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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 88.
THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 29. 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
SPECULATORS TRIED TO
This is Cortelyou's De
fense in Taking Course
REPORTS TO SENATE
Says Amount Subscribed for
Was 44 Times the De
night by Senator Newlands of Nevada.
Invited to dine with the distinguished
Nebraskan were 13 democrats, sena
tors, and Judson Harmon of Ohio.
Last night's dinner was the second
one given uy isewianus in nouor 01
Hiyan, and the two functions were so
arranged that one-half of the demo
cratic members of the senate were en
tertained Monday evening and the re
mainder last evening. Democratic pol
icies in matters of legislation formed
topics of discussion.
GRAFT HINTED AT
IN THEATER HORROR
AT LAST IN PRISON
John A. Cooke, Convicted For
mer Cook County Circuit
Clerk at Joliet.
FOUGHT TO THE BITTER END
Found Guilty Year and a Half Ago of
Fleecing County Out of Approx
Failed to Do Duty in Thaw
Trial, So Littleton
Coroner at Boyertown Finds There
Was Shady Deal in Connection
With Fire Escapes
Washington, Jan. 29. In response
to a resolution agreed to by the sen
ate In December, the secretary of the
treasury today transmitted to that
body detailed statements concerning
the award of the Panama bonds and
3 per cent certificates, together with
the recent financial transactions of
the government, also embodying infor
mation as to the general state of the
nation's finances during the closing
months of 1907, the period over which
the recent financial panic extended.
Cortelyou before analyzing the crisis
and setting forth his official actions
in regard to it gave a summary of oc
currences hi the United States finan
cial world from the time he assumed
charge as secretary of the treasury
until the special report was computed.
He stales business conditions were
becoming unsettled when he became
the financial member of the cabinet in
March, 1907. Various stringencies oc
curred prior to August, which were
Defeliil fovTHC Tnken.
Cortelyou defends the issue of Pan
ama bonds and treasury certificates by
saying it was advisable to take some
strong and re.-'ointe step which would
convince the public, both at home and
abroad, that the government was thor
oughly alive to the situation and deter
mined to give its aid in every possible
legal and proper form. Concerning
the allotment of the new issues of se
curities, he says:
Tut.il IIIiIh 92.2),24,rS.
The total bids for Panama bonds
amounted to $2.22,.264,5SO, , or more
than 44 times the amount offered. This
fact, not heretofore made public, would
have stamped the loan as even a more
remarkable success than it was, if all
these bids could have been regarded
as made in good faith by responsible
Many Would Spreiiliite.
An examination of bids showed, how
ever, many of them were not only
speculate e in character, but made in
many cases for very large amounts by
those w'ho were personally irresponsi
ble and incapable of having made even
the smallest ' preliminary payment, if
such payment had been required,
When the awards were made, there
fore, bonds were awarded without hes
itation to national banks in those
cases where the prices offered were
1 .02 or higher, where the bid ap
pea red in other respects to be made in
good faith and with full capacity on
the part of the bidder to execute his
Amount Limited tit Individual).
The amount, thus awarded to na
tional banks was $24,998,010. Awards
made to individuals were limited to
those cases where the amounts sub
scribed for were fort $10,000 or less, be
cause such bids had at least the prima
facie appearance of good faith. Even
upon this mode the basis of payments
made after the allotment of bonds
showed that a considerable portion of
these small bids were speculative.
Boyertown, Pa., Jan. 29. Sugges
tions of graft and admission of neg
lect which it is intimated, may result
in prosecutions, marked the opening
session of the inquest here yesterday
following the horror at the Iihoades
opera house Jan. 13, when 1G9 per
sons lost their lives.
Exits and stairways, it was shown, were
too narrow, the mam exit to the hall
was blocked by the box office, and the
operator of the stereopticon ppparaUis
h.ad but two days instruction in hand
ling the calcium light and operated
the machine in public the first time
that fatal night.
