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President Notifies Cuban
President Naval Forces
are Sent to Cuba Only to
Protect Americans.
Washington, D. C., May 27.—Feeling
assured that President Gomez has
misunderstood the purpose of the
American government in dispatching
the large naval force now on its way to
Key West, the state department after
having instructed American Minister
Beaupre at Havana to make plain to
the Cuban government the purpose of
the movement has now left to the dis
cretion of Col. Karmany, commanding
the marine forces,, enroute on the
cruiser Prairie and due at Guantanamo
tomorrow, the extent to which the
marines shall be employed. It is be
ieved that as soon as President
omez is made aware of the fact that
there is no sinister purpose behind the
movements of the naval vessels and
that their commanders will do nothing
more than use their forces to prevent
injury to American lives and property,
he no longer will object. It is thorough
ly appreciated here that the Cuban
president must assume a rather resent
ful attitude toward what might appear
to be an invasion of the island, lest
the patriotism of the Cubans be stir
red to resistance.
Should he persist in his objections,
however, American naval commanders
will not remain indifferent to the de
mands of Americans for protection
where it is clear that the Cuban gov
ernment cannot afford it.
Admiral OBterhaus' fleet which is
djie at Key West will not move at
once into Cuban water unless some
thing should happen in the meantime
to demand its presence there. The
signal fjr the disposition of the ships
among Cuban ports will await, it is
siiid/Hhe ^discretion of American lM le
ister Beaupre at Havana. If, however,
destroyed telegraphic communication
hampers Mr. Beaupre in gettitig infor
mation as to evepts in the eastern end
of the island, where the disturbances
are focused, the state department will
act Independently of his suggestion.
The prospects of a settlement of the
Havana dock strike were reported to
be brighter today.
Gomez Preparing Reply.
'Havana, May 27.—President Gomez
received the message from Presi
dent Taft disclaiming the intent of
the United States to intervene. He
immediately summaned a meeting of
the cabinet to which he communicated
the text of the message expressing his
highest appreciation of President
Taft's attitude. President Gomez is
now engaged in preparing a reply.
Havana Dock Strike Ended.
Havkna, May 27.—The strike of the
lightermen and other laborers in the
port of Havana has terminated and to
day all Classes of workers in the
harbor are actively engaged in their
duties. The settlement of the strike
was due entirely to the intervention of
President X}se Gomez, who indicated
clearly to the strikers that they must
cease their agitation pending the
chisis through which the country is
The government has not received
any further news today from the pro
vince of Oriente, but continues strain
ing every nerve to rush reinforcements
of troops with supplies of arms and
ammunition to the front.
London, May 27.— Reports have
reached Tien Tsin that the reaction
ary movement is gaining strength in
the vicinity of Wu Chang where Gen
eral Li Yuen Heng, vice president of
the Chinese republic has his residence.
According to a dispatch from Tien
Tsin tb.6 republican officials in Wu
Chang are growing apprehensive and
•re preparing secretly for flight.
The districts surrounding Hankow
are seething with anarchy. Wholesale
executions are taking place in this dis
trict daily.
Washington, D. C., May 27.—So far
as the state department is aware, no
arrangement has been reached be
tween American Minister Dubois and
the Colombian government looking to
the recognition by the latter of the in
dependence of Panama, in return for a
$30,000,000 indemnity as was reported
from Cartagena. There have been no
negotiations between the two coun
tries regarding Panama for nearly a
year, unless the letter of Senor Ospina,
which led to his retirement as min
ister to the United States may be so
Poor's Son Given Office.
Burlington, May 27.—B. P. Poor, son
of the late City Solicitor C. L. Poor
and a member of the firm of Poor &
Poor, was today appointed city solici
tor to succeed his father, who died
three weekc
t* in hi HI
Jos« Oonaex.
President Jos* ttftguel Gomez, or
Cuba, is a very busy man these days.
In fact, he's so busy with this new
revolution that be finds little time
in which to attend cock flght*—a
pastime, by the way, which finds
great lavor with Cuban gentlemen
The defense has promised a gruel
ling cross examination for both Lock
wood and Franklin, particularly the
latter, who pleaded guilty to the in
cMctment of bribing Lockwood and was
fined $4,000.
Automobile Goes Dead Before Ap
proaching Car at Indiana
Martinsville, Ind., May 27.— Four
persons were killed at Centerton near
here late yesterday when their auto
mobile went dead on the tracks of the
Martinsville division of the Indian
polls, Terre Haute & Eastern Trac
tion Co., and was hit by a car. The
automobile was thrown into a ditch
and wrecked.
