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FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. XO. 10(5.
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 1907-
PRICE TWO CENTS.
almost A panic BIG THEATER
KILLED BY FRIEND A FIGHT ON
WASTO 6ETS5.000 PACKERS IN
Audience at Moline Theater Be
comes Excited Vhen Two
Fire Alarms Are Sounded
While Hunting Snipe, Frank
Reason Eddie Tate Gives for
Return to Chicago After
Seegar is Accidentally Shot
by Frank Lucas
Loss of Life Caused by
Canadian River in
MANY RUSH FROM BUILDING
RISES DURING NIGHT
Freezing Weather With Snow
and Sleet Still Prevails
' In the West.
Cooler Heads Finally Quiet People and
Prevent Accidents Work of
Klaw & Erlanger and
Shuberts in a
Oklahoma City. April 29. A cloud
burst over Capital Hill, suburb of tins
city, just south of the Canadian rivor.
last niRht flooded that place. Seven
persons missing are reported drowned.
Many persons camped on the lowlands
near the river were caught unawaivs
and had but little time to make their
escape. Tiie river is bank full and it
will be some time before it can be de
termined iT any lives were. lost.
There was another heavy rainfall
this morning that caused the river to
rise higher, endangering property.
An area covering several square mih's
has been Hooded, causing thousands of
dollars of damage to railway niul farm
property. Railway traffic is paralyzed.
The Canadian river is rising rapidly
anil people in the lowlands are moving
Noutlmext lilt Attain.
Kansas City, April 29. Snow, sle.-t
and rain are reported this morning in
this art of (lie south, with freezing
weather prevailing from the Nebraska
line to Texas.
COL. BLUNT CONFIRMS
REPORT OF TRANSFER
A panic was narrowly averted at the
Moline theater last evening when two
fires broke out in the Second ward
within half an hour of each other. When
the first alarm was blown little atten
tion was paid, hut the whistle announc
ing that the lire had been extinguished
did not seem to be heard in t lie tli"a
ter. Half an hour later a second alarm
was blown, and at the same time a
heavy truck passed the theater, the.
doors of which were open. Several
young men arose and hurried out, pars
ing through the main aisle. Others at
the side left the building, and in a mo
ment dozens were rising from their
seals. Women became I lightened, anil
for a minute it seemed that a general j
rush for the exits would result. Somei
of those in the house quickly dropped
to the Moor under the seats to avoid be
ing trampled upon. The presence of
mind of some of the men of the audi
ence who called to the ieople to sit
down and that the lire was not in the
neighborhood of the theater prevented
further disorder, and the audience final
ly was quieted.
Of luci-iiUiliry Oi-lulu.
The fires were in two barns ler.s than
a block apart, .Mid both are believed to
have been of incendiary origin. The
barn on the property of Mrs. Emma
I.indahl, 1212 Sixth avenue. wps to
tally destroyed. The building was an
old one. and the loss is not known.
The second lire at 9:30 was in the barn
on the property ,of Martin Kronholin,
1133 Sixth avenue. The building and
contents were damaged to the extent of
about $2(H). Mr. Krcnholm had been
in the barn about 20 minutes earlier,
but hail carried no light and saw noth
ing to indicate the origin of the fire.
FORM NEW COMPANY
Independents Assert They Will
Not be Affected by the
ON A FARM NEAR REYNOLDS
Ball Passes Through' Neck, Causing In
stant Death Coroner's Jury
Declares it Accident.
Mayor M'Clellan and
Charles B. Murphy
Commandant at Rock Island Arsenal
Goes to Springfield Aug. 1 Suc
ceeded by Col. Hobbs.
Colonel S. E. Blunt, commandant at
Rock Island arsenal, today confirmed
a report published in The Argus sev
eral weeks ago that he was to bo
transferred to command of the Spring
Held arsenal about Aug. 1. His suc
cessor here will be Lieutenant Colons!
F. E. Hobbs. now in command of the
arsenal at Watertown. X. Y. Colonel
IMunfs change is in the nature of a
promotion. which. while merited.
conies more directly as a result of the
retirement of the present commandant!
at Springfield, which takes place Au
gust 9.' While no official orders have
as yet been issued it is probable tint
the change will take place a few days
before the date above given.
