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BOCK ISLAND, ILL., TUESDAY, BJSCJ2MBEB 22, 1903.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
European Countries Give
Say it is Best to Make
Peace With United
Washington, Dec. 22. Diplomatic
pressure will be brought to bear upon
Colombia by several European powers
to prevent war between that country
and the United States. The first step
lu this direction already has been taken
by several foreign iiowers through
their representatives here, who have
informed G enteral Rafael Reyes of the
futility of any attempt by Colombia
to retake Panama, declaring that it
will result oidy in precipitating the
Bogota government into war with the
United Stales, and have said to him
Hiat the result of suck a catastrophe
Colombia herself must realize.
No Sympathy from Kuropc.
If this is not suiHcient the repre
sentatives of these countries at Pogota
will be Instructed to inform President
Marroquin that Colombia can expect
no sympathy from the European pow
ers in any move she may make on
Panama, which would inevitably in
volve her in war with the United
States. The members of the diplomat
ic corps have been informed by -General
Reyes himself that he fears ho
can with difficulty check his people
What Gen. Reyes Is Fearing.
General Reyes is not talking for pub
lication, but to several European am
bassadors he has confided his fears
with frankness, and has said that he
ic doing every tiling in his power to
prevent an outbreak before the conclu
sion' of his mission, but that although
his influence with the army is consid
erable he Is so far away that it is dif
lic-ult for him to make this felt as
strongly as if he were on the ground,
and in command. Diplomats whom
General Reyes has approached on the
subject say that what he most fears is
the result of the anivouncement at Po
gota of the failure of his mission.
No Reference to The Hague.
Realization of the true situation, it
Is said, will not prevent General Reyes
from calling on the United States for a
reference to The Hague of several of
the questions at issue. It is on this
point that European diplomats have
told General Iteyes that it is expecting
too much to expect this government to
submit any phase of the Panama mat
ter to The Hague. Several ambassa
dors have earnestly advised the gener
al to impress on his ieople the fact
that Europe wants the isthmian canal,
and that Colombia can expect no sym
pathy from that quarter.
Colombians on the Isle of Pines.
It is said here to be unlikely that
our naval commanders in isthmian witt
ers will go to the extent of dislodg
ing the Colombian troops which have
landed on the Lsland of Pines. On this
point, however, the police of the gov
ernment has not been definitely de
cided. A dispatch from Colon says
the Colombians have landed KiO men
on that island, which is claimed as
part of Panama.
MOTHER OF 00V. CUMMINS
' OF IOWA CALLED TO REST
Pes Moines, Dee. 22. Mrs. T. J.
Cummins, mother cf Gov. Cummins,
died of pneumonia today. The gov
ernor was at the bedside at-the last
moment. He had been with her con
stantly since his arrival fiom Huston
a week ago.
,Mn Out f Work at .Inliet.
Jcliet. Til.. Dec. 22. The suspen
sion or work at the Illinois Steel com
pany's plant here will be practically
complete by the end of the week. The
converter and billet mills, employing
1.00O mvi have closed down. Officials
here assign no cause for the shut
down; neither can they estimate the
duration of the suspension.
lie Had Nothing to Live For.
Des Moines". Ia.. Dec. 22. Joseph
Orquist. of Sioux Rapids, la., was re
fused admission at two public-hospitals
here because he could not deposit $7."
to guarantee payment of expenses, and
later he hanged himself in a hotel.
Orquist told the hotel clerk he had
nothing to live for, as he was slowly
dying from consumption.
Death of a Wisconsin Pioneer.
I.a Crosse. Wis.. Dec. 22. Mrs. Mar
tha A. FoFles, the first white woman
liorn In western "Wisconsin, is dead,
aged 71. She was a native of Iowa
Peculiar Finding of an
Mount Carmel, 111., Dec. 22. Al
though it was brought to the atten
tion of the cortmer's jury that the
man probably was several hundred
miles away, James Reinsmith was
pronounced guilty of the willful mur
der of aged Mrs. Elizabeth Lacey. The
woman was assassinated Sunday night
in her home, seven miles from this
city. The murderer fired through a
window, killing- her instantly. Then
he escaped, the frozen ground leaving'
no trail that the pursuer; might fol
PAPERS SHOULD HAVE
Counsel in Shipbuilding Case Exer
cised Over Publishing of
New York. Dec. 22. The hearing in
the United States Shipbuilding receiv
ership proceedings was postponed to
dav until tomorrow because of the
illness of Counsel I'nterniever. of the
uing bondholders, liefore the exam
iner announced adjournment Guthrie.
counsel for Schwab and others, made
a statement regarding the publication
in the morning papers of letters and
telegrams that passed between the
firm and Alexander & Green regard
ing the French underwriters.
