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FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 277.
THE ARGUS, THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 5, 1907.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
BORAH IS SERVED REPORT
THROUGH A BRIDGE RAIL HEADS AT NEW YORK
START VARIOUS RUMORS
United States Senator From
Idaho Will be Tried for
Seven Cars on Montezuma
Branch of Rock Island are
Wrecked Near Muscatine.
Attorney General Gives
Substance of Letter
That Was Not Read.
NO WORD FROM SIMS
But Makes Statement to Avoid
a Wrong Construction Being
Placed on His Course.
Lexington, Mass., Sept. 5. Attorney
General Bonaparte last night issued a
statement regarding the stains of tin
Alton case in the Illinois court. The
attorney general's statement follows:
"Aug. 14 Judge Landis asked, in
substance, that the department of jus
tice consider portions of transcript-!
of the testimony in the case of t ho
United States vs. Standard Oil com
pany of Indiana, in order to determine
whether the Alton railroad, its ollieers
and employes, were entitled to the
benefits, of an agreement assuring ?
and them of immunity against crim
inal prosecution in connection wii-i
the Standard Oil company.
'"The department in compliance wiih
the desire of Judge Landis examine I
the above mentioned records and
carefully investigated- the entire sub
ject. As a result of such investigation
the attorney general on Aug. 2'.t wrote
Edwin V. Sims, United States attor
ney at Chicago, informing him in sub
stance of the agreement as shown t
have been made in June or July. 1900,
by C. B. Morrison. Sims" predecessor
in office; that Morrison's action ap
pears to have been duly authorized at
the time by the department: that in
the opinion of the department the ar
rangement had greatly facilitated th.r
indictment and conviction of the
Standard Oil company, and that whil
certain portions of the evidence migut
be fairly open to unfavorable com
ment, the department regarded the
government as bound in good faith
and also as a matter of public pAiey,
to give effect to the agreement.
Not Yet AiIvIhpiI.
"Sims was instructed to read this
letter when the grand jury reconvene !
Sept. :i and to take such further action
to the foregoing end as might seen
to the court and himself appropriate
in the premises.
"The department learns Sims di I
not comply with these instructions by
reason of his having had called to his
attention very recently certain new
md, in his judgment, material fact.;,
which he thought Fhould be submittal
to the department for its further' con
sideration beforei its conclusions
should be finally announced. For this
purpose he asked and was granted by
the court a delay of three weeks.
trilreil to Henri Letter.
"The department is not as yet ad
vised as to what are the facts th'is
ascertained by Sims. It has great coi
fidence in his sound judgment and de
votion to duty and it awaits his r;
Iort before taking further action in
the premises. Inasmuch, however, a?
the circumstances of the case may bj
liable to misconstruction, it is decme.i
proper to submit now the. present
statement to the public."
George S. Birdsell Arrested at Chicago
Accused with Cutting Wires of
Chicago, Sept. 5. George S. Birdsell,
a member of the Commercial Tc legra-
tt, ' , ... i...
phers' union, was arrested toda i on a
state warrant, charging h.m with ma-
liciously tampering with wires owned
by the Western Union company. The ;
Illinois statutes governing telegraph
and telephone wires and covering clv
an orrense as tsirciscn is
provides tnat punisnmeni snau uu u.v
a fine of not less than $300 nor more
than $500, or imprisonment in the coun
ty jail not exceeding one year, or both,
at the discretidon of the court.
EX-CONSUL TAKES OWN LIFE
William H. Abercrombie Turns on Gas
Washington. D. C, Sept. 5. William
H. Abercrombie. formerly United
m.. nM ...... 1 . . XTrt n r.o 1-t To no n riin-
eiairs i:onui ai niiganuni, ......
mittftd suicide by asphyxiation at hi?
TWO-CENT FARE FOR KANSAS
Board of Railroad Commissioners Give
Orders to Roads.
Topeka, Kan., Sept. 5. The board
railroad commissioners yesterday af
ternoon ordered the railroads to put in
a flat 2-eent fare rate on or before Oct.
