BANDIT STEALS MAIL
FOOLS CLERK BY SAYING HE
WAS AN INSPECTOR.
After Train Had Left Bonners Ferry
Robber Overpowers Clerks at Point
of Gun and Then Goes Through Reg
istered Mail—Stayed in Car Until It
Spokane, March 16.—In the guise of
a postoffice inspection, a bandit obtain
ed admittance to the postal car on the
Great Northern Oriental Limited at
Bonners Ferry, Idaho, at an early hour
Sunday morning, overpowered the two
clerks at the point of a gun, locked
one In a closet, bound the other and
put him under the table, and then,
coelly smoking a pipe all the while,
calmly rifled the through registered
mall pouches while the train was pro
ceeding to Spokane, During the run
to Spokane of 109 miles, which requir
ed over six hours, the robber received
the mail at the three stations where
tho train stopped, and threw off the
Just before the train entered the
yards of Spokane, the bandit leaped
from the car and with his booty in a
small satchel, which he carried when
lie entered the coach at Bonners Ferry,
made his escape. Harry Draper's
bloodhounds wore taken along tho right
of way of tho Great Northern and
picked up the scent within tho city
limits less than a mile from tho Great
Northern station. They followed it
several blocks to a car line, where the
scent was lost. It is supposed that
the robber boarded a car and rode
Six registered mall sacks were cut
and their contents rifled. All were for
points on the Coast, tho Sacks for Spo
kane not being disturbed. It is not
known how much money and valuables
the bandit obtained, but he is supposed
to have made a big haul. In opening
the sacks he sustained a severe cut
on his hand, supposed to be the third
finger of tho right hand. He bled
freely from tho wound and tho mail
he touched was covered with blood,
it was from this blood that was not
yet dry that tho dogs were given the
When the train reached Spokane,
John Nystuou, postal clerk in charge,
was found locked In the clothes closet,
while Benjamin Stumpf, tho other
clerk, was under the table with a
jumper drawn over his head, and his
arms tightly bound with clothes line
rope that tho bandit brought with him,
doubtless for this purpose. It was then
that the story of tho robbery was first
When the train stopped at Bonners
Perry about 4 o'clock yesterday morn
ing, a man came to the door of the
postal car and threw in a mail sack
and a small grip, announcing that he
was W. C. Bennet, a postoffioe inspec
"1 will return in a few moments and
ride with you to Spokane," he said to
Nystuen, tho dork in charge. Stumpf,
the other clerk, was asleep under a
table covered with mall sacks.
Nystuen glanced at the mail sack
and observed that it bore the name of
such as railway postal employes carry
their belongings in.
Just, before the train departed from
I he Idaho town the man entered the
It was a paper mail sack
"Is there any mail for me?" he in
quired of the clerk. "There ought to
bo some for me. Please look."
Nystuen ran over some mail and
when he turned around to inform the
supposed inspector that there was
none he found a big revolver pointed
at his head.
Locks Clerk in Closet.
After warning the clerk to make no
outcry and learned that another clerk
was aboard, he directed Nystuen to
get into the clothes closet, in which
there is bandy sufficient room tor a
man to stand erect.
When the pseudo inspector first ap
peared Nystuen awoke Stumpf and In
formed him that an inspector was to
ride with them to Spokane and that
be would awake him again shortly.
Ignorant of the daring robbery that
was going on in the car Stumpf con
HniMIlt to sleep lightly,
train was leaving Sandpoint Stumpf
thought ft strange that he had not
been called and, looking up from un
derneath the table where he was rest
ing he saw the stranger opening letters.
As he was crawtlng from underneath
the table the bandit turned around,
whipped a revolver from his overcoat
pocket and commanded him to remain
silent or he would blow his head off.
He then throw a jumper over the
clerk's head, bound hts bands behind
him and seated him In a chair to the
far end of the car, with his face to
Most of the pouches were cut from
top to bottom, and an examination of
the contents showed that the bandit
had been careful to make a thorough
Pouches Cut Wide Open.
search for plunder,
or envelope addressed to a bank show
ed signs of having been carefully ex
A report reached the police about
a week ago that several mail pouches
had been stolen from the Northern Pa
cific depot platform at Sprague, Wash.
