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THE ROOK INLAND AEGH
FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. .131.
TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 1907. TEX PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
GRAND JURY LEARNS HOW
FRISCO HAS REEN BLED
of Graft Said to Have
$450,000 IN ONE FUND
Boss Rue! Had Handling of it
All Scores Facing In
dictment. San Francisco. March 19. The
Schmitz;.cise wag .continued to April 8
today, by consent of both sides.
Many IndlctmentM Expected.
San Francisco, Cal., March 19 The
grand jury, it is expected, will return
indictments against Mayor Schmitz,
"Boss" Ruef, President Calhoun of the
United railroads, and a number of well
known capitalists, for graft in trolley
and telephone franchises, by which, it
is alleged, millions of dollars were di
vided among boodlers.
llrlue Fund .-.(l.MM.
The amount of the bribe fund said to
have been given out by the United
railroads was $450,000, of. which
Schmitz and Ruef are alleged -to have
got the lion's share. The two tele
phone companies are said to have con
tributed about half this sum.
The first witness before the grand
jury yesterday afternoon was James L.
Gallagher, chairman of the finance com
mittee of the supervisors and at one
time acting mayor, at which time he
is said to have distributed bribes
among his colleagues. He was follow
ed by Andrew M. Wilson, a business
man and former Ruef supervisor, now
state railroad commissioner. After
they had partially finished giving their
testimony they were temporarily ex
cused. Iteveliitlouit Amiizr Jurom.
They were succeeded by Thomas Ixv
nergan and Charles Boxton, both proni-
",cul . me... .u men
supervisors was heard. ing of ,he citive counsel of tho
Their testimony was sensational. ' American Federation of Labor yc-ster-Deals
hitherto barely suspected and ' day, Secretary Morrisy submitted tho
deals unknown were divulged, with a report for five months since the cow
wealth of facts that amazed the inquisi- of the federation's fiscal year, showing
tors, prepared as they were by pre- an increase of more than 50.000 mem
vious investigations to expect corrup- hers compared with the corresponding
tlon. five months last year. He reported
First and most important is the deal that, exclusive of funds of affiliated
by which the United railroads, by its national unions (which have exclusive
president, Patrick Calhoun, gained the control over their own finances), there
overhead trolley franchise. The price is $110,114 in the federation treasury.
paid for the franchises, which permit
ted the company to inflate its stock
into millions by turning its cable lines
into a trolley system, was $450,ooo. Of
this the supervisors received but a
small share, the bulk of it going into
the pockets of Riief and Schmitz, it is
How Traction Ileal Wan Mnde.
Ruef. it is said, demanded $130,000
from Calhoun to carry through the
transaction, and this money was drawn 'rounded by the Ohio river flood for
by the United railroads in installments ' several days, collapsed last night, re
calculated to be small enough to di-' suiting in the death of two persons an J
vert suspicion.. Ruef said $S5,000 was? lne injury of 10 others,
to go to mysterious iersons who, he Tne building was occupied by sever
insisted, had to be "squared;" $85,000 aJ Italian families. A middle aged
more was set aside for the supervisors, woman and her 3-year-old child were
and this sum was placed in the hands instantly killed.
of Gallagher by Ruef. Gallagher, it is One building was surrounded by 10
said, retained siu.uim) lor nimseir, siu. -
000 wes given to Daniel Coleman, anc'
$10,000 went to Wilson. Other super
visors received $4,000 each, and still
other: were given as little as $3,000.
After subtracting $85,000 for the su
pervisors and $S5.000 for the persons
Ruef insisted must be taken- care of:
but who may never have received the
money, $280,000 was left to be divided
between Schmitz and Ruef.
All this was carried forward while
the city was yet in the throes of social
convulsion following the earthquake
and while the very existence of the
town was still threatened.
Warrintc CompnnleN Both Held Vp.
But the corruption surrounding the
history of the franchise granted to the
Home Telephone company was even
worse. The supervisors were bought
twice, it is claimed, once by the Pa
cific States telephone, which wished to
keep the rival corporations out of the
city, and once by the Home Telephone
company, which was fighting to gain
entrance. The Pacific States company
paid the most money and even hired
a suite of apartments in which It was
Kiven but the franchise went to the
Home Telephone people.
