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PUTER "GOT TO" A
Jffan Who Made Sensational Gun
Play in Boston Remembered
by C. A. Smith.
DECEIVED A LAWYER
Thousands Lost in Timber Land
Deals with Shrewd Futer,
Admits Mr. Smith.
A. C. Smith, a Minneapolis lumber
man, -who has iust returned from the
Pacific coast, figures he has lost between
$130,000 ami $200,000 as a of his
acquaintance and bueinessresults
Puter Here Eecently.
'T bought lands from you in good
faith,' replied, 'and without any
tnckerj- oi dishonesty on my part. If
you have been dishonest and have done
wrong, it is all your own doing and none
of mine.' He finally left me without
getting anv money, and I haven't seen
him since. One of my men, however,
told nie he saw Puter in Minneapolis on
the street, about two months ago. I
imagine the fellow has about got to the
end of Ins rope. He has a family at
"The fact that Puter is not onlv
smooth, but a man of great neive, is
demonstiated b\ the way he escaped
from the gov eminent officei in the pub
lic street in Boston. Aid I understand
Pnited States Mdishal "W. B. Burns of
"Washington, D. who was the officer
in the case, is one of the cleveiest men
in the emplov of the federal govern-
PUTER ESCAPES MARSHAL
With Grun Stands Off and. Then
TODAY'S SPORTING NEWS WILL BE FOUND ON PAGE 12.
Will Have Another Clever Arti
cle in The Journal Next
Sunday. Wrenches Free.
Boston. March 27.Stephen D. Puter
of San Fiancisco. who is wanted by the
nited States government as a witness
in the land fraud cases in Oregon, was
ai rested here last night bv United
States Marshal B. Burns of Wash- i
ington, D. C, but aftci being in cu
tody les than half an hour. Putei drew
revolver and succeeded in escaping.
Tt is alleged that the Oiegon state
authorities want Puter who was a
broker, in connection with the forger
ies of schoool certificates involving $70,-
Marshal Burns was detailed bv the
government at Washington to come to
Boston and seaioh tor Putor. He found
him and waited at the Fem\a\ branch
Futer.under arrest and took him to
Drew a Revolver.
dense, but fell awav rapidlv at the ap
pearance of the revolver. Burns, altho
considerably older than his prisoner,
'umped at him ind pushed up his hand.
struggled and sufceeded in point
ing the muzzle of the revolver at
Burns breast for a second time. Again
the officer closed with his man, but he
could not wrench thP weapon away.
Puter finally got free from the grasp
of the marshal, and gradually backed
away, with the revolver s*ill pointed at
Burns. He suddenly turned and dart
ed down the street, followed by the of
ficer and manv other persons. The fu
gitive, however, escaped.
EX-SLAVE DIES AT AGE OF 103.
Kast Liveipool, Ohio. March 27Daniel
Spires, a ell-know djve, ho purchased
his freedom in 1851 for ?30i. died near Wells
ville todJ\ at the a^e of lol jears The old
man earned the money with which he pur
chased his freedom by draymg after coming
north He leaves considerable property.
Stephen A. Douglas Puter, the fugitive
fiom lustkee vvlio escaped from a
Fmted States secret seivice officer at
Boston vesterday by making a "gun
plav" in the public street in front of
Mr Smith considers himself a pretty
good ludge of human nature, but ad
mits that he was completely taken in by
Puter, whom he met in this city some
six A ears ago. At that time Puter
called on Mr. Smith to offer for sale
gome Pacific coast timbei land.
I will gh Puter credit," said Mr.
Smith todav. "for being one of the
smoothest individuals I ever met. He
puts up a splendid front, has an unlim
ited amount of nerve and is a shrewd
business manbut apparently absolute
look on most of these Pacific coast
men who want to sell timber tracts as
ciooks," I '-aid to m\ lawyer after
drawing up a rontiact with Puter, "but
that man who has iust left us I believe
fo be ab*olutel on the square I
heaitih agree with \ou, replied my
attoruev. And so we were both taken
Worked It Coming and Going.
"The largest deal I had with Puter
^as for the purchase of some 30,000
acies of timber lands on which he held
options, located on the Pacific coast.
