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0ffio4al Jouraal tl»© Parish off Lafouröhe andGuardlan of time Interest off the Town. VOL XII THIBODAUX, LA.0SATÜRDAY. JULY 3, 1909. NO. 37 YCtirfl ST ABBED TO DEATH In Fight Over the Favor of a Voung Lady. NEGRO WOMANJ^TEARS OLD DIES Grand Jury Unable to Fix Criminal Liability for Mandeville Disas ter. Mysterious Murder of Italian at Berwick. Anizeme Credeur, aged 20, son of Clobule Credeur, was stabbed through the heart and instantly kill ed while fighting with Jack Melancbn, aged 17, a son of Charles Melancon, at a wedding ball given Friday night at the home of Dupre Hebert, in Marais Boulem, about eight miles north of Rayne. Melancon was ar rested. He denies that he used a knife, and his friends allege a third man did the stabbing. During the progress of the ball a misunderstand ing arose between Credeur and Mel ancon over the favor of a lady, and the latter called the former outside to settle the difficulty. A deputy sheriff who was present stopped the fight at the house, and the combat ants then, repaired to a nearby pas ture to renew hostilities. They had no sooner exchanged blows at the designated spot than Credeur was slabbed through the heart. Wants Courts to Act. At a meeting of the old School Board of Iberia parish, resolutions were adopted calling upon the new appointees to make the issue in the courts at once so that an early deci sion and settlement may be had and the best interests of the schools safe guarded, and calling upon the judge of the District Court to try the case at once. The old board protests against the action of the State Board of Education in removing the old board, tiince the State board is an appointive body, while the School Board of Iberia parish is elective and since both the attorney of the old board and the attorney general of the State, the legal adviser of the State board have held that the old board could not be removed in the manner attempted. I Merchant Injured by Falling. E. D. Reichert, a merchant of Roseland, met with rather a singular though serious accident at his resi dence. He arose from his bed on the second floor of the building, and went to the front gallery, and was probobly suffering from a dizzy spell. His wife called to him and he ans wered her, but suddenly she heard him fall and rushing downstairs, she discovered that he was lying on the, ground badly hurt, having fallen about sixteen feet. He is suffering from bruises on the head and shoul ders, but no limbs were broken, al though it is yet undecided as to internal injuries. Crop Conditions Improving. The crop conditions around Collin ston are improving rapidly, the fre quent showers and hot sunshine stimulating the young plants to rapid growth. Some planters are using poisons on their cotton to kill the; boll weevils, which are there and be coming quite numerous. The cotton crop is still fully three weeks late, and will not begin to bloom rapidly before the Fourth of July. Corn is improving rapidly, and with one more week of good weather will be in a fine state of cultivation. Most of the corn is late, as it has to be plant ed over as much as three times. Negro Woman 115 Years Old Dies. At Benton last Sunday the negroes held the funeral services of 61d "Aunt" Polly Darby at their church. It was attended by a large number of that race. ble character, having reached an age between 115 and 120 years. She left four children, thirty-three grand children, 103 great-grandchildren, twentyfour great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchil dren. ' As a slave before the war be tween the states she belonged to the late Isaac Edwards, one of Bossier's first settlers. "Aunt" Polly was a nota- j Member of Jury. Arrested. C. C. Moore, of Lecompte, La. who was a member of the jury that gave a verdict that released George Her ring at Alexandria, was arrested on a charge of perjury in connection with his oath as a juryman. The charge was preferred by District At torney John R. Hunter. Moore was released on a $500 bond. Herring was charged with the murder of John R. Black, of Winnfield, which occur red here Dec. 22, last. ! Unable to Fix Responsibility. r After a stormy session of several days the St. Tammany parish grand jury reported to the court that it had not been able to fix any criminal re sponsibility for the Mandevile disas ter of June 6. when eleven lives were lost by the collapse of a wharf. Increased in Value. The police jury will meet again July 5 at Winnfield, at which time it has notified the timbermen to