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r WEATHER Fair, slowly rising temperature. '?' ' Try a Want Ad in the Palladi- nm today. adiBnio WEEKLY ESTABLISHED 181. DAILY ESTABLISH E U 1876. RICHMOND DAILY PALLADIUM, WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 14, 1904. SINGLE COPY 2 CENTS. rrn Daily Pa d O v MGR. BANCROFT IN INTERVIEW SAYS HE IS FROM MISSOURI ON POLO QUESTION DEMANDS A GUARANTEE Of Future Protection Befora Ho Will Enter Any Polo League. Regarding Cincinnati's prospect of being represented in the Western Polo League, Frank Bancroft, to Avhom the franchise was offered, has this to say in a Cincinnati papei : "Three years ago when tho Reds were 'playing in Muneie, Ind., the polo magnates approached me and invited me to make an application for membership to the Western Polo League, -which I did,, and learned through the papers that my applica tion had been rejected, but to this day never had ' any official communi cation from the league pro r con. Afterward efforts were made to form a National Polo League cou.-,i.siing of Cincinnati, Columbus, Daytn, Springfield, Indianapolis and Toledo, which fell through for want of suit able buildings. In Hamilton, Day Urn and Springfield a year ago Mr. Cohen, manager of the Indianapolis team, called on me and suggested Cincinnati and Columbus joining the Western League and agreed to see franchises were granted them, etc., and that chance for Cincinnati to get into polo never" materialized, as Mr. Cohen failed to report and patched up his iroublcs with the Western League and started this season with their origisial roster, Richmond, Mun eie, Anderson, Marion, Indianapolis, and Elwood. Some two weeks ago internal trouble cropped out in the Western League, Indianapolis and Elwood pulling out and leaving the Western League with only a member ship of four clubs." Wishing to get at the facts of the case Banny made an engagement with Jessnp at the Hotel Honing on Sunday and met him there, with M. C. Henley, president of the Richmond Polo Club, and after going over the outlook found out that Mr. Bryce, of Columbus had declined to embark in the enterprise and advised Messrs. Henley and.Jessup to go- to Colum bus, see Mr. Pryce and if he would reconsider and put in a club Cincin nati might also do so, providing guar antees for the future were of such a nature that lie felt justified in ad vising the owners of the Cincinnati Ball Club to back the Cincinnati club, which President Hermann agreed to do if Bancroft advised it. They left for Columbus at 1:15 Sun day, on the same train with Mr. Her mann, who was en route to New York, and what conversation they had on the s-ibject Banny says he has had no report yet. In the meantime the Western Lea gue has made a schedule for four clubs running up to January 1, hop ing before that time, to get Cincin nati and Columbus to join the league and increase the membership to six clubs, the Central League in North ern Indiana, having a membership of seven, and running smoothly. "Summed up in -a nutshell," says Banny, "I should be pleased to put a polo team in any good If igue back ed by the Cincinnati ball club own ers, but I am from Missouri and must be guaranteed protection in the future before making any move to (Continued on last pageO REV. L. UWERCER Conducts a Successful Meeting at Hoopston, 111. The many friends of the Rev. L. I. Mercer, who was formerly a minist er in this city, will be pleased to learn that he is in the midst of a meeting at Hoopston, III., in winch IIS members have been added to the church in the last three weeks. The , meetings are still in progress. SPICY DIVORCE Trial Now Under Full Headway at Connersville. The trial of Helen Mount, who is well known in this city, versus James C. Mount, for divorce, is now under full headway in the pretty little town of Rushville and it is the sole topic of conversation among the residents of that town and Connersville, the former home of Mr. Mount. The lo cal friends of Mrs. Mount are also following the trial with great inter est. Mr. Mount is the son of the late Charles Mount of Connersville and is cashier of the First- National Bank. They were married in 1892 and their wedding was an event in Logansport society. Mrs. Mount charges habit ual drunkenness and asks for ali monAr. A great many witnesses have been summoned, among them being leaders in Connersville society. Mrs. Mount and her attorneys went jo Cincinnati last night to take the deposition of A. C Harmon, in whose home the Mounts frequently visited. Mr. Mount's attorneys will at tempt to show that his wife was a as heavy a drinker as