The dead are: W. D. Brown, 53
Mrs. W. D. Brown, 53 Miss Bonnie
Bailey, 17 Miss Jessie Cure, 17. All
lived at Martinsville, Ind.
Edds Brown, aged 19, eon of the
dead couple, was driving the automo
bile. and owes his life to the fact that
he Jumped when he saw he was un
able to get the machine started. He
was severely injured.
Pasadena, Cal., May 27.—The wom
en voters of Pasadena saved this city
from going dry, according to final re
turns on the election Saturday. They
flocked to the polls and cast their
votes, practically, for the granting of
hotel ahd restaurant licenses in this
city henceforth.
The reason for their activity was
the report that if the city went dry
Adolphus BuBch, the millionaire
brewer, would close his famous sunk
en gardens and move his winter home
to Santa Monica.
lj! *'."11 A
leisure. Since becoming president.
Gomes has a great deal of trou
ble with the blacks. The negroes
are very fond of holding office, but
the president has not shown as much
deference toward that race In mak
ing appointments as he has toward
the Spanish. This seems to be on?
of the moving causes of the moving
causes of the present rebellion.
Los Angeles, Cal., May 27.—Minor
law suits and the usual Monday morn
ing session of the lunacy commission
had precedence today over the trial
of Clarence S. Darrow, the Chicago
lawyer, for alleged jury bribery. The
case, in consequence, was not sched
uled to be resumed until 1:30 o'clock
this afternoon. Georgo N. Lockwood,
the Grand Army man who began Sat
urday his story of the alleged attempt
to bribe him as a prospective juror in
the McNamnra trial, was expected to
resume the stand for the completing of
his direct examination probably after
a ruling by Judge Hutton on the ad
missibility of evidence regarding other
instances olj alleged bribery in the Mc
Namara trial. Judge Hutton indicated
Saturday that he'would decide today,
but it was expected that some time
will be consumed by the arguments of
counsel for both sides. It is not be
lieved that the prosecution hopes to
connect Mr. Darrow with the Lock
wood bribery through Lockwood him
self, as it is said to be the intention
of the district attorney to present thfct
phase of the case through Bert H.
Franklin, who is expected to follow
Lockwood on the stand.
Legislature Asked to Pro
vide for Revolutionizing
System of Dealing With
Jail and "Pen" Prisoners.
Des Moines, May 27.—The Iowa
prison probe commission after almost
a year of investigation, today sub
mitted its report to Gov. B. F. Car
roll. The report states that the com
mission has found the Iowa penal sys
tem to be archaic and entirely inade
quate and several radical changes
which are recommended are carefully
outlined. The report carries detailed
plans for revolutionizing the methods
of dealing with prisoners in jails, re
formatories and penitentiaries.
Prison farms of penal colonies are
the foundation stones of the new idea
in dealing with prisoners. For the Ft.
Madison state penitentiary the com
mission recommends a farm of 2,000
acres where all first term prisoners
and short term men should serve their
sentences and the substitution of dis
trict farms for jails in which sen
tences are served. The teaching of
scientific agriculture to the prisoners
by instructors of Iowa agricultural
college is recommended. The commis
sion, whose members were Attorney
General Cosson, Judge M. A. Roberts
of Ottumwa and Parley Sheldon of
Ames, asks that the next general as
sembly act upon the recommenda
Contract System Held Slavery.
The contract system now in vogue
in Iowa and other states is the worst
form of slavery because it is a dele
gated form of slavery, says the re
port. "Authority and responsibility
should go hand in hand, but this can
not be with the contract system."
The prison probe was ordered by
Gov. Carroll following the publication
of a series of articles in an Iowa City
newspaper relative to conditions in
the penitentiary at Fort.
.Madison., .The.
editor of the pafler charged the war
den with cruelty and the state board
of control with mismanagement while
considerable complaint was made
against unsanitary conditions at Fort
The charges against Warden San
ders, according to the report, are
without foundation and the board of
control is praised for its manage
ment outside the prison, while its in
side management is severely criti
Against Working Convicts on Roads.
