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FIFTYSEVENTH YEAR. NO. 183.
THE ARGUS, TUESDAY. MAY 19, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
LOSS OF ALABAMA SERIOUS BLOW TO
JOHNSON'S PRESIDENTIAL PROS
PECTS; HELD PIVOTALSTATE IN SOUTH
CURRENCY LEGISLATION ALSO TO
BE THROWN INTO WASTE BASKET,
CONFEREES OF TWO HOUSES FEAR
Bryan Comments on Result
Saving it Shows How the
. People Stand.
G ETS WAS HlfiGTOfJ, TOO
There Democrats Decide in Fa
vor of Referendum on Op
Philadelphia, May 19. William Jen
nings Bryan when asked today his
views concerning the outcome of the
primaries in Alabama yesterday where
he secured an apparent victory for
the -control of the national delegates
to the Denver convention said:
Amnrra C'laluta .of Other.
"Alabama was claimed by the op
position, and while the vote is not a
surprise to me, it attracts attention
because the returns answer misrep
resentations which have been sent out.
The primary system enables the voters
to express themselves. In this respect
our democrats in the west have had
the advantage over the democrats of
some of the eastern states where the
method of selecting delegates does not
give the rank and file of the party
such complete control."
Bryan will address the Methodist
general conference at Baltimore this
Returns Come la Early.
Montgomery, Ala., May 19. Returns
from the state democratic primaries
continue to come in slowly. At noon
indications are Bryan has carried the
state, though Johnson is giving him
a close race.
ladicatra Bryna Victory. ,
Montgomery, Ala., May 19. Incom
plete returns from yesterday's primary
indicate that William J. Bryan will be
supported by the Alabama delegation
to the national convention at Denver.
Johnson had counted largely on Ala
. bania, and way quoted as saying that
he would "know where he stood" after
the Alabama primary. The vote cast
vl'W 1 rtf pnnvaaccH within 1 A ria va liv !
will he canvassed within 10 days by
the state committee. There will be
no state convention, the nominees of
the primary being thus chosen direct
To Submit to Voters.
Spokaue, Wash., May 19. The dem
craMc state convention at midnight
Adopted a resolution declaring for the
buuujission to the voters of a consti
tutional amendment forbidding the
sale and manufacture of spirituous
liquors. A double delegation of 20
each, with half a vote wag elected to
the national convention and instruct
ed for Bryan "first, last and all the
time." , ,
California l Line.
Fresno, CaL, May 19. The demo
cratic state convention today adopted
a platform Instructing California dele
gates for W. J. Bryan for president.
- Option laaue In Washington.
Spokane, Wash., May 19. Split in
half a dozen factions by a fierce con
troversy over the liquor question, the
democratic state convention, which as
sembled here yesterday, faced a long
night session after one of the stormiest
.days In the history of Washington
state politics. '
With local option beaten in the plat
form committee, the fight was ready to
be carried to the floor of the conven
tion by a minority report backed by
delegate's from the smaller counties,
and even a plank calling for straight
out state prohibition was threatened.
To effect a compromise of the differ
ences between the several congres
sional districts in the matter of the
. selection of 1 the eight delegates at
. large, the convention voted to send 20
; delegates to Denver, giving each man
half a vote. Seattle's delegates there
, upon withdrew the name of J. T. Ron
ald for national committeeman.
The convention went on record for
William Jennings Bryan for president
and will declare tor immediate tariff
revision; control of trusts; initiative
and referendum; postals savings banks,
" and guarantee of bank deposits by the
national government of the states.
ARKANSAS GOVERNOR IS
UPHELD BY LEGISLATURE
Body Refuses to Convene in Extra Ses
sion on Call of Speaker of
Little Rock, Ark., May 19. The
Arkansas legislature, failed to convene
yesterday in- pursuance to a call is
sued by Speaker "Allen H. Haiuiter,
while he w,as acting governor, and
there will be no extraordinary session
of that body. Noon and afternoon ses
sions were held by members of both
the senate and house, but there was;
not a quorum at any of the four ses
sions. The senate met as a mass meet
ing of senators at the afternoon ses
sion, and adopting resolutions recog
nizing Acting Governor X. O. Pindall's
power to revoke Speaker Hamiter's
call for an extra session, agreed Jo dis
perse and return home.
