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VOL. LV. NO. 8J.
THE ARGUS, FltlDAY, JANUARY 19, 1905. TWELVE PAGES.
BIGELOU'S BLUFF JOT TO
BE GALLED BY THE SENATE
Believed No Attempt Will
Be Made to Punish
FOR HOLDING TONGUE
Consideration of Case Post
poned by Canal Committee
Till Next Week.
Washington, Jan. 19. The senate
committee on interoceanic canals has
postponed until next week the con
sideration of recalcitrancy of Poultney
Bigelow. It is believed he will go
Kefnitd to .lve amr.
Washington. D. C. Jan. 19. The re
calcitrancy of Poultney Bigelow as wit
ness before the senate canal committee
yesterday was shown as a result of
the statement made by him. that many
eminent engineers had declined to ac
cept employment of the government
because of the physical conditions on
the Isthmus. The committee demand
ed the names of such engineers, and
Bigelow declined to give them on the
ground that to do so would be to vio
late a confidence and subject these
persons to embarrassments.
, Witneaa Ik Thrratenrd.
Two opportunities were given to
Bigelow, but he persisted in his re
fusals. Morgan, who conducted the
last examination, warned the witness
in such a manner as to commit the
committee to punishment if he con
tinued to bring himself into con
tempt, but the advice was of no avail,
and the doors were closed for a second
rnatora Druiaail I'uuixhuirnt.
In executive session it developed
that the committee was agreed that
Higelow's offense was of such nature
that there could be no doubt of the
committee's power to have him dealt
KEEP WITHIN THE
Decision of Delegates to Moroccan Con
ference Mohammedan Sunday
Algeciras, Jan. 19. This being Mo
hammedan Sunday, there will be no
session of the rnternatioBHl conference
on Moroccan reforms, through defer
ence for the Moroccan delegates. In
the meantime exchanges of views be
tween the delegates of the powers have
brought an agreement not to consider
questions outside the prearranging of
the Franco-German program.
IOWA SENATORS INTERESTED
Sign Petition Protesting Against Exe
cution of a Woman.
Des Moines, Iowa. Jan. 19. Members
of the Iowa senate unanimously today
placed themselves on record as oppos
ed to the legal execution of Mrs. Tolla,
the New Jersey woman condemned to
die for the murder of Joseph Sontara.
by signing a petition for her full par
don. This will be forwarded to Gov,
Stokes at once.
LIBERALS STILL GAINING
English Landslide Brings Further In
crease in Majority.
London. Jan. 19. Twelve liberal and
two labor gains were announced today
as a result of yesterday's elections.
The totals now are: Liberal. 218;
unionists, 94; Irish nationalists, 70;
laborites, 37. ;
WRIGHT TO JAPAN
Governor General of Philip
pines First Ambassador
Ide His Successor.
Washington. D.-C, Jan. 19. Luke II
Wright, governor general of the Phil
' Ippines, has been named as the first
American ambassador to Japan.
Washington, Jan. 19. The announce
ment was made today at the war de
partment that Judge Ide. now vice
governor of the Philippine islands, will
be relieved from further duty on the
first of June next, after six years of
faithful andefficient.service. The pres
ident considers he is -entitled to the
dignity and honor of the governor gen
eralship during that period. Gen.
James F. Smith, now member of the
commission, will succeed Ide. Smith's
name will be sent to the senate after
the confirmation of Gov. Ide.
QUITS THE STRUGGLE
McReynolds &. Co., Controlling Two
Elevators in Chicago and One in
St. Louis, Suspend.
Chicago, Jan. 19. The firm of Mc
Reynolds & Co., which control one
large elevator in St. Louis and two in
Chicago, suspended operations yester
day. AH of their board of trade deals
were transferred yesterday afternoon
to Pringle. Fitch & Rankin, of this city.
General Manager Babcock, of McRey
nolds & Co., said that the trouble was
due to the high operating expenses and
a small run of business. He could not
give the exact figures, but said that
it is absolutely certain that no creditor
will lose a'dollar.
