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ROCK ISLAND, LLL,., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1?, 1903.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
VOIi. IiTJI. NO. 51.
JAPAN TO MAKE LAST
ATTEMPT AT SETTLE1
CROWD AT LEEDS
FORGE OF COLOM
M THE GULF
Took Money While Treasurer of
University of Cali
fornia. Greets Chamberlain, Who Speaks
to Large Audiences on the
Russia's Terms as Presented it is Decided Can
not be Accepted.
OFFICERS OF STATE
Situation Grave- Even Most Conservative Press
Says it is Time to Act.
Tokio. Dec. 17. A conference of the
eller statesmen ami cabinet ministers
resulted, according1 to a semi-official
statement, in a determination to pre
sent a strong front to Russia in view
of the hitter's unsatisfactory reply to
One Last Appeal.
Another report says it is under
stood, although the Bussian reply was
considered highly unsatisfactory, the
conference decided to make another
and probably last attempt to arrive at
a friendly settlement.
The situation is considered grave,
and even the most sober section of
the Japanese press declare it is high
t ime for action.
OPPOSITION TO THE
CUBAN BILL STRONG
Passed Last Kvening Senators Hoar
and Foraker in a
Washington. Dec. 17. The Cuban
reciprocity bill, which gives force and
effect to the commercial treaty be
tween the I'nited States and Cuba,
was passed by the senate last evening
by a vote of "7 to 18. Nine democrats
Bacon and Clay, of (ieorgia. Coek
lcll and Stone. tA Missouri. Simmons
and Overman, of .North Carolina.
Blackburn and McCreary. of Ken
tucky, and (iorman, of Marlyand, vot
ed "aye" on the passage of the bill.
One republican Bard, of California
oted in the negative.
Washington, Hec. 17. The president
signed the Cuban reciprocity bill a
few minutes before 1 this afternoon.
Washington. Dec. 17. In the senate
today during the debate on the Hoar
resolution calling" upon the president
for such information as may be in
his possession relative to the state of
the republic of Panama and the
treaty that country negotiated, there
was a lively controversy between
Hoar and Foraker. The latter claim
ed Hoar's speech should have been
made in closed session because it crit
icised the president. Hoar said Fora
ker misrepresented him, saying the
president had not disclaimed knowl
edge of the revolution on the isthmus,
and this information was what he
In the course of Oornian's speech in
reply to the question, he said the dem
ocrats would vote against the canal
treaty if it is necessary to save the
honor of the country.
JUDGE HUTCHINSON DEAD:
DEMISE OF MRS. ANGELL
Chicago. Dec. 17. Judge Jonas
Hutchinson, of the superior court,
died here today of heart failure.
Ann Arbor. Mich.. Dec. 17. Mrs.
James I?. Angel!, wife of the president
of the I'niversity of Michigan, died at
her residence here today of pneumo
nia after a brief illness.
MORRELL HAS GRIEVANCES
TThich lie Looks I'pon ax Worth A boat
$75,000 of the Money or Two
Chicago. Dec. 17. Two damage suits
for a total of Jjw.l.OoO tiled in the cir
cuit court by Herbert II. Morrell
against Charles J. Morrison and Attor
ney Bee D. Mat bias. The .suits are
the outgrowth of trouble that arose
between Morrell and Morrison in con
nection with the management of the
Bankers'. Consolidated Homjf.Rnfe com
Says Miners Must Bow to
Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 17. Oov.l
AVells gave out a remarkable inter
view yesterday after being closeted
with President Kramer, of the Utah
Fuel company, who is directing the
fight against the miners. In this
statement, which has aroused the an
ger of workingmen all over the state,
pany, of which Morrison s president
and Morrell treasurer. In a suit for
.$."0,000 damages against Morrison and
Mathias, Morrell charges them with
malicious prosecution. He alleges he
was advised by Morrison to sign notes
for $12,000 in order to have it appear
upon the books of the company, of
which they are officers, that the capital
stock was fully paid.
