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FIFTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 173.
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 1910, FOURTEEN PAGES
PRICE TWO CENS.
KING OF ENGLAND APPARENTLY AT DEATH'S DOOR
BRITISH RULER GIVES
"We!!, it is Ail Over, but I Think I Have Done My
Duty," last Words He is Reported to
Leads to Choking Spells Which Affect Action of the Heart
All England Greatly Depressed by the News
From the Palace.
. London, May 6. "Well; it
Is all over, but I think I have
done my duty."
These words fell from the
lips of King Edward in a wak
ing interval late this afternoon.
His majesty's condition was
declared critical by attending
Gloom settled over the city
and provinces following the is
suance of tonight's bulletin.
At 7:32 p. m. all members
of the royal family were sum
moned to the palace.
HAS CHOKING SPKLIiS.
At 8:15 p. m. the king is ex
periencing choking spells which
affect the heart. The symp
toms are of the gravest char
, acter . It is reported among
s. th&pala&iiBd&atshiHia j -esty
may not survive more
than two or three hours.
REID CABLES KXOX.
Washington, May 6. Am
bassador Reid at London has
cabled the secretary of state
the king's condition is undoubt
edly very alarming.
Aunmn Critical Stage.
London, May 6. A bulletin this
afternoon by the king's physicians says
his majesty's symptoms have become
worse during the "day and his condi
tion is now critical.
Hasten to London.
The bulletin announcing critical con
dition caused great depression. Mem
bers of the royal family and leading
officials hurried to the palace and
'those out of town are hastening to
'Better at 3 P. M.
London, May 6. At 3 this afternoon
a court official stated so far as could
be judged without expert examination
the king's condition was a shade bet
ter than during the night.
London la Depressed.
London. May 6. An atmosphere of
great depression surrounds Bucking
ham palace today. A bulletin describ
ing the king's condition and which
the five eminent physicians now in at
tendance issued shortly before noon,
while vague in terms, inspired pro
found gloom throughout 'the city. It
was generally construed to mean the
outlook was not at all favorable.
Transition Is Sadden.
The suddenness of the transition
from yesterday morning, when the
king was receiving politicians, to the
present, when it is believed he is crit
ically ill, has shocked the country.
For th moment business and politics
ar at a standstill. The prince of
Wales arrived at .the palace at 10
o'clock this morning. Several physi
cians and specialists are within call
of the sick chamber.
Were Deceived at First.
The first unofficial news given out
today indicated improvement, thosV
with the king having been deceived
by the fact he had rested quietly
through the night. The. news was re
. ceived with cheers by anxious crowds
throughout the city. ' This bulletin
stated his majesty's condition remain
ed the same. Subsequent examination
developed - the patient's bronchial
tubes, instead of being In better con
dition, were mor seriously affected
after, the night's sleep than they were
Condition Is Grave.
fhe bulletin at 11:05 says: "The
king passed a comparatively quiet
night, but symptoms are not improved
and his majesty's, condition gives rise
to grave anxiety. The next bulletin
will be issued at 6:30 this evening."
Police Move Crowds.
Before noon a great crowd gathered
In front of the palace and the throngs
increased steadily until the police were
obliged to take measures to keep "the
crowds moving. Only officials were
BRINGS ON CRISIS
admitted to the palace precincts.
Early in the afternoon members of the
diplomatic corps called and signed the
visitor book, as did many other promi
nent persons. All left the palace be
traying by their expressions the fears
"Very bad." said the archbishop of
Canterbury, with a solemn shake of
nis head, as he emerged from the pal
ace gate and was questioned regard
ing his majesty's condition.
Worst Kears Realised.
Callers at the palace today who had
expressed hope that reports in the
morning papers were exaggerated had
their worst fears confirmed by palace
"I am very sorry to say," said one
of the king's close entourage with a
shake of the head, "that the papers
have not exaggerated his majesty's
condition. It is very grave."
There are unmistakable signs all
members of the palace entourage are
III for 'Two Days.
' One government officer, who in his
onTcfaT " capacityXtTendeci upon the
audiences of the king Wednesday and
yesterday, said : "The king looked very
ill Wednesday morning and very much
worse Thursday. The chief outward
symptom was extreme hoarseness. He
was scarcely able to speak at times,
(Continued on Page Ten.)
FOR KING'S RECOVERY
Chicago, May 6. Pausing today in
their discussion of plans for the evan
gelization of the world the Men's Na
tional Missionary congress offered
prayer for the recovery of King Edward.
