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HARRIS CASE IS DRAWING TO
EXAMINATION OF WITNESSES WAS COMPLETED
THIS AFTERNOON IN THE HARRIS MURDER
The Harris family felt consider
ably encouraged today and by their
actions they showed that they were
In better spirits than at any time
during the trial. Old friends had not
forsaken them. They responded in
large numbers to aid the family
which is In such sore distress. Noth
ing but words of praise have been
heard on every hand. No one who
has known the Harris family has
known aught but good. They went
In the best circles In Yakima, Their
home was Ideal and happy except
for the frequent occurrences of Mrs.
Harris' attacks of Illness. The
daughter was a popular member of
the younger set. She was idolized
hy her mother. Her father nnd
brothers were proud of her.
The father and eldest son swore
vengeance upon the fiend who had
crept into the home and stealthily
and consciously stolen from the
daughter nnd sister her most preokuis
birthright. The father shows the
metal he Is made of. For years he
has fought against the Idea of in
sanity In his wife. He loved her
and ns the mother of his children
he must try to overcome It. He never
complained of her demeanor toward
him, which times worried nnd
pierced his heart as a two-edged
sword. He must protect her and
her conduct could not be made pub
lic. For 15 years his happiness has'
been marred by the periodical at
tacks of his companion which re
sulted In an utter breaking down of
her health leading up to the tlmo
of the crime.
Examination of Witnaaaaa.
This morning's session of tha Har
ris trial consisted In the examina
tion of Dan R. Harris, Pearl Harris,
Mrs. R J. Rowmnn, Conductor Doak
of the Traction Car company, Aaron
Cheetham, Dr. 8. R Hopkins, ear,
i eye, nose and throat specialist, and
\Dr. D. L, Smith, coroner.
\ In most part witnesses were called
to testify ns to the condition of Mrs.
Harris' health, which corroborated
the statements made by neighbors
A novel fentnre of the trial Is the
call of the defense for severol of
the state's witnesses. Coroner Smith
was the first of the state's witnesses
to bo recalled. He said he thought
the woman was Insane from the no
tions he noticed while talking to her
Pearl Harris on Stand.
There wnn tl|»lH>ime written on
every face In the courtroom when
Pearl Harris was conducted to the
witness stand. She was very reserv
ed and had splendid control of her
nerves. She answered the questions
of the counsel In a straightforward
manner. Her testimony was In re
gard to her mother's health. Prose
rut Ing Attorney Kimball did not ex
amine the witness. The manner in
which he Is treating the members of
KIND WORDS FOR
the Harris family Is being commend
ed on all sides.
Mrs. K. J. Bowman of Yakima, a
friend of the family and a woman of
medical knowledge, told that Mrs.
Harris was not responsible half of
the time for her actions. Mrs. Bow
man was considered the best witness
put on the stand during the trial.
She was very comprehensive in her
remarks. She has watched every
move of the trial and evinced a
motherly affection for the unfortu
nate daughter and a sisterly Interest
In Mrs. Harris. Day after day she
has occupied the right hand seat
next to Pearl Harris.
A Neighbor's Story.
Alex R. St. Clair testified as to the
good standing of Mrs. Harris. He
staled he lived next door to her In
Yakima. He had met the family at
socials and they moved in the best
circles. Had noticed she was absent
minded and did not realize what was
said to her In conversation. She was
always with the daughter. Never
saw them alone. She was a very
affectionate mother, quiet and not
much of a talked.
J. T. Bragy of North Yakima, man
ager of a furniture house, had known
Mrs. Harris 15 years. Was a neigh
bor In (inllatln valley, Montana. He
had noticed she was of a despondent
nature and talked at random, though
at times most intelligently. Site had
tidd that she had nothing to live for
and that the family did not care
anything for her. He could see while
In these moods her face was Hushed
and eyes glassy, rendering a fright
ened look. In speaking of religion
she said she had committed the un
pardonable sin nnd could never be
forgiven. The daughter was ulways
accompanied by tlie mother. Were
like two sisters. He attended the
ball Wednesday evening before the
birth of the child and danced with
Pearl several times. Her physical
appearance did not denote her condi
James Bamber's Story.
James Llainber, partner In the min
ing business with Mr. Harris and a
life-long friend, having made his
home with the Harris family, was
the next witness. He hud known the
Harris family 22 years, ever since
the couple were married. Had seen
them every week for IS years. Was
there when their baby girl died. Mrs.
Harris was changed from that time.
