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VOL. III. NO. 288.
PORTLAND. OREGON. MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 21, 1904 FOURTEEN PAGES.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
NOTORIOUS RING PLACED ON TRIAL TO ANSWER TO THE
CHARGE OF DEFRAUDING THE GOVERNMENT OF ITS LANDS
Men of High Station May
Become Involved by
Land Fraud inquiry.
DISTINGUISHED ARRAY OF
COUNSEL IN THE CASE
Puter, McKinley. Marie Ware,
Emma Watson and Other De
fendants Appear in Court'
to Answer Charges.
In the history of the great legal con
flicts which have taken place In this
state there has been none more momen
tous In Its probable consequences, more,
far-reaching or more sensational In its
expected revelations than the prose
cution of the notorious ring charged
with conspiracy to defraud the govern
. ment of public lands, now on trial In
the United States district court.
The notable array of distinguished
counsel, the numerous defendants and
witnesses and the dense throng of on
lookers who packed Judge Bellinger's
courtroom to the doors when the case
was called at I o'clock this afternoon,
all bore witness to Its extraordinary Im
portance. S. A. D. Puter, Emma U Watson.
Horace G. McKinley, Marie L. Ware,
Frank H. Walgamot knd D. W. Tarp
ley. defendants and alleged principals
in the huge conspiracy by which thou
sands of acres of the public domain
were fraudulently obtained, kre In court
to answer at last to the first of the
several Indictments upon which they are
to be tried. Able attorneys represent
them and every means and every method
which legal, skill can devise will be en
listed In their defense.
The opening skirmish of the battle
came with the selection of the Jury,
which is In progress this afternoon. The
government represented by Francis
J. Heney of San Francisco, known as
one of the ablest prosecutors at the
American bar, and who was appointed
assistant United States attorney-general
for the sole purpose of conducting
the land fraud cases; United States Dis
trict Attorney John Hall, and w. w.
Banks, his assistant.
For the defense appear Pipes Tlfft
and Judge Thomas O'Day of this city.
Charles A. Hardy and A. a Woodcock
of Eugene and L. F. Puter of Eureka,
C.I.. a brother of the defendant, S. A. D.
History of the rrao.de.
If the government succeeds In estab
lishing the chargea which form the
basis of the case now on trial, one of
the most amaslng conspiracies In the
history of this country will be laid bare.
The object of the consplrary was to rob
the government of Its public lands, and
so widespread were Its ramifications
that the expected revelations threaten
to Involve not only the defendants now
on trial but also men who have held
official positions of the highest im
It is popularly supposed that the ex
pression, "steeling government land," is
always employed in a figurative sense,
as there are actually no laws relating to
the disposition of the public domain that
permit a person to get something for
nothing. Whether the consideration is
cash or its equivalent, or whether it be
time expended In residence an- cultiva
tion of the desired tract Uncle 8km has
estahllshed the lnvarlsble principle that
there must be a sacrifice of one or the
other before the applicant is expected
to reap sny compensating benefits.
But If the contentions of the prosecu
tion In the land fraud eases now pending
before the federal court count for any
thing, they point in the direction of an
almost successful effort on the part of
a gang of conspirators to deliberately
rob the government by taking that which
did not belong to them, and giving abso
lutely nothing In return; and the shame
of the entire proceeding exists in the
fact that persons holding high official
positions of trust were Involved In the
scheme, and thst women fair to look
upon aided and abetted the plot.
The history of the operations of the
tion sccordlng to the proof npw hi the
hands of the government, is the story
of one of the most diabolical attempts
to plunder the public domain' that was
ever conceived In the mind of Iniquity.
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Section 24 of the act of March 1, 1M1.
provides that the president msy. from
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Callefl Upon to Answer a Charge of Having Murdered Caesar Young,
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CASE IS OPENED
Sensational Testimony Promised When Woman Appears
Against Woman Prosecution Says Prisoner's Virtue
is Not on Trial Former Husband Visits Her.
(Joans! Special service.)
