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THE BUTTE INTER MOUNTAIN
VOL. XXII. No. 237. BUTTE, MONTANA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1902. PRICE FIVE CENTS FEARED TO DISTURB THE ROOMER WHO WAS ASLEEP Butthe Sleep That MoComber Was Sleeping Was the Sleep of Death. FORMER MINER AT RARUS IS FOUND DEAD IN BED Morphine Powders at His Side Tell the Tale-"Write My Mother and Tell Her I Was Killed," He Pleads, in a Note Left to a Friend-Had Been Out of Work and Drinking Heavily-Went Went Quietly About Work of Suicide. Made despondent by drink and frequent losses over the gaming table, Jarvis F. Mc. Comber, a miner, formerly employed at the Rarus, took his own life by swallowing a large quantity of morphine at the Oak land block, 32 East Park street. lie was discovered this morning by the landlady, Miss Bertha Guse. It was thought that life had been extinct for more than 24 hours. McComber left several notes to his friends, in which he explained that he had taken his life after mature deliberation, and requested them to do a few things tor him after lie was dead. A number of mor phine powders were, found at his bedside, each containing to grains of the drug. Hour empty papers indicated that he had taken about ao grains-sufficient to kill a number of men. Miss Guse, proprietor of the Oakland rooming house, stated that McComber had come Thursday night and engaged a room. He retired about midnight and yesterday morning, when a maid went to clean up the room, he was still in bed, apparently sleeping. Nothing was thought of the matter at the time, and it was not until this morning, when he was seen in the same position that the affair was investi gated. lie was dead and showed evi dence of having been dead for some time. HE WENT ABOUT TAKING HIS OWN LIFE COOLLY Coroner Johnson was at once notified and upon his arrival the body was taken to Richards' undertaking establishment. McComber was about 36 years of age; fully six feet tall and weighed about aoo pounds. liHe had doubtless gone about the matter of taking his life with cool deliberation, for the notes left on the wash-stand showed that he had planned it fully. One note to Coroner Johnson read: "To the Coroner and the Public: "My death needs no explanation, only that I took 11'i own life of my own accord after due deliberation. "J..\RI\S F. McCOM IIER." Another n1Lt to his friend Al Martin is as follows: "Frientd Al-I do not want to say much of this matter, as the least said about it, the better, butt there is one thing you can do for me and that is, write my mother after I am buried and tell her I was killed. "1)o not let her knlow the particulars. I want to be buried in Butte, the Miners' union ought to attend to that. Do not let my folks know anything until I am buried. I do not want my mother to be bothered about anything and the less said about it, the better." "I will give yotu a note to paddy Mullins and he will get the coat for you. Yours, etc. J. F. M'COMBER." The note to Paddy Mullins is as fol lows: "Paddy Mullins: Get that coat I soaked at Itkins' for the bearer, Al Mar tin. Yours, J. F. M'COMBER." On another slip of paper McComber had written the address of his mother-"Mrs. E. J. McComber, 802 Sixth street, S. E., Minneapolis, Minn." Paddy Mullins, who, with his brother, conducts a saloon on Main street, was seen by a reporter this afternoon. Mr. Mullins stated that he had seen McConmber a number of times of late, about the saloon. The last time he had spoken to him was Thursday evening when McComber came into the saloon and asked for a bottle of whisky. He said that he purposed sober ing up and that he needed the liquor to brace himn up in the morning. McComnber left the saloon, taking a pint flask of whisky with him. That he did not go to his room was evident when, Friday morning, Al Martin came in and informed Mr. Mullins that McComber had not yet made his appearance, and that when he did Mr. Mullins was to inform him that a position had been secured for McComber at the Rarus mine. Mr. Mullins stated that McComber had been drinking heavily and nad been gamb ling. He did not think he had lost any considerable amount, but that it was