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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 122.
THE ARGUS, MONDAY, MARCH 9, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
IHN F. STEVENS PREDICTS
PAW CANAL WILL FAIL
Former Chief Engineer
Issues a Sensational
Will Not Aid Trade With South
or Orient and Will Not
New Haven, Conn., March !. John
F. Stevens, former chief engineer of
the Fanania canal, has issued a state
ment regarding ihe latter enterprise
in which lie prophesies the failure of
the undertaking. Stevens says the
cniral will not help the United States
pice on Mount Wilson about a week
to and sustained injuries of such
seriousness that for a time death was
feared. Miss Greene went out alone
from the Alpine tavern on the moun
tain. She chose the "Rim" trail for
a walk. When she reached a danger
ous spot, known" as "The Knob," she
slipped and fell about 100 feet to the
deep snow on a shelving rock. Here
she lost consciousness. She was
found by friends at the tavern.
WILL NOT CUT LOOSE
Secretary Taft Denies Rumor of Pol
icy in Event of His Election
Washington, March 9. Secretary
Taft today repudiated, on behalf of his
political manager, Arthur L. Vorys, a
story appearing in certain morning
papers today, credited to the Taft
news bureau in Ohio, wiiich seems to
be an effort to show that should the
secretary be elected president, ho
would be entirely independent of
Roosevelt's policies and influence.
SHORT LINE ROADS IN
MOVE FOR MORE MONEY
Organized Effort Being Made to Get
Higher Remuneration for Mail
JOHN F. STEVENS.
iii its trade with South America, as
practically all the inhabitants of the
Mint hern continent are east of the
No lvnnncc In Orient.
Stevens also says our commercial
relations with the islands of the Pa
cific and the far east will be little
benefited. .Stevens maintains the Pan
ama canal will not meet expenses and
will cost more than expected.
No Value In War.
The date of finishing the canal ho
fixes as January, 1910. The idea of the
canal being of great value to us in
times of warfare since onr naval
forces can lie quickly sent, from one
coast to the other, he says is absurd.
It would take 10 days for the ships to
get around, and during that time hos
tile shells could have done their work.
Would I'nl font In Nnvy.
Stevens believes it would be a far
wiser plan of defense to put the mon
ey that the canal will cost into a great
Washington, March 9. An effort is
being made before congress to secure
a just apportionment of the compen
sation now given by the government
for the transportation of the United
States mails by rail. More than 200
"short line" railroads have joined in
a petition to congress- for a readjust
ment of the pay for carrying mails.
These short line roads are indepen
dent lines and most of them reach
towns, villages and hamlets not read
ily accessible by any other route.
These lines now receive $42.75 per
mile per year for carrying 200 pounds
of mail per day and $64.13 per mile
per year when the amount of mail
averages 500 pounds per day.
The figures show that the larger
roads receive anywhere from two to
four times as much as the short lines
American Car Has Lonfl Lead
. in Race of Autos Across
ITALIAN IS 0U1 OF OMAHA
Spent 36 Hours Getting Repai
Leading French Machine Laid
Up with Broken Shaft.
Cheyenne, Wyo.,' March 9. After re
ceiving all necessary repairs the Amer
ican car left here at 11 today.
Italians on Their Way.
Omaha, March 9. The Italian car in
the New York to Paris race left hero
this morning for the west after spend
ing 3G hours in making repairs.
French Car Broken Down.
Marshalltown, Iowa, March 9. The
first French car is broken down at Le
Grand. St. Chaffray has gone to Oma
ha to secure repairs. Before leaving
here 'he sent three teams to LeGrand
to haul the car to this city, but Autran
refused to allow the car to jbe moved,
stating St. Chaffray was the first to
protest against the American car be
ing propelled by other than its own
Dixon, 111., March 9. The German
car passed Dixon at 10:20. '
Italian Auto Im D1mo1ImI.
