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SThe Billings Gazette.
VOL.XXI BILLINGS, MONTANA, TUEIDAY, DECEMBER, 28 1909. NO.2
GENERAL RAILROAD STRIKE
IS AMONG THE PROBABILITIES
Mangers Refuse to Immediately Rein.
state Strikers and Give Men Until
Wednesday to Decide, but Get Im
mediate Answer-If Federal Gov
ernment Does Not Force Settle.
meat, Strike Will Come.
T. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 27.--Contrary
to expectations, developments to
day in the controversy between
the railroads of the Northwest and the
striking switchmen, instead of result
ing in an amicable settlement of the
strike, resulted in a wider breach than
has heretofore existed.
Not only have the switchmen de
clared all negotiations with the rail
roads off, but labor leaders say there
is a strong possibility of a general
strike by all allied orders belonging
to the railway branch of the Ameri
can Federation of Labor.
H. B. Perham, acting as chairman
of the railway council, in session here,
left tonight for Washington.
"There may be a general strike,"
said President Perham.
President Hawley of the switch
men's union, asserted:
"Several other members of the rail
way council besides Mr. Perham left
for their headquarters tonight to make
preparations for a strike of their re
Mr. Perham, in speaking of today's
"Friday we were on the verge of a
settlement and we thought the mat
ter would be fixed up today. But this
morning the railroad managers pre
sented a mysterious change of front
and assumed so much arrogance that
we decided at once to have nothing
to do 'with them. I am leaving to
night for Washington. I have busi
ness in Chicago and Cincinnati first,
but will arrive at the capital on
Thursday. As the Intervention of
state authorities has failed, I shall
seek the aid of the United States in
putting an end to a controversy that
is causing bankruptcy and suffering
among innocent people who have no
voice in the matter."
Mr. Perham would not state as to
which department at Washington he
would appeal. He said he might seek
to interest the interstate commerce
commission and he may take the mat
ter up directly 'with President Taft.
In the conference between the rail
ways and labor leaders today, rail
road officials refused to take back
all the switchmen at once, but agreed
to re-employ all those they have
places for. They gave the switch
men until 12 o'clock Wednesday to
accept this offer. The offer was im
mediately rejected by the labor lead
Later in the afternoon Mr. Hawley
and Mr. Perham called on Governor
Eberhart and asked 'him to invite the
interstate commerce commission to in
tercede. The governor replied that he
did not care to act on this request
until he had consulted the attorney
general who is out of the city and
will not return until tomorrow.
Asked as to how long it 'would take
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Cbmplaint Is Made
Of Violation of
K IN, Dec. 27.-The Chinese gov
ernment today formally com
plained to Japan against the vio
lation of the Manchuria telegraph con
vention of 1908.
The complaint consisted of two
counts, purporting to show that the
Japanese were guilty of extending
telegraph and telephone lines and traf
fic in Manchuria:
China appeals to the Japanese for
eign office, which signed the tele
graph convention ,to terminate this
violation of the agreement and to con
tinue the payment of telegraph royal
ties 'hilch the Japanese government
suspended two months ago.
S Fair Tuesdray, colder in
Sast: H edne.sday. fair.
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Heney Charges Libel
Against William Crocker
Former Graft Prosecutor Demands
Heavy Damages From Former
EW YORK, Dec. 27.-The formal
complaint in the damage suit of
Franois J. Heney of Ba nFran
cisco against William H. Crocker, the
California millionaire, for $250,000 on
an allegation of libel, was filed here
Mr. Heney says he bases his action
on an open letter bearing Mr. Crock
er's name which ,appeared in a New
York evening paper on December 3,
in which Mr. Crocker defended his
action in first supporting Heney In
the San Francisco graft prosecutions
and later withdrawing his support.
James M. Beck, counsel for Mr.
Heney, said today:
"As soon as Mr. Crocker's letter
was published Mr. Heney telegraphed
me to bring suit. Mr. Heney, who
nearly gave his life to the cause of
exposing corruption in San Francisco,
desires to settle once and for all the
question whether he conducted the
prosecutions against the San Fran
cisco grafters in an honorable and
legitimate way. In the heat of the
great contest in San Francisco many
charges were made by irresponsible
men against Heney, but when Mr.
