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The- Telegraph service of The
Daily Gate City and Constitu
tion-Democrat is received orar
our own leased wire.
I 'in'".. VOL. 122. NO. 127.
NEW YORK, May 27.—Dr.
Arthur Warren Waite, was
this afternoon found guilty of
I murder in the first degree for
the poisoning of his millionaire
father-in-law, John E. Peck, of
,Grand Rapids, Mich.
The jury which considered
Jfwaite's case retired at 1:23
reported its verdict at
^2:45 p. m.
According to the two alienists who
testified for Waite, he is an "ego
map lac" and can be otherwise char
acterized as a "moral imbecile," a
"moral idiot" or a "mor*Jly insane
person." They agreed that he is ab
solutely without feeling or emotion.
"And would you hesitate to lock
Dr. Waite up in an asylum?" was the
parting question on examination of
tr. Diefendorf.
"X would not," he responded. I
A Would lock him up and keep him
locked up for the rest of his life. He
Is an unmoral monster."
One of the witnesses the state will
place on the stand today is an inmate
in the Tombs. He will give testimony
on Dr. Waite/s behavior there, pos
sibly in support of the state's conten
tion that the defendent is now sham-
The most surprising feature of the
testimony yesterday was the telling
of Dr. Waite's court room flirtation.
He told an alienist he had tried In
vain to catoh and hold the eye of a
fair spectator while the prosecution
Negotiations Will be Difficult
Because of the Jewish
fBy William Phillip Simms, TTntted
Frees Staff Correspondent.]
[Copyright 191« by the United Press.]
PEJTRJOGRiAD, May 27.—The Unit
ed States faces the greatest difnc'nt
les in its attempt to negotiate a* new
commercial treaty with Rnss*la to re
place the one abrogated during Pres
ident Taft's administration, because
*f the Jewish question.
The United Press learned this from
un 1mpeacha'ble authority today.
"The treaty negotiations have be
Igun six months too late," it waa
«tated. "The allies are now perfecting
a trade agreement among themselves.
.Until this is conclu4ed. Russia man
ifestly will make no outside arrange*
inents. Aanibassador Francis Is bound
to encounter difficulties, at least
momentarily. If a treaty is accomp
lished at all, it must confine Itself
to economic questions and not to dis­
cussion of
Rassia's eternal affairs.
Count Kkjkokortsoff, former Rus
sian r-1*"* Minister and minister or
a forsnost
i,,•.... A.'.'. .. ..*.
Dr. Waite Was Greatly Disappointed That He
Could Not Catch and Hold Eye of
Fair Spectator.
Confessed Murderer is Called All Kinds of
Names by Alienists Who Have Exam
ined Him.
prisoner Unconosrned.
NEW YORK, May 27.—Dr. Arthur
Jwarren Waite, New York** "immoral
jmonster" by his own alienists de
ificrtption, may know befort* night
^whether the state of New York' will
Jtake his life for the killing of his
^wealthy father-in-law, John E. Peck,
&>f Grand Rapids.
His case was concluded late yester
day when Dr. Allen R. Diefendorf, an
alienist, who examined him, left the
stand. The prosecution will today
.place experts on mental diseases on
the stand to prove either that Watte
Is shamming insanity and is now per
fectly sane, or that he is not insane
to the point where he cannot distlng
uish right from wrong.
was trying to prove to the Jury that
his life should be taken. Dr. Waite
was more disappointed at his failure
to charm her than he was at any of
the evidence.
Case to the Jury.
NSW YORK, May 27.—Dr. Arfhnr
Warren Waite, arob-poisoner, on trial
lor the murder of his father-in-law,
John E. Peck, probably will know his
fate within a few hours. Justice
Shearrt began his charge to the Jury
early this afternoon after state and
defense had summed up with brief
closing arguments to the Jury.
Gazing steadily at Assistant Dis
trict Attorney Brothers, Waite heard
himself denounced as a cruel, ouxt
ning murderer and without a trace
of emotion heard Brothers demand
that lie be sent to the electric chair.
Hi» attitude 'wm« no different when
Attorney Due 11, in his defense^ 'begged
the Jury not to vote the death verdict
for a man "born a criminal."
lively speculation on the Jury's
deliberations flew about the court
room as Justice Shewn began hk»
closing address. An interrogation
put by Juror Josepfh Trent to one of
the three state's alienists who de
clared Waite sane, aroused much
comment Trent asked whether the
alienist could positively declare the
dentist sane, in view of his demeanor
on the witness stand, his question ln
dteating that Waite's nonchalant ap
pearance had made considerable im
pression upon at least a portion of
the Jury.
