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VOL. MI. NO. 50.
ROCK ISLAND, It,t.., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1902.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
LIN EF! BREAKS
American Steamer "Car
acas" Enters Harbor
of La Guayra.
THE ITALIAN YIELDS
Captain of Warship Re
scinds Orders at In
stance of Consul.
Caracas, Dec. 23. The American
lied Line steamer Caracas entered La
Cuayra harbor this morning-, the
captain of the Italian warship Bau
san, who yesterday issued a notifica
tion that he wouldn't, allow any ves
sel to enter the harbor, having re
scinded the order at the instance of
Lengthy Communication to I'nited State
London. Dec. 2.'!. An important and
lengthy communication dealing with
the. British views of the arbitration
of the Venezuelan dispute w as directed
by Foreign Secretary Lansdowne to
I'nited States Charge White this ev
ening. It was transmitted immedi
ately to Washington by White.
The President's Position
Washington. roc. "2.". i 'resworn
Roosevelt has Hot accepted the posi
tion of arbitrator of the Yenzuehin
controversy. In fact, whin the official
day closed he had laot Tooeived. formal
ly or officially, a request from the
Kuropean powers that ho act as ar
bitrator of the dispute. These state
ments aro made on the highest authori
ty. The only other development of the
Imbroglio yesterday was a formal dec
laration of war at Trinidad. 1$. W. I.,
against Venzuela. In nn informal
manner the president has been notified
that the EiiroiHaii powers intimately
concerned in the present South Amer
ican difficulty desire that he should un
dertake the r siKnsil)ility of acting as
arbitrator of the iiiits at issue be
tween them and Venezuela.
Only "Taking SonndingV So Far.
Thus far they merely have been tak
ing "soundings." with a view, proba
bly, of ascertaining how he would re
ceive a formal proffer to act as arbitra
tor. The president, so soon as he re
ceived the first intimation that he was
desired to be arbitrator of the -ontro-vorsy.
expressed emphatically his jndg
nrent that the matters to be arbitrated
should be referred to The Hague tri
bunal. His view of the suggestions
made has l"en corn-eyed to the Eu
rojtean powers, together with a strong
presentation of his reasons for the
view he hold. No response of a for
mal nature to these representations
has been rei-rived.
No Change In the President's Mind.
Theprosidont and Sec retary Hay had
a long conference yesterday after the
former's return from his Virginia trip.
They carefully went over the situation
as it had developed since Saturday,
but it is understood that nothing has
arisen during the past forty-eight
hours to warrant the president in
changing his opinion as to the undesir
ability of his acceptance of the posi
tion of arbitrator. The administration
holds that the tribunal at The Hague
Is the proper one to settle this mat
ter. Will Accept irthe Allies Insist.
The nature and strength of the olv
jections to the tribunal at The Hague
are not known to the president offi
cially. The acceptance by the jowers
of the principle of arbitration as ap
plied to the Venezuelan question is a
matter of great gratification to the
president and his cabinet. That all
the iHVwers have intimated, too. that
they prefer the president to arbitrate
the dispute is taken as a instable com
pliment to the president personally.
"While it Is recognized by the presi
dent and his advisors that some un
pleasant possibilities might attend his
performance of the duties of arbitrator
his friends assert that he will shirk no
responsibility that he may deem It
his duty to undertake, but will accept
if the powers insist on it. though with
PEICE OF WHISKY DROPS
OWING TO CORN WEAKENING
Peoria, Dec. 2'5. The price of whis
ky dropped from $1.32, the basis of
finished good, to $1.31, because of
weakening in the price of corn.
Distinction of Rock ford Tows.
RockfortL Ills., Dec. 23. According
to a church census, just completed,
llockford is shown to be the most re
ligious city In the United States, over
90 per cent, of its population express
ing a belief in Christianity and a
church preference. Zion Lutheran
church is shown to have the largest
congregation of any church of that
denomination in the United States.
ARE EASILY BEATEN
Pretender to Throne Then Decapi
tates His Captives Bloody He
venge is Ordered.
Tangier, Morocco, Dec. 2.'?. The im
perial troops have been totally de
feated after a sanguinary battle with
rebels headed by the pretender to the
throne. The latter decapitated 40 of
the sultan's soldiers. Their heads are
now ornamenting his tent.
