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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 104.
THE ARGUS, MONDAY. FEBRUARY 17, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
JUDGE IS WHIPPED
ANOTHER IN LEAD
Night Riders Capture and Mai
treat Police Magistrate at
Italian Car First to Leave Buffa
lo in the Race Across
Baron Takahira Arrives at New
York and Makes Public
Pittsburg Sees Worst of
the High Water and
Charles Morse, For
mer High financier,
in Law's Hands.
RELEASED ON BAIL
Pleads Not Guilty to Charges
of Grand Larceny and Mis
use of Money.
New York, Feb. 17. Charles W.
Morse was indicted by the grand jury
today on the charge of perjury alleg
ed to have been committed when Morse
testified before the former grand jury.
Xew York, Feb. 17. Charles W.
Morho, the farmer bunker ami finan
cial promoter, was arraigned before
Justice- Howling today on two charges
of grand larceny and misappropriation
of funds of the Mercantile National
bank. Through his counsel he pleaded
not guilty. The court fixed the hear
ing for next Monday.
Arretted ill Dock.
Xew York, Feb. 17. Charles V.
Morse, financier and promoter of many
large commerci.il combinations, includ
ing the so-called "ice trust" and a
large steamshio merger, was arrested
yer.rerday when the liner on which he
was returning from Europe reached its
He was immediately taken to the
home of Justice Victor Dowling of the
supreme court, wl cre he gave bonds in
the sum of $20, mm to answer to two in
dictments charging grand larceny and
involving the sum of $100,000.
He was immediately released and
went to his horn?, where he later gave
out a statement asserting his inno
cence. Surprised at Arrest.
Mr. Morse admitted he had received
a wireless message telling him of the
two indictments found and urging him
to return, but he said he did not know
he was to stiffs.- physical arrest.
Justice Dowiing held an informal
court session in his library. Assistant
District Attorney Krasel representing
the prosecution. The bonds which were
figned by a su.'tty company, had been
florae Defend llliimrlf.
The statement made by Mr. Morse
last night is hs follows:
'T had two purposes in going to Eur
ope. I thought I might be able to sell
in England property in which I had a
wr int. .rust mid thus increase my
ability to meet the claims of my credi
tors, and I greaMy needed a fortnight's
rest'. My plans were defeated by the
publication that I was regarded in New
Y'ork as a fugitive from justice.
"I had no knowledge District At
torney Jerome contemplated taking any
proceedings against me, and I there
fore did not communicate with him on
this subiect. About six weeks before
I left New Y'ork. hearing that United
S'ates District Attorney Stimson was
considering the evidence in certain
transactions between the National
Hank of North America and myseir
with a view of the possible presenta
tion thereof to the federal grand jury,
I asked him on the telephone that I
be given an opportunity to explain
these, transactions before any indict
ment was found against me. I subse
quently wrote to the United States dis-
I I Jet attorney to the same effect.
SiippOMed lie aw Cleared.
"Not. having heard from Mr. Stimson
in reply to my request for several
weeks I naturally reached the conclu
sion that he had completed his exami
nation and had found nothing against
"I did not sail in the Campania un
der an assumed iame, arid made no ef
fort to conceal my identity. The sug
gestion has been made that I assumed
the name of 'C. M. Moore.' My signa
ture looks as much like 'C. M. Moore'
as it does like ' C. W. Morse.'
"On Friday I decided to sail 'in the
Campania and rr.iled at about 7 o'clock
Saturday morning. Until I read the
English papers that V was traveling
under nn assumed name, I did not
know that my name was not correctly
JOHN S. RANDOLPH.
TAKES OWN LIFE
Treasurer of Edison Manufacturing
Company Committed Act While
West Orange, N. J.. Feb. 17. John
F. Randolph, treasurer of the Edisou
Manufacturing company, of which
Thomas A. Edison is president, com
mitted suicide today by shooting. It
is believed Randolph was temporarily
SAY HE "TALKED TOO MUCH"
Sheriff and Other Officers Intimidated
Before Proceedings Are Begun
Home Fired Upon.
