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PORTLAND, OKEGON,1 WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 31. 1902.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
VOL. I. NO. 254.
DESPERATE CRIMINALS PLOT TO KILL SHERIFF THAT
COMRADES MIGHT MAKE FROM PRISON
The Murderers Expected a Woman to
Assist Them to Make Their Way
From County Jail.
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But for the clever work of Detectives
Kerrigan and Snow this afternoon would
have witnessed one of the most desper
ate attempts at a Jail delivery that was
ever seen In Portland. A. L. Beldlng and
tieorge Smith, wife murderers, had con
cocted a scheme whereby with the as
sistance of a woman who was Infatu
ated with the llrsf named murderer to
overpower and if necessary kill Jailer
Jackson of the county Jail, obtain pos
session of his keys and escape to the
timber, there to emulate the deeds of
the notorious Tracy. -
For some' time past a woman named
Cora has been permitted to visit
ltelilinir In lilu cell and it was bv
her means that the escape was tb be
consummated. The plot In brief .VsJ
this: '""Friends' ! of the prisoners on the
outside were Jo furnish Cora with a pack
age of Cayenne pepper and two black
jacks, which were 'to be. concealed within
her corset; as Jailer Jackson opened the
door to admit her to the cell, she was
to throw the popper in his eyes, the
black-jacks were to be passed to Holding.
who. with one blow, would clear the way
to liberty. Taking- the keys of the cells,
ho was then to liberate Smith, the two
were to escape through the scaffold in
the Jatlyard and at Fifth and Madison
were to have met a man who would give
them packs of provisions and a supply
of arms and ammunition, after which
a break for the mountains was to be
made, and every effort made to cross the
JHrltlsh line into British ColumMa, where
the criminals fondly hoped safety lay.
By a piece of clever work. Detectives
Pnow and Kerrigan became aware of the;
plot and Immediately no-fined Sheriff
Storey. It was then arranged that noth
ing was to be done till the woman at
tempted to smuggle the weapons Into the
Jail, when the other cor." lrators, wjo.
all to be gathered in. Believing that the
Interests of Justice woind be furthered
by thts course, The Journal, which had
for days been In possession of the Infor
mation, delayed its publication.
TRUSTY'S DUPLICITY. "
It was Beldmg's letter that let the se
cret out. The letter was written last
Wednesday In the death cell by Beldlng,
and was carried from the Jail by a. trusty
- known as "Spider " This young man
Is a dope fiend, and was released from
the Jail on that day. Tie agreed to aid
fielding in his desperate scheme to tho
extent of carrying the letter to the roan
who was to have furnished the. money
-56 which was to be used in purchasing
the arms, ammunition and provisions for
the esoaps from Jail and subsequent flight
of the murderers in their dash for lib
erty. The letter was delivered to the
right rarty. but instead of going right
to work making .the purchases, he got
drunk, thus delaying the plans of Beld
lng and 8mlth. Then he went away to
Seattle, where he remained for some
BROTHERS IN CRIME.
Both being murderers, Beldlng and
Smith have been occupying adjoining
cells In Corridor No. 1, technically known
s condemned cells. Through the long.
Bloomy hours, as they sat on their
benches, or paced restlessly back and
forth In their cages, they had ever with
in their breasts that unquenchable long
ing for liberty.
Beldlng ' already bad three murders to
bis credit, and his black brother had
one. Both were wife murderers, but Beld
lng;, In his fit of revenge and rage, wiped
out not only the life of his wife, but
also the life of nil mother-in-law, Mrs.
Jjunuel 'McCroskey, and Frank Wood
Ward, more familiarly known as "Gyp." (
The deed was premeditated. For long
weeks had Beldlng plotted to kill his rel
atives, and after the horrible (rime had
been finished, and the fiend had walked
to a nearby telephone and notified Chief
of Police McLauchfan and was taken to
Jail he stoically remarked that he wished
he had been able to wipe out the whole
family. The demon of murder was In
full possession of his faculties, and he
declared to the officers that he would
never make any plea for his life; that
he was guilty of the murder, and de
sired to be hanged at once.
CHANG IDS ATTITUDE.
