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PRICE TWO CENTS. THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 24, 1903.
MASKED BANDITS HOL D UP A TRAIN f\ They Dynamite the Baggage Car, but Plucky Express Messenger Drives Them Off Shooting One Thru the Heart. Bullet Which Kills Highwayman Passes Completely Thru His Body and Wounds Engineer in the ShoulderOne Man, Badly Wounded, Is Mow in Custody One Is Dead and Two Are StiT ic Story of the Carefully Contnved Plot Told b '/ Engineer. Portland, Ore, Sept 24 The Atlantic express on the Oregon Railway & NaUga tlon line was held up by four masked men 21 miles east of this city One of the robbers was shot and killed by Ex press Messenger Fred Korner and Engl peer Olll Barrett was seilously wounded by the same bullet After the shooting the robbers fled without securing any booty Two of the highwaymen boarded the train at Trout dale, a station 18 miles east of here After the train got under way they crawled over the tender and covering the engineer and fireman with re\ol\ers told them to stop at mile post 21 which Is near Corbett station When the train slowed up two more men appeared Two of the robbers compelled the engineer to leave the cab and accompany them to the express car while the others watched the fireman They Used Dynamite. The men carried several sticks of dy namite and when they came to the bag gage car thinking it was the express car threw a stick at the door Express Mes senger Korner heard the explosion and Immediately secured his rifle and opened Are The bullet pierced the heart of one of the robbers and went thru his body, entering the left breast of Engineer Bar rett who had been ordered by the robber to walk In front of him while approaching the baggage car but who jumped behind #ust before the expiess messenger fired The body of the dead robber was left behind and the wounded engineer was brought to this city After the shooting the other three robbers fled without securing any booty Sheriff Story and four deputy sheriffs who are seeking the bandits had small hope of capturing the robbers as the coun try on both sides of the Columbia river *long where the hold-up occurred, Is ftVtvth and heavily timbered It is sup ptKMK' they took a boat which they had noofad in the river \ ifccrttly after the arrival of the sheriff's 0OBS however, one of the outlaws was found near the scene badly wounded from a charge of buckshot in the head He was placed on board the sheriff s special train which returned to Portland The bandit said his name was Jim Connors and that he was from Portland but refused to tell the names of the other bandits or where they went SWINDLERS ARE CAUGHT ITwo Men Arrested by Postoffice In spectors Were Experts in Their Line. Are Said to Have Cleaned Up $130,- 1 000 in the Past Eleven The railroad company has offered reward for the arrest of the bandits ^ The Engineer's Story. Ollie L Barrett the wounded engineer who was brought to Portland and taken to the hospital, this morning told the fol lowing story of the hold-up "About a mile beyond Troutdale, two masked men climbed In on the blind bag gage over the tender and thru the gang way Into the engine, covering both fire men and myself with their revolvers They ordered me to run the train to twenty one-mile post 'There two other masked men came out of the brush and ordered us off the en gine The bandits, who had been hiding in the brush carried two long willow poles on the ends of which were sticks of dynamite These were placed In our hands and the fireman and I were ordered to go back to the express car and call upon the messenger to open the door If he did not we were to use the dynamite and blow It open "The bandits kept up a fusilade of shots toward the passengers to keep their heads inside the windows We were compelled to proceed down to the baggage car, where I called out to the messenger 'It Is Barrett Open the door Don t shoot' This demand had no effect and the bandits took the dynamite poles from our hands and placed them against the door of the car after lighting long fuses We were then ordered back to the engine and itayed there with the bandits until the dynamite blew the door open Robber Shot Thru the Heart "As soon as the sound of the explosion had died a^ay I was ordered to go ahead of the party back toward the oar In stead of obeying orders I stepped behind a rather slender man, one of the bandits, and the fireman followed me The taller man was In the rear W e Were twenty feet from the express car when the mes senger fired and killed the robber In front of me The bullet, we afterwards* found, went thru his heart and then struck me in the left shoulder "As I felt the bullet strike me I called to the taller man that I was shot and that my left arm had gone The tall man told me it was all right, that I might go back to the engine with the fireman and go ahead W e examined the small man first, however, and found he was killed " SUICIDE CLDB Months. Chicago, Sept 