Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, January 04, 1915, Image 1

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rmrn Rinnii nun nnxvnn umnr iiniuro inrnum ininunnn
OMtn liAbUn ollU 1 1 "mit n littiMAN AUVANUt IS
liberty Youth Found
Head Covered with Gun
Wounds-Died at 11:30
Was Arrested by Sheriff
Esch and Admitted Shoot
ing at Some One
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Klmcr Bacon, who wns mortal
ly wounded this morning nt 7:!H)
near I.ilierty, died at 11:30 a.
in. The wounds which caused
ilia dciith wore caused by the
shot which penetrated the tem
poral bone on the left side of
his head over the eye. Dr. Hob
insou stated that thero were nt
lease two shot embedded in the
lad 's bruin.
jjt k jj t $ $ sj !(( Hi jjf
Witluf.it n word ol warning, Elmer
Dacon, the 17-year-old son of Elvn Ha
eon, who resides on n small tract of
land about three miles west of Liberty,
was shot at about 7:30 this morning
from the thick underbriisii near where
he was cutting wood, lllasius Grosser,
a rivluse, who resides in that vieinitv,
confessed tn me crime, nccording to
Sheriff KkIi, wr.o went to the scene
of the crime with Dr. (.'. 11. liobinsoii
as soon as It was reported. No charge
has been preferred against Grasser, who
is now in the county jail, pending the
outcome of the boy's injury, but Sheriff
I'm h is of tiie opinion that murder in
the first degree will be the charge.
The gnu used was n 12-gnuge shotgun
with No. (i shot. The boy's left eye
wns shot out and several of the pellets
entered his brnin. His left lung was
punctured and torn beyond all hopes of
recovery, according to tha doctor. The
boy lint consciousness soon after his
father reached liis side and will be
brought to this city today in an ambul
ance if it is possible to move him.
The boy nnd his father have been
cutting wood on the .laves tract near
their home. The Jayes tract adjoins
Grosser 's tract, which comers with an
other tract belonging to Newton Ander
MCi, which they had been in tho habit
of grossing to reach the timber. The
trail was through the thick brush anil
crowed the fence at the corner of the
three tracts of land. The buy was shot
s he climbed upon the fence, nnd he
fell back upon the Andersou land. His
father was following eloso behind the
boy and heard him scream as the shot
was lired. He rushed to the boy's side,
but '.he boy did not know who shot him
or whero tho shot came from. The
brush was so thick that the father did
not see anyone who might have fired
tiie shot,
With this slender evidence Sheriff
, Fsch began the search for the assailant.
The neighbors did not know of any
trouble in the neighborhood nor did any
of them think that Grosser .would kiil
anyone, The sheriff found some tres
pass notices on Grosser 's land which
they said had been put up only last
.Saturday. Sheriff EhcIi began to sus
pect (Irasser and, searching down the
iciice, 1 wind tracks about ail yards from
the place whero the boy fell. H.i fol
lowed these tracks to (Irnsser's house
nnd then to the place where Grosser
was cutting wood. Grosser denied all
Knowledge of the crime but accompan
ied the officer to his house, whero the
officer secured the gun nnd some of the
shells. On the nay out ta the rig
t.rnsser admitted to the officer that he
shot someone nbout dusk that morning
llo said be did not know who it was
nor whether he hit him or not. He ex
pressed no concorn in the matter uor
riid he ask how badly tho wounded bov
was hurt. He gave no motive for the
snooting onil did not seem to euro how
the affair turned out.
Sheriff Kscli stated this morning that
the prosecution was particularly for
tunate In securing the confession of
Grosser, as it would have been urac
fically impnusiblo to hav found the
murderer on the slender evidence that
was found in the vicinity of the crime.
The neighborhood Is quiet one nnd
there are no feuds apparent and none
of tnc people Interviewed could att rib
ute any possible motive for the crlni".
(irasser broke down when told erf thn
ilenth of young Bacon in the couutv
jail this afternoon and bitterly repented
ins action, and for the first time talk
1 freely of his crime beyond the bare
admission of the deed. He said that he
did not shoot to kill and did not even
have the gun to his shoulder when he
fired tie shot which caused the death
of Ins victim. He said ho shot from
the hip In the thick brush Slid did not
think Hint he killed the boy and that
he ihnt merely to score him.
