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AIMD SUN-TELEGRAM VOIi. XXXIII. X0.9G. RICII3IOXD, ID., THURSDAY EVENING, 31 AY 21, 1908. SINGLE COPY, 2 CENTS. LIGHT, HUT AND POWER WILL HQ FURTHER EFFORT stated That as a Purchaser Of the Municipal Light Plant It Has Withdrawn From the Field After Waterloo. CHARGE OF BRIBERY "COOKED ITS GOOSE.' Under Present Circumstances, People of the City Will Ab solutely Refuse to Listen to Further Argument.' It? was learned today that the Light, ifleat & Power company will make no i further effort to secure control of the municipal plant. This decision was reached after the overwhelming Water loo experienced last Monday night In the council chamher by K. E. Wother 'by. who has been untiring in his ef- forts to persuade the people of Rich ;mond to dispose of their plant. v The present city administration has "been firm in its stand against the proposed sale of the plant and last Monday evening the fact was revealed that the administration is sustained !in this stand by an overwhelming pub lic, sentiment. The numerous repre sentative citizens who attended the council meeting, reflected the attitude of the taxpayers by their hostile dem onstrations against Mr. Witherby. Every member of council also showed that he was bitterly opposed to the proposed sale of the municipal plant. "If the Light. Heat and Tower com pany ever did have a chance to secure control of the municipal plant, it was forfeited Monday night, when the fact was made public that officers of the Light, Heat & Power company had at tempted to bribe Matt Von Pein to use his influence as a member of council to further the plan of disposing of the municipal plant to its competitor," re marked a prominent city official today. Backed by the city council and pub lic opinion the board of public works will absolutely refuse from this time on to listen to any of the argumentns advanced by Mr. Witherby in his cam paign to secure control of the city plant. Monday night. Mr. Witherby, in making his statement to council, laid great stress on the argument that In diana was almost certain to follow the example of Wisconsin and New York in providing for state control of public service corporations. Such a law, Mr. Witherby stated, would absolutely protect the citizens or Richmond in the event that the municipal plant ; should be sold to its competitor. Mr. Ashe argued that state control of public service corporations is a failure and that the public service cor porations in this state would welcome such a law. In a private conversa tion Mayor Schillinger has stated that Glenn Marston. the well known advo cate of this movement, was brought to Richmond through the efforts of the Light, Heat & Tower company. Mr. Mr. Marston failed to make much of an Impression on the members of the Commercial club who heard his ad dress. BOYS IN POOL ROOM Complaint Has Again Been Registered With the Local Police Department. !THE PROPRIETORS FORGET. Further complaint has been made to the police department in regard to minors loitering in pool rooms of the , city. The police undertook a cam : paigro last winter and proprietors of such places were notified that minors would have to be kept out. With the advent of spring, the influx has come again. The proprietors in a number of instances have forgotten the police warnings and boys sixteen or seven teen years of age can be found play ing pool at almost any time of day. There has been repeated complaint about boys and young men lounging about the entrance way to several Main street cigar stores. Chief among the complainants have been women who declare the sidewalks are so blockaded that frequently they are re quired to step into the gutter in order to pass the groups of loafers. NEW AMBULANCE. Poan & Klute, undertakers, have purchased a beautiful new ambulance or invalids' carriage which has been rut in use by them. It is complete in all details of equipment and provid ed with the most modern improve ments. The carriage is electric light ed on the interior and provided with a couch that can be made into a chair and suspended from springs within the carriage. MAKE FRIEND RILLS SELF Bowell, a Companion of Mc Gaughey, While Depressed Ends His Own Life. WIFE WAS PLAYING PIANO. Indianapolis, Ind., May 21. While his wife was playing the piano in an adjoining room. Albert Bowell. a bos om friend of ex-Commissioner Mc Gaughey, who suicided Tuesday, shot and instantly killed himself wih a re volver this morning. lie was de pressed by McGaughey's suicide and because he was unemployed. WOLFE AGAIN PLAYED WITH GRIM DEATH He Took a Quantity of Mor phine to End Earthly Existence. TWICE WITHIN A WEEK. WAS FOUND SATURDAY IN CON VULSIONS AND LATER ADMIT TED HE WANTED TO DIE DO MESTIC TROUBLES THE CAUSE. There seems to be some doubt of the actual intention of Charles Wolfe, of Conncrsville and Greensburg and more recently of this city to commit suicide. The man was found in a stag gering condition on South Fifth street yesterday afternoon about 1 o'clock. He appeared to be