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Ladies* Ribbed Vests, Remnant sale price 4C
Standard Prints, Remnant sale price 30 yds for $1.00
Ladies' Crash and Wool Skirts, 20 per cent discount daring
Ladies' Fast Black Hose, worth 20c, Remnant sale price.. II for 25c
Men's Crush Suits, during Remnant sale 20 per cent discount
Sale Closes on the Evening 1 of August 11th.
OUR GUARANTEE: STffiZSSSKS THE FAIR The Place to BaA-e Money
Waite I3loek, Main Street, Col lax, Washington.
CHINAMAN 18 CHARED
Court Blocked the Jury on a
First Degree Verdict.
No One Thought There Was Middle
Ground—Either Guilty or
The trial of Wong Gee for the murder
of Chin On in a Chinese alley on the
night of May 27, resulted in acquittal by
the jury. The evidence was entirely, but
strongly, circumstantial, because no one
beside the murderer witnessed the killing.
The total cost of clearing the man, out
side of the traveling expenses of the
judge who did it was $ 1457.50 for jur
ors and witnesses, and about $150 for
stenographer* and sheriff's costs. The
interpreter drew $5 a day, which was in
cluded with jury and witness costs.
The battle was a hard one between At
torneys Reed for the prosecution and
Hanna for the defense, with the mercury
pointing every day from 100 to 104 in
Judge Kenn, a Tacoma populist, pre
sideJ. He shut the jury out by rigid in
struction that they must not find a ver
dict of murder in the first degree. Just
the same, seven jurors voted for this de
gree, with a mixup on manslaughter and
second degree. There was, however, no
middle ground. The Chinaman was
either guilty or not guilty, and the jury,
being debarred from bringing in a first
degree verdict, could not well do other
wise than acquit. No one thought the
jtrisonpr guilty of second degree or man
Vv neii acquitted Wong Gee sat like a
post. He was dazed and befuddled. He
acted like a man who knew he was guilty
and could not realize the fine-haired
work through which he escaped. He left
town on the first train, wearing the same
red hat and the same big six-shooter
that covered him on his midnight tramp
The case lasted through one week and
a day and night into another. Witnesses
were brought from distant points who
never even went on thestand. It seemed
to be purely a case of Chinese money,
with Whitman county footing every bill
except those of the attorneys.
Wong Hen, a Chinaman, who lived in
the house adjoining where the murder
waH committed, testified that he had an
occasion to leave his bouse about 1:10
o'clock and discovered the body of Chin
On, lying apparently dead; that he im
mediately notified Lee Goon, another
Chinaman, living near by, and together
the two notified Deputy Marshal Carter,
who was on duty up at the hotel; he
further testified that he heard no sound
of a struggle whatever.
Mr. Carter, deputy city marshal, testi
fied that he was notified of the killing
about 1:20 and immediately repaired to
the scene, where he found the Chinaman
fatally wounded, his head crushed in
and his throat cut; he immediately noti
fied the sheriff, and Doctors Pocock and
Hoswell; these gentlemen took charge of
the body, did all in their power to revive
him, but without avail, and at 7:30
Sunday morning death resulted from the
wounds in the head and neck.
Sheriff Canutt was called to the stand
and testified that he started out im
mediately and rounded up all of the
Chinamen in the city, and found every
one excepting the defendant. Wong Gee,
more commonly known as "Highbinder;"
notices were sent to the surrounding
towns, and Deputy Sheriff Carter was
started about 7 o'clock for Penewawa,
the only point that could not be reached
George S. Williams, Joseph Wells and
John Talvich, testified to seeing the de
fendent dressed in Chinese clothes at dif
ferent times during the evening, and as
late as 11:30 o'clock: Marshal Carter
testified that he saw this defendant on
the streets at 12:30 o'clock at night
coming from Sing Lee's laundry, and
going in the direction of where the crime
was committed about two blocks dis
tant, and that all the houses along the
street exreptlng the hotels were closed
Alex Lndsley testified that the de
fendant had a quarrel sometime during
the evening probably 9 or 10 o'clock,
with Ihin On, and at the time the China
man was dressed in Chinese clothes and
wore his queue hanging down
. i»T phw^c!1.8 teßtitied that Chin On
left the Richelieu saloon, about five or
ten minutes before 1.