I was to pav him a flat figure an acre.
It eventually turned out that he gave
me clear title to the poorest lands, but
those on which the best timber stood I
never did get title to. In other trans
actions where he acted as mv agent in
direct purchase of land, I afterwards
found he cheated me out of $30,000 to
$40 0O0 in actual cah by lepoiting the
prices he paid in excess of the actual
A ye.ii ago this month was the last
time I ever saw Puter. He met me
h^ie in the Hotel Nicollet. I am in
a position where I must have $2,000/
be said, 'and I want you to give it to_
me on account for deals which are still
pending between us.' I was at that
time looking up his crookedness, and al
tho I suspected him, I had no proof. I
can 't let you have a single cent,' I re
plied. 'Whv,' said Puter, I have just
returned fiom Washington where I have
done things to clear title to lands that
would put me behind prison bars. You
must give mc $2,000.'
SUES TO BREAK
UP HILL MERGER
Illinois Man Assails the Joint
Ownership of the Burling-
Hill, Harriman and the Northern
Securities Lines Are
Journal Special Service.
Chicago, March 27.The reappear
ance of Clarence H. Yenner as a com
plainant against railroad corporations,
in litigation which assails and seeks
the annulment of most important agree
ments, leases and contiacts between
railroads and in which he makes sen
sational charges, is watched with keen
interest bv railroad men and financial
interests thruout the country.
Counsel for the railroad corporations
involved in the new litigation announce
that the action which Venner has
brought as a holder of 277 shares of
stock of the Burlington Railroad com-
any of Illinois in the circuit court of
Salle county at Ottawa, 111., andAged
to which demurrers and exceptions have
.-just been filed, will be replete with
Against Merger Roads.
The bill which Venner filed in court,
with B. F. Lincoln of Ottawa as his
solicitor, is directed against the Bur
lington Railroad companv of Illinois,
the Burlington Railway companv of
Iowa, the Northern Pacific road of Wis
consin, the Great Northern of Minne
sota, the Union Pacific of Utah, George
B. Harris of Cook county, Illinois
James J. Hill of St. Paul, Minn., and
E. H. Harriman of New York city.
It is the recollection among the rail
road lawvers of the trouble and annoy
ance which a previous litigation of Mr.
Venner as a stockholder of the Rock
Island road caused to the organization
of the Rock Island system, that has cen
tered the interest of the railroad and
financial circles upon the new litigation
at Ottawa. It is conceded that Mr.
Venner worried the Rocki Island people
greatly by his action in court and that
he is one of the best-posted litigants
which the railroad lawyers have had to
Merger Still in Effect.
According to the complaint contained
in the bill which is the basis of his
action against the Burlington, Great
Northern, Northern Pacific and Union
Pacific companies and Messrs. Hill, Har
riman and Harris, the combination,
which the decision of the United States
supreme court in the Northern Secur
ities case has declared to be dissolved,
while nominally and in form out of
existence, is still continued in effect by
an agreement between the stockholders
controlling a maiority of the Great
Northern and the Northern Pacific. This
agreement between these holders of the
majority of the stock is declared to
be to the effect that the business of the
Great Northern, Northern Pacific and
Burlington railroad companies shall be
conducted harmoniously and to suppress
all competition between them.
In the bill of complaint, Venner de
clares that the various lines of the
Northern Pacific and Great Northern
parallel and are in competition with
lines of the Burlington railroad and the
Union Pacific in connecting the Great
Lakes and the Missouri river with the
Pacific ocean points.
Because of this paralleling and com
petition, it is declare!, the Gieat North
ern and Northern Pacific interests pur
chased in June, 1901, $107,000,000 of
the $110,577,700 of the then total stock
issue of the Burlington Railroad com
pany, thereby acquiring control of the
road, exercising it jointly with the
Union Pacific. Since the purchase the
stock of the Burlington has been in
creased to $111,142,800.
It is charged that after the purchase
of June, 1901, the Great Northern and
the Northern Pacific, with the Union
Pacific interests, which owned a large
amount of stock in the Northern Pa
cific, "intending to restrain trade or
commercesame among the states and to mo
where, he learned, Puter was
the habit of calling for mail ad
dressed to John Rrownell
Puter agreed to accompany Burns
to a private room in the postoffice.
