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LAKKVIKW, LAKE COUNTY, OREGON, Til U USD AY, JUNE 13, 1901.
THE MODOC LYNCHERS!
The Grand Jury Said to be in Sympathy
With the Mad Law-breakers.
""iff irrrti T")tMm?nif4 tn
Do Their Duty if
Lips That Could
Tell Can be
ON Till: LYNCHING.
l-iixhtful K llinjc of (luy Wil
liam!!, Said to be Accidental,
Told Hi Ikthrothed lie
Would he Killed.
? p -i'!id Ut l.nk inn ly I mttiiii r. j
Al n in-, I'ai. .1 n. e II - The i-X'itc- !
ineiil li ill ii'. toib- k m hill,: of ( 'it I V I fi i
Hill iiud hi- thii-e film I-runk , Jaiiici
mid M.iitin 1 1. til, and "ii in law Yantis,
neeiiin In be i nr i cai li i instead of abat
ing. 'I lie ltitcstig.tti.iii Udore the gland
j'iry of .M hI.h-cuinly under due t 1 1 of
Depuy Attorney tieiieril C'tiHt. N.
I'll-1 and Mr. Miitrivanl l thorough,
and they me probing to the iMittoin of
this dastardly , cold -blooded affair. 1' mm
alt. linlic-Uon; thoKU whotnnk part in the
I) ricTiThg' "will' T
prnhalitc thai evidence w ill In produced
that will l.-ud to w lmlehale arrests and
The lyin -1 1 it of old man ll.ill, frotn
all accounts thus far obtained, wai en
tirely un iirranled, a he was a law
Minding l it ieii. The only thing against
him, appaicntly, is that in yearn past he
consorted Willi a squaw and became the
hither of a family by her that turned out
to lc had men, and included those who
were banned. Hall's only nflcne wax
that he harbored the boys, and allowed
them to live with him. The mob took
tho three boy ami Y'auli out li rut . and
after hanging them to the bridge, re
turned to tin' hotel after the old man.
They look the old man out mid w ith a
roie ulMiut bin lierk, the other end tied
to a railing, threw him over and allowed
him to ftninglc to death.
From reliable sources it baa la-en as
certained that Calvin Hall waa not a
bad man. He u a veteran of the
Civil War and wax a member of it (iraud
riiiy post in good standing. The ti.uud
I'ort of thin organization is takiiiK hold
of the luatler, ami money will probably
he (uriiifhod to brln the )ier pet r torn of
thin unwarranted killing tujiiNtioe. The
evidence in clnidnK around a numtxtr of
reMulents iu the vicinity of IKikout, dea-
pito the apparent efforts of Rome of the
mciiiliertj of the grand jury to "white
waah" the whole alfuir, and probably
before many days arrents may laj made,
Kuiteiie Youiik, H crippled old sold
ier, tell u wtury that may lead to the ar
roat of the riugluudera. The old aoldier
iloea not fear the reuult of what Ida
UtHtimouy may lead to the wrath of the
mob but bin inuiiiory ia poor, and bin
Hlory iadiajointod. Young w aa at Hall'u
the day previous to the lynching and
tell a how a body of armed men came to
the ranch, rauxacked the liouao, over
powurud Hull when lie came in, and
threatened to kill him then and there.
"It waa about noon Thursday," said
Young, "the day previous to the
lynching that I saw four men driva up
to Ilall'a houno. I wai'in the garden,
and seeing the men heavily armed, I
avoided thtiu. 1 thought they were del
IHtradoea. 1 went around to lock the
door of house, bot found some of the
' men inside ransacking the place, so I re-
lumen to i lis garueri. i was ininmi soon
after by Ism F.ades, who said hews
liHiklnK for stray horses. Old man Hall
came l lht house in aUiut an hour ami
went inside. Moon after we )ic r) loud
talking. Fades told me Ihe men were
looking for the hide of a ralf that had
Ucn t ilri . presumably by Hall's sons.
We heard Hull nay: 'For God's mike,
men, in that tlx- way t') treat me? To
take my lilr w it hoiil giving me a chance?'
They answered something I duln't -alch,
ami then I heard Hall "Hy, 'Well, I want
some kind of paper to lm for this.'
They t u I k ' 1 awhile longer and then all
hum' tint, mid they took ll.ill uy in a
'While the racket u going mi in the
house I ssld to hades ! 1 ti they lire
not going to hang the old num.' He re
plied I'jiiL J I it II 'o hiik were great linemen
and llial wjiiii' o 1 1 n-lli were likely I i he
1 h in bed.