Inspector Linn says that the penalty
for placing a mall clerk In Jeopardy
with a gun is Imprisonment for life at
hard lablr. There Is a standing gov
ernment reward of $1000 for the cap
ture of such bandits.
- SPORTING NOTES.
Meellck won the Crescent derby at
New Orleans Saturday.
Jimmy Ilrltt and Packy McFarland
have signed for a fight to take place
In Frisco on April 21.
Johnny Coulon of Chicago cleanly
outclassed Young Terry McGovern of
Los Angeles in their 10-round contest.
George Hackenschmidt, the Russion
lion, has arrived in America for his
"Ty" Cobb has signed a contract for
$5000 with the Detroit club. He led
the American league in batting last
Ed Green, the Troy wrestler, won
the second and last fall in a hotly con
tested match with Billy Bagiey of Mos
cow, at Troy, recently.
"Andy" Anderson, a freshman at the
Washington State college, has been
elected captain of the basket ball team
for the season 1908-09.
The California women won the inter
collegiate basket ball championship
Saturday, defeating Stanford the sec
ond time. The score was 22 to 11.
Pitcher Higginbotham, who was the
star of the Northwestern league last
season, has been showing up well in
the early practice games at St. Louis.
The Seattle Athletic club athletes
won three of the four contests from
Multnomah last week, Venables, Speck
and Kelly winning from Frank, Dran
ga and West.
Arrangements are complete for a
catch-as-catch-can wrestling match be
tween Ixiu Bucholtz of North Y'akima
and William Bagiey of Moscow, to
take place Saturday night, March 21,
"Cyclone" Johnny Thompson of Illi
nois knocked out Johnny Murphy of
Frisco in the eight round of what was
to have been a 20-round glove contest
at Frisco. The preliminary fight, be
tween Jimmy Carroll and Monte Attell,
at 115 pounds, went 16 rounds to a
draw. Billy Roche was the referee in
Calvin Demarest of Chicago Satur
day night broke the world's amateur
record for the high run in the opening
game of the national amateur 14.2
billiard tournament at the Chicago
Athletic association, making 168 in his
seventh inning. Demarest won the
game, beating Clarence Jackson of
Chicago 4U0 to 165. Demarest's aver
age was 21 1-19.
Northwest League Notes.
Tarai) Osborne, the eccentric pitcher
of the Spokane Indians, has been pur
chased by Tacoma from Eddie Quinn,
the purchase price being kept secret.
Russ Hall's Butte team, which had
planned on training at Lewiston this
year after a successful training season
there last spring, will now go to Ever
ett for a few weeks prior to the open
ing in Seattle. The switch is caused
by the change in schedule, which takes
Butte to the Sound to open and brings
Aberdeen over on this side of the
mountains. The Tacoma. Seattle and
Vancouver teams will train at home.
Manager Quinn announces that he
has closed a deal with H. C. Calhoun
of the Lewiston normal school for the
uso of the normal baseball grounds
and that the Indians will be taken to
the Idaho city about March 23. They
will be ordered to report to Captain
Hulen at Spokane not later than Sat
urday, March 21. Manager Quinn has
also closed a deal for Manager Brown
of Aberdeen whereby the Black Cats
will report at Clarkston, just across
the river from Lewiston, and train
there at the same time that Quinn's
men are working out on Normal hill.
The Lewiston and Clarkston chambers
of commerce have been interested in
the thing for some time and are put
ting up a handsome guarantee to cover
the training expenses of the two
Murder at North Yakima,
North Yakima, Wash., March 16.—
Mrs. L. V. McCoy, a comely mulatto
woman, was shot and killed at 1:30
o'clock Sunday afternoon by Mortimer
Moore, a negro, who claimed to have
been converted under her teaching at
a gospel mission several years ago.