Eddyville, Ky., Feb. 17. About 400
night riders, wearing black masks and
white scarfs, invaded this city yester
day morning, rode through the main
streets to the homes of Sheriff Cash
and the city marshal and warned them
if they valued their lives to remain in
doors. The officers obeyed. Then the
raiders captured four white men and
seven negroes, inarched them through
the town to the river landing, where
they stripped their prisoners and
whipped them severely with buggy
llu.l Talked Too Much.
Among the prisoners who were
whipped were Police Judge V. C.
Rucker, who is of years old. and (5 race
Robertson, whites. They were all told
they were punished for talking too
When the invaders reached town at
12:3u Sunday morning three of them
entered the telephone exchange and
captured L. S. Dickson, the night op
erator, who promised that he would
not let news of the raid leak out. The
raiders came from the direction of
Princeton and forced the ferryman to
ferry them across the Cumberland
river. They fired into Judge Rucker's
house before capturing him.
TO SAVE $18,000,000 A
YEAR IN ITS EXPENSES
Pennsylvania Railroad Is to Put Into
Effect Economies Which Will
Meet Losses. -
New Y'ork. Feb. 17. The Pennsyl
vania railroad, which during the recent
period of railroad prosierity led ell
ethers in the .-.mount of money spent
on its lines, U i-ow taking the lead in
the matter of reducing expenditures.
Economies which already have been
put into effect on the Pennsylvania, or
which it is proposed to undertake in
uie immeuiac-i iniure. win represent a
saving, officer;; of the road estimate,
cf not less than $1,500,000 a month in
operating expenses. This is equivalent
to a saving of $1?;000,000 a year, which
will offset a substantial falling oft in
gross earnings. It is expected, in fact,
by the Pennsylvania management that
this saving in tspenses will be enough
to make good, ;o far as net earnings
go, whatever is lost in gross.
The railroads, it seems assured, will
not raise the qeestion of wages with
their employes ui less and until condi
tions become such that labor unions
themselves will see
the fairness of
IN A SERIOUS TANGLE
Taft Men and State Leaaue ODenlv
Hostile and Two Conventions
Atlanta. G., Feb. 17. Alleging that
the republican state central committee
is delaying th (all for the convention
to select delegates to the national con
vention in the hope of aiding Secretary
latt, the leaders of the republican state
league have c'iled a meeting of .'the
league as a protest.
The le:gue 'leaders say that if the
state committee does not give assur
ance that the titate convention will be
called at once, the league will go over
the committees Lead and issue the call
This would cettainly result in two re
publican conventions in Georgia and
two sets of delegates at Chicago.
The state committee is made up
principally of Roosevelt office holders.
who profess to bo for Taft. while the
slate league, opposed to Taft, claims a
membership of 50,000. The league
leaders say thi state committee fears
to call the convention now because an
ar.ti-Roosevelt delegation would be
chosen, and is delaying in the hope
that conditions may be changed.
entered on the ship's register. It was
evidently put on the register by some
one who did not know me. and with my
signature before him read it as ' C. M.
Ask SuNpenxlon of Judgment.
"I assert my innocence of any crimi
nal act and I ask the public to suspend
judgment in my case until I have had
an opportunity to meet my accusers in
court. I used the word 'accusers,' al
though so far as concerns the Jerome
indictments I am informed that there
were no 'accusers' and that ex-Judge
O'Brien asked the grand jury to refuse
to find indictments against me."
Showman's Son Dead.
New Y'ork. X. Y.. Feb. 17. YVjlliam
Sells, gon of one of the three brothers
who organiz?d the famous Sella
.Brothers circus combination, died sud-
I""""" v.ivu.j t-i'iiiuiuaiiuii, uic-u suu
denly of gastritis here today aged 42.
Pennsylvania Police Cap
ture 270 Black Hand
Members in Raids.
BREAKING UP GANGS
Terror zing Not Only Foreign
ers In Anthracite Region,
But Americans as Well
Harrisburg. Pa., Feb. 17. With 270
men captured in 32 raids by the siate
police department in its war against
the Black Hand bands that have been
terrorizing the foreign population in
various sections of the commonwealth,
the authorities count on crushing them
out before operations can extend to
WurrinK for Months.