Crocker assumed responsibility for;
these charges and gave them widei
circulation in a, responsible organ of
public opinion, Mr. Heney felt his
opportunity had come to have a jury
of his countrymen determine the jus
tice or injustice of the accusations
"In San Francisco the graft prose
cutions have so divided its people into
hostile camps that it mwould seem to
me a matter of exceeding difficulty
to obtain a jury that would consider
the questions with absolute impar
ttality. In New York, however, there
DEATH IN JAIL.
FILILIORE, Ga., Dec. 27.-John
Junphy was burned to death in the
jail here today while trying to burn
his way to freedom. His cries were
heard by outsiders, but he died before
aid could reach him.
Hearing of the Alleged;
CINCINNATI, Dec. 27.-Mrs. Jean
ette Stewart-Ford, charged with
blackmail in connection with the
embezzlement of $643,000 from the
Cincinnati offices of the Big Four rail
road, will not be brought to trial un
til January 10. Mrs. Ford's attorneys
today asked for a continuance on the
ground that their client had sustained
a severe fall on a frozen pavement
and was unable to be present.
Mrs. Ford's attorneys 'also filed a
demurrer to the indictment, claiming
that the alleged blackmail levied on
Charles L. Warriner, former local
treasurer of the Big Four, was, if
committed, a misdemeanor and not a
felony. The demurrer was overruled.
The postponement means that War
riner will be held in the local jail, as
he is to be the principal 'witness.
When the Ford trial is completed he
will begin his six-year term in the
MOTHER IS CHARGED WITH
MURDER OF HER TWO SONS
LOVELAND, O., Dec. 27.-Charged
with the murder of her two boys and
ewitih 'hving set fire to her home to
conceal the crime, Mrs. Paul Sonne
calf was arrested today in an appa
rently demented condition. The bodies
of tihe boys--one 16 years old, the
other 13-were found in the home
after the fire had been put out. The
heads of the children had been
crushed by some blunt instrument.
Their father was away when the
fire was discovered, and Mrs. Sonne
calf was found walking up and down
in front of the burning house, wring
ing her hands and calling hysterically
can be no selfish interest in the Issues
that grew out of the San Francisco
prosecutions and here, therefore, a
jury can be selected that can impar
tially and fearlessly judge Ibetween
Mr. Crocker's grave accusations and
Mr. Heney's accounts of his steward
ship as a public official."
NOW APPEARS CERTAIN THAT MONTANA
WILL FURNISH STONE FOR CAPITOL
Legislature Convenes in Special Session and Listens to Mes
sage of Governor Norris Who Passes Entire
Matter to State's Lawmakers
(Special to The Gazette.)
I ELENA, Dec. 27.-From present
indications the general assembly
of Montana will make provision
for the construction of the wings of
the state capitol, Montana materials
to be used to as great an extent as
is possible. From. the sentiment
which has developed ,among the as
sembled lawmakers it is evident that
the legislature will provide the money
necessary for the use of Montana
stone, and that the ,wishes of the
legislature and of the people will be
regarded in the matter of the encour
agement of home industry.
Promptly at 12 o'clock today Lieu
tenant Governor W. R. Allen in the
senate, and Speaker W. W. McDowell
in the house brought their gavels
down wlith sharp raps, indicating that
the extraordinary session of the elev
enth legislative assenmbly, called re
cently by Governor Edwin L. Norris
to consider the oharacter of material
to be used in the new capitol wings
and to provide for the maintenance
of the recently created publicity
bureau during the year of 1910, should
come to order. Neither house w'as a
half minute late in assembling. Roll
calls disclosed the fact that there
were 10 absentees in the senate and
19 absentees in the house.
Neither the senate nor the house
today transacted more than the
simplest routine, and both adjourned
to meet tomorrow morning at 10
o'clock. The house referred the spe
cial message of the governor and the
statement of the state hoard of ex
aminers to a special committee of
11, but the senate took no action on
dither. The committee named by the
house on motion of Representative
Critchfield, after the joint session, is
composed of the following:
Representatives Critchfield, Ravalli;
Cluston, Oascade; Norton, Silver Bow;
Warren, Jefferson; O*en'house, Galla
tin; Woody, Missoula; Shoemaker,
Lewis and Clark; Eliel, Beaverhead;
Hutchinson, Flathead; Connolly, Yel
lowstone, and Thompson. Fergus.
