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THE TIMES HAS MORE PAID SUBSCRIBERS THAN ANY OTHER THREE NEWSPAPERS IN LAKE COUNTY COMBINED. VOL. 1, NO. 127. NIGHT Indiana Harbor Killer Will Plead Self Defense and Insanity. PROCESSJUEDIOUS No Foreigners on Jury, and Evi dence Comes Through In terpreter. The trial of John Lapidat. the In diana. Harbor alleged murderer, pro ceeded very slowly yesterday In the circuit court. The jury was accepted by both aides at noon, and after brief opening: statements by the attorneys the work of hearing evidence began. This is a slow, tedious process, owing to the fact that an interpreter has to be used with most of the witnesses. Several eye witnesses to the shooting were examined yesterday afternoon and the story of the crime was graphi cally told. Coroner Hoskins was one of the most important witnesses for the state and made a good impression on the Jury. The defense is relying strongly on pleas of self-defense and emotional in sanity, and Is planning to introduce evidence to substantiate both. It is looked upon as a significant fact that none of the jury was selected from the vicinity of the crime. It is composed of men who are unfamiliar with the foreign clement, of which the prisoner Is a part This, it is believed, will as sist in giving the defendant a little any prejudices and will insure from any prejudices and will insure him an absolutely fair and impartial trial. Judge McMahan is exercising great care to see that Lapidat receives every advantage that will assist in a fair and impartial verdict. Flaw in Indictment. A slight flaw was found in the origi nal Indictment and it was at first fear led that the grand Jury would have to re-indict, but the matter was so trivial, being merely the ommission of one let ter in the speljlng of Lapidat's victim's name, that it was easily corrected. More interest is being taken in the case by the public than was shown in the Hannan murder trial last term and the court room is well filled with spec tators at each session. STEVE BROWN IS DEAD; THIS TIME IT IS SURE. Well-Known Local Character Expires of Chronic Alcoholism at St. Margar et's Hospital. Steve Brown is dead. He outlived the ultimatum of his at tending physician two days. In the column under "Cause" in the blank form of the commitment to eternity is Inscribed: "Excessive use of alcoholic liquors." Brown's case was considered hope less when he entered St. Margaret's, hence, possibly, the undue haste in chronicling his passing. "Poor Steve" was heartily begrudged his last forty-eight hours on earth that is, in certain quarters. It was hard to prematurely explode such a mine of pent-up sympathy. Steve Brown was a good-natured de generate. There was nobody in Ham mond that was not willing to help him, but he would not help himself. His was the disposition of Rip Van Winkle. He was bred to better things than car rying packages, within and without. between Chicago and Hammond. He was educated in chemistry, and was once a respected and prosperous busi ness man. Hhe was never lazy, and faithfully performed the tasks given him to do when he ceased to be capable of following the calling for which he had been educated. The funeral arrangements have not been completed. SWITCHMAX DIES OF INJURIES. Fred Carpenter, the 'Whiting switch man who was injured while at work in the Pennsylvania yards at South Chicago Monday afternoon died yes terday morning in Union hospital. Englewood. The Inquest was held to dav, and the remains were removed to Ms home, 224 John street. Whiting, where, they awaited interment. Carpenter was twenty-iour years old, and leaves a wife and one child. He was a member of the Whiting lodges of the Knights of Pythias and Maccabees. LItS for life EDITION. GARY RIS Oil Visitors Not Allowed on North Side Where Plant is Building. ACCIDENTS FEARED Report Is Made, However, of the Progress of the Work On Steel Plant. A great many visitors have been disappointed on going to Gary to see the sights to be refused the privilege of going to the north side of the city where the work of building the Gary plant is going on. Realizing that the work in the steel town has progressed considerably since the last accounts of the progress that had been made appeared In the morn ing papers, the Gary correspondent of The Lake County Times made an in vestigation of the work and the fol lowing is an account of his observa tion: The person who allows a few days to elapse between the times that he sees the progress on the north side finds a revelation when he does go back. Where there was recently a wilderness, now hundreds or rather thousands of men are busy at work on the foundations of steel superstruc tures. No one is allowed to cross the river and go on the north side unless