New York, Nov. SI. Mrs. Caesar
Young, widow of the bookmaker who
is alleged to have been murdered by the
pretty "Flododora" girl. Nan Patterson,
will give sensational testimony in the
murder trial that was resumed early
this morning before Justice Davis in the
criminal' branch of the supreme court.
She will testify to conversations with
her husband, in which he told her of
threats against his life which It is al
leged Nan Patterson made from time to
time when be told her of his wife's ef
forts to compel him to break off his at
tentions to the actress.
Letters will be produced purporting to
be from the Patterson woman. In which
the story of these threats Is corroborat
ed. These letters. It Is alleged, were
found among the dead man's effects. In
further substantiation of thsm the dead
bookmaker's partner will take the stand
and swear that Caesar Toung told him
that his life had been threatened by the
actress, and that if ever anything hap
pened to him It would be the result of
Nan Patterson's Jealousy of his wtfs and
the good influence that she was gradu
ally obtaining over him.
The feature of the case against the ac
cused woman will prove of the most sen
sational kind; It will be the states
trump card thla playing a woman
against a woman.
To meet it the defense win have tes
timony of a similar kind letters that
Toung wrote to ths woman who Infatu
ated him. la which he clearly Indicated
his melancholy state of mind. It is al
leged, over his forthcoming break with
the woman, and In which he declared that
he felt that sooner or later he would take
his own llis.
Thus will be pitted aajalnnt each other
two women, both professing love for
the one man, letters from him to show
his terrible mental arrgulsh, his seem
ing love for both,, his fear of the one
and hla desire for death as a release.
Nan Patterson was yesterday pros
trated by the news that her mother wis
on ths verge of death due to heart fail
ure over her daughter's approaching or
deal. In such a state of collapse was
she that her counsel was celled to see
her to reassure her that he would permit
the trial to move expeditiously.
'1 want the thing over with." she told
Abram Lew "I must get out of here
at the earliest moment; I fear it will
located, and turned back many of"ftiose
suspected to be in search of work.
The police remained on guard and kept
the crowds moving.
Bmployers sre advertising for men to
learn the tailoring trade In all branches.
mtm! assert rnnr Tnev will not uvnln on.
Urate union ahoysv
Him in a Cab.
kill mother if it lasts longer." she add
ed, sobbing hysterically.
The outline of the people's esse
against Nan Patterson was presented to
the Jury today by Assistant Attorney
Band, who told of the relations between
the defendant and bookmaker, and dwelt
upon the alleged motives which the
prosecutor charged were actuating In
cases of murder. Miss Patterson sat
with a tense expression of face end oc
casionally clutched her father's hand.
In addressing the Jury Rand sald
"The manner . of living, of this young
woman must not be held sgalnst her.
Her chastity and virtue are not on trial
here and unless you sre satisfied that
she committed the crime charged, you
must acquit her. Of course, her depend
ence on the dead man is of highest im
portance and must be considered."
Lewis Martin, the divorced husband of
Miss Patterson, called upon her at the
Tombs thla morning and cheered hts
former wife with comforting words.
Martin married Miss Patterson when she
was 17 years old. They lived together
two years. She is now 21 years of age.
Rand said he would show thst threats
had been made by the young woman
as well ss preparations for the killing,
would eetabllsh sufficient motive and
show that Toung had no motive for kill
ing himself: slso thst preparations had
been "made to kill Toung 1 hours before
the crime was committed. This latter,
he said, he would prove by circum
JAPAN TO SUBSTITUTE .
THE ENGLISH ALPHABET
(Journal Special Serrlee. )
St. Louis. Nov. 21. That Japan will,
within the next few years, substitute
the English alphabet for the ancient
characters now employed In the written
language of their country, le regarded
by Prince FushlmL who Is In St. Louis
visiting the World's fair, as very prob
able. A. Sato, the master .of the prince's
household, - In speaking for the prince
said that a commission was making an
Investigation under the sanction of the
Imperial government with a view of
devising a plan to Introduce the change
"There la little doubt." be said, "that
the change will be made. The emperor,
who Is a cousin of Prince Fushtml, re
gards the plan with much favor, and
In official circles generally the substi
tution is advocated."
