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FIFTY-NIXTH YEAR. NO. 139.
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 1910. TEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
11 Irll pj
Eight Killed During Gun
Practice on Cruiser
IN THE PHILIPPINES
Victims from Several States
Navy Department Orders
Washington, March 28. The real
dence and next of kin of tho men who
were killed on the Charleston were
WALTER ANSTEDT. next of kin
George Anstedt (father), Trenton, III
MAXIE BARNERD, Cave in Rock,
III., Mrs. Sarah Shelton (mother), Ard
ROSS BARKMAN, W. Barkman
(father), McKlnley, Ind.
HARRY REEVES GRADEN, Wil
liam Graden (father), Chester, Pa.
HENRY ALMOND HEATER, J. N.
Heater (father), Smithland, Ky.
PHILIP JOHN ACKEE, Mrs. A. Kiv-
ler (sister). West Nanticoke, Pa.
LEO REMMELE, Mrs. V. Grandon
(sister), Omaha, Neb.
EDWARD ALBERT MOLIN, Rock
ford, III Charlotte Molin (mother).
These men will be buried at Cana-
cao, Cavite, P. I.
Manila, March 28. The report that
a fatal accident had occurred on the
United States cruiser Charleston was
confirmed today. Eight men were
killed and several others slightly in
jured. During practice at sea oft Oian-
gapo the breechlock of a 3-inch gun
blew off and In its flight across the
deck cut through a steel stanchion
and mowed down men In its path.
Seven Instantly Killed.
-Seven were -instantly' killed" while
the eighth died as the Charleston was
hurrying to Cavite.
The cause of the explosion is not
known. An investigation was ordered.
The bodies of the victims will be
burled at Cavite.
Probably Premature Discharge.
Washington, March 2S. Rear Ad
miral Hubbard, reporting to the navy
department on the accident to the
Charleston, ascribes the, cause as prob
ably due to a premature discharge of
one of the 3-inch guns.
Flag-ship of Fleet.
The Charleston is the flagship of
Rear Admiral John Hubbard, com
mander in chief of the Asiatic fleet.
Commander. John H. Gibbons Is in
charge of the boat
The Charleston, which was launched
in 1904, succeeded to the name of the
cruiser Charleston, which was a part
of Dewey's squadron in the battle of
Manila bay and later, on Nov. 2, 1S99.
was wrecked on an uncharted reef off
the coast of Luzon, in the Philippines.
One of Finest of Class.
The Charleston is one of the finest
vessels of Its class in the world. - It is
an Improvement on the cruiser Olym
pla, Admiral Dewey's flagship in the
battle of Manila, and embodies fea
tures which are new to cruisers of its
The principal dimensions, arma
ment and protection of the vessel are:
Length, on load water line, 424 feet;
breadth (extreme), 66 feet; trial dis
placement. 9.700 tons: mean draft at
.normal displacement, 23 feet 6 inches;
engines (twin screw), Indicated horse
power, 2,100; speed, 22 knots; normal
coal supDly. 550 tons: coal bunker
capacity, 1,500 tons.
TAFT ON HIS WAY EAST
Goes to New York Guest of Rail
road Men at End of Week.
. Washington. March 2S. President
Taft left for New York at 12:30 p. m.
Worcester, Mass., March 2S. Train
service men of Worcester have com
pleted arrangements for entertaining
10,000 or more railroad men from all
parts of the United States, Canada
and Mexico on April 2, 3 and 4, when
President Taft and the executive offi
cers of the big systems of the east
will meet the railroad men. The as
sembly will be the first of its kind
known in railroading in this country,
and it has tveen arranged purely for
BEST GRADE OF
TO NEW LEVEL
Chicago, March 28. The best grade
of hogs, which a fortnight ago sold at
the highest price since the civil war,
scored a further advance of 15 cents
per hundred today, selling at $11.20.
Probably showers late tonight or
Tuesday, continued warm weather.
Temperature at 7 a. m. 51. Maxi
mum temperature in last 24 hours 79,
minimum in 12 hours 49. Velocity of
wind, calm. Precipitation, none. Stage
of water 7.7 feet, a fall of .2. Relative
humidity at 7 p. m. 31. at 7 a. a 74.
