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LEWISTON INTER-STATE NEWS
Successor to The Lewiston Teller—Twicer-Week L.wi«ton Teller, Established 1876 LEWISTON, IDAHO, FRIDAY. JULY 14, 1906. Inter-Stcte Nev.s, V»l. 1, No. 66. lUfll FRAUD INVESTIGATORS Continued Interest in Grand Jury's Wor l ( _Witnesses Who are Giving Testimony. Following the evidence of R. A. umdin. the Lewiston foundryman, be fore the grand Jury yesterday after noon .«ays the Boise Capital News, jnme Fred W. Shaeffer, who until re ^ntly has been the Janitor at the Lew iton National bank, and J. R. Cornell. 0 f Portland, who has spent a good deal of time in the Clearwater timber re gions and 1» credited with knowing many of the angles of the land game as played in that country, and the dif ferences between the Idaho and Oregon systems. At this morning's session the Jury listened to the evidence of H. K. Bar nett, who is in charge or the abstract department of the Commercial Trust company, and whose business it is to keep posted on real estate transfers. Following him, Sam Hutchings, a hack driver, who, in virtue of this truly Je huesque perspacity, is always presum ed to knew something of everything going on. Special Agent F. M. Good win. who has been at work in the in vestigation, was the .next witness, and then came Mrs. Mary J. Harris, who is said to have made one of the affida vits which brought about the inquiry. Joel H. Benton, manager of the dry I goods department of Alexander & Co., i the Lewiston merchants, told what he j was able to, as did W. A. Smith, man- | ager of the Lewiston'waterworks. None ; of the witnesses are excused after giv- ! ing their testimony, but retained here j in order that they may be heard again 1 of it becomes necessary to go into de- , tail regarding facts partly brought out by the witnesses that follow. Thus far none of those who have ap peared have refused to testify on the ground of self-incrimination, at least no complaint has been made to tb ■ court of this nature. Interest in the question of how far the federal grand jury will go in its investigation of Idaho land frauds at its present sitting is on the increase. ! From the location of the witnesses so j far summoned it is apparent that the | inquiry will be t limited to transactions: occurring in the Clearwater country and Shoshone county, yet is is rumored i there will be a few witnesses examined in relation to some suspicious limbe entries nearer Boise. Of course, the time limit that will be | given this Jury will make it impossible to go into any matters not arranged for, but in order to open a, way for getting deeper into the inside workings of the ' system" that has been attend ing to the lumber industry in middle and southern Idaho, it was reported today that a few gentlemen would be put under oath to tell what it is sus pected they know. By this method the prosecuting officers of the government will be enabled to lay their course for the work they will have in hand when the regular September session of the United S taies court convenes. Inspector Goodwin. who registers from Spokane arrived in the city last night. He has been assisting Special Agent O'Faîlon during the past eight months in working up the evidence now telng presented to the .Jury, and his Presence here indicates that the dis trict attorney needs the assistance of the knowledge possessed by him In get ting at what the witnesses ought to testify to. and to be enabled to refresh faulty and treacherous memories. The reluctance on the part of wit nesses to talk about their mission to this city is not entirely on account of caution on the part of the govern ment's agents. It may be said that ^re is scarcely a willing witness Present. Nearly ail of them say, "I haep no idea why I was subpoenaed: nothing about these cases." yet w "* the same witnesses emerge from the grand Jury room their appearance indicates that the conversation they hnee had, under oath, has not been of * cheerful native. It Is presumed that most of the witnesses have made _ ___________________ , timber entries and the questions of j *h*t induced them to take the land, who furnished the expense money, and »ho afterward* got the title, have caused a number to appear with flush faces and nervous actions after the ordeal has passed. Tt known that the Potlatch Lum r company, the Weyerhaeuser! and Y"«rs of the big companies have had |r* r ORwnta In that field to buy all «•timber that could be secured. Be th «»e. there are several local ^dilators who have been accumulât - L * **** lands In great quantities. The oinipiuiten kas been brisk among tbe buyers, and as the profits are based on the amount of land secured, the contest has been to get the most en tries made by parties with whom an arrangement was perfected in advance of. the tiling. One gentleman, whose business is such that he keeps close track on the transfers of land, gave as his opinion that not less than 60,000 acres of the best timber lands had been secured by the big companies in a manner that evaded, if 1t did not violate, the law, and this is only one character of hold ings. As indicating that the parties against whom the indictments will be found are anticipating this result. It Is gos siped about In court circles that one of the leading attorneys of Boise has been retained to look after their interests and be ready to take every advantage of circumstances which may accur that will assist in making a good defense when the time comes. In all probabil ity. when the indictments are returned, the attorney will be advised so as to have his clients appear and give their recognizance, and thus avoid the dis agreeable features of arrest. Hors*» Burned in a Car. Nampa, July 9.