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I JFTY-NINTH YEAR. NO, 43.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1909. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
ZELAYA HAS PLENTY OF WOE;
IG WATERWAY CONGRESS
OPENS IN WASHINGTON;
TAFT THE FIRST SPEAKER
OLD ENEMY NOW IN FIEL
dEensprship So Strong,
However, People Do Not
AS TO WAR OUTLOOK
Government Troops Defeated
in Recent Battle Hon
Washington, Dec. 8. Senor Castril
. lo, representative of the revolutionists
here, received a cablegram under to
day's date from Bluefields, and signed
by Estrada, stating that all indications
" were that a decisive battle between
Zelaya's forces and the revolutionists
will be fought tomorrow at Rama. Ze
laya has recently been making every
. possible effort to incite the. pecple to
an anti-American demonstration. This
information was received at the state
department from official sources, to
gether with statements that Zelaya's
efforts In that direction were utterly
futile and that nothing but fear of him
prevents a prc-Amerlcan demonstra
tion. No confirmation has been receiv
ed by government officials here of the
report of an important battle between
the opposing forces.
I New Orleans, La., Dec. 8. Former
President Cardenas of Nicaragua, who
was overthrown by Zelaya in 1891. has
taken the field against his old enemy,
. and Is heading an expedition of 500
men from Costa Rica into Nicaragua
to support Estrada according to ad
vices received here.
In BUaafnl Ignorance.
Panama, Dec. 8. The censorship of
Nicaragua is so strict the people know
little of what has happened and have
not yet learned of the severance of
diplomatic relations with the United
.-Gencral Tetedo rs besieged" at Grey
lown by insurgents which is surround
ed on land and sea. . At a recent bat
tle at Rama the government troops
were defeated.' .
Of one column of Zelaya's troops
numbering 150 it i3 said only four es
caped, and Commander Vasquez was
Homdnras Under Martial Un.
V Porto cortez, Honduras, Dec. 8.
Martial law in Honduras was proclaim
ed yesterday as the result of the prob
able suspicion that General Bonillj
will take advantage or the situation m
Nicaragua tj" Invade Honduras with a
rebel band and regain the presidency
from which he was deposed in 1907 by
President Davilla with the ,ald of Ze
laya. France Not to Interfere.
Paris, Dec. 8. France today finally
decided not to send a warship to Nic
aragua. ARRIVE AT LAS?
Explorer Cock's Records Beach
Copenhagen in Strong
TAKEN TO T.
Detecives During the
Placed in a Safe
Cop .Aagen, Dec. 8. Cook's polar
records arrived here today. An iron
Abox containing them was transferred
from the ship to an automobile, and
under guard of Cook's secretary and
two detectives wag taken to the Uni
versity of Copenhagen, where the pa
pers were formally turned over to the
university authorities, who placed them
In a strong room.
TCvnTnln'&tlon will nrobablv be made
'V'at the Copenhagen observatory, but
the date Is not yet announced.
The Incorrigible Carrie.
Washington, Dec. 8. Carrie Nation
was arrested today for smashing bot
tles of liquor In a buffet at the union
v IN OHIO TOWN
Strutters, Ohio, Dec, 8. A large
house occupied by imported tin work
ers brought here to break the strike at
thA nltm nf th Amfiripfln Khppt Jt- Tin
V .htft mmnuT. was dvnamSten1 onrlv
oay. The house was wrecked and a
number of persons slightly Injured.
Fair tonight and continued cold, with
minimum temperature tonight slightly
Temperature art 7 a. nv, 1 be!ow max.
Imam In 24 hour, lO above! minimum
la 24 hours, 1 below. Precipitation la 34
hoars, trace. Wind Telocity at 7 a. m,
12 miles. Relative humidity, laat even
ing 82, thla moraine 03.
Stage Chang Pro
feet, feet. clp.
Prairie du Chien... 7.1 ... .00
Dubuque 7.3 0.1 trace
LeClaire 4.2 ... trace
Davenport ... .... 7.0 ... trace
Only slight changes will take place
in the stage of the Mississippi river
between Dubuque and Muscatine.
J. M. SHERIER, Local Observer.
Dec. 10 In American History.
1S0S William Lloyd Garrison, journal
ist and abolition leader, born; died
1S32 Andrew Jackson Issued his proc
lamation against the "nulliflers."
1S9S Treaty of peace between United
States and Spain signed at Paris.
