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CITY OF HOUSTON
Lumbar and Cotton Section Hit.
\NOie greater part of the loss is con
flr"^i.to_*tfie lumber and cotton indus
tricsS^N^orty- five thousand bales of
,cotton stored In warehouses and com
presses was burned. This item alone
lepreaents a loss of $2,000,000.
The Are started in a cottage near
the Southern Pacific railroad tracks
soon after midnight Its origin has not
been definitely established. A heavy
Sr-, wind picked up the flames and hurled
them to neighboring cottages and
bwdliK houses. In a flash they ig
nifeA shooting groat columns of sparks.
these, the. forty mile gale car
ried' them Nocks away, and within
half an hour sifter the fl *e broke out
a gnat area.-of small residences were
VMib f»' Faetery Dietriet.
Thv lire s^+«ad ,rapidly to manufae
$ta£®#rtl*ed an ««tt»**»
and where hundreds
bfwdfklntfn&lived. The lire spread
so ra#idly th*t ftremen for the time
abandoned attempts to check the
flames: Instead devoting their energies
to warning householdeVs. Possible
loss of life was thus averted.
At the blg.manufacturing plants and
cotton compresses city Bremen and
volunteers had organized to fight the
onroshing flames. Walls and roofs of
the plants wer* water soaked. This
water' was licked up in the flash of an
eye by the advance guard of sparks
and '"'wMn.' the great column of flames
reached the factories they succumbed
as easily as the rows of cottages,
Flames Halted at Bayou.
An hour after the flames began their
advance the firemen organized for a
final itand at. Buffalo bayou, a small
Mream that divides the eastern part of
the:"dtv from the main section, and
every ple?e of fire fighting apparatus
was stationed along the banks of this
stream. If the Are leaped the bayou
it meant the destruction of the entire
As the advancing towers of flame be
gan to hiss toward the bayou banks
'hundreds of strieams of water were
hurled Into them, checking little by
little their progress. At some of the
narrower'' portions of the stream the
flames leaped across, but the more sub
stantial buildings they reached did
ot afford the. tinder-like fuel hereto
re ertcatirftetfBd and the spread of the
was thus prevented.
hou sands of persons were driven
their homes. In the cold of the
north# they suffered slightly from
exposure. Belief work was at once set
Oder .way, however, and food and
clothing wera prvided.for the refugees.
Many par ens were hurt during the
fire but defter- can be determined
there w^re' no casualties.
The burned area is at least a mile
-^anda half Jong
PCOPUt DRIVEN PROM HOMES IN SCANTY ATTIRE AND SUFFER
FROM COLD-THOUSANDS MADE H0MELE8S—EARLY EFFORTS
OFFJJtEMlN: DEVOTED TO WARNING PEOPLE AND AIDING THEM
TO REACH PLACES OF REFUGE—LUMBER AND COTTON DIS
TRICTS HIT HARDEST—BURNED AREA MILE AND A HALF BY
QUARTER OF MILE IN EXTENT—BA^OU PREVENTS TOTAL DE
STRUCTION OF CITY. ....
Feb. 21—Impelled by a
gale that spt In with one of the cold
era. .of the winter,* flames
swept thru' the eastern section of
Houston early today, wiped out twen
ty-Ave blocks- or the city, ana c»umu
loss set At tromtB.OOO.OOO to $10,000,000.
Scores of cottages were destroyed as
well as a number of big manufacturing
plants, and thousands of persons were
tar of *_i?lie wide. It embraces the
aeli^ of ton* rows of cottages and solid
streets of manufacturing plants. It
was swapt clean by the flames. Nothing
Ra|W Maaauraa Provided.
