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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 10.5.
THE ARGUS. TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 18, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
HAS STATE Ef
Commits Itself on the
HAS A HOLLOW SOUND
Taft Will be Second Choice
Convention at Springfield
Thursday, March 26.
Springfield, 111.. Feb. 18. The repub
lican statu ecu Ira 1 committee met I his
morning ami taicpted resolutions eu
d( rsing Joseph (J. Cannon for the
presidency, and fixed the date for the
holding of the state convention in this
city. Thursday, March 26.
The call for a convention for the
election of delegates and alternates
provides there shall lie one delegate to
the slate convention for every 4Uu
votes cast, for republican electors in
lit"-', and (Hie delegate for each frac
tion above that number.
I. el' to Own MHIkmIm.
To each county central committee
will be Kit the method of selecting
delegates to the state convention. To
each congressional district will be left
the method of selecting i:s delegates
to its convention.
The decision is a compromise. Can
non is only a partial gainer. Under
this decision it is doubtful whether he
can get a solid delegation from the
Tllfl Will IIP Second Choice.
To save his honor and his name ho
will now be content with instruction.?
in the several congressional districts
to vote for him so long as lie may
have a chance. A declaration for Taft
as second choice will cany in almost
very district convention, and Cannon
will accept i lie inevitable. He lias lost
bis play for a vest pocket delegation
that ho could deliver at the psycho
logical moment to any candidate
AGAIN IN THE LEAD
American Car in Long Auto
Race First to Arrive at
MAKES QUICK RUN FROM ERIE
Second French Machine Driven by God
dard at Rochester Italians
Meet with Accident.
Erie, Pa., Feb. IS. The American
car in the New York-to-l'aris automo
bile race took the lead today, leaving
here at 7 a. m. for Cleveland. An
hour later the French car followed
The Italian car reached the city at
11:4 ."i. n broken chain having delayed
the machine. A brief stop was made
Second French I'nr nt KocheMtcr.
Kochc-der, Feb. IS. The second
French car, driven by Cioddard, pass
ed through Rochester at 12:o() for
.i-rmnii Cur I.chvcm llufTialo.
Buffalo, Feb. IS The German ca
lefe here for Fi fe at 12:15.
ItPlK'llfN 4 IfVClllllll.
Cleveland, Fel). IS. Tin? American
car arrived here rt 11:40.
French far Abend.
Erie Pa.. Feb. IS. The Thomas
Flyer, the only American car in the
big international race from Xew York
to Paris, arrived here at 9:20 last
night and remained in a garage until
morning, when an early start west
ward was made.
The Dion Bouton French car arrived
first, reaching liie city at 7:20. The
Italian auto arrived forty minutes la
ter. Brixis Znst is at. the side of the
road, one mile and a half went of Rip
ley, X. Y with a broken reach rod.
It is expected the damage will be re
paired within a few hours, when the
journey to this city will again be taken
Motn Woo XVny Ilolilnil.
Ceneva. X. Y Feb. 18. The Moto
Bloc, one of the French entries in the
automobile endurance run from New
York to Paris, reached here last night
forty-eight hours behind the leaders.
SENATOR LATIMER IS ILL
South Carolinian in Critical Condition
Following. Delicate Operation.
Washington, D C. Feb. IS. Follow-
ing an operation for an intestinal dls
order. Senator Asbury C. Latimer or
South Carolina, for five terms a mem-
ber of the home of representatives and
since 1903 a member of the senate, is
in a critical condition at the Provi
dence hospital here.
It was thought he was a victim of
appendicitis, but the trouble was found
to be more serious. His recovery is
: aid to be by no means certain.
The conditiji of Senator Clay of
Georgia, who has been ill with an at
tack of grip and acute indigestion,
showed no improvement today.
