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THE EVENING TIMES
The Brightest, Newsiest and Best Droning Newspaper In North Dakota. VOL. 1, NO. 293. FUN TO FORM IL Insurance Companies of United States to Effect a Organization. PMEIIIS MB OTHERS NEW YORK CITY TODAY Called by President Paul Morton of the Equitable Life Insur ance Company—Object Is to Pro* mote Joint Welfare of Insurance Companies and Policy Holders. Associated Press to The Breilig Time*. New York, Dec. 21.—The presidents -and other officers of many of the lead ing life insurance companies of the country met in conference here today to take the initial steps for the forma tion of a national association. The conference was called by President Paul Morton of the Equitable Life who, in his call for the gathering, stated it is his belief that it is just as es sential for .the executives of the life insurance companies of the United States to have a national association as it is for the fire underwriters, life insurance actuaries, national bank ers, and physlcianB of the country, or any other body of intelligent men to have similar associations. The objects of the proposed associa tion are stated to be: To promote the welfare of policy holders. To advance the interests of life in surance companies in the United States by the intelligent co-operation of officers in charge. To prevent extravagance and reduce •expenses by encouraging uniformity of practice among life insurance com panies in matters of general adminis tration. To consider carefully measures that may be Introduced from time to time in legislative bodies, with a view to ascertaining and publicly presenting the grounds which may exist for op posing or advocating the proposed legislation, according as the welfare of the companies and their policy hold ers shall point to the one course or the other. To consider anything that may be auitably a matter of general concern to the life insurance business. SCRAP WITH PREXY. President of "U." of Minnesota Had Row With a Student Anodated Press to The Ertilic Times. Minneapolis, Dec. 21.—Because he refused to obey the commands of the president of the university, John Gleason, student president of the ath letic board of control of the state uni versity, was yesterday threatened with expulsion from the institution. Believing that he was right in his contention against faculty control of athletics, and that the faculty, had ex ceeded its authority, Gleason refused to comply with the orders of President Northrop, and a wordy war followed between the two, with Prof. James Paige, one of the faculty members on the athletic board, an occasional speaker in the conference* The trouble started some time ago when Gleason requested the resigna tion of Prof. Paige from the ticket committee and Prof. W. E. Brooke from the auditing committee of the athletic board. He appointed student members in their places. QUASH INDICTMENTS. Dismissal of Those Against Wm. A. Brewer, Jr. Asked In Court. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. 'New York, Dec. 21.—Wm. Rand, Jr. appeared before Justice New burger la the criminal branch of the supreme court yesterday and moved the dismis salof the two Indictments', charging perjury found some months ago against William A. Brewer, Jr. president of the Washington Life Insurance company. It is charged in the indictments that In ,the annual report of the condition of the Washington Life in 1903, Presi dent Brewer caused to be marked oft lapsed policies of the amount of $400, 000 so that the liabilities of the com pany might stand within the limit prescribed by the regulations of the state department of Insurance for the continuance of the company's business this amount being restored to the ..books after the annual report had been submitted. Associated Press EMBEZZLER Crooked Kansas Gty Banker Says There is No Woman in His Case. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Kansas City, Dec. 21.—W. C. Ander son, embezzling assistant teller of the First National bank, arrived in Kan sas City today from Austin, Texas, in custody of two officers. Anderson denied that he had stolen as much as $50,000, or that there is a woman in the case, but said he was glad to get home and get "the thing off his mind." Bank officials have always placed Anderson's shortage at $9,000 and have denied report sthat it far exceeded this amount WONT CHEEK Amusing Incident in Standard Oil Investigation in New York City. Associated Press to The Brariig Times. New York, 21.—Mr. Nichols in the Standard OH investigation which is being conducted here said the sale of the Republic Oil company was nego tiated through J. A. Moffet. For the business outside of Missouri $231, 000 was received. This money is now on deposit in a New York bank in the name of the Republic Oil company. "We are still doing a pretty strong buslnes in Kansas City and St. Louis, but we are cutting down our force and are ready to get out if you will let us. We are ready to sell the business to the Standard Oil company. Mr. Nichols said he believed that the trade built up in Missouri by the Republic Oil company can be held by the Standard Oil company. "Did you find any competitor in Missouri for the wares of the Repu blic company." he was asked. "Yes, sir a vicious competition." "From the Waters-Pierce company?" "Yes, and just as marked a one from the Standard Oil company of Indiana." "You did not follow the biblical in junction and turn the other cheek." "You bet your life I did not." "You kept up the fight?" "I went after and instructed my agents to go after the Waters-Pierce company and the Standard of Indiana tooth and nail." "And, yet, you know that the Waters Pierce company had an agent at the rear entrance of the building at 26 Broadway the same address to which you sen your mail and reported?" "Yes, sir I did." $300,000 HAUL. Wells-Fargo Express Office at Reno, Nev. Robbed Last Night. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Reno, Nev., Dec. 21.—A Wells-Fargo express box said to have contained $300,000, was stolen from the com pany's office here, after the arrival1 of last night's train from Tonopah. Edward Crofton, the messenger, con tinued on his way to San Francisco. 6. N. WRECK. Fatal Head-On Collision at HUllard, Wash. This Morning. Associated Press to The Cvnlig Time*. Spokane, Dec. 21.—In a head-on col lision between a light engine and a Great 'Northern freight, two miles east of Hilllard early today, Fireman Paul Scbuppert and Brakeman Guy Salis bury were killed. Howard, an engi neer, was fatally hurt, and Fireman Hansen was badly scalded. JETT ADMITS CRIME. LoulsviUe, Ky., Dec. 21.—Curtis Jett was today found guilty of the as sassination of James COckrell, at Jackson, Ky. four years ago, and sen tenced to life imprisonment. Jett con fessed yesterday during the progress of his trial at Cynthiana, that he alone had killed Oockrell. Jett is now serv ing a life sentence for complicity in the murder of Attorney Marcum sev eral years ago. Russian Elections Will Be Held on February 19 Cahle to The Bvealas Times. St Petersburg, Dec. 21.—An im perial ukase will be issued this week fixing the date for the meeting of the provincial electoral colleges through out the empire. The election of mem bers of parliament will take place Feb. 19, which leaves an interval of only a fortnight between the election and the convocation of parliament, March 6, barely time for the Siberian members to reach St Petersburg. The preliminary elections of members of the electoral colleges will begin Feb ruary 2. OF sim Associated Press to The Bvealas Times Annapolis, Maryland, Dec. 21.— Henry Davis, alias Henry Chambers, colored, who committed a felonious as sault on Mrs. John Reid, of Browns ville, five miles from Annapolis, last Friday, and who had confessed his crime, was taken from the jail here this morning by a mob of about sixty masked men and lynched. He was strung up and his body riddled with bullets. The jail is situated in Calvert street in the western section of the city and is quite isolated. The mob had no dif ficulty in securing the prisoner. Tak ing him from his cell, they carried him along the road leading to the scene of his crime. The plans of the lynchers were kept very quiet, as no one except those who participated in it knew any thing about what was to take place. Their movements were carefully guarded. In a statement made after the man KILL OFFJOCIETIES Minneapolis Board of Educa tion Would Stamp Out School Fraternities. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Minneapolis, Dec. 21.—A deathblow to fraternities and other societies in the high schools of the city has been devised 'by a committee appointed for the purpose by the board of education. It is understood the committee will ad vise that diplomas be withheld from all high school students belonging to "frats." The students will be given a fair warning and a certain date will be set for the new order of things to go into effect, and if this measure is not strong enough, a member of the board stated, even stronger measures will be devised to stamp out these so cieties. ROBBED DEPOT. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Leadvllle, Colorado, Dec. 21.—A masked bandit yesterday shot and fatally wounded Joe. Dale, ticket agent at Denver Rio Grande depot, and robbed the cash drawer and escaped. A posse is now after him. JEWS ALLIED WITH POLES. Warsaw, Dec. 21.—The rabbis throughout Poland have promised to support energetically the National Polish parties in the coming elections as against the anti-national and so cialistic parties. This decision means that the Jews will leave the socialists and ally themselves with the Poles. THE NEGRO RESOLUTION. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Washington, D. C., Dec. 21.—When Ponaker concluded his remarks on the Negro troops resolutions In the senate he received consent to modify resolu tions so that it now directs seriate committee to investigate circumstances leading up to discharge of Negroes. Resolution went over without action until after holiday recess. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Washington, D. C., Dec. 21.—Sir Henry M. Durand, the retiring British ambassador, has arranged to sail for home with his family the last of next week. Mr. Esme Howard, who will be the British charge d* affaires until the appointment of an ambassador, .s expected here within a day or two. Though, ot course, there has been no official expression of opinion, it is pretty well known that this govern ment would welcome the appointment of James Bryce to succeed Sir Henry M. Durand. It is but natural that Mr. Bryce should be preferred to any of the others who have been mentioned as possibilities for the vacant post, for the reason that none of them Fargo, N. D., Dec. 21.