Centralia Weekly Chronicle, February 15, 1911

Centralia Weekly Chronicle

February 15, 1911

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Centralia Weekly Chronicle (Newspaper) - February 15, 1911, Centralia, Washington trf WHY IS OBSCENE LETTER BEING CIRCULATED? APPARENTLY INEXCUSABLE ATTACK 18 BEING MADE ON REP- VTATIOJf OP ONE OF STATE'S WARDS IN TRAINING TPtEWRITTEN COPIES OF IN; IMMORAL FILTH BEING HAY OR A8PINWAEL IDLE. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1LI1RE February 14. ing School to be engaged in? Several members of the legisla- .According to the state criminal ture have in their possession type-f code the offense is clearly defined as written copies of an abscene letter j a gross misdemeanor. Ballinger supposed to have been written to a Remington's Code, Volume 1, Sec- girl inmate of the State Training School. It is nasty, smutty, low, and. reeking in immoral filth. Whether or not it was ever received by the girl to whom it was addressed is questionable, for all mail .addressed to inmates is inspected by the school authorities. The letter is purported to nave been written by a brother of the girl and' probably was written by him quite a long time ago. This letter was in the possession of Supt. Claude C. Asplnwall and by him was turned over to Gov. Hay at the time of the so-called investigation of the Training School, so It is reasonable to suppose that either Superintendent i Aspinwall, or Gov. Hay is responsl-j ble for the type written copies being: put into circulation. That they are! being pretty generally shown around j is evidenced by the fact that parties j visited several business men in Cen- tralia in the last few daj's and show- ed the letter. There can he only two reasons for circulating this to fame the character of the girl, and the other the same motive which i prompts a certain kind of people In i circulating any kind of obscene liter-1 ature. Either of these reasons, both of them may be the cause for this letter being circulated. But the i result that can be accomplished j is Injury to thfejjlrl. j It should be remembered that the I responsibility for the circulation of; this letter Is narrowed down to two! governor of the state of Washington and the superintend-; ent of tlie Training School. j It EhoiiM also bo remembered ihr.t'. this jrlrl is a ward of the state, taken into the custody of the state sup- posedly for purposes of reformation. In what way can the general clrcu-, latlon of obscono literature relative to a girl's character work for tier reformation and betterment? Is not the attacking of a dofense- tton 2459 says: Every person who shall sell, lend or give away, or have in his possession, with intent to sell, lend, give away or show, any indecent or obscene book, magazine, pamplet, story, pajjer, writing, picture, drawing, photograph, or any article or, instrument of indecent or "Immoral character; or, who1 shall design, copy, draw, photo- graph, print, utter, publish or otherwise prepare such a book, picture, paper or other article; or write or print any circular, advertisement or notice of any kind, or give oral in- formation statelng where, when, how, or of whom such an inde- cent article or thing can be pur- chased; or (2) Shall sell, lend, give away, or have in his possession with intent to sell, lend or give away or show any book, pamplet, magazine, hewspaper, or other printed paper devoted to the publication, or largely made up of criminal news, police re- ports, r accounts or criminal doeds, or pictures and stories of deeds of bloodshed, lust or crime; or, !S) Shall exhibit -within the view of any minor any other books, papers or other things hereinbefore Shall be guilty of a gross mis- demeanor. _Section 2461 of the same uuxiioruy has this to say: Every person who shall pub- lish any detailed statement of any evidence of indecent, obscene or immoral act offered In' nny trial or proceeding, shall he guilty of a gross misdemeanor. The penalty Is a fine of or RAYMOND PAPER GIVES STRAIGHT ACCOUNT OF TRAIN- ING SCHOOL "PROBE" AND WANTS TO KNOW WHO IS TO BE (Prom the Raymond Herald) CHEHALIS, Feb view of the fact that the citizens of the state look to their newspapers for the facts in regard to