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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS.
SIXTY-SECOND YEAR. XO. 23.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1912. TWELVE PAGES,
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Open Switch Cause of
Wreck On C. H. & D.
GOING 40 MILES HOUR
Passenger Hits Freight at lr
vington, a Suburb Many
Taken to Hospitals.
Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 13. Fifteen
persons were killed and 15 seriously
Injured this morning when an in
bound Cincinnati, Hamilton &. Dayton
passenger train ran into an open
switch and crashed into a freight at
Irvington, a suburb The train was
coming from Cincinnati at a rate of
4'i miles an hour. Most of the dead
were found in the wreckage of the
first car, which bad telescoped the
liHgnase car. The Injured were tak
en to honpitalB in thiB city. The dead:
C. IM1IOLT AND WIFE, theatrical
people, ah Angeles, Cal.
ALUKRT ALLEN, Los Angeles,
BERT WHITE. brakeman on
freight. Indianapolis Ind.
JOSEPH L. PALMER, Etawah.
CHARLES CIIANEY, 13, Jackson,
JOHN CHANEV, f2, Jackson, Ky.
MRS. CLIFTON CLANCY and son
eged .", and daughter, aged 10.
URL WIGGINS, conductor of pas-
C. F. GIU'NDHOEFER. Cincinnati.
PEN P.OYLE; had ticket to Chicago.
C. 1URG. lireman.
ll OK lJlltl.l.
Atiiorg I lie injured are:
Fred HinchitiBon. lireman.
Ci.fum Chancy, Jacknon, Ky.
J. C. Skilhnuu, baggageman, passen
ger. Carl Gross, head brakeiuan, freight.
Mm. Mary Sears. Chicago.
Harry Sell, Chicago.
W. J and A. C. Filer. Liberty. Ind.
Mm. J. C. Skillman, wife of baggage
.Mr. Joseph Seller and her husband
were atin!ig the flrt in the neighbor
hood to reach the wreck. "My hus
banil." Mrs. Sclter said, "had been on
top of a car helping to chop a hole 6o
water eould be passed to the Injured,
who were crying pitifully. When he
aiue down he said he saw the conduc
tor Htati'Htig upright. J-ist as if he was
taking tickets. He was dead. He had
g'iu-e on, and they were not broken."
ICTIMI I H FOR WiTKR,
Fourteen wore seriously Injured.
Firemen and police worked In the
wreck two hours before the first body
was found. Holes were chopped in
the tops of the cars and the Injured
supplied with water, for which they
The passenger train. No. 36, Is re
ported to have had a clear track, but
the brakeman of the freight train had j
not dosed the switch when It had
learcd tuo main track for the passen
ger train. Carl Gross, head brakeman
on the freight, said the switch had
been left open by one of his men.
HA KKVAHKABLK ECI'F.
Albort Seed, of IxuisvUle, one of
the passenger told of bis remarkable
K-ape: "I was awake." Seed said. "I
felt chilly and wag putting on my over
coat when suddenly I beard a crash
The next thing I knew I was sitting
leelde the w recked trains. I could
hear women and men crying for help;'y of ii
and with the assistance of others found
an axe and chopped a hole in the side
of the car. Firemen soon arrived and
began carrying out bodies."
The sound of the explosion aroused
the neighborhood. Many homes were
thrown open and the Injured were car
ried in aoid given first treatment.
kgim:s i ki f.su opk.u.
The two engines were almost com
pletely telescoped. They reared up
when they carat together and
were so wrecked that not until after
daylight was the body of a dead en
gineer on the passenger train found
In the cab. He had remained trying
to brtbg his train to a hale
The baggage car was badly splin
tered, but two passenger coaches Just
behind looked more like a pile of
Vindlir.g wood. They were completely
telescoped. The entrance between
the cars was so jammed that holes;
l'ad to be cut in the sides and tops to
take out the dead and injured. The
heavy freight train was standing still
and was net nearly so badly damaged.
"1 and some others are to b".ame,"
taid head Brakeman Gross this after-t.i-n.
