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VOL. LV. NO. 155.
MISSOURI MOB STRIMRS
UP AND BURNS NEGROES
Three Executed in Horri
ble Manner on Mere
TWO FOR AN ASSAULT
Victim Says They Were Not
Guilty Governor Folk
Jefferson City, Mo., April 16. At
noon Governor Folk issued instructions
to General Clark, in command of the
state militia at Springfield to arrest
the leaders of the mob, put them in
jail and surround the jail with troops
Troop In City.
Springfield, Mo., April 16. Quiet
prevailed here today, and indications
were the race trouble is over. The
presence of troops has had the effect
of bringing the people to the full reali
zation of the situation. Six companies
now patrol the streets.
Revalnlon Came AYHIi Troop.
With the first appearance of soldiers
last evening there came a revulsion of
sentiment. Before midnight a decided
reaction had set in and the people be
gan to condemn the action of the mob
that lynched the three negroes and
burned their bodies. Today this feel
ing gained strength, especially when it
became thoroughly appreciated Jthat
Mabel Edniundson, the white domestic,
had declared positively that Duncan
and Copeland, the two negroes lynched,
were not her assailants.
State Takr Hand.
This was also heightened by the ar
rival from Jefferson City of the assist
ant attorney general, sent by Governor
Folk to aid the county officials In fer
reting out and prosecuting members of
the mob, the names of many of whom
Ordera Speelnl Grand Jury.
Judge Lincoln in the criminal court
today ordered a special grand jury con
vened Tuesday. The jury will be in
structed to make a thorough investiga
tion of the lynching and other acts of
the mob, and to indict all leaders ap
prehended. The better class of citi
zens were strong today in their de
mands that the rioters be punished to
the full extent of the law and every
effort will be made to secure convic
tions. TelU Different Story.
Kansas City, Mo., April 1C. A Star,
Springfield, Mo., special says: "Not
withstanding the presence of armed
troops the fact that the grand jury has
been called to indict the leaders of
Saturday night's mob. that the county
prosecutor has promised the issue of
warrants during the day. and the best
citizens have condemned the triple
lynching, the streets today are full of
people who approve the work of the
mob and who damn all negroes and
advise that they be run out of town. .
Mob Spirit Still Prevail.
All danger of mob violence is not
past. Hundreds of men boldly titter
the threat if arrests are made the peo
ple will arise and rescue the arrested
men and drive the militia as well as
the negroes from the city. Everywhere
this threat Is heard: "This town is too
small for negroes and whites to live
in. One or the other must go."
Prompt Art Ion by governor.
Jefferson City. Mo., April 1C. Gov
ernor Folk issued a statement last
night In which he denounced the lynch
ing at Springfield a murder, and de
clared that the full state reward of $300
would be offered at once for the arrest
and conviction of any person engaged
in the horror of Saturday night. He
Insisted that the extreme penalty
should be vested upon some lynchers,
and that it would have a salutory ef
effect. RoaMrd to Death.
Springfield, Mo., April 16. A mob of
3,000 Saturday night took Horace Dun
can and Jim Copeland, negroes, from
the jail, hung them to the goddess of
liberty on the court house, and built a
fire under them and roasted them to
death. The men were charged with
.assaulting Mabel Edwards, but it is
said they were probably innocent.
Dracgrd From Ilnitu).
Mabel Edwards came here recently
from Monett, Mo., and obtained em
ployment as a domestic servant. Fri
day night, while Miss Edwards and a
young man named Cooper were out
riding in a buggy, they were stopped
by two negroes who beat Cooper into
unconsciousness and dragged Miss Ed
wards into the woods by the roadside
and assaulted her. Duncan and Cope
land were arrested on suspicion, but
there was no evidence against them.
Stormed Sheriff" Hour.
Instead of attacking the Jail at first
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MUST STAND TRIAL
FOR TELLING NEWS
Indictments Upheld Against St. Paul
Newspapers That Told of a
St. Paul, Minn., April
Bunn in the district court today filed
an order upholding the indictments
brought by the grand jury against the!
