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SIXTY-SECOND YEAR. NO. 297.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1913. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
S. I HOME EDITION
AT ODDS WITH
Dancing Teacher's Hus
band, at Macomb, De
nies Having Quarrel.
WARRANT OUT FOR HIM
Claims to Have Been at Home
of His Father cn Farm
Since July 31.
Macomb, 111., Sept. 29. Everett Rex
roat, husband or Mildred Allison Rex
roat. found murdered at Wayne, is
the son of W. H. Kexroat, a wealthy
farmer residing ten miles southeast of
he-re. He has never teen In any trou
ble and bears a good reputation. He
has been at the home of hs father
continuously since July 31.
He said that the relations be
tween himself and his wife were pleas
ant and they had no thought of sep
arating. He went to the train with
brr when she left fcr Chicago, Aug. 26,
to put her three eons in school. When
dlwcod she was given the custody
of the children, but they live with
their father by nor consent. She said
she Intended to return here about this j
time, aul Kexroat had planned to I
move to Duhhnell, where he Intended j
to work as Hn automobile machinist
while his wife taught dancing.
Chicago, HI., Sept 21). In Inquest
lrto the death of Mrs. Mildred Allison
Rexroat, whose mangh-d body was
found on the railroad tracks at Wayne,
was begun today.
Mrs. Kexroat married Everett A.
Kexroat, a farmer of Macomb. 111., a
member of a largo and wealthy fam
ily, two weeks after her divorce last
fprlng from W, H. Allison, whom she
married 1" years ago. Beth men fao-
t d each other todny at tnrTTfliJertaker's
office, wher the body of the dead wo
man wan taken. Each showed emo
tion. Allison said nothing, but gazed
steadily at Rexroat. who cried out as
lie turned away: "My Cod, does he
think I did it?''
A warrant charging Rexroat with
murder was sworn out last night, but
th's was largfly to compel his attend
ance a', the Inquest.
The first witnesses were the engin
eer and fireman of the train which ran
vor the woman's body. They said
tiny thought at first it was a cinder
ile in the middle of the track, but
an examination showed It was a wo
A description of the man who left
tiie train with the victim at Wayne, is
five feet five, thick neck, big should
ers, ruddy face, blue eyes, wears gold
rim glasses, and Is about ;!.".
The woman's body had been
mangled by belL? run over by a
freight train, but a postmortem re
vealed a bullet wound through the
mouth and brain. Mrs. Rexroat, or
Mrs. Allison as she was known In Chi
cago, due to the fact that she kept
lier second marriage a secret, had
teen lured to Wayne on the pretext
that a tango class was awaiting her
m:kk mimm; tix.oist.
Search Is being made for a resident
or Wheutou who disappeared Satur
day. The police are withholding his
name, but they say that he was a
frequenter of Chicago dance halls and
Lad recently learned to dunce the tan
go. It Is said he is an employe of a
corporation represented In Wheaton.
but the name of the firm la also kept
secret by the police.
State's Attorney Hadley and a dep
ut sheriff came to Chicago last night,
going to the Congress hotel. In search
of Charles E. Herron, w hose name was
found on scraps of paper picked up
tear Mrs. Rexroat body.
HIG THREAT HKCALLKl).
Rexroat denied all knowledge of the
death of his wife when questioned In
Macomb. Members of his family cor
roborated his story that he had been
home on the day of the murder. Sev
eral slender clews were made the ba
is of the warrant, the principal one
being the story that Rexroat had
demand that th e woman return
a 1300 diamond ring he had given her.
When she refused he is said to have
threatened to "get tt some way."
Rexroat and his wife had separated
after having lived together but a few
weeks. Mrs. Rexroat declared upon
her return to Chicago that she had
had no quarrels witn ner nusoana, oui
that he was "too Ury and too willing
to let his parents take care of them."
Mrs. Rexroat wor the ring her hus
band had given her when she left Chi-
caeo Kridav nicht to go to Wayne, In
rcpcnse to a telephone call irom a
man who gave the name of C. Spen
cer. The ring was missing when the
body was found.
-lt'BD' VOICK CI.EW.
Another factor that resulted in the
warrant against Rexroat was the
round of his voice. ;
According to Mrs. Ada Johnson of
Eggiestoa avenue, with whom;
News Note Preparations are
Mrs. Rexroat lived, the man giving!
the name of Spencer had a soft, drawl-j
ing voice and spoke as though it re
quired great effort. The same voice,
she said, spoke to her on the tele
phone Saturday morn;ng, saying that
Mrs. Allison would not return, as she
had gone east to be married.
