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The Semi-Weeekl Gazette Prints the News of the Woald-All the Local News-Two Pages Everg Fridag for the HTunNe
SThe Billings Gazette. ____
Railroad Man Died
at 3:35 p. m.
Reared in Poverty, He Arose by His
Own Exertion, to the Highest Pin.
nacle of Financial Fame, Being
Reckoned One of the Richest Men
in the World.
ARDEN, N. Y., Sept. 9-Edward Hen
ry Harriman, the greatest organ
izer of railroads the world has
ever known, met the only lasting de
feat of his active life today at the
hands of death. Secluded in his mag
nificent home on Tower hill, he suc
cumbed to an intestinal disorder this
afternoon, after a fight against dis
ease which will rank for sheer grit
with his remarkable struggles in the
financial world.
The exact time of his death is
known only in that limited circle of
relatives and associates who had so
effectually shielded Mr. Harriman from
all outside annoyances during his last
illness. The time was given out as
3:35 p. m., but Mrs. Mary Simons, sis
ter of the dead man, said tonight that
Mr. Harriman died at 1:30. Whether
this apparent discrepancy has any
bearing on the current belief that ev
ery effort was made to lesson the in
fluence of the financier's death on the
New York stock market, is proble
matical. But it is significant that the
time of his death, as officially an
nounced, was just 35 minutes after
trading had ceased on the New York
Peaceful End.
Mr. Harriman died peacefully and
to the end ris brilliant mind retained
its integrity.
After a relapse on Sunday, he sank
slowly and soon after noon today,
there came a relapse which marked
the approach of the end.
His wife, two daughters and two
sons who have been constantly with
him, assembled at the bedside and a
carriage was hastily dispatched fo o
Mrs. Simons, whose home is three
miles from the Tower hill mansion.
Mrs. Simons entered the great si
lent home in time to be present at
her brother's death. She joined the
wife and children who, with Dr. W. G.
Lyle of New York, and Orlando Har
riman, a brother, and the nurses,
formed a group at the bedside.
No spiritual adviser was at hand.
The swiftest automobile in the Harri
man garage had been dispatched for
Rev. Dr. J. Holmes McGuinness,
Episcopalian rector of the Arden par
ish, but he was not at home. When
found later he hurried to the Arden
house, but death had reached there
With the secrecy that has been
maintained at the Harriman-residence
unbroken to the very end, news of
Mr. Harriman's death was conveyed
to New York before it came to Arden
and the valley below. Then, by way of
New York, the report spread quickly
and confirmation was sought at the
residence by telephone. During the
last 10 days rumors have been so
persistent and variable that little
credence was at first given the report
and it was a shock when a voice on
the hill replied:
"Yes, that is correct; Mr. Harriman
died at 3:35 p. m."
Soon afterward the hundreds of
workmen engaged on the uncompleted
estate learned of their employer's
death, when a pare went out and an
nounced simply:
"You may all quit work. Mr. Har
riman is dead."
A hush fell over the group and the
workmen, dropping their tools, trudged
si ently to the flat cars and descended
a private incline railroad.
V Orlando Harriman discussed the
funeral arrangements briefly tonight.
He said Mr. Harriman would be bur
led in the family plot in the little
graveyard behind St. John's Episcopal
church at Arden. He will rest beside
his eldest son. Edward H. Harriman,
Jr., who died 22 years ago, soon after
the family first came to Arden.
enaltnnied on Page a.
- Generally fair Friday and 4
" Saturday.
Estimated Wealth of
Great Railroad Man
m em r ranvy a n we
NEW YORK, Sept. 9.-Following ex
pressions of regret on Mr. Har
riman's death, Wall street con
sidered its effect on the properties
under his control and the financial
world generally.
It was pointed out that Mr. Harri
man's friends and the leaders of the
financial world generally have known
for some months that his malady was
incurable and that it was only a ques
tion of time until he would be forced
to lay down the active direction of the
great railroad fabric he has built up
Therefore, it was assumed that un
doubtedly ample preparations had
been made for the eventuality of his
deat hor retirement. Mr. Harriman's
death comes at a time when in gen
eral the business of the country is in
excellent condition. When the gen
death or retirement. Mr. Harriman's
could not long continue his active ca
reer, Wall street had already made
ready for the end. There was no
alarm when the announcemnent came.
On the contrary, there wis a feeling
or security and even of serenity.
There was some talk among the
leaders of finance about informally
conferring, but even this was deemed
unnecessary. Such prominent figures
as J. P. Morgan, Jacob H. Schiff,
James Stillman and George W. Per-.
kins went to their various homeq
without concerted action. It is be
lieved by Mr. Harriman's associates
that the railroad system which he or
ganized and carried forward to such
a degree of success will be continued
with practically no change of policy
and that plans to that end were per
fected by Mr. Harriman long before
his death.
