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TOIi. Iill. NO. 133.
EOCK ISLAND, ILL.., WEDNESDAY, MAECH 25, 1903.
PEICE TWO CENTS.
Widow of Murdered Buf
falo Man Furnishes
AS TO THE CRIME
Declares Her Relations
With Pennell to Have
Buffalo, N. Y.. March 2.". "nave
you received any information as to
who killed your husband?" "Xo, sir."
'You swear you have no knowledge
or information as to who killed him?"
These questions were addressed to
Mrs. Alice Hull Iiurdick yesterday aft
ernoon by restrict Attorney Coats
worth at the inquest into the death
of her husband. The answers were
returned by Mrs. Iiurdick in n calm,
clear voice. The questions came ab
ruptly, while the district attorney was
drawing from Mrs. Iiurdick informa
tion about her relations with Arthur
It. rennell. .She had denied that Pen
nell took her key to the front door
of the Rurdick home while they were
in New York together and had dupli
cates made of It.
No Duplicate Keys Made.
The district attorney put the ques
tion regarding the key to Mrs. Iiur
dick. in a number of different forms,
but the answers always were emphat
ic denials that she or Pennell had
ever ordered duplicate keys made, or
that the key had left her iossession
during her last exile from home. Mrs.
Iiurdick was calmer and more collect
ed yesterday than Monday while testi
fying. She left the stand at 4:13.
Two Children on the Stand.
To complete the examination of ev
ery oiv? known to have been in the
Iiurdick home on the night of Feb. 2(1
where Edwin L. Rurdick watr- mur
dered the district attorney, called to
the stand the two youngest Rurdick
children Carol and Alice, aged re
spectively, 13 and 10 years. The dis
trict attorney questioned the children
closely about the events that occurred
at their home on the night before
and the morning after the murder of
their father. The children displayed
no more sign of emotion than did their
grandmother, or mother, or older sister
while talking about the terrible death'
of their father. Their recollection of
the happenings at the time of the
tagedy was rather hazy and "I dont
remember" was usually the answer
they gave when the district attorney
pressed them closely on any point.
KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE MUKDEH
More Letters from Pennell Read, In Which
lie la Down -Hearted.
Mrs. Durdiek's testimony covered the
week in which Iiurdick was murdered
and the name of Arthur It. rennell
was constantly upon her lips. She
trusted him implicity In everything.
The district attorney read a number of
letters written to Mrs. Rurdick by Pen
nell In which he said life was not
worth living wit-hout her, and that
death would not be unwelcome. She
knew nothing ofa document found in
her safety deposit vault bonding Ren
nell to pay her $25,000 in the event of
his being unable to marry her. Al
though it was among Mrs. Iiurdick's
prive papers in the vault she declared
she had been ignorant of its existence.
Mrs. Iiurdick declared that the last
time she saw Pqnnell was on Tues
day before the murder. He left her
that night in Atlantic City, arriving
In Iluffalo Wednesday. She Avas in
formed of Iiurdick's death by a mes
sage from Mrs. Hull os the following
Friday ands hastened to Ruffalo. She
reached her home Saturday morning.
A brief note of sympathy from Pen
nell came to the house that day. She
never heard from him or saw him,
she said, between that time and the
day he was killed by his automobile
KEPT HIS EYE ON THIEF
AND FINALLY GOT HIM
St. Louis, .March 25. With a bottle
containing a high explosive in his
hand William A. Vinton, of No. 2400
iNorth Broadway, stood motionless
on the back platform of a Broadway
car and made no attempt to prevent
a pickpocket from robbing him, .be
cause he feared the explosive would
blow up the car if the bottle were
knocked from his hand.
Feeling the hand of the pickpocket
removing his purse from his pocket,
inton decided that it would be bet
ter to lose the $2.50 it contained than
to take a chance on endangering the
lives of the other passengers. He
managed, however, to get a good look
LIKELY TO VETO
THE MERGER BILL
Belief That Governor Lanham of
Texas Will Kill Rock Island
Dallas, Texas, March 25. A strong
"tip" is circulated among Dallas rail
road men that Gov. Lanham will fol
low the advice of State. llailroad Com
missioner Mayfield and veto the Rock
Island consolidation bill..