all he had. His resolve Thursday night to sober up and go to work was taken as genuine, but subsequent events showed that McComber must have had the plan for suicide at the time in his mind. PRESCRIPTION DRUGGIST WHO SOLD THE MORPHINE The morphine powders bore thd poison label of the Eagle pharmacy. The pre scriptionist at that place renmenbered selling morpiline to a man of McComber's de scription Thursday evening, but was of the opinion that it was in no such large amount as was found at the dead man's bedside. It was the opinion of the drug gist that McComber bought the drug on installments of ten grains each until he had accumulated a quantity of it. Al Martin could not be found at a late hour this afternoon, as he was working. Those who knew McComber, however, stated that the only relatives he had lived in Minneapolis. Up to about election timne he boarded at the Clarence hotel, but left that hostelry to do some political work and has not been seen since. Bad Fire. Minneapolis, Dee. ao.-The warehouse and branch establishment of the W. R. Nott company, at Ias and tt3 First Ave nue South, was destroyed by fire early koday. The loss is estimated at $7o,ooo,000. JEFF AND FITZ ARRIVE FOR THE BIG BOUT Champion and Ex-Champion Alight From Train Together' lnd Are Greeted By a Conoourse of Eager Slght-Seers--Jeff Says He Will Fight Jim Corbett and Do Things to Him in Trilbty Rounds, Next Time--Ruby Robert is With the Natives of Missouri on Billy Madden's Proposition to Fight "Denver Ed" Martin. JACK MUNRO Amateur Heavyweight of the Pacifio Coast, Who Meets Jeffries for Rour Round$ Tonight at Sutton's Broadway. When the Northern Pacific trhin from Missoula pulled into Butte this afternoon at a o'clock the striking presence of two men that stepped from the platform of the rear coach attracted the attention of every body around. One of the men was a giant in physique. His shoulders looked broad as a wide door and his short, thick neck was tucked down between them as though it had been put there to stay. His black, curly hair wandered out from a brown derby hat, and his eyes were clear and bright. "Dat's Jeff," whispered a kid in an awe-inspired manner, and then by way of explanation to his companion, "lle's de champ." A tall man, also with broad shoulders stepped from the car immediately follow ing the hairy one with the bull neck. I-fe wore a silk hat, but there was no black hair protruding, only a thin sprinkling of red hair. His face was ruddy and there was a suggestion of freckles on his horny hands. THFN IT WAS THAT "RE-Q ROBERT" GOT 'OFF THE CAR This man needed no introduction, even from one kid to another. He bore the un mistakable stamp of Fitzsinmons, and his long, loose strides to the carriage were followed by a crowd of curious boys. "Hurray fer de chatip and de champ w'at wus I" shouted a newsboy, and as the carriages bore the big men away their ears were greeted with three rouling cheers. YOU SEE, THEY HAVE BOTH HAD A HARD TIME OF IT The hunch soon got out that the cham pion and ex-champion had arrived and soon there was a crowd of 5oo people gathered on the sidewalk in front of the hotel where they had registered. Every body saw Fitz when he was here before, but he is just as much a novelty as ever r- E. J. DAILY MUST TOIL EIGHT YEARS GETS THAT PERIOD AT HARD LABOR IN DEER LODGE ON CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. Edward J. Daily, who was convicted Wednesday of stabbing Cnarles Ray, had sentence passed upop him in Judge Mc Clernan's court this morning, the verdict of the jury being one of manslaughter. The maximum penalty is ten years and the minimum one year in the penitentiary. This morning at so o'clock he was sen tenced to pass eight years in the Deer Lodge institute. No action has been taken by his attor neys as yet to secure a new trial or take an appeal. When asked by the judge if there was any reason why sentence should not be passed on him, the prisoner responded: "No." The sentence was at hard labor. FLATPEAD 'INDIAN IS IN AGAIN Discharged Yesterday Through a Defect in Indictment, He Is Rearrested. SPECIAL TO Til. INTER MOUNTAIN. Helena, Dec. so.