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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. Mil
"SIXTY-THIRD YEAR, NO. 188.
TUESDAY, MAY 26, 10U. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Reginald Barr, Following 3
Other Attempts, Throws
Self Before Train.
NOT MURDERER, SAYS
Leaves a Ncte Claiming Sweet
heart's Neck Is Broken Dur
ing Kissing Struggle.
Downers Grove. III.. May 26 Mad
with remorse for killing Florence
Bentley. his sweetheart, la the woods
near here Saturday night. Reginald A.
Barr. aged 2i. a railroad clerk, era
p'.eyed In Chicago, committed suicide
at Lisle, three miles from here, today
by Jumping under a moving train. Pre
viously he had twice tried poison and
once Jumped In a quarry pit.
The girl, a cloak model, was also em
ployed in Chicago. She was about
Bait's age. They had been "pals" for
years, but Florence, according to her
Bother, waa growing tired of his com
pany. Saturday night the two went
for a walk, according to a note on
fcirrs body. They went to the leafy
triods. She refused to kiss him. He
asked if she did not want to be his
sweetheart any more. There was a
struggle, and the note says the "girl
died of heart failure or fright, as I
sorely could "not kill one I thought the
fcost of In the world."
Pupil Join in Search.
Late that night the families of the
lovers became alarmed and a search
was begun. Professor Butler, superin
tendent of sihools here, returning
frcm Wteat'on In an automobile, saw
Barr plungmg along the road at night
and. said; "HeJIo, Barr." The lone
pedestrian only pulled his cap lower
for reply. Yesterday the schools were
dismissed and the search taken up by
pupils, but it remained for Carl Selig,
driver of a grocer's cart, late In the
afternoon, to discover the body of the
7!rt She lay on the ground with her
kinds folded on her breast. Barr was
Barr was discovered at Lisle thlB
Corning by a farmer, who thought he
was waiting to steal a ride on a train.
"He sat with his head between his
bands," related the farmer, "but when
U train came he Jumped right under
postmortem of the girl's body did
ot disclose the cause of death, but
established that there had been noth
ing sordid In her relations with Barr.
There wiil be a double Inquest tomor-
Sits by Body.
Lisle. Ill, May 26. Reginald Barr.
leaving behind him a note declaring
bis slaying of his sweetheart, Florence
Bentley. at Downer's Grove, near here
Saturday night, was accidental, Jump
Id beneath a moving train here early
today and was killed.
It was his fourth attempt at suicide.
Is a note found on bis person, he de
clared he took a drug twice in an ef
fort to die beside the body of his
sweetheart. Both times failed. He
next Jumped into a quarry pit, lit in
stagnant water and "I couldn't sink,'
read the note. The clothing on the
body was still wet when It was taken
from the tracks.
In his note he said Miss Bentley was
killed when he tried to kiss her. She
screamed when he made the attempt
and he placed his hand over her
mouth. In the ensuing struggle they
tripped and felL He believed her neck
as broken; anyway she was dead.
In agony, remorse and fear he sat
fcsslde her for sometime, seeking to
ad whether a spark of life remained.
He finally gave up hope, went to
Aurora and purchased poslon. He re
turned and prostrating himself beside
U girl body swallowed it. After a
wme he woke up and the girl still lay
Quiet beside him. He again made a
trip to Aurora, says the note, and
fain returned with poison to die be
Ide the girl he had slain. This at
iPt also failed, and the Jump into
the quarry at Naperville followed.
Hide in Woods Two Day.
For two days Barr bad hidden in
owners Grove woods. I aM night
"rr. peering from some bushes told
two boys who were among those
starchier for him, that he attempted to
Put his arm around Miss Bently. she
Pushed him away and in a trifling
truggie her neck was broken. The
hoy. tried to detain Barr. but he fled.
Physician who examined the body
ay her neck was not broken.
