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1 .FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAH. NO: 167.
THE ARGUS; THURSDAY. APRIL 30. 1908. TEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
JAPANESE TRAINING CRUISER, THE
MAtSIIUSHIMA, IS DESTROYED BY
HUNDREDS OF LETTERS RECEIVED
DAILY AT THE WHITE HOUSE ASKING
ROOSEVELT TO AGAIN ENTER RACE
AN EXPLOSION IN ITS MAGAZINE
Feared That 200 Members of
the Crew Lost Their. Lives
as a Result.
CAPTAIN IS MISSING
Son ot Prince . Oyama, Field
Marshal, is Among
Tokio, April "0. The training cruis
er Matsushima was sunk oil Pesca
dores islands this morning by an ex
plosion of projectiles. Other cruisers
rescued 141. of the crew. It is feared
over 200, including the captain of the
Matsushima, are lost. The Matsu
shima sank immediately.
i'auate ft't Kuown.
The cause of the explosion, which
occurred in the magazine, is not
known. The majority of the officers
were saved. Sons of Baron Chinda,
vice minister of the foreign office, and
of Prince Oyama, field marshal, are
among the cadets who it is feared are
f.erman Ship linn Accident.
Kiel, April 30. During gun practice
on board the German battleship El
eass Tuesday night in Kiel bay, a
cartridge exploded prematurely, kill
ing two men and wounding six, four
of them seriously. A launch had been
out from the battleship to experiment
in the blowing up of obstructions in
the water. During the maneuvers one
of the cartridges on board exploded.
TO PICK DELEGATES
Anti - Administration--rTepwbHeaTHr"1
Alabama Hold Ses&ion. West
Virginia for Taft.
Birmingham, Ala., April SO. The
Alabama republican state convention
of the anti-administration faction 'was
held here yesterday.
The surprise of the convention was
the affiliation of National Committee
man Charles H. Scott of Montgomery,
with this faction of the party. Mr.
.Scott was elected permanent chairman
and called for "an independent repub
lican party in Alabama uninfluenced
by federal office-holders."
An attempt by the negro delegates
to make H. V. Cashin of Decatur tem
porary chairman caused excitement.
The negro delegates, however, were
given places on all the committees.
The convention indorsed congressional
district delegates chosen by conven
tions which recognized the legality of
the "Davidson" wing of the party.
l nese delegates at large to the na
tional convention were chosen:
Judge Asa E. Stratton, Canton.
Charles D. Alexander, Attala.
W. R. Pettiford. negro, Birmingham.
Major Charles J. Allison, Birming
ham. They were not Instructed. '
Portland, Ore., April 30. The re
publican state central committee yes
terday unanimously indorsed the can
didacy of Secretary Taft for the nom
ination for president and recommend
ed to the state convention, "which will
be held here May 14. that the dele
gates to the national republican con
vention be Instructed to support him.
Parkersburg. V. Va., April 30. The
republican state convention held here
yesterday afternoon endorsed Secre
tary Taft for the presidential nomina
ROADS THRIVE WITH 2C FARE
Eight Iowa Companies Show Increaced
Earnings of $383,057 for Year.
Des Moines. April 30. With the 2
cent fare law in operation for the
greater part of the period, the eight
representative railroads of Iowa show
a net gain of 383,((57 in passenger
earnings for the year ending Jan. 1,
1908. Notwithstanding a decrease of
$380,000 In the gross earnings for the
same period, the conclusion is drawn
that the reduction in the price of mile
age has 'benefited the railroads as well
as the p2ople. '
MANUEL ADDRESSES CORTES
Makes Effort toWln Sympathies of
the Portuguese People.-
. Lisbon, April 30. The Portuguese
cortes reassembled yesterday, the 82d
anniversary of the .establishment of a
constitutional government in Portugal.
The royal mourning for the late King
Carlos and his son was suspended for
the occasion. The entire garrison of
Lisbon turned out at ; daylight and
formed along the route from the Ne-
cessidades palace to the parliament
buildings. King Manuel's, address was
a pathetic, and at the same time a
practical and vigorous discourse cal
culated to win the sympathies of the
people. He touched upon the tragedy
of Feb. 1, as "the cruel disappearance
of my father and brother." He was
greeted with respect.
