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SIXTY-FIRST YEAR. XO. 63.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1911. FOURTEEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS,
CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION OF TAYLOR SYSTEM IS DECIPfFl
TO BE HEARD
on SHOP PLAN
Will Present Taylor Sys
tem Protest at Washing
ton Next Month.
COMMITTEE SO ORDERS
Employes to Be Summoned
From Local Plant to Tell
tSpadal to Thm Anrua.)
Washington, Dec 29. The action
of the Sock Island arsenal employes
In sending a, delegation of workers to
'Washington last winter to protest
against the Installation of the Taylor
ay stem will bear fruit on Jan. 4. On
that day Chairman Wilson of the com
mute on labor will begin a series
of hearings on the Taylor system.
ANY ARB TO TDSTTFT.
It la expected that George Patter
son, master mechanic at the arsenal
and various other axBcnal employes
residing at Rock Island, Mollne and
Davenport, will testify before the
committee before it concludes its in
Tea titration. The committee desires
all the Information possible on both
aides Of the question.
mPPDR AJVD TAV" A Cm TEL
Congressman I. S. Pepper of Mus
catine did much to bring the invest!
Ration about, as did also Clyde H
Tavenner, The Argus correspondent.
wb? Advocated the wisdom of an In
vestlgatlon of the Taylor system In
a series of newspaper articles and
supplemented this work by person
ally lntei'trag"inember's"of " congress'
on the subject.
PACKERS IN SECOND
Chicago, Deo. 29. Argument of
counsel on a motion of the packers to
exclude all testimony In regard to the
Kenwood company and the Aetna
Trading company was resumed and
occupied most of the morning session.
Judge Carpenter reserved his deci
sion. Albert H. Veeder again took
the witness stand. His direct exam
ination was concluded after be had
admitted the Swift Wool company had
. succeeded the Kenwood company In
1906 for the sale oi the combination's
oleo oil products.
Ob cross-examination Veeder satd
the formation of tbe billion dollar
merger was abandoned at the close of
a conference held In New York short
ly before Christmas, 19u2, between the
promoters and Jacob II. Scnlff, mana
ger of Kuhn, Loeb & Co.. in which a
loan of $90,000,000 for financing the
project was discussed. Veeder said
Bchlff told the packers the times were
not propitious. His talk was gloomy,
Veeder said, and had such a depress
ing effect on the packers the whole
plan was dropped after adjournment
of the conference.
Upon the abandonment of the mer
ger plan, the witness said the pack
ers had on their bands the 13 smaller
Institutions they had previously pur
chased. Several plans for their dis
posal were dlscusBt-d. and it was
finally decided to unite all Interests
under the name of the National Pack
DYNAMITE USED IN
Muscatine, lows, Dec. 29. Indlct
caents against prominent labor leaders
are expected tomorrow when the
grand Jury, which has been investi
gating the button workers' Etrike
troubles, reports. It was stated today
quantities of dynamite, alleged to have
been discovered, would figure in the
LEMON GROWERS GAIN
VICTORY IN A RULING
Washington. Dec. 29. American
lemon growers today won a signal vic
tory over foreign countries and trans
continental railroads, when the inter-
at ate commerce commission reaffirm
ed Us previous order, upset by the new
commerce court, reducing freight
rates on lemons from California to
all other points in the United States
from 41-15 per hundred pounds to $1.
Captain Rodman Sent to Flagship.
Vallejo. Cal., Dec 29. Captain
Hugh -Rodman, who has been sta
tioned at Mare island navy yards
since September. 1910. has left for the
cast to assume command of the lias
ship Connecticut of the Atlantic fleet.
Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Molina,
Enow tonight and Saturday, cold
Temperature at 7 a. m. 26. High
est temperature yesterday 23, lowest
last night 28.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m. 7 miles
Relative humidity at 7 p. m 66
per cent, at 7 a. m., 66 per cent.
Stage of water 4.8 feet, a fall of
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
(Prom noon today to noon tomorrow.)
Sua sets 4:37, rises 720; moon rises
1:40 a. m.; 4 p. m, planet Mars appar
ently stationary; planets Venus and
Saturn showing equal discs as to area.
Admiral Has Heard of Troubles
Breaking Out at Love
FOR MORE BATTLESHIPS
As Ileeil of Naval Board, He Believes
Increasing Strength Insures
Washington. Dec. 29. Peace, but
with four new battleships each year
to assure It, Is Admiral Dewey s wish
for the future of the United States
and its foreign relations. As head of
the general naval board Dewey rec
ommended that four new men of war
be built, but an effort probably will
be made in congress to cut the sum'
ber to two.
