Senator Towne Occa
sion to Score the. \linis
tration on Philip £a
TALKS ABOUT "EMPIRE"
Says We Are Sowing the Seeds of
FILIPINOS CAN GOVERN THEMSELVES
Avers That Aguinaldo Did Not Sell His
Country for a Bribe—Says We Have
Mounted From an Act of Perfidy to
'i Grand Larceny. ,wl
Washington D. C. Jan. 28.—When
the senate convened today. President
pro tem Frye called attention to a
cablegram from Manila signed by the
directorw of the federal party he call
v, ad attention to the accession to the
party of thousands of hitherto irre
conciliates from all parts of the archi
pelago, expressing the opinion- that
the labors of the party to bring about
peace will soon be crowned with suc
cess and praying congress to authorize
President McKinley to establish civil
government whenever he believes it
After the disposal of routine busi
ness Towne, of Minnesota, was recog
nized for a speech which was to be
his maiden effort and validictory. He
spoke on his resolution last Friday for
immediate cessation of hostilities in
the Philippines. The galleries were
well filled and the senators gave
Towne. close attention. He spoke in
&>» part ss folows:
..Appeals to "Ancient Spirit."
:.:i In the opening of his address Towne
referred to the petition presented to
the senate a few days ago by 2,000
Filipinos asking for the cessation of
hostilities and for granting independ
ence to the people of the Phlippines.
He maintained it would prove "a
quickening appeal to the ancient spirit
of a republic, or its rejection must ded
icate the twentieth century to reac
ion which is prejudical, if not fatal
to free institutions.
g|U. Aguinaldo is Pure.
While discussing the events which
led Upited States forces to the Philip
pines, Towne referred with particular
ity to the charge that Aguinaldo had
his country to the Spaniards for
bribe. He declared the accusation was
"Gratuitous in its calumny, when we
consider that official publications of
our own government contradict and
Our "Shame and Disgrace."
The senator declared that "we were
in alliance with the Filipinos, an al
liance sought by ourselves and avail
ed of by us for our own advantage, and
finally to our everlasting shame in the
estimation of honorable men, was re
pudiated by us when we found it no
longer necessary, and when the lust
of empire had so blunted our moral
sensibilities that we could piount from
I an act of perfidy to the grand larceny
of a nation."
Referring to Dewey's denial that he
had ever treated with the insurgents
as allies Towne said sarcastically, "I
fear the honest sailor's terminology
has suffered from recent contact with
nice discriminations of administration
Says President Is to Blame,
in discussion the acquisition of the
Philippines, Towne contended it was
a prearranged plan on the part of this
government, and in his opinion any
doubt on this point was banished by
the president himBelf. The third ar
ticle of the protocol with Spain reads:
"The United States will occupy and
hold any city, bay or harbor of Ma
nila, pending the conclusion of a
treaty of peace which shall determine
the control, disposition and govern
ment of the Philippines."
Yet, despite that definite provision,
the president, the senator urged, is
sued on December 21, 1898, his fam
ous "Benevolent assimiliation procla
mation." "Thus," he continued, "the
dilemma is this: Either that airticle
of the protocol does not mean what
it says, or the president in causing
the Issuance of the proclamation
broke the plighted faith of this gov
ernment. It is not agreeable to me
to use this language, but I devoutly
believe the republic is at the gravest
crisis in its history and I feel that
the necessary preliminary to its get
ting safe out is to cause people to re
alize how it came to get in." «qjgi
Says We Promised, 'Ifjfll
Towne maintained that the United
is under obligations of circuin-
.stances, if not, indeed, of actual prom
ise, to grant independence to the Fili
pinos, and that among nations, the for
mer was quite as binding as the lat
ter. He argued at length in support
o. his contention that the Filipinos
are perfectly" capable of governing
themselves, pointing1, out that eighty
per cent of the population of Luzon
pan read and write, and holding that
AN INFECTED MAN
CHICAGO, Jan. 28.—Dr. J. M.
