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VOL. I.V. XO. 100.
Efficient Consul Resigns
Because Salary is
PAYS OWN EXPENSES
Senate Committee Clashes Over
Amendments to Hep
Washington. Feb. in. "Opposition in
congress to an improied consular sen
ice with permanent tenure of office"
has caused the loss to the consular
service of one of its most efficient, ex
periencd officers by the resignation
announced with regret by the depart
ment todav. of James W. Davidson
consul to Antung. Manchuria, who, af
ter a service of nine years, retires be
cause of his inability lo longer draw
on his private income to maintain the
HuiuorM of t'iiiproiuiF.
Washington. Feb. H. With all sorts
of compromises rumored, the senate
committee on interstate commerce to
day resumed consideration of the rail
road rate bills. The rupture in the
committee yesterday causing Senator
Clapp to withdraw and Senators Dol-
liver and Aldrich to indulge in a heated
controversy over the character of
amendments offered, was smoothed
over temporarily at hast. Clapp, how
ever, was not present today.
Stumble Ovfr Word.
The committee session-continued un
til J:30 p. m. The discussion was con
fined principally to a definition of the
word "transportation." Chairman
Knapp of the interstate commerce com
mission, was before the committee to
explain his understanding of the word.
He took the position it was not ambig
uous as had been claimed as applied to
common carriers, and that it did not in
clude Pullman cars and express lines.
No agreement was reached.
Stalled In CouiuiiUrr.
Washington. Feb. 10. It became ev
ident yesterday during the discussion
before the interstate commerce com
iBittee of the various amendments, that
arrangements to discuss the bill dur
ing the next week would accomplish
no important result, so great were
the differences of opjionents and cham
pions of the bill. Clapp and Dolliver
charged that the amendments were of
fered to obstruct the perfection of a
bill that stands a good chance to be
come a law. Aldrich replied that the
amendments that had been offered
were offered seriously, whereupon
Clapp announced that he would "waste
no more time" in consideration of a
bill, but would be present to vote on
I he measure on Feb. 1G. He then left
the committee room.
After the departure of Clapp. Dolli
ver fook the committee to task for its
"levity" in considering railroad rate
SON TOOK MONEY?
Cordon Bigelow Charged With
Profiting by His Father's
RECEIVED IH ALL $122,000
Accusation Made irr Indictment
Henry G. Gol for Aiding Mil
Milwaukee. Feb. 10. Cordon Bige
low. son of Frank G. Bigelow. the de
faulting president of the First Nation
al bank, is alleged in an indictment
returned against former Assistant
Cashier Henry G. Goll to have received
SI 22.000 of the funds alleged to have
Leen embezzled by Frank G. Bigelow
Tm.rrrrnl to Ulna.
Various counts allege the senior Big
elow and Goll fraudulently transferred
money at different times in varying
amounts to Gordon Bigelow for his
TELEPHONE WAR IN MERCER
People to the South Are Determined to
Have Free Exchange.
Aledo, Feb. 10. A telephone war is
about to be opened in this community
In an effort to obtain free telephone
service for Mercer county. At a meet
ing held here recently the patrons of
the present companies decided to or
ganize a new company and stock is
now being solicited for this purpose.
There is a committee of 24 appointed
to look after this work. The owner
of the present Aledo company is J. W.
Directors of Rock Island Road
Name Successors to Leeds
YOAKUM CHAIRMAN OF BOARD
Mather on Finance Committee Other
Changes in Official Cir
cles. New York, Feb. 10. Directors of the
six companies in the Rock Island Rail
road system yesterday elected officers
to li II vacancies left by the resignation
of W. U. Leeds. The offices held by
the late Marshall Field were also fillet
In the position formerly held by Leeds
in the Hock Island company, Robert
Mather was elected member of the fi
nance committee: James Campbell, di
rector, and B. F. Yoakum, chairman of
the board of directors. Yoakum was
also elected as a member of the li-
nance comtuitte in place of Field.
CV. it. I. A I'. Officer.
At the Chicago, Rock Island & Pa-
e!fie Railway company's meeting. James
Campbell was elected a director and
also a member of the excutive com
mittee, in place of Leeds. F. L. Hine
was made a member of the executive
commission to fill the vacancy left by
The St. Ixmis & San Francisco rail
road elected C. W. Hilliard. director.
and F. I Hine, member of the execu
tive committee, both succeeding Leeds.