show cause why their assessments should not be changed, in that the lands should be differenetly classified. The changes they have made by taking j land from one class and raising it to j à higher class will raise the assess ment of the pat-ish by over $1,000, 000. Timber lands will be increased in value about 30 per cent. i Mysterious Murder. Sheriff Peterman and Deputy Charles Pecot are investigating the mysterious killing of Tony Mascinea, an Italian, who conducted a grocery store in Berwick. His body was found in a room adjoining the store with a gash in the back of his head and bis throat cut in two plhces. His trunk had been broken open, the drawers of a locker rifled, and his pockets in his. trousers turned inside out. The body was discovered by Ed Babin, who gave the alarm, and shortly afterwards Babin and his wife were arrested and held pendiâg a further investigation. Joe Sahders, a negro, was also taken in custody on suspicion. There weje no eyewit ling pin was found*in'the room with the body. The supposition is that ihe Italian was struck with this piece of iron and rendered unconscious, after which .his throat was cut. Babin and his wife claim they know noth ing whatever of the murder, and had entered the store about 9 o'clock, making the grewsome find, and im mediately reported it to the neigh bors. n»,e, to.,he .horribly. 4.^ I line nin was ™ Two Hurt in Runaway. Steve Scanlon, employed in the office of the National Lumber Com pany, was seriously hurt, and Capt G. W. Reed, superintendent of the plant, was slightly injured in a runa way accident at Hammond. The horse attached to the buggy became frightened at an automobile, and ran away, dashing into a telephone pole and throwing the occupants out vio lently. Mr. Scanlon was thrown in to a ditch, his head striking a hard substance and inflicting serious in juries. Captain Reed escaped with a few slight bruises. Selling Liquor to Minors. C. O. Weick, president of the Sum I ter House; Alex Bryan proprietor of the Railway Exchange, and Louis Mayer, proprietor of the Mayer Ho tel cafe, three of the largest saloons in Baton Rouge were found guilty of selling liquor^ to minors by Judge Brunot. Sentence was suspended in reviewing the three cases Judge Bru not said the evidence did not disclose a wanton violation of the law, but attributed the violation to negligence on the art of the er.iployes of each place. Great Northern Pushing Road. The New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Company has a large force of men working on its new shore line track between Abita Springs and Sli dell, and expects to be running trains through to Jackson, Miss., by July 1. It will also reduce its present sched ule time between Covington and New Orleans about fifteen minutes. Physician Fight it Gut. An echo of the Iberia School Board trouble was had at Jeanerette, when jjr. Paul M. Cyr president of the old School Board, was ousted, and Dr. J. G. Bouvier, one of the chief complainants before the School board last week, met on the street. The two physicians engaged in a fistcuff and as a result both bear marks, but neither was seriously hurt. Negro Assalter Indicted. Negro Assaulter Indicted, an assault on Mrs. O'Neal at Coving ton, has been indicted by the grand jury on the charge of breaking and entering in the night time armed with a dangerous weapon with in tent to commit a felony. Perry has been brought here from New Or leans and is lodged in the jail at this place. Woman Struck by Lightning. Mrs. W. A. Moore, of West Lake, was struck by lightning and rendered unconscious for quite a while. The lady was preparing supper when she was struck, she fell prostrate to the floor, where she was ffeund seven minutes later by her husband. She recovered consciousness sometime later, a4£ told of her experience. Charbon Under Control. The charbon epidemic in Calcasieu parish is believed to have been checked through vigorous measures instituted by a government expert. Oil Producers Organize. Thirty oil producers in the Caddo field met at Shreveport and effected temporary organization for protec tion of their interests. , Steamboat Traffic Inaugurated. Steamboat traffic between Baton Rouge and points on Bayou Teche, through the Plaquemine »Locks, has been inaugurated. Million Dollar Loan Association. The Calcasieu Homestead, Build ing and Loan Association, with $1, 000,000 capital, was organized at Lake Charles. Ten Bitten By Dog. Ten persons, eight of them chil dren, were bitten by a mad dog at Scott, La. Attempted Suicide. A stranger from some town In Kentucky, who has been in New Iberia for a day or two, was arrested for petit larceny, having it is alleged stolen some books from the Lee Drug Store. After being placed in jail he became violent and attempted suicide by cutting a vein in his arm. He was taken to the office of Dr. Carstens, when it was found he was suffering from other diseases which affected his inind. . NEW PHASE IHSE1CEL CASE Tried to Get Rid of Trunk Like One Body was Found in. MYSTERY SOMEWHAT CLEARED OP Murderer Claims to ^>e a Descendant of Four Fabled Chinese Demi Gods Who Lived Before , Chinese History Began. New York.