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SALEM. OREGON, SATURDAY', APRIL 20, 1911.
BURNS TELLS STORY OF
CONFESSION AS SOON
10 IMMUNITY PROMISED
BUT WARNED flOT TO TALK
CONFESSION IS VOLUNTARY
Merchants' and Manufacturers' Association Have for Two
Months Been Trying to Create Prejudice Against Union La
bor in Los Angeles by Circulating False Reports of Intend
ed Strikes Darrow Not Yet Certain to Act Judge Hil
ton Has Three Hours' Interview With Clients.
UNITED rBK88 LEASED W1M.
Chicago, April 29. For the first
time since the arrest of John J. and
James B. McNamara and Ortle Mc
Manlgal for alleged complicity in
the dynamiting of the Los Angeles
Times building, Detective William J.
Burns today gave to the United
Press a detailed account of how -the
alleged confession was obtained from
MeManigal April 15, In Chicago.
"The confession,'' said Burns,
"was obtained at the homa of Detec
tive Reed. When we took James B.
McXamara and MeManigal into cus
tody, we explained their rights to
them, and I told them they would not
be forced to make statements. I even
warned my men aot to try to glean
anything from the prisoners. How
ever, did tell the two men that If
they knew In their own mlnda that
they had been caught red-handed, as
I knew, that I would be glad to have
a statement from them.
'On April 15 MeManigal Bent for
me. When I saw MeManigal he said
that he realized that we lhad the
goods on him, and his detailed con
fession followed. -
"After confessing to dynamiting
tha Llewellyn plant he told me about
the blowing up of the Times build
ing. He said that he was not im
plicated in the latter Job, but that
the McNamaras were.
"MeManigal confessed of his own
free will. I explained to him that
there would be no Immunity or leni
ency because of (his admission, and
that I would use hia own confession
IS ATTENDING SCHOOL AT EU
GENE AND HAS NOT YET SIG
NIFIEU HIS WILLINGNESS TO
LOOK AFTER THE STATE'S AF
FAIRS. Another head was decapitated In
the office of secretary of state yes
terday, when Secretary of State 01
eott tendered the position of C. A.
Zeigler ts Wallace Benson, son of the
late Secretary of State Benson. Ben
son is now attending the University
of Oregon, and has pot yet advised
Secretary Olcott whether he will ac
cept. The position carries a salary
of $125 a month.
Mr. Zeigler is a Roseburg man,
and was given a leading clerkship in
the office of the secretary of state
when Benson was e'ected to the of
fice the first time. He has not out
lined his nlans for the future.
This is the second appointment
made by Olcott since assuming the
office of secretary of state, the first
being the anoointment of C. D. Bab-
rock, of Stayton, to the position of
corporation clerk to succeed Frank
W. Wrlghtman. Mr. Wrightman has
not annnunced his plans for the
future, but It is understood that he
la considering several good positions
' hlch have been tendered him.
America Sends Gunboat.
Washington, April 29. The navy
department announced today that
the United States gunboat Wilming
ton had sailed from Hong Kong to
Canton to protect Americans and
their Interests during tha outbreak of
Chinese rebels there.
Burns left for Indianapolis on
business connected with the dynamit
ing cases today. ' He Is eapected to
return to Chicago Sunday, and will
then start for Los Angeles.
Try tt Cause Prejudice.- .
Los Angeles, Cal., April 29. That
the Merchants' and Manufacturers'
association has for the last two
months been trying to force a strike
abong the various union organiza
tions here to create anti-union senti
ment, was .the statement today of Sec
retary L. W. Butler, of the Lob An
geles labor council.
"The employers ihave been ap
proached by the agenjs of the M. &
M., and told that the unions were
preparing to strike tor -.higher
wages," said Butler. , "These agents
then urged the employers to dis
charge every union man In their em
ploy. When the employers went to
the men they found these statements
were unfounded. ,
"The report was ' circulated! that
the building trades were preparing
to strike. This was not ao. as there
had never been any talk of such a
strike. This rumor named May 1 as
the date for the big walkout. I know
this to be so, not only among the
building trades and other unions but
among my owni men, the teamsters.
