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NO. 261. VOLUME LXIII.
ASTORIA, OREGON, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1C07
PRICE FIVE CENTS
Baffled They Seek Reason
WILKINS VERY SILENT
Detectives Identify Prisoner as
Ex-Convict Known as
SERVED TIME FOR ASSAULT
Whlls Serving Sentence at San Quentln
WUkiai or Bennett Was Visited by
, Womu Whom bo 8000 Married
Womu Soon Left Him.
th left Mm, Hho then went Eaii and
wa lout trace of. ,
Aoeordlug to the police, Wilkin, or
Bennett, has lived In many tt, In
of which ha hat had trouble with
women. Tim prison records bear out
opinion ttiat the Identlflcalon of the
prisoner a Bennett I correct. ' The de
tail UKr la all particular, except that
Wiiklut now weigh mora than toe
weight given to' Dennett
Another kjIu( considered of Import
ance U the fact that when Bennett waa
arretted ha gar hie occupation aa that
of a marine engineer, aa alto did Wil
kin when he wna taken Into custody.
FIRST I SAIN THROUGH TUNNEL.
NEW YORK, Nov. 27-Tb flrat train
from Now York to Brooklyn through the
tunnel under the East River will be run
today. ' It la not axpeoted that the road
will be 0erated to the public until
January and the train today which will
carry only official and Invited guest,
will bo merely a tt. Only one tube
U completed, and when the road la first
opened to tha publlo a shuttle aervioe
will 1 maintained in this tuba until
the second one I completed.
OAKLAND, Cel., Nov. 87. Aa the
polios probe deeper Into the supposed
murder of hi peudo-wlfe, wboee Iden
tity la etlll a mystery, by M. A. Wilkin.
In their little cottage in Elmburt tba
grewaome tragedy develop feature toal
not even (Jaboreau could bavo dreamed
ot. Every element eurroundlng tba f
tliat baa few parmllela In tba erlml
ne that ha fw parallel in Che crimi
nal annaia of California.
, Depit the persistent sweating of the
prisoner, but oue atktemeut bearing on
the death of the woman ha been wrung
from him, and that la that ah took, her
own life by swallowing atrychntne.
He doe not offer to explain how or
why a towel waa tied around the wom
an' mouth or why; her conys waa
luricd In quicklime; neither doea tha
man whom the police look upon a an
troli fiend explain why he started to dig
the bote which later became the woman'
grave, before aha died.
In the performance of thi task the
authorities aay that Wilkin displayed,
unprecedented cold bloodednea. That
be should have plotted the woman'
death and prepared for the covering up
of hi crime aa he did waa fiendish
enough, but to compel hi prospectv
victim to ait in digging her own grave
la considered almost beyond belief.
The motive for the murder, If milder
waa done, 1 another baffling feature.
Wilkin could not have gaiwd financial
ly by the woman' death, a he was
worse oil by her demise than if she
were alive, a Is shown by hi attempt
to have Mr. I. M. Anderson, a neighbor,
pose a his wife before a notary public
for the purpose of having a power 01
attorney recorded in order that he might
all tha cottage In which he and the dead
One plausible theory U that he wa
tired of the woman and decided to set
rid of her before he would be called
upon to atsuwe an added burden in
tha upport of the child that would
have come in October had the woman
BAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 27.-M. A.
WBlklns, accused of murder at Oakland,
waa today Identified by Detective Ser
geant Gibson aa J. C. Bennett, formerly
a convict in the state print at Sun
On February 18, 1800, Bennett, who
then resided at la McAllister street, in
thi city, attacked hi wife with a razor
and nearly killed her. He was tried and
convicted Of assault with intent to 00m
mlt murder and acntenced to two years'
Imprisonment in the penitentiary. Soon
after he waa sent to prison his wife
disappeared and the polio have no rec
ords of her whereabouts,
' While at San Quentln serving hi sen
tence Bennett was visited by a woman
who gave tha name of Lena Jackson, to
whom he waa married aoon after hi re
icaeo, They had not lived together for
more than five months, however, when
SELL WHITE'S EFFECTS.
