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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAK. NO. 1C8.
THE ARGUS, FllIDA Y . : MAY- 1 1 008. -TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
ALLEGED ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS
BEEN NEGLIGENT IN REFUSING TO !
TAKE ACTION AGAINST PAPER TRUST
Publishers' Evidence All Pre
sented to That Official
NORMS STILL TALKING
Reads Letter. From Bonaparte
Saying Proof of Lawbreak
ing is Wanting.
Washington, May 1. John Norrisof
New York, representing the paper
committee of the American Newspaper
Publishers' association, today contin
ued his testimony before the select
committee of the house on the pulp
and paper investigation. Norrls said
practically all the evidence he had fur
nished the committee had long ago
been placed in the hands of the attor
ney general. "I doubt," he said, "if it
was ever read." -
letter From ltonapnrte.
Norrls read a letter dated Nov. 13,
1907, from Attorney General Bona
parte, stating jthev evidence presented
to him "falls far short of establishing
the fact of a combination in restraint
of trade," but that he would be glad
to have any data which would assist
him In uncovering the facts in the
CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Electric Boat Company Inquiry
Will Now be Finished in
FINDING IS NEARLY READY
Attorney of Competitor Admits Writ
ing Letter tiiat Led to Lllley's
Washington,' D. C, May 1, The
legislative "court of inquiry" into the
methods employed by the Electric
Boat company closed its doors to the
public yesterday. The committee will
consider m private session the charges
made by Representative George L.
LJlley of Connecticut and report its
finding to the house.
, . The closing hours of the final hear
ing were dramatic. Frederick Brown
Whitney, an attorney at law, admitted
that he was the author of the anony
mous letters of Feb. 13 and Feb. 15
to the representative of the Detroit
Free Press and State Senator Frank
Edlnborough of Michigan, which have
figured so prominently In the invest!
Ill Sends Affidavit. ,
The admission of Mr. Whitney was
made In the form of an affidavit,
which was read by his counsel, for
mer United States Senator Thurston
Mr. Thurston stated that Mr. Whit
ney Is 111 In the Garfield hospital, this
city, and that it would be Impossible
for him to appear before the commit
In the affidavit Mr. Whitney stated
that from 1901 to 1904 he was clerk
to the committee on naval affairs of
the house of representatives; that
shortly thereafter second vlce-presi-
. dent of the Lake Torpedo Boat com
pany, wlch position he retained until
way 19. 190C; that he is now vice
president of the Lake Submarine com
pany, an independent organization,
Why I.etlera AVer Written.
The reasons for writing the-anony
mous letters were given by Mr. Whit
, ney as folows:
"That, of his own Initiation he un
dertook what apeared to him at the
time to be not improper methods to
have brought to the attention of con
grcss the methods which he had be
lieved had been pursued by the Elec
trie Boat company In their endeavor
to secure through congressional action
what might be' termed exclusive legis
lation which would shut out competl
tion and prevent the Like Torpedo
Boat company from 'competing in the
United States Tor submarine torpedo
ON BISHOP'S ELECTION
Epiecopal Clergymen and Laymen of
Delaware Take Many Fruit
Dover, Del., May .1. The Episcopal
clergymen and laymen of Delaware
are deadlocked . over the selection of
a bishop to succeed the late Leighton
Coleman of Wilmington. The ballot
ing began on Feb. 19, when 27 ballots
were taken, and was resumed yester
day, 32 additional ballots being taken
In yesterday's balloting the clericals
made two nominations. Their first
selection was Samuel Hart of Hart
ford, Conn., who was chosen , on the
291 h ballot. This nomination was re
Jected by the laymen. On the 21st
ballot George Yemcns Bliss of Bur
lington, Vt, was selected by the cler
gy. but the laymen refused to agree
on the selection.
After casting the 3pst ballot the
convention adjourned to meet in Wil
mington in June, when balloting will
BAILEY THE ISSUE
Texas Democrats Deciding In
teresting Fight for Dele
gates at Large
TO THE DENVER CONVENTION
Maine Republicans Do Not Endorse
Taft, But Mildly Approve of His
Candidacy in' Resolutions.