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Old Council to Serve on Same
Committees that Greater
May Be Efficiency
Tonight the new city council and
new city officials will be sworn in and
will nssume their duties for the com
ing term. The city council committees
have been fixed to a practical certain
ty by Mayor White but there may be
a few changes in the personnel of the
committees later. The' hold-over coun
cilman will be kept on their old com
mittees for the most pnrt, uccording to
Mayor White, who believes that greut
cr efficiency will be maintained by this
method as the councilmen are already
fnmiliur with the duties of these com
mittees. F W. Wallnce, Gclcn Cnruh,
J. A. Mills, A. B. Huddleson, W. H.
Cook nnd ,1. A. 1'attcrsoii are tiie new
councilmen who will nssume their new
duties tonight. Mr. Huddlcston was
eiecicu io ran council to rill the unex
pired term of W. I.. Cummings, who re
signed a few weeks ago but was al
ready u candidate for the office and
was not opposed on the ticket.
The following is a tentative list of
the committee appointments made by
Mayor White:
List of Committees for IBIS. "
Ways uad means It. N. Hoover, J.
A. Mills, K. W. Wallace.
Ordinances (ilen 1,'nruh, 0. C. Mil
Ictt, F. Von Kschen.
Health and nolice F. Vim F.wlmn
Olen I'nruh. .T. A. Mills.
Accounts nnd current expenses J. A.
Mills, H. W. iMacv, ,T. A. McClollun.
Streets W. H. Cook, G. I'nruh, A. B.
Public buililiiiL's ,T. F. .Tones T.cvi
McCracken, W. Wallace.
Sewerage G. C, Millett, A. B. Hud
dleson, Levi McCracken.
Plumbing Levi McCracken. .T. A
Patterson, F. Von Kschen.
Licenses .fames McCl.tllun Cl O
'Millet, ,T. F. .Tones.
l ire and water C. W. Brown, W. 11.
Cook, A. B. Huddleson.
Bridges W. II. Cook, .las. McClel
lan, (1. C. Millett.
Lights B. W. Macv. C. W. Brown.
J, A. Patterson.
Printing J. A. Patterson, ,Tas, Mr
Icllnn, H. W. Mnc.y.
Public linrks K. W. Wnllnre. C W
Brown, li. N. Hoover.
Hcvisiull of minutes .T A Milla T
F. .Tunes. A. B. Huddleson.
Rules- .1. F. Jones, 11. N. Hoover.
A. Patterson.
Hani- Park committee.
Germany, Austria, England,
Russia, Servia and Turkey
Grant Pope's Request
Home, Jan. 4. The vnlicnn an
nounced todny that Germany .Austria,
Kill! Ian J. Russia Servln nnd T
agreed to the pope's suggestion' that
prisoners or war who are so seriouslv
wounded that thero is no chance of
their nnrticinntinn in fnt urn fiolit.mr
be permitted to return to their homes.
j'rom f ranco aim Montenegro it wns
said no renlies lmrf hnnn n,tMvnii
his holiness' plan but It was expected
uie.v wouiu oe nearn rrom suortlv, and
that they would follow tho other pow
ers' exnmple.
The Vatican estimated that, this
would mean the repatriation of 150,000
to 200,000 men.
Hifl RUCCena nil Bnlil tn invA
couraged tho pope greatly, and it was
understood he believed means would be
found eventually of reconciling the
Was Court House Janitor Eight Years,
xnen Elected county Treasurer.
After fifteen years In tho service of
the county, Joseph O, Moore, turned
over the books to bis successor, D. G.
Dinger, in the county treasurers office
this morning. Kight and one half years
1 this time were spent as janitor in
the court house and then Mr. Moore
was promoted by the voters of the
county to county treasurer.
