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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. !XO. 96.
THE ARGUS. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1909.
PRICE TWO CENT&
TRYING TO PLACATE JAPS,
ROOSEVELT HITS CHINESE
SENATE ROWS TO HOUSE If
MATTER OF TAFT'S AUTOS
Pacific Coast Orientals
Raise Complaint of
SEND IN A MEMORIAL
President Holds Conference
anu io i cfjai mij niiuiuci
Sacramento, Feb. 8. The senate has
decided to postpone until Thursday
any discussion of the report of the
committee or) legislative communica
tion advising against anti-Japanese leg
islation. San Francisco, Feb. 8. The latest
complication In the anti-Japanese con
troversy Is the preparation, according
to a morning paper, by local Chinese
of a statement complaining that Roose
velt Is discriminating against' their
count rymen In favor of the Japanese.
A memorial, drawn by the Chinese Be
nevolent association of California, will
be telegraphed to the president today.
The telegram, which will be a lengthy
document, embraces all the abridge
ment of right under which the Chinese
claim to be suffering.
lonrerrlOK at IVhltr Ilouw.
Washington, . Feb. S. President
Roosevelt summoned Senator Flint
and Representative Kahn to the
White house today and with Secretary
of State Bacon and Assistant Secretary
O'Laughlin another conference was
held on the Japanese situation in Cali
fornia. Another statement or some
radical act ion is expected .tomorrow.
At the conclusion of the conference
the Caljfornians declared, their mouths
had been closed by the president, who
asked them to say nothing, as he in
tended to make a public statement to
morrow. State department officials
also declared they could not talk. The
conference was followed by another
conference between the president and
Secretaries Newberry and Wright, at
the conclusion of which a direct and
unequivocal statement was made . by
both secretaries that the name of Ja
pan or California had not been refer
red to and that the discussion was an
The. fact that the state department
was represented in the conference has
excited, more speculation than any oth
er feature and caused the belief that
certain representations had been made
by Japan as to how it regards the pos
sible legislation In California. The in
timation w-as conveyed that important
messages have been received from Am
bassador O'Brien, our representative
at Tokio, portraying the feeling there
In reply to Inquiries along these lines.
Secretary Bacon declined to talk.
Mm) Have Proof.
Sacramento. Cal., Feb. 8. Positive
information that any anti-Japanese le
islation will involve the United States
in trouble with Japan is all that will
prevent the final passage of Represen
tative Grove L. Johnson's Japanese
school bill in the assembly next Wed
nesday. This bill prohibits the attend
ance of Japanese children in the pub
The lower house has taken Speaker
Stanton at his word, and awaits en
lightenment uponjiis intimation graye
trouble will follow the enactment of
the law. If the conversation of the
members reflects the sentiment of the
Assembly, the slightest official intima -
tion that legislation adverse to the In-1
terests and welfare of Japanese In this
country may cause International com
plications will be sufficient to kill ev
ery anti-Japanese bill. If, however, this
official information cannot be produced
SALE OF SEATS
Philadelphia, Feb. 8. The forthcom
ing production of "Salome" at Harn-
merstein's nnorn hniiau with i teo Marr
Garden in the title role, has aroused
the opposition of the clergy of Phlla
delphia, several ministerial bodies
adopting resolutions of protest today
at their regular weekly meetings. The
opera will be presented Thursday. The
house was sold out five hours after the
ticket office opened.
by Stanton, the assembly probably will
pass the bill.
Dorumrulary Proof lit Awkrd.
Arrayed against Governor Gillett,
Stanton, and the conservatives, is a
strong anti-Japanese force. The post
ponement of final action on .the school
bill was an armistice, and back of that
action is the determination to pass ev
ery anti-Japanese bill if the speaker
cannot make good his suggestion that
information would be submitted to
show the folly of antagonizing Japan.
The proponents of the anti-Japanese
measures are frank in saying that
Stanton must produce documentary
proof of the imminence of a conflict
between this country and Japan and
that nothing else will kill the bills
That Stanton will produce this proof
may be inferred from the remark of
Governor Gillett that Japan has serv
ed notice upon the Tnited States to
the effect that any drastic anti-Japanese
legislation would be regarded as a
breach of faith.
