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I J FT Y-NINTH YEAR. NO. 27.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1909. -TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE; TWO CENTS.
GAS IS RAPIDLY FORMING
Halley's Comet-I never saw those things when I was around here before!
IN CHERRY MINE AND
EXPLOSION IS IMMINENT
EN THROWN OUT
I FEDERhTSOM f uRwS DOlVfJ
WHO HAD BE
WILL OPEN AIR SHAFT
Three Companies of 6th Regi
ment on Scene but Find
Little to Do.
Cherry, III., Nov. 17. The heat In
the mine was found too intense today
to permit of entrance. This means the
bodies of the men entombed will re
main there at least another 24 hours.
The fine is believed to be worse thai
ever. Many bodies, it is believed, have
been burnt beyond hope of identifica
tion. EsploIn Feared.
Cherry, III., Nov. 17. Gas is forming
rapidly in the mine tins morning
caused by the burning coal and the
action of fire and water. An explosion
In an' tftrt to rid the mine of gas
the air shaft will be oppned today and
the big fan tunx-J on. Uron the suc
cess of this action will depend the im
mediate plat.s of the men trying to
bring the lire under control and to en
ter the mine.
Stute Troops on Guard.
State troops arrived during the
r.ight. Hints of a possible demonstra
tion against state officers or mine offi
cials reached the ears of State's At
torney Erkart yesterday and troops
were sent i". All night they did sen
tinel duty about the mine and the St.
Paul cars containing mine inspectors
and nurses and reaching the private
coach of President Earl lag of the St.
Paul. During the night tons of water
were forced into the burning mine un
der' the supervision of the expert fire
fighters from; Chicago. .
' IIoTter'Than Ever. '
The fire Is now hotter than it has
been at any time and the chances are,
it 1b said, no one can enter the mine
f or a week. If such proves to be th-J
case upon investigation the mine will
be sealed again and not opened for
Temperature 115 reanees.
The temperature in the main shaft
wis taken at 10 o'clock and showed
115 degrees. This was an indication
lees favorable than last night, when
Result ot the Action
Water Upon the
the authorities determined to open the
mine if It possibly could be done with
safety. During the taking of the test
appeals from the unfortunate women
of Cherry for the shaft to be opened
v were so pathetic as to force officials
(fr to turn their heads.
' No eed of Troops.
Captain Hall In command of the mil
itia, now on ground, found no evidence
of trouble when he arose today. "The
troops here?" he asked as he watched
half a dozen sobbing women approach
the shaft muttering pathetic appeals
to the men. on guard. "I can't see any
need for troops here. There seems no
occasion for it in my opinion."
y Sberlfl Aaka for Troops
Cherry, 111., "Nov. 17. Troops
ware called for yesterday afternoon
to prevent any untoward demonstra
tion at the St. Paul coal mine when
the bodies of the 300 men entombed
by last Saturday's disaster, are
brought to the surface.
Sheriff Skoglund of Bureau coun
ty, with authority from State's At
torney Eckhart. telegraphed to
Springfield, HI., asking Governor De
neen to send several companies of
state militia and orders were given
for the Kewanee, Galesburg and Mon
mouth companies of the 6th regiment
to proceed to the scene. So far there
has been no violence displayed as a
result of the disaster and State's At
torney Eckhart hopes by the presence
of a mall guard to prevent any ill
advised movement on the part of the
miners whose feelings have been
wrought up by the loss of their com
rades. "We want the troops at once;
that's all there is about it. We will
take no chances," declared the state's
Might Get Beyond Control
"The decision to call for troops was
agreeable to all parties concerned
"here," said Sheriff Skoglund. "it was
'thought that when they began to
take out the bodies confusion nrfght
ensue. Members of some of the dis
tressed families might become excit
ed and the situation might get out
iof oontrol of the local authorities.
"Conferences were held between
the local and state officials already
'here and officials connected with the
mine. It was agreed the presence of
militia would not be a disadvantage.
The coming of troops really does not
change the situation, for the mine al
ready is practically in the hands of
the etaje owing to the presence of the
state mine inspectors.
"We do not expect trouble, yet, if
anything should hansen we don't
want to be in the position of having
neglected any precaution."
Wild Ramon Afloat
Despite Sheriff Skoglund's assur
anoe that no apprehension prompted
the call for troops, many wild ru
mors were circulated. One was that
a crowd of men from points outside
of Cherry had determined to take the
situation into their own hands and
carry out the rescue work themselves.
Another said a plot had been formed
to blow ud a number of nrlvate ea.rr
on the switches here. One of them is
the private car of President Earling
of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St.
