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I JFTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 32.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1909. -1EX PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
NEW FIRE IN LOWER LEVEL
OF CHERRY MliUY STOP
RESCUERS SEVERAL DAYS
IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET
DEMOCRATIC LEADER, IS
BURNEDTO DEATH INHOME
Former Resident of Dav
enport fleets Fate at
GRANDSON WITH HIM
Other Members of Family Bare
'. ly Have Time to Escape
Was National Figure.
Kansas ChtTnov. 23. Representa
tive David A. DeArmond, one of the
oldest democratic members of con
gress, and grandson Waddie, aged 6,
were burned to death in a fire that de
stroyed the DeArmond home at Butler,
Ma, early today. Bones believed to be
those of the congressman were found
by searchars this morning.
The other occupants of the house at
the time of the fire, and who escaped,
were Mrs. DeArmond, James A- De-
Armond, son of the congressman, and
Starts at 3 A. M. .
Tho Are started at 3 this morning.
Mrs., DeArmond, wife of the congress
, manj after recovering from the shock
of. tho lire, said the first she knew of
tho fire was when sho heard her grand-
C-1 WoHa rtnlT in tVtA V -xt Q r i-no An
:' 1 nUUlv V.UI1 UUl JIVUv; v C0
Are. Mrs. DeAnnond occupied a room
on the first floor, while the congress
man land grandson were In rooms on
, I be sn-cond ncor.
rinrt" !y AIIc to Enrspf.
?!&. DeArmcnil was barely able to
tficnp'i with h r own life, and had not
a rrcrncrt to attompt to rescue the
ethers. When s'ic- reached the yard
the r.ulld'ng was wrapped in flames,
fe:;d 13 mim:t?s Inter it was in ashes.
Mi:. DeArmond said she neither saw
Tior fcjnrd t'.ny cry from her husband,
ani nettles is known of his experi-
. :. Mrs. Ilr.ttle Clark, a married -thrash--;
' of M-o congressman, and Mrs. De-
Ajieond ai d iv.r.U servant all slept on i
:t-H:sl f cor. and escaped. Mrs. Clark
' fen Tri-3 to Save.
;Tiie home cf the congressman was
vr it si th) street from that of the son
Juri es. The latter started to rush Into
ha burning home of his father in an
tempt to save the latter, but was re
Ftralneil by other members of the
family and neighbors. The cause of
the Are is unknown.
Mra. Clark Heard Cry.
Mrs. Clark says she was awakened
by a cry, and going to the door of her
room, saw smoke Issuing from the part
of the cart house where the congress
man and Waddie slept.
"Qet me out of here!" she heard
"Nevermind, son, Til save you," the
. congressman said.
' loot Words Uttered.
' These were the last words either of
the victims uttered. A moment later
the smoke increased In volume, and
Mrs. Clark fled to the telephone. With
in ja few minutes' time she had given
the alarm to the telephone office and
hurried back to the room of her moth
er, and succeeded in getting her out
of the house.
No cry came from the burning ruins
of the house, now fast crumbling, and
It was evident DeArmond and Waddle
had by that time been overcome by the
moke or were then dead.
Died Saving- Boy.
Mrs.-Clark believes her father sac
rificed his life In an effort to save the
grandson.' She thinks the congress
man was aroused in time to save him
self, but in attempting to carry the
boy from danger he became confused
In the smoke and was overcome before
he was able to find a way out.
Bodies of Both Found.
The bodies of DeArmond and
grandson were found in the ruins this
afternoon lying side by side. DeAr
mond was evidently carrying the
grandson when death overtook him.
uw i.ivea in umvenport.
Congressman DeArmond is a brother
of Dr. J. A.' DeArmond of Davenport.