NEW YORK,' Nov. 87.-plrited bid
ing marked the day' sale of objects of
art and the curio which belonged to tie
lata SUndford White. A damaacu Car
pet, 12 feet long by ten wide, brought
the highest price of the day, being bid
in by Kdoa Bradley for $4100. Mi.
Elsie De Wolf, who recently left tba
stage to take up Interior decorating, was
a large purchaser at tba sale as waa
David Warfleld, the actor. The total
rewipta were $43,008.
CHINESE GOING HOKE.
VANCOUVER, B. C, Nov. 27.-The
It, M. 8. Empress of India wbMi aalMl
at 10 o'clock thi morning for the Orient
U carrying nearly 000 Chinese back to
engage In the new year a celebration in
the OWtlal Empire. Of these 460 are
from Vancouver and about 100 from Vic
toria art resident of Canada which es
tablished a new record for Chinese from
Canadian point on any one steamer.
Rooming House Burns and Many
. are Injured.
SEVEN BODIES FROM RUINS
Explosion of Natural Gaa Result in
Holocaust In House Where aooo Rail
road Mem Were Asleep Many of the
Inmate Fatally Burned.
Witnesses Tell of Rational
BROWN DENIED CHILD
stenographer tertifled be had often told
Mr. Bradley a falsehood In order to
quiet her and to avert trouble for the
Senator or himself. Judge Stafford stop
ped the trial today long enough to dis
miss from the court room' a couple who
had with them a 11-year-old girl. The
testimony today and every day has
been sometime unfit for a child to
hear. It was expected the testimony
would be all In today but at tha last
minute the district attorney subpoenaed
several additional witnesses.
Admitted However He Was Fath
er of Mrs. Bradley's Two
MRS. BROWN FOUGHT WOMAN
Sonsational Testimony of Eye Witnea
to Stormy Scene at Pocatello Hotel
Testimony Will b Conducted on Fri
day to Which Day Court Adjourned.
WASHINGTON, D C Nov. 27.
Throughout the day testimony was
offered in the trial of Mrs. Bradley that
waa moat damaging to the defendant.
Many witnesses who talked with her
after the shooting and other who at'
tended her while in jail here testified
that not at any time had they any
doubt a to her sanity and declared
their belief that her conduct was
actional and that her language wa
coherent. Several witnesse woh talked
with her in Salt Lake City prior to
ttie shooting have evidence similar to
offer. The dramatic .feature of the day
waa the description by Sorva Christen-
sen of Salt Lake City of the encounter
between Mrs. Bradley and Mrs. Brown
in a hotel at Pocatello in the aumnier
of 1000. On that occasion Mrs. Brown
discovered Mrs. Bradley in the hotel
with Senator Brown and attacked her
ami attempted to choke her and asked
to be allowed to kill her. The crie of
Mrs. Bradley brought the .Senator to the
rescue and then the whole party, in
eluding the witness had an all night
discussion of tha difficulty, during which
Brown, turning fiercely upon hi wife,
denied he wa the lather of her son,
Mux, and at the same time admitted he
wa the father of Mrs Bradley's two
children. An outburst of denunciation
by Mre Brown, of her husband and Mrs.
Bradley, followed, after5 which the Sena
tor and the tlofemlui.t went into another
hotel where they called for drinks.
Archibald Livingston, the Senator's
SEVEN JTJSORS IN BOX.
Examination of Talesmen' Proceeding
BOISE. Nov. 27.-Aftr the first day'
examination of talesmen in tha Petti-
bone case seven men are in the jury box
having answered questions aa to their
qualification satisfactory to tha state.
Much better progress than wa expected
wa made. The regular venire of men
expired before adjournment thi after
noon and 70 or 100 will report tomorrow
when the work of securing a jury will
be continued. Judge Wood said he would
not let the latitude of examination of
witnesses be permitted as in the Hay
wood cee. He also announced that
longer session would be held in order
to conclude the trial aa quickly aa possible.