24 More than $130,000 tolen, business houses In every part of the United States victimized a bank cre ated, a waiter risen from poverty to afflu ence, and an ex-convlot again placed be hind the barsthese are features in the meteoric career of at least one of two men now under arrest in Chicago Postoffice Inspectors made the captures and Colonel James E Stuart terms the ease "the cleverest swindle ever unearthed In the west ' Julius M Nlsson known also by a dozen other names and Arthur J Herbst said to have many aliases are the prisoners Nlsson has confessed, but Herbst will not admit that he had any part in the big swindle Postoffice Inspector A E Germer has complaints against the two men from nearly 200 individuals and corporations who have lost amounts ranging from 525 to $3 000 All have been victimized since June 20, when Nlsson opened an office in Chicago In previous operations, under different names, the men are alleged to have se cured at least $130 000 in the last eleven months This was the mode of procedure, according to the inspectors Nlsson and Herbst would go to a city and open an office engaging ostensibly in retailing of metal ware novelties, ma chinery or anvthing which they could se cuie on credit They would operate under the name of come company well known in the business world, and In ordering goods to the value of thousands of dollars, would give com mercial agency references After the articles had been received, the bogus company would transfer the consignments to a warehouse and then ship them to New York where they were disposed of thru a 'fence," which has baffled the inspectors for months When suspicion was aroused the men would flee to another city One of the boldest moves of the two men is said to have been to establish a hank to give financial strength to their "enterprises " One such eoncern, called "The Cook County Bank of Trade and Commerce, ' Is alleged to have existed on paper only Nizson worked for several years as a waiter and in 1900 owned a restaurant in Chicago He sold his place and toured Europe Then he returned to Boston and was sentenced there to one year in prison for shoplifting 7 MILES AN OIL MAGNATE Invests in Texas Wells With Gov. Hogg as Associate. Kew York Bun Special Servioe. Chicago Sept 24 General Nelson A. Miles, recently retired as commander-in chief of the United States army left last night for Beaumont, Tex where he has Invested In an oil company He Is associated with ex-Governor Hogg of Texas in the venture He take3 the trip to secure an option on several large producing wells "I won't rust out, I will wear out " he told friends, in an nouncing his venture. * ."V Speoial to The Journal. Boise, Idaho, Sept 24 Boise has a sui cide club fully organized and ready for business That It is ready for business and has already transacted some is shown by the fact that at least three of its mem bers have "passed off" by the suicide route within a period of as many months The fact of the existence of the organi zation became known to the police during the investigation into the death of Grace Ashton, its latest victim She went by the morphine route on her third attempt, both of the previous attempts having been frustrated thru seasonable discovery by friends During this investigation it was dis covered that another young woman a friend of Miss Ashton had lately attemp ted suicide by taking antiseptloide, but had recovered, and it was thru her that the existence of the club was made konwn The club seems to be regularly organ ized with a good strong membership of young women and holding meetings at regular intervals It tisnsplred that at each meeting a new victim is chosen by lot, who is to 'pass oft' before the time for the next meeting by some one of the usual methods adopted in such cases, the particular mode being optinal with the candidate It is known that three members have committed suicide while one or two other suicides are suspected of having been members of the club The police are in vestigating with a view of breaking up the club If possible STREET FIGHT Police Seek to Arrest NegroShots Exchanged and Two Will Die. Philadelphia, Sept 24 In a running exchange of *hots on the streets this morning Policeman John Donovan, 28 years old and Samuel Archer, a negro were fatally wounded Physicians say neither can recover Donovan observed the negro acting sus piciously and attempted to arrest him Archer fled and was pursued by Donovan and three other patrolmen The police men discharged their revolvers after the fugitive, who returned the fire One shot from his pistol struck Dono van in the abdomen Archer was shot four times, once over the heart BEAT CHH.D TO DEATH. Newcastle Ind Sept 24 The county author ities are inrestigating what is believed to be a case of murder The ylctim is the 2 year old child of Samuel Criner, living near Spiceland, and neighbors claim Its death was directly due to a very severe beating given It by its father The child it is said, was