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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. CO.
THE ARGUS. MONDAY, DECEMBER 28. 1908:
PRICE TWO CENTS.
EARTHQUAKE AND TIDAL
WAVE IN SICILY ISLAND
week. The electric power and light
. plant was put out of commission.
ShiDDinq Alonq the Coast Th,s nlant is 10 rai,es distant from
r a .here, and as telephonic communication
URGES DEMOCRATS TO DRAW
UP THEIR OWN TARIFF BILL
The American Farmer When it is figured up I make you fellows look like pikers.
baaiy uamagea and
PEOPLE FLEE IN FEAR
Meager Reports From Interior
-Shocks at Virginia
Rome, Dec. 28. Violent earthquake
shocks were felt in Calabria at 9:30'
this morning. Serious damage is said
to have resulted. Some casualties are
reported at Mileto, Gomadi and Stefan
coni. At Stefcanconi the shock wa3
most severe, but San Gergorio, San
Giorgo and Majerata also suffered.
Three Steamer Dnmaiced.
London, Dec. 28. A dispatch from
Catania, Sicily, says three steamers
were dameged by an earthquake and
consequent tidal disturbance today at
that port. The extent of the injuries
is not given.
Wave Sweep Into Port.
Cantania, Sicily, Dec. 28. A tidal
wave swept into this port today as a
result of earthquake disturbances, and
people on the water front were thrown
into an indescribable condition of fear.
The approach of the water was seen,
and sharp cries of warning rang out.
People fled from the docks and water
front into the town.
Snilora Hnoh Axhore. .
Where sailors could get ashore boats
of all kinds were abandoned. The
water came and left confusion antf
damago in their wake. It is not known
yet whether any lives were lost. A
number of fishing boats were swamp
ed and three steamers in port more
orjess. damaged. An Austrian steam
er was nearly overwhelmed. Much
merchanidse piled on the docks was
Iteport from Palermo.
Brief reports received from Palermo.
the capital of Sicily, say the shocks
there lasted 32 seconds. Telegraph
and telephone systems ere put out of
business and railroad communication
interrupted, but the submarine cables
from Palermo are still working.
SI Is lit Shock In France.
Pau. France, Dec. 28. A slight
earthquake shock was experienced
here this morning. No damage re
sulted. Severe Shock In Montana.
Virginia City, Mont., Dec. 28. At
4:30 o'clock vesterdav afternoon this
section was shaken by the severest of
a series of seismis disturbances that
has been going on for more than a
AT CIVIL WORK
Chicago, Dec. 228 Civil employment
under the government for soldiers
honorably discharged after 6 years'
service is recommended by Major Gen
eral Frederick D. Grant, commander of
the department of the lakes In his an
'nual report made public here toaay.
FAT H ER-I N-LAW 0 F H
Washington, Pa., Dec 28. David
Dillinger of this city claims the dl
tinctlon of being the only man in cap
tivity who is the father-in-law of his
His mother-in-law--oi daughter-in-law.
If you prefer can claim a few in
the relation line herself, for besides
being the daughter-in-law of one of her
own daughters she Is the sister-in-law
of another, mother-in-law of her father-in-law
and has a few, Other twisted
claims of relationship.
Henry Dillinger, art aged farmer, is
the son-in-law of one , of his sons,
brolher-ln-law of another and son-in-law
of his daughter-in-law. . .
Lucy Dillinger, aged 1G years, wife
of David Dillingeo is the mother-in-law
of her father-in-law and of her own
Charles Dillinger Is the son-in-law
of his Bistcr-m-iaw ana or his own
Mrs; Charles Dillinger is but what's
the use? . Here's how It all started, and
If you are good at higher mathematics
you may be able to figure It out for
I with it has been interrupted it is im
possible at this time to ascertain the
extent of the damage done.
Virginia City was in darkness last
night and much alarm existed. During
the last week this place has experi
enced more than 30 earthquakes, in
which the earth movement was very
pronounced. Last Monday two shocks
I within 10 minutes of each other drove
the people into the streets, panic-
stricken, caused cracks in several
buildings and dislodged considerable
, Yesterday afternoon's tremor fur
ther cracked buildings, threw down
plaster and scattered dishes from the
shelves and tables.
