May 20, 1913
County is barred from paying reward
No reward, as a reward, can be legally paid by this county for the kiling of John Tornow, and the heirs of Charles Lathrop and Louis Blair are going to ask for a share of whatever money is paid. Lathrop has a son, who is represented by W. H. Abel.
The matter of rewarding Giles Quimby came up before the county commissioners this afternoon, and it was learned the county had no legal authority to offer a reward. So far as there are records to show, John Tornow was not a murderer, and probably the only official record to show he was even a fugitive from justice is the offer of $2000 reward for his capture entered in the commissioners’ records. No information charging Tornow with any crime is on record, it is said, and no warrant for his arrest was ever issued.
The commissioners did offer a reward for Tornow’s arrest of $2000. Also they offered $2000 additional reward for the capture of the slayer of John and Will Bauer. The present commissioners are not disposed to put the county in the position of trying to avoid payment — they believe the $4000 should be paid. However, the law, which allows commissioners to offer a reward, says they may for fugitives from justice indicted or charged with crime, or words to that effect.
If the $4000 is paid, and probably it will be next week, it will likely be paid as an extra compensation for duty welll performed.
Today is the first time that there has been many official intimation that there will be any other claimants for reward than Giles Quimby.
As a matter of fact, Mr. Quimby is not a claimant. He has simply been told the money would be coming to him.
W. H. Abel informed the commissioners he is representing a 20-year-old son of Lathrop, and Prosecuting Attorney Stewart said he had had a communication from an attorney at Centralia who seemed to be representing Blair. Mr. Abel said he would file an official claim for a part of the reward for his client.
Mr. Abel in his talk to the commissioners argued that they had a right to pay the reward in his opinion. Prosecuting Attorney Stewart advised them not to do it, as a reward.
May 22, 1913
gets into jail over back checks
A man registering as Ed. Carson, claiming to be a relative of Kit Carson, the famous scout, and until recently a member of the mounted police force of Canada, started in Sunday to increase the volume of money in circulation in Hoquiam. He didn’t succeed but landed in jail for these reasons: He didnt’ have any money of his own to circulate and the fraudulent checks which he issued didn’t go far enough to get much money.
Carson registered at Hotel Grayport on Sunday and when he tendered a check for $50 in payment of his bill on Monday, a quiet investigation by the clerk demonstrated that Carson didn’t have any funds in the Hayes & Hayes bank at Aberdeen, upon which the check was drawn; the police were notified and Kit Carson’s alleged relative was forced to change his registration to the city jail, where he is awaiting developments.
Two more of his checks appeared yesterday — one for $20 with the signature of Jere McGillicuddy forged thereto, which Joseph Smith of the Grays Harbor Drug company had acccepted in payment for a camera; the other was for $50 and had been given to Mr. McGillicuddy as first payment on a contract to purchase a ranch.
This check was signed by Carson. The Smith check was drawn on the United States National bank at Aberdeen and the other on the Hayes & Hayes bank.
Mr. Smith visited the hotel and recovered the camera soon after learning of Carson’s arrest. The check given in this case passed through several hands before reaching Mr. McGillicuddy yesterday.
When interviewed by Chief of Police T. M. Quinn yesterday Carson stated that he didn’t remember the hotel transaction, as he had “been whooping ‘er up for several days,” and couldn’t remember all that occurred; that he didn’t pay for the camera or give a check for it — “merely brought it to amuse myself with over Sunday,” he said. He claims to have a friend in Victoria from whom he can obtain the necessary funds with which to “square up.” Referring to the alleged relationship with Kit Carson, he said the noted scout was a brother of his grandfather.
May 22, 1913
Inter-Harbor electric line sure to be built
C. N. Sanderson and H. H. Porter of New York, and J. J. Bodell, a New York banker and capitalist, all stockholders of the Federal Light & Traction company, which owns the Grays Harbor Railway & Light company, reached Aberdeen last night and spent the day in inspecting their properties here.
Mr. Sanderson does not deny that construction of an interurban line between Grays and Willapa Harbors is under consideration, but cannot say when first steps will be taken.
“The most I can hope for is that survey lines will be run this summer,” he declared.
From Aberdeen, Mr. Sanderson, Mr. Porter and Mr. Bodell will go to Willapa Harbor. They will make the trip by way o f Westport and along the beach to Tokeland. Neither Mr. Porter nor Mr. Bodell have seen the country intervening between the harbors. At Raymond and South Bend, the Willapa Harbor Light & Power company’s system will be inspected. This company is not owned by the Federal Light & Traction company but is a separate concern owned by Sanderson and Porter and James C. Colgate, president of the Federal company.
“We intend to build a line between Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay some time, but I cannot say when it will be. It is generally known, I suppose, the project has been in mind for some time,” said Mr. Sanderson.
Mr. Sanderson was interested in all news regarding survey and construction activities by all railroad interests in the the North River territory.
Referring to any investments in the state, Mr. Bodell, who is extensively interested in various enterprises, said:
“The West invites Eastern capital for investments, and then tries to take that capital away. In a state where public service commissions say a public service corporation can earn only 5 or 6 per cent and no more, it is not reasonable to expect much railroad development. Eastern capital can get that return in the East without the risk attendant on the outlay in this country.”
During their stay on the Harbor Mr. Sanderson, Mr. Porter and Mr. Bodell are guests of H. H. Zimmerman, retiring manager of the Grays Harbor Railway & Light company, and of Philip A. Bertrand, who will be Mr. Zimmerman’s successor.