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CONFIRMS GOOFS STORY OF HIS DIS COVERY OF THE NORTH POLE. St. Johns, X. F., Sept. 28.?The Arctic vessel Jeannie, with Ham Whitney, the New Haven big same hunter on board, arrived here today from the Greeland coast by way of Indian Harbor, Labrador. Mr. Whitney was questioned re-1 garding the statements made to-him | by Dr. Frederick A. Cook in Green- j land. He said Cook arrived at An-1 notok in April of this year and de- i dared that he had reached the North Pole a year before. He pleaded Whitney, however, not to tell Com mander Peary who was to be inform ed only that Cook had gone further north than Peary's previous record, 87 degress 6 minutes. Continuing Dr. Cook told Whitney that he had accomplished all he expected to and more besides, and that he was through with the Northern country. Whitney did not communicate the latter part of this statement to Com mander Peary. Continuing Mr. Whit ney said that Dr. Cook had com plained to him of Peary's taking ol his house and stores but declared that he had suffered no unfairness. Peary's stewArd, Wm. Pritchard was present when these statements were made. Like Mr. Whitney, he was pledged to secrecy by Dr. Cook. Murphy, Peary's boatswain, who was in charge of the stores was absent at Etah on this day and did not hear Dr. Cook's communications. There were two houses on the Greenland shore, one at Annotok holding Dr. Cook's stores, and anoth er at Etah holding Peary's stores. The three white men, Whitney, Murphy and Pritchard, sometimes occupied one and some times the other of these houses. Murphy was in charge of both houses. He is not able to read or write. He had writ ten instructions from Peary which Whitney at Peary's request, read over to him from time to time. These instructions were very strin gent. They directed Murphy to use J Cook's stores first and Peary's after wards. Murphy was told in them that he was to give Dr. Cook every help if he came along in a needy condition, and furthermore the in structions implied that Murphy was to organize an expedition to search for Dr. Cook, but according to Mr. Whitney this part of the instructions was worded very ambiguously. Mr. Whitney said that Cook had a copy of these instructions and would doubt less make them public. Murphy treated Cook very civilly and Cook suffered no discourtesy. When Dr. Cook and his Eskimoes ] arrived at the house they had no j sledges. Being too tired to drag it j over the rough ice thev had left it j twenty miles from Etah. The fol- ; lowing day some other Eskimoes went j out recovered the sledge and brought 1 it in. On it were Dr. Cook's instru ments, clothes and food. After spending two days at Anno- < tok where Cook first met Whitney, Cook started for Utrh. Whitney ac-, companied him. Cook remained for1 three days at Etah organizing for j his trip South to ITpernavik. The doctor had figured out rightly , the date that he would likely get to | Upernavik and when the Dundee | whalers of the Lanish store ships; would reach there and he argued that ] he had no time to lose. He planned j originally to take two Eskimoes and two sledges but one Eskimo fell sick | and this made it necessary for him to cut down the luggage he could take with him South. He consequently asked Whitney to take charge of the instruments with which he had made his observa tions at the Pole. There were three cases one containing a seztant,anoth er an artificial horizon and the third instrument which Mr. Whitner ?aid he could not recall. It possibly n^ght have been a chronometer. Cook left no written records with Whitnev that Whitney is aware of. There may have been some records however in the other boxes in which j Cook packed his clothes and his per sonal effects, but Cook did not tell Whitney especially that he was leav- j in* any written records with him. Mr. Whitney was very positive about1 this. After Cook departed for the Sooth I Whitney resumed his hunting. He | took over Cook's two Eskimos, Etu kishuls and Arwalaly, to show him the country where Cook had shot j musk oxen. This the two men did and Whitney bagged all the oxen he! could cam- out in his sledges. He! ?aid he found these two Eskimos to * <'uite satisfactorily j? subordinate capacities but he knows of their val ue in a dash across the Polor Sea. Continuing Mr. Whitney said that, last month when Peary on board the i Roosevelt reached Etah from the' NTorth, after his winter work there j ie (Whitney) informed him of Dr. i Cook's arrival in April, adding that Cook had told him (Whitney) to tell t'earv that Cook had gone beyond Peary's farthest north. Peary made, >o comment on this and Whitney <aid he was not asked any other luestions by Pearv. But the next day Cook's Eskimos ?ame to Whitney and asked him' ?vhat Peary's men were trying to get I ;hem to say. Pearj-'s men had shown 1 the Eskimos papers and maps, but i the Eskimos declared they did not! Jnderstand these papers. The day the Roosevelt was leaving Ktah for home Whitney informed I Peaty that Cook had entrusted to' lim certain belongings to bring lome on the vessel that was coming: ip for Whitney but as the ship had 1 aot arrived, Whitney was at a loss as j ?vhat to do with this property. Peary declined to permit Cook's >elongings to be brought aboard the the Roosevelt and he put Whitney m his honor not to include anything xJonging to Dr. -Cook in his own .uggage. Whitney thereupon