The Idea was to have Los Angeles In
a furor of strikes, and thus create
sympathy for the plans of 'big busi
ness' interests to run an open shop
Los Angeles, Cal., April 29.
Judge O. M. Hilton; who Is directing
the defense of McNamara brothers,
pending the arrival of Clarence S.
Darrow, returned today from Pomo
na, and for more than three hours
was closeted with Jioha J.. McNa
mara, eldest of the brothers accused
of dynamiting the Los Angeles Times
Not Certain of Darrow.
Chicago, Aprn 29. That Clarence
S. Darrow has not yet definitely de
cided to act in the McNamara cases
was the statement given at his office
today, in spite of the fact that attor
neys In Los Angeles have announced
they are awaiting his arrival before
mapping out the defense.
Leo R. Rappaport, of Indianapolis,
counsel for the Iron Workers, Is ex
pected to arrive In Los Angeles Mon
day night. He will at once commu
nicate with Darrow, according to the
statement given out here today. Then
the final decision as to the Chicago
attorney's attitude will be made. If
the McNamaras Insist on Darrow as
their representative, he will accept.
No Wairaiits to Slwrlff.
Los Angeles, Cal., April 29. If
arrests on the coast in connection
with the Times explosion are con
templated, they will be made by op
eratives of the Burns agency, and
not by attaches of the Los Angeles
sheriff's loffice. This was the state
ment of Sheriff Hammel today.
"No warrants have been placed in
my hands," raid Hammel. "The
Burns agency has handled the case
so far almost entirely by Itself."
Washington, April 29 An ex
pected insurrecto attack on Mazat
lan has been reported to the state
department by U. S. Cone-al Alger.
According to the report. tl.e attack is
expected hourly. Tie rebe's have
demanded that th town surrender,
but the demand was refused.
Truth telling is a habit that me
people find hard to form and easy to
Gompprs to Indianapolis.
Washington, April 29. Re-
siondlng to appeals from labor
union leaders over all the coun-
try, President Samuel Gompers
of the American Federation of
Labor, decided today to go per-
sonally to Indianapolis and
there investigate the history
and actions of John J. McNama-
ra, secretary of the Intierna-
tlonal Association of Bridge and
structural Iron Workers, who
is now accused of having part
in the dynamite outrages in
Los Angeles and elsewhere.
Gompers will leave for Indian-
ENGINE AND CABS PLUNGE OVER
BANK AND MORE THAN A
SCORE ARE RE POST ED KILLED
ACCIDENT NEAR EASTOJf
UNITED IHESS LEASED W1RI.
Wllkesbarre, Pa., April 29. More
than a score of persons were killed
this afternoon in a wreck on the
Lackawanna railroad at Martin's
Creek, 10 miles north of Easton,
Pennsylvania. At 3:30 o'clock Lack
awanna officials verified reports of
the wreck. The wrecked train was
a special having on board 169 school
teachers coming from Syracuse and
Utlca, N. T to Philadelphia.
The train was transferred from the
Lackawanna tracks to the Pennsyl
vania tracks at Mauch Chunk and
had passed as far as Martin's Creek
when It was derailed and the engine
and cars plunged over the embank
ment. The Pennsylvania railroad at once
sent a relief train from here but only
priests and physicians were allowed
within the enclosure before it pulled
Unauthorized statements from the
scene of the wreck place the dead at
from 25 to 109 and the seriously in
jured at more than 60. .
Specials are being rushed from
Scranton to the scene and every
available physician in that city and
Wllkesbarre has been taken to aid
As the wires are down the railroad,
officials have yet been unable to ob
tain a detailed report.