Waco, Texas, May 1. One of the
most exciting political contests in the
history of Texas closes today and to
morrow the democrats will vote , on
whether Senator Joseph W. Bailey and
three others shall be sent as delegates
at large to the national democratic
convention or whether the delegation
Inaded by Hon. Gene Johnson of Tyler
shall go. Botli sides claim a victory.
Maryland for Taft.
Baltimore, MU., May 1. The state
republican convention met yesterday
afternoon and named as delegates at
large to the national convention, Gen
eral Felix Agnus of the American,
William P. Jackson of Wicomico coun
ty.jiia,.(VJm-WUJt.ejjrt) aud Mudd.
A resolution was adopted indorsing
Secretary of War Taft as a candidate
for the presidency and instructing the
delegates elected to use all honorable
means to secure his nomination.
Favored, Hut Not Hndorsed.
Portland, Maine, May 1. Four dele
gates at large to the republican na
tional convention at Chicago were se
lected at the republican state con-
ention held in this city, and will go
to Chicago without instructions. The
onvention, however, adopted a reso
lution declaring "that without at
tempting to instruct their delegates
the republicans of Maine, in conven-
ion assembled, declared that William
I. Taft of Ohio is their choice for
candidate for president of the United
The platform adopted reaffirmed be
lief in republican party principles and
Indorsed the administration of Presi
UNE 7 IS MEMORIAL
DAY FOR THE WOODMEN
Camps of the Society Are Urged by
Head Consul to Have Appro
June 7 will be observed by Rock Is
land Woodmen, according to the cus
torn of the society, as the annual me
morial day. The day will be gener
ally observed by M. W. A. camps.
In the Mar issue of The Modem
Woodmen, Head Consul A. R. Talbot
makes the following proclamation re
garding the day:
"The observance of an annual me
morial day among the 12,500 camps
of the Modern Woodmen of America
has become an important event In the
life of our vast membership through
out the jurisdiction of the society.
Under our laws the first Sunday in
June of each year is designated as
memorial day. In accordance with
the custom established this proclama
tion is issued to call attention to this
service, which will take place among
all; our camps T on June 7, 190S. 1
trust each camp will plan to observe
memorial day in an appropriate man
tier. While elaborate preparations are
made by many, camps,' including
church services and a memorial sei
mon, the spirit of this law and cus
torn so generally observed hy our
membership will be kept If the . mem
bers repair to the graves of their de
parted neighbors and lay flowers upon
their mounds. This touching tribute,
symbolic of the fraternity and brother-
Hood of 6ur society, furnishes not only
a gracious testimonial of the love and
esteem with which our departed mem
bers were held before passing away
tut also manifoldly strengthens the
great purpose of Woodcraft In binding
together our army of members end
their families through stronger ties, of
J cooperation and human sympathy."
IS BADLY TORN UP
Obsolete Bookkeeping Has In
volved Henry County in
BOARD REPORT TURNED h
Cuts Down Experts' Findings and De
Clares Welton Estate Is' Cred
itor, Not Debtor.
Cambridge, 111., May 1. (Argus Spe
cial.) An example what a combina
tion of obsolete bookkeeping and poli
tics may do is to be had in Henry
county, where a report made to the
board of supervisors yesterday vir
tually closes an investigation of court
house affairs that has. covered two
years. As a result the county is out
130,000 or more in -the cost of exam
ining the' books and, while shortages
have been- fouud in several offices,
tlie supervisors have a claim for about
$9,000 fromthe Frank G. Welton es
tate to deaT with.
Evidence of a shortage that led to
the investigation was uncovered two
year.fi ago after the death of Mr. Wel
ton, who was for. S3 years county
clerk. Experts were employed to go
over the books and the inquiry was
made geneial. Fifteen months time
was taken in the work and a bill for
$30,000 for services resulted. The re
port showed shortages in the offices
of county clerk, circuit clerk, sheriff
and superintend ant of schools.
