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FIFTY- SEVENTH YEAR. N O. 3G
THE ARGUS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1907.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Need for Haste in Return
Again Urged Upon Sec-
retary of War,
E DEAD W:
TRAIN DERAILED FIRSTSISSDE
ON TRIPIIFOR DAY
Ithacans on Long End of Bet
ting for Annual Game with
Fast Mail From Chicago on the
President and Mrs. Roosevelt
Rock Island Leaves Track at
Switch Near Ottawa.
and Two Children Go to
TO SEE CZAR EARLIER
Visit Gives Impetus to Applica
tions for Service in Army
St. Petersburg, Nov. 28. As a result
of the fact that Washington has cabled
Secretary Taft requesting him to has
ten his return to the United States,
the secretary, who is due to reach
here Saturday, has sent a telegram to
American Charles d'Affalres Schuyler,
asking him if possible to arrange an
audience with the emperor, so as to
enable Taft to leave St. Petersburg
Dec. 4, instead of Dec. 5, as scheduled.
Volunteer More Numerous.
The visit of Taft has given an im
petus to the stream of Russians who
come to the American embassy to vol
unteer their services for, supposedly,
a Japanese-American war. Schuyler is
resorting to the Russian press to deny
the possibility of any trouble with Ja
pan, and consequently a need of vol
AIiMiiril StorlrM Afloat.
Most absurd stories regarding Taft's
mission to Russia are in general cir
culation. DEER HUNTING IS
No Less than 31 Deaths in Woods of
Two States in Short Season,
Milwaukee, Nov. 28. The report of
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fatalities in the pineries of northern
Wisconsin arid upper MicEiigan dur -
in- hp nnfcn unmn nnd .leer sensnn
of 1907, -which closes Saturday night,
is far greater than during any season
for many years past. Thirty-one nim
rods have lost their lives since the
open season began, while thirty-seven
and possibly more have been maim
ed and wounded. That this record will
be swelled before tne close of the
week is probable, as the woods are
filled with hunters at the present time,
and " there have been without doubt
many fatalities in the heart of the pine
woods, far from settlements, that have
not been made public.
JOLIET INDUSTRIES STOP
Shutting Off of Water Power Paralyzes
Factories and Street Cars.
Joliet, III., Nov. 28. Every indus
trial wheel in Joliet came to a sudden
standstill yesterday afternoon, and
over 10,000 people were idle as a re
sult of the shutting off of water in
the drainage canal. The Economy
Light and Power company, which fur
nishes power for the industries of this
city, was unable to turn the water
wheels for several hours. The sani
tary district cut off the water to per
mit the moving of a boat stuck in the
channel in Chicago. ' Newspapers,
street cars, steel wire mills and a score
of other industries were stopped.
Sanity of Mrs. Bradley Testified
to by Those Who Saw Her
After the Tragedy.
MANY HEARD IN REBUTTAL
Result Most Damaging to the Defense
; Last Evidence Will Be Taken
in Case Tomorrow.
. Washington, Nov. 28. Throughout
yesterday the testimony offered in the
trial of Mrs. Annie M. Bradley was
' most flamaging - to me aerenaani
There were many witnesses wno had
seen her shortly after the shooting
and others who had attended her
while she was in jail here, but none of
.these had at any time doubted her
sanity. - These witnesses had been
called by the government in rebuttal
They included practically every one
who came In contact wun Mrs. urau
ley after the shooting of Brown
Will FlnUh Tomorrow.
It Is now almost a certainty the
testimony' will be concluded tomor-
row, to which day the court adjourned
CONTEST AT PHILADELPHIA
St. Louis and Nebraska Universities
Playing for Championship of the
Philadelphia, Nov. 28. If coaches
and close observers are right in their
predictions the annual football game
between the University of Pennsyl
vania and Cornell today will be a hard
aud close contest. Supporters of Cor
nell are backing the team to the limit
and while the followers of Pennsyl
vania are not showing as much money
as the Ithacans they are as confident
of victory and are taking the short
end of all Cornell money offered at 10
to S. Both teams are in fine shape.
Piny for Honor In the Valley.
