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KING OF LOBBIES
DEFENDS HIS ACTS
Hamilton Declares Insurance Com
panies Had to Create "Se-
IN EVERY CAPITAL
The Insurance Sleuths Blocked
Schemes with CashKapt
ouslv ill, tho able to walk about. Mr.
McCall also presented a physician's cer
"Nor are there any of my checks to
produce. Pavment bv my check would
necessarily have disclosed the fact that
the person receiving the check was un
der retainer by me and would thus
have necessarily hampered that portion
of my work that was most efficacious,
namely, absolutely secrecy. Cash, drafts
and certificates were generally pre
He Kept No Books.
New York, Dec. 27.John C. McCall,
secretary of the New York Life Insur- gt. Petersburg, Dec. 27.The reds of
ance company, who a few days ago re-
fused to them up saying that the
Mr McCall did however .get a,
statement from Hamilton regarding the
expenditmes of funds entrusted to him
by insurance companies. The statement
then was produced and put in evidence.'
I cannot produce my check books
or cancelled checks which relate to af
fairs other than those of the New York
Life Insurance company. I cannot pro
duce any books -of these particular ac
counts because none was^ever kept by
me. Even if did possess them it
does not appeal to me that the demand
for them would be a farr and honest
one. The understanding that I had un
dertaken this work was distinct and
thoro. If it had not been so, I would
have declined the task."
Mr. Hamilton, in opening his state
ment, expresses regret that he cannot
return to the United States at present
because of his health.
Big Three Scared.
At the time of his employment in
charge of the bureau of taxation and
legislation of the New York Life, the
life insurance companies feared that un
less concerted action was taken thev
might be practically legislated and
taxed out of existence.
"The usual practice of depending
alone upon counsel to attend and pre
sent arguments was determined to be
insufficient,'' says Mr. Hamilton. The
verv fact that the great life insurance
institutions of New York favored or
opposed pending legislative propositions,
would itself often concentrate the op
position against their views so like
wise did the knowledge that we were
represented at the capitals of various
states lead to demands that political
fayjirites should be employed in the
role of counsel, which, if acceded to,
placed our affairs at the mercy of those
who did not possess pur confidence.
New York Life in watching legislation vo
Secret Service Lobby.
"These and other considerations led
the three companies to but one conclu
sion. We felt that if a secret service
was a permissible governmental agency,
a confidential service would be the one
effective and at the same time proper
plan to guard the welfare of the most
extensive commercial interests in the
worldthe life insurance business of
the state of New York. This confiden
tial secret service was decided upon as
the only feasible plan of protection.
I explained to the president of the
New York Life Insurance company, so
did the other gentlemen who were as
sociated with me in this work, to the
officers of their respective companies,
that itemized accounts by names, or
amounts by separate vouchers, details
or particulars, should not be demanded
if we were to be held responsible. The
protection of the companies under such
a plan was ample."
The Holdup Bills.
Mr. Hamilton gives a long_ summary
of the various styles of "bills hostile
to insurance companies, many of them
"Bills to compel the companies' re
ports to be repeatedly and unnecessar
ily published in newspapers are ad
vocated," says Mr. Hamilton, "to gam
certificate of ill health would excuse the t^e
lowed' is displayed, find legislative
favor. However ridiculous those bills
may seem, they demand attention.
Attack in Indiana.
"In Indiana the attempt was made
to pass a law placing the surrender
value of a 'life insurance policy upon
the list of personal property which was
taxable to the owner. Companies which
offered no such advantages to policy
holders supported it as an attack upon
their rivals who offered this advantage.
The measure, however, was defeated.
Immediately the state assessors pro
ceeded to tax policyholders, proclaim
ing that the existing law was broad
enough in its terms to cover this. If
this was true of Indiana, it was prob
ably true of many other states in the
union. The New York Life Insurance
company, thru my department, retained
eminent and influential counsel and
Continued on 2d Page, 5th Columnt
MA i JS?^1 J*.
Moscow, Deo. 27, 3 p.m.The can
nonading continues and tho list of
casualties is swelling. The revolution
ists are operating in three sections.
