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VOL. xxxni. PRICE: -50 CENTS BY carrikb
First Assistant Secretary of Inte
rior Hears the Arguments of
Prominent Operators
Official Will Examine Facts in
Yard Decision and Visit
California Fields
It was the consensus of opinion of
those who appeared before Frank
Pierce, first assistant secretary of the
interior, yesterday at a hearing of the
oil men that the Yard decision, which
am nng other things holds that one
locator can claim only twenty acres
iiiifi cannot dispose of It to another for
development is by far too stringent,
.mil that immediate legiKlation should
ho enacted to reverse this decision, or
at least modify it.
The Yard case, as explained at the
meeting, sustains the old placer law
under which all the claims are located,
but, following in the wake of present
land law reform, goes further and
holds that a full claim of 160 acres
held by eight persons, or a claim of
twenty acres if taken up by cne per
son, is all that one party of locators
can legally retain.
As thousands of locations have been
made under the placer mining law by
only a few persons, either acting
singly or collectively. In the California
oil fields In the past, it was the sense
of the majority of the oil men present
nt the meeting that such a condition
should continue, for, as they «aid.
twenty acres in most canes is not
enough to warrant an individual in
expending from {35,000 to $50,000 to put
down a well.
On the other hand, concerning that
part of the r.'ilng which requires that
the original locator be not permitted
to Bell or transfer his holding, the ma
jority of the oil men argued that it
would be Impossible for development
of government land to proceed.
The point they made was that in
ninety-nine cases out of every hundred
the locator is too poor to develop the
land he has located, and for that rea
son is compelled to turn It over on a
royalty, or by sale or lease to another,
or to organize a company for the de
velopment of the land, which, the oil
men say, has proved the best form of
development and operation of an oil
Tlnre were present at the meeting,
both at the morning and afternoon ses
sions, about 150 oil men, and upward
of thirty were heard by Judge Pierce.
There will be another hearing at'lo
o'clock tomorrow morning, at which
the legal side of the Yard case will be
discussed by prominent attorneys, in
cluding Judge Linley of San Fran
cisco and Judge Frank H. Short of
Fresno. The list of local attorneys has
not been made up, but the discussion
will be open to all lawyers familiar
with the Yard decision and conditions
in California as affected by this and
other recent rulings of the interior
Judge Pierce, at the opening of the
meeting, said that during the summer
and spring of this year the department
was besieged with correspondence from
California oil men, and that it was
deemed advisable to send a represen
tative of the interior department here
to have a series of talks and ascertain
first hand Just what they wished in
the way of law. He said the depart
ment wished especially to find out if
the Yard decision was too stringent,
and if so, to get from the ol! men
themselves their ideas as to the
Calvert Wilson, president of the Los
Angeles chamber of mines and oil, pre
sided at the meeting. Those who spoke
In opposition to the Yard decision were
Charles P. Fox, representing the Cali
fornia Oil Men's association: J. A.
Waltman of Bakersfleld, U. S. G. Todd,
Los Angeles; T. W. Wampler, J. E.
Lelderman, San Francisco; E. M. Sher
idan, Taft; G. S. Johnson, San Fran
cisco; Calvert Wilson, R. W. Dallas,
Coallnga; F. J. Walker, Devils Den;
F. J. Bristol, Los Angeles; C. W. West,
Los Angeles; M. H. Mosier, Los An
geles; E. L. Tolln, Los Angeles; W. E.
Savage, Los Angeles, and Thomas A.
O'Donnell of Los Angeles.
The sole defender of the Yard decis
ion in so far as it touched upon the
leasing system advanced by Taft and
others was S. C. Graham of Los Ange
las. Mr. Graham represented the Oil
Conservation association.
While conservation was out of order
at this meeting, it cropped out upon
several occasions. Judge Pierce referred
several times to Taft's Minnesota
speech, recently delivered, saying he
was governed by what was said then
when the president declared In favor of
the policy of leasing government lands
chat contain coal, phosphate, oil and
gas. But as that is a matter for con
gress, and does not concern the interior
department, Judge Pierce Insisted on
having the argument confined to the
Yard decision and other rulings of the
interior department.
The Yard case was practically the
only one touched upon at yesterday's
meeting. Judge Pierce sprung a sur
prise by saying he wrote the decision
himself, but he added that if found too
stringent the oil men themselves should
suggest the remedy.
