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The Daily Missoulian. (Missoula, Mont.) 1904-1961, January 02, 1909, Morning, Image 1

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Brilliant Assemblage at White House Marks Observance of
Time Honored Social Custom---New Year Is Fit
tingly Ushered in at the Capital.
Washington, Jan. 1.-President
Roosevelt and 6.000 p4 )le, represent
ing every land and e.ery state and
territory in the Union, today ex
changed happy New Year greetings at
the White House. For three and one
half hours the president stood re
ceiving his guests and when the re
ception was ended, last year's record
of attendance had been broken by over
700. Many men and women, distin
guished in the official and social life
of Washington, were present.
The brillian court dress of members
of the diplomatic corps gave a pictur
esque aspect to the annual function
which, throughout, was marked by an
absence of formality. The number of
small children who were brought by
their parents to shake hands wtih the
president was unprecedented.
The weather was cool and bracing
and the thousands of people who as.
sembled to greet President and Mrs.
Roosevelt showed the utmost good na
ture during their long wait in the
White House grounds before they
gained admission to the mansion.
There was less haste than is usual in
urging the callers past the receiving
party. Contrary to the custom of re
cent years Mrs. Roosevelt and the la
dies of the cabinet remained in the
red room throughout the function.
There were receptions at the home of
Vice President Fairbanks, Speaker
Cannon and the members of the cabi
The closing of all the government
departments and of local business
concerns enabled thousands of officials
and employes to participate in cele
brating the day.
President Roosevelt, after receiving
at the White House, took a long cross
country horseback ride.
Memorable Occasion.
To Mr. Roosevelt the occasion was
memorable beyond any in which he has
taken part since his elevation to the
presidency. In the exchanges of salu
tations there were many references to
the events of his careerduring the com
ing year, when he will face the dan
gers of the African wilderness. Sev
eral hours before the formal recep
tion began at 11 o'clock, citizens, nqen
and women, representing every social
class, began to assemble in front of the
beautiful portico of the historic white
mansion, waiting an opportunity to
enter and be presented to the presi
The first greetings of the day were
extended to the president and Mrs.
Roosevelt by tile vice president, mem
bers of the cabinet and their ladies.
without the least show of formality.
These exchanges occurred in the pri
vate room of the second floor of the
mansion. While the presidential party
was gathering above there was another
assemblage in the state dining room on
the first floor. There, in the prescrib
ed attire of their respective courts,
were the diplomatic repreesntatives
accredited to this country. The cen
tral figure in this company was Bar
on Edmondo Mayar des Planches, the
Italian ambassador. The greetings ex
tended to him were characterized by
manifestations of sorrow over the great
calamity which his countrymen have
Express Sympathy.
When, at the head of the line of
diplomats, he passed into the blue
room, President Roosevelt shook his
hand and assured him of the sincere
sympathy of the American people for
his stricken countrymen. Mrs. Roose
velt expressed her sympathy also. The
mourning, which also kept Special Am
bassador Tong away, prevented Wu
Ting Fang, the Chinese minister, from
attending the reception.
The descent of the presidential party
from the private rooms to the blue
room was one of the most picturesque
features of the day. As the president
and Mrs. Roosevelt started down the
stairs, followed by others of the re
ceiving party, a blare of trumpets re
sounded throughout the mansion. The
marine band played "Hall to the Chief."
The reception was marked by infor
Chief Justice Fuller and the associ
ate justices of the supreme court of
the United States led the judiciary
party, after which came the senators
and representatives in congress.
Brigadier J. Franklin Bell. ex-chief
of staff, led the army, which was ful
ly represented, all of the officers be
ing in full dress uniform. The navy
also was well represented.
The officials of the government, rep
resenting all important bureaus of the
various departments, many of whom
will retire to private life on March 4.
were followed by representatives of
various patriotic societies, which had
en places of honor in the line.
While the reception of those ac
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Italian Government, Assisted by Nations of the Earth, Is
Putting Forth Every Effort to Quickly Relieve the Urgent
Needs of Sufferers in Stricken Sicily---King and Queen
Labor Devotedly Among Their Unfortunate Subjects.
