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FRIGTIOfl If3 C0L1MITTEE;
OLD MOTHER HUBBARD
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VOTE THE HEAD
illTCIICOCK DtCLIIIES TO
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Vim FIGHT OtJ 0HA
Conference at Cincinnati Adjourns to Meet Again
July 1 at Washington, When Chairmanship
Subject Will be Taken Up.
Taft and Sherman Meet Each
Other and Proceed to
Cincinnati, June 20. At a confer
ence this afternoon Frank Hitchcock
declined to be considered for the chair
manship of the republican national
committee, giving his health as the
reason. Adjournment was taken until
July 1, when the committee will re
convene in Washington and again
trke up the matter of the chairman
ship. Clveu Welcome Home.
Cincinnati, June 20. A hearty wel
come home was given. Secretary Tatt j
when the train on the Baltimore &
Ohio pulled Into the central depot at
8:10 this morning.
Hair an hour earlier the Chicago
train brought in the candidate for vice
president, James S. Sherman, and the
sub-committee of the national commit
tee, who are to confer with Taft on
plans of leadership for the campaign.
. Escorted by a large number of Cin
cinnati men bearing Taft banners, the
secretary and Sherman were "driveir
to the residence of Charles II. Taft,
where they breakfasted.
Hrolher Wan Waiting:.
At the station one of the first to
grasp the secretary's hand was his
brother, Charles Taft, who just arrived
from Chicago. The greeting of the
.rotli-r3,vW aro -devoted to earn oth-'
c wag affectionately cordial. As they
clasped hands. Charles threw his left
arm over the secretary's shoulder and
gave h.im a loving embrace. Both were
laughing as if once again they were
boys. An instant later the beaming
face of James S. Sherman appeared in
(reeling; for llunnlnK Hnlr,
"Hello, Sherman," shouted Secretary
Taft, extending a hand cordially, "I'm
mighty glad to see you. You don't
look as if you had passed through the
siege of a nominating convention."
"I never felt better," responded Sher
man. "We had a great convention,
and I take this opportunity to say that
the result, as far as you were concern
ed, was equally great. I want to per
sonally join with the country in renew
' Ing my congratulations."
Walk Arm In Arm.
Together behind a throng of citi
zens, members of republican clubs.
OFF FOR SUMMER
Pretident Roosevelt and Pri
vate and Official Family go
to Oyster Bay.
ARRIVE LATE IN A'JERNOON
White House to Be Refui "'shed and
- Brightened During the Vaca
Washington, June 20. President
Roosevelt and party left over the Penn
sylvania road for Oyster Bay today.
The president's special train consist
ing of a private car, parlor car and
baggage car. pulled out of the Union
station at 9:15 a. m. The party ex
pect to reach Oyster Bay at 5:35 this
Fnmlly Willi tllm.
-Members of the president's family.
Mrs. Roosevelt, Ethel, Master Quen
tln,nd most of the executive office
personnel went to Oyster Bay, includ
Ing Secretary . Loeb. Assistant Secre
tory Forster. and confidential clerks
and stenographers. , This summer the
White house will be refurnished and
overhauled during the absence of the
: Takr Tug Aeromt Sound.
' New, York, June 20. Roosevelt's
train arrived at Jersey City at 2;27
and the presidential party was taken
on the tug7Lancastef to Long Island
City, where they will board a train
for Oyster Bay. .
each carrying a blue pennant bearing
a handsome likeness of the war sec
retary, the two candidates, arm in
arm, walked to the entrance of the
Mai ion where they were received by
a committee of the ' chamber of com
merce and the general committee of
citizens of Cincinnati headed by
Mayor Mark Breit.
The streets from the station to the
Taft residence were lined with cheer
ing people, waving flags and pennants.
Crimdrt at Station.
The trip from Washington was not
an eventful one, although at several
places along the-i line crowds had as
sembled at the stations to get a
glimpse of the republican candidate.
