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Make a Comparison
Of The Journal today with any
other northwestern news*
paper. There's*such a ^4Wj
difference I -i-^.
A $25,000
JSAEUNdiver Declares McCall De
bauched Public Morals and
Corrupted Legislators.
{Missouri's Superintendent of In
surance Returns to the
Charge Boldly.
Asserts McCall Looted Funds of
Policyholders for Reckless
Jefferson City, Mo., Dec. 2.W. D.
[Vandiver, state superintendent of insur
ance, thru his counsel, Attorney General
Hadley, F. W. Lehmann and John M.
Life company to overthrow his order
revoking its Missouri license.
Superintendent Vandiver charged, at
the time he ordered the company's li
cense revoked, that the New York Life
had forfeited its right to continue busi
ness in Missouri. He cited the testi
mony brought out before the New York
legislative investigating committee, to
the effect that President McCall and his
associates -tfad, during four years past,
spent large sums of money to secure de
sired stato legislation and in campaign
fund contributions.
In the reply filed today, Mr. Van
diver accuses President McCall of de
bauching public morals, corrupting leg
islation? and looting the funds of policy
holders by extravagant ventures and
reckless speculation.
The answer fills ten typewritten
pages. It contains direct and severe
attacks on President McCall, Vice Presi
dent George W. Perkins and other offi
cers of the New York Life,' It directs
specific attention to the charge that Mc
$7,000,000 of the company's money.
Superintendent Vandiver maintains
that the Missouri insurance department
has the right to require insurance com
pares doing business in the state to
manage their affairs in a proper man
ner, and to insist on election of new of
ficers and the adoption of methods that
'will insure the funds of the policyhold
The return* makes a general denial of
the allegations made in tho petition for
injunction filed by the New York Life
company. By agreement among the
attorneys, the case is set for hearine on
Dec. 27.
Young McCall Sails for Paris to
7&SL3* fTn
thousandsanof dollars, to.return to this country testify before the insur
ance investigating committee.
Mr. McCall, while a witness this
week before the insurance committee,
announced that he would go to Paris
for this, purpose.
Today he said that he very much
doubted whether Mr. Hamilton would
New York, Dec. 2.rJohn C. McCall,
secretary of the New York Life Insur
ance company, sailed today on thde pany" might be prosecuted with full war-
steamship Lucania to go to ParisP+and
ilton for John IVcCall, president of ffids
the New York Life. Secretary McCall
is the son of President McCall.
Asked about a report that Mr. Ham
ilton might not return to this country,
Mr. McCall said:
I don't think He will. I mean to
try to do my best to bring him back
if his health will allow. If Judge Ham
ilton's health will not permit his re
turn I will bring back anyway a state
ment being prepared for my father."
He waB then asked: "Will there be
any changes in the New York Life or
any contemplated in consequence of the
I cannot discuss that," he replied.
".If I did tell you of changes I would
have to tell you in confidence, and, of
course, you could not print that."
Policyholders Have New Plan, to Get
Jerome Interested.
Journal Special Service-
New York, Dec. 2.Disgusted with
the indifference of the trustees of the
New York Life Insurance company and
their failure to drive out of the com
pany President John A. McCall and
vice President Perkins, several influ
ential policyholders in the company
haye practically decided to form a
policyholders' committee,take command
of the situation themselves, and make
a clean sweep of all the incompetent
and corrupt men connected with tho
A subcommittee of the policyholders
had a conference yesterday with one
of the best-known corporation lawyers
in the financial district. He advised
them that the proposed move was feas
ible and should be undertaken.
He out that such a committee
speedily matters to a head
of number going before a
police magistrate and asking for war
rants for the arrest of the responsible
}erson on charges of forgery, fraudu
ent conversion of funds and giving of
It was pointed out by the lawyer
that if a policyholder took the step
off going before a po]ice magistrate
it would compel District Attorney Je
rome to take official cognizance of the
many evils in the management of life
Sees Menace of Money Power for
Standard Oil Thru Insur
ance Control.
Federal Probe of Rockefeller In
terests and Rebate Methods
Is Probable Outcome.
