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AND StJy-TETJEQRAM. RICHMOND, IND., SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 3, 1909. SINGLE COPY, 3 CENTS. VOL. XXXIV. NO. 56. COMMISSIONERS OUEEII HELENA IS EARTHQUAKE ZONE OF ITALY DEFER ELECTION AT THIS SESSION BIG HUM RUSH OF CRAZED PEOPLE Gallant Woman Suffered Con tusions of the Chest, But She Continues on With Re lief Work. A SLIGHT EARTHQUAKE WAS CAUSE OF PANIC President Roosevelt Has An nounced His Decision to Send Part of the Fleet to Italy. BATTLESHIPS ARE AT SUEZ EXCITEMENT OCCASIONED BY SI CILIAN TRAGEDY RESULTS IN A RIOT YESTERDAY AMONG CHI CAGO ITALIANS. Rome, Jan. 2. Queen Helena was llghtly Injured while ministering to the sufferers in an improvised hospi tal at Messina yesterday. A slight earthquake shock occurred and the oc cupants became panic stricken. The Queen in endeavoring to calm ; their 1 fears was caught in their rush for the open and sustained contusions of the j cnest. iter injuries are not. serious enough to halt her relief work, how ever. WAIT ON ITALIANS. , " Washington, Jan. 2. It has been de finately decided to send at least a por tion of the battleship fleet to Messina. The government will contribute one shipload of supplies and possibly a substantial sum of money. The ileet will reach Suez tonight, According to a dispatch, It will be im possible to get through the canal in less than four days , and to get it through in that time would involve risks which it is not decided to take. The real question is whether it could do any good in Sicily if it went there. The final decision is expected to be dependent upon word from the Rome government. It is understood that the Americans have already been exchang ing with the Italian foreign' office, but that it has not given indication of Jhe wishes or pleasure of the Italian gov ernment. It is understood that the president will ask that liberal donation' be made by congress to the relief fund which the Red Cross and other societies are raising. It is believed that the Italian min ister will visit New York on Monday for the purpose of conferring with prominent members of the Italian col ony In that city to have them take teps to assist those suffering from the earthquake in Italy. RIOT IN CHICAGO. Chicago, Jan. 2. Three riots, In which over a score of shots were fired occurred in the Italian quarter in -the neighborhood of Polk and Clark streets today. The police attribute both outbreaks to the excitement brought on by arguments over the earthquake in Italy and Sicily. Sev eral shots were fired in an alley in Clark street between Polk and Harri eon. The second alarm from the same locality was sent in an hour later. When detectives and police reached he scene, a fierce riot was in pro gress Shots were being exchanged from windows and doorways by the opposing forces. The police drew their own weapons end soon a three-cornered battle was In progress. i "Send for the patrol wagon and ar rest everybody," shouted Sergeant Duffy during a cessation in the hostil ities. .The words caused fright to the Italians. The firing ceased and the sergeant and two detectives arrested suspects whom they found in the vi cinity. All those arrested were heav ' lly armed and declared they had been set upon by a number of Sicilians and had only fought in self defense. THANKS PRESIDENT. 'Washington, Jan. 2. President t Roosevelt , today received the follow ing telegram from the Italian central . relief committee In New York: "The Italian central relief commit tee, are deeply touched by the spon taneous and generous manifestation of sympathy shown by the great Ameri can people in the appalling catastro phe which has overtaken Italy, inter preting the sentiments of all Italians, tenders to you and through you to the American nation the expressions of profoundest gratitude. (Signed) MASSIGLI A, President," TURNS OVER $100,000. Washington, Jan. 2. The National Red Cross turned over to the - state department today $100,000 for the Ital ian sufferers." made up of subscrip tions to the various stateNnranches and of money sent direct by Individu als to headquarters here. A Urge -pari- M ml -W -aife -a sag A ARTHUR S. CHENEY. American Consul Killed in Sicily. of the money came from New York city from which place $72,000 has al ready been received. The California branch has remitted $1,000 and the Connecticut $1,500. Secretary Root will cable the moiy today to Ambas sador Griscom at Rome, who will de liver it to' the Italian Red Cross. "I ALONE REMAIN." - Boston, Jan. 2. First direct news received individually 'by Boston Ital ians from '' Naples came to - Antonio Mondello, of Norman streeC yester day. It was from - his brother, Gius eppe, who had lived at Messina with a wife and three children. The message was eloquent. in three words: "Resto Solo; Soccorretemi," mean ing, "I alone remain. Help me.". . LABOR LEADERS MEET Gompers and Associates Will DiscussJail Sentences Im posed on Them. ACTION MAY FOLLOW Washington, D. C, Jan. 2. Promi nent labor leaders from all sections of the country will meet here Monday, in answer . to a call from President Samuel Gompers, of