—A train load of horses caught fire today at a point seven miles out from this city and one car, with 29 horses, was consumed. It is stated the car caught fire from hot box. As soon as the flames were discovered the train crew cut the burning car out, but the fire had gained such headway it was impossible to save the horses and they were ail burned to death. This shipment was consigned to McCreary A Cory, of Omaha. TAFT CALLED HIS BLUFF Engineer Wallace Rad Laid His Plans to Secure a Raise of Salary. Avery Moore Buys a Paper. Weiser, July 10.—Avery C. Moore, i formerly of Idaho county and at one j time one of the leading democratic pol | Iticians of the state, but now a s,lunch ; republican, this afternoon purchased ! the Welser World from L. A. York, the j former proprietor. He took possession 1 at once. The World will continue to be j , a republican paper. -- ! j | i | New York, July 11.—A high financial authority made public tonight the rea son underlying the retirement of John F. 'Wallace, as chief engineer of the isthmian canal. It discloses for the first time the influences back of Wal lace and presents an entrerpri.se of gi gantic proportions. The story as re lated by this authority is this: George Westinghouse, president of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company, and some high o ciais of leading rail roads conceived the plan of construct ing eleetrie railways In stub portions of the .country as would make their con struction profitable in competition with steam roads. When purchased by the steam road, the line would cease and revenues would eventually reach the treasury of the steam road. The plan, this authority has it. was to force the sale of present profitable eleitrie lines by threats of constructing competing lines. 'Westinghouse. Wallace and the rail road men interested in the undertaking were to get an equal division of the profit derived from the sale. It was estimated that the salary and profits would net Wallace 266.000 annually. The acceptance of Wallace had a string to it. He came north and plan ned to secure from the president and secretary an increase of salary of B54>bn an< ] (p P appointment of chairman of t'-c canal commission with a resi dence in Washington. The president and secretary learned of the engineer's Intention and called his hluff, it Is declared i ! I j Local Manager Promoted. , Mr. C. W. Eller, manager of the j Ellers Plano House here, has Just re turned from a flying trip to Spokane where he was called to consult with the president of the firm In regard to accepting the position of general wholesale agent, taking charge of the entire Jobbing trade of the house In not only this state, but also for Wash ington, Oregon and California, a po sition which on account of long ex perience In the business, Mr. C. W. Eller Is especially fitted to fill. Mr. Eller. It Is understood, has accepted the position, but a successor In the management of the Lewiston house ha* not yet been announced. CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE U. S. GOVERNMENT Grand Jury at Boise Indicts Two Under that Charge, Two Others for Subornation and Four for Perjury. All Prominent Lewiston and Asotin People. j hei „ K prosecuted The work of the federal grand jury called this week at Boise is ended and the net result is eight indictments. While the direct assertion is not given out the trend of the investigation at this time is directed wholly at tho Lew iston land office, or rather to frauds existing in filings made In this office, and the people indicted are Lewiston and Asotin people, some of whose names are given and some u U hheld for obvious reasons. Associated press dis patches sent out from Boise last night tell of the work vif the Jury as follows: Boise, Idaho, July IS. —The special United States grand jury that has been investigating the oases of alleged timber fraud in north Idaho concluded its work today and was discharged i after making its final report, which ! transmitted seven indictments, ranking I eight for the session. Of the seven j indictments returned two were fOr con spiracy to defraud the United States. These were brought under section lit40 of the revised statutes of the United States. It is under this section that Congressman Williamson and Dr. Gesner of Oregon and others -are now Two of the indict-1 merits