Journal Special Service.
company, i'n' the injunction proceedings I discrimination made by writers in the
recentlv instituted by the New York daily press and in magazines against the
galiaa^Pfirk.juftJMige^in _had-&n/i quea^, .^Charges .were made by these meA
tionablereal estate Investments, lost
New York. Dec. 2.Definite informa
tion to the effect that a movement is on
foot in Washington, backed by the
president, to institute a federal investi
gation of the Standard Oil company and
its allied interests, was received today
bv several prominent New, York finan
ciers. __
More than a month ago President
Eoosevelt is said to have expressed a
desire that a thoro inquiry be made re
garding the methods of the great Kocke
feller corporation.
The charge of rebating and -wholesale
Standard Oil mangement aB well as the
presentations of private individuals,
greatly impressed the president.
Still another development which at
tracted his attention was the apparent
effort on the part of the Standard Oil
representatives to gain control of the
three largest life insurance companies
in the country.
Fear Huge Money Power.
The inference to be drawn in this con
nection? is that alarm is felt in Washing
ton lest the Rockefeller monopoly, pos
sessed of the tremendous combined sur
plus of these great institutions, should
become strong enough to defy even the
government in any effort it might wish
to make in the direction of correcting
It is toown that reputable citizens of
the middle west, aroused by what they
termed the criminal methods of the
Standard Oil company, have been ac
corded lengthy hearings by President
to try to induce Andrewl Hamilton, to
return to the United States/but that 3/Kwi
he expected to bring back a statement Sf*"^
which was being prepared by Mr. Ham- !J^? J?nT
.Continued en 2a Page, 4th Column. and broke many, windows. *l
A.4* ^V,,r~.C^i^iffiS&j>. If $&-
jiJo against the Standar Oi ih:~effeet
that the corporation had caused the cor
ruption' Of many state and federal of
fice holders thru the payment to them of
large sums of money and by other im
proper means.
These representations, in connection
with the positive evidence adduced by
the Armstrong investigation to the ef
fect that thousands of dollars have been
habitually expended by the insurance
interests to influence legislation, have
caused the president much uneasiness.
Trusts and Lobbies.
While there was no direct connection
by the insurance companies "and the
Standard Oil corporation as to the un
due influencing of legislation, the reve
lations brought out by Mr. Hughes are
taken as indications of a general prac
tice followed "by practically all of the
great corporation's.
The grounds on which a federal in
of the Standard Oil corn-
However that a desperate ef
ar Bai
nenf i
promii- plentiful.n It
representatives to prevent an inquiry,
such asn outlined,e on
standard Oilk
ground of lac
of authority.
Rebates as the Basis.
The president is fully.^warneJ of thiee
opposition and is
ba tn
itd B8pract 8
Ji T5?' *"& J&f
tration, regarding its right to investi
gate the Standard Oil company and all
other corporations doing an interstate
business. Just what effect the inquiry
would have on the-present situation in
insurance matters is unknown, but those
who are well informed are confident
that present conditions would be greatly
GOT $18,000, LOCKED
Journal Special Service.
Caruthersville, Mo., Dc. 2.When
G. M. Gwin, cashier of the Bank of
Hayti, Mo., walked off with over
$18,000 funds-of the institution last
Tuesday, he met the president of the
bank at the railway station and en
gaged him in cheerful conversation on *j
local affairs. Gwin set the time lock
of the safe for seventy-two hours, and
consequently had two days' start be
fore the directors could get into the
vault. In the safe he left two'letters,
one to President Dorris, saying the rea
son he left was personal, not for the
sum taken, and the other for J.
Franklin, the heaviest stockholder, ex
plaining that he took the funds because
Frankhn had sharply criticized his
methods of conducting the bank a short a
time before.
Journal Special Service.
Jefferson City, Mo., Dec. 2.Governor
Folk's definition of graft is to be used
in the Standard dictionary. Governor
Folk received a letter from the publish
ers of that dictionary in New York to
day asking permission to place his defi
nition in that dictionary, which is be
ing revised.
