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NO 147. VOLUME LXlll,
ASTORIA, OREGON, FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1907.
PRICE FIVE CENTS
TO stay OUT
Will Strike Until Gricv
Unccs arc Adjusted. .
STRIKE FUND INCREASED
President Small Says the Trouble
Will Not Extend to the Rail
INVESTIGATION IS WELCOMED
President Snail of tb Telegrapher1
Union Siu Ht Will Welcom Any In
VNtlfttion by tot Government
HAS FIUNCI.SCO, Jun 2a-That
tht telegrapher now on ft ttxlkt lutend
to stay out until satisfactory adjust-
iiifnt of tlmlr grievance has been reseh
, d It evidenced by the recommendation
of the general secretary-treasurer of the
international union. that another atsee-
went be lrvlnj on August 1 lu order tbt
the strike fund nifty be further In
acrel. In reply to the telegram sent
by l'reidcnt Smell of the Commercial
Telegrapher, president Prrham o( the
Order of Railroad Telegraphere, t 8t
Louie, wired tht the official of the
Southern lVllio assured lilm that no
breech of agreement will occur. Presi
dent Small expressed the belief that the
trouble will not extend to the railroad.,
The propwt that president Kooeevelt
may take ft hand in adjuring the differ
ence tended to brighten the alt nation.
The appearance of the President of
the United 8ttee In the controversy
was suggested by a telegram tent by.
8, J. Konenkamp. Deputy I'reeldcnt of
the Commercial Telegraphers' Union of
America In New York, to Pre'ldent
Small The telegram stated that Konen
kamp had been invited by Labor Com
missioner Nclll to visit him In Wh
Vjiytun to tliwuaa the iltuntion. Presl
Small say that he will welcome
any ollUtal Investigation of the strike.
No new men, it I en Id. were put to
work yesterday either by tin Western
Union or the Postal Company. General
Superintendent L. W. Storror of the
Postal declared that be did not need any
more men, although he admitted that
the foreo was not as large si before the
i"Ve are working a little harder and
putting In overtime besides," he ex
plained, "The volume of our business has
not reached a normal level yet."
; Superintendent Miller, of the West
ern Union, said that' the company had
about 70 men on the Hour of the Oak
land olllce against 00 or 100 before the.
strike. ' vf " '- 1 '
Itoth ollk-lnls declared that their, com
panics wer handling all their' business
without delay. The ttrlkcra scoff at
this statement and declare it is a physi
cal Impossibility foiythe companies to
cope with jtheir wort. ... ,
When asked about the telegraphers'
strike this anorning, tieueral Superin
tendent Storror, of the Postal Telegraph
Company, said that the situation was
Business was not behind and tele
grams were not delayed. The business
community, he said, realized the faot
that the wires were In working order,
if or message were constantly being sent
and received despite assertions to the
contrary. He was not at ail worried by
statement given out by the striker to
the effect that the service was crippled.
' Superlntendnt A. II. May,, of the
Western Union, said that the situation
w clearing Itself. More men were go
ing to work ditUv and business was be
lug handled without any trouble or do-
GARBAGE DRIVERS STRIKE.
New York Eastslde Lit Up By Bo-
Garbage In Streets jf
NEW YORK, Jun 28.-lk -res lit
up many trU of this city last night
especially on the East side, but the occa
sion for them was far from being a fes
tlv one. Tbey , were -fed by household
ers and Janitors from tha mounds of
rwfuse lying in the gutter by reason
of the garlwge wagon drivers strike.
The Smell from the heaps Is percept I
bit rerywhrel IM fortunately ' trwl
weather la cool just at present at ex
cessiv discomfort would bo felt - -
The real reason for the strike it apt
pears Is not that the men want shorter
hours and higher wages, but that they
ara dissatisfied with the euperlnUndency
of deputy Commissioner of Streets Ed
wards. The strikers talk Of calling put
the sh ear driver sod street sweepers
today If their grlevaneea ara not remedi
ed. If this threat Is carried out the
stato of affairs will be rendered much
worse. I The sweepers number about
Today Commls'ioner Craven will put
a number of strike breakers at work
and n effort will be made to clear up
the garbage beeps. Mounted and bicy
cle policemen will follow the cart to
guard the new driver.
YESTERDAY'S BASEBALL SCORES.
At San Francisco Oakland 8, Port
At !os Angeles Los Angeles 8, San
Worth west League.
At Itutto Butte 8, Aberdeen 0.
At Vancouver Vancouver 2, Tacoma
At Spokane Seattle 1, Spokan 0.