Moore was jealous because the woman
was to marry E. T. Clifford, who had
started her in business at the Fremont
lodging house, where the murder took
place. Moore then ended his own
wretched life by taking carbolic acid,
Harrisburg, Pa.—The jury in the
first of the capitol conspiracy cases to
be tried gave a verdict of guilty as to
every one of the four men who have
been on trial here for the last seven
weeks, tonight, after six hours' delib
OUR GREAT ARMADA WILL
CIRCLE THE GLOBE.
To Touch Hawaii—Stop at Philippines
and Probably Other Ports in Orient
—Return Via Suez Canal—Officers
and Men of Great Fleet at Practice
at Magdalena Bay.
San Diego, Cal.—The "American bat
tle fleet" of 16 battleships is to under
take a tour of the world within two
months after its arrival at San Fran
cisco on May 5.
The itinerary of the world cruise,
starting from San Francisco on July 6,
and including Hawaii, Samoa, Austra
lia and the Philippines in the points
to be visited, has been formally ap
proved by the president and his cab
Admiral Evans will relinquish com
mand of the fleet during its forthcom
ing stay at San Francisco, and who
goes upon the retired list in August,
was expecting some official word from
Washington on the subject of the fu
ture movement of the fleet, and it was
in view of this and to enable the de
partment to prepare its program that
he sent the message the night of his
arrival off Magdalena bay to the effect
that the ships could start on any mis
sion at a day's notice and were in far
better shape as to machinery and effi
ciency of crews than the day of sailing
from Hampton Roads.
Short Stay on the Coast.
The residents of the Coast are some
what disappointed over the brevity of
the ships' stay in these waters, but
they are patriotically proud of the fact
that the flag is to be shown all the
way around the world. President
Roosevelt announced in his last mes
sage to congress in referring to the
trip of the battle fleet to Magdalena
bay and San Francisco that no such
fleet had ever undertaken such a
cruise in the history of the world's
navies. Tho significance and impor
tance, therefore, of the added journey
through "our Pacific possessions" and
on through the Suez will, in the eyes
of the world, add to the influence of
our naval power.
It has not been decided by the navy
department whether the torpedo boat
destroyer flotilla now on the way from
Callao, Peru, shall accompany the bat
tleship fleet on the voyage around the
world. The settlement of this ques
tion will depend upon the condition
of the little vessels when they reach
Secretary Metcalf has made public
a copy of a letter addressed to Secre
tary Root March 2 by Ambassador
Bryce supplementing the Invitation
extended by Sir Alfred Deakin in be
half of the commonwealth of Austra
lia for the battleships to visit that
country on their return to the United
English Naval Men Interested.
The announcement that the Amer
ican battleship fleet will return from
the Pacific to the Atlantic by way of
the Suez canal has created the greatest
Interest among naval officers in Lon
don, who are anxious to see the ves
sels and observe the effects of the
Should the Americans fail to come
to England, Malta would be the better
place to etnertain them, as besides be
ing headquarters for the Mediter
ranean fleet, the duke of Connaught,
the new commander in chief of the
military forces of the Mediterranean,
has a residence there, which makes
it the center of much social activity.
The cruise of the fleet from Hampton
Roads to Magdalena bay has been
closely followed by Englishmen, who
laud the achievement, and a visit by
it to some British port would prove
The German naval critics are com
menting upon the wonderful feat of
seamanship displayed in the 12,000
mile voyage of the American battle
ship fleet under, command of Rear
Admiral Evans and its arrival at Mag
dalena bay four days ahead o£ sched
uled time without a ship being dis
abled. They consider it proof of ex
cellent material as well as of
The details of the homeward voy
age of the fleet will be watched with
keen Interest in Germany.
Hawaii Is Enthusiastic.
The official announcement that the
United States Atlantic battleship
fleet is coming to Hawaii has created
the greatest enthusiasm in Honolulu,
and preparations for the entertain
i ment of the officers and tuen only
await advices as to the time of
Japan Invites the Fleet.