St. Paul Dispatch, Pioneer Press and
Daily News for publishing detailed
stories of the hanging of William il-
Hams, the murderer who was hanged
March 13. The law forbids the publi-
cation in newspapers of details of any
TO MAKE ANSWER
Reply to Anthracite Miners to
Ba Considered by Coal
FINAL WORD IS EXPECTED
Decline Arbitration Except on Wages
and Adjustment Mitchell in In
dianapolis. New York, April 16. The formal de
tailed reply of the anthracite operators
to the last proposition of Mitchell's
committee will be considered tomor
row at a meeting of the coal carrying
companies, at which it is expected
President Baer will preside. In the
detailed reply it was said here last eve
ning the operators will say their last
proposition to Mitchell was final and
will give their reasons at length for
making the proposition.
Submit Only Two I'haitrN
It will be designed to show the only
questions which can properly come be
fore the anthracite strike commission
are questions of wages and adjustment
of complaints through a conciliation
board or otherwise.
' " Mitchell Home
Indianapolis, April 16. John Mitch
ell, president of the United Mine Work
ers, and Secretary -Treasurer V. B.
Wilson have arrived home from New
Both were at headquarters to-1
day, and both seemed satisfied with
the outlook. The district board mem
bers of different states will be in the
city tomorrow for a special iuteruation
al executive board meeting.
One of the matters of greatest pub
lie interest that will come before the
board will be a proposition to levy a
Qtrilro Hi;niimt'rr minprQ u'hprp on-
erators have signed the i9os scale and
have put the men to work. At this I
time about 4io.oo men are idle and
o Money Drawn Out.
.p iu mis i mie nunc- ui wie men
have drawn on the national treasury!
tor support, said secretary Wilson.
"They are maintaining themselves on
their own time reserve."
Mitchell expects to receive within
the next two or three days a reply from
the anthracite operators to his last ar
bitration proposition. It is reported
the operators of Indiana, Ohio and Illi
nois are agitating a proposition to
have the operators and miners meet
by states to discuss the differences.
Heady to t'onnlder.
Mitchell said he would favorably
consider such a move, but thought the
better course would be for the miners
and operators of three states to send
committees to Indianapolis for a joint
conference to make an effort to reach
an interstate agreement
THEN KILLS SELF
Queer Performance of Prominent Wa
terloo Insurance Man at Hamp
ues Moines, Iowa, April 10. Follow-
ing a brutal attack on Obediah Smith
and wife, an aged couple residing near
Hampton, A. E. Evans, a prominent in-
surance man of Waterloo, committed
suicide by shooting early today at I
Hampton. Evans went to Hampton
Saturday to transact business with
Smith. It is alleged when the latter
was about to take some legal papers
from his safe, Evans struck him a blow
over .the head. Mrs. Smith interfered
in behalf of her husband and was her
self attacked. Both were left lying un
Springfield,- 111., April 16. The exe
cutive committee of the Illinois State
Bar association has decided to hold
the annual meeting of the association
in Chicago July 12.
MUTINY IN NAVY
Portuguese Apparently Facing
Serious Trouble on
NEWS STRICTLY CENSORED
Public Through Local Newspapers
Feared Army is Becoming
I iaunut April 10. a second niuuuy
I Sn Vi i PnrTiimiaca now 1c ronnrt Ol In
newsnaers which have arrived
here. No telegrams about the affair
were permitted to come out of Lisbon,
tne censorship being drastic.
According to the Lisbon newspapers,
the hattlesShin Vasrn tp Gama nnehnr-
ed m tne Lisbon roadstead on Fridav.
About 8:30 0-clock in the evening a
distnrban(.P was n0MrP,i -board thn
vesseL There was shouting, reports
I n firparnis heard, and signals w?rp set
asking for help.
Venue In Are 1'lred On.
A tug put off to the anchorage, but
it was received with rifle shots and
forced to return. Other vessels receiv
ed the same treatment.
