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THE COEUR D'ALENE PRESS. FRIDAY EVENING, AUGUST lo, 1906 PRICE FIVE CBN' WEDQEWOOD DENIES CHARGE Says he Did Not Strike Mother Trial Continued The trial of George Wedgewood, ar rested on a charge of battery, on a warrant sworn out by his mother, and set for today, was postponed until Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, on account of the attorney for the de fendent having other matters to at tend to. Attorney Whitla stated this morn ing that Mrs. Wedgewood was 77 years of age, German, and could not speak English distinctly. He said that her face bore marks where she claims Wedgewood had hit her. He alo said that Wedgewood bad applied to him for a permit to carry a gun, giving as his reasons that some of the men of the town were going to mob him, and that he wanted it for self defense. George Wedgewood, when inter viewed by the Press representative, stated that he had been told that some of the boys around town were going to give him a lashing and when asked about the gun intimated that he might have one in his house. When asked about striking his moth er he stated that he was innocent and had gone to the house to see if she needed any food. He said that he started to look in the cupboard and after asking her if she needed any thing that she threw a poker at him, and that he put her in a chair and started for the cupboard the second time. According to his story she threw her shoe at him and that he set her in thi chair and held her there. When asked about the marks on her fac. and as to how they came there, he sad that he did not know, but thi t he supposed it happened when he sat her in the chair, for at that time the chair had tipped and she came near falling to the floor. He said that she was old and child ish and had caused him a great deal of trouble, stating that he had bor rowed money to bring her to this city and she was angry because he did not give her everything she wanted. Father Purcell has acted as peace maker, and when interviewed related about the same story as Wedgewood, saying that she had been to his house several times complaining about the treatment she was receiving, and that he had told her to be satisfied with what she had. He also stated that she was jealius of her daughter-in law, and that she was angry because her son had not given her two lo s ONE HANOS, OTHER LIVES Boise, Aug. 10.—At a late hour last night Governor Gooding signed a reprieve until October 3, the date of the next meeting of the pardon board, for Rudolph Wetter, who was to have been hanged at daybreak this morn ing. A. J. Frawley, a Boise attor ney, interested himself in Wetter's behalf, being impressed with the statement made in a newspaper inter view published this morning in which Wetter maintained that his trial had not been conducted as he wished, and that he might have been acquitted had he had more money to spend. Affidavits - were presented to the governor late in the afternoon setting forth that the plea of insanity had been injected into the case when Wet ter was convicted against the defend ant s desire, and also that the evi dence of certain witnesses said to be important, could now be obtained which could not be secured at trial. The nature of this evidence has not been disclosed. Wetter was sen tenced to hang for the murder of C hrist D. Long, in Idaho county. Bond, the condemned murderer, was hanged at the penitentiary this morn ing. The trap was sprung at e leven minutes after six. The condemned man never faltered during the pro ceedings, but was brave to the last. Before the black cap was pulled over his face the condemned man «*»«de a confession of his guilt, say ing "I am guitly a whole lot, but not all." The last words which he ut tered after the lack cap was pulled down over his face were, "May God have mercy on my soul, Lord bear my prayer and dying words." His neck was broken and death resulted without a struggle. and built her a house; that she com plained she was not getting enough to eat and did not think it right that the children should take musio les sons, which coat her son $15 a month, when she was not getting the proper food. He also stated that the old lady had such a temper that it was almost impossible for one to live with her and aaid that she had spoken to him before she had sworn out the warrant. The neighbors tell a different story to the effect that the old lady says this is not the first time her son whipped her. According to her story she was in her home, which is a small house in the rear of the Wedgewood house, when her son came in and started to abuse her. Angry words followed and Wedgewood told her to be quiet. She sa d that she became frightened, that she called for help, and that he grabbed her by the face putting his hand over her mouth so she could not make any noise, and that he shoved her against the table and stove, and that her back is black and blue. She said that he had locked the door so she could not get out, but that his wife had entered the room and left the door open, and that she ran out and down to Father Pur cell's, who told her he coula do nothing, but that he should talk to her son. She then made the com plaint. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. That is the Charge Against Dog Catcher. The citizens and residents in the vicinity of Sixth street and Coeur d' Alene and Spokane railway are be coming highly indignant over the method of the dogcatcher, who has for a dog pound, an old warehouse in that locality. All dogs are caught by him and placed in this ware house to wait claimants or their death, and the residents claim that they do not receive the proper atten tion, and that the dogs try to allevi ate their sufferings by proclaiming them at all hours of the day. It also is said that be kills the dogs in this building, by shooting them. Unless there is some change the residents threaten to make trouble for the dog catcher. GOOD GAMES SUNDAY. Capt. Middelton Has Many _.....Gamas Scheduled. To the public it may seem that the ball season is over, and that the local team is taking a vacation; but cheer up, fans, for the following schedule, which is practically assured, will give much better games than has been played for some time in this city. On Sunday the locals will play a double header in the afternoon. The first game will be-between the locals and the Jones & Dillingham team of Spokane, and the second will be with the Wallace aggregation. The latter ; promises to be a good fast game, as it is rumored that the miners are coming 200 strong, as far as base ball is concerned, and there will be an excursion for the benefit of the rooters from that city. Captian Mid dleton, of the locals, stated today that he was arranging for the follow ing games and that they were prac tically assured. The Warwicks, with an exceptionally strong team will play here next Wednesday, and the S. A. A. C. will endeavor to worst the locals on Thursday. The eighth and ninth of September, the home team will play the Spokane Indians at Spokane. These games are assur ed. Arrangements are practically completed for a boat with the North ern Pacific team in this city on the second and third of September, and on the eighteenth day of next month the locals will play a return game ! with the 8. A. A.JC. at Spokane, and ; there is a probability of a game with ! the same team few September 19 in thia city. Miss H tlful girls li she has a<i first played Miss Grace Orphans." MSS HELEN ORMSBEE, STAGE BEAUTY. ■n Ormsbee Is a college graduate and was one of the most beau !er class. She stepped directly from college to the stage, where need as rapidly as she did In Latin and Greek. Miss Ormsbee •veral parts in repertory with Mrs. Fiske. When understudy for ■ eorge she gave an excellent performance of Louise In "The Two WILL PURCHASE SILVERBULLION Government in Market First Time in Thirteen Years Washington, Aug. 10.—For the first time in 13 years the government announced its purpose to purchase silver for coinage purposes. Tenders are invited at the office of the direct or of the mint in this city on Wed nesday, the 15th instant, up to 1 o'clock p. m., and every Wednesday thereafter until further notice. These tenders are to be for delivery at the Philadelphia, New Orleans and Den ver mints, settlement to be on the New York basis of bullion, guaran teed 999 fine. The stock of bullion in the treas ury was exhausted more than a year ago, and since then no bullion has been available for subsidiary use. The stock in the treasury had be come so low that it was ajiparent, ac cording to the department, that the demands of a constantly enlarging trade could not be met without addi tional coinage. The secretary of the treasury was in doubt whether exist ing statutes authorized him to buy bullion for this purpose, and more over, was of the opinion that it wonld be a better policy to meet fu ture demands for subsidiary coin by the recoinage of silver dollars in the treasuary, and so recommended to congress. Congress, however, hav ing failed to act upon his recom mendation, Secretary Shaw requested an opinion from the attorney general as to authority to purchase bullion for this purpose under existing laws, and he received a favorable reply, based on section 3526 of the revised statutes. The policy now announced was accordingly determined upon. The United States government has been in the past an important factor in the silver market. In preparing for the resumption of specie pay ments and the redemption of the frac tional paper' currency issued during and following the civil war, it began in January, 1875, a series of pur chases. ending in February, 1878, HEYBURN SEES SUCCESS Lewiston, Idsho, Aug. 10.