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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 294.
TAFT'S DECISION BASIS
OF LABOR PROSECUTION
Declares Gompers in Con
tempt Case Involving
A. F. of L.
REPEATS HIS CHARGES
Gives Details of Questionable
Practices of -Minufactur-'
Washington, Sept. 25. Today's de
velopments in the labor contempt hear
ing brought charges that Gompers was
importuned to sign an apostasy to
labor making him say he confessed
the "error or his ways" in view of his
then serious illness, and that the Man
ufacturers' association sought financial
support in the case, and that the pro
ceeding, purposely postponed until af
ter the democratic national convention,
was designed to impoverish the labor
BrlnffH Taft'M anie In.
Washington, D. C, Sept. 25. Samuel
Gompers, president of the American
Federation of Labor, testifying yester
day in he contempt of court hearing,
blamed William H. Taffs injunction
decisions for bringing him into court.
Mr. Gompers' charges caused a stir
in the room where testimony is being
taken in the contempt of court pro
ceedings started by the Buck Stove
and Range company of St. Louis. The
company charges that Gompers, as
president, John Mitchell, vice presi
dent, and Frank Morrison, secretary of
the federation, had violated an injunc
tion Issued by Judge Gould of the Dis
trict of Columbia supreme court.
C roNM 12 xu mined 1 Counnrl.
Mr., Gompers was at the time under
cross examination at the hands of his
attorney, Jackson H. Ralston. In the
case of Mr. Taft Mr. Gompers in effect
charged that he had supplied the sen
timent behind the injunction decree,
while the direct charge was made that
Mr. VajiXIeave, hjul hn-1 Hn r'imr mth
and other federation officials shadowed
by detectives, and had undertaken to
have Mr. Gompers bribed to desert the
cause of organized labor and join its
enemies. Mr. Ralston, in directing in
quiries to the political aspects of the
controversy, read the portion of Mr.
.Taft's presidential nomination accept
ance speech bearing on the anti-injunction
plank, and commenting upon the
extract Mr. Gompers said:
"It is substantially the basis of this
Injunction suit and these contempt
proceedings under that injunction."
DeHnlona Hemilt in Action.
Mr. Ralston I understand you, then,
it is in reliance upon Mr. Taft's decis
ions that you are here today.
Gompers Justice Gould in his opin
ion so asserts, and he quotes from in
junctions issued by Mr. Taft while
upon the bench.
Mr. Ralston Mr. Taft's standing in
the matter, then, having the endorse
ment of the National Manufacturers?"
Mr. Gomeprs Yes.
Bryan Spending the Day Trav
eling From Cincinnati to
BIG THRONG IN TAFl'S TOWN
Throws Light on Some Republican Fal
lacies at Cincinnati Steps at
Cincinnati, Sept. -25. After a good
night's rest, Bryan and party left to
day for Terre Haute. Ind. Bryan will
speak late in the day.
Stop at IndlannpolU.
Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 25. Bryan
made a brief stop here today enroute
to Terre Haute. The crowd in the de
pot greeted Bryan with cheers when he
nnneared on the rear platform of his
car. He spoke for five minutes iirging
support of the democratic statalticket
as well as the national ticKet, am pre
dieted a victory for the party.
Anita Only Sqnare Deal.
Cincinnati, Sept. 25. "All I ask of
the rjresident is that he put Into prac
tlce for a month and a half what he
ha ikPd about for seven years, and
that is. a square deal."
Twice yesterday William J. Bryan,
democratic candidate for president,
pave expression to this utterance, the
first time in Dayton and again in this
city last night before two of the big-
gest audiences he ever has faced. It
was not a square deal, he charged, for
the president to pick out one republi
can and nominate him over other re
publicans, and it was not a square deal
for the president to use his office.
which belonged to all the people, as a
party asset. He added a new feature
to his speeches during the campaign
by comparing the personal record of
himself and Taft.
Dny Memorable Our.
After a memorable day in the his
tory of campaigning in this state Mr.
Bryan arrived In this city last night at
7:15 o'clock from Dayton, w?here helmost successful in the lon career of
stopped several hours enioute from
Columbus. Accompanying Mr. Bryan
were Judson Harmon, democratic nom
inee for governor; State Chairman Fin
ley, and a big escort from Cincinnati.
As the train carrying the distinguish
ed Xebraskan pulled into the str.tion,
through a gauntlet of red fire, thous
ands of throats sent up a mighty yell
of "Hurrah for Bryan."
The reception accorded the candi
date on his way from Columbus here
was a remarkable one. Large crowds
turned out all along the line.
Two Heoorils Compared.
In his speech "here last night Mr.