it is known that he has business there or is passed in by some one in author ity. The reason for this is that many of those who would go there go merely out of curiosity and would be getting in the way of the men at work, prob ably be hurt, cause some one else to get hurt and cause endless bother at all times. Then the contractors who are at work over there on the different! lines or work: expect that their tools, machines, materials, etc., will be left unmolested when they leave them. If people are allowed to wander at ran dom over the gruonds there would be constant petty thieving and it is easier to prevent all this by placing a few watchmen at the places of ingress and egress than it would be to have guards at every place where work is going foreward. The superstructure of steel frame work of the first four hundred feet of the machine shop is completed. T he last few pieces being swung up and riveted into place today. The work of putting up the walls will begin shortly. The concrete part of the first four blast furnaces foundation has been fin ished and the steel that will to-tr. a part of these furnaces is being assem bled. The long trench east of the foundations has been sunk to the re quired depth and the concrete is being put into the bottom. The first part of the concrete work on the open hearth furnaces is done ana tne twenty-root anchor bolts to which will be fastened the large steel foundation pieces for each hearth are being set in the new concrete. Small v-shaped cars are run back and forth from the large mixer at the south end of the open hearth row to where they are dumped along the line of the work. A large crane in the center of the work has been rigged up as a clam-shell and is doing the necessary excavating where the concrete bed goes deeper than ordinarily. Several large pumps are kept constantly at work in order to give the necessary dryness to the con crete bed when it is first made. The first long line of the concrete sewer has been completed for some time. Most of the brick man-holes with their iron covers are in place. The north end of the sewer is being used to carry off the water that is be ing pumped out of the power house ex cavauon. a. gigantic pump lifts an eight-inch stream some twenty feet and runs it off through this sewer. The Great Lakes company is push ing its piling farther and farther out into the lake preparatory to excavat ing lor the harbor. The area to the south of this, through which the har bor will run, has all been cleared of trees and underbrush. Most of the tent colonies that were dotted here and there through the woods are now clusters of temporary wooden build ings standing out here and there near the various centers of work. A great many interesting things nat- of Hammond, urally happen in this veritable bee- j rrcsress at riant, hive every day, but a daily account of j Work on the Standard Steel Car corn it would be simply a reiteration of the j pany is progressing rapidly and already same thing with a slight change each ! tne brush-covered site of what promises day. To the outsider who cannot see i to be the business place in Hammond the progres it is more easily compre- hended by noting the begininng or completion of the various parts of the work in hand. BIG RAILROAD MEX HERE. R. P. Dalton, general superintendent of the Chicago, Cincinnati & Louisville road, accompanied by H. C. Starr, vice president, were in Hammond yester day morning. They were met at the train by H. L. Jackson, chief engineer of the road. After a short conversation they started on their way to Dolton, 111., where they will hold a meeting with the railroad commissioners in re gard to their crossing at the Pennsyl vania tracks at Dolton. HAMMOND, INDIANA, WEDNESDAY, IIJ' w0&m fi 7 wliWte . Suggestion for husbands whose Special Session of Council to Ratify Board of Public Works Contracts. ME GETS SIDETRACK Aldermen Becker and Swanton Op pese Granting Michigan Cen tral Right-of-Way. At a special meeting of the city council last night the contract between the Board of Public Works and the Standard Steel Car company, by which the city agrees to extend its east water main to Columbia avenue on an eight inch pipe, in order to supply the Stan dard Steel Car company with the nec essary water, was ratified. The factory people agree to pay the city three cents a thousand gallons during the next ten years. The contract between the Board of Public Works and the Campbell Plumb ing company, by which the latter agrees to furnish the city 2.400 feet of eight-inch iron water pipe at $35.50 a ton, was ratified. The Chicago & Erie Railroad com pany was granted a right-of-way for a side track over Russell and Clinton streets. The ordinance granting the Michigan Central Railroad company the right