Ban- note was addressed to his
ls. He asked God' forgiveness and
r them to forgive him causing his
eetaearta death. Barr and Mia
enOey had been sweetheart since
Ottumwa, Iowa Wade MoCloskey
Ee:u waa drowned while bathing, -U"
South Skunk river.
Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Molina
Unsettled but generally fair weather
tonight and Wednesday, continued
warm, light to moderate southerly
Temperature at 7 a. m. 76. Highest
yesterday S9. Lowest last night 74.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m. 8 miles
Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 66, at
7 a. m. 75.
Stage of water 6 feet, a fall ot .2 In
last 24 hours.
J. M. SHERIER. Local Forecaster.
Erening stars: Mercury. Mars. Ve
nus. Saturn. Morning star: Jupiter.
Planet Venus in constellation Gemini.
8 degrees south of the moon, bright
stars Castor and Pollux, northeast, and
Proeyon. to the southeast: planet at
least distance from sun at 4 p. m.
IN PATMONT CASE
Downstate Authorities Unite to
Solve Mystery of Minis
Danville. 111.. May 26. Rev. Louis
R. Patmont, the "dry" worker who
disappeared from Westville on March
31 and was found last Saturday after
noon bound and helpless in the garret
of an abandoned farm house near Co
lumbia. Ill- yesterday afternoon went
before the grand Jury and began his
He told of being kidnaped, beaten,
and imprisoned by four men. He re
sumed his story when the grand Jury
Patmont declared that his captors
were strangers to him, but he believes
he could identify two of them. He
said be was not able to describe the
automobile in which he was taken to
the bouse where was confined nearly
two months, and later conveyed him
to Monroe county, as it was dark each
Members of the party who went to
Columbia after him stated upon their
return that citizens of that town had
observed a big red touring car driven
by a big red-faced man on the streets
of the town Saturday aternoon. An
effort will be made to trace them.
Patmont insists that, after being tak
en from th. ceUatwljere he was first
confined, he waa bound, and his cap
tors poured a liquid that he took to be
ether on the gunnysack that enfolded
his head, rendering him unconscious
"It is the biggest case that has hap
pened here in many years," said State's
Attorney John H. Lewman, who ac
companied the party of ministers and
officers to Monroe and returned with
Patmont. "If developments substan
tiate Mr. Patmont' story, which has
every appearance of genuineness. I will
prosecute his kidnapers and any oth
er who may be connected with them
to the last ditch."
Mr. Lewman refused to divulge any
portion of the story so far unfolded to
the grand Jury. No warrants have been
issued yet, he stated. Chicago detec
tives .have been placed on the trail.
both here and at the Monroe county
end of it.
On his return to Danville Patmont
was greeted by a great throng. The
hour was announced from every Pro
testant pulpit yesterday. Many men
and women with tear streaming down
their faces crowded close about bim,
shaking his hand, throwing their arms
about his neck, and otherwise dis
playing their Joy over his return,
f'luch diversity of opinion exists
among the people of Danvile concern
ing the genuineness of his story, the
wets against whom he was working in
the local option campaign this spring
when kidnaped, openly declaring that
his disappearance and story were fram
ed up to Influence public opinion, while
the dry s are equally positive that it
is genuine and regard him as one re
turning from the grave.
Despite many rumors that arrests
were about to be made in the Patmont
case. State' Attorney Lewman not
only denies the report, but states that
no evidence of sufficient importance
has been heard by the grand Jury to
Justify such action. Patmont's evidence
was of little importance so far as con
necting anyone with the kidnaping.
IN NEW TRUST BILL
Washington. D. C, May 26. Demo
cratic house leaders have reached a
tentative understanding to satisfy the
demands of labor organizations In con
nertion with the trust bill.
Senator Chamberlain today intro
duced a bill to levy tolls on freight
and passengers through the Soo canal
EVANS AND HALE
OUT FRENCH PLAY
Versailles, France, May 26. Francis
Ouimet, Jerome T ravers and several
others of the 14 Americans reached
the third round today in the French
amateur golf championship. Evans
and Hale, Chicagoans, were eliminated
In the second round.