There are about one thousand of their
in each section. They are all armed
with revolvers and rifles. The women
who are participating in the fighting
are guilty of the worst cruelties.
uss i a
turned from Europe, where he went to tion of the torch of civil war. In the
get an accounting of money advanced to
T\hen the last week of the committee's hope of success by means of a revolt
work was taken up. here, an uprising there, a disconcerting,
Mr. McCall said he saw Hamilton baffling series of outbreaks in every
France and that Mr. Hamilton was seri- it in the tottering empire of the czar.
tfftraSco^d An in
^J^?r^lTflr -availablen tJ copeo wit/thet,a insurgents
ing of the companies interested with the
been sentt from
forevouch- er from other people nor wer there
any books oi accounts kept by me cov'
The Statement Continues.
of the insurance premium and i preciated this evidence of good will,
eep a force or the Virginia he hoped nothing of the kind would be
bill, making it actionable for a life! undertaken. In fact, he wished par-
insurance agent to enter the office of ticularly that the proposed work should
a man where the sign 'No agents al-
BAPTISM OF BLOOD
FOR RUSSIAN CITIE S
Reds, Almost at Bay in Moscow, Plan Series of Uprisings,
Then a Last Mighty .Upheaval Thru
aie planning widespread applica-
Andrew Hamilton, was the first witness ernmenta that the revolt is al
,in the insurance investigation today
crushed, the revolutionists profess
8 pi a statement in the Slovo
orleave Franca trfgr yttjjj^jj^jg^
clushed within four days. The duration
within two months
Held Back Check Books. of the rising is explained by the small
number of troops available. Many of
Mr. McCall said he asked Hamilton ^Yesa^rilr Teie employed
for his check books, but Hamilton re- Ruardif
gve rv nmen buildings,
be near. Threi Slovon says:
his statement tells Mr. Hamilton in
why ho cannot produce vouchers or can
celled checks to show to whom and in
what amounts he had paid out money.
Asked No Vouchers.
The statement is to the effect that in
consequence of the accepted understand
&ood fi ht
15,000 Fell in Moscow.
From an indepedent source the Slovo
declares it has learned that the blood
shed at Moscow has been frightful and
the casualties will reach 15,000 and
cow to aid in caring forw the wounded.
The paper says it has learned that
the arms of the revolutionists came from
Germany and Belgium, whence they
were shipped to England, transhipped
there and smuggled into Eussia thru
Finland and the Baltic provinces. Con
tinuing, the Slovo remarks:
WheW our plenipotentiary sought to
revent the sailing of those vessels,
the consuls, the latter refused to
President and Mrs. Roosevelt and
Three -Children Go to
Washington, Dec. 27.President
Eoosevelt will pass his holidays at Pine
Knob, the pretty little estate in Vir
ginia acquired about a year ago by Mrs.
Accompanied by Mrs. Eoosevelt and
their children, Miss Ethel, Keimit and
Archie, the president left Washington
at 11:30 o'clock today for a few days'
The president was accompanied on
the trip by M. C. Latta, his personal
stenographer, and James Sloane, the
president's secret service guard. Mr.
Loeb and his other secretaries remained
President Eoosevelt said he was going
to Pine Knob to enjoy a genuine res
He added that while he and Mrs.
Roosevelt would ride horseback over the
fine*roads in the vicinity of their es
tate, he did not expect to do any hunt
ing. Masters Kermit and Archie took a
gun with them audr will do some rabbit
hunting. Archie took with him the
small bear dog, Skip, which the presi
dent brought to him from Colorado last
spring, and he will be used in the hunt
ing of rabbits.
The president expects to remain at
Pine Knob until next Sunday after
noon. According to present plans, he
will reach Washington Sunday night at
DAMPER ON GIFT
Disapproves Oregon Scheme for
Wedding- Present to Miss
Washington, Dec. 27.A press dis
patch from Baker City, Ore., pub
lished yesterday, announced that a
10-cent subscription was to be started
in Oregon and extend over the country
for the purpose of raising a sum which
probably would aggregate $800,000 to
presented to Miss Alice Eoosevelt
on the occasion of her marriage to
Eepresentative Nicholas Longworth.
The president disapproves of the propo
sition, as is indicated by the following
statement issued from White, House
favor with the press for increasing! "The attention having
their revenues. Outrageous propositions,'
callepresident's to the dispatch from Bake feeen
such as the 10 per cent tax proposed mi City, Oie., to the effect that a sub-
Arkansas, or absurd propositions like scription was about to be started fo
the Michigan bill, where a doctor's
a wedding present for Mis Rooseveltr
president stated that while he ap-
SEEK AID TO FIGHT
STANDARD OIL COMBINE
Special to The Journal.
Sioux City, Iowa, Dec. 27.Clifford
Thome of Washington, Iowa, chairman
of the committee on legislation ap
pointed by the Oil Producers' asso
ciation, called on Governor Cummins at
Des Moines last evening, urging him
to recommend to the legislature the
enactment of laws to encourage compe
tition in the oil business in this state.
