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Magazine Writer Exposes Athletic
Crookedness at University
of Wisconsin.
Center Declared a Professional
and Halfback Called a
Special to The Journal.
New York, Nov. 14.Under the cap
tion "Buying Football Victories," Ed
ward S. Jordan, in the number of Col
lier's out today, makes most sensational
charges of athletic graft and corruption
against the University of Wisconsin.
The article is the second in a series de
scribing the alleged demoralizing
methods in vogue among middle western
colleges and universities. Several of
the cardinal pets of the gridiron are
held to the public gaze by Jordan in a
manner that is likely to set things
buzzing in the Wisconsin capital and
university town.
Stories of draft.
"Dick" Eemp, the center, is de
scribed as a man who, after being ex
pelled, demanded $500 to return and got
the money. Albion Findley is charac
terized as a player who tried to desert
to Michigan just before an important
game. Captain Vanderboom is listed as
a student who "takes oratory, sociology,
constitutional law and football."
"Cody" Clark, it is declared, is a per
son who notified the managers that he
had to be kept.'' George R. Keachie,
it is alleged, added to his salary as as
sistant manager by "grafting" on com
tracts for the athletic association.
Downer's Work.*
In passing upon the changes which
have come about at Wisconsin since the
,.selection of, George F. Downer as man
ager of athletics, the writer says:
"The manager immediately demanded
that the althletes pay their training
table board, a thing which they had
never done before, and he demanded
more authority from the athletic board
to cut off excessive grafting on the as-
isefd them support^ and Downer appealed
to Supervisor Slichter. Slichter asked
the Intercollegiate conference for au
thority to dismiss the delinquents and
the power was granted. Only one man
held out against the authoritiesDick
Hemp, the center, who had always de
manded partial support. He was dis
missed from the university and denied
permission to take his examinations.
The other men left college or settled
their accounts. Manager Downer next
introduced a resolution before the ath
letic board, making it impossible for
athletes to carry off supplies with im
punity. The board vetoed it under the
influence of Edward Vanderboom and
Tom Leahy, the football and baseball
captains, and thru a by-law gave these
two men the authority to designate
those who should be allowed to keep
The Remp Case.
The details of the Eemp case are
given with an assurance which will
call for some explanations from Madi
son. Jordan's story of this case is
highly interesting.
"The reinstatement of Dick Kemp re
veals the presence of this fear at Wis
consin. President Van Hise declared
early in the summer that Remp should
never be allowed to enter college again
Manager Downer was insistent that he
I should leave, and Phil King, the coach,
asked the manager to let him go because
he was a trouble-maker. Remp him
self announced that he could not en
ter again anyway, as he had been pro
fessionalized by Coach Curtis, and re
peatedly said that it would take $500
to get him back in the game. The
need of brawn, nevertheless, drove
Wisconsin to terms, and Kemp's board
was paid, special examinations were
arranged for by faculty men, and early
in the season the University of Wis
consin declared him to be in good
Further along this line Jordan says
that Downer was threatened with a loss
of his job when lie failed to get Stef
fen, as he regarded him as mercenary.
Calls Findley Traitor.
The Findley case is aired, and as this
was responsible for Minnesota's
efeat in the recent game it will prove
interesting reading matter for Minne
sota's following. Here is the way Jor
dan "sizes up this player:
In this campaign against athletic
honesty Wisconsin elected to her ath
letic board for the second time a man
who would sell her honor or his own
soul for a pinch of approbation from a
bleacher crowd. This man is Albion
Findlay, a'rid he is the type of college
athlete with whom honest men might
foar to associate. When reform was
imminent at Wisconsin last fail, rind
lay feared for the permanency of his
"graft," quarreled with the coaches,
and tried to desert to Michigan. He
wrote to Coach Yost, asking for the
terms o"n which he would be received at
Ann Arbor, vra3 rejected, and. decided
if remain at Wisconsin. Yost after
ward said that if he bad such a man on
his team he would "run him out of
town." Wisconsin winked at the
treachery of Findlay, listened to his
erbitrary demand for immediate elec
tion to her athletic board, and made
him one of the custodians of her colle
giate honor. Albion Findlay is a trai
tor, has been branded as a "pure graft
er" by the old Wisconsin manage
ment, and is still retained, to be ad
mired by a blind student mob.
