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Volume 116.
One Man Is Killed
and Two Others
Butte County Farmer
Wipes Out Grudge
With Rifle.
Special Difjatcb to Tti Call.
¦ ".OROVJLLE. Mairh 25.- A bfcter quar
"rcl.wliich has bc»n Traced between ccr
' tain residents of a section twelve miles
'. east of Oroville, near the town cf Bangor,
• <rulmjnated to-day when Shadrick Sowell
•killed his neighbor. Edward Dickhouse,
and wounded J. P. Kimbrell, a member
of the Board cf Supervisors cf Butt©
County, and William Curry, an old resl
*1?nt of Bacpor. The chances fcr the re
•<-'«very of Klmbrell are considered very
: u Jifavorablc, ar.d before to-morrow the
murderer, who is now in jail, may have
nv-6 charses of murder instead of one
• booked arainst him.
The quarrel began some months ago,
• ¦when cattle belonging to Sowell strayed
upon the land of KbnbtfeU. A fight took
"plate between Curry and Kimbreli on one
hand and Sowell anu lib- brother oa tbfi
other. Sowell was arrested at th<i tlm<
"and an effort was made to have him
. placed under bond? to keep the peace.
.Kimbreli, Curry. Dkkhouse and 'A. D.
•Ifcrton commenced the erection of the
coHfetl on land adjacent to the public road
two mil< s north of Bangor this morning
mid £hadriek, or "Shady" Sowell. as he
fs' .callod. 3Upearcd «i»on the scene, car
". ryiig with him a 41 -caliber rifle. For Jin
liuur h«» watched the building of the cor
.ral. Then lie asked Kimbreli some <iues
•t'ili:s regarding its object and received
the answer that Kimbreli .did not care
to fj>eak with bin).
LCOCTT s^wi Htjrton, V.bo -wer? standing
tome distance away, saw Sowell with the
weapon to his shoulder, standing ten feet
Irorn K:rabrell. It was then that Dick
house jumped before the man whom
Sowell evidently intended to kill and
Versed Sowe.ll to spare Kimbrell's lift.
Sowell commanded Dickhouse to get out
of the way and declared that If he did
" bot ha would kill them both. Dickhouse
hrhl his position and received a bullet
through his body.
The shooting occurred on the edge of a
• clitch seven or eight feet deep. Dickhouse
'".'dropped to the ground and Kimbreli fell
backward into the ditch. Believing, no
doubt, that his bul!et had done double
execution, Sowell then turned his atten
.'Uon to Curry, his next worst enemy/
. who at that time was running toward the
".•'spot. The rifle snapped three times, and
'.to 'this circumstance Curry no doubt
owes his life. Realizing- his predicament,
.•furry chang<?d his course and sought
"•rf^.T'-Her behind a clump of trees. His
• would-be murderer, however, by running
-a few rods himself gained a point of vaxi
• 'age and fired three shots at the fleeing
'¦ irian. The third shot struck Curry in the
: . tn]{. of the leg and he dropped to the
' ground.
¦: -Morton in the meantime courageously
Tia;> toward the now frenzied murderer.
;-a:i<t 'would no doubt have endeavored to
•"* rest the rin> from him had not a warn
' ;i;ig that he would be dealt with likewise
•restrained him. He went back with
.S"weH to the place where Dickhouse lay,
¦. and Ihere Sowell told the dying man that
'•- be would not have beon shot had he not
"interfered. Looking into the ditch he "o
¦licjd Kimbreli yet alive, and taking «le
•lil^crate aim fired.
'. Morton, believing all had been killed but
himself, lost no time to getting into his
wagon, which stood a few yards distant.