After organization In both houses
had Ibeen effected, the bodies met in
joint session to hear the message of
Governor Norris. The governor spoke
in firm and distinct, but rapid tones,
for her boys. She will be held to the
common pleas court for trial. The
woman is unable to give any coherent
account of the tragedy.
NEW YORK. Dec. 27.-The striking
girl shirtwaist makers voted today to
refuse the settlement of the employ
ers and declared their intention to
continue the strike until all of their
demands were granted. The employ
ers offered a compromise last week
and their proposition was voted upon
today by the Ilmany thousands of wom
Denies That HeSought
With His Wife
EW YORK, Dec. 27.-Four small
boys, preferring the story of the
matrimonial troubles of the
wealthy Brdk-ws to the thrills of sled
ding were the only, outsiders who
braved the snowdrifts on Long Island
today to attend the eourt session at
Mrs. W. Gould Brokaw did not ar
rive until the afternoon, coming on a
bobsled from Mineola,,with her father
and sister. She list¢ed attentively
to the cross-examination of her hus
band, who denied that the tone of his
testimony of Friday meant that he.was
eager for a reconciliation.
"You say you were fond of her--do
you love her?" queried Arthur K.
Baldwin, counsel for Mrs. Brokaw.
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in reading his message, and the state.
ment of the board. Despite the faci
that the reading of the communica
tions consumed more than an hour
rapt attention was paid every word
The special message of Governor
Norris set forth briefly the objecte
for !which the legislators had been
"You have heretofore committed tc
the state board of examiners the duty
of building the additions to the cap
itol," the governor said. "The board
is now performing that duty. With
every act of the board so far per
formed and with every arnangement
so made of the construction of the
wings, I 'have at all times been in
absolute accord. You have not been
convened on account of any dissatis
faction on my part with anything that
FIVE TRAINMEN KILLED. 4
4 SEYMOUR, Ind., Dec. 27.- 4
+ Five trainmen were killed and 4
+ two were seriously 'hurt today 4
4 in a collision on the Baltimore 4
4 & Ohio Southwestern railroad 4
4+ between freight trains Nos. 51 4
+ and 98, 20 miles southwest of 4
+ this city, near Fort Sitner. 4
+ The trains met ,head-on on 4
4 a sharp curve,. apparently be- 4
+ cause of a misunderstanding of 4
EW YORK, Dec. 27.-The New
York stock exchange has an In
vestigation on its hands. Com
mon stock of Rock Island rose 31%
oints almost immediately after the
opening today, then even more sud
denly dropped to 50. Thereby hangs
a mystery, or -a fiasco or something
that the governors of the stock ex
change will try to sift to the ,bottom.
At the close of today's session the
governors quietly held a private ses
sion, and it 'was announced that spe
cial investigation had been called for.
Officers of the Rock Island dis
claimed any resnonsibility for the
movement. At the office of Daniel G.
Reid, who, with ex-Judge William J.
Moore, is acknowledged leader of the
Rock Island group, it was said Mr.
Reid was indisposed today and an
other report today said that he was
entertaining a house party at his
country home near here.
Judge Moore arrived from Chicago
in the afternoon and affirmed wh'at
had been said earlier in the day that,
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HARVEST OF DEATH GARNERED
BY GALES OF THE ATLANTIC
American Admiral Is
Guest of Nicaraguans
Kimball Calls on Madriz Unofi
cially---Wholesale Arrest of Al
leged Embezzlers Is Made
ANAGUA, Dec. 27.-Rear Ad
miral William Wirt Kimball, in
command of the American war
ships at Corinto, arrivad at Managua
today on a special train. The admiral
was accompanied by George T. Weit
zel, secretary of the Amerioan lega
has been done, nor with anything that
has tbeen 'arranged for by the board.
