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Schwab Didn't See Anything Else He
Wanted and Let Bandit Go.
About 2 o'clock Leo Schwab, of
the Big Island lodging honse, ap
peared at the police station with
an empty revolver, hat and about
half an Inch of human finger. He
explained that he had been held
up on the Washington st. viaduct
by a lone higbwayniart armed with
a revolver and formorly possessed
of the fragment of finger.
While the thug was seAfctilrtg
Schwab's olothing for valuables he
carelessly gave his intended vic
tim an opportunity to get hold of
the gun. Schwab grabbed the gun
and hung on for dear life, fighting
to the best of his ability. In the
melee he got the highwayman's
finger in his mouth. The two
struggled around for several sec
onds, Schwab still clinging desper
ately to the revolver with his
hand s and to the. finger in. a vlce :
like grip with his teeth.
Bone and sinew soon erfpitulated
to teeth. When the robber finally
got away, Schwab held a three
quarter inch piece Of the finger in
his mouth, the gun and robber's
hat. He tried to fire at the re
treating thief, but tho gun was
empty. Not being hungry, he saved
And now for revenge. The Ab
erdeen baseball team reached the
city last night and this afternoon
tackled the Indians. The Black
Cats present the same team that
was here before, captained by
"Dad" Brown. Of course ever since
they took five out of seven games
from the Indians they have been
traveling on that reputation, and
Mr. Brown has the nerve to claim
thnt he expects to take more than
half of the series this time. "Dad"
hahs several more guesses com
A drunken Juryman named Cook
■was jailed this morning hy Deputy
Sheriff Butler before court opened.
He was not assigned on nny case.
When the jurors were Called to go
Into the courtroom Cook, who Was
seated on a bench, did not move.
It was found he was too drunk to
be of any use, so he was put In, to
sober up. He will likely face a
contempt of court charge later.
There wns no fight ns scheduled
at Seattle yesterday between Kid
Sealer and Dick Cullen. It was
arranged to take the light fans out
on the boat, Yosemite, where the
last battle between thcso men was
fought, but the space was tint large
enough to make a paying proposi
tion of it.
Sealer will return to Spokane to
night. He boxes Gene Sullivan at
the Coeur d'Alene theater on the
26th. On the same night Maurice
Thompson and Louie Orsle also
NEW YORK. June 18.—Paris
cables toduy tell of the death of
W. B. Leeds, former president of
the Rock Island railroad and an
American capitullat.
The estate was left In trust and
there will be no liquidation of in
terests held by Deeds. He severed
connection with the railroad two
years ago, when he suffered a
stroke of paralysis.
MADRID, June 23.—King Alfon
so was today personally presented
with Iho royal infant by state
functionaries. A notable company
of military and civil aUthoriOtei
wwas present In the throne room
when Minister of Justice Marquis
Ftguerrea brought In the little
prince on n silk cushion and made
the state announcement that "he
WU the son of the king. Formal
registration of tile child's birth
was then made.
T!:eh infant is a large, healthy
boy anil the king was so elated
♦ hat bo pardoned a prisoner who
was sentenced to be pxecuted to
the finger for evidence. The hold
up didn't seem to have any other
personal property that Schwab
cared for especially.
Only the fact that Kid Webber,
a man. suspected for a long while
and at numerous times given rock
pile sentences lor vagrancy follow
ing arrests ns suspect in more seri
ous things, has 10 whole fingers
and thumbs,' this morning saved
him from arrest for the holdup.
Webber has been living in the
city for several weeks on his prom
ise to be good and to regularly re
port to the chief of police. He
was suspected and the police se
cured his photograph out of the
rogues' gallery.
. "That's the holdup" unhesitating
ly declared Schwab when he saw
it. Patrolman Nelson was sent aft
,e.r Wlebber and found him without
trouble. When brought to head
quarters it was found that Web
ber's fingers were all Intact.