Taft, however, remained in 'he
drawing room Invisible. He was very
much fatigued from the work of the
last few days and did not emerge
from his stateroom until the train
was within the limits of Cincinnati.
Will I'ifk National Chairman.
,At a conference between Secretary
Taft and members of the national
committee to be held today it will
probably be de'.ermined definitely who
is to be national, chairman during the
coining campaign. It was , evident
from the tenor of the early morning
discussions among the members of
the subcommittee that they were near
ly equally divided on the question.
Illtt'lMHK-k anil VurM nllrrrl.
Both Frank H. Hitchcock and Ar
thur I. Vorys have staunch adherents,
but the sen-inient has developed
among those interested in the ap
proaching contest in favor of the se
lection of some man who has not been
directiy connected with the primary
campaign. . It is pretty .certain the
committee will accept the judgment
of Secretary Taft if he chooses to an
nounce his personal choice...
It. is -expected he will express such
choice, although he has given no pub
lic intimation jasJo whom his choice
may fall upon.
Tuft I.rnveK for f liirlunnt I.
Washington, June 20. Secretary
Taft left at 4:05 yesterday afternoon
for Cincinnati, where he will confer
with Representative Sherman of New
York, his running mate on the republi
can national ticket.
With the Taft party were James T.
Williams, Jr., of the Taft political head
quarters in this city, and representa
tives of press associations. Taft ar
rived at the union station a few min
utes before time for leaving, and as
he fanned hinisJf vigorously with his
hat, remarked to a newspaper man
that, it was the 22d anniversary of his
THE FIGHT KEPT UP
Urges San Francisco Officials to Go to
the Limit in Securing Convic
tion of Grafters.
San Francisco, June 20. The Call
today prints a letter dated June 8 at
the White house from President
Roosevelt to Rudolph Spreckels in
which he comments upon local graft
piosecution and urges the prosecutor
to "keep up the fight" and to treat
all forms of slander and falsehood
flung at them with entire disregard.
Pittsfielfl, Mass.,; June 20. The bal
loon Boston which made its initial
aseent here yesterday, . landed safely
shortly after 7 last evening on a moun
tain near Puttney, Vt.. 50 miles from
here. Charles J. Gliddenr owner of
the balloon, and Leo Stevens of New
York, an aeronaut, had a very exciting
trip. In addition to being the target
for rifle bullets during the flight the
men landed in the pasture where they
were attacked by a young bull, but
escaped injury by'fast running, and
LESSON REPORT IS ADOPTED
One of Important Matters" Before the
Sunday School Convention.
Louisville, June 20 An important
feature of the 12th international Sun
day school convention was the adop
tion today of the report of the inter
national lesson committee which pre
pares lessons for all Sunday schools
with a membership af about IG.000,000
M. C. Hazard of Boston, president of
the Sunday School Editorial Associa
tion. delivered an address.
FIGHT THE WATER
East St. Louis Authorities Em
ploying Hundreds of Men
Piling Up Sand.
RIVER AT HIGHEST POiW
fcise of Few Inches More Would Cause
Much of the City, to
East St. Louis, III., June 20. With
he arrival of a 34.S foot Hood crest
yesterday, Mayor Cook and other city
officials are directing the fight to save
Fast St. Louis from the sweep of the
Mississippi on the north and the back
water on the sou;h.
Five hundred men are working day
and night piling sand bags to strength
en the embankments of the Baltimore
and Ohio and the Illinois Central, thr
keys to the situation. The current
s within 10 inches of the top, and
should the Baltimore and Ohio em
binkment yield a sweeping, current
would cover flie "island. paralyze ter
minal facilities and advance on the
Mayor Cook has arranged in such
an event to rush a large force to the
relay depot and guard the 700 feet
of exposed territory between Broad
way and Summit avenues.. There the
great fight' was made to save East St.
Louis in 1903.
TM ot Flood itraolird.
St. Louis, June -20. Sweepin
GOULD-DE SAGAN BANNS PUBLISHED;
DATE OF WEDDING
Paris, June 20. The banns of Mme.
