of this city. 4
Whill dressing for dinner in the home
of her mother, 85 Brokeley (Square, re
cently, Miss Baxter was severely burned
by her dress' coming In contact with a
light in an alcohol lamp. He injuries
were painful and for a .time greatly
alarmed her family. She is now re
covering and In a few weeks expects to
go to Scotland to Join several house par
ties before returning to New York with
her mother in the autumn.
SLAYER OF HOLY ROLLER
Cretfield's Death Avenged
MURDER WAS PLANNED
Murderess Confesses That She and Mrs. Creffield Had Agreed to
Kill Slayer of "Holy Roller" Leader Edmund Cref-field-Esther
Oniy IS Yean Old.
GIRL ARRESTED BY POLICE
SHOOTING TAKES PLACE JUST AS GEORGE MITCHELL IS ABOUT TO
START FOX PORTLAND SIST ER WALES BEHIND ELM AND
SHOOTS HIM THROUGH T HE HEAD WITH REVOLVER
EXPRESSES NO REGRET FOR AWFUL DEED '
t EVENTS LEADING UP
t TO MITCHELL'S DEATH
t George Mitchell shoots Edmund
Creffield, May 7. on First avenue,
Seattle, to avenge his sister
Esther't ruin. t
t Arrested for murder on same
. Trial begins June 2!).
; Acquitted of murder charge
t July 10.
Shot by bist sister Esther at
t) Union Depot. Seattle, July 12. "
SEATTLE, Wash.. July 12.-Revenge,
terrible, swift and premeditated sums
up the killing of George Mitchell by bis
18-year-old sister Esther Mitchell to
day. Esther Mitchell Is the girl for
whom George ahed the blood of Frant
Edmund CrefHeld, when he shot down
the leader of the so-called "Holy Rol
lers" in Seattle, May 7. It was because
of ber alleged maltreatment by the
fanatical leader that Mitchell took his
life and risked his own,, and his own
cold blooded murder la the reward.
Just Boarding Train.
Mitchell was about to board the 4:30
p, nt. train at the Union Depot for Port
land, where he was to take up his rei
lence and begin life anew, when Esther
left the two others ostensibly for the
purpose of bidding George good bye, but
instead, as George turned half around
to greet her she produced a revolver
hidden under her cloak hung over .her
arm, and fired once, the bullet entering
his left enr. Mitchell fell to the ground
dead, and the weapon of death and de
struction, was wrenched from the hand
of the child murderess, by her brother
Fred, while another brother, Perry
Mitchell, caught the trembling form of
his sisters In his amis, craying out, "Oh,
Esther, how could you do it J" ?
Quickly & commotion followed in the
depot and the protection of a police
officer soon was affovded the girl. She
submitted to ' arrest without protect
and when interrogated as to why she
had committed the crime answered, "I
was commanded to do It."
Questioned By Chief.
At police headquarters Chief Wap
penstein questioned the girl as to the
motive for the crime. "I killed him be
cause he Killed Joshua; We were coin.-
FRIDAY, JULY 13 1906
at the Union Depot in
IMMEDIATELY AFTER TRAGEDY
manded to do It."
Without waiting for a more detailed
statement Chief Wappenstein summoned
detectives, who were given hurried or
ders to locate at once and bring in the
widow of the "Holy Roller" leader.
While the ofllcere were on their way the
woman wanted, notified police head
quarters where she could be found, and
was soon in the custody of the police.
At headquarters she wa. as frank as
Esther Mitchell, and aaid one of them
had to kill. George Mitchell. Esther was
delegated to do the deed as it was
thought she would have a better chance.
Murderess Makes Statement.
Esther Mitchell made the following
statement this evening:
"Mrs. Creffield and I talked over the
matter of killing Mitchell. The one who
had the best chance waa to do it. Mrs.
Creffield bought the gun at Second ave
nue and Union street We were at the
room about 4 o'clock this afternoon
and I thought I would have a better
chance to do it than Mrs. Creffield, as
my brother wanted to see me and I
believed he would think nothing about
my going to the depot. Then Mrs. Cref
field gave me the gun and I was to do
it. We agreed it was to be done as soon
as possible. Mrs. Creffield had been
out once or twice looking for George and
if she had got a chance she would have
don it ,and I would have done the
same. The first that got a chance was
to do it. I would have done It before,
if I had got the chance. I took the
gun yesterday and my brother Fred
wolked with me down to the depot when
my father went away. They wanted me
to see George then and I did not' want
to, because I couldn't get the gun un
wrapped. I had the gun wrapped up
and concealed and I refused to see
George, When I went home I took the
gun and placed it under the mattress.
