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FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 08.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 4. 1907.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
THE FOUR PAGIFIGS ALL
ONE, SAYS SECY. MILLAR
Denies an Agreement to
HARRIMAN IS "ILL"
Agreement With Rock Island
Fcr Joint Control gf
New York, Jan. 4. The interstate
commerce commission began today an
Inquiry In this city into the affairs or
the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific
railway systems, the underlying pur
poses of the Investigation being to dis
cover whether or not the two railway
lines are natural competitors or wheth
er there is an agreement between them
that may be construed as in restraint
of trade under the Sherman anti-trust
E. H. Harrinian, who was expected
to be the most important witness ex
amined in this city, has notified the
commission through counsel for the
Union Pacific that ho will be unable
to appear before the commission on ac
count of ill health following an opera
tion. Kxruel Thi Time.
Harrinian was excused from attend
ance at this time. It is the under
standing after staying in the city to
day and tomorrow, the commissioners
would proceed to Chicago to take fur-
Sayn They Are All One.
The first witness was Secretary Mil
lar of the Union Pacific, who said the
Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Ore
. gon Short line and Oregon Railway &
Navigating company which were re
ferred to as the four Pacifies, are un
der the name control. All have the
same president, E. H. Harriman, and
the same vice president. The Union
Pacific owned stock in the Occidental
& Oriental Steamship company, he
said, and the Southern Pacific owned
the Morgan Steamship company.
Millar said the four Pacifies occupied
the same oflice at New York.
Urns: C. A A. In.
The Chicago & Alton was drawn into
the ino.uiry by the reading of an ab
stract from a record of proceedings of
the executive committee of the Union
Pacific. This showed Sept. 29, .1904,
Harriman reported he had bought 13,-
431 shares of preferred capital stock of
the Alton, and his act was approved.
The executive committee of the Union
Pacific authorized Hfrriman and three
associates, it appeared, to enter into
a contract with W. B. Leeds of the
Chicago. Rock Island & Pacific rail
way, by which stocks held in the Al
ton by the Union Pacific and by the
Kock Island should be pooled for de
posit with the Central Trust company
of New York.
Keep Joint Control.
The purj)ose of the contract was to
maintain Joint control of the Alton, the
Union Pacific to have control one year
and the Rock Island the next, and so
on. The contract began Oct. 4. 1904.
and had a life of 10 years. It is admit
ted to be in full force at the present
time. Resolutions passed by the Union
Pacific to the effect that the Oregon
Short Line and Oregon Railway & Nav
igation company were not competing
and parallel lines were put in evidence
after they had been identified by Mil
lar. Tackle nioek em.
Washington Jan. 4. Inquiry into
the operation of the block signal sys
tem of tho Baltimore & Ohio railroad
and Southern railway was Instituted
today by the interstate commerce com
mission. The commission is acting un
der the authority of the resolution of
congress adopted at the last session
calling for a report on the working of
the railroad block system generally.
MUST COME DOWN
Orders Issued for Enforcement of Law
Relating to Public
Washington, Jan. '4. By direction of
the president, Secretary Hitchcock to
day issued an order to Commissioner
Richards of the general land office at
once to notify all special agents and re
ceivers and registers of local land of
fices that the act of February, 1885,
for the summary destruction of illegal
enclosures and obstructions existing on
public lands, will be rigidly enforced
after April 1, next. This order means
all fences enclosing public lauds in
violation of the law must be removed
before April 1.
