The Dalles daily chronicle. (The Dalles, Or.) 1890-1948, May 25, 1891, Page 4, Image 4

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is nae one like my lamiac
Her brow a snawdrap la,
And her lips they are red cherries.
That aye invite a him. . .
There Ik nae one like my lassie;
Her hair is sunshine curled.
And her e'en are surely brighter
Than nnie In the world.
There is nae onu liko uiy tuHsie;
Her voice it is sae clear
That 1 straightway dream o' angels
' When its siller tones I hear.
""""Tliere is nae one like ray lassie.
And she's good as she is fain
K'eo heaven will seem more holy
When her spirit enters there.
Susie W. Best in Philadelphia Ledger.
It was a dark and stormy night with
out, and I drew iny chair closer to the
fire as I sipped my tea and regaled my
elf with the news of the local paper.
-As the storm and sleet rattled furiously
-against the window and pedestrians hur
Tied by anxious to reach a place of shel
ter, I felt thankful that I was not obliged
to leave my comfortable home for the
"What's this?" Isaid,as myeyealight
d on a startling paragraph.
"Mysterious murder! Mr. John Ran
dolph, one of our old and wealthy citi
zens, was this morning found dead in bin
mom, having been murdered during the
a! gilt by some unknown person. Edgar
Morton, a clerk in his employ, and who,
report says, was soon to be married to
Ui daughter, has been arrested for the
murder, and circumstances are said to
bo strongly against him.'
Now, although I am usually among
the first to hear of criminal news, from
the nature of my business, this was the
first intimation I had received that such
murder had been done. This seemed
very strange, as I was on the very best
of terms with Mr. Randolph and his
whole family.
"And so this is the way that Edgar
Morton repays the benefactor of his
youth and soon to be father! Yet, no,"
I cried, "I will stake my life on that
L young man's innocence.1
As I spoke there came a gentle tap at
the door, followed almost immediately
Vy the entrance of a lady deeply veiled,
who at once threw aside her veil, disclos
ing to me the features of my- deceased
triend's daughter, Cecil Randolph.
"Excuse me, Mr. Ferguson, for enter
ing uninvited, but argent business mast
be my only excuse.
"Be seated. Miss Randolph," I said,
rising and handing her a chair. - -
"Oh, Mr. Ferguson!" she sobbed forth,
borying her face in her hands, "that 1
ahould ever be obliged to come to yon on
aoch an errand as this!
I endeavored to quiet her, and partially
t ancceeded, when I drew from her what
few facts she knew regarding her father's
"He retired last night at the usual
. loar apparently in good spirits, and no
. TMund was heard during the night to
cause any alarm. In the morning, as he
Tailed to appear at breakfast, a servant
was dispatched to summon him. Knock
ing at the door and receiving no answer.
be finally opened it and advanced into
Ibe room. What a sight did he then
behold! My poor father lay upon his
bed, with his throat cnt from ear to ear!
.Death must have come to him suddenly
0'4.v suddenly as to prevent any outcry
j4r -Tw ttie tin Known assassin had no
trouble i ug his escape.'
"tint. -. "i can t see why any
one shoui.. .,. aspect Edgar of the mur
"That is the most mysterious part of
the sad affair. This morning, when
Edgar was told of the murder, he turned
-very pale, reeled, and would have fallen
to the ground had not support been
given him. Some of the ignorant be-
s ; . holders. of this scene thought his actions
denoted guut, and an officer was Bum-
;-. moned, who at once insisted on search
ing nis room. A razor, on which was
. ... . several spots of blood, was found con
eealed under the carpet, together with
i , an old suit of clothes belonging to Ed
gar, which was bespattered with blood.
This was considered sufficient evidence
to warrant his arrest, and he now lies in
jail charged with the awful crime of
murder. ' Oh, Mr. Ferguson, if you can
do anything to save him, and at the
same time bring the guilty perpetrator
of the deed to justice, I will amply
reward you.
"Do you know of any enemies of your
lather, or of Edgar, who would be likely
w to commit such a crime, either for rob
bery or revenge? I asked.
"Oh," she replied, "it was not done for
robbery, as everything in the room was
as my father left it the night before.
His watch and pocketbook, the .latter
containing a good sum of money, were
found under his pillow, where he always
( placed them; so that the crime must
have been committed to gratify a fiend
ish thirst for revenge.
"Now, then, who of all your acquaint
ances could do such a thing?'
