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GEORGE SCHLISTLER OF DENVER
SHOOTS HIS NEIGHBORS.
He Armed Himself With a Rifle and
Shot at Every One That Came in
His Way—Neighborly Quarrel —Bar-
ricaded Himself in His House and
When Found He Was Dying.
Denver, Col., March 13.— Mad with
rage because of his defeat in a law
suit in which the man he pronounced
as his bitterest enemy had been vic
torious, and swearing vengeance
against himself and his entire fam
ily, George Bchlltler, a teamster, arm
ed himself with a rifle Sunday, and
when the smoke of battle had cleared
away three persons were dead, one
missing and three others lay wounded,
two at least dangerously. The dead:
K. Fill, Mrs. K. Fill. George Schistler.
The missing—A child of the Fills.
Wounded —Dr. Frank Dulin, police
surgeon; Captain William Uohanna,
acting chief of police; Mike Kelly.
The wife of Ceorge Schistler is pros
trated over the affair, and may die
from the shock.
Murder of the Fills.
Schist ler had brooded over his
troubles with the Fill family, who
were immediate neighbors, and an
nounced that he would even up mat
ters. Taking a rifle of improved pat
tern and bucking on a belt of smoke
less cartridges, he started for the Fill
home. Fill saw him approaching and
heard his muffled threats. He trie,!
to avoid him by entering the house,
lint Schistler sent a bullet into his
brain with the accuracy of a marks
man and Fill fell dead.
Mrs. Pill rushed to her busband'B
side and received a bullet from Schist
ler's rifle, fired with unerring aim.
She, too. fell dead alongside the lit- 1
less body of her husband
Burns House and Fill Child.
Not content with the fullness of his
vengeance, Schistler then set fire to
the Fill home, which was destroyed,
and it is thought a son of the Fills lost
his life in the firo.
After satisfying himself that the
flames would perform their mission,
Schtstler returned to his own home and
barricaded himself inside. In the
meantime oilier neighbors, attracted
by the sound of the firing, appeared on
the scene, but quickly retreated when
bullets began falling around them.
A telephone message was sent to
police headquarters and an ambulance,
with Police Surgeon Dulin. Captain
Bohanna and three officers, hurried to
The officers were directed to the
Fill home by neighbors who had wit
nessed the killing, and they started
unhesitatingly in the direction of the
house. In doing so they were com
pelled to come within range of Schist
ler's rifle. A volley of bullets rained
around them suddenly, and Dulin and
Bohanna fell to the floor of the ambu
lance. The driver stopped his horses,
but another shot from the house
dropped one of the animals to the
ground. With the assistance of spec
tators the wounded men were taken
from the ambulance and conveyed to a
hospital, where their wounds were
dressed. Dulin was shot three times,
once in each leg and another lime in
the left thigh. His condition is criti
cal. Bohanna received a bullet in the
leg, but is not dangerously hurt.
Hundreds of Shots Exchanged.
A call for reinforcements brought all
the available men from police head
quarters ami the sheriff's office, and a
consultation was held for the purpose
of formulating a plan to capture
Sehistler. Firing squads were sta
tioned in nearby houses and a larger
force was placed in a portable fort
made of baled hay piled upon a hay
wagon. During the preliminary ar
rangements Bchistler kept up a contin
uous fire in all directions, which was
returned, and hundreds or shots were
exchanged it was during this Bhool
ing that Kelly received his wound.
Finally fewer shots were heard to ex
plode in the direction of the Bchiatler
house, and the hay wagon fort was
started toward the house, proceeding
cautously ami without Bring. Finally
one of the officers purposely exposed
himself to view in order to draw out
the tire of BchisUer if he was still
Schlistler Found Dying.
He was disagreeably disappointed,
and tbt> offlceri then charged the house
and battered down the door. Not a
sound came from Inside, and. enter
ing, they found Sehis ler lying upon
a bed bleeding from several wounds
and breathing his last. He died soon
afterward. It is not known whether
) ; . iru hit by bullets from the weap
ons of the pursuing party or commit
ted suicide. Mrs. Schistler was away
from home when her husband started
|Of) his vengeful mission, and when t(u"d
of the affair fell prostrate. It is
thought she will die from the t>hock.