The bill, as passed by the legisla
ture, permits the consolidation of the
Chicago, Hock Island & Texas, the
Chicago, liock Island & Mexican and
the Choctaw, Oklahoma & Texasrail-
plunging Into the stone quarry.
Iu questioning her as to her knowl
edge of the murder Coatsworth said:
"Have you received any informa
tion as to who killed your husband?"
"You are positive about that?" 'I
"Has anyone told you who killed
your husband?" "Xo, sir."
"You swear you have no knowledge
or information as to who killed your
husband?" "I do."
"You never heard any one say that
he cr she was going to do it?" "Xo,
"Ami you have no information or
knowledge by which you can place
your hands oiwho did It?" "No, sir."
Iiefore ieaving the stand Mrs. Rur
dick took occasion to say In reply
to questions from her attorney that
nothing improper or immoral had oc
curred between her and Pennell. At
the same time she said her husband
was fond of the society of other wom
en, and in answer to her attorney's
questions said that Mrs. Pennell was
quite familiar with the dining room
and "den" in the Rurdick home.
Attorney Hartzell, when Coatsworth
was through asked these questions:
"In ail these appointments with
Pennell did you seek him or he you?"
"He sought me."
"He was infatuated with you?" "He
"Were you ever in a compromising
position with him?" "No, sir."
"Were your relations with him ever
criminal?" -No, sir."
"Did he ever make any iiw'.escent
suggestions to you?" "No, sir."
"He was always a perfect gentle
man ?" "Yes, sir."
"As you came from Atlantic City
and promised your husband that you
would bo a good girl did you resist
Pennoll ' and! refuse to make appoint
ments with him?" "1 did.'
"And did he constantly solicit you
and importune you and waylay you
and did you finally yield?" "Yd, sir."
"Was Mr. Iiurdick fond of the la
dies?" "Yes, he was very fond of
She knew nothing of tin counter
charges made in the divorce proceed
ings against Mr. Iiurdick except what
Mr. Pennell told her.
Hartzell asked if Mrs. Pennell was
familiar with the Rurdick dining room
and den, and Mrs. Burdk-k said she
"The door of the den faced the
front door did it not?" "Yes, sir."
"And a person could tap on the
window of the front door and attract
the attention of any one In the den
without ringing the door bell?" "Yes,
DEFECTIVE FROG DITCHES
PASSENGER ON WABASH
St. Louis. March 2.". A passenger
train on the Wabash from Kansas
City to St. Louis jumped the track at
Elm Point, U0 miles west of here, to
day, injuring a dozen persons, none
seriously. All were able to continue
their journey. A dozen women were
cut about "the face.-by flying -glass.
The wreck was due to a defective
RATHBONE NOT DISCOURAGED
Bo Appeals to the President to Orerrnle
Koot and Give Ills Case a
Washington, March 23. Estes G.
Rathbono, former director of posts of
Cuba, has appealed to President Roose
velt over the action of Secretary of
War Koot 'in dismissing the charges
filedl by Rathbone against General
The substance of the charges ami
of Secretary Root's indorsement on
the papers have been published recently.
at the face of the man whose hand
was. in his pocket and later he went
to the rogues' gallery at the Four
Courts and picked out the likeness of
Joseph O'Loughlin, an old offender,
who has recently been at liberty.
Special Officer Cunningham was de
tailed on the case, and soon arrested
Joseph O'Loughlin at No. 2021 Wash
street in a saloon at Broadway and
Carr street. Vinton was. summoned
to the police station and without hes
itancy picked O'Loughlin out as the
man who robbed him.
0Loughlin(was taken to Chief ; Des-mondV-office
and the latter .recogniz
ed the prisoner at once-
. "-- "" "
NEW LAND BILL UP
Irish Measure Proposes Free
Grant of $60,000,
000 IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
Passes First KeatUng and Pro
visions It Car
London, March 25. Irish Secretary
Wyndham introduced the Irish land
bill, which prooses a free grant of
$00,000,000, iii the commons today.
The bill also prwvides that the ten
ants shall pay 3i per cent interest
on loans from the government and
that untenanted farms and grazing
lands will be sold to neighboring ten
ants, and that three commissioners
shall supervise the sales.
