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E. B. THAYER, Publisher. WAUSAU, - - WISCONSIN SUMMARY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS. Sunday. Charles W. Morse, the convicted banker and ice king, started for pris on. Agnes Booth, a famous actress of Ed win Forrest's time, died at the 'age of 66. The United States Department of Agriculture investigated the dealings of the milk trust in New York and Chi cago. Mayor Gaynor made a clean sweep of the New York City Hall in the first of his appointments and defended Charles F. Murphy. Fire at 261 Wabash avenue, Chicago, the scene of one bomb explosion, caused a loss of $200,000 and cost the life of a fireman. A relative of the kidnaped Alma Kellner said he is in communication with her abductors and promised not prosecute if she is returned. The Pinchot-Ballinger row is to be investigated by a committee of six Congressmen, and six Senators; their report is not to be made at this ses sion. Monday. Four firemen were killed by a falling wall at a fire in Milwaukee. Darius O. Mills, the famous San Francisco banker and philanthropist, died suddenly. The residue of the fortune of John R. Walsh of Chicago, after satisfying claims of $7,121,218, is estimated at $750,000. J. Pierpont Morgan engineered the merger of three New York trust com panies in the country’s greatest bank ing concerns. Tuesday. The farms in the United States are valued at 130,000,000,000, an increase of 44 per cent since 1900. A scientist announced that the Au rora Borealis is frozen gas; “neon,” acted on by magnetic currents. The value of Canadian crops in creased *100,000,000 in 1909 over that of 1908; one-eleventh more acres were cultivated. Wednesday. President Taft expects this session of Congress to pass laws in aid of the natural resources of the United States. The French chamber of deputies passed the tariff bill; it was a victory for high protectionists and tariff com mission. A prominent Washington corre spondent says that Taft's coming mes sage will precipitate the vital issue of whether railroads shall be deprived of the rate making power. Thursday. San Francisco, by an overwhelming vote, approved the municipal car sys tem. A nation wide boycott against com binations which increase the cost of living is planned by the Anti-Trust League. Hay Lamphere died in the Michigan City penitentiary with his lips sealed on the mystery of the Gunness “mur der farm.” Attorney General Wickersham train ed his guns or he tobacco trust and tiled a 268-page brief with the Su preme Court. The arrest of a labor contractor at St. Paul exposed trip pass frauds of $200,000 on the Great Northern Rail way; the graft extended over a period of fifteen years. Friday. • Secretary Knox has asked Brazil to aid the United States against Mexico; Yankee prestige is gone. Three were killed and forty-five hurt when the Rock Island's California spe cial jumped the track near Trenton, Mo. The new board of administration ap pointed by Governor Deneen of Illinois took charge of the State charitable in stitutions. Lloyd-George. in a speech in London, cited America as a bad example, charg ing that there are more unemployed in United States than in England. Saturday. A labor famine throughout 1910 Is expected by Canadians. Holiday gifts of $6,000,000 were pre sented to his three ch'idreu by Tom Waggoner of Fort Worth. With the budget election in England less than a fortnight array popular ex citement seemed to wane. William J. Gaynor became mayor of New York and invited Herman Ridder to be commissioner of parks. T. P. O'Connor said the Liberals are gaining every day in England and home rule is brought nearer. Railroads, in fear of hostile legisla tion and labor tie-ups, are hoMing up improvements to cost $"00,000,000. Senator Cummins at a "dollar din ner" served notice that the fight of pro gressive Republicans is not at an end. Canada fishermen are uneasy over the delay of the United States in pro mulgating regulations for the closed and open seasons in boundary waters. NOTES OF CURRENT EVENTS John E. Rerwynd, the millionaire con. man. has given SIOO,OOO in New York for the care of poor women about to become mothers and the treat ment of infants during the first weeks of their lives. The Federal Circuit Court of San Francisco appointed Frederick S. Strat ton. now collector or that port, receiver for the Ocean Shore Railroad on ap plication of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, which asserted that outstand ing claims against the railroad com pany amounted to $1,900,000. A telephone message from Dillsboro, N. C., received at Asheville, states that a woman named Belle Frixxle was kilted and her companion. Cole Bard, seriously wounded by Elijah Children with a shotgun. A. C. Dickinson, of Walla Walla. Wash., recently sold 200 acres of land to Gu>tav Volimer. He is to receive for each acre 100 bushels of wheat, to bo delivered in two installments. 10.