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUP
MAKES ITALY ANGRY
(Jesrael Special Service )
Constantinople, Nor. SI. It la learned
that the Italian government has notified
Prince George of Greece thst If be does
not desist from sgttatlng for the union
of Crate snd Greece. Italy will Initiate
a movement to compel him to resign
the high commtsstotxrahjp of Crete,
Prophetess of Mysterious
Cult Goes on Her Long
Voyage of Death.
WRECK OF PARKER HOME
IS ATTRIBUTED TO HER
Career of Former Typewriter Girl
Checkered Over with Trag
edies and One Noto
(Jeans! Rpeelil Bervlet.1
Denver, Nov. JL A prophetess In a
mystic cult which regards death as a
voyage of discovery. Elsie Geeterllng, U
years old. Is charged with bringing about
the .death of C. A. Parker, president of
the Pere Marquette railroad, and his
young son. It Is also asserted that when
she took her life in a fashionable family
hotel In Chicago Saturday the act was la
fulfillment of a death pact between her
self an the elder Parker.
Miss Geeterllng some years ago became
a stenographer for Parker, who was. then
the traffic manager oT the Colorado Fuel
ft Iron company. Their relations became
so close that they became a matter of
gossip. The young woman left the of
flee only to enter a home that Parker
had prepared for her. His wife, who waa
than In the esst, returned and heard of
the scandal. She sent her 18-year-old son
John W. Parker, to ascertain the truth
young Parker believed In his father
Friends, however, gave him convincing
proof. Thereupon he went to St. Louis
and after writing his mother g long
ante-mortem statement young Parker
took his own Hfs. The suicide took place
July Is. ' ;
Mrs. Parker, when she received the
letter. Immediately gave It to her hus
band. The Gersterllng woman went to
After his son's death Parker became
very despondent. October 1 Parker Went
to Cincinnati to become vice-president
of the Pere Marquette system. A few
daya ago he died suddenly, and It Is now
said his death was due to suicide. The
last act in the triple tragedy came Just
at the time Parker's body was being
lowered Into Its grave. The woman who
caused the trouble ended Her own life
in Chicago. It is believed now that
the death of both Parker and the woman
due to an agreement.
TAKES HER LIFE.
flieissilllg Chooses BTonr of Lover's
to Swallow Poison.
(Journal gpeelal gurries.)
Chicago, Nov. It. Broken hearted be
cause of the death of her fiancee to
whom she was to be married within a
week. Miss Elsa Gesterllng. beautiful,
wealthy, and only 23 years of age, ended
her life this afternoon on the receipt of
a telegram from St. Louis announcing
the moment the coffin of her sweetheart
was lowered Into the grave. It was
reported among the guests of the) Ven
dome hotel that Miss Gesterllng. who,
with her mother, hsd been a guest at
the hotel for some time, was engaged
to Charles A. Parksr.
Cincinnati dispatches tonight have
cast discredit upon this, as they con
tain the Information that Parker, who
died in Cincinnati Thursday, bad a wife
living there. This has only served to
add to the mystery of the case. Miss
Gesterllng had. It was supposed, since
Thursday, been mourning the death or
her sweetheart. Thla morning she ap
peared to be as cheerful ss could be
expected under the circumstances and
her mother left her early In the after
noon to visit friends on the North Side.
At 130 in the afternoon, a telegram
waa delivered to her and she at once
retired to her chambers. At 2:30 s
girl friend called to go for a wslk
with Miss Gesterllng ana wss snown
to her door by a maid. Repeated knock
lngs failed to gain any response and the
owner of the hotel was called.
