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VOL. XXI. BILLINGS. MONTANA, FRIDAY. MARCH 23, 1916. 94 VOICE FROM THE GRAVE Letter Left by McCall Explaining Condi tion of Hamilton's Employment. [By Associated Press] New York, March 22.-A letter which former President John A. Mc Call of the New York Life Insurance company wrote the day before his death, in which he stated the condi tion under which he employed Andrew Hamilton as legislative agent of that company, was made public today. It was directed to Alex. E. Orr, presi dent of the New York Life Insurance company, dated February 16, last. It was written at the moment- when Mr. McCall evidently realized that he could not live and defend himself from the charges of making improper arrangements with Hamilton. The letter is as follows: "My Dear Mr. Orr: I am conscious that I have but a slight chance to re cover and I am desirious that you and the company officials through you shall have no doubt of the nature and character of the employment of An drew Hamilton, if I am not here to be heard when the time arrives to have it made known. He was employed by me in 1895, on behalf of the company, SNOW BLOCKADE IS RAISED Long Imprisoned Passeqgers on Colorado Railroad Are Released. [By Associated Pres] Durango, Colo., March 22.-The snow blockade which has existed on the southern line of the Denver & Rio Grande railroad since March 11 was broken today by the arrival of a through train from Denver. The blockade conditions on the Rio Grande Southern and on the Silverton branch of the Denver & Rio Grande remain unchanged and train service between Durango and Telluride will not be restored for several days. After being snowbound for 12 days on the lofty summit of Cumbres pass, GO INTO POLITICS Labor Leaders Will Appeal to People if Congress Fails to Give Relief De manded. [By Associated Press] Washington, March 22.-The execu tive council of the American Federa tion of Labor today discussed the re plies of President Roosevelt and Speaker Cannon to the memorials pre sented to them and to President Pro tem Frye of the senate yesterday re garding legislation affecting labor in terests. Mr. Gompers said tonight that the concluding paragraph in the memorial means exactly what it says, if con gress fails to remedy the grievances the organization will appeal direct to the people. "In other words," he said, "the federation of labor will enter politics and urge the unions to elect men of their own choosing and thus have a personal voice in the govern ment. There will be further discus sions of the situation by the members of the council, among whom the re marks of the president and Mr. Can non have made a deep impression." Mr. Gompers insists that the coun cil is right regarding the statements in the bill of grievances that it has abundant proof of the representations made therein and that the condition I of affairs ii the. labor world every where is the best proof of its conten tions. FOUR VESSELS WRECKED. [By Associated Press] Norfolk, Va., March 22.-Four sail ing vessels were wrecked on the Vir-I glnla and North Carolina coasts to- i day. This is unprecedented in the marine history on this coast. 1 to attend especially to matters of tax ation and legislation in the United States and other countries affecting the company's interests. He refused tr. accept the duty unless it was made confidential and secret and that no accounting of moneys advanced to him should be asked of him or rendered by him, and I assented to the propo sition. He told me that this condition he would impose as an absolute one and unless it was accepted he would not undertake the work. "Whether my action was legal or not will be left for others to say. I believed it was, and that I was clothed with full power so to act, and that the interests of the company and the policy holders demanded steps of this nature be taken, but aside from the main reason for my present writing is, that there may remain no doubt as to what my statement would be, if I were here, as to the nature and char acter of 'Judge' Hamilton's retainer and contract. (Signed) "Sincerely yours, "JOHN A. McCALL. at the crest of the San Juan rang( and 50 miles from the nearest town, . trainload of 50 passengers has arrivec at Alamosa, in the heart of the Sat Luis valley. The train left Durangc March 10. Railroad employes carried provisions to the imprisoned passen gers by climbing the mountain on snowshoes, and they were made as comfortable as possible under the cir cumstances. Owing to the high alti tude several passengers became sick. The rotary penetrated to the train last night. FAVORS STANDARD POLICY. Adjournment of Committee Appoint ed to Draft Insurance Laws. [By Associated Press? Chicago, March 22.-The committee appointed in Chicago last February at the time of the conference -of gover nors, attorneys general and insurance commissioners to prepare forms of laws for the better regulati'n of life insurance companies in the several states, tonight adjourned, after declar ing itseuf in favor of interference by the state in the internal affairs of in surance companies and of a standard form of policy. A sub-committee was appointed to draft laws which will carry the standard policy into effect. LARGE AND SMALL Municipal Grafters of Every Degree Unearthed by District Attorney at Green Bay. [By Associated Press] Green Bay, Wis., March 22.