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$.100 down rest on payments.. Phone 1318 WESTCOTT HOTEL CIGAR ANO DO YOUR TRADIN(TNOW,H0- ONLY 10 MORE SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS. T MOOT) PAIXAIIXTM ANT) STTX-TPTAM. VOL. XXXIV. NO. 34. RICHMOND, IND., SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 12, 11M8. SINGLE COPY, 2 CENTS. TT7' Hd BIG PREPARES TO MAKE CONGRESS SQUIRM WITH IT REPLY Big Stick Overhauled and Con gress May Think It Is Hand ling a Warm Mexican Tamale. PRESIDENT ITCHING FOR STILL ANOTHER FRAY Would Teach Solons on Capi tol Hill a Good Lesson in Few Remaining Months of Administration. Washington, D. C, Dec. 12. Presi dent Roosevelt is getting ready for ftny emergency that may arise in con nection with the congress' action in appointing a committee to report what action, if any, that body should take Jn reference to objectionable words used In the president's message of last Tuesday. When Roosevelt heard of the lower house's action yesterday af ternoon he immediately began to Cmear on the war paint. The "big stick" was hauled out of the closet and many of the knots hich have been worn smooth by fre Quent use were subjected to treatment by the executive whittling knife, so that when the weapon falls the impact svlll be palpable to a painful degress by those upon whom it descends. Teddy Itches For Fray. To tell the truth "Teddy" is actually Itching for a genuine, old-fashioned tussle with the solons on Capitol Hill, evidently on the theory that he needs R little more practice before tackling the untamed things he encounters next year in the African jungle. For let no one imagine that Roose velt intends to go voluntarily or be rhoved into an eclipse against his will , ,wtn the final quarter of the last .year of bis administration. It was by a unanimous vote that the bouse adopted the resolution, although there was no unseemly demonstration. The members seemed to be impressed with the solemnity of the proceeding, the like of which has not been wit nessed for 68 years; and on the last' occasion John Quincy AdamB, the ex president, who was rounding owt his career as a member of the house, play ed the same role that Mr. James B. Perkins did in presenting the resolu tion for the appointment of a commit tee. Possibly the stillness and order liness could be attributed in part to a ubcutlcular quiver of apprehension Jest the bogy man from the white liouso suddenly might burst into the Chamber and start a 6tampede. : Roosevelt Quick to Act. The tremulous sigh of relief follow- f ng the adoption of the Perkins reso lutions had scarcely died away when the president began to get busy. He sent for John E. Wilkie, chief of the secret service, whom he directed to prepare some data for use in the im mediate future. The chief will get to gether a mass of information pertain ing to the operation of the service, in x?rder to enable the president to dem onstrate, if possible, that there was Come . Justification for the earnest though not exactly recherche manner in which he discussed the secret ser vice matter in his message. It is evi dently the president's purpose to en deavor to show that he was proceed ing upon the. right principle in trans ferring these men to the various de partments, and that that was the only way in which irregularities could be detected to a certainty. There is no doubt that he expects to Jiand back to congress something as tot as a Mexican tamale. The pres ence of Speaker Cannon at the execu tive offices about the time Chief Wil kie was there was responsible for a report, evidently authentic, that the president has asked him to call for the purpose of discussing the contemplat ed rebuke from congress. It is signifi cant that no one in authority at the white house nor the speaker himself denied that this was the snbject of their conversation. What the' presi dent said to "Uncle Joe" must be left to the imagination for the time being, although it is intimated that he assur ed the speaker he was ready for a tight or a frolic. STATE OFFICIALS TO VISIT DRUIDS Entertainment for Them Monday's Meeting. at At a meeting of the Druids next Monday evening a number of the state officials will be entertained. Among those that are expected to be present ire Henry Dittmer, of Anderson, noble rand arch; G. M. Geider, of Indianap olis, grand feecretary; Henry Schroed rr, grand trustee and Harry Aring, Jieputy noble grand Arch, the last two peine residents of this city. - BATTLESHIP