"I know two of the men w ho threat
ened to kill Hall and I think 1 could
recognize Ihe other. The two I know
are J. V. lrown, the constable, unil
hades, who heard the threat to kill
Hall, in a friend of Iventon and will
not talk. He in as in nin an ull the other
lookoiil men now here.
li. ilmil U-venlon, if he wan not aetu
ullv the rinirU-uder of the mob, in imj
whole aHair. Ho n eoiinlanlly consiiitea
by the IMikotit crowd iiH-ted of com
plicity in the crime. Hln llpn are healed
mi the advice of the attorney, John lin
ker, who in admitted to Ui acting ou be
half of the lyncher. Ix!ventoii ia a
blackninith al Iookoill. One of lint
lookout men, Ka-akiug of the killing of
Hall and olhera, aaid today : "The fact
in the a'oplu were driven into thai
lynching. Tucy had the Hall in cuh
tody. The hall-breeds made threat and
the women of ihe whole neighborhood
were terrorized. It waa feared that if
the thieves were released they would Ul
once burn the Iiouhcn or murder the men
who hud caused their arrest. Jn that
sense the lynching w as a mse of sHf-de
feline. They dared not turn the Halls
There is evidence forthcoming that
several members of the grand jury, if
not a maj irity of them, are in sympathy
with the lynchers. ly their ipientlons
put to witnesses Ihey reveal a leaning
toward the exculpation of everybody
suspected. The lips of ihe leading Si
nenses will not he unsealed, despite the
searching questions of Heputy Attorney citeinent hist Saturday morning by the
General post. j killing of Guy Williams, the 2:1 year old
The 111 year old boy lynched was not gun of a well-to-do sheep owner, by Capt.
the son of Calvin Hall, as heretofore John Jones. The shooting was acciden
stated, but was the offspring of Hall's ul. Capt. Jones went to the Williams
squaw, by an Indian named Wilson,
w hom she consorted with after leaving
Hall. It is hard to find a man ntu who
will dispute that Calvin Hall was any
thing but an upright citizen. The ap
parent determination of Judge T. W.
Harrington of Modoc, to probe the
lynching to the bottom has worked a
great change in the aspect.
.ludgo Harrington was very impas
sioned in his remarks to the grand jury.
He declared that the good name of Mo
doc county had been stained, and that
ibu jury, if it hud any regard for the dig
nity of the stat) or the welfare of their
county, "must do their duty us they had
never done it before." Judge Harring
ton continued in a most earnest manner,
raising his voice to a shout and waving
his arms about. He declared that the
lynching of Hall and the (our others
without giving them a trial was good
proof that the lawbreakers had no evi
dence upon which to convict the victims
of putty stealing. "It has not been
shown," continued the Court, "that the
laws are not enforced iu Modoc county.
It has gone broadcast over the world
that this Is a county of lawbreakers and
a jiaradiso for mobburs. Yott uiuat
aearch into this affair and point out the
guilty partiea. The U will do the rest,
and I shall not discharge you until I am
thoroughly satislliHi that you have done
your full duty."
The lynchers and their friends are
well organized. John K. Kaker, the at-
torney tacitly admitted that he was re-1
tained hy the lyn 'her or their friends. I
He declared in court that he would not
indiscriminate charge of
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lynching to lie against a whole neighor- I
hood. "A w hole community has been
railed here," said Kaker, "and it looks
like an attempt to cinch some persons,
guilty or innocent, for the sake of revenge
or tbe rew ard that l offered. ( 1 demand
lliat the charges, If there are any, 'e
made against sa-cilied person. I also
demand to know w bo I h wjt nesnen are."
Jmlge Harringloii was very ill at ease
hirinis Kaker s talk llevnually came
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out of Inn emoaras-rnenl ami onlereil
Il.ikcr to ml d own. iw.iki r at lirnl refus
ed to do so, but liriull did, muttering
under bis breath.
The Chronicle correspondent says that
an oll ipiarrel between J idh'e Harring
ton and K iker is said t account lor the
bitterness shown. Kaker charges Judge
Harrington with burning a public doeu-
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ment iu the courtnsim and sending him
to jail for contempt. It is said that
since ibis morning's epis.nle IkiIIi men
are l-siking for trouoU and carrying
weapons against a w'ble encounter.
The tieople of M -d jt ire not uuac
M.. - - .1 ... . - - - - -"' - - ma m Iwt
blisxl-beil, and it remains to be seen
...1. .1. n ..f .In., in
Hlli.'1111'r llli'li priinr ti iiniiv uitkj m
strong enough to follow up and punish ,
the Calvin Hall lynchers
sentiment iu Alturas is iu favor of pun- j parties murdered hy the lynchers in Mo
ishing someUnly, but the people la-lieve, dim county the other day, was an Indian
al the same lime, that the Grand Jury's j boy, and that iu consequence the Indians
investigation w ill lie fruitless. They do j of that section are very uuch arouM'd,
not believe that anybody (rem the though that they will attempt to retali
Iiokoul ne ighlxirhinnl will have the ate upon the whites is not beln ved. So,
courage to name the lynchers, though
there is no doubt that some of the lynch
ers could be poinied out in the crowd
that haiiits a Unit the court house.