LAKES TO GULF DEEP WATERWAYS IS
HARD HIT IN ENGINEERS' REPORT
Declared 14-Foot Channel Too Deep for River Boats and Not
Deep Enough for Those of Lakes Besides Being
COE TO BE DROPPED
Man Supposed to Have Shot at Daugh
ter of Governor Hartley Goes
Laporte. Ind.. Jan. 4. William Coe,
charged with having shot at Governor
Hanley's daughter. Professor Harry
O. Carman, and the latter's father and
uncle Wednesday, will not be returned
to the insane asylum nor be sent to
the state piison owing to the inability
of members of the party to swear the
gun was pointed toward them when it
was discharged and the refusal of the
Coe family physician to admit Coe is
now mentally unbalanced. Criminal
insanity proceedings ware dismissed
today and the prosecutor announced
the same action will be taken in the
regular criminal case for attempted
Washington. Jan. 4. The beard of
army engineers has reported against
the advisability of constructing a 14-
foot water way between Chicago and
St. Louis, declaring that "the saving
that would accrue to the country at
large is largely conjectural" and. "in
the opinion of the board, would not be
sufficient to warrant the expenditure
by the general government of $30,000,-
"Considering the proposed water
way as the first step toward the con
struction of a 14-foot water way from
the great lakes to the gulf," the report
says, "it Is not necessary to anticipate
the probable cost of obtaining and the
difficulties attending the construction
of such a water way down the Missis
sippi Valley below St. Louis."
Entitled to OuCe;.
The board adds that it "believes the
commercial interests of the great lakes
are entitled to an outlet to the Gulf
of Mexico of as great capacity as can
be obtained at reasonable cost." This
capacity, tho reiort says, is now limit
ed by the projected depth between St.
Louis and Cairo that Is, eight feet
"The present project for the im
provement of the Mississippi river
from St. Louis to Cairo contemplates a
depth of eight feet, and it is estimated
that to secure it will require an addi
tional expenditure of $20,000,000, with
$400,000 annually for maintenance.
From Cairo to New Orleans the pres
ent project contemplates a depth of 10
feet, and while a depth of nine feet has
been practically secured, to maintain
that calls for the expenditure of ap
proximately $300,000 a year. So far
as known no estimate for increasing
this depth to 14 feet has ever been
made, but it is clear to the board -that
it would involve enormous expendi
tures, for a portion of the distance the
construction of a lateral canal."
Regarding the feasibility of a 14-foot
channel the board says:
"The depth proposed is greater than
is necessary for the river traffic that
would probably use It, and not suffi
ciently great to extend lake navigation
from the great lakes to St. Louis."
St. I.oiiIm Mot DlMeournjgeii.
St. Louis, Jan. 4. The Business
Men's league of St. Louis, at its meet
ing last night, criticised the report of
the government engineers, and voted
unanimously to continue its support of
the lakes to gulf organization along
with the Chicago and Memphis com
mercial organizations. The members
all declared in favor of pushing the
fight vigorously before congress, in
spile of the adverse report.
Lower Ohio and Indiana:
and Kentucky Suffering.
PHONE COSTS LIFE
Poor Service Leads to Execution
of Negro After Governor
COMMUTED TO LIFE TERM
ALL STREAMS ARE HIGH
EXPLOSION OF MAIN CUTS OFF THE
CLEVELAND NATURAL GAS SUPPLY
GALVA YOUNG WOMAN
DIED OF GAS POISON
Miss Hannah Johnson Lingered Three
Weeks in a Chicago Hos-
Galva, 111., Jan. 4. Funeral services
of Miss Hannah Johnson, who died in
Chicago from gas poisoning, were held
yesterday afternoon at the home of the
parents west of this city at 1 o'clock.
Rev. M. Peterson, pastor of the Swed
ish Methodist church officiating. Miss
Johnson for a number of years had
Cleveland, Jan. 4. As a result of the
explosion of a big lS-inch main carry
ing natural gas from West Virginia to
Cleveland, early today near Akron,
this city is entirely cut off from its
natural gas supply. Thousands of res
idences and business places were sud
denly deprived of fuel and light, caus
ing much suffering. Manufacturing
plants depending on natural gas for
fuel were in many instances closed
Three lengths of the big pipe, sub
merged under water, about 35 miles
southwest cf Cleveland, exploded with
terrific force. Mud and water was
thrown CO feet in the air, the concus
sion breaking windows in nearby
houses. No one was injured. It will
probably be many hours before repairs
can be effected by the East Ohio Gas
People Driven From Homes
and Railway Lines
Terre Haute, Ind., Jan. 4. High wa
ters and threatened floods are reported
from different parts of southwestern
Indiana along the Wabash and White
rivers. At Taylorsville the bottoms
are under water and 700 inhabitants of
a region are moving out today.
