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FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 132.
WEDNESDAY. MARCH 20, 1907.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
JEROME ASKS A LUNACY
COMMISSION FOR THAW
He Can Prove In
ability to Advise in
UP BEFORE JUSTICE
Both Sides Agree to Tell All
They Know About Case
to the Court.
New York, March 20. Attorney Pol
mas called Dr. Allen McLane Hamil
ton,, the first witness in the Thaw trial
today. Jerome objected to Hamilton
testifying at this stage of the case,
and proceeded to argue the oint.
When Delnias accused the district at
torney of trying to shut out the truth
Jerome withdrew the objection, saying
he was ready to reopen the entire
Thaw case so that all the truth might
ItrfuHPil to Stipulate.
Jerome wanted Delma3 to stipulate
that the cross examination of Hamil
ton should not be limited to rebuttal
testimony. When Delnias refused Jer
ome renewed his objection to Hamil
ton testifying. .The argument pro
ceeded. Justice Fitzgerald sustained Jerome's
objection to Hamilton's testimony. Be
fore calling Hamilton Dolmas wit li
the new turn of affairs. Thaw's coun
sel also professed to be pleased, de
claring Jerome's move was an acknow
ledgment he was defeated.
I'mliinKfil (rMM Kxniiilnntlon.
Xew York, March 20. By prolong
ing his cross examination of one of the
seven alienists introduced by the de
fense to testify that Thaw was insane
whtn he killed White, Jerome made it
impossible for the defense to finally
close its case yesterday. When ad
journment until today was taken there
was pending only the matter of ad
mission of a letter written by Thaw to
J. Dennison Lyon, a Pittsburg hanker,
which Delnias said would help to fix
his state of mind before the roof gar
den tragedy, and the likelihood that
Evelyn Xesbit Thaw will be called to
day to briefly combat Hummel's testimony.
REPEATS HIS STORY
Confession of Supervisor Loner
gan at Frisco Given
REPORT IS DENIED
Grand Master Morrissey De
clares Trainmen's Vote is
EXPECTS PEACEFUL RESUL1
Admits 50,000 Men Are Voting on Ac
ceptance of Western Managers'
STORY HE TOLD GRAND JURY
Franchises Bargained for as Any Other
Commodity and Bosses Took
San Francisco, March 20. Fuller
details of grafting by "Boss" Ruef.
Mayor Schmitz, and the city supervis
ors came to light yesterday when Su-
tlrew the letter which he wanted to pervisor I.onergan told
of his testi
put in evidence yesterday written by
Thaw to Banker Lyon of Pittsburg.
AnNiverrd lw tuetloiiM.
Hamilton was permitted to answer a
few questions put by Delnias. He said
he amounts paid
ns tn Tliaw's insnnitv! but the witness t"e supervisors differed as their
was not allowed to say what that opin- support was needed or merely ad vis
ion was. Delnias' request for a short ault-
recess for a consultation of counsel
was then granted.
mony before the grand
The revelations made by this wit-
: ness show that franchises were sold
bo hni viitpri Thnw Tinio ?7.s .mil like any other article of commerce.
July 7-8; that he formed an opinion j Til(? Vric varied and t
HrlnxK I p Subject of CoiiimlMitlon.
$st)7.oo for KrnuflilMfN.
Summed up, the .tflry told by Lon-
ergan is as follows:
tk. , :',m-00,) for l,erilllt " trolleyize lines;
niiiitr naj ins man jvui-'m iuc iiiuuic
Cleveland, Ohio, March 20. J. P.
Morrissey, grand master of the Broth
erhcxid of Railway Trainmen, said to
day there was no truth in the report
trainmen employed on the roads west
of Chicago had rejected the wage sealt
recently offered by the various lines
and as a result the men had voted to
strike if their demands were not
Deelile ly 'ext Tuemliij-.
Morrissey said while it was true a
vote was being taken on the offer of
the managers, the result, of this vote
positively could not be decided before
next Tuesday. The officials of the
trainmen generally express the opin
ion a peaceful settlement of the wage
question, will be reached. '
Ilenral lit 'hit-nigo.
