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VOI,.! II- NO. 162.
PORTLAND, O REG ON, MONDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 15. 1902.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Bloodhounds on Trails
10,000 Attend ? Roose-veirsReceptionv
Three Hundred Deputy Sheriffs
Guard the Beautifully Pec- "
OTSTEE BAT, - Sept; 15.-Preldent
Roosevelt's great publlo reception la at
tended by 10,000 people thla afternoon. It
commenced at J o'clock and laata until
C Four lands are on the lawn, and tie
ground and avenue, are decorated with
flag. The rope alsleway-s are thronged
with people, many of whom,.addres the
President as "Teddy," having known him
since tjoyhood. Mrs. Roosevelt ' 11 assist
ing In her usual gracious manner'.' As
the visitors cross the porch they are
given a glass of lemonade with instruc
tions to keep the glass, which Is In
scribed "Souvenir." Three hundred Dep
uty Sheriffs are guarding the Presidential
grounds, assisted by a number of secret
The Booth-Kelly Co Gets
the Central Oregon
Central Oregon men In the city are
deeply concerned at the continuation of
reports of the Booth-Kelley land grant
deal, confirmed by Major Kinney of the
Great Central, and other sources, espec
ially San Francisco.
This land is the Oregon Central Military
Road land grant, which goes tht-ugh the
Southern belt of the state, in a slgsagglng
line from Eugene to the state line. It
crosses Klamath County and that reser
vation, goes east by Lakevlew, and In a
winding direction thence to the eastern
boundary of Oregon, In the Jordan Val
ley. It Includes all the odd sections on
each side of such line, a width of several
miles, and Involves one of the most gi
gantic land grants that the Pacific North
west has ever known.
The deal has been on for some time,
options having been taken from the own
ers, Frisco people, by the Booth-Kelley
Company, who have now. It is Bald on
authority, completed the payments and
closed the deal. Immense areas of fine
land are contained In the grant, and con
siderable bodies of timber .
WALL STREET BUSY
Financiers and Promoters Are Re
turning From Their Vacations. -
NEW YORK. Sept. 15. With the return
of the great financiers from abroad, and
the wealthy operators from their summer
vacations. Wall Street has taken on an
air of intense activity and bustle.
The massive features of J. Pierpont
Morgan can be seen at the windows of his
spacious- offices at Wall and Broad
streets, absorbed in his multitudinous af
fairs. A visit to the offices of James R.
Keene soon tells one of the presence of
tha mastermind by the snap that attends
everything. The familiar figure of James
Hill in the financial center was sufficient
in Itself this past week to send Northern
Securities soaring and on the street are
met numerotis men whose names are by
Lower Yukon Navigation
Closing Rampart .
TACOMA, Sept. 15. Dawson dispatches
say that the lower Yukon steamers are
now making their last ' trips and that
navigation will close next week,
ter, N. H.. commuted suicide at Ram-'l
part City.' on receiving) a letter stating
that his brother" had gone insane, leaving
.' his aged parents destitute. 4 He leaves a
widow "in Manchester, to whom the pro
seeds of his property are being sent. v
Clark County, Washington, Suffers Heavily--Two Deaths at Bridal
" VeilHorrors of Battle With Fire Fiend Graphically Described,
..r ; i :
Many Women and Children Perish Miserably Among Seas of Flame- Cowlitz County, Washing
ton, Still In .Grasp of Destroyer, and Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars of Timber are
Going Up in SmokePortland is Taking Means to Help the Victims
Some Timely Suggestions on; the Subject By Prominent People.
THE DEATH LIST.
DAVE WALLACE, WIFE AND TWO
CHILDREN, MRS. GRAVES, AND A 12
YEAR OLP BOY NAMED HENLEY, OF
CEDAR LAKE. ,
ORRY REED, WIFE AND FOUR
CHILDREN, OF CHELATCH I E
THREE WOMEN, TWO MEN AND
FIVE CHILDREN NEAR TROUT LAKE
MRS. AUGUST MEYERS, FIFTH
TWO MILLHAND3 NEAR BRIDAL
CHARLES M'KEAN, WIFE AND
THREE CHILDREN NEAR LACENTER.