disturbances' of any nature in our state institutions, your correspondent will.endeavor to give an unprejudiced report of the facts brought to .light by the recent legislative investigation of charges of cruel treatment at the State Training School at Chehalis. These facts were gleaned at first hand by the writer during the investigation. The charges in question were made about two weeks ago by the Centralia Daily Chronicle and were supported by the sworn affidavits of former inmates and employes of the school. The charges alleged severe beating and cruel treatment, and in some cases confinement in an unsani- tary dungeon on bread and water for days at a time. One young woman, VANCOUVER MEETING OF 8OUTH- AVESTi AVASHINGTON DEVELOP- MENT ASSOCIATION PROMISES TO BE BEST TO GET MORE PEOPLE ON LOGGED OFF LANDS MAIN QUESTION. less girl's reputation rather small imprisonment or both, business for the governor of the state j prosecuting attorney do or the superintendent of the Train-1 about this? Miss Mildred Banning, who was working on parole In Centralia, made a sworn affidavit that she had been beaten until the blood, came, and declared she would rather die than be taken back to the school, Two other young women inmates of the school were sworn and testi- fied that the yhad been beaten and put in a dungeon DHxTxlO, with no ventilation other than was afforded by 200 one-inch holes bored in the ceiling. They had been confined in this dungeon about four Jays on bread and'vrater, and as there were four girls confined In this place at one time .the air became so bad that two of the girls were taken sick and the other two had to sit up and hold those who were sick. As only one blanket was apportioned to each girl they could not sleep, inasmuch as tlie'p was no place to lie down other tli'tn the floor. Testimony was also brought out tr the effect that girls were paddlocl by the superintendent and that the were raised Superintendent Aspinwall (Unites Press, Leased Wire) VANCOUVER, .Feb. 13. L point of attendance and- more crowded with interest than any form- er convention will be the quarterly athering of the Southwest "Washing- on Development Assoviation in Van- couver next Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Matters vital to the advancement of the Ever- green State, and particularly its western slope, will be brought be- fore the convention. Delegates will be there representing very county west of the Cascade Mountains and some east of the range, notably Klickltat. Special preparations are being 'Boys Don't Need Brutality, Common Judgment Is All That Is Needed to Handle Even the Worst of Declares Ex-Detail Officer of Reform School made by the people of Vancouver to entertain the visitors. There will be an elaborate banquet and dele- gates will be treated to a special mil- itary spectacle ordered by General Maus of Vancouver Barracks for the enjoyment of the city's guests. Convention delegates and visitors will assemble at at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, when addresses of welcome and responses will be made, N. B. Coffman, of Che- halls, member of the executive com- mittee of the association, and E. C. Ward, of Goldendale, will deliver addressed to the convention on Wed- nesday evening. Thursday morning will be taken up with a business session and re- districts officers of the TUFT IOT GET III 1C1DIJ (United Press, Leased Wire) i WASHINGTON'. Feb. conferring with President Tnft, Con- gressman Fassett of New York de- clared today that the reciprocity treaty aprpoveil as the result of com blned Democratic ami Republican ef fort. Credit, will ho given to Taf for what It is worth, observes Fas sett (United Press, leased Wire) SEATTLE, Feb. Rtitus C. Corey, a well known physician of this city, wns found (load In his bod- room last night as the result of an overdose of morphine. Ho wns 46 years of HBO. Dr. Corey had once a largo prac- tice but contracted narcotic hnblta. I to wns president of a liquid sulphur company. (Uriited Press, Lt-nsed Wire) HOOl'IAM, Feb.