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WASHINGTON, D. FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 6, 1907-TWENTY PAGES.
Fair and cooler tonight; to
Investigating Committee Home
From a Beautiful Trip.
SPENT DELIGHTFUL SUMMER
Tock in Italy and the Alps and Saw
TOIHRING THE NETHERLANDS
Spent Much Time in the South of
France?Got Some In
N??\V TOUK. September 8.?After a sev
eral months' tour of inquiry into the immi
gration situation abroad, which carried
them through England and continental Eu
rope. tlie members of the subcommittee of
the United States immigration commission,
with Senator \\ illiam 1' Dillingham of
V. rmont as chairman, arrived here today
on board the White Star steamer Cedrlc.
Sum" of the members of the commission are
still in Europe completing their investiga
tion". The members of the committee re
turning today were Senator Dillingham,
Senator Latimer of S >utli Carolina, Repre
P' ntat v s Howell of New Jersey. Burnett
of Alabama and S cretary Morton E.
Crane. The members have obtained much
data, which they b?lieve will aid in solving
many of the immigration problems now
confronting the Inlted States The whole
c immittee will meet lattr ami prepare a
repnit ami recommendations, winch will be
submitted to Congress.
S nator Dillingham made the following
st-it-ment today on the investigation o^im
migr.it'on conditions abroad:
"Tin subc >mmittee has visited every
European country from which we receive
any considerable number of immigrants,
and has studied the more important phases
of the question in each Italy was the first
country visited, and aft"i pursuing inves
t g:*tions in the southern provinces the sub
committee was dividd. Senator Latimer
and K- pr. > ntativ s Howell and Burnett
t.'ok charge of the investigation in north
ern Italy. Switzerland. Franc?, Germany,
the Netherlands. Belgium, Scotland and
Ire!.,n?l. Rnprcs-r-ntative B.-nnott proceeded
to Oteece. Turkey, Syria, Asia Minor, Pal
estine and Roumar.ia. while Comm '-sioncr
Wheeler and myself gave attention to the
work In Austria-Hungary. Russia and
England. Senator Latimer, Mr. Howell
and Mr. Bennett also visited various Rus
sian points, and Comnrssioner Wheeler
spent some time in Sweden and Denmark.
Mr. Wheeler is now in England, engaged in
some special features of the work there
and on the continent.
May Make Recommendaticns.
"In conducting their investigations abroad
the commissioners gave special attention to
the methods employed by the transportation
companies in han .ling emigr:?its, the effect
of the I nited States immigration laws upon
European emigration, and the attitude of
the various countries toward the departure
of their subjects to other lands. The ques
tion of preventing the coming of criminal
classes Into the United States has been a
chief subject of lovestigation by the sub
committee, and it is probable that important
recommendat ons on this matter will be
made to Congress.
" I he subject of emigration is a para
mount one In most of the countries we have
visited, and in mo.-t of them th ? attitude
toward t m-gration is not favorable. The
constant and long continued drain upon the
rural population. frum which class the
great majority of em grants come, and the
general prosperity which now prevails have
produced a scarcity of farm labor, and it is
claimed the agricultural industry is suffer
ing in consequence. Became of this scarcity
?.f labor the coaOt on of th. se remaining at
; :,s t(J a degree, be-n improved, but
the g, tier a i condition is causing much alarm
MMonc landowners, and a strong sentiment
agw.M emigration has developed, a verv
arg. roj.t.rtion of male emigrants leave
' ' a: a time when they
I.-;- liable K, military >erv , e there. and this
itea a strong objection to such ?-mi.
?mat* on the contrary. It fc true that, i?
V' Kur",M'' ?' emigration is
'? t uitiront Its attending bene.1t. and this
Is rei ognlzed and ? onsldered. For example.
" r. .J. a dec.ded tendency on the part of
ahei.v ,,f certain nationalities to send back
to their aative countries a large part of
their earnings m the United States The
t't.U amount of money thus transferred
cit. h }. ar Is enormous, an.l the greater part
or .t go.-K to countries Where It is much
needed, and therefore highly appreciated.
