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THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC. WOBLD'S' 1Q03 FAIR. NINETY-FOURTH YEAR. ST. LOUIS. MO., WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1902. PKIOEs:2 In St. Looln. One Cent. Trains. Tlirrr Cents. Ide St. Louis, Two Cents. I' MAY TESTIFY IN SMALLPOX DAMAGE SUIT SMALLPOX PITS CAUSE DAMAGE SUIT. ENGLISH-JAPANESE ALLIANCE TO AID CHINA AND KOREA. YOUNG ROOSEVELT SOMEWHAT BETTER. MEIER REFUSES TO ANSWER GRAND JURY, Miss Iit-u' Reames of Fast it. Louis Sues Her Mother's Land lord for ?l.",,00. Crisis in His Disease Xot Yet Reached, but Outlook Is More Hopeful. Commi.ssioner of Supplies and Son of Former President of the Coun cil Proves an Obstinate Witness in the .Central Traction Bribery Investigation Refuses to Reply After Being Ad monished by Judge Ryan. Agreement Signed on January .JO Intended to Treserve Integrity of Kastern Nations. SAYS GERMS WERE IN HOUSE. DANGER IS BY NO MEANS PAST. r 3 . i "k i I Pmi7Mnr iiiiMMiiiMiiii iii i ) iimnf m , , - niifliHiMirf I Photographed 1) llrockmeycr. East St. Iiu!s. miss Adelaide reames and unit brother, rolla. who. with their SlhTKR. bessie. ERE STRICKEN WITH SMALLPOX AT T11K SAJIE TIME. BATTLE WITH RIFLES ON A CHICAGO BOULEVARD. Watchman Wounded Employed by Wealthy Property Owner Mortally in Fight With Forces of .Captain Streeter. a Sqnat- ter Deadly Fire Kept Up to SQUATTER'S MEN BARRICADE Chicago. 111.. Feb. IL In a fight with Winchester rifles this evening between the followers of rival claimants to property lying along Lake Shore drive, the- mot arlBtccratlc boulevard In Chicago, rrank Kirk, a watchman for one of the claimants, nas rhot through the head, sustaining a, wound, from which he died a few hours later. Tho property In dispute consists of made land lying east of the Lake Shore drive and between It and Lake Michigan. Captain George W. Streetcr, who had for many years been a thorn In the side of orth Side property owners because of his propensity to settle on vacant ground and then claim In the courts the rights of a. pr rquattcr. has erected several small shanties upon this ground and claims that. Inas much as It was rot originally Included In tho Government surveys of the State of Illinois, It docs not belong to the State, but was public property, open to settlement. Ho claims to bo tho first settler and calls the ground "the District of Lako Michi gan." and deniea thut the officials of the city of Chicago or the Stale of Illinois have any rights upon It. I.YWYKR ANO OFFICER. EJECTED FROM GROUNDS. Between Streeter and his men and the watchmen tmploycd by the property own ers along the Lake Shore drive, there have been frequent fights. To-night Henry Coop er, a lawyer, who has been active In oppo sition to Streeter, accompanied by Pollce m in O'Maliey, went upon the ground of the "district" and wa3 attacked by Streeter, who knocked him down with the butt ofa revolver. Several of Streeter's followers covered O'Jlalley with their weapons, and he was ordered to leave the place or be shot. Shortly after Cooper and O'Jlalley had left the ground a pitched battle broke out between three of Streeter's followers Wil liam MeManners. William BIcckl and John Hoeldtke and two watchmen employed fcy Cooper Frank Kirk and Samuel Portorous. Kirk and Portorous were standing Just out biue a. smau snanty 01 tneir own. and one i. i , - . . or ino nrst sliota fired struck Kirk In the j top of the head. Portorous entered the I ROBBERS LOOT BANK AND MAKE ESCAPE. Safe of Trivate Bank .at Stone Fort, 111., Blown Open. KIU'l'DMC" SPECIAL. Vienna. III.. Feb. 11. The private, bank of Lwi3 & Ozment. located at Stone Foit, twenty miles north of Vienna on the Rig Four, was robbed last night and $3.XV) in cash secured and various papers and securi ties to the amount of J10.000 are missing. Tho vault and safe are complete wrecks and the Job Indicates the work of experi enced cracksmen. A number of the citizens of the village heard an explosion during the night, some of them as many as five, ct none dared to venture cut upon the scene. It Is believed that three men were In the gang. and. after completing tho job. they took to the country. A couple of blood hounds were placed upon their trail, but their work was unsuccessful on account of tho sleet and Ice. A posse of