During the several hours' battle with
the murderer hundreds of people were
attracted to the scene in an outlying
■üburb, and Mayor Speer and Police
Commissioner Hewitt directed the
work of the police to a certain ex
TAR AND FEATHER PREACHER.
Goldendale Young Men Roughly Use
Qoldeodale, March IS. —Dr. Kay
wood, said to formerly have been a
dentist at Portland, Ore., now a "holy
roller" preacher who has been holding
meetings at the Free Methodist
Church, was the recipient, of a liberal
coat of tar and feathers Sunday even
ing, .lust after services had com
menced a crowd of about 10 young
men entered th little church on Broad
way and took the minister out of the
n'l'nft and hustled him out into tne
street, where they were met by about
in more men.
The preacher was taken to the
bridge on the Little Klickitat river. By
this time about 100 men and boys had
gathered there. The preacher was
stripped to the waist and several cans
of tar was poured over his shoulders
and back. His bald head was also
coated and the tar was daubed on his
face. Several sacks of feathers were
then plastered over him. He was told
that if he did not leave town before 10
o'clock Monday morning he would be
The preacher went through the or
deal and did not speak until the job
was through with when he said:
"Boys, will you allow me to talk to
He was promptly told to shut up or
he would be submerged in the icy wa
ters of the Klickitat.
The affair has caused great excite
ment in Goldendale. The animosity to
ward the preacher is caused by the al
leged fact that several women who
have been attending his services are
on the verge of insanity caused by the
preacher's wild exhortations, and it is
also charged that he has attacked
many prominent people from his pul
pit. On the other hand, his meetings
have been attended by many promi
Rev. Mr. Kaywood. on being inter
viewed, said that he had no statement
to make regarding the affair, and that
he intended to leave Goldendale to
morrow to conduct meetings else
A WEEK OF RUSSIAN DISASTER.
Kuropatkin's Entire Army Hikes for
The past week has been one of re
peated reverses for the Russians in
Manchuria. It closed with a crushing
defeat and the retirement of Kuropat
kin's entire army, or as much of it as
could get away, to Tie Pass.
The long battle to the north of Muk
den has been one of the most sangui
nary in history. It is impossible as
yet to approximate the casualties, but
according to all accounts the total will
aggregate something never before
known in modern engagements.
It is Impossible to determine how
many Russians have been cut off, but
ii appears that a considerable portion
of the Russian army has succeeded in
reaching Tie Pass, and the defense of
the rear guard has been sufficiently
stubborn to permit of a withdrawal
that is remarkably successful under
Although Tie lass was fortified last
fall, it is by no means certain that
the Russians can hold this new posi
tion for any great length of time. They
will at present enjoy an advantage,
for the Japanese, after hi days' unin
terrupted fighting and long marches,
must be in a condition of exhaustion
that will prevent an immediate effort
to dislodge Kuropatkin from his new
Hut the Russians are in a badly shat
tered condition, and if Oyama is able
to repeat his flanking movements it
would not create surprise if the order
was once more given to fall back and
an orderly retirement was effected to
THREE GREAT JAP LEADERS.
Kuroki, Nodzu and Oku, Leading Men
General Baron Kuroki, who, by ins
passage of the Yalu and subsequent
successes at Klulienllng and other
places, has proved himself to be a gen
eral of no mean capacity, is about 60
years of age. He is a Kagoshitna Sam
urai, and bis coolness and courage are
worthy the chivalrous race from which
General Nodzu belongs to the finest
type of Japanese and by many of his
countrymen he is regarded as their
itesl soldier, in spite of ins 81
rars he is a keen sportsman. He is
great favorite in the army, and has
reputation for pluck and dash.
Genera] Huron Oku. the commander
Of the Second Japanese army, is a Sam
urai of the Oita clan. He is 57 yean
WASHINGTON, IDAHO, MONTANA,
AND OREGON NEWS ITEMS.