1. The railroads have not made any
definite announcement of their contem
plated actio :, but it is understood they
will not recognize the order till the
question is settled in some of the other
states in which it is pending. Yester
day the attorneys for the railroads
made a formal protest to the board's
action in overruling the motion to dis
miss. The hoard retired shortly after
and reached a decision in five minutes.
UNITED STATES HAS
LEASE ON RUSS BAY
Reported This Government Has Se
cured Harbor Near Vladivostok
and Floating Dock.
Berlin. Sept. ". A dispatch from
Shanghai says the United States his
taken a 3 years lease of Xorvik bay,
south of Vladivostok and has also
leased for next winter the floating dry
di.ck at Vladivostok.
DR. DE SILVA CHOSEN
AS HEAD OF BOARD
Rock Island Man Highly Honored by
Trustees of Institution for Feeble
Minded at Lincoln.
Dr. Joseph DcSilva, who was recent
ly appointed a member of the bonrl
of trustees for the institution for the
feeble minded at Lincoln, by Governor
Deneen. returned today after attend
ing a meeting of that body at which
he had the honor of being elected
president. Having been a member )f
the board but a short time unusual
distinction is attached to his prefer
ment. TOWN BOARD PASSES
ANNUAL TAX LEVY
Provic-es for $2,0G0 for Assessment'
and $1,000 for Election Expenses '
Bills Are Allowed.
The town board held a meeting ihi
morning at the olfice of City Clerk M.
T. Rudgren. who is ex-offieio clerk of
the town board. The board passed tho
township tax levy, providing for
000 for assessors and assistants, an I
$1.0it for election expense. The board
allowed the township share of the
election expense of last spring. Ad
journment was taken to toniorro
morning at ! o'clock, when the board
will pass on bills.
NOT A PARENTAL BLESSING
But Decision Not to Prosecute Was
Pleasing to This Couple.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert rinm, a Musca
tine couple w'no were married hero
Tuesday, have .returned to Rock Island
after a trip to their home city on which.
while they did not exactly get the par
ental blessing, they obtained what
amounts to the same thing a decision
on the pait of the bride's father not to
prosecute. The pair was arrested on
their arrival at Muscatine and taken
to the police station, where a confer
enee with the young woman's father
William Evans, was held. The latter
finally decided he would allow matters
to rest as they were, though he stated
his daughter was but 14 years of age
and had been married without his con
BIG PICNIC HELD SATURDAY
Drury and Buffalo Prairie Sunday
Schools Meet Near Illinois City.
Saturday afternoon the annual union
Sunday school picnic will be held at
P owell's grove two miles southwest
of Illinois Citv, the schools of Buffalo
fhe farmerg. ,t
nic Jg fw U(e ,e of thp
m usu;llIy (,raws a cmW(, of two ,
three thousand people from a district
10 miles or more in diameter.
A MOLINE TAILOR STRICKEN
August Schu'tze Dies of Attack of
Apoplexy at His Home.
August SchuUze, a Moline tailor in
business there since ISCft. died sud
denly last night at C o'clock at h's
home. 1015 Fourteenth street, of apo
plexy. Ho was stricken just as ho
I arose to go to the supper- table, and
' i . . . . . .
lnt.( a I0W moments later. ie na'i
appeared to be in good health all day.
Mr. Schultze was born in German v
Oct. IS. 1S45. and came to Moline in
lSfiO. He was married ahont 21 ve.nrs
ago. his wife and son, Harry, surviving
him. The funeral, which will be. pri-
vate, will be held Saturday afternoon
of from the home.
WITH OTHERS OF PROMINENCE
Accused of Making Illegal Entries in a
Number of Cases Separate
Boise, Idaho, Sept. 5. The indict
ment returned last April by the fed
eral grand jury against Senator Wil
liam E. r.orah and other prominent
men, charging conspiracy to defraud
the United States government, was
served on the defendants yesterday.
Resides Senator Borah the indictment
includes Frank Martin, attorney gen
eral of Idaho under Governor Stounen
berg's administration; J. T. Barber ami
Sumner G. Moon, stockholders of the
Rarber Lumber company, residing in
Wisconsin; J. I. Wells, F. H. Downs,
John Kim-aid. L. M. Pritchard, Wil
liam Sweet, Albert M. rainier, and 1 1.
