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ROCK -ISLAND AEGU
VOL. LV. NO. 120.
THE AHGUS, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 190G.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
ARE CALLED BANKERS GET OUT
CONCESSION raises licenses CONFERRING defense of coast
Two Resign From Board of Mu
Chicago Advances. Saloon Per
mits From $500 to
$1,000 a Year.
Subject Treated in Message Sub
mitted by President to
tual Life Insurance
Russian Law Making
Bodies Subject of
CZAR TO PR 0 RO G U E
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Two Houses Have Equal Power
in Initiating Legislative
St. Petersburg, March 6. An im-
penal manifesto and ukase relating to
the reorganization of the council of the
empire and changes in the constitution
of the national douma, as promulgated
Oct. 30. was Dublished today. The
manifesto announces two bodies com-
nosinz the parliament, council of the
-.rv.r-.. in,l nor.nr.'i. aaPTTlhlV Will DP
convoked and prorogued annually by
Kqual In I'owrr.
The council will consist of an equal
number of elected members and mem
bers nominated by the emperor. Both
bodies will have equal legislative pow-l
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ers m Initiating legislation and in o h-
it mattprs on I v measures passed Dy
iH - i.o .hn.i.i .i for lm.
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penal sanction. Both bodies may an-1
ii ii I thn olnrtinn nf nnv of fnpir mem-I
r.M. r..- n-r,onv.
The manifesto concludes with the
declaration that the author firmly
hopes the participation of representa-
tives of the people in the government
will contribute to the economy andr"1'"11" an mose implicated
welfare of the empire and strengthen
the unity of Russia.
Uapon Court InvrxtlRatlon.
St. Petersburg. March 6. Father Ca
pon, in an open letter, today denounces
Father Gregori Petroff as a traitor and
tool of the social democrats who he
says are fighting against the true In-1
terests of the workingmen. Gapon
also proposed a plan for a complete
investigation of his organization by
representatives of the various parties.
Charsni Cnoaril a Suicide
Petroff during the investigation of
charges against the Gapon organiza
tion of accepting money from the gov
ernment, charged a man named Se-
ehoff with having obtained $1,500 from
Gapon. Sechoff thereupon declared he
could not support the infamy involved
in the charge and, drawing a revolver,
lie blew out his brains.
Another Ilomh Kaetorjr.
St. Petersburg, March 6. A whole
sale bomb factory was captured by
the police today at the lodgings of a
druggist. One hundred and twenty
bombs were seized. The apart
ments have been the rendezvous of
students and revolutionists, 20 of whom
Ilomb In Hair.
Moscow, March C. With the bomb
with which she intended to assassi
nate Vice Admiral Doubasoff hidden in
her hair, a woman gained admittance
to the chancellery, but her plot was
discovered before she was able to put
it into execution.
Representing that she came from
personal friends of the governor gen
, eral, she would have been admitted to
the presence of Doubasoff had not her
agitation attracted the attention of an
aid. The latter noticed particularly
what apparently was the remarkable
luxuriance of the woman's hair.
When interrogated she attempted to
flee, but was seized. On being search
ed, the bomb was discovered hidden in
The identity of the woman has not
Negroes Object to "The Clansman."
Quincy. UL. March C. A large dele
gation of negroes, headed by the pas
tors of the African Methodist Episco
pal and Baptist churches, protested to
Mayor Steinbach yesterday afternoon
against the production here of Thomas
Dixon's play. "The Clansman." The
mayor took the matter under advise
ment. ACT SIGNIFICANT
Grand Jury Asks Instructions
In Campaign Contribu
New York, March 6. The grand jury
today made a presentment to Justice
O'SuIlivan at the court of general ses
sions, reciting that the jury had been
informed by the district attorney there
Is reasonable grounds to believe that
within the statute of limitations officers
or trustees of large corporations have
contributed money to political cam
paign funds. The jury asks advice as
to the future course to be pursued.
result of new demands
McCurdy Understood to Have Given
Pledge to Return from
New York. March G. Announcement
?' '"t, T.ilLfJTJi. I":
-.-a.il jl I lie uauivtU5 uvuoc ul l7 V t
& Co., as a member of the board of
trustees of the Mutual Life Insurance
I company, comes as the first develop-
ment after tne presentation of the
modified demand" of the Mutual In
side investigating committee, of which
William II. Truesdale is chairman.