"I Uft the switch open and
expected one of the other brakemen
to close It. The switch was not clos
ed, and a wreck occurred. I am to
les Moines. Iowa. Not. 15, With
tle kicKiu do6d aai a tore
Forecast Till 7 p. m. Tomorrow for
Rock Island, Davenport, Moline,
Fair tonight and Thursday, slightly
cclder tonight with freezing tempera
tures; slowly rising temperature
Temperature at 7 a. m., 39. Highest
yesterday, 67, lowest last night, 36.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 13 miles
Precipitation, 36 Inch.
Relative humidity at 7 p. m., 95, at
7 a. m.. 90.
Stage of water, 2.9, no change in
lust 24 hours.
J. M. SHERIER. Local Forecaster.
(From noon today to noon tomorrow ! '
Pun set, 4 43, rises C 40. Evenln
stars: Mercury, enus. Jupiter. Morn
ing stars: Saturn, Mars.
ct deputies patrolling the wholesale
district, fie teamsters' strike assum
ed a waiting attitude this morning.
The saloons were allowed to open
shortly before noon. The police said
further danger f trouble had passed.
Governor Carroll notified the chief
of police he would call out state
trooriH unless the notice immediatelv i
dit perse the crowds gathering in the
IN LAROR REPORT
Rochester. N. Y. Nov. 13. The sec-
, . . ... . . . ,.
ond days session of the convention oij
. a cuuurcifu fcioi y. i lie police weie
the American Federation of Labor was digpoBed lo accept her etatement that
occupied almost entire".- with the she shot her mother by mistake, al
reading of the report of the executive though an element of mystery was in
council. In it William J. Burns was jcted into tue tragedy because of
. , . . . i contradictory statements by Cuthbert
arraigned as an example of his own . ... , .
v ' and Miss Mevers. Cuthbert says he
characterization of private detectives, , did not know mother and daughter
and the investgation of the federation i and only volunteered his services to
since the McNamara trial was declar- J them after the shooting. Miss Myers
ed to be a concerted attempt to de-l,s Baid t0 have ,old the Plice Cutn
. . . , , . I bert. was traveling with herself and
stroy the federation and bring its offl- niother. Accordlng to Trenton police
a Into Hlf..i,r.i, n n lt...a
in the afternoon B , wa8 occupled
un ui secuon oeanng w,m tne:wa c,imbing ,n ner ber,n. Believing
McNamara case and Detective Burns. j fihe wafJ ,n danger firpd Tfae
i1.8 6 TepOT rec0mi mother, who was returning from the
mended that the convenuon take meas-J women.B miri received the
ures to aid In the movement to abol-1 hllnt
imi nurao worn ana reierrea to tne
conservation of natural resources as a
measure In which labor is vitally in
terested and should participate.
Part of the report dealt with the
Boy Scout movement. The report re
viewed attempts by leaders of the
scouts to eliminate the features that
were objectionable to labor and recom
mended that the convention this year
refrain from denouncing the move
ment. Of the McNamaras the report said:
"The McNamara offense was a so
cial crime. Thinking people, who were
made to realize the poisonous, mias-!
mlc Influences corrupting the atjno-
sphere of industrial life, were well-1
nigh overwhelmed by the weight of pohtek im'.k atki.
I collective responsibility devolving up- Trenton, Nov. 13. George Spencer,
on them as a result of the existence j inspector of police of the Pennsyl
i of such conditions. The McNamaras vanla railroad, wired the railroad au-
were either criminally insane or in-1
sanely criminal either condition due :
to Imperfect education, incomp.ete j
education or defective mentality. In j
any case, society Is responsible for j
not remedying the conditions." j
Of Burns' connection with the Mc-1
Namara case the report said In part:
"Burns has not and could not. pro-!
duce a scintilla of evidence to substan-i
late his oft-repeated misstatement:
The report charges that Burns made
It appear that officers of the federa-1 Fne was from Salem, a, I became in
tion were the "higher-ups," and that i terested because I am from Virginia
when Mr. Gompers made reply "this
turned upon him the brunt of the at
tack." j WILSON TOPS ROOSEVELT
II IN LALIrUKNIA VUlt
San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 13. Wil-
son took the lead over Roosevelt in
California this morning by a plural-
ROSE REPEATS HIS STORY
AT THE TRIAL OF GUNMEN
New York. Nov. 13. Jack Rose was
on tne witness stand today as the leagues, said he did not expect the common laws. Some of the democra
state's chief witness against the four ; salary limit question to be settled to-jtiziug effects of our schools are, how-
gunmen cnargea w on slaying Gam-
Rosenthal at Becker's bidding,
Generally speaking, his testimony was
a repetition of his remarkable nar
rative at the Becker trial.
