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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 155.
THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. APRIL 17, 1909. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
TAFT WILLING TO VISIT
US IF WE SETTLE THE BILL
HAL1HS ALL OVER
ASIA BR ARE AROUSED
afternoon and began receiving calls I
from her admirers forthwith. There' - . ' '
is the same air of confidence about ! KfinOrted 111 iliafW lOWCIS
Everyone is Getting the Marathon Craze These Days.
President Plains a long
Trip if Allowed $25,
OOQ for it.
Cooks' and Stewards unions has In
structed members here not to take
employment on any boat which ca--ries
non-union crews or contract en
gineers. The cooks and stewards are
affiliated with the late Seaman's union
and it is not believed the latter or
ganization, can hold off much longer in
declaring a strike officially.
Would Like to See the Seattle
Exposition and Drop in on
Washington, April 17. President
Taft, who believes the chief magistral;
of the nation should keep in as close
contact with the people as the duti?o
and requirements of the office admit, U
planning a notable trip during the late
summer, provided congress decides to
continue the annual appropriation vf
925,000 for traveling expenses allowed
during the closing years of Roosevelt's
t'ouiplete I p to AukunI,
The president's plans for the sum
mer as far Into the term as August
have been completed. He will leave
Washington as soon as he ran arrange
matters after the adjournment of con
gress, which will be probably about
June 1 for his summer home at Wood
bury at Bevetery, Mass., and will
spend two months or more there as
quietly and free from official worry as
(iolllOKi Moforlnic, Yavlitlugr.
Taft will devote the most of his
vacation to golfing, motoring and short
cruises along the northern coast. Late
In the summer the president desires
to make a trip west which will be en
tirely too expensive to be paid for
out of his own pocket
Is Object of B in House Deal
ing With 'I'.e Insurance
COMMISSION TO REVISE
Kork Islander to lie One oi lite 1 ivo
Members Alleged Figures Are
Koostcd Without Calls-.
Springfield, 111., April 17. A com
mission of five members, to be . ap
pointed by the governor, to revise the
fire insurance laws of Illinois is pro
vided in senate joint resolution No.
24, which was read in the house yes
terday and referred to the committee
on insurance. Representative Wilson
of Madison sought to have the resolu
tion considered without reference, be
cause, he said, of the need for imme
diate action. In some places, he in
formed ihe house, fire insurance com
panies have doubled and trebled their
rates without any apparent reason.
Our From Ko-k Ixluntl.
The resolution provides that one of
the commissioueis shall be selected
from the city of Chicago, one from
Rock Island, one from Springfield, one
from East St. Louis and one from
Quincy. In the event that the coin-
her supporters as s evident In the
Mrs. Scott camp, and few persons are
willing to predict the outcome of the
AMI! Avoid Reception.
The most sensational development
of the day came as a sequel to the
refusal of Mrs. McLean and Mrs. Scott
to attend the reception to be given
the daughters by Vice President and
Mrs. Sherman today. It Is said that
Mrs. Scott has declined because the
reception is for Mrs. Story. It was
then rumored that Mrs. Story might
ask to be relieved of making the pre
sentations in the interests of harmony,
but late last night it was said Mrs.
Story had no such thought.
Mrs. Sherman's tea is to be given at
the New Willard hotel this afternoon
at 5 o'clock. It will be attended by a
large number of the daughters, scores
of whom are arriving in Washington.
IN THE COUNTRY,
to be Attacking
HUNDREDS ARE KILLED
Armenian Quarter of Adana
Overwhelmed and Destroy
ed With Fire.
missioners recommend the enactment
An outline cf 0f a law regulating fire insurance rats
the proposed Itinerary has been given I the commissioners shall submit with
their report "the draft of a bill whoso
to the railroad officials and an esti
mate requested. It is said the co.-t
will be in the neighborhood of $15.0i0
IMneea He VIhe to Vlit.
If he goes at all the president will
Include Alaska in the journey. He has
been invited, it is particularly an
nounced, to attend the following gath
erings: The annual encampment of the
Grand Army of the Republic at Salt
Trans-Mississippi conference at Den
ver. National irrigation congress.
