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VOL. 113. NO. 93,
Headed For Keokuk
In His Flying Machine
First Day of River Flight Ends With
His Hydroplane Being
Towed in by a
Found Air Currents Over the Surface
of the Mississippi to
Be Like Whirl-
WINONA, Minn. Oct. 18—Aviator
Hugh Robinson, on bis first lap of the
Minneapolls-to-the-gulf flight was ov
ertake by a mishap while landing
for gasoline at Whitman, thirteen
miles north of Winona at 10:40 Tues
day morning, after a rremarkable
flight against terrific odds, and the
disabled machine and airman, after
vain efforts to make repairs, were
towed Into Winona by launches, ar
riving at 3:45.
They spent last night and a por
tion of today in Winona while the
airship is being made ready to re
sume the flight. No effort will be
made to resume the flight In the
morning, the aviator declared imme
diately after landing.
It will be necessary to put in a
new engine and repair a punctured
air chamber in the boat portion of
the craft. At Whitman, where he was
flying, he ran out of gasoline and was
compelled, to land. .s9.h®
glided on the surface of the water
and ran over a hidden wing dam, rip
ping the covering of the air chamber.
Fills With Water.- .-
The accident was not discovered
until nfter an attempt was made to
resume the flight, when the damaged
chamber was found to be filled with
water and prevented his soaring into
the air.
After landing at Whitman the avia
tor walked to the station on the St.
Paul road, where.he telegraphed to
Winona and Minnelska. The gasoline
was loaded upon a speed launch and
sent to the aviator, but the machine
had to be towed in here by the
The aviator's actual flying tim.
was 89 minutes, in which period he
covered 110 miles. He left Minneapo
lis at 9:11. Robinson said the air cur-
and three times he believed he was
making his last flight.
Once, just out of St. Paul, tho
machine was tilted at an angle of 45
degrees, and it was righted without
difficulty. At Reed Landing, he said,
he swooped down close to the river
and inquired of the men on the shore
the direction of Red Wing, and they
motioned down the river. Tha£ ac
counts for his not stopping at Red
Wing. He said he was too high and
going too fast to know when he pass
ed over the city.
Gets Ready to Jump.
After he haul mounted the air to a
height of about 1,000 feet, over Lake
Pepin, just off from Reed Landing,
the machine ran directly into a whirl
pool of currents. The craft was turn
ed completely around and several
times Robinson was ready to jump.
However, he gained control near
the surface of the water, and he be
lieves it was the narrowest escape of
his career of ten years.
Once more, near Whitman, he was
in danger and lost control when high
in the air. This time, too, he regained
control Jost in the nick of time.
Although there was no definite an
nouncement and nothing certain
about the time when the start would
be made, probably a thousand per
sons saw Robinson begin his journey
In Minneapolis.
Today he expects to go as far as
Dubuque. He carries 25. pounds of
United States mail for twenty-one
cities along tbe Mississippi.
Engine Works Badly.
•f- LA CROSSE, Wis., Oct. 18.—Owing
to engine trouble Robinson was-again
forced to delay his trip. He spent
the morning making repairs on his
machine and hoped to continue his
trip_ this afternoon.
Wright Hat New Machine.
NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 18.—Orville
Wright spent fifteen minutes in the
air in the new glider he and his bro
ther Wilbur has perfected, and with
which they expect to prove tfiat aerial
navigation can be made as safe as au
The glider was run along a rail for
100 yards and, with the aid of a light
-Mud", lifted its'eirgr&dually higher
and higher until it reached a height
of about 200 feet.
Orville Wright spent most of the
time in testing the machine's ability
in alighting. He glided to the ground
s«veral times and on each occasion the
machine alighted as gracefully and as
noiselessly as a bird.
After the flight Wright said the
machine did not do all that he had
expected, but he was satisfied that
the main thing they have in view can
be accomplished.