are for subornation of perjury' and three are for perjury. While no official information is given out. it is known that Geo. H. Hester and W. F. Rettenbach, the Lewiston bankers, are among those who have been indicted and it Is the belief that they will he «•ailed upon lo face the conspiracy charge. The great point supporting this belief is that all the evidence that was secured for presentation to the grand Jury has focused on the two l.cwiston men named. In a general way »he charge against them Is that they furnished the money that enabled go-betweens to secure through the fiTings of the stool pigeons large and valuable tracts of timber land. The trend of what is known of the evidence by reason of the statements made by witnesses points to the l.cwiston hank ers being charged with conspiracy, the go-betweens with subornation of per jury and the men who did the filing with perjury, there being four of the latter including the investigation of Cornell, who was the first man indicted, IDAHO AT THE FAIR. Idaho Editors and South Idaho's Pop - ular Girls Attend th* Exposition. Portland. July 12.—The Telegram says: Idaho's Press Association, to the number of 4. r >. will arrive in Portland this evening, and tomorrow there will he ''things doing" at fhe Lewis and Clark exposition, nnd partleularly at the Idaho building. The programme for tomorrow includes a reception at the state headquarters, where Portland newspaper men and others will have a chance to meet their confreres and test the wine products of Idaho. Eight young women of Southern Ida ho. chosen by popular vote from the people of the state for their beauty and attractiveness, are today In Port land on an excursion personally con ducted by A. L. Mitchell, of the Capital News, which had charge of the contest. They are making the Idaho building their headquarters. Hayfork Through Hie Lungs. Albany. Ore., July 11.—-Word reached Albany last evening that L. R. Blerly, of Syracuse precinct, had met with a serious accident, which may prove fatal. Mr. Blerly was assisting In un loading some hay, when the big hay fork In use slipped from the rope when It was tripped, and Immediately fell to the ground. Mr. Blerly was directly under the fork, and although he raised his right hand to ward off the sharp pronged Instrument, it struck him, one of the prongs piercing his side between his ribs. The «-eight of the fork was such as to throw the tine upward Into Blerly's lungs, Into which they entered a distance of several inches. The un fortunate man Is In a very serious con dition. C. W. Mount, O. R. A N. agent of this city, made a trip to lower river points this week. It also develops that William Dwyer, a former state land selector, was under Investigation by the grand Jury. He has been charged for some time with being a go-between in the alleged Hester- Kettenbach transactions and has been indicted. At the time Dwyer was selecting timber lands for the state it is alleged he was acting in a dual capacity, reserving choice selec tions in the interest of private indi viduals and selecting inferior tracts for the state. This accusation was made long before there was any thought of an Investigation by the government •Bench warrants for those indicted will be issued in the near future. The court today too up the case of Ivan Cornell, indicted for perjury, and be was granted until August 1st In which to enter his final plea. At the time he was arraigned it was agreed that he might change his plea guilty is he desired. The setting of the time for Cornell to plead gives an inkling of the length of postponement of the trial of the timber fraud cases which will be held in Moscow. It is the general belief that the indictments returned by the special grand Jury are only the be ginning of a vigorous investigation of timber and land frauds In this state. It was imperative that the eases to he considered by the special grand Jury in- brought up at this time in order that the statute of limitations might not run against them ns otherwise they would undoubtedly have gone over to ■come in with expected wholesale In dictments. A number of South Idaho frauds are. it is said, being probed by agents and it would not he surprising if the. grand Jury at the Moscow term ■were called upon to consider them to gether with a number qf others origi nating in the northern part of fhe state. Jackson O'Keefe of Asotin and Wm. t.nmbden of Lewiston, it is reported, are among fhose 'indicted, the firaf named for subornation of perjury and Lambden for perjury. No Information seems available ns to the identity of the remaining two of the eight In dieted. ■Warrants of arrest were issued on the indictments today and the amount of bonds in be -required was fixed. CUT OFF ONE OF HIS FINGER8 Slip of the Ax Was Unfortunate fer Bert Ceston. Orangeville, Idaho. July 12.