The morning Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1899-1930, September 28, 1906, Image 1

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Fairbanks Friends Think
Taft is Petted.
President Must Use Best Men At
Hand in All Such Crave
How Unci Joe Cannon's Memory Servei
Him When It Com, to Important
Appointments Gowlp at the
nation'! Capital.
WASHINGTON', Sept. 27,The ad
herent, af Vice Pre.ldcnt Fairbanks,
Hwrelary Shaw ami other aplrant
fur the Republican preidentlal nomina
tion have a new grievance agalwit Pre.
Went Roowvelt. They nit that in
.ending Swetary Taft to Cuba at an
envoy of peace tba President ha again
detnonntrated hit partiality and that hi.
main purpo.e wa. to kp Mr, Taft In
the limelight.
If It be true that Mr. Roosevelt fig
ured that tha Cuban mission might
help Taft. presidential chances, It I.
only another evidence of hla good po
litical judgment. The selection ha.
been a popular one anil from all quar
ter. come expre.loni of confidence in
Mr. Taft'. fair Intention, and great
ability. Certainly no other President
ever gave an a.piring cabinet minister
M many opportunitir. to demonstrate
hi. capacity for large affair., and the
reentment on the part of Shaw and
Fairbanks boomer. I. not without a
color of Justification. The only thing
lacking to complete their case agaln.t
the President la evidence that In doing
the thing, he ha. done, Mr. Roosevelt
ha. been Influenced by any aecret wish
that Taft might be hi. .ueeessor. The
ofllclal attitude, of course, la that the
President must use the beat Instruments
at hand, and that as Taft la best he has
been used.
The growth of Mr. Taft In popular
esteem and confidence I. one of the
remarkable things in this remarkable
political era. No man of the genera
tion ha. forged so rapidly to the front,
not even Theodore Roosevelt, nor Will
lam Jennings Bryan. Ten year, ago
Mr. Bryan was a candidate for the
presidency, and Mr. Roosevelt was
widely known a. a reformer of the
agreive type. Judge Taft had scarce
ly been heard of outside the Judicial cir
cuit over which he presided in southern
Ohio. The ioin)try first became fa
miliar with h;s name when President
McKinley sent him to the Philippines,
and since then hla record has been one
of successful achievement. He has
been called upon to do things big and
difficult and ha. done them well. If
he ha. blundered anywhere, the blunder
has yet to be brought home to him.
The foregoing may cause the writer
to be set down a. a partisan of Taffi
and no disclaimer Is made. There are
all shade, and degree, of partisanship ;
and, beside., a denial would do no
good. If the charge be made that the
writer is a Taft admirer, a plea of
guilty Is entered.
A man who doe. hi. work unassum
ingly and doe. It well,' always Is fit
for admiration.
The announcement by Lucius N. Lit
tauor that he would not accept renom
inatlon a. Representative In Congress
from the 82nd New York district, I. ac
cepted a closing a public career once
promising, but whloh went aground.
Mr, Lltlaurtir la a glove manufacturer,
an able man and a personal and po
litical friend of President Roosevelt's.
In the House be was a member of the
great committee on appropriation, and
there appeared to be before him year,
of distinction and usefulne...
Then came the spasm of reform, with
la accompanying probing Into the exec
utive department, and especially Into
government contracts. One of the
thing disclosed was the fact that Mr.
Uttaurer, while a member of Congress,
wa. selling glove, to the army. There
waa a scandal, of course, followed by
an Investigation, and Mr. LIUauar was
given a vindication. This closed the
matter officially, but the acandal would
not down. When the chairmanship of
the appropriation, committee became
vacant, through the elevation to the
Senate of Mr. Hemenway, the ..lection
of Mr, IJttauer would have been the
natural thing for Speaker Cannon to
have done. Rut Mr. Cannon went out
aide the committee and conferred the
chairmanship ou Mr. Tawney of Min
nesota. Everybody regarded It a. a
matter of course that recollection of
the glove contract! had influenced the
Speaker, deci.lon.
Mr. IJttauer announced bla retire
ment folowlng a conference with Prei
Ident Roosevelt at Oy.ter Ray and
WTahlngtou accept, the theory that the
President advised hi. retirement.
MANILA. Sept. 27. Yesterday', ty
phoon continue, today and communica
tion north and aouth Is cut off. Ample
wanting of the .torm was given and
there was no damage here.
California Multi-Murderer Pays
the Awful Penalty.
