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OUTLAW SMITH SHOT.
Blood Hounds Lead to Despera
OREGON UITY. UR., May I.
Desperado Frank Smith, murder
er of three officers of the law,
was killed this forenoon in the
woods south of New-Era, Clacka
mas County, by a bullet ia his
head from the revolver of Harry
Draper, of Spokane.
Prior to his destruction Smith
had made a sensational escape
into the timber and had been
surrounded and penned in by at
least 200 officers and volunteers.
Dynamite had been used to
dislodge him, and the woods had
been fusilladed with bullets, all
of which he escaped unharmed.
Smith was tracked to his lair
through the sagacious intelli
gence ot Draper's bloodhounds,
which did the best work that
bloodhounds have ever accom
plished in this state. In the
chase for Smith, the finish could
not have been more spectacular
nor more dramatic and filled with
startling sidelights had the en
tire fcffiir been p'anned and ex
ecuted by the brain ot a master
stage director. -
It was exactly 11:10 when a
leaden missile from Draper's
weapon ended the career of the
outlaw. It was less than two
hours after the first information
had been received by Sheriff
Culver that a suspect had been
seen near Canby. The trail
which had been cold and dor
mant for the past four days, de
veloped with remarkable
rapidity, and the more the officers
investigated the hotter it grew
until the great climax was reach
ed and bathed in blood.
Concealed behind a fallea lo,
less than 25 feet in a straight
line from the railroad track.
Smith was brought to bay and
there crouched until the pursur
ers came upon him. The flush
iag of Smith was unexpected,
although the men were certain he
was in the timber. The officers
stumbled upon him and were
standing within three feet of him
when he was espied. The dogs
which had been following the
hot scent and uttering loud cries,
stopped at the log and sniffed the
air, holding their heads aloft.
Draper had the beasts in leas a,
and was urging' them on. Di
rectly across the log and at the
feet of Draper lay the desperado.
To the right of Draper was
Detective Vaughn, or Portland,
tnd Sheriff Culver.
To Draper's left crept Deputy
Sheriff Morden, of Portland
These men were slowly advancing
through the brush when the
dogs paused and the rifles of the
men were held in readiness.
Suddenly Draper glanced down,
and there, concealed partly by the
log, was the murder ana fugitive.
Smith saw he was cornered and
made no outcry. He was indus
triously pulling the lazsrs,
warches. and iewelry from his
coat pocket and hiding them
under the log twhen Draper saw
"Are you Smith?" demanded
"Yes," was the bnet answer.
As Smith ntade this reply he
pulled his revolver from the
inside of his coat and started to
level it at Draper.
"Plug him!" exclaimed the
detective and Sheriffs office
men, and in the twinkling of an
eye Draper had whipped out his
own revolver and sent a bullet
crashing through Smith's temple.
Smith did not die instantly,
but lay groaning in a terrible
manner, while the crowd of arm
ed men, which had guarded the
railroad track, came vaulting
over the wire fence which en
closed the track of brush between
the roadbed and the river.
For a few minutest here was a
. feeling of anxiety on the part o
Draper and the others immediate
ly connected with the shooting.
which the dying man wore and
the general description, there
was a possibility that a terrible
mistake had been made. These
fears were quickly allayed by
Detective Snow, who arrived in
a few minutes, and positively
identified the wounded and ex
piring man as Frank Smith,
the criminal Snow and Detective
Resing had arrested Monday
week for the robbery of the
Troutdale postoffice, and the
man who had daringly escaped
hand over hand on a thin e'ectric
light wire from the Portland
followed and there was a gigantic
cheer from the throats of the
army of manhunters. Mean
while, Smith, with a jagged
hole in his temple, was breath
ing. . "Put another bullet into him
and put him out of bis misery,"
said one of the posseman.
"No," cried another. "He
had no mercy on others so let
The outlaw was dragged from
the brush to the railroad track
and laid on a handcar. A dozen
men pushed the car the quarter
mile to New Era. Smith groan
ed the entire distance, and had
not died when the posse began
wiring for transportation home.
When a search was made ot
Smith, his revolver was found
plugged with cotton. The wea
pon was clean, and in one pocket
the desperado had 16 cartridges
or his 41-cahber revolver, with
which he snuffed out the life of
atrolman Hanlon, of Oregon
City ;Sheriff Shaver, of Clackamas
County, and Captain Henderson,
of Wood burn. There are some
who contend that Smith's plugg
ed gun indicated that he was
williug to surrender, and that he
hoped to be taken alive and was
trying to hand his weapon to
Draper when the later shot him.