TAMMANY NOT FOR BRYAN
NEW YORK, Nov. 27.-harles F.
Murphy, leader of Tammany Hall, to
day declared that James J. Hagan had
no authority to pledge Tammany'
support to Bryan for the Democratic
presidential nomination at Washington
but night. He added: "Hagan (poke
for Hasan, not for Tammany Hall." He
said that if Bryan waa the Democratic
nomine Tammany would aupport him.
But waa not pledging aupport of any
candhlaje et the present time.
DONT WANT LABORERS.
WUSU1NGTON. D. C, Nov. 27. Ac
cording to a message received from Chief
Engineer B. Goethela of the Panama
Coniiiasion today there is no room for
additional laborer on the Isthmus, He
states that unemployed men without
funds are a source of embarrassment.
Because of the recent curtailment In the
industries in thi country applications
for work on the Isthmua are being re
celved at the rate of several hundred
Grand Jury Will Hear
MISS KERFOOT TO TALK
Will Obey Summons to Appear
and Tell of Bellows
HURRYING TO DEFEND SON
KANSAS CITY, Nov. 28.-Flre caused
by an explosion of natural go in a
rooming house here occupied by 2000
railroad laborer thi morning resulted
In the death and fatal Injury to many of
the inmates. Seven bodies burned be
vonl recognition have been taken from
the ruin. One man was fatally burned
and another fatally injured from jump
ing from a aeoond ttory window.
WOULD EXCLUDE CHRIST, ? "
Board Of Education Say Law Prohibit
NEW YORK, Nov. 27. AHiat promh
e to be a strenuous aession of the Board
of "Education will oocur when that body
holds Its regular meeting late this after'
noon. More than 60 minister have de
dared their intention to attend the
meeting for the purpose of protesting
against the recent ordor of the board
barring all sectarian songs from the
schools and decreeing that the word
Christ shall be excluded, even from the
Christmas exercise. The board claims
that its order only carries out the pos
itive instructions of the law, but the op
ponent of the order deny this and
threaten to take the matter into the
courts unless the ' board rescind its
' NO JAPANESE EXCLUSION.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 27.-H is
improbable any legislation looking to
exclusion of the Japanese will receive
the approval of the executive until an
opportunity bu been given to test the
efficiency of the new regulation of the
Japanese government, but the state de
partment of Japan is acting in perfect
harmony with the wishes of this govern
r lj3" ' ? as fprm
Uncle Sam 'Here, you! Put that money in circulation and quit hoarding It
up so. ,
Klcintchmidt Cheered by Thought That
His Father Will Spend Fortune to
Clear Him of Charge of Murdering
Frank Bellows Prisoner Not WelL
OAKLAND, CaL, Nov. 27. A sub
poena commanding Msa Blanche Kerfoot,
of Sutter Greek Mill, to attend the
session of the grand jury which will be
held in the court house in Oakland Mon
day, which il expected to result in the
indictment of Harry G. Kleinschmidt for
murder, waa issued by District Attorney
Browjr today. Subpoena for 37 other
witnesses were also issued today for the
grand jury each being expected to sup
ply some link in the chain of circum
stantial evidence against Kleinschmidt
The accused student is showing the ef
feet of hia imprisonment in the county
jail and of tha seriousness of his situa
tion. Ha had been listless and even
despondent since yesterday. He is said
to be suffering from nervous dyspepsia.
Wien the Berkeley polka first in
formed young Kleinschmidt of the bus
picions that they had against him and
finally placed him under surveillance, it
waa decided to keep the news away from
the head of the family, who had exten
sive mining interests, hut when a formal
charge was placed against the young
man a wire was hurriedly sent to Helena
and Kleinschmidt replied that he would
close his business affairs as quickly as
possible and come to Berkeley.
According to the friends of the Klein
sebmidts, the elder Kleinschmidt is very
wealthy, and will use his entire fortune
if need be to clear hi son.
This morning there were numerous
callers at the Kleinschmidt home, and
they all volunteered any aid they might
be able to afford. Miss Hazel Hotchkiss,
who. live across the street from the
Kleinschmidts, was among the callera.