1900 Nobel peace prize awarded Presi
1907 General Alexander Hamilton,
grandson of Alexander Hamilton,
who was killed in a duel by Aaron
Burr, and a civil war veteran, died;
Sun sets 4:29, rises 7:10.; moon rises
5:5S a. m.; sun's declination 22 de
grees 56 minutes south of celestial
WETS MAKE GAINS
Four Massachusetts Cities
Abandon Dry Territory in
OTHERS WILL REMAIN DRY
Somerset, Ky.t Reverses the Verdict
of Three Years
Boston, Mass., Dec. 8. A reaction
of the wave of prohibition which last
year swept over Massachusetts in the
elections in fourteen cities yesterday
sent four of them. Fall River, New
Bedford, Marlboro and Gloucester
back into the license column, while
Haverhill alone by a close vote turned
over to no license.
Fitchburg, Lawrence, Northampton,
Pittsfield, Springfield and Taunton re
main In the license column, while
Brockton, Quincy and WcJtham con
tinue the no license policy as a result
of the day voting.
The incut notable turnover In the
mayoralty contests was at Springfield,
which for the first time since 1901
will have a democratic mayor, Edward
fcH. Lathrop defeating William E.
Sanderson republican candidate for a
Somerset Wet A pratn.
Somerset Ky. Dec. 8. Somerset
went "wet" yesterday In a local option
election reversing the verdict of an
election held three years ago. Somer
set had nineteen 6aloons when thoy
were voted out in 1908.
TO HAVE WON
THE BIG STRIKE
St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 8. "The strike
is broken" and "the railroads are tied
up tighter than ever" represents the
status of the switchmen's strike today,
as shown by statements of both sides.
The railroads are moving freight.
Gould Interests Retiring.
New York, Dec. 8. A large part of
the Gould interests la Western Union
were retired today at a meeting of the
board of directors and were succeeded
by men representing the American
Telephone & Telegraph company, the
Harrlman and Moore Interests. A
quarterly dividend of of 1 per cent
RIDERS IN BIKE RACE
New York, Dec. 8. Still ahead of all
records, the leaders in the six-day bi
cycle race today set a pace which low
ered the existing speed marks still
further. Since noon yesterday, with
three exceptions, each hour has seen
new figures hung up, and at 6 o'clock
this morning the score for 54 houra
was 1,091 3-5 miles, a new world's rec
ord. Fourteen teams still remain In
the race, nine of them tied for first
place. - ' ' -' ' ; "'
, AN URGENT APPEAL
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Washington, Dec. 8. The National
Monetary commission has just com
pleted and made public today the tabu
lated results of the investigation of the
condition of the various classes of in
corporated banks throughout the coun
try, the reports being made invaria
bly upon a uniform blank, and all as of
the close of business April 28, 1909.
The Institutions reporting to the
commission include C.893 national, 11,
319 state, 1,703 mutual and stock sav
ings, 1,497 private banks, and 1,079
loan and trust companies.
The Total Resource.
The total resources of all are $21,-
100,000.000. and there nrp loans nf an..
""T3737tJOdJ.D60; investment;';.,: $4,614,000.-
000; due from banks. $2,562,000,000;
cash on band, including $809,000,000
gold coin and certificates, $1,431,000,
000; other resources, $1,094,000,000;
capital, $1,800,000,000; surplus and
THEN DIES AGAIN
Remarkable Case of a St. Paul
Woman Who Is Finally
CALL IN NINE DOCTORS
Hearse First' Sent for Surgical In
struments bat at Last Used as
St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 8. A hearse
and thirty carriages waiting before the
residence of the late Charlotta Willner
to receive her body and take it to the
Jewish burying ground, were dis
missed at 3 o'clock yesterday after
noon when it became known that Isaac
Deverman, assistant undertaker and
amateur hypnotist, " had discovered
Bigns of life in the body -as it lay on
the morgue dab in the undertaker's
establishment a few hours before. Phy
sicians were summoned, and upon ap
plication of instruments, discovered
manifest signs of life, which again dis
appeared. Rigor mortis set in about
6 o'clock this evening and the body
was buried an hour later.
Apparently Dropped Dead.
