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VOL.XXII BILLINGS, MONTANA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY,22 1907. VOL XXII BILLINGS, 1iONTANA, FRDAY, FEBRUARg, 22, 1907. NOt 87 11OW ADAMS RELATED IT Witnesses Repeat Alleged Confes sion of Tyler's Murder. TOLD AT DIFFERENT TIMES Detective and Prison Warden Strong Witnesses for State. Wallace, Idaho, Feb. 21:-With the jurors excluded from the courtroom, Steve Adams' attorneys fought this morning to prevent the admission of the prisoner's confession of Fred Ty lcr's murder. This confession was made t.o Doctctive James McPartland. The defcnse' is striving hard to prove i1at. this confessiou was made under dIth ss .ind ihitt Adams was coerced by thrct',. h if he did not confess and s1ib l l s luprno e:; of leniency and :,ciai favor- if ie w uld tell the ,, " the aolie .s dccrired. , I .ln who the 'Tol0lio 10 uii'es in F- m.nsylvania y.r ,. ,owas. on the stand ml;t. of imw' no nlinlg and underwent a sai-ip croe; ctonlination by AHor-l ney ii:illinlrdson as to tih mnethodsl ins:t in obttl;ining the confession. The witness proved able to take care of himself, and the attorney was unable to force any admission from him favorable to the theory of ihe de fo'nse concernilng the manner in which the confession was secured. Shortly before the noon hour War don Whitney of the penitentiary was placed on the stand. He declared that the treatment of Adams was not changed by reason of his confession, but admitted that after it was made he had been taken from the hospital ward and put back into the peniten tiary. There appears to be no prospects that the confession itself will be read before tomorrow, if it is admitted at all. On the conclusion of McPartland's examination, as he passed in front of Attorney Richardson, Richardson was heard to say: "I don't want to con verse with you at all." "I am not afraid of you," McPart land replied. "I fear no man." This caused a scene in court. The spectators cheered Richardson and hissed McPartland. It was some time before order could be restored, and Judge Woods threatened to have the court cleared and fine the spectators for contempt. Adams' Alleged Confession. "On the 17th of April last, I talked with Steve Adams in a room in the rear of the warden's office and asked him whether he had any information to give to assist the Idaho officers in the prosecution of different men," said Detective S. G. Thiele, who was called to the witness stand on the resump tion of court this afternoon. "Adams told me he had a ranch at Baker City, Ore., where he had several HILL SEES BREAKERS AHEAD Great Northern President Says Tide of Prosperity Is Turning. New York, Feb. 21.-James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern, who has returned from St. Paul, expressed the conviction yesterday that the tide of prosperity is turning and that there are indications of a significant reces sion in business. "General policies of retrenchment are under wa'," said Mr. Hill. "Less money is to be sDent on new works. The effect of this movement is being felt at the present time in the falling off of orders. The beginning of this movement is very evident in Chicago. While I would scarcely call it a re cession in business, it is more of a dmawing in. The railroads are cur tailing their expenses and - placing relics, each connected with a history. Among those he mentioned a Winches ter shell of a 255G- calibre bullet, which had killed Fred Tyler. He was. not sucri 'ab out the ntumbelr of relies, and i old lme he would r2o his wife and give me a list of tIhenl, as she knewi where they weroe buricd. Adams and I talked in pert,''n with M'lrs. ArAdams iloulit tiese, and i hy said they would tal ik ovor itle malt '' luring the ni!ght anll give ai list next driy. ~~"ll I.OL -. f' .iotin Ada:! cti. (hat, h, 1-!' 'ti2 to Malrble creek :lih "hiii~iki iand soon after Iithey goti there 1 t ,i 1 tw.t settloes La III i>(.t i'"or 'Eul .s"on. It was igreeid be twOi'nt (C;i.t ,. r l' s:\ n ant d A.aics 'Io got" ua :' ;. juilmpler n" med They vsit (' 'i'ylert"s rlhin, but :lhe did iat I i liii e ii te . Tihe -ca'y ' iind wnited for him rcll day. Towniartls 'undown thely 1lhard 11421112 one co!v!uil-n, and oin of them remarked 'There lie conles.' Adams told tie Ithat at this I lhn e wO RlS behlinld a big 1(,', anid , T'yler ppr'oachled he le',vied his \V'in chester at hiim, stopped hinl and his gun was taken from him by one of the gang. "They took him to Simpkins' cabin and kept him over night. The