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VOL. IiUl. NO. 127.
BOCK ISLlAND, ELI., THURSDAY, IaKCH 17, 1504.
PKICE TWO CENTS.
HITS A FLOATING
TWO YEARS' PEACE
In the Eiiuminous Coal Mines
Seem Assured by the
U. M. W. Vote.
OUT OF JOINT
Mississippi Statesman Declares
Lynch Law Worse Than
FEAR OF 0
Destroyer Skorri Blown
Up With Most of
Alexieff Says There Was
No Fire in the
Chefoo, March 17. While enterin
Port Arthur yesterday the torpedo
boat destroyer Skorri (struck upon an
unplaced mine and 'was blown up.
Four of the crew were paved.
Viceroy Alexieff wires a report con
firming the account of the damage
done. to Port, Arthur during' the bom
bardment of the 10th. lie says the
story of a fire there is a "base fabri
The United States cruiser Cincin
nati has jur-t arrived from Chemulpo
and reports everything1 quiet, with no
news from the front.
Foreign Vessels In Danrer.
Warning's have been received here
confirming previous reports to the ef
fect that ttie lJussians have laid mines
along- the I.iao Tung' peninsula and
that neutral vessels are obliged to
show their colors five kilometers off
shore and await a Hussian pilot.
Commerce at Port Arthur.
Tien Tsin. March 17. Lloyds' agent
at New Chwang wires as follows:
"Port Arthur will be open March 2j.
Steamers .have been - chartered for
spring shipments. Kcports that New
Chwaiig is to be attacked shortly are
untrue. There is no truth in the
statement the Russians are trying to
lay mines abreast the fort.
I.iao Vang-. Manchuria. March 17.
Troops are still concentrating here
and are forming' guerilla detachments.
Prices have risen enormously.
Toklo Not Advised.
Toklo. March 17. Toklo Is unad
vised regarding tlie naval plans and
movements of the Russians, and is in
doubt whether the remnant of their
tlet Is still at ort Arthur or Is en route
Paris, March 17. The Temps cor
resiMHident at St. Petersburg asserts
tliat a Kussiau aruiy coris is descend
ing from Vladivostok toward Korea.
He adds that Port Arthur has a gar
rison of 'HUsjo liieu and is provisioned
for a year.
The Kussiau ministry of marine. The
Temps' correspondent further asserts,
el j 1ms that Japan's losses since the
opening of the war are four cruisers
and live toricdo lout destroyers, and.
the inacliinery of a 12,ou0-ton battle
ship seriously injured.
Korea Considered Ilelllrerent
Seoul", March 17. Tile Korean su
perintendeiit of trade ut Kyong-IIung,
on the Tumen river, has received a
note from the general in command at
Vladivostok, saying that since Korea
has joined Japan Russian colliders
Korea as belligerent, and will uct ac
St. Petersburg, March 17.
The reiorts of the abandonment
of Port Arthur continue to arouse the
bitterest resentment, the palters de
nouncing the story as a stock-jobbing
Create Monopolies for Revenue.
Tokio. March 17. The cabinet, aft
er a conference with the elder states
men and other political leaders, has
decided to submit projiosals for the ex
tension of the tobacco monopoly to in
clude manufactured tobacco, and the
creation of a salt inoiioly. to a spe
cial diet convening tomorrow.
GUILTY OF MURDER
- OF 4-YEAR-OLD BOY
Km it Walls Convicted or Killing
That Shocked De
troit. Detroit. March 17. Emil Waltz was
today found guilty of murdering1 4
y ear-old Alphon.-e Welmes. whose
horribly mutilated body was found
Aug. 13 in the rear of the Detroit
WIFE OF GE3I. MILES
BEY0KD HUMAN HELP
Washington. March 17. Mrs. Miles,
wife of Lieut. Gen. Nelson A. Miles,
living here, is lying ill at her home.
There is no hope held out for her re
ROCK ISLAND NOT
FOUND ON THE LIST
Illinois Cities in Which Water Show a
by Teat to Answer All
Keq a i re m e n tm.
Springfield, 111., March 17 The Illi
nois state board of health has com
pleted an analysis of the drinking wat
er in all the cities of the state hav
ing a population of more than 5,000.