Judge Plerce's most important hear
ing will bo tomorrow, when the legal
aide of tho Yard decision and others
will be argued. He will leave Thursday
fur the oil ilelds of the San Joaquln
valley (the, disputed ground), as the
Kue«t of tho California OH Men's asso
ciation, and the boards of trade wher
ever he stops. As outlined, he will stop
at Bakerefleld, C'oalinga, Taft and oth
er west side towns. In this way he will
have both the opportunity of visiting
the fields and seeing for himself condi
tions as they exist, and also got in
touch with alt the oil men of the state
jihd learn their individual opinions.
The meeting Monday will be In Sym
phony hall und is called for 10 o'clock
For 1.41* Angeles and vicinity: Clearing
Sunday i light north wind, changing to
south. Maximum temperature yesterday, 67
degree**; minimum temperature, 51 degrees.
Competition At Motordrome aviation
meet 'between San Dlexo and Lo» An-
Enlos to be keen. Section 2. PAGE 3
Two Chinese are victims of highway
man. Section 2, PACK 3
California oil operator! ' argue before
Frank Pierce of Interior department
on defect! In present laws.
Section 1, PAGE) 1
Report 900 Time* benefit seats remain
unsold. \'. ' • Section 1, I'AOB 7
State superintendent of banks says he
closed All Day and Night Institution
because capital stock Is impaired. As
sets ample to pay all depositors.
Section 1, PAGE} 7
Secretary of Nary Meyer will visit har
bor defense at San Pedro.
Section 1. PAGE} 7
Frederick* denies Woolwlne charge! In
speech at Simpson auditorium.
Section 1, PAGE! 6
New postofflce building Is formally
opened. Section 1. PAGE 5
Prominent Australians arrive to Inves
tigate Irrigation methods and secure
farmers- fo, Victoria lands^ A .
The United State* ranks the world In
government credit. Section 2,»PAUB 4
Civil service bureau examines 112 appli
cants for police stars. Section '3, PAUB 4
Woman speaker attacks votes for women
movement In address before City club.
Section 1. FAUHJ 8
Fall down flight of stairs causes death »'
Mrs. Mary Dor Hey nice, a prominent •
Angeleno. Section 1. PAGE »
Theaters and dramatic. Section 2, PAGE 11
Fraternal and secret orders. Section 1. PAGE 9
Editorial and Letter Box. Section 2, PAGE 6
Politics. Section 2, PAGE 7
News of the court*. Section 2, PACK »
Municipal affairs. ... Section 3, PAGE 4
Society and clubs. Section 2, PAGES 1-3
Musical. - Section 2, PAGE 3
Sports. Section 2, PAGES 8-10
Section 4,' PAGES 1-8, and Section 2, 9-W
Real estate. Section 3, PAGES 1-8
Building permit*. Section 3, PAGE 3
Mining and oil fields. Section 2, PAGE 6
Market* and financial. Section 1, PAGE 11
Shipping. , Seotlon 1, PAGE 11
Personals. Bectlon 1, PAGE 8
Classified advertising. Section 6. PAGES 1-8
16-year-old Santa Monica girl I* re
ported missing. Section 1, PAGE! 10
Pasadena board of trade plans bond
election to build convention hall and
purchase playground site. •*:•. ■ _ ' ,"
Bectlon 1. PAGE 10
Cult <of "Regeneratlonlsts" .traveling
aero** Southern California to take up
...imp,. Ufa" ln M«' cUonli PAaB 10
Section 1. PAGE 10
Judges unable to decide winner* In -
Long Beach lawn eont^ y pAQE) „
Judge Issues order * against Seattle mayor
and city officials . protecting restricted .
district*. - • ' * - Section 1. PAGE 3
Theodore Bell Is greeted with enthusiasm j5
by great crowds during whirlwind tour •
of northern counties. Section 1, FAGB I
Spokane men Indicted for coal land fraud*
deny making entries for Guggenheim* •
Section 1, PAGE •
Delegates to Arizona constitutional con
vention seem agreed to draft document
similar to that of Oregon. Section 1. PAUK *
Karl Brehme, said. to be Paßadena at
torney, forced to pay bill of ■ft™ 8"
and leave San Mateo. Section 1, PAGE 6
Open V. B. Grant San^ Dieg^ .