Marshal Carter testified that the cloth
ing of thin On was searched and that
nothing of any value was found upon it
George Williams testified that the de
fendant stated to him during the even
ing that he was broke, and asked Wil
liams for a chew of tobacco.
Minnie and Grace Cram testified that
the defendant came to their house Sun
day morning at 7:45, aeked for break
fast, and gave their little brother 50
cente; that he wore his queue done up
on his head, was dressed in American
clothes and American slippers, and stat
ed to them that he had been working at
A FEW OF" OUR PRICES:
Spaulding's fruit farm, and was going
to Dayton and Pomeroy.
J. B. Simpson and bis daughters,
Carrie and Minnie, testified that the de
fendant reached Pennawawa at about
10 o'clock Sunday morning; that he
said he had just come trom Almota, and
was going to Dayton and Pomeroy, but
inquired for the boat which would take
him down the river to Kiparia.
J, W. Simpson testified to having
conversation with the defendant, and
the defendant stated to him that he had
been picking cherries for Lee Chung, a
well known Chinaman, living at Pena
wawa, and that he then left the hotel at
Penawawa, and went up to Lee (tilings
house; that Mr. Carter, the deputy
sheriff, went with him for the purpose
of ascertaining the truth of the defend
Quok Gong, testified that he »a* -it
Penawawa on the 27th of May workiu,?
for Lee Chung; that he saw this defend
ant, who came to Lee ('bung's bouse,
where witness was stopping, iv company
with Deputy Sheriff Carter; that when
Mr. Carter asked witness and the other
Chinamen present if Wong Gee had been
working there at Lee Chung's the de
fendant commenced to talk to the China
men in the Chinese language. Ilia exact
language was, "Friends, rescue me;
American man has me arrested; some
body kill Chin On in the city; you tell
American man 1 work here three days
and then I go free;" that a Chinaman
working there by the name of Ah Jim,
then stated to Mr. Carter, that Wong
Gee had been working there three days
and had just been paid off that morn
ing; this statement, however, the witness
said was false as Wong Gee had never
Tommy Hi, testified to practically
the same thing as Quok Gong, and in
addition thereto stated that after Mr.
Carter left Wone; Gee took witness'
black hat down from where it wa« hang
ing on the wall and left instead bin own
hat, which was of a reddish-brown color.
The witness identified both ot the hatu
on the stand, and also stated that they
they were all frightened at the defendant
because he had a big gun with him,
which he managed to slip behind the
door when the officer was not watching,
but which the witness saw and identified
as the gun which the defendant left be
hind the door.
Mr. Carter, deputy sheriff, testified in
substance to the same r.hings as the
witnesses at Penawawa heretofore
r named, and in addition stated that
within an hour or such a matter there
after, he discovered that he had been '
fooled by the defendant and again made
search for him and found him about a
mile and a quarter from any house, up I
in a canyon along the Snake river; that
when the defendant saw him he started
to run, and it required two shots from
the revolver to stop him; that when Mr.
Carter came up close to the defendant
he was lying down in a ditch and he im
mediately exclaimed, "Who telle you.
Me no kill Chin On." Mr. Carter then j
put the handcuffs upon him and told
him to come on, but the defendant fell
again upon the ground and said, "You ;
kille me here; me no go.'" The defense
made a strong attempt to impeach Mr.