The commission intends to have
the state add a number of industries
to the prison, where the inmates will
manufacture things and their product
compete in the open market. The
findings of the commission convince
its members that under the new sys
tem in Iowa the state penal institu
tions not only will be self supporting
within a few years, but at a later
period actually will turn a surplus
into the state treasury. The commis
sion is absolutely against the employ
ment of convicts on the public high
ways on road work, or hiring them
out under local public officials or pri
vate individuals to do any kind ot
However, the commission thinks a
limited number of. convicts carefully
selected by the warden and put upon
the honor system, in civilian clothes,
at the regular wages of an artisan of
that class, an excellent reform. If the
new system is adopted the commis
sion directs that the institution at
Anamosa, the reformatory, pay es
pecial attention to the development
of a trades school and a general
school system.
Jail System Held Disgrace.
Perhaps the most caustic of the
many findings of the commission are
the biting paragraphs against the jail
system, which is characterized as a
disgrace to the state. The fee system
for paying sheriffs is branded as "ab
solutely indefensible" and should be
abolished by the next general assem
At the state hospital for inebriates
at Knoxville, where a great many hus
ky men have not a tap of work to do
during the greater part of the year,
the commission found food for some
good body blows.
Enforced Idleness Crime.
"Enforced idleness is not only a
crime against the prisoner and his
family, but it is economic idiocy," the
report says. "This is true whether the
idleness is a part of our system of
punishment of felons or misdemean
ants, in other wore}s, whether it is a
part of the penitentiary system or a
part of the jail Bystem, except where
the jail is used merely as a place of
"We believe there is something
radically wrong in any institution
inhere any considerable number of
able-bodied men are in idleness or
where any individual capable of labor
is kept in idleness for any consider
able period of time."
In the colony system the members
of the commissio'n see in the near fu
ture for Iowa, they'hope to see all
criminals classified according to the
degree of their crime and t-helr desires
to reform and not shuffled into one
pack as they are today. Colonies for
women are urged. Boys' colonies are
New York. May 27.—In an editorial
In the current Issue of the Outlook,
Theodore Roosevelt declares that the
battle of the rank and file of the repub
lican party against the bosses has been
wan and that the "will of the masses
must be carried out in the national
"Now the fight that once seemed al
most hopelessly one-sided is ending in
a victory," the editorial says. "It has
been proved that nothing can withstand
the deliberate judgment of the people,
not even the deliberate judgment of the
bosses. In those places where the
honest and decent citizens, the calm
people, the rank .and file, have had a
chance to fight, they have don© their
won and that, the "will of the masses
ten. have overwhelmingly won. And
where these citizens, these plain people,
who belong to the rank and file, have
been denied the chance to flght, we pro
gressives have been fighting their bat
tles, and now have made it certain
that they will have the right in the fu
ture to fight for themselves
Traitor to Bosses.
"It has been said by my opponents
that what I am standing for Its 'treason
to the party.' When they speak of the
party they mean the bosses and their
understrappers who have so often
manipulated the party machinery. I de
cline to recognize the bosses as em
bodying in their own persons the
party. 1 recognize the rank and file as
making up the party, and it is to them
that my loyalty is due. When I say,
therefore, that no republican is called
upon to surrender to the irresponsible
action of party bosses, I am showing
my loyalty to the people.
"When he was speaking In Ohio.
President Taft said, 'Bossism is a false
issue and a sham.' Is It? The repub
lican voters in Ohio, where Mr. Taft
made that statement, did not think so.
They Joined with the .republican voters
of Illinois and Pennsylvania and Ore
gon and California and Maryland and
Nebraska and Wisconsin and North
Dakota in deciding that they did not
want what the bosses had been telling
them they must have.
Cites Rebuks to Taft.
"Is bossism, then, 'a false issue and
a sham.' as Mr. Taft says? Let us see.
This Is what the republicans of North
Carolina think about it. After instruct
ingj delegates for me, the thousand
delegates assembled in the republican
state convention at Raleigh by unani
mousmous vote adopted this resolution:
'Whereas, President Taft did on the
seventeenth day of March by single
order withdraw from the senate the
nominations of ten citizens of North
Carolina without assigning any reason
therefor, and without any charges
ajainst the character or qualifications
of said nominees it being understood
that the fate of the nominees is to await
the actions of this convention—the ap
pointments to be awarded to the fac
tional leaders who shall deliver the
largest number of delegates to Mr.
'We therefore declare that President
Taft has underestimated the pride and
self-respect of the republicans of North
Carolina in supposing that we would
participiate in a political auction whose
object is to make merchandise of men.
*We unhesitatingly repudiate, resent
and rebuke the whole proceedings and
all parties thereto.'"
Coal Tariff Increase Held Up.