FIGHT FOR SEAT
OF FORAKER WARM
Legislators Assembling But Situation
is as Much Up in' the Air
Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 28. Many
members of the Ohio legislature arriv
ed today and the fight for a successor
to Senator Foraker assumed an activ
ity that presages a week of work and
strenuous exertion by several of the
candidates and their friends. All sorts
of wild and unconfirmed rumors ara
flying about but the real situation, ac
cording to unbiased observers, is the
senatorship is up in the air as much
as last week with both the acknowl
edged leading candidates, Burton and
Charles P. Taft, unable to secure
enough votes to land the prize.
INDIANS ARE KILLED ,
Trouble at Aneth, Utah, the Nature of ,
Which Is Not Yet Known.
Washington, Dec. 28. Four Indians
were killed and another one injured at Charles Raymond Weaver, sales agent
the reservation located at Aneth, Utah, I for the Hains Concrete Mixer company,
according to information received by,declared he had induced Hains broth
tbe bureau of Indian- affairs from-Ow P.ta.m tBaysute to-look yer prop
perintendent Shelton of the Shiprock jer,y instead of -going to Sandy IIoolc,
Indian agency, located in the north-1 rzrrrr:rz:
western portion of New Mexico.
Accompanied by a physician, Super
intendent .Shelton has left for the
scone of the trouble, the nature of
which is as yet unknown to the' officials
of the Indian affairs bureau.
MINISTER CUTS OWN THROAT
Rev. R. C. Dougherty of Buchanan, N.
D., Congregational Church Suicide.
Fargo, N..D., Dec. 2S. Rev. Robert
C. Dougherty, pastor of the Congrega
tional church at Buchanan, N. I)., yes
terday committed suicide by cutting
his throat with a razor. It is believed
he was temporarily insane. He for-
' . .....
merly preached in Kansas City.
MAY BE A WEST POINTER
Arthur "Vollmer of Davenport Named
as Alternate by Dolliver.
Washington, Dec. 2S. (Special.)
Senator Dolliver today nominated Ar
thur Vollmer, son of Henry Vollmer,
a prominent Davenport attorney, as
alternate to John B. Thompson of Al-
bia, Iowa, for appointment to West
Look for Zero Weather.
Chicago, 111., Dec. 28 Real winter
weather is coming the latter part of
this week, possibly with zero temper
ature, according to advices from the
weather bureau last night. In the
early part of the week fresh winds
will blow from the west.
IS M OTHER! N-L AW;
AN EASTERN FAMILY
Nearly a year ago Mrs. Henry Dill
Inger died, leaving her aged husband
and his two sens. rw;"''i ond Charles
living on a farm not far from this city.
Three months ago Mrs. Maria Rich
mond took the position as housekeeper
for the aged Mr. Dillinger, and brought
her two daughters, Lucy and. Jennie, to
live in the Dillinger home.
The aged Mr. Dillinger became en
amored of pretty Lucy Richmond, the
younger daughter, and took her for his
wife, continuing to live in the house
with his mother-in-law-sister-in-law and
two sons. , -
Then Mrs. Richmond, who holds her
years well and is' still an attractive
woman, was married to David Dillinger
and continued to live in the house with
her father-in-law-son-in-law mother-in-
Finally Charles Dillinger was mar -
riea to Jennie Kicnmona, aged 19, and
they continued to live in the same
house with their-oh, well, with the
rest of the family. .
And who is the head of the house?
It nrobablv would take a referendum
I vote to settle that.
DEFENSE SHOWS A MOTIVE FOR THE
PRESENCE OF HAINS AT BAYSIDE CLUB
Flushing, N. Y., Dec. 28. Evidence
was adduced toriav at tho trinl nf
Thornton Hains which the defense
c!airas SPP a reason for the visit
of Hains brothers to the Bayside
Yacht club where Annis was shot.
HALF SOUTH DRY
Wave of Prohibition Has Been Effec.
live in Major Portion of the
VARIOUS PLANS ARE TRIED
Georgia Trying to Prohibit Sale of Li
quor Containing Over 4 Per
Cent of Alcohol.
Washington, Dec. 2S. A wave of
prohibition has swept with such re
markable effect over the south that
the dawn of the new year opens up a
vast stretch of territory absolutely bc.
rcft of liquor, while the area where
prohibitionists have not triumphed
marks the ground of impending fights.
