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Tice President of Rock Island
Injured in Wreck.
His Special Car Goes Into Ditch
Near JIcFarland.
Two rullmans and Two Special
Cars Leave Track.
Mrs. Jlelcher, Wife of Official,
Most Seriously Hurt.
Ttock Island train No. 'Z due in To
peka at 2:30 this afternoon, was wreck
ed at a point a half mile west of Me
Karland today. Attached to the train
were tru special cars of A. K. Sweet,
general manager, and F. O. Melcher,
vice president of the Itock Island. Both
these cars left the track, as did two
Pull man slce-m-rs. Mr. Melcher was in
jured about the head, but was not seri
ously hurt. Mr. Sweet escaped injury,
but Mrs. Melcher was dangerously hurt
nnd was taken to a nearby farm house
Immediately following the wreck. She
is suffering from the shock.
tU 'I
I O. Melclier, Vice President of the
Hm k Island, Wlio Vns Injured in
it Wreck This Afternoon.
Reports received here at 3 o'clock
this afternoon state that a number o
passengers on the train were injured
and a detailed list had not been report
ed. None of the passengers on the
train are believed to have been fatally
G. W. Rourke, division superintend
ent of Herington, who was in the
Sweet car, was struck in the breast
by a seat, but only slightly hurt.
The train was running at a high
rate of speed at the time of the wreck
and many of fere are said
to have suffered slight injury as a re
sult of the severe shakeup. The pri
vate cars of A. K. Sweet and F. O.
Melcher were attached to the train.
J;nth of the nun were coining to To
peka. Mrs. Melcher, who was accompany
ing her husband on the trip, was per
haps the most seriously injured of any
of the passengers on the train. Both
the Sweet and Melcher cars are in
the ditch. Two Pullman sleepers at
tached to the train also left the rails,
hut very few of the passengers in
these cars were injured.
Officials in Topeka gathered toget'i-
r physicians and rushed to the wrook
immediately. J. 1:. Smalley. general
superintendent. with doctors, claim
agent and other otlicials. left early
this afternoon for the scene.
Mr. .M ! her Directs ILtscue Work.
McKarland. .limp 20. Several pas
sengers and otlicials of the road were
injured at 2:10 this afternou when
train No. ::8 on the Rock Island Lines
met with an accident that threw two
private and two Pullman cars from
the track about one-half mile west of
this place.
Among the injured were F. O. Mel-
her, vice president of the Rock
Is'and. with headquarters at Chicago,
who was comtng to Topeka from
Colorado, where he had been on an in
spection trip. Mrs. M"lcher. who was
in his private car with him at the
time, and their 12-year-old daughter
were also hurt. Mr. Melcher was bad
Iv skinned around the face, but at
last reports be was managing the res
cue work. Mrs. Melcher wa.-, injured
internally. Reports state she was
shocked and is now in care of physi
cians at a nearby farm house.
i. W. Rourke, superintendent of the
Kansas division of the Rock Island
Lines with headquarters at Herington,
was injured in the breast, being struck
by a chair. His injuries are not re
ported serious. A. :. Sweet, general
manager of the second district, with
headquarters at Topeka, is reported
not injured.
The other passengers injured were
in the Pullman cars.
Cars Xo. 1902 and 1923, helonging
tri Vice President Melcher and General
Manager Sweet, as business ca.rs, were
thrown in the ditch on their side. The
two Pullmans immediately following
were ditched also. The rear Pullman
was only partially thrown from the
rVot Altitude or Tima;e. Says Colo
rado Springs Dot-tor.
Denver. June 20. With delegates
-present from every section of tl.e coun
try, including the greatest authorities
on the great white plague, the never th
annual meeting of the National Associ
ation for the Study and Prevention of
tuberculosis met here today for a two
days' session. This morning's session
included only necessary routine, the
annual aauress oi tne president, Dr.
