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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 279.
THE ARGUS, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
BRYAN & ICERiJ BUSIfJESS
BULLET WHIZZES NEAR
THE PRESIDENT'S HEAD;
STARTS BIG SENSATION
MY POLICIES DEFINED
I'S ASSOCIATION IS
LAUNCHED AT CHICAGO
Organization Expected to
Appeal to Conserva
CLUBS IN THE CITIES
Important Conference Between
Bryan and Committee
men is Held.
Chicago, Sept. 8. The Bryan and
Kern Business Men's association, with
Nathan Straus of New York as presi
dent, was formally launched upon the
political sea at a meeting of the dem
cratlc national committee here today.
The work of organizing these clubs,
which are expected to appeal strongly
to the business interests of the coun
try, will be begun with vigor immedi
ately. Hold Council of AVnr.
' Chicago, Sept. 8. Preliminary to the
invasion of the east by William Jen
nings Bryan, members of the demo
cratic national committee held a coun
cil of war today, and for several hours
studied over the plans that have been
devised to bring the democratic cause
to victory. Bryan took a leading part
in the deliberations.
Want Iiryan to Speak In October.
While no definite announcement has
been made, it is generally believed an
effort to have Bryan take the stump
during the entire month of October
will prove a success. With the an
nouncement that Taft will make a
speaking trip through the middle west
and east, the democratic leaders De
lieve the fight should be forced all
along the ..line. until election day, and j
to that end Bryan should continue his
speaking trips until the campaign ends.
NEARLY ALL CROP
AVERAGES ARE LOW
Spring Wheat Only Product Which
Shows. Advance Over Figures
of Last 10 Years.
Washington, Sept. 8. The condition
of corn Sept. 1 was 79.4 per cent of
normal against a 10 year average of
81 per cent; spring wheat when har
vested was 77.6 per cent against a
10 year average of 77.9; barley when
harvested 81.2 against a 10 year aver
age of 83.5, and oats C9.7 against a
10 year average of 80.7, says the crop
report issued by the department of
Rustin Inquest Begun.
Omaha, Sept. 8. The inquest of Dr.
Frederick Rustin, found shot on hid
Both Houses in Iowa
Split' and Cummins
Fails to Win Out.
Des Moines, Sept. 8. The senate is
deadlocked. Cummins received 21
votes, while 25 is necessary to elect.
Des Moines,. Sept 8. A deadlock in
the Iowa legislature over the United
States senatorshlp was made certain
when the house voted today. Cum
mins received 44 votes, 31 democrats
voted for Porter and 28 standpatters
scattered; their votes... The senate this
afternoon will do the same.
YVaata Place Left Vacant.
The standpatters announced as the
reason for their action they thought
the selection should . be delayed till
after the people express a choice at
the November election.
-' Joint Election Wednesday.
Des Moines, Sept. 8: A joint elec
tion will be held Wednesday, at which
time the standpatters declare they will
be able to make their victory perman
ent. Seventy-six votes are necessary
to elect.- The standpatters claim Cum
mins will get more than- the number
he was able to poll today, C5.
front porch last Wednesday morning,
began today. There were about a doz
en witnesses, including Mrs. Rustin,
to be examined. The county attorney
did the -questioning.
S0L0NS THREATEN TO QUIT
Disruption of the Georgia Legislature
Near Over Convict Labor.
Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 8. The deadlock
which the Georgia legislature has got
ten into over the convict lease system
threatens to disrupt that body. The
house has passed a bill retaining the
lease system, while the senate has
passed a measure abolishing it. For
over a week conference committees
have failed to reconcile differences and
the situation became so strained yes
terday that 30 members of the legis
lature announced that unless an agree
ment soon was reached they would
resign. Governor Smith called the
legislature in' extra session three
weeks ago to settle the convict ques
tion because of the graft and cruelty
disclosed by a recent investigation.
