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Editorial Page of "The Capital Journal"
July 17, 1U10.
CHARLES H FISHES,
Editor and Manager,
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cedent and a maze of technicalities, and getting nowhere.
It might be well, as a learned judge not long ago re
marked: "to wipe out the statutes and re-enact the ten
commandments." This would have simplified the Orpet
Case, ior ne violated at least one 01 them.
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THE ORPET CASE, AND TRIALS GENERALLY
The long-drawn-out Orpet case came to an end Satur
day night when the jury on its third ballot, agreed on a
verdict of acquittal.
To those who read the judge's instructions to the jury
this result was a foregone conclusion. Among other
things in these instructions was this: "If you believe that
the evidence has shown Marion had the same opportunity
of taking the poison herself that Orpet had of giving it to
her, your verdict should be not guilty."
With these instructions there could be no other ver
dict, as the testimony showed exactly this condition. The
two were in the Helm woods, together. The evidence
showed that while Orpet's father, who was a florist, had
a lot of cyanide of potassium to which young Orpet had
access and which was the poison which caused her death,
the girl also had access to the chemical laboratory at
school, was at the time studying chemistry and the les
sons a few days before had been on the effects of cyanide
As to motive there seems to have been no reason ad
vanced as to why the girl should want to commit suicide.
White she apparently wanted Orpet to marry her, she did
not seem to be very milch in love with him, judging from
the evidence of her girl friends. She had tried unsuccess
fully to make Orpet believe their intimacy had resulted in
conditions that necessitated his marrying her, but she
knew better, and so evidently, did he.
' On the other hand there does not seem to have been
sufficient reasons to cause Orpet to desire her death. He
wanted to marry another girl and told Marion so; but in
the circumstances he could have done this without mur
dering her. The one thing against Orpet that points to
him as a possible murderer was his actions after Marion
had killed herself, if she did that, and that was that in
stead of reporting her death as any innocent person
would, he left her body lying in the woods while he at
tended a picture show, and said nothing about the affair
until some hours later and after the body was discovered.
It looks as though, if she had killed herself in his presence
as he asserts she did, that he would have reported the
matter. If he killed her, he would not have done so.
It was a case that aroused much interest, and one that
again emphasised the absurd methods of our judicial
sjtem. The case was called for trial May 15 and after
examining more than a thousand veniremen a jury of
twelve was selected in a little over tour weeKS, me case
going to trial on June 15. It dragged along for more than
four weeks more, ending July 15, lasting 61 days. Some
time was devoted to listening to the wisdom of alleged
alienists, who show ed conclusively that the girl was of a
temperament that would embrace suicide readily and also
that she wasn't.
Then the lawyers on either side got endwise in the
court room and harangued the jury for several days call
ing names and shedding tears, almost, in their perfervid
oratory, for public influence as much as for the enlighten
ment of the jury.
With the dispensing of red tape, making the lawyers
attend to business only, and trying the case in a sensible
and businesslike manner, a week would have been a long
time for the trial to last. Does anyone suppose that the
examination of a thousand men was necessary to find
twelve qualified to pass upon the case? Of what use was
the be-wigged testimony of several alienists as to the
girl's temperament when the judge afterward told the
jury that "if she had as good an opportunity to take the
poison herself as Orpet had to administer it they must
The case cost the county above ftW.OOO when It should
not have cost above one thousand. And on top of this we
are told the lawyers were congratulated on their victory
and all that kind of stuff when they had deliberately sad
dled this frOOO cost bill on the taxpayers of Lake county.