"I cannot possibly say. My father had
not an enemy in the world, to my know!
dge, or Edgar either unless, perhaps.
' . it might be Conrad Smithers, my father's
bookkeeper and head clerk. But it would
be impossible for him to do such a deed.
"What reason have you for suspecting
that he is not Edgar's friend?
"Only this: Some time ago Conrad,
whom we have always regarded as one
of the family, proposed for my hand.
and I told him it was not mine to give.
I suspected as much,' he muttered.
. And then, while his face grew dark as
night and his features assumed an ap
pearance perfectly fearful, he continued,
'But you shall never become the wife
of Edgar Morton while I have life
to prevent it.' He then- turned and
abruptly left my presence. I wai much
alarmed and thought of speaking to my
lather about it, but during the after
noon he returned and begged my forgive
ness for the words he had used, and made
such professions of sorrow in regard to
them that 1 freely forgave him, and have
since thought no more of the matter,
"The fact is quite clear to me," I said.
-I know this fellow well and the sort of
(company be keeps, and I shall not be
surprised to hud that lie: conimittod the
murder. Now, then. I want to see th
body of your father and the. room in
which the deed was done."
"Well, Mr. Ferguson, she said, rising
and preparing to accompany me, "yon
will find everything as it was when first
discovered. The officer decided not t;
disturb anything until after the inquest.
which takes place tomorrow forenoon."
Wrapping myself up in my greatcoat
we set out, and after a brisk walk of
minutes reached the handsome residence
of my companion. I was at once shown
to the room of the murdered man, and
then began making such an examination
as only a detective knows how to make.
Circumstances of the most trivial char-.
acter, which would be overlooked -by an
ignorant person, are often seized upon
by a skillful detective, and sometimes
constitute the most damaging evidence
of guilt. In this case, however, every
thing had been done in the most skillful
manner, and 1 could not succeed in mak
ing any discovery.
I was about to leave the room in de
spair when, glancing toward the bed." 1
noticed what appeared to be a slight
scratch on the neck of the murdered man
just above the gaping wound which had
so cruelly let out his life's blood. On ex-
i nation I found it to be nothing more
. a a hair, which had in some manner
j.i tihably become loosened from the head
of the assassin and had settled on the
neok of the victim, where it now lay, a
silent yet truthful witness, pointing out
the guilty wretch to the eye of justice.
The hair was of a deep red color, which
was totally unlike that of any of the
household. It was, indeed, the same color
and shade as that of Conrad Smithers.
I placed it carefully in my pocketbook.
and saying nothing o any one of my
discovery, started for the residence of
Smithers-, intent on doing a little acting.
I found him, as his attendant said, ill in
bed and on no account must he be dis
turbed. . '
'This sickness is but a stratagem.' 1
thought, "to divert suspicion."".
Telling the woman that I wanted to see
him but for a moment on the most ur
gent business, she finally reluctantly con
sented to my entrance. I found uim
lying npon a bed, apparently in great
pain, in my youth 1 had studied medi
cine and was consequently well informed
in such matters, and saw at once with a
quick glance that he was only feigning
sickness. He started np somewhat an
grily as 1 entered, bnt I silenced him
with a motion of my head.
"Conrad Smithers, this is a desperate
game you are playing, bnt it will avail
you nothing. .
"What do you mean?" he exclaimed.
springing to his feet, his illness all gone.
"I mean that the game is up and the
murderer of John Randolph is discov
ered." Thrown completely off his guard, as I
had anticipated, he sank into a "chair,
and burying his face in his bands sobbed
out, "Lost! lost!
"Do you confess the murder, then?"
"I do," he answered,'- "now that con
cealment is no longer of use."
I took him at once into custody and
soon had the satisfaction of seeing, him
change places with Edgar Morton.
Conrad Smithers was tried for the
murder and, knowing that any defense
would be useless after his confession to
me, he pleaded guilty and threw himself
upon the mercy of the court, which sen
tenced him to imprisonment for life.
It needs scarcely to be explained that
the villain Smithers had found an oppor- I
tumty of visiting Edgar Morton's room
in his absence and possessed himself of
the razor and the articles of clothine.
After the commission of the murder he
had returned to the apartment and de
posited the blood stained evidences of
his crime, thus incriminating Edgar.
About a year after I received an invi
tation to the wedding of Cecil Randolph
and Edgar Morton, who live most hap
pily together and never ceased thanking
me that Edgar was saved by a hair.
New York Evening World.