ENDS IN MISTRIAL
Snell Jury Unable to Agree in
Will Contest and is
VOTE SAME FOR 46 HOURS
Eight in Favor of Breaking Instrument
Public Sencment Generally. Fa
Clinton. HI., Feb. IX. The jury in
the Snell $2,uo0,oim will case was dis
charged yesterday afternoon, being un
able to agree on a verdict after forty
six hours of deliberation.
The twelfth iud final vote taken by
the jurymen showed absolutely no
change from the first, eight being in
favor of breaking the will on the
grounds tluit the old man was insane
at the time it was drawn up, and four
holding the opinion that the testator
was mentally responsible for his acts.
Another Trial In lny.
Immediately after the jury was dis
missed by Judge Cochrane. Richard
Snell, the son ho was practically dis
inherited, announced he would make
another attempt to have the will set
aside at the May term of court.
When the jury was called into court
by Judge Cochrane the members
showed the strain of the arguing in
which they had been involved for the
last two days. When the judge asked
if there was any likelihood of their
reaching an agreement, the foreman
"Your honor, we might remain here
for a who!
wVk ana fris'Tny opinion
we would be no nearer a verdict than
we are now."
l)Unolnted nt Outcome.
Judge Cochrane then dismissed
them, granting the petition made lor
the first time in the afternoon.
There is considerable disappoint
ment, felt hre at the outcome of the
rial as a large majority of the peo
ple of Clinton wished to see Richard
Snell share iu the millions of his
KANSAS CITY HOTEL
OWNER SHOOTS TWO
James P. Hayes and John O'Donnell
Seriously Wounded in Fight
with J. D. Cosby.
Kansas City. Mo.. Feb. IS. James
P. Hayes, agent of the Traders- Dis
patch, and John O'Donnell, cigar deal
er, were shot and seriously wounded
by J. D. Cosby, proprietor of the Cos
by hotel, in the office of the hotel last
Hayes and O'Donnell called at the
hotel to see two men they believed
were stopping there. When told by
the clerk, William Murray, that th
two men they sought had left the ho
tel, Hayes and O'Donnell accused Mur
ray of misrepresentation and assault
ed him, inflicting slight injuries, after
which they went out. on the street. A
few minutes later they again entered
the hotel office and resumed their as
sault on Murray, whose cries for as
sistance were heard by Cosby.
As soon as Cosby entered the office
Hayes attempted to assault him. and
Cosby drew a pistol and shot both
Hayes and O'Donnell. Hayes was shot
twice and O'Donnell once, and both
men were seriously injured.
Cosby says he did not intend to
shoot O'Donnell and did not realize
that he had done so until he saw him
fall. Hayes and O'Donnell were taken
to a hospital and Cosby was arrested
LEFT TO GRANDDAUGHTER
Estate of John Moeller Disposed of by
The will of the late John Moeller of
Coal Valley was admitted to probate
in the comity court today. The instru
ment, dated May 24, 1902. leaves the
bu'k of the property to the testator"!
grand daughter, Mrs. Sarah Murdock
minor bequests being made to other
relatives. T. R. Lees is the executor
of the estate.
All But One Rescued.
Pottsville, Pa., Feb. 18. All but one
of the 2S miners entombed yesterday
i in the Midvale colliery were rescued
alive early today. One miner was
- killed when he fell down the chute.
The others appear none the worse for
ENDORSED FOR PRESIDENT
Speaker Joseph G. Cannon, of
Receives Support of State
MADE FIRST SPEECH IN CONGRESS
Representative Boutelle Speaks
Presidential Possibilities and Everybody Cheers
. Uncle Joe Dodges Speech.
Washington, Feb. IS. Thirty-four
ears ago today Speaker Cannon de
ivered his first t-poech in the house of
epresentatives. r.iul I lie anniversary
was marked by a tribute to the speaker
by Uoutelle of Illinois today. "Several
xlracts from the speech were read by
Uoutelle who spoke of a gibe by a mem
ber directed t Cannon that "gentlt
man must havo oafs in hio pocket
Won lltKiso Uh Itelorl.
