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A UNITED PARTY
i IN EMPIHE STATE
(President Is Not Seeking to
Promote the Candidacy
Root Delegation Would be
Proof of Reform
But President Is Not Trying
to Gain Advantage for
fTaft Has as Good a Claim
on Favors From Mr.
The President Cannot Make
Known His Preference
as to Successor.
By W. W. Jermane.
ASHINGTON, Dec. 2. The
fact that President Boose
velt is a cordial admirer
of Elihu Root and requested, his pres
ence at several secret conferences with
Aspirants for the presidency of the New
[York republican county committee is
seized upon in certain quarters as proof
that the president is bent upon reor
ganizing party affairs in New York in
the interest of Root as a candidate for
J. Van Vechten Olcott was in confer
ence a few days ago with the president
and Secretary Root, the interviews last
ing several hours. Herbert Parsons also
$ame to Washington and saw the presi
dent, and it is understood that the pres
ident wrote Parsons advising him to de
clare liis independence of bossesww^,,.
From these perfectly naturaf inci
Jfleuts the unfair inference is drawn that
the president himself is boss of New
[York, or is trying to be. Nothing that
the president has said gives color to
the report that he is trying to dictate
the president himself is boss of New
iYork. He is, however, interested in
.pecuring a better state of affairs and
it is his duty to assist in the task.
Reform in Empire State.
If the reorganized republican party
of New York should send a delegation
to the next national convention pledged
to Elihu Root it will be excellent proof
that the work of reform has been thoro
End that there is again real leadership
In the empire state. This, however,
fc-ould be merely an incident to the
pffovts now being exerted by the presi
dent to purify the organization.
The president is on record as saying
lhat he regards Mr. Root as- the ore
piost statesman of his time. He is not
alone in this view. But this does not
mean that the president is taking ad
vantage of his position to pull wires for
the election of Root as president in
Taft, Not Boot.
Indeed, surface indications might
easily be construed to mean that the
president prefers Taft to Root as his
successor. It was Taft, and not Root,
who was sent out as spokesman of the
president in the late campaign.
No one,_ however, has thought of in
vesting this fact with interior impor
tance, and doubtless it has none. Sec
retary Shaw also spoke during the cam
paign, with more or less authority, and
he is not suspected of being Roosevelt's
Choice for president.
If the New York republicans think
they can trace in the president's recent
acts a plan to pave the way for the
election of Mr. Root to the. presidency,
they are mistaken. The president can
not with propriety make known his
preference in the matter.
Allison and Cousins.
When Senator Allison and Represen
tative Cousins of Iowa appeared in hotel
corridor's last night and today they
Jfjere greeted on every hand by friends
and admirers. A matter of remark is
the closeness of relations between these
distinguished hawkeyes. The older man
is not only fond of Cousins, but takes
him into his fullest confidence, and
there is' considerable basis for the belief
that he both desires and expects to see
Cousins wearing the senatorial toga at
HO distant day.
Home Rule in Police Depart
ments Another Reform
to Be Sought.
Better Hold on the Sunday
Lid a Measure Needed
By Publishers' Press.
EFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 2
Deeply impressed with the les
sons of the last election, Governor
Folk, it is admitted by those close to
him, has practically decided to call an
extra session of the Missouri legislature
for the enactment of reform legislation.
The first of the reforms Governor
Folk wants is a simpler ballot law, the
lesson of which he has drawn from
New York. The governor's idea is for
a single ballot with the names of all
candidates printed thereon in alphabet
ical order. Under the present Missouri,'
ballot system there is a ballot for every
ticket. This works for "straights" and
makes it almost impossible for the less
intelligent voter to express his choice
in a mixed ticket.
"There seems to be a strong demand
thruout the state," said the governor,
"for a change in the ballot system. My
recent speech in Kansas City on the
needs of this change attracted a
audience, which strongly favored the
adoption of the mass ballot.
*'If an extra session is called the
election will be the chief subject for
consideration. The governor, of course,
has the power by special direction to
recommend the passage of other bills
and in the event of a special session it
is probable that other legislation will
be taken, lip."
Home rale in the police departments
is- another -reform the governor thinks
imperative. Under the present system
the governor appoints the police. com
missioners in the larger cities of thespirit.
state. It was through this system that
the old machine held its power and it
was one of the things which Folk prom
ised to change if he was elected. The
machine made its greatest stand against
Folk thru the police.