It was reported that a lieutenant had
been killed to avenge the death of a
sailor whose brains the officer had
blown out because the sailor was
about to fire a gun in the direction of
The Vasca de Gama exchanged many
signals with the warship Don Carlos,
on which a mutiny occurred on Mon-
The newspapers printed a statement
that the examination of 4S3 mutineers
of the cruiser Don Carlos is being held
and that seven of them have already
been sentenced to close confinement.
.Alii tiny Spreading; to Annyf
Lisbon, April 1G. All Portuguese
warships have been sent out of Tagus.
Each of them will make a cruise at
sea. The mutinous vessels, however,
will cruise within reach of the guus
of the forts. It is feared the mutinous
spirit is spreading to the army. One
regiment is reported insubordinate. A
strict censorship is being maintained.
HONOR MEMORY OF
THE LATE B. F. MARSH
Congressman McKinney Introduces
Resolutions on Death of His
Washington, April 16. The house
met at noon Saturday to hold memorial
service for the late Representative
Benjamin F. Marsh of the Fourteenth
The house was called to order by
Major McDowell, the clerk, who read
CONDITIONS AS THEY ARE ON THE ISTHMUS OF PANAMA
Actual Water Famine Prevails at
Have Been Prevented
BY WOODWORTH CLUM.
Gatun, Canal Zone, April 4. The
Panama Railroad company, owned and
operated by the United States govern-
ment, a few days ago issued the fol-
lowing interesting notice:
"Notice is hereby given to the in
habitants of Colon In general, that it
is of the utmost importance that they
should at the present time be very
economical in the use of water, and
that they give their special attention
to this matter, inasmuch as the water
supply, owing to the protracted dry
season, is getting very low, and unless
the greatest economy is practiced by
everybody, in the matter of handling
and using the water, we will be out.'
It developed very soon that the
warning issued by Superintendent
Bierd was well founded far more so
than even he or other government of
ficials had reason to believe. Within
48 hours the water famine predicted
by many private individuals, and con
sistently laughed at by the authorities
began in earnest.
Three days after the warning was is
sued the town at night was almost in
total darkness, owing to the scarcity of
Water with which to operate the elec-
trie lighting plant. The two water
stations In Colon, from which the na-
tlves were wont to come for their five
gallons or more of water per day, were
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a stream so small that it dwindled into
drops before it reached the buckets of
the waiting water carriers. On Front
street, where a ditch had been dug in
order to repair a broken pipe, the na
tives were tyisily engaged in scooping
the muddy and otherwise filthy water
In the hope of thus averting an abso
The responsibility for this condition
seems to rest with the canal adminis-
tratlon. The president, Mr. Taft, and
others in higher position at Washing-
ton have been imposed upon by those
THE ARGUS, MONDAY, APRIL
JAR FOB THE
Lower House Passes
NEW PROBE URGED
Senator Tillman Has Resolu
tion on Bank Campaign
Washington. April 1C. The dena
tured alcohol bill has pased the house.
Would Probe font riltutionx.
Washington, April 1G. In the sen
ate Tillman introduced a resolution di
recting the committee on finance to
inquire into the alleged contributions
to campaign committees and why the
facts concerning them had not been
disclosed by the controller of the cur
rency. The resolution dealt wilTi the
broad subject of bank contributions
and by inference to specific cases in
Chicago and Cincinnati.
Would Iueren.se l.onu Limit.
Washington, April 1C. The house
today passed a bill to increase the
amount of a loan which the national
banks may make to one borrower. No
loan shall exceed 20 per cent of the
a letter from Speaker Cannon designat
ing Representative J. Warren Keiffer
of Ohio as speaker for the day.
The resolutions of condolence were
offered by James McKinney, successor
to Mr. Marsh, who then addressed the
house. ' Other speakers were Repre
sentatives Graff, Prince, Rodenberg,
Fuller, and Wilson of Illinois, Grosven
or and Keifer of Ohio, and Wiley of
BISHOP SPALDING WILLING
Would Be MembeY of Coal Strike Arbi
Peoria. 111.. April 10 Bishop Spald
ing has expressed his willingness to
serve on a coal strike commission if
necessary. Concerning the recent ru
mor he might be made cardinal, Spald
ing said he understood his name was
being considered but thought the ap
Iointment would go lo New York.