men Is scour ing the wood3, and one man. a suspect. wj rrcsted at Ozark, this county, to-day, and 1 being held for the arrival of the Sheriff, who will take him In charge and place him in safe-keeping. This, following so close nfter the unsuc cestful attempt at the Cobdcn Rank, wouid Indicate that a band was working South ern Illinois -tow -.a. COMPLIMENT LIE ARMOND. Clark Says He Would Make a Good United States Senator. JtnPCBLIC SPECLVU Washington, Feb. IL When seen late to night and asked about Judge De Armond's announcement that he would like to be con sidered a candidate to succeed Senator Vest, Representative Champ Clark said: "Judge De Armond Is a brilliant, able, courageous and honest man and would make a good Senator, if elected. "In this senatorial business, I guess, the old adage, 'the more the merrier,' applies." MISS ROOSEVELT'S BIRTHDAY. Father and Mother Sent Her a Telegram of Congratulation. REPUBLIC SPECIAL. Washington, Feb. IX Miss Alice Roose velt la 18 years old to-day, but tt Is a reary event at- the White House in com parison with the .gayety which would have relfsed there had not Theodore Roosevelt. Jr.. been taken so seriously 111. Although racked with apprehension over thtr aon'a condition, both President and Sirs. RooMTelt remembered that It was mm Alloa'a birthday, and early this morn DT thwryat to her a telegram of con- Until Police Arrive in Response liiot Call. CABIN AND THREATEN OFFICERS. J shanty nnd returned the Are of the Sirceter I mm with a Winchester, 1'IUIM! covn.M i:s W1TII j -1-L l'0sllll.K SPEED. A riot call was hastily sent to tho East i Clll'"RO, Ae"ue Police Station, and a wajr- i on iiutu -nun omccrs, uncer me command i of Captain Revere, wji sent on the run toward the place. When the officers ar- lived Kirk's bod lay in the now outside his shanty, while from the window Porto rous kept up a steady fire upon the three men in the other houe. who were return ing hi3 fire with all the speed with which they could work their rifles. The firing ceased as tho police appeared, and a cordon of officers was at once thrown around the shanty In which Jtc ilannero. lilockl and Hoeldtke were. They barricaded the door and threatened to kill the first officer who approached. Headed by Captain Revere, a squad of policemen began to batter In the door, whllo the others stood waiting 'with drawn re volvers for tho tlrst shot from within. I Because of tho entreaties of Jlrs. Me- j Manners, who had been inside the cottage throughout the fighting, lier husband de ilrted not to re?!t the officers, and the door w?s opened beforo the police had broken It down. The thre men-and .Mrs. jqMan mrs were at ones placed.undcr axrestanJ taken to the police station. Returning to the building In a. short time, the officers found that Streeter had barri caded the house once more. He was eiim munod to surrender, and nfter some parley ing gave himself up. When he came out of the house he carried a rifle and four re volvers. He claims that he was not on the ground when the fight was In progress. McJlamiers. lilockl and Hoeldtke claim that the first shot was fired by Kirk, and th.it he was shot when they returned his tire. This is denied by Portorous, who claims that the other side fired the opening bhot. All persons living on "the district of Lake Michigan" were placed under arrest. Kirk died at the Passavant Memorial Hospital without regaining consciousness. lie Is ftild to have come here recently from Missouri. In the immediate neighborhood of the scene of to-night's fight several of Chi UltiO : cago's prominent men reside, among them ,,eln -United states Senator Farwei; o. W. Potter. Franklin MacVeagh and Potter Palmer. RIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH IS CONSIDERED. Presbyterian Committee Arrives at a Decision on First Two Chapters. Phlladelphla, Feb. 11. The Presbyterian Revision Committee resumed Its labors to day In Westminter Hall, confining Its at tention to the brief statement of faith for popular use. The brief statement contains sixteen chap ters or sections, which were formulated by tile committee last December at Washing ton. D. C. The committee Is now going over the statement chapter by chapter and making changes where they are thought to be necessary. The first three chapters, as outlined at the Fes!on In Washington, were