—Bert I Coston. a tenmster of this city, had the misfortune to accidentally cut off the forefinger of his left hand last evening. Coston lost the brake on his wagon and took tils ax to make a new brake. While working on the small piece of wood he held It with his left hand and used the ax In his right bund. Tbe ax caught on the limb of the tree enough to change its course and it came down on his finger, completely severing It from the hand. Bound for Blackfoot. One of the five Insane persons who wefe brought to Oroflno Monday from the Blackfoot asylum to start work on the new asylum at thnt place got away from the attendant Tuesday morning and walked to Greer, a distance of eltfht miles, before being caught. The patients are kept In tents, »r thpt It was and easy matter for the wanderer to stray. One of the attend ais left on the afternoon train for Greer. It having been reported that the ptftlent was seen In that vicinity. As the attendant got off fhe train at Greer ddfcot he saw his man leave a hiding place and make for the train, evidently determined to get a free ride. Fruit growers will have a chance to win some large prlies at the Spokane interstate fair this fall. The new pre mium list shows a number of new clames in the fruit department. The claos for district and Individual dis plays has been revised and S200 is now given in this one class alone. The complete premium list will be mailed to any one desiring it, on application to the secretary at Spokane. Jak* Strahlen Drapa Dead. Jake Strehlen dropped dettd yester day about 3 o'clock in the afternoon at the Spokane rooming house. Mr. Strehlen had been complaining for the past few days of a slight pain In the head. He was at the Imperial cigar store yesterday and remarked to Wil liam Fenders that he was not feeling well. It being rather warm he stepped Into the rear room where the electric fan was running and stood for some time with his back to the fan and per mitted the cool breextj to strike him upon the head and neck. Later he told Mr. Fenders that he believed he ought not to have done this as It had caused a stiffness of the neck. It was thought, however, that It was only a trifling matter and Mr. Strehlen would toon be all right. Yesterday morning he came over to the cigar store as he usually did and was about the streets during the forenoon, returning to the Spokane rooming house about 12 o'clock. Mrs. Bush, who conducts the rooming house, was preparing to go to Portland today to meet her husband there. Mr. Streh len had been watering the lawn and had gone into the house to lay down upon the lounge. Mrs. Bush was very busy arranging things for her trip and asked Mr. Strehlen if he would not go and purchase her ticket for her. He replied that he would and started to get up. when he fell back, gasping for breath. Mrs. Bush phoned for assist ance, but Mr. Strehlen expired before help arrived. The deceased was well known In Lewiston, having resided here for a number of years and had many warm friends. He leaves a father at Galesburg. 111., a sister who is now at Dodge City, Iowa, and a brother In Chicago. A message was sent yesterday to his sister notifying her of her brother's death, and asking what disposition of the body should he made. Tip to the time of going to press no reply bad been received. Mr. Strehlen was 46 years of age and was a member of the Foresters of America. Who have taken charge of the remains. The cause of his death is attributed In pnplexy. GLENN BROTHERS FOUND GUILTY Trouble Grew Out qf Raufinf of Stock in tbe Craif Mountain District A «variant was sworn out a few days ago bv Mr. Freepons, cliargiug the Glenn brothers with using profane lan guage in the presence of children. The offentw whs committed at Mr. Free pon's |ila i ..car Forest and was the » outcome of the defendants' cattle rang Ing on Freepons premises. It seems that the plaintiff had filed on 4« acres. which at that lime whs thought to b> the only vacant surveyed tract avail able at that point. Glenn brothers filed a contest suit against Mr. Freepons and I he case was heard In the local land office. Receiver Garby deciding In favor j of the plaintiff mid J. B. West giving a decision In favor of the defendants. The matter was then taken liefore Ihe Interior department, where a decisslon Ik now pending. Glenn brothers niej stockmen and It seçins Ihe land In question had been used by them to run their stork upon. The temilon between the parties .was further strained when last May Ihe plaintiff made nn amend ment to his filing taking in about 100 acres more, which he discovered had been surveyed and Joined the 40 acres previously filed on. The defendants entered a protest against the amended filings, hut. however, the local land ! j office accepted it and the entire matter now rests with the interior department. The trouble, It nppears. which resulted In the arrest of the Glenn brothers, originated over this latter tract of land. The defendants' cattle were grazing on the premises when Mr. Freepons at tempted to drive them off. This action on the part of the plaintiff incensed the two brothers who objected, con tending that they had as good title to the land as did Mr. Freepons. In the altercation that followed the language was used which caused the two young men's arrest. They were given a hear ing yesterday before Justice Coburn, and fined 25.00 and costs, amounting to tlO.35 each, which they paid. Westlake Has Water System Westlake, Idaho. July 12.