He said that the Kansas oil men want
lower freight rates on oil, and a law
prohibiting discrimination in prices be
tween different localities. "Kansas wants
to create a market for her oil makers
here, independent of the Eockefeller
act, as all the vessels flew foreign
Beds Are Exhausted.
The information of other papers is
that, while admitting that the revolu
tionists are showing signs of exhaus
tion, they do not regard the issue as
decided. The Molvca (Euss), which
reappeared today, fans the flames
by holding out encouragement of
the success of the revolt. The paper
declares that the area of the fighting
is increasing instead of diminishing
and asserts that the insurgents are
holding six miles of barricades.
"Even if the revolt fails now," the
Molva says, "it will be reopened in
January or February."
This also is the view of the revolu
tionary leaders here, who have not yet
given up hope of success. In any case,
they assert, they can in the mea'ntime
keep the government engaged in sup
pressing uprisings from place to place,
believing that each city and town
should have its baptism of blood as a
preparation for the final upheaval.
In spite of the bad prospects here,
the leaders of the revolutionists are
continuing their desperate efforts to
bring on a general conflict. At Khar
koff yesterday the flag of armed revolt
was raised, But according to reports,
the troops, which had been largely re
inforced, put down the outbreak merci
.The members of the so-called pro
visional government, composed of
twenty-two delegates, which had been
sitting there, were captured early in
the day and later, wo.en the red flag,
was raised and barricades were erected
around the Helfrich engine works,
which armed revolutionists were hold
ing, cannon were brought up and the
revolutionists were given ten minutes
in which to surrender. They then sent
out an emissary, who was seized by
the military commander, who then
gave the command to the artillery to
open fire on the works, which were bat
tered down over the heads of the revo
lutionists. The latter, altho unable to
make a defense, held out until three
quarters of their *men were killed or
Continued on 2d Page, 4th Column.
"FOILED!" HE'LL CRY
TO THE EGG TRUST
Journal Speoial Service.
Berkeley, Cal., Dec. 27.Within a
short time hens will lay eggs accord-
er not, instead ci refusing to work for* i,7Jsnsfl.if
so long a season every year that tho
price of eggs mounts up to famine
rates, if the plans of Professor Jaffa,
nutrition expert at the state univer
sity, don't go astray. Professor Jaffa
is conducting some experiments which
he expects will be completed by Jan.
1. He announces that his researches
have justified his belief that he will
be able to control the moulting period
of hens, which normally begins in the
middle of the summer ana continues
into, September, October or November.
BOVBKE OOCKEAN IB ILL.
New York, Dec. 27.Bourke Cockran has been
111 for ten days at the Waldorf-Astoria, and
his phjsioians have advised him to go to Ari
zona In the hope ot regaining his health. He
was threatened with pneumonia and the attack
left his lungs weak.
SHAW GOES TO CHICAGO.
Washington, Dec. 27.Secretary of the Treas
ury Shaw has gone to Chicago on private busi
ness. He is not expected to return here until
GOVEENOB GEOTSHAL DOT7BASS0F.
Who Is Leading- tim- right Against the
Beds at Moscow.
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BiGBI SIDE UP
Government Flourishes, Even
Without Morales, and
Washington Dec. 27.The state de
partment today received by cable from
San Domingo advices which throw much
needed light on the revolutionary dis
turbance reported from .there yesterday.
These were to the effect that the diplo
matic corps had been notified by the
Dominican minister ior foreign affairs,
General Tejera, ttiat the president
(Morales) having abandoned the capi
tal, leaving the government without an
acting head, the cabinet had called
upon the vicepresident, General Caceres,
to take charge pending the temporary
failure of the president to exercise his
functions. The city of Santo Domingo
was quiet and the cabinet officers were
exerojsing their functions without in
President Morales was reported to be
at Jaimia, ten or twelve miles from
the capital, among a band of revolu
tionists who were fighting there.
As the situation is. understood here
there has been no actual change in the
dominant party in Santo Domingo as
the result of Morales' abandonment. The
fact is, the party known as Horacia,
winch General Caceres, the vvice
dent, is the principal figure, has all
along controlled the cabinet and this
cabinet in turn, owing to the peculiarity
of the Dominican constitution, has com
pletely dominated the presidential office.
