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THE RICHMOlCb PAIXAOTUM
AND SITO-TELEGRAM. VOL. XXXVII. no. 12. RICHMOND, INDM 3IONDAY EV ENING, NOVE3IBEK 20, 1911. SINGLE COPY 2 CENTS. WAYNE COUNTY AND ALL OF NEIGHBORS ARE TRACTION MAD Bis Beef Barons Who Will be Tried Wedne day TRASH HAULERS ON REBEL SHIPS OPEN A BOMBARDMENT DPON LOYAL TROOPS One of the Gunboats Was Sunk and the Others Driv en Off After They Had Done Much Damage. A NEW REVOLUTION MANAGED BY REYES IS CAUSING ALARM Revolt Was Thought to Have Started When Firing Was Heard Monday Across the Rio Grande. THE CARPET TODAY BEFORE THE BOARD The Agitation for More Lines with Richmond as the Cen ter, Has Now Spread Over Six Counties. Mayor Lectures Seventeen Employes of the Street De partment on Right Way to Do Their Work. ONE LINE ASSURED; OTHERS IN PROSPECT Richmond Has Taken Initia tive and Connersville Has Followed Suit Big Bene fit to This City. the result of the agitation In Wayne and neighboring counties In Ohio and Indiana for more traction fa cilities result In Richmond becoming one of the most Important traction centers in the two states? In Wayne, Randolph, Fayette and Union counties, in Indiana, and in Preble and Darke counties, in Ohio, business men, professional men and fanners are devoting much attention to plans for increasing traction facili ties, and the towns In all these coun ties especially want traction lines op erated into Richmond. The business men of Richmond are as keenly inter ested In these projects as their neigh bors, realizing the Inestimable value more traction lines would be to the city. Richmond has taken the Initiative in the realization of these projects and already the Commercial Club has or ganized a company for the construc tion of a line through Richmond from Union City, Ind., to Liberty, Ind. Con tract for surveying the route is to be let, probably this week, and people all along the route are giving the promot ers the utmost encouragement and support. Keenly Disappointed. The proposed line runs through this country to the north by the way of Whitewater and Bethel. This route was chosen over a proposed route to Union City through Fountain City, Lynn and Winchester. The citizens of those towns are keenly disappointed because the so-called "western route" was turned down for the "eastern route" and they Insist that the promot ers have made a great mistake, as theyallego the "weBtern roufe" would tap a much more populous territory. It Is realized a line through Foun tain City, Lynn and Winchester would be an excellent one and it is generally believed that it will not be many years before it is constructed. Already a Chicago company is negotiating for the purchase of a short railroad line en tering Huntington. Ind.. and has an nounced that if the deal goes through, the road will bo electrified and used ns part of a traction system from Rich mond to South Bend. If this road is built it would, undoubtedly, enter Wayne county by the way of Lynn and Fountain City. The southern route of the company recently organized here will run through to Liberty, opening tip a terri tory that depends upon Richmond as Its market, but which has never had any satisfactory traffic connection with this city. At Connersville the press and public ere busily agitating the construction of a traction line between Milton and Connersville. This rood would give direct traction connection between Richmond and Connersville. would benefit both of the cities and all the small towns along the route. TWO HUNTERS SHOT One, Charles Hoffman, May Lose a Hand. Just as Charles Hoffman of Center ville was about to get into a buggy at his home Monday morning, to go to the country to husk corn and, incident ly. hunt a little, in case the sport was good, he met with a serious accident which may cost him the third and fourth fingers on his left hand and possibly the hand itself. He had taken a shotgun with him from the bouse. Instead of putting the gun in the rig first, he took hold of it by the muzzle and as he stepped forward the trigger struck some part of the buggy, discharging the gun. The load lodged at the base of the last two fingers on the left hand, lacerat ing It and blowing a part of the hand away. The first accident of a serious char acter happened last week when Carl Simmons, aged 19, living in West Rich mond, was accldently shot through the left arm, with a small caliber rifle ball. Young Simmons was west of the city when be stepped upon a log to take a shot at a rabbit. As he did so a gun was discharged some dis tance away in the opposite direction and the bullet passed through the fleshy part of the arm. The identity of the person who did the shooting is not known, but the police are inclined to believe it was wholly accidental. DEFENSE MADE A Entangles State Witness in Involuntary Manslaugh ter Trial. Efforts to refute the testimony of Important witnesses for the state, and at the same time to advance the the ory that the drinking of a large amount of alcoholic liquor was not the cause for the death of Ernest Weber, the seventeen year old youth, for whose deafh William Casey