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THE BOOK ISLAM AB
il TV-NINTH YEAR. NO. 8.
THE ARGUS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2G, 1909.
PRlCl; TWO CENTS.
PRINCE ITO, LEADING JAP
TAFT HAILED SITU CAfffi
A HEATHEN NO LONGER
AS HE WADES SOU
Shot Down as He Alights
From Train at Harbin,
KOREAN DOES THE DEED
Boasts That He Has Avenged
Country Dead Man Mourn
ed as World Leader.
Harbin, Manchuria, Oct. 26. Prince
Hirobumi Ito, former Japanese resi
dent-genera! of Korea aud probably
Japan's foremost statesman, was as
sassinated here (his afternoon by a Ko
rean who had followed him here for
the express purpose of killing him.
The motive was revenge. The as-
sarsiit was arrested.
Ito had stepped from a train and
was acknowledging a noisy welcome
by the people when suddenly several
shots rang out and Ito fell pierced
by three bullets and died within 20
minutes without regaining conscious
Avenger of Country.
The assassin stood defiantly in the
crowd, revolver in hand, and with
two Korean cvompanions was arrest
ed. As the police pounced upon the
three Korean's, the one who did the
shooting proclaimed himself as the
avenger of his country. Very soon
after, death, the body of Ito was made
ready for removal home and placed
upon a railroad train.
Hail Juxt Arrived.
Almost immediately on his arrival
here and just as Ito left the railroad
car at the station the attack- was made
upon him. The venerable statesman,
accompanied by Russian Minister, of
Finance Kokovsoff, was starting to in
spect the guard of honor drawn up
along the platform when a pistol shot
was heard. Several more shots were
fired in quick succession, the bullets
striking, the prince in the backw-Ito
fell Biortally wounded. - -
, Three Olhrr Are lilt.
Three . of the. prince's companions
were also wounded, the bullets strik
ing Japanese Consul General Kawa
kan, General Manager Tannaka of the
South Manchurian railway and Prince
Ito's private secretary. Kawakan was
badly but not fally injured it is be
lieved. Admita Intent.
The assassin was promptly seized.
On being questioned he said he was a
Korean. "I came to Harbin for the
sole purpose of assassinating Ito to
avenge' my country," the slayer told
Ins captors. He also said he had a
personal account to settle with the
great Japanese statesman, who, during
his Ftay in Korea, had ordered the
execution of several persons closely
connected with the assassin.
Three Otberx Arrented.
The assassination of Ito appears to
have been the outcome of an organ
ized plot. Loral authorities who, an
ticipating the arrival of Ito, were on
the lookout for suspicious characters,
yesterday arrested three Koreans who
were at the station and were found
to be armed with revolvers. However,
the task of guarding the prince was
rendered difficult by reason of Kawa
kan's request that the railway officials
permit all Japanese to enter the sta
tion and greet the prince. The police
point out it was quite impossible ":o
distinguish Koreans from Japanese !,y
Odicrx Kxpoxril to Danger.
Russian Minister of Finance Kokov
soff and the Russian military, author1.- j
ties accompanying Ito were exposed
to the same danger from Hying bullets
as was the prince. Indeed, Kokovsoff
was nearer the Japanese envoy at the
time of the shooting than were those
who were wounded. Had the assassin
delayed shooting for a moment the
foreign consuls would have been in
danger, as Ito was approaching them
and they would have been directly in
the line of fire.
The body of the slain statesman his
Springfield, 111., Oct. 26. Sheriff
Strassheim of Cook county was fined,
$500 and costs by the supreme court
today for contempt in failing to obey
the, court's mandate to take to the
penitentiary Judge: Abner Smith, who
Mas convicted of wrecking tho Hank
of America. , ,
already been removed homeward. The
casket before it was placed upon the
train was covered with flowers sent
by Kokovsoff and Russian and Japa
nese officials. The .Russian ambassa
dor to Peking is accompanying the
body to Kwanchingtsu. All along the
railroad line honor is being shown tho
dead statesman. Minister Kokovsoff
telegraphed condolences to the Japa
Gloom In Toklu. '
Tokio, Oct. 20 Gloom' prevails in
this city following the receipt of the
news of the assassination of Ito.
When the foreign office received it,
it immediately notified the members
of the cabinet, many of whom ha;
tened to the foreign office. News
spread quickly through the city and
caused deepest repression. Princess
Ito was notified at Oise, their country
home, of the death of her husband.