Against this is the argument
that the men who lined the
track and coves ed every outlet
of escape had repeatedlv called
Smith to come out and thev
would give him a chance. ,
A better place to trap the out
aw could not be designed. A
short quarter mile south ot the
ittle hamlet of New Era there
is a tnicicet 01 willows, cotton-
wood and a few fir trees, between
the railroad and the Willamette
River. This enclosure extended
for half a mile, and is about 900
feet broad at its widest part,
Owing to its position, a get
away was imposible. The rail
road track on the east, New Era
was on the north, the river was
on the west and to the south were
Fred C. Peil, republican candidate for
sheriff came down from Monroe. Wed
J. L. Caton, a prominent farmer of
Monroe section, was in Corvallis yester
Jtsesu-e in your calculations to re
member that the play, "A Belated
Introduction,'' is soon to be given in
the Opera House for the benefit ot the
A. O. U. W. Mrs. B. W. Johnson, who
has the direction of the production.
reports mat everything 13 progressing
satisfactorily and the play will be well
Congregational church. Sunday
school at ten: worship at ) 1; Junior
Endeavor at 3; Senior Endeavor at
7 and V esperand sermon at 8 p. m
Morning Sermon, "A Sower
Went Forth to Sow; What Made the
Sowing Unprofitable?" Evening
sermon the first in a series oa Sue
cesses in Life, beinsr The Man
Successful as a General Officer,
Successful as a Colonizer and Sac
ceesful in Life Notwithstanding his
Misfortunes." The "Te Deum"
will be Bung by request, also the
best duet and solo music ' will be
iriven at these services. You are
invited to be present.
Preaching at the M. E. church
South, Sunday at 11. At 8 p. m
the Epworth League will have
charge of the service. An interest
The Albany Herald Sums Up the
. Softly fell the dew of Hermon
at Mount Angel, where Governor
Chamberlain opened, or rather
continued, his campaign for re
election, addressing the people of
that place on political issues.
. Governor Chamberlain's pleas
ant manner and easy habit of
speech are among the best known
of the gifts with which he is en
dowed, and in forra the speech is
quite up to the mark.
The first criticism of the points
brought out is from democratic
sources, nor intended lor publica
tion, but in evidence of dissap
pointment that something origi
nal in the way of platform - had
not been constructed by theit
It must be said that the main
points insisted upon by the gov
ernor are sound and respectable.
rhey are, however, in almost
consecutive line ot thought, in
duplication of the platform prin
ciples announced and published
ong ago by republican candi
Mr. Chamberlain claims pro
priety rights in the initiative and
the referendum. This is inac
curate. These laws, for better
or for worse, were enacted by the
majority party. Write this down,
therefore, lest the governor tor
get Mr. U'Ren.
As to the direct primary law,
the democratic administration has
had abont as much to do there
with as in the matter of Magna
Control of the franchise and
indirect taxation have been dis
cussed by rebublicaus and made
part of the republican plan of
campaign ana or action alter?
As to the school fund and ac
tion in state lands, the state land
noard, of which the governor is a
minority member, should be
ooked to as responsible for what
progress has been made here.
Other such principles as the
necessitv for suitable river and
harbor work, regulation of cor
porative interests, ana the like,
have been a part of the word of
ames Withvcombe, the republi
can candidate, to the people of
As 10 his vetoes, the less said
the better for the administration.
et it be remembered that Gov
ernor Chamberlain's veto of the
appropriations bill was a form of
playing horse with the senate
and the people. Instead of tak
ing a positive stand as to what he
might think wrong, the governor
evaded responsibility, made the
matter one of politics and in con
sequence the state instead of say
ing will be at increased cost in
interest and otherwise because of
the Chamberlain action.
In the management of the state
prison tne administration nas
been supreme. If it points with
pride to present conditions there,
that pride is near to a fall, as may
be set forth later.
Now, then, the principles ad
hered to in this address are good
principles, in the main, and
are mostly taken bodily from re
This shows that the demo
cratic situation is somewhat des
perate, but why should this
speech be exempt from classifica
tion with, the utterances of a
The Alsea Valley.
Carrie Brown, in The Courier,
a journal of the Normal school
at Monmouth, Oregon, takes the
above as a subject for an article
in the school publication, as fal
One who has never visited the
valleys of the Coast Range would
be surprised at the prevailing
conaitions. Means ot communi
cation with the outside world
are very inadequate and most ot
cue settlers poor, in many cases
ertihty ot ihe sou. Hie dm
cnlty of "getting a start" in y
heavy timbered country is largelv
responsible for this grinding
The Alsea valley is a type of
these regions. No highway
the sea except the river. I.'.
chief outlet is a single roac
across the mountains. During
the winter season the settlement'
are almost isolated, as the roac
is impassable except on horse
back. The wagon trail follows
the course of the river for several
miles and is carved in the face of
a mountain so steep that it seems
to overhang the stream far bel jw.
Fortune smiled on the future
settlers when a forest fire par
tially cleared a portion of tht
valley years before the coming of
white men. To be sure, the fiie
left a forest of dead timber in
its wake, but the land was
sufficiently cleared tor a luxuriant
Jtowth of .grass and shrubs. j
Seveial kinds of wild berries grow
heie in profusion, and the .-thick-'
ts are a favorite retreat for the
black bear. The grass and wild
pea vines support numbers of
cattle. In truth, the countn
has been well called ";he laucn
of milk and honey."