GEORGIA HAS SMALLPOX ABOARD Vessel Arrives at Ceylon. Colombo, Colombo. Ceylon, Dec. 12. The Unit ed States battle ship Georgia arrived today with a case of smallpox on board. The ship is in one day in ad vance of the remainder of the fleet. ROOSEVELT AND , TAFT CONFER Matters Relative to Next Ad ministration Are Gone Over. TAFT'S PROBABLE CABINET WEST AND NORTHWEST DESIRE PLACES IN DIPLOMATIC SERV ICEROOT CONFERS WITH PRESIDENT-ELECT TODAY. Washington, D. C, Dec. 12. Presi dent Roosevelt and President-elect William H. Taft had an extended con ference last night at the White House. Many matters relative to the present and next administration were discuss ed, not the least important of which was a general talk regarding the Taft cabinet. The conference began after 10 o'clock, at the conclusion of a dinner at the home of Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and Mrs. Winthrop, at tended by Mr. and Mrs. Taft. Before the conference Mr. Taft announced that it would be entirely an executive ession, and that he should decline to give any details whatever, aside from the advance announcement that he should talk over many important mat ters with the president. - Expect Talk With : Root. " " Besides consulting with President Roosevelt regarding various men who may be available for cabinet positions Taft today expected to have a confer ence with Secretary Root. During an interview between Mr. Taft and Senator Aldrich the result of the work of the monetary commission was thoroughly gone over. Senator Aldrich. it was learned, is a thorough believer in the efficacy of the commis sion, and is an enthusiastic advocate of legislation which hall place into per manent law, some of the" recommenda tions which are to be made. - Many After Cabinet Seats. ; Cabinet recommendations are being made to the president-elect by many callers, the northwest and the Pacific coast being especially desirous of pre ferment. The northwest wants repre sentation in the diplomatic service. LONG TRIAL LIKELY Unless Keller, Alleged Murder er, Pleads Guilty, Week May Be Taken. OTHER CASES POSTPONED. Beginning with the Keller murder case, there will be sessions of the Wayne circuit court from Monday un til the second Saturday following, with the exception of Christmas day. It is probable that if Sherman Keller per sists in contesting the charge of first degree murder placed against him, the trial will require the greater part of the week. Keller has retained counel. Other important cases, which have been docketed for trial and had to be continued, will be called. The court will attempt to get the docket as nearly free from all cases as possible by the time the January term opens. Wild Ride on Ira Swisher Rides Long Distance Clinging to Pullman as Train Travels Through Storm. 50 Miles an Hour. Loraine, O., Dec. 12. Locked on the outside of a Pullman sleeper and having but a narrow edge of step on which to cling while the B. & O. flyer cut the storm at the rate of 50 miles an hour. Manager Ira Swisher, of North Bros. Stock company at the Ma jestic this week, had about as thrill ing a ride Sunday night as might be depicted in one of his shows on the stage. At least he is thankful to be in little old Loraine, well and alive, even If the white still persists in clinging to portions of his face, the region of his unusually smiling mouth, for Instance. Manager Swisher, as is his invaria ble custom, went to the baggage sec- itioa of the train last night at Tiffin CATHELL SPEAKER AT BHr BANQUET Richmond Man Touches Upon Life of Lincoln at Feast Of Indiana Society. M'CUTCHEON TOASTMASTER CREAM OF HOOSIER TALENT IN LITERATURE REPRESENTED IN ANNUAL SESSION ABOUT BAN QUET BOARD LAST NIGHT. "What are we of Indiana going to do to honor the approaching centen nial in memory of Abraham Lincoln?" asked the Rev. J. Everist Cat hell, of this city, at Chicago, last night. He was speaking before the members of the Indiana Society of Chicago. His remarks turned the minds of his hear ers from jest and gayety to serious ness in response to the toast "A State less Citizen of the Republic." He de clared himself to be stateless, having been born in the District of Columbia, and reminded his hearers that Abra ham Lincoln, also, was stateless. The men assembled about the ban quet tables represented the cream of Hoosier talent in literature. Numbered in the gathering, also, were bankers, manufacturers - and merchants who claim Indiana as the state of their na tivity. Dr. Cathell is an ardent