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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1908.
TAKES PURSE, $30
Mrs. Lawson, Witness in Will
Case. Struggles to Prevent
ROBBER FLEES; ONE ARRESTED
Victim Believes She Will Be
Able to Identify the
Alter :t -harp struggle last evening,
a lii-ro highway robber, wrested a purse
iron' Mi-. Helen 1). Lawon on Orr
strec near the gas plant. The purse
contained , a pair of gold-rimmed
"la -. and a leturn ticket to San
Mr-. Law -on i- a witness in the
Butler will ea-e. She is a niece of Mr-.
John ltutler, defendant in the ea-e, and
hor home i- in Lo Angeles, Cal.
Struggle Over Purse.
Mrs. Law -on and Mrs. ltutler were
walking along Orr street at 0 p. ni.
The negro approached from behind ami
took hold (f the pocket book. .Mrs.
Ijiw-oii held tightly to it, and after
s-eveial jerks the negio broke the purse
from the handle, leaving Mrs. Lawson
holding the handle while he made away
with the purse. He ran swiftly, and
the women lost sight of him.
The women reported the theft to the
police, and one negro has been arrested
More arre-ts probably will follow.
Mrs. Law-on says she can identify the
MILITIA MAY CLASH
WITH NIGHT RIDERS
Tennessee is on Verce of
Open Warfare $10,000
Reward For Slayers.
Tij- United I'rcss.
NASHVILLE. Tenn., Oct. 21. Zach
Taylor, the lawyer who was reported
assassinated by night riders yesterday,
reached Tiptonville today in safety. He
e-c.iped by swimming a bayou while his
captors were discussing whether they
should kill him or hold him prisoner.
The militia and armed deputies arc
hunting the slayers of Capt. Rankin.
It is feared that open warfare may
re-nlt from the search for the murder
er. The night riders, 800 strong, are
closely orgaimed and it is reported they
will light to the death.
The whole state is aroused over the
murder of Rankin and is demanding
that his slayers be punished. Hundreds
of men have volunteered to help ex
terminate the night riders.
Cov. Patterson has offered a $10,000
leward for the assassins.
Bryan Scores Vanderbilt Official.
Ilv United Tress.
" MOUNT VERNON, 0., Oct. 21 Wil
liam .1. ltryan, continuing his Ohio tour
tod.ij. bitterly denounced a high official
of tlie Vanderbilt railroads because of
speeches to the Bellcfontaine shop men
l.i-t night declaring that a ten per cent
reduction in wages would follow Bryan's
olection. He demanded that Taft give
a bond to restore prosperity if elected.
Says Taft Will Carry West.
IIj- United Tress.
WASHINGTON, D. C. Oct. 21. Sena
tor l)ion. one of the Republican West
ern campaign managers, conferred to
da with President Roosevelt concern
ing the closing of the Indiana, Ohio
and New York campaigns. He declared
that Taft will carry all the states men
tioned, and that Bryan wil get only
a few states west of the Mississippi.
ioo Killed in Flood.
By United Tress.
SHAWNEE. Okla., Oct. 21. A hun
dred live- are reported to have been
lost in the floods' caused by a eloud-bur-t
west of here last night.
All wires are down and details are
meagre. The North Canadian river has
ri-en ten feet. Farmers are reported
to Ie living in tree tops.
Would Pension All Mothers.
By United Tres.
CHICAGO. Oct. 21. Professor Zublin,
a noted sociologist, in a lecture before
the students of the University of Chi
cago today, advaeated the pensioning of
all the mothers in the United States.
MAY WIPE OUT THE
SUNSHINE CLASS SIGN
Plans Officially Given Out Include
Showers Tonight and Probably
The Sunshine Class has been in com
plete control of the backstop on Rol
lins Field for several days, but it is
expected that all trace of its work
will be blotted out tonight by the
It is not likely that the Sunbeams
will exert themselves with much effect
The plans were given out officially
as follows: '"Showers tonight and prob
ably Thursday. Cooler Thursday."
