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VOli. liIJI.' NO. 37.
HOCK ISLAND, ILL.., TUESDAY, DJKCEMBEII a, 1903.
PBICJS TWO CENTS.
Witness Calls in Ques
tion Word of Gen.
IN SENATE HEARING
Gen. Brooks Charges
Him With Insub
ordination. Washington, Dec. 1. Fpon the re
numption by the senate committee on
military affairs of its hearing in the
Wood case the first witness was II. S.
Rubens, of New York, formerly a
member of the Cuban junta. Prob
ably the most important thing he said
to the committee was when at the
conclusion of his testimony a member
of the committee asked him his opin-
j MAJOR ESTES O. BATnBO.VE.
ion of General Wood's vrracity. lie
asked that the qutstion be made more
explicit, and was then asked if he
would be willing to accept the word of
General Wood in any matter in which
the general had a personal interest.
Kubens answertd that he was sorry
to say he could not accept General
Wood's statement under such circum
stances. That Article by Major Runc-ie.
His testimony generally tended to
corroborate the statements by Major
J. K. Kuncie in reference to the knowl
edge General Wood is said to have
had of the lluncie magazine article
criticising the administration of Major
General Hrooke. He said that Gener
al Wood visited him after the publica
tion of the Kuncie article and admit
ted that he had told Kuncie that the
article put him (Wood) in an awkward
position. The witness said that when
Kuncie wrote to General Wood begging
him to set Kuncie right before the
country Kuncie showed him the letter.
He recited the contents to the com
mittee, and it supplied the missing link
in the correspondence tiled with the
Wood and the Newspaper Men.
He was asked concerning General
Wood's intimacy with Captain liellairs
and other newspaper men, and also if
it was true that General Wood had
made a show of jealousy of his su
perior officers. The witness detailed
the relationship between General Wood
and the- newspaper men, saying it was
understood that he attempted to us
the; newspaper men to exploit his own
TESTIMONY OF GEN. VKOOKK
Says Wood Was litHuHordinate and Acted
Over Hill Superior's Ilead.
Major General John II. Krooke, re
tired, ex-govtmor general of Cuba, was
the next witness, and his testimony
charged insubordination against Wood.
The witness offered in support of his
statement's many documents taken
from records at the war department,
end several papers from his personal
collection. As evidence of Insubordina
tion General ltrooke called attention to
the building of barracks at Santiago,
near the Morro, without Wood first
having given notice to the department
at Havana. General Brooke said also
that General Wood continually sent
cornmunb? ations to the war department
over the head of his commanding offi
cer. General Erooke called to the atten
tion of the committee, In support of
an allegation that General Wood had
neglected to work, in haimony with
the military government, the matter
of General Wood's attitude toward the
newspapers at Santiago, which repeat
edly made attacks on General Brooke's
administration. General Brooke read
a number of these attacks, and also
his remiiiyndatioft to.tlie war depart-
CLEVELAND GIVES REASON
FOR RECENT DECLARATION
Frinceton, N. J., Dec. 1. Former
President Grover Cleveland says his
decision not to accept a fourth nom
ination for the presidency was made
in order that those who have commit
ted themselves to hira might be re
lieved of what might be considered
pledges of support. Mr. Cleveland
dictated the following statement:
"I don't care just now to go into
details of the various reasons, which
prompted my letter to the Brooklyn
Eagle. All 1 care to say is that I had
delayed voicing what was in my mind
until now, for I thought the demo
cratic sentiment on the subject would
assume such a complexion as would
Life of Marquis Ito, of
Jaffon, is in Dan
ger. STUDENT IS ARRESTED
Incited to the Deed
Yokolinma. Dec. 1. A .Japanese
medical student was arrested today
on suspicion f an attempt to assas
sinate Marquis Ito. lie carried a dag
ger concealed under his kimona when
arrested at the marquis' villa at Miso.
Desire Warlike Policy.
It is believed the attempt on the
statesman's life was the outcome of
recent suggestions in sensational
newspapers of Japan that a minister-
al assassination would be a patri
otic- action, tending to produce a more
wriffffce' poliey'on the part of t
LAW OF EXEMPTION
MAY BE REPEALED
Michigan Wins in Important Suit
for Taxation of Rail
roads. Detroit, Die. 1. A dispatch from
New York says: "In the supreme
court of the United States an opinion
has been delivered by Justice Holmes in
the case of the Wisconsin and Michi
gan liailroadcompany vs. Auditor Gen
era! Fowers. of the state of Michigan.
