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tri n ) : vvvNsVlAAsv r ? THE ST. LOUI S REPUBL PART I. 16 PAGES. TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC: f k Tfte Sptcltl Mall Cffloa It 5 Printed in Thret PjrtM. ? Ttc Suatfiy Migiz'ae Is V t r i Irlnttil la Oat ..-- copyright, is), nr publishers, george knapp & company. :vwsiVVvwvvvvvvvi NINETY-THIRD YEAR. ST. LOUIS. MO., SUNDAY, DECEMIJISR !). 3U00. riUCE FIVE CENTS. BUFFALO SEARCHING FOR ONE BIG IDEA. UNITED EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE CITY. Newspaper Publishers of St. Louis Invite Co operation of Ail Interests to Obtain Needed Legislation Conference Tuesday. a Fortune Offered for Crowning Feature of the Pan-American Exposition. BUFFALO'S OFFER FOR NOVEL FEATURE. filHBMiiWiliiliri - 's ' IMF h .Zj PSr v k HAS NO TOWER. OR. WHEEL. Attractions Include Trip Over Niagara and the Galves ton. Storm. r.Krcrti.ic special. New York. Dec. S. When the doors of the Pan-American Exposition are thrown open at Buffalo next 5Iiy the directors hopo to have some one stupendous spectacular ex hibit which will be memorable. What the Ferris Wheel was to the Chicago Fair an J the Eiffel Tower waa to the Paris Exposi tion in 1S5S. this eagerly sought-for U ature must be to the Buffalo Fair cf Wl But the hope Is that tho grand novelty of the Buffalo Exposition may he much more notable than any feature which has marked any previous world's fair here or abroad. To encourage the best brains and Inventive skill, the directors have offend SIPO.W as a grand prize for an Idea -which shall make the Pan-American Exposition a world wonder Several curious Ideas have already been sabmltted to the directors, but the monu mental prize-winning Idea Is still eagerly awaited. Some of the spectacular wonders of the Tan-American Exposition, which will sst the pace for the I.oulsiana Purchase Expo sition, to be held two years later In fit. Louis. Include a sailing trip In an airship, taking a xojago to the moon, a submarine voyage under the wateis of Niagara River, safely shooting Niagara Fall, riding on a rainbow a r.jw the sk, seeing the Gal veston cv.'1ji. wltne-slng an eruption of one of our new! acquired volcanoes in Hawaii ar.d seeing the longest shit ever fired out of a bir cannon, a distance of twent miles. UAM 1 IIRIG AIHMItP ACitOSS THE SE. A feature of the exposition that will pos sibly attract attention will bo Count Yon Zeppelin's airship. A whole train of these monster flying ma chines will be brought over from Germany. This Is tho airship that Count Von Zep pelin, the noted neionautlc expert of the German Army, tested with fcuch success dur lnr last summer and fall at Eake Con stance. In Switzerland. For the first time in the world's history an airship was made tht could rie and travel against the wind, change its course like a ship at sea and return to its starting point. 6o practical did Count von Zeppelin's first alrsHn seem that cable dispatches an nounced last month that the Uerman Gov ernment had purchased It to be used In Its army and navy. Count von Zeppelin at once set about to otgnnlze a. company to build several new airships to take to the Pan-American Exposition. His plan Is said to be to build them In Germany and mako the first transatlantic aerial voyage with them. He calculates that he can crops) the ocean In four days. Ho alms to h.ue his train of airships come fly ing through tho air and alight on the expo sition grounds on the opening dy. May 1. During the exposition his programme Is to have the airships make several trips n lay to Niagara Falls and other places of lntcrt-jt near Buffalo.. Each one of theso airship will consist of a colossal aluminum frame 1C ftet in length and 3S feet In diam eter. The body of the ship Ih divided Into seventeen compartments, each containing a ga bag. Two four-bladed screw rropel lers are mounted on each sUe of the balloon Vsjy. Fml'ke rudders aro placed along tho ship's sides. Beneath tills balloon body is hung an aluminum platform ai.d deck & feet long. Here the machinery is placed, as well as the i-taterooms and promenade deck for the pas sengers, of whom alxjut MO can be accom panied. Tho sensations nf a trip In 'such an airship, sailing half a mile high above the ity of Buffalo, hovering over tho roaring ehasm of Niagara and racing with tho elojds. will quite ecllrso all previous human experience-.. m nil mum: .nv SERPENT railway uiii.mxc. Another strange sight on the exposition grounds will bo the hubmarlne sea serpent railway. With the grotesque head of a sea monster and long, t-culv. Jointed body, this mechanical cieatute will crawl clear around the exposition grounds on an elevated track. Inside Its body a hundred passengers m.iv llllil thf. fiinvt .