The temperature at 7 a. in. was G2;
at 2 p. m. 83.
DEBATES IN APRIL
Missouri Will Contest with Kansas,
Texas and Colorado.
The University of Missouri will de
bate this year against teams represent
ing the Universities of Kansas, Texas
and Colorado. This was decided at a
meeting of the debating board yester
The questions to be debated in each
ease will be admitted by Missouri's
opponents, and Missouri will have the
choice of sides. The Texas debate will
be held in Austin, the seat of the Uni
versity of Texas. The other two de
bates will be in Columbia. All three
will come in April.
SPLIT LABOR MEETING
Speaker's Opponents Fighting Hard in
Br United Tress.
PEORLV, Ilk, Oct. 21. A hot fight
has been started in the annual conven
tion of the Illinois Federation of Labor
over resolution denouncing Speaker Can
non. Cannon has strong support but
his opponents are fighting hard.
It was charged that President Brown
of the Danville Union offered to pay
the expenses of delegates faoring Can
non to the convention. This aroused
FOUR MEN PERISH IN
FIRE ON BOARD SHIP
Steamer New York is Burned to Water.
Br United Tress.
NEWBURG, N. Y., Oct. 21. James
Jones, Joseph Matthews, Isaae Jenkins
and Alexander Brau, members of the
crew of the steamer New York, were
burned to death today in a fire that de
stroyed the vessel.
The fire started while the crew were
asleep and the ship burned to the wa
ter. Forty-six escaped.
Leprosy Found in Denver.
By United Tress.
DENVER, Colo., Oct. 21. The city is
alarmed over the discovery of an ad
vanced ease of leprosy here. The vic
tim, Look Wing, a Chinaman, confes-ed
that he has had the disease thirty years.
He has lived here twenty-six years and
the health authorities fear the disease
may have spread. Wing will be de
ported. Railroad Strike in England.
By United Tress.
LONDON, Oct. 21. The railroads
here are facing the biggest strike in
their history. All the roads but one
have combined to resist the many de
mauds for higher pay and shorter
hours. Laboring men declare they must
break the combination before it becomes
Sophomore Teachers Elect.
The Sophomores in the Teachers Col
lege met yesterday and elected these
officers: S. G. Horner, president; A. N.
Lageman, vice-president; Miss Mary
L. Leich, secretary; Miss K. Franken,
treasurer; Miss Mary L. Freet, histo
rian. Crow to Speak Here.
E. C. Crow, of St. Louis, former At
torney General of Missouri, will speak
in Columbia Oct. 31 in the interest of
the Democratic ticket.
Enrollment Now 1981.
The enrollment in the -University of
Missouri now is 1981. This does not
include the summer school, which had an
enrollment of 50S.
Students ill in the Parker Memorial
hospital are Floyd Hanly, C. E. '09, who
has appendicitis; Walter Fresig, Eng.
'12, and Thos. J. Heldt, Medic "09.
II. A. Collier, who has been sick with
typhoid fever, has improved and will
soon be out of the hospital.
DEAN H. B. SHAW URGES ENGINEERING
Conservation of the Natural
Resources Could Thus Be
EXPLAINS GREAT ANNUAL LOSS
Bill for Government Aid is
Now Pending Before
WHAT THE EXPERIMENT
STATIONS WOULD DO
Investigate sanitation, drainage,
river control. load and pavement
Watch river control, light, heat
and power supply.
Check habit of waste arising from
neglect or ignorance.
DEAN HOWARD BURTON SHAW
of the Department of Engineer
ing in the University of Missouri
lkdieve- engineering experiment stations
oiler the solution for the problems of
con-erving forests and other natural re
sources. He thinks such a station
should be established at the University
When, in answer to the invitation of
President Roosevelt, the Governors of
the states, members of Congress, and
many prominent educators met in
Washington last May to discuss the
question of the conservation of the nat
ural resources of the United States,
Dean Snaw read a paper on ''The Pres
ervation of Our Natural Resources." in
which he made a plea for economy in
the consumption of lumber, coal, and
water. In an interview with a reporter
for the University Missourian he gave
his reasons for the suggestion as to
engineering stations as follows:
Americans Are Wasteful.