BADLY BURNED FRED BURLIN
GAME, OF YACOLT PRAIRIE.
MISSING MAIL CARRIER NEW
HOUSE AND A MAN NAMED GRAN
NIS. JERRY GILES, OF WOODLAND,
CHARLES WHITINGTON AND WM.
FRAZER, SUPPOSED TO BE LOST ON
. The enormity of the devastation of the
tidal wave of flame, which Is sweeping
over the Northwest, Is being slowly
brought to the realization of the public.
So long as the loss was figured on a finan
cial basis, only those directly affected
were Interested, but since the death list
Is growing to large proportions, the sym
pathies of the populace have been aroused
and In many of the stricken districts, re
lief parties are out scouring the country
for victims of the calamity. The bodies
recovered number betweeo twenty-five
and thirty. Hundreds are known to be
missing, and the list of homeless and des
titute will number In the thousands. The
means of earning a livelihood has been
taken from a vast army through the de
struction of the many saw mills and log
ging camps upon which they were de
pendent. The results In a commercial
way will be far-reaching, and stagnation
will effect every line of Industry In the
two states which are In any way attend
ant upon the lumber Interests. The loss
In money will In various ways amount to
millions of dollars. i
FIRES ARE FIERCELY RAGING
in many localities which were considered
safe. In the vicinity of Portland the
danger Is over unless a strong wind
should arise. The flames have run their
course, leaving but little oembuetible ma
terial In tne.r wake. The people of the
outlying towns have taken every precau
tion for the protection of life and prop
erty, and from the lookout nothing seri
ous is anticipated. The settlers In tho
dense forests about the foot of Mount St.
Helens are having a hard fight. Every
avenue of escape Is cut iff for some of
them, and It Is expected that many will
perish in the seething furnace. The heat
there is Intense. The air Is filled with
falling brands and the volume of smoke
Is dense to suffocation. Up the Sandy
Vajley much loss Is being done to the
farmers and tie camps. Along the South
ern Pacific Railroad from Albany to Red
ding, Cal., a distance, of 400 miles, the
country Is a mass of flames. Thousands
of cords of wood belonging to the com
pany have, been destroyed.
HELP FOR THE
Churches Take the Lead in the
. Prompt and 'effective measures are be
ing taken for the relief of the destitute
sufferers. The sad situation has appeal
ed strongly to the generosity of the peo
ple, ahd rverythlng. Is being done to ex
tend wholtsome assistance to the home
less and needy. The cKurches' have taken
the Initiatory steps lnthe organisation
SlTIS-?wnfBItfeeFdsecure and distribute
whatever) la donated toward the comfort
of the unfortunate victims. "
: r . SHIELDS ON DECK. "
' Edward Shields has come to the front
and will during the week give a perform
ance lor the bene at of the sufferers. He
will give the entire receipts of the even
ing for this purpose. This arrangement
will Make available! a tidy sum. The
citizens will turn but In great numbers to
attend the show for sweet charity's sake.
BOARD OF TRADE READY.
Secretary Moore anounees that the
Board of Trade stands ready to lend i
helping hand to all sufferers from the
forest flreB, In the way of procuring; em
ployment for them and raising money for
Was asked this morning if it was In his
power, or that of the Council, io do any
thing in relief of the fire sufferers.
"No, I am sorry to say," he replied.
"If I had any power to act, yon would
ha,ve heard from mo before now. The
Council cannot appropriate a cent for
such purposes, and it remains for the
citizens of 'Portland to dip ijffwn Into
their pockets and grant relief."
"If It had not been for the churches
taking- the matter up, I should have ap
ponlted a committee to canvass the city
for money and provisions, but I will now
leave the matter hi their hands. I think,
however, that they have made a- mis
lake in not appointing a soliciting Com
mittee Instead of asking citizens to come
to a designated place and leave their con
tribution. "They are overlooking many a substan
tial contribution. "People don't want to
be bothered running around to contri
bute, but If they were seen by a com
mittee they would cheerfully give their
share. I hope to see the church people
act on this suggestion."
More Than Twenty Have Perished
and Scores Are Missing.
(Journal Special Service.)
