The morning Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1899-1930, September 20, 1906, Image 1

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Peculiar Circumstances of
the Robbery.
Rainier Bank Cashier Said to Have
Lost Heavily Gambling in
this City.
Residents of Rainier Are Said Mot to Be
litre Van Auker'a Story Regarding
the Robbery-Hunt Still
Cots 0.
PORTLAND, Sept, 19. In company
with Sheriff White of Columbia county,
ChlT C. S. Van Auker of the Btate
Bank oi lUiuiar, occupied room B23 at
the Imperial hotel lait night. Van Au
ker was cashier of the bank which, ac-
cordlna to hie story, was' held up In
broad day Hgbt on Labor dy
robbed of $2,000.
The ras1 ler was In company of the
herilT during the day. They came to
Portland for the alleged purpose of try
Imr to Identify the two men who held
tip on automobile on the Llnnton road
Friday night as the two who, according
to Ca-hler Vn Aukcr, held him up on
Ubor day, hound him and robbed the
bank of 2,00 In gold. However,
neither the sheriff nor Mr. Van Auker
visited the jail where the men are con
Since the mysterious robbery of the
State Hank of Rainier, the cashier's ac
tlons and habits have been thoroughly
Investigated. It is ld that the In
veatisatlon has revealed that Van Au
ker prior to the roblwry, had been
samMIng heavily, and also that he had
lost heavily. Persons who claim to
know him state that he was a frequent
patron of the Milwaukle club near this
citv. and that he also made frequent
trips to the gambling resorts of As
Startling rumors were circulated it
Rainier and at other plaeea as soon as
the report of the sensational robbery
was given out. Few residents of that
town believed the statements of the
cashier, because of the apparently phys
ical Impossibility of the robbers to have
performed the deed us the cashier stat
ed. A peculia'r feature of the hold-tip and
one which those who Investigated the
case could not fully appreciate, was the
statement of the cashier that an even
$2,000 was taken by the bandits. A
large amount of silver was untouched,
and two gold coins were left on the
tray from which the money was taken.
The authorities of Columbia county
are said to have learned a number of
facts In connection with the case which
Induced Sheriff White to institute an
Independent Investigation. Officials of
the bank at Rainier stated positively
today that they knew nothing of Sher
iff White's Investigation and also stat
ed positively that they knew nothing of
his accompanying the cashier to this
city. '
Kfforts to locate the sheriff or the
cashier in Portland today were fruit
less. They left the elty together this
The independent Investigation that
was inaugurated by the sheriff of Co
lumbia county with reference to the
habits and practices o( the cashier is
said to have revealed startling losses at
gambling that Van Auker recently sus
tained. At one time he is said to have
lost $1,700, and is also nil to have lost
Woman Arrested Charged with Stealing
Dead Woman's Diamonds.
CHICAGO, Kept. 10.-A dispatch to
the Record Herald from Los Angeles,
Cel.. sayst '
Detective W. W. Freeman, formerly
chief of the Pasadena police, yesterday,
at Stockton, arrested Emma Howard,
charging the theft of diamonds valued
at more than $5,000 from the dead
body of the wife of Henry Brlggs '
Pasadena. he romiery took place Aug.
20, end up to the time of the arre-t was
kept secrn. The Howard woman, It is
said, had not succeeded In disposing of
the jewels.
The diamonds were stolen from the
corne of the late Mrs, Brlggs at San
ta Monica, Immediately after her death.
Mrs. Brlggs had been In failing health
and finally her h unhand decided to take
her to Santa Monica In the hope that
the sea air would save her life. This
hope proved vain, and after an illness
of weeka, Mrs. Brlggs died. Her hue-
band was not In a condition at the time
to pay much attention to worldly mat
ters, and Mrs. Howard, with whom the
Brlggses were living and In whose San
ta Monica hoardlngf house Mrs. Brlggs
died, Is declared to have taken the
jewels belonging to the dead woman.