"As this is the home of my opponent,
I desire to take occasion to express my
high opinion of his character and ac
complishments. I think that I pay him
a higher compliment in assuming that
he is able to conduct his own cam
paign than the president does in con
testing with him the leadership of the
party in the campaign. As Mr. Taft
referred to my record, I feel that it is
only fair that I should make a brief
reply. In some respects Mr. Taft ha.-
been more fortunate than I. He has
had opportunity to hold office, and to
show his conception of official duty.
He has held appointive office for near
ly half his life, and during a consider
able part of the time the office was
conspicuous. As a United States judge,
as governor of the Philippines, and
as secretary of war he has been be
fore the public, and yet who will say
that he could have secured the repub
lican nomination on his record? It
was the powerful support of the presi
dent that made him the nominee of
his party, and the president seems to
feel that the exigencies of the case re
quire that the full support of the ad
ministration shall be given to. Mr.
Promt of His CaiiipulKUH.
"I have not held office to any great
extent. Four years in congress covers
my official experience. I began life as
a young lawyer, practiced for a few
years in Illinois and then went to Ne
braska. I had no rich or powerful
friends to aid me. Whatever distinc
tion I have gained has been gained in
the advocacy of the policies of govern
ment which I have deemed best for
the people, and yet I think that you
will agree with me' that I have been
reasonably successful. I was nomina
ted for the presidency by a national
convention of my party and received
the vote of 0,500,000. Notwithstanding
my defeat, I was again nominated and
again received, practically the same
vote. After the lapse of eight years I
have been nominated the third time,
the nomination coming from the rank
and file of my party and coming with
a degree of unanimity that indicates
that the principles which I have been
advocating are acceptable to the
Snyn Taft I Convert.
His official record would not have
secured him the nomination. I have
been thrice nominated without an ex
tended official record. He calls atten
tion to things that I advocated, but he
does not give you a full list of them.
I have advocated tariff reform for 28
years, and still do so. I have lived
long enough to see the republican par
ty frightened by the growth of tariff
reform sentiment into making a prom
ise of immediate revision, and Mr.
Taft himseif has been driven to con
fess that the present schedules are in
"I have advocated the income tax
for something like 18 years, and have
lived to see Mr. Taft finally advocate
it. I have advocated the election of
senators by direct vote of the people
ICE SKATING YEAR
BEING INDULGED IN BY GERMANS
Washington, Sept. 25.--Ice skating
is the latest craze of the European
capitals. It is the popular diversion
of the torrid summer days, made
possible by inventions for manufac
turing ice, and so great has become
the interest in that Deputy Consul G.
Dye has sent a special report on Ber
lin's new all the year round ice skat
ing rink, opened Sept. 1, to the Wash
This makes the fouith permanent
ice rink in Europe, the others being
in Iondon, Paris and Munich. The
surface of the indoor pond Is 2,000
meters square and more than 1,000
THE ARGUS. FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 25.-1908.
FAIR IS OPENED
Illinois State Agricultural Show
Begins Under. Favorable
RACE PROGRAM Nl XT MONDAY
Thursday Set Apart for Gatnering of
the Politicians and Many
Will Be Present.
Springfield, 111., Sept. 25 The Illi
nois state fair opened .hU morning.
Practically every available foot of
space in the grounds is occupied and
the affair promises to be one of the
ithe state board of agriculture
The regular program In the speed
and show rings will not L-gin until
next Monday. Beginnin:; on that day
there will be daily exhibitions on the
tanbark in the Coliseum and on the
race track. In the Coliseum will be
shown prize cattle, hogs, sfctep, draft
and coach horses, saddlers, ponies and
other live stock. In the seed ring
will be gathered some of the fastest
trotting, pacing and running horses on
the American turf.
Politicians to Gather.
The feature will be the gathering of
politicians, which always tikes place
in years of presidential elsntions. Next
Thursday has been designated as the
day when the leaders of both parties
will be in force. Among ihe republi
cans will be United States Senators
Cullom and Hopkins, Governor De
neen. Colonel John G. Oglesby and
others. The democrats will include
Roger C. Sullivan, Charjes Boeschen
stein, George Brennan and Adlai E.
for 18 years, and rejoice to welcome
Mr. Taft to its advocacy, although he
only expresses a personal inclination
Mlver Not an iNaue.