OTHERS VERIFY STORY OF WHITE
REGARDING LEGISLATIVE BRIBERY
Chicago Investigators Claim to Be Already in Possession of
Facts Upon Which to Base Indictments More
Witnesses Before Grand Jury.
Chicago, May 6. Seven Illinois leg
islators whose testimony bears on the
election of Senator Lorimer appeared
before the special grand jury here to
day. They were H. J. C. Beckemeyer,
W. C. Blair. Daniel D. Donahue, Jo
seph H. Clark, Henry A. Shepard,
Michael S. Link and Charles A. White.
Corroborates White's Story.
Chicago, May 6. Representative H.
J. C. Beckemeyer of Carlyle added a
sensational development to the legis
lative bribery scandal yesterday by
making to the special grand jury a
confession that corroborates in ail es
sential details the story of Represent
atlve Charles A. White of O'Fallon,
thai he -was paid $ 1,000 for voting for
William Lorimer for United States
senator and that later he received
$900 as his share of a general corrup.
tion fund or "Jack pot." ,
After an application of the thumb
screws, Beckemeyer, who was accused
by White of being in St. Louis the day
the "jack pot" was split, broke down
and told the special Jurors that ho had
received money for voting for Senator
Lorimer and had been given a divi
dend from the general "slush" fund,
the amount in each Instance being al
most the same as that White confesses
to having received. About $850 is said
to have" been his share of the "Jack
pot," -while he said he got $1,000 for
"Squeal" Causes Stir.
.. The second confession was followed
by a condition of panic among some
of the legislators, it was expected to
be followed forthwith by Indictments.
One of the judges in the criminal
court was asked to remain until late
in the evening in order that true bills
might be returned, but this program
was abandoned, presumably, in the
expectation that further "squeals" may
he lortncommg in me near iuture.
Rain tonight and Saturday. Slightly
Temperature at ? a. m., 43. Maxi
mum temperature in last 24 hours, 59;
minimum in 12 hours, 42. Velocity of
wind at 7 a. m., 6 miles per hour. Pre
cipitation, none. Relative humidity, at
7 p. m. 45, at 7 a. m. 62.
St Paul 4.1 .1
Red Wing 2.8 .1
Reed's Landing .. 2.8 .1
La Crosse 3.9 .2
Prairie du Chien 5.7 .1
Iubuque L 6.4 .1
Clinton ; 6.3 .0
Le Claire 3.3 .1
Davenport 5.8 .1
Only slight changes in the Missis
sippi will occur from below Dubuque
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
(From noon today to noon tomorrow.)
Sun sets 6:57, rises 4:47; moon rises
I.-03 a. m.; planet Mercury visible;
Halley's comet drawing near to earth
daily, in east before sunrise: earth
crosses comet's path at the point
where the comet will be May 26.
HALLEY'S COMET BULLETIN.
Copyright, 1910, by Frederic Camp
bell. May 6 Halley's comet rises at 2:38
a. m. today; 2:42 a. m. tomorrow. Sun
rises 4:47. Comet's speed today about
1,721 miles per minute. Comet's loca
tion, right ascension, 0 hours, 3 min
utes, 6 seconds; declination, 9 de
grees, 5 minutes north. Earth crosses
comets path where the comet will cross
May 26. Twenty days later the two
bodies would cross at the same tirm,
but the earth several million miles
above the comet.
. Work of Day in Congress
Washington, May 6. Following is
a summary of the proceedings of the
two houses of congress yesterday,
taken from the official records:
SENATE Senator Dixon grave voice
to a. complaint ag-alnst what he assert
ed was the practice of characterising
as "Insurgent" every senator who..djtl
not agree with what tlre-o-oalled reg
ulars demanded. He declared that the
"regulars" themselves were as much
Inclined as others to, ally themselves
with the democrats whenever an ad
van t a Re was grained by so doing-. Sen
ator Bourne of Oregon, lauding the elec
tion laws of the state, provoked a gen
eral discussion of representative gov
ernment in the course of which Sena
tor Bacon entered a vigorous protest
against the present method of selecting
office holders in the south. As a rem
edy for these complaints. Senator Car
ter suggested the elimination from pol
itics of the 50,000 postmasters of the
HOUSE The railroad bill was before
the house during the entire session,
many amendments being offered and
voted upon. An amendment by Mr.
Knowland of California, providing that
when a railroad reduces Its rates be
cause of water competition it shall not
raise them unless the interstate com
merce commission finds that the pro
posed Increase rests upon changed con
ditions other than the elimination of
water competition, was adopted.
