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VOL. l.V. NO. 45.
THE ARGUS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1905. SIXTEEN, PAGES.
PRICE DCWO CENTS.
MRS. ROGERS PAYS DEATH PENALTY
HAVE NEWSYSTEM RYAN
CLAIMS ONLY HIGHEST MOTIVE
FOR DELIBERATE MURDER OF HUSBAND
IN PURCHASE OF EQUITABLE STOCK
Prepare for Consolidation o
Freight Business at
Gov. Bell, of Vermont
Refuses to Grant
REFUSES TO CONFESS
Closing Chapter of Most Re
markable Fight to Save
Windsor, Vt., Dec. 8. Mrs. Rogers
was hanged. The drop was sprung at
Mrs. Rogers was nronounced dead
by the prison officials at l:"1,..
Only a comparatively r-w persons
witnessed the hanging, the mini tier be
ing restricted to those permitted to at
tend ly the laws of Vermont.
Mrs. Hosts' neck was tiroken. Tli
body was claimed ti.v the mother and
lister, and will lie tmried at Hoosae
Falls. N. V.. where Hie mother. Mrs.
.losie Callahan, resides.
White Hiver Jtmctlon. f .. Dee. S.
The conference between Mrs. Rogers
attorneys, and Gov. for another
reprieve for Mrs. lingers was fruitless
l.itnta :U Mlnutea.
The conference lasted about 'M min
ufes. It was terminated by the posi
tive declaration of Gov. Hell that he
would not interfere In the execution.
The arguments offered by the attor
neys were not new. They simply ar
Kued for time. Mrs. Partlon. who
brought a long petition from Ohio, was
heard by the governor, who, after ex
amining the petition, said:
"I believe I know toe sentiment of
the people of Vermont as well as does
any person in this room. I see nothing
to discuss. I know of no law that Is
not uh much for woman as for man. I
consider that for me to again meddle
in this case would place me as chief
ex-cutive of the state of Vermont and
its laws in a ridiculous jmsition."
STORY OF LAST DAYS
OF CONDEMNED WOMAN
AS OFFICIALLY TOLD
Hy agreement between Gov. Hell,
Sheriff I'eck and Supt. Iivell. the fol
lowing official account of Mrs. Rogers'
last days was given by the prison au
thor!: ies :
'"The death watch began Nov. 28,
when Mrs. Rogers was placed in sol
itary confinement. The death watch
insisted of Mr. and Mrs. M. H.
Louckes of the prison staff, who have
Xiassed every hour, day and night, with
Airs. Rogers except lor an occasional
bri f relief by some other prison offi
cial. This room has contained two
beds, curtained off from each other, and
here Mrs. Rogers and the death watch
have slept night after night, and here
too, on a small table have eateu regu
Wlatluw fa la -!.
"The windows overlooking the pris
on yard are painted so the inmates of
the room had absolutely no opportunity
to see out of it. Mrs. Rogers has slept
well most nights since the death watch
began and her appetite has not failed
her. Int night she did not go to bed
without some urging. She retired
uliout 11 and slept fairly well until "
Hrpt la .Mti Spirit.
"Mrs. Rogers has been in gexid spr
its all the time, considering of course,
what must have been passing in her
mind in anticipation of the awful hour
of execution. She talked but little of
her case. She has ticenpied her time
to a great extent in crocheting lace for
aprons to le sent to relatives and per
sons who had sent money to her. She
has read the bible, has even commit
ted s(.me passages to memory and has
written a few letters to rLtivs and
s mpatliiiug persons.
ecr l.okl llwpr.
"She has never lost hope that in
some way her life might be spared and
even this morning appeared to retain
some faint i.l-a that at the last mo
ment something might interpose to
"The gallows were erected yesterday,
but every precaution was taken to muf
fle the sounds of the hammer and no
intimatton whatever that the work was! lowed the removal of the teeth. The
in progress reached Mrs. Rogers cell. flow of blood could not be stayed.
iriet Miaiatrrm. 1 Mitchell had long been a sufferer
Yesterday morning Rev. Father De- ,rom diabetes and other vitiating dis
laney. of the Roman Catholic church. eases.
administered communion to Mrs. Rog-J Kept Alive with Drug.
ers. and gave her spiritual consolation.) Portland, Ore., Dec. S. At 8 a. m. to
In the afternoon Rev. Hayes, the prison day Senator Mitchell was to all intents
chaplain visited her cell and read scrip- and purposes dead. Dissolution set in
tures and prayed with her. After he about 3 this morning. Efforts of the
went away Mrs. Rogers joined with physicians are being devoted to keep
Mr. and Mrs. Loukesia singing hymns, ing him alive vith saline solution.