A Few Interesting Items Gathered
From Our Exchanges of the Sur
rounding Country—Numerous Acci
dents :nd Personal Events Take
Place—Outlook Is Bright.
At a cost of $15,000, the Moscow Elks
have just completed probably the fin
est and most elaborate strictly lodge
building in the state.
By unanimous decision of three
judges the University of Idaho was
awarded victory over the University of
Utah in the annual deuate.
It has developed at Lewiston that
the land office has received instruction
by wire to withhold all timber and
stone patents in the office till further
Governor Gooding has vetoed house
bill 149, introduced by Representative
Smith of Latah. and which provided
that poison to kill wild -animals may
not be placed upon unfenced lands.
Governor Gooding's first veto mes
sage has been filed. It was with re
spect to the bill prohibiting mining
companies from acquiring or dispos
ing of mining property without the con
sent of the holders of two-thirds of the
The present showing in the Bunker
Hill & Sullivan mine at Wardner jus
tifies the belief that this renowned
property is one of the greatest silver
lead mines in the United States, and i«
surpassed by only a few mines in the
world, such as the Broken Hill mine
in Australia. The ore body disclosed
through the workings in the great Kel
logg tunnel has now been opened 4'Hi
feet in length and at one point is l!J<t
feel wide. Of this tremendous ore
body fully one ball" is shipping ore.
This is at a depth of between 2500 and
3000 feet on the dip of the vein.
Conrad Kohluers of Deer Lodge and
Paul McCortnlck of Billings, two well
known business men of Montana, were
recent ly in Washington. D. C, on busi
ness before the Indian office.
The Helena lodge of Elks, at a re
cent meeting, declared unanimously in
favor of the election of Dr. W. H. Ilavi
land of Butte to the position of grand
trustee of the order at the next grand
lodge to be held at Buffalo, N. Y.
Senator Piles of Washington has ap
pointed Miles Taylor of Great Falls,
as his private secretary. Taylor was
formerly private secretary of Senator
Gibson of Montana, and has had 12
years of secretarial experience with
Through the failure of the late legis
lature to make an appropriation for
paying the salary and expenses of the
milk and meat inspectors of the state,
the law which has been in operation
very successfully for two years has
been rendered inoperative.
President Roosevelt has appointed
as chairman of the Umisiana Pur
chase Exposition John 1). Waite of
I-ewistown, senator from Fergus coun
ty, and national committeeman of the
republican organization for this state,
to take the place of United States Sen
ator Thomas H, Carter, who resigned
A suit 'or $37,000,000 has been com
menced by the Johnstown Mining com
pany against the lioston & Montana
Mining company in the courts of New
York state to recover the value of cop
-lei ores alleged to have been taken
by the latter company from lands on
which the other claims are said to
have had prior locations and patent.
The Johnstown company operates the
Ranis mine in Montana and the Penn
sylvania claim ef the Boston <fc Mon
tana adjoins it. The Johnstown is a
Helnze property and the Boston &
Montana an Amalgamated concern.
OREGON NEWS ITEMS.
Col. R. c. Judson, O. R. & N. ex
perimental agent, has arranged to hold
weekly farmers" meetings at Echo,
from now until the busy season. The
meetings will commence Saturday,
The Baker City, Ore., jury brought
in a verdict of not guilty in the case of
Leonard Poster, charged with murder
in killing Mrs. Peck, his mother in
law. at Pine in October. The jury at
the former trial disagreed.
The application of \v. .1. Welch, J.
C. Cregterose, L. T. Wilcox, C. H.
Francis and Prank Leonnig. to organ
i/' the First National bank of Haines,
Ore., with $25,000 capital, has been ap
proved by the comptroller of the cur
P< ter Teller, aged 20 years, was al
most instantly killed by a Montavilla
electric car in Portland. Teller was
watching the approach of a car on the
other track and did not hear the on
coming of a car on the track on which
he was walking until too late.
irp to the present time, 12 states of
the Union have decided to erect bulld
ings at thef Lewis and Clark exposi
tion, which will open at Portland on
June 1. Sixteen states have made ap
propriations for participation, and the
list is being supplemented nearly ev
Secretary Hitchcock has given out a
statement concerning the investigation
made by the department of the interior
into the irregularities in Oregon in
connection with the public lands. It
shows that there have been sixty-eight
Indictment! and six convictions. Of
the indictuments fifty-two are for con
spiracy to defraud the government and
the others for the various crimes of
perjury, subornation of perjury, ob
structing the administration of justice.
