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FIFTY-EIGHTH i YEAH. NO. 59. .
THE ARGUS. SATURDAY. DECEMBER 26, 1908. -TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS
ROOSEVELT LEAVES fW
THE NEXT DAY
PUT UP DESPERATE BATTLE
Drive Back Police and
Soldiers When At
tacked at Moscow.
HOLDING A MEETING
Attempt to Arrest Them Leads
to Fight in Which Can
non Are Used.
tention the first part of Christmas day.
He played with Major Cummins. The
Taft family celebrated the latter por
tion of the day at their cottage. A
trolley party to Aiken, S. C., was par
ticipated in by the Taft and Hammond
families during the day.
ACT OF INSANE MAN
Murder of William E. Annis So Char
acterized by Counsel for
BROTHER NOT ACCOMPLICE
Moscow, Dec. 26. Baron Cotte, chief
of the secret political police, was kill
ed and Colonel Muraki wounded in a
fierce encounter today with revolution
ists intrenched in a suburban villa.
During the fight several policemen
were killed and others wounded.
Troops were summoned to aid the po
lice, and a regular battle ensued.
Artillery Rndw Xro"b,e
Artillery had finally to he brought
up to bombard the villa before the rev
olutionists were subdued., Tne occur-1
rence is the most serious since the up
rising of December, 1905. The villa
where the fighting took place occupies
a strategic position on Elk island, an
Islet In the river near Moscow that is
a favorite summer resort.
BurpriNed at Meeting. '
Leaders of a revolutionary organiza
tion were holding a meeting in the
house. The police got wind of the af
fair and surrounded the villa for the
purpose of making arrests. As they
approached the house the revolutlon-
ists oDened fire. . This resistance was
unexpected, and the police withdrew.
Then infantry were sent for. With
this reinforcement a second advance
Retire Second Time.
Police and soldiers had to retire a
Claimed That Defendant Was Ignorant
of Peter C. Hains' Intentions at
' ' f ' v ' i . r " - ya " j c i
. second-time, and. it asiatiiis eitljaiasjaa-aiCiijijg, could--noi Jse-4
Flushing, N. Y., Dec. 26. The state
today rested its case in the trial of I
Thornton J. Hains, charged with com
plicity in the killing of William E. An
nis. Joseph Shay, associate counsel
for Hains, in opening the case for the
defense, charged the evidence of the
state bore every semblance of false
hood, Invention and manufacture.
Would Have Prevented It.
He satd the defense will prove that
Hains had nothing to do with the death
of Annis, had no thought of Annis in
his mind when he went to Bayside,
had no idea Annis was there, did not
know his brother had a revolver, and
would have prevented the meeting be
tween his brother and Annis if he
"We propose to show you Peter C.
Hains was mentally unbalanced and
show you the causes which created Began Business in San Francisco 52 Years Ago
that condition of mind." said Shay. I . ........ : .
Hefune- t Di.mh.. invested in unitea Mates as wen as
Lawyer Young moved that the in
dictment against Hains be dismissed,
but the motion was denied. Young
took the position that a person charg
ed with being accessory to the com-
GLAUS SPREGKELS, BEET SUGAR
KING, IS VICTIM OF PNEUMONIA
counter that Cotte was killed and Mu-
rakl wounded. Saveral soldiers also
lost their lives. When the artillery
appeared a few well directed shots put
an end to the trouble. The losses sus
tained by the revolutionists are not
known, but they are doubtless heavy.
TAFT GOES ON TROLLEY TRIP
. President-Elect Also Plays Golf in CeJ.
ebration of Christmas.
Augusta. Ga., Dec. 26. Participa-?
tion in the national handicap golf tours
namentof the Country club engrossed
President-elect Taft's enthusiastic at-
CASE OF LILLEY
New : Haven, Conn., Dec. 26. An
election court to Inquire Into the cam-
until it was proved the principal was
"Right there I disagree with you,"
Judge Crane said. "I hold this man
may be guilty of murder in the first
degree, as a proposition of law, al
though the man who held the revolver
and fired the show was not guilty of
murder and, was insane."
Denied Policeman' Statement. .
Only two witnesses were called for
the defense when court adjourned un
til Monday. The counsel for Hains,
Young, denied statements made by
Policeman Fallon, who declared Hains
had stated that "He would go to hell
to get Annis and kill him again."