—Crum A Stewart have the ditch nearly com pleted for the new water works, and next week Westlake will have an abun dant supply of good spring water. A pipe line two and a quarter miles long has been laid, which will secure a fall of 175 feet. Last year the town was nearly wiped out by fire because of an Inadequate water system, and It is thought the new system will prevent a repetition of the disaster. WILL BUILO ON NORTH BANK Railroad Extensions on the Lower Columbia Now Matters of Speculative Interest. Great speculation has been aro u se # over the movement! of the big r»U» roads on the lower Columbia aid th» prediction is freely mode that a Un» will be built down the north haak ai f that Stream connecting at WaUula ■with the Northern P&cifle system an# to be operated Jointly as th* branches In the Clearwater country are to h» operated. Comment along this Una In the Oregonian Is reported as follows : "Distinctions are pretty finely dress In operations of big railway systems.* said one railroad official yesterday, "and In my Judgment the Columbia River & Nort Ufern la the company that will build the line down the north bank of the Columbia from Lyle, and.also In the other direction to a connection at WaUula with the Northern pacific and ' Washington A Columbia River. "Will it be Northern Pacific?" The official repeated the question reflec tively and went on: "WelL It may not be operated as such or become a part of the systehi even In name, but there are considerations en tiring Into the Sit uât inn that make It almost certain a subsidiary company will build the line, although the financial houses that take the bonds will be those with Whom are ' deposited securities of the HU1 rail roads. "That a line is to be built down the • north bank of the Columbia Is no lon ger doubted by any well Informed rall rond official. It Is the route of least' resistance, where a locomotive can haul' tbe heaviest tonnage that yields largest' dividends. Immense sums have al ready been expended by the Northern Pacific in making Investigations and the only point that has baffled the skill of the engineers has been In work ing out the best place for bridging the Columbia, which will require as long In construction as the rest of the line i from Vancouver to Kostern Washing ton. I" "Under the agreement in existence ^ and supposed lo he sacredly regarded by Northern Pacific and Harrtm&n.. officials, which wn« entered Into at the behest of capitalist« owning majority Interests In both systems, the Northern Pacific could not operate steamers on the Columbia and Willamette rivers In competition with the O. R. & n. That*, explains why secfecy has been main- . talned as to ownership of the D. P. A A. and for equally pertinent purposes » fh „ ,. on( , trUPtlon Boon t0 authortM „ . w ,„ he announc „ rt , h# f formation thnt „ n „ w on# hnvln , onIy small mileage at present - has succeeded In fin-ting a large bond * issue. It Will be ono'her of the magic operations of the fine hand of finance thnt has made Jams« J. HI!? rank among the shrewde-t of American j financiers _ ' ;,r Kest and most powerful battleship Monster Battleship. London, July 13.—Construction of the In the world is soon to begin at the Portsmouth dockyard. It is planned to • build the vessel from the laying of the keel plates Iff the hoisting of the pennant in a period ,.f sixteen monrhs. - Thirty to thirty-si • months Is the average time at present devoted to' the - building of battleships of smaller sise: This is rapidly calc-dated to result in? a great economy, b n, nevertheless, the* co,,t *« estimated at nearly 210,009 000 So heavily will this vessel be ' Brined thnt she will be equal to any two bat tleships now afloat, and her strlkiné power at such a range as that at which the engagement opened in the battle of the sea of Japan will be as great as any three battleships of the ordi nary type The displacement will be about 19.000 tons. The Dreadnought, a« this battleship will be called, will mount twelve 12-inch guns of the lat est type, throwing three 250 pound shells every two minutes. The vessel will be driven by turbines, and wlU be able to steam at upwards of 20 knots an hour. She will carry no secondary armnment. ! The elimination of the 6-inch guns, j , ' r,rrl, ' d b v practically all the battle ships of the world heretofore, is one of the main lessons deduced from the long range actions which have been fought in the far e a «t. The essenttat feature of a battleship in modern con ditions. it is now reaped, must be the ability to deliver stunning blows at a distance of five or six miles, and this the Dreadnought, with her dosen great guns, will be able to do with terrific effect. No battleship has hitherto mounted more than four of these wea pon*.