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FIFTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 194.
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 1910. TEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
U. S. Supreme Court Re
fuses to Pass on Cor
OVER TILL NEXT SPRING
Missouri River Rate Fixed by
the Interstate Commission
Washington, May 31. The supreme
court today set the corporation tax
cases for reargument at the beginning
of the next term before the full bench.
No reason was assigned for the
reassignment of the cases unless the
statement "for argument before the
full bench" can be so interpreted.
Due July 10.
The tax Is required to be paid by
July 10 and though the constitution
ality is undecided it Is generally be
lieved most corporations will pay the
tax rather than run the risk of hav
ing to pay penalties.
Advance Libel Case.
The court advanced the so-called
government Panama libel suit for
hearing the first THesday in October.
Carter Oets No Rehearing.
The court today denied rehearing
of the Oberlin M. Carter case.
Knocks Out Missouri Law.
The statute of Missouri prohibiting
foreign corporations doing business
In that state if they seek litigation in
the United States courts was declared
unconstitutional by the United States
Missouri River Rate Stands.
The long contested order of the in
terstate commerce commission reduc
ing the freight rate between the Mis
sissippi and Missouri rivers as part of
the througH " rate "oiK-through ship
ments originating in seaboard terri
tory, was today declared valid by the
United States tupreme court.
Another Order Upheld.
The authority of the interstate com
merce commission in issuing the order
directing a reduction of through
freight rates from Chicago and St.
Louis to Denver and the" validity of
that order were also upheld by the
Estate Subjeet to Tax.
That the estate of a testator who
died within one year immediately prior
to the taking effect of the act which
renealed the Snanish-Amerirnn -war I
revenue act was subject to that tax.
was the decision of the United States
supreme court today.
SPAIN DRAWS LINES
AROUND THE CHURCH
Religious Orders Compiled to Con
form to Law Long Allowed to
Madrid, May 31. An imperial de
cree was issued today directing relig
ious orders not authorized by the con
cordat of 1851 or engaged in industries
to seek immediately authorization un
der the law adopted in 1S87. This lat
ter law, which has not heretofore been
enforced, provides, among other things,
that members of foreign religious or
ders must be registered. The issuance
of the decree follows the protest of
the Spanish episcopate against inter
ference by the government with orders
which are recognized by the Vatican,
but which have been igpored by Pre
BILL AS IT IS
Washington, May 31. In a state
ment on the floor of the senate Cum
mins today announced he would vote
for the administration railroad bill in
view of the amendments adopted.
Reviewing the changes made since
the bill was reported Cummins, saying
he was committed to progressive or
ganizations in the senate to vote for
the bill, declared that at first they
had thought the bill "all bad," but he
said many defects had been corrected
and, after citing some of these cor
rections, said: "We have been as free
to commend what we thought to be
right -as we have to denounce what
we thought to be wrong."
I THE WEATHER
Fajr and continued cool tonight and
Temperature at 7 a. m., 51. Maxi
mum temperature in last 24 hours, 69;
minimum in 12 hours, 46. Velocity of
wind at 7 a. m., 8 miles per hour. Pre
cipitation, none. Relative humidity, at
7 p. m. 96, at 7 a. m. 64. ,
St Paul 3.2 .2
Red Wing 2.6 .5
Reed's Landing 2.8 .1
La Crosse 3.8 .1
Prairie du Chlen ..' 4.6 .1
Dubuque 5.0 .3
Clinton 4.S .5
Le Claire 2.5 .3
Davenport 4.6 .0
Nearly stationary stages In the Mis
sissippi will continue from below Du
buque to Muscatine.
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
(From noon today to noon tomorrow.)
Sun sets 7:20, rises 4:27; moon rises
1:14 a. m.; Mars' disk 0.960 of full;
11:32 p. m., Halley's comet sets, near
lng the celestial equator.
HALLEY'S COMET BULLETIN.
(Copyright, 1910, by Frederic Camp
bell.) May 31 Halley's comet sets today
at 11:32 p. m. Comet's' speed today
about 1,553 miles per minute. Comet'3
position, right ascension 9 hours 55
minutes; declination 3 degrees north.
