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VOL. I.V. NO. 133.
THE ARGUS, FRIDAY, MARCH 2:i, 1900. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
OPERATORS QUARREL IN
E SCALE CONFERENCE
MINERS GUT OFF
ANSWERHAMILTON ATTORNEY GENERAL HADLEY WOULD
HAVE ROCKEFELLER SEE GRANDSON
F. L. Bobbins Declares
He Will Meet All
STRIKE OR NO STRIKE
No Progress Made Toward Set
tlement Goes to the
Indianaiiolis, March '2?.. The joinl
scale committee of the coal operators
and iiiiut-rs competitive and south
western districts went into executive
sessions today in a linal effort to break
the deadlock that has existed since the
conference on the scale began.
Before the committees went into ses
sion the leaders of both sides express
ed the opinion iiu agreement would be
readied in committee and predicted a
iue ting of the joint conference would
be called some time during the day to
take up the wage light in oieii conven
tion. The morning session of the central
district was devoted to listening to
quarrels among the operators. Sev
eral attacks were made on F. I. Kob
bins of Pittsburg by operators of the
other three states on account of his
attitude for ieace. Robbins stated he
did not proimse to be dictated to by
the oerators of other states.
Willing to Vay l'rlee.
- The Pittsburg Coal company was
willing to pay the advance price asked
for by the miners, and he was willing
to pay this advance in his mines in
Pennsylvania. Ohio, and Illinois. He
Kaid the country would not endure a
strike after such a fair proposition
had been made. He intended to pay
the advance asked and run his mines
and those of the Pittsburg Coal com
pany, no matter what other operators
decided to do. He said Mitchell would
not dare to refuse to allow his miners
to work where their demands were met.
Mitt-bell Vn Shy.
The effort was made to get a specific
statement from Mitchell as to whether
the flyan resolution was considered by
him to be in force, but he declined to
make any statement. A recess wa
taken until 2.
Looked Like lllMigrrriiirat.
Indianapolis, Ind., March 23. After
being in session the greater part of the
day yesterday the joint scale commit
tee of the conferences of operators and
miners of the central and southwest
ern districts adjourned. Everything
pointed to a disagreement.
President Winders of the operators
admitted that a disagreement of the
joint scale committee is probable,
Vice President Lewis of the United
Mine Workers said there will be a dis
agreement unless the mine operators
recede from their opinions.
Moved for 11MI.1 Seale.
1 1 r i - -. i i . .,
i-resiueiii juicneii, as soon as me
afternoon session had begun, moved
that the wage scale of 1903 be adopted
. for the year. In making the motion
the miners receded from their former
demands of the run of mines, a differ
ential of 7 per cent an hour, and the
prohibition of the employment of boys
under 10 years of age. After a brief
argument this proposition was defeat
ed, the operators and miners voting
by states. All operators voted against
It and the miners unanimously for it.
II. X, Taylor of the Illinois opera
tors moved that the wage scale of 1S03
le accepted for two years, providing
the miners agree to pay the expense
ca'used by the shot firers law in Illi
nois. This, it has been ligured by the op
erators, amounts to 2 cents per ton on
mined coal and would amount to $300
per year. It was defeated by a unani
mous vote of operators aird miners.
MakeM Another 1'roponitlon.
President Perry of the Illinois min
ors, moved that the 1903 scale, which is
an advance of 5.53 per cent over the
present scale in the central district
and relatively In the southwest dis
trict, be accepted for one year. This
was defeated, the miners voting for it
and the operators against it.
F. I Kobbins of the western Penn
sylvania operators moved for the adop
tion of the 1903 scale for two years,
but it was defeated. The western
Pennsylvania operators and miners
voted for it.
New York Life's Self Investigat
ing Committee Issues
MAKE A GENERAL DENIAL
Declares He is Willing to Declare Truce Long Enough for Oi
Magnate to Visit New York Does Not Need His
Hundred Imprisoned by Explo
sion in West Virginia
Declare the Auditing Committee Had
no Knowledge of Accuser's Operations.
ALL ESCAPE BUT TWENTY
Majority of Employes Happened to Be
Out at Time of the Accident.