—The New York police have confirmed the new phase of the Sigél murder case brought to light in Newark, N* J., Monday—that Leon I ^ """ 'with âlieifty»oviSl; trifft fcûKé thé one in which the body was found, and pressing anxiety to be rid of it. It has been ascertained that he at tempted to leave the trunk in the Newark restaurant of Li Sing, but prudent Li Sing would not hear to having the trunk dumped on him. James Halstead the Newark cabby who is understood to have driven Leon and his burden back to New York the same day, was found to night and identified the trunk as the one he hauled. The mystery of just how Elsie Si gel was killed, was cleared up to some extent today with the announce^ ment of the results of the coroner's autopsy, supporting in a way that the murder was not premeditated, but committed on the spur of the moment by the jealousy crazed China man. a Dr. O'Hanlon, of thf coroner's office, said there had been found no ruptured blood vessels such as al ways accompany death by violent strangulation, but that on the con trary, there was evidence of conges tion of the lungs, such as always goes with death by asphyxiation. The analysis of the contents of the stom ach is not yet complete and on ac count of the advanced state of decom position in which the body was found, it has presented many difficulties. There is absolutely no confirma tion of the statement made to the police by a clerical friend of the Sigel family that Elsie married Chu Gain, Leon Ling's rival, who is held under bond as a material witness. Chu Gain has protested that he has sorrows enough without being made out a widower. Police Capt. Galvin was detached last night on a leave of absence, re turned to town this morning as sud denly as he left and was back on his post again tonight without a word to say. Whatever his clue may have been, it seems not to have materializ ed. The district attorney's office to day had Ong Fung, a English speak ing Chinaman, up for a little quiz on the Chinese tongs, and their possible affilations with the case. Ong Fung told the authorities that nothing was known in Chinatown to connect Leon with either of the tongs and that ap art from his membership in the Chin ese Mason (which the Masons deny) the only other society to which he belônged was the descendants of four fabled demi-gods, who lived in the cloudy days before even Chinese his tory began and who gather now for nothing more violent than to vaunt their descent. Even if Leon is caught and his case- comes to trial, it seems little likely from a statement made tonight that the carefully guarded Elsie let ters will ever be made public in their entirety. Think They Have Ling. Jackson, Tenn.—That they have in custody Leon Ling, the slayer of Elsie Sigel is the belief of the local authorities. The suspect, a China man, whose facial expression and general appearance tallies with the published description of Leon, came to Jackson June 16. MRS. GOULD VINDICATED. Her Victory Was Complete Excepting as to the Alimony Allowed New York.—After a trial of nearly three weeks' duration, Katherine Clemmons Gould obtained a legal separation from her husband. Ho ward Gould, third son of the late Jay Gould, by a decision of Justice Dowling in the supreme court here. With tne exception of alimony, her victory was complete, but in this phase of the case the court decided that $36,000 a ear was sufficient, al though in her suit Mrs. Gould asked for $250,000. She has been receiv ing $25,000 a year from Mr. Gould. SALOON WRECKED. Twentieth of a Series of Mysterous Chicago Crimes. Chicago.—Another bomb, the 20th of mysterious series during the last year, wrecked the saloon of Manning and Bows at 321 State street here, causing a loss of $2,000. Windows in a nearby department store jmd a restaurant were shattered by the force of the explosion. NEGROES SAW BOY DROWN. .But They Were Afraid to Tell Any body About It. Shreveport, La.