One ot the flrst of the more preten
tious buidlln»B attacked was the bricls
Star and Crencent hotel. Inmates had
v— warned of the oncoming flames
Jl^Se^d .without injury. The
llainir W'C^ve warning and hun
dreds of parsons, giving no heed to the
2*taaHWll cbUdtiTclung, gathered In
Sw* aaar-by neighbors for refuge,
^Vto driven out a few minutes
,ffi by the further progress of the
*fFttam«. appointed leader.^ongthe
of tha flanw-swept dtotrlct and
[i they, marshaling the refugees led
tSIrt to tha Mar of the flames and out
of d»n«*r. 'Homes were quickly pro
I vided for the stricken people in other
'resid aecUons of the city, clothing
l^and food were prepared by a relief
committee and there was comparative
"'AmoRg the mills, factories and plants
cfthar toUtUy destroyed or seriously
damaged by the Are are:
*dPVt«dan Southern Compress and
|av^, syrup mtn.
I TS"jre- r^tf?
Whole Blocks of Factories and Residences
Destroyed in Fire Which Is Fanned by
•. Northern Gale.
LOSS MAY REACH TEN MILLIONS
Houston and Liggett Lumber Com
Rogers Paint Company.
The number of homes and stores
burned'Amounts to mote than 250.
ENGLAND FEARS STRIKE
Manufacturers Netlfy Employes Thai
Plants Will Ciaaa if Miners Daalara
Strike Price of Coal Advances Caus
ing Hardship Among Pear Premier
Asquith Seeks Settlement.
London, Feb. 21.—Conditions thruout
Breat Britain, particularly in the man
ufacturing districts of the north of
England, are becoming rapidly worse
as the result of the threatened coal
strike which, if it occurs at the end of
the month, will throw 800,000 miners
out of employment.
At many of the iron works and other
big factories the men today received
notices from the employers that their
services would not be required after
Feb. 29, should the coal strike be decid
ed on. 'Most of the factories have sup
plies of coal sufficient for the most ur
gent worV in hand.
In London and other cities the price
of coal has already reached $8 a ton
and the poorer PfOPle are paying al
most double this rate as they purchase
in small quantities.
The coal owners met in conference
today to consider the general situa
tion in the trade and also to discuss
the invitation of Premier Asquith, who
has requested them to meet hlnj and
some of his colleagues at the foreign
office tomorrow to endeavor to arrange
a basis of settlement.
Both the coal owners and miners sig
nified their acceptance of Premier As
quith's Invitation to this conference.
The committee of, the miners' inter
national federation also, is meeting to
day to decide whether the continental
coal miners will support their British
comrades in the event of a strike.
BAD FIRE AT FLOYD
Seven Store Buildings, With Stocks of
Goods. Dsatrevad-—Less Will Total
(26£00, With Insurance .of $16,000.
Special to Times Republican.
Charles City, Fefe. 21.—Fire which
broke out In the business district of
the town of Floyd, six miles north of
here, shortly after 7 o'clock this morn
ing, destroyed seven -store buildings,
with stocks of goods five of them.
The fire broke in Wolfs meat
market shortly after, the proprietor
started a fire in the heating stove. Help
wim «i»mmoned from- Charles City, and
the department made the- drive across
country and gave valuable assistance,
and probably savrt the balance of the
huslnese dlstrlctf)f -the town. ,,
The list of losstH follows:
Hudson's pencil' factory.
Houston Packing Company (slightly
Ed H. Harrell lumber yards.
Co-Operative Manufacturing Com
St. Patrick's Catholic church and a
school operated In conjunction with the
Cleveland Compress and Cotton
•Mcllhenney cotton pickery.
Texas Tinners' Supply Company.
Industrial lUce Milling Company's
Southwestern Rice Company's mill.
Hoosier Vinegar Company, and a
number of lesser mills.
Besides the 50,000 bales of cotton de
stroyed with the Standard compress,
thirty-six Southern Pacific cars loaded
with cotton bales were burned.
Knowlton- Bros., hardware, loss
A. S. Griffith building, vacant.
Wolf stock $500, barn $300.
Turner mercantile stock, $9,000.
Turner building, ll,S#0.
Carragher- drug stock, -$3000.
Carragher bulldUig,- $1,300.
A. Stewart, new ^building, $800.
Floyd Bank block, damage $200.
