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Girls are you working on that
graduation dress for the Times
prize of Sjf-'r. in gold?
VOL. IX. NO. 122.
This Picture Taken From Across the Waterfront for the Times Shows Tacoma's
Ago Reveals the Remarkable Change That Has Taken Place Since Tacoma Entered
T^onard Olsson of Tacoma Deprived of Citizenship in
First Ruling of Its Kind in History--Socialists
Throughout Country Protest.
No decision ever rendered by
any local court lias aroused keener
(.•^discussion here than the opinion
of Federal Judge C. H. Hanford,
handed down late yesterday after,
* noon, annulling the citizenship of
Leonard Olsson of Tacoma, be
cause "he admitted he in a social
ist, n frequenter of assemblages of
socialists In which he participates
• as a speaker, advocating a propa
ganda for radical changes in the
institutions of the country," and
that he entertained those views ut
„ ,the 'time ho applied for his natur
alization papers more than two
years ago.
Far-Iteaching Effect.
This is probably the first case in
the history of the country where a
man's citizenship was canceled by
court procedure because of politi
cal opinions, and if sustained by
the higher courts, it may lead to
the deprivation of citizenship
rights of thousands of socialists,
according to legal opinions here
*^ today.
Judge Hanford holds that the
principle of socialism, which pro
poses that all industrial inatitu
"(By United Press Leased Wire.)
OREGON CITY, Ore., May 11.
—"Every member of the social
ist party is made an outlaw and
may lose his rights as a citizen
at the order of any federal judge
by this decision," said W. S.
U'Ren today, in commenting on
the ruling of Federal Judge Han
ford of Seattle by which he can
celled the citizenship papers of
Leonard Olsson, a socialist, be
cause he was a member of a
party which allocated acts which,
according to Hanford, are a vio
• .lation of the constitution.
"This is the most outrageous
decision I have ever heard of. It
Is far worse and of greater im
port than was the 'Fred Scott'
decision made prior to the Civil
"Why, if this decision is up
held it means that every member
of the socialist party may be dis
franchised and declared an out
law. Not only this but It means
that every man who favors chang
ing the constitution in any way
To Buy
Property on following streets:
A street.
Pacific avenue.
C street.
D street.
E street, north of 18th.
Tacoma aye. north of 16th.
G street north of 11th.
Taklma ay. tiorli of 11th.
X street north of 13th.
Bt. Helens avenue.
Puyallup avenue.
Jefferson avenue.
Division avenue.
And other close-in district*.
During the past SO days we
have purchased 12P.000 worth and
have that much more to buy with.
Will pay cash. Prices roust be
low. what have you to offer?
Calvin Philips & Co.
11l California Bldg.
tions should become the common
property of the people, is a dan
gerous heresy, contrary to the con
stitutional guarantee of life, liber
ty and property.
Court's Decision.
"Olsson expressed himself as be
ing willing for the people to retain
cheir money," Judge Hanford's
opinion read, "but insisted that all
lands, buildings and industrial in
stitutions should become the com
mon property of all the people,
which object is to be attained, ac
cording to his belief, by the use
of the power of tbe ballot."
The decision says further that
"those who believe in and propa
gate crude theories hostile to the
constitution are barred." The
court concludes that because of
these opinions "OlsKon had no
reverence for the constitution nor
intention to support and defend It
against enemies, when he applied
for citizenship, and that he inten
tionally deceived the court In the
representations he made at that
time, ko that he secured his nat
uralization certificate "by perpe
trating a fraud on the court."
Immediately becomes an outlaw.
"This means that the constitu
tion and the laws of the country
must be eternal.
"The very cornerstone of the
nation is the right of the people
to change their laws as they see
fit. This is embodied into the
declaration of independence." .
Dangerous Doctrine.
PORTLAND, Ore., Mayy 11.—
"According to the terms of Judge
Hanford's decision a man's citi
zenship may be taken from him
simply because his political views
don't coincide with those of the
judge in the case. It's mighty
dangerous doctrine. If sustained
it means that thousands of per
sons throughout the country may
be deprived of the rights of citi
zenship simply because they ex
ercised the right guaranteed them
by the constitution—free speech."
This was the comment made on
the decision of Federal Judge
Hanford in Seattle by Col. C. E.
S. Wood, attorney of Porttland.
Could Have Debarred Lincoln.
11. —"Under the same ruling
Abraham Lincoln could have been
debarred from citizenship," was
the comment today of William
McDevitt, former socialist candlr
date for mayor of San Francisco
and now a member of the city
election commission.