MEETS AT CANTON
Central Illinois Conference of
Methodist Episcopal Church
in Session There.
LOCAL PASTORS ATTENDING
Expected Rev. R. B. Williams and Rev.
F. E. Shult Will Be Reassigned to
Rock Island Pastorates.
The 53d session of the Central Illi
nois conference of the Methodist
Episcopal church opens this evening
at the First Methodist church at Can
ton, 111., and continues through Mon
day, Sept. 14. Bishop Joseph F. Berry
will preside at the sessions and will
conduct bible studies every morning
The services this evening will con
sist of addresses of welcome by Mayor
Wessling of Canton and Rev. A. O.
Elliott, pastor of the Presbyterian
church. The response will be made
by Dr. R. B. Williams of the First
Methodist church, this city.
Sessions will be held morning, after
noon and evening during the week
and on the program are men promi
nent in the work of the church. Satur
day afternoon will be celebrated the
anniversary of the Wesley Brother
hood society at which time Dr. Wil
liams will deliver one of the addresses,
The appointments of pastors will prob
ably not be made before Monday at
the close of the sessions.
Want Local Men Back.
The First Methodist congregation of
this city has asked for the return of
the pastor. Dr. R. B. Williams, who
has filled the charge for seven years.
The Spencer Memorial congregation
has also asked for the return of Rev.
F. E. Shult, who has just completed
his first year of service as-.pastor of
the church. These gentlemen, togethei
with the Rock Island district super
intendent, Rev. W. R- Wiley, will at
tend the conference.
At this meeting the question- of
transferring the Erie church back to
the Rock river conference will be
voted upon. The Erie church was
transferred to the Central Illinois con
ference a year ago without the con
sent of the congregation concerned
and because of greater interests in the
Rock river conference they asked to
be again transferred.
Here Year Ago.
It will be remembered that this
body of church workers were enter
tained by Rock Island a year ago and
departed with many kind worda for
the city and the royal treatment ac
NEW HOME FOR ENGINEERS
Locomotive Brotherhood Buys Site for
Permanent Edifice in Cleveland.
Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. ' 8. The
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
will erect Its new home and office
building on the southe"ast corner of St.
Clair avenue and Ontario ttreet. Grand
Ciief Warden: S.' Stone announced
yesterday the plans have been drawn
up for the purchase of the site. The
brotherhood is paying $200,000 for the
corner. Mr. Stone staged yesterday
that the project calls for a total out
lay of $1,000,000 including the price
paid for the land. Construction will
start next month. . :
The J. S. and Ruth were north and
south. The Wanderer IL came down
and the North Star and Harriet went
up. The stage of water was 2.50 at 6
a. m. and 2.65. at noon.
GOES DOWN ON
ITS LAST TRIP
Steamer St. Paul of Diamond Jo Line
Concludes Through Packet
The Diamond Jo steamer SL Paul
went down the river on its way to St.
Louis today for the last time this sea
son. The Diamond Jo boats have been
running about three months now and
the season has been a fairly profitable
one. The steamer Quincy completed
its schedule for the season the begin
ning of last week and is expected to go
into dock at Dubuque within a few
days. The St. Paul will also go there
after arriving on its last trip to St.
Louis. The Dubuque will continue in
the river traffic for a month or more
between St. Louis and Burlington.
Sues for Divorce.
Mrs: Lena Lotiise Dacbelliehn has
filed a bill for divorce from C. F. Dae
belliehn on the grounds of cruelty.
They were married in Davenport June
1, 1880. George W. Wood is the com
plainant's solicitor. '
Danville, 111., Sept. 8. Charging
Speaker Cannon with being an obstruc
tionist and an uncompromising enemy
to labor, Samuel Gompers, president of
the American Federation of Labor, in
vaded the home bailiwick of "Uncle
Joe" yesterday and delivered a sizzling
speech before a great Labor day audi
ence. Referring directly to Mr. Cannon,
Mr. Gompers said :
"On the one hand we have a candi
date of a party that is a prolific mother
of injunctions and, has issued them by
bunches, and later on justified tbem.