of Pitts burg, Pa., is being tried in the Wayne circuit court on a charge of involun tary manslaughter, were made by the defense Monday. Either by admissions from the wit ness that he had exaggerated or by demonstrating the utter fallacy of some of the testimony, the defense was practically able to destroy whatever effect the evidence given by Elzie Rib kee, the chum of young Weber, may have had upon the jury. Ribkee, who was with Weber on October 2, and who drank the same liquor Weber did, did not make a very valuable witness for the state, though he was the only one of the witnesses, according" to his testimony, who was sufficiently sober to know what happened. Contradicted Himself. Ribkee Saturday told of drinking from a quart bottle enough I. W. Har per American bond whisky to lower the contents in the bottle two Inches at each drink. He said each of the par ty drank this amount, of the liquor. But on Monday he was asked by the state to correct his testimony in this regard, and did so, saying that at each drink he thought the liquor in the bot tle was reduced an inch. Although the jury could get no clear idea as to the amount each person in the party drank, as the bottle could not possibly have contained the amount which Rib kee testified to, and as Ribkee was la ter forced to admit, it learned that the witness was made dizzy, though he would no admit he was Intoxicated, and that both Leeel Hale and Weber were made beastly drunk. The defense also got Ribkee to ad mit that Weber had been intoxicated before, and was in the habit of drink ing intoxicants, once being arrested for getting beer from a saloon. In reciting the events of the day Ribkee said that when the boys met Casey. Burns and Codrington on the Boston pike south of the city, the men asked for a ride and were accommo dated. He said that Hale, aged sixteen, noticed the men had whisky and after Casey got in and the others were pre paring to enter, Hale asked for a drink which he was given. He said that the men refused to give them a quart of whisky in return for a favor which they asked. A few days before his death, Weber had complained about having a num ber of pimples upon his body. Young Hale, according to Ribkee, told Weber they were the "shingles" and took Weber to his home where he gave him some medicine, which, he declared, would "drive them away." Ribkee said the last he saw Weber alive was when he lifted him from the buggy at the Zuttermeister stables near Tenth and North G streets about 3:30 o'clock on the afternoon of October 2 and placed him on a bed of buggy seats and then covered him up with blankets. He said he was then in a stupor, as he had been since early in the afternoon af ter drinking from the liquor given by the three men. The trial will require all of Tues day. The defendant may testify in his own behalf. So far the defense has been able to make its points only in cross examination of the state witness es. BROKAMP ESTATE Distribution of $1301.75 among the heirs of the late Maria A. Brokamp, who died on May 29. 1910, is reported in the final settlement report of the executor John H. Schell. The value of the estate was $3024.05 but after pay ing special bequests and debts of the estate less than half was left for dis txibuUon among the heirs. SHOWING MONDAY , JR Indicted heads of the so called defend them from the Government's criminal prosecution when they are broueht to trial Wednesday before Judge A. Carpenter in the United States District Court of Chicago. At the top, from left to right, are i. Ogden Armour, president of Armour and Co.; Edward N'orris, president of Noms and Co., and John S. Miller, counsel to the Standard Oil company, who has been engaged to defend the "Beef Barons." At the bottom are Louis A. Swift, president of Swift & Co., and Edward Tilden, president of the Naticnal Packing Co., the corporation which the Government alleges to be in control of the fresh meat prices throughout the United States. An Attempt is Made to Organize . A Cat Ranch Is it a Skin Game A plan to organize, a cat ranch in the west, which it is alleged will make a large fortune for the promoters, was just brought to light this morning, when L. A. Handiey, 15 North Twenty first street, received a letter from Will Eversman, of the American Seeding Machine company, asking him to be come a stockholder in the proposed Iflrm. The new scheme, which is heral- ded as the surest get-rich-quick idea I of the twentieth century, was develop ed by several American Seeding Ma chine company employes and they are only waiting, it is said, until they can interest, some capitalists to start the cat ranch which is to be self-supporting, and which Ihey aver will be a ver itable mint. The letter sent out by the promoter follows: ' L. A. Handiey. Dear Sir: Knowing that you are always inter ested and open for an Investment in a good, live business proposition, I take the liberty of presenting to you what seems to me a most wonderful busi ness, and in which, no doubt, you will take a lively interest and perhaps write me by return mail the amount of stock that you wish to subscribe to wards