• "and hurried to Bacgor. Sowell after
¦shooting Klmbrell, and no doubt believing
_li ni dead, went to the spot where Curry
, liy."- undoubtedly with the intention of
• putting out his life If there yet remained
'hry in his body. Six times, Curry says.
m 'Vfc brought the weapon to his shoulder
- find took aim at his body, and as many
times Curry begged and pleaded that his
'"life be epared- His prayer was finally
Returning to the spot where Kimbreli
•had been shot, he found that he was not
-..tl-.cre. a path of blood had been left by
him, however, and Sowell traced it to a
-point seventy-five yards above the spot
"and there found his man nearly dead
from the loss of blood. Pleading saved his
life,' as it had saved Curry's, and Ki:n
• brcll is yet alive, though he will lose
' "his arm in any event and perhaps his
. life. His bloody task finished. Sowell re
. jjaired to bis home, hitched his horse,
•end taking his wife with him, started to
the County Jail to give himself up. He
•was met by Constable Riley. who, with
other officers had been summoned from
Oroville, and was taken into custody.
m TANAMA. March 23.— Advices from
Honduras announce that after a victory
obtained by the forces cf President-elect
Bonilla of Honduras . over the retiring
President, Sierra, who prevented Presi
dent Bonflla'a Installment in ofllce, the
y jowns of Villaneuve, Petrillos, Santa Crua
an,d La Piementa have pronounced in fa
vor of Bonilla. General Xuellla has sur
rendered with his forces at San Pedro
*Bula. All the Atlantic seaboard is now
la the hands of Bonilla.
The San Francisco Call.
Antarctic Expedi
tion Breaks All \
Exploring Scientists
Reach Land in Lat-
itude 80.17.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
AUCKLAND, N. Z.. March 25.— The Brit
ish wooden eteamer Morning:, •which sailed
from England last July to relieve the Ant
arctic exploring ?tcamcr Discovery, which
left England in 1901, arrived at Lyttleton
to-day. She reports that sie found the
Discovery farther south than she expected
to find her and that the expedition had ob
tained iir^rtant scientific results. All
was well on board the Discovery when the
Morning left her.
The Morning found the Discovery on
January 23 In MaoMurdo Bay, Victoria
Land. She had suffered only one casualty.
A seaman on a sledge expedition had
fallen down an ice slope during a blizzard
and was drowned.
The report of Captain Scott. R. X., com
mander of the Discovery, up to the time
of the meeting with the Morning, states
that the Discovery entered the ice pack
on December Z), 1301, in latitude G7. She
reached Cape Dare on January 9, 19)2. She
was delayed there by sale and Ice, but the
party landed on January 20, in an excel
lent harbor, Wood Bay, in latitude 70.3"),
and deposited the record of the voyage.
Cape Crozier was reached on January 22.
On February 3 the Discovery entered an
fnlet in longitude 174. A balloon ascent
was made and sledges examined the land
to latitude' 7S.50. Excellent winter quar
ters were found near Mounts Erebus and
Terror. The expedition wintered comfort
able In Its sheltered quarters. The lowest
temperature recorded was 62 degrees be
low zero.
Explorations by means of sleds began
on September 2. Parties were sent in all
directions. One party, under Royds and
Skelton, made a record expedition to
Mount Terror, traveling over the Barrier
under severe conditions, with the mer
cury at ZS degrees jcIow zero. Captain
Scott, Dr. Wilson and Lieutenant Shackle
ton traveled ninety-four miles southward,
reaching- land In latitude S0.17, longitude
363. thus reaching the farthest southern
point on record.
The journey was most trying. All of
the dogs died and the three men dragged
the sleds back. The party found that
ranges of high mountains continue
through Victoria Land. Foothills re
sembling the Admiralty Range were dis
covered in longitude 160.
The scientific work of the expedition in
cludes a rich collection of marine fauna,
a large proportion being new species.
Sea and magnetic observations were
taken, as well as seismo.vraphic records
and pendulum observations. A large col
lection of skins and skeletons of southern
seals ar.d sea birds was made. A number
of excellent photographs were obtained
and meteorological observations made.
Extensive quartz and grit accumulations
were found horizontally embedded in vol
canic rocks.
Before the arrival of the Morning the
members of the Discovery expedition ex
perienced some privj^ion, owing to part
of their supplies decomposing. This ac
counted for the death of all of the dogs.