Fr:iul in Timber CininiM.
The indictment charges that these
persons entered into unlawful conspir
acy in Septebiber, 1901, and various
otiier times, to secure ly fraudulent en
try timber lands in Roise county,
Senator Rorah has been accorded the
privilege of a separate trial. The case
for the government will fieVondtieted
by R. M. C. Rnrch of Denver and S. 11.
Rush of Omaha. Mr. Hush is special
assistant attorney general, represent
ing the department of justice. He has
relieved District Attorney Ituick in
these cases. Ruick win act In an ad
KILLS MANJNJAIL CELL
Fire Chief Miller of Franklin, Ohio,
Slays Despoiler of His Home.
Franklin. Ohio. Sept. 5. Fire Chief
R. II. Miller of this citv yesterday
shot and instantly killed J. 11. Litthv
who recently eloped with his wife and
was returned to Franklin for trio .
Miiler entered the police station and
going directly to Little's cell fired
two shots, which lodged in the vic
tim a breast. Miller is now a ravin-r
maniac and is under guard to prevent
him killing himself.
SAYS BRYAN WILL
FOR PRESIDENT; MAKES PREDICTIONS
New York, Sept. 5. Announcement
is made that William J. Bryan will be
gin a tour of speechmaking in New
York state in October under the aus
pices of the New York Progressive
Democratic league. Mr. Bryan is sched
uled to make an address at the un
veiling of the Bennett statue in New
Haven on Oct. 20, and following that
will come: to New York.
Harry H. Walker of the Progressive
league, who has been the mouthpiece
of Bryan for eight years, said that he
had authority to' announce that Bryan
would be a candidate for president and
STATE GUARD TO GET NEW CLOTHES
MADE BY INMATESOF CHESTER PRISON
Members of the Iltinois National
guard to which Company A of this city
belongs, will soon receive new clothes,
manufactured by the national govern
ment and by the inmates of the Ches
ter prison. For the first time in the
history of Illinois the clothing of the
national guard will be furnished by
private contractors. Authorities of th.i
national guard are of the opinion that
the new suits which are soon to be dis
tributed among the state soldiers will
be the best In quality and make that
the state militia has ever known. The
last legislature made a large appro
priation for the purchase of new se'-
vice and dress uniforms for the ..en
Under the convict labor law it was
necessary for tire adjutant general to
let the contracts for the making of
these to the state prison at Chester,
SEPARATE DOUGHERTY FROM MATE
PEORIA SCHOOL BOARD'S REQUEST
Peoria, 111., Sept. 5. The school
'board last night adopted resolutions de
manding that Governor Deneen take
measures to separate Newton C. Dough
erty, former superintendent of the Pe-
.UI,;t vuu"K "'wis, w,lu was "-""vicreu
of the theft of $1,000,000, and John H.
Donovan, also a prisouer in the Joliet
i penitentiary. The resolution cites that
Webb Hotel at Shelton,
Wash., is Destroyed
MOST OF VICTIMS MEN
Bodies of Seven Recovered
From Ruins and the Others
Are Being Sought.
Taeoma. Wash., Sept. ',. Fire de
stroyed the Webb hotel at Shelton, 20
miles from Taconia. last night. It is
reported 15 persons perished.
S'vcii llodiew I 'omul.
Two women of Shelton are known to
be dead. The other victims are b Mov
ed to be men. Seven bodies were re
covered. AGAIN PUT OFF OIL
CASE AT NEW YORK
No Testimony to Be Taken in Impor
tant Action Till Attorneys
Xew York, Sept. ."..Taking testi
mony in thtjiuit against the Standard
Oil company scheduled for today was
again postponed until the 17ih to per
mit counsel for the!, Standard Oil
prepare statements from the com
TOO ACTIVE INI
Brokerage Firm of Watson
Failed at New York.
Xew York. Sept. r.. The failure of
Watson & Co.. grain commission
brokers, was announced today. It Is
understood the firm has been veiy
active in trading in Northwestern
railroad stocks, lately.