Butcher Kills Wife and Commits
WAS TEMPORARILY INSANE
Shot Hi Wife, Seriously Wounded His
Mother-in-Law and Then Blew Out
His Own Braim-Thought Hit Wife
Was Conspiring Against Him.
HAN FRANCISCO, June 2S.-Wllliam
Stula, a butcher, white temporarily in
sana, shot and killed bis wife Louie,
seriously wounded his mother-in-law,
Mrs, ltcchtcl, and then killed hlmelf at
their home on Dolores Street last night.
, According to the story told by Mrs.
Hochtel, Stuts arrived home 1ft a' quar.
it'Uouie mood and at once began . to
abuse his wife; mother-in-law, and-sis-
ter-in-Iaw. The family wa about to
sit down to the dinner table, when SM
in an angry voice, said that he wanted
no dinner, and that he wis looking for
A few minute later Stubs whipped out
a large revolver; from bin pocket and in
formed his wife and mother-in-law that
he was going to kill them.
The women started to run out of the
oom nficr pleading with Stula for mer
cy. He turned a deaf ear to their en
treaties and heading off his wife t the;
door, fired two shots at her. One bullet
took effect In the heart and the other
entered a few jnohe below. Either
wound was fatal.
Mrs. Bcchtcl, who is old and feeble,
an into an adjoining bedroom, Stuls
followed her and when but few 'feet
away took careful aim and fired. The
bullet entered her cheek and plowed its
way1 upward. She fell to the floor and
Stula, believing he had killed her,
walked back to where his wife lay, and
placing the revolver to his head and blew
his brains out.
Stuls was 38 year old, He and his
wife were married alnnit three years
ago. They are said to have lived happi
ly together, when Stuls conceived the
idea that his wife Rnd her mother were
conspiring against him , Frequently he
has had frequent quarrels with them.
Neighbor declnre SUili has shown signs
of insanity. .... . ,
r '.J MIA
Murderer Megorden Ex-
: ; ccutcd at Salem.
DIED WITHOUT A WORD
Wife Murderer Refused to Say
a Word in Parting on '
EXECUTION IN RECORD TIME
Hollver Megordea Expiate On of the
Most Brutal Crime in Oregon'
Criminological History Lift Pro
nounced Extinct In Thirteen Minutes.
SALEM, Or., Jtjne 28.-M.iintaining
Irresponsibility to the lat and without
word to say in parting, Hollver Mc
gorden mounted the .csfluld at the pent
tentlary at 12:20 p. m. today, and out
minute later paid the penalty for the
murder of his wife, Mary Megorden, in
a fit of passion, near Xyftta, MalheUr
county, March 28. 1005. In less than
three minutes from the time the con
demned man had left his cell the trap
had been sprung, the shortest space of
time that has ever been required to
perform the feat, and a few seconds less
than 13 minutes later life was pro-
nounced extinct and the body taken
The crime for which Megorden paid
the penalty upon the sraffotd today,
evidently the climax of a season of
jealousy and of frequent disruptions of
domestic felicity, is regarded a one of
the mot brutal in Oregon criminology
and it aroused such a storm in the com
munity that for a time execution with
out the formality of a trial was feared.
The quaircl which culminated in the
tragedy occurred during the afternoon of
March 28, 1000, with Mrs. Megorden's
failure to provide a warm meal.
One word brought on another until
Megorden struck his wife in the face.
1'he eldest son present, a lad of about
14, Interfered. The father knocked the
boy into the comer of the room with his
ftt and when the boy arose he grasped a
22 -en li lire rifle, which was standing in
the corner, anl advanced toward the
The boy ran out of the house and into
the road closely pursued by th Infur
iated father who fired three shots at
him. At the last report t lie boy plunged
forward under a fence and Into the sage-
bruah, and thinking that be had killed
the boy next turtied his attention fe the
mother who was fleeing with the other
two children in the opposite direction.
With the youngest ehild in her arm
the mother glanced over her shoulder In
time to see the older boy fall, and she,
too, thinking he had been killed, was
so terrified she could make but slow
progress with her burden and was soon
overtaken by the husband. ; , ; )
Aa he osime rushing up with bloodshot
and murderous eyes and the smoking
revolver in his hand she was in the act
of plaoing the child upon the ground
and pleading for her life, and as she ut
tered the words, "For God's sake, Holi
ver, don't kill us," he grasped her by the
shoulder, turned her half round and,
placing the revolver to her left breast,
The mother sank to the ground while
the terrified children threw themselves
upon her, screaming at the top of their
voices. Without a word, so far as l
known, Megorden walked on into Nyssa
and sought a doctor whom he told calm
ly that he "had better go out and see
my wife; I think's she's hurt."