-Eneme, the Flathead Indian who was discharged from custody yesterday by the federal court, the indict ment charging him with larceny being de fective, was rearrested last evening and will be tried again. The plea for arrest of judgment in the case of Antoine Finley, another Flathead, also convicted of larceny, which plea was based on a similar defect in the indictment, was withdrawn today and Finley was sent enced to six months in the county jail. i!· -'4 - 7.Iv*E LAFONTISE. HE IS KICKING HIMSELF NOW Proprietor of a West Pdrk Street Store Who Outdid Chester field to Sell Two Thousand Dollars Worth of Bric-a-Brao to a Lady and Hojw the Lady Disappeared. This is the tale of a gorgeous sale, A tale of Mrs.' McGee, And the furniture man who never Oan Forget the false laydie. She drifted' into a West Park stftet store a few days ago, bringing ain air of unaccustomed prosperity with her. Tp. a young lady clerk, with whom she speedily' became confidential, she explained that tihe was Mrs. McGee of Bailn and that a rela tive in the East had died recently, lkav *ing her "several npillion dollars." "We are going to go on living rltbt in Basin," she continued, "and we are build ing a new home there. My, but it is going, to be a beauty I" The commercial instinct, strong in the salesgirl, was alert in an instant. Shq smiled upon the new millionairess, and her smile was winning and lovely to be hold. The lady from Basin explained that she was making a few small purchases for the house, just a few little things to make the splendid apartments rich and comfortable and attractive. "What's that?" she inquired. "That," replied the girl, "is quite the sweetest little taboret we have in stock. See how the top is inlaid? It is quite cheap, too; only $65." "I'll take it," said Mrs. McGee of Balsi. She Priced 'Em All. Then they went through the stock, but such' an item of news such as the arrlva of a good thing in the store goes flying when once it starts and presently the prom prietor, suave, polite, attentive, charpllla JACK STEWART Local Heavyweight Who Is to Go On Wi th Fitzsimmons at the Broadway Theater Tonight. and as for Jeff, the multitude was wild to catch a glimllpse of his Titanic figure. But the heavyweights were tired and adjourned to their rooms to brush the Missoula dust from their clothes. It was it, his room at the hotel that Jcffries was seen bIy the litter Motuitaii sporting edi tor. "Will I fight Corlbelt ?" asked tli giant, as he lulled back in his chair and yawned. "Well, I guess yes. If Corbett really means business and has put up his for feit as they say he has, then I'll con sider a match with him, to conic off next ring. • Of course, I know as well as anyiillody w)se that Corbett is as clever as they miake 'ei, linbut lie can't stay as long as io rounds with toe. WhVlen I fought hint !ast it took lme 2.3 rounds to put him away, but lie lias dune lots of dissipatinig since thein and I antii beitter than ever. So, how lie figures lie can let me, I don't see ' lil z iioiis gave lie the hardest light of any career, aniid is still the best of them, next to mnys( f. 1 would ralther take 5o lpunches fromn Jim ( 'orwtlt than to run into one of the piokes thani itl call hand out. I Ie hits harder than a niule can kick." At this juniilctire Ruby Robert saunliltered into the rooll and took it seat. Ile looked the picture of rulggedl strength, and was glad to be back in Butte, where lie miade so llany friends. MADDEN'S OFFER IS NOT HIG'H ENOUGH FOR HIM 'out have perhaps read of the chlllenge Hilly Madden has sent out oil lbehalf of his protege, Denver I d Martin?" said tile Initer Mountain representative, by way of suggestion for an interview. "Yes, I saw that Madden had posted a forfecit," replied the grand old fighter, 'anid has given it out that I can make $2,5oo by nmeeting his coon for six rountds ta Philadelphia. I dare say that Jeff and I will make that miuch apiece tonight at Sutton's Broadway. Itndedcl, we call make (Continued on P'age ihree.) was at the side of .Mrs. Mc(,ce and he was doing the selling. "Now, here is a rug which you certainly should have," he said, pointing to a gor geous creation that hung upon the wall. "It is a genuine Cashmere