Colonel Hobbs has made a fine rec
ord as an ordnance expert. He gradu
ated from West Point in 1S7S. He his
a wife and two daughters who will
make their home here.
Colonel Blunt has been in command
at Rock Island since ISO" and nnd?r
his command the post has been main
tained at the top notch of efficiency is
a military establishment and the manu
facturing plant has been enlarged in
nearly all departments and greatly im
proved. Colonel Blunt has always,
where consistent with his duty as -in
officer, worked for the intersts of tin
tri-clties and definite news that he is
to depart will cause general regret.
Xew York, April 29. Merger of
practically all the leading vaudeville
theaters in the United States was ef
fected Saturday when Klaw & Erlanger
and the Shuberts ended the long war
which lias existed between I hem and
pooled their intfrests.
:iuil- illt- :i Specially.
The new concern was incorporated in
Xew Jersey as the United States
Amusement company, the purpose of
which is said to be the conduct of gen
eral theatrical business, but vaudeville
will be their specialty.
The deal was engineered by George
B. Cox. the republican '"boss" of Cin
cinnati, and Congressman Joseph Rhin-
i ock of Louisville, both of whom have
been associated with the Shuberts in
some of their enterprises.
lnilt'i-nil-iitN t Scared.
Xew York, April 21). The independ
ent theatrical managers' society, of
which Harrison Gray Kiske, David Be
lasco, Henry Miller and others are
I members, held an informal session yes
terday to discuss the new merger which
has joined the Shuberts with the Klaw
& Erlanger interests. Mr. Fiske said
afterwards there would be a formal
meeting of the independents today, and
a statement of the independents' posi
tion and future plans would be given
out. The statement, he said, would
show that the position of the managers
InJhe.eiicuit court thisafternooaJ ..... '
, i man ever.
Reynolds, 111., April 29.'-- (Argus
Special.) Frank Seegar. a farm hand
employed by Scott Vance, was acci
dentally shot and killed by Frank Lu
cas yesterday afternoon while hunting
snipe near the Lucas farm, about three
miles From Reynolds and three miles
southwest of Preemption. The two
men bait been hunting for some littlo
time, and about 2j o'clock spied a squir
rel, Lucas raised his gun to aim, when
the weapon was; in some manner ac
cidentally discharged. Tiie ball struck
beegar in tiie uacK ot tne neck, pass
ing completely through the neck .and
out at the throat, killing him almost in
Jury Kxoocrjitr I.uciim.
The Mercer county authorities were
notified, and an inquest was held yes
terday afternoon,! . verdict of death by
accident being returned. The victin
of the accident $d'332G years of ago
He is survived by -his wife and two
children. He wasj a number of ihe M.
V. A. at Reynold! The funeral will bo
held tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock
from his home, southeast of Reynolds,
and will be in charge of the Woodmen.
Burial will take place at the Reynolds
Appointments In City Offices to
be Made With Conflict
ASK FOR ANOTHER TRIAL
Motion in Eidem Damage Suit is Filed
in the Circuit Court.
IS SOURCE OF ALL
Agriculture Holds the Leading
Place in Man's Activities,
Jackson, Hurst & Stafford, represent
ing the Rock Island railway, filed a mo
tion for a new trial of the case of Peter
Eidem of Moline against the company,
in which a verdict was returned last
week awarding the complainant $25,
ooo damages for the loss of both legs.
The motion will probably not be ar
gued this term. The hearing of the
case of Julius DeMeyers against the
Rock Island was resumed this after
noon, ino case will probably not be
concluded until Thursday, and will be
the last to be tried this term. The
May term opens next Monday
BURGLARS GET $35
IN ONE CENT PIECES
TAFT IS DEEP IN
POLITICS IN OHIO
FRANCIS JOSEPH FOR PEACE
Appeals in Rescript to Czech and Ger
Prague, Bohemia, April 29. Emper
or Francs Joseph left Prague Lt
Vienna today after a fortnight's stay
at the Bohemian capital. His majesty
signalized his departure by addressing
a rescript to the governor of the prov
ince, earnestly appealing for a conci'i
ation between the Czech and German
He pointed out a start has bee:
made in this direction by the introduc
lion of universal sufferage.
