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VOL. MI. NO. 183.
BOCK ISLAND, ILL., FItlDAY, MAY 22, 1903.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Plays Havoc in Kansas
On Third Visit in
TWO LIVES ARE LOST
Lightning Damage in In
Salina, Ran., May 22. The third
cyclone iu Salina county within twenty-four
hours struck Assaria. Two
persons were killed and a dozen or
more injured. The dead are: William
A. Olson, 13 years old, and Peter Ol
son. Of the injured none is fatally
hurt. The house in which the Olsons
lived was demolished completely, and
the body of the boy was found thirty
rods from where the house had stood.
The wind carried the farm house oc
cupied by Nels Olsonburg, a distance
of five rods. Miss Christine Olsonburg
saw the storm coming: and escaped
from the house a half minute before it
was carried away. A terrific rain fol
lowed the cyclone. At Bridgeport, in
this county, hail fell continuously for
twenty minutes, doing great damage to
Stormy Weather In Indiana.
Indianapolis. May 22. A heavy
storm swept ever Indiana. Wire serv
ice has been almost paralyzed, and
damage to buildings and crops will
reach many thousands. Building were
struck by lightning and burned, and
there were some narrow escapes by
fleeing occupants. At Lebanon. Ind..
trees wore Mown down, outbuildings
destroyed, the wire service paralyzed
and no communication ran lo obtained
with the surrounding country to as
certain the extent o ft he damage. The
roof of the Perkins' hotel was torn
oft and there were several narrow es
capes from death. The new street ear
barns were blown down and windows
wee broken In all parts of the town.
Much Damage by Lightning.
At El wood. Ind.. the storm did dam
age to the amount of $20.(hh Three
barns were "struck by lightning and
burned. The new car barns being
built by the Union Traction company
were destroyed by fire caused by
lightning, and the large barns of Geo.
Ablott were burned. Two miles south
of the city the bam of Anthony
Charaness. with all its valuable con
tents, was destroyed by fire after be
ing hit by a lightning bolt. Four men
and a lxy who were in the barn when
it was struck were stunned and car
ried out before the barn roof fell in.
The machinery and grain stored in Xhj
barn were burned.
No lives ha v e been reported lost any
where. COUNTRY HAS BEEN LAII WASTE
Miraculous Part I. That No Lives Have
Been Reported I oat.
Athland, Kan., May 22. This place
and a large poition of the country have
lcn laid waste by a cyclone. The dam
age will be great, and it is considered
miraculous that no lives were lost. So
far aa is known nobody was killed,
and none in Ashland injured severe
ly. It is reported from the country
districts that some were fatally In
jured. The indications are that tb?
storm was worse in the country than
The business section of Ashland was
not damaged to any greait extent. The
residence tuition suffered most. The
homes of J. P. Campbell. M. (J. Stev
enson, C. B. Nunemacher, J. A. Van
Orsdell, W. 1,. Ainsworth and E. It.
Kerns were completely wrecked. As
many as fifty houses are partly demol
ished. Campbell, Stevenson and Ains
worth were injured when their houses
The line fruit farm of F. It. Kerns
was swept clem of trees and building".
The Theis ranch house was destroyed,
and trees and wind mills are down in
all directions. A large number of cat
tle are killed.
TORRENTIAL RAIN FALIA
Flood. Everything In I'applo Valley In Ne
braska Heavy Crop Iamaeea
Omaha,' Neb., May 22. A torrential
rain in the valley of the Pappio river,
twenty miles west of this city, in a
few minutes made the little stream a
raging torrent, from half to three
quarters of a mile wide. Great dam
age was done to the growing crops,
hundreds of acres of corn, wheat and
oats being washed out of the ground.
The damage to the crop in the valley
is estimated at $100,000.
At Portal, fifteen miles west of this
city, the Union Pacific, Burlington
and Missouri . Pacific tracks run close
NEARLY A MILLION
Chicago Commission Firm of Porter
Bros. Cramped With Plen
ty of Assets.