Left Two Willi and an E.tate Valued
at 1 1 3,000 Murdered Hia Whole
Family for the Sake of Wealth
Dreadful Case.
FOLSOM, Cal., Sept. 27.-Adolph We
bei, the murderer of his father, mother,
brother and sister, who wa. hanged
here today, went to the .caffold gamely
and kept his nerve until the drop wa.
Shortly before the hour of execution,
Attorney May', message from Sacra
mento was read to Weber, It aaid that
atl hope of Interference by the gov
ernor wa. oone. "That settle. It," re
plied Weber. Ju.t before the straps
were adjusted, Weber was asked if he
wished to make any statement and the
nn.wer comprised the last words ut
tered by himi "No, I have no state
ment to make; no writing to leave be
hind, and no statement to make regard
ing the disposition of my body,"
Shortly after his hand, were .trapped
and the march to the scaffold began.
Weber', .ton wa. light, hi. body erect
and his head held high. He faced the
crowd In the death chamber without
flinohlng. Not a muscle quivered. His
frail, lithe body wa. straight a. a sap
nllnir and with cool, calculating eye he
measured the center of the trap and
stepped upon It. Ho wa. very pale and
once or twice took a deep breath, a.
If norving himself for the final ordeal.
There wa. no flinching,, Lieutenant
Prlirmore placed the noose over hi. head,
Weber inclining his body a. if to as
sist. A. the knot waa fixed Weber made
no sign or movement. The black cap
wa. ad lusted and In the twinkling of
an eye Warden Lamphrey pulled the
lever and sprung the trap.
Weber shot down a distance of eight
feot.'lii. neck being broken by the fall.
The body brought up with a audden
jerk and then hung lifeless for a few
geoonds, whereupon the attending physi
cian, tolled off the pulsation, of his
At 12:40, foarteen minute, after the
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Tornado of Unprecedented
Fury Raging in South.
Lake Pootchartrain way Above
it's Normal Level Flooding
New Orleans.
So Far at Can Be Ascertained the Lou
of Life i. Small on Account of the
Storm Warning! Which Were
Sent Out.
LOUISVILLE, Sept. 27. The tropical
hurricane, which.ha. been churning the
water, of the Gulf of Mexico and do
ing immense damage along shore and
far Inland, is, tonight, whipping iti way
through Alabama In a northeasterly di
rection. Report, received by the Asso
ciated Press do not Indicate any loss
of life, but the damage to property is
All wire communication Is disar
ranged. Mobile, Biloxl and Moss Point
not having been heard from for over
24 hour.. The los. to railroad! 1. large
and at Pensacola the property and .hip
ping damage la reported at $3,000,000.
New Orleans furnished the .ubject mat
ter for numeroua wild rumors during
the day, but authentic report, from
there tonight Indicate that while there
i. large property lo.s, there i. little or
no los. of life. Nothing ha. been heard
from the .hipping which 1. attempting
to ride out the storm on the Gulf of
PENSALOCA. Fla, Sept. 27.-The
worst .ea-.torm and hurricane on the
Gulf since Pensacola was awept away
one hundred and seventy year, ago,
began last night and la still raging.
Many house, between the city and the
navy yard are under water and many
persons are being carried to points of
safety In boats. The damage I. esti
mated at three millions, and every build
ing In 1'cnsaloca is damaged. iae
streets are strewn with wreckage, a. i.
the water front, where for mile, vessels
are piled on the wharves, or where once
the wharves stood are masse, of debris.
Big iron steamers are lying high and
dry up in the city, where the tide was
never before known to reach. There i.
no street car traffic and communica
tion with the outside world is cut off.
This dispatch i. being carried to Flo
maton, Alabama, for filing. It is feared
that great havoc and loss of lif will
be shown when the reports are all in.
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 27. All ef
fort, to penetrate even the edge of the
Btorm-swcpt district east and north of
here are fruitless tonight. From Lake
Catherine eastward, along the Mississip
pi Sound, the town, are much exposed,
many of them being on the brink of the
sound, across which, the wind has a long
Deanlte the anxiety toniiAt,
there is a general belief that few, if any,
lives are lost. This la Dasea on
fact that the coast inhabitant, had two
days' warning of the approaching storm.
The water, of Lake roncnarirain,
which for the past two days have been
five feet above the normal level, caus
ing a serious overflow in part, of New
Orleans, art) now receding.