Makes Couple of Addresses and Holds
a Conference of Friends at
Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2! Secre
tary Taft today made a short visit :-i
the University of Cincinnati, where he
delivered a brief address of an infor
mal character to the students. Later
lie wns given a warm reception at the
chamber of commerce and spoke a few
words in response to persistent calls
for a speech.
'A political conference is scheduled
for this afternoon.
STREET CAR STRIKE
WAR TO THE KNIFE
Great Hall to Seat 20,000.
Philadelphia, April 29. Announce
ment. is made that the Trades League
has secured an option on an entir
block of property on which to hav
erected a convention hall with a seat
ing capacity of 20.000 persons. The
object is to bring t he next republic!
national convention to Philadelphia
The plans for the hall ha-e been mad
It will cost $1,000,000.
Entrance is Gained to the Arcade Cigar
Store Second Time in Two
Burglars broke into Sexton's AreaJa
cigar store yesterday morning between
2 and 1 o'clock, this being the second
time that the store has been burglar
ized in two months. The burglars.
presumably the same persons that en
tered the store before, effected an en
trance by breaking a glass in the dojr
at the rear, just as in the first bur
glary. On leaving the building they
carried away with them a box full ol
one cent pieces, amounting to about
$35. The merchant police officer in
passing through the alley shortly aft-.r
1 o'clock discovered that an entrance
had been gained to the building an
immediately notified Mr. Sexton. It is
thought that there were also a numb."
of cigars taken but there being no
daily invoice of the stock this cannot
BIG INCREASE IN A YEAR
Secretary Gives Some Astonishing
Figures in Address Before Grant
BUT DID NOT ROB THE SAFE
Says He Walked Thirty Miles at Night
to Reach Trolley Line When He
Left Still City.
Chimin. Ainil 2). That "Eddie
CONFERENCE BY PROXY Tate expected to meet in Chicago Sat
urday night men who were to give him
$5,ooo for bis part in the blowing of
the safe at Peoria containing incrimin
ating documents against Xewton C.
Dougherty, superintendent of the Pe
oria public schools, and others, was the
explanation given by the "gentleman
burglar" yesterday for having risked
almost certain arrest by coming to Chi-
Xew York, April 29. A contest for cago. He made the statement in his
the control of Tammany hall between cell at the Central police station, and
First Rebate Case Decided
Against Them on
Mayor McClellan and Charles B. Mur
phy was announced today, following a
conference between Timothy D. Sulli
van and Corporation Counsel William
B. Ellison. The latter represented the
Kllixun Make Statement.
said he was acting under the instruc
tions of his attorney in revealing what
he said was t he "arrangement" he en
4 'nine to (iet Coin.
"People wonder why I came back to
("hii ago," said Tate. "I only came be
cause it was necessary. I expected to
Ellison gave out a statement in which get the 'coin and then jump the town
lie said the mayor will be left free to as fast as I could. It is not true that
appoint the highest class of men he was on my- way to see Mrs. Mary Evett.
can find for city offices, but that he loso Fifty-eighth street, when arrested.
(Ellison) will be advised against the "It is true that I had called on her
appointment of men inimical to the the day before, as I wanted to 'square'
democratic organization or its leaders, t lie case of Theodore Schmidt, her
brother, who charges that I beat him
Settle Wage Scale for a Year, Becom
ing Effective May 1 Terms of
LOWER COURT UPHELD
Goes to Highest, Tribunal-
Sets Precedent for Other
Definite notice has been sent to the
master builders of the three cities by
the Tri-City Carpenters' district coun
cil to the effect that the arbitration
agreement adopted by committees rep
resenting the journeymen and employ
ers has been accepted. It becomes ef-
badly in a holdup. I went to Mrs. Ev
en's house with the thought of telling
her that I should have some money
soon and that I wanted to do the right
thing by Schmidt when I got the
Inthuatex Fay DM Jolt.