. San Francisco, Cal., Dec 26. Claus
Spreckles, the famous sugar million
aire, died today from pneumonia.
reCSffpy-Teturned , from
New York. On his arrival home he
was suffering from the effects of a
cold, which developed into pneumonia.
In BuiueM Early.
, Spreckles was born in Lamstadt,
Germany, in 1S28, coming to the United
States In 1846. He came to San Fran
cisco in 1856, and established a store
and later conducted a brewery. In
1868 he built the Bay sugar refinery,
and began the importation of raw ma
terial from Hawaii.
, Made Beet Sugar.
Prospering in this business, he "es
tablished other sugar refineries, and
promoted te beet sugar industry by
establishing refineries and engaging in
DAMAGE SUIT IS THE
raising beets on-' a large scale. He
also built a refinery at Philadelphia
and invested largely in the -Qceanlc
Steamship cdmpaiiyaiid'many other
enterprises, including the building of
the San Joaquin Valley railroad.
. IntereHta Dlnponed Of. '
Many of his interests In Hawaii are
reported to have been disposed. of by
hia son Rudolph during the latter's re
cent trip to the islands.
ConcreMraaa Dnvey Dies.
New Orleans, Dec. 26. Congress
man , Robert C. Davey of Louisiana
died here today after an illness of sev
Father of' Senator Penrose.
Philadelphia, Dec. 26. Dr. Richard
A. F. Penrose, father of. Senator Pen
rose,' died today of pneumonia,
NOT FISHING TRIP
Is Way District Attorney Sims Char
acterizes Probe of Beef
KNOWS WHAT HE IS SEEKING
But Admits It May Not Be Possible to
Locate the Exact Source of the
Cihcago, Dec, 26. Nothing less than
a complete exposure of the methods of
the '.'beef trust" Is contemplated by
District Attorney Sims In the present
grand jury investigation which is be
ing carried out with the aid of special
agents of the - interstate commerce
commission. ' '
It developed yesterday that .in eddi-
tlon to the inquiry in regard to ship
ping rates and possible rebates, to
which the work of the interstate com
merce commission and its agents is
confined, a number of secret service
aged operatives, who work directly under
jthe department of justice, have been
looking into another phase of the pack
These officials have been trying to
determine whether tacit agreements
between packers as to the fixing of
prices and. the division of the ' terri
tory for distribution have been in sys
tematic operation. This sweeping na
ture of the inquiry was indicated yes
terday in the first positive statement
made by District Attorney Sims since
the investigation started.
Not "Flanlnc Expedition."
"This is no mere 'fishing expedition'
as has been said by some of the critics
of the department," declared the dis
trict attorney. "We know what we are
going after if we are not permitted by'
the nature of the inquiry to state what
is. We are not merely starting a
little case in ' which packers or rail
roads are concerned in the hope that
we can unearth some information
which will be of value to be used as
basis for a new and more extensive
investigation. There is nothing vague
or indefinite about this inquiry and it
has a purpose which I am not permit
ted to disclose.
May Not Locate the Spot,
"We. .have information that there
have been apparent infractions or
evasions of the law, but it is a ques
tion whether we will be able to put a
finger on the exact spot where the
trouble is. The difficulties in the case
and the importance of it necessitates
the degree of secrecy we have main
tained in its inclpiency. There have
been no particular developments in the
case today. We are resting for a few
days and but little can be done until
the grand jury convenes on Monday."
FLOCK HOME AT
BID OF GOMEZ
New . York, Dec. 2.6.r-Cheers and
Venezuelan flags speeded the- steamer
Maxacaibo-.w.h$n it gyiaffg-"
pier today beaTTHg General Nicolas
Tolamto General Ramon Ayala. Gen-1
Says it Would-be- Im
proper to Discuss
Bucks' Case Now.
STILL IN THE COURTS
Belief is for Once He is Not
Anxious to Get Into a ' ; .
result of arrest CONGRESS TO GIVE WATERWAYS. THE DOUBLE CROSS?