Dr. Thomas A. Rhoades, owner of
the building, declared the build in
nau been inspected anu passed by a
state factory inspector after he "had
given the contract for fire escapes to
a Reading man." He added that the
factory inspector told him who he
should buy his fire escapes from, that
he placed the order with the Reading
contractor and the inspector passed
Chicago, Jan. 29. John A. Cooke,
former clerk of the circuit court, po
litical boss and convicted grafter, was
safely, locked up last night in the peni
With head erect and shoulders
thrown back, he marched up the prison
steps at 8:40 o'clock, opened the door
with a flourish, and walked in with
Deputy Sheriff Charles W. Peters just
He was entered on the books of the
penitentiary, takan over to the court
cells, numbered 1,543 temporarily for
the night, and his brother and friends
took leave of him and departed, all
inside of 10 minutes.
livery Kxprdicnt Kxlinuatrd.
This marked the close of one of the
most stubborn rights ever known in
Cook county to save a man from going
to the penitentiary after he had been
convicted. Cooke was convicted
year and a half ago of conspiracy to
defraud the county by thefts of fees
and by bogus pay rolls, the sum of
$50,000 being involved. His attorneys
have resorted to every known legal
expedient to keep their client from
going to Joliet.
Declined to Hear Petition.
Their last ho.ies were shattered at
3:20 o'clock in the afternoon, when
Judge Samuel C. Stough of Morris
sitting in the circuit court of Chicago
declined to hear a petition for Cooke's
release on habeas corpus his second
petition, following the one that Judge
Willard M. McEwen denied several
Interest in Movement cf Women
tends Opening of Parliament
by King Edward.
TO MAKE THE WORLD DRY
HAS SEVERE BLAZE
Chicago Visited by One of the
Most Destructive Fires Since
the One of 1871.
LOSS MILLION AND QUARTER
Three Big Firms in Block at Wabash
Avenue and Monroe Street
IS A SERIOUS MATTER
AMENDED OGLESBY BILL
PASSED BY LOWER HOUSE
Chief Plea for Defense Made
Before Courtroom Crowded
to the Doors.
New York, Jan. 29.-y-Martin W. Lit
tleton, chief counsel for Harry K.
Thaw, today made his appeal to the
jury whtcn is to pass judgment upon
his client, before a crowded court
room. The attorney devoted himself
to demonstrating Thaw was clearly
insane when he killed Stanford White.
Met ly Sneers.
Littleton declared that the serious
evidence of the defense had been met
only by sneers and insinuations from
District Attorney Jerome. Thaw's in
sanity, he said, was not a thing born
of exigency, but was ground by. heredi
ty into the very nature of the man.
Littleton said he was convinced the
defense had produced facts, tending to
show Thaw was insane beyond all rea
Should Prove Thaw Sanr.
Though the law had not imposed
that duty, it was for the prosecution
to prove Thaw sane, and Littleton as
serted he could not understand how
Chicago, Jan. 29. One of the most
disastrous fires that has afflicted the
downtown district of Chicago since
1871 occurred last evening in the
block bounded by Wabash and Michi
gan avenues and Madison and Monroe
Beginning at 6 o'clock and raging in
full fury until 9:30, it practically de
stroped the buildings occupied by Al
fred Peats & Co., John A. Colby &
Son, and Edson Keith & Co., besides
doing large damage to adjacent struc
tures in both avenues. The loss is es
timated at $1,250,000, in great part
covered by insurance.
Kniplojed HO KngineK.
In point of number of engines at
work and additional alarms, the fire
was the largest in Chicago since the
summer of 189 1. Last night there were
60 steamers engaged in pumping water
for the scores of streams thrown into
the burning buildings. The fire of
1894, which held the record until last
night, was a lumber yard blaze which
swept the district about Ashland ave
nue, Wood and Twenty-second streets.
Firemen declared the fire last night
the largest within the loop district, in
the matter of property loss, since the
fire of 1874.
Ten of Thousand Sec It.
live with him as his wife for several
years before the ceremony was per
formed, the marriage taking place in
Atlanta in 190.1 .
Oliver admits having lived with the
woman several years, but denies wed
If the plaintiff wins her suit he will
be in a dilemma, as he married a
woman in Knoxville a few months
after the alleged marriage to the At
Direct Primary Measure
88 TO 33.
ROBBERS GET CASH;
POLICE GET THEM
Bold Crime Committed at Mansfield,
Ohio, Union Station in Pres
ence of Crowd.