illegitimate and Criner always rtaUked it on account of the trouble it caused him APPROVES HAWAIIAN BONDS. Washington Sept 24 The president has ap proved the Hawaiian bond issue of $1,220,100. POPE PIDS X. MAY LEAVE VATICAN Italy's King Assures Him of the Gov ernment's Support of Such a Plan. ' New York Sun Speoial Servlee. London. Sept 24A dispatch from Rome to the Leader says. King Victor Emmanuel has written a private letter to the pope, in response to a similar one from his holiness, in which he urges the pontiff to go to Castel Gandolfo He as sured Pius X that the government was prepared to facilitate his movements and convenience in every way It was after the receipt of this letter from the king that his holiness sent his sister to stay at Castel Gandolfo and report thereon and eventually ordered that repairs should be made and the castle re furnished ^J*argeGraph- ^o y 1* v IN BOISE CITY The Membership Is Composed of Young Women and Three Are Already Bead. New Victim Chosen by Lot at Each Meeting?Police at Work Investigating. SDTTON WILL BE STATE'S WITNESS Former Prominent Politician Will Tell All He Knows About Jury Bribing. Has Confessed That He Conspired to Defraud State in Cloth- ing Deal. Now York Sun Speoial Servioe. Lansing, Mich Sept 24 It Is believed that the alleged jury bribing in connec tion with the notorious military clothing scandal cases is about to be cleared up Colonel Eli R Sutton, who recently re turned from Mexico while closeted with [ Judge Wiest and the prosecuting attorney yesterday related everything within his knowledge In regard to the alleged at tempts at jury bribing in this county at the time of his trial At the conclusion of the Interview Judge Wiest accepted Sutton s plea of guilty of conspiracy to defraud the state and sen tenced him to pay a fine of $2 000 which is the amount paid by the other men im plicated In the military supplies deal Sutton was a former regent of the state university and prominent in Michigan re publican politics during Governor Pln gree's administration He arrived here from Sodus N T , accompanied by Pro fessor E Curtis of that place, who stood ready to met any financial requirements Imposed by the court ' Story of the Case. Sutton's case is one of the strangest In the history of Michigan legal practice He was once acquitted of the charge of com plicity in the conspiracy after a sensa tional trial Later when General White made a complete confession of the manner In which the frauds were -perpetrated, Sutton was indicted for perjury and fled to Mexico Sutton's return was the re sult of an arrangement to nolle prosse the perjury charge against him, let him plead guilty to the charge of conspiracy of which he was -once acquitted, and, in re turn, it is stated, turn state's evidence in cases to be brought against the alleged jury bribers It was necessary to comemnce a new case against him on the old* charge A new complaint was made and he was ar lalgned before Police Judge Roe yesterday afternoon, waived examination and went at once to the circuit court where he pleaded guiltj Sutton said he would waive his rights "under the jury's verdict of not guilty "When he was asked if that verdict was obtained thru fraud he said there was fraud in the case and that it might have influenced the verdict The private conference with the court fol lowed NEW NORTHWESTERN POSTMASTERS. Washington, D C , Sept 24 Postmasters were appointed to dav at South Dakota Huff ton Brown county Charles Baker Wisconsin, Avolon Rock county. Nelson W Bunker. VAN SANJ JS OUffOR Governor Makes an Important For mal Declaration Thru The Journal To-day. He Is Not Himself a Candidate for United States Senator to Succeed Clapp, _ He Believes the Indorsement of the State Convention Should Set tle the Matter. favors the re-election of Senator Clapp DAN'S PATCH This statement is made positively In a dictated interview given out this morn ing The governor has been considerably annoyed by canards spread by his en emies in the republican party The last straw was an editorial in the Crookston Timfs, declaring that the third term talk was just a blind, and that the governor was really a candidate for the senate This was referred to in The Journal yesterday, and it provoked the governor to break his silence. The statement does not say whether or not the governor will be a candidate for re-election but it settles once and for all the use of his name in connection with the senatorship The governor says "It is only because I am interested in party harmony and party success that I deem it advisable to say anything in re gard to the statement in The Journal copied from a Crookston paper The mat ter is repetition of what has appeared in other papers in different portions of the state $ T deem it due to the republicans of Minnesota to most emphatically deny that I am a candidate for Sen ator Clapp's seat in the United States senate On the contrary, I am his earnest supporter fc "I believe in the selection