"Vuite a step," Mr. Mooro com
mented this morning, "and I wish to
thank the voters of this county for
their liberal support accorded me in
the three elections in which I was re
turned the successful candidate. I ap
preciate their loyalty and trust and feci
that I hnvo been well treated bv
Washington, Jan. 4. The L'nited
States supreme court adjourned today
immediately after It convened because
of the funeral of Major John Montgom
ery Wright, marshal of the court, who
died last week. No decisions were
handed down. Chief Justice White
went to the cemetery, nnd this delayed
I the court .19 minutes in convening.
Gen. Von Hindenburg Would
Stop Until Ice Bridges
Swamps and Rivers
Kaiser's Troops Continue to
Shell Russian Lnies from
Same Position
By Karl H. Von Wiegand.
(I'nited Press Staff Correspondent.)
Headquarters of the -Imperial Prus
sian Guard Division, 37 miles from War
saw, Dec. 31. (By courier via Skier
niewica, Lodz, Posen, Berlin and Th.1
Hague, Jan. Or Marshal Von Hinden
burg, the German commander in this
held of the war, is waiting for real
winter to begin.
The usual below-zero tempcraturo 's
failure to appear on scheduled time has
proved an enormous handicap to the
execution or las plans. As a result 01
it, the kaiser's offensive against War
saw has been partly checked until the
liawa river and the swamps iu front
of them freeze.
Winter was Napoleon's destruction in
liussia, but it will spell victory for the
Germans, according to high military of-
1 spent eight days at the extreme
front of the kaiser's eastern position,
where a gigantic struggle is in progress.
Thn struggle Is not only to decide
Warsaw's fate but to end the present
winter campaign, ami it will have an
important bearing 0:1 the entire war.
The Uermnns face tremendous diffi
culties which they are only able to
overcome by virtue of the superlative
(Continued on Pago Four.)
Dr. Hexamer, President of
German-American Alliance,
Makes Plea for Passage
Washington, Jim. 4. Dr. C. J. Hex
amer, president of the Germnn-Ameri
can Alliance rcnreseutiuir 2.000.000
German Americana appeared todny be-
tore tne nouse ot loreign affairs com
mittee nnd urged favorable action on
the Vollinnr-Iiartholilt resolution to
prohibit the exportation of munitions
of war to Europe. He pleaded for
"renl neutrality and American fair
Dr. Hexamer contended that F.na
land's attitude on the high sens had
"absolutely demoralized our legitimate
foreign commerce.''
"And." he added, "every dollar
gained by our war munitions business
is tainted with the blood of victims of
the Kuropenii battle fields.
"I expect lovers of peace, from An
drew Carnegie down to champion this
measure. It will accomplish more for
ending the present strite than any
other thing yet suggested."
John I). Muyer of Philadelphia also
urged lavornole union by tho commit
"America placed nn embargo on
munitions of war when the Mexican
factions were fighting," he said. "The
country then recognized tho right of
the government to withhold munitions
from belligerents.'
Washington, Jan. 4. Official dis
patches received here today said that
General Villa had dispatched General
Cnbrul to Sonora to succeed General
Maytorenn in command of the Villista
forces there. This move was expected
to be followed soon bv a written agree
ment for the cessation of firing upon
American sou.
General Maytorenn 's shelving has re
lieved official anxiety here. It was
learned that America's peremptory de
urn nils caused his demotion. '
Reports that Oenernl Villa had nr
rested Provisional President Gutierrei
were discredited here,
The new peace convention convened
todny in Mexico City, but nothing will
be done until Jnnunry 10. It was ex
pected that General Angeles will sue
cerd Gutierrez as provisional preeident
Words of wisdom are few, but there
nr,i many echoes,
London, Jan. 4. After five
months' suspension, the stock
exchange here re opened here to
day, .There was an enormous
attendance. The opening was
very cheerful and fairly steady.
The traders sang "God Save
tho King" before the session
Flank Movement On Warsaw
from Northwest Is Latest
Move of General
By J. W. T. Mason
(Former correspondent for the United
New York, Jnn. 4. Vuo Germans ap
parently have found too many difficul
ties in their way to continue their
frontal movement against Warsaw from
the west; so they are attempting o
flank attack from the northwest.