Rome, Jan. 1.-Although graphic
stories are coming into Rome of the
horrors in southern Italy and Sicily,
these are but repetitions of individual
tragedies already recorded. What
chiefly concerns the government and
the people is the progress that is be
ing made toward the relief of those
who have suffered by the dread visi
tation. Considerable advance in this
respect has been made at Messina,
where, according to official reports re
ceived here, the supply service is be
ginning to work satisfactorily. The
different regions of the coast have
been allotted to various warships and
other ships as centers from which tor
pedo boats and launches may distrib
ute rations and water to the different
The minister of justice ha stele
graphed from Messina to Premier Glo
litti that large bodies of troops have
arrived and are now occupying all
parts of the town. The appalling ex
tent of the disaster makes anything
like a systematic search of the ruins
impossible, but persons are being
dragged out continually and are be
ing transported to the relief ships as
soon as their wounds receive attention.
Slight shocks were felt in the earth
quake zone today, completing the ruins
of the crumbling buildings. These
shocks keep up the alarm of the pop
ulation. One quite severe shock was
felt at 3 o'clcok In the morning and
another at 9. Fires art. still burning,
although much rain has fallen. The
latest investigations on both sides of
the straits make it certain that many
more than half the population of thie
coast towns and villages have been
killed. Professor Ricco, director of the
observatory at Mount Etna, estimates
that the victims of the earthquake ex
ceed 200,000. Hundreds of dangerous
criminals have been arrested by the
troops and are under close guard.
Great Relief.
Great relief was felt here when the
announcement was made that the Li
parl islands, which were reported to
have disappeared with their population
of 28,000, suffered little or no dam
age from the earthquake. Public
opinion is greatly concerned with re
gard to the safety of the king and
queen and the possible danger from
tottering walls. The king frequently
has tried to persuade the queen to
rest, or to return to Rome. but she has
always refused, declaring that it
would break her heart to abandon her
Deep Sorrow.
New Year's day in Italy is usually
a day of rejoicing as widespread as
on Christmas. Imposing ceremonies
are celebrated in the churches. But
these ceremonies and the festal spirit
are wanting today. Instead there were
lamentations. The flags wave at
halfmast and the bells of a thousand
churches ring not for the Te Deum but
toll sad knells for requiem masses.
King Victor Emmanuel has been in
defatigable. He has shown wonderful
activity and endurance, leaving no
point in Messina unvisited. He has
supervised the entire work in the fall
en city and his presence has infused
new courage and energy into the res
cuers. Often he is surrounded by a
crowd of victims, who as though the
sight of the king had restored their
strength, enthustically shout "We have
a king; we have a protector."
Generous Spirit.
A touching feature of the material
aid offered by all classes of people in
Rome is tile donation of clothing and
bedding which the workmen are freel3
giving to collecting students. Reports
from all parts of Italy indicate the same
generous spirit. The king has placed
the royal palaces at Naples and Caseta
at the disposal of the injured.
Princess Yolande, the 7-year-old
daughter of the king, having had the
reason for her parent's absence ex
plained to her, carried about a contri
bution box among her little friends at
a party given in her honor at the
Quirinal this afternoon. She herself
put in the box her first tiny gold ring,
which was given her on Christmas day
her grandmother, Dowager Queen
Margarita. Her young sister, Princess
Mafalda, gave a gold chain, while
Prince Umberto, the heir apparent, 4
years old, contributed a headless doll.
Pouring In.
Vessels loaded with refugees con
tinue to stream into Naples and Pa
lermo. The big emigrant steamer Nord
Amerika arrived at Messina today. She
can accommodate 1,500 persons, and
four other vessels which are following
her will he able to take off altogether
6.000 or more.
It is the government's intention to
remove all the survivors possible to
the various Italian ports.
As an instance of his grasp of the
situation, the king, soon after his ar
rival at Messina, telegraphed to Pre
mier Giolitti:
"Send ships and men; above all send
ships loaded with quicklime."
Sailors Gen rous.
So far as has been possible quick
lime has been used on the dead; many
bodies have been burned and others
buried. In the relief work the officers
and men of the foreign warships have
been untiring and their courage is be
yond words. The crew of the British
cruiser Drake gave up everything they
possessed for the benefit of the ref
ugees, and practically forgot rest and
sleep for more than 36 hours in their
devotion to duty.
Reports are published that it is the
king's Intention to sell his property in
Sicily and devote the proceeds to the
assistance of the sufferers. It is also
toted that the pope will suppress the
dioceses of Messina and Regglo, adding
them to Catania and Catanzaro re
spectively. A dispatch from Catania
says that it is proposed to build a new
suburh to that city and christen it
Messina, quartering there all the sur
vivors of the fallen city.