The door waa finally forced and Miss
Gesterllng found lying on the bed in
the same gown she had worn at lunch
eon. TURKEYS ROOSTING
VERY HIGH THIS YEAR
Twenty-five cents a pound Is a
the ruling retail price for a good d
dressed turkey today. Th mar-
ket Is very Ann, snd although 4
supplies In the wholesale district
were larger, a better demand pre- a
vailed. The higher prices on a
turkeys snd the general shortage
In the supplies of wild birds sre
causing the chicken market to 4
tske sn upward move.
What turkeys will sell at on e
Wednesday remains a mystery to e
-the dealers, and they are only
taking orders subject to prices a
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Prince Fushimi of Japan, Adopted
Mariners Are Warned to Be Prepared for a Southeast Gale That
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Is Now Sweeping Up the Coast at the Rate of .
Seventy Miles Per Hour.
No sooner did the last big storm of
yesterday die down than another one
began to brew. According to the weather
bureau a southeaster will be sweeping
up the coast, before many hours- elapse,
at the rate of perhaps 70 miles sn hour.
To apprise the mariners of the situation,
storm warnings were displayed at 7
o'clock this morning at all the exposed
ports along the coast. Among the
places where the signals are flying are
Marshfleld. Point Adams, Cape Disap
pointment, North Head, Gray's Harbor
and Juan de Fuca strait.
District Forecaster Beals says that It
will be blowing- bard at sea all day,
but he doea not believe the wind will
reach the velocity of the last big storm.
He prophesies that it may possibly get
as high as 75 miles an hour. At 10
o'clock this, morning ths wind was rag
ing at SS miles an hour at North Head.
It is thick on the outside snd st the
bar, snd It hss been impossible to ascer
FOR CANNIBAL FEAST
Gruesome Experience of Four
Men Who Were Shipwrecked
Off New Guinea Coast.
(Joernal Special Service.)
Philadelphia Nov. 21. To be fattened
for tbe feaat of a cannibal king and still
tell the story, Is the fortune of but few
men, but that is the experience of
Thomas Ellis, one of the crew of the
steamer Astrakan, Jnst arrived here.
While he was a sailor on the British
ship Algurburth the vessel was wrecked
In a tornado on the northeast coast of
New Guinea. The crew reached the land
In boats and was attacked by natives.
Captain Reed, and three men escaped, be
cause Reed had a rifle. Ellis and three
other sailors were captured. Their cap
tors placed the sailors In a warm dry
hut and gave them plenty of food. Not
until the end of some daya did they be
gin to realise the fete In store for them.
Good living and little work had the
usual effect snd they began to fatten.
They noticed that the increase of flesh
caused much comment among their cap
tors snd gave much satisfaction. They
then realised that the savages planned to
have a feast with the sailors as the
Meantime the other sailors were slso
captured by a more, friendly tribe. Thla
tribe offered to effect a rescue of their
comrades. They attacked the cannibals
on the day set for the feast. The cap
tors of Kills and his party were taken
by surnrlse snd rioon gave way, when
Ellis snd his three compantona were re
leased and with the aid of the friendly
natives a port reached.
Brother of the Mikado, Now on a Visit
tain whether there are any vessels close
to the mouth of the river or not. G. B.
Heghardt, United States engineer, came
up to Portland this morning from Fort
Canby, but he states that It cannot be
learned at this time if the Jetty with
stood the storm of Saturday and Sun
day. He reports that It Is Impossible
to make an Investigation until the bar
becomes more smooth.'
A fleet of coasters .Is barbotmd at
Astoria, and from present Indications
It la feared that they trill have to lis
there for a few daya mora It is also
believed that a number of ships afa on
the outside, beating around and waiting
for a favorable opportunity to cross the
bar. When the weather clears up' the
opinion prevails that some of the ves
sels will arrive in a crippled condt
Uozt. During the past sight daya the total
precipitation has amounted to 4.SS
TO ACT IN POLITICS
Passes Resolution Endorsing the
Policy of Pledging Candi
dates in Advance.