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition at
In addition to the proposed visit to
the Rocky mountain' states and the
Pacific coast the president's tentative
plans for a trip include a long swing
tiirough the southwest and south.
Hon Conicrefmmen Working.
Mrs. Taft will accompany, the pres
ldent on the trip. Western and south
em senators and representatives are
particularly anxious to have the presi
dent visit their sections and will do
all in their power to provide the neces
BY COOKS' UNION
Open War on Luke Carriers "Open
Shop" Program Is Considered
YOUNG TURKS DETERMINED TO GET
SULTAN'S CROWN BEFORE AUGUST 31
Large Forces Marching on Constantinople from Different Di
rections and All Wiles of "Sick Man of Europe"
Fail to Deter Them.
Buffalo, N. Y., April 17. While not
officially declaring a strike, J. M. Sec-
ord. general secretary of the Marine ( houses at noon
basic plan and object shall be the just
and reasonable regulation of fire in
surance rates with the least amount of
official machinery and the lowest
amount of public cost that would give
the largest measure of justice and
equity with the simplest and easiest
The resolution was adopted by'" the
senate March 23.
Settnlnn of (lie Hotine.
Rapid progress was mad a yesterday
on the house calendar in advancing
bills to second and third reading
where no objection was raised. The
Busre "bond bills which were reported
out of the revenue committee Thurs
day with a favorable recommendation
were sent to second reading witho.it
objection, as were the three bills which
amplify the control of the city over the
Hereafter bills In the general as
sembly may be engrossed In longhand,
typewriting or printing. In accordant
with an amendment to the joint rules
which was adopted by the house yes
terday. The amendment originated in
the senate and was reported to tlit,
house yesterday. The double platoon
bill which was killed by the house
Thursday, was revived by a coup by
Lee O'Neil Browne and restored to
second reading despite the efforts of
Representative Shanahan. Represen
tative Morris introduced a bill asking
for the erection of a $500,000 monu
ment on the state capitol grounds in
memory of the soldiers of the civil
In the senate a perfunctory session
nreceded the joint session of the two
Berlin. April 17. Zeitung Aminit
tag publishes a dispatch from Salou
iki saying 30.000 volunteers already
are marching against Constantinople
and that volunteers are presenting
themselves at the various barracks
In large numbers for uniforms, arms
and ammunition. The greatest en
th usiasip, prevail,,
Sultan's WlleH Are Vnln.
Dispatches of a soothing nature
have been received from the sultan
who Is attempting to dissuade the
men from marching against the cap
ital, but the troops are firmly re
solved to proceed.
Sara Sultnn Wilt Lone Job.
A leader of the young Turks, who
has just arrived here from Constan
tinople, declared today, "The destiny
of the traitorous sultan is decided.
Abdul Hamid will not complete the
33d year of his reign. He will be
dethroned before the 31st of August
the date of his accession."
More TroopN Move tn ConMtantluople.
Frankfort on the Main, April 17.
DAY OF CHEAP BREAD GONE; PRICE
OF FLOUR TO STAY UP, SAY MILLERS
Minneapolis' April 17. Here in Min-j chases of flour have practically ceased
., V, A-.,- ..i,i t hi within the last two weeks. Most of
ueapoiiH, cemei ui mc nuu
big millers are saying that the days of
cheap flour and bread are past.
Twenty-five hundred troops from Ad-
rianople and Salouiki are moving by
train towards Constantinople.
FINESSE IS SHOWN
Washington, April 17. "There is
sufficient wheat in the country at nor
mal rsrices to make bread for America!
up to the time when the new cropjule reported Kiiun
Constantinople, April 17. News re
ceived here this morning from Asia
Minor is distinctly alarming. There
is great excitement among the Mus
selmans at Beitut and Erzeroum. Mas-
sacres are feared.
Attack ChrintinnN EUrnbrrc.
Alexandrette, Asiatic Turkey, April
17. Christians on the Paias coast
have been attacked by Mussel
mans. Two Christian vilayets have
been burned over. The Lazarlst mis
sion is now in great danger.
Several Hundred Dead.