Dr. J. II. Long, of Chicago, chemist
for the fctate loard, tested the wat
er in ninety-one cities. In places where
the water was shown to be con
taminated Dr.' Kgau, secretary of the
board, took up the matter with the lo
calities, and efforts are being made
to purify the supply. In places where
the water supply was found to be
dangerous an inspector was sent to
give the local authorities instructions
and assistance In improving the quali
ty. The highest standard of excellence
is fixed as 'good." Under this head
come the cities of Aurora, Belvidere,
Belleville, Bra Idwood. Fata via. Beards
town, Blue Inland, Blooinlngton. Chi
cago Fourteenth street tunnel, Chica
go Lake View tunnel. Clinton, Dixon,
Freeport, Fairbury, Jerseyvllle, Lake
Forest, La Grange, Muij'wood, Oak
Park, Ottawa. Pontlae, lrlnceton,
Pana, Rockford, Savannah, Springfield,
Sycamore, Taylorville. At seven places
the water is found to be safe, al
though not sufficiently pure to be
classed as good. These places are the
Chicago avenue tunnel in the city of
Chicago, Decatur, Danville, Kvamston,
Galena, Monmouth and Pax ton.
Death of Duke of Cam-
bridge, Last of
TITLE NOV LAPSES
London, March 17. The Duke of
Cambridge died this morning. The
title of the Duke of Cambridge died
with him. The late duke has sons, all
being born of a inorganic marriage.
His death necessitates the postpone
ment or cancellation of all royal func
tions, as tin court will go into mourn
ing for several weeks, and the pro
gram for the whole London season
will also have to be revised.
Illow to Merchant.
Coming on -top of several previous
had seasons, this will be a hard blow
to tradesmen, who had been exjK'cting
an unusually gay spring to recoup
losses of recent years.
Flags on public buildings are half
masted and in many cases the Irish
flags flying in honor of St. Patrick's
day are removed.
Cremated Her Haby la the Store.
EdwardsviHe, 111., March 17. A
coroner's jury has rendered a verdict
holding Gusta Siniek. aged 21, on a
charge of having killed her baby. The
woman came from Bohemia, and has
only been In this country a short time.
The members of the family with
whom she was living here discovered
her poking the kitchen stove, and up
on investigation found the half charred
remains of a baby.
Imposed a Curious Sentence.
Flint, Mich., March 17. Judge Wis
ner. evidently desirous of giving Ionia
the same kind of a problem which has
leen worrying the Marquette prison
authorities. has impost an unique sen
tence upon Boss Jury. Jury was
charged with stealing $G" from J. Mc
Carthy. a Flint townsnip farmer, and
pleading guilty, was sentenced to not
less than six months at Ionia or more
than six months and one day.
Wisconsin Pm Aaaociaiioa.
Fond du Lac. Wis., March 17.
The annual midwinter convention of
the. Wisconsin Press association
opened here with alout seventy-five
members in attendance. The address
of welcome was delivered by Mayor
Bishop .and. responded to by Presi
dent Noyes, of Marinette.
SCALE AGBEED TO, TWO TO ONE
Illinois aud Iowa I'refcr a Strike, Es
pecially Central Illinois-General
Indianapolis, March 17. At the na
tional headquarter of tbeL'nited Mine
Workers of America estimates on the
voto of the miners liad beu computed
by the national oliicers. They are pos
itive that the tcale "has been accepted
and there will be no strike. Of the l'JO,
000 miners in the states voting it is
estimated that i:O.0OO to lSo.OOO voted,
and of these SN.iVX) voted for the scale
and 4G,o!0 voted against it and in
vor of a strike.
Summary of the Besult.
Maryland did not vote, not being
sure it was entitled to vote. West
Virginia reports are meager, and no
estimate is made. Indiana cast 10,
000 votes, giving a majority of two
to one for the scale. Illinois cast 30,
000 votes, with a majority of two to
one against the scale and in favor of
a strike. Pennsylvania cast oO.OOO
votes, with a majority of two to one
for the scale. Kentucky had a small
vote, with three to one for the scale.
Iowa cast 10,000 votes, with a majori
ty for a strike. Michigan cast a small
vote for the scale. Ohio erist i.".O00
votes, with four to one for the scuJe.