(Joernal Special get rice. )
Ban Francisco, Nov. SI. Ths Federa
tion of Labor convention thla morning
unanimously endorsed the policy of
pledging political candidates by central
labor bodies In favor of desired legisla
tion, of publishing the political records
The convention also adopted a compro
mise measure In the Chicago Federation
of Labor matter, seating Delegate
Schardt and suspending for SO days tbe
order revoking the Chicago charter.
At the conclusion of the convention
Gompers will go to Chicago and attempt
to effect a settlement. The charter was
revoked because the Chicago federation
admitted that Its unlona were not affili
ated with the A. F. L
(Joeraal Saeehu gervtte.)
Zaneeville, Nov. XX After being, un
der surveillance all night. John Hunten.
ex-sheriff of Allan county, was arrested
In Itosevtlle this morning on suspicion
of having within the last if hours ap
plied the torch to foer buildings which
were destroyed. These have
German Blockade Runner
With Valuable Cargo
BY COSTLY SUPPLIES
Counterscarp of Fort Erhlung
shan Is Occupied by Mikado's
Aggressive Men with
(Joeraal gpeelal Service.)
Toklo. Nov. II. On the afternoon of
November If the Japanese squadron,
whlls cruising off Ton Tno sighted a
vessel steaming rapidly for Port Arthur.
The gunboat Tatsuti overhauled her and
she proved to be the- German steamer
Batelan. which was trying. to run the
The Batelan was loaded with winter
clothing, blankets, medicine and canned
meats. Ths vessel was promptly seised
and taken to Sasebo.
The capture proves a most valuable
prise, as all of her supplies are of tba
vary finest quality 'obtainable and the
vessel herself Is a good one. la the
incident the steamer created suspicion
by attempting flight, but owing to hea
slowness waa speedily run down. . -
Her captain became panic-strtekeai
and confessed that his cargo was con
traband. There has been a decided dearth of
news from tbe front In the last few
daya but the tenaion of expectancy
continues unabated, and it la not be
lieved that the coldness of the weather
will prevent the battle which Is plan
ning near Mukden. The lull la opera
tions there Is undoubtedly being taken
advantage of in tbe Port Arthur aitua
tlon and confidence reigns supreme that
within a very short time the stronghold
will have been reduced.
A dispatch received today announces
that the Japanese undermined and oc
cupied the counterscarp of Fort Erh
lungshan Saturday. Thla Is one of the
principal forts of Port Arthur.
(Joeraal Special Berries.)
London. Nov. 11. A special dispatch
from Canes, Island of Crete, says that
a number of men from the Russian Bat
tle fleet, while in that port yesterday,
became Intoxicated, ran amuck, attacked
i Inoffensive pedestrians, and In tbe
i brawl following murdered five of the
Tbe officers seemed totally unable to
suppreas ths men by ordinary methods
and were compelled to use force to take
the drunken sailors aboard ship. It la
reported here thst at least SO of tbe Rus
sians have deserted their ships.
. ATTACK NOT RESUMED.
(Joeraal Bpect.1 Service.)
Chefoo, Nor. IL According to a Jap
anese officer who has Just arrived from
Dainy, the general attack upon Port
Arthur has not been resumed. It la
expected the next attack will be a tre
mendous affair. More reinforcements
are coming to the support of General
Nogl than those dispatched to Marshal
Oyama at Mukden.
The Japanese are constructing a ones
defense st Piegon bay, which it Is be
lieved to Indicate that they expect to be
compelled to defend Port Arthur them
selves In the near future.
(Joernal Special Service
Rome. Nov. tl. A message from TnM
states that Marshal Oyama has wired
that his attempts to draw the Russians
Into a trap have been frustrated. The
Japanese army Is now excellenly situ
ated In fortified positions
sraOOKfD gQTJADBOsT BOCTS.
(Joarael Special sslilee.)
Frederickshaven, Denmark. Nov. 11.
The second division of the Russian Sec
ond Pacific squadron arrived here today,
and Is preparing to continue Its voyage.
four such fires la
at Nashport. within three week W Sa
said Hunten hea keen drinking kegs
and Is oa,
, the verse of insanity, its
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