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OF POISON ATTEMP
Dog Dies After Eating Food
Left for Her Husband
Roseburg. Charged with an attempt
to murder her 72-year-old husband in
order that she might name her
nephew as heir to property amount'
ing in value to around $10,000,, Mrs.
Amanda McConneli, bo, was arrested
here and was bound over to the grand
jury. James McConneli, the officers
said, wanted to make his nephew
heir to the property and this led to
a quarrel which caused the woman
' to attempt to poison her husband.
Mr. and Mrs. McConneli were mar
ried in Whitman county, Washington,
in 1883, and since that time haVe
made their home in Roseburg where
they are well known. They had four
sons, three of them now dead. ,
The fourth, Doran, was sent to the
reform school in 1917 and has been
missing since his. release. One of
the sons, Roy McConneli, a disabled
world war veteran, died last month
at the veteran's . hospital in Walla
Walla, leaving an insurance policy of
$2000 due to his mother, together with
about $900 in cash. The division of
the money immediately led to domes
tic trouble, the officers were in
formed. The question also came up
of the matter of a will and the nam
ing of the persons to receive the
property belonging to Mr. and Mrs,
McConneli. The husband wanted to
leave the property, the officers were
told to his nephew, Rev. Carl Mc
Conneli of Walla Walla, and the' wife
favored" her nephew, Dee Adams of
Dixonville near Roseburg.
Last week Mrs. McConneli saw in
- an Astoria paper a picture of a man
sent to the penitentiary at Salem and
found in the picture a resemblance to
their missing son Doran, according to
the statement received from both Mr.
and Mrs. McConneli by the officers.
Mrs. McConnel insisted upon going
to Salem, although her husband op
posed the trip. As Mr. McConneli re
fused to go, she called in her nephew.
Last Sunday morning she prepared
an early breakfast, leaving Mr. Mc
Conneli in bed, as he was not feeling
The statements of both the husband
and wife agree that Mrs. McConneli
prepared some biscuits and having a
small amount of dough remaining,
baked one large biscuit separately,
and left it for her husband, after
which she and Mr. Adams took a
stage for Salem.
Mr. McConneli, in his statement to
the officers, said that he attempted
to eat the biscuit but found it bit
ter, and, not feeling well decided not
to eat breakfast, so scraped the food
that she left for him into a plate and
set it outside for the dog. Within a
few minutes the dog went into con
vulsions and died.
Becoming suspicious, Mr. McCon
neli went back to the kitchen and
there found two bottles on the table,
one partially filled with strychnine
and the other with .a harmless med
icine. As his glasses were missing,
he was unable to read the labels on
the bottles, and so took them to his
doctor, who, after hearing the man's!
story called Sheriff Webb to investi
gate the case. i
Mrs. McConnel on her return from !
Salem, where she found that the!
prisoner was noi ner son, was ques
tioned by the officers. She stated
that the two bottles had been in a
pocketbook in a room adjoining the
kitchen. She had bundled some pap
ers and pictures to be used in her
attempt to identify her son and as
these did not fit her regular pocket
book, she took the other, and dumped
the articles in it on the table. The
dog followed Mrs. McConneli, she
said, as she left the home, and she
told the officers she believed it must
have eaten poison away from the
house. She also has advanced the
story that her husband poisoned the
dog to cast discredit on her so that
she would be stopped from having a
part in distributing the money.
It is now stated that McConneli re
fuses to testify against his wife and
has employed an attorney to defend
Bill Upheld as
Basis for Relief,
Washington, D. C. The much-dis'
cussed equalization fee of the Mc
Nary-Haugen bill was upheld as
basis for a permanent farm relief
system before the house agriculture
committee by Chester H. Gray of the
American Farm Bureau federation,
with the opening of hearings on mean?
of remedying the agricultural situa
Representing farmers' organiza
tions throughout the middle west and
west, Gray advocated the passage of
the remodeled McNary-Haugen bill
on the ground that it represented th
best legislation obtainable. He sug
gested one important amendment,
creation of advisory councils in each
of the 12 federal land bank districts,
m place of commodity advisory coun
cils to be established at the discre'
tion of the federal farm board.
This would mean, he said, that
emergency situations in all commodi
ties in the regions would be met and
dealt with by councils of the respec
tive regions. Under the present plan
separate councils ae - requirea as
situations arise respecting any
Gray told the committee this charge
would be in the farmers' interest and
would be a concession to them to
make up for revoking the power
which they had in the previous bill
to stimulate in general the member
ship of the federal farm board.
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