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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 95.
THE AllGUS. SATURDAY. FEBRUARY C. 1909. -TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
JAP OFFICIALS AND PRESS
FLEET LEAVES GIBRALTAR
TO COMPLETE ITS JOURNEY
DUSTING UP FOR THE INAUGURAL
Appear to Pay Little Heed
to Action of State
BUT ALL IS NOT CALM
Lower Classes Deeply Affected
and Commercial Prestige
house Is planning to bring out the long-
awaited complete edition of the works
of Count Leo Tolstoi, an undertaking
that up to the present time has been
impossible in Russia because of the
censorship and the difficulties in the
matter of paying royalties. Under the
present arrangement royalties to the
amount of $250,000 will be paid in an
nual Installments of $25,000. It is de
clared that with the approval of Pre
mier Stoiypin the censored works of
the count will be included in this edi
tion, which will number about 25 volumes.
Tokio, Feb. C The passage by the
1-twer house of the Nevada legislature
of the anti-Japanese resolution was re
ceived here with a remarkable indif
ference. The publication of the text
of the resolution aroused active resent
ment only in the columns of the second
rate press. . The leading newspapers,
commenting on the resolution, pointed
out the fact that Nevada was a small
state and did not necessarily repre
sent the sentiment of the American
Kouura Repeat Speech.
Foreign Minister Komura, in address
ing the house of lords today, repeated
verbatim the speech he made in the
diet a few days ago. His remarks
caused no discussion.
The absence of extended comment
on the situation in Japanese newspa
pers is believed to be due to the re
ported action of the California -legis
lature in defeating the Drew anti-alien
land bill, and also to the resolutions
of the New York board of, trade and
Roosevelt's letters and telegrams to
Governor Gillett, all of which have
been fully reported to the local press
Leading newspapers comment freely on
the present aspect of the situation.
. Afreets Commercial Standing.
Notwithstanding the Improved tone
of the press, it is quite evident the re
cent action of the California and Ne
vada legislatures- has created feeling..
among th commercial men and ever,
the official element calculated to dam
age tbV position of the United States
Reports emanating from correspond
ents of Japanese newspapers, with the
exception of Ichi, Dempo, and Jiji, have
created a deep effect upon the masse?
of the Japanese.
Marines Are Affected.
Newspaper bulletin boards are con
tinually surrounded by readers of the
lower classes, whose serious faces and
comment show the effect of the news
contained in the dispatches from the
1 United States. Even among the better
classes the Japanese find it impossible
to conceal their chagrin at the re
sponse of the United States to Japan's
hospitality to officers and men of the
battleship fleet and 'other visitors from
Nevada Pnsses Dill.
, Carson, Nev., Feb. C. The Nevada
assembly yesterday afternoon passed
the Glffen anti-alien land bill which
provides that no Asiatics, including
the Japanese, shall own land or land
mortgages in the state.
Speaker's Appeal Winn.
Sacramento, Cal.,, Feb. 6. Speaker
Philip A. Stanton took the floor yes
terday and secured by a strong per
sonal appeal unanimous consent of the
assembly to postpone further action
on the Japanese school segregation
bill until next Wednesday.
He declared he had information
which he could not reveal that proved
the assembly was treading upon dan
gerous ground in passing the anti
At the conclusion of the speaker's
address Grove I. Johnson, author of
the measure, asked that the matter of
reconsideration of Thursday's vote.be
put over until Wednesday, and his mo
tion carried without dissent. .
Debate In Lengthy.
The governor sent a special message
to the house raising the point, of the
bill's constitutionality and this was
the subject of a long debate, during
which it was suggested by leaders on
both sides that the measure be refer
red to the committee on judiciary and
submitted to the attorney general for
an opinion as to Its legality.
Sees Move to Kill Bill.
During the discussion 'Richard Mel
rose said he believed the point raised
by President Roosevelt In his telegram
to Governor Gillett should be thor
oughly discussed before the assembly
finally put its stamp of approval upon
the measure. Mr. Johnson expressed
- the belief that a movement was on
foot to kill the bill by motions for de
President Roosevelt Caustic in Vetoing
Bill Providing for the Next
OPENS WAY FOR POOR WORK
Demands That Provision Be Made for
Appointments Under the Civil
Washington, Feb. 5. president Roose
velt yesterday returned to the house
without his "approval the bill to pro
vide for the 13th and subsequent de
cenniaJ'censuses. The president says
he Aetoes the bill with extreme re
luctance, realizing the value of time in
beginning the census, but declares It
is of high consequence that it shall be
conducted with extreme accuracy and
shall not be open to suspicion of bias
on personal and political grounds nor
to.being a waste of the people's money
and a fraud.
