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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 137.
THE ARGUS, THURSDAY. MARCH 2G, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
INDIANA DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM
PLEDGES REMOVAL OF EVILS THAT
REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN TOLERATING
Disapproves of Roosevelt Try
ing to Name His
TOM TAGGART FAVORED
Bryan Endorsed for President
and Jahn W. Kern for
Indianapolis, March 26. When the
second day's session of the Indiana
democratic convention opened today
the report of the credentials commit
tee in- favor of seating the Taggart
delegates from the Seventh district
was adopted and those delegates were
givtu seats In the convention.
Outline of I'lntform.
The platform renews allegiance to
the principles of the democratic party
end pledges if the party is returned
to power the evils that have grown
out of republican official shortcomings
will be corrected; demands immediate
revision of the tariff; that the tariff
shall be for revenue only; favors an
Income tax, postal savings bank; de
mands that surplus treasury funds be
deposited at competitive rates and
fairly distributed throughout the coun
try; favors the election of senators
by direct vote; urges a speedy com
pletion of the Panama canal and lib
eral appropriation for the improve
ment for waterways; opposes the Aid
rich and Fowler financial bills; favors
emergency currency to be issued and
controlled by the government; op
poses the ship subsidy bill; believes
in the conciliation of capital and
labor; opposes the indiscriminate use
of power of injunction by federal
court; disapproves the efforts of jthe
president of the United States to dic
tate the nomination-of his successsorr
condemns the last congress for profli
gate waste of the people's money;
favors a generous pension policy to
surviving veterans, their widows and
dependents, and attributes the present
financial stringency to the incompe
tency of republican leaders. ..
Kern fur Vice lrenllent.
The delegates to the national con
vention are .instructed to vote for
Bryan for president and John V.
Kern of Indiana for vice president.
The platform was unanimously
Will Support TaRgart.
Delegates to the convention yester
day afternoon selected by districts 2C
delegates to the national convention
at Denver and the committee on rules
selected four delegates at large,
i All of the 30 national delegates will
vote for Bryan for president ,and a
majority of them will vote for the re
election of National Chairman Taggart
as the Indiana member of the national
Iown Drmornti for Ilrynn.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 2C The
democratic state convention for the
purpose of selecting delegates to the
national convention convened at 10:30.
Claude R. Porter, temporary chair
man, called the convention to order.
The caucuses held earlier developed
some spirited contests, but the Bryan
men. were clearly in the majority. A
fight against Charles Miller led by
George F. Rhinehardt of Des Moines,
resulted in the changing of the meet
ing place of the next state convention
from Sioux City to Des Moines.
Fight In Seventh
The Seventh district caucus elected
John E. Mulvaney of Polk county and
J. P. O'Mally of Dallas county dele
gates to the national convention.
Jerry Sullivan of Polk county was
endorsed for delegate at large. A
fight developed in the Seventh dis.
trict over the selection of district del
egates which resulted in the defeat of
Parley Sheldon of Story county as
one of the delegates. Sheldon was
offered the position of alternate dele
gate, but refused to accept Jt.
North Dakota for Bryan.
Grand Forks, N. D., . March 26.-
After almost three hours of oratory
yesterday afternoon the committee on
resolutions of the North Dakota dem
ocratic state convention reported res
olutions the chief purpose of which
was the indorsement of William J
Bryan as the nominee of the national
democratic convention at Denver.
The resolutions instructed the dele
gates from North Dakota to vote for
After all statements from Johnson
men that an, instructed delegation
would be contested, and that there
would be a second choice candidate
In the person of Governor Johnson
the fact that there was not a dissent
ing voice raised - when a . vote was
called for caused surprise even among
the stanch Bryan men.
Up to the time of the assembling
of the afternoon session the "Johnson
men said they would introduce a sec
end choice resolntion, but it was not
forthcoming.. . '
PENROSE SEEMS IN
Physicians' Bulletin Noting No Sig
nificant Change Causes
Philadelphia, March 26. The condi
tion of Senator Penrose is causing
great alarm and there are grave
doubts as to his recovery. The fol
lowing bulletin was issued by the
three attending physicians at noon:
"No significant change in patient's
condition," which occasions great anx
iety. Guild About the Same.