-Dis trict Attorney Samuel H. Cady ex ploded one of the greatest sensations of recent years in this city today, when he appeared before the county board and applied for the appdintment of a special assistant to work with him in prosecuting a total of 26 alleg ed felonies, which, he says, he has uncovered, being municipal grafting cases not touched, by the grand jury investigation of several years ago. First on the list was the arrest of Charles M. Carpenter of Chicago, the Barber Asphalt company's Wisconsin agent, for the alleged payme t of a 1400 bribe to Alderman II In 1901. Briberles nvol 00 upwards with only two )50 are alleged in the, prosecutions. UEDE SHINES AS HUMORIST Minnesotan Entertains House With Remarks on Statehood Bill. WILL GO TO CONFERENCE Rule Adopted A ing Senate to Appoint Conferees for Consideration of yasere. [BY Meociated Press] Washington, March 22.-The state hood bill was taken from the speaker' table in the house today and a re quest made of the senate for a confer ence on the measure. This action wan not accomplished without many wordi and votes. It was developed at once however, that there were votes enough to carry out the programme of the leaders. Then followed 40 minutes of witty speeches, some of which pro. voked the amusement of the members and the crowded galleries. Then came the final vote on the adoption of the rule of which 175 members ap proved and 156 opposed. The features of the debate were re marks by J. Adam Bede of Minnesota during which he told of his approval of the president, particularly because he had given his daughter in marriage to a member of the house of represen tatives and not to a degenerate prince or to a representative of "that house of detention at the other end of the capitol." Mr. Dalzell of Pennsylvania championed the special rule and Mr. Williams, the minority leader, suggest ed that the representatives would need a special prayer of the chaplain after they had made their record on the statehood. The legislative appropriation bill was then taken up again. Criticism was made of the management of the li brary of congress, and Mr. Hardwick of Georgia found himself opposed by members of both sides of the chamber in his endeavor to restrict the White i house appropriation so as to elimin ate the social secretary for the wife of the president. Referring to the house statehood bill, Mr. Bede said it reminded him of t.he way Noah put the animals in the ark; "He numbered the animals two by two, the elephant and the kangaroo.' The hitching of Oklahoma and the New Mexico propositions was like the two Mormon boys who went east to school. They were of the same name and age. The last question asked was I JOINT SCALE COMMITTEES ARE UNABLE TO REACH AGREEMENT [By Associated Press] Indianapolis, March 22.-After being in session the greater part of the day, the joint scale committees of the coal operators and the mine workers of the central competitive and southwest ern districts adjourned until tomorrow morning, divided on every proposition that has *been made by either side. They were no nearer an agreement than February 2, when the former con ference adjourned. Every indication tonight points to a WORK OF PORCH CLIMBERS. [By Associated Press] Detroit, March 22;-Porch climbers got away tonight with Jewelry valued at $10.875 from the home oa Mrs. U. if they were twins. "Yes, on our fath er's side." This applied to Arizona and New Mexico, both from Mexico, but different in all other respects. "But you say we are against the administration," he continued. "I am not. I have been with the administra tion in everything he has done, ex cept this bill and his wife-beating bill." (Laughter). "In his message a year ago he gave eight lines advocating the whipping post. This year he gave 13 lines for the two territories. "Oh, I love the president, because he is engaged in a great work; does great deeds, has high resolves and lofty purposes. But I don't have to stand for these little indifferent things that the leaders of the public got him to put in his message and then ascribe as his policy. But I like him most be cause he permitted a member of this house to break into his private home without sounding an alarm." This sally produced continued laugh er, as all eyes sought out Mr. Long worth, who occupied one of the front I seats and joined in the levity. "I like him because when he got ready to give his daughter away, he gave her to a real American, in every way worthy, and not to some degen erate prince." (Prolonged applause). "And I like him because when he gave her away he gave her to the house of action and correction at this end of the capitol and not to the house of detention at the other end of the capitol." (Laughter). , As to the statehood matter, he said e it would be far better statesmanship C to figlht the senate on some measure on which it made a mistake. In this A instance the senate was right and the tl house wrong. Never had the country n had so able a senate as today. "They % talk about the senate holding up h the entire country. Why, we have a T strong man in this house who can t( hold up one hundred thousand square miles more than anybody in the sen ate," he said. disagreement tomorrow and the con vening of the joint conferences to re ceive reports to that effect. Presi dent J. H. Winders of the operators admitted that a disagreement of the joint scale committee of the central competitive district is probable. Vice President Lewis of the United Mine workers said: "There will certainly be a disagree ment, unless the operators recede from their position.' i,. Ford, 1130 Woodward avenue. The jewelry was lying on a dresser in a front room on the second floor and the robbers entered the room by climbing the front porch while the household was at dinner. MANY MINERS ENTOMBED Aw ul Result Follows Explosion in West Virginia Coal Mine. [By Associated Press] Fairmont, W. Va., March 22.