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FELL DOWN 11 OHIO
Poindexter Branded as a Po
He Invaded Ohio Congressional Dis
trict to Beat Colleague, When
Searchlight Was Turned on His
An Instance of raw "butting in" wan
furnished imvimlv by Congressman Poio
dexter of thin state, who is peekiug elec
tion tn the Doited States senate as a re—
pobliean, when he entered uu Ohio eon—
grcsfioiui! di-irict to oppose the re t-ler—
tiou ol U>preM ntfitive Edward L Tay—
l(ir, member of mm g t'KH from th? city of
"^■■'tcluiubiiH. wlio in v plain repoblican and
htiH nerved hiH country well. That ttaifl
unwarranted interference on the part of
Poindexter whh resented by the voters (if
the district iv question wan proven by
the re election of Representative Taylor
by a larger majority than ever. In a
public speech delivered at the time of
Poindexter's invasion of the district Mr.
Taj lor turned the searchlight on the
congressional record of the Washington
crusader, Haying in part :
Miles* Poindezter, who, while posing as
a republican, has, since bis election,
never ou any occasion either caucuseed
with hiw party or voted for a single, re
publican measure. He is a republican in
Dame only, aad a glance at bis personal
history will elearlj indicate to the think
ing people ol thin country that they do
pot need the advice of n idhl sailing
under f<i!w colors an to his party attilia
Mr. Miles Poindexter of Washington is
not h republican. H< is apo itical buc
caneer. I bave regard for v democrat,
but I have absolutely uu regard for a
■■D who, in ordi r to obtain public
office, chang< b hi* party in Dame but re—
t ii b bis dt moeratic principle?.
Mr. Poindtxter waa born in Memphis,
Tfiiii., wan reund a S« uthrrn democrat,
with all i i the tendencies thin •;<> to
ink' a Southern democrat Naturally
h- i (. free li ader, Lad natnr« y his
M i pathies are v«n!i the democrats in !
■ pognesa Be call* himself an insurgent.
'•"ic abuses the name in doii t co.
Ah is tde vur-u.w when congress *. » ts,
fur i part; holds » caucus to nominate
itn candidates for the organization of
the house, and the very firtt ctHcial Hct
of Poindexter found him divorced from
In* party to the extenl ol refusing, al
the first meeting ol the republicans iv
Congress-, to Hdeini 1 ii?tT caOCQB. He
■ays be did bo because he »iin against ]
Cnonon for speaker. If he bad been I
sincere, be would bnve attended the]
caucus and made a ti^ht iv his own
party, but being a democrat at heart,
be did nothing to prevent to** ntuiina
tion ol Mr. Cannon by tbe republicans,
Hud then when the vote was twkeu in the
houee, cusf hir* sii gie vote for speaker
for a member ol the bouse who was not
even a candidate. He calls this insur
Would you feel thai you bad been
squarely dealt with by h republican cud
didate for congress if h^, standing as a j
republican candidate, and asking the;
sspport of the repabUeaos oi bin dis
trict, accepted the nomination as a re
publican, stood for election as a republi
can, wan elected to congress as a repub
lican, yet refuses to eancue with repub j
licans, and then never voted with bis j
party on nn> great republican measure
that was brought up on the floor ol the
bouse during his entire term of office?
