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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 98.
THE ARGUS. MONDAY. FEBRUARY 10, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Joint Commission Named
by Congress Makes
NO INDIVIDUAL BLAME
assessed securities scheduled in the
probate court after the death of Mar
shall Field in January, 190G.
The settlement ends a suit for $1,
730,000 filed by the county attorney in
the superior court in May, 1907. The
suit followed the refusal of the trus
tees to pay back taxes which the
hoard of tax review presented after
it had discovered that the inventory
of the estate contained many securi
ties acquired in 1900 or later, which
bad never been listed for assessment
by Mr. Field.
Term for the Postmaster i
General With Many Changes
' THANK YOU FOR YOUR
ATTENTION," SAYS NEGRO
Closing Speech on Gallows Where He
Was Finally Hanged After
HAS IT IN POCKET
Ohio Will be All for Taft is Pre
diction in Advance of
DELEGATION WILL BE SOLID
Worst Secretary's Managers Expect Is
Contesting Delegations in Three
or Four Districts.
Washington, Feb. 10. Congress to
day received a preliminary report of
the joint commission appointed during
the last congress to investigate the
business methods of the postoffiee de
.partniciu and the postal service and
submit a recommendation for legisla
tion to effect changes in (heir adminis
tration. I.omk 'IV rui for Henri.
The commission points out many
objectionable features to the business
methods of both the department and
the service. Chief among the recom
mendations is a plan to place the ac
tual direction of the postoffiee depart
ment and service in the hands of an
officer, with t lit necessary assistants
to be appointed by the president "by
and with the advice and consent of the
senate" for long terms so as to insure
continuity of efficient service. I'nder
this plan the postmaster general, as
in inbi r of the cabinet, is chargeable
with general supervisory control and
determination of questions of policy.
ii lal liecentmlir.r II'.ihIiiohn.
The commission recommends that
iezd so as to avoid congestion at the
national capital which impairs the ef
ficiency and increases the cost of service.
Submitied with the report of the
commission is a report of considerable1
volume from two Xew York account
ing firms who- were assigned to the
investigation of the department by the
commission last May.
Many ( li it u ; AilvUeil.
Tills report goes at length into the
nboltiioti of bureaus, and organization
of administrative divisions, merging
of money order and posial accounts,
use of labor saving devices, classifica
tion of auditing and accounting, and
all of the many branches of the sub
ject it contains, aud an elaborate syn
opsis of the plan for the reorganizing
divisions. It is pointed out these crit
iclsms are directed at the methods
not at individuals.
Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 10. Henry
Thuxton, a negro, who was convicted
or killing W. K. Humstucker, white,
two years ago, after being thrice
respited by the governor, was hanged
hero today. He mounted the scaffold
smiling. He began speaking on the
gallows by saying, "Friends, 1 am here
once again," and wound up with
"thanking yon for you attention."
BIG TUBE PLANT REOPENED
Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 10. Tomorrow
the county primaries at which dele
gates to the republican state conven
tion on March 3 are to be elected, will
be held throughout Ohio. An over
whelming majority of these delegates
will be in favor of William H. Taft
for president and the convention may
be unanimously in his favor.
Under a recent decision of the re
publican state central committee, it
will not be necessary to hold actual
primaries unless there is more than
one ticket in the field, and by virtue
of this ruling, in 52 out of a total of
SS counties in the state, the regular
Taft delegates will be chosen merely
by the certification of their names.
iiOHitltn In But Four.
In the remaining 30 counties, pri
maries will be held, but in only Jour
of these is there opposition to Taft, in
but one county, Cuyahoga, in which Is
the city of Cleveland, does the fight
against him show any sign of conse
quence. As Taft will control the state con
vention by an overwhelming majority,
Stories of Use of
TO NOMINATE TAFT
Writes a Letter in Which He
Reviews His Official Acts
in This Respect.
HE MADE A MISTAKE
Stanford B. Lewis, Witness in
Pennsylvania Graft Case,
AUDITOR, NOT ATTORNEY
president's correspondence with Wil
liam Dudley Foulke and explaining
his own attitude towards federal pat
ronage in Ohio.