June 1 Halley's comet disappearing
in the west. Distance from the earth
June 3 Halley's comet crosses the
celestial equator from north to south.
Distance from the earth 56,000,000
June 15 Halley's comet distant
from the earth 80,325.000 miles.
June 21 Halley's comet distant
from the earth 93,000,000 miles, the
same as the distance of the sun from
June 26 The head of Halley's comet
measures now at least 194,000 miles In
diameter, and the tail 5,000,000 miles
July 1 Halley's comet distant from
the earth 122,400,000 miles.
' July 3 The head of Halley's comet
measures at least 1S8.000 miles in di
ameter and the tail 5,000,000 miles in
July 7 Halley's comet crosses Mars'
path, retreating Into space.
July 15 Halley's comet distance
from-the e"afTSno6.'S2oJ)0i Tnlles.
July 27 The earth passes the peri
helion point of the orbit of Halley's
comet, where the latter pasSed April
Aug. 1 Halley's comet distant from
tht earth 191,250,000 miles.
Aug. 15 Halley's comet distant from
the earth 221,850,000 miles.
Sept. 11 First anniversary of dis
covery of Halley's comet, by Wolf of
Heidelberg, when distant from the
earth 350,000,000 miles.
BUILD CHURCH IN
. LESS THAN A DAY
Ten Hours Sufficient to Transform
Heaps of Material Into Place
Peoria, 111., May 31. Members of
the Central Christian church of this
city joined last night in a feryent
praise service in their new church,
which stands on a lot that at 8 o'clock
yesterday morning was as vacant as
an open prairie. A few piles of lum
ber and building material which stood
in the street iu the morning are now
joined into a completed structure,
which the congregation owns, free
from all indebtedness.
It is not a makeshift or temporary
building in which the congregation
gathered last evening, and, led by Rev.
W. F. Turner, the pastor, who stood
In the pulpit with his hands filled with
telegrams of congratulations from
Christian churches all over the United
States, sang hymns until the building
resounded with their praise. It is a
frished structure, 64 feet long, 24 feet
wide and 12 feet high, and every bit
of the work on it, from the laying of
the foundationvto the hanging of the
doors and the placing of the seats,
was done in a little less tfian 10 tours.
Wisconsin Bank Robbed.
Unity, Wis., May 31. The State
fcank was robbed today of $2,000, the
safe beinrj dynamrted. The robbers
Washington, May 31. An amend
ment to the railroad bill to prevent
mergers of competing lines was de
feated by the senate, 20 to 41.
COTTON DECLINES .
$1.50 PER BALE
New York, May 31.- There was a
decline of over $1.50 per bale in the
cotton market today when It was
seen May was going out without any
final squeeze in speculative shorts.
It is estimated the bulls have taken
up about 360,000 bales, worth ap
More Names of Legisla
tors Brought Into Bri
BEFORE GRAND JURY
No Further Confessions Made,
Holtslaw Sells Out Bank
Springfield, 111., May 31. Sub
poenas were issued this morning
summoning Representative A. W.
Foster of Rushville and B. F. Stay
mates of Clinton before the grand
jury In c-nr e. tion with the br'bary
investigM'cn. Beth are doai crats
and voted for Lorlmer for seanar.
Ready for New Chapter.
Springfield, 111., May 31. Prepara
tions were ready today for the presen
tation of another chapter of the legis
lative bribery investigation before the
Sangamon county grand jury. With
the confession of Senator Holstlaw
fresh In their minds the Jurors waited
to quiz Representative C. L. Mc
Mackin, republican, of Salem, and H.
D. McCullon, democrat, of Louisville,
who were subpoenaed several days ago
to appear before the investigators. "
Prom Holstlaw'a District.
Both McMackin and McCullon are
from the Forty-second senatorial dis
trict, from which Holstlaw comes, and
both voted for Lorlmer on the day he
as elected senator, a circumstance
which they may be called on to ex
plain. Furniture Dealer Called.
Another witness scheduled for today
la A. if Johnston of Johnston &
Hatcher company, which by the v6tes
of Holstlaw and Pemberton and Rep
resentative dark of the legislative
committee, received the contract for
supplying new desks and chairs for
the general assembly and for which
vote Holstlaw confessed he was prom
ised $1,500, while Pemberton and
Clark are accussed of agreeing to ac
cept $1,000 each.
