The morning Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1899-1930, September 24, 1908, Image 1

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    33rd YEAR. NO. 222
Declares Haskells Unfit
ness for Trust
Roosevelt Says Haskells Con
nections With Standard Oil
are Court Record
"Democrat Hai Indeed Advocated
More Radical Measures Than he
Hat, But the Prime Fault la, They
Won't Work," Say President.
Roosevelt tonight following a
prolonged conference with members
of the cabinet prepared and gave out
h) reply to Colonel Bryan relative to
W. R. Hearst'i charge that Gover
nor Haskell, treasurer of the demo
cratic campaign committee had rep
resented the Standard ! Oil interest!
both in Ohio and Oklahoma. Bryan
demanded proof of the charges,
promising in event, that their substan
tiation Haskell will be eliminated
from the campaign. The president
spent almost the entire day in getting
the letter into shape. ; A rough draft
was prepared this morning and sub
mitted to Secretary Carficld and
Postmaster-General' Meyer. At 3
o'clock this afternoon all members of
the cabinet now in the city met with
the president for conference on the
subject which lasted until after 5
o'clock. Two more hours were re
' quired to make certain changes be
fore Secretary Loeb gave It to the
press. Deeming the reply too lolig to
be sent by wire, it was forwarded by
mail to the democratic candidate at
Lincoln, Xcb. .
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23. -In
brief, the president says he will ig
norc so much of the charge as is
dealt with Haskell's relations while in
Ohio with the Standard Oil Company,
in spite, of its significance. After
.stating that Haskell was made chair
man of the platform committee at
Denver at Bryan's request and helped
to draft the platform on which Bryan
stands and later Haskell was also
made treasurer of the national com
mittee at Bryan's request, Roosevelt
says hi Oklahoma, Haskell's relations
with the oil company is a matter of
court record. The president states
Creditors Employ Auditors to Investigate Well
Known Cereal Company Accounts
CHICAGO, Sept. 23. - Auditors
employed by creditors " today began
an examination of the books and ac
counts of the Battle Creek Breakfast
Food Company, a corporate name of
wht is commonly called the "Egg-O-Sec"
Cereal Company. Assistant
General Manager Wallace of the com
pany stated that the creditor came in
at a request of the company, He
explained that since both the failure
of the banks have been scrutinizing
loans, and the company deemed it ad
visable for their creditors to- know
ID 111
the case of the Prairie Oil Company
which is shown by the disclosure of
the Standard Oil Company in the
Missouri case, is owned by the Na
tional Transit Company which in
turn is owned by the Standard Oil
Company, where the attorney-general
of Oklahoma obtained an Injunction
against the Prairie Company for
building a pipe line in Oklahoma
while Maided! was at the Denver con
vention this summer. On bis return
to Oklahoma, Haskell petition for a
dissolution of the injunction on the
grounds that the acting governor and
attorney-general had no authority to
secure it in his absence and that the
action by Judge Lawlcr's court was
an "Encroachment by judiciary."
Roosevelt asks Bryan to contrast
his. (Bryan's) actions regarding
Haskell with Taft's In the Foraker
matter. The president says with much
(Continued on page 8.)
As the Burkhart Cue b Exactly the
Same as That of Ross, District At
torney Thinks it May be Waste of
Time to Try It First
PORTLAND, Sept. -23.-T. T.
Burkhart, indicted with other mem
bers of the inner circle which wreck
ed the Title Guarantee & Trust Bank,
may not be brought to trial for two
years by District Attorney George J.
Cameron. According to the plan
which the District Attorney's office is
said to be pursuing, Burkhart's case
will not be taken up until after the
appeal of J. Thorburn Ross has been
acted on by the supreme court. '
Mr. Ross, who was president of the
defunct bank, and was indicted, found
guilty, fined and sentenced to the
penitentiary, has taken art Appeal. His
attorney, Wallace McCaitiarit Is pre
paring a brief for the appeal, and
this may consume many months. This
brief will then have to be answered
by District Attorney Cameron, and
these two briefs will consume at least
a year, and possibly 18 months.
The Burkhart case, it is contended,
involves the same legal points as the
Ross case and there is no disposition
on the part of the prosecution to
just what condition the company was
in. Ho says the assets of the com
pany are a million and a quarter and
their liabilities will not exceed half a
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23,-Com-munication
between shore and the
vessels of Admiral Sperry's fleet when
they reach Manila will be governed
entirely by cholera' situation. If k
is believed that serious danger of com
municating exists shore leave for the
men will be prohibited.
Structure Oyer Susquehanna
' River Collapses
HAVRE DE RACE, Md., Sept. 23.