Chicago, March 20. Trainmen and
conductors on all railroad lines west ol
Chicago have rejected the recent offei
of general managers of the systems
tor increased wages, according to in
formation that has been given out. The
official canvass of the referendum vot
wnicn nas Deen in progress tor a to''t-
night began today. It is stated further
the tiainmen have voted to strike if
their demands are not granted. Unless
the railroad managers offer further
concessions a strike of 50.000 men is
Xfw Con f erenee Offered.
Another conference between men and
managers is expected to be held next
week. The managers have already of
fered to submit the entire controversy
to the federation, but it is stated this
proposition has also been rejected by
the voting members of the unions.
It was explained to the men when the
vote was started that a verdict reject
ing the offers of the railroad managers
would carry with it a strike vote. As
the matter now stands the strike vote
has been carried, but no order to quit
will be issued until further efforts to
reach adjustment have been made.
Protest of Indiana Coal
APPLYING TO CHICAGO
Announcement Made Following
Visit of Party to the
and quality of his act, thought he was
unable to advise his counsel as to the
condition of his case. When the pris
oner was in that condition the court
should not proceed further. Delnias
asked if Jerome intended this as an
application in lunacy.
"I so understand it," said Justice
I.rnvra Matter vrith Court.
Jerome said: "I make no application.
I say to the court that I can prove
the defendant is incapable of direct
ing his defense. I leave the matter
with the conscience of the court."
Jury I.enreN Iloom.
At the conclusion of the consulta
tion Delnias announced he was rea ly
to accept Jerome"s offer to tell all
knew about the case of Thaw. Justice
Fitzgerald oddered the jury to With- ed a bribe
draw while counsel continued to dis-1
cuss the stipulation under which Ham
ilton might possibly testify. In ad
dressing the court, Jerome declarel
if he could legally present to the con it
all the facts he possessed it would be
shocked and horrified.
.No HIrM tn Try Cane.
"We have no right to be trying this
defendant In a court of law. So bi'
terly do I feel about this, I have serv
ed notice on counsel if they have
knowledge of the facts I believe to 1)3
in their possession, I will call the mat
ter to the attention of the appellate di
vision of the supreme court."
I'ltzKernlil to Decide.
Justice Fitzgerald said he would in
stitute an inquiry before himself, not
before the jury, as to the present me.i-
tal state of the defendant. Jerome
said he would lay before Fitzgerald Vd
the information he had and which he
believed would result in a halt of th?
Jerome told the justice his own ex
perts had informed him Thaw Is a
Hamilton Support TeHtlmony,
Dr. Hamilton said he believed Thaw
was incapable of instructing his coun
sel. The case was adjourned until Fri
day morning, when Justice Fitzgerald
will determine the matter of a commis
sion. MltneHNea to Be Called.
The jury was- excused until Friday
morning, but Fitzgerald will hold court
tomorrow afternoon to hear testimony
regarding the application for a com
mission. May End Trinl.
If Fitzgerald shall decide in favor of
a commission. It means the trial will
be suspended until such time as the
commission may report. If the com
mission decides Thaw is now insane,
the trial will, of course, be abandoned
and the defendant committed to a state
Jerome Much rieaNeal,
Jerome was manifestly pleased with
each supervisor received $4.omi.
Schmitz and Ruef received $400.00.1.
The remainder went to the assistant
of the supervisors.
The Pacific States Telephone com
pany paid 10 supervisors $5,000 each.
The Home Telephone company paid
10 supervisors $:l,500 each, seven su
pervisors $0,000 each, and to Ruef and
Schmitz together $130,OOH.
The San Francisco Gas & Electric
company paid Ifi supervisors $7"0 each.
The "fight trust" paid 10 supervisors
$.")00 each and to Ruef and Schmitz
Supervisor Caught in Trap.