reviewed to-day and conclusions reached in the first two. The three sections are entitled Chapter I. Revelation and tho Rule of Faith; Chap ter II, God; Chapter III, Eternal Purpose. The committee will not give out what was adopted, but it Is understood that no im portant changes have been made The Revision Committee will adjourn next Friday regardless of what progrea has been made. Another meeting will have to be held prior to the opening of the Gen eral Asscmbl. which convenes May 13 In business". ' S aS ,0 Wind Up a11 ""finhed Former Moderator Charles A. DIckev of this city Mid to-day that no action taken up to date by the committee is tln.?l. eveS so far as It Is concerned, as It will be pos sible to make changes up to its closlnir ses sion If two-thirds of the memoera so desire" FATAL SHOOTING OVER A BOY. School Teacher Killed Father of Child He Had Whipped. REPUBLIC STECIAU Platte City. Mo., Feb. 11.-A lamentable tragedy occurred at LInkvllle, a town In this county, yesterday afternoon at 3 oclocfc Professor Ed McGonlgle and Wil Ham Bonne met at LInkvllle, McGonlgle was on horseback, going out of town, and Boone, also on horseback, was coming Into town. The men met and exchanged a few wcrds, when McGonlgle drew a pistol and firel two shots at Boone, and. Jumping fretn his horse, fired three more shots. Boone fell from his horse a dead man. Three of the shots passed through his bodv, the fourth through his hand, the fifth throvgh "his clothing. The trouble arose over McGonlgle. who teaches the district BChool near LInkvllle, whlpplnr a youne son of Boone's. McGon lglo. is a member of tho Platte County Board of Education. Boone was a prosper ous fanner, and both men stood high lrij the 56mmunity. McGonlgle is now tn tlie hands of the Sheriff at Platte City, await ing hU preliminary exarnlMrtont. ;riMir ykinli, the Defendant, Declares Disease Invaded His Family After the Rooms Had 15ee.ii Vacated. For suffering endured during an attack of smallpox and for the disfigurement of l.er face by smallpox scars, Miss Bessie Reames. IS years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Reames of Porter and Minne apolis avenues. East St. Loul.s. yesterday morning entered suit for ?.. damages In the Kast St. Louis City Court against Joseph Reyklrch. a prominent Kast St. Lou! 4 grocei. It is charged that she contracted the "Its ejse in the house owned and, a short time previously occupied, by Mr. Beyklrch and his family, and plaintiff states that Uio smallpox originated In the llejkirch family and that the Reames family were allowed to move into the houi; without having been warned of the danger of contagion. This Is denied by Uejkirch and his phy.-l-cian. Miss Addle and Bella. Reames also bc- MISS BESSIE REAMES Of East St. Louis, who ued her mother' landlord for -C3.000 damages for alleged suffering from smjllpox, which, she says. she contracted In tils flat. came HI with smallpox at ths satno time that the plaintiff did. and Attorney Frank G. Smith said last evening that he would ln"tur rv'tT In thfJr behalf as spoa as he Muld?'a'rsW-!rri--the-papi'?."Antf1l'"wT3urd also sue in behalf of Jlrs. Reames, who at tho time that her children b.came HI conducted a private boarding-house and as the result of the Illness- lost her board ers. Tho apartment where It Is alleged the Reames family contracted emallpox Is a flat of eight room, and is located over Mr. Reykirrh's grocery store on Jll'sourl ave nue. Shortly before the Reames family moved into the place. Jlr. Rekirch re moved his family to a new residence on St. Louis avenue. Mr. Eeykirch nays that his children had smallpox, but that they did not contract the diseae until after he had settled with lite family on St Louis avenue. He asserts that the Reames family did not becomo inficteo: from tho rooms which he had occupied. The Rcamtses moi ed into the flat on No vember 7 of last yeur, and on November 35 jiiss tuuie. jj j cars old. Jiiss Uessle IS years old, and Rolla, M vears old. all be came ill with smallpox within a few hours Dt each other. Mrs. Reames had six roomera at the time, and these departed as soon as It was dis covered that her children had smallpox. It nas been a month since all three were pro lounced cured. The disease left marks on Miss Resale's fare. Her complexion, which before the disease attacked her, was