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VOL, XXI BILLINGS, MONTANA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1908. NO 9
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SEIZURE OF VENEZUELAN SH01 BY THE DUTCH AROUSES
PEPPERY NATIVES OF CARCAS TO A STATE OF DEFENE
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MONTANA MAN IS
KILLED WITH AX
BODY OF WALDO SCHLACK
FOUND 'NEAR IDAHO FALLS.
tlE HAD SOME MONEY
Thought That He Lived in Dillon or
Helena, as He Had Correspondence
With Those Places, Particularly
Banking Institutions.
(Special to The Gazette.)
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, Dec. 14.-A
man whose name is thought to be
Waldo A. 'Schlack, was murdered here
early Sunday morningl\in the Eagle
Rock rooming house, the instrument
used being a small a, with which
.his head was horribily mutilated. He
is believed to have come from some
point in Montana, probably Dillon or
Helena, as papers show that he had
considerable correspondence with the
State Bank of Helena, from which in
stitution he recently had drawn sever
eral hundred dollars.
On his arrival here he was accom
panied by another man, with whom he
roomed. This man has disappeared,
but the officers have an accurate de
scription of him.
Schlack carridd a certificate of de
posit from the State Bank at Helena,
Mont., for $500. When the body was
found this was gone, together with
other valuables known to have b
in Schlack's possession.
..... After Schlack" was asleep-hin'°b61-.
pandon secured a small ax and dealt
his, victim five blows in the head.
Schlack must have lived between ten
and twelve hours afterward, as groans
were heard by other roomers from 3
o'clock in the morning until 1 o'clock
in the afternoon.
The murdered man was about 35
years of age, a little over six feet tall
and. well, built. From papers on him
he evidently has relatives in Colum
bus, Ohio.
CHARTER ASKED.
(Specitl to The Gazette.)
HELENA, Dec. 14.-Application for
license was filed with the secretary of
state today by business men and ranch
men of Yellowstone county for a char
ter 'for the Co-operative ' Mercantile
company.
ALEAXNDER HAS BOND FIXED.
(Special to The Gazette.)
BUTTE, Mont., Dec. 14.-Sam Alex
ander, a well known .broker who at
tempted to shoot Bart Monahan, an
other broker, in the course of an en
counter in front of the office of the
Inter-Mountain on November 30, was
today charged with assault in the first
degree and his bonds fixed at $1,000.
VOTE FOR PRESIDENT.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.--Senator
Burrows, chairman of the committee
on primaries and elections today in
troduced a resolution providing that
the two houses of congress shall as
semble in the chamber of the house
on Wednesday, February 10, to can
vass the vote for president and vice
president.'
BURNED TO DEATH.
FRESNO, Cal., Dec. 14.-Pat Car
roll and Eugene Tugan, timber cutters,
were burned to death in their bunks
in a fire that destroyed their moun
tain cabin, 50 miles from here, today.
T lOT WRITES SANTA CLAUS. +
+ .
+ :lThe following 'letter was re
+ ceived by The Gazette, yesterday +
Sad~esed to Santa Claus, care of +
+ The Gazette: +
+ "Dear Santa Claus I want you +
+ to bring me a nice big doll and a +
+ set of furs and then some rooler +
+ states and a set of dishes. Then +
4 a. little dresser, bed storybook. +
+ T*en I want some candy, nuts,, +
4 oranges, banannae, peanuts, pop- +
+ corn, and a stove. +
4 :'hen a dress, trunk, table, +
+ loung and seme gloves. I want a +
+ s, teddy iear.. I want a cap, +
+ leggons and a stool. +
+ From Your Dear Friend +
+ all bills Papa will pay. +
f + + + + + + ++++.: +
HAD TO SURRENDER OR
BE RIDDLED WITH SHOT
Belief in Some Quarters that a State of
War May be Declared.
WIHJIJArESTAID, Island of Curacao
Dec. 14.-The following deatled story
of the capture Saturday last of th(
Venezuelan coast guardship Alexis, by
the Dutch cruiser Gederland, was ob
tained today from an officer of the
cruiser:
At 6 o'clock Saturday morning the
Gelderland was steaming slowly a
short distance oft the Fort Alix Puerto
Cabello. She noticed the Alexis comrn
ing and after taking up a position that
prevented the passage of the smaller
boat, ordered her to stop and sent off
TrACK OF BANK
THIEVES SHOWN
PECULIAR PACKAGE DELIVERED
IN OGDEN POSTOFFICE.