to lay three additional tracks on its right-of-way was taken up only informally. Aldermen Becker and Swanton, how ever objected to it on the grounds that it was not specific enough in returns that the company should give the city j has taken on a new appearance. Most of the work is being done on the suotheastern part of the site where the side track of the Indiana Harbor rial- raod is being put in. Here the con tractor is grading and building the road-bed for the spur that is to run along the whole southern part of the site. There are to be seven large buildings one of which is 1600 feet and six inches long and 600 feet wide and the others are of varying sizes. This the largest of the buildings is to be built over half a dozen tracks upon which the cars will stand as they are being built. The oleation of the principal build ings have been established and it the weather does not iJvHrfere, the foun. i III PIlLl FALL SfYLES FOR WOMEN. wives insist on having every expensive dress they see in the show windows. Naughton in Duluth (Minn.) Herald. tions 'may be laid before the ground feezes. Machinery Arrive. Carloads of machinery are on the way and as soon as they arrive the work of assembling it will rmcayoagsTMano assembling them and constructing the foudations upon when they wll stand will begin. At present the company has tempo rary offices in the grandstand of the old race track and there the engineers and surveyors are making their headquart ers. The preliminary work of the survey ors wlli soon be completed and then a large force of men will be put on the trenches. The problem of securing enough laborers to carry the work on with dispatch is to be solved by build ing temporary quarters for them on the grounds and carpenters are now at work constructing buildings large enough to accommodate 500 men. POTATO COMPANY TO MAKE ITS OWN CASTINGS. Progressive Hammond Industry Con templates Extensive Improvements to Its Plant. The Champion Potato Machinery company, one of the thriving young in dustries of the city, is now construct ing a ten-thousand-dollar addition to its plant. The money with which the improvements are being made is pro vided, not by an issue of stock, but out of the accrued profits of the concern. There could be no greater evidence of Its prosperity. The Champion Potato Machinery company manufactures potato cutters, potato planters, potato weeders, potato sprayers and potato diggers. Leonard Knoerzer, the president of the concern and the principal stockholder, has in vented all of the machines, and is the moving spirit in the concern. Although rapid progress might have been made by borrowing money and enlarging the plant long ago he preferred to be con servative and make ends meet. For this reason it is a fact that although the Champion Potato Machinery com pany is a small one it is probably one of the most solidly founded in the city. The new addition is to be built for foundry purposes. Heretofore the cast ings for the machinery have been made j by out-of-town concerns, and, of course, ; it was necessary to pay them a profit on the work done. Now it is proposed to make the cast ings in a plant of their own and save the difference. The new building is constructed of cement blocks and structural iron, and is about sixty feet square. This year business has been excep tionally good. There have been 3,000 to 3.500 potato diggers manufactured, and as an average of thirty-five dollars has been secured for each it will be seen that the annual output is valued at over $105,000. The plant has a ca pacity of forty potato diggers a day, although it is not run to its full ca pacity except in the busy season. The new concern is now hiring twenty-five men, but when the addition to the foundry is made the number will be increased to forty. With the addition to the plant equipped with the latest type of molding machinery the prospects for the coming years are brighter than ever, and the thirteen Hammond stockholders will realize handsome dividends on their invest- sent. NOVEMBER 14, 1906. ilBEIOE Question of Number of Jus tices of Peace for North Township. LAW SHSMEGOBD 7 County Clerk Harold Wheeler Wants To Hear a Court Decision Be fore Making Out Commissions. The announcement In these columns last Monday that County Clerk Harold II. Wheeler intended to commission seven Justices of the peace and seven constables for North township has caused a stir in legal circles in the township. When Mr. Wheeler signified his intentions to a Lake County Times reporter he said that he would do so on the strength of the latest estab lished record. This latest established record, however, goes back to the year 1894 and is in the archives in the court house at Crown Point. The record calls for seven justices of the peace