Imperial reinforcements have been
sent to attempt to capture Taa, the
headquarters of the pretender.
Incensed ly the rein-Is successes
the sultan has ordered his soldiers to
spare no one at Taa.
VICTIMS IN ONE QUARTER
Ashkabad, Dec. 2'. A telegram to
day from the scene of the recent
earthquake disaster at Andijan puts
the number of victims in the native
quarter of the town at 4.000.
RAILWAY IS DISSATISFIED
Michigan Central Does Not Like the Way
Tax Appraisements Are Be
"Lansing. Mich., Doe. 23. Many In
quiries are being uiadc at the office
of the state tax commission relative
to the railroad apiraisements. The
Michigan Central representatives learn
that the commisHiou has not appraised
each of the thirteen lines of the sys
tem separately, but the total valuat'0!i
of 547.tXiO.lMH) is placed opposite the
Michigan Central Itaiiroad company
after the roads oierated by it are
enumerated on the roll.
This is not so with the Grand Trunk,
because of the fact that the princiiml
company of that system Is at Canadian
conoratlon and the seven lines in
Michigan are appraised separately.
$11,000,000 being the valuation given
the drank Trunk Western. The Mich
igan Central would like to have a sep
arate valuation given each of the
roads, but It remains to be seen wheth
er the assessors will do it.
DYNAMITE 'AS AN AVENGER
Falls to Work as It Was Intended to as
an Incident of a Competition
Pittsburg. Dec. -'.I. Unknown i ar-
ties attempted to dynamite a Slavish
boarding house at Springfield, I'a.
Tho building was partly wrecked but
the fourteen occupants escaped un
hurt. The men are employed at tho
American Glue works and it is allege 1
that the motive that inspired the
throwing of the dynamite was revenge,
a number of foreigners having tuken
the places of other workmen at lower
On Oct. 20 the big plant of the com
pany was destroyed by fire, entailing a
loss of $HX).(KX, and on the following
Friday a smaller plant, which had
been opened after the destruct'on of
the large factory, was burned. Both
of those fires are believed to have been
of incojidiary origin, and the same jht
petrators are suspected of heing re
sponsible for Sunday night's explosion.
Mason Still In the Race.
Chicago. Dec. 2.5. Senator William
Mason announced on his return home
from Washington Sunday that, despite
reports to the contrary, ho had not
abandoned his candidacy for re-election.
"While I may not go into tho
caucus," he said, "I will be a candidate
before the joint session when it meets
to elect my successor. Tho question
has lioen raised as to whether there
will be a senatorial caucus. Since
the delegates have instructed the mem
bers whom to vote for a caucus would
New Line from Chicago to the "Soo."
Chicago. Dec. 23. Sault Ste. Marie
is to be brought into closer connec
tion with Chicago by moans of new
through train service to be inaugurated
Dec. 20 over tho Chicago and North
western and MinneaiHilis. St. Paul and
fault Ste. Marie railways. The new
service will be via Milwaukee. Fond
fill Lac, Oshkosh and Green Day and
Kscanaba to Larch, the junction
point with flie Sool line, and thence
via Gladstone. Manistique and Trout
Lake to Sault Ste. Marie.
Merry Tobacco War Started.
Indianapolis, Dec. 2.1. The tobacco
trust has entered this city and a merry
war is in progress letween it and the
independent dealers, with the result
that thousands of cigars are Iteiug
given away and grades that have al
ways been soiling at 5 cents straight
are being bought now at seven or eight
for 2." cents. The trust entered the
hold the first of the week and deal
ers estimate that it has given away at
least ?t;.tMK worth of high-grade cigars
within the week. .
Internal Revenue Decreases.
Washington Dec. 23. The monthly
statement of the collections of inter
nal revenue show that the total amount
for November, 1002, was $ in.2M.VW7,
a decrease. as compared with Novem
ber, 11)01, of $3,S93,r03. For' the last
five months the receipts show a fall
ing off of $20,003,470, as compared
with the corresponding period in 1001.
Novelty In Brooehea.
Something new In which the Ameri
can Indian is figuring in a brooch. The
Indian is painted in colors, and the
simple setting arrears to.be xua metal.