Contrary" to expectations, no attempt
was made in the senate to elect a new
president of that body and thus insti
tute an ouster movement against Gov
ernor Pindall, who, on advice, did not
go near the senate chamber at either
The. senate proceedings took up
nothing but the question of how prop
erly to adjourn.
TELLS HER STORY
Mao Catherine Wood Repeats
Assertions She Was Married
to Senator Piatt
ON STAND IN DIVORCE SUIT
Says She Was Compelled to Give up
Letters' and Papers of Value
, to Her Case.
New York, May 19. Mae Catherine
Wood was on the witness stand all
day yesterday testifying in her suit
for absolute oivorce from United
States Senator Thomas C. Piatt. In
support of her assertion that she had
been secretly married to Senator Piatt
at a Fifth avenue hotel Nov. 9, 1901,
her counsel introduced in evidence a
marriage certificate which, she said,
had been handed her by the minister
who performed . the ceremony and
copies of a number of letters alleged
to have been written to her by the
senator addressed In terms of endear
ment. Telia of Giving I'p Paper.
On cross examination Miss Wood
told how she came to give up The
papers and letters she possessed re
lating to Senator Piatt, alleging thr,t
she did so under duress and was com-
pelled to sign a receipt for $10,000 in
i j. i
settlement of all her claims against
Miss Wood In her suit named as co
respondent Lillian Janeway, whom
Senator Piatt married in 1903. Sen
ator Piatt was not in court.
EVANS MEMBER OF BOARD
Retired Commander of Battleship
Fleet Is Given Honorary Position.
Washington, May 19. Secretary
Metcalf announced yesterday that
Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans, lately
detached as commander-in-chief of the
Atlantic neet, had been appointed a
member of the general naval board,
of which Admiral Dewey is chairman.
The next important work of the hoard
will be the making of plp.ns for the
cruise of the Pacific fleet. It Is the
intention of the department to sanA
the Pacific fleet to the Philippine sta
tion. , Secretary Metcalf praised the
behavior of the American sailors at
DROPPED MONEY RAPIDLY
Chariton Cashier Paid Sum to Chicago
Stock Firm Before Death.
Chariton, Iowa, May 19. It has Just
been disclosed that in the three or four
years preceding his suicide, the late
Cashier F. R. Crocker of the defunct
First National bank paid more than
half a million dollars to one firm of
Chicago and New York in his stock
gambling operations.. The greater part
of this was during the last few days
of his life, when he poured money into
the stock market for speculation at
the rate of $30,000 to $40,000 daily in
the hope of saving himself.
COULD NOT BEAR THE SHAME
Accused Former County Commissione
Indianapolis, Ind., May 19. John B.
McGaughy, aged 55, former member
of the board of county commissioners
today shot and killed himself because
of the connection of his name with
the bribery Scandal developed in the
office of the commissioners.
Tammany Well Represented.
-7vw York, May 19. Tammany hall
will oe represented at the democratic
national convention at Denver by a
delegation of 65 strong. Five special
trains will leave New. York during
the forenoon of July 4 and are due to
arrive In Denver on the evening of
the Cth. - . :, r '"
To Practice Before Supreme Court
Washington, May 19. Judge' Alton
B. Parker, : presidential candidate of
the democratic party In 1904, has been
admitted - to practice before the su-
preme court of the United States, v
if IS iPS
Plates From Mrs. Gunness'
Mouth Discovered in Ashes
of Her Home.
Another Significant Fact is
Brought in by Examination
of Bodies Exhumed.
La, Port, Ind., May 19. Today Sher
iff Smutzer and Miner Shultz in sluic
ing the ashes in the debris of the Gun
ness fire found the upper and lower
plates from Mrs. Gunness' mouth, both
containing false teeth which Dr. Mor
ton immediately indentifled.
"This proves beyond the shadow of
a doubt" said the sheriff, "that Mrs.
Gunness was burned to death in the
Finding In Significant.
Laporte, Ind May 19. The autopsy
held yesterday, on the remains of
seven unidentified dead exhumed from
Mrs. Gunness' private burial ground
was completed last evening and . re
vealed the fact that one of the1 seven
was a female. This has aroused new
Interest in the story of Emil Green
ing of Oklahoma City, Okla., who was
employed by Mrs. Gunness in the fall
of 1904. Greening worked for Mrs.