Was at times prostrated. Suffered
terribly mentally and was not her
Son Telia of Mother's Love.
Alexander Harris, ageil 21 years,
eldest son of the defendant, was call
ed. He told the condition of his
mother's health and the occurrence
of the spells. Had noticed shu was
becoming worse all the time. Had
choking spells when she Imagined
someone was trying to choke her.
Sho was a good, kind and loving
mother. Pearl and her mother were
constant companions. More like sis
The Spokane Press.
tcrs than mother and daughter. The
prosecuting attorney refused to ex
amine the witness.
Husband's Bad Story.
Dan R Harris, husband of the de
fendant, told about the same story.
The past 15 years of his life, or since
the death of their child, he had spent
the entire time In an effort to please
his wife and make the surroundings
pleasant for her, thinking that the
attacks of melancholia would pass
away. She objected to doctors and
he humored her in it. She heard
strange noises In the handsome brick
home in Bozeman. He sold it and
took her away. For weeks she could
not sleep and was restless. She at
tempted to commit suicide with
strychnine nnd threatened to do so
When he informed her of their
daughter's child she collapsed and
acted as If she had lost her mind.
He denied that she tried to smother
it. She did not go to bed at all the
night the baby was born. Took the
6 o'clock train for Spokane. He
tried to have her give up the trip,
but she said she would kill herself
If he didn't let her go.
(Scrlpps News Association.)
WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 23.— J.
P. Morgan's snecial bearing the finan
cier king, the archbishop of Canter
bury and other distinguished guests,
was almost wrecked between Brook-
Held and North Brooklleld at 7 o'clock
this morning by striking a switch
ing engine. The engine was knocked
off the track. Engineer Merrill and
the Breman of the switching engine
was seriously Injured. Beyond a se
vere shaking up none of the Morgan
party were injured. The track was
cleared and the special proceeded at
(Scrlpps News Association.)
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23—Two
clerks of the Central Grain and Stork
Exchange were held up by a masked
man In a dark hallway In the rear
of the office at 7 o'clock this morning
and robbed of a valise containing
14400 and all the records of the con
cern. The robber escaped. A broken
down speculator is suspected.
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, FBI DAT, SEPTEMBER 23, 1904.
ROME, Sept. 23.—Vesuvius is again in eruption today
to an extraordinary degree. Deep explosions ocurred, fol
lowed by clouds of volcanic dust and torrents of lava,
which poured down the mountain. The walls of the
crater have collapsed and it is feared the rupture of the
great cone will follow.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23.—Two cranks attempted to
see President Roosevelt today. One claimed he was Sen
ator Dick of Ohio. He proved to be Charles Barth, an
Ohio man. The other was Matilda Stewart, of Baton
Rouge, La. He said he came to see the president regard
ing the transportation of negro cotton pickers to the
cotton fields. Both were arrested.
WAITING FOR WEYMOUTH
Owing to the failure of Commissioner Weymouth to
arrive in time, no official action was taken today by the
board of public works in the matter of the board of health
and crematory investigation.
Commissioner Omo visited the crematory yesterday
and found several instances of neglect and mismanage
ment, which will be brought to the attention of the board.
"I do not think Foreman Tatro is to blame," said
Commissioner Omo today. "He had no instructions and
has done apparently what he thought best. They have
been buying coal and wood out there, a ton at a time,
from anybody and at any price. That's not business."
Other things tend to show the conduct of the crematory
has been more toward negligence and ignorance than any
financial wrong doing.
TRAIN BLOWN UP
CUMBERLAND, Md., Sept. 23.-A B. & O. freight
train ran into a load or dynamite at North Branch, eight
miles from here, this afternoon. An explosion blew up
the tower house. Eight are reported dead and 15 injured.
A special with physicians has gone to the scene. The dy
namite was being used in the construction of the Wabash.
OrfICERS AND CREW ARE HELD
RESPONSIBLE FOR SMOCUM DISASTER
NEW YORK, Sept. 23.—Tho local board of steamboat
inspectors handed down a report ou the Slocum disaster
today. The board finds that the officers and crew were
responsible for the catastropheijin which 959 lives were
lost. The board revoked the licenses of Captain Van
Schack, Edward Van Wart, pilot and Benj. F. Conklin,
LEITERS RUSHING TO
BEDSIDE OF LADY CURZON
fa>rlotvs Vcw« \ aeordatinn.)