Mrs. Willner called at the office of
Dr. A. M. Brimberg on Sunday on an
appointment and in a discussion of a
bill, which the woman thought high,
apparently dropped dead. Two other
doctors were summoned, and the body
was taken to an undertaking establish
ment. The coroner issued a death
The friends of Mrs. Willner learned
from a chance remark this evening, at
the .time of the funeral, that the un
dertaker's assistant while massaging
the body and directing his. will toward
the resuscitation of the corpse, had
detected signs of life. Deverman ad
mitted this and applied a mirror to the
lips of, the body after another massag
ing demonstration. A 'heavy vapor
forrade on the mirror. ' i w
. Call Nine Doctors, j
These extraordinary; developments
taking place on the eve of the funeral.
nine of the city's most prominent phy
sicians were called. They sent- tne
hearse-to the hospital for electrical
instruments and oxygen engines.-
The applications of; the electrical
instruments to .the body resulted .In
flushes and, movements of the lips,' 'n
which words were muttered unintclll?-
profits, $1,835,000,000; due banks, $2.
484,000,000; deposits, including govern
ment, $14,106,000,000; other liabilities,
Of the deposits. $6,956,000,000 are
subject to check, $4,926,000,000 sav
ings, $112,000,000 time, $025,000,000
Special reports made Bhow 25,000,
000 depositors had in the banks re
porting on this point $13,595,000,000,
ranging from $1 upwards. The aver
age rate of interest on savings is 3.55,
on other accounts 3.10. The bank re
sources of the entire country average
$237--pa-cajrita.'f''l,fl 'number of
banks -are m6rertnan"doubled since
1900. - The increases since 1900 are:
Resources, 95 per cent; loans,- 100;
investments, 32; capital stock, 75; In
dividual accounts, 53; total deposits,
Ihly, but after two hpurs these" signs
gradually ceased aat 6" o'clock Mrs.
Willner was again pronounced dead.
SHOW WIDE RANGE IN
Railroads to be Asked to Raise the
Wage Scale from 10 to 100
New York, Dec. 8. Demands for In
creased wages formulated for presen
tation to the railroads will call for a
raise , of 10 to as high in some cases
as 100 per cent. Vice President Mur
dock of the Brotherhood of Railroad
Trainmen declared today." The de
mands will not be presented until af
ter Jan. 1, and then only if ratified by
vote of the employes.
FOR LOOT OF MILLION
Deposed Head of Phoenix Insurance
Company Faces Formal
New York, Dec. 8. George P. Shel
don, the deposed president of the Phoe
nix Insurance company of Brooklyn,
was indicted by the grand Jury today
for grand larceny in connection with
the alleged looting of the company's
treasury to the extent of $1,000,000 or
Ellis Jury Disagrees..
Little Rock, Ark., Dec. 8.-The Jury
In the case of W. Y. Ellis, charg3d
with, the murder of N. P. Willis of
BANK HEAD OF
Janesville, Wis., Dec.-- 8. Caivert
Spensley, president of the defunct First
National bank of .Mineral Point, indict
ed by the La CrosB grand Jury, was
arrested and brought here this ' morn
ing by Deputy Marshal Appleby.- They
left for Madison, where it is expected
Spensley will be admitted t& bail to
day. ' . v " '.' ... . .
Thomas Tomkin,' retired farmer of
Mineral Point, accompanied Spensley,
and stated : he. ;wouId give bond up to
S10Q-000 for fiDenaiav. . , " !
Terrific Explosion Causes a
Shocking Loss of Life in
Reservoir Was Greatest In the World
Awful Fate of Some of the
Hamburg, Dec. 8. Twenty-seven
blazing human rockets hurtled acrosg,
HtnaKxrca'SLeFfFonT rmpefled by
the explosion of the largest gas reser
voir in the world. Their doom was her
alded by a crashing roar which made
the city think for a dazed, sickening
moment that an earthquake had hap-nenedl'-
'-And'. then, higher than the highest
building in Hamburg, a sheet of red,
and 4 green, and purple flame curled
intptlie heavens and obliterated even
the- aerial trail of sparks which was
all they had left behind to remind the
world that only a moment before they
had been living workmen.
The gas reservoir which exploded
was not completed, and bad it contain
ed its full capacity of 7,000,000 feet of
gas, instead of only 350,000 cubic feet,
which had been admitted for testing
purposes, its explosion might have
wiped out an entire district of the city.
Hammera Jar Cauaea Spilt.
It is supposed the explosion was
caused when the Jar of the pneumatic
hammers with which the workers were
fastening the rivets In the outer Jacket
caused a fissure to open in its contain
ing walls. The gas apparently rushed
out and into the retort house, where it
was ignited from the open furnaces.
The fire department of the entire city
was enroute to the scene before an
alarm had been turned in through reg
ular channels. The explosion called
them all, but when they arrived with
the most modern apparatus it was sev
eral hours before they could get into
action on the flames, which meanwhile
destroyed another large tank and caus
ed a second explosion.
