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VOL. LV. XO. II.
THE ARGUS. MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1903.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT AT
LAST TO YIELD REFORMS
Real National Assembly
Provided for in
TO BE ISSUED TONIGHT
Veil of Censorship Drawn Upon
Horrors Enacted in
London, Oct. 30. An evening dis
patch to Reuter's Telegram company
from St. Petersburg says an imperial
manifesto nominating Count Witte as
president of the ministry will be pub
lished this evening, witn a mandate to
form a cabinet. The manifesto, it is
added, will also grant civic liberty and
legislative authority to the national as
sembly and extension of the electoral
St. Petersburg. Oct. 30. Tonight the
autocracy of the Romanoffs and the
old order of things cease to exist in
Russia. Emperor Nicholas has surren
dered and Count Witte comes into
power as minister-president with an
imperial mandate which will enable
him to convert the farcical national as
sembly into a real legislative body
elected by greatly extended suffrage
and to confer upon the people funda
mental civil liberties, including free
m: vr capita iw
These welcome tidings reached St.
Petersburg shortly before 6 this even
ing. Witte had spent the day with the
emperor at Peterhof, going over the
final draft of the manifesto, to which he
insisted that certain minor modifica
tions be made, and before taking train
for St. Petersburg he telephoned to a
friend that the emptror had affixed
his signature and that the imperial
mandate comprising conditions upon
which he had agreed to accept the of
fice, was in his pocket.
I'HKsx i mi mpi:iii:ii.
These include freedom of press,
right cf assembly, and immunity of
person, including the right of habeas
Witte insisted on a cabinet on the
British model, with a selected premier
responsible to the imperial douma, or
parliament, while the emperor clung to
the appointment of member of the
cabinet on the American plan by the
empercr as chief of staff.
St. Petersburg, Oct. :?. 112:55 p
iu.) The city continues outwardly
calm, but there is most intense excite
ment beneath the surface. Strike com
mittees continue to restrain the people
from violence. Only Cossacks are ab
solutely faithful to the existing govern
ClrlBK Hi Srhuul.
During the night firing occurred at
the polytechnic school, where a num
ler of students are held as prisoners.
The result la not known. A policeman
In the Vaslli Ostrov district this morn
ing was murdered on his beat. Many
)oiice, afraid of losing their lives, re
fuse to do patrol duty. News from the
provinces indicates the authorities are
getting control in some sections, but
generally the condition is growing
In many places students and strik
ers are fighting the "Black Hundred."
as bunds of roughs are termed. De
mands of the people are increasing pro
portionately with the success of the
demonstrations. The cry for a constit
uent assembly is now almost univer
sal. Kirllrxnl bated.
Warsaw. Oct. 30. (Noon). Excite
ment in the streets shows no signs of
abarlug. but no serious conflicts have
Odessa. Oct. 20. 5 p. xa. There are
persistent rumors in circulation here
today that crews of the vessels com
posing the Black Sea fleet mutinied on
Six Die Examining Coal Mine
After Recent Ex
Pittsburg. Oct. 30. Six minor ofii
cials of the Pittsburg & Westmoreland
Coal company gave up their lives at
12:30 o'clock yesterday morning when
they entered the Hadel Kirk mine No.
1 of the company at Hazel Kirk. Pa.,
IS miles east of this city, to ascertain
if a portion of the mine was still burn
ing as a result of an explosion two
Suit Case Mystery That Has Puz
zled Boston Officers
THAT OF SUSAN GEARY
Known As Ethel Durrell on Stage
Fiance Arrested at Pitts
burg. Boston. Mass.. Oct. 3. The identity
of the victim in the suit case mystery,
which has baffled the ioIite since the
discovery of a woman's torso in a suit
case floating in the harbor, Sept. 21,
has been established by Mrs. Catherine
Gtary of Cambridge, who declared that
the girl was her daughter, Susan
Miss Geary was a chorus girl in the
"Shepherd King" company. Her stage
name was Ethel Durrell, and she was
engaged to be married to Morris Na
than, secretary to the manager of the
"Shepherd King" company.
I'ollee Makr Kit ArreM.
A dispatch from Pittsburg. Pa., an
nounces the arrest there of Morris Na
than, the dead girl's fiance.
arriving at Samsun, Asia Minor, killed
Admiral Biriltff, and Chaukninand and
sailed back to Sevastopol after hoisting
a revolutionary flag. It is impossible
to verify the rumors. The authorities
are confiscating all political tele
.Mo Kntima.tr of Dead.