In addition to these measures the
governor wants laws enabling him to
better hold down the Sunday lid and
to compel all life insurance companies
to incorporate in the state before they
can do business.
LIFE PRISONER GIVES
POLICIES TO ATTORNEY
Cousins has had twelve years in the
Jiouse and has grown up under the tu
telage of the man whose career has been
the most extraordinary in the annals
pf the United States senate.
At 76 Allison seems rugged. He is
|he last of a famous trio, Blaine and
jfearfield being the other two, who en
tered congress the same day, in March,
i New Ship Subsidy Bill.
The merchant marine commission id
is busy these days as if the passage
Continued on 2d Page, 3d Column. &VWV^KVV*XTO%3G^^AV%^^
Special to The Journal,
St. Cloud, Minn., Dec. 2.Crawford,
condemned to be executed Dec. 5, was
baptized as a Catholic in the county
jail tonight by Father Goebel, of theLumber
cathedral. Sheriff Ward came up from
Elk River and at his instance a. pho
tographer was called who took a pic
ture of the condemned man. Craw
ford made no objections.
FOLK TO MOVE SOON N. I
Who Is to Call Missouri legislature
-for Reform Session.
DRIVEN O DEATH
Woman Physician of New
York Dies of Mental and
Special to The Journal.
EW YORK, Dec. 2Dr. Kate
L. S. Sterling, one of New
York's ablest women' .physi
cians, widely known and beloved, died
last night at the New York hospital
after a month's fight against the keen
est mental and physical torture..
Suffering from affection of the nerves
of the left arm, long endured in silence,
the doctor finally decided to go to the
hospital for treatment. There, on the
ad^ce of surgeons,, she- consented to
amputation. The operation was per
formed successfully and the patient,,
seemed to rally.? -v
MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA, SUNDAX^MORNING,^DECEMBER
MOSCO W I S BURNING PUTl IHEpTORC m*mm
I S LASTDIR E TIDING S ASRt^lAIISisUM)F^EROM ii?mim.<p>
But the severed arm came back tc
haunt the victim. The throbbing nerves,
lost in substance, still were present in
The former agony, augmented
tenfold, returned to rack the unfortu
nate woman. She felt the arm contract
until the muscles seemed strained to
the bursting point. She^screamed with
pain, altho no actual torment had been*
able to wring a murmur from her lips.
Her physical suffering was so groat
that the doetors kept her under the
influence of opiates. Two weeks ago
it was seen that her general health was
failing. Nothing remained real to her,
but the throb of her lost arm. She
gradually wasted away until at 6:30
p.m. Friday the end came.
EMBEZZLEMENT IS CHARGE
Confidential Clerk for Late Daniel
Wells, Is Arrested at Escanaba.
By Publishers' Press.
Escanaba, Mich., Dec. 2.Horace J.
Henderson, confidential dark for theword
lata Daniel Wells, Jr., who was the
richest man in Wisconsin, and land
commissioner for the I. Stephenson
company, was arrested today,
charged with embezzling $350 of the
funds of the Edrd Biver Lumber com
pnany. Henderson formerly li%ed at
Flint, Mich., where his parents still re
side. He is said to have lost money in
PAID HUH IM
Trustees Made Defendants
in Action Begun by
Thousands Alleged'to Have
'/Andy" Hamilton, the boyhood
friend, of John A. BfcCall and the
legislative agent of the1
Life Insurance .company, is wanted,
by the Armstrong investigating
committee to tell what lie did
"It" means ,$1,680,803.97 which
Hamilton is known to nave re
ceived since 1892, as follows:
New York Ljtfe gave Hamilton
$1,245,927.02 jVlutual Life gave
Hamilton $22,381.16 Equitable
-Life gave Hamilton $45,390 Met
ropolitan Life gave Hamilton $26,-
795 J. P. Morgan & Co. gave
Hamilton $59,310.75 New York
Security and Trust company and
Central National bank discounted
Hamilton paper or paid him in
cash $231,000 total, $1,630,803.90.
New York Herald Special Service.