follow ing morning they took him in the woods, and when they thought they had gone far enough they stopped, and Adams said 'I shot him,' and the body was left between two logs. He said he talked with Tyler during the night, and asked him why he had come to Marble creek. Tyler refused to give any information, and Adams told me he believed the killing of the claim jumpers Boule and Tyler was justified. He told me that he told Simpkins of the crime, and he and Simpkins had to leave Marble creek for a day or two. On their return to the district Simpkins, Adams, Glo ver and another man met Boule and another man on the trail and killed Boule. He then left the Marble creek country and returned to Denver." Confirmed by Whitney. Warden Whitney, of Boise peniten tiary, testified in the afternoon and confirmed a similar confession made by Adams to him at different times, differing only in that Tyler was led forth at the end of a rope and shot on a given signal. Adams had also referred to the cartridge that killed Boule, to Whitney in the presence of Mrs. Adams. Offer to Prove. Another feature of the afternoon (Continued on Eighth Page.) fewer orders. On our lines we will finish the work we have under way, and that is all. "This movement toward economy is scarcely perceptible, but it should be sufficient to relieve the strain from congested business. In a way it is a good thing. It is better so, as the curtailment is gradual. "The first tendency is toward the curtailment of luxuries. Then there will be a falling off in the amount of manufactured articles. This will continue during the coming months. But so far as concerns the future, the year 1908 may be a .hard one, and then many men may be out of employ ment." WANTS INQUIRY INTO TELEPHONE STRIKE House Adopts Resolution for Joint Committee on Investiga tion---Governor Signs Number of Bills. Helena, Mont., Feb. 21.-The legis lature evinced it sympathy with the Striking teleghone operators today by adopting the following resolution, introduced by Miller of Park, for a joint investigation; "Whereas, the Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone company and its employes have disagreed upon the question of wages, resulting in a complete ces sation of telephone service in this community, and "Whereas, the state of Montana has paid to said company large sums quarterly for the telephone service in the slate house under contract and said contract has been for the past four days entirely ignored by the telephone company, causing loss and great inconvenience to every de partment of the state government, and, "Whereas, the said company is al-' leged to have refused each and every requ:c.;t c;f its employes for living ian.ges or to submit the question to tiia riial arbitration, and is further t!llged to be making no effort to ar-, iv· : a sittlement of the difficulty and '! r;atlnption of its service, there !fore ] ; ii. "P'o h 'Ii , that the seealker le and l antl orzz;l to Rpp, inl i cor.in..,i;co of three to ant with a litr c ýoe fion; th; a senate to ;h: neoily investibgate cvcry feature (e li;b; dcicuilty and report its findne:: ino ti, legislature at as early a dehr, as ]pOssihblc." , in.t memorial will bie ard in jhoe senate Friday mnorning as it will prob.bly lbe adopted by Ih; t hody if t!le telephone matter has noi boenu adjusted. The senate transacted a large amount of business, many house bills lbeing considered in committee of the 'whole and concurred in on Ihird renal PASSES TE BLUON MAiUK Present Session of Congress Generous in Making Appropriations. Washington, Feb. 21.-The sundry civil appropriation bill was consid ered by the house today. By a vote of 165 to 41 general debate was clos ed and the bill' was taken up under the five-minute rule. Forty pages had been read when Mr. Tawney again asked unanimouo consent that the first reading be dis pensed with, but objection was made by Mr. Clark of Florida, and the clerk resumed his reading with as much rapidity as he could command. The bill contains 198 pages, and as no amendments could be offered on the first reading the house was com peled to listen to the clerk's voice f .r about three hours. When 80 pages of the bill had been read, Mr. Griggs of Georgia moved that further re, i ing be suspended. Mr. Sulzer wiho compelled the first reading of the: bill, agreed to this, but Mr. Tawney turned the tables by objecting and the reading of the bill was resumed. Speaker Cannon, apparently much displeased, field an animated conver sation with Mr. Clark of Missouri, in