Added to this is a desire on the part of
nearly all the seaboard countries of Eu
rope to build up a merchant marine, and as
the tarrying of emigrants is in many cases
essential to the success of such enterpris s.
the attitude of such governments toward
emigration is affected accordingly. These
art the real forces that control th. situa
t on in Europe today, anil the trend of af
fairs indicates that more attention and
greater supervision of emigration on the
part or the countries most concerned will
result The i in t causts of emigration from
Europe are a widespread knowledge that
labor is more generously rewarded in A mer
it a than at home, the advice and financial
assistance of relatives and friends who
l.a\. already emigrated, and the persistent
activity of agt nts selling steamship tickets
who are to be found all o\er Europe despite
tin fact that soliciting emigration is pro
hibited by the law in nearly every Euro
pean country and by our own immigration
"Dur.ng the tour of inquiry and investi
gation the t ommiss'.oners have secured im
portant information and have made ar
rangements to secure more and feel confi
dent that before their work is compl. ted
recommendations can Itt* made to Congress
whii li. if enacted Into law, will be both val
uable and Important."
Senator Lodge of Massachusetts, a mem
ber of the immigration commission, has re
cently Investigated immigration conditions
along the Atlantic st aboard. Senator Lodge
and the members of the subcommittee of
the commission, who returned today from
Europe, are exj?ected to hold a meeting of
the full commission early in the fall.
EARLY CULL TO CHIP IB
i Rock Island Travelers Held Up
Just Before Daylight.
! WORK OF 3 MASKED MEN
| Robbers Sat Quietly as Passengers
Until Picking Time.
TWO PASSED HAT. ONE HELD GUN
Every One Responded Promptly.
Failed to Enter Sleeping Car.
Leaped From Train and Escaped.
OMAHA. Neb.. September 6.-The Rocky
Mountain Limited on the Rock Island was
raided this morning just before d lylight
near Murdock. Neb., by three masked men.
The robbers went through the chair car,
robbing every passenger therein, securing
their pocketbooks and purses, covered the
train crew with revolveis and escaped by
leaping from the train. Railroad detectives
and sheriff posses are in pursuit, but the
robbers have several hourstart on the
The robbers were passengers on the
train. Shortly ;.ft?r leaving Murdock tlie
men arose in their seats, their faces cov
ered with masks, and. with revolvers in
each hand, covered the passengers. Then
the leader ordered everybody to k> ep stl.l
and not to resist, e'se they would be shot.
Two men went down the aisle with hats
in hand, while the third kept the passen
All passengers were ordered to throw
pocketbooks into the hats, and this was
done. The conductor appeared in the car
with a pistol in his hand, but was promptly
coveted with four guns and forced to drop
After getting all the money in the car
the robbers jumped from the train, which
had slowed down for a grade. An at
tempt was made to enter the sleeper sec
tion. but the door was locked and the at
tempt was unsuccessful. The search and
pursuit is being prosecuted vigorously.
Bloodhounds in Pursuit.
City Detective Malone of Lincoln this
morning started two men with bloodhounds
In pursuit of bandits who looted Rock Is
land train Nu. K. It is known that the
three robbers were in Lincoin yesterday.
One of the three joined the other two here,
coming from Alvo. The trail of the robbers
was discovered this morning a short dis
tance from Alvo. I
BONAPARTE IN BOSTON.
Visit Has No Connection With Rail
way Merger Case.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
BOSTON, Mass.. Septemb?r 6.?Attorney
General Bonaparte is at the Hotel Somerset,
arriving i.-.ot night from Lenox.
In answer to a question if his presence
had any significance in connection with the
New York. New Haven and Hartford and
Boston and Maine merger, he said today:
"No; I'nited States District Attorney
French,, before taking up the investigation,
had some correspondence with the Depart
ment of Justice at Washington, and since
then he has been pursuing the Investigation.