The crowds had been driven from the
vicinity, however, and no one was in
jured by the second explosion, with the
exception of several persons far away
from- the , scene who were slightly
burned by bits of blazing debris, which
fell all over the city. Red hot frag
ments of fire and. coke were thrown
out over the harbor and fell aboard
many ships, .where they were cooled
with buckets of water before any fires
were started by them.
The explosion shattered houses near
the gasworks and - windows dropped
from their casings and were shattered
several miles distant. Several dwell
ings near .the. fire were burned after
they had been shaken to the ground in
ruins as if by an earthquake.
Seek Water Tank a.
When the flames had subsided suffi
ciently to permit the approach of the
firemen they were extinguished and
then it was found that more than 40
workmen, painfully burned and in
many cases seriously injured, had man
aged to crawl to safety frwater tanks
in the iriclosure. . These men were
pulled from the water, then so hot as
to cause, them intense "agony, and were
removed: to hospitals, where it is fear
ed several of them will die. .'
. Teh of the' 27 killed in the explosion
were found by the firemen; They were
so horribly burned and torn as to be
almost beyCM identification. "Among
the 17 whose bodies have not yet been
recovered is the chief engineer of the
gasworks, who was on the scaffolding
supervising the workmen. Fear is ex
pressed that the other bodies may
never be recovered, as it is more than
probable that the men literally were
blown to atoms by the force of the
IS OF NO AVAIL
President Taft Stands by Car
penter in race of Strong
FOR FEDERAL JUDGESHIP
Congressman Lowden Got No Satis
faction from a Call at W'hite
House on Subject.
Washington,' Dec. 8. Despite the
protests from the Chicago labor or
ganizations. President Taft has not
changed his mind in regard to the ap
pointment of Judge Carpenter of the
Cook county circuit court to the United
States district bench as the successor
of the late Solomon H. Bethea.
Representative Frank O. Lowden
called on the president for the purpose
of ascertaining whether Mr. Taft had
been moved by protests. Colonel Low
den has been considerably disappoint
ed that former District Attorney
Charles B. Morrison, one of the gov-,
ernment's "trust busters," did not win
It is understood that the president
will send the nomination of Judge Car
penter to the senate, together with
some other judicial appointments, with
in a short time.
Cable la Nominated.
Amon the 1,200 nominations for
minor offices that went to the senate
today were the recess appointments of
Ben S. Cable as assistant secretary
of commerce and. labor and fourteen
Illinois postmasters and seven census
suoervisors in Illinois.
Straley. Atkinson; John L.Albin, Hev
worth; Edward H. Cpok, Huntley;
Leonard ' M, -Nast, Oneida; James N.
Kelly, Steger;- Reuben E. Hall, Wy
anet; .William L .Fry, Dixon; William
J. Franklin, Madison; Harry Bower,
Albion; Elmer E. Adams, Winnctka;
Loren B. Wheeler,' Springfield; Wil
liam H. Gillian, Vienna; Walter Stlck
The census supervisors are for the
south end of the state as follows:
Tenth congressional district, Louis W.
Fribourg; Eleventh district, Frank J.
Heinl; Twelfth district, William J.
Butler; Thirteenth district, Henry J.
Schmidt; Fourteenth District, John J.
Boundy; Fifteenth district, S. Bartlett
Kerr; Sixteenth district, John T. Gal
braith. MUCH APPREHENSION
OVER KING LEOPOLD
Brussels, Dec. 8. Information from
private sources today is to the effect
that King Leopold's condition Is caus
ing the utmost anxiety. He is unable
to rise from his chair on account of
rheumatism and paralysis.
NEW HIGH RECORD
IS MADE BY COTTON
New York, Dec. S. Reports of the
census bureau showing only 8,878,277
bales of cotton ginned to Dec. 1, com
paring with 11.008.CC1 the same date
last season, was followed by consider
able excitement In the cotton market
this morning, with May contracts sell
ing up to 15.39, or 17 points above the
closing figures of last night, a new
high record for the season.
Comet Seen With Lens,
Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 8. Halley's
comet was visible Dec. 4 in a three
inch telescope at the observatory at
Smith college, Northampton, Mass.,
according to a telegram rocelved at
Harvard college observatory.