FINDS POINT THAT
American Newspaper Association Wit-
ness Submits Reportof Pa per Com
pany on Increase In Price.- -
Washington, April 50. John Norrls, '
representing the paper committee of
the American Newspaper Publishers'
association in the print paper qulziyes-
teiduy presented numerous letters and
documents to bear out his contentions.
Apparently the committee was partic
ularly impressed with the annual
statement of the International Paper
company for the fiscal year ended
June o0, 1907. showing an increased
cost of production of U0 cents a ton
as against a raise in the price of
.paper of $12 a ton. Chajrman Mann
appreciating the importance of this
testimony, announced he would go to
the bottom to ascertain the cause of
so large an increase in the price of
During the day Norrls formulated
questions which he wished the com
mittee to propound at once to the In
ternational company and others, and
also submitted the names of a dozen
persons identified with the paper busi
ness whom he desired subpoenaed.
i BRYAN IF ELECTED, TO
MAKE CHANGE IN NAVY
Proposes to Appoint Schley Secretary
and Weed Out Bureaucratic
Board of Navigation.
Washington Anril r.n rPfflr -
mlral Wilifield Scott Schley,- retired,
will be offered the secretaryship of
the navy in case William J. Bryan is
The navy department has for years
been run by the bureau of navigation
ind the secretary has not been much
more than a chief clerk to register
the decrees of that bureau. Bryan
intends in case he becomes president
to make a cloan sweep of the bureau
cratic ring and inaugurate a new deal
all around. He does not believe it
possible to do that without a practical
naval officer at the head of the de
Admiral Schley himself has not
been approached by any representa
the of Bryan on this question and
knows nothing of it. It leaked out
yesterday accidentally and has not
been confided by Bryan to anybody
outside the circle of his most intimate
FANATIC HELD FOB MURDER
Coroner's Jury Accuses Pennsylvanian
of Having Slain Little Girl.
Easton, Pa., April 30. A .coroner's
jury yesterday rendered a verdict
charging Robert Bachman with the
murder of Irene May Smith, the little
girl who, it is-alleged, was offered as
a sacrifice by religious fanatics. Bach
man was the uncle of the child. Her
mother was released and her father
Is being held. The latter is insane.
ANOTHER SCIENTIST CLAIMS HE
HAS SECRET OF TRANSMUTATION OF
METALS AND WILL SOON MAKE GOLD
Chicago, April 30. Has the dream
of the alchemist of old been realized
in the dawn - of the 20th century?
Eighteen months hence, Rudolph M.
Hunter says, he will be manufacturing
24-carat gold at the rate.. of $100,000,
000 annually. Transmutation of sil
ver and baser metals into gold Is his
secret, and he declares he can pro
duce . the finer metal in quality to
defy the government experts as to
Its origin, and in quantity to keep the
Philadelphia mint busy the year
Mr. Hunter Is in Chicago attending
to the final details of getting a huge
plant at Philadelphia into operation.
Behind rock -walls, without windows
and with a single door to the turreted
and feudal-like caFtle which Is to
(house a half-million dollars worth of
delicately tuned machinery. thi3 mod
wizard promises to. revolutionize
tne sold crop of the world.
. Reward of vnm' tii.
"We are now at the point "of put
ting into commercial execution the re-
suit of years of toil, thought and ex
perlmenting," said Mr. Hunter at the
l . JU, ? i2S EY'SU1 x ' !
STICK AS LONG
AS HOPE LASTS
Leader of His Following!
' New York, April 30. The name of
Governor Hughes will not be with
drawn from the presidential canvasF
until the national convention at Chi
cago has made Its choice of candi
dates. This statement was made by
General Stewart Woodford, president
of the Hughes League of the United
States, who was present at a confer
ence of the delegates elected to the na
tional convention from New York
state today, called in the interest of
Hughes' candidacy. It had been re
ported that the announcement of the
withdrawal of his name as a candi
date for president might be announced
nt touay s conterence, but tins was
positively denied by Woodford.
IS HEIR OF A DEAD DOC
Helena, Mont., Alderman Gets Fine
House by Court's Decision.
Helena, Mont., April 30. Through a
decision rendered by District Judge J.
C. Clements, G. D. Beattie, a city ald
erman, named as -co-heir with a pet
dog in the will of Mrs. Mary A. Pryse,
who died last February, becomes" the
sole heir of the- pet dog and thereby
inherits a valuable residence in this
city. The dog died Feb. 9, sh6rtly af
ter the death of Mrs. Pryse.
