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: BSTABMSHBD IN p
THAT OIL DEAL
flu Oklahoma Comes Out In Full
at Last 1
THE PEOPLE SCOOPED
By President Roosevelt for the Ben
efit of the Standard Oil u*
Charged by Governor Haskell
During the Late Presidential Cam
paign and Denied by Teddy.
Washington, Nov. 19.?The story
of how the Prairie Oil Company,' a
subsidiary concern to the Standard
Oil, got Its privileges in Oklahoma
were told in the recent campaign by
only a few newspapers that were
supporting the Democratic ticket.
Rut again recently in the Herald of
this city appeared a full story of ho\^
this Standard Oil concern got its
privileges in Oklahoma, contrary to
law, and .in a special way, with
special concessions which have been
denied other companies. This is the
'story which the Herald publishes*
"Belated intelligence as to the
whereabouts of an important report,
written by Ethan Allen Hitchcock,
while he was secretary of the in
terior in President Roosevelt's cab
inet, came to hand yesterday.
"This report was the one submit
ted to the president by Mr. Hitch
cock in 1904, setting forth his rea
sons for denying the application of
the Prarie Oil and Cas Company, a
Standard Oil subsidary, or a permit
to construct a pipe line to the then
Territory of Oklahoma.
. "The pipe line franchise was
granted, nevertheless,-but is did no",
become generally, known until late
in the recent political campaign that
this course was authorized by Presi
dent Roosevelt himself, who over
ruled the aotion of his secretary of
the interior against Mr. Hitchcock's
"The fact has come to light that
<the present repository of Secretary
Hitchcock's report is the department
of justice. The document has been
lying there for several years, and
nothing but a resolution of congress
will cause it to be made public. A
man of national deputation and
probity said yesterday:
" 'Ytes, the report is there, hut
President Roosevelt dr.re not let its
contents be known.'
"That Mr. Hitchcock's adverse de
cision is in the department of. justice
instead of in the flUes of the White
House, or interior department, in
duces the surmise that the secretary
advised that criminal proceedings be'
brought against certain men connect
ed with the oil and gas deal in Ok
lahoma, but there is no specific
authority for this statement.
"Men of national political renown
were interested in the oil and gas
franchise, and It happened that their
application for a pipe line, which was
so stoutly resisted by Secretary
Hitchcock, came along at the time
when Mr. Roosevelt was seeking
nomination and election to the presi
"Mr. Hitchcock has resisted the
Importunities of the Standard, and
finally,, in March, 1904, a statute
passed by congress directing him to
make regulations Car permits for
pipe lines.' The regulations pro
posed by Secretary Hitchcock were
considered too drastic to suit the
Standard Oil people, and finally Gov.
Frank Higgins of New York wrote
a tetter to the president in the
interest of D. W. Barusdafs, the
Plttsburg agent of the Standard,
, asking the president to order Sec
retary Hitchcock to grant the permit.
"The president did so, but the
secretary yielded reluctantly. A few
months later Mr. Hitchcock printed
a volume of the private hearings
held btefore his department on appli
cations for pipe line permits. In
the documents he gave a copy of
Gov. Higgins' letter.
"When the volume appeared it
created some excitement. It was in
the Hughes-Hearst gubernatorl \\
campaign. The president was indig
nant at Mr. Hitchcock for giving out
the Higgins letter, declaiming that
it was the property of the executive
"He ordered the copies of Secre
tary Hitchcock's printed documen:
to be called in and shipped to Oyster
Bay, where Mr. Roosevelt was then
staying. There was some excitement
over the order, and agents from the
Interior department were busy visit
ing newspaper bureaus and law of
fices in Washington in quest of the
"The regulations made by Secre
tary Hitchcock in December, 1906.1
following the favors shown to the I
Standard Oil Company by the presi
dent in 1904. were more drastic from
the Standard viewpoint than any
thing that had preceded them. In
the congressional campaign preced
ing President Roosevelt had promis
ed a certain Western senator, '"ho
was aggrieved at Mr. Hitchcock, that
he would remove him the day after
"On Wednesday, the day oftei
election, the president issued a bul
letin from the White House, in which
he virtually fulfilled his promise to
the Western senator announciug the
forthcoming retirement of Mr. Hitch
cock, but explaining that the secre
tary was going out of his own vo
lition and much agiinst ?the ^resi
dcnt's wishes. i
"The regulations of December,!