Anna Gould and Prince Helie De Sa-
gan were published this morning.
The document gives . the age of
Mme. Gould at. 33 and the prince at
4S. Although the marriage, will not
occur in France, the f'rencti law re
quires the banns published in the
place of domicile. ,
IMiut and Ile Secret.
The exact place and date are not
LAMPHERE'S ATTORNEY DECLARES
HE CAN FIND MRS. BELLE GUNNESS
La Porte, Ind., June 20. S. W.AVor
den, attorney for Ray Lamphere, in
dicted for the murder of Mrs. Gunness,
her three children, and Andrew Helge
lei'n, today In a formal statement scor
ed the county authorities for their ac
tkra and also made a public appeal for
subscriptions.for funds to be.nsed as
a reward for the apprehe'nsiou of Mrs.
- Wortlen" is in receipt of information
through the valley at the rate of 14
Utiles per hour the lloud tide of the
Mississippi river, it is believed, has
reached its crest after remaining s'a-
iouary for a day. Ceaselessly during
he night gangs ofl , laborers piled
thousands of sacks of sand to form
cmporary levees for the protection
if East St. Louis.
Krauilit l'H Drovrnrtl Oil I'.
The part of Granite City situated
along the river isi, suffering. Jrom -the
aood. The flood has'covered the half
mile between tbe center of the town
and the river' and houses west of
Main street are standing water seven
feet deep. Many have been abandon
ed and the occupants are living in
tents on high ground.
Dnmagr at Oblu'N Sourer.
Pittsburg. June 20. Reports from
western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio
and West Virginia are slowly reach
ing here today showing the damage
from two severe storms last night
amounts to over $200,000. In a num
ber of places wire communication has
been seriously crippled.
GO FOR INVASION OF
STATE OF PANAMA
Four Hundred United States Marines
Sail on the New Hampshire to
Keep Peace in Election.
New York. June 20. The battleship
New Hampshire sailed from the
Brooklyn .navy yard this afternoon
with 400 marines bound for Panama,
where, if necessary, they will main
tain order during the approaching
STILL KEPT SECRET
yet disclosed but It will be celebrated
in a fortnight with the relatives, in
cluding George J. Gould, being present
and will be according to the Protesant
rites. Prince Helie has not renounced
his Catholic faith.
Him IHade No Move.
Count Boni de Castellane has not
yet made any legal move. According
to Gould's lawyers, his efforts to se
cure possession of his children 'will
be futile". . v
from a Missourian whose name and
address he refused to give, who de
clares if 'a reward "is offered, he will
produce Mrs. Gunness at any time at
some place 70 miles from where he
lives. ' ,--'V , " ' ,.
Dr. Walter Haynes of Rush Medical
college, Chicago, today reported to Cor
oner Mack he had found traces of ar
senic and strychnine" in the stomach
of Andrew Helgeleln,
Kessler in St. Louis Republic.
Democratic State Committee to
Meet in Chicago and Make
HAS CONSIDERABLE BUSINESS
Trustees of State fJniversity and Na
tional Delegates to Be Selected
and Platform Adopted.
Chicago, June 20. -'A meeting of the
state democratic central committee
will be held at the Sherman house next
Wednesday or Thursday to decide on
a date for the state convention.
It was a little surprising to a nuni-
ber of the local democrats yesterday
to learn that a state convention was
possible under the new primary law.
but Chairman Boeschenstein asserted
that the act provided for a state con
vention. Law ti He OliNerved.