dis cipleof Lincoln and probably is better acquainted with the history of the martyred president than any man ia this section of the country. In response to the toast Dr. Cathell said: "All that Abraham Lincoln ever learned, for the most part, he got on and from the soil of Indiana. There he prepared himself for that leader ship which has brought his memory imperishable fame. There should be a Lincoln schoolhouse in every city, village and hamlet in Indiana. This much Indiana should do to honor his memory, and she should lead the states in the observance of his anni versary." - A Chicago dispatch says of the ban quet: - Indiana invaded Chicago last night and acquired by annexation for the nonce that portion of the city which is occupied by the Auditorium Annex. ho tel, in general, and in particular that part of the hotel which is designated as the gold ballroom. At least, annexation was declared by the 300 members of the Indiana Socie ty of Chicago, who still acknowledge allegiance to the Hoosier state, at the occasion of the fourth annual ban quet of the society. Of the good things eatable there was plenty, of the good things convivial there was nearly as much, but of good things expressible there was most, and these from George Ade, on the eve of a trip abroad: Meredith Nicholson, well-known authors; from Addison C. Harris, former ambassador to Austria, and from the Rev. J. Everist Cathell, just "from Indiana." Of things observable the chief was a handsome de luxe menue and pro gram, with drawings by Christy from the literary works of Indiana authors and novelists, the plates for which were broken when the edition of 350 was run off. It was President Joseph H. Defrees who opened the program of speaking and the feast of wit and humor and oratory and stor ytelling began with the Introduction of George Barr Mc Cutcheon as toastmaster. The novel ist met with a hearty round of ap plause, and then with sober face and mirthless mien proceeded to encourage his fellow Hoosiers to apoplectic laughter. OUT OF QUARANTINE. The family of B. A. Kennepohl, of South Sixth street, has been released from quarantine. A little daughter of Harry Kennepohl had been iM with scarlet fever. PUGILIST DIVORCED. Chicago, III., Dec. 12. John L. Sul livan, champion pugilist, was today granted a divorce from Annie Sullivan his wife. Step of Flyer to see that the company's props were properly loaded Into the cars. He lin gered a little too long and had but time to grab the handle of a sleeper as it sped past him. With the train gathering momentum at every in stance, too late to drop off, he found the door locked.- For eight miles he pounded on the door without gaining any response, the steep banks of deep cuts in the road just grazing him. One bridge he just saw in time to squeeze up against the door and keep from being swept into the river be low. His poundings were at last heard by members of the company and he was released from his perilous position, a wet and bedraggled speci men of humanity, but a.fery thankful on at tbat v. ( GERMAN SHIP GOES AGROUND May Be Gotten Off New York Sand Bar. New York, Dec. 12. The German Steamship Harburg with a crew of forty men and a cargo of five thous and tons of pipe clay, ran aground on the sandbar off Belt port, Long Island, this morning. The ship may be safe ly gotten off, if a storm don't break out. A dense fog prevails and work Id hampered. POLITICS MAY ENTER IH FIGHT County Local Option Fight to Present Unusual Sit uation. REVENGE IS SOUGHT. CLAIMED BY SOME REPUBLICANS THAT TEMPERANCE WORKERS FAILED TO KEEP THEIR PLEDG ES LAST ELECTION. Those who are behind the move ment to drive the saloons out of the county are greatly alarmed over the prospects of the movement, principal ly because of the attitude taken by a large number of republicans. Every effort has been made by the county local option workers to keep politics out of the campaign against the sa loons but this now appears to be a hopeless task. "We lined up wilh the temperance people this fall and were defeated at the polls because many of the temper ance voters who promised us their support turned us down and voted the prohibition ticket. They turned us down now we will turn them down and vote wet," is what many staunch republicans throughout the county are saying. This is where politics is creeping iuto the' anti-saloon tarn paign. To these disgruntled republicans the mention of the Indiana Anti-Saloon league has about the same effect a red flag has on