Mr Poindexter has voted with tbe
party consistently on every
great question. He voted ugain^t the
tariff bill, and m doing so be voted to
le^ve the Dingley law, which contained
higher duties than the now I'ayue law,
in lull force upon the statute books. He
voted against free hides, free oils, free
art, free trade with the Philippines, a
maximum and minimum tariff; he voted
against increasing our revenues more
ttiau $50,000,000 a year over what
could have possibly been produced had
the Dingley law, the retention of which
he voted for, been allowed to stand; he
voted ajjaiut>t decreased duties on articles
with a consumption value of $5,000,—
000,000 in round numbers; be voted
auainst a tariff board or commission,
which board will, 1 am sure, in the near
future be equipped with funds, and with
expert assistants will be enabled to make
a careful Btady and report of the cost of
production at home and abroad, of
ivery article produced by or imported
into this country, thus enabling cou^re^e,
wlien rhe occasion arir-ts, to tnnct turiff
legislation based upon accurate infor
He bas voted against every other
great republican measure there was op
position to oo tbe part of hi* associates,
tbe democrats. He has been constantly
I under tbe leadership of Champ ('lark of
Missouri, the democratic floor leader of
th" novae ol repiesentatiTca, and no
deiM'crnt in the entire house more eon
i-i-t'iitly and obediently followH the le< d
of (h if ir.-'H' minority leader thin does
bieeo-ealted refwbliean, tins miMoaned
mi-urgent, Mi.'es I'oinde-xter.
The DOOM hns just pawned what in
known hh tbe railway rate bill, which is
a hill enlarging th»« scope and effective
ness of the Hepburn railway rate law
BO* in force. The particular item in
that, bill which madrf it stronger and
more effective as a measure regulating
great public service corporations wae
the establishment of a commerce court
to expedite the determination of com
plaints of shippers against the railway
corporations. The greut trouble with
the Hepburn bill lay in the fact that
when a complaint was made either by a
railway company or snipper, the ma
chiuery provided to investigate and rule
upon these complaints was so cumber
Home and rabject to bo much delay that
the desired relief in just cases wae often
delayed too long to be of benefit to the
complaining parties. The establishment
of this court meets the question and
brings justice to all parties concerned in
the srieediest possible manner.
This great republican (?) in the face of
the fact that this was a republican mean
uro, indorsed by the republicans of the
bouse and by the administration, pro
ceeded ag^one of his acts to move to
strike out the entire clause establishing
a court of^eommerce, thus emasculating
the bill of its most important feature,
and on this he voted consistently with
the democratic minority as his associ
ates, even to the very last day that the
bill was up for pan^a^e, to bring about
this disastrous nmendment to such a
splendid piece of legislation. He voted
for many other amendments, each one
tending to weaken and destroy thetffect
iveness of thin great piece of legiwlatiorj,
all supported by thederuocratic minority,
aasitfted by Mr. Poindexter, in an attempt
to embarrass the republican majority am!
the administration at Washington. Hrf
voted for every^amendment to the bill
offered by any democrat that went to
the destruction of the purpose and intent
of «lie. bill. Ou the lunt day, Rf'er the
hou^e was to vote ou the subj-cf, he
voted for a^motion made by Mr. Adam-
KMti ol (.i^oriiia to recommit the ei:t!-v
bill to the committee with instructions
to strike out the commerce court, and
again we find him cheek hu.J jr.vl with
Adam* >i ol Georgia and t'hamp Clark
of ' s-i.'iri ie't'";!: g rbe tH'ht against the
republicua party, behind who-e good
name he Li-.h cloaked throuj rout hi« >■ -
tire service 11i -• ultra democratic tenden
cies, and only after he bnd failed in everj
attempt made by th»* democratic party
and l>y himsell his an individual to de
stroy the euvire structure of this splendid
piece of legislation, did he finally con
sent, together with about ouch :!f ol the
democratic minority, to vote for the bid
on ita final pHCHHgt, and this whh the
first time he wrs ever known on a record
vote, on a republican measure, to even
go that far. Hut after having ejected
his venom to its fullest extent, having
done every thing in bir* power to aid the
democrats and embarrass the majority
party, he did not dare fe.ee hisconstitu
ency and vote against the entire bill.
VN hen I offered an amendment to the
biii, one which has been advocattd by
the railroad men of this country, both
companies and employes, giving to the
families of deserving employes who had
died in th" service, the ri^ht of free
transportation at tbp company's discre
tion over the various lines, he, this
champion of the people, without the
slightest compunction, voted against
this amendment and was instrumental,
by his vote, in its defeat.
GAVE LIQUOR TO MINOR.
Whiskey at Bottom of Tragedy En
acted at Palouse Sunday.