OAKLAND, Sept.. 19.-W. F. Cotter,
a recent arrival In this city from Den
ver, committed suicide yesterday by
taking a dose of laudanum or opium.
No reason has been assigned for Cot
ter's act.
Chicago Paper Dealers Think New
Trust Forming.
Former Schedules Are Abolished and AU
New Prices Established Are Iden
ticalCombination Not Com
plete ai Former.
CHICAGO, Sept. 19.-A blanket in
crease of $5 Pr ton In the price of
wrapping and other grades of wood fibre
naner with a corresponding advance In
other classes has raised the fear among
Chicago dealers that a new trut is
forminir. This fear Is augmented by
the fact that notices abolishing former
schedules were withdrawn by all the
mills simultaneously and the prices
listed thus far have been identical
While it is believed a new combina
tion of paper manufacturers has been
or is beine formed, it is not thought
it will be so complete as that effected
under the General Paper company. This
concern, which was known as the trust,
went out of business last May as the
result of an Injunction suit brought at
St. Paul. Minn., by the federal gov
ernment. The company refused to show
Its books, and when ordered to do bo
by the court, agreed to accept judgment
and go out of business.
The theory of the Chicago paper bro
kers is that this error will not be made
a second time, and that no one firm will
be allowed to handle the output of all
themills in the combine. It is pointed
out that practically the same result
can be obtained by an association, if the
members adhere to the agreement.
LONDON, Sept. 19. A dispatch to
the admiralty from Hong Kong says the
British sloop Phoenix is hopelessly dam
aged. The steamer Monteagle and the
French torpedo boat Francisque will
probably be refloated. The French tor
pedo boat Fronde, it is expected, will
be a total wreck, a large sailing vessel
being thrown almost on top of her.
Washington Republicans
Demand Renominate.
Say Roosevelt's Renomination id
1908 is Necessary for
Public Good.
Cancressman Tones Answers .Labor
Leader's Attack Regarding Panama
Canal Labor Question Con
gressmen Nominated.
SEATTLE, Sept. 19. The Republican
state convention today nominated
For Congressman, W. E. Humphrey, of
Seattle Franci W. Cuahman. of Ta
coma, and Wesley I Jones, of North
For Supreme' Judges: -Herman -I.
Crow and Wallace Mount, of Spokane;
Miio A. Root, of Seattle, and Ralph O
Dunbar, of Goldcndale.
Tim feature of. the convention was
the adoption by a rising vote of a reso
lution "demanding"1 the renomination of
President Roosevelt in 1908 on the
cround "that It is necessary to the good
of the people and the nomination of
another man will seriously interfere
with the consummation of those great
economic ideas" inaugurated by him dur
Intr his present tenure. It is improb
able that another state convention will
be held in Washington for the reason
that the platform of every Republican
and Democratic county convention, as
well as the Republican state convention
has declared in favor of the direct prv
Senator Tiles acted as temporary
chairman and Judge Cosgrove of Gar
field permanent chairman of the con
vention. Jones is one of the members
of congress whom Samuel Gompers has
opened war on. In his speech to the
convention Jones replied to Gompers,
declaring he was opposed to American
lalior constructing the Panama canal,
and asserting that the isthmus was no
place for Americans, on account of the
fevers and other diseases which none
but men ued to tropical climates can
NFAV YORK. Sent. 19. Herbert
Bramble Rohss, of Southampton, Eng
land, past high chief ranger of the
world of the Order of Foresters, was
the guest at ft complimentary dinner
In his honor last night at the Hotel
Maria, given by members 6f the or
der. Mr. Rohss said that the feeling
toward Americans by Englishmen was
one of affection and pride.
r Tfnhsu Is mnkimr a tour of the
world in the interests of the Foresters
MINEOLA, Tex, Swt. 19. A. D,
Jackson, chairman of the Democratic
executive committee of Woods county
has Issued a call for. a mass meeting
of the Democrats of this county at
Quitman Saturday, Sept.' 29, "To as
certain and express our wishes in re
gard to instructing our atate senator
and our representative in voting against
J, W. Bailey for United States senator
from Texas."