W. H. Welch, of Baltimore, who Is also
president of the American Medical as
sociation, being the feature. A meet
ing of the board of directors, the ap
pointment of a committee on resolutions
and a committee on nomination of di
rectors were other features. The newly
named directors will be confirmed by the
convention tonight and will meet im
mediately to select officers for the corn
ing year. The "child and the school"
were discussed at the afternoon meet
ins of the sociological section. Mure
air for the child and systematic medical
supervision were urged by Mrs. Helen
It. Wixson, state superintendent of ed
ucation of Colorado. who attributed
much school room dullness and minor
ailments of children to lack of exer
cise, and medical attendance.
In the clinical section Dr. A. M. For
ester, of Colorado Springs, spoke on
"The Present Attitude Toward Cli
mate." Plenty of fresh air was the neccss'ty-
not altitude or climate was his con- i
Young llatemeycr Testifies Kt-sardiiig
Beet and Sugar Cane Interests.
"Washington, June 20. With all the
frankness of youth, Horace Have
meyer. the 25-year-old son of the late
sugar king, H. O. Havemeyor. told the
house "sugar trust" investigating com
mittee of his plans to fight the socalled
trust his father bad built up. Inci
dentally young Ilavemeyer defended
every action of his father and scored
those who today would condemn him.
In brief, the plan of Mr. Havemeye.
is to procure from the courts the right
to vote the $10,000,000 worth of com
mon stock in the National Sugar Re
fining company now in the name of
James H. Post, buy enough preferred
stock of that company to make a ma
jority Interest and then manage the
company in opposition to the Ameri
can Sugar Refining company.
"I want to make a career for my
self.'" declared the young millionaire.
I have no interest in the American
company and no sympatny wita tnose
who are running It now.
Mr. Havemeyer declared it his be
lief that his father acted from philan
thropic motives in organizing the first
sugar combination in 1SST. "He .od
mv aunt " he said, "that tne compan
ies w ould either go 'busted' or be taken
into a combine." j
The reason his father sold nis non
inira In tv American Sugar Refining
company when he was president, the
son said was because he did not want
any one to say he was managing tne
American for his personal oeueai.
Young Havemeyer said his mother toll
him this was nis ratner s iura.
"About the only person father ta'k-
ed affairs over with was my mother
or my aunt. Once a man, l inmK lis
name was wnite. saiu wuiti naa man
aging the company for his personal
wnBi it made him so sick he de
cided to get rid of his stock. He had
been getting JlOO.tW salary as piraiucm
but was the only man who ever suc
ceeded in running the American and
they haven't had one ne mm since.
Congressman Sherley Introduces Ileso
lution in the House.
Washington, June 2 0. Representa
tive Sherley of Kentucky today intro
duced an amendment to the pure food
and drug act providing that false and
misleading statements as to the cura
tive value of a medicinal preparation
on patent medicine labels be prohibit
ed. The bill is designed to strengthen
the law following the recent decision
by the United States court in the
Johnson case in which it was held
that patent medicines were misbrand
ed "only where misleading or false
statements were made on the labels as
to the quality, quantity or purity of
the ingredients." . .
"The bill." said Sherley. "is intended
to make the pure food law embrace
those cases of interstate shipments of
worthless medicines and drugs fraudu
lently held out to the public as pos
sessing curative properties."
The amendment adds a new para
graph defining as mlsbranded drugs,
packages or labels bearing any state
ment or design regarding the curative
or therapeutic effect of such articles
which may be false or fraudulent.
Fire on Harrison Street Xearly
Smothers Tenants.
At a few minutes after four o'clock this
morning fire was discovered in the two-
story frame dwelling owned and occupied
by W. R. Boudary at 115 Harrison street.
The fire began beneath the stairway to
the second floor and the tenants upstairs
nfi!lHv smothered with smoke before tbey
could escape from the second story win
dows. . .
Considering the start maue oy tne rire.
the firemen did excellent service in saving
the house. The rooms in the upper floors
were pretty well burned out and the fur
niture was ruined.
The cause is unknown. The loss about
Comes in Contact Witli Live Wire
While Fighting a Blaze.
Bakersfield, Cal., June 20. Fred
Ball, a prominent business man of
Maricopa and chief of the fire depart
ment was instantly killed by a live
wire while fighting the fire that de
stroyed half of the business section
of Maricopa at an. early hour this
morning. Many fire fighters w ere iu
jured by falling timbers.