BE A CANDIDATE
to make these predictions:
"Former Governor David K Fran
cis of Missouri will be chairman of
the democratic national convention;
Augustus Thomas of New York will
present Mr. Bryan's name to the con
vention, and Mr. Bryan will be nom
inated by acclamation. Timothy D.
Sullivan of New York win be chair
man of the democratic national com
mittee." (ioeK Xo Further.
Beyond stating that he was authoriz
ed to announce that Mr. Bryan would
he a candidate, Mr. Walker declined to
disclose how the arrangements had
been made for the convention.
At the same times prices were secure I
from the government.
It was discovered, however, that the
blue flannel dres blouses could b
purchased from the government for
less money than the Chester priso:i
could buy the cloth. The orison.
therefore, leleased the state and per
mitted it to buy the blue blouses from
the national government. Neither in
sample nor in price could any private
contractor approach tho government's
figure on these blouses.
Tho service uniform, consisting of
khaki bltnises and breeches and the
blue flannel trousers to go with the
blue blouses, will be made at the
Chester prison. The national govern
ment and private contractors eoul-
not figure these garments as low as
the prison did. Adjutant General
Scott is very much pleased with tho
arrangement and believes that it will
be more than satisfactory to the state
and to the members of the guard.
the two prisoners were implicated in
the robbery of the Peoria school board
safe last January, which was perform
ed through the agency of a paroled con
vict. Dougherty and Donovan have
been assigned to the books in the Jo
liet penitentiary and have entered into
a conspiracy, it is claimed, to further
interfere with the business of the board
of school inspectors of Peoria.
THREE MEN ARE INJURED
Wooden Bridge Collapses and Nearly
All Train Goes Into Water Ca
boose Stops on Brink.
Muscatine, Sept. 5. Seven cars,
breaking from the middle of a freight
train, crashed into the waters of Pike
Hun, 11 miles west of here, yesterday
afternoon as the wooden bridge col
lapsed. The engine was left on one
side of the chasm and the caboose, top
pling over the hank, on the other side.
Three persons received more or less
severe injuries by being thrown about
in the caboose. They arc:
Conductor Will Coneannon, Monte
zuma : hack injured, serious.
Brakeman W. J. Parsons, Montezu
ma; straimd back;
Peter Moore, Nichols, farmer; face
and arm cut.
The ill-fated train was the east hound
freight on the Montezuma branch of
the Hock Island, the accident occur
ring about 4 o'clock. The engine and
five cars had crossed the bridge safely
when the piling tinder the bridge gavo
way. The bridge was 20 feet high and
the water IS feet deep at this point.
Eleven cars broke from the rest of the
train as they were carried into the
water, no trainmen being on that part
of the train at the time.
INiIIpiI o Kilue.
The caboose was pulled to the very
brink of the opening before the coup
ling became unfastened. It was half
upset, and the injured men received
their wounds by being thrown about
inside the car. The wonder is that the
car was not pulled into the water, in
which case certain death by drowning
would have been their lot.
Besides the loss on the bridge and
cars, the loss of merchandise will form
a considerable item. The cars were load
ed with various commodities, one car
being full of shelled corn and another
containing about 1,000 live fowls which
were carried under in the crash.
Try to Hentroy KxprcwN.
rittsburg. Pa., Sept. 5. Train wreck
ers were at work last evening on the
Baltimore & Ohio railroad at Scott
haven and Suterville, P,0 miles east of
here. Spikes, it is said, were drawn
from the east bound tracks for the pur-
lK)se, it is thought, of catching the New
York express. The express got through
before the spikes were drawn, but a
freight express was derailed and traffic
tied up until 10 this morning.
I'liMNCiiitern Are Ilmincd.
Topeka, Kan., Sept. 5. The Colorado
liver on the Santa Fe railroad was de
railed at Wakarusa, 12 miles west of
Topeka, early today. None of the pas
sengers received more than minor
bruises. A detective rail w as the cause.
Govtrnor Hoch was one of the pas
sengers in the wreck. His car tipped
partially over but the governor kicked
out an oval window, and did activa
work in rescuing the women and chi!-
Both hands were badly cut.
