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BOOSTS KSOKUX ALL THE TIME VOL. 111. NO. 36. PRIMARY BILL AND COMMISSION Illinois Senate Pastes the Two Meas ures Which Will go Before the House Some Time Next Week. MAJORITIES WERE BIG Primary Election Law For the State and Commission Plan for Cities If the House Acts Favorably. the Gibson bill providing for nomina tions of members of the General As sembly, the commission form of mun icipal government bill, the measure providing radical amendments to the law governing boards of election com missioners and other bills of lesser importance were shot through the Illi nois Senate before that body adjourn ed, not to convene again until sum moned by the lieutenant governor af ter the House next week acts upon the bills sent across by the Senate. When the Senate was preparing for action, Senator Dailey and some others doubted the propriety of call ing up the main primary bill. A hasty count of noses showed exactly the re quired number to pass it, and when this fact became known, the "antis" capitulated. There had been some trepidation on the part of the .proponents of the pleasure regarding the outcome of the vote on the bill on its passage, as on the previous day. A "blanket" amend ment had been delated by. a margin of but one. When the roll was fairly gotten under way, it was seen that opposition to the bill had faded away, and the announcement of the roll call was a surprise to those back of the bill. There was but one vote recorded against tibe bill, that of Sen ator Isley. The primary bill was called up by Chairman Dailey-of the Primary Elec tions Committees, after Senate had adopted by a vote of 37 to 2 the Gib son bill, providing for the nom na- tion of candidates for the Legislature and senatorial committees, the bill be-, by the Senate on the ground that this section might come under the ban of the Supreme Court. The roll call on the bill resulted 40 to 1. The bill now goes to the House for concurrence, und if that body finds Itself unable to agree upon the •amendments made by the upper house, the result of primary legislature will rest with a conference committee of both houseB. the recall percentage from 75 to 40 per cent. The bill had easy sailing the vote by which it was adopted being practically unani mous, but one negative vote being recorded, that of Senator Potter. Senate bill No. 1, introduced by Senator Jones of Chicago, providing for submission to the voters of the proposition as to whether the petition plan for nomination of candidates in cities, towns or villages shall be dis continued, was passed by a vote of 06 to 0. FATAL FIRE IN FARM HOUSE Mrs. Hayes and Her Nurse Found Dead in the Ruins of the Building. BIG EXPLOSION IN GAS PLANT Burlington Accident Resulted in in- jury to Two Men But Fortun- ately No One Was Killed. ENGINE ROOM WRECKED Leaking Gas in the Generating Room Resulted in a Crash Which Caused Considerable Damage. SPRINGFIELD, 111., Feb. 11—The BURLINGTON, Iowa, Feb.' Ill-* Housfe direct plurality primary bill, An explosion of gas at 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the plant of the Burlington Gas Light company, lo cated at the foot of Arch street, re sulted in the injuring of two em ployes: Joe Lieb, fireman, and Tom McShane. The engine room was wrecked, the east wall falling into the roadway, the roof and upper pip ing being piled in a heap on the ma chinery. The walls of the generating rooms were blown out also- The explosion was due to a leak of gas in the generating room. Tom Mc Shane, employed at the plant, attract ed by the smell of gas, went into the generating room to discover, if possi ble, the trouble. Before he had time to locate it, he was blown forcibly through the door into the yard at the south. His mustache and whiskers were burned to the skin, but aside from the few burns, he is not hurt. Joe Lieb, tfce fireman, was working in the engine room. He had no warn ing of what was about to happen, but was able to throw himself behind a piece of machinery and was not hurt by the falling steel, the roof tumbling In when the walls gave way. He is cut about the head and hands and is bur&ed about the face. Jack Nolan, a painter, who. was at work on a ladder, painting the iron clad sides of the generating ro^g^^s, blown from his ladder^'but fell free of the flying bricks, His helper, a boy, who was at work on another ladder, was thrown onto a pile of debris. Both are bruised but not seriously hurt The plant is badly damaged. The eagt wajj yle engjne roomi( st ructur6 •was blown out