ATLANTA. Ga.. Sent. 27. The re
port from Pensacola is to the effect that
the wind Is still blowing hard.
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 27--A tropi
cal hurricane has been driving the water
of the Gulf of Mexico in shore for the
past 18 hour., with wind, of 46 to W
mile, an hour. The storm has not abat
ed early this afternoon.
Great los. of prorty, but no los. of
life had been reported up to this) time.
Nevertheless, irreat apprehension wa.
felt for the safety of towna on the
Gulf coast, which were cut off last
night from communication with New
This apprehension wa. increased by
several narrow escape, from drowning
reported during the day.
The first meager detail, to reach tin.
city from outlying district, told of ha
voc wrought by Lake Ponchartraia on
the outlying portion, of New Orleans,
the lake having rien about five feet
because of tha Incoming water.. All
railroad, telegraph and telephone com
munication was cut off. The roadbed of
the Louisville &, Nashville was ub
merged at Lake Catherine, an Inlet from
the gulf five mile, east of here. The
New Orleans 4 Northeastern Railroad
reported that their trestle over Lake
Ponchartraln wa. under water for a
distance of 15 miles. Queen & Cres
cent train, were prevented from enter
ing the city by the rise in the lake.
NEW ORLEANS, Sent. 27. Passen
gers arriving from Macon state that
while the train stopped there a hotel
collapsed, killing two people. This
storm is general all over the gulf tier of
WASHINGTON, Sept, 27.-Repeated
effort, to communicate wun rensacoia
by wirole.8 today and tonight have
prived fruitless.
Day, the Portland
Does Fine Work.
Follow. Negro Morgan and Hia Mistress
to Chicago and Close, in on Them
and Anton Friti'a
PORTLAND, Sept. 27. After a chase
half way across the American Continent
Detective Joe Day hag at last discov
ered the thieves who were responsible
for the robbery of Anton Frit on the
step, of the White Temple a few weeks
ago. The climax of the chase came
this morning, when the Portland detec
tive walked Into the First National
Bank of Chicago, and, after giving bonds,
attached $5,000 which the thieve, had
deposited there for .afe keeping.
There is still $4,400 unaccounted for,
but part of this is probably in a safety
deposit vault in Chicago, which Detec
tive Day has not yet had time to in
vestigate. Considerable of the stolen
money, however, was used by the crim
inals in their flight.
Anton Frita was the victim of a care
fully planned game, concocted by two
colored criminals, Harry Morgan, an
ex-convict, and Clara Adams, a woman
known by the saccharine title of "the
Candy Kid." Both are under arrest at
Salt Lake City, and will be brought to
. CHICAGO. Sept, 27. Detective Joe
Day, of Portland, today caused the ar
rest of Clara Adains, a colored actress,
known as "the Candy Kid," and Harry
Morgan, colored, at Salt Lake City.
They are wanted in . connection with
the robbery of Anton Fritz In Portland.
Wbile Morgan was in Chicago before go
ing to Salt Lake City, there was a plot
to murder him in a hotel and secure
the stolen money he carried. The plot
was unsuccessful through the confession
of a negro friend of Morgan's,
At Loa Angeles Lo. Angeles, 3; Oak
land, 1.
At Fresno Fresno, 3; Seattle, 6.
At Oakland Portland, 2; San Fran
cisco, 1,
Intervention Plainly t&e
Issue Now.
Unfairness and Treachery Only
Too Apparent Among
General Funaton Has Arrived at Ha
vana Taft May Proclaim a Provi
sional Government This Morn
ingNothing Else Probable.
HAVANA, Sept. 27. The Moderates
tonight decided to make a final effort
to perpetuate the authority of the Pal
ma administration, by determining to
reject the President', resignation when
Congress meets tomorrow.
The American Commissioner had, al
ready determined to intervene, but lave
agreed to await tomorrow's - develop
ment., as they are anxious to afford
the Cubans every opportunity to work
out their own salvation.
Palma steadfastly refuses to with
draw his resignation. In answering
President Roosevelt's personal request
that he remain at the helm, Palma re
plied that he felt that any further sac
rifice on hia part would be useless, and
not at all consistent with hi. dignity to
remain in office.
Brigadier-General Funston arrived
here today on the ateamer Olivette. He
refused to discuss his mission to Cuba
or the prospect, of American interven
tion. The General, who was greeted
by the Secretary of the American Le
gation, will remain on board the steam
er until late in the day.
