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Co* Was M urde red, Says Coronet Jury
"John Doe" Not Witness
at Inquest; Mysterious
Figure Remains Unknown
Brother of Mtardered Young
Man Tdls IBs Story of
• Disappearance.
, i ; _
Suicide Theory Exploded by
Testimony Before Lucy
at Hearing.
"Dee R. Cox came to his death
by being struck on the back
pirl of the head t>ÿ some blunt
lOHtrument, tied feet to head
with a cotton sash cord and
placed in the Missoula river.
With murderous intent, by a
parson or persons unknown to
this jury."
—Coroner's Jury.
Albdoubts as to the manner in which
Dee R. Cox met his death on the night
of January 27 were cleared away at the
inqutat held over the man's body last
night 1 by Coroner Abbon Lucy.
Cox was murdered. The possibility
of suicide warn dearly shown b> wit
nesses who saw the body when it was
taken from the river ,last Thursday
morning and the physicluns who con
ducted the post-mortem examination.
The verdict of the jury could not have
been other than it was. The testimony
clearly showed that some one, whose
motive was not robbery, crept up on
UM «an from behind, knocked him un
eénscious with a savage blow from
some soft, heavy weapon, bound him
seem rely with a stout rope, weighted
the body with a stmte and dropped his
litnp victim Into the river.
Cold-Blooded Murder.
It was evidently a cold-blooded, pre
meditated murder, the most brutal in
Missoula county's recent history. And
it wag done by someone shrewd enough
to leave no trace behind and to insure
the complete disappearance of his vic
tim for months.
Who was the murderer?
No Clue to Murderer.
The coroner's Inquest exposed no
substantial olue. Indeed, no real at
tempt was made at the hearing to de
termine the identity of the murderer.
County Attorney F. R. Angevine cut
the examination short after a begin
ning had beer, made of an inquiry
into the actions and attitudes of sev
eral interested individuals, and left the
Jury to report merely the manner in
which Cox was killed.
"John Doe" Not a Witness.
Only four of the five persons inti
mately connected with the affairs of
Dee Cox and his divorced wife. Opal
Cox. were called as witnesses. The
fifth, who wits not even subpoenaed as
a witness is the mysterious "John
Doe"—held up by Mrs. Opal Cox as a
victim of her husband's slander.
"John Doe" was not mentioned, and
nothing waa offered which indicated
the identity of the man whom the
records in the divorce case of Cox
against Cox depict first as a libertine
and then as a libel vietlm.
In either character "John Doc
probably woo eloooly intorootod in
the Cox Malory. He' woo either
the woman's lover and Cax'a worst
enemy, or • ouftoror with the wom
an at the hands of the man who
now has boon murdorod.
Three Former Suspecta Testify.
The four who were called are Purl
E Cox. brother of the murdered man;
Mrs. Opal Cox, the divorced wife;
Thomas Melton. Mrs. Cox's brother-in
Uw. and chartes Oould. intimate friend
of the Meltons and interested in Mrs
°Mrs. Cox, Melton and Oould were
•treated shortly after the discovery of
Oox's body, but later were released.
Charles H. Halt appeared at the m
nucst as the woman's attorney and was
elected by Mellon as his counsel.
Tell of Whereabouts cn Fatal Night.
AU three testified as to their where
abouts on the evening of January 27,
when Co* disappeared. So far M the
avideeme wont Mrs. Cox or Melton
might have boon at the A an Buren
■treet bridge at about the time of Cox's
dMappoaranoa. which was in the neigh
borhood of » p. m.
«Mrs. Cox testified that she stayed
at the Melton home in East Missoula,
on the night od January 2«. and car«
t a town at about * o'clock, to get wit
atreec Later aha returned
Melton, who is employed I
C. M.. mill at Donner, test!
the evening of January 27, a
thn S o'clock Bonner car
(Continued on Page Seven.)
Story of Known Facts in
It it 9 o'clock on a still, cold
January night. Snow is falling
steadily, darkening the ekias and
dimming the street lights so that
nothing not close at hand can be
dlstiifyuished. On the ground is a
soft covering which muffles the
few sounds of the night.
In a lighted doorway far out on
Vine street, on the east sida, a
slight young man is saying good
bye to a woman and two children,
"•until tomorrow/'
He puts on rubbers, buttons up
his overcoat, fastens "his gloves and
leaves the porch. For a few min
utes he is visible, walking weat on
Vino street. Then the enow and
the darkness hide him.
The young man's way home lice
west on Vino etret to Van Buren,
then south across the Van Buren
street bridge tor the vacant flat
next the Milwaukee railroad, bar
yond which, half a dozen blocks
westward, he lives.