GET TO JAIL
San Francisco, April 29. Spend
Ing his last nickel to pay car fare to
the county Jail, Horatio Betram
Moses, who says he is a son of a
wealthy New York art dealer, gave
himself up ta the police here today,
alleging that he Is wanted for a rob
bery In. Harlem.
Moses say that, with a cousin, he
slugged a stranger in New York on
March 10 and robbed him of $30. He
told the police his conscience trouble
him, and he thought that every man
he met was an officer.
The New York authorities have
been asked to send for Moses.
Many a man can't find work be
cause he is such a good boss. -
One reason why women want the
suffrage is because it is so hard to
80018 Are Missing.
New Orleans, La., April 29.
With scores of persons missing
and six schooners blown ashore
off Pass Christiana, patrol
boats today are searching for
fishermen, who ,we)p miles
away from port when the fierce
West Indian hurricane broke
Thursday. It Is believed that
a number of fishermen took ref-
uge from the gale, and have
been unable to resjeh home. It
is known that tbje power of
many of the fishing boats has
been exhausted, ! and grave
foars are entertained for their
The First Will Be That the
Times Building Was Not
Blown Up by Dynamite, But
by Accidental Combustion
THEY WILL ATTACK BURNS
JimIko Hilton is Empliatic in His As.
sertion That MeManigal Was Em
ployed by BurnsWill Try to
y Show That at Agent of Burns He
Wove a Net of Circumstances
Around McNamara Deliberately to
Throw Suspicion on Him and
UNITED PSESS IKiStD WIKB.
Los Angeles, Cal., April 29. Ten
tative plans for the defense of John
J. and James B. McNamara, accused
of murder In connection- with the Los
Angeles Times explosion were out
lined today by Judge Hilton tempor
arily chief counsel for the defense.
The first contention will be that
the Times was destroyed by an ac
idental combustion of .gas.
The second, Hilton claims defense
will prove that Ortie MeManigal, as
a Burns' detective, obtained the con
fidence of the younger McXamara and
Induced him to purchase dynamite,
alarm clocks, and other parapher
nalia supposed to be necessary to
complete destructions of iron works
and other buildings and arranged
that the evidence would be forthcom
ing in such shape as to lead to the
suspicion that McNamara dynamited
the Times in addition to other non
union plants throughout tha country,
but will not admit that James B. Mc
Namara took any actual part in the
The necessary evidence, it is al
leged by members of the defens.wlll
be forthcoming to show that MeMan
igal, as an agent of Burns, worked
upon the younger McXamara's anti
pathies to capital to such a extent as
to involve him in a web of circum
stantial evidence from which it would
be hard for him to extricate himself
and would threw the shadow of sus
picion on John J. McNamara as the
leading official of the Iron workers."
"There is no doubt that MeManigal
was employed by Burns," said Judge
Hilton, but Just how much he re
ceived for his work and what he did
for the money I am unable to say.
I did not discuss that part of the
case with him. MeManigal also ad
mitted that he had made a confes
sion to District Attorney Fredericks
upon his arrival here.
"No effort will be made to arraign
the accused men until after the ar
rival of Clarence Darrow., If the dis
trict attorney's office should try to
arraign them before then, the de
fense will fight,
"Frederick knows the legal rights
of all and I do not believe that he
will In any way hamper the defense.
He will give us every opportunty to
gather our evidence and for this rea
son I do not think that the men will
be arraigned before Darrow's arrl-
Judge Hilton stated that bis talk
(Contlnned from Page 5.)
Ask New Trial.
Springfield, 111., April 29.
A petition asking a rehearing of
the case of Dr. HaldaneClemlnr-
son, convicted of the murder
of his wife in Chicago, was
filed here this afternoon in the
state supreme court. The pe-
tition makes no reference to
the recent confession of Mrs.
Anita Schmidt, of St. Louis, who
declared she spent the night
with Clemenson on which he Is
asserted to have killed his wife.
The claim is made In the pet!-
tlon simply that the court er-
red in admitting certain evi-
dence by the state.
