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JEW INDICTMENT FOUND
Wheat Corner Declared
to Have Closed For
OFFICIAL REPORT IN
Special Agent of Department
of Commerce Shows Con- '
Washington. May 12. "Wheat ma
nipulation in Chicago has rendered
business in American flour impossible
for months," reports Special Agent
Davis to the department of commerce
and labor. Davis has been in Europe
for several mouths investigating con
ditions in the markets there for grain
and flour. He writes the bureau of
manufactures touching the effect of!
the recent speculation in this country
In wheat as follows:
Cut llono Kxportn.
"I confidently believe if wheat spec
ulators had kept out of the market we
should have exported at least 2,000,000
barrels more of flour to Great Britain
and Europe on the current crop than
the figures will now be able to show.
"Dealers everywhere, w.pre turning
their attention to America, influenced
somewhat by the work done to Yegain
their trade, and they were finding that
the improvement of ouality in our
product and better shipping service
was telling In their favor.
Corner Turard Trade.
"Then In October the comer began
to develop and trade was turned aside.
The price of bread and the distressed
financial conditions on this side did
Hot justify In the minds of buyers any
faith In higher prices. The result is;
the home mills on this side have done
more business than usual and import
IS BIGGEST FUEL
CONCERN H WORLD
Several Other Companies Merge With
Consolidated, Giving Powerful
Baltimore, May 12. The Consolida
tion1 Coal company today announced
that negotiations had been completed
for the merging of the Piedmont Coal
company, Somerset Coal company,
Clarksburg Fuel company, Pittsburg
and Fairmont Fuel company and thdir
subsidiaries, including railroads, float
ing equipment, docks and other prop
erty owned, with the Consolidatioa
Cdal company thus making the latter
corporation the largest mining indus
try of its kind in the world.
The companies have a combined cap
ital stock of $37,650,000 and own or
control 200,000 acres of coal lands m
Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsyl
vania. WORKING DIRECTORY GAME
Milwaukee Police Believe They Have
Made an Important Cairtiire.
Milwaukee, May 12. In the capture
of Frank Burton, aged S3, and Charles
Ness, aged 28, giving their addresses
as Pittsburg and Chicago, respectively,
the Milwaukee police believe they have
two "men who have been working a
directory swindle by which the busi
ness men of Milwaukee and other large
cities In the United States have been
defrauded of large sums of money.
WANT THAT BIG
ON ONCE MORE
Philadelphia, May 12. Determined
10 nring ueiore me unueu mates aeu -
ate their complaint that the keen com -
petition or ioreign manuiacturers is The (remors lasted 35' minutes
injuring the-hosiery industry of this:record was Gf 8mail amplitude.
country, tne National Association oi
Hosiery Manufacturers and the Na
tional Association bf Underwear Man
ufacturers in annual convention here
today, appointed a committee to go to
Washington awl agitate for a higher
tariff oh hosiery. ,; ' ,
WOMEN ARE RESOURCEFUL
Take Novel Method of Getting Liter
at ure to English Holons. - -
London, May 12. Shut out of the
house of commons by police espec-
rally selected to circumvent their
I wiles and ingenuity, the suffragists
. yesterday found a new method of
getting literature into the hands of
the nation's legislators. 'Chartering
a fine steam yacht, which they ag
gressively labeled "Dreadnaught,"
and putting a band of music on board
a party of suffragists steamed up the
river in the afternoon until they
reached a point opposite the houses
of parliament. Here the boat stopped
and the women attracted the atten
tion of members on the terraces by
singing the "Marseillaise."" Then
suddenly there was fired from tue
yacht a" broadside of rockets. . These
burst about the terraces and a reg
ular snow storm of handbills flutter
ed down over the watching members.
BIG CASUALTY LIST IN
WRECK ON M. K. &T.
Three Killed and 20 Injured Cars
Leave Kails While Kumiing
at High Speed.
Denison, Texas. May 12. Three per
sons were killed, 22 injured, one being
badly scalded, in a wreck of a Mis
souri, Kansas & Texas passenger train
near Btjtiita late last night. The train
was running at high speed when the
engine left the track. All the coaches
except the rear one were ditched. The
Engineer Frazier. '
Two flagmen killed while standing
on a sidetrack.