a bull. They say that the league promised to deliver the temperance vote if a county local op tion plank was embodied in the repub lican platform. They say the republi can party carried out its agreement but the league failed to produce the strength it claimed to have and Mar shall was elected governor. Situation in Franklin Tp. A well known young republican of Franklin township was in the city last evening. He stated that the drys would carry the township in the event of an election but that they would only have a small majority. He said many republicans would vote wet be cause of the feeling against the tem perance people. "No petition has been circulated in Franklin township asking that a coun ty local option election be held. Sev eral of the temperance people in Franklin township have attended tem perance meetings in Richmond but that is the only sign of interest dis played in the campaign so far," re marked the man referred to. He is known as a liberal. Temperance peo ple in Franklin township state that that township has always been dry and it will give a large temperance majority. III JW YORK Body of One Found in Room With Throat Cut From Ear to Ear. NO CLUE TO IDENTITY. THE SECOND VICTIM WAS FOUND ON STREET CAR TRACKS, BODY EVIDENTLY HAVING BEEN PLACED THERE AFTER CRIME. New York, Dec. 12. Two mysterious murders, both victims being young women, are baffling the police today. In a padlocked room at 337 East Elev enth street, a pretty girl was discover ed this morning. with her throat; cut from ear to ear. The police are seek ing a man who rented the apartment and lived as man and wife with the victim for a month, but disappeared two weeks ago. At this time it is sup posed the murder was committed. Handsome gowns and dianionds were Included In her wardrobe, but nothing assists in the identification. ' The second victim was discovered in a horribly mutilated condition on the Third avenue street car tracks, where the body had evidently been placed after the crime was committed. The body shows evidence of refinement, but the remains are as yet anidenti- WOMBT MORDERED T OF DEATH AT LAST CAPTORED Chicago Butcjher Boy Wrote Blackmailing Letters, Us ing Threat of Death. 'DID IT JUST FOR FUN." WILLIAM J. POLLARD ROBBED CEMETERY OF BONES TO BE SENT WITH LETTERS IS THE YOUNG MAN BRIGHT? Chicago, 111., Dec. 12.-William J. Pollard, a butcher boy of Evanston, last night confessed the authorship of (he mysterious "Knights of the White Death" letters which have been re ceived by five prominent Chicagoans at intervals during the last four ninths. The confession was obtained by Chief Postoffice Inspector James E. Stuart, who made the arrest with the aid of the Evanston police after two weeks of personal work on the case. Pollard said he got human bones and coffin handles and other trimmings from old graves at Calvary cemetery, where his father was sexton for twen ty years. These he attached to the letters, which in each case demanded large sums of money on pain of death. He alone, he declared was "The Knights of the White Death." He never had .breathed a word of his plot to a living soul. He Just Wants to Annoy Police. The boy claimed his only object In writing the letters was to start trouble for the police, get his name in the newspapers, and prove he had a cun ning mind something which many of his friends appear to have disputed. He had no knowledge of or enmity against the persons to whom he ad dressed the letters. Never, he said, did he receive a cent of money, or ex pect to. It was all a joke. The postoffice officials do not con sider it a joke, although they have not decided what disposition to make of the young man. He is 22 years old He was traced through his handwrit ing, after a long search by Inspector Stuart, through the north side and Evanston public schools..., He gained his letter writing Idea from wading one of Conan Doyle's stories and mod eled his letters from a series of sto ries about the "Red Hand," which ap peared in a Chicago morning newspa per. Boy Names His Victims. He confessed writing letters to these persons: The Rev. D. P. Roberts. pastor of Quinn chapel, demanding that $.KX be placed in the entrance to the public vault at Oakland cemetery, or death would follow. The Rev. A. C. Dixon, pastor of Moo dy church, demanding that $1,000 be placed at the entrance to the church or the church would be blown up. Dr. Adolph Gehrmann. 