Burns understood that Superintendent
Swift of the branch oflice had gone for
the police, but it .developed later that
Bwift did not understand that Burns
wanted the assistance of the police.
Supposing that fc-wo officers were out
ride the building, the marshal placed
question two about
his removal the pri
oner suddenly diew a revolver, and
leveling it it the marshal's head, ex
claimed, "I'l kill you, Burns, if you
dare to move."
lhe crov^l about the two men was
and to prevent^ompoti
tion between them, entered into a con
spiracy to effect a virtual consolida
tion of these roads," and that it was
foi this purpose that the Northern Se
curities companv, with an authorized
stock of $400,000,000, was formed. It is
charged that these three railroad cor
porations, or persons controlling a ma
jority of the stock in them, controlled
the Northern Securities companv.
So far as the Burlington Railway
company of Iowa is concerned, Mr. Ven
ner charges that altho organized with a
capital stock of $100,000,000 in October,
1O01, onl-v a. trilling? portion of the stock 3
has been paid in and that it was so in- 4
The Burlington Leases.
The agreements and leases between
tha Burlington "Railroad company and
the Burlington Railway company, which
the bill seeks to have the court declare
"nd void and to prevent them by
function to any longer
reeogmzec anfi followed,be are charged
I vuth having been made thru the con
i trol of the Great Northern, Northern
fi and UnionfPacific interestprofits Th millions dollars in
which Venner his bill claims have
been distributed to the beneficiaries of
the Burlington Railway company over
and above 7 per cent per annum paid on
fne stoek of the Burlington Railroad
company, he now asks the court to re
vert for distribution to the stockholders
of the Burlington Railroad company of
Illinois, so that he may get his share
upon the 277 shares which he owns.
1HITE SLAVE BOSS
GETS TWENTY YEARS
New York, March 27.Robert IT.
Spriggs. the negro recently convicted
of abduction in detaining ^hite women
against their will in a resort frequented
only by negroes, today was sentenced
to serve twenty years in state prison.
Sallie Bennett, who aided Spriggs in
conducting the resort and who pleaded
guilty to abduction, was sentenced to
I ten years in state prison.
PRICE TWO CENTS. TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 27, 1906.
GEORGE W. PERKINS,
Partner of Morgan and High Official in
New York Life.
RUSSELL SAGE IS
ABODT TO RETIRE
Financier's Physical Health
Unequal to Anything More
Journal Special Service.
New York, March 27.At the meet
ing of the directors of the St. Louis,
Iron Mountain & Southern Railway
company, -General Thomas T. Eckert
was elected a member of the executive
committee instead of Russell Sage. Mr.
Sage will, by courtesy, remain a mem
ber of the board of directors, altho his
decision to discontinue his connection
with the executive committee marks
his retirement from business.
Mr. Sage will be 90 years old this
spring and, while his faculties remain
remarkably clear, his physical health
is not such as to permit him to enter
into the details of the management of
the lailroad properties in which he is
a large stockholder. He will retire
from Western Union, Missouri Pacific
and the other great properties with
which he has been associated over a
quarter of a century and younger men
will take his place.
Mr. Sage has not been at his office
for more than a month. He came down
during the winter, when money rates
were nosering "around 125, and those
who dickered (with him for loans say
that he exhibited his old-time shrewcf
ness. The excitement of these trips,
however, weakened him, and his vis
its to the office since then have been
A banker familiar with Mr. Sage's
business methods said today: I be
lieve that estimates of jMr. Sage's
wealth have usually been too large.
Wall street has guessed that he is
worth $100,000,000. I do not believe
his fortune is over half that."
COUNTY AUDITORS I N SESSION.
Special to The Journal.