GEORGE A. LOO HIS
FOR SUPREME COURT
Nebraska Democrats and Populists
Again Fused on State Ticket
Lincoln, Neb., Sept. 5. Returns from
the primary election Tuesday indicate
the nomination for judge of the su
preme court of George I Loomis, on
both democratic and populist tickets
which will insure fusion again this
NO ATTEMPT TO KILL EMPEROR
Presenting of Petition to Francis Jo
seph Started Rumor.
Vienna, Sept. 5. It is reported here
an attempt has been made to assassin
ale Emperor Francis Joseph at Klag
(tifurt. Austria-Hungary. The rumor
however, proved to be untrue, and rc
united from an old peasant approach
leg the emperor for the purpose of
presenting a petition, which led
RIOTERS START A BAD FIRE
Warehouse District of Antwerp Threa
ened by Blaze.
Antwerp, Sept. 5. Fire which was
started by rioters last night threatens
the destruction of a number of build
ings in the warehouse district of the
city. Help was summoned from Brus
sels and Ghent.
With the assistance of firemen from
other cities the fire was under control
at midday. The loss Is $1,000,000.
PREPARING FOR CONVENTION
St. Mary's Congregation Making Ready
for Federation in May.
The societies of St. Mary's congre
gation have begun, to make prtpara-
tions for the convention of the Federa
tion of German Catholic societies
which is to be held in Hock Island
next may, and to that end an executive
committee was organized, the follow
ing being the officers:
President Albert Huber.
Vice President Nicholas Bredar.
Recording Secretary Adam Klotz.
Treasurer Chris Naab.
A number of subcommittees have
been appointed, and these will at once
el busy to make the convention suc
In order to raise funds for prelim
inary work, a moonlight excursion will
be given by the Columbia club tomor
row evening on the steamer W. W. for
Inch a large number of tickets have
mportant Changes Being Made
at St. Mary's, at a Cost of
PARSONAGE IS ENLARGED
New Stained Windows Are to Be In
stalled, Entrance Is Rebuilt, and
Wcoden Steps Removed.
Extensive improvements which will
add greatly to the appearance of the
buildings and grounds of St. Mary's
church at Twenty-second street and
Fourth avenue are under way, and
when completed, the contemplated
changes will r present an outlay of
pproximatcly $S,000. It will be some
time before the work is finished, for
this evening a contract is to be iet for
installing certain sanitary plumbing in
the St. Mary's school building, and on
ly about half of the work already con
tracted for has been completed.
Addition to Itcrtory.
The improvements included tho erec
tion of a large addition to the parson
ago of the church on the east. This
new portion corresponds with the old
structure in its architecture, and is
two stories high. It is built of brick
The addition provides accommodations
on the first floor for the dining room
and kitchen, and for several roomy
led rooms on the second lloor.
In addition to new plumbing in the
school building, a new heating plant is
being installed, making the building
much more modern and affording great
er comfort for the pupils.
Knlram'f In ltrhtiilt.
In the church building proper, the
most important improvements are be
ing made; The building is to be fitted
with new stained glass windows
throughout, the entrance is being re
built, and the exterior of the church is
being painted. The roof of the steeple
is being repaired, and a new metal
cross is to be placed on the spire.
The removal of the old wooden steps
for the entrance is oik; of the most no
ticeable changes. These have given
place to a very pleasing modern en
trance into a vestibule, from which
stairways on either side lead to the
The work is being done under the
direction of Father A. Geycr, the pas
tor, who had done much for the up
building of the church during the time
that he has been in charge.
PRESIDENT NAMES A CHIEF
Lety Tiger to Be President of Five
Tribes of Creek Indians.
Oyster Hay, Sept. 5. The president
today appointed JxMy Tiger as chief of
the tribes of the Creek Indians, to suc
ceed Chief Pleasant Porter, who died
SUES INSURANCE ORDER
Praecipe Filed in Case Against West
ern Catholic Union for $2,500.
A praecipe in a suit for $2,ioo was
filed by Mrs. Carrie Mnrrin against
the supreme council of the Western
Catholic union in the circuit court late
yesterday. Searle & Marshall repre
sent the plaintiff.