JACOB A, R I IS,
DEAD IN EAST
Noted Social Worker is
Called to Rest After a
YEARS AS A REPORTER
Wages War on Tenement Dis
tricts in New York and
' Gains Aid for the Poor.
Barre. Mass., May 26. Jacob A.
Rlis. author and social worker, died at
his summer home here today after a
Jacob August Riis became, through
his work in behalf of the poorer people
In New York, "the most useful citizen"
of the metropolis, according to a trib
ute once paid to him by Theodore
Roosevelt, bis intimate friend.
As an almost penniless immigrant
he obtained knowledge of the slums at
first hand and found conditions there
so repellant that he consecrated his
whole life to warfare against wretch
Riis was the 13th child of a Latin
teacher in Ribe, Jutland. Denmark. Ha
was born in 1849. Protesting at the
literary career which his father had
cut out for him, young Rlis decided to
work with his hands and became
carpenter's apprentice. The vocation
he had chosen did not prevent him,
however, from falling in love with
Elizabeth Nielson, daughter of one of
the richest men in his native town.
But she refused him, and when Riis
was 21 years old, having learned his
trade, he embarked for New York with
only 40 in his pocket. He spent half
the sum for a heavy naval pistol as
Boon as he had landed "to fight Indians
Peddled Irons and Books.
Riis led a varied career during the
following six years. He built miners'
huts in a Pennsylvania construction
camp, mined coal, made bricks, drove
a team and peddled flat irons and
books. At 27 he spent his last cent
in reaching New York, hoping to en
list through the French consul in the
French army against Germany for the
Franco-Prussian war, but his services
were refused, and Riis was forced to
accept a beginner's place as a reporter
for a New York news bureau. At the
very first he made his most conspicu
ous success in the study of conditions
on the East Side of New York.
With only $75 capital and notes for
$575. he succeeded in buying the
South Brooklyn News," which was on
the verge of bankruptcy and made
such a success with the property that
he was able to sell it at a considerable
profit a few years later. He returned
to Denmark and married the girl who
bad refused him when he was a car
penter's apprentice. This first wife
died in 1905 and two years later Riis
married Mary Phillip of St. Louis.
As a reporter on the New York
Tribune and later on the New York
Sun, Rlis took up his real work in
slum fighting. While attending to rc-
tine duty as a police reporter, he work
ed day and night to arouse the people
to the need of improving living condi
tions. One of the first of his cam
paigns was against the impurity of
the city water, and it was his fight
which finally led to the purchase of
the Croton watershed to assure safe
drinking water for New York.
Clears Mulberry Bend.
He borught sunlight to the tenement
districts by forcing the destruction of
rear tenements. He entirely cleared
Mulberry Bend, one of the worst tene
ment sections in the city, and replaced
the squalid homes by shady parks.
Theodore .Roosevelt was police com
missioner of New York when Riis at
tacked the evil of police station lodg-
ng bouses. -He won his point and in
cidentally a strong ally in Mr. Roose
velt. Riis drove bake-shops out of ten
ement basements; he fought for laws
abolishing child labor; and was large
ly instrument in getting the passage
of "the briefest, wisest, and best sta
tute on the books of New York, laying
down the principle that hereafter 'no
school shall be built without an ade
quate playground.' "
After 27 years as a reporter, Riis re
signed to continue his fight by writ
ing and lecturing. Among the pro
ducts of his pen are "How the Other
Half Lives," "The Children of the
Poor," "The Making of an American,"
(his autobiography). "The Battle with
the Slum," "Children of the Tene
ments," "The. Old Town," "Theodore
Roosevelt, the Citizen." and "Hero
Tales from the Far North."
8hoot Woman and Self.