Ikiutelle said tumultuous applau
greeted Cannon's retort when he said
T understand the gentleman. Yes, I
iave oats in my pocket and hayseed
n my hair, and western pi-opie arc
generally affected in the same way and
we expect the seed, being good, will
yield a good cro: 1 trust ten fold, and
the sooner legislation is had, not only
as proposed y tuis bill, hut in all other
respects :n the people desire and erpii
ty and justice shall dictate, the belter
t will be in ine long run for all the
people in this connirv, whatever niav
be their calling or whercever thev may
re Not Wllil atn
That speecu, said Houtelle, gave
Cannon a position as one of the strong
men in the hous'? and won for him the
respect of his colleagues in both
branches of congress and leaders in of
ficial life." The oats that Cannon
sowed, said Boutelle. were not wild oats
'and they have yielded him generous
and rich returns."
H'Or.s to Ir-jiil-n-T
Mr. Bouteile referred to the steady
stride made by Camion during his ser
vice as member of the house, resulting
in his election three times as speaker
and in conclusion said "the people of
his district have conferred upon him
all the honors that, are in their gift to
bestow, single handed and alone and
the thought that comes to my mind on
this anniversary of our country col-
league's first triumph in the house, a.
PROHIBITION UNCONSTITUTIONAL SAYS
Washington, Feb. IS. Representa
tive Kusterniann of Wisconsin holds
that the prohibition of the liquor traf
fic is a violation of the federal consti
tution. Arguing before the house ju
diciary committee yesterday against
the Littlefield bill, which provides that
liquor shipped in interstate commerce
into a state and directed to a local op
tion district, shall become seizable at
the state border.
Xo Preference Claime Cited.
Mr. Kustermann said that that part
of the constitution should be borne in
mind which - says that no preference
inaii be given by any regulation of
commerce or revenue to one state over
another. This, he said, should prevent
congress from keeping liquor out of a
few slates and not out of all.
in mis connection," continued Mr.
Kustermann, "it might also be well to
" i VS..
Lower House of Congress,
on Subject and Mentions
triumph won in (he interest of workers
ot the country, is simply this: How
gladly within the next few months
other plain people who live on farms
or work in in!fs or stiops will join
the voters of his district to reward this,
their faithful eivant, who went forth
in their cause :! years ago with oats
in his pocket, and returned bringing
his sheaves with him, by conferring up
on him the nation's final honor."
All Join In ImmtIiik.
Boutelle's remarks were punctured
ihroughout with loud applause on the
part, of republicans and democrats
alike. The first mention by him of
Cannon's name caused a demonstra
tion. Cannon occupied the chair and
Keemed takiti completely by surprise.
I'pon the conclusion of lloutelle's re
marks the house and galleries as a
unit indulged in loud and continuous
applause and demands for a speech by
the speaker. Kverybody stood up and
cheered and continued their demands
until the speaker arose.
CIiniiKt-N the Siilijot't.
Fvcrybody expected him to say
something in reply, but amid shrieks
of laughter, he drolly said: "The gen
tleman from Xew Hampshire, Sullo
way, is recognized for the considera
tion of pension bills." Cannon turned
the gavel over to Capron of Rhode Is
land anil retired to his room, possibly
affected by the demonstration which
had been accorded him.
!?:5a.:!::!.r.T:: i-nKur Pnssew.
Washington, 1). C., Feb. IS The leg
islative, executive, and judicial ap
propriation bill, one of the large supply
measures of the government, was
passed by the house yesterday. The
amount carried by it is practically as
reported by the committee $32.33G,--
There was a lively debate over the
provision givin;; discretion to heads of
IN HOUSE DEBATE
remember that no citizen of our grand
country shall, according to the consti
tution, be deprived of life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness. If an occa
sional glass of wine adds to my hap
piness, as it does, yoit are not allowed
to prevent me from getting it."
Might Apply to Medicine.