Militia for Coant Drfrnae.
Sacramento, Cal., Feb. 8. Governor
Gillett has received from the war de
partment at Washington the request
that he organize 1G militia companies
to be held in reserve for coast defense,
according to reliable information ob
Some time ago Adjutant General
Lauck was requested by the federal
authorities to assign a number of men
of the state militia to coast defense,
but Lauck declined to do so. It is
understood Gillett will begin the or
ganization of the companies at once.
FOR SHIPS OF WAR
United States Torpedo Boats and De
stroyer Buffeted Off the Carolina
Charleston. S. C. Feb. 8. The tor-
peod boat destroyer, Worden, arrived
late yesterday from Norfolk, after
what- Lieutenant Richardson, com
manding, declared was the roughest
trip he had ever taken. The. Worden
left Hampton Roads Friday morning
with- the rorpedo boats PortoTT Shu
brick and Stockton, for Charleston, but
the first day out a terrific gale was en
countered and the Porter was forced
to put back. The Stockton made Beau
fort, X. C, and the Shubrick put in at
Morehead City, but the Worden suc
ceeded in reaching here in safety. ,
C0RTELY0U TO BE
GAS CO. PRESIDENT
No Question as to Future Intention
Entertained in Washington Official
Washington, Feb. S. It is well un
derstood among prominent officials in
Washington Secretary of the Treasury
Cortelyou has accepted the presidency
of the Consolidated Gas company in
New York. . Cortelyou has declined to
either alarm or deny the statement,
but there does not seem to be any
doubt as to its truth.
ANOTHER COQUELIN IS DEAD
Second Celebrated French Actor Pass
es Away in a Short Time.
Paris, Feb. S. Ernest Alexanders
Honore Coquelin, the French actor,
known under the name of Coquelin,
Cadet, died today. He was a brother
of Bcnoit-Constant Coquelin, who died
Poet's Death Accidental.
Paris, Feb. 8. M, Catulle Abraham
Mendes, the noted French poet, was
found dead in a railway tunnel : at
Saint Germain today.. It is belieyed
death was accidental.
1 BRYAN NOT1 IN
Nebraskan at Jacksonville, Fla., inP
feet Health, Delivers Lecture.
Jacksonville,. JTla., Feb. 8. William
Jennings Bryan reached Jacksonville
yesterday morning from Deland and
emphatically, denied the story sent oin
Saturday night regarding the alleged
automobile accident near Tarpon
Springs, in which it was staid he wa
injured ana unaer treatment in a Tam
pa hotel. .
Samuel .M. McCowan Is.. Accused
Taking Federal Funds.
" Guthrie, Okla., Feb, 8 Samuel M.
McCowan of Deg raff, Kan., one of th-.;
best known Indian authorities in the
country, was arrested here today , on
indictment charging him with the
embezzlement and misappropriation ol
federal funds, while superintendent ol
the Indian school at Chilicco, Okla.
England's. Rulers to Berlin.
London. Feb. 8. King Edward and
Queen Alexandra left London for Ber
lin this morning.
CONGRESS I THINK I'LL JUST
STORMS CUT FRISCO OFF FROM THE
SOUTHERN PART OF CALIFORNIA
Entiro Coast Deluged With Rain and Railway and Telegraph
Lines Are Washed Out Nearly All Roads
San Francisco, Feb. 8. A storm now
prevailing over the entire Pacific coast
has seriously interfered with railroad
and telegraphic communication. Heavy
rains have fallen in southern Califor
nia, causing washouts along railroad
lines and carrying away telegraph
poles. There has been much snow in
the mountains, and should warm weath
er follow there will be another rise in
700 Fcrt of Track C.on.
Seven hundred feet of the Southern
Pacific tracks has been washed away
at Oceano and trains arc unable to
pass that point. In the same county
travel is also at a standstill on the Pa
cific coast railroad and many country
roads are Impassable.
lenfr Port of Sintr Cot Off.
. Several serious washrouts and land
slides between Bakersfield and Los An
geles have xoccurred, effectually block
ing travel on the Santa Fe and South
ern Pacific railroads. This cuts off the
southern part of the state from this
Taft Leaves for Home.