Pierre. S March *27.At the county au
ditors' meeting todav most of the counties were
lepresented The geneial sentiment expressed
was in faTor of increasing real estate values
and lowering livestock to place it nearei one
quality At the afternoon sps^ion, a geneial
plan will be outlined and following that action,
a meeting of the state auditors' association will
JEROME GETS WARRANTS IN INSURANCE CASES
CORTELYOU, BLISS, PERKINS SAID TO BE NAMED
GEORGE 9 CORTELYOTT,
Chairman of the Republican National
SAVE NIAGARA, IS
Roosevelt Urges Congress to Take
Action to Preserve Scenic
Washington, March 27.In submit
ting to the senate and the house of rep
resentatives the report of the members
of the international waterways com
mission regarding the preservation of
Niagara Falls, President Roosevelt
today sent a recommendation that a
law be enacted along the lines of the
recommendations of the report. In his
message the president says:
I earnestly recommend that con
gress enact into law the suggestions of
the American members of the interna
tional waterways commission for the
preservation of Niagara Palls without
waiting for the negotiation of a treaty.
The law can be put in such form that
it will lapse, say in three years, pro
vided that during that time no inter
national agreement has been reached.
But in any event I hope that this nation
will make it evident that it is doing
all in its power to preserve the great
scenic wonder, the existence of Which,
unharmed, should be a anatter of pride
to every person Qfluthis continent."
SWEEP WIGKE GIT
Journal Special Service.
Chicago, March 27.An evangelical
revival that will sweep Chicago with a
wave of religious awakening was
planned last night by the union evan
gelistic committee of Chicago in the
First Methodist church. All Protestant
denominations are to be asked to aid
in the calling to Chicago of Evangelists
Torrey and Alexander for a series of
revival meetings in all parts of the
city, lasting three months or more, if
the money for the necessary expenses
can be obtained. A tabernacle was sug- Great 3"tain and Japan
gested that would hold as many people form the negotiations would, or may
as the Auditorium and be movable, so assume, is conjecture, and these steps,
as to be transferred to the different it is understood, are to be left in the
sections of the city. hands of Ambassador Wright.
SAME OLD GAME.
King CoalHeads I win, tails you lose.
CORNELIUS N. BLISS,
Treasurer of the Republican National
JAPAN MAY TAKE
Wright's Mission to Tokio Is Said
to Be with Transfer of
Islands in View.
Journal Special Service.
Washington, March 27.Altho Sec
retary Taft saw fit recently to deny the
report 'that Japan had made overtures
to the United States for the acquisition
of the Philippines, corroborative evi
dence is at hand that the Japanese gov
ernment has been desirous of opening
negotiations to that end, and when for
mei Governor Wright of the Philippines
goes to Japan as the first American am
bassador to that country, he will be
empowered by this government to en
ter upon further consideration of that
In fact, it is said on what ought to
be unimpeachable authority, that the
selection of Governor Wright to repre
sent the Eoosevelt administration at the
Japanese emperor's court was clearly
caused by this situation.
President Eoosevelt, according to re
port, desires to dispose of the Philip
pines problem before the end of his
present term in the White House. He
is represented as being convinced that
our ownership of the islands as "pos
sessions, not parts/
of the Unite
States, is not acceptable to the Amer
ican people and will eventually mean
much larger expenditures 'upon our
home government than have been made
even thus far.
It is not understood, however, that
the administration at present contem
plates g/)ing to the extent of selling the
Philippines for so much money. Amer
icans recently returned from the orient
say that there is no doubt on the other
hand that Japan is extremely anxious
to gain acquisition of the Philippines,
and has made representations to the
United States that an amicable agree
ment could be formulated by the terms
of which Japan would become the
sponsor for the integrity of the Phil
ippines, with perhaps a joint protec
torate exercised by the United States,
New York's District Attorney
Believed to Be Testing
Campaign Fund Contributions by
the arrest of three prominent We in
surance officials were obtained by Dis
triet. Attorney Jerome today from
Magistrate Moss of the Tombs court.
It was said at the time the warrants
were issued that the men named in
them were in the criminal courts build
ings, and that their attorneys at the
same time were in the supreme court
arranging for writs of habeas, corpus
in connection with the proceedings.
It was reported in the criminal courts
building that the warrants asked for
were for the arrest of Postmaster Gen
eral George B. Cortelyou, chairman of
the republican national committee Cor
nelius N. Bliss, treasurer of that com
mittee, and George W. Perkins, for
merly vice president of the New York
Life Insurance company.
Test on Perkins.