The fire which started at 3 o'clock
was under control at 6 o'clock, ac
cording to the meager reports obtain
able. All telephone and telegraph
wires are down.
The loss will reach more than $100,
000. More than a dozen business con
cerns, a hotel, two banks and the tele
phone exchange were destroyed. The
fire started from a cause as yet un
Business Section of Kansas Town De
stroyed by Fire.
Chapman, Kan., June 20. A fire
here early today destroyed property
valued at $50,000. Sanborn's lumber
yard. Poor & Knight's elevator and
Scanlon creamery were burned.
London Is Tutting Up Greatest
Show in Her History.
Full Dress Rehearsal of the Cor
onation Ceremony.
Banquet to Kojal Guests and
Heads of States.
Shakespearean Ball Completes
the Program for Today.
London, June 20. A full dress re
hearsal of the coronation ceremony,
the reception of envoys from foreign
lands by the king and queen at Buck
ingham palace, the state banquet to
royal guests and representatives of
the heads of state and t'l-ei Shakes
pearean ball at Albert hall make up
today's crowded program of events di
rectly connected with th& crowning of
King George and Queen Mary. The
coronation rehearsal will deoiet the
ceremony practically as it will he per
formed on Thursday.
The Shakespearean b?ll will be a
notable affair, as it is expected that
King George and Queen Mary and
nearly all of the members of royalty
will be present. The state banquet at
Buckingham palace tonight will be the
most elaborate of the kind ever given
in London. The famous Windsor gold
plate will be used.
Aside from these main events, there
are a large number of lesser features
constantly occurring, incident to the
continuous arrival of distinguished
foreigners and the innumerable semi
official dinners, garden parties, recep
tions, exhibitions and private events
which have sprung up in connection
with the coronation festivities Royal
carriages conveying the nation's rep
resentatives on an interminable round
of official visits, the passing and re
passing of contingents of troops and a
ceaseless stream of sightseers with a
big sprinkling of brightened apparel
affected by the dwellers o? both the
near and far east, furnished London
with a day-long succession of thrills.
Among the troops were many in
strange foreign uniform and continen
tal regiments of which King George is
an honorary colonel.
Nobility Furnishes Free Show.
Enormous crowds gathered early in
the vicinity of Westminster Abbey,
where the peers and peeresses fur
nished a free show, many arriving for
the coronation rehearsal wearing their
robes and carrying their coronets un
covered; while there were great
throngs near Buckingham calace to
watch the coming and going of the
uniformed envoys attending their ma
jesties' reception. There was nothing
else to be seen in the vicinity of the
palace which is bare of decorations,
but thousands stood throughout the day
peering through the railings and satis
fied to watch the sentry curing the in
tervals between functiors when the
covert was resting.
John Hays Hammond, special United
States ambassador. had a well filled
day. With Mrs. Hammond, he lunched
at Kensington palace, the guest of
Princess Louise, who is an old friend
of the Hammonds. At the luncheon he
met Princess Henry of Battenberg and
a small party.
At 3 o'clock this afternoon Mr. Ham
mond had an audience with the king at
Buckingham palace. Tonight Mr. and
Mrs. Hammond will attend the state
banquet, later going to the great
Shakespearean ball at Albert hall.
Hammond Meets the King.
At last night's banquet at Bucking
ham palace, given by the king and
queen to the special representatives of
the various powers. Mr. Hammond took
in the Princess Alexander of Teck, the
queen's sister-in-law. Seated at the
same table with the American special
Ambassador were Prince Henry of
Prussia, the Chinese prince. Tsai
Chien, eldest son of the regent --f
China, the hereditary Princess of Saxe
Meiningen, who is a sister of Emperor
William and the Prince of Monaco.
Before the dinner Mr. Hammond wa3
Introduced to the king by the duke of
Connaught and following the baiiquet
the special ambassador introduced his
staff to hi3 majesty. Later in the ev
ening the king specially sent for Mr.
Hammond and conversed with him for
some time.
The fleet of foreign warships here for
the coronation was made complete this
morning by the arrival of the German
cruiser von Der Tann. Sixteen na
tions are represented at Splthead. The
American battleship Delaware takes
the premier place both in the matter
of size and armament.