- Mo- t-lips iTotel. one of the largest resorts on the Pacific C.iast, w.is badly wrecked as the result of Uio terrilic storm which swept the Wash- ington coast last night. The big 20-foot sea wall at Mo- clips beach was partly washed out. and the waves pounding against the hotel structure, carried nearly one- 1mlt of the building away. The re- maining section, may go out on the :ioxt high tide if the sea keeps up its terrific pounding. Several summer cottages were nn- dormlncd by the turbulent waters and nro In danger. A special train carrying wrecking aparatus and a ports from the various Election of will be hold. At 11 a. m. the de'e- ratea will go to the garrison at Van- couver Barracks and witness a spec- al guard mount, parade and .review f troops In thelr-honor. Thursday afternoon from 1 to 2 o'clock will be taken up by a demon- stration of the charplt method of burning stumps conducted by Prof, 'parks of the State College at Pull- At p. m. a number of nromlne'nt newspaper men will speak, among them being Albert Johnson of the Hoquiam Washing- toulan: W. A. Rupp, Aberdeen World; Thomas Crawford. Centra- lia Chronicle: Frank Heath, Ray- mond Herald: H. M. Conner, South both boys and girls. JRPnd Pilot: Dan Bush. Chehalis The superintendent defended the! Bee-Nugget: H. A. Dunckley. Cen- use of corporal punishment, stating jtrnlia Xew-Examiner; W. P. Ely. that it wns al-solutely ne-essary !n i.Kolso Kelsonip.n: J. H. Imus. Kal- mar.y cases to maintain the discipline ama Bulletin, and others, of the school. A discussion that promises to be Dunns the taking of tlv5 productive of a great deal of good mony Governor Hay was questioned is that scheduled for Thursdav even- as to the propriety of allowing thejing. the topic being; "How'to get superintendent to paddle the girl in- j !nore on the Land Thjs mates, and if there were not i bo lod bv A. C. Little of Rav- to whom this dutv of the eserutlve committee of be relocated. He was also asked if j the association, who will be follow- the children could not he paroled by W. B. Mack, a timber owner of sood places were found for them I Raymond. A. C. Lord, of Olvmnia When Editor Stoelo of the Cen-1 and George F. Lons. of the Wever- trnha was on thejhanser Timber Conunniv. This dis- HE HAD ONLY ONE RUNAWAY E. E. Wilson Says Wanton Cruelty Brutalizes Boys and Girls, and is Both Harmful aud Unnecessary. Wlll the i Training School, when questioned on anything the witness stand by the board of ia- vestigation, admitted having spanked February 14. E. E. Wilson is a timber cruiser. He lives in Chehalis. He has lived there for a number of years. He pays taxes. Mr. Wilson is so well known that he bears the familiar nickname of "Tug" Wilson. Mr. 'Tug" Wilson is not particularly known as a chicken-hearted individ- ual, nor is he a man who minces words. Yet, this Mr. "Tug" Wilson, who served in the Training School foyjlT months, and who was Detail Officer, and whose duty was to Inflict punish- ment on refractory inmates of the State Training School, declares that .he treatment of initiates under the present administration, from evi- dence, has been beyond anything he would tolerate as detail officer or American citizen if he were working at the institution when it happened. Mr. Wilson's views are illuminat- ing. Here they are in his own vol- untary wordsi- i "There's no use in that fear- ful beating. "I was in Training School for 17 months and I was detail officer 5 months. "I deplore the present condi- tions as outlined in apparently a truthful manner. Brutality Xot Needed "I know this that when I was detail officer of the Training School I never had to recourse to brutality. I-was obliged to nnnish some bovs but I did it in the spirit of a father. Boys who came for punishment be- fore of were so horribly marked by former floggings that I didn't have the heart to hit the de- cent punishment I usually awarded bad kids. I was too sorry for them. I used to talk to them and promise them a licking if they were still bad. But they never came back except to tell me that they were trying to keep good. Used Judgment "I was in the Training School at Chehalis long enough to know that there's not a bit of use to use bloody whipping on boys or girls. I have lived long enough to know that kids can be used with judgment I tried to use judgment and all the former kids now come to me as their friend whenever they see me. I