said to be smooth and soft. Is now rough and her features nppiar. Doctor II. J. De Haan. who attended the Bcykiroh family stated last night that tin was their family phssiclan. and that the .hlldren had smallpox, ton that the disease did not develop until several davs after the . uuiiu. ii-iuuvuu vo xne si. ijoma uvenue B00HER WILL INVESTIGATE COUNCIL BLUFFS STORY. Suya Mirny Mntnuenta Mndr liy Man Are Trne Shoemaker Subpoenaed. the republic srnciAU St. Joseph. JIo.. Feb. 11. C. V. Booher of Savannah. JIo., was in the city to-day. en route from Savannah to Council Bluffs, where he will Investigate the Shoemaker story given out there yesterday. Mr. Booher said that since the acquittal of Jlr.s. Richardson at Plattsburg It had been impossible lo secure any facts from her or her friends to old In solving the mys tery. Mr. Booher said that he was not lm prersed with Shoemaker's story at first, but had found, on Investigation, that many statements made by nim were true, and that ho is now- convinced the Council Bluffs man inows evm more than he has told. i:Kl"L"UI.li" sPi:c IAL. Council Bluffs, la., Feb. IL A subpoena for Ed Smith, also known as Maynard Shoemaker, reached here this morning and was served on him. An officer from Mis souri is here to look Into the merits of the main statement. If the Missouri officials are convinced that there Is any truth in Smith's statement he will be held as a witness. TOLSTOI'S CONDITION WORSE. Russian Count Is Suffering From Heart Failure. St. Petersburg. Feb. 11 Count Leo Tol stoi has suffered a relapse and is believed to be dying. According to a dispatch from London February 1, alarming advices regarding the condition of the Russian reformer, who Is In the Crimea, had been received hy Count Tolstoi's agent In England. Count Tolstoi is suffering from heart failure and Inflammation of the lungs. ENGINEER SAYS HE SLEPT. Fatal Collision Followed in a Few Miuutes. Pittsburg, Feb. 11. "I guess I went to sleep on my engine, after my train left Haysvllla yesterday, and two minutes later we struck the stock train in which, a drover was killed and another man was Injured." Such was the admission to the Coroner of Engineer William Jackson 'of engine No. 695. which yesterday crashed into the caboose or a stock tram on tho Plttaburr, tyw ana unic&sa tuuirarw TERMS ARE MADE PUBLIC. Both Great Britain and Japan Deny Having Any Aggressive Intentions. TREATY COVERS POSSIBLE WAR. Country Not Beginning Hostilities Shall Keep Out of Fight Unless Others Attack Ally Treaty Stands Five Years. Loi.don. F.-u. 11. An Important parlia mentary ph.t was issued to-night, giving the terms of a practical alliance between Ureat Britain and Japan for the preserva tion of China and Korea. The paper covers a dispatch oent by lMld Landowne, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. 'January 20, to the Brltl-h Minister at Toklo. Sir Claude JI. MacDon ald. and comprises a signed copy of tho ugreement. , In explanation, tho paper says, tho agree ment may bo regarded as on outcome of the t. vents of the last two jears. Through out the Boxer troubles Great Britain and Japan had been In close and uninterrupted communication and actuated by similar view s. "Wo each de.slre." says Lord Landowne, "that the Integrity and Independence- of tlw Chinese Empire should be preserved and that there should be no difturbance of the territorial status quo, either In China or the adjoining regions." The following are the terms of the agree ment signed In London Janusry SO: Government State- Their Turponen. "The Governments' of Great Britain and Japan, actuated solely by a desire to main tain The status quo and general policy !n the extreme East and being, moreover, es pecially Interested In maintaining the Inde pendence and territorial integrity of China nnd Korea and In securing equal opfor tu ill ties In those countries for the commerce and Industry of all nations, hereby agree as follows: "Article 1. The high contracting Power", having mutually recognized the Independ ence of China and Korea, declare them selves to be entirely uninfluenced by any SuMeifrre tcnaencl.s li either country.