and seven constables for North township, and while it may have been changed since 1S94 it has not been recorded, and consequently Clerk Wheeler intends to follow the only legally established rec ord. While there are many in this town ship who would like to see Miles C Frysinger and Byron M. Cheney com missioned as justices of the peace, and Andrew Riner and James M. Lowden as constables, they still doubt whether they should be commissioned. The legislative acts of 1903 are very specific, saying that "two justices of the peace shall be appointed for each township, and one additional Justice of the peace for each incorporated city, and one additional justice of the peace for each incorporated town." The power of the county commission ers is restricted to vacancies in ap pointingJustices of the peace. It is in tn l to appoint a successor a vacancy Is created by the death or withdrawal of a Justice of the peace As the situation now is it looks as though a test case will be made in the circuit court and thus determine how many justices of the peace and con stables .Nortn township Is entitled. THE WEATHER. Partly cloudy tonight and Thursday with light showers of snow flurries. Moderate temperature. See the Adv. the Fair Store on SLe &Adr. BURSTEO AUTO Machine Owned by Win. Brockway of Chicago, Explodes. ST. Mil IS AROUSE Church Eell Sounds Alarm and En tire Populace of Vicinity Hushed to Rescue. William Brockway of Chicago who lives at 3000 Indiana avenue, has come to the conclusion that the Hoosier farmers are not so slow as farmers are generally cracked up to be. At least he is convinced that John Davis' wlio owns a farm about two miles west of St. John is pretty much up-to-date. The explosion of an automoblie owned by the city man was responsible for Mr. Brockway's enlightenment and also for the destruction of a brand new shed belonging to Davis, which had just received Its second coa of red paint but a few days before the acci dent occurred. Mr. Brockway, in company with C. B. Corbin, also of Chicago had gone out on a pleasure expedition in his hand some touring car. He struck St. John at about noon yesterday and being hampered by the snow and slush, his machine suffered some slight disar rangement and finally broke down in front of Frank Davis' premises. After working ineffectually in the storm for some time in an effort to re pair the damage, Brockway asked per mission to stable his car in his shed where he could do his tinkering under shelter. This was granted. Brock way busied himself with one part of the machinery while Corbin crawled underneath, to look for the source of the trouble. He discovered that the fifteen-gallon gasoline tank was leak ing and sounding the alarm he wrig gled out from under the machine and the two men made a speedy exit to a place of safety in the open. They reached this before the auto mobile blew up with terrific intonation, carrying the greater part of the new shed with it and setting fire to the rest. Farmer Davis and his family rushed out of the house to view the work of destruction and Davis, who being up- to-date as before stated, possesses a telephone, flew to it and called up cen tral at St. John. "They's an infernal machine ex ploded on my premises" he shouted, 'and set fire to the place! The whole durn farm'll go if we can't put it out." Central at St. John is up-to-date too. She needed no brick house to fall on her to cause her to wake up. She got into quick action and in less time than it takes to tell it, the church bell, (that same that had summoned Farmer Davis to worship for the past forty years or more) was clanging lorth in wild alarm and the whole town knew that there was a fire somewhere. It didn't take long for the agitated populace to learn the location of the blaze and "there was mounting in hot haste" and other manifestations of activity that brought a troupe of neighbors and friends to the rescue. In the mean time the fire , had subsided consider ably, but the ire of Farmer Davis had experienced no decline. Fragments of the automobile, which was blown to atoms, and of the new shed, lay strewn all over the once orderly place and a heap of charred timbers marked the place where an hour before the new shed proudly reared its shingled roof. Mr. Brockway offered to settle for $50. Farmer Davis spurned the offer. "I'll take $200 and not a cent less," he declared in agitated tones. "That's highway robbery" declared Brockway. That shed was never worth $200." "Suppose it wa'ant. Don't you think my feelings are worth any thing?" was the convincing rejoinder. The upshot of the argument was the summoning by telephone of a constable from Dyer, who took the city man into custody. Although it was then 9 o'clock, a hearing before Justice Seid- ler was arranged. This