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Saturday, Dec. 24, 1910
Poor Man's Friend Accused of
Robbing Poor, Sure His Money
p. Will Keep Him Out of Jail
SEATTLE, Wash., Deo 24. —Se-
attle has a man who, with seven
federift grand Jury indictments for
fraud hanging over his hear, is ar
rogantly confident that he will
never wear stripes in the federal
penitentiary on McNeil's island.
The reason for bith his confl
denco and his arrogance. i 3 the fact
that ho has several millions which
he can get with a few days' notice.
Other cities have had their ar
rogant, Indicted rich men, with
I eoual confidence in their millions
to keep them out of Jail. But Se
"" attic's man Is unique in that instead
of resortlnaj |o the ln<llrct methods
of robbery, giich as bribery, fran
chise stealing and Oio general cam
*palgn of graft, tlio evidence that led
to the Indictments against him In
dicatos that under the guise of a
benefactor he put his hand directly
into the poQr man's poc-Ket.
His name Is C. T>. Hll'mnn. lie
Is th« largest land owner In Qm
nortliwost, barring, perliaps, the
.Weyeiiiaeuscr timber syndicate. He
la a millionaire, who favorite la
bel for himself as "tho poor man'.s
-Hillman Is the most sensational
operator In land values who ever
exploited tills new country, where
r«al estate schemes are talked on
every corner. For Hilhnan opera
ted on a large scale Hid appealed
to the poor man's desire to own
his own home.
Illllman's usual plan was to start
new towns. According: to the in
dictments, he would advertise that
the prospective towns would be
great seaport manufacturing cities,
the Industrie! were coming there,
that the Northern Pa'-itlc, the Ca
nadian Pacific, the Milwaukee and
the Union Pacific would build to the
town, that rights of way had been
plotted, that there would be cm
ployment for all who bought lane
from Hillman.
The thing would start with n
bang. Hlllman bought -i steamboat
and gave free * excursions to cer
tain of his property. Autos pro
claiming the virtues of the land
and advertising the excurolons pa
trolled the streets. Once he adver
tised that he would pay $500 to the
parents of the first baby born In a
new town.
But In many cases tho railroads
never built In, the Industries didn't
come, the buyers were unable to
find work Tho first payments
were made out of earnings of years,
then the dreams of the buyers fail
ed. They were unable to continue
the payments and lost everything.
Even the offer to the first baby was
never paid till Hillman had been
sued for It. In some rases Hillman
'agent* showed one plat of gsound
and sold another, according to the
Indictments. In others he sold the
' sams land to several buyers. Prac
tically 90 per cent of the buyers
were the poor, the Ignorant, the
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Hillman had been arrested once
before and convicted, but he got a
new trial and the prosecuting at
torney failed to prosecute again. In
August, 1910, Hillman wat arnsii-a
again. This time U. 3. DlPst. Atty.
Todd accused him of using the
mails to defraud.
Hillman wasn't worried, even
though tho United states govern
ment was on his trail. With hla
money he felt absolutely immune
from punishment. But ho didn't
want much said about it in, tho
newspapers, however. That would
hurt his business. He thought the
papers should suppress the story
as ho was a big advertiser.
But the Seattle Star, an Indepen
dent newspaper, printed the story
In glaring headlines Hillman Im
mediately started suit for libel. The
Star refused to be muzzled and
Hillman started other suits until
they totaled a half-million dollars.
Then the grand Jury indicted
Hillman on 25 counts. Conviction
would involve In all ")2 years' sen
tence In tho penitentiary and a fino
of M^tOO. Thin it mdl.-led five of
his employes and the postmaster at
Saratoga, Wash, who was charged
with being a Hillman agent.
Hillman, still confident, prepared
for a bitter fight. Hen engaged the
best lawyer! in Seattle, and Ta
-I'imiß. They attacked, the Indict
ments. They demanded the return
•of Htllman's honks, leliod by Todd
as evidence. They moved to quash,
they filed demurrers, they fought
for delay. They give evidence that
they will exhaust the last techni
cality before Hillman Is punished.
His lawyers are combing the law
hooks for precedents, for loopholes.
Hillman doesn't realize. He doesn't
see how It is possible for a man as
rich as he is to go to jail.
There are rich men Ilk" that.