Colon and Federal Authorities
... n r- j x tir li a
Had True Situation Been Explained at Washington.
immediately in charge of the alleged
water supply. The water in the dam
at Brazoz brook has been rapidly low
ering, and I was informed by the chief
clerk of the railroad that it was three
and one-half inches below the intake.
The two pumps, used for forcing the
water into Colon were stopped because
the pipes were void of water.
Then, with the famine actually at
hand, the engineer in charge Mr. Malt
by announces that he will take a tug
loaded with piles to a certain spot, sev
eral miles across the bay, drive the
piles into the sand, or coral rock, and
thus endeavor to provide a mooring
place, so that ships may come along
side and fill their tanks with water
that he believes , to exist somewhere
up in the mountains. Quite a definite
supply for the 12,000 people in Colon.
And even at thaf4 the piles cannot be
driven in a .day, ror is there any prob
ability that water can be obtained
from this source before the advent of
the rainy season, April 17.
However, the Panama Railroad com
pany, acting with true governmental
philanthropy, immediately dispatched
a tram oi hve tank cars to Frijoles,
where the pure drinking water is flow
ing over the dam in abundance, and
next morning the five cars returned,
bringing 15,000 gallons of water. When
the supply for the ice plant, and the
lighting plant, atw$ the railroad, and a
few other governmental enterprises
has been deducted there may have
been half a gallo& each for the inhabi
tants. This watjr,was retailed at the
regular rate of 2toents (gold) per gal
lon. Here we again have the condi
tion of the people through government
carelessness and,-, inefficiency, being
forced to buy government water at a
price that is unreasonable.
In support of the charge that the con
dition is due to?4 disposition, on the
part of the canst administration to
withhold the truths I may say that the
reports that hawj been given to the
public by the government have looked
with much optimism upon, the situa
tion. When I had "received an inkling
of the impending famine, I went to the
office of Mr. Bierd. I was told that he
CLASH IN DEBATE
Cummins and Perkins, Rival Re
publican Gubernatorial As
pirants Are Heard
FIRST IN PARTY'S HISTORY
Exceptional Interest in Forensic Battl
at Spirit Lake for Smallest Coun
ty in Iowa.
Des Moines, Iowa, April 15. For the
first time in the history of the party
in Iowa, two candidates for the repub
lican gubernatorial nomination, Gov
nernor Cummins and ex-Congressman
George D. Perkins, met Saturday after
noon in joint debate on issues within
the party. They spoke at Spirit Lake
to a large audience, Cummins attack
ing Perkins as candidate of railroad
and corporate interests, Pekins attacK
ing Cummins' record and charging him
with being a corporation man and de
fending himself as a man, citizen and
I'neM I.arraltce Letter.
The feature of the debate was the pre
sentation of a recent letter from Form
er Governor Larrabee endorsing Cum
niins as the real leader in Iowa in the
fight against corporate domination in
politics. Both speakers were warmly
The debate was a part of the fight of
the two factions of the party for the
control of Dickenson county, which
happens to be the smallest in the state
from the point of representation in the
coming state convention.
ACCUSED OF CRIME
O. Murray Denies Larceny of Sums
Aggregating $36,000 Was Coun
Buffalo, N. Y.. April 1C The Erie
county grand jury today handed in a
number of secret indictments. Shortly
afterwards Fred O. Murray, former
county treasurer and at present col
lector of the port, appeared in court
and pleaded not guilty to a charge of
grand larceny in stealing from Erie
county sums aggregating $30.o00 and
receiving stolen property to the same
In all 17 indictments were handed in
by the grand jury which has been in
vestigating alleged grafting in connec
tion with the purchase by the county
of a cemetery site for an armory. Be
sides Murray those indicted are Robert
S. Woodburn, former clerk of the board
of supervisors; Byron D. Gibson and
William B. Jackson, supervisors; John
O. Neff, former county auditor, and
Postmaster Fred Greene.
