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   Anaconda Standard (Newspaper) - April 7, 1901, Anaconda, Montana                                1 WEATHER FOBEC1ST. FOR SUNDAV: Generally fair: westerly winds WEATHER FORECAST, TOR MONDAY: Generally fair; westerly winds. VOL. 2O9. ANACONDA, MONTANA, SUNDAY, APRIL. 7, 1901. PK1CE FIVB CENTS. LITTLE EVELINE BLEWETT TODEATHHIIIdlN James Warne, a Greybeard of 70, Suspected of the Horri- ble Double Crime of Criminal Assault and Murder, Angry Crowd Tried to Lynch Him on the Body Was Found on the Blazing Cot, INTENSE HEAT LICKED THE FLESH FROM Testerday afternoon about 2.30 I and assistance and generous men weie O'clock Eveline Blewett, a 9-year-old girl, was burned in a watchman's cabin at the Walkerville reservoir, and James "Warne, the watchman employed by the water company, is under arrest, charged with having caused her death The cabin stood on the edge of the reservoir and between the structure and the tower was a high, light board fence that encircled the basin. Into this enclosure little Eveline Blewett ventured about 2 o'clock in the after- noon and half an hour afterward smoke and flames suddenly issued from the -watchman's cabin and Warne was ob- served making a leisurely attempt to secure water with which to extinguish the fire. When the men residing in the neighborhood reached the place the cabin was a blazing mass of crackling boards and the body of the little girl taken from the burning cabin charred beyond recognition. Cooked Her Flesh. The body lay upon the bed upon the watchman slept and the mattress of the cot supported the charred remains as they were drawn from the furnace-like intenor of the eabin. It was plain that gasoline, or some other highiy had been distr'buted the cabin be- fore the flames began their -work. The body of the little girl lay upon the cot, raised about two feet from the floor, when the flre was raging in the Interior of the cabin, and the intense heat cooked the" tender flesh beyond all ready with finanjial aid In the midst of hei newest griet the stricken mother mourned her departed husband and be- wailed her helplessness in the midst of soiro A "My little girl w-as to re- member father, and my boy was born aiter he left she said "I have lived in the hope that I might laise my children to be good and use- ful, and now, just as my little girl was growing up to be the pride of my life she is taken fiom me. 1 have been poor, but my children and the good friends about me have almost made me forget how poor I was. But oh, thp helplessness of being a widow at such a time as this." A subscription fund was started among the neighbors and in a few minutes was raised to defray the funeral expenses of the litt'e girl. The body was removed to Richards' under- taking establishment, piepared for and brought back to Walker- ville and returned to the sorrowing mother. Eviline Blewett and Her Brother. tained by an mangled flesh. examination of the THE AGED SUSPECT. Warne IK Given a Hard Name by Walk- erville People. Yesterday's tragedy caused a pro- found shock to the community of Walk- erville. but not altogether as a surprise. For.several months ugly have been afloat concerning Warne and his actions concerning young girls have been viewed with suspicion. Mothers have warned their little ones to keep away from the cabin behind the high- board fence, but the old man. it is al- leged, frequently enticed girls back HAS AN UGLY LOOK. semblance of a human form. Noth- wlth Prom5ses candy or money, and Ing was saved from the ruins but the he was Persistent in his attempts to keep the little ones about his cabin. The indignation of the people of Walk- arirl's body she died. and the bed upon which A variety of circumstances indicate erville flamed up as soon as the news that Watchman Warne is guilty of the ofthe tragedy was noised about and child's death, and suspicion points to another more horrible crime. When only the rapid retreat of the officers of the law with their pusoner and the sub- the men living in the house near the sequent removal from the city to an adjoining county saved the accused scene of the tragedy rushed to the spot Warne was strangely reluctant to man from the object of summary explain the circumstances attending the girl's death. He did not even tell vengeance at the hands of a mob. Warne has been in the employ of the that she was being burned in the flam- Vrater tor about 10 years. He Ing building until the fire had gained such headway that it was impossible to rescue the child aefore the heat had eaten away the flesh from her bones and little except the skeleton remained. Saved From Lynching. Warne is an old graybearded man. past 70 years of age. and his peculiar actions and appearance challenged the suspicions of the crowd until he was openly charged with having criminally assaulted the little girl and then fired the cabin to conceal his fiendish deed. was regarded as too old for active em- ployment and his position as watchman at the reservoir was given him a few years ago to reward the old man for faithfulness in the past. It was stated by those most familiar with his past that he was 72 years of age and that he had relatives living in Seattle and Portland. Be fused to Talk. Warne absolutely refused to talk about the occurrence which resulted so disastrously to the little girl and land- Circapistancea Point to the Guilt of the Old Man. The circumstances sui rounding the case are strongly in favor of the view of the case that looks upon Warne as being guilty of the little girl's death. The girl was 9 years   was uninjured His be- havior aftor the fire began