Fairmont, W. Va., March 23. Ten
are today stated to be dead iu the Cen
tury mine. About ten miners are still
unaccounted for. The majority of the
dead mid missing are foreigners. The
work of rescue is going on slowly.
One Hundred Imprl.Huned.
New York. March 23. The New
York Life's self-investigating commit
tee, in a. letter to Andrew Hamilton,
maue puunc last nigiit, lormaliy an
swers the charges which the former
legislative agent has made against it.
The investigators deny that the aud
iting committee of the board of trus
tees ever knew the purposes to which
the Hamilton payments were put or
that they were cognizant of the secret
service duties which he performed.
They declare that there is not the
slightest foundation for Hamilton's
statement that records and documents
have been ignored by the committee
-.ew l oik, aiarcn a. r ear of a
subpoenae which would compel him to
testify in proceedings brought bv the
state of Missouri against the Standard
Oil company need not prevent John D.
Rockefeller from visiting his youngest
grandson. John I). Rockefeller III., if
he chooses to do so. Attorney General
Hadley of Missouri, who is here prtv-
seeutmg the suit brought by his state
announced today he is willing to de
clare a truce if Rockefeller wishes to
return to Xew York to sge hi grand
Heady for a Truce.
"If Rockefeller wants to hold his!
grandson in his arms." said Hadley, "II
come over from Xew Jersey without
interference. He is an old man and
doubtless wrapped up in this infant
If the possibility of his being served
with a subpoenae is keeping him out
of Xew York, I will agree with the law
yers not to try to serve him while he
is here, and he can stay until it is safe
to take the baby back to Lakewood
with him if he wants to.
Text imoiiy .Not Needed.
"I don't think I will need the testi
mony anyway." Hadley continued, "If
I can get the information I want from
other witnesses I expect to examine.
The courts have ordered them to an
swer my questions and I haven't the
will declare a truce and allow him to I slightest, doubt they will do so."
Fairmount, W. Va.. March 23. One
tundred or more miners were entomb-to Sive a false color to transactions iu
ed by an explosion of gas in the mine which he has been concerned. Tin
of the Century Coal company at Cen- committee discloses the efforts which
ury yesterday afternoon, and many of 11 "ade to get Hamilton to return and
them are believed to be dead One intimates that he avoided the coininit-
hundred and fifty of the 250 men em- tee's agents
ployed by the company have been T,,e committee says in beginning
found on the outside, havinsr mit work- tJit it waited a reasonable time for
Russian Leaders Court Closer
Relations With the United
before the explosion occurred
A relief party headed by Superin
tendent Ward entered the mine two
hours after the disaster. The main
heading has been cleared, but there against Hamilton should be deferred
are 14 subheadings to be explored It! itenVet on Pant
is feared that none of the men still inl "It must be said." comments the
Hamilton to reply to its invitation to
ippear before it. and that when no
answer came to the committee's letter
it withdrew its request that I lie suit
BERING TUNNEL A MEANS
the mine are alive, having been killed
in the subheadings.
Itellef Train Sent.
Following the explosion relief trains
were run from Buckhannon and Phil
npi. iaKing pnysicians to tne scene.
The mine is owned by Shaw brothers
of Baltimore and is one of the largest
in northern West Virginia. Calgary is
5o miles south of here, on the Phillip
& Buckhannon branch of the Baltl
more & Ohio railroad.
MANILA PRESS IS
Declares Slaughter of Mount Dajo Was
Inevitable Has Been Misrepresented.
NO MORE FOOTBALL
Chicago, March 23. At a meeting of
the trustees of Xorthwestern univer
sity It was decided to abolish intercol
legiate football at the university for
Manila, March 23. The American
Spanish and native press of this city.
in commenting upon the recent battle
of Mount Dajo, sustain Major General
Wood against the charges of killing
women and children of Moro outlaws
during the action which they claim
was unavoidable. They are unanimous
in their expressions of regret at the
manner in which the unfortunate oc
currence has been misrepresented by
a portion of the press in America.