SHIPS BEST INSURANCE.
"The United States should build
four new battleships this year to keep
up the efficiency of the fleet," the ad'
miral is Quoted as saying. "I am for
peace. 'bUt n-'t. fnm. mmlli
tTesnlps" i an assurance that It will
be maintained. It always la possible
there may be some quarrelling among
nations as to just how peace ought to
be brought about. Such a thing even
happens at peace banquets."
MIST REPLACE OLD ONES.
Dewey also pointed out that new
ships soon would be needed to replace
the G.'eson, Indiana and Massachu
setts, which are now over 20 years
DR. KNABE SLAIN IS
Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 29.
Happenings and complications in the
life of Helene Knabe have been un
covered that might have supplied a
motive for her murder, according to
the verdict of the coroner filed to
day. The coroner concluded that Dr
Knabe, who was found dead in her
bedroom with her throat cut Oct
24, did not commit suicide, but was
killed by some person or persons un
known. The coroner believes the
knife slash that almost severed the
physician's head, was delivered by a
powerful arm, but does not reveal
the coroner's theory of the motive
of the murder.
MRS. VERMILYA IN BED,
IN PLEA OF NOT GUILTY
Chicago, Dec. 29. Mrs. Louise Ver
mllya was arraigned to plead to the
indictment of murder against her in
the county Jail hospital yesterday.
Court was convened at her bedside and
the woman, too weak to rise, said, "I
am not guilty" In a voice scarcely
above a whisper, when the Indictment
charging her with poisoning Policeman
Arthur Blssonnctte was handed to her.
Judge George Kersten presided at the
Impromptu court session. Mrs. Ver
milya's case was on his regular call
for the day, but Dr. Thomas Hogan,
jail physician, said the woman was
too 111 and weak to leave her bed.
Judge Kereten agreed to go to the Jail
hospital Joseph R. Burres, Mrs. Ver
miiya's attorney, was not present at
the bearing In the jail hospital. She
was told to give her copy of the In
dictment to him, when it was handed
to her, and after glancing at it she
tucked It under the cover of her bed.
The Indictment contains 13 counts.
The first charges her with the murder
of Bissonnette and the eighth de
scribes the manner in which she is
alleged to have administered the ar
senic, in a pepper box.
LEADING WOMAN FOR A
MUSICAL SHOW SUICIDE
St Louis, Dec. 29. Demented over
her separation from her husband two
months ago, Mrs. George F. Miller,
leading women in "It Happened lc
Nordland." and a daughter of E. J.
Snyder, former police commissioner of
New York city, drank carbolic acid at
the New St. James hotel and died four
hours later. Her husband, George F.
n . -
New President of Chinese Government
Miller, baseball player and a St. Louis
Cardinal recruit, now playing In vaude
ville here, identified the body. E. J.
Snyder, her brother, lives at 840 Cass
GHOULS OPEN A GRAVE IN
ODD FELLOWS' CEMETERY
Duquoin, 111., Dec. 29. Grave robbers
have been at work In tBe Odd Fellows'
oemetery here, though an investiga
tion has shown that no bodies have
been removed. The grave of Robert
Wheatley, who died recently, was open
ed and the earth removed from the
f ?: : & m fir,
Ki - if
JSSfcStu -Xhe.cfimeAeaAiithorities. bmnmX&li-Uv?mTt&K&
no knowledge of what motive the rob-1 - V l5- T
bers might have had.
CROKER IS A DEENDANT
IN AN ALIENATION SUIT
New York. Dec. 29. John J. Breen
has filed suit-to the supreme court
against Richard Croker, once leader
of Tammany hall, and his two sons,
Richard, Jr., and Howard Croker, for
1100,000 damages, alleging that they
had alienated the affections of his wife,
Ethel J. Croker. Breen, who was mar
ried to Miss Croker In Hoboken April
28, 1910, declared in his complaint that
he and bis wife lived peaceably, hap
pily and harmoniously together until
Croker and his sons, wrongfully con
triving to injure him, influenced and
Induced his wife to leave him.
20 Years for Murderers.
Paris, 111., Dec. 29. John Ruckman
and B. F. Menke, convicted of the
murder of Richard Brown April 9 last,
today were sentenced to 20 years.
Four More Deaths.
Berlin, Dec. 29. Four more deaths
from poisoning occurred today at the
municipal night shelter for homeless,
bringing the total fatalities up to 62.
Former Legislator Dead.
Paris, 111., Dec. 29. George H. Gor
don, former member of the Illinois
legislature. Is dead of paralysis.
Rev. W. I Gilhens Dies.