POLICY IS CANCELLED
So Says the National Supreme
Court. When the insured
PAYMENT AGAINST PUBLIO POLICY
Points from Judge Brewer's Opinion
in an Important Suit for
Washington. Deo. 23. The qu sMo'i
of the effect of murder upon a life in
surance policy when issued upon the
life of the murderer was yestirday
passed upon by the United States su
preme court in an opinion delivered by
Justice Urower. The case in which tha
opinion was delivered was that of S.
M. Burt vs. tho Union Central Life In
surance company. William K. Hurt,
of Travis county, Tex., was the name
of the man insured. His policy was
made payable to his wife, Anna M.
Iturt, aind In case of her death to his
executors. During the following year
Burt's wife died, and he afterward
was charged with murder and was
found guilty and executed. Afterward
the heirs of tho estate made an effort
to collect upon the iwlicy. but the in
surance company resisted payment.
Contrary to I'ublic Policy.
The lower courts, including the court
of appeals for the Fifth circuit, sus
tained the protest of the company, and
yesterday's opinion affirmed the de
cision of the court of appeals, holding
the policy invalid on the ground that
to sanction payment under the circum
stances would be contrary to public
policy. Stating the question at issut?
Justice Brewer said it was "whether
an ordinary life policy, containing no
applicable special provision. is a bind
ing contract to insure against a legal
execution for crime; in other words,
do insurance policies insure against
Could Not Insure a Crime.
Proceeding to pass on the case he
said: "Itcannot lie that one of the risks
covered by a contract of insurance i
the crime of the insured. There is a:li
implied obligation on his part to c"o
nothing wrongfully to accelerate the
maturity of the jHIicy. Public policy
forbids the insertion in a contract of a
condition which would tend to indue
crime, and as it forbids the introduc
tion of such a stipulation it also for
bids tho enforcement of a contract un
der circumstances which cannot be law
fully stipulated for."
Was Against Miscarriage of Justice.
Taking up the contention that Hurt
did not commit the murder nttril u'el
to him Justice Brewer said that if that
were true the action could be main
tained only on the assumption that
there had been a failure of justice in
the criminal case, and ho asked if It
were possible that there can be a con
tract of insurance against the miscar
riage of justice. This, he said, would
be the nature of the wager, and a
wager Intended to pervert the cruise
of criminal justice was contrary to
IN HONOR OF MKINLEY
Proposition to Found the "Carnation
League" with a Creed Coin ponce! of
Some of Ills Notable Sayings.
Cleveland. Deo. 23. The "Carnation
League of America" is the name of a
new patriotic movement projosed to
the trustees of the McKinley National
Memorial association. The idea orig
inates with Lewis (J. Reynolds, a well-
known business man of Dayton. O.,
and it will be submitted to the trustees
at their coming meeting in Washing
ton. In referring to the proposition
Secretary Ititchie. of the McKinley
Monument association, said:
"Mr. Reynolds conception is interest
ing and extraordinary from many view
point, lie proiwses that the 'Carna
tion League' shall have a creed, framed
from some notable words of Mr. Mc
Kinley, and that it shall be a perennial
memorial to his honor, statesmanship
and patriotism differing from that ac
cord to any of our past presidents. Kv
ery member of the league would wear
a carnation on each recurring 14th day
of September. The anniversary of our
late president's death. Thus the league
would aim to keep alive in the hearts
and minds of the people their love ami
admiration for the man and for the
national principles and policies he ad
"The United States has no truly na
tional brotherhood. Shall it lie the
Carnation League? Nor has the nation
any distinctive floral symlwl; shall it
be President McKinley's favorite flow- -I
or the carnation? This beautiful,
fragrant, flower is the boutonniere of
the people, and Mr. McKinley was a
commoner. The famous Primrose
league of England is a iolltical order.
founded to honor the memorv of Lord
Beaconsfiled and to periM'tuate his po
litical principle. What the Primrose
League has been to British politics the
Carnation League may be to American
THEEE TRAINMEN KILLED
BY LOCOMOTIVE .EXPLOSION
Buena Vista, Col., Dec. 23. The
boiler of a Kio (Jrande locomotive ex
ploded this morning near here, kill
ing Engineer Miller and fatally injur
ing Brakeman Potter and Fireman
TWO HEAVY FIRES
IN WESTERN CITIES
St. Joseph antl Beatrice Visited by
Disaster, the Former With
Loss of Life.