Paul railroad, who remains nieht and
day on the ground. All of these ru
mors were scoffed at by the officials
and branded as absurd.
President Taft, Cabinet and Members
of Congress Will Attend Cath
Washington, Nov. 17. St. Patrick's
Catholic church in this city will be the
scene of a notable gathering Thanks
giving day when President Taft, Vice
President Sherman, the cabinet, diplo
matic corps, members of the supremo
court of the United States, senators
and representatives in congress and
prominent Catholic prelates will at
tend a pan-American Thanksgiving
celebration. The ceremonies will be
of an imposing character and will in
clude a celebrat4on of solemn high
mass in the presence of Cardinal Gib
bons, Monsignor Falconio, papal dele
gate, and others.
CORN SHREDDER KILLS BOY
Drawn Into Machine While Feeding
It Furmer Loses Ami.
Elgin, 111., Nov. 17. Gaza Metzler,
13 years old, while operating a corn
shredder yesterday, fell into tha ma
chinery. Before the power could be
shut off Metzler was killed.
William Schremm of Schaumberg
lost an arm in a corn shredder. His
Jacket caught 6n the belt. Before the
machine could be stopped his arm had
been drawn In and cut off. ?
WOULD MURDER MORSE
Ice Dealer Testifies That' He Chased
Former Trust Founder.
New York, Nov. 17. John M.
Briggs, an Ice dealer of Cocymans, N.
Y created a sensation in court yes
terday when he testified In answer to
the questions of counsel for the Amer
ican Ice company that ho had felt so
biterly towards Charles W. Mora 3,
former head of the company, that he
at one time "chased him, for two weeks
with a gun." Briggs said he had lost
heavily in speculation with Morse.
C. N. CIRTTENTQN DIES
Founder of Rescue Homes for Girls
Stricken by Pneumonia."
San Francisco, Nov. 17- Charles N.
Crittenton of New York, widely known
as the millionaire founder of the Flor
ence Crittenton Rescue Homes for
Girls, died last night of pneumonia
! after being 111 less than a week. He
! was 76 years old. Mr. CrlttentDii
i founded 73 rescue homes in this coun
try and several in Japan and China,
which he named in memory of his
MRS. DRESDEN'S DEATH
ACCIDENT, SAYS CORONER
LaPorte, Ind., Nov. 17. The coron
er's jury investigating the death of
Mrs. Hunter Dresden of Buchanan,
Mich., drowned in Hudson lake a
month ago while boating with her hus
band, returned a verdict of accidental
Collision on C H. & D.
Dayton, Ohio, Nov. 17. A doubla
header freight, sound bound, and a
passenger train north bound on the
Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton, col
lided near Dayton this morning. A
fireman and brakeman were killed and
none of the passengers injured.
Great Snowstorm In Germany.
Berlin, Nov. 17. A great snowstorm.
Is sweeping ver the whole country
today. Nearly all wires are down.
TO BE IN FACT A
New York, Nov. 17. The report
that the controlling interest in the
Western Union obtained by, the tele
phone company woi!d lead to a close
community of Interest between those
companies and the Postal Telegraph
and probably the ultimate merger "of
the three was given color today whsn
the telephone officials frankly said the
Postal was the largest single stock
holder in their company
ilk vIp wlkvi i.-
RUmORED NumBER OF SUGAR
WEIGHERS ARE IN JURY NET
New York, Nov. 17. Although no
official confirmation could be had to
day, either from customs officials o'r
from U. S. District Attorney Wise, the
report Is persistent indictments have
been found against a number of gov
ernment weighers alleged to bo con
nected with the weighing frauds of the
American Sugar Refining company.
The belief is becoming general that i
congressional investigation of the New
York custom house will be ordered.
Ntn Flirure Introduced
New York, Nov. 17. A new figure
was Introduced last night into the con
troversy surrounding the Investigation
of frauds charged to the American
Sugar Refining company, when Edwin
I. Anderson, a former superintendent
of docks for the company and a close
personal friend of the late Theodore
O. Havemeyer, announced through his
attorneys that he is the man referred
to by James B. Reynolds, former assist
ant secretary of the treasury, as the
one who gave the department the first
specific Information .concerning the
Anderson has filed claims with the
customs authorities for compensation,
which he estimates will reach $1,000,
000. For the past two years, he says,
he has been engaged in furnishing evi
dence to the government, and it was
through him, he asserts, that Richard
Parr, who now figures so prominently
in the case, gained his Information.
Knew Too Much
Reviewing the case, both by means of
affidavits which were made several
months ago, and by verbal statements,
Anderson says that the American
Sugar Refining company requested his
resignation after Mr. Havemeyer's
death in 1903, on the theory that "he
knew too much." He had then been
In the company's employ for 32 years.