went ishore from the Roosevelt, separated j Dr. Cook's property from his own ' wggage, and with the aid of Captain j Rebert Bartlett, commander of the Roosevelt whom he had asked to help 1 lim, repacked Cook's propertv in ooxes. So far as Mr. Whitney is aware Cook's Eskimos never admitted that i ?rhile with the doctor thev had only i progressed two "sleeps" from land. I BIG CELEBRATION ROTABLE EVENT IT POINT PLEASANT THIS WEEK. A large number of prominent Huntington citizens have received formal invitations to attend the un veiling and dedication of the monu ment commemorating the battle of Point Pleasant and the celebration of the one hundred and thirty-fifth an niversary of that noted event. The ceremonies attending the un veiling and dedication of the inonu-, ment will occur on Saturday, Octo- ; ber 9. The two preceding days will be marked by local events commem- ; orative of the battle. A number of Huntington's pronii nent men and women are member* of the arrangement committees. It is expected that the Huntington delegation to the unveiling will num ber hundreds.?Huntington Adver tiser. K. & M. PAYS DAMAGE In Probate Judge Webster's court Tuesday, the claim of Mrs. Joseph | T. Johnstone against the K. Jfc M. railroad for damages for the killing of her husband, which occurred in the big head-on-collision north of. Carpenter a few months ago, was set tled by the payment of$+500 to her. Johnstone was firemen on the north bound train, of which James Stevens ; was engineer. He was killed in stantly when the trains collided, while Stevens cscaped with a broken leg. The crew of the south bound train escaped without serious injury. ?Pomeroy Democrat, Sept. 30. MEETING OF THE OHIO VALLEY MPKDYEMENT ASSOCIATION AT QNOMNATL . i That the fifteenth annual cloven- j tion of The Ohio Valley Improve-J ment Association, to be held in Cin- j cinnati, October 14-15, will be one i of the most important waterway* j conventions ever held is acknowledged; by all who are familiar with existing: conditions at Washington and in the country at large. It will also from pres ent indications be the largest con vention ever held by this Association. j Reports to this effect and lists of ? delegates have already been received* from a large majority of the over; three score river towns between Pitts burg and Cairo, and in addition many ; of the towns and cities not directly j on the river are realizing.that not-j withstanding that fact there will be a direct benefit to them through the i nine-foot stage and all the year, round navigation of Ohio. The gen eral invitation, publfshed a short, time ago, to all mayors and commer- ! cial organizations in the six states in j the Association to appoint delegates was not confined by any means to > "river towns," nor was the number j of delegates limited. Governor Harmon will welcome the convention to Ohio, and Gover nor Wilson, of Kentucky, will wel come the delegates w hen they cross the river. A number of distinguish ed men in different walks of life will be on the program now nearing com pletion. The Committee on Recep tion and Entertainment is also busy. Delegates will find their time between sessions fully occupied, and the ladies of their families will find, both during and between sessions, that Cincinnati still has claim to the title of Paris of: America. One real combination business and j pleasure trip has already been ar ranged. It will be a steamboat ride down the Ohio to inspect the dam now nearing completion at Fern ? Bank, thirteen miles below Cincin nati, and which soon will create a 9-foot stage for that distance and an , equal distance up the river. The business part of the trip will consist in an inspection of the dam and pos-1 siblv a business session on the"down" ! or "up" trip. The program for the pleasure part of the trip has not been : announced. The Committee simply says that nothing which the Ohio i Valleyjstates produce or which can j be brought into them will be omitted in adding to the gaiety of the oc- i casion. This will be the most important convention in the history of the Ohio Valley Improvement Association. The iron is hot and now is the time to strike. The project not only has a friend at Court but a Court which , has examined all the evidence, is thoroughly familiar with the justness of the cause, and is committed to its advancement. The big question befor; the con vention will be the adoption by the I government of the policy of issuing' bonds for the improvement of water- ; ways. The big need is the arousing of an active public sentiment in favor of a bond issue. The push forward which : can be given by a convention com posed of hundreds of business men speaking plainly is needed at this time. President Taft is an Ohio Valley man despite his world travels and j world knowledge, he is personally familiar with Ohio Valley and its needs and possibilities. He has specifically and in detail endorsed j the improvement of the Ohio River. Secretary of State Knox is an Ohio Valley man, and as familiar with its, manufacturing industries and com-. merce, and their possibilities of ex- j pansion, as anv man except one who has made a special life study of the : subject, and no man has used plainer j or stronger words in advocacy of the : policy of The Ohio Valley Improve- ; meat Association. ' President Taft has repeatedly ad- i vocated the issue of bonds for the improvement of waterways. Within the past