Omaha, March 9. The Italian car in
the New York to faris race was de
tained here for repairs yesterday. A
telephone message from Tama, Iowa,
says that the French car N'a 1 ar
rived there last night. A dispatch
from Rochelle, 111., says thaf the Ger
man machine and the Frencn car No.
2 remained in that town ovsrnight.
Cheyenne, Wyo., March 9. The
American car arrived here at 1:15 p.
m., and Roberts gave over the wheel
to Matthewson of Denver.
NOT GIVEN ARE TURNED DOWN
Railroads Overruled at All
Points by Interstate Com
Correspondence Between hours of service stand
Kaiser and Tweed-
Reasons Urged for Postponement of
Enforcement Held to Apply Equal
ly Well on Other Side.
IS HELD TO BE PRIVATE
Desire of English People for All
the Details Will Go Unsatisfied.
ALL THE CHARGES
New York District Attorney Files Ans
wer to Request for Removal with
London, March 9. Hope that the
letter sent last Monday by Emperor
William to Lord Tweedmouth, in which
it had been ' charged his majesty at
tempted to influence Great Britain's
naval legislation, and the British min
ister's reply thereto would be made
public, was quickly dispelled by As
quith, chancellor, in the house of com
mons this afternoon.
llan NotliluK to Add.
In a couple of sentences he told the
questioners he had nothing to add to
his statement of Friday, and that so
far as he knew Tweedmouth had noth
ing to add to his declaration beside
the fact that immediately upon the re
ceipt of the emperor's letter the first
lord admiral showed it to Sir Edward
Grey, foreign secretary, who agreed
with the recipient of the letter it had
no official character and should be
treated as a private communication.
"It is clearly out of the question,"
continued Asquith, "to lay a private
and personal correspondence on the;
In More Communicative.
Later, in the house of lords. Lord
Tweedmouth was somewhat more com
municative, but he threw no light on
the real contents of the correspond
ence. He did describe the letter from
Emperor William as quite informal and
very friendly. 1 ; l
Washington, March 9. Against the
railroads on all points, summarizes the
decision of the interstate commerce
commission made public in the appli
cation of corporations for a delay in
enforcing the new law fixing the limit
of working hours for telegraph opera
tors. The railroads asked for an ex
tension of time within which to com
ply with the act of congress at many
stations covered by the 13-hour pro
vision, and at nearly two-thirds, in the
aggregate, to which the 9-hour pro
vision relates. The petitions alleged
in some cases an inability to secure
the additional force required and in
most cases financial hardship which
the compliance imposes.
It was held by the commission unani
mously that to grant such a wholesale
order of extension would interfere in
effect with the policy of the legisla
tion in its fundamental aspects and
would amount to an amendment of the
law by an official body charged with
its administration. It was held fur
ther that to grant an extension on ac
count of financial distress would open
the door to endless uncertainties, be
cause there is no possible means of
determining the degree of financial
distress which would justify the ex
tension, and if mere financial hardship
is, in the language of law, "good cause"
for postponing compliance, it was
equally good cause for refusal to pass
WIRELESS BRINGS NEWS
OF BATTLESHIP FLEET
States postoffice inspector, charged
with writing threatening letters to
Speaker Cannon and Congressman
Overstreet of Indiana. These letters
bave continued at various times for
nearly two years. An anonymous
threat of assassination, Inspired by
their attitude on the pure food legis
lation in the congress of 1906, hung
over their heads, and although the en
tire machinery of the postoffice depart
ment and secret service was called
into use, not a single clue as to the
identity of the author of the letters
could be found until a few days ago.
Main claims to be one of the world's
greatest reformers and that through
his efforts the United States be saved
Pensacola Station Gets in
One of the Ships
FAR AWAY IN PACIFIC
Pennsylvania Steel Company, Builders
of Blackwell's Island Structure,
Has Union Fight On.
Had Seen Out of Range Sirca
- Leaving Callao At Magda
lena Bay March 12.
