The morning Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1899-1930, March 30, 1909, Image 1

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16th YEAR. NO. 77.
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Four Desperate "Cons" Attempt
to Saw Out From the Salem
Thm Conspirator Safely Locked
In Their Cells Branton, the Lead
er, Once Threatened the Governor's
SALEM. Or, March 29. By aw
ing their way through the ban of
window od the basement floor of the
building, four convict made a bold
attempt to escape from the peniten
tiary ihortty after S o'clock this
morning. The prison official knew
of the scheme, however, and with five
armed guards awaiting their exit the
convicti were held up at the point of
as many gun as they made the bolt,
and with hands held high in the air
atl four of them were ordered bick
Into the prison through the same hole
from which they had emerged.
John Branton, the alleged leader
leader and principal organizer of the
outbreak, lies dead In the prison
morgue, having committed suicide by
cutting his throat with a butcher
knife taken from the prison butcher
shop. His three colleagues are lock
ed in thei rcelli and will be pun
ished according to the rules of the
Institution In such cases.
Branton, the dead convict, was
serving a 10-year sentence for asssult
with intent to kill, having been com
mitted from Lane County, June 26
1905. He was considered a desperate
man, and has been kept under close
surveillance by the prison guards
and officials for some month. It' was
he who wrote the anonymous letter
to Dr. Charles Chsmberlain, son of
United States Senator Chamberlain,
then Governor, which was signed
"Comity on Justice," and threatened
both Governor Chamberlain and his
son Charles with the same fate that
was meted out to Governor Steunen
berg, of Idaho, and former Sheriff
Harvey Brown, of Union county, un
less Branton was granted a pardon
by February 20, 1908. Thil letter
was published in fac simile by the
newspapers on February 1, 1908, and
its authorship was traced to Branton
through identification of the hand
writing as that of Branton' oldest
daughter, Blanche, who addressed
the envelope, and who later confessed
to the Governor and the prison
Branton was serving time in the
penitentiary for attempting to kill a
man in Lane county early In 1905 in
order to secure his life insurance,
which had been taken out in favor
of Branton. Branton left his victim
for dead, but the latter recovered and
Branton's arrest and conviction followed.
The issues connected with the long-drawn-out
trial of Fatrick Calhoun,
claimed the attention and energies
of three legal tribunals, scores of at
torneys, an indeterminate flying
squadron of detectives, newspaper
men and photographers, today.
Interest first centered in the police
courts, where nine defendants, all of
whom are alleged to have worked
openly, or secretly, in the Interest
of the United Railroads, appeared for
arraignment on charges of having
abstracted, or received, papers from
the ofiice of the District Attorney.
There was a hearing later, upon an
injunction issued by Superior Judge
ator Flint of California has introduc
ed a resolution directing the Secre
tary of War to establish a Jine of
steamers along the Pacific coast sim
ilar to that on the Atlantic coast, the
two to be connected through the Pa
nama Railroad. He would have the
steamers carry both freight and pas
sengers and would require them to
make regular calls at Seattle, Taeoma,
San Francisco, San Pedro and San
Diego. The bill provides for the pur
chase of ten steamers at the average
price of $1,000,000 each. Representa
tive MacLachlan of California has
introduced i quite similar measure In
the House.
number of bills affecting the bank
ruptcy law, have been introduced In
both houses of Congress. One by
Representative Clayton of Alabama,
provides for the repeat of the entire
bankruptcy law of 1898 and also of
all subsequent amendments. Sena
tors Nelson and Brandegee have bills
for the material amendment of the
LONDON, March 29.-A dispatch
to the Standard from Horta says that
when the Hamburg arrived it was
, learned that an attempt bad been
made on board to attack Mr. Roose
velt, but that It was frustrated and
his would-be assailant was placed in
NEW YORK. March 29.-Giueppi
Tosti, a steerage passenger on the
Hamburg ii the man who threatened
ex-President Roosevelt' life, accord
ing to a special, from Horta, to the
World. The incident occurred soon
after the Hamburg left America.
