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RICHMOND PAIXAMITM AND SUN-TELEGRAM. VOL. XXXV. NO. 07. RICH3IOXD, IXD., SATURDAY EVENING, FEIIKUAKY 12. liUO. SINGLE COPY, 2 CENTS. TH STAB VICTIM OF POLITICAL HOAX; A BIG SENSATION (Publishes an Article Stating That Indiana Editors En dorsed the Tariff Law at Their Meeting. SCRIBES REAFFIRMED THE PARTY PLATFORM By Which Action They Endors ed the Stand Taken by Sen ator Beveridge in Opposing the Statute. (Palladium Special) Indianapolis, Feb. 12. That a hoax was perpetrated on the Indianapolis Star in this morning's account of the proccedinga of the Indiana Republican jissociation, to the effect that, the edi tors had fully endorsed the Cannon llrich tariff and Intimating an un friendly attitude toward Senator P.ov Tidge, is the sensation in political cir cles. The resolutions adopted did not refer to the tariff measure but reaf firmed the platform adopted at Chi cago in lifts. This is in effect, a com plete indorsement of the action of Sen ator Beveridge in voting against the la riff. The resolutions in fact are a leiteration of the endorsement of the association given him at the time Ald 1 icli tried to read, him out of the parly, , during the fight on the tariff. The Star Story. Just how the Star happened to pub lish this hoax has not yet appeared. The story says: "Swept off their feet by a stirring speech by Robert A. Brown, editor of the Frankfort News and former clerk of the Supreme court, the Republican editors of Indiana decided to stand ox fall by the acts of their party and eneorsed the Payne-Aldrich tariff bill, all reference to which had been omit ted in the resolutions which were pre paied for adoption at the association's losing session yesterday afternoon. The resolutions as prepared and pre sented contained a strong and clear cut endorsement of the candidacy of Senator Beveridge and touched other issues, but the tariff bill was conspicu ous by its absence. Just as the reso lutions were put to a vote Mr. Brown vas recognized and made an impas sioned plea for party cinsistency." Don't Mention Tariff. As a matter of fact the resolutions strongly endorse Beveridge and does not mention the tariff. As showing that the temper of the meeting was it was stated this morn ing that when the proposed resolu tions were brought in, written by the i-enator's friends, to be embodied in the resolutions of the body, the committee turned them down as being too weak and the stronger ones, which are now endorsed, were put in their place. What Brown Did. Robert A. Brown, of the Frankfort News, when the resolutions were un der discussion, suggested that the as sociation of republicans go on record as approving and endorsing the re publican national and state platforms of 1!XS. Mr. Brown made a strong speech and in the course of his re marks discussed the Payne tariff law at some length and argued vigirously for the protective principle and for re publican party adherence to the pro tective policy. The resolution adopted did not refer in any way to the Payne law, merely reaffirming the nationl republican platform on which Presi dent Taft was elected, which platform declared for revision fof the tariff. The Resolutions. The resolutions referred to follow: "We reaffirm the republican nation tl and state platforms and we heartily approve the excellent administration of our present republican state offi cers." was the action on the tariff. The Beveridge resolutions were as follows: "We indorse ns the people of Indiana have done heretofore. Albert J. Beveridge. as our first and only choice for election to the United States senate. Senator Beveridge has been a representative of the people during his elevn years in the senate. His habits of tireless industry, careful considera tion of public questions and constant desire to determine that which is right and work and vote for it. make his services in the senate necessary to the welfare of the people of Indiana and the nation and second to none in the stional congress." "His character as a citizen, his hon esty and fearlessness as a public ser vant, his sympathy with and intimate persona! knowledge of the needs and visiles of the people, and high rank ns a constructive statesman make his return to the senate the paramount issue in the approaching compaign." Substantiates Tribune. It scarcely needs to be said that these resolutions, making his candi dacy the 'paramount, issue in the cam paign are the strongest that could be ndopted and the leaving out of the tariff is an eloquent tribute to the senator's action in opposing the tariff measure, from which the reactionar ies can take little comfort. Coming as it does on the heels of the Chicago Tribune's poll of the newspapers of the west it offers conclusive testi mony as to the correctness of its work and the deductions to be made from it. The story in the Star will, it is be lieved, brinq out such vigorous do- nials of the story that the whole thing will do Beveridge no harm and