Boston, March 26. According to the
physician's bulletin at 10 this morning
Governor Guild had a rather restless
night, but has shown some improve
ment in the past 24 hours.
Holds Senator-Elect Smith of Mary
land Was Not Elected in Con
Washington, March 26. Senator
Burrows today made objection to the
swearing in of Senator-elect Smith of
Maryland, who was chosen to succeed
the late Senator Whyte. It was
claimed Smith's election had not been
in accordance with the form prescrib
ed by the constitution.
The motion to seat Smith carried
OPERATED ON DIES
Murder Charge Lodged Again Korean
Students Who Attacked Durham
San Francisco, March 26. Durham
White Stevens, the diplomat, shot by
Whan Change, the young Korean,
Monday, died last night following an
operation. . Death was due to periton
itis. The operation disclosed that the
assassin's bullet had penetrated the
intestines in six places. Stevens
death will result in the charge of mur
der being brought against 'both
Change, who fired the fatal shots, and
Chun, his accomplice, who attacked
Stevens. Chun, who was wounded by
wild shot from his companion's re
volver, is on the road to recovery.
MORE SHIPS FOR HAYTI
Gunboats Marietta and Paducah Are
Dispatched from Cuba.
Washington, March 26. Two addi
tional war vessels were ordered to
Hayti yesterday, following a confer
ence of officials of the state and navy
departments. As the Des Moines has
already been sent to the scene of the
recent outbreak, the United States
will be represented by three war ves
sels in Haytien waters. The two ves
sels dispatched yesterday are the gun
boats Marietta and Paducah, both of
which have been at Guantanamo,
KANSAS FACULTY IN A FIGHT
Agricultural School Head Quits in a
Fight and Teacher Fellows.
Manhattan, Kan., 'March 26. Mrs.
Henrietta Calvin, professor of domes
tic science and art at the Kansas
State Agricultural college, yesterday
announced her resignation, to take
effect Sept'l. It is. understood that
at that time the entire staff of 10 in
domestic science will resign.
The action followed the resignation
of President Nicholls, who quit be
cause of differences, among members
of the faculty.
Auto Racers to Ship North.
Seattle, Wash., March 26. L. H.
Gray, manager of the steamship Cor-
win, has agreed to, transport the
American, Italian and French auto
mobiles In. the New York to Paris
race from Nome to the Siberian coast.
The Corwin will sail for Nome on
May 10. Gray expects to land thi
contestants in Siberia early in June,
The. American car is scheduled to
leave San Francisco tomorrow on the
steamship City of Pueblo for.Valdez
Charles Godard of the French Moto
Bloc team reached San Francisco
Tuesday night.. His car was shipped
fromvOgden and is expected to arrive
fn Frisco tomorrow. '
LANDS ON DOCTOR
State Civil Service Commission
Calls W. M. Young -a'
RESULT RECENT TESTIMONY
Said to Have Boosted Hotel Bills
Which the State Paid and Bought
Springfield, 111., March 26. In an
excoriating document the state civil
service commission yesterday issued
a statement condemning Dr. W. M.
Young of Bloomlngton as a "petty
grafter" and "incompetent" physician.
The attack was the result of Dr.
Young's recent testimony before the
state asylum investigating committee
at Bloomlngton to the effect that civil
service is a fraud and a failure.
The aboard cites letters from Dr.
Young after his discharge irt which
he admits padding Chicago hotel bills
and using the extra money to buy
theater tickets, but justifies himself
on the plea that such had been the
custom for a long time in the asylum.
Doctor Admits Incompetence.
Dr. Young, accompanied by two
women employes and his wife, stopped
at a hotel in Chicago in $2 rooms and
charged the state $5. , He paid the
tills for the party.
He also is charged with incompe
tence, which he admits in his letters.
He performed an autopsy by cutting
a child's skull from temple to temple.
He admits it was wrong, but says he
was tired and nervous.
Dr. Hook Uult Under Fire.