St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. S-i. Chase Xr
Sons candy manufactory was de
stroyed by fire this morning. The
loss is $100,000.
Fifty girls were at work when the
lire broke out, many of whom jump
ed from the windows. Sophia Mintus
ami Mai lie Ix'slie were fatally injur
ed and several others slightlv hurt.
Lincoln. Neb., Dec L'.'t. Fire has
burned three business blocks and the
Masonic temple at Beatrice. The Pad
dock hotel is now on lire. The loss is
estimated at .$:J0O.00.
The lire, which was of inceudiarv
origin, burned from 2 until S, threat
ening the surrounding buildings, but
they were saved without serious loss.
Bradford, I'a., Dec. '':;. In fire
which burned the (KM Fellows' block
this morning Fireman tireen Mas kill
ed and three firemen hurt. The loss
SUPREME COURT REVERSED
Iowa's Highest State Tribunal Overridden
by the Federal Court in an Im
portant Liquor Case.
Keokuk, la., ' Dec. 23. Judge Mc
Pherson. of the federal court, handed
down an opinion yesterday in the case
of the Unitxl States vs. the Adams
Express co:niany, in ''which the cor
poration was indicted for carrying on
the business of a retail liquor dealer
without having paid the special tax as
required by law.
The federal court in Its opinion holds
that the express company is only an
agent of the venders inca frying liquors
and collecting and returning money.
As the express company did not sell
liquors it was not engaged in the busi
ness of a liquor dealer. The court in
this opinion has overriden the decisiou
of the supreme court of Iowa.
HAD TO DIG FOR THEM
Fifty Passengers on a Train Hurled Under
the Snow in a Nebraska
Lincoln. Neb.. Dec. 23. Fifty pas
sengers on train 302 on the Burlington,
running from Denver to Deadw od,
were buried beneath ten feet of snow
for twenty hours. They were rescued
STuhday .night "after' leu hours" work
by a relief force sent from Sidney,
Neb. The relief force numbered fifty
The.little town of Mercer, Neb., was
the stopping place of the snow-bound
travelers. Tho place is a cluster of
about tea houses and stanties, and the
train was obliged to remain beneath
the snowuntil aid could be called from
Sidney, lifteon miles away.
Cheyenne, Wyo.. Doc. 23. Tho snow
blockade on the Union Pad tic railroad
between Cheyenne and Sidney, Neb.,
has been raised aud trains are mov
ing. STATE TRAIN NSPECTOR
New Officer the Ralljray Employes of
ludiana Want the Legislature
Wabash. I ml.. Dec'23. The various
organizations embracing the railway
employes of the state are formulating
an appeal to be presented to the legis
lature, asking for a state grain inspec
tor. They hold that. Inasmuch as em
ployes of factories have an inspector,
with deputies, railroad workers are en
titled to the same means of protection.
The duties of the oniee. as proposed
by 'the organizations, will require the
Inspector or his deputies to see that
cars, tracks, etc., are kept in a state
of repair to guard, as far as jossible,
against iersonaI injuries and loss of
life. The unions are also preparing
to tight the enactment of a garnish
ment law. A committee will be named
to present their appeal to the legisla
ture when it meets.
Peanut Man SeUs His Head.
Florence, t'olo., Icc. 2."!. Arthur
Jennings, owner of: a peanut stand
here, has sold his head to a medical
college for $.3.1100. One thousand dol
lars was paid in cash and the bal
ance is to be paid to his relatives at
his death. Jennings is 27 years old,
and at the age of 13 years was at
tacked with braiu fever. After his re
covery his head began to grow ab
normally, and it now measures thirty
two inches in circumference. Physi
cians say oases of ihis kind usually
end fatally before! the patient hai
reached the age of " years.
flavins; Some Wsyttber In Pern.
Lima. Peru. Dec. 25;. News has just
reached here of a terrible storm of hail
and snow, accompanied by thunder
and lightning. Dec. 14 at Cerro do Pas
co. 107 miles from here. Several per
sons were killed and much damage
done. There was a foot of snow in the
streets. The temierature fell to 3 de
grees below zero.
Another Tie In the Bare.