BLEW OPEN VAULT
AND TOOK OVER EIGHTEEN
From South Bend, Ind., Postomce
Almost in the Presence of Night
South Bend, Ind., Nov. 16.?Bur
glars tunneled a 14-inch fire wall,
i entered the vault of the postoffice
with an electric drill, and escaped
Sunday morning with nearly $19,000
in stamps, while a force of night
clerks were at work. The theft w?s
discovered at 8:30 in the morning
by a clerk in a store one door north
of the room temporarily,occupied by
the posteffice during the erection o?
the new building.
The clerk having occasion to enter
the store found it impossible to open
either of the doors to which he haci
keys, and, suspecting that something
was wrong, cailed a patrolman.
Throwing their weight against the
doors, they forced an entrance and
an examination showed that they had
been fastened by large screw hooks
They found that a hole 14 by Is
inches had been electrically drilled
in the 14-inch fire-proof wall, form
ing one side of the. postoffice vau'.t,
through which one of the thieves
entered the vault and passed the
plunder to his confederates. The
burglars worked so skillfully that
the night force of mailing clerk?
withifl one hundred feet of the vault
had no knowledge of what was tak
ing place. ?
-iccess to the store room was
gained by ascending a stairway fifty
feet south of the store to the third
floor of the building. From the
head of the stairway the robbe s
crossed over to the building north
of the postoffice and descended to
tbte first floor next to the 'postoffice.
Before beginning operations or.
,the wall the (thieves covered thje
'floor and stairway with scores of
blarfkets and quilts, taken from the
stock of the store, and also hung a
thick quilt on the north wall of the
vault under which the drilling was
As the bricks were loosened they
were pulled out of the driller's way
by means of a small tackle and pul
ley, which was left behind.
Marks in the dust of the 'stair
way showed a lookout was Btationed
in a position which would-give him
a full view of the street through the
window in the front of the store.
As the booty would fill not less
than eight suit cases, the police be
lieve th;it at least four men were as
sociated m the robbery.N
. The electric drill used was worked
by power taken fro mlighting wires
l'ess than 20 feet from the wall, the
wires being attached from a desk
light in the store.
Has Killed Ten Lads and Seriously
? Hurt Hundreds.
Chicago, Nov. 16.?Debrutalized
football has been this year as dang
erous as ever, according to the list
of casualties issued.
' Gridiron warflars between the
colleges, high schools and athletic
clubs to date has resulted in 10 dead
and 290 wounded.
The list of dead:
Balthezear, Wilfred, Watcrbur.",
Cooper, John, University of
Dougherty, Albert,, Evansville
(Ind) Y. M. C. A.
Dickson, Ernest, University of Ar
Duck, J. J., Oklahoma State Nor
Evans, Thomas, Utah Agricultural
Ferebe, G. C, Virginia Military
Marker, Charles, Great Bend.
Potts, William M., Cannonsburg,
Smith, William, Clarion, Iowa.
All the deaths but one resulted
from the open playing. The excep
tion was the cause of Charles Mark
er, who was a spectator at a game
in Greater Bend. Kans., who was run
over by the players and so seriously
injured that he died.
Many Coreans Killed.
San Francisco, Nov. 19.?Passen
gers arriving from Manila in the
transport Buford quote military offi
cers who have recently been in Japan
as authority for the statement thi<
thousands of Coreans have been kill
ed by Japanese since the mikado oc
cupied .the hermit kingdom with his
1 906, were promulgated on tho
event of Secretary Hitchcock's re
tirement from office. The Standard
Oil Company defied th\ interior de
partment and refused to apply for
permits under the regulations of
1906. The company announced that
it was actinc upon the ?dvfce or
its general couusel in refusing to
avjow Itself a common .carrier as
required by the Hitchcock regula
tion of 1906.
"In April, 190S. Secretary Gar
field sent for President O'Neill of
tbe Prairie Oil and Gas Company,
the Standard subsidary, and agreed
!to waive the common carrier re
quircment in the regulations of
iu VYiiiCii t ii i. Oi.itilU.iUU Oil
Rulers of China Made Way With
to Forestall the
DESIGNS OF JAPAN
That Is What the Dispatches Indicate.
