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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 84.
THE ARGUS, FRIDAY. JANUARY 21. .1908. TWELVE "PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Government Preparing to
Prove Case Against
A PLOT IS FOILED
LIGHT .011 ASYLUM FIRST REAL
New York Police Discover Agent
of Hayti Revolutionists Mak
ing Money Here.
State Institution for Feeble
Minded Under Scrutiny of
I TO&HEAgD MINE BUREAU?
A RAGE WAR
TO ANNUAL CHARTER
Shown That Roads Carried Oil
' at Rate Less Than Pub
Washington, Jan. 24. In laying the
foundation of Its case against the
Standard Oil company in the suit for
the annulment of the company's char
ter, the government continued today
the examination of Dana Durand, dep
uty commissioner of corporations, be
fore the state examiner, Judge Frank
, Wan Given a Ileltnte.
WAS ALSO COLLECTING ARMS
Had $800,000 in Spurious Bills Dis
closure Expected to Cause Col
lapse of. Revolt.
Washington, Jan. 24. Startling de
velopments in the plot to overthrow
the 'government of President Nord in
Hayti have followed the investigation
of the secret service agents In New
York in connection with the arrest of
Jose M. Giordan! on the charge of
counterfeiting Haytian money.
The officers say they have ascertain
ed that the prisoner was the agent of
a formidable conspiracy whose opera
tions probably would have extended
into Santo Domingo and even into
Cuba had the revolution in Hayti been
t AgentM DlNflOMed.
It was found that certain persons in
Hayti, mostly Frenchmen and Corsi
cans, were active agents of the alleg
ed conspirators, and were designated
in the pipers found among Giordani's
effects by numbers. The secret serv
ice men were able to connect these
The contention of the government's numbers with the proper persons and
counsel, Frank B. Kellogg, was that the first result was to fix upon Charles
the railroads gave the Standard a re-. Miot, the American consular agent at
bate or special rate, which made the St. Marc, as one of the persons to
rate paid by the Standard no more whom a number applied. The state
man by3 cents per nunarea pounds, department immediately cabled to
and, in some instances, not more than , American Minister Furniss at Port an
(J cents. Durand testified in the course Prince to dismiss this agent at once
of the identification of certain official from the employ of the United States.
tariffs of the Chicago & Eastern Illi
nois railroad that while shipments of
carried at S',i cents per hundred and
the balance at C.
I,ei Than Publiahe Hate,
He explained that the collection of
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Italians and Americans
at Bush, lid., at
"JOHN "MITCnELL; RETIRING HEAD OF UNITED
MINE WORKERS, WILL NOT 3E IDLE LONG
Money and Armn Seized.
At the time of his arrest Giordani
waybilled at 11 cents per had in his nossession mnntprfpu Hav.
pan oi me shipment wasitiaft paner raonov to the taw valim nf
miu.uoii, an ot wnicn, it is said, was
intended for the Haytian revolutionists.
Six or seven months ago, when this
vouchers or the railroad, which, he ex-; government ' was advised by Provis-
hibited, showed the amount actually . ional Governor Magoon that a small
paui Dy me &anaara ior sucn snip-. party ot malcontents were trying to
ments as he referred to was less than stir up a revolution in Cuba, it was
the rate fixed in the official tariffs discovered that Giordani was connect-
Head of Proposed ,Bu
reauof filiners Open
MAY NOT ACCEPT y IT
emor Joseph W. Folic yesterday gave
out an announcement of his candidacv
Officers on Way to Scene of
Trouble to Arrest Offenders
and Pacify Town.
SUPERINTENDENT IS GRILLED
Admits Many Doubtfu Practices, In
cluding the Dissection of Bod
ies of the Dead.
New England Experienc
ing Initial Blizzard
Marion,- Ind.. Jan. 24. With the an
nounced intention of arresting Italian
rioters who last night fired 100 shots,
following a declaration of war between
Italian and American residents at the
mining town of Bush, near here, offi
cers from the city are today on their
way to the disturbance.
Not End of Trouble.
Reports from Bush today are to the
effect no one was hurt yesterday buS
it is expected there Will be more
tioublc unless the- Italians leave the
town peaceably. The trouble arose
for the United States senatorship to
succeed Senator V. J. Stone. In his
announcement Governor Folk says in
part: "If I can be of service to the over a quarrel between the sunerinten-l
party and those who believe in the
ideas I have been advocating by allow
ing my name to be considered for
United States senator, I shall do so.