The people are open-hearted
and hospitable but often of little
education. Some very peculiai
family names occur, choice
specimens of which are. Long-
bottom, Vidito and Hyp.
This quiet valley is not with
out its share of the 4 'tragedy and
comedy" of human life. More
than one grass-grown grave,
marked by a fragment of roughly
hewn stone, is the last resting
place of one who has met sudden
death. The landside, the falling
tree, the flooded liver, have each
their tragic stories.
There are some amusing
events, however, as well as sad
ones. A certain school board
was certainly unique. The
chairman ' was a full-blooded
negro who was illiterate in the
extreme, louring tne deliber
ations of that body he would
often hold a copy of the school
law upside down, depending on
his wits to keep from making an
open confession of his ignorance.
Such was the Alsea valley
fifteen years ago. But it has
suffered the change common to
out of-the-way nooks, and its
quainlness is practically a thing
of the past.
In two particulars, at least,
Carrie Brown." be she Miss or
Mrs., is mistaken. In the
first place, while the road in
the winter season is not ideal,
freighting by wagon is carried on
over the Alsea Mountain ro id
during the entire year.
In the second place the
people are not illiterate as
one might be led to suppose.
True, the people that Section
do not enjoy the educational ad
vantages which are secured by
their tel lows who are situated
in or near towns and cities, but
they have good country school
in the valley.
The following letters remain uncalled
for in the Corvallis postoffice, for the
week ending April 28,1906:
Miss Clara Allit. George A Berry,
Miss Lnlu Brown, W W Channel, E J
Clinsman. Harve Grimshaw, Walter
Gay, James Guier, Mrs George Harpert
Mrs Frank Howard, Mrs Grace Heron'
Frank R Hadlev. Walter Jannn,. Ben
Lovell, William Moon, Mrs. Mae Peter
son, G. E. C. Stoddard, Charles "Wi sin.
Chas Wright, E Witmore, Miss Flo nee
B. W. Johnson, 1 . M.
Mrs. A'lditoo, the state president f e
W. C.'T. U. for Oregon, will be in C -valIi8on
My Stn and 9rh for the t ' -poae
of hotting an institute in wtit
it is hoped oar citizen) will take an in '
terest. We all know, or at leist shout
know, t a: the bast . interests of t ie
caa?e U to be bitterly opposed at oar
next state ele ;t oa an I we who are all
loyal to ir standard should be at our
post and k'iow oir colors fearlessly.
By order of V7. C. T. U.
SOME POINTS ABOUT
won't hurt you, if you intend to buy, and
get the points of me.
r "A SCARF PIN POINT"
you get at my jewelry establishment is of
genuine value. Convince yourself by
looking' over that lot of new 1906 scarf
pins just received. I have them "fruity,"
and of Vsimple elegance." Price in each
instance is extremely low.
Albert J. Meizoer
Occidental Building, - - - Oorvallis
Hollenberg fi Cady's Furniture Store
discloses the fact that their stock is 5555
very complete all goods being of
latest style and best manufacture.
Among the things tastily displayed
are Art Squares and Rugs, We
have some very choice patterns in
Ingrain, Shiraz, Brussells and Ax
minister. You will surely miss.
. something nice if you fail to look
them over. A new and complete
line of Granite and Tinware. We
guarantee prices as low as any
house in the Valley.
HOLLENBERG fi CADY.
We are making a specialty in the form of the latest and most
up-to-date eye glass mounting, ever offered to the public.
This eye glass mou' ting is "The Heard" guaranteed to stay on
where others absolutely fail.
-If you care to investigate call at my store any time.Vj
E. W. S. PRATT, Jeweler and Optician.!
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Then come in and see my line of Sporting Goods and be con- ,
vinced that it is the best and most complete Hue ever brought
to your city, consisting of Guns and Ammunition, Fishing Tackle,
Base-ball Goods, Bicycles and Sundries, Pocket Knives, Razors,
Sewing Machine Supplies, etc Gasoline and Dry Cells for sale.
Agent for the Olds Gasoline Engines and Automobiles:!
Guns and Bicycles For Rent. First-class Repair Shop.
M. M. LONG,
Ind. Phont 126
0. C. HIetand.
CORVALLIS STEAM LAUNDRY.
Patronize Homo Industry
Outsldo Orders Solicited.
All Work Guaranteed.
If Yott Dott't
Succeed the first time use Herbine
and you will get instant relief. The
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"My wire has "been using Herbine for
herself nod children lor five years.
It is a sine cure for Consumption and
Malaria iver which is substantiated by
what it h"B done for my family."
Sold bv Graham & Wortbam. ' j.; gig
And Dandruff Eradlcator .
Trtih lvk temstirML
Price, - -Fifty Cents
The Vegetable Compound Company
Corvallis, Oregon 9t
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extremely so, in spite of the