Gunness at the time that Jennie Olsen
disappeared and his story, was that on
a certain day in September a man
and woman came to the house and
that night Mrs. uunness asked Green
ing to sleep in the barn for the couple,
whom she said were a .professor and
his wife from a Los Angeles college
which Jennie was to attend, would
spend the night at the house and
would - require .Greening's room. In
the morning Greening saw nothing of
either Jennie nor the man and woman
and , was informed by " Mrs. Gunness
that they had left on an early train
taking Jennie along.
The body which is now declared to
be tnat of a woman, was taken from
the same hole as was that of Jennie
Olsen, and In that hole also were the
bodies of Ole Budsberg of Iola, Wis
and the remains or- a male person
The theory now advanced lsthat Mrs
Gunness may .have or the night men-
t toned murdered not only Jennie Ol
sen,,, but also the man and woman
The disappearance- of. Jennie Olsen
as well as the couple, occurred
September, 1904, while Budsberg was
disposed of in. May, 1907. His body
was- nearer, the' surface than' the otb
or - three and. could have been , last
placed in the hole, 'j . .;
' Muscatine Judge. Dead. .
luuscatine, Iowa, May 19.--JudgeJ,
Scott Ridiman'. erie of 'the oldest prac
ticing lawyers' In Iowa", is dead at his
country home here.
MAY SETTLE! SOON
Hopeful Features in Cleveland
Car Strike Characterize
THOUGH THERE IS VIOLENCE
Bomb Exploded Under Loaded Car and
Vehicle Is Badly Damaged,
Though Nobody Is Hurt.
- - ' - A . -V
Cleveland. Ohio, May 19. Notwith-
tanding there were many minor dis
turbances during the day the settle-
nent of the street car strike appears
o be a possibility before another day
passes by. Considerable progress has
been '.made by members, of the. state
board of arbitration in their efforts
at a reconciliation between the union
nd the company.
Both Malw Conceaalon.
Material concessions have . been
made by botn sides. It is understood
now the company is willing to arbi
trate all points in the controversy
providing the strikers return to work
as "new" men and stop violence.
Bomb I'nder Car.
Cleveland, Ohio. May 19. A Broad
way street car was partially destroyed
by a dynamite torpedo last night.
while 25 passengers were in the car
No one was seriously hurt. A panic
followed and a mad rush for exits was
A West Madison street car also was
damaged by an explosion of powder
upon the track. The floor of the car
was broken through and one woman
was severely injured. . Efforts to set
tie the strike by arbitration were
MAY CORN SEEMS
James A. Patton in Control of Situa
tion and Prices Are Run up to
. 79 Cents for a Time.
Chicago, May 19. May corn - sold
up from 75 to 79 cents today in the
early hours of trading chiefly because
of an active demand by shorts to de
liver on May contracts. The bulk of
the grain is In the hano3 u.. James A.
Patton and not much of it was for
sale. ." ' '' ; ; . ' :
Kron Prinz Wilheim Leaves With Big
Gold Shipment for Europe.
New York, May 19. The steamer
Kron Prtnz Wilhelm, which sailed to
day, for Cherbourg and Bremen, carries
$8,350000 in gold. Of this amount $4,-
500,000 will go to Germany and $3,850,-
000 to France. This Is about as large
a shipment of gold as the marine un
derwriters care to insure by a single
Vessel. All of this gold will gd out in
the form of bars. . ;
To Wheel Message to Roosevelt
Kewanee, TIL, Ma? 19. James Reno,
aged 72, has signed a .contract to walk
from Guthrie, Okla.; to Washington,'
U. c.,,pu3hing a wheelbarrow, carry-
ing a message of a religious society
to Prpstrtent Unnaevelt '"' Aa a nrartins
trip lie will walk from here" to Guthrie,
-Kesslar in St. Louis Rapublic
VOTE TO ELECT
Methodist Conference Turns
Down Committee on Episco
IT RECOMMENDED TEN
Paragraph on Amusements Will
be Allowed to Remain as
it Now Stands.
Baltimore, May 19. The ' eagerly
looked for report of the committee
on episcopacy, which ; considers all
matters relating to effectiveness of the
bishops, was presented at today's ses
sion of the general conference of the
Methodist Episcopal church. It pro
vides for the election at this session
of 10 bishops. The board' of bishops
recommended but six. The request
of Missionary Bishop James M. Tho-
burn for retirement was granted.
Finally Agree oa Six.