Kvery man in Lookout, Gouger'a Neck
ami the vicinity, with the exception of
five has been subiioenaed and
Alturas awaiting examination.
The fads of the lynching given in The
Kxitminer lust week were substantially
KiHM'tnl tn l-ku County Examiner.
Still Another Modoc Tragedy.
Ai.rt'KAH, Cai.., Juno 11 Modoc coun
ty wits again thrown into a fever of ex-
ranch armed with a rifle. He told Mrs.
Williams tnat Wesley Johnson a neigh
Imr had beaten him the night previous
ly, but that he was now armed for John
son. Mrs. Williams inquired if the rifle
was loaded and Jones answered her in
the alllrmative, and raised the ride to
show her, when the weapon was dis
charged. Uuy Williams waa seated at
the breakfast table, and opposite him
sat a young lady. The bullet passed
through ber hair, and struck young
Williams in the forehead, crushing
through his brain. The young lady was iu
a reclining position, with her head rest
ing upon her hand. Had she been sil
ting upright the bullet would have
killed her. The shooting occurred at
Cedarville Pass, about 12 miles from Al
turas, on the road Isstwocn the county
seat and Cedarville. .
Young Williams had a premonition of
death. lie was to marry Miss Maude
Cantrell in a few weeks, and early in the
morning previous to the shooting left
her at her home after a dance. When
they parted at ber home, Williams said:
"Good bye, Maude; I never expect to
see you again; I fear I am going to be
The Coronor'i jury brooybt in a ver
dict that Williams' daaih waa canned by
Jone, but no mention ia made in the
verdict that it waa accidental. Borne
people arjapecl thai Joo is inaane. He
haa lived for years like a hermit in a
little cabin near the Williams ranch.
The funeral of young Williams oc
curred on Monday in Altorai, and was
larly attended. Williams was quite a
favorite. Miss Maude Cantrell, the
young lady to whom he was betrothed,
and to whom lie asserted on the morn-
: '"K OI ' shooting luat she would never
',tni ''ve aaio, was chief mourner
I at the rave. Her grief was pitiable.
She faimed time and aeain during the
ceremony. Just three hours after he
hade her good bye, and told her he
thought he would be kiUed, be was
Rmlitint Karr hlluht . Tl.d ... u,
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shocking crime that could shame a com
munity pretending to civilization waa
' the lynching of five men, among them a
j father and his three sons, reported from
I Modm; county in Frid.iy uiomiug's
1 Granting that the men were stock
, thieves, the amount of their llo-tis
measured in money was not more than
a few bun lred dollars. Men in places
tfkl tw.fi,.P fltk.l IniMt m.. .1 in Ylsv.1.... ..........
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. too, have stolen as many thousands,
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ami jev me crimes were not expuiicl i y
dealn al the hands of mobs.
It' is safe to say that among those
Isikout tnurderers were men lliem-e! vt-n
a- guilty of slOvk thievery a. any one of
tb.-ir victims. But the mob numbered
leu to one, and were not the victims al-
r.'Miiv I'll! l,t.r.l unit Imartti.xl' fl iu
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only sucli considerations as these thai
i would impel a mob to perpetrate mur-
; der in revenge lor theft.
I The men who composed the Moths:
mob will go unpunished of course, liut
should they receive their leant deserts
each would, r ul" " ' '
111 XllV rj-VU 4vtri
State's Character 5taiaed.
Uecord Union : It is said that one of
the victims of mob passion, one of the
i then even the rude red man of the Mo-
doc hills is outraged by the crime that
has stained the character of the slate.
Kven his untutored mind perceives that
it wag cowardly and brutal to refuse so
I much as a lynch court hearing to the
Indian lad numbered among the victims.
It is very true that the Indians them
selves sometimes take their ow n offend
ers in hand and send them speedily to
their accounting. liut we ln-lieve that
there is no case on record in tribal his
tory of their failure to give an uccused
person some kind of a hearing, accord
ing to tribal custom, w hich to them has
all the dignity and value of a court of
justice under civilization.
A Disgrace to California.
Willows Journal: Any community
may upon the occasion of some horrible
or fiendish or brutal crime, become in
censed and outraged to such a degree
that excited citizens may have some ex
cuse for putting mob law into practice.