Start to Clear Name.
To clear Mr. Welton's name his
heirs employed H. E. Brown, a Gen
eseo attorney, and through his efforts
the board 6f supervisors appointed a
special investigating committee, which
recently completed its work and sub
milted its report yesterday. Where
the experts found Mr. Welton's short
age Was $G.718.92 the special commit
tee found it was but $2,278.11 and
the latter, amount was turned over
by the Welton heirs and a receipt in
On the other hand, the special com
mittee found checks signed by Wellon
payable to the treasurer, sheriff and
clerk for which the signer had re
ceived no credit amounting to $S,9C4
The Welton heirs are now claiming
this sum is due the estate.
In the office of P. B. Keeler, circuit
clerk for 11 years, the experts found
shortage of $1.1 M, but the special
committee reduced this to-$171.
In the accounts of E. A. Swain, sheriff.
where the experts had found $2.80(1
nlawfully hejd back the supervisors
onimittee found there was but $1,200
ue the county.'
In the office of Martin Luther, su
perintendent of schools, where the ex
perts declared $8G5 was unlawfully
kept the special committee found but
Result Im Political Chaos. '
While Henry County people as a
whole do not seriously doubt the hon
esty of the officials whose offices have
been looked into the conflicting find
ings and the evidence that something
was wrong with the' investigation has
amused much feeling and politically
the community is torn to its founda
tions. Under a modern system of ac
counting such a situation could not
IN HISTORY OF
BOARD OF TRADE
Deliveries of Grain and
Provisions at Chicago
Chicago, May 1. Deliveries of actual
grain and provisions on May contracts
were today In the aggregate the larg
est ever reported In one day on the
Chicago board of trade. One firm.
which has been heavily long on May
oats ana corn, took in and paid for
0,000,000 bushels of oats and 3,000,000
bushels of corn.
MIIIIod of Pound of Pork.
Ten million pounds of ribs were de
livered this amount including one lot
of 0,800,000 pounds which was deliv
ered late yesterday. There were also
delivered 0,000,000 barrels of pork and
7,000,000 tierces of lard.
TAFT STARTS TRIP TO PANAMA
War Secretary Departs from Capital
... for Charleston, 8. C.
Washington, D. C. May 1 Secre
tcry Taft left 'Washington yesterday
for Charleston, S. C to embark on
the cruiser Prairie for Colon fo inves
tlgate several -important questions
connected ; with , the construction of
the Panama canal and the relations
between, the United States and 'thelthe lord lieutenant ot Ireland, has re-
rejmbllc of . Panama, and 'also -the
boundary - dispute between Panama
A rk rl frxJ ntnritn
GOVERNOR JOHN A. JOHNSON
Minnesota' 8 .'Democratic Executiyo- who is a (Juest in
Kick Island on Lecturing Tour.
SEEK LARGE GAME
Council Investigators at Rock-
ford Said to be on Trail
of Big Graft.
PROSE BUIL0ING CONTRACTS
Inquiry So Far Has Dealt Principally
With Passage of Measures Con
nected With Saloons.
Rockford. 111., . May 1. That the
committee investigating the municipal
graft charges will ttnish Its- work this
week is considered doubtful by State's
Attorney North, who Is conducting- the
' At Wednesday's session evidence
was sought relative to contracts on
the city hall, high, school, and other
buildings erected by the city in the
UsflW-lvxars,.vJI'b HvtiKatorsj are
said to I)c on the trail of deals in
which the graft was many times larg
er than the amount exposed last week
Have liiiiirtnnl Kviileucr.
Committee members refuse to dis
close the nature of the evidence ex
cept to say that it is important.
Inquiry will not be directed, it is re
ported, to rumors that, saloon keepers
were "shaken down" vigorously on
Testimony will be solicited concern
ing an ordinance proposed by the
brewing Interest, to extend the saloon
district to -include. Fourteenth avenue.
This ordinance was defeated.