But as the weeks wore away, and he
realized once more (he sweetness of life,
he employed counsel, and.irjade a bitter
fight Tor 'Ma'U'fe. 'Tie was convicted, sen
tenced to expiate his crime on the gal
lows, and would have been hanged one
week ago Friday had not the Supreme
Court of the state granted the petition of
his counsel for a hearing on the tech
nical point of whether or not a man can
be brought directly lnto'the State Circuit
Court for trial. Thi argument was heurd
in Salem Monday,, and although the de
cision of the Supreme Court has not yet
been given, there is every reason to be
lieve that no new trial will be granted.
In that event, Beldlng will be hanged,
unless he be pardoned by the governor
or the President of the United States.
Neither case is probable, as District At
torney Oham)erlain, who prosecuted the
case for the state, will soon become gov
ernor, and It Is only a flight of fancy to
imagine that President Roosevelt would
pardon so brutal a murderer as field
ing. DESPERATE SITUATION.
Smith's case is also before the Supreme
Court on a technical point of law. and
Is liable to bejteterrnlnejla.taiiy k
Therefore, both men, naturally desper
ate, determined to effect tnelr escape, al
though It Is certain tbat Welding was
the prime mover In the attempt. He was
willing to again commit murder, If any
one stood In his way to liberty, and he
wus willing to assume all of the risk at
any event. His nerve is said to be strong
enough to carry to completion Just such
a Job as he tmipped oirf for himself.
Neither he nor Smith had anything to
lose. It was another case similar to that
of Tracy. Soon the noose would be about
their necks; soon would they forfeit their
lives In expiation for their crimes. AVAy
should they hesitate? Why cringe from
making a last bold dash for liberty?
NEVER SEARCHED BEFORE.
The woman had been granted "unusual
privileges upon several previous visits,
as she frankly stated he and Beldlng
had been on friendly terms for many
years. Beldlng was then expected to be
hanged In a few days, and all the len
iency possible was shown him. Therefore
the woman was never searched, when she
came to visit hint, and the doomed man
figured she would be Just the person to
smuggle In the things necessary to the
Beldlng s letter to his friend on the
outside was written Wednesday, upon
letter paper from the sheriffs office.
bearing the name of William Frazier.
Beldlng gave full directions in the
letter, even going Into minute details,
and cautioning all who took part loathe
plot to be very careful to give nnrhfng
away to parties who would balk the
The letter, in full. Is as follows:
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"Com' will tall yon soma of the points,
.(Continued on Second Page.).
THE "CHAIRMAN'S" LAMENT.
BANCROFT IS THE BAIT THAT
MATTHEWS? OFFERS PUBLIC
Funny Politics by Men Who Think They Are "Big Uns"
in the Scramble for Recognition
Will "Jack" Matthews. If he should
succeed In placing" Mr. Bancroft, who
I has been "a large employer of men." in
1 the place that Mr. A. B. Croasman or
j cuples as postmaster of Portland, hand
Harvey Scott a gilded cube?
This Is the problem thai Is perplex
ing " large numbers of men," who have
not been In Mr. BancroM's. employ nor
In the employ of the corporation he rep
resents. State Senator McBride is not
saying a word, but he knows that he
alone holds the key to the situation In
the. United -States -mrh..prnce. Mr.
Scott thinks that he knows what is
going to get from his new found friend
"Jack." but he really Isn't "on" a little
bit. It is openly predicted that the
wolf's long howl on I'nalaska's shore
will not be a mouse squeak compared
with the roar that will go forth from
the tower when the Senatorial package
that Jack has In his valise for the editor
Mr. Bancroft has been too busy with
the large numbers of men he has In his
employ to boXU w44 poUlcs much.
He is working hard on his freight bills"
and payrolls and leaving his fate in the
hands of Senator MTtcIielT 'andTongress
man Tonmie. In the Interim of political
sallies theS'epartment . of Justice is
working on Jack's case and trying to
find out where that resignation Is and
who1 put the back date.orj It. The. ad
ministration moves slow and Matthews
will not be told to keep his fingers out
tf the political pie until the department
makes an Investigation on Its own ac
count. But the fight against Croasman on the
ground that Mr." Bancroft has been an
employer of large numbers of men is
creating a smihs ail overtown. The
laugh has reached Washington and has
hau a bad effect on Bancroft's campaign.
The deal between John "Buttinsky"
Matthews and Mr. Scott has not helped
the cause of the employer of men and
A-Hr has inateilally assisted Croasman.
ALL ARE SATISFIED.