himself. Miss Kate lierron today testified that on one occasion at a dance Mr. Mount was so drunk that he fell down. Oth er witnesses testified that at other social gatherings Mr. Mount was un der the influence of liquor. The Mounts have no children, and in his answer to her complaint Mr. Mount says his wife refused to hear chil dren. He says also that his wife fre ouentlv called him unsavory aumes. MRS. KNOPF FOUND DEAD IN BED AT HER DAUGHTER'S HOME IN WEST RICHMOND FAILURE OF THE HEART Brought on by Intense Excitement was the Cause Attributed Coroner's Investigation. Mrs. Wilhelmeuia Knopf was found dead in her bed by her daugh ter, Mrs. Edward Crowell yesterday morning. Mrs. Knopf's death re sulted from heart disease brought on by intense excitement. Coroner MarkW investigated the death and said that probably it resulted from heart disease. Mrs. Knopf was seventy-live years of age and was the widow of Louis Knopf. On Monday afternoon a small tire was discovered in the basement of the residence where Mrs. Knopf lived and the ex citment caused by the discovery seemed to affect her heart at that time. Later in the evening she re covered to a great extent and seemed to be in the best of health when she rethvd early in the evening. , Her sudden death was a terrible shock to her friends. She was the mother of Louis A. and Charles Knopf, both well known business men, and Mrs. Edward Crowell, another daughter resides at Lima, Ohio. The funeral will be held from the residence em Thursday afternoon at - o'clock. Burial will occur at Earlham. Friends may call at any time after today noon. TWO : PEDDLERS Sent Rroin the City and Warned to Stay Avay. The two peddlers Avho were arrest ed on Monday for peddling Avhhout a license Avere ordered out of town vesterdav and given warning that ; thev must stay out of Richmond it they wished to sell their goods. The police intend to make every peddler purchase a license. YOUNG DOY UNDER ARREST HE IS CHARGED WITH FORG ERY ON CITY BANKS MADE CLEVER COUNTERFEITS His Mother is Dead and His Father is Out of The City a Good Deal. Patrolman Westenberg yesterday afternoon placed thirteen-year-old lialph Burst under arrest on the charge of forgery. Young Burst was formerly a student at the Richmond Business College and while at that placed learned enough about checks and drafts to be able to make very clever counterfeits of originals. In all he drew three checks on the Un ion National Bank and his receipts for the work amounted to $29. All of the work was done since the 3rst of December. Another young boy by the name of Bennie Brumley, is sup posed to have helped Burst spend the money. The checks which were cash ed, Avcre made out on the following parties: one made payable to Bernie Cofman for $15; an altered check or iginally made payable to the West ern Penmanship Company and chang ed to Wester Buehman for $11, and another made, payable to Peter Bueh man after the erasure of the original name on the check. The last check originally called for $3.05, but this amount on one place on the check was raised to $30.05. Burst has been boarding in South Fifth street. His mother has been dead for about five years and his father, who is emr ployed on the C, C. & L., is out of the city most of the time. Both Burst and Brumley were taken before Judge Fox of the juvenile court and severely reprimanded. The judge of fered to let them go providing the money was returned to the bank. This action probably will be taken as the bank officials would not state yesterday afternoon whether they would prosecute the case or not. Both of the boys have hitherto born very good reputations in their re spective neighborhoods. SEVEN ACCESSIONS To the Christian Church and Three Baptisms. The revival at the Christian church is still increasing in interest. There Ave re seven accessions to the church last night and three baptisms. The services Avill continue each evening this Aveek and will be held over Sun day. There will be baptismal serv ices again tonight. MEETS TONIGHT Fathers of Pupils Invited to Gar field School. This evening at 7:30 o'clock at Garfield school there will be a "fath ers' " meeting. The object of the meeting is to demonstrate to the fathers of pupils, in a practical avuv what is being aeeomplishel at the school. It will also be a means of having the fathers get acquainted Avith the teachers. On the 'Jlst a mothers' meeting Aviil be held at the same place. : PALLADIUM SANTA GLAUS FUND I FolloAving the adiee of several prominent people the Palladium will start a fund for making the poor children of the city happy on Christmas day. The list of generous