SUCCEED IN GETTING
SOMETHING FROM OCTOPUS
Pirates Loot Standard Oil Company's
Launch Near Canton,
Hongkong. March 23. A launch own
ed by the Standard Oil company was
seized ami looted by pirates near Can
ton yesterday. The pirates secured a
number of Winchester rifles and 1,000
rounds of ammunition. The United
States gunboat Callac is proceeding to
the scene of the piracy.
NEWSPAPER MAN TO PRISON
. G. Gray, Old Writer, Gets 20 Years
Marshalltown, Iowa, March 23. V.
Gordon Gray, a former Chicago news
paper writer, was sentenced to 20
years in the penitentiary for forgery.
Gray pleaded guilty to three counts
of an indictment. He is said to be
wanted for forgery in many parts of
the country. He was married to. Trixie
Shapeott of Marshalltown six weeks
committee. "thatyour previous actions
did not encourage the committee in
the hope that you would avail yourself
of the opportunity to appear before it."
ROCKEFELLER TO COAST?
Former Home of Helen Hunt Jackson
is Purchased by Oil King.
Pasadena, Cal.. March 2.',. Carmel
ita, the magnificent home where Helen
Hunt Jackson wrote "Rainona," has
been bought by John D. Rockefeller.
This property belonged to the estate
of the late Simon G. Reed. The price
paid is not announced, but it is said
that it amounted to about $300.miu. It
is said that the multimillionaire will
spend two months of the year i'.i Cali
The greatest, secrecy has been main
tained as to the purchaser of the val
liable home and one of the Items of
the contract of sale stated explicitly
that the name of Rockefeller be not
mentioned for private reasons.
See Future Strength in Commercial
Relations Still Killing Revolutionists.
PORCH CLIMBERS' RICH HAUL
Rob Residence of Mrs. Ford at Detroit
of Valuable Jewelry.
Detroit, March 23. Porch climbers
last night stole jewelry valued at $10.-
$75 from the home of Mrs. E. L. Ford
Included among the valuables stolen
were a $3,000 pearl necklace, a gold
bar diamond pin with three diamonds
valued at $1.200 ; a $1,200 ring, set
with three diamonds; a 5-carat soli
taire diamond ring, valued at $1,800; a
gold watch set with diamonds and val
ued at $000, and an opal necklace val
ued at $325.
LOSS OF LIFE AT
SEA WAS HEAVY
Storm Mild on Land, But Unusually Se
vere on Water Many
GIVES ttlR TRIAL
Governor Gooding of Idaho, In
vited Labor Unions to
Watch Moyer Case.
Boise, Idaho, March 23. In a proc
lamation to labor unions, -Governor
Gooding today staled if the unions
would send delegations to Boise he
would arrange to have them meet Har
ry Orchard and Steve Adams person
ally and hear them go over their con
fessions in regard to the officers of the
Western Federation of Labor. The
governor assures every man, union or
nonunion, a fair chance to defend him
self and a fair trial. The proclamation
was issued as a result of thousands of
letters and resolutions sent the governor-asking
for a fair and impartial
trial of the accused officers of the
Western Federation of Miners.
Boston, Mass., March 23. Eighty-
five lives lost and 54 ships were wreck
ed along the coast of New England and
the Maritime provinces during the past
winter. While the season up to the
present has been comparatively mild
on shore, at sea it was one of extreme
severity, particularly in waters off the
provinces. Many vessels are overdue
and the actual fate of some of them
may not be learned for several weeks.
PAY $1,400 A YEAR TO
MRS. ROOSEVELT'S CLERK
Item in Appropriation Bill Engages At
tention of Lower House of
Washington, March 23. The house
closed its eyes and grinned when it
was shown yesterday that Miss Isabel
Hagner, social secretary to Mrs. Roose
velt, is receiving $1,400 a year, with
the government footing the bill.
The republican leaders could not
see anything wrong in it and they de
clared that the expenditure should be
made. They admitted, however, that
there was no such office and accord
ingly no direct appropriation could be
made. It was a diversion of public
moneys that they did not object to.
Representative Hardwick of Georgia
called the attention of the house to the
matter when the items in the legisla
tive appropriation bill, which provides
for the President's salary and his cler
ical force and carriages, was reached.
A motion to strike out this item wa3
voted down by the republicans.