The foreign naval officers came
ashore in large numbers and attended
a reception given by Admiral Moore,
commander-in-chief of the British na
val station at Portsmouth, at admiralty
house. A garden party given at ad
miralty house this afternoon attracted
a brilliant international throng.
First Case Is on Charge of Killing
Denver. June 20. The trial of
Frank H. Henwood of New York for
the killing of George E Copeiand at
the Brown Palace hotel in Denver on
May 24 began in the West Side court
here today. Henwood shot Copeiand,
whose home was at Victor, Colo., while
endeavoring to shoot S. L. Von Phul,
the St. Louis balloonist, whom he
fatally wounded in the same affray.
The present trial, however, relates only
to the killing of Copelar.d.
Henwood's attorney, ,!ohn T. Bot
tom, endeavored to have the hearing
continued, pleading illness of im
portant witnesses for the defense, not
ably Mrs. John Springer, but Judge
Whitford denied the motion. The work
of empaneling a jury accordingly be
gan. District Attorney Willis Elliott
and- his assistants, John T. Chiles and
Edgar McComb, are conducting the
The alleged crime was one of the
most sensational in the history of Den
ver, an outcome being the filing of a
suit for divorce by John W. Springer,
one of the wealthiest and best known
citizens of Denver.
The President in a Special Mes
sage to Congress
Answers a Request for Report
- of Tariff Board.
And Will Not Be Completed Be
fore Next December.
Partial Results Would Re Use
less and Misleading.
Washington, June 20. In a special
message to the house of representatives
today President Taft stated that the
tariff board would not be ready to sub
mit a comprehensive report on woollen
and cotton schedules of the tariff law
until December next. The president's
message was called out by a house res
olution requesting him to transmit at
once all of the information procured by
the tariff board relating to wool and
the manufactures of wood. Mr. Taft in
cluded in his message a statement from
the tariff board as to the status of its
inquiry and also a statement by a com
mittee of the national tariff commission
association which recently conducted
an investigation of the methods of tie
tariff board. This report was highly
commendatory of the board's work.
Mr. Taft's message found the house
ensraged in final discussion of the Un
derwood wool tariff revision bill, which
it expects to pass belore adjournment
President Taft said he transmitted
the house resolution to the board which
in reply prepared a statement enclos
ed. In this statement the board said
that the statistics compiled by it from
the latest available foreign and domes
tic sources covering the production, at
tribution and consumption of raw wools
and woolen manufactures had already
been transmitted, on request, to the
ways and means committee of the
house and' used by it. The board de
clares it is conducting an inquiry which
involves original research work that is
world wide in its scope.
"This incomplete information," the
board avs. "necessarily is fragment
ary in character and if transmitted to
congress would be not only of doubtful
utility, but actually misleading. We
shall develop the essential facts in re
lation to both the wool and cotton
schedules in time for forwarding to
congress next December." The presiuent
says in part:
"The board of experts was first en
gaged in assisting the execuitve in the
discharge of his duties under the max
imum and minimum clause of the
Payne tariff bill. Its attention was
then directed to accumulation of in
formation for use in connection with
the reciprocity agreement made with
"The sundry civil appropriation act
of last year provided that if a tariff
commission or board was established it
should report on the wool BChedule by
the first of December. The tariff com
mission bill was lost but under the
discretionary power vested in me. I ap
pointed a board as near like the one
described in the bid which was lost, as
possible a nonpartisan board of five
members and I directed them to mak
the examination into schedule K, its
meaning and the cost of production of
wool and of woolens in this country
and abroad, and to have their report
ready by the first of December.
"Meantime the board is not in a
position to transmit anything except
what has already teen sent to the ways
and means committee.
"In order that congress may more
fully understand what the boaid of ex
perts is engaged in, I transmit, in con
nection with their statement a report
by a committee of the national tariff
commission association which applied
to me for permission to investigate the
methods of procedure of the board of
experts and the scope and progress of
the work.