Albany, March 9. District Attorney
Jerome of New York filed today with
Governor Hughes his answer to
HARRIMAN OWNS IT
Truth Comes Out Regarding
Georgia Central After Fish
is Disposed of
New York, March 9. John C. Jay,
Jr., New York representative of the
Pennsylvania Steel company, wiiich is
doing the steel work on the $1G,000,C00
Blackwell's island bridge, today began
an investigation of a report that eight
sticks of dynamite were found on Fri
day under the western pier of the
The Pennsylvania Steel company has
had a great deal of trouble with trade
unions. The building of Blackweil s
island bridge has been held up time
and again since it was started in 1901.
The unions have fought against the
open shop plan of work there.
A short time ago a railroad bridge
across Pelham bay was destroyed. A
big bridge at Cleveland recently met
the same fate.
CONVICTS WIELD PENKNIVES
for mail carriage, and in addition they 'charges preferred against him by Wil
also receive extia compensation lorlliam F. King, former presidept of the
carrying the railway postal cars. It New York Merchants' association, in
Is pointed out that the rural free de-1 which the governor is asked to re
Iivery service handles the mails at. move Jerome from office. The answer
about 11 cents per mile, while the is a general denial of the charges
weight of the mail does not exceed
an average of 75 pounds per day.
The short line mail is carried at
an average charge of less than 5 cents
It is estimated that if "star routes"
were substituted for the "short lino"
mail service the cost to the govern
ment would be approximately five
times as much as is received for the
ervice by the "short line" railroads.
MAY HAVE MAN WHO
Janesville Police Arrest Norwegian
Who Answers Description of Much
.TaiHsville, Wis., March 9. With tin:
arrest of a Norwegian named Otto
Wallin, l he police may have the solu
tion of the recent attack on Janesville
women. Wallin was taken into cus
tody early today on a charge of bur
glary, and answers in many ways the
description of the man suspected of
assaulting women. The police assert
he is probably insane.
Contained Bodies of 17 Unidentified
and Four Identified Victims of
POWERS LOSES IN POLITICS
Prisoner Candidate for Congress is
Routed by Taft Advocates.
Lexington, Ky., March 9. Caleb
Powers, who announced himself from
his cell in Georgetown as candidate
for republican nomination for congress
in the Eleventh district to succeed
Don C. Edwards, has lost the first
round in the fight, Edwards and the
Taft forces winning their selection of
the convention date. Powers and his
friends, who are Fairbanks men, ask
ed that the convention be held late, by
which time, Powers announces, he ex
pects to be free. Edwards 'and his
Taft supporters, however, desired an
early date, and at a meeting of the
committee at Corbin. Ky., Saturday
night selected Juno C to hold the con
vention. Republicans generally say
that Powers has made a mistake in
announcing his candidacy for congress
while in prison.
The governor said he would announce
the procedure to be followed after he
had examined the document.
IS NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK
Miss Emma Goldman Foiled at Chi
cago by Canceling of a Lease.
Chicago, March 9. Many persons
who went to the Masonic temple last
night expecting to hear Emma Gold
man speak were disappointed. The
meeting was to have been held in hall
412, under the auspices of the Social
Science league, but the managers of
the building canceled the league's
lease and refused to allow the meet
ing to be held.
Three Life Men Make Dash for
erty 'artd Two Are Shot.
Deer Ixidge, Mont., March 9. War
den Frank Conley of the .Montana state
penitentiary was wounded yesterday
morning and First Assistant Warden
Robinson killed when three life con
victs made a dash for liberty.
Robinson's and Conley's throats were
cut and Conley was stabbed several
times before he was able to draw his
revolver. Convicts Hayes and Rock
were both shot down. It is believed
the warden will recover. '
The attempted escape, according to
the prison authorities, had long been
planned by Rock and Hayes, wTio were
cellmates. Both were armed with pen
knives, the blades of which were shar
pened like razors.
FOR THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL
POPE'S WRATH STRIKES ABBE
Excommunication Is Penalty for An
swer to Recent Encyclical.
