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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. -i'3.
THE AKGUS, THURSDAY. JULY 29, 1909.
PRICE TWO CENTS,
SPAIN'S HOME CONDITION
SO BAD AFRICAN DEFEAT
IS NEARLY LOST SIGHT OF
Barcelona, Second City of the Country, Aflame
With Revolt and Government Forces Are
Unable to Restore Order.
PRESIDENT TAFT SENDS
TARIFF CONFEREES BACK
TO DO WORK OVER AGAIN
THE NEW CORNER
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LOYALTY OF EVEN MADRID QUESTIONED
News From Africa of a Most Discouraging Nature,
Europeans Having Been Defeated With Loss of
3,000May be Compelled to Surrender.
HENDAYE, JULY 29. REPORTS
JUST RECEIVED HERE FROM MAD
RID SAY IT IS RUMORED A PROV
ISIONAL GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN
PROCLAIMED AT BARCELONA.
THE RUMOR IS DISCREDITED AT
The desperate condition of Spain,
both at home and abroad, was disclos
ed when the Spanish government offi
cially admitted the defeat of the gov
ernment troops in the great battle in
Morccco, and at the same time reports
showed Barcelona was completely in
the hands of revolutionists and the
streets running wUh blood, and the
Spanish artillery using machine guns
in a vain attempt to check the on
slaught of the revolutionary element.
IIKOI CUT t RI SIII; UKKKAT.
The battle in Morccco has brought
crushing defeat to the Spanish forces.
Casualties on the Spanish side reach
ed 3,000, giving the defeat an aspect
akin to that which the Italians met in
invading Abyssinia. The Moors, flush
ed with their victory, are now advanc
ing to attack the Spanish at another
strategic point, Alhuccmas.
HT IHMWTCHF.S SHOW.
Latest dispatches indicate that Me
lilla, a Spanish stronghold, is so press
ed by the Moors that its safety is in
danger and its capitulation to the
Moors would net cause surprise. The
internal condition of Spain is border
ing on anarchy. Barcelona, the second
largest city of Spain, and a commercial
rival of Madrid, is the center of riot,
pillage, burning of public and religious
institutions, and continued bloody fight
ing between Spanish troops and riot
ers entrenched behind a high barri
cade. The gravity of the situation, as
related from points along the Spanish
frontier, suggests the bloody days of
the Paris commune.
i:VK. CAPITA I.' I DOIIIT.
The government at Madrid is meet
ing the situation with stern repressive
measures, but reports indicate the mil
itary garriscn at the capital is disaf
fected and popular sentiment is shown
by reports that a vast crowd has held
an anti-war manifestation in front of
the royal palace.
.'ol Allowed fi Print Facta.
Madrid. July y.t. In view of the
grave situation at Barcelona, which is
steadily growing more serious, naval
infantry has been ordered to that city.
Senor Lacierva. minister of the Inter
ior and now termed the Spanish Tre
polT. today announced any newspaper
printing reports disagreeing with offi
cial information would be prosecuted
. ard editions suppressed.
Kit ire Army nllrrf I'pon.
The complete mobilization of the
Spanish army has been ordered. All
officers on leave have been recalled.
Reserves of all classes have been sum
moned to the colors. It is reported
Premier Maura has tendered his res
ignation, but King Alfonso lias declin
ed to accept it.
Conditlona Are I)cperae.
Diareitz. Near the Spanish Fron
tier, July 29. A desperate condition
of affairs at Bercelona is shown in
reports received here from the dis
turbed city. These show the rev
olutionary element holds the upper
GAIN A VICTORY
Newport News, Va., July 29. Wil
liam P. Kent was nominated by accla
mation for governor or '"''nia bv" the
republican convention here today.
The prohibitionists gained a decided
victory, today when they secured the
adoption of an amendment to the li
quor plank providing for the applica
tion of the unit rule in counties and
cities on nil elections on iho liquor
hand. Government troops, declaring
themselves insufficient to retake the
revolutionary stronghold, have leen
forced to abandon several quarters
leawng the revolutionists in control.
Ilitrrl-Hle Mnin Streets.