There were numerous reports con
cerning the status of the vast proper
ties under Mr. Harriman's direction.
One was that his securities had
been trusteed and were held intact for
the greater safety of his estate from
the properties concerned.
Recent estimates of Mr. Harriman's
personal wealth have varied all the
way from $50,000,000 to $100,000,000.
He was, of course, a large holder of
securities of the various corporations
with which he was identified. Report
credited him with large personal hold
ings in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa
Fe road, Baltimore & Ohio, Delaware
& Hudson, Erie, Illinois Central, New
York Central and Pacific Mail Steam
ship company.
Peter Van Vlissingen's Cup of
Misery Is Filled to the Brim
CHICAGO, Sept. 9.-The short-lived
romance of Peter Van Vlissingen,
self-confessed forger to the amount
of $700,000, turned the page of its
last chapter yesterday when his wife
Jessie Blend Vllssingen, once his
stenographer, filed suit for divorce.
The bill is one of the shortest in
the records, sets forth simply that the
plaintiff was married to Van Vlissin
Yesterday He Notified Secretary Burns That He Will Give
$1,000 in Prizes to Be Awarded at the Forth
coming Gathering October 25-26-27
J AMES J. HILL, ranked by many
among the empire builders of
the northwest, will be one of the
principle speakers on the program of
the Fourth Dry Farming congress at
Billings next month.
Mr. Hill yesterday notified Secre
tary John T. Burns of the congress,
that he would give $1,000 to be
Narrow Escape
From the Rush
of Flood
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 9.-The fol
lowing dispatch was received last
night from Tampico:
"The fishing party consisting of J.
F. Poston, A. E. Derby, George Bisph
as, N. M. Stokes, J. N. Searles and P.
V. Milmo, from Monterey to Cruz, for
whose safety grave fears were enter
tained, came in last night from Gon
zales and report having had a narrow
escape from drowning. The river
where they were fishing rose at least
60 feet and they only saved them
selves by .climbing trees where they
remained until the flood subsided.
"Four persons are reported drown
ed, among them being an American
who had recently come from Cali
fornia as an expert horticulturalist."
"gen Feb. 4, 1907, and that they sep
arated Nov. 16, 1908. This is the day
when Van Vlissingen confessed his
forgeries and was tried, convicted and
sentenced to the Joliet prison-all in
two hours.
Mrs. Van Vlissingen's only charge
is that the defendant has been con
victed of a felony. This, under the
Illinois statutes, is sufficient ground
for divorce.
Lou Hatfield Who
Ran Amuck Is
(Speelal to The Gazette.)
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 9.-News
reached this city' tonight of the
capture by a deputy sheriff from
Boulder, Jefferson olunty, of Lou
Hatfield, a ranchman, Who yesterday
ran amuck through Jefferson City
threatening to kill the officers and
holding citizens at ba pfor four hours.
Notice was sent to Bouder and a
deputy sheriff, accompanied by a posse
of five men, went to Jefferson City,
and Hatfield was taken to Boulder
and locked up.
Planning for the
State House.
(Speelal to The Gazette.)
HELENA, Mont., Sept. 9.-The state
board of examiners today received
from New York the detailed plans for
the new capitol wings and spent to
day in their consideration. Every 1
known modernism in building opera
tions is provided for from marble til
ing and mahogany finish to the latest
plumbing and steel work.
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awarded in cash prizes at the Inter
national Dry Farming exposition
which will be held in connection with
the congress.
These important announcements
were made in a telegram received by
the secretary of the congress.
Ever since the possibilities of de- I
veloping the western country by dry
farming methods was demonstrated
the Great Northern Railroad company
officials have been hearty in their
support of movements which would
tend to advance the science of agri
culture and on several recent occa
sions Mr. Hill has publicly announced
his faith in western agricultural de
velopment. Being a believer in agri
culture as the foundation of the na
tion's prosperity, he has taken ad
vantage of every opportunity to en
courage progress along this line, es
pecially in the northwest. When the I
Dry Farming congress was secured 1
for Billings and the center of its
activity was brought into the terri- t
tory for which the Hills roads are t
the outlet. Mr. Hill gave substantial
evidence of his approval of the Dry
Farming congress by subscribing $1,
000 for the work being carried on
from the Billings headquarters.
Some time ago, when the national
corn show at Omaha was receiving i
considerable financial support from
the western railroads, Mr. Hill gave l
$1,000 to be divided into smaller
sums for cash prizes for exhibits at
the Omaha exposition. About that
time the exhibit committee of the
Montana board of control of the Dry
Farming congress called his attention
to the exposition which is to be the
feature of the meeting here next
month. He was asked to give this
international gathering the same con
sideration as that accorded the corn
show. Since then, Mr. Hill has been
considerably in the west and has giv
en personal attentiont o the develop
ment of the territory along his lines.
