The Oregon daily journal. (Portland, Or.) 1902-1972, January 02, 1903, Page 1, Image 1

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NO. 256
Coal Shortage in Chicago
. Due to Conspiracy
Attorney - General's Investigation
Has Proved Sensational Pros-
(Journal Special Service.)
SPRINGFIELD, 111.. Jan. 2.-Crlmlnal
j proceedings against the officials and tho
i coal dealers who are responsible for the
Iscoal famine In Chicago Is almost certain
to follow the Investigation wmcn is now
being conducted by Attorney-General
Hamlin. The accusation of a conspiracy
betweeh'the roads and the dealers for
the purpose of creating an artificial short
age and thereby extorting exorbitant
price for coal is being thoroughly probed
and the disclosures already made have
proved sensational In the extreme.
A mass of evidence ha been produced
Showing that while widespread distress
and suffering have prevailed throughout
the city in consequence of the Impossibili
ty of obtaining fuel. Immense quantities
of coal have been withheld from the mar
ket, being kept In the yards and on su
burban sidetracks of the railroads.
Meantime prices have been forced up
ward untjl they have reached unprece
dented figure.
For Illinois soft coal, which the evi
dence shuws can be mined and laid down
In Chicago at a total cost of $1.50 a ton,
the dealers have been exacting $8. Even
at this price dealers have permitted their
customers to have only small quantities,
representing that a coal famine existed
aod. that they could not supply the de-
H1UI1U. J a Jllilllf! UI 1U4.1 II u;7fT-ma
from the evidence that the amount now
In the yards of the railroads is sufficient
to meet the city's entire requirements for
the remainder of the winter.
The attorney-general Is investigating
the truths of the assertion that since these
proceedings were commenced the roads
have been secretly removing tralnloaas
of coal-laden cars from Chicago to points
at a distance from the city. In order to
prevent the authorities from learning how
great an amount was on hand. It Is
aid that over 1,000 cars were thus taken
out of the city in a single night.
Public sentiment is strongly aroused.
Attorney-General Hamlin Is prosecuting
his Investigation with vigor, and if the
results Justify such action, the persons
concerned in the huge conspiracy will
certainly be Indicted. Mr. Hamlin Is a
on of Hannibal Hamlin, who was vice-
president of the United States.
Debaters Seek Information. From
Portland Board of Trade.
Among other letters received by Seere
! tary ghlliock, of the Board of Trade.
i there la one from a debating team of
Council Bluffs, Iowa, propounding the
" following questions:
. I. What ia the opinion of the people of
the Pacific Coast In regard to a sub-
jCsldy to be paid by Congress?
'',-. Is it necessary and do you think It
i Jlll -Increase our merchant marine?
JrfS.1 Do not our exporters at present have
their goods "handled promptly and in the
"proper manner?
, 4. Is there not a control of the steam
y eilp lines held by tho railroads so that
.-they would receive the benefit of tha
.6. Cannot the railroads starve out the
Competing steamship lines
6. Kindly give all the Information you
can on tha subject.
The learned secretary was busily en
gaged In "digging up" the Information
' when The Journal representative came
in and Inquired what the occasion for
such faithful and concentrated work
might be. The secretary looked worried
and replied:
"Oh, I am preparing a reply to this
letter," and handed the epistle to the re
porter. The comnWnlcatTbn is signed by
. M. Merle Ogden, and at the top of the
letterhead appears the legend: '"Cos
Perm. IntercolIegTate Debate." At the
..left-hand corner are the following three
names: My Merle Ogden. George D. Poe,
Jennings Crawford; and at the right
hand corner of the sheet:
"Resolved, That the United
Should further extend the principle of
protection to her merchant marine."
And with the closing of this debate
Will the afl Important question of ship
subsidy no doubt be decided.
Edward M. Lambert, a retail liquor
deealer of this city, today filed his peti
tion In bankruptcy lrf the United States
District Court. In the absence of Judge
Bellinger, who is row in San Francisco,
tha matter has been referred to Hon.
Alex. Saeek, referee In bankruptcy, for
Mr. Lambert's place of business Is at
im Morrison street. His total liabilities
are $1,446.73. He claims exemptions, un
der the statute, amounting to $150. His
assets include-exemptlons, cask aadttlquor.
tock, a total of $l,(fe2.