St. Petersburg. March 23. Russia is
looking to the United States as her
ally in the far east. The czar. Premier
Witte and other members of the min
istry, as well as powerful influences at
court, are working to bring about an
economic, financial and political Russo
American rapprochement. This they
are confident of accomplishing largely
by means of the construction by Amer
ican capitalists of the tunnel under
Bering strait, together with 3.000 miles
of railway to connect the tunnel with
the Siberian road.
Russian statesmen and diplomats be
lieve that, once Americans have inter
ested themselves financially and eco
nomically in the development of north
eastern Silx ria. which will follow the
completion -of the tunnel, that their
country will be bound to the United
States with ties so powerful that they
cannot be broken.
A statement to this effect has been
submitted by Foreign Minister Lams
dpiff to the commission under the pies
uiency oi .icgu r von snarthausen. min
ister of ways and communication
which has been considering the tunnel
project, which statement really amounts
to an important declaration of foreign
St. Petersburg. March 23. Lawless
ness and crime are keeping pace in
Russia with the repressive measures
of the government. Columns of the
newspapers are daily filled with rec
ords of murders and robberies, and side
by side are brief chronicles of con
demnations and military, executions of
political affairs. The majority ol
the robberies and assassinations are
of a political nature, and everywhere
the revolutionists are fighting their op
pressors with bombs and revolvers.
GOING TO VOTERS
President Gompers, of A. F. of L.
Repeats Statements of Or
IF REQUESTS ARE NOT MET
Labor Vote to Be Made Basis of New
Political Party to Gain Own
RATE BILL WILL PASS THE
SENATE IN TWO WEEKS
MAY DROP CANAL
Hennepin Waterway in Danger of
Being Abandoned, Accord
ing to L. L. Wheeler,
ENGINEER IN CHARGE 0FW0RK
Litigation Causes Delays and Money
Is Going With Little Result.
Statement Made by Do!
liver After Seeing the
EPITOME OF DOINGS IN
Washington, D. C. March 23. Follow
ing is a brief resume taken from the
official records of yesterday's proceed
ings in both houses of congress:
SKMTK Tlie railroad rnto hill nn-
cupHMl practically all of thv time of th.
s'ii;it. Air. Lodge spoke in .-nlvoeaev
i ins ameiKimeni jooKlnor to the en-
larKement of the interstate eonimere
commission ami replied sharply to some
recent utterances by L ominissioiier
routy. Mr. hpuuncr devoted a speech
to the technical features of the meas
ure. The appoint incut of conferees on
the statehood bill went over until to
day. A joint resolution exlendinir from
June to Autr. K. l:nfi. the time for
opening- to entry the ceiled portion of
the Shoshone reservation In Wyoming
was passed. At :..; p. m. the sennl.
went into executive session and livt
minutes later adjourned until today.
lot si: The statehood lull was t:ik-
n lrom the speaker's table in th
house, placed in the hand of three se
lected conferees and a request made of
tne senate lor a conference. There was
much opposition, but the linal vote was
1..) to liiti. 1 lie legislative appropria
tion bill constituted the subject for th
remainder oi the uay. Criticism was
nade of the manacrement of the librarv
of congress, mid Air. Hardwick of Geor
gia found himself opposed by both sides
of the chamber in his endeavor to re
strict the White house appropriation so
as to eliminate a social secretary for
tne wile or the president. At u:20 p. m.
the house adjourned until today.
SIX VICTIMS OF SNOWSLIDE
Harry Wineborn, Pioneer Colorado
Prospector, Among the Victims.
Granite, Col., March 23. An enor
mous snowslide in the Wicfield and
Clear Creek mining district Wednes
day night killed at least half a dozen
men, it is reported. Among the dead
is Harry Wineborn, the pioneer pros
pector and mining man of Chaffee coun
ty. A relief party was organized here
by James Hall and has gone to the
I scene of the disaster.