- 000 bushels the coming fall and 10.000 the next year. According to present prices of wheat Dickinson would get txmiething like $l2O an acre, but the scale next year may be as low as $6 cent a & bushel. D. 0. MILLS STRICKEN DEAD. Famous New York Philanthropist Succumbs to Angina Pectoris. D. O. Mills, the famous banker and philanthropist, died suddenly at his winter home at Millbrae, in San Mateo County, about twenty-five miles south of San Francisco. Death was due to angina pectoris and was not expected. Mr. Mills was born Sept. 25, 1825, in Salem, N. Y., of English descent, but his ancestors have been Americans since the middle of the eighteenth cen tury. His first business venture was as a clerk when he was 17 years old. After he became of age he went to Buffalo, where he served as cashier of the Merchants' Bank and formed other business connections. In 1848 Mr. Mills went to California, but soon abandoned gold digging for business in the new country. In less than six months he made $40,000 and decided to make that section of the country his home. He organized the bank 'of D. O. Mills & Cos. in 1850, and was active in the Bank of California, retiring from its presidency In 1873. Two years later, however, when the bank was in danger, Mr. Mills returned as its head, reopened it and soon put it on a sound basis. He again retired in 1878, and moved to New York two years later, where he at once assumed a command ing figure in the financial world. The famous Mills Building at Broad and Wall streets was erected by him. He was director in several large corpora tions, and gave much to charity. Apart from his business career, Mr. Mills enjoyed a world wide reputation as the founder of the Mills hotels for men. These hotels are supported by very low charges. He was married in 1854 in New York to Jane Templeton. Besides Mrs. Whitelaw Reid, Mr. and Mrs. Mills had a son, Ogden Mills, who is a well-known social and business figure. WALL KILLS FOUR FIREMEN. Falling Debris of Factory Crushes Life Out of Milwaukee Fighters. Fire in the Milwaukee plant of the American Bridge Company the other night caused the death of four firemen who were buried under a falling wall, and a financial loss of about $250,000. It was at first thought that the entire engine company No. 4 had perished, and not until the debris had been re moved was it determined that there were no other bodies in the ruins. Sev eral firemen were injured and several suffered frost-bitten noses and ears while fighting the flames. The engine company which suffered all the cas ualties was first to arrive and took its station under the main wall of the factory, a long two-story brick struc ture. Without warning, the wall tot tered and fell upon the men, and it was thought by the spectators that all of the members of the company inet death. The fire was under control in an hour. The structure was nearly solid brick and the flames swept through rapidly, destroying the truss work which knit the walls and roof together. MRS. COOK MAY SEEK DIVORCE. Wife of Arctic Explorer Said to Be Hiding Under Assumed Name. Mrs. Frederick A. Cook, wife of the discredited Arctic explorer, is hiding near New York under an assumed name and awaiting an opportunity to ntaltc- a financial settlement for money advanced to Cook since their marriage, according to information obtained. An effort to establish the truth of a rumor that Mrs. Cook intends to seek a separation from her husband was not .uccessful, further than the statement Of friends that she felt keenly the hu miliation that followed Cook's failure to establish his claims to having reached the north pole and running away under fire. She has, it is said, the most valuable parts of Cook’s di ary, accumulated on his last trip to the frozen North, which she intends to re tain until a satisfactory* arrangement shall have been made. A reporter located the two little daughters, Ruth and Helen, at the Hamilton Institute for Girls. The chil dren were placed in the institution a few days before Cook disappeared. STRIKE PERILS 32 ROADS. 1 50,000 Trainmen Threaten to Quit Kantern Linen. It is announced that the railroad brotherhood chiefs, representing more than 150.000 trainmen, conductors and engineers, have served the officials of the thirty-two Eastern railroads with the list of grievances and that an an swer is expected from therri by Jan. 20. If by that time the railroad offi cials refuse to meet their employes with a view to settling the demands, there will be a strike which will put the railroads leaving New' York and neighboring cities practically at a standstill. *mnllpox In New Orleans. Two white persons with smallpox were removed from the New Orleans parish prison to the pesthouse. Fntnl Gxploatoa of (aollne. When a cigar spark exploded a jug of gasoline in Moses Rosenbloom's clothing store in Syracuse, N. Y.. he was burned to death and Wolf Peerl man. a customer, probably fatally in jured. Jump. Six Slorlr. to Death. Samuel Paris committed suicide in New York by jumping from the roof of a six-story tenement. Nearly every bone in his body was broken. *:n,000.000 Steel Deal Made. The United States Steel Corporation has absorbed the Monongahela River Coal and Coke company, a branch of the Pittsburg Coal company. It Is report'’ that the deal involved $30.