- Having In view, however, their especial In terests, of which thoe of Great Brlt.tln relnte principally to China, while Japan, In addition to the Interests she oosscses in China. Is interested in a peculiar degree, politically as well as comtrrn-ciallv and in dustrially. In Korea, the signatories recog nize that It will I admissible for either of them to take such measures ns may be in dispensable in order to safeguard those In terests. If they be threatened either by the agesslve action of any other Power, or by disturbances arising In China oi Korea, necessitating the Intervention of either of th? contracting parties for the protection of tho lives and rropery of its subject". TVIint Shall II r Done tn Cae of Wart Art. 2. If either Great Britain or Japan, in defense of their respective Interests, as above described, should become Involved In a war with another Power, the other con tacting party will maintain strict neutrali ty nnd use Its efforts to prevent other Powers from Joining In tho hostilities against Its ally. "Art. 3. If. In the above event, nny other Power or Powers should Join In hostilities .igatnst that ally, the other contracting Hartv will come to Its nslBtanee and wilt eonduct war In common and make peace In mutual agreement with It. "Art. i. The contracting parties agrea that neither of them will, without consult ing the other, enter into separate arrange ments with another Power to the prejudice of the Interests above described. "Art. E. Whenever, In the opinion of either Great Britain or Japan, the above mentioned Interests are Jeopardized, the two Governments will crmmunlcato with one another fully and frankly." Article 6 provides that th agreement come Into effect Immediately, remain In forco for five years, and be binding for a year nfter either party renounces It. But If. when tha date fixed for the expiration of the agreement arrives, cither party thereto Is actually engaged tn war, tha al liance shall Ipso- facto continue until peace Is concluded. The agreement Is signed by Lord Lans downe and Baron HayashI, the Japanese Minister to Great Britain. These Ministers so well kept the secret that the paper,. Issued after Parliament had adjourned for the night, announcing tho first Important alliance between a Western and a yellow, or Asian race, comes as a startling surprise to the public, and. al though the Idea of an alliance with Japan U likely to meet with general approval, tho outcome of this sensational departure will ce anticipated with no little anxiety. It la regarded as a direct move against Russia and to eiplaln the abandonment of the col ony of Wel-Hal-WeL DENIAL IN HOUSE OF COMMONS. Lord Cranborne Replies to Liberal Interrogation. London. Feb. 11. Tha Undersecretary for the Foreign Office, Lord Cranborne. reply ing In the House of Commons to-day to a question of Henry Lee Norman (Liberal), who asked whether the Government's atten tion had been called to the statement in the German press and alleged to have re ceived official confirmation at Berlin to the effect that Great Britain, April 14, 1S3S. through her Ambassador at Washington, Lord Pauncefote, proposed a fresh note. In which the Powers should declare that Eu rope did not regard the armed intervention of the United States in Cuba as Justlflahla and that in consequence of Germany's re fusal to accept this proposal the step was abandoned, said: "No, sir. Her late Majesty's Government never proposed, through her Majesty's Am bassador or otherwise, any declaration ad verse to the action of tho United States in Cuba. On the contrary, her late Majesty's Government declined to assent to any such proposal." John Redmond, the Irish leader, comment ed on Lord Cranborne's statement as fol lows: "That the feeling which existed in Amer ica and England did so much for the United States at the time of the war is all hum hug. To my personal knowledge. -the ma jority of the members of the House of Com mons were strongly anti-American In those days. I have ntf doubt Germany fasyt evj- j 4ence tn stort her assertion"- k- ' President and jlrs. Roosevelt Worn Out With Long Watch ing Secretary Long Makes a Social Visit. REPUHUC SPECIAL. Groton, JIass.. Feb. 11. While Theodore Roosevelt. Jr., Is by no means out of dan ger, and whllo there has been no decided change In his condition during the day. the general outlook has been moro favorable. This has been indicated more by the bear ing of the President and his wife than by reports of the boy's condition, gathered from various sources, although