EW YORK, Bee. 2.Trustees of
the New York Life Insurance
company have been made the
individual defendants in-a suit brought
to hold them responsible to the com
policyholders for sums improp-
erly diverted to Andrew Hamilton and
not accounted for on the books of the
Complaints in the suits are
certain policyholders of Saratoga
county, which is the home of Senator
Edgar' JD. Brackett ^jand his henchman,
Sheriff Buayanaugh.^ ^a^^aflleett
was an actiyoT-i^pw^ri. exposing
^regular practice? ^|f ihp -ibsuraitd^
^companies And,, wasM*he sponsor tfbr
Various biii& frairiediute -T&odify the
present state- insurance law* ih the in
terest of* the policyholders.
GRAFTER OFFICIALLY '^i
DEFINED BY FOLK
Journal Special Servioe.
EFFERSON CITY, Mo., Dec. 2.
GrafterOne who preys on .the
people, either against the law or
under the law. The boodler sells his
official vote or buys official acts, con
trary to the law. He is a grafter. But
a grafter is not necessarily a boodler.
Grafting may or "may not be unlawful.
It is either a special privilege exercised
contrary to law or one the law itself
The foregoing is the definition of the
"grafter" as given by Governor
Folk today, when asked to do so by a
New York publishing eoncern for use
in the Standard dictionary.
WEDDED IN CHICAGO.
Chicago,. Dec. 2.A marriage license
was issued here today to John T. Mc
Lean, aged 24, of Minneapolis, and
Ruth Fry, aged 23, residence not given.
GOVERNOR LA FOLLETTE,
Who May Yet Put Aside Togu
Gain Primary Election Law*.
By Publishers' Press.
LA FOLLETTE STRIVESX
SUE FORMES I TOSAFEGUARDSTATE
PAR TRAGEDY O N
Heavy Missile Hurled Into
a Car, Narrowly Missing
ASHINGTON, Dec. 2.~The re
turn trip of the presidential
train from the football game
at Princeton narrowly escaped a fatal
ity. 'If an iron plumb-bob weighing
four pounds, which was thrown thru a
car window at Philadelphia, had taken
a course one foot lower it would in
all probability have killed Webb Hayes,
son of a former president,
The iron was thrown as the .special
train, a long one, containing, the presi
dential party and the1
people from the army and navy, was
passing thru North Philadelphia at Ox
ford. The heavy iron struck the other
side of the car with terrific force. .It is
now in possession of the secret service
men. I is said Mr. Hayes bears a slight
resemblance to the president and some
of the party think that it was a das*
tardly attempt to injure the chief ex
ecutive, but the more general impres
sion is that the iron was thrown by
some evil-minded person who desired to
show his contempt for theto him
magnificence of the train.
The car occupied by Mr. Hayes and
friends was the first of the train. The
president was in tEe last car.
TARGET FOR HUNTER
Michigan Nimrod Has Two Narrow
Escapes From Death.
Special to The Journal.
Calumet, Mich., Dec. 2.T. H. Mac
Neil had two narrow escapes from death
while deer-hunting near Lake Geraltf.
While following a deer he had wounded,
two bullets whizzed past him. The first
passed directly over his head. Another
shot was fired and the bullet shattered
the stockof MacNeil's gun. He stepped
to a clearing and there found a man
pointing a gun at him, expecting to see
a deer coming his way.
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Governor Sees Fatal Weak-
:V ness in Wisconsin Pri
mary Election Law.
Machine Likely to Regain
Control if' "Little Bob"
Special to The Journal.
ADISON, Wis., Dec. 2.The
preservation of good govern
ment in Wisconsin underlies
the motives that have actuated Gov
ernor La Follette in convening the leg
islature in extraordinary session next
It is not the question merely of
choosing between the governorship and
United States senatorship, for which
he has only to qualify at Washington,
that confronts Mr. La Follette. It is
not the further regulation of railroad
rates or the investigation of public
service corporation influence in legis
lation and politics, or the adjusting
of railroad taxation, that is at
bottom of the special class.
The problem that confronts La Fol
lettethe greatest in his stormy politi
cal careeiris connected with the Wis
consin primary election law, providing
for party nominations by direct vote.
It is a La Follette law. La Follette
was the architect and the builder, and
the work of legislation represents
years of labor.
Like a Frankenstein.
Recent political developments have
made the elaborate primary law struc
ture loom up as a Frankenstein that
may turn and- destroy its cxator.
