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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAH. NO. 283.
THE AHGUS, SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 12, 1908. TEN PAGES.
TRICE TWO CENTS.
FAILURE OF BOOTH FISH COMPANY
PROVES BIGGER THAN SUPPOSED;
PROSECUTIONS BEING TALKED OF
VAST SUNSPOT COVERING 2,250,000
SQUARE MILES EXPECTED TO CAUSE
SERIOUS ELECTRICAL DISTURBANCES
Appears That Loans Were Se
cured Through Misrepresentation.
AND MUCH STOCK SOLD
Ten Banks Hold $2,500,030
Worth of Firm's Papar
Chicago, Sept. 12. The prosecution
of certain persons aliened to have
caused the downbull of the big fish
firm of A. Booth & Co. is threatened
by indignant stockholders, according
to reoorts current today. No names
are mentioned but Receiver Chalmers
and others who are overhauling books
of the firm are endeavoring to ascer
tain who -was responsible for the is
suance of misleading statements on
which heavy loans were obtained from
Trn HlinkK lult-reHteil.
It. was ascertained today that 10 Chi
cao hanks, instead of four, as first re
ported hold notes of Booth & Co.
Their holdings of the lira's paper is
approximated at $2.rfi0,0iMt, while the
total liabilities of the company are
placed close to $(i.(M0.nm. Officials of
these banks met in conference over
the situation today.
K !" UkIiI III n Week.
Within a week much of the tangle,
it is believed, will have oeen disen
tangled an.l among other things it will
be possible (0 state wh:it was done
with the ll.fMMi.OOirsecured by the sale
of new stock which .vas not in the
statements made to Hk stockholders
prior to the failure.
Annual Convention of Sunday
School Association is to be
Held at Port Byron
AND CONTINUES TWO DAYS
Opening Session Will Be Held Tues.
d3y Morning, Sept. 22 Interest
ing Papers Provided.
The program for the Rock Island
County Sunday School associa
tion convention, to be held at
Port Byron Sept. 22 and 23,
was issued today. The first session
will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30
o'clock and will close Wednesday af
temoon. The convention theme is the
past, the present and the future of
Sunday school work in Illinois. The
principal address of the sessions will
be made Tuesday evening by Senator
O F. Berry of Carthage. 111., who is
president of the Sunday School asso
elation in Hancock county. C. E.
Schenck of Paris, 111., state superin
tendent of the home department, will
deliver an address Tuesday afternoon
Mrs. H. A. Weld and Dr. R. B. Wil
liams, both of this city, and prominent
Sunday sthool workers will deliver ad
dresses atvtbe "meetings.
Ofliorrn of Axxorlnt ion.
The county officers are as follows:
President H. E. Van Duzer. Rock
Vice president Harry Ainsworth,
Corresponding secretary and treas
urer Mrs. J. G. Hazard. Rock Island.
Recording secretary Miss Delia
Shutte. Andalusia. '
The members of the executive com
Rev. Marion Humphreys, chairman,
Rock Island; Rev. W. B. dimmer,
Rock Island; J. W. Stewart, Rock Is
land; John Hauberg, Moline; E. B.
McKown, Rock Island.
The township presidents are as fol
lows: Cordova Ed. Cool.
Coe Earl Flickinger.
Port Byron Not elected.
Canoe Creek Justin Daily. (
Zuma Guy Ventres.
Hampton W. A. Jamison.
South Moline Not elected..
Moline Mrs. Peter Kneberg.
Rock Island Dr. J. H. Nichols.
South Rock Island De Witt Gitt.
Black Hawk Cyrus D. Mclaughlin.
Coal Valley Albert Blaser.
Km al John W. Bailey.
Bowling Minor Curtis.
Andalusia Miss Stella Shutte.
Kdgington Edgar Laflin.
Buffalo Prairie.!. M. Carlysle.
Drury F. C. Mewes.
The program for the two days' ses
(J:'.1() Braise and prayer service led
by Rev. W. G. Oglevee
9:45 "Pioneer Sunday School Work
iu Rock Inland County," John Hau
10 What I have gained in my
Chiistian life and experience fron.
contact with Sunday school associa
tion work. Minute testimonials from
workers. Let by President Van Duzer
10:30 Normal Bible Lesson C. E
11 Report of Work in your town
ship, bv officers and Sunday school
workers. Led by county president.