Lonergan was trapped into making
a confession in an ingenious way. De
tective Burns prevailed on some of the
supervisor's friends to assist him, and
(through their efforts Ixmergan accept-
I he detective used this as
T. B. ALDRICH, NEW
ENGLAND POET, DEAD
Last of Distinctive School of Literary
Men Fails to Rally After an
Indianapolis, Ind., March 20. Word
today was received by the state rail
road commission that the Chicago &
Eastern Illinois railroad had decided it
will not raise the freight rate on coal
to the Chicago market. Some days
ago Indiana operators were informed
the coal roads contemplated a horizon
tal increase of 10 cents a ton in
This resulted in some of the oper
ators, John Mitchell, president of the
United Mine Workers, and William I
Wood of the Indiana railroad commis
sion, going to Washington last week to
lay the matter before President Rooso-
velt and the interstate coninu rce com
mission and seek to prevent the ad
vance. Apparently Brought ltesiills.
Whatever may have been the effect
of this visit, the Indiana railroad com
mission was informed today. There
will lie no advance in rates.
Expert Accountants Learn Knox
Officers Owe the
PROSECUTION IS DISCUSSED
Sheriff Matthews, Whose Accounts Are
Wrong, Charges Bad Bookkeep
ing as Cause.
AMERICANS ON VERGE OF
BEING DRAWN INTO WAR
panied by a stiff breeze. Reports from
all over the territory are of a like na
ture. At Oklahoma City the mercury
reached 97 degrees and at Thomas 9:t
degrees. , vftj2L'0
THE BILL SIGNED
Governor Deneen Approves of
Appropriation to Fight
the I. C.
Galesburg. 111.. March 20. Expert
accountants who for three months have
been examining the accounts of coun
ty officers for the last 1C years, made
their reports to the board of super
visors yesterday showing these shortages:.
Sheriff Robert G. Mathews, for the
terms 1S90-1S94, $:i,14U; for the term
1898 to 1902, $r.CS.
Former Sheriff Owen J. Aldrich for
the term 1894-1S9S, $1,143.
lu ICxeeKM Kee.
These amounts retained in excess
fees were also reported: Mathews, $1,
714; Aldrich. $GC2.
The excess in each fee represents
the difference between the amount al
lowed by the state and the actual cost
of taking prisoners to Joliet, the offi
cers retaining the surplus. In addition
the reports showed that-during 1C years
county treasurers have retained fees
amounting to $:5,2S9, about which there
is some doubt.
Sheriff Mathews, in a published state
ment, says that during the terms in
which the alleged shortage exists he
had no bookkeeper and this work was
dene by a deputy whom he believed
honest. He stated his willingness to
made any balance legally due from
past terms good. As to excess fees, he
claimed he retained these in accord
ance with the general custom of slier
ffs at that time and with the advice
of the attorney general.
Divide on I'roNeention.
The special committee having the
matter in charge are at variance. Two
recommend that officers shown to be
owing the county be asked to pay the
shortage into the county treasury and
wo recommended that the whole mat
er, including the legality of fees re
ained, be referred to the state's attor
ney and a committee of the board.
Charles S. Mellin's Visit
White House Consumes
About 35 Minutes.
TAKEN FROM ENEMY
SCENE IN COMMITTEE R00N
Chairman Gardner Orders Represent
ative Provine from the Room
a club and secured the long worked for
MOB SHOOTS TWO
Summary Action in Arkansas as Result
of Fatal Cutting Affair With
Stamps, Ark., March 20. Charged
with having used a razor with probab
ly fatal effects on Mrs. Ella Rheton
(white) and daughter, and kicking her
son, a small child, about the road, two
colored women were shot to death 'it
McKamie, near here, last night by a
FIVE WORKMEN ARE CRUSHED
Lining of Furnace Being Repaired at
Woodward, Ala., Collapses.
Bessemer, Ala., March 20. The lin
ing of a new furnace at Woodward
which has been undergoing repairs, fell
In today and hundreds of tons of brick
and mortar buried a number of work
men. Five dead bodies have been tai
en from the debris.
Falls 17 Stories.
Chicago, March 20. Tony Caruso, a
laborer who was repairing a fire es
cape on the roof of the Railway Ex
change building yesterday, lost his bai
ance and fell to the pavement below, a
distance of 17 stories. His body turn
ed over several times in its descent
striking the granite pavement in Michi
gan avenue with terrific force. It was
mangled beyond recognition.