sisting that the near approach of ad journment did not warrant such a waste of time. At 2:50 o'clock the reading was completed. Mr. Tawney began gener al debate by a statement of the pro visions of the budget, which carries $104,000,000 in round numbers. Mr. Tawney startled the house as he told to what lengths the appro priations by this congress had .gone, and impressively said that a rough estimate of the appropriations al ready made and to be made showed that this last session of the Fifty ninth congress would mount up to $1,005,244,468, the largest by many, millions of any session. He said if next year's revenue did not increase, the treasury of the United States was facing a deficit of one hundrea millions at the close of the fiscal year 1908. He appealed to the patriotism of the house to do nothing to increase the vast aggregate. The house entered on consideration of the bill under the 'five-minute rule. - (Special to The Gazette.) ing. House bill No. 122, paying the traveling expenses of county assess ors, was defeated on third reading, all of the senators from stock raising counties voting against it. House bill No. 34, extending franchises for street railways on petition of 75 per cent of property owners along the streets was also defeated. Among the house bills concurred in were several insurance bills, and sev eral bills having to do with court practice. Among the senate bills passed were: Making game wardens ex-officio fire wardens; municipal im provements, tallying cattle, inspec tion at public livestock sales, paroling prisoners, preventing moving pictures of felonious acts, preventing bounty frauds, vacating parks in unincor porated cities, allowing more deputy county officers that the law author izes. On motion of Donlan. the vice presi dent appointed the following on the joint committee to investigate the penitentiary., tonlan, McCarthy ancd McDonnell. The senate confirmed those appoint ments: T. E. Hammond, shllo.e com missioner for Rosebudl county, vice D. McGillivary, ineligible: inullard, 0L.oeb, Hloller and Boardman o' Htele na anti David -Til'ger of T.or:istown, lrustees of the state his'o;riea:l so ciety. While introduced sae.oral ' ii'a tar in' to do with stale banks tin' will h" sonsidered by the judiciar'y com mit te in connectior with bir h,',t ing ccide bill. I-e also intrr!ldrtd a bill appropriating a half mi!!ion 101 lars to pay the principal and intcrest orf he -state edneational itor itution olinds rendered void by the bond de cision. The bill provides that the money shall be paid from the general fiend as fast as possible and not in itorferring n~tfi regular a:ppropria Mr. Sulzer made bitter complaint of the refusal to Mr. Clark of the privI lege of making a 30-minute speech on the bill, even going so far as to serve notice that "unless fairer con. sideration was accorded the minority, the bill would still be on the ways at noon on March 4." That Mr. Sulzer was not without support was soon made evident by a number of points of order made by Mr. Clark. When the paragraphs appropriating $3,000 for the protection of Casa Grande ruins in Pinal county, Arizo na, were reached Mr. Sulzer spoke of the skeletons found in those ruins, and said: "Here $3,000 is appropriated for the erection of a lot of skeletons in the Smithsonian Institution, while the needy employes of the government, the life saving service and the other branches, are knocking at tne doors for an increase of salary. I am for the living, not for a lot of people who lived in the palezoic age, and the $3,000 would help out a lot of peo ple." Mr. Mann of Illinois offered an amendment which was adopted. ap propriating $50,000 to enable the In ter.tate commerce commission to in vestigate block signals systems and appliances for the automatic control of railroad trains. PRIMARIES FAVOR DUNNE. Chicago, Feb. 21. - Unofficial re turns from the democratic primaries held here today indicate a victory for Mayor Dunne, in the mayoralty con test. Dunne is credited with 665 delegates; former mayor, C. H. Hari son 299; R. C. Sullivan 62. Fo. hundred and ninety-four delegates are necessary for a choice. The city convention will be held February 21 NEW IDAHO COUNTY. Boise, Idaho, Feb. 21.