CIHCAGO, Sept. 23— Joseph Lett
er, Mrs. ('. Letter, his mother,
and Miss Daisy Letter arrived at
■;M this morning after one of the
fastest trips ever made on a special
lrom Denver. Instead of proceeding
to London, as was first Intended, It
has beeen decided tv remain here and
await news of the condition of Lady
Curson. who Is now seriously ill In
LONI'ON. Sept. 23.—At noon Lady
Curaotl was sllll In a critical condi
tion. Physicians Srs In constant at
It In stated that I.aily Ourson la
Buffeting front ■ rapture of the fal
lopian tube, wblrh has produced
hemorrhage of the uterus and which
is now complicated by peritonitis, if
she successfully passes the crisis, It
will four months before she Is
fully convalescent, it may possibly
leave a serious and permanent in-
There Is no change 111 Lady Cur-
KUROPATKIN REPORTS THE JAPANESE
HAVE ASSUMED THE OFFENSIVE
(Scrlpps News Association.)
ROME, Sept. 23.—A telegram to
the Trlbuna asserts the Japanese
headquarters have been transferred
from Liao Yang to Yentsl. Kurokl,
according to the telegram, Is gradu
ally drawing bis forces nearer Muk
den and has now reached a point
25 miles to the eastward of that city.
(Scrlpps News Association.)
ST. PETERSBURG, Sept. 23.—The
Japanese operations against Mukden
are rapidly developenlng. Kuropat
kln reports the Japanese army at
Bentsiaputz Is beginning to advance
northwest. Outposts tried to capture
Kaoutou pass, commanding the road
to Fushun. Russians are offering a
stubborn resistance. This Is likely
to retard decisive operations. Kuro
patkin has placed a strong force
GREAT INDIAN CHIEF DEAD
zon's condition since morning.
The official gazette today publishes
Lord Curzon's reappointment as vice
roy of India.
CINCINNATI, 0., Sept. IS.—A
vault in the rear of the school at
Pleasant Ridge suburb collapsed this
morning. Over 20 children were In'
the building. It Is reported eight,
all girls, have fallen Into the vault
and are dead. The building was
frame and had been standing for
The dead are: Hazel Clover, aged
8 years; Martha Burmtne. aged 10;
Rotha Card, aged 10; famine Card,
aged 8; Edna Thee, aged 11; Emma
Stankamp, aged 13; Kmlly Hesse,
aged 13; I.illlani Witham, aged 14;
Loretta Kink, aged 12.
Of the 11 rescued from tho vault
several are in a serious condition.
Thirty children were In the building
at the time. The teachers offered
rescue by means of ladders and
CHICAGO, Sept. 23. — Fred I?
Hoover of Albion, Ind., a jeweler,
who carried $12,000 In money, Is
missing from the hotel here, where
his bride nw.iits his return. It is
believed lie was held up.
MAY LAND COAL
VLADIVOSTOCK, Sept. 23—Over
tures are being conducted through
German channels with Liverpool
firms with a view of arranging for
dispatching of coal to the uninhabit
ed Islands in the Philippines to'be
taken therefrom by Russian war
KITANIN'O, Pn., Sept. 23.—The
8-year-old daughter of Thompson
Coulter was assaulted by a unknown
masked man this morning while on
her way to school. The girl will die.
A posse with bloodhounds are in pur
-BUi - . •MljfeiM
SEOUL, Korea, Sept. 23.—The Jap
anese have executed three Koreans
who were caught, August 27, wreck
ing the Keoul-Wiju railway, The In
vestigation showed the Koreans were
employed hy Hussian sympathizers.
SECOND TEAR. NO. 276. PRICE: ONE CENT.
astride the Mukden nnd Fushun roads
•to Bentsiaputz. He Is also holding
all the passes from Duranz east to
WATCHING RUSSIAN CBUTSBBB.
(Scrlpps News Association.)
LAS PA I.MAS, Canary Islands,
Sept. 23.—The British cruisers St.
George and Brilliant arrived here
tills morning. It is supposed the pur
pose is to watch the Russian cruis
ers, which are reported to have coal
RUSSIANS DRIVEN BACK.
(Scripps News Association.)
TOKIO. Sept. 2.l.—An official tele
gram states a detachment of Japan
ese attacked a force of Russians near
Heiniu Chunng, September 20. The
Russians were driven off to north
ward, leaving 19 dead. The Japanese
losses were slight.
Chief Joseph, the last of the fam
ous Indians who fought Uncle Sam's
soldiers until the day he made his
famous speech of surrender to Gen
eral Miles, died at the Indian camp
near Nespllem, Wash., on the Col
ville reservation last night.