Three alienists introduced by the
state today declared positively their
belief that Dr. Waite was sane when
he killed his wife's parents and that
he is sane now. They admitted that
he was not normal and classified him
as a "born criminal."
This latter admission was instant
ly seized upon by Walte's counsel in
closing argument in support of his
plea to save the dentist from the
electric chair. He begged the Jury
not to vote the death penalty but to
send Waite to the insane asylum for
Ridiculing the plea of insanity,
Assistant District Attorney Brothers
recalled Harry K. Thaw's eeoape
from Matteawan in urging the death
"Is'this the kind of a man you
want to send to Matteawan, where
(Continued on paga 2.)
statesman of the czar's empire, in an
exclusive interview with the United
Press, clearly stated what he be
lieves the Russian attitude will be
toward the new commercial treaty
he understands Ambassador Francis
is instructed to negotiate.
The former premier was very
much in earnest throughout the dis
cussion and evidently prompted by
the desire for a better mutual under
standing between the two countries.
He made it plain, however, that Rus
sia will consider no treaty in which
the question of treatment of the Jews
is r&iB6{L
am.not anti-Jew," he said. "My
record is proof of this. I admire
America. I welcome American co
operation in building up our indus
tries and our railways and in opening
np the vast resources of raw mater
ial* of every sort.
"Before the war, Germany made
no special demands upon Russia- She
was too keen for that. But having
ulterior motives, she scattered the
wildest stories against Russia, mak
ing trouble and meanwhile virtually
monopolizing trade.
"Americans ought to realize that
Russia cannot entertain outside sug
gestions- regarding her internal af
fairs Americans mast come in like
other sstUooslltles, allowing Russia
jto fettle her
own interior
BERLIN, May 27.—French troops
succeeded In penetrating Cumleres
village during furious fighting north
west of Verdun, but were driven out,
the war office anounced this after
noon. The Qermans took sixty-three
East of the Meuse the Germans
have reached the heights southwest
of Thiaumont forest. The French at
tempted vainly to stem the German
advance by a counter-attack, which
was repulsed.
South, of Fort Douaumont two ene
my attacks failed.
LONDON, May 27.—The smaller
states of Germany are up In arr.19
against the appointment of the new
food dictator, scenting a plan to
"suck them dry" for the benefit of
Prussia, according to the Chronicle.
Members of the Bavarian diet have
complained In open debate that the
new dictator will draw food 'pom
Bavaria for Berlin, the Chronicle says.
Wurtemburg and Saxony have made
similar protests.
Weather Forecast.
[U. S. Department of Agriculture,
Weather Bureau.]
For Keokuk and vicinity: Thunder
showers this afternoon or tonight.
Sunday partly cloudy. Not much
change in temperature.
For Iowa: Unsettled weather to
night. Sunday partly cloudy. Not
much change in temperature.
For Missouri: Thundershowers this
afternoon or tonight. Sunday partly
cloudy. Not much change in tempera
For Illinois: Thundershowers this
afternoon or tonight. Cooler tonight
extreme northeast portion. Sunday
partly cloudy.
River Bulletin.
Flood stage. Staga. Change. Rain
St Paul,,...14
La Crosse...12
Keokuk ..
St Louis
The river will rise slowly from Dav
enport to Burlington during the next
forty-eight hours. South of Keokuk it
will rise rapidly, about one foot in
the next twenty-four hours.
Weather Conditions.
There have been local rainB or
thunderstorms from the Missouri
river to the lakes, wiridh were gener
ally moderate, except in southeastern
Iowa, and northeastern Missouri,
where the rainfall was heavy, and
yesterday's high temperature Is fol
lowed by cooler weather this morning.
A large area of modeiwtely low pres
sure extends from the northern
lakes southwestward to Texas, and
the weather is unsettled from the
Rockies to the Mississippi valley.
Local Observations.
May. Bar. Ther. Wind Wth'r
26 7 p. m. 29.72 80 S Thrtng
27 7 a. m. -29.84 $5 NE Cl'dy
Precipitation 24 houre, 1.3 inches.
River stage 7 a. m., 13.0 feet.
Change in 24 hours, fall .2.
Mean temperature 26th, 74.
Highest, 82.
Lowest, 65.
Lowest last night, 65.
Boston Transcript: With 500 beau
U.ul Washington society girls mobil
ized in a training camp midway be
tween two fashionable country clubs
it's about time Sherman's definition
of war were revised.