The Vanderboom Influence.
Cpntinued on 2d Page, 2d Column.
sociation for supplies" Severalu athletes son/made arrangements for his arrival
defied hfinfo cofetheirboard claim- anu,armgn ment here.
ing that the former coaches had prom- Sheriff J. W.Dreger, despite assur-
Wisconsin Football Player Accused of
Demanding Pay.
i! s:sx:s S-s:s s:s:$ s:$ s:S $:$
Latter Here to Face Indictment
Sheriff Dreger Is in Los
Dr. J. F. Force, president of the
Northwestern Life Insurance company
at the time of its reorganization into
the Northwestern National Life Insur
ance company, and under indictment
on two counts for alleged grand larceny
in the first degree, returned to Minne
apolis today of his own accord. -He
will appear before Judge H. D. Dick
inson for arraignment late this after
noon or tomorrow.
Dr. Force was in Los Angeles, Cal.,
at the time the indictments were re
turned against him and other members
of the former local insurance organiza
tions. He was notified and gave a
$5,000 bond to the Los Angeles authori
ties to insure his appearance when
wanted. After arranging his personal
affairs in California he started imme
diately for Minneapolis, and his attor
ney4 !Keith, Fairchfld, Evans & Thomp-
anees that the defendant would return
of his own volition, left for California
last week. He arrived in Los Angeles
about the same time that Dr. Force
reached the flour city, his junket hav
ing been useless.
The indictments against Dr. Force
charge him with embezzling about $15,-
000 from the Northwestern National
Life Insurance. company. will enter
a plea of not guilty, withH the privilege
of demurring or moving to quash the
same, as the other ex-officers did last
Martin and McOoach, with Many S?
Legislators, Go Over to the
Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 14.Since is
suing his proclamation Saturday call
ing for a special session of the legis
lature to consider reform legislation,
Governor Pennypacker has received as
surances of support from a great many
of the 243 members of the house of rep
resentatives and. senate. The present
prospect is that when the legislature
meets, on Jan. 15 a large majority of
the members will be in accord with the
governor and pass the legislation he
has suggested.
From Philadelphia he has received
advices to the effect that a majority
of the members from that city who
voted solidly as the republican leaders
desired at the last session. of the legis
lature, will act independently of the
leadership of Senator Penrose and Is
rael W. Durham at the coming session,
Members from other parts of the
state are also declaring their indepen
dence of the republican organization
Two notable Philadelphia defections
from the "gang" are State Insurance
Commissioner David Martin and
United States Internal Revenue Collec
tor Wililam H. McCoach. Both are
ward leaders and prominent in the re
publican organization. Mr. Martin, in
an interview, said he would support
Governor Pennypacker in all the re
form measures he advocates and was
also in favor of abolishing fees in the
office of insurance commissioner. The
office pays a salary of $3,000 and the
fees raise the insurance commissioner !s
yearly income to about $20,000. Com
missioner Martin also said he -would
support Mayor Weaver of Philadelphia
in all public mattera in which he thinks
the mayor is right. Collector Mc
Coach, in coming to the support of the
mayor, said that he was convinced the
people were with the city's chief ex
Journal Ssecial Service.