All .Sides Now Admit That the
Dowager Empress was Assassinat
ed?Japanese Claim if Was for
Part in Old Rebellion.
New York, Nov. 18.?Following
the ^widespread reports that the late
dowager empress of China was poi
soned special cable advices from
Shanghai state that it is rumored
here that the aged ruler was slain
by the anti-Manchu leaders.
Prince Ching opposed the succes
sion of Pu Yi, it is said, and the
regent shows reactionary tendencies.
The Japanese correspondent in
the Chinese capital insist that the
late emperor was assassinated by
officials, who fared chastisement for
their part in suppressing Kang Yu
Wi's movement in 1 888.
According to special Washington
dfclpatches based on a statement
from a y-:ry high official source, the
continuance of peace in China, under
the regency, rests upon the life of
Yaun Shi Kai. ' |
"If," says this authority, "his
enemies, "who are the leaders of a
reform movement, prevail against
him it will be a signal for a momen
Diplomats in Washington debated
with interest the question of the
attitude of the United States and
Japan toward China, in view 0/ the
developments of the last few days.
The Shanghai End.
Shanghai. Nov. 18.-?It is rumored
here that the dowager empress was
poisoned by the anti-Henchu lead
ers. Prince Ching opposed the suc
cession of Pu Yi.
There is a financial panic in Pe
Fifty native banks have suspend
ed. All military maneuveres are
The regent shows a disposition
to consult the reactionary, Chang
Chi Tung, i
Latest reports from Pekin say the
palace gates are closed and guarded
and Yuan Shi Kai taken refuge in
the British legation. Whether Yuan
seeks protection from the new rulers
or the violence of the reformers the
news lacks verification. .
A Japanese Plot.- .
Manila, Nov. IS.?From a High
official Chinese source I learned to
day that both the emperor and dov
ager empress of China -were murder
ed in the hope that the presence of
the American fle?t in Orinetal waters
would save the Chinese empire from
an aggressive movement by Japar.
during the establishment, of a new
The deaths of the emperor and
dowager empress had been expected
for many days, as both were known
to be in precarious health. For fear
that they might survive until aft .r
the American fleet had sailed away,
they were killed in order that the
crisis might be precipitated.
Looks to America.
In whatever disorders follow the
establishment of the new regime.
China will look to tne American
wars-hips to protect her from Japan.
The' story has occasioned Intense
excitement aboard the fleet, and the
bare possibility* that the fleet may be
sent to Chinese waters has aroused
the men to a ~reat pitch of enthusi
asm. There is just enough fighting
spirit in the men to welcome the
chance of doing something besides
parade service and target practice.
SERVED HIM RIGHT.
Young Lady Shot and Killed Her
Kansas City, M^o., Nov. 16.?Miss
Corinne McCowen, 20 years <old, n
clerk in a confectionary store in this
city, shot Newell Hower, a negro.
Saturday, and he died in half- an
Miss McCowen was alone in the
store, in Westpoint avenule, when
Howe: tatc-roJ :.t.1 zzlicC, for a ei^er.
When she placed some cigars in
front of him, it is alleged, he tried
to sieze Wer she caught up a revolver
and fired five shots at close range,
two of them taking effort. It wis
the necrroe's fourth visit to the
itore withiin a few hours. After
his third call. Miss McCowen sot a'
pistol and ktept it within easy reach.
Burned to Death.
Montgomery, Ala., Nov. IS.?On!
her way home from school todav,
Clara Wallis, aged nine, stopped *?
play with the children al the home
of a neiehbor. Her clothing raucht
fire from an open grate and burned
her to death. She is the daughtei
oi well known parents.
Sneezed to Death.
New York, Nov. 19.?Powdered
snuff, known as "sneeze," distributed
by practical jokers in the saloon <>f
Andrew M. Taylor, in Paterson, N. J .
yesterday, caused the proprietor to i
freeze nnd ^ough so hard that b<
ruptured a blood vessel aud died sev- <
eral hours later. 1
no. s. c. Friday, srov:
TEDDY TREED AGAIN
THE LUTHERANS TAKES ROOSE
VELT TO TASK
For ' Some Things He Said in His
Letter Defining Taft's Religious
Belief and Morals.
