Newspaper Page Text
Fergus County Democrat
VOL. X. NO. 39. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, JUNE 2, 1914. PRICE FIVE CENTS INTO IE DISASTER Royal Commission Appointed To Fix Responsibility for Sinking of the Empress of Ireland-Plain Words From Premier Holman Identifying the Dead. MONTREAL, June 1.—Now that the first burst of excitement and grief over the sinking of the liner Empress of Ireland has partly spent itself, the public is awaiting the result of the government's inquiry to fix the respon sibiliy for the disaster that resulted in the loss of nearly 1,000 lives. A royal commission of three was ap pointed today to investigate. The second step in the legal battle arising out of the sinking of the Em press of Ireland will be taken to morrow. PREMIER'S PLAIN TALK. LONDON, June 2.—A dispatch to the Daily Telegraph from Sydney, N. S. \V„ says that Premier Holman, in announcing a message of sympathy in the loss of the Empress of Ireland, made the following statement: "I expect the inquiry will end in the unfortunate going of some mate or sailor. There will be no safety for passengers until the officers of the companies which send 1,300 people to sea in a ship capable of being de stroyed in IE minutes are put on trial as accessories to manslaughter. I hope the Canadian government will deal with the calamity in that spirit. The people who make money by gam bling in human lives ought to be pun ished." SURVIVOR FOUND. RIMOUSKI, June 1.—A woman, ap parently a Swede, was found wander ing naked near Rimouski today. It is believed she is a survivors of the wreck of the Empress of Ireland. She was dazed and unable to give an ac count of herself. IDENTIFYING BODIES. QUEBEC, June 1.—One hundred of t»e 188 bodies brought here yester day by the tender Lady Greg have been recognized by friends and rela tives. This is an additional to the 18 bodies identified and claimed at Ri mouski. The identified includes Sir Henry Seton-Karr, the big game hunter; Dr. E. A. Baley of Canada, and Mrs. W. Leonard Palmer, wife of a London THE JURY TERM T THE TRIAL OF JOSEPH MOWATT ON STATUTORY CHARGE BEGINS. LENIENCY HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JAP SNYDER OF STANFORD Man Sentenced to Six Months and to Pay a Fine of Five Hundred Dollars On His Plea of Guilty to Charge of Gambling Is Released—His Business Was Going to Tuin—Mrs. Lulu K. Nelson Seeks a Divorce—A number of Civil Actions Brought—Judge Ayers Excuses Number of Jurors Who Are Needed On Their Farms. The jury term of the district court opened yesterday morning and Judge Roy E. Ayers proceeded briskly with the work. A large number of those called to serve as jurors asked to be excused, most of them on the ground that their farm work needed their at tention. The court excused six for the term while 18 more were excused temporarily, 36 remaining. The first case called for trial was that of Joseph Mowatt, charged with a statutory crime, the complaining witness being his daughter, Mabel, aged 13 years. Some difficulty was experienced in securing a jury, but the following were finally sworn: The Jury. C. E. Campbell, A. F. Nelson, A. Weingart Jr., C. M. Ketelson, D. E. White, D. Proctor, W. Hanna, C. A. Toney, G. H. Deethardt, Charles Lu cier, H. H. Johnson, Charles Roberts. The examination of witnesses was proceeded with in the afternoon, the trial being held behind closed doors. Much of the testimony given was urn printable, but good progress was made in the trial. The case will go to the jury this afternoon. The defendant is represented by J. C. Huntoon, while County Attorney C. J. Marshall and Assistant County Attorney Stewart McConochie represent the state. newspaper man. The Lady Grey es corted by the British warship Essex arrived in Quebec yesterday morning and was met in the harbor by the Essex, which brought the coffins ashore. The coffins were draped in black and white and carried one by one to the long shed which had been prepared for their reception. At the wharf scores of officials kept the peo : pie back until the coffins had been : placed in the shed. I The shed where the most pitiful I senes occurred was the one contain 1 ing 25 little white coffins. These con tained the bodies of babies and small children. The figures of the deaths and res cued were still unchanged, they being 418 rescued and 969 still missing or drowned. Prompt investigation promised on all sides and a royal commission has been made to start a searching inquiry. The body of Laurence Irving, the English actor, was picked up last night on the western bank of. the St. Law rence, below Rimouski. His face was bruised beyond recognition and a sig net ring on one of his fingers led to : his identification. In one hand he - clutched a piece of cambric, probably I a part of the dress of his wife, whom lie was struggling desperately to save i when they were last seen alive. A SEAMAN'S VIEW. BOSTON, June 1.