'Brodertrk Met HoNtlatr.
Springfield, 111., May 31. Senator
John Broderlck, indicted on a charge
of paylnf $2,500 to Senator Holstlaw
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CHAMP CLARK SPEAKER OF THE
HOUSE SHOULD DEMOCRATS RULE
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, May 29. In the event
of the next house of representatives
being democratic, Champ Clark of
Missouri, the present minority leader,
will be speaker. That Is as certain as
anything that has not alrady happened
It may be that Mr. Clark will have
no opposition. Even if there Is oppo
sition, however, his election to the
speakership is practically just as cer
tain. In a long public career Mr. Clark
has won the confidence of the public
and the democrats cf the country, and
T. R. PRODS UP
THE BRITISH LION
Former President Boldly Han
die 8 Policy of Mother
Country in Egypt.
SAYS MISTAKES ARE MADE
Response to Offer of Freedom of City
of London Indicates Literal
London, May 31. -Roosevelt was to
day presented with the freedom of the
city of London and he accepted the
honor with a literalism that led him
into a frankness of speech that cre
ated a sensation in old Guild hall. As
the former head of a country that
once paid tribute to Great Britain, the
American statesman gave the mother
land some bold advice as to its duty
toward its most, troublesome depend
ency in Africa.
Rlftht or Not RlKht.
It was, Roosevelt said, either right
or not right for Great Britain to be in
Egypt and establish order there. If it
the Eve of, the June Rush
If We Have a Special Month for Brides, Why Not One
was not right it should get out. He
declared Great Britain had given
Egypt the best government that coun
try had In 2,000 years, but at certain
vital points it had erred Some nation
must govern Egypt, he said, and he
hoped the English would decide the
duty was theirs.
Moat Forceful Yet Given.
The speech was considered the most
forcible expression on foreign topics
Roosevelt, has made during his Euro
peon tour, and his outspoken views
are likely to have an effect beyond the
audience which he thrilled in the
ancient hall that has been the scene
of many stirring events since its erec
tion early in the 15th century.
CORNER ON BUTTER?
Product Highest at This Time of
Year Since Civil War Despite
New York, May 31. Although to
day's market reports show butter r
ceipts In May were larger than usual
the prices of .the best grades are
higher here than they have been be
fore at this time since the civil war.
Wholesale dealers in New York de
clare western speculators have been
buying up supplies pnd that this has
kept prices up. The best grades are
now selling 28 to 29 cents a pound
wholesale. A year ago they were from
24 to 26 cents.
it is the public sentiment back of
Champ Clark which decrees that he
Hs the man best qualified to step at
the helm of a democratic house. .
Kven Republican Applaud.
Even republican newspapers and
magazines applauded the minority
leader's conduct In the fight against
the rules. He found himself so placed
that he could either play politics to
his own personal advantage, or serve
the people, and without a second's
hesitation Mr. Clark declared he would
do everything in his power to Improve
the rules of the house.
Mr. Clark has been offered an allur
Louisville Police Believe
They Know Murderer
JANITOR OF CHURCH
Been Missing Since Month Af
ter the Sunday Alma Kell
Louisville. Ky., May 31 Mrs. Jo
seph AVendling, wife of the janitor of
St. John's school, in the subcellar of
which the mutilated body of Alma
Kellner was found yesterday, still per
sists she knows nothing of the crime
notwithstanding several of the child's
trinkets were found in the apartments
occupied by the Wendlings. She also
refuses to say anything about her hus
band, except to admit he went awaj
Saj-m Boy Gave It.
She adheres to her statement that
a ring and pin found in a trunk at
home, both of which have positively
been identified as the property of the
murdered girl, were given her by a
boy, and further than her admission
that she has seen nothing of her hus
band, who was janitor at the school,
since his disappearance. Jan. 14. when
he drew $100 from a bank, she will
say nothing about him.
Offer a Regard.
The Kellner family today offered a
reward of $1,000 for the arrest and con
victlon of the murderer of Alma. Mrs.
Wendling was presented in police
court this morning and the case was
continued until June 8.