Poetofflcej' $200. .,
Knowiton Bros, carried- $2,500 Insur
ance, Orlrfith $1.8*9. Wolf $1,000 the
Turner Company $5,000 op stock .and
$1,000 on building, Carragher $1,000 on
stock and -S1.800 on building.
The fire jirac not ^ndar control until
nearly' noon. /-.•
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COLONEL DEFINES ISSUES BE
FORE OHIO CONSTITUTIONAL
FAVORS RECALL OF JUDGES,
BUt AS LAST RESORT
Declares American People Are Fit far
Self-Government—Big Busineaa Must
Be Curbed But Muat Have Square
Deal—LaFolletteV Work' in Wiscon
Columbus, O., Feb. $1.—Politicians
from all parts of Ohio came to Colum
bus to hear Colonel Roosevelt express
his views on matters pending in the
constitutional convention which have
been the subject of political debate
thruout the state. Interest in the
speech was heightened hy the fact that
Governor Harmon a few days ago out
lined his opinions to the same conven
tion which Mr. Roosevelt addressed to
day. As Mir. Roosevelt's train passed
thru Ohio people gathered at every
station at which a stop was made.
Rev. Dr. Washington Gladden, of the
First Congregational church, an old
friend of the former president, met him
at the station. Mr. Roosevelt went di
rectly to Dr. Gladden!s- home for a
sort rest bzefore proceeding to
state house, where he made his
After finishing his speech Mr. Roose
velt returned to Dr. Gladden's home
for luncheon to remain there until his
departure from New York at 3 o'clock.
On his way from Columbus to New
York this evening Colonel Roosevelt
will make a ten minute stop in Cleve
land and address a crowd that Is ex
pected to gather to greet him.
Columbus, O., Feb. 21.-—"Big,-busi
ness," ,the fitness of the American peo
ple for self-government, .the recall of
judges, and praise for the progressive
legislation in Wisconsin Instituted by
and further by Senator. Robert M. La
Follette when he was governor, were
topics discussed by. Theodore Roose
velt in an addresa today before the
Ohio constitutional eonvaation here.
Gqloqal Rooeevelt choae as his subjpet,
"A Charter of Democracy."
Definea "Bi(r Busineaa." ..
Of what he termed "big business,"
Colonel Roosevelt had this to say:
"The antri-trust lawv dpes good In
sofar as it can be invoked against com
binations which really are monopolies
or which restrict production or which
artifically raise prices. But insofar as
its workings are uncertain or as it
threatens corporations which have not
been guilty of antl social conduct It
does harm. There should "be a fixed
governmental policy which shall clear
ly define and punish Wrong-doing and
give in advance full information to any
man as to Just what he can and just
what he can not legally and properly
Fit for Self-Governhient.
As to the fitness of the American
people for self-government, Colonel
"Many eminent lawyers believe that
the American people are not fitted for
popular government and that It is nec
essary to keep the judiciary 'independ
ent of the majority of--the people.'' I
take absolute issue with all those who
hold such a position."
Recall of Judgea.
Of the recall of judges, he said
"The question is one of expediency
merely. Each community has the right
to try the experiment for itself in
whatever shape it pleases. I do not
believe in adopting the recall save as a
last resort when it has: become clear
ly evident that no other course will
achieve the desired result."
Senator LaFollette was mentioned
but once, as follows-.
"Following Senator LaFollette a
number of practical workers and
thinkers in Wisconsin have turned that
state into an experimental laboratory
of wise governmental action in aid
social and Industrial justice. They
have initiated that kind" of progres
sive government which means not only
the preservation of true democracy but
the extension of the principle of true
democracy into industrialism as well
as Into politics." *?.•,
Colonel Roosevelt said in part: -r
Power ta Right Wrongs.
"It is impossible to indent constiti}
tional devices which will prevent the
popular will from being .effective for
wrong without also presenting It from
being effective for right. *rhe only safe
course to follow in this great American
democracy is to provide for making the
popular Judgment really effective. But
it is a false constitutionalism, a false
statesmanship, to endeavor by the ex
ercise of a perverted ingenuity to seam
to ~ivc the people full power and at
the°same time to trick them out of it.
