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THE ARGUS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY C, 190C.
PRICE TWO CENTS
VOL. LV.. NO.
Importing Arms and Drill
ing Men for Open
PEOPLE ARE DIVIDED
Conservatives and Moderates
Said to be Not In Sympa
thy With Movement.
St. Petersburg, Feb. C. Kovoe
Vrcmya today continued its revelations
In regard to the importations of arms
into Finland. The paper declared it
had evidence the radical organization
In Finland was preparing for open war
In support of the next outbreak of the
Russian revolutionists. Not only were
well armed infantry forces being drill
ed, but horses were beir. trained for
cavalry and artillery service and shells
for field artillery were being imported.
t'orrrct In t'nrt.
The statements of Novoe Vrcmya
ATTORNEY GENERAL IMPEACHES
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT'S LETTER
Moody When Cornered by Packers' Attorney in Beef Trust
Hearing Declares Chief Executive Went Too Far
in Implying Cooperation.
Chicago. Feb. C. Attorney General
Moody was today called upon by the
attorneys for the packers to admit. the
authenticity of the letter written to
him by President Roosevelt, in which
it Is plainly stated the department of
justice and department of commerce
were working together in the packers'
case, and with the permission of the
president, or to produce the original of
The attorney general declared he
would admit the authenticity of the
letter subject to its verification by his I
Strikes Passenger on Northern
Pacific at Helena, Mont.,
BOTH DESTROYED BY FIRE
Lost Control at Top of Steep Grado
While Engine Was Taking on
Helena, Mont., Feb. C. A runaway
Northern Pacific freight train crashed
into a passenger train two miles west
of the city at midnight, wrecked it
completely, set fire to it, and killed
four persons with the probability that
two more may have been burned to
The Dffld. V
The known dead:
J. N. ROBINSON. Missouri.
CHARLES BRICKLE. conductor of
the passenger. '
J. A. JE3SUP. express messenger.
FOSTER SNEGAL, of Elliston,
Edward Brown was seriously injur
ed. None of the passengers who es
caped with their lives was seriously in
jured. Krrlbl Kollowlns.
The passenger train passed through
Austin, eight miles west of Helena on
time. Following it was a long freight
train. At Austin the engine was un
coupled from the freight to. take wa
ter and the train left standing on the
track. There is a steep grade east of
Austin, and by some means the freight
train got started down the hill, crash
ing into the passenger. Both trains
were destroyed by fire.
Portland, Ore., Feb. 6. The Pacific
express was wrecked on the Oregon
Railroad & Navigation line near Bridal
Veil. Ore.. 30 miles east of Portland,
this'morning. Surgeons were sent on
a special from Hood River. Meagre
particulars state four persons were
killed, and four injured, two seriously.
1 Henry Republicans.to Meet. .
The annual convention of the Swed
ish-American Republican league of
Henry county will beheld at the court
house in Cambridge on Thursday, Feb.
15, the call having been issued by
President J. A. Horberg. of Osco, and
Secretary O. B. Olson, of Bishop Hill.
PALL OF DARKNESS
LIKE LONDON FOG
Chicago, Feb. C. From early morn
ing unti afternoon a dense pall of
Fmoke and clouds hung over the city,
making It one of the darkest days ever
experienced here. All stores were
lighted as though at night, and street
cars ran with lamps lit and headlights
blazing. At times it was impossible to
see more than a square in any direc
tion. are undoubtedly correct so far as the
Finnish extremists are concerned, but
the nationalists and even the social
democrats' organization disclaim auy
conditi6n or even sympathy with vio
Op poor l.nnKhofT.
The appointment of Gen. Ianghoff to
be state secretary of Finland, the con
necting link between the emperor and
the grand duchy, is unsatisfactory to
the FJnlanders. Yanghoff, though a na
tlve Finn, has been a lifetime in the
Russian service and has no adminis
(irodkoff 'amel for llumt.