the formation of this company. The object of this company is to op erate a large cat ranch in or near Goldon, Colorado, where land can be purchased cheap. THREE ROWDIES ARE PUNISHED BY MAYOR Six men were arraigned before the mayor Monday, three charged with as sault and battery and three with pub lic intoxication. Each was given the minimum line. Fred and George Lipscomb, broth ers, and James Temple were each giv en a fine of $5 and costs, pleading guil ty to assault and battery upon two young men who protected girls. Wil- ; liam Gray, a former Cambridge City 1 resident, William Nichols and Frank Smith were each fined $1 and costs ! on the charge of drunk, j The Lipscomb brothers and Temple (followed two men and two girls as they walked north on Ninth street Saturday night in company Insults were heaped upon the young men, it is alleged, and finally the young girls were insulted. By this time they had reached North E street and one of the Lipscombs struck one of the girls' es corts. A lively fight followed and Pa trolman Hebble arrested the three as sailants. William Gray, who left Cambridge City about twelve years ago, shortly after his father, John E. Gray was knocked down and robbed, said he re turned from California Saturday. He proceeded to celebrate his return and was soon locked up. i rust ut.i. ia-.vef v o To start with, we will collect say, 100,000 cats. Each cat will average twelve kittens a year. The skins run from ten cents each for the white ones to seventy-five cents each for the pure blacks. This will give us 12,000,000 skins a year to sell, at. the average of 30c apiece, making our revenue about $10,000 a day gross. A man can skin 50 cats a day at $2. It will take 100 to operate the ranch, and, therefore, the net profit will be about $9,800 a day. We will feed the cats on rats and will start a Rat Ranch next door. The rats multiply four times as fast as the cats. If we start with one million rats we will have, therefore, four rats per day for each cat, which is plenty. And then, we will feed the rats on the carcasses of the cats, from which the skins have been taken, leaving each rat a fourth of a cat. It will thus be seen that the busi ness will be self supporting and auto matic, all the way through. The cats will eat the rats, the rats will eat the cats, and we will get the skins. Awaiting your prompt reply, and trusting that you appreciate this op portunity to get rich very quickly, I remain. Yours very truly, WILL EVERSMAN. In reply to the offer, Mr. Handiey wrote that the project looks like a "skin" game to him. AN EASY DIVORCE FOR EDWARD DECKER During the periods when Ida Dec ker was not cursing hex, husband, eith er striking him with her fists, or chas ing him with a broom pr-'a chair, or making threats against is life, ac cording to Edward Decker is mar ried life, from March 15 to August 23, of this year, was nearly ideal. The divorce was granted, the court recog nizing the complainant's appeal with out debating over the case. Decker also alleged his wife would refuse to cook some of his meals and that he of ten was cursed by his wife in the presence of his twelve year old daugh ter. DID NOT SUICIDE I Coroner R. P. Pierce has filed his report as to the cause of the death of the late Benjamin Reld who was found dead by his neices on Novem ber 6 while sitting on his front porch at his home, 1414 North G street. While the coroner reports having found sufficient quantities of cynide of potassium in his pockets to have pro duced death, in case this deadly poi son had been taken, he declares there were no symptoms which indicated that death was due to any other than natural causes, very probably acute dilation of the heart. GLEN MILLER LINE PROBLEM UP AGAIN Question of removing Tracks to Be Discussed at a Joint Meeting at Indianapolis Next Week. Seventeen men employed by the city in removing trash and garbage were before the board of public works Monday morning. Mayor Zimmerman explained to the men that people were complaining about the way the ashos and trash were being removed, and that objections were beins raised be cause the ashes in barrels 'r boxes were being emptied on the sidewalks streets or alleys and then shoveled into the wagons. The mayor explain ed that by this system a great deal of time is lost and the streets alleys or sidewalks are unnecessarily strewn with refuse. Several garbage men explained that at this time of the year the ashes are frozen and the only way to get them into the wagon is to dump them frcm the receptacles to the street and then shovel them in the wagon. The may or then suggested that the men knock or pick the ashes until they can be uamped into the wagons. This meth od will be followed at least for a while. Ordinances are Read. Ordinances touching upon the gar bage and trash question were read to the men and they were instructed not to haul more than one load of trash or ashes from one busines house, hotel or shop a week. Three or four wagon drivers said that tltey had been hauling from five to six loads of trash from one place during a week. They were ordered not to haul more than one