the sltua i;on was well summed up by Secietury Cor telyou at S o'clock to-night, when he re marked that the young patient was "con siderably better to-night than at this time last right." At 11 o'clock to-night Secretary Cortel you said: "It bids fair to be a good nlcht for tho boy." He added, however, th.it he did not want to create the impression that young Theo dore was on the road to recovery. N'o statement has been given out by tho phvslclans in attendance on the President's son an to when the real crisis of the dis ease may be expected, but there Is reason to belisvo that the patient will grow steadily worse from this time until late Wednesday night or early Thursday morn ing, whtn the stricken boy will come to the parting of the wajs which lead on either f to life or death. Both tho President and Jlrs. Roosevelt are quite will, although necessarily rau'eli worried and worn out. Jlrs. Roosevelt Is said, however, to have been Immensely re lieved by the day's events, and to bo look ins like a new woman. Her breakfast with tho President at the Gardner House this morning was her first absence from the Infirmary In many long hours. Secretary John D. Long of the Xavy De partment, who has been spending several das s at his homo in Bingham. JIass.. reached Groton about 1 o'clock. Secretary Long had a talk with the President. The Secretary said that he had merely p-ild a social visit. The President, Secretary Long added, was very much encouraged over the outlook and hoped to get away Thursday. SORROW FOR PRESIDENT'S SON. .Effect of His llliuess Noticeable at the-NationaJLCapitaL REPUBLIC SPECIAL. Washington. Feb. U. When JIlw Helen Hay was married to Payne Whitney last wetk. It was said, and with some Uigree of truth, that the wheels of Government stopped while the ceremony was in progress, for practically all the big men In oiticlal Washington left their desks to attend the wedding. And now the Illness of a little boy. whom comparatively few of those con nected with the Government have seen. Is having its effect on the workings of the ex ecutive machinery. Not that tho machinery has actually stoppod uny more than It did on JIlss Hay's bridal day. but the deep personal Interest and tho sincere n.vmpathy felt throughout the national capital In young Theudere Roosevelt Is manifested in every executive department and In the halls of Congress, and everywhere else by anxious Inquiries that take officials and employes away from their work, or by saddened lock3 that show- how little the minds of many were on their tasks. It Is not an exaggeration to say that the interest In this boy's fight for life Is gen erally the most absorbing thing In Wash ington. In tho personality of the Pres ident of tho United States and his family Washlngtonians have alwajs had a deep concern, and the Roosevelt house hold of voungsters has proved more interesting than any other that has occu pied the White House in munv years. So many stories have been told about the Roosevelt children that the people here have a real afff ctlon for. anil pride in them, and visitors to the White Houe are almost as unxlous to see thee typical young Ameri cans as they are to seo tho President and his wife. LEADING TOPICS -IN- TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC. THE BIN RISES THIS MORNING AT :. AND SETS THIS EVENING AT 5:H. THE MOON SETS THIS EVENING AT 10:17. WEATHER I.DICATIO-S. For St. Lonia nnit Vicinity Un settled, Trlth probably nnoii to-day and to-night. For MIfiaaurl Fnlri colder Thurs day. i'or Illinois Fair nnd colder Wednednj fair Thursday. Page. 1. Alliance to Aid China and Korea. Toung RooseVelt Somewhat Better. 2. Blame by Coroner's Jitfy for Holocaust. Prince Decides to Sail for America. t. Urgrs Trade War Against America. May Lay Blame on Austrian Jtlnister. 4. Hydraulic Engineers Report to the Mayor. Jefferson Barracks a Permanent Post. Wltnefsed the Panama Naval Fl?ht. Obituaries. 5. Firemen's Relief Fund. Airship Goes Two Miles a Minute. To Name Receiver for Detroit Bank. 6. Want an Official Ball for Tourneys Bernstein's Defeat Conclusive. Race Results and Entries. 7. East Side News. Railway News From All points. S. Editorial. Social Happenings. 9. Press Club Dinner for World's Fair. Decision Jlay Have Far-Reaching Ef fect. 10. Pepublic "Want" Advertisements. Birth, Marrlago and Death Jleceords. Real Estate Transfers. New Corporations. U. Rooms for Rent and Real Estate Adver tisements. 