Then, again, we have a man in con
gress who refuses to give considera
tion to the rights or interests of the
laborer, one who represents you in
congress and makes it his boast that
he does not - care to be consistent.
There Is some merit in the claim when
a man changes his mind from wrong
to right, but Cannon on every occasion
has changed from right to wrong. It
has come to a time when we ought to
call a halt on his retrograde inconsist
ency. " v y -- '
Saya Cannon Wears Manic
"I. have been asked why I came to
Illinois. Illinois is part of my coun
try, and I have as much right as Uncle
Joe had to go to Littlefield's district
two years ago. - He (Cannon) comes to
Danville once in a while concealed be
hind that genial mask. You do not
know what he is concealing behind
that mask. .-- We who, in Washington,
have., watched events, have seen his
changes of : visage, have understood
Army, Big Navy and Big Deficit.
REFERS TO BRYAN
Judge Taft irrRailroad Speak
ing Tour Declares Nebras
kan a Menace.
CONFIDENCE IS IN PERIL
Election Fatal to Recovery from Panic
Originating During Republican
Sandusky, Ohio, Sept. 8. Taft as
road campaigner is getting a second
"try out" today. He is to speak from
here to Cincinnati. Most of his ad
dresses will be delivered from the
rear platform of the train. His first
political speech was at a rally in the
theater here following an address to
the old soldier residents of the Erie
county soldiers' home.
Wherever There Is a Crowd.
Taft's itinerary today calls for ad
dresses at Tiffin, Carey, Wharton, For
IS TAKEN TO TASK IN HIS OWN
PRESIOENT GOMPERS OF A. F. OF L.
what was hidden behind that mask that
he wears in Danville."
Mr. Gompers then referred to Can
non's record in congress in regard to
labor legislation, calling him an ob
structionist and uncompromising en
emy of the worklngman, who throttled
every bill that aimed to afford relief
to labor. He alluded to the readiness
with which Congressman Jenkins,
chairman of the judiciary committee,
obeyed every behest of Mr. Cannon in
sidetracking labor bills, and declared
Jenkins' defeat in the recent Wiscon
sin primaries indicated the dissatisfac
tion and unrest resulting chiefly from
the unyielding opposition of the speak
er to all labor legislation, predicting it
was an indication of what the people
of the Eighteenth congressional dis
trict of Illinois will do to Uncle Joe
Annwern Cannon's Tbruxln.
' Mr. Gompers replied to some of the
charges made against him by the
speaker and others concerning his mo
tives in espousing the cause of the
democrats this year, saying in part: -"There
are men who believe that the
organizations of labor must cease their
activities and that organizations of la
bor have given men and women too
much liberty and too much independ
ence, that they have set out by -constant
effort to control and cripplethese
"There was a time when any two or
more men combined to do a. certain
act which was lawful if done by one
was punishable by fine, imprisonment,
est, Bellefontaine, Urbana, Springfield,
Dayton, and at such other stops as
may be warranted by the crowds pre
I'onlldence of Slow Growth.
In his speech at the theater Taft al
luded to last year's panic and said
confidence was a plant of slow growth.
The people of the country, the farmer,
lab6rer, and capitalist were all in the
same boat. The investment of money
was, he said, necessary for the return
of prosperity; confidence was neces
sary. "And I want to say to the men
and women of this country that the
election of Bryan would be a menace
to the confidence which is necessary
to conditions upon which prosperity
Falls Down Elevator Shaft.