unconscious. Ho was removed to the hospital and enti ties administered. Upon restoration to consciousness, Wolfe asserted he had taken a quantity of morphine. Ho said he had done so with suicidal in tent. Wolfe is the same man who was found in convulsions at the corner of Ninth and North A streets Saturday at midnight. He was suffering from strychnine and claimed he had intend ed to take his own life. The attempt of yesterday was the second made within two weeks that the man has been in this city. Trev ious to this he tried the deed at Con nersviilo and also at. Greensburg. Physicians assert that if the man act ually intended to take his life he would take a sufficient quantity of the poisions to accomplish the purpose. Wolfe always seems to select weak solutions and the only harm that re sults is in his suffering while uncon scious. Domestic troubles are asserted to be the cause jot the man's discontent. He and his wife are separated and he ap pears to wish to play with fate and test the effectiveness of various kinds of poison. SIX HURT IN AUTO ACCIDENT Machine "Turns Turtle" Near South Bend. South Bend. Ind.. May 21. A large touring car carrying its owner, John C. Ellsworth, his chauffeur and a party of four, "'turned turtle" and darted down an embankment last night. The injured are K. R. Wills, secretary American Trust Co., arm broken and shoulder fractured, condi tion is serious; Samuel Leoner, presi dent of the same company, seriously injured. Samuel Go.1 rt.ai osTare and Samuel Lontz a coal merchant, John Ellsworth a dry goods merchant and Chauffeur Gerard wore badly hurt. DAMAGE SUIT AGAINST TRACTION LINE HEARD Dublin Man Asks Judgment For $150. The damage suit of Nathan Stant vs. the Indianapolis & Eastern an.i i the Terre Haute. Indianapolis East i ern traction companies, was heard in i the Wayne circuit court today before i a jury. Stant, who is a resident of Dublin brought suit against the trac tion companies and demanded $150. He alleged that in 'October. 190t? a car of the defendants struck a horse be longing to him and injured it so it had I to be killed. THE WEATHER PROPHET. INDIANA Warmer Thursday night; Friday showers, fresh southeast winds. OHIO Warmer Thursday night, Fri day showers, fresh east to south winds. FINANCES 10 HE CONSIDERED LATER Appointment of Currency Com mittee All That Will Be Done in Washington. NO AGREEMENT IS LIKELY. HOUSE AND SENATE ARE DIVID ED ON THE MERITS OF VARIOUS CURRENCY MEASURES WHICH HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED. Washington, May 21. Th appoint ment of a currency committee to be composed of nine senators and nine members of the house will he provid ed for in a bill which Senator Alilrich will introduce in the senate today and if this is passed by congress it will comprise all of the financial legisla tion that will be enacted at the pres ent, session. This course was decided upon by the conference on the Aldrich Vreoland currency bill at a final con ference which demonstrated beyond question that there is no hope of get ting an agreement between the sen ate and house on an emergency meas ure. Undoubtedly this decision means that the leaders in congress are deter mined upon a final adjournment of congress next Saturday. Conferees on the nart of the 'senate and house fail ed to get down to a discussion of the details of the two bills finally sent to conference. The senate passed a bill providing for the issuance of national bank notes on bonds other than those of the United States and it appears from all of the debate in the house that such a bill would be rejected, ev en if presented in the form of a con ference report recommending the main features of the house bill. The house passed a bill providing for the issu ance of emergency currency on se curities guaranteed by clearing houso associations and the senate refused to regard this. in other light than that of asset currency and therefore would have none of it. The sentiment is such that in eith er body there appears to be no chance on compromise. Col. John D.v Alexander Will Lead the G. A. R. During Ensuing Year. CRAWFORDSVILLE WINS. Indianapolis, Ind., May 21. The State G. A. R. encampment in Kokomo today selected Crawfordsville as the place for next year's encampment. In the election of officers this afternoon. Col. John D. Alexander of Bedford, Ind. was elected commander of Indiana G. A. R. OFFICIALS ON TRIP. The New Castle Courier says the officials of the Richmond division of the Panhandle were at New Castle to inspect the company's property Tues day. The Courier says everything was found in good condition but the j passenger depot. It. adds that the I present, generation is likely to be gray j haired grandads before any change : will be made. PROPOSITION TO BUY VOTING MACHINES One Is Expected at Next Meet ing of Commissioners. A representative of a voting ma chine company of Indianapolis, was in the city today. He obtained facts and figures in regard to the number of votes cast and the expenses of the gen eral election in this