The advance to tenants through
the provisions of the bill are limited
to $2,500 in the congested districts
and $5,000 elsewhere. The bill will
become effective Nov. 1. Wyndham
said $750,000,000 could safelv be ad
vanced on the rrish land, but he
thought the scheme would not involve
500.OOO,OOO. He explained that while
the maximum charge on the English
treasury would not exceed $1.1)75,000
in a single year, the reduction in cost
of the administration of Ireland
would amount to $1,250,000.
The Irish land bill passed its lirt
SQUADRON WILL NOT
Hence President Kooserelt Declines
Emperor William's Invi
tation. Washington, March 25. The navy
department today made public a
statement to the effect that the
.North Atlantic squadron would not
visit Gemianv this summer, as has
been suggested in some quarters.
Consequently President Roosevelt is
compelled to decline Emperor Wil
liam's invitation to have the licet
v isit German v.
Revised Rule Carries Classified List
to Nearly All Posi
tions. Washington, March 25. The revis
ed civil service rules announced today
extend the. classified service to all
positions which are not mere laborers
or not subject to confirmation by the
THE OLD GRAY HORSE
HAD SOME LIFE LEFT
Passers along a down-town street
the other day found material for
amusement- in an incident thev wit
nessed. Two rag gatherers of the
common tvpe were passing.
each in a wagon drawn by a bony
horse. Ihe animal attached to
the rear outfit was gray in color
ind the event showed that he had
more life than the equine ordinarly
found in his circumstances.
The shafts bv which the wagon to
which 'he was attached Iwtd been bro
ken loose from the wagon, but the dri
er had tied them to the axle with a
rope. Ihe fastening had stretcneu
until there was a foot or more of
ine between the crossbar of the
shafts and the wagon and the wheels
swung this way and that. Finally a
knot gave way and the rope began
to unwind. The shafts dropped low
:v and lower till they finally struck
the horse's heels as he walked.,
The animal at once stopped and let
go with both feet. Again and again
he kicked, each time hitting the dash
board, the driver meanwhile sliding
the seat farther and farther to the
Finally a piece of the top of the
dashboard broke loose and flew high
n the air. The driver fell backward
off the seat- as though shot, never
topping in his descent until he struck
he navement. Then he scrambled to
his feet and quickly got safely to the
idewalk where he Witched the old
gray horse kick the dashboard to
smithereens, and said never a word.
Ry this time the driver of the other
rig had come to the rescue, the gray
horse, having taken his measure of
license, suffering himself to be quiet
ed, the shafts were again tied up and
the two outfits moved on.
COKE FIRES ARE PUT OUT
OWING TO CAR FAMINE
Thurmond. W. Va., March 25.
Owing to freight congestion it 5s re
ported today the fires will be put out
in 2,000 or more coke ovens in the
New river field, as it is impossible to
secure cars for the transportation of
Alleged Cause of the Se
rious Riot a Port
Water Was Made More
Costly and the Quan
Tort of Spain, Trimtfad. March 23,
Twelve natives :)r?' killed, and
sixty wounded, in. of them non
combatants and women, during Mon
day's rioting. The government build
ing was entirely destroyed by the riot
ers, and the oIice barracks was dam
aged by Are and water. All the gov
ernment records in the colonial secre
tary's office, t he court house, the crown
landB and other departments were de
stroyed. The rioting had its origin
in the opposition to the new water
ordinance, which reduced the water
allowance per head and increased the
Attack on the Court House.
The court house was surrounded
while the legislative council was in
session discussing the water ordinance.
The mob broke through the police
lines and stoned the building. The riot
ers then demolished the contents of
the lower floor of tl government
building and set lire to it. All those
attending the meeting were assailed
with missiles, many persons being
struck by stones and bottles. The fire
drove the people from the building, and
aided by a part of the local military
force the police defended their lives
Men from the Worships Landed.