She has been mentioned as a possible
witness in the case on account of her
intimate acquaintance with the family.
Thus far the members of the Klein
schmidt family have been refusing to
see anyone except their personal friends.
Even tradesmen are refused admission.
With acquaintances they freely discuss
the case, but in all instances they have
stoutly denied any possible evidence of
young Kleinschmidt's guilt.
WOULD KILL THIELE.
Ten-Year-Old Boy Sing and Earn Way
NEW! YORK, Nov. 27-(Although lost
In New York, George Herman Alridgs,
ten year old, demonstrated last night
to tba police that he wa well able to
take care of himself. The boy left De
troit a week ago to visit an aunt living
here, he said. He had lot the address
and when be waa picked up by the po
lice, was turned over to the children'
society. ,When he left Detroit, he said,
be bad 93, a statement which came a a
surprise to the police who had found
170 1 his- pocket , The boy explained
that he had sung is choir in Detroit,
and that he sang for people between
Detroit and New York, and had received
the money for his music
And to satisfy the police that hi
story was true he sang for them, after
informing the officers that he would ex
pect to be paid for it. ' '
"The Holy City," came first and then
The Palms" and then a number of se
cular songs, until the boy, whom the
pol say possesses a wonderful voice,
was In the possession of all the officer
Late last night the police said they
had received word from Detroit that
George Herman AWdge's father had
started from Detroit to take his boy
: ' .
Reported Attempt to Assassinate Pinker
SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 87. It is re
ported here today that an attempt was
made last night to assassinate 8. C
Thiele, assistant superintendent of the
Pinkerton detective sgency in this city
at his room in the Auditorium building.
A man had been in waiting for Thiele
for some time. A suspicious looking
character was seen with a gun watching
the rooms of Thiele for a long time last
night When a call was sent to the
police and officers appeared on the street,
the man vanished. Thiele was promi
nent to the investigation of the Steun
CHICAGO, Nov. 27. Interstate Com
merce Commissioner E. E. Clark sharply
rebuked diliatory tactics of shippers
making complaints against railroads yes
terday during the hearing on freight
rates rates to the South Mississippi
The occasion of Mr. Clark's remarks
waa furnished when a number of com
plainants in the case before him failed to
"The time will come when tha Com
mission will not tolerate such indiffer-'
ence," said Mr. Clark. "We ire con
tinually confronted with just "such a
situation. Hundreds of cases have been
filed which , the Commission has only
wasted its time on and as the complain
ants have failed to ,produoe evidence.
Only a few, weeks ago we had a cast
in which there was apparently a lack 4
any effort to prepare for it la this
present case some of the witnesses were
not ready to testify at Kansas City and
it is now the same way here."
Miss Root Becomes Bride of
COMPANY IS DISTINGUISHED
Bride is Daughter of Secretary of State
and Groom is Grandson of General U.
S. Grant One of the Notable Wed
dings of ,th Capital
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27. One of the
most notable and brilliant weddings that
the national capital has seen in a long
time took place this afternoon, when
Mjs3 Edith Root, daughter of Secre
tary of State and Mrs. Root, became the
bride of Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant,
third, engineer corps, U. S. A., son of
Major-General Frederick D. Grant, U.
S. A, and grandson of General U. S.
Grant. The ceremony was performed at
the Root family residence in Rhode Isl
and avenue in the presence of a dis
tinguished company, which included th
President and Mrs. Roosevelt memhirl
of the cabinet justices of the supreme
court, senators and representatives and
members of the foreign diplomatic corps.
Among the family guests were General
and Sirs. Frederick D. Grant, Mrs. Nel
lie Grant Sartories and Mr. Potter Pal
The drawing room in which the cere
mony was performed, was profusely
adorned with white asailias, bride rosea
and white lilacs, with masses of delicate
ferns and the choicest of tropical greens
arranged in the corners and window re
cesses. The officiating clergyman was the
Rev. Herbert Chipman of the Church of
the Heavenly Rest of New York.