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FIFTY-SEVENTH YE Alt. NO. 184.
THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY. MAY 20. 1908. TEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
LILLEY'S CHARGES WERE GROUND
LESS AND HE WAS MADE TOOL OF
RIVAL BOAT COMPANY IT IS FOUND
Congressional Investigation Re
sults in a Caustic Arraign
ment. ACCUSED FIRM FAIR
Congressman Who Started the
Probe Intimated to Have
Washington, May 20. That Uepre
' sentatlve George L. Lilley of Con
necticut was not warranted in bring
ing charges against certain of his col
leagues in the house and accredited
members of the press is the conclu
sion reached by the special commit
tee who Investigated the methods em;
ployed by the Electric Boat company
of New Jersey in' connection with
legislation before congress.
Testimony In Reviewed.
In an exhaustive reporl submitted
to the house today Chairman Boutell
and his colleagues review the testi
mony brought out before hc commit
tee in the hearing extending over sev
eral weeks and declare with entire
unanimity no member of. the house
and no member of the press has been
induced by officers of the. Electric
Boat company to act from corrupt or
I'aed an an Instrument.
Furthermore the committee finds
that Lilley allowed himself to be used
as an instrument of the Lake Boat
company in questioning the integrity
and fairness of members of tne in
vestigating committee and in attack
ing the competing submarine com
pany. Lilley is charged also with
maintaining an attitude of bad faith,
both in bringing charges and conceal
ing from the committee the identity
of the real parties behind the investi
- . Story of the Cane.
The investigation grew out of a res
olution introduced 'by Lilley in the
house Feb. 20 last asking that a com
mittee be appointed to investigate the
coHduct-of the Electric Boat company
the Holland company, respecting .
methods employed by the companies
named in connection with past and
proposed legislation before congress.
The resolution was referred to the
committee on rules and March 8 the
committee reported back and recom
mended that the spcaker-jiame a com
mittee of five to investigate the
charges, which was dAne. The hear
ing began March 9 and closed April
30. The testimony was taken in
Washington, New York 'and New Or
leans. VETERANS ARRIVE
Rock Island County Delegation
ReachesQuincy for the State
TRIP ON THE BOAT ENJOYED
Shoot Keokuk Rapids All in Good
Shape to Enter Into the Festivi
ties of the Occasion.
Quincy, 111., May 19. (Special Cor
respondence to .The Argus.) The vet
erans and their ladies from -Moline,
Rock Island and Davenport fo the
number of 175 boarded the steamer
Columbia at Moline, Rock Island and
Davenport on the evening of the 18th,
bound for Quincy where the depart
ment encampment is . to be held.
Many comrades from .WfeHeside coun
ty and the outlying towns Mn Rock
Island county, Coal Valley, Reynolds,
Milan, were represented. An enjoy
able time was had on board the boat
speeches, singing and general good
fellowship all the way through.
vve arrivea at yuincy at 3:10 a, m.
The-Columbia was decorated from
stern to stern with the national colors
The drum-corps led the procession
up into the city. The city of Quincy
is finely located. .--,.'
; About .3 . j. m. the fire department
gave a grand exposition, 10 streams
of water being thrown from five steam
engines. - There was a stream thrown
from the hook and ' ladder company
to a height of 75 feet At least 10.000
'people . witnessed the- display. - The
"weather is beautiful, Just a little too
'warm for comfort; quite a contrast
'from the wei,: we have, had in
Rock Island cdiUy the past week or
- Avoided the Canal.
. ' "This morning at daylight we passed
Fort Madison, Iowa. .We did not en
ter the canal at.Montrose, as the stage
of waterwas so high that we did not
need to. The scenery along the Mis
sissippi is grand. It is the first time
in 51 years that your correspondent
has traveled over that portion of the
father of waters. Many nice towns
have been built along the banks of
the stream. There are a great many
of the old comrades from the Soldiers'
home in the city. I have not been to
Visit the home as yet, but expect to
go there in the morning. The day
is Riven over to registering of com
rades and meetings and a general
good time. There will be camp fires
Some of the members of our party
are Hon. Thomas Campbell, . r. E.
