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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 164.
THE ARGUS, MONDAY, APRIL--- 27, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
CONGRESSMAN MANN ANNOUNCES
PAPER TRUST IS PREPARED TO
TELL THE COMMITTEE ITS STORY
Hastens to Offer Official Testi
mony at Pretended Investigation.
PUBLISHER IS HEARD
Makes Clear Presentation ol
Manner in Which Buyers
Are Held Up.
Washington, April 27. The select
committee of the house appointed by
Speaker Caiu:on to inquire into the
cop.plaint of the American Newspaper
Publishers' association regarding the
' price of print .paper In the United
States, continued its hearing today.
Other Side Willing.
At the outset Chairman Mann an
. nouueed the receipt" of a letter from
President Burbank of the International
- Paper company expressing a complete
willingness to send to Washington
'suitable officials with full informa
tion regarding the affairs of this com
pany as you will be apt to wish."
Hearing; In Drgaa.
Washington, April 27 Fighting at
close quarters began Saturday between
the forces contending for tho consid
eration of the Stevens free wood pulp
bill and the house triumvirate which
is determined to throttle that measure
by means of a pretended investigation
of the print paper industry. A dele
gation of nearly half a hundred, con
stituting a special committee of the
American Newspaper Publishers as
sociation, arrived In Washington to
toll Speaker v Cannon's special commit
tee of the house all It wanted to know
about the paper situation." The inves
tigation committee was unprepared for
such a sudden commencement of pro
. geciHnga( hur.-nverUielcss parted 'the
hearing. v - -
In seeking excuses for refusing to
let a free wood pulp and paper bill
pass the house, the do-nothing clique
has found a favorite argument in the
contention that Canada would impose
such a tax the minute this government
removed the tariff from -pulp or the
finished paper product. It has been
declared that CanailA is about to im
pose an export duty, anyway.
.1 Reeommended by I'rrnldrnt.
President Roosevelt, in his special
message to congress on March 25, de
clared that our forests need every
protect ion and that' one method of
protecting ihem would be to put upon
the free list wood pulp, with a corre
sponding reduction upon " paper made
from wood pulp, "when they come
from any country that does not put
an export duty upon them."
There might be basis for the argu
ment of the do-nothings if the conten
tion as to what Canada will do was
well founded. But it is on a par with
the other excuses for throttling the
Stevens bill and kindred measures a
mere bugaboo, official assurances from
Canada showing 'no duty is planned
from that end of the line.
GREAT AMERICAN WHO IS SERIOUSLY ILL
AT THE HANDS
Reported Moroccan Ban
dit Was Ambushed by
1 Band of Loymes.
New York Manager Heard.
John ; Norrls, business manager of
the. New York Times, speaking for
the Publishers' association as a whole,
was before the committee throughout
the afternoon, first presenting an elab
orate statement of the reasons why
legislation, and not a prolonged com
mittee investigation designed to pre
vent the consideration of legislation
during the present session of con
gress, ought to be taken up. Later
Mr.Norris testified as to his personal
knowledge of the cost of producing
paper, the increase in prices to con
sumers, actual and prospective, and
many other things about which mem
bers of the committee asked questions.
3lana IteHenta Charge.
Chairman Mann, Speaker Cannon's
specially chosen inquisitor, at the out
set assumed a manner indicating that
the publishers of the country might
be regarded as the defendants in the
case instead of those forming the pa
per manufacturers' combine. Mr.
Mann appeared to resent the charges
the publishers have made, Biieh resent
ment on his- part being a sympathetic
connection with Speaker Cannon's dis
turbed tranquility over the necessity
- of having to provide for an investiga
tion that nobody, including himself,
cared for, in order to sidetrack a pop-
action in conformity
Vtions by President
Majoi AVant Action
In spite of investigation that has
been provided' for, the obstructors of
legislation are not out of the woods
It Is more apparent than ever now that
a clear majority of the members of
the house want action on the Stevens
bill, or some kindred measure.. This
being the case, it likewise is becom
ing apparent that members cannot re
turn to their constituents and give
the Cannon investigation as an excuse
for not acting. -. ,
Argument. Given Quietuv
one or the leading arguments
against placing wood pulton ' Mree
list that Canada" would retaliate by
an export tax on- wood pulp is knock
ed out, by advices received here from
high olllcial sources in the Dominion
Tangier, April 27. Reports are in
circulation here that Itaisuli, the ban
dit, has been assassinated.