Rodermund, the eccentric physi
clan of Appleton, Mis., who smear*
ed his face with the virus of a
smallpox patient in order to prove
his theory of noninfection, escap
cd the vigilance of the police
guard at Appleton Saturday night
and Chicago health and police of
ficlals are watching every train
to capture him if he lands in Chi
cago. A report from Appleton
yesterday afternoon credited the
physician with having started for
this city. Announcement that a
train load of maniacs was running
toward Chicago could not have
created greater constellation
among city officials.
There was no definite informa
tion of any particular train that
the physician had taken. He dis
appeared on a train yesterday
morning from Waupaca, where he
had spent most ot the night. All
traces of him were lost after he
left the little town sixty-five miles
from Appleton. Wisconsin towns
were notified to look out for him,
and on account of the difficulty
of hiding in a small town the be
lief was impressed on the Wiscon
sin people that Chicago was the
CANAL POLLUTES IT
Court Says the Bis Chicago Ditch
Is a Nuisance.
DECISION MAT TIE UP THE CANAL
State of Illinois and Incidentally the
City of St. Louis Succeed in Their
Object to Present Use of Waterway
—Their Claim. -,
Washington, Jan. 28.—The United
State supreme court today rendered
an opinion in the case of the Chicago
drainage canal overruling the demur
rers filed in the case by the state of
Illinois and the Chicago drainage can
al district board. The ..proceedings
were brought by the state of Missouri
against .the state of Illinois and the
drainage board, the end sought being
to prevent the use of the canal be
cause of its supposed pollution of the
drinking water of St. Louis. The ef
fect of the decision is to sustain the
contention of the state of Missouri.
The opinion was handed down by Jus
tice Shiras, chief justice and Justice^
Harlan and White united in a dis
the government established by Agui
naldo is strong, symmetrical and pro
gressive, even in the difficult and dis
turbing conditions which surrounded
it. He declared that Filipino states
men would creditably meet almost
any emergency of administration in
even the most advanced government
and would have dignified and orna
mented the early struggles for nation
ality of any people known to history."
Better Make a Trade.
Towne said it is better to trade lib
erty to the Filipinos for security to
the United States in the islands than
force "sullen unwillingness into slav
ish compliance with some of our cus
The Standing Army.
But as to the employment of an ar
my of 100,000 men the Senator said
it was the habit of defenders of the
administration's policy to sneer at the
term "imperialism," but it could not
be sneered away. You can have im
perialism without an emperor, just as
the Romans found they could have
more than a royal master tho he did
not wear the' hated name of king."
Here Is Where We Start.
Towne asserted that the retention
of the Philippines will commit us to
the whole program of an empire. "I
do not wish to convey the impression
that in my opinion the present policy
will at one fell swoop convert this re
public into an empire in fact, but I
do say that the seeds of empire lurk
in this policy and time and favoring
environment will and must bring them
to their flower and fruit unless we
make reasonable prevention."
Is Towne 8enator?
Washington, D. C., Jan. 28.—A fine
point has been raised over the right
of Towne to continue to hold his seat
in the senate now that Clapp has
been given a certificate of election, by
the governor of Minnesota. Bennett,
the secretary of the senate, is said to
hold that Towne ceased to draw his
salary on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when
a certificate of election was given to
Clapp by the governor.
Friday Towne Introduced a resolu
tion favorable to the independence of
the Filipinos and was recognized by
the chair-for that purpose. He gave
notice that he would address the sen
ate on it today, and as a result of tele
graphic correspondence Clapp agreed
not to present his credei^tials and be
sworn in until after the delivery of
the speech, but Secretary Bennett
has raised a question as to whether
Clapp is not now senator. 7
fSgSAY M'KINLEY 18 ILutli
Is Alleged and Denied That He Is Suf
fering Prom Disease.
Waslngton, Jan. 28.—A rumor
which ip emphatically denied at the
White House is eirculating to the ef
fect that the president is afflicted
with Bright's disease, and probably
may not survive his second term.