J. M. SHERIER,
(From noon today until noon tomor
row.) Sun sets 6:10, rises 5:54; moon
rises 0.-O9 p. m.; Ilalley's comet now to
be looked for daily in east before sun
rise, where it will rapidly attain im
mense proportions as It nears the
IN GOLD BLOOD
Kansas Farmer and Two Chil
dren Murdered While Rid
ing in Launch.
NEIGHBOR IS SUSPECTED
Bodies Fount! After Night's Search,
Having Been Repeatedly Shot
Concordia, Kan., March 28. Alexan
der Lindahl, a wealthy farmer,
daughter, aged 10, and son, aged 8,
were mysteriously murdered late yes
terday while riding in a motor boat
on the Republican river near here.
The bodies were found today, the
children in the boat and the father in
the water. They had been shot and
clubbed. There is no clue.
Searched All JTlgnt.
Lindahl and children were last seen
at 5 o'clock in the afternoon. When
they did not return late last night
search was made and early today the
bodies were found in a boat five miles
down the river. The battered bodies
of the children in and a few feet
away the body of the father was dis
covered. He evidently had gone to
fight the "assailant in an effort to save
the childrens lives. The bodies were
clubbed repeatedly after the victims
had been shot several times.
Fomm Search for Murderer.
There Is intense excitement here.
and-possea axa sarf.h,ing faR - tfro - raufH
derer. No explanation of the tragedy
Arrest a Suspect.
This afternoon John N. Nordmark
was arrested on suspicion or navmg
killed Lindahl and children. It is said
he quarreled with Lindahl last week.
CARS CRASH; HOUSE
BURNS; TWO KILLED
Wreck on Ohio Electric Railway
Leaves Death and Injury In
Lima, Ohio, March 28. Two men
were instantly killed, one other prob
ably fatally injured, and a house burn
ed to the ground as the result of a col
lision between two interurban trains
on the Ohio Electric railway near here
yesterday. Both trains were destroy
ed. The dead are:
PEARL H. McPHERSON, Lima, mo
EARL ROTHROCK, Lockington, ex
James Rfsk, baggageman, of Lima,
was probably fatally injured, and sev
eral passengers seriously hurt.
The collision occurred at a place
where the tracks curve around an un
tenanted house. Both cars were going
at full speed and crashed into each
other with terrific force. An explod
ing fuse set the wreckage ablaze,
which communicated with the house
and completely destroyed It.
NEW BOSTON MAN KILLED
James Stroehacker Has Legs Cut Off
While Loading Stock.
New Boston, 111., March 2?. While
attempting to board a stock car on a
moving Burlington freight train here,
James Stroehacker was struck by the
unclosed gate to the bridge over which
the cattle had been led into the car
and knocked under the wheels of the
train. Both legs were severed and he
lived but a few hours. Stroehacker
had been assisting John Ballard of
this place In loading the cattle and
was intending to accompany Ballard
with the cattle to Canada.
Russia to Increase Its Navy.
St Petersburg. March 2S. The
newspapers announce that the govern
ment is about to introduce in the
duma a naval building program pro
viding for an expenditure of $375,000,-
000 during the next decade. The first
installment will call for $37,500,000.
Chicago, March 28. Alexander
Moody, secretary of the big bakery
firm of Moody & Waters, who died
Feb. 20, is believed to have beeijuur-
dered. Coroner Hoffman, who has
been conducting an Investigation, de
clared today sufficient a?3enic to caude
death had been found In the stomach
of the decedent. .
TO SHOW 17 AY
President Wants Home
Members to Spur
TO CALL A CAUCUS
Introduced to Transfer
Water Power Sites to
Washington, March 28. A caucus
of republicans of the house will be
called for next week to arrange a pro
gram of putting through that body
the administration measures now
pending in congress. This was agreed
upon at the 'White house today.
Asks OMoana to Lead.
President Taft. who is desirous of
getting something done as early as
possible, will request the Ohio repub
licans in the house to take steps to
bring about a caucus to which, it Is
thought, there will be no objection
the sentiment apparently favoring
To Give States Power Right. '
Washington, March 29. The rnove
ment for the transfer of water power
sites from the national government to
the 8 tat os and territories took con
crete shape today when Senator Smoot
Introduced a bill for that purpose.