"If the majority cannot change
the law by ballot then republican
government fails. Had the Judge
discriminated between the man
who would appeal to the majority
ballot instead of to the violence
of a minority, the socialists them
selves might have supported his
decision as they are against ap
pealing to force until constitu
tional methods are tried.
"As a matter of fact, Olsson's
rights were taken from him with
out due process of law."
Calls It Tyranny.
Cameron H. King, jr., vie*
president of the San Francisco
Labor council, said:
"The act of disfranchising a
foreign born citlien for partici
pating In a strike and being a so
cialist is one of unmitigated ty
The Tacoma Times
Miss Pearl Wilcox, 25, of Hill
hurst, attended the funeral of
Robert Rlgney two days ago, col
lapsed in a nervous breakdown
and the next day became raving
She was committed to Steiia
coom this morning. Physicians
are hopeful for her recovery.
Part of the time the girl im
agined herself a divine being and
commanded people to bow dowfe
before her. At other times she
recited poems by the hour. Again
she fell into wild fits of raving
and cursing. She asked repeat
edly that Rlgney be brought be
fore her.
When Sheriff Longmire, Mat
ron Nicholson and two deputies
went to Hillhurst for her last
night she had torn off most of
her clothing. It took ten people
to subdue her.
BOSTON, May 11.—Four cele
brated alienißta are today examin
ing Rev. C. V. T. Richeson in jail
here for the murder of his sweet
heart, Avis Linnell, in an attempt
to determine his mental condi
If a majority of the alienists
declare the condemned man in
sane, Governor Fobs may com
mute his sentence. The fallen
pastor is under sentence to die
May 18.
Its Dr. Taft Now
(By United Press Leased Wire.)
TKKNTON, N. J., May. 11.
President Taf< and Chief
Justice Kdwarri D, White of
the United Sinif-s supreme
court, \v.ere the guests of hon
or today at the, Inauguration
of John Grier Hlbbon as
president of Princeton uni
versity. They received hon
orary degrees of L.L. .
', It was one of those raw No
vember days In Missouri. The
young farmer was a little late
getting'in his corn and snow had
come, then : frozen. v He went out,
tackled j the corn shocks and ■ got
about half a load. * f ' -
. The ends of his fingers poked
through the ' gloves, and anyone
who ■' has ; ever \ tried ' to ; handle
snow-covered | cornfodder .with ° his
fingers sticking out knows about
the frame of mind the young
Missourian .; was j in. :'.', /*;; f^»- '..':.: $ •
• When he got to the barn with
that load of corn, he had made up
his mind. ••»••" V „. '. ■;'■/. ','• .■■'.;: i;iV
"I'm through r. with the ; farm,"
he said. -' ■•';'■-• J^J",2J**»*''*■■■-""■":-'"
1 *', Next day •he i went" to Triplet,
the nearest town, and bought an
interest in ; a store. -■" v*% ,:- -^|*J
That '• is ; how T. J. p Fleetwood,
president of . the . Menzies : &■ Ste
vens Co., came to be a merchant.
»M Liked Mercantile Work.
i-J He ■ liked '& standing >ti behind fa
counter' better than handling t ley
cornfodder and ?he : made it go.
Like : many ' another enterprising
young | fellow >i he I, concluded tin a
few years . that' the Northwest was
the ■ place so -. he [came to Tacoma.
0 A couple of J year* In the |Ta
coma hotel.; a while la the;real
estate . business ! and. then back jto
Ue store. FU*twood couldn't
Long String of Skyscrapers. The Picture When Compared With a Photograph Taken From the Same Point Several Years
the "Skyscraper Period" of Her Development^ MiiijMpftii by a. m. rotter.
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Chance to Make m^B&
Yourself Famous" \<££
Everybody in Tacoma I».\ vJ?\^*Mi« M -*■*.
talking about the Times con- \WH^E^»ir
test for the bent written artj- ■ \\ j^B^W
cle telling about Taconia anil \^SSn n
Feato. Somebody will wlh . (iV^—^H U
the Times' $25 prize and will 2?#»^H Q
win fame besides. The art - ftrV^ Bi H
cle will be given nation wide -,V*r^^UJJ
publicity through the various J^T^ T" IMT
newspapers associated witi ■- ~^Jr-j)
the Times. ■ ;-; { : • ■ t^X"
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Newspaper Wins Sweeping "Victory in Damage Case
and Dahl Must Pay Costs of Expensive Trial-
Times Vindicated on Kvery Point.
On an instructed verdict from
the court, the jury in the damage
suit of Hans Dahl against the a
coma Times late yesterday vin
dicated the Times and assessed
the costs of the suit against Dahl.
