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VOL. LIV. XO. 9.
ROCK ISLAND, ILL., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1004.
PRICK TWO CENTS.
WERE RUSSIANS ACTUALLY
BY TORPEDO BOATS 1
Rojestvensky in Report
Such Was Case.
SUNK ONE OF VESSELS
Story. Partially Substantiated
by English. Will Alter
St. Petersburg, Oct. 27. Vice Admir
al Rojestvensky's explanation of the
trawler incident is fully as sensation
al as the news of the firing upon the
He declared he was attacked in the
darkness by two tcrpedo boats which
came upon the squadron from the di
rection of the fishing fleet. He opened
fire and believes he sank one torpedo
boat, the other making off for cover
among the fishermen. As soon as he
was notified cf the fishermen Rojes
tvensky ceased firing.
i.r.KT .o i;ei:i. hi:mim.
He proceeded on his way without
leaving any vessel behind and says he
believes the vessel which the fisher
men reported remained on the scene
for six hours without offering succor
to the drowning was the other torpedo
boat, either waiting for her consort
or repairing the damage inflicted by
the fire of his ships.
mi japs 01 i. n mi: Tiu:iti:.
London, Oct. 27. Japanese Minister
Hayashi said today the idea of Japa
nese torpedo boats being in the North
sea was not only unfounded but abso
St. ffUTsliui.!,', Oct. 27. In tlu con
clusion of his telegram liojcst veuisky
expressed in the most warmhearted
way the regrets of the whole squadron
to the fisheriiK'ii who had suffered and
the families of the victims. The Ro
jestvensky report was telegraphed
from Vig.) direct to the emperor, who
j'-ceived it last night. It was com
municated this morning to Ambassa
dor Ilardinge by Foreign Minister
1 ntrrlmiM l'nrly if Jik.
There- is reason to believe the Brit
ish embassy was also acquainted with
the information which reached the
Russian authorities some time ago of
the arrival at and the subsequent mys
terious disappt arance from Hull of
20 Japanese, mention of which was
made in these dispatches Oct. 2.".
It is pointed out the original ver
sion of the incident as recited by the.
captain of the trawler Moulmein co
incides closely with Rojestvensky's.
n Torprtlo Itontx.
The captain said that while the
squadron was passing lie suddenly no
ticed two torpedo bouts which ap
proached so near that he thought they
intended boarding him. when they
sheered olT. heading back for the
squadron. Almost immediately there
after the squadron opened tire. Ac
cordini; to one account in Rojestven
sky's report it speeitieally states there
were no torpedo boats with the squad
ron when the incident occurred. If
this is true the statement of the cap
tain of the Moulmein would completely
corroborate Rojest vensky.
'it l"c in Matter.
In view of the entirely new complex
ion placed upon the incident by Ro
jestvensky's report it is readily con
ceivable that Russia may make rep
resentations to (Ireat Britain and that
the whole course of the rxc!i?nsrs be
tween the two governments regarding
the affair may be altered. Rojestven
sky's version is likely to create quite
as much indignation in Russia as the
fishermen's version did in Rngland
Further inquiry would seem to be in
ON PUNISHMENT OF
London. Oct. 27. l:.rt p. in. lp to
this hour there is no sign of an end to
he deadlock over the question of the
punishment of Russian officers re
sior.si!'.e f.r the North sea tragedy, so
the Associated Press understands.