I shall continue to fight in official po
sition if the people desire; if they re
lease me from further oflicial duties,
I shall fight on in private life for the
principles I have battled for to the
best of my abilKy in public station.
As to the gubernatorial nomination,
I have no more interest in that than
any other Missouri democrat." :
dent of a mine and an Italian, the
Italian residents siding with, the miuer.
filed with the commission.
CITY HALL BURNS
Portland, Me., Suffers a Severe
Loss by Destruction of
DAMAGE OVER A MILLION
Records Dating Back More Than a
Century Gone Remarkable Es
cape of Hundreds from Death.
Portland, Maine, Jan. 21. Portland's
city hall, containing the municipal and
county offices and departments and the
police building, in which were the' su
preme, judicial and municipal courts,
was completely ruined by fire early
today which endangered, many lives
and destroyed valuable records dating
back over a century. The monetary
loss is estimated at $1,000,000, but this
sum will not cover the loss of papers
and documents destroyed in the" regis
try of deeds. There everything was
Hull Wan In Irosren.M.
That there were no fatalities is re
markable, as there were more than 700
persons attending the Western Maine
Knights of Pythias Jubilee gathered in
the auditorium when the flames were
discovered. Only a few persons were
hurt, Chief of Engineers Mellville Eld-
ridge being the only one known to be
seriously injured. The fire was caused
by crossed wires. '
ed with them. Giordani came to New
York, and ever since then the secret
service officials have had him under
It was not long before it was discov
ered that Giordnii had stored in a
Brooklyn warehouse many cases and
barrels marked "structural iron" and
"cement." These were opened and
found to contain arms and money,
Collnpxe of Revolt Expected.
Giordani's arrest followed and in his
apartment were found a large number
of letters from General Firman ami
other revolutionists in Hayti and else
where and other papers and document3
it is stated that the plans of the
revolutionists were to have the arms.
mmumtion and money arrive at Gon-
aives at a certain time, wherp thrv
were to be met and taken possession
of by a revolutionary forop whtoh -as
expected to capture the town. The
last part of the program was carried
oui. out rne vigilance or the secret
M. W. Propose to Make
JtirrUeadtr f Adviiory
BOMB OPENS WAY
TO PILE OF GOLD
Financial Institution's Display
Wealth in Bank Window
Causes an Explosion.
New .York, Jan. 2 An explodin
bomb last night wrecked the front of
an Italian bank building in Elizabeth
street, briefly exposing $10,000 in gold
which the bankers, Pasquale A. Pati
& Son, had piled in the windows as
ocular proof of their ability to pay de
positors on demand.
The junior partner, Salvatore Pati
who was on guard inside, was cut by
the glass that crashed in upon him
but stuck by his charge, and soon had
the money stored away in the vaults.
Tne score of clerks had left the ptece
some hours before, and the explosion
injured none but the younger Patt.
All Passengers and Crew Safe,
Hook of Holland, Jan. 24. All the
missing passengers and crew from the
steamer Amsterdam were brought
here safely at noon today.
Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 2 1. The con
vention of the United Mine Workers
of American adjourned at noon today
until tomoirow. None of the commit
tees was ready to report.
litcli-Jl Iteitlien to Kumor. ,
President Mitchell took notice of ru
mors that he probably would become
head of the national bureau of mines
which the organization desires to have
created. He announced he had not ac
cepted a government position, none
had been offered him. and to the best
of his knowledge at this time he never
would accept a government position.
May Create Advisory Ilonril.
It is stated today there is a move-
BALKS AT ITS ORDERS
Officers Say Guard Practically Refuses
to Man Government's Coast
Ixis Angels, Cal., Jan. 2 i. Officers
of the 7th regiment of the California
National Guard are responsible for the
statement, that the state militia has
practically refuted to respond to the
request of the national government to
assist in manning the coast defense
guns in practice.
neir -request mat uiey uc not re
quired to do the work is reported in
no uncertain tones. Colonel Scheiber
is quoted as saying:
"I do not believe that practice is a
benefit to us. It is depriving us of
the means of becoming good infantry
soldiers and the br-t we can do with
the coast defense guns is bad. It is a
military impossibility to make good
heavy aitiil.ery men out of us."
Of NEW YORK
Taft Instructs Herbert
Parsons to Make
GIVES HUGHES STATE
ment on foot to create a national ad-
service officers, it is believed, will re- vis01T board of the miners' organiza
suit in a speedy collapse of the revolu-lion of wmcn Mitchell would be the
Take Another Town
Port au Prince, Hayti, Jan. 24. The ARMY UFFICERS DISQUALIFIED
icvuiuuuuisis nave taken possession
of the town of Port de Paix. 35 miles
west of Cape Haytien. Charles Miot.