—Both Mayor Johnson and President Worst were seen this morning regarding the state ment made by O. G. Major. Both President Worst and Mayor Johnson said: "We are Informed that O. G. Major has stated before the Valley City meet ing of Independent shippers, that we are prohibiting him and his trends from exploiting the Independent eleva tor interests before the Trl-State Grain anjd Stock Growers' conven tion to be held here next month. The object of the Trl-State Grain and Stock Growers was not to exploit any thing, but farming In its various A SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL THE EVENING TIMES GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1906. TO FELONY Guilty Wretch Admitted Assault Upon Pure Woman and Repeated to His Tormenters He Would Have Done It) Living or DeadU—Mob Used Battering Ram and Sledge Hammer to Gain Admittance to Jail—Indentity of Men Unknown. was taken from the jail, Deputy Sheriff Ruben L. Small wood, said that about 2 o'clock a man appeared outside the jail and rang. He said that he had a prisoner. Deputy Smallwood saw that he had no prisoner and refused to admit him, whereupon he left. Soon afterwards a mob of about 60 men appeared before the jaiil with a whipping post and endeavored to bat ter down the door. Unsuccessful with that means, they procured a sledge and pick and managed to break a hole in the door, through which one of them crawled and unlocked the door. Then five or six men entered the building and proceeded to the warden's room, where they encountered Warden George Taylor, Deputies Smallwood and James Grouse, and the night watchman, Frank M&rcellus. At the point of a pistol the warden surren dered the keys. In a few moments more, Davis was secured and carried out bodily. He made no resistance. AN ATTEMPTED Alleged Insane Man Snot at Chicago Judge of Probate This Morning.• Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Chicago, Dec. 21.—An attempt was made by Frank E. Ellerbrock of this city, to assassinate Judge Charles S. Cutting of the probate court. The at tempt was almost successful, and It is difficult to understand how the judge escaped injury. He was, how ever, unharmed. When Judge Cutting entered the court house this morning, he was followed into 'the elevator by Ellerbrock, who was disappointed by a decision rendered some time ago by Judge Cutting. Ellerbrock stepped close to the side of the judge and drawing a revolver, placed it against the judge's side and pulled the trig ger. The judge moved slightly at the instant the cartridge exploded and the bullet passed through his clothing without touching him. Ellerbrock made another attempt to fire the re volver, but was overpowered before 'he could do so. He is thought to be in sane. PARLIAMENTART RECESS. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Ottawa, Ont, Dec. 21.—The Domin ion parliamnet adjourned today for the customary holiday recess. It will reassemble January 8. A 17-YEAR.OLD. Isaoclated Press Cable to The Bvealaa Times. Radom, Russian Poland, Dec. 21.—A youth named Werner, 17 year's old and a student at the technical school, was tried by drumhead courtmarttal here yesterday, convicted and shot to death for having killed Col. Plotta, commander of the gendarmerie of the government at Radom. BRUCE MIR SUCCEED DURUO IS BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO U. S. is so well known on this side of the Atlantic as the famous author of the "American Commonwealth." It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that James Bryce, more than any other person, has exercised his In fluence in the direction of a closer union between the United States and Great Britain. Perhaps no man living in foreign lands knows the American people—their aspirations, their his tory and their possibilities—so well as does Mr. Bryce, who possesses a peculiar talent for the philosophy of history. Mr. Bryce is "an Irishman born." He is a native of Belfast, and is in his 69th year. His early education was secured In Glasgow, but he-stud Fargo's Mayor Makes Statement on Program of Grain Growers' Convention branches, and last January as well as in January, 1905, Mr. Major and his friends were given an opportunity to be heard. For the coming convention, we have speakers engaged that will take up every moment of our time, or the time we can have the opera house. Two out of the four evenings we cannot have It, we have suggested to Mr. Mac fadden, who has represented the ln dpendent elevators to us, that It would be much better for their Interests if they would secure a hall and hold a meeting on one of the evenings that the grain growers will not be In ses I slon, the same as the butter makers His appearance Wside the jail was greeted with yel'ls He was kicked and beaten by members of the lynching party and in a few minutes was taken to the brick yard hill on the Anna polis, Baltimore and Washington rail road. Here Davis was closely ques tioned, and again admitted that he had assaulted his victim, and repeated that he would have done it living or dead. As he made this assertion, those who heard him raised a cry, the rope was quickly knotted and the noose slipped over his head and he was hoisted up to the limb of a tree. Al most before his feet had left the ground, a revolver cracked and a bul let cut a gash through his scalp It was the signal tor general firing and at least 100 bullets must have riddled his body. After a few minutes the body was cut down and pieces of rope and clothing were taken by many as sou venirs. The mob then dispersed. SAIJA IS DEBARRED Uncle Sam Denies Use of Mail* to "Kris Kringle" and Santa Claus. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Washington, D. C., Dec. 21.—The postoffice department is now receiv ing its usual annual requests from postmasters and various philanthropic persons and associations, to have let ters addressed to "Santa Claus" or "Kris Kringle" delivered to them, so that they can respond to the needs and desires of children in connection with the observance of the Christmas holidays. Thousands of such letters posted by little ones each year find their way into the dead letter office. Under a ruling of the attorney general for the postoffice department, the let ters cannot be given out. NO DREAM THAT TIME. Associated Press to The Bvealas Times. Peoria, 111., Dec. 21.—While labor ing under a halucination, due to night mare as his parents believe, John Webster, son of J. B. Webster, a prominent grain merchant of Wood land, 111, shot himself in the head. He is expected to recover. VESSEL A WRECK. Kingston, Jamaica, Dec. 21.—The wrecking steamer Premier has arrived here from Grand Cayman and reports that the cargo of the British steamer Corinth, which went ashore there Nov. 26, is being removed. The Premier will return shortly to resume opera tions on the Corinth. POSTAL STRIKE. Vienna, Dec. 21.—The postoffice em ployes of Austria numbering 25,000 men and women have voted to go on strike December 22 as a protest against the conditions under which they are forced to labor. The govern ment has attempted to avert trouble by offering Increased wages but this has been declined. ied later at Trinity college in his native land, and graduated with hon ors at Oxford in 1S62. He has from the first been a notable man. Even in his college days he won scholar ships and prizes for which hundreds of others strove in vain, and in his mature years, he provided his friends with no disappointments. It would hardly be fair to say that Mr. Bryce is an ardent disciple of the Anglo-Am erlcan alliance theory, but he has presented the case of the United States so well that the conservative Briton has steadily advanced in his desire for a reuniting of those racial bonds which the American Revolution BO rudely threatened. and some other associations do. The only possible difference to them would be the rent of the hall, and, considering the fact that they get one fare rates to attend the meetings with out any efforts on their part in secur ing the rate, it seems to us that they can certainly stand that, as It is simply a business proposition on their part We want to be fair with all if we let one Interest in there is no rea son why we should exclude others, and by so doing more than half of the time of the convention would be taken up and the very object of the meetings be curtailed to just that ex tent Ten Convicted Russian Plotters Swung Hemp" at Sunrise This Morning. Associated Press Cable to The Bvealas Times. Riga, Russia, Dec. 21.—Ten terror ists were executed here at sunrise to day. They belonged to a band guilty of a series of robberies, bomb outrages and murders, extending over months and also were concerned In plotting to kill Baron Moeller-Sakomelsky, governor general of the Baltic pro vinces, which was frustrated by the arrest of two of the leaders on the day fixed for his assassination. LETTERTOTBESIDI Bearing Upon Fuel and Car Shortage Made Public at White House. Associated Press to tke ttveaias thld, Washington, Dec. 21.—The follow ing is the text of the letter to Presi dent Roosevelt dated Minneapolis, Dec. 19, from Interstate Commerce Commissioner Franklin K. Lane, who is investigating the car shortage sit uation in the northwest, which was made public at the White House to day: "The enclosed clippings will give you a fairly correct idea of the fuel and car situation conditions in the northwest Harlan and myself on ar riving sent telegrams to every town in North Dakota, assing if they need el coal. The answers show little pres ent suffering, but a most dismal out look. We then called the railroad officials before us, and they promised to carry coal to all distressed points, This noon we wired back to all towns. As there are plenty of ore cars now available for handling coal, I think the danger of distress from lack of fuel may be said to be passed. It takes a grain car on an average ten days to cover 250 miles of Great Northern railroad." THE LABOR WORLD. The recent convention of the Sea men's International union, held in Bos ton, adopted resolutions opposing the admission of large numbers of Japan ese to the United States. The annual convention of the Na tional Trades association, composed of manufacturers of the principal cities of the United States, is to be held in Boston, beginning March 20. The Chicago Hod Carriers' union has its own labor