West Side Enterprise ;VKNTH YKAU. INDKl'KNDKXUK, l'OLK COUNTY, OKKGON, MAUCII 10, 1901. OL,K COUNTY BANK Incorporated. ;MOUTIi, IT IIAWIKY. I'. L. CAMPHKI.L, . fiiiient. Vice President. Iiu C. Poww.i., Canhicr. ri ciii oo.ooo DtB.. TOH-1-J. It. Hewley. I'. L. CamuMI. I. M. Simpson, J. B. V. X-.'. t, John It. Hiump, J. A. Withrow, F. H. Powell. Transacts General Bankl. snd Exchange business. Drafts sold y allable throughout tlio Unitd HUlea td Canada. THE INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL BANK OAI'TtXx, BTOOK, S5O.000.0O. HIRHIIIiKKU, ITd,t AURAM NKIJKW. Vic. I.ldo. 0. W. 1 UVIN K, Cashier. .OIRECT0UH.-II. lll-"lCw77."Kri.ith. J. P. ''" nd subject Utchwa. DRINK SALEM BEER A HOME BEVERAGE. Made of HOME GROWN HOPS SPECIAL DREW FOR FAMILY USE, IT BEATS THE DUTCH Josse & Bice, UNDERTAKERS Fino Parlors in connection. Day or night calls promptly attended to. , Day phono 2T3 Night 393 Main St, Independence, Ore1 W. I HICK, Bmbalmer and Funeral Director. THE? MONMOUTH LAUNDRY H. D. WHITMAN, Proprlttor A Home Industry Institutions GOOD WORK, PROMPT DELIVERY OUR WATCHWORDS . Work Called for Tuesday Delivered Saturday LIVERY, FEED AND 'BOARDING STABLE I. W. DICKINSON, Prop. Good Kigs for Commercial Men a Specialty. Good accommodations. Horses well fed. Fino i rigs. Horses boarded by day, week or month. . Telephone JVo. Stt.'l IT MAKES A MAN KIEL UNCOMFORTABLE i To have hi collar ami cnffit how raw edue, anil look like candidates for retirement, instead of freMli jfrrtdimtei from the liuindry. What we can't make raw mlelit a well he thrown away. It's like a patient too far none lor the Victor. Hpotlcm linen i an indinn 4 ble dress factor which you must have l A to be anionic the out. akia Steam Eaundry, Orders left at Kntch'i Barter Shop will receive Prompt Attention. ONE 411 230 LIBERTY ST. OREGON ImU'itcnttenrr, Oregon .". V,! -r , s -1 ':VaKV - v- v t'S . u- OX f A DYNAMITE WITH FATAL RESULTS Curtis Baker arid Gilbert McCabe Blown Into Eternity While Thawing Out Dy namite on the John Burton Hop Ranch Saturday Morning PolK County Hills Shaken Up and People for Miles Around Aroused by the Terrible Concussion Teiribly torn nd mangled, and blown into eternity U the fate met by Curtis Baker and Gilbert Mc Cabe while thawing out dynamite on John Burton' hop ranch Fri day morning, three quarter! of a mile iiorth of Independence. There was as explosion of 125 pounds of dynamite and 100 dyna mite cans that caused a tremor ot the Willamette river and shaking of I'olk county hills that aroused people for miles around. The explosion took place while the victims were thawing out dyna mite preparatory to blastiog out slumps. A small furnace had been built by the side of a pig pen about fifty yards from a tenant house In which lived Arthur Baker, brother of one of the victims. The pig sty was blown from the face of the earth, a great hple was torn in the ground, and the bodies of Baker and McCabe, terribly mutilated, were blown nearly one hundred feet away. Their legs from the knees down were torn off and bodies otherwise mangled. Baker's eyeu being tor a out and a hole made in his side would indicate he was bending over the deadly dyna mite whec the explosion took place. The bodies were stripped of cloth ing, shreds of which were found in various directions. One shoeless foot was found 100 yards from the bodies and other pieces of flesh and bone were scattered over the prem ises. An inexplainable circumstance in connection with the disaster is the fact that neither of the pigs in the sty were killed. One was left blinded but that is the only evidence left of injury to either, though the furnace was up against the sty which was shattered into fine kindling wood and distributed over acres of ground. George Winkler's escape also is little short of the miraculous. Winkler had just driven a team into a hop-house only loO feet away. Outtmle the hop-house and between it and the furnace, a horse. hitched to a buggy was tied The building seemed to be in direct line with the full force of the shock, and shingles were lifted from the roof and plastering sha ken from walls and ceiling but Winkler and the horses escaped unhurt. A teaant house fifty yards away in which lived the family of Arthur Baker, brother of one of the victims, was occupied at the time bv Mrs. Baker and her baby and uelther received injuries beyond a severe shock though the window panes were broken out and furni ture tumbled down. The bodies of the unfortunate victims were sent toward the river EXPLOSION in divergent directions. Tracks of blood and shreds of clothing along the course of the bodies are evi dence that they were forced along on the surface of the ground ratber than lifted in the air. It was mere chance that Willie Woods, another boy working for Mr. Burton, was not with Curtis Baker and Gilbert McCabe when the disaster occurred. With Mr. Burton he was working in the brush a few hundred yards away and had in mind to go with George Winkler to the hop-house with a load of wood a few minutes before but upoa asking; Mr. Burton what to do next, was directed to remain with him. Scarcely fifteen minutes before the explosion C. M. Baker, a broth er of Curtis, passed by where they were thawing out the dynamite, The brother observed Curtis open ing caps and placing them in his vest pocket and Curtis was warned by his brother to exercise care in handling the dangerous explosives, These words of warning were the last words spoken to Curtis and it was the last time he was seen alive. The probabilities are the terrific explosion was caused by dropping of a cap into the fire while bend ing over the furnace. It was not caused by striking the dynamite box with an axe to open it as first reported as Mrs. Baker had ob served the boys open the box earlier. Gilbert McCabe was not working as a hand but merely visiting with his friend, Curtis Baker. He had stayed with Curtis the night before at Mr. Burton's home and walked down on the ranch to see stumps blasted out. The disastrous explosion occur red shortly after 8 o'clock Friday morning and the concussion was felt by all Independence and for many miles away. The Polk coun ty bills quaked in their place as though an earthquake was on and the shock was plainly felt across the river on the Marion county side. The greater force of the shock seemed to extend in a north western and south-eastern direction. At Perrydale, thirteen miles to the northwest, the neighborhood was aroused and Ed Richmond rode into Independence to learn of the results. Houses were shaken in Dallas and telephone messages were coming in from that point a few minutes after the occurrence, making inquiry into the cause. At McCoy, 18 miles to the northwest, spools of thread were shaken from the mantel. At Derry, nearly six miles northwest, window panes were broken out. "There has been a surface explosion somewhere" re marked George Harris, an old miner who was shaken up at his home 5 miles north, h. M. Young Dlainlv felt the shock as he was driying past Ab Weal's residence on the Ilayden place, four miles north. "Are you trying Id im us?" asked Mr. West m he aod bin family came to the door to inquire into the cause of the disturbance, as Mr. Young passed. Steve Coop er, sitting by the stove at bis home four miles north, reports that bis bouse fairly reeled. Very few felt the shock at Monmouth, three miles west, but at Salem, eleven miles north sod across the river, it was plainly felt. Rickreall people, six miles to the northwest received a eenerall shak ing up and many from that vicini ty came into town immediately afterward. Curtis Baker was twenty-one years and six months old. He was a son of M. A. Baker, an old soldier who recently entered the Boldiers home at Itoseburg. He leaves four brothers and two sisters. Curtis Baker was w ell known and repect- ed here where he has lived for a number of vears. He was ac customed to handling dynamite and bad offned been cautioned as to its dangers. He seemed to be aware of the responsibilities of one entrusted with explosives and often explained under what con ditions only he considered the thawing out or handling of dyna mite dangerous. A brother of Curtis Baker was killed by a maniac at Oregon City two years ago. Gilbert McCabe was 17 yearsold. His father was found dead, pro bably of heart disease, in the hay loft, about a year ago. The father was owner of the Independence tile factory and also of a 10-acre prune orchard