Mansfield, Ohio, Jan. 29. Shortly
after midnight two masked men en
tered the Adams Express company of
fice at the union station here, knocked
William Depew, the agent, unconscious
and got away with $3,000, while nearly
50 passengers stood about the station
waiting for trains. A bag containing
$40,000 in gold was overlooked by the
John McCue and Joseph Stevens
were taken into custody at New Lon
don this morning. They had the sack
taken from the express office contain
TO CONVICT FAILS
The fire throughout was spectacular Chicag0 Law and order League Again
Loses in Sunday Saloon
and attracted tens of thousands of
persons to view it. The four elevated
railroad systems of the city were par-
Jerome could come before a jury and lye d in heIr loop terminal, and the
Loudon. Jan. 29. A clear, sunny day
favored the royal procession to West
minster loday , where King Edward
opened parliament with the same cer
emonies that have been observed for
entunes. The menace of an outbreak
cn the part of women suffragists gave
unusual interest to the formal pro
While it was not anticipated the
agitators would disturb the king, they
tnreatened to make things interesting
for member of the house of parlia
ment, particularly if there was no men
tion of suffrage in the speech from
World's Prohibition League Projected
Londou. Jan. 29- With a view to
forcing a world's prohibition confed
eration, an important conference was
held here last nignt at the instance of
Edward Page Gaston of Chicago. Sev
eral influential leaders of the British
temperance movement were present.
It is proposed to establish headquar
ters in this city with influential com
mittees in foreign countries.
American Officers Received.
Buenos Ayres, Jan. 29. President
Alcorte. Minister of War Fraga, Minis
ter of Marine Bethader and Minister
of Foreign Affairs Zeballos received
the officers of the American torpedo
fleet yesterday. The ciosing of con
giess by the government hasn't caused
he political tempest that was pre-
MINERS ADOPT RESOLUTIONS
Favor Adoption of Qualification Bill
Pending in Illinois.
Indianapolis, Ind.. Jan. 29. The min
ers yesterday alternoon appointed a
committee to redraft the resolutions
on injunctions, and a second commit
tee was named to urge upon the Illi
nois legislature the passing of the min
ers' tpialification bill now pending.
The convention endorsed the employ
ers' liability act, urged its delegates to
the American Federation of Labor to
advocate a. universal union label, mem
orialized congress to create a bureau
of mines and mining, and instructed
the international officers to go to
Washington to appear before the nec
MRS. ALICE M. BUTLER DIVORCED IN
DAVENPORT, WEDS HEAVY CREDITOR
GRAND LODGE DEFUNCT
IS 36 BELOW ZERO
Minnedosa, Minn., the Most Frigid
Spot in America Others
Not Far Behind.
St. Paul. Jan. 29. Weather ODserv
er Williams reports the coldest tem
perature today was at Minnedosa,
where the mercury marked 30 degrees
At Winnipeg, Man., Moorehead, Minn.,
and Bismarck, X, D., it was 32 de
grees below. The observer says the
indications point to warmer weather.
Receiver is Named for Montana Work
Helena, Mont.. Jan. 29. Robert How
er was yesterday appointed receiver
lor the Montana grand lodge ol die
Ancient Order of United Workmen
The grand lodge has death claims of
$1,000. There is now on hand in the
beneficiary fund $1,400, and in addi
tion there are funds in treasuries of
subordinate lodges. The Montana
grand lodge has been in existence 17
years and has paid claims of $1,659
BWAN MEETS OTHER
HALF OF THE SENATE
Guest of: Honor at Second Dinner
Given by Newlands for Upper,
Corn Growers Plan Big Show.'
Champaign, 111., Jan. 29. The great
est corn show in the history of the
state Is planned for 1909 by the Illi
nois Corn Growers' association, whose
annual convention closed this ' week
These officers were elected: President,
C. A. Rowe, Jacksonville; secretary,
Leigh F. Moxey, Curran; treasurer. H
Washington, Jan. 29. William Jen
nings Bryan was again the chief guest
at a dinner given in his honor last
claim he had fulfilled the burden plac
ed upon him and ask for Thaw's con
viction of murder.