He points out. the bill provides in
effect that appointments shall be un
cer tne free spoils system witn a
proviso that they shall be elected
without regard to political party affil
iations, and says the only way to guar
antee their selection without regard
to 'politics and upon merit alone is by
choosing them after a competitive ex
amination from lists of eligibles pro-
viaeaby The clvll service commission.
Oppor.ru SpoiU System.
The president says ne is oposed to
the doctrine that to the victor belongs
the spoils and continues: "But I think
even less of the doctrine that the
spoils shall be divided without a fight
by professional politicians on both
sides, and this would be the result of
permitting the bill in its present shape
to become a law. Both the last cen
suses were taken under a provision of
the law excluding competition. That
is, necessitating appointments being
made under the spoils system. Every
man competent to speak with author
ity because of his knowledge of and
familiarity with the work of those cen
suses past stated the result was to pro
duce extravagance and demoraliza
I.ookn After Flight Hour Law.
The president recommends that if
provision is made that the census
printing may be done outside the gov
ernment printing office that it be ex
plicitly provided the 8-hour law shall
apply in effective fashion in all out
UNCLE SAM I'LL FIX THIS OLD TOWN UP SO BILL TAFT'LL BE PROUD OF IT.
DELAWARE, MOST POWERFUL WAR
SHIP, LAUNCHED AT NEWPORT NEWS
Will be a Step In Advance of Anything Completed or Under
Construction in Foreign Countries One of four of.
Kind Authorized by Congress.
NO CENSORSHIP FOR TOLSTO
Russia Agrees to Publication of Com
plete Works of Author.
Moscow, Feb.' C. A local publishing
Newport News. Feb. C. The great
battleship Delaware was successfully
launched from the yards of the New
port Shipbuilding & Drydock company
today. The launching was witnessed
by 8,000 people.
Surpnxae Tbem All.
Compared with the battleships, com
pleted or under construction, of the
navy of any foreign country, the Dela
ware surpasses all." It is one of four
sister ships authorized by congress
which will form an indomitable squad
ron. The other vessels are the North
Dakota, being built at Quincy, Mass.;
the Florida, which will be built at the
New York navy yard, and the Utah
to be built at Camden, N. J.
Armor and (Sunn the Ileavleat.
The Delaware Is to carry as heavy
armor and as powerful armament as
any known vessel of its class; will
have a speed of 21 knots, which is be
lieved to be the highest practicable
for a vessel of this type and class, and
will have the highest
diuB of action.
The arrangement of its main battery
guns is such as to permit a broadside
fire "25 per cent greater-than that of
the broadside fire of any battleship
now built, or, so far as is known, un
Bloodshed in. Illinois Legislature Like
ly to Result Over Browne
in her appearance, forfeiting her bonds,
which were paid by some unknown
man. Since she was released all
traces of her have been lost.
Sensation of the Day. ,
The outburst of the woman against
Browne and her confession of having
plotted against him while dining at
the College inn in Chicago, was the
center of attraction here yesterday.
Some maintain that the whole affair is
a plot within a plot, and that Browne's
enemies have seized the opportunity to
damage him through the woman's
claims as one who was wooed and
then deserted by the minority leader. !
Enmity between certain members of
the democratic wing of the assembly
has become crystalized in its bitter
ness by the woman's outburst and
story of political plotting . Some of
those who are on the inside of the fac
tional schemes -and plans predict that
trouble, which will take on ' a more
serious aspect than fisticuffs, will break
out when the general assembly recon
venes. One More Effort.
Senator Hopkins and bis managers
will make one more effort to break the
deadlock next wek, and probably will
fail. The only way in which Senator
Hopkins can win next week is by dem
ocratic aid, either by their votes on 3
roll call or a refusal to vote, thereby
giving Senator Hopkins a majority of
the quorum instead of a constitutional
majority. This, as least. Is the firm
opinion of the opposing leaders.
Democratic Row Give Hope.
Some of the Hopkins managers see a
ray of hope in the democratic row.
They are figuring now on democratic
aid in one way or another. They be
lieve that the factional fight on the
minority side has become so bitter that
it may be possible to induce 15 or 20
democrats either to vote for the sena
tor or refrain from voting, thus giv
ing him a majority of the quorum.