Mr. Kustermann said that if a bill
were passed to prevent interstate com
merce in intoxicating liquor, the ques
tion would arise whether under such
an act all patent medicines containing
alcohol could not be debarred. The
next -step of the agitators, he said,
probably would be to keep out tobacco
and cigars, "because some of their
dear ones are affected by the use of
the weed, and it is not one of the agi
tators' good traits to pay any atten
tion to the likes and dislikes of oth-
s4iv; v --fife?:
STEAD FILES SUIT
State Will Attempt to Collect
$207,260 From Estate of
F. K. Whittemore.
KEPT FEES AS TREASURER
Attorney General Issues Statement Ex
plaining the Case Says Bonds
men Are Liable.
Springfield, 111., Feb. 18. Attorney
General Stead has filed a suit in the
probate court of Sangamon county
against the estate of the late state
treasurer, Floyd K. Whittemore, for
Attorney General Stead, in explain
ing the suit, said: "The claims are
for registered bond fees collected by
Mr. Whittemore while he was state
treasurer, and by other state treasur
ers for whom Mr. Whittemore was
Affirmed by Supreme Court.
"On April 14 last the supreme court
affirmed a judgment of the circuit
court of Sangamon county in the case
against Whittemore, one of the bonds
men of Henry Wulff, late state treas
urer. The supreme court, in a clear
and exhaustive opinion, held that since
1870 the cost and expenses of levying
and collecting the registered bond
funds have been illegally drawn from
the state treasury by auditors and
treasurers, and that these officers, to
gether with the bondsmen, are liable
to the state for these moneys. Peti
tion for a rehearing was filed by
Whittemore and was denied by the
court on June 15 last.
Written Demand Made.
"Written demand was thereupon
made by the governor upon various
ex-auditors and ex-treasurers to pay
into the treasury moneys drawn by
them from the registered bond funds.
Henry L. Hertz under protest deposi
ted a check for part of the moneys
drawn by him with the governor. None
of the other ex-auditors or ex-treasur
ers, however, have returned or offer
ed to return moneys drawn by them.
I had hoped that bondsmen of each ex
official would arrange to pay into the
treasury moneys drawn by their prin
cipal. This would have been a fair
and equitable way to have adjusted
the entire matter, and would kaVf..saj4wfieoEUfthsd-Sixti. awaiues. Mo-
ed much hardship
Sii.v IlondNiiieo Are I.lnble.
"Bondsmen of each treasurer, for
instance, are liable not only for moneys
drawn by their principal, but for mon
eys drawn upon all warrants, no mat
ter to whom the moneys were paid,
and the same is true of the auditors.
"I have investigated the financial
standing of various ex-officials and
their bondsmen, and also the estates
of the deceased ex-officials and deceas
ed bondsmen. The time for filing
claims against the estate of Floyd K.
Whittemore will expire in March next.
Whittemore was one of the sureties
upon the bond of practically all of the
treasurers and as bondsman was lia
ble for more than $200,000 of moneys
drawn from the registered bond funds."
deparlment to remove or reduce inca
pacitated employes of the government.
The provision went out on a point of
order, although a new one was adopted
declaring the appropriation not availa
ble for the compensation of any per
son incapacitated for performing the
service for which they are employed.
DERRICK CAR IS BLOWN UP
Work on Northwestern Bridge at
Clinton, Iowa. Feb. 18. Dynamite
was exploded at 2:30 o'clock yesterday
morning in a derrick car operated by
the Wisconsin tridge company of Mil
waukee, partially demolishing the car
and interrupting work on the super
structure of the new Chicago and
Northwestern r.iilroad bridge across
the Mississippi here. The crash was
heard seven miles away, and dwellers
in East Clinton were thrown from
their beds. Detectives are trying to
discover the persons responsible for
the explosion. Nonunion men are em
ployed by the company, and there is
belief that this has resulted in senti
ment against the builders. Nineteen
sticks of dynamite were found scat
tered about thv? car and connected by
fuse. The unskillful placing of the dy
namite prevented greater destruction
ASHEYILLE GOES DRY;
John A. Roebling Distributes Large
Sums Among Needy Before Re
turning to Trenton.
