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ANT) STTT-TOTrPTR AM. VOL. XXXIV. NO. 19. RICHMOND, IND., FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 27, 1908. SINGLE COPY, 2 CENTS. SLY AMD CRAFTY TOM TAGGART IS NOWSUSPICIONED Thought He Really Is Playing t Clever Political Game for The Benefit of John W. Kern. SLACK CLOSELY WATCHES MOVES IN KERN CAMP. Thought That When the Prop er Time Comes French Lick King Wiil Quietly Give Word To Forces to Work for Kern By Ellis Searles. Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 27. Tom Taggart left for French Lick last night after spending three or four days in this city, and he left behind a trail of suspicion that he is hot as disinterested in the fight for United States Senator as he professes. He lias been emphatic in his declarations that he is taking uo part in the fight and that he does not intend to mix In it. But he has also said right along that he is not trying to control the action or his friends and that they are at liberty to support whom they jvleaso for Senator. It is a notable fact that since Taggart got out of the race most of his followers have come out for Kern either openly or quietly, and this is taken to mean that, to say the least, Taggart is not making any strenuous effort to keep them from supporting Kern in preference to any other candidate for the place. Every time Taggart comes to town from French Lick he calls on Kern and has a long talk with him. Both deny that there Is any politics in these conferences, and they insist that the Senatorship is not (discussed. This may be true, but Kern is talking Senatorship with everybody else that will listen to him, and it is difficult to imagine Kern and Taggart getting to gether and holding a long conversa tion without touching even lightly on the all-important subject. It would not be expected, of course that either would admit that they talked about the election of a United States Sena tor. It would be poor politics for them to do so, and neither one is a poor politician. The general supposition is that while Taggart is out in the open whooping things up for Kern he is lending his aid and the full value of his political experience and wisdom to Kern in his fight for the toga. It Is even hinted that Taggart is permit ting some of his followers to line up with opposition candidates for the purpose of making an appearance of Impartiality and disinterestedness, but that when the psychological mo ment arrives he will give the word and they will switch around into the Kern camp. Slack Watches Kern. But all this is being watched with eager eyes by the rest of the candi dates. The most watchful of all the opponents of Kern ia Slack, who is not allowing a single move of the Kern crowd to escape him. He is spending as much time as possible in this city where he is able to meet members of the Legislature as they come in from over the State, and he Is doing some hard work among them. Word comes from Huntington county that the sentiment there "is for Slack and that the Huntington county Dem ocrats believe Kern has had sufficient honors from the party.- But from oth er counties heard from in the last few days, the reports say that the rank and file of the party is with Kern. It Is believed that there will be great doings when the democratic members of the legislature come to Indianapolis on December 13, for their pre-leg1slative powwow. This confer ees will consider everything that the democrats will have on hands during he session of the legislature, and in asmuch as the senatorship will be on of the main things that they will have to handle, it Is a cinch that the whole matter will be threshed out at that time. All the senatorial candi dates will be here a few days in ad Tance to meet the members as they jome to town. It will be a strenuous season for the legislator. He will no sooner "light" in the city than he will be made the object of attack by each and every candidate for senator, col lectively and severally. He will be vined and dined and feasted until he will wish he could live and die a mem ber of the legislature. And it will be ao from that time on until the vote is taken and the senator elected. jk.awara v;. tioirman, or Fort Wayne, the youngest of all the senatorial can didates, was In the city yesterday. He came the. previous night to make a speech at the banquet of a college fra ternity, and he got so deeply interest ed In the political situation that he remained over and missed a good tur key dinner at home on Thanksgiving ia order to see a few more of the boys from whom he will expect some sup port. Hoffman is a candidate In earn est. He says he wants the place and Is going to do his best to get it. He (Continued on Page Three.) Thought to Hold Trump Hand In Indiana Senatorial Situation ''" , 71 ; : yhomAS Taggart. j aggart rert indlanapolis last night for Frencn TJck and behind him is left the suspicion that not witihs tan ding his declarations to the con trary, he will be a big factor in