George W. Fitzgerald, Former Teller at
Subtreasury at Chicago, Resents
Chicago. Dec. 26. George W. Fitz
gerald, former "assorting, teller of the
paign and election expenses of Gov-j United States subtreasury at Chicago,
eruor-elect George L. Lllley was op- today filed a suit for JoO.OOO against
ened here today upon application of William Boldenweck, who as in charge
George L. Fox, a school master of this of the subtreasury, and Herbert F.
city, under provisions of the corrupt Young, a private detective. . The suit
practices act passed by the general is the outgrowth of the sensational
assembly in 1906. The sitting of this arrest of Fitzgerald last spring charged
court is of exceptional interest, not with stealing $173,000 from the sub-
alone to politicians, but to the legal treasury vaults. - Fitzgerald's acquittal
fraternity, as it is claimed this is the promptly followed Boldenweck's re
first election court to be set up in this fusal under orders from Washington to
country. j testify in the case. '
SACRIFICES LIBERTY IN EFFORT TO
PULL BEARD OF FRENCH EXECUTIVE
Paris! Dec. 26. While Armand Fal
lieres, the president of France, ac
companied by M. Ramondou. his secre
tary, and Colonel Lasson, military at
tache at the Elysee palace, was taking
a morning stroll near the Rue de
I'Btolle yesterday, a poorly clad indi
vidual, who evidently had been lying
: in wait, suddenly: Jumped, upon s. the
president from" behind and threw his
arms about M. Falliere's neck in an
effort to seize his beard, , ,
- Colonel Lasson. and Secretary Ram
ondou sprang to the assistance of the
president, dragged off his assailant and
turned him over to two special uerec
tlves who had been following the party
on bicycles. 2 r . : . t -.
President Fallleres' cane was broken
in the strueale.. but. beyond a scratch
on the ear. he was not injured and in
sisted on continuing his walk.
As the detectives slipped the hand'
rtiffa on the man he cried: "I am un
armed. I simply wanted to pull the
resident's beard." At the station
house the president's assailant proved
ft. h Jean Mattis. a cafe waiter, 24
years old and a native of the repart-
ment of Savole. ' Medals of General
Mercier, the former minister of war;
stamps bearing the head of the Duke
of Orleans, a card of membership In
the Patrie Francaise and other royal
ist documents were found on his per
son. -4 '
puring the examination Mattis boast-1 waterways,'
(Special Washington Correspondence of
... The Argus.)
Washington. D. C. Dec. 24. There
will be no rivers and harbors bill this j
season. It now appears congress never
intended there should be. That "Im
mediate appropriation of at least $30,
000,000" talk was taffy, prepared In
honor of the National Rivers and Har
bors congress, which recently held its
convention in Washington. '
Now; that the 1,200 delegates have
left the capital city far behind, hav
ing scattered to their homes in all
parts of the United States, the word
is being given out gently, of course
that owinar to the huge deficit "It
may be" that tne rivers ana harbors
committee will not report a bill dur
ing the 60th congress. The leaders do
not. say point blank the bill will not be
reported. . Such language would not
be diplomatic, pesides, the republican
leaders do not deem It advisable to
jar people's nerves especially the
waterway men's nerves.
Laugh in Sleeve. -But
the representatives are really
laughing up their sleeves. While the
waterway men . were- in convention
every member of the .house' was wear
ing a big , badge, reading" "I am for
with letters large enough
ed of being a royalist and talked con
fusedly of having don$ his "duty" and
obeyed the dictates . of his. "con
science." Quantities, of- royalist re
actionary literature were found by the
police when they ransacked his resi
The investigation reveals the fact
to make it readable a block oft. There
wasn't an official in the whole city of
Washington who didn't know; for a
certafnty congress was simply aching
to vote "at the very least $30,000,000"
for waterways. ,
("There is not a bit of doubt about It,
John,", was the way the average con-
the way, "John, when you get' down i
home you might mention our inter
view to the boys. - You might say . I
promised in strong, language to give
waterway development ,hearty support.
BetT'aen you and I, John, I'm rather
anxious that it be known tnat I'm a
strong waterway man. You under
stand. Well, goodbye, John. Remem
ber, I stand for an immediate appropria
tion of not less than $30,000,T00." "
Laid Badges Away. '
After the waterway congress had ad
journed, and there was no danger of
resolutions denouncing the lack of in
terest in Waterways on the part of
congress, the representatives laid
away their badges, and likewise, 99 per
cent of their .waterway enthusiasm.
John's friend is still a waterway man
but not an "immediate appropriation
of '$30,000,000" waterway man.