The case involved the laws of Michi
gan relative to the right of that state
to tax railroads lying north of the
-44th degree of north latitude.
"These roads were exempt prior to
1S9T. when the state passed a law re
pealing the statute of exemption. The
railroad company contended that the
passage of this act was a breach of
contract, but the court held that such
was not the case and allirmed the opin
ion of the court below."
DIES GOING HOME
MaJ. Charles E. Kilbourne Passes
Away on C. M. & St. P.
Chicago, Dec- 1. Maj. Charles K.
Kilbourne, U. S. A.; paymaster of the
department of Dakota, died today on
a Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
train as it neared Chicago. He had
been very ill and was on the way to
his home in Columbus. Ohio, accom
panied by his wife and son, Capt. L.
K. Kilbourne, of the 2fth infantry.
mcnt' that ' the papers be suppressed
unless they desisted.
Wood was asked by the adjutant
general to explain and replied over the
head of his superior officer, saying that
freedom of speech, untrammeled criti
cism of the military government, and
absolute independence in all matters
was a necessary part of the education
of the Cubans to tit them to conduct
a liberal government.
General Brooke told the committee
that on Jan. 4. 1800, General Wood
without consulting his superior officer
obtained permission to visit Washing
ton, even though he left in abeyance
matters needing attention. Correspond
ence relating to the trip was laid be
fore the committee.
Major Kathbone was before the com
mittee for half an hour. The commit
tee asked him if he desired to have
additional witnesses summoned and as
a result of the conference a number of
subpoenas were issued., . .,
make it unnecessary for me to ex
press my opinion.'
"It seems to me, however, that so
many friends of mine were commit
ting themselves on the subject and
the approaching nominations made it
a matter of such serious considera
tion that I could with propriety de
clare the condition of my mind on the
"I can not think it necessary to give
in detail at this time the reasons
which had brought my mind to the
conclusion that this public statement
should be made. It must be that
those reasons will ocur to every one
who will give the matter sober and
MARX ADMITS PART
Three Accomplices in
Crimes Will Make a
MAY USE PLEA OF INSANITY
Confessor Expects Clemency
Having Turned State's
Chicago, Dec. 1. (iustave Marx, be
trayer of his accomplices, Peter Nie
dernieier, Harvey Van Dine and Emil
Koeski, entered a plea of guilty when
the four prisoners were arraigned be
fore Judge Kersten late yestevday nf
ternoon. Niedermeier. Van Dine, and
Koeski pleaded not guilty.
Marx's plea continued the belief
that he will endeavor to save his own
neck by assisting the state in proving
the charges against his comrades.
Chicago, Dec. 1 One of the four
thugs now in prison here. Iustave
Marx, awaiting trial for numerous
crimes, has told the police of an at
tempt which he said the other three
members of 'the robber band had
made to take his life. He declared
that the three shot at him when they
were 'planning one of the abortive at
tacks on the money wagon of the
Anwriaan Express company. The pris
oners' are full of talk and tell their
experiences with a nonchalance that is
suggestive of their natures. They are
all infidels, and scoff at the idea of a
Van DHn to Plead Insanity.
Van Dein, it is said, will plead in
sanity. This plea may also le entered
by the other bandits. Van Dein is said
to have a near relative who is in an
asylum. A great-grandfather is said
to have murdered his wife and daugh
ter in Maine, and to have been ad
judged insane and sent to an asylum,
in which he died. Van Dein. while not
denying this rciort, would not confirm
it. Koeski said that he heard of it
from Van Dein in the Indiana dugout.
Here Is the Irony of Kate.
Tan Pern's mother has been work
ing with charitable organizations for
several years, devoting much time to
organizing boys' clubs, the purpose of
which was to keep boys from saloons,
smoking and reading lurid literature.
She told Police Inspector Lavin that
she never suspected her son of any
wrong-doing. And while she was busy
trying to save other boys her own boy
was "going to the dogs," it would
Detective Drlncoll Dies.
Chicago, Dec. 1. Detective Joseph
Driscoli, who was shot by Peter Nei
dermeier in the fig-ht in Indiana with
the three car bandits, died today.
Continues to Have Trances.
Kalamazoo. Mich.. Dee. 1. Mary
Kidder, the 14-year-old who claims to
have visited heaven in a trance and
has astonished total strangers by giv
ing them messages from 'dead rela
tives, continues to have several trances
or cataleptic tits daily. Her life is only
a matter of a few days.
Aiti-Imperialists Find Muck
Relations With Philippines
Host on." Dec. 1. Many perrons of
prominence assembled at the Twen
tieth Century club for the annual
meeting of the New England Anti-Imperialist
league. After dinner the
election of officers was held, resulting
in the re-election of ex-Governor !io.