Chicago, Jan. 19. Federal Judge
Bethea today appointed the Chicago
Title & Trust company receiver for the
firm of George S. McReynolds & Co.,
and fixed the bond of the company at
WILLING TO MAKE
GOOD FOR BROTHER
Denver Man Offers to Pay Creditors of
Defunct Boston Bank if Given
Denver, Jan. 19. The Republican
today says: "To save his brother, G. D.
Gurley, who was caught recently in
the crash of the Provident Savings &
Security company of Boston, president
of the concern, R. A. Gurley of Den
ver, president of the Gurley Invest
ment company and Shenandoah Irriga
tion and Land Company of Colorado,
says the Shenandoah company will as
sume all liabilities of the defunct Bos
ton bank and pay dollar for dollar ii
the company is allowed to take over
the assets of the defunct b,ank.
AGENT A FORGER
Robert E. Ward, Representative
"Equitable Life at Joliet, is
NOW FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE
Pretended to Have Offer from Com
pany to Erect New Masonic Temple
Joliet. III., Jan. 19. Accused of for
geries aggregating $20,0ii, and with a
warrant for his arrest in the hands of
the sheriff. Robert E. Ward, agent of
the Equitable Life Insurance company
in Joliet, is a fugitive.
He left the city on Tuesday, the day
his irregular business dealings were
discovered, and has not been seen
since. Mrs. Ward" insists her husband
has gone to secure money to straight
en out the tangle, hut those who lost
by him hav no such hope.
The alleged forgeries consists of
notes supposed to have been signed by
many well known Joliet citizens, in
dorsed by Ward, and used by him as
collateral to secure loans. His oper
ations were extended to Morris. Ot
tawa, Aurora, Elgin, and other cities
Win HuMtlinK Citlzrn.
Ward was one of the hustling citi
zens of Joliet. a member of the Com
mercial and Union league clubs, and
prominent in masonic circles. Several
months ago he made a proposition to
the members of the Joliet masonic fra
ternity as coming from the Equitable
Life to give $200,000 to erect a new
masonic temple h"ere if the masons of
Joliet and vicinity would take insur
ance aggregating $1,000,000. It was
through this plan he was able to work
off the forged paper. He has been
speculating heavily on the stock ex
change, it is understood.
NAMES DATES FOR IOWA FAIRS
Association for Southeastern Part of
State Holds Meeting. '
Burlington, Iowa. Jan. 19. The an
nual meeting of the Southeastern Iowa
Fair association in session here yester
day elected W. II. Shopman of West
Liberty president and C. M. Clark of
Mount Pleasant secretary. The fol
lowing dates were selected for next
fall's fair exhiBitions: Burlington,
Aug. 7-10; Wapello. Aug. 14-17 ; Mount
Pleasant and West Liberty, Aug. 21
24; West Point and Tipton, Aug. 28
30; Eldon. Donnellson- and Columbus
unction, Sept. 5-7; Wilton and Fair
field, Sept. 11-11; Wjnfield and Clinton,
Champion Swimmer Dead.
Victoria, B. C. Jan. 19. B. B. Kler
ran. who held the world's swimming
championship, is dead in Australia.
Chicago Mayor's Traction Scheme
Passed in Committee of
GOES BEFORE THE VOTERS
Opportunity to Decide Whether Muni
' cipal Ownership Experiment
Is Really Desired.
Chicago, Jan. 19. Mayor Dunne's
$75,000,000 Mueller certificate ordin
ance was passed by the aldermen in
committee of the whole yesterday by
a vote of 3G to 28. The measure will
be reported into the council Monday
night, and after receiving the perfunc
tory stamp of approval will be in read
iness for the referendum to the voters
The Dunne men assert that the ac
tion is a great triumph for municipal
Would Unjoin City.
The controversy between the city of
Chicago and the street railway com
panies has been carried to the circuit
court by the companies, which have
filed a joint bill for an Injunction
against the city. The court is asked, on
constitutional grounds, to enjoin the
city from beginning suits against the
companies for violations of the ordin
ance providing against overcrowding of
the street cars. It is also asked that
the city be restrained from proceeding
with several hundred suits, now pend
ing against the street railways.