temple, which cost $75,000. The International Lathers' union has 201 locals in the United States and Canada. The dairy farmers in the vicinity of Middlestown, N. Y„ have organized a union. The International Printing Press men and Assistants' union of North America is to establish general head quarters soon in Indianapolis. The Hoosler capital, by the way, is the headquarters for more national and International labor bodieB than any other city in America. The convention of the Carriage and Wagon Workers' union of North Am erica, held in Buffalo, decided against a proposal to establish a sick and death benefit fund. Millinery trimmers in Chicago are agitating a union movement. The plan contemplates the union label in wo man's hats. Laundry workers in Fargo, N. D., are organizing a union. Next year's convention of the United Textile Workers will be held in Provi dence. THE EVENING TIMES Stands tor North Dakota at all Times and Under all Circumstances. EIGHT PAGES—PRICE FIVE CENTS. TO AMEND FREE BILL Under Proposed Change Farm ers Will be Able to Oper ate Stills. IT SMALL COST MID ADVANTAGE TO THEMSELVES Senator Hansbrougli on Thursday Introduced Proposed Amendment Which if Passed Will Do Away With Hardships and Curbs of the Old Free Alcohol Law. (By E. C. Snyder.) Washington, D. C., Dec. 21.—For several years past there has been a very active movement in favor of the passage of a free alcohol law. Last year action in this direction was greatly accelerated by the receipt by senators and members of thousands of petitions and letters urging legisla tion authorizing the abatement of the tax on alcohol to be used for com mercial purposes. The demand for legislation of this character came principally from farming communi ties, and was based upon the theory that if tiie tax were removed farmers would be able to manufacture from their surplus grain, vegetables and fruit, sufficient alcohol to supply themselves with power, heat and light. Congress responded readily to the. demand, and when the law known as the free alcohol law was approved, the general impression was that the United States had entered upon a policy similar to that which is in vogue in leading European nations, and that the farmers of the country would reap a great advantage. It has transpired, however, that these ad vantages are not so widespread as was at first supposed. Soon after the approval of the law many inquiries were received at the agricultural de partment from the farmers of the country asking fc '^formation, and there seems to be much disappoint ment, especially in the agricultural communities, over the fact, as ascer tained by the department, that under the existing law the advantages are not to be realized. Dr. Wiley, chief of the bureau of chemistry of the agricultural depart ment, in his report upon this subject after a thorough examination of law, says: "Any still for the distillation of spirits must be registered and con ducted under the supervision of the internal revenue officers, and although regulations on the subject exist, the rules In regard to output practically result in fixing the minimum size of a registered still as one making from 7 to 10 proof gallons per days. It is thus 6een that it will not be prac ticable for the farmer to operate a still on a small scale under present conditions." A close examination of the law shows that each distillery must be supplied with a distillery from which the alcohol may be withdrawn and deposited in a bonded warehouse, where by a rather tedious process it is denaturized and then relieved from the tax. This would, of course, ex clude what are known in Germany as agricultural and produce stills, where special apparatus is eery generally in use which enables the small producer to manufacture alcohol for his own use. A tank is attached to each of these small stills which is locked and sealed by a revenue officer, and when the tank is full the revenue officer is notified of the fact, whereupon he ap pears upon the scene, unseals and un locks the tank, and the alcohol is de naturized in the presence of the gov ernment inspector. In order to carry out the original intention of the law as understood throughout the country, Senator Hansbrough has introduced an amend ment to the free alcohol statute. The amendment is as follows: "That, for the convenience of per sons engaged in the distillation of al cohol in quantities that would not justify the additional expense of a distillery warehouse or a bonded warehouse for each establishment, and who employ approved apparatus with suitable alcohol tanks attached, de signed to be locked and sealed by an authorized government officer, the commissioner of internal revenue, with the approval of the secretary of the treasury, shall, under rules pre (COattaae* oa Pase 8.) German War Vessels Soon To Visit Southern Ports Associated Press to The Bvealas Ttamo. Washington, Dec. 21.—Baron Speck von Sternburg, the German ambas sador has notified the state depart* ment that the German cruisers Pan ther and Bremen will visit several Southern ports during January, Feb ruary, March. The Panther will visit Key West and the Bremen will call at Galveston, Pensacola and at Tampa. Both ships will touch at Newport News. The state department has notified the governors of the several states.