Later Mrs. Johnson said that Rex
roat's voice had the soft, drawling
note she had observed in the myster
ious telephone message.
A search of the effects of Mrs. Rex
roat at her home disclosed little of
vaule. Sheriff Kuhn and State's At-
rtorney Hadley , yesterday .ferni
suitcase which Mrs. Rexroat had left
several letters .containing personal In
formation, some of them written to
relatives of Rexroat since the separa
tion a month ago. Cards bearing the
names of dancing instructors were
taken in the hope that they might
shed Fome light on the identity of
A package' of letters, some of them
yellow and much creasel, bound to
gether with a ribbon, are being sought.
They were in a suitcase which Mrs.
Rexroat took' with her on the night
of her trip to Wayne, but this suit
case has disappeared.
When the letters were placed In the
suitcase Mrs. Jobnon, who assisted
Mrs. Rexroat in packing it, asked the
latter why she took them with her. i
The woman answered that they were
"valuable" to her.
EV XAMFl OX CARD.
Sheriff Kuhn and his deputies have
searched the fields about the scene
of the murler for the missing suitcase.
but no trace of it has been found.
About $2 which was in Mrs. Rexroat's
pocketbook also had disappeared.
Near the body were found scraps of
paper which, when pasted together,
formed a note telling of a "gang,"
mentioning the Dunham farm, which
Is at Wayne, and referring to "$14
$400." The name "E. Herron" also
was worked out of the scraps of pa
per, many of which are missing.
A card bearing the name of E. Her
rlngton, without any address, was
found in Mrs. Rexroat'r suitcase yes
terday. FRANCE IS STILL
CHAMP OFTHE AIR
Belgium Only Contender in In
ternational Aeroplane Race
Rhelms. France, Sept. 29. France
today retained the world's aviation
championship by winning the Inter
national aeroplane cup race. Only two
naMons contested. France, with three
entrants, and Belgium one. The time:
I aurice Prevost. France, fifty-nine
c.lnutes, forty-five and three-fifths
Eugene Gilbert, France, one hour,
two minutes and fifty-five two-fifths
Albert Crombex. Belgium, one hour.
cine minutes and fifty-two seconds.
Prevost made an average of 123
miles an hour.
Emlle Vedrines of France finished
( ja i hour. 51 2-5 seconds. Prevost
made a new world record of -10 and
Lay Corner Stone of Church.
Bloomlngton. 7.1. Sept. 29. Clergy
men from many places in central Il
linois assisted yesterday in laying the
corner stone of a new Catholic church
at Gibson City to cost $40,000. Rev.
Father H. T. Fox of Chicago delivered
tie principal address.
being rushed for the third big
AFTER 8 DEATHS
Drug-crazed Negro Boys Hang
ed Following a Reign of
SHERIFF IS SLAIN IN FIGHT
State Troops Reach Harriston, Small
Southern Town, and Check
Race Riots. .
Harriston, Miss., Sept. 29. Two
drug-crazed mulatto boys, brothers, be
gan a reign of murder here yesterday
morning that ended only after three
white men, four negro men and a ne
gro woman had been killed, 20 per
sons wounded and the two boys lynch
ed. A clash between the races was pre
vented by the arrival on a special train
of a company of the National Guard
The trouble started at about 2
o'clock in the morning and at 10
o'clock Walter Jones, eldest of the two
boys who started the firing, waj
lynched just after the soldiers arrived.
Hli brother. Will Jones, had been shot
and ' killed by citizens earlier In the
BARRICADE THEIR HOMES.
Citizens of the town who had bar
ricaded themselves in their homes be
gan to emerge at 10 o'clock from their
hiding places and by noon the town
was quiet. No more trouble is feared.'
G. R. HAMMETT, white, sheriff of
Jefferson county; shot while leading
a posse to the place where the Jones
brothers were hiding.
FRANK KEINSTLY. white, former
constable; shot while at his home
after being called to the door.
CLAUDE FREEMAN, white, of Fay
ette, Miss., shot while at the railway
6tatlon awaiting a train.
JOHANNA AIKEN, negreas; killed.
TOM WEEKS, negro; killed.
JESSE THOMPSON, negro, killed.
Thead Grayson, negro; killed.
TELLER WARREN, negro; killed.
WALTER AND WILL JONES, ne
Those most seriously wounded were
Orrin Gillis, former sheriff, white;
shot in shoulder and may die.
E. B. Appleby, white, conductor em
ployed by the Yazoo and Mississippi
Vallry railroad; shot In -breast, leg
and arm; seriously hurt.
William McCaleb, white; shot In
William Dennis, white; shot In leg.