the American fed eration of labor, to discuss the jail sentences imposed on President Gomp ers, Secretary Frank Morrison and John Mitchell, by Judge Wright, of tbe District of Columbia supreme court, for contempt. At the meeting1 of the executive committee of the American Federation of Labor to be held here January 11, the matter will also be considered. ? Mr. and Mrs. Frederick - Krivel of Newport, Ky., are the guests of rela tives in this city. They are former residents. Mr. Krivel isj manager of the Coppln's department store at New port. - THE WEATHER PROPHET INDIANA Fair, rising temperature WHERE THE TRAGEDY OCCURRED. This sketched map gices a good idea of the territory in which the hundred of thousands of people were slain either by the earthquake or the tidal wave. It covers thegreater part of the earthquake district which covers the lower part of Italy and the greater part of Sicily. RELIEF FUND. In times of international disaster, such as the horrible earthquake that has just occurred in Italy, all the world is kin, and as such, endeavors to alleviate the sufferings of victims of such catastrophes. In the present instance the United States is answering nobly to the call for help from stricken Italy, with its dead, dying, maimed, orphaned, homeless and famishing victims of the dreadful earth quake, running into the hundreds of thousands. And Richmond should do its share with the rest of the oation. .Wedid not, hesitate, in send over a thousand dollars to our own stricken San Francisco. Now we should not hesitate ' to double our efforts to help stricken Italy, where the death and destruction is a hundred times greater than ' at San Francisco and where more than 500 tiroes as many: people have lost their lives, as compared to our own recent disaster. The Palladium has started a Relief Fund to aid Italy's 1 unfortunates and hopes its subscribers will respond with liberal donations in accord with their means. The Item also has a Relief Fund and donations may belt at either newspaper office. The money thus contributed will be sent,, by it to the proper officials in Italy. . v RELIEF FUND. Palladium $ 10.00 A. B . lOfr.OO X .50 WILL DECIDE Oil TWO F CABINET President-elect Taft Consid ering Appointments of Meyer and Loeb. CHANCES OF BOTH SLIGHT LOEB BEING STRONGLY , SUP PORTED FOR SECRETARY OF NAVY BY PRESIDENT ROOSE VELTWEEKS A POSSIBILITY. Augusta. Ga., Jan. 2. The final de cision will be reached by President elect Taft within the next week as to whether . George Von Legerbe Meyer, the ? present postmaster general, and Wm. Loeb, Jr., private secretary to the president will be in the Taft cabinet. For both these gentlemen the pros pects are at present slight. It was the gossip among politicians here that Senator Lodge's visit will have much to do with the decision in the case of Mr. Meyer. The secretaryship of the navy is said to be the place contem plated for him and from the same source comes the report that there is no chance at all that Representative Weeks of Massachusetts will be in the official family. , Pressure Being Used. In the case of Meyer and . Weeks great ' pressure has ' been brought to bear, on Mr. Taft, but If either la se lected It is said Meyer will be the man honored. v Loeb is being supported strongly for secretary of the navy by the presi dent. If he is selected it will be large ly due to tie president's influence. - ' President-elect Taft 'today , received an invitation from the citizens of Bir mingham to visit their town, but was obliged to refuse It' awing to the great amount of work ha as tm ' " - ' . . : . , f , 4 SECRET SERVICE MEN OITTHE CASE Investigating Threatening Let ters Sent Chicago So ciety Leader. MRS. SCHWAB IS VICTIM. DEATH NOTES WERE FOLLOWED BY OTHER ANNOYANCES, BUT THE BIG SOCIAL EVENT TOOK PLACE, , Chicago, Jan. 2. -Mrs. Charles C. Schwab, the South Side society leader, whose monster , reception was almost broken up by a mysterious enemy, has been threatened with death and today United States J postoffice ... inspectors said that secret service officers and private detectives are conducting a wide search for the writer of the an onymous messages. . The ivestigation is being conducted with thS utmost secrecy. - .Mrs.' Schwab had invitations out for a reception to be held ., Wednesday night at the Congress hotel. Four hundred guests have been " Invited. The mysterious writer in his messages announced that before the guests were assembled Mrs. Schwab would be killed. Mysterious notes which are now in possession of Postoffice Inspector Stuart, arrived shortly after the invita tions for the reception were sent out. They caused surprise and alarm in the Schwab borne as they followed mys terious atempts to annoy Mrs. Schwab when she announced a reception which was held at the Congress hotel De cember 2& When the first death note was received, detectives were In structed to investigate the mysterious notes which were received before the death note. .. . " a f- V Prepartiona for the event were caa tinued and the situation was called to the attention of Postoffice Inspector STATE MEDICAL EXAMINERS ASK FOR EVIDENCE Board Desires