- 000,000. I'hlN front Mountain: In Killed. Edgar Burke, IS years old, teU from the trail leading to Mount Wilson, above Sierra Madre, Cal., and was killed. His body was found by a com panion 700 feet below the point from which he fell. Hurntnar Fatal to Child. Burning snow —the artificial Christ mas tree variety—caused the death of Julia Karll. a 9-vear old Harlem girl. Julia was lighting her tree when a match dropped into a box of fluffy im itation snow Her clothing caught fire and she died. Mll.vanl.ee School Burned Oat. The Milwaukee Trades School, one of the finest in the country, was en tirely gutted by a disastrous fire. The origin of the fire is unknown. The loss Is probably SIOO,OOO. MY WHERE DIES, PLEADING INNOCENCE Alleged Accomplice of Mrs. Belle Gunness, Archmurderess, Suc cumbs to Consumption. HIRED HAND ON MURDER FARM Passes Away Without Making Con fession Hoped for by Indiana Authorities. Ray Lamphere, who was charged with the murder of Mrs. Belle Gun ness and subsequently convicted of ar son in connection with the burning of the home on her "murder farm,” near Laporte, died at the State penitentiary in Michigan City, lnd., of tuberculo sis. The man, suspected of assisting the supposed arch-murderess in slaying the ten victims whose bodies were found buried about the farm after her disappearance In April, 1908, made no statement to the prison officials. In the past few weeks State’s Attor ney Ralph Smith, who prosecuted Lamphere, and officials of the peniten tiary have sought to obtain from the prisoner a statement. To all ques tions, however, Lamphere has stead fastly replied that he knew nothing which might throw further light on the wholesale murders. Lamphere was 38 years old, and for three years prior to the disappearance of Mrs. Gunness and her three chil dren had been employed as a field hand at the "murder farm.” The crimes, ruthlessly premeditated and diabolically executed, rivaled the famous Holmes Castle murders in Chi cago and the Bender murders in Kan sas. Whether Mrs. Gunness was a par ty to these crimes, and whether she escaped or was burned to death in her house in April, 1908, never has been satisfactorily explained. She former ly lived in Chicago and went to La porte after her first husband had died under circumstances said to have been suspicious. After establishing herself on the farm, just outside Laporte, the woman is said to have been a frequent corre spondent wth matrimonial agencies in various parts of the country. She thus formed the acquaintance of a number of men. At '°ast six of them went to Laporte, all of whom disap peared. Later, when the yard back of the farmhouse was excavated, the bodies of some of these admirers were identified among the ten which were found. Lamphere was arrested the day following the burning of the house. He had been seen in the vicinity of the building the night it burned. OHIO ICE BOUND; FEAR FLOOD. River Blocked from Pittsburg to Cin cinnati and Coal Shipments Stop. The Ohio river, from Pittsburg to Cincinnati, is closed to navigation, and according to reports, will be ice choked probably for several weeks. A rapid rise in the river caused by the ice gorges, it is feared, will result In heavy damage. Rivermen are as tounded at the unusually severe ice packs for the present time of year, and predict heavy loss of property before a thaw sets in. At New Mar tinsville, W. Va.. south of Wheeling, the Ohio is in the grip of an ice gorge miles in length which threatens Wheeling and intermediate points, where bridges span the river. Coal operators and shippers are particu larly hard hit by the untimely river tie-up, as millions of bushels of coal were waiting for the passing of the holidays to be sent south in coal fleets. FINDS CHILDREN’S BODIES. Fire Tragedy Costs Two Lives in the Village of Santa Claus, Ind. In the village of Santa Claus, Ind., two children were burned to death the other night. Their mother found their blackened little bodies a few minutes before they died, in a room in which she had left them playing an hour be fore. The mother, Mrs. Fred Keller, wife of a young farmer, went to the barn to help him milk the cows. A thought of her girls, 2% and 1% yeais old, led her to leave her hus band and return to the house. As she approached she heard the children screaming. The rooms were filled with smoke. Groping along the floors she came upon the babies and dragged them to a door. The children had played near the stove. 