Estate of Deceased Packer
Valued at $15,000,000-
MOTHER AND 30N GET IT
Each is Given One-half With a Provi
sion That the Grandchildren Will
Share It at Arriving, at Certain
Chicago, Jan. 28.—The-will of the
late P. D. Armour disposes of an, es
tate valued at $15,000,000, according
to the statements made in the appli
cation for letters testamentary filed
in the probate court here today by
Malvina B. Armour, widow of the de
ceased, and J. Ogden Armour, his son
who are made executors and are nam
ed as legatees, each receiving one-half
of the estate. Of the testator's
wealth $14,900,000 is in personal
property and $100,000 in realty. P.
D. Armour and Lester Armour, grand
children of the testator by, his son
P. D. Armour, Jr., are not made lega
tees directly in the will, but are pro
vided for handsomely by "charges up
on the legatees." Upon attaingi.ng
the age of twenty-five years each of
the grandchildren shall receive one
million dollars, one-half from' their
grandmother and one-half- from their
undo. At thirty years each is to re
ceive a similar amount from their
grandmother and uncle.
IOWA SUPREME COURT
Opinions Handed Down by the State's
Des Moines, Jan. 28.—The follow
ing' decisions were hahded down by
the supreme court Saturday:
Johann Bush, appellee, vs. Henry
Herring and John L. Selton,1 appel
lants. Harrison district: F. R. uay
nor, judge. Opinion by Deemer. Af
Bernice D. Shull. by his next.friend,
E. E. Shull, appellee, -vs. Oscar B.
Arie, appellant. Boone district B.
P. Birdsall, judge. Opinion by Given',
T. E. Coicwin, appellant, vs. The
Chicago-and Northwestern Railway
company. Marshall district Obed
Caswell, judge. Opinion by Water
IOWA AT WASHINGTON.
Doings of Hawkeye People at the Na
Washington, Jan.28.—The postofflce
at Butlerville, Tama county, is to be
discontinued at Piano, Appanoose
county, Iowa, with one carrier, Chas.
Swan, who is to serve a population of
665, scattered over an area of thirty
tensions granted: Additional
Benjamin W. Gibson, Springville, $8
Eli Adams, Colfax, $6. Renewal—
Benjamin F. Bleakney, Kellogg, $6
William G. Michener, West Branch,
$6. Increase—William L. McDowell,
Rhodes, $8. Reissue—William A.
Carter, Libertyville, $17.
Value of Revenue Stamps Known
Loss Below That Estimated.
Peoria, 111., Jan. 28.—The exact val
ue of the stamps stolen Friday from
the offices of the internal revenue de
partment of the Fifth Illinois district
has been found to be $31,976.45. The
inventory of the vault has been com
pleted after many hours' work. The
total loss is several thousand dollars
below the general estimates which
had been made during the day, but
shows that the clever steal brought
its perpetrators very substantial re
BURLINGTON GIRL KILLED.
Head Crushed in an Elevator- Acci
dent in Chicago.
Chicago, Jan. 28.—Miss Stella Tho
mas, of Burlington, Iowa, an advanc
ed student at the Sherwood Music
school in the Fine Arts Building, was
crushed to death in the elevator at
the Young Women's Christian Asso
ciation Home, 288 Michigan avenue,
yesterday. The accident occurred
about 11 o'clock, when a large number
of the 300 girls who board there Tyere
in the parlors and library, and the
moans of the injured girl spread con
sternation thruout the house. She liv
ed only a few minutes after the acci
dent. The Harrison street station am
bulance removed the body to Rols
ton's 22 Adams street.
WILL STOP THE FIGHTS.
Jeffiies-Ruhlin Contest at Cincinnati
Will Meet With Trouble.??!!
Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 28.—Governor
Nash today sent a letter to Attorney
General Sheets authorizing him to
take such actions at law in the name
of the state, either civil or criminal as
may be necessary
INCLUDE IOWA AND MICHIGAN.
Miners Vote the two States Places
in the Interstate Conference.
Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 26.—The
most important thing the United Mine
Workers of America did yesterday
was to reach ,a decision to include all
the hoisting engineers of the mines
of the country as a part of the United
Mine Workers' organization. The
question is one that has long been
pending, but there has been uncer
tainty as to its outcome until tonight
it was learned authoritatively that the
convention in secret session this after
noon had decided to include the hoiBt
It was announced by Secretary
Treasurer Wilson that a woman's
auxiliary to the United Mine Workers'
organization was practically a cer
tainty. "Mother"' Jbnies addressed the
miners at length in*. ToiMinson hall
this afternoon, and in her address ad
vocated a woman's auxiliary.
After a long debate today the con
vention voted to admit the miners of
Iowa and Michigan as pafcts of the in
terstate conference of 1901. The min
ers and operators of Indiana, Illinois,
Ohio and Pennsylvania now compose
what is known as thp interstate con
ference. The question of an increase
in the scale is still id doubt, but it is
the understanding that an increase
will be demanded. The closest sec
recy is maintained with regard to the
working of the scale committee.
The incoming executive- board was
instructed to petition congress for the
passage of mining laws for Indian Ter
ritory. The establishment of schools
of mines and mining, as provided by a
bill now before congress,-was indors
ed. The question of convict mines in
Kansas, Tennessee and Alabama also
Gov. Smith, of Maryland, will be pe
titioned to pardon William Warner
and the other miners now in prison
for participation in a recent strike in
WILLIAM HOPPE PROMOTED.
Will Be Superintendent of Bridges
and Buildings on the Burlington.
According to an announcement
made yesterday, William Hoppe, now
foreman of the building gangs on the
East Iowa division of the Burlington,
and irom Chariton to Creston on the
main line of the 'same road has beea
appointed superintendent of bridges
and buildings on the Burlington divi
sion, consisting of the main line from
Burlington to Ottumwa' and the Ft.
Madison 'and Carthage branches.
Mr. Hoppe is well know to railroad
men in Ottumwa and his friends along
the.line will be glad to know of his
promotion. He has had charge of the
"jifliildWg ,'an'l carpertter gang6 usder
Fred- Eilers, superintendent of bridges
aqd buildings for several years and
his ability is recognized by all -who
know of his work. He will com
mence on his new work February 1.
BLOODY RAZOR AS EVIDENCE.
Ghastly Find to Be Employed in the
Second Morrison Trial.
JefTries-Ruhiln fight in Cincinnati
FOOT WAS TAKEN OFF.
8tockport Man Sufferes the Loss of-a
Stockport, Jan. 28. (Special.)—
Mr. Buda, whose foot was crushed in
a hay press last week, submitted to
the amputation of the member Satur
day. The foot was taken off at the
ankle. Mr. Butia is getting along
as well as could be expected.
Eldorado, Kan., Jan. 26.—A bl66iiy
razor that will play an important part
in the second trial of Jessie Morrison
for t'ie murder of Clara Wiley Castle,
has been found between the weather
boarding of an old barn on the farm
of Louis Hall, north of town. During
Miss Morrison's trial Hall's hired
man, in affidavit, swore that soon after
the murder was committed a peddelr
named Morgan stopped at the Hall
place and related a history of the
case. The defense asserted that Mor
gan was at the Wiley house at the
time of the. murder and could give
important evidence. Neither he nor
the hired man could be found, how-
SAYS HE IS A FIRE BUG.
Demented Des Moines Man Burns
Stable and Horses.
Des Moines, Jan. 26.—Rudolph
Muhletherler was arrested yesterday
on his voluntary confession that be
had set fire to the star livery with
the avowed intention of destroying
the entire block, beginning with the
"Town Pump" saloon, in a fiendish de
sire to "even up" with the world,
which Muhletherler says has been
"down on him" lately. As a result of
Muhletherler's confession, statement
and actions, it is believed that he is
demented, and an information charg
ing insanity has been filed against
him. The fire which Muhltherler is
accused of causing burned thirty
horses to death.
Iowa County Has Them After Doing
Without for a Year.