-.iroftir tnliT.4 MPriimmiul!illiiti4 Through it gla-s sides they can look down ard tkc in a panoramic view of the whole brilliant spectacle of tlie many-colored ex hibition buildings, the courts and grounds. Tlit n suddenly the setpcntlne railroad train will dive down underneath the water of a neighboring laku or Niagara River and enter a submarino station. Here the pas sengers can alight and take lunch or dinner far below the surface of the water. How this submarino train can enter the station without letting In a flood of water might stem a difficult problem. But It Is j really very simple. As the train enters the shed adjoining the station tha end door is . iloed behind It, Hydraulic pumps are I started, and In a few minutes the water from the train shed is exhausted, allowing the passengers to walk In comfort from tho cars into the fair -like grotto. With water all above and about It, und with llshes leeplng in ut the windows, a most inter- . csting place it will be This Mibmari'ie railroad train, which j seems such . marvel. U nothing more than a clo'ely vcstibuled train with cars male gias and iron, and the ends fitted together so nicely as to make- the whole look liko the body of an enormous serpent. The sight of this oecullar ohieet will Let curious enough by day. But by night It j iu be stranger still, when searchlights gleam from the monster's eyes, and Its long, writhing body Is aglow with electric lights. CAR!. TO TUAVUL OVER A STEEL RAIMIOW. A rainbow spannirc the exposition grounds and shining In the sun with all the colon, of the spectrum will be another marvel of tho exposition. At night It will be Illuminated with myriads of electric . lights In rainbow colors. j Then. most curious sight of all. cars will . start at ends of the rainbow and climb up. J p toward midheaven, pass over the round ed arch and come down to earth again. Whoever heard of riding on a rainbow before? Rut here It will be accomplished If tho rainbow builders can get their stupendous work done aerorriim? tn rnleiilntlnris- It la to be a steel framework, covered with col- j uivu glass, to Imitate all the colors of the natural rainbow. Shooting Niagara Falls Is still another of ' the enterprising projects for entertaining visitors to the exposition. Tho falls are really twenty miles away from the sho grounds, but Niagara will be well utilized as a sort of annex feature. One exhibitor Is now figuring on con structing a mammoth swinging derrick on Goat Island. Tills Is the point of rock In midstream wldch commands the best view of the falls. Here a covered launch Is to be moored witn a strong tackle fastened to tha Jons; arm of the derrick. Out Into the stream above the tail the little craft will flout The manager" of the Buffalo Pan American Exposition off.r S1"N to ward for the idea that will m ike the Fair memorable. It Is i-tipulatcd that the pi in or sii,;gc-llon shall ! along the line of tho l.ltfe-1 lower tf the Pails Exposition oi .he Ferries Wheel of e'hlcago. So far nunit r.-us plans have been submitted, bit the crowning idea has not t developed. The prominent features now out lined Rie a submarine railroad, the carrying of a boat over Ntar.rt Falls, a trip tn the moon, ati-hlp trips over I-ake Erie, and u repro duction of the Galveston "t irm. The United States Government 1-as consented to target practice Willi the new twelve-Inch gun. Shots will be dropped twenty milts out into tho lake. The Exposition opens its gates In May, and, a, .1 wholi will give the E.ist the- preliminary forecast of the St lyiui, Woild'.s l'air. a with Its dozen passengers. When It comes to the precipice where the waters shoot forward and downward with tremendous fury the little boat will bo lifted up by the long crane of the derrick then slowly lowered down, down, hundrcd of feet through tho mist and roar of fa I lng water, till the launch bobs along on tins rapids below. Then It will be killfuUv guided ashore. GI.i:TO TOIIMIIO Til HE ItEPHODl ti'.l). Almost equallv- thrilling will be tho sht of the Galveton tornado. Jn a latge octagonal building on the exposition ground tills appalling disaster will be rc-e nacte I. Tho'e who wish to bee It will pass Into th middle of what looks like one of the eyeio rarua buildings common a few years a so. In the middle of It the visitors will find them selves in a glas house. looking out through its transparent sides thy will .ef the panorama of a tropical city and a blue sen in the distance. The- streets of tho city are lined with palms and oleanders. The- houses have .i touch of tho graceful architecture of the Alhambra. The sky above it is a mut brilliant blue. It Is Galveston Just before the disaster list September. In a moment the scene Is overcast. A dark cloud rolls up from the sea. It as sumes the form of a s?rpcnt. It lifts its writhing body from earth to midheaven. It comes on with the fury of a dragon. It la the whirling tornado. It strikes the city, houses tumble like