THREE EXPECTED TO
BE PUT TO DEATH
Chinese Government Has Ringleaders
of Riot in Which Missionaries
Hongkong. It. !. Mail advices
from Lienehau say the commission ap
pointed to inquire into the massacre
of American missionaries in November
has examined SO witnesses, and that
-5 implicated persons, including a
Huddhist monk, have been arrested. It
is anticipated three of the ringleaders
will be executed.
Mrs. Rogers asked for the visit of the
clergyman and appeared to believe her
sins had been forgiven.
She had never confessed her crime
directly nor had she denied it. She
said she did not consider it brave to
go to the scaffold and make a confes
sion and that it would not do her any
good to telj what other people had
done. When she allowed herself to
dwell upon the ordeal of today, she ap
peared to be making every effort to go
to her fate bravely and with firmness
SKETCH OF THE CRIME
FOR WHICH THE LIFE
PENALTY WAS PAID
Windsor. Vt.. Dec. S. The crime for
which Mrs. Mary Mabel Rogers was
sentenced to death was the murder of
her husband. Marcus Rogers, at Pen
nington, Aug. i:., I'joz. At the time
the crime was committed. Mrs. Rogers
was only 19 years old. She had been
separated from her husband for some
time, and was desirous of marrying a
young man named Maurice Knapp.
On the day of the murder, Marcus
Rogers went to Pennington to visit his
wife, and that night she arranged to
meet him in the woods near Walloosac
river. While caressing him she indue-'
ed him to allow her to bind his hands,
and while he was powerless she cblpJ
roformed him. In this she was aided
by Leon Perham, a half-witted boy, and
son of a woman with whom she had
boarded. Another woman, EsteHa
Hates, was present. After chloroform
ing Rogers. Perham and Mrs. Rogers
rolled the liody into the river, where
It was found the next day.
In order to divert suspicion, the wo
man wrote a note, to which she signed
her husband's name, giving the im
pression he had committed suicide. Im
mediately after the murder Mrs. Rog
ers endeavored l colUct her husband's
lite insurance amounting to $5 and
also made arrangements to purchase
furniture for the house where she ex
pected to live when sht had married
A few days after the murder, Mrs.
Rogers. Perham and the Hates woman
were arrested. Perham made a com
plete confession and both he and Mrs.
Rogers were found guilty of murder in
the first deigree. Perham was sentenc
ed to imprisonment for life, while Mrs.
Rogers received the death sentence.
enlxlat ore Artetl.
I'nder the Vermont law, the power
of commutation of sentence rests with
the legislature, and the law also pro
vides t taut when a person is sentenced
to death the session of the legislature
must be held between t he time of the
sentence and the date set for the
execution. At the last session of the
legislature various attempts were
made to commute Mi.-. Rogers' sen
tence, but all failed.
Then an attempt was made to pass
a law aboii.ohing capital punishment in
Vermont, but that also faikd. An at
tempt to secure pardon for the woman
shared the same fate. A bill was then
introduced providing for the apjMiinf
ment of a state cotnmision to examine
SENATOR MITCHELL, OREGON, DEAD
Removal of Four Teeth by Den
tist Cause of Sudden
Portland, Ore., Dec
John H. Mitchell is dead.
Death resulted from complications
which followed the removal of four
teeth at the dental office yesterday.
A hemorrhage of unusual severity fol-
WITTE TO RESIGN?
Rumor Has it Russian Premier
Was Refused Relief
FERMENT STILL SPREADING
Encouraging Report of Attempt
Resume Business at
Rerlin. Dec. N. A dispatch to the
Tageblatt from St. Petersburg dated
yesterday says Premier Wilte has giv
en his resignation to the emperor, who
refused to accept it.
Lodz. Russian Poland. D c. S. The
revolutionary ferment is spreading.
The troops are holding meetings at
the barracks every day and many cases
of insubordination are reported.
Kailroatl ra Strike.
Warsaw. Dee. s. Advices received
here today from Salora. Riga and Or-
loff say the railroad men at those
places struck last night as a protest
against the proclamation of mart ial law.
