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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 132.
JHE ARGUS, 'MONDAY, MARCH 22, 1909.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
AIR OF MYSTERY THROWN
ABOUT TARIFF HEARINGS
SAYING FAREWELL BEFORE
UNCLE SAM Good-bye, and take keer of yourself, Theodore.
LEAVING UNITED STATES
Senate Follows House in
Attempts to Keep it
LITTLE DONE SO FAR
Congressman Payne Opens De
bateChanges in Upper
was named as en additional democratic
Hoot Taken Floor.
Washington, March 22. Senator
Root for the first time since becoming
a United States senator tooday too'.c
the floor. He presented several petitions.
FIVE KILLED AND
A SCORE INJURED
Mine Accident at Sunnyside Mines
Not as Had as Hut! Itet-i)
Evansville, Ind., March 22. Five
were killed and a score inlu.e.i in an
explosion at the Sunn-.-:.d3 mines Sat
urday afternoon. The dead:
William Schnute, Sampel Cooner,
Nelson Willingham, Sr., colored, Jos
eph Schenck, Nelson Willingham,. Jr..
The explosion was caused by a
windy shot, due to an overcharge of
powder, said to have been placed by
John Pettit. Pettit is burned over his
entire body and will die. The dead
were all killed by sulphuric fume.-?,
which followed the shot. The mine
was swept as if by a whirlwind.
Twenty-nine men were in the mine
when the explosion occurred. The
dead men were in the west shaft of
the mine, as were all the injured.
Within an hour after the explosion
Washington, March 22 Emulating
the ways ami means committee of the
house, the republican members of the
finance committee of the senate will
take extraordinary precautions to pre
vent the divulging of the schedules
agreed upon for the new tariff bill un
til such time as the bill has been per
fected. Xot DlK-uxMftl an Yet.
In the few sessions of the commit
iee that have been held the rates have
not been discussed at all. Business
has been confined to questions of pro
cedure, such as agreeing upon the em
ployment of certain experts in tariff . the mine was cleared.
making to aid in preparing the' bill.
All republican senators have agreed (
mey win not discuss rates outsiue me
Payne Opeun Debate.
Washington, March 22. The first
gun in debate was fired in the house
today by Payne of New York, major
ity leader and chairman of the commit
tee on ways and means. Before he
began his remarks an agreement was
reached under which, while the bill is' Hazclton. Pa., March 22. In order
under consideration, the daily sessions to be prepared for a strike if one is
shall start at 11 o'clock instead of ordered by the United Mine Workers,
noon. i the Lehigh Valley Coal company today
In opening; Payne declared the coun- began repairing the high board fences
try was overwhelmingly in favor of a surrounding the collieries in this city.,
protective -tariff. It is an American New barbed wire is being strung along
policy, he sa.'fl. and it seemed to be the tops of the fences. The fence
aeqriesced. in by the great majority around the colliery of A. Pardee & Co.
of the American people. at Cranberry also is being placed in
Senate VnenneleM-Filled. ' 8ocd condition.
Washington, March 22. The senate
PREPARE FOR WAR
Repairing High Fences About Mines
Lee was a pupil at their school for
a couple months last fall, they gave
up charge of her about the holidays
and after some correspondence with
relatives at Chicago sent her to Pe
oria to a sister. She left the local
school In broad daylight and one of
the sisters of the institution accompan
ied her to Peoria to see that she arriv
ed safely and had the proper care en-
route. Since that time Rock Island
has not figured in the young lady's n
mance and if there was any elopement
it was from some other city.
These facts are of particular inter
est in view of the interviews with
Miss Lee or rather Mrs. Miller, her
self, which have been printed In Chi
cago newspapers and in which she is
alleged to have told the details of
her flight from here.
CASE OF WILLIE WHITLA APPEARS
TO BE AS BAFFLING AS AT FIRST
Several False Clews rtun Down and Detectives Are "Fired" by
RelativesClaim to Have Received
today filled all vacancies on Us stand
ing committees, and created two pow
erful commit tef a, confirming the action
taken (by the republican and demo
cratic fciucuses held earlier in the day.
Oti o f the new committees is en
tilled on "public, -expenditures" and
the other on "conservation of national
Cullum Get I'lnoe.