General Larson Took No Part in At
tempt to Whitewash Officials
Factory at Cleveland Will Reemploy
Between 5,000 and 6.C0O Men.
Cleveland, Feb. 10 Between 5,000
and C.O0O men returned to work at the I he is certain of the four delegates at
Loraine plant of the . National Tube j large, and in the first, second, fourth,
company this morning. The plant has fifth, twelfth and sixteenth districts
been closed several months. Under uncontested Taft. delegates will be
normal conditions 8,500 men are em- chosen.
ployed. It is understood the present
intention of t lie company is to re
employ ttie full quota of men within a
very short time.
May lie Some Content.
The Foraker people have consider
able strength in the sixth and tenth
districts, and the fight in the city of
Cleveland for state delegates applies
also to the congressional convention
of the twenty-first district. It is
Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 10. The first
act of Stanford B. Lewis, assistant to
Joseph M. Huston, architect of the new
state capitol, when he took the witness
stand today at the trial of J. H. San
derson, the contractor, and others
charged with conspiracy to defraud
the state, was to correct the testimony
of Friday when he implicated former
Attorney General Hampton Larson in
an alleged "whitewash" of those who
are accused of fraud
Washington, en. io. "The state- Confuted two umoem.
ment that I have used the offices in Lewis in his correction, said he had
an effort to nominate any presidential confused the state officials when he
candidate is both false and malicious," I said "attorney general." He meant
is the opening sentence of President ''auditor general." Larson, who was
Roosevelt's refutation of the charges at the time attorney general, took no
made in various publications to the part in the conference where the al-
effect that the power of federal pat- leged "whitewash" of state officials
ronage has been exerted in behalf of was discussed, according to Lewis.
the president s candidate. Secretary of
The president's statement is in the
form of a reply to a letter to William
Dudley Foulke of Richmond, Ind., long
a distinguished civil service reformer
and personal friend of the president.
Uuotrri rnK)iiter Articles.
Mr. Foulke, in the letter which drew
forth the president's denial, quotes
newspaper articles accusing the presi
dent of using federal patronage to se
cure the nomination of Secretary Taft,
Chicago Plant Starts Again.
Chicago, Feb. 10. The plate, slab
and structural mills of the Illinois therefore possible that there may be
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I employment to 2.000 men.
UNITED SOCIETIES PROTEST
Big Meeting at Chicago Voices Disap
proval of Sunday Closing Crusade.
Chicago, Feb. 10. A big mass meet
ing that overflowed the 1st regiment
armory was held here yesterday by
the United Societies to protest against
the crusade for the Sunday closing of
saloons. Resolutions denouncing the
efforts of the Chicago Law and Order
league to bring about an enforcement
of state law requiring closed doors on
Sundays, were adopted.
Coincident with the meeting, special
sermons were preached in a score of
churches in support of the Law and
Order league's campaign.
NEW MARK FOR HOG
RECEIPTS IS MADE
Over 75,000 at Union Stock Yards at
Chicago Before Noon Today
Chicago, Feb. 10. Receipts of hogs
at the Union Stock yards broke all
previous records today. Before noon
more than 75,000 head had been un
loaded and more were arriving. The
highest run previously recorded was
Feb. 11, 1S95, when 74.551 were re
ceived. The high price of corn is said
to lie the cause for the marketing of
animals in such numbers. The imme
diate effect on the Chicago market
was a break of 10 to 15 cents in prices
TAFT IN KANSAS CITY WHIRL
Secretary of War Guest in Many Func
tions at Missouri Metropolis.,
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 10. Secre
tary Taft arrived here today from
districts, and there seems at present
to be no possibility of breaking up a
solid delegation for Taft, unless the
credentials committee of the nation
convention sustains one or more of
these contests, if they are ever made.
Tight Money Causes Steps to Be Tak
en to Fortify Banks That Are
ON A LABOR TICKET
Central Federation of New York
Asks Samuel Gompers to Issue
Call for a Convention.