Lester B'nine, a farmer whose home is
three miies of Palouse, is held in
the county J > il for the murder of Jam>'B
; Svlvey, who had charge of several pump
ing stations along tbe line of the North
■em Pacific railroad in this county. The
shooting occurred Sunday on the depot
• platform at Palouee and was the out
; come of Sylvey's expressed objection to
I his minor son, aged 16, being given
liquor by Blame, who had two bottles of
: whiskey, one of which he deposited in
the baggage room, where the boy
worked and had access to it. After ad
monishing Blame not to repeat the
offense Sylvey took the bottle and threw
it, breaking it on the rail. He then
turned to walk back to the depot when
Blame drew a revolver and shot him,
the bullet entering the lower part of the
stomrtch, Blnine was arrested and
brought to Colfax and Sylvey was taken
to the hospital, where he died the next
day. Sylvey was about M) years of age
and leaves a wite and several children.
New Realty Company.
T. D. Gnzentauner and P. H. Snndin,
well known real estate men, have fi>rmed
the Whitman Realty Co. and opened
offices in tbe Lippitt building. Besides
doing a general real estate business they
will represent the Irondale Realty Co.,
Irondale being the steel town of recent
phenomenal growth, and the Ford Grain
COLFAX. WASkINGTON, FIIIDAY, JULY 8. 1910
IRAGEDY IS ENACTED
PILE WE CELEBRATE
Deli McConnell Shot to Death
By Total Stranger.
Hot Words, a Blow, Then Leaden
Message Leaps From Deadly Pis
tol and Another Murderer Walks
the Face of the Earth.
A shooting rffray, which resulted about
2."> hours later in the death of Dell
McConnell, a farmer living «bout 10
miles norfhweßt of town, occurred in
Colfax while the celebration was in
progress on thenftern'on of the Fourth
From the start the affair tms been en
veloped in mystery, the name of the
murderer, who escaped in the confusion,
being unknown at thin time. Humor
ban it that several parties witnessed the
deed at;d know the man who did the
ehootitg, but are shielding him and re
fuse to talk, acd so far the officers have
failed to secure any definite information.
The shooting occurred at the entrance
to the toilet in the New Castle saloon,
situated nn the west side of Main street.
Many conflicting stories of the tragedy
are afloat, but at* nearly as can be
learned the facts are that the men met
as McConnell was emerging from the
toilet, some words passing between them
as to the time he had occupied it. An
instant later McConnell remarked be be
lieved he had been shot, and raising the
front of his shirt disc'o^ed blood trick
ling from a bullet wound in the left side
of his abdomen. Be walked to another
part of the room and sat down on a
box, afterward lying on the floor,
and shortly after the arrival of a
physician was taken in an automobile
to the hospital. McDonnell stated that
the man w»s a total stranger to him
and that he saw no weapon, from which
if is concluded t be shot that proved his
undoing was a "pocket shot," that is,
Bred from a pistol beld in the pocket.
Immediately »;frer the shooting a man.
batlesa, was seeo running north on the
river bank behind the building*, h:.<\ it
it! supposed he whs the murderer, wh"
dropped out of sight, probably jumping
to the groand from the reur iloor of the
saloon, which is nivcral f-et at>"ve the
bank ol the stream. His hat is in im>h
se-sion of the sheriff Search for the
murderer was bfgua at once by the
uttici jrs and various clues have be^n fol
lowed, as yet without result.
In an tffirt to gave the hie of the
wounded man be was operated on at the
hospital, di^clotuug a condition that
could nut he overcome, and he died at 5
o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The opera
tion disclosed that the bullet struck the
lower rib and glanced downward and
Sine* the above was in type it in learned
that McConnell's story of the affray,
told at the hospital after he came out
from under the influence of the anesthetic,
is that he met his slayer in the passage
way as he left the toilet, was accused of
hnving occupied it longer than necessary,
which he denied, saying it was not a
place a man would want to stay in longer
than necessary. This brought a response
from the nnknowa mau ending with
"You are a clow c— b— anyway." The
words were no sooner spoken than
McConnell struck him in the face and
knocked him down, and ac he arose the
shot was fired.