STRIKING DIXON CADETS
RENEW THEIR DEMANDS
Want Less Discipline Rock River Fa
culty Predicts Early Settlement
Dixon, 111., Jan. 19. The striking
cadets at the Rock River Military
academy spent the night at hotels and
yesterday marched to the school and
demanded that alleged harsh rules be
modified. Thirty or more of the cadets
gatherer! on the campus and for a
while the authorities feared violence.
Maj. Floyd telephoned for the police,
but it was found their services were
Failing in their efforts to accomplish
anything, the leaders returned to the
city and kept the wires hot telegraph
ing home for money. The fathers of
several of the cadets have arrived an J
others are expected. The faculty looks
for an early settlement of the trouble.
WRITER WAS NOT ARRESTED
Report Chicago Man Was Held at St.
Petersburg Declared Unfounded.
New York. Jan. 19. The correspond
ent of the Associated Press at St. Pe
tersburg, having been queried concern
ing the reported arrest of William Eng
lish Walling in that city for revolu
tionary activity, telegraphed today
Walling has not been arrested and
that the report to that effect is with
Chicago, Jan. 19. William English
Walling, a Chicago socialist student
and grandson of the late William H.
English, democratic candidate in 1880
for vice president, has been arrested
in St. Petersburg because of his al
leged sympathy for and participation
with the revolutionary party. News of
the arrest reached Chicago yesterday
The dispatches stated that since his
arrival in Russia a few months ago
W had had a staff of revolutionary as
sistants and had worked in connec
tion wth the Russian revolutionary
leaders, taking a part in their meet
Father and Son-in-Law Sued.
Baltimore, Jan. 19. Mrs. Charles
Eliot and her daughter, Mrs. George
Lerp. aged 19, have both begun suits
for divorce on statutory grounds in
the same court, the same attorney ap
pearing for both.
A $2,000 JUDGMENT
FOR LOST AFFECTION
Mrs. Elizabeth Hartman of Dixon Wins
Unique Suit by Default at
Clinton, Iowa, Jan. 19. Mrs. Eliza
beth Hartman of Dixon. 111., was
awarded a judgment for $2,000 from
Miss Maude Powers of this city yester
day afternoon. Mrs. Hartman brought
suit against. Miss Powers for damages
for alienating the affections of her hus
band, and the case was heard by Judge
Barker. There was no defense, and
the judgment was rendered in default.
The husband of the Dixon woman is
employed as fireman on the Chicago &
JAPS IN NEED OF
Washington, Jan. 19. According to
information received at the Japanese
embassy here the northern provinces
of Japan are suffering from a severe
famine which only the quickest relief
will be able to check.
Business Suspended Dur
ing Field Funeral
THREE SERVICES HELD
Organizations Hold Mass Meet
ings and Adopt Eulogizing
Chicago, Jan. 19. Funeral services
for Marshall Field were held today at
his late home and In the First Presby
terian church. The services at home
were characterized b simplicity and
brevity, and none but those immedi
ately connected with the family and
household were in: attendance. The
service at the church an hour later
was attended by many friends of Field.
This service, too, was private, admis
sion to the church being gained only
by the presentation "of a card.
Memorial Service llelil
In the afternoon a memorial service
was held in the Auditorium, which was
packed to the doors by employes of
Marshall Field & Co. Rev. John A.
Morison, pastor of the First Presbyter
ian church, officiated at all three serv
ices. The body of Field was placed
in a vault at Craceland cemetery di
rectly after the second service of the
Urenteat Honor IHitt.
Never before in the history of Chi
cago has such respect been paid to
the memory of a private citizen as was
shown today to that of Field. During
the hours of the funeral services all
the large retail establishments on
State street, and 1.000 enterprises op
erated by the Chicago Commercial
club and situated in all parts of the
city, were closed.
Hoard of Trade A l joiirend.
The board of trade held but a brief
session, and upon every club house
and prominent office building in the
business section flags were displayed
at half mast. A number of mass meet
ings were held by various organizations
during the dayVafld resolutions eulo
giziirg Field adopted.
WAS NATURAL ONE
Son of Mrs. Anita McMurrow, Mys
terious Philadelphia Woman
Philadelphia, Jan. 19. The coroner's
jury today rendered a verdict to the
effect that Mrs. Anita McMurrow, who
claimed to be the Countess De Betten
court. died of heart disease, and John
McMurrow, her son, arrested after her
death, was released from custody.