will widely advertise the action of the In diana Republican Editorial associa tion in so strongly indorsing him. The indorsement of George Lock- i wood's paper on the second class mail matter revision was overshadow ! ed by the developments of the hoax on the Star. BISHOP TO PREACH Bishop Joseph Francis of the Epis copal dioceses of Indianapolis, will preach in this city tomorrow. This will be the annual visitation of Bishop Francis to the local Parish, lie is a! strong and forcible sneaker and will no doubt deliver two excellent ser mons. GETS HER DIVORCE Failure to provide and habitual j drunkenness were averments made this morning by Mrs. Cora I. Neath ery in her divorce action against Wil liam 10. Xeathery. Judge Fox granted the divorce and also granted the peti tion of Airs. Xeathery to have her maiden name, of Cora I. Munibower restored. The two were married April 10, 1905 and separated December 0, 1908. E A GLOWING ROOST BY THE LEAGUERS Senior Senator's Record in the Senate Praised and His Candidacy for Re-election is Endorsed. LINC0LNITES HOLD A BIG SESSION TODAY President Taft's Tariff Com mission Plan is Also En dorsedIndianapolis Star Story Denied. (Palladium Special) Columbus, Ind., Feb. 11.. The open ing session of the annual meeting of the Indiana Lincoln league was cele- l brated in this city last evening by a smoker and a love feast at the St. Denis hotel, but it was not until this morning that the league got down to real business. The session this morn ing was held at the city hall, and after a prayer by Prof. Ellis of Vincennes university, President Neal called the meeting to order. The address of wel come was given by Roy W. Ernig of this city. This was followed by a re sponse by Mr. Neal. Before the adjournment at noon the resolutions were introduced and were unanimously adopted. These resolu tions included the following endorse ments. Resolutions Adopted. The rational prosperity resulting from a republican regime. The splendid record of Albert J. Bev eridge in the Unitied States senate and his candidacy for re-election. President Taft's measures and his administration. The creation of a tariff commission as proposed by President Taft. The administration of the various re publican state officials. In the resolutions it was predicted that the republican party would work in the greatest harmony in this state ; and would be rewarded by a splendid victory at the polls next November. The resolutions were adopted amid ; a scene of great enthusiasm. ! One of the feature events of the j session this morning was the receipt of a telegram from Frank Singleton, chairman of the resolutions committee at the Indiana Republican Editors" ' convention at Indianapolis yesterday, ; in which Mr. Singleton stated that the ; story printed in the Indianapolis Star this morning to the effect that the editors had endorsed the Aldrieh ! Payne tariff bill, was absolutely iueor ' rect. He gave the substance of the resolutions on this point, showing : that the editors' only reference to the I tariff question was an endorsement of the Beveridge-Taft tariff commission plan. This afternoon officers of the league will be elected and it is thought that either Elmer Hastings of Wabash, who just announced his candidac' this morning, or Grant Fitch of Columbus, would be elected president. THE WEATHER. INDIANA Fair tonight and Sunday; rising temperature Sunday. BEV RIDGE GIVEN HEW CRISIS NEAR IN JAP QUESTION IT IS PREDICTED Alien Exclusion Measure Now Pending in the House Will Furnish Strained Relations, It is Said. ENVOY HAS STIRRED UP JAP GOVERNMENT President Taft is Expected to ; Use His Influence to Block' Action on the Measure in; the Senate. I Washington, Feb. 32 The relations of the United States and Japan will be further strained if the. house oT repre sentatives pass the bill unanimously reported by the immigration committee excluding all aliens who cannot be na turalized under existing laws. The Japanese ambassador has in formed Tokio of the action of the com mittee, and is awaiting instructions from his government. Undoubtedly he will be directed to register a vigorous protest and to point out the serious effect of the proposed action upon . Jap anese public sentiment. The matter is bound to assume importance, since it strikes directly at the amour proper of the people of the far eastern empire and robs them in their view, of that equality with other peoples to which they believe they are entitled by 'heir victories over the Russians on the bat tlefields of Manchuria. Japan Feels Unkindly. Japan feels that it has had slight rea son to feel kindly disposed toward the United States since the war with Rus sia. The agitation on the Pacific coast which resulted in outrages upon distin guished Japanese subjects, the exclu sion of Japanese from San Francisco schools, subsequently modified by the strenuous intervention of President Roosevelt, and the efforts of the Cali fornia legislature to pass restrictive measures, which were