Chicago, 111., Nov. 13. Surgeons at
tending William Lorimer will hold a
conference today to determine wheth
er an operation Is necessary. Contin
ued indications of improvement, it is
said, may not justify an operation at
HEAD OF PENNSY
ROAD QUITS POST
Philadelphia, Pa., Nor. 13. Jamea
McRea, president of the Pennsyl-
Tania railroad, resigned today, to take
effect Jan. 1. Vice President Rea was
! immediately elected to succeed Me
Mclea said he needed a rest. He has
I f et n ' years' service with the Penn-
;syl alia railroad.
MOTHER IN A
Miss Gladys Meyers Uses
Revolver on an Imag
S PUT UNDER ARREST
Traveling Man Also Held by the
Police Young Woman on
Way to Buy Trousseau.
Philadelphia. Pa., Nov. 13. Mistak-
mother for a robber. Miss
Gladys Meyers shot her on a Pennsyl
vania train early today as it was
speeding past Bristol, Pa. The train
continued to Trenton, and the injured
woman was rushed to the hospital
where 6he died.
The daughter and a passenger nam
ed M. R. Cuthbert, who says his home
la In Lynchburg, were held by the
Trenton authorities pending an inves
tigation of the shootir.g. Miss Meyers
was hysterical and could scarcely tell
,M(j Meyers said while King in her
. ag jf
DKEOI OF III RGI.AK.
In a statement to the police Cuth
bert said: "MiwMryeiytold me she
dreamed burglars were pulling aside
the curtain of her berth and that she
reached under her pillow, secured
her revolver and Bhot her mother.
Miss Meyers said she tired before she
was fully awake."
According to Miss Myers, Mrs. My
ers was the wife of J. Rappe Myers,
proprietor of a hotel at Greensburg,
Pa. Mother and daughter were on
! their way to New York to purchase a j
j wedding trosseau, as she was to be
married in June to J. B. Diliard, of
thorities to get the porter of the car
on which the Myers shooting occurred
to Trenton as soon as possible,
In a statement Cuthbert said:
"About 5:30 I heard a woman scream,
1 asked the porter the cause for the
scream. He informed me someone
was Eick- but tne continued screaming
impelled me to go to the smoker.
wnt're I found the young lady shouting
fcr some one to bring a doctor, add
ing she had shot her mother. The girl
was a total stranger to me, but said
niyself and offered my services.
Lynchburg, a., Nov. 13. W. R.
Cuthbert, detained at Trenton, is
president of the National Paint and
Manganese company of this city.
SALARY LIMIT IS
TO GO OVER A DAY
Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 13. Presi-
i dent M. H. Sexton of the American
: association of professional baseball
, dav. Much tirr.e was taken un todav
bv the members of the assortArion tali.
ing a trip to the breweries.
The Peoria Three-Eye club signed
Barry McCormick as a playing mana-
ger for next. year.
President O'Nell of the Western
league has let all of his umpires go.
HAS BRYCE PLACE
London, Not. 13. The resignation
of Ambassador Bryce and the appoint
ment of Sir Cecil Spring-Rice his suc
cessor at Washington, is officially an
nounced. Madison, Wis. Wisconsin's
way commission has issued a blue -
print showing the state aid asked for
road work in 1912 and 1'jH by coun -
Ue and towns. In 1&1I the a-nount
waa f 452,783, while for 1913 it is $511,
150. Of 1,195 towns in the state on-
ly 511 voted money for roads in 112,
4tui S65 have joud $75;,27a for lil3
HITS AT SCHOOLS
Baltimore, Nov. 13. The Americas
school system was severely criticised
by Prof. Royal Meeker of Princeton
university In an address before the
American Prison association. Profes
sor Meeker's subject was "The Con
nection of Our School System and Our
Prison System." He tried to show
how the population of the prisons
could be reduced by reforms that be
gan In the schools. !