cal- culated to direct suspicion toward him and indicate that he had reasons for wishing all evidence connected with tlio body in the burning cabin to VIP entirely If this was his design, he was successful, for the mains of the little girl were so badly burned that no evidence could be ob- locality, out of reach of the mob's violence. A Fatherless Child. Mrs. Julia Blewett, mother of the Sead girl, lives at No. 1504 Dunn ave- lue, about 100 yards from the scon" if her daughter's death. The father the little girl died eight years ago. and a few weeks after his demise a eon was born Into the world to add to the burden of the years. The way of life led by Mrs. Blewett has been a toilsome one. She has had occasional help from the county, but her living has been mainly earned at tne washboard and, in her humble way, she has nobly discharged her duties as a mother. Few sadder af- flictions have ever darkened the home DL a widow than came yesterday to take from Mrs. Blewetfs life her most cherished hope. The scene in little cottage Into which the body of the dead girl was borne was pathetic in the extreme. Kind neighbors came to offer sympathy New York's latest celebrated case in criminal annals Involves the alleged murder of William R. Rice, en aged and eccentric millionaire whose estate is valued at anywhere from two to six million dollars. The contest is o'ver two Rice wills. Albert T. Patrick, who is held for murder, is one of the principal beneficiaries. The contest is brought the first will which was made in Texas on September 26, 1896. and the bulk of Rice's estate is left to the Rice institute at Houston, Texas. The heirs who are trying to have this document set aside include brother of Rice and a laige company of nephews and nieces. The heirs at law would much prefer to have the second will, known as the Patrick will, admitted to probate, fi.r under it they fare much better. The Patrick will has been duly filed in the surrogate's office, but is branded by the police authorities and those connected with the Rice institute as a forgery. The principal figure during last week's hearing was Charles F. Jonfs, who had acted in the capacity of valet and secretary for the old millionaire. Jones at first declared to several people that Patrick killed Rice. He now takes it all back and declares that he hims'lf, at Patrick's instigation, administered chloroform and put Rice to death. WM-RICE Pekin, April meetings of the generals of the allied troops and Count von Waldersee thie morning was of great interest and importance, .though it was beforehand wnat had prarnc- ally been decided upon. Still the meet- ing showed conclusively the attitude of the different powers The only dis- senters from the plan adoped were Gen- eral ChafCee, the Amencan commander, and General Wogack, commander of the Russian forces, who both thoug.it that the number of points to be occu- pied was excessive and also that the number of troops was too great. The other generals were unanimous in the opinion that nine points on the right of the river should be occupied between Pekin and Shanhaikwan with en, exclusive of the in Pekin. This w ill be a permanent measure, while the reduction of the present forces" will be made according to the wishes of the respective governments. The railway between Paotingfu and Pekin will be guarded, it not being a line of com- munication with the sea- General Chaffee suggested that it was only necessary to occupy two points between Yangtsun and Tientsin and three between Tientsin and Shanhaik- wan, with a total of men, exclusive of those at Pekin. It was not neces- sary he said to have soldiers at Tongku. as naval vessels were always there and because the reliefs would be passing- backward and forward. General Wogack thought that men would be sufficient for occupying Tientsin and Shanhaikwan. The views of the majority will be presented to the ministers for imme- diate action, as the generals feel that the acceptance by the Chinese of these terms may include the total destruction of the forts at Shanhaikwan, Feitangr, Taku, -Tongku, Peitsan and will mean complete submission, when arrangements ought to be made for tha withdrawal of a majority of the forces from China. _________ JAPAN TOO HASTY. Washington Thinks She Will Soon Poll la Her Claws. Washington, April opinion prevails among officials here that the excitement reported as existing in Jap- an over the Manchurian question and the talk of ultimatums is all fcased upon a statement of affairs that exist- ed before the delivery of the Russian note yesterday to Secretary Hay. A simple calculation assures them that the Japanese could not have known of the last note when the belligerent publications were made in Japan. It Is therefore believed that when the tenor of the note is learned and the Japanese find that the proposed secret treaty has been abandoned they will accept the situation with satisfaction. Sooner or later this note is sure to find publicity, for it is necessary to make up the record of the case, but the time Is not auspicious. No doubt Is enter- tained here that the secret treaty is no longer to be feared, and already at- tention is being directed to the next step. The ministerial council at Pekin Is believed to have temporarily suspend- ed meeting, and the Manchurian prob- lem is the sole object of interest at present so far as China is concerned The suggestion has been made that Russia, having established the correct- ness of her intentions as to Manchuria, the powers shall meet her half way in her reformatory movement and under- take to assist her In securing the as- sent of China for the