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VOLUME LXI NO. 342
ASTORIA, OREGON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28. 1906
"Hoodlums and Outlaws"
Made Race War.
Four Men Killed Christmas Were
Not Connected With
DISTRICT ATTORNEY REPORTS
Nloholson, Respectable and Unofftnd'
Ing Colored Man, Brutally Mur
dered, Although Offiolals Uia
Own Bodies at Shields.
NEW ORLEANS, "Dec 17,Tbat
white man protected Innocent negroes
and that av,ry effort la being mnda by
tha whites to punish those 'hoodlums"
or thalr own rae who wara responsi
ble for tha Christmas rlota In Kemper
County, Mississippi, wu tha Informa
tion In detld ftoooun'a arriving ear
ly today from tha lll'll towns which
wcr tha seen of th6loodshd. 1
"A conference has Wn held," these
dispatches say, "between tha civil and
military authorities, at whhh svldenct
wa produced that will establish tha
Identity of flv whlta men of food
families of tha county who took part
In tha lynching. District Attorney
Currie hna made a public statemunt. In
which" ha auya:
"1 foun.l upon an Investigation that
tha trouble waa caused by a lot of
hoodlum and out In wa who openly vl
lated all lawa of God and man and
deorncy. "Tha four men killed Chrlst
nuui day wers not connected with the
affair In any manner, and I am In
formed that the houaea burned were
occupied by nsgroes who ware not
even In aympalhy with any of those
who were connected with tha outrage.
These men will ba captured If It la
In tha power of tha State of Mlsalaslp
pi to do ao,'"
Tha dlapatchea aay that tha total
death Hat la probably IS; that the mob
element among tha white haa moatly
fled toward tha Alabama mate line,
whllo negroea In terror have gathered
at Scooba and Wnhalak to plnca them
selves under the protection of troopa
or cklxena. The killing of a negro
named Cnlvln Nicholson la reported aa
"one of the moat brutal which hna oc
curred alnca the days of Reconstruc
tion." i " '
Nicholson waa n negro of the beat
clnaa. While a posse was aearchlng
for a negro named Simpson, who had
killed a deputy, thoy enter Nicholson's
houae, and aeveral persons began
ahontlng nt him. Deputy Sheriff
Alexander and two othera ruahed to
the negro, ahleldlng him with their
and hla house burned. District Attor
boil loa. They protected him until ov
erpowered, after which he wna allot
and hla house burned, District Attor
ny Currie aays ho hna fixed the blame
for this murder upon three men and
will arrest them 1 they are atlll In the
atate. . '..
Governor Vordnmnn tonight offered
rewards for the arrest of Ernest Bryan
an Dan Kerrall, prominent men In the
vicinity of Scooba, who are suspected
of having connection with the Nichol
OUTBREAK IN OKLAHOMA.
Raoa Fsellng at El Rano May Cul
minate In Lynohlng.
EL RENO, Okla., Dee. 27. Race
feeling la at white heat and threats of
lynching are heard on every hand, as
a result of the aasauH cor -tSr yfl
Mrs, T, 8. Clifford, wp rotn
Inant physician, by ' jt oldlr of
tha Twenty-fifth ' ,. Mrs! Clif
ford and har ala0 .t. B. 1L Clarke,
were aiteinptlngo pas tha soldier
whan ha viciously grabbed lire. Clif
ford around the waist and threw her
Into tha atreat, exclaiming that the
sidewalk belonged to him, Mrs. Clarke
creamed for assistance and the aa
anllant fled, escaping before help ar
rived, News of the attack spread
rapidly and the entire police depart
ment, reinforced by aeveral hundred
men and boys, searched the town and
surrounding country, but thla evnlng
the chase waa given up, a the negro
waa In uniform and must return to
the post or soon become a deserter.
SOUTH FOR ROOSEVELT.
Desire for Canal Will Bring It Un
der President' Banner.
WASHINGTON, Deo. ItEarly n
the present aaaelon of Congress there
flamed tn the breasts of the disfran
chised Inhabitants of the District of
Columbia a spark of hope that at
last a voice In the affairs of their
government might be given them. A
bill had been Introduced In the House
providing that the District should
have two elective delegates In Con
gress, and a good deal of sentiment
In aupportj of the measure had been
worked up. Associations of cltlsens
endorsed the project, and Congress
appeared at least willing to lend a
Rut now come the District Commla
sloers, that triumvirate of presiden
tial appointees who control the dee
tlnlea of the national capital, and of
ficially veto the proposition. They
don't want any delegates In Congress,
they aayj and In saying so, they pro
fess to speak for all the people In
the District. It would tend to dimin
ish their own. Importance, It Is true;
but that Isn't tha reason they give
to Congress In opposing the plan. They
aay It would Inject politics Into an
Ideal municipal government; In other
words, that the government of the
capital of the American Republic
would be ruined by the adoption of
the American system of government.