The great chief of the Nez Perces
had been ailing for several months
and toward the last was In a state
of coma Indicating the senility of
It was while' sitting at an open
campflre last night that he fell over
dead just as a Squaw had left a load
of fresh wood with which to warm
FAIRBANKS OFF ON BIG TRIP
(Scrlpps N'i'ws Association.)
CHICAGO, Sept. 23 —Senator Fair
hanks leaves Chicago tonight for the
longest stump-speaking trip the coun
try has seen since Mr. McKinley's
famous "swing around the circle
prior to his lirst nomination for the
presidency. The tour of the republi
can vice presidential nominee will
take him to the I'arltic coast and re
turn and will keep him busy until
about the second week In October.
When Mr. Fairbanks Is not ad
dressing the voters of such towns as
Big Timber, North Yakima and Miii
soula from the rear platform of his
ear he will be making talks ut such
centers as St. Paul, Butte, Helena,
Tacama ami S.in Francisco. Sundays
are to be usesd in making big jumps,
such as one from St. Paul to Olen
dlve, Mont., and another from Port
land to San Francisco.
Senator J. P, Holllvor will take the
vice presidential candidate out of
Chicago and through to Portland. He
may continue as far us Omaha on
the way back. Either at Portland,
San Francisco or Omaha he will be
relieved by Congressman It. Q, Cous
ins of lowa. Mr. Fairbanks will
reach l.a Crosse, Wis., at 8 o'clock
tomorrow in rubjr, i'vtrlng the day
he will travel n Kouthern Min
nesota, making rear platform
Speeches a I I'lii.-'hf.-id, l.anesborough..
Spring Valley, Austin and Albert l.ea.
Thru be train.fers to the Burlington
ur.'l Speaks at OwatOßM and Falrliow,
reaching st. IWn late la the attar*
I noon. He speaks before the Twlr
JAPS CANNtXD BAUsTO PASS.
(Scrlpps News Association)
ST. PETERSBURG, Sept. 23.— A
dispatch received here ststes the
Japanese have carried Da ling pass
hy assault after a devastating Are
from all arms. The Russians lost
TXMPTIKO orriU TOM COAX*
LIVERPOOL* Sept. 23.—Russian
agents ure offering 30 shillings per
ton for coal for the far east. Another
offer of 15 shillings per ton will be
added to the 30 If the blockade is
successfully run and the coal deliv
ered at Port Arthur.
japs ow orrsirsxTs.
ST. PKTKRSHI'RO, Sept. 23.—Ku
ropatkln reports the Japanese have
assumed the offensive ami have ad
vanced from Benalpudze to Flndtalun,
20 versts from Mukden.
the ancient chief.
Chief Joseph predicted hla early
death while returning from St. Louis
when he declared he would see but
one more snow.
All of the tribesmen have been
summoned to confer as to the funeral
arrangements. Some of the sub
chiefs are desirous of sending his
body south to the old Nea Perce ter
ritory where the great chief made
bis famous stands against the United
In a splendid tribute to Chief
Joseph, Nan Byxbee, writing for the
Newspaper Enterprise Association,
has this to say of him:
Cities Republican club tomorrow
On Monday the senator will speak
at Olendive, Miles City, Forsythe,
and close the day with a night meet
ing at Billings. On Tuesday he speaka
at Big Timber, Livingston, Boseman,
and closes at Butte. On Wednesday
he Is at Anaconda and Boulder,
closing at Helena. During Thursday
he makes Missoula, closing at Spo
kane. Friday will find him at North
Yakima, Kllensburg, Ronald and Ta
coma. The Oregon atate committee
is privileged to work the candidate
as seen tit on Saturday, reserving
Saturday night for a meeting at Port
land. From there ha travels to San
Francisco on Sunday. From San
Francisco the return trip la not defl
nitely outlined. It will Include meet
ings at Ogden. Carson City and Chey
enne, and probably Denver.
SILOAM BPRINQB, Ark.. Sept. 28.
—While 4i) men were working today
on the iron bridge being erected over
the Grand river near Grove, I. T., the
scaffolding collapsed. Twenty are re
ported killed and many injured.
The Oldest Living Thing
The "oideot living thing on earth" ia
believed to be v huge cypress tree,
standing in ('hepuHepee, Mexico, with
a trunk 118 feet and 10 inches in cir«
i iuiiierer.ee. Me:, u-un scientists have
figured its age at about tf.DO years.