The latter was notified today of tho
accident. Congressman DeArmond
himself . formerly lived in Davenport,
studying law and being admitted to
the bar there. He was born in Blair
county. Pa., March 18, 1845. He at
tended Dickinson seminary at Wil
llamsport. Pa,, and came with his
family to Scott county in 1866. Soon
efterward he began the study of law
with the firm of Lane & Day in Daven
port. Upon being admitted to the bar
Ih Twintn nractlcinsr a flmnnflelil Xfr
!Here he entered politics, being first
.elected state senator. Later he be
came district judge and served on the
supreme court commission.
From Greenfield he removed to But
ler and wag there' elected to congress
from Jthe Sixth ? district, serving 20
yeara'and becoming one of the demo
cratic leaders., He served on various
committees, one of the most important
being the Judiciary committee. He
was a personal friend of Taft, both be
fore and after the latter was elected
to congress, and formed a member of
the Taft party on the visit to the
orient several years ago when the ro
mance of Alice Roosevelt and Nich
olas Longworth had its beginning.
Three Brothers la Politics.
The DeArmond family has fur
nished three brothers who have At
tained some political prominence. Dr.
DeArmond of Davenport served in the
Iowa state senate, and there was an
other brother, James M., now de
ceased, who was formerly principal of
one of the Davenport schools and
later served a term as postmaster un
der Cleveland's first administration.
ELECTION IN SIXTH
Picking of Successor In Congress to
Lorimer In Progress at
Chicago, Nov. 23. The congression
al election here today in the Sixth dis
trict is of unusual interest. The elec
tion is to fill tho vacancy in the house
caused by the election of William Lor
imer to the United States senate.
There are three candidates in the field:
William J. Moxley, republican, backed
by the Lorimer support; Frank S.
Ryan, democrat, and Carl L. Barnes,
independent. Adherents of all three
candidates say they will be victorious
today. The district has always been
MUST PAY $14,900
Judge Rules Settlement for $800 Can
not Be Made Binding by the
Kewanee, 111., Nov. 23. Judge
Green, in the Stark county circuit
court, has held that the settlement of
thorized by the county court after the
Stoner boy had been given a verdict
of $14,000 against eight wealthy Brad
ford youths who tied him to a tomb
stone, which fell on him, breaking his
Jg, cannot now be made, as the lower
court had no jurisdiction when the
case was pending in the circuit cou-t.
ROADS LOSE COAL RATE SUIT
Interstate Commerce Commission Ob
tains Victory Over B. & O.
Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 23. The in
terstate commerce commission obtain-
ed an important victory in the mattsr
of the establishment of freight rates
when the United States circuit court
for the eastern district of Pennsyl
vania sustained the demurrer filed Dy
the commission asking for the dismis
sal of the suit brought by the Balti
more and Ohio and other railroads to
enjoin the commission from enforcing
an order establishing a tariff on big
vein coal from the George's creek and
Elk river regions in Maryland to At
lantic coast points in other states.
The railroads sought to have the com
mission enjoined from reducing the
TORNADO HITS DEXTER, M0.
Demolishes 15 Houses and Wrecks
Dexter, Mo., Nov. 23. A tornado
struck this town at noon yesterday, de
molished 15 hodses and wrecked the
county fair buildings. Including the
amphitheater. Two women and two
children were injured.
The storm originated north of town
and cut a path 300 feet wide about a
quarter of a mile long. All the build
ings It hit were demolished and most
of them reduced to kindling wood.
Several buildings were damaged In the
village of Essex.
STEAMER PURITAN IS SAFE
Towed Into South Chicago Harbor
After Drifting 24 Hours.
Grand Rapids, Mich., Nov. 23. The
Evening Press wireless station today
picked up a message from the steamer
Puritan, which for 24 hours drifted
helplessly about Lake Michigan with
a broken rudder. The message says:
"The Puritan was this morning picked
up by a tug and safely towed into
South Chicago harbor."