EPITOME OF DOINGS IN
Washington, D. C, Jan. 19. Follow
ing is a brief resume taken from the
official records of yesterday's proceed
ings in both houses of congress:
SKXATK In the sonale Mr. Tillman
presented hi resolution directing: an
invostipation into the removal of Mrs.
Minor Morris from the White house.
It was laid on the table by a vote of
54 to 8. without debate. The rest of
the day was devoted to (pei-ches by Mr.
MeCumber advocating th" pure food
bill and by Mr. Maliory opposing the
shipping bill. The (senate wt-jit into ex
ecutive session at 4:53 p. m. and at 5 p.
m. adjourned until Monday.
IIOIM-: The house ordered an inves.
titration to ascertain the amount need
ed annually to preserve the frigate
Constitution and paid a tribute to the
old ship. Nearly , all the rest of the
session was devoted to the perfection
and passage of a bill arranerinff for the
tinal disposition of the affairs of the
tive civilized tribes in Indian Territory.
It provides for eoncludinK the enroll
ment of Indiana of the tribes and allot
ment of lands to them. Many restric
tions are imposed.' Mr. I.ittiiuor report
ed the in-Rent deficiency bill and rave
notice that it would be called up for
consideration today. At 5:45 p. m. the
Statehood Bill Up Next Wednes
Washington, Jan. 19. As a result of
a conference in the speakers' room af
ter the house met today, it was decided
to bring up the statehood bill in the
house next Wednesday.
Washington, Jan. 19. Considera
tion of the urgent deficiency appropri
ation bill was begun by the house in
committee of the .whole. Littauer (N.
Y.) explained its items in the bill which
aggregate $15,215,503 including $5,310,
785, for the Panama canal.
SAW IT EACH DAY
Mrs. J. C. Barclay Tells of Love
for the Incubator
CASE IN PROGRESS AGAIN
Effort Made to Establish Identity of
Babe as Child of an Actress In
Lawrence, Kans., Jan. 19. After sev
eral minor witnesses had been exam
ined in the Barclay-Bleakley incubator
baby case Mrs. Barclay,' the plaintiff,
came to the stand. Necks were craned
and everybody in the courtroom leaned
forward to see the witness as she en
tered the witness box.
S. D. Bishop began the questioning,
and after securing her statements re
garding her trip to St. Louis in the
early part of the exposition, asked her
how often during her stay she saw the
baby in question in the incubator.
, "Every day," was her firm reply, and
she then proceeded to tell a most re
markable story about her love for the
child. "I secured a concession near
the incubator stand," said Mrs. Bar
clay, "where I sold toilet articles,
soaps, perfumes and other articles of
that kind, just so that I could be near,
see and study that baby." She then
testified the efforts she had made to
gain possession of it.
OtherK Would Not Do.
"I went to the hospital," she said,
"after trying in vain to find the par
ents of the child, and asked Mrs. Mer
rifield if she knew of auy child that I
could adopt. She showed me two ba
bies, but I was not satisfied with them.
Mrs. Merriiield then told me of the
baby at the incubator, aud said that
its mother was a single girl."
The witness was askedif Mrs. Mer
rifield would let her adopt the incuba
tor baby. "She said 'No.' " .
"What did you then say?"
"I asked her if this was the Bleakley
"What did she answer?"
"She said, 'Oh you are a representa
tive of Doctor Burford, are you?'"
"I asked her if she thought the child
was Mrs. Bleakley's and she answered
'If you want it to be her child it is,
but if you want to know, then it is
The witness testified that she had
sent a Mr. Martin of the incubator
force to Lawrence with adoption pa
pers made out for the signature of one
parent, that he had returned with them
saying that Mrs. Bleakley wished the
papers made out for signatures of both
parents. These, she testified, were
sent to Joseph Bleakley, of Leaven
worth, who came to St. Louis with
them made out for her.
The remainder of her testimony in
regard to the happenings at St. Louis
corresponded to that given by the mid
wife, Mrs. Merrifield.