He declined to do this, and was ar
rested in Minneapolis upon a fugitive
warrant. Morrell was brought to Chi
cago and upon a heiiTingon the charges
of embezzlement and obtaining money
hy false pretenses before Justice Cav
erly he was discharged. He was re
arrested Saturday n.ight upon t he -amo
charges, he declares, and the case con
tinued before Justice Martin for ten
days. In a .$2.",0(H) damage suit against
Attorney Mathias. Morrell declares
that the latter told his bondsmen and
his attorney. Azel F. Hatch, that he
was not to be trusted.
NOT NECESSARILY SO DARING
Seems That There Win Nothing: To He
Afraid of for un Hour
Indianapolis, Dec. 17. One of the
most daring tafe robberies in the his
tory of the police department occurred
in ihe office of the Star elevator. The
robbers worked for an hour and ex
ploded seven, charges of dynamite.
Three won stood guard with drawn re
volvers, while three others ran in and
out of the place, attaching the fusw.
The heavy explosions raised the roof
of the building from its foundation.
Terrified people in the neighborhood
stood at a distance and watched the
operations of the robltors. who finally
became discouraged . at their repeated
failureto reach the inside of a burglar
proof strong box inside the safe, left a
few minutes before" the police arrived.
Only a small sum of money was taken.
Murder of a Deputy Sheriff.
Riverhead, B. I.. Dec. 17. William
n. It afford, a deputy sheriff, and war
den of the county jail here for more
than fifteen years, was shot dead by
A. Tattle Iteeves, at Aqnebogue. a
village three miles from here. Baf
ford had gone to serve an execution
upon Reeves, who has for years had
the reputation of being very eccentric.
The murderer after killing Rafford,
fortified his house and defied arrest.
Adjournment in Sight.
Springfield. III., Dee. 17. The
state board of equalization will ad
journ probably a week from today.
Dr. P.arnes. chairman of the capital
stock committee, has been called to
Chicago by the serious illness of his
daughter, Mts. Edna Jones. Chair
man Hopkins, of the general equaliza
tion committee, is away. The assess
ing of corporations and railroads is
Plea of Guilty Saves His Life.
Buffalo. Minn., Dec. 17. Thomas
May, who murdered his uncle. Martin
May, of Montrose, in September, and
who was indicted by the grand jury
on a charge of murder in the first
degree, has pleaded guilty of murder
in the second degree and has been sen
tenced to imprisonment for life.
Appeal Against "Tod" Sloan.
Paris, Dec. 17. The stewards of the
French Jockey club have entered an
appeal In the case of "Tod" Sloan, the
Jockey who obtained a verdict of costs
against the Jockey club in his suit for
.j;40.MH damages for being warned oil
Supreme Court Adjourns.
Springfield. 111.. Dec. 17. The
supreme court has adjourned the De
cemlier term and today lot) opinions
were made public, including a num
ber of Important cases.
Exiles From the State
Oov. Wells says that the only way he
can see to settle the strike is for the
strikers to surrender their union
cards, bow down before the operators
and return to work, or else become
exiles from Utah. This official state
ment is accompanied by the announce
iuent that the militia will remain at
the mines for an indefinite period.
HAD AN INCOME OF HIS OWN
Bat Stole Other Funds to Put Up on
Berkeley. Cul., Dec. 17. W. A. Me
Kowen, secretary of the board of Te
grents of th. State university, has con
fessed to President Benjamin Ide
Wheeler that he is a defaulter to the
amount of 20,000 and possibly more.
Most of the money was lost at the
race track. McKowen has been sus
pended by President Wheeler and
placed under arrest by the local au
thorities. Secretary McKowen's sir
rest followed the discovery that he hud
attempted to pay a racing debt with a
eheck made out to him personally by
Mrs. Phoebe Hearst.
l'aiil Tt to a Bookmaker.