Dell McConnell was the son of James
ifeConnell, a well known pioneer of the
county. He was 33 years old and leaves
a wife and one child. Funeral arrange
ments will not be completed until the ar
rival of the father, who left Indiana
Tuesday morning upon receipt of a tele
gram and is expected to arrive here
Every clue obtainable has been per
sistently followed by the officers, but at
this writing the identity of the man
wanted ie as much a mystery as ever.
Jud Ping of Diamond, who answers
closely to the description of the mur
derer, was taken into custody Wednes
day by the sheriff as a suspect and is
now held in the county jail pending
identification or developments. Three
or four others detained on suspicion were
PENALTY OF EMBEZZLEMENT
H. M. Boone Sentenced to From
One to Ten Years.
In the superior court last Saturday H.
M. Boone, convicted by a jury on June
4 of larceny by embezzlement, was sen
tenced by Judge Cantield to imprison
ment in the state penitentiary for a
term of from one to ten years. Before
sentence was pronounced the motion for
a new trial was overruled Appeal wae
taken to the suDreme court and a new
bond for $10,000 was required. The
bond was furnished, with the following
sureties: S. J. Boone, Charles W. John
son, W. J. Hamilton, H. F.Schreiber and
OLD GLORY WAVED,
Day Was Perfect and Colfax
Celebration a Success.
More People Participated Than
Ever Before in History of Town--
Best and Longest Parade--Sports
Interested the Big Crowd.
Filled with a patriotic desire to cele
bi*ate the 13f>tb anniversary of the na
| tioa'a birth, people began to pour into
; Colffix at an early hour on the Fourth.
j They arrived by mil, in automobiles and
j home vehicles, aud they continu''d to
i come until the crowd was probably lar
ger than ever before assembled here for
the purpose. The town wa< gaily dec
orated for the occasion, bunting and
flitgs being used generously and artisti
cally, and the weather was perfect.
The day's doings began at 10 o'clock
in the New Ridgeway theater with the
literary exercises, the published program
being carried out in detail. Charles P.
Lund of Spokane was the orator of the
dny and delivered an inspiring address.
All the pioneers of the country who
could be rouuded up in town were given
seats in a body on the stage.
Seen in the Parade.
Next came the long parade, which
formed at the court house and traversed
Main street to the south end, returning
over the same route At the head of the
parade rode the chief of police in a
decorated buggy, flanked by two mount
ed policemen and followed by the Colfax
Riding flub. In order followed the
marshal of the day and aides, Ueeraer's
Concert Brind, autos carrying the spenker
of the day and others who took part in
Preceded by two mounted outriders,
flanked by six more, three on a side, and
drawn by six horseß, each with an at
tendant on foot, all of the horses being
pure white, the Liberty Car, with its
tier* of red, white aod blue parasols
protecting from the rays of the nun the
h.iie nirlrt who represented the states,
formed a luvely picture and was much
admired. .Wish Beanie Ferguson imper
sonated the Qoddem of Liberty.
The Redman an<l Wood'npa lodges,
with Hppr>ppriate floats, were each r^pre
cented in force. The division of auto
mobiles numbered 2G mncbines, many of
which were beautifully decorated. Car
riages, business floats and plug uglies
made up the balance of the parade.
Prizes for the best decorated float and
automobiles were awarded as follows:
First, J. II Good & Co., float; second, J.
L Neil, automobile; third, F. B. Ratiiff
& Co , automobile.
Alex £cott, representing Champi<;n
Jack Johnson, won the prize for best
plug ugly character.
Fight Bulletins Interest.
A band concert started the afternoon
program, which consisted of various
sports and contests for prizes. Interest
at this tinue centered in the bulletins
from the prize fight in progress at Reno,
which were given to the crowd through
a megaphone and also displayed on a
blackboard from a second story window.