As Morales was ambitious to conduct
his own government, he fell under sus
picion oi disloyalty to this party and
also was siispe^cted^li^rt^ding to join
iwwur hnna,^ +h*
wi^lii^t power because the
cabinet control/fia j^he party, Morales
anticipated removal by the iparty lead
ers and fled to the revolutionists with
the intention of securing a sufficient
force to re-eater the capital and drive
out his enemies.
STEVENS FOR A LOCK CANAL.
Washington, Dec. 27.Chairman Shonts,
accompanied by Chief Engineer J. F.
Stevens of the isthmian* canal commis
sion, has arrived in Washington. Mr.
Stevens has come to Washington to give
his views to the commission on the type
of canal that should be constructed. He
is in favor of a lock canal and at a mod
erately high level.
MOORISH SULTAN IS BALKY.
Washington, Dec. 27.The sultan of
Morocco has objected to the selection of
Madrid as the place for holding the
Moroccan conference and has again of
fered the hospitality of Tangiers to the
STANDARD OIL INVESTIGATION.
Standard OilYou~see,-we are just turning over anew leaf,^r
Yesterday's late proceedings In Brennan
trial on page 5.
Mrs. Stella Brennan appeared the
calmest person in -Judge H. D. Dick-
._ inson's crowded courtroom this morn
ing when she seated herself in the wit
ness chair to tell the story that may
mean life or death to her. Only by the
slightest heightening of color did she
A give sign that she had nerved herself
jj for the ordeal. Not once did she flinch
or hesitate and during County Attorney
Al J. Smith's minute cross-examination
she erred, if at all, in .-judgment. Her
nerve never failed her and her mind
worked with the precision of a steel
She looked directly at the attorney
questioning her and answered all ques
tions in the same calm, dispassionate
voice. Not once did she raise her
voice above the clear, sweet tone in
which she answered the first question.
The great crowd of spectators seemed
entirely unnoticed. She battled for her
life with a courage and a cam indif
ference ethat spoke of lack of appre
ciation of her position.
Liked the Children.
MRS. BRENNAN GIVES
ACCOUNT OF TRAGEDY
She Insists that Man Stood by Her Bed and Shot HerAll
the Evidence May Be In
Under Mr. Carey's careful question
ing the defendant flatly denied that
she had ever had any but the kindest
feeling for the murdered children. She
told her version of the tragedy as she
had toTd it to Detective Helin and she
flatly denied her guilt. Her attorney
asked her very tew questions, and
these he had evidently weighed very
Mr. Smith, on cross-examination^
handled the witness with all his finesse
Never did he arouse her ire, bvt step
by step he took her over her story of
her relations with her husband and
the children, and point by point he
made the witness commit herself to
statements that are diametrically op
posed to testimony of the strongost
and most reliable of the state's wit
Her Present Health.
Thruout the whole cross-examination
Mr. Smith dwelt upon the defendant's
present good health, her good health
at the time of the murder and upon
the clearness of her mind now and the
accuracy of her memory of the inci
dent prior to and during the night of
CALL MONEY RATE IS
NOW 80 PER GENT
New York, Dec. 27.Just before the
stock market closed today call money
ran up guicklv to 75 per cent, and as
tbo closing hour 'joria struck for the
close 80 per cent was asked. Tb ef'
feet upon stocks was severe, altho the
early advance that carried money to
above 50, all issues had withstood it
surprisingly well. The last advance
was too much, and prices fell off sharp
ly for a point or two all around.
Anaconda Copper was affected for
3 points just at the close, and the other
Secretary Shaw, who is in New York,
had up to that time, done nothing to
relieve the situation.
CHARLES T. YEEKES NO BETTER.
New York, Dec. 27.At the Waldorf-Astoria
today it was denied that Charles T. Yerkes,
the street railway financier, who is very 11], is
somewhat better than he has been It was de
nied that he is in a dying condition.
$40,000,000 FOR CANAL WORK.
Albany, N. Y., Dec. 27.Forty million dollars
vill be asked of the coming legislature for work
on tho ttousand-ton barge canal during 1006,
according to the second annual leport of State
Engineer and Surveyor Henry A. Van Alstyne, a
forecast of -which was made public today.
HrTtll tlHHl lttH
Nov. 8. With consummate adroitness
he made the defendant relate incident
after incident and showed in numer
ous little things that Mrs. Brennan's
mind was in the very best of working
Mr. Brennan on the Stand,
After the conclusion of the defend
ant's testimony this afternoon, James
Brennan, husband of-the defendant and
father of the murdered children, took
the stand. He testified that Tommy
had told him at the city^.hospital that
he felt sure his stepmother did not com
mit the murder. He further testified
that Mrs. Brennan, shortly prior to the
murder, had insisted that her food was
poisoned. He has shown thruout the
trial that he had determined to stand
up for his wife and his being called to
the stand was evidently more to em-
hasiz this devotion on the part of the
of the murdered children than
for any-real evidence that he had to
give. Mr. Brennan was at his post in
the firehouse when the shooting took
place and had no direct evidence to
To Prove Insanity.