Moliimk 1(1 xingr.
Utica, Jan. 4. Rain in the Mohawk
valley has raised the Mohawk river to
a tlood stage, and exceedingly high
water prevails throughout the valley
Trains on the New York Central rail
way were delayed today.
WMern Kentucky SuflVrw.
Louisville, Jan. 4. Traffic on all rail
roads operating in the western section
of Kentucky and on several lines in
other parts of the state are demoral
ized as a result of the heavy rains
during the past few days. Creeks and
rivers in the southern and western
Iortions of the state are out of their
Attorney Unable to Reach Sheriff
Mississippi County Till Three
Minutes After Hanging.
ACTORS IN INDECENT
PLAY DRIVEN OFF STAGE
French Audience Refuses to Stand for
Latest Production of Niece of
VATICAN-HAS "NOTHING TO FEAfHN
PUBLICATION OF "SEIZED tPAPERS
Rome, Jan. 4. The Observator Ro
mano today publishes the following
communication from the Vatican:
"It is stated the French government
been working in Chicago. About three intends to publish the text of some of
weeks ago she arose in the night and the documents which were seized at
it is believed accidentally turned on I the papal nunciature in Paris Dec. 11.
the gas as she was attempting to turn
on an electric light. After extinguish
ing the ngnt sne retired ami me now
of gas from the jet continued. Next
morning she was found in her room in
an unconscious condition. She was
taken to a hospital where she remain
ed unconscious for three weeks. Short
ly before her death she regained consciousness.
The holy synod declares it declines
any responsibility for -thejfftiblication,
leaving it to the persons who may think
themselves injured by the publication
of the documents to use the means
they judgebest to protect their rights.
It must ;eiorne ; In mind, however,
no inventory was made at the time of
the seizure of documents by the French
Paris, Jan. 4. An act styled "A
Dream of Egypt." which as indecent
as. anything ever seen on the Parisian
Tstagers produced last night at the
notorious Moulin Rouge, amid the
greatest pandeTllOTrrnm in pit and gal
lery. The principals literally were
driven from the theater. The produc
t ion:. was the work of the Marquise de
Morny, ,a niece of Napoleon. It was
written by herself in collaboration with
Mme. Gauthier Villare, the author of
"Claudine" and other decadent novels.
Mayersville. Miss., Jan. 4. Because
the telephone worked badly and caused
a delay of three minutes in the trans
mission of a message, William Harvey,
a negro, was hanged here yesterday
after his death sentence had been com
muted to life imprisonment.
Governor Vardaman, who Issued the
commutation. Is greatly incensed at the
tardiness of the telephone company,
and has instituted an investigation.
Harvey was convicted of the murder
of Peter Bromo, a negro, last March
His case was appealed to the supreme
court, which sustained the lower court.
and the friends and attorneys of the
man then appealed to Governor Varda
man for executive clemency.
Harvey was sentenced to hang Dec.
4. 19UC, but the governor granted a
respite of thirty days, pending an in
vestigation of the case. Nothing had
been done to secure a commutation of
sentence until Wednesday morning,
when W. E. Mollison. a negro lawyer,
who had the case in charge, and D. W,
Cary took the matter up with the gov
ernor by long-distance telephone.
The hour for the execution was set
for some time between 11 and 3 o'clock
yesterday afternoon. The sheriff de
layed the execution until the last min
ute, but there was some delay In get
ting the governor's message.
Three Minutex I-atr.
When Cary had talked with him for
some time the governor agreed to com
mute the sentence of Harvey to life Im
prisonment. The next turn of The wheel
was to catch the sheriff before the ex
ecution took place. Here again was
delay, and the governor could not get
in communication with the sheriff until
3:03 o'clock. When he did so it was to
learn that Harvey had been hanged
three minutes before.
With Police Unable to
Few Are Safe.