Again, a community may be harrowed to
such an extent by petty crimes that a
coat of tar or notice to vacate would be
excused. Hut in the year of our Lord,
1901, in the commonwealth of California
to think there could be collected a mob so
cowardly and degraded as to hang five
members of the human family for offens
es no greater than those laid at the door
of old man Hall, his three sons and one
son-in-law in Modoc county, is enough
to bring a blush of shame to every citizen
of this ftate and if that fciang does not
meet with retributive justice at the
hands of man, they surely will at the
bauds of God. Jt is about the worst rase
of cold-blooded murder that disgraces the
A Slap at Southern Oregon.
The Attorney General and others have
gone up into Modoc county, to hunt up
the parties guilty ol lynching five men
in Modoc county on a charge of petty
stealing, one an old man of 72, and bis
two boys of 19 and 13, with another old
er son and a son-in-law. It is hoped
that the leaders may be secured to iu-
duce another hanging, as this lynching
is an outrage and disgrace to California,
ft is also sasperted thst the officials
were in league with the lynchers. Tha
old gentleman banged is said to have
been a man of considerable influence,
and that prejudice had a good deal to do
with bis execution. If any reliance can
lie placed in reports from the stock
ranges, probably a number of the men
engage in the lynching have stolen and
branded stock not their own, a game
practiced to a great extent throughout
all Northern California and (Southern
Oregon. Yreka Journal.
Government In Reality.
Oregonfan : Five men in Modoc Coun
ty, Cal., were lynched by a mob which
had been vorked up to fury hy depre
d.itioiis of thieves, and which believed
ihe victims were the culprits. If the
victims were riot guilty, the cure is ef
lective, fieca'ise the thieves who escapel
will not dare to keep up their work. If
the murdered men wer-j guilty, they will
probably steal no more, at least in this
life. The mob numbered many deter
mined persona who took the powers of
government into their owns hands and
la-came in reality the government. We
are prone to sublimate goverhment into
an a' ml raction, and cii' b episodes are
useful to keep iu our minds the true
basis of govern .ent.
Away Down In The Scale.
Hedding Free Press: Modoc county
has all at once become notorious not as
a law-abiding community lull on the
contrary, as a murderous community.
The wholesale lvnching of men for the
commission of crimes not capital places
it away down the scale of civilization.
If they had gone a little further and
burned their victims at the stake, our
fair California might have taken rank
w i h Georgia w ith its dark tragedies.
S(xcil ta Lake Examiner.
-- l v t-y. v tfaimiv, -i ..,
HckpaU), N. Y. Junj II Fifteen hun
dred editors arrived here last night and
now have charge of the Pan-American
Lxjiosition. A big time is expected.
The crowds get larger each day. The
grounds are nearly completed.
Opened Up Lively During: the
Week and 2,000 Bags 5old.
As predicted in our last issue the wool
market opened brisk on Thursday, and
since then over 2000 bags have been sold.
F. M. Miller, forThos. Dcnnuan & sons,
bought nearly 1000; J.F. Morse with
Bailey Jk. Massin ;jill, buying for Hardin
A Cavelry of Boston, purchased nearly
1200 bags, Mr. Morse opening the mar
ket at 10 cents ; J. Frank), forJ.Kosh
land it Co., of Boston, also made some
purchases. As near as can be ascertain
ed to date the following clips were Bold:
S. B. Chandler, 1900 and 1101, 635 bags;
Jcott & Adams, Cedarville, 375;Tonu
Ingsen Bros., HO; M. P. Barry, 50; J.
Schellhammcr, 23 ; McElhtnney A Pent
75; W. C. Dent 90; I. F. Iavies "5; Mrs.
Blair A J. Snyder 50; Dan Malloy & Mau
pin7ti; J. M. Keid 00; J. II. l.eehman,
120;Iteid Bros., 49; Fosket Bros., 50; Col
vinJt McLaughlin, 13; Kadcliffe, 40; and
various other lots amounting to about
300 bags. There is considerable more
than the above amount of wool still un
sold, which no doubt will also bring a
The highest prhe paid waa lO', and
the lowest 10 cents.
Returned From Portland.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Duke returned
from Portland last Saturday night after
an absence of twenty-five days, during
which time Mrs. Duke was in a hospital
and underwent an operation for remov
al of a cancer from the right breast.
The oisjration was entirely successful,
and Mrs. Duke returns home much im
proved iu health, and with the promise
that the grow th has been completely re
moved. While in Portland Frank met
numerous old acquaintances who for
merly lived in Lakeview, and he was
treated royally by them during his stay.
He also met many people who made
close inquiry about Lake couuty, aud
several who had about concluded to
come out here to find homes.