Information in Jones Blind Tiger Case in -Considering the License Revoking Petition. SOME PHYSICIANS ARE OPPOSING ANY ACTION. State Wayne County Medical Society Acted High-Handed Because Accused Has Not Been Convicted. Dr. A. L. Bramkamp, secretary of the Wayne County Medical Society has received word from the state board of medical examiners that the board will take up the investigation of the case of the society against Dr. Arthur Jones of Whitewater upon re ceipt of evidence. Dr. Bramkamp as the secretary of the society will take up the question at once with the pros ecuting attorney. There may be a counteracting influence brought, to bear on the board by Wayne county physicians who are not in accord with the resolutions ' adopted by the so cietv at its December meeting de nouncing Dr. Jones and may result in the state board reprimanding Dr. Jones but not revoking his license. - Diversity of Opinion. Physicians of the society are said, in several instances, to be out of sym pathy with the other members of the society by reason of their action in tthe Jones case. These members are of the belief that it will be of no benefit to the society to have Dr. Jones' li cense revoked because as yet he has not been proven guilty of any of fense. It will be remembered that the resolutions were the outgrowth of a trial in which Dr. Jones was charged with operating a blind tiger. The Jury disagreed, but the case will be tried again, it is understood. Some Dissatisfied. Physicians dissatisfied with the resolutions state that the society's action -was high-handed in that they are making themselves a court of jus tice. It is claimed that this action Is dangerous and harmful to Dr. Jones in his pending case and in direct dis cord with the etiquette of physician toward 'physician. - After the state board gets its evi dence It will take the matter up im mediately, according to information received by Dr. Bramkamp. ' The in formation to be given will probably include the evidence of the trial and possibly some 'which was declared ir relevant by the court because it had no direct bearing on the offense with which he is charged. , CAN YOU BEAT IT? Woman Fell Five Stories Down Shaft With Baby in Her Arms. ,' ' " . .-- i- - BOTH WERE UKIMJURED. New York. Jan. 2. Having fallen five stories through, the dumb waiter shaft at . her home," 447 West 56tn street, today. Mrs. Rose Whelton, witb ber two years old baby in her arms, was picked up in the basement prac tically unhurt, while the baby was smiling: as happily as if being bounced on his mother's knee. j t . WAS KILLED SELF DEFENSE SAYS PRETTY WIFE On the Witness Stand Yester day She Falteringly Told Story of Her Husband's Brutal Actions. BIG CROWD HEARS THE TALE IN UTMOST HORROR Witness Described How Mur- QereO Man I rieu opreaa- Eagle" Her on Floor of HerconTene tomorrow morning but aside Room. Media. Pa.. Jan. 2. With a densely packed crowd in the Delaware county court room listening with breathless attention and the twelve Jurors lean ing forward in their seats to catch ber every word, Mrs. Florence Erb. relat ed today, an astounding tale of cruel treatment at the hands of her murder ed husband. Captain J. Clayton Erb, and defended her sister, Mrs. Cather ine Beisel for turning a revolver upon him on the night of October 6 and slaying him in the hall of his country home. Red Cables. The pale "faced widow, with youth ful features, who, with Mrs. Beteel is accused of plotting the death of Cap tain Erb, kept in the main to the out- II.. v n. TrA r.KI. a trivsn HUT? VI CTEUlfl afc A.VU snv.v m o-' I yesterday by one of her attorneys in his opening address to the jury. It I was only an outline, however, a sug gestion of the tale that was unfolded by her today. -. ' Witness Nearly Faints. In softly modulated voice, faltering only when the recollection of some particularly barbarous Indignity threat- ened to bring on a fainting spell like able to go slow, that the statute gov that or yesterday. Mrs. Erb recounted erning the duties of boards of corn treatment almost unheard of on the missloners declares that the terms of part of a husband, who was supposed -the boards shall begin on the first -to love and cherish his wife. Monday in each month with no more Smothered ejaculations of horror sessions tbsn are absolutely neces came from the spectators as she de- aary. According to legal opinion scribed how Erb had once tried to which some of the citizens who favor "spread eagle" her on the floor or ner hoom, securing straps with which to Wayne county board of commission bring her arms and legs at full length. I era may. If It deems proper, adjourn Knocked Unconscious. She told of how with blows In the face her husband had rendered her unconscious and caused her to spend days in a hospital. Time after time she was rendered insensible or 111 from her husband's onslaughts, going to sanitariums or other retreats. On one occasion when accused by her husband of trying to poison him and threatened by him with death, she fled to Virginia Hot Springs. "My husband was killed while try- ing to kill me and my sister. He at- act lt wm do M before March 2, which