The rioters then evedently with a
view to plunder, threatened to burn
the business portion oj the town. The
commander of the Rrr- ish cruiser Pal
las, lying in the harlwr. was informed
of the serious situation and he landed
detachments of bluejackets from the
Pallas and the torpedo boat destroyer
Rocket, with four machine guns. Two
hundred citizens were armed and
swomt in as special constables. The
sailors and volunteers rendered in
valuable service in ' patrol ing the
streets throughout thenight and guard
ing the bank, treasury ami other pub
lic buildings. Order 'was thus re
stored. Recall of Officials Asked.
The chamber of commerce held a
meeting with a view to cabling the
home government requesting the ro
call of the high officials here.
SAX DOMINGO SITUATION,
Unlet Restored at the Capital by Foreign
an Domingo, March 25. Tho im-
habitants of this city were again
thrown into a state of alarm this af
ternoon by the raet of further light
ing taking place at San Carlos near
San Domingo,. Santo Domingo,
March 2.". Quiet has been restored in
this city by the warships injtort. The
minister of war, Senor Pichardo, has
surrendered lo the revolutionists and
the minister of posts and telegraphs,
Senor Castillo, has joined the foreign
minister, Senor Sanchez, in seeking
refuge at the United States consulate.
Inhabitants of the villages around this
city are joining the revolutionary
movement. Xo news is obtainable from
the southern and northern parts of the
There was severe fighting Sunday
at Ra Vega, but the result is not
known. If th? north and south refuse
to join the revolution the situation
may become more serious. Commerce
is at a standstill and there is consid
erable anxiety as to f the- future. A
warship Is going to san l'ouro de Ma
coris, east of this city, to compel it
to surrender. The warship Presidente,
which is off the nortlirn coast of the
island, is in the possession of Presi
IN LORir.lER CASE
Judge Hanecy Declines to Interfere
in Contested Chicago
Chicago, March 25.t In an opini'
delivered today Judgf Ilanecy- deni
the. motion t dissolve the injunction
secured by 'William Ijorinier restrain
ing the board of election commis
sioners from proceeding to?" count the
ballots cast in the Sixth congression
al district last fall.
One Projected That is to Run
From Chicago to Mil
waukee. TO TAP NUMEROUS TOWNS
First Interurban Car on the Va-bash-Loga
Chicago, March 23. The Chronicle
says: A new railroad using electric
motor iower between Chicago and Mil
waukee, passing through Waukegan,
Keiosha and Racine, will be in opera
tion inside of two years providing pres
ent plans of the Standard Oil people
carry. The Chicago, Milwaukee aud
Inland Lakes Traction company is the
name of the new company, which since
Its incorporation some mouths ago has
conducted its plans -In a very quiet
The man who is representing the
eastern capitalists and who admits
that the moneyed men are the Stand
ard Oil people is Mr." Whitman, who
managed most of the Yerkes projects.
The company is now planning to build
a line from Chicago to Lake Geneva
aud Janesville and then to Milwaukee.
First Car on Indiana Interurban-
Logansport, Ind., March 23. The
first Interurban car on any of the live
traction company's lines building into
this city was run on the Wabash-Ix)-gansport
traction line, between this
city and Lewisburg, Sunday afternoon.
A numberof people from this city took
their first ride on an interurban car.
Forsome months cars have been run
ning between Fort W:jy-? and Lewis
burg. but owing to the lPck of power
at the general power house at Wabash
the current has not been strong enough
to bring the cars to this city. Within
a few days, however, the new addition
to the general power house will have
been completed and cars will be run
the full length of the line.
SHOOTS HIS FATHER
TO SAVE HIS MOTHER
Sad and Awful Circumstances of a
tly. v Chicago, March 25. Com-ing to the
rescue of his mother, who was being
beaten bv her drunken husband. l!av
Jackson, aged l'.l, shot and probably
fatally wounded his father, Aloiizo
Jackson, at their home today. The
son then started to give himself up.
but yieMing to the pleadings of his
mother) tried to escape, but was cap
tured several hours later.
WOOD IS RELIEVED
OF CUBAN DUTIES
And Praised For His Work in Con
nection With the
Washington. March 2j. Secretary
Root today issued an order relieving
(Jen. Leonard Wood from further
dutv in connection with the govern
ment of Cuba, Wood having complet
ed his report of the military occupa
ticn of the island. The secretary
praises Wood for the etlicieut manner
n which he conducted the affairs of
the island and thanks him in the
name of the president.