choosing the next senator from Indiana, who will be a Democrat. Taggart, it is suspected, is secretly aiding the cause of John W. Kern. MOTHER'S SADNESS IS TURNED in JOY Mrs. Mary Keller Gets Letter From Son Reported Killed By the Moros. OS LOST FIFTEEN DAYS. UNDERWENT HORRIBLE SUFER 1NGS IN JUNGLES AND FINALLY REACHED CAMP IN A HALF STARVED CONDITION. Mrs. Mary Keller of this city has since November 11, been mourning the death of her'soldier son, John Keller, who was -stationed in one of the Moro Islands of the Philippine group with his cavalry regiment. .Word was re ceived here on that date that he had wandered off from a scouting party, in which he was in charge of, and had been missing for fifteen days. The letter was dated September 25. In the Philippine jungles, when an American soldier suddenly disappears, it is ta ken for granted that he has fallen the victim of a murderous Moro kriss or a poisoned arrow. This morning the heart-broken mother received a letter, dated October 8, from her son. It was like a mes sage from the grave and the happy wo man was beside herself with joy. In this letter her soldier boy told her of the circumstances connected with his strange disappearance, and the remark able adventures which had befallen him. "I was sent out," he wrote, "with a detail of five men to hunt some na- (Continued on Page Seven.) AL.L FRANCE IS TORN BY SCANDAL Unexplained Death of Former President : of Nation Is Recalled by Steinheil Case Which Involves High French Officials. Paris? Nov. 27. Mme. Steinheil was arrested last night following her con fession that for months since the mur der of her painter husband and her stepmother, Mme. Japy, who were found strangled in the home of the artist on the morning of May 31, her attempt to find the assassins and the innumerable fantastic clews furnished the police and the newspapers were only a desperate farce to conceal the real author of the crime, whom she knew. The climax to this strange murder mystery affords Paris the big gest sensation it has had for years. The excitement produced from time to time by the Humbert, Dreyfus and Syveton affairs pales into insignifi cance by comparison and the revel ations which crowded thick and fast during the day, pointing to the possi ble exposure of a national scandal, THINKS WAR IS NEAR Declared Balkan TroiiDle Has Come to Head and Trou ble Is Imminent MINISTER IS WITHDRAWN. RUSSIA'S UNFAVORABLE REPLY, CLASH OF TROOPS, AND ALLI ANCE BETWEEN NATIONS THE CAUSE OF UNEASINESS. Vienna, Nov. 27. This has been a day of uneasiness and even alarm. Various reports, all seeming to har monize with each other, created the belief that the Balkan trouble had come to a head and that war is near. The general . interpretation of the withdrawal of Marquis Pallavicini, the Austrian ambassador at Constantino ple, as a disguised ultimatum to Tur key; Russia's .unfavorable reply to the Austrian note concerning the confer ence; the reported definite conclusion of the alliance between Turkey, Mon tenegro, and Servla; the alleged clash of an Austrian column with a Servian guerilla band; the rumored increase (Continued on Page Eight.) THE WEATHER PROPHET. INDIANA Fair Friday night; colder in extreme south portion; Satur day, fair; - light, west winds, be coming variable. OHIO Colder, and fair Friday night; fresh west winds; Saturday fair. promise to attract world wide atten tion. Unprecedented scenes were witness ed at the palace of justice while the woman as -under examination, guards befog reouired to restrain the crowds from entering. On the boule vards men fought for special editions of newspapers having in them ac counts of the case, while in.the'lob bies of Parliament the Nationalists created a hubbub by threatening to call the government, to account un less orders were given immediately to probe the scandal to the bottom. Examining Magistrate Involved. Minister of Justice . Briand, who Is astonished by the seriousness of the charges, is reported already to have begun a secret inquiry into the case to determine the truth of the allega tion printed her that M. LeydetL the IP ONE DIVORCE IS GRANTED TO EVERY TWELVE MARRIAGES Almost One Million Decrees Granted in United States In Past Twenty Years, Re port Shows. DIVORCE SITUATION GETS WORSE EVERY DAY. Illinois Leads States of Union For Largest Number While Indiana Comes Third Sec ond Investigation. 