Native rumors current here are to
a band of "Loymes while journeyiuz
' Has Purported ConBrmnllnii.
Paris, April 27. The News agency
here has what purports to be a con
firmation of the report of the assas
sination of Itaisuli by a number of
I.oymes tribesmen while returning to
his home from ai native feast offered
in his honor. Other rcport3 express
doubt as to the truth of the rumors.
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CONDITIONS IN DISTRICT SWEPT
BY WIND SHOW NO IMPROVEMENT,
DEATH LIST MAY MOUNT TO 450
fiom the northeast swept over this
section doing considerable damage to
shipping and other property. In Squat
ter stown, the home of local fishermen,
the water is four or five feet high.
Fishing boats were wrecked and peo
ple driven from the town by the water
which flooded their homes.
Property Loss Will Reich to
UINE FUTURE IN
Conference Adjourns in Deadlock and
Both Sides Will Vote on Prop
ositions Split On.
Ex-President Grover Cleveland's Condition is Such as to Cause Grave Doubts
as to His Recovery He is Suffering From Stomach. Trouble. ;
Springfield, III., April 27. The joint
state convention of the Illinois coal
miners and operators ended Saturday
afternoon in a deadlock. The session
lasted an hour, and in that time it
was decided to refer both the shot
firer question and the closed shot
proposition to a referendum vote.
The operators will vote on the closed
shop proposition ; . and if they decide
to continue their , stand on this sub
ject, negotiations will be broken off
between the miners and operators.
The companies of Illinois will vote
on the shot firer question and if they
decide they will not longer pay these
men a strike may follow.
Should the miners vote to continue.
paying shot firers .and the operators
decided the closed shop proposition
to the satisfaction of the miners,, a
new agreement will be formulated and
signed and the mines will then be re
opened. Should such an agreement be
formed, it is agreed it shall hold good
for two years.
elapsed afterMhe collision before the
St. Paul's boats, were put in the water.
At that time the .cruiser was turning
turtle. Some of the bluejackets on
board of her cried: 'Lower your boats
As the vessel heeled over we could
see the bluejackets climbing to the
uppermost side and those who failed
to get a secure hold slipped into the
DID NOT REALIZE
Danger to Passengers of Steam
er St. Paul Greater Than
AFTER STRIKING A CRUISER
Barely Able to Make Dock Snow
Caused Delay in Lowering Boats
of the Liner.
carcu ior, in oruer t
ular demand !v act
with recomrp tk
PREVAIL IN SOUTH
Cause Mills to Close, In Columbus, Ga
Has Been gaining There for
' , Several Days. ..'-'v
Atlanta, Ga., -April 27. As a result
of .heavy storms the past . few dayi
flood conditions, prevail In a majority
, of the rivers of Georgia and portions
cr Aianama.. The. moat serious con
' ditions exist at Columbus where the
- mills ar closed; down and street car
Mct Ji1ow Karc Urnvrry.
"The discipline on the Gibraltar
was magnificent. Wo sould see every
man at his iKst. There was no ex
citement on either ship. One would
have thought that it was a moving
picture instead of a real disaster. It
was lucky that the collision happened
so close to land; that very f;ict gave
the seamen and the passemfers more
The admiral commanding 'the Ports
mouth station has issued a list of the
ictims of the collision as.-fHows:
Drowned bodies recovered, -Cowdrey,
first writer; Widgcry and Si'berres,
stewards, and one unknown man. In
jured, one seaman, since died in Gol-
en Hill hospital,, and fiix injured in
hospital. Missing, Lieutenant Wil-
iam G. P. Graves, five petty officers
and 17 seamen and stokers.