American consular agent at St. Marc,
has been removed from office by the
American legation because of his com-
piicity with the rebels. '
war Department Gives Out Names ot
Those to Retire
Washington, Jan. 24. The war de
partment yesterday announced the ac
tion of the retiring boards which re
cently acted upon the cases' of the offi
cers who failed to take the prescribed
Marshall will not
Hypothetical Query in Baltimore Case 06 P n providing
Breaks All Records - "e tto,VB ,u ue u1" om 'M namg
Baltimore. Md tan it a lhose w'ao will be retired are
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tance records for hvnothetiral ionei J- -u- -Marsnaii. assistant quar
tions went to smash before Judge Dob- terniaster general; Major Z. B. Vance
Ier and a jury in the court of common
i . i L-ers w no ianea 10 raKe u
QUESflON IS 1W0 DAYS 10NG SSSHSS
pieas at noon yesterday when T. R.
renaming, counsel for relatives of
the late Clinton Schenckel. who are
mug io oreaK nis win, nnishea a
question which he started to put to a
witness at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
The question was in regard to the
mental ability of" the testator to make
a proper will, and was put to Dr.
Charles A. Hill, an alienist. Some of
those in the court room-Vent to sleep
while th lawyer continued hour after
hour dictating to the court stenograph
er his question.
5th infantry; Major George Palmer,
21st infantry; Major H. H. Benham,
23d infantry; Major P. M. B. Travis,
11th Infantry;. -Major H. M. Hallock,
surgeon; Chaplain P. J. Hart, major
coast artillery corps. "
FOLK CANDIDATE FOR SENATE
Missouri's Boodle Fighting Governor
Would Succeed Stone.
Jefferson City, Mo., Jan. 24. Gov-
Expected to Be No Further
Opposition to Governor
Albany, N. Y., Jan. 21. Governor
1 f n (rl i ti o- rofiicnrl 1n pnmmonf fnr nnH.
ication or privately upon the letter of ,inai inese fflaows snoma De Protect
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
Washington, Jan. 24. Following are
in brief, the proceedings of the two
houses of congress yesterday as taken
from tne official records:
SKXATH Senator Stone presented
statistics of government deposits In fia-
tional banks to snow that the disposi-
tin ot money Uurliiff the reeent eur-
reney stringency was not "equitable."
as contemplated by the law governing
the treasury department. He declared
that the west and south were discrim
inated against, while New York ami
Hoston were favored. Senator Teller
followed with brief comment upon the
action of the secretary of the treasury.
declaring that tne placing ot money in
New lork t ity miring the panic was
fully" Justified1. The senate devoted the
latter part of the session to a consid
eration of the bill to revise the crim
inal code,- and at 4:14 p. m. adjourned
HOrSE The- urgent deficiency appro
nriatton bill occupied the attention of
the house to the exclusion of all other
business. A surprise was sprung when
Chairman Tawney or the appropria
tions committee warned the members
that the eountrv was confronted with
thL certainty of a SKio.ooo.ooO deficit
unfess the estimates for the next fiscal
year should be cut down materially.
A discussion on tariff revision was in
jected into the proceedings, in which
leaders on both sides of the house tr.ed
to commit one' another In a definite an
nouncement as to whether, if success
ful at the November elections, there
would' he. tariff legislation. Without
completing consideration of the bill the
houye at 4:40 p. m. adjourned until to
day. . - . -
Secretary 1 att, made public today, in
which, writing to Representative Her
bert Parsons of the general committee
of New York county, Taft deprecated
any effort to secure New York county
state delegates in his interest as
against those of Hughes
- Will Have No OppoMltlnn.
The general belief here is there will
be no further oppositioa to the en
dorsement of Hughes at the spring
tate convention to name the dele
gates at large to tne national cpnven-
RAP FREE SEED PRACTICF
Farmers at Convention Decide Distri
bution Is Not Desirable.
Champaign, 111.. Jan 24. Congres
sional distribution of seeds is nndesira
ble, the agricultural club decided in a
debate at the corngrowers and stock
men's convention last night. C. D.