—Willie Davidson, an eight-year-old negro boy, was drowned in Red River near the foot of Texas street Monday afternoon. He was in swimming with several other negro boys, who saw him drown, but were afraid to tell be cause the police had been instructed to arrest boys found swimming at that point. GAVE HUBBY A DRINK. Man Who DHnk. 1rs. William >t believe in lite prohibi ^"floes she he ld should obey Meridian Wcmtn V Gave Husbam Meridian, Miss. Green, of this city, d any violations of t tion law. Especial; lieve that her .husb: the law to the very 4<âter. Not only that, but she has no ^Äerance for any one who might tem|^.Mr. Green to violate - the law byj even taking drink of whisky. Mrs. Green Tues day morning started' out from home with her baby in herhrms to find her husband. She soon jgpated him, with James Cunningham ,^n f reift of ym cery store. Mrs. Ürjjfen charged uiifp ningham wltfe givjjjj^h®r husband a . . . , iky. Following lier charge she dashed across to a buggy and procured a whip from it3 holder. With her baby still in her arms she quickly covered the distance back to her husband and his friend, and in a flash had administered a severe whip ping to Cunningham. Mrs. Green then gave her baby to her husband, and while he held it in his arms ad ministered a ßimilar treatment to him. Green could do nothing but hold the baby. Mrs. Green then grabbed the child from the arms of the father. The two men could not wait for further developments, but jumped into a buggy and made their escape. Both are prominent in the city. 1 TIPPLING op women. No Others Do Drink so Much as Americans. New York.—"No where in the world do wealthy women drink so freely and so audaciously as in New York," declared Lee Theimer. Thei .mer has been manager of the main restaurant of the St. Regis hotel since its opening, and has had un excelled opportunities to observe the convivial traits of rich women. "The way New York women are allowed to drink promiscously is almost a crime," said Theimer. "It would not be tolerated in any other country in the world. In Arabia women are not even allowed to go out shopping; here they are allowed to go out tip pling. New York women drink very, very freely. Their husbands seem to allow them carte blanche. I suppose the reason these women drink much is because they have no work to do and find time hanging on their hands. In some places women are permitted to imbibe to their heart's content—some times even to the ex tent of becoming beastly—what do you call it- 'Soused." KNOCKED FROM ENGINE. Into Creek With Skull Fractured; Recovering. Mobile, Ala.—Lee Bardwell, a fire man in the employ of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, was knocked from a trestle over C.hickasabogue Creek last night by an engine of a freight train. Members of the crew and others who witnessed the accident saw Bardwell sink under the waters of the creek. A search was made and the body recovered. Although Bardwell was said to have been seriously hurt and otherwise affected by his double es cape from death, the belief is ex pressed that the will fully recover. DEFAULTER ENDS HIS LIFE. David H. Barker, who Left Wells Forgo $14,000 Short Dies. San Angelo, Texas.—David H. Barker, a defaulter to the amount of $14,000 from the Wells-Fargo com pany at Hot Springs, Ark., over a year ago, committed suicide here Monday. While the suicide was known at th&t time it was not known that it was Berker until L. Q. Heard, traveling auditor for the company, identified him by a pic ture. Barker ended his life in a house of ill fame. FARM LANDS IDLE. Explanation of Secretary of Agricul ture Wilson. Washington.—Secretary of Agri culture Wilson, who has just return ed from a trip through the western states, says lack of farm hânds is the chief cause of ihe high prices of food stuffs. "All through the west and northwest the same situation exists," said Mr. Wilson. "The country is as healthy and prosperous as ever it was, but thousands of acres of val uableland are lying idle because the owners cannot hire labor." POSSE HUNT NEGRO. Cpthbert, Ga.—Scores of armed men, with the county dogs, are searching this section for a negro named Albert Reeves, who made a desperate attempt to criminally as sault Miss Mary Taunton, a young girl, living about four miles south of Cutlibert, on the Monroe planta tion. The negro attacked Miss Taun ton with an ax and almost cut one arm off, besides inflicting other dan gerous cuts on the body. NEW HARRIMAN COMPANY. New York.