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STONE-WEBSTER CORPORATION VIOLATES FRANCHISE BY FURNISHING LIGHT TO N. P.
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HE " """' put your v Eleventh . street
Aj bridge dedication garb away in cam
_§ phoi. You'll need 'em pretty soon when
gv we dedicate that municipal street
I car line. • .
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HILLMAN LEAVES U. S. PENITENTIARY
I BY AUTO;
Tony Tombell, U'borer, was In
stantly killed thUVJbrnlng at 3
o'clock when he was struck by
an unto driven by Harry Ander
son, chauffeur, at the corner of
Union avenue and Both street.
According to information given .
by the police this morning two
automobiles were returning from !
American Lake with passengers. |
The first one was driven by j
Richard Hendley and closely fol
lowing came Anderson's auto. It
Is thought that Tombell failed to
see the second machine while he
attempted to cross the street ami
was struck in his path.
According to Officer Gardner,
who was a witness to the acci
dent, the machines were driven
at a moderate rate of speed. An- j
derson was taken to the police
station and will he held pending ,
The dead man was in the em- ■.
ploy of the Griffin' Wheel Works
and is survived by a widow and '
a five months' old baby. The
body was removed to Piper's un
Anderson operates an auto
stand with headquarters at the '
Club cigar store. I
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
CONSTANTINOPLE, Feb. 17.
—It was seml-officlally reported
here that Enver Bey, chief of
staff of the Turkish army, was
fatally wounded by an assassin
late last night.
Enver Bey was leaving the sul
tan's harem by a secret passage
when attacked. By reason of his
marriage Into the sultan's fam
ily, Enver Bey had access to the
It was reported Enver was
Stabbed by a disgruntled soldier
as he was leaving the harem. '
It was learned authoritatively
today that Grand Vizier Shefket
Pasha is convinced that Turkey
must end the war, even if It has
to be done on humiliating terms.
The nation's treasury is empty.
The use of the public school
buildings by the people will get a
boost here Wednesday evening
when Dr. Edward W. Stltt, dis
trict superintendent of schools in
New York city and superintend
ent of recreation In the evening
social centers will speak at Sta
dium High school under the aus
pices of the Teachers' Lecture
The lecture entitled "Wider
Use of the School Plant" will be
Illustrated by steroptlcon.
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30c A MONTH. \ | TACOMA, WASHINGTON, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17,1913. HOME EDITION
TWICE MURDERER AT 16
HAD MAKINGS OF A FINE
MAN FOUR YEARS AGO
BY E. C. ItOIKiEItK
ST. LOUIS, Mo., Feb. 17.
Four years ago Albert Merk,
aged 12, had the making of a
fine man in him.
. Today, Albert Merk, aged 10,
is twice a murderer. At 10, he
is a penitentiary bird. .
The man in Albert Merk has
been utterly ruinedthe future
good citizen destroyed—between
the ages of 12 and in.
-The boy of the city is getting
to be a greater problem every
year. The boy is Indeed the
greatest problem of every city to-
Twenty years ago the boy who
stole had reached the limit of de
pravity. . ,
Today the most desperate,
most savage of our city murder
ers are little more than boys—
the auto bandits, the car barn
bandits. The cruel streets rob
I came to St. Louis purposely
to find out, if I could, the rea
sons why Albert Merk is twice a
murderer at 16. I have no the
ories. I will merely give the
facts of this lads life during four
i short years. :
Albert's mother is a widow,
left four years ago with five
Albert started to run with the
"lumberyards bunch" and played
"hookey" from schoo.l often. He
began carrying a gun, bought
from a lumber yard man for $1.
Other boys of the "bunch" car
ried- revolvers, and during the
evenings .they used to imitate the
ready shooters shown in lurid,
uncensored wild west pictures.
Books telling of the bloody
deed of Jesse James and his
gang, the Younger boys, the Dal
ton gang, and other desperadoes,
are sold In many St. Louts stores
to mere babies if they have 5 or
10 cents to pay for them, '■'.:■: ■
The lumber yards bunch" used
to g read ": them.. while hiding In
their improvised timber > "caves."