RUMORS ARE PERSISTENT THAT
GRAND JURY WILL RETURN IN
DICTMENTS AGAINST HIGH OF.
FICIAL FOR TAKING MONEY
FOB PROTECTION OF "DISOR
Portland, Ore., April 29. It. was
persistently rumored at the court
house this afternoon that the grand
Jury investigating the vice condi
tions of Portland would return In
dictments late today against an of
ficial high In the police department
and several minor city officials.
The grand Jury' has been Investi
gating' vice conditions since last
week When Detective Patrick Maher
caused a sensation by announcing
that he had uncovered evidence for
the district attorney showing that
over 100 disorderly houses paid pro
tection money varying from $10 to
! $100 weekly for protection. Portland
Is supposed to be free of places of
The afternoon the Btory became
public, Chief of Police Cox Issued an
order Instructing all patrolmen to
see that all women of disorderly
character . were compelled to leave
The order following closely on the
announcement of an investigation,
caused much comment in the press.
Alleged Discoverer of Pole to Talk.
Seattle, Wash., April 29. Robert
E. Peary, discoverer of the north
pole, has accepted an Invitation to
address the Northwestern Develop
ment Congress In Seattle September
5 to 9. President Taft, James J. Hill
and Senator Borah also will speak.
RIGHT OF STATE
TO THE WATER
Governor West today was served
with papers by the department of the
Interior of the United States, advis
ing him that it had initiated a con
test against thu watpr right pertain
ing to the site tr the Eastern Ore
gon asylum from R. S. Oliver, and It
looks now as though it will be tlrxl
up In the courts for some year to
The site was purchased under the
Bowerman administration, and with
the understanding that tln're would
go with It the right to use the water
of the I'mutllla river. It seems now,
however, that the water right had
never been determined, and even
should the first tribunal before which
it may come 6r adjudication decide
favorably to the state, the govern
ment will probably appeal, and years
jof llt'gntlon be the result.
PO . ROY
CONFINEMENT 35 YEARS
ONLY DESIRES WORK
SEES MOTHER TWICE A YEAR
THOSE WHO GUARD HIM AND
A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
When But 14 Years of Age Po meroy Startled the World by
the Atrocious Murder of Little Playmates Was a De
generate, But Not InsaneFor 35 Years He Has Been
Confined in Cell With Only One Window Opening on the
Sky-'--Has Never Uttered a Complaint or Asked for Any
Thing Until Today, and Now Only Asks to Be Permitted to
Boston, Mass., April 29. Con
demned to solitary confinement for
his whole life for unnatural butcher,
ies committed when a boy, Jesse
Pomeroy, the most famous prisoner
In America, after 35 years in a cell,
has at last become reconciled to his
"All I ask Is a little more freedom
and permission to do some work,"
said Pomeroy today to the members
of a legislative committee on the one
day in the year on which he is al
lowed to see the face of any living
person other than his keepers and
his aged mother, who visits him ev
ery six months for a few hours.
Cooped up in his cell In the old
Cherry Hill section of the Charles
town prison, with only one window
'high In the wall, giving him a view
of a square of blue sky, Pomeroy has
spent the long, dreary year since he
was 14 years old. He has become an
expert linguist, and can read with fa
cility Latin, Greek and almost all the
Pomeroy, while a solitary prison
er, Is not so In the sense that he is
cooped up in a silent cell. Just in
side the door of the Cherry Hill an
nex, the oldest part of the old, gray
prison, lg the home of the murder
ous ptarvert, whose atrocities con
vulsed all New England 35 years ago
and whose fate Is unique in the an
nals of American justice.