donors will be published each day, and Avhen the list is completed the money Avill be placed in the hands of a committee of Five Prominent Ladies, who will use & it to the best advantage in providing suitable Christmas presents for ioor children. Woo will be the first donor? Bring or send raonev- to the Palladium. TWO FIONEERS CELEBRATED THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING AN NIVERSARY YESTERDAY MR. AND MRS. R. A. HOWARD Receive Congratulations of Their Many Friends and Rela tives. Yesterday afternoon and last ev ening Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. How ard, two of Richmond's pioneer res idents, were at home to their many friends in this city and throughout the county. The occasion Avas the fiftieth or golden wedding anniver sary of Mr. and Mrs. Howard. Friends by the hundred called throughout the afternoon and even ing and Mr. and Mrs. Howard were kept busy acknowledging congratu lations. The home Avas tastefully decorated and refreshments Ave re served to the guests. Many beau tiful presents Avere received. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ave re born and raised in Wythe county Yidginia, in the good old ante-bellum days and were playmates together. This com radship of their youthful days rip ened into love and on December 13, 1S54, they Avere united in marriage. In the spring of 1S55, they moved to Richmond and except from 1S73 to 1SS3, they have been residents of this city. In 1S73 Mr. and Mrs. IIo Avard moved to Ohio, but returned to Richmond after an absence of ten 'years., 'Mr. and, Mrs. Howard have ' two daughter Mrs. B. II. Ilorton, of 'this pity, rjmI Miss Lillian Howard, I who low resides .iu California, j Robert A. Howard has probably held an electiAe office longer than any other man in the State of Indiana and he is justly proud of his record. He has been county surveyor almost continuously since he first came to Richmond, Avith the exception of the ten years he resided in Ohio. At the recent election on November 8, he Avas continued in ofiice for two years more and he will probably continue to be re-elected until he chooses to retire. Both Mr. and Mrs. Howard bear thier years lightly and are the pictures of good health. WARD AND VOICES Entertain a Good House at The Gen nett Theater. Ward and Yokes, that peculiar team of comedians, entertained a well filled house at the Gennett last evening Avith their new play entitled "A Pair of Pinks." As is usual with Ward and Yokes' productions, it Avas devoid of plot and full of mirth. They did not care to haw their audience troubled about any thing except their jokes and the ev ening's production Avas a laugh from start to finish. The company num bered nearly fifty people and Avas a very good one. Outside of the stars iheir.selves Chrales Howard was the best fun maker. At times Howard got more laughs from the audience than did the leading man. Howard wr-s formerly with Murray and MfccI: and has been here a number of times before. Mr. R. L. Bradbury, of Indiana polis, was a business visitor in this city ycsierdaA-. NEWSPAPER MAN And Soldier of Fortune Now in the Clutches of Law. Indianapolis, December 13. Wal ter St rouse alias Capt. William Stan ton, formerly of the Japanese arxuy, ex-Associated Press correspondent, son of Avealthy parents, a man of many loves in many towns all this according to his own statement pleaded guilty to the charge of im personating a secret service officer iu federal court this morning and was sentenced to three years in the fed eral prison at Ft. Leavenworth by Judge Anderson. According to Strouse's statements he has had a varied career. An ex cellent judge of diamonds belong ing to others he found his death would serve him avoII. He therefore Avrote to his parents at Monongahela, Pa., that he had joined the Japanese armv, and then contrived to have word sent to them that he Avas dead. While thus considered dead, he started to impersonate a secret serv ice officer, and Avas arrested in this city some time ago while trying to cash a check in the Indiana National Bank. Pastor at Centerville. Centerville, Ind., Dec. 13. The Rev. Mr. Wynn, of Brookville, has been engaged as pastor of the Chris tian church for the coming year. School Teacher Resigns. Cambridge City, Ind., Dec. 13. Miss Louise Ford, of Richmond, has resigned her place in the Cambridge City High school because of poor health. WOULD RATHER PAY A FINE THAN STAY IN JAIL WITH THE HE SHOT AND KILLED A DOG Belonging to a Man Named Wimmer and it Cost Him a Fine of Over Eleven Dollars. In n veiy short time yesterday aft ernoon John Fox decided that lie Avouhl rather pay a fine than spend one doy in custody of Sheriff Smith The world looVjed much better to him on the outside of the jail than it did on the inside. Fox had been .sentenced to jail for failing to pay a fine of $1 and costs, amounting to .