Through the collapsing of a span of
nearly 600 feet of the Baltimore &
Ohio Railroad bridge over the Sus
quehanna River at this point this
morning, 12 loaded, coal cart of a
northbound train were carried down
and the span was totally demolished.
William WiUon of Havre de Grace, s
watchman, went down with the
wreckage and received injurjes which
may prove fatal, There were no oth
er casualties. There are reports cur
rent that the bridge was tampered
with and that dynamite had been
concealed in different parts of the
structure during the last few weeks.
Baltimore & Ohio officials are on the
scene making investigations.
place Burkhart on trial uirtil the Su
preme Court has determined the
points involved, which are to be set
forth mi the respective briefs of Me
Camant and Cameron, on the appeal.
The Supreme Court is behind in its
work, and decisions of the import
ance of the Ross case are not rushed.
All thes matters will occupy consid
erable time, and should the Supreme
Court decide in favof of the prosecu
tion Burkhart will be tried. Should
Ross win on his appeal "the District
Attorney may consider it unneces
sary and i waste of time to try
Burkhart on the same grounds on
which Ross was tried. . '
Officer of Wrecked Bark Charges Them With Rank
Cowardice For Cutting Loose From Ship
Captain Wagner Oeclares That if Tug Captains Had Done Their
Duty No One Would Have Been Lost Was in
Ten Fathoms of Water
SEATTLE, Sept. 23 A cable from.
Wrangle, Alaska, says: I
Captain Wagner, of the bark Sfaf
of Bengal, which . was ' wre'eke'd ' o'ff
Coronation Island- With" a loss of ttO
lives, was unconscious for an hour
after he was rescued'. He charges the
captains of the tugs Kyak and Hat tie
Gage, who cut loose from' him.- with
rank cowardice. Unable to speak
above a whisper, - Captain Wagner I
wrote the following:
"When the tugs cut the towline
we were lying in 10 fathoms of water,
and for four hours hoped for help
from the tugs. We burned blue lights,
but the tugs would not come in. Had
they done so, every man aboard could
have been saved.
v, "I will send both tug captains to
San Qucntin, if possible, for their
"My soundings gave 17 fathoms of
water when I dropped anchor and
10 fathoms when the anchor line paid
out. ; The wind did not blow hard
until 8 o'clock, and the waterway
not too rough to come alongside." ;'
The survivors of the wreck number
27. The ship broke in three pieces,
and is a complete loss. ..
The United States cable steamer
Burnside has rctmied from the scene
of the wreck of the bark Star of Ben
gal, Captain Stamford, cabling the
fnllowinc messaere last nialit from
Wrangell to the local United States
Original Water Wagon Entered
With Elephant and Donkey
CHICAGO, Sept. 23,-The Prohi
bition camel has been entered in the
national race against the republican
elephant and the democratic donkey.
In a number of states the law re
quires that each party have an official
emblem printed on the ballot, that no
voter may mistake his ticket.
Alonzo E. Wil-on, state chairman
of the Prohibition party, announced
today that the FrohibitionUts have
decided to adopt the camel As their
mascot, replacing the emblem of the
fountain and rising sun, which form
erly indicated the Prohibition column.
Among the reasons advanced by
Mr. Wilson for the selection are-that
the camel is the" original "water
wagon"; that it can discern a fresh
supply of water farther than any oth
er quadruped; that it can travel faster
than the elephant or donkey, and that
it is under no necessity of getting a
hump on itself, being already sup
plied with the article.
NEW YORK, Sept. 23 -Assistant
Secretary , of the Navy Truman H.
Newberry has just visited the New
York Navy Yard and discussed with
the commandant the work of com
pleting the big drydock there. The or
iginal contractor for this work: en
countered such serious quicksand
conditions that he suspended opera
tions. "" ' . .. ' '' ' . "".
Signal Corps office: '
"On arrival off scene of wreck
found tugboat that had remained in
the vicinity had rescued the survivors,
27 in all; 110 drowned, which includ
ed nine white men, and remainder,
it is understood, were Chinese. Ves
sel is a total loss."
Captain Farrar of the Hattie Gage,
one of the tugs, said:
."We. could see we were making
let-way and drifting toward Corona
tion island. The tug Kayak was light
and could do nothing. The Hattie
Giige could not handle the ship alone.
At 4 o'clock the ship drifted into a
narrow bight and we could see land
on both sides' abreast. We sounded
and . found eight fathoms and could
see by the' phosphorus dark rocks
that wereall around. We cut the
towline and steamer out into open
water, but could not see anything in
the driving rain except one blue light
burning on the ship. The storm in
creased and the tugs steamer to Ship
ley Bay, 26 miles away. The cable
ship Burnside, ' which . left for the
wreck at midnight Monday and re
turned at 6 o'clock today, said the
ship was a total loss, the ends of the
mosts only showing above water.