-Ten men are known to be dead, 25 are in jured and from 25 to 75 are missing as the result of an explosion of gas in the shaft of the Century Coal com pany at Century, a small 'mining town 50 miles south of here, on the Billing ham & Buchanan branch of the Balti more & Ohio railway. The explosion occurred at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon but owing to the telephone wires being put out of commission by the high winds details are lacking and the names of the victims. At six o'clock tonight 15 men were taken from the mine, five of whom were dead and the rest badly injured. A relief gang, headed by Superinten dent John Ward entered the mine at 6:30, but since then nothing has been heard here, as the telephone wires have been downed by storms and no other means of communications are available. CASTING EYES AT AMERICA Russia Would Aid Behring Strait Project for Political Reasons. [By Assoclated Press] St. Petersburg, March 22.-The sym pathy of Emperor Nicholas, Premier Witte and other members of the min istry, as well as of powerful influences at court, have been enlisted by Baron Loicq de Lobdel in the project of the American Trans-Alaskan Siberian com pany for the construction of a tunnel under Bering strait and 3,000 miles of railroad to connect it with the Siber lan railway. The opposition of a por tion of the bureaucracy which fought the scheme bitterly because the ne goiations were conducted over its head is breaking down. In addition to the general benefits which will accrue by the development 3f the resources of northeastern Siber KILLED BY SNOWSLIDE. Half Dozen Lives Reported Lost in Colorado Mountains. [By Associated Press] Granite, Colo., March 22.-An enor mous snow slide coming down last evening in the Winfield and Clear Creek mining district killed, it is re ported, at least half a dozen men. Among the dead is Harry Wineborn, the pioneer prospector and mining man of Chaffee county. A relief party was organized here by James Ball and has gone to the scene of the disaster. The news of the slide Was brought to town by a courier. WILL BRING ACTION City Party's Committee to Institute Criminal and Civil Proceedings in Philadelphia. [By Associated Press] Philadelphia, March 22.-That crim inal and civil proceedings will be in stituted, against certain men and firms who 'have performed contract work on municipal improvements was forecasted in a statement made-public tonight by the city committee of the city party. During the last few weeks there has been some controversy between cer tain reform elements of the city and former Judge James Gay Gordon, pri vate counsel for Mayor Weaver, over the delay in bringing promised crim inal prosecutions. This resulted to day in a conference between the exec utive committee of thl city party and Mayor Weaver's advisory board. What took place was not made pnblic, but the executive committee immediately made a report to the city committee. The mine is owned by Shaw Bros.,. of Baltimore, and is one of the larg est in West Virginia. Two hundred and fifty men are employed, but many of these came out today before the ex plosion took place. Following the explosion relief trains were run from Buchanan and Philippi with physicians and supplies. Un til these return, details will be meagre. NINE DEAD TAKEN OUT Twelve Remain in Mine Whose Fate is Unknown. [By Associated Pressl Wheeling, W. Va., March 23.-A re port from the Century mine at 3 o'clock this morning states that nine dead men have been recovered and 16 men who were overcome by gas were also brought up. They will re cover. There now remain in the mine 12 men whose fate is unknown. Ia, the imperial family owns an im mense extent of land which will be bettered also. The national defense committee considers the project as es sential from a strategic point of view, and, more important still, there is in the higher government spheres a dis tinct diposition to cultivate the Uni ted States as Russia's natural ally in the far east. It is believed that by interesting Americans in Siberia, the political ties will be strengthened. A. statement to this effect has been sub- mitted by Foreign Minister Lamsdorff to the commission under the presiden cy of Zeigler von Shaffhausen, min ister of ways and communications, which has been considering the pro ject. MANY ARE EXPOSED Well Known Race Course Official Tak en From Train Suffering with Viru lent Attack of Smallpox. [By Associated Press] Chicago, March 22.-Edward Jasper, a well known racetrack official, is in the Chicago isolation hospital suffer ing with smallpox, where he was tak en today, together with Mrs. Jasper, on their arrival in Chicago from Los Angeles, Cal. Mr. Jasper is secretary of the Los Angeles Jockey club and at the close of the racing at Ascot part he and Mrs. Jasper started for Chicago, where they have lived for many years. During the journey Jas per was taken sick and was examined by a physician, but his malady was not pronounced smallpox until he step ped off the train here and was inter cepted by officers of the Chicago health department. According to them Jasper has the disease in a virulent form. The disease has not yet attacked Mrs. Jasper. MURDEROUS NEBRASKAN. Fatally Shoots Wife and Dangerously Wounds Her Parents. [By Associated Press] Winside, Neb., March 22.-August Miller, a young farmer of Stanton county, went to the home of his fath er-in-law, Fred Harnecke, where Mrs. Miller had gone after a quarrel, and fatally shot his wife and dangerously wounded her father and mother. Mil ler was in turn wounded by Harnecke, but not seriously, it is thought. Borrowing a neighbor's horse, Mil ler escaped. A sheriff's posse is iha pursuit.