EVANS MAY AGAIN COMMAND
Southampton, April 27. The passen
gcrs on me t. ran I, who acted so
cooly during the trying few minutes
following the collision, with the cruis
er Gibraltar Saturday, could hardly
have realized the danger in which
they stood. They were assured by
the officers who hurried among them
that there was no danger, but the
condition of the steamer's bows, dis
closed as it lies at the dock, shows
that it had a narrow escape from
meeting the.me fate as the Gibral-
ar. .As itte- the St. Paul was more
seriously damaged than at first sup
posed. It shipped a great quantity
f water through its broken plates
and from the moment It backed away
from the wrecked cruiser until it
reached its wharf all Us pumps were
kept going to their full capacity.
I'latm Are Crnabrd la.
The damaged bows of the St. Paul
indicate that it forced it.s nose at least
20 feet, through the cruiser's side, but
fortunately the greatest damage it re
ceived was above the water, line. The
bow post was buckled, while the
plates on both the port and starboard
bows were, crushed in and gaping
cracks extended along the side. Just
along , the water line the. paint was
scraped away, but from that point
downward there is no apparent dam
age, although the bolts' must, have
been Etarted, which would account for
the water pouring into its hold.
. Men Show Ilare nravery.
J. T4 Hillis of London, a passenger
on the liner, speaking of the delay In
lowering the boats from: the St. Paul
said: . : v . .
; "In response to our offer of, assist
ance the captain of the Gibraltar re
plied that It was not needed. That
accounts for the fact that some time
It seemed to me about 20 minutes
Likely to Take Charge of Fleet En
tering Golden Gate.
Paso Robles Hot Springs, April 27
It is announced if Re.ar Admiral
Evans continues to improve as rapidly
as he has during the past two weeks
he will join the fleet at Monterey
and be in command when the ships
pass through the Golden gate.
IN THE NORTH
Notre Dame, Canada, Wiped
Out by Vast Movement
.' of Earth.
CAUSED BYTHE FLOODS
Base of Hill Undermined . by
Stream Digging for the
river, completely overwhelming the 20
buildings situated on the east bank
and dammed the river, thus cutting
oft the escape of the unfortunate vil
At last accounts 11 bodies had been
recovered. The nearest town of lm
portance to the scene of the catastro
lhe is Buckingham, which is 25 miles
from Ottawa by the 'Canadlan Pacific
railway. There are no Sunday trains,
however, so that the reporters were
obliged to drive the entire distance of
S3 miles over roads deep in mnd end
obstructed in the bush country by
Dnr to SprlnK Fraihrt.
The disaster was due to the disinte
grating effect of the spring freshet.
For miles on either side of the river
the country is of a deep blue clay for
mation. The tongue of land on which
the west portion of the village was
situated was about 500 yards long,
This mass of clay- moved out bodily
with incredible rapidity, burying the
occupants of the two houses in their
ruins and carrying death .swiftly to
the dwellers on the opposite bank.
Louis Klaw Dead.
New York, April 27. Ixiiiis Klaw,
uother of Marc Klaw of the theatrical
Aim of Klaw & Eriaiiger, died today.
le was associated with his brother in
? German Discount Rate Cut.
Berlin, April 27. The rate discount
of the Imperial bank of Germany was
reduced today from to 5 per cent.
. Ottawa, Ont., April 27. A landslide
which took place on the banks of the
Lievre river in the county of La Belle.
Quebec, buried more than a score of
houses and caused the loss of 30
The village of Notre Dame de Sa
lette was completely swept away. It
stood on both banks of the Lievre at
a spot where the river is 50 yards
wide and tot thisseason is swollen by
the melting snows.
On the west bank, which was about
CO feet above the waters' edge, Were
two houses, one containing the tele
phone office, the other the postofllce,
kept by Camille La Pointe. 4
. Twenty ItulMlncn Hurled.
At 5 o'clock yesterday morning the
west bank began to slip toward the
stream. . Before the occupants of the
two houses could escape the great
mass of blue clay tore across the
HEAVY SNOW IN THE
NORTH IS REPORTED
Blocks Traffic in Places and is One of
Most Serjous of Season Far
South as Missouri.