Then Tosti broke from his com
panion in the steerage and started
for the upper deck where Roosevelt
and his son were standing,
"He has let them take away my
child," he it taid to have ihouted, in
English. "Now he shall pay for it."
The sailor quickly mastered Tosti
and carried him below, where he was
placed in irons. The incident it it
said, was known only to Roosevelt
and a few passengers. Tosti, after
his imprisonment, refused for four
days to seat, crying "Roosevelt is try
ing to poison me."
CHICAGO. March 29,-John A.
Bunnell, president of the board of
trade announces that Bucketshops
will be considered at the directors
meeting tomorrow. In case bucket
shoping is found rife along LaSalle
Street, steps may be taken to lay the
i evidence before the states attorney.
"We are watching the situation all
the time," says Mr. Bunnell."In view
.of newspaper agitation it appears to
I me to be only proper that we should
'consider the! matter."
Frank J. Murasky and just before the
actual Ural was postponed for the
day, the 12th seat in the jury box was
filled, subject to peremptory chal
lenge. Proceedings in police court were
postponed until Wednesday. Further
interest was added, tonight, when it
became to be known that Judge Law
ler, who is presiding over the Cal
houn trial, had issued an order citing
an unnamed defendant to appear be
fore him tomorrow and show cause
why he should not be punished for
contempt. , The man is said to be a
saloonkeeper, who is charged with
having approached some of the
At the Approach of the Military
Alleged to be Headed for
Number of Prominent Tribesmen
Arrested Yesterday and Worit of
the Trouble Is Probably Now All
29. Chitti Harjos (Crazy Snake) was
surrounded at midnight in the north
Canadian Bottoms, near Pierce.
Three hundred militiamen, cowboys
and deputy sheriffs were closing in
upon him ,and his capture at day
break is expected.
29. A detachment of Crazjr Snake's
band of belligerent Indians were sur
rounded by deputies this afternoon
near Crazy Snake's home and a battle
ensued. One Indian wat killed and
eight captured. The rest fled, with the
deputies In pursuit There were about
15 Indians in the band, which had
taken refuge in the house. The depu
ties had tracked them for some dist
ance and were informed by a farmer,
of their location. Advancing on four
sides, the posses made for the house,
and the Indians rushed out and scat
tered among the trees and made a
valiant defense. The posse all the
while advanced and soon routed the
band. None of the captured are ser
iously injured. Besides these, it is
known that a number of Indians were
hit by bullets.
Crazy Snake's band had, apparent
ly, broken up into numerous small
groups. It seemed at nightfall that
each war trying to accomplish his
own escape, without any regard to
the grand dreams of their chieftain.
All effort at organized resistance
seemed to have been dropped with
the setting of the sun.
The militiamen scattered in bands,
and invaded the hilly and wooded
section of the Creek Nation and by 7
o'clock tonight had captured eight of
Crazy Snake's band. It is reported
that a posse of farmers near Chico
tah, fought a large band of renegades
and killed 20. This, and similar re
ports, cannot be confirmed. Scores
of cowboys and frontiersmen, who
know the country, have joined the
militia and they declare if Crazy
Snake is in the country, 'he will be
run down before morning. The militia
has been unable to find any one who
has seen Crazy Snake since Saturday
KANSAS CITY, March 29 A talk
with Henryetta, the nearest telegragh
point to the scene of the Indian up
rising, brought the information that
up to late this afternoon no news had
been received there of any fresh en
counter between the state militia and
the band under Crazy Snake. The
troops are still believed to be pushing
after the Indians, but it is not be
lieved that any action has taken place
since early Sunday.
Henry Scott, a sub-chief of the
Snake band, and three other Indians,
all charged with aiding and abetting
the recent disturbances, were arrest
ed today four miles southwest of
Hickory Grounds. It is believed this
will have the effect of hastening a
surrender on the part of the bands.