Significant of the magnitude this
problem has assumed is the fact that
In many states prohibition looms up as
political issue of chief concern to
the voters, obscuring other municipal
and state questions.
Accurate reports show that more
than half the south's territory Is "dry,"
in the remaining area listed as "wet"
the sale of intoxicants is upon a re
stricted sale. It is evident that the
cities are the only remaining strong
holds of tho saloons.
Low I"erTnntr Alcohol I.nw.
Georgia now holds the center of the
stage and for a year has been experi
menting on , what is strictly a "near
prohibition" law, in that it forbids the
sale of liquors containing more than 4
per cent of alcohol. . . -.
State wide prohibition laws become
effective on Jan. 1 In North Carolina,
Alabama and Mississippi, in each of
which a majority of counties had here
tofore prohibited the sale of liquor.
Prohibition advocates in Louisiana
have suspended, their fight to test the
new Gay-Shattuck law for the regula
tion of the liquor traffic, which also
becomes operative Jan. 1. The anti
saloon people say they will be content
If this law is enforced rigidly.
, Teonii May Go lry.
Tennessee is the chief center of in
terest among the other states where
state wide" prohibition fights are in
progress. . The prohibitionists assert
, that a state wide bill will pass the leg-
lslature, which they expect to organ
ize and control. Wrlth the backing of
. the. state machinery, the local option
forces are equally confident that such
a' bill will meet defeat,
I : : Kentucky. ' the . second largest dia.
J tilling state in the union," with 119
siseisa.5 i v t i
whither he said the brothers were
bound when he met them Aug. 15.
Tun i.ntr to Mnkr Trip.
"The hour was too late- to go to
Sandy Hook, and I told them to go to
1-ong Island and sec the property with
the idea of ascertaining whether it
was near enough to the water front to
obtain sand and gravel with which to
make concrete. I started to go with
them, but found -1 couJd not get-back
to New York in time to meet my wife."
counties, has but four in which the
sale of liquor is not prohibited.
Virginia presents a string of victor
ies for the anti-saloon element, as pro
hibition now exists in 80 of the state's
100 counties. .
Propone Count Hal lonnl Amrndmrnt.
In Texas, where more than half the
counties have accepted prohibition, the
voters soon will be called upon to vote
ujKin a constitutional amendment for
In Arkansas two-thirds of its area,
or 75 counties, are "dry," and the
question of state wide prohibition will
be presented to tho voters for decision.
Florida is partly "dry" through local
option, and, like some of the other
states, the sale of liquor principally is
confined to the cities.
The difficulty of enforcing the pro
hibition laws is conceded to be one of
the chief obstacles to its success in
many states. This phase of tho ques
tion, together with a falling off in
revenues, is to some extent baffling
SHIP AND GREW
LOST IN CRASH
IN SOUTH SEA
New Castle, N. S. W., Dec. 2S.
The British steamer Advance and the
British bark Iverna were iii collision
off here today. The Advance went
down and with the exception of its
first officer, all members of the crew
lost their lives. The Iverna put into
New Castle leaking badly.
ROBBERS GET BIG
SUM FROM A SAFE
Secure $30,000 Worth of Jewelry and
$5,000 in Cash During Night from
New York Firm.
New York, Dec. 28. The robbery of
$30,000 worth of jewelry and $5,00tt in
cash from the safe In the jewelry store
of Oscar C. Jackie in Third avenue was
discovered today, having taken place
last night. "
Engineer Burned to Death.. .
- Freeport, 111., Dec 28. A head-on
collision of two freight trains on the
Chicago, W'ilwaukee & St. Paul rail
road in the company's yard here late
Saturday night resulted in the burning
to a crisp of the engineer, Henry Hage
dorn of this city. The fireman, J. J.
Stauffer of Racine, Wis., jumped.; In
time to save his life, but broke. his
ankle. - : v
TO GUARD WEALTH
Canada and Mexico Asked to Send
Delegates to Conservation
ROOSEVELT PRIME MOVER
Will Try to Convince Neighbors That
Interest of Countries Are
Washington, Dec. 28. Announce
ment was made at the White housa
yesterday of a plan for a conference
looking toward the conservation of the
natural resources of North America,
to be held at the White bouse Feb,
letters suggesting the plan have
been addressed by. President Roose
velt to the governor general and pre
mier of Canada and to President Ditz
of Mexico. They will be delivered to
the officials in person by Gifford Pin-
chot, chairman of the national conser
The proposed conference is the out
growth of the two conservation coa
ferences held in Washington, in which
the governors of the states and terri
tories were the principal conferees.