The new members of the committee
on finance are Cullom, Lodge, McCum
bor, Snioot and Flint, republicans, and
Simons, democrat. From the commit
tee on appropriations Cullom retired
end Keene, Hurkett and Curtis were
appointed as new republican members,
while Culberson took the democratic
vacancy. On commerce the new mem
bers are Bourne and Burton, republi
cans. Crane retiring. No changes were
made on the democratic list.
A dil to Foreign Relations.
On foreign relations the republican
representation is increased by one.
Smith of Michigan and Root were nanv
ed as new republican members, while
Shiveiey became the new democratic
member. From Interstate commerce
Dolliver retired in favor of his col
league, Cummins, and Nixon also was
appointed. On judiciary the new re
publicans are Sutherland, Piles. War
ner, Brandegee, Borah, and Paynter
hours. It is said another letter has
been received directing in what man
ner the ransom money shall be paid.
All details of the negotiations are be
ing carefully guarder, however.
llnve a .Meeting.
F. II. Buhl, the niillionaire uncle of
the boy, and several detectives attend
ed a conference this morning in Mr.
Whitla's office. Buhl left the office
several times, and many telegrams
Xo decision on Constitutionality of were sent in- Wnat Plan is on foot
I 1 I X 1 . . , 1 .
couiu. noi lie leameu. jiuwever, it is
Sharon, Pa., March 22. It was re- lice of Ashtabula hope to find "Willie"
ported here at 11 today that the Whitla, the child who was kidnaped
wnitia ramiiy nave assurances v line from Sharon. Pa., on Thursday,
through information they are attempt-
AGAIN THE SUPREME
Commodities Clause Is Yet
BIG BALLOON IS
LOST IN STORM
said important developments are ex
pected within a short time.
Aiilttabula Story Straight.
Washington. March 22 The su- wnma lociay aammeu me Asnia-
preme court today did not render the bllla. ollio storv is correct. He said
expected decision in the anthracite he had tne ransom of $10,000 with him
coal carrying railroad cases, involving in that citv for ,he kidnaiers. It was
the constitutionality of the commodi- a,so learned the abductors in their
ties clause of the Henburn railroad ,etter" had instructed Whitla to . have
rate law. tne money in the denomination of
fives, tens and twenties. Whitla is
A RIIRAI FQ PflR RPVni T near collapse now, but his wife is bear-
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Tin-.... OfWr of OntPP fJ.mr.I "ul 5,00,1 ut" reiumea. u is oeneveu
for Conrt Martial for I'nrisine. however, another disappointment, such
Havana. March 22. Senreant Cortes as the Ashtabula one, will cause ser-
his son and Corjioral Richardo, three ioua consequences as far as the boy's
of the rural guard who were identified momer is concerned
with the late uprising in Santa Clf-il Hove Fourth letter.
province, has been imprisoned in Fort Detective Perkins of Pittsburg, in a
San Severino at Matanzas to await statement to the Associated Press at
trial before a special court martial, noon, said: "Developments have been
ine remainder or tne Dana wno are thick and fast this morning. The
civilians have been held for trial in fourth letter from the abductors has
the civil courts. been received. I cannot ptvf vnn ita
contents at this timp. hut will aav it
I0WAN IS MADE ACTUARY gives us a little time, and we will walk
the kidnapers into Whitla's office."
John A. McKellar Appointed to OHicel It is believed here the boy will be
in Illinois. safe in the parents' home bv nieht-
opringneiu, warcn zz. jonn a. flic-i fall
Keller, actuary and insurance exam
iner for the state of Iowa, was today
appointed actuary of the Illinois insur-1, Z, 7&Zu " " 7
ance department by Superintendent tectlve. and Whitla have greatly
potter - iconrusea tne newspaper men at work
ou uie case mis aiternoon. Although
Gets 99 Years Imprisonment. the detectives claim to have a fourth
El Reno, Okla., March 22. Jameal letter from the abductors and claim
will do if we do not get the money. If
you are interested in Willie you will
make them get the money. If you do
not do something for us you will get
TO SHOW PICTURES
Scenes of Passion Play Will Be
Reproduced at Zion Luth
TO RUN THREE EVENINGS
DiHehnrKen Detect iven,
The conflicting statements issued by
Los Angeles, Cal., March 22. No
word has come from the six men in
the balloon "America." It is feared
they have been lost in the' mountains when he found them in a room to-
Lensby, charged with killing his wife their capture is a matter of but a few
and W. L. Wood, a local merchant, hours, Whitla informed the newspaper
was convicted of murder by a jury and men this afternoon he had discharged
will be sentenced to 9.9 years imprison- all the detectives and in future did not
ment. Lensby shot his wife and Woods want the services' of the police.