Mr, Jackson states that the call is
prompted by recent developments made
in the testimony of H. Clay Pierce at
St. Louis.
NEW YORK, Sept. 19. A sound
spanking In the presence of a crowd of
iheatergoers at Peyton's Theater,
Brooklyn, lat night, was given by the
mother of M-year-old Susie Fisher,
who ran away from borne. Those who
were inside the line agreed that the
spanking was scientifically administer
ed. The girl was placed across ber
mother's knee and the spanks were the
kind that hurt, and were heard a long
distance. Mrs. Fisher had learned that
her daughter was seen frequently near
the theater and she took a position in
the lolby and watched the audience
filing In, In the' crowd were a lot of
women and girls and among them Mrs.
Fisher spied her daughter. Yanking
her out of the line, she administered
the punishment. When the job was
finished, Mrs. Fisher escorted ber
daughter whose nose was bleeding, to
the police station and had her locked
up on a charge of vagrancy.
SEATTLE, Sept. 19. It- is probable
the report of the Mitchell-Creffield in
sanity commission will be filed in court
tomorrow and the Proecuting Attor
ney says if the prisoner are found in
ane. Judge Frater will order them
put In Oreiron. where thev reside. He
says he Is not opposed to sending the
women away.
MANILA. Sept. 19. There is no
change in the condition or position of
the Mongolia. The weather continues
the same. The passengers are all well.
Government Will Stop Attempted
Jewish Massacres.
Declares That Any Attempted Anti-Se-
metic Outbreak Will Be Dealt With
Stringently Witte Writea to
ST. PETERSBURG, Sept. 19-In view
of the rumors of an impending anti-
Jewish outbreak at Bialystock Satur
day, when another religious procession
is scheduled to take place, Governor
Bogalevski has issued an order an
nouncing that any attempt at organiz
ing an outbreak will be stringently put
down and measures taken to prevent
such an occurrence by the use of armed
forces. The newspapers today print an
alleged letter from Count Witte to
Stolvpin. who, though wishing the lat
ter success, is convinced the Premier's
policy will fail. The battery guards
garrisoning the fortress of fct. mer
and St. Paul have been disarmed by
sharpshooters for their refusal to do
sentinel work. It was the sharpshoot
ers who fired on Grand Duke Nicholas
at Krasnoye-Selq.
WARSAW, Sept. 19. General Nieo-
laieff, of the artillery, has been assas
sinated here. He was erroneously
thought to be a member of the field
fniirt..ninrt.ia1. Generat Nicolaieff was
walking on Weilka street this morn
intr when he was surrounded by revo
lutionists and shot dead. The murderers
escaped. ,
At Portland Portland, 9 Fresno, 1.
At Seattle Seattle lj San Francisco,
0. v
At Oakland Oakland, 3j Los Angeles,
Smoker Still Submerged
in Cimarron River.
Wreck Near Kingfisher Proves
Grave of Three Fifteen
are Injured.
Swift Wattera of .Cimarron River Car
ry Passengers Many Miles Before"
- Rescue Cornea Dying Message
of Passenger.
KING FISHER, Sept. 19 As the
result of yesterday's wreck three are
missing and probably drowned. Of the
fifteen injured two re dangerously
hurt and eight seriously and five
painfully. ""A farmer living ten miles
below the wreck found a pathetic relic.
In a bottle was slip of paper with
the words, "The one that finds this
write to Cleo, Oklahoma, to Eldon
Camp. I love you." It is believed to
be the dying message of someone im
prisoned in the smoker.
GUTHRIE, Sept. 19. A special to
the State Capitol says tonight the Cim
arron river has fallen eight feet, but the
top of the submerged smoker is still
six or seven feet under the surface, and
it will probably be twenty-four hours
before rescuers reach it. One man, his
name not learned, was fished out of the
river nine miles below the bridge. He
was nearly dead when he reached King
fisher. One of the train crew is authority for
the statement that a woman and a
child entered the toilet room of the
smoker just as that coach plunged into
the river. They undoubtedly were lost.
