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Last Edition
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NUMBER 7003.
Yesterday's Circulation, 49,060.
Twenty Pages
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(Banker Howe Tells of Situa
tion at Campaign
GIVEN $40,000
Dodge Testifies Governor Refused
To Let Harvester King's
Money Be Returned.
That George W. Perkins, early In
1911, Joined friends In extending
financial aid to a Trenton. N. J.,
newspaper that was supporting the
administration of Governor Wilson,
was one of the most Interesting
facts brought out during tho ses
sion of the Clapp committee today.
In this enterprise, Mr. Perkins
Joined bands with Cleveland Dodge,
a life-long friend. The two are next-
door neighbors in New York; both
are friends of long standing with
Colonel Roosevelt, who only a day
or two ago paid a high tribute to Mr.
Dodge, as he has repeatedly done to
Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins Defended.
Today Mr. Perkins Is one of the lead
ers In the Progressive party's campaign
for Roosevelt, and Mr, Dodge appears
as the larseat single contributor In be
half of the nomination of Governor
Wilson for President. But the friend
ship of the two men, and their devotion
to the same central progressiva pur
poses, was attested by Mr, Dodge him
self, who told the committee that he
resented and was much grieved because
of aspersions, that have been Indulged
against the motives or Mr. Perkins.
It was a most Interesting picture of
the kaleidoscopic piny of politics, In tho
era of rapid changes, that was drawn
before the committee this morning. It
Included, too, Mr. Dodge's explanation
of the contribution which Cyrus McCor
mlck, president of the Harvester Com
pany, made to tbs Wilson pre-conven-tlon
Discussion of Paper.
Mr. Dodge had been called to 'tell
about his contributions and those of
friends who had Joined him In making
them to the Wilson nomination fund.
Incident to this discussion came up the
affairs of the Ttonton True American,
a paper that has been a steadfast sup
porter of Governor Wilson.
The True American was opposed, be
cause of Its support of Wilson, by the
old Jersey machine. Its publisher, Mr.
Alexander, was being pressed on some
obligations and went to Vice President
Howe of the Princeton Hank In much
distress. Ha was In danger of being
forced out of control of the paper be
cause of the antagonisms which his
support of Wllaon had aroused among
powerful Influences In the State.
Mr. Howe took the matter un early
In 1911, almost a year before the real
opening of
the preliminaries to tho
campaign of 1912. The story of what
followed was developed today through
the testimony of Messrs. Howe and
About 940,000 Furnished.
The funds that were finally advanced,
amounting to about JtO.000, were secured
bv mortgage, which was given In the
name of a Trenton lawyer, as trustee
The transaction wss a strictly business
one. Mr. Howe explained that the
properly Included 123,000 worth of real
estate and a plant worth perhaps twice
as much; the money secured was used
mainly In paying oft outstanding obli
gations and In part for running ex
penses. ,
There was no thought, In the minds of
nnv of the people concerned In the
transaction, of Presidential possibili
ties In connection with the paper. More
recently, however, there has been per
sistent report that the control of the
paper was bought up to Insure Its sup
port of Wilson; and It was for the pur
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
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Bun rises Sun sets 6:21
Becker Defense Tries to
Prove Witness Was One
of Conspirators.
Slain Gambler's Widow Has Not
Been "Reached" By Friends
i Of Accused.
NEW YORK, Oct. 15. The real
fight to save Police Lieut Charles
Becker from the electric chair be
gan today with the calling of Bam
Schepps to the stand. Whitman re
lied on Schepps to prove his case,
Insisting that he was not one of the
murder conspirators, but that he was
the "independent scource" which, the
law demands for confirmation of tho
story of conspirators.
To offset this Mclntyre, for the de.
fense, had the police circular sent
, out caiHnafor the arrest of Schepps
1, which he' was referred to as
''Wanted for Murder," and was
planning to get it before the Jury if
Tie entire Becker case hinges on
Schepps. Should Justice Goff hold
that he was not a member of the
conspiracy, then his evidence will
make the stories told by Rose, Web
ber, and Vallon material, and the
jury can believe them. Molntyre,
however, Is fighting bard to provent
Whitman Is Accused.