Bailey, William Norris a'hdV wife.
James Beardsley, W. F. Schroeder and
wife, C. B. Knox and daughter, N. N.
Coons, J. W. Donald, Captain W. C.
Bennett, Everett Wheclock. J. W.
Dewrose, G. M. Stoddard and daugh
ter, and the Mcline martial band. ,We
met with and received our delegato
badges from Adjutant General Part
ridge of Chicago, assisted by his ami
able daughter and Comrade Campbell
of Peoria, assistant postmaster.
T. F. MUIiPIIY.
TAKEN IN ALSO
Methodist Protestant Church Confer
ence Discusses Union of Both ,
with Methodist Episcopal. '
Pittsburg, May 20. The special
committee from the Methodist Episco
pal conference, in session in Baltimore,
that came here Monday with over
tures to the Methodist Protestant gen
eral conference to return to the parent
body, were so. well .pleased with the
resuits of their mission that before
leaving Rev. Dr. J. E. Goucher of the
committee announced that the older
conference will be asked to act upon a
proposition to send an overture re
questing, union aso with the United
Brethren church, which meets in Can
ton, Ohio, next May.
Bishop Thomas C. Carter of the
United Brethren church, who is here
in the interest of the union of that
denomination, the Methodist Protest
'ant" and the Congregational churches,
said the action of the Methodist Epis
copal conference would have no effect
toward retarding the latter union,
which has been under consideration
LET MOTORMEN COME' IN
Drivers of F.iectric Trains on Steam
Roads Eligible to Engineers.
Columbus, Ohio, May 20. The inter
national convention' of the Brotherhood
of .Locomotive Engineers yesterday af
lernoon voted to admit to membership
the engineers of all cicctrically drawn
trains on steam railroads.
mere was no extended debate on
the proposition, and the report of the
committee, to which the question of
admitting motormen had been refer
red, was accepted - without change.
There was practical unanimity against
admitting any motormen except those
employed on cars which have displac
ed steam locomotives.
Admission of engineers in Cuba to
the brotherhood was also determined
upon at the meeting of the convention
MOTHER LOOKS FOR DAUGHTER
Disappearance . of Student Laid at
Door of Mrs. Belle Gunness.
I.a Porte, Ind., May 20. Mrs. H
Whitzer of Toledo, Ohio, arrived here
today for the purpose of investigating
her belief that a daughter who in 1902
attended a university at Valparaiso
nine nines west ot La Porte, was
among Mrs. Gunness'- victims. The
Irl disappeared from school after
writing her mother she was, going on
a visit. '
Banks' Condition Demanded.
Washington. JNIay 20. The control
Jer of the ". currency today issued
call for the condition . of national
banks at the close of business May 14.
WINDS ARE STRONG
Fleet Meets TWorst Storm of
Cruise Off the Oregon .'
... Los Angeles. Cal..' May O.--Accord
lng.to a "wireless message received
here last .night, the Atlantic fleet is
encountering off the coast of Oregon
the heaviest seas since it felt Hamp
ton Roads. The ships are : struggling
against stormy head winds and making
sldw progress. .
HOLDS TO POINT
Municipal Traction Company of
Cleveland Refuses to Re
AND GIVE OLD POSITIONS
Crowd Engages In Gun Fight with
Crew and police at Lakewood
and Several Are Wounded.
Cleveland, Ohio, May 20. Although
no detinue result was announced at
the close of the conference between
members of the state arbitration board
and President Dupqnt of the Municipal
Traction company, which continued
practically throughout the night, it is
believed material progress was made
toward a settlement of the street car
W ill Nut ltcxlorr to Old Hun.
Members of the arbitration board
will today submit a new proposition
to the officers of the street car union.
President Dupont has agreed to waive
every point at issue except in the mat
ter of seniority which involves the
reinstatement of all strikers on their
Rioting Mure Serious.