W. C. Bond, white; 3hot in leg.
William Kienstly, white, son of
Frank Kienstly; shot in hand.
& En ROES FIRST VICTIMS.
The shooting was started by Walter
Jones, aged 20, in the negro quarter,
where the negro woman and Thead
Grayson were shot and killed. Walter
then went to the home of Uls mother
and aroused his IS year-old brother.
TogeLher they proceeded through the
main street of the little town, firing
at every one in eight.
Citizens were awakeaed by the
The two boys, soon after leaving
th lr home, went to the home of Frank
Ketnstly. a former constable, and when
he responded to their call to come ou:
he was thot through the head by Wal
ter Jones. Kelnstly's son W illiam saw
his father fall aad reached for a re
war game in the Balkans.
volver, but before he could fire he
received a bullet in one of his hands.
MAX KILLED AT STATION.
The Yazoo and Mississippi Valley
station is near the Keinstly home and
the two negroes walked in that direc
tion. A train had arrived from Natch
ez just a few moments before and E. B.
Appleby, a conductor, was standing at
the station talking to W. C. Bond, a
The two negroes fired on them and
both fell. Then the negroes fired at
Claude Freeman, who was waiting for
a train to"takeliim.tflhk Jiome "at
Fayette, Miss He was fnstantly
killed. The negroes then fire"d Into
the train, terrorizing the passengers.
A sleeping car from Natchez is left
every night at Harriston until the
through train from Memphis to New
Orleans arrives. After the train from
Natchez had departed this car was a
target for the fire of the two negroes.
While many windows were broken, no
occupant of the car was hurt. The two
negroes then went to a cottonseed
SHERIFF IS 5LAIX.
Frightened citizens by this-time had
gathered their wits together and tele
phoned fof Sheriff Hammett at Fay
ette. Summoning former Sheriff Gillis
to accompany him, Hammett started
for Harriston on horseback, arriving
about 5 o'clock. Some men were firing
into the seedhouse, but no one had
ventured to lead the posse to the place.
Taking a few men with him Sheriff
I'ammett started toward the seed
house. WTalter Jones, who had hidden
in the tall grass near by, fired as Ham
mett approached. The sheriff was
killed instantly. A shot from the seed
house brought down Gillis.
By this time many farmers had come
and a general fusillade of shots was
directed at the seedhouse. A call was
sent to Governor Brewer for troops.
Wil l, JOXES LTXCIIED.
Will Jones started to run toward a
coal chute rrear by but had gone onlv
a few steps when a builet ended his
life. A rope was placed around the
body and it was hanged to a telegraph
pole near the station and became a
target for every one not shooting at
Soon after Will Jones was killed,
Walter Jones shot at and killed Tom
Weeks, a negro, who was near the
Not long after Weeks was killed
the special train bearing the members
of the National Guard from Natchez
arrived. While the soldiers were de
training, the crowd rushed the seed
house. As the leaders of the crowd
went into the place they found Walter
Jones completely unnerved, but not
Injured. They quickly placed a rope
around his neck and rushed him to
the coal chute.
As Jones was drawn up the rope
broke and he fell heavily to the
ground. Not a word or act of protest
came from Jones when a larger rope
was drawn around his neck and again
he was pulled up. A large crowd
watched the hanging.
The crowd then went to the home of
the Jones' where they found
two negro men whom they were
about to lynch when soldiers per
suaded members of the crowd to de
sist. The mother of Will and Walter
Jones said one of them had remarked
that he was going to "shoot up" the
town, but she thought he was joking.
The two negroes found at Jones' house
Pope Much Better.
Rome, Italy. Sept 29. The pope's
health wjs much better today. He the governor at the executive man
said be felt stronger. tion to discuss the subject
Army Opposing Huerta in
Retreat After Two Days'
AMERICANS IN FLIGHT
John Lind Is Notified by Presi
dent of Mexico That Rebel
lion Is About Ended.
Vera Cruz, Sept 29. John Lind,
President Wilson's representative, to
day received a new declaration from
General Huerta that the revolution is
practically ended. Mr. Lind has ac
cepted it with reserve. His information
makes it appear that there is much to
be done by the government before the
statement that the revolution is under
control is justified.
From a reliable source it was learn
ed today that General Felix Diaz would
arrive here Oct' IS. Partisans insist
that he is to be put forward as a can
didate and express confidence that he
will be elected.
Piedras Negras, Mexico, Sept. 29.
Reports from Sabinas and Barroteran
indicate that the constitutionalist
army has met defeat and is in full re
treat toward the border with 1,600 fed
eral in pursuit.