3816 Ellis av enue, demanding that $500 be placed in a cigaT box and put in the confessional at St. Jariath's Roman Catholic church. Falling to do this. Dr. Gehrmann, his mother and father were to be killed and their home destroyed. This letter was written on Sept. 29, the day after Dr. Gehrmann killed Louis Louterbach, a burglar. Assistant Chief of Police Herman F. Schuettler, demanding that $700 be left in the confessional of St. Ambrose's Roman Catholic church, or a bomb would end the assistant chiefs life. The Rev. William O. Waters, rector of Grace Episcopal church, demand ing that $500 be placed In the middle of the bridge over the Lincoln park lagoon. Otherwise Dr. Waters was to be killed and his church made unsafe. IS Man Convicted of Rifling-Mail Sacks Sent to Fort Leavenworth. BROTHER OF C. B. HUNT Four years of hard labor at the fed eral prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., is the fate of a former resident of Richmond and Franklin township, this county, Daniel B. Hunt, who is a brother of Clayton B. Hunt and an un cle of Lester Hunt, of this city. Theoffense committed by Hunt was the rifling of mail sacks and taking money from letters, which crimes he committed while employed in the postoffice at Hammond, Ind. He was arrested about two months ago and Thursday of this week he was arraigned in the federal court at In dianapolis. Hunt entered a plea of guilty and was promptly sentenced to a long term in the Ft. Leavenworth prison. " Hunt was well known in this city and in Franklin township, and had many friends, who were shocked to learn of his acts and the terrible pun ishment meted out to him. He left this county several years ago, but last fall attended a family reunion held in Franklin township. It is not known how much money he obtained by steal-J ng from the malls. - NIGH WAYNE COU TIAII REBELS ROUTED BY PERSIAN TROOPS v Insurrection Culminates in a Battle Today. Odessa, Dec. 12. The insurrection movement throughout Persia, culmi nated in a battle with loyalists today. The rebels were put to rout with many killed and wounded. I INSURGENTS PLAN TO REVISE RULES Congressmen Meet in Secret And Appoint Committee to Draft Changes. NOTHING AGAINST CANNON ALTHOUGH IT WAS CONCENSUS OF OPINION THAT PRESENT SYSTEM SHOULD BE CHANGED, UNCLE JOE ESCAPED LASHING. Washington. Dec. 12. The fight for a revision of the rules of the house of representatives was inaugurated last night at a meeting of the so-called "Inurgents." attended by 25 republican representatives. Representative Hepburn, of Iowa, presided, and was authorized to name committee of five, with himself chairman, to draft the proposed amendments to the rules and report to the organization on Tuesday night. The "Insurgents met In the inter state and foreign commerce committee room about S o'clock, and were en gaged In considering the various sug gestions for more than two hours. Those interested in the movement have been proceeding quietly with itheir plans, with the apparent uurnose of increasing their numbers suffi ciently to be able to control the situa tion by joining the democrats In a fight on the rules. Claim of Insurgents. The "insurgents" claim that in the present congress they need but 27 re publicans to join the democrats in or der to bring about a change in the rules, while In the Sixty-first con gress, they say, they will need but 21 republican members. While several of those present at the "insurgent" meeting are for Cannon for speaker, they made it plain that they greatly desire a change in the rules. m "There were no expressions except those of friendly feelings to the speak er," said Mr. Hepburn, after the meet Ing. "No one said anything against Mr. Cannon." He said the general feeling was that if under the rules the house must have a despotic leader there was no one they, would rather have than "Uncle Joe." To Regulate Rules. , The election in like manner of a committee on committees, to perform duties similar to a similar body in the enate, also has been proposed by the leaders in the movement. Another plan proposed is to set two Thursday's apart each month for the considera tion of bills on the house calendar and the remaining Thursdays for the con sideration of measures on the union calendar. None of those at the meeting would state whether it was intended to bring the matter to an issue in the present session of congress or not until after the new congress is convened. No In diana congressmen were at the meet ing. SANTA CLAUS' MAIL PROBLEM Disposition Not Determined .By Meyer. Washington, Dec. 12. Postmaster