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The Lcavcnworth tcho
Mrs. HlUie May Siverly. 12. who
alone on a ranch two miles from
Mnunlclaw, was arreftod Friday night
: ad is held in the county jail pending
.111 investigation into the death of Wal
ter Chapman. 86, a Tacoma laborer,
whose body was found, the top of the
lead blown off by a rifle bullet, in a
bedroom on the second floor of her
home about 9:80 o'clock Friday mom
Mrs. Siverly told tlio county author
ities that Chapman, an old suitor, had
killed him?df. There were no wit
savi Mrs. Siverly's brother.
Charles Christiansen, who, coming
from Enumclaw and nearing his sis
ter's house Friday morning) heard a
shot, he said, and at the same moment
saw her rush from the back of the
house. Christianson ran upstairs and
found Chapman's body. The man had
been killed instantly.
The first report of the tragedy was
received by the sheriff's office at noon.
Deputies Matt Starwieh and Fred
Brawn were sent to the Enumclaw.
later Dr. W. H. Corson, deputy coro
rer, hurried to the scene.
Chapman's body was sprawled out
between a corner formed by the bed
and a bureau. He was completely
ilressed. Near the body was a 32.40
--ealiber rifle, with the muzzle on the
floor and the butt propped against the
bed. No string or other appliance
v as attached to the rifle.
The man had been shot through the
right temple. The high-powered bul
let, tearing open the top of the skull,
had ranged upward and lodged in the
ceiling. Thi' rifle contained only the
empty shell.
Mrs. Siverly, while nervous, gave
the officers a clear account of her ac
ouaintance with Chapman and her
version of the events leading up to his
She related that she had known him
for more than a year. Mrs. Siverly
las been separated from her hushand
for one year. Before this, she said,
Chapman worked fur Siverly and it
was thus they became acquainted.
After she and her hushand parted, ad
ded Mrs. Siverly. she went to The Dal
les, Or., and there met Chapman and
grew to know him intimately. On an
cither occasion she saw him in Tacoma.
At that time, she recited, she and
Chapman were "waiting for her hus
hand to divorce her so they could be
Mrs. Sivefly declared that twice re
cently Chapman had called at her
ranch. Owing to the fact that she
was living- alone, feared the neighbors
might jrossip and consider it would
provoke the enmity if her hrothers,
who were frequent visitors, she said
she told Chapman to leave. Both
times, she affirmed, she had great dif
ficulty in petting rid of him.
Thursday afternoon, narrated Mrs.
S'iveily. Chapman appeared unexpect
edly. When she told him to leave, she
said, he refused and alterntely threat
ened her and cajoled her all evening.
He was trying to persuade her to go
:i\vay with him. hut she persistently
declined to leave the ranch.
"Finally." Mrs. Siverly told the
authorities, "it was agreed that he
would go away on the 0 o'clock stage
Friday morning."
Yet. when Friday morning cam-, she
added, he managed to miss the stage
and returned to the house. This time
she asserted, he flourished a revolver
and threatened to kill her and then
take his own life. She declared she
was in mortal terror of him.
About 9:30, the woman went on, she
and Chapman were standing upstairs.
The dojr barked, and Chapman said:
"See who that is."
■ Mn. Siverly said she nun down
airs and saw her brother sp|
ing. At this moment, she • (^.-iti-l. the
report of a rifle vane ant She re
fused to go upstairs, begging h< r
brother to Me what happened.
Christianson corroborated this fea
ture of his lister*! story. He deposed
that he was between the mail box and
the house when the shot was heard,
and ran upstairs immediately, discov
eringl Chapman's body. Christianson
told the coroner he left everything as
it was. so thai a complete investiga
tion mitflit be made.
Pr. Caraon found six rifles and two
revolvers on the upper floor of Hit).
horn . Sin explained that
her brother! often used her home M a
hunting lodge.
On his return from the scene of the
tragedy Friday night. Pr. Carson
would not express an opinion of the
case He said it was a matter for i
coroner's jury to decide.
Mrs. Siverly was married and di
vorced previous to her marriage to
George Siverly, a Lake Wenatchee
rancher. The place near Knumclaw j
was bequeated her by her mother!
about a year ago. Since she anil her
husband separated, she had been living
alone, except for the occasional visits
of her brother, Charles George Christ
ianson, and of other brothers.