of United States senators by a popular vote of the people Under our constitution this is out of the question, so the next best thing is to have indorsements made by our state convention Senator Clapp was so in dorsed I propose to stand by the action of that convention Senator Clapp not only has the party indorsement, but he is an able and efficient senator and richly deserves re-election He will, in my judgment, be renominated and re-elected by a unanimous party vote W e have two first-class senators, and we would do well to retain them as long as they desire *o serve I predict that the man who would attempt to defeat eltfTer of them would be the most lonely man in Minnesota " CHUMMY WITH MORGAN-HILL Harriman Said to Se Slated Directorship on the Erie. s? New York, Sept 24E H Harriman, chairman of the Union Pacific and presi dent of the Southern Pacific, is reported, says the Herald, to have formed a new alliance with the iMorgan-Hil interests and will accept a pbsition upon the board of directors of the Erie railroad As an other example of the "harmony of inter est " the report is regarded as significant FROST NOT AN TJNMIXED EVIL. Special to The Journal. Webster City Iowa Sept 24The hardest frost of the season struck Hamilton county last night, but i sestlmated to have done but little damage as the corn needed something to stop the rank growth " Rome, Sept 24 The Osservatore Romano the organ of the Vatican, savs the pope has chosen Mgr Giuseppe Wilpert the apostolic prothono tary, to be secretary of state. BA^M JJSV A*alk Defective Page TRIED TO BRIBE v GENERAL PAYNE Postmaster Wanted a Better Job and 1 Thought He Knew How v Governoi Van Sant ^will not be a can didate for the United States senate He 1 to Get It. Chattanooga, Tenn , Sept 24 Andrew S Wallace was until a few weeks ago, postmaster at Opp, Ala While servinf in that capacity he read in the papers of the bribery that was going on in the post office department at Washington, and he forthwith proceeded to write to Postmas ter General Payne and offer him $50 if Mr Payne would have him appointed post master at Andalusia Ala The postmaster general turned the let ter over to Paul E Williams, chief post office inspector for the southern division, and Wallace has been removed from the office at Opp and p'aced under a bond of $500 for his appearance at the next term of the United States court at Birming ham MURDERER HIS WIFE Shot Fired by Grams, a Blue Earth County Farmer, Killed His Wife Instantly. He Had Abused Her for Years and She Had Applied for a Divorce. Special to The Journal Mankato, Minn , Sept 24 Emil Grams, a fafrmer residing ten miles east of Man kato, shot and instantly killed his wife early this morning He admits the mur der and says he expects to hang for it He was placed in custody at Eagle Lake and then brought to this city Grams is about 50 and well-to-do Both he and his wife had been married be fore and had children by previous con sorts Their own immediate family con sists of four children They have had trouble for years, and recently Mrs Grams started another suit, her third, for a divorce and a division of the property Husband and wife had parted, and Mrs. Grams was making her home with a son by her former marriage who lives in the vicinity The Grams were to come to Mankato to-day to arrange a settlement Early in the mornine Grams arose and taking a shotgun went to the place where his wife was stopping and asked her to come upon the porch She went outside, but told him she wanted nothing more to do with him Grams then turned the shotgun upon hei, and shot her at close range in the neck She fell upon the porch and expired almost instantly. Grams then returned to his own home and told his nephew what he had done He loaded his gun and said he would shoot himself The nephew persuaded him to give himself up and the two set out for Eagle Lake, where Grams was turned over to an officer, and later brought to this city Ordinarily he is not quarrelsome, but, under the influence of drink, has been ac customed to abuse his wife He had been drinking before the murder The neigh bors regard the affair as a deliberate murder and are highly incensed Mrs Grams was greatly esteemed in the com munity -4 $ for SALE DATE FIXED Indian Lands to Be Thrown Open November 10. Washington Sept 24 Tuesday, Nov 1% 1903, is the date fixed by the officials of the interior department for the formal opening of the lands in northern Minne sota known as a part of the ceded lands of the Chippewas and forming part of the old Red Lake reservation So much of this great tract will be subject to entry as has been surveyed and classified by the government All that remains is to pre pare the required advertising notices and send to the land office at Crookston, Cass Lake and Duluth descriptions of the lands subject to entry and ,injtructions to the local land officials. ^fjM _ ( 4 PAPAL SECRETARY NAKED. % 16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. FLOUR MILL