The American judicial system is long overdue for a
thorough overhauling, and a getting back to first prin
ciples where justice quickly administered, is the object
and result, instead of incubating whole libraries of pre-
The fact that Americans do not take kindly to military
service in time of peace is again emphasised by the dis
patches from the Mexican border, saying at least half the
militia boys are anxious to get home simply because there1
is little prospect of war. They are willing to face danger
and do any righting necessary, but they object to the
monotony and discomforts of frontier service where there
is nothing but routine work. At the same time it is neces
sary now that'ihey are there that they stay until the
trouble is settled. From present indications and the sud
den coming off his high horse of Carranza, it looks as if
this would be accomplished in the next few months. Car
ranza has suggested that a commission of three from each
country meet, go over the situation and perfect some ar
rangement by which raiding and other border troubles
would end. President Wilson is in accord with this plan
and it will perhaps materialize in a few days. Jf so, it
should not take long to perfect some plan acceptable to
both governments and this would allow the boys to come
The naval collier Nanshan has arrived at San Diego
from La Paz, a port on the main coast a short distance
south of the southern extremity of the peninsula of Low
er California. She brought 55 refugees who tell of the
conditions there as being decidedly bad. All food supplies
have been confiscated by the military, and the civilians
have to subsist as best they can on fruits and a meager
supply of flour. They say the better class of Mexicans
urged them to stay, but an uprising is liable to take place
and all foreigners would in such case be at the mercy of
the ignorant peons, and as the United States government
had requested them to return they thought it the part of
wisdom to do so, in spite of the friendly sentiment of the
better classes. They say Carranza is cordially hated and
that Villa is in that section very much of a popular idol.
They intimate also that in case Villa made a showing of
strength and got in touch with that section that Car
ranza's troops would desert and go over to him. Evident
ly Mexico is not yet ready for self government.
Army officers are greatly pleased at the nomination of
Congressman Hay to a place on the court of claims bench.
This, not because they have an exceeding great love for
Hay, but because he as chairman of the house military
committee has always been a consistent champion of the
militia. Hay is greatly admired by his fellow congress
men of both parties, and on his appearance in the house
the first time after his appointment, Congressman Mann,
leader of the minority, started a demonstration in his
honor. Speaker Clark remarked that the appointment
was a splendid one but congress could ill afford to lose his
Regular army officers say it was not scarcity of ra
tions that caused the militia on the way to the border on
two occasions to raid stores, but the civilian appetite that
has not yet become accustomed to military rations. The
officers say the boys leaving Massachusetts were given
five days regular army rations with some extras, but they
ate it all in three days simply because they were traveling
and did not have anything to do but eat to kill time.
General Wood adds that there was also an absence of a
small microbe called "discipline."
Baseball fans will be interested in the report from
New York that arrangements are under way by which
Christy Matthewson will become manager of the Cincin
nati Reds. The proposition is to trade Charles Herzog,
present manager of the Reds, to the Giants for Matthew
son. Matthewson has, it is it said, long desired to be a
manager, and as his arm, which has for so long been the
main reliance of McGraw, has gone back he must find new
work in the game or quit it. Few baseball boys would like
to see Matty quit the game.
LADD & BUSH, Bankers
Established 18G3 . .
CAPITAL - - - - - - $300,000.00
Transact a General Banking Business
Safety Deposit Boxes
Fair Board's Picnic
Gets Salem In Bad
In the expressed opinion of a large
number nf Salem 's out-of-tou n guests
at the Fourth celebration ut the fair
(rounds lust Tuesday, a mistake was
made for" which Salem should mnUe
restitution nt the first opportunity.
Most citizens in this r oininunity aiid
others as well, received invitations to
"come to Salem and celebrate with
us. ' The day was glorious and before
noon the largest crowd ever on the fair
grounds except a special day at the
fair under favorable conditions, had
accepted that invitation. All went
well until the grand Rtand was crowded
for the afternoon races. Xo one ob
jected to paying twenty-five cents for
a seat in the grand stand, hut objected
to paying for standing along the fence
at the side of the tinck as this location
had always been free during fair time.
Since last fair time this plot had been
fenced in. A number of people crossed
this fence and were going to the track
when they were turned buck by a
guard and told that they would be ar
rested unless the withdrew or paid
the quarter. Some turned back and
met others at the fence on the way in.
whereat the man with the tin star was
forgotten and the people went and
came at will. The general expression
was that the people would nut stand
for the graft. A charge of fifteen
cents was made for the bleachers on
the south of the grand stand; consider
ed more graft, as these were free at
fair time. These people had come nt
Salem's bidding and were her guests
and we're made up mostly of the re
sponsible, well-to-do business and
farmer citizens for twenty miles in all
directions. Salem business men dis
cussing the matter would plai-e re
sponsibility on the State Fair Hoard.
