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Twit M .ndS.Wrd.yh.wr. >nd thu nd«rstorn..; VO UUME XXXII. MOST APPALLING NAVAL DISASTER NORM WILLIAMS HANGED TO-DAY Murderer of Alma Nesbitt and Her Mother HE COVETED THEIR HOMESTEADS Doome d Man Met His Fate Without > Tremor _Would Not Talk—No Hitch in Execution. THE DALLES, July 21.—Daniel Norman Williams, the alleged multi murderer, whose crimes extended from fowa to Oregon, who for so many ytm reaped the penalty of his acts, uas fcanged in the jail yard today at iM o'clock. Hh went M the gallows without ::> . lg and met his end without a ii.. refused to talk. He was pronounced dead 13 minutes after the trap was sprung. Story of His Crime. Williams was hanged for the mur fler ol Alma Xesbitt on the night of Hard] >. IS »». He was also charged with murdering on the same night her Mrs. 1.. J. Xesbitt. Back of odt is a series of with ;.vhi'h b< was connected, but which doubtless will never be proved. Wil liams knew the Nesbitts in Nebraska and induced them to come west. He then persuaded Alma to take up a ' mestead in the Hood river country, which she did in 1599. A short time after this he induced her to marry although lie had a wife living in Imva and was the father of several children who are now of adult age. Secret Marriage Performed. But a short time after this marriage, which was a secret one performed in XjSjpuver, Washington. In July. 1899, WH n s is supposed to have learned that his wife could not hold her home stead, which is thought to have been the object of the marriage. The the ory of the prosecution was that on this ™covery he at once decided to mur der his wife, and by fictitious deeds secured Iter homestead, at the same ■c removed the evidence of his ■gamy. Circumstanti?,! Evidence. me evidence, which was circum ' " showed that he took the two wen out in a buggy, murdered both presumably with an ax. after a strug- H« first attempted to burn their u 'es on a large brush heap, and a,er in >netl them. He built his plans carefully, and even went so far as to «*BI a hen house over the graves of unfortunate women. He en wee to account for their absence - that they had gone to Washtavi "a. and asserted that Alma W entered upon a fast U f e> This Wat was carried So far that he even r** Sach a story to her sister, who • 1 resident of Council Bluffs. lowa. BDdies Were Exhumed. The remain a tv x. » uains oi the bodies were ex- Nfcd when ■ • suspicion grew, ana his nemesis. George Nesbitt. of had worked the trail to that ' • Expert testimony showed that P°rtion nf th. ■ • ( aot the hair and scalp had ©m from th e head of Alma by "''"arris when B t, the* was yet a,ive - and some relics were shown af r e xhuniatinn i t 11 In the court room ■* unmove *• The «*atiai tta tJr idenCe * * ciroum " hi m " c Waa t>mlt up against ■ranj« t4 ~ waa an intensely < ... pio Attempts to appeal his "o *en t te th"* •• ! , ,d in Sul,en sllence y . ' gibbet, carrying with ! I story of the way in tU „ ! ****** ta the darkness of jkg omen who had c " ' 1c fullest of human I buns ] 8 : l ' nnT 'mement Wil °.''' rel »gious and adopted Ib ■ ... he " H °ly Rollers." When — I to the Supreme Court the Evening Statesman WILL BALFOUR QUIT OFFICE? Government Defeated by a Narrow Margin Yesterday LIBERALS DEMAND HIS RESIGNATION Conservative Papers, However, Urge Ministry to Hold on to Their Jobs. LONDON, July 21.—After half an hour's session this morning the house of commons adjourned until Monday to await the government's decision re garding its future course in view of the defeat last night of the govern ment's bill to reduce representation from island commission. It is be lieved in well informed circles that the Balfour ministry is not likely to re sign, "hnd that the government will be sustained by the normal majority on a vote next Monday. Conservative papers today urge the premier to hold on to his office at any cost, while the liberal papers are shrieking at him to get out. EXPLOSION FOR NAVY YARD SEVENTY THOUSAND TONS OF ROCK WILL BE BLOWN UP TOMORROW. Will Mark the Conclusion of a Diffi cult Engineering Feat Under Naval Department. PORTSMOUTH, N. H., July 21.