Yesterday he announced the offer of
money for premium.
In line with the policy or securing
men of national prominence, especial
ly those identified with the greater
development of the west, to appear
before the congress at Billings as
speakers, Secretary Burns sent a
personal invitation to Mr. Hill to ad
dress the meeting at Billings.
Yesterday the response sto this in
Delving into Tragic
Death of Detroit Girl
Dr. George Fritch Leaves Office of
Chief of Detectives, Trembling
Like a Windblown Leaf
ETROIT, Sept. 9.-Dr. George N
Fritch, held by the authorities in 2
connection with the tragic death y
f Maybelle Millman of Ann Arbor,
Ras taken this morning into the of- c
ices of Captain of Detectives McDon
iell and subjected to a severe exami- a
cation. d
When Dr. Fritch emerged from
aptain McDonnell's office, he was
rembling from head to foot. He was 1
iurriedly escorted to. his cell and a
permitted to see no one.
It was learned later that the police a
btained the information upon which n
he doctor was apprehended from Miss t'
iartha Henning, Miss Millman's n
She is declared to have admitted in if
)r. Fritch's presence that she accom- v
anied Maybelle to his office and' that
he had never seen the girl since. Y
ihe has also said that she knew why d
4aybelle came to Detroit to face the E
onsequences of her misstep, but D
teadfastly denied knowledge as to l(
he. identity of the other party who is [
ought in connection with the tragedy. *
Early today Sheriff Gaston received *
'iratiun came in tHne rorm or an ac
eptance. What Mr. Hill shall say
o the congress will be heard with
treat interest, because of the signifi
ance that must attack to the public
itterances of a man who has been so
minent in furthering the develop
nents of the great agricultural area
ncluded in the northwestern states.
(Continued on Page 8.
Sharp Advance in
the Price of
CHICAGO, Sept. 9.-Best grades of
Iressed beef reached a level that has
tot been attained in years when the
rices of No. 1 ribs and loins were
aised I5%c and 2c, respectively, yes
erday. This upturn, combined with
he rise reported last week, brought
Jo. 1 ribs to 18 cents a pound and
Jo. 1 loins to 21 cents a pound. A
ear ago the same grades of ribs sold
.t 17% cents a pound, while loins
vere quoted at 18 cents.
Packers claimed that the shortage
a receipts of cattle was responsible
or the increased cost of dressed beef
roducts and to substantiate their as
ertions, referred to statistics coin
iled by the Union Stockyard and
'ransit company showing a falling off
f approximately of 200,000 head in
eceipts of cattle for the year to date.
Bloodgood Cutter, Poet, Leaves
Fortune of One Million Dollars
NEW YORK, Sept. 9.-That Blood
good Cutter, former poet, possessed a
fortune of nearly $1,000,000, became
known yesterday when the attorney
for the executor of his estate filed his
accounting with the surrogate of Nas
sau county, at Mineola. Mr. Cutter
left $900,662.95.
The will makes the Bible society
of Manhattan the chief beneficiary,
word from Postmaster Prettyman at
Ann Arbor, revealing the name of a
young man in Detroit who sent money
in a letter to Miss Maybelle Millman,
whose body was found in Ecorse
The man now sought, the sheriff
and Captain of Detectives McDonnell
declare, was immediately connected
with the cast last night following the
apprehension of Dr. George A. Fritch,
who is held at police headquarters as
a suspect.
Dr. Fritch was taken into custody
after Martha Henning, Maybelle Mill
man's boon companion, was brought
to Detroit from Ann Arbor, and told
more to the authorities concerning
Miss Millman's mysterious movements
in Detroit than she had heretofore re
Dr. Fritch was arrested several
years ago in connection with the
death of Miss Edith Pressley of Lan
sing, Mich., 4t the Hope sanitarium in
Detroit. Later, however, he was re
4 (Special to The Gazette.) +
' MILES CITY, Sept. 9.-As 4+
' near as can be determined .
4 here George Mitchell, cattle +
- and horse owner, whose ranch +
4 is at Selway postoffice on Big +
4 Pumpkin creek, has been kill- +4
4 ed in some sort of range dif- 4
ficulty with other ranchers. 4
4 That a man was killed in that 4
4 country, about 90 miles south +
4 of Miles City, is certain but 4
4 some confusion has been caus- +
+ ed by a difference in names +
4 conveyed in several telegrams +
+ received here in connection +
+ with the matter. Two tele- +
4 grams give the name of George +4
4 Nichols, 'but no one of that 4
4 name lives there as far as is +'
+ known. In the other message, 4'
+ R. S. Mitchell, a brother of 4
+ George Mitchell, called for an +
+ undertaker for the body of 4
4 George Mitchell. A man who 4
4 arrived in Miles City early in +
4 the week said then he expect- '+
' ed there would be a killing be- +
+ fore the week was over. +
s Vwmiraw wr narmrnw
.,4' 4'~.÷,bl~l .bl
.''''4444''', 4444
SEATTLE, Sept. 9.-Prof. J. F. Chil
berg of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific ex
position today sent messages to Dr.