This c heck was for $l.l('.o. and was
banded over by McKowen to a book
maker. John Davis, in payment of
markers on the races for !? 1.1-0. Davis
gave McKowen $40 in change and de
posited the check in the Western Na
tional bank, from which it turned up
to exjKse the affair. President Wheel
er said: "I have suspended McKowen
from office jtending the action of Gov
ernor Pardee, who is president of the
board of regents and have placed the
office in charge temiiorarily of my pri
vate secretary, Victor Henderson.
Ueeu at It for Five Years.
"From what we have thus far
learned it appears that McKowen at
different limes since 1S0S has used
sums of money that came into his
hands, and instead of depositing them
with the treasurer either as fees or
donations of the university has appro
priated them to his own ue. He cov
ered this up. as far as we know, by
taking corresponding amounts fro; l
university funds by charging then as
expenditures under the head of one or
the other university funds. "He says
he has not falsified his bookkeeping
by making false entries or in any oth
er way. So far as we know in this
fiscal year the loss amounts- to $4.'J00.
Couldn't Get Alons on $2,400 a Year.
"The total amount we do not know.
He said he thought it would 1h S-O.OOO
or more. He had spent it on !h- race
track." President Wheeler spoke high
ly of McKowen's personality, and was
visibly affected in telling how his trust
had been betrayed. McKowen has
been in the university about twenty
years, is unmarried and about 40 years
of age. His salary was 2.40 a year.
SAYS RIVALS IN
BUSINESS DID IT
Investigation to be Made of Cause
of Fatal Fire at Braid
wood. Joliet. 111.. Pec. 17. Joseph Mos
pcrsmith. of Braidwood. 111., whose
home and place of business were de
stroyed by lire Monday, in which his
wife and daughter and an employe
were cremated, declares that the build
ings were fired by his business ene
mies for revenge. He will ask for an
official investigation. Messersmith re
cently opened a meat market and cut
prices, arousing bitter opposition.
NEW PRESIDENT AND VICE
PRESIDENT OF SWITZERLAND
Berlin. Dec-. 17. M. Comtesse. mem
ber of the bundesrath from Nencha
tel. and M. Ruecli. a member from De
Vaud. were today elected, respectively,
president and vice president of Switz
erland. IOWA BANK CRACKED AND
81,000 MADE AWAY WITH
tiarden City, Iowa. Dec. 1". The
bank here was dynamited last night
bv three men. who secured $1,000.
Charged with a Krutal Murder.
Bedford. Ind.. Dec. 17. The murder
caseof Joseph Weeks, son of a wealthy
man, and his wife. Cora Weeks,
charged with killing Mrs. Susanna Ire
land, the aged mother of Mrs. Weeks,
is on trial here. The murder was mys
terious. Mrs. Ireland lost her life in
a room of a, building Jn Bedford where
the Weeks' made their home. It was
reported that Mrs. Ireland had com
mitted suicide. They Itolli say Mrs.
.Ireland shot herself, but know" no rea
son for the deed.
Practically Seared to Ieath.
Columbus. .. Dec. 17. "Doctor" J.
V. Kckelbcrry, aged .",S, is dead under
peculiar circumstances. On Sunday
Kekclberry and James Stone. 'aged -."S.
were out carousing together, after
which the former gave Stone some
medicine to relieve him from the ef
fects1 of drink. That night Stone died,
and while the coroner rendered a ver
dict of death from excessive drink
Eckel berry was told that threats had
been made against him to Stone's sons.
The matter so worried bim that he
Philippine Friars Ask
FOR THEIR PROPERTY
Governor Taft Con
cludes Loijg Period
Manila. Dec. lT.-jrThe friars hae
agreed to sell t heir -lands in the Phil
ippines for $T.,H.O0O in gold. -This
agreement was reached between (iov.
Taft and the friars last night, after
long and tedious negotiations contin
uing for more than three years.
The friars 1 ive "been the most seri
ous obstacle to the complete pacifica
tion of the islands (Iov. Taft has en
countered during his administration.
At Out With Filipino.