— The last section of Henderson's Point, containing about 70,000 tons of rock, will be blown up with fifty tons of dynamite at high tide tomorrow. It will mark the conclusion of one of the most difficult engineering feats ever accomplished and will open the way for large warships to the Portsmouth navy yard. The work was begun three years ago and 500,000 tons of rock has been taken away. There is just one big section left which the contractors have arranged to remove by the use of dynamite, one of the largest explo sions ever attempted. There have been drilled in the last remaining section of rock about 300 holes anywhere from fifty to eighty feet deep. These have been filled with the explosive and will be exploded by three circuits with a powerful electric battery many yards away. All of the buildings in the immediate vicinity have been removed. The nearest one left standing is the big naval hospital from which the inmates were removed today. Will Marry Woman. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.. July 21. A romance begun in the Dakotas twenty years ago will be brought to a happy conclusion at White Bear lake within a few days when Dora F. Feagle and John Wakefield are male man and wife. In the stirring days when the Sioux were still in the habit of taking the warpath. Wakefield rescued Miss Feagle from being massacred by the noble red men. There was war paint and feathers everywhere when the young pioneer carried the maiden away to safety, but she scarcely nad time to express here gratitude before the two were separated. They were lost to each other. Wake field went into Idaho and became in terested in some productive mines, but he did not forget the maid of other days, and when he had acquired a competence he set out in search for her. ESTABLISHED 1861 WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 1905. THE BENNINGTON BLOWN TO ATOMS WAS IN HARBOR OF SAN DIEGO Scores of Sailors and Officers Killed or Injured —Not a Man on Board Escaped—Worst Disaster in the History of the Navy Since Blowing Up of Maine SAN DIEGO, Cab, July 21.—The boil er on the gunboat Bennington, now ly ing in the harbor, exploded at 10:30 a. m. The entire ship was blown up so that she is seen to be listed heavily. The first reports are that 60 men are killed and over 100 injured. Dozen of dead and wounded are now being brought ashore. Captain Lucian Young reported at 11 a. m. that every man on deck was in jured by the explosion. Between 40 and 50 were killed. The ship rapidly settled after the explosion and it is now being towed to the wharf by tugs. Every available wagon on the water front was called upon to bring the dead and wounded to the morgue and hos pitals. There are 28 at one hospital and spven dead at t"ie morgue. Captain Lucien Young and Com mander Verne were on shore at the time of the accident and Lieutenant Commander John Calvin Leonard was executive officer. Lieutenant Com mander Victor Blue, of South Carolina is said to have been in a hospital at Mare Island undergoing an operation. The ensigns were Charles T. Wade and Newman K. Perry, jr.. the midshipmen were Leo Sahn and Lindsay H. Lacy, the paymaster was Charles Morris, jr. The Bennington was a gunboat of the third class, a sister ship to the York town. She was of 1110 tons burden with twin screw, six guns in the main battery and carried 176 men. Almost Rivaled Maine Disaster. It was one of the most frightful dis asters in the history of the American navy, almost rivaling the blowing up of the Maine and the horror at Samoa. The accident occurred at 10:30 this morning when one of the boilers on the gunboat Bennington, which had Just arrived to tow the crippled Wyoming back to the Mare Island navy yard, blew up, blotting out between 40 and 50 of Uncle Sam's sailors and injuring all other men on the vessel at the time. The only man to escape so far as known was Commander Captain Lu cien Young. Practically the entire in ner portion of the little fighting craft was blown out. Immediately after the shock of the explosion the Bennington listed badly and began to settle. Tugs hurried to her assistance and she was towed from the under stream to the wharf. Boats to the Rescue. The explosion was plainly heard and felt throughout the city and along the water front buildings shook. A great column of water was hurled into the air and the fact that a terrible acci dent had occurred was quickly real ized. Immediately every available craft in the harbor made for the crippled ship, and the picking up of the dead and dying from the wreckage begun. All around lay mangled corpses and moaning sailors. Some cf the injured are beyond hope of recovery. Their legs and arms are shattered and their chests and faces scalded. Some mad- clened by pain sought to hurl them selves into the water, but were re strained. Others begged their rescuers to kill them, so intense was