entirely, the ro£) cave jn an( ing drawn as a substitute for tnat sec- ^,uried under a mass oi steel and pipes, tion in the state-wde bill eliminated generating room which is houssd in an iron-clad building, escaped more fortunately, although the force of the explosion was greater in this part than the. other. The sides of the walls gave way more easily, releasing the pres sure of the forces from within. the machinery is As to the extent of damage to the machinery, this can not yet be deter mined. A force of men went to work immediately to remove the debris and Next In importance to the primafy bill was the passage of the bill giv ing Illinois cities the right to vote on the proposition as to whether or not they shall adopt the commission plan of municipal government. The bill was called up on its passage by Senator Barr of Will County. It was amended this week by the Senate in a number of important particulars,! chief among which was changing of! His Ship Was Spoken in Straits of Magellan. But the Commander Said Nothing. BUENOS AYRES, Feb. 11.—Tha captain of the steamer Sud, arrived at Punta Arenas, and reports that be spoke the Antarctic exploring steam er Pourquoi Pas, anchored at Port Gallant, straits of Magellan. Dr. Char cot refused information concerning the results of the French south polar ex pedition. j. Expedition Makes Observations. POUDQUOI PAS, Feb. 11.—The French Antarctic expedition, headed by Dr. J. M. Charcot, sailed from Havre, August 15,1908. and Punta Are nas December 17, 1908. The expedition reached the island of Deception De cember 22, and from that point the last report of the party was sent. Charcot expected to be absent about two years. The primary aim, it was said at the time, was not to reach the south pole, but rather to make sciea tl(ic. pbservations. CHARDON, Ohio, Feb. 11.—Fire which destroyed the farm house of Hubert H. Hayes, two miles from Burton Village, early today, cost the Uvea of his invalid wife and a nurse and brought probably fatal injuries to toayes. A dog owned by Hayes gave the alarm. The first person to arrive found Hayes lying in the snow in front of the house unconscious with bis night clothing burned off. After ordinary broom, is the encouraging the flames had died down, men enter- prediction of large manufacturers of ing the ruins found the bodies of Mrs. Hayes and the nurse on the bed. $200,000 Muscatine Hotel. MUSCATINE, Feb. 11.—At a meet ing of twenty-five prominent Musca Mnei manufacturers and business men definite plans toward the erection of a new $200,000 hotel were made. It is hoped to start the building early in Brooms at $1.00. NEW ALBANY. Ind., Feb. 11.— Housewives may within a few months be compelled to pay a dollar for an this commodity in southern Indiana. Evansville factories are reported to be offering tliree times the normal price for broom corn and find it an extremely scarce article even at that figure. It is stated that with the sup-1 ply now in hand if an equal division could be made there would be only enough broom corn in the country to supply two brooms to each family, end the next harvest is months away. ING THE VOLCANO Costa Rican Belching Mountain Believed to Have Given An nouncement of Com- ing Earthquake. Scientists Will Warn United States a:That the Canal Zone Will Likely Get a Shaking. PORT LIMON, Feb. 11.—Eighty per sons were killed by the eruption of volcano Poas, according to reports received today which say the erup tion, the worst in the history of the mountain, has ceased. The deaths were caused by stones shot out by the crater. They fell among villages within a radius of sev eral miles from the basetof the moun tain. Scientists here and Tn the Capital, San Jose, see in the eruption a fore cast of severe earthquakes in Central America and the Panama canal zone. Warnings are being prepared to be sent to Washington, urging the strengthening of canal work in the most vulnerable places. REFUSES TO SWEETEN THE POT Federal Sugar Company Wants to Hang Onto the $10,000 Stolen from Uncle 8am. NEW YORK, Feb. 11.—It was ru jnored today that the Federal Sugar Refining company has refused to re fund to the government $100,000, rep resenting unpaid duties on sugar im ported on which reports were not re turned to inspectors. l» a brick Wtoan Tk I i. ,, I one of the most prominent doctors in a thorough Investigation will be made yr when it is possible. From appearances the working parts in the generating room are not damaged, althoug' it will require the services of experts to determine this. CHARCOT RETURNING FROM SOUTH POLE OltL^r, WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb." 11.