S. Koutwell. of Massachusetts, as presi
dent. Erving Winslow was chosen sec
retary. David rrein llaskius, Jr.,
treasurer, and the following. were elect
ed to the executive committee: A. S.
Persons, Rabbi Charles Fleischer. John
Ritchie. Julian Cosman. Archibald M.
Lowe, c'harlts Warren and Fiske War
In his report. Secretary Winslow
said: "Xo matter what is talked of
as a .possibility of the remote future
in the United States, no matter what
the corrupting iufluewes of the Jom
inating race may have teen in the
Philippines, our demand must be
made, and made more vigorously than
ever, for au iruinedjale. definite. om
Last Testament of Gen.
Drake to be Dis
regarded. HEIRS HOLD IT INVALID
Say it Was Drawn to
Conform to Masonic
Centerville, Iowa, Dec. 1. Dr. J. L.
Sawyers, appointed by the heirs" of
the Drake estate to wind up its af
fairs, will disregard the will found in
the Des Moines consistory at Des
Moines Sunday and has publicly noti
fied the creditors to present their
claims to him. The heirs believe the
circumstances under which the will
was drawn render it invalid.
Drawn as Fonualltr.
It is claimed the will was drawn
merely as a formality, conforming to
a requirement of the consistory, and
was not "intended to represent, (ion.
Drake's permanent wishes. The heirs
will attempt to keep it from probate.
lladical View of Question Taken by
a Terre Haute Di
vine. Terre Haute. Iud., Dec. 1. Kev. C.
W. Tinsley. at the Centenary Meth
odist Episcopal church, while discuss
ing divorce, took the ground that the
polygamy of Utah was less criminal,
saying in part: "A community without
a home, is almost of necessity a bad
place. The' inimoiahfy of lumber and
miningcamps is easily explained. There
is no real home life. It is almost a sin
against society when a family takes to
boarding, for it makes one home less
and destroys the unity.
"Marriage is not to much a matter
of personal convenience as a social
duty. Divorce is a direct thrust at
the home and social unity. We make
much of the polygamy of Utah, and
demand that Keed Smoot leave our
United States stnate, but polygamy is
the very whitest bird in the whole
nest; and this polygamy of Utah i
not so great as the evil of the pro
gressive polygamy practiced all over
this universe by means of divorce."
Special Session to Pass Laws In
creasing Supreme Court's
Helena. Mont., Dei-. 1. The legisla
tive assembly met in special session
today to considerate bill which will
give the supreme court authority to
review the facts in; cases of equity
and change of judgship. This bill is
the outcome of the recent copper
troubles in Montana which resulted
in closing all the Amalgamated Cop
per company's mines and which re
sumed only on the promise that the
governor would call a special session
of the legislature to pass the law
known as the "fair trial bill."
tiai promise or the entire independence
for the Filipinos.
"The disastrous efforts of imperial
ism uiMin- our foreign and domestic
policy are too obvious for enlargement.
The republic should be a bulwark
against the Imperializing tendencies
which are threatening the progress of
the Anglo-Saxon race, whereas in the
recent exploit of Panama we have
shown ourselves past masters In the
art of territorial bucaneerlng. Per
haps insignificant as it may seem this
event, in ita high-handed presumption
and its inevitable consequences, may
be the means of awakening the Amer
ican people from the intoxication
which so Iong possessed it and of the
leading it back to the ways of sanity;
peace and humanity."
Professor William James, of Har
vard. university, lielieved anti-imperialists
should look -to the future rather
than lemoan the past "One by one,'
he said, "we have seen the anti-im
TRIED GUNS ON WHITE MAN:
THREE HUNG ON ONE LIMB
Shreveport, La., Dee. 1. In the
presence of a crowd of about 1,200
persons, composed of whites and ne
groes, rhil Davis, Walter Carter and
Clint Thomas, all negroes, were lynch
ed yesterday afternoon about 1
o'clock within a short distance of
Belcher, which is 20 nfiles from
Shreveport. The men were executed
for participating in the fatal shoot
ing of Robert Adger, one of the most
popular business men in northern
Louisiana. The negroes confessed
PAID THE BONDS
Farmers of Country Have
Balance of Trade in
SO SAYS SECRETARY WILSON
Annual Report Shows Marvelous
Growth In Value of
Washington, I). C, Dec. 1 The
seventh annual report of the
present secretary of agriculture has
heen submitted to the president. It
opens with a discussion of the educa
tional requirements of the research
work of the department. Although
the department has availed itself to
the fullest extent of graduates of the
agricultural colleges, it lias been nec
essary, in view of the rapid develop
ment of the work, to secure compe
tent men wherever they could be
found. In the training of specialists
for its various lines of work, the de
partment has become practically a
post-graduate institution. Mr. Wil
son, in illustration of this fact, re
ports the admission to the depart
ment since 1S07 of 40 students; 249
of these are still in the department,
not less than 132 having passed into
the classified service.