United States Senator W, A. Clark
states that he will be in Butte in about
Honey Mellody is going to light wim
Jerry McCarthy of Butte on St. Pat
Spring seeding is farther advanced
in Whitman county than for many
years at this season.
The glee club of the Washington
State college, Pullman, is on its annual
tour of eastern Washington.
The last legislature passed many
hills, but there were comparatively few
in which the state as a whole will be
Since the passage of the bill creat
ing Benton county, with Frosser as the
county seat, there rre prospects of
quite a building boom.
Cyrus Victor came into Wilbur, on
his return home from Davenport, after
being declared not guilty of the mur
der of Charles Thennis.
For the second time Frank Taylor
has been found guilty of murder in the
second degree in the killing of B. A.
Mclntyre at Bossburg. July 22 last.
The Whitman county commissioners
have appropriated $.3000 to prepare and
maintain an exhibit of their county pro
ducts at the Lewis and Clark fair.
J. M. Snow of Spokane has been ap
pointed highway commissioner under
the new road law. Mr. Snow is the
present surveyor of Spokane county.
W. H. Babcock, the well known
wheat man of Walla Walla, says the
new wheat is in fine shape on Eureka
Mais and in the Columbia river district.
Bee Hive Rebel nh lodge, No. 7!t, of
Walla Walla celebrated the LOth anni
versary of Hi itablishmeni of their
order at the I. 0. O. F. temple last
The Hnsiiirs Bhingle mill at Sumas
burned recently. In addition to the
plant. 5,300,000 Bhinglea were destroy
"l. The loss is placed at $40,000 with
County Fruit Inspector Frank Morse
reports a large number of spraying
outfits nt work in the various parts of
the county spraying trees with sulphur
i. d lime tor San Jose scale.
Governor Mead honored the requisi
tion of Governor Vardaman, of :*iissis
slppl for William McPhay, a negro
wanted in Pike county, Miss., for a
murder committed three years ago.
Five school hoys of Georgetown, a
suburb of Seattle, have been arrested
charged with robbing many houses
and boats in the town. They range in
age from 12 to 19 years and all con
With his neck broken by a fall from
I he sidewalk bridge to the gulch below,
il. A. Carpenter, aged 55 years, an
inmate of the soldiers' home at Orting.
was found dead near the Tacoma &
The Walla Walla land office has re
ceived a telegram from Washington or
dering township 9, range 43, which is
15 miles south of omcroy. opened up
to enable the squatters who have set
tled within 10 years on forest reserve
to receive title to their homesteads.
The chess tournament between the
Anaconda Chess club and the Conimer
cial club of Missoula resulted one
game for each club. with the
third a draw. The games were played
by long distance telephone, and three
chess boards were used in the game.
Not a single member of the congres
sional delegation will attend the
launching of the cruiser Washington
at Camden, N. J., next Saturday, and
the only representatives of the state
present win be these designated by the
governor to participate in the chris
The Prosser city council has Instruc
ed the marshal to strictly enforce the
cigarette ordinance, which provides a
fine of $2,", and In days in jail for any
boy under 21 years of age smoking or
having cigarette material in his pock
ets. The same penalty prevails for
dealers selling the g is to minors.
Charles Loriensky, the traveling min
strel showman arrested on the charge
of attempting to kidnap the daughters
of .1. J. Dawson of Zillah, was releas
ed. The lather refused to appear and
testify against the prisoner, laying he
had enough notoriety over the affair,
11. also refused to permit the children
The site for the new school for
feeble minded at Medical Lake will be
selected by the board of control and
Governor Mead this week. On the
same trip the site for the new detached
wing of the eastern Washington insane
asylum at Medical Lake will also be
selected. The legislature allowed $55 -
000 for this wing.