Carter by showing that he had stated at
the Penawawa hotel, when he first saw the
Chinaman, and in the presence of two or j
three witnesses, that a Chinese gambler !
had been killed in Colfax, but in the |
minds of most people it was a failure, as
Mr. Carter stated positively that he not
only did not make such a statement, but
that at the time he left Colfax he neither
knew the name or the occupation of the
dead Chinaman. Mr. Carter's testimony
was corroborated in this respect by Miss
Jennie Young, who was at the hotel at
tke time of the conversation and heard
the conversation that occurred between
Mr. Carter and Miss King. Both Miss i
Young and Miss King were placed upon :
the witness stand on behalf of the de- j
fense, and while Miss King stated that
Mr. Carter had made such a statement,
and that she had told this to Mrs.
Simpson, Miss Young testified positively
that she was present and heard the con
versation between Mr. Carter and Miss
King, and that no such statement was
made, but that Mr. Carter made the
statement that a Chinaman had his
throat cut in Colfax, an 3 that he was
looking for the man that did it; Mr.
Carter was further corroborated by Mr.
Simpson, the hotel man at Penawawa,
who stated that neither the name or the
occupation of the dead Chinaman was
known in Penawawa until after Sheriff
Canutt came down there two or three
George Meany testified that he lived
in Colfax and had found a knife in the
Palouse river the morning of the lGth
of July, within about 40 or GO feet of
where the Chinaman was killed. Sheriff ,
Canutt testified that he was familiar !
with the knives of foreign make and this
was a Chinese knife. He was positive of
this fact by reasons of the peculiar carv
ing and handle. Al Royer testified to
having seen this knife, or one exactly
like it, iv the defendant's satchel, where
the defendant lived at the Sing Lee
laundry before the killing, one time when
the defendant was showing him some
The state offered to impeach the testi
mony of Ollie King, one of the witnesses
COLFAX GAZETTE, COLFAX, WASHINGTON, JULY 27, 1900.
Ladies' Cotton Shirt Waists, during sale 50 per <-ent di><ouiit
Men's SllitS, A few mens all wool suits left in this lot. Remnant
Bale Pric« $:s.<»s
Jarkson Loading Forks, Remnant sale price - ;&<m«
Working Shirts, Made doahle back and fronts, and from the cele
brated Black Hide twills, considered good value elsewhere at 75c
Remnant sale price 44^
for the defense, by showing that she had
never told Mrs. Simpson that Mr. Carter
had told her, that a Chinese gambler
had been killed in Colfax, as testified to
by Miss King, but this the court would
not allow, but after the state had sent
to Penawawa and had Mrs. Simpson
brought up for the purpose of impeach
ing her the court would not allow Mrs.
Simpson to testify. The court also
ruled that, although the Btate had select
ed Philip Love as its complaining wit
ness, that the court having made a rule
excluding the witnesses that Mr. Love
would oot be permitted to testify at all,
nor would he longer be permitted to re
main in the court room. This looked
like an arbitrary ruling.
The defense put on a number of wit
nesses to prove that the morning after
the murder they had seen blood upon
the bridge and sidewalk in front of the
Newcastle saloon, for the purpose of
showing that the crime had been com
mitted elsewhere, and the body carried
and thrown into the alley, where it was
afterwards found. This evidence was de
stroyed by the state, who introduced
Nat Ripley, who testified that while he
and a young friend were going home
about 10 o'clock the night of the murder
he was troubled with nose bleed; that he
had sat down in front of the Tennessee
restaurant or Newcastle saloon, and had
allowed his nose to bleed, and that he
then started home and his nose started
bleeding afresh upon the bridge, and
this blood was in the same place as
fouud by the witnesses for the defense.
The defense attempted to prove an
alibi with 11. B. Wnite, who testified that
be left the Masonic lodge room at Col
fax the night of the murder and went
out as far ac the high school building,
where, ot 12:45 he saw a Chinaman an
swering the defendant's description leav
ing town, and that he inquired of him
the road to Penawawa. This testimony
was promptly rebutted by the state,
who proved by I). H. Shaw, Sr,, one of
the officers of Hiram lodge, that he was
in attendance at the Masonic services
that night until the lodge closed; that
be saw Mr. White there, and that Mr.
White did not leave the lodge until 1
o'clock or after.