Up to 2:30 o'clock this afternoon no
official statement as to the insurance
warrants could be obtained. At that
time it was reported that a decision had
been reached to make a test of the case
against George W. Perkins. The pro
gram was said to be that Perkins will
appear in court tomorrow, when a war
rant will be served on him and the legal
point involved will be passed on by the
court. According to this report if the
case against Perkins holds, others con
nected with the insurance contributions
to campaign funds will be prosecuted.
After he had obtained the warrants,
District Attorney Jerome declined to
say for whom they had been issued.
His action in asking for the warrants
is believed to be an outgrowth of the
sharp discussion between Judge O 'Sulli
van of the court of general sessions and
himself last week over the question
whether officers of the insurance com
panies would be prosecuted for making
contributions to political parties.
A few weeks ago Mr. Jerome present
ed to the grand jury evidence bearing
upon such- contributions, which was
brought out in th legislative insurance
investigation. Following this the grand
jury presented to Judge O'Sullivan a
long series of hypothetical questions as
to whether, under certain circumstances,
the insurance officials had committed
larceny in making the political contri
Several days later Mr. Jerome in
formed the jury that the officers were
not guilty of larceny unless intent to
defraud were shown and expressed the
opinion that it was not shown in. these
cases. Last week, however, Judge
O'Sullivan notified the jury that it was
for the jury to say whether or not in
tent to defraud were shown by the in
surance men and if the jury found out
that it was shown the crime of larceny
would have been committed.
When Judge O'Sullivan so charged
the jury, Mr. Jerome declared the judge
had misconstrued the case, and that if
his ruling was correct, warrants should
issue for Messrs. Cortelyou, Bliss and
Perkins. Mr. Jerome offered to ask
for the warrants if Judge O'Sullivan
would grant them and hear the cases.
Judge O 'Sullivan declined to go about
the case in that way, and instructed
the jury later to secure the evidence
from the district attorney's office and
investigate fearlessly the entire matter
of political contributions by insurance
Asked for the Evidence.
The foreman of xh.e grand 3uly
terday made application at Mr. Je
rome's office, but the assistant district
attorney declined to give it to him.
Mr. Jerome was not then at his office.
Assistant District Attorney Kressel,
accompanied by Vice President Darwin
H. Kingsley of the New York Life,
appeared before Magistrate Moss to
day and Mr. Kingsley made a deposi
tion. Several subpenas in blank were
then issued by the magistrate for a
John Doe proceedings. None of the
court officials concerned in the pro
ceedings would say what the proceed
Afterward Mr. Kingsley and Edmund
D. Randolph, treasurer of the New York
Life, went to Mr. Jerome's office to
make an affidavit, it was reported, as to
the payment of political contributions
by the officers of that company.
After the conference at Mr. Jerome's
office, near Mr. Krngslev, MT. Ran
dolph, nor Mr. Jerome would disclose
what had transpired.
It was reported that the warrants
against the insurance officials would not
be served until tomorrow.
ANOTHER HAMILTON BOtiXB
Former Lobbyist Promises New Insur
Journal Special Service.
New'York, March 27.Andrew Ham
ilton, who is back in this city, an
nounces that the object of his visit is to
put the final touches on his plan of cam
paign against those men who have been
conducting the insurance warfare
against him, particularly insofar as his
connection with the New York Life is'
"Yes, I have come here regarding
insurance matters," said Mr. Hamilton
to a reporter. That is the subject that
takes my entire attention these days,
and unless I am mistaken, think it
will be found I have not wasted my
time when I fire my next shot. It is
not my intention to go into further de
tails at this moment, but at another
time and soon, I shall have something
to say of rather an important nature.
The Truth, He Says.
I want to maka this plain. All I
have said thus far is the truth. For
every statement I have made I will ad
duce documentary evidence. .And for
everything I shall say in continuation
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COAL MEN BREAK 1
STRIKE AT HAND
Soft Coal Scale Committee, Un
able to Agree, Ends
Peace Now Hangs on Possible
Independent Action by
Indianapolis, March 27.The joint
scale committee of the bituminous coal
__ -_ operators and miners of the central com-
New York March 27.Warrants or I tltlv
on agree:iien hel
a sessio oo
The committek was i* session but a
short time today. It met at 9:30 o'clock,
and after a half hour spent in general
talk that bore no relation to the ques
tion at issue, a motion was made and
unanimously adopted that a disagree
ment be reported.