The law, the inost drastic of its^ kind
ever enacted in the country, is yet to
have its first trial, which' in the nat
ural course of events will take place
next September. As the provisions of
the act now stand, the candidate for
governor who receives the most votes
cast at the primaries, altho he may not
come within reach of the majority of
the total vote cast in the state, will be
the legal and incontestable nominee of
And because the present dominant
reform wing of the republican party,
which, since its existence, has known
no other idol than La Follette, now is
torn by the ambitions of loyal follow
ers, who want to succeed to the gover
norship, this law, which abolishes, con
ventions and theoretically places nomi
nations in the hands of the people,
really throws the balance of power into
the hands of the old machine, which
La Follette's ten years of effort has
been directed to' overthrowing.
Weakness of System.
La Follette has discovered the weak
ness of his untried systemthe rea
lization precipitated the midnight call
for the extra session of the legislature
two weeks ago*1and
that is why he is
hesitating between conflicting personal
opinions and ambitions and the con-
Continued on 2d Page, 2d Column.
RUSSIANS FIRED i
WIRES THEN CJI
Europe's Capitals Strive to
But in Vain. -1 -4
Ancient Seat of the Czars ia
Flames as Telegraph $M
Last Tidings trom St. Peters
burg Full of Ominous
Grand Ducal Party Organiz
ing Against Witte and -v
Moscow's Treasures in Peril
of Destruction and Pil
lage by Mob.
By "Publishers' Press.
ARSAW, Poland, Dec. 3.1:15
a.m.A railroad telegraph
dispatch just received her*
from Moscow states that a great in
cendiary fire is raging there and that
already hundreds of buildings hav
A few seconds after this information
had been received here the wire faityi
so that no particulars could bo ascer
ALL COMMUNICATION LOST
Bnssia Shut Off from the World for
By Publishers' Press..
London, Dec 3.-r6 a ni.--TJp to this
hour no word has been received here
from Eussia and the most alarming
rumorfr are^ in circulation. The .Rus
sian empire is* at the present moment
completely isolated from the outside
world and until some of the corre
spondents manage to reach the frontier
it will be impossible to learn what has
France, Too, Without News.
New York Herald Special Service.
Paris, Dec. 3.None of. the French
papers have received despatches from
their Russian correspondents for the
last twenty-four hours. At 2 o'clock
Sunday morning the Paris central $ost
office stated that the chief lines of
communication with Russia by way of
Berlin and by way of Fredrica, Den- I
mark, have been interrupted since Sat
Vienna Is Apprehensive, J&V
Vienna, Dec. 3.-There is no news
from St. Petersburg and in consequence
there is a feeling here that there is
serious trouble in the Russian capital,
as well as in other sections of the em
pire. The last telegram received from
St. Petersburg was shortly before-noon
Saturday and since that time nothing
has come to tell of the conditions there.
The telegraph companies have been un
able to raise their Russian offices and
it is thought that the strikers may have
destroyed the lines in order to isolate
Russia and permit them to work their
will without phancing interference from,
CRASH WAS EXPECTED
Continued on 2d Page, 5th Column.
Delayed Dispatch Tells of Spread jjf
the Russian Strike. :A
By Publishers' Press. -**f
St. Petersburg, Deo. 2.(Delayed in
transmission.)A crash ia expected
momentarily. The army surgeons, gun
ners, technicists and artillerists have
struck. The revolutionaries, unwilling
to give the government an excuse for
employing violent repression, are them
selves abstaining from violence, except
that discharged workmen are burning
The strike of the postal and tele
graph employees'is a severe test of the
government's strength. Russian tele*
graph operators are educated men, but
the hardest worked and poorest paid
skilled Workers in Europe. Therefore
they havd popular sympathy in their
present strike. ^Minister Durnovo's
severity in dealing with them is blamed
for the present difficulty, but the law
against organization in unions is on
his side, so Premier Witte mujt ^SUP",
port him. Vv" '"v
Peril of Armed Besistance^fJ^
The public, which is the victim of
the strikes, is. responding to an ap
peal from Professor Martens for vol
unteers to take the places of strikers.
Many persons fear that this will cause
the strikers to change from passive t
armed resistance. In any open battle
with the labor forces the, attitude of
the army would be uncertain. It ia
regarded as significant that whenever
soldiers or sailors during reeent weeks
have presented petitions reciting griev^
ances, they have headed the list with