load unless the owner of the property or the renter was willing to pay the city $1 a load for doing soo. This is specified by city ordinance. The old question of having the track in Glen Miller park removed was rais ed again Monday and upon motion of the mayor, the board of works mem bers and the city attorney will go to Indianapolis one day next week to confer with the officials of the Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Eastern trae tion company in regard to the mat ter. The proposed agreement sent to the city officials some time ago, and which was revised by the city attor ney and sent back to the company has never been acted upon by the traction officials. The mayor is work ing on another plan which he will not divulge at the present. The city officials will also discuss with the company officials the ques tion of the company paying for the im provement of a street on which its tracks are laid, even though the im provement is not considered perma nent. City attorney Gardner holds that even though a street is macadam' ized the street car company is oblig ed to pay for its stare of the improve ment, between its tracks. It is be lieved that the company is willing to do this. Favor Brick Paving. The board believes that all streets should be paved with brick, so that the improvement will be permanent. Members of the board declare 'that within a year or so after a street is macadamized it needs repairing again, and it will not be many years before it will need to be rebuilt. The board recommends that Sheridan street be paved with brick instead of improving' it by macadam. It is not improbable that the pro posed "boulevard" running from Kin sey street to South A street, along the west bank of the river will be en dorsed by the board of works, as the mayor instructed the civil engineer today to draw plans for it. Final assessment rolls were approv ed on the improvements of Kinsey street and West First street. A petition for an arc light at the corner of North Eleventh and streets was taken under advisement. IS GUARDIAN FOR A LIFE PRISONER Charles A. Revalee, who In April, 1908, was sentenced to life imprison ment in Michigan City penitentiary for the murder of Mrs. Christina Allison, ; at her home a half mile south of Cam bridge City, was Monday morning made the ward of R. E. Kirkman, guardian ad litem. The guardianship will terminate upon bringing to a con clusion the case of Nancy O. Do lan, administrator of the estate of Anderw J. Lyons against Effie Gibson and oth ers, in which Revalee is a defendant. The action is brought to quiet title to real estate. Revalee'a interests which are not very extensive will be looked after by Mr. prkman. FOREIGN MASSACRE FINALLY REPORTED First Outbreak of the Kind During the Revolution Is Said to Have Taken Place at Singanfu. (National News Association) CHIN K1AN, Nov. 20. Three rebel warships in the Yang Tse Kiang river steamed up the river before Nanking today and shelled the imperialist in trenchments on Purple Hill. Three royalist batteries were put out of com mission, but other imperial artillery, replying from the fortifications on the hill drove off the ships and a red hot shell set one of them on fire. The twelve other ships of the fleet, which went over to the rebels, did not join the bombardment, owing to the short age of ammunition. MARINES LANDED. BERLIN, Nov. 20. One hundred and sixty American and Japanese marines have been landed at Chefoo from bat tleships. A German cruiser arrived at Chefoo today. MASSACRE REPORTED. TIEN TSIN, Nov. 20. The long-feared war on foreigners in China has at last broken out. A massacre of foreign residents the first since the revolution begun, has taken place at Singanfu, capital of Shen-si province, according to advices received here today. All the foreigners in the city of Chum-King, province of Sze Cheun, have been ordered to leave immediate ly. They are threatend with death if they do not obey. The massacre at Singanfu followed the capture of the city by rebel co horts. It 1b believed here that all the missionaries of Shen-si province, about twenty-five in number, bad tak en refuge in Singanfu, the principal city of the province, before the massa cre occurred. There was a large Baptist mission at Singanfu. Dr. Young, an American woman physician, whose husband was a missionary, was located at Singanfu. Practically all the missionaries were of the Baptist creed. There were a number of Scandanavians in the pro vince. Singanfu is one of the most import ant cities in the empire, its population being estimated at 1,000,000 persons. It is situated on the western terminal of Pekin railway and the Wei-Ho riv er. Its commerce is large as it lies on trade rout to Kulqa, Yarkland and Kashgar. It is walled and heavily for tified. CANTON, Nov. 20. A rebel army of 8,000 men left this city today to rein force the revolutionary host which is besieging Nanking. Late advices from Nanking state that General Chang, in a sudden sortie from the imperialist works, surrounded and cut to pieces a body of rebels marching to attack the southern gate. ASKS A DIVORCE "B" Bogie, an