Colon, Feb. 8. President-elect Wil
liam H. Taft and party left here last
BY THE PANAMA
New; York, Feb. 8. William Nelson
Cromwell was a witness before the
federal grand jury today in the gov
ernment's proceedings against the
New. York Vorld and others in connec
tion with the alleged libelous publica
tion regarding the Panama canal pur
chase. HxpeHed to Follow StnlrmrnL.
It . was expected Cromwell's testi
WANT ILLINOIS TO GIVE A $45,000
BUILDING TO STATE OF WASHINGTON
; Seattle, Wash., Feb. 8. (Special.)
The Illinois club of Seattle is planning
the most elaborate celebration of Lin
coln's birthday in its history, and it
Is planning at the same time to launch
a project to have Illinois represented
at the Alaska-YukonPaclfic exposition,
which opens In Seattle June 1 as bril
liantly as any other etate which will
take part In the big fair.
Not only, will it urge representation.
but It plans to induce the legislature
of Illinois to appropriate the sum of
$45,000 to build and equip an Illinois
building, which shall be of permanea'.
construction and furthermore, be turn
ed over to the University of the state
of Washington at the end of the expo
sition. - ' - -
Tn 4 ft A of of A rP ,nnoliln(rtri tint lio
I of Illinois are on every hand. "Peory
DO NOTHING FROM NOW UNTIL
evening at 6 o'clock ' on board the
United States cruiser North Carolina,
for New Orleans, accompanied by the
OBTAINED BIG SUM
Elmer C. Duensing, Chicago Real Eg
tato Dealer, Will Be-Arrested if.
Chicago, Feb. S. Obtaining between
forty and fifty thousand dollars by
means of forged mortgages is alleged
by the police against Elmer C. Duen
sing, a Chicago real estate man, for
whose arrest a warrant was issued to
day. Duensing is said to have disap
peared from home Dec. 0. 3
Mrs. Sampson Indicted.
Lyons, N. Y., Feb. 8. The county
grand jury has indicted Mrs. George
A. Sampson for murder In the first de
gree, alleging she killed her husband,
Harry, a nephew of Admiral Samp
son. CROMWELL HEARD
LIBEL GRAND JURY
mony would be oir the lines of the
statement which he made public Dec.
40 last, in which he declared that
neither he nor any one connected
with his law firm had any stock in the
Tanama Canal company; that he wa
positive no man in public life, in Amer
ica had any pecuniary interest in the
canal, and that Douglas Robinson and
Charles P. Taft had no connection
with Panama canal matters.
is mentioned as often as is. Minneap
olis, which is going some, and the Illi
nois club is a big and thriving Institu
tion. So many Illinoisians has Wash
ington made a home for that the mem
bers of the club believe it would be a
handsome testimonial of their regard
for the state, were Illinois to provide
the substantial representation which
they will urge. G. M. Savage, presi
dent of . the club, points out that the
cost of a permanent building would b3
only a little greater than the cost of
such . buildings as the exposition re
quires, and that while the temporary
structure would, in the end, amount
to dead waste, the permanent strui'
ture would be turned to lasting good
and stand as a monument of the love
6f Illinoisians for their adopted home
and of the good feeling between tho
peoples of the two commonwealths.
MARCH 4 EXCEPT DRAW MY
SHOULD PAY NO
MORE THAN COST
Citizens' Association of Chicago Claims
Profit of Sheriff for Boarding
Prisoners is Not Legal. .
CONDITIONS THE SAME HERE
Allowance in Rock Island it 40 Cents
a Day Kittilsen Explains How
Present System is Operated.
The Citizens' association in Chicago
has instituted steps that are of par
ticular interest In Rock Island county,
inasmuch as they aim at the practice
whereby the sheriff is given an allow
ance for feeding prisoners in th?
county jail, and pockets the difference
between the actual cost and the
amount allowed by the county board.
