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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. Ira
SIXTY-SECOND YEAR XOi 119.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 1913. SIXTEEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
TONS OF DY1MTE EXPLODE ON A SHIP; 50 DEAD AND MY RflAlED
IN A BLOWU
British Steamer With Car
go for Panama Wrecked
50 DEAD; MANY HURT
Force of Explosion Destroys
Upper Works of New Collier
and Kills Three Men.
Baltimore, Md , .March 7. Three
hundred and ftrt tons of dynamite
exploded Una in i n 1 ; : k In tilt lower
llaltiinor. ln.rl.oi. killing about
inntiy of them fatally. Tho explosive
v as t iii); transferred from a barge
to the Hiitihh steamer Alum Chine,
v hi ti it went off from n cause un
1. now n The men killed were mem-It-rs
of the crews of the steamer and
barge and vessels nearby.
I'.alt nii're, March 7. An explosion
r dynamite, far-reaching and disas
tKiiiH in results, occurred in the lower
lii-.rii'ir of Baltimore this morning,
v ii-xt mor- Than :!i tons of the ex
vlnjiv. b-ing loaded on hoard the
Jlriiiwh steamer Alum Chine, blew up.
The 1; iow ii dead number seven. Of
It ( He tour lieloiig to the crew of the
AIuiii Chine and tjiree were on board
the naxii collier .lason.
'I went nine men on the collier and
tli4. filler pari of the crew of the
Alum Cintie were injured.
MEN JI'MP OMIHBOAHD.
steamer Aiina -4?biaaL:"' " "v ; -; - " i
b'j.'.iiK 'hnamlte for use on the Pan
iim;i canal, was wrecked by an explo-
'on that was followed bv a fire this
r orni!:j: In the lower harhor off Haw
1 i pour According to the police,
f.'iv ii-m were killed ami Da injured.
'1 If ri on the steamer saved theni
h' hen liy Jumping overboard. They
v. re picked up by launches and Tugs.
A burue lying alongside contuMng
:;ri ions of dynamite being transfer
i' .1 in the Alum Chine was completely
v. reeked and sank. It is beliwved an
t ploslon occurred on the barge.
new collier mi K.i keii.
The force of the explosion swept
a way the upper works of the t'nttrfd
States naval collier Jason, killing
Hire.' men and injuring C9 others. The
.i.ison was 700 feet away at the Time!
had lust been completed by the
Maryland StI company and was soon
li lime a government trial trip,
tsoiiti-ft ru ki:i 1 r.
Scores of vessels hurried to the
-cetie to render what aid they could.
Floating bodies were drawn from the
wreckage and t-me of thH Injured
were rescued from float it g debris.
Thirty or more badly Injured men
were brought to HalHmore hospitals.
The AJnm Chine had been here
since March 1 and was finishing load.
In a cargo of high explosives for'
Hie Panama canal.
This morning a lighter with four
tailroad cars was towed to the side
of the vessel and would have com
pleted the task of loaing the explosive
in a few hours. Nearby was the uta.
M '.antic and several launches belonK
ii g to h!p chandlers.
Pi IT OK MOKK.
Suddnly there was a puff of smok"
from the hold ot the ship,
tho crew noticed it and ran
ing to the deck, followed by tho panic
stricken crew, or as many as had
time to escape from the lower rart
of the vessel. Right along side Alum
Chine was the launch Jerome, manned
by Ship Chandler James Goodhues.
Into this boat leaped 14 of the Alum
bine's crew, and the little craft turn
el from the burning ship at top speed
When the launch was 200 feet away
the explosion came with a deafening
roar as hundreds of tens of explosive
mi.L Tfr.n ix air.
Columns of flame shot from every
portion of the resssel and the air
was filled with flying debris. Pieces
of machinery and the hull of the boat,
weighing tons shot hundreds of feet
In the air. Pieces of Iron and steel
weighing .r0 pounds were found on
tfhore four miles from the 6cene.
One of the unexploded boxes or dyna
mite struck the upper works cf the
( oilier Jason, nearby, and exploded.
Several Ttier were killed ou'richt and
."'I mere on t'i" Collier were frightfully
1 j'ired. I'p to midafiernoon there
were no definite figures, but It was
h:.n! a: e.-.s' ' men were killed and
as many more injured. Some of the
hitter are expected to die.
i TK K.IIOHK. MIoMX;.