Rome, March 9. In pursuance of
his campaign against modernism Pope
Pius has decreed the severest form
or excommunication against Abbe
l.oisy, who was lately condemned by
uie arcnnisnop oi fans ror nis syn
cptic gospels"' and his reply to the
papal encyclical against modernism
He is not only expelled from the
church and deprived of all ecclesias
tical privileges but all Roman Cath
olics are forbidden to hold any com
nmnication with him.
Gives Road an Outlet to the Atlantic
Seaboard at Savannah Kept
Secret for Time.
CHANGE IN STAFF OF
THE THIRD BRIGADE
E. E. Morgan is Promoted and Mal
colm McKinnon Made First
Chicago Firemen Injured.
Chicago, March 9. A score of fire
men were injured, three perhaps fatal
ly, by a fire early today which de
stroyed the Apollo hall, a three-story
structure in Blue Island. The damage
THREE ICE HEN ARE
LET OUT OF PRISON
Trio Sentenced to Six Months Impris
onment for Violation of Anti
Trust Laws Freed,
Toledo, March 9. Judge Brough in
the common pleas court today released
from jail Baird, Leman. and Milly, the
three ice men sentenced to six months
imprisonment for violating the anti
trust laws. -
Cleveland, March 9. Twenty-one lit
tle white caskets were placed beneath other.
the ground in the cemetery in Collin
wood today. Of these, 17 contained
the bodies of unidentified children who
Wait 30 Years to Wed.
Muskegon, Mich.,' March 9. After'
waiting 30 years, during which time
she married another, Mrs. L. M. Clark
of Muskegon will wed Owen Mulhol
land of Seattle, Wash. Mr. Mulho
land, who was a gold mine owner,
disappeared when he went Into the
west, and .t was not until recently
that the couple again heard of each
BISHOP URGES UNMARRIED WOMEN
TO PRAY FOR SUITABLE HUSBANDS
Atlanta, Ga.. March 9. E. II. Har-
nman has authorized tne announce
ment that he is owner of the Central
of Georgia railroad. The announce
ment comes through the Georgia rail
road commission, to which Harriman
imparted the fact of his ownership
some time ago, but asked that it be
rot published until the fight for con
trol of the Illinois Central was settled.
Chairman McLendon of the commis
ion states that the Georgia Central
was ashed recently to furnish tne
names of its owners and Major F. J.
Hansen, president of tho road, and
Vice President Winburn. called upon
the commission and stated that they
had come by direction of Harriman
to bring the information that Harri-
juan had purchased the road.
Sale Wan n Blind.
It was explained that the sale made
by the Southern railway to Oakleigh
Thoine and Marbden J. Perry of the
Southern's holding in" Central stock
was to Harriman and that he paid
$3,Of0.000 for the stock. Thome and
Perry received a commission of 5 per
cent for negotiating the transaction.
Chairman McLendon states that the
commission was requested by Major
Hansen to withhold the information
from tho public for a reasonable time
for the reason that it was Harriman's
intention to transfer the road to the
Illinois Central, but at that time the
ownership of his road was in litiga
tion. By acquisition of the Central
of Georgia the Illinois Central gains
an outlet to the Atlantic seaboard at
Savannah and the Illinois Central and
tieorgia central make pnystcai con
nections at Birmingham, Ala.
Springfield, III., March 9 (Argus
Special.) Adjutant General Scott to
day issued an order appointing Elmer
E. Morgan of Molhie in the adjutant
general's department of the Third
brigade, to rank as major. The ap
pointment is made upon the recom
mendation of General Kittilsen. Mal
colm McKinnon of Moline is appoint
ed first lieutenant and aide-de-camp in
the Third brigade.
SWEDISH REPUBLICANS MEET
Sixteenth Annual Convention Being
Held at Aurora.
Aurora, March 9. The 16ih annual
convention of the Swedish-American
Republican league of Illinois fs being
held today in Aurora. Resolutions
will be adopted, it is said, endorsing
President Roosevelt's administration.