At the second conference, in which, on
Dec. 8, President Roosevelt and President-elect
Taft participated, represen
tatives of the Canadian government
were present and expressed their in
terest in the movement.
Purpourn of the Conference.
The representatives of the Canadian
and Mexican governments will con
sult with representatives of the state
and other departments of this govern
ment and with the national conserva
tion commission. The main object of
the conference, as announced .will bo
to point out that natural resources are
not limited to the boundary lines which
separate nations, to develop a better
knowledge of the natural resources of
each nation on the part of the others,
and to invite suggestions for concur
rent action for the protection of mu
tuai Interests related to conservation
WOULD YIELD UP RUDOWITZ
U. S. Commissioner Gives Opinion in
Case of Russian Murderer.
Chicago. Dec. 28. United States
Commissioner Foot Saturday forward
ed to the state department at Wash
ington 30 closely typewritten pages re
viewing the evidence which prompted"
him to recommend the extradition of
Christian Dudowitz, who Is wanted by
the Russian government on charges of
murder and robbery. The commission
er Is of the opinion that the question
of political offenses does not enter
into the Rudowitz case, and holds that
sufficient evidence was adduced dur
ing the hearing tc warrant the belief
that the accused man was not a mem
ber of a revolutionary band and should
stand trial before a Russian tribunal.
Bail for Carmack's Slayers Refused.
Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 28. Judge
Hart today refused bail to Colonel
Cooper, Robert Cooper and John D.
Sharp, charged with the murder of
The prisoners were remanded to jail
to await trptf Jan: 20. " '
' O'Conneli Given Post.
Washington, Dec. 28. That Bishop
Dennis J. O'Connell, rector of thel
f-nthnll nnlvcrcitv hoo hnnn onnnint.
ed auxiliary bishop of San Francisco!
yesterday from the papal secretary of
state, Cardinal Merry Del Val, an
nouncing that the pope had made the
appointment, and the apostolic briefs
will be received within the next fort
night. STATE RESTS IN THE
NIGHT RIDER CASE
Judge Defers Decision on Motion to
Take Much of Evidence from Be
fore the Jury.
Union City, Tcnn., Dec. 28. The
state today rested its case in the trial
of the eight alleged night riders for
the murder of Captain Quentcn Ran-
The defense asked the court to ,
withdraw all evidence from the jury
pertaining to the other raids than the
killing of Rankcn, asserting such evi
dence incompetent. Judge Jones stat
ed he would render a decision later.
TUG WRECKED; FOUR DROWN
Entire Crew Meets Death. Making
Exact Details Unobtainable. .
Frankfort, Mich., Dec. 2S. While
trying to make this harbor in the face
of a terrific southwest gale Saturday
night the 15-ton gasoline fish tug Rhine
owned by Henry Hanrath, was crushed
against the pier and the entire crew
of four men were drowned. The dead:
Henry Hanrath, Charles Kibby, Julius
Dorry, Gus Strauble.
The tug had been out on the lake
off the Manitou islands lifting nets
and . was trying to make the harbor
when the accident occurred.
HOLLAND IS HOLDING HAND
Trouble With Venezuela Provisionally
at an End.
The Hague, Dec. 28. The foreign
office today made a statement that the
land is regarded as provisionally at
an end and that the Netherlands in
tends to hold its hand pending' the
progress of the new Gomez adminis
tration at Caracas.
TOOK PLANTATION MONEY
Charges Filed Against Members of
Mexican Company at Chicago.
Chicago, Dec. 28. Charges that J. R.
Marklay, E. D. Graves, D. W. Graves,
John B. Welcome and Lee Mantle,
diverted large sums from theMexiean
Plantation association to themselves
are made in a petition here today by
Joseph Sanders. .
OBJECT IS TO AID SCIENCE
Two Thousand Members Attend Meet
ing of American Association.
Baltimore, Md., Dec. 28. With 2,000
members in attendance the 60th an
nual convention of the American As
sociation for the Advancement of
Science opened at Johns Hopkins uni:
versity today. The sessions will con
tinue throughout the week.