Two Years More and Los Angeles Will Own
Greatest Water System in the World
LOS ANGKLRS, Cnl., Dor. 2.J. — (Spl.)—A little over two yenrs
from now the city of Los Angeles will have realized its ambition of
an unlimited supply of pure water for renturics to come. It is Just
about to <'oni|riet<<, at v cost of #24,500,000, one of the most stupend
ous englniVi-iiiK fents of modern or ancient times—the building of
the Los Angeles Aoqnc'duct, as It is known—which will bring wuter
for domestic and irrigation purpose*, from the mountains, 230 mil
es away.
The acqueduct system is 215
miles long and consists of tunnels
through the heart of the mount
tin ranges; of conduits straigh
iniwH the burning sands of the
lesert, where It Is 120 in the shade
in summer and below zero in win
tw; huge syphons and six reser
voire, the latter covering 15 acre
n all, where 190 billion gallon
•an be stored against a drought.
From the Intake down, the
acqueduet runs 215 miles—32
miles of open canal, 38 miles of
concrete conduit, 43 miles of tun
nel, 8 miles of covered conduit,
131 1-2 miles of siphons and one
half mile of flumes.
The greatest engineering feat of
the entire work is at the key to
the whole aqueduct, the Elizabeth
lake tunnel, about CO miles from
Los Angeles. The waters of the
acqueduct are to be put- into the
city through gravity. ' That is,
along the entire length of the
work there is not a single pump
ing station. In order to accomp
lish this it was necessary to drill
a tunnel five miles under the Coa3t
range mountains and beneath the
bed of Elizabeth lake. This piece
of work alone will -:ost over two
million dollars and the total time
necessary to drill thiß will be close
to five years when it is completed.
The work Is straight through
solid granite. By going through
the mountains and lake it made
unnecessary a wide detour which
Puzzle Solved!! It's a Nature Fake
Remember that little puzzle of Thursday? Tho beautiful little woolihl hill? We asked you to
toll us where it was. Well, here It is, riiyht on the head of a Taco nia flrl. Did you pick It?
Whether you did or not, you see in tihe picture one of the 1 atest tilings in mil line ry—oroes
aigrerts arranged on the round top of the hat, like trees. It gives the effect of a oold autumn d&y
scene. Take another look. You can almost see an auto wfolrl aroun d tho curve of the hat brim. The
only thing missing is a fence. 4 \
would cost many thousands more
and a pumping plant, something
which the officials desire to avoid.
The Tacoma Commercial c2iuJ»
last night adopted am amendment
to its bylaws providing that on
petition of 10 members a traffic
association committee shall be
named to 'handle traffic matters
in the city.
This action opens the way for
the merging of the Commercial
cliub and the Taooma Traffic asso
Efforts have been under way for
some time to merge the two or
ganizations. ,» S
(By United Press I/on sort Wire.)
OAKLAND, Cal... Dec. 24.—
Mrs. Isabel Martin was found
guilty yesterday of dynamiting the
home of Superior Judge O&den
but was recommended to the ex
treme mercy of the court. She
conducted (her own case and her
plea to the Jury brought tears to
the eyes of several of the' men
who had >o pass on the testimony.
GETS $2,000,000
(By United Press leased Wire.)
An (hour after go* had announced
to 'her family that they wwrtd
haw to forego the usual ' Christ
inas turkey dinner, Mrs. Mtnnte
Orosby of Ohickasha, Okla., re
ceived a telegram telling her that
she was heir to a fortune of $2,
--000,000. The message was from
iJ. W. Grant, a Boston attorney.
It said that in the death, of Mrs.
Crosby's aunt, Mrs. Godfrey Pack
us of Providence, R. 1., the for
tune had been left to Mr». Crosby.
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
LONDON, Dec. 24. —Two per
sons were killed outright and
eight others so severely injured
that they ctfbld not crawl', from
the wreckage were Incinerated in
the wreck of a Glasgow bound
express, train near Carlisle today,
according to reports received
here. Twenty persons were se
verely injured and many of them
will die.
The express, running at high
speed, crashed into a pilot engine.
The .: passenger C coaches " were
telescopy y/.::--^-, '
Same old thing In a prominent
■tocklng,-"" I
the TAgofltft^rjcra^F.