Then I took it out about noon today
and kept it with me. My brother Fred
was up to ray room today and said that
Terry and George were going to Port
land today at 4 o'clock. I went to the
depot and saw Perry get his ticket and I
Shoott From Behind. . v
"At last I saw George and I shook
hands with him and I was walking to
the door with him. He and Perry were
walking in front and Fred and I were
walking behind. At that time I had the
(Continued on page 8)
OF ELECTION FRAUDS
DENVER, July 12.-The appli-
cation for a supplemental writ 4
of stiperceda made in behalf of
Sheriff Nebet to restrain Judge
MulliiM from further proceeding
in the matter of the inrestiga- 4
tion of alleged election frauds, t)
waa granted by Chief Juntke
Gabliert this afternoon. The court
held the petition of the honest 4
4 election league and the. inde-
4 pendent call for grand jury on
4 the part of Mulins were identical. 4
By this action of the supreme
t) court, Mulling is effectually
t stayed from acting on the infor- 4
matioa contained in the leagues' 4
4 petition. If U understood he will
formally discharge the grand 4
jury and the elisors tomorrow. 4
FALLS IN LOVE
WITH FORMER WIFE
PHILADELPHIA, July 12-Judge Jaa.
Ilarvey MacLeary, of St. John, assistant
justice of the Supreme Court of Porto
Rico, today procured a license to marry
Mary King MacLeary, of Auburn. N. Y,
from whom he was divorced in 1901.
Judge MacLeary is 60 years of age and
hia finance is 49.
SILVER CITY, N. M, SHAKEN.
SILVER CITY, V. M- July J2--An
earthquake shock was distinctly felt
here this morning a few minutes after
5 o'clock. The shock awakened every
body, but did no damage. It lasted
only a few seconds.
HE IS ILL LIKED
Jailers Learned to Esteem Prison
er During Incarceration.
ESTHER HAD MADE THREATS
Sayt If She Had Been Present When
Creffield Was Shot, She Would
Have Killed Mitchell
SEATTLE, Wash, July 12. "Good
bye, boys j you've been mighty good
to me and I want to thank you for it;
good bye." With these words George
Mitchell said farewell to his jailors at
the county court house 20 minutes be
fore he was shot.
Deputy Smith said tonight regarding
"He was a Very unusual prisoner; he
was quite and kind, and in the short
time he was here, we came to like
him very much. In fact, there have been
few here whom we cared for so much as
"Well, she threatened it," said Sheriff
Smith today. "She said if she had been
present when Mitchell shot Creffield,
and if she had had a gun, she would
have killed him. I remember to whom
she made this statement, but it is a
well known fact that she practically said
she would kill her brother under provo
cation. She was evidently so infatuated
with Creffield, and so crazed by her
brother's deed, that a chance to kill him
was sought and ahe took it.
"During her1 stay in this eity, from the
beginning of the trial until July 6, Mrs.
B. E. Starr, the sister of Esther, and
George, roomed at the Steveng hotel.
From information received there , it
would seem that Mrs. Starr and Esther
had held conversation several times each
day over the telephone, some times seven
or eight times. The conversations were
generally on the outcome of the trial,
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Members Hand in Notice
, . of Retirement.
COMPROMISE IS SOUGHT
Czar is Trying to Form Fusion
, Ministry to Replace
TAKE SOME FROM PARUAMEN
Hi Majesty Not Yet Ready to Cfcarga
Constitutional Democrats With
Task of Forming Ministry j
ST. PETERSBURG. July 12.-Finance
Minister Kokvsofi baa given authority
for the statement that the resignation
of the entire Cabinet ia in the hands of
the Emperor. So far as can be learned,
however, His Majesty is not yet ready
to charge the Constitutional Democrats
with the task of forming a Ministry,
and is still seeking to compromise tha
issue by forming a coalition Cabinet
composed of the more solid of the Con
servative and Liberal elements in the
Lower and Upper Housea of Parliament
under the leadership of Count Heyden
and M. Stakovich.
There were rumors in the corridor of
the lower house of Parliament today
that a split had developed among the
Constitutional Democrats over the ques
tion of accepting office in a coalition
The Rousia today says the country is
not yet ripe for the acceptance of the
principle of a responsible Ministry.
Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholaievitch,
Commander of the Guards Corps and the
troops in the military district of St.
Petersburg, has tendered his resignation
to the Emperor, on account of the
Preobdajensky affair, but His Majesty
declined to accept it
The police have not found any trace
of the men who robbed the assistant
cashier of the Adrairality in broad day
light yesterday, but there is reason to
believe that they wert former workmen
from Port Arthur, who turned revolu
tionists on account of the treatment to
which they were subjected there.
but neither committed themselves.
Talked Over Phone.
Mrs. Starr went Portland on July 6th
.with her husband and previous to her
departure, Esther talked to her over
the telephone about the loan of some
"About how much?" Mrs. Starr asked.
"Oh ,not a great deal replied Esther.
"Just enough to last a few days, and
then I'll not need any."
Her sister asked in explanation, but
she refused and made light of it. During
the conversation, Mrs. Starr talked of
leaving her husband in order to take up
her residence with Esther and Mrs.
Creffield, but was strongly advised
against this step by Esther. George and
Perry Mitchell intended to leave the:
city Wednesday at the same time as
their father, ' but later changed their
minds. Mitchell, senior, is en route to
his home at Mount Vernon, HI.