Reports which have been in circula
tion to the effect that Gen. Grodkoff,
who became noted for his ruthless
measures in restoring order in the
Amur region and in Manchuria, will
be appointed viceroy in the far east
with command of land and sea forces
are semi-authoritively confirmed.
private secretary. The letter was pro
duced in court by the attorneys fo
the packers and a copy of the original
document, as it appeared in the pub
lished account of the proceedings of
the United States senate.
In .Not Correct.
The attorney general read the let
ter, and then said: "I feel it my duty,
uponreading this letter, to say in re
gard to this sentence which it con
tains without the permission of the
department of justice or the depart-
ment of commerce and labor,
8 NEGROES BURN TO DEATH
Only One Inmate Escapes When Dwell
ing in Maryland is Destroyed.
Baltimore, Feb. C. Early today at
Curtis Bay, Anne Arundel county, a
frame house was destroyed by fire in
which eight persons, all colored, were
burned to death. Only one inmate escaped.
HOLDS GANAL ATTORNEY DANGEROUS
JOHN F. WALLACE, FORMER CHIEF ENGINEER, CREATES STIR BY
TESTIMONY ON PANAMA AFFAIRS BEFORE SENATE COM
Washington. D. C, Feb. 6. John F.
Wallace, former chief engineer of the
isthmian canal, was again before the
senate committee on interoceanic can
als today. He gave a minute account
of conditions he found on the isthmus
and the difficulties he encountered in
getting material and supplies and the
delays that occurredin filling requisi
tions. (liven a Hint.
While he was cabling to have orders
expedited, he said, he received word
from Admiral Walker that cablegrams
cost money. It was a delicate hint, he
said, that he had better not use the
cables so much.
Year Wo L.OMt.
Wallace said he did a year's work,
and that his successors had no benefit
of his analysis or recommendations;
"because," he said, "the secretary of
war told me he did not want it and
had no use for me except on the isth
mus as directing engineer. He was so
angry in his treatment that he all but
Startling Knot ft HroiiRlit Out.
Washington, Feb. G. Because of the
multiplicity of his interests, whicjh
run counter to the interests of the
government, John F. Wallace, former
chief engineer of the Tanama canal,
gave it, as his opinion yesterday be
fore the senate interoceanic canal com
mittee that William Nelson Cromwell
is a "dangerous man."
Han Many Offirta.
From Mr. Wallace's statement it
would appear that Mr. Cromwell was:
Fiscal agent of the Panama repub
lic". ., -
- ' Director of the Panama railroad.
Counsel for the Panama railroad.
General adviser in all canal matters
ANOTHER PEORIA PARAGON EXPOSED
BY REV. GEORGE H. SHIMS' SU1GI
LAV7S0N IN IOWA
Boston Man Goes for Conference
With Gov. Cummins on In
SEVERAL OFFICIALS WITH HIM
Refuses to Make Statement cf Result
of Visit to Chicago, But Says
He May Later.
Des Moines, Feb. C. Thomas W.
Lawson, of Boston, arrived in De
Moines today for a conference with
Gov. Cummins in regard to the insur
ance investigation in Iowa.
u( A lour.
F. S. Monnett, former attorney gen
eral of Ohio; N. B. Broward, governor
of Florida; Fremont Older, managing
editor of the San Francisco Bulletin,
and several Boston newspaper men ac
companied him. Immediately upon the
arrival the governor met the party at
.Makra .o Statement.
Chicago. Feb. C. After a continuous
conference of nine hours Thomas V.
Lawson, of Boston, author of "Fren
zied Finance," Has coaxed out of par
lor N in the Talmer house last night
long enough to confess that the mis
sion which had brought him to Chi
cago had failed to develop sufficiently
for the general public to be taken into
his confidence. In another 21 hours,
he said, he might be in a position to
make aji announcement of interest.
Wirnted on Committee.