There are no divorce proceedings
pending between Mr. and Mis. Siverly.
The couple, however, have divided
their community property. Chapman
was employed as a curloader fur the
Old Town Mill Company, in Tacoma.
The sheriff's office was making an ef
fort Friday night to get in touch with
One feature of the case which the
deputies were investigating Friday
night was the report that Mrs. Siverly
had been going about with a young
man lately. It was learned in Enum
claw that she and this young man had
been seen together frequently. It was
said that Chapman was in a jealotll
rage the last time he called at her
ranch house.
Pending further orders from Cor
oner C. C. Tiffin, Dr. Corson left Chap
man's body just as it was found,
sprawled gruesomely between the bed
and the bureau of the room in the
lonely house near Enumclaw.
The prosecuting attorney's office
will join with the coroner and the
sheriff's office in a further investiga
tion Saturday.—Seattle Post-Intelli
A later report says that it was con
sidered that Chapman had committed
suicide, although Mrs. Siverly was
still held, pending further investiga
LATER—She has been released.
A young peoples' organization has
recently been effected for the purpose
of conducting properly chaperoned
dances of a more or less private na
ture. The organization has taken the
name of "The K. K. Dancing Club,"
and has adopted a constitution and by
laws for its government. There is ;m
advisory committee of I'nee mothers,
chosen by the active membership, who
act as chaperons, and who must be in
foitncd in advance of any proposed
change in the present constitution and
by-laws. The club is not conducted
under the auspices of the schools, and
a number of young people not attend
ing school belong to it, although new
members may be taken in only upon
an invitation by the active member
ship and must agree to the rules and
regulations by signing the same.
The first dance conducted hy the K.
K. Dancing club was given Friday
evening in the Masonic hall. About
twenty couples enjoyed the fiance to
music furnished by some of the boy.
themselves. Mrs. Hoxsey, Mr?. Wett
stein and Mrs. Featherstone are the
chaperons for the season and have the
thanks of all the young folks whom
they helped to enjoy the evening. The
party dispersed promptly at midnight
hoping to enjoy many more very pleas
ant evenings.
Mothers of active members of the
club have a standing invitation to st
tend any or all dances.
San Francisco, Cal.—More than
$41,000 worth of Fifth Liberty Loan
Bonds, with accrued interest amount
ing to nearly 53.600 is going begging
for rightful owners in the Federal Re
serve Bank of San Francisco. The
bank has had the bonds for over two
years, and is anxious that the owners
who were given Interim Certificate.", in
lieu of the bonds during the first loan,
surrender the Certificates at once In
exchange for the bonds.
At the time of the first liberty loan
the actual bonds were not ready for
distribution, and Interim Certificates
were issued. These, however, bear no
interest, so that persons throughout
the Twelfth Federal Tieserve District
who are holding Interim Certificates
should communicate with the Fed< ral
Reserve Bank in order that the ex
chanjre can be made at once and the in
terest accrued on the bonds paid. Tf
a subscriber has lo?t the Certificate,
the Federal Reserve Bank should be
(notified, and. upon request, proced^
to be followed in presenting claim for
relief will be furnished.
Beautiful line of Christmas (lifts.
25c and up. at Carlmiist's JewwJrv
The Echo Is authorized to say that
diirinK the coming- year the Tumwater
Light and Tower Company of Leaver
worth will build a new and up-to-date
electric light and power plant several
times larger than the present plant
which will enable the company to
serve this whole community and have
a surplus for its future growtfi.
No definate plans can- now be out
lined, but it is probable that an entire
ly new plant will be built below the
present one. The matter of a new
site has been under consideration for
some time. It is hoped that in build
ing the new plant the cause of trouble
during extreme cold weather may be
overcome. This is the clogging of the
flume or pipe which leads the water to
the water wheel or turbin. On the
Wenatchee river and only a couple
olher streams in the West a peculiar
slush ice forms in the water and upon
entering swift water it is made to ad
here to whatever solid substance—as
jocks or flumes—that it comes in con
tact with, and in the case of the flump,
scon filling it so full that insufficient
water can pass through it. It is
hoped that by locating the intake of
the flume at a water fall a suction or
overdraft may be created which will
(any the slush ice away from the in
take. It is planned to provide a very
large flume so that in the event that
the slush ice trouble cannot be over
come otherwise, there will still be
capacity enough to provide sufficient
power at all times.