There are over 400 delegates present,
the convention being addressed by
Richard Yates, William E. Mason,
Fred Sterling of Rockford, John J.
Brown of Vandalia, William Lynch of
Elgin and Bert McCann of Blooming
ton. There will be a banquet tonight,
and the speakers will be Senator La
Follette of Wisccnsin, o. M. Oson of
Wheaton, Senator Hopkins, Thomas
M. Knight, president of the Hamilton
club of Hamilton, C. C. Hesler of
Eloomington and I. L. Lenroot of Wis
Disastrous Flood Threatened.
Gallopolis, Ohio, March 9. A heavy
lost their lives in the burning of the ' rainfall has again started all rivers In
Lake"View school house Wednesday. tnis section, to rise and indications to-
The other four caskets contained the
bodies of identified children.
day are for a disastrous flood.
FALLS 1,200 FEET, BUT LIVES
Army Officer's Daughter Saved
Snow in Thrilling Accident
Los Angeles, Cal.; March 9. Mis9
Eleanora Greene, daughter of Major
Frank Greene, U. S. A., who is order
ed to return to Atlanta. Ga.,
slid more than. 1,200 feet over
Well Known Educator Dead.-'
Blocmington, 111., March 9. Dr.
Richard Edwards. M. A., one of the
best known educators of the United
States, died here Saturday night.
Prominent Surgeon Dies.
Detroit, March 9. Dr. Hal C. Wy
man, a widely known surgeon and au-(wed of marriageable age that It was
BufTalo, N. y., March 9. As a solu
tion to the problem of the great un
wed, Rt. Rev. Charles Henry Colton,
bishop of Buffalo, has recommended
that all the unmarried women under
his spiritual guidance pray for hus
The recommendation is contained in
a circular letter addressed to the rec
tors of parishes in the diocese, and
was read in all the Roman Catholic
churches at services yesterday.
Advice Creates Sennation.
It is one of the results of the new
marriage laws of the church as re
cently prescribed by Pope Pius and
has created a profound sensation.
The bishop impressed on all the un-
ed that they conscientiously consider
The only exception made by the bish
op In his letter were those who con
template entering holy orders.
What the Dlnhop Say.
The, letter in part is:
OLD COUPLE PLAN SUICIDE
Turn On Gas at Daughter's Home Af
ter Own Home is Burned.
Chicago, March 9. Theodore Enge!-
breck, aged 70, and wife, Anna, aged
75, were found dead In a room at the
home of their daughter today. Death
was caused by asphyxiation by illu-
"It is timely to remark that persons minating gas. The police are of the
of marriageable age and who feel no opinion the couple; discouraged by the
vocation to the religious life should loss of their home by fire Saturday,
conscientiously consider the advisabil- entered into a suicidal pact with each
Ity and the duty or entering the mar-1 other,
ried state for duty it surely is for
the larger part of the human family LETTER WRITER IS CAUGHT
ana ior tnis reason iney snouia pray
PROPOSES A CUT TILL JULY 1
Boston & Maine President Puts Pecu
liar Question to Employes.
Boston. Mass., March 9. Lucius Tut
tle, president of the Boston & Maine
railroad, in-a letter to the employes,
asks the conductors, trainmen and fire
men of the road to voluntarily accept
a temporary 5 per cent reduction in
wages. Mr. Tuttle "suggests" the re
duction, guaranteeing that It will be
discontinued July 1, when the present
schedules are to go into effect "with
out further discussion." He says the
emergency in which the company finds
itself is the gravest he ever knew.
Washington, March 9. The navy de
I artment today received a telegraphic
message from its wireless station at
Pensacola stating they had been in
direct communication with the Atlan
tic battleship fleet, a most remarkable
performance, considering the wireless
impulses were obliged to traverse the
Gulf of Mexico, state of Texas, and ,
part of Mexico, and again traverse sev
eral hundred miles elf ocean. The mes
sage, from Rear Admiral Thomas, in
command of the division, was as fol
lows: "Have you any important news
Direct Mennafte from Fleet.