Smith of Grandview and A. N. Hume
of the department of agronomy ad
dressed the farmers' school yesterday
OMAHA'S COWBOY MAYOR LEO OUT OF
MISSOURI RIVER CONGRESS MEETING
Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. . 24. Mayor
James Ct DaMman of Omaha was led
fiom the hall by the sergeant at arms
of the waterways congress at its final
session last evening at the request of
Governor Burke . of North Dakota,
chairman of the congress. 1 Th '.mayor
arose in his seat to talk on motion to
adopt theTeport of the committee on
Thaw Trial Given a Rest.
New York. Jan. 24 The Thaw trial
adjourned until Monday on account of organization
in! the non-arrival of a witness for the uiKplenHen Deiegatea.
defense. . His : attitude was unsatisfactory . to
several delegates who , declared Dahf-
man was" out of ocder because he was
trying to inject politics in the congress
There' were ssveral tries of "put him
out" and Chairman BUrke finally called
the sergeant at arms wf.o led the
mayor from the hall. . -
Lincoln, 111., Jan. 24. Dr. Hardt, su
perintendent of the Illinois asylum for
feeble minded children here, was plac-j
ed upon the investigation roll yester
day and submitted to a gruelling ex
amination' by Representatives John P.
McGoorty, John W. Hill and Walter
Manny, who, with Edwin Hope ami H.
T. Ireland, constitute the committee
from the legislature on public chari
ties. One result of -yesterday's probe was
the admission by Dr. Hardt that no
coroner's inquest was held over the
remains of an inmate named Mortland
who cut his throat with a pocket knife
and later died. Dr. Hardt did not
know the first name of the man, but
said that he was an "old boy" aged
about 40, and that his brother Samuel
in Decatur was not found.
DinHeet Bodlea In (.ecturen.
The practice of conducting autopsies
upoii the bodies of certain inmates
i who died from the result-of some in
) ternal trouble of the heart or other
organs, which were saved for use In
medical and surgical lectures before
the inmates, was also brought out.
When asked if the consent of the rel
atives was secured to thpse operations
he answered that an effort was always
made to secure such consent and that
about" 80 per cent agreed.
Dr. Hardt was closely examined con
cerning a .report that he made to the
board of public charities upon condi
tions at the asylum when he took
charge last summer. This report was
asked for by the board, and in it he
told of finding children locked in the
Utica cribs, a confining couch which
prevented the occupants from crawl
ing out; of their being chained to the
floors; of their being placed in straight
jackets, and of their confinement in
certain rooms. Dr. Hardt admitted
that straight jackets were yet in use
and were thought necessary to control
destructive children, who otherwise
would roam through the building and
damage property, tear their clothing,
Official ViNltora here.
Laxity in visits to the institution by
members composing the state board of
charities was also developed. Since
he took charge of the institution, Dr
Hardt said that he had seen but two
members of the board there, each mak
ing one visit.
Dr. Hardt told of the unprotected
lower windows leading to the girls
rooms on the first floor. He decided
IMPEDES RAIL LINES
Six Inches of Beautiful Already
in Central Atlantic States
and More Coming
New York, Jan. 24. The snow storm
which swept over the city late yester
day developed into a blizzard during
the night. Today the city streets were
piled deep in places with drifts, and
street car traffic and the movement ot
ferry boats and other harbor and river
craft were badly hampered.
Cover Mew Enjilnnd.
Boston, Jan. 24. Southeastern New
England is today experiencing a north
east snow storm. Railroad and street
car traffic is delayed.
Snow O Inchex im Depth.
Philadelphia, Jan. 24. In Pennsylva
nia, New Jersey and Delaware snow
which, began falling yesterday after
noon has reached a depth of 6 inches
and prospects the storm will continue
Effort at Suicide by Jumping to Cor
ridor of Prison. Proves
Chicago, Jan. 24. Frank J. Constat
tine's life term in the Joliet .peniten
tiary for the, murder of Mrs. A. W
Gentry was a short one. His effort, at
suicide last Saturday by jumping from
a balcony of his cellhouse to a stone
corridor proved, successful. He died at
o'clock last night. At first there
were hopes that Constantine might re
gain consciousness and make a state
ment concerning . the murder of Mrs
Gentry, but no. such opportunity was
afforded. Plans will' not be made for
the disposal ..et his body until after the
inquest, which will be held this.'morn-
ng. Word is expected by .that time
from his relatives. Constantine killed
Mrs.. Gentry at 592 La Sane avenue
Jnno (5, 1906. He was sent to prison
PICK FIRST.TAFT DELEGATES
Republican Convention of Oklahoma
District Endorses Secretary.