20 HURT IN DEPOT EXPLOSION. Gns Plant In Montreal Train Blown, l p and Many May IHe. Over a score of people were injured ;n an explosion at the Place Viger sta tion of the Canadian Pacific Railway n Montreal. Many of the victims were frightfully mangled, and the death list, it is feared, will be large. The Quebec :rain, which usually leaves the station at about 11:30 p. m., was on the eve af pulling out. The station platform was crowded with a throng, seeing friends off, when there was a terrific explosion, which ripped up the plat form from end to end and buried more than a score of people in the debris. The gas plant on the Quebec train had blown up. Barge Sink* O# w Jersey r. Carrying down to death Capt. Joe Wyman and a crew of five men, the coal barge John A. Briggs, which broke *way from the whaleback steamer Thurmond off Point Pleasant in the blizzard, sank off the coast of New Jersey. (hililrrn Sing iu Bornlng Church. While firemen fought a stubborn blase in the basement of the People's MetL'*d i t *crci n Kansas City, fifty children sang Christmas hymns on the floor above. Boy, Paaished, Hnagi Self. Sent tc the cell** because he re fused to get his mother a pail of wa ter, Herman Miller, aged 14. son of John C. Miller, hanged himself in To ledo. O. Two Hooters Foond Dead. The bodies of two well-dressed hunt ers. identified by gunners' licenses in their pockets as Julius W. Cber of Camden, X. J., and J. W. McFarland of Wildwood Crest, were found on the banks of Swyane s Channel near Wild wood. N. J. THE BIG ONES ALWAYS GO FREE. FRISCO TO RUN CARS. City Approves Municipal Ownership Scheme at Special Election. San Francisco the other day took the first step toward municipal owner ship of its street railway lines when by a vote of 31,000 to 11,000 the peo ple carried a bond issue to the amount of $2,020,000. The funds raised by the sale of these bonds are to be used in the construction of a municipal elec tric nne along Geary street and other thoroughfares from the heart of the business district to the ocean beach, a distance of about nine miles. This proposition has been submitted to the voters of the city four times, the other three polls being against the bonds. The present Geary street car line is an obsolete cable system. It is oper ated under a special permit granted to a company by the super visors after the franchise of the orig inal company had expired. The causes leading to the voting of these bonds by a decisive majority after the same proposition had been three times de feated are numerous and complex. Pos sibly more than anything else the vote represents an expression of dissatis faction with the methods and service of the United Railroads. The car sys tem of the city under the present pri vate monopoly admittedly is not good. The Harmon presidential boom is said to have hit Washington hard. The recent two days’ visit of Ohio’s Gover nor to the United States capital has installed him in popular favor and placed him in anew light regarding the coming presidential candidacy. It leaked out how Andrew- Carnegie and Secretary of State K:.ox had a sharp, wordy encounter during the din ner given at Washington by John Bar rett, director of the Bureau of Ameri can Republics, to the diplomatic rep resentatives of the Latin countries to the south of us. Carnegie was eulo gizing the peace work of Secretary Root, and began to compare it with the “shot-gun policy” of the present administration, when Knox jumped up and told the laird he was butting into affairs that he knew nothing about. Again, later, when Carnegie deprecat ed the present handling of the Nicara guan affair. Knox angrily demanded that Carnegie stop. That Congress will take official no tice of the Ballinger-Pinchot contro versy by ordering a sweeping investi gation of the Interior Department and the Forest Service was assured, when Senator Flint of California submitted to the Senate a resolution calling for all the papers in the case of Glavis against Ballinger. This was passed, and then Senator Jones of Washington announced that he would move an in vestigation after the holidays if no one else did, and read a letter he had re ceived from Secretary Ballinger, in which that official insisted that if Con gress were to investigate his depart ment the Inquiry should also include the Forest Service, since he had "rea son to believe that the pernicious ac tivity of certain of its officers has been the source of inspiration of these charges." Mr. Ballinger goes on to lay: "I therefore court the widest and fullest inquiry by Congress." Senator Gore would have had the Senate at once order an investigation, but on objection from Aldrich the matter went over until documents should be in pos session of Congress. Leslie M. Shaw, former Secretary of the Treasury, who addressed about 400 business men at the board of trade in Indianapolis, throughout his address opposed the idea of the central bank He claims that such a bank would be sure to be owned, or at least controll ed. by the Standard Oil combine. In a speech radiating his conception of Christmas cheer. Senator Depew wlifted the compliments of the