American Steel and Iron „ institute con- •
v*ne» In New York. Section 1. PAGE) 3
Senator Dolllver of lowa dies while phy
sician Is making examination of _ his
heart Section 1, PAGE 1
Massachusetts state secretary rejects man
named for lieutenant governor .by con
vention committee. Section 1, PAGE 2
Stanley Ketchel, ' middleweight champion
pugilist, assassinated by farm hand on <
• Missouri ranch. , Section 1, PAGE 1
Walter Wellmim and five companions start
in airship on flight across Atlantic ocean.
, Section 1, PAGE 1
Washington officials discover amazing
frauds were perpetrated in census work
In northwest cities. Bectlon 1, PAGE 1
Mrs. Virginia Harned Sothorn is granted
divorce^ Section l, PAGE 1
—-- - -"' ' ' " ■- - I 1 ■*
OLYMPIA, Wash., Oct. 15.—A charge
of dynamite was exploded last night
under a bunk house at Gate, Thurston
county, in which fourteen Japanese
loggers were sleeping. Although part
of the house was destroyed, dishes
were broken and several Japanese
were thrown out of bed, no one was
seriously Injured.
The Japanese were employed by the
Gate City Lumber company, which
had refused to discharge them at the
demand of white laborers. The sher
iff of the county and the Japanese
consul at Seattle have been notified.
SANTA CLARA, Oct. 15—A gigan
tic seismic disturbance which began
at 6:03 this morning and lasted until
7 o'clock tonight was recorded at the
Santa Clara college observatoi-y today.
The preliminary tremors began Just
after 6 and the main shock occurred at
12:44 p. m. The general direction of
the seismic waves was from the south
The scientists at the college state
that it would be difficult to fix the
distance of the disturbance from this
point, beyond stating that It is great.
DENVER, Oct. 15.—Union pressmen
on all three Denver Sunday papers
Btruok late tonight. The paper* are
being printed, In somewhat, reduced
size, on hand presses or by other
available means.
Great lowan, Apparently Recov
ering from Illness, Expires as
Doctor Examines Heart
Physician Counting Beats of Vital
Organ Feels Them Sud
denly Stop
TAsaoclated Press]
FORT DODGE, lowa, Oct. 15.—Sen
ator Jonathan P. Dolllver died at his
residence here at 7:30 tonight while a
physician, Dr. E. M. Van Patten, was
examining hia heart with a stetho
His death followed an acute attack
of stomach trouble which affected his
heart. His physicians announced to
night that his death was directly due
to dilation of the heart.
Senator Dolliver had so far recov
ered his strength as to be able to walk
nbout his lawn. Ho had been up all
day and tonight entered his sitting
room for the daily consultation with
his physician.
The senator informed Dr. Van Patten
that he was feeling much improved,
and that he believed he had about re
covered his normal strength. Dr. Van
Patten cautioned him about becoming
anxious to resume his work, and then
began the examination of the heart
while the senator was seated in a large
Morris chair.
While making the examination the
physician kept up a conversation with
the senator, and asked him how he
was feeling.
"I am really feeling better than at
afly time since my sickness," he said,
"but I suppose the wolves will be set
howling about my successor," and the
senator laughed.
The physician continued his work,
counting the beats of the senator's
heart out loud. He was frequently in
terrupted by Senator Dolliver with the
declaration that he was unable to hear
his own heart,
When the physician had counted
fourteen beats he Informed the sen
"Thafa good," replied Mr. IJolllver,
"the most I have been able to count
was seven."
The physician continued the exam
ination and suddenly noticed the heart
beats had ceased. He shook his steth
oscope, believing It was defective in
some way. Again applying his instru
ment he discovered that the heart had
ceased beating entirely.
Upon looking Into the senator's face
he discovered that death had over
taken him. He had died without a
struggle and without pain.
No one but the physician was in the
room at the time.
It was learned tonight that a con
sultation of physicians was held a
week ago and that they had discov
ered that the senator was in a dan
gerous condition.
Dr. A. H. McCreight said tonight It
was the opinion of the- physicians at
. the consultation that the senator might
prolong his life by relinquishing his
work, but that he had entirely broken
Mrs. Dolliver was not aware of the
senator's serious condition. She said
tonight that Mr. polllver, while in
Washington, had studied tariff sched
ules constantly, taking little time to eat
or sleep.