The foreign office was beseiged by
inquirers, these including all the diplo
mats accredited to Japan. . among
whom the prince was very popular.
One or Lending World Mateauien.
Washington." Oct. 2fi. Official Wash
ngton was shocked at the news of the
assassination of Ito. The Japanese
embassy here was plunged into mourn
ing at the sad tidings. Officials of tho
state department expressed great sor
row for the taking off of so distin
guished a personage as Ito. whom they
looked upon as one of the foremost
of the world's statesmen.
Oil Important Political MiHxion.
Despite a denial from Tokio that
Ito's tour was political it has been
made apparent he was intrusted with
several most important missions by
the mikado, the foremost being an at
tempt to forestall the protest of
America and other powers by effecting
a more complete understanding with
Violation of Fledjte.
Ito played an important part in thy
framing of the recent treaty between
Japan and China relating to railway
construction in Manchuria. The
treaty has been considered by many
diplomats a violation of the treaty of
peace concluded between Japan and
Russia after the war. In tile face of
its Portsmouth pledge not to obstruct
any of the measures that China may
take for the development of commerce
and industry in Manchuria, Japan
torced 2spccific pledge- fiom "Cr.irra
not to build a railway froni Hsinmin-,
turn north without Japan's consent.
.Must Borrow Jap Capital.
Another significant provision is that,
should China build the Kirwin railway
cast, it-must borrow half the 'required
capital from Japan, thus insuring Ja
panese control or the important
branch, from Japan's main line tt&yard
Vladivostok. China was compelled to
ransfer the Taishichao-Newchwang
ino to Japan.
Itefuaed to DIwukk. -
Japan also refused to discuss the
absorption of sovereignty along the
South Manchurian railway, which is
far greater than was ever charged
against Russia. Its attitude was in
glaring contrast with Russia's recog
nition of China's sovereign right in
the recent Harbin agreement.
Worcester, Mass., Oct. 2G. Reluct
ant to believe the ' news and with
strong words of appreciation of the
policies and political accomplishments
of Ito, the honorary Japanese commer-
ial commissioners, who arrived in the
cits, early today, learned of the as
sassination of the Japanese states
man. Baron Shibusawa, head of the
commission, was nearly prostrated for
a time and wept bitterly. - -
Official Tribute fald.
Washington. Oct. 26. Acting Secre
tary of State Huntington Wilson today
ssued a statement on the death of Ito,
n which he paid a high tribute to
to's ability as a statesman.
London Not Surprised.
London, Oct. 2G. The assassination
of Ito. though everywhere deplored, is
not regarded in official and diplomatic
circles as surprising in view of tho
embittered resentment of the Koreans
over the Japanese occupation of their
DETROIT DOCTOR IS HELD
Fritch's Kail Fixed at $10,000 on the
Charge of Murdering Girl. -Detroit,
Oct. 26. After Chauffeur
Joseph W. Leach had testified that on
the night of Aug. ' 27 he drove Dr:
George A. Fritch from the physician's
office to Ecorse creek, where the doc
tor threw into the water three sacks.
Dr. Fritch-was held for trial yesterday
on a charge of manslaughter in con
nection with the death of Miss May
belle Millman of Ann Arbor Justice
Jeffries fixed Dr. Fritch's-bail at $10
000,. with two sureties.
ANOTHER SAFE IS. BLGWN
Burglars Get $1,000 as Itesult of
i-.Pufctoflico Robbery Jiear Dixon. -Dixon,
HU Oct. 26. Burglars Jast
night blew the postoffice safe at Na
chusa, secured booty of about $1,06
Uncle Sam: "I am delighted, John, that you arc showing-
make you cease being: a heathen."
SIMS WANTS WALSH PUT UNDER
Chicago. Oct. 26. United States Dis
trict Attorney Sims today filed a pe
tition in tho United States circuit
court of appeals asking that John R.
Walsh, convicted of misapplying funds
of the Chicago National bank, of which
he was president, be taken into cus
tody and a continuance of his bail de
The ground urged by the federal at-
Lynchburg, Va., Oct. 2C Five chil
dren, all inmates of the nursery, were
incinerated in a fire which totally de
stroyed ihe Shelton College Home for
Girls at the Virginia synod of the
Presbyterian orphans' home this morn-
ng. The children were on the second
floor and were caught by fire in a
manner that made rescue imporsib!-?.
Ruby Moorcfield, however, was taken
out of the building, but when she as
certained a younger sister was still
inside she ran back and lost her life.
ilAINE WOMAN IS
PRESIDENT W. C.T. U.