The new machine, so far as could
be observed, is different from the
standard type only in its much flatter
wing curve, and appears to be a re
finement of the monorail gliders that
Alexander Ogilvle and Anthony J.
Drexel, Jr. already have tried in Eng
Observers agree that the machine
... should stay aloft In a strong wind a
'!n^?layel*aI°C. considerable length of time if the
sustaining surface of the glider and
the depth of its lifting curve are both
Rodgers Due In Dallas Today
FORT WORTH, Tex., Oct. 18.—Avi
ator Balbraith Rodgers, enroute from
New York to SanFranclsco on his
coast-to-coast flight, arrived here at
4:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon, af
ter having gone fifty miles out'of his
course. He will appear at the Dallas
fair today and
expected to resume
the flight Thursday to San Antonio.
Leaving McAlester, Okla., at 7:20
In the morning, Rodgers passed Deni
son at 9:30, flying at 'great height.
His gasoline gave out and he was
forced to land at Pottsboro, seven
miles south of Denlson.
Report of Engineer Corroborate* thf
Opinion of the Court of Inquiry
Made In the Year
No Smokeless Powder on the Vessel
so Comparison Cannot be Made
With Recent French
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18—Washing
ton L. Capps, former chief construc
tor of the navy, has submitted a re
port to Secretary Meyer tending to
corroborate the opinion of the court
of inquiry that the battle sh^i Maine
was blown up in Havana Harbor by
an external explosion under ber hull.
Capps was sent to Havana by Secre
tary Meyer to identify certain por
tions of the wreckage exposed by
lowering of the water in the coffer
The testimony before the court of
inquiry in 1898, immediately follow
ing the destruction of the vessel.
was based upon the reports of naval
and civilian divers who examined the
hull. Capps, however, had much bet
ter opportunity for inspecting the
wreck. He was especially familiar
with the Maine's construction, and
was selected for this reason.
While his report will probably not
be made public, naval officers who
have read it say Capps confirms the
decision of the court of inquiry that
the condition of the wreckage leads
to tbe conclusion that the primary ex
plosion was beneath the hu'l of the
Maine at about frame No. 18.
Since the recent destruction of the
French battleship Llberte and the ac
-cldentc to the. Jena some years ago,
there have been many references
suggesting an analogy between the
the French disasters and ttse explo
sion which destroyed the Maine.
From information obtainable in re
gard to the Jena and Liberte acci
dents, they probably were due to the
decomposition and spontaneous com
bustion of smokeless powder of a
type designated as "B" and of old
A search of the bureau of Ordnance
made by order of Secretary Meyer de
veloped that no smokeless powder of
this character was in the magazine of
the Maine.
"It is to be deplored," said Secre
tary Meyer, "that parallels have been
drawn between these two disasters
to French vessels and certain acci
dents which occurred in the United
States navy in which the combustion
of powder was the knowsrof alleged
cause of the destruction of vessels or
loss of life.
"On February 15, 1898, the Maine
was destroyed by an explosion In the
harbor of Havana. The cause of the
explosion which destroyed her never
has been definitely ascertained, but
the naval court of inquiry which in
vestgated the crcumstances reported
that the internal explosion was due
to a mine or other cause external to
the ship.
"In spite of these facts statements
are frequently made that the destruc
tion of the M.alne was, or may 'have1
been, due to spontaneous combustion
of smokeless powder on board. That
such could not conceivably have been
Over Whitesboro Rodgers became
confused and headed straight for
Wichita Falls, in the northwestern
part of the state. The messages inter
rupted him, however, west of Gaines
ville, and he followed the Santa Fe
tracks into Fort Worth.
Between noon and two o'clock this
afternoon Rodgers is expected to
reach Dallas, according to a contract
with the Texas State Fair Associa- States navj,,
Rodgers !. UU m.l« .[ N.»
York, having consumed nineteen
dayB. He says he has made sixty
miles an hour on his way, and that
his altitude reached 1,000 feet oi
more. He will carry a limited num
ber of pieces of aerial mail on his
flight to Dallas. Special aerial post
age dtamps will b« used.