IteaiiHie lliiMinexa nt Oilron.
Vienna. Iee. S. Dispatches receiv
ed here today from Lembeig, Galicia.
say general business is being resumed
at Odessa. Ail streets. However, are
still patrolled by strong military de
tachments. into the woman's sanity. This bill
passed the house unanimously, but was
defeated in the senate.
The date set for the execution was
Feb. 3. 1903. On Feb. 2 after Mrs.
Rogers had received the last rites of
the Roman Catholic church. Gov. Bell
granted her a reprieve until June 2,
in order that a claim of her attorney's
to newly discovered evidence might
be heard before the Vermont supreme
court in an attempt to secure for the
woman a new trial. On May 15, the
full bench of the Vermont supreme
court heard the evidence on which tqe
petition for a new trial was based, but
denied the petition.
On June 1 a second reprieve from
Gov. Bell removed the doomed woman
from under the shadow of the scaffold.
This reprieve was granted in order that
the United States supreme court might
pass upon the constitutionality and
legality of the proceedings governing
Mrs. Rogers' sentence.
I.nt Court ltrtiie.
On Nov. 27 last, the I'nited States
supreme court refused to stay sen
tence of the Vermont court.
With the decision of the highest
court in the land. Mrs. Rogers' last
hope for life vanished, as Gov. Hell
had announced he would not interfere
with the sentence of the court. Cer
tain disclosures regarding scandals in
the Vermont state prison at Windsor,
where Mrs. Rogers has been confined,
have, it is claimed, affected public sen
timent. According to testimony before a pris
on investigation committee one of tho
convicts at Windsor had access to Mr.i.
Rogers' cell some time after the first
reprieve was granted by the governor.
It was alleged this was part of a con
spiracy on the part of certain prison
officials to bring about such a condition
as would furthtr postjione the execu
tion. Mrs. Rogers is the first person
sentenced to death in Vermont in the
past 13 years who was refused clem
ency. BUFFALO DOCKS DAMAGED
Fire Destroys Property on Lake Shore
Valued at $200,000.
Buffalo. N. V.. Inc. s. Shops of the
Union Dry Dock company and the Krie
railroad's transfer and freight house
were destroyed by fire this morning.
The loss is estimated at $2ii,nnt.
WOULD SUCCEED BAYLISS
I. F. Edwards, of Dixon, Candidate for
Supt. I. F. Edwards, of the Lee
county schools, has announced his can
didacy for the office of state superin
tendent of schools. Mr. Edwards has
county superinteadent in Ix-e
county for the last 11 years and has another vein under this one the thick
been a very capable officer. He hasjnf"S3 hicQ has not been determin
. . . ed. While the thickness is not suffi-
been for a number of years extenstve.y itnt tQ WQrk wUh profit ordmariv Jt
interested in educational work, and is 0f exceptionally fine quality and is
also now- serving his second term as believed to be thicker a short distance
mayor of the city of Dixon. He is fr0m where the drill was sunk.
a director in the DeKalb Normal school
and is well known among educators all
over the state, having been at one
time president of the State Superin- ter B. Harrison, brother of the late
tendents association. He is now pres- President Benjamin Harrison, died e
ident of the Northern Illinois Teach- terday near Murfreesboro, Tenn., ageJ
ers association. . ' C5. . :
ABANDON THE HOUSES HERE
Change Comes With Completion of
Large Transfer Platform Now in
Course of Construction.
At soon as the transfer platform is
completed at Silvis, the freight busi
ness of the three cities will be consoli
dated at that point, resulting in the
abandonment of the Rock Island trans
fer freight house, which has been con
ducted at the old Rock Island depot on
Twentieth street. The construction of
the platform was expected to be com
pleted by Dec. 15, but the indications
are that the change will not be made
efore the first of the year.
Iterelvlnjc Office Only.
Hereafter the freight office of the
Rock Island in thi.- city will include
only a receiving office, such as is lo
cated at each depot station. Between
io and 25 men, now employed at the
local transfer house, will be let out
here, but will probably be given sim
ilar positions at the Silvis transfer if
they desire them. What disposition
will be made of the building is not de-
ided. The old Rock Island & Peoria
dejMit is not large enough to accom
modate the freight business, ami the
usefulness of the old Rock Island de
pot is nearly a thing of the past.