For months policemen have been
waging war on criminal gangs in the
anthracite regions, where bands havo
been preying on credulous foreigners.
but lately there have been signs
the terrorizing being extended to
Northumberland county people of na
UTAH EDUCATOR IS
WARNED BY UNION
Superintendent of Schools Directed to
Leave the State Driven from
Reno, Nev., Feb. 17. The Western
Federation of Miners has warned YV.
E. Pruitt. superintendent of schools, to
leave the state. Pruitt has been driv
en by the federation from Cripple
Creek and from Seven Troughs, Nev.
Saturday night he received this warn
ing: YV. E. Pruitt: Y'ou were ordered to
leave the state, and you haven't gone.
New, you had better quit your job Mid
go, for we are going to make you do
it some way. YYe remember you in C.
C. Y'ou had better go.
THOSE WHO DON'T WANT YOU.
M. G. Newton and T. C. Lockwood,
employed in Cripple CrceTc as stiike
breakers, also have been notified to
New ton - was run out of Seven
Troughs the same time Pruitt left.
All three men have appealed to the
authorities to protect them.
PLACED IN SERVICE
Preparations f or War Go On and Revo
lutionary Parties Unite to Make
Tiflis, Feb. 17. Reports have been
received here from Armenia that all
redias, or Turkish army reserve forces,
in Y'an Mush and ofaer vilayets of Asia
Minor, have beju called" to the Colors
and are proceeding rapidly for the
frontier. At tho same time a league of
all the Turkish revolutionary parties is
increasing revolutionary agitation. Ap
peals and proclamations are being is
sued exhorting the population to pro
test in every way possible against the
warlike plans of the sultan.
YVashington, D. C, Feb. 17. Man for
man, gun for gun, and ship for ship,
the American navy is second to none
in the world, according to the report
of Admiral Converse. Th report is
called forth by the many criticisms re
cently made in magazines and other
The result of Admiral Converse's in
vestigation is made public by Secre
tary Melcalf at the direction of Presi
dent Roosevelt, YVho finds much satis
faction in the analysis, which he re
gards as an effective answer o the
Made Primarily for I'rexldent.
This report was prepared primarily
to satisfy the president as to the axact
state of our naval ships compared with
those of other navies, and its publica
tion Is authorized with the design to
reassure the American sailors as to
the quality of the weapons with which
they must go into battle
YY'hile it is regarded as desirable that
our navy shall not be underrated
abroad and that the American people
shall know the conditions under which
'heir ships were designed, it is even
- 1 " ... uv.n6iicu, it is t-veiijiion ior me auopuun oi me uattie!
fniore essntial, in the judgment of the'designs which have been followed
AMERICAN IS OVERHAULED
Freezing Weather Is Expected to Re
sult in Better Roads and
Buffalo, Feb. 17. The Italian car
arrived here at 5:45 this morning, and"
after a short time departed for Erie,
Pa. The French car, driven by St.
Chaff ney, departed at 11 o'clock, ine
American car leaves at 3 this after
noon. After freezing weather it is ex
pected the roads will be found in fair
Flrnt Car nt Buffalo.
Buffalo, N. Y. Feb. 17 The Thom
as Flyer, American car in the New
Yoi k-to-Paris motor race, checked in
here at 2:15 o'clock yesterday after
noon. It was followed at 4:50 by thy
De Dion, French car, driven by C.
Dourcier St. Chaff ray. The Brixia Zust,
Italian car, driven by Antonio Scaf
olglio, was overturned just west of
The American car was met about 20
miles out by a delegation of cars of
the same make and escorted to Buf
falo. The De Dion, which was less
than SO minutes behind the Thomas
all through the day's run. was delay
ed by' a washout near Batavia. Its
'driver had to pick the way over
strange roads until he came upon the
right path again.
The Thomas escorts turned about to
lead their car into the city and the
Frenchmen were left to find their own
way in a maze of crossroads and Hood
ed fields. The Thomas car was taken
to a factory for overhauling.
(ierimiUN Speed Through Aulturu.