MUSKOGEE, Okla., March' 29.
Up to noon today there has be,en no
encounter between the state militia,
marching upon Crazy Snake and his
band of Creek Indian and negro allies
according to the best information
available here, and the troops were
still pursuing the reds. It is reported
that Crazy Snake, fearing arrest, had
made his escape, deserting his fol
lowers, and is now on his way to
Washington to intercede with the
great father.
One hundred Creek Indians, half
breeds and negroes, under personal
command of Chief Crazy Snake, kept
up their march on the warpath early
today, but were failing utterly to
spread abroad the terror among the
people at large that like events in
earlier day caused. i Rather, they are
retreating before five companies of
determined Oklahoma militiamen' in
an effort to reach a stronghold in the
Tiger Mountains before making a
final stand against the troops.
The militiamen ordered yesterday
by Governor Haskell as a result of
the uprising that came after a clash
at the home of Crazy Snake, in
which Marshal Baum, and Deputy
Sheriff Odom were killed, camped for
the night at Hickory Hills, the camp
which had been hastily evacuated by
Crazy Snake at their approach. At
break of day they moved forward to
give battle to the redskins. Mean
while, the chief, through the agency
of his sleepiest scouts, had been
watching every move, and he led hit
forces away, apparently not daring,
or at least not caring, to fight the
white foes in the open.
The militiamen at this juncture
pushed forward at double quick time.
The Indians were 10 miles away from
them, but they were determined they
should not be allowed to choose the
battleground and thus gain an ad
vantage. The troops outnumbered the
Indians three to one, and the officer
knew that could the opposing forces
meet in the open there could be only
one outcome the Indians would have
to surrender or be killed. Once the
"redskins gained the shelter of the
Uiills, though, the result would not be
so sure.
At the rate of progress they were
making, the troops were in a fair way
to overhaul the Indians shortly after
noon and force them to fight under
conditions unfavorable to the army of
Crazy Snake.
SEATTLE. March 29.-Mrs. Gun-
jiro Aoki by her marriage renounced
all rights as a native-born American
woman when she stood before the al
tar of Trinity Episcopal Church. The
laws of the United States provide
that when an American woman mar
ries a foreigner she becomes a sub
ject of the governing power to which
the husband owes allegience. In this
case Helen Aoki becomes a subject
of the Emperor of Japan.
Rev. H. H. Gowen, of Trinity Epis
copal Church, has been severely criti
cised for uniting the couple. He says
he opposes Japanese, but with the
consent of the girl's parents and a li
cense to wed he considered it has
duty to perform the ceremony.
Augustus Armstrong, the attorney,
who sued Archdeacon John Emery
for $4i999.99 for fees in connection
with the marriage, this morning with
drew his suit. He announced that if
he was not paid he would bring a
similar action against Emery in the
home county of the archdeacon.
OAKLAND, March .-Archdea
con Emery, who for almost a decade
has presided over the missionary field
of this jurisdiction, has resigned. His
formal resignation, together with a
letter eplainingx his reasons for de
siring to sever his connection with
the diocese of California, has been
placed in the hands of Bishop Nich
ols, who has, however, not yet seen
fit to act upon it or to make the let
ter public.
The notoriety coming at this time
through the marriage of his daughter,
Helen Gladys Emery, to Gunjiro
Aoki,"has been a source of great
worry to the clergyman, and because
of the interest and criticism it has
excited throughout the state, he
thought it best to resign.
The resignation, however, is in a
sense a mere formality, and Bishop
Nicholas may not see fit to accept it
In the event that he desires his pres-
Mrs. Mary Farmer Dies In the
Electric Chair for Revolt
ing Crime
Killed Another. Woman at Browns
ville, New York, One Year Ago
Function Carried Out Without Any
AUBURN, N .Y., March 29.-Mur-muring
a prayer for her tout Mrs.