11 ::;! Adjournment for enrollment
l:"o Praise and praver service
Rev. C. W. Thomson.
1:45 "The Elementary Grades."
Mrs. H. A. Wald. Music: solo. Mrs
2::;o "Home Visita'.icn for Rocli
Island County." C. E. Schenck.
3 "What the International Associa
tion Does for the Sunday School,'
Rev. M.aiion Humphreys. Music
;!:::0 'Temperance. Teaching in the
Sunday School," Dr. R. B. Williams
Music: duet. Miss Johnson and Mist
4 Business session.
4 ::jo Adjournment.
7::i0 Praise service. Rev. Marion
Humphreys. Music, the Aiion male
quartet. Rock Island.
7:!5 "The Advantages of Organ
lzed Sunday School Wo: k." Cornet
solo, Mrs. II. E. Van Duzer
S Offering for county work. Music:
solo. Mrs. Edla Lund.'
S:15 Address. Senator 0. F. Berry
Music Arion male qua.-tet. Adjourn
S : ::ti "The Quiet Hour-'-' DfiJJrtnnJ.
al. -Rev. Mr. Moton
"A Teacher Training Lesson," C.
ii::;u "Missions iu A fhtj, . Sundav
School." Dr. J. W. Ste'ikiL ? Music
dneit Mrs. Si.llinger and" Miss Trent
lo Reports from courUYv- officers
President H. K. Van Duzer, Secretary
and Treasurer Mrs. J. G. Hazard.
1 u : ;: "The Needs of the Country
School." Wilson P. Hunt. Justin Daily.
Music, cornet solo, Mrs. II. K. Van
11 Conference on "Sunday school
problems. C. E. Schenck.
11:45 Election and installation of
WeilneMilny . f It-moon.
1:30 Praise and prayer service.
2 Business session. Music: solo,
2:30 "High Ideals for Rock Island
County." C. E. Schenck. Music: solo
4 Consecration service. C. E.
NOT FRANCE'S GUEST
Finds It Impossible to Cress the
Frontier, but Thanks Officials
Altenberg, Alsace, Sept. 12 Em
peror William disappointed the gen
eral expectation he would set foot on
French territory yesterday in the
course of a sightseeing trip along the
Vosges range. The French authori
ties forwarded his majesty a hearty
invitation to do so and had made ev
ery preparation to welcome the Jm
pertat visitor. Emperor William ar
rived late and decided not to proceed
across the frontier. He sent his
thanks to the French officials.
Emperor William made a vigorous
speech during a reception tendered
him by the city, in which he assured
the Alsatians they could develop their
"Peace will be maintained,'' said
the emperor, "and Alsace will be able
to prosper further than it has yet
done. Under the protection of the im
perial German eagle and my flag, its
development will continue and be com
pleted, and. God willing, . never will
MERCER FAIR NEXT WcEK
Will Be the 55th Annual, and Program
The 55th annual Mercer county fai
opens next Tuesday at Aledo and
closes Friday. All the customary feat
ures which have made the Mercer conn
ty fair one of the best in the state are
included in the program.
Some New Developments in Team Work Are Expected. News Item.
STRAUS IS SCARED
Secretary of Commerce and La
bor Sees 'Taft and Then
Has a Mild Fit.
BRYAN MENACE, HE DECLARES
Intends Taking the Stump and Making
t.'4a many spcecnes as r-ostiiuio
Cincinnati, Ohio. Sept. 12. Secre
tary of Commerce Straus accompanied
by T. V. Powdeily, were early callers
on Taft today and remained closeteu
with him for some time. Both came
direct from Washington and said be
fore seeing Taft their errand was to
discuss a number of particular phases
of the campaign. After the confer
ence Straus said;
Will tilt on St ii in i.