Vna Journal baa a largs number of interviews with, psopls of Portland,
who bar expressed themselves aa satisfied with the administration of
Postmaster A. B. Croasmaa. Thsrs aav bean enough published to show,
that the sentiment of the eitiaana of the city ia utterly in opposition to.
tha of Mr. P. A. Bancroft for the position that ho aspire to, and.
to whlea ba ia being assisted by "Jack" Matthaws, tha Chairman of ths.
BapnbUoaa State Central Committee here, and who is also United States
Marshal.. Additional affidavits will ba forwarded to tha Department of
Jnstioa to maka plain the conspiracy that exist to overthrow a man who
haa served tha publlo faithfully. XX HO OTHEB STATU OP TbI VIIOV
The latest' report regarding- Bancroft is that he is assisted in bis
fight for position by tha Southern Pacifio Ballroad. which has been a no
torious factor la politios in California, The Southern Paolflo suooasdsd ia
disrupting political parties in the South, and in enacting laws in favor of
' its own interests, to tha detriment of the farmers and merchants.
XaABDf Xf it does not. then tbe people would better ret In a timely profit.
There will be a denial that tha Southern Pacifio has a hand in the Post
office light, but It has been the policy of that road to deny these rumors,
ever since it baa been a political factor.
Federal Olficcrs Say It Originated
With the Report of Old Case.
It Is a rank fake. The story sent out
from this city broadcast over the coun
try to the effect that Chinese were being
admitted Into the country by wholesale
on forged certificates has been run to
earth and found to be absolutely false.
Internal Revenue Collector Dunne says
there was one false certificate discov
ered and It was sent to headquarters, but
that It was the only one. No other cases
have been heard of. Other prominent
govexnmtjnt officials, who are lu still bet
ter position to know, say that they know
nothing of other false certificates, and if
there were they would be useless. No
one eiMi.ii! .a!- into- Ahe cuunUy . on .. tharo.
unless all of the officials stood In on the
deal, and that in that event they would
need no certificates of any kind.
The truth of the matter Is that about
three months ago the story was published
that Chief Clerk ptllard, .of the Internal
Revenue Offiee.'In' San Frnm"isco was In
strumental in Issuing 40 of these bogus
certificates, and that they had been lo
cated and that wholesale arrests were
about to be made:
Permanent Exhibit Fond to Reach
Total of $20,000.
In order to Insure a first-class perma
nent exhibit William Klllingsworth and
Col. F. V. Drake, the committee who has
solicited funds, will go out once more
and endeavor to make the fund reach the
$20,00 mark. It was their Intention to
raise only $15,000 at the start, but in
stead they raised 116. 0u0. isow. they
fwy,--they 'Wftr-sjar '"aBt-msHir anil-raise
$4,000 additional.
"You see," explained Mr. Killings-,
worth, "the colonel and I have used Up
slx'weeks of our time for the purpose of
making the permanent exhibit a go. Dur
ing this time we have raised $16,000.
Now we have decided "to raise $4,000
more, as all the money subscribed can be
used, and to good advantage, too. We
have the money In sight, too. I tell
you that Portland is getting a hustle on.
There are a few pinjieads who block? our
way, but the rest oX the people are with
A meeting of the commltee appointed
to draw up articles of Incorporation will
be held on Monday. This committee Is
composed of Mr. Killingsworth. Charles
E. Ladd. Col. R. C. Judson, L. C. Clarke
and W. H. Beharrel.
Expected Attack Upon Fez Has
Not Been Made.
TANGIER. Morocco, Jan. 2. Word
received here this afternoon from Fez
says the Sultan Still controls 15.000
troops, thl? being a somewhat larger
fore than iWlat of the Pretender. The
'walls of Fes are being strengthened.
The rebels are running short of sup
plies, and have as yet shown no signs
of attacking the city. The Pretender
has issued a proclamation In which he
says he does not; want to occupy the
throne himself, but is fighting in the
interests of a brother of the present
Sultan, who has been Imprisoned since
his abortive attempt to gain the throne,
last spring.
BERLIN, Jan. 2. A Polish schoolgirl
named Kopec has been sentenced to 14
days' imprisonment at Inowrazlau. prov
ince of Posen. foi lese majeste In having
thrown a brooch with Emperor William's
picture lnalt to the floor and stamped
UDon It.
pupils of the schools when tha emperor'
visited Pdsen.