La Grange, Ga., Dec. 29. Rev. W.
L. Gilhens, former chaplain of the
grand lodge of Elks and a widely
known Episcopal minister, died of
apoplexy at his home here, aged 82.
Sale Nets $1,000.
As a result of the public auction
yesterday, at which time the furni
ture and fixtures of the deceased
Northern Life were disposed cf, near
ly $1,000 was netted, which Is con
ASK VOLLMER TO
OUST 86 SALOONS
Fred Vollmer, Scott county's attor
ney, received a communication today
from the Civic federation in Daven
port, asking him to enforce the recent
provision of the mulct law which pro
vides that there shall be one saloon
in a city for every 1,000 of population.
As there are at present about 130 sa
loons In Davenport and the popula
tion is 43,000 odd, there cannot, ac
cording to tbe law, be more than 44
saloons within the . city limits of
Davenport. As yet, Mr. Vollmer has
not answered the communication. The
saloonkeepers are naturally somewhat
excited about the question as it will
mean. If enforced, that two-thirds of
their number will have to change
The law cited In the communication
U comparatively recent and has been
in effect but for a short time.
V.Vf v 'A 1
- iv "A mm
-J ll ioa
AS HE'S ACCUSED
Malicious Report Connecting
Eev. 0. M. Brewer With
NAMED IN A CONFESSION
Down Source of Story In
volving Him. '
Kansas City, Mo., Dec 29. A con
gregation In Quanah, Texas, was hear
ing Rev. Charles M. Brewer preach a
sermon on "Practical Christianity" at
the time of the blowing up of the gov
ernment bridge at Fort Riley, Kan., in
which the pastor's name was impli
cated through a confession of Pri
vate Michael Quirk, according to a
statement made here today by Rev.
The minister -was passing through
this city on his "way from Olustee,
Okla, his home, to Fort Riley, where,
he says, he "will Investigate the con
ditions leading up to his arrest and
demand en explanation of government
TO CLEAR HIS NAWB.
"My sole mission In life," he said,
"is to clear my name of this awful
charge made against me. It was ob
solutely unwarranted, as the federal
authorities found out after they had
investigated It. But that does not
satisfy me. I want to know who was
responsible for mixing my name In
the dynamite plot."
Rev. Mr. Brewer's arrest followed a
confession by Private Quirk In which
he stated that he had met the pastor,
formerly chaplain at the fort, riding
in an automobile with a woman, and
that they had asked him to join them
In blowing up the big bridge over the
SEES PERSONAL MALICE.
"There was some personal malice
in connecting my name with the
plot," the pastor continued.
"When the bridge was blown up I
was preaching a sermon in Quanah,
Texas. I do not know Quirk by name,
I do not know whether I ever saw
him or not, I might remember his
face if I saw him, for I was fully ac
quainted with many of the enlisted
men. I am going to Fort Riley to
sift this matter to the bottom. Not
so much for my own sake as for tbe
sake of my children. I shall not rest
until my name stands absolutely un
tarnished by connection with the
Fort Riley affair."
TO POSTPONE TRIAL
Boston, Dec. 29,-r-The general physi
cal and mental condition of Rev. C. V.
T. Richeson, held as the alleged mur
derer of Miss Avis linnell, a former
sweetheart, is such his counsel say It
will be impossible for him to be able
to go to trial Jan. 15, the date set for
Old Mississippi Boat Is Sold.
Winona, Minn, Dec - 29. The
steamer Ben Ilershey, one of the old
est boats on the northern Mississippi,
formerly owned by S. R. Van Sant, ass
been sold to Captain Day of Daven
ILLINOIS IN A
Reorganization Plan Ten
tatively Adopted at the
FOR SEVERAL DIVISIONS
Association Declines to Make a
Test Case of Bible Read
ing Question. .
Springfield, W., Dec. 29. A plan of
reorganization with the object of
bringing together the various Illinois
teachers' associations was tentatively
adopted by the Illinois State Teach
ers' association today. The present
association Is to be a central body,
while the other associations will be
known as divisions and be represent
ed on various "committees. The con
President J. D. Soop, Chicago.
Secretary Miss C Grote, Macomb.
Treasurer W. E. Herbert, Pontlac.
Member of the Board of Directors
S. E. iRaines, Free port.
The association refused to appro
priate $100 to pay the expenses of a
committee to take bible reading In the
schools as, a test case before the su
FAVOR SIMPLIFIED SPELLING.