resulted In an agreement on the part of Brockway to pay over the $200, but as he had not that amount of cash about his person he invited the farmer to accompany him to Chicago, where he promised to make good. This arrangement proved satisfactory to Mr. Davis, the trip was made and the incident is closed. DESCENDANT OF BOONE DIES Member of Famons Family Away at Evansvllle. Passes George Washington Boone, a distant relative of D. E. Boone of this city, died at his home in Evansvllle yester day morning. Members of the Ham mond branch of the family did not know of the death until apprised of it by a Lake County Times reporter. Both the later George Washington Boone and D. E. Boone, who is prose cuting attorney for Lake and Porter counties, are lineal descendants of Dan iel Boone, the Kentucky frontiersman. ONE CENT PER COPY. pbii i mum r-n r n i i i i i n 1 1 a i i n luuhd run ROLLIHG STOCK Every Railroad in Country Must Have Thousands of New Cars. BUY S6IW00 WORTH The Wabash Railroad Is the Heaviest Purchaser, and Orders Ag gregate $12,320,000. The following article gives some thing of an indication of the extent of the famine in cars and of the great activity that there will be among man ufacturers of rolling stock to get a generous slice or the business, pfow that Hammond Is to become a car- building center the necessity for sup plying this enormous demand will mean great prosperity here for years to come. The large purchases of equipment which have been announced within the last few days by western railroads In dicate that all records relating to In creases in equipment will be smashed this year. The Wabash expects within a few weeks to make contracts for $12,320,000 worth of new cars and en gines, and the Northern Pacific has Just made public its purchase of $7,700,000 worth of new freight cars. The Burlington has begun to receive $5,558,000 worth of new locomotives and cars, the orders for which will not be filled until next year. The Santa Fe has In orders for $5,000,000 worth of cars and locomotives. Added to the re- cently announced orders by the Harrl- man lines aggregating $21,560,000, and by the Rock Island amounting ,to $6,- 000,000, this makes $61,138,000 in orders which six western systems have placed, practically all of them for delivery early next year. Other roads are mak- ng purchases on a similarly large scale which they are not yet ready to announce. The Wabash's orders will be for 3,000 box cars and 2,000 gondolas, costing about $5,500,000: 4,000 steel hoppers, used in handling coal and ore, costing $5,200,000, and ninety locomotives, cost- ng $1,620,000. The Northern .Pacific's orders are for 7,000 freight cars. The Burlington's purchases are 130 engines. $2,470,000; 1,000 steel gondolas, $1,200.- 000; two ditchers, $8,000, and four din- ng cars, $80,000. The Santa Fe's pur chases are 5,500 freight cars, 100 cab ooses, 75 passenger cars, 50 engines, 10 baggage and 5 postal cars. BEN L. P. BELL 35? NOT FOR A MINUTE! Well-Known Hammondlte Caught With the Age On Hiin Played Ball la 1S6S. "Born Nov. 14, 1871, Ben L. P. Bell." Can you stand for that? That date makes Ben Bell thirty-fivo years old. Can you stand for it? Not on your birth certificate! This paper has the documents to prove that Ben Bell was playing ball three years before the alleged date of his birth. The documents come In the form of a score-book, on the fly-leaf of which 13 inscribed this: "Property of B. L. P. Bell." This shows Ben Bell pitching for the Unions as far back as 186S. The Union ball lot was then at Thirty-second street and Wentworth avenue, Chicago, and it took all night to reach it from State and Madison streets. On Aug. 8, 1S6S, Ben Bell the same Ben Bell pitched a game against the Buckeyes, and to his credit be it said, that the score was 64 to 14 (actual fig ures) in favor of his side. If you don't believe it ask his brother, K. IL Bell, who played first base. K. IL Bell won't cheat with his age. Ben Bell 35! Give over! GABY'S WILL ECCENTRIC. Document Puts a Discount Upon. Ef forts Along Religious Lines. (Special to Lake Connty Times.) Chicago, Nov. 13. The late Judge Joseph E. Gcry, whose will was ad mitted to probate today, provided that if any of his heirs-at-Iaw should enter upon a professedly religious life which should take them from ordinary pur suits of secular life they should be disinherited. The exact cause of this jurist's will is unexplained. An added clause set forth that if the heir for sook his religious profession he or she was to receive a full proportion of property. The will disposed of an estate val ued at $27,000, of which $21,000 was in real estate and $6,000 in personal prop erty. Everything was left to the wid ow, Mrs. Elizabeth S, Gary. i I'll' !.', '. 1 .- ' r I 5 V V