Atwood At It Again.
Robert Fowler 1b today preparing to
recommence his transcontinental
flight. He expects to leave here either
this afternoon or in the morning and
follow the Southern Pacific tracks to
El Paso, Texas.
Moat Akin to Love.
Of all the paths that lead to a wom
an's love, pity's the stralghtest.—•
Beaumont and Fletoher.
the case 1b shown by the fact that
there was no smokeless powder on
the Maine. This fact is a matter j.
record in the Bureau of Ordnance,
where an accurate record is kept of
the distribution of all powder belong
ing to the navy.
"Whether or not examination of the
wreck shall disclose flie" cause of her
destruction it Is Impossible that it
would indicate as the cause the de
teroration of smokeless powder."
In other accidents in the Untted
n°tfbly &<**
on the
Massachusetts, Missouri, Georgia and
powder charges resulted from faults
in the mechanism of the guns rather
than from abnormal action of the
-...^Supreme Court Decisions.
[Special to The Gate Clty.j
DES MOINES, Oct. 18.—State vs.
Dobbins, appellant Pottawattamie
district affirmed.
No Game Today at Philadelphia on
Account of the Rain and Fans
Gnash Their
Twelve Hour Downpour Causes the
Fourth Game of Series
To Be Post
prevented the playing of the fourth
game between the Giants iind Ath
The postponed game 'vill be layed
tomorrow here, weathor permitting
any event it w1'! ho iltvil here
on the first clear day.
Oiant players and fans are elated
over the calling off of today's con
test as the delay will put Hube Mar
quard in much better shape to face
the Athletics and will give Mathewson
an extra day of rest so that he can
take his place in the box again on
Bender and Plank will secure more
rest and either can go into the box
The rain began falling here l—
night at 10 o'clock and continued un-
ingly until 10 this morning and
the field was soaked in spite of the
canvas covering. Members of the na
tional commission decided that even
if the rain would stop, the Held would
be in no condition for the ame and
accordingly th3y instructed the man
agers to call it off.
Barn Burned.
was only partially Insured.
probably local rains tonight or Thurs-
fay pooler in the nor hwest por ion
tonight, and in the east and south
portions Thursday. I
For Illinois: Increasing cloudiness,,
with probably local rains late tonight! Antonlo
or Thursday. Warmer tonight. Cool-:
er in the north portion Thursday,
A storm, moving up the Atlantic!
coast has been attended by rains in
and there have been scattered
St. Paul
La CroBse
Galland ..
Keokuk ..
St. Louis
Pickler vs. Wise, appellant, Wapel-lof a foot a day until Sunday, at Keo
lo district, affirmed. kuk.
Birdsall, appellant VB. Blrdsall, Dal-| &
las district, affirmed. Local Observations.
Pearse, appellant, VB. Balm, Lee'Oct. Bar.Ther.Wind.Weather,
district affirmed. 17 7 p.m. i. 29.88 59 W
State vs. Lindsay, appellant, Jasper 18 7 a.m. ..29.91 54 S
district, reversed.
Hessig Ellis Drug Company, appel
lant, VB. Todd Baker Drug Co., Wood
bury district, reversed.
—Read Tho Dally Gate pity.
(Sate Citjj.
President £. Adds Eighteen Days
to thc^ teduie and Will Visit
Kentucky and
Tire Slipped on Locomotive and the
Train Would Have Been
Ditched Within an
SPECIAL TRAIN, Oct. 18.—The na
tion's chief executive today determin
ed to extend his tour by some 18
Not even seven weeks of railroad
riding and campaign
fipj from Boston
to the Pacific coast and back would
satisfy the president's desire for wan
dering and a fresh program which
will carry him through the middle
west and south was announced this
The original schedule called for the
termination of the trip on Nov. 1 at
Washington. He will go to Kentucky
and Tennessee for several days. The
program for these days has not been
completed. Unless the wanderlust
forces a new extension of the trip he
will reach Washington November 18
A narrow escape from a serloub
wreck was the principal topic of con
versation on the train as it sped
across the desert today. Near Korso,
Nevada last night the engineer on
the special discovered that a wheel
had slipped a tire. In another mile the
big tire would have left the whee»
completely, and would have ditched
the entire train. The train was de
layed one hour while a new engine
was secured.