Cleveland, May 20. Rioting became
more general and serious in the street
railway strike, late yesterday. The
first death, while not a part of the
strike, but incident to it, occurred
when Yetta Wolkinski, 4 years of age,
was run over by a car operated by an
inexperienced inotorman. A crowd
quickly gathered and would have lynch
ed the motorman had he not turned
on full speed and escaped.
In Lakewood a car was stopped and
the crew fired upon. Four persons
were shot and seriously injured and
the car was burned to the trucks. The
first disturbance in.the down town sec
tion also took place after dark, when
a Woodland car was heid up on On
tario street and the motorinan and
conductor attacked. The police dis
persed the rioters.
Car Humeri by Mob.
The burning of a Clifton' boulevard
car in Lakewood was the most serious
riot. of the strike.. The car was going
toward the western terminal when it
was stopped by a log being thrown
across the track. It was the first ef
fort to operate in. Lakewood. and the
car carried no passengers as. trouble
was expected. As soon as the car stop
ped it was surrounded by rioters. Im
mediately the crowd began shooting
at the members of the crew and guards.
The latter, W. J. James and John
Swanto, returned the fire. All told,
over 30 shots were exchanged.
Gasoline Inert on Car.
While the shooting was in progress
the crowd grew to nearly a thous
and. Another car arrived and its
crew and guards joined in the free-for-all
fight: Gasoline "was poured upon
the second car and it burned to the
trucks. The Cleveland police were
notified and CO officers were sent to
the rcsei. The first car, riddled with
bullets, and windows broken, proceed
ed to the car barn.
Motorman P. C. Elsholz was shot in
the leg, John Gray and George Alexan
der; guards on the second car, were
shot in the chest. Mace Burlingame,
who was in the crowd which made the
attack, was shot in the hand.
Child Drowns in a Tub.
Galesburg, 111., May 20 The body
of 'Mary Carmody, little daughter of
C. M. Carmody, was found in a tub
of water yesterday, into which she had
NEW YORK MAN AWAITING DEATH FROM
HYDROPHOBIA ARRANGES AFFAIRS;
DOG LICKED HAND, GIVING INFECTION
New York, May 20. To ease the last
hours of the victim of rabies, William
H. Marsh, a wealthy inventer and man
ufacturer, who was told yesterday at
the Pasteur institute he had hydro
phobia, and would live a few days on
ifV physicians put him under the in
fluence of opiates today, and he will be
kept in that condition until his death.
Marsh was perfectly conscious, and ap
parently did .not suffer except when
seized with convulsions. Between
paroxyms he bid farewell to-his family,
and . arranged , his business affairs.
Walled Too Long.
Marsh waited too iong before he ap
plied to the Pasteur institute for treat
ment, not going there until three days
ago, when the symptoms of the disease
began to be visible. When he made his
second visit ' to the institute he was
told by the scientists in charge there
that the Institute could not possibly do
anything for him, that his case was be
yond medical aid, and that he would
die shortly. ;
"How long do you give me to live?"
Marsh asked quietly.
Not long," he was told, "probably
, Went to Arrange Affairs. ,
Marsh shook hands with the physi
cians, and told them he would go home
and arrange his affairs. He walked out
of the institute to his carriage and
IN A BAD WAY
Calls Up Resolution to Have
President Name Court of
IN THE COL. STEWART CASE
Saisisfied Committee on Military Af
fairs Would Not Act Caucus on
Washington, May 20. Senator Uay-
ner of Maryland in the senate today
called up his resolution requesting the
president to appoiul a court. of inquiry
to investigate .the charges against Co
lonel William Jt Stewart of the coast
artillery now .stationed at Fort Grant,
Arizona." Rayiiei' said he took action
a3 he was satisfied there would bo no
report from the committee on military
affairs on his resolution during this
session of congress.
To Hold Coafcreucr.