Springfield, 111., Dec. 29. Simpli
fied spelling as advocated by Theo
dore Roosevelt was Indorsed; a reso
lution censuring the state supreme
court for Its "'"n PfflWlUUfi Wfl
reading of bibles in tne puDiio
schools was adopted; the creation of
a; high school inspection commission
was recommended and plans for a
reorganization of the whole associa
tion to obtain as members the
whole of the state's teaching force,
numbering about 28,000, were for
mulated at the second days' ses
sions of the Illinois State Teachers'
CAMPBELL MAKES SPEECH.
In the sectional meetings, a dis
cussion of "vocational training" in
the elementary schools furnished the
day's feature. In a paper- on the
subject, William H. Campbell, a
principal in the Chicago schools, de
clared that vocational training in the
elementary schools promotes child
labor and results In boys and girls
leaving school to enter factories and
shops. Mr. Campbell ' said he fa
vored vocational training in the high
schools, but contends that until a
child reaches the usual high school
age he is unable properly to choose
a life work.
In the session of the college sec
tion of the association there was a
related subject under discussion,
that of specializing In colleges which
are not technical. H. D. Hoover,
president of Carthage college, Car
thage, 111., warned against specializ
ing in any subject to the detriment
of a liberal education.
DEBATE BIBLE QUESTION.
A discussion of the supreme
court's decision prohibiting the
reading of bibles in the public
schools was precipitated by the re
port of a special committee, consist
ing of Superintendent of Public In
struction Francis C. Blair, Miss
Reed of Chicago and President
Blanchard of Wheaton college.
Superintendent Blair and Miss
Reed, In the majority report, recom
mended that the court's decision be
considered final and that the matter
President Blanchard offered a mi
nority report recommending that an
other test case be made and brought
before the court In an effort to ob
tain a revisal of the former ruling.
Acrimonious discussion followed, but
when the question was put to a vote
the minority report was adopted,
207 to 84.
. The substitute report as adopted,
however, carries no force, as no pro
vision for the expense of a test case
was made. It is thought that the
matter will rest where It is.
AGAINST UNIVERSITY RUB.
The movement In favor of univer
sity control was defeated and It is
recommended that the legislature
ereate the commission, to te named
by Superintendent of Publk Instruc
tion Blair. , ,
In a resolution presentee' ( by W.
I. Hatfield of Chicago It was bointed
out that, whereas there are ;fpproxi'
mately 29,000 teachers In Illincis to
day, less than half are members oi
the State Teachers' association. IThe
resolution recommended that theS as
sociation be reorganized.'
OFFICERS ARB ELECTED.
me yruicipais section elected tpe
II. S. FLAG TORN
BY CZAR'S SHELL
American Consulate Bit During
Clash of Troops in City of
IS NOT FURTHER DAMAGED
Reports of Atrocities by Russian and
Persian Troops Are Un
founded. Tabriz, Penis, Dee. 29. Rnsstan oc
cupation of this city Is now complete.
There were no casualties among the
foreign population. The stars and
stripes flying over the United States
consulate were cut down by a Rus
sian shell during the fighting. But
no further damage was done to the
consulate. It is estimated the Rus
sian loss Is 100 to 200 men. The mor
tality among the Persians Is not large.
Reported atrocities by troops on both
sides were unfounded.
St Petersburg, Deo. 29. A report
from Tabriz this morning says that
after two days' bombardment the fifth
regiment of the rifle brigade entered
that town and restored order. A de
tachment of soldiers Is protecting gov
ENGLAND'S FORCE INCREASED.
London, Dec 29. The British gov
ernment has decided to Increase the
number of Indian troops now em
ployed In southern Persia as guards
for the protection of British consul
ates and trade routes. 1
E. Joiner, Mon-
Vice President L,
Secretary O. F. Lyle,
The villages principals elected of
ficers as follows:
President J. W. Morgan, Clay.
Vice President C. H. Brlttln.
Stewart, . Des
- The connty superintendents'
Financial Secretary Miss Eliza
beth B. Harvey, Boone county.
The high school section elected:
President J. F. Wiley, Mat toon.
Vice President W. R. Spurrier,
Secretary Miss Mary English,
The primary section elected
President Miss Esther White,
Vice President Mrs. Price,
Secretary Miss Harkfns, Decatur.
The parent-teacher section elect
ed: President Mrs. Orvllle T. Wright
Secretary Mrs. O. L. Frazee,
Program Chairman Mrs. George
The child study section elected:
President Mrs. Eva A. Smedley,
Secretary Sarah Mark Imboden,
The college section elected:
President T. C. Burgess, Brad
ley Polytechnic institute.
First Vice President H. E. Grif
fith, Knox college.
Second Vice President U. S.
Grant, North western university.