Tokio. Japan.—The official route of,
the American battleship fleet, on its
return to the Atlantic, has been
veyed to the foreign office. Baron
Saito, minister of marine,
shown the itinerary, repeated his
Japan's desire that the fleet
visit a Japanese port In order to en
able a practical demonstration of the
sincerity of her friendship for the
United States and people. At the for-|
eign office it was said: "The decision
of the American government to send
tour of the world should
finally silence all war talk,
guaranty of the peace of the world."
unanimous in pronouncing the pro
posed tour one of the greatest achieve
ments of history.
the fleet on a
It Is a
FINED A CENT BY LANDIS
Judge of $29,000,000 Fame Goes to the
George S. Miller, who wrote a dozen
postal cards attacking the character
of Dr. David W. Wilkins In vehement,
defamatory and sometimes unprint
able terms, was fined 1 cent by Judge
Landis Saturday in the United States
district court after Dr. Wilkins had
admitted that he had failed to pay a
debt of $2 to Miller for washing the
windows of the doctor's office.
"You are techhically guilty." said
Judge Landis to Miller, "because you
said these things on postal cards.
Don't use the mails to say such things
in the future. Go to the man and say
them to his face if you think you are
justified. I will fine you 1 cent and
you need not pay any costs." Miller
paid the fine.
Dr. Wilkins had a witness fee of
$1.50 coming to him, and Assistant
District Attorney Shirer suggested to
the doctor that he could add 50 cents
to the fee and pay the window washer
what he owed him.
CHINA NOW HUMBLES HERSELF
Grovels in Dust and the Tatsu Maru
Tokio, Japan, March 17.—A satisfac
tory settlement of the Tatsu affair was
announced this morning. China has
conceded all the Japanese demands.
She will purchase the ammunition on
board the Tatsu Maru and hoist the
Japanese flag over the vessel. While
the flag is being rehoisted a Chinese
warship will fire a salute.
There is a general feeling of relief
in consequence of the settlement of
GENERAL NEWS ITEMS.
Th« house has passed the bill provid
ing for the restoration of the 'In God
We Trust" motto on gold and silver
Raymond Hitchcock, the comedian,
has been acquitted in New Y T ork of the
charges brought by several young girls.
They admitted they bad lied.
A socalled Ooxey's army of Califor
nia is marching to the capital of Cali
fornia to demand certain measures
which they believe will be of benefit to
Edward Neil, John P.Boyd, Edward
Lynum and Joe Veter, four men em
ployed at the Old Iron Mountain mine,
situate near the town of that name on
the railroad in Western Montana were
badly injured by an explosion of sul
phurated hydrogen gas in the new tun
uelg last Monday.
Senator La Follette's Speech.
In beginning his speech in the Senate
last Tuesday Senator La Follette took
cognizance of a generally current
muk that by elimauting the railroad
bonds from the Aldrich currency bill
the, financial committee had taken the
wind out of Mr. La Follette's sails.
He declared that the action of the
committee had rendered what he would
have to say against railroad securities
more pertinent than it would have been
if such action had not been taken,
daring that the recent financial strin
gency in the country was brought about
by the influence of " Standard Oil "
and J. P. Morgan, senator La Follette,
who practically closed the debate
the Aldrich bill, entering upon a de
nunciation of men high in the financial
Kills Himself With a Small Knife.
Chattanooga, Tenn., March 17.—Jas.
A. Johnson, a leading politician of this
city, committed suicide by cutting his
throat on an Alabama Southern train
between this city and Birmingham.
LATE NEWS ITEMS.
United States Senator William Pinc
kney Whyte of Maryland died
home in Baltimore last Tuesday.
Tommy Burns knocked out Jem
in Dublin, Ireland, in one
ronud last Tuesday. It was for'the
championship of the world.