12..Summary of St. Louis Mirkets. Grain Speculators Aro Timid. Continental and Third List. Lead Security 13. Stock Trading In New York. Wall Street Gosslp. Rlver Brevities. IL Union Station Trust Company. They May Find Expected Trouble, Utah Ministers Fhrht PolyguBr. lIH;lKglll FRED C. MEIER, Commissioner of Supplies, rited before Judge Rvan for refusing to answer questions of the Grand Jury in the Central Traction bribery case. SsVs-Hi ivitoesmis iinrtiKi: ;lt.M JII1V YI'.STRRDAY. Ex-JIavor Henry Zfegenhein. JIajor C. C. Rainwater. Ex-Sheriff John II. Pohlrcan. EL F. W. Meier, ex-President Coun- Cll. s Fred C. Meier, Commissioner of Supplies. Andrew- Blong, Follce Commls- . 'floner. O Charles F. Kelly. Speaker of the House. s O Fred G. Uthoff, ex-Councilman. II. U. Weeke. ex-Delegate. O Chatleo Gutke. ex-Delegate. Edward Jlorrls-sey. Constable. O Richard Everitt. O II. W. Klrchner. O Finis E. Jlarshall. cashier Contl- nental National Rank. O a a Frederick C. Jlcier. Commissioner of Sap piles, and son of E F. W. Jleler. who was president of tho Council in 15SS when tho Central Traction franchise bill passed the JIuntcipal Assembl- over the Jlajor's veto, furnished the live development yesterday in the Grand Jury investigation into munici pal bribery Young Jleler refused to answer questions propounded by the Grand Jury, and. after being Instructed by Judge Ryan, after his first refusal, that' he could answer without laying himself liable to prosecution, he re fused to answer a second question along tho same lines. He wtll be Interrogated this morning by Judge Rvan us to his reason for refusing to answer the second question. When the second question was propounded Judge Ryan hail adjourned court and was not In a position to rute on the point at ls Fue, nnd the matter was postponed until 10 o'clock this morning, when court convene. Jleler was called into the Grand Jury room at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. That body was then Investigating the Central Traction scandal, and desired certain Infor mation wnlch. It Is said, young Meier Is la possession of. When he had been sworn. Foreman Dean of the Grand Jury asked him: WITNESS REFUSES TO .USU'EH QL'ESjTIO.NS. "Do you remember when the Central Traction bill was pending before the Mu nicipal Assembly?" "I refuse to answer," replied Mr. Jleler. The grand jurors looked their astonish ment. "On what grounds do you base your re fusal?" asked Jlr. Dean. "On the grounds that the answer might Incriminate me," said Jleler. Circuit Attorney Folk explained to Jleler that the matter under investigation was tha Central Traction bribery, that the offense was outlawed by the statute of limitations as to all but three who participated In it, and that a truthful answer to the questions to be put to him could not possibly expese him to the danger of prosecution for. bri bery, perjury or any other charge. But Jle.'er doggedly refused to answer, and Circuit Attorney Folk, after warn ing him that a refusal to answer might bring him In contempt of court, was con strained to cite him before Judge Ryan at the inrtauce of Foreman Dean. Deputy Sheriff Chaile.s lioran conducted Jleler before Judge Ryan. Jleler was very nervous when arraigned, and made an ef fort to compose himself whtn the Circuit Attorney was addrcsing the court. "Your Honor." said Jlr. Folk, "Jlr. Jleler. the defendant here, js a witness before tho Grand Jury, and haq refused to answer a question bearing upon a matter being In quired into by that body. His refusal la based upon the ground that his reply might incriminate himjclf. I respectfully ask the Court's ruling upon the question. The ques tion asked the witness lsr "Do you remem ber when tho Central Traction bill was pending before the Municipal Assembly?