county. It is probable a proposition will be made at the next meeting of the county com missioners. FLOWERS DISTRIBUTED ALONG PENNSYLVANIA Parks Beautified Along Local Division. The annual distribution of plants and flowers has been made on the Richmond division of the Panhandle. Wherever a park or small bit of ground is provided in the vicinity of the company's buildings, flowers and shrubbery will be planted if the cus todian cares to assume the additional Labor required tor tbeir culture.. COMMANDER CHOSEN KILLED IN A WRECK Seventy-five Lives Were Lost In Belgium in Railroad Wreck. SIGNALS WERE CONFUSED. Antwerp. Belgium. May 21. Seventy-five people were killed and a hun dred injured, half of them probably fatally, in a head on collision be tween a passenger train and a freight at Contich, south east of hero. The wreckage caught fire and impeded the rescue. Mistaken signals were re sponsible for the catastrophe. EVIDENCE AND THE CORONER DIFFER Former Shows Mrs. Gunness Perished in Fire, While Latter Says She Lives: WOMAN WAS SEEN MAY 4. OMAHA MAN WHO KNEW THE WOMAN RECOGNIZED HER IN OGDEN, UTAH, ALTHOUGH SHE TRIED TO CONCEAL IDENTITY. Laporte. Ind., May 21. Despite the evidence already discovered to prove Mrs. Gunness perished in the fire, she was seen alive May 4, according to a letter received by Mayor Harrow to day. It is dated Omaha and signed Samuel Harvey, who claims he knew her and also Lamphere. He says he talked with Mrs. Gunness May 4 at the railway depot at Ogden, Utah. She tried to conceal her identity but soon admitted it and said she was go ing to California to get her daughter. Darrow will investigate. The grand jury is in session behind closed doors. Observers of the Gunness case antic ipate that the big murder mystery will be thrown anew before the public in a manner as sensational as its first ap pearance. Several new spots of sus picious appearance have been discov ered on the Gunness premises and Sheriff Albert E Smutzer announces digging for new bodies will be resum ed Friday, by which time sluicing oper ations at the ruins of the farmhouse will have been finished and indict ments probably will have been re turned against Ray lamphere. The position of the state in Lam phere's case was materially strength ened by the formal verdict on the death of Mrs. Belle Gunness. rendered by Coroner C. S. Mack. In his re port the coroner said: "It is my verdict that the body so viewed is that of Belle Gunness; that she came to her death through feloni ous homicide, and that the perpetrator thereof is to me unknown." Sheriff Smutzer received from Fias co, Mo., today a Swedish razor with a horn handle, forwarded by I. I. Yout sler, a peddler. The razor bears the inscription "F. Lind. Chicago." Youtsler wrote that when he was at Mrs. Gnnness's house in 1:nm;. a young woman there gave him the razor. Sheriff Smutzer says other such razors of Swedish make have been seen in the house. It is presumed that the razor is the property of one of Mrs. Gun ness's victims. Mining operations in the ashes of the Gunness home resulted in the recov ery of a heavy gold band ring that may have been worn by a man or fleshy woman. It is inscribed "S. B., May 28, 1907." This. too. may have belonged to some man murdered by Mrs. Gunness. That Lamphere, who is held with out bail, on the charge of rmirder in the first degree, may have returned to the home of Elizabeth Smith, after setting fire to the Gunness house, and then made a second start for the Wheatbrook farm, where he was em ployed, is the new theory advanced by the state. Representatives of the prosecution profess to have discovered : evidence to show that not only was i Lamphere seen to go toward the Gun ! ness house at about 3:.T a. m.. April j 2S. but he was also seen to retrace , his steps. This was just at about the ! same time at which other witnesses will testify they saw fire shooting from the direction of the Gunness house. This new theory is that. after returning to the Smith house Lam phere made a fresh start for the coun try about an hour after the first de parture, but that on this second occa sion he took the Guenther road. From this road he could readily have seen the fire. If the state is able fully to support this theory. t will be a blow to Lamphere's defense, for the accus ed is relying on an alibi that will show that he went north that morning on the Guenther road about an hour after the fire started. j Much depends upon the testimony of Albert Zolmer. the fourteen-year-old boy who made a deposition before Prosecutor Smith to the effect that he saw flames shooting up from the Gun ness house flames that looked to him Continued on Page Seven. SWINDLERS GO IL Old Game Is Worked Suc: cessfully in Little Town Wednesday. TWO CITIZENS ARE SORE. JAMES BAKER AND ELWOOD BEE SON WERE THE VICTIMS, AL ! THOUGH NOT MUCH MONEY WAS SECURED FROM THEM. Milton, Ind. .May Yesterday af ternoon a man called at James Baker's livery stable at Milton and asked for a horse and buggy, as he had something to sell on the street. He was