Chicago, May 22. According to a
statement made by Attorney Defrees,
of Defines. Brace & Hitter, counsel
for the receivers of Porter Bros., the
magnitude of the concern's embarrass
ment has !eu overestimated in the
printed reports of the failure.'"! know
already that the liabilities are in ex
cess of JfXOO.OOO," said Defrees, "and I
don't know how much higher they will
mount, if any, when we are fully in
formed. It is ridiculous to stato how
ever, that the liabilities will reach
$3,000,000." The creditors are mainly
banking institutions and warehouse
At the ltiver street offices of the fail
ed firm an employe said a few words
iu the absence of Treasurer Adams.
"The thing is a surprise to us all," he
said. "No one but Mr. Watson knows
the orijsn of rue trouble. From what
I know of the firm, however, after an
employment here extending through
many years. I should say that the com
pany's assets are five times greater
than its liabilities."
San Francis o. May 22. The San
Francisco managers of Porter Bros,
are confident that the firm's embarrass
ment is only temporary.
WIRES ARE DOWN
Pennsylvania lload Completes Au
thorized AVork of De
struction. Philadelphia. Mav 22. The Western
Union Telegraph company today has
not a wire working on the lines of the
Pennsylvania railroad ii this state.
Officials of the Western Union sav the
company is keeping up with its busi
ness by using the wires along the Bal
timore N: Ohio and New York Central
railroads. The work of removing the
Western Union poles and wires front
the lines of the railroad continues to-
Get a Little More Than They Fig
ured On in a
Uncoil). Neb., May 22. The annual
parade and "ghost dame" of students
of the University of Nebraska ended
in a small riot on the grounds where
tho Order of Eagles is holding a street
carnival. There was a brief but bloody
fight N'tween the student body and
thirty or forty special officers and car
nival showmen. The students finally
withdrew, taking with them a dozen
or more of their number with bloody
noses and broken heads.
One student, it was reirted. had his
ear badly torn and another a deep and
ugly gash on the forehead. The special
officers were more fortunate, but did
not escaie unscathed. The collision
was caused, it is alleged, by the stu
dents attempting to force their way
into the show tents without paying ad
mission. together. All three of the roads have
low bridges over the Pappio. When
the flood struck these bridges the ap
proach held back the flood and in a
few minutes the water had backed up
and raised under until it was running
over the bridges, and In a short time
the Missouri and Union Pacific roads
had 200 feet of abutment washed out
Kaln Doe Damage in Iowa.
Hastings, la.. May 22. A torrent Of
rain struck this region, washing away
one mile of the track of the Sidney
branch of the Burlington road near
White Cioud. Five inches of rain fell
Inside of an hour, flooding the entire
country and washing thousands of
acres of corn out of the ground.
HELD RESPONSIBLE FOE
LOSSES THROUGH THEFT
, Bowling Green, Ky., May 22.' Judge
Evans, of the United States court
here, has ruled that the men in
charge of the post offices must pay to
tho government any amount burglars
may steal from the offices.
Mississippi Stops the Mill.
LaCrosse, W.'s., May 22. The Missis
sippi has risen another inch at this
point. Mills have been forced to shut
down on account of high water. Farm
ers on French island, three miles north
of here, have, had to move their live
stock to the mainland to save it from
Smallpox Case at Waukegan.
Waukegan, Ills., May 22. Clarence
Breed. 217 Juniper street, has u case
of smallpox, and his. homeland that
of Ids mother, on another street, have
been exposed, Feven leing In quaran
tine. Other lAjembers of the family
are thought to be already 111 with the
disease. . .
TO ASK CONGRESS
To Make Up the Deficiency in
the Postoffice De
partment WHICH PAYNE FINALLY ADMITS
Also Kefcrs to Macheu's Conduct
ble." Washington. May 22. 'Congress will
be asked at the opening of its next
session to make an appropriation to
cover deficiencies in both the regular
free delivery service aid the rural
free delivery service of the postof
ffice department. Postmaster General
Payne announced that this deficiency
now nggregab s .227.4'7. Of which
$10.".(HH is in the free delivery branch
and $.121. ': in the rural free delivery
AUGUSTUS W. HACHEU-
SCrviee. '1 We poMluasit i lieral said
ho very much regretted the existence
of the deficit, and for the first, time
publicly criticised the administration
of A. W. M.ichen. the general superin
tendent of the free delivery system,
who is out on indefinite leave of ab
sence. Thought It AVaa Only iO.OOO,
Continuinir. the iostmatcr general
said that part of the deficiency was
discovered before Machen was given
his leave of absence. 'He reported a
part of it himself," Payne added.