"My presence here has no connection
whatever with the case, for 1 have not seen
Mr. French since my arrival, nor do I ex
pect to before leaving for Southwest Har
bor, Me , but I may .a'er."
In discussing the IlKUKXi.OCO fine imposed
on the Standard Oil Company by judge
Landis of Chicago he said: "Being the
prosecuting attorney, of course. I was very
much pleased with the conviction and big
Regarding the ^.hicaso and Alton phase
of the case, he said that he received yester
day from I'nited St Ues District Attorney
Sims of Chicago a letter, but he was not
willing to make the contents public at this
time, nor was he willing to make public
the text of the letter which he had written
to Mr. Sims, and which it was expected was
to have been read at the opening of the
'"hieago and Altvn case In Chicago a week
When asked if Mr. Morrison's promise of
immunity to the Chicago and Alton people
would be lived up to he said: "That matter
is under consideration."
He positively declined to further discuss
tie subject. He said he expected to be in
Chicago on the INth.
FREED BY MEXICO.
Americans Locked Up a Year Before
NEWARK. Ohio, September G.?Grant
Ferguson, a former Baltimore and Ohio
conductor here, telegraphed from Aguas
Calientes. Mexico, yesterday as follows:
"Edward Stover and W. B. Speed were
released from prison Thursday by order of
the Mexican government unconditionally
and no charges against them."
Stover and Speed were two American con
ductors who were imprisoned In Mexico
over a year ago, charged With a murder
which neither committed. Ferguson, learn
ing of their imprisonment and conviction
without trial, took the case up with the
I'nited States government and with Sena
tors Foraker and Dick, who promised as
nwtarice. Ferguson secured much testi
mony. which he presented in the forms of
affidavits to the Mexican government and
the federal officers, and has worked for
months to bring about the result just ac
complished. One of the Imprisoned con
ductors formerly lived at Akron, Ohio.
LORD CHANCELLOR COMING.
First Occasion Where Such Officer Has
Left* United Kingdom.
LONDON, September ?>.?The lord chan
cellor. Lord Loreburn, sailed for Canada on
the Empress of Britain today. He will
visit Niagara and possibly New York. This
is the first occasion on which a lord chan
celor has left the united kingdom. The
law forbids that the great seal, of which
he is the custodian, be taken out of the
It is supposed to be constantly kept in
bis personal custody, but Lord lx?reburn
has arranged for safeguarding the seal
dfiring his absence.
Life Imprisonment for Boy.
BAT1I. Me September C.?Life imprison
ment at hard labor in state prison was the
sentence imposed today by Justice White
house in the supreme court upon Sidney
K. Preble, the flfteen-year-old boy who was
found guilty by a jury last night of the
murder of his companion. Norrls Whcaton.
When the sentence was pronounced Preble
bowed two or three times to the clerk, and,
looking around the courtroom, smiled for
the first time during bis trial. He will be
taken to the Thomaston prison tonight.
STRIKE OYER SOON?
CONFERENCE ON. 'TIS SAID, TO
FIX THINGS UP.
"The settlement of the telegraphers'
strike is near at hand." This sigrnfioant an
nouncment was made this afternoon hy
W. W. Beattle, international vice president
of the Commercial Telegraphers' I'nion,
1 who said that from secret information in
his possession there is every reason to hope
for the ending of the strike very soon.
From an equally reliable source the in
formation was obtained that Labor Comis
siont-r Xeill is in New York in close confer
ence with President S. J. Small of the Com
mercial Telegraphers, and Pres'dent 11. B. j
Perham of the Order of Railroad Teleg
raphers. wi'th the view of bringing about
a settlement of the existing troubles be
tween the keymen and the~"com.panies. It
was stated that the conferees had b;en in
communication over the long distance tele
phone with President Samuel Compels of
the American Federation of Labor.
When seen this afternoon Mr. Gompers
would not discuss the matter, and declined
to either confirm or deny the report that he
had been in consultation with Messrs. Neill,
Small and Perham.
The ponir.ion prevails among high officers |
of the labor organizations that if peace
| comes it will be on terms honorable lo the
| striking keymen.