He openly charged In the courtroom
that the district attorney had failed to
have Schepps named In the blanket
Indictment In order that he could take
advantage pf a technicality and ret
his story before the Jury as the needed
Independent evidence In the case.
It Is also assured that Mrs. Rosen
thal will tell her story to the Jury, She
assured tho district attorney that a
mistake had been made when It was
declared she had agreed to retract
much of her original statement. In
stead, she told Whitman she was fully
convinced that Decker had her hus
band killed and she would also tell the
Jury. She has been sick but, accord
ing to the district attorney's office, she
will be able to take the stand when
called on.
Becker Not a Suicide.
A rumor that Lieut, Decker had com
mitted suicide In the Tombs was sent
broadcast over the country today, and
caused much annoyance to the prison
officials here, who said there was abso
lutely no basis whatever for the report.
Decker was In his usual good health.
When Schepps was sworn he gave his
occupation as a portrait enlarger. He
said that he had known Jack Rose for
years, but that he first met Decker
auoui inree or xour moiuns ago.
Schepps the ntold of hi trip to Web
ber's poker room, where he said he saw
Webber hand a roll of bills to Jack
Rose, and he then went with Rose to
Fiftieth street and Eighth avenue, where
ne nam ne saw Hose nana tne money
over to Lefty Louie, one of the gun
men. He then went with Rose to Harry
Pollack's home and stayed with him for
several noura.
Had Talk With Becker.
Schepps said that at the request of
Rose he went to the home of Lieutenant
Becker the day after the killing, and
bad a talk with him.
It was In the evening and Decker told
him to tell Hose that ewrythlng would
be all right. Schepps said that he was
at Pollock's house when John W. Hart
came there to get the affidavit from
Rose that ho and not Pucker loaned
Rosenthal ll.GOO.
Schepps denied that he was ever In
terested with Rose In a gambling house.
He also Bald that ha had only been In
Webber nnd Rosenthal's gambling plac
es to play,
"Unbecoming Conduct"
Charged by His Wife
"Conduct unbecoming a husband," Is
charged against Lewis E. Hill In a
petition for an absolute divorce filed In
the District Supremo Court today by
Mrs. Clara E Hill.
Mrs. Hill Informs the court that her
husband began to treat her "Inhumane
ly" several years ago and that her
"life became unbearable and Intoler
able." She names a co-respondent un
der three different names.
Official Bulletin on Colonel's
CHICAGO, Oct. 15. Tho following statement has been issued at the Mercy
Hospital on the condition of colonel Roosevelt:
"Tho bullet lodged in the chest wall without striking any vital organ
in transit. Ppint of entry inch to the right and one inch below the level of the right
nipple. Tho bullet ranged upward and inward f or a distance of four inches into the
chest wall. No evidence that tho bullet penetrated the lung.
"Pulso is 90; temperature, 99 2-10; respiration, 20; loucocrito count, 8,200 at
10 a. m. No operation to remove tho bullet is indicated at tho present time.
"ConaitioL -., hopeful, but the wound is bo important as to demand a rest for
a number of days. (Signed) "JOHN MURPHY,
"ARTHUR BEVER, "Attending .'Physicians."
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Who Aided in the Capture of the
Would-Be Assassin.
Seventy-five Extra Talesmen
amined Without Fill
ing Box.
8iventy-fivc extra taKimen were
examined this forenoon In the trial of
Tony Mllano In Criminal Court No. 1,
but the Jury was not completed. Jus
tice Stafford adjourning court at noon
with nn order for another venire of
fifty men to bo summoned for to
morrow. It Is now believed that the Jury
will be obtained tomorrow forenoon,
as the defense has only Ave peremp
tory challenges left. Thus far the
Government has exercised only six
The court room was crowded to
day when court convened, and a
throng of people Including the pros
pective Jurors, tilled the corridors.
Justice Stafford Issued an order that
no persons should be admitted to tho
court room after the seating capacity
was exhausted.
S. McComas Hawken, assistant Unit
ed States attorney, conducted the exam
ination of tho talesmen, and will make
the opening address to the Jury, out
lining the case, which the prosecution
expects to prove.
Mrs. Mllano and her three children,
one a babe In anna, occupied a front
seat close to Mrs. Mattle Smith and
her daughter. Miss May Smith, mother
and slater of the little boy alleged to
have been murdered by the Italian
shoemaker. Mllano greeted his family
pleasantly as he entered the court room
and took a chair beside his counsel.