Albert's school teachers say
that he didn't study as well .as
he should have done. '
-it The teachers didn't know Al
bert was Just a DISCONTENTED
boy; they thought he was a BAD
BOY and treated him as such.*'j
l So when he was suspected ana
arrested on a burglary charge a:
the age of 13, he was hustled off
to -jit the B? state reformatory ;■ ■at
Booneville, where Missouri sends
its 'bad : boys.' A -,; /•;, •■ -*, - ■ ■ •;;... ■-
*.-„ Evidently >•"** the ■' '. reformatory
didn't do Albert much} good, Tor
when he ) got out \he returned Jto
the lumber yard bunch and was
something of a hero in their eyes.
One afternoon the bunch went
out to Maplewood, an aristocratic
suburb. The Maplewood marshal
tried to grab Albert as he ran out
of the back door in a fight.
The marshal dropped In his
tracks and died in a few days.
Albert ran away, was caught and
sent back to the reformatory.
During a baseball game at the
reformatory the crowd began
wrangling. Albert, in a moment
of anger, struck Dale Flora, an
other so-called "bad boy," over
the head with a baseba'' bat and
killed him. • Albert pleaded
guilty to murder in the second
degree and Judge Slate sentenced
him to,spend the next 12 years
in the penitentiary.
Now he Is in the "pen"—
branded for all time as a double
murderer. His mother Is dying
of a broken heart; and his sis
ters pass their _ neighbors with
W. W. Parker, president of the
social service board, this morning
tendered his resignation to May
or Seymour as a member of the
Mr. Parker says ill health Is
the cause of . his retirement, his
doctor advising him he must
shake off some of, his numerous
outside duties that are taxing his
LOS ANOELES, Feb. 17.—
Aviator Leonard Bonney return
ed to Los Angeles today unhurt
after tumbling 3000 feet through
the air when his monoplane De
came disabled while he was . at
tempting a flight from Los An
geles -to San Diego. y '■■' ■. . .',
CITIZENS VISIT CITY HALL TO
PROTEST SALE OF ELEC
TRICITY FOR LIGHTING
PURPOSES TO NORTHERN
PACIFIC HOPS. *
The people demand that Stone-
Webster stop furnishing electric
light to the Northern Pacific in
this city. All lights for the big
railway shops, the headquarters
building, roundhouse and all its
yards is furnished by the Stone-
And It is in violation of the
A section of the franchise
provides the city may Issue a tem
porary permit to allow the com
pany to furnish light to any par
ticular individual or company,
but no such permit has ever been
granted, according to City Clerk
Edwards, who has made a thor
ough search of the records."
For about five years now the
Stone-Webster company has been
furnishing the N. P. with juice.
The bill is believed to run into
thousands of dollars a year, and
this the city has been losing by
the violation of the franchise by
the Stone-Webster company. .
City Clerk Edwards says Mr.
Collins .when he was city electri
cian, looked into the matter, but
that nothing was done, the city
being bluffed out when the
Northern Pacific was shown to
have a turbine engine at the
head of the bay with which they
could generate their own juice
cheaper than the price the city
then asked. - .
This morning C. H. Dow and
P. B. Egbert, representing im
provement clubs, visited the city
hall to see why the N. P. is still
getting light from the Stone-
The matter will probably be
taken up at the Improvement
club meetings at the next ses
IN THE CASE
Charging that former Prose
cuting Attorney Mi Murray .had
entered into an Illegal agreement
with King county to permit Ev
erett C. Ellis, connected with the
prosecuting attorney's office In
Seattle, to represent the state in
the trial of Peter Miller, Attorney!
Glasgow, for the defense, today
motioned to have Ellis removed
from the case. , *
Judge Chapman, before whom
the first of 1_ charges of per
jury against Miller is being
heard, overruled the exception,
explaining that this county had
the privilege of hiring special
Three other motions were
made by Glasgow. He moved
first for a continuance, declaring
that he was not prepared. He
wanted it set for March, when a
new jury would be impaneled, as
he said he believed this month's
panel prejudiced against bis
This motion was also denied.