Washington, May 20. A conference
of the republican - members of the
house will be held tonight for the pur
pose of deciding whe'ther an anti-injunction
bill shall be passed at this
session. After 21 hours of hard work,
Representative Townsend of Michigan,
the leader of the insurgents, approach
ed Speaker Cannon yesterday with a
petition bearing the signatures of 45
renublicart members askinji that an
anti-injunction bill be taken up. Speak- j
er Cannon informed Mr. Townsend and
his associates that they were pursuing
the wrong course; that if anything is
to be done 'in the way of legislation
not 45 nor 50 republicans should dic
tate, but that a majority of the repub
lican members of the house would be
liaised X ii inker u )!-.
Mr. Townsend in good faith accepted
the suggestion, and by hustling around
increased the number to C2 and had
them attached to a call for a confer-
drove home. There was nothing about
the man, to lead anyone to suspect he
was doomed. His 'mouth twitched a lit
tle and he was slightly nervous, but
beyond that he seemed in good health.
The strange thing about Marsh's
case is that he never was bitten by a
dog. He received the poison into his
system through the licking of one of
his fingers by his daughter's pet dog.
i Pet IJog Gives DlnfiiHf.
.The animal, which was named Fluff,
had been .bitten six weeks before by a
mad mongrel whicb ran riot in Ocean
avenue. . So fond of the pet was Marsh
that be sent for a veterinarian, who
treated the dog. . Marsh himself also
cared for the animal and bandaged it
daily. In return the affectionate lit
tle creature would lick his hand in
gratitude. Ten days later the dog died
in a fit
Father Finds Stolen Girl.
Hickman, 'Ky., May 20. After nine
months' search Edward Rov of Deca
tur, III.-,- found his 14-year-old daughter
near here. . . Will Fleming, . a married
man, It is -alleged, stole her. last Aug
ust from her home." . Fleming was ar
rested here and confessed. . The girl
was found on a boat three miles above
this place. V She had not been on land
for weeks. Fleming is in jail and will
'be taken bdek to Decatur for trlaL
-De Mar in Philadelphia Record.
HE GETS MICHIGAN
But Bryan's Chances in Penn
sylvania Convention Are
Not So Bright.
SEVERAL MEETINGS HELD
Keystone State Outlook is Uncertain,
But Lively Doings Are Confi
lousing, Mich., May 20. That Wil
liam Jennings Bryan would be endors
ed by the democratic state convention
today and that the Michigan delegation
to Denver fwouId be instructed to vote
for the Nebraskan for the presidential
nomination, was practically the unaui
inous opinion among the delegates be
fore representatives of Michigan de
mocracy were called to order this
The convention was called to order
by State Chairman Winship. After a
brief address Winship introduced A.
M. Cummings of Lansing as temporary
chairman. Reports of district cau
cuses were received and adopted and
the convention adjourned until 2.
Victory ffr Guffey.
. Harrisburg, Pa., May 20. The situa
tion with regard to probable action at
today's democratic state convention on
the question of instructing the dele
gates to the Denver convention had
not cleared up when the delegates
were called to order. " Each side was
still claiming victory and neither was
inclined to yield anything to the oth
er. Prospects are the convention will
be exceedingly interesting and lively. '
The committee on permanent or
anization selected Peter A. Boyle, a
Guffey man, as permanent chairman.
This indicates the Guffey people will
organize the convention and - elect
their lour delegates at large and send
them to Denver without instructions.
South Carolina for Bryan. -
Columbia, S. C. May 20. By an al-
n.ost unanimous vole the state demo
cratic convention today decided to in
struct its delegates to the national
convention for Bryan. ...
MiMHonriana Electing; Delegates.
Jefferson City, Mo., May 20. The
democratic state convention convened
at noon today with almost 1,000 dele
gates present. Four delegates at large
tc the national convention and 32 del
egates from 1C congressional districts
will be elected. - .
Johnxon Got One Delegate.
Montgomery, Ala., May 20. Late re
turns from Monday's state democratic
primary today indicate Dr. Cunning
ham, one of the Johnson men -for dele
gate at large, was elected.
ence, 50 being sufficient under the re
publican organization. ,v.