"Yet this is precisely''what la done
in every case where the state permits
its representatives, whether on the
bench or in the legislature or in execu
tive office, to declare tKkt it has' hot
the power to right grave social wrongs,
or that any of the officers created by
the people, and rightfully the servants
of ,the people, can set themselves up
to be the masters of the people. Con
stitution makers should make lt clefu
beyond shadow of doubt that the peo
ple in their legislative capacity have
the power to enact into&aw any meas
ure they deem necessary for the bet
terment of social and industrial. £Ondl
The Weal Pregripeive.
"I hold that he Is the foal progres
sive, that he Is the genufce champion tftnsconttaental lines for $2,000,-f00
ef the people, who end*
fora to 3*pe reparation.
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MABSHALl/TOWN, IOWA, WEDN|B5DAY FEBRUARY 21 1912
the policy alike of $1$ nation and of
the several states so' aa to encourage
legitimate end honett -business at the
same time that he #ars against all
crookedness and injtutlce and unfair
ness and tyranny in-the-business world.
This is the reason why I have for so
many years Insisted
regards our na
tional government, tyiat--It Is both futile
and mischievous to endeavor to correct
the evils of big buslncMa by an attempt
to restore business CoPdlttpns as they
were in the middle of the last century,
before railways and*' telegraphs had
rendered larger business organizations
tu and wvS'ruwiCt
"The effort to restiye such condi
tions, and to trust for justice solely to
such proposer restoration, Is as fool
ish as if we should* attempt to arm our
troops with the flintlows of Washing
ton's Continentals Instead of with
modern weapons ot precision. Flintlock
legislation, of the klild that seeks to
prohibit all combinations, good or bad,
is bound to fail, and the effort. Insofar
as it accomplishes anything at all,
merely means that some of the worst
combinations are not cheeked, and that
honest business is cheeked.
"What is needed is, first, the recog-
(Contlnued.on Second Page.)
ANARCHY IN MEXICO
Americans Appeal to Federal Govern
ment for PretwMsn P« em Robber
Bands—Three States Mb Open War*
fare Against Madere Government.
Washington, Feb. 81'.—Advices from
Mexico to the state depa^jnent today
Indicating widespread anflgchy south
of the Rio Grande, whlch^Mu) caused
much uneasiness in official circles.
Several cities and towiia are reported
to be in the hands of rebels and pro
tests by the Americans against robber
ies are multiplying, and robDer oands
are operating without apparent inter
ruption thruout the republic.
It is feared here 'that all that Is
needed to plunge Mexico again into
civil strife is the appearance of a lead
er who can harmonlze the factions and
bring the rebellious elenjents together.
Sinaloa, Oxaca and Yufcatan are said
to be virtually in a state. of open war
fare against the Madera government,
while from all quarters pf Mexico re
ports of raids by marauding bands
continue *to increase.
Americans in the Cullacan vAlley in
south Mexico have suffered to such an
extent from the operatWmS of the rob
ber bands that they made an ur
gent appeal for altf to the United
States government thfu' Consul'Alger.
The situation In which Americans
in Mexico find themselves is consid
ered so serious by the department that
its representatives thera'have beaa ln
structed tomake-aemi-^eeklf reports.
HEYMAN MES§A$ES RBAO,
Government WmM -SKdw Eflgrt ef
Paekera ta Maintain High Prie*«i
Chicago, Feb. 21.—Scores of tele
grams, alleged to have been sent by
Louts H. Heyman, mdnager of the
dressed beef department of Morris
Company, urging- eastern representa
tives to obtain higher prices, were read
In the packers' trial today.
The object of the government In in
troducing the telegrams wae to. .show*
the test cost, the basis used by the
packers in fixing the selling price.