Communion services Monday even
ing at 7:J5. —Rev. Lueckel, Pastor.
Sabbath School 9:15.
K|>\\orth League 6:30.
Topics: "The Christmas Message
and the Christmas spirit."
Preaching services lla. m. and 7::!0
p. in.
Morning topic, "The Christ of the
Manger is the Christ of the Throne."
Evening topic, "The First Villian of
the Christmas Drama."
Special Christmas music will be
lendered at both services. Let every
body attend some church on Christmas
Win, Hoskins. Pastor.
X. li. Stephens spent the week end <
in Spokane.
Mrs. Verne Johnson is visiting
friends and relatives in Cloquet, Minn.
Mrs. Mac Royal, of Merritt, did
some Christinas shopping in Leaven
worth Monday.
C. A. Manthe, train muster oi' Spo
kane, qwa! Sunday in Leavenworth
on company business.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Smith are enjoy
ing a visit from their daughter, Mrs.
1 are Brown, of Raymond, Wn.
H. Toreson. muter carpenter, of
Spokane, spent Tuesday in Leaven
worth in the interests of the company.
Miss Frances Martin, third trick
operator at Drury, la enjoying a vaca- '
tion in Kverett. She is relieved by j
Mrs. C. A. Bradshaw.
Trainmaster J. K. Goodie of the
CaM-ade division and Trainmaster li'
war of the Spokane division, spent
Wednesday m Leavenworth.
Mr.-. .1. W. Jett came over from
Spokane MM days ago to join Mr.
.'ett and they will make their home in
Learenworth. At present they are at
the Barclay..
a few friends, most of whom were]
railioad people, gathered at the home
of Harry Krondak Sunday evening to
plan a Christmas party which will be
given in the near future.
Mrs. C. J. McClure and daughter,
Ruth, returned to Leavenworth from
Spokane Monday on No. 1. We are
glad to learn that Miss Ruth's health
which has been quite poor is improv
Boys and girls in the State of Wash
ington are to learn their A. B. C.'s in
thrift and saving during the next ten
weeks. Mrs. Josephine Corliss I'res
ton, State Superintendent of Pub'.ic
Instruction, has just completed prepar
ing a ten weeks course in "Thrift"',
which will be a part of the regular
school curriculum. The lessons will be
given once a week. One thousand let
ters of instruction, accompanied by an
outline of the Thrift course to be given
in the schools of the state, have been
mailed to the principals and superin
tendents of the schools. The spirit of
the Thrife course harks back to the
days of Benjamin Franklin and simple
"If the coming generation is to be a
useful, helpful, and happy one we must
begin to inculcate the first principles
o f thrift in these young impressionable
minds," says Mrs. Preston. "Extra
vagant ideas that run to candy, ice
cream, and toys in large amounts in
the younger boys and girls; and mo
vies, silk hose, and georgette blouses
in young high school girls, should not
be allowed to run riot. Where is there
a better place to instill ideals of simple
happy living in the minds of these
young people than in the schools ?
The lessons are arranged so that the
teacher devotes a certain portion of
the thrift hour in giving short talk.
The pupils then give a certain part of
the program and the last twenty min
utes of each thrift hour is devoted to
the buying of Thrift Stamps. The ten
lessons attempt to arouse an interest
in the children for the saving of time,
talent, health, and money. A brief
mie of the course follows:
Christmas lesson to he given on De
cember 19th. The children are urged
to give gifts of Thrift Stamps, to use
their gift money received at Christmas
lime in purchasing Thrift Stamps, and
to earn money during Christmas vaca
f ion with which to buy Thrift Stamps.
Each child then gives a suggestion as
to how to earn money during the vaca
tion. The last twenty minutes of the
l.our are used for selling stamps.
The next letter comes on January
2nd and the keynote of this lesson is
Thrift Through Avoiding Needless ex
: pense. A new vogue in resolutions
will be introduced at this time when
each pupil gives a New Years resolu
i tion on Thrift.
The titles of the other lessons are:
"Thrift through the care of body
Night Yardmaster Fred Kohls has
liecn on the sick list for the past
Conductor Jobson has returned to
Lcavenworth from the Wenatcty v-
Oroville line.