Tariff Legislation Finished.
Washington, March 2S. President
Taft, in a special message to congress
today, informed that body that negotia
tions under the maximum and mini
mum clause of the tariff act were now
substantially completed with all na
tions. The president asks for an ap
propriation of $250,000 to carry out
the purposes announced in connection
with the tariff board.
. HUBBARD MEDAL
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Delivers Graphic Lecture at Wash
ington on Dash to Pole
Taft In Audience.
Washington, March 28. In the pres
ence of President Taft and a vast
audience representative of society and
science in. Washington, w.iich taxed
the capacity of convention hall, Lieu
tenant Sir Ernest Shackleton Satur
day night gave a graphic description
of the vicissitudes and hardships en
countered during his dash for the
The appearance of the president
was the signal for prolonged applause.
the whole, assemblage standing on his
Lieutenant Shackleton said If he had
had 50 pounds more of solid food he
would have reached the pole.
The first mention of either of the
antarctic explorers was made by the
president in a speech presenting the
Hubbard medal on behalf of the Na
tional Geographic society. Standing
face to face with Lieutenant Shackle
ton on the platform, the president said
the medal was the evidence of the so
ciety's high appreciation of the mar
velous work that he had done in the
cause of science; the endurance, cour
age and intelligence shown in the pur
suit of a definite object. "I am sure,"
the president continued, "that you will
the more appreciate the medal as it
comes from the National Geographic
society, which numbers among its
members the distinguished American,
Commander Peary, who, while you
were working at the south pole, was
himself surmounting the north pole."
MILLERS WIN LONG FIGHT
Railroads Ordered to Lower I la to on
Flour to Atlantic.
Washington, March 28. The inter
state commerce commission today orV
dered lake and rail rates on flour from
Minneapolis, Minn., to New York City
and the Atlantic seaboard reduced
from 23 cents a hundred pounds to
21 cents for two years beginning
May 10. This decides the famous case
of the northwestern millers against
29 rail and lake lines in favor of the
SOME REAL LIVE GOSSIP FROM
THE CAPITAL OF THE NATION
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, March 26.' Has Can-
nonlsm really been stamped out?
Has that unseen power which sorts
out the legislation that shall pass
and that which shall be throttled, re
ceived a death thrust, or only an Ir
ritating pin scratch, throught the re
cent improvement of the house com
mittee on rules?
Or, in other words, will proposed
legislation of a character that was
waylaid and murdered in the com
mittee on rales when Speaker Can
non was chairman, now be allowed
Reported Mena and Chamorro
Are Leading Nicaraguan
DIVIDE THE AUTHORITY!
General Gordon at New Orleans Re
cruiting Company of Americans
to Give Aid.
New Orleans, La., March 28. Hav
ing openly declared his Intention of
sending men and arms to Nicaragua
to support the insurgent cause in that
country; General Gordon, the Ameri
can leader in the revolutionary army,
reiterated his position today upon the
report that a company of sharpshoot
ers had arrived here and would pro
ceed to Nicaragua to engage in war
fare against Madrlz. It is said this
company contains a majority of men
stt, rmv mmh. (hJ'h stenographer, victim of the
Lose Sljcht of Estrada.
According to published reports here
today General Mena, the insurgent
leader at the battles of El Recreo and
Santa Clara, has been named as mili
tary commander In chief, and General
Chamorro as political chief of the In-
surrectlonary movement by the de
feated Insurgent factions at Bluefields.
How Estrada figures in such an ar
rangement is not clear. It is rumored
here Chamorro may supplant him.
GOOD FOR EGYPT
Roosevelt's Talk to University
Expected to Help Regu
late the Country.
STUDENT WENT TOO FAR
Recent Assassination of Premier
Fails to Meet With His
Cairo, Egypt, March 28. Colonel
Roosevelt delivered an address before
the students of the .Uniyltxof
Egypt today. The general opinion Is
the speech will have a good effect
upon tho country generally. Roose
velt upon entering the hall of the uni
verse y found it crowded with Egypt
ians, otneers, students ond women,
ians, officers, students and women.
Introduced by I'ncle of Khedive.