"He says that I favored the free
coinage of silver. It is 'true. He might
also have told you that Mr. McKinley
voted for free coinage of silver in
1878; that the republican national con
vention In 189G pledged itself to inter
national bimetallism, and that Mr. Mc
Kinley's first important act after tak
ing the oath of office was to send a
commission to Europe to ask other na
tions to join us in restoring bimetal
lism. We insisted that the country
needed more money, and we point to
the fact that increased prosperity has
comewith a lartr euneucyfphc un-
expected discoveries of gold have sav
ed the people, and the money question
is no lpnger an issue because of this
increase in tha nation's money. His
attempt to resurrect that issue is a
confession that ne is unable to meet
the issues of the present time.
Threatened Same ThinR.
"He accuses me of favoring govern
ment ownership, but he forgets that
both he and President Roosevelt have
threatened the railroads with govern
ment ownership if they do not consent
to effective regulation, and this is sub
stantially the position that I have tak
en except that I have less faith than
he has that the railroads will consent
to effective regulation. I am as anxious
as he is to have regulation more anx
ious, I think, because I have been urg
ing regulation for some 20 years, while
it is a new subject to him. His at
tempt to drag in the question of own
ership is another confession that he is
not prepared to meet the issues, for
ownership is not only a question now.
but will hot be an issue for the next
GIANTS EASY FOR
New York, Sept. 25. Cincinnati de
feated New York in the first game of
a double header here this afternoon
by a score of 7 to 1.
Boston Humbles Pirates.
Boston. Sept. 25. Boston , won the
final game from Pittsburg here today,
2 to 1.
Calls for Condition of Banks.
Washington, Sept. 25. The con
troller of the currency today issued a
call for statements of the condition of
national banks at the close of business
persons can skate at one time withouft
crowding. The gallery -vill seat 3,000
persons, and the management expects
to conduct skating races end contests
at all seasons of the year. In connec
tion with the rink are a restaurant
and cafe and rooms for hletic clubs.
The rink is open every day from 9
a. m. to 2 p. m. and th admission
price has been fixed at 18 cents for
the day and about 21 cents for the
evening hours. On Sent. 18 the first
grand costume festival took place, the
proceeds of which were given to the
Berlin Zeppelin fund. The whole pro
ject has been carried out on an ex
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Samuel Gompers, President of A. F. of L., Shows Bond Between Republi
can Nominee and Manufacturers' Association.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 23. Senator
Foraker has prepared a statement,
which he will make public tonight,
replying to the recent charges made
by Hearst and Roosevelt. In addition
he bitterly assails Hearst, Taft and
the president, charging Taft with con5
sorting with the Standard Oil mag
nates himself and declaring Roose
velt's actions indicate a guilty con
science. Showed Hia. lie ny,
In the ' opening paragraph Foraker
declares the presid'Jit showed- bhr-m
CHARGES AND COUNTER CHARGES
MADE INVOLVING C. N. HASKELL
Governor Issues Open Letter trj Hearst and Denounces Roost-
velt as Biggest Four Flush in Political Game
On Way to See Bryan at Chicago.
Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 25. Gover
nor Haskell, treasurer of the demo
cratic national committee, passed
through Kansas City early today en
route from Guthrie to Chicago, where
he confers with Bryan and leaders of
the democratic national organization
regarding the charges made against
him by President Roosevelt.
lak- .No H-1.
Haskell, during a brief stop between
trains, talked freely with newspaper
representatives, but declined to reply
at this time to the additional accusa
tions put out in New York last night
by Hearst. Last night Hearst said:
"Haskell is not only a Standard Oil
tool and crooked railroad promoter,
but a steel trust organizer."
DenieH He M ill Rexicn.
Haskell denied he intended to re
sign his position as treasurer of. the
democratic national committee. Re
garding Hearst's charge coupling him
with the steel trust, Haskell said he
felt highly honored at being classed
with Schwab, Carnegie and Morgan.
He denied he had been in New York
city in 1896 at the gold democratic
meeting in Madison Squat e garden
and applauded the attacks made upon
Hoonevelt Four Klnnhpr.
He declared Roosevelt "is the big
gest four finsher in the political busi
ness today and added: "You ought to
hear what they think of the ' rasca!
down In Oklahoma."
School Oflfeer Hit Koonevelt.
Guthrie. Okla., Sept. 25.
State Su -
perintendent of Public Instruction I
Cameron iy,f a 2,000 word letter to!
President Roosevelt declared the
charges made against Governor Has
kell of Using the state educational
system for. personal ends are all a"
falsehood, - and that the president is
a flagrant falsifier, a ward politician
and a four flusher.
Kern Hits Bark at HooNevelt.
1 Elliott City, Md., Sept. 25. "Mr.
Roosevelt will find it quite impossible
by the raising of side issues and the
muddying of the water to divert the
minds, of the people from the questions
that must be decided by their votes in
November." In this language John W.