The alternative of remodeling the old
Peoria depot, and using that for the
freight office, and either razing the
present transfer house, leasing it for
storage purposes, or of erecting a new
structure for the local freight office,
are being considered.
Rock Island has been the "dumping
ground" of the freight business from a
wide radius, and as many as 40 cars
have been handled at the local trans
fer house in one day. The consolida
tion of the freight consists in transfer
ring the goods from one ear to another,
so that the freight for through points
is handled in full cars. All of the trans
ferring, not only of freight from the
tri-cities, but from all nearby iioints,
will be done hereafter at the Silvis
" Truuitfrr llonxe Kent.
The Silvis transfer will be conduct
ed entirely separate from the Silvis-
depot, and will be finder the charge of
a transfer house agent. As-yet no ap
pointments have In en made. The new
transfer platform and offices will be
the embodiment of the best ideas for
facilitating the transferring. The plat
form will be I'.uo feet long, with a scale
in the platform every l'iu feet. The
office will be at one end. The work is
being pushed rapidly.
It is expected that the consolidation
of the freight at Silvis. with the cen
tral yards at hand, will save from a day
and a half to two days on the handling
of the cars, as compared with the wor!
at Rock Island.
ROOT AND FOGLER
Exciting Sprint Changes Aspect of Six
Day Bicycle Race But
New York, Dee. S. The six teams
which for SO hours have been one-tenth
of a mile behind the De-dell brothers
in the six day bicycle race, engaged in
a long, desperate sprint early this
morning. When it was over only one
team had made up the lost distance.
Root and Kogler being the successful
combination. At ! o'clock Keegan ol
the Keegan-Iogan team, which was
well up towards the leaders, was forc
ed to withdraw on account of a sore
fool. Achorn of the Achorti-Downey
team. then withdrew and the partners
of the two retiring riders immediately
formed a new team under the name of
Logan ind Downey. This left nine
teams in the race.' At f. the leaders
were ''' miles behind the record, hav
ing completed UJftS miles.
MUSCATINE HAS CANNEL COAL
Vein of Exceptionally Fine Quality Is
Struck Few Miles From City.
Muscatine is still finding things.
The discovery' of natural gas which
has shown remarkably strong pressure
in four wells completed a few miles
west of the city, has been followed by
drilling nearer town for gas and coal.
The latest strike was a vein of cannel
coal two feet thick &0 feet down two
miles from the city limits
Brother of Benjamin Harrison Dead.
Nashville, Tenn., Dec 8. Capt. Car-
DENTIST TO PEN
Dr. J. H. Smyser, Former Mem
ber of State Board of Ex
IN OFFICE UNDER TANNER
Assisted in Giving Diplomas to Incom
petent Students Genmans Found
Chicago. Dec. S. Convicted of forg
ins and selling dental certificates ad
mining incompetent students to prac
tice. Dr. Jacob II. Smyser. a dentist
with offices in the Masonic temple yes
terday was sentenced by Judge Smyth
to pay a $:Jn fine and to the peniten
tiary under the indeterminate act.
Dr. Smyser was secretary of the
state board of dtntal examiners under
ov. Tanner, and used his office, ac
cording to the evidence, to defraud the
state. He was assisted by Edward
Flynn, who was formerly an investigat
or employed by the dental board, who
ilso was sentenced to the penitentiary
i rid to pay a fine.
Were lotll-ea In I1IOI.
The two men were indicted in
for conspiracy to defraud the state, a
year after Dr. Smyser had resigned
from the board. The discovery was
made that a large number of dental
students, who had not spent the requi
site number of years at a dental col
lege, were securing certificates. Sev
eral of the incompetent students locat
ed in Germany. Their incompetency
attracted the attention of that govern
ment and complaint was made to the
Responsibility Fixed for Disastrous
Wreck on the Union Pa
cific. Omaha, Dec. s. According io the
statement of Union Pacific officials,
the wreck near Rock Springs. Wyo .
yesterday, in which l' persons wet'.'
killed ami 1! injured, was caused by
the engineer and conductor of tho
freight confusing their orders. They
had received orders to meet four pas
senger trains, the last of which was
the Overland Limited at Ahsay. a sid
ing five miles west of Rock Springs.
The freight took the siding, and when
three of the trains, all of which were
running close together had passed Ah
say, the freight started west without
waiting for the Overland Limited.