Prince Ahmed Fouaad, president of
the university, and an uncle of the
Kneaive. introduced Roosevelt with a
brief speech In French. Responding,
Roosevelt expressed his thanks, but
said his address " was Intended only
for the students of the university. As
a man who spoke frequently he warned
his auditors to have nothing to do
with a man who did not make good
his word by acts.
The speaker's reference to the as
sassination by a student last month
of Boutros Pasha Chall, premier and
minister of foreign affairs, as a calam
ity to Egypt and his denunciation of
the assassin were received with great
FARMERS IN NEW
Gompers Sees Significance in t
Louis Meeting that Bryan
St. Louis, March 28. William Jen
nings Bryan will be one of the speak
ers at the national convention of farm
ers to be held here May 3-7, accord
ing to an announcement of officials.
A new political party may be launched
during the convention, according to
President Gompers of the American
Federation of Labor. ,
In Another's Home; Killed.
Chicago, March 28. In a revolver
duel between Rati Rocco and Fortu
nati Cirillo at the latter's home here
today Rocco was killed. Rocco went
to Cirillo's home and the latter, re
turning unexpectedly, found him there.
The shooting followed. Cirillo
to proceed on Its legislative Journey
and come before the house for a
vote, so that the entire membership
of the house can do the legislating
instead of the committee on rules?
A test of these questions is to be
made, and promptly. Representative
Henry T. Rainey of Illinois has In
troduced a resolution asking for a
congressional Investigation of the
$2,000,000 sugar underweighing
frauds, and other recent crimes of
the " sugar combine. AKhongti the
sugar trust acknowledged Is guilt by
returning the stolen duties, the gov
ernment has done not mere than
New York Police Believe
Albert Wolter is White
MANY GIRLS SAW HIM
Find More Evidence He Burned
Ruth Wheeler to Death
at His Home.
New York, March 28. Spurred on
5 the disC0very that Ruth Wheeler,
sensational muraer uncovered naiur-
day evening was by every evidence
smothered and stuffed while uncon
scious Into the fireplace of Albert Wol
ter's apartments and there burned to
death, the authorities today continued
th of trying to develop the real
motive for the crime. Coroner's Phy
sician O'Hanlon declared traces of
soot in the nostrils and lungs con
vinced him the girl was still living
when the body was set on fire by the
Cannot Shake Denial.
The police were unable to shake
Wolter's denial of all knowledge of
the manner of the girl's death. Hours
of questioning of the closest sort have
failed to shake Wolter in his declara
tlon he had never seen the Wheeler
girl and knew nothing of the way In
which she met her fate. He declines
to explain the entry of Ruth Wheeler's
name m his memorandum book, or to
account to the satisfaction of the po
lice for his movements on the day
when it was learned the girl visited
his rooms In answer to advertisement
for stenographer, and was not again
seen alive outside the hiuse In which
Information obtained from Katie
Miller or Muller, Wolter's companion
who was arrested yesterday, was most.
iy of a negaUvecharacex.
Strike Fresh Trail.
A fresh trail in Wolter's case, how
ever, was struck by the authorities
In a story told them by a young wom
an, who confessed to having known
Wolter well. Her tale of many young
girls, who she said had been associ
ated with the prisoner, set the authori
ties to looking up the numerous girls
whose names and addresses were
found in Wolter's note book to see if
any were missing.
May Have Been White Slaver.
Investigation is reported to reveal
whether or not Wolter had any active
connection with "white slave" opera
tions. Since the latter part of Janu
ary over 50 girls between 14 and 17
years have been reported missing to
the police. All but 15 have been ac
Glvea Some Startling Facta.
Katie Muller, Wolter's companion,
broke down today and gave the police
some startling additions to her testi
mony. She said at midnight of tne
day Ruth Wheeler disappeared she
was awakened by a crash in the front
room, and on calling, wolters said
part of the fire place had fallen.
Awakened Second Ttme.
The Muller woman said, according to
the police, she was' awakened again
about 2 o'clock by another sound as
if something was falling, and that Wol
ter was on his knees before the fire
place shoveling something back into
the grate. He said the fire place had
fallen down again, and when she of
fered to help him, he ordered her back
to bed under threat to kill her.
nu Alive nnn iiumra.