Trinidad, Col., Nov. 14.Russian en
thusiasm for baseball resulted disas
trously yesterday when two miners*
Mac Srok and John Viskiwitch, used a
stick of dynamite with which
to play with. All went mer-
Captam Vanderboom is pointed out ii until the dynamite exploded oh a
as a great offender in the violation of
amateur reles a'n' a a promoter of
laxitv on the part of others. The old
story of "taking care" of men in the
capitol is revived, but nothing more
than was aired last spring is brought
Declaring that if dishonorable prac-
.iti.- +red-hot stove. Both were hurt badly in
the explosion and are not expected to
London, Nov. 14.Robert Whitehead,
inventor of the torpedo which bears his
name, died today at ghrivenham, Berk
Protest to President Roosevelt
Against Rate Legislation by
Five Labor Organizations Seek to
Turn President from His
Washington, Nov. 14.An earnest
protest was made to the president to
day against the proposed railroad
freight-rate legislation. The protest
was filed by representatives of the five
great labor organizations connected
with railroadingthe engineers, fire
men, conductors, switchmen and train
The members of the delegation that
called on the president represented the
several organizations. They pointed out
to him that railroad-rate legislation
logically meant the lowering of rates.
This, they contended, will be followed
by a lessening of the earning power
of railroads and consequently by reduc
tion eventually of the wages of railroad
From Twelve States.
The delegation whlcji called on the
president came from twelve different
states and represented all of the larger
systems of railroads.
George Huntley of the conductors'
organization, presented to the president
a statement of the character of the
organizations represented and assured
him that no taint of partizanship or
political coloring existed in any degree
among the members of the delegation.,
Pledge of Square Deal.
In response President Roosevelt as
sured the delegation that it was not his
Purpose or the purpose of those who
avored railroad-rate regulation to do
anything that might injure the rail
roads of the country or, incidentally,
the employees of the railroads. He
said that it was his purpose that all
classesrailroads, shippers and em
ployeesshould have perfectly fair
He was of the opinion that the pro
posed legislation would not mean a re
duction necessarily in railroad rates,
and suggested that the members of the
delegation, therefore, were proceeding
on a wrong* understanding of the situ*-,
New York, Nov. 14.Mabel McKinley,
niece of the late president, who has been
appearing In vaudeville, made her debut
in the legitimate in New York last night
at the Metropolis theater. She was
starred in the four-act pastoral comedy
drama, "The Parson's Wife," by Carroll
New York, Nov. 14.General Louis
Fitzgerald, a missing witness, did not at
tend the funeral of' his son yesterday,
fearing, it is said, the subpena servers of
the insurance investigating committee.
The process servers were not sent to the
Ren Wlngf, Minn., Nov. 14.Frank Ial
low, who
$685,000 FUN WAS !^^IWAIGN:^V(pRRijgnoN.
John Day Smith's Decision in the
Ross Case Knocks Out
"The moment money passes into the
city treasury, it becomes public funds
and the city council has no right to or
der a refund."
With this comment Judge John Day
Smith today overruled the defendants'
demurrer and jgranted^a, permanent in
junction in the case of Charles H. Ross
against Mayor David P. Jones, City
r- 4. n- TH ~D
fMgranting inM
Controller Dan C. ^rowrr an the city
of Minneapolis.: Th injunctiod prevents
the of refunds ornt several for- 1
feited liquor licenses in particular and
will mean the end of the practice of
granting, refunds'in general.
By holding that the city council has
no fight to grant refunds,' Judge Smith
practically declares the Clark ordinance
unconstitutional and enunciates a prin
ciple that undermines the strength of
all license refund legislation.
Coming, as it does, at a time when the
Sunday closing seems bound to force
some of the smaller^saloons out of busi
ness, the decision is considered of un
usual interest and importance. All
license holders who now cease doing
business will have to forfeit all their
license money, no matter how^ nruch long
er they are entitled'to. sell liquor. The
result may be that all qf the losing sa
loons will be kept :open until their
licenses expire.
lTh,^, nn
Indicted by the grand jury
for holding up and robbing Joseph Lund
I berg, neart Cannon Falls last July, was
t9 ,K
Barron and the Man of "Frenzied
Finance" Fame in Legal
Boston, Nov. 14.Judge Wentwprlh
today issued a warrant fox the arrest of
Thomas W. Lawson on a charge of crim
inal libel preferred by Charles W. Bar
ron. The case results from statements
alleged to have fee made in a maga
zine article by |Mr. La.ijaaon, aiwl the
question qf the Issuance of a warrant
has been p^e^^ a'earings cover
ing a period' of. s^/?ai weeks.