CromlM Keep Police IliiMy.
New York, Jan. 29. The demand for
seats 'at the Thaw trial today so far
exceeded the capacity of the court
chamber the police in charge had their
hands full in handling the disappoint
ed crowds. For the "first Time since
the taking of testimony began, Evelyn
Thaw had a seat in the court room.
Mrs. William Thaw, Mrs. George Car
negie, and Josiah Thaw also were in
the family group. The bar against wo
men spectators was suspended and
there were many present when Justice
Dowling took his place on the bench.
Jerome, who made a point of remain
ing away from the court room through
out the summing up of Delmas last
year, was absent when court convened
today. His assistant, Garvan, was
present and took copious notes of the
address of Littleton, chief counsel for
Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 29. Twenty-!
four hours after she obtained a divorce
in Davenport from her husband, C. F.
Butler of Des Moines, Mrs. Alice M.
Butler, known as the only woman rail
way promoter in America, was mar
ried secretly in St. Louis to S. F.
Moore of Coshocton, Ohio, chief civil
engineer of her projects and her heav
iest creditor in recent bankruptcy
Her XnnrtH Are but 9130.
Mrs. Moore was forced by her cred
itors into bankruptcy. Her only as
sets were wearing apparel and per
sonal effects worth $150. Her heaviest
creditor was Mr. Moore, who had a
claim of nearly $7,000 for his profes
sional services. She has now canceled
this obligation by becoming his bride.
As grounds for a divorce Mrs. Moore
claimed that she was compelled to
leave her husband in 1903 in Des
Moines because of domestic trouble
and nonsupport and became a promoter
that she might make a living for her
self and child. She has one daughter
in the 'teens.
Promoted Several lloada. ,
Mrs. Moore first attracted attention
when she promoted and brought to
head the Colfax-Des Moines interur
ban railway, which was the first in
Iowa, and now one of the best paying.
She promoted the St, Joseph, Stan
berry and Northern road iu Missouri,
and most of her creditors listed in the
bankruptcy proceedings live there.
Her last promotion was the Davenport
lines were blocked for five hours.
Theaters in the vicinity of the fire
were almost deserted during the ear
lier acts of the plays.
One fireman was slightly injured,
but otherwise the record is free from
casualties, in spite of the terrific
sweep of the flames and the sharp
cold of the night, made more bitter by
a northwest gale.
Break Out Aura Id.
Smoldering debris in the rear of the
basement of the Colby building broke
again into a blaze at 11:30 o'clock, and
again swept the length of the build
ing. It broke through to the first and
second floors of the furniture store,
which had suffered but a water and
smoke damage before.
Many of the engine companies had
returned to their quarters when the
second fire appeared and a call for
five engines was hastily sent in.
Owing to danger from falling walls,
the firemen were compelled to fight
the new blaze from a distance, and
several times were driven back when
they sought in this later struggle to
enter the Colby store. They succeeded
in preventing a spread to the Morris
and Remington stores, which had suf
fered chiefly by water and smoke be
fore, although their losses also were
The losses as apportioned are:
Alfred Peats & Co.. $250,000.
John A. Colby & Sons, $200,000.
Edison, Keith & Co., $600,000.
Gage Bros., $25,000.
Theodore Ascer company, $25,000.
Others who suffered losses, chiefly
by smoke and water, were:
Carl Hetchert, artificial flower deal
Chicago, Jan. 29. For the fifth time
the state generally, and the Law and
Order league specifically, yesterday
failed to convince a jury of taxpayers
it was wrongfully to keep saloons
open on Sunday. The jury in the case
of John Doerhoefer, 2537 Cottage
Grove avenue, was kept together for
24 hours in an effort to force a verdict
but the closest they could get to an
understanding was seven for acquittal
and five for conviction.
READY FOR GOVERNOR
Already Through the Senate-
Emergency Clause Strick
TO VOTE ON LOCAL OPTION
Kewanee Voters Sign Petition to Sub
mit the Question.