cards, torrents pour down from the sky, the sea rushes In with great tidal waves and overwhelms all Vivid flashes of lightning reveal a scene cf terrible devastation. This startling spectacle Is to be produce"! by actual Coeds of water let down troin the roof of the building, beating against tho walla of the glass hou-e where the spectators are. The changing scenes will be produced like the tage effects In theaters. The whnh affair Is expected to be most realistic. The Johnstown flood will also be reproduced In much the same way. Near-by will be a minlaturo mountain built In the ferm of the volcano of Hawaii. He-re night eruptions will occur, the volcano belching forth fire hundred" of feet into tlie air, while mimic l.ivu runs down its sides in lurid streams. Those who arc lonklng for something like the familiar and popular Ferris wheel v. iil find it In the tnodiiied form of the giant sec-saw. This will be a huge metallic beam 273 feet long, resting on what looks like a small Eiffel tower. At the ends of the beam will be big wheels, each supplied with four cars. When one end of the Jong beam starts to rise In the air the wheel will slowly go round, giving a double motion to tho occu pants. In this revolving srr-saw-fash!on they will rise to a height of almoit ZM feet and then descend. It is also proposed to build a big' buffalo, almost ns large as a mountain, wltu a wind ing stairway about It. Trom the hump of the mammoth people will eet a eplendld view of the Exposition grounds and the city named after this typical American animal. Bridal couples, who. In the year 1901. -Islt Niagara Falls and the exposition will have tho further privilege of spending part of their honeymoon on the moon. This spe cial favor Is due to the fact that Frederick Thompson of New York. th Inventor of tho feature. U making arrangements with the l'anamerlcan Exposition authorities at Buf falo by which trips to the earth's satellite may be made on the airship Eunette. at In tervals of ten 'minutes. By a combination of electrical mechanism and tcenic and lighting effects. It Is pro posed to produce the sensation of leaving the earth and flying through space amid stars, comets and planets to the moon. This novel feature will be located In an im mense building. I7v feet long. 2S fett wide and M feet high. SIIOTWII.I. HE FIREI1 DIST.CE OP TWENTY MII.I. At last the airship enters the atmosphere of tho moon and drops toward a vast sea of punllt cloud, out of which, on all stdes. towers a thousand snow-clad peaks, and . t- .1 ..1.....1 . .... ... .... ....A.... arnunu wmeii me tiuuu ino p uii six-i.n. The mist thins out and drifts by In broken clouds and the ship continues en her downward course until It reaches the surface of the- moon. On leaving the ship tho passengers find themselves In the Cap ital City of tho moon, where they are wel comed by the Pacha of nil tho Lunatics. who guides them through the streets cr the Wonderful City. A giant automaton, with spe-ch and ac tion, makes the real l;gvli-y ".Man In the Moon." and before i-s tin one six beau tiful maidens of hu coiiit dazzle- the le holders. At length the ruide bid the travelers make an exit at a door opposite tint t.t which they entered, aid embatk for tlie return trip to the earth. Tho United States Is going to fire a shot that will be heard around the world at the Pan-American Exposition. Ic will be tired from a twelve-inch gun. .nd it will be--the world's record for ll)nee. It will travel close upon twenty rule United States artillery offlceis make thi estimate, and they are not given o boastinu or in nc lng mistakes. This instance will uitcrlv outstrip all previous records made with heavy artillery. The shot. It Is said, will be fired, in all probability, by the Pres'b-nt of the Un'tel States, by roeana of elec'rieal collection between the White House ii. Washington and the Pan-American Exposition gieiunds at Buffalo. The range selected for the Crlng e'f Amer ica's long-range shot will be the surface of Lake Erie. Owing to the proximity of the Pan-American Exposition ground, a beau tiful range Is secured over Lake Kile's wa ters. To clear the course and Keep vessels out of harm's way a patrol of United States cutters will be available, and from the decks of the Government vessels the fall of the shot will be determined by cross bearings taken simultaneously by Govern ment officers. By means of cross beatings the point of falling can be determined al most to a foot. The long-range ehot rroject at the Amer ican Exposition Is only one of the features connected with an extensive display of ord nance and articles suitable for war pur ' SXvFfJF? ' FlaE AT ST PETER'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH. Mi. William Slioit, Wife of the Hector, Telephoned I the Alarm. AUDITGRIUM BADLY DAMAGED. Blaze Caused by an Overheated Furnace Loss Will Be $5,000 Services in the Building This Afternoon. Fire in the baerr.ent and auditorium of St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Church. t Llndell boulevard and Spring avenue. lat night damaged thit structure to the amount of JTi.OOO. Although tho building was prettv well soaked with water, the congregation decided to held services within It at I i p. m. to-day. Jlrs. Short, wife of the P.evcrcnd William Short, rector of the church, telephoned In the first alarm that reached the Fire I partmcrt. The alarm boxes In tho nclsn borhood were cut of order, and by the tlmo T. SI. McCorkell, who discovered tho bl.ue, could race over to Spring avenue and West minster place, where the next nearest bo is located, Mrs. Short had succeeded in reaching the lire Department by her r si de nee telephone. Just before S p. m.. the hour tor choir practice, flames suddenly Illuminated the southwtst nave of the auditorium. In the d.irknes the stained glass arch thre glowed liko the lens of a caleium-nght machine after the colored slides have been diepptd Into position. rASSER-nY FIIIST TO DISCOVER TUB TIRE. The building was deerted. even the Jan itor being away at supper. Messr?. L A. Blackford and T. 51. McCorkell. who chanced to be walking south on Spring ave nue, first noticed the light In the window "The choir must be down arly." com mented Blackford, who lives in tho neigh borhood. "It's too early." responded MeCorkell: "th.'t can't be the church light, am way; look how It glows. The church Is on tire." As if in confirmation of his conclusion a tiny tongue of flame shot through the roof, and the two young men shouti-d "Fire!" and dasheu to the alarm box at West line boulevard and Spring avenue. 5IcCorkclI returne-d from the raptor's home at No. 20)2 We.t line boulevard with the Reverend Jlr. Short, who opened the box with his key. Blackwell attempted to manipulate the alarm, but It failed to re spond. Ail three tried, with tlie same re sult. Whiio McCorkell went north to Westmln rter place the Reverend Mr. Short returned home- to telephone to the central fire-alarm station, but Jlrs. Short already had done this. Doctor Shoit then hurried over to the church and a few minutes later the Fire Department arrived. It was Immediately discovered thnt tho blaze had ben c.nfed by the furnace, whjrh had been overheated for the choir prnetlce. The basement and auditorium were smoking from the flames that had been smothered until an opening had burned in a section of the roof. Within twenty minutes after the depart ment arrived tile flimes had been extin guished, but tho crowd that had assem bled in "-ee the noble building de-trojed was not o easily eonvinred that "-uch was not going to be tlie case DAMttiK cofim:i) 1(1 THE U'llITOllU'M. The rainbow- col t flishrd from the windows hail frightened the church ncm bers present and Captain Evans had to repeat his estimate1 several times before they could quite reallro that J5.000 would cover the d.tmigc to the moked arches and ruined uphtistering of the chureli pews. "Tho whole auditorium will have tn le refresoed and refurrifhed." siM Centain Evans, "but I think thev can lold services to-morrow If the- congregation can put up with a few Inconveniences." It Is feared that the pipe organ was dam aged by water, but Organist Charles flal Iovvav was of fie opinion that the musical features of to-day's services cculd be car ried out. A meeting was held at the pistor's resi dence later in the evening and it was 'e ciled to hold services at 330 o'clock this afternoon nt the church Instead of In the forenoon. St Peter's Church Is one of the hand rnmct houses of worhlp of Its size In the epv- It Is buit of white limestone find the interior is elaborately decorated. The or gan Is among the finest In the West. DUKE OF YORK IS COMING. Will Visit the United States on IBs Return From Australia. London, Dec 9. Lloyd's weekly newspa per savs It learns that the Duke and Duchess of York will visit the United States on their return Journey from Australia, jrla Csnada. J LETTER TO SANTA. LEADING TOPICS IX TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC PART I. Page. 1. BurTalo Searching for One Big Idea. United Effort to Improve tho City. 2. Stnke of Santa Kc Telegraphers, t. Yates's Absence Cancd Gloom. Jenle Morrison Takes New Courage. Trouseaus of Two Heiresses. Death of J. W. Copplngcr. 7. New Theory of Voice Culture. Historical View of World's r.ilrs. Jam's G. Blaine to Wed Again. St. Louis Woman Hurt In a Wreck. S. Will Recommend Creed Revision. Candidates Await Dockery'.s R'tum. Students Injured In a Ruth. Poured Beer Into Sevwr. 10. The Rivera, Basis of Congressional 'lbi..