Strives to. Keep It Secret
by Living Incognito
En Obscure Lodgings fn" San
Francisco, the Millionaire Horse
man Undergoing Treatment.
(Journal Special Service.)
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 2. E. J. Bald
win, better known as "Lucky" Baldwin,
the millionaire racing man. Is suffering
from a cancer which affects his lip and
the glands under his chin and on his
neck. For several weeks he has been
living at an obscure lodging house on
Third street, which Is south of Market,
and he has been passing under the as
sumed name of K. Jackson.
Baldwin assumed tli?s alias In order
to escape publicity and he has kept In
retirement since he came. Few men are
ltetter knitu-n in Hn m KVo nr. I i,.r, . .1 i. In
remarkable that he was able to 'maintain
his incognito as long as he has. Hi
room was selected with a view to being j
near the cancer specialist, who Is treat-
Ing him and who occupies an adjoining;
Dr. McNutt. who has been Baldwin's
physician for twenty years, was greatly
surprised when he learned of the action
taken by his patient, but he says that
it simply serves to show the man's pe -
cullar character. McNutt was not con
sulted .beforehand and did not even know
that Baldwin- had "cancer. "
The specialist who Is treating him
says that he has hopes that he may
effect a cure, though he admits that tha
case Is an extremely serious one.
"Lucky" Baldwin Is well known to
racing men all over the United States.
He has owned many famous horses and
on his immense ranch. Santa, Anita, near
Los Angeles, are the scions of many
kings of the turf. He Ir the owner of
much blooded stock and his ranch is one
of the show places of Southern Califor
nia. Baldwin was the proprietor of the
Baldwin Hotel In San Francisco, which
burned several years ago. At that time
he was at the zenith of his fortune, but
he lost heavily in some mining ventures
in Nome and for the past two years he
has been living quietly on his ranch.
He Is still rated at over a million.
Exciting Finish Marks Close o"
New Year's Sport.
The members of thi Portland Hunt Club
turned- out in goodw numbers yesterday
morning to participate ln the second
New Year's Day paper chase, held under
its auspices, the start being made at East
Twelfth street and Holladay avenue. .The
first honors were captured by V. S. How
ard, on "Bob Prouty." John I-atta on
"Captain S.." securing second place. Miss
D.' B. Howard, on "Jim Budd," and J.
Creagh, on "Bergonla V.," who were
booked as favorites for the event, failed
to be placed through going off the main
trail for about 75 yards within three
quarters of a "mile from th finish, and
raced for the goal on Thompson" street,
near Nineteenth, , while their more lucky
fellow-riders,' V. S. Howard and John
Latta and others, found the trail and
landed the muchly-contested honors. The
following lady members of the club- start
ed and finished In the Invigorating chase:
Mrs. Buffum, Miss Howard, Miss Hat
field, while the gentleman riders who fin
Ished were: Messrs. Dillon, Creagh,
Campbell. Swlgert, Howard, Chase. Ol
iver, Ntcol, Latta, Downing," S. C. Kerr,
Mlddleton and 8. Chase. .
on JUaily
IHf (Otllllp MA II
Old Timer, on Senatorial
Fulton, Scott and;McBride to Be
Thrown Dowd; by
"Who will be tha next Senator from
Oregon? Why, Thomas H Tongue, to
be sure! v .
"How do I know? Well. Vll tell you,"
said John Goodiu, an old-timer of Wash
ington County who Is at preaent visiting
friends in. Portland, In conversation with
a Journal man.
"In the first place, let me say that I
have watched the political sky in Oregon
for thirty years, and I believe that lam
at least W that Yepsct,'"Sornewtrat or a
weather prophet. At the present time
you hear a great deal of both fleer and
Fulton as candidates, but I am .con
vinced front what I know of the sl'tua
tlon that neither one Is possibility.
Geer, for the reason that the politicians
are against him almost to a man, and
Fulton, partly because of his geographic
al disadvantages and partly because Sen
ator John H. Mitchell doesn't want him.
"When all is said and done it is John
II. Mitchell who will elect the man who
is to be his colleague and there Is one
little Incident which seems to have es
caped the eye of most of the political
forecasters but which to my mind is the
most illuminating feature In the whole
situation, and which indicates most con
clusively that it Is not H. W. Scott, not
Charles Fulton, not George Mi-Bride nor
any other man but Tom Tongue whom
ilie Czar of Oregon has selected as his
The incident Is this: When A. B.