Western Union Promotion.
Chicago, March 20. Louis McKisick,
electrician) of the division,- has been
appointed assistant general superin
tendent of the western division of the
Western Union Telegraph company,
with headquarters in Chicago.
noston, Mass.. March 20. Thom:.s
Railey Aldrich, the author, died at his
home in this ciry yesterday. He failed
to rally from a surgical operation per
formed about a month ago. Mr. Aid
rich was operated upon at the Massa
chusetts Homeopathic hospital. He
suffered a relapse and for some time
had been in a serious condition. The
nature of the operation was not made
Thomas Bailey Aldrich was a close
ink between the old school of Ameri
can writers, among whom were Long
fellow, Lowell, Whittier, and Holmes,
and the men of the present day. It has
been-said of him as of Oliver Wendell
Holmes that "he was one of the last
leaves dropped from the tree of dis
tinctively Xew England literature."
He was born Nov. 11, 1S3C, at Ports
mouth, N. H., a seaport of quaint nooks
and fine old houses, which, under the
name of Rivermouth, forms a setting
for many of Mr. Aldrich's- poems and
stories, including his own autobiograph
ical narrative of "A Bad Boy."
Among his works are: "The Ballad
of Baby Bell and Other Poems," "A
Cloth of Gold," "The Story of a Bad
boy," "Flower and Thorn," "Mercedes,
and Later Lyrics," "Marjorie Daw and
Other People," "Prudence Palfrey,"
"Queen of Sheba," "The Stillwater Tra
gedy," "An Old Town by the Sea,"
"Two Bites at a Cherry and Other
Tales," "Unguarded Gates," "Judith
and Holofernes," "A Sea Turn, and
Other Matters." "Ponkapog Papers,'
and "Judith of Bethulia " a trasedv in
Mr. Aldrich's home was in Boston on
Beacon hill. He is survived by a widow
and one son.
ARREST MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Nashville Officials Served With War
rants from Legislature.
Nashville, Tenn., March 20. The
sergeant at arms of the Tennessee
house yesterday served the warrants
Issued by that body on the mayor with
being in contempt of the house
adopting caustic resolutions condemn
ing Speaker Cunningham for utteranc
es credited to him reflecting on the
council. The officials were directed to
appear before the bar of the house to
morrow morning to make answer and
show cause why they shall not be im
prisonea. w rus or nabeas corpus
were sued out before Circuit Judg
Springfield, 111., March 20. Governor
Deneen last night signed the bill an
propriating $150,000 for continuing the
investigation of the affairs of the Illi
nois Central and the prosecution of
suit against that company. The gover
nor also approved the bill appropria:
ng $5,000 for publication of a history
of Illinois at Vicksburg.
Four bills were favorably acted upon
yesterday afternoon by the house com
mittee on mines and mining.
The senate committee on judiciary
yesterday afternoon considered Sen
ator Chaffee's bill reenacting the fed-
eralr law of liability to common carrier
and extending it to corporations and in
dividuals employing five or more men
in their work but postponed action
Senator Berry opposed the bill, be
cause of his belief that it would wipe
out all smaller manufacturing estab
lishments in the state. Senator Acton
speaking for the bill, said he did not
believe this would be the case that
there is nothing in the bill but an act
of common justice and that people are
demanding such legislation because o!
the way courts have been construing
fellow servants' doctrine.
Hot Shot for Pro viae.
Mr. Provine, accompanied by a num
ber of other members of the house ap
peared before the senate committee on
appropriations, Mr. Gardner chairman
to ask that Mr. Provine's bill provid
ing for printing of reports of supreme
and apellate courts by. the state, in
stead of by reporters of the courts and
a private printing house in Chicago be
Mr. Gardner informed Mr. Proving
that the committee did not have time
to consider the bills at present. He
declared that Mr. Provine had insulted
him in the papers, and angrily ordered
Mr. Provine from the room. Mr. Pro-
vine left, followed by the indignant
members of the house delegation.
Joint Senalon on RailvrayM.