Great Northern hotel last night "The
last demonstration has been civen
that " is necessary to prove that, my
invention is scientifically and commer
cially correct and the completion ol
the plant, which is to begin at once,
will mark the beginning of a new
epoch in the commercial history of
the world." '
Mr. Hunter is an inventor and en
gineer of standing in the scientific
world. During his career he has pro
duced and patented hundreds of ideas.
notably in the electrical field. His
patents cover the- trolley, conduit ana
electric accumulator system of trac-
tion now in use. " ,
The inventor came, to Chicago, he
said, to submit his building plans to
a select coterie -of Chicago business
men, . two of whom are bank presi-
uents, who, with New York and Phila
delphia financiers, are furnishing the
necessary funds for the erection of
the building and apparatu.s which is
to turn a flood of gold into the gov-
T'" . " -7 or'sinai cost or
w ou "e aouar.
Resident Calls Upon Congress
men to Ask tor Cash to
ND MAKE PUBLIC ACCOUNT
House Takes Up the Consideration of
ihe Matter in -Committee of
Washington, April 30. President
Joosevelt today sent for Representa
tives Hepburn of Iowa, Towns-end of
Michigan, Campbell of Kansas and
Sulzer of New York, and urged them
o make vigorous efforts to secure
arger appropriations in the' sundry
civil bill for the investigation of the
ouks of tlia railronds of the country
Hill I p In the Senate.
Washington, April 30. The agricul
tutal appropriation bill was taken ur
In the senate today. The house today
went into committee of the whole for
'urthcr consideration of the sundry
'ivil appropriation bill. The commit
tee first took up the amendment pro
josed by Townsend of Michigan to
ncrease from $50,000 to $350,000 the
appropriation to enable the interstate
commerce commission to enforce the
clause of the interstate commerce act
lirecting the commission to examine
into and make public accounts of in
terstate railroads and authorizing the
employment of special examiners for
Hump for Nnvnl T-Xlmnle.
Washington, April 30. By a vote
of 187 to. 42 the house yesterday re
fused to accept the , senate amend
ments to the naval appropriation bill
and sent it to conference.
FIRE TO THE HOUSE
Sixteen Narrowly Escape Death at La
Crosse Result of Lid Being on
In the City.
La Crosse, Wis., April SC. Indig
nant residents of the town of Shelby,
this county, are suspected of setting
fire early today to a disorderly house
which opened after the new "lid" or
der went into effect in La Crosse
April 15. Sixteen young women in
mates of the place narrowly escaped
death, a number being rescued through
heroic efforts by the firemen.
INDIANA BANK FOUND SHORT
Malone & Son of Cayuga Cannot Pay
. Out by Some $35,000.
Danville, 111., April 30. The private
bank of Malone &' Son of Caynga,
Ind., was closed today by order of the
state bank "examiner. According to
a statement given out the institution
is short about $35,000. The bank is
capitalized at $10,000'and has deposits
Squires Finds One Victim.
Dublin, "April 30. In a glove con
test here this afternoon Bill Squires
p Australia knocked out Jem Roche.
;thQc former Irish., champion,, in the.
"lourth round. ,
Macauley in New. York World.
OF HEAVY LOSS
Much Damage to Fruit
ana-Vegetables in .
St. Joseph, Mo., April 30. A heavy
frost last night did much damage to
fruit and vegetable crops throughout
northwest Missouri and northeast
. KitrnilM Into KannaH.
Topeka, Kan., April 30. For 100
niles west from the Missouri line In
tansas there was a slight freeze last
night. Damage to fruit is feared.
At Mnmhniltown, Iowa. .
Marshalltown, Iowa, Aprll 30.
3reat damage was done to all small
fruits by last night's heavy frost with
exception of late apples.
Burlington Report Vreeme. '
Burlington, Iowa, April 30. A heavy
frost here last night did considerable
lamage to fruit
Three Below Freeslng;.
Des Moines, Iowa, April 30. A kill
ing frost injuring fruit and vegetables
nsited this vicinity last night. The
minimum temperature was 3 degrees
Severe In AViaeonnin.
La Crosse, Wis., April 30. A kill
ing frost is reported today throughout
western Wisconsin and southern Min
nesota. Thousands of acres of gar
den truck, flowers, beets and other
green products are ruined for the sea
IMttNbnrK Seem Beautiful.