QU1PA, Mexico, May 26 (via wireless
to Columbus, N. May 27.)—Found
on the body of Cande'ario Cervantes,
bandit killed by Amejican troops on
Thursday, was a proclamation ad
dressed to the members of the Car
ranza army, calling on them to riBe
against the American invader. The
tone of this document is very bitter
toward the United States and justi
fies the declaration of General Per
shing that in the killing of Cervantes
the United States has disposed of one
of the most dangerous of the bandits
who infested Mexico. Cervantes in
influence was second only to Villa
The proclamation calleti on all
Mexico to "rise up against the insults
which all Mexicans ruffer and fight
in the name of the motherland.'*
Strengthening Defense*
N. M., May 27^—Ths
defansiv* wares at tfcs
•PARIS, May 27.—iFrenoh troops re
oaptured a large part of the village of
Cumleres, nine miles northwest of
Vemfrm In heavy fighting last night,
the war office announced today.
Oesplts the most desperate oount
er attacks, the Frenoh retained pos
session of the eastern part of the vil
lage as we4l as several German
trenches In the northwest.
The French counter attack waa
launched from the grove between
Cumleres and the we«t bank of the
Meuse. After pressing forward Into
this wood In grenade fighting Thurs
day, the French corrwranders massed
detachments there yesterday and last
night threw the forees against the
Germans who had occupied Cumleres
earlier In the week.
At the same time another French
force attacked In the Cur- -eres woods,
northwest of the village, oapturing
German trenches. The Germans coun
ter attacked with great fury, but
when the latest dispatches were filed
to the war office the French were still
holding the eastern portion of Cumi
eres, three quarters or a mile from
the Meuee.
East of Hill 304 Frenoh grenadiers
made some progress during the night.
On the east bank of the Meuse, the
Germans attacked French trenches
near Fort Douaumont, but were com
pletely repulsed. Artillery was very
active on the northern front of Ver
dun last night.'
PARIS, May 27.—General Gallienl,
untn recently French minister of war
and popularly known as the "saviour
of Paris" died today at Versailles,
following an operation for kidney
Gallienl, a veteran of the Franco.
Prussian war, was one of the most
briHiant members of the French gen
eral staff. His d^rlt'.a r/-eke against
the Germans early In the war r.
only had much to do with saving
Paris from capture by the kaiser's
armies, b\it marked a turning point
-in .the European struggle.
Advancing swiftly toward the
French capital, the Germans had
reached the northern outskirts when
General Manoury attacked the Ger
man flank under Von Kluck. The
Germans were reinforced and Manoury
In desperation appealed to General
Gallienl who had been appointed mili
tary governor of Paris only a few
days before.
Gallienl moved swiftly. By tele
phone he requisitioned every taxicab
in Paris, loaded them with Zouaves
from Tunis who had Just reached
Paris and sent them dashing out to
Manouri's aid. Gallieni's taxicab army
saved the day. The Germans were
then rolFed back and beaten at the
General Gallenl was born in 1849
and was of slender, wiry build. He
saw service and won honors in the
French colonial possessions in Africa.
He reached the age limit several
years ago, but his services were
specially extended. He became minis
ter of war October 29, 1915, and was
succeeded by General Roques Marcl
15, 1916, resigning on account of .ill
health. He underwent an operation
for kidney trouble May 18.
PARIS, May 27.—.Lieutenant Wm.
Thaw and Kifffn Rockwell, American
aviators who were wounded In an en
gagement with German flyers near
Verdun, are returning to Paris for 4
brief convalescence. Their places
will be taken by two other Americans,
Clyde Bailey and C. C. Johnson.
Rockwell's face was splintered by
bits of his wind shield which was
struck by a German bullet. He con
tinued the flight and brought down
his German adversary.
Several American flyers are awalt-
(Continued on page 2.)
Mexican Proclamation Calls on
Natives to Rise Aga nst Insults
camp at Colonla Dublan, near Casaa
Grandes, are being strengthened.
Whether this has resulted from the
reinforcement of the Carranza gar
rison at Casas Grandes is not known
Two regiments of the army in Mexi
co, which at various times had been
reported as preparing to withdraw,
have gone into camp at Ihibian and
are apparently preparing for a Ions
stay. Recently there has been a heavy
movement of supplies to the frontal
base, as the truck trains have been
released from the work involved in
the retrograde movement.
One hundred and fifty Mexican
workmen have been put to work re
pairing the roads between Columbus
and Palomas, the first station inside
the Mexican lines.
Not to Discuss Withdrawal.
WASHINGTON, May 27.—General
Funs ton has instructed General Persh
ing »ot to dteos^s fbs qnestion at
VIENNA, May 27j—'Fnance is the
only belligerent now standing In the
way of an early peace, according to
reliable sources here. (Similar state
ments were contained In recent Unit
ed Press dispatchee from both Rome
and Berlin.)