He slated they were private com
munications and said the person guil
ty of causing their publication was
guilty of gross contempt of court.
Wollman. associate counsel with Un
termeyer. declared the letters and tel
egrams were published without the
ai.mledg-ji of either himself or Unter-
tneyer. and it was finally agreed the
counsel on both sides would use everv
ft'ort to learn who gave out the com
Tel!9 Why Nebraska Senator Kefuscd
to Commit Him
self. Omaha. Dec. 22. General John C.
Cowin. counsel fcr Senator Dietrich,
believes the senator's pleading before
the federal court to indictments re
cently returned against him, is mis
understood, and makes the following
explanation: "The report that Senator
Dietrich has declined to plead to the
indictment charging him with receiv
ing money to secure the appointment
of Jacob Fisher as itostmaster at
Hastings is misleading.
"This is the indictmeiit to whicli Sen
ator Dietrich pleaded not guilt, and
the indictment that he insisted upon
being tried for. The senator declined
to plead to flie conspiracy indictment
for the reason that Fisher interposes
a demurrer; that the indictment
charges no offense. The entire transac
tion can be brought out in the trial of
the indictment charging Dietrich with
receiving money for jtostoflice appoint
ments and that is what we want."
WAS MADE TO AGREE
Insane Man Entered Office and
Lincoln. Neb., Dec. 22. Clayton S.
Dexter, an escaped insane inmate of
the Grand Island soldiers home, arm
ed with a huge paper knife, succeeded
in getting into Gov. Mickey's private
office today. I'rnndishing the weapon
he declared Senator Deitrich. now un
der indictment for bribery, innocent,
and compelled the governor to express
the same view. The governor was
agreeing to everything the insane man
declared, when the capitol employes
rushed in, overpowered the man and
took him away.
FALL Oil' A PROFESSOR
Arrested for Fraud In Connection with the
Falliira of a Company in
Berlin, Dec. 22. Dr. Moritz Meyer,
formerly professor of political economy
at the Technical University of Char
lottenburg, and a writer of repute on
financial subjects, lftis lnm arrest
ed on the charge of fraud in eonnei--tion
with the failure of the Treber
Tracknnng (grain drying company)
bank at Cassel, in July. 11KH.
His wife, a former actress, has also
been arrested. . Dr. Meyer is accused
with a banker named Hugo lxiewey of
assisting the Treber-Traucknung di
dectors in deceiving" the public by ma
nipulating the newspapers..
General Reduction of Vaffefc
Pittsburg. Dec 22. oml-orielal In
formation Is given out that a general
reduction, in wages is to bp tnad,e at all
non-union" iron and steel plants in the
country that will average about 10
per cent, ..- - - - ' -
low. Rein&mith, who is divorced from
Mrs. Lacey's daughter, it is claimed,
has been in Oxford, Kan., fcr the last
three weeks. Dispatches from that
place offered the coroner disclose this.
After deliberation, the jury brought
in the following verdict:
"We, the coroner's jury, find the
death of Mrs. Elizabeth Lacey was
caused by a person or persons un
known, but circumstantial evidence is
such that we find .lames Reinsmith
guilt v of willful murder."
JACK THE RIPPER
One of That Species Caught
Almost Red-Handed from
KILLED AND CTJTiTJP A WOMAN
Left Incriminating Evidence Pehinet
Hiiu, ami Jlas Been Fully
New York, Dec. 22. Iiv the arrest
of Emil Totterman. a Swedish sailor.
the police believe that they have cleared
up the mystery of the murder of Sarah
Martin, whose mutilated body was
found in Kelly's-hotel, a low sailors'
resort on the Fast river front. The
arrest, which was made in the Sail
ors' union headquarters, followed in
formation received from detectives
who were sent" to P.ridgeport, Conn.,
to follow up a clue furnished by a pur
chase cheek of Meigs. & Co.. of Ilridge
port, for a pair of shoes and a sweat
er, which latter was found in the room
In which the crime was committed.