New York, March 28. Ruth
Wheeler was alive when Albert Wol
ter applied the match to her oil-
soaked feet and converted her into
a torch in the fireplace of his room
The police, who are pressing Wol
ter with sweatbox methods to ex
tort a confession from him, received
this information from Coroner's Phy
sician O'Hanlon yesterday.
So far the police have not been
saw or heard of the 15-year-old girl
prisoner any admission that he ever
saw or heard of the -5-year-old girl
whose charred body was found on
the fire escape of the room he and
send a few underlings to the peni
tentiary. It is pointed out that the
men who would have pocketed the
$2,000,000 of plunder had not their
crime been discovered, have not been
called to the bar of justice, much
less punished. A congressional In
vestigation, it is contended, would
at least reveal the identity of the
really big thieves, who, t there is no
Investigation, will In ail Ukelioood
get off scot free.
If the new committee on rules will
report the Rainey resolution and al-
(Contlnued on Fag Ten.)
his sweetheart had fled from a few
Wolter's Girl la Arrested.
Katie Muiier, whose name was
given to the police as Miller, was ar
rested shortly before noon yesterday
and gave some valuable corrobora
tive evidence against Wolter.
Katie Muller was arrested at the
house In East One Hundred and Fifth
Btreet, in whioh she and Wolter had
taken rooms after their flight from
the house of murder In East Seven ty-
nrtn street, she was taken to a po
lice station, where she told what Is
believed to be the most of what she
may have to tell. She was sure that
Wolter, since she had lived with him,
had had nothing to do with other
girls. He always was kind "and
wouldn't do anything to any girl."
When she was shown the night
shirt In which part of the charred
body had been wrapped, however,
tEe girl positively identified 'the gar
ment as Wolter's.
"That letter 'W said the girl. In
dicating an Initial worked on the
shirt, "was embroidered by Albert's
She also identified the gunnysack
In which the head and trunk of the
victim had been placed as having
been used by her and Wolter to hold
The Mueller girl was detained as
a material witness.
The police found in Wolter's
trunks a spool of wire of the same
sort that had been used to bind Ruth
Wheeler's limbs together when her
body was thrust Into the fireplace.
Lured from Home.
The body of Ruth W. Wheeler, a
little girl graduate who was lured
from her widowed mother on Thurs
day last by decoy offer of employ
ment, was found late Saturday af
ternoon huddled in a gunny sack on
a fire escape outside the apartment
of Albert Wolter, the man charged
with her abduction. She had been
strangled with a short end of a
three-eighths rope, hacked with a
knife, burned beyond recognition and
thrust carelessly out of doors like so
Little to Identify.
Identification was only possible by
shreds of clothing and fragments of
jewelry, but there was abundant evi
dence of how the murder had been
done. Around the neck were the
charred fibers of Manila burnt into
the flesh. The apartment reeked with
the odor of kerosene. There were oil
stains In front of the newly painted
fire board that hid an open grate
Fully dressed, the girl's clothing and
hair had been saturated with kero
sene, the fire board had been remov
ed and the body thrust up the chim
ney standing. When the match was
touched she burned like a torch.
Probably the murderer had hoped
for an opportunity to remove the
body under cover of night, but when
the girl's disappearance ifiised such
an uproar ana he Began to suspect
he was shadowed, he had packed and
fled in terror.
Neighbor FInda Body.
Saturday afternoon a neighbor liv
ing on the same floor of an adjoining
house noticed the lumpy bundle out
side his window, and thinking it ref
use, had poked it off the fire escape
into the back yard with a broom
handle. The bundle moved obsti
nately and fell with a crash. His
curiosity more than his suspicions
aroused, the neighbor hurried down
stairs, for the Janitor to investigate.
When the two men cut the strings
that bound the sacking there rolled
out before them the fulj horror of an
atrocious murder. Both fled for the
Ruth Wheeler was 15 years old,
the youngest of three sisters brought
up by their mother, a dressmaker, to
self support. Both the elder sisters
were stenographers, and Ruth had
just graduated from a business col
lege, eager for employment and proud
of her diploma. An employment
agency for graduates is conducted by
the college, and Ruth called there
often to look for a situation. Thurs
day morning she left home on her
usual errand and never returned.