Altlfriunn ;ivr I Rrilir.
Among the reports before the board
in tliis connection is one that an ald
erman accepted money to support this
measure and when he failed to vote
against, it he was eompelfcd to return
half the amount he had accepted. Oth
er ordinances to be investigated in
clude one by which the saloons were
imited to one to every !mm) population.
and another whereby a downtown
street was eliminated from (he saloon
district. : " .
0RUGGISTS ARE TO MEET
IN PEORIA JUNE 9-11
State Pharmaceutical Association
Members to Be Well Entertained
at Annual Session.
Rock Island druggists are watching
with interest the plans, being made
for the annual meeting of the state
Pharmaceutical association, to be held
in Peoria June 9-11." Indications point
to an attendance of 1,(hu) or more at
the convention. The committee in
charge has arranged a number of en
tertainment features in connection
with the more weighty attractions of
the session. : The ladies will be taken
over a taur .of the city by carriage
and autos, visiting the Country club
and other points of interest. The en
tire visiting Dody - will, be-given a
moonlight' excursion ' on Peoria .lake.
a ieaiure. 01 tne program win be a
grand Mardi Gfas ball to be given at
the Coliseum with Spemer's band fur
nishing the music; , This feature is
the special offering, of Post E, Travel
ers' Protective association, and will
be participated in by members of the
Peoria post. ', The last day will be de
voted to a trip through the plant of
the United States Industrial , Alcohol
company, ihe greatest distillery of its
kind in the world. The afternoon will
be devoted fo die field eventsat Glen
Oak park.- , J
Irish Unddr' Secretary Out.
London,; May Sir : Anthony Pat
rick MacDonnelJ. under secretary to
signed. He. wilt be' succeeded by Siritory of Trinitychurch. 27 est Twen
James B. Dougherty,, assistant: under
t. .: Y.Y . :; : :-.''
WERE 240 KILLED
Full Extent of Loss of Life
Sinking of Matshushima
ONE OF OLDER JP CRUISERS
Sank Almost Immediately After Ex
plosion in Magazine Due to De
composition of Cordite.
'Tokio, May 1. Two hundred forty
officers and men of the Japanese navy
perished early yesterday when - tho
training cruiser Matsushima was sunk
off the Pescadores islands as the re
suit of the explosion of one of its
magazines. . '
Among the naval cadets missing are
the only son of Field- Marshal Prince
Oyama and 'the. two sons of Baron
Chimin, vice minister of foreign -af
fairs. Vice Admiral Uryn, a graduate
of the American naval academy at An
napolis, is also among the missing,
and hope that, he escaped death has
Ijoi n abandoned. '
Cauwil liy IleriiitNltiD.
Admiral Yoshimatsu, in charge of
I lie maneuvers being conducted uff th,e
Pescadores, has cabled only a brief
report of the disaster. In it he says
that the explosion occurred at 4:08
yesterday morning, and was caused
by i he decomposition of cordite used
in the ammunition.
Tlte cruiser began to sink before
the roar of the explosion had sub
sided, and in a few minutes only its
bridge was visible above the water.
The entire ship's company of 415
officers and men, including the naval
cadets, were hurled or' leaped Into
the water. Boats from other cruisers
were immediately put out and 175
men were saved. :
Many Killed Outright.
Many of the victims are believed to
have been killed outright by the force
of the explosion, and others are
thought to have been so badly injured
that they were unable even to keep
themselves afloat in the water after
the cruiser sank.
The last great accident to the Jap
anese navy occurred Sept. 9, 1907,
when a projectile exploded as it was
about to be loaded into the starboard
10-inch gun of the battleship Kashima
after target practice in the Sea of
Japan, As a result five men who were
handling the gun were killed.
- Cruiner'it Itrcord IHrroHlloK.
The Matsushima had an interesting
record. It was one of the older boats
of the Japanese navy, being built in
1S90. Its displacement was 4,277 tons.