"Their judgment is shown in the fol
lowing paragraph:
" 'In conclusion, our committee finds
that the tariff board is composed of
able, impartial men who ar? devoting
their energies unreservedly to the w ork
before them, and that congress and
the people can await the completion
of that work with entire confidence
that it is progressing as rapidly as
consistent with proper thoroughness
and that it will amply justify all of
the time and expense which it en
tails.' "
Youn? Ranchman Is Hanged to a
Telegraph Pole in Nebraska.
Cody, Neb., June 20. Charles Sellers,
a young ranchman, living 20 miles south
of here, has been taken from the home
of Jack Hutch, a neighbor with whom
he was spending the night, and hanged
to a telegraph pole by four young men,
sons of neighboring ranchmen. Hutch
attempted to defend Sellers, it is sta
ted, and was driven back at the point
of a shotgun.
The lynching is alleged to have re
sulted from a quarrel between Sellers
and a member of the quartette over a
sister of Sellers. Sellers' body was left
hanging to the pole until the sheriff
and coroner arrived and took charge of
the body.
Following an inquest, the sheriff ar
rested George and Alma Weed, Ken
neth Murphy and Harry Heath, who
are charged with the killing. The pris
oners were rushed to Valentine in au
tomobiles to prevent any attempt of
their friends to rescue them from the
He Is En Konte to Attend the Tale
Washington, June 20. President Taft
left today for New York where he will
spend the afternoon and evening before
starting tomorrow for New Haven to at
tend the Yale commencement sfcd a meet
ing of the Yale corporation. "Aunt Delia"
Torrey and Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Taft,
who have been guests at the White House,
accompanied the president to New York.
Second Investigation of the Il
linois Senatorial Election
Is Begun by a Special Committee
of the U. S. Senate.
Is McCormick, President of the
Harvester Trust.
A Report Is Promised Before
the Session Ends.
Washington, June 20. Little but
hearsay evidence was brought out to
day when the senate Lorimer investi
gating committee held its initial hear
ing in the inquiry that is to go deep
into the charges of corruption in the
election of the junior senator from
Cyrus H. McCormick, president of
the International Harvester company,
was before the committee to tell what
he knew of the collection of a $100,
000 fund alleged to have been used in
Lorimer's behalf. He testified that
Clarence S. Funk, general manager of
the company, had told him of activity
In behalf of Lorimer ar.d that their
corporation had been invited by Ed
ward Hlnes of the Hines Lumber com
pany to contribute to the election
William J. Hynes, personal counsel
for Edward Hines, objected to the
line of questioning. He was over
ruled. "What did Mr. Funk say to you?"
asked John H. Marble, one of counsel
for the committee. "Mr. Funk came
to me in my office," said Mr. McCor
mick, "and said that Mr. Hines at the
Union League club in Cnicago had ap
proached him on the subject, of our
company making a contribution. The
object was to obtain a contribution to
a fund which he understood was to
be made to recoup expenditures in
connection with the election of Senator
Lorimer. Mr. Funk told him his sug
gestion could not be considered. I
told him I was glad that he had de
clined and that practically ended the
Mr. Marble took the lead in ques
tioning Mr. McCormick.
"Are you a relative of Med ill Mc
Cormick of the Chicago Tribune?" he
"Yes. Mr. McCormick is the son of
a cousin of mine. We are good friends
but are not relati d in business or po
litical affairs."
Never Met Loiimer.
The witness said he had never met
Senator Lorimer and when questioned
as to difficulties about taxes, admitted
that he had had some, but had not
connected Lorimer with them.
Asked if Mr. Funk had mentioned
any other persons in connection with
the collection of the fund, Mr. Mc
Cormick replied that he had brought
in the name of Mr. Tilden of the Na
tional Packing company.
As to the editorial in the Chicago
Record-Herald concerning the allege!
fund of $100,000 in behalf of Senator
Lorimer the witness said that at about
the time the article appeared Mr. Funk
had told him he had given the facts to
H. H. Kohlsaat, the editor of that pa
per, and said he had advised that Mr.
Kohlsaat be relieved from his pledge
of secrecy. "I did not think that Mr.
Kohlsaat would go to jail," said Mr.
McCormick, "and consequently advised
that he be authorized to give the
source of his information."