IN PORTO RICO
New York, Nov. 23. The yacht
Nourmahal, with Astor and party
aboard, was at San Juan, Porto Rico,
the evening of the 17th, preparing to
leave for Ponce, and from there for
Cuba. This report was brought by a
steamer which arrived this afternoon
from Porto Rico
According to Accurate Calculations, Halley's Comet Will
Year. News Item.
WHOLE OF CENTRAL AMERICA
ABOUT TO BECOME INVOLVED
New "Orleans, Nov. 23. A dispatch
from Port Llmon, Costa Rica, says pas
sengers arriving at Punta Arenas re
port a great movement of troops in
Salvadorean ports. It is said Alfaro Is
at the head of 1,000 Nlcaraguans, well
armed and equipped.
WHOLE COUNTRY EMBROILED.
It is predicted If Alfaro Is beaten,
the trcops of Salvador and Guatemala
will march through Honduras to attack
Zelaya. If Alfaro succeeds, a revolu-
ticTTTn "liualemalJ Wlf be asiure'cTand
a general uprising In Central America
Prepare to Send Marines.
Washington, Nov. 23. Preparations
are being made for 400 marines to sail
from Philadelphia either for the canal
zone or for Nicaragua next Saturday.
This will constitute the first armed
force to land in Nicaragua, if develop
ments in the situation there within
the next few days require such a
Samuel Gompers Declares They
Will Block Adequate Dam
ages to Injured.
SPOILS CHANCE FOR FEES
Other Speakers at Opening of Civic
Federation Demand Better Pro
tection for Workers.
New York, Nov. 23. Samuel
Gompers, president of the American
Federation of Labor, paid his re
spects to the legal profession yester
day at the opening session of the
National Civic Federation's annual
meeting. He was discussing the uead
in This country of new law to cover
the subject of employers Uibinty and
to provide adequate compensation to
wage tamers injured by accidents.
"The lawyers will prevent ur get
ting the best and the wisest laws in
this matter," he said. "They will
have little difficulty in finding almost
insurmountable constitutional objec
tion, for the resources of our consti
tutional lawyers for interpretation
are limitless, particularly when they
are superinduced by the opportunity
for well earned fees.
Can Hope Only for Little.
"All we can hope for is a little
progress. We must go on wiin our
work of spreading the light. For the
present let us be satisfied with estab
lishing some semblance of the jus
tice which is demanded by such dis
asters as this most recent one at
John Mitchell also spoke, saying
the natural conditions of mining in
this country are more safe than in
Europe, but that nearly fivo men out
of every 1,000 employes are killed an
nually, whereas in Belgium, England
and Germany the average is about
one to a thousand. He said the iaws
should aim to protect workers more
Cnlla Damage Salt Vicious.
George M. Gillette of Minneapolis,
discussing the present liability laws,
said that "the modern damage suit is
the most disturbing, expensive, end
vicious pha.se of our industrial rys
torn." He atldi-rt:
"More than half of the millions
annually scent for the relief of dam-,
course to be pursued. All will depend
upon the action to be taken by the
state department, which is marking
time pending the receipt of additional
details of the killing of the two Ameri
cans, Grace and cannon.
Intended for Panama.
The departure of the marines comes
as a result of rush orders sent to the
League Island navy yard, after the
state department received the prelim
inary report of the slaying, by Presi
lflp y.P.Tayflg orders of the ixa sex-
It had heen intended to send the ma
rines to Panama, to relieve about 380
unarlnes now on duty there.
The date of departure from Phila
delphia had been set for Dec. 3, by
which time the troop ship Prair'e
would have been ready to sail. By
working night and day the League
Island force will be able to finish re
pairs on the ship by Nov. 27, and that
date has now been set for the sailing
of the marines.
aged workmen goes to the lawyers,
and the workmen themselves get a
very small part of the total."
NINE IN A POSSE
SHOT BY BLACKS
Quiet In Carolina Town Follows Ex
citement Since Saturday Over
Clash at Negro Party.