Brakeman W. H. Brown wa:- called
to Springfield, Mo., i>y a telegram on
account of the serious illness of his
rather and left for Springfield on Wed
Mrs. KUith Pitschow. of Drury, has
been enjoying a vacation . most of
which was spent in Wenatchee. and
with her -ister, Mrs. Martin Roach, of
Leaven worth.
Engineer .'ohn Calder. of Seattle,
was instantly killed when No. 26's
ingine jumped the track, broke loOM
from the train and was hurled down
the embankment, one mile east of
Cascade Tunnel, on Saturday, Dec. 13.
Fireman Cummins of Seattle, had
two ribs broken and other injuru
which we understand art not serious,
and Fred Lancaster who was riding; on
the engine suffered slight injuries only.
The cause of the accident has not been
determined a.> yet. With the pawrfnj
of John Calder the Great Northern
loses one of its veteran engineer! and
a man well and favorably known by all
who knew him. He leaves a wife,
three daughters and a son in Seattle
to mourn his loss. H. had been run
ning into Leaven worth for about
twenty-five years and at one time
made his home here. He had a wide
acquaintance in Leavenworth. and in
railroad circles who regret keenly his
untimely death. The engine took all
the wires in its wild plung and the
wireless was the only way we had of
fretting information from the wreck.
and mind."
"Thrift Through Securing and Util
izing Knowledge."
"Thrift Through Simple Living".
"Thrift of Time."
"Thrift Through Temperance in
Eating and Drinking."
; "Thrift Through Industry."
"Thrift Through the Saving of Tii:i ■.
i Talent, Health, and Money."
The tenth lesson will be in the na
| ture of a patriotic and thrift program
of the school and community.
Some of the topics for discussion,
compositions and suggestions which
will be used by the children are:
Composition on: "Right Living,"'
"Why I Buy W. 5.5.," a list of things
essential to health and happiness, a
schedule given by each child on "When
I Work and When I Play." A list
given by each child as to what he or
she spent money for in the preceding
week or month. Reports on "How I
Earn My Money and How I Spend It."
Sketches of poor boys who became fa
These topics will not be discussed by
the teacher but by the children under
the guidance of the teachers.
In case any teacher does nof^ feel
able to finance the sale of Thrift
Stamps, the postman or mail carrier
will be asked to call at the school once
a week and sell stamps to the children
or a local banker will be asked to
finance the sale.
This is a very simple course and de
cidedly the A. B. C.'s of Thrift Edu
i cation, gays Mrs. Preston, but it is the
beginning of a more extensive course
that this department wishes to see as
fine of the most important parts of the
school curriculum. An attempt has
been m£.de in the first course to com
bine theory and practice by dividing
up the thrift hour each week into dis
cussion and the actual buying of
"My advocating that the children
earn a little money in the right way
and under the right kind of conditions,
they soon learn the value of a dollar.
Of course it is not just the purpose of
this course to teach Thrift only from
a standpoint of saving money but also
of saving time, talent and health. ft
is hoped that this course will prove an
impetus for a spirit of thrift which
will sweep the entire state."
The dates of the lessons in the
schools, to which the parents and pub-;
lie will be invited, arc: December
19th, January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 88rd, 30th
and February 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.
The December first estimate of the
uera sown to winter wheat in Wash
irgton is 919,000 acres. The crop re
port just issued by G. S. Ray, Field
Agent for the Federal Bureau of Crop
Estimates, indicates that this acre
age is approximately 100,000 acres
less than that of last fall, when 1,021 ,
-000 acres were planted. This year's
acreage is but slightly above the usual
area of !>IO,OOO acres.
For the LTnited States, the area of
winter wheat is 38,770,000 acres, this
being a considerable decrease as com
pared with the 50,489,000 acres sown
ir. 1918.
The condition of winter wheat is
84 per cent of normal in Washington,
while for the United States the con
dition ; s 85.2 per cent. With a consid
erable amount of Seeding dune very
late, most of the wheat in the State
had made but little surface growth
before the November freeze. A heavy
covering of snow, now quite general
throughout the wheat belt of (he state,
will be benelicial to the crop. Until
spring growing weather is experi
enced, however, it will be impossible to
determine the damage done by freez
ing to the late sown wheat.