— Chief Justice Fuller of the supreme court of the United States is today celebrating his seventy-seventh birth day anniversary. When the next term of court me6ts in October he will have completed his twenty-second year as chief justice. Only two otT.ers, John Marshall and Roger B. Taylor, served in the office longer than Fuller. Vindication. for' Or. Sells. DES MOINES, Feb. 11.—The su preme court reversed the district court of Clark county in. convicting Dr. F. W. Sells. He was convicted of a crim inal assault on Miss Hartman. The curt characterizes the. girl's story as improbable and advised tho county at torney to dismiss the case. Sells is Osceola. Committee Adjourns WASHINGTON, D- C„ Feb. 11.—Af ter a short executive -session this morning the joint congressional com mittee investigating the Ballinger Pinchot controversy, adjourned until Monday, because Attorney L. R. Bran deis, counsel for Glavis, was unable to be present. Saloonist's Wife a Suicide. COUNCIL BLUFFS. Feb. 11.—Mrs. Emma Donohue, wife of a sloou-keep er, committed suicide by shooting her self through the head, because her husband would not buy her a new sewing machine. KEOKUK, IOWA, FRIDAUTFEB. 11, 1910. MANAGUA RO/i) LIKE OPE/f PATH is General Chamorro Marching Toward Explosion In the Breech of one of the the Capital of Nicaragua With Nothilng to Ob- struct Him. DANGER FOR PANAMA IS USING SPANISH PLAN THE NEWS BY WIRELESS ports About His About the Victories. Face. MANAGUA, Feb. 11-—Nothing now stands in the way of General Charoor ro's advance against Managua. The capture of Matagalpa, eighty miles northeast of here, by the revolu tionists, following the defeat of a gov ernment force near Muymuy, under General Carerro, opens the road to the capital and it is not believed possible that General Vasquez, commander of the government forces, can throw an Intercepting army between Managua and Matagalpa. President Madriz continues to issuo statements that his forces have been generally victorious, but he is either himself deceived or is attempting to deceive the public. FIT SUBJECT FOR THE HOUNDS Southern Man Killed Man and Daugh- :V ter and Then Clubbed Little Children With the 'Empty Gun. .. VV'V- A POSSE IS IN PURSUIT Officers With Bloodhounds ere Search ing for Sylvester Bearden Who Committed the Double Murder. W daughter Inez and fatally wounded two of Walker's children, because Walker objected to his marriage with the daughter. TWO GUNNERS WERE INJURED Smaller Guns of the Battleship Virginia While in Cuban Waters. President Madriz, Like the King of One Man Lost His Hand and the Spain, Gives Out False Re- Other Was Seriously Burned WASHINGTON, D. C.. Feb. 11 Two gunners on board the battleship Virginia were seriously injured by the explosion in the breech of one of the smaller guns while firing a salute.yes terday, according to a wireless dis patch received from Rear Admiral Scnroeder at Guantanamo, Cuba, by way of Key West. J. Irban, gunner's mate, third class, was so severely injured that his arm was amputated above the wrist. T. W. Brunner, of the same rank, was severely burned about the face. MILLION FIREORACKERS TO BE EXPLODED St. Louis Chinks Will Property Cele brate New Years Day With ''"'.'.'-'a Big Racket. ST. LOUIS, Feb. 11.—Elaborate plans for the concluding ceremonies of /the Chinese new year celebration, which began Wednesday and will con tinue until a week from Sunday, are being made by the celebration com mittee of the Chinese Empire Reform Association. The conclusion of the celebration will be signaled by the firing of 1,000,000 firecrackers be tween 6 and 10 o'clock Sunday even ing, February 20. These firecrackers have arrived from China, and will be fired in front of the association headquarters, 25 South Eighth street. They cost about $500. The packages will be- fired one alter another. It is esaimated one package will last one and one-half minutes, and this will enable the cele brators to continue the cannonade for an hour and a half. Jeu Quong Jan of 16 South Eighth street, president of the local association, will be master of ceremonies. TYLERTON, Miss., Feb. 1J—Ai sheriff's posse with bloodhound'- is jTh« Engagement of Theodore and Miss searching the county today for S/lves.-j Eleanor Alexander Has Been ter Bearden, aged twenty-five, WHO last Announced night killed George Walker and his I Bearden visited the Walker home when the father repeated his objec tions to his presence. The suiter t/C/: a shot gun from the table and mc.'t/l ly wounded his sweetheart and her parent. 