Its armament consisted of one 12-inch
and 12 four-inch guns, a battery of
small calibre rifles, and four water
- It took a prominent part in the Jap
anese-Chinese war, having been used
as the-flagship of Admiral Ito, and did
most effective work in the battle of
the Yalu river. . -
Soon ofter the close of the war with
China the Matsushima -was converted
into a training ship, and the part it
played in the Russo-Japanese war was
limited to its participation in the bat
tie of the Sea of Japan.
WAS A SON OF JOHN A.
DIX, THE FAMOUS GENERAL
Rev. Morgan Dix, Dead at New York,
Was With Trinity Parish .
New York, May 1. Rev. Morgan
Pix, who died Wednesday at the rec
Ity-fifth street, was probably the most
-l . 1 1 .. - i . A. m . . 1
widely known Protestant Episcopal
ST. LOUIS EXPRESS ON PENNSYLVANIA
ROAD IIELD UP AND ROBBED OF LARGE
QUANTITY OF MAIL NEAR PITTSBURG
clergyman in the United States. He
was born in this city in 1S27 and. was
a son of General John A.- Dix, who as
secretary of the treasury gave the
famous command: "If anyone attempts
tc tear down the American flag, shoot
him on the spot." Dr. Dix was edu
cated at Columbia college and the
General Theological seminary and was
ordained priest in 1S53. His whole
life since 1855 was spent in the ser
vice of Trinity parish, of which he
was made rector in 18G2. .
ON HIS HIGH HORSE
Senator Davis of Arkansas
Moves to Take His Bill From
FOR SUPPRESSION OF TRUSTS
Holds John D. Rockefeller and J. Pier-
pont Morgan Should Be Indict
ed foiv Treason.
Washington, May 1. In the senate
today Senator Davis of Arkansas mov
ed to discharge the committee on judi
ciary from further consideration of his
bill "for the suppression of trusts,
pools and combinations in trade." Dur
ing his speech he roundly denounced
the trusts, commended the president's
recent measure outlining measures for
relief, spoke of the removal of the
motto "In Coil We Trust" from coins.
ana declared John D. Rockefeller of
the Standard Oil company and J. Pier
pont Morgan should be indicted for
I. S. to Own KmbnxMy Sitra.
Washington, May 1. The house
committee on foreign relations yes
terday decided to report favorably a
bill providing for the purchase abroad
or American embassy, legation and
consular buildings and providing "that
not more than $1,000,000 shall be ap
propriated each year for this purpose.
For this year the bill appropriates
$irtu,0H).-fr embassies at HwrTtn -ft-J
Mexico City and $500,000 for consul
ates at biianghal and Yokohama
Tariff Krvlion Plan Mailr.
Representative Sereno Payne of
New York, chairman of the committee
on ways and means, yesterday intro
duced a resolution authorizing that
committee to sit during the recess of
congress, and to gather such iuforma
tion through government agents, or
otherwise, as it may see fit looking
toward the preparation of a bill for
the revision of the tariff.
GET PICTURE FROM CHICAGO
High School Presented with Photo
graph and Certificate.
The high . school is In receipt of a
large photograph of the University of
Chicago grounds. The picture is about
three feet long and two feet wide, and
the details are very plain and clear.
It is greatly puzzling those who see it
to discover how the picture was taken.
It appears to be a bird's eye view, and
yet there was no place to take it from
unless a balloon or kite was used. The
view is proving of great Interest to
those who contemplate going to Chi
cago to take a college course. Along
with the picture came a certificate
stating that the Rock Island high
school had passed a creditable exam
ination and that its graduates are en
titled to entrance into the University
of Chicago without any extra examina
tion. The picture and the certificate
have been hung in a conspicuous place
on the walls of the lower corridor.
Nevada's Governor Stricken.
Reno, Nev, May 1. Governor John
Sparks is suffering from a stroke of
paralysis. He is unable to move
either of his hands.