The insurgents demand the .enact
ment, at the present session of a law
regulating the issuance of .restraining
orders and temporary injunctions, em
bodying- in principle the following
1. That no restricting order or tem
porary injunction shall . be granted
without reasonable notice and . after
hearings, except that In cases where
it is made to appear that great t and
irreparable Injury would be caused by
delay pending a hearing. In such
cases a restraining order may be is
sued to remain in force until, a hear
ing can be had upon the application
for temporary injunction.. :
2. ' That such restraining order is
I. . . . , , . . . . ,
SENATOR PLATT ON STAND DENIES
ALL OF MAE WOODS' ALLEGATIONS;
FOUND HER AN "AGREEABLE WOMAN"
tinued in force for more than five days
after it is issued. : .
THREATENS TO AID
IN A REVOLUTION
Liberal Leader in Portuguese Cham
ber of Deputies Demands Econ
omy by the Government.
Lisbon; May 20. Alfonso Costa, the
republican leader, made .a speech in
tjie chamber of deputies today in
which he declared unless the present
government, was economical, liberal
and patriotic his party would organize
Accident to Launch Brings Disaster to
Party 6f Society People of
Claredon, Ark., May 20. Seven prom
inent young society people were drown
ed last night when the tank of their
gasoline .launch exploded, wreckin;
the boat. The other members of the
party were rescued with difficulty.
ABSINTHE SELLERS' TAX UP
France to Double License Fees tp Pay
Paris, May 20. Doubling of the li
cense fees on all saloons where ab
sinthe is sold is planned by the gov
ernment, and is expected to make up
$2,000,((ini cf the estimated deficit of
$S,S00,0tK) apparent in the budget for
1901). M. Caljiaux-, minister of finance,
announced yesterday a revenue esti
mate of $7S5,800,000 and expenditure
of $791,000,000. The government also
contemplates the collection: of a per
centage of their industrial profits from
the holders of monopolies of water
power and a more strict enforcement
of the laws on stock ' transfer taxes
and customs duties. ' .
KILLS TO PREVENT WEDDING
Son of Aged New York Millionaire
Slays Father and Self.
New York, May 20. George E.
Sterry, the millionaire president of
the Weaver & Sterry company, lim
ited, 79 Pine street and 16G Pearl
street, drug importers and wholesalers,
v.as shot and instantly killed yester
day afternoon by his eldest son,
George E. Stctry, Jr., who then shot
and killed himself. The murder and
suicide grew out of the intention of
the elder Sterry, who was a widower.
72 years old, to marry Miss Rachel
Blaikie, aged 35, a school teacher of
East Orange, X. J.
BLACK HAND IN NEW OUTRAGE
Bomb Placed in Tenement When
Money Is Refused.
New York, May 20. The refusal of
wealthy Italian physicians to comply
with .demands of Black Hand crim
inals for money resulted in the lives
of 100 persons being placed in danger
for a few moments today -when a
bomb was exploded in a tenement
house in East Eleventh street. ' Four
persons were 'injured and the build
ing badly damaged. " -j.
England Withdraws Exequatur of
Prince Edward Island Official.
London, May 20. The Gazette pub
lishes the quite . unirsual notification of
the withdrawal of a consular exequa
tur. The individual in this case Is an
American, John H. Shirley, the con
sular representative of the United
States at Charlettetown, Prince- Ed
ward island. ' The notice is dated at
the foreign office, May 16.
YESTERDAY IN CONGRESS
Washington, May 20. Following are
in brief the proceedings of the two
houses of congress yesterday as taken
from the official records:
SESATB A democratic speech pre
pared for circulation In - the coming
rHmpalen was . delivereil by Senator
Taylor of Tennesitee. Mr. Taylor de
vol:d his attention chiofly to the tariff
and curr-nry policies of the republican
party. The senate agrel to the con
ference report on the aericultural bill
carrying a total of Jl 126.96.36.199. At 2:10
ociock Bdjournment was taken.