After a four day trial, the tak
ing of testimony closed rather
abruptly and Atty. Perry for the
Times then asked that the jury
be excused.
When the jury left Perry in a
short but comprehensive argu
ment asked that the court in
struct the jury to return a ver
dict for the Times.
Perry pointed out, that the
plaintiff by his own evidence had
proven the charges made by the
Times and cited the ruling of the
supreme court on a similar caae
in which the higher court held
that the case should have been
thrown out by the trial judge. .
Attorneys for Dahl followed
with an argument after which
Judge Card rendered his decision.
Judge Card in his analysis of
the case reviewed It point by
point. He held with the defend'
ant that malice even If shown
did not constitute grounds for
damages in a civil case. He dis
posed of the quibble over, the
name of the place and held, 3 that;
when the Times said the Bqdega
was closed the only reasonable
Inference was that the saloon-was
The court step by step went
through the testimony of the-de
fense and the plaintiff and,'left
the latter without semblance of
cause- iqr action.
Tjiejiiry was recalled and after
electing Mr. Savage as foreman
rend^-ed the instructed verdict.
Sevefcal of the Jurymen after the
clos* WEirmly congratulated Atty.
Perry for his conduct of the suit.
The costs of the case, which
was started by Dahl, must be
paid by him. The total cost will
probably amount to nearly $2000
as over a hundred witnesses were
subpoenaed and the trial lasted
for four full days.
■J\ <». 'KIjJKKI WUUIf.
(Hy United Vrvett I.«as<«l Wire.)
LOS AXCELBS. Cal., May 11.
—-Police stars have exhausted
every clue and are no nearer to
the solution to the identity of the
woman who was murdered in an
unoccupied house or the man who
committed the crime.
Slight leadß are furnished l>y
badges of religious orders found
upon the womin'a body and an
Initial "X" embroidered on her
The badges showed member
ship in the church of the Holy
Name, the Children of Mary and
the League of the Sacred Heart.
Labels on the woman's suit in
dicated that it had been pur
chased of Marshall Field & Co.
of Chicago. The hat came from
the same city. The Church of
the Holy Name, Chicago, sup
ports both societies whose badges
were found on the murdered
woman. The police are confident
she came from Chicago.
Detectives have secured names
of five women living in Log An
geles who belong to those orders.
All but one hag been located.
A suggestion that she was Misa
Katherine Klynn of McKeesport,
Pa., was given scant attention by
the officers. Miss Flynn is about
21 years of age. The victim was
between 30.and 35.
Patrolman Ferguson believes
the woman stopped him on his
beat recently and asked for car
fare. She remarked that he prob
ably would see her name In the
papers, but refused to give It to
him. She returned and he be
lieved she had been drinking, so
look her to a station. She was
booked as Mrs. S. A. Donohue.
Laundry markg "C. D. X." and
"X4X" are being followed today.
Every laundry in Los Angeles hag
been asked to search its books to
identify the mark.
Loot Jewelry Store
WINNIPEG, Man., May 11. —
Wheatley'g Jewelry store at Re
glna, Sank., wag visited by burg
lars last night and $10,000 in
jewelry taken. The" steel safe con
taining $30,000 in diamonds waß
keep cut of it.
He Is in it In earnest now at
the head of one of the biggest
stores in town and admits that it
has him go fast that he can't even
get away for a fish—and talking
about fishing the ripple of the
creek la always sweet music to
His Hobby Fishing.
"Ah, that's what I like, get in
the water up to here," and Tom
dr«w his hand across about where
he measures other people to see
what else they take. "And then
KO after them. . But you see I
can't get out of here very well
just cow. Why, I wanted to go
to that democratic convention but
I couldn't."
.Just what relation there Is be
tween fishing and politics isn't
clear, but nearly all good politi
cians are great on fishing. And
Fleetwood Is interested lp both.
At his horns on North I at. Mr.
Fleetwood has a wife and five
pretty daughters.
EL PASO, Tex., May 11.—The
rebel troops are meeting with
sweeping reverses at Bermejillo.
General Orozco has issued a call
for all available reserves to Join
him immediately. The fight
around Herr.iejillo la still In prog
[ resa today.
V> I I ■■— 11 —■ —I I ——.II -—II — ■■■ ■■ HI! I m'"i^V
Fair tonight with light frost.
Sunday fair and warmer.
Sullivan and Jones Lead Reactionary Minority From
Hall and "Hand Pick" Contesting Delegates—
Progressives Outnumber Taft Men Two to One.