The boy witnessed the whole tragedy
from the distance. When the fnther had
proceeded toward Nya he joined the
other two children with the murdered
mother and then ran back to the bouse
for a wheelbarrow, The little one, not
knowing that thefr mother was dead.
tenderly loaded her into the wheolbar
row and trundled laboriously along the
road with their burden to the first farm
house where the new of their bereave
men was first broken to them.
Megorden made no attempt to escape
but returned to tb house, where be
was srretd later on by th Sheriff.
Megorden s sole defense for bis heinous
crime during the trial and up to the
time of bis execution was that he had
become erased by the blow upon bis
head, dealt by his son, and was not re
sponsible for hi actions. He labored
under the belief that the Governor would
grant him a reprieve or commute his
sentence to life imprisonment.
YOUTH CUT IK TWAI2T.
CTIEHALW, Jun 27.-Earl CastaUr.
17 year of age, son of the eity marshal
of Winlock, was cut in two by a freight
train tht afternoon, the boy dying later.
FRAKCIS MURPHY DYTRG.
LOS ANGELES, June 28,-Frencis
Murphy, the noted temperance lecturer,
is hovering between life and death. His
four ons are expected to arrive to
morrow. Alf TI- CIGARETTE LAW INVALID
pHICAGO, June 28. Judge Chytraus,
today, d eels red the law, passed at the
last legislature prohibiting the sate of
cigarette in Illinois, invalid. He held
that the body of the act did not conform
to title, in that the law was declared an
act to "Regulate" when it fact It was
an act to prohibit
1 COAL FAMINE
Snake River Valley Threatened
NO COAL FOR A MONTH
Not a Pound of Coal Ha Been Snipped
Into Blackfoot For Over a Month
Famine Theatena Grain Crop Situa
tion. BUTTE, June 28. A special to the
Miner from Blackfoot says; A most
serious coal famine is threatening the
entire Snake River Valley. For over a
month there ha not been a pound of
coal shipped Into Blackfoot for commer
cial use. During the winter months the
mine owners ami railroads urged the
storing of coal in the summer and al
thought the' dealers have made exten
sive preparations for the storage of coal,
their orders have been turned down up
on the ground; 1 That la is impossible to
get cars. As all the threshing machines
in the talle are equipped with coal
burners the famine which threatens the
grain crop situation, i So serious that
an appeal may be directed to the Inter
state commerce commission showing the
conditions and asking for immediate
FRISCO GRAFT SITUATION.
Defense Move To Set Aside Certain In
dictments Against Glsss.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 28. At the
clone this evening of the arguments,
lasting throughout four days, the mo
tions setting aside certain of the bribery
indictments against Vice-President Louis
Glass, of the Pacific States Telephone
Company were submitted by Attorneys
Delmss and Coogan for the defense and
Assistant District Attorney Langdon and
his associate for the prosecution. After
the written citation, tomorrow, of fur
ther authorities the same- motions In
behaif of Mayor Schmitx, Abe Ruef and
the indicted officials of the United Rail
ways will likewise be submitted and
Judge Lawler will render his decision
one week later on July 5. '
Defense Again Attacks
Knew That Steunenbery Was to
be Murdered But Said
EXPLOSION WAS AN ACCIDENT
Thonua Wood' Testimony Tended To
Show That the Vindicator Explosion
Was An Accident Rather Than a
BOISE, June 28. The attorney for
Haywood continue to center their efforts
on the discrediting of Orchard and the
establishment of their claim that Or
chard killed Steuuenberg to revenge the
loss of his wterest in the Hercules mine.
Today they directly attacked the Vindi
cator explosion testimony of a witness,
that nude it appear accidental rather
Thomas Wood, a non-unionist, who
entered the Vindicator mine as a tiin
berman after the strike began, swore
that the night before the explosion he
placed a box containing 25 pounds of
giant powder at the shaft of the eighth
level He saw the powder the next
morning shortly after 10 o'clock and a
few minute later Superintendent Mc-Cormit-k
and Foreman Beck came to the
eighth level. They remained but a short
time and left to go to the sixth level,
where they were killd. Woods swore
that when he reached the shaft 20 min
utes later, the powder was gone and it
is a reasonable inference that McCormici:
and Beck took it with them. Wood tes
tified that he had seen a revolver in
Beck's pocket, and that the fragments
of only one revoke were found on the
sixth level, that the bodies of Motor
mick and Beck were blown apart indi
cating that the explosion occurred be'
tween them. Orchard said he fixed a
revolver with a wire attachment ao that
when the safety bar raised it would send
a bulet into the giant powder that he had
placed. One witness for the state has
sworn that he later found a wire at
tached but Wood, who was among, the
first to reach the sixth level after the
explosion said he carefully examined the
bar and found nothing attached to it.