The views of the Commissioners
may, or may not, seriously Influence
Congress In deciding the question, but
the chances are that the contradiction
of the American doctrine of "no tax
ation without representation" will pre
vail for a number of years to come.
NEW MOVE MADE.
Attorneys for Sohmitz Wsnt Cat
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. J7. A new
move was made today by the attor
neya for Mayor Schmlts In the Indict
ment case. Notice waa filed with the
district attorney that they have moved
that the presiding judge In the su
perior court transfer the mayor's case
from Judge Dunne's department to
some other department,' The motion
Is to be argued before Judne Graham
tomorrow. The arguments which
Schmlts advances In the nflldavlt at
tached to this motion nro Hint ho wants
a speedy trial, separate and apart
from Ruef. The mayor declares that
the affairs of the municipal govern
ment require nn undivided attention,
which he cannot give ao long aa the
case remalna untlred. The Japanese
question, tha conditions growing out
of the earthquake, and other matter
are roferrod to as requiring the may
STRIKE IN LODZ.
LODZ, Russia, Dec 27. In view of
the lockout," which, according to the
announcement will begin In all the
principal factories here on December
29, Socialists of Lodx are threatening
to organize street flghta and compel
the citizens to feed and, lodge the un
employed. Many weulth families are
leaving the elty.
RACE WAR LULL.
MERIDIAN, Mies., Deo. 27. All the
troopa stationed at Scooba, the scene
of the recent race troubles, returned
thla afternoon In charge of Governor
Vardaman, who went there Inat night
to take personal command. There
were no outbreaks today. '
Eighty Thousand Perish In
Past Four Years.
MORE THAN CIVIL WAR
Startling Statistics Shown by the
Social Service In
stitute. OVER A THOUSAND WEEKLY
Steps Are Being Taken lit New York
to Compile Csreful Records of Fa
tslitiss Among the Industrial
Workers of America.
; NEW TORK, Dec 27. Important
steps are to be taken In this city and
elsewhere to establish a system of
compulsory and accurate records of
the enormous number of persons who
are annually killed and Injured In
American's vast army of . Industrial
workers. In New Tork city only mea
ger details of the persons killed
and Injured through accident and neg
ligence are shown by the reports of
tho department of health, and those re
ports are said to be Incomplete. ' '
For two weeks beginning on Janu
ary 28 an exposition will be held In
this city under the auspices of the
American Institute of Social Son-Ice
for the purpoee of studying and ex
hibiting safety devlcee for dangerous
machinery, methods of Industrial hy
giene, and to set In motion the move
ment to establish a more accurate rec
ord of industrial fatalities and accl
denta In all parte of the country.
Dr. Joslah Strong, president of the
American Institute of SocMal Service.
In speaking of the number of persons
killed each year In our Industrial oc
cupations, made some astonishing com
parisons. He said:
"We In the United Stntea kill In
four ycara aome 80,000 persona, more
than fell In battle and died of wounds
during the four years of the civil war.
We are killing more than twice as
many every year aa perished by vio
lence In both the French and English
armies during the three years of the
Crimean war, ,
"There are more killed and wound
ed on our .railroads every year' than
tho entire losses of tha Boer war on
both aides In three years. We havo
Industrial casualties enough every
year to keep one' conflict like oar war
with Spain going on 1,200 years, or
12 auch wars going on for 100 years.
Our peaceful vocations cost more lives
every two days than were lost In bat
tle during the entire Spanish war.
"From, the best statistics obtainable
I may say there are today 675,000
persons in the United States under
sentence of death to be executed at
unknown moments during the next ten
years 1,100 next week and the same
number every week until the ghastly
work la complete, '
"An Intelligent and earnest effort
would procure (he replove of a mul
titude of these Innocent victims."
RAILROADS VIOLATE LAW.
Companies Confine Stock without Food
for .Undue Length of Time.
WASHINGTON. Deo. 27. Secretary
Wilson today transmitted to the e
pnrtmant of Justice nine additional
cases of violation of the law which
provides that railroad companies shall
not confine stock on cars for more
than 28 hours without food or water,
except with the consent of the owner
and then only for St hours. Compan
ies alleged to be offenders are the
Oregon Short Line, Southern Pacific,
Union Pacific, Lake Short and Michi
gan Southern, C B, Q.. and Santa
Fe. The secretary says that there are
several hundred other cases under
consideration by the Agricultural De
partment and prosecution will be In-
slated on wherever the evidence war-
MUCH TRACK BUILT.