Sixteen American Battle
ships Have a Remark
ARE DUE HERE FEB. 22
Captain Qualtrough is Found
Guilty and is to be Se
MANY RUMORS CIRCULATED
Hopkins Leaders See Possible Hope in
Split in Democratic Ranks as
a Result. . -
MOB flARNS NEGRO EDITOR
Young Blacks Bombard Home of Cen-
tralia Preacher and Scribe.
Centralis, 111., Feb. (!. A crowd of
young negroes bombarded the home of
Rev. F. James Davidson, pastor of the
colored Baptist church and editor of
the Centralia Tribune, last night, and
ordered him to stop the publication of
his paper and leave town.
In a recent issue of the Tribune Rev.
Mr. Davidson told of some of the short
comings of his race here and also took
a strong stand for race segregation, es
pecially in the schools.
Centralia has a large negro popula
tion. Several of the leaders in last
night's trouble have been arrested.
LOSSES ARE HEAVY
Scores of Deaths Result of Wind at
Various Places in the
Springfield. 111., Feb. 6. A thor
ough investigation by the legislature
and bloodshed in personal fights among
politicians were the startling predic
tions made yesterday following the ar
rest of the woman who gave her name
as Florence Miller of Chicago, and who
made a statement that she had been
hired as the tool of a Chicago ring to
ruin the reputation and standing of
Lee O'Neill Browne, democratic minor
ity leader in the general assembly,
i The woman, who was arrested after
she had caused a scene in the house of
representatives following adjournment
Thursday, and who screamed out
threats against Browne's life at the
top of her voice before she was eject
ed, has been partially identified as
Ella E. Christie of Little Rock, Ark.,
also known to many as "Doll." She
was arraigned for a hearing in the, po
lice court yesterday, but failed to put
MUCH PROPERTY DESTROYED
Rains and Sudden Rise of Rivers Have
Produced a Serious Situation
Louisville, Ky., Feb. C. Twenty or
more persona are dead and damage
amounting to . hundreds of thousands
OURTH VICTIM OF
Body of Girl Found in Cistern at Day
ton, Ohio, Showing Evidence
Dayton, Ohio., Feb. 6. The fourtli
girl victim of the mysterious slayer
who has terrorized Dayton for nearly
three years was found yesterday when
the body of Elizabeth Pullhart of Van-
dalia, Ohio, who disappeared Decem
ber 29, was taken from a cistern be
hind an unoccupied house. The scene
of the crime was In the city' resi
dence district, only a few blocks from
the business section.
The body bore marks on the nec'i
similar to those on the necks of Dona
3ilman, who was assaulted and slain
November 20, 190C; Anna Markowitz,
who met a like fate August 5, 1907, an 1
Mray Forschner, who was killed Jan n
ary 23. The body was unrecognizable,
but Adam Fullhart, brother of the girl,
identified the clothing.
. Late last night Albert Wllkie of this
city, fiancee o fthe dead girl, was ar
rested. He is held on suspicion.
NAVAL BUREAU HAS COST U. S. $10,000,1)00 A YEAR
HEPBURN LOSES AND QUITS
Iowa Congressman's Contest to Retain
Seat Disappointing to Him.
Centerville. Iowa, Feb. 6. In the
Hepburn-Jamiesoh contest for a seat
in congress now occupied by Hepburn
the recount in Appanoose county upon
which Hepburn had relied to make
large gains was given up yesterday
following a loss of 24 ballots by Hep
burn at the end of the recount of
eight precincts. ' "
(Special Correspondence of The Argus).
Washington, Feb. 4. Revelations
are coming to light with monotonous
regularity since the investigation cf
the navy department business methods
have been on. '
The decision to abolish the bureau
system at the navy yards is taken us
an undeniable admission the govern
ment has wasted $10,000,000, or th3
price of a first class battleship, every
year. Kepresentative A. F., Dawson
of Iowa, who as a member of the naval
affairs committee is insisting on legis
lation to w'pe out the bureau system
as well as a half dozen other wasteful
policies of the navy, contends the re
forms if made will save the United1
States $10,000,000 a year.
Not Satisfled with Plan.
Mr. Dawson is not satisfied with
the reorganization plan of the secre
tary of the navy because it is not
wide enough in scope. The reforms
advocated by the reorganization com
mission appointed by President Roose
velt, and put into effect by Secretary
Newberry, are all right as far as they
go, in the opinion of Representative
Dawson, but still permit the wasting
of hundreds of thousands of dollars
While the senate naval conrmitte';
ia Investigating the expenditure and
administration of the navy, there Is a
danger of a clash at any moment be
tween , tne president and ; congress.