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
Washington, May 1. Following are
in brief the proceedings of the two
houses of congress yesterday as taken
from the official records;
SKSATR The senate had under con
sideration all day the agricultural ap
propriation bill. Practically all the
committee amendments were disposed
of -except those relating to the forest
service, which will be taken up today.
At 4:40 p. m. the senate adjourned till
HOl'SK Consideration of the sundry
civil appropriation bill was resumed in
the house. Air. I ownsend or Michigan
offered an amendment increasing from
jr.0.000 to ;350.UOO the appropriation
for the enforcement by the interstate
commerce commission of that clause of
the Hepburn act directing: the commis
sion to be caused to be made examin
at ions of. the accounts of the Interstate
railroads of the country to determine
whether that law is being violated and
to make public the results of such ex-.
aminations. After a debate lasting four
hours tne amendment was agreed to.
The. house disagreed to the venatt
amendments to the District of Colum
bia and pension appropriation bills and
sent those bills to conference. At 5 p.
m. the house took a recess until 11:30
o clock this - morning, when consfdera
tion or , tne sundry civil bill will be
Express Messenger Says He
Was Tied With Rope While
Work Was Done.
STORY SEEMS DOUBTED
Employe Taken in Charge b
Company and Put Through
Sweating Wi.h No Result.
Columbus, Ohio, May 1. The St.
Louis express on the Pennsylvania
railroad that was held up last night 10
miles west of Pittsburg, arrived here
today 40 minutes late. The crew con
firmed the story of the holdup by two
men at Walker's Mill, and of the ban
dits escaping with four sealed bags
containing mail. The crew states a
number of express packages and a
quantity of gold bullion were taken.
but do not know the value of the
property. The Adams Express com
pany refuses to make any statement.
Tlrd I be Memenicrr.
Noah H. Roshen, tire express mes
senger, states two men entered 'the
car east of Walker's Mill and covered
bim with revolvers. Then they tied
him with ropes they brought with
them and rifled the car. As the train
approached Walker's Mill, where it
does not stop, the robbers pulled the
signal cord and made their escape
when the train slowed up.
See hi to Doubt Story.
Messenger Roshen was taken in
charge by the local manager of the
express company when he arrived here
and is being sweated. There are some '
features of his story with which, the
officersare' not satisfied, but " are" try-"
ing to get at more details of the
Secure Notulag Tangible.
i-Piilsburg. May 1. Up to 1 this af
ternoon nothing of a tangible nature
had been secured by officers ..investi
gating the holdup and robbery of the
St. Louis express train pn the Penn
sylvania road at Walker's Station last
night. According to the statement of
General Agent Heiner of the Adams'
Express company, the extent of the
robbery was only $600; about two
thirds of which was cash. "
GANGER OF THE
OF HIS ILLNESS
New York, May 1. The Eveninu
World gives prominence today to the
following: "There is a report current
in financial circles, emanating from
the offices of the Equitable Life Assur
ance society, that former President
G rover Cleveland is a sufferer from
cancer of the stomach and that the
case Is pronounced hopeless by spe
cialists called Into consultation' by "Dr.
Joseph D. Bryan of this city, the.fam-
Denied at I.akewood.
At the Lake wood hotel today it was
said Cleveland was making very satis
factory progress and there ' was no
material change In his condition. The
report that the former president's case
has assumed a grave aspect is denied.
W. H. Gest Awards Child to
Mother, the Petitioner. ,
Judget Gest this morning gave a
ruling In the habeas corpus case of
Mrs. Lulu Spickler against her sister.
Bertha Roueche, for the possession of '
her own . child, Eugene Manchlon.
sometimes called Eugene. Roueche.
The court found that Mrs. Solckler
is the mother of the child, and award-
ed her, its custody until further order.
Judge Gcsl has taken under advise
ment the demurrer In the case of
John Hedberg against the Moline
Stone company and the city of Rock
Island, arguments on . which - .-'-were'
heard yesterday. The court was oc
cupied today with a motion for a new
trial of the case of Miss Florence Me-'-Fadden
against the Rock'TsIandr In"
which the plaintiff was" awardeda"
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