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LOVE LETTERS LEAD TO A TRAGEDY
Young Man Kills
Double Crime Is
On discovering that the woman with
whom he had lived was playing him
false and owing to the slow but sure
encroachments of poverty, Edward C.
Tidcombe, member of a prominent
Portland, Ore., family, shot and killed
Mrs. Georgia Nelson, whom he
was supposed to have married
four months ago under the alias
of E. L. Jameson. Tidcombe
then sent a bullet into his brain and
lingered for several hours before death
ended his suffering. The tragedy took
place at 945 Stanyan street at an early
hour yesterday morning, but nothing
was known of its startling details until
S. Richmond, from whom Tidcombe,
under the name of E. L. Jameson,
rented apartments, was summoned to
the telephone yesterday morning by a
woman who asked for the Jamesons.
Richmond knocked at the door of the
Jamesons' room but received no re
sponse. At 11 o'clock the woman again
telephoned and Richmond made a sec
ond attempt to arouse the roomers.
Becoming suspicious he looked through
the keyhole and saw Tidcombe lying on
the bed, his head resting on a blood
The landlord notified the police of
the Park Police Station. Corporal
Rainsbury responded and decided that
it was best to force the lock to the
Jamesons' room. This was done and
the apartments opened just as Captain
of Police Gleeson arrived. The In
vestigators found the woman dead in
• bed and the man lying by her side
with a bullet in his brain. Mrs. Nelson,
or Jameson, as she was known in the
house, had been shot «»ack of
the left ear and was almost
instantly killed. From the posi
tion of her body it would appear
that the shot was fired while she slept.
Tidcombe had a wound under the right
ear, the bullet penetrating the brain.
He was still breathing. The ambulance
was summoned and the wounded man
was taken to the Park Emergency Hos
pital, where he died at 7:30 last night.
CAUSE A MYSTERY.
The mystery in the tragedy lies in the
fact that the desperate deed appeared
wholly unpremeditated. Tidcombe,
upon retiring Monday night, had care
fully placed his trousers under his pil
low for the purpose of pressing them,
where they were found In zhe morning
wet with blood.
The floor was strewn with letters ad
dressed to the woman from many male
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admirers. Tidcombe evidently had been
reading these letters.
It would seem that Tidcombe awoke
during the night, and after brooding
over his discovery of the perfidy of the
woman, or, perhaps, his financial trou
bles, decided to end her life and his.
He went Into the rear room and got
two revolvers. Both were of 32-caliber,
one with the barrel sawed off. Select
ing the long-barreled pistol he returned
to the front room and did the deed.
When the police broke in the door they
found the revolver on the man's body,
while on the breast of the dead woman
rested a pet kitten, purring softly.
No line was left by Tidcombe to show
cause for his act, although a memo
randum book showed that the pair
were hard pressed for money. Among
his effects were letters showing that
he had been employed in this city by
J. K. Armsby & Co. and by Moise,
Klinkner & Co. since May, 1904, coming
to the latter firm from Portland, Ore.,
under the name of Jameson. He bore
a good reputation with both firms, and
was discharged from the former after
the holidays were over.
Tidcombe formerly lived with
his mother in Portland at 700
Thurman street and it had
been arranged that she should
come to this city to live. He was a
graduate of the Portland High School.
Tidcombe was about 25 years old and
magnificently developed physically.
Two of his sisters live in Oakland.
MAKES STRANGE STATEMENT.
Yesterday afternoon an unknown
man telephoned to the Coroner's of
fice and said that he was acquainted
with Tidcombe, who left Portland a
year ago under the name of Edwards
owing to financial troubles there; He
alleged that Tidcombe went to Hono
lulu and the Samoan Islands and that
upon his return he went to St. Louis,
where he met Mrs. Nelson.
Mrs. Georgia Nelson was the di
vorced wife of Frank D. Nelson, a
salesman for H. N. Martin & Co., a
tobacco firm of Louisville, Ky. Prior
to her marriage she was Miss Georgia
Mabry of Vandalia, 111. She was of
slight build and pleasing countenance
and appeared to be about 28 years old.
Among the 'satchelful of letters
were communications from her hus
band accusing her of improper con
duct in Los Angeles and begging her
to be faithful to him while he was
away from her. There are several
letters from a prominent business man
of Seattle offering her money and ask
ing her to come to him or let him go
to her. Other letters are from a
woman friend, who is a nurse in this
city. One of these letters congratu
lates Mrs. Nelson on capturing the
Seattle man and expresses the hope
that she "will soak him good."