This was brought about by the alleg
ed purchase of Schmitz and Ruef bv
v the foreign concern, and they forced
the granting of the coveted privilege.
Most of the supervisors, it is said,
got $5,000 apiece from the Pacific
States company, though they were not
considered worth buying. A little la
ter the Home telephone agents paid a
number of supervisors $3,000 each,
Ruef and Scl-mitz forcing them to be
content with this sum.
Irle I'lulit (irnfl KspoNeil.
Another transact ton which was sus
pected but never proved until yester
day on the sworn testimony of super
visorial witnesses, is the prize light
boodle of $20,UOO. James Coffroth, Wil
lis Britt, Morris Ix'vy, and Eddie Gra
ney, known as the "fight trust," each
subscribed $5,000 to secure the exclu
sive privilege of prize fight permits for
19l)C. This money was placed in Gra
ney's. hands in January, 1900, and by
him paid to Ruef in Ruef's office dur
ing the same month. To the super
visors whose vote it was necessary to
secure, Ruef is said to have paid $300
apiece, withholding the rest, which, it
is alleged, was divided between him
self and Schmitz. A demand was made
for the return of some portion of the
money after the earthquake and fire
had rendered the privilege valueless,
but this was refused by Ruef.
Author Tells of Finding Dynamite in
Helicon Hall Cellars Re
cently. New York, March 19. Upton Sin
clair,' whose cooperative colony house.
Helicon hall, near Englewood; X. Y.,
was destroyed by fire early on Satur
day morning admits that three weeks
ago enough dynamite was found in the
cellar of the building to have blown
the structure to fragments. This sta?
ment taken in conjunction with the
finding of a stick of the explosive
alongside the boilers on Saturday af
ternoon has spurred tho authorities io
more vigorous efforts on the theory c,t
Increase in Membership in
Labor Organization is
Washington, March 19. At a meet
COLLAPSE OF BUILDING
CAUSED BY THE FLOOD
Two Persons Killed and Ten Others
Injured When Walls Give Way
Cincinnati, March 19. A three story
I brick building at the corner of Front
and Plum streets, which has been sur-
- .feet of water, which weakened the
walls and caused the collapse.
The police! had much difficulty in
rescuing the injured, being compelled
to use boats.
A REAR ADMIRAL DEAD
Benjamin F. Tilley, Commander of
League Island Navy Yard.
Philadelphia, March 19. Rear Ad
miral Benjamin F. Tilley, command
ant at League Island navy yard, di3-l
last night of double pneumonia. Ad
miral Tilley was made commandant at
the navy yard on Feb. 23, having been
assigned to succeed Rear Admiral
Craig who was retired. Admiral Tilley
was at one time governor of Tetuana
in the Samoan islands. He Is survived
by a widow, daughter, and son.
RUSS TRAINS IN COLLISION
Seventeen Killed and 35 Hurt in Acci
dent on Siberian Road.
Harbin, March 19. As a result of a
collision today between passenger and
freight trains at Turushiche station, 17
persons were killed and 35 injured.
Sacramento, Cal., March 19. A tel
ephone message from Marysville jhi3
morning says water has broken over
the levee and the entire city is flooded.
Water is said to be running through
I the business portion of the town.
CAPTURE A PORT
Nicaraguan Naval Forces Take
Trujillo After Storming
it From Sea.
SALVADOR IN THE TROUBLE
Said to Have Allied Itself With Hon
duras General Bonilla on the
Managua, Nicaragua. March 19.
The port of Trujillo, Honduras, has
been captured by the Nicaraguan naval
forces. The Hondurans left behind
them a piece of artillery, a number f
rifles, and a quantity of ammunition.
Salvador With llondurn.
Panama, May 19. According to re
liable information received here from
Salvador that country has allied itself
openly with Honduras in the war wi.h
Nicaragua. On March 10 2,500 Salva
dorean soldiers landed at Amapala and
proceeded the next morning in the di
rection of Choluteca. This body of
men came from San Miguel, in Hondu
ras, and is under the command of Gen
eral Jose Dolores Presa.