Little Margaret Mllano, called "Mag
gie" by her accused father, plays a
pitiful role in the tragic trial that of
unwilling witness against her parent.
Krom her the prosecutors hope to elicit
evidence that she unwittingly bought
tho kerosene with which the lifeless
bodv of little Harry 8mlth Is alleged to
have been saturated by her father In
an attempt to hide the crime. Soon
after her father was Jailed on suspicion
that he had committed the deed, little
Margaret Is alleged to have admitted
to police detectives that she purchased
the nil at her father's command. The
law bam a wife from testifying against
her huihund, but there Is no auch char
I'nble provision for the child. Little
Mnrgnret must take the witness stand.
Petite and protty to an unusual de
gree, this child Is the object of much
attention and pity In the court room,
as she sits beside her sorrowful mother
and tries to cheer her In her girlish
way, Her deep affection for lT father
Is frequently evidenced by winsome
smiles and loving glances In his direc
tion. Down In tho "hold-over" where pris
oners are confined at City Hall while
awaiting trial Mllano and his dis
tressed family have held several short
reunions under the watchful eye of a
guard. Before leaving to go upstairs
to the trial tho accused man has fondly
klstiid each child and then fairly
bugged hi frail little wife.
Who Announced to the Milwaukee Audi
ence That Roosevelt Had Been Shot.
High Winds Bother Outfielders as
Practice Starts at Fen
way Park.
uoston is Daseball mad today, Tha sun
dropped behind ticavy black Uouds
shortly after noon nnd a strong wind
camo up, but the possibility of rain had
no effect on the fanatics who pushed
and Jostled their way Into the grounds
as son as the gates were opened. At
1 o'cluck the bleuchers wero nearly
filled and about half of the reserved
seat holders were In their places.
The diamond was In excellent con
dition, but It was seen In practice that
the strong wind bothered the outfielders
In their efforts at fly balls. The aiauts
came on the ground at 12:30 p. m.. and
plunged Into practice work, making Im
pressive catches, and throws, und ap
parently full of confidence of victor?
Another army of Giant rooters camo
to Boston this forenoon, and again
E lunged heavily on their favorites. The
ettlng quotations vuriud slightly, but
the average odds on tht game stood at
JUe to four on the Red Sox for today,
and 2 to 1 on the Doston for the series.
The Glnnts scored six runs In the
first Inning, hitting Joe Wood hard.
The big crowd of fans were Baddcned
by the downfall of their Idol.
Wounded Candidate Opposes Plan to Close
Campaign When Friends Announce
He Must Give Up Traveling.
CHICAGO, Oct. 15. Showing more composure than
any man in tho sick room, Col. Theodore Roosevelt, for
mer President and tho Progressive party's candidate in
this campaign, lies at tho itercy Hospital hero awaiting
nn operation to remove tho bullet fired into his .right
breast by a would-be assassin at Milwaukee last night.
The Indomitable will and self-control of the former President Is
again In evidence here today. He joked with his physicians as, with
grave faces, they subjected him to an x-ray examination to locate tho
bullet. The colonel's condition is satisfactory, and there is no need for
alarm, except for the remote possibility of blood poisoning.
No operation has yet been attempted, and in the latest bulletin
issued by the four attending physicians it is hinted that the bullet may
not be removed for several days. No explanation has yet been made of
this change in plans on the part of the surgeons who are at the candi
date's bedside.
Colonel Roosevelt, insisting that he will be all right in a few days. Is
vigorously opposing plans to bring his speech-making tour to an end.
The Progressive candidate, laughing at the fears of friends and physi
cians, declares that he Is going to continue the campaign until election
A touch of pathos was lent the near tragedy today when the colonel
beard that every Progressive meeting scheduded (or tonight will be
opened with prayer for Mr. Roosevelt's speedy recovery. The colonel re
ceived the news in thoughtful silence and evident deep appreciation.
While tho surgeons moved about his bed at Mercy Hospital today, Mr.