A joint session of the senate and
house committees on railways will b
held Wednesday of next week when
railroad legislation in general will b
General Organization Being Discussa
at Meeting at Chicago.
Chicago, March 20. A general coun
cil of the protestnat churches, repre
senting Congregationalista,- Methodist
and United Brethren, met here today
'John W. Childress and made return-! to discuss the formation of a general
auiv miiaj, union oi rroiesiaui caurcnes.
OF RUSSIA IS DEAD
Former Foreign Minister Alleged
Have Been Poisoned, Passes
Away in Italy.
NO STATEMENT GIVEN OUT
President Refers Financiers Who Call
to His Recent Public Utterances
For His Policy.
San liemo, March 20. Count Lams-
orff, formerly Russian minister of for
ign affairs, died here'yesterday. He
Washington, March 20. The inter
view between President Roosevelt and
Charles S. Mellin, president of the Xew
York, Xew Haven & Hartford railroad,
for the purpose of discussing the rail
road situation, took place at the White
house yesterday and lasted about 33
minutes. Xo statement of the particu
lar questions discussed was made at
the White house, and Mellin declined
to talk. To all questions bearing on
the conference he referred inquiries to
Secretary Loeb, adding that anything
he misht say might be construed as
having a bearing on the present situ
Many Visit of Same Sort.
During the past three weeks the
president has had visits from half a
dozen well known financiers and rail
road men, with all of whom he has
discussed various phases of the rail
road situation. All have made specific
recommendations incorporating their
ideas on the question of whether the
president should recommend addition
al railroad legislation, and most of them
have urged him to make a statement
defining his attitude in explicit terms,
with a view to allaying public appre
hension on the subject that may exist
Generally there has been but little ap
proach to unanimity in these recom
Say View Are Well Knonn.
Roosevelt has referred his callers
who want information as to his atti
tude to his public declarations on this
general subject and has told them he
means to be consistent with what ho
has already said. The president says
rankly ho is learning all he can re
garding the railroad situation and that
he intends to continue to consult with
railroad people and others on the sub
Troops Will be Allowed
to Loot Town.
But Authoritative Denial
Made Public by the
COUNT LAMSDORFF, ISFSSIAN
had been ill several days. It is ru
mored he was the victim of poison ad
ministered as a result of a political
Count Lamsdorff, who was foreign
minister for Russia from 1900 to 1903,
was considered the first diplomat in a
land of diplomacy and intrigue, which
is equivalent to saying that he possess
ed remarkable ability in statecraft. He
was one of the czar's most astute ad
visers, and active in -planning to ex
tend the territory of his imperial mas
Count Lamsdorff was born in St. Pe
tersburg Dec. 25, 1844. He came of a
noble family, his father being a count
and a general to Alexander II., and nls
grandfather being Count Mathieu Lams
dorff, tutor to Emperor Xicholas I.
He entered the foreign office in 18GC,
and was transferred to the chancellery
foreign office in 1872. He was first sec
retary in 1S75, director of the chan
cellery in 1SS2, senior councilor in 188C
assistant foreign minister, in 18S7.
Besides these purely political posi
tions he has filled various posts of a
more or less personal nature In the
HOT WEATHER AT GUTHRIE
All Heat Records of Oklahoma Broken
With Mark of 102 in Shade.
Guthrie, Okla., March 20. All heat
FLOODS IN WEST
Many Lives Lost as Result of
Rise of Rivers on the
RAIL TRAFFIC IS AFFECTED
Lake City Completely Cut O-i
from Connections With San
San Francisco, March 20. The flood
conditions at many points throughout
the state are still serious. Many lives
have been lost, -and the damage to
property will be enormous. Seven
persons were drowned by capsizing of
boats at the village, and a dreadful
fear is that Orville and the whole
town was practically destroyed
Heavy I.onm at Orville.
The loss in Orville, which is almost
entirely flooded, exceeds half a mil
lion. Twenty Chinese were drowned
there. Two persons were drowned at
Venice Island in the San Joaquin riv
er. At ban Martin a boy was drown
ed, and at Santa Clara many families
were driven from their homes. There
is hardly a dry spot in -Stockton, but
the water is falling there. Landslides
and washouts are seriously interfering
with traffic on some of the railroads
Damage to Fruit.