(ienernl Ilonilln on Miiroli.
It is reported further that General
Bonilla, the president of Honduras, it
the head of a body of troops has start
ed for Segovia, Nicaragua. In this
movement he is supixjrted by two de
tachments of Nicaraguan revolution
ists commanded by Generals Chamorro
The government of Guatemala hai
refused a request made by Honduras
revolutionists to be permitted to cross
the frontier and Invade Honduras.
QUEEN OF CITIES
Is Dr. Raymond's View of Paris
in Lecture at the High
LEADS EUROPEAN CAPITALS
Took Initiative in Public Improvements
American Influence Shown,
But English Forms Copied.
"Paris" was the subject of the lec
ture given last evening by Professor
Jerome H. Raymond at the high school,
the fifth In the series of university ex
tention lectures on the subject, "Euro
pean Capitals and Their Social Signl-
ficanee." "Paris is the undisputed
queen of cities," said Professor Ray
mond, "the city beautiful and city tri
umphant." Continuing he said that it
was Paris that started municipal re
form throughout Europe, and while all
the other cities followed, none equaled
It. This renovation was due largely to
the French revolution when the old
Paris was wiped out and a new city
sprung up. He gave the story of the
revolutions from the time of Napoleon
who made France an empire, to the
time when it was made a republic.
American Influence Shown.
The story of Joan of Arc was given
and the influence of the American re
volution upon the country was shown
by a statute of Washington and also a
public park called the "Place of th
United States." Paris Is the third
largest city in the world, and the work
of beautifying the city has never stop
ped since the French revolution. The
city has long been noted for its perfect
system cf sewers and all water, gas
electric and telephone connections are
in the same large tunnels that run in
all directions throughout the city. Ex
curslons through these great tunnel
are one of the clyef attractions of the
city, itsj streets are Droad and grand
and along them stand some of the fin
est structures in the world.
Copy From I lie KurIInIi.
The French system of government
has been taken more from the English
than from the United States, The
premier is really the ruler, and th
present one Is a radical socialist. It i
not a Christian government and the
French people do not believe in the
miracles of the bible. The career
the nation has ever been upward and
onward and Paris has become a grea
city worthy of all honor.
MRS WALLU NOT GUILTY
Woman Charged With Murder of Moth
er Escapes Indictment.
New York, March 19. No indie
ment against Mrs. Lottie Wallu, who
was charged with having caused the
death of her mother, was found by the
grand jury today.
It is probable the
charge against her will be dropped."
Company "Milked" Goes to Wall.
Cincinnati, March 19. A receiver
wasi asked today for the Xenia Qa
company;. It is charged the Chicago
holding company is over-bonded and
"milked" this and other companies,
Sands Best at Tennis.
Boston, March 19. In the national
court tennis championship today Pierre
. Lorillard. Jr., lost to C. L. Sands In
' straight sets.
Defense's Experts Hold
to Theory Prisoner
ARE NOT SPECIFIC
Attempt by Jerome to Bring
Out Something Definite
' All Fail.
New York, March 19 Dr. Smith Ely
Jelliffe was recalled in the Thaw trill
Jerome continuing hi;
Hefuaed lo l:inlfy
Jerome produced a book edited by
Jelliffe and attemped to induce the
alienist to admit the classification in
sanity contained therein. Jerome took
p each class . of insanity Thaw was
suffering fronii when he shot White.
Witness said lie believed Thaw was
uffering from! some sort of insanity,
but there wereaiot enough facts in the
hypothetical question for him to de
termine definitely the particular form.
The crosi examination dragged along
at great length and was something of
a surprise in view of Jerome's expedi
tious handling of the experts yester
InxHiir liver Two Yenrx.
Jelliffe said it was his opinion Thaw-
had been insane suffering from a par-
aonic torm or insanity tor at least
wo and a half 'years prior to the trag
edy. Del mas (luring the cross exam
ination noted exceptions! to several of
Jerome's remarks on the ground of
misconduct. I fie also objected to the
whole course of the cross examination,
but was overruled.
