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I I V* SNi Vv* 1 -4 t, jLr 'toif Hlfll JWBi YOLVWE 62 AND OPERATORS GETTOGETHER JOINT CONVENTION AT DES MOINES RESULTS IN CONCES- •IONS BEING GIVEN DURING IDLENESS OF MINES. SUSPENSION 0 WORK BEGINS TOD A BOTH BODIES WILL MEET TO DE CIDE UPON WAGE SCALE APRIL 11—NO AGREEMENT LOOKED FOR UNTIL MAY 1. Des'Moines, April 1.—The Iowa mine workers claim a victory as th.e result of the first Joint wage conference at which the operators agreed to pay the Increase of 5.55 for men to man the mines during the suspension.. The Joint confer ence afljourned until April 11. The old officers of the. Mine Workers were today re-elected with the ex ception of Auditor Harry Howe of Hiteman, who is succeeded by Harry Barber of Everist. While- the coal mines of Iowa axe Idle, pending the settlement of a wage scale effective for the next two years, the miners fo the state yesterday agreed to furnish sufficient men to pro tect their property from damage and to make necessary repairs and im provements during the suspension. This, however, was not granted until the operators agreed to pay these men an increase of 5.55 per cent over the old wage scale for day work. This was the principal action of the joint con vention between the miners and opera tors yesterday in des .Moines at wttlch H. 1m Waterman, L. L. "Lodwick, Henry Phillips, Edward Fowler and Samuel Hawks of the city were present. No coal will he mined within the borders of the staite by the 16,000 union coal miners for an indefinite period, pending the settlement of anew wage scale for the biennial period beginning today. Negotiations for a-wag.' ncale will be opened at a joint convention of the miners and operators to he held at the I. O. O. F. hall in Dee Moines on Monday "afternoon, April 11. Judging from experience in the past an agree ment will not he effected for at least three weeks. The Joint convention opened yester lay afternoon at 2 o'clpck at the Odd Fellows' halL Upon a unanimous vote of the two sides, H. H. Canfleld, an operator, was elected chairman of the convention, and Frank Cameron, a miner delegate, was elected secretary. John P. White, president of the miners, made the opening address, ex pressing regret that the Joint conven tion had not occurred at an earlier date and that the wage scale had not been negotiated in time to preclude the suspension of work which begins today. His address was followed by one by President John P. Reese of the opera tors, who stated that the delay in ne gotiations had put the operators in a peculiar position. He asserted that those connected with the coal mining Industry owe it to the state of Iowa to continue the work at producing coal at all times and expressed the hope that in the future contract between the operators and miners may be effected prior to the dates when old contracts expire and make a suspension of work unnecessary. He followed his ad dress by presenting a resolution which called for the furnishing of men by the miners to protect the mines and keep them in order during the period of idleness.' The resolution provided for the paying of the men furnished by the miners under the scale now in effect. Outlines Conditions. President White took the floor and In a brief speech outlined the condi tions under which the miners would furniBh the necessary men. He stated that the action recently taken by the United Mine Workers of America in convention at Cincinnati made it im perative that the operators must make two concessions before any help could be given them by the union. The con cessions he named were the paving of the men an advance of 5.55 per cent over the old scale on the day wages and the significance of the operators of their willingness to negotiate a fav orable permanent wage scale. The second concession demanded by the miners fairly took the breath away from the operators fqr a time.- They took It as meaning that they must agree to grant the miners any advance In wages that they should propose and must submit to having their hands tied, if they secured labor to keep their mines in working order during the period of idleness pending an agree ment. It called forth vehement and Impassioned speeches on the part of Senator Waterman of Ottumwa and President Reese. Senator Waterman took the floor first and stated that the operators were willing to agree to the first demand of the miners which provided for Un in- (Continued on Page 8.) fc mil COMMITTEE SPLIT ALONG PARTY LINES BELIEVED CERTAIN THAT &AL LINGER-PINCHOT INVESTIGA TIONS CANNOT TURN IN A UNANIMOUS REPORT. Washington, April 1.