General Meyer, has not decided wheth er he will issue an order similar to the one he issued on Dec 13, last, which provides that letters addressed unmis takably to "Santa Claus" may be deliv ered to any regularly organized char itable society. The postmaster gen eral has received numerous communi cations both for and against the reis suance of the order and is now giving consideration to them before taking any definite action. THE WEATHER PROPHET. INDIANA Fair Saturday night and Sunday; moderate temperature; west winds shifting to southwest ; and increasing. OHIO Fair Saturday night' and Sun day; moderate temperature; fresh west wind becoming variable. REPUBLICANS IN HOUSE WILL NOT 'I IDLE Democrats Will Be Kept on Alert or They Will Find They Will Lose Out on Many Propositions. BETTER POLITICS PLAYED BY G. 0. P. MEN Party, However, Can Do But Little on Election of Speak er and Senate More Judgeships Planned. . By Special State Correspondent. Indianapolis. Doc. 12. Announce ment was made today that the republi- can members of the house of repre sentatives will hold a conference in this city on Wednesday, December, 23. It will be the purpose of this meeting to talk over plans for the coming ses sion of the leg islature and to outline the pol icy to be pursu ed by the minor ity side of the houe. Of course, the republicans in the house, as far as numbers Ellis Stories. is concerned, will amount to about as much as the democratic minority in the senate. But there are some good fighters among them and they will at least be able to keep the democrats from getting sleepy during the ses sions.' It Is a notable' fact, and has al ways been, that the generalship of the republicans In the legislature has been better than that of the democrats. It seems that the republican members are more keen to grasp a situation and to work a trick to their own ad vantage than are the democratic mem bers. In other word6. the repubicans play better politics. This is the rea son why It is pointed out that unless the democratic majority keeps its best eye open, it will find itself shoved in a hole a dozen times a day. There is little, in fact, practically nothing, the republicans can do on the important questions of who shall be speaker or who shall be United States senator. All they can do Is to vote for the losing candidate, and there is not much consolation In that. The call was Issued by Luraan K. Babcock, representative from La Grange and Steuben counties. Bab cock is- private "secretary to Governor Hanly. Mayors' "Love Feast," - The meeting of mayors of Indiana cities, which has been called by Mayor Becker, of Hammond, for the fifteenth of this month in this city, will probab ly be a love feast more than anything else. The call states that the pur pose is to start a movement for the repeal .of that part of the cities and towns law which prevents a mayor from being elected to succeed himself. As the law now stand a mayor servett a term of four years and cannot be re-elected for a succeeding term, though he be again elected after a four years wait. Many of the mayors of the cities in the state are of the opinion that they should not be bound up in this manner. ' They argue that they are just as competent to fill the office at the end of four years as they were at " the start, and that they should be allowed to hold the office another term If they can be elected. They are. satisfied to hold on if they have th chance. It is expected that when they come together here next week the mayors will all take kindly to the proposition and line up for such an amendment to the law. Halleck May Start Something. Senator Abe Halleck, of Rensselaer, has up his sleeve a bill which he says he will introduce that will probably raise a lot of smoke. Halleck wants each county to have Its own circuit court judge. But he would not have any judge serve in the county in which he resides. This would make it neces sary for a judge to leave home and remain away in another county during all the time be was holding court. But, Halleck argues, it would fix things so that no one could say that any judge was prejudiced or biased because of local conditions. Halleck's plan would create about twenty-five more judgeships in th state and while many of the counties affected will surely favor the passage of such a bill in order to get a court of his own. there will be raised the cry of extravagance, and this may hurt the bills chances. But Halleck says he will push it, just the same. REMAII v i