Mr. McCormick said Funk had told
him of a second interview with Hines
and that Hines had sought him out to
tell him that he had not meant that
his suggestion of the $100,000 contribu
tion should be taken seriously.
"I felt rather indignant and so did
Mr. Funk," replied Mr. McCormick
when asked if he had been shocked by
Mr. Funk's revelations. Mr. McCor
mick said he had heard of the "jack
pot" fund of which there had been
common talk for years. His company
had never been called upon to con
tribute to the fund, he added, although
it had had various applications to con
tribute to such funds in other states.
He said his knowledge concerning
the "jackpot" was not hearsay.
No Preference for Senator.
Replying to questions of Senator
Fletcher the witness said he had n i
preference for any senatorial candidate
in the election of 1909. Recalling the
testimony of Mr. Funk before the II H
nois senate Mr. McCormick said he un
derstood that Hines had told Funk
that it was important that the men in
the $100,000 pool should have a man at
Washington who would properly rep
resent them.
While denying that the International
Harvester company had a legislative
agent, Mr. McCormick admitted that.
he and Mr. Funk both cave attention
to legislative matters when necessary.
He said the company had had no rep
resentative aat Springfield in 1909 and
had taken no part In the lumber fight
in connection with the Payne-Aldrich
bill. Under cross-examination by Mr.
Hynes concerning his understanding of
the conversation between Funk and
Hines, the witness declared Hines had
said it was important that we should
"put Lorimer over" and that a fund of
$100,000 was necessary to accomplish
that purpose.
Mr. Hynes sought to bring out the
fact that there had been a disagree
ment between McCormick's company
and Lorimer concerning the closing of
the Chicago river near the Harvester
plant. The witness said that the clos
ing of the river would have benefited
his company but he had never known
of Lorimer endeavoring to keep the
river open.
To Accommodate McCormick.
Washington, June 20. The second
investigation by a senate committee of
the circumstances surrounding the
election of Senator William Lorimer of
Illinois, scheduled for today promised
to take a far wider range than the one
of last winter which after a bitter fight
resulted favorably to Mr. Lorimer. The
new committee appointed by resolution
of the Benate had not expected to be
gin its hearings until Thursday the
22nd, but the desire of a material wit
ness to get away to Europe brought
about a decision to begin the taking of
testimony today with Cyrus H. McCor
mick, president of the International
Harvester company, as tha first occu-
pant of the witness stand. Room 301
of the senate office building, a large
and airy apartment, has been set apart
for the use of the Lorimer committee.
Mr. McCormick was brought into the
case in connection with the testimony
given before the Helm committee of
the Illinois senate by Clarence S. Funk,
manager of the Harvester company,
but he was not himself a witness be
fore that commitee. It was not ex
pected that his testimony would be ex
tensive as from Funk's statement his
own knowledge of the alleged irregu
larities in connection with the Lorimer
election consisted of what Funk had
told him of his reported conversation
with Edward Hines relative to the rais
ing of the fund of $100,000 in Lorimer's
Provided with an ample corps of at
torneys, clerks, stenographers and oth
er assistants, the committee of eight is
prepared to proceed with the work as
rapidly as circumstances will permit
The first meeting was called for 11
o'clock today, after which it was ex
pected that an adjournment would be
taken until Thursday.
To Finish This Session.
The committee continues to promise
that if possible the work will be con
cluded during the present session of
congress. It is realized, however, that
in order to accomplish this result it
will be necessary to crowd on all pos
sible steam. Every person mentioned
in connection with the case will be ex
amined together with new witnesses
and it is believed that visits to both
Chicago and Springfield will be neces
sary. Mr. Lorimer himself will be
questioned most minutely.
"We will follow every lead that pre
sents itself," said one of the members
of the committee just before the begin
ning of today's sitting.