A"bout the same time announcement
was made in Albany that Dudley Ol
cott, president of the Mechanics' &
Farmers' bank of that city, on Satur
I day forwarded his resignation as a
member of the Mutual board. Mr.
cott has been a trustee since 1S80.
I'ledsrd to Iteturn.
James Hazen Hyde, it has become
known, as well as Richard A. McCur
dy, former president of the Mutual.
gave to District Attorney Jerome when
sailed for Europe a signed pledge
that he would return to this country at
any time his presence might be re
quired in connection with the life in
surance investigation or court action
which may result therefrom. Had not
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lo.r ia"s OI ine Iormer Vlce President
OI tne Equitable.
The activity of Mr. Jerome in attach-
,nS strings to tne one-time leaders of
lhe . Insurance world, who have been
iu lureign pans, mui
cates that as soon as he has evidence
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" ' UUUB"aite vigorous
1U iae insurance scanaais
IN SEVERAL TOWNS
Elect Mayor of Muscatine by Small Ma
jority Party Shows Strength in
Muscatine, Iowa, March C. The clos
est city election in years yesterday re
sulted in a victory for Joseph Asthal
ter, democrat, for mayor, by 43 votes.
He defeated R. S. McNutt, republican,
who had been mayor for four years.
Two republican aldermen were elected.
One ward is a tie and in one a demo
cratic alderman is elected.
Gain for Democrats In Maine.
Portland. Me., March 6. The demo
crats carried six of the 11 Maine cities
holding municipal elections yesterday
and came within 1C votes of electing
their mayoralty candidate in Bath.
They gained Auburn, Rockland and
Waterville and retained control of
Lewiston, Saco and South Portland,
while the republicans carried Bath,
Eastport, Ellsworth, Gardiner and Hal
lowell. The great surprise was in the
vote of Rockland, where for the first
time in 23 years the democrats elected
a mayor, and furthermore carried six
of the seven wards, something never
before done in the history of the city.
Rodney I. Thompson, who was elected
by a plurality of 138 over Gardner L.
Farrand, made his campaign on the
IN A HOTEL FIRE
Driven Out and Lose Effects by Blaze
at Winter Resort Near Mobile,
Mobile, Ala., March C Fire of acci
dental origin this morning destroyed
the Spring Hill hotel, a winter resort,
seven miles west of Mobile. The hotel
was filled with guests from northern
cities and many had narrow escapes.
Nearly all lost their effects. The dam-
ago was $50,000.
CULLOM MEN CHARGE FRAUD
Result of Springfield Republican Pri
maries to Be Contested.
Springfield, 111., March C The Cul
lom faction alleges fraud in the selec
tion of some of the members of the
city committee In Saturday's primaries,
and State's Attorney Hatch, chairman
of the republican city committee, an
nounced last night that he will Ale con
test proceedings. The returns reported
Saturday night by City Clerk Reid
showed 16 Culiom candidates elected,
but today's canvass gave 12 Culiom
committeemen and 12 Yates commit
teemen and one doubtful.
Dies at Age of 103 Years.
Platnfif-lil Wis M.rnh Uenrv
Blair, the oldest person in this vicin-
ity, died yesterday in this city, aged
mi varc m mth. I
View of Lacey, of Iowa,
on Threatened Ger-
man I arm war.
FAVORS "STAND PAT"
deeS UlSaSier lO Larger inter-
-Hale Criticises Army
Washington. March C. Addressine
himself to those "who would not stand
pat even in a clover neiu, repreenta-
tive Lacey of Iowa took occasion dur -
iug the debate on the Indian appropria-
tion bill today to express himself on
tha ,,!. i.w nf tlic r:rmrm tariff.