COUNTY BOARD TO LOOK
OVER INFIRMARY 'PLANS
The county board of supervisors
will meet tomorrow afternoon in ad
journed session to hear the final re
port of Architect L. M. Drack. who
lias had charge of the drawing of the
plans for the new structure at the
county infirmary site to replace the
one which was destroyed by fire re
cently. It is the hojH of the board
to bring the cost within the msur-
ince, the latter being $'..00O.
The structure as. planned by the
architect will be a commodious two
storv brick of modern desiirn, with
ill the late sanitary improvements.
The dimensions of the building as
now drafted by Architect Drack are
100 by r.S feet, height two stories,
with additional basement.
The meeting has been called for
the special purose .of taking up and
disposing of this matter, as the need
for the building is a pressing one. Im
mediate action on the plans which
Architect Drack has prepared is
CASTRO HAS WITHDRAWN
Caracas, March 23. After reading a
special message to congress today
Castro withdrew his resignation of
the presidency of Venezuela.
Appointed National Dank Examiner.
Reloit, Wis.. March 23. L. II. Park
er, of Reloit, has leu appointed na
tional bank examiner for the district
of Wisconsin and Minnesota, to suc
ceed D. S. Culver, of Superior, who
GIVE GREAT OVATION
TO MISS ROOSEVELT
Daughter of the President Subject
of Loyal Demonstration in Prov
ince of Porto Rico.
San Juan, Porto Rico, March 25.
There was a grand reception at the
theatre here last evening under the
auspices of the citizens' committee in
honor of Miss Alice Roosevelt, fol
lowing an elaborate display of fire
works on the plaza. Miss Roosevelt
received a tremendous ovation.
She leaves San .Juan for the interior
today, accompanied by Gov. Hunt and
STORY ABOUT THAT
After Capturing a Town and Arms
Are Stood Off By a Few
Washington, March 23. Dispatches
from Manila Monday told of the capt
ure Sunday of the town of Surigao,
in the northwestern part of Mindanao
Island, by Ladiones. An official ca
ble from Governor Taft gives the facts,
as follows: Escaped prisoners, sen
tenced to long terms for Ladronism,
with sixty or eighty of their fellows,
returned to Surigao and succeeded in
surprising and rushing the consta
bulary barracks, obtaining consta
bulary arms and ammunition, killing
Constabulary Inspector Lewis M.
Clark, and taking command of the
Nine United Statesans, including
two women, retreated to the provincial
building, whore under the direction of
Luther S. Kelly, provincial treasurer,
they barricaded the building against
the attacking party, and armed only
with a few shotguns and short of am
munition maintained their defense
against the Ladrones. refusing to j"ield
the guns, Kelly saying to the Ladrones
that he would not give up a single
gun and would kill on sight any La
drone within range. Assistant Chief
Taylor arrived at Surigao with a
constabulary force about eighteen
hours af4er the attack. On his ai
proach the Ladiones disappeared and
columns are now following them.
RAN AWAY WITH HIS CHILD
Arretted oa the Charge of Kidnapping
and Now Will Try the Habeas
Marion, Ind.. March 23. Thomas
McLaughlin, sr. Louis. ;ini8 to Ma
McLaughlin, of St. Louis, came to Ma
rion Sunday to visit his wife and
child. When he arrived here his wife
had joined the Jefferson De Angeles
Opera company. She had left their 2-year-old
daughter with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. II. Mershon. Me-I-'iughlin
demanded the child, but the
Mershons refused to surrender it. Mc
Laughlin was given permission to take
the child to his hotel for supper.
lie boarded an interurban car, but
was arrested at Anderson on the
charge of kidnaping. lie was re
turned to Marion, and when arraigned
for trial was released. He then com
menced habeas corpus proceedings to
get possession of his daughter. Mc
Laughlin and his wife were both for
merly with the "Chris and the Won
derful Lamp" company.
Brane'a Dog I Coatly.
Wabash. led., aMrch 23. The re
fusal of Milton S. P.rane, a well-to-do
farmer, near Lincoliiville, to pay tax
on a dog which had been about his
home, has. so far, cost him about $G00.