Angered by the fact that the
progressives were in control of
the county convention here this
morning at Moose hall, 150 Taft
men bolted in a body today, ap
parently following a previously
arranged plan and proceeded to
K;ikl«'k' hall to hold a rump con
vention. •■•
When County Chairman* Kelly
asked for nomination! (or tem
porary chairman, J. A. Sorley
named Lorenzo Dow, progressive,
and Torger Peterson nominated
Judge Shaclrleford, Taft leader.
Shackleford wai not a delegate
and Kelly ruled he could not be
a candidate.
George H. Stone then nomln
nated Sen Roberts, but he de
Then Lorenzo Dow suggested
that Shackleford be a candidate
anyway. The motion was voted
Win. Jones and P. C. Sullivan,
Taft leaders, then Jnmped up and
gave a signal and the Taft men
withdrew. Dow was then made
"I am glad to preside over the
last county convention that will
ever be held in Pierce county,"
said Dow, taking the chair in the
regular convention.
"This fight shows who are with
the people. The old politicians
are all gone but the bone and
sinew of the party, the common
people representing the majority,
are here.
The Taft men organized their
"rump convention" with ex-U. S.
Dis. Atty. P. C. Sullivan as chair
man as S. J. Maxwell, secretary
of the Taft club, as secretary.
Resolutions were drawn up as
I—Endorsed1 —Endorsed Taft.
2—Endorsed Gov. Hay and
state officials.
3—Declared Roosevelt a dan
ger and a menace.
4 —Hit the recall of judges.
S —Declared for Asiatic exclu
sion. ■ •
Then the committee on dele
gates consisting of M. A. Jones,
Torger Peterson and Harry Rails
back reported with a typewritten
list. They were voted th-ough
Big blonde and pleasant look-
Ing, his shirt open at the throat,
hlg arms tanned by work In the
gun, Leonard Olsson, disbarred
from citizenship -In the United
State? yesterday by Judge Han
ford because of his views on the
constitution, rested during the
noon hour from loading lumber
on the schooner Helen at the Old
Town mill and gave out his first
Interview on the case as he ate
his frugal noon lunch.
"I can't carry the fight up," he
said, "I have no money. I make
barely enough to live on. I hope
to later.
"I cannot understand the
judge's decision. The constitution
guarantees political freedom. The
Taft Dolt Planned.
That Mm bolt of the Taft crowd
wiifl planned was apparent at the
outset. The Eagles' hall was
hired yesterday.
The attempt to name Bhackel
ford wan obviously made to fore*
the Issue.
Kelly tried to get the Taft
crowd to appeal from his deci
sion or nominate someone else so
there could be a test of strength,
but they dodged the issue.
With practically two to on*
against them, the contesting dele
gation Is the way the Taft ma
chine could prevent the Pierce
county delegation at Aberdeen
from being the balance of power
to swing the state into the pro
gressive column.
Shut People Out.
With Pierce out, they will at
tempt to control the convention,
seat the rump delegates from
Pierce and King counties and con
tinue the old machine in power.
It is generally conceded that It
means two conventions at Aber
deen and two seta of delegates to
The roll was called and it was
announced the 151 1-6 had bolted
and 279 6-6 remained.
Delegates were then selected,
10 from each senatorial district
and 11 at large.
Just before adjournment J. A.
Sorley introduced a resolution in
structing the delegates to stand
for Roosevelt and to Tote as a
en masse.
Rush Thing* Through.
All the proceedings were rush
ed through by previously ar
ranged plans,- drawn up at the
Taft meeting last night.
Once when Torger Peterson
arose to speak when the conven
tion was about to vote on allow
ing Mrs. B. Johnson to be sub
stituted as a" delegate for Atty.
H. W. neuderg, who was objected
to, a do.:en men called him down.
"For heaven's sake, gat out of
the way. We got to rush this
through," they said.
"Don't bring up anything till
thlg Is all over," called Chairman
Sullivan In a stage whisper.
Torgy subsided.
declaration of Independence guar
antees the right of the people to
change their government.
"I do not see why If any man
is not satisfied with the constitu
tion he should not be allowed to
' agitate for changes in It.
1 "I am a member of the soclal
i Ist labor party and have been for
I years. My principles are its prin
ciple*. If I am not entitled to
citizenship, then no other mem
< ber of the party is. Yet It is
recognized and has been on the
official ballot of the United State*
for years."
Olsaon came to the U'nltted
State* from Sweden eight years
ago with his sister Hilda, now
living in New Haven, Conn. H*
I 1 lives at 816 So. Tacoina ay.

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