Senator Dolliver during the last week
had suffered intensely with his heart
and breathed with difficulty.
Miss Gay Dolliver, sister of the sen
ator, dean of women at Morningside
college, Sioux City, and Rev. H. Dolli
ver of Redfleld, S. D., a brother, have
been notified of the demise.
Senator Dolliver's illness dates back
over a year and a half. Before going
to Washington for the last session of
congress he had been slightly ill.
Last spring he had trouble with his
eyes and submitted to an operation.
A few weeks later word was received
in Port Dodge that he was confined
to his bed on account of illness, and
it was given out here by his intimate
friends that he was threatened with
general collaps*..
At the close of congress Senator Dol
liver announced he would go to New
Mexico to recuperate. He spent a few
weeks there and returned to lowa. He
announced before the Republican state
convention in lowa that his rest had.
restored him completely.
At the beginning of the campaign in
Wisconsin Senator Dolliver announced
his intention of entering that state to
assist Senator LaFollette. In the
meantime he had gone into Ohio and
Indiana to Investigate some records
relative to the international rubber
trust. He worked hard gathering his
data, and this added work seemed to
affect his health. While campaign
ing in Wisconsin Senator Dollivor be
came sick and returned to his home
His illness was not regarded as se
rious, however. About two weeks ago
he went to Jewel Junction, lowa, on
business and while there he con
tracted a heavy cold. It was feared
for a time that he had pneumonia.
He was unable to shake off his Illness
and a week ago, on the advice of his
physicians, he took to his bed.
ANNAPOL.IS, Md., Oct. 15.—Super
intendent Bowyer of the naval acad
emy announced today the punishment
Imposed on Midshipmen J. W. Ander
son, Howard Bode, Jenifer Qarnett
and William H. O'Brien for hazing.
AH of the youths, who were mem
bers of the senior class, are given 10Q
demerits and Andernon and tiarnett,
who were officers of the brigade, are
given twenty-five extra marks and re
duced In rank for neglect of duty.
Middleweight Champion Shot by
Pursue Assassin
[Associated Press]
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 15.—Stan
ley Ketchel, middleweight champion
pugilist, the victor in many fistic bat
tles, was shot and fatally wounded
early today.
The shooting took place on the ranch
of R. P. Diekerson, a friend of Ketchel,
near Conway, forty miles east of here.
Ketchel died in the Springfield hos
pital, to which he had been rushed
from Conway on a special train, char
tered by Dickerson. Three physicians
were on the special.
An operation was performed at the
ranch house in an unsuccessful at
tempt to locate the bullet. A report
from Conway has it that a 22-callber
rifle bullet, the pattern which inflicted
Ketchel's wound, was found on the
floor of the room in which the shoot
ing took place. It is thought this may
be the bullet that killed Ketchel.
Out in the heavily wooded hills west
of here Hurtz, Ketchel's slayer, heav
ily armed, is fleeing before a pack of
bloodhounds and a posse of officers and
citizens. Dickerson has placed a price
of $5000 on the dead body of Hurtz.
The members of the posse are armed
with repeating rifles. Hurtz is be
lieved to be a desperate man and will
be fired upon at sight.
After shooting Ketchel, who was at
the breakfast table, Hurtz rushed from
the house into the yard. He then fal
tered a moment, turned and went back
into the room where Ketchel lay upon
the floor. Reaching into Ketchel's
pocket Hurtz removed the pugilist's
revolver and struck him over the head
with it. Then he ran from the house.
"Ketchel can't tell me how to run
my business," he shouted to C. E.
Bailey, foreman of the ranch.
Investigation of Hurtz' belongings
has led officers to believe his Veal
name is Walter Dipley and that he is
from Webb City. Mo. He had been at
the Dickerson ranch since last Wednes
day. Few knew anything about him.
The trouble between Ketchel and
Hurtz Is said to have started w,hen the
pugilist upbraided the ranch hand for
beating a horse. This angered Hurtz.
The incident took place yesterday.
Ketchel had come down to the ranch,
which adjoins one he recently pur
chased, to spend a few days.