—E. H. Harriman, through his new $75,000,000 South ern Pacific Company of Mexico, which was incorporated at Trenton N. J., will merge the various lines now controlled by his system in that country, and incidentally carry out extensive improvements mapped out just previous to his departure for^ Europe a short time ago. The capi tal stock is divided into 750,000 shares of the par value of $100 each. NEWS NOTES FROM WASHINGTOÜ Happenings of the Week Briefly Told—The Latest News From the Capital The federal government ig prepar ing to investigate t.he sugar trust. Senator Beveridge's speech has had the effect of stirring the senate to ac tion on tobacco legislation. , President Taft's corporation tax scheme was introduced in the senate by Senator Aldrich. The opposition to Taft's corpora tion tax scheme , is increasing in the senate. * .Sa - ~ Congrus passed a fecial act mak ing the -merk ahtt harboi 1 » appropria tion available. The indications are that President Taft's corporation tax law will passed at the present session of con gress. Republican members of the senate finance committee say that the cor poration tax will be passed at this session of congress. Stuart McNamara has resigned as assistant district attorney to devote his whole time to the prosecution of the Panama libel cases. The United States government has warned Nicaragua that American in terests at Blue fields must be pro tected. Rear Admiral Mordecai T. Endi cott, U. S. N., retired, who has been performing active duty, was detached from service. To encourage American shipping Senator Elkins introduced an amend ment to the tariff bill which would allow to American vessels a reduction of 5 per centum in tariff duties. The hot weather apparently has had no effect on congress. Senators have provided themselves with elec trie fans and lemonade and are pre pared to talk all summer. The government suit against the New York, New Haven and Hartford the Boston and Maine and other rail roads for violating the anti-trust law has been dismissed. Amendments increasing the duty on shoes from 15 to 20 per cent ad valorem and on sole leather from 5 to 10 per cent, the lower figures rep resenting the house rate, were adopt ed by the senate. The duty on collo dion also was Increased. In the senate the finance commit tee's amendment to take hides from the free list and place a duty of 15 per cent ad valorem on them was under discussion all day. Senators Warren, of Wyoming, and Carter, of Montana, spoke in favor of the amendment, while Senator Page,' of Vermont, opposed it. An emergency appropriation of $10,000,000 for the taking of the next census was authorized by the house of representatives. The bill met with much opposition, although it was explained that unless the money was forthcoming the census bureau would be compelled to sus pend business. The question of the eight-hour law was submitted to President Taft in the form of a request by Thomas Do lan, president of the Steam S.hovelers' Union, that the president obtain from the attorney general an opinion as to whether the law prohibiting pay ment for overtime Is not being vio lated on the Panama canal. Much voting and little talking characterized the work in the senate. The lumber .schedule was disposed of, and the duty on pineapples was in creased, the finance committee suf fering a defeat in the latter case. An attempt to reduce the finance com mittee's rate of $1.50 per thousand on sawed lumber to $1, the house rate, was lo3t. Secretary of Agriculture Wilson denies the report that he will resign. A duty of 15 per cent ad valorem on hides was agreed to by the senate by a vote of 46 to 30. This is the present duty, being applicable, how ever, only to hides weighing more than twenty-five pounds. Senators McCumber, Gamble, Heyburn and Taylor spoke in favor of duty on hides, while Senators Burton and Foster advocated free hiàes. The entire wood tariff schedule making reductions of about 25 per cent from the present rates was agreed to by the senate. A new amendment to the coal schedule, of fered by Mr. Aldrich, reducing the duty on bituminous coal from 67 to 60 cents a ton, and eliminating the reciprocity clause from the house bill, was adopted by the senate. The two senators from Florida, a pineapple producing state, in upholding the amendment to increase the duty on pineapples from $7 to v8 per thou sand, were opposed by the two sen ators from Maryland, in which state there are a number of large pineap ple canning factories. Three mighty speeches by Senators Beveridge, Bailey and Newlands were delivereS in tae senate. Mr. Bever idge attacked the "tobacco