WhlRS- !i acknowledged,, that, our
schools pay, he declared hthey
should pay better. "But," he Said. "1
think it probable that we could get
a!l the good results achieved by our
schools for less than one-half what we
"I think," continued Professor Meek
er, "the supposed influence of our
schools upon our morals is greatly
misunderstood and somewhat exagger
ated. Ignorance Is commonly used
synonymously with Immorality, vice
and crime. Some of the 18th century
writers thought that man could be re
deemed from sin and crime by the A.
B. C's and the multiplication table.
We now recognize that mere Informa
tion has little to do with right con
duct. Those familiar facts of our
childhood, 'The bug Is in the rug,' and
'Seven times nine is 53 or 67,' what
eve rlt may be, do not incite to deeds
of high moral emprise. I doubt the
efficacy of those 'excessively moral
yarns contained in the school readers
about George Washington and the
cherry tree, and the bad little boy
who sto'.e apples from the old apple
woman and, years afterward, died a
miserable death in the workhouse as a
result. It may be that the ability to
read does make some individuals
more virtuous.. I am 6ure it makes
some more frivolous, more worthless,
more wicked by enabling them to feed
upon trashy reading matter. Neverthe
less, our schools do promote morality
much more than immorality.
"The greatest value of the public
school consists in its democratizing in
fluence. They give us a common me
dium of intellectual exchange the
Knglish language. Without a com
mon spoken and written language,
union and democracy would be im
possible. Of course, we are less sav
age, more sympathetic, more truthful,
more honest because we have a com
mon "literature, a common morality.
ever, clearlv injurious. Communal
! v. hoomne-coiieh. measles, chicken noi.
j diphtheria and the like; democratic
j lying, profanity, obscenity, and other
j immoralilty are undesirable by-pro-
ducts of wholesale democratic educa
tion in the public schools. It will
probably be impossible to eradicate
these evil influences without eradicat -
ing the public school, ir we bad no
schools, plainly the schools could not
be blamed for these evils. It is often
charged that the public schools spread
contagious diseases and immorality.
Would these evils cease if the public
schools were abolished? Certainly
not! They would be disseminated
from other centers. The schools did
not invent immorality and personal
uncleanness. They found these evils
existing within the community. The
worst that can be said of the schools
is, that they have been unable
! eradicate these evils. Who can doubt
that our schools have lessened them?
iWe ought to be careful in criticizing
! our school system to make it clear
; that we are comparing our present
'fvstem with an ideal or annroxlmatelv
ideal system. We do not compare it
J with no Eysweia at all. When I say
WILL THEY MAKE UP?
that our schools system Is Inefficient,
uneconomical and rotten, I do not
mean that It is absolutely bad. I mean
It Is, compared with a system which
could be maintained for the same ex
pense, relatively Inefficient,, rela
TO WARON GANGS
Chicago, Nov. 13. A war of exter
mination on street gangs, composed
of hoodlums, toughs and ruffians,
which terrorize different parts of the
city, was ordered yesterday by Chief
of Police John McWeeny as a se
quence of the murder of Policeman
Charles Jones of the Rawson Street
station by gangsters last Sunday.
The work of wiping out the lawless
bands was begun in that district of
the northwest side in the vicinity of
Girard street and Bloomingdale road
and Blackhawk and Noble streets,
where the gang whose members killed
Policeman Jones were accustomed to
Twelve men and boys, declared to
have been among the crew of thugs
which Jones and Policeman Charles
Gierman were attempting to disperse
when the former was shot, were un
der arrest last night at the Rawson
street station. Other members of
the gang, It was believed by Lieuten
ant Thomas Duffy, would be caught
within a few hours.