The Chicago & Eastern Illinois
chose George T. Boggs. director, and
F. 1. Hine, member of the executive
committee in place of Leeds.
FOR CHANGE IN POWER
Downfall of Aristocracy of Money to Be
Accomplished by Bryan-Hearst
Combination in 1908.
Ixniisville, Ky., Feb. 10. In an edi
torial in the Courier-Journal today Hen
ry Wattersoh discusses a Bryan and
Hearst combination in 190S, saying
that the aristocracy of money and cul
ture has received such a black eye that
a boy with a sling. "David" Bryan or
David" Hearst, will lay it low. The
republican party, he says, has grown
so strong that it has measurably lost
the-fear, of God.JLio declares that the
people are ready for a clean sweep.
GAGE IN CUSTOM HOUSE SCANDAL
FORMER SECRETARY OF TREASURY ALLEGED TO HAVE GIVEN NA
TIONAL CITY BANK TIP AS TO BID ON PROPERTY WHICH
FIGURED IN P ECULIAR DEAL.
Washington, Feb. 10. Lyman J.
Gage, who was secretary of the treas
ury when the old New York custom
house was sold to the National City
bank, told James S. Stillman, presi
dent of the institution, how much to
bid for the property. This statement,
made yesterday, came about the same
time that Representative Sulzer of
New York called up his resolution in
the house committee asking congress
to investigate the transaction.
Secretary Gage also was responsible
for the contract which enabled the
bank to get control of the property
without paying taxes to the city of New .
York. The government is not requir
ed to pay taxes and the retention of
the title by the government put thous
ands of dollars Into the coffers of the
bank, of which Frank A. Vanderlip. a
protege of Secretary Gage's, was af
terward made vice president. The
true story is now given from an au
Stillman lel Iecrlleil.-
When congress authorized the sec
retary of the treasury to sell the cus
tom hou?e it lodged in him discretion
ary power, so as not to force a sale at
a sacrifice. It was the understanding
of congress that nothing less than a
reasonable price should be accepted.
Secretary Gage advertised and re
ceived two bids, but they had not been
opened when Mr. Stillman called on
him and told him that the directors of
the National City had instructed him
to bid $3,100,000 for the property. Mr.
Gage said he was glad, but he could
not understand how a bank could af
ford to put that amount in real estate.
Mr. Stillman said the bank had de
cided to increase its capital stock by
$10,000,000 and so it could afford it.
Mr. Gage thought so, too, and he said:
"I would fiot accept less than $3,250,
000 for the property and I will not say
positively that I would sell for that."
After a hurried return to New York
Mr. Stillman, acting on the tip from
the secretary, put in a bid for $3,2C5,
000. notwithstanding the directors nad
instructed him to bid only $3,100,000.
Tip Held Kraponalble.
The tip by Mr. Gage gave him a
great advantage over the other bidders.
Stillman's bid was higher than the
other two and the property was sold
to the bank.
The property was sold under a con
tract and the title was not transferred.
The contract provided that the entire
THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10,
New Scheme by Colorado
Man Comes to
BLEW UP A CORPSE
But Fraternal Society Became
Inquisitive and Learned
Victor. Colo.. Feb. 10 J. J. McEach-
ern, whose death was reported on Jan.
22 and life insurance policies paid, was
arrested here last night by the city
marshal after a fight in which Mc-
achern was wounded by a bullet.
l-'act Kouml Out.
McEachern. it was reported, had
cen killed by the accidental discharge
of giant powder, but investigation by
fraternal society in which he was
nsured. disclosed the fact the body of
Re-sort Speed, who was killed two days
revious in a mine, had been unearth
ed, taken to the tunnel in which Mc
Eachern was working and blown to
pieces wilh giant powder.
Policy I'll I.I.
A life insurance company paid a pol
cy on McEachcrn's life.
SEND $5,000 PUNCH BOWL
German Societies of United States For
ward Gift to Kaiser.
New York. Feb. 10. A $3,000 silver
punch bowl, the gift of German so
cieties of the United States, was ship
ped yesterday for Europe, where it
will be presented to the German em
peror and empress cm the occasion of
their silver wedding anniversary Feb.