VANCOUVER, Sept. 15 The forest fires
that have been raging In Clarke County
for the past auk have abated somewhat
and no further 'damage Is feared, unless
Weather conditions change. The most dis
tressing losses have .been those suffered
In the vicinity of Fifth Plain, Yacolt
Prairie and along the north fork of the
Lewis River between Tumtum Mountain
and Etna. Hundreds of people are destl.
tute, utterly without -food.- clothing or
money, and Immediate ind generous
HELP MUST BE SENT
in order to save the lives rescued from
the devouring flames. For a distance of
40 miles the whole couritry presents an
aspect of utter desolation. All Thursday,
Friday and Saturday the fires raged
fiercely, driven by a terrific wind that
moved In a circular motion-similar to a
cyclone, destroying everything In Its
path. Many families saved their lives by
plunging Into near-by streams. Great dif
ficulty was experienced by the settlers in
FLEEING FROM THE FLAMES.
They would flee from one fire, only to,
encounter another, which would nearly
cut off their escapes
Fred Burllhgame. who lives on Yacolt
Prairie, was brought to town yesterday,
badly burned, and taken, to St Joseph's
Hospital. He atates that everything In
that section of the country Is burned.
Among those who lost everything are:
Wm. Shoemaker, Leon Gardner, J. W.
McCtitcheon, J. C. Monts, Peter Vascer,
Sam Hammond and Mr. Llpp.
ON LEWIS RIVER
five large logging camps and the homes
of 50 settlers have been destroyed. Dave
Wallace and wife and two children, Mrs.
Graves and Henley's 12-year-old boy, of
Cedar Creek, have perinhed In the flames,
and several campers are missing. W. A.
McArthur, who made the trip from Che
latchie Prairie, a distance of 35 miles, on
his bicycle, In four hours, brings the re
port of the death of Ory Reed, wife and
four children and the finding of tbe re
mains of three women, two men and five
children, names unknown, seven miles
from Trout Lake. He also reports that
Mr. Grannls and Mall Carrier Newhotise
aremialng. The remains -of the mall
carrier's horse were found. George,
Charlie, Lloyd and Emmet Scott and. J.
R. Fuller ran race with death for 12
miles and barely escaped by plunging into
a river. Barry Guiles, of Woodland,
Charles 'Wlttlngham and Wm. Frasler, of
Spelia, are knowo to be on Great Moun-
tain, and it Is feared they have suc
cumbed to the flames. Among those
AT CHELATCH IE PRAIRIE
are Arthur Bosarth, Beets, Skylor, Han
ley, Lawler, and part of Stow Bros."
property. The Tumtum schooihouse was
burned, and 50,000,000 feet of fine timber
destroyed In, that locality. The fire at
present is burning on three sides, and if
the wind should changa It would destroy
thousands of acres of valuable timber
At Shanghai ten families were com
pletely burned out, and Leadhetter's saw
mill Is reported to have been destroyed.
Brown's logging camp at Vvashougal,
and all the buildings of the Last Chance
and Skamania copper mines, northeast of
Washougal, owned by Lund and Mont
gomery, were entirely destroyed. Mr.
Wyatt. superintendent of the, Last
Chance; John Thomas, foreman; W. Viv
ian, engineer, and Whitford Riley. Hall,
Courtney and EdV Strickland, with their
families, had a hard
RACE FOR THEIR LIVES,
passing through fire at several" places.
The fire was so fierce In one neighbor
hood that a number of families, unable
RELIEF FOR FIRE SUFFERERS-
Scores of persons have lost everything
they possessed, tu drsat fires havlnfr de
stroyed their prcperty, homes, crops,
barns, fences, and, In some Instances,
their clothing. Many of the sufferers
were not financially able to sustain such
losses, and It Is Incumbent upon the peo
ple who live here to see that Immediate
needs are provided for promptly.
Some general plan should be formed at
once, to organize the work that has been
commendably begun by the local churches.
The Journal urges that this be done, and
offers to forward the matter In every way
within its power.
There Is no time to loose. There are
people iwho actually , lack the means of
sustenance, and whose condition appeals
powerfully to the sympathies of all who
have anything to contribute.
to make their escape by way of the roads,
plunged into the creeks and lay there a
greater portion of Frftay night in order
to save their lives.
