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Congressman Evidently Un
disturbed by Gompers'
Speech Interrupted By Couple of
Sensationalists, Eut Otherwise
Sympathetically Heard.
Though branded by President Gom
pers of the American Federation of
Labor as "hostile to organized labor,"
Edgar D. Crumpacker, congressman of
the Tenth congressional district, was
nevertheless greeted by a thronged
house at Towle's last night, which was
composed chiefly of laboring men. They
received him cordially and applauded
him repeatedly. Mr. Crumpacker suc
ceeded in convincing his listeners that
he was not an enemy, but a friend, of
the workingman.
Save for two Interruptions, the en
tire speech was given over to a de
fence of an attack that Mr. Gompers
has been making upon Mr. Crumpacker
in the Tenth district. Wherever Mr.
Gompers has spoken In this district
he has tried to make It appear that the
congressman was inimical to organ
lied labor in questions that were
before congress in the last session. lie
attacked him on the stand that he had
taken in the railway liability act, and
the eight-hour law in the building of
the Panama canal.
i Answer All Charges.
Mr. Crumpacker answered all the
charges made against him from the
Congressional Record., He pointed to
having objected to the second section
In the railway liability act on the
ground that it did not give the train"
men the proper protection, because it
shifted the responsibility.
In explaining his position in regard
to the eight-hour law In Panama, Mr.
! Crumpacker said he had taken the
same stand that the president had
taken In the matter; that it was im
possible to Induce laborers from the
United States to go to Panama and dig
the canal, and that it was consequently
necessary to hire the natives in the
torrid zone to do the work. He said
that It was an impossibility to make
these natives work six days in the
week, and that the Independent posi
tion in regard to the eight-hour law
was maintained for the reason that ex
igencies may arise when it would be
necessary to work the laborers a long
er time than eight hours if they could
be made to work at all.
Mr. Crumpacker explained that this
would in no way induce Cooley labor
to be employed on the isthmus, as the
Chinese exclusion law had provided for
Explains Opposition.
Speaking of his opposition to an ap
propriation to make a statistical re
port of the women and children who
are employed in the industries of the
United States, Mr. Crumpacker said he
objected to an Immediate appropria
tion because the census committee, of
which he was the chairman, was at
work preparing statistics which, when
completed, should bo used as a basis
for the industrial census, and thus save
considerable expense.
The speaker was interrupted once by
a workingman in the rear of the build
ing, who rose to ask whether he re
membered receiving a letter from the
questioner asking him to support the
Gilbert bill, which was in favor of giv
ing notice before serving an injunc
tion. Mr. Crumpacker said that he may
have received such a letter but did not
recall it. He answered that his atti
tude in the matter was of no conse
quence anyhow, because Mr. Gompers
himself with all his power opposed the
bill and killed it.
Harangue Nipped In. Bud.
A second voice in the audience was
progressing at a fine rate along the
Injunction line and scoring the govern
ment for enforcing injunctions upon
the worker and not on the corporation,
when the police in the building laid a
kind but firm hand on his shoulder,
and reminded him that in his excite
ment he was getting away from the
subject in hand. Mr. Crumpacker,
however, chose not to ignore the inter
ruption, and quoted President Roose
velt to the effect that more injunctions
had been served on corporations than
on the labor organizations.
Attorney V. S. Reiter of this city in
troduced the speaker, and at the close
of the session announced the arrival
of Vice-President Fairbanks and his
party next Thursday afternoon at 3
o'clock, when he will speak in the
Heintz skating rink tent.
Mr. Crumpacker left last night for
his home in Valparaiso.
Valparaiso, Oct. 30. Joseph Gardner,
president of the Farmers National
bank, one of Valparaiso's most honored
citizens, passed away at 2 o'clock at
the home of his son, W. H. Gardner, in
Chautauqua Park. lie was taken sick
about ten days ago. He was $5 years
"Calls off" While K. of P.