St. Marys, Ohio, .Dec. 2.A terrific explosion
of natural gas last night in the Bieber buUding
resulted in the death of William Smith,
watchman, and the partial destruction of severe'
O^T A -L. buildings. The explosion shook the entire town
.-J r.*fi
C# 3&
.-gL ,A
New York Senator "As Good as
Denies" Rumors He Will
Give Up Toga.
Albany, N." Y., Dec. 2."Persistent
rumors that Chauncey M. Depew had
resigned the United States senatorship
to which he was elected by the legis
lature of this state last January, was
disposed of by Governor Higgins today
when he said: I have not received
the resignation of Senator Depew nor
auy communication or intimation from
him or anyone else indicatng that he
ntends to resign."
New York, Dec. 2.-United States
Senator Depew was asked today as to
the report that he had resigned as sen
ator. He at first refused either to deny
or affirm the report, but said finally:
I have never given the matter a
thought. It is absurd. That is as good
as a scandal. I am tired of making
dnials of unpleasant questions. I am
resolved not to talk further to the
newspapers. I will deny nothing nor
will 1 affirm anything. I have learned
a lesson from the past."
Senator Depew was asked about the
insurance investigation, but said he
would not talk on that subject.
Omaha, Neb., Dec. 2.Bishop Scannell
refused to talk further today concern
ing the excommunication of Miss Ma
Hamilton for attending the wedding of
a divorcee, and Father Colaneri, chan
cellor of the diocese, replied sharply
that the incident was closed. Friends
of Miss Hamilton, however, declare
with equal emphasis that it is not. Said
one of them today
"It is not within the laws of# the
church that a Catholic cannot assist at
the wedding of a divorcee. Bishop
Scannell simply overreached his juris
diction when he laid down that rule
in his pastorale Any Catholic has the
right of appeal front the decision of a
bishop, and Miss -Hamilton will most
certainly carry the ease up to the arch
On the other hand, other Catholics
argued that the bishop has the right of
excommunication, inasmuch as he holds
jurisdiction over the members of the
church in his diocese, and under the
canon laws can excommunicate those
whom he considers guilty of sin suffi
cient to warrant such action.
Special to The Journal.
Mankato, Minn. Dec. 2.B.. H. Wilkinson,
formerly of Granie Falls, and now employed
by the Citizens' Telephone' company, was ar
rested today on instructions from United States
officials, on the charge of forging a postal order
for $25 and coUecting the money. He denies the
Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 2.Coach Dan Mc
Guigan of the Vanderbilt football squad will b
married here next Wednesday to Miss Virginia
Fite of NashTille. Coach Tost of Michigan
will he best man.
'"H*- *l
n^i 'wi^mWlH '3*&W"J
Former Governor of Illinois Will
Seek Election to United
-States Senate.*/- i
Journal Speojal Serrioe^'
Springfield, 111., Dec. 2.Former Gov
ernor Yates will be a candidate for
Shelby M. Cullom's seat in the United
States senate/" AltliS the official an
nouncement of the andidacy of the for
mer governor has not been made yet, a
conference with & number of bis sup
porters from all over the state has been
arranged. An official
will be forthcoming within1
the next
weeks. Yates' 'plan of campaign al
ready has been outlined and, it is ex
pected, will be pushed vigorously.
Election Office^, Candidate, Guide
and Trapper Believed to
Have Perished.
Speoial to Tlw Journal.
Winnipeg, Man., Dee. 2.No word has
yet been received from George McLeod,
the returning officer for the Peace river
district, who left Edmonton six weeks
ago with Lucien Dubuc, candidate for
that district, to reach the polling place
at Sturgeon Lake, 400 miles northwest
of Edmonton.
F. Marcony of Lesser Slave Lake has
arrived in Ednjonton,-the trip taking
nearly eight days. When he left, there
was no sign of travelers, and it is
feared in government circles that they
were unable to make the dangerous
passage at Athabaaka river.
The fact that they would be short
of food is causing iome apprehension,
and. the government has decided to
send out a rescue party. McLeod is a
rancher and has been over the trail
before. They had with them a. trapper
named Donald and a guide, BelcourC
Ashland Man Disappears.
Special to The Journal.
Ashland, Wis,, De| 2.James Darby,
who left Ashland Tuesday morning
alone, to hunt deeij, bas disappeared.