'"We Americans are a patriotic and
rather boastful people, and oftentimes
we parade our patriotism rather than
justify it. The truth is that it is our
unparalleled resources rather than our
resourcefulness that makes us, in many
respects, the greatest nation the world
has ever seen. Although we have de
veloped wonderfully, we have been
wasteful and have been drawing on
our natural resources until our supply
is nearly exhausted.
"For example, our forests are nearly
gone, and the price of lumber is soar
ing. It is true that, 'Scarcity leads
to an advance in price, and the demand
may Ihj lessened accordingly.' Owing
to the greater strength, convenience,
and sometimes lower cost, steel, stone,
brick, and concrete have faken the
place of wood to a large extent, but
not enough to prevent the steady in
crease in the price of lumber.
How Forests Are Destroyed.
"Another reason for this scarcity is
wastefulness. This nation has literally
giown tip in luxury. Out of the very
abundance of these resources we have
developed indifference to economy and
the habit of waste. We have destroyed
our forests for a mere pittance of the
lumber they would yield, and we have
allowed forest fires to burn more lum
ber than we have used in the building
of our homes or in the industries; but
if this is continued we will suffer.
'Meanwhile, through the destruction
of the forests about the sources of
important streams and the improper
cultivation of these sloping lands, the
fertile soil is washed away from the
fields where it is needed and deposited
in the streams and harbors from
which their continued removal will cost
an enormous sum. We are thus grad
ually but surely destroying the value
of our great water resources for power,
for irrigation, and for navigation pur
poses. This fertile soil and genial cli
mate have fumi-hed food enough for
the nation and to spare, and so lux
urious are the habits developed by this
overproduction that it is sometimes
said that we waste food enough to sup
ply another nation as large as our own.
"Criminal Waste of Water."
"But it is not with regard to onr
forests alone that we should be alarmed.
The criminal waste of coal and water,
which furnish us with heat, light, pow
er, and irrigation, is appalling.
"Water, the most vauable of all our
mineral resources as a source of power,
i- being wasted day after day and year
after year to the extent of millions
of horse-power. As the essential factor
in all irrigation work, it is Wing wasted
by use to excess in many instances;
but on a much larger scale and to the
value of hundreds of millions of dollars
it is being allowed to go to waste year
after year by not being used at all;
(Continued on Third Pate.)
STATIONS TO SOLVE WASTE PROBLEMS
STAR TUNG FA CTS WHICH SHOW I
NEED FOR ENGINEERS' WORK
Forests are nearly depleted, and prices of lumber are soaring.
Waste of forests and improper cultivation of sloping hinds is
destroying vilue of water resources for power, irrigation and navigation.
Forest fires burn more lumber than is Used in building or industries.
More than 30,000,000 horse-power of water is wasted annuallv.
Supply of antraeite coal will be exhausted at present rate in 00 years.
In developing electric lights, 994-5 per cent of coal is usually wasted.
MRS. VANTINE WINS SUIT
AGAINST BUTLER HEIRS
Witnesses Identify "Child of Mystery" in Will
Case Victory for Her When Evidence
of Mother's Death is Given.
Mrs. Lizzie Vantine established her
identity as a daughter of John Butler,
"King of Blackfoot," and her right to
one-sixth of his .$73,000 estate, under
a decision by .ludge Bradley in the cir
cuit court here at noon today.
Not a witness was introduced in be
half of the defense. The decision was
greeted by a demonstration in the
courtroom, friends of Mrs. Vantine hug
ging and kissing her.
An appeal mayq be taken.
"I'm so happy I can hardly talk,"
Mrs. Vantine told a reporter for the
University Missourian after the decis
ion. "The greatest joy is in having a
legal record to show who I really
After all the witnesses for Mrs. Van
tine had testified Judge Bradey said his
opinion had been reached, and gave it
with the consent of lawyers on both
First Wife Proved Dead.