At that time, he says, he had no posi
tive knowledge that frauds were being
committed, but he suspected it, and
as a result of investigations which he
then undertook, he came into posses
sion of what he calls positive proof
that the government was being de
frauded of at least $500,000 a year at
the single refinery where he had been
Says Pay W Promised.
When he laid his evidence before the
authorities at Washington, Anderson
continued, the matter was at once
taken up. He made several trips to
Washington, meeting Colonel Gerry,
chief of the customs department of the
NEGROES DEMAND THAT GOVERNOR
REMOVE SHERIFF DAVIS AT CAIRO
Chicago, Nov. 17. Demand that Gov
ernor Deneen remove from office
Sheriff Davis at Cairo because of tho
lynching of Will James, the alleged
murderer of Anna Pelley, was made
last night at a meeting in the Insti
tutional church, 3825 Dearborn street.
Speakers also denounced the clergy
of Cairo because of the eermons de
livered Sunday, in which the lynching
was upheld. - ;
The request that Sheriff Davis be re
moved was voiced In resolutions which
were adopted unanimously, W. G. An
derson, a negro, attorney, having de
clared there was-on the books a stat
ute which makes mandatory the re
moval of a sheriff after a lynching.
Text of Resolutions
The resolutions read:
Whereas, The state of Illinois in less
than two jeaia has been. fUsgrnrort hs
treasury; Beekman Winthrop, an as
sistant secretary, and others. Both
Colonel Gerry and Mr. Winthrop prom
ised him, he says, that his claim for
compensation should be allowed, and
he accordingly went ahead with his
As does Parr, Anderson says that
while his investigations were in prog
ress ho was constantly shadowed by
detectives and was so far convinced
that he was in danger of attack and
possible assassination that a special
secret service agent was assigned to
act as his bodyguard.
GEN. GRANT USES LADDER
With Wife Compelled to Flee from
Flames that Parnate Home.
Chicago, Nov. 17, Fire in the. home
of Major General Grant early this
morning caused small damage. The
general and Mrs. Grant escaped
through a window, descending to the
ground by a ladder the firemen raised.
Several servants were carried down
ladders by the firemen.
CROSS EXAMINATION OF
CLEM IN SON COMPLETED
Chicago, Nov. 17. The cross-examination
of Dr. Clemlnson was com
pleted today and he was followed by
several witnesses who testified as to
the doctor's good character.
LITTLE NEW IN
Chicago, Nov. 17. District Attorney
Sims today filed the answer of the gov
ernment to the petition of John R.
Walsh for a rehearing of his appeal
to the federal circuit court of appeals.
In the answer the government says
the only new points raised by the de
fendant in the petition are the mul
tiplicity of the counts of the indict
ment and the allegation that the ver
dict is inconsistent. The government
declares there Is no objection to the
multiplicity of counts during trial and
also that the verdict is in effect a
general verdict in which all the counts
four lynchings of indescribable bru
tality; Resolved, That we call upon our
public officials to use the militia be
fore, rather than after, lynchings; and
we demand the Impeachment of offi
cials guilty of criminal neglect of duty
who rely upon lynchings to "clarify
Resolved, That the statute directing
the governor to remove a sheriff who
permits a prisoner to be taken , from
him and lynched is a wholesome in
centive to effective aer-vlce which
should be vigorously enforced, and we
call upon Governor Deneen to do 'his
plain duty under the law.
To Pre Deneen
Following the adoption of the reso
lutions. Rev. A. J. Carey, as chairman
of the meeting, appointed a committee
to take the matter up with Governor
IN LAND SWINDLE
Oregon Man, Formerly Presi
dent of LaCrosse Bank
LARGE AMOUNT INVOLVED
Several Implicated as Accomplices In
Confession of Member of Party
Just Out of Prison.
La Crosse, Wis., Nov. 17. Upon a
confession of Horace D. McKInley, just
released from prison, where he served
two years for complicity in government
land frauds, J,.QleStorpy, formerly
president of the Exchange State bank
of La Crosse and now the president of
the Storey-Bracher Lumber company of
Portland, Ore., is charged with fraudu
lently obtaining timber lands in that
state valued at from $53,000 to $207,
000. George Sorenson, Horace D. Mc
KInley and S. A. D. Puter, all prom
inent In the land fraud cases tried by
Heney, and the latter two convicted in
that matter, and Edwin Flueck, a
prominent Seattle attorney, are named
I.a Crosse Man Complains.