Even were it possible to induce Palma
to continue in office, the .ituation
would still remain complicated and
American intervention will be the most
probable outcome. The American Com
missionenj have little confidence in the
seriousness of the politician, who, to
a man, have been insincere throughout
the negotiations. This being the case,
nobody is inclined to doubt tonight that
within twenty-four hours Secretary
Taft, by the authority of the President
of the United States, will proclaim
himself provisional governor of Cuba.
While this will not occur except in
the face of aomo violent change in the
existing situation, Taft is not willing
to allow present conditions to obtain
for more than one day longer, and un
less Palma himself concludes to remain
In office, even should Congress refuse
to accept his resignation, Taft will hold
that the vacancy exists.
Everything is in readiness for the
landing of marines at almost any mo
ment Taft gives the order. Funston ar
rived today and went over and approved
all the military preparations.
The atmosphere at the palace tonight
is decidedly gloomy. Members of the
cabinet reiterate that Palma refuses to
resign in the face of entreaties of his
most intimate friends. The President
himself has succumbed somewhat to
nervous fatigue and everybody regards
the wind-up of the administration as
Immediate devolpments depend on the
action of Congress tomorrow. The
Moderate leaders expect tonight noth
ing lcs. than Intervention tomorrow and
believe the American forces will flock
ashore even before the meeting of Con
gress. .
The probabilities of United States
Intervention in Cuba loom up far
stronger this afternoon than at anyi
previous time. Few people doubt that
intervention la close at hand. The
Moderate party leader, again demon
strated today that they are not willing
to actually , begin negotiationa with
their opponents and submit a proposi
tion regarding the negotiations which
merely propose, that they be, broken
off when difference, arose.
President Palma is In a state of ner
vous prostration. He declined today to
see even Acting Secretary of the In
terior Montalvo. Several servants of
the palace are engaged in packing the '
President', personal effect, with the in
tention of removing them to the house
of President Palma'. son at Vedado,
where it I. anticipated Senor Palma will
go when he quit, office.
Secretary of War Taft and Assistant
Secretary of State Bacon early today
received confidential reports that the
government representatives were acting
unfairly and that they have no inten
tion to permit a settlement of the con
troversy along the line, suggested in
Secretary Taft'. proposals to President
Palma. The Commissioner, feel that a
cri.i. will be precipitated on the con
vening of the Cuban Congress tomor
row and they are preparing to take hold
of the rein, themselves if necessary.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27.-FJght
people were hurt, and four seriously, by
a street car accident on Oak street here
tonight. The car became uncontrollable
while descending the Oak street hill and
shot down the incline with terrific
speed.. At Scott street the car struck
a wagon crossing the track.
Shepard, Slayer of Zell, at Prine
ville Doubly Charged.
Second Dreadful Crime Committed in
the Home of Murdered Man Awful
Story Sent Down from the East
ern Plains.
PRINCEVILLE, Or, Sept. 27. Furth
er developments in the tragedy enacted
25 miles south of here at an early hour
Monday morning, in which B. F. Zell,
a highly respected rancher, waa shot
and killed by Fred Shepard, show that
the murderer's fiendishnesa did not end
with the slaying of the husband, but
that Mrs. Zell was assaulted by Shep
herd. The details of the crime, a. brought
out at the inquest follow: Shepherd
appeared in the sleeping apartments of
Mr. and Mrs. Zell about 4:30 o'clock in
the morning, armed with a Winchester
rifle, and commanded the latter to
throw up his hands. Zell requested that
he and his wife be given time to dress,
in the meantime arising from the bed
and edging toward the door, which stood
open. When they reached the door hus
band and wife ran out, and dashing to
ward the barn, ran inside. Oh the left
hand side just inside the barn door was
sleeping another hired man, an older
man known by the nickname of "Da
kota." "Dakota" was aroused by Zell
who said to him: "He is after us,"
meaning Shepherd. As Zell and his
wife passed "Dakota." Shepherd also
passed on into the barn. "Dakota" ran
out of the door the three had just en
tered and in his bare feet rushed to a
camp known as the Johnson place and
got five men to return with him to tno
Zell home. In the meantime Shepherd
had shot Zell and with the assistance
of Mrs. Zell had carried the body back
into the house.
After arriving at the house Mrs. Zell
says Shepherd assaulted her and then
told her that if she informed on him
he would also kill her. Mrs. Zell told
the murderer that if he would not kill
her and would let her out of the house
she would say that "Dakota" commit
ted the murder.
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