Heavy in Favor of a Strike.
Springfield, 111., March 17. Nearly
complete returns from the miners of
Sangamon county show about thirty
five votes in favor of accepting the
operators' iroiosit'ou for a reduction
in the price of mining coal, and about
4.O0O votes against the itroiositioii. At
Athens?, also In this sub-district, the
vote was 5 for to 318 against accept
ing the proposition; at Taylorville 19
for to 42S against, and at Green Bidge
34 for to 22 against.
Southern Illinois for I'eace.
Carbondale, 111., March 17. Upturns
from leaders of the miners' union in
southern Illinois show that not a ship
ping shaft in the entire field lias voted
to strike. George Bagwell, president
of the minors' union of the district,
said that the vote against a strike
would exceed 80 per cent.
FRESH BREAKING OUT IN
Milwaukee, March 17. Several ar
rests have been made on warrants cov
ering indictments returned by tho
grand jury. Among those arrested and
the charges are the following: Build
ing Inspector Michael Dunn, ex-Alder-man
Charles Cooke, Alderman William
Murphy and Supervisor William Sut
ton, bribery; County Clerk Otis, Hare
and Frank Keogh, printer, conspiracy
to defraud the county; Frank Ilimmel
steln, deputy tax commissioner, con
spiracy. Warrants were issued also for
Supervisor A. C. Bade and former Su
pervisor Joseph, Schunck.
AMERICANS IN NO POSITION
TO ENTER DAMAGE CLAIMS
Washington. March 17. It is ad
mitted at the state department that
some representations lime ln-en made
iu a forcible way to United States
firms and individuals having an In
terest in San Domingo that they have
small ground for complaint of revolu
tionary disturbances affecting their In
terests unfavorably so long as they
themselves are in the habit of fur
nishing arms, ammunition and money
to both tides engaged in this strife.
CASE SHOWS HOW BUSINESS WAS DONE
Kansas City, March 17. Jesse L.
Jewell, state senator from Kansas City,
was brought to trial in the criminal
court here uion a charge of soliciting
a bribe. The charge is that Senator
Jewell went to J. W. Hess, manager
of a baking powder company, and of
fered for $'.,GO0 to influence legislation
in the state legislature that would be
beneficial to the company. This is an
other of the many prosecutions grow
ing out of alleged boodling in connec
tion with baking powder legislation,
others of which have been tried or are
pending at Jefferson City.
The first move made by the defend
ant's lawyers was to quash the infor
mation, which Judge Wafford over
ruled after a brief argument. A jury
was secured quickly and the taking of
testimony begun. John W. Hess, the
local representative of a Chicago bak
ing powder company, testified that Le
bad met Senator Jewell in Kansas City
at a sahon, in January, V..KXI, by ap
pointment. In company with Elmer
Phipps, a Kansas City grocer. Hess
said that they urged Jewell to vote for
the repeal of the bill then pending in
"Acting under instructions from my
house ia Chicago," ssid Hess. "I was
bringing all the pressure to bear that
I could to secure the repeal of the law
which prevented us from putting our
baklcz powder on the market liere.
Dietrich Investigation is
Not Without Results.
District Attorney Sum
mers' Head Comes
Washington, March 17. As the re
sult of the inquiry into the charges
against Senetor Dietrich, Williamson
S. Summers. United States district at
torney for Nebraska, will be removed
Informed by DoomtcU.
President Uoosevelt today informed
Dietrich and Kditor Kosewater, of the
Omaha Bee, he would take such action
PASS TO MAJORITY
Gen. Thomas at Chicago Command
er Seweil Army Otlicer
Chicago, March 17. Gen. II. II.
Thomas, who was recently ousted as
federal appraiser at the port of Chi
cago, dropped dead today from heart
Washington, March 17. Command
er William K. Seweil, late governor of
the island of Guam, died today at the
general hospital of Mare island, Cal.,
the result of intestinal disorders.
Omaha, March 17. Maj. William II.
ISeaii, U. S. A., ciunmitted suicide to
day by shooting. He had just been
ordered to the Philippines.
Kansas City, March 17. Jit. Bev.
Louis Maria Fink, bfdiop of the Leav
enworth diocese of the Catholic
church, died at Kansas City, Kans.,
today of pneumonia.