Pittsburg, Pa., April 30. Snow fell
in this vicinity early today.
Over All of Ohio.
Cleveland, April 30. A heavy wet
snow began falling here early today,
and reports indicate , the storm pre
vails practically over the entire state.
Snow In Kentucky.
Cincinnati, Ohio, April 30. A heavy
wet snow fell in this section today and
also throughout the state of Kentucky,
Damage to fruits and crops is believed
to be slight.
YELLOW PINE MEM
IN A BIG COMBINE
Merger to Conserve Timber Supply
Formed at St Louis With
" St. Louis, April 30. Lumbermen
representing companies comprising in
their holdings practically all the. yel
low pine timber of the south, yester
day decided opon a merger to conserve
the timber supply, and to maintain
prices. The proposed organization will
be capitalized at $300,000,000.
Prince Still With Anna.
Rome, April 3U. Mme. UOUld andjpni anainewu was jie nt to confer
Prlnce.IIelie.de Sagan arrived here
today from 'Naples. From Rome Mme.
Gould and the prince will go direct to
DRUGGISTS MAY GET
A PERMIT TO SELL
Otherwise They Cannot Handle Liquor
in Dry Territory Attorney
Springfield. 111., April 30. Unless a
city, village or incorporated town, sit
uated in anti-saloon territory passes
an ordinance providing for granting
permits to druggists to sell intoxicat
ing liquors, the sale is prohibited, ac
cording to an opinion issued by the
attorney general's department.
A section of the local option law is
quoted to show that the right of the
druggists is conditional upon procur
ing a permit to sell the liquor for
medicinal, mechanical, sacremental
and chemical purposes.
It is pointed out that the power is
vested in cities, villages and incorpor
ated towns to pass the ordinances.
FLEET TO MONTEREY;
STAYS BUT ONE DAY
Then Vessels Will Remain at Santa
Cruz Till Evans Resumes
Santa Barbara, Cal., April 30. The
Atlantic "battleship fleet sailed at '6
this morning for Monterey, where an
chors will be dropped tomorrow morn
ing. After one day -at Monterey two
squadrons of the fleet will depart,
tight ships of the first squadron steam
ing across the bay to Santa Cruz for
a three days' stay. They will be
joined at Santa Cruz by a second
squadron May 4, in order that the en
tire fleet may.be- there for 24 hours,
as will be the casV at Monterey'""' Then
Santa Cruz for the Colden Gate.
MAYOR ONE OF THE KILLED
Serious Political Disturbances at Fort
de France, Martinique.
Fort De France. Island of Martin
ique, April 30. Several persons were
killed and a number wounded in a po
litical disturbance here yesterday.
One of those killed was the mayor of
Fort De France.
Freeport Saloon Men Fined.
Freeport. III., . April 30. Charles
Vaughan of Winslow was fined $CS
esterday for keeping his saloon open
on Sunday. . Ernest Apell, a Carroll
county saloonkeeper, was fined $108
for selling liquor without a local li
cense, having only a government per
Inter-Ocean Editor Dead.
Chicago, April 30. L. H. Bickford.
associate editor of the Inter-Ocean
died, today following an operation for
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
Washington, April, 30. Following
are in brief the proceedings of the
two houses of - congress yesterday as
taken from the official records:
SE!V ATE Senator Davis of Arkan
sas created a mild sensation in . the sen
ate when in discussiiiir his resolution
calling; on the secretary of the interior
lor information about the tribal rolls
of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians
of Oklahoma he declared that lo,(mo
names were being kept off the rolls by
the secretary and Instanced a case in
which he said nine members of a fam
ily were rated as negroes and only one
as an Indian. Advancing toward Mr.
oraker of Ohio, his voice thundered
throughout the chamber and adjacent
halls as he asked, if the Ohio senator
loved niggers" so well, why did he
not - come forward and defend those
members' of that race. Only laughter
greeted this and Mr. oraker request
ed in a mild tone that the senator speak
louder. Later Mr. Davis' resolution was
passed. All the pension bills on the
calendar and many other measures of
minor importance fere passed during
the day. Senator Warner of Missouri,
being ill with a cold, an agreement
was reached to permit other senators
to read for him the remainder of his
Brownsville speech. At 4:20 p. m. the
senat adjourned until today.