A PITIFUL CASE
Is that of August Meyers, an old soldier.
Who" lost his wife and all his earthly pos
sessions, with the exception of one horse,
at Fifth Plain, last Friday. A week ago
he was comfortably fixed, today he was
trying to sell his horse for money enough
to take him to the Soldiers' Home. Con
ditions are believed to be much worse
than are yet reported, in the burned dis
tricts remote from telepnone and tele
graphic! communications, and the actual
results will probably not be known for
several days. F. Powell, of Hocklnson,
la In town, and reports that 20 families,
besides himself and brother, Wm. Powell,
were burned out In that place.
Hundreds Have Lost All Before the
Fierce Blast of Flames.
(Journal Special Service.)
OREGON CITY, Sept. 15. "It was hell
turned loose on earth. 1 have been
through terrible prairie fires but they
could mot be compared with the terrible
conflagration which has just passed over
the Sprlnfcwater country." Such were the
words of Rev. Hatch, of Springwater,
when seen just after he had reached town
Saturday. No less than 40 families are
homeless and are now camping over the
spots where their houses stood or are
crowded together In the few remaining
houses and barns. Many have no cloth
ins except what ,heyI" durjng their
escape and' the food supply Is about ex
hausted. Unless they are helped imme
diately much suffering Is bound to follow
for the colder weather Is likely to set in
any day. . ';,
KEBEKAH LODGE. NO,' 2. U O. O. P.,
has appo.r.ted.the following as a coraralt-
I tee to solicit aid for the sufferers: l'res-
j !dent, Mrs. Thos. F. Ryan, Mrs. Waldron,
j Miss RoWun. Miss l.uetiker, and F. Shan-
I Rev. Mr. BoHlnsje'r. of the Congregitlon-
j al church, also called upon his congela
tion for donations. Money, , clothing.
shoes, hats, bedding, tableware, kitchen
utensils, In fact everyihlnng used In a
home is needed. Persons having anything
which tney can give will leave it with
any of the above named lailies or gen
tlemen and It will be forwarded to those
in need. The town was canvassed toduv
but if they missed you lake your offering
to or notify any member of the commit
H. K. Cross whose fine plnce was burn
ed, returned yesterday morning to gather
what stuf he could spare from h!s Ulad-
tone home. Intending to return today.
He estimates that the area around
Springwaler burned over is eafily 15
miles In length by three or four miles In
width and says that not a farmer escaped
without some loss.' When he left, the big
tree trunks had commenced falling, this
a iding new terror as they could be heard
for long distances sounding as though
immensa guns were being fired. To some
of the panic-stricken ones the effect was
awful. "The-.Clarkumas gorge," said Mr.
Cross, "ac ted as a monster chimney which
carried tiie flames along with tremendous
energy, Jumping hills, creeks and cleared
places with a bound."
A. I,.' Carey, "accopipirhled! by J. K. Love
lace, came to town Saturday afternoon,
FRST ACCURATE ACCOUNTS
of the tire and the list of those who suf
fered. He could not remember all of the
names but the following list Is correct,
for, although he lost his place, he worked
hard for maney of them 'trying to save
Those losing everything are: , Willis,
. (iabel, F. Bush. Mrs. Red, Ed Miller.
Geo. Cunningham. . Coin. Mrs. Albright.
Blanch Tucker, William Smith, T. Strite,
W. Snyder. Bill Hard. John Stormer, Har
vey E. Cross, Sam Warnpck, . Shlbley,
Sr., Phil Shannon, Raleigh place, Brln
denstine, A. Hablet. Geo. Kellar, Myers
.4 Soil, . Lyman. A. L. Carey and the
A. L. Lacey lotrt two houses, a barn
nnd a store: Ir. Wallens, a barn; . Kan
ble, one house; . Kellar, a house! Frank
Millard, a house; William Tucker, a
barn: Ed Clagstener, everything but his
house; John Reed saved only his furni
ture: Chas. Bard ljst all but his house;
. Cunnott saved only his granery: Mace
Warnack lost all but his house; William
I.twelyn lost all but a barn; . Ridgeway
saved his houae: .. Guttrldge, one barn
lost; B. GuttrHIge lost a barn and grain -e!"y;
the churehi parsonage and barn were
burned; Col. Howell lost all but his
house; Doc Howell lost a threshing ma
chine: B. Kandel lost everything but his
gralnery on one place but saved second
Besides houses, barns and fences, many
cattle, hogs and sheep and much machin
ery was destroyed. It Is Impossible to es
timate the loss of timber as yet, but
thousands of acres are known to have
The men who were working on the new
electric plant, belonging to the O. W. P.