Thing That the Mnrderer Overlooked.
On the wrapper of a pan-el left in
th room by the murderer was writ
ten in pencil the name of "Fred C.
Pelano." and underneath the name "E.
Totterman." The detectives reported
from P.ridgeport that these liooner Fred
C. Piclano was lying at that port, and
that a sailor named Totterman had
been discharged from her on Saturday.
They also obtained n good description
of the man who on Saturday pur
chased the shoes and sweater from
Meigs & Co.
Identified as the Man Wanted.
Furnished with this description de
tectives in this eity picked out Tot
terman from among a crowd of sea
men at the Sailors union. When
searched there was found on "him a
sailor's clasp knife the blade of wh'ch
apiieared to bear blood stains. At po
lice headquarters the prisoner was ful
ly identified by James Kelly, the pro
prietor of the hotel, his wife, and oth
er persons, as the man who on Satur
day night accompanied the Martin
woman to the room in which her body
was found. Totterman declared that
he had never been at the hotel, al
though he admitted that he had come
from "Bridgeport on Saturday. He also
denied having purchased there the shoes
Salesmen Clinch the Ident ideation.
After undergoing a long examina
tion by Inspector McClusky and As
sistant District Attorney Garvin he
was arraigned in the police court and
remanded on the technical charge of
being a "suspicious character" to po
lice headquarters. letter Louis Paid
win and Parker T. Silvernaih, sales
men for Meigs & Co.'. fully identified
Totterman as the man who bought the
shoes and sweater.
U anna Is Much Hotter. -
New York,. Dec. 22. Senator Ilan
na, who has been ill at the Waldorf
Astoria since Saturday with an attack
of grippe, is greatly iuiyroveU.
BROCKWAY WILL BE FR.EE
Serves Seven Years Rather Than Reveal Hiding Place of Stolen Gov
ernment, Plate Bribes Do Not Tempt Him.
Trenton, X. .L. Dec. 21. Past three
score years anil ten. for more than
half a century regarded by the police
as one of the cleverest counterfeiters
in the world, and for seven success
fully resisting the secret service of
ficials "in their efforts to wring from
him the knowledge of his latest crime,
William K. Prockway. . tomorrow w ill
complete a ten years' sentence at New
Jersey state prison.
He will then be at liberty if he pays
a $1,000 fine. If he does not pay it he
will stand commit ted for an indefi
nite period "unless he avails himself
of the poor convicts law.
P.rockway has actually served little
more than seven years' in prison. He
was sentenced in IK'.).") on the charge
of having tittered a $100 bill and a $500
United States bill, and a $100 note on
the Hank of Montreal'. He was arrest
ed with Dr. Adolph Smith. Libbie
Smith and others. Dr. Smith died be
fore being-brought to trial, and the
others, were imprisoned ' for varying
Secret service men and experts de
clared that the $.".00 bill which brought
about the conviction of Prockway and
his associates had been struck from
a genuine plate stolen from the gov-
Boiler Blows Up at St.
OTHERS ARE MISSING
Twelve Leap to Escape
From Fire in
St. Louis, lcc. 22. A battery of sev
en hollers m tne power uouse ot tne
St. Louis 1 ransit com pan v. at .letter-
son and tiever avenues, exploded last
niglit, killing me employes, injuring
several others and wrecking the build
ing. 1 lie Lioilers let. go unexpectedly,
the brick walls fell outward and the
heavy truss roof dropped, covering
the debris in which almost twenty
employes were imprisoned.
JOHN" DIXON, colored, fireman.
WILLIAM WATSON", steamfitter.
JFSSi: THOMAS, colored, fireman.
FRANK STKKLK, colored.
LOUIS PARI! Kit. colored, fireman.
The ruins are being
for additional victims.
a number of
emploves are still missing. 1 lie com
panv's loss will amount to $75,000
Fire In HotH
Menominee. Mich., Dec. 22. Fire to
day caused 12 persons' to jump from
sec-ind story windows' at the Travel
ers' hotel. The Kith. ;i guest. James
lleatty. was found dead in the ruins.
Wilfred IJarney, Joseph Vorachek and
Fred Jenski are seriously in jured. The
loss is small.