Washington. March 23. The execu
tive council of the American Federa
tion of Labor spent some time yester
day in the discussion of the replies of
President Roosevelt and Speaker Can
non to a bill of grievances presented
to them and President Protein Five
of the senate, regarding an organiza
tion affecting labor interests. Mr,
Gompers said last, night that the con
eluding paragraph in the memoria
meant exactly what it said, that is. if
congress fails to remedy the grievan
ces the organization will appeal direct
to the people. In other words, he said
the Federation of Labor will enter th
weld of politics and urge organized
labor to elect men of their own choos
ing, and thus have a personal voice
Sjtj There Ik Proof.
There will he further discussions of
the situation by members of the conn
cil, among whom the remarks of the
president and Mr. Cannon have made
a deep impression. Gompers insists
that the council, is in the right regard
ing the statements set forth in the bill
of grievances, that it has abundan
proof of i lie representations made and
that the condition of affairs in the la
bor world everywhere is the best proof
of its contentions.
WOULD HAVE THE
Governors' Committee on Insurance
Also Favors Adoption of Uni
Chicago, March 23. The committee
appointed in Chicago last February at
the conference of governors, attorney
generals and insurance commissioners
with instructions to prepare forms of
laws for the better regulation of in
surance companies with a view to their
ultimate adoption in the several states
concluded its deliberations last night
and adjourned after declaring itself in
favor of interference by the state in
the internal affairs of insurance com
panics and in favor of a standard form
TO FIRE ESCAPES
Fire at Hunt's Hotel, Chicago Guests
Flee From Early Morn
Chicago. March 23. Guests of Hunt's
European hotel in Dearborn street
were driven from their rooms early
today by a fire on the first floor. The
flames blocked the stairway and the
guests were compelled to seek safety
by way of the fire escape. With the
exception of slight bruises all escaped
uninjured. The property loss was
DR. JAMES GILCHRIST' DEAD
Professor of Surgery at Iowa State
University Passes Away.
Iowa City, March 23. Dr. James
Grant Gilchrist, professor of surgery of
the college of homeopathic medicine
of the State University of Iowa, died
last night, aged C4. He has been con
nected with the university a quarter of
a century and was previously of the
universities of Michigan and Pennsyl
vania. He was one of the foremost
homeopothics in the country.
Engineer L. L. Wheeler, in charge of
he construction of the Hennepin canal
aks a rather gloomy view of the out-
ook for the completion of his work.
le says it may require years and inti
mates the possibility of its complete
abandonment. This at a time when
Tactically ail that remains to be done
s to finish the feeder that extends
roin Sterling east to the junction with
he main canal in Bureau county. Liti
gation over the location of bridges over
eeder is one of the main obstacles,
nterviewed at Sterling yesterday Mr.
"As long as the matter of the high
way bridges Is in the courts, uotuing
an be done iu the way of completing
he work on the feeder, and with the
feeder jn an incomplete condition, there
no use for the dam; hence, if the
tigation is continued then; is a great
probability that nothing whatever will
be done this year."
Mny lie Abandoned.
In response to a question as to what
he meant by saying that the comple
tion of the canal would be indefinitely
jMJstponed and possibly abandoned be
cause of the litigation, he said that it
would all hinge on the matter of se
curing the necessary monev to com
plete the work. He pointed out that
the' canal has already cost more than
was originally estimated and that the
additional money to finish it was se
cured from congress with considerable
difficulty. This was barely enough to
do the work and left but a small mar
gin for contingencies. He says that
the long delay is causing the fund
available to complete the work to
shrink, for there is a certain amount
of expense necessary every year to
maintain the work along the line which
is making a material hole in the fund.
He said that' he is helpless in the
matter, as he has but a certain amount
of money to do the work which wlil
cost nearly every cent of the appropria
tion and that the officer in charge is
in danger of having to face a court
martial if he should proceed with the
work when it is apparent that there
is not money enough on hand to com
House Committee Declares In
surance is Not Inter
RICH MILWAUKEE MAN
TAKES HIS OWN LIFE
William Mariner, Well Known in So
ciety and Club Circles, Commits
Milwaukee, March 23. William Mar
iner, son of Ephraim Mariner, one of
the wealthiest men in Milwaukee, shot
and killed himself in his home. 571
Juneau place, some time during the
night or early yesterday morning. The
body was found in the afternoon. Mr.