Following Mr. Brennan the defense
will put on their medical experts in the
hope of proving that if Mrs. Brennan
committed the murder she was insane
when she did it. To what these experts
will testify it is impossible to say. They
were in eourt this morning and were
close observers of Mrs. Brennan's de
meanor and her testimony. This will
practically complete the defense and
the testimony will probably be all
closed before tomorrow noon.
That Al J. Smith has some important _.
Brennan today. He will undoubtedly
th*e defendant as to her feelings and re
lations toward her stepchildren by testi
mony of Chicago witnesses.
The crowds seeking admission to the
courtroom are increasing with every
session of court.
Judge Dickinson's order clearing all
of the aisles of the courtroom has low
ered the capacity of the big room
Continued on 2d Page, 1st Column.
MOODY HAS BATE
PLAN BY TRAILER
President Passes the Minneapolis
's Ideas Over to the
By W. W. Jermane.
Washington, Dec. 27.The plan of
Charles J. Trailer, the Minneapolis at
torney, for the regulation of freight
rates was submitted to the president
some time ago and referred 'to the at
torney-general and the interstate com
merce commission. The Traxler plan
iB one of forty or fifty of a similar
character which have come to the at
tention of the president since the rate
question became a live issue. The same
course was pursued with all of them.
They were looked into at the White
House, there was correspondence in
some instances for the purpose of mak
ing the plans more clear, and then they
were turned over to the department of
justice a.nd the interstate commerce
commission to be use if advisable in
the further consideration of the ques
tion. These plans have been placed in
the files of these departments.
The attorney-general has been inter
ested in having this volunteer advice
and suggestion from men in all parts
of the country, for he wants as much
light shed on the rate question as pos
sible. It is not possible to ascertain
that the Traxler plan has bade a great
er impression upon the department of
justice than those of numerous other
men who have worked along similar
SAYS ALL NORWAY
WAS UNDER ARMS
Younger Bjornsen Believes Ameri
and England Turned
Sweden to Peace.
OYER OIL TRUST
testimony to offer in rebuttal was evi- against th Standard Oil company ana
denced by his cross-examination of Mrs.
endeavor to impeach the testimony of E?rat,lonf rWondnnf na +n hpr ffleiino-s and re- standard Oiln company has controlled
Journal Special Service.
New York, Dec. 27.Erling Bjorn
sen, son of Bjornstjerne Bjornsen* and
a lecturer and publicist, arrived yester
day on the steamship Oscar II for a few
months' lecture tour in the United
States. Speaking of the dissolution of
the union between Sweden and Norway,
"The beauty of the situation was
that Norway knew the crisis was com
ing and was prepared. From England
$40,000,000 worth of provisions had been
imported, of which the Swedes did not
know, and there were arms in plenty.
Every gun on our frontier was ready
to fire at the word of command.
"Everyone in Norway thought war
was inevitable. Sweden had 200,000
men in arms along her western border.
In our country every man between the
ages of 22 and 45 was under arms.
Thousands of old men and boys reported
to recruiting officers and begged to be
enlisted, but were refused.
"From Norwegians in America came
letters by the hundreds saying their
writers stood ready to send their sons
and their money if necessary.
"In Norway it is believed that we
can thank both America and England
for the fact that Sweden receded from
her position. No one knows what was
done by diplomacy, but it was firmly
believed that larger powers inter-
MeOLELAN TAKES OATH.
New York, Dec. 27.Mayor George
B. McClellan today was sworn in as
mayor of New York city for the next
MEDAL FOE JOHN MITCHELL. %e
WUkesbane, Pa.. Dec 27.John of
the K" _*nitef T
Mine Worker.s of AmericMitchell a has just
received information from the officials of the
Leigh, Belgium, International exposition that bis
book on "Oncanlzed Labpr" has been awarded a _-
sold medal la tbe deportment of social economy. 1 date for tne JOD,
Government Investigation oC
Standard Oil Leads to Vul^
EVERY ALLY OF THE ^W
TRUSTIS UNDER BAN
out all its competitors.
Rockefeller's Main Company, Its
Branches and Railroad Aids,
to Be Prosecuted.