As regards the British demand for
their punishment being an infringe
ment of Russia's sovereignty and
nghts Ambassador Benckendorff. in
his interview with Lord Lansdowne
today maintained that such punish
ment mut be taken on the spontane
ous initiative of the emperor's govern
ment ami that a demand from a for
eign power that Russia shall punish
Tier officers cannot ! er-r, rtained. In
any event it was impossible for Rus
sia to mete out punishment without hav-
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Chicago, 111., Oct. 27. A mysterious
fire at the Chicago Car & Locomotive
company's plant at Hegewishch. Ill
has become the subject of a many
sided investigation with sensational re
sults. Corporation Counsel Tolman ot
the city law department has given out
a statement which says:
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"The evidence shows beyond doubt
that the fire was of an incendiary ori
gin. The testimony of the engineer in
charge of the building, together with
that of the former superintendent of
the company, amounted to a direct
charge. that Isaac X. Perry, president
of the National Hank of North Amer
ica has become the owner of the prop
erty through sale under bankruptcy
proceedings, that he had proceeded to
manipulate the books and inventories
for the purpose of making a largely
increased showing as to the value of
the plant; that he had ordered the in
suance. then about $10i.miii. increased
to $2u0.00tt; that he had ordered all
cars, locomotives and other property
OF ALL BRIDGES
Contract Let for Structure at New
Vork to be 10,270 Feet
TO BLACKWELL'S ISLAND
River Span 1,182 Feet, 135 Feet Above
the Water The Total Cost
New York. Oct. 27. The Pennsyl
vania Steel company of Seelton. Pa-
has entered into a contract to build the
Blackweil's island bridge at New York
the largest ever constructed. It will
be 1.27) feet long, containing imi.uim.-
eeu pounds of steel, 1 :'.." feet high, the
contract price aggregating $3.itno.HM.
It will have trolley tracks, elevated
roads, foot and driveways.
The bride will be the longest and
heaviest of the three across the East
river. It is to be located on a line
between Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth
streets in Manhattan, and will connect
this borough with the borough of
(ujens on Long Island. The width
of the lower floor will be u) feet and
the upper floor is to be M feet, with
four trolley tracks and two elevated
Timer lUHt I '.! Ili'iik-
The top of the tower above high wat
er is to be .".n" feet, and the length of
the river span is to be 1.12 feet, and
the length of the bridge proper will be
:i.72u feet. The length of the Queens
approach is to be fi.r.uu feet, and the
total length of the bridge and ap
proaches will be 1U.27U feet.
When finished it will have eight
miles of trolley tracks and four miles
of elevated railroad tracks. This is
considered sufficient to carry 15'.immi.
iton pfr year.
To cover these tracks it would re
quire 2,e0i cars and to cover the en
tire bridge it would take .im.mi.ouo
DOES NOT OWN THE SANTA FE
Harriman-Rockefeller Combination Not
at Annual Meeting.
Top, ka. Kans., Oct. 27. The report
that a combination of Marriman and
Rockefeller interests had secured con
trol of the Santa Fe system was cf
ft dually disposed of an the annual
meeting of the stockholders held to
day. There was no representative of
the Harriman interests present. A big
majority of the stock was voted for
the reflection of the directors whose
'erms had expired this year.
Canadian "Nomination Day"
For Choice of Candi
dates. St. .lohns. N. P.. Oct. 27. Today was
"nomination day" throughout Canada,
the candidates of loth liberal and con
servative parties being officially nam
ed in more than two hundred electoral
listricts which select members of par
liament Thursday next and which will
decide whether Sir Wilfrid laurier.
leader cf the liberals, is to remain in
control of the federal government or
give way to his opponent. R. I- Borden,
kader of the opposition forces.
amk aval a wmm m aa a aj f. mm
LUbUIVIUIIVt r LHfl I
of the company stored within the
shops, that he had succeeded in obtain
ing access to the shops alone and un
accompanied upon a Sunday after
noon, and that within an hour thereaf
ter fire had broken out in four of the
five buildings and resulted in the de
struction of two of them."
Perry said that the charges against
him were raised for the purpose of in
juring his reputation; that there is ab
solutely no way :n which he could
profit by the destruction of the prop
erty; that the insurance money will go
to the company, not to him, and that
his interests would best be served by
the preservation of the property, not
by its destruction.
Il.-ink of North America Sold.
At a late hour last night the an
nouncement was made by tleorge M.
Reynolds, vice president of the Conti
nental National bank, that his bank
had purchased the National Bank of
North America, of which Isaac X. Per
ry is president.