ng to drag from a boy now in the
sweat box." They are confident Wil
lie is being hidden in Ashtabula.
The boy is alleged to have been the
one who Saturday brought a note to
r. Whitla, father of the missing
child, directing him to leave the $10,-
000 demanded by the kidnapers on an
old cannon in Flatiron park Saturday
The arrest of the boy followed the
failure of J. P. Whitla to regain his
boy without the aid of the police. He
deposited the money in the spot des
ignated, returned to his hotel, and
later went back to the park and found
the money, all in currency, untouched.
The police had learned of Mr. Whit
la's intentions and posted guards
around the cannon. It is possible the
kidnapers saw these guards and were
scared away by them before attempt
ing to get the money.
ThouHanila Show Curlonlty.
Pittsburg, Pa., March 22. One of
the morning papers printed a story
that a lad resembling the missing
Willie Whitla of Sharon was taken
from a car in the Oakland district last
Friday night, and the residential
neighborhood was fairly overrun with
50,000 persons yesterday. There were
many clashes between the crowds and
police, the latter claiming the former
were in the way and should be treated
as a mob. On one of the downtown
streets some one started a cry that a
little newsboy was Willie Whitla.
Men and women were knocked down
and hurt in the crush that followed.
- Vnole In Threatened.
An alarmingly threatening leter, pur
porting to be from the kidnapers, has
been received by David M. Forker of
Pittsburg, brother of Mrs. Whitla.
The letter was mailed in Pittsburg and
was received at the home of Mr. Fork
er, 4914 Center avenue, Saturday fore
noon.. It was unsigned and read as
"We appeal to you for. little Willie's
mother's sake. You know what we
Tickets Are Provided for the Chil
dren of Bethany Home, so That
Tliey May Knjoy Lectures.
Roosevelt Pays Final Visit
to New York
TAKE A WALLOP AT
New Central Union Telephone Direct
ories Filled With Notes That
Are Out of Place.
No little surprise and comment has
been occasioned by the appearance of
the 'new directory of the Central
Union Telephone sompany which made
its appearance the last of the week
Departs Tomorrow to Spend a
Year in the African
Oyster Bay, N. Y.f March 22. Ex
President Roosevelt left Oyster Bay
early today to make his farewell visit
to New York city before his depart
ure on his African expedition. He
will visit the steamship Hamburg on
which he will make the journey to
Naples, inspect the quarters and be
come acquainted with the ships com
mander and other officers. He will
attend to some personal affairs, re
turning to Oyster Bay this evening.
Will Tell Own Story.
On the pages devoted to the Rock Is- "sier aj, i. i.. .aiarcn zz.
land and Moline numbers, at the head 1."euuure "ooseveu. in nis own sweet
of each letter, appears in black type
a more or less lengthy editorial. These
editorials are devoted not only to the
boosting of the Bell system, but many
of them attack the idea of telephone
competition, and assail all telephone
methods which are not in use in tho
Bell systems. As a result of this ef
fort to mold public opinion, the boo'.r
is a cumbersome, inconvenient direc
tory for Rock Island and Moline pat
rons, and the expressions - of disap
proval are general.
ELKS ARE TO HAVE
A BASEBALL TEAM
MemlMTS Interested in (lame Meet
and Klect Carl Anderson as Man
ager and Captain.
"The Passion Play," the wonderful
drama on the life of Christ as pro
duced every 10 years in Oberammer
grau, Bavaria, will be shown in life
size stereopticon pictures at the Zion
Lutheran church for three evenings
commencing tomorrow night. A com
plete reproduction of the play will be
given and all the scenes will be ac
companied by a vivid and interesting
This play is now produced but
once in 10 years and is the sole sur
vivor of those mystic plays or re
ligious dramas which were in full
vogue during the middle ages in Ger
many France, Italy and England. The
production costs hundreds of thous
ands of dollars and has made the
little town of Oberanimergau famous
all over the world. Every decade
it is the Mecca- pf Europe, thousands
of persons journeying from all parts
of the continent to see it.