Mr, Barrori,it&a
iK#ainanfc, is pro
prietor of a bureau for' the distribution
of financial news in this ity.
Before the- warrant had been served,
an agreement between counsel was ef
fected whereby Mr. Lawson is to appear
in court next Saturday and submit -4q
the service of th ^warrant. Meanwhile
counsel for Mr. Lawson stated that the
defendant in this suit will apply for a
warrant for the of
for criminal libelarrest in matterMr.'"Barron printed in
the market sheets issued frf Mr.- Bar
ron's bureau.
New York, Nov. 14.Altho the actual
figures will not be known until the count
is made, officers of the Automobile club
of America are able to state that the
amendment which allows the Creation O
a fifty-million bond issue for the improve
ment of the highways of the state has
been passed, and in the next few years
automobilists will see a system of great
highways in the state.
Defective Page
Riots in Vladivostok and Great
Destruction Caused by
Cruiser Minneapolis Ordered to
Kronstadt to Protect the
St. Petersburg, Nov. 14.The up
heaval in Russia following the promul
aned extremm pointesstofYeniseiskwnoeshaan?
eahe (otherVladivostomani 1
Emperor Fears to Visit the Winter:
Palace. Where Witte Is Installed.
St. Petersburg, Nov. 14.Emperor
Nicholas and the Russian court will not
come to St. Petersburg this winter. A
short time ago it was announced that
the emperor was about to return to tlie
Winter Palace^ hr an annex of which
Count Witte has installed himself, but
bis majesty has now decided to go from
Peterhof back to Tsarskoe-Selo, where
he has been living for almost two
years, excepting the.last months spent
at Peterhof.
Except on the occasion of the cere
mony of blessing the waters last Janu
ary, when the emperor narrowly es
caped death owing to, a mysterious
charge of grape being fired in the direc
tion of the imperial party by a salut
ing battery, the emperor has not
Continued on 2d Page, 3d Column.
th em
pire. At Vladivostok the condition of
affairs is critical. Many persons have
been killed and the foreigners have
taken refuge cm ships in the harbor.
Many public buildings, stores and
houses nave been pillaged and fired by
the mob.,
London, Nov. 14.A dispatch to the
Daily Standard from Lisbon says
Charles Page Bryan, the American min
ister to Portugal, has communicated to
the commander of the cruiser Minne
apolis an urgent telegram received
from Washington instructing him to
interrupt his cruise and go immedi
ately to Kronstadt to protect Ameri
cans there and to disembark marines if
Caucasus Can Be Saved to Russia Only
at Enormous Cost.
St. Petersburg, Nov. 14.An army
of- 24,000 Georgians, armed with mod
ern rifles, hold Georgia, despite three
important Russian forces which are
converging on it. Confidential dis
patches received here by the war office
afford little comfort. All that is of
ficially known is that Georgia has been
completely isolated for many days save
for runners. A determined guerilla
war is an accomplished fact and two
army corps will be required to conquer
it. Even one army corps cannot be
spared, in view of the general lawless
ness in the Caucasus, and even if heavy
reinforcements were available, there is
no means of getting them into Georgia
save afoot, as the workers on all the
Cauca^nUnes side with the$9J$p$$4
Georgiarjp. The official view? here is
that only, a vast amount 6 blood and
treasure can now save the Caucasus to
Former Equitable Life Chief, Who la
No Calamity Theaters,^
No calamity threatens the nation's
legitimate interests. What has hap
pened is that a coterie of reckless
bankers and desperate plungers, in de
fiance of a worldwide money stringency,
have inaugurated a persistent series or
dangerous stock operations. Having
exhausted the resources of their own
banking houses, they are now demand
ing that the United. States treasury
shall help finance their gambling en
"Knowing that Theodore Roosevelt
stands for the 'square deal,' I feel
confident that you, Mr. President, will
take decisive measures to render vain
this cold-blooded attempt to bolster up
gambling ventures with public funds."