Constantinople, April 17. No confir
mation has yet been received here of
of two American
comes in," declared Secretary of Ag-imissionaries at Adana. The latest in-
riculture Wilson today anent the Chi
cago wheat corner, "and those who at-
Opposing" Candidates for Head tempt to keep prices up at the present
of D. A. R. Begin Maneuv
ers at Capital.
rates expect to get their money out of
the common people."
Wilson's statement was made in re
ply to a criticism by J. A. Patten of
telligence states that several hundred
Armenians and Musselmans have been
killed at Adana and that the Armen
ian quarter of the town was finally
overwhelmed and destroyed by flame.
The British vice consul at Mersina
was wounded in the arm while endeav-
DAZES AVERAGE OBSERVER
Chicago of the crop reports of the de- oriS iuell hostilities at Adana. -
partment of agriculture. Patten not! f'ourui Weil. But i,ot.
only discredited the department's) It appears the Armenians made a
First flash Results In Refusal
Itolli to Attend Reception by
TO RcEP HANDS
Kansas City, April 17. Judge Smith
McPherson In an amended dcree
handed down here today, reserves ex
clusive jurisdiction in the Missouri
rate cases and in effect instructed the
states to keep out of the cases. The
decree will dissolve the injunction
against the railroads now pending in
the state courts and started by state
officials to enjoin the IS railroads oper
ating in Missouri from putting the 3
cent passenger rate into effect.
Washington, April 17. Mrs. Mat
thew T. Scott, so-called "adminlstra
tion" candidate for the office of presi
dent of the Daughters of the American
Revolution to succeed Mrs. Daniel Mc
Lean, today issued a formal statement
outlining her plans. She declares she
"takes her stand squarely on the con
stitution and will uphold that instni
ment as it now stands or as it may
hereafter be amended."
Washington, April 17. Diplomatic
maneuvering in the contest for votes
for president general of the Daugh
ters or the American Revolution has
begun with such finesse and system
that few persons are able to under
stand the politics played by the sup
porters of Mrs. Matthew T. Scott and
Mrs. William Cummings Story, the
Mrs. Story reached here yesterday
wheat crop report .but said the supply
of wheat was scarcer than the govern
ment's estimates show.
The secretary added:
"Reporters of the department are
all farmers and know, if anybody
knows, and have knowledge if anybody
has knowledge, of the facts. The
good light, defending their quarter of
the town well against the Mohamme
dans, but they were driven back, and
their opponents sacked their homes.
Three hundred Mohammedans, arm
ed with rifles, left Adana by train for
Tarsus, about 20 miles away. Sinof
the departure of these men communl-
large portion of the wheat has left the cation with Tarsus has been inter-
farmers' hands and
a fictitious price
Farmers are not
beneficiaries of such conditions.
will likely plant more wheat, and next
year's crop will likely be abnormally
Patten Out; Prior nine.
Chicago, April 17. James A. Patten,
leader of the May and July wheat
bulls, was not in the market today, ac
cording to his own statement, but
prices advanced nevertheless. July
touched $1.1S-VS. and closed 1 to W
cents over yesterday at $1.18 to
$1.18. May closed a cent up at
DOWN IN OFFICE
ALDRICH SAYS HE HAS NO PERSONAL INTEREST IN OIL JOKER
"The days of cheap : wheat, cheap
flour and cheap bread are over," said
A. C. Loiing. receiver for the Pillsbury.
Washburn Flour Mills company, llm-
Ited, yesterday." "The present condi
tion of the market is not the result
alone of Jamea A. Patten's speculation
In wheat or a short crop. Back of
, this is the tremendous increase in pop
ulation and the consumption Of bread."
John Washburn, vice uresident of
the Wash bu m -Crosby Milling company
said he believed the present price of
flour would be maintained in spite of
the fact that It was higher than In sev
Bakers In Minneapolis are of the
opinion that the present prices can be
of only short duration. One baker.
who purchases thousands of barrels of
flour annually, said: "A vislf to the
warehouses of every large bakery in
Minneapolis would show that the pur
I us have a considerable supply on hand.
and until this Is disposed of we shall
give no more buying orders."
Joseph W. Folk, former governor of
Missouri, scored the wheat and stock
gamblers, bribe takers and givers, dis
honest public servants and multi-mil
lionaires alike in an address at the
University of Minnesota last evening
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, April 15 The little?