President Roosevelt wants an imme
dite and complete reorganization : of
the navy, while Senator Hale, chair
man of the senate naval . committee,
wants a reorganization, but -not an
"immediate" one. . Senatorrttale is not
at all in svmnathv with-tho nrpsirtpnr'a
I views, and ia incensed because the
president failed to place' a member cf
either branch of congress on his navy
No Nation Ever So Hit rn vagrant.
In the meantime it is being proven
beyond question that no nation ou
earth ever wasted so much money on
Its navy as has the United .State?.
Foreign navy journals are pointing to
the practice of our government la
placing lawyers and bankers at the
head of our navy as a huge Joke.-One
journal calls attention to the fact that
four' out of the last five secretaries
were lawyers, and that not one of
them remained in office long enough
to get well acquainted with the heads
of the department. Secretary , New
berry, the present secretary, was. a
banker and railroad man before enter
ing me navy a iew. years ago. it is
contended that while ( a man may be
an excellent lawyer - or banker, that
does not signify he would make a good
secretary of navy. .. - : -
It . seems almost past belief, .anif
yet It is true," says Representative
DawEon of the house naval committee,
that there is no man or body of men
provided by law, below the secretary
of. the navy himself," whose duty itrs
to decide the purely military questions
of the naval service.- It is cotf'fair to
Impose, this tremendousresponsibility
upon a civilian secretary. He Is re
sponsible for the proper administration
of the entire-jaaivy In time pf peace,
and Us successful and effective em
ployment" in time of .war. '.
, . See Baneful Effects.-'
"We see the . baneful effects of the
bureau system not only in the wasting
of millions of dollars, but even in the
with a court martial by another bureau
if he did so.
"Can anyone defend a system whera
the installation of the fire control ap
paratus on a warship is divided up
among three separate and distinct
bureaus? Is it business-like to have
the engines and pumps of a ship un
der the jurisdiction of one bureau.
while the steam pipes leading to them
and necessarily an integral part of
them are under the control of another
"There are eight separate and diS'
tinct bureaus in the navy, each Inde
pendent and supreme in itself. At the
navy yards we find three or four car
tenter shops, as many pattern shop3
paint shops, blacksmith shops, etc.. No
business man wound tolerate such
system for a moment, as its wasteful
ness and extravagance is plain.
Shook In Magaslae Article. 1
George Kibbe Turner gives a severe
shock to the navy department In an
article in McClure's magazine for Fe
ruary. He charges that of the $122,-
000,000 the navy Is costing the nation
this. year,. $40,000,000 is wasted be
cause of gigantic incompetency. Tur
ner produces figures wnich he says
proves that one of the world's navies,
twice at Btrong for actual warfare as
ours, is maintained for $40,000,000 less
than our navy costs us. -
"In one of the navy yards examln
ed," writes Turner, ."a simple 14 foot
punt cost $63.73; in another yard the
Bame article costs $95.12. ' A 1G foot
dinghy costs $103.17 at one yard and
$190.34 at another. And a 30 foot
! steam cutter varied from $1,890.63 fo
$2,684.62. Common boat rudders ran
of dollars has been done by a series i Evans, who conducted it as far as San
Francisco. Rear Admiral Charles M.
Thomas took command, but he was
succeeded May 15 by Rear Admiral
Sperry, who brought the vessels home.
Met by an Encort.
Rear Admiral Arnold's third squad
ron of the Atiantic fleet, consisting of
the battleships Maine. Mississippi.
New Hampshire and Idaho and the
scout cruisers Chester, Birmingham
and Salem, will meet the Pacific fleet
in the Atlantic about 1,000 miles from
the coast, and then with Arnold's ships
as an escort the world-touring vessels
will proceed towards Hampton Roads,
where they will be reviewed by Pres
ident Roosevelt on Washington's birth
of small cyclones which swept the
south yesterday afternoon from the
Tennessee line to the Texas panhan
dle. The known deaths are:
Stuttgart, Ark. Mrs. Garfield and a
child of William Shorey, while Mrs.
Shorey is reported fatally injured.
Sulphur Springs, ffexas. Mrs. James
Ardis and Mrs. C. Caldwell.
n TT, , , a a '"m 16 to $10; plain chopping block
sail at once, while he was threatened
(Continued on Page Two.)
Gibraltar, Feb. 6. Captain Edward
F. Qualtrough of the battleship Geor
gia was found guilty by court martial
of being intoxicated while on duty and
of conduct prejudicial to the good of
the navy, and has been suspended from
duty for six months and a loss of 10
numbers in rank inflicted.
Rear Admiral Sperry has approved
the findings of the court, but the sec
retary of the navy must take official
action on the recommendation for the
loss of numbers. Qualtrough has been
detached from the fleet, and will go
home as a passenger on the Georgia.
Lieutenant Commander George 1W.
Kline was placed in command of the
Fleet Leaves for Home.
The battleship fleet left here at 11
this morning, homeward bound for
Hampton Roads, where it will arrive
Cloning- Remarkable Tonr.
The American battleship fleet, com
posed of 16 ships, is now on its last
run on its famous cruise around the
world. It left Hampton Roads Dec. 16
1907, and when it again anchors in
that port- Feb.-22 it will have been
gone one year, six montns'and eight
days. No accident has marked the
progress of the greatest armed fleet
that ever made such a voyage. -Is
an t'nqnallfled Sneeeaa.
The cruise ha been in every respect
an unqualified success. The trip was
watched with great interest by all for
eign powers, and wherever the vessels
called. South America, Australia, Ja
pan. China. Ceylon, Egypt, and ports
of the Mediterranean sea, the officers
have been given a hearty official and
private welcome. The fleet left Hamp
ton Roads under Admiral Robley D.
Booth, Miss. Six unidentified per
Rolling Fork, Miss.
Cullman, Ala. Seven
Vicinity of Montgomery, Ala.; Two
Many other towns report damage to
property, but no loss of life.
Fifty Dead In Germany.
Berlin, Feb. 6. Dispatches received
here from all the river districts of
Germany indicate that the terrors of
the floods which are raging as a result
of several days of heavy rains and
warm weather are increasing. Over
50 fatalities already have been report
ed, and great damage to property has
A drenching rain continues in the
western provinces, in many parts of
which traffic has been entirely sus
pended owing to bridges being washed
away. The government has ordered
all available military engineers to pro
ceed to the stricken districts to build
dams to prevent further encroachments
by the water. " -
-Daanbe Rises Fast. '
Goerlitz, Breskru and Cassel report
heavy damages. At Muenden hundreds
of cattle have been drowned and num
erous houses inundated. Kissingen is
under water and the electric light
works have been compelled to close
down.- At Regensburg the "Danube
rose 10, feet during the night.' Rail
road traffic on the right bank of the
Rhine is at a standstill . Several bod
ies have been seen floating down , the
Yesterday in Congress
Drops Dead In His Office.
Clinton,-Iowa, Feb. 6. W. A. Ed-
Washington, Feb. 6. Following -Is a
summary, compiled from the official
proceedings, of the work of both.
houses of congress yesterday: :
SENATE The senate vesterdv run.
eluded consideration of (he District of
Columbia appropriation bill, carrying;
an aggregate of about $11,500,000. A
conference report on the urgent defi
ciency bill was agreed to. It appro-
prlates $12,000 for the "purchase, care
and maintenance of automobiles for the
president." and 1150.000 to enable the
secretary of agriculture to continue to -
combat the foot and mouth disease In
horses and cattle. A resolution was
adopted directing posts and various
phases of army administration. After .
an executive session, in which the nom
ination or William D. Crum to be col
lector of customs of Charleston, 8. C.
was considered, the senate at 6:41 p.
HOUSE Private claimants by the
score had their innings In the house,
the whole session being given over to
their consideration. Mr.' Mann provok
ed the house to laughter , by question
ing the value of two Kentucky thor
oughbred horses, and charged that the
committee had accepted the' valuation '
of the animals as 'fixed by "an idtof '
Mr. Hepburn of Iowa protested against
reservation of objections to bills, claim
ing that all objections should be made
outright or not at all. Mr. Macon of
Arkansas, who was doing much of the
reserving, declared that his sole object
was to elicit explanations which would
enable - nim to "owect intelligently.'
The speaker became involved In the
controversy and was called . upon to -make
a ruling, and then Mr. Gaines of
Tennessee threw the house Into an up
roar by charging that the rules pro- .
hiblted "a square dealT to claimants. :
He grew so vehement that the speaker
wards, a manufacturer, whose wife and ordered a deputy sergeant-at-anna ta
children perished in the Iroquois thea-
ter fire, dropped dead in his office, yes-. 1 was read just before the house adjoura-
;terday. He was 58 years old. - en on it. ,- . , .