Henry A. Salzer, La Crosse million
aire, is the complainant, and the alle
gations in his suit, started in the Unit
ed States court for the district of Ore
gon, charges that. In October, 1905,
Puter and McKinley traded to Salzer
G.G00 acres of timber lands for $18,000
in cash and 6,000 acres of Salzer's hold
ings. The titles were fraudulent, it Is al
leged. Puter and McKInley are charg
ed with dividing the money, Puter
getting $11,000 and McKinley $7,000.
The deeds to the property, It Is alleged,
remained In the possession of Mrs.
Marie McKinley until April, 1906, when
the defendants, Sorenson and Storey,
conspired to convert the lands, and
that then Sorenson went to San Fran
cisco, represented himself to be an
agent of Salzer and secured the papers
from Mrs. Hamilton for $300. They
were divided, it is alleged, between
Sorenson, Storey and the Storey-Bracher
Known In I.a Crosse.
Most of tho parties implicated are
known in La Crosse. McKinley, for
merly of West Salem, Wis., prior to
his conviction for the stupendous land
frauds, was known to capitalists here
as a timber expert cruiser and agent.
McKinley promises to make full res
titution. Van Hise Succeeds Eliot.
New York, Nov. 17. The retirement
of Charles W. Eliot from the hoard
of trustees of the Carnegie Foundation
marked the annual meeting of the
trustees of the foundation today.
President Van Hise of the University
of Wisconsin was elected to the va
ancy. MAY REFUSE TO
SERVE A NEGRO
Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 17. The
Iowa supreme court today handed
down a decision holding a private
business concern under the Iowa stat
ute can legally refuse to serve a negro.
The supreme court today refused lo
hear a motion to grant Leroy Ware,
defaulting cashier of the Farmers' and
Drovers' bank of Seymour, freedom
from the penitentiary pending the
hearing of his petition for writ of
naveas corpus Dec. 14.. The prisoner
was ordered taken
back to the pen-f
MRS. STETSON TO BEPGQQD
Bows to Mother .Chnrch When jt
cuseu oi -."vientai Malpractice.; .. J
Boston, Nov. 17. For 20 hours 10
Monday and 10 yesterday Mrs. Au
gusta E. Stetson of New York, accused
of "mental malpractice," was In secret
conference with the board of directors
of the First Church of Christ, Scien
tist, in the inner council rooms of the'
motner church. While the delibera
tions were secret, its result was ap
parent late last night when Mrs. Stet
son issued a statement in which she
asserts that she bows to the Judgments
of the mother church directors against
her, and, furthermore, that she will
obey "my leader" by uniting with
those who felt it was right to condemn
her in their testimony.
BILLBOARD PROBLEM UP
Forms Subject of Discussion at Meet
ing of Civic Association.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 17. The naV
tional Municipal league .today held a
business session and listened to'the
reading of a number of interesting
papers. Bill boards was the topic that
attracted the attention of the Ameri
can Civic association. A business ses
sion was held this morning.
The National Municipal league
elected: President, Charles J. Bona
parte, Maryland; secretary, Clinton
Rogers Woodruff, Philadelphia. There
were also several vice presidents and
an executive committee representing
all the larger cities.
President J. Horace McFarland and
Secretary Richard Watrous, both of
Harrisburg, Pa., were reelected by the
ARMY DESERTIONS GROW
Report Shows Xumber Who Take
"French Leave" Increasing.
Washington, Nov. 17. Continued ex
tensive desertions in the United States
army during the last fiscal year form
the leading feature of the annual r&
port of' Aayrtant General Alnsworth.
After showing that 4,993 men deserted
from the enlisted force of tho regular
army, General Alnsworth concludes
that only a strict enforcement of se
vere penalties will diminish materially
the practice of taking "French leave"
on the part of the soldiers. Of the
whole number of enlisted men 4.97
per cent deserted during the year.
THREE SHOT AND
KILLED IN WOODS
Marquette, Mich., Nov. 17. Walter
Dodd3 ot Watertown, N. Y., today re
ported ills father tnd two brothers
shot and killed while hunting deer
near Channing. The police are inves
tigating. HART WIRES FOR HIS FURS
Itailroad Man Is Snowbound at Emer
son, Minn., Yesterday Afternoon.
A rush telegram was received here
from F. A. Hart, who was snowbound
yesterday afternoon at Emerson,
Minn., stating that he wanted his furs
sent up there immediately. Mr. Hart
is enroute to the north pole, but he
will spend the hard weeks of the win
ter at Winnipeg. While there his
time will be occupied by tho Burling
ton road. He will handle the heavy
holiday traffic at that point. Mr. Hart
sends "greetings" to his many Rock
Island -friends from the chilly, frozen
OFFICERS ARE NOMINATED
Local Aerie of Kagles to Hold Annual
Flection Tuesday, Dec. 7.