Revelers Trip it on Light
Fantastic Toe.
Puts Dancers Through Mazes of
Quadrille in Masterly
It remained until last night for Ham
mond to learn that it had an alderman-at-large
who can do the society act in
as able a manner as he can sit in the
council and pass his vote on city or
dinances. Harry Eastwood, the man in question,
can call a reel in such a manner as to
set one back to days when plans were
made for a week ahead to attend an
old-fashioned barn dance that was
given at Hiram's or Eph's on the fol
lowing Sunday night.
For a time last night at the Knights
of Pythias Hallowe'en party in the K.
P. hall he was the whole thing the
main noise so to speak. He has an
excellent voice, this Harry, and to see
him stand on the platform, swinging
his frame to the tune of the music and
shouting, "Salute your partners, right
and left," was as good as to hear him
cast his vote in favor of some much
needed city legislation.
He was only the caller for the
rustic dance, and it was left for a mere
menial to announce, "Get your part
ners for a quadrille." "While the mere
menial was assembling the couples
Harry stood on the platform waiting
for alL eyes to" be -east upon him,
which should be the signal to begin.
In the meantime the first fiddler was
again tuning his instrument and ap
plying the "rosin to the bow in order
to more ably make the swift runs
when Harry should call, "Swing!"
Those who have occasionally indulg
ed In the pleasing art, which at times
is accredited to St. Vitus, know that
the dancers of the quadrille are at the
mercy of the caller. It rests entirely
with his pleasure whether the dancers
"alum and left" with an "elbow swing"
or not, or whether he wants them to
"join hands and circle" to the "right"
or "left." Mr. Eastwood used his pre
rogative to the utmost in making his
subjects go through the most intricate
Standing, as he was, it was hard to
associate the dignified alderman-at-large
with his present position. One
can only guess where he learned it
and how he managed to remember it
all. It may have come back to him on
the spur of the moment, when he re
membered how in days gone by he
drove for miles through the open coun
try in the winter time, and, finally
coming to the "house" (or barn) threw
himself heart and soul into the jol
lification. He surely must have called
"square dances" in those days, for how
should he have been able to reel off the
string that he gave last night?
This dance was, however, only one of
the features that helped to make a
pleasant evening at the K. P. hall. The
decorations, first of all, were on the
rustic order. Cornstalks and corn,
"punkin" jack-o'-lanterns and leaves
served greatly to produce the desired
A musical program was given and an
oyster supper was served to the guests.
It was one of the celebrations that will
stand predominant in local K. P. his
tory, thanks to the entertaining ability
of the Knights of Pythias and their
find as a caller, Harry Eastwood, ai
de rman-at-large.
There are many signs that next
winter, unlike last winter, will be un
usually severe. In the first place
there are bushels of nuts on the trees
and bushes in the surrounding country.
This is said to be nature's way of
providing for the birds, and a big crop
of nuts means a long, severe winter.
This prediction is supported by the
statement that the corn husks are
much thicker this year than they have
been for a long time.
Still another sign of a long and
cruel winter is found in the activity
of the barn mice. These little animals
have already begun the work of build
ing their nests and observers agree
that they are making them this year
unusually warm and cozy. Last year
they seemed to give little attention
to the building of their winter homes,
but this year they are not only begin
ning to build them unusually early,
but are giving remarkable atention
and care to their construction. All of
which signs point to a severe winter,
and there are many people who place
as much confidence In these homely
predictions as they do In the reports
of the weather bureau.
Snow flurries followed by fair
weather tonight or Wednesday morn
ing; colder tonight; warmer Wednes
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Work on Election Returns MHst Begin
at Once Clerk's Office Must Remain
Open During Night.
The new election law, approved
March, 1905, makes it the duty of the
county election commissioners to or
ganize at six o'clock p rnv"ori: the day
of election as a board of canvassers in
the county clerk's office to count the
votes cast at such general election.