As the result of her detective visit
to the home of Ben Giroux in Chicago
Dr. Harriett A. Hook, physician at the
institution for the feeble minded at
Lincoln, yesterday resigned under
pressure from the civil service com
mission. The members of the com
mission have been embarrassed be
cause of the woman's imprudent ac
tion, and were at pains to explain to
Governor Deneen that they had noth
ing to do with her visit to the Giroux
TO BE THE HIGHEST YET
Will RUe 70 Feet Above the Singer
Building and Be Next in. Size
to Eiffel Tower.
New York, March 26. A revision
of the plans for the uncompleted tower
of the Metropolitan Life Insurance
company's building on Madison square
shows that the steel supports can bear
more weight, and the architects have
practically decided to add 23 feet to
the tower, previously planned to reach
658 feet above the sidewalk. There
will be a lookout about 675 feet above
the curbing according to the revised
plans. At C83 the Metropolitan tower
will be about 70 feet higher than the
Singer building tower. When com
pleted there will be but one structure
in the world, of a greater height than
the Metropolitan tower the Eiffel
tcwer, in Paris.
GOLDFIELD BANKER ACCUSED
President Rickey of State Bank
Trust Company Indicted.
Goldfield. Nev., March 26. The
grand jury, as a result of its investi
gation into the affairs of the State
Bank & Trust company, yesterday
found two indictments against Presi
dent Rickey, charging him with em
Repeats Ohio Plank.
Providence, R. I., March 2G. The
platform adopted at today's republican
state convention highly praises Presi
dent Roosevelt's administration, .en
dorses the declaration of the Ohio
platform in behalf of the revision of
the tariff by special session of con
gress, suggests a reduction of repre
sentatives in congress and the elec
toral college of every state that dis
franchises the negro.
Open New Telephone Line.
Omaha, March 26. With the com
pletion of 75 pairs of cables between
Omaha and Council Bluffs, the Omaha
Independent Telephone company was
given connection today with half
million telephones in Iowa, South Da-
kota, Minnesota, Illinois, and Missouri,
SEARLE'S TAFT RESOLUTION LOSES OUT
Springfield, 111., March 26. (Argus'
Special.) A-lively, fight was precipi
tated in the Fourteenth district con
gressional convention this morning
over the Taft and tariff resolutions
introduced by Judge Charles J. Searle
of Rock Island county. Mr. Searle
introduced a resolution desiring the
member of the committee on resolu
tions from the Fourteenth district to
do all in his power to secure the re
porting out of a resolution ' in favor
of Taft as the second choice of the
Illinois republicans for president. Sen
ator-Berry of Hancock county moved
to table the resolution. , The vote was;
Delegates to Republican Con
vention Safe but Lose
IN ARMORY AT TIME
Structure Frail and It Made
Exceptionally Ready Food
Springfield, 111., March 26. Fire to
day practically destroyed the Leland
hotel. The flames originated from
some unknown cause in the upper
portion of the northwest corner of the
building and, driven by a heavy wind,
soon spread throughout the top story
and burned through the roof. The
flames gradually worked downward.
Delegates All Safe.
The republican state convention
was in session at the Armory and all
of the delegates were there. Most of
them, however, lost all their baggage.
So far as known no lives were lost.
All attendants were able to make their
escape. Many of the guests acted
like madmen, being determined to
save their valises at the expense of
their Kves. They fought with police
men at the doors who endeavored to
keep them from entering the building.
liuildlng Mnde Good Fuel.
The building was old, entirely of
wood construction, and made splendid
food for the fire.
Vmlrr Control at 1 P. M.
At 1 o'clock the fire was under con
trol. The loss is $75,000.
News of the burning of the Leland
hotel is of special interest in Rock Is
land because delegates from this city
were quartered there and probably
lost their baggage. '
TO THE GROUND
Flames Arising From Unknown
Cause Visit $8,000 Loss
Upon the Village.
Orion, 111., March 2C (Argus Spe
cial.) The electric light plant here,
owned by the village, was almost to
taly destroyed this morning at 7
o'clock by fire which originated from
unknown causes. The loss is about
$8,000. No Insurance was carried on
the property, a policy having recently
expired, and the company refused to
renew the insurance.