Union, S. C, Nov. 23. Following
two days of excitement with a race
riot threatened as a result of the
wholesale wounding of a deputy sher
off's posse by drunken negroes lace
Saturday night, quiet prevails and the
ofilcials believe they have the situation
well in hand.
The negroes who did the shooting
escaped and this probably accounts
for the fact that further disorders
were not recorded Late yesterday
afternoon one of the negroes charged
with the shooting was arrested and
lodged in Jail. Three others for whom
warrants were issued have not been
Following repeated efforts by Dep
uty SherifT A. S. McCall to put a stop
to noisy revelry at a negro "frolic
Saturday night, he, with a small party
of residents, started for the bouse oc
cupied by the negroes. The latter
opened fire with shotguns, woundln?
nine members of the officer's force,
including the deputy sheriff, who re
ceived wounds in each leg.
iSpringfield, 111, Nov. 23. Colonel
Frank D. Whlpp, who has been investi
gating conditions at Cherry, 111., as
Governor Deneen's personal represen
tative, today made a report to the gov
ernor. In view of the facts set forth
in the report the governor today drew
$2,500 from the contingent fund placed
at his disposal by the general assem
bly. This amount is to be forward Jd
to Orson Smith, treasurer of the Illi
nois branch ' of the American Red
Cross society, for distribution among
--7 , L t
Hit the Earth May 18 of Next
BLOW UP A STORE
Supposed Black Hand Outrage
in Danville Cause.? Heavy
DESTROYS WHOLE BLOCK
Bomb Set Off in Fruit and Wine Ks"
tablishment of an Italian
' Fire Breaks Out.
Danville, 111., Nov. 23. An explosion
of dynamite in the fruit and wine house
of Joseph Mascari at-13 College street
early today wrecked about 25 build
ings in the business district. Mascari
believes the "Black Hand" is respon
sible for the explosion.
Whole Block Destroyed.
The damage is estimated at $50,000
to 175,000. The block in which Mas
cari's place is located was completely
demolished. Immediately after the ex
plosion flames began to sweep the dis
trict, but were extinguished without
much additional loss.
GUARD DR. COOK'S REPORT
Document of 50,000 Words Will
Leave for Copenhagen Thursday.
New York, Nov. 23. The volumin
ous report prepared by Dr. Frederick
A. Cook for the University of Copen
hagen, which will set forth in detail
the explorer's claim to having reached
the north pole, will be sent under
strong guard on the Scandinavian
American liner United States Thanks
From the precautions taken it Is ap
parent that Dr. Cook fears something
may happen to his document. Ar
rangements have been made to store
it in the strongbox in the captain's
room, where it will be guarded by the
explorer's secretary, Walter Lonsdale.
On arrival at Copenhagen it will be
turned over to authorized representa
tives' of the university. The report,
which will contain about 50,000 words,
is to reach Copenhagen Dec. 7 and
Dr. Cook expects a verdict from the
university about the first of the year.
MINE BLAST COSTS 6 LIVES
Fire Damp Explode in Ohio Shaft
and Men Are Fatally Hurt.
Martin's Ferry, Ohio, Nov. 23. A
few minutes before the night shift had
entered the Florence mine of the
Youghlogheny and Ohio Coal com
pan, near here, Sunday night, fire
damp exploded with terrific force, fa
tally burning six miners who we in
advance of the main force. The tasn
were rescued by their comrades, but
all will die. The mine was badly
PRETTY BLONDE IS FRAUD
Victimizes Fox River Valley Business
Men Out of Big Sums.
Elgin, 111, Nov. 23. A pretty
blonde, purporting to represent the
Chicago Industrial Home for Children,
located at Woodstock, swindled promi
nent business men of Elgin and other
cities on the Fox river out of hundreds
of dollars by systematic soliciting i t
dues in the past summer. The fraud
was exposed yesterday, although the
young woman has not been arrested.