Millions for Legitimate Business, Not
a Cent for Speculators.
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, Nov. 14.Walter Wellman,
in a Washington special to the Record
Herald, says in part:
Millions to aid all legitimate business,
but not a cent for the speculators in
Btocks. This is thefiscalpolicy of the
United StateB treasury as declared by
Secretary Shaw. In view Of the tight
money market in New York and the
slump in Wall street, the intentions of
the treasury department and the com
ments of leading officials are, both im
portant and interesting. It is the pur
pose of the government to use the full
resources of the treasury, if necessary,
to tide the business world over any
stringency that may arise. If the ad
ministration can prevent it, there shall
be no interruption of the marvelous
prosperity which the American people
are enjoying.
No such interruption is expected. The
business of the country is on too solid
a basis to be affected adversely by a
speculators' flurry in the New York
money- market. A the same time the
administration is prepared to act should
the need arise.
Washington, Nov. 14.-=-The words of
the president "square deal," are being
worked vigorously by many persons who
have old claims or requests upon the
government. Many of the cases which
are known in the department as "old
slugs," because they have been consid
ered and rejected many times, have
again been presented. An officer of
the army to whom such cases in the war
department are presented for report says
that all these claims for reinstatement
in the service or for advanced retired
rate or claims for property taken, all of
which have heretofore been passed upon
and decided adversely to the claimant,
set out that what they ask now is a
square deal,'' and many of them in
sist that their requests be presented to
the president.
London, Nov. 14.^James Ord of Chi
cago is not of royal descent. Lord
Stourton, Mrs. Fitzherbert 's cousin and
confident, to whom she left all her
papers and a commission to write her vin
dication, testified in a court of law that
no child was ever born to Mrs. Fitz
herbert. Lord Stourtori swore further
that in 1837 he and the Duke of Well
ington were appealed to by an imposter
who claimed to be an issue of the mar
riage between Mrs. Fitzherbert and her
royal husband. I did not trouble my
self to notice the claim," Lord Stourton
testified, g,
on the Grill Today.
Wires President Not to Give Aid
to Frenzied Financiers of
Stock Market.
Journal Special Servioe.
New York, Nov. 14.Thomas W.
Lawson, in an advertisement, announces
that he sent a telegram to President
Roosevelt, saying in part:
"Mr. President: At the close of
business in Wall street tonight it is the
current report that your secretary of
the treasury has agreed to help the
'frenzied financiers of the New York
stock market out of their plight and
will come to the rescue tomorrow with
$25,000,000 of the government's funds.
''I do not believe this to be true.
I am aware that in the past other sec
retaries of the treasury have won large
financial profits as well as presidencies
of great banking institutions by using
the nation's millions to relieve just
^ujh-, ^eme^(^gp|?feias exist in Wall
^strBt*"at tms moment, but thajirihis will
be allowed- under youy-aditttnilitration
I cannot credit.
James H. Hyde Says Policyhold
ers' Money Was Used to.
Buy Off Suits.
Young Man Tells How He
"Worked Up" from Bottom
to $100,000 Salary.
New York, Nov. 14.James H. Hyde,
former vice-president of the Equitable
Life Assurance society, was the most
conspicuous figure at the opening of
today's session of the Armstrong com
mittee on insurance investigation.
Testifying today, Mr. Hyde said that
the objects of the mysterious $685,000
loan by the Mercantile Trust company
to the Equitable Life were to buy off
inconvenient suits, to buy up stock of
the Equitable as it came into the mar
ket, and to make political contribu%
Mr. Hyde said the only political con
tribution of -whicH lie knew -was that of
$25,000 to Cornelius N. Bliss, treasurer
of the republican national committer
in the last presidential campaign. This
contribution was solicited by H. C.