Charles Bohman fell backward 15
feet down an elevator shaft at the
Reid hardware store in Moline at noon
today and cut a bad gash in the back
of his head. At last reports he was
hot fully conscious but was expected
to recover. George Evans, who was
sitting with him on the guard rail of
the elevator when it broke, saved
himself by grasping the cables.
and in certain cases death, but it is
the opinion of the best lawyers, and
there is no contention on the point,
that what one may do lawfully they
may do collectively. It is not against
law simply because it is done collect
ively. "The farmers and business men have
combined to demand a law to curb the
trusts and put an end to unlawful re
bates and discriminations. The United
States supreme court has interpreted
the. Sherman anti-trust law to mean
that organizations of labor are trusts,
and that each member of these organ
izations are members of a trust, sub
ject to a fine of $5,000 or imprisonment
for one year for each violation.
Refera to Bin Oil Fine.
"Yes, I know that a few months ago
one of the courts of the United States
fined one of the corporations in the
sum of $29,000,000, and another court
has just reversed that decision. I
know also that between the rendering
of that decision and its reversal by an
other court an order was. issued by
another court of the United States
whereby John Mitchell and myself are
ordered to show cause why we should
not go to Jail. V :
"I must call your attention to this
fact, .that when we asked for some
law to regulate and limit the issuance
oC injunctions, in the name of justice.
in -the name of law, In the name of
right, we did so, not for the cause of
labor alone; but for the whole people.
' "We went to the republican, con ven
tion at Chicago ' and were ' ignored
They say that the republicans placed
a labor plank in their platform. It may
have, been a whole wood pile, but it
was not a plank; it more nearly re
sembled a big knot hole. I want to
say to you, first, in order that you may
understand my position, and the posi
tion of organized labor, I do not want
any man to imagine that I am a par
tisan; I belong to no political party
and no political party has any hold on
me. I want the American laboring
man to he the same the day after elec
tion that he was the day before elec
tion. Denlea Delivering; Votes.
"We went to the democratic conven
tion and that party not only received
us cordially, but made the labor de
mands the demands of its own party."
Referring to the charges that he was
trying to deliver the labor vote, Mr.
"I am no man's man. I can deliver
no vote but my own. I can dictate no
man's vote. It is my duty to discuss
with you and counsel with you in re
gard to the conditions which prevail
and which conditions may be very
serious to us, so that we may come to
a conclusion as to how we may make
a wise choice." '
FOUR DEAD RESULT
OF FIRE IN HOTEL
Bellmcnt House at Denver Gutted With
Many Are Injured.
Denver, Col., Sept. S. Four men lost
their lives, a Bcore of persons were in
jured, several of them seriously, in a
fire that gutted the Bellmont hotel this
EDWARD MOORE, Philadelphia;
killed by jumping.
JOHN D. KANE, Colorado Springs;
GEORGE BODE, Middletown, N. Y.;
killed by jumping.
GEORGE OTT, Dodge City, Kan :
killed by jumping.
William E. Lewis, will die; Mrs. W.
A. Lanham, badly burned; W .A. Lan
ham, Mrs. Lydia Parker, Edward Kel
soe, Thomas Taylor, O. E. Klinger,
CharleS F. Stewart, all of Denver; J.
J. Bawden of Silverton, Col., and Mel
vin Parker of Hillsdale, Mich.
Longworth's Barn Burns.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 8. Congress
man Nicholas Longworth'3 two story
brick stable was completely destroyed
by fire early today. The loss is $30,-
000. Mr. and Mrs. Longwoith had
ust returned from a party when the
fire was discovered.
REPORTED TO BE
CAUGHT BY FIRE
Thousand May be Hemmed
in in Northern Minne
Duluth, Sept. 8. A thousand settlers
are reported to be penned in by the
flames from forest fires raging about
Superior. Wis- Sept. 8. The vil
lages of South .Range and Coyne, in
Douglas county, are now in the most
imminent danger of burning from for
Duluth, Sept 8. All northern Min
nesota seems to be ablaze with forest
fires. Reports coming in today indi
cate the region covered by fire extends
as far along the north shore as Grand
Marais and as far west as the western
Mesaba range, south to Wotln, 10 or 15
miles from Duluth, and as far north as
the extreme northern edge of the
ranges, and perhaps much farther.