Victor, Jan. 26.—The saloon Is now
operating'-in'Iowa county after being
closed for. one year.| The saloon
forces circulated a petition last March
but it was not filed oi^-the day of elec
tion last November. A second can
vass was begun. This time they were
successful in securing 100 more names
tnan the required 65 per cent. The
Anti-Saloon League was successful in
obtaining 220 withdrawals, but the
supervisors ruled out the withdrawals
on technicalities. The league has ap
pealed and we may hear more later.
SLIGHTLY IN DEBT.
Defaulting Teller Has Big. Judgment
New York, Jan. 26.—A judgment for
$500,017 has been entered against Cor
nelius L. Alvord, Jr., in favor of the
First National bank. This judgment
is for moneys embezzled and misap
propriated between January 1, 1895,
and October 18, 1900. Alvord's thefts
were placed at $690,000 when the em
-ezzlenie: was first announced. The
bank has always declined to say how
much, if any, money or property he
-restored to it. The entry of judgment
would lead to the- inference that he
had given back about $190,000, but
the attorneys-for the bank declined
touay to make any comment on the
OTTUMVA, WAPELLO COUNTY, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 1901. NUMBER 91
Arguments Submitted to Test
^iaw on Waterworks.
HAS IMMENSE BEARING
Involves Question of Validity of Law
Providing for Appointment of Water
works Trustees for Management of
Water Plants. v* 5
Des Moines,' Jan. 28.—Arguments
were submitted to the supreme court
Saturday in noted Sioux City water
works case. It involves the question
of the validity of the waterworks law
providing for the appointment of
waterworks trustees for the manage
ment of water plants under municipal
ownership. The contention has arous
ed much interest in Des Moines, where
the city has had reason to keep in
close touch with developments per
taining to the public ownership of
public utilities, and its outcome will
be closely watched for in other large
cities in the state.
GOES TO THE BOTTOM.
Steamer Wrecked—Many of Crew Be
lieved to Have Been Drowned.
Rotterdam, Jan. 28.—The steamer
Holland, from London, was wrecked
at the northern pier, while entering
Nieuwewaterweg, at the entrance of
the river Maas today. The captain
and six men wese saved. It is feared
that fourteen members of the crew
and four .passengers were drowned.
Sixteen Drowned. u,,f
Rotterdam, Jan. 28.—Later "is be
came known that the Holland parted
amid ship and sixteen of those on
•Iward were drowned.
Editor Accused of Libelous State
ments Put on Board a Vessel.
Manila, Jan. 28.—George T. Rice,
editor of the Daily Bulletin, who was
ordered deported by MacArthur be
,g$i^se o£t,the publication in his. jtap#?
of allegations' against Lieut. Com
mander Braunersreuther, captain of
the port, sailed today.
Sixty-five more rebels in the Island
of Panay have surrendered to the
United States authorities at Cabautan.
KERR PLEADS NOT GUILTY.
Alleged Murderer of Jennie Bosschie
ter Brought Into Court.
Paterson, N. J., Jan. 28.—George J.
Kerr, who was jointly indicted with
McAlister, Campbell and Death on the
charge of rape and jnurder in teh first
degree in connection with the death
of Jennie Bosschieter, was unexpec
tedly brought into court today and
pleaded non vult to the charge of
Invested With the Order of the Gar
Cowes, Jan. 28.—The crown prince
of Germany, Frederick William, was
invested with the order of the garter
today by King Edward VII. The in
vesture occurred in the council cham
ber of the Osborne house and. was a
WE ARE LEFT OUT.
United 8tates Will ilot Be Specifical
ly Represented at Queen's Funeral.
London, Jan. 28.—According to pres
ent arrangements the United States is
the only country which will not be
specially represented at the funeral
of the queen. It is supposed that only
Ambassador Choate and staff will be
STORMS DO DAMAGE.
Snow Blockades Roads and Levels
Telegraph Lines—Vessels Wrecked.
London, Jan. 28.—Storms continue
along the coasts and inland, accom
panied by heavy snows. Widespread
damage has been done. Telegraph
lines are down, roads are blockaded
and a number of minor wrecks are
TWO CHILDREN CREMATED.