—"It was not weakness in the construction of the Empress of Ireland or of the life boats; it was poor seamanship that caused the loss of life and property last Sunday," asserted Andrew Fur seth, president of the Seaman's Pro tective Union of America, which opned its convention tonight. "Ever since the liability of the ship owner has been limited, releasing from responsibility in case of mistake of a crew, there has been less concern about the safety of passengers," Mr, Furseth said. "More than half of those who perished could have been saved if the crew had been efficient and organized for action in an emer gency." Following the Mowatt case the trial of J. Franklin, charged with grand lar ceny, will be taken up and Wednes day the case of John Taylor, also charged with grand larceny, and the last of the criminal cases set for the etrm will be disposed of. On Probation. Judge Ayers this morning released .T. Snyder, of Stanford, on probation. Snyder, it will be remembered, was sentenced last March to six months in the county jail and to pay a fine or $500 on his plea of guilty to a charge of gambling. Snyder paid his fine and has been in jail ever since he was sen tenced. Judge Ayers was moved to extend clemency to the man because he learned Snyder's manager at Stan ford had quit and that the prisoner's business was going to ruin in his ab sence. Seeks a Divorce. Lulu K. Nelson yesterday brought suit for divorce against Thomas H. Nelson. The parties were married at Flandreau, S. D„ in April, 1905, and have a child 7 years old. In her com plaint the plaintiff alleges cruel treat ment, intemperance and failure to pro (Continued on page twelve.) DETECTIVE WHO CAUSED ARREST OF WINTERS QUITS SAYS POLITICS HAS ENTERED CASE AND HE IS THROUGH WITH IT. NEWCASTLE, Ind., Jun 1.—R. H. Abel, a detective, who caused the ar rests Saturday of Dr. and Mrs. A. Winters and W. H. Cooper on charges to commit a felony in connection with the disappearance more than a year ago of Catherine Winters, the 9-year old daughter of Mr. Winters, withdrew from the case late today. This fol lowed the action of W. R. Meyers, the prosecuting attorney, who filed af fidavits in the circuit court charging Cooper and Mrs. Winters, who is the child's stepmother, with first degree murder. 'Politics has entered into this case," Abel said. "I will hav nothing fur ther to do with it until the murder affidavits are filed." Prosecutor Meyer said he wished more time to go over the evidence sub mitted by the detective. CO ON STRIKE VOTE OF FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND ENGINEERS AND FIREMEN CALLED. EFFORT TO SETTLE THE TROUBLE ENDS IN FAILURE Practically All Railways West of Chi cago and Lines In Canada Will be Affected if the Strike Is Called—All Quiet in the Keneka Field— Ben Lindsey Tells of Colorado Strike. Projects Himself Into the Hearing. Predicts More Trouble When the Troops Leave the Field—Scores Rockefeller. CHICAGO, June 1.—A strike vote of 55,000 engineers and firemen on 58 railroads west of Chicago will be tak en as the result of the breaking of all negotiations tonight of arbitration. The negotiations have been in prog ress for nearly three months. Prac tically every railroad west of Chicago and lines in Canada west of Fort. Wil iam, except the Grand Trunk, are in volved. The strike vote will affect several hundreds of workers on these 140,000 miles of railway who receive about $67,500,000. IN KANEWA FIELD. CHARLESTON, W. Va„ June 1.— The first week of the coal strike in the Kanewa field passed off quietly. Several coal companies have reached agreements with their men. THE COLORADO STRIKE. NEW YORK, June 1.—John D. Rockefeller and son and the other mineowners in Colorado were com pared to persons attempting to end their lives by Judge Ben B. Lindsey today at the hearing of the United States industrial commission in tin city ball. "If these persons are ever injured," re exclaimed dramatically, "they will have only themselves to blame. It will be a new and novel method of self destruction, and the president of the United States should save men like them from themselves just as the police would grab a poor devil and prevent his jumping into a river." Judge Lindsey projected liimselt into the proceedings of the commis sion by raising among the spectators after Major Edward J. Boughton, chairman of the military commission that gave the Colorado militia a clean bill of health, had testified. Says Statements Are False. "Some of the statements the last witness made are absolutely false," (Continued on page six.) STATE BOARO RESCINDS ITS ACTION ON CONSOLIDATION HELENA, June 1.