The county clerk must keep his office
open all night, and the inspectors of
elections in every precinct must, as
soon as the votes are counted for state
and county officers, take the returns
to the county clerk's office immediate
ly. The election commissioners, one of
whom is the county clerk, are author
ized to employ such clerical assistance
as may be necessary to canvass the
vote without delay; but one-half of the
clerks shall be democrats and the other
half republicans. The duties of this
board are the same as when the board
consisted of the county clerk and in
spectors under the old law. In this
way it is expected that all returns will
be received and the entire vote of the
county will be canvassed and certified
during the night following the elec
tion. It is important that all election in
spectors and other election officers, as
well as the election commissioners, get
a copy of the law and read it care
fully, as it is a new one, and imposes
duties that have to be performed im
mediately after the votes are counted
in each precinct.
Indiana will not accept President
Roosevelt's new phonetic spelling at
least not until the has to. The state
board of education has given the mat
ter careful thought, having decided
to let the matter rest until the merits
of the new system have received
thorough trial elsewhere. Many peo
ple are dissatisfied with the manner in
which the matter was allowed to drop,
declaring that so momentous a subject
should have received more discussion.
In order .to prevent the opening of
a wholesale liquor house at Rensselaer
the city council has passed an ordin
ance imposing a license fee of $1,000
annually on wholesale liquor houses,
breweries, distilleries and all their de
pots. All licensed saloons have been
forced out of business in that place by
the remonstrance, and no intoxicants
are now being sold, except on physi
cian's certificates.
Wil'iam Hasse ji who runs a sa
loon in 373 State street, was arrested
thi3 morning on the charge of violat
ing the Nicholson law. The specific
charge against him is that he allowed
music in his saloon which according to
the state law is forbidden. The music
which he is supposed to have had in
his saloon was furnished by a traveling
Henry Monk, aged S4, one of the old
est residents of Hammond died suddenly
at his home in 3S0 South Hohman street
today. Mr. Monk had been ailing for
a long time having been troubled with
heart disease. He was in his front
yard caring for his flowers when he was
seized with a more violent attack than
he ever experienced before. He was
taken into the house where he died
shortly afterward. No preparations
J have as yet been ciade for his funertO.
is he cumins out?
Chicago, Oct. SO.
ment has ordered
out for all "drug
The police depart
a drag-net thrown
fiends." Chief Col-
lins has instructed his detectives to
raid cocaine and opium "joints" and to
watch all drug stores where narcotics
are sold. This is done as it is believ
ed that Leonard Leopold has returned
to the city and is in hiding. If this
theory proves true, his fondness for
drugs will doubtless lead to his cap
ture, as it is believed he has returned
here to get drugs which could not be
obtained in the suburban towns away
from Chicago.
The belief that Leopold has returned
was strengthened by the arrest of Wil
liam Reed, who fled from a drug store
at State and Harrison streets, after
offering $15 for cocaine. The police
sweated him and looked for a woman
who, Reed declared, gave him the
money to purchase the drug for a
friend out of town.
In the meantime Coroner Hoffman
declared today that a high police of
ficial had stopped an investigation of
the Leslie murder by the state's attor
ney declaring it a suicide. At the
same time Coroner Hoffman gave' out
the details of the charges against De
puty Coroner John Cummings, under
whose directions a verdict of suicide
was returned.
"William Reed was recognized by Cap
tain Evans of the bureau of identifi
cation as an ex-convict who had served
ten years in the penitentiary for kill
ing a man at Indianapolis fourteen
years ago.
Chicago, Oct 30. Paul O. Stensland
made a new confession today in Judge
Pickney's court. He was brought face
to face with his former cashier, . Henry
W. Herring, of the wrecked Milwaukee
Avenue State bank, who appeared, pre
pared to ask for a change of venue that
will take the trial out of Cook county.
Herring, the rotund forger of the
plundered bank, glared for a moment
at the convict-president brought back
from Joliet, and then turned to listen
to the appeals of Attorney Robert E.