Croasnian .w a,BLp.ln,tel, S'USUauatjer. ,ftf J
the City or Portland some rcw years
ago there was no man who stood to his
back more heartily than did Tom Tongue,
but when the matter of his reappoint
ment came up a short time ago the same
Tom Tongue, who ;uad previously stood
as his friend, Joined John I IVJrtttrfoell In
the recommendation of K. A. Bancroft.
"Now. on Its face this may not seem
an Incident of Importance but to every
man who knows Congressman Tongue It
Is full of meaning, for Mr. Tongue is not
the man to desert a stand he has taken
without a quid pro quo. so that It is no
great stretch of imagination to suppose
that his adherence to Mitchell's plan In
this particular was given In return for
the promise of the great man's assist
ance when the Senatorial fight has re
solved Itself Into the deadlock which now
seems almost certain Just' whether
! Tongue Is to be the firsl choice or not I
ma v Ve That" Tn 'I, faith"
wttn MrBride? who. it in well known. Is
the particular patron of Jack Matthews,
that astute person Is trying to swing
the vote of the machine in his favor, but
it is very generally believed by many
men wh l!ou.,d1 Vf ln a P0.8'1'0" to
Know, inai IHlieiieu n-unr umi ivii;-
Bride has no chance ami that he is glv
inir hnth the ex-Senatur and his "man
, Friday" Matthews a double deal, and
! when It is demonstrated that there Is
no hope fot- the man from 8t. Helens.
Tom Tongue his real cliolee throughout
- trill tie rushed on- the ene and rail
roaded Into the toga.
"Senator Mitchell Is safe player of
the game of polities. It is necessary to
his political reign that lie be ln accord
or In control of his colleague and to
this end he Is providing for contingen
cies by having 'on his staff not only the
man whom he has slated for Winner, but
also all those who. by an unexpected
turn of the wheel of fortune, might pos
sibly land the prize."
"But what do you think of Mr. Scott's
chances? Is he not a factor ln the situ
ation T' was asked.
"Not for a moment." was the reply.
"As The Journal has already said he is
simply buying a gold l.iick from 'Jack'
Matthews, and you w ilt smile to hear the
howl when this political rustic opens his
package and finds that he has bought
only a glided cube. No. fir! Thomas H.
Tongue Is the man. H.xrvey Scott Is only
a catspaw ln this political game."
chas. w. fulton
A Roseburg view of the Oregon Sena
torial contest Is that the return of for
mer Land Commissioner Hinger Hermann
to become a candidate for that office will
prove a severe blow I" t he ambitions find
aspirations of C. W Kulton. This pointer
on the situation was brought to Portland
by Charles H. Fisher, e.lltor of the Capi
tal News, an afternoon newspaper of
Boise, Idaho. Mr. Fisher makes his home
In Roseburg and ha been Spending the
holidays there.
It Is the belief of Mr Fisher that the
support that ' has thus far been given
Fulton came for the most ' part from
Southern Oregon. Hermann- is bound to
cut Into this if he comes back to Oregon,
and takes off his coat to fight While
Mr. Hermann might not have enough
votes In the Legislature to even stand a
remote chance of winning, those ballots
that he did get would be subtracted from
the Fulton following.
It Is claimed there are many In Rose
burg who believe it would be a wise move
on the part of Hermann to come out bold
ly for Senator, thus declaring himself
free from the stain that has been im
plied through his dismissal, ;
During his star In this city Mr. Fisher
secured, the services pf H. B. Bryan, who
will Im. Boise as city editor of the
Capita! m - "
: Toiirnal
JANUARY 2, 1903.
Commander Calkins, Now Stationed at Portland,
Was Olympiad Commanding Officer
THERE is one thing about Portland
that stands out very prominently,
and that Is the comparatively
large number of prominent business, pro
fessional and military men that reside
within Its limits. From day to day the
names of successful men are added to the
already numerous list, nnd yet there Is
al'.ys room Jtr one more.