FARMER BURNS MEETS MATCH
Hackenschmidt, the Swede, Proves the
Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 8. (Special).
Farmers Burns met his match here
last night in the person of Charles
Hackenschmidt, the Swede. Hacken
schmidt. who slightly outweighed
Burns, won a fall Gracco-Roman in Js
minutes, while it took the farmer i'J:
minutes to throw the Swede catch-as-catch-can,
won the choice of the third fall and
threw Burns in 1", minutes Graeco Ro
mnn. Hears from Fifteenth.
Springfield, 111.. Dec. X. (Special).
Ex-Gov. Richard Yates received follow
ers from the Fifteenth congressional
district today conferring with them re
garding his senatorial candidacy.
Clinton Justice -Dead.
Clinton. Iowa. Dec. x. L. M. Clark
aged ','.. justice of the peace and a vet
eran of the civil war. dropped dead yes
PAT CROWE FREED
H0RSES OF CODY KILLED
Spread of Glanders Feared by French
Marseilles. France, Dec X All the
horses belonging to the Wild West
show of Col. W. P. Cody were killed
yesterday to ailay the fears of the farm
ers regarding the spread of the gland
ers. The saddles, bridles, and other
articles of the equipment, as well as
the clothing of the stablemen, were
burned, and the railroad cars belonging
to the show disinfected. Col. Cody is
now in the United States encaged in
purchasing a fre.-h stud.
Yerkes Condition Alarms.
New York, Dec. 8. Physicians wh.j
are attending Charles T. Yerkes at the
Waldorf-Astoria admit that their pa
tient is decidedly ill. and that his heart
is in a weak state. li s condition re
matned unchanged yesterday.
TWO MORE EASTERN
LINES STOP PASSES
Norfolk and Western and Delaware
Lackawanna, and Western Follow
Philadelphia. Pa.. Dec. S. President
L. E. Johnson of the Norfolk am
Western railroad company, after a con
ference with President Cassatt of the
Pennsylvania railroad, made announce
ment that the Norfolk and Western
company would discontinue the issu
ance of passes at the end of this year
Word was received here last night that
President Truesdale of the Delawart
Lackawanna and Western railroad had
issued a similar notice.
New York, Dec. S. With reference
to a report that the New York Central
and Hudson River railroad company
had decided to discontinue the issuance
of free passes is learned that the com
pany took action to that end three
LAWSON GIVEN HEARING
BY BOSTON GRAND JURY
District Attorney Gives Financier
Chance to Answer Charge of
Boston. Mass.. Dee. S. Thomas W
I.awson figured in :m unusual proceed
ing yesterday when he was called be
fore the grand jury by District Attor
ney Moran. Charles W. Barron, put)
lisher of a financial news sheet, had
prtferred charges of criminal libel
against Lawson. Half a dozen of Bar
ron's witnesses were also summoned.
It is an almost unheard of thing for
a defendant, as Mr. Lawson Is m this
case, to be called before the grand jury-
in a case against himself, and while
neither Moran, Lawson. or Barron
would talk, it was said semi-officially
that Moran is inclined to think Bar
ron's charges were made out of re
venge, and so gave Lawson a chance
to fell his side of the case to the grand
It was also said that Lawson had
asked for an indictment against Barron
on criminal l;bi charge, but this could
not be verified.
Ade Perpetrates New Joke in Book In
Washington. D. C, Dec. X. "A hair
li is a misfortune, clubfoot is a de
formity, hut side whiskirs are man's
This is the inscription George Ade
wrote on a number of books of his
that will be put up for auction next!
week by the local association of grad-1
nates of Bryn Mawr college of Penn-
sylvania. Graduates of this institution
in nearly t very state are endeavoring
to increase its endowment. Ade and
other authors and illustrators contri
buted of their works. Each of these
has written, either in book or skeirh.
an appropriate sentiment.
Here is Mark Twain's sentiment. "It
is immoral to lie except for practice."
Horse Sells for $71,000.
New York. Dec. s. Water Cress, the
famous stallion, was auctioned off for
$71.onU yesterday. His purchaser was
.1. B. Haggin. himself a part owner of
the horse. Water Cress is the sire of
Water Boy and Nasturtium. The price
paid for Water Cress today was the
third largest ever paid for a horse by
an American owner.