Mrs. Clara Ii. Gustine has filed a hill
for a divorce from her husband, James
K. Gustine, on the grounds of cruelty
and drunkenness. They were married
in July, 1SS2. W. G. Baker is the com
Wanted at Madison.
J. E. Weaver, a newspaper man
was arrested this noon by the local
police, and is held awaiting the ar
rival of an officer from Madison. Wis
where Weaver is wanted by the po
lice. The authorities here are not in
formed as to the nature of the offense
for which Weaver is wanted. He was
arrested near the postoffice building
To Celebrate Jewish New Year.
The Jewish New Year, called- in He
brew. "Rosh Hashonah," begins next
Sunday evening at sunset, and wi:l
be celebrated with appropriate ser
vices by Jewish congregations.
Deny, However, That
There is Any Signifi
NOT TO TALK RATES
Fish and Harahan Again Meet,
but Result is Not Given
to the Public.
Xew York, Sept. 5. The presence
here of an unusually large number of
railroad presidents from all over tho
country gave rise to reports in the
financial district yesterday that a con
ference of the executive heads of vari
ous railroads was being held to dis
cuss the 2-cent rate propositions and
other questions affecting railroads now
under public consideration. These re
ixjrts were denied by railroad officials,
who stated that a large number if
board meetings were scheduled to be
held at this time and that the presi
dents of the roads were here to attend
Will Urine Sulijert I p.
It is most likely, however, that
the heads of the railroads iu
their informal meetings will discu-s
the question of railroad legislation an!
the monetary situation, which has, to
somo extent, lessened new railroad
building and improvements. It was
stated at the oince of J. P. Morgan
and company that no formal confer
ence of railroad presidents had been
called. Some of the presidents who
are hero are A. II. Stiekney. of th.
Chicago and Great Western; Hdward
P. Ripley of the Atchison. Topeka &
Santa Fe. Albert J. Railing of the Chi
cago. Milwaukee & St. Paul. James E.
Harahan of tho Illinois Central anl
James J. Hill of the Great Northern.
IHrwlorK of Central Aenln Mppt.
New York. Sept. 5.- Directors of th3
Illinois Central met yesterday to act
on the business brought to a sudden
close a week ago. As the bylaws of
the company permit of a special meet
ing to be called by two directors th;?
conclusion was reached in Wall street
that the session had been called by
Stuyvesant Fish. Those who attended
tho meeting were the following
Messrs. Harahan, Goelct. PHibodv,
Hackstaff. Auchincloss, Vanderbilt,
Cutting and Eeach.
I'ImIi DtK'lIurx to Mnkr Stntrtitrnt
At tho offices of the company it wts
stated that no information regarding
the meeting would be given out. Mr.
Fish declined to make a statement
regarding what had taken place.
'resident Harahan could not be found
after the adjournment.
GETS 5-YEAR TERM
Lewis ulass, President and
Former Manager of Tele
phone Co. Sentenced
N FRISCO WAR ON GRAFT
Conv;cted of Bribinq Supervisor f
Vote Against Franchise of Com
peting Concern. '
San Francisco, Cal., Sept. 5. Lewis
Ilass, vice president and former gen
eral manager of the Pacific Telephone
company, was yesterday sentenced to
serve five years in San Quentin prison
for bribery. The extreme penalty ia
Glass was convicted last week of
bribing Supervisor Thomas F. Ixmer
gan in the sum of $5,ooo to vote against
the application of the Home Telephone
company for a franchise in this city. It
being the desire of the Pacific company
to head off any and all competition.
StM-oml Srntrnor Impowed.
This is the second conviction and
sentence of the "men higher up" in the
war against municipal corruption in
San Francisco, Kugene Schmitz, former
mayor of the city, being the first.
Glass, through his attorneys, immedi
ately applied for and was granted an
arrest of sentence for 30 days pending
an appeal to the supreme court. He
must remain in the county jail, how
ever, during the SO days. If the su
preme court grants his appeal he hopes
to be released on bail.
Court Makes Her Eject Gum.
Evansville, ,Ind., Sept 5. Whet;
Mrs. Anna Brush appeared in the p
lice court as a witness she was chew
ing gum. Judge ' Winfrey threatenel
to send her to jail if she did not take
It out of her mouth. She took It out.