eiven the outfit aiid drove to the central portion of the town and began a "liphtninp: calculating and sliplit of hand performance." He had arrang ed to mesmerize Klmer Doddridge, a small boy, hut the lad became fright ened and would not allow it. He then began t he sale of cheap jewelry. A stranger, who apparently was passing through town, stoppe dand began to examine, and then to buy. He was soon followed by others and after the rings were sold he was generous enough to return the dimes which had been the cost of the rings. He next exhibited some watches and watch chains. .Tames Baker and Elwood Beeson were the "biters." and when he offered the chains, (which he said were not gold, hut as good as gold, for they had been tested and would not tarnish.) the stranger bought and was followed by Baker and Beeson. who purchased three at .ft each, making a total of As soon as the stranger saw that the bait had been swallowed he quickly left town. The fakir on the. buggy understood that he would find no more victims, as his little game had been detected by those around, and, jumping from the hug gy asked Baker to return the horse and buggy to the stable. Baker re fused and ordered the man to take it back to the stable, but. as the stranger did not do so the marshal was called and the man made to take the outfit back to the stable. He returned to take the next street car out of town, leaving two rather sore-hearted pur chasers behind. PLAT! WINS CASE Court Holds That He Was Not Wedded to Adventuress Mae Woods. SHE IS MOW IN PRISON. BULLETIN. New York, May 21. Senator Tlatt gets the decision in the "divorce" pro ceedings. Mae Wood was arrested immediately and committed to prison, j pending $.",000 bond, j New York, May 21. Frank Piatt, j son of the Senator, testified in the , 'Woods case today. He told of pur chasing for $10,000 a bunch of thirty ' five letters through Lawyer Hummell and afterwards burned them. He de j nied the authenticity of the letters I produced by the plaintiff and now in j evidence. He claims there was no ' suggestion of marriage in any of the j letters he received. JACOB BUTTS NOT YET LOCATED Relatives Have Heard Nothing From Man. Relatives of Jacob Butts at Rushville declare search for him has not been given up and that he has not been lo cated. Butts disappeared from this city several months ago. while em ployed at a restaurant. He never has communicated with his family at Rushville since leaving Richmond. DOG TAX REMAINS AS YET UNCOLLECTED Prosecutor Jessup Has the Names of Owners. On a list that has been handed to Prosecutor Jessup are the names of 125 people who have failed to pay li cense on their does, appear. These people will be prosecuted in the event that they do not make prompt settle ment of their dog tax. 1 IT The Telephone is a Willing servant to bring your Classified Ads to the Palladium office with the least bother to you. Either Phone--! S21 Automatic, 21 Old. RUSHVILLE TRAGEDY Jealous, Unsuccessful Suitor i Shoots Girl, Then Kills Himself. BOTH ARE PROMINENT. Rus-hville. Ind.. May 11. Jealous because his sweetheart was poine to marry another. Marshall Uiloe!l. a ed thirty, shot and seriouslv wo.tnded Mary Krtel. aged twvntv-nine. then committed suicide. Both are members of prominent families. The tragedy occurred late last night after Hollo well had spent the evening endeavor ing to persuade the young woman to change her plans. DEATH CALLS A FORMER RESIDENT John Nicholson Dies at His Home in Baltimore, Maryland. RELATIVES IN RICHMOND. HE WAS A BROTHER TO TIMOTHY NICHOLSON AND WAS WELL KNOWN IN THE FRIENDS' CHURCH. Yesterday afternoon Timothy Nich olson received word of the death of his brother, John Nicholson, at Baltimore, Md., in which city he had resided for a number of years. Mr. Nicholson's death resulted from lung trouble. He was well known in this city having formerly resided here. John Nicholson became a resident of Richmond before his prominent brother moved here. Mr. Nicholson founded the Nicholson book store and later influenced his brother to go into partnership with him. In 173 John Nicholson disposed of his share of the business to Timothy Nicholson and returned to his former home in Baltimore. Mr. Nicholson, at tho time of his death was 75 years of age. Like his brother, he was prominent in the Friends' church. Besides his broth ers, Timothy of this city, and Josiah, of South Carolina. Mr. Nicholson is survived by a son and a daughter. Timothy Nicholson had just returned home several days ago from a visit with his brother and the news of his death came to him as a great shock. Mr. Nicholson left for Baltimore last evening. WIFE THREW KNIFE AT HER HUSBAND So Alleges McKinney in vorce Complaint. Di- Alleging that his wife threw a knife at him and that she has cursed and abused him and since deserted him and now is a resident of another state, William E. McKinney has brought suit against Louzetta McKinney for di vorce. The parties are colored. They formerly kept house in the North End. The present home of the defendant is