Uses of Fungi.
The coal mines near Dresden have long
been celebrated for the production of
fungi which emit a light resembling pale
moonlight. It is phosphorescent in its
nature. Another species furnishes a use
ful color for dyeing; another is employed
for making ink; another is utilized for
stupefying bees, for stanching blood and
for making tinder; another serves the
Laplanders to destroy hedbugs, for which
purpose it is smeared upon the walls and
bedposts, and another is valued by the
Kamschatkans for manufacturing an in
toxicating liquor.
The "poly porous squamosus" makes
razor strap far superior to those com
monly sold. For this purpose it must be
cut from the ash tree upon which it
grows, in the autumn, when its juices
have been dried and its substance has
become solidified. - It is then to be flat
tened out tor twenty-rour hours in a
press, after which it should be carefully
rubbed with pumice, sliced longitudinal
ly, and every slit that is free from dam
age by insects glued upon a wooden
stretcher. In quite ancient times this
fungus was so employed, and it seems
strange that it has gone so entirely out
of fashion. Washington Star.
A Geometry Examination.
Three- elderly gentlemen, all college
graduates, were discussing the effects of
time in obliterating early training at
school. One of them, Mr. A, asserted
that they had all forgotten nearly every
thing they learned at school, and this
the second gentlemen, Mr. B as stren
uously denied.
"For instance," said Mr. A to ' Mr.
B,'"what do you know about geometry
now? , Anything at all?"
"Certainly," said B, "a good deal."
"Well," said the third man, Mr. C.
breaking in, "let's have a little examina
tion. A, what is the shortest distance
between two points called?"
"A railroad," said Mr. A, promptly
Mr. B laughed heartily.
"Well, B," said C, "perhaps you can
tell me what the shortest distance be
tween two points is?"
"A telegraph line, of course," aaid Mr.
B, triumphantly. Youth's Companion.
The Railroad and the Telegraph Have
Taken Away Hi Avoemtion Import
ance of the Scout of Former Time
' His Wonderful Eyesight Indian Trails.
The scout of the frontier is bike the
typical cow boy a mythical personage in
these days of steam and electricity. The
recent Indian war was conducted with
out him, and the travelers on the prairies
do not need his services. Trailing is as
much an art as is painting or sculpture,
and almost as few become proficient in
it as in the handling of brush or chiseL .
It is impossible to realize nowadays
the importance of a scout of former
times. No party dared cross the plains
alone without a professional trailer to
lead it, and no marauding band of In
dians or whites could be overtaken un
less they were tracked across the bound
less wastes of sod.
A traveler across the plains of New
Mexico relates to the writer that one
day while riding with a guide he stopped
and pointed to a clear and well defined
bear's track in the sand.
The guide looked at it attentively a
moment.' then, without dismounting, 1
declared: "You are mistaken: it is not a
bear's track."
"Isn't it?" said the American! "Then
I never saw one."
"Yes, yon have seen many, but this j
isn't one." j
Quickly alighting, the American j
pointed out the heel and toes of the j
track as clear and well defined aa if I
made a few minutes before.
"Well," said the guide, "if it does
look like a bear's track, still it isn't one.
The marks you imagine to be the heels
and toes are made by those spires of
grass, which, bent by the wind,' scoop
out the sand in the manner you see. ' - -
"You ought to have seen that your
self," he went on, "but you didn't stop
to think. You Americans never da
Americans travel with their eyes 'shut
and their mouth open. An Indian or
Mexican will travel all . day without
speaking a word to any one unless abso
lutely necessary, but nothing escapes his
observation, while an American will
talk continuously and see nothing but
the general features of the. country
through which he travels."
The guide was probably right, for few
Americans . become adepts at trailing
either men or animals across the plains
of the west.
. FOULOWING a trail.
It is impossible to learn the art from
books, though there are a few general
rules which can be. observed. ; For in
stance, every scout - knows that to over
take a party which has perhaps run off
some stock, provisions must be taken to
last several days; that the start must be
made slowly and the course followed
persistently and at a moderate pace, giv
ing the horses the nights to .rest in and
start at daylight in the mornings.
Then, when the pursuers come near
the pursued, it is the scout's business to
tell - the number and condition . of the
enemy, and how many hours .have
elapsed since they passed the .spot on
which you are standing, for it may be
come necessary for you to remain con
cealed until you decide upon the manner
of attack, for if the party be made up of
Indians they will scatter before yon can
capture them.