Palermo, Jan. 1.-The steamer Quirli.
nal arrived here today from Messina
with 47 survivors, who were distrib
uted, like the multitude of others ar
riving here, among the hospitals and
private residences. At Messina the
Red Cross has installed numerous
camps in San Martino square, from
which the city is seen in appalling
grandeur. Yesterday the physicians at
tended 800 grievously wounded surviv
ors. Refugees who have reached Pa
lermo say that the stupor of those re
maining at Messina has now given
place to utter despair.
Catania, Jan. I.-A heavy rain con
tinues to fall in Messina. increasing
the suffering and making more diffi
cult the work of rescue, but it is
qluenching the fires and having a
slightly purifying effect on the air.
The distribution of fc,id has been or
ganized. Bakeries have been opened
and slaughtering houses established
and it is hoped that by nightfall or.
at the latest tomorrow morning, no
one will be without food.
The roads between here and Mee
sina are filled with refugees. There
are crowds of them at every station
of the railroad and they are pouring
into the main highways from outly
ing villages, hamlets and huts. Some
of them stagger along, overloaded
with their possessions. The.re are
others driving before them a donkey
or a cow weighted down with house
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Governor Magoon Presents Governmental Officials to Pres
ident-Elect General Jose Miguel Gomez and
Vice Executive Alfredo Zayas.
Havana, Jan. 1.-The inaugural step
toward the re-establishment of the
Cuban republic was marked by the
New Year's reception at the palace to
day, when Governor Magoon formally
presented the diplomatic representa
tives and consular officers, the super
visors of the governmental delpart
ments, thl. judges of the supreme and
minor courts, the presidents of thle
commercial guilds, the representatives
of the foreign and native press, th of
ficers of the Cuban armed forces and
many prominent citizens to the prodl
dent-elect, General Jose Miguel Gonmez,
and to the vice president-elect, Al
fredo Zayas. The palace was beautiful
ly decorated and Cuban military bands
played during the reception, which
lasted from la o'clock in the. morning
until c o'clock in the afternoon.
Magoon Receives.
Governor Magoon received in the
grand salon. HIe was attended by his
aides in full dress uniform, with Gen
eral (Gomez, Senor Zayas and the for
tner American consul, Frank Stein
hart, who was the official advisor of
the governor during the whole period
of intervention, standing at his right.
The Spanish minister, R. Guaytan de
Ayala, dean of the diplomatic corps,
congratulated Governor Magoon on the
success of the provisional government,
which was about to end. He said:
Impresses Them.
"The exactness in keeping the prom
ises of President Roosevelt in behalf
of the intervening nation to res:cre
Cuba to the exercise of self-govern
ment impresses us with a sense of the
high moral significance of the govern
Inent, which conferred upon you this
difficult and high mission and fills
with joy the hearts of the Cuban Ip'o
,le Our -incere and best wishes ac
company you. whether your govern
ment finds an adequate place to utilize
"nur services."
The governor expressed his thanks.
saying after referencet t t te success
ful elections:
Situation Excellent.
"The new administration, therefore.
assumes office supported by the con
ridence of the country and the fran
Ă½hise of the people. The commercial,
Industrial and agricultural situation is
excellent; law, order, peace, tranqutl
ity and prosperitj have not only been
establlshed but have prevailed for a
sufficelnt period to justify the belief
that such conditions will continue and
are as permanent in Cuba as in other
Practically Complete.
I'reparations for turning over the
machinery of the government to the
Incoming president are practically
complete. Not the least disturbance
in the governmental functions will
attelnd th transfer of authority when
Gien(,ral (bomenz takes the inaugural
oath on January 28.
Helena, Jan. 1.---A ste 'ial to the
Independent from Millings states that
E. W. Foster, present incumbent in
the county clerk's office at Yellow
stone, will not give up his office until
the supreme court had decided the
Jones-Carwile election contest. Jones
was declared elected by the election
board, but Carwile contested the elec
tion and won the suit in the district
court. Carwile will file proceedings
against F.ster to obtain possession of
the office.
Helena, Jan. 1.-Mrs. Emma Feld
burg, wife of one of Helena's pioneer
merchants, died this morning at the
home of her daughter after a long ill
ness. While she was known to be
dangerously ill from cancer, it was
not thought that she would die so
soon. Deceased was a resident of
Helena for nearly two score years.
