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VOL. XXXII, NO. 173.
IN HIS STORE -.•• .;'-
Citizens of the Town Are Aroused
and Have Offered One Thousand
Dollars Reward for the Mur
derer's Capture
Bpfclal to Th* Herald.
COLTON,' March 22.— J. W. Shumate,
who for the past two years has con
ducted a dry goods store on Eighth
street,, was found dead in his store
early this> morning, shot through the
head by a burglar. About two weeks
ago Shumate's store was entered and
goods of considerable value taken.
Since that time the owner has slept
in the store room, fully armed for the
next Intruder. He came a few nights
ago, and Shumate flashed an electric
light on him. He recognized the face
and i declared that he would get the
fellow or the fellow would get him.
He refused to tell whom he saw, and
this clue may never be available to th 3
officers. ■
Harry Nicholson, a newsboy, discov
ered the crime about 6 o'clock this
morning, as he was passing the store.
He noticed that the outside door had
been' pried open and entering found the
owner lying in a pool of blood at the
end of the counter and close by his
cot. In one hand he grasped a double
barrelled shotgun, one barrel of which
had been discharged. In return' for
this shot he had reeelved a bullet in
the side of the head which had crushed
in the skull; and caused Instant death.
Close by the door a 38-callber revolver
was found with four 1 empty chambers.
Near by was an iron with ' -which * en
trance to the store was effected.
Reward for Slayer's Capture
!■ The. feeling among the citizens of
Colton.ls running high over the affair,
and if Shumate's murderers are caught
there the officers will' have their .hands
full to prevent a lynching.
i| Shumate was a man greatly beloved.
This business men of Colton have made
vp v a reward of $1000 which they have
offered for. the arrest and conviction of
Shumate's murderers, and this will be
added. to very liberally by the county.
The i officers have some clijessj on : which
to work! Some bloody tracks leading
from the store have been found, and
it; is' strongly believed that at • least
one of the robbers was wounded by,
the | charge of shot from Shumate's
shotgun, one load having been dig
charged. The one charge was evidently
fired j just as he arose from 'his cot,
as Jhe fell a moment later not more
than two steps away.
"Shumate has been bothered a great
deal by robbers, his store having been
entered -but very recently. At that
time he got a partial sight at the
thieves and had he not stumbled In
reaching" for his gun would have got
a' shot at them. After that affair he
told his wife the names of the parties
ho suspected. These names were given
to -Sheriff White today by the widow
and may be, a clue to the robbers.
One suspect has been arrested, the
party's name being refused by the offi
Suspect In Jail
He Is said to be a stranger and to
| have bloodmarks on his clothing. He
is" in the county jail. The officers are
using every effort to land the , mur
derers. :' So far as discovered but two
'persons | heard any shots during | the
night, those being persons in nearby
: rooming houses who think the shooting
was about 4 a. m., but paid no atten
tion to the shots.
'. Coroner H. Plttman held an inquest
extending late into the evening, the
Jury tendering a verdict of death from
a : gunshot wound from a person <jr
persons unknown. . ■ ..'_
i Shumate was 87 years at age arid had
lived in • Colton for several years. He
was clerk in Steck'a store for several
years,^ahd for the past two years had
conducted a. dry goads 'btore of his
own. He married a widow with two
children*, about two ' years ago.^-' Shu
mate -was Grand Chancellor of "the Col
ton'Pythian lodge and was prominent
In, Odd j Fellow circles as -well.
i SALT] LAKE. March 23.— Charles A.
Kmurthwaltfi, who Is In process of ex
communication from the Mormon
church because of his alleged apostacy
in criticising the acta of President Jo
seph Smith, as charged by his teacher,
H. H. Goddard, today . filed, charges
with the bishop of his ward in Ogden
against Gciddard, charging: the latter
with living with two wives and having
children by them contrary to the revo
lution, known as the "Manifesto," and
contrary to the laws of the state.