Streets of the city are barricaded
with huge piles of stone, earth, fur
niture, and lumber, reaching in
height to the first stories of the
buildings. The arrival of reinforce
ments so urgently needed by the gov
ernment forces is 'retarded by the
destruction of railroads and other
avenues of communication leading to
the ity. The revolutionists are arm
ed with muskets, knives and revolv
ers. They have an effective organ
isation and a hospital equipment.
Seek Keller by Sea.
The government is seeking the re
lief of the city by sea now that land
communication for troops is inter
rupted. All available ships are be
ing hurried to Barcelona. Whether
there Is an ulterior purpose behind
the revolutionary uprising through
out Catalonia Is not clear. Outward-1r-the-
mnvemMit is Huts (w-ihh.
test against the war in Morocco.
People l.enve CI lien.
Termr stricken people are fleeing
from Hie larger towns to the open
country and small villages where
tlwre is less exposure to danger. The
situation is complicated by the gen
enil strike ordered by the labor or
ganizations at Barcelona two days
I Med Mnt-bine (inna.
I'aris. July 29. Special dispatches
today say the lighting yesterday in
Barcelona was more sanguinary than
the previous dispatches indicated.
Machine guns and grape were used
against the rioters. Sidewalks and
buildings were spattered with the
Mood of victims. Everywhere wo
men anil children are wandering in
search of their husbands and fath
ers. Ineendiarsm is rampant.
Artillery Fire lopeummt.
(Vrliere (on (lie Frontier). July 29.
Spanish couriers arriving here today
r port that artillery is battering the
barricades behind which the insurg
ents are desperately fighting in Bar
celona. Heavy fighting is now in pro
gress The gutters are running with
blood. The number of dead and wound
ed cannot he estimated.
Five convents and several private
ffsidoiices have been burned at Lanza.
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London, July 29. Information re
ceived through diplomatic channels
in London tends to accentuate the
gravity of iho situation in Spain. It
is intimated there is reason to fear
the garrison at Madrid itself has
been tampered with by the insurrec
tionists. OtrrMhadon African War.
Paris. .Inly 29. The internal in
surrection in Spain now completely
overshadow the war in Africa in the
eyes of Europe. Although official
dispatches received here from Mad
rid' predict an early restoration of
order in the province of Catalonia,
grave fear is entertained. The scale
upon which military intervention is
planned proves that the Spanish gov
ernment entertains no illusion about
half way measures and Is ready 'to
take the responsibility of putting
down the revolt ruthlessly as a warn
ing for the future.
Vn OiMnnlron Defeat.
Madrid. jiy 29. Official dis
patches received here today admit
the battle between Moorish tribesmen
and the Spanish forces outside Me
lilla. July 27. was a disastrous de
feat. The Moors cut off communi
cations with the Spanish outposts
and the main force of the Spaniards
was driven back under the walls of
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Rocscvelt at Race Meet.
Nnll'flhi 1 , . 1 1 n T I .1 -n Dnnrn
I ' 1 1 J -J. IIIUUUUIC iwunc-
(velt today attended a race meeting of
me r.ast African Turf club here. Ker
mil Bnosev. u had a mount in five of
mo races. .
The New United States Minister to China Is Unknown in the Diplomatic World, but It Is Ex
pected That He Will Accomplish Great Results in That Country News Item.
NEVER INSANE, SAYS THAW
White Tlains, X. Y.. July 29. Bale
and somewhat haggard although still
confident of his ability to prove him
self sane, Harry K. Thaw appeared in
tnc supreme court today lor the second ;
day's examination by District Attor
Aeeount Hooka Dentroyed.
Before Thaw resumed tlictajij
Clifford W7 Hart ridge. Thaw's" former
counsel, testified that the account
books showing the money he hail paid
out In the Thaw case referred to y
Mrs. Merrill, were destroyed, but that
the money came from "Mrs. Thaw."
Susan Merrili. Thaw's former landlady,
again told of instances in which she
said Thaw whipped young women.
Might Have llraln Storm.
Thaw during his testimony asserted
that, although he was not medically
insane when he shot White, he might
have had a "braiiu storm" as described
by Dr. Britfon D. Evans, but if he did
it was not lecause of a sudden attack
White Plains. N. Y.. July 29.
Harry K. Thaw's fate lay in his own
hands yesterday. For six hours he
occupied the witness stand while Dis
trict Attorney Jerome, the man who
once already has thwarted an effort
to release him from a criminal insane
asylum, delved into his life history.