The Filipinos have steadfastly re
fused to recognize Jthe friars, whose
acts of repression ihiring the Spanish
regime made them the particular ob
ject of native animosity. The Fili
pinos accused the Spanish friars of
extortion, immorality, laziness and
persecution. With Ihe downfall of
Spanish rule the friars were compell
ed to lice to Manila for personal safe
ly. They hae not since enturcd to
return to the lands they have claimed
Conrad and Bonaparte
Report on Their
OF BRISTOW'S FINDING
Explanations Made De
clared Not Satis
factory. Washington. Dec! 17. The report of
Conrad and Bonaparte on their exam
ination of the Briltnw reiort in the
fKist office scandal Indorse that report
generally, but nonconcurs as to cer
tain passages, and Recommends prompt
p -iblicat'on of the Report. It suggests
that the BiMow report should note
how gravely the statute of limitations
has interfered with the punishment of
r.otorious offenders exposed in the re
port, and suggests that thestatute term
be lengthened to at least live years.
They alf-o say that the omission of
the names of inemlors of congress
come in sis part of the history of cases
was in their judgment wrong, while
exception is taken to Bristow's refer
ence to Consul Baldwin at Nuremberg,
ns "probably knowing as much about
this fraud as any other party."
Ciood Word Also for Christ imicy.
Conrad and Ponapartesay that while
his connection needs explanation he is
fairly entitled to a .suspension of judg
ment until he has had the opporunity
to explain, ns he; is a man of good
reputation. They i also object to the
inclusion of the jiame of f5. A. C
Christ iancy. the law clerk recently al
lowed to resign, a passage in the
Bristow reKrt that speaks of "the
administrative methods of Tyner. Bar
rett and Christ iancy." etc. They say
that inasmuch as the acceptance
Christianity's resignation was recom
mended after a ftll innufry he is en
titled to (he benefit of an exoneration
from Jill suspicions of willful oflicial
misconduct by intimating that his
methods were the same as Tyner's nnd
Notices a "Tendency to Kvado."
Referring to the Tulloch charges
Conrad and Bonaparte says: ''The
tendency to evade answering these
charges evinced by those replying to
the postmaster general's request for
such answers is illustrated very- forci
bly by the charges against Terry S.
Heath, former assistant postmaster
general, which have been heretofore
Continued on Page Eignt.
MRS. CHAMBERLAIN WITH HIM
Divides the Honors with Her Husband
Formulation of a Turin"
Leeds, Dec. 17. Joseph Chamber
Iain addressed two immense audiences
here, milking the last simmvIios of his
fiscal campaign for the present year.
Prom themoment of Chamberlain's ar
rival at Leeds the enthusiasm was
tremendous, and many demonstrations
were made in the streets. The appoar
ance of Chambeilain on the platform,
accompanied by Mrs. Chamberlain
and a number of the north country
MB. AND JIKS. JOSEPH CHAMBEKLAIN,
FKOM A NEW PHOTOGRAPH.
gentry and members of the house of
commons, was the signal for an ova
tion which continued for many min
utes. The tirst speech was made in
the Coliseum, and was listened to by
o..r00 persons, and a similar number
attended the overflow meeting held
afterwards in the town hall, which was
altogether inadequate to accommodate
the great crowd seeking admission.
Committee to Look for Fact.
The feature of Chamberlain's speech
at the Coliseum was his announce
ment of the fact that he was engaged
in getting together a committee t-o
make inquiries anion;: the various
branches of trade at home and abroad,
the work of which committer he ex
pected, he s-iid. will result in clearing
away many ditliculties. The commit
tee will consist of a I unit thirty busi
ness men of the highest standing, who
will begin from all centers of indus
try, both in the United Kingdom and
in the colonies. Subcommittees will
be formed to deal with each branch of
trade and to take exhaustive evidence,
meeting twice weekly until their work
Will Formulate n Tariff ltill.
When the reports are completed
Chamberlain said he expec ted to be- in
a jMisition to formulate a tariff bill ac
eoptbnle to the country, whic h will not
only foster imperial trade but which
Avill enable (Jreat Britain to give trade
advantages to those who are prepared
to render her similar favors.