The Discovery was revictualed from the
Morning and the explorers are now in
position to spend a comfortable winter.
Defendant Desires His Testimony in
Rebuttal of Evidence Given
by Plaintiff.
NEW YORK, March 25.— The hearing on
the application of William N. Amory for
a summons t requirlngr President Vreeland
of the Metropolitan Street Railway to ap
pear and ehow cause why he should not
be prosecuted for criminal libel was con
tinued to-day before Magistrate, Barlow
in the Tombs Police Court.
At the request of counsel for Vreeland,
Jame3 R. Keene will be called as a wit
Amory testified that he told Keene his
views of the Metropolitan management
and that Keene said he would have noth
ing to do with it. The witness said he
got about $2000 from Talbot J, Taylor and
P. J. Drayton paid him $4400. Amory said
he thought Taylor had paid out alto
gether in the investigation $7500. The
case was adjourned until to-morrow.
Chamber of Commerce of Port of
Spain Declares That Confi
dence Is Lost.
PORT OF SPAIN, March 25.— The
Chamber of Commerce has adopted a
resolution providing: that a cable dispatch
be sent to Colonial Secretary Chamber
lain urging: the Immediate removal of the
Governor of this island, Sir Cornelius Mo
lony, and the principal officials, "In whom
the public has entirely lost confidence,''
and asking for the appointment of a royai
commission of inquiry.
The populace Is quieter. The bodies of
twelve of the men killed 'during the riot
ing were buried to-day. . . . • ;
THE Irish land bill, which was given its first reading in the 'British House of Commons yes
terday, seems certain of final passage. It provides for loans by the Government to Irish ten
ants for the purchase of estates from landlords' Interest 'is to be charged ar the rate of
3% per cent. A free grant of $60,000,000 is made for the purposes of the measure.
Measure Quickly Passes Its First Reading
in the House of 'Commons.
-_. ONDON, March 23.— The Irish
B Secretary. Mr. Wyndham', ln-
Jf troduced the ' Government's
B . long anticipated^ Irish land bill
• w ay in the House of*, Commons this
afternoon. It proposes a free
grant of $60,000,000 for the purposes of the
bill. Tenants are to pay ZY*. per cent in
terest on loans from the Government.
Wyndham said he thought the schetre
would not involve $500,000,000, but that
$700,000,000 could safely be ' advanced .' on
Irish land. The advances to tcnantsjare
limited to $2300 in the congested districts
and to $5000 elsewhere. The bill also pro
vides that untenanted farms and grazi»iyr
Innds shall be sold to neighboring, ten
ants, and that three commissioners, to'
be known as estates commissioners, shall
supervise the sales. The names of the
three commissioners are Michael Finu
cane, Secretary to the Government of
Bengal Revenue, general and statistical
departments; Frederick Wrench,' now one
of the Irish land commissioners, and Wil
liam F. Bailey, one of the assistant com
missioners on the Irish landi question..
They will be under .the control of the
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. ;
The bill will become effective Novem
ber 12.
The keen interest felt in this hew legis
lation, which it- is hoped will promote
peace and contentment In Ireland, was
shown by the crowded house. The peers'
gallery and the distinguished strangers'
gallery were filled, and there has been
no such gathering of members of Parlia
ment since tho opening of the session. In
the diplomatic gallery sat United States
Secretary Henry White, an interested
spectator, while almost every Irish paer
listened to Wyndham's exposition of the
bill From an early hour this morning
the stone bench from the House of Com
mons entrance to the doors of the lobby
was packed by impatient Irishmen, among
tfhom were many priests. Most of theso
went away without seeing even the inside
of the legislative chamber, the gallencs
of which were crowded as has not been
tho case for many a day.
Michael Davltt, the father of the land
league, celebrated his fifty-seventh birth
day by re-entering the House for the first
time since he ceased to be a member In
order to hear the Chief Secretary for Ire
land unfold his plans.
For the most part the Liberal members
sat glum, the applause coming from the
Irish benches.