Kewanee, 111., Jan. 29. Twelve hun
dred voters have signed petitions for
the submission of the local option
question in Kewanee township next
April. The city derives $21,000 an
nually from saloon licenses. There
are 18 saloons in the city, and these,
by city ordinance, are confined to one
Springfield, 111., Jan. 29. (Argus Spe
cial.) The house today by a vote of
88 to 33 . passed senate bill 606, the
primary election tmi, wnicn is ine
Oglesby bill as amended by the first
joint conference committee with the
emergency clause stricken and the
date for holding the primary in 1908
fixed for the second Saturday in Aug
I'aitfted by Senate.
The bill has already been passed by
the senate. The outcome in the house
Is regarded as a substantial victory for
the friends of direct primaries. The
measure now goes to the governor,
who will sign it.
TnherculoNla Bill in 1'nxsed.
Springfield. 111., Jan. 29. With one
vote to spare, the house yesterday
passed the Glackin senate bill, author
izing cities and villages to establish
tuberculosis sanitariums, and, with the
approval of the citizens, to levy a tax
not exceeding 4 mills for their sup
port. It now goes to the governor, but it
cannot become effective until July 1,
after which time any city in the state
will have the authority to levy a spe
cial tax for the maintenance of such
institutions, providing the people by
referendum vote have given their ap-
The question of establishing a sanl-
I tarium can be submitted to a vote on
petition of the citizens, and it undoubt
edly will be submitted at an election
in the near future, probably at the fall
HAS A GREAT YEAR
United States Steel Corporation
Breaks Records in the Mat
tor of Earnings.
NEGROES LYNCH BLACK MEN
Reported to Have Avenged Killing of
Man by His Two Sans.
Commerce, Miss., Jan. 29. Two ne
groes, charged with having killed their
father near here Monday for the pur
pose of robbery, were captured by a
mob of negroes yesterday and lynched.
SHOWS $160,984,477 NET
Undivided Surplus of Company Now
$113,173,274 Heavy Unfilled
Orders at Close of Quarter.
St. Louis War on Spitting.
St. Louis. Jan. 29. According to
statistics compiled by Secretary Rob
ert J. Newton of the St. Louis Anti
Tuberculosis society and made known
yesterday, 400 persons have been ar
rested here since June last for expec
torating in street cars, on sidewalks,
and in other public places, and the
Remington Typewriter company, $5,- fines imposed have aggregated $1,854.
John A. Bryant company, pianos. $5.-1 Canadian Government Triumphs.
doo I Ottawa, Ont., Jan. 29. An amend-
Miiiion i.oaa at indianapoiu. ment censuring the government for its
Indianapolis, Ind.,' Jan. 29. Fire at Policy In connection with Japanese
the warehouse of Henry Coburn & Co. emigration was lost lo to iw in tne
and Maquoketa which was recently early today caused a loss of $l,000,OOo! ouse today'
sold to St. Louis and West Virginia
In a letter to relatives in the city
Mrs. Moore announced that she will
continue to promote railways that she
may pay back in full all of her creditors.
Odd Fellows' Grand Chaplain Dead.
Hopkinsville. Ky., Jan. 29. Rev.
John W. Venebal, for 40 years sover
eign grand chaplain of the Odd Fel
lows of the United States, died today.
new York aldermen act to stop
ANNOYING DRAFT FROM SUBWAY
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
New York, Jan. 29. Aldermen have
come to the rescue of discomforted
women fans, who have been kept from
the American league baseball park by
the horrid wind that blows up from
tJie subway at One Hundred and Sixty
eighth street. They have passed a
resolution, not that the drafts shall
cease, but that the public service com
mission shall stop them, change them,
harness them, or do anything that will
stop the affliction that overtakes the
light summer gowns when their wear
ers climb the long stairway from the
station to the Btreet. ,
-Many a young man has taken his
best girl to hear "Kid" Elberfleld roar
at. the umpires and see the Yankees
Famine in Northern Lapland.
Stockholm, Jan. 29. Famine is prev
alent in the iron district of norther:
Lapland. According to a dispatch to
Dagens Nyheter froni . klruna, the in
habitants of the parish of Velmelmina jloFe a pennant to find that she 'was
. ... .i u in ii ini-s aim ruis ittr'tuf vruirr in mtrariion ana a victim i
food. v I of embarrassment as she tried to climb'
the last lap of the stairway to the
Alderman McDonald, who lives in
that territory, was appealed to. Dur
ing the campaign last fall he promised
that if he was elected he would act.