Secretary Yils n reviews at length
the production and exports of Amer
ican agricultural" products. The in
crease in the exports of farm prod
ucts for the half century ended 1001
was from $147,000,000 to $952.000,000
")"0 per cent. The exports of farm
products for the closing decade of
the last century was over $700,000,000.
and for 100: 'over $s7S,O00.00O. an
amount, second only to that of 1001.
The Farmer' Italance of Trade.
Discussing the balance of trade, the
secretary shows that the favorable
balance to the credit of this country
is due entirely to the farmers. The
balance of trade in favor of farm
products during the last 14 years, no
year excepted, aggregated $4.S(M,000,
000. In products, other than those of
the farm, during the same period, 1 he
balance of trade was adverse to this
country to the extent of $S(i5,000,000.
Our farmers not only canceled this
immense obligation, but, placed $3,-
iMO.OOOjOiHl to the credit of the nation
w lien the books of international ex
change were balanced, lie concludes
that, "It is the farmers who have
paid, the foreign bondholders."
Reviewing the magnitude of agri
cultural production, after giving the
figures of the most important crops,
Mr. Wilson states that the value of
all farm products, not fed to live
stock, for 100.'?, considerably exceed
ed their value in the census year,
when it was given as $.1.742,000,000.,
According to the department's in
ventory of farm animals for Jan. 1,
1003. the value of horses was over
$1,000,000,000, and of mules nearly
$200,000,000. The value of cattle of all
kinds considerably exceeded $1,300.
000.00(1, of sheep $lfiS.0OO,O00, and of
Losses from contagions diseases
among hogs have been enormous.
reaching as high as $75,000,000 and
seldom less than $30,000,000. Some
new and important discoveries by the
to Condemn in
perialists propnectes tuimiotl the
material ruin of the Islands; the trans
formation of native friendliness to ex
ecration; the demoralization of our
army, from the war otfice down; forgery
tlecorated. torture whitewashed, mas
sacre condoned; the creation of chronic
anarchy on the islands, with ladron
isni still smoldering and the lives of
American travelers and American sym
pathizers unsafe anywhere out of sight
of army posts; the deliberate reinflam
ing on our part of ancient tribal ani
mosities, the Inoculation of Manila
with a floating Yankee scum these
things, I say. or things like them, w ere
things which every one with any
breadth of understanding clearly fore
told. . "It is only fair to President McKin
ley anel his coadjutors and successor
to say that their better angels also
have a finger in the pie, and that the
Institution of our civil commission has
gone far towards redeeming our nation
al reputation for good sense" .
their crime. They stated that they
were trying new guns, and when Ad
ger appeared on the street thought
it quite natural to turn the guns on
No shots were fired at the lynch
ing, the negroes all being hanged to
a single limb of a tree. Two of the
negroes under arrest, Sam Lee and
Peter Thomas, were released. Lee
proved tat he had attempted to pre
ent the negroes from shooting Ad
ger, and Thomas established the fact
that he was too frightened to shoot.
Takes Up the Postoffice
RESOLUTION TAKEN UP
Giving Full Power to
Committee 'on Post
offices. Washington, Dec. 1. Senator Pen
rose, chairman of the committee o,u
postotfices and post roads, today in
troduced a resolution authorizing
that committee to request the post
master general to send to the com
mittee all papers connected with the
recent investigation of. the postoffiee
department, and if necessary for the
committee to make further investiga
tion and to report to the senate. The
resolution was referred to the con
tingent expenses senate committee.
After receiving a number of bills,
resolutions and petitions the senate
adjourned until Friday.
Adjourns Till Friday.
At 1:10 the house adjourned until
bureau of animal industry are report
ed in the case of hog cholera.
Secretary Wilson rejoris a satis
factory development of the beet sug
ar industry. In 1S00, 20.220 tons of
sugar were made, and a year ago
220.00(1 tons. Careful estimates put
the present crop at about 2G0.00O
Ions. The growing of seed in the
Cuited States of a superior quality is
assured. He concludes that the in
dustry is now well established.