When only the guards of the an
nex are present Pomeroy's cell is cut
oft from the main corridors only by
a grated Iron door, through whloh he
can see and converse with tfhe armed
GOT THREE PRIZES
Secretary Olcott has been advised
that "Governor," an Irish Setter, has
carried away three prizes at the
twelfth annual dog show, which is
being held In Portland, under the
auspices of the Portland Kennel Club
"Governor,'' In addition to hav
ing the honor of carrying away the
three above mentioned prizes, also
has the distinction of being named on
election day, and in honor of the
present governor of Oregon, whose
campaign bis master managed. He
was presented to Mr. Olcott on elec
tion day by Charles V. Brown, of As
toria, an ardent admirer and politic
al supporter of Governor West, and
that is how he happens to carry the
KPWAItIM WILL GOT
A LIKE SENTENCE
UNITKD I'RKHS I.KAHKD WHO.
Los Angeles, Cal., April 29.
James Edwards, who was arrested
last Wednesday for an assault uj:m
MIhs Julia Keblg in her homo In the
fashionable Westmoreland district,
pleaded guilty at his hearing today,
and will b sentenced Tuesday.
Judge ' McCormlck Intimated he
would Impose a life sentence.
M'NAMARA WAS IX
TORONTO OCTOBER 1
fi'viTri rnrs '..r.r.n wiiut l
Bukalo, N. Y., April 2!. Labor
leaders here today say that John J.
McNamara was in Toronto October
1, th day the Los Angeles Times
Won the Sli Put.
Philadelphia. Pa., April 29. At the
Intercollegiate track meet on Frank
lin field this afternoon, Horner of
Michigan, won the shot put, throwing
the ball 4.1 feet and five Inches. Kll
patrlck of Yale was second and
Phllbrook of Notre Dame, third.
men who are always on watch. But
the instant tha lock of the outer
door clicks, the world, for Pomeroy,
is blotted out. Before the door can
open and a visitor enter, the guard
steps across the corridor, swings to
a solid steel door which always closes
completely all entrance to Pomer
oy's cell, and bars his sight of any
face which, would break, even for a
moment, the monotony of his days.
"No complaints" until today has
been Pomeroy's reply to the ques
tions of the various committees of the
legislature which have v'sited h)m
through the long years. Today he
broke the silence. Asked if he suf
fered through 'his solitude, Pomeroy
told the committeemen: "Yes, but
I appreciate what liberty I have. The
bright spots in my life are the visits
of my mother twice a year. She 1
the only person except my keepers
who I am ever permitted to see. The '
walls of this cell have become the
boundaries of my life. I do feel, .
though, that I have recovered from
all the tendencies which made me
dangerouB, and I shall be glad If the
legislature could make it. possible
for me to have a l.ttle more free
dom and a ltttle work to do."
Modest as his request was,- the
chairman of the visiting committee
was forced to refuse.
"We can do nothing for you, Pom
eroy," he said, "except to see that
you do not suffer in prison."
Then the committee filed out of
the cell, fahe door was closed and
Jesse Pomeroy was left to face the
CHIEF OF POLICE COX AND CAP.
TAIN BAILEY INDICTED BY
PORTLAND GRAND JURY Df
CONNECTION WITH THE KEEP
ING OPEN OF DISORDERLY
UNITED I'lBSS L1ASID WIRI.
Portland, Ore., April 29. Chief of
Police Cox and Captuln Bailey were
Indicted this afternoon by the grand
Jury which Is Investigating vice con
ditions in Portland. They are
charged with having neglected their
duty In falling to close up disorderly
resorts In Portland. It was expect
ed that Indictments would soon be
returned against other police oflllals
and several other city officials.
The Indictments resulted from
agitation started by the municipal
association following the announce
ment of detectives employed by the
district attorney's office that over
100 disorderly houses had paid graft
money for protection form Interfer
ence. Mr. Ili'liiiont's Husband.
I'NITrU l-BKHS LKAREH WinR
New York, April 29. Claiming
that he was the husband of Mrs. O.
II. P. Bt'lmont, a shabbily dressed
man, who gave the name of James
Burke, today fought at the Belmont
hotel in a futile effort to gain en
trance to Mrs. Belmont's room.
Burke Is believed to be insane. He
was arrested, fined $10 and, lacking
the money, went to Jail.