Auburn, N. Y, Feb. 17. Without
stopping, the German car in the New
Y'ork-to-Paris race passed through this
city at 12:05 o'clock yesterday after
noon. The streets were filled with
people anxious to catch a glimpse of
M. 1'onw' Car Still In lVekNklll.
Peekskill. N. Y'., Feb. 17. The French
Sizaire-Naudin car, the 15-horse power
single cylinder motor, entered in the
New Y'ork-to-Paris race, is still at a
garage here. M pons and his assist
ant are working feverishly on the car.
M. Pons appears to have been born
under an unlucky star. Mishap after
mishap has befallen him in this race
as it did in the Peking-to-Paris race.
Then he left his car in the Gobi desert
in Manchuria after herculean efforts
to extricate it from repeated difficul
MAKE FIGHT ON LIQUOR BILL
Cardinal Gibbons is Among Those Who
Baltimore, Md., Feb. 17. The gen
eral local option bill now overshad
ows all measures before the legisla
ture. The anti-saloon people in all
parts of the state will overwhelm the
state capital this week.
Cardinal Gibbons has come out for
high license, but is against prohibi
tion. All leading rabbis of Baltimore
openly oppose the anti-saloon meas
ure. The committee on temperance
of the senate will report the general
local option bill favorably. Should the
bill go through the senate it will en
counter bitter opposition and probable
defeat in the house.
Leaders of the democratic machine
which controls the legislature are
fighting shy, but are secretly planning
to kill the bill so far as Baltimore city
and county are concerned. A graded
high license bill for Baltimore city
may pass. More republicans than
J democrats favor the local option bill.
PUBLIC A DEFENSE OF THE NAVY
president and the naval officials, that!
the men who are to man the ships shall
not have their moral courage sap
ped or weakened by the slightest doubt
of the fact that they have as service
able and efficient weapons as the sail
ers of any other navy in the world.
Defect Taken Into Aeeount.
Another purpose of the publication
is to make clear the fact that the vol
untary critics of our navy have spok
en and written in a half light; that
the officers who designed our ships
were aware of many defects of ships
in foreign navies which have been un
duly praised as perfect examples of
naval architecture. In designing our
own ships these defects were taken
into account and avoided, while every
effort was made to embody the best
and most modern native ideas as well
as those which the experience of for
eign navies have shown to be sound.
Critic Not Well Informed.
Admiral Converse characterizes the
criticisms as "prepared by persons
whose knowledge of the subjects dis
cussed was limited and incorrect."
There was, he says, ample justifica
tion for the adoption of the battleship
FALL HAS NOW BEGUN
Crest Passes South and Wide
spread Damage is Still
Pittsburg, Pa., Feb. 17. Two brick
houses, at 22 and 24 Penn avenue,
weakened by the water, collapsed early
today. One man was injured and 18
others narrowly escaped being erusTi
ed to death.
SUiite 24-, and Falling;.
The flood stage at 10 this morning
was 24 V2 feet and the river is slowly
receding. The suffering among the
flood victims is intense today owing
to cold weather. All charitable organi
zations are engaged in the alleviation
of the misery. Reports are being re
ceived showing the damage to be wide
spread and heavy.
NOT DEFY POLICE
"Official" Parade at New York
Given, But Women March
New Y'ork, Feb. 17. Officially the
fresh air suffragettes did not parade
yesterday. The police department, re
maining deaf to the eloquence of Miss
Maud Malone and Mrs. Bormann Wells
decided that it would not be possible
temporarily to suspend the criminal
code in order to issue to the Progres
sive Women Suffrage union the neces
sary pern)it for a procession on Sun
Practically, however, and visible to
any one who chanced to be between
Union square and MadiBon square at
about 2:30 in the afternoon the suf-
ragettes and their sympathizers march
ed up Broadway, and thence east to
the Manhattan trade school in YVest
There were no banners and no band,
but every woman and most of the men
wore a yellow buUon inscribed with
the legend: "Votes for YVonen."
SNELL JURY IS HUNG
AFTER FORTY HOURS
Reported to Stand 11 to 1 in Favor of
Breaking Will of Eccentric Old
Clinton, 111., Feb. 17. After having
been out since Saturday evening, the
jnry in the Snell will case had not
reached a verdict up to 10 today. Ru
mors are broadly current the jurors
stand 11 to 1 in favor or breaking
Veteran Missionary Dies.