The inquiry is in the hands of a se
lect committee composed of eight
members of the committee on privi
leges and elections, but notwithstand
ing the relations of the members to
that committee this organization will
be entirely independent of it. Hav
ing been directly authorized by the
senate, the committee will be respon
sible only to that body. It is in no
sense a subcommittee. Of the eight
members of the special committee four,
Messrs. Dillingham of Vermont, Gam
ble of South Dakota, Jones of Wash
ington, and Kenyon of Iowa, are Re
publicans, and four, Messrs. Johnston
of Alabama, Fletcher of Florida, Kern
of Indiana, and Lea of Tennessee, are
Democrats. The members are supposed
also to be divided evenly for and
against Lorimer; but, all of course,
realize that they are to act as judge??
and that therefore they must enter
upon their duties prepared to change
convictions if the evidence should be
of a convincing character in the direc
tion opposed to their views.
Are Evenly Di-rided.
The members classed as favorable to
Lorimer are Dillingham, Gamble, John
ston and Fletcher, two Republicans
and two Democrats, and those as
against him, Jones, Kenyon, Kern and
Lea, two Republicans and tw-o Demo
crats. All of the pro-Lorimer men
were members of the last congress and
cast their votes for the Illinois senator
in the investigation made by that con
gress. Senator Jones is the only anti-Lori-mer
man who had an opportunity to
vote on the previous roll call. Messrs.
Kenyon, Kern and Lea are all new
men, but they have made expression of
their conviction that the facts in the
case are sufficiently against Mr. Lori
mer to justify his expulsion from the
senate. The committee will have the
assistance of John H. Marble, an at
torney for the interstate commerce
commission, and of John J. Healy, who
acted for the Illinois senate committee
in the same capacity. Former Judge
Elbridge Hancy of Chicago, will be
counsellor for Mr. Lorimer as he was
in the previous inquiry. The first in
quiry was conducted by the commit
tee on privileges and elections without
the assistance of special counsel.
As now arranged the first witness on
Thursday will be former Governor
Richard Yates of Illinois, but there has
been no decision as to who shall fol
low him. It is expected, however, that
Mr. Funk will be called at an early
day, as most of the facts brought out
by the Illinois inquiry were the result
of his testimony before the Helm com
mittee. Mr. Lorimer is not expected
to appear until much later in the week.
Wrhen the committee began today's
hearing, William J. Hynes, an attorney
of Chicago, asked to be permitted to
appear for Edward Hines. the lum
ber magnate, who is alleged to have
been instrumental in collecting tb.3
$100,000 fund said to have been ussd
in the election of Senator Lorimer.
The committee took the matter under
advisement. Cyrus H. McCormick,
president of the International Harves
ter company, then took th stand.
Follows Rail Wheat Crop Report
Irom South Dakota.
Chicago, June 2 0. Heavv purchas
ing of wheat here today followed re
ports from South Dakota that crop
conditions are the worst in the history
of the state. Three counties. Cod
dington, Clark and Spink all large
producers, were representeed as being
practically a failure for wheat this
season. According to experts the
fields in general have been badly burn
ed and where green streaks are still
left the long continued hot weather
is drying the plant in the milk.
An advance exceeding four cents a
bushel during the last 4 8 hours showed
the extent to which speculators here
had been stirred up. The September
option today soared to 90 94 against
88 last night and 86 at the
preceding close. Big sales to realize
profits hindered a further advance
and at one time led to a lively reac
tion. The greatest rise today was for the
July delivery, which at the apex of
the advance showed a bulge of 2 Vi
cents over last night, reaching 91 cents
flat. Under heavy profit taking, how
ever, the close was 1 cent below the top
figures of the day.
Weather Is Warmer.
The mercury had reached the 90
mark by 2 o'clock this afternoon and
was' still climbing. There is no rain
in sight, says the "weather man," the
indications being for generally f.i'r
weather tonight and Wednesday; war
mer in the north and west portions
tonight. The hourly readings:
7 o'clock 68
11 o'clock S3
8 o'clock 73
9 o'clock 78
10 o'clock S4.
12 o clock R6
1 o clock 87
2 o'clock 'j0
Weather Indications.
Chicago, June 20. Forecast for Kan
sas: Generally fair tonight and Wed
nesday; warmer in north and west por
tion tonight.
Taft Siher Wedding Celebration
Comes to an End.
Twelve Thousand People Were
Asked and 5,000 Came.