Express Messenger Wilder. '
Fireman, badly scalded.
Hefuses to Withdraw Tax Kitlei
Amendment und NO Legislation
Is Expected Now.
Jefferson City, May 12. The Mis
souri state senate today refused to fe
cede from the tax rider amendment to
the prohibition joint resolution, and
asked the house for a conference com
mittee. I ins action is taken gener
ally as spelling the end of legislative
action on the subject at this session.
NAMED BY THE PRESIDENT
Straus and Itockhill Nominated for
Washington, May 12. Presidential
nominations made today are:
Ambassadors extraordinary and min
isters plenipotentiary Oscar S. Straus '
of .New York, to Turkey; William
Woodville Rockhill of the District of
Columbia, to Russia.
Consuls General Charles Denby of
Indiana, at Vienna; William A. Rub
lee of Wisconsin, at Hongkong; Amos
P. Wilder of Wisconsin, at Shanghai.
Judge Advocate General, with rank
of brigadier general George B. Davis.
BROKERS IN DEEP WATER
Cieorge H. Daggett & Co., Transfer
Their Grain Trades.
Chicago, May 12. Notice announc
ing the transfer of the grain trades of
of the Chicago branch of George H.
Daggett & Co. was posted on the board
of trade today. The branch, which is
separately incorporated as the George',
iraggeii company, is sam to De
WARSHIP UP MISSISSIPPI
Vessel of Same Name I teaches Don
. uldsonville, Ia.
Donaldsonville, La., May 12. After a
thoroughly successful trip from New
Orleans the battleship Mississippi ar
rived here this afternoon and cast'
anchor for a stay of two days. The!
population for miles around lined the
levee to get a view of the man-of-war.
DISTANT QUAKES SHOWN
Tremors Lasting 3o Minutes Record
'! In M.-irvimwl
Washington. May 12. Distant earth-
.nuakes. beginning shortly after 7 last
;nlght were reported by the United
1 gtatea observer at Cheltenham, Md.
FOURTEEN FOUND GUILTY
Night Kiders Fined $500 and Given
i 10 Days in Jail.
Waverly, Tenn., May 12. A ver
dict of guilty was returned yesterday
in the case of 14 men charged with
being members of the night riders'
organization and whipping Esquire
Reece on October 15," 1908. The
punishment was fixed at 10 days in
Jail and a
fine of J500 for each.
They were remanded to jail under a
strong military guard.
THE ARGUS, - WEDNESDAY, -MAY 12, 1909.
It Has Been Announced That All IH-Adviscd Suits Against Corporations Will be Dropped and That Here
after They Will Not be Molested-News Item.
DEADLY QUARRY EXPLOSION
KILLS MORE THAN A SCORE
Albany, N. Y., May 12. Twenty-five
workmen are reported killed in a pre
mature blast of dynamite in a stone
quarry 10 miles from Albany this af
ternoon. , two ;ax;s at wokk.
Two gangs of men were at work in
REVIVAL OF INTEREST IN DEADLOCK
BUT BALLOT SHOWS LITTLE CHANGE
Three Democratic Votes Cast for Speaker Shurtleff, Follow
ing Rumors of a Break-up House Refuses to .
Kill Option Amendment.
Springfield, 111.. May 12. The 851 h
joint ballot for United States senator
Erskine M. Phelps, 15.
Three democratic representatives to
day voted for Shurtleff, republican.
IntrrcNt in Itfvlvnl.
The entire vote of the senate was
cast today on the 85th ballot for the
election of a United States senator,
and 148 representatives also answered
to roll call. The interest manifested
in the vote was the result of rumors
that the deadlock is approaching a
crisis which may result in a speedy
One evidence of the strained
. nnflitlon attributed to the uresent slt-
. ch r.f ti.r
ATTEMPT TO FLY
New York, May 12. Walter Well-
man. who has made two attempts
reach the north pole by airship, left
New York yesterday on the Kronprinz
Wilhelm of the North German-Lloyd
line on his way to make a third essay.