—The Ballin ger-Pinchot hearing was resumed to day with Secretary Ballinger's counsel in charge of the presentation of evi dence. As the hearing progresses in dications multiply that the congres sional committee is so seriously split along party lines that a unanimous re port is beyond the bounds of possibil ity. The Democratic members have notified their Republican colleagues that they will participate in the execu tive sessions of the committee only upon the understanding that they shall be free to announce their vofe| and contentions during the public sit tings. The executive sessions have not been very harmonious. r^elson and Brandeis Clash. The taking of testimony was Inter rupted today by a serious clash among the members. Chairman Nelson ac cused Attorney Brandeis of conceal ing .certain facts and brought from the latter a demand that the remarks be. stricken from the record, together with the intimation that if the chair man followed the proceedings more closely he would see where his remark was unjust. Some of the Democratic members moved to direct the chair man to withdraw his remains and it was this motion that brought on a quarrel which lasted nearly an hour. Nelson refused to withdraw his state ment. A motion to lay the whole mat ter on the table was finally adopted. ATE POISONED CANDY Mrs. George Stewart is Dangerously III and Her Friend Miss Mat tie V. Newton is Recovering Des Moines, April 1.—(Special.) Mrs. George Stewart is dangerously ill and her friend Miss Mattle V. New ton is recovering from eating poisoned candy sent to them through a messen ger by some unknown person last night. The candy was in a plain box and addressed to Mrs. Stewart. She says she does not know who sent It, bnt the police are looking for the man who paid her attention, but who was repulsed. The candy has been turned over to chemists at the Drake univer sity. WAS TO BE MARRIED It is Learned That Florence Winn of Waterloo, Victim of Wreck, Was to Wed Soon. Waterloo, April 1.—(Special.)— It has just been learned here that Miss Florence Winn of Waterloo, one of the victims of the Green Mountain wreck on the Rock Island, and now in a Mar shalltown hospital, was to have been married eprly this morning to Lee For han of St. Paul. The wedding will have to be postponed a short tiine. Miss Winn is improving and will be able to return home soon. FIVE TICKETS FOR QUARTER Des Moines Street Railway Raises the Rate on Pasteboards—May Abolish Transfers. Des Moines, April 1.—(Special)— The Des Moines City Railway com pany today discontinued sellihg six tickets for a quarter and it is intimat ed that it will follow this up with thp refusal to give universal transfers. The company has no franchise and is therefore not under the control of the council. The move is supposed to be for' the purpose of forcing the city to grant a new franchise on the com pany's own terms. ELDON VETERIAN DIES Samuel E. Crow Passes Away at Ad vanced Age of 70 Years Funeral Sunday. Eldon, April 1.—(Special.)—Samuel E. Crow, aged 70 years, brother of William G. Crow of this city .died last night at 12 o'clock. He was an old stldier, a member of the Sixth Iowa infantry. He is survived by a wife and two children, Mrs. Kate Whistler of Kansas City, and George Crow, who is in the regular army in Maine. The fu neral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and Vorhis post No. 73, G. A. R.. will be in charge. Interment will be in the Eldon cemetery. WILL PASS THROUGH IOWA. Glidden Tour Pathfinder Will Visit Several Cities in Inspecting Route. Iowa City, April 1.—(Special)—A message from good roads headquar ters at Des Moines to F. C. Carson of the Iowa City Auto club states that the Glidden tour "Pathfinder" left Omaha today en route to Iowa City, Davenport and Muscatine to inspect the proposed auto route. TAFT'S RAIL BILL REPORTED TOTHE HOUSE MEASURE AS REPORTED H'AS MANY ORIGINAL FEATURES ELIMINATED, BUT COMMERCE COURT PROVISION IS RETAINED MINORITY REPORT ALSO PRESENTED MORE DRASTIC PROVISIONS ARE SOUGHT SENATOR BAILEY IN TRODUCES BILL FOR CAM PAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. Washington, D. C., April 1.—The ad ministration's railroad bill was report ed to the house today. Many of its original features are eliminated, but it still has provisions for a commerce court, the regulation of railway agree ments, the consolidating, securities, rates and routes. The majority report cites the Im provement in regulating railroads pro vided by the Hepburn law, but says experience shows some important mat ters which should be the subject of government control are not now with in the scope of the commission's au thority. Various subjects coming un der this head are discussed and th« necessity of embracing them within the law pointed out. The minority report opposes the commerce court, the change in the law requiring notice and hearings on re straining orders, and the provisions legalizing agreements among carriers if filed, even if not approved by the commission. The minority object to the com merce court's being authorized, to leg3& lie consolidation by permitting the acquisition of one competing line by another. They also object to the re peal of the proviso which forbids the ^application of the act to interstate transportation. With the exception of Sims and Rus sell, the minority condemn the pro visions as to competing lines and stocks and bonds as unwarranted in