Do Little to Relieve it Might
was in Panama on railroad business. I
asked concerning the water supply,
but my informant knew nothing. La
ter, when the water stations had been
closed, I asked another employe what
the trouble was.
"Oh," replied he, "Mr. Bierd discov
ered that the people were wasting as
much water as they were using, and
he thought he would teach them a les
son by shutting off the water."
In the first place, no one here can
conceive of the natives wasting much
water, when it is remembered that
they have to carry it from a quarter of
a mile to a mile and a quarter upon
their heads in five-rallon tins. And at
the water stations there are attendants
and policemen and others, to see that
each applicant for water does not quite
fill his bucket,' and that no water is
wasted at the station. Bearing these
things in mind, there is no ground for
the charge of waste, and a trip through
the poorer sections of the city will
convince anyone that the water is be
ing used with economy in fact, the
economy is ofttimes distresssing.
In this connection I may mention
that all the exhausts from the princi
pal water main 20 inches in diameter
-are on the upper half of the pipe.
When no water could be obtained, and
the natives were returning to their
homes with empty buckets, I was in
formed by one of the officials in the
water department that there was at
least 10 inches of water In the 20-inch
pipe, but that it was inaccessible, be
cause there were no exhausts in the
bottom. Had there been exhaust from
the bottom, enough water could have
been drained from the pipe to tide over
anqther 24 hours, according to this
The condition would appear serious,
as the rainy season is some time away
and water is In great demand. The
railroad could avert any real disaster
by running half a dozen or a dozen
long water trains to the dam at Fri
joles. Barrels and buckets could be
placed on flat cars and the people sup-
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ORDERED TO JAIL
J. H. Lewis, Chicago Corporation
Counsel, in Contempt of
SENTENCED TO 60 DAYS
Controversy Involves Alton Water
works and Injunction is Held
Snrinsfield. III.. April 10. Judge
Humphry in the United States cir
cuit court today declared colonel
James Hamilton Lewis, corporation
counsel of Chicago, in contempt in the
Alton water works case, and sentenc
ed Lewis to 00 days' imprisonment in
the Sangamon county jail.
May lie Deferred.
The sentence is to be remitted if
Lewis within the next five days dis
misses suits which he brought in Mad
ison county in behalf of the Boston
(Mass.) Water & Light company
against the Alton Water Works com
pany and others to foreclose on second
Humphry had issued an injunction
restraining anyone from interfering
with the operation of the Alton plant
or prosecuting any action In the bond
KILLED IN PANIC
Cry of Fire Precipitates Rush of
Congregation in Chicago
THREE LITTLE GIRLS CRUSHED
Boy Shouts in Door for Joke and Then
Runs Away Easter Eve
Chicago, April 10. During the panic
which followed a cry of "Fire" Satur-
lay night, while 4to people were par-
icipating in the Easter eve services in
St. Ludmillas' Roman Catholic church,
Twenty-fourth street and Albany ave
nue, three children were killed and a
score of other persons injured, several
A majority of the worshipers in the
church at the time were women and
children, and in a few minutes all were
n a tangled mass fighting to escape
from the supposed danger. Many per
sons jumped through windows, but the
greater portion crowded to the central
I'loor tJave Way.
The extra weight proved too much
for the floor and some posts supporting
it broke. The crackling of timber in
creased (he flight of the now terrified
women and children and everyone in
the place became panic-stricken. Men,
women and children were fighting des
perately with each other in an effort
o escape. The women and children
uffercd most in the struggle, and
when the church was finally emptied
hree children were lying dead in the
EMMA IIOTKA, 5 years, trampled
LI LI. 1 1 GUN AT, 9 years, trampled
BARBARA HERMANEK, 10 years.
rushed in crowd, body almost unrec-
gnizable, jammed behind one of the
There was no fire, the alarm having
been given as a joke by a boy who
houted through the door. The boy es-
WANY IN PANIC ON
Cabin Doors Are Locked While Doom
ed Vessel is Run to Shallow
Evansville, Ind.. April 1G. The big
ide wheel excursion steamer luisi
na. carrying 400 passengers from here
on her first trip of the season, struck
snag in the Ohio river at Xewburg
last night at 8 o'clock and was run
ashore by the pilot before she sank in
hallow water. Two hundred of the
passengers were women, most of whom
were In the dancing cabin at the time
he boat struck. The big steamer tilt
ed to such an angle that the women be
came panicstricke". Men held the cab-
n doors and Kept llin from jumping
Corbin is Nominated.