Mrs. Goldie Smith, a friend of Hurtz,
tonight assigned another cause for the
"While I was working in the house
yesterday," she said, "Ketchel insulted
me. I became angry. He was greatly
wrought up over the incident and
pleaded with me not to say anything to
Hurtz about our conversation. He said
he would give me the best team of
horses on the farm if I would keep
quiet. I made him no promise.
"When Hurtz came home I told him
what Ketchel had said to me. He whs
very angry. I think that is what
caused Ketchel to be shot."
Officers believe Mrs. Smith's story,
though they think this was not the
only reason for harsh feeling between
the men.
After telling her story, Mrs. Smith
admitted that Hurtz had promised to
meet her tonight. She took several
policemen and county officials to the
appointed meeting place to await the
arrival of the slayer.
It was Ketchel's custom while stay
ing at the ranch house to sit at meals
with his face toward a door leading
into thn house, the dining room being
built in an old porch. This morning
his place at the table was changed
(some say by Mrs. Smith), and the
pugilist was seated with his back to
the door.
Suddenly Hurtz came through tho
door with a rifle in his hand, and said
to Ketchel:
"Throw up your hands!"
Ketchel, not realizing the seriousness
of the situation, smiled and started to
arise and walk toward Hurtz. Before
he turned completely around Hurtz
fired. The bullet entered Ketohel's
body below the right shoulder, coursed
upward and entered the lung. Ketchel
fell to the floor. Nearest physicians
were at Conway, and it was forty-five
minutest before one arrived.
Soon after the shooting Ketch.pl lost
consciousness, but not before lie said
that Hurtz had shot him.
For more than a month Ketrhi-I liarl
been in this part of the country.
Weakened by the fast life he had led
(Continued on I'»g« Four)
Cities in Northwest Charged with
Having Grossly Misrepre
sented Population
Portland Seattle, Tacoma, Boise
Involved as Result of Inves
tigation by Government
(Associated Fresi>
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15.—Staggered
by the enormous' growth shown by the
returns of the new census for a num
ber of western cities, Director Durand
of the census bureau ordered an in
vestigation, the result of which ap
peared in the announcement tonight
that gross frauds had been perpetrated.
Mr. Durand gave out also a letter
from President Taft, directing that
persons Implicated in the alleged
frauds be prosecuted.
Cities mentioned specifically as being
affected by the frauds are Tacoma,
Seattle and Aberdeen, Wash.; Port
land, Ore.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Boise,
Idaho, and £ort Smith, Ark., but it is
said there are. many others. ,
The result of a second enumeration
of Tacoma was announced today. The
city shows a population of 82,972, an
increase of 45,258, or 120 per cent over
1900. The first figures turned In for
Tacoma were 116,248.
In other words the actual population
was padded to the extent of 33,296,
which would have meant a further ad
dition of 40 per cent. These additions
were made in thirty-four out of the
seventy-three enumeration districts in
Tacoma. In some of these districts the
number reported proved to be several
times greater than the actual popula
In ten districts enumerated the fig
ures of the census showed 29,753 names,
whereas the correct number was found
to be 11,646.
President Taft, when informed of the
padding, ■wrote to Secretary Nagel of
the department of commerce and labor
as follows: - ■ '.. , , - , ■
"Beverly, Mass., Oct. 11, 1910.
"I have read Director Durand's let
ter, and agree -with him that It ought
to be published. The cases of all those
who appear to have violated the , law
should be Investigated by the grand
jury, and if sufficient evidence Is found
to justify it, they should bo indicted
and prosecuted at once. Nothing will
so conduce to securing a proper census
us the prosecution of those who attempt
a fraud upon the law. ■ • - ,
"I am "led ■■ to believe that the present
census has been much freer- from at
tempted frauds than any previous cen
sus, but the Instances cited by Mr. Du
rand are sufficient to require the utmost
vigilance to bring those who have vio
lated the law to justice and proper
punishment. Yours sincerely,
The letter of Director Durand, also
addressed to Secretary Nagel, sets forth
that attempted padding of the census
was brought about mainly through the
use of slips printed by private indi
viduals and containing the census ques
tions. These were distributed very
generally, on street corners and else
where, and were filled out by thousands
of people who either had been already
enumerated or were not permanent res
idents of the city and not entitled to
enumeration there. It is possible that
in some cases the names were fictitious.