In one message sent to Boston, Hey
"What are you trying to do, put us
out of business with your low selling
One telegram addressed to a New
York representative reads:
"This is awful and we can not stand
for it. Hold beef for better prices if
you don't sell another carcass this
Another message to a New York
"If you don't get prices up we will
have to reduce your shipments."
GILL IS VINDICATED.
Mayor Who Was Recalled Defeats Op
ponents in Seattle Primaries.
Seattle, Wash., Feb. 21.—Former
Mayor Hlrma C. Gill, removed from
office In disgrace a year ago by a re
call election, was given an overwhelm
ing plurality over his rivals for nom
ination for office yesterday at the
Gill received nearly 10,000 more votes
than his nearest competitor, George F.
Cotterill, single tax candidate, who
will oppose him at the election in
March. Thomas A. Pnrrish, business
men's candidate, ran a close third, and
Huelett M. Wells, socialist, fourth.
GUI campaigned under an "open
town" slogan and the result yesterday
Is said to indicate his probable elec
tion over Cotterill In March.
With 221 out of 281 precincts counted
the vote for mayor stood: GUI, 18,
997: Cotterill, 10,862 Parrish, 9,913:
8EEKS TO SAVE FAMOUS FLAGS.
House Committee Reports Bill Provid
ing $30,000 For Use in Work.
Washington. Feb. 21—Perry's fam
ous "Don't give up the ship" Lake Erie
battle flag, and 13b other scarred and
crumbling American naval trophies,
probably will be taken from their boxes
at the naval academy and renovated
so thai ilie may be saved for coming
generations. The hou«e naval affairs
committee has favorably reported the
Bates bill which would appropriate
$30,000 for this purpose. It is proposed
to sew the ancient baners upon backing
of fine linen, the work to be done by
SHIPPERS DEMAND REFUND.
as Reparation For
Waehtngton, Feb. 21.—Aa a aequel to
the Interstate commerce commiasion's
decision in the famous "Spokane rate
-case" that freight charges to and from
Spokane were unreasonable and exhor
bitant, the shippers of the eaatern
Washington metropolis today made a
demand on various northweatern and
BUILDINGS WRECKED AT 8AN AN
TONIO, AUSTIN AND OTHER
EXTENDS EASTWARD TO
MISSISSIPPI AND FLORIDA
Penaacola Cut Off and Fears Enter
tained That City Has Bean Wrecked
—Heavy Snows Aocompany Storm
and Train# in Kansaa and Texaa are
Snowbound—Cold Wave in North.
Dallas, Texaa, Feb. 21.—Heavy wind
storms, accompanied in some sectoins
of Texas by a heavy snow fall, did
thousands of dollars damage by wreck
ing buildings and demoralizing tele
graph and telephone service today. In
the Panhandle country the atorm, ac
companied by four Inches of snow,
completely disarranged rail schedules.
San Antonio and Austin, where the
damage appears greatest, report a
wind averaging seventy to 100 miles
an hour, which unroofed many resi
dences. blowing down chimneys and
At El Paso much damage is feared
from frost as fruit trees were In blos
Pansacola Cut Off.
New Orleans, Feb. 21.—Attempts to
communicate with Pensacola, where It
Is known a severe storm raged last
night, were unsuccessful today. All
wires are down.
At points along the Florida coast in
the vicinity of Pensacola a wind
velocity of sixty miles an hour was
registered. It was accompanied by a
Damage in Mississippi.
Meridan, Miss., Feb. 21.—A destruc
tive windstorm awopt over this district
last night, destroying thousands of dol
lars worth of property, killing herds
of cattle and demolishing homes in the
surrounding country. Telegraph wires
were prostrated, communication not
being restored until this afternoon.
Stock Shipmanta Delayed.
Chicago, Feb. 21.—A anow storm
blown by a forty-two-mlle gale from
the north visited Chicago and the cen
tral states today, accompanied by a
sudden drop the mercury. The snow
belt reaches south to St. Louis, west to
central Iowa, north a short distance
Into Wisconsin and east Into Ohio.