The district is notorious for crimes
committed by gangsters. From this
locality came the murderers of Fred
Guelzow, four of whom expiated their
crime on the gallows. It was In the
Bame district, at North Paulina and
I West Ohio street, that Policeman
Thomas Schwelg was shot dead In
July, 1911. Also In the notorious gang
district at West Elm street and Gauit
court Policeman Eric H. Miller was
dangerously wounded by bandits last
W. Lester Bodine, superintendent of
compulsory education, who has spent
years in studying the "gang problem,"
declared yesterday that it has become
one of the most serious menaces to
law and order the city has to deal
"Contempt for law, drunkenness,
vice, insults to women there are the
characteristics of the gang," said Mr.
Bodine. Of all the downward influ
ences that lead young men and boys
tc become criminals, I believe that the
gang easily overshadows all others.
If the life histories of the young men
from 18 to 25, who crowd our jails,
are examined it will be found that
running with the gang constituted the
greatest destructive agency.
"I have catalogued the gangs Into
different groups. The group from 18
to 20 leads astray the group from
16 to 18, and the latter, taking the
j boy from 14 to 15, transform them
into hoodlums and roughs. i
"The enforcement of the compul- i
sory education law has wiped out j
many gangs of boys from 14 to 16
years, and it is up to the police to
break up bands of older men. The
gangs of men and boys are permitted
to loiter at street corners and In
front of nickel theatres. Such gangs,
if for no other reason than that they
are a menace to young girls, should
be made to move on.
"The police should use moral sua -
tojsion first, and then their clubs. It
is to be hoped that the municipal
court judges will co-operate with the!
police in breaking up these gangs
by imposing stiff penalties whenever
the evidence warrants on all gang -
sters arrested for vagrancy.
The clgaret-sodden, street - cor -
ner loafers in the aristocratic dia -
Madrid, Nov. 13. The body of as
sassinated Premier Canalejas lay in
state today in a temporary chapel in
the chamber of deputies. A vast
crowd gathered to pay last respects.
The population of the capital appears
deeply impressed by the crime. Work
Is almost entirely suspended and
nearly every business house is closed,
while most t the houses in tha.resl
dentlal section are draped in mourn
ing. The assassin, Manuel Pardlnas,
who failed in his attempt at suicide,
is a man of distinguished appearance.
When arrested he had several manu
scripts. One, In cipher, had Inscribed
cn the outer sheet "International con
flagration." Another was a thesis on
the "anatomy of the human stomach."
Pardlnas was expelled from Buenos
Aires last March on account of parti
cipation In anarchistic agitations. He
traveled in various cities in Europe.
As he left Paris for Madrid, the police
in Paris notified the Madrid author
ities and also told of an article he had
written against King Alfonso, for an
anarchist paper In Paris. The Madrid
police, however, didn't know of Par-
dinas' arrived in the Spanish capital.
trlcts should be treated the same as
the gangs in the poorer sections of
"The social centers in the small
parks and schoolhouses have helped
to combat the gang evil. What many
of these young men need is proper
Chief of Police McWeeny said
"It will be necessary for the courts
and prosecutors to co-operate with
the police in breaking up the street
gangs of toughs and hoodlums. Time
and again these rowdies have been
arrested and let go or given trivial
punishment. The police will do their
Frank Orman, 1310 Holt street, 22
years old, one of the suspects arrest
ed, admitted that he was one of tha
five men who ran into the shed In the
rear of 1733 Girard street, from which
were fired the five bullets which pierc
ed Jones' body. Orman denied that
he did the shooting, and gave the
police information which may lead to
the detection and arrest of the mur
derer or murderers.
Other men taken In the dragnet of
the district were John Rammel, 1628
North Hermitage avenue; Steve Golin
sky, 1740 North wood street; Wal- Pent riot gave rise to the action. The
ter Gruzalskt, 1938 North Winchester judge took umbrage at this statement:
avenue; Leo Jurzawa, and James; "Students should be on their guard
Jornoskl, 1744 North Wood street; 1 before such a tribunal."