-eni3tl',n. No Bill With Theso Tigs Feet. 11. Think They Have n- Wet In a Trip. 12. Tod Sloan May Be Barred at Frisco Boston to Enter the Yacht Races. . Golf Now. Po.nnri In Bowling Game. 15. Tuners and Merchants at Altenheim Fan Wlnd Out Three Yale Societies. i"h- lullrojil". IB. Mi.uv e-.ui01d.ites for State Offices. I'AUT II. Pr.ce 2. Around tl e Globe for Love and Lucre. IV. m h View of English Generalship. 3. Yiiuim Woman Travels ns a Tramp. i'amilt..l In San Francisco. 4. Km to Get Even With Sloan. 'eim1.!llo'- of Trophy Shooting Too Htrh'gei.l. 6. MoOovem-Gans Mill Attracts Attention, charts of Best Shots in Tourney. . Editorial. Many Senators Dl In the Uarncj-1. Suggestions for a World's Fair Site. .Mliottil Democrats. 7. "ih" Kmndvwine Wall." In. rented Int. rest In World's Fair. Mai i live and Death Notices. Ousadcrri '" Plan New Campaign. 5. Secret of Submarine Boat. American Honored by Kaiser. PART III 1. I.ovtis Keep Old Vow. IMiniu.t of Credit 51en. 2. Soel. iv S. Pergonals From Neighboring Town. 4. Wanted to Ee Rough Riders. Record In Real Estate. 5. What the Theaters Offer. 'Ill- Rook an 1 the Play. 7. Str.cks Ruled Dull. Wheat Bullish. (Pages S to 13, Republic Want and Real Estate Advertisements. 11. Holiday Bool: Offerings. Lo.t Looking for Mother 14. Lojges choose Officers. FUTURE CZAR'S BRIDE. She Will Be the Princess Cecilia of Mecklenherg-Schwei in. SPECIAL BY CARLE. Berlin. Dec. 8 (Copyright, lrt. by W IL Hearst.) Ae cording to n;ws receive I here from Copenhagen and confirmed from St. , Petersburg, It Is not nriV English Princess j who haB been selected no a bride for the j future Czar of Russia, but Princess Cecil! ' of Mecklenberg-Schwerln, M-.ter ol th reigning Grand Duke of Mecklrnl1 g Sehwcrin. and niece, theicfore. of Duke Hrry who Is bethrothed to the Queen of Holland. The mother of the young Princess is the ' Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia, d iugh ter of old Grand Duke Michael, and s's'er, . therefore, of that other Grand Duk 1 Michael who married Countess Torby. The ' Grand Duchess and her daughter have many American friends at Cannes, where they always spend the winters, and where the husband of the former committed sui cide In such a tragic fashion three years ago by throwing himself off a brllge upon some rocks helow, oreaKing his neck. ANTHONY POOR IS CONVICTED. Penalty Fixed at Sixty Years in the Penitentiary. Collins. Mo.. Dec. 8. Anthony Poor, who, June last, killed John Adams for his mon ey, while they were en route, overland to Oklahoma, was to-day found ,uilty of mur der in the second degree and his punish ment assessed at sixty years la the penitentiary. PROBABLY WILL BE TRIED SEPARATELY. Chaiiniaii Vip";iiis Think'. Cases of .Mi-kr and .Martin Cannot Be Meijrcd. START TO BE MADE AT ONCE. Motion to Be Offered in the Council Tuesday to .Make Arrange ments for Proceedings Accused Men Silent. In order to rroceed immedlitcly in ful filling the reniimi'iiilation.s of the .ae.-i.tl committee of the City Council to try Com missioner of Supplies Fred C. Meier and Deputy Commissioner of Supplies George II. Martin, the former on a charge of ncs lect of duty, and the latter on the charge of misconduct In office, a motion will be offered In the City Council Tuesday that ar rangements be made to begin the two trials. Chairman Wiggins said last night that he would make thia motion. If no one tisa does, so that the procedure may be eom menced without delay nnd be terminated ns won as possible. Considering the vast amount of work done by tlie committee and the unanimous adoption of the report, he thinks there shout! be no lagging In pur suing tho course prcserlbed. The volum inous leport, cmbodving the committee's abstract of conclus'ons and the array of testimony, embraced In about 500 typewrit ten pages, practically outlines the method of trial and probably will facilitate the proceeding. Although originally of the opinion that it m'ght be possible to merge the charges r.nd have only one trial. If the Council were so disposed, 5Ir. Wiggins has since decllcl that this would not bo practicable. It will be ncccssarj. therefore, he believes, to con duct two distinct trials. The Council, naturally, will have to decide on the best means to accomplish this purpose and te devise a satisfactory plait for conducting the proceedings. Commlrt-luncr of Supplies Meier and his deputy, George II. Mnrtln, were seen at 11 o'clock yesterday morning in the Clt Hall. Both said thnt they had not read the entire report, and that th'y had not esti mated the charges preferred by the Special Investigating Committee. Mr. Jleier said that he had not made any plans relative to the charges, but that he hud resolved, nevertheless, to make an earnest ilcfense. While he has not engaged an attorney, he will likely do so. Mr. Martin was at his desk In his office. He said that he had made no arrangements whatever as yet. nnd that he wold mak no statements concerning the charges, ex ceptlrg nt the trial. Pri-ddcnt Meier of the City Council, the father e.f