Not more than an inch of snow has
fallen iii any section but Is coming
down steadily. Delay in hog ship
ments caused the market to go up from
5 to 10 cents here at the opening to
Trains Snowbound'in Kansas.
Wichita, Kan., Feb.,f2i.—Snow drift
ed in deep cuts hotds three Missouri
Pacific pasenger trains captive, two
near Reece, Kan., and one near Hooser,
Kan. Men have been sent from this
city to dig them out.
CHILDREN INTERRUPT TRIAL.
Judge Threatens to Remove Kilduff
Youngsters From Court.
Davenport. Feb. 21.—It Is probable
that the defense will not finish its ease
before adjournment today in the Anna
Kilduff murder trial, and as there will
be tip court sessions tomorrow on ac
count of Washington's birthday, the
trial may continue into next week.
Considerable of a diversion was
createif' when Mrs. Kilduff*s little boy
fell off a chair. The two Kilduff chil
dren have been present in the cour:
room during the last few days and Vnc
younger one, a boy 2 years old, had be
come restless*. He had been talking
considerably and on several occasions
hnd Interrupted the proceedings.
When the little fellow fell off the
chair thera was considerable of a dis
turbance and Judge Theophilus notified
the attorney for the defense flint If
the children, could not be kept still they
would hnve to be removed from the
The defense placed a number of wit
nesses on the stand this morning who
testified that Kilduff had kept company
with a. colored woman, a cook at a lo
cal hotel, after he was married to An
DOUBLE LYNCHING FEARED.
Two Negroes, Suspected of Murder,
Cornered In Tenessee Woods.
Nashville. Tenn.. Feb. 21.—Reports
from Brentwood, ten miles south of
here, says a mob has surrounded in a
wood two negroes who killed a white
farmer this morning. County officers
bave hurrled to Brentwood but a double
lynching seems inevitable.
Negroes Escape Mob.
Nashville, Tenn.. Feb. 21.—A mob
seeking a negro murderer and his com
*ianS"S r.?ar Brentwood failed to catch
the blacks today. One of the fleeing
negroes shot and fatally wounded Max
Vott. superintendent of a railroad con
struction company when Voit ordered
to go to work this morning.
HOME MADE WHISKY KILLS.
One Mondamin Man Dead and Two III
Frem Drinking Own 8tilling.
Special to Times-Republican.
Onawa. Feb. 21.—A man by the name
of Amazon, deed. George Fltzslmmons
unconscloifs, and Charles Hammers
very weak. Is the result of an attempt
to make their own whisky. The three
tnen reside at Mondamin. a small sta
tion south of here. Amason having
the recipe for the making of the
wh|sky Induced his pais to help. They
drank freely of the deadly poison, with
the fatal resulta
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Noticeable News of Today
Sun rlaea Feb. 33 at 6:43, seta at Kr48.
Iowa—Generally fair tonight and
Thursday colder tonight.
Illinois—Clearing colder weather to
night Thuraday fair.
South Dakota—Generally fair ta-
Thousands Made Homeless by Fire
Property Losa May Reach $10,000,000.
Factory District Destroyed.
Train Robbers Shoot Northwestern
Attempt £o Hold Up Fast Mall Frus
Roosey'It Formulates Platform. ft
Ilsctutees Recall and Big Business.
Wind Storms Do Damage in South.
Bad Fire at Floyd.
PAGES TWO AND THREE.
Merchants Must Fight With Ink.
Sheep Feeders Benefited.
Sensation Promised in Bowman Case.
Major Ray's Caso and Others.
The Way to Be Popular.
A Trickster's Complaint.
Topici of the Times.
Iowa Opinion and Notes.
State Tax Conference.
Sermon Starts Police Probe.
PAGES SIX, EIGHT AND NINE.
Former Resident In "Loan Shark"
Made Defendant In Case Brought In
First Move For New School
Cummlngs Sg »s Statement.
Austin End? by Labor as Mem
ber of B^
"Doug" 2 leld Former Resident
Traer Vet. Dead.
General a irief City News.