BONAPARTE, la. Oct. 18.—A large
fejUB north of.Jjowji, belonging to T^J.
Baugher wais struck' W lightning,
about 6 o'clock Sunday morning and
burned tp the ground. Men from
neighboring farms came to Mr.
Baugher's assistance, bnt nothing
could be done to save It. The barn
cotnalned 1200 bu. of corn and 40
tons of hay, also a lot of farm ma
chinery, all of which was destroyed.
The loss is estimated at $4,000, and Captain Winfred C.Carr of the Sixth'the animal indoors. From the con
Was Engaged to Be Married to
jor's Daughter In 8hort
the weather:
For Keokuk and vicinity: Unset-:
tied and probably local rains tonight
For Iowa: Unsettled weather, with
gult of suJclde
jor c,ark of Fort gherldani led
m,ght be gome comiectlon between
guIclde and that of youn Lleut Lynch
who shot hlmBelf ten dayB ag0 at San
Blx houra after a
lt 1b
have caused
the eastern states and the lower lake been preparing for all examination for
region, which is followed by slightly past five weeks and he may have
cooler weather, with an area of mod- overstrained his mind.
erately high pressure extending from
the gulf to the western lakes. I
Conditions indicate unsettled weath- city as the ''King of Gamblers," charg
er, and probably local rains for this ing conspiracy to defraud.
section tonight, or Thursday, becoming The indictments were returned
cooler Thursday. largely on the testimony of John vj.
jMaybray, head of the notorious "big
Mean temperature, Oct. 17, 60.
Highest temperature, 66.
Lowest temperature, 55.
Lowest temperature last night, 54.
Dally River Bulletin. store" syndicate which victimized
Stage.Height.Change.Wea'h'r.' rich men on fake horse races and
River Forecast.
The river will continue to rise at operations of the gan=
the rate of from three to four-tentha
afternoon. but army officers today refused to From there it led to Monmouth. 111.
state whether any friendship existed'011 October 1, and last Sunday night
Weather Conditions. between him and Capt. Carr.
West of the Mississippi valley a TrnnvD TKrrkTrwiunPTkTT
trough of low pressure extends from UNDER INDICTMENT
Arizona northeasterly to Minnesota,
Erstwhile King of Gamblers of Coun-
ers in portions of the plateau region,' cil Bluffs Charged
and the upper Mississippi valley. With Fraud
Following the low area a field of
very high pressure Is advancing from! COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa, Oct. 18.—
the northwestern coast, causing cool-1 Two indictments were returned by
er weather on the Pacific slope, and the district court grand jury here
the temperature continues low In tho this morning against. Ben Marks,
southwest. known in the days of gambling in this
x0.4 Cldy wrestling matches. Maybray was
-0.3 Pt Cldy brought here from the federal prison
x0.8 Pt Cldy at Leavenworth, Kans., where he 1b aged 7 Fern, aged 4, and Fenton, aeed
x0.7 Clear' serving a two year term.
Carthage Minister, Moderator.
CHARLESTON, 111., Oct. 18.—Rev.
Frank Young, of Carthage was elect
ed moderator of the Illinois Presby
terian synod, which opened here last
Clear nleht.. The day was spent in ad
Clear: dresses on the mission of the church,
at which the Rev. J.
This Makes th® Third Sunday Night
Brainiqg of Families With an
Axe by Unknown
,v, Person.