A short time was spent among the
tmslness meit of Portland This- morning
by a .Daily Journal representative In
which inquiry was made as to whether
or not Mr. Croasman has made a satis
factory postmaster. No particular class
of business men was selected, but the
question was put to all classes, from the
largest to the smallest, and the same
' ; i t
happy I' might bis with either,
tqth?i clear charmr away."
old response came promptly, "perfectly ,
i It was not a man here and there, or
persons selected with a knowledge of
how they stood, or a knowledge of their ,
1 political belief, but tie- question was ,
: put to every one m t that was Idle a
: sufficient length of "lime to give the
question consideration and give an
answer. Clerks and personB present
1 when the Inquiry whs made could not
resist joining in the indorsement of M"r.
Croasman. and many times the state
ment was made: "It is only politics
! an attempt to displiee a good officer
; who has lven uoiver-l satisfaction to
the people just to s.ittsfy a clique of
! politicians." "It Is a shame and an Im
position upon the -M-'inle." said many
The general sentirn-nt of the people
the universal sentiment. It may well
i be safd. for the opposition Is too small
to be considered against the whole. Is
agal .st turning out Mr. Croasman at
this time. In fact the people do not be
lieve in bartering so Important an of
fice that Is supposed to be already In
among a lot of the cheapest and most
ouitupT" 'poirnc'aT rlngsier'a" the state
has ever had. Not only the respectable
element of the Republican party demand
that Croasman be retained, but the rank
and file of the party ihmand It; and the
Democrats knowing that the Repub
licans are entitled to the postofflce and
that Croasman is also entitled to It, and
that he Is worthv and the best man for
the place, are unanimous in their sup
port for him.
If Croasman Is turned out one of the
gravest political errors In the history
of Oregon will be committed.
The following were among- the num
ber who spoke out on the subject to
day: William (ladsby. furniture dealer: "He
has made an excellent Postmaster."
B. B. Rich, cigar and news dealer:
"Croasman has- made a . satisfactory
F. W. Baltes, printer: "Tea, a good
Tom Buckman, saloon man: "He has
been good enough for me." .
W. P. Burrell: Croasman Is very
Mr. Herman, manager Holman Trans
fer Company: 'Croasman has made a
splendid Postmaster." . '
' H. James, manager Jamas Printing
Company: "He has made a very satls
A. M. Mollabaugh. proprietor Kconnmy
Shoe Shop: "Yes, he has made a good
Postmaster; it Is only politics that Is
trying to oust him."
Fritz Werren. drink dispensary: "Yes,
he has been perfectly sutlsactory."
H Anderson, proprietor Portland I'm-brella-
Works: "Yes, he Is very satis
factory." .Henry Western-lire, cigars and confec
tionery: "A good Postmaster."
R. Hiietlkofer. Portland Cheese Fac
tory: "He has made a good Postmaster
and should be retained."
Bert W. Fisher of Fisher Music Com
pany: "He has made a very satisfactory
August Koch of Vienna Cafe: "He
has made a very satisfactory Postmas
ttr. ami It would be a shame to turn
Mr. Jlart of CJerson & Hart, clgai deal
ers: "Yes. he has made an excellent
M. Marks of Marks Shoe Company
"A splendid Postmaster."
C O. Madu ntz. hardware dealer: "Yes,
E. C. Jorgensen, wholesale wine and
liquor merchant :' rrYes, you may Bay
that he has made a very satisfactory
-1.. Shanahan. dry goods dealer: "Yes.
he has made a good Postmaster."
Mr. Wisonan of L. Tnimmer'4 Co .
liquor dealers: "He has made a very
E. Ncwcoml). Plaza Oyster House: "A
good Postmaster; could not wish for
J. Falckila, umbrella store: "A splen
J. Robinson, - tailor: "Very satis
J. VVoollej', groceryman: "Yea, he has
made a satisfactory Postmaster."
K. S. James, saloon man: "He has
made an excellent Postmaster."
D. F. Ambrose, cigars and tobacco:
"Yes, every time. tie. has made one
of the best Postmasters In Portland."
D. B. McBride of Honeyman & Mc
Bqide. wholesale woolens: "Yes. Mr.
Croasman has made a very satisfactory
0, H. Oliver, barber:: "Yes, he has
made a satisfactory Postmaster."