Lsst Year Hss Seen Sis Thousand
Milss tvald Down,
j CHICAGO, Dec. 27. More miles of
railway were constructed In the United
States during the last year than have
been built during any year since 1888
according to the Railway Age. Since
January 1, last. 6.067 miles of track
have been laid on 8 lines In forty
tour states and territories, making the
country's total railway mileage 223.139.
The largest amount of railway build
ing during the year was done In Texas,
where 701 miles of track were laid.
Louisiana and South Dakota are al
most tied for second place, with 891
and S8 miles respectively.
FIRES IN CROWD.
Two sre Killed and One Wounded In
MARLIN.. Tex., Dec. 27.-While
about 2000 people were assembled In
the public square last night to enjoy
the carnival attractions, great ex
citement was caused by three pistol
shots fired In rapid succession and
attended by deadly reaults. A negro
girl about 13 years old was shot
through the head and Instantly killed.
A negro, Hunt Broddlsh received a
fatal wound in the back. A negro
about 30 years old fled through the
crowd, pistol In hand, shooting behind
. n-e -" .......
htm as he ran, with two police In pur
suit Walter Taylor, a policeman, was
Sltfhtly sarounded in the arm. The
negro Has not been capiurea, oui is
said to be wounded. The cause of the
shooting Is not known.
Detperst Duet Between Officers and
Outlsws in Colorado.
LAMAR Colo., Dec 27. City Mar
shal Horace Frlsby waa ahot and
killed here last night by two etrangers
who subsequently escaped. There was
no witnesses to the killing but Sher-
Iff George Thomas heard the ahooting
and arrived at the scene In time to
see the two men making their escape.
The sheriff fired several shots at
them and succeeded In wounding one
of them but not severely enough to
prevent him getting away. There Is
no clue to the murderers but It is sup
posed that they are two men who have
been hanging around the town for sev
eral days and acting in a suspicious
manner. , ,
SUES OVER FRANCHISE.
EL PASO,' Tev., Dec, 27. J. P.
Dieter, a prominent business man of
this place, has entered suit against W.
C. Greene of the Cananea Copper com
pany to recover 325,000 which he al
leges Is due him aa his share of the
price paid by the El Paso Electric
Railway Company for a street railway
franchise which Dieter had secured
from the city. Dieter alleges that af
ter the construction of portions of the
railway under franchise, . Greene sold
tho franchise for $10,000 and the
plaintiff sues for damages.
STRIKE WITHOUT POWER.
NEW ORLEANS, eo. 27. Except
for livestock and perishable goods, the
Southern Pacific officials announce
that the company today moved all Its
freight trains on tke Louisiana divi
sion without dlfflcftlty. The officials
also aUio that tha strike Is 'no longer
regarded as a serious Inconvenience.
' STAMPEDE KILLS FOURTEEN.
MANILA, Dec 27. A stampede at
Christmas mass at Tangay caused by
a woman being seised with an epilep
tic fit, was tho cause of the death of
Tramp Pays Penalty for
His Fiendish Crime.
TAKEN FROM OFFICERS
Is Cool and Collected to the Last
and Made No Effort
MOB IS VERY ORDERLY
No Shots Were Fired During the En
tire Affair Leaders Are Thought
to be Well Known Residents
PUEBLO, Cal., Dec 27. A special to
the Chieftain from Los Animas says
Lawrence Leberg was lynched there
tonight for the murder of Henry La
venmeyer by a mob of masked men.
About forty entered the jail before t
o'clock and easily overpowered the
sheriff, under sheriff and two other of
ficers, and locked them securely In a
room of the building. Tho win then
went to the 'cell occupied by Lebegr,
struck the shackles from his limbs and
took him from the jalL A larger body
of men and boys were waiting outside
and when the prisoner and his cap
tors appeared they formed a proces
sion and proceeded a short distance
from the jail and hanged the man to
a telegraph pole. The self-confessed
murderer made no resistance and made
no statement The mob offered no
violence and no shots were fired dur
ing the entire affair. Before the mob
reached the jail Leberg heard them
coming. He arose from his cot,
dressed himself coolly and awaited the
coming of the avengers of Laven
meyer's death. The leader of the mob
made no effort to disguise himself and
It Is declared the ringleaders are
known to the Jail officials.