IJnwie insisted to the assessor that the
pup did net lielong to him, but Iirane
was fined by a justice of the peace
for not reporting the dog for taxa
tion. New Wisconsin Idea on the Color Line.
Madison, March 23. The assembly
committee on state affairs last night
decided by a vote of 3 to 2 to recom
mend the Williams anti-negro mar
riage bill for passage. The measure
if adopted will prohibit marriages be
tween whites and negroes within the
Death, of Doctor O. II. Ide.
Kenosha, Wis.. March 23. Dr. G. II.
Tde died here Monday night as the re
sult of an attack of apoplexy Sunday
merning. He came here to rest, and
had not been ill up to the time he was
stricken Sunday. He was pastor of
ti'rand Avenue Congregational church
at Milwaukee, and one of the best
known pastors of his denomination in
Cincinnati, March 23. The trial of
the Emerson launch that was built
for Commador'Edwards, of the Royal
Yacht club in Canada, was a failure
here yesterday, owing to breaking of
one of the propellers In the harbor.
It was decided then to take the launcn
to Detroit for a test to make a mile
a minute at some future date.
"To cross the ocean in two days"
Is a result the inventor. exPccts,to
ENDS HIS LIFE
British Army Officer in
cides. CHARGES TO FACE
For Which He Was Soon
To Have Been Tried
By Court Martial.
London. March 25. The Evening
News announces that Maj. (Jen. Sir
Hector MacDoiiald. commanding the
I'ritish forces in Ceylon, against
whom charges based on immoral acts
were filed sometime ago, committed
suicide today by shooting in a hotel
London, March 23. A dispatch from
Colombo, Ceylon, says: "Charges of the
most serious nature have been brought
against Major General Sir Hector Mac
Donald, commanding the British forces
in Ceylon, in consequence, of vrhicU
the governor of that island. Sir Joseph
West Kidgeway, has been authorized,
GEN. SIR HECTOR MACDOXALl)
to convene a cxnu-t martial to try ( en
era 1 MacDona'd. The latter, when the
charges were filed some time ago. went
to England to confer with his friends
and superior, officers, and now it is
understood he will return and faeo
the charges, which, it is alleged, are
based-on immoral acts."
VFlll Be a Great Sensation.
This announcement that Major Gen
eral MacDonald is to be tried by -ourt
martial on most serious charges of im
moral conduct will undoubtedly prove
to be the greatest sensation Iu Prit
ish military circles siinee the case of
Colonel Valentine Raker, who was
sentenced Aug. 2, 1S73, to pay a fine
of $2,300 and to undergo twelve
months' imprisonment for indecently
assaulting a woman iu a railroad car
riage. Kegarded as Great Soldier.
General MacDonald was regarded as
one of Britain's great soldiers. He
rose from the ranks in the Gordon
Highlanders to his present position,
and the service list shows no more
honorable war record than that of
MacDonald, while few officers pos
sesses more hard-won decorations. He
was extremely popular in the army
and in civil life. While the army
officials and r:any of his brother offi
cers were aware that charges were
pending against General MacDonald
no intimation of their nature leaked
out until the dinner of the officers of
a Highland regiment, March 21. at
which MacDonald was not present.
BlacDonald's Name Not Mentioned.
Iiord Itoberts. the commander-in-chief,
paid tribute in a speech on that
occasion to the Highland officers who
had served with distinction, but he
did not mention MacDonald. This at
tracted considerable notice, and the
sensation was increase when another
speaker, who was not aware of the
facts In the case, amded MacDonald
as a typical Highland soldier and
found that his remarks were received
in cold silence by the majority of the
0PESA HOUSE AT TORONTO
IS DESTROYED BY FIRE
Toronto, March 423. The Toronto
opera house was burned today. The
loss is $130,000.
IN 48 HOURS
achieve with the new method of pro
pulsion. The launch, which is thirty
feet long, is built much along the lines
of all launches of Its size of today,
but possesses a newly developed motor
that has thirty-horse propelling power
'and weights less than 000 pounds. A
new arrangement of valve action la
supplied, enabling the engine to mako
2,000 revolutions a minute turning the
screw 1,000 revolutions a minute.
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