The police are still puzzled to
account for their inability to locate
the thug, as it was presumed that
It would be an easy matter to lo
cate a man whose finger was bit
City Engineer Ralston yesterday
ordered the Olive st. bridge closed
ponding a further Inspection as to
its safety. The bridge never was
meant for streetcar traffic, and the
great crowds of baseball fans that
have been carried over it lately
have weakened it perceptibly so
that there is danger of its col
lapse if it is put to much more
strain. This Is the bridge that the
council is at present working on
with a view to replacing with a
new structure.
The county has agreed to pay
$20,000 toward It and tho Traction
one half of tho balance of the
cost. It is claimed that the new
structure will cost approximately
$75,000. Engineer Ralston is now
at work on specifications.
Owing to the closing of the
bridge the Traction Co. coupled
some big Inland cars together and
ran a loaded special out over the
Inland tracks at 2:40. The regular
baseball cars went around by way
of the Gonzaga college route,
which will have to be used while
the bridge is closed. In this man
ner the crowd was handled in
fairly good shape.
TANGIER, June S3.—-It is re
ported that Sultan Abdul Aziz has
been assassinated by political en
emies. Affairs iv Morrocco are so
disrupted many think the report
true. Friends of the sultan say
his enemies started the rumor for
political effect.
WASHINGTON, D. C, June 23.
—Assistant Attorney General
Pugh said today that the verdict
In tho land fraud case convicting
Hyde and Schneider would prove
of IncalCUable value to the govern
ment. Though the expense of the
trial was $200,000 the government
will get this hack many times be
cause of the increased value of
land which will bo taken away
from the guilty men.
Nearly 100,000 acres fraudulent
ly obtained will be sold by the gov
ernment for $8 to $10 that was
formerly worth $1.25 per acre.
BELLINGHAM, June 23.—Mary
Morrison today positively Identi
fied Jim Jenklnsfl negro, now un
der arrest, as the man who stabbed
her mother to death at Ha/.elmere
a few days ago. The prisoner will
be taken tto British Columbia to
stand trial. Ho has been under
arrest slnco June 12.
The concert given hy Olivia Dahl
last night was an event of especial
Interest to the Scandinavians, who
composed a major portion of the
large audience. She favored then
with several old home songs of the
fatherland in the same charming
manner that she rendered Ameri
can, French and Herman numbers.
Tomorrow evening Ivar Kirke
gatird. famous as a Danish lecturer
and publisher of Norden, will speak
to the Danish brotherhood of this
city nnd on Thuisday to the Scan
dinavian brotherhood His theme
will be the part the Scandinavian
races are plsylpg In developing
i hie country.
TEHERAN, June 23.—A crisis of
the Persian trouble was reached
today when Cossacks surrounded
the house of parliament and de
manded the surrender of a number
of political prisoners.
It is feared the shah will be kill
ed by the disaffected part of the
army, which joined revolutionists
in open revolt.
The demand was met by shots
and several Cossacks were killed.
Reinforcements arrived with artil
lery and firing followed.
The parliament house is entirely
surrounded by troops and the shah
is a prisoner in the summer palace.
Several plots against his life have
been discovered.
The shah's troops have mas
sacred 800 revolutionists, sustain
ing a small loss to their own
BERLIN, June 23.—Dispatches
say the massacre at Teheran, cap
ital of Persic, was the bloodiest
and most horrible in the history of
that country. Tonight the city is
literally covered with blood and
terror Is spreading over all the
The carnage is the direct result
of an order of the shah command
ing the troops to fire and the im
perial artillery to turn Its batteries
on crowds around the palace.
Hundreds were mowed down by
the volleys, which were followed
by a free for all butchery. Women
and children were not spared, but
were murdered by frenzied soldiers
and their bodies mutilated.
Eighteen reform leaders were
brought before the shan, who or
dered them shot. A mob attacked
the soldiers and seized the prison
ers. The leaders were literally
chopped to pieces by the heavy
swords of the troops. Whole sec
tions of the city were looted.
NEW YORK, June 23.—Two
deaths and 26 prostrations by heat
are reported today. The whole
city Is sweltering. At midnight the
temperature was 76 and 85 at 10
this morning. Great suffering pre
vails on the Eastslde, where scores
of families are crowded in tene
ments. Hundreds of children lay
flat in the gutters.