their suf fering. As spec -ily as possible the dead and injured were transferred to waiting boats and hurried to shore, where those who were killed by the awfol blast were conveyed ■to the morgue and the injured taken to the various hospitals, word having been previously sent to the latter institu tions to prepare for the recepiton of many wounded. The water front was lined with wagons and other vehicles of all sorts, having been pressed into service. Was Frightful Scene. Each took its quota of living and dead and hastened to the morgue or hospital. A hurried call was sent throughout the city for physicians and nurses. Practically every physician and professional nurse and scores of volunteer nurses responded. The scene on board the Bennington when she reached the wharf was frightful. Her deck timbers, heavy steel and iron beams, smokestacks, gun carriages, scraps of engines and boilers were heaped in one indiscriminate mass. Two of the guns were gone and the magazine which had let go almost sim ultaneously with the boiler, was noth ing more than a great gaping hole. Tne plateau was buckled and the In ner woodwork in places was torn to splinters. Much of the upper works was thrown into the water. Engineer Escapes. The ship is leaking rapidly and it ls feared she will sink. The cause of the explosion has not been definitely as certained. Engineer Nelson was per sonally making an inspection of the boilers preliminary to her leaving port. He had found everything all right and was about to give orders to put on steam when the explosion occurred. Kelson was blown back into the store room and was injured, but not fatally. The captain and a few other officers had not yet joined the ship and thus escaped. Ensign Perry, officer of the day, was on the forward desk directly above the boilers and was perhaps fa tally injured. The other officers were injured but none, it is thought, fatally. The engine crew were all at their places when the explosion occurred. The explosion was followed by the out pouring of a sheet of flame, scalding water and smoke. This caught every man in the boiler and engine rooms, blew up the decks and threw dozens of men into the air and the bay. Jumped Into the Bay. In the panic others jumped into the bay and were picked up by boats which soon arrived. To step upon the gang plank and board the ship it was nec essary to step over the bodies of three dead boys. Those sailors who remained in condition to walk about behaved in a heroic manner and did not stop until every badly injured man had been sent ashore on launches. Scenes at the Morgue. The scenes at the morgue and hos pitals were horrible. The victims were blackened by cinders and smeared with blood. Very few were badly torn, the injuries in most cases being from scalding water. In many cases the skin hung in ribbons. Some of the injured were so blackened and scalded that they could not be identified by friends. Among the identified dead among the sailors are: CHAMBERS. NEWCOMB. HUGHES. BENSELL. Officers of Boat. The officers of the Bennington were as follows: Captain, Lucien Young; executive officer, Lieutenant Com mander Victor Blue: navigating offi cer, Lieutenant Alexander F. Yates; En signs Charles T. Wade, Newman K. Perry, jr.; midshipmen Leo Hahn and L. H. Lacy; paymaster, Charles Mor :i . jr., paymaster's clerk, H. M. Elrus Wring, one of the heroes of the Samoan disaster. Men of Fame. Blue gained fame during the Span (Continued on Page Four.) JAPAN'S TERMS ARE TOO HARSH So Says Novoe Vremya, Rus sia's Official Organ THEY WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTED Japanese Now Have Complete Pos session of Saghalien and Are In vesting Vladivostok. ST. PETERSBURG, July 21.—Novoe Vremya today asserts that the alleged Japanese peace conditions forbidding the double tracking of the Siberian railroad are utterly unacceptable, be ing equivalent to the economic suicide of Russia. Japanese Fleet at Mouth of Amur. COPEXHAGEX, July 21.—A dispatch from St. Petersburg states that advices from Manchuria say that Japanese warships were sighted near Xikolac vsks, at mouth of the Amur river. Many of the inhabitants of X'ikolacvsks and Vladivostok have fled to Khaba rovsk. Witte Enroute to America. PARIS. July 21. —M. Witte, Russian peace envoy, arrived this afternoon en route to the United States. Russian Force on Saghalian Surrenders TOKIO. July 21.