Lawson invited Cummins to serve
with four other distinguished reformers
on the committee to which he will
turn over his New York Life and Mu
tual proxies, and whom he asks to at
tend the coining annual meetings of
these two companies for the purpose of
electing good, honest, sound, business
men as directors.
Will Sre JoliiiMon.
The governor replied he would con
sider the proposition and after a con
ference with Gov. Johnson of Minne
sota, one of the other members, would ,
make a definite answer.
OF THROUGH FRAUD
McReynolds Elevator Company of Chi
cago Put In Hands of Re
ceiver. Chicago, Feb. C. The Chicago Title
& Trust company was today appointed
receiver for. the McReynolds Elevator
company. The officers of the elevator
company were charged with having
fraudulently disposed of more than
half a million bushels of grain stored
in the company's elevator.
by order of the president.
Counsel for the Panama legation.
Interested in the Panama American
Counsel for the French Panama
Chnrne Cnue n Stir.
The remark about Mr. Cromwell be
ing a "dangerous man," made to the
canal investigating committee and
coming as a climax to Mr. Wallace's
description of the important part Mr.
Cromwell plays as Pooh-Bah.' of the
canal enterprise, created a sensation.
It led to Mr. Wallace being closely
questioned by Senator Morgan and
other members of the committee con
cerning the apparently dominating in
fluence Mr. Cromwell from the first has
exercised in the affairs of the canal,
although, according to the testimony
of Secretary Taft and Chairman
Shonts, Mr. Cromwell has no official
connection with the commission.
To substantiate his statement of this
close, if not dominating relationship,
Mr. Wallace quoted the official state
ment Issued by Secretary Taft in pass
ing criticism upon the Wallace resig
nation, in which Secretary Taft, refer
ring to the presence of Mr. Cromwell
at the famous Manhattan Bote! confer
ence, spoke of him as "Mr. Cromwell,
who for some time has been charged
by the president and the secretary of
war with general advisory duties in all
Panama canal affairs."
Gives Inner Detail.
This strong bit of corroborative tes
timony added keen zest to the already
whetted appetite of the canal investi
gators for light upon the peculiar rela
tionship of Mr. Cromwell to this canal
enterprise, and Mr. Wallace was not
backward in giving it to them.
Manager of Yates Cam
paign, Pastor, Presi
dent of Two Banks.
Being Investigated One Finan
cial Institution Closed,
Run on the Other.
Peoria, Feb. C Rev. George H. Sim
mons, pastor or the r irst liaptist
church, president of the Interstate Sav-
ngs bank and the Peoples' Savings
bank. was recently appointed manager
of Yates' senatorial campaign in
Peoria county, was found dead in bed
this morning. ,.
Hud Ilecn Iim eNtlgntril.
He had been the abject of an investi
gation at the hands of tne state s at
torney, the two banks and his congre
at ion on the gravest charges, and it is
presumed to be a case of suicide.
Wife Kuund KeinaiiiM.
The "body was found by his wife
when she called Simmons to break
fast. A letter found beside him show
ed death had been premeditated. He
said this was his last, night on earth
and he wanted to leave a message of
undying love to all. In part it said.
o Illamc to YatCM.
"Also nothing must attach to cx-Gov.
Yates or his associates. ' He simply
gave me the opportunity which his op
ponents and my enemies have pre
vented my using."
The last line "that time fails me
should I attempt to write a personal
message" indicates he was dying as
he brought this letter to a close.
I netl Cyaultle of I'otaMMlum.
Three physicians, who were hastily
summoned, are of the opinion his death
was caused by cyanide of, potassium.
Coroner Baker has taken charge of the
remains. The People's Savings bank.
of which Simmons was president, in
the workmen's quarter of the city, did
not open its doors this morning. Cash
ier Ixikk said it would remain closed
until some future action was determin
ed on. There was a run on the bank
yesterday, and this morning a large
crowd surrounded the building clam
oring for their money.
One Hank CloNcd.