Siriee he lef,t,J^inerJBJ*hing has been
heard of htni'^id ^Stf^wife, and children
are frantic withTief.ove his absence.
It is thought "he rmy ftave, lost his way
in the stcfirm and /ought re-luge in some
logging camp. As it is not known in
exactly which direction he went from
here, it is practically useless to send
out hi searching party.
James Leslie Goes to Prison for Steal
ing an Overcoat.
Special to The Journal.
Racine, Wis., Dec. 2.James Leslie, a law
student of Liverpool, Bng., and said to be the
eon of an English lord, was today sentenced to
one rear in the state prison for stealing an
overcoat and a-pair of jrloves. He committed
the theft because he was hungry and had no
money. It Is said the man is a son of Lord
Alexander Baldovvan of London, Stag. In the
name of God he implored the judge to be mer
ciful of his family. He refused to talk.
A. postofflce has been established at Mercer,
McLean county, N. D., and Nels Olesen commis
sioned postmaster.
Uncle SamThat's bright, Teddy smoke 'enTbut!
Accident in a Wyoming Mine
Causes Heavy Loss of
Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 2.-An ex
plosion late last nigh tin mine No. 1 at
Diamondville, caused heavy IOSB of life.
Eighteen' men, all who were in the
mine, were killed. Nearly all of/these
were English miners, who came to the
Wyoming mines direct from England.
At 11 o'clcok today five bodies had
been recovered.
Had the full night shift been at work
in the mine, the loss of life probably
would have been appalling.
A "blown" shot was the cause of
the disaster. The small shift of eigh
teen men were working 4,000 feet down
in the mine, knocking down coal to be
taken in a bunch when the "blow" shot
of giant powder exploded.
At the mine offices it is said that the
workings are not' materiall ydamaged
and that the mine will be shipping its
usual output within four or five days.
By W. W. Jermane.
Washington. Deo. 2.It is" expected
that all the members of the Minnesota
houje delegation will be on hand for
the caucus tonight. Tawney, Davis,
Pletcher, Bede, Steenerson, Volstead
and Buckman have been here for sev
eral days. Stevens arrived this after
noon and McCleary is expected to ar
rive before the meeting is called to or
der by Chairman Hepburn.
Kepresentatives Marshall and Gronna
of North Dakota and Burke and Mar
tin of South Dakota are here ready to
take up the work of the session.
Senator Clapp arrived in Washing
ton this afternoon with Bepresentative
Stevens, and Senator Nelson will be
here by the opening of the session on
Senators Kittredge and Gamble of
South Dakota Sire on hand, and Mc
Cumber of North Dakota has been lo
cated for some weeks^
Senator Hansbrough has sent word
that he will not reach Washington un
til about Dee. 1(K
Spring Valley, HI.,. Dec. 2.John
Mitchell, president of the United Mine
Workers of America, is better today,
but it may be a week or more before
he can return to his work in Indian
apolis. He is suffering from nervous
ness caused by overwork.
London, Dec. 2.Sir Clinton Edward
Dawkins, a partner in the banking
house of J. P. Morgan & Co., died in
London today after a short illness. Sir
Clinton's heart had been weak for some
Walter L. Badger and Others Per
fect Plans for Extensive New
Trackage Property.
Milwaukee Tracks, Seventh Av. S,
Third and Fourth Streets/
Boundaries of District.
Plans for the creation of trackage
in the busiest part of the West
ide business district, on which Walter
L. Badger has been working for a year,
seem near culmination. They inyolve
the expenditure of large sums of money
for warehouses, buildings and equip
ment, as well as a permanent advance
in land values in the district. Success
ful outcome of the project will result
in immediate building improvements by
the Kelloge-Mackay-Cameron company,
Menzel & Jeffery, Schulman & Garber,
and the K. C. Hay Press & Machinery
The proposal is to make the blocks
between the Milwaukee tracks and Sev
enth avenue S, Third and Fourth streets,
into trackage property with Milwaukee
road switching facilities and connec
tion thereby, with the Rock Island and
other systems. Eventually' the property
will be built solid with business houses.