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TJ .-.-..- i ?..-.. .f..n pnmnntirinllv I
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that the Lnited btates couiu noi ai-
ford to saennce ner commerce wnn
Great Britain in order to win German
markets by tariff concessions.
Home Market Greatest.
He illustrated this by figures show
ing how little we sell to Germany in
comparison with Great Britain and how
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littlc wo sell to Great Britain in com-
narison with our home market. Eighty-
seven per cent of the product of our
farms, he said, finds a market at home.
Ili-linlrk a Citinen.
Washington, March C. The house
today unanimously agreed to a resolu
tion declaring Anthony Michalek a cit
izen of the United States, a resident of
Illinois and duly elected a member of
the 50th congress. The Indian appro
priation bill, carrying $7,7S5,000, was
then taken up.
TalkM of Clilnexe Trouble.
Washington, March C. A bill to pro
vide for increased efficiency of the
medical department of the army was
called up In the senate today, and
Hale spoke in opposition to it. In the
course of his remarks he said the gen
eral stall had piepared plans for the
invasion or enma oy tne American ar
my, but he added he did not mean to
go into that subject, "for the secretary
of state is sitting on the lid and I do
not believe we are likely to have war."
Hale said it was the purpose of the
general staff to invade China, which
would be a declaration of war.
CORDAGE TRUST A
All Property to Be Sold as Auction as
Result of Failure to Pay Inter
est on Bonds.
Boston, March C. It is announced
all the property of the Standard Rope
& Twine company, otherwise known
as the cordage combine, has been or
dered auctioned under foreclosure, the
proceedings being set for April 3. The
corporation failed to pay the interest
due on bonds.
PROMINENT G. A. R.MAN DEAD
Maj. George Hopkins Had Held Vari
ous Posts of Honor.
Detroit, March C. Maj. George H.
Hopkins, former department command
er of the G. A. R., department of Michi
gan, who held an important confiden
tial position in the war department
under Secretary Alger during the Span
ish-American war, died today of paral
EPITOME OF DOINGS IN
Washington, D.'C, March C. Follow
ing is a brief resume taken from the
official records of yesterday's proceed
ings in both houses of congress:
SEATE Numerous bill.s on the cal
endar were passed, amonpr them l.einjar
one appropriatiftK $100. om) to pay the
expenses of the delegates to the third
annual conference of American states.
one provlcnncr lor compulsory euuea-
tlon in the District of Columbia and
another regru latins- the selection of of
ficers in the revenue cutter service.
Senator Knox submitted extracts from
the railroad laws of several states. At
3:30 o'clock the statehood bill was tak
en up and read and then Mr. Nelson re
sumed his discussion of the measure.
At 4:5;i p. m. the senate adjourned, un
HOCSK Ijfirislation by unanimous
consent under suspension of the rules
enabled the house to pass several bills
of considerable Importance. A resolu-
inal prosecutions have been lnaugura-
ted in the Northern Securities case was I
Shackelford of Missouri attacked the
concentration or power in the hands of
tlir: f" n i( i in tx f 'n ii tui I J I ill-.. I
bill. The senate measure providing for
a delegate In conKress from Alaska was
(lit ."-f 1. V 111 1 1 I 1 u 1 1 1 1 ! ! K uir I'M' ex I
penditure of $200,000 instead of $r.o.ooo
for the purchase of metal for nickels
leans and San Francisco was parsed,
At.:?. cloclt .the bouse adjourned
result of war on crime
Officers Pledged to Use Additional
Funds to Provide for 1,000
m ore Policemen.
Chicago, March C. As a step toward
stamping out crime m Chicago, the
city council last night passed an ordi
nance doubling saloon license. Here
tofore the saloon license has been $300,
Dunne should veto the ordinance, sa
loonkeepers will be compelled to pay
$1, 0(H) for the privilege of sellin
quor. with a license costing
Chicago has 7,01 . saloons. Ihe sa
loon element put up a bitter fight
against the high license plan, but the
ordinance carried ty a vote or 41) to
, . . i0oo
more policemen. The council finance
committee already has pledged itself
to use the money to increase the po-
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Mayor uunne announced as soon as
th,e result was reached. that he would
sign me measure whiiuul ueiay,
he did so today.