D WITH OIL
accepting as true all the charges. He
denies he acted improperly in accept
ing employment from the Standard
Oil company. He says there is no se
cret about it and produces letters to
prove after the government began its
attack upon the Standird Oil he de
clined to accept a retainer from them
Should Have I'liMinlird All.
- He charged Hearst had other letters
in addition to those which he gave out.
which, if made .public at the same
time, would have showed how harm
less was his connection . with the
Kern, the democratic vice presidential
candidate, concluded a discussion of
the last letter of President Roosevelt
io Mr. Bryan in a speech In this city
He declared that the president had
abandoned his original charges against
Governor Haskell and had taken up a
criticism of his official acts to cover
his embarrassment over his failure to
work reforms in his own party.
l-'irnt Arnault of Kiad.
"Mr. Roosevelt's last fulmination as
to Governor Haskell only proves that
his attack was premature and uncalled
for," said Mr. Kern. "No such assault
was ever before made upon the chief
executive of a sovereign state by the
president of the United States. His
original charge of criminality is aban
doned and he now contents himself
with a .criticism of the governor's offi
Attacked on Labor Attitude.
Chicago, Sept. -25 The Tribune to
day publishes a story with what pur
ports to be fac similes of documents
showing Governor Haskell was a prime
mover of ajid charter member of the
Citizens' Alliance, alleged to have bees
a secret society organized for the pur
POPE APPOINTS AGENT TO BEGIN
AUTHORIZED WAR ON SPIRITUALISM
Washington, Sept. 25. Godfrey-
t Francis Raupert of London has arrived
in Washington bearing credentials for
a unique crusade which ae i; about to
inaugurate against spiritualism and
occult science generally. Mr. Raupeft
is a convert from spiritual! im to the
Roman Catholic religion. He wa the
leader of his cult in London and is
still one of the leaders in be British
Society for Psychical P.esea.ch.
After his conversion he wrote some
brochures on the dangers of occult in
vestigation, which attracted the at
tention of Cardinal Mer.v del Val,
papal secretary of state, an i through
him of the Roman pontiff. During the
past summer Mr.vRaup3rt was sum
moned to Rome, where he gave sev
SN017ST0RIVI CAUSE OF BAD
WRECK If! THE LlOUflTfllflS
pose of fighting the demands of union
labor in Muskogee, Okla., three years
ago. Haskell recently denied the Cit
izens' Alliance had ever been organ
ized. Kdltor In Open Letter.
Kansas City, Sept. 25. I. T. Russell,
the editor of the Ardmore (Okla.)
Morning Democrat, who is in Kansas
City, gave the Associated Press last
night an open letter to Bryan in which
he calls attention to the fact that the
charges made oy Hearst against Gov
ernor Haskell relative to the gover
nor's connection with the Standard Oil
company had previously been given to
Bryan, who refused to read them.
Russell also gives what he alleges to
be proof of Haskell's intimate rela
tions with the Prairie Oil & Gas company.-
Saw Telegram Filed.
This letter sets forth that last spring
before the oil company began laying
Its pipe line he met A. Ledbetter, an
attorney for the company, coming out
of Haskell's office, and acompanied
him to the telegraph office, where the
attorney filed a telegram to the com
pany's general attorney at St. Louis
that he had seen Haskell, and that ev
erything was satisfactory. Russell
says the company immediately after
began the construction of its line.
Also that- Haskell a few days before
the supreme court handed down its de
cision, printed in his own paper a
long document on the matter, and that
he (Russell) saw a letter from the
company's general attorney agreeing
to pay for and circulate 30,000 copies
of that paper.
HaMkell'M Open Letter.
Guthrie, Okla., Sept. 25. Governor
Charles N. Haskell, treasurer of the
democratic national committee, yester
day issued through the Associated
Press an open letter to William Ran
dolph Hearst, taking the New York
editor to task for his attitude in the
present campaign. The letter in full
"To William R. Hearst. Sir: You
claim that there is ned for a new po
litical party, and have sought to organ
ize such an organization, and have
formulated a platform.
"Below you will find every declara
tion of state principles in your plat
form, and you will .also find that in
every instance, except one, the democ
racy of Oklahoma, in framin.the con.
stitnHon an'dcts'bf 'the first legisla
ture s session, have covered every
thing you recommend. You will also
find that the Denver platform covers
them, with only two exceptions, as in
"Do" VerMua "Talk.'
"You will observe. Mr. Hearst, that
the progessive democracy of the south
west actually does things, while you
are devoting your life to simply talk
ing about that which might be done.