E. Johnson, saloon man: p "Yes, He
lias made a very , good Postmaster.1'
F. H. Rupert. California Market; ?A
rery satisfactory Postmaster." " '
(Continued on Second pag
lit Hi SATS
Doctor Shepardson Re
plies to Accusers
Gives His Side of the Story That
Alleges He Eetrayed
The Denver papers are making it
pretty sultry for the Rev. Daniel Shep
ardson, the evangelist who Is holding a
series of meetings at the First Baptist
Church here. Copies of the papers have
reached here and they allege that the
preacher betrayed a confidence reposed
in hlniTjy a. young man who confessed
to him certain sins. The article states
that after the reformed youth hud writ
ten a long letter to the evangelist,
nuking a complete confession of his
wrongdoing. Itev. Shepardson made use
of the letter to Illustrate the depth of
depravity to which a man can sink and
yet be saved.
This raised an awful rovr. Thq
young man claimed that he had been
greutly Injured by the publication of
his name and certain factions of the
church at Denver took up his cause.
But Rev. Shepardson has a different
tdory to tell it i h ! he believes that his
side of the oues-tion should bo heard.
Doctor Blackburn, who was at the
First Baptist Church this morning,
was delegated by tho evangelist to
make, the following explanation of his
alleged breach of faith to The Journal
During the Denver meetings Dr.
Shepardeoti received a letter from W. G.
Vines. 'speaking of his private sins In a
boastful rather than reje"ntant way. In
the course; of the Sermon that day the
evwigellst -"rrferrvd "tn the Incident, us
minsters often do, to Illustrate a point
in his discourse. Some Of'tlvs papers
took up the mutter and tried by every
meiiiui to Jern jUyfiufig juan', . oamu. .
sil EPAtnSOr REFtiSES.
"Dr. Shepardson refused to tell the
name. but. feeling the letter might show
sin in Its true light, allowed It to be
published. Of course all names were
carefully omitted. He felt no Item had
been left to point to any special person.
The papor given the letter printed an
exact cupy of the writing. Of course
after that the name was easily discov
ered. "Dr. Shepardson confesses Ills action,
both In referring to the letter, and later,
In allowing It to be printed, was Inju
dicious, hut cannot see that It goes fur
ther than that. Before he left Denver
public sentiment was strongly In his
HKS U.l'TIONS PASSED.
"Besides the resolutions passed by the
Baptist Ministerial Association, uphold
ing him. lie has a set of resolutions
signed by a large number of the Denver
Dr. Htnckhurn knew of the whole af
fair two werks no. In fact the evan
gelist wrote offering to cancel his dates
If thg.din.-tur Lhuuglit bt.- Dr. Black
burn feels such a slight Indiscretion
would hardly be placed opposite a pre
vious spotless record, and the Portland
Baptists In general feel much the same
Bandit Who Held Up Louisville
Traia Was Escaped Convict.
I.OCISVII.E. Pec. 31 The identity of
the daring train robber who held up a
Louisville & Nashville train within the
city limits of this city early yesterday
morning, making his esc ape after a des
perate battle with the condui tor. has
been established, although the des
perado Is still at large.
A photograph In the Rogues' C.allery
of a, man widely known as (ius Wyatt.
who 'was sent to the penitentiary for a
train robbery committed at Bethlehem,
Tenu.. but escaped from prison on Aug
ust 4 of this year, has been positively
i Identified by Conductor Keene us a pic
I ture of the bandit who held up his train.
I Keene is certain that he cannut bo
mistaken. As he had a hafld to hand
I encounter with the robber before the
I final fusllade os the man made his es
4 rape Keene had good opportunity to
observe his features.
' The police have not yet discovered
j any clue to the robber's hiding place,
i They believe that he was.wounded by.
! Kene'" last shot but IffPy "think that
', confederates have probably assisted him
to reach some place of concealment.
SLOAN CAN'T LEAVE LONDON
LONDON. Dec. .11. TJod Sloan's valet.
Carlos, who is charged with stealing 50u
worth of Jewelry and clothinu from the
famous jockej. was remanded to Jail In
the Police Court this morning. Sloan
entered a strong protest against further
delay, and declared that he could not wait
for the trial of the case, as his Amer
ican engagements would compel him to
sail at once. The court was unyielding,
however, and notified the Jockey that he
must remain and appear at the trial.
SIX HR2HEN INJURED
MILWAUKEE. Wis.,' Dec. Sl.-The, AJ
braasch Carriage - Factory was burned
this mornflig; Si flrmen .wera Injured
by a falling wall, though none fatally.