"I am going to make as many
speeches and do as much work in the
campaign as my olncial duties will per
mit of. I will speak in New York and
Ciiicago at lpast and undoubtedly in
other places. As bead of the depart-
ATTEMPT ON LIFE OF
OF NEW JERSEY
Infernal Machine Sent Through
and Opened by Inspector
Seagirt, N. J.. Sept. 12. An infernal
machine addressed to Governor Fort
of New Jersey has been found in the
mails by the postal authorities. When
the, package, which had aroused the
suspicions of the postal authorities.
was opened it was found to contain
powder, bullets and matches. There
is said to be no-trace of the sender.
Oincialn Watehlnir Mail.
That the death-dealing package was
intercepted before it had reached its
destination was due to the vigilance
of the postal officials who have scan
ned the governor's mail with unusual
care since the executive's recent cru
sade against the violation of law at
Atlantic City. The attitude taken by
the governor when he directed that the
excise and other similar laws at the
great seaside resort be strictly enforc
ed, and even threatened to order out
the militia if necessary to that end,
aroused resentment in some quarters,
and it was to guard the governor as
much as iwssible from any annoyance
arising from that affair that the un
usual watch was put on his mail. -lVKlanf
Several days ago when a package of
a somewhat unusual shape was found
to near imsunjcient postage, it was
taken by a clerk to one o the postal
inenl of commerce and labor 1 am de
cidedly interested in tlu.- welfare of
labor and I regard the Biynu fallacies
more dangerous to labor than to any
other element in the campaign."
Taft ti linur West.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Se;.t. 12. Mr.
Taft's first ppeechniakin.-; trip will be
through the west. A. I. Vorys left for
New York yesterday lo represent the
candidate before the nttional commit
tee j n nmnging t li is - i rjjj, . which will
wiKe in ar ieasi im- siyifs oi Missouri,
Kaiuas, Nebraska. Iowa, Illinois and
Two other trips are being planned,
one through the casiem states and
another through a number of southern
stales. These, however, will not be
worked out until the western journey
has been arranged.
Mr. Taft and Nalioial Chairman
Hitchcock had an extended conference
yesterday over the long distance tele
phone, the result of which was the
hurried departure of Mr. Vorys for
$20 Gold Coins Won't Stack.
San Francisco. Sept. 12. After coin
ing $13.00(1 iu $20 gold pieces of t he
latest design, the local mint, acting
under orders of the treasury depart
ment, nas stopped worn on tne coins
because bank tellers complain that the
coins will not stack in any such man
ner as to be accurately counted when
they are handling both old and new
RESULT OF CRUSADE
Mail intercepted by Charier
Filled With Powder,
inspectors. The inspector became more
impressed by the shape and condition
of the package than by the shortage of
stamps, and at once wrote the gover
nor informing him that a package of
suspicious appearance addressed to
him was being held at the office. The
Inspector asked for permission to open
it, without forwarding it to its destin
ation, and permission whs given at
Exercising the greatest care, the
inspector and assistant removed the
wrappings from the package, to find
their worst fears confirmed.
4 nimble of firent Dmnnicr.
It was a real infernal machine, crude.
but so cleverly constructed that it was
capable of doing tremendous damage.
It contained a quantity of powder and
bullets and matches so arranged that
a hurried opening of the package
would have set of the powder and
hurled the bullets in all directions.
Thai the sender of the machine had a
grim sense of humor became apparent
from au examination of the contents
of the package., On a bit of paper he
had written a message to the gover
nor, which read: "Please notify us
promptly of any change m your post
office address." Another read; "You
will know me better after we are ac
TIME TO LISTEN
People Where Bryan is Cam
paigning Are Idle Under
NEBRASKA IN MARYLAND
Characterizes Hearst's Story of
teged Proposition to Trade as
Cumberland. Md., Sept. 12. Continu
ing his campaign eastward, William .1.
Bryan arrived here this morning in the
special car Olivette over the Baltimore
Ohio. John T. McGraw. national
committeeman from est Virginia.
whose guest Bryan will be tomorrow
it Deere park, accompanied him from
Wheeling. All through the night along
the line of travel crowds assembled
and made noisy demonstrations In Bry
Shm lieiirxt I'alMifli1.
