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STOLEN BOY SAFE
IN FATHERS ARMS Returned in Compliance With Agreement Between Whitla and Abductors' Agent. CHILD WAS Wfll TREATED Father Admits Paying $10,000 for Re* turn of Boy—Affecting Scene in Hotel Lobby. Cleveland, March 24.—Little Willie Whitla, who cnused the police of the entire country worry since he was kidnapped from school in Sharon last Thursday, was returned to his father at the Holienden hotel here last night at 8:30 o'clock. In compliance with an agreement entered into between the kidnapped boy's father and an agent of the kidnappers here yester day, the boy was placed on a street car on the outskirts of the city and started to the hotel shortly after 8 o'clock. Two boys, G. W. Ramsey and Edward Mahoney, recognized the lad on the car and taking him in charge conducted him to his father, who was in waiting, according to a prearranged plan which he had fol lowed at the dictation of the kidnap pers. Smothered With Kisses. The boy wandered about the hotel lobby unannounced for several min uies. asking bellboys for his father, before the latter knew his son was in the big foyer. The moment the anxious parent heard that a strange boy was in the hotel, sauntering in aimless fashion, he rushed across the lobby grasped him in his arms and «mothered his face with kisses. Willie is in perfect health. He says j that he has been veil treated, and 1 ever since Iiis capture has been con stantly indoors. He believes he was i taken from Sharon to Warren and thence to Newcastle. Pa. It is his opinion, expressed in a happy school I boy way, that he wai In Ashtabula on ' Saturday ni 5; ht at the time his father ! was to leave his $10,000 in Flatiron Park Paid $10,C00 Ransom. Whitla senior said last evening 1 that he paid $10,000 to the woman in ( the candy store. He said that he re- : eeived a letter yesterday from the ! kidnappers at his home in Sharon, saying that if he called at a confec tionery storw In the Kart end of Cleveland he would be toll how to | secure his boy " unharmed and "well i Shortly after noon he left Sharon lor Cleveland. He was unaccompa inaccompa nied. About 2 o'clock ho went to the candy store and made the arrange ments which resulted in the boy be ing sent to the hotel. When the frenzied father discover ed tho boy in tho crowded lobby he lifted him into his arms and plant ed a score of kisses on his lips. "It's my boy—my darling Willie!" he cried Crowd Cheers Wildly. When the crowd that filled the lob by realized that the kidnapped child had been restored to its parent cheer after cheer rang out. So enthusiastic were the people that Whitla was obliged to make a short speech. He thanked the press, the police and the people for the interest and assistance given him in the search for the boy. As soon as Whitla could push his way through the crowd he retired to his room, where he called up the child's mother 011 the long-distance telephone and notified her of the re covery of the boy. Whitla and his son will return to Sharon 011 the morning train. Neighbors Plan Celebration. Sharon, Pa., March 24.—The first Act of J. P_ \\ hitla upon the recovery of his kidnapped son in Cleveland last night was to call his wife over the long-distance telephone and tell ! her that Willie was safe in his arms j again. Mis. Whitla, evidently expect- i ing the news, did not collapse, but I manifested the most perfect control, i Not only was the family overjoyed at I the receipt of the news, but the entir community seems to be happiness with them demonstration is being arranged for the return home of father and sou. which is now expected at 12; 2G o'clock today. Detective Ward stated that the search for the abductor and his con fedei at es would now be taken up in >e7h;;r n viheir ! and a ere.t ! ' ? ® at Trcops Guard Court House. Amite. La., March 21.—With the court house surrounded by state troop?, the trial of Ivery Blount, « ii"reed with the murder of Buzzy Pr-fl. n«:. his wife and stepdaughter, near TLkfaw, was begun here. hold up strike settlement. Hotheads Postpone Final Action at Pari«. Paris, March 24. — Although the chamber of deputies by a vote of 345 to 138 yesterday again sustained the government's position with reference to the strike of the postal employes, and several members of the strike commission consider the govern ment's terms amply satisfactory, the hotheads at a big meeting held yes terday afternoon succeeded In post poning final action until today. Not content with winning all the substantial points for which they con tended, including the elimination of Undersecretary Simyan, whose retire ment it is understood Is only a ques tion of hours, the militant strike lead ers want to force the government to a public confession of defeat by the dismissal of M. Simyan, who is ex tremely obnoxious to the state em ployes. One of the speakers at the meeting threatened that the move ment would be turned into a "revolu tionary strike'* unless satisfaction was given on this point. Attorn fear aeronauts are dead. Balloon With Passengers Has Disap peared at Los Angeles. Los Angeles, March 24.