Thin wuß the testimouy-in substance of
the trial, and from the nature of the
killing, the character of the wounds, the
fact that Chin On was killed at his own
door in the night time and several blocks
away from where the defendant lived,the
state contended that the murder was
premeditated and contained all the ele
ments of murder in the first degree. The
instruction of the court, which took this
question away from the jury, and which
the state claims invaded the province of
the jury, and has caused so much com
meat not particularly complimentary to
the jade is as follows: "You are instruct
ed that under the law and evidence in
this case you cannot find the defendant
guilty of murder in first degree, theie
being no proof whatever of premedita
tion or deliberation.''
The Jury Stood This Way
Notwithstanding the ironclad instruc
tions of Judge Kean, populist—brought
here to do the work of Weeping William,
while he paced the streets at 13000 a
year and dropped crocodile tears on the
disgusted residents of Whitman county
— seven of that jury voted for murder in
the first decree. Had they known that
Judge Keau did not have the power to
tine them for contempt of court, the
seven would probably have been there
yet, voting against their instruction.
On first ballot the vote was 6 for first
degreo, with the other <J divided between
second degree, manslaughter and acquit
tal. Then 7 voted for hanging. A bal
lot on second degree was taken with the
same result. Finally it came to the
question of guilty or not guilty. The
jury found no middle ground. The man
was guilty or innocent. Had the court
not made himself conspicuous and used
the power of his position to fuddle the
jury, there would have been either a
iirtt degree verdict or a disagreement.
Burned His Arm.
Hon. W. L. LaFollette, the Wawawai
fruit grower and shipper, was badly
burned on the left arm last Tuesday by
escaping steam from the engine that
operates the pumps to his irrigating
plant, says the Pullman Herald. The
arm was seriously scalded, and will
probably lay Mr. LaFollette up for re
pairs for 6ome time.
The Appetite of a Goat
Is envied by all whose stomach and
liver are out of order. But such should
know that Dr. King's New Life Pills,
give a splendid appetite, sound diges
tion and a regular bodily habit that in
sures perfect health and great energy
Only 2uc at The Elk Drug Store, F. J
Stone, Propr o
Wanted—One young man from Whit
man county, W Taeh., to prepare for the
coming Railway Mail Service Examina
tion. We furnish everything, including
books and maps. Address, enclosing
stamp, luter-ritate Correspondence In
stitute, Cedar Rapids, Ia #
Monday evening July 30th, the Junior
League of the M. E. Church will give a
lawn social on the parsonage lawn; ice
cream and cake will be served for ten
cents. Everyone is invited to come and
spend a pleasant evening.
SIMMER SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS.
Evidently Having the Best Time
They Ever Knew.
The excessively hot weather is almost
enough to produce liqnification, but we
hope it will not always last.
The game of "basket ball" is attract
ing considerable attention these days.
Some of the ladies are quite expert at
The reception at Stevens hall last Fri- i
day eveniug was well attended, and the !
entertainment highly complimented.
A most instructive and interesting i
lecture was given Tuesday morning by
Prof. Spilman, on the subject of "The !
Science of Agriculture."
The average Bummer school student
evidently dislikes being photographed.
The city photographer came up Tuesday
at noon and requested all to assemble
on the front steps of Ferry hall, but not
more than one-fifth of the students ap
peared; so we were not "shot," but were
promised another opportunity to have
Peter Brown, the proctor of Ferry
hall, made the statement last Saturday
morning that there had been more racket
during the summer school than in all
the year before. We wonder win '
Mrs. Harry Bingham of Tekoa spent
a few days of the week at Colfax visiting
friends, and was a guest of Mr. aud Mrs.
H. F. Schrieber.
Mrs. Fred Waite and son and Mrs.
Ida Woodward of Pendleton, Or., ar
rived in Colfax Friday and will be guests
of Mr. and Mrs. W. *W. Waite for sev
Cyrus Neel left early in the w^ek for
Santa, Idaho, where he now has his sheep
in the mountain ranges.
