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V OLUME XIII. HAMILTON. MONTANA. WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 19. 1903 NUMBER 43 JACKSON ARRAIGNED PLEADS NOT GUILTY PRELiniNARY EXAHINATION SET FOR WED NESDAY, AUGUST 26. WILL BE BROUGHT TO SPEEDY TRIAL Held Without Bail—Has No Money to Hire Lawyer —Story of Most Heinous and Dastardly Crime Ever Committed in flontana. Walter Jackson was arraigned be fore Justice Frank J. Morris late last evening and formally charged with the outrage and murder of little Fonny Buck, the most heinous and dastardly crime in the annals of this state. Jackson plead "not guilty" to the charge. When asked if he had a law yer he replied that he had not and that he had no money with which to employ one. The preliminary examination was then set for Wednesday, August 26, at 2 p. m., before Justice Morris in this city. The prisoner was remanded to the custody of the sheriff without bail. The regular August term of the dis trict court will convene in Hamilton next Monday and Judge Webster will doubtless immediately call a jury, thus assuring the accused a speedy trial. The body of Fonnie Buck, the six year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Buck, of Stevensville, who disappeared Thursday evening, was found Sunday morning about ten o'clock. The peo ple of the community had turned out en masse and had conducted a careful and systematic search night and day since the disappearance, but the body was so concealed that searchers had repeatedly passed within a few feet of it. Thomas Baird, of the firm of Har per & Baird, found the body. He was one of a party of ten carrying rakes mm A SUPERB SHOWING OF NEW FURNITURE. People sometimes doubt advertising statements, but the foregoing one is absolutely correct If any one does not think so. let him come and see our goods. A glance at our show windows will convince you that we have an elegant stock—and it is the largest and best ever in this county We thing will pleait C ° me ^ 6Xamine OUr goods ' whether buy or not. We are confident some Metal Bedsteads That are Beauties— A Very Great Variety at Persuasive Prices, $ 4.00 to $ 30.00 Bed Room Suits $ 25.00 to $ 65.00 A Line to Please Every Would-be Purchaser. Odd Of Many Attractive Styles. $ 12.00 to $ 25.00 Combination Book Cases, Writing Desks, Office Desks, Turkish Rockers, MorrisChairs, Leather Couches, Fancy Rockers. Elegant Furniture and House Furnishings at right prices. Call and inquire of our voting contest to begin September 1st. It is already creating great interest. Anaconda. Mining Company and pitchforks with which they were beating the tall grass and underbrush along the slough just west of the old Mission, one-half mile from Stevens ville. Mr. Baird, while following the slough came to a deep hole to skirt which he was forced to take to the bank. Something prompted him to turn back. He noticed a secluded spot where thick, tangled briers form ed a hedge along the bank of the slough. Here by the merest chance, so well was it concealed, he stumbled upon the body of the dead boy. The child was lying face downward in the mud, the mouth and nose and part of the body being submeiged. The lit tle fellow was dressed in overalls, in one pocket of which was found a ba nana. The body must have been flung by the murderer over the hedge of briers into the slough. The body was carried to town by Lon Young and a coroner's jury im mediately impanneled by Justice Sedg wick. The taking of testimony con sumed the time until after 4 p. m. An examination by Doctors Brooke and Higgins disclosed that the boy had been the victim of a most revolting and unnatural outrage. The body was mutilated and imprints about the throat showed that he had been nearly choked to death to prevent an outcry. The paroxysms of pain and terror had produced lockjaw and the little fellow had succumbed to the shock. This in brief was the testimony of the physicians. Mr. Baird and Lon Young testified as to the discovery of the body. Miss Vivian Warner,aged 16,testified 'hat she saw the boy in company with a man whom she positively indentifies as Walter Jackson, pass the residence of Chas. H. Buck between 8 and 9 o'clock on the evening of the child's disappearance. S. B. McNett, who lives just west of the old Mission, and only a short distance from the place where the body was found,testified that the man and boy passed his home be tween 8 and 9 o'clock, going in the direction of the slough. He also is positive as to the identity of Jackson. The jury speedily returned the fol lowing verdict: VERDICT OK CORONER'S JURY. "We, the undersigned jurors, sum moned to appear before S. Sedgewick, acting coroner of the couuty of Raval li, state of Montana, at Stevensville, on the 16th day of August, 1903, to in quire into the cause of death of Alfori so Giles Buck, deceased, found lying dead in a swamp southwest of the town of Stevensville, one-halt mile, having been duly sworn according to law, and having made such inquisition after inspecting the body and hearing the testimony on our oath, each and all do say that deceased was named Alfonso Giles Buck, he was a native of Ravalli county, Montana; aged six years, and that he came to his death on the 13th day of August, 1903, in this county, through shock causing convulsions caused by unnatural'Sexual acts or sexual assault committed by one Walter Jackson." Signed, Chami.es Fulton, George May, W. T. Capi.E, T. E. Jamieson, Calvin Cook, Joseph Little. GREAT EXCITEMENT. As soon as the body was found bells rang, whistles were blown, anvils and giant powder fired, calling in the multitude of searchers. Services be ing held in the churches were dis missed and a great crowd congregated on the streets. By the time the ver dict was returned the excitement was well-nigh