—For more than fifty hours, friends of the six men who ascended from Tournament Park in Pasadena at 3 o'clock Satur day afternoon in the big Ferris bal loon "America" have been without word of them or the slightest knowl edge of the fate that has overtaken the aeronauts. As far as information here goes no human being has caught sight of the huge gas bag since it rose above the park inclo sure. The balloon, carried by a stiff breeze, majestically sailed into the long-hanging clouds that lay far down on the mountain sides and disappear ed from view. 'I he belief that some tragic fate has befailen the men which formed the paity has led to the formation of many relief expeditions into various pans of the Sierre Madre mountains. TO FIGHT FOR 2-CENT FARE. Missouri Will Issue a Call for a Con ference of Attorneys General. •Tefiei son ( it y, Mo., March 24. e.v General Major will issue a eal! soon for n meeting of attorneys general irom nearby states to plan a concentrated fight for the 2-oent fare laws. The conference is a coun ter move from the recent, railroad conference in Chicago, where it was decided to put the 3-Cent fare In force in Missouri, and where, it is said, plans were discussed for a general at tack on the 2-cent. laws of all the states that, have passed them. Indiana, ülinois, Arkansas, Nebras ka, Iowa and Kansas will be asked to take part in the meeting, it will probably be held in Kansas City Kansas City I REPLIES TO SECRETARY KNOX. Nicaragua Does Not Meet Every De mand of This Government. Washington, March 24. — President Zelaya has through Mr. Espinosa, the minister of that country to the United states, sent his reply to the demand made by Secretary Knox for the ar bitration of the Emery claim, arising out of the annulment by Nicaragua of a concession granted by that country for cutting mahogany, because of an alleged violation of its provisions. No statement was obtainable at the state department yesterday as to the nature of Zelaya's reply, but enough is known to warrant the statement that it does not meet every demand of this government. REPUDIATE ,INSURGENTS. Democratic Members of Congress Hold Lively Caucus. Washington, March 24. — After hours of bitter wrangling the Demo cratic members of the house of rep î esentati\ es, in a caucus which was in session until after midnight, by an overwhelming vote repudiated the Democratic supporters of the Fitz gerald amendments to the rules which were adopted at the opening of the special session of congress over the opposition of Minority Leader Clark. The debate which preceded the adoption of the declaration repudiat ing tho action of the recalcitrants r one ?! the most . b,tter ^ Deniocrat,c cailcus «n years. A set ot rules «0 govern future canon««« also was adopted. WON'T STAY DEATH SENTENCE. Hughes Denies Application for Clem ency in Case or Mrs. Farmer. Albany, N. Y„ March 24. — Gov. Hughes announced yesterday that he had denied the application for execu tive clemency in che case of Mrs. Mat y Faimer, who is under sentence of death at Auburn prison for the murder of Mrs. Sarah Brennan at Brownsville, near Watertown. Mrs. Frrn-er will te e xecuted some time n :»•! week. MONTANA NEWS land office report. Remarkable Showing Despite the Uusual Dull Season. John P. Schmit, register of the state land office, made settlement with State Treasurer Esselstyn for the business of the department for the first half of the current month, the amount deposited being $19,170.45. Register Schmit said this is a re markable showing, owing to the fact that practically no new business is done at this season of the year. Reg ister Schmit is making an effort, and with marked success, to close up all unfinished business preparatory to turning this office over to his suc cessor, F. H. Ray. He has been re quested, however, to remain in office until April 1. The amount deposited was divided among the several funds as follows: Permanent school, $9,024.35; school Income, $7,906.10; agricultural main tenance, $255; deaf and dumb mainte* nance, $45; capitol building interest and sinking, $65; school of mines, $10.50; permanent state normal school, $450; state normal school maintenance, $230; permanent univer sity, $240; university maintenance, $244.50. TO ENJOIN LAW'S OPERATION. Lincoln County Residents Want to Remain in Flathead. A fund is being liberally subscribed to by taxpayers of the territory in cluded in the newly created county of Lincoln for the purpose of institut ing legal proceedings to stop the or ganization of the new county, and it is claimed that an injunction will be sought to suspend the action of the bill until the matter can be fought out in the courts. It is claimed by some of those interested that the bill passed by the senate and to which the governor attached his signature dif fers in some important details front that passed by the house, and it is reported that upon these grounds the bill will be attacked. A large per centage of the taxpayers of the new county are firmly opposed to be seg regated from Flathead county. Sena tor T. D. Long denies that there is any irregularity in tho measure, of which he was the author CHARGES ARE PREFERRED. Dr. Ay.en's Management of Missoula Hospital Disapproved. Active Division Superintendent D. J. Hagerty of the Northern Pacific has called a conference to be