A hush of expectation fell upon- the
assembly as John Redmond, the Irish
leader, arose to speak. If. he refused to
countenance the bill Its death and per
haps even the Government's downfall was
decreed. When the galleries of the house
found him sympathetic and non-com
mittal a feeling of relief pervaded all
sides. What Sir Henry Campbell-Ban
r.erman, the Liberal leader, and the oth
ers said had little effect. . Even T. W.
Russell, who, with others, criticized the
details and various omissions In Wynd
ham's plan, wound up with a guttural
and reluctant admission that 'It Is a
great, bill."
The passage of the first reading of the
Continued on Page - 2, Column 1.
w ONDON, March 25.— The Irish
B - land bill, from the outline giv
:B en by Miv w yn1ham In V the
B . ¦.-.Houseof Commons, this after
ffii ttgf noon, may be summarized as
.follows: -A' new department of
the Irish Land Commission is establish
ed called "the . Estates . Commissioners,"
who are • under the -control of , the Lord
Lieutenant for Ireland. -They will decide!
what constitutes estates y'and they may
refuse their sanction to the sale of poor
and non-economic holdings, unless ade
quate facilities are given therewith/ Sep
arate ¦ bargains ' for _' the purpose of pur
chase of single holdings may continue un
der the existing law.- Where estates are
sold the agreements are to be sanctioned
by the Commissioners under a fixed scale
based on a Judicial' rent. ..
This is outside" the congested area' where ¦
the scale -limits do- hot £ apply. Estates
may. be purchased by "bargaining bjbtween
landlords and • tenants, subject to the \ ap- :
proyal of - the . Commissioners. . It is also
provided that sales i. may, 'beT;inade' to oth
ers who are not tenants .now, but , who
within the . past twenty-five ' years ; have
been tenants % in; Ireland. :. The Commis
sioners may . themselves _.' purchase 'estates'
and Improve and •. sell ¦ them again. C^' ! ;V
The bill goes ;' generally,; into : close . de- i
tail as to the "method; of purchase, titles,
etc. As soon as the estate Is vested In
the tenants or the Commissioners the In
terest on", the purchase money is "to be
paid \o the vendor at the 'fate of 3U per
cent until "a' day, called "closing day,"
after which day interest at the rate of
2% per, cent. will be. paid until the claims
are , . proved jj and the • money distributed.
If ¦¦ there Is 'any inexcusable delay on the
part of the vendor' the- Interest may be
withheld. , The ' vendors will! be paid in
cash,, in i order.. to raise which new stock
•will be issued bearing dividends of 3% per
cent v If'any Expense ,1s Incurred in issu
ing the stock onaccount of 'discount ex
tra stock will ' be issued ' and repaid by
the new. grant ; made " to . Ireland ' as _. an
equivalent ¦ to the - grant made' under the
English; education act. gjlt '.-, the. stock is
.issued at a * premium' the •' surplus will: be
issued to reimburse the new grant, which
also will be' charged with' £50,000 annually!
.for the ! first* four., years " to "meet .the.ex
y^ense of floating the stpek. .
' The annual payment ; f by 'the/ purchasers'
be. seven-eighths as a terminable an
nuity and one-eighth "as a perpetual rent
Continued on Page 2, [ Column 3.
But One Large Sys
tem Out of the
Far-Reaching Effect of
the New York Cen
tral Deal.
NEW YORK, March 23.— Positive con
firmation, has been received of the retire
ment of the Vanderbilt fatally from the
control of the New York Central and Its
affiliated lines. The definite annotmce
ment is accompanied by the explanation
that the retirement of W. K. Vanderbilt,
head of the great railroad family. Is to
be on his own motion and in accordance
with plans long since formed.
The disappearance of' the Vanderbilt
family from* the sphere of active railway
management marks the final move In the
grand plans cf the trunk line transpor
tation trust of America and unites under
one control four-fifths of the railway mile
age of the ¦ United States east of j the
Mississippi River. It Is the culmination
of the stupendous scheme upon which
master minds In the world of finance have
been steadily working Curing the last
seven years. : Xi ' ;-£-.';
The interests- which nov.- dominate this
vast area Is described as the "Rockefel
ler-Morgan-Pennsylvania" combination.