adoption of such precautionary measures as may be ne- cessary to safeguard what are recog- nized by them as purely Russian inter- ests in that province. In that case (and such a suggestion may come from the United there would be nothing more required than a straight- forward and open statement by Russia of the conditions sought to be laid down, and with a recognized upright- ness of purpose behind these the pow- ers. It Is believed, would surely give their support. RUSSIA'S ATTITUDE. The English Pessimistic Howl. London. April attitude toward Manchuria, as outlined yester- day by -the Official Messenger of St. Petersburg, is interpreted almost unan- imously by the British press as capable of being condensed into the single sen- tence, "J'y suis; J'y este" (I am here; I remain and there is no disposition to believe the matter Is thus ended. The Standard, which throughout has taken a moderate stand, declares that if Russia goes back on her promise now given as to the integrity of China, and proceeds to assume in Manchuria the authority denied by formal stipulation, she will have to confront not only the protest, the armed might of tile energetic nation which, under the rule of the mikado, is conscious of Us strength to aid the greatness of Its destinies. Japan, the paper adds, will have the sympathy and support of nearly all the powers Interested In the far East. The Daily Chronicle makes similar comments, interpreting Russia's policy, and says that of the powers which really count Japan is the only one which is at all likely to back her pro- test with force. The Daily News says Russia's policy is clear as daylight and simply means no shred of independence for Manchur- ia. The paper continues: "Russia has a firm friend and ally I in the United States. The American I government lost no time in publishing I the plausible, pacific assurance re- ceived by Secretary Hay from Count Cassini. Russian ambassador at Ington." _______ Bobbers Killed. Berlin, April von Walder- see reports to the war office that after dispersing the robber bands to the northeast of Tientsin, the troops en- gaged in that work have returned to their quarters. In the course of, oper- ations 20 robbers were killed and one gun and 29 wagons with arms and am- munition were captured. He WIU Withdraw. St. Petersburg, April apoplec- tic seizure of Yang Tu, Chinese min- ister to Russia after his recent view with Count Lamsdorff, the Rus- sian foreign minister, will probably necessitate his withdrawal from- post. Negotiations with China Petersburg ceased since his ill- Japan Befitted. London, April Shanghai ear- respondent of the- Suttdav Special says- it has transpired that Russia recently proposed to Japan, the neutralization of Korea, but that Japan refused tne proposition, as insufficiently made re- garding her interests. VICTORIES FOR MINERS. They Get Nearly All They Asked For ml the Conference. Springfield, 111., April conference of coal miners and operators of -the Springfield sub-district bad an agreement to-day which is a practical victory fpr the miners, the only demand that they. recede from being for free oil and cotton for drivers and other day laborers In the mines. The price of oil was made uniform at 50 cents a gallon. Other rates fixed by the agreement are as follows. being increased from the old rates: Drivers, tracklayers, 12.35; timber- men, timbertnen's helpers, J2.1T; greasers, when men, when boys, All men are to be permitted to work single after Oct 1 and after that date there will be but one firing: time each day, and that Jim before quitting work at "night. All mines that have been Idle for tha past few days will resume operations on Monday. A SUCCESSFUL TRIAL Destroyer Goldsborongh Will Eerily Make Thirty Knots. Seattle, Wash., April torpedo boat destroyer Goldsborough made two successful trial trips of an official se- ries thie afternoon in Seattle harbor. She attained a speed of 28% knots, us- ing Franklin coal Her builders claim that with Welsh or Aus- tralian mal she will easily make 30 knots on her final trial trip. Thie speed she must make before she is- accepted. The vessel's machinery worked smooth- ly and not the slightest accident mar- red the day's work. It Is expected that if all goes well she will be given her final trial and accepted by the trial board next w eek. The naval officers are much pleased with the results given by the use of domestic coal, which is. said to surpass that of British Columbia, once used exclusively by the govern- ment on this coast. A Brutal Murder. Washington, April Ed- ward M. Brodie and James F. Coffey, Troop C. third cavalry, were recently convicted by court martial at Manila of murder and sentenced to imprison- ment at hard labor for life. It from the record, a copy of which been received at the war department. that the accused murdered a native boy 10 years of age whdm they met on the highway. Major General Wheaton. commanding the department of Northern Luzon, approved the tence, which will be duly executed at Bilibid prison, Manila. M'KINLEY WILL BE IN ANACONDA JUNE FIRST Special Dispatch to the Standard. Washington, D. C., April the Editor of the Standard: The itiner- ary of President McKinley has just been completed. It Is so arranged that he and b's party will reach Ana- conda at a. m. June 1 and will re- main in the city until a. m. THOMAS H. CARTER. Special Dispatch to the Washington, D. C., April tary Cortelyou is given as for the statement that President Kinley'a party, returning frw slope will come via M lowatone park, Butte, Helena, and theace tft) Denver,   

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