$11 .GO in Squire Abbott's court for shooting a dog. When he Avas told that failure to pay Avoitld mean jail sentence, he said that he would rather go to jail. He had hardly been locked up five minutes when he relented and paid his fine. Fox Avas charged with shooting a dog belong ing to Charles Wimmer. Trouble over the dog had been brewing for some time and one morning the ca nine Avas found Aith a bullet in its body and F x Avas immediately charged Avith the crime. Previous to j bcinir tried in court Fox admitted ! shooting the dog, but Avhen he was brought before Squire Abbott he de- nied the charge and Avas verv indig nant Avhen he was fined. THREE PEOPLE j Asphyxiated at Springfield Yester day. Springfield, O., December 13. Three persons were asphyxiated by inhaling gas early today at 72 Pearl street. They were Mrs. Bridget Dangherty, age seventy-five; her son James, age fifty, and daughter Anna, age fifty-five. They were discovered by a neighbor, who Avith his family was partly overcome by gas from the Daugherty home. An investigation showed that the stoA-e consumed only about half of the natural gas turned Oil. 1 - THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN THEIR SESSION AT INDIAN APOLIS DECIDE IN FAVOR OF USEING VOTING MACHINES John Dynes a Member of the Com mittee on Legislation First An nual Meeting. The county commissioners of Wayne county have been attending the first annual meeting of county commissioners of the State at In dianapolis for the past two davs. ohn Dynes, of this eountA-, was ai- pointed a member of a committee on legislation. The Indianapolis News of last evening savs of th rnioiinv The county commissioners of the .State, assembled in their first annual meeting at the court house vesterdav afternoon, declared tlicrasrlve in favor of the use of voting machines for the entire State. After souie ,Hs cussion, in which no opposition to the ' machines Avas exhibited, a resolution was adopted to that effect. Other things declared for by the meeting were: The addition of an emergency clause to the reform law Avherebv the commissioners Avill be fix- to spend money in nn emergency, ami the extension of purchasing power of the county commissioners at other times from $100 to $300, without au thorization of the, eounty council. A minimum salary for commission ers higher than many are receiving. Good roads and bridges, because of their aid "to the rural mail sys ten, which was voted a pood thinjv " The work of the charity organiza tions of the State Was Indorsed. Officers for the year were elected as follows: John McGregor, presi dent; T. Elwood Reals, of Hamilton county, vice president; John Mc fiaughey, Marion eounty, secretary. Economy at County Institutions. Amos W. Butler, of the State Hoard of Charities, addressed the meeting. He insisted that county commissioners should visit the insti tutions frequently, and should keep them in the best repair all the time, as a matter of economy, if nothing more. "In some ''counties," he said, "commissioners visit once a year. In others they visit once a month. The latter method gets results. Don't telephone the management that you are coming and ask that a big dinner be ready for you, but visit with the intention of finding how things really .are." At the forenoon meeting of the convention a committee on Iegisla tion Avas appointed to consist of Terrence A. McGovern, of Cass coun ty, Herman Tohulka, of St. Joseph, John Dynes, of Wayne and Thomas Hussey, of Hamilton. A resolution was adopted to in duce the State, if possible, to build a home of its own for the treatment of the incurable epileptic insane, rather than continue the long pre vailing system of sending them from the regular insane hospitals to the counties from which they came. It Avas decided to adjourn to such place and time as may hereafter be appointed for the annual convention of the State charity organizations. AGED CITIZEN Passed Away Last Night Mr. John Bratz. Mr. John M. Bratz died la$t cv ening at his home, 40S South Ninth street, aged seventy-seven years, of paralysis. The deceased leaves a family of six children. They are Louise, John, Julia, Lydia, Mrs. Charles R. C. Sinex and James TlrntT-. of Columbus. Ohio. Mr. j Bratz was born in Weurtienberg Ger manv. He was a member of Herman 'Lodge, I. O. O. F. and of St. Paul's Lutheran church. Time of funeral will be announced later. V: