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THE HENEY CASES
Hermann's Trial Set For Hearing: In
November Indictments Against
Binger Hermann is to be tried in the
united States court in November,
Claude Thayer, Clarke E. Uadley,
Manrioe Leaob, Walter J. Smith,
Thomas Coates, John Tutlo, G. O.
Nolan, all indioted September 21, 1905
for conspiracy to defrand the govern
ment of pnblio lauds, released from the
obarges against them by dismissal at
the request of Franois J. Heuey. Jos
eph Black and others, aoonsed of con
spiracy, dismissed because of insuffi
cient indictment aooording to a
decision of the court ; Livey Stipp of
Uregon City, released from one of the
Meldrum indiutments. All other
cases passed over until the November
term of court.
This is the present status of the
Uregon land fraud situation as estab
lisbed by the motions of Judge T. C.
Becker in Judge vWolvorton's court
says the Journal.
Judge Booker appeared in court and
j asked that tbe Hermann case be set
for trial at tbe November term of
conrt. I? making (be request be read
a telegram from A. S. Worthington
of Washington D. C, counsel for Mr.
Hermann, reauestiue that suoh action
be taken. Mr. Worthington has been
engaged in tne Hyde-Diamond case 16
Washington and asked that tbe case
be set over until he could have a short
rest from tbe strain of the Wasbiogtoh
This is the Bine Mountain case, an
with the exception of Hermann ai d
Williamson tbe other defendant),
Franklin P. Mays, Willard N. Jon is
and George Sorenson, have been trie 1
and convioted and the oases are now
on appeal. In the oase Hermann will
be tried alone, it is understood, as
Williamson will not be plaoed on trial
because of his conviction in auotbej
case, wnion was reversed by tne su
According to Judge Becker, Mr,
Heney will be in Portland to try the
All other land fraud oases with one
or two exceptions now pending on the
dooket of the federal court-in -variouii
stages of progress were put over until
tbe November term of conrt npon the
motion of Jndge Beoker. A numbed
of these oases are slated for dismissal)
In practioally all of them, however,
tbe defendants are oonueoted with
other oases whiob have been tried and
whioh are now pending on the docket
waiting for the passing of sentence, or
appeal. Until these matters are settled
and the cases whioh have been tried
are finally disposed of no notion will
be taken on tbe oases which have not
yet been touobed.
MANY INDIANS ISSUED PATENTS
At Present Rate Reservation Will
Soon Be Owned By White Men.
It the government continues to issue
patents to Indian allottees at tbe rate
tbey have been granted during tbe past
year the Umatilla reset vation will soon
pass into white ownership.
Sinqe Major A. E. MoFatridge took
charge of affairs on tbe reservation he
has secured over 100 patents for Indian
allottees. In most oases tbe allottees
have been mixed bloods, and their al
lotments have varied' in size from 40
to 160 aores.
It will be nine years yet before tbe
Indians are entitled to their patents in
tbe regular course of law. Tbe allot
ments were made io 1892, and it was
specified that patents should not be
given tbe Indians for 25 years.
But by tbe terms of another law In
dians may be given their patents at once
provided tbey are capable of handling
their own affairs. The agent is the
judge of their powers in that line, and
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it is for him to say whether or not
tbey shall be given tbe absolute con
trol of their property.
Before tbe agent asks tbe depart
ment to give an Indian a patent he
must flrst post a notice of bis inten
tion "to do so and allow it to stand for
a period of thirty days. The notioes
are posted on the bulletin board of the
In tbe majority of oases Indians
who get their titles to their land sell
their allotment to white men, or else
lease tbe land to them for a long term
MIT ROCHES 10 CENTS
Few Are Selling and Market Is Being
Watched With Interest,
y) For the first time in several years
tbe wheat market in Athena has
touched tbe 80 cent mark. With this
stunning good prioe, comparatively
few sales have been made however,
the disposition of wheat owners being
to Watoh the mat cat. whinh in nnnairl.
ered to have an upward tendency.1
Harvest is more than half completed
in this vicinity, and uext week, when
more grain will have been threshed
and an estimate of tbe orop is at hand,
it is expected that tbe bulk of the
grain. produced here, will bQ-dinDoaed
jy The weaUjeTcas beeu ideal for har-
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v ca u BBveitu iiuruauiug reuuraa
Jl&veJ)een established. Men and
teams are standing the work well, and
but little sickness ia rnnnrtnd this aan
son in tbe harvest crews. '
Jim Stamper, roust-about for F. J.
Beale's big outfit reports tbatjthe three
headers employed with the machine,
in one dav out 10? aores nn the Allen
plaoe on the reservation, Wednesdayyn
"bhu a' ci i is ropuriB ma iuunea com
bine to be working in fine shape, and
says that his crop will average 35
bushels per acre.
J Joseph Forest and son, Edgar, sold
,25,000 bushels of wbeat Saturday at
78 They have a large aoerage tbis
year and estimate tbe crop at 35 to 40
bushels per acre. "T,. . ,
' Frank Berlin- is operating - bis com
bine successfully this year, and his
crop is areraging 35 bushels per acre.
A. B. MoEwen will soon finish har
vesting bis crop. He sold bis club
wbeat for 79 cents and Turkey red for
Joseph Sheard's crop a verges a lit
tle over 40 tashels per acre.
Man Who Was Grosely Abusive
Wife and Family Is Banished -Divorce
If al eatioop, filed in tbe cironit
court against J. F. McPberen by bis
wife, who seeks divorce, are half true,
he got no more than be justly deserved
when be was brought before Justice
of the Peace Richards, Monday.
Mis, MoPberen brought suit for di
vorce last week through her attorneys,
Peterson & Wilson. She alleges cruel
and inhuman treatment, druokeuoess,
and socres of other misdeeds, tbe like
of whiob seldom appear in divoroe
proceedings in any court.
Sunday, MoPfaeren came over from
Walla Walla, loaded with Washing
ton booze, and proceeded to his wife's
residence. Here be at onoe began bis
usual tactics of abuse, although tbe
oouple had been separated for mouths
and be bad been warned to keep away.
He finally left and came down town,
with the prime object, as subsequent
developments show, to secure a gnu.
He visited both hardware stores, at
each plaoe trying to buy a revolver.
Tbe ciroumstanes of the family diffi
culties being known and tbe fellow's
drunken condition boiug taken into
consideration, bis request was prompt
By tbis time tbe officers were after
him, and be was arrested in front of
tbe MoEwen hardware store. He was
taken before Jndge Richards, who
placed bis bearing for Monday after
He spent Sunday night in tbe city
jail. At tbe bearing Monday afternoon,
be was given tbe alternative of giving
bonds to keep tbe peaoe, going to jail
or staying out of Umatilla county for
one year. Tbe Sheriff's boarding
house did not appeal to him bonds
being out of the question eo tbe eve
ning train drew him henoe in tbe di
rection of Walla Walla.
Labor Leader Dead.
George A. Petti bone, for years prom
inent in tbe councils of tbe Western
Federation of Miners and charged
with President Moyer and former Sec
retary Haywood with complicity in
tbe mnrder of Governor Steonenberg
died at Denver Monday night from tbe
effects of an operation for oancer. Pet
ti bone baa been ill practioally ever
since his confloement in the Idaho
penitentiary, whioh Lad been ' more
than a year previous to tbe famoos
murder trials at Boiix Petti bone was
never formally tried, but was dis
charged after tbe acquittal of Hay
wood and Meyer.
Flames In Canadian Woods Lick Up
Lives and Property In the
West's Greatest Fire.
The most awful oouflagration ever
known in the western country Has
wiped out the whole oity of Fernie,
west iernie, tbe annex, tbe old town
and tbe Freuob town and all tbe lum
ber mills in or about tbe city of
F rnie, B. Q.
A brisk breeze that bad been blow
ing all of Sunday morning fanned into
a name tne smoldering bush fires in
tbe slashings of the Cedar Valley Lum
ber oompany south of town, on tbe op
posite side of tbe river. Tbe wind
steadily inoreased in velocity and vol
ume, fanning the flames into a strong
conflagration, whiob licked np tbe
Cedar Valley yards, West Fernie, the
Elk Lnmber company's mill and 10,
000,000 or 15,000,000 feet of lumber
io tbe yards, leaped across tbe Elk,
renewing its vigor with the fuel for
flame which it found in the aunex of
Tbe magnificent railway bridge of
tbe Great Northern, tbe lnmber camp
traffio bridge and the Elk Lumber
oompany's private bridge spanning the
Elk, connecting Fernie with West
Fernie, were all devoured in tbe tor
rent of flame.
About 3 o'clock the fire was discov
ered on tbe east side of the Elk, below
town a little piece, and the raging
wiud soon fanned tbis into another
conflagration, whioh swept toward the
oity, .taking in its course tbe Fort
Steele Brewing oompany's brewery
and all tbe buildings surrounding it
were wiped out, as well as all tbe
buildings in the old town extending
np Cow oreek to what is known as
French town, destroying everything in
The flames leaped Cow oreek and
licked up EdgeoliS, the most southern
house in tbe part. It came across tbe
Canadian Paoiflo railway tracks,
hnrniiiD tha ftnnl nhnt.an anil vim a arwiu
in tbe heart of tbe city.
Tbe flames coming from the two di
rections and meeting in tbe heart of
the oity confnsed tbe people so that
tbey scarce knew from whence tbe
greatest danger was approaobing, or
whither their road of esoape was open.
After the fire bad subsided it was
found that exoept tbe Western Canada
Wholesale company's warehouse, a
concrete block building near tbe Cana
dian Paciflo railway beyond tbe sta
tion, not a business bonse of any kind
remains standing in tbe oity.
Eighteen bodies have been taken
from tbe ruins and there are scores of
Smoke and embers are still flying
over tbe site of tbe destroyed town,
making it extremely disagreeable for
tbe homeless people, but there is no
danger unless another gale arises.
Tbe bodies of tbe viotims have been
plaoed in the basement of tbe office of
tbe Crows Nest Pass Coal oompany,
a cemeut building, and oue of tbe two
buildings standing, wbere those which
are unknown await ideutiofiation.
One of tbe most tragio fatalities of
the flie, and oue wbiob shows tbe ex
tremes to which people were driven to
escape tbe beat, was tbe finding of tbe
todies of a family of four iu a well.
A miner and bis wife and two child
ren bad tried tbns to gaiu refuge from
tbe terifio heat. Tbo bead of tbe mau.
whose name was William Ford, was
badly burned, while his wife and
children, a boy of two and a girl of
eight years, bad all died of suffooation.
There was only a little water in the
well which was curbed with wood.
After climbing Into it tbe miner and
bis family were evidently unable to
get out again, and tbe ourbiog burned
down almost to tbe water's edge, suffo
WHEAT FlELDWED OVER
Ash Heap Starts Blaze and 1200 Sacks
of Grain Destroyed.
An ash pile from a threshing ma
chine engine wbiob bad lain for two
weeks in tbe William Talbert wbeat
field three miles southwest of Milton
was stirred by a heavy wind Saturday
morning and uncovered coals of fire
which started a fire burning 1200 sacks
of wheat in two settings and threaten
ing for a time to sweep several hun
dred acres of standing wbeat owned by
W. H. Fazier and Claude W. Steen.
The big blaze started between 6 Slid
7 o'clock and it was more bua an bonr
before it was checked. The glare of
tbe flames could be seen fDr miles and
preseuted a beautiful picture despite
tbe fact of its destroying power.
The wheat was owned by J. H.
Coffman, who has tbe land leased
from William Talbert Tbe entire
lot had been sold to S. A. Barnes, but
tbe loss will fall on tbe grower. In
surance was carried on tbe grain for
50 cents per bosheL
. A strong wind from the south fanned
tbe flames wbiob darted with light
ning rapidity toward tbe Steen and
Frazier fields. Tbe Frazier combine
crew was working nearby and soon
begin to flow uod dig guards against
the oncoming flames. Members of the
orew worked desperately and were re
warded by tbe checking of the fire
wbenitoameto tha t.rnnha rini
quick work and proper judgment saved
a loss or muoo greater proportions
than that sustained.
Weston Lawns Dry. .
Lawn irrigation at Weston has been
stopped by order of tbe authorites, tbe
water supply demanding close econ
omy. .Pumping has been going on for
tbe last two weeks and the restriction
has been avoided so long as possible.
THE BOOTHS ARE NOT GUILTY
Oregon Men Accused of Public Land
Fraud Are Free.
Ex-Senator R. A. Booth, of Eugene,
bis Brother, James H. Booth, ex-re-
ceiver of tbe laud office at Roseburg
and Thomas E. Singleton, who have
been on trial for several days in tbe
United States distrint court on a
charge of conspiracy to defraud the
government of 160 aores of publio
lands in Douglas county, were aoquit-,
ted. Toe jury retired and was out 19 '
hours. It is stated that largely be
cause of government failure to secure
conviction in tbe present case follow
ing closely on tbe heels of tbe aoquittal
of ex-Reoeiver Booth on a similar
obarge, that tbe government will quash ,
tbe majority of tbe remaining 18 in
dictments known as tbe "Heney indict
ments." Exoept from those to be
discharged are the ones against Binger
Hermann, former consressman and nr.
commissioner of the general land office '
It is said that the date of tbe trial
of the Hermann indictments will be
set this week. F. J. Heuey. will it is i
understood, come to Portlaud to try
Mr. Bermanu and urcseonte in nerKnn
tbe oases against him.
That Diseased Horse.
Tbe attention of the county stook
inspeotor has attain been called to thn
pitable condition of a soab-iufeoted
norse, owned tjy m Knigbt. This is
the seoond time the inspector's ser
vices have been required in tbis par
ticular case. Several weeks ago tbe
iospeotor was' summoned and gave
Kniebt instructions recardincr tha
on re of tbe animal, but apparently tbe
norse has teen neeloctod. for it is etill
in tbe very worst stages of tbe dis
ease, and stands day after dav in a hot
shed an easy pray to toituons flies-
Tbe owner is out of town and tbe
horse is having praotioullv no care at
all. From humane motives a oouple
of citizens have takeu the matter up
with tbe stock inspeotor.
Divines Meet at Milton.
Milton will be honored tbis year with
tbe presenoe of a number of emiuent
diviues who will oome from tbe south
land to attend tbe annual oonforenoe
of tbe Methodist Episaopal Cburob
Sontb. Tbe sessions will begin Sep
tember 16 and continue over to the
20th. Bishop James Adkins. One of
the teat-known diviues of tbe cburob,
will preside at tbe conference. T Dr.
J. D. Hammond, general seoretary of
tne board of eduoation of tbe cburob,
will be present and deliver a number
of addresses. Tbe Rev. II. S. Sbangle,
agent of Columbia college, hopes to
secure help for "Greater Columbia"
from tbe coufereuoe and tbe prominent
rren who will represent tbe northwest
at tbe oonferenoe.
John McGhee. Pioneer, Dies.
Tbe Rev. John W. MoGbee Sr..
aged 7 years, died at bis home in
Walla Walla Sunday afternoon of sen
ile decay. Mr. MoUheowas born in
Washington oouuty, Va., April 29,
1821. and came to tbe valley in 18). -
A u umber of years ago his wife died
and last year be remarried. He wu
the last of a family of five brothers
ana tnree sisters, and leaves a family
of seven children, all grown. Two
sons, J. W. Jr. and G. F.f reside at
Walla Walla. Mr. MoGbee served
with tbe Oregou volunteers in tbe
Rogue River Indian war. For uearly
half a oentnry he was minister of tbe
Methodist Episoopal Church.
Hurting Hop Men.
Barou Louis Von Horst, of Coburjr.
Germany, who has large bop interests
in ualilornla. speaking of tbe situa
tion in tbe industry, said that, the
trouble is over-production and that as
a result tbe small bop faimer has beeu
in severe straights during tbe past two
years. Tbe prohibition movement iu
tbe sontb and west and tbe lioeuse bill
in Euglaud and Germauy have cut
down tbe demand, be says, with tbo
result that there has been a falling iu.
prices such us to make tbe business
unprofitable for tbe small growers.
Enjoys Wenaha Resort. ,
Mayor Plamoudon came down from
Wenaba Springs Tuesday evening, and
looked after business for a couple of
days. He was aooompanied by Attor
ney Wilson. Tbe doctor is enjoying
his outing and reports trout fishing
good. He will returu to tbe Spring r
and join Mrs. Plamondou, today.
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