season, even to La Follette, who had sharply criticised the New Yorker in the Christmas number of La Foliette's magazine.. Depew praised the Presi dent and referred to the new tariff law as an unmixed blessing. The lowa delegation in Congress is said to be angry at President Taft The insurgents among their number admit that those Republicans in Con gress opposed to the regular organi zation have little or no standing at the White House. President Taft vajjl give few if any offices in the South to Negroes. He is said to have assured Southern Sena tors of this Such offices as are to go to negroes will go to men of that race from the North. A dozen or more ne gro revenue collectors and land office officials in Southern cities are mention ed as certain to be replaced by white men when their terms expire MOB HANGS VIRGINIA SLAYER. Knue Halls MordererN Flight, but Attempt at Vengeance Foil*. following the killing at Murley, Va., of Samuel Baker and the serious wounding of his widow and two chil dren by Henry Pennington, a mob of 100 took Pennington from jail and hanged him to a steam pipe. Penning ton. who had been drinking, picked a quarrel with Baker, his enemy, and shot him while the latter was on his way to a Sunday school celebration with his wife, two children, and a friend, Wyatt Meadows. Seeing that he had killed Baker, Pennington start ed to run away. Mrs. Baker called after Pennington and implored him to help her take the body home. The ruse worked and Pennington went back to the spot where his victim lay dead. Bent upon vengeance, Mrs. Ba ker grabbed Pennington’s pistol from his pocket and shot twice at him. Her aim was bad, but she succeeded in wounding him in the hand and thigh. Pennington recovered possession of the pistql and then shot the woman and attempted to kill Meadows and the two children. Pennington then flei, but was surrounded and captured by a posse on the outskirts of the town. GIRL SLAIN; SUITOR SOUGHT. Toledo Maiden Alleged Victim of Re- Jected Lover—Parents Shot. Carol Hunt-; 18 years old, was in stantly killed In Toledo, 0., and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hunt, w-ere woundtd, though not seriously. Joseph Maekiey, aged 33, who is charged with having shot the three, is being sought by the police. The shoot ing occurred at the Hunt home. Ac cording to the police, Mackley, a rail roader, who is said to have a wife and child in Mansfield. 0., attempted to pay attentions to the girl and became en raged when he was repulsed. He en tered the Hunt home, and, declaring his Intention of killing the family, drew a revolver and began shooting, it is alleged. After exhausting all the cartridges in his revolver Mackley is said to have reloaded, fired four more shots and fled. CHILDREN DIE IN FIRE. Mother Y Isitiug Neighbor When Home Get* Alilnze. Mrs. Henry Blanton left her home in Pratt, Kas., and went across the alley to talk with a neighbor. When she next looked at the house it was a mass of flames and her three chil dren, whom she had left in bed, were being burned to death. The dead are Roseby, a boy 5 years old; Myrtle, 3 years old, and Margaret, 2 years old. The house was in the outskirts of town, and with the exception of Mrs. Blanton and the neighbor no one was near. Mra. Blanton ran for help. While she was gone the house fell, burying the children. FIVE TRAINMEN DIE IN WRECK. Enfflne* and Car* Smashed by Head- On Collision Rounding Curve. Five trainmen were killed and two fatally injured in a collision on the Baltimore and Ohio Southwestern Rail road between freight trains Nos. 51 and 98, twenty miles west of Seymour, Ind., near Fort Ritner. On a sharp curve the trains met head-on, apparent ly because of a misunderstanding of orders. Engines and cars were smashed and their wreckage piled high. A re lief train was sent as soon as word of the wreck was received, but the injured suffered terribly from the cold before help came. Rrfmrd Fortune, Fearing Evil. Patrick M. Smith, aged 57, the jani tor who was found dead in Seattle recently, was informed- that he had fallen heir to $30,000 in Ireland. He refused to claim It, being despondent over his appetite for drink and feeling that the money would do him no good. Sixty Dead ia Vale Blisxard. Eleven Newfoundland schooners and their crews of sixty men are believed to hare been lost in the Christmas blizzard, while great destruction has resulted to property. Mra. Ford ladieted Again. Anew indictment against Mrs. Jean ette Stewart Ford, alleging blackmail, was returned by the Hamilton County grand jury !n Cincinnati. It is design ed to cure possible defects in the simi lar charge returned several weeks ago. Slain Mia's Estate Is Small. William E. Annls, the publisher slain by Captain Peter C. Hains, Jr., at the Bayslde Yacht Club in August, 1908. left an estate valued at only S3OO, according to a report placed on file in New York. BOYCOTT AS A FOOD-PRICE CURE Movement of Nation-Wide Scope Started at Washington