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CLARENCE WHITE'S EXPOSE OF DARK DEEDS The Slayer of "Wylackie
John" Gives the Lie to George E. White.
WAS ASKED TO MURDER.
The " King"Made Several Propo-
sitions to Him to Take Human Life.
DAVE WOODMAN'S SETTLEMENT.
Reign of Terror That Is Driving Men Out of the Country for
FORTUNA. Hmvoim County, Nov.3. —
: of The Call found Bt his home hereto-day iiim with regard to the
y George E. White line him 1 ( iarence White) touching
t:;e !. Wy'.ackie John and the
W hite himself. Iarrested Vinton once | myself when Iwas Deputy Sheriff on a I charge of killingsome hogs belonging to a j poor widow. He has been in continual \ trouble. Isaw him attempt to shoot Lit-! tltrield. Joe Gregory, who was then i friendly with Littlefield, caught him, or! perhaps it would not have been left for the officers of the law. with some other assas- |sins, to be now charged with his murder. I Ihave noticed one thing, that George jWiiite has never denied the charge that he ! 'pushed the queer.'
There is another matter that might be worth looking into. Tnat is the matter of the estate of Chris Sorenson— after he was ] murdered. Iremember quite wellhearing j Wathen tell White that he wanted two; checks to produce in court; that he would j
Inot have to pay them, as they would be re- ; :turned to him. This was in the settle- ment of the estate. Sorenson had several i hundred
' dollars deposited in Henley's
stole in Covelo and White and Watben \ I owed him about $W> for work. Sorenson's j imurder occurred InTrinity County.
"White says lie never was before a crim- inal jury on his own account but once.' This may be tine, for when he wanted me to do some killing for nim^l asked him' why he did not do ithimself, and he said that if he killed a man it would cost him $100,000 to get out of it, but that if he got some one else to do it he could get the per- son clear for a trifle.
'•To show you what a reputation this man has," continued young White, "it is
reign of terror at Round Valley, out of I which itgrew.
The interview with George E. White took place in San Francisco on the day
wing the publication of The Call's graphic story, the "Horrible History of Hound Valley,"in which history White
the pr.nce of evil, with John D. Wathen, alias "Wylackie John," as his : \u25a0 reliable agent.
During the While divorce trial, as has been stated, a number of depositions were
at Covelo, in Round Valley, and Wylac&ieJohn was particularly active in procuring witnesses to testify falsely a_-air.-t Mr-. White. It was afterward shown conclusively that the witnesses were guilty of perjury.
Clarence White. Mrs. White's brother, to enter the room at the Gibson
where the inquiry was eoing on when he was Btopped by Wylackie John.
rt, sharp colloquy ensued and both iar;ed to pull their revolver?. White
first, the bullet passing through the- irator*s brain, kiiiing him almost instantly. This version of the killingis that developed by the testimony of wit- nesses at ttie trial of Clarence White and
which he was promptly acquitted. George E. White in the interview re-
ferred to Btates, notwithstanding, that the doctor testified that Wyiackie's head was turned so thai he could not have seen his Blayer when he shot.
rence White, who is a distant relative of George E.. was questioned regarding
statement. His answers were very positive.
\u25a0n:e White knows that to be a He," he said. '\u25a0There was uo such testimony adduced, as any one can see who takes the trouble to examine it. Ifthere had been do you suppose the jury would have re-
I within eight minutes witha ver- dict of not guilty?"'
"White saya Wylackie was not his super- intendent. How about that?" •
"ffimplytb&t that too i3a lie. There is not an Indian on the reservation but that knows White never made a move without consulting Wylackie. Kendricks, who lie says was his superintendent, was mereiy a boss on the home ranch, Wv- ! lackie superintended all of the vast do- main. It is true that Wylackie bad a house some twenty-five mile? away, on a tract in which White and he were inter- j
a sheep n»nch— but he was very j seldom there. WylacKie left his family! there much of the time while he was away j carrying out some of his schemes of mur- j der or arson, driving honest settlers out of i the country
— murdering those who would \u25a0
not go. Ifyou believe White's own state- ments he is one of the lost babes of the woods.