He that as it may. there should not be
a recurrence of such discourtesy.
Association Will Have
Picnic in Polk County
A community picnic, which will per
haps be one of the largest ever held
in I'oik county, will be given all day
Saturday, duly 2W, at the old High
land church, iienr the Mountain View
scvhool house. It. will be" given under
the auspices of the Parent Teachers'
association and through this associa
tion, an invitation to everybody has
The program for the nioruing has
been arranged to .include the best
speakers from Salem and the best mus
iral talent to be found in 1'olk county.
In the afternoon, sports of all kinds
will entertain the crowd. The picnic
is to be a basket affair, although ar
rangements have been made tor re
The following committees have been
appointed: Lunch committee: Mr. and
Mrs. J. C. (.'annoy, Mr. und Mrs. M. M.
Builev, Mr. and Mrs. .1. 11. Olinger,
Mr. ami Mrs. O. K. Adams. Mr. and
Mrs. H. M. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. .1.
K. Chapman, Miss Xellie Taylor, Mrs.
Manuel Schiadler nnd Mrs. W. M.
Platform committee: T. J. Gardner,
chairman; W. M. Bonssleur. W. C.
Franklin, .lohii Ferguson, F. T. Run
corn, V. M. Smart.
Stand committee: T.. O. (Vice, chair
man; Henry Lynch, H, M. Webb and
Publicity committee: Miss Mollie
Runcorn and dames Imla'n.
Program committee: Mrs. .Tack
White, Mrs. Frank Rosenquest, Mrs.
J. W. Norwood, rs. J. 11. Olinger and
Mrs. II. C. Seyour.
Amusement committee: Robert Ad
ams, chairman: George White, Anion
(irice, Albert Houssleur.
Grounds comittee: .T. R. Chapman,
H. M. Webb. A. K. Southwick, L. C.
Orice, W. M. Smart and Victor Lynch.
for County Institutes
The county school superintendents,
in session at the state house during
the past week, Saturday perfected ami
adopted a schedule for county insti
tutes for the balance of this year. In
nearly nil cuses, unless changed by
aereement, the istitutes will be held
at the county seats.
The schedule follows:
Coos and Curry, August (to be set):
Wasco, September is, is. u; .letter
son, Sept. 20, 21. 22: Lake. Sept. 2"i.
2il, 27: Marion, Oct. 4. !i. (i; Polk, Oct.
H, ltl, 11: Jackson and Josephine, Oct.
11. 12. i:l; noughts, (let. Hi. 17, 1S;
Washington, Oct.. IS, 111. 20: Tilla
mook, Oct. 23, 24. 2.1: Columbia, .-..
23, 2ii, 27; Clatsop. Oct. 30. 31. Nov.
1; T'matillii, Nov. 1. 2. 3: Baker. Union
and Wallowa, Nov. 1, 2, 3; Morrow.
Nov. S. !, 10; Wheeler, Nov. 13, 14, l.";
Gilliam. Nov. I.'i. 1(1. 17; Sherman and
Hood River. Nov. 20, 21, 22: I-ane.
v. 27, 2s, 2!: Yamhill, IVc. 4. n. h:
Crook, Dec. IS, 1!. 20; Kenton and
Linn, Dec. 20. 21, 22.
Ten Reasons Why
A check when cashed becomes a receipt.
A check is always the "right change."
A check records permanently to whom paid, when
paid and amount paid.
Merchants prefer checks, because they are safer
Paying by check p'revents loss of money by theft,
carelessness or accident.
Your check carries the money to the right person.
Paying by check is proof" of your carefulness in
8. Checking depositors receive especial
consideration from the bank in
time of need.
9. If a check is lost, it is valueless to
10. Last, but not least, having a check
ing account is a great help in ac
cumulating a cash reserve.