Meeting. Plans for a national l>oycott of those combinations that increase the cost of living were laid in Washing ton the other night, when the Nation al ’Anti-Trust League was launched. Members of Congress are interested in the new movement and immediate steps will be taken toward perfecting State organizations. Then, when prices soar, the league members by stopping the use of such articles or commodi ties as have gone above legal level will put them back again by refusing to furnish a market. The plan was one that was tried in Germany a few years ago and which, according to a report, broke up a combine in coffee that had raised the price of the bean to almost prohibitive prices. STEEL MAN COMMITS MURDER. Emii) Hay of Drinking by Revolver Fa nil lurie in Own Home. Winfield Gibson, aged 48 years, resi dent of Munhall, a Pittsbuig suburb, shot and killd his wife, seriously wounded a son, fired three shots at his fleeing daughter, and then sent a bullet crashing through his brain, dying in stantly. Gibson, who is a former offi cer of the Carnegie Steel Company, came home late after a day of drink ing with friends, according to the state ment of the police. Meeting his wife as she awaited his coming at the top of a flight of stairs Gibson fired at her with his revolver. His wife’s dead body fell down the stairway. Howard, a 15-year-old son, hearing the shots, ran from a room, and was seriously wounded by a bullet from the revolver in the hands of his enraged father. Grace, a 14-year-old daughter, coming to the stairway, was shoj at three times, the bullets missing her by a fraction of an inch. A 3-year-old child was playing within ten feet of where the shooting took place, but was un harmed by the father. Officials of the Brotherhood of Rail way' Trainmen, with headquarters in Cleveland, formally’ notified the vari ous divisions of about seventy-five rail roads east of the Mississippi River that the 75,000 memb’ers of the brother hood would on January 3 make demand for an increase in '/ages amounting to from 5 to 40 per cent. The existing agreement necessitates a notice before such a demand can be made. Then the trainmen will wait until January 20 for their answer. President Lee of the trainmen does not expect a strike, but says it will come If the demands are not granted. The Block Signal and Train Control Board, which was authorized by Con gress some three years ago to investi gate the whole subject of passenger train control and protection, has now reported to the Commerce Commission. It severely criticises certain roads for the character of the signal system, and says that inexperienced operators were found ail over the country. Others who have the experience are lacking in re liability, and still others are too young The board has examined 328 inventions of protective devices offered, and of these only twelve were deemed worth testing at government expense. The Northern Pacific has a fifty-two acre poultry farm seventeen miles east of Seattle, Wash., w'ith a profit of 11.- 060 White Leghorn chickens, which provide an average of 150 dozen eggs per day. The New York Central, not to be outdone by the Pennsylvania, has de cided to put on soon a through train to be known as the Cleveland, so that the Southwestern limited may run from New York to Su Louis in twen ty-four hours. "Transact to-day’s business in New York and to-morrow’s in St. Louis,” is the way the New York Central advertises the new train. The Soo will be transacting business over its own line Into St Paul in the near future. Trains will then move through the new concrete tunnel, one of the most difficult pieces of engi neering work ever undertaken in the West. The tunnel is 1,386 feet long. The entrance line, on which work was begun three years ago. represents a total expenditure of between $1,560,000 and *2.000,000, including the right of way. The Lehigh Valley Railroad has agreed with its engineers as to wages and conditions for the next year, in cluding the workia,T day of ten hours, instead of twelve, as heretofore. THREE ARE CREMATED IN WRECK ON MUD Imprisoned in Tourist Sleeping Car, Passengers Are Burned After Train Is Derailed. FORTY-FIVE PERSONS ARE HURT Fatal Accident Occurs Near Trenton, —Cause of Castastrophe Is Not Known. Imprisoned in a tourist sleeping car and burned to death was the fate of perhaps three passengers on the west bound California Special on the Chi cago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad three miles east of Trenton, Mo. The bodies of all the victims have been recovered One is that of Fireman O P. Lininger, Trenton, who recently lived at Eldon. lowa. He was scalded and burned to death. The others are those of passengers and are unidenti fied. Forty-five persons were injured, among them being: Engineer W. I. Millington, Trenton, scalded; will recover. William Flvnn, agent Cudahy Pack ing Company, Kansas City, shouder broken, cut about head. J. Z. Orning, Davenport, lowa, leg