Wood's testimony, clear and forceful in
manner, told a thrilling story of the
climb to safety of the men cut off by
the explosion below "the ' sixth level.
William Easterly who concluded the
testimony this morning' and D. C Cop
ley who was called this afternoon both
swore they heard Orchard tell of the
losg of the Herculeg mine and threaten
to kill Steunenberg for it.
On the cross-examination 'the state
questioned them both and particularly
Easterly, who received two letters, and
one telephone message from Orchard on
the eve of the killing of Steunenberg,
for remaining quiet when they knew a
crime might be committed. Easterly
contended he did not know that Steun
enberg lived at Caldwell and explained
that although he knew "Thomas Ho
gan" was Harry Orchard, he took no
steps immediately after the crime, ex
cept to consult counsel for Federation be
cause he was not an informer, and Cop
ley asserted that he did not take Or
chard seriously when they met in San
Francisco and he told him of the Brad
ley crime. There was a further showing
as to the work of the bloodhound at
the Independence station, which the de
tectfvftg sent first to the house of a
deputy sheriff and then down the road
that Orchard took on his flight to' Den-
rer and oa to Wyoming, and the denial
and redenial from Esterly and Copley
of any form of misconduct oa the part
of tha Western Federation of Miner.
AUTO GARAGE DESTROYED.
SAN JOSE, Cat, June 28. An auto
mobile garage owned by Osen and Hun
ter, located in the heart of the city, wa
completely destroyed by .fire last night.
The loss is estimated at about $65,000.'
ROTHSCHILDS OFFER LOAN. ?
RIO JANEIRO, June 28. The Journal
de Commercio announce that the Roth
schilds have offered $IS,000;000 tho
amount of th loan, guaranteed by Coa
gres to the State of Sao Paulo ht ccm
eection with the coffee valorization
plan. 1 ' . '
REED TO SUCCEED HUSTON.
TACOMA, June 28. Governor Mead
today announced that he would appoint
Representative George T. Reid, Superior
Judge, to succeed Judge Thad Huetoa
who died this week.
CANADIAN PACIFIC WRECK.
WINNIPEG, June 28. A report wa
received here that two Canadian Padfle
express trains met in a eollission to
night near Kenora, Ont., and that tea
were killed. The particular of the
wreck are sot available.
BURGLARS KILL PRINCE.
TRIFLIS, June 28. Robbers entered
the residence of Prince Charvodeze last
night killed the Prirlce and plundered
Episcopal Minister Involved in
Scandals With Women.
HUriCD DM IPC CHDVril i awrc
WllUbn IVUVL tfUHIUkUUIWI.
Ia Thought To Have Poisoned Hia Wife
In Order To Obtain Her Property
' Wife's Body Exhumed Because Of
Her Son's Suspicions.
LONDON, June 28. Walter Swine
burgh Hancock, formerly a clergyman
oi a fashionable Episcopal church in
Chicago, whom his bishop inhibited, on
account of scandals with women, is un
der police surveillance here. He is sus-,
pected of having poisoned his wife who
was the widow of Paul Townsend Jones
of New York, allegations to that effect
having been made in the Kensington
Corners Court at an inquiry row bemg
held. Mrs. Hancock died on March 23
last, the cause of death being certified
as appendicitis. Afterward the body
was exhumed because of the suspicions
of her son. .He testified at the inquest
intimating', that' ha thought Haryeock
poisoned his wife in order to obtain her
property. Other witnesses testified that
Mrs. Hancock had drawn a will giving
everything to her son, but when Bhe
tried to sign the document on her death
bed she collapsed. The inquest was con
tinued until July 11. Meantime Han
cock has been placed under police sur
veillance. Hancock's Chicago troubles
occurred In 1897. He resided In that
city and claimed relationship with Lord
Castlemaine. Hancock is the son of a
stonemason. He went to America in the
early eighties and held several pastor
ates, including St. Johns, Montreal. He
married Mrs. Grace Jones, while visiting
in New York, in 1807.
GOVERNMENT RECEIVED MAJORITY
PARIS, June 28. The government re
ceived majority of 120 on the vote of
confidence in the Chamber of Deputies
DR. POPOFF ASSASSINATED.
ODESSA, June 28. Dr. Popoff, the
medical inspector of the Harbor was as