Longworth III, But Better,
Washington, Feb. 10. Representa
tive Nicholas longworth, suffering
from an attack of tonsilitis, is reported
much better today.
purchase price insist be paid before
the bank should be given possession,
also that the bank should pay 4 per
cent interest on the deferred pay
ments. Shortly after the bank paid
f 3.215.000. leaving a balance due of
$50,000. By Secretary Gage permit
ting the bank to make this large pay
ment the government lost the 4 per
cent interest while it still held the
There was a great demand for de
posits of government funds and Mr.
Stillman, to offset the payment of the
S3.215.ooo, induced Secretary Gage
to deposit $3,000,000 of government
funds in the National City, the bank
depositing United States bonds to se
cure the government. Thus the gov
ernment not only lost the 4 per cent
interest but. also turned over to the
bank $3,000,000 without interest.
PRESIDENT MAKES APOLOGY
To Personal Friends for Not Inviting
Them to the Wedding.
- Washington, Feb. 10. President
Roosevelt authorized the following
statement, which was given out at the
"The president and Mrs. Roosevelt
ask the kind consideration of the many
friends, who would under ordinary cir
cumstances, receive Invitation to Miss
Roosevelt's wedding. The capacity of
the White House requires, that under
existing circumstances, the invitations
be limited to the closest kinsfolk, per
sona friends of Miss Roosevelt and
Mr. Longworth, and certain classes of
officials in Washington. No friends of
President or Mrs. Roosevelt are be
ing asked, unless they also come with
in one of these classes; and even with
these limitations, the number of guests
threatens to overtax the capacity of
the White House."
Capture Prisoner Who Escaped.
Bushnell, III., Feb. 10. Charles
Frakes, who, with Arthur Willey escap
ed from Sheriff Taylor at Dwight, III.,
last Saturday morning while on'"their
way to Joliet to serve a two years sen
tence, was caught here in his home.
Willey got away and is still at large,
although his capture is looked for at
Frost at St. Paul.
St. Paul. Minn.. Feb. 10. It was 15
degrees below zero here today.
DOPED THE H0RSE?iR0AD BOWS
E. E. Smathers Accused of Giv
ing Lou Dillon Drugs at
Memphis Race. .
PROCEEDINGS AGAINST HIM
Said to Have Caused Own Animal,
Major Delmar, to Win a $5,000
New York. Feb. 10. The American
today publishes a story to the effect
that E. E. Smathers, the millionaire
horseman, has been accused of know
iug of drugs administered to Ju Dil
Ion. the famous trotter, at Memphis, in
October, l!ol. Smathers was drivin
his own horse. Major Delmar, and beat
Dillon for a gold cup worth $5,uu0
The cup has been taken by a deputy
sheriff out of Smathers' room, and pro
ccediugs have1 been hcgirii
bv Murray Howe, secretary
Memphis Racing association.
ers denies the accusation.
TO ACCEPT OFFER
To Serve on Insurance Committee
Lnwson Spends Day at
Des Moines. Feb. 10. Gov. Cummins
litis practically decided to" accept Thorn-
is Lawsun's offer of membership on
the insurance committee, though he
will make no definite announcement
uitil after a conference with Gov. John
son of Minnesota.
Washington, Feb. 10. Thomas W.
..aw son, of Boston, was at the capitol
yesterday. He came to the senate wing
first and then went to the house to see
Representative' McCall, of Massachu
setts. Mr. Lawson was the guest of
Mr. McCall at luncheon at the capitol.
at which Speaker Cannon, Representa
tive John Sharp Williams, Represen
tative William Alden Smith and Rep
resentative I-ittlefield were the other
guests. Mr. Lawosn had a conference
with Senator La Follette, of Wiscon
sin. during the afternoon. The senator
is a member of the insurance commit
Give President Dolan Trouble Hear
ting on Injunction De
ferred. Pittsburg, Feb. 10. A brief hearing
on the temporary injunction secured
yesterday by President Patrick Dolan
was heitl today before Judge Frazer.