Vice President Beattie said theUocal men
were standing firm and that instead of de
sertions from their ranks they were pulling
out non-union operators, while others were !
succumbing to exhaustion tf\cl sickness, the
result of overwork. He announced that the
Washington telegraphers will hold an open
meeting at Typographical Temple, 42."> G
street. Sunday afternoon at n o'clock, which
will be addressed by prominent speakers.
STILL PUNCHING FARES.
Louisville Street Car Trouble Tempo
LOPISVILLE. Ky., September 0.?The
threatened strike of the employes of the
Louisville Railway Company, which was
believed to be inevitable last night, has
been averted for the present, at least, and
the cars are running as usual today.
The credit for the settlement of the sit
uation belongs to Mayor Bingham. Mr.
Bingham secured the promise of the repre
sentatives of the company at a conference
held in his office last night at 10 o'clock to
give the union men further assurances that
no discrimination will be made against
them. This was agreed to in writing, and
placards will be posted to that effect by the
BRYAN WILL TALK.
More Correctly Speaking, He Will
Keep on Talking.
LINCOLN. Neb., September ?!.?Arrange
ments have been perfected by the demo
cratic state central committee for the an
nual banquet to the members of the party
In Lincoln, September 24. Invitations have
been sent to a large number of democrats
of national reputation, among them being
Gov. Campbell of Texas and John W. Kern
William J. Bryan will be present and de
liver one of tiie principal^ speeches of the
evening. This banquet is an annual affair,
but is held prior to election ttils year for
the tirst time because of the meeting of the
candidates of the party to formulate a plat
form under the new primary law.
Oldest Living Mason Celebrates His
MOUNT SUNAPEE. Vt.. September 6 ?
J. Bellows McGregor, said to be the oldest
Mason in the world, is to celebrate his
100th birthday with a public reception to
He was born in 1801 a mile from where
he now lives near here. His joining of the
Masonic order in 1827 makes him a mem
ber of eighty years' standing and the oldest
Mason on record In the world. Mount Ver
non Lodge. A., F. and A. M.. of Newport j
will attend the celebration in a body and
the countryside will do him honor. I
iTIONAL ZOOLOGICAL DISAr
The price of this paper at
NEWSSTANDS and from
There has been no change
of any kind in the price of
the paper to, newsboys, and
readers should pay no more
than the printed price.
Attorney Sims Seeking to Explain to
Attorney General Bonaparte.
So far as officials of the Department of
Justice are aware there is no truth in re
ports that Attorney General Bonaparte will
he either in this city or Baltimore today or
tomorrow to confer with Distrret Attorney
Sims of Chicago as to the much-?alked-?f
immunity for the Chicago and Alton road
for giving rebates to the Standard Oil Com
pany. The department, on the contrary, is
in receipt of advices from the Attorney
General that he will be in Bar Harbor, Me.,
for a week, having; gone there last night
from' Lenox. Mass.. where he has been
spending some time.
It is not considered likelv that the Attor
ney General will have any conference on
the Chicago and Alton case until his return
here about a week from now. unless he
changes his mind and comes back earlier.
There is a suggestion that District Attor
ney Sims mav have to make a good ex
planation to the Attorney General for fail
ure to comply with instructions to take ac
tion last Tuesday giving the Alton road im
munity. Mr. Sims has so far failed to ex
plain to the Attorney General why he did
not carry out his instructions, but as he is
peeking a conference it is presumed that he
will give good reasons for what he has
RAILWAY HEARING POSTPONED.
Judge Montgomery Too 111 From In
digestion to Attend.
Orving to an attack of acute indiges
tion, Judge Montgonury, the master in
chancery before whom the hearing In the
North Carolina rate cas? to determine the
constitutionality of the North Carolina rate
legislation is being held, this morning's
session of the inquiry was postponed.
Judge Montgomery was taken with an
attack of acute indigestion while in North
Carolina last week, but h<? came to this
city yesterday and. against the advise 01
his physician, conducted the rate hearing.