yew at one meeting he said: My own judgment is that every improvement like that of the Ohio River should be treated by itself as one great enterprise, just as we treat ed the Panama Canal, and that pro vision should be made by bonds.or otherwise for the setting aside of a fund sufficient to complete it as rapid ly as possible. To leave progress in these matters to the fitful and par tisan consideration of appropriation committees in Congress, influenced bv a desire to reduce the appearance of total expenditures each year as much as possible, is to impair the necessary financial support of ever}' one -of these great enterprise*, and to drag them along from year to year, and greatly delay their ultimate completion." Speaking at another meeting, last December, President Taft said: I have no compunctions on the subject of issuing bonds is the debt to be contracted ought to be met by bonds. I think that men sometimes' overdo the business of meeting what j ought to be distributed expenses out' of current income. I think there is good reason for issuing bonds for these improvements that are to be perman ent, and not to spend current income for them. Sometimes it takes as much courage and involves as much real public interest to issue bonds for a purpose for which bonds ought to be used as it is to pay as we go. In other words, it is a mere question of economic policy and the mere fear of criticism because an administration has issued bonds should not prevent us from doing justice to ourselves and "posterity." Secretary of State Knox in an ad dress to the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce made the following re markably clear and strong statement: ? --The duty of the Government to raise its waterways to their utmost efficiency was determined long ago by the action of the Government it self. When the Government assum ed charge and control of the navig- : able streams of the interior it enter- I ed into a practical contract with the ; States and communities bordering i these streams that their waterways I would be improved to their highest capacity. The States were thereby prevented from improving the streams themselves. Corporate enterprise was forbidden to undertake the canal ization of im|>ortant stretches and fix the cost of their works and franchises on the traffic. The FederalYrovern ment has made its formal and delib erate declaration that it will do the work. That necessarily involves that it will make the improvements ade quate to modern needs and possibili ties. To do any less would be mock ery and breath of good faith." COOK DINNER AT NINETY-THREE S'. Louis. Mo., Sept. 30.?Mrs. Rebecca Hutchinson of Jerseyville, 111., cooked dinner which was served at her home to near relatives on her ninety-third birthday. To her guests who marveled at her health and strength she gave her rules of longevity. They are: Go to bed earl}'. Get up early. Eat plenty of fruit. Don't eat when you are sick. By following these rules she has contrived to get along the past l>0 years without taking any medicine. With her rules ?f living ^she mixes a wholesome philosophy. "it is a very funny world, afrer all," she says. "if you look for sunshine you'll find it, and if you look for clouds you will find them." RAID CHARLESTON "BOOZE" HOUSES i Charleston, W. Ya., Oct. 1.?On the order of Prosecuting Attorney Avis raids were made today on seven alleged "boose" dispensaries. Nine teen arrests were made and fourwagon oads of whiskey and beer confiscated. GOVERNOR IS SILENT A? THE UxntA" SESSION MYSTERY IS BAFFLING TO THE POPOLACE. (By Charles Brooks Smith) The closing week has been one thick with rumors of politics; of the sly words and stealthy movements of politicians. Verily, the gum shoe: brigade is abroad in the land, and the Remingtons arc clicking day and nicht the brcciv gossip to a prodig ious proportion of an intelligent read- \ ing public that likes to be regaled by ; it. Scott has been off along the <Jreat White Way making merry with the Hudson-Fulton celebrators; El kins has been taking the aqua pura punishments at the Virginia Hot Springs; and Glasscock has been handing the Monongalia people the pleasant palasta over their "Home coming. In the meantime rumors : possessing qualities of more or less I credence, with those touching the | rxtra legislative session attaining the! highest altitude. Governor Glasscock's reticence has served to add fuel to the controvers-1 ial flames At Morgantown, in pub lic and private talks, he allowed no slip of the tongue to disclose his hand, ft ith one of his most intimate friends there hed^cussed the subject, but let no woid drop that would hint *t his intention. Prior to his depar ture from Charleston, he discussed years the world has produced as . much gold as in the entire period j since the discovery of America, and in 50 years as much as in the four preceding centuries. Expert author ity is given for the statepient that record await searchers for the meal, and that the production will increase constantly and indefinitely. Ob viously then, the limit has not been reached in the cost of living. Academtc discussion of the subject may 1>e instructive to the victims of the same subject with another close, to him, a man high up in official life, j but the letter from the latter that; lies on the desk before me is heavy - with doubt. Amusing, indeed, would be medi- t tation over the present hurlyburlvj about the