Veare a Xet.
Diligent investigation by police
and detectives is weaving a strong
chain of circumstantial evidence
fabout the missing janitor, for the
apprehension of whom the police de
partment last night set out a drag
net which will sweep every part of
the country. The clothing whicli
he . is known to have worn bears
numerous stains which detectives say,
they find traces of blood. A hat re
covered from a barrel where Mrs.
Wendling stated she had thrown it
about the time of the Janitor's Eight,
ing sum to resume the lecture plat
form this summer and fall. He Is a
poor man, but has declined to lecture
at all. Instead, he will go on the
stump and fight for the election of a
democratic congress to revise the tar
" Clark Good Mam.
Champ Clark is a good man; he Is
clean and clear-cut, and there Is never
any doubt about where he stands, eith
er in fair weather or in the excitement
of a crisis. Her is absolutely unsophis
ticated so far as knowing the mean-
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also bears numerous similar discol
oratlons. Door Wu Hidden.'
The trap door to the subcellar was
so effectively hidden that Its. exist
ence could have been known to no
one not most Intimately acquainted
with the building. The keys to the
school building, Bay the police, were
always' in Wendling's posession. .He
was given employment one month
before the disappearance of Alma
Foimd fa Subcellar.
Louisville. Ky., May 31. With the
finding of her mutilated and decom
posed body in an old cistern under one
of the parish houses of St. Jobn'3
Catholic church. Clay and Walnut
streets, part of the mystery surround
ing the disappearance on Dec. S last
of Alma Kellner, the 8-year-old daugh
ter of Fred L. Kellner, has been solv
ed. Frank Fehr, millionaire brewer,
uncle of the child, who since her dis
appearance has spared neither time
nor money In the search for her, has
positively identified the body.
The body was found only a few
yards from the entrance of St. John's
church, where Alma had gone to at
tend services the morning of her dis
appearance. Bonea Broken. ,
After working for five hours over the
fragments of the body Coroner Ellis
Duncan said that the top and part of
the left side of the skull and part of
the right leg and foot were missing en
tirely. All the ribs on the left side
were broken, he said.
"It appears that the body was par
tially burned," paid Coroner Duncan,
"and I believe quicklime was used to
aid in destroying it."
The police are looking for Joseph
Wendling, former janitor at St. John's
church, who has been missing since
Jan. 14, a little more than a month
after the disappearance of the Kellner
child. Mrs. Lena Wendling,. wife of
the missing man and housekeeper for
Father Schuhmann, pastor of St.
John's church, is under surveillance.
Suspeet'a Wife Talka.
In a sworn statement made before
Captain Carney, chief of detectives,
yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Wendling
admitted washing muddy clothes of
her husband shortly after the disap
pearance of the little Kellner girl.
The detectives have these clothes
trousers, shirt and hat and declare j
there are still blood stains on them.
A little more than a year ago, ac
cording to the police records, Wend-;
ling was arrested and fined because of ;
improper conduct with a young girl
whom he accosted on the street.
HAGUE TO TAKE
Interpretation of Treaty With!
Great Britain Issue to Be
LONG MATTER OF DISPUTE
Americans Rights in Waters Off
West Coast of Newfoundland
Are in yucstion.
The Hague, May SI. The arbitra
tion tribunal, before which will be
tried the issue between the United
States and Great Britain growing out
of conflicting interpretations of the
Newfoundland fisheries treaty of 1S18,
will begin its sessions tomorrow after
noon. Intent Is at Issue.
The bone of contention now carried
to The Hague is the intent of the pro
visions of article 1 of the British
American treaty of 1818 defining the
fishing rights of Americans and Can
adians off the west coast of Newfound
land. Newfoundland holds that (he
right to fish in these waters was grant
ed to inhabitants of the United States
Contend Foreigners May- I'lnli.
The United States contends its cit
izens may exercise this rijiht by going
there in their own vessels with crews
of Swedes, Canadians or Newfound
landers. The treaty further confines
the right of fishing "to the coast" of
the United States, and interprets these
words as including bars, harbors and
creeks. Newfoundland maintains
Americans may fish only outside th.-j
coast line proper There are further
subsidiary points In dispute.