HOISH The conference report on
the legislative appropriation bill was
agreed to; i "inference reports on the
agricultural " and fortifications appro
priation, bills were received: the bill
making an .appropriation of $1,500.1100
for representation by the United States
at the Tokio exposition in 1012 was
passed, as were also two omnibus bills
embodying 40 separate measures having
to do with public lands and matters in
me territories, pending a vote on a
bill providing for the. issuance -of
leases of public lands in the Panama
. clitLli w 1 1 a cia n (1 o uinvu tlfc U ft'.
canai zone, a re-ess was la&en at
Declares He Did Not Even Pro
pose Marriage to Her
at Any time.
Secretary Loeb and Bobert J.
Wynne Are Brought
Into the Case.
New York, May 20. Senator Thom
as C. Piatt, who is belne- sued for di
vorce by Mae C. Wood, today entered
the court room where the suit was
being heard. He was accompanied
by two attendants and seemed to walk
with considerable difficulty. .
Denied Proponal of Marriage.
Opening his testimony Piatt said he
was nearly 75 years old. He first met
Miss Wood in 1901. He denied he
had ever seen her at the Oriental
hotel or ever asked her to become
Piatt said he might at times have
foolishly addressed Miss Wood in en
dearing terms. She had never called
him any pet names. "
Vn an "Agreeable Womaa."
lie liked her very much because
she was an "agreeable woman." He
said lie had never given her a photo
graph of himself on 'which he- had
written "to my dear wife" and denied
emphatically he ever married the
plaintiff or ever promised to marry
her. In fact, the senator denied all
the statements and charges made
against him by Miss Wood.'-..-.. t
- raid 910,000 for Settlement.
Piatt testified that he paid $10,000
to his son Frank to bring about a set
tlement of the suit brough against
him by Miss Wood through the law
firm of Howe & Hummel. '.
Hlk Offleiala Aeeuaed. ' j
New York, May': 20.-Hfgh ' govern-"
ment officials at Washington are al
leged to have conspired to obtain pos
session of love letters said to have
been written by United States Senator
Thomas C. Piatt to Miss Mae C. Wood
in a signed statement introduced as
evidence during yesterday's hearing in
Miss Wood'-s suit for divorce against
The statement bears what purports
to be the signature of J. Martin Miller
and Miss Wood said that while she
did not see the signatures affixed, Bhe
was assured by Mr. Miller that it was
At Her Requeat.
The statement was prepared by Mil
ler at her request, she testified. It
declared that . Miller was asked by
"high government officials ia -Washington
and New York ,to get posses
sion of Senator Piatt's IovV letters"
that the papefs when "obtained were
not to be given to Senator Piatt, btit
were to be turned over to. "Mr.- Lioeb
in Washington," and that when th'
plan to get possession of the original
papers failed, a scandal was begun .n
the newspapers to force Miss .Wood
to come to terms.-.--,' , '
Wynne Brought In. "
"Wynne, first assistant postmaster
general, started the ball rolling by
getting a New York newspaper to
print the article as it first appeared,",
says the statement, which concludes:
I was got Into the conspiracy by
powerful officials whom I dare not to
displease from a newspaper ,6r "po
litical standpoint- I consulted Mr.
Howe, Senator Platt'a secretary, fre
quently ..and acted at all times under
the direction of Loeb and Piatt" !
Wn It riatt Clnba.
Former Postmaster-General .Robert
Wynne is the present American con
sul general to London. J. Martin
Miller, a . former newspaper man,' re
cently was ' American consul - at
MAY DROP ACTION
Evelyn Thaw .Likely Not to
Press Suit for Annulment
New York, May 20. There Is a pos
sibility Evelyn Nesblt Thaw may aban
don her suit for the annulment of her
marriage to Harry K." ThawJ accord
ing' to a statement made' today by her
counsel, Daniel O'Reilly. ' "We have
not decided yet Just what we. will dp,"
said O'Reilly, 'but ai we told Referee
Deyo yesterday, In asking for further
postponements of the case, if we are
ready to go on Tuesday next, we will
not co on at all." ' - - -