—1t is officially an nounced that 461 Russian soldiers on the island of Saghalien together wlt"n 15 officers have surrendered to the Japanese. J?,ps Drafting More Men. TOKIO. July 21. —An imperial ordi nance issued this morning authoriz ing the appointment of non-commis sioned officers from the reserve con scripts and also converting those of the Sunday source rank into privates of the fighting rank. A dispatch from Otaru says that the Russians defeated at Daline were 500 strong with six field and three machine guns. They offered a desperate resistance. The cannon ade began at 6 on the morning of July 7. The second line of Russians defense was not taken until the fol lowing morning. The Russian guns were captured. CLEVELAND AND ROOSEVELT BOTH ARE ON SUBSCRIPTION LIST OF FADS AND FANCIES —SOCIETY BOOK. They Are to Receive Complimentary Copies of Book If It Is Ever Published. 1 NEW YORK, July 21.—President Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland are down on the "Fads and Fancies" sub scription list, a society publication fig uring in the courts as the result of the arrest of the Solicitor Able. It is said they will receive their copies of the de luxe edition without cost, their fads and fancies being duly exploited. Among the prominent men who sub scribed $1500 or more for copies are Thomas F. Ryan, W. K. Vanderbilt, Alfred G. Vanderbilt, James J. Hill, J P. Morgan, Oliver Harriman, Chauncey Depew. Perry Belmont. John Jacob Astor and Thomas Lawson. To Fight Mail Order Houses. SIOUX FALLS, S. D.. July 21.— Representative retail and wholesale merchants of South Dakota met in convention here today to organize for the purpose of fighting the encroach ments of the big Eastern mail order houses. Those behind the movement hope to devise some plan by whicn the mail order houses will be forced to abandon South Dakota. LOCAL WHEAT QUOTATIONS* Blue Stem. 65 cwv Club. 61 1.2 crate f.o.b NUMBER 54. SECY ROOT AT SAGAMORE HILL Confers With the President Oi Panama Canal PEACE IN FAR EAST IS ALSO DISCNSSEI Isthmian Canal May Be Placed Under the Direction of the State Department. OYSTER BAY, July 21—President Roosevelt was in conference this morning with Secretary of State Root who was accompanied from New York by Dr. Lyman Abbott who remained until after luncheon. Root will re main over night. Among the questions discussed were the proposed transfer of the Panama canal from the war to the state department and the details of the peace conference. FLEET TO MEET JONES' BODY EXPECTED REMAINS OF NAVAL HERO WILL ARRIVE TOMOR ROW AT ANNAPOLIS. Body Will Be Deposited in the Tem porary Vault With Full Military Honors. WASHINGTON, D. C, July 21.— The Navy Department expects that the squadron escorting the remains of Admiral John Paul Jones will arrive tomorrow unless there is a mischance. The squadron under Admiral Sigsbee will be met at the Capes by a battle ship squadron under Admiral Evans, a cruiser under Admiral Brownson, and the French cruiser Jurien de la Graviere. These vessels will form the escort up the bay to Annapolis where the remains of Admiral Jones will tomorrow be deposited in the temporary vault, with full military honors. They will be placed in the new chapel, their final resting place, as soon as it is completed. Tiie new chapel, a central feature of the reconstructed naval academy group of buildings recently ordered by Congress at a cost of many mil lions, rises on the water front with a massive dome for its inspiration, the architecture of the whole being not un like the Hotel d-Invalides of Paris, in which rest the remains of the great Napoleon. The crypt of the chapel is intended for a last resting place of the bones of the nation's naval heroes. JOHN PAUL JONES' BONES. A Wireless Message Received From the Squa/Jron. NEWPORT, R. t, July 21.—The gov ernment torpedo station here has re ceived a wireless message from the squadron of warships conveying the remains of Paul Jones from France. The message states that the squadron will arrive at Chesapeake capes next Saturday. No incident of note has occurred on the passage. In Communication With Cape Henry. NORFOLK. Va., July 21.—Sigsbee's squadron got into wireiess communi cation with Cape Henry at 11:18 today. Alabama Baptists. SHEFFIELD, Ala., July 21. —Shef- field has capitulated to an invading host of Baptists who are here from every nook and corner of Alar, ma for their annual convention. The three •lays' programme calls for addresses nnd sermons by a number of noted Baptist divines and laymen i addi tion to the transaction of the usual amount of routine business rating to the affairs of the denomination in this state.