Berthe Claiche Confesses
First Degree Man
slaughter. ENDS PROMINENT CASE
Girl Falls in Faint in Court
Room and Later Becom'es
New York. March G. Berthe
Claiche pleaded guilty to manslaugh
ter in the first degree at the resump
tion of her trial for murder in the su
preme court this afternoon.
It exult of Conference.
This action was the result of a ser
ies of secret conferences which began
yesterday between representatives of
District Attorney Jerome and the de
fendant's counsel. Scarcely had Ber
the uttered the word "guilty" when
she fell back in a faint, and when at-
tendants revived her she became hys-
terical and her screams could be heard
through the corridors of the buildings.
Carried to I'rlwon.
All efforts to quiet her were vain.
and finally she was carried from the
court room to the Tombs prison, where
physicians were called to attend her.
Justice Davis discharged the jury and
will pronounce sentence March 29.
BACK FROM EUROPE
Legislative Agent cf Large Insurance
Companies Comes Within Range
of the Courts.
New York, March C. Andrew Ham
ilton, legislative agent for several large,
insurance companies, ' returned from
Europe today on the steamship
Deutschland. Hamilton said as soon
as he heard original proceedings were
contemplated Jie decided to return to
tho United States.
MINERS GO HOME
Prospect of Strike Sends
Thousands of Foreigners
Back to Europe.
New York, March C. More than a
thousand Hungarians and Slavs from
the anthracite coal regions attempted
lo obtain nassaee on the Steamer Kai
Wilhelm Der Grosse, which sailed
for Europe today.; Only 780 could be
accommodated. The men said they
are only the advance'guard of thous-
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ands of their fellow countrymen v, ho
wj.l leave the cpal fields within the
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next few weeks for their homes. They
appeared to believe-the strike in the
coal regions certain and said they have
decided to go home and remain until
tho trnMi , oMf,,
Delegates From All See-
tions Attend Meeting
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STUDY ELECTION LAWS
Josiah Quincy, Chairman, Gives
Much Credit to Austra
New York, March C. Delegates from
nearly every section of the country
were present today at the opening of
the second national conference for re-
form of primary and election laws and
corrupt practice acts under the aus
pices of the National Civic Federation.
.Vear Ilt-nrt at People.
0rnr S Strniiu rrp;irlont nf thp
conference onened the meetine with
an address on "The Reform of Primar
ies and Election Laws." He declared
there is no subject today of more vital
concern to the people of this country,
irrespective of party affiliations, than
that the principles of popular govern
ment should be handed down from
generation to generation, pure and un
Credit to AiiNlriill.iii I.inv.
Straus introduced as the presiding
officer of the session Josiah Quinev.
former mayor of Boston. Quincy said
he believed most of the reforms in the
election system could be traced to the
Australian ballot law, which dates
back more than 15 years.
MAY BAR STATE
Radical New Move Considered by Anti-
Saloon Forces cf Gales
burg. Galesburg, 111., March C. Steps may
be taken to prevent the State Liquor
Dealers' association from holding its
annual convention here as the result
of an appeal made by Miss Eva Shonts
of Chicago in a temperance lecture last
night. She urged the men of this col
lege city to bar out the brewers, and
a plan of action is being discussed by
LINCOLN TALKS OWNERSHIP
Nebraska Capital Also to Extend Mu
nicipal Lighting Service.
Lincoln, Neb., March G. Two ques
tion of municipal ownership of the
street railway system of Lincoln will
be put to a vote of the people. That
was the unanimous decision of mem
bers of the Commercial club, to whom
had been referred the matter by a mass
meeting of citizens held a week ago.
Agitation for municipal ownership h"as
been the outgrowth of the seeming in
ability of the city to satisfy a tax lien
held against the street railway com
pany. If, after the people have de
clared for municipal ownership, it is
found inadvisable to acquire the pres
ent system, it was recommended that
the city build and equip a new plant,
paralleling existing lines. It was re
solved also to add to the municipal
lighting plant so as to make commer
cial lighting iossible.