illiterate negro who knows no other given name than "B", in a divorce complaint filed with the clerk of the circuit court on Monday alleges that his" wife, Betty, who lives at Round Hill, Kentucky, has aband oned him. They were married in December, 1S89 and separated in June. 1906, when he came to this city, she remaining in Kentucky. OBSERVE NEUTRALITY (National News Association) WASHINGTON, Nov. 20. President Taft today instructed Secretary of War Stimson to co-operate with Gov. H ' Colquitt to prevent revolutionary act- irty on the Texas border. Large quantities of munitions of war, ready for transportation, into Mexico, are re ported discovered in Texas. Inter vention by United States troops may become necessary. THE WEATH STATE AND LOCAL Fair tonight and Tuesday. Colder tonight. HIGH SCHOOL OBSERVATION. Forecast for Richmond and vicinity: Fair and colder tonight and Tues day. Highest temperature in last 24 hours 37 at noon Monday. Lowest temperature in last 24 hours 33 at 6 a. m. Monday. Temperature at 12:30 a. m., 34 and falling. Rainfall in last 24 hoars, .02 inches. Barometer, high and rising ONLY CELEBRATION BY JAUREZ TROOPS Discharged Their Rifles Wel coming Arrival of Rein forcements U. S. Soldiers Are in the Field. National Newt Association) EL PASO. Nov. 20. Heavy firing;' across the Rio Grande at Jaurez early today led to the report that the dread ed revolution of General Bernardo Reyes had been launched against the Madero government at last. The fir ing was continued in volleys for some time, presently dying away. Investi gation proved that instead of Juares being attacked, by insurrectos, the shots were being firea by federal sol diers in the garrison, to celebrate the arrival of reinforcements. Federals manning the Jaurez garri son have, long feared an attack by in surrectos, who have been gathering all alon gthe frontier. It is known that; the Reyes revolution was not schedul ed to begin for some weeks, but it was supposed that the arrival of Gen. Reyes, the seizure of the arms and ammunition secreted by his followers on American soil, had prematurely pre cipitated fighting. Revolution Brewing The Reyes revolution, is brewing as the result of the arrest of Gen. Ber nerdo Reyes in San Antonio on Sat urday and the seizure of large quou Uties of insurrecto arms and ammuni tion at Laredo by United States auth orities. The plan of the Reyes follow ers has been not to open hostilities un til the army was taken across the bor der. United States troops are being rush ed to the Rio Grand. Following a con ference between Brig. Gen. John W. Duncan, commander of the department of Texas and military authorities at Laredo, Company I, Third cavalry, left Leon Springs at daybreak for San An tonion enronte for the border. The company has been at Leon Springs for target practice. The United Slates military patrol will extend all along the border where there is a possibility of neutrality laws being broken.. The present revolu tionary situaUon threatens to throw Mexico into the same condition of an archy and strife which prevailed prior to the abdication of President Diax. General Reyes has apparently laid his plans well and the new outbreak ap parently is backed with a substantial) war chest. Insurrecto juntas will be establish ed on American soil, it is said, wher ever possible. According to the plans states must bear the brunt of insur recto attacks because of the weakness of defenses and the Inability to rush troops immediately from the capital. BIBLES WERE HARD TO LOCATC MOUDAY Consternation Caused at the Meeting of Ministerial Association. After fifteen members of the Rich mond Ministerial Association had as sembled for their regular meeting at the Y. M. C. A. Monday morning, con sternation was created when it was found that there was no Bible. The chairman of the meetlna. on makinr the discovery, vainly sought for Tes taments among the ministers, and finally rushed down-stairs to borrow one from the Y. M. C. A. office. Assist ant secretary J. E. Perry, after search ing the office, found no traces of a Bi ble there, but finally told the chairman where he could find one up-stairs. However, search of the room proved futile. After a fifteen minutes' hunt, a Bible was unearthed in a secluded book case in the boys' library. Rev. Addison Parker was the prin cipal speaker of the meeting, taking for his subject "The Puritan Theo cracy." He told of the efforts made by the Pilgrims in trying to found a Bib lical commonwealth and of the decline of the strict rule after only two gen erations. His conclusion was that "no organized form of free government can base itself on religion, for human government must be content to claim only a mundane authority," and that "free, vitalized organization with all its tendency toward individualism, brings to pass a better essential unity, both civil and religious, than any kind of uniformity demanded by law, and enforced by penalties." The ministers discussed the prog ress that the men and religion forward movement Is making In this city, and went on record as ready to help with, the work in. their own districts.