Quincy. III.. May 26. Fired by Jeal
ousy, Arthur Sweet, aged 45, last night
shot Mr. Henry Peeler, a widow, and
then turned the revolver on himself.
Both are expected to die. Sweet was
left considerable money by his father.
Sweet was intoxicated all day, and
fired after saying he wa tired of
Mrs. Peeler's disobeying his order.
OSKAR IS TO WED
MAID OF MOTHER
Emperor Consents to Unavaila
bility of German Prin
cess for His Son.
Potsdam, Germany, May 26. The
engagement of Prince Oskar, aged 26.
fifth son of the German emperor, to
Countess Von Bassewitz-Levetzow,
Uaaid of iionoT ttrthc empress, is an
nounced. It caused lively comment
owing to the fact it will be the first
morganatic union in the Hohenzollern
family since 1S53.
The emperor's consent is said to
have been granted owing to the lack
of an available German princess and
his aversion to a foreign marriage for
ONE CREMATED IN
Cleveland, Ohio, May 26. Fire last
night In the lumber yard district along
the Cuyahoga river caused damage of
$1,500,000. While policemen were
clearing the damaged central viaduct
an unknown man became confused,
leaped from the bridge Into the center
of the flames 75 feet below and waa
TELL ESCAPADES OF RAPP
Witnesses Give Divorce ' Depositions
Chicago, 111., May 26.Several depo
sitions tending to show the conduct of
William Rapp, Jr., who is being sued
for divorce by Mrs. Ernestine "Rapp
(Mme. Schumann-Helnk). were filed
yesterday before Judge O Connor.
They concerned Mr. Rapp's life at his
various residences with Mrs. Kather-
ine E. Dean, named as corespondent.
The addresses given are: 937 Hjme
street, 381 Central Park. West, a.d 27
Manhattan avenue, all in New lork.
Julia Williams of 1210 Simpson
street. Long Island, a domestic, testi
fied she did housework for Mrs. Dean
at 937 Home street, and that she mov
ed with her to the Central Park, West,
"Do you remember when Mr. Rapp
came to live at the Home street ad
dress he brcught some trunks with
him?" she was asked.
Speaking of the Central Park, West,
address Ellas Mayer, attorney for Mrs.
You never, saw him (Mr. Rapp)
"No. I never saw him, for when I
would be going there the people would
be gone to work."
She said Mr. Rapp stayed at the
Central Park address from March 1.
1913, until June of that year, and that
later Mrs. Dean moved to 27 Manhat
Mr. Rapp came to live with them
there, she said. '
IN AUTO ACCIDENT
Decatur, HI.. May 26. Rev. Tilton
McKinney, former pastor of the Church
of the Living, this city, was. instantly
killed early today when a borrowed
automobile he was driving struck a
post and overturned.
THE EVE OF GRADUATION
- BONO PUBUCO ' $?H7
Cc.PLORIBOS UNUMi o JJw W1.
AND THE VOR.V.D j tbjp
BORAH TALKS IN
FAVOR OF MERGE
Senator Predicts Republicans
Will Eventually Come Over
- Into Moose Camp.
Detroit, Mich., May 26 A glowing
picture of the future of the republican
party reunited with the progressive
element which left it in 1912 - was
painted here today by Senator William
E. Borah of Idaho, speaking at a state
wide "conference" of republicans.
"The republican party," said the
senator, "is coming back into power.
The proof of it is on every hand. The
trend is unmistakable. I said a year
ago that the 'amalgamation wnicn
would take place would be an amalga
mation of the voters, not the assumed
leaders. I said furthermore that that
was the only amalgamation that was
worth while. The men who voted the
third party ticket to the number of
four million for reasons entirely sat
isfactory to them can neither be ques
tioned as to their integrity of purpose
or their patriotism. But that it was a
protest and not a manifestation of pur
pose to permanently leave the party
is now established by facts and fig
ures which cannot be doubted.