LAKE ERIE NAVIGATION OPEN
Steamer City of Detriot Sails From
- Detroit for Cleveland.
Detroit, March C. Navigation be
tween Detroit and Cleveland opened
yesterday when the Detroit and Cleve
land steamer City of Detroit, with 100
passengers and a large load of freight,
left here for the Lake Erie port. With
one exception, this is the earliest open
ing of navigation across Lake Erie in
26 years. Reports to A. A. Shantz,
general passenger traffic manager of
the Detroit and Cleveland line, from
the mouth of the river and points in
Lake Erie are that very little ice is in
Takes Mucilage for Poison.
Shamokin, Fa., March C. Following
a quarrel with his wife, Albert de Long
Jr., swallowed, what ho thought was
poison. The bottle contained mucilage.
which stuck in his troat and almost
smothered him. For the time his jaws
were locked fast. When his wife
learned the state of affairs she laughed
at him. He tried to chide her, but his
tongue was pasted fast to the roof of
his mouth. The pair later became re
conciled. More Warships for Germany.
Berlin, March 6. The appropriations
committee of the Reichstag today ap
proved the government's measure pro
viding for the construction of six ad
ditional armored, cruisers.
PLANS MADE BY JOINT BOARD
Points Out Necessity of Expending
Considerable Sums to Strength
en Our Position.
Washington. March C. President
Roosevelt sent a message to congress
yesterday afternoon accompanying
plans for the coast defense prepared
by the joint board of army and navy
officers, in which lie emphasized tne
necessity for further defenses and re
views the history of defensive works
in this country.
The president calls especial atten
tion to the resolution of the board that
the entrance to Chesapeake bay be
added to the list of places In the Uni
ted States to be defended.
Cannot lie VeKlecteI.
He says insular possessions cannot
be longer neglected if the United
States desires to hold them. Defenses
are recommended for Manila bay,
Pearl Harbor, Cuanianamo, Guam, San
Juan, and Honolulu, because of their
strategic locations. Defenses are rec
ommended for the entrances to the
Speaking with special reference to
insular possessions, the president
says: "Insular possession cannot be
held unless the principal ports, naval
bases and coaling stations are fortified
before the outbreak of war. These
considerations have led me to appoint
a joint board of officers of the army
and navy to recommend an armament,
fixed and floating, mobile torpedoes,
submarine mines and all other defen
sive appliances that may be necessary
to complete the harbor defense with
the most economical and advantageous
"expenditures of money."
To i:lcnil KxnminntloiiM.
The board was further instructed to
extend its examinations so as to in
clude estimates and recommendations
relative to the defenses of insular pos
sessions, and to recommend the order
in which the proposed defense shall
be completed so that all elements of
the harbor defense may be properly
and effectively coordinated.
A copy of this report, together with
a letter irom tne secretary oi war
are then submitted with the message.
The president continues:
"The insular possessions, the great
naval bases at Guantanamo, Subig
bay and Pearl Harbor, the coaling sta
tions at Guam and San Juan, require
protection, and in addition defenses
are recommended for Manila bay and
Honolulu, because of the strategic im
portance of these locations.
"Defenses are recommended for en
trances to ranama canal as contem
plated by an act of June 2S, 1902,
Spooner act, and tinder terms of this
act the cost of such fortfications would
probably be paid from appropriations
for the construction and defense of the
canal. The necessity for a complete
and adequate system of coast defense
s greater today than 20 sears ago, for
the increased wealth of the country
offers more tempting inducements to
attack, and a hostile fleet can reach our
coast in a much shorter period of time.
The fact that we now have a navy
does not in any wise diminish the im
Iortance of coast defenses; on the con
trary, that fact emphasizes their value
and the necessity for their construc
tion. MiiMt Act on onulve.