"First Assistant Postmaster General
Wynne recently reported to me that
$2(.0(O deficiency existed in the rural
service, and Mr. Wynne and I agreed
that by economical measures the de
partment might eliminate that. I su'v
pose that was the amount reported to
Mr. Wynne."' lion learning, however,
that the deficiency would amount to
$227,407, Payne said that it was not
feasible to suspend any of the serv
ice now maintained.
Keprehennlltle of Machen.
Postmaster General Payne, in dis
cussing the deficiency later, said: "It
Is very reprehensible for a bureau of
ficer to have a deficit of ,2i0.HMi rolled
up on the 1st of May. It was bad. very
bad administration. A bureau officer
should not incur a deficit without con
sulting his suiKTior otfu-er, the post
master ' general. I cannot, stand for
that kind of administration and I do
not approve of It. An official must be
held to a more strict accounting. I do
not say that there was anything crim
inal or anything wrong In Mr.Machen's
action, but it was certainly loose ad
ministration and he should have had
his business more in hand. I believe,
however, that congress will , quickly
vote the money to cover the deficien
cy." Kenponaihle Man To He Heard.
Payne said that A. W. Machen. the
general superintendent, would be given
an opportunity to be beard on the sul
ject. Postmaster General Payne was
asked a number of questions as to the
effect of the discovery of the deficiency
on the status of Machen. but parried
all the' questions. He said that the
matter would be looked into and a
communication might be sent later to
Machen asking for an explanation of
the condition of affairs. The entire
map work of the rural free delivery
service has been suspended and no
more maps will be made before the be
ginning of the next fiscal year. The
funds for this purpose have been ex
hausted. MR. KBHPSTEK IS MISTAKEN
Thoae Reports Are All Accounted for
' Without the Ruatlan.
Washington, May 22. Tho state
ment of Ir. Walter Kempster tele
graphed from Milwaukee that the en
tire government edition of 10.000 copies
of a report made by him on the condi
tion of the Jews in Itussia In 180 1 had
disappeared, and intimating that It was
suppressed or destroyed through ltus
thin agencies, is not substantiated by
the records of the government printing
8ix thousand copies were printed and
placed to the credit of individual sena
tors a-nd representatives. jn the ..usual
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Stories in Aus
Tell of Execution
Vienna, Mav Two Slav news-
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papers at I rieste today published a
sensational report to the effect that
is persons had been hanged under
martial law and 40 killed in other
wins at A gram Wednelav.
Kepurt OflitlaUr peuitxt
When questioned regarding the
matter in parliament tfxiav. Premier
Koerber declared there was no truth
in the report.
SOLDIER HAS LEPROSY
IN ISOLATION CAMP
Is Held in Georgia Where He Can
not Sign His Own
Washington, May 22. The identity
of the soldier who is suffering from
leprosy at an isolationcamp in Georgia,
but whose name thus far had not
been made public, has Just been dis
closed t.y the action of the comptroller
of the treasury in passing upon a ques
tion connected with the drawing of
the soldier's pay without signing
vouchers for the same.
The soldier's name is Gharles C. Mix.
first sergeant in the Fifth company of
th" coast artillery corps. In view of
th fact that it would not be safe for
Mix to sign pay vouchers the comp
troller has held that the secretary of
Avar was authorized to make a regula
tion which, would meet the case.
NEW COURT HOUSE
FOR McLEAN COUNTY
Hoped to Have It Heady for Inspec
tion by the Presi
dent. Pdoomlngton, III., May 22. With
the completion of McLean county's
new court house the last trace of the
great lire of jIHio which in a nUht
wiped out the old court house and .2.
nmi.0o worth of property in the busi
ness district of lllooiuington will have
disappeared. The business houses and
hotels have loig sincoi been rebuilt.
The court house is nov Hearing com
pletion. It is hoped ot lave the build
liur entirely occupied ind the yard
cleaned of debris bcfor the'arrlval of
Roosevelt June i!.