"I was picked up by the police as I
was walking along the street. I was
on my way to meet a man who was to
arrange that I was to get what was
coining to me for the Peoria job. If I
had not been arrested I would have
met persons that night at the Saratoga
hotel. This does not mean that I pull-
St. Paul, Minn., April 29. Judge
Sandborn today filed an opinion in the
federal court of appeals, affirming the
judgments of the United States dis
trict court for the western district of
Missouri, against the packers, for ac
cepting concessions of 12 cents per
hundred pounds from the established
rate for transportation for through
bills of lading from Kansas City to
Christiana and other points in foreiga
The defendants in the case involvvd
in the decision are: Armour Packing
company, Swift & Co.. Morris and
company, and Cudahy Packing com
pany. 1'lrnt of the Kind.
These cases are the first so-called re
bate cates brought by the United
Stales against the packers to be detei
mined by the appellate court anil will
form the basis for future action un:l
the supreme court reviews the de
Heavy I-'ine .Affirmed.
The court imposed a iienalty of $50,
000 fine on each of the indicted firms.
These lines have been affirmed.
ffivo Miiv 1 nnit ifc nitiinlinn ltrino
satisfaction to both contractors and H off J ,b- hut that 1 do
people who have plans for building
work this year. The chief terms of the
Eight -hour work day.
know- who did it.'
StiekH to Collin Charge,
. "L won't take back.-Jiung I ha.vxL
said about former Chief of Police Col-
MITCHELL OPERATED UPON
Submits to Knife at Spring Valley
Not Considered in Danger.
Spring Valley, 111., April 29. John
Mitchell, president of 'the United Mine
workers, today was successfully oper
ated upon for strangulated hernia. The
patient is resting easy, and no dang.-r
MAYOR SGHMITZ READY TO CONFESS
AND JOIN FORCES WITH REFORMERS
All Negotiations Broken Off Between
Company and Employes at
Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, Utah. April 29. All
negotiations between the Utah Light
and Railway company and its striking
motormen and conductors have he ;n
broken off. Attempts of the company
to run a few cars this morning cams i
a jeneMtlon of .t lie disorderly scenes ct
yesterday, but no oue was seriously ia
San Francisco, Cal., April 29. Mayor
Schmitz, indicted mayor of this city,
frightened by the vigor of his prosecu
tors, has filed his application for im
munity. A trtistcd lieutenant of the ac
cused official laid before the district
attorney the mayor's offer. It is undr
consideration, but the well informed
do not believe it will be accepted, &
both Assistant District Attorney Fran
cis J. Heney and Rudolph Spreckeis.
head of the anti-graft movement, are
determined to convict Schmitz an!
send him to prison.
Would Join KeformerM.
Schmitz's agent told the prosecu
tion that if they would grant the im
munity prayed for the chief executive
would do the following things:
Resign the office of mayor of San
Make a full confession to the grand
jury of everything he knows abo tt
Join in the ranks of the reformers.
A confession from Mayor Schmitz
would, it is believed, involve some of
the "higher up" men which the graft
prosecution is known to be anxious .
bring to the bar of justice, among
them William F. Herrin and Patrick
Little Hope for Mayor.
Other charges now founded on ques
tionable confessions or more suspicion
undoubtedly could be cleared up by the
mayor if he made a "clean breast" of
it, but the reported feeling among tho
prosecutors is that on matter kow out
rageous the corruption of others may
be. Schmitz's deeds are equally black.
They consider him an arch conspirator
and think that to show him any le.i
iency would be betraying the trust r
posed in them and disappointing to th-j
wuh of the citizenship of San Fran-
lciscoAwho demand his punishment.
Pittsburg. April 29. The annual
banquet of the Americus club of Pitts
burg, in honor of the birth of V.
('rant was held Saturday night with
Secretary of Agriculture James Wil
son. Congressman (I rant Mouser of
Ohio, and Washington Gardner if
Michigan as the chief speakers.
Wilson spoke on "Agriculture in Our
Industries." He said in part:
In Creative Force.
Agriculture is a creative force
among our industries. 1 ne result oi
the farmers' work of 190G was $fi,794.