STRIKE ,-'i NO W GRI M REALITY The Milling District Stands Practically Idle While the Strikers Listen to Speeches From Their Leaders. Some of the Washburn-Crosby Men Decline to Walk Out and Their Mills Continue Grinding in a Small WayFinancial Resources of the Union Are Said to Be Slender as the Organization Is Young- Men Suggest Arbitration Again. At what should be the busiest season of the year, the big flour mills of Minne- apolis stand idle As fast as the wheat was "run out" in the mills of the Washburn-Crosby, the Plllsbury-WaBhburn and the Northwestern Consolidated companies last night, the men quit their work and by taylight this morning practically all the mills were at a standstill With the mill owners, the contest is one not only for protection but for princi- ple Flour is made and sold on probably a closer margin than any other staple commodity The granting of shorter hours at an increase wage to any class of em- ployes means a handicap when the Minnea polls mills compete with other milling centers where such hours and wages are n ot In vogue When the 8-hour day was granted to the skilled mill employes a year ago, they agreed to remove this handicap by unionizing outside mills According to the union officers, they have tried to do this According to the employers, whate ver efforts have been made along this line have not been effective Also a year ago, when the 8-hour day was granted the skilled employes, there was an understanding, at least a tacit one, that this settled the matter and that there would be no sympathetic strikes to enforce similar hours for other classes of employes not included in that agreement President Finley, of the union, indignantly repels all intimations of bad faith in the present situation, and explains that the aggrieved loaders are in the same union with the other classes Consequently, he argues, this strike is not sympa- thetic, but direct On the other hand, it Is charged that the present strike is fully as much of a sympathetic affair as the recent walkout of the bricklayers, who acted in the inter- ests of the laborers, and that while the loaders and other classes are nominally in the same general organization, they maintain subsidiary and distinct unions which are the real units SLENDER RESOURCES OF THE UNION. If the settlement of the strike is dependent upon a test of strength, as now seems apparent, the strikers do not appear to have realized it. Information received from members of the International Union of Flour and Cereal Mill Employes, which includes the three branches known as the Mill Em- ployes' union, the Nailers and Packers' union and the Flour Loaders* union, Is that the union does not possess adequate financial resources for a long struggle The organization is only about a year old and does not yet Include all the impor tant milling centers. This cuts off any material aid from fellow craftsmen i other places "The union has no strike fund and practically no money," said one member. "There may be a little in the treasury, but not enough to last long The nailers and packers get from %2 26 to and the flour loaders $2. T2 75 a day, the mill employes from 51 88 to $2 5ff "With the exception of the Washburn-Crosby mills, most of them have been shut down more or 'ess during the summer The average mill employe is a good fellow, generous with his money, and, taking it altogether, you can readily se that the boys are not in a position to stand much hardship " President John M Finley, one of the brightest of his kind, has found himsell In a most unenviable position since the present trouble began to brew Hii troubles come largely from the consolidation of the three unions into -one, and that clause in tb.e constitution of the central union which compels all to strike I* one does , ^- r i -r-ri ,...,, * On the one hand was the Flour Loaders' union demanding a strike., and on the other the other two unions/ content -with what they had and not aflxibus to saarl-^ flee their living to a principle which, so far as they were concerned, had been recognized by the mill owners last October When Mr Finley called the strike, his men stood loyally back of him, but the two older and better paid unions are not unanimously overjoyed at the prospect. A QUESTION OF CONSISTENCY. The strike managers say that the strike has been called as much for principle as for wagesas much for the general recognition of the eight-hour day in the mills as for the Improved conditions which the flour loaders will enjoy when they can get the same amount of money for eight hours of work as they now do for ten Bearing this in mind, the larger millers point to the fact that the four indi- vidual mills are still operating on the ten-hour basis, so far as the flour loaders are concerned, and have received assurances from the strike leaders that they will be unmolested as long as they keep out of the fight The flght for principle does not seim to go as far as the small mills, altho President Finley