Purchases of land have already been
made by business firms in view of the
extensive project for offering railroad
facilities. Some which had been made
independently of Mr. Badger's opera
tions have resulted in heavy advances
since the scheme has been bruited.
George D. Dayton, who has been a
in many a successful real estate
uying movement, has made invest
ments as a substantial recognition of
the splendid prospects for the indus
trial properties in the neighborhood. He
owns considerable property at Fourth
street and Seventh avenue. J. U.
Barnes has showed similar foresight and
has also made investments. S. T. Mc
Knight is another. Business firms have
bought heavily, too, for their own use.
Right of Way Secured.
Bight of way has bene secured thru
three whole blocks and tbe portion of' a
block between Teht^ aves*u anet iiffe
Milwaukee main* line. It IS planned to
h*ve a forty-footstrip thru witk a cen
ter track for switching, and two, loading
tracks on either side, to be laid this fall.
This will give ample facilities for hand
ling all freight, both in arid out, in car-,
loads and less than carloads. The plan
is considered by it backers to be the
best trackage proposition in the city.
One of the substantial features of
the Badger scheme is the -fact that
manufacturing and^ wholesale concerns
have made plans' to go ahead with
building improvements when the word
is given.
Two lots at Tenth avenue and Fourth
street, which Mr. Badger sold to Stan
ley Mitchell of Milwaukee thirty days
ago for $13,200 have been bought by
Schulman & Garber at an advance of
$2,500 for extension purposes, and
since then have been offered $2,500
more for the property. The offer was
refused and the company will enlarge
its scrap iron plant.
Will Enlarge Foundry.
Menzel Jeffrey, foundryinen, owned
two lots at Ninth and Fourth street,
and have bought a third on which they
will build an addition to their plant.
HHThe K. C. Hay Press & Machinery com
pany, on Third street, are said to be
planning for a large structure between
Sixth and Seventh avenues. Moore
Brothers & Sawyer have just made a
sale in the rear of Labor Temple, at
Eighth avenue, at $150 a front foot.
Other sales have been made in the
One of the heaviest investments will
be made by the Kellogg-Mackay-Cam
eron company, to reach at least $110,-
000. The company owns the double
corner at Ninth avenue and Fourth
street and the corner lot at Ninth and
Third street. On the Fourth street
corner they will erect a five-story brick
and mill construction warehouse, 66 by
145 feet, after plans by F. B. & L. L.
Long. This will cost about $70,000
and will probably be ready for use by
Jan. 1, 1907. On the Third street lot
the company expects to build some one
story warehouses to store radiators and
Business Expanding.
The Kellogg-Mackay-Gameron compa
ny, now at First avenue S and Second
street, i smovod to make the change
-because of the expansion of its business.
The company is capitalized at $3,000,-
000, with headquarters in Chicago. It
has factories in several cities east and
west, and is affiliated with other manu
facturing concerns. At its Minneapolis
branch, Daniel Donovan, mangaer, it
distributes boilers, radiators, pipes and
.fittings, plumbers' suppliese, enameled
tubs, etc., thruout the northwest.
Branches are established at Omaha,
Kansas City and Seattle.
Journal Special Service.
Chicago, Dec. 2.Is there a brick
trust in Chicago?
Investigation of charges that a com
bination, composed of some of the larg
est brick companies in Chicago was con
spiring to injure and ruin independent
competitors was begun yesterday by the
grand jury. State's Attorney Healey
and his assistant, Harry Olson, con
ducted the examination of a large num
ber, of witnesses, including many offi
cers' and employees of Chicago brick
companies. Members .of the bricklay
ers' union were also among the wit
Secrecy surrounded the inquiry,
which, it is declared by people in au
thority, will result in the finding of in
jjg prominent and wealthy brick men.
.II l^lf 'jrfg
Bliss Carmatf $
Will be one of the contributori jpg
to The Journal's Sunday
No Press Dispatches Received foi
Hours, from St. Peters-
Last Details of Unrest the Storiesi&'r*
of Distrust in Czar's
Rumors in the Capital Involve
Grand Duke in Plots
Against Czar.