Attorney (J. M. Steams of Wardner,
Idaho, a former Whitman county resi
dent, was in the city a few days this
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Wilcox and Mr.
and Mrs. C. A. Underwood left the city
heat Wednesday morning for an outing
of two or three weeks on the St. Joe
.J. S. and C. T. McDonald returned
Wednesday from a trip across country
to Grangeville and other north Idaho
George Knifong, who has spent the
past year at Walla Walla, returned to
Colfax Wednesday, with the expectation
of remaining. He visited Nelson, B (' ,
before returning and brought his sister,
Miss Frankie Knifong, home from there,
where she has spent the summer.
Al Andrews, formerly in the O. H. & N.
freight house at Colfax, was in town sev
eral days of the week. He is now bag
gage master and express agent at Baker
Wm. Hiney, whose home is now at
Oakland, Calif., arrived at Colfax Wed
nesday to look after the harvesting of
the big crops on his three or four Pa
Nert Wolfard of Tacoma is in town on
a visit for a few daye.
Mrs. J. A. Perkins, Mrs. Leon Kuhn, j
Mrs. C. E. Scriber, Miss Stella Perkins,
Sumner Perkins and Berthold Kuhn,
will leave this morning for an outing on
St. Joe river.
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Wilcox and Mr. i
and Mrs. C. A. Underwood left town
Wednesday morning for an outing of a
few days along St. Joe river.
Postmaster and Mrs. J. A. Ewart re
turned Tuesday from a camping trip of
a few weeks on St. Joe river.
Ben Binnard came down from Spo
kane Tuesday to spend a few days with
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Moore returned ,
Monday from an outing in northern i
Idaho. Chas. Kennell returned Friday, i
J. M. Kennedy of Hooper was a Wed- !
nesday visitor in town.
Mrs. If. A. Rose went to Dayton, ■
Tuesday, to visit Mrs. W. C. Godard for
a week or ten days.
Colfax, July 24, George S. Johnson of
Harrison, Idaho, brother of Mrs. Julian !
Howard, aged 42. Blood poison was i
Claude Privett returm-d Tuesday from
a trip to Salt Lake atd Denver, where j
he went with a shipment of horses.
The republican state convention is to !
be held at Tacoma August 15. The fu- I
sion convention meets at Seattle Aug- j
list 27. The democrats and populists
are each to have 4G4 delegates and the
•silver republicans 172, a total of 1100.
During last May an infant child of our
neighbor was suffering from cholera in
fantum. The doctors had given up all
hopes of recovery. I took a bottle of
Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera and Diar
rhoea Remedy to the house, telling them
I felt sure it would do good if used ac
cording to directions. In two days time
the child had fully recovered. The child
is now vigorous and healthy. I have
recommended this remedy frequently
and have never known it to fail.—Mrs.
Curtis Baker, Bookwalter, Ohio. Sold
by all druggists.
CniTJ Combs, Regular 25c kind. Remnant sale price. . . . |<><
StrJIW UiltS, A lot of odds and ends Remnant sale price f«
Ladies' SHOOS, OJds and ends, coin toes, same sold as high..
$3,48. Remnant sale price *'•""
Men's Shoes, A lot of odds and ends, sold as high as $2 50.
Remnant sale price •'"<*
■1 are combined, unrivaled, in the beautiful and productive
ilispell Valley, through which flows the majestic Pend
Oreille River* This defightful spot may be reached on
ie fast boat of the
Red Cloud Steam Navigation Co.
leaving Newport, Idaho, after arrival of the Great Northern
east-bound passenger train every MONDAY and FRIDAY
for the famous BOX CANYON and Metaline, and all inter
Pare. Newport to Box Canyon, $5.50 Bound Trip
Box Canyon, with its mountain-high walls nnd seething
waters, is one of the wild spots of nature. The adjacent
woods abound in game and the waters teem with fish—the
For tickets and further information apply to or address,
UKORGK JONES, Newport, Jdalio, or ED. KENNEL, Colfax, Wash.
THE SOCIAL BIDE.