Six o' the re of the tuc Atlantic,
lying alongside the Alum Chine.
were kiLed md lit lu uws'.roed. Thebaic ib-ci'i cLoicii Ler.
rtrtcut 'i li p. m. Tomorrow fer
Reek lelane, Davenport, Molina,
Snow this afternoon, rain or snow
tonight or Saturday, wanner tonight
with the lowest temperature near the
Temperature at 7 a. m, 18. Highest
yesterday, 20; lowest last night, 14.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 8 miles
Palpitation. .f2 inch.
Relative humidity at 7 p. m., 69, at
7 a. m., 94.
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
(From noon today to noon tomorrow.)
Pun sets 37. rises 6:2D Evening
stars: Mercury. Venus. Saturn. Morn
ing Mars: Jupiter, Mars.
) ls.test reports place the number of i
dead at 20. and the injured at 4i.
of the latter io of the Jason's peo-
pie are said to be fatallv hurt. Forty ;
stevedore are unaccounted for. If I
they were on the steamer it is consid
ered they perished.
TALI. Bl II.IMNfi ROCKED.
The explosion shook the country
for miles around. Windows were
broken arid chimneys knocked off
houses a dozen miles from tho disas-
t,;r - nnl; imore
was shaken as if by
Tall buildings rock
ed. At Sparrows Point a school house
was rartlv destroyed and several
pitiki i. scene ki whirk.
Pitiful scenes were enacted on j
Broadway wharf when tups bearinu !
dead and injured arrived there. Hun- j
dreds of women and children, crying ;
and wringing hands, liegged to be al
lowed to see if any of their men folks j
were among the victims. Sone were
ab.e to walk home unassisted, but
others were taken to hospitals.
HK.ARJt lOO MILE.
Philadelphia, . March 7 - The dyna
mite explosion near Baltimore was re
markable for the great distance the
shock of the blast was felt. In Coatea
vllle. Pa., windows of the h;gh sc!,3
rattled, startling st.udetits. The shock
was felt at the Philadelphia navy
yard, l'0 miles from Italtlmore, and
In a number of cities In Bouthem Penn
.1 nBlunrla nn1 In Vuw lornui' O LS for QQ I
beliex-ed It an earthquake. The shock
Interrupted the proceedings in the
lower house of the Delaware legisla
ture at Dover, the speaker remarking.
"That must have been an earthquake."
DOPED, IS CLAIfd
Chicago. March 7. One-half the but
ter in cold storage in Chicago is adul
terated in violation of the internal
laws, the adulteration con-
BjBtlng of water moisture in quantities
(. to 3. per .fnt ot tn( actuai weight
of the luutt-r. according to officials of
the revenue department.
Three hundred thousand pou-nds have
been seized anil will he confiscated. It
Is expected suits will be brought
ngalnst dealers for evading 10 cents a
pound revenue tax and other penalties.
Since the investigation began, it is
aaserted, 2",o"0.'imi pounds of butter
have disappeared from local ware
houses. 3 FATALITIES IN
Sharon. Pa.. March 7. With a report
that was heard several miles, and scat
tering molten metal in tvery direction,
the puddling furnace of the Wilkea
rolling mill here exploded this morn-
ir.p. Three workmen wer fatally and
six others bad'y burned. The mill was
o'.niost entirely wrecked.
JURY CONVICTS 1
OF ARSON CROWD
Sou'h Bend. Ind., March 7. Benja
min Kahn was found guilty of arson
this morning. The jury' had been out
since late Wednesday afternoon.
Kalin was found guilty of setting
fire to the establishment of the farm
ers' and Workingmen's Friend store
In this city last April. The prosecu
tion charged that Kahn paid Benja
min Fink, whose trial will begin Mon
day to set fire to the store. Kahn's
conviction was the outgrowth of the
Investigation of the gigantic "arson
trust." He will be sentenced Mon
day. MISS ROOSEVELT
A BRIDE APRIL 4
I 0ster Bay. March 7. The wedding
of Kthei, daughter of Colonel Rooee
e!t. to Dr. Richard Ierby of this city
ha? hem fixed for Friday. April 4, at
$8 IS LOWEST
Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Head Tells of Inquiry
by Chicago Stores.
CALLED AS A WITNESS!
Believes Some Women Will Go
Wrong No Matter What the
Wage Paid Them.
t mcago, March . leading mer-
j chants of Chicago were called before j
! the state senate's vice Investigation
! commission today in an endeavor to j
' ascertain the relations of low wages i
to vice. President Rosenwald of Sears,
Roebuck & Co. testified his company
employs 4,731' women and girls at an
average wage of $9.12 per week. Th
lowest salary is $5. given to girls
of 16. After three months they are
advanced to $5.50. The company
hires on:- girls who live at home.