Not In a long time, from Indica
tions, have superior court Judges
been so busy. Owing to inability
to secure a Judge to try the disbar
ment proceedings against Attor
ney James Hopkins, the case this
morning was postponed until July
1. All the local Judges were busy
yesterday, the day set for the hear
ing, and as other Judges of the
state claimed also to be too busy
Judge Huneke wired Gov. Mead,
who replied that he likewise was
unable to secure a Judge.
It hus been decided that Judges
Huneke, Sullivan and Kennan will
sit enhank at the hearing, which
will begin July 1.
LONDON, June 23.—N0 wedding
within a decade has approached in
splendor the marriage today of
Miss Jean Reid, daughter of White
law Reld, American ambassador,
and John Herbert Ward, brother
of the earl of Dudley. The king,
queen and nearly all members of
the royal family were present, with
the elite of London nobility and
diplomatic corps of all nations in
The wedding easily surpassed
the past nuptials of any American
girl at request of the king the cere
mony was performed In the chapel
royal of St. James which has al
ways been sacred to tlie nuptials of
DUBLIN, Juno 88.—Robert J.
Burk.', Formerly of Ban Francisco,
who win soon enter parliament as
a member of the Irish party, it is
understood On good authority will
usslst John Redmond in Campaign
ing for home rule. Burke lost con
siderable money in the disaster of
1906, but is still worth millions.
He built a castle In oue of the con
■ttttnolM of Tipperary.
Crushed and stunned by the blow
of conviction, and almost certain
of having to join his former busi
ness associate, J. Dalzell Brown,
in prison, Walter J. Bartnett, bank
er, attorney and politician, is today
confined to his home on the verge
of collapse.
His chief counsel gave notice of
Intention to take an appeal from
last night's verdict finding Bart
nett guilty of embezzling the Col
ton securities, the loss of which
caused the failure of the Califor
nia Safe Deposit & Trust Co.
Meanwhile Bartnett is out on
$200,000 bond. Sentence will be
pronounced Tuesday morning.
Prosecutor Cook says today that
he will not press other charges
against Bartnett. The jury was
out less than an hour.
Special Correspondence to The Press
you had seen a hundred or more
honest, hard working men, entrust
ing each week to a big financial in
stitution, a few cents or a few dol
lars saved from the fruits of six
days' labor, that their wives and
little ones might never suffer the
pangs of poverty and destitution—
If you had seen that financial in
stitution crash in ruins, carrying
with It the little hoard so carefully
and bravely laid by—
If you had known that sorrow,
anguish and despair was brought
into a hundred homes solely
through the traitorous dealings of
a gang of a great city's "most re
spected" citizens —
If you had been told that that
gang had criminally used the
money entrusted to them In furth
ering wild schemes directed by ad
visors in the "spirit world" —
If you had heard one of that
gang confess in open court his
guilt, his confidence in spirit ad
vice—tell of astounding acts of
Then would there be any pity in
your heart save for the working
man who was robbed of his little
"An absurd question I"
It Is not. For rlgbt here in San
Francisco there are men and wom
en who not only sympathize but
are expressing their sympathy for
J. Dalzell Brown and Walter J.
Bartnett, former officials of the
California Safe Deposit & Trust
Co., the failure of which a few
months ago was the most sensa
tional in the financial history of
J. Dalzell Brown Ib a convict
now. His identity for more than
a year to come will consist solely
In a number entered in the register
of the penitentiary. Once he was
"Banker" Brown, a leader in San
Francisco's most exclusive set.
With the failure of his bank, with
charge following charge of mis
management and embezzlement,
strengthened daily by damning evi
dence of criminal financiering of
the wildest schemes, of lending
large sums of depositors' money
on worthless security, of the sub
stitution and hypothecation of se
curities entrusted to him, Brown's
spirit broke. He came into court
and confessed his guilt.
It was not until Brown, the con
vict, was placed on the witness
stand In the trial of Walter J.