indescribable. Strong men cursed and wept and appeared to be in it he In 9 a frenzy. There was much talk all afternoon and until late in the night of forming a mob and proceeding to Hamilton, 20 miles away, to lynch Jackson who was already lodged in the county jail. Cooler counsel pre vailed, however, and no action was taken. City Detective Walter Hogan of Mis soula, came up Monday evening and talked with Jackson in his cell. Hogan knew JacRson in Missoula. He iden tified him as Walter Jackson, brother of Anderson Jackson who was arrest ed about a year ago in Missoula, charged with attempting an assault upon a little girl named Baker and who was suspected of assaulting two little boys. The detective talked with the prisoner for some time. He asked Jackson if he had not served a term in the Spokane jail. Jackson at first denied this but when the detective flashed on him a telegram from the sheriff at Spokane stating that he had been released June 11, after serving 30 days, while under suspicion of hav ing committed the crime of sodomy he admitted that he had been arrested in Spokane under that charge. Jackson yesterday stated to a West ern News reporter that he is 20 years of age; that he was born at Landers, Wyoming; and came to Stevensville when a baby. His father located the Flannigan ranch near Pine Hollow. When questioned about his Spokane experience Jackson at first denied but finally admitted that he had been in jail at Spokane, having been charged with assaulting a little boy. When asked about the Stevensville tragedy he doggedly maintained that "they have got the wrong man." He says that he went to bed about 8 o'clock in company with Johnny Stemyen and that Johnny lied when he testified that it was 10 o'clock when they went to bed. Jackson is a big, burly fellow nearly six feet high and weighs about 190 pounds. His complexion is dark and he has shifty brown eyes and not an ill-favored countenance. He is ignor ant and manifestly of brutal instincts. In the course of a brief interview he managed to contradict himself repeat edly and is evidently habitually given to lying. JACKSON'S MOVEMENTS TRACED. From the time he was seen walking (Continued on Page Five.) BIG IMPROVEMENTS FOR HAMILTON WORK BEOINS ON ADDITION TO COMPANY STORE. ELECTRIC LIGHT PLANT TO BE REBUILT Railway to be Extended to Darby Must Have Logs and Timber in This Vicinity is Cleaned Out. During his short sojourn here Presi dent Win. Scallon of the Anaconda company decided upon a number of important improvements that will necessitate the outlay of considerable money and the employment of a large number of men thus # contributing materially to the prospect of a busy season for this section for this year. The electric light plant which was burned down Jan. 30, 1899, is to be re built by the lumber department of the Anaconda Copper Mining company at a cost of $10,000 replacing the present makeshift plant which is entirely in- i adequate to the needs of the town. : Supt. Totman has already issued in- ! structions to Master Mechanic C. E. Dow to go ahead witli the work. Ever since the fire the engine and boilers of the splendid plant have stood rusting among the ruins made by the flames. The electric light de partment installed dynamos in a temporary structure connecting with the water power which drives the Hamilton flour mill, the power being used by the electric light plant at night and the department paying the mill a certain sum monthly for the service. Now the monster engine which drove the old equipment, and which is capable of developing power sufficient to furnish light for a city of 15,000 people, is to be rebuilt. Only the lighter and more perishable pieces of the engine were damaged by the fire, so that the work of rebuilding will be done entirely in the Anaconda Mining company's machine shops at Hamil ton under the direction of Master Mechanic Dow. The boilers of the old plant were filled with water and well covered at the time of the fire and were not injured in the least. It is intended to put the planer en gine out of commission and add the two boilers with the planer equipment to the new plant, making an equip ment of six boilers. A shaft will be run from the power house of the elec tric light plant the full length of the planer, and the big engine will be used to run the planer by day and the dynamos by night. Two new brick fireproof building will be put up to house the engine plant, an engine room and electric light plant 37 by 86 feet and a boiler room 45 by 60 feet. The contract for the addition to the west end of the company store has been let to Lagerquist & Erickson. This store will be constructed of brick, 40x60 in dimension and will probably be two stories high. The basement will be seven feet deep. Silas Harsell is clearing the ground and will proba bly have charge of the excavation and rock work. It is regarded as a certainty that the main line of the Bitter Root branch will be extended to Darby this season, as the company has about cleaned out all the available timber north of Dar by, and it will be necessary to extend the line to keep the mill running next year. The grading will probably be done this fall and winter and the steel laid next spring. Other improvements that will be of great material benefit to Hamilton are said to be under consideration, al together assuring an exceptionally busy and prosperous season. Card of Thanks. We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the kind friends who assist ed us at the funeral of our beloved, wife, mother and sister. Wm. SKI.HV AND l' A M II. V, Mrs. John Print/.. Notice. * The next meeting regular teachers' examination will be held in the court house, Hamilton, Montana, August 28 and 29, 1903, beginning promptly at nine o'clock. Kittie Ostkr meyer, 42 3t County Supt.