The concern employs 1,465 girls ana
women who receive less than $8 a
week. !. H. Miller, superintendent of
, employment for Sears, Roebuck & Co.,
seated beside Rosenwald, answered '. i-
j many of the questions put to Rosen- j
wald by Lieutenant Governor O'Hara. i
j TELLS OP INVESTIGATION. j
I "Did your eompanv the last few i
years conduct a private Investigation
i to ascertain the minimum wage nec
! essary for a girl to support herself
without assistance?" asked O'Hara.
Rosenwald could not remember, and Miss Olive W. Wharry Also Or
referred to Miller, who replied, sa.f-. n r nA HaV,o,rior
ing such Investigation had been
by a committee composed of depart-!
mont store heads. Th cornmittee re- j
ported the minimum requirement of!
girls" adrift" (not living at home I
was $S. i
"Now 1 want to ask you as a man of j
wide philanthropy if you think low
wages induce immorality in women?
'. NO ONNKITION. MVS.
j "I wili answer as 1 answered be
1 fore," said Rosenwald. "there is prac
I tieally no connection between them,
j I believe prostitution is as likely to
I come to a woman who earns over $10
; as one who earns less. It depends on
'. a woman. A girl earning small wages
might use that subterfuge for her
"Do you consider $5 enough for any f0sts End deposit a $l,0o0 bond to in
w oman to live upon?- j sure ood behavior two years after the
"Yes. If she lives at home."
"And $8 enough for one who sup
"That's what our Investigation
S7.0O4MMW ITf EARNINGS.
How much aid your corporation r,ay the costs of the prosecution and
earn in 1911?" j would immediately start a "hunger
"Approximately $7,000,000." 1 Btrike."
"Could you raise wages and still j tit m.akv women win.
pay stockholders a legitimate profit?" j Budapest, Hungary, March 7 The
The witness said the stock of the j woman's suffrage cause won a notable
corporation pays 7 per cent both on!vjP.orv nere today when the lower
common and preferred. There was a house of the Hungarian parliament
surplus of $12,000,000 at the end of ndonted the covernment's suffrage re-
I 1912. He said he could have given
j $2,000,000 out of the profits and still
pay some dividends. , j was or0w ded with troops during the de
"Could you live on $8 a week?" j bate in consequence of threats by so
There was a bitter titter when the : cialists to begin a general strike In the
witness said be never tried it ! country as a protest at the govern
compuittioji A factor. ' ment's attitude atrainst complete trni
Rose.nwald said many firms In Uli-! versal suffrage. There were no dls
nols. If a minimum wage for women turbances in the early part of the day,
would be ordered by law, could in- j the populace being OTer-awed by the
crease wages materially, but Illinois : great display of force,
firms would then be at a disadvantage j
as compared with competitors In states
having no such law. Rosenweld's tes
timony was Interrupted a few min
utes as a girl of about 17, cheaply
but neatly clad, took a seat beside
the witness. She was 14 when she
went to work for Sears, Roebuck &
Co.. she said, and was paid $4.50 a
week. Rosenwald explained this was
before the firm fixed the minimum
for girls of ber age.
TELLS BER AGE.
"Did they know now old you were?"
yes. I told them I was 14 years .
and months She worked ':
years and the last month of the P"-
lod was earning $7.50. Her chief
criticism was of forewomen given to
scolding for mistakes Incident to i
, , cv . -
their work. She was Ignorant of the
. . , .
mvrfti cvuuiuuo ui iriiuw emuioves.
... . . ... - '
although she did not think they were'
paid enough. "I
girl." she said.
HOME Gnu. FLIRT.
She said some girls flirted and "ran
out nights." She did not really know
that any girls were bad, "but you
never can tell how they turn out."
Rosenwald answered a few questions.
He left the company's payroll with
the commit'ee, which went into ex -
j eore ihe j ou woman concluded
cona 10 London.
HUNGER STRIKE THREAT
... , , ' ...
Woman Convicted cf Burning Pav.l.on
in Kew Garaen Balks at the
London, March 7. Miss "Joyce
Ixcke," a suffraget, whose real name is
Olive Wharry, was sentenced today
io 18 months' imprisonment for setting
fire to a pavilion in the Kew botanical
gardens Feb. 20.
The Ciourt ordered her to pay all
completion of her sentence.