—"I consider that the chances for republi can success in Idaho sre greatly strengthened by the action taken at the democratic state convention at Coeur d'Alene," Mid Senator W. B. Hey burn this morning. ' 'Wherever 1 go I find that the which aggregated 31,603,905 fine ounces, which cost $37,571,148 in gold. Commissioner Finds Soar Peas. Boise, Aug. 10.—It was a case of "23" for 20 cases of very sour can ned peas yesterday, when Pure Food Commissoner Hitt opened about 20 cans of 12 cases and found all cans of the same condition. He confiscated the lot and took them to the city dump and buried them, first obtain ing an order from Justice of the Peace Savidge. The extra case be now has in his office reudy to produce in case of controversy. "I don't want to make public the name of the merchant from whom I I got the peas," said the commissioner, "for the reason that I know he is per fectly guiltless in the matter. If it had not have been for him I should possibly have never known anything about them. The merchant bought the peas from the second man, who got them from the third party. We don't know for certain who the third party is, but wlil make it our busi ness to find out. "The peas were offered to the mer chant at the ridiculously low price of 61.05 per case. After he had bought them he got to thinking the matter over and grew suspicions. He sent for me to make an examiua j tion. The first can we opened was j sour. So was the next and the next j and the next. We opened a large ' number of cans and they were all the j same. They were what the grocers ■ termed 'done over' peas. That is, they were peas that bad been spoiled some time and had been recooked and recanned. When or where the peas were can ned is not known or what firm put them op. The only marks on the cans or on the case are the words. Standard Sugar Peas." differences raised at the Pocatello convention are subsiding and the re publican party leaden are working as a unit for the ticket." Senator Hey burn is in the city on personal business. His health is im proving steadily and be hopes by Call to regain his usual strength. KEYNOTE OF THECAMPAIQ] Judge Stockslager Will Wage Lively War Wallaoe, Idaho, Aug. 10.—-In ab solute harmony with every plank in the platform of the democratic party In this state as adopted by the Coeur d'Alene state convention, and rely ing upon the women to vote for him Judge Charles O. Stockslager, nomin ated for governor, expeota to wage a relentless campaign from now until election day, making the anti-Mor mon plank, the "six bit" insurance companies plank, the change of ven ue plank, Governor Gooding's ad ministration, which is characterised by the democratic nominee as waste ful and extravagant, and the alleged unmerited condnet of the state land bo rad, the paramount issuee of the fight the judge is pleased at the out look for success. "These are the planks in the plat form moat vital to the welfare of the citizens of Idaho, " said the judge. "Of course, the Mormon question really is the one paramount issue be tween the two parties. By talcing such a pronounced stand against Mor monism the democratic party perhaps has alienated a great per cent of its Mormon vote, but to offset that I firmly tielieve that this same vigorous anti-Mormon plank will draw many a gentile republican vote. Heretofore the anti-Mormon plank in our plat form has been so much leas pro nounced and emphatic tiian it is this year that many republicans who would have voted the democratic tic ket in order to down Mormonism did not do so, as they were not sure just where the democratic party stood on this issne. This year there can be no question. "I also believe that hundreds of women voters, republican and demo cratic alike, will support the ticket just on acoount of the plank in the platform. "Some may criticize Senator Du bois for being so radical on this is sue, but I do not think he is, and 1 am glad the convention adopted an anti-Mormon plank that can not pos sibly be mistaken or misunderstood. "The 'six bit' insurance plank also is a fine thing, and I believe that, second to the Mormon plank it is the best political taste of any of the planks making up our platform. By that plank no insurance company that FINNS PLAN REVOLUTION Copenhagen, Aug. 10.