terference with local authority, as cal culated to favor established lines, to discourage new lines and prevent further development in the sections which need more facilities. Introduces Publicity Bill. Sen. Bailey introduced a bill provid ing for the publication of campaign contributions. A similar measure has been ordered favorably reported by the committee on election of president, vice president and members of con gress, but Chairman Gaines has not yet presented the report. An Immigration Report. Senator Dillingham, chairman of the joint immigration commission, sub mitted a report to congress today. The most important statement relates to the situation in Canada, where the report shows the policy is to encour age Immigrants, whose purpose is to enter agricultural pursuits and keep out those whose presence tends to congestion of cities and towns. The re port also ^hows that 70 per cent of Canada's immigrants during the past decade came from northern and west ern Europe and only thirty per cent from southern and eastern Europe The reverse is true as to the United States. Brief Filed in Rate Case. The biggest freight rate fight since the passage of the Hepburn rate bill entered upon its first stages when the government filed in the supreme court of the United States a brief in the so called Missouri river rate cases. They involve interests of manufacturers, jobbers, merchants and railroads from the Atlantic seaboard to the Rocky mountains. May Name Hamilton. Des Moines, April 1.—(Special.) At the Iowa Constitutional Prohibi tion Amendment association meeting here Tuesday It is expected that John J. Hamilton formerly editor of the News and candidate for governor two years ago, will be elected manager of the campaign, vice A." M. Cotes, re signed. Celebrates 99th Birthday. Grinnell, April 1.—(Special)—John T. Rose is today celebrating his nine ty-ninth birthday, the oldest person In the county. He is hale and hearty and was able to do manual labor at the age of ninety-five. Topeka Man Gets Place. Cedar Rapids, April 1.—(Special.)— F. W. Williams of Topeka, Kansas, has been appointed to the position of superintendent of motive power of the northern division of the Rock Island with headquarters in this city. He succeeds W. I. Harrison, resigned. Freight Handlers Strike. Cedar Rapids, April 1.—(Special.)— Freight handlers at the Chicago, Northwestern freight depot struck to d?- for an increase in wages. The company put in Greeks to take their places. The checkers walked out also, refusing to work with the foreigners. 3 J" mm X'« &?F$ OTTpiiWA. "VVAPEIiliQ COUNTY, IQWA^ SATURDAY, APRII* 2, 1910 PRESIDENT FOR LONGER SERVICE SAYS WEST LOSES INFLUENCE BY CHANGING ITS REP RESENTATIVES. Washington, D. C., April 1.—Presi dent Taft in an address before the Ohio society of Washington last night pointed out that the dominating power of the eastern states ii* congress lies in the fact that they keep men in of fice .when they place them there. His words created a mild sensation. He contrasted the influence of the east in legislative affairs with the west and attributed the supremacy of the for mer to continuous service as legislat ive representatives. He said: "When 'the eastern states get a good representative they keep him as long as he lives and then he has an influ ence that vastly exceeds a mere numerical representation of popula tion." The president was the guest of hon or at a meeting called for the purpose of organizing the Ohio Society of Washington. Justice William R. Day was elected president. "There is only one thing I want to say about Ohio that is of a political tinge," said President Taft. "I think a mistake has been made in recent years in Ohio in failing to con tinue as our representatives the same people term after term. Length of service is what gives influence." PAVING AT CENTERVILLE. Two Miles of Streets to Be Improved This Summer Makes Eight Miles In All. Centerville, April 1.—Two more miles of paved streets were ordered in by the city council today. This fol lowed publication of the resolution of necessity and the hearing of remon strances, which were very few. On some streets not a single objection was made. This will make eight miles of brick paving with concrete base all told when completed. The paving will be carried out almost to the city lim its on the south, west and north. NEIBERT IS EULOGIZED. Witnesses in the Davenport Murder Case Speak Hinhly of the Defendant. Davenport, April 1.—(Special.)— Character witnesses in the case of Gus Nelbert who killed his father-in-law, Dan Gilbert after learning that the lat ter was the father of a child by his own daughter, Neibert's wife, all testi fied this morning to Neibert's good character claiming that he was a peaceable honest man. It is probable that the evidence will be finished this evening. NEW MAJOR FOR 54TH. G. C. Haynes of Centerville is Elected to Office—Estherville Company Mustered Out. Des Moines, April 1.