Butte. Mont., Dec. 23. The second
election for representative in the low
er house of the legislature from Yel
lowstone county has resulted in anoth
er tie. Before each candidate received
73S votes. Thia time each got 5o.
Which Has Stirred the Royal
House in Disappearance
of Crown Princess,
WHO LETT IN MENTAL DISTRESS
Not a. Trace of Her Since the Night, of
Dec. 11, When She Suddenly
Droped Out of Sight.
Dresden, Saxony, Dec. 23. The
Crown Princess of Saxony fled from
her home on the night of Dec. 11. The
Dresdnor Journal yesterday said: "The
princess, in -a state of intense mental
excitement, suddenly desert ed her fam
ily at Salzburg and went abroad. The
Saxon court functions for the winter,
including the New Year's reception,
have been cancelled." The foregoing
paragraph in yesterday's official jour
nal, which was inserted by order of
the king and crown prince of Saxony,
has turned into truth what for sev
eral days past has been regarded as
an incredible tale. The crown princess
of Saxony, surrounded by her ladies
in waiting and numerous attendants
and servants of the royal household.
has vanished so utterly that the police
of every kingdom of Europe have for
ten days been unable to trace her.
King Wants the Public to Know.
The otiicial announcement was made
in order to obtain the aid of the gener
al public in finding the princess, and
because the court fiction that she pre
ferred to remain in retirement at Salz
burg rather than to retuiai to her hus
band and children at Dresden cannot
longer be maintained. Accompanied
by the crown prince the princess went
to the castle of Emioror Francis Jo
seph near Salzburg a month ago. A
week after their arrival at the castle
the prince broke his leg while hunt
ing, and was brought back to Dresden.
The princess, however, remained at
CROWN TRINCKSS A GLOOMY WOMAN
Who Usually Does as She Pleases Her
Very Sudden Disappearance.
Why she did so the jn-ople of the
court did not know, except that with
gl'Hmy tenacity the princess usually
tloes what she pleass. For a little
whilf this explanation sufficed; then
fragments of gossip began to reach
Dresden. It was said that the princess
had surrendered herself to periods of
nervous excitement and that her ec
centricities of deportment can soil much
concern to iier suite and to some oi'
her Austrian kinsfolk who were stay
ing in the castle with her. It is now
lH-lievctl that she was under surveil
lance, ami if this is true it makes her
disappearance the more extraordinary.
The narrative of the events at Salz
burg during the night of Dec. 11 and
12. as told in Dresden, is that the
princess, who appeared to be in an un
usually tranquil mood, retired ln-fore
12 o'clock. Three hours later, when a
maid looked into the royal bed cham
ber, something in the apiearanoe of
the bed prompted her to go closer and
examine it. Instead of the prim-ess
the maid perceived a dummy figure.
She awakened the lady-in-waiting
and the latter, with other memlcrs of
the princess' suite, searched all the
neighboring apartments, then the en
tire castle, and finally the grounds of
the castle for tho princess, but no trace
of the missing woman was found. At
dawn the joliee of Salzburg were in
formed of the disappearance and in
quiries were made throughout the
whole countryside, but with no tangi
ble result. ' A number of what had
seemed to be traces of the princess
were shown to be without foundation
upon careful examination by the' po
lice. The Inquiry by the end of that day
had extended to all parts of the king
dom of Saxony, and on authority from
Dresden by the end of the second day
to all of Europe. The theory of sui
cide was suggested, and a fruitless
search for the princess Itody has iteen
made. All the ponds aud other pieces
of water in the vicinity of the castle
have been dragged without result. The
disappearance of the princess doubt
loss will cause the circulation of many
stories. It is already related that she
eloped, but Inquiries made here have
brought out nothing to substantiate or
support this statement.
(ieneva. Switzerland. Iee. 2H. The
crown princess of Saxony is here un
der the name of Fraulein von Oben.
Her brother, the archduke ljenpohi
Ferdinand, and Professor ("iron are
at the same hotel. The archduke has
assumed the name of Dei Buriano.
The party i,s living quietly and pro
poses to tqteiid Christinas here.
BY COAL OAS AT RACINE
Kacine, Wis., Dec. 2:t. .Tames Peter
son., u widower, aged 5:2, and his
(laughter Alice, aged 15, were- found
dead in bed this morning, asphyxia
ted bycoal gas. from a heating stove.