HOI.iSK The jiundry civil apnronria
tlon bili was. under consideration in
the house of representatives and the
greater part ft tiie time was consumed
In general debate and discussion under
the i-minute rule, which will be re
sumed today. Mr. Fowler of New Jer
sey denounced the Aldrlch currency
bill -end -pleaded for the passage of his
bill Mo create, a currency commission.
Mr. Williams of Mississippi presented
a petition, - signed by 164 of the 16
demOA-rats composing the minority
asking the speaker to- recognize some
member of the howe to move the dis
charge of the ways and means commit
tee from further consideration of the
Stevens bill for the removal of the duty
on wood pr"' and -print paper and to
pass that.il er a.-similar one,. Mr.
Dalzell o. Pennsylvania offered an
amendme ' to the sundry civil bill ap
propriating. Ifio.voo tor me establish
ment of .a. national i-art 'gallery in the
Smithsonian - institution. - The amend
ment was rejected on "a point of order.
The house disagreed -. to the senate
amendments to the naval appropriation
8S DViri:R o'clock this "mong"
Deaf Ear Turned to All Implor-
SOME NEARLY TRAGIC
Walter Wellman Analyzes Sit
uation Between President
Washington, April 30. That be
tween 300 and 400 letters are received
daily at the White house urging Roose
velt to run again is asserted on good
authority. .These letters come from
all parts of the country, it is said, and
from members of all political parties,
and in . them various arguments are
used by the writers to Induce Roose
velt to again accept the nomination.
Souif Alinoat Tragic .
The letters have increased in vol
ume the last few weeks, and some of
them are said to be almost tragic in
their earnestness. In all of his re
plies to such letters the president sim
ply reminds his correspondents of his
former declarations on the subject,
and reiterates that his position is un
changed. Well man on Situation.
Chicago, April 30. Walter Wellman
in, his Washington dispatch to the
Record-Herald today, says:
"With the exception of some sort
of an emergency currency bill, the
congressional leaders are determined
to make no response to President
Roosevelt's appeal for legislation.
Moreover, some of the republican
leaders at the capitol charge that the,
president is trying to force the coun
try to nominate him again. . They have
told him there is no chance to carry
out his program excepting a currency
ntanwirn. ":. ;, ,
- Keening; Record Straight.
They are aware he claims he is try
ing to keep the record of his admlnis
tiation straight, prepare the eround-
ork for the national republican plat
form and lay the foundation of the
policies of the Taft administration.
This, the leaders know, is President
Roosevelt's justification of his fre- .
uent messages urging more leglsla-
But they suspect he is trying to
raise an issue between congress and
iniself, trying to convince the people
that the only man who can carry out
the Roosevelt policies is Roosevelt
himself, and the worst of it is, ac
cording to the views of these anti-
Roosevelt senators, that the president
is willing to do this at the expense
of the party. They say Mr. Roosevelt
makes democratic votes every time
he calls the attention of the country
to the sins of omission of which
congress, in his opinion, is guilty.
Senator Im Huoted.
' T see through liis little game,'
said a republican senator today. 'He
wants to stir up so much discontenC
with' the party in congress and put
the republican cause in such a bad
way that from one end of the country
to the other will go up the cry:
Roosevelt is the only "man who can
save us from defeat. We must force
Roosevelt to run again.' "
FAVORS FREE TRADE
Newly Named Official Outlines Post.
tion on Several Issues but
-Not on Home Rule.
London, April 30. Premier Asquitb
at a love feast of the liberals today.
in outlining his program, nailed to the
mast the v flags of free trade, educa
tion, licensing and old age pensions.
but did not mention home rule.
London, April 30. In the house of
commons this afternoon Premier As
quith announced practically complete
adhesion to the home rule pledges
given by Winston Churchill during the
latter's recent" campaign. The state
ment was received with ironical cheers
by the opposition. .
PASSENGER BOAT Iff THE ICE
Steamer City of Buffalo Stopped -on
Its First Trip.
Buffalo, N. April 30. The pas
senger steamer City of Buffalo, on Its
first trip , from Cleveland, Is fast- la
the ice eight miles from Buffalo. No
assistance has been sent to the steam
er, as it is considered to be in no dan
ger. Both' the Binghampton ant) John
Sharpies, enroute for tipper lake ports,
are blocked in the ice outside the har
bor. It is predicted that it will be a
week before the blockade is lifted.-: .