have put my hand down my a poor times since to help some of the boys out on their little way up life. It, wasn't much but it showed what I felt. "The records of that school showed that I only had ONE RUNAWAY. I had less pun- ishments in one month than the last officer had in ONE DAY. I can prove it. I was never cranky and reasoned with the boys and they proved to be bet- ter boys for it." stand lie was subjected to a heavy fire of interrogation by the board. He told the governor that insofar as the main body of the committee was! be valuable concerned it was trying to avert di-' rect testimony and prosecution and lm that he personally, believed that aiiyjwhow cnsjlon will he participated in gen- erally by those in attendance and the interchange of ideas promises to man. no Good Ronds have an inning on Friday morn in jr. Samuol Hill, highways for vv i la IIIH Jilt II !l fore'o of men hns boon sent to Mo- havlnp Interfered when qnestimis clips to try and save tho hotel and put. to the superintendent on cottages from further damage. !tllf> to Prevent his (riving a fair February 14. A wedding reception was Riven by Mrs. Mary Hum and Airs. Ed Thompson at their home In Mannford Valley Saturday evening, Feb. llth, n honor of Arthur Iltirn and. Miss Snroon Orahy of Ducodn, who woro married Fob. Mnny, const .itnla- lons and good wtuhcfl woro shnwor- >d upon them from n host of frlemTT? nnd relatives. v author mid publisher of and New York ci( wwdlngly. thorltj. on Editor S.eelc asesrted that every deliver au address on Fridav morn- eharfxo he had published had been ling along tho lines of kooplns the .verified by sworn affidavits, and ho j American farmer in tho Northwest further honrpod the committee with instead of allowing him to cross the lino into Canada. Further demonstrations In burn- ing stumps will ho carried on from 1 to 2 p. m. on Friday, and at 2: SO thoro will bo a number of notable ad- dresses. 0. C. Chapman, manager of tho Portland Commercial Club: A. L. Sonlmors, secretary of tho Tacom.i Chamber of Comniorco; Tom Rich- ardson, father of tho Oregon Devel- opment Leagno, and Wallace R. Rtruhlo, formerly publicity manager at Albany, Ore., will speak. Tho close of tho convention will ho marked hy a banquet Friday even- (Contlnuod on Pago Eight) IS BIJTER and square answer which would Imv corroborated tho charges. Ho de- clared tho investiRatIon a "white- on tho ground that no effort was made to prove tho truth of tho charges, anil furthermore that re- sponsibility had boon shifted from the shoulders of tho mannpement to employes. Rev. F. A. I.ti Vlolette, n Chelmlla minister who Is paid by tho stnte for his ministerial services at the school, took Isnuo wlih Mr. Rteolo ns to (Continued on Pace Klght) RI.OOOSHKn BETWEEN RIVAI, CITIES RK8ULTS IN MILITIA REIXfi RUSHED TO RESTORE ORDER. (United Press, Leased Wire) OKLAHOMA. CITY, Feb. a hitter tight for removal of the county seat of Swanson county, the rival towns are on tho point of blood- shed. The militia has been called out and are now in readiness to avert tragedy while tho partisans nro ready for any violence that may be precipitated by further action. Tho sheriff declares tho situation is criti- cal and wants more deputies. County. Commissioner Bull and Thompson, aiu-I County Clerk Bristow havo boon jailed in Mountain Peak tor removing tho county records ilor. A riot Is expected hourly. We like to see otlior people get up In the world If they tnko us with them. February 14. The Farmers Merchants Bank opened today far business. The new bank, so its officers say, is meeting much encouragement. There was some friendly rivalry as to who would tho first depositor. N. Meisenzah! was the first to make a deposit. Tho present quarters of the bank are only temporary. A very fine buildlnR is to he erected at tho southwest corner of Maplo street ami Tower avenue. TIE PAYS FOR "PINCHIXO" PITCHER February 14. Gnorgo Gibson wns brought before Justice of tho Poaco HOSM this morn- ing, charted with potty larceny. Ho wAR.flnbd The defendant had taken n pitcher from tho Olympla saloon nnd made" off with It. Mo claimed to remember nothing nbont It, and snlil It happened when ho was drunk nnd not uncountable for what ho did. ;