Asheville, N. C, Feb. 18. Having
vowed he would leave Asheville for
ever because the town went dry in yie
recent prohibition election, John a.
Roebling, the multi-millionaire manu
facturer of Trenton, N. J., left Ashe
ville with his family for Trenton.
Before he left, Roebling distributed
thousands of dollars among his em
ployes, servants that were left behind
" , . . ....
office boys, and others. New bills pro
NORTHWEST PARALYZED BY
RECORD SNOW OF
cured at the local bank were handed
out in the streets to newsboys, beg
gars, and others. Roebling remember
ed every one he knew to be In want.
His employes were all remembered
with gifts ranging from $500 down.
Roebling also gave his estate,
"Beauxchienes," which adjoins George
Wr. Vanderbilt's famous "Biltmore," to
the Episcopal missionary board of the
United States, saying he would not
even own property near a town that
voted for prohibition.
HIT BY AN ENGINE
Albert Erickson, a Farmer, In
stantly Killed in Collision
on Moline Crossing.
COAL WAGON IS WRECKED
Companion Hurled to North Side of
the Track, Escapes Without
Albert Erickscn, aged 50, a farmer
whose home was on Rock river just
east of the Moline bridge, was instant
ly killed this morning at the Twenty
fifth street crossing in Moline when
his wagon was struck by a Rock Isl
and switch engine. The accident oc
curred at 11:45. Mr. Erickson during
the winter hauls coal, and was driving
to town with a load this morning. The
blinding snow prevented his noticing
the approaching train until the locomo
tive hit the wagon, and Engineer Scott
did not see tin wagon in time to pre
vent the accident.
Wagon In Wrecked.
The engine struck the wagon square
ly, and totally wrecked it.Mr. Erickson
was thrown under the engine, and five
cars passed over his body before the
train was stopped. Almost every bone
in his body was broken, one arm was
severed, and his head was terribly
His companion, supposed to be Gus
LlllKleeii- rosi'dinf on Twelfth stroot
line, was thrown to the north side of
the west botinl track, and was some
what bruised and cut. He was re
moved to the hospital, and while it is
impossible to determine positively as
yet, his injuries are not thought to be
Home In Killed.
One of the horses of the team was
injured in suc'a a niaunor in the colli
sion that it was necessary to kill it,
while the other escaped with but little
The engine which struck the wagon
was backing vest, with a string of
A Greek laborer was struck by a
switch engine at 10 o'clock this morn
ing in the Sihis j'ards, and slightly
injured. He was removed to the Mo
line hospital. He refused to give his
name, even to countrymen who went
to see him. His injuries are not seri
ous. FATHER SAMM0N KILLED
Sleigh in Which Two of Notre Dame
Faculty Rode Hit by Car.
Notre Dame, Ind., Feb. 18. Father
Sammon of Notre Dame university
was killed instantly last night and
Father Timothy Murphy so badly in
jured he may not recover, when a
sleigh in which they were driving was
overturned by a street car on the Hill
street line which runs out to the uni
versity. The car passed over and
sevred Father Sammon's body. The
recent snowdrifts made the roads im
passable and the priests were compell
ed to drive in the car tracks. The car
came from behind at full speed and
struck the cutter without any warn
ing. Students on the car say the mo
torman made no effort to stop. Fath
er Sammon was secretary of. the pro
vincial of the Holy Cross order and
Father Murphy is prefect of discipline
at the university.
Alfonso Not Assassinated.