He was feeling so ill when the hour .set
for the . hearing arrived that he was com
pelled "to postpone the inquiry.
TO REMAIN AT BOSTON.
Citizens Object to the Removal of the
Acting Secretary Newberry today ?ai<l
that he had indefinitely postponed action
upon the project to remove the famous old
frigate Constitution from the Boston navy
yard to Annapolis or to the tidal basin in
this city. The mere broaching of the prop
osition caused such a storm of indignation
among the Bostonians that the Navy De
partment was unable to withstand it and
has been obliged to desist from Its purpose
for the time being. The outcome of the
agitation will, however, be henellcial, it is
hoped -by the naval officials, in directing
the attention of Congress to the necessity
for removing the Constitution from her
present berth, where she seriously obstructs
work at the navy yard, and either author
izing her donation to the state of Massa
chusetts in consideration of properly caring
for the ship or indicating where she shall
Costly Barns Burned.
MONTREAL. September 0.?The barns of
the new Agricultural College at St. Anne de
Bellevue were struck by lightning yesterday
and destroyed. The college is being erected
by Sir William Macdonald at a cost of
$3,000,000. The loss on the bains is JjO.OOJ.
LOCAL POSTS RANK LOW
GEN. GRANT'S RATING OF
HEALTHINESS OF FORTS.
Maj. Gen. Frederick D. Grant, command
ing the Department of the East, in his an
nual report, finds that a most serious defect
in the military system, as revealed by the
quarterly Inspection, was the large per
centage of absentees among the commis
sioned officers owing to the large number
of details to recruiting, college and militia
duty, and he recommends legislation to
supply a sufficient number of officers for
such work without calling upon those
needed for line duties.
He refers to the disinclination on the
part of the privates to re-enlist, attributable
to discontent with the present state of af
fairs and to the superior pecuniary attrac
tions of civil life. Owing to lack of appro
priations. the condition of public buildings
and quarters at several of the artillery
posts is said to be deplorablle and entire
reconstruction is the only remedy.
(Sen. Grant says that as a result of con
tinued personal study he is convinced that
the causes of the offenses of officers and
soldiers which necessitate their being dis
ciplined are nearly always to he found in
the use of intoxicants or drugs, some of
which are sold Sis innocent beverages. The
five posts where the men wore the health
iest were Forts DuPont. Niagara. Michie,
Ontario and Hamilton, while the five posts
where there was most sickness were Forts
Washington, Wadsworth. Slyer, Ethan Al
len and Howard, each with more than 5 per
cent of the mean strength non-effective.
! NATIONAL FIREMEN'S MEETING.
Delegates at Oklahoma City Listen to
Instructive Papers Today.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.. September
Delegates to the ^ntional Firemen's Asso
ciation today listened to addresses on the
needs and improvements lr. tl\e fighting of
fires. At the morning session papers were
read by F. E. Smith of Akron, Ohio, on
"Some Plain Reasons icr a. Wider Patronage
to the Cause of Fire Journals and Firemen's
Literature;" by Frank M. Clements of Kan
sas City, on "Ben^lifs Derived From the
Fire-alarm Telegraph System," and by
Chief Mark Kessler of Oklahoma "City on
"The Need for Uniformity in All Our
Standards of Apparatus."
After the morning business session a
street parade. In which all the visiting fire
men pa:ticlpated, took placp. At the after
noon session there were addresses along the
same lines as those of the mornlnsr. . To
night the visitors will be guests of the local
firemen, a trolley ride and an entertainment
at an amusement pnrk closing the day.
SHELBYVILLE RACE WAR.
More Trouble Brewing in the Indiana
SHELBY VILLE, Ind.. September 6 ?
Shelbyviile is in the throes of another race
war. The trouble was started Wednesday,
?when five negr??es attacked Policeman Dan
iel StarJcey, beat him into insensibility and
fled when a crowd of whites arrived.