New York, Nov. 15.?In an open
letter to President Roosevelt, made
public here today, the New York
city members of the Synodical Con
ference of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church of America take issue with
the President over the letter of the
latter, made public' a week ago in
which he denounced as "unwar
ranted bigotry" any refusal to vote
for a candidate for high office be
cause of his membership in the Ro
man Catholic. Church.
The letter, it is announced, was
authorized at a recent meeting of
the local Lutheran Conference. The
letter declared that, it was "sub
versive of the basic principles of a
real separation of church and State
to permit the religious belief or non
belief of any candidate for public
office to determine the casting of
one's vote for or against such can
didate, except when that very relig
ious belief or non-belief antagonizes
this principle of complete separation
of church and State."
"But for centuries," the letter
went on, "the Roman Catholic had
denounced as wrong, and a condition
only to be tolerated so long as it
could not be changed, this separation
of church and State, and also full
vjeliglous liberty, freedom of con
science, speech and the press.
"Are we not then _ compelled to
maintain that a loyal Roman Cath
olic who fully understands the al
legiance required of him by the
Pope can never sincerely subscribe
to the Federal Constitution, nor if
he does subscribe to it. never can
be expected to abide by it, enforce
and defend it?" asked the letter.
"How could the subscribers to the
doctrine of separation of church and
State, the letter went on, consistently
help to elect to the Presidency a
Roman Catholic so long as that
church does not officially revoke i'<$
'diametrically opposed declaration.'
"Are the millions of Protestants in
this country to be accused of bigotry
or fanaticism because ' of such a
The letter coneludes:
"We do not care Atyhh: mfwyp
"We do' not accuse the bulk oj
Roman Catholics of being disloyal
citizens. 'We beneve many do not
realize the position the hierachy of
their church maintains, and that, if
it came to an issue, compelling a de
cision either for the Constitution or
the papal hierarchy, they would de
cide in favor of the former.
"We have considered it to be our
duty not to keep silence in this mat
ter, because in our judgment, that
would have been an act of cowardice,
nor do we wish to do any one an
injustice, nor in any manner traduce
any man or body of men. If, there
fore, in aught we have said we are
laboring under error, we shall be
pleased to have you enlighten us,
and with us the millions who occupy
the same position. But if we are
right, we ask you to show your un
questioned sincerity and courage by
an acknowledgement of the correct
ness of our contention and the atti
tude based thereon."
CARMACK DID NOT SH?OT.
Youn Cooper Was Shot By His
Memphis, Tenn., Nov. 16.?That
ex-Senator Edward E. Carmack
never fired the pistol he carried on
his death walk, and that young Rob
in Cooper, heretofore alleged to have
been shot by Carmack, was in fact,
wounded by bullets from his fath
er's revoler intended for Carmack,
is the startling statement made by
Will A. Percy, a well-known lawyer.
Mr. Percy says that the son was
behind Carmack and the father in
front, each so near their victim that
the son was powder-burned by the
father's revolver. That two chaml
ers of Carmack's pistol had been
Bred means nothing, says the lawyer,
for the weapon was in the hands of
his enemies two hours liefere it wa.>
turned over to the officers, and, be
sides, Carmack's hand still held the
cigar he was smoking as he bowed
to Mrs. Eastman.
1 OIK DEAD.
And Seven Missing at Big Mine Near
Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 1?.?-The .
bodies of four men have been re
covered and seven others are missing.!1
following tie* firing of the main wayl<
of N'u. r, mine of the Tennessee Iron', <
Coal and Railroad company last ;
night. Heroric efforts are being
made to stay the flames and reach <
the bodies of tin1 missing men, all of '
whom have been given up for dead. !
Tt is the belief of the officials that 1
the main way was set on Are in the
hope that there would be a general
escape, convict labor being exclusive
ly employed. ,
Two Men Killed. i
Buffalo, Nov. 19. -Frederick Chit- i
tendaiu and Edward Malice were \
stantly Killed and William J. Green
seriously injured when the steanwji
J<>hn A. McCean cra?h ?d into an ir u !
ore unload) i at the Lack wanna Steel | I
company's plant this morning.