"Now in view of this pronounced
and unmistakable purpose of those
who voted the third party ticket ' to"
ally themslves with the republican
party, in view of the determination to
support its principles and its policies,
what is the task before us? It is un
questionably to make our party equal
to the tremendous problems which
now. concern us. It is to build up in
this country, out of the traditions, the
achievements and prestige of the past,
the duties and obligations of the pres
ent, and the hopes and aspirations of
the future, an organization efficient,
militant and progressive worthy of
Its old days and equal to the obliga
tions which now rest upon us. It is
our duty, in other words, in unmistak
able terms to make it clear that the
republican party is to be as it was .n
its best days, a thoroughly progressive
party. We ought not to assume for a
moment or concede for a moment,
that because the party bids fair to go
back into power, there is going to be
any compromise with the forces which
brought it near its ruin. There is in
this country a powerful influence for
the bad in politics and it will take pos
session of any party in the world, if
it can. which is enjoying power. This
kind of an influence does not fight a
party in the open. It holds itself in
readiness to direct the course of any
party which happens to be. in power.
With such influences there can be no
compromise if we are to have a party
which is going to meet and solve the
great problems which a new industrial
life and a new social condition have
imposed upon us.
"No man living In this splendid age.
amid these exhilirating environments,
can afford to permit the corroding
poison of pessimism to enter his soul.
But on the other hand, the course of
our age is that cold, cruel, .elfish con
servatism, which, living in Its ease and
comfort, enjoying wealth and all it
brings, refuses to see or sympathize
with the conditlona of those, who in
the midst of a world of plenty, are
bordering on the line of hunger and
misery; who refuse to see the new
conditions or the new problems which
must be met and dealt with in the
same spirit and with the same courage
and progresslvenes that our father
met the problem of their age. The
great and almost superhuman task, my I
friends, la not the gathering of wealth
COLONEL IN CHAT
WITH PARTY GUNS
Representatives of Progres
sives and Republicans Talk
' With Him on.Train.
New York, May 26-Colonel Roose
velt left for Washington at 10 o'clock
this morning. In Washington he will
call on PresidentWfisonand address
the National Geographic society on
his recent expedition in Brazil. The
colonel discussed the political situa
rtlon on the train en route to the cap
ital. He was met at Philadelphia by
Senator Clapp, republican; Senator
Polndexter of the progressive party;
Davis, progressive national committee
chairman, and Hinebaugh of the pro
gressive congressional committee.
Philadelphia, Pa., May 26. Roose
velt probably will open the formal
campaign for the progressive party
June 30 at Pittsburgh, where he has
agreed to speak.
but its fair and equitable distribution.
"What we want in this country is a
party which will do the simple but
profound thing which Lincoln did, that
is, gather up the common sense, the
common honesty, the common patriot
ism, the common courage and the com
mon righteousness of the common peo
ple of this country, and organize it in
to a militant, progressive, disciplined
force for legal and social Justice, and
do it all under the constitution and
laws of this blessed old republic."
Congressman Patrick Kelley was
temporary chairman. In his address
he said: . "The republican party has
been out of power a little more than
a year, but long enough, however, to
demonstrate the sooner it is restored
to power the better it will be for do
mestic affairs; also for our standing
among jthe nations of the world. The
most favorable thing that can be said
of our present industrial situation is
that the business men of the country,
emulating the example of the president
himself, are pursuing a policy of
watchful waiting as far as domestic
relations are concerned. All the world
realizes the difference between the
colorless diplomacy of Bryan and red
blooded statesmanship of Knox, Root,
Sherman and Blaine." Senator Wil
liam Alden Smith was selected to pre
side over the meeting.
Gosport, England, May 26. Sham
rock IV., challenger ot America's cup,
was launched today and christened by
the Countess of Shaftesbury. The lit
tie shipping town vas gaily decorated
with American and British flags. The
company consisted chiefly of Thomas
Llpton's personal friends, but a few
yachting experts were present.