Cantwell, for removal of the trial to
another county. The claim for change
. -s made on the score that
prejudice is so strong here that Her
ring cannot get a fair trial.
"I am not looking for a vindication,
but the story I have to relate will par
tially exculpate me and will show that
I was helpless in the clutches of an
arch-criminal." "Henry W. Herring is
the reincarnation , of Machievelli," de
clared Stensland his only statement
before going into State's Attorney
Healv's office.
Stensland's apearance after five
weeks confinement in prison, over-
shadowed Herring's trial during the
early hours of the day.
"Stenslands story will amaze the
public of Chicago. His revelations will ! automobile tour after a wedding ser
be the most astounding ever heard in j vice performed by the Rev. H. A.
a court room," declared Assistant i Reichart of the German Lutheran
State's Attorney Olson. church.
Herring's trial was set for 10 o'clock,; Mr. Thiele was an electrical contrac
aut was postponed until 2 o'clock in j tor, but retired from active business
the afternoon by agreement.
Chicago, Oct. 30. The police are try
ing to find out the movements of Frank
S. Wilder on the night Attorney Chas.
H. Stevenson was killed. Their ob
ject is to compare the facts which they
Jamieson in Pittsburg Dispatch,
ascertained with his statements made
to Captain O'Brien.
"Wilder's failure to tell that he had
been in the Grand Pacific hotel with
Stevenson at 2 o'clock in the after
noon of the latter's death, has aroused
the police to activity in this direction.
An employe of the hotel furnished this
information. Wilder admits the fact,
but fails to explain why he did not
mention it before.
.Coroner's Phdcian Lowke declareg
gtevetisoh"xaiiie- to itia death- from ex
ternal violence and that the man's neck
was broken, but does not render any
opinion as to whether, the case is one
of murder or accident. .
Thomas Ryan is Brutally Beaten by
Negroes who, After Mauling aad
Kicking Him, Leave Him to Die In
Precarious Condition.
Thomas Ryan, a white man, was
brutally assaulted by a crowd of
drunken negroes this morning and
beaten into Insensibility.
Ryan is a laborer in the employ of
Contractor O'Brien, who has the con
tract for some work for the Chicago,
Cincinnati & Louisville railroad, just
south of town. He was attending to
his work, it is said, when the negroes
approached him and without provoca
tion, attacked him.
Ryan, being an Irishman and by that
token a good fighter, stood his ground
and, instead of fleeing, attempted to
subdue his assailants single-handed.
In spite of his gameness, however, he
was soon knocked down by one of the
largest of the negroes, and after he
was down, the entire crowd attacked
him, one of them kicking him in the
face and the rest raining kicks and
blows all over his body. The latter
bears witness by many bruises and
abrasions, to the brutal treatment he
After each of the negroes had vented
his spleen on the prostrate form of
Ryan they fled, leaving their victim
to die.
His groans atracted one of his fel
low workmen who summoned Emmer
ling's ambulance. Ryan was taken to
St. Margaret's hospital, where he now
lies in a precarious condition. For
some time he remained unconscious
but he was finally restored, and told
his story.
When the details of his maltreat
ment reached the ears of Ryan's com
panions, there was talk of lynching
the negroes, but th latter had fled.
There is a great deal of complaint
about the negroes by the people in the
neighborhood, who feel that extra po
lice protection should be awarded
them, or that the blacks should be
made to keep within the confines of
their own camp.
Retired Electrical Contractor at 74
AVlth Wife Starts Novel Trip After
Golden Wedding.
f " Chicago; Oct. 29. Mr. and Mrs. Chrls-
topher xnieie, aged 74 ana il years re-
spectively, 9737 Escanaba avenue, cele
brated their golden wedding yester-
day afternoon surrounded by eleven
children and fourteen grandchildren
They left for the east on a two weeks
I some years ago. He came from Ger
many with his wife the year following
their marriage, and has lived In South
Chicago thirty-five years.