Guthrie, Okla., Jan. 24. The repub
lican convention of the Fourth Okla
coma district at Coaigate endorsed the
candidacy of Secretary Taft and elect
ed A. E. Perry and L. A. Butler dele
gates to the national convention. Both
. Japs Up to Old Tricks,
t Honolulu,' Jan. 21. Japanese hae
been discovered sketching Honolulu, j are strong Taft partisans. Thus are
fcarl river and tne coast line from tne i the first Taft delegates eiectea in tne
heights; behind Honolulu.. . T . J United States,
TARIFF NOT ISSUE
Bryan in Commoner . Holds
Trusts and Railroads Need.
TRYING TO CAUSE CONFUSION
Scores So-Called Democrats' Who,
Would Lead the People to Be- :
ed by iron guards and all such win
dows are now supplied.
The attack upon two inmates, Ed
gar Jones and Lee Harding, by an at
tendant was referred to. The boys were
fighting in the dormitory and it was
necessary for the attendant to use a
stick to stop their affray and get them
under control. A scratch on Jones'
face was admitted. Both of jhese boys
were regarded as incorrigibles and de
moralizing to the other inmates. The
asylum is without proper means to
control this class, and Dr. ' Hardt be
lieved that in such cases, where there
was fair mentality, they should be
sent to St. Charles. The two lads
later ran away and Harding, was ar
rested in Springfield. Neither has
since returned to the institution.
Sny Method Are Mild.
When questioned concerning the
present means of enforcing discipline,
Dr. Hardt declared that only mild
methods were used. Verbal reprimand
was given and threats of dressing the
boys in girls clothes were also made
to control those inclined to be mis
chievous. Dr. Hardt insisted that he
never ordered any one punished and
that any attendant who-struck an in
mate risked his position in doing so.
Dr. Hardt admitted that there were
numerous cases of burns among the
children, due to falling against steam
pipes and radiators. He believed that
there were at least 15 and possibly 25
cases called to his attention last fall.
To remedy this, he ordered all radia
tors and steam pipes given a protect
ing screen and these are now being
attached as rapidly as. possible.
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 24. The para
mount issue in the coming campaign
is not the tariff' W. J. Bryan says in
today's Commoner. Mr. Bryan, in his
article, declares some dhocrats who
have been indifferent to the trust
question and the railroad question are
now insisting that tariff reform be
made paramount and that all other
questions be relegated to the rear.
"The fact is. and it might as well be
recognized." he adds, "that some who
call themselves democrats are so close
ly connected with railroad interests
either as stockholders, legal represen
tatives or financial agents that they
resent any attempt at effective regu
lation of the railroads.
Some Truxt Sympathisers.
"Some of these democrats are also
connected with trusts; some of them
hold stock; others are even directors-
and as attorneys' for trusts. These
men whether consciously or uncon-
ciously is a matter of opinion under
estimate the importance of the trust
question, as those connected with the
railroads underestimate the railroad
question. They insist that tariff and
tariff alone shall be considered."
The real issue, after all, Mr. Bryan
concludes, is whether the government
shall be administered by the people
in, the interest of the whole people or
whether it shall be administered for
the benefit, of the few. -
GET THE AMERICAN HABIT
Baku Laborers Try to Lynch Engineer,
But Get Worst of It.
Baku, Transcaucasia, Jan. 24. In
consequence of the accidental killing
of some laborers by a locomotive here
today, a mob of comrades of the vic
tims surrounded the engine and at
tempted to lynch the engineer. To es
cape the fury of the excited workers
the engineer opened the , throttle of
the locomotlye and dashed through the
crowd, killing six men and wounding
WINS COM VERT; SCARES TOWN
Evangelist Rings Rire Bell at Mid
night, Calling People From Beds.
Champaign, ill., Jan. 24. Evangelist
Duck routed out the entire population
of Mahomet at midnight Wednesday
night by ringing the fire bell for half
an hour. 'The village had a big fire a
few weeks ago and old and young,
fearing a repetition, hurried out in the
cold and snow, only to find that the
evangelist had won his 100th convert
and was signalizing the event by ring
ing the fire bell. A few backsliders
and sinners objected to the scare, but
they were frowned on. . '
HAMILL IS DEAD
Pneumonia Does What Woman
With Revolver Failed
- Chicago, Jan. 24. Samuel R. Hamill
of Terre Haute, Ind.,' one of the coun
sel for John it. Walsh in the banker'
recent trial and at whom Mrs. Beatrice
Metcalf fired several shots as he was
leaving the court room-, died today ot