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SIXTY-FIRST YEAR. NO. 67.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1912. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
HI OUT 0
WOE TAFT STATES
BUT DEATH CAN KEEP HI
DUE FOR DEFI
But President Declines to
Break With the Colo
nel Just Yet.
HE IS URGED TO DO SO
THE CHEER AND THE DREAR OF IT
Nation's Head Sweeps Away
Any Doubt as to Standing
Washington, Jan. t. "Nothing hut
death can keep ma out of the fight
now." Taft Is reported to have made
thla statement to White house callers
today. It undoubtedly was Intended
to set at rent all reports that Taft
might withdraw from the rare for the
republican nomination for president
In favor of Roosevelt.
ATTITUDE IS UNCHANGED.
The president la said to be thor
oughly aroused to the gravity of the
situation In the republican party and
Is determined to let his attitude he
generally understood. He declared
that under no circumstances 'will he
withdraw his name from consideration
by fhe Chicago convention next Jane,
and has asHerted that his position
with respect to the nomination has
not changed In any particular since
he first entered the White house.
C1USK OBLIGATIONS TO PARTT.
Taft has told friends and party
leaders from tho first that if he
should be called upon to stand for re
election he would be glad to do so;
that he felt under obligations to the
party for having made him president.
and. was wining to abld by Its 'de
cision fca convention.
TO BEOTN iCTTVI! CAHPAIOTV.
He adheres to this position, accord
lng to announcements today. The
president was urged by a number of
his closest friends to make a definite
statement aa to his position, and
agreed to do so in the language quoted
above. With this statement as their
Inspliation, It is said the Taft sup
porters will begin an active campaign
In his behalf at once.
REFUSES TO BREAK WITH T. It.
It was stated that some of Taft's
friends have gone bo far lately as to
advue him to openly break with
Roosevelt and challenge the latter to
make plain his intentions. The presi
dent declined to do this. The White
house has (been fairly flooded with
callers lately who have brought word
to (President Taft that Roosevelt so
far has declined to say tltat he
would not accept the nomination if It
were- tendered to him.
It also has been reported to the
Whit house that Roosevelt believed
an organized effort is being made to
"smoke him out," and that he de
clines to be "smoked" either by the
Taft or La Foilette fcrrs. The presi
dent listened to all these reports with
aa Indulgent smile, but he has refused
to radicate whether or not he be
' HAS SENT NO MESSENGERS.
It is vehemently denied at the
White bouse, .however, that Mr. Tar
has sent any ''messengers'' to Mr.
Roosevelt on any subject whatsoever.
The president has been urged for
weeks to make a more aggressive
campaign In his own behalf.
DION ITT TO THE WINDS.
Ite has replied that he did not
think political activity comported
with presidential dignity. He has
cow consented that his friends carry
forward the fight as vigorously aa
they desire, and he will lend what
assistance he can.
PIXCHOT IN DENIAL
Battle Creek, Mich, Dec. 3. Gilford
Plnchot, In an interview here today,
denied he had made any statements
that Roosevelt had told him he would
not accept the presidential nomina
Both Branches Reassem
ble Today After the Hol
SHOWN IN POOL
Government, Attorneys Appear
to Hare Goods on Meat
VEEDER BECOMES SHAKY
After Declaring All Records Destroy,
ed, Iietters and Telegrams
Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Moline,
Mostly cloudy and continued cold
tonight and Thursday, the lowest
temperature tonight will be near
Temperature at T a. m. 3. High
est yesterday 10, lowest last night 1.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m. 4 miles
Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 78,
ait 7 a. m. 89.
Stage of water 1.9, a fall of .7
In last 24 hours.
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
IN BANK FORGERY
Spurious Faper That Wreck
Albion, Mich., Institution,
NATION TO FIGHT
TOTING OF GUNS
Representative Sisson Offers
Bill Putting a Heavy Tax
TARIFF IS TO BE FIRST
Many Petitions Are Received
Favoring Ratification of
IN RESPONSE TO A DEMAND
Nothing Short of Federal Legisla
tion Can Abate Evil, Con
Indianapolis Mayor Tells
of Crimes, in City Two
Chicago, Jan. 3. Methods declared
to have been used by the meat packers
to control prices and apportion terri
tory were further revealed today by
Henry Veeder. The witness produced
no documentary evidence, declaring all
records of the old packers' pools had
GENUINENESS NOT DOCBTKIl.