Detroit. March 17 Henry T. Thur
ber, the well-known attorney of this
city who was private secretary to
President Cleveland during his sec
ond term, died today of appendicitis.
Minneapolis Republicans Outline the
Policy in State Con
vention. Minneapolis, Minn., March 17. The
Minnesota state republican convention
today, elected Sena tin's Nelson and
Clapp, t'ov. Van Sant and Thomas
1owry as delegates-at-large to the na
tional convention. The platform
adopted indorsees the protective policy
of the party, but declares for a mod
ification of the schedule to suit chang
ing conditions; favors reciprocity
treaties: government regulation of
trusts; liberal pension laws, and urges
the continued increase of the navy.
KANSAS CITY BRIBERY
'If I do.' Jewell said. 1 sliall have to
go up against the -Farris pusu. and I
have practically pledged myself to vote
with them.' "
Then, in reply to questions. Htss
told the following story: "Mr. Jewell
told me that if he voted against the
Farris push he might as well walk
out. He said he knew how much
money went down there Jefferson
City J from the baking iowder trust;
it was a cold-blooded proposition; he
knew it wsuld take three votes to re
peal the bill. I left and sent a tele
gram to Jaegucs his manager tell
ing him the situation.
"I went hack to the saloon and met
Jewell, and he told me it would take
$9.JOO to get 'his vote and two others,
and for that money he would get the
thn-e votes; but he said he would have
to leave Jefferson City as soon as he
had voted, because the Farris crowd
would run hfm out. I eT.t a telegram
at his suggestion to Jacques, notify
ing him that $9.0u0 would secure the
repeal of the bill.
Then by appointment with Senator
Jewell I met him the next morning
to tell him the result of my telegram
to the house. I told him then that
the house would not take it up, but
told him to drop It. Jewell urged me
to get the house to pay the $:.0C0,
and he said that if I got the $0.00f
I was to go to Jeffi-rson City and
register at the Monroe House as 11c-
FEATURE 0FF0ST0FFICE DEBATE
Do Not Kill Negroes in Dixie When
Innocent or for Wanting
Washington, March 17. The feature
of the houe debate on the postotlice
appropriation was an attack cn the
northern states made by Spightof Mis
sissippi on the subject of lynching ne
groes. He declared that while the south
occasionally killed a criminal negro it
never killed the innocent, and does
not "go out with a torch in one hand
and a gun in the other, and. pointing
the gun at defenseless .women and
children, shoot them as they flee for
their lives." Which he said had been
the case at New York city in 1900.
. Let Nerroes Work.
He also saidvthe soutu does" not km
negroes for wanting to work refer
ring to the Illinois troubles during
Governor Tanner's administration. He
referred to the lynching at Wilming
ton, Del ; Danville, 111., and Spring
field, O. He also lef erred .to the mat
ter of Hooker T. Washington dining
with President Uoosevelt, and said
Washington should have had more
sense than to accept the invitation,
as had "done more to inflame the pas
sions of the negro and give him a per
verted idea of his importance and his
near approach to' social equality
than anything else that has been done
in the last ten years."
"The more the negroes are put on
a plane of social equality," he assert
ed vigorously, "the more dangerous
becomes their position and the surer
death by violence will overtake them
sooner or later."
POSTMASTER GENERAL IS
AGAIN CONFINED TO BED
Washington, March 17. Postmaster
General Payne is confined to his led
and is weaker then has been gen
erally supposed. He has undergone a
severe attack of gout about the knees
and both feet and has sueered intense
pain. .His weakness has been sig-
gravated by his efforts to sit up and
transact official business with his sec
retary and to see others who have had
occasion to call on him. He will like
ly be laid up for several weeks.
IOWA DISCOVERS ANOTHER
WEAK SPOT IN HER LAWS
Des Moines, la., March 17. For
two days iolicy shop gamblers have
defied the authorities, who have sought
under the state law to seize the gam
bling paraphernalia and close the
doors. Hundreds of arrests have been
made, and still the policy gamblers
continue to do business in the open
It is alleged that the game does not
come under the present state law, and
Governor. Cummins will be asked to
draft an amendment for the legislature
covering that character of gambling.