"Only my brother Arthur is going
with me this time," said Mr. Wellman,
"and he will take charge of the first
Kprtinn nf the exneditinn. We have
1 built a new auxiliary schooner, the
Arctic, which was recently launched
in South Norway. It has three masts,
is of 450 tons, and Is fitted with a mo
tor that will give it seven knots an
hour without sails.
"It will leave Christiansand May 20
and Trqmsoe about the end of the
month, carrying 20 workmen, who will
clear up the thousands of tons of snow
that cover out plant in Spitzbergen.
The vessel will also carry 100 tons of
sulphuric acid and 75 tons of iron for
making t gas, other chemicals and a
supply of lumber and timber and the
envelope of the airship which has been
on exhibition in London.
rOn- the second trip, which will be
made about the end of June, I shall
start with Melvin Vanifiman, the chief
engineer of, the- expedition, a gas en
- 'fgineer, more mechanics and the me-
the quarry at the time of the explo
sion. It was the intention to fire the
blast at 5 this afternoon, and about 14
holes had been drilled and seven or
eight of them filled, when there was
a terrific explosion. Of the 30 men
working near the drills 25 are be
votes by Representatives "Alli
son, Foster and, K. is. wuson lor
Speaker Shurtleff. The general result
of the ballot showed little change
from previous ballots.
IIlow to Option.
Springfield, HI., May 12. (Special.)
The cause of local option sustained
a decided defeat in the house today.
The license committee's bUl, No. C59.
came up on the order of second read
ing. The bill provides that cities and
villages and Incorporated towns with
in a township can vote themselves wet
or dry without regard to what the
township as a whole votes. Adkins of
Piatt county moved to strike out the
enacting clause, saying the bill nulli
fied the present local option laws. The
motion was lost.
JloMohoU BUl by 100 to O.
Springfield, 111., May 12. The anti-
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LEAVES FOR THIRD
TO THE NORTH POLE
chanical part of the airship, which is
If the weather conditions are fa
vorable we hope to make a start for
the pole in the airship in August. We
are in no hurry. The people who are
backing the expedition tell me to take
advantage of good conditions if they
present thelnselves; if not, to bide my
There will be no fireworks and no
catering to the good but foolish peo
ple who are like the old Romans in
the arena who want- to see a good
Christian die; that is, If it can be pre
vented. If we strike good weather and
meet with no accidents, we shall reach
the pole this summer. If not, then we
shall try again. We believe we have
the only practicable method of reach
ing it. '
"How long should the airship voy-
age take? Well, two days with a fair
wind and fine weather. It may take
five, and again it may not be done at
all. There will be three of us in the
car Vanniman, myself, and another
not yet selected. We still have an 80-
horse power engine, and the. airship
has a lifting power of 19.500 pounds,
Besides provisions, ballast and.instru
ments. we shall carry gasoline weigh
ine C.000 nounds" -' "
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lieved to be killed.
MKMBKKS OF SF.COM GANG KILLED.
Another gang of 20 men was work
ing further down in the quarry, and it
is said some of them were also killed.
About a thousand pounds of dynamite
PLEA FOR GROWER
Predicament of the Producer of
Tobacco Is Laid Before
WOULD SELL WITHOUT TAX
High Tariff ltepublicans Blame He
tailers for Exorbitant Prices
Washington, May 12. Pleading for
an amendment to the tariff bill to per
mit the producer of tobacco to sell
hand twist tobacco without the, pay
ment of a duty of C cents per pound,
Senator Paynter of Kentucky today
laid before the -senate the history of
the tobacco industry in this country. '
In GifiNp of Monopoly.
He declared the tobacco growers be
lieve they are in the "grasp of a con
scienceless monopoly." He gave a his
tory' of the so-called tobacco trust. He
adverted to the tobacco troubles In
Kentucky and expressed the hope the
enactment of the proposed law "would
remove the causes which have pro
voked these troubles.
Mnke Some I'ronrfM,
Washington, May 12. Substantial
progress was made in consideration of
the tariff bill yesterday, the amend
ments of the committee on finance be
ing upheld by the senate by substan
The feature of the day's session was
the general discussion concerning the
great disparity between the wholesale
and retail prices of commodities. Re
publican senators declared this differ
ence was so great as to demonstrate
that the duty levied by the protective
tariff had small effect on the price
paid by the consumer. This feature
of the discussion was precipitated by
Senator Scott, himself a glass manufac
turer. On his desk were several pieces
of glassware which heused to empha
size his position on the tariff.