Again, any scout can tell whether the
trail be that of a war party or not, be
cause no Indians take their families with
them on the warpath; hence no lodgi
poles drag behind the ponies.' If there
is no trace of these it is safe to consider
that a war party is on the rampage. "
One of the difficult things to determine
is the age of the trail, and to do it cor
rectly requires much practice. . If the
track is very fresh it will show moisture
where the earth is turned up. which
after a few hours becomes dry. Should
rain have fallen - the edges will be less
clear and will be washed down some
what. The expert Mexican scout can tell by
a glance, what tribe of Indians has made
a given trail, its age, and every particu
lar about it as truthfully as thongh he
had himself seen the cavalcade pass.
A party following an Apache trail dur
ing the Indian difficulties of 1883 sud
denly came to a ledge of bare rock. The
officers of the troops examined it care
folly, but could see nothing to indicate
where the tribe had gone. But the scout
led them for two miles across it as un
erring as though the trail had been made
in heavy grass.
When asked what told him the way.
he called attention to the fine moss which
covered the rock, and that . by close
scrutiny gave evidence of having been
pressed by the foot, an indication so
slight that it would have been passed
unnoticed by ninety-nine out of a hun
dred, yet his keen eye detected every
footprint as easily as could be wished.
In the grass a trail can be seen for a
long time, as the blades will be bent in
the direction followed by the party, and
even after it has recovered its natural
position an expert trailer wily, detect a
slight difference in the color of the grass
that has been stepped on and that grow
ing around it.
So the appearance of the tracks will
also show him the gait at which the
party was traveling, and he thus knows
how to regulate his pace in order to
overtake it.
It is rare to find a White person who
can retrace his steps for any great dis
tance in the open country, but it is sim
ply impossible to lose an Indian. No
matter how circuitous the route by
which you have reached a certain place
the Indian will find his way back to the
place of starting by the most direct
route, and without hesitating for a mo
ment which course to pursue.
If you ask him how he does it he may
possibly shrug his shoulders and reply,
"Quien sabe?" or "Who knows?" though
the chances are that he will not reply at
alL No matter how affable and enter
taining he may prove in camp, be will
talk little while . en route. Chicago
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Now is the time to paint your house
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For those wishing to see the quality
and color of the above paint we call their
attention to the residence of S. L. Brooks,
Judge Bennett, Smith French and others
painted by Paul Kreft.
Snipes & Kinersly are agents for the
above paint for The Dalles. Or.
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The Daily
four pages of six columns each, will be
issued every evening, except Sunday,
and will be delivered in the city, or sent
rtvr -vvfe ft - I fl-.s-v fc-h -t
cents a montn.
Its Objects
will be to advertise the resources of the
city, and adjacent country, to assist in
developing our industries, in extending
and opening up new channels for our
trade, m securing an open river, and in
helping THE DALLES to take her prop
er position as the
. .. .
Leading City of
The paper, both daily and weekly, will
be independent in:
criticism ot political matters, as m its
handling of local affairs, it will be
We will endeavor to cive all the lo-
cal news, and we ask
of our object and course, be formed from
the contents of the paper, and not from
rash assertions of outside parties.
sent to any address
It will contain from four to six eight
column pages, and
jto make it the equal of the best. Ask
your Postmaster for a copy, or address.
Office, NvW. Cor. Washington and Second Sts.
The Gate City of the Inland Empire is situated at
the head of navigation on the Middle Columbia, and
is a thriving, prosperous city.
It is the supply city for an extensive and rich agri
cultural an i grazing country, its trade reaching as
far south as Summer Lake, a . distance of over twc
hundred miles.
The rich grazing country along the eastern slope
of the the Cascades furnishes pasture for thousands
of sheep, the -wool from -which finds market here.
The Dalles is the largest original -wool shipping
point m America, aooux o,uuu,uuu pounds oeing
shipped last year.
The salmon fisheries are the finest on the Columlaia, .
yielding this year a revenue of $1,500,000 which can
and wilLhe more than doubled in the near future.
The products of the beautiful Klickital valley find
market here, and the country south and east has this
year filled the warehouses, and all available storage
places to overflowing with their products.
It is the richest city of its size on the coast, and its i
money is scattered over and is being used to develop,
more farming country than is tributary to any other
city in Eastern Oregon.
Its situation is unsurpassed! Its climate delight
ful! Its possibilities incalcula"ble: "Its resources un
limited! And on these comer stones she stands.
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