! also beg to remind you that last
winter, when congress was in session,
Oklahoma, through Senator R. I.. Owen
in the senate and Scott Ferris, member
of the house of representatives, intro
duced proper resolutions providing for
amendments to the constitution of the
United States, among others the fol
To elect senators by popular
To legalize national income
"(c) To constitutionaiize an employ
ers liability act twnicn you Know, ac
cording to the supreme court of the
United States, cannot be enacted un
der the present constitutional limita
"(d) To allow the states the right
to prohibit interstate commerce ship
ments of convict-made goods into states
where by state law convict labor is
prohibited from competing with Tree
Loud Talker, Poor Aetor.
"I wrote you when these resolutions
were introduced in congress and ap
pealed to you for your official and edi
torial assistance.- You ignored both.
Your services might have been very
beneficial on that occasion. Such things
as these leads me to believe that you
are a loud talker, but not a reliable
"If Oklahoma democracy has done in
(Continued on Page Four.)
eral demonstrations. He has the
honor of being the first recruit from
the ranks of spiritualise to lay bare
its secret before the Roman pontiff.
So impressed was the pontiff that
he has given a letter to Mr. Raupert
empowering him to lecture before
seminarians and such Catholics whom
parish priests will permit '.o witness
demonstrations. He also has a cor
dial letter from Cardinil Merry del
Val recommending him to bishops and
heads of seminaries and Swelling on
the pope's desire that those studying
theology should be warned of the dan
gers awaiting all who p!nig-i into the
domain of the occult M-. Raupert
will make a complete tour of the
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Passenger Engineer Un
able to See Flagman of
a Freight Ahead.
REAR END COLLISION
Fxpress Car Telescopes Smelt
er Reported 25 Killed
Livingston, Mont., Sept. 25. A
Northern Pacific passenger train east
bound which left Helena at midnight
last night collided with a freight train
at Young's Point and 25 persons, in
eluding the engineer, fireman and
brakeman, were killed.
SNOW WAS FALLING.
Later reports place the number of
casualties at from 30 to 40 with 25
dead. Snow was falling and for this'
reason the rear freight train flagman
could not make his presence known
to the passenger engineor.
The express car telescoped the
smoker and practically all the casual
ties occurred in the latter car.
BIG ATTENDANCE AT
Five Thousand Delegates Present at
Madison, Wis. James J. Hill
One of the Speakers.
Madison. Wis., Sept. 2a. With au
attendance of nearly 5,000 delegates,
the Farmers' National congress opeip
ed its 2Sth annual meeting here yes
terday. James J. Hill spoke in the afternoon
and emphasized the necessity for
scientific farming in the United States."
The congress was 'called to order
pUuKPro-iidcriiaJ,, r inieroiK of Stegville.'
X. C. Right Rev, John H. Wright of
Michigan City. Ind.. delivered the in
vocation and addresses of welcome
were made by ex-Governor W. D."
Hoaid. Mayor J. C. Schubert and Dr.
C. R. Van Hise, president 0? the Uni
versity of Wisconsin. A response was
made by Joshua Strange of Marion.
Ind., first vice president of the con
gress. In the afternoon President Camerou
and Secretary George M. Whittaker
submitted their annual rernrts. John
M. Siahl of Chicago, chairman of the
committee on legislation, gave a re
ciew of congressional farm legislation.
Less Than 30 Cases a Day and Death
Rate Low Typhoon Not
Bad as Feared.
Manila, Sept. 25. The epidemic of
cholera is believed to have reached its
height and to be diminishing. Tne
daily average of cases in the city has
fallen below 30 with a low death rate.
More extensive reports regarding the
southern typhoon that swept through
the central section of the Philippine
group yesterday indicate, while there
was great damage to property, the
loss of life was slight.
BANK PLAN A FAD, SAYS HILL
Writes Communication to Nebraska
Lincoln. Xeb., Sept. 25. A commun
ication from James J. Hill and an ad
dress by Professor James Lawrence
Laughlin of Chicago university were
features of the Nebraska bankers'
convention today. Hill declared the
guaranty scheme the latest financial
fad. He asserted for several years
the railroad business had been the ob
ject of incessant attack.
CABINET DISCUSSES POLITICS
Time at First Meeting of Fall Given
Up to Republican Affairs.
Washington, Sept. 25. The first
meeting of the cabinet held since last
June was held today. Every member
except Root was present. . The general
political situation was discussed.' '
BROKERS ARE ARRESTED
Members of Failed Firm Accused of
K Grand Larceny.
New York, Sept. 25. Albert O.
Brown, Edward F. Buchanan. WV
Rheat V hitman and Lewis Glnter
Young, comprising the failed' firm of
A. O. Brown " & Co., stock ! brokers.;
were today arrested on charges' of