This is the first time a direct charge
of 'violation of the ecclesiastical and
state laws In the matter of polygamy
has ever been preferred by a member of
the church, and the Incident Is re
garded ', as significant as the case, If
brought vto trial in the bishop's court,
Will; force the church to declare its po
sition ion I 1I 1 the quest ion ■of polygamous
Los Angeles Herald.
Heart Disease ' and Apoplexy Are
Assigned as the Causes by
the" Physicians In
. Charge
Robert Williams, sixty years old,
2842 South Grand avenue; heart
Charles Evans, slxty.four years
old, 617 North Grand avenue;
heart disease.
Rudolph Burkhardt, thirty-three
years old; heart disease., ;.' •;
John K. Shaw, fifty years old,
2813 Ellendale place; apoplexy.
Without the slightest warning three
men fell dead yesterday afternoon,
while the body of a fourth was found
in a North Grand avenue residence.
Apoplexy and heart failure are given
aB the causes. . ■
The record is without. parallel In the
history of Los Angeles, and the coro
ner's officers were kept busy yester
day afternoon answering the hasty
calls from various' portions of the city.
Robert Williams, 60 years of age, was
the" second victim. Williams went to
a bath house at 127H North Broadway
early, in , the ; afternoon. ,He had fre
quently bathed at the place, and when
he .arrived ..there ; was -shown his- room
by an attendant. J Ho had partly suc
ceeded in removing. his clothes when
he was suddenly stricken with heart
failure and dropped to a lounge. ±1p
died Instantly. A letter' addressed
to Robert Williams, 2842 South Grand
avenue was found in the pocket of the
dead man's coat and formed the only
clew to the man's Identity. ' •
The body of a man was found on t\\".
sidewalk at Pasadena avenue and Ave
nue Twenty-three yesterday afternoon.
The man had been dead for several min
utes, and the coroner was notified and
the body removed to Paul's undertak
ing rooms. Heart failure was the caufe
of death, and the body was later iden
tified as that of Rudolph Burkhardt.
Failing to see anything of their land
lord for the past several days, ten
ants of .a man named Evans, living at
617 North Grand avenue, yesterday
broke in the doors of his rooms and
found the dead body of the owner in
his bed.-
Evans had been dead for several
days, and, although heart failure is
supposed to have caused death, an in
vestigation will.be made by the cor
oner. .
While on his way to the offices of
the Cudahy Packing company yester
day morning John K. Shaw, a sales
man for the Booth & Sons company of
South Los Angeles street, dropped dead
on the Btret. Mr. Shaw left home ap
parently in good health, and his death
came as a great shock to members of
his family, i Apoplexy was , the cause
of death.
. The deceased was 50 years old, and
had lived at 2813 Ellendale place for
the past seven or t eight years*, ; A
widow and two sons, L. V. Shaw of the
First National bank and Shirley Shaw,
survive him.
Overlands Dispatched Early This
Morning for New Orleans Via
Sunset Route
Overland trains on the Southern Pa
cific left early this morning for New
Orleans, the damage to tracks at Yumu
having been repaired.
. An overland left for Ogden last night
at 11:30 o'clock.
All trains were *v crowded, carrying
passengers who had been delayed sev
eral days.
No Trains at El Paso
By Auoclated Press.
EL' PASO. Tex.,' March 23.— Through
traffic on the Southern- Pacific is at a
standstill. No trains have arrived from
the west for; two days and "it is not
known when they will reach here.
Missouri to Exhibit at Portland
By Awoclated Preu.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., March 22.-
Oovernor Folk ■ today . signed 'the . bill
appropriating $35,000 for a Missouri ex
hibit at the Lewis and Clark exposi
tion. \"
Washington Officials ■ Regard Settle.
merit by British and German
Bondholders as Prejudicing
Other Claims
By Associated Pr**s.