England la now willing to cpitt the
war without attempting an offensive
on the western front, French states
men, however, bending every ef
fort to keep the British In line for a
final test of military strength against
the kaiser. Russia, Belgium and Italy
are ready to make peace.
France Is determined to carry en
the war throughout the summer be
cause from the military standpoint
her situation Is the most desperate
of any of the allies, exoeptlng 8erbla.
The Frenoh, aocordtng to Informa
tion reaching Vienna, fear that Gen
many may not relinquish alt the rich
Industrial region of northern France.
They have nothing to carry to a
peace oontferenoe for bargaining pur
poses, but an Insignificant slice of Al
sace and a Joint olalm with the BrIV
Ish on German Kamerun.
England, on the other hand, has
command of the seas, possession of
a large part of Germany's ooionles
and a foothold l« Mesopotamia, while
no foot of British territory Is held by
the oentral powers. Russia has a large
area of Aslatio Turkey with which to
United Press Will Have Force of Ex
perts In Both
by 8lds of
Telegraph Instruments.
U0W YORK, May 97^in covering
the national conventions at Chicago
and St. 'Louie next month the United
Press will pursue the same course
that it has followed throughout the
European war, the Mexican em
•brogllo and on all other extraordinary
news events. It Is the United Press
theory that Its own staff correspond
ents, to whom big news stories are
every day occurrences, are best equip
ped to meet the demands of con
vention reporting. At both Chicago
and St. Louis the United Press will
depend entirely upon a specially
chosen staff of its best men, select
ed from the New York, Washington
and larger bureau staffs.
The convention service will be un
der general charge of President Roy
W. Howard, assisted by Fred S.
Ferguson, acting news manager. It
will Include:
Perry Airnold, Low ©11 MBllett*
George EL Martin, Karl A. Bickel,
Robert J. Bender, Carl D. Groat, J.
P. Yoder, N. C. Parke, A. J. Eldred
and H. L. Renndck.
Special wires will be looped direct
to the United Press reservation, next
to the speaker's platform of the con
vention halls in both Chicago and St,
Louis. In both cities, a speciel work
room will be fitted up, underneath
the epeakei-s rostrum. Superintend
ent of Telegraph W. F. Lynch, will
be in general charge of the wire ax
rangements, and it is probable the
actual sending from the hall will be
done by Roscoe Johnson, chief oper
ator of the Chicago division^ and
rated as one of the star key-men In
the country.
The United Press working head
quarters at Chicago will be rooms
1608, 1G10 and 1-612, CongTess hotel,
and at St. Louis rooms 134 and 136
Jefferson hoteL
A Substitute Needed.
New York World: If the Metho
dists abolish the devil from their rit
ual, substituting the Impersonal at
tribute of sin, at what can a modern
Luther throw his inkstand when the
provocation arises?
withdrawal of the American forces
from iLexico in the coming confer
ence with Carranzista General Gavira
at Namiquipa, it was learned today.
Pershing was directed to confine
the talk to co-operation between
"ilr -^2 r"*\
The injured:
George Minear.
Kelly Davis.
Both will recover.
The four men were caught under
falling walls while trying to recover
a safe. The fire started- at four a.
m. from defective wiring in the
three story building. A forty gallon
tank of alcohol in the laboratory ex-
Was Alone at the Time and Details
of Accident Can Only be
Guessed at.
TjAKAjRFB, 111.,
the fourteen year oM son of George
and Rosa Marlatt, of this city, was
drowned in a small creek, one-half
mile north of town early Thursday
evening. The body was recovered
about two hours later by a searching
party. Arthur ttok a notion to go
A Welcome Complaint.
Sioux City Journal: The Keokuk
Gate City is for hard surfacing the
main arteries of travel. Another case
of hardening of the arteries, as it
land and France is confidently expect
ed by the administration. Intima
tlons today from the state department
were that advance discussions be
tween Ambassador Spring Rice and
the department had given the impres-
American and Mexican forces and generality— a radical change" in the
not to go outside of his military area allies' policy. England knows, how
in meeting Gavira. lever, what terms the United Slates
Pershing in reporting the request exacts, and as Sir Cecil has endeavor
for a conference to Funston, said he ed to head off the note, it Is presumed
desired Gavira to come to his head- he has outlined concessions EJngland
quarters where he believed he could is willing to make.
convince the Mexican general that I As a matter of fact, one official said
with actual co-operation between England's intentions appear good,
forces, they could stamp out bandits
in northern Mexico.