The Interstate Savings bank, of
which Simmons was president up to
yesterday, when his resignation was
accepted, and T. C. Heidrich elected in
his stead, was also the object of runs
yesterday and today. Early in the
morning the bank building was crowd
ed with depositors demanding their
money. Cashier Ansicker said they
would be able to stand the drain.
In City Five Year.
Simmons came to the First Baptist
church five years ago from Terre
Haute, Ind., and had been remarkably
successful. He secured national pub
licity two years ago by advocating the
dramatization of the life of Christ.
He became local manager of the
senatorial campaign of former Gov.
Yates a week ago, and shortly after
ward stories affecting his morals were
State's. Attorney Scholes undertook
an investigation, and yesterday secur
ed some sensational confessions from
boys of his congregation. Dr. Sim
mons was 40 years old and leaves a
PUT OUT OF NAVY
George H. Melvin, One of Pair Dis
missed by Bonaparte for
Washington, Feb. 6. Third Class
Midshipman George II. Melvin (lllli
nois), and Richard T. DeSaussure
(South Carolina), were dismissed to
day by Secretary Bonaparte.. for haz
ing. USES SLOCUM COMMISSION
President Names Old Body to Look
into Valencia Wreck.
Washington, 'Feb. C. In response to
the demand for a searching investiga
tion into the disaster to the steamship
Valencia, off the coast of Vancouver,
it has been decided by the president
that the commission appointed to in
quire into the General Slocuni catastro
phe shall make an inquiry into the
wreck of the Valencia.
Kills State Dispensary.
Columbia, S. C, Feb. C The house
today passed the bill to abolish the
state dispensary. The bill has already
passed the senate.
THIS MAKES IGE
Cold Wave Intensified in North
and New Records
SOME READINGS REPORTED
New England Experiencing Chilliest
Blast of Winter With Minimum
of 40 Below.
Rome. X. Y., Feb. C Northern New
York was today swept by a cold wave.
The coldest jKint was at Camden
where 40 degrees below was recorded
22 llclow in Yerniont.
Boston, Feb. C. A cold wave driven
by a high wind sent a shiver over
New England today. The coldest point
was Northfield, Vt., where the thermo
meter registered "2 degrees below,
t hill at .f York.
New York, Feb. G. Today was tho
coldest of the present winter in the
city, the mercury touching 5 above
Superior, Wis., Feb. C. At 7 this
morning the mercury stood "o'a below
LaCros.se. Wis.. Feb. C. The cold
weather intensified today, the thermo
meter falling to IS degrees below.
' At St. INiul.
St. Paul. Minn.. Feb. C. Street thcr
mometers registered 10 below today.
BODY THOUGHT TO
BE THAT OF BANKER
Find at Roanoke, Va., Throws Light on
Disappearance of a Pitts
Pittsburg, Pa., Feb. C The badly
decomposed body of a man with a bul
let hole through the head, found yes
terday in a thicket on the outskirts of
Roanoke, Va., is believed to be that of
Stanley C. Armstrong, cashier of tho
Washington National bank, who mys
teriously disappeared from this city on
Armstrong was well known in bank
ing circles in this city. His accounts
were .found entirely correct.
SENATOR PETTUS TAKEN ILL
Alabama Man Suddenly Attacked in
Cloak Room, But Recovers.
Washington, Feb. 6. Senator Pettus
of Alabama, had an attack of illness in
the democratic cloak room early today,
but soon recovered and took his seat
in the senate chamber.
MAYOR WEAVER FAVORS OWNERSHIP
PHILADELPHIA EXECUTIVE HAS BILL BEFORE LEGISLATURE TO
MAKE FEASIBLE CITY'S TAKING CHARGE OF GAS AND
ELECTRIC PLANTS AND STREET RAILWAYS.
Philadelphia, Feb. (. Municipal
ownership of public utilities is de
clared not only feasible but highly
probable by Mayor Weaver in the
event of the passage of the civil ser
vice bill now before the legislature.