Mariner was one of the leaders in Mil
waukee society and very popular.
THREE FREIGHTS MIXED UP
Trainmen Injured and Livestock Killed
on Lake Shore.
Goshen, Ind., March 23. Three train
men were injured, three engines and
cars demolished, and a large num
her of hogs killed in a wreck of three
freight trains on the Lake Shore here
oday. An east bound train had stop
ped for water, and a second train ran
nto it. Some wreckage fell on the
west bound track, which a third freight
TOMB FOR LOGAN
Army Officers Go to Locate
Spot in Philippines Where
Manila, March 23. Major General
Wood and a party of army officers will
leave here tomorrow to locate the spot
where Major John Alexander Ixgan
was killed, and erect a monument over
his body. lgan was a son of Major
General John A. Logan of Illinois.
GERMAN LEADER STILL ILL
Therefore Moroccan Conference Ses
sions Are Postponed Till Monday.
Algeciras, March 23. The next meet
ing of the Moroccan conference today
was postponed from Saturday until
Monday owing to the continued indis
position of Herr Von Radowitz, chief
f the Cerman mission.
Washington, March 23. "My Judg
ment is the railroad bill will pass the
senate within 10 days or two weeks."
This statement was made today by
Senator Dolliver after a conferenco
willi l lie president.
lluiu-M Willi liuurnoi-r.
Washington. March 23. By unani
mous vote the house committee ou ju
diciary agreed today Insurance cannot
be regarded as interstate commerce,
and decided to make a report to the
house to that effect.
Srnole Nuiiit-M CttafrrrpH.
Washington. March 23. Senators
Beveridge, Dillingham, and Patterson
were today appointed conferees on tho
part of the senate on the statehood
.k Uttlit tin Dnjo.
Washington. March 23. Culberson's
resolution calling upon the war depart
ment for further information relative
to the Mount Dajo battle was adopted
The railroad rate bill was laid be
fore the senate. Siooner concluded
his speech on that measure.
Aid for Jammtnn n.
Washington, March 23. The house
committee on industrial arts and ex
positions today decided to recommend
an appropriation of $1,4S0,0om for the
Senate I'rern(H it Snnc.
Washington. March 23. During yes
terday Beveridge. as chairman of the
commission on territories, asked for
the appointment of conferees to meet
the conferees appointed by the house
on the statehood bill. Foraker prompt
ly objected to the selection of senate
representatives upon the suggestion of
the chairman of the committee, saying
that that gentleman did not represent.
the sentiment of the senate. , Disposi
tion of the subject was postponed.
IOWA FARMER IS
KILLED BY HOGS
Body of Avery Howard Found Terribly
Mutilated in Pen With
Neola. March 23. Avery Howard, a
farmer 8G years old, was found dead in
the hog yard yesterday, two hours af
ter he had gone out to feed the ani
mals. The remains were horribly mu
tilated and the features were disfigured
by the brutes, who had torn the body
and trampled it into the mud. It is
supposed that Howard was overcome
and fell unconscious while feeding the
hogs and was killed by them.
OPENS FREIGHT HEARING
Interstate Commerce Commission
Takes Up New York Complaints.
New York, March 23. The inter
state commerce commission began an
important hearing on reported under
billing and misrepresentation of freight
by shippers in New York and other
ROBBERS KILL WATCHMAN
Shoot When Found Trying to Open
New York Bank Safe.
Sodus. N. Y., March 23. Hank bur
glars murdered Edward Pullman, night
watchman, here early today. He had
caught them trying to rob the sikfe of
he bank of Sodus.
Fifty-Seven Cases of Smallpox.
Cheyenne, Wyo.. March 23. Fifty-
seven cases of smallpox are reported in
the farming districts of LIman and
Bridge. In Uinta county," Wyoming, and
he southern part of that county ban
LEAPS INTO THE
Minneapolis, Minn., March 23. Ar
thur Upson, acting professor of Eng
lish literature of the University of
Minnesota, attempted suicide by leap
ing from a bridge 100 feet into the
Mississippi river. His thick clothing
kept him afloat till the current carried
him within reach of men working near
where he was drawn out alive, but un
conscious. His recovery is doubtful.