BAGS 4- MORE ELEPHANTS
Roosevelt Party to Leave f&r Londi
anai With Valuable Trophies.
Nairobi, British East Africa, Nov.
23. Reports received from the Ameri
can hunting expedition are to the ef
fect that all the members of the party
are well and will return to Londianai
Nov. 30. During the hunting on the
Guas Inghisu plateau Colonel Roose
belt and Kermit Roosevelt, In company
with the African explorer, Carl E. Ak
ley, killed four elephants for the Amer
ican Musuem of Natural History at
New York. Mr. Roosevelt has decided
to give one of the elephants killed
earlier to the Musuem of the Univer
sity of California.
The party took many other trophies,
including five horned giraffes, a leop
ard, a roan bush buck, a Jackson
hartebeest, an oribi, a stinging topi, a
bohor and a kob.
Illinois Man Quits Pension Commis
sion&hip Because of Son's III
Clinton, 111., Nov. 23. Vespasian
Warner, United States commissioner
of pensions, has tendered his iesig-
nation to President Taft and it has
The resignation went to Washing
ton about a week ago and the accept
ance was received by Mr. Warner
yesterday. He was appointed to the
position by Roose..- in 1904 and
was reappointed by Taft.
Mr. Warner is in Clinton and has
been for several months. His com
ing home was occasioned by the ill
ness of his son, C. M. Warner, who
has had charge of two large estates.
The work was more than the young
er Warner's constitution would allow
and he was obliged to quit. It was
the purpose of the father to come
home relieve him for a few months in
the hope of improvement, thinking
then he might resume his duties as
commissioner, but the ailment of the
son has not yielded to medical treat-
t. He is now at West Baden.
Hundreds of letters from veterans
all over the United States have been
coming in the last few weeks urging
Mr. Warner not to resign.
FORMER MERCER COUNTY
Mr. and Mrs. Doxey Arrested Jn Ne
braska on Complaint of St.
Columbus, Neb, Nov. 23. On ac
count of the reported condition of Mrs.
Doxey, who, with her husband, was
arrested recently on the complaint of
Kate Erder of St. Louis on a statutory
charge, the county attorney charged
Dr. Doxey with administering poison
to his wife with intent to kill. Circuit
Judge Ratterman freed Doxey under
condition that he place his wlf? under
the care of a local physician and ad
minister no medicine to her himself.
The Doxeys are former residents of
Joy, Mercer county, the wife being a
daughter of Jefferson Fuller, a well
known farmer still living at that place.
MAKE WRIGHT AEROPLANES
Company Will Be Able to Deliver
Machines to Customers Soon.
New York, Nov. 23. The Wright
company, which will be able to dellvar
Wright aeroplanes to customers by
May next, has been formed in New
York. Behind it are Cornelius Van
derbilt. Theodore P. Shonts, Allan A.
Ryan, Morton F. Plant, Howard Gould,
Andrew Freedman, Robert J. Collier,
August Belmont, Edward J. Berwind
and Russell A. Alger. One of the
Wright brothers will be president and
the other vice president. The com
pany is capitalized at $1,000,000 and
takes over the Wright patents for tha
United States and Canada. A factory
will be built near Dayton, Ohio.
Uncle Shelby 80 Years Old.
Washington, D. C, Nov. 23.
United States Senator Shelby M. Cul-
lom was 80 years old yesterday. Al
most all of official Washington, not
to speak of scattering corners of the
republic, helped him observe bis an
niversary. It was an unusual occa
sion, being not only his 80th natal
anniversary but the 56th anniversary
of his entrance in public life.
Last Resort of Murderers Fails.
Jefferson City, Mo, Nov. 23. The su
preme court of Missouri today affirm
ed the death sentence of William Wil
son, the negro murderer of Millie Plum,
and fixed the execution at Jan. 12 next.
Former Mayor Accident Victim.
Webster City. Iowa, Nov. 23. For
mer Mayor Edwards, president of the
Savings bank here, was shot and ser
iously wounded by the accidental dis
charge of a revolver. .