—A number of the members of the Finnish revo lutionary organization were arrested Thursday aud under pressure confess ed the plans of the patriots. They rereuied a wide spread plot to blow up all govermeut buildings at Hels ingford with dynamite and to estab lish a dictatorship over Finland. This being successful, it was planned to march to St. Petersburg to aid the opponent* of the government there. The government is alarmed and it is greatly feared that Finland has been selected as the starting point for the revolution at St. Petersburg. MITIGATE SENTENCE. St. Petersburg, Aug. 10.—The sen tence of the Sebastopol mutineers will probably be mitigated. It will CLUB TO INCORPORATE The executive committee of the Commercial club held a meeting last eveniug for the purpose of taking steps for incorporating the club. There were two plans suggested. The first was to capitalize the club for 150,000 and dispose of the stock in this city selling it at the par val ue. This plan was not favorably spoken of by the majority of those present, as It might give control to a few parties, and in this event each mber would not have the same rights and privileges. The other plan proposed. waa well received. By this plan the clnb will be incorporated without the capital, with seats similar to those on the Board of Trade «r Chamber of Com merce, these seats to be sold after the first of September, payment in ad vanee, for a sum agreed upon by the clnb. This plan will be found more democratic, and tend to add interest. a I a 1 into has refused or shall refuse to pay in full its San Francisco leases will be allowed to continue or enter business iu this state. "The change of venue plank _ tainly must appeal to the bar of 1 state and the general public in a fav orable manner." This plank favors the passage of a law whereby proeeouting attorney* may be granted a change of venue in the trial of a criminal action egsltsrt Mormons and was suggested by Judge Stockslager himself. In fact, the entire supreme court at the last ses sion of the legislature tried to gall such a law paaesed, but failed. "Governor Gooding's administra tion, " declared the democratic lead er, "I consider wasteful and extrava gant beyond all reasons, and I pro pose to take a vigorous stand in op position to the methods practiced by the administration. Many of the de partments of the administration have been compelled to issue deficiency warrants, of which I hold there should have been no necessity had the public servants had the interest of the state at heart. "Aa to the remainder of the plat form, it is all good, and I am in per fect harmony with it. 1 confidently feel that with such an excellent plat form to work upon, our ticket will be elected." Judge Stockslager waa asked re garding the resolution adopted by the state convention touching upon the Steunenbreg assassination, also his opinion of Governor Gooding's atti tude with respect to the prosecution of the alleged muiderers of the form er governor. He replied: "The convention simply adopted a resolution expressing the conven tion's regrets at the murder of the ex-governor, aud hoping the perpe trator or perjietrators of the crime will be punished for it." He de clined further to discuss the matter, beyond saying: "I want to state right here that, should 1 lie Governor Gooding's aue cseor, I shall expect to ran absolute ly the executive end of the state gov ernment, and 1 shall expect the Judi ciary end to be run by the officer • composing It." be recalled thut the paper* iu the cases of these men disappeared mys teriously after the arrival at Sebasto pol of Admiral Skrydloff, command er of the Black sea fleet. Before he left Sebastopol the admiral intimated that he considered the condemnation of the mutineers prearranged and un just, and Mid he thought the officers had been more to blame than sailors. There is more than a suspicion that the "seizure by revolutionists" of the papers in tlie case was staged by Admiral Skrydotf himself. On the recommendation of the ad miral, minister of Marine Barilleff, in st«a< 1 of conforming the sentence, has ordered a complete rehearing of the case at the end of two months. to the club, as each one will hold the same position. It was also thought that all 1 hers entering the clnb after Septem ber 1 should be required to pay a larger admittance fee. John M. Flynn was appointed a committee of one to draw up the articles of incor poration and present them at a spe cial meeting of the executive commit tee, which will be held et el o'clock this evening. The 1 will be drawn along the lines of 1 latter plan, and will be in effect! soon as completed and accepted, ter being properly filed. The representative of the U Statesman, In bis report of the 1 era tic state convention says that " citizens have taken care of the visit royally, showing themselvea to princes."