Madrid, Feb. 18. There is no truth
in the report current In Paris last
night King Alfonso had been assassin
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
Washington. Feb. 18. Following are
In brief, the proceedings of the two
houses of congress yesterday as taken
from the official records:
SEX ATM After a brief executive
session, the senate ordered the doors
closed and for several hours discussed
the Wetherspoon nomination. An agree
ment was reached to consider the ocean
mail subsidy bill on Wednesday, and
Senator Stone of Missouri announced
that he would speak on the Aldrich
currency bill today. At 5:lo p. m. the
1IOISK The legislative, executive
and judicial appropriation bill, one of
the large supply measures of the gov
ernment, was passed by the house. The
amount carriea ny It is praetioallv as
ireported by the committee $32.336,573.
- 1 The house at 4:23 p. tn. adjourned.
.reported by the committee $32.336,573.
Heavy Fall Driven Across
Many States by 30
Rail and Wire Lines of Commu
nication Hit, With Con
ditions Growing Worse.
Chicago, Feb. IS. One of the heavi
est snow storms of the winter com
menced here at 9 today and is rapidly
increasing in intensity. Snow fell in
blinding sheet piled in drifts by a 30-
mile gale. Street car traffic and tele
phone service were badly interrupted.
May Cauite Another Rlne.
Washington. Feb. IS. The weather
bureau today issued a warning of a
storm that may accentuate flood condi
tions in the Ohio valley and make an
other rise of water there by no means
One of Womt in Yearn.
Omaha, Feb. IS. Meagre reports re
ceived here indicate today's snow
storm is general throughout the state
and is the worst for years. The snow
began early M jnday .evening and con
tinued throughout the night and today.
Transportation is badly interrupted.
St. Joe Hit Hard.
St. Joe, Mo., Feb. 18. The worst
snowstorm iu several years is raging
here today. Railroad and street car
traffic is interrupted.
IIurlinKton, lonn, Reports.
Burlington, Iowa, Feb. IS. The
worst storm of the season is in pro
gress here today, and traffic is greatly
Heavy and Wet in Minxourl.
Kansas City.Mo.. Feb. 18. With the
temperature .slightly below freezing
point, a heavy wet snow began falling
throughout western Missouri, early to
day. Ilrenn at XlKfat.
Lincoln, Neb., Feb. IS. Railway and
street car traffic is demoralized as a re
sult of a heavy fall of snow last night.
The storm continues today.
Wind 3(1 Mile an Hour.
Wichita, Kan., Feb. IS. A thirty-six
mile an hour wind accompanied by a
heavy snow storm is raging in this
part of the state today.
CONTRARY TO LAW
Corporations Must Not Own
Saloons in Iowa, Attorney
BREWERIES ARE AFFECTED
Opinion if Sustained will Force Return
to Individual Ownership and Af
fect Much Property.
Des Moines-, Iowa. Feb. IS. Corpora
tions cannot lawfully own and operate
saloons in Iowa, according to a deci
sion handed down by Attorney Gen
Half the saloons in the state are op
erated or controlled by corporations,
including brewing companies. Appli
cations had been made to the execu
tive council for permission to issue
capital stock in exchange for valuable
saloon property, and then the question
arose as to whither a corporation can
lawfully own a taloon.
The opinion rendered yesterday will
force the salooa business to be car
ried on by individuals, who will be
personally restionsible for debts and
other responsibilities incurred.
WILL VOTE ON ANNEXATION
Moiine City Council Decides to Place
Proposition on Ballot.
The Moline city council at its meet
ing last evening decided to place upon
the ballot at the spring election the
proposition of annexing the strip of
land lying between the eastern limit
of Moline and the western boundary
of East Moline. Action on the propos
ed ordinance ordering the stopping of
all trains at the street crossing at
Twenty-third street was postponed at
the request of the railroad companies,
who desire more time.
Fined for Stealing Coal.
James Hogan plead guilty in the
county court yesterday afternoon to
J two counts of an information charging
ttu -u i tt.
1 ' . " lue v v" vl tuttl- "e was
1 ' " ' v..
I fined $1 and costs on each count