The Van Buren street bridge is
lonely and deserted at night, and
the enow pales the faint light
thrown by an are light hung at the
south end. The flat beyond is utr.
terly dark and empty, save for
two houses near the railroad p
hundred yards west of the bridge.
Tonight it is a wilderness.
Somewhere along that lonely way
the young man is asaailed suddenly
from behind. A heavy, soft weap
on is swung against his head, and
he fells eeneelee s to the ground .
He is picked up, trussed like |
slaughtered beast, weighted for
drowning in the river, now deep
and. almost «entirely covered with
Where did it happen?
How did the murderer work? By
dragging hie victim to shelter and
binding him? By throwing him into
an automobile and dashing away?
By tying him where he fell and
carrying him to the bridge?
And who is the murderer? Why
the deed? Where the weapon and
the rope?
That is the gruesome Cox murc^tr
Moscow. Friday, March 39.—By the
Associated Press -General Begayev
sky, assistant chief of the Don Cos
tacks, and leader after the suicide of
General Kaledlnes, has surrendered to
the Bolsheviki. He has Issued a proc
lamation to his followers explaining
his surrender and calling upon them
to give up their futile opposition. Jle
says the fight against the Bolsheviki
was a mistake, as it Is a movement of
large masses and the civil strife has
only weakened the country.
It is the general feeling that the
Kaledines movement has died out.
Of its principal figures, General
Alexicff is hiding in a small village
in the Caucasus and general Kornil
off, with a handful of followers, is still
vainly opposing the BolshevtkL but,
according to indications, his days are
The Weather
Forecast—Generally fair Sunday
and Monday; caldor Monday.
Maximum .SO Minimum SO
At 0 a. m.......SS .At S p. m.........90
High wind and accompanying dust
turned what should have been a de
lightful spring day into a misfit. The
sun^hone most of the day—up above
the flying dust—but his presence was
overlooked. It was a poor day for ail
kinds of »ports—and hard on the tem
per, too.
Biamarck . ..
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Duluth .........
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Huron _..... .
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Ht. Paul ...... ..
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Wi lliston ________
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Havre . ...... .
............... 68
Helena _______
__________..... 52
Salt Lake ____
_________________ 82
Portland ______
Spokane -----
....I________ 5«
Calgary ____
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Medicine Hat
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Mimiedosa ...
__________________ 50
Winnipeg __
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University Withholds Brand
and Vendor of Poisoned
Flour Sample.
Case Probably Will Be Left
to Federal Officers for
All Information concerning ihe flour
in which deadly powdered glus» wan
discovered by chemical analysis Friday
was .strictly withheld by the Chemis
try department of the Htate University
Professor W. O. Bateman, who made
the discovery, refuses to say where the
flour cgme from, where it wue sold or
where U waa manufactured. He would
not even indicate what action would
be taken, but it is believed that Ihr
case will be turned over to,the federal
authorities for disposition.
Powdered glass, even In small quan
tities. lx fatal in a horrible way. In
flour it defies detection l>y any ordi
nary means. It can even be rubbed on
the skin without lacerating it. Baked
In food it could'never l>e noticed.
But pace in the stomach the glass
would almost surely cause painful
death. Peritonitis might set in, or the
stopinch and bowels might be de
May Not Have Been Found Here.
U is probable that the flour wus
not secured in Missoula, for the uni
versity frequently receives materials
from vnrloiis parts of the state for
analysis, it may even have been sent
by the food administration.
Whether the glass waa placed in the
flour by German agents must be de
termined by federal officers, to whom
the case probable will be given. It may
be that large quantities of flour have
been poisoned In this way. On the oili
er hand it is possible that the sample
was "doctored," and then sent here for
Professor Bateman will only say that
chemical treatment has shown glass in
flour submitted to him for examina
tion. Treated by acid, the glass, which
defies ordinary examination was re
The Hague, March 30.—By the Asso
ciated Press.—The Official Gazette
publishes the following statement by
The Netherlands government on the
subject of the proclamation and addi
tional statement by the resident of the
United States dated March 20:
'With painful surprise the govern
ment and whole Dutch nation has
taken notice of the presidential proc
lamation and the statement of March
2* to the seizure of part, of the Dutch
merchant fleet.
'The seizure en bloc of a neutral
mercantile fleet if only for the duration
of the war Is an act indefensible from
the viewpoint of international law and
unjustifiable toward a friendly nation,
apart from considerations of legality.
"But the manner also In which the
presidential statement defends this act
of violence does not contribute toward
lessening the sting thereof, for this
défense has plainly been drawn up
under the Influence of a completely
Incorrect representation of affairs."