Tho association has made public in
Chicago a report of an investigation
covering many months, in which
statement is made that thecoun!y
board ha3 absolutely no right to pay
more than the actual cost of feeding
prisoners, and the sheriff Is taking il
legal fees when he pockets the differ
ence. To all appearances the situa
tion in Rock Island does not' differ
from that in Cook county, except that
here the cost may be higher because
there are fewer prisoners, and the bal
ance available for the sheriff is corre;
spondingly less. But that the sheriff
here makes a handsome profit out jf
the feeding of prisoners is the general
belief, and it is a fact that the men
who have sought election to this of
fice have had their eyes more closely
fixed on the allowance for boardln
prisoners than they have on the $1,510
salary allowed by the county,
Law ia (liiotnl.
The Chicago report has the follow
ing, from the opinion of the supreme
court of the state; "The legislature,
understanding that it was the duty of
the sheriff, under the law, to provide
for the prisoners confined In the Jail,
gavo the county board the right of
fixing the price, not less than the ac
tual cost, as a matter of protection
to the county." The supreme court
also held, the report states, that the
sheriff was not entitled to receive pay
for serving the food, that being a part
of his duty as jailer, and compensated
by his salary as sheriff.
Sheriff . Strassheira of Cook County
is allowed 20' cents a day for board
Ing prisoners, and according to the
Citizens' association. .he feeds the pris
oners at a cost of about 7 cents
day, and pockets- about two-thirds of
the amount the county pays.
In . Rock Island county the sheriff is
allowed . 4 cents a day, and this has
been the amount that the county has
paid for several years. Every man
serving a term In, jail as punishment
for an offense," or in jail awaiting the
action of the grand jury, is costing
Rock Island county 40 cents, a day,
What profit a prisoner represents t
the sheriff is not known.' The, sheriff
keeps the -records as a private, a
count. The snentr turns oyer. a re
cord of the number of prisoners and
the number-of days, and the county
pays over the 40 cents, just as the
Chicago board Is criticized for doing.
I County Clerk H.B. Hubbard was asked
about the situation here this morning,
and he said: "The county pays 40
cents a day for the boarding of pris
oners in the Rock Island county jail.
The sheriff receives the 40 cents, and
then .buys the food and serves it. I do
not know, and the county officially
does not know, whether the food costs
40 cents or not." Asked if he had
seen accounts of the Citizens' associa
tion's report, he replied that he hal,
and said: "I guess the law that th-:-y
point out applies here just as it doe
there. But I am of the opinion that
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HIS LAST CHANCE
Supreme Effort to Break Deadlock to
' be Made by Senator Hop
SITUATION SEEMS -THE SAME
Oeneen Decides to Offer No Opposition
to Resolution for Recount of
Springfield. III., Feb. 8 (Special.)
Senator Hopkins will make what is
believed will be his final and supreme
effort to land the toga in the joint
session of the Illinois legislature to
morrow. However, there are no sur
face indications at the present time
that the situation has been changed
in any manner since the last ballot
of last week.
Will Not Op pour.
Governor Deneen's friends have de
cided to offer no opposition to the
resolution for a recount, of the vote
on governor presented on behalf of
General A. B. Stevenson.
The governor has signed the salary
W ill IIiiMh Bronnr Episode.
Chicago, Feb. 8. The prospect of
legislative investigation into , the
Browne episode at - Springfield when
"Florence Miller" attempted to attack
the juniority leader, became exceedin
ly remote when. republican house lead
ers declared any move in this direc
tion would be promptly squelched.
The "College Inn" democrats, who
by innuendo were implicated in the
alleged plot to injure the democratic
representative, Lee O'Neil Browne,
continued their demands for an in
quiry. John J. McLaughlin, leader of
the Sullivan men in the minority, de
parted for Springfield with a resolu
tion in his pocket, which, he declared
he might introduce if Browne failed
to ask that the searchlight be thrown
on the affair.
ARRESTED BY GUARDS
Appointment at White House Inter
rupted by Policemen, Who Throw
Downeaster Into a Cab.
Washington, Feb. 8. A presidential
caller, said to be from . Connecticut,
cautiously inquired of a policeman the
way to the White house. As everyone
Is supposed to know the way to the
White house, the bluecoat at once
thought the man a crank. To be tact
ful, however, he replied:
"I will show you the way."