REPRESSION IS URGED
Partial List of Those Con
demned by Terrorists
TRESTLE; A WRECK
Fast Passenqer on Southern Pacific
Goes Into Ditch in Oregon Pas
WALSH AFFAIRS PROBED
Chicago Grand Jury Examining Wit
nesses Against Politician-Banker.
Chicago, Jan. 4. The first formal
steps toward the criminal prosecution
of John R. Walsh, president of the
Chicago National bank, which was
wrecked in December, 1905, were tak
en yesterday before the special federal
grand jury called for the investigation.
Two witnesses were heard in the after
noon. They were Edward P. Moxie,
bank examiner, who has spent many
months in the examination of Walsh's
books, and Church G. Todd. 432C Lake
avenue, former clerk in the Chicago
National bank in charge of check entering.
There will be at least forty witness
es. A subpoena was issued late in tne
Coal and Lumber Combines Will
Receive Attention at
EVIDENCE IS COLLECTED
Interstate Commerce Commission Will
Look Into Charges of Fixing
Washington. D. C, Jan. 4 Two al
leged combinations in restraint of
trade, one dealing in coal and the oth
er In lumber, that are said to control
and regulate prices and in a measure
restrict the output with a view to af
fecting prices, will in all probability
be subjected to prosecution in the
courts. This is one of the results of
afternoon for John P. Hopkins, former i the investigation by the interstate corn-
mayor of Chicago. Mr. Hopkins will merce commission Into the causes for
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
Washington, Jan. 4. Following is a
brief resume-pf the important proceed
ings in both houses of congress yes
terday; . j .
SKXATK The sfrnat'e devoted Its two
and a hulf hours' session to the fur
ther discussion of president Roose
velt's order dismissing the negro troops
of tho 2"th infantry for "shooting up"
Hrownsville. Texas. Senator Culberson
of Hint state defended the oriier. clos
ing with an impassioned statement of
the position of the south on the tieero
question. Senator Foraker ". replieil
briefly, urging speedy aetion on his res
olution for an investigation. Senator
Uiilge proposed an amendment admit
ting the president's authority as commander-in-chief
of the army to take
the aetion he did. On motion of Sen
ator Hale the resolution was given the
right of way Monday. Adjournment to
Monday was taken.
IIOISK Immediately after the ap
proval of the journal the credentials of
1 Knglebright of the First Califor
nia district to Till a vacancy caused by
the resignation of James Norris Gillett.
ami Charles O. Washburn of the Third
Massachusetts district, vice Kock wood
Hear, deceased, were read, and these
two gentlemen proceeded to the bar,
where the speaker administered the
oath. No quorum being present, and
no committees ready to report, adjourn
ment was then taken until today, after
a ; minutes session.
MARLB0R0UGHS AT PEACE?
Reconciliation Reported to Have Taken
London, Jan. 4. A reconciliation is
reported to have taken place between
the duke and duchess of Marlborough.
King Edward has extended his Influ
ence as peacemaker and has been chief
ly instrumental in effecting a reunion.
There were faults on both sides, but
the sins of omission and commission
have been mutually forgiven.
FOR CHINESE FAMINE RELIEF
Distribution of Aid Started at Centers
of Greatest Suffering.
Shanghai, Jan. 4. Famine relief
work has been started with Tsing
Kiangfu, Suchien, Yaowan and Su
choufu as centers, there being the
greatest distress and the largest refu
gee camps at these points. Hundreds
of persons are dying daily from hun
ger and cold.
BAD FIRE AT MONTREAL
LEFT TO GOVERNOR
Courts Have Done With Case of
Mrs. Myers to be Hanged
Kansas City, Jan? i.Judge Phillips
In the United States district court this
morning denied the application of at
torneys for Mrs. Aggie Myers for a
writ of habeas corpus. This means
Mrs. Myers, under sentence of death
for the murder of her husband, and
Frank Pottman, in jail at Kansas City
for complicity in the crime, will be ex
tell of Mr. Walsh's relations with the
Wisconsin & Michigan railroad, of
which the bank . president was head
and Mr. Hopkins was a director.
OIL CASE WITNESS IS GONE
Mysterious Disappearance Follows
. Testimony Against Combine.