Chicago. Feb. 17. A Daily News ca
ble from Tokio says Dr. John L. At
kinson, the veteran Congregational
missionary at Kobe, Is dead. He was
a minister in Iowa before coming to
Jaran in 1S73.
"It is not claimed that mistakes
have not been made, he adds, "or
that our ships are without faults; but
in view of the then state of the art of
battleship building this fact is not to
be wondered at. It is remarkable that
the mistakes were so few and that
none were really serious. In this re
spect our record will compare favor
ably with that of foreign services."
KERN FOR BRYAN'S MATE
Indiana Man Put Forward by Friends
for Vice Presidency.
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 17. Friends
of John YV. Kern, democratic candidate
for governor in 1900 and 1904, and nom
inee of the democratic minority for the
United States senate two years ago,
has started a boom for him for vice
Several supporters had talks with
Mr. Bryan yesterday and while admit
ting the Xebraskan did not commit
himself, say he l'stened attentively and
seemed pleased with their efforts in be
half of the Indiana man.
They told Mr, Bryan that Indiana is
east in a presidential sense and that
Kern is available as to locality.
ALWAYS AMERICA'S FRIEND
Declares He Considers the Pacific
Cruise of Battleship Fleet Pure
ly Our Own Affair.
New Y'ork, Feb. 17. It was a mes
sage of peace and good will which
Baron Kicgoro Takahira, the new Jap
anese ambassador at Washington,
brought to this country on his arrival
on the Eturia yesterday. The baron
is no stranger to the American people,
having been consul general in this
city, attache at YVashington and min
ister there. He was also one of Jap
an s envoys m the Portsmouth peace
The ambassador declined to talk at
the pier, but promised to receive the
reporters at the Holland house in me
evening. There he announced that he
would not permit any questions be
put to him, but would read a prepartd
statement from which the reporters
could take notes.
CoIIh Wawliinjston Ills Cradle.
"I am very much pleased to come
back to this great country in my pres
ent capacity," said the ambassador. "I
started my career as an attache to the
legation at YVashington some years
ago, and I always regarded that city
as my cradle. I am now going back as
the personal representative of my em
peror to the president of the United
States, and I think I can consider it a
triumphal entry into that city.
"I can easily recall the pleasant ex
periences I passed through in that
most trying diplomatic life, working
day and night for almost two years.
But the sympathy and friendship I re
ceived from you did much to diminish
the anxiety which otherwise would
have been immense.
Known of Sincerity.
"No one knows better than I how-
sincere and true was that friendship
or appreciate more highly its value.
ah that i thought of you then l ex
pressed on leaving, and the very words
of my utterances must have been re
membered by Jhosewho cared to take
an interesflu me. I may simply tell
you that I am the same man with the
same mind as when I left America for
Japan in December, 1905.
"I know that some questions have
arisen since then about the segrega
tion of Japanese children in the schools
on the Pacific coast, and about Japan
ese emigration. I cannot tell you what
the exact status of these questions are,
yet I can tell you that, in spite of the
excitement and speculation reported
from time to time by the newspapers,
there has never been any change in
the friendship of the two governments,
which has been historically establish
ed between them, and they are both
as sincere as ever in their cordial re
Pacific Crnlne nn Amerienn Affair.
"This is at least what I am given to
understand, and I am going back to
YVashington in my confident belief that
I will find them the same good friends
as I left them two years ago last De
cember. "As to the voyage of the American
fleet to the Pacific coast, which has
been so much talked of recently, I
consider it purely an American affair.
"I hear there have been all sorts of
speculations advanced regarding the
motives of such a voyage, but I have
always thought the most reasonable
one that we can attribute it to is that
it is a naval maneuver on a grand
FOR W. J. BRYAN
Indianapolis to Talk to Ministers,
High School Students, Public,
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 17. YV. J
Bryan was scheduled to spend another
busy 12 hours when he started today
to carry ont his program, which in
cluded addresses to the Ministers' as
sociation and high school students this
morning, a reception this afternoon.
address to a mass meeting this even
ing, and a banquet tonight at which
700 guests will be accommodated.