Conunl "doner of .Supplies Meier, under ordinary circumstances would preside In the committee nt the whole, but It is generally .l.imeil Improbable thnt he will net as ehatrman dtirln? the proceedings Yesterday 1 e al.l he had not concluded what lie xx 111 do. Mr. Horton. as Vice Presi dent of th" body. Is expected to officiate. In It report the committee arralgiud all rlty officials of the lust twenty-two jear.s for violating the ordinance requiring that requisitions be tendered the- Commttoner of Supplits on the 1st of the menth for nrtlcl's needed In the next thirty days Jlr. Wiggins declared lnt nlsht th.it h's com mittee will mphas'ze this statement and urge compliance with the ordinance, as obedience would result in a vast saving to the city. In addition, he will introduce an ordinance, or some oth. r member of tin- committee win. prov tiling that all city Institutions that receive supplies be furnished scales so that weights mnv be proved. The object of this action would be to obviate the possibility of loss to th city bv Inaccuraeies or short ages In weight. Another thing the commit tee will !mpres on the Council will be the necestv of advertising for propoils for nil purchas-es. Mr. Wiggins thinks favorit ism. dlvMnn of r m"s'blllti- nmnni- nf. t tie'als and various evils, recardless of mo tive, would oe ure t'v r moved by strict adl.eren e to the reg il.atton. LIVE ST0CK"SHbrVCL0SES. Largest Crowd of the Week Was in Attendance. Chle.ipo. III.. Dec. S. The International Live Stock Ej position came to an end to day with the judging of the merits of dif ferent feejs as shown by the carcasses cf the animals slaughtered for this purpose Thursday, nnd the awards to the students of the agricultural eolleg.s on their skill in Judging stock. To-day was ehlldren's day. and the largest crowd of the wetk was in J nttendince. To-nignt. for the last time, the rrire-w inning animals of the exposition were paraded In the paddocks and In the Ulg ituit iiiiiie'.iec ui ioe rpusuiun uunu Ing. BANK BOOKKEEPER ARRESTED. Charged With Defalcations to the Extent of 2,CUD. Grand Rapids. 5Ilch.. Dec. S. C Alfred Scharsch, head bookkeeper of the Fourth National Bank, was arrested this afternoon, charged with defalcations to the extent of K.M0. 9999t9vV'9V99v99999994 THOSE WHO ARE ASKED TO ATTEND. Invitation? to le pre-nt at the mret.ng for the good of ?t. Louis, to beheld at the Mercantile Club. Tumlay evening, have heen sent to the following- gen tlemen: C P. Wnlbrilge President Bu-ines Mcn' League Malcolm Macbeth President Rfal Estate Exchange O. L. Whltelaw Pres.dent Jlerchants' Exchange I.. D. Klng"land President 5Ianufacturers' Association H C. Pierce President St. Louis Club John D. DavH PresUent t'ni'.ersity lub George T. Cram President Mercantile Club II. S Potter President Noonday Club B. J. Strvu"" President Columbian Club Rohm Moore President Commercial Club Ilrerkinrl ice Jones Secretary Round Tabla Club R. J. Spencer President Engineers' Club McArthtir Johnston Prcld-nt Central Trades and Libor Union Charles J. Kv-ti.b i Pre-ddem Furniture Board cf Trade R. 51. Fry President Lumberman's Club Pierre Chouteau Ch ilrm.in of Committee of 3j". World's Fair I. R. FrancN Chairman Executive Committee World's Fair William II. Thompson Chairman Finance Committee- World's Fair Charles W. Knapp Editor and 5Ianager of The Republic Nathan Frank President Star Publish! u; Company D. 51. Houser - Publish r "!obe-De mocrat William C. Steigers Business 5Ianagtr Pcst-DIspatch Eml! Prectorlus President Wes;l:che-Pot George A. Shlves Business 51anaer. Chrorlcle William Druhe Amerika 51. J. Lowenstein Secretary St Louis Newspaper Publishers' Association Henry Zlege-nhein 5Iajor Robert E. Mc5Iath President Board of Public Improvements Isaac II. Sturgeon Comptroller Frederick Gabel Assistant Cemptrollcr E. F. W. 5Ie!cr lrei lent Council E. E. 5Iurrell Speaker Hou?- of Delegates) Benjamin Sohnurmacher City Counselor Harry B. Hawes President Board of Police Jommissiocers John A. Harrison President Board of Education fi44'A44i&&44&iJii The urgent necessity for e,ulekly Improving ,.. ..I ,,,iu,.ti of St. Louis in rlLn for the World's Fair has led the. daily newspapers cf the city to unite in proposing the creation of , nonpartisan commission to consider means far obtaining the needed legislation. In ...n.iTtp. f.itn tins man. mc v- Tioils Dallv Newspaper i-uonsneira As- soelation has sent out Invitations to repre sentatives of the social and commercial in terests of the city, and to representatives of the present municipal administration, to rrect In room "L" of the 51ercantIIe Club next Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock, for the nuroose of conVMerinS the proposition ard P".'P?fe L ".. ..5mLj Z, .teemed hest. taking such action as may be deemed best. The newspapers, in this step nave ounu nil