Root a Commissioner.
Senator Root, who arrived in London
yesterday, is on his way to The Hasue.
where he goes as one of the American
commissioners before the tribunal. He
is accompanied by several lawyers of
CHARLES H. TREAT'S
DEATH IS SUDDEN
New York, May 21. Charles Henry
Treat, until recently treasurer of the
United States, to which position he
was appointed by Roosevelt, is dead,
aged 68. He was stricken wKh apo
plexy an hour before death.
OMAHA MUST BUY
Washington, May 31. Omaha, Xeb.,
will be required to purchase the sys
tem of the Omaha .Waterworks com
pany for JG,2C3,295, under a decision
by the supreme court of the United
States today. The court affirmed the
judgment of the circuh. court of ap
peals In the, matter.
Department of Justice tc
TAFT GIVES CONSENT
Action . Follows a Protest by
Those Who Will Suffer by
"Washington. May 31. Following a
conference today between th resi
dent and Attorney General Wicker-
snam rt was learned a decision wat
reached to file an injunction suit
against the proposed Increase of
freight rates tomorrow by the West
ern Traffic association.
Protest firings Results.
The decision to institute the lntiinr.
tion proceedings followed a conference
in mis city yesterday between Attor
ney General Wickersham and a com
mittee representing the shippers, con
sumers and producers in the territory
affected by and who vigorously pro
tested against the proposed Increase of
Congress Members Present.
This committee was accompanied to
the department of Justice by Senators
Clapp of Minnesota, CuIIom of Illinois,
Warner of Missouri and Representa
tives Nye of Minnesota, Hitchcock and
Norris of Nebraska. Hubbard of fowa.
Madden of Illinois and Stafford of Wis
consin. Start Suit at Chicago.
It is generally believed the suit
against the railroads will be instituted
at Chicago, as the most central point.
The details of the legal proceedings
were left by the president entirely In
the hands .of Wickersham and depart
ment of justice officials.
Shows Importanee of BIIL
Taft regards this situation as re
newed evidence of the importance of
the provision of the administration
railroad bill now pending in congress,
which, if enacted, will give the Inter
state commerce commission the right
to suspend for CO days any proposed
increase in railroad rates.
Would Avoid Injunction.
In this period the commission. It is
proposed, shall instituu an Investiga
tion to determine whe Jer or not the
increase is justified. If this provision
were Jaw, the injunction proceedings
authorized today would not be neces
sary. It is understood the bill of In
junction has been prepared for several
days and the text his been telegraph
ed to St. Ixuis to be filed in the United
States court there.
I, a Follette Moves In frame Dlreetlon.
Washington, May 31. Senator La
Follette today Introduced a resolution
declaring the attorney general should
institute suit immediately to enjoin
the advancement of railroad rates, and
sought to Introduce a joint resolution
declaring it to be unlawful to edvanc
rates without the consent of the In
terstate commerce commission. The
resolution went over on objvtlon.
QUAKE IN FAR COUNTRY
Stint k Covering 42 Minutes Itccortlcil
hy Cleveland, Ohio, Seismograph.
Cleveland, Ohio. May 31. The seis
mograph at St. Ignatius college today
showed a record of an earthquake lapt
night of more than 42 minutes' dura
ticn. Father Odenbaeh, the observer,
believes ihe disturbance w-as about
5.IHM) milen distant, probably on th
Pacific coist of North or South Amer
ica. Felt at Washington.
Washington. I). '., May 31. The
weather bureau today annjjnced a
distinct earthquake probably of con
siderable intensity, recorded I'm
morning. The duration of the reroid
exceeds an hour and apparently was
prod"ced by an earthquake of ra'I.er
uni.sual Intensity. The prob-ilde di
tdiiv of the origin ws abojt i'.OOO
Pretoria. May 31.. A union of South
Africa was born -today in the royal
proclamation of the single dominion
constituted by the legislative union of
British Cape Colony. Orange River Col
ony, Natal and the Transvall was read
and Viscount Gladstone was sworn 1j
as governor general.
New York, May 31. H. R. Lyon,
said to be connected with banks and
corporations of Minneapolis, was held
today on a charge of smuggling jewel
ry. - ' ...