Oilier Hold to Inxuuit.v.
The redirect examination of Jelliffe
wtts-Yery-UTief. Dt. fiHgTlm - - wM - ei -
called. He was of the opinion Thaw
Pilgrim was excused after a brief
cross examination. Dr. Minus Gregory
gave it as his opinion Thaw was In
sane when he shot and killed White.
Dr. Charles (1. Wagner, answering
Jerome'9 hypothetical question, said
Thaw was insane when he killed
Deliiiax 10 x i m I ii cm Policemen.
New York. March 19. When Dolmas
began introduction of testimony in re
buttal yesterday afternoon he intro
duced first of all the record in the
trial and conviction of Hummel on the
charge of conspiracy. Xext he put
upon the stand three policemen who
saw Thaw the night of the tragedy or
early in the morning after, and all de
clared he either looked or acted irra
tionally. Delnias then passed to the
final stages of the trial by Introducing
more alienists in behalf of the defense.
three experts being new to the cas
Drs. Hammond and Jelliffe and White
declared Thaw was so mentally unbal
anced at the time he killed White he
did not know the nature or quality of
his act and did not know the act was
wrong. None of three would classify
the form of insanity from which they
said the defendant was suffering.
REPUBLIC IRON AND
STEEL MEN GO OUT
East Chicago Mills Entirely Tied uo
by Strike of Eight Hun
Hammond, Ind.. March 19. Twelve
hundred employes In the mills of the
Republic Iron & Steel company at
East Chicago struck today for higher
wages, completely tying up the estab
NOT FORTAFT BOOM
President Denies New Report
of Significance of De
Washington, March 19. "Governor
Deneen and Attorney General Stead
did not come to see me on any political
matters at all. We did not talk poll
tics at all."
The above are substantially the words
the president used in his talk with Sen
ator Hansbrough today when the latter
asked him about the report that the
subsidy conference at the White house
with the Illinois officials, during which
Secretary Taft and his brother were
caned was ror tne purpose or launch-1
ing a boom for Taft for the presidency.!
BILLS ARE DOOMED
Nearly Three Hundred Meas
ures Before Illinois Legis
lature Cannot Pass.
BIGGEST LIST IN HISTORY
Most of Them of a Nature to Cause
Little General Mourning Over
Springfield. 111., March 19. The reg
ular bills are doomed. There are some
where between 200 and 300 measures
before various house committees which
jmay be put under this classification.
and probably not a dozen of them will
ever get before the house. It is the
biggest crop of shady legislation that
ever came before an Illinois legislature,
and if the general assembly should ser
iously attempt to consider and act on
all of tlie.se measures, it is very prob
able that final adjournment would be
postjioned until late In the fall.
Lien th Sentence I'UNNed.
Word, therefore, has been quietly
passed to the chairmen of the big
committees by republican leaders that
y. would hardly be wise to allow neces
sary work of the general assembly to
be hampered by prolonged considera
tion of this class of bill's, and that if
most of them were never to get out of
the committee room probably there
would be no complaint except from the
introducers of the bills.
WAS BIGGEST EVER
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at
Chicago Was of Unsur
FAIRBANKS CHIEF GUEST
i Five Hundred Members of Irish Fel
lowship Club Seated at Banquet
Chicago, March 19. The hanqiK-t
held at the Auditorium last night .in
der the auspices of the Irish Fellow
ship club was, according to its pro-
jectors. Uw uiut-ela.borate celeb r?.-
tion of St
Partick s day ever held in
Vice President Fair-
banks was the
guest of honor and
came to deliver the chief address
the day. He was greeted In the ban
quet hall by fully 500 members of the
club and half as many ladles were
present. The banquet, was preceded
by a reception in the parlors of tho
hotel, which lasted for nearly an hour.
At the banquet Vice President Fai"
banks spoke to the subject: "Tho
Irish in America."
Ilnil a Hiihj Hay.
Previous to his banquet speech the
vice president had made addresses at
St. Ignatius college and the University
of Chicago, held several impromptu in
ceptions and hnd attended a luncheon
at the Press club where he also deliv
ered a speech.