Looking to the enforcement of the
pure food law enacted March 3, 1003,
and going into effect July 1 last, pre
liminary arrangements were made
with the secretary. of the treasury
and with the secretarv of state, and
their active cooperation secured
United States consuls were instructed
to prepare and forward to the sec
retary of agriculture special declar
ations concerning imported foods
and through the treasury department,
collectors of customs at the leading
ports were instructed as to the steps
necessary to be taken in sampling
such cargoes as might be detained
for examination, and the rcshipping
or destruction of shipments which
might, upon analysis, be excluded
from the country.
Road-Material I nvestlratlons-
The work of the chemist in charge
of the road material laboratory has
included investigation of the cement
ing power of rock dust, gravels, and
clays; also experiments on the bind
ing and clinkering of clays vith a
view to their use as road material.
There are. vast areas throughout our
country w here, this is the only road
material available, and the determina
tion of the quality of clay adapted to
Ihis purpose will solve an important
problem.. He has also studied the ef
fect of mixtures of crude petroleum
ami asphaltum. New tests for deter
mining the hardness and toughness
of rock have been made possible by
the adoption of machines designed
and now in operation in the labora
tory. Important work is reported from
the office of public road inquiries, es
pecially in its cooperative work, most
of which has been undertaken with
local or state authorities, agricul
tural experiment stations, and some
of the good roads associations. In
this cooperation the department fur
nishes only the services of its road
exjerts, materials being supplied and
other expenses paid by the other fac
tors in the work. The secretary
points out the intimate relation
which exists between good country
roads and the rural free delivery, and
argues that communities which would
enjoy the latter must make and main
tain the former.
Schoenburg - Val
CHARGES ARE MADE
Husband Started Re
ports Because Bills
Were Not Paid.
llerlin, Dec. 1. Divorce proceedings"
for Princess Alice of Schoenburg
Waldenburg against her husband.
Prince Frederick, were begun at
Dresden today. Tl t princess openly
declared the prince responsible for
the shameful charges made against;
Revence Ills Motive.
u . 1. 1... . 1 1." ....
.-ne sum iier liu.-oaim a.- seeiviiijj
revenge because she refused to con
tinue paying his debts.
Chicago Students Warned to be
Careful and Avoid
Chicago. Dec 1. President Harper,
oi' the University of Chicago, has
warned the studmts against a typhoid,
fever epidemic at the university. Sever
al cases of fever have developed iu
the List ftw days, and the authorities,
fearing a serious s-iege. have begun
the most rigid efforts to stamp out
the disease before it gets a rirtner
hold among the students.
Hi fore a special meeting of all llm
students Dr. Harper personally asked
university men and vomen to do all inj
their power to help the authorities iu
their efforts to rid the university of tho
disease and prevent the classes hav
ing to be broken up and the students
sent to their homes.
FAILURE TO PROTECT
Oflicrrs Wbo Allowed Demented
Man to I&each President
New York. Dec. 1. Capt. John W.
Cottrell. three detective sergeants and
two patrolmen were placed on trial
today charged with failure of duty in
not preventing Arthur 15. Deining, be
lieved to be demented, from obtain
ing access to President lloosevelt.
when the latter was here la.-t week
to attend the Cracie funeral.
ACCUSED OF HERESY
Member of Boston University Fac
ulty to Have Church
Huston. Dec. 1. Papers have been
served up n Prof, l'.on'en 1). How ne,
of Host on university, calling him ti
trial before the ecclesiastical court
of the Methodist Kpiscopal church to
answer to the general charge of her
BREAK ALL PAST RECORDS
Peoria. 111., Dec. 1. The internal
revenue collections on spirits at the.
Peoria office for November amounted
to $.1,753,921. This is the large-t
month's collections of any revenue of
fice bv if.il 9,OOU.
MURDERER OF MASON COUNTY
GIRL CAUGHT AT MACON, M0.
Peoria, Dec. 1. Sheriff Ilrooker. of
Havana, has just been notified of thj
ejfpture of Frederick Strube. thet
much-hunted murderer, at Macon,
V rnrzuela Still ive Troelle.
Port of Spain. Trinidad, Dec. 1. TbcJ
British West Indian squadron will
leave here Thursday for Ia Cuaira,
Venezuela. The government officials
at Caracas assert that the squadron's
visit to La CJuaira is in connection with'
the closing of the Iliver Orinoco by
President Castro to foreign trade,
which has specially affected the inter
ests of Trinidad. Bax-Ironside, thej
minister at Caracas, has twice protest
ed against the measure without obtain
Ins a favorable ,or even PoUte answer