Former Congressman Dies.
Dayton, Ohio. Dec. 2S. Former Con
gressman Charles M. Anderson of the
Third Ohio district, died at his home
at Greenville this morning. He had
been resident manager of the central
branch of the soldiers' home for 20
Poor Failure Announced.
New York, Dec. 28. The failure of
H. W. Poor & Co., brokers and bank
ers, was announced on the stock ex
PROPHET WHO PREDICTS ENDOF WORLD
FAILS TO MAKE GOOD; MAKES ESCAPE
Nyack. N. Dec. 28. The end ot
the world did not come yesterday, but
the end of the career of Lee J. Spang
ler as a prophet did.
In fact, Mr. Spangler did not wait for
sunup of the day which he foretold was
to terminate ail things mundane. lie
disappeared some time before dawn
and thus escaped, not from the shower
of celestial fireworks which ne had pre
dicted but from a torrent of eggs which
would not pass, muster even in these
days of the cold storage product The
eggs had been garnered by male
friends and relatives ' of the' women
followers of the prophet.
Spangler's disappearance proved a
great disappointment to the band of
faithful which had put on white robes
and prepared for the final day. Sev
eral of the "faithful" all women
donned their white robes and wont to
the morning train, in spite of the ab
sence of their chief, to meet the thous
and "saints" from all parts of the
world who were to arrive to be trans
lated with the prophet. Never a saint
Opposes Attitude of
Demands That Members
House be Placed on Rec
ord Upon it.
Washington, Dec. 2S. Henry D.
Clayton of Alabama, chairman of the
democratic caucus of the house of rep-
resentatives, today expressed hla
views as to the democratic attitude In
the proposed revision of the tariff.
"In my opinion," he said, "it is not
sufficient for tho democrats In the
next congress to assume an attitude
of simple negation and merely oppose
what the republicans offer.
Muni Fntnie Entire BUI.
"We must formulate an entire tariff
bill covering every schedule, go to the
committee of the whole with it, cham
pion it, and demand revision on Its
every schedule and ask for the yeas
and nays on it in the house. The bill
should be carefully considered in prin
ciple and in detail in short, it should
be a measure we can go to the coun
Should Show Ability
The democrats are unexcelled In
kicking things to pieces, but let us
show that we can put things together
as the old party did in the time of
Jackson and Polk. We can do it."
TO ENLIST NOW
Chicago, Dec. 28. Walter Scott,
otherwise known as "Death Valley
Scotty," entered the. United States re
cruiting omce toaay ana aeciarea nis
intention of enlisting in the marine
service. Scott came into prominence
a . few years ago when he arrived in
Chicago on a special train with the an
nounced intention of ridding himself of
part of an unlimited fortune, sup
posedly located in Death valley. The
source of his income was a matter
never cleared up.
BEEF. TRUST GRAND
JURY IS AT WORK
Department Manager of Morris A. Co.
First Witness at Chicago Many
Chicago, Dec. 28 Harry C. Dowling,
department manager of the packing
firm of Morris & Co., appeared before
the federal grand jury today in con
nection with the alleged rebate inves
tigation. District Attorney Sims would not
specify the number of subpoenas Is
sued lit tho Investigation, although he
said many had been served in other
cities. He said none of the witnesses
sought had attempted to evade ser
vice. It is known the investigation
will continue for at least three weeks.
A few of the faint-hearted women.
scoffed at by the villagers, dropped out
of the proceedings right here. Others, .
more determined, walked out to Oa,k
Hill cemetery, followed by a jeering
crowd. There they stood, shivering In
the cold, waiting for the fireworks to
begin.. Now and then they" essayed a
hymn or a prayer, between shivers.
but the catcalls from the crowd were '
not conducive to protracted religious'
As the hours passed and nothing
happened, the little band of devotees
melted away until only three or four
were left. Finally Superintendent Hal-.
sted of the cemetery ordered them
away, and, with the last vestige ot
their faith shattered, they returned to '
the homes which they had expected to
quit forever. As many of themhad to
face angry husbands, the scene was
anything but the heavenly one they
had looked for. k ": -; .-
Another crowd of the faithful went
to South Mountain, which, was to have
been the scene of the translation, but
the cold Boon drove all to shelter. -