When confronted by letters sent out
by packers referring to the shipment
and price of fresh meat during periods
In which he said there was no pool, the
witness apparently grew nervous, but
declined to deny the genuineness of
LETTERS ARE READ.
The government read a number of
new letters and telegrams purporting
to have been sent out by the combina
tion while Veeder was secretary.
Police Raid Gambling Houses.
Sterling. 111., Jan. 3. Chief of Po
lice Haglock raided a number of gam
bling houses yesterday, confiscating
IOWA TOWNS REDUCE
NUMBER OF SALOONS
(From noon today to noon tomorrow.)
gun sets 4:45, rises 7:25; moon sets
7:33 a. m.; 7:30 a. m., easter - time,
full moon; 7:42 a. m., moon at perigee,
nearest earth; this makes the moon
extraordinarily large in appearance;
5:30 a. m., eastern time, all Jupiter's
large satellites seen on west of planet;
quadrantld meteors finish.
OFFICER, SICK, MAY DIE
No Arrests Made in Connection With
Discovery Year's Frauds
Moon Law, Recently Passed by Leg
islature, Allows One for Every
Clinton, Iowa, Jan. 3. Only four sa
loons operating in Clinton opened for
business yesterday. The others have
decided to remain closed pending the
action of the city council in allotting
the 25 licenses which thjg city is en
titled to under the Moon law. Alto
gether Clinton has 52 saloons. This
number must be reduced to 25.
It is stated that in all towns In Clin
ton county outside of Clinton the sa
loons have been reduced to the re
There is but one saloon operating
in "Walcott today. The other three
hare been closed In accordance with
the demands of the Moon law. Ferdi
nand Dietx is the fortunate man to se
cure the one license allowed In Wal
cott. For this privilege he pays the
munificent sum of $3,700 yearly.
The Dixon town council has award
ed the one saloon license allowed In
that town to Henry WestphaL He
securee the permit for $600 a year.
Washington, Jan. 8. Controller
of the Currency Murray today an
nounced that the forged notes which
caused the failure of the Albion Na
tional bank, Albion, Mich., amounted
to $44,096. The notes, the control
ler says, were placed in the bank by
Albion, Mich., Jan. 3. No arrests
have been made In connection with
the closing of the Albion National
bank and alleged forgeries.
Detroit, Mich., Jan. 3. A Jour
nal's- Albion (Mich.) dispatch says
H. M. Dearing, cashier of the closed
Albion National bank, is so critically
ill he may die as a result of the trou
ble in the bank.
TOTAL IS STAGGERING.
New York, Jan. 3. So widespread
has become the crime of forgery and
so great have been the losses within
the last 12 months, companies issuing
forgery insurance have adopted the
most stringent restrictions In issuing
policies, it was announced here today.
It is estimated that forgeries totalled
$15,000,000 through checks and drafts
alone during 1911.
TWO BANKS BURS.
Marquette, Mich., Jan. 3. The Min
ers' National bank at Ishpeming and
the Negaunee State bank at Negau
nee, three miles apart, were both de-
srtoyed by fire breaking out simulta
neously today. The loss at Ishpem
ing is $150,000 and at Negaunee $100,
000. An Incendiary is suspected.
IN APPEAL FOR AID
Topeka, Kan., Jan. 3. Snow
bound, cut off from railway com
munication with the outside world
over a week, the people of Dighton,
cn the Santa Fe, today telegraph
the states utilities commission for
aid. Healy and Jetmore also have
been without railway service for a
week. The towns are short of pro
visions and coal and unless aid interstate commerce commission to
romea soon there will be great suf-j apply to all western and southwest-
lenug. eru rauro&cs.