London, Dec. 2, 4:45 p.m.Communi
cation between London and St. Peters
burg via the Great Northern Telegraph
company was severed this afternoon. 5
Messages were received this morning,
but nothing has reached here since
noon. The company's officials in Lon
don are' unable to communicate witht
their office in St. Petersburg. They
have no information as to the cause
of the stoppage.
The Associated Press, which always'
has received dispatches from its St.
Petersburg office each day before noon,
New York time, has not received any
thing from that office since about".:
11:80 o'clock last night.
Arrested with Their Men for Standing^
Against the Czar.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 2.-2:50 &.m.
The guards, arrested at Tsarskoe Selo
Thursday night and Friday morning
numbered 250. including twenty officers.
All kinds of rumors are curreWt, in
cluding the assertion that one of the
gran dukes is involved" in a conspiracy
against the emperor, but none of- 'them
can be verified. It only seems oertain
that no confidence can be placed even
OQ the guard regiments. Arrested sol
diers are seen every day escorted by
their comrades-with drawn swords*.
St. Petersburg is swarding with Cos
sacks, the only troops aganrtrt whom i
there is ho suspicion of disaffection^ ~w
It is understood that.the whole 'lUfcri
sack forces of the empire, some 450,000,
will be mobilized.
Garrison Reinforced.
The garrison of the Tsarskoe Selo has
been reinforced by the Semionovka
regiment. Grand Duke Nicholas Nieh
olaevitcn, commander of the imperial
guard, has decided to send in turn all
the other guard regiments to Tsarskoe
The deputation from the congress of
zemstvos at Moscow has arrived at the
capital to confer with Count Witte and
to demand the execution of the program
adopted by the congress.
A conference was held at Count
Witte's residence last night to con
sider the demands of the telegraphers.
Count Witte has declined to receive a
deputation from the telegraph and
postal strikers, on the ground that they
are violating their duty to the state,
but he sent a note to the deputation
recommending that the strikers- ad-
dress themselves to their immediate
chiefs. ^i
Father Gapon has fled to Finland. -''i
It develops that during the mutiny
at Sevastopol the sailors of the volun
teer fleet at Odessa and the engineers
of the Southwestern railway refused to
transport troops and artillery to Sevas
Czar Seems Cheerful.
Lewis Nixon of New York was re
ceived in audience by Emperor Nicholas
yesterday at Tsarskoe-Selo. The audi
ence was unusually long for one of a
Erivate character, lasting over half an
our. Vice Admiral Birileff, minister of
marine, was present.
The czar displayed not the slightest
trace of the gloomy dejection in which
he is pictured as being plunged, but on
the contrary showed tteither physical
nor mental traces of the great strain he
is undergoing. He wore the simple uni
form of an officer of the imperial
guards, without.a single order,of deco
ration. Such references as he made to
events in Russia indicated that his ma- _.
jesty had a complete grasp of the situa- i
The opportunity of talking to a*
American seemed to be particularly wel
come to the emperor, who spoke in an
extremely appreciative vein of the
United States, its people in general and
its great men in particular, linking the
names of Lincoln and Roosevelt.
Emperor's Ukase Repealing Martial
Law Gazetted in Warsaw. "?$l
Warsaw, Dec. 2. The emperor's
ukase repealing martial law in Russian
Poland was gazetted here today. Thei
infantry and cavalry patrols have dis-,
appeared from the streets, but some
of the soldiery are still concealed in!
courtyards and police stations.
Military disturbances are occurring!
in Lomsha. At Zambroff the army re-|
serve men have mutinied, demanding
to be returned home. The officers'club
was .attacked and the windows were
broken. Troops were sent from Lom
Bha to quell the riot, but they declare!
'they will not shoot their companions
if-erdered to do so. Serious disturb
ances have taken place among tbet
troops garrisoning the fortress of Oe-1
London. Dec. 2.Thru an error dispatch laatj
night referred to the political poaslbUittes ''sincai
the death of Earl Spencer." The earl is not!
dead, trot is seriously iU.
2.Archbishop Christie of
New York, Dec.
Portland, Ore., and Bishop
^ictments against a large number Jt IcclSns, Ohio. a"rrivedter? today onHartley the steam-iIfo
er Princess Irene from Genoa.

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