000,000, an increase of 44 per cent over
the last census year. We exported in
190C, $1,718,000,000 worth cf goods of
all kinds, and of this 72 per cent was
grown from farms and forests. Ani
mals and their products yielded $323,
000,000, or 19 per cent, for export after
supplying the home demand. Cotton
and cotton products exported were
$481,000,000, or 2S per cent; grain and
products sold abroad were $197,000,000
or 11.5 per cent; and $113,000,000. or
0.5 per cent, was miscellaneous "farm
Large I'art of Kxport.
"Forest products are 7.5 per cent of
our exports. We use tobacco exten
sively and pay around $30.1(00,000 for
importations from Cuba and Sumatra
Porto Rico, Mediterranean countries
and Brazilian ports. We raised Su
matra wrappers last year to the extent
of $7,000,000 worth. The department
after discovering principles, conducts
object lessons on the farms of the peo
ple to help them toward better things.
"We found in the Connecticut valley
and in Florida the same soil that grows
the wrapper tobacco in Sumatra, after
visiting that country and studying their
methods and soils. We found in Ala
bama and Texas the same soil that
produces the filler tobacco in Cuba, af
ter learning what, soil is suitable, and
last year raised 400 acres of it in those
states. We hope in time to grow all
the tobacco now imported from Cuba
and Sumatra into the United States
Timn.nnil-n hnlf for nt-rrtimp' flnnlile lins," continued Tate. "The fact of
time for Sundays and legal holidays; the matter is, Collins just as much as
minimum wage 37i cents an hour to offered me a job as a 'stool pigeon'
April 1, 1908. for all men not appren- through one of his agents. Mrs. Jesse
I ices or working under special disa- Thames, wife of the 'long man' in the
bility permits: one apprentice for ev- 'Bed' Sullivan 'long and short' gang,
ery five journeymen of one contractor; was on Collins' pay roll as special 'op
contractors shall transnort tools. erative' at a salary of $75 a month.
Xo member of the Tri-City Carpen- e worked with James A. alsh, an-
ters' district council shall leave his other stool pigeon, who was on the pay
ork because nonunion, men in any roll. Walsh had as bad a record as
other line of work or trade are employ- myself, having served in the penitcn
ed upon the building job, or because I tiary for robbery."
any nonunion men in any other line or Tate says he walked 30 miles to get
trade are employed on any other build-1 away from Peoria, and reached Joliet
JOIN THE STRIKERS
ings or jobs.
Xo contractor shall sublet, piece, or
lump out their carpenter work, neither
shall any journeyman be permitted to
take piece or lump work in any shape
or manner. All work done by journey
men carpenters as individuals must be
done as day work only and be charged
for by them at the rate of 55 cents an
HEMPHILL IS TO COMMAND
Admiral to Take Charge of Third
Squadron on Pacific.
Washington. D. C., April 29. Rear
Admiral Hemphill-has been relieved
from duty in this city as president ot
the board of inspection and survey and
ordered to proceed at once to Chinese
waters to assume command of th
third squadron of the reorganized Pa
Stanford Wins Race.
San Francisco, April 29. Stanfon
university won the inter-collegiate bo.i
race from the University of California
today by seven lengths, over the two
mile course1 at Richardson's bay.
Unexpected Movement at Houston,
Tex., Results in Tieup of
line, going from there by
Houston, April 29 A strike of strike
breakers was the unexpected feature
today in connection with the move
ment of several hundred union team
sters to obtain higher wages. Over
thirty non-unionists, who had been serv-
in the places of the union strikers
quit because of the harrassing condi
tions of their employment and in some
cases, because of the alleged nonpay
ment of wages. Serious blockades re
used on busy thoroughfares.
STILL PUMPING TO
SAVE SEVEN MEN
BIG STICK FOR ROOSEVELT.
Fate of Miners Near Johnstown, Pa.,
Imprisoned Friday, is Still
Brownsville Citizens to Present the
President With Jeweled Memento.