Bartnett, a former director of the
defunct bank, that the astounding
fact became established that
ghostly seances had been the guid
ing influence of those bankers in
the use of hard-earned dollars of
honest men.
You have read about the letters
Bartnett wrote to Brown Just be
fore their flimsy structure fell
about their ears.
"Dear friend," he wrote once,
"four bank presidents have been
forced to resign. This should be
a warning to us to put our house
in order. The spirits warned me
after the fire to get the books in
order and to harmonize them
• * • The bank commission-
era will examine the bank in time
with care. In the past the spirits
protected us iv the examination of
the bank. The time is coming
when they will do this no more.
They have said so • • *"
And again, in speaking of some
proposed projects, Bartnett wrote:
"In these matters I have always
followed The Power. So far there
(37 500
Judge Poindexter this morning
granted a nonsuit In the caae of
Fred 18. Chapman against the city
for false imprisonment Ho brought
action for |3?,500 damages, alleg
ing that he had been falsely ar
rested and kept in prison over
night without being allowed ball.
Chapman was arrested on com
plaint ol l.ibbv llulsor, who ac
cused him of threatening her with
bodily harm Later she served
hint with a summons in an action
for breach of promise In which she
asked $id.uoo damages, This ac
tion was never pressed and noth
ing more has been heard of the
Weather—Fair tonight and Wednesday
has-.teen no reason to doubt the
soundness of that direction.
"I have promised to obey. They
tell me not to go into this proposi
"I feel keenly that I should not
disregard the directions and guid
ance of those that have been such
faithful monitors."
"The Power" was the name used
for the spirits in the bank's cipher
And even now, with a peniten
tiary cell his only home, with the
tragic and pitiful fruits ot his fan
tastic operations ever before him,
Brown still clings to the belief in
the potency of ghostly advice in
financial dealings.
That Spokane will be a prohibi
tion town in five years is the
prophecy of "Dutch Jake" Goetz,
one of the proprietors of the Coeur
d'Alene theater, yesterday. This
coming from one of the oldest li
quor men, who has fought with
the interests of the tenderloin for
years and has been a political fac
tor of the Second ward, is particu
larly significant.
The declaration followed a visit
from Rev. W. J. Hindley. Rev.
Hindley and Jake conversed for
several minutes standing right
there at the bar. Finally Jake
"set 'em up." Oh, no! Rev. Hind
ley didn't drink anything. Jake
handed out cigars.
Following the visit from the min
ister Dutch JaKe refused to give
out. the conversation but it is sus
pected that during those few mln-
The central labor union last
night condemned W. C. Morris'
book of cartoons as a Job done by
nonunion labor, and Instructed the
secretary to notify the secretary of
the 150,000 club that the work was
not done in Spokane, but In Chi
cago, and therefore is a blow at
home industry. The book was
turned out in Chicago through W.
H. Cowles, proprietor of the
Spokesman-Review and Chronicle.
Morris asked for a raise of sal
ary, which was denied, but Cowles
ASK FOR $10,000
The mass of public Improve
ments requiring inspection, aud
also carelessness on the part of ex-
Clty Engineer Mclntyre in putting
on such inspectors, is attributed at
the city hall as the cause of the
early exhaustion of the $11,700 ap
propriated for the inspectors' fund
for the 18 mouths to include De
cember. Comptroller Falrley has
refused to pay 18 inspectors for
last month's work owing to there
be'ng no money left in thhe fund.
As the Inspectors are now in
charge of the city engineer, he will
ask the council tonight for an ap
propriation of $10,000 out of the
general fund to defray the inspec
tion expense until the end of the
When the appropriations were
made it was estimated that the
amount would carry all expenses
of the Inspection, and allowance
wns not made at that time for the
volume of public improvements
which are now on aud have been
"I have been a spiritualist," he
says, "and I am still quite recep
tive in such things. I never pre
sided over seances, but I have
taken an active interest in
spiritualism. I have never been a
medium, but I have experimented
in many ways. I believe it depends
on circumstances whether spiritual
advice is commanding."