The village is temporarily without
light, but arrangements are under dis
cussion for running a wire over from
Alpha, which desires to supply the
The plant was built about five years
ago. It will probably be rebuilt, if not
by the village, by a private corpora
tion. The flames may have originated
from electric currents or from sparks
from the railway trams passing
NO MORE SILVER SENT FREE
Appropriation for Transporting Coins
Exhausted, Notice is Given.
Washington, March 26. Secretary
Cortelyou has issued a general circu
lar announcing the amount of appro
priations by congress for the transpor
tation of silver coins for the year 1908
having become exhausted, "no more
standard silver dollars will be sent to
applicants free of charge for transpor
a.tation from the offices of the treas
urer or assistant treasurers of the
j United States." -
by counties, Warren, Henderson, Han
cock and McDonough voting to table
and Rock Island and Mercer against
Offered One on Tariff Plank.
Defeated in this resolution, Mr.
Searle offered one on the tariff plank
to the effect that the protective tariff
limited the differential in the cost of
production here and abroad and fa
voring the withdrawing of the tariff
from articles the. production of which
Is monopolized in the United States.
Berry Haa a Subntltut.
Senator Berry moved as a substi
tute to Mr; Searle's motion to instruct
the pommltteeman on resolutions to
FEAR THE RESULT
Move to Put Print Paper and
Wood Pulp on. Free List
Causes a Scare
ON WAYS AND MEANS BODY
Request of the 'American Newspaper
Publishers' Association Turn
New York, March 26. The Ameri
can Newspaper Publishers' associa
tion's effort to obtain legislation by
congress to put print paper and wood
pulp on the free list has received a
setback through the refusal of the
ways and means committee to give
the association a hearing.
Herman Ridder; president of the
publishers' organization, who recently
wrote to Chairman Sereno E. Payne
asking a hearing has made public the
latter's reply denying the request.
Payne's Letter of Refusal.
Chairman Payne's letter follows:
"Tha majority of the committee de
termined early in the session that it
would not be wise to enter upon a re
vision of the tariff this year, because
such action would add to the uncer
tainty and disquiet always caused by
a presidential election.
"They also had in mind the dis
turbance caused by the recent, panic.
To avoid all agitation, they decided
they would have no hearings upon any
subject affecting the tariff rates.
"After receiving your letter. I again
talked with a majority of the mem
bers of the committee, and they ad
hered to their opinion. I therefore
feel authorized to say to you there will
be no hearings upon tariff rates until
after the presidential election.
"SERENO E. PAYNE."
William PromlHea to Foree Issue.
Mr. Ridder, speaking on the sub
"I have seen President Roosevelt on
this subject repeatedly, and he gave
me positive assurances he would send
a special message to congress urging
that print paper and wood pulp be
put upon the free list. On the strength
of his statement I have urged the
newspaper publishers of the United
States to support him in his efforts to
do us justice.
"Congressman Williams, leader of
the-minority, Tuesday announced , on
the floor of congress that he would re
fuse to allow any legislation to go for
ward until the majority would give
assurances that it would pass three or
four measures, among which was this
one. We have assurances from' a ma
jority of congress that they will vote
for this measure if it can be brought
before the house.
Delay Disastrous to Public.
"Apparently the sole obstructionists
are on the ways and meaitas commit
tee, and I hope the publishers of the
country will take immediate measures
to bring a majority of the committee
to a realizing sense of their duty in
the matter. .
"Unless prompt and vigorous action
is taken, the measure is likely to fall.
If it does, the paper combine will
maintain high prices or may even ad
vance prices. If we fail to put the
manufactured article on the free list,
the Canadian government may impose
a prohibitive export duty on the logs,
and then the situation would become
"It would not only prove disastrous
to the public interests, but it would
mean that there would be a still great
er destruction of our forests with all
the attendant evil consequences."'
STILL BURNING WAREHOUSES
Tobacco War in Kentucky Continues
Residences and Saloon Pestroyed.