1h loss amounts to luO.uoO, - - .-
VI i (Mil
If King George Dies She
Will Be Queenr
To Prevent Such a Complication
the Crown Prince Will Press
His Suit for Divorce
VIENNA. Dee. 81. The Tageblatt 1
authority for the statement that King
(leorge of Saxony Is dying.
The news has produced a profound en
sat ion. for In the event of his death
the Crown Prince Frederick would suc
ceed to the throne and the fugitive
Crown Princess L,oulse. unless divorced
In the meantime, would be Queen...
. To avoid such an awkward- cdmpllca-tj
tlon the royal family has determined to
pienn wim mi pusmuiu speeu inn pro
ceedings for a divorce between til)
Crown Prince and his wife. The pro-'
ceedlugs will be baaed on the Oerman i
civil law, and It will he necessary to Ig
nore the ecclesiastical - prohibition
against divorce of the Catholics Church.)
Cardinal Vannutelll, president of the
apostolic hureau at Rome, which deals
with matrimonial questions, is authority
for the statement that the pop could
not under any circumstance annul than
King eorge has long been in feeble!
health and his condition has been seri
ously aggravated by the mortification
entailed by the elopement of the Princess
He is .constantly,, brooding over the
disgrace brought upon the royal houss
by the recent scandal, and he la determ-
Ined that the . jtuuxlaga. shall- be-"dt-solved.
In accordance with his wishes a,
special court of seven judges Jias -bean
appointed to try the divorce suit aa soon
as it can be instituted.
Hut the King's healtfi has failed go
rap ldl y , . within-. the :t ,'tvgf. or thra ,
days that fears are entertained that he
muy not recover. His death would rl
ously interfere with the carrying out
of his plans. There Is consternation in ,
the coyrt of Saxony Over t..e possibility
that the Crown Princess may be Queen.
Guards Expect to Compel them to
FORT WORTH. Tex., Dee. Si. flevw
enty-tlve desperate convicts, who were
brought from the staje penitentiary to .
the convict plantation to do harvestlnB
work, mutinied two days ago and se .'
cured possession of th - sugar - housas r
They barricaded the doors and window '
and prepared for a battle in case their,
should be attacked by the guards. '
The building is now surrounded by"
a big force of guards, heavily armedf
and they expect to starve the mutinous
convicts Into submission. In a parley J
held this morning the convicts declared
that Uiey would . rather starve than" "'
work. They wa-nt to go back to the)
penitentiary where their life Is easier
than on the plantation. .
A there was only, a small supply'
of food in the sugar house the convlct
cannot hold out much longer and they;
must either make a sortie or capitulate
UNCLE SAM'S BIG
HOARD OF GOLD '
More Than Ever Held by This off
Any Other Nation.
WASH I NO TON, D. C, Deo. ML Thex.
I'niled States Treasury begins the New
V-ar wlili nvore gold In Its vaults', thai J
was evtir before held by this or any other
nation. The amount now in the vaultgj
at asningcon anu in uio Buvunwium
is $l;-,,i!i'0.imu. j
This is four times as much'ffs the BanhN
of England holds, one and one half tlmeaJ
as much aa the big hoard In the ires-?
ury of France, four times as much a
OermaTiy has on' hand, and twice as mucls
as Russia can show. During the year ,
Just ending 72,0OO,0CO wa accumulated, 4
MISSIONARIES IN NO DANGER
TANGIER. Morocco, Dec SI. A !
port from the beleaguered city of Fe
this afternoon says that the revolt Is
spreading within Ihe city, and many or
the inhablntants are going over to th
pretender. This dispatch adds that the"
safety of the women missionaries i
FUNERAL OF COL MORRISON ,
WASHINGTON, Dec Sl.The funeral
of Col. Morrison, who died on a exm?,
transport while returning from the Phil
ippines, was held thia morning, Tha re- ,
inaina-jt er interred -la Arlington Can '
etery, VA'v'!"-- ;-.y--- '
LOUKErS BIRTHDAY. "
PARIS, Uec' 31. President LooVt waaf1
the . recipient today of congratulatory
message and, letters from nuny source ,
on the occasion, of the celobr&ttun of h'.s
birthday. The President Is 6i yeaf Only
bAvln; been, born lu lb& " tJ