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THE \WESTERN NEWS.
V OLUME XIII. HAMILTON. MONTANA. WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 7, 1903. NUMBER 50 JACKSON TRIES TO CHEAT THE GALLOWS BY STRANGLING HIMSELF IN HIS CELL THIS EVENING. CUT DOWN IN NICK OF TIME Upon Regaining Consciousness He said He «Wanted to Die and Have it Over With as it Was All Off Anyway." Walter Jackson, the child destroy er, came within an ace of cheating the gallows late this evening by strangling himself in his cell. During the day he is allowed the freedom of the steel cage, and at night is locked in his cell. Ou Mou day, when notice of an appeal was filed, which serves as a stay of exe cution, the death watch was with drawn, and, there being no other prisoners, he has not been under con stant observation. At about 8 o'clock, this (VVednes day) evening, Jailor Stephens and Under Sheriff liawlius entered the jail to lock Jackson in his cell for the night. At first they did not see Jackson and hearing a strangling sound ltawlins ran around the cage and found Jackson hanging from the bars of the ceiling. Reaching be tween the bars Rawlins cut the rope and Jacksoi fell heavily to the floor. The jailor hurried away for medical aid, but while he was gone Under Sheriff Rawlins by dashing water in his face and working with him resus citated Jackson so that he regained consciousness and was able to sit up in about ten minutes. When asked (Continued on I'age ..NEW GOODS FOR THE FALL SEA! /AT' Aut u Um " an ^ w ' nter we have to offer to our customers the most extensive lines of season buyer 6 merchand,se this town has ever known. From our stock we expect to be able please every —Our Dry Goods and Clothing Departments Are crowded with the best obtainable goods of the most up-to-date styles and fabrics Comoetition sure C to m be a pleased r . e ° Ut ° f ^ question ' An inspection will induce you to buy here where you are Dry Goods In unexcelled qualities and unapproached quanti ties. The crowds thronging this department are the best testimony that we have the goods to please. Exquisite Mercerized Madras Waistings In White, beautifully figured, and in White with the most dainty colored effects— Per Yard, 65c to $1.25. Flannelleite Waistings Light and Dark in a fine assortment at 20c to 35c New Furs for Fall. The comfort and stylishness of furs are pro verbial. Supply yourself now frétai a stock com prising the very latest things in neckwear. Anaconda Clothing for Boys and Youths. GOOD .CLOTHL/' Our stock of clothing for children, boys and youths is large, well selected, reasonably priced and comprises the best in styles and materials. Fit your boys out in new suits for school. Boys' and Children's Knee Pant Suits $2. 50 to $7- 00 In Vestee, Norfolk and Three-Piece Styles. Youths' Long Pant Suits from $5.00 to $13.50 Men's Apparel for Autumn Wear. Ibis season shows the finest line of ready-made clothing we have ever handled. The tailor-made effects and good materials will enable our customers to dress stylishly and well at small cost. Examine our stock before making purchases elsewhere. Hen's fancy and unfinished Worsted and Chev iot and heavy Kersey Suits at from $5.00 to $20.00 MEN'S OVERCOATS AND FUR COATS AT way down prices for the quality. WINTER UNDERWEAR. LATEST STYLES IN FALL HATS. Mining Company, why he tried to commit suicide. Jack son said that he was lonesome, and that he would rather be dead than lying in jail, as "It was all off, any how.'' The rope Jackson used was about three feet long and a quarter of an inch thick. He cut it out of the mat trass. He tied a perfect hangman's knot and, altogether, had planned a good job. Had the officers been two minutes later it certainly would have h een "all oft." Sheriff f Pond has renewed the deathwatch, Officer Higgins going on duty again to-night; and the pris oner will not be given another oppor tunity if constant watching can pre vent. At Prfvate Sale. I offer for sale 4 head of horses, 1 cow, 1 roadwagon, 1 light open bug gy, 1 single, and 1 double, set of bar ness, farming tools and other artic les too numerous to mention. 50tf M. H. Reindeau. For Sale At Private Sale. Black walnut folding bed, bed steads, bureaus, commodes, maliog any book case, chairs, patent rockers, willow chairs, white enameled bed room set, foot rests, three-burner gas olene stove with oven, tables, refrig erator and a large variety of house hold furniture. Call after 12 p. m. at first house north of Baptist church. 50-3 N. Farnsworth. Joseph Sestak yesterday began foreclosure proceedings in the district court involving a mortgage of *150 in which F.S. and W. H. Cramer are defendants and one for *JOO in which F. S. Cramer and R. W. and Anna Marsh are defendants. Sheriff Pond arrived home from Deer Lodge Saturday evening where he went to take John Howe, sent up for six mouths for ptifising a worth less check. It developed that Howe was ai old offender, he having been there before, the guard's firht greeting being, "Hello, back again.'' AN APPEAL TAKEN TO SUPREME COURT IN THE CASE OF WALTER JACK. SON—THE.CHILD DESTROYER. OPERATES AS STAY OF EXECUTION Jackson Highly Pleased and Hopes to Get Off With Life Im prisonment. Judge Webster convened district court here last Wednesday evening and heard argument upon the motion for a new trial in the case of Walter Jack son, the condemned murderer of lit'le Fonnie Buck. R. A. O'Hara, attorney for the defendant, argued the motion briefly. The point that he dwelt upon most in his contention for a new trial was that one of the instructions to the jury by the Judge was faulty in that the word "ought" should have been used in place of the word "must." The motion for a new trial was prompt ly overruled by Judge Webster. On Monday morning Attorney O'Hara filed with the clerk of the court an appeal to the supreme court of the state. The defendant's coun sel appeals from the judgment ren dered Sept. 12, whereby Jackson is ad judged guilty of murder in the first degree and from the order of the dis trict court denying him a new trial. The appeal operates as a stay of ex ecution for an indefinite time. The clerk of the court is preparing copies of the transcript of testimony and I