Two years ago he started work on
an electric automobile of his own de
sign, and finished the machine on Sat
urday in time to uaa it for his second
honeymoon trip,
Final and Comprehensive Message Flashed from Chicago
Concerning Standard Steel Car Company
The deal Is cloned.
The game of real estate is over. The Standard Steel Car company has se
cured the property It wanted. Its works will be located wilhtn the corporate
limit of Hammond. Three thousand skilled workmen with their families will
move falther from Pennsylvania and other places.
THE LAKE COUNTY TIMES was yuite sure of Its facts when it published
the story Friday, Oct. IS. If Lake county real estate was n listed tock T11I3
LAKE COrXTV TIMES could have assumed the credit of boosting It 50 per cfttt.
THE LAKE COUNTY TIMES had uo Interest in the matter except to plve ItV
readers an item of news. It was requested to hold It back, but It did not, and
It never shall.
To careful readers of the article printed on the front page of THE LAKE
COUNTY TIMES, relative to the Standard Steel Car company deal, one thins will
be apparent, via: That the publication of the original story proclaiming tb
transaction while it might have, by being printed at the time It was, have)
caused the loss of something like a hundred thousand dollars to a few wealthy
real estate dealers and sharks, who. had the story been withheld for a few day
longer, migbt have secured options ou adjacent property benefited those who,
on simple faith, bought the land long before the "captains of Industry' selected
the spot as the ideal industrial center of America.
October 7. Representative of the company called on W. II. Gostlin and wa
shown factory site.
October 8. Gostlin, Meyn A Turner began securing options on land fro 113
the ten owners of the factory site.
October 19. The required options were all seen red and the locating of thfl
plant became a certainty.
October 30.. Ten property owners deeded 370 acres of land to A. 31. Turner?
for a total consideration of $210,935.20, and he, In turn, deeded It to the Standard
Steel Car company, and the deal was closed. Office furniture of the new con
cern arrived, nnd the engineers were Instructed to begin the work of coastruc-s
tiou at once
Capital of the Standard Steel Car company, $15,000,000.
Cost of the new plant, $5,000,000. ' "
Capacity of plant, 100 cars.
Plans have already been drawn, and provide for seven large factory baild
lngs of steel construction.
Work will begin as soon as the materials and labor can be brought to the
new site.
The plant will be completed and turning out cars by August ,1.
The deal was planned and executed by W. II. Gostlin, A. ,31. Turner aad
P. W. Meyn with the assistance of Mayor
Average price per acre paid by the company, $5tiS.
At the offices of the Central Trust Company of Illinois, in 153 Monroe street,
Chicago, in' the presence of a group of Hammond men and tho. ofiiocrs and attor
neys of the Standard Steel Car company, a deal was corsu'timated .today that
-tawm.. maan.- more to the people, of -Hammond Jn.MvKl-. J-t, -p. 'Jv4- 1; ;
any-good fortune that has befallen ' The'mTnir "h'ls'tory of this city: ' ' . -
The transfer of the property was all mado to A. M. Turner, who', in turn,
deeded it to the Standard Steel Car company, a corporation. Peter Crumpacker
represented the firm of Gostlin, Meyn & Co., and Attorney Jonea represented tho
Standard Steel Car company. After the papers were signed congratulations
were in order, and the deal by . which' Hammond secures the largest industry
that ever located here, was closed.
There were ten property, owners whose land becomes a part of the site of
the new plant, and their names, the number of acres they Bold, the price per
acre, and the total amount received, follows:
Franklin Newhall
Frank G. Howell
Milton R. Hart
Hammond Realty Co
Larned, Moss & Lathrop
Edward P. White
George and M. M. Towle, Jr
White Estate
Edward P. White
Margaret Hart
It is a remarkable fact that a deal of 4he magnitude of the one that was
closed in Chicago today could have been consummated in the brief period o
three weeks, but it 13 just three weeks and two days since the representative of
the Steel Car company first approached W. 11. Gostlin and indicated that ha
would like to buy a site for a big industry.