IRECALLSPORTI.ANDCASE
Money Sent Wrapped in Newspaper Is
Identified by Numbers, by the Presi
dent of the Bank That Was Robbed
-Bank Wants Money.
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 14.-The
most tangible clew as to what became
of the .$15,000 stolen from the East
side bank, December 2, became public
today when it was learned that two
'bills, one a gold certificate and the
other currency of large denominations
of the same numbers as some of the
money stolen, had been discovered in
the postoffice at 'Ogden, Utah.
It occurred through the wrong ad
dressee getting hold of an old news
paper, in which was wrapped $2,400 in
currency. The address was "Chas. L.
Price." A plasterer of that name who
lives in Ogden, called for and was
given the package.
On discovering the contents Price
hurried back to the postoffice and
handed it over to the authorities.
The large denominations of some of
the bills and the peculiar manner in
which they were transmitted, together
with the fact that the paper was sent
from Portland, aroused suspicion and
the Portland authorities were notified,
the numbers of the bills being sent.
President H. H. Newhall immedi
ately identified the numbers and the
Ogden authorities were asked to
watch for "Price." This man, how
eevr failed to .put in an appearance.
The matter leaked out today when
Newhall filed a claim for the money
with the local postal authorities, in
spite of the fact that everything had
been done to keep the matter secret.
DEATH OF "SAMMY" WILLIAMS.
Peculiarities of Woman Who Ma.
queraded as a Man.
IBOZELMAN, Mont., Dec. 14.-Coroner
C. W. Jump returned yesterday by
Manhattan where an inquest was con
ducted in the case of '1Sammy" Wili
liams, the 80sear pld woman, who
masqueraded during her lifetime as a
man. The woman died suddenly of
apoplexy Thursday when the surpris
tng fact became known that "Sammy"
was a woman. The inquest brought
out the fact that she had lived 18
years in Gallatin county and that she
had amassed property worth about $4,
000. She was also said to have been
insured as a "man" at Muscatine, Ia.,
for $5,000, written in favor of "his"
estate. Once when her shoulder was
dislocated "Sammy" refused to take
chloroform during the operation, for
fear of her secret being discovered.
She had many masculine habits, such
as-drinking, chewing, smoking,and us
ing profane language.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.-By direc
tion of the president, Col. Philip lIar
vey of the medical corps' has been
placed dn the retired list of the army.
a boat to search the Venezuelan ves
sel.
It was discovered that the captain o
the Alexis had hidden his Venezuelai
pennant in his pocket. He pretender
that his vessel was a merchant steam
er. Passengers on board the Alix
however, declared to the Dutch offi
cer that the Alexis was a coast guar(
vessel and a search was made. 'The
flag was found in the captain's pocket
and six rifles and a 'small quantity o
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
FEDERAL GRAND
JURY IS CALLED
INFRACTIONS OF LAND LAWS TC
BE LOOKIED INTO.
LOTS OF WORK TO ..DO
Inquisitorial Body Will Adjourn De
cember 22, to Meet Again After the
First of, the Year-Federal Couri
,Happenings.
(Special to The Gazette.)
HELENA, Mont., Dec. 14.-The fed
eral grand jury, consisting of 19 mem
bers, was drawn and impaneled this
afternoon and immediately 'began
work. It is understood that the cases
to be presented by District Attorney
Freeman deal with the infraction of
the land laws. The grand jury will be
in session probably until about Decem
ber 22, when an adjournment will be
taken until the first week in January.
C. A. Whipple was appointed fore
man by Judge Hunt.
On motion of C. A. Spaulding,
Hombr G. Murphy of Helena was ad
mitted to practice in the federal court.
Judge Hunt this morning signed the
order allowing the writ of error in the
case of J. F. O'Mara against the 'North
ern 'Pacific Railway company. The mo
tion to remand in the, damage suit of
Dalon against the Yellowstone Park
Railroad company was denied.
AFTER CIGARETTE DEALERS.