"The enactment of the law author
izipg the construction of the wings,
any amendment that may be deemed
necessary to be made thereto, the
providing of funds to pay the cost of
cons*ruction, and any and all regula
tions relative to the ,amount that may
be paid for labor or materials, are
purely legislative functions.
"I have been constrained to grant
your request and give you opportunity
to assemble and exercise your best
judgment, rather than to deny your
petition and thereby arrogate to my
self a legislative prerogative.
"'Full authority has been given you
in the oall to enact amendtments, pro
v'ide additional funds, select mate
rials, and make or change any regu
lations that in your judgment may
The statement of the board of ex
aminers twhich, under the law, has
charge of the construction of the
wings, shows what progress has been
made to the present time and deals
at great length with the question of
materials to be used in the super
structure. In essence, the statement
shows that while sandstone is in
clined to chip and disintegrate, Bed
Ford stone has stood all tests, includ
ing fires, in excellent shape. The
question of the right to vitiate the
contracts made by the contractors is
also raised. The governor also quoted
letters that had been received from
various persons and firms who would
sulpply material for the capitol.
A strong sentiment for the use of
Montana material in the construction
of the wings is made manifest by the
lepisegtors, and it seems the outcome
of the se(jsion will be an amendment
authorizing the construction of the
wings and providing for the exclusive
use of materials from this state to as
great an extent as possible.
ANDREW CARNEGIE INJURED.
NEW YORK, Dec. 27.-Andrew Car
negie slipped on an icey spot when
walking around the reservoir in Cen
tral park today and suffered a pain
ful injury to his left knee. At the
Carnegie home it 'was said his condi
tion was not serious, but he remained
in his home upon the advice of the
IDAHO FLOCKS THREATENED
WITH DEATH BY STARVATION
SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 27.--Gen
eral Agent J. A. Reeves of the 0. S. L.
railway received a letter from Public
Ity Agent Joel Priest at Boise City,
Idaiho, stating that thousands of sheep
in southern Idaho were in danger of
starving because the deep snows had
covered up the ranges so that they
could not feed. Mr. Priest urged that
every accommodation possible he
given the sheepmen in the way of
getting corn from Nebraska in order
that tile d-.e , nm:ty be saved.
1The railri.:l .orple. in commenting
on this state If affairs. say that the
tr'oublle is due to it:ltrovidenee on the
tion at Panama, and by two aides.
The American officers were in uni
form and the object of Admiral
Kimball's visit was to pay an unoffi
cial call on President Madriz.
A great crowd gathered at the sta
tion end gave them a cordial greeting.
Ermesto Martinez, former financial
secretary, whose arrest was recently
ordered on the charge of misappropri
ating public funds, 'has escaped to
Granada. Joaquin Passos, President
Zelaya's son-in-law, is under arrest
under a similar charge, while Joaquin
Naviz, of Leon, also is in the hands
of the authorities. He is charged
with obtaining $30,000 of public funds
from Zelaya for the surrender of his
concession which was improperly
granted to him. The arrest of others
The minister general has abrogated
the agreement compelling the pay
ment of 6 per cent of duties by means
of government bonds. Hereafter
duties will be payable in cash only.
This action leaves a quantity of these
bonds, now worthless, in the hands of
Passos and other favored individuals
who bought the bonds from Zelaya.
at 45 and sold them to the public
Red Cross Thanked.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27.-A tele
gram from the revolutionary party of
Nicaragua was received today by the
American Red Cross society, thank
ing the sodiety for its work in reliev
ing the distress of soldiers of the
government army, captured near
Ramna and quartered in Blueflelds.
At Salina Cruz.
SALINA CRUZ, Mexico, I)ec. 27.
The Mexican gunboat General Guer
rero, having on board ex-President
Zelaya of Nicaragua, who fled from
Managua by way of Corinto on Christ
mas eve, docked 'here at 8 o'clock this
Accompanying the fromer president
were the ex-minister of war and four
Mystery Surrounds the
Murder of a Boy
ITTSBURG, Dec. 27.-After ques
tioning half a score of persons
and applying the third degree to
half as many more, the police force
of Greater Pittsburg is still at sea
as to the identity of the man or men
implicated in the murder of 14-year
old James Friel, whose frozen and
partly nude body was found last night
in a deserted house in Allegtheny,
where probably it had been placed
Christmas day after the throat had
been slashed from ear to ear.