broken, head cut. Steve Howard, Alabama, leg broken C. E. Spooner, Dallas, Texas; back sprained. J. C. Childers, Anderson, lnd., sprains and bruises. Mrs. Nancy Hainershlev, Letts, lowa, badly h'urt about head, may die. Julius Meddlesome, Boston, Mass., slight. David Siegel, Cleveland, Ohio, prob ably fatal. The train was derailed at 8:40, while passing through a stretch of ice-cover ed country. The huge engine, a stand ard Pullman sleeper and the tourist sleeper caught fire and were destrojed and a portion of the chair car was burned. The bodies of two women were taken from the chair car. The wreck occurred without a moments warning to the passengers, and by the time they had realized what was hap pening the three cars were in flames. The train was one of the heaviest and finest in the Rock Island service It is known in summer as the Golden State limited and in winter as tha California special. The cause of the accident is not known. The train was running at high speed. The heavy en gine jumped the track and landed fifty feet off the right of way. The cars also left the track and all but one tum bled over. TO BARE FOOD GRAFT. Wilson Promises to Expose Those Responsible for High Prices. “We have already discovered that the farmer is not getting the exorbitant profits out of the beef he raises,” said Secretary Wilson of the Department of Agriculture, discussing the high prices of food supplied. "I have no doubt in the world,” he continued, “that the same conditions will be found to prevail in most of the other lines of food products. The Depart ment of Agriculture has agents in ev ery State and every comity in the country, and they have been ordered to report exhaustively on the cost of production and the returns of sales of all sorts of food products. As fast as we receive these figures w-e will com pare them with the prices the same products briijg in the cities where they are consumed. We will then give the facts to the public. Wo intend to bring out the truth, irrespective of whom it hurts or whom it benefits. I am convinced that the public is com pelled to pay a great deal more for nearly everything it eats than it should, and I believe the figures will bear me out. "There is ample excuse for some of the increase in the cost of living over what it was years ago. The farm area is not keeping pace wth the demands for foodstuff. The cities seem to have more attractions for the laboring man than do the rural communities. The horde of immigration, as well as the ever-increasing native population, must be fed and the farm is expected to fur nish the food.” FLAMES KILL SEVEN CHILDREN. Six Members of One Family—Coal Store Starts Fire. Seven children, ranging in age from 2 to 12 years, were burned to death and three persons perhaps fatally In jured when fire, followed by an explo sion of powder, destroyed the home of Stephen Bronosky, a miner, at Sykes viHe, Pa. Six of the victims were mem bers of the Bronosky family and the seventh was the child of a boarder. Mr. and Mrs. Bronosky and the board er jumped from an upstairs window and were seriously injured. The fire started from an overheated coal stove. It spread rapidly and communicated with a keg of mine powder. The ex plosion cut off ali chance of saving the children. Two Hob flank of 92,000. Two unidentified robber: held up W. F. Richards, cashier of the Vanndale, Ark, Bank, and robbed the bank of $2,900. Fall* Fourteen Storle* to Death. Tony Viloa fell from the fourteenth story of anew building In Duluth. Minn., and was killed. He attempted to slide down a cable on a freight hoist. The cable was covered with ice and Viloa was unable to grasp the rope and shot to the ground. 1,1 fe Prisoner Kucape*. William Davis, a life priaoner in the Ohio State Penitentiary, sent up in 1902 for burglary in Lorain, Ohio, walked out bf the prison restaurant in Columbus and disappeared. Drive* Wife and Girl Oat. After passing the night having a good time. Willian/c. Geary of SL Louis went home at 3 o'clock in the morning and turned his wife and bis 14-vear-oid daughter out into the snow in their nightgowns and bare footed. He was fined SSOO in Munici pal court. Tea Killed la t elebratla*. Death by accident and assault at Christmas celebrations reduced the population cf the Bluefletd 4 W Va. 1 coal field by half a score CHICAGO. R. G. Dun & Co.’s weekly review of Chicago trade says: ‘Trade generally closed the year's activities in a strong position. An nual balances, inventories and neces sary repairs now monopolize attention in the leading industries. The results have been equal to the expectations in various prominent branches and the outlook based upon the accumulations of forward orders is highly ehcourag ing for the future. “Weather conditions during the week favored an extended absorption of heavyweight apparel and other needs., but the storms impeded freight move ments, crop marketings and outdoor work. Wholesalers had large reorders in dry goods, clothing