The only important '. east and west rail
way system east of the Mississippi River
which is not included In the mighty con
solidation.' of interests is .the Wabash.
which is controlled by Messrs. Gould and
John . D. Rockefeller. The latter is enor
mously Interested in j the Pennsylvania,
the New -York Central and other Eastern
lines- and it is entirely within the range
of possibility that he will force Gould Into
the combination.
Already talk is heard of a mammoth
holding company, but it Is not likely this
final move will be taken until after the
Supreme Court of the United States
passes on the validity of the Northern Se
curities organization.
Passenger Train Is Derailed.
LOS ANGELES, March 25.-The north
bound coast line limited on the Southern
Pacific was delayed flvo hours this morn
ing half a mile -east of Newhall, in the
northern end of Los Angeles County, by
tho derailment of ihe.' engine. In passing
the switch at Elayon, a siding station,
tho- engine left -^the 'track and was fol
lowed by the, mall and baggage cars. The
engine sank Into the soft ground and par
tially turned 'over, but the two cars re
mained iuprlght. .No. one was hurt.
General Shake-Up
in Store for j
Resignation of Beavers
Reveals Strong Po
litical King.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
"WASHINGTON. Marcn C— It was
stated with emphasis at the Post office
Department to-day that the resignation
of George W. Beavers, chief of the sal
aries and allowance division, after twen
ty-three years spent in the service, was
entirely voluntary. However that may
be, Beavers' resignation is evidently the
beginning of a shake-up In the depart
ment. An investigation is now under way
which will result either in the removal of
several officials who have been under fl.ro
for some time or of those who have been
most active in pressing charges against
It is well known that a most unsatis
factory situation exists In the Postomc©
Department and President Roosevelt has
been made acquainted with the charges
against Beavers, whose resignation takqa
effect on tho 31st inst., and A. W. Ma
chen. superintendent of the free delivery
division, another official who has beea
under fire.
The conditions out of which tho present
situation grew are the developments of
years, and from time to time charges
have been made that things were not as
they should be in the bureaus of Machen
and Beavers. The salary and allowance
and the free delivery diriaions are two
of the most important in the PostofSco
Department. The superintendent of tho
first-named branch has practically full
control over the allowances for all post
offices, the granting of additional postal
facilities to any town and the disburse
ment of more than $40,000,000 a year. Su
perintendent Machen has absolute juris
diction over the rural free delivery and"
his decision la final as regards the loca
tion or establishment of routes, the ex
tension of the service and 'all matters per*
talnlng to this branch.
It Is alleged that Superintendents Beav
ers and Machen have built up a system
of political patronage which has given
them Independent' power and which en
ables them U> conduct tlje business of
their bureaus in their own way and prac
tically without regard for tho desires of
their Immediate superior officer, the First
Assistant Postmaster General.
It Is charged that they transact busi
ness and arrange matters directly with
Congressmen, instead of acting through,
their superior officers, and this is done to
their own advantage and gain, political
and otherwise, to the destruction of dis
cipline and to the detriment of the postal
service. - p j
The report of the Postmaster General
last fall asked that the salaries of th«
four Assistant Postmasters General be In
creased from $4000 to $1300 a year, but no
Increase was asked for Beavers and
Machen. The House Postofflce Commit
tee, however, inserted a provision In J.a
postofflce appropriation bill increasing the
salaries of Beavers and Machen to $1000
a year, but Ignored the request, of tho
Postmaster General that the salaried or
the four assistants be increased. Tho.-e
active In pressing the charges point to
thi3 fact aa evidence of the strong "pull"
possessed by these officials, and claim
that they flagrantly violated a strict lav;
of the Government service In going over
the heads of their superiors.
William N. Byers.
DENVER. March 2!.— William N. Byer?,
a Coloradq pioneer and founder of tho
Rocky Mountain News, the first daily
newspaper published in Denver, died this
morning from a paralytic stroke, which
attacked him last Friday.

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