Strong efforts are being put forth
by the attorneys for the Barclays to es
tablish the identity of the babe as a
child of Edit h Stanley, an actress.
UNITED STATES CONSUL
GENERAL TO BE REMOVED
Eugene Seeger Has Come In Conflict
With Ambassador Thompson in
Washington, 1). C. Jan. 19. Eugene
Seeger of Chicago, who is United
States consul general at Rio de Janeiro
is to be removed from office for the
good of the public service. Secretary
Root has made this announcement to
the friends of Mr. Seeger, who have ap
pealed to the president to retain him
in office. Mr. Seeger's proposed re
moval is due directly to his trouble
with Ambassador David E. Thompson
of Nebraska, against whom he trans
mitted charges. To the general atti
tude of Mr. Seeger is ascribed the de
cision of the president and Secretary
Root to displace him at Rio de Janeiro.
There is no reflection whatever upon
Mr. Seeger's integrity.
MINERS TURN DOWN
v TRANSFER CARDS
Proposition to Admit Those of West
ern Federation Encounters
Indianapolis. Jan. 19. The conven
tion of the United Mine Workers of
America today continued the consider
ation of resolutions. One of the most
important taken up was the resolution
favoring the acceptance of transfer
cards from the Western Federation of
Miners in lieu of initiation fee. The
proposition to accept the cards was
Iot by a decisive vote.
CONTROL OF QUITO?
' Guayaquil, Ecuador, Jan. 19. It is
rumored here Gen. Eloy Alfaro, form
er president of Ecuadorand leader of
the revolution against President Gar
cia, has occupied Quito, the capital, af
ter defeating the government troops.
EIGHTEEN LIVES GO OUT
IN ONE FLASH OF FIRE
Robert B. Roosevelt Must Account for
$127,984 Lost by Institution He
New York. Jan. 19. rThe United
Q(ato(t rtrenit nnurt nf rtnntnl has af
firmed a decision of the United States'
circuit court, made in August, 1902,
whereby Robert B. Roosevelt is direct
ed to account for $127.9X1 lost by the
defunct Holland Building association
"through die negligence and misman
agement of the defendant while acting
as president." The plaintiff is Elbert
A. Brincktrhoff, a stockholder in the
building association. The transaction
took place between 1S90 and 1S94. The
Holland Building association was or
ganized to buy the property at 33 Nas
sau street, where the Bank of Com
merce now stands, for future convey
ance to the Holland Trust company.
Mr. Roosevelt was the dominating
stockholder in both companies. Ac
cording to the opinion of Judge Tho
mas in the circuit court, Mr. Roosevelt
'"procured the cancellation of a mort
gage by the trustees of the Holland
Building company without the know
ledge of the stockholders." The ap
pellate court acquits Mr. Roosevelt
of fraudulent intentions, but refers to
the cancellation as "an act of spolia
tion." done with his "knowledge and
procurement." Mr. Roosevelt is an un
cle of President Roosevelt.
MEET TO DECIDE
FOOT BALL'S FATE
Representatives of Western "Big Nine'
Colleges Holding Forth at
Chicago, Jan. 19. The faculty and
representatives of the Western Inter
collegiate Athletic association, known
as the "Big Nine," and other western
universities met here today for the
purpose of considering what shall be
done with the present game of foot
ball. The meeting was called by Pres
ident Angell.- of the University of
REFORM OR STOP
Recommendation of Keep Com
mission With Reference to
Crop Statistical Work.
OUTGROWTH COTTON SCANDAL
Underestimates Have Been Too Com
mon Suggestions for Imprcve
t ment of Service.
Washington. D. C, Jan. 19. The
Keep commission, which investigated
the crop statistical work of the depart
ment of agriculture, has submitted to
the president its report, recommend
ing that the methods be improved or
the service discontinued. The report
is the outgrowth of the cotton scandal,
which discredited the department and
led to rumors that Secretary Wilson
would resign. One of the chief faults
pointed out is that under the present
system the bureau of statistic's esti
mates have been underestimates, and
the underestimates have been especial
ly great in cereal crops and live stock.
The rejiort makes no reference to Sec
retary Wilson's couduct of office.