The acreage of winter rye in the
state is hut one per cent greater than
in 1918, when 10,000 acres weir sown.
The acreage this fall, however, is 107
per cent of that usually planted. In
the Big Bend and southern counties,
which produce the greater percentage
of the rye crop, Adams. Franklin, Lin
coln, and Klickitat counties show a
slight increase in acreage. The con
dition of the crop December Ist was
92 per cent of normal.
There will be a meeting of the
Leavenworth Sportsmen's association
at the City Hall next Monday evening,
Dec. 22. Election of officers and a lot
of other matters to come before the
L. R. Hart, Secy.
A full line of Holiday GoodsLeav
enworth Pharmacy. (49*)
Large celluloid Kewpie—Special at
$1.00, at The Racket Store. (51*)
Beautiful line of Christinas Gifts,
25c and up, at CarlquiFt's Jewelry
$2.00 PER YEAH
Last Saturday afternoon us Engi-
neer John Calder, of Seattle, formerly
of Leavenworth. was bringing train
I No. 26 in from Seattle and when about
one mile this side of the Cascade tun
nel, on rounding a curve the engine
left the track and the veteran engi
neer was instantly killed. The body
was found among the siderods ami wu
so crushed that it was scarcely recog
nizable. Fireman Wm. Cummings, of
Seattle, sustained a severe scalp
wound, a puncture under the arm and
three broken ribs. It is thought that
he will speedily recover. Two oth^r
men. Red Lancaster, of Leavenworth.
and Lyle Boylbe, of Everett, were on
the engine at the time and escaped
with minor injuries, although they. M
well as Fireman Cummings, we-e
taken to the Leavenworth hospital to
have their injuries attended to.
No one else on the train was injured,
the engine and tender being the only
part of the train to leave the track.
It seems that the track was not even
disturbed, a first report that a broken
rail caused the engine's derailment
being erroneous. The engine was No.
lOfJl, and it is said that several others
of its class have toppled over in a
similar manner, although the Echo
knows nothing as to the accuracy of
this report. Evidently the engine must
have cleared the (rack so quickly that
the coupling was twisted off without
disturbing the equilibrium of the
coach next the tender and the coaches
all remained on the track, being
brought to a standstill by the automa
tic action of the air breaker, for the
first members of the traincrew knew
of the accident was when the train
stopped and it was discovered that the
engine was lying besides or near the
observation coach.
Engineer John Calder was one of tin
oldest engineers in the number of
years service in service here. He had
been on the road between twenty-six
and twenty-seven years, and was for
merly a resident of this city where all
who knew him intimately speak in the
highest terms of him as an engineer, a
citizen and a man. The remains were
brought here and later returned to
Seattle, where the funeral \vfcs held on
Tuesday, many of his Leavenworth
friends attending. He is survived by
his wife and four children.
Cashmere Record.—A long string of
loaded refrigerators filled with apples
from Cashmere, Dryden and Peshastin,
reported to be 90 in number, were
started out eastbound last Sunday.
Most of the cars were loaded prior to
December 1 and remained for a week
without protection of any kind in the
extreme cold and below zero weather.
That they were thoroughly frozen it
the opinion of fruit men, and the out
come of this circumstance is awaited
by them with no little concern.
Fruit men and shippers here do not
anticipate any direct loss to themselves
by what tiny declare groat negligence
on the part of the railroad. Their ex
perience, how 'ver, gives them the
knowledge that an apple frozen usually
deteriorate! very rapidly and finds lit
tle favor in the market or with the
tiade. and that a large quantity of in
ferior trait dumped for quick sale ser
iously affects market conditions. They
also know the vast amount of red tape
and probably litigation involved in the
settlement of claims with railroad
companies. The condition is one they
dc not altogether relish.
Parents who have children, not in
school, who are six years of age or
who will be six years of age on or be
fore the twelfth of January, may have
them enter the first grade on the above
named date, as the second semester
will begin at that time. Children who
will not be six until after the opening
of the second semester can not be en
rolled until the opening of the fall
session. Children who expect to en
roll for the second semester's work
this year, must do so at the beginning
of the semester. They can not be ad
mitted after the new class has been
organized and started out in its work.
Supt. City Schools.

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