The national officers of the miners
in the committee yesterday had strong
ly reiterated tjheir former declaration
that under no circumstances would they
sign a scale at anything less than an
advance wases of 5.55 per cent, and
President Perry of the Illinois miners
had assured the operators tnat no Illi
nois union or district would be allowed
to sign unless the advance was given
to every union mine in the state.
The ultimatum was received by the
miners in silence and an adjournment
was then taken until this morning,
when the motion to report a disagree
ment was at once offered by President
Mitchell of the miners and carried
Serious Matter Now.
When the thirty-four operators aad
miners came from the committee room
there was no laughing and jesting as
had been seen at the close of previous
sessions. All were serious and there
were indications that each man was
laboring under a nervous strain.
President John Mitchell of the
United Mine Workers declined to make
a statement. Asked if he would per
mit the scale to be signed where an ad- -i
vance was offered, even if all the mines
should not work, he refused to reply.
Mr. Mitchell said it would be de
termined by the action of the confer-
out XXL Indiana, Illinois ancl "the west
ence when he would go east to take
up consideration of the anthracite situ^.
ation. A meeting of the miners' na
tional convention will be held imme
diately following the adjournment of
the joint conference. Should this eon
vention be held tomorrow, Mr. Mitch- fk
ell could not reach the east for a con
ference before Friday or Saturday. -'A
Outcome Is in Doubt. 1
At noon J. H. Winder, chairman of
the operators and representing those
of Hhnois, Indiana and Ohio, who are -m
opposed to paying any increase in
wages, said Jhe could make no state
ment. "It "is impossible to predict
the outcome, but the situation has not
changed," said he.
F. I. .Bobbins, representing the oper
ator of western Pennsylvania, and
who is willing to pay the increase de
manded, said he could make no state- *m
ment prior to the joint conference.
President Mitchell adhered to his
policy maintained throughout the
meeting of refusing to give any infor
Some Mines Will Be Worked.
Prank MeKenna, one of the western
Pennsylvania district miners' board
"The men will go to work in the 5
Pittsburg district. As soon as Bob- A
bins or anyone else meets our demands
we will work. The state constabulary
cannot keep the men from going to
Mr. Bobbins said this afternooni I I
shall go before the miners and again
offer the 1903 scale. I shall demand
that they operate my mines. I have
met their demands they will not dare
to decline, because some of the miners i
"The mines of the Pittsburg Ooay
company and its allied companies in
western Pennsylvania and Hllnois will
be put in operation. The men will
work, even if those in these other states
try to lock them out."
Open Shop Plan.
George A. Magoon, leader" of the "f
western Pennsylvania independents,
was seen again today. "Bobbins says A
he is going to operate his mines. What
will the independents do?"
"We will have to operate to protectJ^
our markets and hold our men.*'
"Will you pay the union's scale
"You will operate on the open shop
"Yes," he declared.
No Violenco Likely,
President Dennis Sullivan of the
Ohio miners said: "W shall have lit-'J"
tie trouble in our state. It will not be1|
necessary for the operators to post
Tne miners will protect their prop
erty. We have been friends for a long
time and tho we differ on this proposi
tion, we will still seek to deserve tho:
good will Of our opponents.
"We are very much in earnest, but
our men will be a unit against vandal-!
ism and violence. That spirit also will
be found in Indiana, Illinois and the
He was asked if the miners' union
would control lawless elements that:
take a hand in mining strikes.
I think we can we will try," he
said. CASTELIANE DIYORGE ~'n
DELAYED BY POLITICS
Paris, March 27.The adjourned
hearing of the Castellane divorce pro
ceedings, set for March 31, has been
postponed until April 28, owing to the
absence of the Countess Anna at Biar
ritz and to the fact that Count Boni
is engaged in an electoral campaign.
The delav is really due more to the de
sire of the parties to decide upon th
business and domestic phases of the
case before the court proceeds with the