AT THF. PARTING OF THE WAYS
John Bull Must Not Lose His Chance Now,
. Chamberlain Says.
The rest of Chamberlain's speech
was largely a repetition- of his for
mer arguments. He said he had leen
blamed for saying that preferential
trade with thecolonies would not mean
an addition to the cost cif living. In
answer to this Chamberlain quoted a
letter from Charles Booth, of the firm
of Alfred Booth iV Co.. Liverpool, in
which Booth said that he did not think
Chamberlain's proposals would add to
the cost of living, but that even if
they did that fact would not. in
Booth's opinion, detract from the mer
it. of the said proposals, which, if
carried out with reasonable prudence,
would undoubtedly conduce to the na
tional and imperial prosperity.
Chamberlain said the country was
now at the parting of the ways, and
losterity would never forgive tin gov
ernment if it lost the slightest chance
of securing what was actually needed
by the nation. It was not a question
of part policy, he said, and while it
was not free trade it was a near ap
proach to it. Chamberlain spoke sar
castically of the "free fooders." who.
he aid. had gone to the bottom of an
inclined plane with the home rulers
and the little Ihiglanders. and he
wished them joy in their company.
Referring to Tuesday's elections in
Lewishain and Dulwich. Chamberlain
aid that even the Duke of Devon
shire's encyclical did not possess pon
In conclusion Chamberlain said he
advocated "the splendid isolation" of
the mother country and her colonial
children as a family, standing to
gether through good and through ill.
This might be a dream, said Cham
berlain, but they had the power to
make it a reality.
All the news all the time The
Cruiser Atlanta Returns
BUSY WITH MEASURES OF DEFENSE
Energetic Protest Against Presence of American
Warship Made by Commander.
Colon. Dec. 17. The I'nited States
cruiser Atlanla. Commander Turner,
returned here last night from the
( ; u If of Darien. She discovered Dec.
1", a detachment of Colombian troops
numbering visually about .()() men, but
according to their statements total
ing about 1. .100 or 2 .000 men at Titu
mati. on the western side of the gulf
just north of the mouth of the Atrato
iier. The commander of the At hint a
sent ashore an officer, who conversed
with the Colombian's commander.
The latter protested energetically
against the presence of the American
warships in Colombian waters, inso
much as war between Colombia and
the I'nited States had not been de
clared, lie politely requested the At
lanta to leave the gulf becaue it be
longed to Colombia. Commander Tu r
ner ignored the request, and the At
lanta returned to Colon to report to
Bear Admiral Coghlan.
I'repaiine a Defense.
The Colombians were clearly busy
with protective strengthening meas
ures. Although they treated the
Americans courteously, they decided
ly resented the presence of the At
lanta's landing partx. The Colombian
force was composed partly of men
lauded recently at Atrato river by the
Colombian cruisers Cartagena and
Camp Well Provisioned-
During the conference with the Co
lombians, the ofheers of the Atlanta
observed the Colombians' camp, which
appeared to be well provisioned and
probably destined to be u-ed as a base
of operations. (Jen. Orit. commander-in-chief
of the Colombian forces,
and others freely expressed the deter
mination of Colombia to tight to the
bitter end in case Cen. Ueyes" visit to
Washington is not successful and Pan
ama is not returned to Colombia.
IN BIG TUNNEL
Water Drives Workmen Out of High
way Under Kast
New York. De c. 17. Serious di facul
ty i-i being encountered in the con
stvueti ,ii of the new I'.ast river tunnel
from the Battery to Brooklyn owing to
th" nature of the river bed at that
poiut. About ten days ago a leak 'about
o0 feet from the shore drove the
workmen from the tunnel. Air com
pressors wire set to work to expel the
water, but the air pressure has found
an escape nearer shore, seriously weak
ening the pile foundation of one of the
When tne pressure is high, it is said,
a geyser of water boils up beneath the
ferry house, and a large part, of the
flooring of the house, which settled
from two to four inches, has been
railed to prevent ferry passengers
from congregating there.