Five shots were fired at the fleeing ne
groes, but none, so far as is known, took
effect. A poa^e of 100 was soon formed and
scoured the city. Mayor Swain and a-party
of policemen captured two of Hife colored
men?Steve Marshall and Robert Marshall
near the outskirts of the city. They were
spirited to jail, where they are closely
guarded. The othe#negroes have not been
The police kept local negroes on the move
all Wednesday night. They were not per
mitted to congregate on street corners or in
the portion of the town where they reside.
By last night the streets were cleared of
negroes. No violence was attempted during
the night, but crowds of angry white citi
zens stood on street corners tUreatiyilng the
Hymns Proved Fatal.
Special IHsnatrli to The Star.
HARTFORD CITY. Ind.. September C.
Mrs. Gueseman, her daughter Gretta, eigh
teen years old. and son Frank, twenty years
old. were killed at the railroad crossing
?here last night on their way home from
church. Thev were run down by if north
bound passenger train. No. 30, on the Lake
Erie railroad. They were singing hymns
when struck by the train, the approach of
which they did not hear.
New Suspicions in the Phillips
DIFFERENT THEORY DAILY
Think Now His Wife Is Innocent of
VIEW OF PRIVATE SECRETARY
Hunting for a Former Employe of the
Dead Coal Operator?Leaves
CL.EVEI.AND, Ohio. September <1?New
theories, suspicions and developments in
the mystery surrounding the death of John
J. Phillips, coal operator and broker, fol
low each other in rapid succession. Today
a former employe is suspected of having
caused the death of Phillips. H:s nam- is
known to the officials and a search is b^ing
I made for him. Monday Phillips was shot
and killed at his home in the aristocratic
suburb of East Cleveland. That day he
was believed to have been killed by a
j burglar. Tuesday it was thought Phillips
l. committed suicide. Wednesday this theory
was disproved and suspicion was directed
against the widow, Charlotte Phillips. A
warrant, alleging murder, was issued for
her arrest. Thursday the officials begun
to doubt this theory, and today are search
ing for the man formerly employed about
the Phillips home, whom Mrs. Phillips says
she saw in front of her home just after
her husband was shot.
James Dunn, jr., Phillips' private secre
tary, says this man called at Phillips' of
fice Tuesday morning. The objoct of his
call was not disclosed by Dunn, except to
the officers, but he was to have returned
Wednesday morning, Dunn says, but so far
has not been seen.
To Discharge Mrs. Phillips.
It was stated by Chief Stamberger today
that Mrs. Phillips will formally be placed
under arrest during this afternoon. While
this is the program, yet there would be no
surprise if the warrant were withdrawn.
Mrs. Phillips' exact physical condition
was in doubt today. The officials believe
she is fully recovered from her stupor,
while members of the family say the wom
an still is sufft ring from the effect of the
drug taken Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Phillips' attorney, Judge William B.
Neff, will endeavor today to have the
charge against his client dismissed.
Application for the appointment of ad
ministrators of the estate of the late John
J. Phillips was made In the probate court
today. The examination disclosed the fact
that the estate now is vaiued at about
5.11,000, whereas a few years ago Phillips
was supposed to be worth nearly a half
NATIONAL PBISON CONGRESS.
Notables Named by Gov. Deneen to
SPRINGFIELD, 111.. September 6.-Gov.
Deneen today appointed the delegates to
represent Illinois at the national prison con
gress to be held in the Auditorium Annex,
Chicago, September 4 to 19. Among them
are the Rt. Rev. James E. Quigley, Roman
Catholic archbishop of Chicago; the Rt.
Rev. Charies P. Anderson, Episcopal bishop
of Chicago; the Rt. Rev. John Lancaster
Spaulding, Roman Catholic bishop of Pe
oria; the Rt. Rev. Samuel Fallows, Chicago,
of the Reformed Episcopal Church; Mrs.
Ophelia M. Annigh of the Girls' Industrial
School at Lenora, Mayor Fred A. Busse of
Chicago and Miss Jane Addarns of Hull
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT.
Acknowledges Request to Name Jer
sey School After Him.
Speciul Di&tintrh to The Star.