1-Ie then clubbed the two lit tle children with the gun. He had been a regular caller a*. t'ie Walker liorne. for some time. PARIS. Feb. 11.—The 34UOOOO) which the cabinet recently asked the chamber of deputies to authorize for the flood sufferers was voted today without discussion- Notice To Mail Subscribers c1 In conformity with the ruling of the Postoffice Department, effective Feb. 15,1910, The Daily Gate City will I not be sent to any subscriber who is li Over Three Mofiths iii Arrears Look at tlie date on your paper, wlucli shows when your subscription is paid to. If y0U are more than three months in arrears, your paper will be stopped on February 15, unless we receive remittance from you before that date. Your credit is good with us, but that is not the question. The Postoffice Department compels the observance of this law not permitting daily newspapers to send papers through the mails at second class rates to subscribers who are more than three months ip arrears, on and after February 15, 3910. 7-, 'fl ROOSEVELT'S SON '&i TO BE MARRIED Wf NEW YORK. Feb. 11.—Mrs. Henry Audison Alexander announceu last night the engagement of her daughter, Eleanor, to Theodore .Roosevelt, Jr., eldest son of the ex-president- Young Roosevelt, since graduation from Har vard, has been learning carpet manu facturing in a factory at Thompson ville, Conn. Teeth Killed Him. MUSKEGON, Mich., Feb. 11.—John Nequist, aged 55, died from the ef fects of having two teeth pulled less than a week ago. In less than two clays after the teeth were pulled his right side was paralyzed. Gradually his condition became worse, and he died. He leaves a widow and four daughters. Pi -vT f. *. tfi THE DAILY GATE CITY, Subscription, $3.00 Per Year C. F. SKIRVIN, Publisher TRAIN ROBBERY MAY BE SOLVED Men Who Had Mail From the Looted Cars in Their Possession. Granite Building When Arrest Was Made. ST. LOUIS, Feb. ll.-^-Three men al leged to be the robbers who held up the Missouri Pacific train at Glencoe near St. Louis on January 21, are under arrest here today. A fourth member was arrested at Hot Springs, Ark. The men are in the custody of postoffice inspectors who made the raid. The men were arrested Wednesday but the matter was kept secret so that the arrest at Little Rock could be made. One of the men give® the name of W. W. Lowe, said to have taken part in the Blue Springs train robbery near Kansas City ten years ago. Another gives the name of S. W. Emerson. George Ebeling was arrested at Hot Springs. James Lowe, a brother of W. W. Lowe was arrested on the streets here. The men had an office in the Granite building and were pro moting the Alaska Mining and Dredg ing Co. It is said by the inspectors that mail shown to have been taken from the robbed train was found in this office. Much of it had been un opened. The arrest was the shadowing of the men in St. Louis almost constant ly since the robbery. Lowe, who is said to have taken part in the rob bery ten years ago, turned states evidence on that occasion and escap ed prosecution. His description is said to have fitted that of one of the men connected with the Glencoe hold up and on th© Sunday following the robbery, post office Inspectors and Chief Furlong of a detective r.gency employed by the railroad, decided that Lowe was implicated in the affair. The detective and Inspectors found that the men they suspected had an office in the Granite building and were selling stock in the company. Detec tives followed Eberling to Hot Springs. The robbers are said to have secured registered mail valued at $10,000. They made no attempt to rob the passengers or loot the safe in the baggage car. At Glencoe the men climbed across the tender and covered the engineer and firemen with revolvers, forcing the train to be stopped and cut off the mail and express cars. One of the robbers ran the engine and cars ahead, abandoned them about 30 miles from St. Louis. Bloodhounds and posses searched the neighbor hood for 48 hours but no trace of the bandits could be found. ARISTOCRAT ELOPED WITH ARMY OFFICER World-Wide Search is Being Made by Baron de Forest for His ^'n, Runaway Wife. -A London says the Arnold de NEW YORK, Feb. 11. cablegram to the World world-wide search Baron Poorest is making for his wife has Just Lieut. H. C- S. Ashton of the Second life guards. Detectives are striving in every country to find the couple, giving much attention to Spain. A rumor is current that the baroness has returned to th© home of her moth er, Lady Gerard another story is that the elopers hurried to Gibraltar, board ed a steamer and are now on their way to New York- It has been common gossip in Lon don that the. baron and baroness were unhappy, and it was whispered that a separation had been threatened. They were married February 11, 1904. She is the only daughter of the se-cond Baron Gerard, and a god daughter of the late Lady Roseberry. Supreme Court Decisions. ,V [Special to The Gate City.] DES MOINES, Feb. 11.