ON THE STUMP
Definitely Decided Democratic
Nominee Will Make Three
HE WILL NOT COME WEST
Bryan Completes His Indiana Tour
Senator Gorman is
New York, Oct. 27. Judge Parker
will make three speeches in three
states, according to announcement
made by the democratic national com
mittee last night. The first will be at
Madison Square Oardtn, New York,
Monday night, the second at Newark,
N. J.. Tuesday night and the third at
Hartford or New Haven, Conn., Thurs
I'ini.oht'M in Indinuii.
Hammond, Ind.. Oct. 27. William .J.
Bryan last night ended his second tour
of Indiana for the national democratic
committee, by making two speeches at
Hammond, after making nine speeches
during the day. A large number of
persons heard him at the various
places. At lgansport Bryan was met
by Chairman Taggart, who accompan
ied Bryan to Monticello. Rennsalaer.
Hammond and Chicago.
Ilryiiu ii ml Tiiumirt Confer.
Chicago. 111.. Oct. 27. Chairman
Taggart and Mr. Bryan were met on
their arrival here by several democrat
ic politicians, and driven to the hotel,
where the political situation in Illinois
was discussed. Taggart refused to
talk of the meeting. Bryan left last
night for Kansas City, where he ex
pects to make a speech tonight.
Laurel. Md.. Oct. 27. Senator Gor
man addressed a mass meeting in this,
his home town, last night, and devoted
the greater portion of his address to
an attack on the present administra
tion. He expressed great admiration
for a republican, but said that in this
election the peeple "are not dealing
with the republican party, a party com
posed of free American? citizens. You
are dealing with a one man party in
Theodore Roosevelt. He completely
dominates his party and has led it
from the paths of rectitude and hon
Knlrtmnkn at Jrflrm lly.
Jefferson City. Mo.. Oct.. 27 The
first speech delivered today by Sena
te r Fairbanks, who is touring the state,
attracted several hundred persons to
the court house here. He explained
the republican idea of protection and
stated that the results of the protec
tive policy have saved the country
from stagnation. In concluding he
paid a tribute to Roosevelt.
Roosevelt is 46 Years Old.
Washington, Oct. 27. Today is the
anniversary of President Roosevelt's
birth. He is 40 years oil. Through
out the day he was in receipt of mes
sages of congratulation from friends
in all parts of the country. He receiv
ed many personal callers who con
gratulated him upon his anniversary.
Aged Couple Killed.
Rattle Creek. Mich.. Oft. 27. Mat
thew Alden and his aged wife met
death together on a railway crossing
yesterday. Alden was v and his wife
7: years old. Roth had been Metho
dist workers for half a century, the
former filling pulpits occasionally.
Japanese Attack Kuropatkin at
One Point and Capture
BATTLE LASTS ALL NIGHT
Russians Make Assault in Another
Location With Heavy
Mukden. Oct. 27. Fighting began
at l' o'clock last evening southeast
tif Mukden. The Japanese advanced
to the village of Jerdagan. which they
are reported to have captured after a
fight lasting until this morning.
Hit mm In it Altiirklnir.
Mukden. Oct. 27. There was an ar
tillery fight Wednesday night on the
north shore of the Shakhe river, di
rectly south of Mukden. Cannonading,
which was heavy, continued today. The
Russians are attacking. If successful
they will fight right up to the walls
Only Artillery KnKntcctl.
With Russian Eastern Army. Oct.
27. The heavy firing last night and
this morning was only the artillery
exchanging shots. Both firing lines
are now facing each other with no out
Ileutly fr V inter.
Mukden. Oct. 27. A Japanese at
tack is now expected shortly. The
Russian batteries continue to harass
the Japanese. Otherwise all is ouiet.
The Japanese dead recently found
showed by their warm clothing that
the Japanese are prepared for a winter
campaign, whereas the Russians have
not received their winter outfits.'
The Russians used several siege
guns of great range Monday, bombard
ing the Japanese positions near Shak
he. The Japanese replied with Shi
mose shells. The Chinese say the Rus
sian iire destroyed throe Japanese field
A LINER MAY HAVE
BEEN FIRED UPON
Vessel Supposed to Have Sunk in
North Sea Soon After Rus
sian Fleet Passed.