A coroner's inquest will be held to
morrow, when sensational develop
ments are not improbable.
Police officers tonight are working
on the theory that young Friel was
not killed in the house where his mu
tilated body iwas found, but was prob
ably murdered in Pittsburg and taken
the city, transported across the Alle
gheny river in a skiff and placed in
the deserted house.
part of sheep owners. All the driv
ing to the winter ranges should have
been done not later than October,
while the last of December is find
nlg tl.h* sheep on the trail to ihe win
WASHINGTON, Dec. 27.-On ac
count of uncertain traffic conditions,
due to the storm. President Taft was
compelled to cancel his engagements
to dine in New York city tonight with
Andrew Carnegie and to speak before
the American Historical association
in C'arnegiO hall.
List of Shipwrecks Is
THE DEATH TOLL
Crew of Davis Palmer Dies at oeatho
of Harbor-- Maseaehsetts laomat
Strewn With Wreeks and BRestrs..
tion of Commau enati e Bahgs
Fresh News of Death and 1Di.
N EW YORK, Dec. 27.-With the
news of the probable loss of the
five-masted schooner Datas
Palmer with her crew of 12 men, off.
Boston harbor, and of the wreoaklug
of other vessels along the Massaphn
setts coast the opening chapter of
the toll taken on the sea by the storm
that swept New England Saturday and.
Sunday was abared to the world t
day. Oape Cod is still cut off and
with the restoration of Comm lnbi
tion there it is feared that the dam-.
age of the storm will prove appalitng.
The finding of debris near the en
trance of the harbor of Boston is
believed to be m.te evidence of the
fate of the Davis Palmer.
A signal box found among the
wreckage contained a burgee withthe
Palmer's name, as also did a quarter
board which was found nearby.
The wreck itself has not been lo
The three-masted schooner Nan
taskla was 'hurled ashore at Scitnate
and probably will be a total 1wreck.
Her crew was saved. With a cargo
of lumber she Iwas bound from Boston
for North Carolina.
The schooner Bell Halliday is'
ashore at Brant point, exposed to the
fury of the seas. The fate of her
crew is unknown, but it is 'believed
that it has been rescued. She is from
Philadelphia, loaded' with railroad'
On the rocky shores of Marthb's
Vineyard, waterlogged schooners are
being swept by every sea. They are
the A. K. McLean, a British vessel,
bound from Perth Amboy to Halifax,
and the Stonington of Maine, the
schooner Maude Seward, Port Read
ing for Provincetown. The crews
have been taken off.
At Provincetown, the sloop Benita
is aground and in the fiats at Ply
mouth harbor are four small schoon
ers s-imilarly distressed.
The work of filling the gap in tele
phone and telegraph wire systems and
In railroad and trolley lines is pro
gressing. The telegraph companies
report a capacity of about 25 per cent
of the normal, ,while telephone facili
ties have been restored to the extent
of about 75 per cent. Railroad and
trolley line schedules were largely
flled today, although delays from one
half to three 'hours were noted on
Southwestern Massachusetts, par-.
ticularly Cape Cod, Sandy peninsula,
and Rhode Island suffered most from
the storm and are still in the most
demoralized condition as far as wire
and transportation service go.
Many places in southeastern Massa
^husetts have not witnessed the ar
rival of a train 'for two days.
New Bedford and Fall River have
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Forged Large Check to
Make Big Purchase
Of Bank Stock
INCINNATI, Dec. 27.-Police and
postal authorities are hunting'.
for a man who gave his name as.
M. M. Richton, wanted in connection
with the forgery of the name of M. M:
Rayne, a New York capitalist, to a"
$15,000 check and the mysterious diS
appearance of the same amount in the
bank stock of the Citizens National
bank of Scobie, Misa, whidh was pur
chased with the forged papers.
The man who carried on the deal
forged the check to the order of Rich
ton and then signed the name of Rich
ton as endorsee.
F WYOMING WEATHER.
F Fair Tuesday, colder in "
I northwest; Wednesday, fair. "