Yes, Brown is a convict. And
there are those who have found it
In their heart to pity him, forget
ting those others, scores of them,
who are struggling, many of them
In theiro Id age, to replace that
little hoard, stolen from them iv
ghostly gatherings!
utes conversation Rev. Hindley
convinced Jake that the time of
prohibition is close at hand. Per
haps he even converted Jake to the
prohibition idea.
"Der is nodding gan stob brohi
bitlon," continued the Dutchman
as he offered to gamble on it. "Dis
logal obshun pizness iss - a wafe
dad's sweeblng der hull country
from d' 'Lantlg goast to der Pazi
fig. Dis is nod da country it vunee
vas. Id's a bedder country. EfTery
country geds bedder as it geds
older. Ye vill neffer agen haf a
oben town in Spogane."
Rev. Hlndley's presence In the
saloon was due to the fact that he
was one of a committee appointed
to solicit funds for the children's
picnic Tuesday. Messrs. Winans
and Calhoun, the former an ardent
temperance man and the latter
principal of the Webster school,
were Rev. Hlndley's colleagues in
the call on the Coeur d'Alene. That
part of the city was assigned them
and they didn't overlook the Dutch
offered as a eOmpronuse to help
him get out a cartoon album which
could be utilized largely as a
Spokesman-Review advertisement.
In spite of the supposed Cowles
newspaper boosting for home in
dustry the work was sent out to a
cheap labor shop, although print
ing shops in Spokane were amply
able to do the work.
Individual action against the
Cowles project will be taken by
the typographic?! union of this city
aud the allied printing trades
for several months.
Following Melntyre's removal as
city engineer the charge of Inspec
tors was taken by the board of
works, but no reduction in the
force was made. A few weeks ago
the city engineer again took
charge of the inspectors and re
duced the number by four, leav
ing 18. It is admitted that at ~
ent there are n• > more inspectors
at work than ate absolutely neces
sary. During tho last election
about every other man about the
city hall was drawing an Inspec
tor's salary and at one time there
were 44 on the salary list.
The polioo were notified this
morning that W. .1 Campbell, who
is wanted here on a charge of
stealing a watch from John Mc-
Donald of 812 Third ay.. Is under
arrest at Colfax An officer wil!
be sent after him.
Nominee for Vice President Is Victim
of Dangerous Disease.
CLEVELAND, June 23. —James
S. Sherman, nominee for vice pres
ident on the republican ticket, is
critically ill at Lakeside hospital
from gallstones.
He was taken to the hospital
this morning and his family sum
moned. They took the first train
from Utica, N. Y.
Announcement was made at the
hospital this afternoon that Sher
man was improved and that an op
eration would probably not be ne
cessary. He has been under a
heavy strain for the past two
weeks and the physicians believe
that a rest will put him on his
feet. Sherman had been treated
for the disease once before at Bal
timore and the convention work
aggravated the trouble to an acute
stage. When taken to the hospital
HOUSTON, Tex., June 23—No
tices were posted today ordering
all negroes to leave Sabin county
Immediately or "stand the conse
quences." Following the lynching
of nine blacks after two white men
were slain by negroes there is no
doubt in the minds of the negroes
what is meant by "consequences."
One notice reads: "This is going
to be a white man's county."
The negroes are armed, and ev
ery white man in the county is
carrying a rifle or shotgun today.
Excitement is highest about
Hamphill, near the scene of the
lynching last night.
Several negroes were shot and
the rest hanged, five being sus
pended to one tree.
Blood flowed freely late yester
day In a fight at the entrance to
Jimnile Durkin's Howard st. saloon
between Patrolman Joe Scott and
Arthur H. Rogers, a morphine
fiend, crazed by the drug. Rogers
was running around the streets
with a knife in his hand when
pedestrians notified Scott, who set
out in pursuit. Rogers bolted Into
Durkin's place with drawn knife
and shouted:
"Give me a drink before they
murder me."
Then the policeman told him to
quiet down and put the knife away.
Without a word of warning
Rogers slashed at the policeman's
throat and cut him in the cheek.