SUNDAY WANTS TO GET 2,000
Revivalist Has Now Converted 1,200
Sinners at Burlington.
Rev. William A. Sunday has made
nearly 1.2W conversions at Burlington
and will remain two we'eks longer, dur
ing which time he hopes to reach the
OF ONE CHARGE
Omaha Jury Acquits on Charge
of Attempt to Kill
Omaha. Dec. H. Pat Crowe, who has
be-en on trial on the charge of shooting
with Intent to kill Officer Jackson on
the night of Sept. C, was last night ac
quitted. He was remanded to jail, where he
will remain untl; he can be trie-d on the
charge of highway robbery, in connec
tion with the kidnaping of Eddie Cuda
hy, son at the millionaire packing
house magnate, five years ago.
The other trial will probably cone
rntnee within a few das. There was
no law covering kidnaping s-t the time
the crime was committed, and for that
reason the highway robbery charge has
been placed against Crowe.
Refuses, However, to An
swer Some of Hughes
HE DEFIES ARMSTRONG
Reluctant to Give Light on
His Conversation With
E. H. Harriman.
New York, Dec. 8. The resignation
of Robert H. McCurdy, general man.
ager of the Mutual Life, effective Dec.
31, was presented and accepted by the
board of trustees today.
New York. Dec. S. Thomas P. Ryan.
who purchased control of the Equitable
Life by buying the stock of .lames H.
Hyde, was the first witness before tho
insurance investigating committee to-
To I'm ml I'nole.
Ryan testified that h bought the
Hyde K(ptitahU stock because he be
lieved that by so doing ho prevented
the most tremendous panic the conn
try had ever seen which he believed
would have followed if the Equitable
would have been put in the hands of a
receiver. Ryan said that after his pur
chase E. H. Harriman desired to share
in the purchase, but Ryan refused Har
rinian's offer. Ryan declined to an
swer the question as to what was said
it the conversation between him and
Thrritlru-tl In vrxllicnt lua.
Hughes said he wanted to know
whether there was any truth in the
report that It was hinted there would
be an investigation of the life insur
ance businesg if Harriman was not giv
en an interest in the Equitable. Ryan
declined to answer and was upheld in
his declaration by Paul . Cravath, his
attorney. Chairman Armstrong snltj
the question was proper and should be
answered. Hughes here asked if Har
riman had said anything to intimate
that anything disastrous would happen
to Ryan's interests i he refused to
shara with Harriman.
Ryan again refused to answer, a!
though Armstrong, In tha name of the
committee, directed him to reply. Then
on the advice of counsel. Ryan replied
that Harriman had not made such a
threat. Ryan said he had directed his
counsel to make the trusteeship of the
Equitable stock perpetual because he
no' want any heir of his ever to
control (he property.
Ryan said that he paid Hyde two
and a half million dollars for the Lit
ter's stock. He did not obtain an ad
vance from any institution. No on'
contributed to the payment. He knew
of provisions in ihe charter of the
Equitable thai stock can pay only 7
per cent in annual dividends. He said
he was moved t make the purchase
because he had large interests that
would be. affect tsd by financial disaster
and that hr foresaw disaster In receiv
ership for the Equit able.
JiiiIk-I II. v Uhnt r Do.
To avert this he thought he ought to
get possession of the security. His
theory was that a man is not Judged
so much by what he is as by what he
does, and it seemed worth doing, to
lake this property out of the hands In
which he believed it. was going to de
struction. He determined not to ex
ercise the veiling power, but. to put that
power into the hands of voting trustees
of so high a character n to l above
ADRIFT IN OCEAN
Thousand Japanese Soldiers in Danger
as Result of Breaking of a
Chefoo, Dec. H. Two Japanese army
officers, who have arrived here in a life
toat. rtport the transport Jinsen, which
left Dalny for Japan two days ago with
l.ooo troops and '.'.n horses aboard,
broke a propeller bet ween Shantung
promotory and the Korean coast and is
now adrift. The officers embarked in
the life boat and came to Chefoo to
PEORIA POSTMASTER IS HELD
Says He Was Robbed, But Is Charged
With Embezzling $178.
Peoria, III., Dec. 8. George Latham.
IHjMtmaster of the village of Peoria
Heights, ban been arrested upon the
charge of embezzling $17$ of the gov
ernment funds. A week azo Latham
declared he had beea robbed at the
i point of a gun of $17.