The new court house cost $000,000
and is one of the handsomest struc
tures of the kind in the west The
style of architecture is Gothic. Bed
ford stone was used in the onstruc
tion. The torridorsre lined with
Venetian marble. Th4 frescoing cost
.$2.,no0. The d-dieator- exercises will
be held In June.
IN WRESTLING BOUT
Pieneng Fails to Throw Pugilist in
15 Mln.ui.-m as
Nw York, May Tom Sharkey
last night defeated John Pieneng,
Graeeo-Aiuerican, in''t-at ch-as-catch-
can wrestling match, -J'ieneng failing
to secure a fall in ( l.V.Jninutes as pro
vided by the terms of the match.
Los Angeles, May W- Dixie Kid
was awarded the decision over Al
Xeill at the end of the 0lh rouud
here last night.
NOW ON l6wR RIVER
Cairo, 111., May 22. The' monitor
Arkansas has arrived at Cairo and is
now anchored in the harbor. No fur
ther trouble will be "encountered in
reaching the gulf. . i
way and distributed through them.
Some of the reports stjhl stand to the
cn-dit of representatives and senators,
and In one case the entire twenty
one copies placed to the credit of a
senator are still In the folding room
awaiting his order. . : '
PLOT FOR A NOVEL
Case in Which Truth Is Stranger
Than a Good Deal of
CHILD WOULD HAVE BEEN WISE
Had It Lived and been Sure as to Its
Own Mother Conflict of
rittsburg. May 22. The end of one
of the most sensational cases ever tried
in the United States circuit court
came when the jury in the case of
Beverly Robinson against Pobert S.
Stephenson and others rendered a ver
dict for the defendants. The case was
for eighteen feet of property in Wood
stn-et. worth about .?loo,ooo, and In
volved the paternity of a child. The
plaintiff claimed title through a child
whic h he alleged was born to his wife,
who was also his cousin. Miss Kather
lue Vera Robinson. They were mar
ried December, ISf0, and it is alleged
that the child was born in March, 1S;7,
in Omaha, where they had goue to
avoid publicity. Robinson and his wife
were accompanied to Omaha by Mrs.
David Gregg Metheuey, sister of Mrs.
Wa Not Mn, Ilobinaou'a Babe.
The family came east after the birth
of the child, and in the summer of
1S0S they spent several weeks at Fair
Haven, Vt. One day Mrs. Metheny
was seized with convulsions and died
very suddenly. The next morning
Mrs. Robinson and the child were dead,
both having been shot. The suicide
or murder of the woman, and the mur
der of the child, were testiiied to dur
ing the trial of the ease. The defense
was that the child was not the child
of Mrs. Robinson, but was the child
of Mrs. Metheny. Metheny is one of
the defendants, and the verdict gives
him the title through the child born
to his wife.
Remarkable Conlllct of Sworn Testimony.
Robinson gave positive testimony
that the child was born to bis wife and
that she nursed the baby naturally.
This later fact was also testified to by
other witnesses. - On the other hand
a sister of Mrs. Robinson and Mis.
Metheny were present in the room
when the child was born ami swore
that It was the child of Mrs. Metheny.
She admitted that she had introduced
Mrs. Metheny to the elector as Mrs.
Rabinson. and for that reason the doc
tor bad believed that the child was
that of Mrs. Robinson, whom he visited
IS TOURING OREGON
Portland, Ore.. May 22. President
Kooevelt and party left here at S
this morning for Paget Sound. The
president was loudly cheered by
crowds of people along the route
from the hotel to the station.
Portland, re.. May irj.-MYosidcnt
Roosevelt traveled through the fertile
Willamette valley from early yesterday
niorning until 2 p. m. when he ar
rived in this city. At Salem, the
oapitol of the state, a stop of throe
hours was made, and the president de
livered an address aft the capitol on
citizenship. The only other stop made
during the day was at Oregon City, a
manufacturing town twelve inilessouth
of this city. All along the route crowds
gathered at stations and gave the pres
ident an enthusiastic reception.
Firebug Wbo Is 1 2 Tears Old.