WASHINGTOIN, Dec. 14.-The
house today passed a bill placing an
annual tax of $100 on all dealers in
cigarettes and cigarette papers in the
District of Columbia. The measure
was offered by Representative Mann
of Illinois as an amendment to a bill
imposing a' tax of $12 a year oh all
dealers handling manufactured tobac
co products.
HINTON CASE CONTINUED.
LEWISTOWN, Mont., Dec. 14-The
trial of Elmer IHinton on the charge
of having murdered Chief W. H. Ma
haney at Roundup November 7, called
for today, was continued for the term.
TREATY EXCLUDING JAPANESE LABORERS
FROM UNITED STATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
IN THE JAPANESE DIET IN A FEW WEEKS
CHICAGO, Dec. 14.-A special to
the Record -erald from Washington
,says:
All Japanese emigration to the Unit
ed States is to be; stopped by the Jap
anese government. When the Japa
nese diet meets a few weeks hence,
Baron Komura, minister of foreign al
fairs, will make olcial announcement
that the governmeut has decided to
prohibit all emigrtion to the afltde
States after a given date. Thu#s *Wl
disappear the last remaining difference
or possible cause of trouble between
the United States and Japan.
BEATENk
THNll ! OBBE D
ED. WRIGHT I JGGED AND
ROBBED 4 $20.
MOST DARING HOLDUP
Waylaid While Crossing the Tracks,
Knocked Down and Beaten Into In
sensibility-Can Give But Vague
Description of His Assailants.
Ed. Wright, who has been employed
as a laborer on the government ditch
at Huutley, reported to the police last
night that he had been beaten and
robbed of $20 near, the new Union
depot.
In the early part of the night he
started across the track and when he
reached a point .between the ware
house and tracks, where it was very
dark, he says that he was set upon
and felled by a blow over the right
eye, from a blunt instrument.
He says that his assailants, contin
ued to beat him until he was insensi
ble, and robbed him of about $20 in
money.
He reported his loss to Officers
Sage and Bakke and they. picked up
two men, who gave their names as
Henry Ripple and Harry Clark. They
are held on suspicion.
Wright was frightfully bptesn and
his head is swathed in banages.
The two men arrested, came fr6m
the direction in which the beating ahd
robbery took place, and when the
officers placed them under arrest
neither of them asked a question, but
simply went along.
Wright can give but a vague de
scription of the men.
REWARDS FOR HOLDUPS
Amounts Offered by the Companies
and the Railroads, Now Totals the
Splendid Sum of Eighteen Thous
and Dollars.
SPOKANE, Wash., Dec. 14.-The to
tal reward offered by the Great
Northern railroad officials and the gov
ernment for, the arrest and conviction
of the train robbers who held up and
robbed train No. 4 near Hillyard,
Wash., last Wednesday night, has
been raised to $18,000. 'Many believe
Frankenmauser and McDonald, who
robbed a Great Northern train of $40,
000 over a year ago near Herron Sid
ing, Mont., were in the holdup.
DECISION FOR GASSERT.
(Special to The Gazette.)
'HELENA, Mont., Dec. 14.--The su
preme court rendered a decision in the
Silver Bow county case of Gassert
against Strong, involving title to one
fourth interest in the Berlin group of
mines at Butte, valued at $100,000. The
supreme court finds for Gassert, who
it is alleged, while drunk deeded the
property to Strong in cancellation of a
$9,000 debt.
HELElNA BANK COLEARINGS.
(Special to The Gazette.)
'HELENA, `Mont., Dec. 14.-.Helena
bank clearings last week amounted to
more than $1,000,000, a gain of 31 per
cent as compared 'with the correspond.
ing week last year.
Though the announcement may be
made upon the assumption that the
Japanese government has voluntarily.
agreed upon the course, as a matter
of fact, the decision was reached
through a long series of negotiations
between Secretary Root and Baron
Takahira, the Japanese ambassador to
the United States.. The order of the
Japanese government will prohibit all
emigration, but will, of course, leave
travel free,- so that merchants, stud
ents and tourists from Japan may visit
America at will, under the passport
agreement with the United States gov
C. L. HARRIS APPOINTED
LAND OFFICE REGISTER
President Sends Nomination of Billings
Man to the Senate.