After an earnest and at times spir
ited discussion the conference voted
to elect eight bishops. Motions to
amend the report were offered suc
cessively, changing the number to 6ix,
12 and finally eight.
No Dlaelpliae Change.
uammore, May 19. By a . decisive
vote the committee on the state of the
church yesterday decided to recom
mend that the paragraph on amuse
ments remain as it now stands and
thus negatived the recommendation of
Tributes to bishops and officers -of
the general conference who have died
during . the past four years were paid
at memorial services yesterday
Before the services began a report
from the committee on the state of
the church on international peace was
adopted unanimously. It disapproved
the maintenance of large standing
military forces by the countries of the
world. ' 1
Against Union Plaa.
The time for organization between
the Methodist Episcopal church and
the Methodist Episcopal church, south
has not yet fully come ia the report
of the committee on. federation. The
committee, however, concurs in the
recommendation of the joint commis
sion on federation, that , where there
are churches of the two branches of
Episcopal Methodists they may 'unite
if a majority t of the membership of
both branches desire, . The committee
concurs also in the recommendation
of the joint commission on federation
for- the appointment of ; a - federal
council of two churches! which 'shall
be invested with advisory powers In
regard to worldwide missions, Chris
tian ' education, the evangelization of
the.' luiphiirc.hpd triaKsea and th" nil-
"justment of misunderstandings be-
tween the different churches of Methodism.
W. W. IS HERE FROM SOUTH
Arrives in Port to Fill Engagements
for Excursion Trips.
The excursion steamer W. W. and
barge arrived here last evening about
9 o'clock from the south. The boat
will run excursions here for the next
week or so, the schedule ' being as
Tonight Moonlight excursion by
the Arsenal club.
May 20. Maccabees from Muscatine
to this city.
May 21. Excursion from Moline to
May 22. Tri-city Luther league
May 24 Easf End Athletic club of
Moline to Muscatine.
4 The next week will be spent further
south and following that the boat will
return here for another series of ex
me rainy weatner so far this year
has greatly interfered with the excur
slon business and the crowds have
been poor. The one or two good days
though have shown that with the right
kind of weather boating will be more
popular than ever this year.
The boat on the excursion tonight
will leave Moline at 7 o'clock, Daven
port a half hour later and this city
about 8:30. This will be the first
moonlight excursion through the Mo
GREEK WHO WAS SHOT MAY DIE
George Thotis, Victim of Davenport
Brawl, in Serious Condition.
George Thotis, the Greek who was
shot and seriously injured in a quarrel
with Gregoria Baronis in Davenport
several weeks ago and has been con
fined in a hospital since, has devel
oped symptons of blood poison and it
is feared he will die. Baronis is still
at large. -
FUNERAL OF BISHOP IS HELD
Catholic Dignitaries Attend Services
' at Cleveland .
Cleveland, Ohio, . May 19. With, all
the pomp and ceremony of the Roman
Catholic ritual the body of Rt. Rev.
Ignatius F. Horstman was placed in
the tomb today. Two archbishops
and 12 bishops were present . to do
honor to their former brother in the
episcopate. More than 300 priests
sang the office of the dead. Pontifi
cal requiem mass was celebrated by
Archbishop Moeller. Archbishop Ryan
of Philadelphia delivered the funeral
Daughters of Rebekah Convene.
Indianapolis, Ind., May 19. The
23rd annual session of the Daughters
of Rebekah opened here yesterday af
ternoon. There are now 657 effective
lodges, a net increase of three lodges.
The membership on Dec. 31, 1907, was,
sisters 29,231. brothers 13,872; total,
43,103, a net decrease in membership
of 545. Twelve lodges had been in
stituted during the year, but as sev
eral, had surrendered their charters,
the net increase was small. .
Small Wreck in Ohio.
Columbus, Ohio, May 19. A Nor
folk & Western passenger train was
wrecked today by spreading rails two
miles west of here. . There -was but
one coach on -the train in which were
riding 15 or 20 people oi whom 10 or
12 were injured.
Deneen Names Delegates.