Besides Beckemeyer, two other rep
resentatives said to have been present
at the Southern hotel in St. Louis
July 15, 1909, at which time White
alleges Robert E. Wilson of Chicago
gave him $900 as his share of the "jack
pot," spent a hard day before the
Exhausted by Ordeal.
After adjournment they appeared ex
hausted from the ordeal. They were
taken before State's Attorney Way-
man again late in the evening and
then were dismissed in charge of a
detective. They are:
Henry R. Shephard of Jerseyvllle
Michael Link of Mitchell.
Both are democrats who voted for
With the investigation of the bri
bery scandal reaching the point where
two confessions are before the special
grand jury, State's Attorney Wayman
is taking extreme vigilance to preveni
any possible tampering with the wit
nesses. Each of the chief witnesses who ap
peared yesterday is under strict sur
veillance. The men are not allowed
to talk with each other and question
ers are repulsed.
Representative Shephard spent the
day with Detective O'Keefe at his side
and passed the night with the detec
tive as a close companion ; Representa
tive Link is under the close-escort of
Detective Oakey; Representative Beck
meyer found Detective Keeley sticking
closer than a brother all day and all
night long, while Representative White
spends every minute under the eye of
Detective Kerr. ,
Three at Spilt Up.
Of the witnesses heard yesterday.
three iwho are alleged in the confes-
(Continued on Paze Nine.)
IN H DEAD
Nearly Two Hundred Are
Caught by Explosion at
Gas Drives Back Rescuing Par
ties Majority of Victims
Palos, Ala, May 6. Eight bodies
wer-j removed shortly after daylight
today from the illfated mine, where
probably 150 miners are entrapped by
the explosion yesterday afternoon.
The condition of the bodies indicated
death was instantaneous and doubt is
expressed of the finding of any of the
Imprisoned 1S5 Hen.
Birmingham, Ala., May 6. Forty
flve white men and 140 negroes were
entombed in No. 3 coal mine at Palos
yesterday as the result of a terrific
explosion. Palos is 40 miles west of
Birmingham and the mines are owned
by the Palos Coal & Coke company of
The flames resulting from the explo
sion shot into the air from the mouth
of the slope for a distance of 200 feet
and the shock was felt for miles.
Timbers from the slope were hurled
several hundred feet from its mouth
and rocks from the roof of the slope
caved In and made access to the' mouth
Residents Start Relief.
Local residents did what they could
in relief work and a special train sent
from Birmingham arrived in Palos
shortly after 4 o'clock. This special
carried State Mine Inspector James
Hillhouse; J. J. Rutledge, government
expert, in charge of the geological sta
tion at Knoxville, Tenn., who happen-..
ed to be in the district Investigating
the recent disaster at Mulga; eight
physicians and surgeons, four under
takers, and a number of special help
ers. The hospital relief car of the
Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad com
pany was also taken. This car con
tained helmets and all other' necessary
paraphernalia for entering gaseous
The first rescuers who went into the
mine after the explosion were over
come by fire damp and had to be car
ried out. Mr. Rutledge was among the
first to enter,, and after working his
way 1,400 feet down the slope, found
the second right entry caved In. The
two bodies recovered last night were
in the main slope. -
Blast Kills Mall Carrier.
James Gousby, a mail carrier, was
killed '30 feet from the mouth of the
slope and his body was hurled 30 feet
into the Warrior river. He was walk
ing along the railroad track and was
directly in front of the slope when the
explosion occurred. It was judged from
this fact that the force of the explosion
was such that none of the men in the
interior ceuld possibly be alive.
There are a number of mining camps
within two or three miles of the Palos
mine, and within a short time after
tha CT.nloainn a. cxaaJ. crowd bJL& asLLh-
ered about .the ill-fated mine. Hun
dreds of women and children were
wringing their hands and crying pit
eously last night.
The Palos mines have been worked
for a number of years and the entries
were extensive. It is Jthought that the
explosion was caused by the accumula
tion of gas in some of the abandoned
Second Disaster In Month.
Yesterday's disaster, coming so soon
after the Mulga explosion of Thurs
day, April 21, in which 41 men lost
their lives, has plunged the mining
settlements into great grief. The com
pany was one of the first in this sec
tion that employed union miners only.