Confesses He
Started Fire
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
John Cornegia, a Pole, surrender
ed to the police late yesterday af
ternoon, stating that 'h>e started
the Friedlauder leather factory
ftre ia which 2 4 firemen and po
ilice lost their lives. He said that
the firm refused 'fc'lm employment
and that lw> deaired revenge.
The police are holding him In
cuetody pending an investigation.
They stated that the man was
probably mentally unbalanced.
An unsuccessful attempt to
commit suicide was made last
night by a man who gave the
name of J. Charlln. At a late
hour a strong 8m«ll of gas came
from Charlin's room in the Bel
mont house and it was found the
man was overcome but still liv
ing. The police were notified, and
he was soon out of danger, but so
weak he was unable to explain
further than to say he wanted,to
die. He was taken to jitil o na
charge of attempting suicide.
What became of th* man who In
vented the word "Xmu," ia speak
ins of ChrUtmaa.
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of students beginning at the open
ing of the Winter Term, Monday,
j January 2ndr^-^-l: " •'■'..t-" il ;■■• ■ -*:■•■
\ Arrangements should be made
before the Now Year. The Office
of the School will ■be ■■ closed ~;. on
Monday, , Dec. i 26th. 4 School will
be in Session the remainder of the
week. Call, or telephone . for ■an
appointment.* ? Main ■ 802, A 3802.
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Copyright. t»i°, The liobb*-Merrill Comp»«y
"Who's Jim Thomson?" Pat
rick wanted to know.
"Nobody," Bod answered sul
lenly. And no aount of cross-ex
amination drew from him informa
tion as to his former condition or
ithe identity of Jim Thompson.
It was months before Bob's
hatred and fear of Thompson sub
sided enough to allow htm to tell
the Ftinns of his llfo in the tene
ment. Then Patrick sought to
find the boy's erstwhile oppressor;
but, luckily for Thompson, it was
too late. The "gentleman of mis
fortune" had disappeared, and
with him vanished the lats possi
ble source of information as to
the boy's origin.
Years passed and Bob grew in
stature, if not in wisdom, viewing
life from the lowly standpoint of
the newsie, and being thoroughly
spoiled by his friends. It waa
strange, tho matter-of-fact fashion
in which he tyrannized over Pat
rick and Norah. Over Molly and
Kathleen he lorded as absolutely,
when he condescended to share
their games. He chose his com
panions to his own taste and not
always wisely, even according to
lax Irishtown standards. When
not busied nt his corner, he fought
and bullied and led them in their
games and In the.ir»ml»chlef. He
was the pride of the corner loaf
ers by reason of his propensity and
talent for fighting, and they de
lighted to egg him on to combat
with older and larger antagonists.
In these fights Bob always came
off victor. Wilful, masterful, in
tractable, he caused much worri
raent of soul to the elder Finns,
but neither had the heart or even
tho hardihood to chastise him.
Their reproofs, mildly administer-j
cd. were received with an Indiffer-I
ence and cool surprise that robbed!
them of all possible good effect. |
Noraji took h«r trouble, like thej
good Catholic she was, to Father I
"It's not that he'a bad, yer Rlv
erince," she explained. "He's not
that. But he's so could and mas- i
tlierful. Mebby if yor Rlverlncel'
wud spake to th' laad, he'd mind I
lii,, ways."
The priest spoke to him. What
took place at that Interview has
never boen told. Father O'Brien
came from It struggling between a
frown and a smile.
"The boy Is a caution," he told
Norah. "Ha has a strange spirit
for a child so young, hard as Iron.
It is useless, I am afrnld, to try to i
break or mold it. I don't under
stand how he came by It, unless it
Is the result of early brutality or
rare courage. He Is one of the
few who must be left to work out
their own salvation. So don't try
to drive him, Norah. If he's
meant for good, it will work itself
With fear and trembling Pat
rick sent him to the ward school.
The fear whs Justified by the re
sults. The boy proved himself
bright enough to master his les
sons —when lie chose. It was
rarely, however, his choice to
study. >Io preferred to fight and
to drive his schoolmates Into mis
chief. lie became the bully of
the school. He was advanced
rapidly from room to room, be
cause his teachers were always in
haste to be rid of the unwelcome
His schooling came to an abrupt
end when he was thirteen years
old. To punish an unusunlly fla-
grant art of insurrection his
teacher called in tho aid of tIM
principal, a stout, pompous young
man who was Hob's pet aversion.