Covington, March 20. The leaf to
bacco warehouse of Hamilton & Co.
was destroyed by fire early today, en
tailing a loss of $15C,000. The fire is
thought of incendiary origin. - Five
residences and a saloon were also de
stroyed. .-- ,
CLOSES FIRETRAP BUILDINGS
Elgin Mayor Closes 17 Schools and
19 Churches as Unsafe.'
Elgin, 111. March 26. Seventeen
schools, 16 churches, - with theaters
and public halls, have been condemn-
use his efforts to secure the adoption
of the Taft resolution, a resolution
that Mr. Searle go before, the commit
tee on resolutions with his resolu
tions. Senator Berry's substitute was
adopted, Warren, McDonough, Hender
son ana nan cock counues voting aye
and Rock Island and Mercer nay.
Turned Down fcy State Committee.
The Rock Inland and Mercer coun
ties delegates,! headed by Mr. Searle
and Dr. M. G. 'Reynolds of Aledo, pre
sented the reioiu tions on Taft and
the tariff to tbi . committee on resolu
tions when th. t , body met at 11
o'clock, but th resolutions- were Ig
nored by the committee. -r
"ADJUSTMENT" OF TARIFF IS THE
LATEST REPUBLICAN WRINKLE;
BUT IT'S TOO STRONG FOR ILLINOIS
ed by Mayo Price as firetraps and
ordered to be closed. Fifty buildings
in all have been declared unsafe.
Among them are the fine new Y. M.
C. A. building, Elgin academy, one of
the finest schools in the west, and the
Chicago Telephone company's build
ing. Enormous expenditures will be
necessary to put the structures into
STARTS OUT EARLY
Sidney, First" Diamond Joe
Boat, Goes in Commission
About April 11
FROM ST. LOUIS AND KEOKUK
Intention of Management to Separate
Freight and Passenger Traffic
as Far as Possible.
The Diamond Jo Packet company
is preparing for an unusually early
beginning of operations. It is pro
posed to start the Sidney out between
St. Louis and Keokuk about April 11.
Later the Dubuque will also be called
Into commission, probably between
this city and St. Louis.
According to present arrangements.
the management expects to get things
into running shape on the upper river
about the middle of May. when the
St. Paul and the Quincy will be called
Extensive improvements have been
made on all the boats, the most ex
tensive of which have been on the Du
buque, which is being completely over
hauled and a new hull being put on it.
This work is being done at the Eagle
Pomt ways in Dubuque.
Separate Freight and Passenger.
Ah important feature of the season
this year will be the separation of the
freight and passenger traffic; by the
provisions of this arrangement, these
businesses will be carried on by means
of separate steamers, and it is even
probable that different landings will
be used. The advantages which will
accrue from this innovation are mul
tltudinous and are openly apparent.
It is the intention of the manage
ment to try to better the schedule in
this way, and it is even hoped that
eventually they may be able to ar
range conditions so that they can dup
icate a record which was once made
by a steamer, namely seven days from
the trip from St. Paul to St. Louis
and back. Of course this craft was
not loaded down with freight, nor did
it stop at all the small river towns.
It has also been found out that the
boats can get along better with less
decks and more staterooms, so
chances along this line are also in pro
gress. It is also stated that a shut
will be made from the American to
the European method of serving
SH0NTS DUKE IS SUED
FOR A BIG TAILOR BILL
Due de Chaulnes, It Is Claimed, Owes
an English Firm the Sum of
$2,000 Long Unpaid.
New York, March 26. Burt L. Rich,
counsel for due de Chaulnes, who was
married recently to Miss Theodora
Shonts, daughter of . ' Theodore P.
Shonts, appeared yesterday , before
Justice Conlan in the city court and
asked to have &et aside as void the
service of a summons in a suit begun
by James F. Hjinnigan, as assignee
for James Cavanaugh, a London tailor,
to recover $2,000 from the duke on a
tailor's bill contracted in 1901. The
bill is for $1,345, and interest brings
Is up to $2,000.
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
Washington, March 26. Following
are in brief the proceedings or the
two houses of congress yesterday as
taken from the official records:
SEJf ATE Voting on amendments to
the currency bill consumed nearly the
entire session or the senate yesterday.