This intimation, contained in todav's
news from Petrograd. credits Fiidd
Marshal Von Dindeuburg with even
greater daring thun he has shown
General Francois, who lias been try
ing for several weeks to lead the Ger
mans from East Prussin to the south
ward against Warsaw, has found him
self unable to accomplish the work as
signed jo him. It has evidently, there-
toro been decided to use Dart of
General Makenzeu's army along tho
ijzorn ior a sweep on tno rolisn capital
from the northwest.
Makenzen's force eonseutieiitlv. is
now being called on to do the double
duty of holding the ground recently
gained to the west of Warsaw .while
at the same time developing a new at-
tacit irom Deyond the Vistula to take
the city on the fJ,.nk and rear.
The war has not seen a piece of
strategy compnrablo with this in
Probably it would not have occurred
to any commander other than Von
Hindenburg, because of its great dif
ficulties and dangers. If the field
marshal succeeds in putting the man
euver through he will have well earned
the princedom which Berlin believes iB
to bo conferred on him.
To accomplish his task he must move
his army across the Vistula from ItB
southern to this northern bank. The
stream is about half a mile wide and
the only available bridges are pro
tected by the great Fortress of Novo
Georgievsk, about liO miles from War
saw. This entrenched camp was de
signed especially to block just such a
movement on Warsaw us Von Hinden
burg is now attempting.
Another point where a crossing may
be undertaken Is about 20 miles west
of Novo Georgievsk, where the Bzum
flows into the Vistula. A river island
here make the place a favorable one
for the operation.
On the north bank of the Vistula,
where Von Iliudeuburg'B army now has
its position is the villugc of Knuiion,
and on the north bank, directly op
posite, Is Vysogrod. These two towns
are destined to a secure place in his
tory if the Germans push across the
Vistula between them.
Oneo across, they will have to march
by highway to the environs of Novo
Georgievsk before striking a railroad.
Their lines of communication will be
difficult to ninliitnin unless they get
in touch with General Frnucois' army.
Tf Vou Hin lenburg can pull a suf
ficient number of Russians from the
Kust Prussian frontier by a successful
crossing of the Vistula, ho may, in fact,
relieve the pressure on Francois front.
In that event the flank assault in
Warsnw should eventually become ir
Kan Francisco, Jan. 4. Tn refusing
Woo Sam an Injunction to restrain
Chief of Police White from enforcing
the red light abatement act United
States District Judge Van Meet de
clared today that the closing of the dis
trict was purely a Judicial proposition.
The houses in the section must bo closed
by individual suits, according to Judge
Van Fleet's definition or the law.
This Is the time of year when father,
getting up in the middle of the night
steps on little Willie's tin soldiers,
Silence may be golden, but a man
will not get far in this world unless
he boosts his own gum 4
The Weather
Oregon: Tonight
and Tuesday rain;
winds mostly
John Sierck, An Asylum In
mate Tells Detailed Story
of Crime
Pender Who Is Now in Peni
tentiary Refuses to Dis
cuss Matter
After keeping silent and maintaiaing
ing his innocence, even though he was
accused by his own mother of having
committed the crime, for over three
years, John G. H. Siercks, a feeble
minded patient at the insane asylum,
made a full confession to Chaplain
Mael.area, Superintendent Kteiner and
Assistant Superintendent Griffith, nt
the insane nsylum last night, of having
murdered Mrs. Daisy Wehrman and her
littlo son, in Columbia county, on Sep
tember 4, 1911, and for which crime
John Arthur Pender was convicted nnd
sentenced to hang. Pender's death pen
alty was commuted to life-imprisonment
by Governor West last month, and the
question of whether or not he will be
given his absolute freedom depends up
on the substantiation of Siercks' con
fession. It appears, since the confession was
made, that Siercks was a prisoner in
the Columbia county inil when Pender
was incarcerated there and before his
conviction and sentence, and. according
to Pender's statement to an officer of
the penitentiary, Siercks at that time
told Peuder that his mother (Siercks1)
had accused him (Siercks) of the mur
der of Mrs. Wehrman and her littlo son.