Bryan was . asked regarding, the
statement made at Atlanta last night
by William H. Hearst that Bryan four
months ago asked his support for the
presidency, promising . to support
Hearst in 1912. Absolutely raise was
the only comment the democratic can
didate would make,
Following breakfast at the hotel.
Bryan was taken over the city and sur
rounding country in an automobile.
He is scheduled for two speeches this
afternoon and evening.
Client of Went Virginia.
Wheeling, W. Va.. Sept. 12. Wil
liam Jennings Bryan ihe democratic
candidate for president, yesterday af
temoon and last night was West Vir
Speaking last night to a multitude
of persons on the shore of the Ohio
river and with the state of Ohio dl
rectly opposite, Mr. Bryan pointed out
the differences in the platforms, and
made , a plea for democratic support.
He made frequent references to Mr,
Taft, ,and told his audience that the
republican ' candidate was conducting
his campaign on a platform so obnox
! io"s to him that he was forced to con
Unitary patch It up with amendments
off his own.
Much stress was laid on the labor
and anti-injunction planks of the
democratic platform, his remarks' on
this subject being applauded by many
unemployed workmen from the Ohio
steel plants in this vicinity.
Many Prmaiids for Speeches,
The visit to Wheeling was the li
max of an eventful day in Ohio, the
native state of Mr. Taft. From the
time the democratic candidate left Co
himbus early in the morning until he
crossed the Ohio river in West Vir
ginia, the crowds which gathered along
the line of travel made insistent de
mands'for his appearance and to "talk
to us a little."
At Ste,nbenvHle a large crowd gath
ered and from a railroad truck be-
- Jsjde,the track, while his car was be-
ing shifted to another train, Mr. Bryan
addressed them. He hurled shafts of
ridicule at Mr. Taft, whose speeches,
lie declared, had darkened rather
than illuminated the subjects which
compose the republican platform.
Akka Pertinent UueNliouM.
Mr. Bryan put to his audience these
'How many of you believe that
United States senators should be
lected by direct vote of the people?
How many of you believe that we
ought to have a publication of cam
paign contributions, that is. above a
reasonable minimum, be?ore election?"
A sea of hands went up.
"Now," said Mr. Bryan, "by your
votes you have declared that you
stand on the democratic platform in
stead of on the republican platform."
SLOUGHS DRY UP
Millions of Fish Dying Along
' Mississippi as Result
NOW CUT OFF FROM. STREAM
Stage of Water at 2.3 and Gradually
Ebbing With no Sign of Increase
Still the waters of the Mississippi
decline and the fall is general all the
way from St. Paul. Not every day Is
a change noted but when there is one
it is always in the same direction.
downward. The stage today was :
ieei, a mark readied but 'seldom in
the years during which a record has
been kept. If it were not for the fact
that the end of the packet and ex
curslon season is about here the steam
boat men would experience consider
able trouble. At the present stag?
the larger launches are finding diffi
culty in traveling anywhere except in
the middle of the channel.
SIoukIik Uryini; I p. -
One feajtjirefiedxouth tji.at is un
rfjffhatrnrt' Hie" dryinii ur( of sloushs
and the dying of millions of fish. Prac
ucany all tne slougns along the river
near here are either dry or arc cu
off from the river and rapidly becom
ing shallower. This promises ill for
the fishing the next few years.
of Mrs. Katherine Glockoff
Goes to Children.
The will of the late Mrs. Katherine
Glockoff of this city was admitted to
probate in the county court today.
The will expresses a do-dre that there
be.no -court contests over the estate.
bequest of $4.0K) is made to Mrs.
Bertha Buss, a daughter, and $j(it) is
hen to a granddaughter. Bertha
Glockoff is given Sr00. Mrs. Iiuisa
.Iockoff, a daughter-in-law. is given
3.WM). The remainder of the prop
rty is divided equally between George
Glockhoff, a son, and Mrs. Julia
Schocker a daughter. Thev are
named 'executors. The will was made
July 1!, IfiOtf.
OUR HIT BY AN ENGINE
Three Dead and Other Injured at
Cleevland.; Ohio, Sept. 12. Four men
walking on the track of the Lake Shore
road this morning were struck by a
rapidly moving light engine. Two- of
them fell under the wheels of the en
gine and were horribly mangled, dy
ing almost instantly. Another was also
badly hurt. He died at the hospital.