SOCIALISTS ARE IN FIELD
WITH TICKET IN DAKOTA
Sioux Falls, S. D., March 17. The
Socialist and state congressional con
vention nominated the following tick
et; Representatives in eongrtss. H.
W. Smith, of Sioux Falls, and S. A,
Cochran, of Brookings; governor, Free
man Knowles, of Iawrence county;
lieutenant governor, I. II. Burnside;
secretary of state, F. W. Webb, audi
tor. John Clancey; commissioner of
schools and public lauds, D. M. Clem
Graj 'and I would be assigwed to a
room and he would look over the regis
ter and see my name there aud he
would come to my room and I could
ly him the money. He directed me
to have nine $l,ooo bills to pay him."
The original telegrams sent by Hess
to his house in Chicago were offered
In evidence.' Senator Jewell's lawyers
made vigorous objection to their in
troduction at all. Judge Wofford, how
ever, ruled that they were admissible.
The first telegram Bent by Hess, read:
"Kansas City, Jan., 31. '. C. E.
Jacques, 107 Maple avenue. Oak Park,
Ills: If you have enough votes, all
right. If not It will take $9,000 to get
everything sure Mr. Jewell and his
friends. Answer me at once if to drop
this or not; waiting at Baltimore ho
tel. Am holding him in Kansas City
tonight. J. W. II ESS."
Hess testified that he told Jewell
the contents of this telegram and the
answer 'he received to it, and that
then in response to the suggestion
from Jewell, he sent the following tele
gram: "C. E. Jacques. 107 Maple avenue,'
Oak Park, III: My friend wants me
to meet Layton in Jefferson myself
and arrange if neeih-d; let me know:
must leave Monday noon. Can win
sure for us If arrangements are O. K.
In reply to this Jacques wired hira
to drop the matter "" that wv t.be
end of it.
SIOUX CITY BANK
HEAD IS INDICTED
Charged With Receiving Deposits
When Institution Was
Sioux City, la., March 17. V. E.
Brown, president of the First National
bank of Storm Lake, aud owner of the
Farmers and Merchants' at Lyuu
Grove, the Farmers and Merchants'
at Sioux Uapids, and the Bank of Boy
al, all failed, has been indicted by the
Kuena Vista county grand jury on
eight counts for receiving money after
he knew the banks to be insolvent.
Seven of these counts were for re
ceiving money in the Lynn Grove bank.
and one for receiving money in the
Sioux I Lipids bank. The latter indict
meut was returned upon the testimony
of II. E. Barrack, c'f totorm Lake, who
gave Brown a deposit of J?J,000. A. J.
Wilson, receiver of the banks, testi
fied that Brown's liabilities were over
Old Soldiers Disabled
One-Half at Sixty
Two. WARE SO DECIDES
Wilf Receive $6 a Month
Saving is Ex
pected. Washington, March 17. Commis
sioner of Pensions Ware, with the
approval of Secretary Hitchcock, has
promulgated the most important pen
sion ruling that has been issued in a
long time. It directs that beginning
April 13 next, if there is no. contrary
evidence and all other legal require
ments have been met, claimants for
pension under the general act of June
Ui, 1S90, who are over 02 years old
shall be considered as disabled oue
half in ability to ierforin manual la
bor, and shall be entitled to $0 a
month; over Cm 3-ears, $S; over 08
years, $10, and over 70. $12. the usual
allowances at higher rates continuing
for disabilities other than age.
Commis.loner YVr Explain,
Commissioner Waie, just before
leaving for a trip south for his health,
spoke as follows regarding the order,
which he said would save both the old
soldiiTs and the government a great
deal of money and time: "There has
long been In the bureau a rule fixing
a maximum age limit at $12 for 75
years. This was made dining Mr.
Cleveland's administration by Commis
sion Lochren. The G."-year minimum
limit has been a long while in force
In the bureau, but I am not advised
by whom it was establishet", nor is
It jwirticularly material since it met
with general acquieseuce.