"It is an accepted naval maxim that
a navy can be used to strategic advan
tage only when acting on tho offensive,
and it can be free to so operate only
after our coast defense Is reasonably
secure and so recognized by the coun
try. It was due to the securely de
fended condition of the Japanese ports
that the Japanese fleet was free to
seek out and watch its proper objec
tive the Russian fleet without fear
of interruption or recall to its home
ports against raids by the Vladivostok
A alunble I.enoon.
"This, one of the most valuable
lessons of the late war in the cast, is
worthy of serious consideration by our
country with its extensive coast line,
Its many important harbors, and its
many wealthy manufacturing coast cit
ies. "Secdrity and protection of our in
terests require a completion of the
defenses of our coast, and the accom
panying plan merits and should re
ceive the generous support of con
gress." Secretary Taft, in his letter accom
panying the report of the board of offi
cers on fortffications, says the amount
so far appropriated and allotted for
fortification is $72,750,583.
He estimates the cost for the de
fense of insular possessions, including
naval bases and coaling stations, at
$ir.873,895, in addition to $2,234,920 al
ready appropriated. The estimated cost
for defense of the isthmian canal ports,
exclusive of cost of land, at 14,887,682.
Shonts Trying to Sell
Holdings in the
HOLDS HIS CANAL JOB
Tells Senate Committee Presi
dent Permitted Serving Com
pany Without Salary.
Washington, March C. Theodore T.
Shonts, chairman of the isthmian canal
commission, today rcsumed bis testi
mony before the senate committee ou
nteroceanic canals. He was examined
at length concerning the dlfTerencea
between the Jacob E. Markel and Hud-
gins and Dumas bids for supplies. Sen
ator Taliaferro asked Shonts If he in
tended to continue his connection as
president of the Clover Leaf road.
Talked Willi President.
"That depends," replied the witness.
'The president spoke to me about that
and I told him on account of my largo
holdings I did not want to give up tho
presidency. I talked with the pres.
dent m&re frankly than I am talking
with you. I did not want to cmbarrasx
him. He said he thought there would
e no objection to my holding th3
place if I served without salary; thal
if I was merely a nominal presi
t ry IiikT o Sell.
In response to a number of oiies-
tions, Shonts said he was now negotia
ting to get rid of his Interests In tho
Clover Leaf, but he did not know how
these would terminate.
URGE ARREST OF
THE SCHOOL BOARD
Peoria Citizens Have a Mind to Force
Prosecutions for Dougherty
Peoria, 111., March C. The arrest of
several members of the school board
under whose tidministration Dougherty
stole nearly $1,000,000 is being urged
by the citizens, who have instituted
proceedings to oust the board. Juago
Wrothington in the circuit court has
set March 12 for the hearing of the
The board at last night's meeting
voted not to force action against the
Peoria National bank, which failed af
ter Dougherty's defalcation, and not to
prosecute the bondsmen of the several
treasurers. This action accepts about
$3(iO,000, said to be all of Dougherty'
property, and allows further prosecu
tion to drop.
DEMANDS GIVEN TO
Statement Issued at Conclusion of Ses
sions of Anthracite Oper
ators. New York, March C. At the conclu
sion of the mee'ting of the anthracite
coal operators today tho following for
mal statement was given out:
"Statistics bearing upon the demands
of the miners were submitted by the
operators. They were referred to tho
sub-committee to report to the general
committee to meet at the call of tho
chairman as soon as practicable."
SHOWS MERCY FOR HASTY
Actor Who Killed Two Others, How
ever, Found Guilty by Jury.
Gaffney, S. C, March C. The Jury In
the Hasty case returned a verdict of
guilty today. The prisoner was recom
mended to the mercy of the court.
Hatty was tried for the murder of
Milan Bennett and Abbott Davison,
members of the "Nothing But Money"
KAISER MUST ACT
German Emperor Apparently
Only One Who Can Solve
Algeciras, March 6. The position.!
of France and Germany as defined be
fore the conference are so diametrical
ly opposed that the delegates see lit
tle hope of reconcillatlng them unless
Emperor William personally Inter