partlsanhlp-all Individual or political preferences or preconceived theories as be ing of minor importance In comparison with the great quettcn of the good of St. Locls. No iarty politics of any kind Is Involved. The newspapers have simply determined that the only way In which the d. sired re sults can be. achieved Is by and through united action. And they have united. wi'Riivrivn M1KU OF REMEDIAL LKGIsLATIOV. In the following Invitation, sent out by the "(eretary of the St. Louis Daily Newspa lr Publishers' Aociation. ether interests of the city are also Invited to unite fur the same cause: "It has become apparent that legislation of somo sort, cither by amendment of the City Charter or by constitutional amend ment. Is urgently needed If St. Louis Is to ue put in concilium tor me nuuus iau. .vieai.s must oe ueviseu ii raise "uiu'j revenue for the growing wants of tne city and to enable St. Louis to meet require ments due to conditions radically di.Ttrent . : .. . . . .. o,. irom inose in tiwiua! nmu " ..... and Charter were auopted twenty-four J ears nun. "The necessity for such remedial legisla tion hs been ciearlv shown by the picas of St. Iju1s, and It Is proposed by the St. Louis Dally Newspaper Publishers' Asso ciation that a nonpartisan commission, composed of eminent citizens of Si. Louis, lie created to consider means of securing needed legislation. "Vou are cordially Invited to be present at a meeting to be held at the 5Iercant!le Club In Room "U" next Tuesday. DtCetn oer 11. lle. at b p. m.. to promote the objects herein outlined. The biennial ses sion of the Legbditure will begin snorlly. and the imporuiifce of prompt action is plain. If for uny reason ou cannot lc pie-cnt In person, will vou p.ease cle-Unste some member of jour boay to act for vou. "Pleaso notltj the secretary If jou wil attend, or. If not. furnl-h him with the name of vour pioxy. Respectfully "t-T. I.OFIS NEWSPAPER PCBI.ISIIERS" ASSOCIATION. "Per Al. J- Lowenstein. secretary. "For the Globc-Demoerat. D. 51. Hoaxer, President. "For The Republic Charles W. Knipp. Editor and .Marager. "For the po.st-D!spatch. William C. Stei gers, Business 51 mager. "For the Star. Nathan Frank, President." THREE PL.S ARE PROPOSED. It seems agreed that it is Impossible to ralo funds for the necessity Improvement of St. Ixiuis except through special legisla tion. Several means of obtaining this are suggested. One Is for a ronstltutlon.il convention, to be called bv the General Assembly, which meets lu January, and whieh would have the power, .should the voters of the State Indnrjc- the call, to remove certain limita tions of the taxing power and readjust the COUNCILMAN HODGES HAS A PLAN TO HELP THE CITY'S FINANCES. Councilman W. R. Hodges announced es terday that after consultation with Assist ant Comptroller Fred, rick Gabel and City Counselor. Benjamin Schnurm icher. he had roughly outlined a plan which he thought wou'd prove of some beneiit to the city In its attempt to solve the financial problem which now confronts It. Car tain Hodges" flan. as explained by him to a Republ.c reporter, is --imply to take from the city the duty of providing the fures with which to pay the exp'nsc or the Police Deiartment. and inve-st that duty in the State. His plan Is that the police budget slnll s.lll be pa.d by the citizens of St. Louis, but the State shall do the collect ing, the "special tax" being over and above the amount collected by the city for the purposes of municipal and county govern ment. "It Is ray Impression," said Captain Hodges, "trat the State Constitution vests in the General Assemble the power to cre ate special tax distilct, for the purpose of raising revenue for special purposes. If my Impression is. correct and City Coun selor Schnurmaeher told me he thought It was I see- no reason why the General As pembly could not. and should not. constitute the City of St. Louis a .pecial tax district, and levy a special tax for the purpose of raising the revenue with which to pay the police force of the city. "The plan Is for a sjstem similar to thit now employed In securing funds for public rchoola, for levee districts, and such thing. There would probably be differences in de." tall; but the Idea I have Is generally the same. I estimate that a rata of about ST l l . 4 'it 4. . S . - . . - J. . . . 4. . . 1 revenue system of the city to modern con ditions. a ner Is for amendments to the citv Charter, authorizing th. 5IuniclpaI Assem bly to increase the- rate of taxation for "public buililrgs," to levy a poll tax for street and road purpo-s. anil to open new sources of revenu threugh grant. A third b the Ir.curpontloii of the City or SL LouU Into a "-peel il tax district.' through the pas-s-e of a bill bv the Gen eral Assemblv. and the levvlng bv tho State authorities of a special tax to de voted to meeting the expenses of the Po lice Department. It b pointed out that, in order to secure a new constitution the formation of which V,t, . ,he d.W of a constitutional con vention-It would he necessary for the croi, nH".!irv frtv Ilia ....