Washington, D. C., May 27.—The in
terstate commerce commission today
suspended from June 1 until Dec. 1, a
proposed advance of about 12 per cent
in the freight rate on soft coal from
mines in Illinois to destinations in Mis
souri and other states.
®ri'tDtcblg Cxmriet
MAY 28,1912.
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A POOR 6toaWP«r
Anyway, there are only two more weeks to stand It.
SENATE—Met at noon and consider
ed Hitchcock resolution regarding
publicity of corporation tax Informs
Cuban relations committee directed
Chairman Page to cOnW* 'with Pres
ident Tfcft regarding necessary re
commendations for legislation in
connection with Piatt amendments.
Conferees reported army appropria
tion bill with anti-administration
Senator Hitchcock spotye on his
resolution requesting the president
to supply senate with full informa
tion relative to corporations as
shown by corporation tax returns.
HOUSE—Met at 11 a. ra., and resum
ed consideration of naval appropria
tion bill.
Chicago, May 27. United States
Senator William Lorimer appeared at
the bank of which he Is president to
day and was closely questioned con
cerning the visit of Vice President
Sherman to Chicago last Saturday.
The junior Benator from Illinois made
no objection to any of the questions
asked him nor did he answer any of
them except to smile and reply that
his health was improved, or to com
ment on the weather.
The colloquy was along these lines:
Q. "Senator, did the vice president
have a talk with you Saturday about
the advisability of resigning your seat
in the senate?"
A. "I am feeling a trifle better to
Q. "Have you seen the reported poll
of the senate?"
A. «"I can Bafely say that I am feel
ing better today than I have been of
Q. "Have you decided whether you
will resign your seat or continue the
A. "It is a remarkably pleasant day
feel better now."
Personal and political friends of the
junior senator repeated today their
belief that he will not resign under
any circumstances.
H. Tolliver of Airship Fame and
Helpmeet Found Dead in Home
ex-Secretary in Custody.
San Diego, Cal., May 27.—C- H. Tol
liver, airship inventor and president
of the Tolliver Airship company, and
his wife, were found dead in their
home late Saturday night, and Bert
Q. Lewis, formerly secretary of the
airship company, was arrested on the
charge of murder. Lewis, the police
say, sued Tolliver several months ago
for $10,000 on the charge that the
inventor had alienated the affections
of Mrf. Lewis. He lost the suit
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Washington, D. C.* May 27.— "the
array appropriation bill was reported
back to the senate and house today by
the conferees with anti-administration
amendments which woul'd legislate
Major General Wood out of office as
chief of staff and would leave the lo
cation of military posts to a commis
sion of retired army officers and two
members each of the senate and house
committee on military affairs.
The amendment which would re
move General Wood also would pre
vent either Brigadier Generals Crozier
or Funston ever attaining the office of
chief of staff. No officer who has not
spent ten years in the line with troops
before becoming a brigadier would be
Many army officers charge that the
fight between the line and the staff
which recently resulted in the retire
ment from the army of Major General
Ainsworth is responsible for that pro
Lieutenant Generals Young end
Mac Arthurr, Major Generals Randalli
Lee and Humphrey, would be the re
tired army officers on the proposed
commission which would report to
congress by January 1 upon the loca
tion and distribution of army posts
and the proposed abandonment of
many recommended by the war de
The report was not actod on In
either house today. A sharp conflict
over the amendments Is expected. Sen
ators Curtis and Smoot blocked Imme
diate action in the senate by Insist
ing on time to study the changes.
Washington, D. C., May 27.—A pri
mary election to select sixty-six dele
gates to the district of Columbia demo
cratic convention next Wednesday will
be held In Washington today. Two
tickets of Champ Clark delegates will
be placed before the voters owing to
a factional flght between Edwin H.
Newman, democratic national commitr
teeman and Walter J. Costello. The
Clark national headquarters is urging
voters, in newspaper advertisements,
to ignore the Newman slate. The polls
open at 3 o'clock and close at 8. The
convention Wednesday will choose six
delegates to the democratic conven
tion at Baltimore.
Leavenworth, Kan., May 27.—Chair
man Ladow, of the board of parole to
federal prisoners has announced he will
convene the board here this week.
Applications of two hundred prisoners
for parole, among them ten members
of the "bankers colony" will be taken
The bankers whose applications will
be considered are: Paul C. Gait, M. P.
Emerich, O. F. Cochran, and Wm. R.
Marker, Indianapolis G. H. Osborne,
Columbus, Ohio Will F. Wood, San
Antonio, Tex. Jesse Gierahoski, Pitts
burgh, Pa. C. E. Billingsley, Guthrie,
Okla. W. R. Allen and E. T. Cook,
Paris. Texas.