IN MINE RIOTS
Leaders of Foreign Mob at
Westville Are Taken Into
DANGER NOT YET PASSED
Opening of Saloons After Long "Dry'
Period Complicates the
Danville, 111., May 6. In spite of the
fact that" two companies of state mili
tia and a number of deputies under
Sheriff Helmick are on the scene grave
fears are entertained as to the out
come of the day in Westville, where
several hundred foreign miners have
been troublesome the last three days.
Saloons Are Reopened.
The chief ground for fears Is the fact
Ihe saloons which have been closed
for two years reopen today. Westvillw
went "wet" at the last election and
this Is the date set for the resumption
of the sale of liquors. What the min
ers will attempt, should they get to
drinking, is. a matter the sheriff does
not like to speculate on.
'Troops Co by Trolley.
Two companies of militia, the Dan
ville and Champaign companies, about
75 men, were taken this morning in
special trolley cars to Westville. Most
of the men were stationed at No, 2
shaft a mile from town. There was
no demonstration on the arrival of the
troops and at an early hour in the
forenoon everything was fairly quiet.
The miners, however, declared some
time during the day they would march
in a body to Catlin, five miles from
Westville. Should this demonstration
be peaceful, no attempt will be made
to interfere bit rioutioirsness will be
Trouble In Indiana.
Information of trouble In Indiana
came by telephone this morning from
Clinton, Ind., -where at an early hour
200 miners marched on the Crown
Hill and Buckeye mines and threat
ened the 40 pump and repair men. As
slstance was asked of the chief of po
lice of Clinton, who sent men to the
First Arrests Made.
Two leader, in the mining troubles
at Westville were arrested today and
others will be taken. Only a few sa
loons opened. Soldiers are guarding
Armed Men Meet Trains.
Torre Haute, Ind., May 6. A mob of
foreign miners met trains going to
the mines at Clinton with revolvers
and forced American miners to leave
the cars before the trains proceeded
to the mines. They are determined
to stop all work at the mines.
2,700 Are Vaccinated on Ship. .
Philadelphia, May C. A 17-year-old
immigrant bay suspected of having
smallpox caused 2,700 persons to be
compulsorily vaccinated on the North
German Lloyd steamship Maine yes
terday. The Maine arrived from Bre
men with 2,365 immigrants and 45
Regulars and . Insurgents Will
Fight to Finish Over the
MORE CHANGES ARE MADE
House Strikes Out Entire Section Le
galizing Acquisition of Stock
of Competing Lines.
Washington, May 6. Senators El
king and Crane informed their asso
ciates today they had 55 votes, eight
more than is needed to defeat every
long and short haul amendment to the
railroad bill that may be offered. This
number includes many democrats.
House Makes More Changes.
Washington, May 6. The Adam-
son amendment to the railroad bill
exempting railroads entirely within
one state was defeated in the house
today 121 to 14 4. The house today,
131 to J 28, struck out the entire
section of the railroad bill prohibit
ing the acquisition of stock compet
Postofflee BUI Passes.
Carrying 1241,000,000 the post
office appropriation bill passed the
senate today without change from
the form reported from committee.
Sundry Civil Bill Pared Dons.
Washington, May 6. The sundry
civil appropriation bill carrying a total
of $111,849,211 was reported to the
house today. The total represents a
cut of $1 6,650,000 fromthe estimates
submitted to the committee and la
$20,000000 less than the sundry civil
bill carried for the current fiscal year.
The largest single item is $37,859,S90
for the continuation of construction
of the Panama canal. The bill car
ries appropriations for practically all
branches of the government service.
Insura-ents Still "Insurg-e."
Washington, May 6. Insurgent sen
ators say they do not intend to be
swerved from their course on the rail
road bill no matter what tactics are
pursued by the conservative republi
cans. Announcement of this unyield
ing stand was made at the conclusion
of an insurgent conference last night
by Senator Cummins. It was uttered
in the presence of several of his pro
For three days the Insurgents have
been in session for a thorough con
sideration of the political and legisla
tive situation, the conference continu
ing through the daylight hours when
the senate had, not been meeting.
Want . Good Rail Bill, Too.
"What will be the effect upon your
organization now that President Taft
has made it clear that he is depend
ing upon the lineup' of regular repub
licans for the carrying out of his pro
gram?" was asked. Senator Clapp
hastened to answer.
"He 6a ys he wants a good railroad
bill, doesn't he? Well, that is what
we are trying to give him."