"I have my doubts whether it will , be I
possible to get enough delegates for
a quorum, he added, "but we will try I
it. The law provides for a convention
to name candidates for truslees of the
state university and I suppose we will
adopt a platform and name the presi-lin
"The law nrovides that the conven-l
tion must be called 33 days before the
primary. We will be in Denver at that I
time and the state committee probably!
will appoint a sub-committee to send
the call to every county clerk of this
tate. as the law nrovides"
In Out for ('bLrrK. I
In the Fourteenth congressional dis-
trict Hon. W. A. Compton of Macomb I
has announced his candidacy for theFoo,iEn Act at E"swothi Pa., Causes
democratic nomination for eouereRs. "I ' Deaths, -
ILLINOIS SECOND AS A
COAL PRODUCING STATE
increased Output Surpassed Only by
Pennsylvania Geological Survey
Washington. June 20. Illinois ranks
second as a coal producing state. The
official record compiled at the geo
logical survey shows that during the
year 1907 only Pennsylvania surpass
ed Illinois in the production of coal.
In 190C West Virginia displaced Illi
nois by producing about 2,000,000 tons
more, but last year Illinois produced
51.317.146 tons, an increase of '9,
837,042 tons over the preceding yea
and regained second place. West Vir
ginia producing only 4U,09l,&3 tons.
' Tne total coal . production
both anthracite' and bituminous,' was!
480,450,042 short tons, valued at $614, -
831,549, an increase over the preceding
year of 66.292.764 short . tons. ;:More
than half, of all the coal produced
mined in Pennsylvania, that slate
showing - an output last year -of 235,
Head Consul Gets $10,000 and Head Clerk 7,.
500 Under Mew Rules Adopted at JliNight
Session in Winding Up Peorial Head Camp7
925,749 tons, of which 150,321,437 was
, Only two coal-producing states
showed a decrease California and
Oregon and the falling off in both
instances is explained by the increased
production and use of oil for railroad
and manufacturing purposes. The coal
output during the-year would probably
have exceeded 500,000,000 tons had not
the manufacturing industries been af
fected by the financial depression of
UTICA, N. Y., HOLDS
A BIG CELEBRATION
Home City Pleased With Nomination
of Congressman Sherman for
Utica, N. Y.f June 20. The news of
James S. Sherman's nomination for
I vice president was received iu this, his
home city, yesterday, with the ringing
of bells, firing of cannon, and a gen
eral display of Hags.
There were meetings last evening of
the different marching clubs, at which
arrangements were made for a demon
stration in honor of Sherman on his
return from the convention. Tele-
;rams of congratulations poured in on
Sherman's family all afternoon and ev
JOIN INDIAN WAR
They Are Chasing
Resent Peace Ar--Fight
a Battle. .
Mexico City, June20. The Yaqui
war" has-fceguH in earnest. "American
and Mexican troops are pursuing the
Indians, which, as before, resent
futile peace arrangements. In a battle
at Buena Vista, Chihuahua, four In
dians were killed yesterday and several
ARE FOR PUBLICITY PLANK
Perry Belmont Criticises the Repub
lican National Platform.
Paris, June 20. Perry Belmont,
piesident of the American National
Publicity Law organization,, has sent
the following communication to the
"Our organization ' had hoped that
Secretary Taft's strong letter support
ing the campaign publicity bill, which
hi pending before the United States
congress, would have resulted in the
republican national convention favor
ling the publication of campaign con-
tributions and expenditures. In view
of the declaration of the democratic
leaders, I assume that the democratic
national convention will adopt a plank
its platform favoring the publicity
"The nonpartisan movement in
fator of publicity in campaign con
tributions and expenditures cont inues
to gather in strength and is depending
largely upon the press to secure a lull
and accurate publication of these be-
I fore and after elections from tne cam-
paign managers of both parties.
I as w m w a k a m
TAKfcb lUnbH ill A MlNC
Mononganeia, fa., June zv. one
American and three foreigners are
dead and one American and five for
eigners injured as a resuli; of an ex-
Dlosiofi late yesterday at the Ellsworth
I coal mines near here. The accident,
it is said, was caused by a foreigner
entering a mine with a lighted torch
Enjoins Enforcing Law.