PRESENT TO HEAR
MOB TAKES NEGRO
FROM THE MILITIA
Rhode Island Senator
Says Recent Panic Was
Two Thousand Mississippians Engage
in Battle, Two Being
Brookhaven, Miss., Feb. 10. Eli
Got, a negro who criminally assaulted
Miss Weils, was taken from the cus
tody of the Jackson military company,
which was overpowered byja mob of
2,000 citizens. A number of shots
were fired and two members of the
PEKING LOOT IS FOR SALE
RIDERS RAID MORE TOWNS
Kentucky Tobacco Grower Victim of
Visit by the Rioters.
Hopkinsville, Ky., Feb. 10. A band.
of 150 mounted night riders Saturday
night invaded Fredonia, captured
.lames Scarberry, operator of the tele
phone company, and cut all telephone
connections, and held several others
prisoners. Leaving a large guard in
the town .the others galloped to the
village of View, five miles away, and
blew up Alfred H. Carflin's tobacco
factory, containing 35,000 pounds of
tobacco, and destroyed Mr. Cardin's
barn, containing 10,000 pounds of to
bacco belonging to him and his crop
pers. The loss aggregates $10,00().
Copenhagen, Feb. 10. A small finan-
jcial panic has arisen here on account
oi a ttgnt money marKet ana extensive
speculations on the bourse. Two of
the smaller banks have been affected
and one of these has been forced to
suspend payments. There has been a
run on several of the hanks.
The minister of finance yesterday
conferred with the officials of five of
the principal banks here and it was
decided that the government, in con
junction with the leading banks, guar
antee all the risks for the hanks af
fected by placing the necessary funds
at their disposal, which will immedi
ately satisfy all their Danish and for
Washington, and almost immediately
V IIH I I U J11HS U. 1UUIIU Ul V.UI11C 1 t HI.. .T,
receptions and ether forms of enter
tainment that promises to take up
every moment of his time until he de
parts for Grand Rapids, Mich-., late
BANK PRESIDENT KILLS SELF
Francis J. Roots of Connersville, Ind.,
Had Served jn Legislature.
Connersville, Ind., Feb. 10. Francis
T. Roots, president of the First Na
tional bank, committed suicide today
by shooting.- He had been in bad
health for several months. Roots
served several terms in the legislature,
;and was identified with a number of
New York, Feb. 10. At a meeting
of the Central Federated union, held
particular stress bcine laid on thP an- yesterday, President Samuel Gompers
pointments of postmasters in Ohio, of trie American Federation of Labor
and tells of his demanding that the was requested by resolution to call a
newspapers which published the convention of labor union representa-
charues name some narticnlnr in- fives from all over the country for the
stances of the alleged misuse of pat- purpose of nominating candidates ior
ronage president and vice president of the
imaginative invention. United States and adopting a piauorm
After his denial of the charge of for a national labor party
gross misuse of federal patronage, the
president says: ed, always reserving to myself the
"It is the usual imaginative inven- right to insist upon the mans coming
tion which flows from a desire to say up to the required standard of charac
something injurious. Remember that 'er and capacity, and also reserving
those now making this accusation were the right to nominate whomever I
busily engaged t Wo months neo in as-lehoose if for any reason 1 am satis
setting that I was using the offices to fled that I am not receiving from sen-
secure my own nomination." ator or congressman good advice, or
Since the present congress assem- f I happen personally to know some
bled, two months ago., ho says he has peculiarly fit man
sent to the senate the names of all I xameii Democrat
the. officials appointed for the entire . "In the south Atlantic and gulf
period since congress adjourned, on states, which have contained neither
the 4th of March last, that is, for 11 senators nor congressmen of my own
months. Appointments in the diplo- party, I have been obliged to seek my
malic and consular services and in the advice from various sources. In these
Indian service" have been made with- states I have appointed a large num-
out regard to politics, in the diplo- ber of democrats, In some states the
matic and consular services more dem- democrats outnumbering the republi-
ocrats than republicans have been ap-jeans. For advice in appointing the re
pointed, as he has been trying to even I publicans I have relied wherever pos
up the quotas of the southern states. sible, not upon officeholders at all, but
(nniioi Kxmnine ivrMonniiy. I upon men of standing and position
In appointing men to the great 'who would not take omce and on
bulk of the offices," continues the whose integrity I could aepeno.
president, "it is of course out of the Scoir nt southern Meeting.
question for me personally to examine "At present various efforts are being
or have knowledge of such a multl- made to get up bolting delegations
tude of . appointments, and therefore from the southern 'states, and the
as regards them I nominally accept I meetings at which these so-called del-
the suggestions of senators and con-legates are chosen are usually an
gressmen, the elected representatives I nounced as 'non-officeholders' conven
or the people in the localities concern-1 tions.' As a rule, this means only, so
far as it means anything, that they
Widow of Former Minister to China to
Auction Rare Treasures.
Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. 10. Mrs. E.
H. Conger of Pasadena, widow of the
late United States minister to China,
has sent to the American art galleries
in New York, to be sold at auction,
her collection of oriental loot made
after the capture of Peking by the
allied troops. Much of the stuff was
bought for a song from the American
and foreign troops, who looted the im
perial palace and other treasure houses
of curios. The collection was admit
ted duty free as part of the late min
ister's baggage. The largest single
piece in the collection is a great bell
from the Temple of Agriculture just
outside the Peking wall.
HIS MEASURE CUREALL
Two Battleships Cut Out of
Naval Construction Program
KIDNAPERS ARE ON TRIAL
Iowa City Girl Will Testify Against
Birmingham and Woman.
Chicago, Feb. 10. William Birming
ham and Irene Jones were placed on
trial in the criminal court here today
for kidnaping last fall Lillian Wulff,
an 8-year-old child, from the home of
her parents in Chicago. The woman
is said to have turned against Jones
since their arrest, and will claim she
was coerced into participating in the
kidnaping. The prosecution expects to
Washington, Feb. 10 Senator Aid
rich today addressed the senate in ex
planation of the currency bill which
bears his name. The galleries were
well filled. A large number of bankers
were present including J. Pierpont
Morgan of New York.
Mont UlMantruuM in History.
Characterizing the "financial crisis
from which the country has just
emerged, which culminated in a seri
ous panic in October," as the most
acute and destructive in its immediate
consequences of any which has oc
curred in the history of the country,
Aldrich declared "nothing but heroic
measures taken by the representatives
of the great business and financial in
terests of the country, acting in co
operation with the secretary of the
treasury, prevented the total collapse
of private credit and destruction of all
Mny He Repeated.
"If the experience of last year should
be repeated and who can say that this
is impossible, the methods of relief
that were employed in 1907 will not
be available, certainly not to the same
Relief in such an emergency, ho
thought, could not be afforded through
the authorization of additional notes
to be used only in emergencies. He
said the remedy which the committee
presented in the Aldrich bill was sim
ple, prompt and efficient, and its pro
visions would prevent panics and fur-
call as witness Ellen Gales Of Iowa I
City, Iowa, who is said to have been nish means of relieving panic condl
kidnaned bv Birminmam more tlton a tions.
AGREE ON OCEAN
Tito AYnrhinN, Not Four.
Washington, Feb. 10. The house
RATES !committee on liaval affairs today voted
j iu ieeumiiieiiu an appropriation ior lue
Transatlantic Lines Make Three Years' , building of two battleships of the Dela
Pact, Avoiding Any Cutting. jware class, instead of four recommend
Liverpool, Feb. 10. It is officially ' e(1 b" the navy department aud urged
announced that a three years' agree-! ''' the president,
ment has been arranged by which a.11 'op Limited Parcel iot.
Atlantic steamship lines will have uni- Washington, Feb. 10. Senator Bur
form saloon rates all the year round ham of New Hampshire today intro-
and no rebates on first or second class, duced in congress a measure of dis-
return tickets. tinct importance to rural interests
The Canadian lines, however, will throughout the United States. It is a
have the option of making a reduction
of 30 shillings for the winter season.
Third class rates are back at the
old basis and first and second class
minimum rates are generally 1 high
er than before the cutting began.
CAKOKIA, OLDEST SETTLEMENT IN
ILLINOIS, HAS RECEIVER APPOINTED
LOSES JOB AT 60; KILLS SELF
George Goodwin, Dismissed by C. & N.