Thaw emerged creditably from the
ordeal. Whatever Jerome and his
alienists may make of the examina
tion, to the eye and ear of the lay
man. Stanford White's slayer showed
no signs of insanity on the stand
At night Thaw, the members of nis
family and his retinue of -attorneys
and experts were unanimous in their
opinion that he has proved his fit
ness to be at large. His friends be
IF TARIFF IS NOT LOWERED IT
WILL BE FAULT OF PRESIDENT
(Special Correspondence of The ArRiis.)
Washington. July 27. There is no
doubt in the mind of Minority Leader
Champ Clark but that President Taft
desires to see his pre-election promises
carried out. But, in Mr. Clark's opin
ion. Mr. Taft has probably lost out by
"President William Howard Taft is
a fine illustration of the proposition
that a man may smile and smile and
still have troubles of his own," said
the minority leader today in an ex
clusive interview with the writer.
"His troubles are with those of his own
Not Populnr With Conareii.
"General Benjamin Harrison, though
one of the ablest republican piesidents.
was never popular with congress. On
the contrary they frequently worked at
cross purposes. In a fit of disgust, he
likened a president to a man driving
a team of wild horses. Whether Pres
ident Taft would subscribe to the Har
rison dictum this deponent saitd not be
cause he knoweth not. Another -rf
President Taft's predecessors, Grover
Cleveland, in a moment of weariness.
bemoaned the fact that he "had con
gress on his hands,' a saying which
has become common property and
which did not; add to his popularity
lieve that If he acquits himself in
the future as well as yesterday. Jus
tice Mills will haves no choice but to
grant his application for release from
Thinkx He In Snne ow.
Jerome strove to establish Thaw's
insanity, mainly on his alleged hal
lucinations . regarding Stanford
White's treat inoD'J.""bF " young girls.
Time and again he asked the witness'
own opinion of his mental state.
Thaw's replies in substance were "I
have always been sane, medically.
When I killed White I may have
been legally insane for a few min
utes. I am sane now."
Thaw explained the evidence of
his alienists at the trial by saying
that in declaring him insane they
had been misled. They were told, he
said, that the charges he made
against White were untrue and they
inferred that the charges must be
ImpriMonmrnl linn Kmbltlered.
Three years' confinement does not
seem to have embittered Thaw. Yes
terday he expressed regret for certain
of the more unspeakable charges
which he made in his will against
the man he killed. Although fre
quently quoted in the past, as not re
gretting his deed, he declared he
sometimes felt regret, although any
feelings of remorse and horror were
diminished, he added, by the strain
of the continued legal squabbling of
the past three years.
Illinois Village Damaged.
Champaign. III.. July 29. The vil
lage of Philo, 111., was almost wiped
out today by fire. Half the business
section was destroyed. The damage
with representatives and senators
whatever it may have done as to the
public generally. So far as I know
President Taft has given voice to no
such sentiment a sentiment which
was most probably entertained by
Charles the First in the days of tin;
Lang parliament. Still, there can be
little doubt that. President .Taft most
heartily wishes that the congress
would speedily conclude its business
;ootl Faith Ploned to ItrxuU.
"That he really wishes a tariff bill
which will substantially redeem the
ante-election promises of himself and
of his party there can be no question.
His own good faith and bis own fame
are largely wrapped up in the result.
Naturally he desires to preserve his
own reputation for candor and square
dealing. Hence it must be taken and
accepted that he is honest and earnest
in his demand for tariff revision down
ward in which it seems from the
signs of the times that he is to be dis
appointed. Query: Does not the old
proverb 'about the futility of locking
the barn after the horse ii gone apply
to his present situation? Did he not
make his demand too late?
. "If it be true that the conference
cannot on any one item make the rae
lower than the lowest rate on that item
FREED FROM CELL
S. F. Smith, Former Mayor of
Davenport, Given His
EMBEZZLED SOME $100,000
Comes from Prison Feeble After 5
Years Behind I Jars and Will
Go to Massachusetts.