The report makes various sugges
tions looking to the improvement of
the service. It says the crop condi
tions should be expressed in percent
ages without fractions, since the use
of fractions implies a larger measure
of accuracy than can be expected of a
mere estimate. It recommends that in
the case of cotton, the percentage fig
ure of condition he converted into
bales of indicated weight by a well
known commercial formula. It rec
ommends the transfer of the determina
tion of the cotton acreage planted from
the bureau of statistics to the bureau
of the census. A large diminution in
the number of correspondents of the
bureau Is also recommended.
ClViL ENGINEERS ADJOURN
Select Peoria for Next Meeting Place
and Elect Officers.
Rockford, III.. Jan. 19. The Illinois
Society of Engineers and Surveyors
ended its annual meeting with a ban
quet last night. Peoria was selected
for the next meeting place and officers
were elected as follows:
President Dabney H. Maury,
J Vice-President Edwin Main, Rock
I Tustees Prof. L. P. Brckenrldge,
i Urbana, and D. E. Hugans, Streator.
Dust Explosion Kills All
in West Virginia
BODIES ALL RECOVERED
Suffocation Cause of Death
Happened When Majority
Were Above Ground.
Charleston. W. Va.. Jan. 19. All of
the 18 bodies have been recovered from
the Detroit mines, the tcene of the
dust explosion yesterday. The bodies
show death came to most of them from
suffocation. Seven were married and
Mitjorlty Out f Mlnr.
Charleston. W. Va.. Jan. 19. Eigh
teen men were killed iu a terrific ex
plosion yesterday in one of the mines
of the Detroit &. Kanawha Coal com
pany, at Detroit, on Paint creek, this
county, 25 miles from here. The ex
plosion occurred at 12:30 o'clock. Had
it been either before or after the floon
hour the death list would have been
still more appalling, as hundreds of
men would have been killed.
l--or-r of Ksplwnloa (irrat.
The force of the explosion was so
great that the hills trembled. Tons of
wreckage and debris were hurled from
the mouth of the mine, blocking the
entrance and making the work of res
cue difficult. News of the awful disus
ter quickly spread to nearby mine,
and hundreds of men were noon at the
scene, eager to join In the effort to res
cue the entombed miners, if alive, or
recover their bodies, if dead.
The cause of the explosion in out.
yet fully determined, but it Is belie veil
that a blast Ignited the dust which ac
cumulates in the mines.
MADE QUICK WORK
OF C. A. BLOEfJBAUM
Missouri Midshipman Passed Upon in
Seven Minutes By Court
Annapolis, Md., Jan. 19. The cuir'
martial occupied but seven minutes to
day in reaching a verdict in the trial
of Chester A. Blotmbauui. of S'.
Charles, Mo., on charges of hazing.
This afternoon the court took up the
case of Charles M. James, of Grinnell.
Iowa. He is charged with hazing In
eight instances during September last.
ARRIVE AT CHICAGO
Noted Oriental Visitors Are Given Of
ficial Welcome Remain Three
Chicago, Jan. 19. The special train
on the Chicago & Northwestern roud
bearing Tuan Fang and Tal Hun Tzu,
imperial Chinese commissioners to the
United States, and their retinue, arriv
ed here this morning. Members of th'i
committee appointed by Mayor Dunno
met the visitors at the depot and fc
corted the party to the Auditorium An
nex, where they will remain during a
three days' visit in Chicago. "
Notorious Prison Closed.
St. Petersburg. Jan. 19. The Schlun
selburg state prison, fanioux an t lies
place of incarceration for so many po
litical prisoners, has closed. The pris
on was practically emptied on the oc
casion of the publication of the am
nesty decree last fall.
France Prepared to Enforce
Demand for Apology From
Washington, Jan. 19. It is learned
here France will demand an. immedi
ate apology of President Castro for
what is regarded as hib insulting: and
unwarrantable treatment of Taigny,
the French charge d'affaires. Three
French warships are within striking
distance of the Venezuelan coast and
two more have been reported from
Paris, are on the way to West Indian
Spanish Cardinal III.
Seville, Spain. Jan. 19. Cardiual
Spinola.archblsbop of Seville, is seri
ously ill, and his death is expected.