Then Glasgow, asked that only
one of the twelve perjury
charges be tried.
The motion was denied by the
judge. , •
A fourth motion of Glasgow's
that the title of the complaint be
amended and the numerous
aliases used to designate Miller
be dropped, stirred up quite a
little commotion. Glasgow de
clared the use of so many aliases
tended to prejudice a jury y and
people who read of the case, and
wanted the complaint filed
against Peter Miller only, as it
was the true name of .his client.
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
MKXICO CITY, Feb. 17.—The
situation in Mexico - • City ' this
morning wa practically I '■' «_<,
changed. .-' It was, expected fight-
Ing would he resumed' ■ before
noon. "*"■-",, yyT--1 t _>i * j. :■"!*'
OLD MR. CRAPEHANGE & BLOCKS A ROMANCE
HILLMAN GOT TWO YEARS
SENTENCE IS COMMUTED
SERVES JUST 11 MONTHS
C. 1). HILLMAN
Photographed by Times staff photographer as he entered Ills
automobile Just before beginning 'tis term in the federal prison.
BOMS DATES IX THE HILLMAN CASE
August 26, 1010 — Hillman arrested for fraudulent use of
mails. Bail, $20,000. i . -
' August 28, 1910—Hillman brings $250,000 libel suits
against Seattle Star in efforts to muzzle this paper. Court
throws suits out. ■- ' ..
October 3, .1910 —Federal grand jury at Tacoma returns
six indictments, charging 28 counts against Hillman, punish
able by maximum of 92 years and six months in penitentiary
and $21,500 fine. Released on $30,000 bonds. '' "
. October 12, 1910 —Grand jury indicts Hillman and several
of his employes for conspiracy to use mails to* defraud. Re
leased on $5,000 bonds each. '* *, •.
.-' April 1, 1011 —Judge Donworth sentences Hillman to
two and a half years and $5,200 fine on main charge, and 20
days in county jail for tampering with Jury. Motion for new
I , April 20, 1912—Hillman enters McNeils island penitentiary.
V Dec. 24, 1912 —President Taft conlmutes Hillman's sen
tence to one year.
Feb. 17, 1913—Hillman's term, with 62 days off for good
behavior, is finished. - .
HIT IN STOMACH WITH >
I V BUNDLE; WANTS $15,000
The Jury in federal court re
tired at noon today to decide
how much, it Is worth vto be hit
in the stomach with a bundle or
mdrning papers shipped out or
Tajoma. ,< vv^ .; ' i •'-./ ;-.•'.'..-'
/ W. H..Rußgles. who was night
I station agent at Tenino, thinks It
worth $15,000. He sued the N.
P. for that amount anyway..
While he was reaching for the
mail bag on the mail hook-the
train threw off a;couple of bun
dles of Tacoma papers''which he
says disabled him' for life.' . '
ARE yon reading the "Good , Ship
Earth" Series running ever*/ | other
day in the Times? It is a feature
well worth while and worthy ;of
every reader's closest study. • - %
Clarence I). Hillman, million
aire real estate operator, who
Was sentenced to 30 months Im
prisonment on conviction of de
frauding by moil, walked out of
the federal prison on McNeil's
island at 10: Li o'clock tills morn
ing, a free man.
Accompanied to the edge of
the prison reservation by Warden
Ilullignn, Hillman stepped brisk
ly into the uniting prison launch
and was him led over to an ob
scure wharf on lie mainland.
His brother-in-law, who has
been in charge of his husnless
Interests since he has been in
prison, was at the wharf to wel
Hillman and his brother-in-law
hastened into the city and they
NEW FORK, Feb. 17.—Fran-
Cisco de la Ititrra, the Mexican
soldier and statesman who is try
ing to restore pence in Mexico
City, sent the following to the
American people through the
United Press today:
"As a simple citizen of Mexico,
I wish to appeal to thee sense
of justice of the American peo
ple and hope they will not be led
from their present course renam
ing the sovereignity of the people
• "Our citizens by their patriot
ism and vitality will victoriously
survive the present crisis. I have
no news suggesting that Madero
I intends to resign."
Although scores of corpses
I incinerated during yesterday's
I armistice, the streets about the
I National palace still are littered
j with dead bodies. No estimate of
the number slain in yesterdays
fighting were obtainable.
VERA CRUZ, Feb. 17.Fight
, ing was resumed in Mexico City
! at noon today, and preparations
are being pushed here to rare for
hundreds of Americans who are
fleeing fur refuge.
As a result of the strict cen
sorship no details of the fighting
are being received.
MEXICO CITY. Feb. 17. —
(Censored) —President Francisco
I. Madera's explanation of the
circumstances in whlon yester
day's armistice was broken was
given out here today in an offi
"General Diaz broke the armis
tice." the statement says, "by
placing artillery at the Intersec
tion of Balderas and Victoria.
streets v and firing on federal
troops. This compelled the gov
ernment soldiers to renew the
The statement also acknowl
edged the receipt of President
Safe crackers blew open the
safe of S. Knramoto, a Japanese
merchant who runs a store at
Fife In the Stuck valley, and suc
ceeded 'in getting . away with
$87.50, In cash' early Sunday
The contents represented the.
savings of several years, wlikfl
Knramoto had intended to use
for a trip to. Japan. This is the
third time the safe has robbed
The "robbery was reported-to
the sheriff's office this morning
and an officer sent out to inves
—- The discovery of powder near
the safe leads the official to be
lieve that It was probably opened
with dynamite. , -,
" : Rev. A. E. Sltogsbergh, for 25
years '■ a - popular, pastor.,* In ' Min
neapolis, will be ■ln '• Tacoma * this
week■";.. to A conduct."'.evangelistic;
services '. at I; Swedish tabernacle.
The I meetings | will; begin' Tuesday
evening and > much Interest is ex
pected |as | the speaker Is? consid
ered one of the strongest Swedish
preachers In the country.' r..
were met here by Mrs. Hillman
and the children 'of the couple.
"I Intend to look after my con
siderable Interests in Seattle,"
Hillman said when be landed
near Stellacoom, "and I will go
to California with my family.
"What 1 shall do later on, 1
cannot now say."
Hillman was convicted of us
ing the mails to defrand In his
gigantic real estate schemes. Ha
promoted more than a dozen
small towns in this state, many
of them between Tacoma and Se
It is said that he recently con
verted his extensive real estate
holdings into cash and Is today
worth more than 000,000 in
Whether or not a man boating
his way on a train may collect
damages if injured then will tie
determined by a Jury In Judge
Eastertey's court today in the
case of Benjamin Gloaaon against
the Northern.Pacific Railway is
in. The case as to have started
It—(l afternoon. ■ -
(Reason alleges In the com
plaint he boarded freight train
682, running on the Northern Pa
cific between Tacoma and Puy
allup, via Seattle, on August I,
1912. He was discovered by a
hrakenian, the complaint con
tinues, ho ordered him to get off,:
although the train was going at
a lively clip. When the plain
tiff refused, it is alleged the
brakeuian kicked nim ln the face
with his shoe and hit him over
the head with some blunt instru
ment, knocking him off of the
He states that when he fell a
wheel passed over his left foot,
crushing It and later necessitat
ing the amputation of four toes.
He asks for $35,485 damages.
CINCINNATI, 0., Feb. 17.—
One year In the penitentiary and
a $5,000 fine was the sentence'
imposed here today on John 11.
Patterson, president of the Na
tional Cash Register company,
convicted with other officials of
the company of having violated
the Sherman anti-trust law. .. .:>
For Tacoma and vi
cinity: Rain tonight*
Rain • west \ tonight'
and Tuesday; rain or
snow east tonight or
Tuesday, colder east
portion tonight. •
T. J. PLKETWOOD, Mgr. ;
913-915 Pacific ar. '-, ■
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N your '■■'? made-to-mras
- ure clothes £ > cheaper
than the other stores?
.' No" extra expense for
" this department.