20 Years of Marriage and Divorce in U. S. Number of marriages from 1887 to 1906, inclusive, 12,832,044. Marriage rate in 1900 was 93 per 10,000 total population and 321 per 10,000 adult unmarried population. Panic of 1892 spoiled 259,813 wed dings. One marriage in twelve is terminat ed by divorce. Divorce rate in the United States much higher than in other countries Divorces from 1887 to 1906, inclu sive, total 942,625; for preceding twen ty years, 328,716. Indiana holds third highest divorce record for the United States, Illinois leading. Divorce rate increasing; 10,000 di vorces in 1887; 66,000 in 1906. Wives obtain twice as many divor ces as men. Six husbands in Utah got divorce decrees because wives failed to sup port them. Causes for divorce in order of fre quency: Desertion, statutory cause, cruelty, drunkenness. Only 15 per cent of divorce cases are contested. One divorced wife in eight get ali mony; one husband in fifty. Average duration of marriages ter minated by divorce is ten years. Most of the divorces occur in the fifth year of the marriage and most of the sep arations in the second year. Of married persons coming to Unit ed States fewest divorces are among the Irish. Children figure in two-fifths of all divorces. Washington, D. C, Nov. 27. Al most 1,000,000 divorces in twenty years in the United States is the cen sus bureau's answer to the question, Is divorce a failure? The ratio of di vorces to marriages is nearly one to twelve. The exact figures of broken hearts and homes is 945,625 divorces granted by the courts in the twenty years from 1887 to 1906 inclusive. Against the bulletin of the bureau, which has just been issued, places 12,832,04 4 marriages in the same length of time. The bureau declares that the divorce record of the United States ia the worst in the world. And, what is more significant, it has been growing worse all the time. In 1870 there were eighty-one divorces per 100,000 of married population. In 1900 this number had jumped to 200. Illinois Leads in Divorces. At the head of this black record stands Illinois. In the twenty years from 1887 to 1906 her courts granted 82,209 divorces, and in the twenty years prior to that they had ground out 36,072. The first of these records is at the rate of 100 divorces per 10, 000 of population, while the second was at the rate of sixty-eight per 100, 000. Next in rank comes Ohio, with 63, 982 for the later period and 26.367 for the earlier one. Indiana is third and Michigan fourth. In point of rate per 100,000 in the 1900 record Washington Is highest with 184, Montana second with 167, (Continued on Page Three.) examining magistrate, entertained re lations with Mme. Steinheil which in duced him to stifle the affair. The in sinuations Behind this charge, which involve the remarkable life history of Mme. Soeinheil, have been on every body's lips for months and explain the immense popular curiosity with re gard to the crime. Political opponents of the govern ment, like Henri Rochefort, have been trying to make political capital of the affair by seeking to force an exposure of the scandal connected with the mysterious death of Felix Faure. pres ident of the republic in 1S99. Although hushed up at the time, it was common knowledge of those behind the scenes that Mme. Steinheil was with M. Faure at the Elysee palace when Faure died. Some of the Parisian af- ( Continued on Page Three.) Newly weds9 Bliss Is Marred Angry Papa Secures Custody of Daughter, and Now Holds Her Against His Irate Son-in-law Who Was Tricked. "Married, but No Wife," is the title of a melodramic performance that might be transferred to a page from real life concerning two of Wayne county's young residents. Irvin Hart appears in the role of the hero and the former Miss Gertie Wherley was the heroine. Her father, a solid farmer of Center township, appears as the vil lain. Hart and the girl of eighteen sum mers were very much in love. So very much, in fact, that they determin ed the strings should be waxed, the knot tied so tightly it would not break beneath the weight of time. But Papa Wherley had something to say about it, and as the developments ensued, the noise he made reached across the county. Despairing of hope for anything from papa, daughter agreed he and Irvin would do as many others have done before them. They had heard of the experiences of Richmond young folks, so hied themselves to Kentucky, the Gretna Green for tho Hoosier lov ers, with parental objections. Every thing proved satisfactory and it was in the bluegrass state that Miss W. be came Mrs. H. Now comes Act II. Mr. and Mrs. Hart return home. They seek, but find nothing in the way of blessings from those of more mature eai. Thi3 despairs them not and all agree ihat it will be best to let matters take their course. The matters do, and rapidly, AGED QUAKER IS GIVEN BACK SEAT Meeting Displeased Over Di vorce and Ratliff Family Resigns. POLITICS NOT THE CAUSE. CURRENTLY REPORTED THAT FRIENDS TRIED TO DICTATE TO REPRESENTATIVE RATLIFF BUT HE DENIES THIS. Representative Walter S. Ratliff and the members of his fa! ally, also all the members of th families of Joseph Ratliff and Horace Jiatliff have re signed their membership in the North A Street Friends meeting. Repre sentative Ratliff tendered his resigna tion to the meeting this week. All the other members of the three Rat liff families tendered their resigna tions some weeks ago. It was generally reported that Rep resentative Ratliff had tendered his resignation because he had refused to submit to the meeting dictating to him what course he should pursue at the next session of the legislature in regards