UNITED STATES NATIONAL BANK
Member Federal Reserve Bank
Will Orpet Not Gulity
of Girl's Murder
Waukcgan. HI., July Hi. Will Orpet
was acquitted last uight of Marion
The jury that for six weeks had
heard two versions of the tragedy of
Heims Woods, where- Marion was
found dead iu the snow on February
10, chose the version of the defense,
that Marion committed suicide.
The verdict was returned at 7:4.")
o'clock, aad 30 minutes later Orpet
had 'shaken hands with evervbodv in
the courtroom, kissed his mother,
issued a statement to the reporters,
and was speeding on toward his
father's home at Lake Forest, to spend
his first night out of jail since Feb
ruary 11. .
Four Ballots Taken
The jury took four ballots. The
first stood. 1 1 to 1 for nrmiittal. and
the lone opponent of not guilty was
won over alter the jurv hail returned
from supper, when his fellow tales
men promised to reveal his name.
The courtroom was jammed when
the verdict came in. Orpet, pale
faced and tense, watched the lips of
Foreman James O'Shea frame tiie sen
tences that spelled his fate.
As the word "not" was framed,
Orpet leaped to his feet, flung his
arms about his mother's neck and
smiled. He didn't cry a single tear.
Someone Shouts' "Horrors".
A great shout rang clear to the
rafters of the court house. Somebody
in the crowd shouted: "Horrors!"
"Get that man," ordered Judge
Donnelly. "If I can find him he can
spend at least five hours in the cell
where Orpet ha spent five months,"
But the bailiffs couldn 't find him.
Orpet rushed up to tie judge, the
jury, the lawyers and the spectators.
He grabbed every hand that was
thrust out at him. Then he turned
to the reporters.
"Here's what I want to say," he
began, ami tiieu he dictated: j
Has No Hard Feelings I
"I ani grateful to the jury; I am
grateful to my counsel. I appreciate,
that I have hail a hard fight, but I
have stood it because I was innocent.
have no hard feelings. 1 hope to
go out into the world and prove to my
friends that T will merit their confi
dence, friendship and honor."
Orpet's father was not in the court
room. Neither was Frank Lambert,
father of .Marion. Some of the neigh
bors took the news to the Uimberts.
They only shook their heads.
Don't forget your Iricnds on their
vacation they will want to see a home
paper. Phone SI.
July 5 to 22, for the
BIG LAND DRAWING
Drawing will be held at Spo
kane July 27.
Register charge 25 cents
Go via the North Bank Road
LOW ROUND TRIP FARES
J. W. Ritchie, Agent,
GOING BACK HOME
I here s nothing sadder than returning, responsive to ; x
a nearneit yearning, to scenes we used to know; but late
ly to such scenes I wandered, and with an aching heart I
pondered o'er things of long ago. I used to
knov a girl named Daisy, who was so
smooth she drove me crazy; of her for
years I'd dreamed; and always in my men
tal vision, angelic, beautiful, elysian, and
bright with youth she seemed. And in rav
recent tour I found her with seven husky Zl?&tfi&3$i
sons around her, and she was bent andj
gray, and worn from cooking hams and
HONORED JOHN BROWN'S SON
Portland,' Ore.. July 1". Salmon
Brown, the only living son of John
Brown, with his wife uud daughter.
ere honor guests at an out fashioned!
church service at the Highland Congre-
gationni cnurcn nere rnuuay. uiiiurn
and girls sat on one side of the church
Make Skin Smooth
fishes, and washing everlasting dishes, and!
helnine men Ditch haw And all tViP lads'
who with me gamboled, and through the! JJ?.!' XAt
I melon patches rambled, on bygone starry nights, were 8l"tly "nd tbat clettllii aaJ 00thes the
stale, irom an. their toil and straining, and hobbled up and Ask " tat a 25c bottle of
down complaining of aches and chigger bites. The town'jouw?i n nj 'that pimples, black heads,
itself was there, unchanging, the river down its course tSint&i tMa trou
was ranging by hoary elm and pine; the old stone chunai'fy,iJrMrKii,rt.fT2&
still reared us steeple, and in its shade were planted peo- ahf m eruption and make
pie who once were chums of mine. " V "
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