WASHINGTON, March 22.— The state
department has heard nothing from
Minister Bowen to indicate that the
Venezuelan government has made an
swer to his last proposition to arbitrate
the American claims, and It is sup
posed that the answer, when it does
come, will be to the effect that the
Venezuelan government Insists on
awaiting the final action of Its courts
upon the pending asphalt ense. It will
then remain for the state department
to determine how long It. Is prepared'
to await this Judicial action. The dif
ficulty is that the Venezuelan govern
men has refused the application of the
asphalt company, supported by Mr.
Bowen, to revert to the stntus existing
before the appointment of ' a receiver
in the asphalt case and allow the com
pany to repossess Itself of Its property.
As It is the receiver is taking out
large quantities of asphalt from Ber
mudez lake, the proceeds from which
lire going into the Venezuelan treasury,
to the great financial loss of the com
pany, which Is making dally represen
tations on the subject to the state de
' Notwithstanding 1 the statement from
London that the council of bondholders
contend that their proposed settle
ment with Venezuela is entirely in ac
cord with the Washington protocol of
1903, the officials here fall to find In
that protocol any warrant for this
agreement, which they regard as likely
to .seriously, affect the claims ■ of all
other nations than Germany and Great
Britain against Venezuela, and some of
the foreign representatives here have
cabled this view of the matter to their
The president Is concluding arrange
ments for his southwestern trip, • on
which he expects | to start Monday,
April j3, and no apprehension • exists
that the ' trip will be neither abandoned
or postponed on 'account of the Vene
zuelan imbroglio.. The president ex
pects in his absence from Washington
to keep in close touch with the situation
as it' may develop, and will! be In po
sition constantly to Issue such instruc
tions from his trains as may be neces
sary. .
Agreement Arrived At
By Acsoelatcd Press.
LONDON, March 22.— At the office of
the counsel of foreign bondholders the
Associated Press was informed today
that an agreement between the Vene
zuelan government and the British and
German bondholders, . adjusting and
consolidating the exterior debt—s2B,6oo,
000—will be signed tomorrow, ' the de
tails having been concluded to the sat
isfaction of both parties, j It was added
that the guarantees comprise consid
erably more than 60 per cent of the cus
toms duties of all ports except La
Guaira and Puerto Cabello, but the
officials declined to* give the exact
Hope for Reference to Congress
By Aseoclaled ' Press
WILLEMSTAD, Island of Curacoa,
March 9.— Much publicity" . has been
given to the efforts of Senor Paul to
bring about an amicable settlement.
The course of the United States In the
Santo Domingo affair has raised the
hopes of the diplomatic corps in Caracas
that the Venezuelan difficulties may
be referred to congress. In discussing
this hope the Venezuelan newspapers
commend the plan and say nothing but
credit can come to Castro and his sup
porters through a congressional Inves
tigation. '
Municipality. Seeks Injunction Re-
straining Company From Dls.
* ' posing of Plant
Injunction proceedings were com
menced In the superior court yesterday
by the municipality of South Pasadena
against the Pasadena Land and Water
company to restrain the latter from'
disposing 1 of Its South Pusadena water
The defendant company has been
furnishing the Inhabitants of South
Pasadena with their entire water sup
ply for the past few years, and it is al
leged that the water company is about
to dispose of Its right, title and Inter
est in the business to the city of Pasa
It is alleged that should the proposed
sale be consummated the Inhabitants
of South Pasadena would be denied an
adequate supply of water, and also
would be in great danger of having the
water supply cut off entirely. .
The court is asked to restrain the de
tendant from transferring the plant to
the municipality of Pasadena, and such
other relief as the court may deem
lueet. . U
Czar's Minister* Reported at Unanl.
mously In Favor of Ending War,
but Grand Dukes Still
Oppose It ' |
By A«KMt«»».I Prm».