Washington, April 16. The presi
dent today nominated Major General
Corbin to be lieutenant general.
PRICE ,TWO CENTS.
U. S. SAILORS
Charge of Powder Ignited
During Target Prac
IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA
Fell on Friday, the 13th, on An
niversary of Missouri
Washington. I). C. April lG.Two
years to a day later than the fatal
Missouri disaster, and, as every sailor
immediately recalled, on a Friday and
the i:!th of the month, six men were
dune to death in the forward turret of
the battleship Kearsage by one of
those accidents which acquire addi
tional terror for sailors because of
their obscure origin and almost Impos
sibility of preventing.
KnataKetl at Drill.
The Atlantic fleet had been for
weeks engaged In drills in the Carib
bean sea, culminating in quarterly tar
get practice. This practice was Just
about concluding with most satisfac
tory results up to yesterday, and it
was confidently expected at the depart
ment that all records would be broken
in the matter of rapidity of fire and
efficiency of gunners.
But just at the close of the week's
work at the department came a cable
gram from Rear Admiral Evans, tell
ing of the dreadful accident on the
Kearsarge. The news came from Cai-
manera, a cable station at the mouth
of Guantanamo bay, in the following
message from Evans:
Ktaaat .Ucuuiit of I be Accident.
Caimanera, April 14. April 13 about
3:15 p. m., shortly after the comple
tion of target practice of the Kear-
sarge's forward turret while the pow
der was going below, three sections of
a 13-inch charge of powder were ig
nited. A charge of powder In the other
list just below and one section Inside
the 13-inch remained intact. The cause
has not yet been determined, nor the
accountability. The matter is being
investigated. Lieutenant Joseph W.
Graeme, gun umpire, was sent to the
Maryland in a critical state about 1)
p. m. The following have since died:
The Ilea il.
LIEUTENANT Hl'DGINS, turret of.
PETER NORBERG, gunner's mate.
THEODORE NAEGELV, seaman.
ANTON O. THORSON, ordinary Kea
man. JULIUS A. KOESTER. turret cap
tain. ELLIS II. ATHEY, seaman.
Dangerously Injured, recovery doubt
W. KING, ordinary seaman.
Will bury the dead at Guantanamo.
The vessel was injured.
NATIONAL D. A. R. MEETS
AT WASHINGTON, D. C.
Fifteenth Congress Attended by Unusu
ally Large Number of Dele
gates. Washington, April 1C. The 15th
continental congress of the National
Society of the Daughters of the Amer
ican Revolution assembled here today.
An unusually large representation of
delegates was In attendance when the
president genera, Mrs. Donald Mc
Lean, called the congress to order. The
day was devoted to addresses and rout
CLOUDS OVER VESUVIUS
Mountain Shows no Signs of Returning
Naples. April 1C. The condition of
Mount Vesuvius was unchanged today.
The volcano Is still surrounded by
thick clouds of smoke, but the ashes
have almost ceased to fall. Many
Americans visited the Vesuvius region
during the day.
INSANE SOLDIER DROWNED
Captain Martin Leaps from Transport
wnne on way Home from East.
Honolulu, April 10. Captain Martin
of the light artillery,' enroute borne on
board the United States transport
Si crman. under guard as insane. Jump
ed overboard during a storm April 5.
The body was not recovered.
Sugar Made Cheaper.
New York, April 1C. All grades of
refined sugar were reduced 10 cents a
hundred pounds today.
Athletes at Naples.
Naples, April 16. The steamer Bar
barossa, having on board the American
athletes entered in the Olympic games
at Athens, April 22, arrived here today.