Chicago. -May 22. Paul Corcoran.
12 years old. started the tire which
made thirty-five families homeless and
destroyed property amounting to $UC.
000 Tuesday niuht, so that he could
see the firemen at work. This he
States in a confession signed by him
at the Sheffield avenue police sta
tion, where he is a prisoner. The boy
lives at 407 Sheffield avenue.
They Admire Mlsa Had ley.
Indlana-Kl:s. May 22. I.ulu Spence
Iladley.whoseiefusal tomake up Hook
er T. Washington's bed at the Eng
lish hotel caused her discharge and
brought her many presents from the
south, has begun to receive presents
from nearer home. One of them was
u gold watch and chain from "Citi
aejus of Indianapolis.
Scrap Iron Man Organize.
Indianapolis, May 22. The Indians.
Ierap Iron Dealers' association to in
clude dealers at Terre Haute, M uncle,
Jacksonville (Ills.), and also those of
Cincinnati and Chicago, is being
formed to oppose the. efforts of the
United States Steel and independent
Biills to reduce prices of scrap iron,
used in barn Iron.
' One Man Lost Ills Lira.
Milwaukee. May 22. The body of
Charles Scbroeder, aged 04 years, an
employe of Jacob's cooper shop, was
found In the debris of that burned
structure. This is the only fatality
resulting from the fire.
Wlra Crew Foreman Killed.
Joliet, 111., May 22. M. L.. Eustace,
of Bellaire, Kan., foreman of a wire
crew of the Western Union Telegraph
company, was killed by a live wire
while astride a cross arm at the top
I of a pole. .
DINE IN NEW HALL
Building That Cost $43,000 and
China Plates Are
Joliet, 111., May 22. Tho new dining
hall of the state penitentiary was
opened and the convicts sat at tho
tables and ate from china plates.
Twelve hundred marched in from the
shops in a body. Superintendent Mal
lory, members of the pardon board,
and several Chicago people were
among the visitors who watched the
Tor twenty two years the convicts
have eaten iu cells, and, they appeared
much pleased with the innovation.
The new dining hall cost $1..000, and
Is most compu te. The men were given
all they wir.ited to eat, waiters pass
ing constantly up and down the aisles.
The hall is capable of seating l.ooO.
The present count is l.'52r.
TRAIN IS AFFECTED
Quarantined at Xew York With
Dread Disease Had It
Stamford. Conn.. May 22. George
Francis Train is quarantined at the
home of his sister, Helen M. L. Gula-
CEOHGK FRANCIS THAIS.
der, in this city, suffering from a mild
ease of smallpox. Train -aine here
from Xew York. The physicians in at
tendance on Train here assert that he
has been ill for at least a week.
MAD DOG VICTIMS
Three Hoys and Two Women Bitten
By Brute That is Fin
Indianapolis. May 22. Three boys
and two women were bitten by a mad
dog on Liberty and Miami streets.
Intense excitement was caused and
there was a panic iu the vicinity.
Those bitten were Mrs. Retty Smith,
of ;i." Miami street, whose foot was
lacerated; Ib-nry and I'mldie KIstrod.
." and 7 years old. respectively, the
sons of Henry KIstrod. of 02(5 Miami
street, both bitten in the legs; Mrs.
John W. Pierce, of 024 Miami street,
bitten on the knee, and an unknown
youngster who was bitten in the leg.
Little blood was drawn on any of
the victims. The dog was a brown
water spaniel and belonged to E.
Morse, of 020 Miami street. It was
Drifted Helpless in the Lake.
Racine. Wis.. May 22. -For eight
hours the Chicago tug James A. Quinn,
bound for Sturgeon bay. drifted help
less in I-ako Michigan with broken
machinery. Then she was picked up
by the P.arry line steamer City of Fre
mont and towed into Racine. The ves
sel is In leaky condition and the four
men comprising her crew were glad
of assistance from the steamer.
Was a Good Place for a Fire.
Thurmond. W. Va.. May 22. Fire
broke out here In the general store
of William Kgans & Co.. and spread
ranidlv. The structure was a mam
moth frame, and it as well as ten resi
dences were destroyed lie fore the tire
was not ten under control. Dynamite
was ised to wreck a number of build
ings to prevent the further spread of
the flames. Loss, ?.iO,(KH.