Itozeman, Jan. 1.-William Nash, one
of the oldest pioneers of this section,
died at his ranch home near here
after a long illness from general de
bility, accentuated by muscular rheu
matism., which caused a hemorrhage.
IIe has six sons, who will act as pall
hearers at his funeral, which will be
held at the church of the Holy Ros
ary to morrow.
Moscow, Jan. 1 -The municipal elec
tions here today resulted in victory for
the constitutional democrats who elect
ed 79 out of 138 councilman.
Private Subscriptions to Aid Vietims
of Disastrous Earthquake Are Beki
Raised in Every State and Almeet
Every City Throughout the Couatry
-News From Americans.
\ashhmgton, Jan. 1.-Instead of
taking a day's vacation, as had beet
planned originally, President Roose
velt will remain at his office to cm
aider how best the nation may show
in a substantial way its sympathy for
the Italian people in their great hour
of need and distress. As an outcome
of the day, the president hopes to
be ablb to fomulate a message to con
gress, to be laid before that body
when it convenes Monday, recom
mending specific action of the part of
this nation.
The president has asked Senator
Hale, acting chairman of the commit
tee on appropriations and chairman
of the committee on naval affairs, to
discuss the matter with him tomorrow.
For a similar purpose the president
will invite members of his cabluet.
Secretary of State Root, Secretary
Newberry and Assistant Secretary Ba
con. The views of several leaders
of the house will probably be ascer
tained during the day by the preai
Reported Safe.
The question of diversion of the
supplies designed for the fleet on its
arrival in the Mediterranean sea, of a
direct appropriation to be sought at
the hands of congress for the relief of
the people of southern Italy and other
proposed measures of relief will be
considered in all their phases at the
conference at the White House to
morrow. Several persons believed to
have been in the earthquake zome In
Italy regarding whom information
was asked, are reported safe in the
dispatches received at the state de
partment today. James Wood of
Mount Klzo, N. Y., reported he had
a telegram from Miss Katherine Davis
of that place, whose whereabouts are
not stated, but who calls for money
to aid the sufferers.
G. C. DeHart of Elizabeth, N. Y..
reported that Mary Sherman of Elisa
beth is safe.
John D. Urso of Pittsburg asked the
department for inorfmatlon regarding
Stellarce D. Urso Giozanni, cashier of
the Bazlo consume city hall, Messina.
No Information.
Itegarding William H. Bishop, con
sul at Palermo, the state department
is of the opinion that he ought to
be there. However, no informntion
has been received from him.
A dispatch from Consul Gale at
Malta says he has no details rwgard
ing the destruction by earthquake in
American Consul Crownsfleld, at Na
ples, telegraphs that he has sent an
agent to Messina.
Money Pouring In.
Denver, Colo.. Jan. 1.--Oenerous re
sponses are coming in to the appeal
issued by the Italian consul at Denver
for relief of the Italian earthquake
victims. Italians throughout New
Mexico. Arizona. Colorado and Wyo
ming are pouring in their subscriptions
to help their countrymen. Generous
responses have also been received to
the appeal of the United Catholic so
ciety of Denver.
lioston. Jan. 1.--The Massachusetts
officers of the Ancient Order of HI
brninas today issued a call for sub
, riptions for the Italian earthquake
sufferers. The money will be for
warded to Archbishop O'Connell for
Splringfleld. Mass., Jan. 1.-Approxi
mately $200 has been raised here for
the Italian earthquake fund in the lst
two days. Bishop Beaver has laeued
an appeal to all Catholics for a relief.
fund which shall be sent to Pope
Plus for distribution.
Burlington, Vt., Jan. 1.-A call for
aid for the Italian sufferers has been
issued by the Vermont branch of
the Red Cross.
Charleston. S. C.. Jan. 1.-The Italian,
colony of Charleston is contributing a
fund through the Red Crose society
for the relief of the earthquake suf
Frankfort. Ky.. Jan. 1.-An appeal
will be made to citizens of Kentucky
by Governor Willson for funds to aid
the earthquake sufferers of Italy and
Sicily. A good donation is expected.
Detroit, Jan. l.-Governor Warner
issued an appeal today for prompt and
generous contributions for the relief
of the suffering Italians.
LaCrosse. Wis., Jan. I.-Right Rev.
Bishop James Schwebach of the La
Crosse diocese today Issued an order
for a collection in all of the 0,I
churches of the diceese on Sunday,
January 10, for the Italian earthquake

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