Odessa? Oct. 30. It is impossible to
fix, even approximately, the number of
yesterday's victims. Officials in charge
of the hospitals, cemeteries and lock
ups are strictly forbidden to give the
slightest information. The dead and
wounded, whose numbers must be very
considerable, have been removed by
the police and hidden out of sight of
Infantry Krpl la Uarraoka.
The infantry, of whose loyalty the
authorities are doubtful, are kept in
barracks, and Cossacks and gendarmes,
who show no disinclination to shoot
down people on sight, are left to deal
with crowds. At one barricaded corner
yesterday a student, on the appearance
of Cossacks, mounted the barricade and
appealed to them to join the people in
stead of killing their brothers who are
struggling for freedom of their com
mon country. The Cossacks answered
with four volleys, killing nine and
wounding about 4o persons.
Similar scenes are occurring every
where. Crowds fleeing before charging
Cossacks invade private houses and
hide in garrets and on the roofs. Many
private apartments have been convert
ed into temKrary hospitals for the
succor of wounded refugees.
Thirty-Two Killed at Odrima.
Odessa. Oct. So. Thirty-two persons
were killed and 1"S wounded by Cos
sacks in this city yesterday afternoon
in two street fights with students and
revolutionaries. The troops fired point
blank into the crowds without warn
ing. At one place 20 persons were
killed and CO wounded. In another
fight seven were killed and 30 wound
ed. At another point one volley killed
one student, three workmen, a girl, and
Klre In Air.
Lodz. Oct. 30. The situation here
grows worse. The infantry, when or
dered to fire on the people are dis
charging their rifles in the air. Crowds
tear down Russian flags wherever dis
GOOD SLEIGHING IN
PART OF WISCONSIN
Heavy, Wet Snow Falling in Several
of the North Central
Chicago. Oct. 30. Wet snow is re
ported falling today in Nebraska, west
ern Missouri, Kansas, central Iowa
and northern Wisconsin. There is
good sleighing at Superior, Wis.
PRINCE LOUIS APPROACHES
Second English Cruiser Squadron
Halifax, Oct. 30. The second cruiser
squadron under the command of Rear
Admiral Prince Louis of Battenburg
sailed today for Annapolis. An Inter
esting feature of the trip will be the
power and speed trial of the ships.
AT ONTARIO, CANADA
Southampton. Ont Oct. 30. The
wreck of a steamer lost in last night's
gale has been found here. At Kincar
dine the body of sailor, supposed to
have been of the crew, washed ashore.
EMPEHOT. NICHOLAS, OF 'RUSSIA
.l-t " r ?Z, J i ,
Who Has at. Last Yielded
IN HIGH STATION
Superintendent S. J. Ferguson
Elected President of Teach
NEXT MEETING AT FREEPORT
Honors Divided Between North and
South "Professor" Meese's Dis
cussion Welj Received.
Supt. S. J. Ferguson was elected
president ot the Northern Illinois
Teachers' association at the session
Saturday, at the close of one of the
most successful and enjoyable of meet
ings. The Rock Island county ttachers
returned Saturday evening.
"By a resolution in the committee
on nominations it was decided that if
the next meeting went to the south
of the district the presidency should
go to the north and vice versa," said
Mr. Ferguson in discussing his elec
tion to the head office of the associa
tion. "So when the proposition of the
Rock Island teachers to bring the
meeting here instead of taking it to
Freeport was turned down on the flixr
of the convention, there was an open
ing for the election of a man from this
part of the district to the presidency.
"As I was chairman of the executive
committee I had not felt that the light
ning would strike me and I was nor a
candidate for the place. It has been
the practice of the association to avoid
the precedent of elevating to the pres
idency the chairman of the executive
committee. The idea has not been to
avoid it altogether, but to prevent it
from being considered a stepping stone
to the presidency, and in some instan
ces the association has gone out of its
way to eliminate such an idea of pro
motion. So you see I had reason for
not being a candidate."
' IIIIdoU llialory.
"The meeting was most enjoyable
throughout. Rock Island having its
share of the honors. The discussion
of the subject of "Illinois History in
the School." by W. A. Mec-se was es
pecially well received and "Professor"
Meese was afterward besieged with
persons who wanted the paper pub
lished. "The railways companies were very
good to us, the Burlington giving us
special trains and carrying the teach
ers both ways with convenience, and
the Rock Island waiting here for the
The following officers were elected:
President S. J. Ferguson, Rock Is
land. Vice President John Hay, Carro'l
Secretary S. F. Parsons. DeKalb.
Treasurer C. E. Jones. Rochelie.