WERE 1,277 INJURED
Relief Measures Being Taken
in Cities 2,500 Houses
BALLOON IN WHICH SHERBIE BECKER
WILL STUMP WISCONSIN SEEKING
GOVERNORSHIP BIGGESTIN CAPTIVITY
Chicago, April 27. Sherbie Becker's i
balloon the largest in : "captivity"
from which the mayor of Milwaukee
will stump Wisconsin during bis gu
bernatorial campaign, arrived in Chi
The aerial contrivance Is really the
property; of Charles A. Coey,; but dur
ing the'comlng .political fight will be
long to Mr. Becker. From the . floor
of the basket tq the top. valve the
balloon measures J25 feet ' -
- George ; L. ' Bumbaugb, inventor , of
the car; ..which has been christened
the ."Chicago," will make tho initial
ascent , next - week with Mr. Becker
and Mr. Cocy. ; The balloon, ho says,
can stay in the air six weeks without
a landing. ' . " ' ,-.
Banket Comfortable a Pnllmaa.
The , baske.t In . which Mr. Becker
cxpect3 to pass m'ucli of his time ex-
St. Paul. Minn., April 27. A wet
snow Tell here today delaying street
car traffic. . ' '
Heaviest of Season.
Superior, Wis., April 27. This sec
tion is today experiencing one of the
heaviest snow storms pt the season.
. In Missouri, Too.
Sedalia, Mo., April 27. There was a
light fall of snow in central Missouri
early today. V '.
Fruit Suffers in Colorado..
Denver, Col., April 27. Damage by
frost the past two night to orchards
in the fruit growing regions of Col
orado is estimated at $1,000,000.
Killing Freeze in Nebraska.
Omaha, April 27. The minimum tem
perature in- Nebraska dropped to 29
last night, accompanied in some parts
of the state by a killing frost. j Inter
mitten snow fell throughout the north
horting his fcl1ow"cillzens is as" com
fortable!as a Pullman car. There isefn part of the state.
room in the basket for 10 passengers.
two large seats being arranged on ,: South Dakota Has Snowstorm.
eitner side, and camp chairs about the I 'Fierre, s. u, April 27. A snow-
carpeted floor.. - fstorm started here Satnrday night and
- Nor need the aerial spellbinder and j continued - most of yesterday.- ... The
his political managers become hungry, I temperature is onild. however, and the
for there is in the car a camping out- j snow is melting as fast as It falls. It
a lime I is not likely that there will he any
damage, unless it is to weak lambs
and stock on the ranges. "
In Northern Iowa.
' Des tMoines, Iowa," April 27. In the
St for , cooking purposes and
stove. .. J.
The basket 13 handmade and lined
with cork, as a precaution - agaiust
disaster should a landing be forced
upon water. , The entire outfit weighs
less than400 pounds, and it can lift I northern part of the state of Iowa the
three tons. V'Three hundred . sacks of I temperature - fell below the freezing
ballast will be used. .- v
MfrCoey will enter the "Chicago'
in, the International, aeronautique con-1
tests in Chicago for the world's cham
pionship in' July. . .1
point. last night and early today.
i iHigtvVVInd on Lakes.
Marinette, Ww, April 27. A; storm
today, r almost of hurricane ; velocity,
Atlanta. Ga., April 27. Conditions in
the districts stricken by the storm of
Friday, Saturday and Sunday show no
Improvement, according to reports up
to 1 today. The death list may reach
450. The list of injured stands 1.277.
' Three State Chief SafTerera.
Apparently Mississippi and Louisi
ana were the chief sufferers. Reports
from these sections today show a num
ber of small towns have from 1 to 10
dead. Relief measures have been tak
en in Montgomery, Mobile, New Or
leans, and other places: The number
of dead In the vicinity of Richton.
Miss., Is 15? The financial, loss will
aggregate several million . dollars.
Total Are. More Area rate.
New Orleans, April 27. The totals
of death, misery and ruin caused in
four southern states by Friday's tor
nadoes came to hand yesterday in ap
proximately correct form.
Briefly stated they are: "
Killed, about 350.
Injured, painfully or seriously, 1,200.
Homeless, several thousands.
Towns reporting serious wreckage,
. Habitations and business houses
practically complete ruins in these
towns, about 2,500.
rlaatatlon Not Figured la.