EMBER 20, 1908.
Missionaries Who Went to Eng
land Have Hard Time.
GIRL'S LIFE LOST.
After Suffering Great Hardships in
Different Parts of the World They
Oome to the Conclusion That
They Were the Disciples of the
Devil and Not of God.
Philadelphia, Nov. 19;?Mabel
Collins, a young giri who was con
verted to the strange religious sect
known as the Holy Ghost Society
in New York a year ago, and sailed
for England with five men and
twelve other young women mission
aries, returned to Philadelphia to
day. She tells a story of almost in
Starting away from Philadelphia
a pretty girl of eighteen years, Miss
Collins looks today like a woman of
fifty. One girl of their number, she
says, died working in factories in
Buenos Ayres, th^ree of the men are
laying ties on a South American
railroad, two girls are in Indian
harems, and one was captured by
"When we left New York as
members of the Holy Ghost sect,"
said Miss Collins, "we all believed
that we had 'the gift of tongues.'
and we went out to teach the rest of
the world our religion. W" iecided
to sail to London. We escaped a
jreat shipwreck, but they would
not receive us there. Then six of
us got the call to go to India. We
went from London and reached Cal
cutta in July. Mr. MeElroy, who led
us, thought we could do great things
."Besides myseif, there were thr^e
girls from New York and two from
Philadelphia. We nearly starved in
Calcutta and went north. We reach
ed Buenos Ayres a month later.
"There two of our girls disap
peared. They were very pretty, and
there were some Indians who met
and liked Ithenx very imuch. We
were destitute; and the girls?well,
they just vanished. We didn't com
plain to the authorities, because wo
knew pretty well where they had
gone. They are now in harems, and
I can't blame them much. We did
not have the real gift, and life was
far more terrible than I can tell
"Again we went north to Luck
now. Another girl, Mabel Charles,
of New York, was taken from us one
night while we were -camping out.
There were some wild hill men who
rode down and stopped at our camp '
Next morning there were only three
Df us left.
"Mr. MeElroy and Lillie Thomas
and I went back to Calcutta. From
there we sailed to Buenos Ayres, to
join the others.
"One girl, May Simes, who was
from Philadelphia, died in the Pam
pas on the way to Roussarlo. We
had been overtaken by a storm. We
had no covering of any sort and the
cold was awful. We buried poor
Mary there. We had even harder
times in Argentine than in India,
rhen my parents succeeded in get
ting me home. Our gift of tongue
was not from Heavan. It was from
Miss Collins, whose mother lives
it No. 2135 Catherine street,1 said:
"My husband and I pawned many
of our household articles to raise
the money to bring Mabel home,
rhere are two other glrlB who are
also writing home for funds, but
their parents are unabLe to raise
STRUCK WITH A BRICK.
Assault Made on Young Lady by Un
Florence, November 17.?Miss Hos
ue Shackloford, the sixteen-year-ol 1
laughter of A.r and Mrs. Charles W.
?hakleford, was struck in the head
ivith a brick in the hands of some un
sown person almost directly in the
'ront of the American Tobacco Com
lany's plant in North Dargon street
ast night, and is suffering very much
rrom the wound.
Miss Shackleford is employed as
:a"?hier at the dry goods store of Geo.
\l. McCown, in East Evans street. It
vas while on her way home from her
iaily duties that she was assaulted.
Th^ assault was committen in one
if the most frequented thoroughfares
:f the city, almost directly under an
dectnc arc. lierht and within fip.y
rards of her father's store.
Tf !he highwayman or foot pad
?ould be run down it would go hard
vith him. This is one of the boldest
loldups that has ever been made in
W::rted Him Hanged.
Philadelphia, Nov. IS?The feeling
?rlertained by the late George D.
Voif, of Somcsall, towards Charles
V. Wenzel, h:s son-in-law, Is shown
n th ? following paragraph of his
vili: "Fifty cents to lie paid to my
i I -law, Ch: rips W. Wenzel, a nn
i' ? of Huntington, Pa., to enable him I
o buy 2 proor? ? 'on', rope with which
o h i ig himself." The deceased loft
.n estate val icd at ? 10,500. * i
PROMINENT CHICAGO AN MAKES
He Carried on System of Robbery
for Nearly Twenty Years, but His
Sins Overtaken Him at Last.