Railroad Secretary B. F. Htndricks,
Executive Committee S. D. Raines,
Freeport; Mies Czarina Giddings,
Rockford; Claude Brown, Bureau
Peoria. 111., Oct. SO. William H. An
derson. superintendent of the Anti-Saloon
league of Illinois, has tendered
his resignation and will make his fare
well address at the state convention of
of the league, which will be held In thjs
city Nov. 13 aid H.
Up Autocratic Powers.
Rear Admiral Train and
Son Roughly Used
MARINERS FIRE ON MOB
Americans on Pheasant Shoot
ing Trip Wound a Woman
and Trouble Follows.
Iondon, Oct. Ho. A dispatch from
Shanghai says Rear Admiral Train,
commander-in-chief of the American
Asiat ic squadron, and son. Lieut. Train,
have been victims of savage attack
by Chinese outside Nanking. .
The officers were pheasant shooting,
when the admiral accidentally shot a
Chrnese woman, slightly injuring her.
A hundred villagers thereupon sur
rounded the officers, took away their
guns, knocked the admiral down in the
mud, and held Lieut. Train as hostage.
Hrwiir Parly l.nntli.
Forty American marines landed as a
rescue party and were attacked by a
mob of Chinamen, who tried to pitch
fork the officer. The marines were
obliged to fire twice. Chinese officials
refused to restore the officers' guns,
and supported the villagers.
Strong Northeast Wind Retards the
Progress of Cruiser West
Norfolk, Va., Oct. 3'. According to
a wireless message received at the
t:avy yard, the cruiser West Virginia
was at If a. m. 50 miles south of Cape
Hatteras, and a strong northeast wind
End heavy seas prevailed. She is not
txpected to make the cape for l'f
MAIN BREAK IS SERIOUS
Three Deaths and $150,000 Loss Caus
ed at Chicago.
Chicago, Oct. 30. Three lives were
lost and property valued at $150,000
was destroyed; scores of families were
made homeless and freight traffic on
the Nickle Plate railroad was delayed
for several hours; all cn account of the
breaking of a water main at Eight
eenth and Clark streets.
SEE BANK'S BOOKS
Washington. Oct. 30. In a decision
today the supreme court of the United
States held that a stockholder In a na
tional bank, is entitled to inspect the
books of the tank.
MURDER IN BANK
Mayor Charles Nickel, cf Chenoa,
III , Victim of Brother-in-law's
CRIME IS DELIBERATE ONE
Slayer Takes Refuge in Vault and De
fies Citizens and Officers Sev
Bloomington. 111.. Oct. 30 It is learn
ed tpday that William LeDuc, who kill
ed Mayor Nickel and Stockman Jones
at Chenoa Saturday, planned the raid
on the bank with hopes of escape. He
visited his mother's home Saturday and
bade her farewell, saying he intended
to leave the country. The marvelously
quick gathering of people on the streets
prevented his plans and he was forced
to retreat to the vault. He burned
$1,500 in paper money in the vault.
Shot In Cold Itlooil.
Bloomington, IU., Oct. 30. Mayor
Charles Nickel, of Chenoa. was shot
and killed Saturday afternoon in the
bank of Chenoa, Hugh Jones, a brick
mason, was shot and probably killed
and two passersby shot and slightly
wounded by William Le Duce, a farm
er. Nickel, who was Le Duce's brother-in-law,
was cashier of the bank, as
well as mayor of Chenoa.
Le Duce came in from the farm in
the afternoon, walked into the bank
and without warning shot Nickel dead.
In the bank beside Nickel and Hugh
Jones were Cashier Nickel's son and
another boy. Both boys escaped
through the back door. After Nickel
had been shot, Jones attempted to grap
ple with the murderer but was him
self shot by Le Duce. Two men pass
ing who Le Duce feared might attempt
to capture him were shot by him and
Itrfuse In Vault.
An immense crowd, well armed,
gathered in the bank and attempted
to capture Le Duce, who drew the door
of the vault almost shut after dragging
Jones' body inside and kept everyone
out of range. Le Duce told the officers
that Jones was dead, but fear that he
was not, prevented the officers adopt
ing effective means of taking Le Duce.
Several hundred shots were exchanged
between Le Duce and the crowd, but
none so far as known took effect.
Nickel married Le Duce's sister. Le
Duce was married some years ago. It
is alleged he had domestic trouble
which Nickel adjusted, but Le Duce
always imagined Nickel had not act
ed fairly in the matter. It is supposed
the crime resulted from Le Duce's
brooding over his alleged wrong.