Springfield, 111., May 19. Governor
Deneen has appointed as delegates
from Illinois to the International fish
eries congress to be held in Washing
ton Sept. 2. W. W. Atchinson and
Claude Con ant of Chicago, Captain
Richard Smith of Waukegan and N,
H. Cohen of Urbana. - .
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
Washington, May 19. Following are
in brief the proceedings of the .two
houses of congress yesterday' as taken
from the official records:
SENATE The Jirnate held a ahort
legislative session, nearly half of which
was consumed by Senator Heyburn In
a speech against a. conference report
oi a Din to increase nomesteaas on non
of a bill to increase homesteads on non
which ne ueciareu wouja apply 10 ine
richest farm land of Idaho. The report
was wnnarawn. - i ne con rerence repot
on the legislative, executive and.jud
oial appropriation bill was sonroved.
Senator Bulkeley of Connecticut spoke
In favor of his bill to authorize the
president to reenlist the negro soldiers
of the 5th infantry. At 4:67 p. m. the
senate adjoarned until today.
HOUSE The passage by the house
of the general denciency appropriation
bill, carrying- tI7.368.572, marked the
completion by that body, of the last of
the great supply measures. Several
measures were passed by unanimous
consent, including 1 a - joint resolution
providing an annuity for life of $125 a
month each to the widows of Surgeons
James Carroll and Jesse Lasear, United
States army. - in recognition of their
discoveries in connection with the trans
mission of yellow fever by mosquitoes.
&a'y" !' ' house rce8d ot0
Joint Committees Are Unable to
Get Together in Sev
PROTESTS ARE MANY
Features of Vreeland Measure '
Objectionable to Numer
Washington, May 19. That there
will be no currency legislation at the
present session of congress" it now be
lieved by many members to -be almost
a certainty. Conferees on the senate
and house bills have held several ses
sions in an effort to work up some
thing under the head of the "Aldrlch
Vreeland bill" but they are said to
have almost abandoned hope.
Swamped with Protests.
The senate committee on finance
has been swamped with protests from
bankers and commercial interests "
against the Vreeland bill.
Taylor Makra Flrat Speech.
Washington, May 19. Senator Rob
ert L. Taylor of Tennessee delivered
his maiden speech in the senate today
his subject being tariff an,d currency
legislation which he made . enter
taining and striking by humorous ref
erences to the policies of the republi
Lilley Report la Ready.
Washington, May 19. The special
committee of the house which has
been investigating the charges brought
by Representative Lilley that Improp
er methods have been used by the
Electric Boat company to Influence the
sub-marine boat legislation In congress
will submit Its report to the house
tomorrow.' , . '
Laat Snpply Measure.
Washington, May 19. The passage
by the house yesterday of the general .
deficiency aoDronriation. bllL. carrying
an appropriation of $17,368,572, mark
ed the completion by that body of the
last of the great supply measures of
the government. ' '
Report Foreat Reaerve BUI.
Washington, May 19. The conserva
tion of the natural resources of the
United States is contemplated in a
bill ordered reported to the house yes
terday by the committee on agricul
ture. The measure contains provis
ions bearing upon the proposal to
create federal forest reserves In the
southern Appalachian region and in
the White mountains of New Hamp
The bill permits" the states to enter
into such agreements with each other
as are not in conflict with federal ,
laws. The bill carries an appropria
tion of $100,000 to enable the secre
tary of agriculture to supply to the
forest owners expert advice on the
subject of reforestration.
A commission consisting of five mem
bers of the senate, to be appointed by
its presiding officer, and five members'
of the house, to be appointed by the ,
speaker, is created oy the bill. This
commission is to investigate the con
nection, if any there may be, between
the navigability of streams rising in
the White mountains and the southern
Appalachians and the preservation of
the forests. ' ' -.
If this commission, which Is to re
port by Jan. 1, 1909. to the president.
finds that such relation exists, It will
then determine if the United States
should acquire the land within the
watersheds or whether the government
may exercise supervision over the
watersheds without purchase. The
commission is empowered to expend
not more than $20,000 in its work.
OPPOSE iieAv lav
National Association Urge Cannon to
Prevent Passage of Antf-ln- .
. New York, May 19.The National
Association of Manufacturers In an
nual convention here today sent the
following telegram to Speaker Can
non: "The National Association ot
Manufacturers, regardless of political
affiliations, urge upon you to use your .
power and Influence against any anti-
injunction legislature . whatever, thus
perpetuating the good work you hate
already done. . ' - ; . .
- Oldest Woman Dead. '
Blodmlngton, Ills., ' May. 19. Mrs.
Ellen Crawford, said to have been, the'
oldest woman In Illinois, died today,
aeed 102- " .