FINDS FOUR RIFLES
USED IN SHOOTING
Report from Springfield Arsenal Says
Rifles from 25th Infantry Were
Used at Brownsville.
Washington, D. C, March 19. Four
rifles from company B, 25th infant rv,
were used in the Brownsville affray if
the ordnance department of the armv
can substantiate reports to the senate
committee on military affairs concern
ing the microscopic examinations of
shells picked up in the streets of
the town on the morning following the
shooting. All of the rifles in the pos
session of the battalion at Fort Browa
on the night of Aug. 13 were sent in
the Springfield arsenal, and two shots
fired from each. The shells used were
then compared with those picked up at
Brownsville, and the officers making
the tests reported that It has be?n
demonstrated beyond dispute that fo-ir
guns of Company B were used in dis
charging all of the 33 shells.
FEAR SMALLPOX IN PARIS
Appearance of a Few Cases in French
Capital Alarms People.
Paris, March 19. The appearance
of a few cases of 6mallpox here has
greatly alarmed the people. Thousands
of persons have been vaccinated dur
ing the last few days, and the hospi
tals and the Academy of Medicine are
besieged by crowds anxious to be re
vaccinated. The authorities believe
there is no real danger of an epidemic
KNOW NOW MONEY IS GONE
Recount of the Chicago Sub-Treasury
Funds is Completed.
Chicago, March 19. The counting
the $02,000,000 in the local sub-treas
jury to determine If the shortage ft
$173,000 discovered . Feb. 20 was due;
to a mistake in bookkeeping, was fin
i.slie-d yesterday without discovery !
anything to explain the short am' other
than that tho money had been stolen.
Captain Porter, of the federal secr-t
service, said last night his dote-otiv-s
had learned nothing new about tho dis
appearance of the money.
WITH 400 ABOARD
All Escape With Lives in Peculiar Ac
cident at Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark, March 19.
The Danish training ship Viking was
blown over during a storm in t lie ship
building yard here today. It had 4'M
workmen on board at tho time, and it
is believed about fifty of them were
Copenhagen, March 19. The first re
ports of the casualties from the over
turning of the Viking were exaggerat
ed. Only 10 workmen wore injind
and there was no loss of life.
TEN IN ONE FAMILY
HAVE THE SMALLPOX
Alarming Condition Found to Exist
Southeast of Moline on Coal
It developed today that tho fami'v
of Elliott Parks, living six miles south
east of Moline on the Coaltown road,
has betn afflicted with smallpox fr
some time and that a number of neigh
bors have probably hail the same dis
ease, though they thought it chicken
pox. A Moline physician has diag
nosed the case at tho Parks homo and
asserts the disease is smallpox. Tile
first case in tho neighborhood appeare i
immediately after 1 lie holidays and
probably a score or more have been ill.
There have been 10 cases in the Park-;
VOTE TO MOVE THE
Edgewood Baptist Congregation Plans
to Occupy the Recently Donated
Site in Near Future.
At a congregational meeting of tho
Edgewood Baptist church held last
evening it was decided to move tho
church edifice from its present, loca
tion on Forty-font th street to tho prop
erty donated to tho congregation by
Mrs. Pauline Sinneit at the corner ot
Forty-fourth street and Fifth avenu--.
It is the intention of tho congregation
to undertake tho work shortly. The
church will be raised an 1 a good bas-
ment will bo put in to be used for-tli.-
Sunday school and for such pnrpos s
as may lie found expedient.
S MEMORABLE OCCASION
Ottawa Knights Templar Confer Order
The ceremonies of I lock Island com-
inandery. No. IS, Knights Templar, at
Masonic temple last evening were
largely attended and proved unusually
interesting. The wdVk in the order of
the temple was put on by members of
the Ottawa commandery, of whom
about thirty were guests of Rock Is
land commandery yesterday afternoon
and evening. The candidates at both
sessions wore Aledo residents, and a
large number of the members of the
commandery were in attendance from
Aledo. Luncheon was served at C:3u
at the Masonic temple.
PROPERTY TO TWO SONS
Will of Mrs. Diantha H. Skidmore of
Moline Admitted to Probate.