Frick, said Mr. Hyde.
Last summer when the banking de
partment called for the repayment of
the $685,000 and the Equitable Life
repudiated it, Mr. Hyde said Mr. Alex
ander and Mr. Jordan raised as much as
they could and then he (Hyde) made up
the' balance, $212,000. He said he
thought he was generous in this, as be
had not received any benefit from the
The Story of His Life.
Mr. Hyde testified that he was 29
years old and became second vice presi
dent of the Equitable one month after
being graduated from Harvard. H
had always been brought up to believe
his life work was to be the legitimate
successor of his father, the founder of
the Equitable. He had traveled and
studied with the object in view. His
father had instilled in him his views ok
life insurance. He was a director of
the eempany^tsrro before he was
his earliest youth,
had a life insurance
atmosphere and had expected to make
BarinjrniB^atneir/s illness, James W:
Al^xairdfer'turned over to him, little by
little, matters of-detail.
No Salary at First.
He did not receive a salary upon hit
first connection with the conroany. He
was offered a salary, but declined. The
president and various members of th
executive, committee then suggested.
that when he had qualified himself by
two years' work, he should have a sal
ary, and President Alexander in 1900
fixed it at $30,000. Mr. Alexander
asked if this was agreeable to him
In 1902 General Louis Fitzgerald re
signed as chairman of the finance com
mittee and 3vCr. Hycle was appointed to
the chairmanship. For the added re
sponsibilities falling on Mr. Hyde his
salary was advanced to $75,000.
His duties constantly increased in
the various departments and in 1903
his salary was made $100,000, at which
it remained until his resignation last
spring. The witness never spoke to
any of the officers or members of the
executive committee or any way sug
gested an increase in his salary.
Willing to Take $75,000.
Mr. Hyde was asked if he was will
ing to serve the company at $75,000
salary, and he replied that he. was, and
he caused a laugh by remarking that
he "did not think he could get it:any
where else."
A list of Mr. Hyde's directorship*,
also his personal stockholdings in com
panies in which the Equitable was in
terested, was introduced in evidence.
Mr. Hughes said it was not his pur
pose to go over the matter covered^ by
Sdperintendent Hendricks' report.
Mr. Hyde was asked if money could
be obtained on his voucher without it
coming under the notice of any other
officer. Witness said it could be dose,
and that this method was put into ef
fect by an order sxt the president*
Head of New York Life Promises to
Make Restitution.
Netr York, Nov. l&r-John A. Mf
Call, president of the New York Life,
and John R. Hegeman, president of the
Metropolitan Life, were the star wit
nesses at yesterday's session of the
Armstrong committee. These were the
facts brought out:
President McCall has, given a pledge
to the trustees of the New York Lfle
to pay to the company before Dec. 31
next, $235,000 given to Andrew Hamil
ton three years ago, providing Hamilton
himself does not pay the money by
Dec. 15.
Informed that the Armstrong af
mittee desires the immediate return it
this country of Andrew Hamilton,
President McCall promised to send for
him at once.
Directed by the committee to rende*
an accounting of all moneys disbursed
by Andrew Hamilton, President Mo
Call promised to prepare the statement
as speedily as possible.
That the trustees of the New York
Life had adopted resolutions prohibit
ing any further payment for legislative
purposes by President McCall without
full and detailed receipts from the pel*
sons who receive the money or anjr
portion of it.
That Thomas D. Jordan, former eo*
troller of the Equitable Life, gave writ*
ten instructions to Attdy Fields, legis
lative agent of the-Mutual ife at Al
bany, telling him to kill bills relating
not only to insurance-matters, but to
water companies, tenement houses, ho-j
tels, the employment, of women anol
children and a great variety of sub
That in June last President Hegemam
refunded to the Metropolitan Life $16?-
125.30 of his profits in syndicates in
which the company was also interested.
Continued on 2d Page, 4th Column.
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