also made futile as a result of Mr. Roosevelt's activity, created a decidedly bad impression in the empire, and might have hd seri ous consequences had not the president dispatched the battleship fleet on its famous tour around the world. Since those incidents and while they were in the making the United States has found it necessary to represent to the Tokio government on several occa sions its doubt whether the open door was being fully observed in that part of Manchuria under Japanese control. This has served further to irritate the Japanese. Finally a storm was precipitated on the empire by the proposal of Secretary Knox for the neutralization of the trans-Manchurian railroad, half of which is owned by Russia and half by Japan. A number of papers in Tokio and Oijaka. and elsewhere condemned the plan, and saw in it a purpose to wound the national pride. irritation Near a Head. All this irritation undoubtedly will come to a head if the house of repre sentatives passes the Hayes bill, and the chances are strong that it will do so. The platform of the democratic party in the last national campaign contained a plank specifically pledging the party, if successful, to place a law on the statute books, providing for the exclusion of Japanese. The states of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hah, and Neb raska have given strong evidence of their sympathy with such a proposi tion.. These votes will be more than sufficient to get the Hayes measure through the house. It is expected that the senate will be more conserva tive and with due regard for the ef fect upon the relations of the two countries, will decline to take action. Such a course undoubtedly -will be gratifying to the administration. The state department has been discussing with Japan the question of the expira tion of the treaty of 1809 and the ne gotiation of a new convention to take its place. The treaty in force is simi lar to that between Japan and Euro pean powers, but. as a result of a sen ate amendment, it terminates, in our view, in 1912, instead of 1911. the year when the other instruments end. Japanese Question Amendment. The Japanese ambassador has urg ed strongly that the senate amendment is without value, since it was not thoroughly understood in Tokio at the time it was adopted here. It is of great importance in the Japanese view that the negotiations for the revision of all the treaties should be conducted simultaneously, better opportunity thus offering to obtain the concession the empire desires. The concession is the elimination from the new treaties of the provision in those existing declaring that no stip ulations therein contained affect in any way the laws, ordinances, and regulations, with regard to the immi gration of laborers in force, or which may be enacted. The United States prefers, however, that other powers, notably Great Bri tain, which has in Canada and Aus tralia the same Japanese qucstious AContinued on Page Seven. PRIZE EAR OF CORN Is to be Exhibited in This City At a Main Street Grocery Store. WON THE $1,000 TROPHY The prize ear of corn which won the trophy at the Omaha Corn Show last fall will be on display at the Bee Hive grocery on Monday and Tuesday, Feb ruary 11 and l"i. The Sl.ooo prize tro phy cup which was given to the grow er of this ear of corn. Fred C. Palin, of Newtown, Ind., will also be on dis play. Mr. Palin, who is a brother-in-law of Dr. S. Edgar Bond of this city, won over l.tpio competitors from states who entered ,' 'J , X to ears in the show. The champion ear is lov, inches in length: number of rows. Lo; six ker nels to the inch: depth of kernels :5j. of an inch: weight of ear, 2 ounces: solid corn estimated at per cent by weight: ." ears to the bushel. Mr. Palin declares that he put in seven years growing this particular ear. The public is cordially invited to inspect the world's best car. Farmers espe cially are very much interested in the coming exhibit. REPORT OF GUARDIAN. Charles E. McKee. guardian of the minor heir of Jacob Wiley Phellis has filed partial settlement report in the probate court showing chargeable, !nS.V, .!H: credits .rii.L'O, and balance on hand, $.".". .74. FRANK COFFIN IS GIVEN TWO YEARS PRISON SENTENCE Local Salesman, Who Embez zled From His Employers, Was Arraigned in the Crim inal Court Today. ENTERS GUILTY PLEA ON HIS ARRAIGNMENT States to Friends That he Be lieves That His Prison Sen tence Will Make a Better Man of Him. Without a tremor. Frank Coffin who gave himself up to Memphis. Tenn., of ficials last Tuesday, and who was re turned to this city last evening by Sheriff Meredith, pleaded guilty this morning in the criminal court to a charge of embezzling .":!;.7o from the Pogue-Miller i lard ware company of this city, for which firm he was a trav eling salesman. He received a sent ence of from two to fourteen years in the Michigan City penitentiary. He was also disfranchised for two years. Although Mr. Coffin had no public statement to make, he confided