At the eastern entrance to the White
house a police sergeant was encoun
tered. who bundled the stranger Into a
cab and conveyed him at high speed
to the precinct station house.
When Secretary Loeb was consulted
by telephone it was found the down
east er had a genuine appointment at
the White house, which he was then
allowed to keep.
POPE RECEIVES SAILORS
Unusual Honor Accorded Members of
Crew of Supply Ship Celtic.
Rome, Feb. 8. The pope gave a
private audience today to 14 under offi
cers and a number of sailors from the
American supply ship, Celtic. Th
pope said he was greatly pleased to
receive the American sailors and ex
pressed gratitude for all America had
done In aiding Italy after the earth-
Lemp Divorce Case On. .
St. Louis, Feb. 8. The divorce suits
which Lillian Handlan Lemp and hus
band, William J. Lemp, Jr., filed against
each other came to trial today. Mrs.
Lemp was the first witness. -
BLANCHE WALSH IS
TAKEN SUDDENLY ILL
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 8. Blanche
Walsh', the actress, was brought, here
today on a special train from Fort
Smith, Ark., where she was taken ill
Saturday night while filling en engage
ment, and placed in University bospi
Appropriation for $12,-
000, Subject of a
NAVAL FACTS SENT IN
Senate Informed That it Costs
$110,000 to Keep Battle
ship a Year.
Washington, Feb. 8. In the house
today the conference report on the
urgent deficiency appropriation bill
was agreed to without debate. The
bill-now goes to the president. The.
report finally disposed of the item of
$12,000 for automobiles for the White
he-use by authorizing the necessary ap
propriation. CoKts $110,000 Per Ship a Year.
Washington, Feb. 8. Responding to
the resolution introduced by Senator
Clay, a report was sent to the senate
today by Secretary Newberry faying
it costs $110,000 a keep a first class
battleship in repair and good condi
tion for one year. This figure does not
include extraordinary repairs incident
to taking the ship out of commission,
remodeling or reconstructing it.
font of Coal Given.
The cost of coal used on the battle
ships for the fiscal year 1908 was $3,-
1C 1,000. This amount was increased
by transportation and storage charges
I. C. FAST TRAIN
HITS OPEN SWITCH
One Killed and Score Injured In
cident to . Northbound .
Passenger. - - i
Cold water. Miss., Feb. 8. Train No.
2, known as the "fast mail" on the
Illinois Central railroad north bound,
was wrecked near here today by run
ning into an open switch. One train
man was killed and a score injured,
several probably fatally.
MANY SUSPECTS EXAMINED
Ottumwa Police Close on Trail of Bur-
derer of Miss Clara Rosen.
Ottumwa, Iowa, Feb. 8. The formpl
charge of murder in the fisst degree
was today filed against Joe Hopkins,
colored government meat inspector at
the Morrell packing plant, by the chief
of police. He is accused of the fiend
ish murder of Clara Rosen Friday.
Ottumwa, Iowa, Feb. 8. The police
yesterday examined 10 suspects in an
effort to solve the murder of Miss
Clara Rosen, whose body was found in
vacant lot near her home Saturday
morning. One negro, Joseph Hopkins,
who is employed as a government meat,
inspector at a local packing house, is
in jail, having failed to explain his
whereabouts at the time of the murder.
Hopkins testified that he left the
packing house late In the afternoon
and came up townk where he visited
three business houses, and then took
a street car for his home, which is
some distance beyond the scene of the
He stated that he did not leave the
house Friday night after arriving home
some time before 6 o'clock. The fact,
however, that he did not work Satur
day is believed by the police to indi
cate that he desired to conceal some-,
thing. A search warrant haa been Is
sued for the diamond ring and his
home will be searched by the police.
MAY PAY BONDS,
New York, Feb. 8. Federal Judge
Ray today rendered a decision in fa
vor of the Wabash Railroad company
In the suit In equity brought . against'
It by James Pollitz, a stockholder, who
asked to have the road restrained from,
carrying. out the alleged, plan of re
tiring $30,000,000 in debenture bonds.
Pollitz contended the plan . adopted. In
retiring the bonds issued by the road
In 1889 and reUred in 1906. was illegal.
I The court: held with the company the
'plan had been according to equity.