AntiffO. Wls.. March 30.—Congress
man Lenroot. Republican candidate for
senator, delivered a peppery address
here tonight. He said that the Demo
crats were taking much credit to them
selves for not putting up candidates
in Mlnnssota and Iowa. _
Ths Misssulian will maintain
a spacial Sunday news servie#
from ths battis front.
Beginning at 2 «'deck today,
war bulletina received ewer a
epeeial A ss o c iated Fro« wine,
will be pe tt ed ae rapidly as re
ceived, in the windows of The
MiMealian*e business office.
If the news is of sufficient
importance an extra Mieecullen
will be ieeusd late this after
What That Big £un Couid Bo
A gun which will shoot 7« miles, such as the Germans are reported to be
using now against Paris, could. If possessed by the Americans in the Tout and
Luneville region, I win tin i<l Baden. Karlsruhe, Strassburg and other cities In
Germany across the Rhine.
It oould be used to bombard London across the English channel, if the tier
mans once got into Calais.
Or it could stand at Anaconda and bombard Missoula.
Long *Range Gun
Drops Shell on
Paris Children
Paris, March 30.-—Parth was
again bombarded by 'he long-dis
tance German cannon this morning.
Hliells foil on the outskirts of tho
city und eight persons were killed
and 3 wounded. Four of tho ij,rad
were women and a large number of
children ware injured.
The populace is bitter In its de
nunciation of the Huns for the un
justified bombardment. The eity,
however, has come to take the
atrocities of the enemy as .a matter
of course and only hope that the
French army will make reprisals.
Lloyd George Infers That
Allies Preparing Ruse
Against Huns.
London. March 30.— Premier IJoyd
George today announced the appoint
ment of General Foch as commander of
tiie allied aimiex on the w entern front.
Jn making the announcement 'be
premier said :
"For the first few days after the
German army had launched upon our
lines su attack unparalleled la Its
couccntration of troops and guns, the
situation was extremely critical.
Thanks to the Indomitable bravery
our troops, who gradually stemmed the
enemy advance until reinforcements
could arrive and our faithful ally could
et. ter Into the battle, the. situation Is
now improved. The struggle, however,
is only in its opening staffs« and no
pi «diction of its future course can yet
be made.
Flan Nsw Measures.
"From the first day the war «-ablnet
has been in constant sea*ion and in
communication with allied heodqunr,
ter» and with the French and Arnerl
can governments. A number of meas
ures have been In consort between the
government* to deal with the emerg
The enemy has had the Incalculable
advantage of fighting as one army. To
meet this, the aille« have, since the
hu ttle began, taken a most important
decision. With the cordial co-opera
tion of the British and French com
mander» in chief, General Foch has
tarn charged by the British. French
and American governments to co-ordl
nate the action of the allied armies on
the western front.
Involve Big Sacrifice.
"In addition to the action takenTo
meet the Immediate needs of the mo
ment, it will bs necessary to bring Into
operation certain measures which have
long he.en in contemplation should a
sKuatton such as the present arise.
"It Is clear that whatever may hap
pen In this battle, the country must be
ptepared for further sacrifices to in
surp, final victory. I am «prtaln that
the nation will shrink from to sacrifice
which is required to secure this re
sult and the necessary plans are being
carefully prepared by the government
and wilt he announced when parlia
ment meets."
Athens, Friday, March 29*—As a re
suit of chargee brought by the public
prosecutor, a couptmartlal has ordered
the criminal prosecution of former
Ui u> M AI tWltfl I
Accuse America of Trying
to Rouse Russians to
Renew War.
.Moscow, Friday, March 29.—Ry the
Associated Press.—"If 1 had thought
m> statement would he displeasing to
the German foreign office, of course, 1
would not have made It," wan the com
ment of Ambassador Duvtd R. Francis,
« hen advised of Germany's objections
■to America's encouragement of tho
continuation of the war.
The German foreign office's note to
(hi Soviet government said that Mr.
Francis' statement was "nothing else
but mu open call upon Husain to re
new wi*r wlllt Germany and the Ger
man government and expects that the
ItcFsian government will give answer
which would be compatible with the
peace (rent y signed with tho central
Soviats Rsply.
The Soviet foreign office replied:
Ambassador Francis' statement Is
only a paraphrase of President WII
son'n message, whieh was answered by
the Soviet congress and the same reso
lution passed by the congress approv
ing the treaty is the best answer to
[the German telegraphic inquiry."
After quoting the resolution ap
proving the Brest-I.ltovsk treaty, the
Soviet reply continued?
"The foreign office rests assured that
[reference to the above fact* Is • suffl
ciept and satisfactory reply to Uw Oer
men foreign office and states tlmt as
ofithe German advance is extending be
!'youd purely Ukrainian territory, the
! Btest-Utwvsk treaty is being violated
there. Germany should state definitely
■ What "Xact boundaries she has fixed
'Vor the Ukrainian republic."
! The German protest wsa sent to the
Bolshevik government because of the
declaration by David R Francia, the
American ambassador, that Russia
would become a German province If It
submits to the peace terms of the cen
tral powers.
Woman Leader of Spies
Dies Suddenly in Jail
New York. March 30.—Madame
Dcspina Davidovitch Storch, the young
Turkish woman who was Charged with
being the leader of a hand of German
»pies taken into custody In this city a
fortnight ago. did suddenly today In
| h „ r , |liart( . r „ on KIU)) lt wag
(earned tonight.
j The four were arrested In their
handsomely appointed xuites In New
' York hotel* March it- In making
.known their arrest, Charles F, de
! Wpody. division superintendent of the
'department of Justice asserted that
a Madame Storch, also known as Mad
|Mbe Nexie, Madame Hmkets and Bar
! one*« de Bevllle. was known as a fa
™* 1,ar figure In fashionable hotels of
, I«ondon, Madrid. Lisbon and at the
M'pldorf and Biltmore in New Tork.
I -—--
Washington, March 30.—Lieutenant
Colonel \V. L. McK
iah army, today presented to President
Wilson a cane made from the door ol
the celebrated Cloth hall of Ypres, Bel
gium. Similar can«»« have been given
... _
of Kngland. King Albert
«* Belgium. Prealdest Poincare of
Frtnee. Lloyd George, premier of Eng
land, general Haig and General retain.
Attempt to Break
Line* on
Southern Salient
! Ivondon, March 30.—Balked in their efforts to break
I through the allied lines in the north, the German comman
dertEhurtéd large forces of troops against the southern sa
lients today, but were met with stubborn resistance by the
French and British.
The enemy captured several villages northwest of Moyt
didfc^tOdpy, bat paid for their small gains wUh a horrible
totf of Uectc French machines mowed down the advancing
Huh«, but'were forced to give ground when the enemy
brought up additional reserves.
Many American transport sections are at work bringing
up supplies to the French, who are engaged in the new of
fensive in the south.
Huns Hurl Many Divisions
on French Troors Near
Moreiiil, Hut Fail to Break
» Through for Gains.
i.i nothing new to report."
With the French Army In France.
March 30. -By the As«ocIm(<*«1 Press.—■
The heavy bombardment which was In
pros res* last night when the Torres
pomU'tU left the front, developed today
Into a general battle along the French
line from Moreull to beyond Lnnalgny.
Her«' one of the crown prince's armies,
under Von Hutler, made a aeries of
smashing assaults aimed at various
pointa and extending 25 miles.
The French reserves came into ac
tion with the greatest vigor, offering
the sternest reslstan«'e. Von Hutler,
utilizing tiie attack which was success
ful at Riga, finds himself confronted
by troops who meet all his rushed. He
is throwing division after division Into
th«< battle with apparent recklessness,
but this method can only be wuccesa
t ui when the adversaries are Inferior
ip quality and numbers,
The Flench line is displaying splen
did resistance and while tin« Germans
are expending their strength, the
French troops retain their virile jiowrr
for making n strong counter-stroke, In
which they will be, aided by thilr re
serves. hold In readiness to stop Into
the arena wljon the enemy shows
signs of weakening.
Expect Long Struggle.
The impression last night among I lie
troops fighting along the front is that
the battle wilt develop into a long
struggle similar to those at Verdun
and the first biitll« of tho Homme. Th«>
Gormans are making strenuous efforts
bring their heavy artillery forward
to support their Infantry, which has
borne the brunt of the whole engage
ment thus fur. It is considered that
they will maki' another formidable
ush with their available reserves, but
the atll«»d commanders view the future
with confidence. They regard the situ
ation satisfactory, anti believe that the
only change will be toward Improve
The Germans now occupy a sort, of
packet in tiie Franco-British lines,
which leaves them open to flank at
tacks. They extended their attacking
line to the eastward of Arras to smooth
out a sharp salient, hut In order to be
su«'cessful they will be compelled to
pay heuvlly. They rushed up a larger
number of division* of their reserves
Ilian they foresaw would he necessary
to progress thus fur, for the resistance
of tiie British was unexpected.
The front now extends approxi
at«*ly 55 miles an«l tiie French occupy
the line to within a few kilometre»
««■nth of the Moroni)' river. Every
where the French and British are
liolding tlu-lr newly occupied positions
with wonderful tenacity. On Thurs
day. when the Germans occupied ajiill
il«-«i Mount Uioiand, the intention of
retaking It waa expi eased by « French
general, but a British General, com
manding a cavalry division, rotpiosted
the honor of attacking It, which was
given. The dismounted cavalrymen
advanced to the assault, watched by
their French comrades, ami notwith
standing til« most obstinate German
drfensc, succeeded in capturing the
hill and In holding It firmly ever sin««'.
German Report Wsak.
Berlin, March 30.—Via London. The
evening report from headquarters say«
Between the Komme and tlm Oise,
we made progress in our attack.
The text of the statement reads:
"Between the Homme and the Avre,
we drove out the English and French
troops, which rushed to their aasis
tan« e, from parts of their foremost po
sition» and captured Beaucourt and
Meziero*. Fresh attacks against Mont
dtdier failed. Ayette has been cleared
of enemy forces.
"The situation north of the Somme
is unchanged The French fire is com
pleting the destruction of Ixion cathe
dral, which has been considerably dam
aged by the continuous bombardment.
"Lieutenant Bongartz brought down
hl» thirty-second and thirty-third op
ponents and Lieutenant L'det. his
"In the other theaters of war there
Indications Point to More
Intense Fighting Along 1
Entire Front During Next
Few Days.
With the British Army In Francs,
March 30. -By the Associated Press.—
The wheels of the war mill continued
to turn slowly on tfte British battis
front today, although them are many
Indications that Intense speeding up
may come at any moment.
.lust south of the Bcarpe, near Arras,
the enemy lato this forenoon (began a
bombardment, which might easily pre
sage another assault on that city. It
Is written in the hooks that such an
attack will come, but up to the latest
reports there has been no infantry ac
tion. Further south on the British
right there wps hard local fighting
about Moslems and Deniuin, which was
a continuance of yesterday's struggle,
hut the most Important action seemed
to be taking place on the French left,
where it was reported the Germans
were pursuing their furious attacks.
Along the rest of the battle front
comparative Inactivity continued so far
as infantry fighting wus concerned.
Huns Capture Villages.
London, March 30.-The Germans
have captured till! vUluges of AubVil
1er* 15 1-2 miles northwest of Mnntdl
dior, Grlevnns, Csnllgny, Mesniel yKt.
Georges, !*• Manche! and Ayencourt,
the war office said this evening. All
in the Montdldier region.
ileuvy fighting is progressing to the
eastward of Ayencourt (two miles
south of Montdldier, the exact situation
Is unknown). A heavy rain is falling.
BoHldeis gaining ground south and
southeast of Montdldier, tiie Germans
made some progress west of the Avre
(southeast of Amiens).
War Summary'
Many American transport sections
are at work bringing up supplies to
the French who are engaged In a great
battle in the southern section around
Moreull ami iAissigny with the Ger
muus, who linve delivered powerful at
Along a front of 25 miles from More
oil. on tiie Avre river, to laissigny, a
treincmlous buttle waged all Saturday.
The German troop» are from the crown
prince's army and are under the lead
ership of General von Hutler, who is
sending hi* men forward in masse«!
Frtyich Successful.
The French troops have stopped tho
Germans and lutvo oountcr-auaeke«^
wit li unvarying success. Corre
spomient* on this section of the line
declare that the French arc using only
a small portion of the reserves, hold
ing lli«' other ror u powerful blow ul
tin- opportune moment.
Franch troops now are meeting the
shock ot a German attack on a 25-mile
front in what tngy develop into tho
most important battle fought since the
start of the offensive ten duys ago.
Foiled in tiie attempt to talvi Arras
from tiie British and disorganize the
northern British line and able to ad
vance only slowly at great cost along
the Homme toward Amiens, the Ger
mans Friday night turned southward
and hurled heavy masses on the
French In the Montdldier Halient.
It is here, from MoreuiL ten miles
northwest of Montdldier, that the bat
tle was raging at last accounts. Vio
lent assaults were delivered upon the
French lines, which developed a power
ful resistance, strengthened by the ar
rival of fresh reserves.
Drive French Back.
The initial impact, however, was suf
ficii-ui to drive the French back short
distances at and near the point of the
salient. Pushing westward from the
branch of the Avre, which run* in »
northwesterly direction from Mont
didier, the enemy forced bkt way into
several villages within a Stretch of
about five miles along the front. The
advance, as shown by the locations
of the villages announced as captured,
reached a maximum of about throe
miles in thla sector. South ot. ]
didler the w
driven in about two
around Ayencourt '
late on Saturday.
Tho German line hero ia t
mile». ]
« sUlt tn
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