PASSAIC, N. J., September 6.?Roosevelt
School is to be the* name of the new build
ing now being erected in Lodl, according
to the plans of the Lodi board of educa
[ tion. Some time ago, when the erection of
the building was begun, one of the board
i suggested that the school when completed
should be named for the President, and
the idea was agreed to, provided the Presi
dent would give his consent. Accordingly
a letter was stent to him at Oyster Bay
informing him of the desire of the board
to name the school after him. and the fol
lowing reply has been received:
I "My Dear Mr. Van Hook: I am in re
ceipt of your letter of the 2"Jd instant, ad
vising me that the board of education of
the borough of Lodi at a recent meet
ing passed a resolution naming your new
schoolhouse after me. and asking me for
my permission to so name it, and, in reply,
cheerfully accede to their request. Through
you I desire to thank the members of the
board cordially for the compliment they
have paid me. With ail good wishes for
the success of the school, and regards, I
am sincerely yours,
The letter will be framed, and when the
school is completed will be hung up on the
THOSE "BLTJE RIDGE FIRES.
Washington Women'6 Cottage Burned
Special Dispatch to Tlie Star.
HAGEJtSTOWN. Md., September 6?Fire
<-arly this morning destroyed the coltfcgc
of Mrs. Maria Shawn of Washington, lo
cated In the Blue Ridge mountains not far
from Buena Vista station, on the Western
Maryland railroad, entailing a loss of sev
eral thousand dollars. Members of the fam
ily escaped from the burning^ building in
their nijjht clothes. This is the eleventh
fire that has occurred in that section this
summer, uvery one of which is believed to
have been of incendiary origin. Propert>
owners will employ a private detective to
Investigate the tires.
Children Fatally Burned.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., September fi.?By
the explosion of a lamp in an upstairs room
the two young children of Aaron Anderson
of Coleman Hollow. Potter county, were
burned to death last night.
Anderson and h*< aged father were help
lessly ill in a room downstairs. Mrs. An
derson and her ten-year-old son tried to
rescue the children, but they failed.
Before they could drag the two men out
both were so badly burned that they. too.
will probably die. Mrs. Anderson aiso had
to care for her two-weeks-old baby.
The family lived two miles away from
the nearest neighbors.
CONFESSES TO POLICE
Richard Gregory Admits Having
Killed William Garner.
HAD ALMOST PROVED ALIBI
Claims He Struck Fatal Blew in D??
fense of Woman.
IDENTIFIED BY ONLY WITNESS
Hattie Martin. Who Was With Game/
When He Was Killed, Snya
Gregory Is Guilty.
Richard Gregory, colored, who was ar
rested by Policemen A Davis a:ul Mr Gill
Grove of the seventh precinct on suspicion
that he knew somethl >g regarding the mur
der of William Garner, colored. In Rock
Creek Park near Thompeon'-s bridge last
Saturday night, made a confession this
afternoon, according to the police, in which
he admitted he stru k the fatal blows on
Garner's head, but he claimed he did it
in defense of the honor of a woman who
was with Garner at the time.
The confession was made this afternoon,
it is said, after the police had spent the
morning in an Investigation which had ap
parently established ail i:lihl for Gregory.
His admission of guilt was therefore a com
plete surprise to the j?olic% The prisoner,
it is said, corroborated every detail of the
crime as outlined by llattle Martin, who
was with Garner when he was killed.
Gregory was arrested yesterday at iSth
and O streets northwest by Policemen Dav.s
and Grove of the seventh precinct. He an
swered the description g ven by .Mrs Martin
of Garner's assailant. Desiring to give tha
suspect every chance, ('apt. Sehnei :er pro
cured nine men of -i! out Grtgoty's size and
build and stood all of them tog tlier in the
station house. Tli n Hattie Mart n was
asked to pick out Garner's aspai ant, if he
was there. After looking carefully down
the line she picked out Gregory and pos -
tively identified him :is the man. The group
was mixed again, anu aga n the witness
selected Gregory. None of the others was
Recognizes His Voice.