Pershing reported to Funston in
comment upon rumors of movements
of large Carranza forces in northern
Mexico that he has seen no such op
erations, that there was no indica
tion the natives were being armed or
incited to revolt, but that there seems
to be every desire to avoid trouble
•vtOMfes United States.
•bnt her administrative system is so
faulty that seizures have continued,
despite her pledges to refrain.
The case against England and
France as set out In the note, now
mailed is:
That England forces neutral ships
into her ports or persuades ship lines
Thtmdershowera. Local temp
—7 p. m. 80 7 a-m. 65.
Business Manager Williams of Penn and Fresh
man Oakley Lost Their Lives in Mori»
ing Blaze.
Two Men Injured in Conflagration Which De
stroyed One Building at a Loss
of $75,000.
OSKAiLOOSA, Iowa, May 27.—Two
men were killed and two injured in a
,$76,000 fire which wrecked the ad
ministration building of Penn college
here early today. The dead are
ROBERT H. WHj^IAMS, bG, busi
ness manager of Penn college.
iKESNBfY OAKX/EJY, 22, freshman
student at the college.
ploded and soon the fire swept
Students axtd txrwnspeople aided ths
firemen and many escaped death
when the hell weighing a ton, on topi
of the building, crashed through the
floors causing the south wall to falL
Williams and Minear ware in ths
act of leaving the doorway" with ths
safe from the office when they were
caught by the wall, Williams dying In
stantly. Oakley and Davis wile were
nearby were also caught £a the debris,
Oakley dying instantly.
Williams is surrfved by a widow
and Infant son. Williams besides be
lng business manager of the Quaker
school was state chairman of the
prohibition state central oommlttee.
Twelve Wtll Receive Diplomas Win,
ners of Knights of Columbus
Medals Not Announced.
Commencement exercises at St.
Mary's parochial school will be held
tn the school auditorium on Wednes
day, June 7 at 8:00 o'dodk In the
Diplomas wm be awarded twelve
members of the graduating class who
to the creek about 6 o'clock and ask- k*7® completed the prescribed course
of study. Preceding the awarding of
the diplomas, there will be a program
and entertajnment. The names of the
winners of the two gold medals offer
ed by the Knights of Columbus for
highest grades In christian doctrine
and United States history, have not
been announced yet.
ed Vernon Shriver, a neighbor boy,
to accompany him. The hoy was
busy at the time but agreed to follow
his friend in a few minutes. Arthur
went on alone and when the other
boy reached the creek he found
clothing on the bank, but Arthur
could not be located. It frightened
Vernon and he rushed \mek to town
and told his father, who soon spread
the alarm about the dty.
Following are the members of the
graduating class: George Heinz,
Alvin Winters, Corine Busch, Evallne
Burch, Ethel Endrls, Genevieve
Ewers, Helen Ewers, Margaret
0*Hara Helen Stahl, Catherine Tom
linson, Ruth Weler, MaTgaret Wilson.
It's always
pay cash.
lteply From England on Mailj.iv^Si
Seizures is Exrected in protest.
onon iime.
to a man's credit to
detention of ships for mail
search purposes Is unwarranted.
'Hhnt the allies* practice violates
the February 15 announcement and
the mails section of The Hague con«
[By Carl- D. Groat, United Press Staff vention.
Correspondent.] I That the United States will enter
WAl&HING'IJOX, May 27.—Early damage claims for past occurrences,
and favorable response to the Ameri- That even United States official
can mail seizures protest against Eng., mail has been outraged.
In conclusion the United States
plainly states it will "no longer toler
ate" the allied practices.
Beyond this, it shows itself as a
champion of neutral rights in its an
nouncement that a belligerent cannot
slon England intends to comply with be the judge and Jury on its violations
the American demands. of international law.
This is the more evident from the
fact that the United States did not
stipulate exact changes that must be
made but Instead demanded only the
Comment Refused.
•LONDON, May 27.—The text of the
American note on mails seizures had
not been studied by foreign office offi
cials today and tfiey refused comment
on cabled summaries.
Lord Robert Cecil, minister of
blockade, who received correspon
dents before the summary arrived,
attributed much of the delay In mails
to and from the United States to the
infrequent sailings of maU boats. Ha
pointed out that whereas before th
war many liners were plying between
the United States and England or be
tween England and continental ports,
several days now intervene between
The British censors, oa the aver,
age, consume not more than forty.
to touch Britain and then searches eight hours in passing judgment on
mails which the United States says matter osBtained in mail bags, h«
tf lssad.

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