Mrs, Wehrman was found dead in her
bed withtwo bullet luV.es in her body
(Continued from pnj;o 1.)
Was Arraigned This Morning
But No Evidence Could Be
Presented Against Him
Oukland. Cal.. Jan. 4." Thorn in nl.
solutoly no evidence to connect this
man with the crime with which he has
been charged," said Chief of Police
Peterson in imliro court hero today
when former Pastor It. A. Urownc was
called to answer to the complaint that
had been filed nitainst him nn a i-nlt
of the iiujuest held over the body of
ens. .n nun iieniiriciis at llavward Sat
The district attorney was not repre-
si-nieu in rourr, nnn tun ease was con
tinued until Wednesday so that of
ficial could be consulted. It is likely
that ho will consent to a dismissal anil
that Ilrowno wll be set free.
llrowne has been held in the cltv
prison here since his arrest on Saturday
on the complaint charging adultery
sworn to by Deputy Coroner Snrgeaut.
Boise, Idaho, Jan. 4. Following the
inauguration of Governor Moses Alex
ander and other statn officials, tho
Idaho legislature organized for' the
work of the sixty day session today.
Tho Inauguration ceremonies consist
ed merely of the administering of the
oath of office to the officials by the
chief Justice of the supremo court. The
inauguration took place In the hall of
representatives In the preseucn of
members last night, A. H. Connor of
llonner county being chosen speaker.
John W. Hart of Jefferson county
was elected president pro tern of the
Following the perfecting of organisa
tions, both houses adjourned until noon
tomorrow when he joint session will
listen to the reading of thn governor's
Governor Alexander hears the dis
tinction of being the first Jew ever
elected to the governorship of any
The house consists of 32 republicans
SH democrats anil one progressive, and
the senate of 19 republicans, II demo
crats, two progressives and one social
ist. Ncnrly all men are doomed to denth
by the doctors, but occasionally tho
doom is postponed for years.
Hot pokers and heated arguments
should be quickly dropped.
Neutral Nations All Side with
Uncle Sam in Controversy
with England
Washington, Jan. 4. All Europe, ex
cept the nations allied with Great Brit
ain in the present war, hope America's
shipmng negotiations with England will
be successful, Neutral nations believe
that success of the American protest
will materially incronso commerce.
Diplomatic representatives here,
while refusing to talk for publication,
say privately that England's attitude
has caused enormous financial losses to
neutral nntions, and thoy believe if
England relaxes its attitude in regard
to neutral ships, it will bo possible to
send both food nnd cotton to Germany
and Austria. The food situation in
Germany, it wns stated, is rupidly be
coming an important one.
State department officials froely dis
cussed today the terms of America's
protest with foreign diplomats who call
ed at the department. All professed
to believe that tho protect was in the
interest of the world's neural shipping.
Berlin, via The Iluguo, Jan. 4. Tho
moflt desperate fighting still raged to
dny in Alsace.
It centered nbout Steinbach, where
the advantage had see sawed for u
week. Stoinbnch itself had been cap
tured and recaptured severul times,
with tha result that the place wns al
most destroyed. The fields all about
it were covered with dead nnd wound
ed. So fierce wns the Btruggle that it
was impossible to rescue the latter.
Tho French wero directing a heavy
bombardment ngniast tha German front
in the vicinity of Thnnn and west of
Zinnhcim. In this latter neighborhood
tho aiiinll firo practically obliterated
the kaiser's trenches, forcing their oc
cupants to rotiro, but under cover of
darkness they returned and re captured
the position.
hi th sides had lost heavily in the Al
saco fighting, but the French were fur
greater sufferers than tho Germans.
"In Poland," said an official state
ment issued here today, "tho situation
is unchanged."
The Trench Version.
Paris, Jun. 4. French gains in Al
sace arc sluw but steady, tho war of
fice announced today,
Tho hardest fighting, snid Its offi
cial statement, issued thin afternoon,
is along a lino from Ccrney, ten miles
west of Mulhnusen, to a point a little
enst of Steinbach,
The Germans wero reported to have
dcllverod a sharp counter attack west
of Cerney and to hnvo been heavily re
pulsed. The Gallic, forces, it wns stated, had
captured the Stoinbnch church and
cemetery nnd gained slightly elsewhere
in the village's vicinity.