—(Specials Adjutant General Logan today an nounced that G. C. Haines of Center ville has been elected mpjor of the 54th regiment and the EstMrville company ordered mustered out on acoounf of in efficiency and "lack of a good armory. BOONE FIRM WIN3 CASE. Railroad Commission Moves That Hauling Between Factories and Mine is Not Short Haul. Des Moines, April 1.—(Special.)— Tbe railroad commissioners today de cided the Boone switching: case moving that hauling of cars between factories and mines is a switching charge worth $5 and not a short haul of $14 which the railroads have been charging. ,~ I* —ii ill mm attii'iiii A|LL FOOLS DAY March Was Rare Month for First of Spring Period Remarkable for the absence of blustery weather, to say nothing of the many days that were no less than delightful, March this year has gained an enviable reputation for itself. The month was never colder than 15 degrees above zero and on one day the thermom eto.r reached 88 degrees above. Rain was noticeable on only two days, the 26th and 30th. There were twenty-four clear days, three cloudy and four fair. COUNCIL HOLDS STRENUOUS MEET CITY FATHERS RECOMMEND THE PASSAGE FOR MAYOR PHILLIP'S STREET ORDINANCE. After a three hours' strenuous ses sion in which many important matters were up, the city council last evening as a committee of the whole recom mended the passage of Mayor Phil lips' ordinance regarding the blockad ing of the streets by carriages, wagons, etc. The recommendation of the coun cil for the passage of the mayor's ordi nance ends.the strife between the city fathers and the city executive. Mayor Phillips recommended the ordinance some time ago, but the committee of the whole deferred action on It, until the mayor In a fiery speech to the city couacil at the adjourned meeting Tues day evening scored them for their ac tion. But the council did not pass the ordinance without some changes. The changes made Include the allowing of farmers to leave their wagons or car riages on the street while they have their horses In a blacksmith shop or in a feed stable. The committee of the whole last light also recommended the paving of North Holt street These two Import ant matters will be brought up at the council meeting Monday night and passed accordingly. Special Poll Tax Collector B. C. Koons appeared be fore the committee of the whole re lative to some poll tax softs. The hands in the town clock was nearing the hour of eleven when the meeting adjourned. Peary to Quit Exploration. Chicago, April 1.—Commander Peary, who arrived In Chicago today, in an interview declared he was pos itively through with polar explora tions for all time. Thousand Painters Strike. Chicago, April 1.—One thonsand painters and decorators who demand a wage increase of 5 cents an hoar struck here today. It is believed that by night 4,000 will be out. King Menellk Still Alive. Berlin, April 1.—•A special to the Tageblatt from Addis Abeba indicates that King Menelik was still alive yes terday. Bank Call Issued. Washington, April 1.—The comptrol ler of the currency today lBsued a call for the condition of National banks as at the close of business March 29. New Burlington Postmaster. Washington, April 1.—William W. Copeland was today nominated as post master at Burlington, Iowa. -t i1 is vx MISSOURI RIVER CONGRESS ENDS STREAM IS HELD TO BE A FREIGHT REGULATOR BY STEAM BOAT CAPTAIN. Pierre, S. D., April 1.—The Missouri river congress closed its Bession yes terday after the adoption of resolu tiens indorsing the general im]prave ment of the waterways of the country,' urging the states to assist in the work and recommending liberal material ap propriations for the Missouri river. The principal feature was the show ing of what can be done in the way of brlquetting lignite coal in the upper Missouri country to make it a remark able product all the year- around, thus making the Missouri river traffic com mercially successful. Captain Baker of the Bismark Steam boat line declared the Missouri river as it is at present is a freight regu lator and that a small amount of im provement will mean an immense sav ing to the people of the northwest in freight rates, even if the stream is not extensively used for navigation. He said the government is the worst ene my the river has today and gave as an example the requirements of a federal license for any one operating a boat while making no such provision for a railway engineer. LAYMEN AT DAVENPORT Big Missionary Convention Will Opened There Tonight With a Banquet. FICIALS. Be Davenport, April 1.—(Special.)—The Laymen Missionary's convention which will open at Coliseum in Davenport at 6:30 o'clock this evening with a big banquet with George MacLean,. presi dent of the State university of Iowa will be toastmaster. Missionaries to the orient and other well known men in missionary work will be the speak ers at the convention which will con tinue through Saturday and Sunday, closing Sunday evening. Delegates are arriving here from Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Muscatine, Water loo, Iowa Falls, Dubuque and Clinton and from all parts of the eastern half of Iowa. RIOTING IN BOGOTA Posting of Telegram From Ecuadorian President Causes Raid on Peruvians. Bogota, Colombia, April 1.