Fruit growers fear great damage is
done to crops, as the rains are believed
to have wasted away much of the pol-
lebu, and thus preventing the blooms
Salt Iike Cut Off From Coaat.
Salt Lake City, Utah, March 20.
Washouts on the Southern Pacific and
on the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt
Lake roads have isolated Salt Lake
City temporarily from the Pacific
coast. The iron bridge on the South
ern Pacific at Verdi, 20 miles west ol
Reno, Nev., Is out. No trains have
arrived in this city or in Ogden from
Washington, March 20. The Nicara
guan minister called on Secretary Root
today and entered an emphatic denial
to reports that President Zelaya of Ni
caragua has offered his soldiers the
privilege of looting the first Salvado
rean or Honduran town they capture.
The denial was made on the authority
of a dispatch received from the Nicara
guan minister of foreign affairs.
Puerto Cortez. Honduras, via New
Orleans. March 20. A turn of sinister
and widespread significance has been
given the Central American war by the
finding on the person of captured Nica
raguan soldiers proclamations promis
ing them the loot of the first cities
which they can capture in both Hondu
ras and Salvador.
AiiioiiuIn to Declaration of War.
This proclamation at once amount
ed to practical declaration of war by
Xicaragua against Salvador. It showed
the Xicaraguan common soldiers are
at least being sent to fight what they
believe a war of vengeance; and it
placed Americans in Puerto Cortez an l
throughout this republic on the anxious
seat because of the fact that American
residents pr American capital form
the principal property holders of most
Honduran cities, especially those which
are richest and therefore most liable
to loot in case of success of the Xica
Offered a llooij-.
The proclamation says:
"Reward for our valor will he found
as we put our feet on the enemies'
soil and in order that those opposed
to us may repent of their temerity in
attacking our liberal towns, we offer
as booty the first cities both of Hon
duras and of Salvador, that fall into
The grounds for this sacking cf
cities are thus stated:
"The hour has arrived in which our
glorious flag will go to exact repara
tion for opprobrious injuries to our
countrymen in the towns of Los Cai
pules and Carrizal. In these two
towns our comrades were villainously
assassinated by minions of the despot
Vengeance is to be visited upon Sal
vador because of the attack upon the
town of Don by General Maleshin of
Salvador, when, it Is claimed, he vio
lated Xicaraguan homes, burned prop
erty and committed every class of robbery.
American Plan Defense.
Americans in Puerto Cortez, in view
of this proclamation, are preparing to
defend themselves if necessary. Some
complain because the United States
has not sent naval protection here. Al
though measures for self-defense have
been taken by many Americans, it is
not true, as reported, that they have
been impressed into the service -A
Honduras or that they are taking part
in any numbers in the hostility.
ARETHESE VIEWS OF
j. D. ROCKEFELLER?
New York Paper Quotes Oil King as
Favoring Federal Control of
Xew York, March 20. The Ameri
can today publishes a lengthy inter
view with John D. Rockefeller, which
it states was obtained on a train while
Rockefeller was enroute from Augusta,
Ga., to Philadelphia. In the intervie v
Rockefeller is quoted as being opposed
to the over capitalization of railroads
and other corporations, and as favorins
federal control of railroads.
FALLING ROOF KILLS MANY
Accident at School at Durango, Mex
ico, Results in Nine Deaths.
Torreon, Mexico, March 20. Nino
persons, eight school children and a
teacher, were killed yesterday and
many others injured at Durango, Mex
ico, by the collapse of the roof of the
public school building while the rooms
were crowded with pupils. Scores were
buried under wreckage and debris, and
records of Oklahoma were broke
when the thermometer yesterday af- the coast since Monday morning. The: it is believed additional deaths will fol
ternoon registered 102 degrees in tlio'Salt Lake road is ruuning trains as far I low as many of the victims are dan
hade. The unusual heat was aceom-l as Caliente, Nev. 'gerously hurt.