They grappled then, and Rogers
was felled by a heavy blow over
the head from the officer's night
stick. Still he fought desperately,
and only the superior strength and
club of the policeman saved him
from serious injury with the
knife. Patrolman Pike came up
and then Rogers was taken to
In the emergency hospital, where
Dr. Woodruff bound his head, he
constantly moaned for the attend
ants to either give him morphine
or kill him. An endeavor to cure
him of the drug habit will be made
by sentencing him to serve a term
in the county jail.
WASHINGTON, P. C . June 23 —
The Washington Post, owned by
John R McLean, of Cincinnati,
also owner of the Cincinnati in
quirer, and one of the powers in
Ohio politics, today editorially
urged the appointment of Charles
Taft, the secretnry's brother, as
chairman of the republican nation
al committee. The editorial says
tho battle will he fought principal
ly In the Middle West, and de
clares Charles Taft's knowledge of
political conditions there makes
him best fitted for the Job.
J. Schiller, son of J. A. Schiller,
councilman, and Maurice Neighbor
yesterday took the preliminary ex
aminations for Harvard college.
The examinations were given by P.
W. Dewart and J. O. Bailey. A Anal
examination must be passed In or
' d«| to admit them.
Sherman's temperature was 102
and he was suffering Intensely.
The Illness began with a bilious
attack while he was on the way
here from Cincinnati Saturday
night. Upon arrival he went im
mediately to the home of Gov.
Herriek. Sunday he was unable
to leave his room and could see
no one Monday though he had
many appointments. It was not
thought until this morning that his
condition was serious.
NEW HAVEN, June 23.—Taft,
when shown United Press reports
of Sherman's Illness as he was en- -
tering a meeting ot the Yale
alumni, said:
"While I am deeply concerned,
I am not surprised. I sincerely
hope the danger Is not as great as
CHICAGO, June 23.—Excessive
heat today killed eight persons. At
least a score were prostrated, and
many are expected to die.
Tlie hot wave continued with all
the blistering intensity of yester
The death list Includes Edwin
Palmer, nephew of Mrs. Potter
Palmer; William Doting, driven in
sane and committed suicide;
Thomas Zymon, dropped dead at
his home; Mary Isaacs, overcome
and not revived; William Turk,
overcome in the street and died;
Mrs. Anna Trapp, swooned from
intense heaat while walking in the
morning sun and died. An uniden
tified man, wildly insane, leaped
into the Chicago river and
Mike Henke, an aged German
gardner who for years lias been
employed every spring fixing up
R. C. Dillingham's lawn, was taken
suddenly ill with heart trouble late
yesterday and is now in Sacred
Heart hospital, where there is lit
tle hope for his recovery. He is an
old man about whom little is
known. He has the reputation ot
being a miser.
When the patrol reached the
Dillingham home Henke refused to
be taken to the hospital. "I want
to' die," he moaned. "Take me
home." He was taken to his home,
but the place was squalid and un
sanitary, so Dr. C. E. Eikenbary or
dered the patient taken to Sacred
Heart despite his protestations.
Following the attack Mrs. Dill
ingham tried to have him take
some whiskey to revive him, but
he refused and declared that he
would not take the liquor, even to
save his life.
NBW LONDON, Conn., June 23.
—Roosevelt is coming here to root
for Harvard against Taft, who will
be a leading figure In the Yale
ranks at the annual boat race be
tween varsity crews on the
Thames Thursday. With the presi
dent wearing the crimson and Taft
decorated with blue It Is expected
the race will be the most memor
able in the history of the regatta.
Managers say they will not al
low Taft and Roosevelt to witness
the race from the same yacht.
Harvard men say Roosevelt must
be on the east side of the river,
and sons of Eli announce that
Taft will be in the ranks of the
blue and not mixed up with any
erimsou ribbons.
Lulu B. Luscaleet brought action
for divorce this morning from
Abraham L. Luscaleet on the
ground! of nonsupport. She al
leged that for several years she
made a living by sewing, and that
Abraham took It from her and
spent it at the gaming tables.
Once when she refused to longer
give up the money to him, she al
leges, he choked her. They were
married in Monticello, IU., Oct. 29.

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