ELLSWORTH, Kan., Oct. 18.—Wil
liam Showman, his wife and three
were found in their home at Ellsworth
were slain by some one who knew
the Showman home accurately, and
who was on friendly terms with, a fam
ily watch dog. These conclusions were
reached th
aft6r twenty.four
bQnn lnve8tlgatlon.
The murderer
completed his task
and covered hlB crlme well. To pre.
vent Interruption of his work, he muf
fled the telephone with Mrs. Show
man's cloak. After the tragedy, the
axe with which the crime was commit
ted, and the lamp which silently aided .. ......
the slayer with its light, were placed ,U9®e"
behind a door, where they were found.
The authorities believe the murderef
was well known by the animal, and
that the Blayer must have returned to
room at the army service school here crime was committed Sunday night. In
this morning with a bullet hole In his that case the slayer evidently return
head. A revolver clutched in his right! to the house, Monday, perhaps, to
jhand showed that his death was the re- ®ee if he had accomplished his work
The faot that Captaln Carr had re.
oi Thursday, cooler Thursday. cently announced his engagement to Maniac
M,8B Jeanette Clark( daughter of Ma.|
the Showman house after the dog had! ,)0en
tod Snnnlr hmiAA
LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Oct. 18.— visited the Snook house and locked
field artillery was found dead In his dition of the bodleB it is believed the
by the authorities of three cities were
thought that over study may
persons "to believe that there made to the Chicago police last night following the murders
his! to assist in the capture of a maniac,
who, within the last four weeks has
taken a murderous toll of fourteen
The mysterious trail of death began
formerly attended school here Colorado Springs September 17.
murderer visited the town of Ells-
worth' Kan-
Carr's suicide as'he had human lives, and disappeared
ac. are:
president of the McCormlck seminary, scene oJt the Dpwson murder in
satisfied his craving for
Maniac With Axe
Prowls on Sunday Nights
'aeeks prior to the first known mur
der by the man'ac In Colorado Springs
on Sept. 17.
It 1b believed the man. Is insane and
that he may have escaped recently
from an asylum. It is thought that
the peculiar method of killing his vic
tims, the choice of the Sabbath as tho
time and the solemn hour of midnight
may bear directly upon the original
Murderer of Five People Is Thought to! cause of the man's incarceration in an
Have Returned to House After
Killing the Entire ..
Insane asylums in th« oentral and
western part of the country havebeea
notified and descriptions of all es
caped persons are to be requested and
sent to the police of all cities, town*
and Tillages.
Fear Crime on Oct 29.
Sunday night, Oct. 29, especially will
be watoh night, as the regular chaia
of the maniac's killing would lead
'him to commit on that night another
of his dark deeds.
The Burnham and Wayne families
slain in Colorado Springs were not
known to have any enemies, nor have
the police been able to form any sort
of a reasonable theory for the commie*
slon of the crime.
The same conditions exist in Mon«
iiith, where the police and prlvat#
detectives'* after"more"than~two weeks'
Investigation, admit their failure to
find trace of the guilty person.
Now the scene has shifted to th®
town of Ellsworth. The state of Kan
sas has had no such mystery sine®
the days when the Bender gang lured
Its victims to their roadside home,
crushed their skulls and hi4 their
bodies. The work of the murderer
was so brutal that it was difficult to
recognize the members of the Show*
man family.
It The house In which the murder was
nnn irKMcea
CHICAGO, Oct. 18,-Frantlc appeals _u ,u
committed is a two-room frame struc-
Mrs. O. W Snook., a neighbor, wno ..