Jefferson Again Reports a Burglary
the Postal Building There,
SALEM, Ore, Dec. 27. For the
third or fourth time recently, the
postofflce at Jefferson, maintained tn
the general merchandise store of
Smith & Fontaine, haa been robbed.
This time the burglar secured 375 In
coin, which was tn a bag in the cosh
drawer, and also took a small bag of
mutilated coin, amounting to about
311. The thief must have entered the
store by using a skeleton key, as ev
erything was found Intact this morn
ing when the store was opened. It Is
believed the robbery was committed
by some person living m the commun
ity familiar with the situation, and
that all the robberies have been done
by the same person.
BEGGAR CHILD RICH.
Five Yesr Old Boy Reputed Worth
Fifty Thousand Dollars.
NEW TORK, Dec. 27. Acting on an
anonymous letter, agents of the Chil
dren's Society found a five-year-old
boy named Edward Pullman half-
starved and wrapped In rags on 'the
top floor of a tenemtn house In West
The child's mother in the Children's
Court declared that the boy is heir to
a trust fund of 350,000. She said she
had been married to George H. Pull
man, who, she declared, was the son
of the palace car man. Before the
birth of the boy she said Pullman had
arranged a trust fund, which he was
to have when he became 21 years of
age. Later she obtained a divorce
from Pullman. Later she obtained a
divorce from Pullman. .Those familiar
with tho woman's history say that as
Lillian Mason, daughter of ' Samuel
Mason, a physician of this city, she
was about ten years ago stenographer
for the Red Cross Society and accom
panied Miss Clara Barton to Armenia
and Cuba. George H. Pullman, ne
phew of the palace car man, waa sec
retary of the society at that time and
Lillian Mason alleged that he mar
ried her in 1898, Subsequently he
successfully opposed, this claim in
the courts. In the meantime the wo
man was dismissed from the Red Cross
service and was sent back to this
country from Cuba by General Flts
bugh Lee. .. . , . .
EIGHTEEN JAPANESE DEPORTED.
EL PASO, Texas, Dec. 27, Immi
gration officers today caught eighteen
Japanese at Pala'r, eight miles from
here on the Rio Grande river. These
were J .-fart of fifty-three who were yes
terday refused admittance at this port
and succeeded in crossing the river
from Mexico fnt3 til; country. T&ejr
were at once deported. This city's
Japanese population has Increased re
cently at an unprecedented rate, not
withstanding the rigid enforcement of
the Immigration laws by the local of
MERRILL, Or Dec 27. J. O. Ben
ton, a shecpherder, employed by Whit
ney Bros., has found below Tule Lake,
southeast of here, what is supposed to
bo the remains of John Crawford who
disappeared last winter while herding
sheep in ; the lava beds. Crawford
could not be found after a heavy storm
and It was supposed he lost his way
back to camp and died. The clothing
and .shoes of the skeleton correspond
to those" found by Benton. The spot
was about a mile from Crawford's
REPUDIATE STANDARD OIL.
LIMA, O., Dec 27. In one brief
typewritten page, the three oil com
panies against which State Attorney
General Ellis filed ouSter suits here
recently, made answer here today,
acknowledging that the Standard Oil
Company of New Jersey owns but five
shares of capital stock of the Buck
Eye Pipe Line Company, Solar Refin
ing Company, and the Ohio Oil Com- .
pany. Wherefore each company asks
that tha action be dismissed against
BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Dec 27.
M. D. Purdy, assistant to the attor
ney general, accompanied by Major
Blockson of the Inspector general's de
partment, and W. W. Merchell, confi
dential law clerk to Secretary Taft,
commenced an Inquiry into , the .
"Brownsville affair" today. Four wit
nesses were examined today. It will
probably take several weeks to com
plete the Inquiry. The examination is
private. ... '.
STORM OFF ENGLAND.
LONDON, Doc. 27. A terrific storm
is raging tonight off Holy Head and
several vessels are' reported In distress.
The Japanese liner Awa Maru, from
Antwerp for Mlddlesborough, ran on
a rock off Red Car. Life boats reached
her after great difficulty and accord
ing to the reports almost all of her
crew of 120 men and two passengers
were landed safely.
IMPORTS AMERICAN HORSES.
NEW . TORK, Dec. 27. Emperor
William of Germany is importing Am
erican mares for his Btock farms. Ma
bel L., a richly bred mare, g-years old,
with a trial record of 2:10 1-4 is now
aboard one of the American Hamburg
liners and will be shipped to Germany
REPORTED VISIT PLEASES.
MANILA,, Dec 27. The Filipinos
are elated at the report that President
Roosevelt will visit the Islands next