Entered U. S. Navy in 'Ol' and Saw
. Service In Two Wars and in
Santa Barbara, Cal., May 6. Rear
Admiral McCalla, U. . S. A., aged CO,
died this morning of apoplexy. He en
tered the navy in 1801, had an excel
lent civil war record and active duty,
in all parts of the world. Hl3 most
brilliant achievements were in connec
tion with the war with Spain and the
Peking relief column, for which he re
ceived signal recognition in- the shape
of a congressional medal' for distin
guished service in battle and also Inter
national acknowledgement of his la
bors through tha bestowal upon him
of the Order of Red Eagle by the Ger
man emperor and the Chinese war
medal by the king of England.
DEGREE OF PH. D.
Christiana, May 6. King Frederick's
university conferred upon Roosevelt
today the degree of doctor of philos
ophy. It was the third time In a cen
tury the degree has been given a for
eigner. King Haakon accompanied
Roosevelt, and the assemblage includ
ed the cabinet, diplomatic corps, and
others distinguished in civil life.
Hearing Experts for Hyde.
Kansas City, May C. Experts for the
defense continued their testimony in
the Swope case today.
City of Cartago Destroyed,
Few Buildings Re
maining. FEW DETAILS ARE HAD
All Wires Connecting With th
Scene Are Prostrated Oth
er Towns Shaken. -
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, May
6. Refugees arriving at San Jose
bring further news of the devastation
wrought by the earth shocks In Car
tago, Costa Rica, Wednesday night.
Cartago is said to have been practi
cally destroyed and it is agreed the
report of 500 fatalities Is conservative.
The finest structures of the town are
Martial Ltw Declared.
Refugees say the shocks threw the
Inhabitants into a panic. .Martial law
was declared and the authorities
promptly began the work of rescue.
Some four hundred bodies hve been
ta.en from the ruins and the injured
will add several hundred to the total
Find S30 Bodies.
. San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, May
6. Reports from San Jose, Costa Rica,
today state no habitable houses remain
in Cartago, which was visited by an
earthquake Wednesday night. Three
hundred fifty bodies were recovered
from the rums.
Fresno, Cal., Gels Jar.
Fresno, Cal., May 6. A sharp earth
quake was felt here today. Ths vibra
tions lasted more than a minute.
Details Are Mean-er.
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, May
6. A large part of Cartago, Conta
Rica, was destroyed Wednesday night
by an earthquake.
Details are meager, as the telegraph
wires have been leveled between San
Jose and Cartago. The operators at
the latter place were killed. .
It is known that at least 500 persons
are dead and many hundreds injured.
Scores of buildings were thrown
down, among them the palace of Jus
tice erected by Andrew Carnegie.
The wife and children of Dr. Boca
negra, the Guatemalan magistrate to
the Central American arbitration court,
lost their lives.
Van Jos shaken.
San Joce was shaken, some of the
buildings being damaged, but no deat h j
are reported in that city. Many per- (
sons were slightly injured.
Earth Ehocks also were felt at sev
eral points in Nicaragua near the
Costa RIcan frontier.
Reports reaching here state that
there is much suffering and destitution -at
Cartago, consequent upon the dis
aster. Last Quake April 13.
On April 13 last a series of earth
quakes, varying in intensity, swept
over Costa Rica, doing considerable
damage, but practically without loss of
life. San Jose then suffered most se
verely, while both Cartago and Port
LImon felt the force of the disturb
At Foot of Yoleaao.
Cartago, capital of Cartago province,
lies at the foot of Irazu volcano, about
14 miles from San Jose. It has an es
timated population of 10,000 and Is the
seat of the Central American peace
court, for the home of Vhlch Andrew
Carnegie donated a large sum.
The city was the capital of the coun
try until 1S23. It has suffered frequent
ly from earthquakes and was partially
or in greater part destroyed in 172",
1803. 1825, 1841. 1851 and 1854.
Qnakes Cause of Deellne.
Cartago owes Its decline to the nu
merous earthquakes which have shak
en the place. Most of the public build
ings bear marks of the shocks. Tho
town still has a considerable coffe-j
trade and derives some Importance
from its location on the intcroeeanlc
The city has been In existence since
early In the ICth century, having beeu
known as early as 1522. As the seat
of government the place attained con
siderable Importance and is said to
have contained 30,000 inhabitants in
RECEIVER FOR U. S.
Chicago. May 6. On representations
that the United States Life Endow
ment company is totally insolvent, that
concern was placed in the hands of the
Central Trust company of Illinois as
received today. The company has 911,
000,000 outstanding In Insurance poli
cies, and it Is alleged its total assets'
fall, below the reserve reg,ulremenU.