St. Louis, Jan. 4. George U. Hen
dricks, who for 25 years was connected
with the Waters-Pierce Oil company,
and for the last year had been a trav
eling car accountant for the American
Car & Foundry company, has been
mysteriously missing for a week. He
was a witness in the Missouri suit
against the alleged oil combination?
CARNEGIE FURNISHES CASH
Offers $750,000 for Home for Bureau of
Washington. Jan. 4. It is announced
here today Andrew Carnegie has given
$750,000 for the construction of a build
ing to be used by the bureau of Amer
ican republics. Provisions for the
same have already been made by the
the shortage of cars.
Evidence collected by the commis
sion so far as the alleged coal combini
tlcn Is concerned is about to be certi
fied to the department of justice. If
the attorney general holds that the
facts justify It an inquiry will be or
dered and the matter placed in the
hands of a number of United States at
torneys in different western districts.
In Went em State.
So far as the so-called lumber trust
Is concerned, informal complaints have
been made that combinations doing
business in Wisconsin, Minnesota.
Iowa and other western states hold
the key to the situation; that lumber
Is sold only on condition that it shall
be disposed of at prices fixed by the
central agency, and that production is
regulated with an eye single to profits.
Former Bishop Dead.
Springfield, Mass., Jan. 4. A cable
gram from Paris this morning an
nounces the death at that city of Rev.
Jcaob Cotton Brooks of this city,
youngest brother of the late Philip
Brooks, for many years rector of Trin
ity church of Boston and afterward
bishop of Massachusetts.
MONDAY, JAN. 7
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ad you wish without
charge . . . . .
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Man Rushes in to Save Son and is
Crushed by Falling Wall.
Montreal, Jan. 4. A half a million
dollar fire resultinsr in the death of one
j man and the injury of six firemen, oc
curred yesterday on St. Antoine street.
A collapsed wall caused the death of
, H. Gagnon and injured the firemen.
, Gagnon rushed in to rescue a son
whom he thought imperiled and was
; crushed to death by the wall.
PARDON MICKEY'S LAST ACT
Releases Mrs. Lillie, Up for Life for
Murder of Her Husband.
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 4. Mrs. Lena
Margaret Lillie of David City. Neb., in
the penitentiary for life for the murder
gf her husband, Harvey Lillie, about
four years ago, was granted an uncon-
ditional pardon by Governor Mickey.
It was the last act of the official be
fore retiring from office.
Senator Allison Tells Plans.
Dubuque, Iowa, Jan. 4.' Senator Al
lison has set at rest all rumors regard-
, lng his plans. He announced deflnite
ily he would return to Washington on
Saturday. His health is much Improv
ed after his long rest.
Meets in Committee of Whole.
Washington, Jan. 4. The house to-
i day considered in committee of the
' whole measures relating to war and
Comstock. Ore.. Jan. 4. The north
bound Portland express, the first fast
passenger train on the Southern Paci
fic railroad between San Francisco
and Portland was wrecked last night
two miles north of here. The engineer
was killed, and the fireman is missing.
The passengers were uninjured. The
accident occurred on a recently filled
trestle which had been undermined by
the torrential rains of the last few
Passengers Hurt in Missouri.
St. Louis, Jan. 4. It is reported a
Frisco passenger train was wrecked
near Cape Girardeau yesterday even
ine owing to the track having been
weakened by heavy rains. A number
of passengers were injured. The weak
ened condition of the track at various
places prevents relief from going to
PHYSICIAN DIES OF WOUND
Man Who Committed Peculiar Crime is
Held for Murder.
Carthage. Mo.. Jan. 4. Dr. S. D.
Meredith died today of a gunshot
wound inflicted by Arthur Sanberson
at the latter's home here on Wednes
day. Sanberson, who had been re
leased, was immediately rearrested on
the charge of murder In the first de
gree. Meredith was sanberson s pnysi
cian. Sanberson called, him to his
home professionally and then shot the
physician as he was about to enter the
CHURCH FIGHT PLEAS HEARD
Argument in Macon County Union Con
test Begins in Appellate Court.