explains that what the big mills do the others will, and the burden of the fight might as well be borne by the big ones Continued on Second Page mMmMlmMmwtMMMMWH.mw.MimiiMHMiMMM.MMMWWMmnnnmnnMmMnmmmiiN SAM'L PARKS IS JUBILANT His Delegates Are Seated in the Bridge and Structural Iron Workers' Convention. Kansas City, Mo, Sept 24When the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers resumed work to day in annual convention it was again be hind closed doors Before the convention met, neither President Buchanan nor Samuel Parks would talk definitely of to day's program Nothing but routine mat ters would, they asserted, be considered Delegate Parks was jubilant over the fact that his delegation had been seated, but he refused to intimate what attitude he would take in the proceedings now that he had secured the upper hand Robert Neiding, president ot union No 2 of New York, who supported President Buchanan in suspending that local, would be ex pelled he said, but this would not be done in the convention, but by the union itself, after the delegates had returned east. President Buchanan still refused to say what bearing the Parks' matter would have on his candidacy He would not state until later, he said, whether he would be a candidate The election will not be held to-day and probably not this week At the morning session to-day the New York delegation entire was formally seat ed, but not without a final fight On Jo seph A Mulaney, a Parks follower, and a heated discussion ensued We will let the convention flght it out themselves," said Parks, and he volun tarily left the hall, followed by his asso ciates After the matter had been threshed over thoroly, the entire New York delegation, including Mulaney, was seated Mula ney is a member of Union No 46 of New York city and a particular friend of Parks His being seated made the victory of the Parks crowd complete BEDS MAKE THREATS Write Threatening Letters and Se cret Service Men Get Busy. New York Sun Speoial Servioe Toledo, O , Sept 24 Colonel Joseph Bonner, president of the McKlnley Me morial association, has received a letter of an anarchistic tenor which was mailed from some place in New Jersey He has sent it to JJnited States secret service officials in Washington and for that reason refuses to give out its con tents Asked if the letter was a personal threat, he said it was not "Does it have anything to do with the McKlnley memorial'" he was asked After a minute's hesitation., the colonel .M "That'rUfferant^ said: 'That'ss different-.'" Is THE S00 MEN ARE DESTITDTE Checks Given by Superior Co. Are Without Value and Many Families Are Hungry. Sault Ste Marie, Mich, Sept 24The situation in the Canadian Soo, which is suffering most from the shut down of the Consolidated Lake Superior company's plants, is to-day the worst since the clos ing of the works Added to the general state of destitution of the discharged em ployes, comes the announcement to-day that the street car men will* strike next Monday unless they receive their pay in full The officials had previously stated that the pay day which had been an* nounced for Monday had been declared off. The men on the street cars in the Amer ican Soo also are growling as are those on the St Mary's river between the two Soos The requests for aid from the town are increasing Many of them come from men who have pay checks in their pos session, which they cannot cash Some of the discharged employes are getting a little money by selling their checks for half their value but there are not many purchasers even at that discount No body will give any credit The weather is cold and it is feared that unless there Is some relief soon there will be much suffering One of the cases that came to light yesterday was that of a man named Thompson, who with a check for a month's pay that he could not cash, was forced to apply to the authorities for food for his family that was starving HOPEFUL FEELING AT THE SOO Majority of Stockholders Expected Unite to Save the Property. Special to The Journal r * u Sault Ste Marie, Mich , Sept 24 New* , received here to-day of Speyer & Co' \ announcement that the securities of the Consolidated Lake Superioi company, held by them as collateral for the loan ad vanced, will be sold at auction in New York, created but little comment It is, however, looked upon as an indication that an earl resumption of the work at some of the plants is more certain. The terms of sale as announced state that the securities must be bid .for as a whole. But little credence is placed In the report that F H Clergue is organizing a syn-' dlcate to purchase the whole or a part of the Canadian Soo industries The Phil adelphia counsel for the Consolidated company says a majority of the stock holder will probably unite to save the property, and that their plan will un doubtedly receive the support of all the stockholders It is said the details of the plan provide for a new company capitalized at S40 000 - i \ 4. n s to l H