Standard Oil joker is still in the tariff
bill. It has remained in spite of criti
cism of the public and the leading
newspapers of the country (republican
and democrat), and despite several at
tempts of congressmen to have it side
tracked. So far Senator Aldrieh, chairman of
the finance committee and franier of
the ne tariff bill perpetuating the
Standard Oil joker, has withstood all
coaxing. He is perfectly frank, how
ever. He says he approves the joker,
which puts a 20 per cent duty on about
200 oil products other than paraffin
Senator Aldrieh denies that he is pro
tecting the profits 'of Standard Oil
through any particular friendliness for
that concern. He declares the fa.:t
his daughter Is married to the son of
John D. Rockefeller hasn't any infl.i
enco on him when he is acting in the
The Standard Oil joker, by placing
a 20 per cent advalorem duty on oil
products, will mean adJitional profits i list,
t -r l . r n tn ...... l . .1 '
iu nui:ivei?iit:i iuai umi nui ue u in
scribed in six figures. It will give the
Standard practically a monopoly in
house Chairman Payne of the wavs
and means committee astonished
everybody by introducing an amend
ment providing for the placing of pe
troleum, crude and refined, and as thv
members were led to believe, all the
products of petroleum on the free list.
Inquiries were made of Payne as to
whether his amendment included pe
troleum products, and he answered in
the affirmative. On this representation
every democrat supported the amendment.
After the bill was passed carrying
this amendment it developed that
through a joker all the products ef
petroleum except paraffin were pro:
tected under section 9 with a 20 per
cent advalorem duty.
When the matter was called to
Payne's attention he declared an er
ror had been maJe.
At his request the house adopted a
resolution recalling the tariff bill from
the senate and instructing the clerk
of the house to have it re-engrossed
with the words "petroleum crude and
refined and all products of petroleum,"
Inserted in the provisions of the frea
. . t. , , , . . the American market on vaseline, lub
o the American nation and should.be I . ., . ., ...
prohibited by law," he said. "Ever, j, which petVoieutn Vac
year the asylums and penitentiaries of Jom lhe andl'one hundred ail;1
the country reap a large harvest as a
one other articles other than paraffin
ti l. : 31 If J 1
result ol Liii t?vu. uB udUKiui are produced frora petroleum
by the people who make it a business iJt ham)ens that there ls more than four
to gamble in options are driven to em- tllnes as much Droflt in these n
bezzlement and often to suicide. factured articles as in
Streams or these men file past the bar
of justice into the state prisons every
"Gambling in the necessities of life
should be prohibited by law. The man
that makes it his profession to gamble
In options should be prosecuted the
same as other gamblers.'
oil that is, comparat.vely
The joker which will have the effect
of shutting out competition from for
eiern countries on oil products is "n
the senate bill under remarkable cir
cumstances. Cut Out in Houne.
! Just before the Payne bill left the
Kail Not Been Idle.
But in the meanti-tie Senator Aid-
rich had been busy in the senate and
had so arranged matters that the
house action became ineffective.
In order to get the bill before tho
senate in order to make its recall diffi
cult, he violated a promise made to
the democrats that they should be per
mitted to Inspect it in the flnancfe
committee before it was presented
the senate. He had also promised that
the bill would not be introduced In the
senate until Tuesday, but to prevent
the bill going back to the house for
the elimination of the Standard Oi!
joker, he rushed the bill - before the
senate on Monday.
In addition to this he had placed in
the measure as a senate amendment
the exact provision of the house bill
concerning petroleum, leaving the pro
uucis oi peiroieum dutiable at 20 per
cent as a senate amendment, and had
stricken out the whole house provision
This ingenious move made it pos
siuie oniy lor the house to amend a
provision of the house bill which bad
been eliminated by the senate commit
tee. No matter what action the house
takes now, the Standard Oil joker will
remain in the bill.
Voice from Philadelphia
Here is what the Philadelphia North
American, one of the staunchest repub
lican newspapers in the east, says of
the Standard Oil joker and the way it
"No one can question that there was
collusion between Aldrieh and the
house leaders. They were all narties
to the deliberate treachery upon the
part of the house bosses, by which the
house was tricked into accepting the
Payne oil amendment.