DICKENS' SON DIES
SUDDENLY IN EAST
New York, Jan. 3. Alfred Tennyson
Dickens, son of Charles Dickens, the
novelist, died suddenly of acute indi
gestion at the Hotel Astor late yes
terday. He was in this country on a
lecture tour. Mr. Dickens was a god
son of the poet, Tennyson. He was
in his 67th year. Mr. Dickens, who
spent the greater part of his life in
Australia, going there at the age of
20, arrived In this country Sept. 20,
landing at Boston. He rested there
for ten days because of a slight in
disposition before beginning bis lec
ture tour, which he opened at Lowell,
Mass, Oct 19. His travels to fill lec
ture engagements took him as far
west as Denver. His last lecture was
Dec. 28, before the State Teachers' j
association at Indianapolis. He vis
ited Chicago while on his western trip.
The lecturer was on his way to at
tend the theatre last night when
taken ill. He was better in the morn
ing and was preparing to go to King
ston, N. Y to fill an engagement
when he was again attacked. He died
shortly after being removed to his
room from the hotel lobby. Mr. Dick
ens' home was In Melbourne, Aus
tralia. No arrangements will be made
for his funeral until word has been
received from his children there. His
wife died a number of years ago.
Chicago, Jan. 3. Joseph E. G. Ryan
was found dead yesterday in his room
at the Consrresa hotel. He died nf
heart disease some time between Ws bd- ?rom "'hlcn he d,d not rtse
early New Year's morning and 3 darin conference. "When we en
o'clock yesterday. He had a national tered the Mr- Mor8e Mld- "Mr
renutatlon as a nublidtv exnert. and i Wcheson was sitting up and seemed
IN LIVE STOCK HAULS
Washington, Jan. 3. Radical re
ductions in existing freight rates on
live stock, packing house products
and salt today were prescribed by the
RICHESON IN COLLAPSE
WHEN QUIZZED IN JAIL
Boston, Jan. 3. Rev. C. V. T. Riche
son collapsed in his cell in the Charley
street Jail late yesterday when two of
his counsel, William A. Morse and
John M. Lee, broached the subject of
his Tecent self mutilation. According
to Mr. Morse the subject had no
sooner been opened than the former
Cambridge pastor paled and seemed to
lose all strength, sinking back upon
Washington, Jan. 3. Both houses of
congress reassembled this morning.
Practically no important business is
pending for the day.
Bristow Introduced in the senate
bills for a government Panama steam-
Bhip line. The postoffice committee
of the senate heard testimony from
mail order houses favoring the par
cels post project.
PETITIONS FOR RATIFICATION.
Numerous petitions were presented
in the senate for ratification of the
arbitration treaties. Rayner of Mary
land announced he would make a ml
nority report favoring ratification of
the arbitration treaties unamended, j
The senate adjourned until tomor
row. The house, after a session of
15 minutes, adjourned until tomor
row. MUCH IMPORTANT BUSINESS.
Writh the Russian treaty abrogated,
the pension bill and urgent deficiency
appropriation out of the way in the
house, tariff legislation is expected as
soon as the ways and means commit
tee can send out the revised sched
ules. The iron and steel schedule
probably will come first and is ex
pected within ten days. Tariff legis
lation, however. Is by no means all
that is on the legislative program, for
heads of many important committees
are certain to exert pressure for the
consideration of many important bills.
Anti-trust, labor legislation and re
vision of the statutes relating to in
junctions are to be pressed by the
judiciary committee. Panama canal
legislation is to be urged by the com
mittee on Interstate and foreign com
merce, members of which have just
returned from a three weeks' inspec
tion of the canal zone. The rules
committee has under consideration
important matters, including proposed
investigations of . the "money trust,"
the shipping combine and the so
called Harvester trust. This commit
tee contemplates recommending the
appointment of a joint committee to
conduct a broad inquiry into all three
TO RESUME INVESTIGATIONS.
Investigations into the United
States Steel corporation and the sugar
situation will be resumed next week.
the probability being that neither of
these special committees will report
for some time. Each is expected to
recommend important legislation.
The committee on foreign affairs
will press legislation affecting treat
ies with foreign nations and the com
mittees on expenditures In the various
departments of the government, which
began investigations during the extra
session, are planning to renew work
with vigor for the purpose of recom
mending economies in administration.
Many other matters are to be con
sidered, among the most Important
being the appropriations which the
democrats have "in their control for
the first time In 16 years. The cur
tailment of many appropriations is
looked for. Legislation affecting the
army and navy will also be consid
Representative Underwood, chair
man of the ways and means commit
tee, has expressed the hope that con
gress can complete its work in June
in time for the national conventions,
but there are many who seriously
doubt it, when they contemplate all
that is scheduled to be done and the
delays that will be encountered.