Des Moines, Iowa. July 29. Samuel
Francis Smith, 73 years old, on?e
mayor of Davenport, and the son of
the author of the song "America," sen
tenced in 1904 to 11 years for perjury,
larceny and embezzlement of $100,000
from widow? and orphans, has been
granted a full pardon by the board of
parole, subject to the recommendation
of Governor B. F. Carroll
Smith tottering and feeble from his
five years imprisonment at Anamosi,
will be permitted to go back to the old
family home at Newton Center. Mass.,
to his wife and crippled daughter.
. l.rndtuK CltUenn SIrh Petition.
Virtually all the leading citizens of
Davenport asked clemency for Smith,
many of these being among the largest
losers by his speculations.
When Smith was found guilty, Mrs.
Smith turned over her $30,000 home
stead in Davenport to satisfy tho
claims of creditors.
148,955 NOW REGISTERED
Vast Number Keek i.400 Homesteads
Spokane, Wash., July 29. So great
is the rush of applicants for Indian
reservation lands to be drawn Aug.
9, that land department officials yes
terday placed an order for 50,000
more registration blanks. With lit-
in either the Payne bill or the Aldricu-
Smoot bill, how can the new bill show
a lower average rate than the Dingley
bill, when the average of the Payne
bill is 1.56 per cent higher, than th?
Dingley bill and the average of the
Aldrich-Smoot bill is something over 5
per cent higher than the Dingley bill?
Of course by an extraordinary use of
flower, the two houses might authorize
the conferees to go below the rates
named in either the Payne bill or the
Aldrlch-Smoot bill ; but that . has not
been done and the chances are that it
will not be done.
1tnr Had Ihr PnTtrr.
"The truth seems to be that in the
beginning President Taft had it In his
power to have forced a bona fide re
vision downward. If he had insisted
ab initio that there should be such re
vision, before senators and representa
tives had publicly committed them
selves, he could have secured what he
wanted. At least it seems so. But
having committed themselves publifly,
they hate to back down. Mark Twain,
the greatest living American and the
greatest literary American that ever
lived, once said: 'Human nature is very
strong and we all have a heap of it in
us.' He might have added with per-
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tie more than half the time for reg-
fatiniirn Gji nori ntanHonf Wit-I
ten has received 148,955 applica-j
lions, it is ngurea tnai mere are
about 6,400 homesteads; available on
the Kalispel, Spokane and Couer
TO FREE SCHOOLING
Names of Hock Island County Pupils
' Certified to the State Super
Springfield, ill., July 29. (Special )
The following from Rock ' Island
county have been certified to Sta'.e
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Blair as entitled to free scholarships
this year in- the normal schools under
the Lindly act: May Reeves,- Cordova;
Nellie Groh, Port. Byron; Bertha Mc
Connell. Hillsdale; Chater Nichelson,
Hillsdale; Ildra Becht," Joslin; Emma
Skinner, Hampton; Lesine Musgrovs,
East Moline; Gladys Hunter, Moline;
Walter McElhinney, Milan; Mollie
Pech, Rock Island; Floyd Wenks, An
dalusia; Kenneth Oak, Taylor Ridge;
Estelle Elliott, Reynolds: Haven Baker,
Illinois City; Kenneth Powell, Illinois
TO BE SNEEZED AT
Mercury Reaches 94 at Chicago Then
Drops 23 Degrees in 10
Minutes. ' T
Chicago, July 29. No Immediate re
lief was in sight today from the op
pressive heat which yesterday caused
two deaths and a number of prostra
tions. Following a night of extreme
discomfort, due chiefly to the intense
humidity, the thermometer at 9:35 t hid
morning stood at 88.
At noon the thermometer register
ed 91. One death and numerous
prostrations were reported to the
Later the mercury climbed to 94. At
1 o'clock a heavy thunder storm came
to the relief of the city and the mer
cury dropped 23 degrees in 10 min
utes. TEN AUTOS HAVE
Glidden Tourists Leave Oakley, Kan.,
With hut Two Days' Run
Oakley, Kan., July 29. Within 373
miles of the end of their long journey,
and with five cars in the contest for
the Glidden trophy and five for the
Hower trophy still holding perfect
scores with no penalties, the Glidden
tourists left here at 7 this morning
for Salina, 199.8 miles distant.