O GE SEVEN.
Markets and General:
Congestion of Corn In Chicago.
Wheat Feels Effect of Uplift.
Blizzard Impedes Livestock Move
All Prices Higher.
Foss For Tall of Clark Kite.
SUIT TO OUST MAYOR
Flva Cltisens Begin Proceedings
Againat Barnum Official—Alleged Ha
Knew Gambling Was Cemmonr-Coa
aen Law Invoked,
Fort Dodge. Feb. 21.—Mayor J. D.
Dwyer, of Barnum. was made defend
ant In an action against him for re
moval from office, charged with non
enforcement of laws against gambling
Thomas F. Cregan, John and P. C. Con
ners, A. E. Williams and M. J. Rial
charge that he has been present when
pea pool, poker and pitch have been
played for money. The case Is an out
growth of the January prosecutions of
residents of Barnum and vicinity for
Action has been taken under the
Coeson law. It Is alleged that Mayor
Dwyer has known of the gambling in
that vicinity since April 1, 1911.
The January prosecutions were first
before the grand Jury when niiout
thirty witnesses were examined. The
grand Jury ordered eleven men before
S. X. Magowan, Justice of the peace,
and the men were fined $16 and costs.
START NEW PETITION.
Fort Dodge Liquor Dealers Fear De
cision of Supreme Court.
Spocinl to Times-Republican.
Ft. Dodge, Feb. 21.—Expertlng
adverse decision from the supreme
court because the Onkaloosa snKion
case Is similar to the one here, the
local liquor dealers today started the
circulation of a new mulct petition of
consent. Members of the clvlt league
"drys" are pr^arlng to vigorously op
pose the petition. One thousand three
hundred fifty names are ncc.ossary to
mnke the petition good.
WAPELLO COUNTY FOR TAFT.
Administration Has 150 of 179 Dele
gates to County Convsntion.
Ottumwa. Feb. 21.—Taft delegation*
to the republican county convention
were elected In six of the seven Ot
tumwa wards last night. Delegates
have been chosen in every township but
Columbia and the Taft men have 150
delegates to the county convention out
of a total of 179, assuring a Taft dele
gation from Wapello county to the
SCHOOL FOR GUARDS DOCTORS.
Medical Corps of National Guardsmen
to Receive instruction*.
Special to Times-Republican.
tes Moinea, Feb. 21.—Adjutant Gen
eral Logan today ordered a special
school of Instruction for all the medi
cal officers of the national guard, to
be held In Des Moines. March 5 un
der the direction of Dr. Fairchlld. of
FORWARD MOVEMENT MEETING.
Southeastern Iowa District Convention
Opena at Burlington.
Burlington, Feb. 21.—The men and
religion forward movoment convsntion
of the southeastern Iowa distriet
opened thla afternoon at 2 o'clock aad
will continue ever Thuraday. About
200 delegates, ministers and laymen are
expected, many, of whom are. already on
UNSUCCESSFUL BPFORT TO RO*
FAST MAIL TRAIN NO. S
NEAR CEDAR RAPIDS.
ENGINEER REFUSES TO STOP,
ROBBERS OPEN FIR0
Manafleld Wounded In Arm and Paint*
in Cab' five Bandita Planned HeM*^/
Up at Bertram, Where Trataa Slaw
Down on Aooeunt of Conetruotlenr
Worl» Poeaoa Fall to Find Thwm
Cedar Raiplds, Feb. It.—'Five nan
made aa unauoceaaful attempt to hold
up west bound train No. 9 on the Chi»*
cago & Northweatern railroad near
Bertram, a village nine mllea eaat ot
here at 9:30 this morning. Engineer
Manafleld was wounded by a bullet
from one of the bandit's guns. Th«
train ia known, as the fast mail and
carried no passengers. It wsa forced,
to slow down to a speed of four mllea
an hour on account of construction
work on the outskirts of the villagv
and it was nt this point the men alg
nalled the engineer to stop. SuaplcloUA
of the Irregular method used In alf»
nailing the engineer did not brln* Wn.
train to a stop. When the train failed
to stop the bandits opened fire on thot
engineer, hitting him In the arm. ',»* i.T
Engineer Suspects Robbery.