He has acted. When the session yes
terday was yet young he offered a res
olution that the boara requests the
public service commission to take
measures tcj remedy the conditions at
not only One Hundred and Sixty-eighth
with insurance of $575,000. , Over a
hundred firms with goods Btored in
the warehouse are losers.
Parking Honae BnraM.
Kansas City, Mo.', Jan. 29. Fire of
unknown origin started in the canning
department on the second floor of the
twin main buildings of the packing
plant of Nelson Morris & Co. last
night. It threatened the destruction of
the entire plant and caused a loss es
timated at $500,000 before it was con-
i V. """"" "" ' from the official records:
ers, dressing rooms, wholesale depart-1 large number of minor bills on the eal-
mont arwl Ullltur hsito Tha W fi endar. and resumed consideration of
tory in the rear of the main building
was entirely destroyed. Many of the
cattle in the chutes were burned.
New York, Jan. 29. The report of
the United States Steel corporation
for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1907,
expectantly awaited by the public as
an index of industrial conditions, was
made public yesterday.
The net earnings for the three months
were $32,553,995, and exceeded the
hopes of the steel trade. The net
earnings for 1907 were $160,9S4,477,
the largest in the company's history.
Unfilled orders at the end of the year
amounted to 4,624,553 tons. Surplus
for the quarter was $3,559,274.
Ulrertora Declare Dividend.
Quarterly dividends of one-half of 1
per cent on the common and 1 per
cent on the preferred stocks were de
clared by the directors. These show
no change from the previous quarter.
The high record earnings for any
one quarter was in the quarter ended
June 30, 1907 $45,503,705. The high
record of unfilled orders was 8,489,718
tons, on Dec. 31, 1906. The low record
of earnings was in the first quarter of
1904 $13,445,231, and the low record
Washington, Jan. 29. Following are
in brief, the proceedings of the two! of unfilled orders 3,027,436 tons, on
houses of congress yesterday as taken I Sept. 30, 1904.
UMHt Knrplua f 1 4,T43,S.-.f.4.
Surplus for 1906, after all deductions
for fixed charges, appropriations, and
dividends, etc., was $12,742,859.94,
making the total undivided surplus
the bill to revise the criminal code of
the United States. Senator Heyburn
was anxious to continue consideration
oi me roue oui. oi wnien ne is in ..ij fnma lanr o7 79nnii;
charge, until more progress should bel""""
made, but adjournment was taken at I The undivided surplus of the company
CONTRACTOR OLIVER BIGAMIST
Atlanta Woman Alleges Marriage Prior
to Recent Wedding.
Atlanta. Ga Jan. 29. William J.
street, but at One Hundred and Eighty- oliver of Knoxville, Tenn., the con
first street also. "For," the resolution tractor who came near obtaining the
declares, "the said conditions at the
points named are particularly discom
forting and a means of annoyance to
women in that their clothing is dis
arranged, often making it extremely
embarrassing for them."
The aldermen passed the resolution.
4:16 p. m. until today.
HOI SK National politics, interna
tional marriages and government ex
penditures formed the themes of dis
cussion in the house. Incidentally, it
was the longest sitting: of the house
this session. The urgent , deficiency bill
was up for consideration, but in several
I instances it was Ignored under the li
cense of general debate. The presence
or wuuam J. Bryan m the lobby or
is now given as $113,173,274.
A FRESH OUTBREAK
OCCURS AT LISBON
Lisbon, Jan. 29. There was an out-
Panama canal contract,' is being sued J the house furnished Inspiration to Mr. break of political rioting on the streets
for divorce .In this city and for all- LIT inteationi 'marVgeTr tnis aft in which shots were
mony m me sum or lw.ouv. i American heiresses to titled foreigners inrea ana a numDer or people mortally
The plaintiff, a woman calling her-Tf
self Mrs. Nannie Oliver, told a dra-jquence were made to the urgent de-1 duration. The police had received
matic story of her connection with "" '''. and it was pending when warning and acted promptly. The city
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