The regular meeting of the local
Aerie of Eagles was held last evening
at the home on Twenty-first street and
Fourth avenue. Nominations for offi
cers for the coming year were made.
The election of officers will take place
at the next meeting, which will be held
at the home Tuesday, Dec. 7. A so
cial session followed the regular busi
ness, session last evening.
IMPROVE FARM CONDITIONS
Speaker at Iand CengTess Urges that
Hetter Class Stay in Country.
. Chicago, Nov. 17. At today's ses
sion of the national farm land cou
gress Governor Vessey of South Da
kota delivered the opening address.
He urged improvement of conditions
in rural districts in order the better
class o people might be attracted to
Missouri Pastor Hangs Self.
Marysville, Mo., Xov. 17. Rev. Jay
D. C. Hathaway, rector of St. Paul'5
Episcopal church, committed suicide
last night by hangiag. The cause is
Carlisle's Condition Improves.
New Ycrk, Nov. 17. News from the
sick room of ex-Secretary of the Treas
ury Carlisle was faborable this morn
ing. His condition Is considered encouraging.
Davenport and Other Rep
.'resentatives Aro Fin-
OHltlS; PASSED UPON
TorontovQnt Nof . 17--The Feder4.
tion of Labor oday l8missed the ap
peals of "the Ioa" state Jederatfon and
the central bodies,- of Cleveland' T(
ledo, Davenport, Qedar ';Rapids,: Mll
waukee and" 3aa. Francisco, whose
charters had been revoked. .-
Ohio Turned Ann1
tVThe federation also - dismissed tha
appeal of the Ohio federation from the "
revocation of1, ita charter and voted ta .
recognize.oafy the new Ohio federa .
tlon. A conference of factions of the
Brotherhood of. Electrical Workers was
authorized fii -the-hope of settling their
disputes. fT .'"V - '
Would Probe Meel Company-
Iowa WlJIintr to Conform
The committee on laws reported the
Iowa Federation admitted violation nl
the federation law and recommended,
that upon compliance with the law
their charter he restored. This was
ratified by the convention.
Ja the cases of the central bodies of
Cleveland, Toledo, Davenport, Cedar
Rapids, Milwaukee and San Francisco
the committee recommended that
those organizations at once comply
with the laws of the federation and
thereby maintain peace and unity in
their "respective cities.
Toronto, Ont., Nov. 17. Congres
sional investigation of the steel indus
try as it relates to labor was endorsed
yesterday try the executive council ot
the American Federation of Labor In
session here. It was decided to peti
tion congress to appoint a special com.
mittee to investigate the methods em
ployed by all great corporations en
gaged in the steel business; and, u It
is found that the tariff is being used
to maintain corporation profits rather
than benefiting general industrial con
ditions, the federation will recommend
that the tariff on steel be suspended
The council was also authorised to
levy assessments when necessary to
provide funds for assistance in strikes
against the United States Steel cor
pcration. , , '
Inaognrate In Fall
Among other matters acted upon was.
the. endorsement of the proposal to
change the date of the Inauguration ot
the president of the United States, and
it was decided to designate the Sunday
preceding the first Monday of Septen!
ber in each year as labor Sunday &nf
to request the churches of America toi
devote some pert of the day to thai
presentation of labor questions.
A resolution favoring the erection cd
labor temples in every Industrial ttsoA
ter was referred to the various central
bodies for consideration.
GRANGE FOR ROADS,
Des Moines, Iowa, Nor. IT. Tho Na
tional Grange today went on record!
as favoring the improvement of pub
He highways in preference to the de
velopment of deep waterways.
GIRL'S BODY REVEALS
A SHOCKING CRIME
Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 17. The body
of Hattle Zeinda, aged 14, was found
this afternoon in a deserted lime shed.
She had been assaulted and after
wards murdered. There is no clue.
Boston, Nov. 17. To save the rem
nant of the Sioux tribe of Indians
from extinction by consumption and
other diseases, a colony of Indians will
be established in Nicaragua early In
the new year. Chief Little Bison, t
full blooded Sioux, sailed from Boston
on the steamer Esparta today foi
Nicaragua, where he will recelva
deeds to 16.000 acres of land granted
by Nicaragua for the establishment ol
The project is supported financially
by F. S. Dellenbaugh, head of the
American Geographical society, and
several wealthy New York people. Th
migration of the Indians Is expect. 4
to bEh in January-