New York, June 20. Justice Bisehof
of the supreme court yesterday after-
noon restrained the police from inter
fering with betting on the Sheepshead
MILLS BLOWN UP
Denver, ' Colo., June 20. A terrific
explosion- has occurred at the Dupont
1 powder mills at ' Louviere. 20 miles
from Denver. . It is feared, tbe entire
1 plant was . destroyed with some loss
lof life. Doctors are being rushed, to
I the scene. The explosion cut off all
is! wire communication with Louviere
I One hundred twenty-five men are ejn
ployed in the plant.- - . - I
CLOSES AT 2:30 A. P.
Camp Clerks to Draw More and
Per Capita Tax of Mem-""
bers ls Raised." "
Peoria. 111.. June ' 20. ( Areua Sn-
cial.) The Modern Woodmen head
camp adjourned at 2:35 this" morning
after a record breaking business sea
tion lasting all night
The last act was the installing or
head officers, which was done by Na
tional Lecturer C. E. Whalen. Then
Head Consul .Talbot was '- presented
with a handsome emblem by the
Woodmen of Peoria and the recipient
expressed his thanks and closed the
meeting. " .
Made Several Change.
During the night session the pay of
camp clerks was raised from 0 cents
to $1 per capita per year and the-per
capita tax of members was advanced
from $1 to $1.20 per year, 10 cents
to go to the sanitarium fund. 'I '
These changes were made in adopt
ing the new by-laws, the 364 para
graphs of which were laborious gone
through with. Tom Williamson, .who
officiated as reading clerk at the Chi
cago republican convention, acted In
the same capacity here last night..
An attempt was made to change the
assessment plan, providing for an .as
sessment monthly the surplus to .go
into a reserve fund, but this was voted
Halite Head Offieera' Pay. '
The afternoon saw a warm, fight on
the increase in the salaries of head
officers, the project Anally carrying.
The report, of UJatt" :oinmittee ree .
ommended that the head consul -receive
$10,000 per annum Instead ..pf
$5,000. the head clerk $7,500 instead
of $4,500. the head banker -$5,000 in
stead of $3,600. and the directors $6.
000 a year, instead of $15 ner . dav
while in session. Itwas also recom-.
mended that the auditors draw $15
a day while la session. . ...
An amendment was offered -fixing .
the salary 6f the head consul at $7,500
and a test was made of it. The "re
sult was that the amendment failed
450 to 147, so the entire report was
adopted without further opposition. -
The head camp by resolution '.de
clared in favor of not Interfering with
he present plan for the Foresters en
campment; endorsed Camp Murphy In
every particular;, declared officially
that the head camp of Peoria' was the
greatest and best In thS history of the
society, and the most important gath
ering of Its character the world has
even seen; thanked Peoria, one and
all. for favor and general hospitality :
thanked all head officers Jor ability
and courtesies; declared in favor of
abolishing the "admission fee" at Mt.
Vernon, the home of Washington; in
favor of revising the ritual; in favor
of recognizing the Allied Printers
Crafts' union and the typographical
Chaplain Turned Dawa.
Resolutions favoring changing the
ritual to give a place to a . chaplain
and the opening and ' closing, of the
lodge meetings with prayer was voted
down, as was also a resolution fixing
the sessions of the head camp for '
three sessions a day. .
EXPLOSION IN THE
HOLD OF STEAMSHIP
Arcadia. German Craft, Has Accident
at Philadelphia, Moat of the Vic
tims' Being Negroes.
Philadelphia, - June 20. One man
is dead, another missing and nearly a
score of others were injured today
by an explosion on board the. German
steamer Arcadia, which arrived here
yesterday ' from Hamburg.. The dead
man and most of the. injured are negro
stevedores. The explosion occurred in
one of the holds of the steamer. .The
cause is not known, but it -is believed
due t,o gas while . the . holds ' were
closed. The steamer wag. seriously
damaged by fire. T 7-' '' ' ..
, Lightning Hits-Rubber "Plant.
Springfield. Ohio, June ZO.-The Vic
tor Rubber company plant at Snider
rille was struck by-lightning today
and destroyed. The-loss fs-$125,000.
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