Mary Farmer was quietly led to the
electric chair in Auburn prison short
ly after 6 o'clock this morning and
executed for the murder of Mrs.
Sarah Brennan at Brownsville last
April . p-i!fJ3
The execution of Mrs. Farmer, the
second infliction of the death penalty
on a woman by electrocution in this
state, was effected without sensation
al incidents. Five women, two of
whom were prison attendants, were
witnesses. Father Hickey, spiritual
adviser of the condemned woman, fol
lowing the execution, gave out a
statement signed by Mrs. Fanner, in
which she declared that her husband.
James Farmer, was entirely innocent
and knew nothing of the crime until
it had been committed.
Led by Father Hickey, and with
Mrs. Dunigan and Mrs. oGrman, who
have attended her constantly since
she was brought to Auburn prison,
Mrs. Firmer walked unfalteringly to
the death chair, her eyes half closed
and clasping a crucifix in her hands.
As she was being strapped in the
chair. Father Hickey stood at her
side and offered prayers for the dy
ing. Dr. John Gerin, the prison physi
cian, said that the woman was dead
after the first shock, but as there was
still a tremor of muscles reacting,
two succeeding contacts were given.
State Electrician Davis said that 1840
volts and 71 ampheres was the
strength of the current that passed
through the woman's body.
Hoping she might save her hus
band from the fate that befell her,
Mrs. Mary Farmer, convicted of the
killing of Sarah Brennan, last April,
in Brownsville, left a confession,
made public after her execution by
electricity in Auburn prison, early to
day. In this she declared her hus
band, James Farmer, now under sen
tence of death, was not guilty of the
crime and knew of it until after it
had been committed. Three contacts
were given Mrs. Farmer before she
was officially pronounced dead- The
woman walked quietly to the death
chair and died with a prayer on her
ent archdeacon to continue his work
in the diocese, it is thought that Dr.
Emery will agree to remain.
NEW YORK. March 29. Officers
of the Anchor Line steamer Cale
donia, which arrived yesterday from
Glasgow, report sighting the record
iceberg of the season. According to
Captain Baxter the berg was fully
Mi tect above the water. It was
sighted on last Thursday.
NEW YORK. March 29.-A stork
visited a northbound Ninth Avenue
elevated train yesterday and Mrs.
Lena Josephs is the mother of a fine
baby boy. When the news spread
through the cars that a wee visitor
was about to arrive, an official of the
intcrborough Rapid Transit Company
who chanced to be abroad, had the
train emptied and shunted to the
middle track where it was converted
into a temporary hospital. An am
bulance was summoned and mother
and child were taken away.
NEW YORK,March 29.-Two
small girls who were standing be
neath the Brooklyn Bridge near the
East River late yesterday, narrowly
escaped injury when a large body
came hurtling through the air and
struck the sidewalk almost at their
feet They screamed and when a
crowd collected it wat teen that the
body was not that of a man or a wo
man, but a big St Bernard dog which
had jumped from the bridge to its
CHICAGO. MaTch 29.-His love.
making repulsed by Mrs. Concote
Scahda, Frank CasiIIa opened fire on
the woman and her protesting hus
band, slightly iniurina- the husband
and probably fatally wounding the
wife last night
PORTLAND. March 29.-Three
hundred acres of land, covered by
sloughs and being filed at the site of
the Union Meat Company's packing
plant on the peninsula, are claimed
by the state, and suit was filed in the
Circuit Court this morning by Attorney-General
Crawford against the
Union Meat Company, Kenwood
Land Company and others to have
the state declared the owner of the
There are three lakes, in which the
water is so shallow as to be unnavi-
gable. The Union Meat Company,
having bought the land, claims to
own the lakes to the center of the
stream. The state says the meat
company's claim stops at the water's
edge, and that the state by reason of
its sovereignty owns the bed of the
It is admitted that it is a close
question whether th8 state or the
packing company owns the land.