Portland also boasts of several mili
tary heroes men who fought and bled Tor
their country on the battlefield or on the
deck, , ot, (tonan: uh. w aa;,, ,,nu n n t.h e mor e
prominent war heroes in. this city are
Oeneral Owen Summers and Lieutenant
Commander Carlos (1. Calkins. The for
mer Is so well known to the citizens of
Portland that he needs no Introduction.
The latter is a newcomer to this city and
Is less known Iti this. Immediate vicinity
than the geula! general who commanded
the Second Oregon boys.
However, with the coming of Lieutenant
Calkins to Portland last October to take
the position of 1'nited States Lighthouse
Inspector for the Thirteenth District, vice
t'ommander William 1'. Day. transferred
to the training ship "Mohican," with
headquarters in San Fralnclsctf, this com
munity has had an Increase In the num
ber of Its war heroes. Lieutenant Calkins
having a national reputation for naval
Lieutenant Calkins was navigating offi
cer of Dewey's flagship "Olymplu.." during-
the ButtTi) of Manila Hay. and re
ceived nyeclal mention In Admiral Dew
ey's official . report, the exact wording
being as follows:
". . . . 1 desire to specially mention
the coolness of Lieutenant C. ti. Calkins,
the navigator of the ulympia, who came
under my personal observation, being on
the bridge with me throughout the en
tire action, and giving the ranges to the
guns with an accuracy that was proven
by the excellency of the firing. . .
J. L. Stlckney, special correspondent
of the "Herald," at Manila, during the
Spanish-American W'ar, wh" was nn
board the flagship "Olympla," In relating
the battle at that port, wrote the follow
ing relative to Lieutenant Calkins' cool
ness during the battle:
"At A o'clock coffee and hardtack was
served to the men. and the officers were
glad to get some frugal provender. The
lights of Manila had long been In sight,
and Lieutenant Calkins, the navigator,
knew his position to a nicety, indeed,
much of the success of this bold attack
on Manila Bay by night was due to the
skill and Judgment of the navigator, who
continued his patient and harassing la
bors all through the battle with never
failing accuracy and success. It should
be remembered that ..navigating a harbor
that Is well-lighted and buoyed is not
always the easiest thing ln the world,
and in this case Lieutenant Calkins had
no lights or ranKe marks to guide him.
I am Informed that special mention of
Jhls officer was made In the official dis
patches, and he certainly deserved It."
Such Is Lieutenant Calkins' record at
Manila Bay. Yet this is not the first
time that the lieutenant has distinguished
himself. In fact, Mr. Calkins. In his mod
est way, never cares to speak of himself
or his achievements. A striking c liarar
terUtlr of the man Is the fact that he ab
hors flattery and cares not for publicity.
A brief biography of this man would not
be amiss at this time.
Carlos Gilnuui CaJklna .was burn In
Rockport. Ohio, on March 16, .1S. His
parents were Charles Gtlman Calkins and
Harriet Masters. He received his early
education In the "little red schoolhouse."
and later In the High School of his native
town. He Was appointed to the Naval
Academy from the Nineteenth Congres
sional District of Ohio by Hon. James a..
Garfield, who was afterwards President
of the fnlted States.
Having successfully passed tho enter
ing examinations he began his naval
career on June 6, 1S67, and graduated Just
four years later June, 1S71. After grad
uation his first service was on board
the V. R. S. Wyoming, on the North At-
lantic Station, where he continued to
serve until 1374, being present at Key
West at the time of the assembling of
the fleet at that point owing to the "Vlr
gintus affair"' After this demonstration
he returned to Washington, t. C, where
the Wyoming was placed out of commis
sion. '
From 1T4 until 18T6 he served- on board
the IT. 8. 8. Powhatan, on the -"North
Atlantic Station, and on the Franklin and
Juniataon the European station. In 1S76
ha was ordered to the New Hampshire,
t fit's f ' ' - ?
is f
t V 1 '
at that time receiving ship at Port Rqyal,
South Carolina.
From 1X77 to 1SS0 he was again attached
to the Wyoming, this time on the Kurop
eun Station. From 18S1 to ISS3 . he was on
duty at the Hydrographlc O.Htee..Wash
Ington. I). ., and on duty In the Bureau
of Navigation, at the Navy Department.