BT. PETERSUUHCJ, March 23. 12:33
a. m.— The party within the govern
ment which Is urging the emperor to
Indicate to Japan Hussla's willingness
to, end the war If a reasonable basis
can be reached, as related' ln these
dispatches on March; 20, has\been
greatly encouraged the lust few days
and an actual pacific proposal may b»
Just ahead. The subject has occupied
much of the attention of the confer
ences lit Tsarkoe Selo. Certain, grand
dukes, supported by General Sakhuroff,
the minister of war; Admiral A vellan,
the head of the admiralty, and what i<»
known as the war party, are still bH
terly opposed to the Idea of peuoe
under. present circumstances, but, with
the exception df the ministers of war
and marine, the emperor's ministers,
backed by' M. Wltte, solidly favor this
course, and the convincing arguments
they offer are telling. , .
| French Influences in the same direc
tion are now being supported by Ger
man opinion, but the Associated Press
Is In a position to assert that if Em
peror Nicholas decides .to approach
Japan it will be through France.
Where Russia Draws the Line
In the conferences concerning the
question whether Russia should now
Indicate her willingness for peace, all
(Continued en Pates Two.)
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Herald Co. \
W. p. Deakin'B Half Dollar Does Not
Satisfy Bandits, So They Make
Away With His
Three hold-up men who needed ar
ticles of clothing as much as any
thing else Btopped \V. P., Deakln on
North Hill street; last night; und by
the time. they had s finished with Dea
ktn he .'lacked a.' pair-, of shoes, a coat
iudjifty /a^;ja>iuneyw~ r~rr---'w
iDeakin, \vfis lives ut 121 North Hill
street, 4ind [ who has Just come to this
country from England,' told the officers
that he, was out for a' 'walk when the
highwaymen seized himi While one
of the men held his. arms the other
two went through the stranger's pock
ets, only to find a half dollar, all that
Deakln hnd. '- The footpads were so
disgusted that they stripped Deakln, of
his coat and j shoes . In lieu of more
money, and after they had warned
him not to' cry. "out the robbers fieri
down the street.' ' Deakln was found
by the officer on the beat wulklng
around in his stocking • feet and try
* Ing 'to 'find /.his way back to his lodg
ings. .' ,
Another reported hold-up which the
police were asked to investigate oc
curred on Date street about 8 o'clock,
when Tom Stlllwell, who lives at nurii
ber 948 on that street, was stopped,
together with a friend, by two footpads
who were unarmed J. Still well Bays the
robbers made an attempt to stop him;
but when his friend, whose name the
police were 'unable to secure, knocked
one of them down and then drew a
knife, the pair of bud .men' quickly
took to their heels. '
Mother Sits With the Accused Boy
In Court While Dramatic Plea
for Acquittal Is
SAN FRANCISCO, March . 22.— The
unusual spectacle of a father pleading
to a Jury for ' the life of his son was
witnessed In the superior court today
when Former State J Senator i George
Goucher made tha.argrument for the de
fense ;in the case of Alan .' Goucher,
charged with complicity In the killing
of Policeman Eugene Robinson.
The accused boy and his mother sat
with shoulders pressed together and
hands clasped during Attorney Gouch
er*s address. Behind them were seated
the prisoner's sisters and brothers. Mr.
Ooucher referred frequently, to the cir
cumstantial character of 'the evidence
against his son and made a dramatics
plea for his acquittal." The case will be
given to the Jury , tomorrow. ■•■. \
Accidentally Shoots His Brother
COLUBA, March .22.— Earl Nordyke,
aged IS years, accidentally • shot and
killed his 4-year-old brother Floyd Vat
Sites. lie was handling a< 22-rlfle be
longing to a boy named Wygent, who
had Hid the gun was not loaded,
Sees Imminent Ruin for His Country
With All Its Ports In' Hands
" „ of Different Foreign
1 Powers ■ , '■
By Associated Press. • .. . j.
'SAN DOMINGO, .March 22.— The,
news, of the . postponement . by .-' the
United States senate of action on the
treaty. ,,with~ Santo Domingo makes the
situation .h ere ' acute "and .an internal
uprising seems , to l be,' imminent; based
on* th»r cry that President ' Morales has
been discredited In the 'United .States.