That such open trickery should b
practiced in full view of the entire
public can be accounted for only upon
the theory that the dictators of legis
lation for the special interests in house
and senate have absolutely no fear
that the public will have either th
spirit or the intelligence to resent
such acts of treachery."
The problem of raising revenue to
offset the $120,000,000 annual deficit
resulting from republican extrava
gance is daily looming larger on the
Although an attempt was made iu
the Payne bill to solve the deficiency
James M. Thompson Wounded I)'
Robbers at I-'risoo.
San Francisco, April 17. James M.
Thompson, vice president of ihe
Thompson Bridge company, on enter
ing his office today with sacks con
taining $3,2(M, was confronted by two
masked men, one of whom shot him
through the chest, inflicting a serious
wound. The men escaped with lh-i
money but were captured.
Minister to Chile Quits.
Santiago, Chile. April 17. John
Hicks, American minister to Chile, has
presented his resignation 1o the state
Stanford's Colors Triumph.
Oakland. Cal.. April 17. Stanford
won the third annual mght oared race
from the University of California to
Iowa Veteran Gone.
Winterset, Iowa, April 17. J. J
Cummings, ex-congressman from Iowaj
and colonel in the civil war, died last
rupted and grave apprehensions are
felt regarding the situation there.
The above information was received
in the consular advices this morninjs-
IteportM Sttnatlon Better.
London. April 17. The foreign office
has received a telegram from the Brit
ish vice council at Messina who went
to Adana at the outbreak of the
trouble. The vice council says al
though fighting has not come to an
end the situation is improving. The
foreign office has asked the admirality
to gend warships for the protection of
Ke ported 4UO Are Dead.
Mersina, Asiatic Turkey, April 17.
Moslem fanaticism has broken out
afresh at Adana, 30 miles from here,
where large numbers of Christians are
said to have been killed. It is reported
that two American missionaries have
been murdered, but no names are given
and the report has not been verified.
One report says 400 Armenians have
lost their lives and that mauy houses
have been looted and burned. The
British consul is said to have been
The Moslem attacks recommenced
Thursday afternoon and continued
throughout the night.
Half Town Burned.
At midnight no further news had
been received concerning the massa
cre or confirmation of the reported
murder of American missionaries.
Half of the town of Adana has been
burned and the attacks upon the Ar
menians are extending into the vilayet.
The British vice consul at Mersina,
Major Daughty-Wylie, who was order
ed to Adana when the first advices of
the massacre were received, has been,
wounded. Communication with the,
disturbed district is Interrupted.
ST. LOUIS TO LOSE ANHEUSER-BUSCH
IF THE STATE OF MISSOURI GOES DRY
St. Louis, April 17. Adolphus Busch,
brewer, yesterday issued the follow
ing signed statement on the question
of submission of prohibition to a vote
of the people in Missouri:
"We have so much confidence in the
good sense and liberality of the people
of Missouri that we are not planning
to move from St. Louis and the state.
We do not want to move from this
city where our world-wide business
has been built up. I, personally, would
the national finances by increasing deeply regret leaving St. Louis, wholly
the tax ou necessities, and even' bv aDart Irom considerations or Business
nlacine a double duty on death through because I love the city, but, of course,
an inheritance tax. it failed utterly. if we ar forced to go. we would not
Revenue shortage show.. P111 move ourselves across the river,
Figures show in a striking manner but to every l,oint In the country pos
, I sible.
(Coutlnued on Page Two.)
"Our industry is a perfectly legiti
mate one. It is one of the greatest
revenue payers to the national, state
and city governments, and one of the
largest employers of labor; therefore,
why should it not be maintained and
l- Make Arkaana Dry.
Little Rock, April 17. A bill which.
makes it possible to vote Arkansas dry
by the vote on local option has been
introduced in the house of representa
tives of the Arkansas legislature. If
the majority vote no license or local
option, the bill provides the state
shall , be "dry." Another prohibition
measure prohibiting newspapers with
llqnor advertisements or any literature
advertising liquor In "dry" territory
has been introduced also.