Supported by Woman.
Wolter was arrested. Before a
magistrate he had nothing to say,
but to the others he admitted that the
woman with whom he was living is
not his wife. He met her shortly
after coming to this country from
Germany two years ago, he said;
they fell in love and set up house
keeping. Last summer he and she
had worked at Irvington-on-the-Hud-son
at a boarding house. They came
to this city last month and since
then the woman had supported him
by working in a laundry.
CITIES HOLD ELECTIONS
Several Iowa Towns Pick First Of
ficers Under Commission Form.
Des Moines, Iowa, March 28.
Scores of cities and, towns in Iowa are
holding municipal elections today.
Sioux City, Burlington and Keokuk
are holding their first elections under
the commission plan. Des Moines and
Cedar Rapids are holding the second
election under the new system.
NEVER VORKED FOR
THE SUGAR TRUST
Washington. March 28. Attorney
General Wickersham today placed on
the permanent record of the house a
formal denial he ever had acted as at
torney grneral for the "sugar trust,"
as charged by Representative Martin
of Colorado In the house several days
PERISH IN A
Two Hundred Fifty Killed
and Many Hurt Dur
ing a Ball
HELD AT MATESZALKA
Victims Are Jammed in the Ex
its and the Roof Falls in
Mateszalka, Hungary, March 23
Two hundred fifty people were killed
and many others Injured In Oekerlte
when fire broke out last night In a
hotel where a ball was being held. A
woman's dress accidentally caught
fire, the flames communicating to the
gowns of other women. In a panic
many were trampled to death. The
roof fell In before the hall was cleared
and many Injured In the rush for the
exits were buried In the ruins.
Held In Coach House.
The coach house connected with
the hotel had been fitted up as a ball
room and last night was crowded with
several hundred guests when the Are
started. It was first noticed when a
woman's dress was seen to be ablaze
and a moment later the gowns of sev
eral other women were In flames. AJ
panic followed and in a mad rush to
the exits many persons fell and were
trodden to death by others.
Roof Catrbea Injured.
To make matters worse the roof fell
in before the hall could be cleared
and many of the Injured ones and
those who, because of the crush at
the doors had been prevented from,
making their escape, were burled with,
the dead In the ruins. ,
FOR LOCAL OPTION
Failure of Brewery Workers to Join
Philadelphia Strike Caiwe of
Passage of Resolution.
Philadelphia, Pa., March 28. De
claring that the passage of a local op
tion law would hasten the settlement
of the trouble between the Philadel
phia Rapid Transit company and its
employes, the Central Labor union at
Its meeting yesterday adopted resolu
tions calling upon the members of the
trades unions of this city to agitate
and vote for local option at every op
portunity. The failure of the brewery workers
to Join in the sympathetic strike, it Is
alleged, was practically responsible
for the passage of this resolution. The
aye and nay vote on a motion to table
the resolution was 34 to 83.
The general strike In sympathy with
the striking street car men which has
been in effect for more than thretJ
weeks was officially called off at yes
terday's meeting. A majority of tho
workers who had responded to tht
call had already returned to their
Village Marshall To title for State In
Sayler Murder Cae).
Watseka. III., March 2S. Village
Marshal Gibson, on the witness stand
today in the trial of Dr. Miller, Mis.
Sayler and John Grunden for the mur
der of J. B. Sayler, told his version of
the events of that night, corro;xraUng
the testimony of the other witnesses.
He could not positively identify tho
hatchet, hat and necktie which ho tooX
from the Sayler home to the Inquest
as the articles he bad seen near the
Richmond, Va., March 2. Profes
sional cracksmen rifled the postomce
safe last night, taking, it is said, $40,
000 in cash and stamps.
Later estimates place the loss in the
robbery of the postofflce here at over
The robbery conducted under
the glare of a street lamp. A yeggman,
backing a wagon up to the doors of
the " postofflce Saturday or Sunday
night, pierced the vault with Eteel
drills and made off with money and
stamps. The watchman in the build
ing was undisturbed while robbers en
tered through the street window and
did the job. When the clerk opened
the doors this morning the robbery
was discovered. Postefllce inspectors
say the aKunt taken may reach $100,-
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