These lists were turned over by the
private individuals who collected them,
through a special agent of the census
bureau named Corwin, to thirty-four
of the enumerators, and they, under the
instructions .. of , Corwin, added the
names to the enumeration by assigning
them as "boarders" or "lodgers" to va
rious houses in their districts.
I The director declares that more or
less extensive attempts at padding the
census have been discovered in the
other cities mentioned and that inves
tigations are in progress with refer
ence to a number of other cities.
Director Durand says the suspicions
of Chief Statistician William Hunt and
Chief of Division W. H. Jarvls of the
population division with regard to the
census of Tacoma were aroused when
on careful examination of the sched
ules it was found there was an ab
surdly large number of families re
porting "roomers" and "lodgers."
. William A. McKenzie, a bureau ex
pert, was sent by Director Durand to
Tacoma, and made a thorough inves
tigation. In the ten districts men
tioned a complete re-enumeration was
made, while In twenty-four other sus
picious districts the head of each house
was visited and investigated. Many
names had been assigned to vacant
'. The director says it is not yet known
whether any individuals or group of
Individuals were responsible for the
false enumeration in Tacoma. The
claim is made that the names were
given to the enumerators with the
avowed purpose of ascertaining
whether they had been listed. • Instead
of using the names for this purpose
the enumerators added them without
making any investigation.
In excuse for this course they say
they were acting under directions of
Stacey M. Corwin, .one of the special
agents of the census bureau at Ta
coma. He distributed large bunches of
the slips among the enumerators,
stating, Mr. Durand alleges, that the
names were those of bona fide resi
dent* who should be registered.
Mr. Durand declares Corwin went so
far as to say the names must be count
ed even- though their owners were as
signed to vacant lots.
Commenting upon this phase of the
proceeding, Mr. Durand says:
I i "Even though it is possible . that
every enumerator who Improperly
added names to his schedules did so
under' the instructions of Special
Agent Corwin. nevertheless these enu
merators were not only • technically
guilty of a misdemeanor under section
22 of the census act, but they are also
morally guilty, and possibly responsible
for what they did." ,
DTVriTTI {"'fiiyTf^i^. • DAILY 2c. ON TRAINS Bb.
p^3^ I^i;v^^^HHw»s; - £ IBs
Mrs. Sothern Gets Decree on the
Charges of Desertion
and Non-Support
[Associated Press]
RENO, Oct. 15.—Virginia Harned
Sothern, the actress, was granted a
decree of divorce today from Edward
H. Sothern, the actor, in the district
court here. Desertion and non-support
were the allegations. There was no
contest on the part ofi Sothern and
the hearing consumed little time.
Mrs. Sothern said her husband de
serted her in June, 1906, in New York
city. At that time he told her that ho
intende* to devote the rest of his life
to his profession; that he did not want
any criticism, and therefore he in
tended to leave her. Since that time
Mrs. Sothern said her husband had re
fused to live with her and had not con
tributed to her support. The plaintiff
stated that her husband received a
salary of $100,000 for a forty weeks'
New Schedule to Become Effect
ive November 20
CARSON,' Nev., Oct. 15.—A big re
duction in freight rates on all lumber
and timber, including mine timber
and building material shipped from
Verdi along the line of the Southern
Pacific and the Tonopah & Tidewater
railroads, was ordered today by the
Nevada railroad commission.
On first-class lumber consigned to
Goldfleld from Verdi the rate will be
out from $13 to $8 a ton and on rough
timbers $r> a ton will be the charge
instead of $13.
The new schedule will go into effect
on November 20. The members of the
railroad commission left today for
Washington, where they will appear
before the interstate commerce com
mission to protest against a further ex
tension of time asked for by the rail
roads in the enforcement of the re
duction order of the commission in
what is known as the 'Reno rate case.
SEATTLE, Oct. 15.—Application for
a permit to erect a 41-story building at
Second avenue at Yesler way was Hied
today by L. C. Smith of Syracuse, N. Y.
Ths building, which will be exceeded
in height by only one structure In the
world, will Coat $2,000,000.
NEW ORLJ3ANS, Oct. 15.—News
reached hero late tonight from Man
agua, Nicaragua, that -disorder had
broken out anew In the capital and
that frequent rioting! was occurring.
According to advices the situation lls
critical. '■'>&&
MADISON, Wis., Oot, 18. Tha Wis
consin supreme court upheld today the
20 per cent provision of the primary
election law.