trust." Mr. Bailey talked about free raw ma terial, his object being to justify his vote against free iron ore, lumber and hides, and Mr. Newlands spoke on the income tax question, agreeing on the whole with President Taft's corporation tax idea, but suggesting that a tax on corporations alone might violate the constitutional re quirements of uniformity. WIRE FLASHES Another insurrection has broken out in Morocco. The Sigel murde^ mystery in New York is still unsolved. The Pope has been annoyed by the presentation of an automobile by Americans. Fire at Lake George, N. Y., caused 9250,1(00 damage to the Fort Wil liam Henry Hotel. Sarah Orne Jewett, the authoress, died at her summer home at South Berwick. Seventeen men were killed and sixteen injured by an explosion in a coal mine at Wherum, Pa. A- P. Puryear Confederate veteran and a Rankin County supervisor, died at Jackson, Mies., aged 76 years. The Gedman Reichstag rejected the government's bill for the taxation of inheritances. The Sultan's troops were victori ous in a battle with insurgents in Moroceo. Miss Bessie Day, school teacher, and her cousin M. E. Barton were drowned by the çapsizing of a boat near Pittsburg, Kans. The New York police think Leon Ling, the Chinese murderer of Miss Elsie Sigel, may be hiding in New Orleans. William Carroker, a negro, accus» ed of the murder of William Leon ard, was taken from jail at Talbot ton, Ga., and lynched. The old school Board of Iberia Parish urged that early action be taken by the courts on the injunction against the new board. Fire at Rayne La., destroyed the mercantile building and stock of David Levy. Loss $70,000; insur ance, $40,000. Oscar Lewisohn, the husband of Edna May, the former actress, is reported to have been killed in an automobile accident in Europe. Three arrests were made in con nection with the murder of Tony Mascinea, an Italian storekeeper at Berwick. Robert E. Eastman who murder ed Mrs. Woodill near St. Michaels Md., committed suicide in order to avoid capture. Albert Reese, a negro who chop ped off an.arm of Miss Mary Taun ton, was taken from jail at Cuthbert Ga., and lynched. Justice Dowling, in New York granted Mrs. Howard Gould a sépara tion from her husband and alimony of $36,000 a year. A man named Shelber, of Jesse Ky., attempted suicide at New Iberia La., after being arrested on a charge of petty larceny. The Grand Jury at Covington re ported that it was unable to plaae any criminal liability in connection with the Mandeville disaster. Five American and four English tourists and two Irish boatmen were drowned during a storm on Lake Killarney, Ireland. Myron H. Phelps, a New York, lawyer, who, it is alleged, has been preaching sedition in India was or dered out of a London hotel. Mrs. Katherine Clemmons Gould took the stand in New York as a wit ness in rebutai in the trial of her suit for a separation from Howard Gould. P. J. Gentry an actor, after serv inf fourteen years in the Pennsylvan Penitentiary for the murder of Madge Yorke, an actress has been pardoned. The branch of the Wagoner Bank and Trust Company, at Fort Worth, Tex., was held up by a lone high wayman. The robber escaped with $8,100 in currency. Louis Mayer, Alex Bryan and C. O. Weick were convicted at Baton Rouge of selling liquor to minors. Sentenced was suspended because of extenuating circumstances. Sanford Robinson personal coun sel to F. Augustus Heinze, was con victed in the United States Circuit Court in New York of impeding in ad vising a grand jury witness to aevade the service of a subpoena. The grand jury at Sumner, Miss., indicted the Board of Supervisors for the Second District of Tallahatchie County, the F. B. Hull Construction Company and F. B. Hull individual ly, charging conspiracy to defraud the county in the contracts for re building the Courthouse. The two lawyers engaged by the citizens of Sumner, Miss., to rose cute Town Marshal Zack Denton, in dicted for manslaughter in connec tion with the death of James Craw ley, withdrew from the case because District Attorney Harris would not co-operate with them. That he had mathematically prov ed a discovery that the moon was a planet captured by the earth from space and not a detached portion of our globe, was the announcement made by Prof. T. J. J. See, astrono mer in charge of the naval observa tory at Mare Island, in a resort to the Astronomical Society of the Paci fic. Rev. Father Buckley wa3 drowned while surf bathing at St, Augustine, Fla. EUROPE FAVORS Glad to Dump Immoral Fe males on Ü. S. SECRETARY K UDU TO TAKE A HAND Will Hold Countries to Agreement on Subject. Believe Treaty Is Openly and Flagrantly Broken. New York.—A special from Wash ington says: Secretary Knox is repariiyj to make diplomatic representations to certain European governments, pro testing against the violations of the international treaty for the suppres sion t>f the white slave traffic. The 3t£te Department has information that some of the European govern ments are not only making no effort to break up this infamous traffic, but, on the contrary are tacitly encourag ing the shipment of women for im moral purposes to the United States. The State Department's action will be based upon statements that have been received from Secretary Nagel, covering reports from the Bureau of Immigration. Marcus Brown of New York city is now traveling in Europe as a special immigration agent in vestigating the white slave traffic. Mr. Braun reports to the department that the treaty binding the nations of Europe to co-operate with the Uni ted States government in breaking up this business is being ignored. The department has information stronger than this. It is to the effect that the officials of certain European countries are actually winking at the operations of the miserable creatures engaged in trafficking in white slaves. There is no hint at graft or official corruption in this connection. • It is stated that the governments of Eur ope are anxious to be rid of this im moral element and are not disposed to interfere with plans th'ät will take the women to other lands. The treaty, wlfose violation Secre tary Knox is to complain of, was the outcome of a congress called at Berlin in 1902. Delegates from sev enteen countries participated, and an arrangement was made for the sup pression of the white slave traffic. A treaty on the subject binding the United States to the terms of the agreement was adopted by our senate in 1905. In June of last year the President issued a proclamation set ting forth the terms of the agree ment. The other signatory powers are Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal Sweden, Russia, Norway, Swiss Federal Coun cil, Austria-Hungary and Brazil. Under the terms of this treaty each of the governments bound by it agrees to exercise a supervision for the purpose of finding out, "partl ciularly, the stations and ports of embarkation, the conductors of wo men and girls intended for debauch ery.'! While the Washington authorities decline to state what nations are dis regarding this treaty, it is believed that France and Belgium are the chief offenders. The great majority of white slaves sent to America are recuited from those countries. Paris harbors a horrible lot of men who are engaged in the business of round ing up unfortunates. - The United States immigration au thorities turn back a large number of these women every month. Dur ing May, for instance, thirty-one females were rejected at the various ports of entry on the charge that they were brought here for immoral purr poses. They have been coming, how ever, in such large- numbers that the immigration officials believe that the business of bringing them over is in some instances at least encouraging by the European governments. SUPERSTITIOUS WOMAN Suicides Soon After the Fall of Her Picture. New York.—Clinging with morbid tenacity to an old superstition that her death was sure to occur on the seventh day after her picture had fallen from the wall, Mra, Tobina Roloff, sixty-seven years old, Jumped from the third-story window of her home in the East Side and killed her self. Ever since a week ago, when the woman's picture, loosened in some way from its fastenings, fell with a crash to the parlor floor, she had gone about the house moaning that she had "only seven days more to live." Her son did all he could to calm her, but she clung to the su perstition, and refused to believe that the sign would fail. NINE-YEAR-OLD SLAYER. Girl Lad Kills Seventeen-Year-Old After Quarrel. Waco, Tex.—Following a trivial quarrel, George Cohen, nine-years old, secured a target rifle and .kiffed Maggie Farrell, eight ear his senior The shooting occurred at EdgefloJ". suburb of Waco. SCAFFOLD FALLS. White Normal Students Pose f Photograph. While preparing to take a pict»»^ of the Summer Normal School stu dent at the Louisiana Industrial In stitute, the scaffolding which had been erected collapsed with about three hundred persons on it, and the greater part of it. was totally wreck ed. Six girls suffered broken legs; several received bad sprains, and two were hurt internally.