Washington, Jan, 8. The pro
posal that the national government
undertake to prevent "gun toting"
and the irresponsible sale of deadly
weapons to minors and disreputable
characters may be enacted into law
by the present congress.
A step in that direction Is offered
by a bill introduced In the house by
Representative Sisson of Mississippi
which provides for the imposition of
a heavy federal tax upon all deadly
weapons and cartridges manufactur
ed and Bold anywhere In the United
States. The congressman framed
his measure in response to the wide
spread demand for regulation of the
deadly weapon evil.
If the proposal to tax all weapons
is received with favor in congress,
other regulations governing their
sale may be added.
PROVISIONS OF S1SSOX BILL.
Representative Sisson's bill con
tains the following provisions:
A tax of $10 and in addition 25
per cent of the value shall be paid
"on each deadly weapon manufac
tured or sold, or stored in any ware
house, factory, storehouse or any
other place, for sale within the
United States, by whatever name
such deadly weapon may be called."
The tax hall apply to all "pistols,
dirk knives, bowie knives, sword
oanr, stillettos, brass or metallic
knuckles, and all other Instruments
commonly known as deadly weapons
which it is in violation of law to
A tax of one-tenth of 1 cent shall
be paid on each cartridge of 22 cal
iber or lees and of one-fifth of 1
cent on each cartridge of a larger
Internal revenue stamps prepared
by the secretary of the treasury
shall be attached to each weapon and
box of cartridges by the manufac
ture or dealer and canceled when
offered for sale, the cancellation
showing the date and initials of the
Any person violating the act shall i
be punished by a fine of not more
than $1,000 or by imprisonment for
not more than six months or by
The proposed law is not to apply
to arms and cartridge manufactur
ed for or sold to the United States
government or to the militia of any
LOCAL LEGISLATION A FAILURE.
Representative Sisson believed
nothing short of federal regulation
can abate the deadly weapon evil for
the reason that local legislation is
not sufficiently far reaching. Persons
unable to obtain deadly weapons in
one city or state, because of strin
gent regulations, send outside for
the contraband articles.
The high tax will make deadly
weapons too expensive for most ml
nors and disreputable characters to
purchase, be believes, and abate the
evil to that extent. Experience then
will suggest other regulations.
The congressman holds that there
are sufficient precedents for using
the taxing power of the government
to stamp out gun toting. Under this
authority the sale of oleomargarine
was regulated and state Issues of
bank notes were taxed out of exist
ence following the qlvil war.
LABOR CHIEFS AWARE?
Intimation Gompers Knew of
Men's Guilt Evidence for
was an authority on golf end auto
mobillng, but his thousands of friends
knew him best as a man of t-jt wit
who told better stories better than i medlatel7 upon mentioning the act of
any one else.
comfortable, although he could not
walk unassisted and had to be sup
ported by his colored companion. Im-
They crowned him ! ""itihUton he had a sinking spell and
king of good fellows. He was 42 years
old and a widower.
Breslaa, Germany, Jan. 3. Pro
fessor Felix S. Dahn, 77, well-known
historical writer, novelist and poet,
we were compelled to turn the sub
ject and discuss other matters. The
minister is mentally weak, in the
sense that he easily becomes nervous
and he certainly will have to improve
greatly to be able to stand trial with
in two weeks.'
RAILROAD STRIKER IS
JAILED FOR CONTEMPT
Springfield, 111., Jan. 3. Harry An
drews, a striking Illinois Central shop
man of Clinton, yesterday was tried
before Judge Humphrey of the fed
eral court and found guilty of con
tempt of court for violating the order
restraining the strikers of the Illinois
Central railroad from interfering with
the men employed by the company.
He was sentenced to SO days in the
workhouse at Peoria. Andrews at
tempted to Intimidate some employes
of the Illinois Central who were re
turning to their homes at night. Fred
Irwin, James Meagher and James T.