Springfield, 111.. Jan. 4. Arguments
were heard by the appellate court for
the Third district of Illinois yesterday
in the appeal of the Cumberland Pres
byterian case from Macon county,
where a number of members of thu
Cumberland Presbyterian church are
fighting union with the Presbyterian
church. The arguments were by W. C.
Caldwell of Trenton, Tenn., and Judge
E. B. Green of Mount Carrr"-for
the objectors, and by John W. Grant
for the unionists.
St. Petersburg, Jan. 4. A general
search of lodgings and persons under
police observation was made here dur
ing the night in hope of discovering
the accomplices of the assassin of Pre
fect of Police Von der Launitz. Many
arrests were made, but so far as known
no important terrorists were captured.
The man who killed the prefect is still
i'miMcM Deep lmprelon.
Ten persons condemned to deatli by
terrorists are reported to be Grand
Duke Nicholas, Premier Stolypin and
two conservative members of the cab
inet, who lately recehed warning let
ters as to the assassin of Von der
Launitz. This has caused a powerful
impression both in the press and
among the public.
("able t I'rotert lirtnurlf.
Newspapers all comment on the Ina
bility of the prefect of police to pro
tect his own person aga'nst the attack
of a single resolution of the terrorist
who undertook the task with a firm de
termination not to be taken alive. Pa
pers ask how long a time will elapse
before still more prominent personages
are stricken by terrorist bullets. The
press unites In demanding protection
against the regime of assassination
which has been inaugurated by the re
actionists as well as terrorists.
PARMELEE WILL IS FILED
Personal Property of $400,000 Left by
Chicago. 111., Jan. 4. The will of
Charles King I'armelee, filed yester
day, disposes of an estate of $400,000,
all personal property. The entire es
tate is bequeathed to the widow. At
the death of Mrs. Parmelee it is stipu
lated that Patrick J. Condon, James
O'Brien, Thomas Enright, and Thomas
Humphreys, all old employes of the
Parmelee Transfer company, are to
receive sums of $10,000 to the first
named and $2,000 to the three others.
Seven other persons are named under
the same provision in bequests ranging
from $2,000 to $5,000.
Expert Declared to Have Found Money
Was Spent in Politics.
Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 4. A shortage of
$200,000 is said to exist in the accounts
of the Dayton Gas Light & Coke com
pany, w. .1. Munster, expert account
ant of Cincinnati, is the man credited
with disclosing the alleged defalcation,
which may possibly reach double these
figures. It is alleged that the money
was used for political purposes. The
corporation owns a perpetual fran
chise. The capital stock Is $1,200,000.
Iast year's earnings were $9C,000.
WILSON REACHES PEORIA
Secretary of Agriculture Will Hear
Pleas Relating to Blended Whiskies.
Peoria, Jan. 4. Secretary of Agri
culture Wilson and party from Wash
ington arrived at Peoria early today to
hear pleas of local independent distil
lers on the ruling of the agricultural
department relating to the pure food
law and blended whiskies.
ILLINOIS POLITICIAN DIES
Samuel N. Jones of Springfield, Suc
cumbs to Paralysis.
Springfield, 111., Jan. 4. Hon. Sam
uel N. Jones, for many years one of
the leading republican politicians of
the state, died today of a stroke of
REPORT IS GLOWING
General Bell Back In Washing
ton Reports Cuba Com
Washington, Jan. 4. Major General
J. Franklin Bell returned to Washing
ton today from Cuba where for tho
past several months he has been In
command of the army of pacification.
He will at once resume his duties as
chief of staff. Bell states he left matters
In Cuba In an eminently eatlsfctory
condition. He recently made a com
plete tour of the Island and says ev
erywhere he found the natives at
work cutting corn, and that while there
were a few unoccupied and unsatis
fied men in some provinces they num
bered less than usual. Governor Ma
goon, had already endeared himself to
Cuba and his administration Is decid
ecuted Jan. 10, unless the governor in-j United States and South American re
terferes. I publics.
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