The train was in charge of Bmrtneei**
Douglas Mansfield. Conductor Knlght^^f
and Fireman P. G. Faur, all of Clinton.
A new bridge Is being built at Bertram,
and all trains have "slow" orders for^ x.
thta point. Engineer Mansfield. JuatW
a a in id a
lantern signal ahead to stop, but
the lantern was not the regulation
rallrond light and the block ahead
showed clear, he suspected the five men
who were in sight planned to rob the
train. He therefore pulled the throttle
wide and opened the steam cocka to
throw a cloud of steam about the sus
pects. The robbers Immediately sent
fusilade of shots at the fleeing train.» 4
of Mansfield's right arm, but of this he'1
was not aware until the train reached
Otis, the next station, where the er-'
gipeer fainted. The fireman brought the'
train Into Cedar R&plds and Man*
field wae removed to a hospital. Mana
field has been driving an enwlne on the» "j
Northwestern twenty-si* years,
Paaaa In PurawH.
Posses were organised here and of"
fleers from Clinton were sent for, hut
It Is believed the men boarded another
train and have mnde their escape.
Bert mm Is a small village ahout
nine miles east of Codnr Rapids and ..
while the Immediate vlnclnity sur
rounding the scene of the attempted ,v
hold-up Is bare of any secure shelter. ,.f
there Is much timber not far distant
from the plnoe to which the bandits y.
scurried upon being frustrated in
their efforts to rob the train, which i»
nn exclusive mall carrier, no pnsspn
gers being permitted to travel on It.
CONNECT GIRL WITH CRIME.
Grand Jury Summons Life-Termar in
Old Murdsr Investigation.
Lincoln. Neb.. Feb. 21—Marry Heath,
serving a life sentence In the penlten
tiarv for the murder of Charles Sellers,
a ranchinnn. will be taken to Valen
tine, Neb., this afternoon, to tell th«
grand Jury In session there what h#
knows about the crime. Heath with:
his cousin, Kenneth Murphy, and two
tnr-n nsmod Weed, i»"n-«drd guilty tu
hnngine Sellers and drew life terms
The public sentiment In Cherry
county hns been Inclined to connect
Eunice Murphy. Heath's rousln. and
the girl whom Sellers loved, with th«
crime, and Heath's testimony is sup
posed to be wanted on this phaso of
FA3T MAIL CARS DERAILED.
Wreck Narrowly Averted in
Illinois Bottoms Near Burlington.
Burlington. Feb. 21— A truck on one
of the ears of Burlington routr fast
mail train. No. 7, broke down in the
Illinois bottoms, nbout five miles east
of Burlington, this morning, derailing
two cars. The ears bumped along over
the ties for sever.il hui.dred feet but
did not turn over. The train was mov- S,
inp about forty miles an hour and it
is regarded as a miracle that It did not
go Into the ditch. The mall clerka
were shaken up but none were ln».'
EMPLOYE WRECKS BANK.
Defalcations of Pomona, Cnl„ Book-•
keeper Amount to $143,000.
I,os Angeles. Feb. 21.—Earl Stand
ard the missing bookkeeper of the
American National Ba.r ?nmn"n
whose alleged defalcations were found
yesterdav to smount to SU9.000. la said
to be in "hiding here. Hla arrest Is ex
The entire surplus and half the cap
ttal stock of the bank are said to havo 1
been swept away by the shortage. x.
which amounted to one-fourth ot Its
SNOW STORM HALTS TRIAL.
jurora Fail to Reach Court and Kimmat
Caaa la Delayed.
St. Louis. Feb. 21.—Because of a
snow atorm, which orevented a juror III
the Klmmel caae reaching the federal
building thla morning, no aeaaloa wae y'
held. The formal announcement that a
receaa would be taken until 2 oclock
waa made shortly before noon.