W. J. Balsam, who was rescued four
teen miles below the scene of the wreck
states that fifteen or sixteen were in
the smoker. He says that in some way
he does not know how, he managed to
extricate himself from the wreckage and
the next thing he knew he was in the
water. He went down and then came
to the Burface hanging onto ft piece of
the demolished coach. The strong cur
rent swirled him off down stream, the
waves sweeping over his head and the
undercurrent dragging him time and
acain beneath the surface. Each time
he went under he felt it was his last
and each time he came to the surface,
a new force impelled one more effort
Not until fourteen miles down the river
did he drift close enough to shore to
grab anything. He finally caught some
bushes. He does not know how he got
out. but when he recovered conscious
ness he was high and dry on the grass.
While the current was bearing him
down stream he saw people around him
struggling, but was unable to render
assistance because all his strength was
required to keep his head above water.
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19. Electri
city as a means of curing disease was
discussed yesterday at the opening ses
aion of the 16th annual meeting of the
American Electro Therapeutic Associa
tion. It was asserted by the various
speakers that locomotor ataxia, cancer,
and chronic diseases of the stomach are
dally yielding, to this mysterious force,
whole the absorption of inflammatory
matter is an event of every day oc
Son Telia Father "Party Ties Are Thiclc
er Than Blood." ,
CHICAGO, Sept. 19.-"Sorry, father,
but I really cannot vote your ticket
Party ties are thicker than blood."
In these astounding words, Mayor
Dunne today repudiated the ticket oa
which appears the name of hi father,
P. W, Dunne, who is running for county
commissioner on , the Hearst ticket.
Since the formation of the Hearst Inde
pendent League, Mayor Dunne has decid
ed that the patha of Democracy and tba
Hearstites are widely divergent and h
has withdrawn all support from th
Hearst candidates.
MANILA, Sept. 19, (Thursday).
James F. Smith was inaugurated governor-general
this morning.
Smith in his address, declared hi
policy would be the policy of McKinley
and Taft, one of education and prep
aration of the people for self-government.
He said he doubted independence
a panacea for ills, asking if Cuba had
found that national independence has
given good government, peace and con
tentment. NEED MORE MONEY.
NEW YORK, Sept. 19.-The Chile
Relief committee has received the fol
lowing cable dispatch from the foreign
relief committee at Valparaiso: :
"Gratefully acknowledge cable remit
tances. Funds vanishing, while misery
increases. Do your best to stimulate
This message confirms previous ad
vices as to the seriousness of the situ
ation created by the recent earthquake
and fire "at Valparaiso.
Secretaries Taft and Bacon Confer
With Palma.
President of Cuba Says Insurgents De
mand Annullment of Last Election
. and Seek to Oust Him from
HAVANA. Sept. 19. In the conversa
tion of the American secretaries with
President Palma today Taft and Bacon
subscribed to the sentiment expressed
in Roosevelt's letter and hoped that
their visit would contribute toward the
establishment of peace. In reply to
the question, Palma stated the gov
ernment had taken no part in the steps
to effect ft compromise, having limited
itself to assisting the efforts of the
veterans. Palma stated also that the '
programme of the revolutionists in
cluded the absolute annulment of the
last election, and if by compromise, it
should be agreed to hold a new elec
tion, that Palma no longer would con
tinue as executive, because his prestige
would suffer and to do so would be a
drawback to the constitutional form of
government. Palma believes Congress
should pass an electoral law which
would amply guarantee both parties.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19. Rev.
Peter C. York of St. Anthony's Parish,
in Oakland, has been chosen by the
Allied Unions to represent them In the
arbitration of the union's demands
upon the United Railways.
' DETROIT, Mich., Sept. 19. The count'
of, the ballots cast at the Wayne coun
ty primaries Monday and Tuesday, as
sures the renomination of Mayor Geo.
P. Codd. City Treasurer William B.
Thompson will be the Democratic nomi
nee. ,