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SIEGEL, "MERCHANT PRINCE,"
GOES TO TRIAL TODAY
Ceneseo, N. Y., Nov. 9. Henry
Siegel, one-time merchant prince and
head of the former Siegel system of
department stores,"went to trial to
day before Supreme Court Justice
Clark on charge of grand larceny.
Siegel, with his former partner,
Frank E. Vogel, was indicted on 14
counts, following the loss of approx
imately two and a quarter millions.
Vogel has since died.
No bank or mercantile failure in
Greater New York has left a more
pitiable trail of suffering among small
depositors than the collapse of Sie
gel's, which at one time was one of
the largest retail department store
systems in the country, with stores
in Boston, Chicago and New York.
The greatest sufferers were the 15,
00 depositors in the Siegel private
bank and there is considerable feel
ing that Siegel should be tried on
this indictment instead of the loss of
$25,000 to the powerful National
Bank of Commerce.
Siegel, a dwarf in stature, has had
a meteoric rise. In 1867 he- was
working for $3.50 a week as clerk in
a clothing store. In 1887 he estab
lished a department store in Chicago.
In 1896 he established a store in
New York. Within a few years he
was rated as a several times million
aire. In 1896 he married Mrs. George
Wilde, widow of Rear Admiral Wilde,
U. S. N., and they plunged into so
ciety. It was to pay for these in
cursions into society, according to
the prosecution, that Siegel fre
quently borrowed sums of money
from his private bank. In the mass
of evidence the state has collected is
the charge that the mutual benefit
fund of less than $2,000, made up
from 5 and 10 cent contributions
from $4 and $6 a week clerks,, was
Stockyards may be opened Thurs
day.. All cattle, from Canada barred.
La Crosse, Wis. Henry Liso,
trusted chauffeur in the family of E.
S. Hyde, retired grain dealer, who is
charged with the murder of Petra
Solberg, a servant girl in the same
household, according to the police,
was found to have scratches on his
legs and arms, such as might be in
flicted by contact with a barbed wire
fence, when stripped in his cell at
Central Police Station.
This is the most damaging piece of
circumstantial evidence against Liso.
He is alleged to have murdered Miss
Solberg, who was to have become a
mother in two weeks, while on an
automobile ride in his employer's car.
Bloodstains on the seat, driving wheel
and clutch of the car and blood
marks inside of a pair of driving'
gloves have been found.
THE MEXICAN SITUATION
Washington, Nov. 9. The issue of
peace or war in Mexico will be de
cided within the next 24 hours. This
was the judgment today of high offi
cials, who insisted, however, that the
maze of conflicting reports and wild
rumors coming out of Mexico cause
them much difficulty in following the
real course of events.
Reassuring1 advices from Gen. Fun
ston at Vera Cruz and also from var
ious agents of the state department
give official hope for peaceful retire
ment of Carranza.
By Tuesday it is understood that
Carranza will decide whether he will
accept the decree of the Aguas Cal
ientes convention naming Gen. Gu
tierrez as provisional president.
Officials indicated today that fur
ther negotiations with Carranza re
garding evacuation . of Vera Cruz
would not be pursued until further
developments ensued which may
place a successor in charge of the
St. Paul, Minn. 10,000,000 more
bushels of corn raised in Minnesota
this, year than any preYitnisryearrT