Heavy loss of life .z reported in the
two days' fighting which began yester
day below Aura, when constitutional
ists massed for a desperate attempt
to check the long expected federal in
vasion of Coahuila, the constitutional
The federals under General Maas
n.oved north today, passing west of
Aura and along the lines of the de
stroyed Mexican National railway be
tween this place and Monterey, grad
ually forcing the constituttonalisjd
oack under heavy artillery fire.
' DESTROY FOREIGNERS' LAXD9.
At Barroteran the constitutionalists
endeavored to make a stand, but Gen
Pablo Gonzales decided it useless to
risk his men until reinforced. All prop
erty which might have been used by the
federals, much of it owned by for
eigners, was dynamited or burned.
Muzquiz was abandoned by the con
stitutionalists and a number of federal
prisoners executed when it was learn
ed the federals had occupied the town.
Tonight retreating rebels halted at
Sabinas, reorganizing for an assault
on the federals tomorrow with the as
sistance of 1,000 troops reported en
route from Matamoras to join them.
The rebel advisory board asserts
that it had contemplated the evacua
tion of the captured territory for some
tine, as troops could be used to better
REFIGEES REACH SAFETY.
Americans, who last week were or
dered to leave the disturbed district,
arrived from the front today and as
serted that the great, mining proper
ties at Menom, Aguajita, Rosita, and
possibly Esperanza, as well as tha
town of Barroteran, had been destroy
ed to prevent their capture by the fed
erals. At least 3,000 refugees from the dis
turbed district are reported fleeing to-
wards Piedras Negras with the inten
tion of crossing the border into Texas.
DE LA FIETH W.WTS OFFICE.
Mexico City, Sept. 29. Col. David
de la Fuente, former minister of com
munications and. public works in Gen
eral Huerta's cabinet, has been put
forward as presidential candidate by
the socalled liberal republican party.
This makes the third nomination for
The liberal republican candidacy
vas first offered to General Aurello
Blanquet minister of war, but was de
clined by him with the assertion that
he was not ambitious to enter the race,
and would not accept the candidacy of
any party. Dr. Gregorio Hendizabel,
a former senator, was nominated for
the vice presidency with Col. de la
Fuente. Both have accepted.
The name of this new ticket is not
generally regarded as a matter of
great political importance, since the
sphere of influence of the liberal re
publicans is confined to the capital,
ari neither can have any great follow
Irg. The party has no- definite organiza
tion, but consists chiefly of the adher
ens of a group of congressmen who
constitute a wing of the opposition in
the chamber of deputies to the Catho
DUNNE IS TO QUIZ
Springfield. HL, Sept 29. A public
hearing on minimising accidents at
railroad crossings has been called by
the governor in this city Oct. 4. All
presidents of roads in Illinois and
( others interested are invited to meet
Forecast Till 7 p. m. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Molina
Unsettled weather, with showers to
night or Tuesday. Not much change
in. temperature. Moderate variable
Temperature at 7 a. m., 60; highest
yesterday, 65; lowest last night, 53.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 3 miies
Precipitation, .05 inch.
Relative humidity at 7 p. m., 96; at
7 a. m., 93.
Stage of water, 2.6; a fall of .1 In
last 48 hours.
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
Evening- stars: Mercury. Jupiter.
Morning stars: Saturn. Venus. Mars.
Partial eclipse of the sun: not visible
In the western hemisphere.
Western Federation of Miners
Scores Victory in Michigan
Calumet, Mich., Sept 29. Despite a
court injunction against picketing, cop
per mine strikers today showed lots
of activity in Kewanaw county. Cen
tral Abbey, commanding the state
troops, will request the arrest of ring
leaders. There were no disturbances
Circuit Judge O'Brien today dis
solved the temporary injunction issued
by him a week ago prohibiting picket
ing while miners are going to or com
ing from work in the copper mines.
The decision is regarded as a victory
for the Western Federation of Miners,
who had made a fight against the in
junction. The judge arranged to hear
this afternoon an argument of the op
erators for an injunction against in
timidation and violence on the part of
Indianapolis, Ind.. Sept. 29. Presi
dent John P. White of the United
Mine Workers today held unjustified
a strike of 3,000 Bay City and Sag!
naw, Mich., miners who quit on ac
count of the discharge of three men.
He said the original trouble was sub
ject to arbitration., J"JeunIoa declar
ed the operators violated the contract
in discharging the men. White ru!
ed that the men should be reinstated
and given three days' pay for the time
they were discharged. White acted
as arbitrator and ruled that the strik
ers go back pending a decision.
Performances of Sopwith Are
Surpassed by Stunts Staged
at San Francisco.
San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 29. A.