Work of Day in Congress
Washington, Dec. 8. Following Is a
summary of the proceedings of the two
houses' of congress yesterday, taken
from the official records:
The senate met promptly at 12 o'clock
with a full attendance of senators on
the flour. 'The president's mesHKge was
brouirht In shortly after the call to or
der and the reading begun. The sena
tors manifested deep interest In the doc
ument, some following the reading: and
others turning. over the printed pnffes
to find subjects In w-hlcn they were spe
cially interested. - Following the cus
tom, the message was referred to the
committee of the whole. " Tlie senate
then held - an executive session - until
2:50 o'clock, adjourning to meet Friday.
,--, . HOUSES. , . ,
The house assembled at U. ahd'a'few
minutes after when the president's mes
sage was brought in there was a scram
ble to get copies. The actual reading
of the document consumed n little moro
than an hour and a half. The message
was referred to the committee of the
whole and the house adjourned untu
Friday. ' .
Favors Deeper Channel as
Railroad Regulator but
Fears Bond Idea.
SAYS START SLOWLY
Illinois Represented by Gover
nor Deneen, F. G. Allen
Washington, Dec. 8. Beginning lta
session with a warm reception to Pres
ident Taft who delivered an addresa
strongly in favor of waterways im
provement, the convention of Na
tional Rivers and Harbors coogreaa
assemDiea nere loaay.
Entering upon his subject aa soon a
the fl.nnla.imf fonimA tha nresMmt At
clared he was glad to see the advo
cates of waterways improvement fa
vored a policy rather than a project.
Taft's reference to the plan of nino
feet of water in the Ohio rfver mot
with an outburst of applause. Taft
declared he wa heartily in favor ot
waterway improvement because of it
Influence In reducing railroad rates
as well aa its value In the actual trans
portation of the kind of freight river
are especially adapted to handle.
Caotlom aa t Bomda.
Taft cautioned the delegates to rm
member there was great opposition tl
the bond plan In congress and thein
wisest course would be to induce con
eress to make a declaration In faTu4
of waterways improvement and to be.
gin the work with ordinary appropr
ations. Onoe launched In the enter
prise, he said, congress would be oblig
ed to provide Donas unless ine reve
nues should be ample for th work.
The German Ambassador .count J
il. Von Bernstorff was tne nexs
Illlnola Well Rrreate. '
Several thousand delegates, includ
ing Governor Deneen and a large rep
resentation from Illinois, is on band.
A large number of . women, most of
them members of the women's nation,
al rivers and harbors congress, are at
tending the; conventl6n, enthusiastic
ally cooperating in the demand for
deep waterway improvement.
Two Illlnoisans are on the program
as speakers Representatives Roden
berg and Frank Gates Allen. Several
governors will speak.
It Is practically assured that a de
mand will bemade for immediate ap
propriation of $50,000,000 for tbe next
10 years to carry out the policy. The
rivers and harbors congress would
have a bond issue authorized. The
congress continues until Friday.
ACQUITTAL FOR 33
U. S. STEEL FIRMS
Boston. Dec. 8. Thirty-three Amer
ican 6teel firms and individual agenta
for steel companies were acquitted of
the charge of collusive biddi.ig for tlm
city steel contracts today after 11
weeks' trial. The city finance com
mission, after investigation, reported
a combination existed. The report
created a sensation and was quoted by
President Roosevelt in his me?r3?e "
congress April, 1908.
Killed in Rock Island Wreck.
MeAlester Okla.. Dec. 8. A west
bound Chicaso. Rock Island snd Pa
cific passenger train ran into an opeti
switch and collided with a freight
train near Wister. Okla, Monday
afternoon, killing Passenger Fireman
Terrell and Injuring two mall clerks
and other trainmen.
Dr. Doxey Is Released.
St. Louis. Dec. 8. Dr. Loren B.
Doxey of Columbus, Neb., arrested af
ter a coroner's Jury had declared him
possessed of "guilty knowledge" of
the crime with which his wife is charg
ed, was released today.
Chicago, Dec. 8. Intensely cold
weather prevailed throughout the
northwest today. The coldest place
was Lander, "Wyo., where 20 below
zero was recorded. 'At Deadwood, 3.
D.. it was 17 below; Omaha, 4 below;
Norfolk, Neb., 12 below; Des Moines,
Iowa, 3 below; Concordia, Kan., 0 De
low. Chicago showed 2 above zero.
With the temperature near zero over
practically all the middle west the tel
egraph companies here today found
themselves severely - handicapped in
transmitting. messages. The intense
cold following the storm contracted
and snapped them .in. many
i points. ' - - " '