held, at Missoula in his offices between some of the high officials or' the Northern Pacific Beneficial association and rep resentatives of various local railway organizations. The latter have pre ferred charges of a sensational nature against Dr. J. P. Aylen, chief surgeon of the local association hospital, in connection with its management. The trouble callcd here M. C. Kimbcrly, president of the Beneficial associa tion; Walter Laidlow, secretary, and General Superintendent Goodall of Liv ingston. These men and Mr. Hager ty will meet the committee from the railway organizations in an attempt to get at the bottom of the affair. get at the bottom of the affair. BURNS REACHES BILLINGS. Secretary of Dry Farming Congress to Stay in the State. Secretary John T. Burns of the dry farming congress has arrived in Bill ings and will make that city his head quarters from now until the meeting of the congress. At a meeting of business men Secretary Burns gave an outline of the purposes and work of the dry farming government and the benefits which will redound to Montana from the meeting. A meet ing was held for the purpose of ar ranging a program for March 27. when delegates from various parts of the state will be free to select a board of control. MONTANA'S FIRST INTERURBAN. Contract Let for a Line Connecting Bozeman and Salesville. The contra ;t for the construction of an interurban electric line, the first In Montana, from Boz?man to Sales ville, a distance of twenty miles, was awarded last week to the Westing house company of New York. The road will later be projected from Salesville to Three Fo.-ks, a distance of thirty-five miles. Plan New School House. Lewistown is to have a new ana 6trictly modern school house this year. A site has been selected by the board of education and the propo sition will be submitted to the tax payers at an early date. The addi tional structure has become an abso lute necessity and will save the board from renting additional quarters next year. The other schools are over crowded and there will be an increas ed attendance next fall. IN THE SCA NDINAVIA N NORTH Gleanings of Important News of Norway, Sweden and Denmark, with Occasional Comments. By MARTIN W. ÖDLAND. norway. Dr. Fridtjof Nansen will visit Ice land next summer for the purpose of making scientific Investigations. • • • Gold has been discovered in Smaa lenene. Elnar Haneborg of Aremark has sent samples of ore from his farm to Mr. Schmelck, the state chemist, who says that it contains small quan tities of the yellow metal. • • • The monument to the memory of Col. George Stang was unveiled Feb ruary 17. It stands in Our Savior's cemetery, Christiania, whither it will attract pilgrims from all over Nor way, for few Norwegians are better loved than Col. George Stang. It is a life size statue, executed by the Norwegian sculptor, Gustav Laerum. There was a mulitude of people in at tendance, including many of the lead ing military officers of Norway. • • • I have frequently referred to the de cline in the consumption of intoxicat ing liquors in Norway. An investi gator has recently prepared a table, showing that the decline has been in progress for several generations. Rec ords have been taken of the amount of liquor used since 1833, and it seems to be a fact that the average indi vidual drinks five times as little liquor today as the average individual seventy-five years ago. In 1833 it is claimed that the average amount of liquor drunk per year by each indi vidual was sixteen liters; now it is a trifle over three liters. * • M The new Bergen theater was form ally opened to the public February 19, and the occasion will be remembered as one of the big events in the history of the city. King Haakon was pres ent. arriving by rail frcm the capital in the morning. He alighted from the train at Fjosanger, where he was met by former Premier Micbelsen and a host of cheering subjects During the day he visited the most interesting places in the city, escorted by Mich elsen and other notables. He was in excellent humor seemed to enjoy his visit greatly. He was unassuming and democratic in his manner, walk ing about the streets like an ordinary citizen, pleasantly exchanging greet ings with the people. When he enter ed the theater, the audience rose and *ang "Ja, vi elsker dette Landet," The popular play, "Erasmus Montan us," was presented, scene succeeding scene with precision, all the actors playing their roles without a hitch. The king went upon the stage be tween two of the acts and chatted with the actors, and on leaving the theater, he awakened enthusiasm by expressing his interest in the future of the Bergen stage. The new Bergen theater is a beauti ful playhouse, second only to the Na tional theater at Christiania. The drama has always flourished at Ber gen, since Ole Bull lent his interest to it over half a century ago. • • • SWEDEN. The academy of science has award ed the Linne medal in silver to E. Nordstrom, who has made an exten sive collection of the Scandinavian flora and presented it to the govern ment museum. • * • The bust of Wieselgren, the great temperance reformer of the last cen tury, is now ready, and is to be placed in the Kungspark in Goteborg. The unveiling will