-By a vote of 26 to 23 the house today passed the bill creating the county of Clear s water out of the eastern portion of Nez Perce. Orofino is to be the county seat. tions. Donlan introduced a bill creating a state water, light, telegraph and telephone commission. There are to be commissioners appointed by the governor, who are to see that water, light, telegraph and telephone rates are not excessive and are uniform to everybody. In the House. The house began the day with 5') bills on the steering commltt e's orders for consideration today in committee of the whole and put in al most the entire day in considering them, but had not reached the last when adjournment was taken. In third reading the house passed the memorials asking for :hey o>en ing of the Fort Peck Indit, reserva tion and protesting again ;t the foreat reserve policy, also several appro priations an I bills defining grounds for divorce, fixing the number of dep uty auditors, giving the Fourth Judi cial district an additional cjudge and regulalin ithe practice ,f medicine. Thirteen bills were intro.luced, none of particular importance. II requires a two-ilhirs consent to in!rnducee bills from now. oil The govrecrno today allowed anoth e' bill to 1',ecome a law without ex-1 rcutive ai-1. n. This was senate hill No. 2S, ,n.ni: ding the county fre high sch ]-, law. The governor si-n od the .einnae bill making an apnro mniation f'r the state normal colloee: scnnte bill No. 24, defining the boci, daries of oergus county: senate joint re-oloion Zi . 1. asking congress to ,all n con c!ction to propose consti tutional am.,cnoent . for the diroet election riof tied ficates socn-ttors: Senate bill No. 47. prohibiit.c , ex-t pcnditures in excess of approprin tions: house bill No. 124, allowing colunty supocrintendents traveling ex penses. TO' SET EI IE ST' I( Helena Telephone Girls Will Prob ably Go Back to Work at the Old Scale Today. (Special to The Gazette.) 'Helena, Feb. 21. - It is expected that progress wil be made tomorrow in the settlement of the telephone strike. General Manager Murray ar rived tonight from Salt Lake and to morrow a committee of business men will wait on him in an effort to settle the trouble. An offer was made to day by Supt. Burdick that if the oper ators would return to work the com pany would pay the scale agreed upon hereafter, and from the date the girls returned to duty. It is said that the Team Owners' association will meet Saturday and increase the rates for hauling coal, in some cases trebling them. Two messenger boys who joined the union were discharged today. None of the others struck and it is believe: the union is of little avail. WANT RELIEF QUICKLY Chirese Officials Incompetent to Handle Famine Situation-Millions of People Threatened With Star vatiOn - Foreign Officers Report. Shanghai, Feb. 21.-In a report for warded to Tuan Fang, Viceroy of Nanking, Captain Kirton, the repre sentative of the foreign famine re lief committee, emphasizes the incom petence of th Chinese officials in deal ing with the famine situation. He estimates that 10,000,000 people are involved, half of whom are doomed nuless the government takes energet ic measures and adopts modern meth ods. Captain Kirton suggests that food stuffs should be rushed from all prac tical quarters and he protests against the bitter feeling displayed against foreign investigation by highly placed Chinese, who, while professing sym pathy with the famine sufferers, of fer deliberate obstruction to the op eration of foreign relief. EX-PREMIER IS DEAD. .Stodkholm, Feb. 21.-Erik G. Bos t trom, chancellor of the university and [at one time premier of Sweden, is Idead. ALL ABOARD Mail Steamer Berlin Wrecked in English Channel. LARGE LIST OF DEAD Accident Occurs While Vessel is Entering Port---Cause Unknown. London, Feb. 2.-The worst disaster for many years in the history of the busy cross-channel traffic between England and the continent occurred during a violent gale shortly before 6 o'clock this morning, when the Rot Ierdhm mail st.eamer Berlin, fromt -arwich to Hookl of Holland, having' satisfactorily weathered the hurri cane, was wreckted as site was oilenr ing port. Allcyither 143 persons are eitller nlow rind or clinging; hope less;ly to 1h>e wreck. The terriffic seas broke tip the steamer with e:eh awful s.!ft t:ne tea that all at lelpts to save life !ln r to have rbeen utterly hiopel es. i etc tonight it was reported that a feai survivors were liinging to thl wr!'i:, but as the he ric e efforts all day of the life boat crews had failed to reach them, lilt l hopes that they will be saved remains. The story of the disaster is Iold with dramaiic intense ness by the following brief messages reaplting Harwich, from the agent of tbohe reat Eastern Railway company 'at I-Holik. of Itolland. The first message received