In this brief space of time the members of the firm which sought to loeata
the plant have secured options on 370 acres of land from ten persons, and kept
their secret so well that they purchased the land at a low price in each caea.
The abstracts had to be brought down to date, and this necessitated several
trips over the state, which in some cases were to cities seventy-five and on
hundred miles away.
One case in particular was unique. It was found that the title to on pieca
of land was not quite clear, as the wife- of the man who sold it had not signed
the deed. It was understood that the man was dead, but it was learned that tho
wife was still living somewhere in Illinois.
Mr. Turner started out to find her, with only a vague Idea of her where-
abouts. He finally located her In the poorhouse in a little Illinois' town. Sha
remembered the transaction, although It had been made away back in the six
ties, and after the proper affidavits had been secured establishing her identity,
she gave her consent to a transaction that had been made two score "and tea
years ago. .
After days of anxiety, in which there were hitches in the plans that It was
feared at times would bring the negotiations to a close after worrying and.
sweating for hours over this or that phase of the question the splendid efforts
of Gostlin, Turner & Meyn were crowned with success, and the people of II am
mond will be the beneficiaries.
A brief resume of the facts about the new company will be of general inter
est. The Standard Steel Car company of Butler, Pa., capitalized at 415,000,000,
found its eastern plant too small to permit the immediate building of the $8,000,
000 worth of steel cars for which it had orders.
Realizing that there was a large demand in the west for its product, and
that a saving of $750,000 in freights could be made annually by the locating of
the new plant in the west, a representative was sent to the famous Calumet
region that had been brought into prominence by the building of Gary to sea
if a site could be secured in clos proximity to the big steel plant.
Several sites were considered, among them Gary, Indiana Harbor and EasC
Chicago, but, after careful consideration, Hammond was selected as the location
best suited for the new concern. The reasons for coming to Hammond are not
hard to understand. The new concern manufactures steel cars, and Hammond,
with its fourteen trunk lines and its four belt lines, which connect with every
railroad in and out of Chicago, is the ideal market for cars. Furthermore, Ham
mond lies in close proximity to Gary, where the new concern expects to Becura
the steel with which to manufacture Its cars. Another consideration was the
fact that the new concern would not have tc await the building of a city like
Gary, or patiently grow up with other of the newer cities of the Calumet region.
Hammond hal all for which the officers of the new concern could wish. It
had advantages, and besides that, it had streets, and parks, and homes. It had
a settled labor market, and that is as big a consideration with the manufacturer
these days as a good market in which to buy the raw material and dispose of
the finished product.
The most reassuring thing about the whole deal is the fact that the in
dustrial world is awakening to the realization that the conditions which mak
Hammond desirable as the location tor the Standard Steel Car company are the
very reasons that rnake Hammond desirable as a location for their own in
dustries. Other plants are coming, and other thousands of employes will cast their
lot with Hammond. The impetus that will be given to the growth of this city
will be without parallel in the state, even in the gas belt in its palmiest days.
Steel construction figures so largely In the manufacture of a thousand ar
ticles that the capitalist who would meet his competitor on even term must
come to the Calumet region where the great steel trust, in its wisdom, bom
of experience, has found the most convenient meeting point of the streams of
ore that come from the north, and of coal that come from tiie south.
It is safe to say that the Calument region as an industrial center is destined
to .see the greatest centralization of .capital that the world has evtx known.
Lawrence Becker.
Acres Sold.
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4.15 '
SO. 00
.71 . '
Ter Acre. Total.
$500 $ 29,610
425 13,652
400 1,660
937 75,000
500 59,977,
- 555 10,000
500 20,03
500 500
500 500
425 6,673
$ 217,608
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