GASOLINE IS CUT OFF
Therefore Wright's Speed Test Is
.Washington. July 29.- A persis
tent wind and a suddenly discovered
stoppage in the gasoline feed pipe
of his motor prevented Orville
Wright from making, last evening,
his final cross-country two-man test
of the aeroplane. After he had wait
ed in supposed readiness for the start
for an hour with. the aeroplane on
the monorail at Fort Myer, the wind
died down at last to little more than
a whisper, and then it was discovered
that the fuel-feed was obstructed. By
that time it was dusk and the flight
was declared off for the day. the
army officials granting him three
days' additional, time for the test.
The time limit under the original
contract expired yesterday.
MME. N0RDICA IS A BRIDE
Singer W'eds New York llanker With
Quiet Ceremony at London.
London. July 29. Mme. Lillian Nor-
dica. the American opera singer, was
married today to George Young, a New
York banker, at Kings Weighhouae
church. Grosvenor square. The cere
mony was performed in the presence
of a few friends.
MARKER'S BROTHER IS OUT
Crime of Assistant Costs Bank Cash
ler and Director His Job, .t
Tipton. Ind July 29. William H.
Marker, cashier and director of the .
First National hank,-and brother ofj
Noah R. Marker, the missing assistant (
cashier who charged! withdefalca-,
(tions of pvor $100,000- has resigned. '
InSIStS 011 FrCC HluGS 311(1.
a Low Lumber
LETTER REPEATS VIEWS
Ends Possibility of Report Tor
- morrow May be Out Till '
Washington, July 29. Through a
written communication the president
has advised the tariff committee' he
cannot accept a rate exceeding $1.25
on rough lumber, and that he will in
sist upon the senate rates on gloves.
The democratic members of the con
ference committee who had been' call
ed In today's meeting remained only
KropriM the Subjects.
The transmission of the president's
views had the effect of reopening the
subjects of lumber, gloves and hos
iery and much doubt arose in the
minds of the conferees as to when
the end might be arrived at. Aldrich
told some democrats probably they
would not be summoned again be
fore Saturday or Sunday and other
members of the conference expressed ,
even more doubt as to the length of
time that would be required to reach
3Vo Report Tomorrow.
The plan to have the conference
report submitted to house tomorrow
will of course fall through.and it
seems now quite probable it will not
be received before Monday, if then.'
rln his communication to the com-4
mittee, the president reiterated his '
demand that hides be kept on the
free list and that" fates' on-tpather' "
and leather goods be shaded below
the house figures as has heretofore
been agreed upon.
Member Expert Report.
Republicans showed up in the
house today in great numbers having
been notified to be present in antici
pation of the reception of the con
ference report. The report, however,
was not forthcoming and the house
adjourned until tomorrow. '
Cwnfereea Koil I .n bora.
Washington, July 29 After work-.
ing foY nearly three weeks at what
proved to be one of the longest and
most arduous tasks ever experienced
in tariff building, the majority mem
bers of the conference committe on
the Payne-Aldrich bill brought their
labors to a sudden close at 6 o'clock
last night. Without a moment's de
lay, the senate and house leaders
whose names are carried by the bill,
started away by automobile with the K
intention of laying their report be-
fore President Taft who had gone
to Fort Myer to see what had been"
intended to be the last official flight'
of the Wright brothers in their aero
plane. All day long the conferees had
struggled with the question of bring
ing down the house rates on gloves
and the senate rates on lumber to
figures they felt would meet with ex- ;
ecutive approval. In this effort the
conferees failed and they appeared
to appreciate the fact. " " "
Senate Haten Lowered.
Lumber was made dutiable at
rates only a. little below those named
by the senate bill, and there was a
very slight shading 'from the house V
rates on gloves of good quality. Al
though it was not admitted by the ;
conferees, the general' impression .
drawn from the hurried trip to Fort
I Mvor u'qq thai- M&Kars Aldrich and
Payne had been authorized by their
colleagues to incorporate in the con-
ference report such figures as could
be' ugreed upon with the president -insofar
as they came within range of -what
the leaders believe will be ac-'
ceptable in the house and senate.''
Returning from the conference at '
Fort Myer, Messrs, Aldrich and'
Payne seemed to be entirely satis-
fied with the outcome ot their mis-
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Chicago. July 29. The grand Jury
which has already indicted a police in
spector, detective and othera in fur
therance of State's Attorney . -Way-man's
attack on the west aide -'teii-derloin''
today, returned ; indictments
against 20 keepers of alleged -illegal-establishments.
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