SNOW IN FRANCE
Paris. France, May 26. A severe
cold wave epread over southweitern
Europe today. There was aeveral
inches of snow in southeastern France
and heavy rain in other regions.
There is a violent storm in the Mediterranean.
TO AGREE IN
Mediators See Possible
Home Settlement of
Agrarian Problem. :J.
BREEDER OF TROUBLES
Peace Plans a Niagara Falls
Proceeding Without Hitch,
Says Justice Lariar.
Niagara Falls, May 26. Latest de
velopments here indicate that 06
Mexican and American delegates, as a
result of a conference with the media
tors over the agrarian problem, are
converging to a point where they can
meet on some common ground of agree'
ment looking toward the ultimate solu
tion by Mexico herself of the vexed
land question. The land question is
recognized by all as a fertile breeder
of revolutions or sectional uprising.
The Mexican delegates are aboVit
ready to present a list of suitable per-'
sons from which to choose a provis
ional president, the American govern-'
ment and the mediators to indicate
one who would be acceptable. How
ever, when all seemed going well and
everyone optimistic the wind suddenly.
veered. The Mexican delegates con
eluded to issue no pronunciamento on-
the land question, saying it would be
indiscreet. Then the American dele
gates dashed 'up in automobiles, ;
hurried to the room of the mediators,
and a prolonged conversation was en
tered upon. Little doubt is felt by
those participating that the land ques
tion will be worked out. ,
After the conference of the media
tors and the American delegates. Jus
tice Lamar said: "We began to dis
cuss terms and details of a plan for
pacification. " " On" a number of them
we are In substantial agreement. Oth
ers are still under discussion, and a
to them there has been no disagree;'
"We will not let the agrarian ques
tion disrupt the mediation proceed
ings," said one of the Mexican dele
gates at the. mediation conference. "I
think there is a way of coming Into
common accord on this and other
points so we may complete our work
Again Normal at Monterey.
Washington, D. C, May 26. Normal
conditions are prevailing again at
Monterey. Consul Hanna reported that
the railroad to Saltillo resumed carry
ing passengers today.
An agent of General Zapata today, at
the suggestion of Secretary Bryan,
laid before President Wilson and the .
state department information intend
ed to controvert statements that Zap
eta is merely a bandit, and his follow-'
ers a herd of free-hooters, and asked
that in anp settlement of the Mexican
problem full consideration be given the
Zapatistas. According to the agent , of
the Zapata territory it contains 75 per
cent of the entire Mexican population
and his army numbers 21,000. -
Silliman at Vera Cruz. r.
Vera Cruz, Mexico, May 26. Vice
Consul Silliman arrived today from -Mexico
City. He declined to discus
his experiences during his imprison
ment at Saltillo 'until he has made his
official report at Washington. - t
SHOTS AIMED AT
First Attack Since Occupation
of Colorado Mine District
by the Regulars.
Trinidad, Col., May . 26. The first
time since federal troops assumed con
trol of the Colorado strike district they
were fired on last night. The shooting
occurred at the miners' camp at Se
gundo, near here, where 20 shots were
fired at the troops.
Seek Judge L Ind trey' Recall.
Denver, Colo., May 26. The Law"
and Order league ot Denver late today
started a petition 'for . the , recall of
Judge Ben B. Llndsey' because of his
attitude in the strike situation. An
interview he is said to have given la!
Chicago, coupled with hi representa
tions to President Wilson, forma the
basis of the proposed recall. -
' Elected by P. O. Patrons. .x
Fontiac. III. May 26. R. JO. Bolea
has been endorsed for postmaster at
Moroa by patrons- of the office after
Representative Borcber had refused
to appoint any of the candidates. Ha
suggested a primary at which the pa
trons might vote for their favorites.
This plan wa adopted and Bolea woa
easily. There were three other candi
dates in the field. Mr. Bole-a will sue
ceed.J. R. Morgan, who has held tha
office tor 16 years