FLOTILLA AT TALCAHUAN0
Washington Hears Torpedo Boats Will
Stay at Chilean Port Six Days,
YY'ashington, Feb. 17. The navy de
partment was officially advised yester
day of the arrival of the American tor
pedo boat flotilla at Talcahuano, Chile,
in a cablegram from Lieutenant Com
mander Cone, the commanding oftjccjr
of the flotilla. The flotilla rcaebefl
Talcahuano four days ahead of- the
schedule, and will stay there' five or
six days before sailing for Callao,
Peru. It is expected that the flotilla
will arrive at Callao about March 4
Purse Offered for Daven
port Mile Track Aug.
DECIDE AT CHICAGO
More Money Offered at All
Tracks Than Heretofore
Chicago, Feb. 17. A racing season
of three months' duration for purses
aggregating $300,000 was determined
at the annual meeting of represen
tatives of the Great YY'estern Trotting
circuit held here today. The meeting
was attended by two representatives
from each of the 13 racing associa
tions in the circuit.
Greater I'nrura Offered.
Each association offered aggregate
purses exceeding that of any former
season. George Keller of Decatur.
111., was reelected president, and YV.
H. Smollinger of Iron Mountain, Mo.,
The following racing stewards were
selected: George Keller, YV. H. Smol
linger, and E. J. Mulgrew, Dubuque;
I L. Sears, Davenport; C. R. Duffln,
Terre Haute, Ind.
!:(- Are Adopted.
The following schedule of dates, with
the amounts of purses offered by each
association, was adopted:
Peoria. July 3-10; $30,000.
Torre Haute, July, 13, 20, 25; $25,
000. Libert yville, July 20-23; $23,000.
Decatur, July 17-31; $ir.,000.
Kalamazoo, Aug. 3-7; $30,000.
Galesburg. Aug. 10-14; $15,000.
Davenport, Aug. 17-21; $15,000.
Dubuque, Aug. 24-28; $13,000.
Hamline, Sept. 1-5; $35,000.
Milwaukee, Sept. 7-11; $30,000.
Peoria, Sept. 14-18; $25,000.
Pekin. Sept. 22-25; $10,000.
Springfield, Sept. 23 to Oct. 2; $20,
000. SEVEN KILLED IN
Disregarding of Signal of Flagman at
Toledo Has Disastrous Re
sults. Toledo, Ohio, Feb. 17. Seven per
sons were killed and a dozen injured
when a Big Kour nassencer train
struck a Toledo & YY'estern electric
car at the Michigan Central crossing
in YVest Toledo at 8 o'clock last night.
According to an eyewitness of the
wreck, the conductor stopped at the
crossing to flag the car across. See
ing the train coming, he motioned to
the motorman to stop, but his signal
was either misunderstood or not seen.
or disregarded, for the car came ahead
with sickening results.
Five Are injured.
Buffalo. X. Y"., Feb. 17. Five persons
were injured, one probably fatally,
wh-n a Michigan Central passenger
train, running 25 miles an hour crashed
into and telescoped a New Y'ork Cen
tral yard engine at Black Rock last
HARRIMAN IS NOT ACCUSED
Head of Soutnern Pacific Not Person
ally Involved in Trials.
YVashington, D. C, Feb. 17. Edward
H. Harriman, the head of the system.
not involved personally in the pro
ceedings to bo instituted against the
Southern Pacific railroad on charges of
The road itself and some of its' offi--cials
must answer, in the federal and
state courts, to the 108 charges to be
filed as the result of the investigation
made by a mamber of the interstate
commerce commission, but the chief, it
is said, canno: ba held responsible for
any of these alleged violations of the
Oil Earning Same Dividends.
L New Y'ork, Feb. 17. Directors of
jhe Standard Oil company today de-
j hare. Tho same amount was paid in
e-rrcsponding quarter last year.
Cftft; IfL IMPRISONS
?ottSTiUe. 2a., Feb. 17. By a cave
in t thet Kid-Valley colliery, a mile
and ft half north of Mount Carmel 22
mmafs -were imprisoned this after-litfbrij.-
There is no telephone con-"
neebdh' Vitb the' colliery and details
. are meager.