The judge warned Miss Wharry she
would be sentenced to an additional
year ir she aid not keep tne peace al
itor finishing her sentence.
Miss Wharry declared she would not
; form bill, by which a large number of
j w omen are enfranchised. The capital
her testimony she was asked by Act
ing Governor O'Hara if she would
blame a girl, who had to support a
widowed mother on $8 a week. If she
committed suicide. She replied she
QUEEN 50 YEARS
ON BRITON SOIL
. I indnn fnrrh 7 Tortnv tx-!i a the I
.iah 8nniver8ary of ,andins in
Urwt BrlulB of Qmm M9th(r AltI. :
andria then a princesg In ftC. .
coraanc4 wh he exprB6ed s5re of ;
her maJeBt tiMWXaaloa wa, ob8erved '
, , . . i
quietly. The lord mayor and corpora-1
7, " . . . T . , ,
t on offices of London went to Marl-;
, , .
borough house to present an address
. . . . ' . ., , .
zens of London, while the mayor of
' Windsor and the mayor of Margate,
, where she first came ashore, offered of
ficial congratulations. Many members
of the diplomatic corps called at Marl
1 borough house in the course of the
Has First Haircut in 17 Years.
; Or ando. Fla., March 7. Sea'ed in a
! band stand in the public square, in
I tne nrebence of fccores of tne uwn-
, 1 flxX Xa
VST !i i " THAT WAWHGTM h, J
folk assembled for the event. Code
Hill, an aged resident, had his first
haircut in 17 years. During the cam
paign of 1896 Hill made a piedge to
allow his hair to grow until a demo
( rat became president.
WITH TURKS SHOT
Constantinople, March 7. Fifty
mutinous Arab soldiers belonging to
Turkish regiments guarding the penin-
sula of Gallipoli and the Dardanelles
! straits were shot today as an example
! to others. Most of the men guarding
the lines in this district were brought
(from the warm climates of Asia Mi
; nor and have become mutinous owing
to the extreme cold. Tiny
they are too numbed to fight.
IN POLL OF JURY
Los Angeles, March 7. The jury in
the case of Clarence Harrow, charged
with bribery, had not reached a verdict
at noon today, when court adjourned
for luncheon. At that time it was
reported the jury wa9 nine to three j inK of tne pxtra SPBSion April 1.
for acquittal. The jury has been out j The president took under considera
slnce 8:30 this morning. There is tion today economy of administration
a tremendous crowd at the court-; and so-called class lecislation. Chair-
CARD MESSAGE IS
St. Paul, Minn., March 7. A postal '
card containing an inquiry as to when
j the w riter might expect "my dear litt le
man is believed by the police ani
coroner to have lured Clyde Darling
to the spot where, he was shot dead i
Wednesday night. The card was tak-
I en from a pocket in Darling's coat be- '
f ore the tyody was removed from the
j home of Professor Olson of the 'Di
versity of Minnesota, who surrendered.
Handwriting experts late today will
compare the writing on the card with
samples of Olson's handwriting.
Olson slept soundly in his cell last
night. "My defense will be th" un
written law." is all he would Kay.
STATE ASKING DEATH OF
TWO FOR SINGER MURDER
Chicago, March 7. The eKe of
Charles Cramer, clown arid high dier.
and his wife, on trial for the murder
of Sophia Singer, was expected ;o go
to the jury today. The state asked
the death penalty for both.
Hot Sprints. Ark., March 7.-A fire !
which started before noon in the bus-j
iness district of upper Central ave-!
nue is believed to have caused the.
death of four perrons, three women ,
end one man. It originated in a gas,
WITH PARTY MEN
Leaders in Congress Are Called
A to-White Hottse-4oTaik 1
1 I . . . ' .
Over Session Plans.
STRONGER SHERMAN LAW
President Favors Putting It in Such
Shape That It Will Be Ex
Washington, March 7. President
llson today began conferences with
some of the leaders of his party In
The cabinet prepared today to con
sider appointments of bureau heads.
Late today in the east room Wilson 1
was to meet Charles F. Murphy, Tam- j
many leader, and eight otner Psew
The president w ill hold regular cab
led meetings Tuesdays and Fridays,
as has been the custom for years.
Et O N O l I ES O N S I IKR F:i.