A DAMAGE SUIT
Pupils Who Ducked Her in Lake
Asked to Pay
Sullivan. Ind., Deo. 22. Miss Frlino
Sinclair has filed suit for ."SIohmi dam
ages against Floyd
P.-frks and Kate
Parks. She complains
that the defend
ants on the Nth day of h leceinber. Phi;;.
with force and arms! assaulted the
plaintiff and overpowered her. bound
her hands together with ropes, lashed
her to the rail and placed her in an icy
Miss Sinclair is a school teacher. Re
fore the school closed several weeks
ago for the holidays- Miss Sinclair
promised her pupils a,-"treat." Her re
fusal to tell them what would be the
nature of the "treat"! is said to have
caused the acts of wljkh they are ac
ROGERS IS GtllLTY:
DEATH Wlli BE PENALTY
Pennington. Vt., Dec. 22. Mrs. Mary
A. Rogers was today found guilty of
killing her husband. Marcus II. Itog
ers, a year ago. The verdict carries
the death penalty.
ernment. For the recovery nf the
plate or absolute knowledge that it
was destroyed, the government has
ever since been tempting ISrockway
with bribes of freedom and oilier re
ward and also seeking to trap him in
to some belraval of the secret. He
has refused all ovcrlVres and has re
sisted everv scheme? to wrest the
d every scheme? to wrest the
vledge from " hita. The govern
t also has spent flliousnntls of do!-
k n w
lars digging for the plate in 1 he sands
of Long Island, where it Was believed
it was hidden at the time of the dis
covery of the . counterfeiter's fraudu
lent publication of the valuable die.
At- the time of the trial Prockway
was told .that the indictment would
be nolle prossed if he would tell the
whereabouts cf the. plate. . lie re
fused. He was again appealed to af
ter he had been in prison a few
months, and again he refused.
When Dr. ( lark, of 'Chicago, was
convicted on a charge of counterfeit
ing in this state, an arrangement was
made with the goernuient whereby
he was to gain the ..confidence of
II rock way and learn the secret of the
missing plate. He was assigned to
the same cell in the prison and for
two years he tried
vain to get
Washington, Dec. 22. Senator War
ren of Wyoming, u member of the sen
ate committee on military affairs,
says President Roosevelt had said that
even if Gen. Wood's nomination as ma
jor general were confirmed he would
not again promote him while he was
president, and therefore Gen. Wood
would not command the army during
the time Mr. Roosevelt was in office.
This is an important statement in
FEAT IN SURGERY
Sioux City Doctor Successful
Repairs a Broken
FIRST INSTANCE ON RECORD
Portion of Third Cervical Vertebrae
Removed and Re
placed. Sioux City, la.. Deo. 22. An opera
tion having no parallel in the surgical
world was performed at St. Joseph's
hospital by Ir. William Jepsoii. who
has the chair of surgery at the State
University. John Xorstrom. of Dan
bury, Conn., fell from a load of hay,
striking on his head and breaking his
neck. . He has been almost paralyzed
for weeks, and Dr. Jepson decided to
operate on his" broken -neck.
Itone Taken Oat i.od Replaced.
Accordingly a portion of the third
cervical vertebrae was removed. the
false growth of tissue was cleaned
out. and the bone replaced. The patient
is doing well, with every prospect of
recovery. Operations have been lor-
fornied for the relief of a dislocation
of the lumbar vertebrae, but no case
Is known in which the cervical ver
tebrae, situated so near the medulla
oblongata, the seat of the vital bodilv
functions, was successfully removed
NOTIFIES OF A REDUCTION
Houghton. .Mich.. Dec. 22. The
wages of all the iron mine employes cf
the Oliver Mining company, which is
the iron ore end of the steel trust, will
be reduced on Jan. 1. The amount
of the reduction will probably range
irom 1 to 17 per t ent., being the least
on the lowest paid labor. The gener
al otlicers of the company and the su
perintendent and the leading local offi
cials of the various ranges have al
ready 'had their salaries reduced from
2' to :;o per cent.