.. ... .. tu re, and the family were asleep in
discovered the murders, said she knew .,
one room. There was no evidence of
of no reason for the crime. She said ... ..
a dog owned by the Showman camei ,, ..
of the baby and Mrs. Showman, lay
to her house several times and each
.. .. in the beds covered, as though in
time she drove it home. I neaceful sleen
"When went into the house," said
r.e bodies, except those
,, ,K_ An axe was behind a door. It
Mrs. Snook, the dog was in the room
..' had recently been washed off with wa
ring on the floor. don know how discovered
it got inside. The door waB locked.'
handIe_ An unlfgbted inmp was
found on the footltaard of the bed in
which Showman and his wife slept
A cloak belonging to Mrs. Showman
laced ver the teiephone
Bloodhounds were immediately put
on the track, but lost the track after
a short distance. Not a clew except
a suspicion that a relative of Mrs.
Showman may have satisfied a long
time thirst for revenge, has been ob
It Is thought the maniac is govern
ed by an uncontrollable desire, sug
gested fortnightly, to kill. His es-
cape fn each in8tal'ice may bp due t0
his rational self may return.
Oct. 1, Monmouth. 111.—W. K. Daw- volunteer fleet has been ordered to
Hankow to take off Russians at that
son, wife and 13 year old
Clara. The Dawson family were mur-1 place. The vessel was sent at the re-if^
dered in the same house as they slept, quest of the Russian colonists who
Their skulls were crushed, as though are afraid of their safety during th#
an axe or lead pipe had been the in- present rebellion.
strument of death.
Oct. 15, Ellsworth. Kan.—Will Show-
roan, wife and three children, Lester,
Thev were all murdered in bed,!
Marks gave bond Immediately for and as in the previous crimes their Made Speech In Spite of the Prayer*
$3,000. The indictment mentions no skulls were crushed by a blunt weap-| and Protests of
Clear: specific instances of the operations of on. 1 People.
1 the gang. Mabray's testimony before N0t
a c]ew
j,aB i)PPn obtained by the!
the grand jury covered the general police of the throe cities tho maniac' CHICAGO, Oct. 18.—Despite the
visited. The similarity of the crimes, prayers of church goers and prohtb
tholr accomplishment on Sunday night itlonists. and in the face of a storm of
and the two weeks intervening be
tween each murderous visit, alone
gives the authorities tangible wqr.k
lne basis for solving the mystery.
A bloody gas n'Pe aud
was the principal speaker. I mouth. An, Inscription on the search-! remarked that his critics were honest,
ll?ht reart
—head The Daily Gate City. 10c This date may mark the time of a however were not stable enough to
per week. -.: ,) I crime as yet undiscovered,
Land of Morning Calm is Far From jgjsa:
Being Calm Just
at Present.
The murders ascribed to the mani-j ranks after tho Japanese crown"'? J1
ST. PETERSBURG, Oct 18 —Nei\a yl
received from Mukden, Manchuria,
Kills Two Weeks Apart. 'states thai a rebellion has broken out
The murders were all committed on in Korea. Several thousand natives
Sunday night, and two weeks apart. have declared war on the .T^raf.nese.
October 29. if the murderer maintains Japan annexed Korea about a year
his schedule, will witness a repetition ago and renamed it Chb Sen, "theLJ J|
of the murders, and the police in the land of morning calm." Lieut. Gen
central and western cities have been Viscount Terauchi was appointed
notified to keep a strict watch for Japanese resident general. The em
the criminal. peror became a prince, and now ^5
prince. The administration of Korea
Sept. 17, Colorado Springs—Mrs. A.iwas transferred to the Japanese.
,T. Burnham and two children and J. Home Department. The Japanese had
C. Wayne, his wife and child. Faml-jbeen intriguing to secure Korea for'y^
lies murdered in their homes, their: some 400 years.
skulls crushed by a blunt instrument. One of the vessels of the Russian
opposition, Secretary of Agriculture
Wilson today presided over the brew,
ers' congress.
"I believe in prayer," he said, "but
I do not believe I am in Imminent
danger of being stricken down because
small flash 1 am here." In speaking of the pure
were fornd yesterday near the food laws he said that the statutes
be enforced. In conclusion he
,.c ,iorndo springs. Sept. 4." well meaning persons whose theories
It la two run the government.

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