Henry Bond of Brattleboro
Gets Highest Post at Dea
Moines Meeting Other,
Officers Elected Today,
Des Moines, iuay 27.—Henry Bonfc
of Brattleboro, Vt., was chosen presfr
dent of the Northern Baptist convene
tion hero today. He Is a leading bus!*
ness man of the east and one of the
directors in one of the largest radl«
ator companies in America.
Other officers elected by the conven
tion were:
First vice president—Fred Brasted.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Second vice president—F. Wayland
Ayer, New Jersey.
Corresponding secretary—W. O.
Bitting, St. Louis, Mo.
Recording secretary—Maurice A.
Levy, Boston, Mass.
Members of executive committee—
W. W. Stickney, Vermont D. B. Pur
lnton, West Virginia Ambrose
Swasey, Ohio Sidney Clark, North
Dakota F. S. Deltrlch, Idaho C.
F. Ralston, New York H. S. Glle,
Oregon F. L. Anderson, Massachu
setts E. R. Curry, Nebraska M. C.
Treat, Pennsylvania (terms expire
Vacancies In class of 1913—D. W.*
Hulbert, Wisconsin W. H. Gelstwelt,
Narrow Christians Hindrance.
That the churches of today ar
hindered by little, narrow minded
Christians more than by open wicked
ness, was the declaration of the Kev.
Dr. J. W. Brougher of Los Angeles,
who Is attending the northern Baptist
convention in sqsBion here today,
When the morning session opened the
report of the committee on city mis
sions was submitted to the conven
tion. Several prominent church work
ers were scheduled to deliver" ad
dresses tbday and a governor's recep
tion was to, be held tete this after
"The Power of the Gospel to fcvoke
a Hatred of Sin," was the subject oi
an address by the Rev. John W. Hoag
of New Haven, Conn., who discussed
the social responsibility of thi
church. "We hear of the use of more
music and other inducements to draw
people into the church, but unless we
ease the burden of the social evils*
our message will fall on dull ears,"
be said.
To Much Knocking on Inside.
"The trouble with the church today
is that the 'knocks' on the inside of
It are so loud, that the knocklngs of
opportunity on the outside cannot be
heard," declared the Rev. W. \V. Mus
tard of Cleveland, Ohio. "We should
take down that motto hung upon tne
wails of many homes, 'God bless oui
home,' and subacute 'Come In with
out knocking and go out the .same
The church is too long on record*
and too short on deeds, according to
the Rev. Mr. Bustard. "The type of
evangelistic preachings which be
stows sainthood on the man whoso
only reason for accepting the gospel
is that he believes it his only chance
to get to heaven, is unworthy of the
preacher and of the teachings of
Jesus Christ," said Dean D. J. Evans
of the William Jewell college of Lib
erty, Mo., in addressing the conven
tion. The evangelistic preaching
which lays most stress on how to
avoid hell and no stress on the ethic
al side of salvation is not practical,
according to the speaker." The 'weepy
kind' of evangelistic preaching is un
worthy," he said.
Pastor Dlscusies Social Reforms.
While the church of Christ cannot
affiliate itself with any party or with
any organization, it has the power to
get behind movements of the regener
ation of society, declared the Rev.
Charles Richmond Henderqon of the
divinity school of the University of
Chicago. Dr. Henderson's subject
was "The Power of the Gospel to
Regenerate Society."
As one instance of the power ot
the federation of American Christian
churches Dr. Henderson cited the
campaign against phosporus poisoning
which match workers were exposed to.
These workers were exposed to a
most terrible disease. The phospor
ous poison ate in the bones and flesh
of the workers in time, and caused
untold suffering, relieved only by
death. They appealed for protection
and as Dr. Henderson put It "needed
the strong voice of the Christian
church." The church was behind this
movement and the bill was passed.
Dr. Henderson, who is secretary or
the commission studying occupation
al diseases in Illinois, declared they
had unearthed a condition of affairs
in that state which equalled that ex
isting among the phosporus workers.
$175,000 LOSS IN
Cleveland, O., May 27.—Over $175,
000 loss by lire was suffered by four
concerns occupying a two story build
ing on Euclid avenue near East 19th
street today. The flames originated
from defective wiring in a garage
where automobiles worth $30,000 were
destroyed. It is expected that $25,000
in jewelry Btock will be recovered from
the ruins.
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