The plaintiff this morning gained a
strong point by getting proof before the
court that the first wife of John Butler
is dead. Mrs. John D. Roland, of Co
lumbia, testified that in her presence
John Butler, while joking with her
mother about marrying again, said his
first wife was dead and that he did not
know what had become of the child.
This proof of Mrs. Butler's death al
lows all the testimony in regard to
what Mrs. Butler said about herself to
lie admitted as evidence.
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Wetmore, the fos
ter parents of Mrs. Vantine, were placed
on the stand this morning and told of
the early life of Mrs. Vantine and how
they came to adopt her. The Wetmore
family Bible was brought into court
but it is not known whether it will be
admitted as evidence.
Mrs. Vantine Weeps.
During the testimony of her foster
father Mrs. Vantine left the court room
and wept in the corridor.
Among the witnesses who knew the
facts of the early life of Lizzie Wet
more, now Mrs. Vantine, were Eliza
$40,000 WAGED ON
Bets in St. Louis Have Broken
All Records, Politicians
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 21. While you can
not be disfranchised if you bet on the
result of the general election Nov. 3. you
may be prosecuted and required to pay a
line of $50, according to Secretary Ells
permann of the Board of Election Com
missioners. Ellspermann said Monday that the
election board had found that, contrary
to popular impression, a clause of the
election law disfranchising voters on ac
count of election bets was repealed by
the State Legislature at the time of the
enactment of the Nesbit law in 1809.
The Law Against Betting.
Section 2211 of the Revised Statutes,
fixing a penalty for election bets, is as
"Every person who shall bet or
w-ager any money or other valuable
thing on the result of any election
authorized by the constitution and
laws of the United States or of this
state or on any vote to be given at
such election, or who shall know
ingly become stakeholder of any
such bet or wager shall be punished
by a fine not exceeding ?50."
Miller, who testified to having known
the mother and child and seen the scar
on the mother's arm; S. S. Bassett.
Barnett Farthing and Robert Farthing,
who rode with a woman who told them
she was the wife of John Butler be
tween Paris and Mexico in a hack. She
told them she was going to the Wet
more home to visit her child. The last
named witness is the man who gave the
clue to the lawyers which connected
Mrs. Vantine with this supposed child
of John Butler. Many other witnesses
testified to having known Mrs. Vantine
Testimony as to Scar.
Evidence was introduced yesterday
afternoon to prove that John Butler in
a fit of temper shoved his first wife
into the fire, from which her arm and
face were burned in such a way that
the leaders of the arm were drawn. A
scar was left on the side of her face.
Several witnesses testified to this,
among whom were Mrs. Frankic Martin,
who said she had helped dress the arm.
Green Forbes, Mrs. L. Booth and Miss
Sally Pendleton testified to having seen
the scar on Mrs. Butler's arm.
Isaac Stone testified that John Butler
had told him of this burn.
Other witnesses said that Mrs. Butler
was driven from home before her child
Mrs. John Butler testified that she
knew nothing of any other children of
Mr. Butler's save those mentioned in
All the testimony of persons who
knew Mrs. John Butler in Boone was
bi ought in yesterday and depositions of
some absent witnesses were filed.
Not Related to McGrath.
In the account of Mrs. Lizzie Van
tine's coming suit, printed Oct. 15 in the
University Missourian, it was said that
Jane Gordon, John Butler's first wife,
was a cousin of Michael McGrath, for
mer secretary of state. Mr. McGrath
writes that this is an error. There was
no relationship nor kinship, he says. Mr.
McGrath is now a St. Louis lawver.
This law, however, has never been
enforced and political leaders, who are
laying heavy wagers on their Demo
cratic and Republican favorites regard
it as a dead letter.
At all the downtown clubs and cafes
betting on the state, national and St.
Louis city election is general.
The amount of the wagers, too, are
reported to le much larger than were
made on any preceding election.
Taft continues to be a four-to-one fa
vorite. A well-known turf expert says
that .$40,000 is at stake in St. Louis on
the presidential contest.
Two to One on Cowherd.