Omaha,' Neb., Oct. 2c! The Natioml
Woman's Christian Temperance union
today elected Mrs. Lillian M. N. Stev
ens of Maine, president; Miss Anna
A. Gordon of Illinois, vice president
at large; Mrs. Frances P. Parks of
Illinois, corresponding secretary; Mrs.
Elizabeth Preston Anderson of North
QUEER BOND BETWEEN
REVIEWERS AND A FUEL COMPANY
NOTK. CYyile It. Tiivchiior. Wash-
iiiKton correspondent of The ArgiiH. and
traveler, is in Chicago with an assign
ment tf write pxnri'ssly for this newa-
pappr a series of articles on the munl-
inttl afTHirs of thnt city. This 18 his
lirst contribution. Editor. .
ISpecial Correspondence of The Argus.)
Chicago, Oct. 25. Business in poli
tics! In the final analysis of the
term, what does it mean?
The average American is under the
impression a political candidate offer
ing to give, if elected, "a business ad
ministration," is promising something
equivalent to economy in public ex
Here In Chicago, however, the peo
ple now baVe a different idea of the
meaning of the word. It is due to the
fact that in this city politics are on a
strictly "business" basis. The board
of review, for instance, is one of the
best illustrations of the term "business
in politics" to be found in the entire
United States. If yon have never
heard of the Cook, county- board of review,-
your political educatioa has been
sadly neglected. . -.. - -
tta' ttt-rat. Inflaenrv.
' The board of-, review- ia-the supreme
taxing Imdyln Chicago, and its Inher
ence -in Cook County is -almost inv
torney for the action, which would put
Walsh in prison regardless of the ap
peal to the United States supreme
court, which is contemplated by his
attorney, is that the government fears
Walsh will fly from the country and
take up his residence in some country
not covered by extradition laws. An
answer was filed and the court took
the petition under advisement.
PRINCE ITO, SHOT DOWN BY AS
SASSIN IN KOREA.
Dakota, recording secretary , and Mrs.
Elizabeth P. Hutchinson of Illinois,
measurable. It was intended, as its
name indicates, to be a board of re
view of ' the assessmade by the board
of assessors. But as a matter of prac
tice .the board of assessors are mere
clerks. The board of review fixes the
taxes on-all property, raising here and
lowering there, as suits its purpose or
pleasure. It has enormous powers, and
this will be an account of Its influence
in only one direction upon the coal
trade in Chicago.
Its members are Fred W. Upham,
Roy O. West and F. D. Meacham, one
appointment for each of the three big
factors in Illinois republican politics.
Mr. Upham is Mayor Busse's man Fri
day, Mr. West is the political partner
of Governor Deneen, and Mr. Meacham
is a satellite of United States Senator
Lorimer. Mr. Busse, before he became
Chicago's mayor, was head of the
Busse Coal company. Later the City
Fuel company was organized, and it
purchased the Busse with other coal
concerns. Mr. Upham was made pres
ident of the City Fuel company, and
he is also vice president of the Pea
body Coal company.
la Capable Mat.
Let it not be -inferred that Mr. Up
ham Is not a capable business man.
He is.. In witness thereof let it be re
some results of our efforts to
SHOT F0RA KISS
Inhuman Monster Admits Cold
Blooded Murder of Trust
SUPPOSED SHE WAS WIFE
Frederick Gebhardt's Confession
clears Up Mystery f Skeleton
on Long Island. ','
half ago a . friendle-ssirlj-caiJT
dered in the " woodlar ear Islip,
Long Island; a week ago ker bleached
aud charred skeleton ws found.
Nothing indicated her identity but the
jewelry and a bill of sale from a Ger
man shop.- .Later, through the police
of Hamburg Germany, her identity
was established as Anna Luther. Sun
day night her husband, Frederick Geb
hardt, was caught at Astoria, L. I.,
by a photographer's flashlight. Last
night he iconfessed over his signature
that he was the murderer.
I Ilrknl a QuarrrU r .
The confession says: "We wero mar
ried in February, 1909, went to Eu
rope, and returned on April 6, 1908.
Anna went to Newark for a day or
two. . I was going to rent an apart
ment. I returned to my wife at the
"I met Anna again on April 8 at
Newark. On April 9, we went to Bay
Shore, where I showed her some prop
erty, got into an argument, and turned
back. She followed me. screaming.
I shot, her in the head. Then I took
the train homo.
!Vot for Iter Mnnff.
"I did not kill Anna for her money.
My reason for marrying Anna was
that I did not care to live with .my
membered that ho was assistant treas
urer of tho republican national com
mittee during the last presidential con
test. The City Fuel company dominates
the coal business of Chicago. It Is h
cally referred to as the coal trust. In
three years it has gained nearly every
large coal contract in the central bus
iness district of Chicago. Its growth
has been marvelous. It was amazing
even in the city where fortunes - are
sometimes made in a night. Competi
tors were driven out of the field like
rats might flee from a scuttled ship.
One of the remarkable features of
the hair-raising success of the City
Fuel company was that the coal deliv
ered by that concern was no better
than that delivered by its rivals in
fact, in many Instances it was the
same coal. The "trust" prices were no
lower, but in some instances were
higher. The "trust" has no monopoly
on the source of supply, nor upon the
Monopoly Thronjcb Coiacldrace.
How did it get the monopoly? -Simply
through a series of queer coinci
dences! One of the weirdest of all th
series was that in most cases where a
(Continued on Page Four.)
first wife longer, but as my first wife
had given -me a child my desire to
see the -child caused me to get rid of
Anna and return to my family. I told
her in Bay Shore that I was married.
She -screamed - and ran after me,
kissed me and I shot her."
'"" HowKbt 1)k fa lrrmany.
Gebhardt, ' when In Germany,
bought two police dogs. It was by
tracing Ihe dogg that detectives found
h's home In Astoria. While a news
paper photographer chanced lo flash
a light at the dogs, the flare revealed
the face of Gebhardt peping from the
chinks of an outhouse. He was run
down and arrested.
CONGRESSMEN MAY VISIT
Kxiierted Waterways CoiiimiKsion
Will Come to Rock Island. -
The members of the congressional
waterways commission, of which Sen
a tor T. E. Burton is chairman, will
probably make a short stay in this
city while enroute to New Orleans on
a trip of inspection of the Mississippi
river next month. Tho party will
travel aboard the steamer David Tip
ton from St. Paul to St. Louis, leaving
the former city Nov. 6. Major C. S.
Rlche, in charge of the river improve
ment between St. Paul and St. Louis,
expects to accompany the commission
on its trip as far as St. Louis.
M'KINHEY IS MEMBER
Congressman Will Accompany Miss.
Ksippi Voyager South to
Hon. James McKinney, representa
tive in congress from this district.
is one of the party in the big flo
tilla that is accompanying President
Taft on his "voyage" down the Miss
issippi to New Orleans, which started
from St. Louis yesterday. Mr. McKinney
is a wenjber of the committee on tht
"improvement of the upper Mississ
ippi" and will be a special guest of
these who have charge of the affair.
the "Lakes to the Gulf Deep Water
ways association." Mr. McKlnnej
will only go on the river trip as fai
AUTO KILLING AT STERLING
Hear Wheel t'ol lapses and Machim
Turns Over on Occupants.
Sterling, III., Oct. 26. Frank Bun-
dy of tnis city was instantly killed
and E. II. Hollridge. also of Sterling
and Clarence Peckenbaugh of Clin
ton. Iowa, were injured when thtii
auto turned turtle yesterday after
noon. The accident was due to col-
lapso of the rear wheel.
MARSHAL'S BODY IS FOUND
Circumstances Point to Murder of Of
Hcial by Escaping Prisoner.
Green Bay. WMs.. Oct. 26. Deputy
Marshal Zimdars of Depere, five mile--south
of here, was found dead in fron
of his office early today. His watel'
and revolver were gone and the ke
of the jail was broken off in the door
Assumes New Duties.
If. A. Davidson has entered upon his
new duties as instructor of agents for
the Northern Life Insurance company
He will have' his headquarters In the
general offices of the company In the
Safety building. Mr Davidson is ont
of the best known insurance men Ir
this section, having been connected
for years with the Metropolitan Life
Insurance company in various capaci
ties, and is therefore well qualified for
his new position.
Court of Honor No. 3t Dance.
Court of Honor, v'o. : I, will give n
dance at K. of C hall Thursday even
ing, Oct. -28. Admission, -gents ' 5
cents,-ladies 15 cents. Schieberl's or
cheetra. i .
Des Plairxs Not Navigable.
Springfield,- 111., Oct. 26 --Tlie su
preme court today in the case of 1h
Economy Light and Power company
decided that the Des Plaines river Is
not navigable. -
No Sunday Shave in Wisconsin.
Madison. Wis., Oct. The 3
preme court today upheld the law rom
pelling the closing of barber shops on
Thaw Loses ' Again.
Albany. N. Y.. Oct.-20. The court of
appeals today overrrled" Harry K.
Thaw's contention . he was illegally
committed to the Matteawan hospital
for the criminal insane. - .
" SPEED RECORDS
Doncaster, England, Oct. 26. Leon
De La Grange, the French aviator, to
da rtris tne world's monoplane
speed--record, ' traveling -a mile, and
SSO yards-in l minute 47 1-5 seconds,
nearly 54 miles an hour.
Stnns Of Dnv at Hnn
Girardeau, Clo. and at
MAKES GOOD PJtOGRE
Big Boost for Waterways Give
at St. Louis FIcdt ln-4
Cairo, 111., Oct. 2C The roa
cannon of a battery announced
arrival of the presidential flotilla ;
noon. The levee slope was crowd'
with thousands. When Ihe Oleandk
had tied to the wharf the preside n
was escorted to the speakers' stan
where he was wel(med by the mayor
Governor Deneen spoke briefly an
was followed by an address by tlu
Mtopa at ( ipf (ilrardraa.
Cape Girardean, Mo.. Oct. 2. Th
president and party made tho firs
stop here early tills morning and t
mained an hour when they depart"'!
for Cairo. The levee was throngs!
ynd the president was enthusiastlcall.
I ( ycA At t r ctato tinl-mol alw.f
he briefly addressed a great crowd.
He Harr You Are Illaat.
St. Iuis. Oct. 26. Be sure you an
right and then go ahead with the deej
waterways was the keynote of Prei
lent Taft's speech here yesterday
"let us take up each project on it
merits," he said, "and determine b;
all means at our command whether lh
country in which that project Is to b
carried out is so far developed as t
iustify the expenditure of a large sun
)t money and whether the project wll
be useful when done.
"When you have determined that ov.
the general principle of good to lfi-
ntlre country, then I am in favor t:
long that work as rapidly as It rai
tomds to do it." .
Not Like flaaaerrlt.
While the president's utterances o
.vaterway improvement were not 6
rar-reachlng regarding the creation
he 14 foot channel as 'those of Preb.
lent Roosevelt on a similar occasion
ed therefore not entirely cheering t
he advocates of an immediate con
:neneement of tho work yet the far
that Speaker Cannon unqualifiedly ei
lorsed the chief executive's stand r
warding bond Issues for such project
;ave these same advocates encourag'
ment. The general good was the tev
hich the president prescribed for ti;
jndertaking of ambitious works.
Yesterday's meetings in St. Louj
and East St. Louis wero participate
in by President Taft. Speaker Josep
j. Cannon. Governor Deneen of Illlnoi
Governor Hadley of Missouri and Vif
President Sherman, the latter's pre
nco making the occasion perhaps tl.
Irst that so complete a roster of or
cialdom has gathered at any plac
west of the Allephenies..
"I believe that the Illinois genen
assembly will crystalizo into action tit
ientlment shown hero and which wl;
be shown everywhere from St. Loui
lo New Orleans during Ihe next fev
lays." said Governor Deneen. "Illlnoi
should maintain its leadership In w;
terway Improvements. Had this state
policies been pressed by the federsi
and state governments herctofon
there, would havo been enough watt
power developed in our public stream
'o pay for the entire development c
our domestic waterways.
Walrrnl) (irratrat laaae.
Governor Hadley of Missouri, wIj;
Introducing President Tsft to tho Co
scum audience, urged that the devc
opment of river channels Into navlK:
(Continued on Tage Light.)
BUTTE MAN IS
FIRST IH BIG
tit.' . f
Aberdeen, S. D.. Oct. 20. Wiliia
J. Engel, a farmer of Dutte.t N
drew No. 1 in the land drawing h
today. ' ' s
Among other names drawn wrs
10, Richard H. Martin of Dodgevi
Wis.; 13. Kay J. Martin of Mason Ci
Iowa; 17, George Frelrtlein of GuU
berg, Iowa; 2 C. John Bradley or CI
field. Iowa ; 27. , Agnes , Haddow
Sparta. Wis.; S2. P. C Wlgge of M
cow, Neb.; 31, John .T. Wilson of x
lumbia, Iowa, and 38, James McCa:
ley of Peoztlot, Iowa.