- ositlon. at Its different stages, to be acted upon favorably three times once by t he General Assembly and twice by the people. Thro nAnlnl A?no..tn .. . j' . r. . r.ei.e-one on the proposition to call the con vention; a second to choose delr- r TV -"-vc -7tiuii3 vuuin nave 10 i iVi.;. . l" ..V"" eonvention; and a XL to ratlf " nJ"''t Hi new consti-inSS..8- ""I'lui'on by the convention. !.v I?r?o.C.IaIrn.Jh:'t.,',ll.,"i3 c,,ulJ be done i? x- t a." of 1 i1' I!ut II Pointed out bv tiSi -Ju,j3on-who Is looked upon as one of tlo ".w'?1" artinratts of the rropo-'-tloti-that at any pelnt In the progress to ward a new constitution the scheme mav- lemldvllfe1;,?,;'1"11 "f- "' Gen?ral"U semhly to call the convention: or by falluro of the people to ratifv the call or approve the results of the convention's labor CIHRTEn AMEDilKTS WOULD nE THE Q! ICKKST. Amendments to the City Charter could h. I ty. But it Is contended that It will The "lm rm.i n -ituic. inrougn them ns irre-it --,;."," '."" n5 WrtllTil nn. .X. 1 ?IJ?"3,t,,utlon convention. After the Mu nicipal Assembly had decided what amend ments to the Charter It desired to submit -.:.v-. "-""5 vl "" ciij, two elections two elections woum oe nfcessary one to ratifv or r the proposed amendments n"l the oth. reject levy or refuse tn liv ih.'in,M.,..i'i.. It is pointed out thnt both of the.e rem'c !T.iV..fi0uM. Proce'd concurrentlv. If the con stitutional convention should carry, and the. new- constitution be ratined. a Board of Freeholders to frame a new citv- Charter could be authorized, and the wav opened for all the remedies sought through Charter amendments. If the c nstltutional conven tion question should fall at any time, there, would still be opportunity for the passage ofjnportant amendments to the Charter. The "special tax district" proposition Fuggeste.l by Councilman W. R. Hodges docs not propose such general relief as either of the other proposition., it slmplv rropoccs a method or takl.ig from the mu nicipal government the necesi,v ror rro. vlding funds for the pavment or the ex-pe-iscs of the Police Department, and thus relieving the regular city rrv.nues of that drain upon them. OTHER PROPOSITIONS MY HE IIISCI SSEO. It Is possible that other propo-itlens wilt be discussed at the meeting called by th Newsraper Publishers' Asso. Iatlon. or by the nonpartisan commission which It Is df Klgned to hring Into exiitcnee through the action cf that meeting. In nn Interview In The Republic rccentlv. President Robert E. 5Ic51ath of the Board of Public Improvements estimated that tW.iiW.COO would be needed to put St. Louts into.flrst-cl.iss physical condition. Not onlv Is there no fund from which this sum can be airawn, but the city's expenses are al ready far In excess of Its revenue. Hew to wipe out this deficit, and also get the money necessary for the Improvements which It Is conceded ate necessary before St. Louis can Invite the world to vllt it. is the matter to which the newspapers, uniting on a strictly nonpartisan and unselfish basis, have In xlteL representative citizens to vigorously adlress themselves. cents on 1109 would have to he levied for th j expenses of tne Police Department as it now stand'. This, added to the present tax rate, vvo.ild make a total of about Zj) on JM0. "If my plan Is feasible. Its adoption would relieve the city of about tl.tVMH) of Its an nual expenses; and enable It to devote that much money to Improvements. "As I explained, this plan Is not j ct fully developed. I may Hnd that it Is not prne ticaht" or some other and better way out or tne lllllcuity may le found. But at pres ent I believe ssich a --peclal tax district i could be created. And at any rate, discus sion of It may help to clear away the hnan- i clal clouds that now envelop the city." . DUKE OF WESTMINSTER TO WED Enjriifjed to Mi.s Shelngh, Daugh ter of Colonel Corawallis-West. SPECIAL BV CABLE. London. Dec. 8. (Copyright, 150), by W. R. Hearst). Your correspondent haa re ceived from the secretary of the Duke ot Westminster the- following: eirosveoor iiuuse, uon'Jon i am uesircti by the Duke ot Westminster to ask jou to be goed enough to arrange for the Insertion" of the following announcement: "We are authorizes! to announce the en gagement of the Duke of Westminster to 511s Shelagh Comwallls-West. daughter ot Colonel and 5Irs. Cornwallls-West, of Ruth in Castle. Denbighshire." The engagement was brought about this week at a country house party whsre tho young folks) were brought together. Sirs. Atherton was surprised, as she had. been making bets against tho engafiemenU t n : Kr u .fe! 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