W. at Clinton, Ends Life.
Clinton, Iowa, Feb. 10. George
Goodwin, CO years old, for 40 years
employed on the Iowa lines of the
Chicago & Northwestern, shot and
killed himself here yesterday. He was
dismissed from the service last week.
SETTLE OLD BACK TAX SUIT
Trustees of Marshall Field Estate to
Pay Cook County $1,000,000.
Chicago, 111., Feb. 10. The trustees
of the Marshall Field estate and the
county attorney have agreed upon a
settlement of $1,000,000 in full satis-
Brooklyn National Reopens.
. New York, Feb. 10. The First Na
tional batik of Brooklyn, which closed
Oct. 21 last, reopened for business to
day. The deficiency of $105,000, which
existed when tne bank suspended.
was made good by stockholders.
, Belleville, 111., Feb. 10. The village
of Cahokia, the oldest settlement in
Illinois, has been placed in the hands
of a receiver. This is the first time in
the history of the state that such ac
tion has been taken against a town
Judge R. R. Burroughs, presiding in
the circuit court, appointed F. B. Mor
rills of Belleville as receiver upon the
petition of the Federal Union Security
company of Indianapolis. He also
granted an injunction to restrain
Former Illinois Banker Dies Alone.
Denver, Col., Feb. 10. Robert' C.
Ililgard, once president of a bank at
Belleville, 111., was found dead in his
scautily furnished room yesterday.
Cold and hunger were Uie cause.
SIX TEAMS IN THE NEW YORK-PARIS
AUTO RACE TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY
New York, Feb. 10. The last details
of the start of the-New York-to-Parls
automobile race next Wednesday morn
ing were arranged yesterday. Six
teams are to be sent away in this
most extraordinary of all motor con
tests. Four nations will be represented
among the contestants. Three French
Francos Leave Bordeaux.
Bordeaux, Feb. 10. Senor Franco,
ex-premier of Portugal, with his wife
and son. left ihn rltv hu trnin at 1 d?.
this mornin- for Marseilles. The de- crews! one German. one Italian and
parture was made suddenly. . , one American will make the start
iiuv pmee oi me start is at tne Times
square, in the heart of the city, and
the first stage of the long journev
an spoke to two meetings here yester-, leads up Broadway and Riverside drive
day. Both were limited in attendance to the city limits
Bryan in Montreal.
Montreal, Feb. 10. William J. Bry-
f action of claims of the county con-j only by the size of the churches in! The winter journey across the west
corning back taxes on the list of un-! which they were held. ern plains aud plateaus of the United
are held under the lead of persons
who wish to be put in office, but whose
character and capacity are such that
they have not been regarded as fit to
be appointed under this administra
Don Innlnt on Loyalty.
"Thp statpmpnti In. the artirle In
George Lepeich from further acting as question are therefore untrue In every
supervisor oi inn vniuge ana common i particular
nems or canoKia ana irom collecting ..In New York. Pennsylvania Illi-
rentals from the tenants of COO acres nois Indiana and Wisconsin, so far as
Ul vauiUUie IdUUS. It i.nnm tha onnrmmis matnrttr nf on,
I ' ... V.J U. . w I'
Trying to AdjuM Aitnirn. I pointees are in each case for the pres-
The court order results from an ef- idential candidate of the state.
fort to readjust the affairs of the vil- "This has not been true in Ohio, and
lage, which were entangled as a re-my interference with patronage mat
suit of the alleged failure of Super-1 ters in Ohio has been limited to in-
visor Anthony Bordeaux, who served listing, as I should insist anywhere
the village from 18S2 to 1892, to turn else, that opposition to the purpose,
over to Camille Droit, his successor, policies and friends of the adminlstra
$20,000 collected in rentals. tion shall not be considered as a nec
essary prerequisite to holding the
commission of the president.
"Not an appointment has been made
that would rot have been made if
there had been no presidential contest
impending, and in no case has there
hacn a fl o V i 'i f i nn fpnm fria omtrcA trior
States, including the crossing of the L WQuld haye pursued had none of
Rocky mountains in Wyoming at an those who actually are candidates for
altitude of more than 8,000 feet, is re- the nomination been candidates; nor
garded by the racing enthusiasts as has a single officeholder been removed
the easiest part of their work and they 0r threatened with removal or coerced
expect to be in San Francisco inside jn any way to secure his support for
of SO days. , any presidential candidate. In fact
Reaching San Francisco by way of the only coercion that I have attempt-
southern California, a detour from ed to exercise was to forbid the office-
Reno carrying them south to Mojave, holders from pushing my own nomina
Foraker Makes Itrply.