G. Sutro of San Francisco, grandson
of the late Adolph Sutro, broke four
aviation records yesterday when he
carried two passengers four and three
sixteenths miles in three minutes
and forty seconls. His greatest, speed
was 75 miles per hour, with an aver
age of 51; weight lifted exclusive of
machine, 900 pounds; greatest alti
tude, 800 feet. The previous record,
held by T. O. M. Sopwith, was a litt.1,3
more than three miles in six minutes
and fif;y-8ix seconds, average
thirty-five, maximum sixty-two and
thirteen hundredths. The late Phil
Parmalee had a weight record of 458.
IN SERIOUS STATE
Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 29. Dr.
James B. Angell, president emeritus of
the University of Michigan, stricken
by heart failure yesterday, was worse
today. Symptoms of pneumonia have
Rockford, 111., Sept 29. An exam
ination of Miss Julia Lathrop, head of
the National Children's bureau, showed
today she was not suffering with ty
phoid, as feared. Doctors think the
illness due to overwork.
BY AN OPERATION
Nahant Mass., Sept. 29. Senator
Henry Cabot Lodge was operated on
for a growth in the right side Thurs
day last, it became known today. His
condition was serious for 24 hours, but
today he was said to be aa comfort
able as could be expected. Lodge ap
peared in unusual health when he re
turned from Washington, a few days
ago, at the end of the tariff fight
Bowater Lord Mayor.
London, England, Sept. 29. Sir
Thomas Bowa'-er was elected Lord
Mayor today. He ' assumes office
FREE LIST IS
Tariff Conference Report
is Turned Over to the
CHANGE IN INCOME TAX
Only Those Below $3,000 Per
Year to Be Exempt Reduc
tions on Food Stuffs. ,
Washington, D. C, Sept 29. The
conference report on the Underwood
Simmons tariff bill representing the '
adjustment of disputes between the
senate and the house on the former's
amendments was made public today.
when the democratic managers sub
mitted it for the first time to their
The tax rate on incomes above $75.
000 are increased 3 to 7 per cent
and exemption 13 reduced to $3,009
Articles added to the free list In
clude cattle and other food animals,
wheat, flour, flax, hemp, school text
books, cement and . sphalt Woolen
stockings, gloves and mittens are re
duced on those valued at $1.20 a dozen
and increased on those above. The
duty on angora wool and manufac
turers from it is increased.
SKW AITO CLASSIFICATION.
The house rates on cotton stockings
and socks are reduced as well as on
articles made from cattle or goat skins.
Most rates on Iron and steel products
are reduced. A new classification for
automobiles is made placing machines
valued below $2,000 at a tax of 30 per
Some more important changes
agreed to include reduction on oats,
butter, beets, extracts of meat cur
rants, chocolate and other provisions
The report Is approved by eight
democratic members of the full com
mittee, but six republican members
who had not met with the conferees
refused to sign.
After adjournment of the house to
day Representative Payne, republican'
leader, began a systematic inquiry
with the vital points in the bill as
formally reported. He probably will
make the chief speech against its
passage by the house. Underwood is
expected to reply.
V X THR M V Ell CO SV I.TED.
The senate banking and currency
committee today took up with Samuel
Untermeyer of New York the construc
tion of the currency bill. He en
dorsed the general principles of the
bill, but objected to the language de
fining bank securities on which curren
cy is to be issued, and which w ill be
eligible to discount at regional banks.
He -said the language was too indefin
ite and should be narrowed to include
only commercial paper representing '
the purchase or sale of some com
modity. LIMIT BIRTH RATE
A NEW YORK PLAN
Play Is to Be Produced to Fur
ther Movement for Stricter
New York, Sept. 29. A3 part of the
campaign to establish new legal
standards of morality In New York
state, a group of sociological work
ers will soon stage here a play to
which admission will be confined to
those interested in sociological work,
presenting for the first time In dra
matic history the problem of limita
tion ot offspring, now engaging the at
tention of eugenists the world over.
The movement contemplated for new
date laws, include authorization to
physicians to prevent the birth of un
Thaw Has Bad Cold.
Concord, N. H.. Sept 29. Friends ot
Harry Thaw are much concerned be
cause of a heavy cold which he con
tracted in the last few days, and seems
unable to rid himself of. Thaw baa
been unable to sleep well and la some
Oekaloosa, Iowa, Sept. 29. Former
Congressman John F. Lacey of the
Sixth Iowa district dropped dead here
today of heart disease.
Lacey fell dead at the door of his
home after a trip down town. He said
be felt ill when his wife met him at
the door, but before he could drink a.
glass of water she got for aim, he fell;