take place the 20th of May with appropriate exercises. • * * The Stockholm museum has recent ly received from the royal family a so-called katag, that is, an Oriental mantel for use on state occasions. The mantel is of beautiful workman ship. and was a gift of the Dalai La ma of China to the late King Oscar. • * • The Stillefors factory for the manu facture of various sanitary appliances, which was burned last year, has now j be n rebuilt, the new building being I recently dedicated in a very enjoyable j manner. The owner, Mr. Swenson, ! invited all his employes and their j families, upwards of 100 in number, to a festival arranged by him at the new : building. A program of music and addresses, followed by an elaborate supper, put the large gathering in the best of spirits. At the cloäe Con tractor Moller of Hallstorp, on behalf of the employes, expressed the appre ciation of the company for the con fidence and friendship shown them by their respected employer. The event is a happy augury for the future suc cess and progress of the factory. of of is The Pellerin company of Goteborg has placed the sum of 20,000 crowns in the hands of the riksdag member, H. Lindquist, to be used for the benefit of those in want through the hard times and lack of labor. The fund will be the means of doing much good, as it will be a month or two be fore outside work will begin to any extent. ♦J?u . 3re COntInual * making trouble in various parts of Sweden. Recently three laboring men of this following, who were of age to take tho compulsory military training, wrote the commander at Vasteras that they refused to present themselves for drill. Their cases will be taken up by the military department, and what ever action is taken in th ematter it is certain that a great deal of hard feeling will result. • • * The city of Goteborg has received donations amounting to 80,000 crownh bj the will of the late Adolf Florell a wealthy ship owner. The donations are as follows; To the home for the aged 10,500 crowns; to the children's hospita!, 20,000 crowns; to the society 101 the care of scrofulous children 15,750 crowns; to the society for the assistance of poor children, 15 750 crowns; to the seamen's home for pensions for the aged seamen, 21 000 crowns. ' • * • The police department of Uddevalla is up in arms against the Stockholm News, which recently published an ar ticle in reference to the conditions at I ddevalla. The article charges the police with gross inefficiency and • ninkenness and such generally scan dalous behavior that, the pubiic has ost. all confidence in them. The de part ment lias taken the matter up and 'he editor, Gustaf Gullberg, is to be brought before the court on the (barge of libel and the abuse of tho rights of the freedom of the press. The case has the support of the entire police force of Uddevalla, seventeen members, and will be bitterly contest ed. Editor Gullberg maintains that the article, as printed, was correct to every particular. • • • DENMARK. According to reports from Copen hagen, the bill appropriating 43,000, 000 crowns for the national defense, in accordance with the plans of thô commission which has been studying the subject for months and years, stands but little show of passage. A:i was to be expected, the members of the social democratic party are solid ly arrayed against the proposed meas ure; they want disarmament and ev erlasting peace. The radical lefts are also against the. measure, largely be cause they like to be in opposition, but especially because they think the sum asked for is entirely too large. Some refuse to vote a penny; others are willing to appropriate four or five million crowns, and a very few of these radicals would go as high as fifteen million crowns, but 43,000,000 is entirely out of the question. The party of the right is heartily in favor of the bill, but the reform party is hopelessly divided. Indeed, it looks as if this question will cause a permanent split in this great party, and lead to new party alignments. • * • The national taxes collected from the people during the years 1905-6 and 190G-7 amounted to 75,050,000 crowns, and the local taxes during the same period aggregated the sum of 46.700, 000 crowns—making a grand total of 122,000,000 crowns, it is estimated that the aggregate income of the peo ple of Denmark during the same pe riod was 1,000,000,000 crowns; hence the taxes were equal to 12 per cent of the people's earnings. It is there fore apparent that it is expensive to live in Denmark, but the taxes were still higher in former times, a thought which may console the Danish people somewhat. • * • All Danish women over twenty-five years of age will, after this date, hav > the right to vote and come forward as candidates in the elections for the Copenhagen municipal council. Tli3 women, however, display 110 enthu siasm. There rre forty-two seats, an I tin socialists, the most powerful and !.e-t organized of t'.:e parties, have on!/ succeeded in rin 1'ng seven women e > - didates, of wl'cm two have > on grounds, : t is alleged, of pen-or I jea'ousy. One says that she h tn d - veloped a weakness of tli hirt, t the second thst her I10 i'-nvi^' 1 ties are teo exscltug to piMil . !:•»* to enter .jolitics.