Additional time was requested by the
defendants and Wednesday afternoon
was fixed for the final hearing. A ses-
sion lasting an hour was held by the
convention previous to going to court
in a body. It was the stormiest meet-
ing ye t held. There was opposition to
every matter presented by President
HINT FOR NEW YORK
Hadley Forwards Decision of Federal
Tribunal in Case Similar to
St Louis Feb 10 At t.irnev General
Hadley today forwarded to Judge Gil-
.Tersleeve of I he supremo court of New
V.vrL- n ertifle,! e..v ,.f 1 lie decision
of the United States circuit court, of
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Ulo ill nit: v l rx.7 m I in. iwu,hiv.
MnnnhPhiriiif miniinnv v William
Loehiner. whicli involves the precise
mixtion Hint is iiendinir before Judge
Gilderslee-ve In the Standard Oil com-
IJ.llljr i,icvr. i
The decision i favorable to the con-
tention made by Hadley in the Stand-
EPITOME OF DOINGS IN
Washington, D. C, Feb. 10. Follow
ing is a brief, resume taken from the
official records of yesterday's proceed
ings in both houses of congress:
SEXATK The senate missed the ure
-nt J-tiei-ncy appropriation bill prac
tically as it came rrom the rommiuce.
The only discussion wan over an amend
ment suirg-sted by Mrl Patterson to
strike out the provision relieving alien
worknien on the. Panama canal from
the operations of the eiKtot-hour law,
the amendment belns rejected. At 3:0S
the senate Went Into executive session
and at 3:15 ndjouVned until Monday.
. IIOCSK The house put on its usual
semi-monthly Krist oC pensions, pass
ing in 72 minutes 429 bills for the ben
efit of veterans who are barred for one
reason or another from cominj? In un
der the general statute. Seventy-five
per cent of the beneficiaries are either
blind or bedridden. Two amendments
to the Philippine tariff act of 1!M5 were
passed, the purpose beinK to rme)ve the
.lian.imlnalinn n n In... A mAriM n f 1 1 4
After passing a number of minor bills home with their data, which was sub
thc houK at 2:23 p. m. adjourned until mitte(j with suggestions to a special
190C TWELVE PAGES.
Pennsylvania Will Not
Fight 2-Cent Fare
ACT BY LEGISLATURE
Official Denial Made Company
is Interested in Retarding
Pittsburg, Feb. 10 J. J. Brooks,
general counsel lor the Pennsylvania
lines, said today the company had no
intention of contesting the two-cent
rate law passed by the Ohio legislature.
"The law is valid." he said. "The
only thing we can do is to operate un
der it I he best we can. We mean to
give the rate a fair trial."
James McCrea. a first vice president
of the Pennsylvania company, today de
nied the charge contained in the letter
of Gov. Dawson of West Virginia, to
Senator Tillman which was read in the
i'niteil States senate Monday.
Nut In I ere ted in Coal.
McCrea said, "the Pennsylvania is
not, and never has been an owner or
miner of bituminous coal, either di
rectly or indirectly and therefore.
could not have influenced West Vir -
;inian roads in which it is interested
to suppress the development of the
state to protect its own coal interests."
TO DEVELOP WITH
Stockholders of Southern Railway
Company Asked to Approve of
New York, Feb. 10. The announce
ment was made today that the South
ern Railway company decided to ask
the sttjckholders to authorize the issue
of a S20O,00o,00u development ing gen
eral mortgage with 4 per cent bonds.
ERA IN BATTLESHIP CONSTRUCTION
LAUNCHING OF BATTLESHIP, DREADNOUGHT, AT PORTSMOUTH,
ENGLAND, BRINGS REMARKABLE CRAFT TO ATTENTION
OF WORLD EMBODIES LESSONS OF EASTERN WAR.
Portsmouth, Eng., Feb. 10. The
battleship, Dreadnought, which, when
finished will have cost $7,500,000 was
successfully launched here today by
The ceremony was the most simple
possible, the king having vetoed all
decorations and pageantry on account
of the-death of his father-in-law, King
Moment of SiiMneiiMr.
There was a moment of suspense
after the king touched the electric but
ton removing the last block, as the
ship hesitated and appeared reluctant
to take the water. But, ultimately, she
glided down the ways in safety. Among
the occupants on the royal stand was
the American naval attache, Lieut.
Commander John A. Gibbons.
MurkM vr Kr:i.