at (;:30 this morning fol lows: "The Berlin is stranded at the north pier. Her position is very dan gerous. There is a heavy gale blow ing. Tugh and life boats are going out to her assistance." The second message, received at 7:30, says: "The position of the Berlin is still dangerous. The heavy gale is still blowing. We have tried to take oft the passengers with tugboats and life boats, but without success up to the present time." The third message, timed 7:52 a. m., says: "The Berlin has broken in two and very probable will prove a total loss. Her crew are still on board. Life boats and tugboats are trying to save the passengers." The fourth message came through the London office of the railway com pany. It was timed 9:10 a. m., and said: "It is impossible to save the passen gers. The poop of the ship is under water." At 10:36 came the fifth and last message: "The Berlin is a total loss, with all her crew and passengers. Nobody has been saved." No cause as yet has been assigned for the disaster, and it will probably never be known how the steamer LEASING POLICY IS DOOMED Senate Will Eliminate Amendment to Agricultural Bill. Washington, Feb. 21.-It was con ceded today by senators in charge of the agricultural bill in the senate that the grazing lease provision will be eliminated from the bill on a point of order. The reading of the agricultural bill was completed after most of the day had been spent in debate on the for estry system and the grazing meas ure, and it will again be cjnsidered tomorrow for final action. An amend ment was agreed to at the suggestion of Senator Nelson which will add $5,000 each year to the appropriation for agricultural colleges until the to tal amount for each state for these colleges shall be $50,000, annually, in stead of $30,000 as at present. came to miss the channel. It is con jectured that some derangement of the engines or steeringgear may have rendered the vessel uncontrollable. Capt. Precious had a good record or 14 years' service. The list of passengers on the ill fated steamer was lost, and all the names of those who were on board have not yet been learned, but as far as has been ascertained there were no Americans among thiem. Catholic priests are performing the last offices over the dead. According to stories related bI% eye witnesses, the Berlin toolk :,, chan nel entrance correctly and was Irlak inig her way between the piers, when suddenly she was seen to tur'n around as ilhorlhl her engines hart stopped. and a mlooliluent later Wtas dashed against the jetty. Captain Parkinson. who appears to be the sole survivor, was on his way to Amsterdam to quarantine his ves sel, the Myrimdon, of the Holt line, to bring her back to Liverpool. De scribing the disaster he said the night was the most terrible of his ex perience. Never had he seen such weather. So terriffic was the gale that he remained all night, dressed, on deck. The Berlin already was near the north pier and the passen gers, many of whom had not gone be low, were beginning to breathe easi ly again after the terrible crossing, when the ship struck with a violent shock. Then suddenly the boat broke in twain. Captain Parkinson hurried to the bridge to offer Captain Pre cious his help, but just as he put his foot on the ladder he saw the eis5liin and the pilot swept away by the seas. Of what followed Captain Parkin son cannot give a clear account,. When he recovered himsel...hI yas 'in the water surrounded by floating tim bers. One of these he seized and he succeeded in keeping himself sfloat until he saw the life boat. His cr; for help was heard and he was picked up and brought ashore. He was in the icy, storm lashed water for about an hour. Captain Parkinson was almost in tears as he recited what he had seen before being swept away by the waves. On the foredecks of the Berlin at the moment of the disaster there was about 100 persons all of whom were (Continued on Eighlth Page.) Senator Patterson has given notice of an amendment to segregate forest reserve lands according to their ada.y ability, as forest lands, mining lands and agricultural lands. Senator Patterson today opened the grazing land lease proposition. Senator Warren, saying he was aware the provision would go out on a point of order, nevertheless advo cated it. He resented the charge that certain senatorshadienced in the public domain. Personally, he said, he did not have an acre of illegally fenced land. The farewell address of GqDirc* Washington will be read in thei sa (Continued on Eighth Paga):