—Gregory, appellant, against Godfrey, Wapello affirmed. Sawyer against Bottl, appellant, Woodbury affirmed. Risher against Acken Coal Co., ap pellant, Appanoose affirmed. Logan, appellant, against Davis. O'Brien tfffirmed. Holmes, appellant, against Rivers, superior court, city of Grinuell re versed. Pool against Napier, appellant, Ja3 per reversed. .. THE WEATHER: Pair and Colder. EIGHT PAGES. IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW RULES Postoffice Inspectors Arrest Three Interstate Commerce Commission Re- gulations for Railroads are Too Cumbersome and Burdensome. ARE IN ST. LOUIS PRISON A STATEMENT BY PIERCE Scheme From an Office in the Were Working a Mining Stock! Rook Island Official Says That the Commission Itself Could Not Carry Out Its Own Rules. WASHINGTON, Feb. 11.—"The in terstate commerce commission itself could not run a single railroad in this country according to the present laws and regulations regulating railroads. It would be impossible. The laws aro so cumbersome and burdensome that it is a physical impossibility to obey them." This was the statement of E. B, Pierce, general solicitor of the Rock Island railway before the committer of commerce at the hearing on the ad ministration railroad bill. Pierce de clared that certain portions of the measure were impracticable. "One of the most serious things con cerning railroads," said Pierce, "Is keeping the records and getting enough employes to keep up with the requirements of the constantly chang ing laws. If you will go into the traf fic departments and see the poor fel lows with tongues hanging out in an effort to get into the shape which the law requires, you will agree with me. "We are not opposed to regulation. We do not object to control by sim ple and effective laws. If you require us to report in writing our traffic agreements on every rate we could never do it, and the interstate com merce commission would not have a place big enough, to put them, and after all, nobobdy could ever find one of them." wThe witness was sharply questioned why the railroads could not make these things understandable to the government and the public, if they themselves were able to put them into effect. MEMBERS OF CREW RETURNING HOME Forty-Two Men of the Sunken Steamer Kentucky will Land in New York Tomorrow. NCt NEW YORK, Feb- 11.—A wireless dispatch received from the steamer Apache, this morning, states she has on board forty-two members of the crew of the steamer Kentucky, which foundered off the Carolina coast last week- They will land tomorrow. Captain Moore of the Kentcky and Operator W. G. McGuinness, whose "S. O. S." signal of distress brought the Alamo to the rescue, are returning to New York from Tampa by rail, THE WEATHER. For Keokuk and vicinity: General ly fair tonight and Saturday. Colder tonight. For Illinois: Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday. Colder. For Iowa: Generally fair tonight and Saturday. Colder tonight For Missouri: Partly cloudy to night and Saturday. Colder tonight and east portion Saturday.,- Weather Conditions. It is colder in the lower lake reg-. ion and northeastern states, there the increasing field of high pressure has moved from the Mississippi valley, while the temperature has risen over, the upper Mississippi valley, and there have been light snow flurries, over portions of the country lying east of the Rockies, which have extended south to Tennessee and Arkansas. The temperature is falling in the rorthwest, where an area of high pressure has developed oyer the northern Plateau region, A depression has appeared in the Gulf, which has been attended by rain in the Gulf and southeastern states. Conditions indicate generally fair weather for this section tonight and Saturday, becoming colder tonight, with the minimum temperature twen ty above zero, or lower. ••, -v Local Observations. Feb. !Bar.Ther.Wind.Weather. 10 7 p.m. 30.29 27 NE Clear 11 7 a.m. .. 30.20 30 S Pt Cldy Rainfall for past 24 hours, t-ace. River, frozen. ,» Mean temperature. 21. Maximum temperature, 30. Minimum temperature, 12. FRED Z. GOSEWISCH, Observer.