JAPS HAVE STOPPED.THEIR P(jr.
SUIT OP KUROPATKIN.
After Their Battle Line Is Formulated
and Men Rested Up an Attack Is Ex
pected on Russian's Position at Tie
Pass—Weather Conditions Aided
Japanese in Battle Before Mukden.
Tie Pass, March l*.—The Japanese
it is reported, have ceased their pur
suit, at least temporarily. Some of
the Japanese are 25 miles below Tie
Pass. A resumption of their advance
is expected. Rumors are in circulation
that the Japanese are already attempt
ing another turning movement, me
troops are being sorted out and or
ganizations reformed and assigned to
plates to defend the new positions but
whether Tie Pass will be held or aban
done.l probably will not be decided for
It is still too early to toll the extent
of the Russian defeat, because not all
the parts of the army have been as
sembled, and the losses during the re
treat are no small portion of the cas
ualties. Up to the time of the begin
ning of the retreat it is probable the
Japanese losses were heavier than
tnose of the Russians, and at the time
the Japanese broke through Pu pass
the Russians appeared to be holding
their own and even gaining a little.
Preparations were then being made
to launch a counter stroke. The Jap
anese success was largely aided by the
weather conditions, whicn enabled
'hem to approach unobserved, but it
was chiefly due to the failure of some
of the organizations of the left flan* in
the retirement from the Shakhe river
to occupy the positions marked out for
them. The Japanese quickly discover
ed thr- intervals, scouting columns hav
ing followed the retreat closely.
FRANCE TURNED RUSSIA DOWN.
Refused to Make More War Loans for
Paris, March 14. — Inquiry today at
three banks interested in the proposed
new Russian loan brought the response
that it had been decided to postpone
the issue. A representative of one bank
said the postponement was for an in
definite period. The postponement was
attributed to the uncertainties of the
"It w>>s quite natural that the Paris
bankers should refuse to sign a con
tract in view of the conditions in Man
churia and the ignorance of the finan
ciers concerning the real intentions of
The paper declares the postponement
will continue until Russia's intentions
The Journal dcs Debats, in its finan
cial article, says:
"Many people consider the adjourn
ment to be evidence that Russia has
reached the end of her resources."
La Revue, an important Paris
monthly, tomorrow will publish an
article appealing to French investors
not to make further advances to Rus
sia, declaring that the war reverses
may bring on a denresaion in Russian
securieties which might prove a gt- rt > rt
er blow to France investors thau the
bursting of the first Panama bubble.
Missing Woman Returns.
Tacoma, Wash., March 15.—Mrs.
Bertha Bowers, a Puyallulp authored,
who caused a sensation by mysteriously
disappearing six mouths ago, leaving a
note for her husband that she wai
"flcatinsg with the tide," as mjsteri
ously returned yesterday, and after a
short conference with her husband
today applied for and was granted a
Mrs. Bowers states that it was
necessary for her to leave home on
account of mental worry, and that
family troubles were responsible; but
she refuses to say where she has been.
Bowers says he consulted with a
medium three days after his wife's dis
appearance and was informed that his
wife would reappear some time this
month in the manner she did.
Portland Man Killed.
Portland, Ore., March 14.—Frank
Johnson, an eleotrio and stationary
engineer in the employ of the Portland
General Eleotrio Company, was elec
trocuted tonight while directing »
fellow workman in adjusting an arc
light at Union avenue and Mnltuoniah
street. Three thousand volts passed
through his body. Death was almost
instantaneous. Johnson is survived by
his wife and one child.
Shot Through the Lungs.
Boise, Idaho, March 14.—Henry-
Clark was shot through the lungs today
by (i. F. Pence. The shooting occurred
at Day cieek, about 10 miles from
here. Pence claims self defence, while
Clark stated it was without provoca
tion. Both men are farmers. Pence
came to town a^d gave himself up.
Clark will recover.