In the latter year he was ordered to the
1'. S. S. Trenton, and proceeded , to the
Asiatic Station, via the Biies Caal, In
that vessel, making a. full cruise on that
Du rta --iSJsfial? - te-wa ceanecUsd - Ufe
the offlce- of Naval Intelligence and was
later assigned to duty with the Board
of Inspection at San Francisco, on which
he continued until KW8. From 180 to 15113
he was on duty with the United States
Fish Commission, angV attaehad to the
steamer. Albatross on the Paclflo Cnaut.
In 1S93 he was ordered to "the Branch
Hydrographlo Office at Portland, Oregon,
where he remained until 1895. when he
was ordered to the-U. 8. S. Boston for
duty on the Asiatic Station. After the
arrival of the Boston on that station he
was later transferred to the U. 8. 8.
Olympla, the flagship of the squadron,
where he was sa ving as navigating officer
nt the lime of the commencement of hos
tilities with Spain. Being te navigator
of the flagship. Calkins was the officer
who led the fleet Into Manila Bay on the
night of April 30, 1.S9S. and was In charge
of the navigation of the Olympla during
flic subsequent naval operations which
ended In the capture of Manila, and the'
adjacent fortifications. Ho was specially
mentioned by Admiral Dewey in his offi
cial report of the Battle of Manila Bay.
He was also specially mentioned in the
official report of Captain B. P. Lamber
ton with regard to the noval operations
which resulted In the capture of the City
of Manila, on August 13, 1898, as having
executed various reconnaissances of the
approaches to that city, both by land
and sea. running lines of soundings off
the breakwater and familiarising himself
fri ttrrhe ttrndmarkS TH -"orcler thatTie Might
be prepared to pilot the flagship Into ac
tion and assist ln directing the tiring of
the iiifis.
From February, 18M9. to June, 1901, he
was on duty In or near San Francisco,
part of tho time at the Naval Training
Station, at the Branch Hydro'graphlc
Office, and In the Recruiting OfTJce.
He was promoted to ensign, July, 1S72:
master In July, 1K75: to lieutenant, senior
grade. 1SS2. and to lieutenant-commander
on March 1S99.
In addition to his naval duties Calkins
has found time to write quite a number !
of valuable essays on various subjects
connected with his profession. He re- j
celved honorable mention for an essay !
conti Minted to the I. 8. Naval Institute I
In lv2: was the prize medalist for an es
sa,v to the Naval Institute In 1SS6. and ;
is the author of an exhaustive study of.
the merchant marine, u paper which ac
companied the report of the Secretary of
the Navy ln 1WJ. He has also written a
number of lectures for the Naval War!
College-," and Is recognized as one of the
leading strategists among thw officers of j
the navy. Since the war with Spain he j
has written several articles which add i
to the histnrv of ihls period, among which I
may be cited historical nnd professional j
notes on the naval campaign of Manila
Bay, an essay published In the proceed-
ings of the .Naval Institute, and also in
.that publication and in . Harper s and
other periodicals, several articles on sub
jects connected with the Philippine 1
Islands. J
From October. 1901. to October, W:2. he '
was In command of the V. S. S. Vlxi-n. '
which was engaged in surveying- the coral '
reefs on the north coast of Cuba. On .
October P, y&e. Calkins relieved Com
mander W. P. Day as Lighthouse Inspec
tor of the Thirteenth District. with head
quarters In Portland, Oregon.
He Was married in PaltlnviYe. In 1S77. i
to Miss Caroline Cat heart of Ohio; who '
died In California In 1V9 Three children '
of this marriage are now alive: Frank !
taf ficarT "Calkins, born In 1878; Harriet
Rebecca Calkins, born in 1SX1, and Hugh
Gilma'n Calkins, born In 1S84.
In 1897 he married at Nagasaki, Japan,
Miss Mlnnio Grace Ragdiill, of Oregoni
and by this marriage had one sA Philip
Randall Calkins, who was born ill-California
in May. 1900. . -.
At present Lieutenant Calkins . is in
charge of the United States Thirteenth
Lighthouse District, with headquarters in
the i Custom House Bullduig, where tho
lieutenant is kept busy with hrsj routine
and othep work, .
Belding Was to Kill All
Who Opposed
Cora Dawson, a Victim ofHtrr
derer's WilesHis Story
Is Doubted
As a. result of The Journal's thorough
expose of the details of the plot of
Lester Belding and George Smith, mur
derers. to break Jail, Smith has weak
ened and confessed to Sheriff 8torey
and Detectives Snow and Kerrigan that
Beldlrjg laid the plot, and that he.