Tin' principal had no more than
seized the rattan when Bob sud
denly snatched it from him and be
labored the astonished pedagogue
with It so fiercely that he fled the
room In dismay. Bob then took
his cap and bade farewell to school
for ever.
By this feat Patrick was at last
nerved to his duty. That night
he gave Bob a severe thrashing,
which the boy ,with white face
and set teeth, quietly endured.
When it was over, he said:
"I take it this time, Pat, be
cause it's from you. But nobody
will ever lick me again. And now
I'm through with school and pa
pers. I'm going to hunt a job."
"Humph!" returned Patrick.
"An' who'll be hirin' th' likes ay
ye, wld such a ripitaahun f'r div
"O, I'll get a job all right," Bob
The next day Bob entered the
confines of Sanger's mills, boldly
defying the legend, "Xo Admit
tance Except on Business," and of
the first workman he met inquired
how to find "the boos."
"The boss, Is it?" said the work
man. "You'll find the foreman
over there."
"I don't want the foreman,"
Bob answered contemptuously. "I
want the head boss."
"Mr. Sanger?"
Bob nodded affirmatively.
"You can't see him."
"O, yes, I can," Bob said cheer
fully. "Where la he "
"He's in his office on the other
side of the works. What do you
want of him?"
"That's my business."
Bob made his way to the office
where a cherub in brass buttons
stood guard, and demanded to be
shown into the great man's pres
ence. He was refused. He then
threatened to punch the cherub's
head and evinced such readiness
and ability to put his threat Into
execution that the office boy at
last tremblingly ushered Bob into
the presence of Mr. Sanger.
The master met the interruption
with a unwl. "eWH, what can 1
do for you?" he rasped out. '
"You can give me a Job," Bob
"Indeed, can I?" the man said
tartly. "But suppose I don't?"
"I'll have to get one somewhere
else then," Bob responded cheer
Mr. Sanger laughed in spite of
himself. "You're a cool one.
What can you do?"
"Well," Bob said thoughtfully,
"I didn't think of that. I've
I scrapped and aold newspapers
{mostly, but I guest I can do other
.things Just aa rood."
I "Do you think you could stand
(at that door and keep out of this
office impudent boys who have no
b siness here, for four dollars a
"You b«t I can."
"All right. When can you go
to work?"
"Now," Bob grinned. "You.
might change your mind by to
Bob was as good as his word.
While he was on duty, he was a
brave and adroit man Indeed that
reached Mr. ganger's presence un
deslred. Dob also established a
mustery over the force of office
boys, and discipllned the refrac
tory with such promptitude and
severity that he reigned a very
tyrant. And from office corridor
to furnace and rolls was a short
step for him.
So Bob took his place among
those who were creating a great
Industry—an Industry that taught
men to think, to believe, to do big
things, that produced a generation
of industrial giants.
They lived intense lives, did
those giants, driving ahead in a
blind, mad rage for conquest, to
produce wealth, to create strenp;th.
Even the lowliest of these toilers
made "big money"—often to be
riotously dissipated, alaa! Only
the fittest survived.
And Bob survived.
When he came to man's estntej
he had learned tho hard, cruel lea-1
son of the Steel ha forged.
He Kntera a New Field.
But Bob was not to conquer In
|the Empire of Steel. Squire Me
haffey—the Squire had married
Molly Fllnn —was the pepple that
deflected the course of Bob's des
One night this young dispenser
of Justice for the Fourth Ward en
tered Maloney's saloon, white
faced and excited.
"Whisky, Mike. 11
Tho proprietor placed.'"a bottle
before him. "What's up, Jim?"
The Squire made no answer oth
er than to seize the bottle with
trembling hands and pour out a
full glass of the liquor, which he
in :,lid off at a gulp.
"Where's Bob?" he demanded
"In there." Mike's thumb indi
cated the back room of the saloon.
Thither Mehaffey strode. Before
a table littered with beer and
whiskey bottles Bob was sitting,
the one silent member of a noisy
"Where can I see you alone?"
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the Squire interrupted wlthouv
"You o«n aea me right hers.
Boyi»—" At the unajpoken eras-
Kostion the. group, with frank,
matter-of-Mu-t obedience, gathered
up their bottles and went Into the
"Wen?" Bob Interrogated.
The Squire dropped into a
chair. "Hagrgln's turned ma
down," be announced despond*
(Continued Monday.)
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