"I doubt very much If there .will be
a waterway appropriation bill very
soon," is the way John's friend dis
cusses the situation now. "While I'm
a strong advocate of the Improvement
of rivers and harbors, and always
have been; I will tell you as between
man and man I very much doubt the
advisability of a big appropriation
right at this time. Secretary Cortel-
you tell us the deficit for the present
current fiscal year Is $114,000,000, with
a still larger deficit of $143,000,000
that Mattis. was In close relation with gressman spoke when visited -by the
the royalist ' organization, and this . waterway delegate from hia home dis
glves color to rumors that he was the tHct while the- waterways convention
instrument of a royalist plot. Serious, , was in session "You waterway-men
evidence in this direction, however, ; have stirred up such a. popular sentl-
is lacking up to the present time, and ment ia: favor of. waterways we simply
if is more likely that- he (s only .a wouldn't dare ignore the matter. John,
crack-brained individual seeking notor- 'congress will not .vote less than $30,
iety, 'whose head has been' turned by OOO.OOO for the improvement of rivers
ttus campaign of scandal and vilificay and harbors. Yes, this Bession. The
tinn . which . reactionary newsnnnera bill hrovldinar for such an annranria-
like the Libre Parole and l'Action hve tion .may .be. introduced any moment
recently been conducting.
staring'us in the face for the next
fiscal year. Well, what Is the answer?
The answer is, that Congress will and
ought to proceed mighty slowly before
it acts "on. a river and harbor .bill
carrying an appropriation of $30,000,-
000, or $1Q,000,000, or $1. Waterways
are a good, thing. They're bound to
come. They must come. I'm for them.
too. But when you talk about plung
ing the country further Into debt than
It Is now, I doubt very much the wis
Som of it. But' if a bill providing for
an appropriation f $30,000,000 comes
up, I'll vote for it. I'd vote for it if It
carried $100,000,000." ";
'Where Uncle joc Cornea la.
The reader may wonder how "John
come up for a vote. It would seem he
would of necessity be required to re
veal his hand by voting one way or
But the system arranges for that.
Here's where Uncle Joe comes ." in.
"John's friend" relies on Uncle Joe to
see that the bill doesn't-come up. And
nice old Uncle Joe will do his duty. He
is chairman because he can and will
protect congressmen in such an In
stance as this. - He has j. ' placed
Theodore Burton at the head of the
rivers and harbofs committee, and he
has a pretty good reason for believing
mat air. Burton win not introduce a
rivers and harbors bill unless he (Un
cle Joe) is ready for it to be intio
duced. It may be said here that Uncle
Joe is "not ready? for this biir to .be
introduced. And it won't be. ;
So, if John happens to "return to
Washington to see his friend, the
congressman from nls district, the idt
ter is free to say: i
"I'm downright angry because that
rivers and harbors' bill hasn't been re
ported, John. The reason is, well, you
Tknow, Czar Cannon. - He is holding
that bill up. and We are absolutely
powerless. I was sen here to repre
sent my district, but the truth is, Uncle
Joe comes pretty close to representing
it, and everybody' - district, particu
larly on the waterway question. Tell
the. boys down home, "John, that I'm
aching to. vote 'aye' on: a bill carrying
an immediate appropriation of not less
than $30,000,000 for waterways, but
that Mr. Burton is down in Ohio mak
ing his campaign for senator, and it is
doubtful if ire will have much lime to.
draw up a waterway, bllf this session.
But it isn't my fault. iou can, see
that for yourself, John.". - .
Will Be Op4ae Cauor
Will John's r friend vote i aeainst
Speaker Cannon, as chairman of the i
61st congress when ' the hew session
convenes March 4 ? i You ' may guess
for yourself. - -
MAciaaey Preys rUg, Preaeta. ; . .
Representative McKlnney's room f in
I nowt I'm expecting it any time. By I event a rivefs and harbors bill should
Washington, Dec. 26. In an official
statement Issued at the White house
today in regard to presidential ; inter
ference in cases of Gompers, Mitchell
and Morrison, of the American Feder
ation of Labor, now under sentence '
ror contempt of court, attention - is
called to the fact that the cases are
still before the courts and that no mat
ter what the president's opinion may
be as to justness of the sentences im-.
posed, he cannot take any action iook
ing to a pardon or express any opinion
as to the merits of the case. v
Left tar Taft to Settle.