Roosevelt continued to express pity for the misguided crank who at
tempted to kill him last night. Intermingled with these expressions, in
none of which was tho least bit of malice, were good-natured sallies be
tween tho colonel and his physicians,
"I'll bo out of here In a Jiffy,'' said the colonel. "I fool bully for a
man with a bullot in him."
The gameness of the former President encourages tho physicians to
believe that his recovery will be more rapid than it might be under dlf
fertnt circumstances. '
Word was received here that Mrs.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of
the colonel and wife of the Congress
man, Nicholas Longworth. was on her
way here from Cincinnati and would
arrive at the hospital this afternoon.
Medlll McCormlck was one of the first
persons admitted to the hospital to see
the colonel today. The two talked poU
tlcs for a few minutes, and McCormlck
Informed Colonel Roosevelt that he had
cancelled all of the Progressive nom
Inee's speaking dates for the remainder
of the campaign.
A mooting was arranged for this aft
ernoon between McCormlck and O. K.
Davis, of the New York Progressive
headquarters, with the colonel.
The manuscript of Colonel Roose
velt's speech, a steel spectacle case ond
a thick army overcoat lessened the
force of the bullet and probably saved
the colonel's life last night. The speech
and case were In the right-hand breast
pocket of his small coat. The bullet
went through the thick wad of manu
script, clipped off an end of the spec
tacle case and entered the Colonel's body
Just below the tenth rib. Dr. Terrill,
a physician traveling with Roosevelt,
was Indisposed nnd had to remain at
the hotel. He was In his room on the
fourth floor when he heard the shot
and was told 'that "somebody had been
"May Be My Last Message."
The dector rushed from his room
nnd, In his haste, lost his balance
and fell down a flight of stairs, sus
taining severe bruises about the
When ho reached the colonel's side
he demanded to know what was tho
matter. . ,.
"Oh, nothing," replied Roosevelt.
"I want to see what's wrong," the
doctor Insisted, but was unable to
do so until the colonel submitted to a
preliminary examination behind the
stage of the nudltorlum. There ef
forts were mado to Induce him to go
to a hospital.
"I'll make that speech If I die mak
ing It," he declared. "Roys, this may
be my last message, but I'm going to
delUer It."
On the oporating table at the Mil
waukee hospital he kept up a rapid
lire conversation and seemed pleased
that he had "got his message across,"
Ills first thought was for Mr. Roose
velt, and he sent a telegram In which
he assured her that his condlUon was
excellent and ordered that. If the tele
graph office was not open at Oyster
Day, the message should be taken there
by taxlcab.
Message From McKinley's Nephew.
Tho news of the colonel's misfortune
had hardly grown cold on the wires
when telegrams of sympathy and con
gratulation for his escape began to pour
In from all quarters of the compass.
Ono of the Hrst waa from Bert A.
Miller, nephew of former President Me
Kinley. It was dated Cleveland, Ohio,
and read:
"You have been wounded In the tamo
battle for human rights In which Wil
liam McKlnley, my uncle, lost his life.
May you live to carry forward this
righteous war."
Another was from Hiram W. John
son, governor of California, and Vice
Presidential nominee on the Bull Moose
"We all rejoice at your providential
escape," It read, "May God be with you
always as he was tonight."
Colonel Roosevelt came Into the same
railroad statlnon, the Northwestern, at
3:30 this morning that he left yesterday
with the plaudits of thousands of Dull
Moosers ringing In his ears, to bo oper-
! ated on to locate the bullet fired Into his
body last night. He was suffering more
than he would permit his friends to
know. He was sleeping soundly when
the train drew in and the special car
was quietly shunted to a track In the
quietest part of the yard. A squad of
policemen surrounded the car until the
colonel was removed.
At C o'clock the Mercy Hospital am
bulance was driven Into the railroad
station and half an hour latpr PntnnAi
i Roosevelt was led out. His appearance
forbadV: cheers. He was keeping up the
1 bnlrt frnnt that ,rntit n,h o ripamatl,.
sceno In tho Milwaukee auditorium last
night, and he rofused to be assisted
down the steps of the car. When he
reached tho long step to the ground ho
tried to make It, but was caught by
Harrv Cochema and Elbert Martin, The
colonel wlno;d but tried to carry him
self as usual. He' kept it up until the
moment he sat down on tho couch In
(Continued on Second Page.)

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