Secretary Frank II. Fowler,
THREE MORE TRUSTS
Washington, Dec 29. An investiga
tion by the house is to be made of tbe
alleged shipping combine, the so
called money trust and the Interna
tional Harvester company. This will
be in line with a recommendation of
the committee on rules which has un
der consideration resolutions provid
ing for separate inquiries. Repre
sentative Henry, chairman of the
committee, expressed an opinion to
day the committee would recommend
appointment of a special committee
of seven members to conduct an in
quiry into these three gigantic Indus
tries. U. S. NAVAL DESTROYER
RAMMED BY STRANGER
Washington, Dec."29. The crippled
torpedo boat destroyer Warrington,
run down off Hatteras Wednesday
night by an unknown ship, was safely
towed into Hampton Roads this morn
ing by the revenue cutter Onondaga,
which also brought the destroyer's
Evans Back Home.
Boston, Dec. 29. After spending
years in historical studies in foreign
countries. Prof. Edward Evans, form
erly of the faculty of the University
of Michigan, Is back In the land of his
birth today. He reached Boston on
the steamer Marquette from Antwerp,
Elected by Nanking Con
'"once and Hailed by
CROWDS AROUND HOME
"My Single Aim to Insure Con
tentment of My Country
men' Is Message.
Washington, Dec 29. The Unite (
States will not recognize the new Chi
nese republic formally at the present,
or until It becomes clearly apparent
the Imperialists no longer are capa
ble of maintaining themselves in
power. ThlB attitude will not prevent
American representatives doing busi
ness with the provisional republic to
the extent of safeguarding American
WHERE DOBS WV STAJTDt
Washington. D. C. Dec 29. (
The state department mad been ex
pecting Sun would be proclaimed pro
visional president of China but the
point of Interest at present la whether
Wu Ting Fang, who has been acting
as the mouthpiece of the rev
olutionists. Is prepared to rec
ognize Baa. Assuming he will
do so, the Installation of the pro
visional president at Nanking proba
bly will bring to a crisis the peace
negotiations In progress at Shanghai.
MAT REJECT PROFFER,
It Is assumed Wu's Instruction -will
be to reject the last proffer of the izn
eVfadrgtslo allow the national Assem
bly to decide the form of permanent
government for China. Nothing less
than immediate recognition of the
new republic is likely to be accepted.
OVATION FOR NEW RULER.
Shanghai, Dec. 29. The news of
Tet Sen's election to the presidency by
the delegates of 18 provinces of China
proper at the conference at Nanking
was received with enthusiasm by the
people. Crowds surrounded his resi
dence, and when he appeared gave him
an ovation. ,
The members oi the provisional cab
inet formed by Wu Ting Fang Nov. 6
and both the imperialist and revolu
tionist delegates to the peace confer
ence have called at President Sun's
TO WITHDRAW IMPERIALS.
It Is believed Sun will Immediately,
demand . the withdrawal of the so
called imperial troops from strategical
positions in order to avoid the possi
bility of a conflict with the republic
troops. As soon as this has been ef
fected the armistice now existing will
be extended and the Marchu troops
will be ordered to lay down their arms
or enter the service of the republic. . .
PENSIONS FOR PRINCES. j
As soon as military arrangements
have been completed negotiations will
be opened on the subject of pensions
to be offered former princes and Mau
Immediately following receipt of
word from Nanking that he would be
elected president Dr. Sun requested
me .Associaiea rress to sena the fol
lowing to his friends In the United
FOR STABLE GOVERNMENT.
"I consider it my duty to accept the
presidency. My policy will be to se
cure peace and a stable government
by the promptest methods possible.
My single aim is to Insure peace and
contentment of the millions of my
HOLD Rl'SSli R rpniRi n!
Tien Tsin, China, Dec. 29. It is as-.
eeriea uj meniDerc or. me suite OI the
governor of Mongolia that Russian
complicity at L'rga, capital of Mon
golia, is responsible for the virtual
domination of Manchuria by the Japa
nese. The Russian military consul at
L'rga, it is also charged, has been pur
suing the same policy in Mongonia as
formerly carried out In Afghanistan,
with the purpose of making Mongolia
a buffer state and preventing Japa
nese expanding beyond Mudken in
LA F0LLETTE ATTACKS
HIGH COURT'S DECISIONS
Xorth Baltimore, Ohio, Dec. 29.
Denunciation of the supreme court's
decision in the Standard OH and to
bacco cases and of the republican na
tional committee for failure to order
a presidential primary In those states
where such procedure was not Illegal
marked tbe speech of La Follette here
today.. He said he was not a "hide
bound republican" and would join any
party that cpuld do better towards re
storing rule to the people, . '