—The state board of education at its semi-final meeting | . here today, while not going on recora or or against consolidation of state educational institutions, adopted two lesolutions bearing directly upon the question. The first rescinded a form er action which placed the board on record in favor of consolidation, and as a result the members now are free to take such par; in the discussion of consolidation as they may choose. The second resolution was aimed to prevent any one connected with stat" institutions from conducting any cam paign in a public manner. Announcement The management has decided that begin ning with next week, the Weekly Democrat will be issued on Thursday, instead of Tues day. This change is made because it will en able us to give both our readers and adver tisers better service, and we are confident that they will appreciate it. CARRANZA CAUSE Of SOME DELAY WANTS GREATER SHARE IN THE GOVERNMENT THAN IS PROPOSED. THE CAPTURE OF MEXICO CITY IS STILL MANY MONTHS AWAY Carranza Issues New Statement and Villa Reiterates His Loyalty to the Constitutionalist Chief—Trend ot the Peace Program Will Depend Upon Developments of the Next Two Days—It Is Not Believed That Anything ...II Occur to Disrupt the Conference—Fines Against German Ships Not Yet Protested. NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, June 1. —More information concerning the at titude of General Carranza than was contained in his last communication brought by Juan F. Urquidi, or the unofficial statement from Durango to night, is awaited by the mediators be fore deciding the subject of constitu tionalist representation here. This may be obtained from the Washington government. The mediators are preparing a reply to the message brought by Urquidi. The statement from Durango did not alter the opinion of the mediators to wards the constitutionalists. The dip lomats claim that from the outset they have planned to give the consti tutionalists as great a share in the new government as is proportionate with their strength. As to the mili tary side, the concentration of federal forces at San Luis I'otosi, where the Huerta forces are confident of check ing the constitutionalist advance, is in line with the general belief here that the capture of the City of Mex ico, is still months away. Tipon the development of the next two days depend the trend of the peace program. Should the constitu tionalists remain obdurate and refuse to meet the terms fixed by the medi ators, the negotiation here will not be disrupted on that account, for the United States, it is known, will not in sist to such a degree as to offset what has already been accomplished toward a change of administration in Mexico. CARRANZA'S STATEMENT. EL PASO, Texas, June 1.—A semi official statement from General Car ranza's headquarters criticizing the ac tions of the A. B. C. mediators at Niagara Falls and an announcement from General Villa reaffirming his al legiance to General Carranza, were the developments of the Mexican situation here today. Villa arrived at Chihua hua City from Torreon today on his way for a visit to Juarez on the border here. Carranza was reported as hav ing begun preparations to move by way or Torreon to Saltillo, where he will perfect his provisional govern ment. The statement from Durango, where Carranza's provisional government has been established, was addressed to the American press with a note to (Continued on page twelve.) FAMOUS RACE TRACK IS TO BECOME POLO GROUNDS SAN FRANCISCO, June 1.—The fa mous Santa Anita race track, near Los Angeles, long a monument to the turf activities of the late E. J. (Lucky) Baldwin, will soon be no more. Mrs. Anita Baldwin Me ciaughry, daughter of the noted plung er, on the eve of her departure for Europe, announced that she had ac quired majority control of the Los Angeles Pacing association and that it was her intention to wipe out the track and replace it with a modern polo and golf links. It was on the Santa Anita tracks, of which Mrs. McClaughry is mistress, that Baldwin passed his declining years in an effort to raise race-win ning horses. SFNATF TO VflTF ON 0 ™ 11 - lu vult m TOIL OIL SATURDAY Claim Is That Repeal Measure Will Pass by Major ity of Nine-Beginning Tomorrow Bill Will Be Constantly Before the Senate Until It Is Disposed Of. WASHINGTON, June 1. Develop ments in the senate today encouraged leaders in the belief that the vote on the canal tolls exemption repeal bill will be taken on Saturday night. Although an elYort to secure unani mous consent for a vote at 4 o'clock Friday failed, Senator O'Gorman, lead er of the forces opposing repeal, an nounced that, beginning Wednesday, the hill would be kept constantly be fore the senate until it was disposed of. During the day a conference be tween Senators Kern, Simmons and Lodge, at which the forces for and against repeal were reckoned, led to an announcement by Senator Simmons that he expected the bill to receive 52 votes. Senator Simmons asserted he did not include any senators count ed as doubtful. If his prediction is fulfilled the repeal bill will have a majority of nine. Senator O'Gorman made the proposal that the senate vote Friday. Senators Colt and Myers spoke in favor of repeal today and Senator Catron opposed it. Senator I'lttman introduced an amendment which would empower the president to re duce the toll rate on American coast wise ships or