Smith, had nothing to do with ths plan
nt all. Com Dawcnr,"ys Smith, is an
innocent party, as she knew nothing
whatever about the plot to escape, and
never agreed to aid Belding and him
self. Cora had gone to San Francisco,
she having left this morning. The Jour
nal and was informed on the best of au
thority that she will become a bride aa
soon as she reaches the southern me
Smith wrote a brief letter to Jailor
Jackson last night, in which -he stated
that he would lljie to have Sheriff Storey
and Detectives Snow and Kerrigan call
upon him, as he had some information
for them relative to the attempted Jail
break. So this morning the three met
met ln the sheriffs office and went down
Into the county jail to have a chat with
Smith. First, however, they called
Belding out Into" the"' jail offlce," 'where
they questioned him concerning his plot
to escape. Belding had been Informed
that his plans had gone glimmering, and
wu r,ttaA, ji!A1v a it'iry jKheu caJUfidi. on
the carpet this morning. The manner
in which the hews was broken to Beld
ing was that a copy of The Journal was
Shown him. Ho smiled faintly, then -.
said that it was all a huge joke anyway,
and ha was not surprised it was pub
lished. To the officers this morning BeWIhK "
stated that he had concocted the scheme
simply to raise sufficient money to su
able him to enjoy some extra luxuries
during his stay in JalL He said, how
ever, that he wanted to give some money
to John Clark, a negro prisoner, so that
he could pay his fine and leave. After"
he got out, Belding said, the money was
to be returned to Belding who would use
it for extras. Belding said that h had
no idea of breaking Jail, and only wrote
the letters to his friends to get the
money from them, and he admitted that
they never would have received It back.
While Belding was talking with the
officers. Jailer Jackson searched his cell
from top to bottom. Nothing was
found, und he was placed back In hla .
cell again.
Smith was next called Into the Jail of
fice, and was told that the officers had
come to listen to his story. Smith then
told them that he had nothing whatever
to do with the plot .to escape, and that
he had told Belding from the lnclplency
of the Bcheme that he would not do any
"thtirg fash to effect his escap'
"I have enough blood on my hands
now," said Smith, "and would never do
anything more to add to my record. I
told Belding that if he succeeded in ef
fecting his escape and left the doors Open
that I would walk out and get away if
possible, but that I would not harm any
one connected with the Jail, as they had
been too good to me while in here.
"Belding called me a coward," contin
ued Smith,'' "and said that he would get
out If he had to kill whoever got ln his
way. I asked him how he would get out,
and he replied that he would use th
blac kjack which was to be " brought to
him." t
Smith told the officers that Cora Dawson
and Mrs. Smith knew nothing of the plot
to escape, as mo letters ever reached
them, and Belding had never approached
Cora with any such proposition as was
contained in the letter published exclus
ively n The Journal.
Belding complained about the article- h'
The Journal, when he had hnlshed read
ing It. as he said he was sorry the letter
he wrote should get Into print and throw
suspicion on Innocent parties. Belding
admits that Cora Dawson did not know
of his plot to escape,
Cora Dawson admits that she was
slightly In love with Belding prior to'
reading his letter in Tho Journal. In
that letter she read of his duplicity, and
decided to give up all hopes of ever again
seejng him, even should he be set at lib
erty in some way. Sh says sh de
spises him, now that she has learned of
his intentions toward her, and that she
never wants to see him ajjain. She left
Portland today for San Francisco, whera
she Is soon to be united in marriage to a
wealthy man. She refused to give his
name, stating that she did not want ta
bring him Into this unpleasant affair.,
Sheriff Storey apd Detectives Snow and,
Kerrigan are Inclined to believe that ths
woman la not guilty of anything wrong,
but they do not place any credence In ths .
confession of Smith or the statements of
Belding. They full;' believe that both
men Intended to break Jail and leaks a .
bold dash for liberty, killing. If necessary,
every one who intercept
them.,'.' '," -'-':ii,'-''. ,;-v-V.--;-A l:: r'sj-v - '.
' City Treasurer. vrleln has practtcallv
eoninleted his annual report. - Thl wnl
be submitted to the City Council at H-
meeting next Wednesday.
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