McCloskey were arrested at the same
time Andrews was-
BRYAN BOOSTED BY
Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 3. The Pro
gressive Democratic league of Ohio
came into being here yesterday at a
conference of democrats of nearly
every county in the state. Although
many of the conferees had entered
the gathering with the avowed Inten
tion of declaring against the presiden
tial candidacy of Governor Judson
Harmon, the executive's name was
mentioned only indirectly, and the or
ganization satisfied itself with the
adoption of resolutions urging the
members to work against the choice
of any delegate to either state or na
tional convention who had not proved
himself a tried and true democrat.
Then the name of William J. Bryan,
heralded as "ablest to represent the
progressive ideals in any party," was
received with applause and speakers
who fanned the democratic ardor
while awaiting the report of the reso
lutions committee made adherence to
him the final test to a title to the pro
rnanmapolls, IndL, Jan. 8. National
labor officials, affiliated with Samnel
Gompers and the American Federa
tion of Labor, were informed two
years ago by Charles A. Bookwalter,
who, as mayor at that time, conduct
ed 'a secret Investigation, that John
J. McNamara had directed a series of
This was made known by Bookwal
ter today when he Informed the gov
ernment's investigation here he had
made a.n inquiry Into the circum
stances of four explosions directed
against Albert Von Sprecklesen, a
general contractor, on account of
labor troubles. Bookwalter declared
he expected to be subpoenaed before
the grand jury, which resumed its ex
TO BARE ALL DETAILS.
He said he would bare all the de
tails of the municipal investigation,
which satisfied him John J. McNa
mara, secretary-treasurer of the In
ternational Association of Bridge and
Structural Iron Workers, was the con- '
spiring executive who caused the ex-. . '
plosions in this vicinity. Bookwalter
even said he himself had told John
J. McNamara of a strong suspicion
against him and that in his conversa
tions with a score of labor leaders
be had placed the responsibility upon
the Iron workers' union.
HIS TALK WITH JOITN J.
"We were on a street car together
one day shortly after the Von Spreck
elsen explosions 1n October, 1909," .
said Bookwalter today, "when John
J, whom I knew very well, asked me
in a taunting way If I had learned
who blew up the buildings. I was
irritated those days because I myself
had received threatening letters and
had to have a guard at my house for
CO days, so I answered rather hotly:
'Yes, and I could put my hand on one
of them without leaving this car.'"
CALLED A SHAME.
Asked whether he told any one else
besides McNamara of what his In
vestigation bad disclosed, he said ha
had told a score of labor leaders and
he thought some said, "It ' was a
damned shame." Bookwalter said he
did not know whether those men told
Gompers about the suspicions, "but,'
said (Bookwalter, "Sam Gompers Is .
one of the best informed men In this
NO REFERENCE MADE.
Bookwalter said he had met Gom
pers twice, while with labor leaders,
but no reference was made in his
presence to the explosions. Bookwal
ter said he was not intimate enough
to have discussed the matter with
Gompers, because of an alleged busi
ness association. He admitted his
partner, Hugo Thorsch, Is a close
friend of Gompers. "Do you think
Gompers knew while these explosions
were going on who was responsible
DID AOT INQUIRE. ;
"Gompers," said Bookwalter, "is '
the (general of a great army and, like '
a general, he did not inquire when
any of his men were engaging in
guerilla warfare. But if this were
called to the attention of the general,
naturally he would rebuke them."
4 ROMPERS ANSWERS.
Washington, Jan. 3. Gompers this
afternoon denied any person told him
or even hinted that J. J. McNamara
or any one else wag engaged In dyna
$55,000 FIRE DAMAGE
AT SWIFT & CO.'S PLANT
Chicago, Jan. 3. Fire which started
in Swift & Co.'s plant at the stock
yards last night ;'was nnder control
(his morning. The loss 1 $55,000.
Indianapolis, Jan. 3. "No union
labor leader, not even Samuel Com
pers, lifted a hand to help us la
cleaning up the big dynamite -fen-spiracy,
either before or since the
McNamara confessions," said Special
Government Prosecutor Oscar Law
ler today. Lawier asserted though
the labor leaders were quick to de
nounce the McNamaras after .their,
confessions, no one bad volunteered
to get from the McNamaras any de
tails of the alleged conspiracy la
which they figured. ,