Roman Gavacz, 1801 W'abansla ave-i The arrest created a sensation In
nue; Frank H. Cava, 1460 Emma! the student body, already exercised
street, and Peter KarowBki, 1623 El-.over the Investigation by the grand
MAY BE IGNORED
Washington. Nov. 13. No reason
exists, according tp a brief filed today
j in behalf of the government by So-
' licitor-General Bullitt, why Jack
Johnson, the pugilist, confined in Jail
at Chicago, on a charge of violating, Staunton, III., Nov. 13. A masked
the "white slave" act, should be ad-,man UP robbed nine men in a
mitted to bail by the supreme court, tumbling room here Monday uightaad
Bullitt pointed out that while viola-jtook nearly $1,000 from the tables and
jtions of the white slave act are pun-ltne pockeu of the men. He stood the
j ithable by five years imprisonment or!nlne mc'n wlth their faces to the wall
i a 15,000 fine, or both, they are not, ex-1 wh:ie ne searched them. Ail of hi
jtradiuble. loot was in sUveXj
TO STOP WAR
Ottoman Empire Abandons
Hope of Mediation by
PORTE ISSUES APPEAL
Sultan's Troops Lose Heavily to
Bulgarians in Ardrianople
London, Nov. 13. All the European
powers have agreed to a Turkish pro
posal made last week that they should
inform the Balkan nations of the
Turkish request for mediation and in
quire from them whether they are
willing to formulate terms on which
negotiations could be opened. Steps in
this direction are about to be taken by
Constantinople, Nov. 13. There Is
good reason to believe the Turkish
government has decided to negotiate
directly with the Balkan allies, as
mediation of the powers seems fruit
less. St. Petersburg, Nov. 13. Russia
does not Intend to go to war over the
question of Servla obtaining a port
on the Adriatic sea, according to the
Russian Foreign Minister Sasonoff.
Vienna, Nov. 13. The main Bulgar
ian attack on the Turkish forts along
the line of Tchatalja Is progressing
favorably, according to despatches.
Sofia, Nov. 13. A desperate sortie
was made by the Turkish garrison at
Adrianople yesterday, according to a
despatch to the Mir. After five hours'
fighting the Turks were driven back
by the Bulgarians. The Turks lost
PORTE ASKS ARMISTICE.
Constantinople, Nov. 13. The Port
has applied directly to Bulgaria, seek
ing to arrange an armistice, according
to the reports current in the capital.
An open letter written by Prince
Seba Heddln and addressed to the sul
tan, is published in the form of a pam
phlet and sold In the streets. The
proceeds will go to the benefit of the
Red Crescent society and the pam
phlet has been eagerly bought. The
"The enemies of the country are not
the Balkan states, but we ourselves,
who have proved incapable of govern
ing the country. If we take a lesson
from past errors, then there Is hope ot
EXECUTE 10 Tl'RK DESERTERS.
Seventeen soldiers and one officer,
who fled before the enemy at Kirk
Kllisseh, were executed this morning
in the outskirts of the city. The death
sentence has spread panic among the
remainder of the troops.
Eighteen new cases of cholera and
three deaths were officially reported
There are rumors that the arrest of
the young Turk leaders Is Imminent
Mukhtar Pasha, who came here yes
terday tp ask for reinforcements, re
turned to Tohatalja today.
Mahmoud Shefket Pasha, the noted
commander who recently was appoint
ed chief of the commissariat, has ap
parently been deprived of his office.
He is walking about In mufti.
ARREST THE ILLINI EDITOR
Arthur Nogle Charged with Contempt
by Judge Phllbrlck.
Champaign, 111., Nov. 13. Arthur H.
Nogle of Belleville, editor of the Dally
Illinl, the student newspaper of the
University of Illinois, was arrested
yesterday by the order of Judge Solon
Philbrick of the Champaign county cir
cuit court on a charge of contempt of
An editorial In Saturday's issue of
the student daily regarding the recall
ed grand Jury to investigate the re-
jury oi me siuucnt riot wnich culmin
ated In an attack on the Walker opera
hcuse and the injury of several per
sons. The Jury is also investigating
the alleged illegal voting by students
in local elections.
Judge Philbrick, himself an alumnus
the university, d'dares the city and
university authorities have demonstra-
ted their incapacity to deal with stu-
ld,'nt outbreaks, and that it Is time for
"im to take a hand.
i Masked Man Robs Gamblers.