Washington. Dec. 26. That the Taft
and not the Roosevelt administration
will have to wrestle with the case of
Samuel Jompers, John Mitchell and
Frank Morrison, sentenced to jail by
Judge D. T. Wright for contemot in
the boycott suit of the Backs' Stove
and Rang company, it is believed
Labor leaders who have been stir
fed to protest to President Rooseveit
are now taking the view that there- la
no need to demand interference until
the resources of the law are ; ex- '
hausted. The arguments in the court
of appeals will not be heard until
arch or later, and a further appeal to .
the supremo court would bring- about
another interval, of months before. th
labor leaders would face the actual
contingency of going to jail. " .
Those who side with Mr. Gompers;
including several democratic congress
men who have talked freely. since the
decision of Judge Wright was rendered
appear so confidentthat the decision
will be reversed that they scon at the
I idea of intercession by the ehief execu-
There is a general belief thai Presi
dent Roosevelt will be embarrassed la
more ways than one by taking action
in the case.
Inhe first place it is explained that
the effect of President Roosevelt's ac-
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Vou Vnrt tw 9 Wonr w tv ! suouiu ne. enter into me flgnt.
member of 'the banking house "of H!KnLb.feV?r!ng lnltlal mont;ti
laus auLuiuisuunuu. it me sym
pathizers of Messrs. Gompers, Mitchell
and Morrison are to be appeased as a
political move. It is argued that Mr.
Taft. who will probably have similar
problems to face, should be the one to
Doea JTot Kaow Facts.
President Roosevelt, It is said, doe
not know the facts in the case and
has not read the testimony, although
he is informed as to the ordinary sen
tence of courts for contempt of court
In violation of injunctions.
The legal aspect of the case would
probably be given serious . considera
tion by President Roosevelt before any
action were taken, according to unoffi
cial statements coming from the White
house, and It is added that the presi
dent Is not in the mood for taking on
further burdens when he already has,
as his friends say, "enough fights now
on hls hands."
eral Felix Ampard and other exiles of.
the Castro regime on their way back '
to Venezuela at the special Invitation
of the new head of the republic; Gomez,
to 'assist in the new order of things
governmental following the overthrow
of Castro. ,
POOR, THE NEW YORK
Liabilities Supposed to Be About
Three Million, Though Figures'
W. Poor & Co. of New York and Bos
ton, made an assignment today for the
benefit of his creditors. .
According to reports in circulation
in the financial district, Boor's liabili
ties will approximate three millions.
None of the attorneys Interested in the
case would discuss the liabilities or
10RE ARRESTS ARE
NEAR AT PinS BURG
Seventeen Members of Council Noti
fied They Are Under Surveillance
and Must Stay In City.
Pittsburg. Dec. 26. According to a
report published here today 17 . mem
bers of the council have neen notified
they are under surveillance, must not
leave the city and that they' will be
called upon to answer charges in con
nection with the bribery prosecutions,
Another report says these men will be
arrested either today or Monday.
OF .HIS INJURIES
Hurlbut . Fatally
New York, Dec. 26. George C. Hurl-
but, for more than 30 years librarian
of the American Geographical society,
died - today as the result- of 'injuries
sustained yesterday -in a collision be
tween an automobile in which he and
his daughter Iliene were riding, and a
trolley car - in . Central ' park. ' Miss
Hurlbut .was badly, hurt, but will, re
cover.' '' ' '- .
ADMIRAL DEWEY REACHES 71
TWO ARE KILLED
Lexington, Dec. 26. Excitement is . -Intense
today at fltearar where i'awo "
pitched battles occurred yesterday be-'
tween United States marshals and
striking miners !n"whjch-. ifo men
were killed and 20 wounded. Offider--
Ryan, who became separated. from his , -companions
during the fight, is still
wandering In the mountains, if. not al
ready captured and put lb death by in
furiated strikers; Berry Simpson, who I
owned , the hater In which the fatht oc-
curred,- it was learned today escaped
.'(Continued on Pag Twelve.)
Aged, Sea Officer Suffering With At
1 . tack of Sciatica.
' Washington, Dec. 26. Admiral
Georgr Dewey Is celebrating; his 7lst! during the battle into the mountains
birthday today. Though still vigorous 'He wasnUeged te have been burned to
In mind, the aged admiral is not' en-'death in the hotel. Further trouble
joying the best of health, havina- been is exnected when a. nnuui am Info tha.
(Buffering for the past six weeks with, mining section for the' men connected
at attack of sciatica. ( , 'with the battles. - v ' ...