President ltoosevelt Offers Him Civil
ship. Washington. Dec. IT. The president
has tendered the position of civil
service commissioner made vacant by
Sheriff Finds One Gang of Robbers
While He is Searching For Another
Siouv City. Iiiwa. Dec-. IT. While
searching- for burglars who blew open
the safe of the post office at Paullina,
Iowa, yesterday, securing1 $12.", Sheriff
Price, of O'Brien county, captured
two of the men who earlier in the day
had broken open the safe of the Citi
zens" Savings bank at Quimby, 40
With First Definite News
the death of John 1J. Proctor to (ieu.
John C. Black, commander-in-chief of
the (irand Army.
JURY ACQUITS ANDERSON
OF CHARGE OF ASSAULT
Henry Anderson, of Moline. was ac
quitted by a jury in the county court,
this morning" of a charge of assault
with a deadly weapon.
A verdict was reached after the jury
had been out two hour-. The trial of
1he case consumed sex en da s. The
case resulted from one of the numer
ous tilts between onion and nonunion
Holders during' the strike that has
been on for months in the factories
Anderson, who is a leam-ier for
Williams, White v Co.. hoarded a num
ber of men who were tilling the places
of strikers at the shop- of ihe com
pany by which he is employed.
One evening a number of the strik
ers followed some of the nonunion
workmen to the Anderson house af
ter they had left 1 he shops to for
their supper. Anderson, fearing tin
strikers were bent on an attack oil
his home tired ihree revolver shots,
for the purpose, he declares, of fright
ening the strikers and attracting the
attention of the police. He said as
he opened i he front door of his home,
a rock grazed his body, lie supposed
it was thrown by one of the union
men. lie said he had no intenlion of
shooting any one. ami came a long
a from hitting any member of the
The story if the strikers was that
they had been loafing in the vicinity
of the Williams. While y Co. factory
for the purpose of getting a glimpse;
of the men taking their positions
when the hitter quit work, and that
ihey trailed after them when they
started for their boarding house, but
deny that they made any threats or ill
any way acted in a manner to justify
Slate's Attorney II. A. Weld and C.
.1. SeaYle prosecuted and W". A. Meese
and C. A. Shallberg defended.
MEMBER OF KNOX COUNTY
BAR KILLED BY TRAIN
(.alesl.urg". 111.. Dec. 17. J . L. Welles
of Maquon. a member of the Knox
ci uuty bar. was run over by a train
here last night and decapitated. He
was one of the oldest atlorneys in the
COAL SHAFT AT CHATHAM
BURNS WITH BIG LOSS
Virden. 111.'. Dee. IT. The ( hicago
Yirden Coal company's shaft at Chat
ham. 111., was totally burned today.
The loss may reac h .HH.omi.
NO MONEY IN THAT ACTION
Marie Corel 11 Get Half a Cent Damage
nnd Has to Pay Her Own Costs
in a I.ibel Suit.
Birmingham. Kngland. Dec. T". '
Marie Corelii. the novelist, has been
awarded half a cent damages. eacb
sid to pay its own costs, in a libel
suit brought by her against the pro
prietor of the St rat ford-on-Avon Her
aid in connection with a recent con
troversy in which Miss Corelii opposed:
the erection of a Carnegie library, on
the ground that it involved a desecra
tion of Shakespeare's birthplace. Tho
alleged lilel consisted in a statement
that Miss Corelii desired to erect a
library at the same place. The cawe
attracted considerable attention, and
the court was crowded, many fashion
able people being present. Minn Corelii
testified in her own behalf for two
hours, and emphatically denied that
she cfver intended to erect a Hbrarv.
miles northeast of this city, and rob
bed it of $3,000. The sheriff recovered
$1,4:10. The money was wrapped in
parcels bearing1 the name of the bank
in printed letters. Two other men en
gaged in the Quimby robbery stole a
team of horses and escaped. Thus far
they have not been captured, nor 19
there any clue to the postoffice thieves.