F. A. Cook and Commander Peary to
appear before the board of interna
tional geographers at the exposition
and set forth proofs of their discov
+ +
M+ ILES CITY, Mont., Sept. 9. 4
4 -Pearl Lloyd, an inmate of a +
+ house known as "Puddles," at 4
+ Baker, on the Milwaukee rail- +
+ road about 105 miles east of 4
-- Miles City, took laudanum with 4
+ sucidal intent last night, ac- +
+ cording to word received by '
+ Coroner Gray. The woman 4
was despondent and took the 4
r fatal dose as the easiest and 4
+ quickest way out of her trou- +
bles. She had made frequent 4
+ threats to do away with herself. 4
4'4.. .'~t++
. . . ... ... 4' '4' '4'
about $655,00 going to that organiza
Mr. Cutter lived at Little Neck, L.
i. He was a noted figure at county
fairs always bobbing up with poetry
praising pumpkins and cabbage. He
dressed queerly and no one suspect
ed that he was a millionaire.
The farmer poet's art collection is
willed to the Me:ropolitan Museum of[
Black Man Put It All
Over His White
Only Once Did Kaufman Land a Good
Blow, and Then He Staggered John
son for a Moment.-While No Dec.
sion Was Announced, the Colored
Gentleman Had All the Best of It.
AN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9.-lu a
contest unique in local prize
rings, Jack Johnson, the world's
champion, was accredited with a
"newspaper" decision over Al Kauf
man at the end of 10 rounds of fight
ing this afternoon at Coffroth's Mis
sion street arena.
According to the articles of agree
ment if both men were on their feet
when 10 rounds of fighting had been
finished, no decision was to be given.
Referee Eddie Smith, however, stat
ed to the assembled newspaper men
after the contest that Johnson had
outfought and outboxed the Califor
nian at every stage of the contest and
therefore was entitled to the verdict.
Smith gave out this statement:
"Johnson outfought, outhit and out
generaled Kaufman all through the
fight. He fought in his usual patient
way and I think he did not hold back.
In the ninth round as well as in some
of the others, he tried to finish his
opponent. Kaufman forced Johnson
hard in the seventh and ninth rounds
and landed some good body blows. He,
however, was no match for the cham
Johnson opened the battle as though
he were determined to make a show
of Kaufman. He employed tantalizing
lefts and forceful right uppercuts with
such frequency that the rstwhile
blacksmith was fairly bewildered.
Early in his contest his face began to
show signs of the champion's stinging
punches and in the third round a well
directed, ponderous wallop started the
blood flowing in a stream from Kauf
man's face.
Kaufman Was Clumsy.
Kaufman was slow anad clumsy by
comparison and his footwork was am
ateurish.. It was not until the seventh
round that one of his powerful swings
found refuge on the champion's stom
ach and it was this punch that caused
the smile which he had worn up to
this time to vanish.
All through the contest Johnson ap
peared to be holding himself in re
serve and it took constant jibing from
the spectators and an occasional
punch from the blacksmith to start
him going. And when he did let go
he played with Kaufman as if the lat
ter were a mere tot. Johnson's best
blow was a right uppercut at close
range and when this found its mark,
Kaufman's head went bobbing back a
In the ninth round Kaufman found
the champion's stomach with a vi
cious right swing. It was Kaufman's
best blow and it convinced the cham
pion that he had better be careful. In
fact, the colored man slowed down
perceptibly after this and they did not
display the same dash in the conclud
ing round that characterized the ear
lier finished work.
All during the fight Johnson ex
changed witticisms with the specta
tors and newspaper men.
Not a Short Bound Pug.
The contest proved one thing con
clusively-that Kaufman has no busi
ness in short round affairs. He ap
peared to gain strength as the battle
progressed, while Johnson, who ap
parently had trained none too well,
began to show signs of weakening.
Roscoe Taylor of Seattle, and Tom
my McCarthy of San Francisco, start
ed in a preliminary 15-round go. It
was stopped in the eleventh round and
the fight given to McCarthy.
Wreck of Once Brilliant and Wealthy
Woman to Be Confined.
CHICAGO, Sept. 9.-Alice Webb
Duke, divorced wife of Brodie L.
Duke, the tobacco magnate, was to
day committed to the asylum for the
insane at Kankakee, Ill. The once
brilliant and wealthy bride of oMr.
Duke appeared a complete mentalrand
physical wreck and but ten minutes
were required to impress the jury
with the need of restraint of and
treatment for her.
* Generally -fair 'Friday and
+ Saturday. "
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