near towu which were left to the boy. His mother lives in New York and upon re ceiving notification wired that she would like to be here but could not. The funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church Sun day afternoon and the remains were buried immediately after wards in the Odd Fellows ceme tery. The church was crowded to overflowing during the ceremonies which were very impressiye. The services were conducted by Dr. E. J. Thompson, of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. Edmond son, of the Methodist church. CANDIDATES NAMED. The Prohibition Mass Conven tion Pnts Outs Full Couty Ticket In Polk. Dallas Ore., Mar. 5, '04 Polk County Prohibitionists met in mass convention here today. County chairman Coff was elected tempor ary chairman and Prof. Forbes of Monmouth secretary. Resolutions urging the enactmant of the local option liquor law were adopted. W. P. Miller ot Dallas was chosen chairman of the County Prohibi tion Committee. Delegates to the dietriot aud state conventions were appointed aud a full county ticket put in the field: The following were mominated: State Senator, Prof. D. M. Metzger, Dallas College. State Representative, J. R. Fawks, Oak Grove. County Judiie. J. R. Shepard, Tena. County Clerk, 0. S. Clark, Dallas. County Treasurer, J. Rodabarger, Falls Citv. Co. Supt. Schools, Prof. G.A Forbes, State riorum Monmoutn. County Assessor, A. N. Poole, Monmouth Co. Commissioner, T. J. Pettit, Monmouth. County Surveyor, Wm. Lee, Bridgeport NUMBER 15 RANDOM SHOTS Snap-St)ot Interview Taken of Ben Hayden as he Passed Through Town Saturday TOUCHED RIGHT AND LEFT Respects to Scott, Boise and Myers. Governor Erred. - County Judgeship. District Attorney There was no use in sending Harvey Scott, Whitney Boise and Jeff Myers back to Washington to get a Lewis and Clark fair appro priation. Scott s a smart man but Myers and Boise are not St to go back there. It's a useless expense on the people. Neither Myers nor Boise could make a speech before the senate. It's merely a kind of admiration society. Myers nomi nates Scott for vice president and Myers is mentioned for something. Governor Chamberlain is a big ger fool than I thought he was. else he would not have answered a letter from Woods. Woods was never in the Indian war. Cham berlain told me more than a year ago that Woods was the d nest rascal in Portland. It was no in formation to me. I knew it and now Chamberlain has gone and answered him through the press. That's just what Woods wanted. A county judge should know something. County judge is moro important than circuit judge. Es tates go through their hands. They appoint guardians and dispose of wards estates. I'd rather have a fool on the circuit bench than on county judge bench. Last year I paid $300 taxes and have to pay the same this year. It's an out rage. I got just as good protection in '62 when the tax rate was 5 mills. It's time to elect a good man. . It's all a farce to give com missioners $600 a year to ride around in buggies. There's been a good deal of work done between Dallas and Salem and there's been lots of idleness while working the road. It's a bad law putting money in the hands of a court to distribute where it sees fit. It's a needless expense for it costs to col lect and distribute again. Better let men work out their tax. The district attorney's oflice is the best in the state for the amount of labor required. One term is enough for any man. Hart is very clever but he's a school teacher, not a lawyer. I say, Hart's a school teacher, net a lawyer. Edward Kosendorf Dead. Edward Rosendorf died at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in Phila delphia where he was attending medical school. His mother Mrs. Rosendorf, formerly of this placo but now of Corvallis, was on the way to his bedside when his death occurred. The remains will be brought baek to Oregon. Dallas vs Willamette. The Dallas college team defeated the Willamettes at a game of basket ball, Tuesday evening by a score of 4 to 16. The Willamettea were the heavier but deficient in catching the ball and in landing it in the basket. The Dallas team excels the Willamette in dexterity of action as it does most team with which it has met.