CUBANS A3E COMPLAISANT
Jleiuly to (ilve I's Pretty Much Anytliiuj
AV? Waut on tlie Isle of
. Washington. Dec. 22. Squiers. Unit
ed States minister to Cuba, iias arrived
in Washington nnd reports to Acting
Secretary of State Lo nnis that the Cu
ban government practically had ac
cepted all the suggestions the state de
partment had put forth relative to the
Isle of Pines, namely, the establish
ment of schools, provision for a modi
fied form of judicial proceedings, and
the oitening of a port for the conven
ience of American settlers on the isl
and. It practically has been decided that
these undertakings need not lead to
the amendment of the pending Isle of
Piues treaty, but can be given effect
by reduction to the form of diplomat
ic notes to be exchangable between the
United States and Cuba.
P.rockway to disclose the hiding place
of the much wanted cast.
When Philip Ganzer. said In, lie
Prockway's agent in passing counter
feits, was arrested and sent to prison,
he ten, was promised freedom if he
could get Ihe information. He also
failed, as did a government detec
tive, disguised as a criminal for two
years and a former detective con
victed of crime and promised pardon if
he could get the secret.
The former detective once declared
Prockway had ti Id him Ihe slory.
but he was not believed, because he
would not disclose his information
when his pardon was first placed in
Prockway had been a counterfeiter
since s.')0. 11c studied chemistry at
Vale and is an expert eleel rolyper
and engraver. He can make counter
feits so cleverly as to deceive the most
expert. He was first arrested in
Prooklyn for forging a United States
hi n 1 for $20,000. and a treasury cer
tificate for $10,000. A sentence of :S0
years was passed, but he was pardon
ed two years later. He was arrested
later for forging a Morris and Fssex
railroad lwnd for a large sum and for
other crimes of a similar nature.
view of the fact that one of the chief
reasons for opposition to Gen. Wood
has been that if he were made a ma
jor general now he would in the or
der of seniontv become the senior
major general in 190!), and would, if
promoted, be the lieutenant general
of the army and chief of staff until
1924. or fcr 1") years. This statement
of the president means that Frederick
I). Grant probably will command the
armv in 1909.
RAN DISTILLERY IN
Arrests Made at Colnmbus Labora
tories at Chi
cago. Chicago. Dee. 22. Charged with op
erating in the center of fashionable
shopping districts of Chicago a distil
lery contrary to government regula
tions, five officers and instructors of
Columbus laboratories were today ar
rested by a United States marshal.
One cf the five prisoners was United
States Commissi. ner Solomon. The
arrests were made on complaint of
United States Iteventie Agent Xiitt, the
principal charge being "displaying the
sign of ii disiiller and making a mash
fit for distilling in places other than
a duly authorized distillery." Those
arrested were Charles Norton, prac
tical distiller: Kectitier J. A. Westner,
Chemist A. Gehrmann. Pacteriologist
W. A. Kvans. M. I)., and A. I). Solomon.
United States commissioner and lec
turer in the laboratories.
But it is in Small Doses for Authors
of KishenefT Mas
sacre. Kisi.encff, Pcssatabia. Dec. 22.
Two Russians named G'nctshiu and
Marosjeik, who have been on trial
charged with murder as the authors of
the massacre of Jews here last spring,
have been sentenced to seven and five
years pen.-il servitude, respectively.
Twenty-two other persons charged
with being involved in the massacre
were sentenced to periods ranging from
one to two years each. One person was
sentenced to six months' imprisonment
and twelve weoe acquitted, while forty-eight
civil actions brought against
the accused were dismissed. The eosts
cf the prosecution must be paid by the
SILENT MAN TAKES
LEAVE OF HOSPITAL
Party Suspected of Being in Plt.t
Against tlio Kock Island
Dcs Moines. Dec. 22. The unknown
"silenl" man shot by IJock Island de
tectives at Karlham, brought here on
suspicion of sending an anonymous
threatening letter to IJock Island otli
cials a few weeks ago. phas made his
escape from the hospital. During the
tU,cee weeks of his confinement he re
fused to. speak a word, although sub
jected to the most rigid sweating
processes. IJock Island officials be
lieve he is a member of the dynamite
gang which has terrorized so many
railroads in past months.
SCARED AWAY BY
Bank Robbers Deprived of a Rich
Haul at Anchor,
Dloomingtoii. Dee. 22. The gang of
safe blowers that has been robbing
central Illinois banks, exploded by
dynamite and wrecked the bank at
Anchor last night.. Just as $10,000
was exposed telephone bells in the of
fice commenced to ring ami frightened
away the men. They seen red but lit
tle plunder. The robbers cut all the
telephone wires leading out of town
to prevent communication with out
side cit ies.
Strikers l"ui-n a Nnn-l'nion Man.
Sunnyslde. Utah.' Dei-. 22. A riot
occurred here.tTie result of thirty strik
ing miners going to the home of a non
union miner and ordering him to quite
work. Upon his refusal ihe strikers
attempted to seize him. but the man
ran, pursued by the strikers and final
ly was? rescued by the company guard;.
CI wit Town for Widow.
Prigbton. Mich.. Dec. 22. This is a
town of widows. Out of 70O people
there are sixty-seven women whose
husbands have died and who have nev
er remarried. For over forty years
the widow of Colonel John Gilluly has
mourned the death, of her husband.
France and England
ST. PETERSBURG CALM
No Crisis Anticipated
Paris. Dei. 22. Continual ion was
obtained from official sources today
of the reports that Foreign Secretary
Laiisdowne and Foreign Minister Del
casse have within the last few days
made strong representations at Tokio
with a view of averting a crisis be
tween Uiissia and Japan. There is rea
son to believe these representations,
coming at a critical moment, when
Japan's reply was being handed to the
llussian minister, exercised a power
fully restraining influence.
This is especially true of l.ansdowue.
owing in Great liritain being an ally
of Japan. The terms of the Japanese
answer are not vet known here, but,
owing to the action taken by Great
ISritain and France, officials here are
confident her answer permits of a con
tinuance of diplomatic negotiations
towards securing common grounds for
No Immediate Alarm.
T'.eil'n. Dec. 22. War in the Far
East is regarded in official quarters
lure as Improbable for several weeks
for the reason that Japan will con
tinue to negotiate, and Uussia's pol
icy is understood to be simply to "sit
tight and hold on:"' to make no spe
:!tic promise concerning the terri
tories in dispute, and to meet an at
tack, if Japan will be satisfied with
lap May I. ike It or Lump It.
Pusia will let nothing go. Japan
must be content with that or tight.
This attitude, it .is lielieved. is aj
proved by tlie czar, who is not willing
that Kussia should take the aggres
five. The czar's advisers are convinced
that Great Pritaiu w-ill not be involved.
Situation Continue Ouite (iriTf,
London. Dei-. 22. The Japanese lega
tion here had been advised that the.
reply of Japan to the latest Russian
note would be transmitted yesterday.
The legation later communicated the
details of the reply to the I'ritish for
eign office, but informed the Associated
Press that it was not permitted to
divulge the details. The legation ad
mitted that in general terms the As
sociated Press' dispatch from Tokio
covered the situation, which a legation
official characterized as being "quite
grave." but oi.e from which no decisive
developments could be expected imme
diately. France Not to Take a Hand.
Paris. Dec. 22. An authoritative de
nial is given of the rej rts from Pe
king that the French minister there
has notified China that if she allied
herself with Japan .tending a settle
ment of the Japanese-Russian i-ontro-versy
France would advance in south
ern CUina. It is said in this connec
tion that France has not taken any
steps whatever in the matter and i
not contemiatiiig action in the event
of a rupture between Japan and Rus
sia. On the contrary, the official view;
is that Fraiu-e and Great Pritain are
littt likely to become involved and that
Russia and Japan will be left to settle
Kusia Continue Hopeful.
St. Petersburg. Dec. 22. Officials of
the foreign1 office do not share the pes
simistic feeling now general regarding
the situation in the Far Fast. They
say there is nit reason to despair of
a peaceful settlement.
ACCEPTS TERMS OF
Chicago Undertaker Gains Perm I vi
sion to Hold "Union Label"
Chicago. Dei-. 22. While arbitra
tion of their grievance is being dis
cussed by tle livery drivers' union, to
day news was received of Ihe first
"union label funeral" since the strike
began. The funeral was arranged by
Undertaker Marks, the body of the
decedent being removed in the "dead"
wagon bearing a placard proclaiming
the vehicle to be owned by an under
taker paying the union scale. It was
also the first funeral in which car
riages were supplied to mourners.
There were six carriages labeled like
tne improvised nearse.