(Special to The Gazette.) receiver and a register to act jointly
WASH.NGTON, Dec. 14.-The nomi- on filings, proofs, etc., nothing can be
nation of Charles L. Harris to be regis- done, but to file them in official order
ter of the land office at Billings, Mon- and to wait'until the appointments are
tana, was sent to the senate today by made, until they can be acted upon.
President Roosevelt. It was made up- Notices of pLblication may be is
on the recommendation of the Mon- sued and contest cases set, but with
tana delegation in congress, after out ,both a receiver and a register, no
scores of petitions and numerous tel- matter which requires a joint action
egrams of endorsement had been re- can be disposed of.
ceived from friends of Mr. Harris in R. P. Jackson, who has been ap
Montana. pointed temporary register is power
less to act alone in these matters
A visit to the land office yesterday which the law says shall be passed on
elicited the information that without a by 'both the. receiver and register.
MANY SCH00L
IIOUSESIBUILT
ELEVEN ERECTED ON THE HUNT
LEY PROJECT.
ONE AT POMPEYS PILL
Fifteen Thousand Dollars Have Beer
Spent This Fall by School Board ir
That Section-Three Hundred Chil
dren of School Age.
Work on the construction of a
school house at 'Pompey's Pillar was
commenced yesterday. The .building
will make the eleventh school house
'built on the 'Huntley project, since it
was opened in May, 1907, and the
ninth eiected this fall, involving an ex
penditure in excess of $15,000.
;School houses on the project are
now situated at 'Huntley, Ballantine,
Osborne, 'Myers, Wheatley, Riverside,
ISmiths, Anita, Arrow Creek and Lower
Pryor creek. The house at Pompey's
Pillar will be ready for occupancy by
February 1, according to Eugene C.
Sampson, secretary of the 'board, who
was in Billings yesterday.
Conditions on the project are most
optimistic according to Mr. Sampson.
Eighteen months ago there were few
settlers on the tract. A recent cen
sus showed more than 300 children of
school age and nearly 500 in all, while
at the general election in November,
more than 160 votes were cast and a
large percentage of the settlers have
not 'been in the state long enough to
acquire citizenship.,
PLEADS GUILTY.
Frank Norton is Given One Year in
the Penitentiary.
(Special to The Gazette.)
HELENA, Mont., Dec. 14.-Frank
Norton, accused of assault in the first
degree, entered a plea of guilty to
assault in the second degree in the
district court this morning and was
sentenced by Judge Clements to one
year in the state penitentiary. Nor
ton recently stabbed Charles Fore
man, proprietor of the Wolf Creek
hotel.
ernment.
The understanding between the
United States and Japan as to the
Pacific ocean and the Chinese em
pire was made public a week or so
ago, and the notes which had been ex
changed were given to the world, com
ment- was widely made that if our gov
ernment, had settled these questions
and left the immigration issue unset
tied, no very great progress toward a
permanent peace would have actually
been made. It is a fact that the high.
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
IKARA TRHIAL IN
COPPER TOWN
JOHN DOE, HOWEVER, HAS NOT
BEEN ARRESTED:.
MYSTERIOUS IDENTITY
Men Who Are Said to Have Worked
With One Guy H. Smith, do Not Re.
member Having Been Associated
With Him at Any Time.
(Special tb. The Gazette.)
BUTTE, Mont., Dec. 14.-County
Attorney Jas. E. Murray tonight con
ducted a further investigation into the
alleged sensational padding of the
city pay rolls under the guise of a
trial of John Doe, whose identity has
not yet been learned and who has not
been arrested, but who is 'charged
with a felony, it being alleged that
Doe falsely put in a claim of $94.50
against the city.
It was sought this evening to estab
lish the identity of Guy H. Smith, to
whom the $94.50 warrant was issued,
but none of the half dozen witnesses
certified as to having worked with
Smith by Street Commissioner K. J.
McRea, had recollection of him.
CONFERS WITH TAFT
He Discusses Anti-trust Legislation
with Special Prosecutor Kellogg,
Who le Mentioned as Possible Tim
ber for the Cabinet.
NEW YOIRK, Dec. 14.-President
elect Taft found this the quietest day
he has had since leaving Hot Aprings.
During the morning and afternoon he
received a number of callers at the
home of his brother, Henry W. Taft.
He went to a theater tonight.