Many special sessions, however, are
likely to be called before the conven-
man Fitzgerald of the house appro
priations committee, discussing with
the president the question of appro
priations for the coming session, re
called that President Tart bad vetoed
the sundry civil bill because of pro
visions to prevent the government us
ing a certain sum to enforce the Sher
man law a paii.- labor unions or farm
ers' organizations. President Wilson
took a firm position, it is said, behind
Fitzgerald, for economy. It Is known
he looked apprehensively from Tren
ton at the appropriations! of the last
WANTS MOHE EXPLICIT LAW.
Some of the president's conJdants
think if the provisions exempting la
bor unions from prosecution were ; Mexico City. March 7. Rafael Tapla,
again included In the sundry civil bill, : who took the field against. Huerta af
Wilson would be inclined to be In- ter the death of Madero, surrendered
fluenced by their elimination, prefer- today at Guadalupe, Hidalgo, where
ring to postpone enunciation of the the treaty of peace between Mexico
government's policy until revision of ail(, thp rnuf.,i stntea' n.i.irt
the Sherman law is attempted. Wil
son is known to favor strengthening
the Sherman law so its jurisdiction
will be explicitly understood.
PI BLIC TO CiET NEWS.
as far as possible to pursue a policy!
publicity regarding what
plu.ee around the cabinet table.
Today's meeting, it is said, took
tip the work of organization where
yfrt'Tclyv's left off. It Is the p'an to
rr.ike public In a formal way at the
end cf each session what has been
fii posed of.
IO MKT APPLICATION.
It vas made clear at the Wliite
h'. use today that heads of the varioun
departments and members of the cab-
met , act "lerely as sifters of
the mass of applicants for office, but
their decisions will not be Snal.
THREE A ppointmwnt.
Daniel C. Roper of South Carolina
will be nominated by the president
l be firot assistant postmaster gener-
Those Framed by Under
wood and Aids Are to
Usual Crop of Lobbyists on
Grcund to Oppose Radical
Washington, March 7. With the
house ways and means committee
meeting to organize, the real tariff
work of the sixty-third congress began
today. With only three new members
on the- democratic side the committee
seemed practically certain that the
tariff measures framed under the sup
ervision of Leader Underwood at the
last session would be accepted by the
In addition to Its tariff work the
committee Is also confronted with the
problem of reorganlrlng the entire
democratic side of the house through
its functions as committee on com
mittees. Underwood and his associates are of
the opinion that the democrats should
get down to work on the tariff and let
all other questions go until the regu
lar session In December.
FA VOn ( I KHRNCY LEGISLATION.
There Is some sentiment In the
house, however, in favor of Immediate
currency legislation, arising from the
impression that President Wilson de
sires early action In that direction.
TBV(lual,crop of lobbyist la ap-
i 1 xr V 1 . . . - . i
pearing In Washington to wateHthe
ways and means committee. Organiz
ed opposition will combat any radical
tariff bills In the house and follow
them to the senate, where strenuous
efforts will be made to temper any
Wilson looks favorably upon the
Idea of having the house pass a set
of tariff measure and put them
squarely before tho senate, bill by bill,
so the country can locate the respon
sibility for the success or failure of
the measures. It is learned Wilson
will recommend that tho tariff be the
chief work of the session, although
in a message he will briefly call at
tention to the need of currency legis
lation. Wi.sons present purpose, it was
.' learned today, is to accept the proposal
j of the house leaders and recommend
I that the tariff alone be acted upon at
i the extra session.
al. Commissioner of Labor Nelll will
be renominated as commissioner of
labor statistics. James R. Ulakeslee,
secretary of the Pennsylvania demo
cratic committee, will be third asist
ant postmaster general.
CLARKE SENATE I'llESIOENT.
Democrats of the senate chose Sena
tor Clarke of Arkansas for president
pro tern of the senate over Senator
Racon of George, 27 to 14. The out
come was a great surprise, as It was
conceded Bacon would be elected.
The caucus choice Is equivalent to
election In the senate.
REBEL IS IN FOLD
in IMS. Taiiia was forrm rly chief of
n:ral gjard in the state of Vera Cruz.
rrender is regarded as a great
gain for th? government.
CLARK 63 AND
SAYS HE FEELS LIKE 20
Washineton, March 7. Speaker
Clark is CZ today. He said he felt like
?,f He Bpent the day in his office re
ceiving callers and congratulations.
BRIBE IS OFFERED
OR A HUNG JURY
Kansas City, March 7. Marsha I
Hollowell, in charge of the Jury In
the Dr. Hyde murder trial, told Judge
Porterfleld today he had been offered
a bribe of $1,000 to bring about a
hui.g jury, and $500 for an acquittal.
A John Doe warrant baa been issued.