I'lnnlly il-n I p.
Le Duce gave himself up to the sher
iff at 9 o'clock at night and was
brought to jail at Bloomington. Jones
was found dead. It is said Jones was
killed by shots fired at Le Duce before
NO HORSE PLAY
IN THE COURTS
James Irwin, Complaining Witness,
Fined for Not Appearing in Pro
secution of McCall.
James Irwin, the complaining wit
ness in the assault and battery case
against James McCall, was fined $5 for
contempt of court Saturday afternoon
by Justice J. H. Cleland. The case,
which was set for last Monday, was
continued to Saturday on account of
the failure of the complaining witness
to appear. In imposing the fine on Ir
win, Justice Cleland called attention
to the penalty of $1,000 fine and a year
in jail for influencing witnesses to stay
McCall, the defendant in the assault
and battery case, was discharged on
payment of the costs in the case. The
case was brought by Irwin as a result
of an alleged assault mar his home, in
the lower end of the county in the vi
cinity of Reynolds. McCall, it was
charged, stopped Irwin on the road and
took exception to statements that Ir
win was said to have made. Irwin
claimed that when he started to drive
away, McCall caught the reins, and de
tained him, and that when he finally
wrenched the reins from McCail's
hands, the latter had hit him with an
ear of corn.
Swiss Liberals Win.
Berne, Switzerland. Oct. 30. Re
sults of the national elections yester
day, in which the liberals united
against the socialists, show the suc
cess of the former. Only one socialist
Celebrated 100th Year.
Mrs. Elizabeth North, of Yates City,
Knox county, Saturday celebrated her
100th birthday anniversary. She la a
r.ative of Virginia, a member of a fam
ily of 12 children, and married at the
age of 18.
Run on Bloomington Bank.
Bloomington, Ill Oct. 30. A run on
) the tavings department of the Cora
Belt bank commenced at noon today.
I All demands are being met in full.
! President Howells says the bank scon
I dition was never better.
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA
LOST MILLIONS BY FRAUD
MOLINE CHILD IS
BITTEN BY A LION
Little Effie Taylor Attacked While At
tending Mundy Shows at
While scores of school children were
pushing their way into Col. Mundy's
menagerie at Galesburg. Saturday af
ternoon a large lion on the platform,
which was inadequately fastened, leap
ed into the crowd, bore Effie Taylor,
the 5-year-old daughter of C. W. Tay
lor of Moline. to the ground and seized
her fifst by the waist and then by the
thigh, biting twice clear through the
thigh, and inflicting 12 bad wounds.
The child was rescued by Lieut. John
F. Hamilton of the state militia, who
seized the lion by the jaw while the
keeper beat the beast on the head. The
little girl's condition is serious.
EXPOSlTlW IS POSTPONED
Chicago Live Stock Shew Put Off Till
Week of Dec. 16-23."
Chicago. Oct. 30. The International
Live Stock exposition is postponed un
til the week of Dec. lfi through the in
ability of the builders of the new amphi
theatre to secure the structural steel
on time. All events pertaining to the
exposition will be held on days of week
corresponding to those arranged the
previously advertised week.
SANTA FE WRECK
California Limited, One of Best
in Service, Derailed in
THIRTEEN REPORTED KILLED
Occurs in Remote District and Delay
is Experienced in Sending
Kansas City. Mo.. Oct. 30 The
Santa Fe westbound passenger was
wrecked four miles from Kansas City
this morning. Thirteen persons were
killed and 25 injured, some of whom
The wreck occurred at Rock Creek,
near Sheffield, where the Santa Fe
tracks cross the tracks of the Missouri
Pacific on a trestle. It is stated the
train was derailed by striking a broken
rail, and the entire train went down
One of Flnrnt In SrnliT.
The train was the California Limited,
one of the heaviest and fastest in the
service. It left Chicago at lo last
night and was due here at 10:30 this
morning. It was comiosed of the reg
ular coaches, chair cars, tourist sleep
ers and Pullman sleepers. Relief
trains were sent from Kansas City to
the scene aud preparations made to
bring the dead and injured to Kansas
The scene of the wreck was in an
out of the way place and delay in get
ting relief to the scene was experi
enced. I'p to 12:15 ihe relief tram
had not reached Sheffield and the dead
and Injured were still at the wreck. At
that hour the number of dead wad
placed at eight. Rain added to the
difficulties experienced by the rescu
ers. ItnllN Sprrnd.