President Morales states that he is pre
pared to put down any revolution, "but
that a more serious matter, in his
mind, is foreign complications growing
out of Belgium's demand, presented on
March 21. Belgium wants the customs
receipts of n port 'of Santo Domingo to
the extent of $25,883 a month. This de
mand Is construed as a direct result of
the failure of the treaty between the
United States and Santo Domingo.
President Morales anticipates similar
demands by other foreign towers. He
says he wnnts to pay, all the republic's
debts, but sees the ruin of the country
with every port In the hands of a dif
ferent power and no revenue' for the
government. • ■ . •■
In the course of an interview with
the Associated Press President Morales
today said: "If Is entirely possible
that the United States may have to
send an ultimatum here, on account of
the . Dominican government being" un
able.^though not unwilling to meet its
obligations. It is utterly impossible
for the 'government to pay the sums
due foreign, governments, unless <• the
United! States can procure from foreign
powers a postponement- of their 'de
mands. ' Otherwise these demands will
be pressed. I have no physical or moral
forte to resist them. With the custom
houses in ■ the control of j the United
States the resources of the islands will
develop speedily and all' demands will
be paid, with the result that the coun
try wlllbe educated to peace and per
manent prosperity."
With two Dominican ports now In the
hands of the United States and the
failure of the -treaty, Dominicans be
lieve that a grab game by foreign pow
ers will begin at 1 once. With the seiz
ure of Dominican ports by foreign
powers It is argued here tha.t the Mon
roe doctrine will be nullified as regards
this republic. With the United States
in possession' of two ports it would not
be logical' to oppose the seizure of
other ports by foreign powers. At the
same, time the only hope of President
Morales is that. in some way the United
States "ran secure a postponement of
seizure by European powers. No steps
to this end have been Initiated' here,
and no reply has yet been made to the
Belgian demand. '•,. IJ ! '. ",-i : . ' ; ' ''„ v.
' President Morales has about 1200 men
uinler arniH ready to crush the first
uprising, but. should the custom houses
be seized, he would be speedily without
funds | with which 1 to pay his army,
which would Immediately desert. "
French Exhibits at Portland
1 By Associated Preta. ■ ■
i ; PORTLAND, Ore., March 22.— Prance
i has requested the 'Lewis and Clark ex
position management to ' Increase by
1480 j feet ' the ' space '. allotment for the
French exhibits. 'The, French fair com
. missloner stated " that the oriental as
, pect'-of the exposition is attracting the
; closest I attention of | French :■ manuf ao
' turers * and' traders, ami '. that ' a ' larger
> amount of.npace wlir.be requlred!on
Jtbis account
j :| ■
President of the Board of Public
Works Is Accused of Inducing
a Witness to Testify
Br' Associated Pres*
SAN FRANCISCO, March 22.— Fran*
A. Maestrettl, president of , the board
of public works of this city, was today
Indicted by the grand Jury on a felony
charge. He Is accused of Inducing wit
nesses to testify falsely In the , case of
Charles Wyman, formerly a barkeeper
in his employ, .who Is now nerving a
sentence in the state prison for fraud
ulent voting at the last presidential
election. ''". •.'."■
, Immediately after the presentation of
the . Indictment to Judge , Lawlor, pre
siding Judge of t the ' superior , court,' ; a
warrant was issued for Maestrettf a ar
rest and his ball was fixed at $3000.
Mnestretti'a indictment ' wu . brought
about with only, fourteen , of . the ■ nlne^
teen grand Jurors 'present "When . the
Jury met in Judge Lawlor's ,'.' court
room Foreman T. P. Andrews, B. J.
Bowes and John H. Speck were excused
at their own , request from taking any
part in the case about to be considered.
They stated that their state of mind
disqualified them from serving;. 'H. J.