Judge H. C. Ward in the county court
court today admitted to probate th;
will of the late Mrs. Diantha Hall Skid
more of Moline. Tho instrument, dat
ed April 30. 1900. leaves tho propel-
to her sons, Wallace G. Skidmore and
Byron G. Skidmore. The latter is
named as executor.
The will of John Cowley of Moline,
an ine property to me testator s who.
The instrument was executed June 5,
Newspaper Plant Burns.
Augusta, Ga., March 19. The build
ing occupied by the Augusta Chronicle
and Western Union Telegraph com
pany burned early today. The loss is
estimated at $100,000.
HEAVY RAINS MAY
CAUSE NEW FLOOD
Pittsburg; Pa. March 19. A general
rain over western Pennsylvania and
northern West Virginia last night and
today is expected to cause another rise
in the rivers. Local Forecaster Penny -
well does not fear a dangerous flood.
Excitement as Great for
Time as Last
STILL NO FAILURES
Though Number of Firms Re
ported on the Brink of
New York, March 19. The opening
prices m the stock market today
showed declines generally which were
wide in some of the most active stocks.
Tin ro was a sprinkling of gains, the
rise of a point in Southern Pacific be
ing the most conspicuous. Heavy li
quidation was resumed, however, and
prices crumbled away rapidly, Read
ing, Fnion Pacific, St. Paul, Hill stocks,
and Amalgamated copper broke in a
precipitate fashion, and the entire mar
ket, became sensationally weak.
Selling for foreign account was an
important element in weakness and
fears were entertained trouble was
brewing in some of the foreign finan
cial markets. It was believed also
there was a selling out of accounts
that were helped through the slump
of last week on condition opportunity
should bo taken of the first recovery in
tile market to reduce the holding.
I'nilurex lleltl Imminent.
The break in tho first hour was
ascribed to a variety of causes, chief
among them being a ln-rsistent rumor
that one or more failures are imminent.
Excitement today was quite as great
as that of last Thursday.
Considerable stock was thrown on
tho maiket at any price it might
IliiiiKer Sniil lo Have Panned.
During the second hour the pressure
of liquidation spent its force and there
were rebounds and feverish fluctua
tions. It was said all danger of sus
pensions or failures had passed for the
BILL NOW FILED
Henry McCarthy Complainant
in Injunction Suit to Block
Vote on Annexation
OF SOUTH ROCK ISLAND
Seeks to Have Clerk Restrained fro.n
Placing Proposition on Ballot of
Late yesterday afternoon Kenworthy
& K n worthy filed in the circuit court
for Henry McCarthy of South Rock
Island, a bill for an injunction against
the city of Rock Island and H. C.
Schaffer. city clerk, restraining the
city and city clerk from having print
ed on the official ballot the propositio-.i
of annexing certain territory of South
Rock Island. This action, as was stat
ed at the lime in The Argus, was d
termined on at a mooting of property
owners of South Rock Island, who op
pose the annexation measure, at a
meeting he'd over a week ago. The
case has been set for a hearing before
Judge Gest tomorrow morning.
4 Inim l-'null la Proceeding.
Tlio bill sets up the allegation that
there are 13 property owners and legal
voters of the tract proposed to be an
nexed, including those who withdrew
their names from the original petition
to the city council, who are not signers
of the petition, and that there were
but r.u signers of the petition and 11
of these withdrew their signatures.
This is claimed to render the council's
action illegal. It is further claimed
that the tract to be annexed is not suf-
The bill asks that
the clerk be restrained from placlns
the proposition on the ballot, the coun
cil restrained from passing an ordi
nance, and the city from filing a map
and certificate with the recorder. City
Attorney Olson has been instructed to
use all honorable methods to insure
that the proposition will be submitted
at the coming election April 2.
7et Only Complainant.
The complainant in the bill elaim.3
that there are other property owners
situated as he is, and that they will
help defray the costs of the suit In
which he is engaged.
General John Moore Dead.
Washington March 19 Rrinitlor
General John Moore. U. S. A., retired
J former surgeon general of the army,
I dit?d yesterday, aged 81.