The son. Uudolph. was found barely
alive, but was resuscitated.
Torquay, England, has a municipal
rabbit warren where over 15,000 rab
bits have been trapped during the past
year and sent for sale in the northern
and midland markets.
AS TO COMBINES
Judge Bland Holds at St. Louis That
Capitalists May Combine to
Drive Out Individuals.
St. Louis, Dec. 23. "Capitalists have
a right to combine capital in produc
tive enterprises and by lawful compe
tition to drive individual producers
and small ones out of business.
"Laborers and artisans have a
right to form unions and fight this
conqH'tit ion of capitalists by lawful
This is the statement of the right
of combination on the part of capital
and laborhanded down bv. Judge Wand
tit the court of appeals today in, a de
cision in favor of Joseph E. Walsh,
who sought an injunction to prevent
members of the Master Plumbers' as
sociation from combining in refusal
to sell him supplies because lie is not j
1 member. .lodges 13a relay and
(ioode concurred in the decision.
ST. JOE WANTS THE 8TATI0N
Michigan Town Working to Beat Illinois
in Securing a Naval Institution on
the Great "Lakes.
St Joseph. Mich., Dee. 23. The com
mittee to secure for St. Joseph the
naval station on the great lakes is
jubilant over the fact that the Ohio
and Michigan representatives have de
cided to pool against Representative
Foss' favored site near Waukegan,
Ills. The members of the committee
are satistied that Ohio cannot win and
establish the school at Put-in-15ay and
that Illinois will meet the same fate
without the aid of the Michigan dele
gation. It is said that as a second
choice Representative Foss will favor
the St. Joseph site inspected by the
naval commttce a few weeks ago.
Two reasons are given why it is be
lieved Foss will indorse the St. Joseph
site, providing the school is located
on the east hore; first, because the
Chicago representative has frequently
Visited ids father-in-law, Ueoz-ge W.
Fritz, of this city, and has been favor
ably impressed with St. Joseph; sec
ond, it is reported that he recently
purchased the Ocorge F. Cunimings.
fruit farm in South St. Joseph, and
therefore has a personal interest in the
future welfare of this city.
HER EX-HUSBAND OBJECTS
Woman's Who Got a Divorce and Re
married, 7Vor Fares an Cnpleasant
suit at Law.
Mattoon. F's.. Dec. 2."! P.y the tiling
of a suit In tht court Saturday to set
aside tho decree of divorce of Mrs.
Dr. Kimery. formerly Mrs. Archibald
AVaters. a sensation was treated in
society circles. The suit was tiled by
Mrs. Kimery's former husband. In
his bill of complaint lie alleges that
he and the now Mrs. Kimery were
married in Newark. X. J., in 1S0O. and
lived together until 1S!T. when 6he
left hiin and came west.
She settled in this city, and in lfHX)
obtained a divorce from Waters, charg
ing him with unfaithfulness. Short
ly afterward she was married to Dr.
Kimery. one of the most prominent
physicians in this community. Their
married life went along smoothly un
til Saturday, when Waters, the wom
an's former husband, filial a suit to
have her decree of divorce sot aside
on the ground that she made false al
legations, and that he was never noti
fied that she had brought the suit.
Instalation Came Near Heing Mjrder.
Madison, AA'is.. Dec. 23. Seven stu
dents of the University of AA'isconsin
held an initiation in the back room of
the saloon under the Avenue hotel
here. The ceremony consisted in the
hanging of the neophyte, who was
then deserted by his fellows, and
would soon have died except for the
timely arrival of the barkeeper, who
came in to take away the glasses. lie
cut the victim down, whom he fouml
limp and senseless and bleeding from
the mouth, and after reviving him had
him taken home.
Talued Her Husband at f 7,094.
Ann ArlKr, Mich.. Dee. 23. Mrs.
Uerlert Harrison has been awarded
S.Oi4 damages in the circuit court
because of the death of her husband.
a D., Y.. A. A. and J. hiotormau, at
Chelsea last March. Harrison went up
on the roof of his car to attend to a
defective trolley pole and was shock
ed to death. The liability of the com
pany in view of the high tension elec
tric system employed was in question.
Friction Ilurned the Wheel.