mooted extra session sub ject, if it were not for the silly, yet serious shafts, that impugn the mo- i tives of the many excellent men of the press. That tends to weaken public confidence in the probity of the papers. It taints an otherwise instructive and interesting discussion j with sinister suspicion. Those who are for the session say the lobbyists ' of the interc sts" are fighting stren uously against it for selfish reasons, as if the lobbyists * would have the heart to throttle the goose that lays the golden egg! Lobbyists live on legislatures ;'what profiteth peace to ! the fighting man! They and their j kind would, if they could, have sess- ? ions perpetual instead of biennial, j And those who have been thrumming i their harps against the extra session \ have been so unkind as to allege that j those \yho want it, expect to profit, pecuniarily therefrom. Those who "know their Charleston in legislative times know fulwell that any blind hog is able to pick up a few acorns so j plentiful is the crop. Editrs who op pose the calling of an extra session, therefore, lay themselves wide open to the suspicion of being honestly and genuinely sincere; of holding the public's welfare above their individ- j ^ uil interests. The paradox is a pleas ing as it is unique. In Wheclinjf, Parkersburg and Huntington there is not a Republi can newspaper advising the extra j session. The Charleston Mail is. The Wheeling Intelligencer says "it has counselled against it, and still! bellNfis that there is nothing at this time that would justify a call for one." W hich is potential and interesting, because it was thought that the state's leading Republican jiaper was on the other side of proposition. Senator Fred O. Blue (he is one found at last whose motives are not likely to be impugned) is the latest state senator and important party fac tor to add his "voice and counsel against an extra sesion. And to add more gayety to the de bate along comes Brother loin Hire, apostle of the Diys, who raises his parched voice in the desert and say* that he didn't say It; thatis, thatbe didn't say that Governor Ghucock told him that there would bea special or an "uxtry." And thus the riddle of the Sphin* ages with the riddle still unsolved. CALEB POWERS CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS OF KEN TUCKY. Caleb Powers, pardoned named as an assistant assassin murder of Governor Goebel o tucky, propose to drag that whole nasty mess back into the politics ?ol - die Blue Grass State. Caleb Pow ers was Secretary of State through fraud. He was in the Taylor crew of Republican politicians who propos ed to hold the government of Ken tucky from the rightful officials at all haxards?murder if necessary. And murder was necessery. The Willing of Gov. Goebel marked a vicious chapter in the political history o< Kentucky. Those responsible for it never pud the fall penalty of their crime. Caleb Powers was three times convicted of being an accessory to the assassination, twice sentenced to life imprisonment and once sentenc ed to death. He served the greater part of eight years in prison but was pardoned by a Republican Governor recently elected. Goebel's opponent for the guber natorial chair was in exile for eight years through a refusal of Republi can Governors to honor Kentucky'* ?< request for extradition. Powers comes from his prison cell claiming-the -wreath of a martyr. He proposes to strike down every hand that was raised in defence of the law of the land as it was applied to his case. He believes he was wronged. Measured by the yard stick of punishment as inflicted upon the man who actually fired the shot which killed Goepcl Powers may have been wronged. But what of Goebel's lot? In vain now the real friends of Powers urge him not to nurse his wounds in public. He has. declined their advice. He appears to be a whirlwind of power. On the stump now he is convincing, and Kentucky loving a fighter, is show ing some concern, if not admiration for him. He may succeed in his de termination .to enter Congress for his. home in Knox county is among Re publican strongholds of the state- ? His congressional district is repres ented by Don C, Edwards, last elect ed to Congress without Democratic | opposition. Powers has entered the field to fight^Edwards for the nomin ation, claiming that Edwards aided in sending him to prison. The country appeared to have es- ; caped from the odor of a distressing 1 crime when the last of the cases pending was cleared by a pardon , ? from the present Governor. Some : wrongfully pardoned before their cases had even been pressed to trial. 1 In the whole history of this case i there seems to have been more or i less of a misapplication of justice* 1 and it may be that the administra I tion of law was marked with error in ; the trials which resulted in the con viction of Powers, but the facts was sufficient to convince three different i juries of his actual connection with | the murder. Now the county is to be asked to walk through the dirty trial again. We do not anticipate that Congressman Edwards will de cline to join issue with his warrinff antagonist. Powers may be the cause of more bloodshed in the Blue Grass State, but it is to be hoped that Knox county will settle the question at the ballot box and let no assassin's bullet rob the successfiA man of his seat as Goebel was de prived of the Gubernatorial chair fc* had won.?National Mont|lj -<?