Washington, Feb. 10. Senator Fora
ker today made reply to the presi
dent's statement concerning charges
that public patronage has been used
Santa Barbara, the automobilists will
take a steamer to Seattle and thence
transfer to another steamer to Valdez,
Alaska. A journey of 1,100 miles by
snow-packed roads and frozen rivers
will bring the racers to Nome.
The arrangements for crossing Ber
ing straits are not yet perfected.
0NSTITUII0N NEARLY READY
Michigan Convention Takes Recess to
Put Instrument in Form.
Lansing, Mich., Feb. 10. The con
stitutional convention which has been
in session here since the middle of
October has taken a recess for a week
to give the committee of phraseology
time to complete the new constitu
tion. It is expected few, if any,
changes will be made when work is
resumed. It is notable that a very
large part of the old constitution has
been retained including the section
relating to taxation.
bill to provide a rural delivery parcels
post for merchandise and other articles
actually mailed on rural delivery
routes. The measure has the endorse
ment of the president and Postmaster
I. pake Denounce Bryan.
Washington, Feb. 10. Debate on the
Indian appropriation bill under the
five minute rule was resumed in the
house today. At the very outset poli
tics was injected into the proceedings
when Leake (democrat) of New Jer
sey denounced William J. Bryan and
Make Two Xomlnatloan. '
Washington, Feb. 10. The president
today sent the following nominations
to the senate: To be surveyor of cus
toms for the port of Dubuque, Iowa.
John M. Lenihan. To be marshal of
the western district of Wisconsin,
Rockwell J. Flint.
MILLIONAIRE IS A SUICIDE
Kills Wife and Daughter and Turns
Gun on Self.
London, Feb. 10. Frederick Holmes,
millionaire, wife daughter and two
women servants were found Saturday
dead of bullet wounds. Holmes'
corpse was found first in the woods
near his up river mansion near Hen
ley. The women had been shot
through the head apparently as they
slept. A full investigation has con
vinced Scotland Yard that Holmes
killed the women and suicided. It is
believed he was insane after an attack
Receivers for Heath & Milligan.
Chicago, Feb. 10. Federal Judge
Bethea appointed W. C. Niblack, Ed
win C. Day and William Zibell receiv
ers for the Heath & Milligan Paint
company, a million dollar' corporation,
and the oldest of hig paint companies
in the country on application of the
Standard Varnish company, the First
National bank and the Corn Exchange
bank, for claims aggregating $20,000.
Approves of New Cabinet.
The Hague, Feb. 10. Queen Wilhel-
Llldb puuiit U'6'i xinu uvi u udtu Uliud liaa appiUVtTU OI 1116 lit W CatJIIICl
by him (the president) for political j under the premiership of Deputy
purposes, reaaing at lengui irom me HeemsKerk.
BODIES TAKEN TO THE TOMB
People Have Last Glimpse of Late
King and Crown Prince of Portugal.
Lisbon. Feb. 10. The bodies of King
Carlos and the crown prince were still
lying in state this morning at the
cathedral of San Vincente. A great
crowd of people filed past for the last
glimpse of the murdered monarch and
son. At 2 this afternoon the coffins
were closed and carried to the Pan
theon and placed in the tomb.
BIG TERMINAL IN FRISCO
All Roads Wilt Converge at $20,000,
000 New Depot.
San Francisco. Cal., Feb. 10. Rail
road engineers have brought to frui
tion plans for a $20,000,000 union
transportation terminal to be located
at the intersection of Van Ness ave
nue and Market street. Into this de
pot will converge all railroads, inter
urban lines, and subways. A company
will scon be launched to finance the
King Goes for Change of Air.
London, Feb. 10. King Edward went
to Brighton today for a change of air.
His majesty suffered considerably from
sore throat recently and thev trouble
has entailed sleepless nights.