Burlington, la., Dec. 23. As passen
ger train No. 2 on the Burlington road,
due here at 2 a. m., was passing main
street crossing an hour late, one of
the pilot wheels fell off. having been
burned off by friction. The axle was
found to be led hot. The train had
just finished the descent of the four
mile grade from AA'est Burlington at a
Must Die by Machine -Lightning.
New York. Dec. 23. Thomas Tobin
has lieen sentenced to die in the elec
tric chair during the week Iteginnins
Feb. 1003. for the murder of Capta'u
James Ii. Craft, of Glen Cove, L. I., in
September last. .
Most Rev. Frederick
Temple Dies of Old
Age in London.
PRIMATE OF ENGLAND
Former United States
Senator Salin Expires
London. Dec. '2?,. Most Rev. Fred
erick -Temple, archbishop, of Canter
bury and primate of all England, who
has been ill for some time past, died
this morning from old age.
The bishop of Winchester is consid
ered likely to be his succesor.
Death of Former Senator Satin.
Chicago, Dec. 2;. Former I'nited
States Senator Dwight M. Sabin, of
Minnesota, died suddenly this morn
ing of heart failure at the Auditor
ium. He was 57 years .ld. For a
quarter of a century he was promi
nent, in national republican politics,
and was verv wealthv.
ROCK ISLAND MERCHANTS
REPORT BIG BUSINESS
Christmas trade, both wholesale
and retail, is far in advance of what it
was hist year at this time, so reort
the business men of the city in every
line. This is remarkable, too. when
the difference in the weather of the
two years is taken into, consideration.
Last year there was a difference of
almost "0 degrees in the temperature,
the thermometer ranging all the way
from one to ten degrees below zero
mark, while yesterday it hung around
t he 40 above.
The dealers in candy, notions,
fruits, nuts and other holiday lines
report a larger holiday trade than
last year by fully 40 per cent. V
trip through the retail district
during the afternoon proved the as
sertion, as every store was packed
with a surging ma.-s of humanity, and
although all of the stores had in
creased help it wa with difficulty
that the customers could be waited
upon. This was not the condition in
one store alone, but in all. ami every
attache from bundle boy to proprie
tor, was kept on the jump from the
time the doors opened for biisines-s
at S o'clock in the morning until
10:30 at night.
Talks with the merchants brought
forth the fact that a much better
class of goods in every line is being .
purchased this year than last, and
that this is the case not only with the
well-to-do customers, but with those
of moderate means as well. One busi
ness man stated that last, year was
the banner vear Tor him at the holi
day season, but thus far this year had'
it badlv beaten.
Not only are the merchants crowd
ed with business, but the express of
neesandpostofhcesaswell. The former
hate extra wagons and messengers
engaged for the holiday season, and
the postotlice has been enlarged dur
ing the rush.
All the railroads entering the city
brought in large numbers of shoppers
from a long distance, and from every
ROCK ISLAND BARBERS
HOLD ANNUAL ELECTION
Local No. 113. Journeymen Barbers
International Union of America, held
its annual election of officers last ev
ening, the following being chosen:
President A'. It. Allum.
A'ice President Henry Dressen.
Corresponding and Financial Secre
tary F. V. Jackson.
Recording Secretary V. If. Keeley.
Treasurer Leo A'ermere.
tJuide C. AV. Motts.
Cuardian AA". H. Miller.
Auditing Committee C. ". Motts.
J. N. Kerns, Thomas Casey.
Trustees F. AA. AVeisler, Joint
Burke, M. I. Salyard.
Tri-City Labor Congress Delegates
Leo A'ermere. M. I Salyard, F. AA".
Jackson, AA". it. Allum, t'eorge Biehl.
Industrial Home Delegates F. .
AVeisler. AA. II. Keeley, Io A'ermere;
alternate, AA'illiam Deisenroth.
Blue Hirer Oredftns; Nearly Done.
Newcastle, Ind., Dec. 23. The task:
of dredging Blue river, which began
eighteen months ago, is now nearing
completion, and a month more will see
the finish of the big undertaking. For
fifteen miles the course of the river
was straightened and made deeper, do
ing away with the annual flooding of
adjoining farms, which caused lossca
of tliousa.ndsof.doOajs, ......
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