Two Tots Lose Lives by Fire Follow
ing Explosion of Lamp.
Bessemer, Mich., Jan. 28.—A lamp
exploded in the residence "of Louis
Beissel last night and in the firfe which
followed two of his children, aged
four and six years, were burned to
death. Mrs. Beissel was also severe
ly burned, and is expected to die.
VERDI IS DEAD
Expired at Milan at 2 O'clock Sunday
Milan, Jan. 28.—Gulseppe Verdi, the
musical composer, died at his home
here at 2 o'clock Sunday morning.
Earlier dispatches to that effect were
Funston so Reports—Says Few Bands
Remain in Mountains.
Manila, Jan. 28.—General Funston
reports practically., kll organized in
surrectionists in his district dispersed
with the exception of discontented
baudB ia the mountains.
SEARCHING FOR HER
CHICAGO Jan. 28.—In the role
of detective and upon the close
trail of her runaway husband,Mrs.
Anna Larson, of Creston, la., has
arrived in Chicago to pursue the
search she began nearly two
months ago. She called at the
Central police station carrying in
her arms her two-year-old son,
Wilbert, and gave a description of
her missing spouse to the police.
She followed him to Muscatine,
thence to Fairfield, Davenport
and Rock Island, and finally to
Chicago. With each move across
the country she was closer upon
his. trail. He is believed to have
come to this city less than a week
Mrs. Larson'a money was al
most gone when she arrived in
Chicago and she is staying at the
rooms of the Swedish National as
sociation. Her husband is a
tailor and she believes he is eith
er working or searching for work
In the line of his trade. I:'',
W. B. Bonnifleld Considering Plans
for Large Building.
It has been practically decided that
one of the1large machinery houses of
the city will occupy the first and sec
ond floors and the basement, while
the third floor will be occupied by
either the Knights of Pythias or I.
O. O. F. lodge, both lodges having it
under consideration. As soon as the
lodges decide whether or not they will
take the third floor, the work of con
structing the building will be com
menced. It' is thought the lodge
committees, which have been appoint
ed for that purpose, will make their
report in a short time, and that Mr.
Bonnifleld can make the official an
The building will be elaborate
and will be constructed very strongly
with the view to handling heavy ma
chinery. Whichever lodge takes the
third floor will have it fitted up in
modern style, and an elevator will be
constructed for Its use.
NEW SUPERINTENDENT HERE.
J. H. Duggan Enroute to Burlington
to Make an Inspection.
J. H. Duggan, the newly appointed
superintendent of the Burlington di
vision of the C., B. & Q. railroad, with
headquarters in Burlington, passed
thru the city today enroute to that
place, where he will make a tour of
inspection over his new territory to
Mr. Duggan was formerly superin
tendent of the west Iowa lines of the
Burlington, with headquarters at
Creston. He is succeeded at that
place by H. S. Storrs, the former as
sistant superintendent. This office
under the new rule is abolished, and
C. T. Leonard, formerly chief dis
patcher at that place is made train
master, while H. A. Jarvis, one of the
trick dispatchers is made chief. This
order was issued today.
Price of Cotton Goes Skyward—Shorts
New York,Jan.28.—There was great
activity in January options on the
cotton exchange this morning. The
opening price was 10 30 and quota
tions steadily advanced until 12.75
was reached. At 11 o'clock this morn
it had advanced 245' points from the
opening. The phenomenal advance is
due to a squeeze of the shorts.
KRUGER NOT ILL.
Divine Services at His Hotel
Amsterdam, Jan. 28.—Kruger at
tended •divine service at his hotel in
Amsterdam, Jan. 28.—Kruger's sec
retary telegraphs that statements
about. Kruger being sick are are in
ventions. His health is very satis
NEELY HAS STARTED.
Is Bound for Cuba to Answer to Al
leged Postal Frauds.
New York, Jan. 26.—Charles F. W.