Cordes retired from the Jury room witlw
out ; the ' formality of asking to be ex
cused. . D. jH. Lohtten was unavoidably
absent. This ', left only : fourteen;
Twelve votes were necessary to \ indict.
After the evidence had been presented
thirteen 'of the , fourteen , men \ voted , iri
favor of indictlng'Maestretti.
The. Bulletin' says. that the evidence
against Maestrettl was given by W. H.
Podd and Charles . E.'. Merrill, [] whose
statements were fully substantiated by
C. M. Silberstein. , These men were the
election , officers . in J the - seventy^third
precinct of, the' thirty-ninth' assembly
district. , .. ; -. . '■: /. "■'■: ■:'.-u^:^
Merrill Is . alleged to , have . testified V
that after the arrest of Wyman, Macs-} I
trettl; called -aj . hls i home t one nigh t^;
He. went ; out .; and 1 asked -what i was Kj
wanted.^ Maestrettl. then .requested hinipS
to swear that Wym'an voted onlyonce.*; ■'
Merrill, after. some hesitation, says he- (i
agreed jto 1 testify as ' requested, since '• ■■< •
he had not seen Wyman vote more thiSWj
once, having been . absent 'from l'the^--'
booth for a short time. . Maestretti/jit^;',;
is alleged, then advised Merrill to^starid R
up -against any cross "fire at, the" trial. i"*i
Maestrettl ■' was taken j into custody
and ; released on $3000 , balL ••' He - char
acterized his arrest as a case of perse
cutiorrT, I
Bliss Goes to Philippines '
By Asaoelatad Press.
WASHINGTON, March 23.— Brig&dtef
General Tasker H. Bliss, now with
the general staff and president of the
war , college,, has been ordered to the
Philippines:" It is ' expected ". that * Gen»
eral ' Bliss will take command'! of ona
of the departments in the Philippines.
Southern California: ' Fair Thurs
day; light north winds, .changing
to west. Maximum temperature in
Los Angeles yesterday, 70 degrees;
minimum, 53 degrees.
1 Four stricken by death In ■ day,
2 Peasant riots continue). .:■:■_' ' -
3 Death claims. young bride/ • . •*;"
4— Southern California news. ; :
8-9— Classified Advertisements -•
12 — Hatfield may try'next ye»r. : .\
Venezuela getting all the profit* of ' tfct S*^
P President" Morales of Santo Domingo teart
revolution. ,
Mormon charge* fellow Mormon with polyf- |
Free trader* cast heavy vota In British par- ;.
Proejpect* for peace thought to be decidedly
'peasant riots, tn Russia appear to be^ln^i
creasing. •
San Francisco police look for arreeU : Id '■■
8 CoUot? .""keeper killed by burglar-Urge re
ward offered. „.«'•
Senator Qoucher pleads for hi* *on a life. ■ ■
Victim of hold-up loee* coat and •>">*•• j^-"';
New railroad 1* being built to rich Nevada :.
m De?th .trlite. suddenly upon .pedestrian, and}
room*r». taking five live* without an Instant •
warning. Heirt failure , and apople*y . th.
C Ntaon Good., charged with burglary, per
mltted to visit her room and talk* with grand-v
T^ma O . f te'r er Fm.T t ry O . n th.'. n.ihborhoU ; of
CenTraT avenue and East Adam, alreet I. to
have a new ȟb-statl<m In July.
Baloon keeper* will obey mandate* of polio* ;
C °SSlTta'"downtow» district 1* Wtast piai. ',
Californlan who built the- nrat town ball la
New Mexloo tMtlfle* In th« Ball caaa. - ■
sup"loV wurt judge ha* trouble, of hi* owa,
ln pi2ldi l na Or wlt«"aiiPut* t to bi Utthd in the
""itllninaker'ltatneld'may try again next y«ar;'
Kuoni 111 *u«ce*»U»D. > <>*J»JIWSBIBWSJS»f*BW(itBI
I'hy.lelann believe Whlttler woman die* from

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