The company asked the State Land
Board to make a deed to the lakes,
so there would be no question as to
their title- The land board was not
sure that the state does not own the
beds of the lakes, and the suit was
brought this morning by the Attorney-General
to test the question.
The Union Meat Company and the
Kenwood .Land Company own the
land all around the lakes, and the
plans for the stockyards include the
filling of the lakes so as to make it
all solid ground. The value of the
lake beds is problematical. The suits
are in the nature of suits to quiet
title, and the value of the property is
not alleged. Attorney-General Craw
ford said this morning (hat the lakes
and sloughs cover about 300 acres.
Cal., March 29. The body of Gover
nor Cosgrove, of Washington, who
died in this city early on Sunday
morning, was sent to Olympia today
on the 5:10 train. The body had been
embalmed and a beautiful mahogany
casket provided. Howard G. Cos
grove, son of the dead Governor,
wired that arrangements are being
made for a state funeral at Olympia.
Mrs. Cosgrove left on the funeral
train, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs.
J. G. Anderson.
Governor Cosgrove's death came so
suddenly he had no opportunity to
say good-bye even to Mrs. Cosgrove,
thought the latter has kept constantly
near him for months. Fear that the
disease would suddenly cause his
death through heart affection has
long been felt. It has also been known
for three weeks that he was growing
worse instead of better, although the
last public statement given out by
in n
President Taft Opposed to All
Schedules That Advance Cost
of Food Stuffs
Senator Hale Seeks to Confine Work
of Extra Session to the Tariff
and Census Bills and Executive
WASHINGTON, D. C March 29.
President Taft talked tariff today
with Senator Hale, .Representatives
Dalzell and Hinshaw, and John Bar
rett director of the Bureau of Amer
ican Republic.
It'is said that the President is let
ting it be understood that he strong
ly favors a reduction of the tariff on
all necessities of life- The Payne bill
has repeatedly been attacked in the
House debates as imposing too heavy
a burden upon the poor, and favorinar
the richer classes- The impression
created by such talk is not pleating
to the administration. Taft it known
to be strongly opposed to the pro
posed tax on tea which is expected to
yield about $8fl00,00a The President
believes that the sum could be made
up by an excise tax on corporations
or by some method of stamp taxation.
He is said, also, to believe that the
House Ways and Means Committee
must not insist on counterveiling the
duty proposed on coffee. .
In the Senate, today, Su'.itor Hale.
chairman of the FjhiL' aa caucus,
introduced a resolution to confine th
business of the extra session to the
consideration of the tariff bill and the
bill providing for the 13th census; ,
but afterward amended it so as to f
permit the introduction of bills and
transaction of executive business.
The resolution went over until Thurs
day. Elkins criticized the disturbance
of the Republican's membership of
the finance committee, declaring that
while New England had three mem
bers on the committee, the South had
been denied representation.
The tariff question was attain dis
cussed today. Not one of many
speakers favored the Payne bill en
tirely, while the Democrats found
much in it to criticize. The maximum
and minimum features of the propos
ed measure were especially obnoxious
to them. The Republicans urged
higher duties on lumber, iron, not
ary and zinc ore, as well as the duty
on coal.
Dr. F. W. Sawyer, medical director
of Paso Robles Hot Springs Hotel,
was favorable. Two days ago he
grew so weak he could leave his room
no more. Mrs. Cosgrove was called
at midnight Saturday, but retired
again. Death came at 3:30. after a
period of intense suffering.
OLYMPIA, March 29.-The suc
cession of Lieutenant-Governor Hay
to the Governorship of Washington,
is not altogether a settled matter.
Former Lieutenant-Governor Coone
has attacked Hay's qualifications to
the office in the Supreme Court on
the ground that he had violated the
advertising restrictions of the prim
ary law, in securing his nomination
on the Republican ticket. The case
was decided in Hay's favor by one
majority in the Supreme Court. An
appeal is now pending and has been
since the former hearing. The Su
preme Court will act on the petition
for a rehearing. -