Mrs. Jean Willering of 1067 Oak
street, Oakland, a sister of the dead,
woman, called at the Coroner's office
yesterday afternoon and while being
shown the pictures and elTects of Mrs.
Nelson attempted to secrete the letters
and pictures In her dress. She was
prevented from doing so by Deputy
WELL KNOWN IN PORTLAND.
Tidcombe Is of Good Family, but Has
PORTLAND, Jan. 24.—Edward C.
Tidcombe was a well-known young
man here. He comes of a good family
and had been Hying with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tidcombe, at 700
Thurman street. He was a graduate
of high school and a member of Mult
nomah Athletic Club. He was a foot
' ball player, a runner and weight
J thrower. His best success was as half
( back on the football team of the high
There was considerable scandal at
the time of his • disappearance from
here four months ago. He had been
employed as bookkeeper for the Tbke
Point Oyster Company and embezzled
a considerable quantity of money. He
j was a poker player and lost heavily.
I All last summer he is said to have lost
j regularly. It is not known how deep
-1 ly he was indebted to his employers, as
1 they have never made • a very deter
j mined effort to locate him.
1 When he left It was supposed that
jhe had gone to. Mexico. But within a
few weeks a number of Portland peo
-1 pie had met him in San Francisco,
where he had been living under
an assumed name. Whenever seen by
Portland people he was with a wom
an whom he introduced as "Miss"
Nelson, who w»s supposed to have
eloped from Portland with him when
he left. Whether he was married to
the woman or not Is not known,
though his mother heard indirectly
that he had been married.
The news of the tragedy came as a
8 hock to Mrs. Tidcombe. She had ex
pected, to visit her son in about two
Charles Tidcombe and wife leave
for San Francisco to-morrow morning.
THE SAN CALL, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1905.
FORMER PORTLAND MAN AND
SUPPOSED jWIFE WHO WERE
PRINCIPALS IN A TRAGEDY.
AUDITOR BAEHR WINS BET
FROM TREASURER McDOUGALD
Draws Down Wager by Signing More
Municipal Bonjls in an Hour
Than His Associate.
Auditor Baehr yesterday won a $5
: hat from City Treasurer McDougald
;as the result of a wager made as to
j which of the two city officials could
j sign the greater number of municipal
: bonds within one hour's time. Baehr
! and McDougald, together with Mayor
!St hmitz arid Supervisors' Clerk Fay,
have been busily engaged in the task
for several days past. The first named
two were returning from lunch when
McDougald began to brag about the
number of bonds he had signed the
"I'll bet .1 signed more than any
other official," said McDougald.
"I'll bet that I can sign more in an
hour than you can," retorted Baehr.
"Done for a $5 hat," replied Mc-
Timekeepers were appointed and the
i two officials began operations. At the
I end of the hour Baehr had signed exact
j ly 500 bonds, while McDougald had af
; fbed his signature to 497. McDougald
paid the bet like a little man, but
claims that he lost because his name
contains more letters than that of
Bohemian Club Nominates.
At a special meeting of the mem-,
bers of the Bohemian Club yesterday
the following nominating committee
to propose officers for the official year
.was elected: Colonel A. G. Hawes,
Frank P. Deerlng, C. K. Field, W. H.
Lowden and Edgar Mathews.
Beware of Imitations
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MIX THE BANKS
Some Want Eppinger Grain
Identified, While Others
Demand Pro Rata Division
BOOK CAUSES FLURRY
Memoranda Showing Loca
tion of Wheat and Barley
a Problem for Attorneys
James Demings and his notebook
were the peak about which the storm
of conflicting claims for the remnant
of the Eppingers' grain assets gath
ered yesterday in Judge Murasky's
court. The lean little keeper of the
Crockett warehouse records had made
notes highly gratifying to some of the
banks which make claim to* specific
lots of wheat and barley as security
for their loans to the bankrupts and
disheartening to those who are plead
ing for a distribution of a pro rata
share of the value of the 3600 tons of
grain remaining after the Eppinger
failure as collateral for some $700,
Demings was on the stand all morn
ing. He was permitted to refresh his
memory from a notebook containing
entries he had made from copies of
statements rendered to the Eppingers
regarding grain in the warehouse at
the time of the failure. Before he
had finished the dozen or more attor
neys, representing as many interests,
were in an uproar, some demanding
the exclusion of the evidence and
some insisting upon its admission.
When Attorney Freidenrich, for the
International Banking Corporation,
took the witness in hand he an
nounced his purpose of discrediting
both witness and book. He drew out
that Demings, after making his notes,
had placed the book in charge of his
wife and had lost it about the time of
the giving of his deposition in Janu
ary of last year. Later the book was
found, how he did not know, and it
was compared with a statement pre
pared by Attorney Chickerlng, repre
senting the American National Bank,
which demands certain specific lots of
grain. Judge Murasky thought the
witness might refresh his memory
from the book, but was in doubt as to
its admission in evidence in support of
various facts by the entries made.
The American National is anxious
for the book to be admitted. It holds
that six lots of grain are identified as
its own securities, making about 25
per cent of its total claim. Other
banks claiming specific lots are the
Bank of Stockton, Wells, Fargo & Co.
and Blum & Co. Among those liable
to lose if the specific lots are identified
are the Nevada National, the Londqn,
Paris and American, the International
Banking Corporation and the San
Francisco Savings Union. These and
others want a pro rata division of the
grain. They contend that while Dem
ings' book shows certain lots In their
right places In the warehouse the
original grain in the lots was taken
out and shipped or graded and re
placed by other grain, which the
holders of the warehouse receipts
have no right to claim.
Judge Murasky has admitted the
cross-complaint of Trustee Henry
Wadsworth, claiming the grain for
the benefit of all the Eppinger cred
itors. The hearing will be resumed
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ARGUES THAT ORDINANCE
Judge Cook Will Render Decision on
Applications for Habeas Corpus
Writs on January 30.
The seventy-nine women arrested at
620 Jackson street and 1129 Dupont
street during the raids of the Grand
Jury and deputy sheriffs filed into
Judge Cook's courtroom yesterday af
ternoon and listened to the arguments
of counsel on the applications for
writs of habeas corpus for their re
lease from custody.
Attorney Ach, for the petitioners,
argued that the ordinance passed on
December 12, under which the women
were arrested, is unconstitutional be
cause it interferes with the individual
rights of the people. He gave defini
tions of the words "visitor" and "in
mate" and argued that a physician,
grocer, plumber or any one who had
legitimate business at a house of ill
fame could be arrested under the or
District Attorney Byington and As
sistant District Attorney Harris re
plied, and the Judge said he would
render his decision on January 30.
HER SAD STORY
Leung Ah Duck Testifies
Strongly Against Lee Toy
and Interpreter Da Silva
BEATEN ON BOARD SHIP
Tells How She Was Coached
in Hongkong and on the
Steamer by Her Tormentor
Leung Ah Duck told a story yester
day-on the witness stand in the United
States District Court implicating Lee
Toy, a wealthy resident of Phila
delphia, and Hlppolyttus da Silva,
formerly interpreter in the Chinese
Bureau, in the business of importing
Chinese women to this country for Im
moral purposes. The accused men were
being tried before a Jury on an indict
ment presented several months ago.
Through Dr. John Endlcott Gardner, a
bureau interpreter, Leung told the Jury
about an eventful episode in her his
tory. She was a slave girl, and was
released by her mistress to a Chinese
man who turned her over to Lee Toy
in Hongkong for the purpose of being
taken to the St. Louis Exposition. She
told how she had been coached by Lee
Toy and Da Silva to say to the Immi
grant officials on her arrival here that
she was going to the exposition to act
as a waitress in the tea garden. Lee
Toy, she said, also told her the real
purpose for which she was being taken
to the United States, and warned her
not to let the immigrant officials know
anything about it. On board ship she
was also coached b.v Da Silva, and
when she ventured to remonstrate Da
Silva beat her. Lee Toy was present,
she said, when Da Silva beat her, and
Lee Toy remarked, "You haven't been
beaten enough; you must be beaten
The woman added that when she ar
rived here she told the coached story
to the Chinese Bureau officials, but re
fused to swear to it.
During the testimony of the woman
numerous objections on technical
grounds were made by Bert Schlesinger
and Samuel M. Shortridge, counsel for
Lee Toy, and Thomas C. West for Da
Silva, but Judge de Haven brushed
aside all technicalities and directed that
the woman should be permitted to tell
her story in her own way. Then Mr.
Schlesinger took the almond eyed lady
In hand for cross-examination.
"You never Intended to come to this
country for an immoral purpose, did
you?" he asked.
"No," was the reply. "I told Lee Toy
on the steamer that I never would lead
an immoral life."
She said further that Lee Toy had
threatened to hang her should she re
fuse to testify to the coached story.
The witness was still on the stand
when the court took an adjournment
until this morning. The case Is handled
for the prosecution by Ben L. McKin
ley, Assistant United States Attorney,
the evidence having been gathered
by George W. Hazen, United States
Secret Service Agent.
, Three other slave girls in custody of
Miss Davis of the Chinese Mission will
be called as witnesse.
Mr. Frederick W. Prince will talk of >
"A Jaunt to Chicago" at Y. M. C. A. j
Auditorium. Tuesday, January 31; admis
sion twenty-five cents.
There will be 200 magnificent stereop
ticon slides; grand views of Yosemite and
beautiful pictures of the Qrand , Canyon
of Arizona; interesting glimpses of Moki
land and the snake dance. Tickets on
sale at office of Y. M. C. A., Mason and
Ellis streets. •
Railroad Men Wanted.
The United States Civil Service
Commission announces the following
examinations on February 13 for the
Panama canal service: Railroad yard- ;
man, age limit 25 to 50 years, salary
$130 per month; switchman, age limit
21 to 45 years, $100 per month;
switchman's helper, age limit 21 to 45
years, $75; train conductor, age limit
21 to 45 years, salary $100; trainman,
age limit 21 to 45 years, $75. For the
position of switch engineman salaries
have been fixed at $83 33, $100 and
$115 per month. Steam and air drill
foreman, age limit 25 to 50 years, $100
and $125. Steam and air drill work
man, age limit 25 to 45 years, salary
$75 and $83 33.
Apply to the United States Civil Ser
vice Commission, Washington, D. C,
for application form 1422.
Benevolent Society Meets To-Day.
The German Ladies' Benevolent So
ciety will hold Its annual meeting
day at 3 o'clock in the east parlor of
Golden Gate Hall.
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Great Alteration Sale
This is the closing week
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Sale and will he the last
opportunity for our cus
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Of the GENERAL REDUCTIONS
made in all departments.
Attention is particularly
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values offered in the Silk,
Dress Goods, Linen, Cur
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111 to 121 Post Street
Executor Bridgford Takes
Exceptions to Questions
Asked by A. J. Clunie
The plasters on the Clunie-Briogford- :
White wounds were pulled off again j
yesterday, and the soreness re-ex- i
hibited to the critical eye of Judge
Coffey. Andrew J. Clunle, half j
brother of the late Thomas J. Clunle,
and one of the three executors of his
will, in pursuance of the examination
in the matter of his objections to the
account of administration rendered by
E. A. Bridgford and Burrell G. White,
the two other executors, had the former
in range of the fire of his questions for
most of the afternoon, then fired a few
scattering volleys at Whiter
During the examination of Bridgford,
Clunie demanded an exhibition of the
witness' private account at the Western
National Bank, of which Bridford Is a
director. Clunie said his purpose was
to show that Bridgford and Judge
Grant had divided the $8000 attorneys'
fee allowed to Grant by White and
Bridgford, for legal services rendered.
Bridgford declined to produce his
private account, and the court sus
tained him. In the course of the per
sonalities which followed Clunie said:
"You have been holding my money
away from me and using it for your-
Belf, and you have been using the
money of others in the same way."
Judge Bridgford paled, but restrained
himself, and a moment later he said,
"I am tired of your insinuations."
Whereupon Judge Coffey interrupted
with "I can try this case without refer
ence to these personal matters."
Clunie proceeded to examine Bridg
ford upon the matter of Grant's em
ployment, and asked as a matter of
fact whether the Woodland Judge had
not been employed before there was
any contest, and whether Mrs. Clunie
had never really made a contest, but
had simply asked for a postponement
of her proposed claim for community
property in lieu of taking under the
will. He also asked whether Mrs.
Clunie's father, in her behalf, had not
first offered to settle for $50,000 and
then for $25,000, which Bridgford ad
mitted; but he declared that the pro
posed settlement was interrupted be
cause Andrew Clunle new Into a pas
sion when asked to sign an agreement
that he would not contest the guardian
ship of Jack Clunie. Here Clunie asked j
whether he had not prayed, almost on
his knees, for Bridgford to settle Mrs. j
Bridgford, satirically, said, "If you I
went on your knees there would be |
holes in your pants to show for it."
Clunie retorted, "No, I am not In the j
habit of praying, or passing the plate, 1
White's examination as to the em- :
ployment of extra attorneys brought |
out nothing new excepting that Walter j
Robertson asked for $3500 before ac- ;
ceptlng $2000 for his services.
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BENTENCED tOR EMBEZZLEMENT. —
Arthur Loeb, who pleaded guilty to a charge
of felony embezzlement, was sentenced yes
terday by Judge Dunne to serve four years in
San Quentin. Loeb waa a salesman for
Fleischmann A Co.. SGB Front street, and on
August 12 embezzled $100.
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