Chicago, 111.. Nov. 16.?Peter Van
Vlissingen, a real estate dealers, for
years classed among the first of Chi
cago's prosperous and reputable bus
iness men, today confessed to having
obtained tnrough forged deeds and
notes, more than $700,000, and a
few hours after his arrest, on his
own urgent appeal to be punished,
was sentenced to the penitentiary.
The arrest, the incident^, the confes
sion and the sentence were the work
of less than four hours.
Taken in the midst of business
from his office desk at No. 172
Washington street, shortely after
noon, Van Vlissingen, a venerable
looking man, appeared before the
Court and in tears confessed that
for from 18 to 20 years he had been
securing money tnrough the sale of
fqrged documents and that though
he had bought back many of these
spurious instruments without de
tection, at least 25 people would lose
an aggregate of more than $700,000
through the paper which he has not
yet redeemed. In forging notes, he
declared, he had perfected an unique
device. This consisted of a plate
glass desk top, so arranged that by
an electric light thrown up from be
neath he could readily trace, from
originals forged signatures on *o
worthless papeT. Throughout his ar
rest and sentence the p-isoner made
no effort to defend himself. Asked
if he had anything to say before sen
tence was imposed, Van V.issingen.
bowing his head, replied:
"Only that I be given my punish
ment at once."
His term in the penitentiary was
fixed as indeterminate from 1 to 14
Van Vlissingen, who is about
forty-five years old, was married
February 4, ^907, to Mrs. Jessie
Roosevelt Blend, who was described
at the time as a distant, relative of
President Roosevelt. The bride was
a daughter of Wilton C. Blend. Van
Vlissingen 'had been a bachelor, liv
ing at the Calumet Club. He was
known as being of a philanthropic
disposition, giving special attention
to the welfare of boys.
. The specific charge which led up
to the spectacular arrest of Van
Vlissingen today was made by two
men who had bought forged mort
gage notes. They are T. J. Lefens
and Wm. C. Seipp, who have offices
in the same building as that occu
pied by Van Vilssingen.
To the notes for $1,500 held by
them were attached the names of
Jos. and Bertha Grossman. Van
Vlissingen copied the forged papers
from originals, which he disposed
of to other buyers. Lefens and
Seipp say they first, became suspic
ious of the note last Saturday.
Consulting with Assistant State'3
Attorney Barbour, they decided to
dely no longer.
Frances Lackner, counsel for the
complainants, said tonight it would
be impossible for several days to
make a complete list of the losers.
The notes on which Van Vlissingen
was indicted were not due until
1911, and it was believed that as ia
many previous instances, he intended
to pay them up before they could
lead to disclosures.
CAUSED BY DOG FIGHT.
One Man Dead and Another Is Se
Wetumka, Nov. 16.?As the result
of a fight between two monggr.-I
dogs, one man is dead, another se
riously wounded and the town of
Wetumka divided into two factions
and a bloody feud is threatened.
Brothers of the dead man have been
walking the streets of the town
for hours, heavily armed, and the
citizens are terrorized.
Ben Smith and John Tabor, sided
with their respective pets, when the
animals encountered each other on
the Main street yesterday, and Taber
after he had been wounded, slew his
adversary. He was placed under
arrest and a posse of denuties armed
with repeating rifles is guardingg
Jeff and Ira Smith, brothers of
the dead man, armed themselves and
went on hunt with their friends for
Taber. Taber's friends are also wil
ling to take his side.
SIX MAKE FATAL PLUNGE.
rhreo Civil Engineers and Three
Foreigners Meet Death.
Pittsburg. Pa.. Nov. 18?Six men
were instantly killed, another was
iangerously injured and three othcs
had narrow escapes from injury or
ieath in a mine cage accident at Ells
worth Mine No. 1. located in Wash
ngton county Monday. The six fe'l
o the bottom, a distance of 225 few,
:he heavy timber on top of them, and
vere bruised and crushed almost be
Fell in Georgia Hills.