Those who favor Bryan prefer to bet
on the outcome of the Missouri elec
tion. Even-money wagers are being
made that Bryan carries Missouri over
Taft by 30,000 plurality, while odds of
two to one that Cowherd, Democrat,
will defeat Hadley, Republican, for gov
ernor, are going lagging.
This is regarded by the sporting fra
ternity as a sign of weakness in the
Republican state ticket, but the Repub
lican leaders answer that they exhaust
ed all their letting funds 10 days ago.
They prefer, they say, to put their spare
cash in the campaign.
At Republican headquarters these bets
were made by outsiders Monday:
Twenty-live dollars even that Bryan
polls 20,000 more votes than Taft in this
state at the general election.
Twenty-five to fifty dollars that Taft
and Hadley carry the election Nov. 3.
Chris Brockmiller, who will handle
probably more election bets than any
other sporting expert, still regards the
Stone-Folk senatorial contest as the best
even-money bet of the day. Brockmil
ler, however, is asking for the Stone end
of the proposition.
COUNCIL IN DARK
ON WABASH DELAY
City Lights Go Out and
Railroad Crossings Are
DR. WATERS PRESENTS PETITION
University Dean Requests
Water Main in Southeast
Part of Town.
What impressed the City Council most
at its meeting in the city hall last
night was not the failure of the Wa-ba-h
to build erodings in Machir place,
but the imperfection of the municipal
electric light service. Just as Mayor
Clinkscales was about to call the meet
ing to order, the lights went out. They
remained out for several minutes.
A small group gathered in the corner
and transacted business by the flicker
ing light of a match, while others sat
and smoked and discussed the advisa
bility of sending out after candles.
When the lights finally came on, the
Mayor announced an open meeting and
called for anyone who had business
to lay before the council. No mention
was made during the meeting of the
Machir place crossings or any other
Citizens Oppose Street Paving.
A remonstrance was presented from
citizens living on Sexton road for re
lief from macadamizing that road. Ac
tion was taken favorable to the re
monstrance. Dr. II. J. Waters, dean of the College
of Agriculture, presented a petition for
a six-inch water main from the corner
of University and College avenues south
to Hudson avenue, and west to Hitt
street. The citizens living within this
territory who signed the petition agree
to pay one year's water and light bill
in advance in order to furnish the city
with ready money, thereby enabling it
to begin work at once.
If the main is laid, it will greatly in
crease the fire protection afforded the
Rothwell gymnasium and the buildings
on the Universitv farm. Mavor Clink-
scales assured Dr. Waters that the pe
tition would receive consideration, and
said he thought the main would be put
in as soon as possible.
Telephone Franchise Asked.
Application was made for a franchise
for the use of the streets of the city by
a mutual telephone company. A com
mittee was appointed from the council
to meet a committee from the tele
phone company and di-eilss the condi
tions. A bill for $15,200.58 for paving which
has recently been completed was or
dered paid. Regular bills were allowed
and action was taken on small side
200 ARE KILLED
Relief Train is Wrecked in
Michigan Loss Will Be
Br United Press.
DETROIT. Mich., Oct. 21. Heavy
o-s of life has resulted from terrible
forest tire- which are sweeping four
counties in northeastern Michigan.
The numlMT of dead is reported to
have reached 200. A relief train carrying
people away from Metz was wrecked
and burned. The conductor and engi
neer are the only known survivors.
The towns of Millersburg, Bolton and
Pula-ki are destroyed. Cheybogan,
Athen and half a dozen other towns
are in great danger.
The whole copper forest district has
been destroyed. The loss will reach a
RAILROAD IN HOLY CITY
Electricity in Mahomet's Tomb Another
Of all the surprises which the East
has sprung upon the West of late, none
seems more incredible than that the
Holy City of Medina has been invaded
b the railroad, and that the Tomb of
Mahomet is now illuminated by electri
city. Such, however, is the case.
The Medina section of the HcJjaz
Railway was opened recently and on the
same occasion the lighting of the sanc
tuary by electricity was inaugurated.
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