During the day Mr. Taft found time
to sit for several photographs and
gave the first series of sittings to a
portrait painter.
Mr. Taft's protracted conference
was with Frank iB. Kellogg, the prose
cuting attorney for the government in
the Standard Oil and Harriman cases.
LMr. Kellogg was mentioned for attor
ney general in Mr. Taft's cabinet. The
president-elect said that he and Mr.
a .euogg ha, discussed a number of
subjects, among them that of anti-trust
laws and legislation. Mr. Taft said
the name of Former Governor Frank
lin Murphy of New Jersey had been
presented to him for a cabinet position
by the New Jersey representatives.
Congressman Fowler, who is chair.
man of the house committee on cur.
rency, discussed inancial action,
The president.elect will leave for
Augusta, Ga., Thursday morning.
REV, D. B. PRICE APPOINTED.
(Special to The Gazette.)'
'IEL ,NA, Mont., )eo. 1i4:--Govern
or Edwin L. Norris today ap~pointed
the Rev. D. B. Price of Helena a aae.I
her of the state board of charities and
reforms to fill the unexpired terT o6f
the Rev. O0. W. Dowd.
FORAKER FIGRTS
THE PRESIDENT
OPPOSES HIS IREPORT ON THEI
BROWNSVIJ.t" AFFAIR.
TEDDY- FLAY SOLDIERS
Foraker Says Detectives Who iMi 'ade
High-Sounding Reports SignedTeir, -
Names "His X Mark"-Ridicules the
Attitude of Executive.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14.- Senator
-Foraker today introduced an. amend
nielnt to the ;bill providing for the re
enlistment of the negroes discharged
without honor because of alleged par
ticipation in the affray, at Brownsville
and addressed the senate concerning
the amendment.
'He proposes in his new, measure.lt
establish a tribunal consisting of: re
tired army officers, before whom evi
dence may be submitted as, to the
guilt .of the defendants and before
whom the defendants themselves
might appear to answer, to charges.
The. measure is so drawn, as to. prac
tically take out of the hands of, the"
executive and give a tribunal appoint
ed by congress fall 'authority to con
aider the Brownsville question and byr
it's findings provide.,for the re-nlist-.
wn.m o cthe Oha'.
resenate.Mr.. PB'Rb,
ker .said that .nilngi the su.i mer Ilet
ters had' been coming. to him from the. ,
discharged negro 'soldiers, declarlng
that detectives were constantly engag
ing .them in conversation.
The senator spoke of the activities
of the detectives as outlined by his
correspondents, saying that .in .many
cases, ,they went so far as to take up
their dwelling with the discharged -sol
drers, for the purpose of securing their
confidence and spy on their 'move
ments. Upon the conclhision of' Mr..'
Foraker's remarks,. Mr. Culberson
asked that the president's message on;
the Brownsville affair be read, and'
Vice President Fairbanks asked that
that be done.
All the senators present remained Ip
their seats and much interest: was.
shown in the senate.
President. Roosevelt, in his. message.
said in part:
"To the senate:L-I enclose herewit
a letter from the secretary of war
transmitting the report of the investi
gation made by -Mr. Herbert .P.
Browne, employed by the department
in conjunction with Captain W.. ':.
Baldwin, to investigate as far as Poe
sible, what happened at Brownsville
August 13 and 14, 1906. The report
and documenuts contain some Informas
tion of great value and some state
ments that are obviously worthleu:;
but I submit them in their entirety'
This report 'enables us to fix with tol- .
erable definiteness at least some ol
the criminals who took the lead in the",
murderous shooting of private ctlsen',
at rBrownsville. It establishes clearly
the fact that the colored soldiers did.:;
the 'shootingi but upon this point fur-,
ther the record was unnecessary, as
the fact that the colored soldiers di:
the shooting has already been estab "
lished beyond all possibility of doutibt "';
The investigation has not gone' far:.
enough to enable us to determine .afl'
the facts, but it has gone far enough
to determine with sufficient' accurac.r
certain facts of enough i imprtance to
make it advisable that I place ~this re
port before.you.
"I believe we can afford to reinsaate
any of these men who now truthully
tell what happened, give all the ai~ ~
they can to fx the reponsibility tpo&
(Continued on Fourth iPage
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