& R. Uompany. had a
At one time they were entirely surround
ed by fire with the sparks falling like
snow in a snowstorm, but as there was a
sood waier supply and several men for
each building, everything was saved ex
cept the bunk tent and tool house. The
men Were compelled to throw water on
e oh other to save their clothing snd life.
A watch belonging to Russ Wilcox, one,
of the nun who lived in the tent, was
melted out of shape. At one time It seem
ed that all must die like rats for Wilcox
r.aid that every building had from one to
three or four small blar.es on It and it
was thought that all must go but after
this crisis was passed the heat became
less severe. r
This morning the fires over the county
are dylnr down and will probably do no
further damage as the weather la decided
ly cooler and Indications are pointing to
ward rain or cloudy weather.
" WHOLE FAMILY DEAD.
LA CENTER, Sept 15. The bodies of
Charles McKean; his wife ana ttsnm
children, along with McKeans father-in-law,
named 8mlth. were found)- between,
here and Am boy burned' to a crsp.
WIFE AND .CHILDREN PERISH
"YA?CofavER. Sept. . 5. A Portland
man named Smith went to his farm
! north of town this morning, and found
his wife and two children In the cellar
burned to death. He came to town and
: reported the affair and the- Coroner has
j Rone to the scene .to brtng In the dead.
Rain Fell This Morning at Astoria
Pall of Smcke Has Lifted.
ASTORIA, Sept. 15.-Ruln here this
morning marks the beginning of the end
of the forest fires.
THE DETAILS. .
ASTORIA. Sept. 15- Reports received
In this city from neighboring points inui
cate that ail danger frpm forest fires has
paased, and' that there will be no more
damage to property unless the wind
should suddenly switch around to the
east or southeast and fan the dying em
bers Into flame. Yesterday the sun shone
brightly and the sky was clear, for the
lirst time in three duys. A westerly
wind prevailed. ,aed ..the , smoke banks
were blown away.
The heavy veil of smoke had complete
ly blocked shipping, but fortunately there
were few vessels ready for sea. The big
liner Indrapura had been at tho mouth
of the river, awaiting an opportunity to
put to sea as soon as the smoke lifted,
and the lumber laden schooner transit
was awaiting a similar change to get
under way. Both vessels crossed out
While it Is Impossible to give any ex
act figures, It Is believed between 7000
10.000 ACRES OF TIMBER.
Land have been burned over in the Low
er Columbia district. Twenty or thirty
buildings have been destroyed, and one
mill and loging camp wiped out. The
total loss will perhaps reach from $160,
to liiSO.miO. The heaviest loss to property
was at Skamockaway, where the Wil
lamette Pulp and Paper Company lost
Its mill and logging camp. At Long
Beach fires raged for a time and
threatened to wipe out everything from
that town to Ilwaco. However, when the
wind shifted the danger was averted,
and late reports say little damage has
been done there.
As' near as can be learned all the fires
in this section are under control. From
Clatskanle to the coast small fires
burned for three days, but did not get
a good start before the wind changed.
It Is said a school house has been des
troyed near Svenson, entailing a loss f
J1500. but no other buildings were burn
ed there. The fires south of the city
have died out.
Fires Raging Along the
(Journal Special Service.)
TACOMA, Sept 15. The forest fires are
declining excepting for' an Immense Are
raging along the Coweman River in Cow
litz .County. The fires in the loged-off
districts have nearly run their course,
and the southwest wlnd&drlves the smoke
fall northward. The danger has general
ly passed, but there are no signs yet
of. rain. v Manager Long, of the Weyr
hauser Timber Company, owning; $10,000,
000 worth of timber In this state, left. thl
morntng for Kelso. The Jogging road
there has been destroyed, and the camps
abandoned. . - ' ' . - . " " -
J5ettle'rs are scaping' by taking refuge
In tho waters of the Coweman, and a sea
of lira is. snapping everything .befoMjtt.