-"- "What is your objection to answering the question, Mr. Meier?" asked Judge Ryan. "If I answer t. I might incriminate mr wit," said-Meter. I "In what respect?" questioned the Jud.1. "Do you mean that .you might perjurft yourself?" "Yes." replied Jleler. "they might Indict" me for perjurv. The Grand Jurv startud to ask me questions abcut a certain thine, and If I don't ansvvir Just In the right way they are HaLle to Indict me. I don't know what tl cy'il do." "Well," observed the Judge, with an In dulgent smile, "do 1 understand you to K'tan that if you give a truthful reply to the uuestion -ou will Incriminate yourself?" "Well." explained Jleler, growing embar-5 rassed under the ordeal, "you ee, I don'f know what the other witnesses have testi fied before they called me. If I knew what they said I would know better how to an sw er." rOl'RT ADVISES WITH OKSTI.VATE MR. 3IEIEK. judge Ryan's bland smile expanded as he bcanud In a fatherly manner upon Meier. "Tho question propounded Is a very simple and harmlcs one. as it a Drears to me. nnd such a one as any citizen, even I. tnisht answer directly witnont hesitation. An answer to U will not leave you liable to prosecution for perjury or any other of fense. It does net in any way Involve you or anybody else In any material matter under investigation by the Grand Jury. Such. being the case, the question. In my opinion. Is a proper one, and requires an answer." Judge Ryuu ordered the clerk to make a record of tho ruling, and Jleler was es corted back to the Grand Jury room by Deputy Sheriff Horan. When the Circuit Attorney announced th ruling of Judge Ryan to the Grand Jury'. the foreman ugidn propounded the question to Jleler. and he answered in the affirma tive. Jlr. Dean then asked him: "Did anyone interested in the Central Traction bill talk to you while the bill was up?" -v Met.. fifl,c,1 ,,. am-n... .1.1 ... ..a.. I also on the ground that his answer might Incriminate himself. Tho foreman Insisted on an answer, and as Jleler persistently re fused to give one. Circuit Attorney Folk was asaln called on to secure a ruling from Judge Ryan. Jleler was again escorted down to the courtroom. Judge Ryan hart Just adjourned court and was about to leave when the Circuit Attorney arrived Jlr. Folk, the Deputy Sheriff and Jleler ac companied the Judge to his private office where the situation was explained to the Judge. Judge Ryan said It was a matter upon which he could not rule after the ad-' journment of court, and he postponed action Tiii . i ys.iv.". mis morning, jleler was allowed to depart, as he was not under arrest, but wait ordered to report to the QUESTION OF CONTEMPT. If Judge Ryan rules that the question Is a proper one, and the arand Jury Insist upon an answer, Meier, In the event of A refusal to answer, will be cited into court. r,i"KSt111 ?" 'J refusing to answer; after being instructed by the court, he will pe adjudged In contempt of court and sea tenced to Imprisonment In JalL He will re main there until he notifies the court that. " '". prepared to answer the queitloo If Jleler refuses to answer the questions nsked cf him by the Grand Jury, and ra m.a,n.' obstinate, he may pass tho remainder pr his days In Jail unfess the Judge re leases him of his own volition. The maxi mum term for contempt of court is tea days In Jail, but In a case of this kind when a witness refuses to answer proper questions of the Grand Jury, the penalty la commitment to Jail until either the pris oner decides to answer or the Judge de cides he has bein sufficiently punished. In the present Investigation. It may be noted, every question pertaining to the Cen tral Traction scandal Is. in the opinion of lending lawyers, a proper one, and requires an answer. A witness may refuse to an swer a question on the ground of Incrim inating himself only when the question, nsked Is material and has a pertinent bear-, lng on the connection of the witness with the felonious transaction under Inquiry, and where an answsr might result In the insti tution of criminal proceedings against him. In the present Instance the statute of lim itations! is a br .to any criminal prosecu tion for bribery, as the offense waa com mitted more than three years ago. INFERENCES ARE DRAWN FROM WITNESS'S RELUCTANCE. Young Meier's refusal to answer the questions propounded by the Grand Jury Is taken as an indication that he la afraid his testimony will injure some one vsry near to him. He has the assurance of th Grand Jury, the Circuit Attorney and Judge Ryan that anything; he may sty In regard to his alleged knowledca of or DU tlclpatlon In tie Central Traction bribery vi jumiuii iivvvwiuu b cumjcraeQ. tttOaUlfla. ?atf MIMA a Vm MhT1 1 V -e&:?fca&"; -.-i. . 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