Picture Great Drama.
The cast includes Christ, His dis
ciples, Pilate, King Herod and all the
ancient characters implicated, togeth
er with 500 Roman soldiers and ci
vilians. The entire life of Christ
from the time of His birth to the as
cension is depicted.
Free tickets have been given the
children at the Bethany home in
order to give the little tots an oppor
tunity to see the production. It is
said that even children are greatly
impressed by the play.
time, will tell all about his African
hunting trip $2 a word and any
enterprising newspaper man who at
tempts to anticipate him is a faker,
pure and simple.
Ex-Colonel Roosevelt made this
plain yesterday. He intimated that
any ..correspondent caught snooping
around the same part of the dark
continent as that in which the hunt
is to be held will be kicked out of the
camp and clear into the Ananias club
without ceremony. Only the official
$2-a-word version of the hunt must
be accepted by the American public
as containing a grain of truth, and
until that appears the public must
wait with bated breath . to learn
whether the strenuous former Presi
dent was impaled on the horn of a
fierce rhinocerous or knocked the
horn off with his big stick.
shall make do speech of any
kind," he remarked emphatically,
when asked as to his course on Tues
day. "I wish you would say that if
any newspaper publishes any state
ment after my departure purporting
to have been made by me it will be
a fake, pure and simple. I shall visit
the steamer Hamburg on Monday and
sail on Tuesday. Aside from this
The baseball enthusiasts among the
Elks held a meeting Saturday evening
at the club rooms and discussed the
outlook for a team this year. As a
starter, it was suggested that a cap
tain and manager be selected to see
what the prospects are, and Carl An
derson was elected to the position of
both captain and manager. Mr. Ander-i there is nothing to say."
son is a capable ball player himself, Mr. Roosevelt was shown a news
and with him in charge the future of .paper clipping announcing that a cer-
the team appears bright.
CARDS SENT OVER COUNTRY
'very Kffort Being Made to locate
William Hickey of This City.
The following cards ' are being
mailed broadcast over the countrv.
ffering a reward for William Hickey sad: If yu h't me with that thing
of this city who recently disappeared ana 1 nna u oul 1 11 KlcK J" out
in the midst of a terrific blizzard now
raging there. The ascension was made
The last trace of the baloon was
when it disappeared through the clouds
in the Grand canyon on the slope of.
: No Reward Offered.
Whitla" states there is absolutely no
new developments In the case. He
sayB he has offered no reward and
Says He Killed Illinois Man
London. March 22. A telegram it
ceived here from Gourreck, Scotland, does not intend to do so. All he wants
says that a man giving the name of lis the boy and he is willing to deal
Mount Lowe. The big bag containing iw- H- Remy has surrendered himself I with the kidnapers and pay the $10,000
7C.0OO cubif feet of iraa wa heinffi10 in ponce, asserting mac a year i ransom at any time,
driven then by a strong north wind to-'a&o he robbed and murdered a clerk in " Not ,
wards the peaks of the range. One of ."nois. ine man nas oeen obtained
the worst storms in years is rangins
in the mountains.
It would be impossible for the men
to make their way any distance in the
present storm. They have with them
only a meagre supply of provisions
and but little wann clothing. Two
pending the inquiry.
the Right Bor.
Akron, Ohio, March 22.' A com
plete investigation today satisfied the
police the boy found at Cuyahoga
Falls last night, stopping at the Up
son hotel wag not "Bill" Whitla but
Crawford Bowman, son of Harvey L.
Bowman and that the man with him
Santa Fe, N. M., March 22. Govet-was his father, both of Curwensville,
t.ear,ching parties were organized early nor George Curry today telegraphed to I Fa.
1 OrT .! frntn PaSailnnA ft n 1 ...111 ,-rn T Prdf Tuft 1, 1 ' .nptmnllnn n s.w I '
to the mountains at once. ' ernor of New Mexico
-A h tabula Police Hopeful.