Manager. Long- may djad-tortarTack
flreslJait-sr-ilTaldeavor o succor tha
people who ra. threatened by the flames,
sparing neither effort nor money to make
tha Isolated settlers secure. ,
. . .' immense! losses, t -
V. Tha ' losses from the forest fires are
Lestlmated at J300.000 In Clarke County and
(Continued '3n Beffon.l Pa'uo-
THE FIENDISH CRIMES
Committed in Nebraska Foot
Murderers to Be Ron Down , 1
and Punished. -
LNCOLN, Neb., Sept 15. Bloodhounds
are being used by four man-hunting srf.
peditlons which have been organized for
the purpose of capturing fugitives -who
have committed serlaus criemt.
Among those who are wanted are a
man named Nelgenftetd, who is charged
by the authorities of Pelrce County with
murdering his wife and Albert Breyer.
The crime was a most brutal one and it
the man is caught it is doubtful if ho
will escape hanging. '
Fred Korns, the murderer of the Sher
of Mona County, a., who has-been In
various parts of this state forcing farm-
era to supply htm with food, clothing and
horses, and who seems to be trylns; to .
emulate the example of Harry Tracy, l
another object of the - pursuer- and is"
supposed to be hiding In Burt County, -Neb.
Another of the fleeing criminals Is ta
unknown man who committed a fiendish
assault on a young girl in Stanton Coun
ty. The case is one of the most brutal
that has been committed in that county
for years and if the culprit should bo
fould and taken back to the scene of his
crime, he will most likely receive his
punishment at tbe hands of the enraged
citizens of that vicinity. ' "
Another man on whose trail the blood
hounds have been placed is an unknown,
tramp, who, a few days ago, etnered and .
robbed the house of Mrs. Ruth FornelL
In Pawnee County, this state. After
thoroughly ransacking the house, and
not content with robbing the woman, ha
attacked and most brutally assaulted
her. U he nhe had accomplished his pur
pose he murdered the Woman and then
set fire to her clothing-. -
The dogBarebelngusenthe c h a e 1 d ep
The ,dogs tha are being used are all
good ones, and there is no dougt buC
what they will run down the fugitives.
(Journal Special Service.)
BARCELONA, Spain. Sept' 15. -Th
situation here Is becoming most alarm
ing and the strike Instituted by the doc
laborers Is becoming worse every hour. -Anarchists
are constantly agitating tha -strikers
and It Is feared that' a terrible
outbreak will occur at any moment In
which case the situation Will be most
appalling, as the members of the striker)
are composed of the lowest types' of hu- -v
manlty, who, led on by the Anarchists, .
would not hesitate to murder or commit
anv Kinu or crime in oruer id luriuer tutrii-
1 I j . , . A .1 ,1,A
ends. The, government has' forwarded
more troops to the scene and will do all
in its power to prevent rioting.
One Man Killed and
Others Wounded in a .
Fight at OmaET
OMAHA. Sept 15. TJntoaFaclno strllt
ers set upon Earl Caldwell, a machinist
from Chicago, early yesterday 'morning;
and gave him a severe beating, from tha
effects . of which h died a few boura
later. A companion of Caldwell, named
Bell," was also seriously injured In, tha
struggle. The two men were attacked as
they wera returning from tha Union Pa
rtita shops, where they bad been employ
ed.' - '- ''-'J.
John SpeUman.. one of the men arrest
ed, acknowledged last night that it was
be who knockeL-lJdwH-w-7Wa
asthls blow that . was probably ton
Principal cause of bis death, ---".- i ' r
- STEAfgR "FOUNDERED.
1 COLOMBO-VETLON, Sept- J.Th .
British steamer Nlthsdale was founder-!
near the Island of Carfaf today. t!.e cn re
tain and 13 men, of the crew are bsU- vr
to H4tV vn iriwvil. A '