Ticket Scalpers Sent to rrlaon.
New Orleans, May 22. Two of the
leading ticket scalpers here David
Pike and J. T. Smith have been sen
tenced to iniTTisonment by Judge Boor
man for violating the injunction issued
to restrain them from dealing In re
union tickets. Smith was fined $1,00
and ten days' imprisonment and Pike
$1 and ten days' imprisonment.
Aliasing Man'a Body Founn.
Milwaukee. May 22. The body of
Emil.IIafemeister, with a bullet hole
iu his breast, was found in the river
near Lincoln avenue. There was only
$1 In his pockets. The theory that he
met with foul play Is gtven some
credence. Ilafemeister had been
missing several days, lie was to have
married Miss Ella Ebert, 1008 Buffalo
street, on Saturday, last. . 4
Conveyed in Will of Capt.
Norton, of Louis
ville. $900,000 IN A LUMP
While $71,000 is Be
queathed to Per
Louisville. May 22.' The will of the
late Capt. W. F. Norton, Louisville's
eccentric capitalist and land proprie
tor, bequests $mh).00( to the Baptist
orphan's home at Louisville, and $7f,
XM) to friends.
Not a Churchman.
Norton was not a member of any
PROPOSITION IS MET:
CRIES OF "SHAME"
That in the Michigan Legislature of
Dealing Death to Fee-ble-Minded.
Lansing, Mich., May 22. In a de
bate in the. state legislature over an
appropriation of $."C::.im for the Homo
of the Feebled Minded. Representative
Rodgers made a remarkable proposi
tion that the hoielssly incurable be put
to death. Kodgers said: i am jdad
that Michigan has such an Institution,
but I do not think that parents respon
sible for such unfortunate beings as
have been descriled here should them
selves care for their offspring.
"If. as Mr. Willis says, there is a
class of children there who do not
know they are alive, the state of Mich
igan would do well to pass a law that
w i uld permit the establishment of a
system that would put them out of
their misery. It would be better for
the patients and better for the state."
"Shame! Shame:" cried Willis.
'"You may cry 'shame,'" said Ilod
gers, unabaslu-d, "but the more ad
vanced nations of Europe are taking?
steps for such a disposition of incur
able unfortunates as I pi-ojwse, as the
most merciful, most scientific and most
LONG LINE OF MARCH
FOR CONFEDERATE VETS
New Orleans. May 22. The last
feature of the confederate reunion
was the great parade held this after
noon. The line of march was five
miles in length, and as the parade
was conducted beneath a hot sun the
older veterans found the way a tritle
ST. PAUL ENGINE WORKS
DESTROYED BY FIRE
St. Paul. May 22. The Waterous
Engine works were destroyed by fire
this morning with a loss of $Tj.0O0.
Watchman W. E. Ecklin was probably
SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKER
DEAD AT PHILADELPHIA
Philadelphia. May 22. Israel P.
r.laek, widely known for his work in
the junior Sunday school department
of the Presbyterian church, died to
day of typhoid fever.
Thieve Rob a Prosecutor.
P.ay City. Mich.. May 22. Some per
son who had probably never heard of
Assistant Prosecutor Lewis P. t toll
man's ability to convict criminals
roblH'd his home In broad daylight of
$7 and some pieces of jewel: y, valu
able tieeause highly prized gifts and
Striker Give's al Prison Sentence.
New Orleans. May 22. Judge Boor
man, in the Tinted States circuit
court, sent em td to three months' im
prisonment in the parish prison hero
eleven street car men wbo were con
victed of interrupting the progess of
mail cars during the recent street car
strike in this city.
The famous equilibrist was balancing
four billiard balls oq a cue, much ta
the amazement of the vaudeville audi
ence. "Humph:'' growled a youug man witbi
Ink on his fingers, "111 bet he can't bal
ance a set of books." Exchange.
An I'DKosriled Word.
"This new meter seems rather small,"
doubtfully remarked the householder.
"Oh. it will fill the bill." was the un
guarded response of the gas company
employee. Philadelphia Kecord.