"BuiImight call to his mind a certain time when he offered great inducements to me to k:il I).T. Woodman so that he (White) could take his stock. Also an-
rcertain time 'when he offered me, :Iwould killBen Arthur-. Another
time when he proposed to me to kill; Geary, and another when he wanted I
me to killTom Hayden. "Perhaps he may call to mind also."
continued yoimg White, "that he offered Vei rainier $IuGO to kill me. He also j
the same proposition to Alexander , Befcgt, to George Anthony and to Charles Watben."
With regard to George E. White's declaration that Vinton's character is j above reproach Clarence said: "Vinton is > as hard a man as any that Round Valley , has known for years, except George E. j
only necessary to refer to the case of Dave Woodman, whom he charged withhigh- way robbery, or something of the kind. This is the same Dave Woodman whom he wanted me to kill. That was a trick he had when he got into a man's debt. He and Woodman were interested in a ranch together, and White got much the best of it, as he always did. Woodman could not induce him to settle, and the business ran on for years, until White owed him several thousand dollars. Woodman kept clam- oring for a settlement until White wanted to get somebody to kiiihim.
"But Woodman turned the tables in some degree. One evening White was riding to his home, just out of Covelo. There is a depression in the road where a creek crosses it, and as White rode into this Woodman rose up before him with a pistol sticking out in front, saying:"
'See here, George, Ihave some little bu~iiess with you.'
"White was very docile. He knew that
Woodman meant business. He stopped jand asked what was wanted."
'Ihave been looking for you for a long I time, George,' said Woodman, very
|quietly. 'I have been to your house, and they tell me you are in the City or up in• the mountains. IfIgoup in the mount-
;ains they tell me you are down here. |When Ido chance to see you and ask for Ia settlement you never have time. Now I
\u25a0 have got tired of it. You owe me $9000and, as Ididn't suppose you would have that much about you.Imade out thesenotes, bearing dates of maturity that will
;give you ample opportunity to get the:money. Ihave pen and ink here, and I expect you to sign them right now, as of;course youknow the amount is due me.'
"Woodman handed White the notes! Iand the pen with one hand while he held
the revolver steady with the other. White i !signed the notes without a word. Wood- ! j man thanked him and bade him good night; himself sitting still, however, un-
| til White had ridden a safe distance and j then he rode into Covelo.
"White had him arrested next day of course. Instead of being sent to San Quentin for life, however, as would have
:happened if he had perpetrated such a jhold-up on any other millionaire, Wood- Iman was acquitted. The jury thought it'
was a pretty good joke on White. Of |course the notes were not held to be bind-
ing on White, but it did bring about a settlement with Woodman subsequently.
"It is very true, as The Call says, the people who have, in any way incurred the enmity of White livein a state of terror. Yes Palmer, whom Imet a few days ago in I'kiah, was telling me how he came within an ace of killing a good friend of his because of this state of affairs. He was riding along a mountain trail one morning when some one hailed and told him to 'hold on there.' Palmer whipped out his revolver like a flash, turned and was about to fire
— with that unquestioning
way they have, and must have up there— but, withhis finger on the trigger, checked himself."
'Good God, man; don't yon know bet- ter than that?' he said when he saw who it was. 'Don't ever do that again. He says he was as weak as a child for an hour afterward at the thought of the narrow escape he made of killing his friend. Palmer is a brave man. Nobody can say otherwise. It was he who married Wy- lackie John's widow and prevented George E. White from confiscating his estate.
"He nas been persecuted in the courts on all sorts ofcharges, until he confesses that he is practically ruined, and, besides, he is threatened constantly with ambush and murder, until it is no wonder that he is ready to get out of the country. There is no doubt that his murder was planned and contemplated the night after the murder of Littlefield,his head vaquero. He lives ina constant state of apprehension.
"Some people knocked at his door that night, but ne refused to open it. Unless the assassins are driven out of the country by the activity that has followed Governor Budd's offer of a reward for the conviction of the murderers of Littleiield Iwould not give much for Palmer's life. Yes; you may use my name. Idonot want George K. Wnite's statement to stand uncontra- dicted."
Clarence White. [from a recent photograph.]
JOHN E. WHITE. [From a recent photograph.]
THE DAYIN SAN JOSE Annual Chrysanthemum Fair to
Begin Under Favorable Auspices.