While this was going on the street was
blocked from curb to curb by a throng
eager for the news. Jeffries was the
favorite with th* crowd and groann were
heard when the result of the 15rh round
was announced. Few wagers were laid.
During the afternoon a fair sized crowd
witnessed a bull game between the Eudi
cott and Colfax teem* at the ball park,
Endicott winning, 11 to 6. Dancing at
the Armory was on tap all afternoon
and at night until the lights were shut
off on account of the tire. After the
lights came on a couple of hours later
the pastime was renewed and continued
into the wee hours. A display of fire
works from the eastern bluff closed the
day's events and wound up a successful
The Prize Winners.
Iv the various games and sports
prizes were awarded as follows :
Potato race—Harold Richardson first,
Tom Beasley stcond, Charles Scbmick
Pie eating contest—George Montgom
ery first, Jim Mitchell second, Charley
Free for all race, 100 yards—Harry
Phillips first, — Scbmauder second.
Boys' slow bicycle race—Jerome Vol
lendorff first, Joe Short second.
Wheelbarrow race—Abb Mvriek first,
Charles .Schmick second.
Extra wheelbarrow race—Fay Harris
first, John Newman second.
Three-legcpd race—Faintain and Har
ris first, Moffatt boys peoond.
Fat men's race —L^e Hoffman first.
Boys' extra race—Bernard Codd first,
Alex Scott second.
Girls' slow bicycle race—Cla Barker
first, Ruby Newton second.
Boys' battle royal—Fred Bolaad first,
Fnd Barton second.
Ladies' eeg race—Lena Raker first,
Lvdia (irons second.
OiM I'indred yard dn^l), boys under 1 G
— Nick Codd first, .\ifiert Z cig'T stcond,
Homer Hull third.
Itluv r»ic-—Marry Phillips and team
first, Harris and tenm second.
Extra race, girls vi der 10— Marie
Snodgrrtss tirsr, Helen Cramer second.
Suck ract— Cecil afoffatt first, Thomas
i Moff'itt second.
Girls race, under 14— Emma Groaslet
first, Hnlen Oamer second.
Boys' race, under 10—Charles Arra
smith first, Jumes Brooks second.
Another pie eating contest —Stewart
Berry first, Charles Thomas second.
Boys' race, under 14— Ed Hickman
first, Achilles Davis second.
CITY COUNCIL IN SESSION.
Will Consider Proposition to Im-
prove Lighting System.
The city council met iv regular session
An application to keep the box ball
alley «peu on Sunday was referred to
the health and police committee.
G. VV. L'irue was granted permission
to construct a one story iron clad build
ing 25&U0 feet, to be used as a black
smith shop, on lot 10 in block 11.
A representative of the Washington
Water Power Co. addressed the council
in regard to improving the lighting sye
tern of the city. His plan is to do away
with ail arc lights and replace them with
Tungston lamps of large capacity and
put in a larger number than at present
and to generally improve the entire sys
tem, at an additional cost to the city of
approximately $12 per month, and in
return for this asks that the term of
their franchise be exteuded to run a
period of 25 years He also promised
to make lamp renewal* free of charge to
all users should the proponed changes be
made. The company will submit che
entire proposition in writing.
Bills were paid amounting to £210.'J 20
on the current expense fund and to
$1561 93 on the water fund
The ordinance establishing a local im
j provenient district for South Colfax was
■ read a third time, and on motion whs
; ai>>mi referred back to the jadiciary com
The usual routine business was trnns
COLFAX WINS 1, LOSES 1.
Wins From Endicott on Sunday But
Drops Game on the 4th.
With comparative good luck and the
assititKnoe of a lively bunch of enthus
iawtic "rooters," the Colfax baseball
team succeeded in wresting th« gume
from Endicott last Suudav on the local
diamond. Not a t-core was made on
either side until the fourth inninir, when
the visitors succeeded in piling up four
runs. The Colfax boy* retaliated by
tieing the score in the sixth, and from
then on it was a g>ime of see-snw until
the final count, which gave the game to
Colfax by a ecore of 10 to 9 The bat
teries were: Colfax, Hamblen and Staple
ton; Endicott, Andrews and Brown.