The fourth man escaped serious injur
ies" It is said all the men were from
Buffalo seeking employment.
YOUNG STEEL MAGNATE SHOT
Andrew Kloman Killed. Family Says,
Pittsburg, Pa., Sept. 12. Andrew
Kloman, grandson of a partner of An
drew Carnegie in the pioneer iron and
steel business, was found shot through
the head and shoulder on Grand boul
evard early today, and died in a few
hours. Relatives! of young Kloman,
who was employed at the Carnegie
Steel company, contend he is the vic
tim of highwaymen. The police are
puzzled over the mysterious shooting
and are; not- ready to accept the rob
GAS BLEW UP THE VAULT
Five Possibly Fatally Injured in Chi
Chicago, Sept. 12. Five employes of
the Wahl Adding Machine company
were possibly fatally injured today by
an explosion of illuminating gas which
occurred when the vault was opened
Sand an "attempt made to light a gas jet.
Manifested in Most Remarkable
Aurora Borealis Seen
IS PARTLY REALIZED
Wires of Telegraph Companies
Down as Result of Earth
Pittsburg. Sept. 12. Attracted by
proiiably the most remarkable aurora
borealis ever witnessed in this section
of the country. Dr. John A. Brashear.
the well known astronomer, last night
made a measurement of the immense
Kuriscot he had just photographed.
This spot covers 2.250.000.000 saua're
miles of surface of the sun and has a
temperature estimated at 60,000 de
grees above zero. Brashear believes
there is a close connection between
the aurora borealis and the sunspots
and predicts magnetic disturbances
Telegraph W ires Uowi.
Chicago, Sept. 12. The prediction
of Dr.. Brashear was confirmed today
at headquarters of the telegraph com
panies. Yesterday afternoon'the wires
east and north of Chicago went down
for (an hour or more. Although they
improved later, there was a repetition
of the trouble at night and today tel
egraphic communication Is being fre
quently interrupted by earth currents.
T. Douglass of Colfax
Elected President of Cen
tral Illinois Body.
JOHN T. NOFTSKER HONORED
Rock Island Man Is One of Heddina
Visitors Dr. Williams Speaks
at Anniversary Service.
A lay conference was held yester
day at the Central Illinois conference
of the Methodist church at Canton.
Over loo churchmen discussed sub
jects of interest to '.he church and
officers were elected for the coming
year, J. T. Xoftsker of this city being
chosen one of the visitors to Heddlng
college. Following are the officers
President I). T. Douglas, Colfax.
Vice presidents E. W. Climer, Nor
mal; Charles Cotterell. Kankakee; L.
F. Gumbart. Galesburg; 3. G. Meeker,
Peoria; Clayton Bridgerord, Rock Is
land. Secretary J. C. Price, Muscatine,
Treasurer J. B. Msrritt, Buckley,
Visitors to Hedding college Wil
liam Hazzard, Peoria; I. I. O'Hara,
Galesburg; J. T. Noftsker, Rock Is
land. H. D. Kent of Normal was chairman
of the resolutions committee.
The retiring president, D. K. Mor
gan, in his address urged the laymen
to take deeper interest in the affairs
of the conference and labors of the
President MarVey Speaks.
President W. P. MacVey of Hed-,
ding college made an address urging
the ministers and laymen to Interest
themselves in the educational Institu
tions of the church, and the confer
ence endorsed his plan to secure 10
cents each from members of the con-
jference during the next year. - -
l his afternoon the anniversary of
the Wesley Brotherhood society is be
ing held and addresses are beinj de
livered by Dr. R. B. Williams, Dr. ,R.
A. Bron and Rev. T, E. Newland.
This evening the anniversary.' of the
Epworth league wii be celebrated and
the address will be delivered by Rer.
D. B. Brummltt, D. D.t assistant edi
tor of the Epworth Herald. "Tomor
row morning the ordination of deacons
will be held and addresses-will' 1e
delivered by prominent men- in the
conference. 1 . -