to liquor legislation. Mr. Ratliff emphatically denied this statement, saying that his resignation was, the result of personal differences "with the select few who attempt to dictate in the management of the North A Street Friends' meeting. It is understood from a reliable source that the "personal difference" referred to by Mr. Ratliff means the action taken by the meeting in re gards to his father, Joseph Ratliff, who some months ago was divorced. This divorce was frowned upon by the meet ing because the sect vigorously opposes legal separation, so the meeting, to show its disapproval of the separation, gave Joseph Ratliff, who was one of the oldest members of the church, a rear seat when the meeting was re seated by the overseers. His long years of membership entitled him, by rights, to a front seat. The public slight placed upon Mr. Ratliff by the action of the overseers, greatly displeased all the members of his family and they decided, it is un derstood, to resign in a body. All of them did so, with the exception of Walter S. Ratliff, who evidently de cided to wait until after the election to tender his resignation. Mr. Ratliff freely admits that he and themembers of the Ratliff family are no longer members of the North A Street Friends' Meeting, and he also states that there are at least twelve or more other members of the church who have taken sides with his father and will either tender their resigna tion or refuse to attend the meetings. BILLIK'S PATHETIC NOTE MLS MOTHER Condemned Murderer's Par ent Died Today. Chicago, IIU Nov. 26. Mrs. Bar bara Billik, mother of Herman Billik, the Bohemian clairvoyant, condemned to hang next month, died today in Cleveland as the result of an attack of heart trouble brought on by hr re ceiving a pathetic farewell letter from her condemned son. Billik collapsed when informed of his mother's death. too. Hart takes his young bride to the home of a brother-in-law in this city .and she is to remain there for an indefinite period. Now a little darkening of the stage, then a flrh of red light, and enter the alleged trou ble maker in the form of Mrs. Newly- wed's father. He arrives at the home of the brother-in-law, a quick entry, and presto, the daughter is in his arms. Out to a carriage papa takes her and then, with a crack of the whip over the spirited horses, they are off to papa's fireside. And there Mrs. Hart, the erring daughter now is to be found. Her husband is denied the privilege of calling and the young wife is held in restraint. With Act III, the climax does not come. It has not appeared yet, al though Act HI is in the writing. Hart has counseled with attorneys and the sheriff. He wants his wife. In fact, he wants her badly and would give anything (that is, what he has.) to get her. But, there stands the ominous, stalwart form of wifey's papa and the husband is awed at this insurmounta ble obstacle. Hart says he does not want any trouble with his father-in-law (under the law) but his dander may be aroused some time and then there may be trouble. Attorneys now talk of writs of habe as corpus, etc., and are likely to go in search of Hart as a prospective client. Meanwhile, papa holds the fort and daughter also. WHITEMA!) STORY SCOUTED BY STATE Not Believed That Accused Carried Gun for His Own Protection. ARGUMENTS PRESENTED. IN CLOSING CASE STATE DE CLARES MAN HAD MALICIOUS INTENT THE DEFENSE CLAIMS WHITEMAN WAS TRUTHFUL. Argument in the case of the State vs. Clement V. Whiteman charged with assault and battery upon his wife Elizabeth, with intent to kill, was heard in the Wayne circuit court to day. Before opening the argument the state asked permission of the court to place Mrs. Whiteman on the stand to prove her husband's age. The defense objected on the ground the state had announced it had closed its case and the matter of age was an im portant bit of evidence. The defense claimed such testimony would be strictly out of order. W. A. Bond in stating the objection declared the neg lect to prove this point was a subject the jury ought to take cognizance of. The court overruled the objection and Mrs. Whiteman testified the defen dant's age is 47. The defense bad the objection made a matter of record. The opening argument for the state waa made by Wilfred Jessup, prose cuting attorney. The State closed its case with the address to the jury by Henry U. John son. Mr. Jessup declared it was folly in Whiteman to state on the stand he had Carried a revolver for his own pro tection. He said the man carried the weapon for no reason other than to wreak vengeance upon his wife, or some man whom he suspected to have accompanied her. He said Whiteman charged his wife with unfaithfulness although the two were not living to gether. Attention was called to the fact Mrs. Whiteman had asked for po lice protection and the prosecutor wanted to know if a woman would do that when she was keeping company with men other than her husband. At the conclusion of the prosecu tor's argument, Mr. Bond for the de