The game on the 4th *.as witnessed
by a large number of admirers aud was
quite interesting. The Colfax boys were
unable to score at critical times and lost
the game after putting up a lu;rd fight.
Following is the score by innings:
Colfax — 112 2 0 0 0 0 0-6
Endicott—o 2 4 0 3 10 1 x—ll
Batteries: Colfax, Hamblen and Staple
ton; Endicott, Marsh and Brown.
Improving School Houses.
Improvement is the order of the day
in many Whitman county school dis
tricts, which are observing the new law
on the subject of lightine. heating and
ventilation. la district No 79, south
Ortkesdale, and district No 125, south
of Boaalia, the school building* are be
ii'g remodeled and up to date henting
and ventilating systems are being in
V — *
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
FINALE OF FOURTH
Buildings. Goods and Chattels
Go Up In Smoke.
City Menaced Because of Shortage
of Water--Favoring Breeze Factor
in Confining Fire to Block In
Which It Originated.
A fire which destroyed five wooden
building* on tbe went nidi-of Mtuu atreet,
between Upton and Inland, reuniting in
a property lons of over $21,000, wa*» the
rather expennive finale of the Fourth of
July celebration in ColFhx. The fire
started in an old Chimm laundry, from
what cause in not definitely kuown, some
claiming a nkyrocket did the work,
while others mitintain that the flame**
originated on the inwide. However that
may be, the blazf wan discovered about
10.15 p. m., and before it wan mibdued,
an hour and a half later, had licked up
the five building** in the row and dam
aged Htruetures Hcronn the street to the
amount of about $1200.
When the fireiueu (irst arrived on the
scene they were haudicapperf by iack of
water, Jhe reservoir being practically
empty as a result (if the effort of the city
officials to supply nothing but spring
water, the present supply of which, due
to pipe leakage, has dwindled to very
small proportions. lv this connection it
may be stated that ir, is hoped to have
an ample supply (if good water the
latter part of next week, when the pipe
line changes will be completed and the
Glenwood springs water turned in.
Since it developed that a serious short
age of water existed the pump engine
h'ts been kept constantly steamed up
ready for such an emergency as occurred
Monday night, and Dot until the maiut)
were filled with pumped river water wan
there Boffieieot pressure to throw a
stream any distance and make t ffectivo
the work of tbe firemen. While waiting
for water to come with effective force
ininutPH (teemed like hours and the pre
diction \v<iß freely mude tbut, a genernl
Cotifl&gr&tioD woQld ; nwuf. In the
meantime wiping bands carried oat and
saved much of the contents and the
fixtures of Squihb's confectionery store,
also considerable stock from the Codd
furniture store adjoining Very little
was saved from the other buildings.
If whh evident from the nt'trt that the
row of builiiinjis wouid go, and efforts
were mainly directed toward confining
the fire to the one block. The little wind
blowing, coming from the south, aided
materially in this. Before 12 o'clock the
last wail bad fallen aud the fire was
Following is a Hat of the losses and
R. K. Squibb, building, furniture of
rooming house, Htock and fixtures,
$5500; insurance, $4250
P. Codd, bnildiug $.3500. gtock $7000;
insurance, $2000 on Htock.
R H. Reid, building, $1000; insur
ance, $500. Mr. Rfid will rebuild with
T. A. Ireland, shooting gallery and
stock, $1600; insurance $500.
Minni- & Stark, restaurant, $1000; to
William Codd, two shacks, $400; no
Farmers' Implement Co., damage to
building and stock, $500; fully covered.
H M. Moffatt, damage to building,
$750; fully covered.
Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co.,
damage to lines, $250. This i* the third
'ime within a yenr that the telephone
cable hid been d°Htroyed. Complete
service was restored yesterday.
—Berryman in Washington Star.