The wreck was caused by spreading
rails. The speed of the train was so
great it caused cars to pile on top of
each other. Under the wreckage were
buried scores of passengers and the
Among th dead are:
RUDOLPH RICHARDSON, a negro
JOHN MACGRKGOR. Fort Madison.
JOHN T. CAPS. Chicago.
JOSEPH SEYMOUR, Richmond,
WILLIAM HARRISON, colored por
ter. TUuix- Injured.
The seriously injured: George Doug
lass. Chicago; George Johnson. Chi
cago: Ralph Skinner, La Harpe, Kans.;
J. M. Killian. Gas City. Kans.; T. I).
Whit more, Carrol Iton. Mo.; J. Urowu,
Chicago; H. 11. I- Gardine, Chicago;
Artie Carter, Richmond. Mo.; Joseph
Rembart. Buffalo, N. Y.; Benjamin I.
Most of the injured were in the smo
ker. The passenger list was compos
ed largely of colonization tourists.
HABEAS CORPUS FOR
N. C. DOUGHERTY
Peoria, 111., Oct. 30. Judge Worth
ington granted a writ of habeas corpus
tor Newton C. Dougherty, confined In
the county jail for alleged defalcation
of school funds, but refused to fix a
date for the hearing.
Investigating Board Re
ports Finding Aston
Three Contractors by Agree
ment Not to Compete Robbed
Right and Left
Philadelphia. Pa., Oct. 30 By the
report of Mayor Weaver's board of In
vestigating engineers, made public yes
terday, it is shown that former Boss
Israel W. Durham and State Senator J.
P. McNichol have grafted the city for
$0,330,000 in the filtration and boule
vard jobs, for which they were the con
tractors. It also is estimated that 1,200 deaths
from typhoid fever directly are duo
to the dilatory methods employed in
the installation of the filtration sys
tem. Snpprrurd Competition.
One of the most gigantic and com
plete schemes for the suppression of
competition in municipal contracts ev
er known in history is laid bare.
Much of the work, it is said. Is of a
inferior quality, poor materia! being
used where the city is paying for first
class. The rakeoff in this way alone,
amounts to hundreds of thousands.
The report which was submitted to
the mayor yesterday is signed by
Major Cassius K. Gillette of the Cnited
States Engineering corps, who un
earthed the Ooerhn Carter frauds In
he Savannah harbor work and John
Donald ilacLennon of Washington.
Dig Profits Allowed.
It shows that up to date the city has
paid or pledged $18,761,511, whereas
the actual cost of construction has
been but $10,356,000. It allows Tor legi
timate contractors' profits 20 per cent
of this or $2,075,208, which, would have
made the proper charge $12,431.20S.
The rest is classed as overcharge.
Jhe city's losses, says the report
were brought about by excessive costs,
collusive bids, and Illegal advertising.
Gross favoritism on the part of the city
officials Is charged.
The contracting firms concerned are
D. J. McNichol &. Co., James J. Ryan,
and John A. Kelley, and Vare Brothers.
The members of the McNichol firm are
Israel W. Durham, leader of the local
republican organization; State Senator
J. P. McNichol, also a city leader, and
the latier's brother Daniel. The Vare
firm is made up of State Senator
George A. Vare and Edwin H. Vare.
Their brother William S. Vare, is re
corder of deeds, an elective office.
Thoite Held Itenponalble.
The officials held responsible by the
report for some of the conditions in
connection with the filtration system
are William C. Haddock, who was di
rector of public works under Mayor
Ashbrldge; Peter E. Coste'.lo, director
of public works under Mayor Weaver
until last May, and John W. Hill, form
er chief of the bureau of filtration, who
is awaiting trial on charges of fraud
and falsification of records in connec
tion with the construction of the filtra
DUBUQUE MAN KILLS RIVAL
Keeps Threat Against Another Found
In Wife's Company.
Dubuque. Iowa, Oct. 30 Finding bis
wife In the company of his former
partner, Roy Summer, In the Illinois
Central station yesterday, William
Clark hhot and fatally wounded Sum
mer. The woman escaped by leaping
upon a passing engine. When arrest
ed Clark said he had warned the cou
ple that if they ever met again he
would kill them.
MONEY IS MISSING
$25,000 Express Package is
Found to Contain Only News-
Helena, Mont., Oct. .'50. The con
tents of a $25,000 express package ient
from Hamilton. Mont., to New York
are missing and the Northern Pacific
Express company has several of Us
detectives force engaged in trying to
discover what became of the money.
The money was shipped by Charles P.
Kelley to N. W. Harris He Co.. for In
vestment. When the package reached
'New York, it contained only newepa-
i per clippings.