One hundred and ten were drowned,
27 saved. Nine of the drowned were
. . . .
buried on the beach. The survivors
were brought in on the Hattie Gage."
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 23. -To
President Roosevelt will be left the
decision whether the Washington
monument is to be ucd as a wireless
station for the purpose of conducting
experiments ' with ships at sea and
possibly across the Atlantic ocean.
A request asking permission for
Hiuch use has been before the authori
ties for some time. Vigorous oppo
sition to the proposition manifested
itself in the press and otherwise on
the ground that to put the great mon
olith to such practical every day pur
poses would be an act of desecration
and for the additional reason that the
wires at the top would disfigure it.
Men Are Thrown in Every Direction
When Trollies Collide, Both Cars
Are a Total Wreclr-Many Others
Slightly Injured." . , r
was responsible today for a head-on
collision between two cars on 'the
Southerwestern Traction Company's
line between this city and Chester, in
which about SO passengers were in
jured, several probably fatally.
A car leaving Philadelphia with'
workmen employed by the Baldwin
Locomotive Company at its out-of-town
plant, and known as the "Bald
win Tripper," was speding along the;
single jrack with 72 men on board
i-f. suddenly, a car coming from
Chesier loomed UHlH the fni; BeT
brakes could be applied there was art
- -T ' -vo'
awtiu crasn. aien were nuriea in
every direction and both cars were
wrecked. Among the most seriously
t 4 r ait
hurt were:
Edward Smith, leg cut off and
shock, may die.
William Mullen, ribs crushed in,
may die.
Philip Itanagan, George Frey, W.
R. Porter and M. ScoVitch, all hurt
internally .
In addition, a sH:ore or more are in
various hospitals with broken limbs
and other injuries. Most of them are
suffering from slight cuts. i
(Continued on page 8)
Samuel S. Young Meets Strange Death in Umatilla
Street Saloon, Proprietor Sees Crime
PORTLAND, Sept. 23-Policeman
Samuel S. Young was murdered at
10:30 o'clock tonight in the saloon of
W. S. Wood, at East Nineteenth
street and Umatilla avenue. The pro
prietor of the resort was the only
other occupant when the crime was
committed. According to Wood s
story, the murderer entered the place
Ihrough the rear door. ' He wore a
white mask, over his face. As the
doqf opened, Wood says, he went to-
see who was there and was confront
ed' by a' masted man, who brushed
Little River and Luffen
holtz Destroyed
Large Lumber Company Looses
Miles of Track and Many
Flames Start in Camp of Vance
Lumber Company , and Spread
Very Rapidly in Teeth of Gale No
Death Reported, '
EUREKA, Cal., Sept. 23. With
strong wind fanning it to increased
fury the forest fire which broke out
this afternoon in the camp of the
Vance Lumber Company has already
spread to the Little River and from
there has gotten into heavy timber
east of there. The lumber plant of
Kellstrom Company, valued at $60,
1000", was totally destroyed by fire, as
were all the houses in the settlement.
Kellstrom and the crew of plant,
however, escaped with their lives to
Trinidad. The fire has swept over
the Hammond Lumber Comoanv's
road, destroying several miles of
track and several trestles. Hammond
j Company has crews .fighting the fire
but it is gaining on them steadily,
urged by a 50-mile gale. Last reports
from the scene state that the immense
plant of the Little River Redwood
Lumber Company is threatened as
the flames are within two miles of
the mill and running toward them
fast. The plant is valued at a million
dollars, with its large lumber re-
serves. The people from Lnff?n9H?
arrivin at Trinidad, having left
I .i. -- . t-
all but their clothes behind" them id-
be destroyed, by the flames which
are close upon the town. Vast
stretch. of timber from Little River
and Luffenholtz 1o Trinidad is being
swept over and timber valued at
hundreds of thousands of dollars is
being destroyed. Tonight the fire
fighters of the Hammond Company
say they do not expect to check the
flames and unless the wind dies down ..
the whole section of country is
doomed. The fire is the worst in
the history of the county. The Ham
mond Company's passenger train ar
rived at Samoa tonight with refugees
(Continued on page 8.)
Wood aside and stepping quickly to
ward Patrolman Young, who was
also approaching the door, said
"Come on for this time, I have got
The masked man was carrying a
revolver in his hand and raising it
leveled it at the officer. When, at
close range, he fired. At the first
shot Young turned round and the
murderer fired two other shots. One
of these three struck the unfortunate
policeman in the brain, killing him