fense announced he would present no argument. Thereupon the Judge de livered his instructions to the jury and it retired. The action of the de fense's counsel in not arguing the case is regarded as a strategic move. Henry U. Johnson was prepared to give Whiteman a fierce excoriation. (Continued on Page Seven.) SENTENCE MAY BE MCLURE'S SALVATION Richmond Young Man Must Serve Year in Penitentiary. Albert E. McClure, of this city, has been sentenced to one year in the federal prison. He was convicted of using the malls to defraud. McClure Is well known locally and his troubles developed from an illegal method pur sued while in business as a coal deal er. Friends here believe McClnre's punishment will prove his salvation. He never waa recognized as a young man of criminal tendencies. He seemed imbued with an idea to get money Quickly regardless of means. BAY LAMPHERE CONVICTED AD GOES TO PRISON Gets From One to Twenty-one Years in Penitentiary for Burning Home of Mrs. Belle Gunness. PATHETIC FAREWELL SCENE THIS MORNING. Aged Mother of Wayward Man Says She Believes in Son's Innocence and then Swoons To the Floor. Laporte. Ind., Nov. 27. During a pa thetic farewell meeting this morning between Ray Lamphere and his sister, Mrs. Steele of South Bend, and his sev. cnty year old mother, the aged woman swooned to the floor after caressing her wayward son and proclaiming her belief in his innocence. It waa neces sary to carry her out, and serious re ults are feared. Laporte, Ind., Nov. 27. Ray Lam phere, charged with the murder of Mrs. Belle Gunness and her three chil dren by setting fire to the Gunness house April 2S, was last evening found guilty of arson by the jury, which had the case since 5:30 Wednesday even ing. t Within five minutes after the ver dict was reported Judge Richter bad sentenced the defendant to the state penitentiary at Michigan City for aa indeterminate term of from two to twenty-one years. He waa taken to Michigan City today to begin his sen tence. The verdict was reached within half an hour after the Jurors had returned from supper. When Judge Richter asked the Jury if a verdict had been reached Fore man Henry Mill announced that the jury had agreed and with that he pass ed the white piece of paper to Judge Richter, who, after making tho entry on his docket, read the verdict: "We, the Jury, find the defendant guilty of arson, and that he is SS years old. "Henry Mill. Foreman." Judge Richter thereupon asked each Juror individually if this was his ver-' diet and the answer in each case was "yes." Statement Suppressed. Previous to handing in of the ver dict to Judge Richter Foreman Mill stated that he wished to make a state ment to the court, but Judge Richter, Informed him that he could not hear any statement until after the verdict had been received and read. . 'After It had been read Judge Rich ter asked him if he cared to make the statement, but he said that It would do no good now. Before the Jury was discharged. Judge Richter expressed his thanks to, the Jury for its careful and conscien tious consideration of the case. Prose cutor Smith also thanked the jury. Following the withdrawal of th jury Judge Richter asked Lampher if he had any reasons to state why' sentence should not be pronounced.. He replied slowly but distinctly: T have none." With that Judge Richter sentenced! him to the state prison In Michigan City for an indeterminate term of j from two to twenty-one years, fined j him $5,000 and disfranchised him for. five years. The court then instructed! the sheriff to return the prisoner to' his cell. Will Demand a New Trial. Attorney Worden, for the defense, said last night that a motion for a new trial would be made and should it be refused an appeal to the Indiana supreme court would follow. Mr. Wor den declared the verdict to be ridicu lous. "If hf was guilty at all." said the attorney, "he would have been guilty of murder. He should hare been acquitted." - , The motion for a new trial will h based on the court's instruction that they could find Lamphere guilty of ar son, i Should thecase be carried to tbj supreme court and sent back for re- j trial. Lamphere could not be tried oa any charge in this particular case ex- f cepting arson, the crime of which hi, was convicted- However, In an event of that kind the state would elect to ' try him on one of the other Indict- s ments, probably the Helgelein case, j Lamphere in- a statement last night said that he was confident that th dead body in the fire was Mrs. Gun ness regardless of what others think. He reiterated bis innocence of setting fire to the house. Hi also declared , that be did not see Mrs. Gunness kill Helgelein. "I have no complaint to make about the verdicL Things looked pretty blue, but the verdict might have been worse." be said. In a statement signed by all the jur ors, they declare that it was . their Judgment that the adult body found in the ruins was that of Belle Gunness and that the case was decided on an. entirely, different proposition.