and footwear, and the demand for spring goods was well sustained. Winter stocks in deal ers’ hands have been comfortably re duced. "Banking returns testify to largely augmented deposits at Interior points. discloses little decline in operations with the year end. Mon ey sustains a decidedly firm tone at 5 to c l -j |>er cent for choice commercial paper. Mercantile collections here and at Western points are satisfactory. Trading defaults furnish a favorable comparison with previous experience. "Bank clearings, $225,970,322, exceed those of the corresponding week in 1908 by 4.8 per cent, and compare with $175,127,532 in 1907. "Failures reported in the Chicago district number 19, against 34 last week, 43 In 1908 and 28 in 1907. Those with liabilities over $5,000 number 4, against 11 last week, 11 In 190 Sand 7 in 1907.” NEW YORK. Quiet has followed the preceding week's rush of business In retail lines, while in wholesale lines salesmen are in from the road and inventorying is general. All obtainable information points to a satisfactory—in many sec tions, indeed, a record—volume of bus iness done In the year just closed, and the feeling is general that a still .more satisfactory twelvemonth faces the country’s commercial and manufactur ing interests. The best reports as to the year’s re sults come from the West and North west. In wholesale and jobbing lines a large if not, indeed, record spring business has been booked. Business failures in the United States for the week ending Dec. 30 were 256, as against 264 last week, 299 in the like week of 1908, 185 in 1907, 220 in 1906 and 278 in 1905.—Brad street’s. MW Chicago—Cattle, common to prime, $4.00 to $8.00; hogs, prime heavy, $4.50 to $8.65; sheep, fair to choice, $4.50 to $5.75; wheat, No. 2, $1.23 to $1.25; corn, No. 2, COe to 62c; oats, standard, 43c to 44c; rye, No. 2,78 cto 79c; hay, timothy, SIO.OO to $18.00; prairie, SB.OO to $15.00; blitter, choice creamery, 30c to 36c; eggs, fresh, 30c to 33c; pota toes, per bushel, 35c to 50c. Indianapolis Cattle, shipping. $3.00 to $7.75; hogs, good to choice heavy, $3.50 to $8.80; sheep, good to choice, $2.25 to $4.50; wheat. No. 2, $1.22 to $1.25; corn, No. 2 white, 60c to Clc; oats, No. 2 white, 45c to 47c. St. Louis—Cattle $4.00 to $8.40; hogs, $4.00 to $8.75; sheep, $3.00 to $5.75; wheat, No. 2, $1.26 to $1.28; corn. No. 2,61 cto 62c; oats, No. 2,43 c to 45c; rye, No. 2,76 cto 78c. Cincinnati Cattle, $4.00 to $6.60; hogs, $4 00 to $8.85; sheep, $3.00 to $5.50; wheat No. 2, $1.28 to $1.30; corn. No. 2 mixed. 61c to 62c; oats. No. 2 mixed, 46c to 47c; rye, No. 2, 79c to 81c. Detroit Cattle. $4.00 to $5.75; hogs, $4.00 to $8.30; sheep, $2.50 to $5.00; wheat, No. 2, $1.23 to $1.24; corn. No. 3 yellow. 62c to 64c; oats, standard, 45c to 47c; rye, No. 1,76 cto 77c. Milwaukee —Wheat. No 2 northern, $1.12 to $1.15; corn, No. 3,65 cto 66c; oats, standard. 43c to 45c; rye. No. 1, 77c to 79c; barley, standard, 68c to 69c; pork, mess, $22.25. Buffalo Cattle, choice shipping steers, $4.00 to $7 25; hogs, fair to choice, $4.00 to $8 50; sheep, common to good mixed, $4 00 to $5.50; lambs, .air to choice, $4.00 to $8.20. New York —Cattle, $4.00 to $6.80; hogs. $4.00 to $8.65; sheep, $3.00 to $5.25; wheat, No. 2 red, $1.26 to $1.27; corn, No. 2 69c to <oc; oats natural, white, 48c to 51c; butter, creamery, 35c to 37c; eggs, western, 32c to 25c. Toledo- Wheat, No. ? mixed, $1.23 to $1.24: corn, No. 2 mixed, 63c: to 64c; oat3. No. 2 mixed, 46c to 47c; rye, No. 2. 77c to 78c; clover seed, $9.00. At a meeting of directors elected at Pittsborg a practical monopoly of the American glass market was assured when all bu. six of the Independent window glass manufacturers closed the final business looking to the consolida tion of the Independent glass plant* throughout the country, valued at $,- 000,000. During 1908 the United States con tributed more than half of the w'orld’s total production of copper, the exports of copper from this country being *lB.- 613,842 pounds, the largest amount ever recorded. These facts are contained In a report on the subject by the United States geological survey. The domestic consumption of copper during the year was 503,000,000 pounds. American farm machinery Is now used in more than seventy countries and colonies of the world. I-a*t year Argentina bought nearly a million dol lars’ worth of American machinery^ War was formally declared upon the United State# Steel corporation by the leaders of organised lat*r through out the United States and Canada at the dose of a momentous two days' conference at Pittsburg. The decision to battle against the stand taken by the steel corporation In Its policy of “open shop” was reached by the tabor conferees only after hours of debate. Woman suffrage advocates through out New York State are raising a fund of several thousand dollars to be used for promoting the suffrage bill which will be put before the Legislature of New York Stats this winter.