Scott Qootea Prlcea.
"Here," he said, "is a , half-gallon
pitcher we sell for 90 cents a dozen
It sells at retail for about 40 cents
apiece. Tumblers which sold for
$2.50 a dozen when he first went into
the glass business new sell at 11 cents
a dozen, he said. Goblets that once
commanded $3 a dozen now sell for 25
cents a dozen,
"If we keep on we will soon be pay
ing the people to carry this glassware
away," he ar'ded. Hale took advan-
tage of Scott's exhibition to make
point in support ,of the protective poll'
- cy as a whole. ,. He said the present
- debate would do much to convince the
' nmnia tht iha nniis r
nonnia that ha nrii f nr.tnn
TO NEUTRALIZE STRIKE
no relation to the high retail prices!
prevailing in this country.
Flint Cllta Eiampln. N j
Flint cited an Instance of a set of!
Haviland china-which cost, after all
import duties and other expenses were
paid, $10.89, yet the retailer in this
country got S3G for it. Another arti
cle that cost 41 cents to Import sold
at retail for $3.50.
Smoot cited the case of a razor man
ufacturer's wholesale price of $3.95 per
dozen for razors which sold for $2
each to consumers. Gloves, he said,
manufactured for $7.40 per dozen, sold
for $2 per pair, or $24 a dozen. These
high prices, he said, had nothing to
do with protective tariff because, com
pared with the retail prices, the tariff
charge was small. McLaurin defend
ed the retail dealers against the charge
of extortion, saying the retailers would
lose their trade If they undertook to
charge too much. He said high prices
result from the tariff.
Public Executions in Constantinople
' Continue, Making :IH in All
Constantinople. May 12. Constantin
ople witnessed another batch of execu
tions this morning when 24 mutineers
of the army and navy were hanged in
public within the city limits. This'ice- General Dalstein. military gover
makes a total of 28 executions since!1101" of Paris, has 50,000 troops in re-
the revolution of April 13. Four men
were today hanged near the sultan's
palace, eight at the marine barracks,
eights in the Djinzi Meidan quarter of
Stamboul, and four at the war office.
CUBS OF LEOPARD
Party Also IJags a Buffalo ami Two
Giraffes Alive Xo More Small
T TalrobT; Miry 1L'. Iloosevelt's hunt-
ing luck continues. On the last ex -
.,., . , '
ped.tion he shot a leopard and captur -
ea me animal s two cubs. A buffalo,
and two giraffes have also been cap
tured by the expedition. No further
cases of smallpox have developed
among the porters of the expedition.
PRAYER CAUSES MISTRIAL
Court Acts on Motion ly Defense in
a Mnrder 'ase.
Mount Vernon. Ga., May 12. Fol
lowing a prayer at the opening, of
the court's session yesterday offered
by Rev. Joe McDaniel, a relative of
W. C. Beasley, fv whose alleged
murder Jordan Swain is on trial here
the defense in the case at once mov
ed for a mistrial and tt was granted.
Rev. Mr.. McDaniel in his prayer ask
ed compassion for Swain, referring
to him as a "man whose hands are
stained by the blood of his fellow-
UNVEIL M0NUMENTT0 WIRZ
Commander. of Ando'rsonville Prison
Done in "Marble.
Andersonville, Ga., May 12. The
monument erected by the Georgia
division of the United Daughters of
the Confederacy for Captain Henry
Wirz. in charge of the federal prison
ers confined in'Andersonville in 1S64-5,
was unveiled here today with 'appro
priate exercise. The town was
thronged with visitors.
Prohibits Sunday Barbering.
Madison. Wis., May 12. The as
sembly yesterday ordered engrossed
bill prohibiting' Sunday barbering.