Daring Aviator and Crew of Five
Men Disappear in Ocean
Fog Bank
Last Wireless Message Conveys
News That Success Is
Attending Voyage
[Associated Press]
ATLANTIC CITY. N. J.. Oct. 15.—
Sailing into a thick tog that hung low
over the Atlantic ocean, a few minutes
after 8 o'clock this morning, Walter
Wellman, with a crew of five men, la
tonight believed to be on an epoch
making volage to Europe In the huge
cigar-shaped airship America.
Numerous wireless messages were re
ceived during the day, and the latest
indicated that Wellman is tonight sail
ing through tho darkness oft the New
York coast.
The men making the night are Walter
Wellman, commander; Melvin Vanl
man, chief engineer and next In com
mand; F. Murray Simons, navigator;
J. D. Irwin, wireless operator; John
Aubert and Albert Louis Loud, assist
ant engineers.
The start of the balloon was dramat
ic. Roundly criticised by people who
did not believe he would ever under
take what was thought to be a fool
hardy venture, Wellman startled the
whole island by bringing the America
out of the hangar and without cere
mony going into the air.
For the last thirty days tho public
had expectantly awaited some move
from the crew. Day after day it waa
announced that a trial flight would be
made as soon as conditions were per
Early this week it was stated tha
airship would make a trial flight, but
still she remained in the big shed. The
criticisms of Wellman became stronger.
It was about 4 p. m. today that tho
decision to go up was made by Chief
Engineer Vaniman. All night he had
watched at the weather bureau. Rout
ing the crew, who slept in the hangar,
Vanlman called Wellman on the tel
ephone at the Hotel Chalfonte and no
tified him that the time to start hart
arrived. WPllman soon was on tha
way to the inlet.
With everything ready for the word
"Let go,' 'the crew climbed i. 'j the
car hanging from the balloon.
The final goodbys were said to the
wives, relatives and friends and the
last word to the ground was given.
On the boardwalk and beach a crowd
estimated at 6000 stood in awe as the
airship begun to rise and sail out into
the fog. Then cheer after cheer fol
lowed when the craft began to disap
pear in the mist. Within five minutes
it was out of sight.
Robert Miller, the wireless operator
stationed here, kept calling the Amer
ica, but it was not until 11:15 a. m.
that there was a response. Then out of
the air came this message, the first
ever sent from an airship at sea:
"Headed northeast. All well on
board. Machine working fine. Good
by.—J. Irv/in."
After this messages came frequently
and all reported good progress.
Among the anxious people who
crowded into the little wireless station
on the pier were Mrs. Wellman and
two' daughters and Mrs. Vanlmari.
Messages were exchanged between
Wellman and the lelatives.
The last message received from ■Well
man, late today, said the course had
been laid for the north passage /..'com
Newfoundland and that speed had
been cut to fifteen knots an hour to
save the gasoline. Enough gasol'lwe is
being carried to keep the America's
engines going for at least fifty days
under low speed pressure.
The airship is equipped with pro
visions for thirty days and a twenty
seven-foot life boat is carried. If the
3hip has trouble with her engines the
wireless will be depended upon to
summon ships.
Should the whole structure icollapse
the crew will take to the life boat,
and being in the track of steamers,
expect to be picked up without drift
ing long. If all is well tonight it in
believed the America, through her
wireless, is in communication with
ships, ana these, in turn, are passing
the word along.
Ben Clark Accused in Indictment
of Misappropriating $1500
GLOBE, Ariz., Oct. 15.—Ben R. Clark,
treasurer of Graham county and t.
man prominent in political circles all
through the territory, was today in
dicted <m four counts of embezzlement
el Solomonville. The indictment*
charge misappropriation of nearly
$15^0 during his term of oQe.
(Mark served as sheriff of Graham
county for lour yoars prior to 190(1 and
In 1905 nao elected county treasurer.
Hp was chief clerk of the assembly
during the last session of the terri
torial legislature and Is so generally
known throughout Arizona tnat Urn
Indictments have caused a sens
He is at liberty on bail pending hi
TOK!i>, Oct IB.—The Japan
Ing squadron, comprising the arm '
cruiser Asama ;iml tha prot<
rruini •■. unrti-r command of
Captain Vashiin, sailed today for tho
United States. These warships are dv«
at San Francisco, November 19.

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