All of ' the committees amendments
were accepted and Incorporated in the
bill, and all other amendments, except
one, were disagreed to, the voting
showing conclusively that only with
the sanction of the committee could
any change be made in the bill. At
5:15 ocloclc the senate adjourned to
HOUSE in tne course or a bitter de
nunciation of President Roosevelt on
the floor of the house of representatives
Mr. Stanley of Kentucky compared him
with Alexander Hamilton, whom he
designated as "an obscure adventurer.
and both of whom he said had profound
contempt for the constitution and dis
played everlasting impatience with its
restraints. Mr. Bryan, he said, had the
respect of the country as a statesman.
Apparently ignoring Mr. Stanley's re
marks. Mr. Cocks of New Tork, repre
senting the president's district, defend
ed the president against the recent at
tack of Mr. Willett. . Mr. Willett. reply
ing, declared his complete ability to
defend all that he had said.- All the
remarks were made during general de
bate on the agricultural appropriation
bill, the consideration of which had not
been concluded when the house at &:13
p. m. adjourned to today.
Plank Nat Prepared Till Con
gressman Boutell Comes
HIS TERM REJECTED
Cannon Has Things His Own
Way Usual Endorse
Springfield, 111., March 26. At 10 .
today the republican convention,
which is to select four delegates and
alternates at large to the Chicago con
vention, was called to order by Roy.
O. West, chairman of the state central
committee. George Buckingham of
Danville was made temporary chair
man, then permanent chairman. . The
convention was solidly for Cannon for
president and endorsed his candidacy
in as strong terms as the language
Bouquet a for Deneen. -
It also upheld the administration of
Governor Deneen and commended his
conduct of public affairs. All the
other state officers of -the party were
endorsed, as were Senators Cullom
and Hopkins. The administration of
Roosevelt was also highly praised.
Got Latest Ideas from Washington.
The tariff plank of the platform
was the subject of much discussion
and nothing definite was done with It
until Congressman Boutell arrived late
last night with the latest Washington
ideas and the best way in which it
should be worded. The final draft of
the plank did not, however, differ
greatly from the original wording. It
declared in favor . of tariff "adjust
ment" in place of "revision," It being
the idea of its framers the former
word is more comprehensive.
Sooner the Better.
The plank says in part: "We rec
ommend to our delegates to the repub
lican national convention that thvy ,
urge upon the convention the wisdom.
of declaring for readjustment of the
tariff, to be made at the next session
of congress or at a special session
of the Cist congress, to be convened
ramediately after the inauguration of
the next president
Maximum and Minimum.
We believe our tariff should con
tain provisions -for minimum and
maximum rates, the minimum rates
giving full protection and the maxi
mum rate to be invoked for retaliating
upon foreign countries that discrim
inate against American products. We
believe two main ideas should govern
all provision of the tariff.
First Call for Farmers.
First That the protective princi
ple so prevail in all schedules that
American farmers, workmen and pro
ducers shall be given first call on the
Second That no illegal or unjust
combination, trust or monopoly shall
find encouragement or shelter In any
of its provisions."
The platform approves of the vigor
ous enforcement of interstate laws
against all combinations, monopolies
and trusts, and urges If the laws now
on the statnte books are not sufficient
to reach every case of discrimination
additional laws be enacted by con
gress; such financial legislation as
will give to the country districts the
same protection as to the central re
serve cities and present a recurrence
of financial disturbances is favored.
Taft Not Named.
After eulogizing .-. Cannon . for his
loyal and able service," the platform
continues: "W unequivocally instruct
our delegates to the national conven
tion to cast their votes for Cannon,
and use every honorable means to se- .
cure his nomination. .'We earnestly
request our district delegates to use
their united influence in support of
his candidacy." . ' .
Changed the Word. ...
It was generally believed until just
before the convention met the tariff
plank would declare for "adjustment,"
bnt at the last minute it was stricken
out and revision alone asked.
Fire Cauaea Adjournment
When word reached the convention
hall the Leland hotel" was on fir an
Impromptu adjournment " was - taken,
many delegates leaving the halL The
convention reassembled and. the fol
lowing were nominated for delegates
at large: Shelby M- Cullom, Albert J.
Hopkins, Charles- S. Deneen, Fred .A.
Busse; alternates, William Hodson;
John R. Marshall, Charles O. Eckhirt
and F. 1L Smiley. . The-convention
then adjourned. V - .