BASED ON MEXICAN WAR PENSION
Disabilities of Old Age Set In t the Age of
"The act of congress which was
passed in the latter part of January,
1887, and approved by President Cleve
land, put all the Mexican war veter
ans on the jx-nsion roll thirty-nine
years exactly after the end of the
Mexican war. It would seem that
if thirty-nine years after the expira
tion of service a Mexican war sol
dier was entitled to a pension at 02
yenrs, and no other requisite for draw
ing a pension should exist except age,
to soldiers of tiie civil war, who fought
vastly more 2nd longer, at least a
good a rule ought to apply. The Mex
ican war limit of G2 years was Prob
ably brought about by the well-known
army limit of C2 years at which offi
cers are retired.
"There seems to be a general con
census of opinion that at C2 years
the disabilities of old age have set In.
The order could not have been Issued
earlier, because It is only now that
the thirty-nine years fixed by Ibe con
gressional limit has been reached. The
civil war ended April 13, IRoTi. and
in enlistments In the loyal states those
who enlisted after that time are held
to have no pensionable service - dur
ing the war of the rebellion. Hence
the thirty-nine yeaTS. wou!l expire on
Rill F Ml
Alliance Said to Exist
ALARMED AT POLICY
Think They Are About
to be Annexed
New Orleans, La., March 17. Ac
cording to mail advices received her3
an alliance has been formed by Bra
zil, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and Bo
livia to guard against absorption byi
the United States.
The belief, it is declared, prevails
throughout Brazil and Argentina that
in the event of a revolution in either
republic President Uoosevelt will In
tervene and recognize the revolution
ists, thus paving the way for annexa
DlWDHHd La.t Year.
The alliance was discussed first last
year, when Peru was believed to be
considering the advisability during the
recent revolution of asking President
Uoosevelt to establish a protectorate
over that county. The proposal re
ceived such strong support that the
other republics were frightened, fear
ing that with Peru as a stepping stone
to the formation of the proposed an
nexation of Peru the United States
might absorb the whole of South
Froposed by Argentina.
Argentina then proposed an alliance
of the South American countries. Bra
zil and Chile indorsed the project, anil
afterward brought Bolivia and Ecua
dor into the combination. The docu
ment was formally signed and seated
a short time after Panama establish
ed her independence.
LAST BOAT OF WRECKED
STEAMER IS PICKED UP
Brisbane, Queensland, March 17.
AH of the boats of the British steam
er Aramac, which was wrecked Sun
day morning on the Break Sea Spit,
off Queensland, have been picked up.
ur uie us passengers none Is uowi
the l.'Uh of next month, and It is" very
projier that the order should be Issued
fixing the '2-year limit as the mini
mum age limit, and the Biblical three
score and ten as the maximum.
"There Is an advantage and saving
to the government In the use of this
order, because every old soldier who
has reached the age of ("2 years I
able to prove almost without possibili
ty of doubt that he Is one-half disa
bled from earning his supjiort by man
ual labor. This being so It seems
unwise to put a soldier to the expense)
of time amd transportation to go to
a place where a medical board im
examine him to find that fact out; and
on the other hand. It seems unneces
sar for the government to keep loard
established and then pay $0 for the ex
amination of a soldier when the result
of the examination can be so accurate
AS TO SAVING ANI EX TENSE
Bare of the Former for Ilolh Parties) Lau
ter Matter of lioabt. ,
"I am of the opinion that this or
der will save the government a good
deal of money. Of the 200.000 exam
inations In the last year, If one-fourthi
of them were saved It would mak
$300,000, and perhaps an equal amount
in time and transjiortatlon to the old
soldiers who would have to go and"bj
"I am not able to say what expense
the bill would entail In the shape of
additions) payments. The expense to
which It will augment the necessity
for further appropriation cannot hm
told. There is a great unknown army
that has never applied for pensions.
It Is not known whether they woulrt
or whether they intend to. It wll
without doubt Increase the payments
to some extent? but no one Is able to
fix the amount. The bureau has not
considered that as the proper element
of consideration. What the bureau has
considered has been whether or not
It was the right and Just and proper
thing to do, leaving results to tako
care of themselves.
'I do not think, however, that the In
creased expense in the long run will
be very noticeable, because the death
rate is always to be considered, and
there is also to be considered the fact
that the ones to whom we five Uus
pension without proof other than their
ages would have proven themselves,
anyhow, under former circumstances
as entitled to the ieusloo by reuse a
of their disabilities."