As the bill was engrossed without
roll call it is considered probable it
Yesterday in Congress
Washington, May 12. Following is
a summary, compiled from the official
proceedings, of the work of both
houses of congress yesterday
sr..n A'l I-; hulstantlal nroerexa was
made in the considf ration of the tariff
bill, the amendments of the committee
on finance being upheld by the senate
ay substantial majorities. A feature
or tne day s session was a. general dis
cussion concerning the great disparity
oeiween wholesale and retail prices or
commodities. Republican senators de
clared that this difference was so great
as to demonstrate that the duty levied
by a protective tariff had small effect
on the price paid by the consumer. This
feature of the discussion waii precipi
tated by Senator Scott, himself a glass
manufacturer. The schedule . covering
the products of lead was passed over
upon tne suggestion of Seantor Aid-
rich because, lie said, the finance com
mittee desired to make soma changes
in tne duties as previously recom
mended. At 5:06 odock the senate
HOISK Congress failure to furnish
funds for the cnrrvlnir on nf vnri
men is in aeronautics at r ort Myer.
I removal of signal corps dirigible No.
was announced. Avould necessitate th
lto Fort Omaha, where
I1 fort Omaha, where the trials this
summer will be held.
PRICE ' TWQ CENTS.
Soldiers Prevent (Damage
and Take Places of
ONLY A START IS HADE
Railway Mail Service First to
be Affected, Though Spread
Paris, May 12. Paris today resem
bled a city in a state of siege. During
the night troops took possession of
the central post and telegraph stations,
and squads of infantrymen were picket
ed around every branch office to pro
tect postal employes who were willing
to work. The streets are being pa
trolled by mounted republican guards,
and all exposed telegraph lines are be
ing carefully watched. Soldiers have
been introduced even into the sewers
of the city to prevent cutting wires.
Soldier Man the Wiren.
Five hundred military telegraphers
and several hundred automobiles have
ueen hastily mobilized for instant serv-
serve.. The walls of Paris ar
with posters announcing trie strike
will continue until the employes' griev
ances are adjusted.
Few Quit Outln of Mall Clerka.
Beyond the railroad mail clerks the
number who have abandoned work is
comparatively small.- The first two
mail deliveries were effected without
the aid of troops.
In the provinces the tactics adopted
by. the government here are being re
peated. The various postoffices were
encircled by cordons of troops today.
Ueputiea Are Blamed.
The press generally reproache the
- aputreTToT'lThrWWaTaice yesterday
' 111 Ps,Pn:S action on the postal slt-
luation. thus throwing the entire re
sl)on6ibiHty on the rnor. K te un
derstood, however, ( Premier Clemen-
eau preferred non-parliamentary ac
ion for tactical reasons. First to
force the postmen to open the battle;
second, to permit the government 13
put its measures into operation.
MuM Approve or Abandon.
This places parliament in a position
where it will be compelled to approve
or abandon the eovernment in the
midst of its crisis. The places of the
strikers will be filled automatically.
Toward noon eight strikers were ar
rested while trying to enter the cen
Differ Am to Number Ont.
It was officially announced early this
fternoon that the strikers numbered
00 men, chiefly railroad clerks, but -
at strike headquarters a very much,
larger number was claimed. Leaders
ay the movement will extend rapidly
hat there will be a complete susnen-
ion in three days, that they have the
promise of several sympathetic trade
General DaMein has given orders
hat the garrison at Paris be held .n
he barracks. Di.patches fmm the
province indicate the response to the :
strike order was effective at Bordeaux.
Drpattea Court Strike.
Paris. May 12. The chamber of dep
uties, after a stormy session of four
hours yesterday, adjourned the debate
on the Interpellations on the postal
situation until May 13. The response
of the postal employes was quick and
decisive. Within half an hour the fed
eral committee had issued an order
for a g-neral strike, and the railway
mail clerks walked out in a body. An
hour later a meeting of 6,000 postal -
employes at the Hippodrome took up
the gage of battle and unanimously
voted to strike. There was no great
enthusiasm shown, but. determination
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MAN ALIVE IN
Antioch. Asiatic Turkey, May 12 .
There are large numbers of Armen
ian refugees in Antioch, all women
and children, not one Armenian man.
having been left alive. . -
Hadjin, May 12. Herbert N. Ir
win, missionary of the American
board located at Talas. arrived here
today with a guard of soldiers. He
found the four American mission
aries who were besieged ' here for
several days in good health.