In the extreme north storms and
floods hud brought operations to a
halt, tho cominuiiicutioii snid, almost
complete culm prevailing from the sen
to tho Kiver Oise.
Artillery fighting, however, wns re
ported in progress along the Aisna and
iu the Cnhmpngne district, it was said
the German reserves had been forced
to retire.
French gnlhs were nlso claimed nt
Perthes I.c-Chulet nnd Mosmilles llurls.
F.uropo's war of the cultures is re
solving itself into a physical enduruncu
The Capital Journal has just received a new shipment
of the "World at War" atlases. They are of a later and
revised edition, compared with those we have been giving
away to our subscribers. Instead of 16 pages, they con
sist of 21 large, highly-illustrated pages, printed on heavy
enameled book.
The atlas contains splendid colored maps of all the
warring countries, with routes of travel and railroad
lines; many tables of army and navy and general statis
ticsin fact, the work is a complete ready-referenco li
brary for students of the great war. It is a book which
would ordinarily.scll for $1.00 or $1.(50, but we are having
them made up in large lots and buy them at a price which
allows us to give them away to subscribers on very easy
All who pay three months subscription, old or new,
back subscription or in advance, in case their paper is de
livered by carrier, will receive one of these atlases free.
All mail subscribers, old or new, who pay a year's sub
scription ($.'1.00), either back subscription or m advance,
will also be entitled to receive an atlas without extra
This is the most liberal offer the Capital Journal has
ever made.
Will Throw 500,000 Invaders
Into Austrian Territory to
Overrun Country
Hundred of Germans Sacri
ficed in Effort to Cross
Bzura River at Night
Paris, Jan. 4. That Italy and Bn
mnnin would enter the war March 1 was
widely rumored here today. It was said
they would throw 6UO,000 invaders into
Austrian territory, and that their moni
tors would simultaneously threaten Bud
apest Deputy Diamandy, of the Rumanian
imrliamont, who arrived hero Saturday
from Home, wns questioned concerning
the report, but refused to discuss is.
He denied that ho visited Duly or was
in France on official business.
The French generally thought ti
story was true, however,
Russians Repulsed.
Vienna, via London, Jan. 4. The Rus.
sinn invasion of Hungary has been
checked, at least temporarily, military
experts hero asserted today.
1 he Slavs were still trying at four
points to force their way through tha
Carpathians,' it was admitted, but tha
war otticc denied today thoy were con
tinuine to make progroes.
At Gorlico tho Gormans and Austrians
wero crroperntiug. Petrograd claims
that the Russians had won p. victory
there wero contradicted. On tho other
hand, accounts of an Austrian victory
south of tho town were confirmed. A
Itussian bnttulioii, H',0 men strong, with
five officers, two machine guns and
an aeroplane, had been captured.
Carman Losses Heavy.
Petrograd, Jan. 4. Tho Germans ara
sacrificing hundreds of men in vain
night efforts to cross the Itzura river,
it wns announced by tho war office
hore today.
Saturday night, snid the official
statement, they actually succeeded in
throwing a pontoon bridge from bank
to bask and effected a crossing, but
lifter this had been accomplished tho
Russians destroyed the bridge with
their shell fire and then annihilated
tho force on their side of the river.
Dcspcruto fighting wns reported in
the neighborhoods of Xo.loff and His
koupi, nnd at many places south of tha
German clnlms of successes before)
Wnrsnw's outer defenses wero denied.
Aviator Station Destroyed.
Amsterdam, Jan. 4. Frcurh aviators
bombnrilcd the German aviation station
at Klterbeek near Brussels, today. They
dest-oyed a dirigible shed in course Jf
construction there and killed severul
Father will spend a good deal of
money to enable duughtor to take "
course in domestic science" when sic
her can tench her how to scour tha
dishpun and mnkn biscuits nnd waffles
for nothing. But daughter scorns tha