Throughout this distance, a territory
a hundred miles square, fires are rag
ing and settlers are being burned out
by hundreds. It will be impossible to
estimate the total loss for weks to
come. It will run into the millions.
M0LINER HAD THEM PINCHED
John Lea sure Turns on Pair Who
' ."Swindled Him.
A Chicago dispatch today states that
William Lewis and Charles Healv are
under arrest in that city for swindling
John Leasure of Moline out of $50 in
a lock game in a Chicago saloon.
Reported That Attempt
Was Made to Assas
WHILE OUT RIDING
Arrest of Armed Crank Seems
to Bear Out the Story
Minneola, L. I., Sept. 8. John
Coughlin, the armed man who was ar
rested while attemping to reach the
president at Sagamore Hill yesterday,
was examined by two physicians today
and pronounced insane. He will be
sent to an asylum.
Huntlna; Sranon Open.
Oyster Bay, Sept. 8. Sensational re
ports that an attempt had been made
to shoot President Roosevelt apparent
ly have their origin In the fact that
the hunting season has opened on Long
Island and there is considerable shoot
ing daily in the outlying districts. A
close investigation fails to show there
has been any overt act directed
against the President.
o Aetion Officially.
Secretary Loeb said today it was
not believed for a moment any one
had tried to harm Rooseve.t. No at
tention whatever is being paid to the
matter officially, he said.
Major Waalnmrorth Talks.
Oyster Bay, Sept. 8. Major Wads
worth, who was riding with the presi
dent Saturday when the shooting was
heard, said today ' the president
and he were returning from a brisk
ride to Cold Spring harbor, and when
about to turn into the. road leading
through the W. Emlen Roosevelt es
tate to Sagamore Hill, when they
heard a shot. It seemed to come from
a point nearby, and the president re
marked someone must be at target
Again While Bathing.
The major said nothing more was
thought of Hie shooting until the pres
ident and he went bathing in Cold
Spring harbor, when both the presi
dent and he again heard shots. The
major added that it was his impres
sion someone was shooting at a tar
get. Wadsworth declared they did not
connect the arrest of John Coughlin
with the shooting, and stated he does
not believe an attempt was made to
shoot the president.
et Armed Crank.
Oyster Bay, N. Y., Sept. 8. After
vainly trying to reach President Roose
velt late yesterday afternoon, a crank,
armed with a big revolver fully loaded,
was arrested only a few yards from
Sagamore Hill by secrat service men
and taken to the Mineola jail.
The crank, who admitted he- was
once in an insane asylum, put up. a
hard struggle before he was captured,
and insisted that he ad to see the
president. It was only by good luck
that the crank did not shoot one of
the secret service men, as he attempt
ed to draw his revolver just as he
la Attempt to Aananalaate.
Coincident to the arrest of the crank
secret service men are -investigating
a story to the effect that a deliberate
attempt to assassinate the president
was made Saturday. On that day the .
president and a companion were rid
ing on horseback along Cove road
when, as they passed a clump of
bushes along a lonely roadside on the :
grounds of his cousin, W. Emlen -Roosevelt,
a shot from a revolver went
over the president's head. The presi
dent reined in his horse, looked sharp
ly about, and not bearing any noise
he put spurs to his horse and galloped
Near Own Croaada.
The incident occurred while the
president was- returning homeward
from, his ride just before , he reached ?
his own grounds. At this point the
road skirts a shore of the bay and -
plunges abruptly Into a dens woods. -The
president reported the incident'
to .the secret service men, and Chief
Wilkie hurried - here Sunday from
Washington. He consulted his subor-r
dinates and the whole force started
on a hunt after the alleged assassin,
The capture of tha dangerous crank,
fully armed.-bore out the story, which
had been kept secret nfitil yesterday
as the man may have been prowling
about Sagamore Hill for several days.-
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