tacked me and when I fought him off win within a week of the final ad he again tried to kill me. When my journment of the law-making body, sister came to my aid, he tried to kill it might be stated witb a great 4a her. Then when she wrested the re- gree of certainty that If the commia- volver rrom mm ne was nnaiiy snot, "If the Captain had not attacked us like a madman he would not have been hurt. Even if he had ' gone to bed after the first attack there would have been no shooting, but he return ed again and again to fight -us. His killing could not have been avoided." ARREST WAS QUICK Sister Taken into Custody on Murder Shop Upon New York Arrival. HAD WOMAN COMPANION. - New Yorky Jan. 2v On a warrant charging him -with the murder of Ma rlon Gilchrist, "a wealthy young girl In Glasgow, Scotland, on December 21. Otto Slater. 90 years old. was arrested today upon the arrival of the LosiV tania. A handsome woman who claim-i ed to be his wife, was detained by the Immigration authorities and sent , to Ellis Island. - " ',-y .'V v' ' Robbery, according to Deputy Mar shal Knmb, who made the arrest, was the motive of the murder. Among the articles stolen was a valuable brooch, and when Slater was searched a pawn ticket for a brooch found to have been pledged in a Glasgow pawn shop for $30f was found on him. He denied any knowledge of the crime. ., - Absolutely Certain No Order Will Be Made Tomorrow And Surprise May Be At tempted by "Wets." MAY REQUEST BOARD TO TAKE ADJOURNMENT Plan Proposed Whereby Delay Until Close of Legislature Might Be Accomplished Little Probability. It is said to be absolutely certain that the board of Wayne county com missioners at their first regular ses sion of the new year, which will be held tomorrow, will not make an order concerning the proposed local option The voluminoua document which holds the signatures of 3.S&6 voters of the county, who are praying for a iwce u seme the much-mooi- aUT pre8ented to the Board when It rrom merely receiving It, there will be no action taken during the day. On Wednesday the board will be again in session, but just what will or will not be done is not certain at this time. There is no Question, it Is as-, serted, that every one of the three members of the board of commission ers recognise the fact that the local option law is mandatory and that with the exception of satisfying themsel ves that the petition now on file Is legal In form and that the required number of voters have signed it, there Is nothing for the board to do bnt to order an election. It appears, how ever, that there are some citizens who feel that because of the possibility of the coining session of the general as sembly repealing the act, there might be soma delay brought about la order tng the election and yet without in any way violating either the spirit or the . . , - - . ,e"lHre w l law. The local option ' statute in sub stance says that whenever a petition signed by twenty per cent of the vot ers of any county is filed with the county auditor, the commissioners shall at the next regular session order an election. It is pointed out by those persons who think It would be justifi- . procrastination have sought, the at the end of the coming week until Saturday, January 30 and at that ses sion take np the local option petition and fix the date for the election. If this were done, it would be posst ble for the dste to be as late as March 2, which would' be thirty days, the maximum time that could lapse, af ter January 30. It Is declared that this bite date would remove all dang er of holding an election In the faoa of a repeal of the option law, aa It may be concluded ss certain that If the general assembly does reoeal tba .loners do not order an election next week, the . temperance league . will bring great pressure to bear, and an appeal to public sentiment will be made. So far aa known none of tbe commissioners has been heard to ex press himself relstive to the time for holding the local . option election. What they will do as a board If ask ed to prolong the "agony", cannot he predicted, but It is certain that if the class of citizens who favor a delay exercises any activities, the temper ance leaders also win be stirring, too. and will insist that there is no good! reason why the day for holding- the election should be set fattier off than the first week In February. One of tbe commissioners said tet night, he believed such a propositioa as a continuance by means of aa ad journed session throughout . January might come about but It la very re motely probable'. IS ir.'CREASir.'G. Bath. Me Jan. 2. That the sH building Industry in Maine la gradual ly increasing in volume ao tat Its former great proportion sr2. te reach ed within a few years, lae fcOved to be indicated hi the statistics of the Maine, yards : during, the cast rear, which show an teerease oTX7i la the tonnage . of 'the ' vesecfa actaalbr launched. ' The .tonnage cl those pro jected or now on the wag wooSJ erect ly swell this amouxt, . ' - r : - Leo Witte of Kokosao, laJ.. formerly employed by William II. Turner of this city is tbe guest of friends and rela tives. ; - - mimmmmmmmmi