rug, the mtak ing of which occupied three women for more than six months. An thl eprice is ridicuolusly low-only $400." "I'll take it," said Mrs. Mc(,ee of Ihasin. And on they went. They paused pres ently before a picture. "I want you to see that," said the proprietor. "It is somnething I prize very highly, but so many people, lacking taste and rehfinement do not ap preciate the picture. I am sure it is some thing that will please you." And the lady smiled conscientiously. It Did Not Matter. "Here," said the proprietor to the at tending salesgirl, "just run up that step ladder and turn the light on so that Mrs. McGee may see the picture properly." "But my skirts," said the girl, "they are likely to knock something on the shelf." "Never mind that; we will take the chance." Up the girl went, nervously, and then her skirt swept against a handsome flagon -price $3o-and it went crashing to the floor, the shattered bits scattering widely. "That's all right," said the proprietor, still smiling; "you could not help it." Mrs. McGee bought the picture. Then she and the proprietor wandered about until they found seats in a cosy corner. "What a lovely table," said the (Coaginued on Page Three.) "DOG" FLYNN. FRANK D0.COSTELLO KILLED AT WORKS SWITCHMAN AT WASHOE SMELTER, IN ANACONDA, SLIPS UNDER THE WHEELS AND IS CRUSHED. N It,( isAL. 10 '1 lil JNI I sho I :JAIN . Anaconda, )Dec, About ,I :,lo o'clock today Frank I). Costellho, alln eplllye at the Washolu smehlters, slilppd ironi a moving car on the air lile anl fell undler the wheels and was aluost instantly killed. Ile had just tulrlned the switch and then jumped for the moving car, but was unable to retain his hold. When the cars were stoppeld oiie of tihe wheels was restting on his back. Ilis face and body were hbadly torn and bruised. lie was emplloyed as a switclhmanll and haid been in the employ of the company only for about four weeks. lie came to Atnaconllda about six weeks ago from Chicago, where his mother, Mrs. 1. Costello, resides. lie was about 18 years of age. The body was taken in charge by Coroner Joseph M. Hughes and is now at Tuttle's undertaking establish ilent, An inquest wil le held this evening. She Will Be a Millionaire. BY ASSOI'IA'I:I) ci iN' s. Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. ao.-Oil has been discovered oozing from the banks of the Coon river near Grant City in Sac county. A quart of oil sent to Ames col lege for analysis is said to have been found to be 8o per cent pure. The dis coverer, a woman, has quietly leased 6o, ooo acres in the locality. POWERS HAYE ASKE ROOSEVELT TO BED THE ARBITRATOR President Proposes That Mat. ter Be Submitted to The Hague for Arbitration, BUT THEY WOULD PREFER TO HAVE HIM SETTLE IT Official Proolamatlon of a State of Block ade I Made in London-French Will Not Bother to Send Warships, as They Do Not Fear Mob Rule-Present Status of the Situation in the Little Republio Over Which Castor Rules. ]IY A.'4m'IAll' PRI .. Va..hington, Dic'. s..- Prr.sidlent Hioue. vclt has propl idi tn thIe alliril pmw~rrs that tihe V'enr zlmiin disputlre hr. suihliiittcl to the ariitratinii of 'lhe Illaguc tribunal. The Iuwers hive replir.l with a cruitrr propomal that I'iseidenmt Ri ,,,'mvrit hii . .lf arhitrate th' imsucs. 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GENERAL CHAFFEE SAID TO BE NEXT STATLD AT WAR DIA'lRT'I ; T liE. WILL SIJC(;LLD Y(IIUNI, vNII') IS TO FOLLOW MILI', 1 :,' ý j IA I .1i ' ,'ashhii ltnn, I)Ic. ,n It IN ,stat,,l at I ;I ' ,,,,w , I I ,,,i rr:ln t1h 1111at . Ie I lI hll(' ll lllt - GENERAL CHAFFEE. general of the army upon the retirement of General Young, who will succeed Gen eral Miles. FAILED TO AGREE DID JURY So a New One Will Be Called in the Webster Damage Suit. 'IPE('IAI. TO T'IIiE INTER MOUNTAIN. Missoula, Dec. so.-At I o'clock this afternoon Judge Webster discharged the jury in the case of Mrs. Louise E. Web ster against the Missoula Light & Power company. The case went to the jury at 6 o'clock last night, but it failed to agree and so' reported today. The case was for $3o0,000o damages for the death of Mrs. Nelson's husband. He was electrocuted accidentally at his holg March 3 last.