Ashtabula, Ohio, March 22. The po-
THE TRUTH ABOUT
MISS LEE S ROMANCE
Her Story Giving Visitation Acad
emy Here Much Harmless
THE GRAFT NET
nttsnurg, v&., March 22. As a
result of the grand jury'investigation
last .week of municipal corruption,
the court today ordered indictments
against, the following men.
Dallas C. Byers, a millionaire man
F. A. Griffin, cashier o(.the Colum
Councilman John F. Klein.
Councilman Charles Stewart.' ;
H.' L. Bplger, hotel proprietor.
The visitation Academy Is get
ting a lot of harmless advertising,
if not distinction out of the romantic
stories sent out from Chicago by the
Associated Press last Friday and
printed throughout the country of
the elopement of Miss Mary Lee, sis
ter-in-law of Mayor Busse of Chicago
and George Miller of the same, city
and their marriage at Gary ,Ind. The
story told dealt with the wild escape
of Miss Lee from the academy by
"scaling convent walls," her "fleeing in
an automobile" to the railway station
and the trip to Gary.
The fact that there are no "convent
walls" in connection. vwith 'the; Villa
takes the first tinge of romance off
the Rock Island end of the . story
Another interesting feature is that
there was no elopement at all, so far
as this city or the Sisters of the Visi
tation are concerned.
The sisters state, that, while Mis3
tain individual had been invited to
join him on his African trip.
' W ill Ilck lllia Out.
"I don't know this man," he an
swered, "and therefore the statement
is untrue. You remember the story
of the Texan who, when a tenderfoot
pointed a 22-caliber revolver at him.
from Mercy hospital. Davenport:
100 REWARD DEAD CR ALIVE
Disappeared: William Hickey left
Mercy hospital, this city Monday
noon. March 15, and has not been
seen since He was slightly demented
and will be found wandering around
or may have taken to the river. He
is 60 years old; five feet five or six
inches tall; about 145 pounds; well
built; short gray mustache, military
style; three days growth of beard;
dark hair, turning gray; complexion
rather ruddy; dark brown cap; dark
gray check suit of clothes; no over
coat; light color shirt, dark stripe;
15 collar; blue string tie; had an
open face silver watch and a key ring
with one key. Search all hospitals
and examine bodies found in river.
Wire all information to
" Chief of Police.
of Texas. Well, if anybody tries to
join my party and I find it out I shall
emulate that Texan. That's all there
is to that."
County Court Ikn-ision Is to KtTect
Commission Law of Kentucky
Covington. Ky., March 22. County
Judge . Barbeson today decided the
Kentucky racing commission law. un
constitutional. The effect of the de
cision i3 to place the Latonia. racing
track on its former basic.
Aged Swindler Dies in a Cell.
Peoria, 111., March 22. George W
Taylor of Upper Alton, a veteran of
the civil war, convicted a week ago
of beating the government out of,
$17,000 in a pension fraud, sentences,
to six months' confinement and fined
$5,000, died yesterday In the Peoria
Despondent, He Hangs Himself.
Galesburg. Ill, March 22 Elmer
Burg committed suicide last night by
hanging himself. He was suffering
Auto Delivery Truck.
A. D. Huesing put on the streets a
handsome new auto delivery truck this
morning to take care of the three city
work for his bottling factory. It is an
aatractive looking machine.
FILED IN SUIT
AGAINST OIL CO.
St. Louis, March 22. Nineteen type- -written
volumes, containing 25,000
pages of testimony, and 1,500 docu
mentary exhibits were filed In th
Cotton on Hand.
Washington, March 22. The census,
bureau today announced the amount j United States circuit court here tod'
of cotton on hand in the United States
at the close of February was 5,252,
663 bales. . . .
as the record in the government's case
to dissolve the Standard Oil company
of New- Jersey. The presentments
represent the results of the hearing
held by Special Examiner -Franklin
Ferriss in New -York, Chicago and
other cities. The testimony will be
reviewed and arguments made in St
Successor to Kealing.
Washington, March 22. The presi
dent today sept to the senate the nom
ination of Charles W. Miller to be dis
trict attorney for Indiana to succeed; Louis April 5 before the circuit court
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