The same men were subsequently put in
a dark cellar and the woman was asked to
pick out a man by his voice, and she Identi
fied Gregory. The idice were pretty well
satisfied of Gregory's gu It. but they arked
Gregory to account for hU whereabouts
Saturday night. He told a plain story,
claiming he was wording in a barroom near
the Center market Saturday night until a
few minutes of 10 o'c'oek. That statement
was investigated, and pcrtons there stated
that Gregory worked Saturday night until
nearly 10 o'clock. As the murder was com
mitted, at the latest, at R:H0 o'clock, this
proved to Capt Schn tder that Gregory was
not the man, and he decided to let him go.
Gregory was very nervous, however, and
Capt. Schneider felt that lite man might
be wanted for something else. Atter
Gregory was returned to the station he
was again questioned. Finally he broke
"1 guess I will tell you the whole truth,"
he stated, and then he made a statement
to the effect that he was the man wanted.
Capt. Schneider cautioned Gregory, It la
stated, that whatever he s>aid would bo
usi-d against him, and 111.* latter stated that
he m-^ant to tell the truth.
To Capt. Schneider and others in the
room, it is declared, he stated that he left
his placa of employment early Saturday
evening, with permission to ba gone a
couple of hours. This was not known to
those at the saloon who had been ques
tioned by the officers. He went to Rock
Creek, and while he was there, he says,
he saw Garner and Mrs. Martin walk Into
the park. He says that by his actions he
thought Garner was attempting to criminal
ly assault tiie woman, and for that reason,
Gregory says, he obtained a big stick and
struck Garner in the head. Tne prisoner
maintains that he had no idea of killing
the man and acted only in defense of the
woman. He justifies his acts on the "un
When shown the stick which the police
found near the scene of the murder and
which was held as evidence at the station
house, the police say, Gregory said it was
the weapon lie had used.
Garner's body was found lying on blood
matted grass in Rock Creek Park last Sun
day morning. Hattie Martin, wito was
found to have be n with him last, was
arrested, and finally admitted that she was
with Garner when lie was murdered. Fol
lowing an inquiry she was held by the coro
ner for the action of the grand Jury as
an accessory to the crime.
Capt. Schneider and his men in the sev
enth precinet work d hard to solve the
mystery surrounding the case, and general
congratulations went through the police
department today to the precinct ftir the
capture of the man who made the con
OFF FOR THE FARMS HARVEST.
Striking Telegraphers Accept Jobs in
Special Dispatch to The Star.
CHICAGO, 111., September (5.?A delega
tion of union farm rs is in Chicago today
seeking to hire 2,0<K) striking telegraphers as
"farm hands' in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minne
sota, North Dakota and Kansas. The al
lurements of fresh union eggs ami hotter
which the farmers held out to the strikers,
together with an offer of ?C> u month "and
board," resulted in many of Uie operatois
accepting the Invitation.
At union headquarters it was said that
between 100 and 13*1 strikers probably will
leave for the farms in a tew days. This
will leave less than lJKfj idle operators In
W. C. Crawley, state organizer of the
Farmsrs' I'nion, is the "good angel" of tha
strikers. Mr. Crawley eal.ecj on Secretary
Russell of the Telegraphers' I'nion first
and received an Indorsement of his achetiH
from that official. He then proceeded to
enlist a number of operators.
Would Have Him Snub the Czar.
?Special Dispatch to The Star.
CINCINNATI. Ohio, September G.-The
American Israelite in its issue today pro
tests against Secretary Taft's visiting the
czar durinu his tour of the world. It
charges that in accepting the hospitality of
the czar Secretary Taft. as tie represent
ative of the American people, would be
condoning the unspeakable atrocities of
which it says the czar is the exponent.
Still Going Same.
Special Cablegram to The Star.
LONDON. September fl.?Oscar I.ewisohn,
who married Kdna Mav last June, has betn
lined tl--"> at Eastbourne for exceeding t'.ia
speed limit In his automobile.
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