Neely, the former postal official, left
the Ludlow street jail today and was
taken aboard the steamer bound for
Cuba. Neely seemed to be in the best
of spirits on leaving the jail where he
has ibeen confined since last May
IT WILL BE ON WEST MAIN STREET
Three Stories With Basement—First
Two Floors and Basement Occu
pied by Machiney House—Third
by. Secret Society.
W. B. Bonnifleld has under consid
eration the erection of a large busi
ness building on West Main street,
between the building occupied by the
Wyman-Rand' company, and owned
by F. M. Hunter, and the building
owned and occupied by Frank Re as
a fruit store. The building will be
three, stories with a -basement,. and
will be 44 feet Wide, by 150 feet.deep.
Shall Wapello County's Board
of Supervisors Have
JRELATES TO INDENTS
Laboring People Are Up in Arms
CHILDREN ARE DEAR TO POOR PEOPLE
Views of John M. McElroy,. One of
Wapello County's Supervisors, Who
Attended the Recent State Conven
tion of Supervisors.
Should the, children of Wapelld
county's poor people who apply tor
and receive aid from the county be
disposed of as the board of supervisors
sees flt? This was a burning question
at^Marshalltown where the county
supervisofs of the state met in con
vention a few days since. The con
vention argued that if the county con
tributed to the support of poor people
that It should have the control of their
children, place them in homes or in
institutions where they may be prop
erly cared for This has raised a
storm of protest among laboring peo
ple over the state.
John M. McElroy Interviewed,
John McElroy, one of the mem
bers of Wapello county's board, who
was present at the convention, was.
seen by a Courier reporter in regard
to 'this matter,,. He. said thatiit waa
brought before the meeting by a su
pervisor from Scott county who Is
strongly urging that action be taken
tending toward legislation in this mat
ter. He said that many arguments
were made in favor of the passage of
a resolution favoring such action, and
that a majority of the supervisors
were in favor of doing so.
Caused Much Comment,
"The affair caused much comment,"
said Mr. McElroy, "and several good
reasons were given in favor of the su
pervisors taking positive action in the
matter. It seems reasonable that a
man who applies for help from the
county virtually admits that he is u'n
able to care for his children, and it al
so seems that it is better for the child
ren to be placed in good homes,
where they will be treated kindlyjand
be well provided for, than for them to
live with their parents, where they can
not have the benefits of education and
would be stinted mentally and, nen
"At the convention at Marshal"^'
town," Mr. McElroy continued, "saw*
ral of those present told of instances
waere children were taken from their
homes in such cases and- put into
homes where they had better chance
to make something of themselves,
and the experiments have proved suc
Majority Favors Action.
"The matter was thoroly discussed,
and the majority of those in attend
ance at the meeting wei'e of the opin
ion that it should be- handled in tho
manner indicated. As far as Wapello
county is concerned I think no action
will be taken here further than that
which has has been taken. We now
pay $250 per year to an institution at
Des Moines for the support of the
pool* children in this county under
fourteen years of age, and this, it
seems to ife. is a good way of arrang
ing the matter. However, I agree
with the majority, that some provision
should be made for taking care. of
these children, and that it would be
for the betterment of all concerned."
Labor Unions Take a Hand.
The question, since it was raised at
the Marshalltown convention, has
caused much talk among labor un
ions, and in some parts of the state
letters have been sent out, urging ac
tion at the polls against any supervis
or who declares himself In favor of
They contend that persons asking
for and really needing help are com
pelled to do so because of adverse cir
cumstances over which they have no
control. They say such people hold,
their children as dear to them as do
people who are blessed with: plenty,
aa.d that such a system of home break
ing wouid be cruel in the extreme.
They also think that such a rule would
lead people to suffer untold misery
rather than apply for help when to
do so would render them liable to
have their children taken away from
them. As all laborers are most likely
to suffer from sickness and other mis
fortunes the union men think it their
duty to protect their fellows.
The movement of the supervisors will
be fought with determination and can
didates for the legislature will fie'
pledged in opposition. It is said that
a number of supervisors from Des
Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport.
Clinton and other cities will be retir
ed as quickly as possible by the votea
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