St. Louis, Nov. 2S. The most impor
tant football game of the local season
will be witnessed this afternoon when
the Nebraska and St. Louis university
teams meet for the state collegiate
championship of the Mississippi valley.
They are evenly matched, each having
suffered but one defeat during the
SERVICE FOR ELKS
Memorial Exercises of Rock Is
land and Moline Lodges
Jointly Held Sunday
AT MOLINE CONGREGATIONAL
Hon. George W. Scott of Davenport to
' Be Orator and C. E. Dietz to
Rock Island and Moline Elks will
.unite in memorial services next Sun
day at the First Congregational church
of Moline,' the exercises beginning at
3 o'clock. Until the recent death of
, . , v-r rwi-
i Harry F. Blecker tfleTtock Island Elks
!nad Buffered -no loss by death. The
deceased members of the Moline lodge
Robert Arthurs, died June 19, 1902.
George W. Vinton, Jr., died March
Henry M. Lage, died April 8, 1904.
L. I,. Spellman, died Feb. 2, 1905.
F. Burt Wells, died Sept. 5, 1907.
C. II. Deere, died Oct. 29, 1907.
Hon. George W. Scott of Davenport
will deliver an eddress and Attorney
C. E. Dietz of Moline will give the
Following is the program in detail:
March Opus No. 35 '. Chopin
Mrs. Evelyn Sargent.
Opening of League
Lodge Hymn Lodge-Audience-Organ.
Prayer Rev. Paul W. Brown
Quartet "One Sweetly Solemn
Mrs. Edla Lund. Joshua Oden. Miss
Signe Telleen, Alfred Anderson.
Eulogy Cyrus E. Dietz
Moline lodge, No. 536.
Solo "Hosanna" Jules Granier
Mrs. Bessie Campbell-Knowles.
Address Hon. George W. Scott
Davenport lodge, No. 298.
Quartet "Abide With Me"
Henry Francis Light
Mrs. Edla Lund. Joshua Oden, Miss
Signe Telleen, Alfred Anderson.
Selection Communion in E Minor.
Miss Evelyn Sargent.
Closing of Ixdge. .
NEW OFFICERS INSTALLED
Loyal Americans Hold Customary An
The annual installation of officers of
the Rock Island Assembly, No. 292,
Ixyal Americans of the Republic, was
held Tuesday evening and the follow
ing officers took their seats:
President G. Baumbach.
Vice president C Erickson.
Secretary Mrs. M. Baumbach..
Prelate A. Johnson.
Sergeant Mrs. M. Pelton.
First corporal Mrs. A. Johnson.
Second corporal Mrs. C. Schiner.
Orderly Mrs. C. Schnack.
Guard Miss M. Petit.
Sentinel J. Conden.
Medical examiner Dr. Burkhart.
Pianist Mrs. C. Siedel.
POULTRY SHOW; SUCCESSFUL
Judges Nearly Through with Work at
Judges in the poultry show being
given by the Tri-city Fanciers' associa
tion at the Davenport armory expect
to finish their work this evening. The
exhibition is one of the most success-
ful ever held, thero being nearly 1.000
J fine specimens shown. The show
Explosion of Gas Catches
Men in Kansas City
NO NAMES TO BE HAD
'even Killed Instantly and Two
Fatally Injured Were Rail
Kansas City, Nov. 2S. Seven men
are dead and two fatally Injured as
the result of a fire in a two-story room
ing' house on, Union avenue early to
day, caused by an explosion of gas.
The explosion Is believed to be due' to
a guest lighting a match in a room
where gas had been escaping. The
victims of the disaster were burned
Kept X Register.
The rooming house was patronized
by transient white railroad laborers,
and as the proprietor, Edward O'Con
nell, kept no register, he knew neither
the names nor number of persons in
the place. He did not believe, how
ever, there were more than 50 in the
rooms when the explosion occurred.
The loss on the building is small.
WOMAN COULD NOT SAVE HIM
Frank Brinsmaid, Supposed to Be of
Des Moines, Dies in Surf.
Los Angeles, Cal., Nov. 28. Despite
the heroic attempt of Mrs. W. F. Pitch
er to rescue him, Frank" Brinsmaid, be
lieved to be a member of the firm of
Brinsmaid & Co. of Des Moines, died
in the 'surf yesterday. Heart failure
is said to have been cause of his death.
HOLDS MAJOR ALLEN OF GENESEO
REAL FATHER OF
That Geneseo is entitled to credit
for the origination of the idea of build
ing the Hennepin canal and that Major
James M. Allan of that place is the
original advocate of the practicability
of such a waterway, is the opinion of
Major H. C. Connelly of this city, who
vouches for the truth of the following
statements in a letter from George A.
Hobbs, formerly of Illinois and now a
resident of Woburn, Mass.:
I have been reading," writes Mr.
Woburn, "of late with interest, news
paper accounts of Hennepin canal cel
ebrations, and especially a dispatch
from Rock Island, dated Nov. 15, which
stated that the United States steamer
Marion reached Rock Island from Hen
nepin, 111., completing the first trip
through the recently opened Illinois
and Michigan canal, which connects
the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.
"Logically and appropriately, a grand
mammoth jubilee should have been
held over its completion at Geneseo,
where the enterprise had its incep
tion. Idea Horn In OO'm.
"Early in the 60 s the idea of a
canal from the Illinois river near Bu
reau Junction to Rock Island, or a
continuation of the Illinois and Michi
gan canal, was born in the brain of
Major James M. Allan of Geneseo. For
years he talked and wrote canal, but
the scheme was regarded as a vision
ary one, impossible of execution, Uto
pian, and proselytes were slow to flock
to his standard, or give him a helping
hand. But the major, undaunted, kept
right 'on with his characteristic per
sistency, preaching and writing canal.
"One of Major Allan's earliest con
verts wa3 L. D. Whiting of Tiskilwa,
subseauently state senator several
years, who proved to be a valuable co-'
worker. He was followed by Hon.
John H. Bryant of Princeton (brother
of the distinguished poet, William Cul-
len Bryant), deputy collector of Inter
nal revenue and gradually other prom
inent men fell Into the ranks, notably
Edward Russell, editor of the Daven
port Gaeztte, and things began to
"I have also read B. F. Shaw's letter
tt the Tribune, reproduced In a re
cent issue of the Republic. It 1$, Incor
rect in several particu.ars and does
Major Allan scant justice. For in
stance, Justin Stevens, an accidenta.
congressman for a single . term, resi
dent of Princeton or Tiskilwa, was not
an active factor in the enterprise, as
stated by Mr. Shaw. Neither did Gen
eral Thomas J. Henderson figure large
ly in it nntil it had emerged from its
incubating state, and he had entered
congress. Henceforth he was one 61
its most earnest champions and effi
no one seriously hurt
Engineer is' Pinioned Under Tender,
But Removed Uninjured Arrives I
Five Hours Late. .
Ottawn. 111.. Nov. 28. fArfma ffne.
cial.) The, fast mail, due here at 4.07,
was wrecKeci nere tins morning at me
Burlington switch. The engine and
tender were precipitated down a 20-
f.00! t- IbLr!Tmai Tcil
waa uauiy uauidgcu, uut uiu not leav1?
the embankment. The engineer was
pinned under the wreck, but was re
moved uninjured. The train consisted
of three mail cars and one Pullman.
Two mail cars and a coach were sent
out two hours late. The wreck was
due to the failure of the derailing
switches to work. The mail train was
held for a Burlington train on the
crossing, and when ; clear the tower
man signaled with a lantern, but the
switch did not close and the wreck
Delayed Five Hour.
The train arrived at Rock Island at
11:30, and not until rafter noon were
the Chicago morning papers delivered
to subscribers. The train is due at
Rock Island at 6:151 in the morning,
It was reported heiv that one mannial conditions restored."
was lnjureu-. oik umciais oi tne uocr
isiuuu say u.ai no une was seuuuM.v
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SEVEN IN THE JURY BOX
Progress is Made in the Trial of Geo.
Boise, Idaho, Nov. 28. After the
first day's examination of talesmen in
the case of George A. Pettibone charg
ed with the murder of Former Govern
or Steunenberg, seven remain in the
jury box. ue regular venire was ex-
hausted before adjournment yesterday
afternoon and 70 or 100 will appear
Monday when the work of securing
the jury will be continued.
He deserved great
credit for his work, and received it.
"Mr. Shaw says in his letter that the
first public meeting in aid of the canal
scheme was held in Rock Island. True
a meeting of prominent gentlemen, at
the instigation and in response to the
appeals of Major Allan, was held at
Rock Island, but it was simply a can
The first canal convention was
held in Sawyer's hall in Geneseo, an
it was then and there that the ball I
first received an impulse that finally I
resulted in the construction of- the 1
An considered important.
The convention was considered of
sufflcient importance by the editors
of the two leading Chicago papers,
Wilbur Storey s Times, and Joe Me-
dill's Tribun.e to induce them to send
men to report it, which they did in
good shape. That piece of work was
considered real and rare journalistic
enterprise 40 odd years ago. J. B.
Danforth reported the convention for
his paper, the Rock Island Argus;
Ed. Russell for the Davenport Ga
zette, "Dick" Richardson for the Dav
enport Democrat, and I think the Re
public had an account of it
Many men of wealth and high posi
tion attended the convention. It
seems to me now that L. D. Whiting
presided. Major Allan, who had been
almost solely instrumental in getting
up the convention, was its central fig
ure and star attraction His sneer-h
clear, logical and earnest, produced a
profound Impression, and materially
strengthened the cause. Enthusiasm
was aroused and ran high. Several
other addresses were delivered" and
cheered to the echo. It was a livelv
"Bureau, Henry and Rock Island
counties and the city of Davenport,
minus Congressman Hiram Price,
wuo was m wasmngion, were well!
ipitjoeuieu uy guuu tamers ana earn-
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iuc pi acucai result oi tne aeilber
ations was the appointment of a com-
"i , ,,r IOr , supPn
at ti.1 1 mo rZ ZZn$ T , u 1
at the state or national capital to lob-
h tK- , w
tention was turned to the selection of
such an agent no other person than
Major Allan was thought of. and he
was unanimously selected for that
important part. Of his gratuitous
work at Springfield and Washington,
if the time, money and energy spent
3y him there, need not be detailed by
me; suffice to 6ay, he won at last.
It should be remembered always,
ind 'writ large,' in the history of your
:ity, which I hope to soon see pub-
lished, that the 'Father of the Henne-
pin Canal Was Major James M. Allan
- of Geneseo
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WILL DO SO DAILY NOW
Basis Soon Nearly All Banks
of West Are Ready.
Chicago, Nov. 28. The first step to
ward the retiring of clearing house
certificates issued in this city was
taken yesterday when the executive
committee of the Chicago clearing
house ordered destroyed $25,000 worth
of certificates that have been paid
back to the clearing houses. David R.
Forgan, president of the National City
bank, announced this action at the
weekly dinner of the Chicago Associa
tion of Commerce and added the pro
cedure will be continued daily "until
the entire issue is paid back and nor
Nearly All Itendy.
mv rpoeive,l nnr. frrnn 1.
ft Art HoriL-a rt i i r ! An n.A racrn rA rcr iYi rex.
sumption of specie payment," said
Forgan. "Just 889 declare themselves
ready for such resumption at once.
The other two asked for a little longer
time, but merely for the purpose of
ascertaining if the time is ripe for
such a move. Answers come from all
sections of the south, middle west and
northwest.. About 6.000 letters were
sent out and answers are coming in
by the hundred every day
Washington, Nov. 28. Owing to the
large amount of subscriptions received,
the secretary of the treasury late yes
terday announced subscriptions to the
per cent certificates of indebtedness
of the act of jTme, 1898, invited by
the circular of Nov. 18, 1907, is closed,
and that no subscription received after
the close of business yesterday will
be considered. Decided improvement
in business conditions throughout the
country makes it quite probable the
secretary win not extend nis aiiot
ments further than those already made,
CHICAGO WOMAN CLEARED
Proves Gun Was Discharged During
Scuffle with Her Husband.
Chicago, Nov. 28. Mrs. Myrtle May
er. who shot her husband, oeorge J.
Mayer, during a quarrel at their home
Tuesday night, was exonerated by the
coroner's jury yesterday. The woman's
story that the revolver was discharged
in a scuffle after her husband had
threatened to beat her, was corroborat-
led by her 7-year-old son, Robert; who
was tne only witness to appear in be-
nalt or n,s moiner-
ALL WAS NOT TOLD
Report of Isthmian Canal Com'
mission for October Gives
More Important Data
ON PROGRESS OF THE WORK
Shows Great Increase in Amount of
Dirt Moved and Largest Force
Since the Beginning.
Washington, Nov. 28. Data relative
I to tne work of construction of the
Manama canal, is just made puDnc in
I the shape of the canal commission's
I detailed report of the operations for
the month of October. From this it
I appears the construction is progress
ing even more rapidly than was fore-
Icasted in the annual report of the com
mission issued Tuesday
Great Inrreane for Year.
nr. ho riiint.ro otttnn hioh nm
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Rpnt th latest prrpvtinn on the
- lunQ ,, ,,t nf .rth otirt
roCk "removed last montn was C34.499
cubic yards. This was about two and
one-half times more than was removed
. , lL ,v v
during the same month of the previous
year.- The average output per eteam
shovel was about 53 per cent greater,
notwithstanding the rainfall was three
times as great as in October, 1906
Work on the other sections and di
visions seems to ,have progressed In
Force the Largest.
The largest force of employes that
ever worked on the isthmus since the
inception of the canal project under
the French was at work at the close
of October. The commission was then
J employing 29.915 men" and the Panama!
HOME OF PRESIDENT MADISON
Will Return to Capital in Time to Eat
Thanksgiving Dinner at the
Washington, Nov. 28. The home of
President Madison, near Montpelier,
Va., was the objective point of a trip
which occupied President and Mrs.
Roosevelt and their children, Ethel
and Quentin, today. They left on a
special train over the Southern rail
road at 9 this morning. They will re
turn to Washington at 4 this after
Slay Will Be Short.
On arrival at Montpelier the presi
dential party will be driven to the
Madison estate, which Is now occupied
by William Dupont and family. After
an inspection of the ancient homestead
the party will begin the return jour
ney, taking luncheon on the train.
Variation of I'aunl Program.
The trip was arranged as a variation
of the usual Thanksgiving at Pine
Knot, Va., where Mrs. Roosevelt owns
an estate. ' It also Is in fulfillment pf
the president's desire, to visit the
homes of former presidents and make
a pleasant outing for the holidays.
The Thanksgiving dinner will be serv
ed at the White house this evening.
ABOUT NEXT YEAR
Interesting Dates for 1908 Cull
ed From Advanced Copies
of the Almanac.
133D OF AMERICAN LIBERTY
Three Eclipses of the Sun Among the
Numerous Astronomical Phenom
ena to Be Observed.
Almanacs for 1908 show .that Easter
Sunday-comes Oir-April 19. TheFeare
also other Interesting dates
The year 1908 comprises the latter
part of the 132d and the beginning of
the 133d years of American independ
ence and corresponds to the year 6621
of the Julian, period; the year 5CCS-
5CC9 of the Jewish era. The year 5G69
begins at sunset Sept. 25; the year
2661 since the foundation of Rome,
according to Varro; the year 2568 of
the Japanese era and to the 51st year
of the period entitled "Mertji;" the
year 1326 of the Mohammedan era or
the era of Hegira begins on the 4th
day of February, 1908. The first day
of January is the 2,417,949th day since
the commencement of the Julian
CUureli Day for 1008.
Epiphany Jan. 6
Septuagesima Sunday Feb. 16.
Sexaugesiam Sunday Feb. 23.
Shrove Tuesday March 3.
Ash Wednesday March 4.
Quadragesime Sunday March 8
Palm Sunday April 12.
Good Friday April 17.
Easter Sunday April 19.
Low Sunday April 26.
Rogation Sunday May 24.
Ascension Day May 28.
Whit Sunday June 4.
Trinity Sunday June 14.
Corpus Christl June 18.
Advent Sunday Nov. 29.
Christmas Day Dec. .25.
Ember Dnya for 11X1S.
March 11, 13 and 14.
June 10, 12 and 13.
Sept. 16, 18 and 19.
Dec. 16, 18 and 19.
Holiday Daya and Datea.
New Year's day falls on Wednesday,
Lincoln's birthday on Wednesday. Feb
12; Washington's birthday on Satur
day, Feb. 22; Memorial day on Satur
day, May 30; July Fourth on Satur
day; Labor day on Monday, Sept 7;
Thanksgiving day on Thursday, Nov
Ecllpnr for 1908. -
In the year 1908 there will be three
eclipses of the sun and a lunar ap
1. A total eclipse of the 6un, Jan
3. not visible in the United States ex
cept parts of the southwest and there
visible only as a partial eclipse the
sun setting eclipsed. .
2. An annular eclipse of the sun
June 28, visible in the United States
as a partial eclipse.
3. A lunar appluse, Dec. 7. The
moon just rising at Washington and
visible generally throughout Europe,
Asia. Africa and the extreme eastern
portions of North and South America.
4. A central eclipse of the sun
Dec. 23, visible here.
Stara for 1908.
The Planet Venus begins as evening
star and' continues as such until July
5, after which date it is the morning
star to the end of the year,
The planet Mars will be evening
star until Aug. 2; and then will be
Urges Steps to Stop
But to Remain as Laborers-
Hint is Heeded at the For
Tokio, Nov. 28. It is understood
American ambassador O'Brien has of
ficially called the attention of the Jap
anese government to the greatflncrease
in the numbers of Japanese arriving
on the Pacific coast, and requested
that a vigorous investigation and
prompt measures to prevent the immi
gration to America of any person who,
entering as students, might afterwards
Foreign Office Uaxy.
At the foreign office it is stated the
best methods of controlling and fur
ther limiting emigration and correct
ing any mistakes which have occurred
are now being consuTered.
morning star the balance of the year.
The planet Jupiter begins as morn
ing star and continues as such until
Jan. 30, after which date it is the even
ing star until Aug. 17 and from then
morning star to the end of the year.
The planet Saturn begins as even
ing star and continues as such until
March 21, after which date it is the
morning star until Sept. 30, and then
evening star the rest of the year.
SHOOTS WIFE AND
JUMPS TO DEATH
John Whitley, Brooklyn Manufacturer,
Actor in Spectacular Tragedy at
New York, Nov. 28. John Whitley,
vice president of the Reliance Ball
Bearing Door Hanger company of
Brooklyn, killed his wife with revolver
shots early today while she was sleep
ing in her room at the Hotel Belle-;
claire on Broadway. Whitley then
leaped from the window on the nintu
floor into the street and was instant
ly killed. WWtley was aged 60 and
his wife 38. They had a home in the
fashionable section of Brooklyn, but
were living temporarily at the Belle
claire. HITS AT WITNESS
Attorney Dobyns for Goovern-
mentin Walsh Case Tries
to Impeach McKay
BUT FAILS IN THE ATTEMPT
Man Who Had Testified for Prosecu
tion for Three Days Failed to Re
member Important Matter.
Chicago, Nov. 28. Assistant Dis
trict Attorney Dobyns, chief counsel
for the government in the trial of
John R. Walsh made an unsuccessful
attempt to impeach the testimony of
B. B. McKay, former private secretary
to the defendant, in the federal court
yesterday. The attempt was made, be
cause McKay, who has been on the
stand nearly three days as a govern
ment witness, failed to answer ques
tions satisfactorily. Judge Anderson
ruled against the government's course
because he considered Dobyns had
failed to lay a proper foundatioi for
Forgetfulneaa Br I Dsn Laah.
McKay's forgetfulness as to certain
matters brought on the clash with
Dobyns. The witness was shown a
deposit slip for 1200,000 and asked It
he had deposited with it a check for a
like amount to Walsh's private' ac
count. On his failure to remember
Dobyns asked If he had not so testi
fied before the grand jury that indicted
Walsh. The objection of the defense
that "happenings of grand jury are
supposed to be secret and that the
government cannot impeach its own
witness in this manner," was sustained
and the court adjourned -until Friday.
Run on Full Schedule.
Sanford. Maine, Not. 28. A return
to the full time schedule In all depart
ments next Monday 'was the Thanks
giving announcement made to 1,200
operatives1 in the Sanford .mills which,
recently have been running on halt