On Board U. S. S. Georgia, 8 p. m.,
March 8, via United Wireless Tele
graph Company. The fleet's position
at this hour is latitude 14:37 north,
longitude 102:01 west. The weather
is fine, and the ships are moving at a
speed of 10& knots per hour. The
fleet will probably reach Magdalena
bay March 12, two days ahead qf
schedule. The cruise has been suc
cessful in every way, the ships are in
perfect condition, and will be ready
for a record target practice immedi
ately upon arrival at Magdalena bay.
Reached tbe St. LmoIh.
Washington, March 9. The Ameri
can battleship fleet was in wireless
communication yesterday with tne
cruiser St. Louis, which is engaged In
target practice off Magdalena bay. The
cruiser immediately relayed the mes
sage, which came from the flagship
Connecticut, to wireless stations on
This is the first heard from the fleet
since its departure from Callao Feb.
29, and officials here were surprised
at the speed it must have maintained
to come within the wireless communi
cation range within this short time.
F.tnrt Location 'ot Known.
The exact location of the vessels at
the time the message was picked up
is not known, but it is believed that it
is near the equator, southwest of the
isthmus of Panama. The estimate
puts the fleet about 1,400 or 1,500
miles from Magdalena bay. Under
ordinary conditions it travels 240 miles
a day, so that it will reach Magda
lena bay about March 14.
According to the routine mapped
out for the fleet, the arrival there will
be followed by three weeks of target
practice with the big and little guns.
Then the trip northward will be con
tinued, three seacoast cities San
Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco
will be visited.
Chicago at Illo Janeiro.
Rio Janeiro, March 9. The Ameri
can cruiser Chicago arrived here this
morning. It is on the way from the
Pacific coast to the Atlantic station.
Torpedo Flotilla at Lima.
Lima, Inarch 9. Rear Admiral Rad-
gada gave a banquet last night on the
Peruvian cruiser Almirante Grau to
the officers of the American torpedo
boat flotilla. The banquet took the
form of a farewell to the Americans,
who left here this morning to continue
their voyage to the north.
WELL KNOWN JUDGE DEAD
fell and thor of a well known book on ahdom- 'the sacred duty of the greater part of jlng'it in
a preel- inal surgery, died today. "the human race to marry, and he ask-.in It in
God to send them suitable partners
and direct them in their choice, for
matrimony is a sacrament and brings
the blessings of God on those receiv-
a state of grace and who live
a Christian- aaanner."
Hiram Main, Charged With Threaterv
' ing Speaker Cannon and Others.
- Indianapolis, Ind., March 9. Hiram
Main, aged 64, was arrested here Sat
urday afternoon on a warrant sworn
out by William. L. Fletcher, United
Apoplexy Claims Jurist Who Heard
Grand Rapids Water Cases.
Grand Rapids, Mich., March 9. Apo
plexy yesterday afternoon -caused the
death of Judge Alfred Wolcott of the
circuit court. The jurist waa dead
five minutes after he was stricken
Judge Wolcott became prominent in
this section of the country about six
years ago, when ,the Grand Rapids
water scandal cases were trted in his
court. In these scandals were in
volved the names of a majority of
members of the common council, to
gether with other public officials and
several prominent citizens. The judge
was 48 years of age and was serving
his second term on the circuit bench
WILL SUPPORT THE
Democrats on House Committee on
Banking and Currency Agree on
Substitute for Fowler Bill.
Washington, March 9. The demo
cratic members of the house commit
tee on banking and currency today
agreed to report to the house the mi
nority currency bill introduced by
John Sharp Williams as a substitute
for the Fowler bill.
Same as Personal Request.
Washington, March 9. The supreme
court today held a request for a cam
paign contribution made by letter Is
equivalent to a request made in per
son where the letter is received and
Alia's Trial is Begun.
Denver, Col., March 9. The task of
selecting a jury to try Giuseppe Alia,
who murdered Father- Leo Helnricns
Feb. 23, began today.