Mr. Weaver expressed himself to this
effect in answer to questions as to
his advocacy of the city taking over
the gas works, operating its own elec
tric lighting plant and in the matter
of improved street railway systems.
Not Fen a I hie So.
It was made plain by him that under
the present conditions he would not
favor municipal ownership, but he
pointed out that with a proper civil
service law there was no reason why
the city should not be able to manage
its business as well as a corporation
or private concern.
At the same time Mayor Weaver
said that the ordinance being drawn
up by the city solicitor granting the
Commonwealth Electric company the
Keystone Telephone company's condu
its had not been submitted to him,
although he had knowledge that such
an ordinance was being drafted. His
ideas on the gas question, he said, he
was not ready to discuss, but he felt
certain that with the civil service bill
made a law Philadelphia could be in
trusted to run its own gas works as
well as all other public utilities.
Inxplrcd the Law.
It was gleaned from his talk that
he was largely responsible for the in
troduction of the new civil service bill
before the legislature and that he had
in viewthe probability of having the
city take over these utilities at some
Labor's Pact Dissolved.
To reduce expenses in the celebra
DONNELLY OF MEAT
CUTTERS' union IS
LOCATED AT LAST
Louisville, Ky., Feb. C It wa3
learned here today that President Mi
chael Donnelly of the Amalgamated
Meat Cutters' union left Louisville last
night over the Big Four railroad, his
destination being Chicago.
BANK IS ENJOINED;
Massachusetts Takes Prompt Action to
Stop Institutions Doing Bus
iness. Boston, Mass., Feb. C. A temporary
injunction restraining the Hanover
bank of this city from doing further
business in the state was issued today
as a result of an investigation into thf.
bank's affairs by the savings bank
commissioners, roster Hooper, vice
president of the institution, was ar
rested yesterday on the charge of us
ing the mails to further a conspiracy
THIRTY-SIX BODIES FOUND
Nine Men and Three Women in Num
ber Brought to Victoria.
Victoria, B. C, Feb. . Thirty-six
bodies of Valencia victims have been
recovered, including 12 brought in yes
terday, nine men and three women.
COMMERCE COMMISSION'S REPLY IS
DENOUNCED AS INSULT TO CONGRESS
illespie, Who Introduced Resolution Calling for Merger Investi
gation, Makes Scathing Address and Declares Ha
Will Call Upon President to Take Action.
Washington, Feb. C. Gillespie
(.Tex.) author of the resolution regard
ing the alleged Pennsylvania railroad
combination answered yesterday by the
president, declared today the answer
was an insult; that with the great ma
chinery at hand a complete, investiga
tion of actual conditions should have
XaiiM'M the It on (In.
He said such an investigation would
show: That railroads carrying bitum
inous coal to Atlantic ports are the
Pennsylvania. New York Central, Bal
timore & Ohio. Chesapeake & Ohio,
Norfolk & Western, and Reading.
IOim'Ii Hit!. Territory.
He asserted the investigation would
show there had been an allotment to
each coal carrying road of certain ter
ritory to prevent competition in the
markets by means of rate adjustments,
agreements and combinations.
Gillespie has prepared a resolution
tion of Labor day for which the or
ganization was formed, the Tri-County
Labor Day association, including
unions of Whiteside, Lee and DeKalb
counties, disbanded Sunday.
ROWLEY TAKES PEORIA
U. S. EXPRESS OFFICE
Leaves Rock Island Immediately Lo
cal Business Placed in Charge of
W. A. Bartz, Former Cashier.
R. A. Rowley, agent of the United
States Express company in this city,
leaves tomorrow for Peoria, where he
will take charge of the company's of
fice there, temporarily. It is possible
that the change will become perma
nent. Mr. Rowley has been the com
pany's agent here since last May, hav
ing been cashier of the Davenport of
fice previous to that time. He will be
succeeded here by W. A. Bartz, of the
Oskaloosa office, formerly cashier of
the Rock Island office.
PETTERS0N CASE ON TRIAL
Hearing of Testimony Begun in Circuit
Court This Morning.