St. Louis, Nov. ID.?A special to
he Times from Albert Bond Lam
??rt. says balloon Yankee landed ai \
i ig.']', Ga., in the mountains, after)
raveling over farest fires all night
$1.50 PBB ANNUM.
WILL GO TO JAIL
Rather Than Pay Fine If Con
victed of Contempt
Neither "Would He Allow the Federa
tion of Labor to Pay It for Him.
Supremo Court Decision Makes
Union Conspiracies in Restraint of
Denver, Col., Nov. 16.?President
Samuel Gompers, at today's session
of the Convention of the American
Federation of Labor, declared that
if he were found guilty and fined in
tb\i contempt proceedings against
him at V, ashington he would go to
jail before he would pay his fine or
before he would allow the Federa
tion to pay the fine for him.
This statement was made during
the discussion of the report of the
committee on the treasurer's report.
The committee recommended that im
mediately following the adjournment
of the Convention, the executive com
mittee shall take up the proposition
of placing its funds where they may
be removed from danger of attach
Several suggestions were made,
one being that the funds be deposit
ed in Canada and another that cer
tificates of deposits be taken out in
some other name than the treasurer.
D. G. Ramsey, of the electrical
"We had a chance to place our
?funds beyond th'a reach of those who
would take them, but wo let it pass
on November 3. The only way tn>
protect our money is to change the
Mr. Gompers warned the delegates
that if a way were found to hide the
funds, the Courts would thereafter
appoint a receiver, not necessarily
to secure in some way the hidden
funds, but to- get the money being
'By request Mr. Gompers explained
the status of the Danbury hat case.
"Our standing is menaced by the
Courts of law," he said.
"The matter of the application of
the Sherman anti-trust law to unions
has reached final adjustment by the
United States Supreme Court. No
matter how the Danbury case Js de
cided that will not alter the status
one jot. The United States Supreme
Court has said th'a final word and
the law of this country is that labor
organizations of this country are now
conspiracies and combinations in re
straint of. trade.
"Under the Sherman /rati-trust
law business cannot be conducted,
much less honest straightforward
labor organizations. With reference
to the casa against me in the District
of Columbia I want to say that I will
never consent that the American
Federation of Labor shall ever pay
one cent of fine For me. I don't want
to go to jail, but I will not tamely
submit to the Federation being
mulcted for me."
Mr. Gompers declared that the de
cisions of the Supreme Court had but
one effect, namely, to tie the men
of labor to their work, cripple the
men of labor in their right to -work
or their right not to work.
"These decisions," he said, "will
result in fettering men today in or
der to enslave them for all time to
"I am not in touch with the Dem
ocratic party; second, I am not a.
Democrat, and third. I am confident
I never will be a Democrat. I owe
allegiance to no party. I am a trades
"When the Democratic party mado
our contentions its own," said Mr.
Gompers, "it would not only have
been ingratitude but cowardice to
desert them. If Bryan had been,
elected with the hosts of organized
labor back of him it would hava
given spirit to human freedom."
The report of the committee on
the treasurer's report, with its rec
ommendations, was unanimously con
ENTERS YOUNG LADIES ROOM.
The Fiendish Art of a Negro as
Athens, Ga., Nov IS?At 2 o'clock
this morning a n> gro entered the
room of two yen;::' Ii dir-: r.t the Star.)
Normal School, and ! adly frieghtrm
ed them. It v..:- n upper story
of what is known :i Old Rock col
The young ladi were badly
frightened as the ii.-^ro at. one tima
had each of Hu n r?y ,?e throat and
attempted to cliok ? rh< m. It is be
lieved the n >gro i ii ?ose was crim
inal assault. One of the young la
dies is pro.-t:..: ' fru i the nervona
This morning Sin ppard Harris,
who has been ;. uhu "or ten year?,
was arrested :il hi >'.nc in Morris
town. He w ' red in the county
jail until he ? ? mtifled.
sh"i i?"\? i? Officer.
Bellcfontaim- o., Nov. 16.?Rolv
bcrs blew opt*! rhe postoffice safe,
shot Marshal .( d?n Trfpp, who sur
prised thetr while flt work, stole a
!l ?? * ?" d ? ?.1 : 1 from a
pursuinc: party of business men. who
turned out at the noise of the firings