WHAT DO YOU
Washington, Nov. 23. At the end of
today's Besslon of the cabinet it was
announced neither the Nicaragua situ
ation, the Standard Oil decision, nor
the sugar trust fraud was considered.
Lessens the Hope of Find
ing More Than 100
APPEAL TO GOVERNOR
Union Offcers Ask That Some
One Be Appointed to Take
Charge of Work,
Figures on Cherry Horror
Rescued alive 20
Recovered yesterday 42
Recovered previously 59
Still unaccounted for 189
Cherry, III., Nov. 23. The state ex
ecutive board of the United Mine Work
ers has asked Governor Deneen to des
ignate some one man to take charge of
the rescue work, declaring the methods
Fire la Third Vein.
Cherry, I1L. Nov. 23. Explorations
made since midnight shows the fire has
broken out anew in the third vein aad
firemen spent the remainder of the
night In an attack upon the blaze. The
miners feel confident there are living
men in the lower level, but the com
pany officials do not share their opin
ion. Rraened, Bat Dira.
After experiencing all the terrors of
long imprisonment and the joy of be
ing brought to the surface alive, Dave
Hollofchek, one of the 20 survivors res
cued Saturday, died today of general
Blocks Rnnie Work.
Fire in the second gallery resulted
today in heavy cave-In, the earth
blocking rescue work to the east,
where it Is thought were survivors. It
will be impossible for many days to
make an entrance.
Try Eoat and West.
Cherry, ni., Nov. 23. Efforts to reach
the men possibly still alive in the St.
Paul mine were made in easterly and
westerly directions yesterday. Later
an attempt was made at the bottom at
the request of President McDonald of
the United Mine Workers of Illinois
and his associates.
Rain turned to Bnow. Scarcely a
kinsman but what was at the scene.
But efforts to explore under ground
continued unabated. Dozens of volun
teers worked against exasperating odds
to extend the limits of their explora
tions. Earth and coal were removed,
only to be followed by other deluges
from crumbling passages. But each
check met another desperate attack.
Find Toola, Bat No Mm.
The first tangible hope came when
the men in the east workings broke
through a fall of earth where it had
been expected by experts a large num
ber of bodies would be found. None
were discovered. Instead, in the tool
closet hewed out in the earth, a great
many mining Implements were found,)
as laid down, apparently, when the
men came in there to eat. The fact Is
regarded as significant, as not a dinner
pall remaied. From this it waa ar
gued that the men, unable to escape
when the fire was discovered, retreated
to some extremity of the mine, carry
ing food with them.
la llottomramt Gallerjr.
The next flame of hope came with
the discovery that the bottommost gal
lery in the west is not sufficiently flood
ed to impede progress. McDonald's
delegation Insisted upon the explora
tion of this gallery, generally believed
to be of little importance. At the time
of the catastrophe little, if any, work
was being done In this section, the men
being engaged in the richer coal beds
of the second gallery.
Taylor, however, was impressed with
the theory that men cut off in the sec
ond gallery might have found their
way into the gallery below where there
was no fire.
The tenseness of the nerves of the
rescuers was shown by a demonstra
tion yecterday afternoon when a man
who was proved to have been dead sev
eral days, but who was believed alive
when brought to the surface, was ruHh
ed to the hospital car.
Xrmrly All Asphyxiated.
The identification of the 42 bodlei
recovered yesterday was comparative
ly easy. Physicians declared all but a
few died of asphyxiation. Some had
torn all their clothing off in agony, t . y
Gruesome tokens of the futile fight'
for life made by the men were found
beside the bodies. On the wall of the
snaft we're fastened rude wooden pin
wheels, shaped in the fashion of ven.
tilatlng fans and intended to bring in
a current of air.- Boards torn from
the timbering in the mine were crod-
(Cenlinucd on fg Ten.)