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Dec. 27.Baymond in
special to the Chicago Tribune, says: fjt
-For nearly a year agents of the'
United States government have been
slowly and patiently but persistently5
gathering facts and figures' on which it
was hoped to base a successful attack
upon the gigantic monopoly known as 3$
the Standard Oil company. l
Great as this organization1
United States government is greater/wil!
in spite of the boast of some of the
Standard managers, and federal agents
and detectives have struck a trail*
which seems at last to lead into the^
heart of the famous system.
Following upon the footsteps of gov* '3
erwment agents in Washington, Phila-"
delphia, New York and other cities, I
have learned sufficient to convince m*
that during the present winter and pog
Mbly not long after the holidays, there
will be presented to congress a report
which will be far more sensational thairt
that prepared against the beef trust,
and at the same time another report
will go to the attorney general with a
suggestion that prosecution be insti
tuted under the antitrust law, the in*
terstate commerce law, the Elkins law.
conspiracy law, not only
and manager^ but also
all railroad and cor-
countr and killed
Trust Spies Bun to Cover. 1
The work of the special agents
the government is not entirely con
cluded, but nearly so. They have de
veloped enough to startel the country,
and the paid spies of the Standard Oil
company already have learned this and
have begun to cover up evidence in an
ticipation of a criminalo prosecutions byo
the federaels government.?
^t the affair
the Sta-rfllard Oil company has been
conducted by Commissioner Garfield of
the burau of corporations. It proceeds
in the fiTst place under the authority
of a special resolution of the house of
representatives, but every step of the
investigation has been submitted not
only to We Metcalf, secretary of the
department pf commerce and labor, but
to President $ Koosevelt, and both cf
thepa have made valuable suggestltfBS
as tp tha#ne of inquiry to be adopted. 3
Started in Kansas.
This investigation which is now
drawing to a close was started in the
quiesest sort of fashion last February.
It was during the height of excitement
inf regard to Kansas oil fields.
It was shown in congress that tha
oil producers in Kansas had been made
the victims of a gigantic confidence
game on the part of the Standard Oil
company. That great monopoly en
couraged the farmers and promoters
generally to exploit the oil fields to the
Agents of the Standard traveled all
over the oil territory and did every
thing their power to promote the
digging of mor wells and prospecting
for new territory. Tbe big corporation
bought all the oil offered at prices
which were the top market for th
whole country. No contracts were
made, but the producers were led to be
lieve the demand for crude oil was un
limited, and if they would onlv keep
out of the refining business and sell
the raw material to the Standard they
would have a steady market at bst
This game was kept up, as reports
now in possession of the department
show, until the Kansas oil field practi
cally had reached the limit of econom
Put On the Screws.
Then the Standard put the screws on.
It controlled practically every outlet
from the Kansas field. Crude petro
leum is nearly worthless in itself. It
possesses a real value only when re
fined, and the Standard people knew
this, altho the farmers seem to have.*
Having gotten all the well? into oper
ation and worked the whole territory
until it was capable of producing th*
largest amount of crude oil, the Stan
dard Oil company suddenly lost inter
est in the situation, refused to purchase
except at a. ridiculously low price, and
began a gigantic game of freezeout, ac
cording to old-time methods. The idea
was, of course, to drive the producers
into bankruptcy, because there was n
market for their product, and then,
when the price of Kansas oil leases was
reduced jto the starvation point, the
Standard Oil conroany, with character
istic generosity, would come to the res
cue, not directly, but thru friends and
agents, and thus acquire possession of
the Kansas field for a song. Jgc
It is under the Campbell resolution lu
adopted last February tr\it the pend-^ji
ing inquiry is being pros\cuted, and i *J
as I have followed cautiously along
the, line of a government inquiry, am
satisfied evidence has been developed
which will more than justify every
suggestion made in that resolution.
CLASH IS AYERTED
W. Jermane. By W.
Washington, Dec. 27.Indian Com
missioner Leupp has abolished the of
flice of custodian of Star island, in th.'
Cass Lake Indian reservation, and
thereby averted a clash between Con
gressmen Buekman and Steenerson. The
old custodian died recently and Buek
man recommended the appointment of
Steven Muncy of Little Falls, to the
vacancy. A correspondent called Steen-'
erson's attention to the fact that Star
Island is in Beltrami county and there-1
fore in the ninth district. Steenerson"
called at the Indian office today to
ascertain the situation, but was in
formed of the action of the commis
sioner and will so inform his corre
spondent, who is presumably a candi-