exempt them when nee essary to prevent discrimination. Another Inquiry. By a vote of 33 to 20 tin* senate today referred to the interstate com merce commission the Norris resolu tion asking the attorney general to ascertain whether the New York Cen tral lint's constituted a combination in violation of the Sherman anti trust law and if he intended to protest against It. MRS. WEST TESTIFIES IN CASE AGAINST GOVERNOR HODGES CLAIMS EXECUTIVE TRIED FORCIBLY TAKE PAPERS FROM HER. TO TOPEKA, Kan., June 1 —Mrs. Lui ella West of Wichita, Kan., took the stand today in the trial of her suit for $42,315 against George II. Hodges, governor of Kansas, for an ullegcd rssanlt and batter in the governor's oTiee and told the story on which she bases her claim. It was in regard to a parole for Frank Sullivan, a convict, that Mrs. \\ eat called on the governor the day the alleged attack occurred, she said. Mrs. West culled on the governor April 8, last, with copies of letters which had been given her by S. T. Seaton, the governor's executive clerk. "1 was accompanied to the govern or's office that day by Mrs. Buck waiter," Mrs. West testifed. "Mrs. Buck waiter had the letters in her hand and the governor seized them. "Then the governor caught hold of my hands and wrists. With one hand he held my wrist and with the other he tried to take the papers from me." The case will probably go to the jury tomorrow. CONCESSION AROUSES MANY OF THE MEXICAN SENATORS REFUSE TO APPROVE ACTION OF THE MINISTER OF COMMERCE. MEXICO CITY, June 1.—The senate today failed to pass a bill approving the concession granted by the minis ter of commerce, Senor Moheno, to Pedro Barrenchau and Gen. Francisco Romero, two former governors of San Luis Potosi for the exploitation of oil fields in the government lands in the state of Vera Cruz. Senor Francisco Bulnes attacked the minister in a speech, saying that the principal cause of the present revolution was the granting of con cessions during the Diaz administra tion to a hand full of friends. In order to prevent further trouble no concessions such as proposed would be awarded to the government. The senate adjourned until tomor roy when the subject will again come up for discussion. VISIT THE CITY DELEGATIONS COMING TO CON VENTION THIS WEEK. REPORTS ARE VERY ENCOURAGING Interesting Session Is Held at Butte. Self-Denial Week Is Bringing in Good Returns to the Organization. Grace Cotterill in Helena. BUTTE, June I. The big suffrag ette event lu re last week was the Liberal Culture club banquet' with "Woman Suffrage" as the topic, A symposium by six speakers and a thorough discussion by at least 10 ethers, ail limited le eight and three minutes each and no one exceeded the time. The antic were there, but only one poor man could be prevailed on to present their side of the. question. Hi* wife and daughter are strong ,o. es for women boosters. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of equal suf frage at the close of the banquet. At Deer Lodge. Miss Jane Thompson writes from Deer Lodge, "The Powell County Equal Suffragette association is a healthy organization. Mrs. Higgins Is a little? steam engine and the others are fine stuff, too." Miss Thompson nlso has a word to say anent Miss Stewart, of Missoula; Miss Stewart ,n certainly a wonder. The president of the university is from Misso..... nlso a member of the faculty, so I'm iu my native element, especially as they are all suifraglsts. Miss Thompson Is making a success of her trip through Montana as everyone likes her genial, cultured manner and her enthusiasm on the question of suffrage. Coming to Lewistown. A large delegation will go from Glendive to he meeting of the suffrag ists and the Staff? Federation of Wom an's clubs at Lewistown this week. Havre will also have a delegation or suffragists at the Judith Basin me tropolis. Self-denial week for suffragists is bringing in returns. The women throughout the state show themselves willing to shut off ice cream sodas, new feathers (no personal allusions) ribbons and other vanities to help the cause. Small sums of money are com ing in to head-quarters, and these are most thankfully received from both uidividunls and countifis or organiza tion. Money, money—every stamp costs. Wakes Helena Up. Mrs. Grace Cotterill, who has been visiting Helena, has taken the capi tal city by storm. Her suffrage speeches before the la bor unions, the women who gather in the Placer hotel parlors, the clubs and public metings have not only intensi fied the interest, but convereted hosts ef 'indifferents.' " FRENCH CABINET CRISIS OVER FINANCIAL MEASURE PARIS, June 1.—The French cab inet under the premiership of Gaston Dourmerge has decided to resign. The resolution was taken at a cabinet meeting today. The cabinet will meet tomorrow to draw a statement to explain retire ment. Differences are said to have arisen between members of the cabinet con cerning financial measures and in re gard to the three-year military ser> ice.