A CROWD OF 15,000
Stood Along the Iron Fence and
Looked In.
Mrs. Taft Kemained by Presi
i dent's Side AH Ejemng.
Washington, June 20. The silver
wedding celebration of the president
and Mr3. Taft, the second that has
been held in the White House, came
to an end last night with the reception
on the White House lawn. Invitations
had been sent to close to 12,000 per
sons and while the official count of
those who shook hands with the presi
dent was not given out, it was esti
mated at least 6,000 persons were
Never in the history o the nation
probably has such a function been
held in Washington. Th, diplomatic
corps, the United States supreme court,
the senate and the house o? represen
tatives, the departments of the gov
ernment, the men who are high in
political affairs of the cour.try, the
army, the navy and every walk in life
almost were represented.
The cool, clear night thrt made a
reception in the open air possible pre
vented the crush that the White House
for days had been afraid cf and made
the reception not only brilliant and
unusual, but delightful in every re
spect. The guests would have filled
the White House to overflowing, but
the White House grounds are ample
and there was no crush and no con
fusion. Possibly 15,000 people crowded
about the iron fence that surrounds
the grounds and looked longingly at
the electric display, the splashing
fountain and the gay tr.ronjr- within.
Washington seldom gets excited about
anything, but it showed its interest in
the anniversary of the president in
unmistakable fashion.
Band Plays Wedding March.
The cards said that the .-eception
would begin at 9 o'clock and prompt
ly on the hour, to the strains of the
wedding march, the president and Mrs.
Taft walked slowly down the staircase
of the White House, preceded by the
six presidential aides and followed by
the cabinet. Out through the red
door to the rear portico of the man
sion, down the broad steps and out
onto the lawn the procession marched,
while hundreds of guests already in
the grounds watched their progress.
They took their stand beneath two
trees just about the center of the
lawn, whose branches were joined by
an electric sign flashing "1886-1911."
The guests entered from the east
front, passed through the coridors be
neath the White House and out to th
lawn. Down the winding walk they
passed in two lines to where the presi
dent, his face wreathed in smiles, was
waiting to meet them all. Above the
walks the electricians had touched the
trees with magic and tney blazed in
red and white and blue bulbs. From
the top of the treasury a monster
searchlight played upon a new Ameri
can flag over the summit of the man
sion. Over the rear portico another .
flag in red, white and blue incan
descent lamps shimmered and waved.
The fountain in the center of tht
grounds, played upon by another
searchlight, sprinkled forth all hues of
the rainbow. The Washington monu
ment, a thousand feet to the south,
brought into relief by the thousands or
lights, stood out sharply against the
sky, dark blue with here and there a
star striving sky against th lights of
Decorations Were Beautiful.
The White House lawn, clipped and
shaved to the very quick, made a car
pet of soft dark gree". over which
walked lightly the gayly clad women,
the men in black or in the white of
the military service. Down near the
fountain the marine band in scarlet
coats played with vigor and in the
White House itself the Engineer band
vied with them. Every corner of the
mansion had its own particular light.
On the terraces that extend from the
old mansion eastward and westward
the beauty of the Wh'ite House con
servatories had been poured. The tall
lamps that stand along tne borders of
these terraces had been shaded by deep
red paper, resembling nothing so much
as monster poppies.
The reception was just as informal
as the president could make it. Those
who could waited in line for hours t
shake hands but many slipped out of
the line and sought the shaded walk,
the chairs waiting on the grass, or
wandered at will through the lower
floors of the mansion. The presents
that numbered in the hundreds and
whose money values run into the thou
sands, attracted many, while other
turned to the east room whose polished
floor echoed to the tread of the dancer.
Preparation had been made for 5,000
guests and the refreshment tables in
the state dining room came as near
groaning as a perfectly good table can
come. The president and the mem
bers of his family with the cabinet and
the aides were served on the east ter
race but the guests found their re
fresh mentsinthestatedmhig room.
(Continued on Page Eight.)
There was a very interesting
article in the April issue of
KEEPER, written by Herbert
N. Casson, entitled
"Big Business; a frank in
quiry into the real significance
of the biggest drama ever
played on the national boards."
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