Trial of the case of Mrs. Clara W.
Petterson vs. the City of Moline, was
commenced in circuit court this morn
ing. The plaintiff owns property on
Seventeenth avenue between Thir
teenth and Fourteenth streets, and
charges that mi account of the imper
fect drainage caused by operation of
the city this has been damaged in
value to the amount of 2,000. H. M.
McCaskrin is attorney for the plaintiff
and G. A. Shallberg represents the city,
assisted by Harvey McKinley.
Pennsylvania Mine Work
ers Depose Dolan
RESULT RECENT VOTE
Question Warmly Debated but
Action Was Nearly
Pittsburg, Pa.. Feb. C -At today's
session of the Pittsburg district con
vention of United Mine Workers of
America, a resolution demanding the
resignations of Presidents Patrick Do
Ian, Vice President Uria Bellingham,
and Secretary-Treasurer Dodds, for ac
tion in voting to accept the old wage
scale at the Indianapolis convention,
was presented by the committee on
I -!: r Ylitoroim.
When noon adjournment was taken
a vigorous debate was In progress
among the excited delegates. The res
olution finally passed, 1G" to C.
which he will introduce requesting the
president to direct the interstate com
merce commission to make an immedi
ate investigation of all these charges.
Clowe Dehnte Toniorrotr.
Washington, Feb. C. An agreement
was reached in the house today to
close the dehate on the railroad bill at
4:U0 tomorrow afternoon.
Clean fiirrrncy Hill.
Washington, Feb. C. Representative
Fowler of New Jersey has introduced
a "clean money" bill, which provides
that any person or corporation having
mutilated or worn currency may send
It by registered mail to the treasury of
the United States and receive In ex
change new currency without jxHtaj;j
or registration charge either way. The
bill appropriates $100,000 for transpor
tation of worn-out currency.
Taken I'p lloyeott.
Washington, Feb. 0. Tillman's reso
lution directing the committee on Im
migration to make an investigation of
the Chinese boycott of American goods
was adopted by the senate today.
McDonald 'on firmed.
Washington, D. C, Feb. 6. The fol
lowing Illinois postmasters were con
firmed by the senate yesterday: J. W.
Hancock, Casey; R. E. Lawson, Effing
ham; O. W. Balgeman, Elmhurst; E.
Gregg. Fairbury; S. D. Atkins, Free-
port; T. S. Reynolds, Harrisburg; C.
A. Si.mington, Sheffield; A. A. Sum
ner, Prcatonica; II. Brueggetnann, Al
ton; W. F. Eastman, Moline; H. A. J.
McDonald, Rock Island; T. G. Lawyer,
Tuft tilven llearlnic.
Washington, D. C, Feb. 6. Secre
tary Taft was before the senate Phil
ippines committee yesterday, and mad'!
his usual argument In support of the
bill for a reduction of duties and th
ultimate establishment of free trade
between the Philippines and the United
States, save in regard to sugar, tobac
co, and rise, which will be taxed 25 per
cent of the Dingley rates.
The senate committee has made up
its mind as to the action It shall fake,
and. while It will have several more
hearings, it is admitted by the sugar
trust representatives that the admin
istration has gained another victory,
and that the bill will be favorably re
ported by a majority of 7 to C, and per
haps 8 to 5.
POSTMASTERS FOR TWO
CITIES ARE CONFIRMED
Senate Acts Upon Names of H. A. J.
McDonald, Rock Island, and W.
F. Eastman, Moline.
Washington, Feb. C (Special. )
Capt. Hugh A. J. McDonald, jkiM master
at Rock Island, and W. F. Eastman.
jMistmaster at Moline, were confirmed
last evening by the senate. CLUM.
Goes to Chicago.
A. F. Bruchman, proprietor of the
Cross Country buffet, has deci led to
enter the field in Chicago and has se
cured a place In tho vicinity of Lincoln
park. He will probably not give up
his business here for two or three