to friends that he felt the humiliation of his wrong doing. He said that he thought imprisonment and medical treatment would destroy his appetite for strong drink. Taken to County Jail. Mr. Coffin was taken to the county jail immediately upon his arrival last evening. At 10:30 o'clock he was arraigned be fore Judge Fox, he having previously expressed a desire to plead guilty. Following the reading of the indict ment by County Clerk Harry E. Penny he was asked whether he was guilty or not guilty by Judge Fox. He pleaded guilty and made a short, statement in which he said that any favor shown him would be fully appreciated. Judge Fox, before passing sentence, said that Mr. Coffin's case only em phasized the old saying, "honesty is the best policy." Since becoming a fugitive Mr. Cof fin had been in several cities, princi pally Lima, Cincinnati. Louisville and Memphis. In the latter city, he spent five weeks before finally reaching the decision to give himself up. It was early in December that his defalcation was learned of by his employers He was in Dayton then. He has not been employed since he became a fugitive. He will be taken to Michigan City by Sheriff Meredith Monday morning. Good behavior while a prisoner means that he will be eligible for parole in eighteen months time. Owing to his intelligence and recognized ability, it is very probable that he will be given some clerical position. A SPECIAL CAR The First M. E. church will run a special car to Cambridge City Wednes day evening for the accommodation of members who desire to attend the re vival meetings which are being con ducted with great success by the Rev. Hobfcoa in Cambridge. RUN feb. 12. 1809 ABRAHAM LINCOLN APR.is.ts65 Hbrabam Lincoln "By FHAJVK. H. SWEET Copyright. 1910, by American Pros Association Only a baby, fair and small, Like many another baby son, Whose smiles and tears came swift at call, Who ate and slept and grew; that's all Our Abraham Lincoln. Only a boy like other boys, With tasks and studies, sports and fun, Fond of his books and games and toys, Living his childish griefs and joys Our backwoods boy, Lincoln. Only a lad, awkward and shy, Skilled in handling his ax and gun, Mastering knowledge that by and by Should aid him in duties great and high Our sturdy lad, Lincoln. OLD RESIDENT DIES (Palladium Spei ia.1) Ilagerstown. Ind., Feb 12. David Working, an old and well known resi dent of this place, died this morning at his home west of Ha;erstovn, at the age of b"7 years. Death was due to brights disease, of which the deceased had long been a sufferer. Mr. Werking was a prominent mem ber of the German Baptist church and took an active interest in religious work. He was held in high esteem by his many friends who were numbered by the score. I'.esides his wife the de ceased is survived by five children. Oscar and Charles Werking. Mrs. Jacob Huchens, Mrs. Martha Drissum and Miss Emma Werking. all of Ilag erstown. The funeral will take place Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the German Baptist church. The burial w ill be in the church cemetery. TO SELL LOT WANTS Asking the court to grant him the i firmary will be made the first part of privilege of selling a city lot which is next week, according to the announee held jointly by himself and wife, who , ment of one of the members this is an inmate of Eastern Indiana hos- j morning. The committer met yecter pital for the insane, suit in the nature j day and practically determined what of a petition was filed in the circuit : course it would pursue, but as yet has court this morning by William C. j made nothing public relative to tt. Walls against his wife Mary K. Walls. In the petition it is represented that Mrs. Walls is perhaps hopelessly in sane and that he has been offered fl.COO for the lot, which be considers a very good valuation. JOHN LEONARD BETTER. Johu I-eonard who has ln-en very ill. ls mm.U improved and is able to sit up. Only a man of finest bent, Hero of battles fought and won, Woodchopper, lawyer, president. Yi j l . j w no serveu nis country ana died content Our patriot true, Lincoln. Only! Ah what was the ' secret, then, Of his being America's honored son? Why was he famed above all men, His name upon every tongue and pen The illustrious- Lincoln? A mighty brain, a will to endure, Passions subdued, a slave to none, A heart that was brave and strong and sure, A soul that was noble, great and pure Our Abraham Lincoln. FORM 11 HEW BOARD The new board of directors to have ! charge of the 1!)1) ctautauqua assem bly, to be held in Glen Miller park in August was selected last evening at a meeting of the board of guarantors. The new hoard includes: K. K. Shera, Richard Sedgwick. John F. Iavenjort, Clarence Kramer. Charles W. Jordan, all of whom were re-elected, and Fill more F. Kiggs and John Haaemeier, to succeed VI. li. Thompson and it. 1$. Jones. Organization of the board will be ef fected next week sometime. It is verv j probable that the officers and standing