A big stick, silver mounted, set with
Johnstown, Pa.. April 29. The seven
men imprisoned by the rush of water in
the mine of the Berwind-White Coal
fortv-five precious stones for the company at roustweii, r riday. are still
states nnd hand carved with nearly entombed, although scores of. rescuers
400 figures and emblems, is n gift the have been working night and day in
citizens of Brownsville. Tex., have pre- the effort to pump the water out and
pared for President Roosevelt, says a effect their freedom.
special dispatch from Galveston, Tex., The work of pumping proceeds slow-
to the Xew York Times. It is Intended lb", and until the rescuers can effect an
as an acknowledgment of his action in I entrance it will not be known whether
dismissing from the army the negro I the men in the mine are dead or alive
soldiers charged with having commit- Relief parties returning to the surface
ted the midnight attack upon Browns- this morning say it will be evening be-
ville. I fore the entombed men can be reached
The cane weighs four and three- at the earliest
quarter pounds and Is made from a
piece of Mexican coffee wood which
had beeu treasured in the Houston
family since Sam. Houston was presi
dent of the Texas republic. The en
graver spent nearly six months in the
Held for Heinous Crime.
Bennington, Vermont, April 29. Al
fred Mahan, aged 23, is in jail at Xorih
Bennington charged with criminally as
saulting and then murdering Ethel, the
4-year-old daughter of his brother.
STEAD FILES SUIT
Begins Action at La Salle
Against the Illinois
A Meteorological Wild Goose.
While a flock of wild geese were fly
ing north over Tort Jervls, X. Y., the
other day one of them turned tail
three times and tried to fly the other
way, creating the usual effect of a
bird flying backward, says a special
dispatch to the Xew York World. This,
the oldest inhabitants and those wisest
in the weather, say is a sure sign of a
late, cold spring. They Insist that
when one goose In a flock does this I Ottawa. 111.. April 29. Attorney
stunt It Is because Its Instinct warns it I General Stead today filed in the circu
that it is too early in the year to mi- court of La Salle county a suit against
grate north. Xevertheless it Is carried line Illinois Central railroad to recover
along Jk Its fellow birds, which have I approximately $5,000,000 claimed by
goneToo far to return to their winter the state to be due from the railroad in
feeding ground. It was observed that I accordance with the provisions of the
when the goose turned tail all the oth- company's charter giving the state
era turned -their heads toward It and I share of the Illinois Central's gro?s
Bquawked in chorus, as if saying. I earnings.
-come aiong; lr we rreeze, you rreeze The suit was filed in the lower court
too.' Then the goose, lacking the cour- because of the recent decision of the II
age of its convictions, revolved and I linois supreme court that it lacks or
flw north again. - ' iginal jurisdiction.
THE HELEN BLAIR IS OUT
Acme Excursion Steamers Open the
Season in the South.
The steamer Helen Blair of the Car
nival City Packet company line was
towed up from the boat yard last even
ing by the Columbia and anchored in
the iJavenport harbor. The boat will
be overhauled and repainted for the
season. The date of the first trip of
the Helen Blair has not been deter-
The steamer J. S. opened the season
yesterday at Paducah, Ky., and will
ly in the southern waters as far as
Memphis. The boat will work north
the latter part of May and is expected
to arrive here June 1. The steamer
W. W. opened the season yesterday at
Cape Girardeau, and is working its way
up the river. It will arrive about May
C. The steamer will make its first ex
cursion trip May 7 with the Red Men
from the state Red Men's convention
at Moline, and May 9 is scheduled to
run an excursion for St. Katherine's
hall of Davenport. It will take the
Xoifolk club of the Eagles on a Sun
day excursion to Muscatine May 12.
INJURED ARE RECOVERING
None of Those Hurt Saturday Morning
Are in Serious Condition.
Those who were injured in the acci
dent on Second avenue Saturday morn
ing when the sidewalk in front of the
' and 10 cent store gave way, are all
rejKirted to be recovering. Those who
were believed to have been injured in
ternally have not developed any alarm
ing symptoms, and are improving. Mrs.
James Swift, 1110 Fifth avenue, per
haps the most seriously injured of those
who fell with the walk, is still suffer
ing great pain, but her condition is not
regarded as dangerous.
Commissioner Allen Quits.
Washington. D. C, April 29. The
resignation of Commissioner of Patents
Allen has been tendered to President
Roosevelt, effective June 1. Allen will
again take up the practice of law,
which he gave up when he was ap
pointed as head of the patent office
April 1. 1901. and which position ha
has held continuously since that time.