under the law' counsel for the defense j has 30 days in which to prepare his brief. An appeal in the case of L. H. Mott of Missoula, under sentence of death for the murder of his wife, has been pending for several months past. The death watch, consisting of J. \V. Nelson, R. H. Smithey and J. M. Higgins, who were placed on guard Friday,was withdrawn Monday short ly after notice of appeal was served. Jackson had gleefully informed them the day before that they would soon lose their jobs as an appeal was to be taken. After the appeal was filed Jackson seemed greatly relieved, in fact elated, and expressed the hope that he would get off with a sentence of life imprisonment—in case of an other trial. All preparations that were being made for the execution have, of course, been abandoned for the present. In the event that the supreme court refuses to grant Jackson a new trial, Judge Webster will have to again sentence Jackson and name a new date for his execution. If the supreme court reverses Judge Webster and grants a new trial it will be many months before Jackson's fate is known. Took a Hot Route. Mamie Floyd, a young mulatto woman committed suicide early Sun day morning at "Mammie Smith's" resort on the row. She had been dissipating heavily and is supposed to have committed the rash act in a fit of despondency. At 6 o'clock Sunday morning site re marked to Mrs. Smith, "The stuff is off," and hastily swallowed a dose of carbolic acid She died in about IS minutes in spite of all ministrations. Acting Coroner C. C. Coulter convened a jury Monday morning and w'hich re turned a verdict in accordance with the facts related. The remains were shipped to Mis soula for burial yesterday morning. The parents of the deceased, Mr, and Mrs. I rank Williams, live on Miller creek near Missoula. Mrs. Williams is a white woman and Williams is a colored man, The Floyd woman was raised in Missoula and at one time was quite pretty but dissipation has sadly marred her good looks. She married a white mail a couple of years ago. She had attempted suicide sev eral times, on one occasion jumping into the Missoula river. B ucklen's Arnica Salve. Has world-wide fame for marvel ous cur-.». It Surpasses any other salve, lotion, ointment or balm for cuts, corns, bums, boils, sores, felons, ulcers, tetter, salt rheum, fever sores, chapped hands and skin eruptions; infallible for piles. Cure guaranteed. Only 25c at Bitter Root Drug Co. ed THIS COUNTY ONCE PART OF OREGON AND NOT A PART OF THE LOUIS1 ANA PURCHASE. EARLY HISTORY OF WESTERN MONTANA Judge Woody Writes Interestingly of Its Discovery and Settle ment by Jesuit Fathers. A World's fair, the greatest in his tory, is to be held at St. Louis next year to celebrate the centennial anni versary of the acquisition of an em pire by purchase from France in 1803. Many inhabitants of the Bitter Root valley harbor the erroneous impres sion that it was a part of the purchase. As a matter of fact all that portion of Montana west of the main divide of the Rocky mountains and embracing the present counties of Flathead. Mis soula, Ravalli, Granite, Powell, Deer Lodge and Silver Bow, was once a part of Oregon territory, and, accord ing to the government records, was acquired by discovery in 1702. Judge Frank H. Woody, who came to this country long before it was con verted into an earthly paradise and when its chief point of ingress was commonly known as Hell's Gate, in a j recent issue of the Missoula Demo crat gives the following interesting account of the first settlement ol Wes tern Moutana; All that portion of Montana bound ed on the north by the British posses ions, on the east by tlie main range of the Rocky Mountains, on the south and southwest by the Bitter Root mountains and on the west by the 116th degree of longitude a nd embrace ed within the limits of Missoula and Deer Lodge counties, at one time con stituded a portion of the vast domain of the the great northwest known as Oregon territory. When and by what means the government of the United States obtained title and possession of ! the great territory of Oregon are facts not generally known. Oregon was for a long number of years claimed by both the United States and Great Brit ian and was held in joint occupation by citizens of both nations. Great Britian claimed by the right of discov ery and the United States also by the right of discovery and by virtue of the I French cession of the territory of ; Louisiana of April 30. 1803, and the j treaty of limits with Spain of Feb. 22, 1821, and also by actual occupa tion of the soil for a number of years, The Oregon question" engrossed the attention of congress for a num ber of years and came near resulting in a war between the United States and Great Britain, but the matter was amicably adjusted by the treaty of June 15, 1846, by which the forty-ninth par allel of latitude was established as a boundai y line between the two nations and the United States became the sole and undisputed owner of all that por tion of Oregon lying south of that line. RAVALLI IN OREGON. Oregon was organized as a territory by act of congress passed in August, 1848, and enclosed within its limits all that portion of Montana lying on the west side of the Rocky mountains. By an act of congress, approved March 2, 1853, the territory of Oregon was divided and this portion of it be came ii portion of Washington terri ritory. The first legislature of Wash ington territory created the county of Clark, named in honor of Captain Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedi tion. Clark county extended from a point on the Columbia river below 1'ort \ ancover, to the summit of the Rocky mountains, a distance of some six hundred miles. This portion of Montana was then a part of Clark county and was for the first time in cluded within the limits of a county. SUCCESSIVE CHANGES. Clark county was afterwards divided and the county of Skamania created and we became a portion of the last named county. The legislature then divided Skama nia and created Walla Walla county and we then became part thereof, with our county seat located on the land claim of Lloyd Brooks, on the Walla Walla river, in the territory of Wash ington. (Continued on I'age Five.)