Maneuvers by Japan's Fleet.
received here from Formosa that the
first Japanese naval squadren ha!
sailed on secret service quadron has
Torpedo Flotilla Arrives
p „ „ ^ u ' ch L Cone, which left
' l ao March 9, has arrived here un
Roumanla is the most Illiterate coun
ry in Europe. The last census shows
that In a population of about 6.000.000
nearly 4.000,000 neither write
TIMES ARE BEHEB
FACTORIES RESUMING ADD
MOSEY IS EASIER.
and Steel Trade Greatly Improved
—Price of Copper Goes Up Since
Butte Mines Reopen—Stocks
Advancing—No More Calls for Short
■Foreign Money Invested.
New York, March 17.—The
ing opinion reflected in the financial
district last week was of increased
confidence that the condition of affairs
was menlng. Evidences were not
versai that contraction had
course, but from fields that were con
sidered most significant the signs 0 f
betterment were accepted as testi
mony that the situation was shaping
toward improvement. Figures compll
ed by the American Railway associa
tion of the number of idle freight cars
showed a progressive reduction of the
last two fortnightly returns,
figures were highly Influential in shap
ing opinion on the general situation.
Scattering- reports of resumption of
work by factories which had suspend
ed or largely reduced operations dur
ing the depth of the depression, al
though mixed with evidence of fur
ther curtailment in other directions
were a cheering factor. Especially in
the iron and steel trade the reports of
reopenings were notable,
vance in the price of copper, which
had boon falling since the decision to
reopen the Butte copper producing
mines gave some reassurance to the
confidence in improvement in that
trade, which was expressed in the
opening in Montana. The declining
money rates here and abroad wore an
element in the situation, and the dis
crepancy in money rates here and in
Europe induced some investment of
foreign funds in New York. This was
mostly confined to high-grade mort
gage securities and to some takings of
The easing of the money market and
the stirring of activity in stocks
brought into consideration the subject
of financial needs of the great corpor
ations which remain unsupplled and
which insure attempts to float new
issues of securities in the near future.
The market for existing bonds was
studied to discern a reflection of this
improvement in the general bond mar
ket, but with results somewhat disap
pointing. The bond market lacked
breadth and the prices at which sea
soned bonds are still selling do not
make a propitious condition for the
offering of new securities. The ad
vance in stocks was made feasible bj
the evident completion of liquidation
and a consequent scarcity of stocks
offering which removed obstacles to
the operations for an advance. An
obstinate short interest also was left
at a disadvantage by the cessation o(
liquidation, and the necessities of this
element offered a basis for raising
prices with assurance that some de
mand would be met on which to resell
at a profit.
AUSTRALIAN CHEER THE NEWS
Deafening Hurrahs for the United
States at Sydney.
Sydney, N. S. W.. March 17.—There
was a dramatic scene at a great gath
ering of citizens, when, at the con
clusion of an address on the subject
of national defense, the premier, Al
fred Deakin, read a cablegram an
nouncing that that the American fleet
of battleships would visit Sydney and
Melbourne. He called for three cheers
for the United States, and the audi
ence rose en masse and responded
with deafening hurrahs.
Did Lincoln Drink?
Chicago is wrestling with the ques
tion whether Abraham Lincoln was al
ways on the water wagon,
of $50 by Alonzo Wilson of the prohi
bition party to any one that can con
clusively prove beyond the shadow of
a doubt that "Honest Abe" indulged
In a friendly glass has excited much
interest in the controversy.
Duel Unto Death.
Sheridan. Wyo.— W. S. Bunker of
Arcadia, Iowa, and Herman Hanker o
West Side ; Iowa, were found dead »
a room at the Pepper hotel in K® 1
ehester, a small town near SherldaA
recently, either as the result of & ^
volver duel or a suicide pact,
volver was clutched in the right
of each man and bullet holes were
Fuel Pl al,t '
Big Fire In Colorado
Trinidad. Col., March 17.—Fi re -
posed to have been caused by cros
electric wires, destroyed tb e
washer, the tipple, engine bouse ^
chemical laboratory of tbe Co o
Fuel and Iron company's mine ' 0 [
miles west of here, entailing a 10 J(| j
estimated. $150,000, and throwing
men out of work.
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