— A mob attacked and forced an entrance into the Peruvian legation yesterday, but the police prevented serious damage being done. The rioting was provoked through the posting about the city of copies of a telegram addressed to Co lombians by President Alfara of Ecua dor, and in which the executive ex pressed the hope that Ecuadorians and Colombians would stand together in defense of the- frontiers of the old fatherland. FIGHT DUEL IN STREETS Two Frenchmen In New York Settle iff ere noes—One Killed, Other Escapes, New York, April 1.—Two Frenchmen fought a duel early this morning in a New York street, not far from the East Side water front. One was kill ed by a shot flred through the head. His adversary escaped, leaving no clue to his identity. Nothing is known of the cause of the duel, nor has tho dead man been Identified, 1 »tTa -p JSTUMBER 96 MINES IDLE MEN SETTLEMENT OF WAGE DIFFICUU TIES MAY BE MATTER OF DAY8 OR WEEKS, ACCORDING TO OF ONE DISTRICT IN INDIANA WORKING OPERATOR IN BRAZIL BLOCK:, COAL FIELD MEET DEMAND®—|r MAY BE LONG DELAY IN ILLlif NOIS AND PENNSYLVANIA. .£vj Indianapolis, Ind., April 1. —Cel*» brating today the anniversary of thAf inauguration of the eight hoar day. 300,000 bituminous coal miners faoe(£ an enforced holiday of fax greater du&< ration. In many states the mlners&W two year wage contract with the opera^f tors expired last night at midnight andpl the men quit the coal pits, demanding!^ that their new contract must providq^ for a wage increase of 5.55 per cent ton on screened coal and an equlva' lent increase on "run of mine" coal The adjustment of the difficulty maj be a matter of weeks or days ik 1 it In the Brazil block coal district ot@^ Indiana there will be no suspension of^i work for late yesterday the operator*, conceded the wage demand of thei ,• miners. On the other hand in Illinoii'' and western Pennsylvania where th« powder question and which side Bhalp pay the shot flrers enter the contro^ versy, there probably will be a prqft/i longed contest. &•' In hundreds of meetings in min«r*« communities where* the people depena on the industry, assembled to listen to speeches of their union leaders, thfl "strike" was the sole subjeot of dii" cusslon today. President Lewis spok at Belleville this afternoon and will visit various points in the affected ter ritory. Secretary and Treasurer Perry went to Des Moines to participate in the joint conference of the miners and operators. Lewis Gives Out Figure*. Three hundred thousand miners in the coal fields of the United States suspended work and demanded higher wages last night, according to an official statement given out by the headquarters here of the United Mine Workers of America. Co-incldentally the national officers' organization, which had been In secret session here for two days, departed for their re spective states to advise the miner! in district conferences with the mine operators, in which it is hoped, settle* irents will be speedily reached. Presi dent Thomas L. Lewis before leaving to visit the centers of the different min ing fields, made the following estimate of tbe number of miners affected by the suspension of work: Western and Central Pennsylva nia 1 100,000 Ohio Indiana West Virginia Illinois Iowa Kansas, Arkansas, Texas and 47,000 18,000 10,000 72,000 15,000 Oklahoma 25,000 Michigan 3,000 Colorado 5,000 Western Kentucky 6,000 Total 300,000 Lewis Reviews Situation. Reviewing the situation, President Lewis said: "When the national executive board adjourned last night we feltt that the prospect was very satisfactory for the miners. In many districts It is now only a question o£ the miners and operators sitting down together and talking over the busi ness. "In eastern Ohio, where we expected strong opposition, it is reported to us that three of the largest companies are ready to sign tho contract we formulated at the recent meeting in Cincinnati. "In Indiana and the Hocking dis trict of Ohio, we will reach a settle ment next week. Probably it will be more difficult In western Pennsyl vania and Illinois, where powder and shot flrers' wage questions are Is Tolvod.** Old 8eate Expired In March. The miners declare the walkout is not a strike, but merely a suspension of work pending an arrangement be tween themselves and the operators of a wage scale for another year, the old scale having expired In March. The men demand an Increase In pay In some Instances of five cents a ton and in other Instances more and certain changes in working conditions. The first victory for the men came fn an announcement from Brazil, Ind., the center of the Indiana block coal district, where the men's demands for 5 cents Increase is to be granted. Option Law Constitutional. Indianapolis, April l.—The supreme court of Indiana today decided th* county option law to he constitutional. "^1 v-'ls- ito'"