The Paw Paw, Michigan, Courier of
July 12 says: A fine musical was given
last Wednesday evening, July 11, by
Mies Mnbelle Cumings at her home,'cor
ner of Elm and La Grave streets, in
honor of her guests, Miss Mac Baker of
Colfax. Washington, and Misses Edith
and Addie Wheeler of Chicago. Miss
Baker delighted the company by render
ing several beautiful solos 'and instru
mental pieces. Miss Baker is the pos
sessor of a remarkably fine soprano
voice and by her tasteful and spirited
playing captured the audience. Miss
hdith Wheeler gave a number of instru
mental selections. Her soft and fine
touch and quick execution demonstrated
her ability as a pianist. In delsart and
elocution she and her sister Miss Addie
more than pleased those present as did
j also Miss Xorma Haynes of Grand
Rapids. Mrs. Emma Paige and Mr
Bruce turnings, Paw Paw favorites
sang several solos to the delight of all'
Altogether it was an evening greatly en
joyed, evidencing that music hath
charms to elevate, satisfy and pleaee.
Hamilton Is Better.
W J. Hamilton is home again from
Spokane, where he has been in a san
tanum for some time afflicted with rheu
matism of the legs. For some time he
has been unable to walk except on
crutches but is not afflicted beyond his
legs. He came down to look after the
crop on his big Tnion flat farm.
Plenty of Gold.
Councilman Wm. Mastin left Tuesday
forh.s placer mine at Gold Center on
the upper St. Maries river, Idaho A
few days ago Bechtel & Nifong struck a
golden streak in a claim adjoining Mr
*A BnID \ J hey ? leaned UP iafour hours
k ;,u 18 raißed come excitement
about the camp.
Fishing is .Good.
A E. King returned Monday from the
St. Joe river, being called back by the
fire in his home. Omar Johnston, W C
Fudge and J. W. Poteec, who were in his
party, returned Tuesday. They were^-!
miles up on St Joe swift water and re
port excellent fishing.
«nPnrH mpt f and courteoufl attention to
Try Armstrong for groceries
Dr. Lillebelle Patterson,
°S <3JnS: ? raduate Northern In.ti-
Lacey & Sheldon,
(Successors to Bennett A Tarbet)
As successors to Bennett & Tarbet we hope to
merit a continuance of the liberal patronage
Ktven our predecessors. Our best effort! will be
put forth to nil your orders in a satllfacton
manner. Our prices will be the lowest possible
fr,° R1 HteUt wi th a hiß>' f«de Ol gooda. Your
telephone orders will be filled with the utmost
care. Yours Kespectfully,
W. H. Laoe.y,
E. K. Slul.ion.
Telephone Main 48. Main St., C.lfax, Wash
FRED H. BROWN Bun
Cattle and Hogs.
Pays highest market price.
Office with Chas. DeFrance, Colfax, Wa«h.
LIVERY, FEED AND SALE STABLES
A^ AUCTION COBBAL
MILL STREET. D. D. NEAI), Propr,
Special attention to transient stock. Horses
boarded by the day, week or month. Onr
rates are right.
Almota and Penawawa Staf.e
Farmers, why let the squirrels
eat up your crop when you can
kill them with a
McDonald Squirrel Gun?
References-Washington Agricultural Col-
U % cllman; University of Idaho, Moscow;
"•l.BjrasMoicow; Reed, Moscow; First
National Bank, Moscow; G. Horn, Oakesdale;
o K. L<ee, Colfax.
Warranted, if directions are followed, or
money refunded, and $25 on the side to any
one proving differently.
&. E. HICKEY, (Jenl. A K ent.
Box 42G, Walla Walla, Wash.
Have your Spectacles fitted by
J. W. Sever, Optician
Graduate of the Chicago Opthalmic College. All
errors of refraction fully corrected by properly
ground glasses. Eyes tested free. At Severs
Jewelry Store. Main Street. Colfax.
Cash is kinjt and prices the lowest at
iVmß^°B c * Co.'c, eucceeßor to Mc-