committees will include those who have served in similar capacities here tofore. The policy of this summer's assembly has already been mapped out by the old board, much of the talent having been secured and other detaila looked after. REPORT NEXT WEEK The report of the committee inves tigating conditions at the county in- investigation. A PARTIAL REPORT. Monroe Sherry, guardian for George Sherry, the minor heir of May Sherry, has filed partial settlement report in probate court The guardian reports that he was chargeable with fzzs.'j;: claims -r-dit for n.o7. and has a bal ance oa hand ol PRESIDENT TAFT GOT GOLD BRICK FROM HITCHCOCK When he Was Induced to Agree to Increase on Second Class Mail Matter, Insurgents Now Contend. WAS THIS ACTION A PLOT AGAINST TAFT? Did the Wily Postmaster-General Want to Get the Execu tive "In Bad" With Press of the Country. (By Frederick Clifford) Washington. Fob. VI. Postmaster General Hitchcock knowingly hands President Taft a gold brick when ho induced the Chief Kxecutive to agree to an increase in the iostage rate on second-class mail matter, ask the in surgents in the House. In their opin ion by the inducing him to include In his annual message a strong recom mend.' lion for legislation to check the postoffice deficit caused s the Postmaster-Genera! asserts, by the one cent a pound rate on ncwspaiers. maga zines and periodicals. The story ci: dilated here Is that the wily Postmaster-General know that the country would not stand for an increase in jtostage rates on second class matter, and that the llouso would never reach the oint where it would be called upon to vote on tho question. The purpose of the Postmaster-General, it is said by the insur gents, is to put the President "in bail" with the press of tho country and Kill off his chance for And the President they say walked right into the trap. Ooportunity Given Them. When the question of increasing the ostage on second-class matter was taken up the House committee on ' ostof''ces and i"-tcanis invited tb publishers of the country to visit Washington and apear In-fore the com mittee and present what argument) they desired to convince the com mittee that Mstago rates ought nt to be icreased. A imnilx-r of publish ers availed themslves of t!io opwr ! unity some of them rfentd facts and fipures to show- that the deficit of the Postoffice Department in hand ling second-class mail matter was due to lack of business methods and though not demanding from the rail roads the tame terms given express companies and large shippers. Coupled with this came tho sad in formation that the minority members of the committee on estoffices and postroads were solid against the pro posed Increase, and would make a re port against the bill, and that tho democrats to a man, would fight the increase. Then came a warning voire i from some bit; puns on the Republican side of the House, that there is to be an election of members of Congress next November, and that to antagon ize the press of the country would prove fata! to party success. The Desired Effect. This had the desired effect, and the proposed increase in rates on second-class mail matter, advocated by the I'ostmanster-GeneraJ as a means of reducing the postal deficit, and endorsed by the President, goes glim mering into the graveyard of reform measures that lacked the backing of public sentiment. Hut why ask the Insurgents, did Hitchcock try to bcfoozle President Taft into committing such a serious party blunder? Perhaps, they con tend, the p -i master- general is am bitious and Ix-ing engineer in charge of the old reliable steam roller, he has dreams of I'M'J. The democrats have everything In their favor this jear, and we ought to elett a majority of the next house," said Representative Clark? of Florida, today to a iarty of lricnds. A victory next November would in my judgment be the forerunner of a democratic triumph in 11 he continued. "As to ! presidential candidates I should say it is a little too early to name a candi date, but I dbn't mind saying that I am confident the man selected to head the ticket in lf12 will not be the per petual candidate whose record Is one of defeat. The people of the south are thinking of their own section. We have stood in the rear long enough and the time has come when the south, which has always been relied upon for the bulk of the party vote should be considered when the next ticket Is named. Whether the head or the tail of the ticket w ill come from the south land I do not care to predict, but I feel that we shall be recognized in the make up of th ticket. -On what issue will the next cam paign le foucht out? WVH. that I not difficult t say. The tarirf will. I think. ! Hi controlling factor, as it was in tb last election, but we will not l handicapped as we were thn." Expenditures Committee. For many Tears the house committee on expenditnres In the executive de partment were never looked upon other than a nessary adjunct' to the Continued ou I'agv tight.) .