The. above figures , do .not include ...
the wreckage, .on plantations and
farms, scores of which were struck
The number of dead may never be
known accurately for the reason that
about 300 of them were negroes and
they were buried in many communi
ties without careful records being
made of theiu. numbers.
While some of the first reports giv
ing apparently reliable death lists
have since proved unreliable, never- ,
theless, remote places where were
late in reporting their dead have
served to bold the total death list
Storm' Path Traced.
'By following the wreckage of towns
the general direction of the tornadoes
storm struck in three separate cur
rents, each describing , the arc of a
circle and traveling toward the north
The first of these struck through
northern Louisiana, Mississippi and
Tennessee before daylight Friday
The second appeared farther south
about 7 o'clock in Louisiana and Mis
sissippi. This apparently was the por
tion of the storm which had swept
through Alabama and Georgia on Fri
day night and Saturday morning.
The third portion of the storm ap
peared during Friday afternoon, far
ther south than either of Its prede
cessors. ) This was the storm which
demolished Amite, La., .and Purvis,
Why the fatalities were so nnusuat
ly large is apparent from a glance at
photographs from - the tornado belt.
They all tell the same story. Whole
of what were ' formerly resl-
CANNON TO LET
Speaker May Permit Dis
cussion of Paper Pulp
Duty by Congress.
Washington, April 27. As a result
of representations of the American
pWKnaniir " "PuM ichors flcsnrmlinn
- " - - i - 1
Speaker Cannon has agreed that the
subject of removal of the duty on
wood pulp and the price of print
p.-per in the United states snail be
discussed at a caucus of republicans
to be held this week, providing a rea-can be traced closely.
sonabTe Dumbw of republican mem
bers make a request to that effect.
Prepared to Continue Filibuster.
Washington, April 27. In a speech
in the house today Minority Leader
Williams said the democratic filibus
ter Would continue until the house
decided to consider the campaign pub
licity bill, the bill putting print paper
on the free list and the anti-injunction
Senate Ready to Vote oa Navy.
Washington, April 27. The senate
met-at 11 today. Under unanimous
consent and agreement it will vote on
the naval appropriation bill before ad
journment today. Debate on the Piles
amendment providing for the construe-1
tion of four battleships was begun im
Stone Asala Heard. '..
Washington, April . 27. Senator
Stone of Missouri spoke at length
upon the necessity of building up the I blocks
merchant marine and the navy. He dences and cabins lie
condemned speeches referring to the! the ground In debris.
possibility of war with Japan. Re- If a huge lumber pile had been scat-
f erring to the estimated deficit in the tered over these areas the number
revenues of the government this year of individual boards, unattached to
of $60,0000.000, Stone declared he pro- anything else, could scarcely have
posed to vote for only two battleships. I been greater.
Under this mass of wreckage many
hundred persons were buried, not one
in a hundred escaping without some
injury. The houses which were thus
scattered about were - mostly negro
' Strange Stora Story.
Along with the accounts of suffer
ing have come many recitals of re
markable experiences, of which the
following is typical: a,
At Amite, La., when the tornado
CHIMNEY FALLS Oil
Crushes One to Death and Fatally In
jures Two More at- Buf-
.. falo, N. Y.'
Buffalo, April 27. While a party of
school children were playing in the J appeared there were seven persons at .
yard of a public school on Swan street.
a tall chimney on an adjoining build
ing was blown over by a heavy gust
of wind. William. Pinzel, -aged 14,
was crushed to death, and two others
were fatally injured. ". Several received
minor hurts. :, '.-'. ,
' Little Change In Condition.
Lakewood,' N. J., April 27. The
condition of former President Grover
Cleveland, who is 111 at the hotel here,
Is - r not materially changed today.
There is ' no apprehension of "an im-1 children sought
the dinner table - at. Hamilton War
ner's .'.home, including three children.
The wind in a second tore off wo
doors on- opposite sides of the room.
and an astonishing nroressinn of
and inanimate objects began to pass
into the room through these door
ways. First came a calf, running be
fore the wind. The animal jumped
over .the dining table and went, out
the opposite door. Afterward came
a horse, which followed through the
exit taken by the calf. The three
refuge under; the
table, and no one was Injured. ,
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