said to be at Athens, Ohio. STREET CAR COMPANY OFFERSJO ASSIST Says It Will Give SI 00 Toward Band Concerts. To assist the city in meeting the ex pense of providing band concerts at Glen Miller Park th summer the! street car company has offered to con tribute the sum of $100. It is proba ble that the city council will be asked to appropriate a like amount. THREATENED BY FIRE. Because of the overheating of the foundry of the Richmond Novelty Brass company. North Eleventh and E streets last evening, fire broke out and the department- was summoned, f the common people to select two rab The blaze was quickly extinguished in officer esneciallv Rmuntt'i and but little damage resulted. There was a fire at this factory about two weeks ago originating in the same manner. ALL CONCEDE THAT WILLIAM H. TAFT WILL RE THE MAN Even the Allies Are Beginning To Look at the Second Place on National Republi can Ticket. SEVERAL GOOD MEN ARE LOOKED TO. Governor Guild. Fairbanks, Dolliver, Woodruff and Cor- telyou Are Given Some Con sideration. Columbus, Ohio, May. UL Returning from his visit to the rational head quarters at Chicago. Chairman Arthur I. Vorjs reiterated his confidence ia the selection of Secretary William II. Taft as the republican presidential candidate upon the first ballot. Ad vised of the issuance of a statement by the bureau of "allies" at Washington claiming that Taft had but a few mora than votes clear of complications. Chairman Vorys indulged in a laugh that indicated both scorn and con tempt. On being asked if the Taft bureau would issue a revised tabula tion of votes claimed he replied that none was necessary. In his stay at Chicago he met the supporters of other candidates, and all seemed to agree that there was noth. ing in the situation but the nomination of Secretary Taft. They took it as an accepted fact and talked mainly o other thins-the vice presidency, for instance. This is a sunject that the Ohio candidate's managers have stu diously refrained from discussing up to 'the present time for reasons that must be perfectly obvious. It Is now admitted that it is a matter that can not much longer be repressed. The republicans generally throughout the country are taking it up as witness to the gossip concerning: Vice President Charles W. Falrbanks's prospects for renominatlon. Chairman Vorys met Joseph B. Keat ing, of Indianapolis, the Falrbank manager, at Chicago, but said that thi question did not come up during their conversation. Since the seeming set tlement of the race for first place last, week suggestions are beginning to flow into the national headquarters on- cerning the suitability of certain statesmen and the advantages to b derived from favoring certain localt ties. Gives 'Em Some Rope. In all conventions those who domi nate It are always shrewd enough to permit the free and untrammeled del egates to do something on their ow account, and the suggestion that thil nomination be made a free for-all hai already arrived. Of course, if all of the candidates brought forward are ac ceptable it would be the part of wi dom to take off the check-rein and per mit the convention to run freely. Bui as that eminent student of men and conditions political-George Barnes dale Cox, of Cincinnati-is wont to saj in like situations: "That's farthei along." Since the recovery of Governoi Curtis Guild, of Massachusetts, who was given up to die last winter, hil dormant boom for the vice presidency has been revived. With the waxing of this boom ther Is a corresponding waning of that ol I'nited States Senator Murray II. Crane of the same state. Gov. Charles B. Hughes, through hil own act and utterance, has removed himself from the field of possihiliti and there is not so much talk else where throughout the country that he be made the presidential running mate. It appears almost certain that he will again be a candidate for the governor, ship, and this takes him out of the cal culation. Two Up the Sleeve. This being the case. New York still has two availabilities in the persona of former Lieutenant Governor Tim othy Woodruff, of Brooklyn, and George Bruce Corteljrou. becretary of the treasury and sometime candidate for the presidency ineif. While ; Woodruff ift well knr.wn and favfiraW. . . . icmji-u at D'nuK in -w iorK, yet 11 is a question whether he will be ac ceptable to the party at large. He is best known in these parts, as the car toonist pictures him. a dudish person, addicted to the fancy waistcoat habit. The red ehirt of anarchy was fatal to Bryan, and no doubt the red vest of plutocracy would be equally as deadly to Woodruff. As for Cortelyou. the objection ! raised that It would cot sit well with for the first and second places tipon the ticket. The reactionaries would certainly bowl. They would charge that the administration was a proxy one, and that the real power would be the present prcsidetit- If the candidate is to come from the west and it is not to be Fairbanks, then the name of United States Sena tor Jonathan R. Dolliver, of Iowa, .(Continued- oa.. Page Two,).