The launch of the Dreadnought, the
1. i i . .. i i ... i. ;
'argesi ami most puwe.-in. w... v
f ie world's navies, marks the first
stage in wnai ine um.i uumu.u.j
Claim US the grcaiCSl acilieveiueui lit
naai cohmiucuoh. v-i. ""'
a few avs over tour mom us ago, wouv ;
... . . .1. .v. , I
was Commenced ill I-Olisinoiuii oh .lie
vessel, the first of what is to be known
as the Dreadnought class
Hie promise was mane men ihul
she would be launched within six
montns. l tie aumiiaity nas more man
made good their boast and Britishers
nave auoiner cause ioi pnue; in men
navy. Another twelve monins. an go
ing well, the Dreadnought will be com
missioned and join the Atlantic fleet.
thus beating all previous records in
battleship building by six months.
There are two reasons why work Is
being mshed on the Dreadnought. One
is the great saving in cost, but the
chief reason is that the ship is to some
extent an experiment, and it is desired
to give her a good trial before com
mencing construction on any more- of
her class. Great Britain, It will be
remembered, was the only power hav
ing attaches or observers on Japanese
ships during the Russo-Japanese war,
while expert British constructors were
given every opportunity of learning
where in the ships of Japan proved
weak or strong as the case might be.
These men were busy from start to
finish of the war, and immediately af
ter the battle of .the Sea of Japan came
Edward Cudahy Tells of Deliver
ing Ransom for Son,
in crowe kidnaping trial
Parent s Eyes Fill With Tears as He
Relates Details His Story
Omaha, Neb., Feb. 10. There was a
dramatic incident yesterday in the
trial of Put Crowe on the charge of
kidnaping Eddie Cudahy. when Ed
ward Cudahy, the millionaire packer,
told the jury how he saved his boy by
paying $25.ooy in gold.
'I took the money out there," said
Mr. Cudahy. '"because? my boy had bei:
vidua pcd. He was in the hands of
criminals. They had already commit
ed a great crime in taking my boy
from his father and mother.
"I took it then because they had
hreatened to put out my boy's eyes;
lecause they had threatened to cut off
iis ears; because I leared they s ouiu
murder hi:u. That Is the reason why
ave the money up, gentlemen, aim
that is the only reason.
"I can state, gentlemen, that I have
twice had death enter my house, but
I never suffered grcaU-r anxiety and
grief than I did during that time that
my boy was taken from me and until
he was returned."
As he spoke he leaned forward in
his chair and addressed himself di-
rectly to the jurors. He sfxike with
intense earnestness and displayed
much emotion. His eyes filled, and as
he conclude d his answer to his at tor-
I - ... - . . i 1 . i 1 . ; . I
'nts ,'",MW" ,,c "
clenched list on the arm of the cha.r
('dab.) Story Confirmed.
Other witnesses during the afternoon
confirmed Cudahy's story, among them
being M. I.. Sears, the attorney, who
drove to the bank for the money;
Cashier Wallace and Paying Teller
Shane, who delivered the money froni
the bank vault; Andrew Gray, the
coachman, who helped to lift it into the
the house: and "Paddie" McGrath.who
accompanied Mr. Cudahy on his lonely
With the exception of Cashier Wal-
1 ) r ' iv!im Vi!?.i rnimttiH flit mnnov ho-
fore' it was placed in the sack, each of
t hxo wifnpcpc ttt i fir 1 rn rrnca cv.
nminnrion that" ti,v h.i not ntnnitv
Seell the gold.
committee on which sat not only the
most experienced naval experts, but
the director of nava2 construction.
l.iord Kelvin, and a number of the lead
ing private ship builders.
The Dreadnought is the outcome of
their deliberations, an embodiment of
the lessons of the late war in the far
east, a ship apparently invincible, cap-
able at one discharge of her guns of
tnrowing witti unparallelled force
twice as mueii metal as any foreign
man-of-war now afloat, vhile her ar
mor will render her immune from at
tacks by any enemy's guns, and, some
claim, even against torpedoes, fired at
the usual battle range.
The details of the Dreadnought's
construction remain a secret, so well
has the admiralty guarded the plans.
Efforts of naval attaches to gather in
formation for their governments have
been fruitless. No information is forth
coming, the answer to all inquiries bo
ng the candid one that Great Britain
intends to maintain secrecy as to wlnt
her experts learned as a result of Ja
pan's experiences for one year, and by
rushing to completion the Dreadnought
will gain a year if not more in naval
construction over all other powers ex
cept her ally.
Cnrrlew llenvy Armament.
When ready for sea the ship will dis-lof
place 18,500 tons, but this is the least :J0 or 40 or more men were kllled or en
remarkable thing about her, for be- tombed by an explosion of gas Thurs
sides the ideas introduced as a result day. No more bodies have been found
of the far eastern war. Great Britain is and it is believed 15 men are still in
placing on her new fghting machine the mine. The six bodies taken out
the heaviest armament ever carried by yesterday were found in the east side
a ship. In the past British vessels of the mine, where the explosion oc
have carried four 12-inch guns throw- curred 150 feet from the bottom of the
ing .S50 pound shells; the Dreadnought pit.
will have 10 of these weapons of a new iit itoiiiea re Luxated.
type with a nuzzle energy of 49,508, Ike Speers was found with his
as compared with the 33.C22 of the mouth held against an air hole, evident
guns carried in as recent battleships ly trying to escape the effects of the
as the Majestic class, an increase in afterdamp. George Morris had been
power of 50 per cent.
In a great sea fight the Dreadnought
will be able to discharge every minute
10 projectiles weighing 8,500 pounds
with sufficient velocity to send them
25 miles or to penetrate about sixteen
inches of the hardest armor at a range
of about two miles. Unlike all British
and foreign battleships built in the
past 30 years the new addition to the
fleet will carry no weapon smaller
than the great 12-inch piece except 18 j
(Continued on Eighth Page.)
PRICE TWO CENTS
Moroccan Negotiations at
Algeciras at Criti
POSITIONS ARE CLEAR
it. r n .
France Insists on Special Priv
ileges, Germs ny on
Berlin. Feb. 10. The negotiations at
Algeciras have reached a decisive
hum, and a dissolution of the Moroe-
i can conference without an agreement
I on the principal subjects of discussion
I appears to be the probable result. The
positions of France and Germany have
now been clearly disclosed.
I iiui.i u Principle,
Kach country, supported by several
other powers, holds tenaciously to Its
own principle of settlement; namely,
France for special recognition in Mor-
occo because of her geographical and
historical relation to Morocco, and Ger-
many for a strict application of the
Monroe doctrine of etjual treatment of
all countries in the future of Morocco.
TO DECEIVE W.C.T.U.
Ohio Women See Through "Loving
Cup" Wedding Present;
Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 10. The vari
ous societies, representing the Wo
nS.ChrisUan Temperance Union in
Columbus are up in arms at the an
nouncement that the Ohio delegation
in congress has decided to give Alice
Roosevelt a punch bowl as a wedding
Kft u iDdignation 13 " abat"
delegation had decided to present her
I " "." rt '"vl" -ul' uie-n many women
tune 10 ue pracucaiiy a punca uowi.
"JACK THE STABBER"
Louis Police Say Waiter Out of a
Job Has Made Con
St. Ixmis, Feb. 10. John Brady, aged
22, a waiter out of employment, was
arrested today on suspiciem of being
known as "Jack the Stabber," who
stabbed a number of women on the
streets durine the uast three weeks.
The police state Brady has confessed
Brady was identified during the dav
by a number of women who had beeii
stabbed, as their assailant.
CAN NOT RESCUE
Afterdamp Prevents Investigation
of Remote Parts of Har
FIFTEEN ARE UNRECOVERED
Bodies Taken Out Show Force of the
Explosion, One Man Being
Blown to Pieces. j
Vinton. W. Va., Feb. 10. After
damp continues t hamper the efforts
re'scners in the Harral mines, where?
blown into several pieces by the force
of the explosion, his. head being found
several feet from the other portions of
hi3 body. The other four men were
lying with their faces on the ground
and their bodies severely burned.
Bank Reserve Decreases.
New York. Feb. 10. The weekly
bank statement follows: Ix)ans. de
creased. J4.C32.100; deposits, decreas-
! ed, $452,000; reserve decreased, $5,227.
jlOO; surplus, decreased, $5,184,050; e
I U. S. deposits, decreased, $5,179,525,