Copenhagen. Oct. 27. A correspond
ent at Aalborg telegraphs that tne
schooner Uuyane, which has arrived
there from l-iverjiool reirts having
passed the Baltic fleet at (I o'clock
Friday evening in the North sea steam
ing southward at full speed in two di
visions. At y ociock. wnen me uuy
ane was in latitude F degrees 25 min
utes north and longitude 5 degrees !."
minutes east the captain saw two miles
away a steamer with two funnels show
ing signals of distress. The (luyane
immediately bore down on the steamer,
which in the meantime had fired two
signal guns, but before he reached her
the steamer disappeared. There ap
peared to be no doubt she sank.
This report is interesting in view of
rumors that the Russians also sank a
It is also reported that, a disabled
Russian warship was seen iu the same
WAS ALSO FIRED ON
Aldebaran Target for Russian Ships
In Skagerack But She
London. Oct. 27. A dispatch from
Oetle. Sweden, says I he Swedish steam
er Aldebaran reports she was fired at
by a supposed Russian warship in
Skairerack. the evening of the 21st. but
sustained n damage.
Ixuidon, Oct. 27. The foreign of
fice regards the statement of the cap
tain of the Swedish steamer Alde
baran. at Cefie, Sweden, from Hull.
England, as being very important in
indicating the Russians had previous
ly firel on a defenseless ship when
tilers was no question of the prescne
of torpedo boats. It is understood
this point will be brought, before
Benckendorff this afternoon.
big ships are;: favored
General Board Think Type of Vessel
In Most Effective.
Washington. D. C. Oct. 27. Secre
tary Morton attended a meeting of the
general board, presided over by Ad
miral Dewey. The subject tinder dis
cussion was the type and number of
ships to be asked for at the next ses
sion of congress. It is probable that
large battleahins will be favored.
NEGRO STUDENTS PAINTED RED
Kingston, Ont., Oct. 27. Four col
ered students from the Barbados isl
ands, at the Queens university, were
decoyed to the dissecting rrr. strip
ped, strapped to the dissecting tables
and painted from head to foot. The
faces of the Barbados were painted a
RUSSIA AMD FRANCE SAY PEACE
CONGRESS CALL IS ELECTION
GREAT BODY OF COMMERCIAL TRAVELERS
HG FOR THE
New York, Oct. 27. The Democratic
Commercial Travelers' association,
representing a class of men that has
been hit hard by the trusts, is doing
good work throughout the land for Par
ker and Davis. Secretary William
Hoag, speaking of the work of the or
llt'mirix nt llnid.
"The national committee of Demo
cratic Commercial Travelers' and Busi
ness Men. pledged to the support of
Parker and Davis has for its chairman.
Hon. Josepli C. Hendrix. the well
known New York bank president and
an executive committee composed t)f
men with national reputations in the
various lines they represent. The work
of this committee is to reach mill oper
ators, manufacturers and retail mer
chants, many of whom are independent
voters, unattached to any political or
ganization, to circulate among them lit
erature discussing the issues of the
campaign from a business standpoint.
The logical channels for reaching these
business men are the commercial trav
elers, whose every day business is to
cover the country like a net-work, call
ing upon men in all lines of business.
This committee has over 5. mu travel
ing men on the road who are' working
enthusiastically and without pay for
Judge Parker's elect iim and are eleing
it without going out of their way. and
without conflicting with their business
duties. If Roosevelt would study the
real drummer of this country he would
learn something that would make him
THE HOLDUP MAN
County Official at Pomeroy, Ohio,
Indicted for Embezzlement
DECLARED ROBBERS TOOK IT
Said He Was Bound and Gagged by
Masked Men in Broad
Pomeroy. ().. Oct. 27. County Treas
urer Thomas J. Chase was indicte-d
yesterday by the grand jury, charged
with embezzling the $lf,Ui'U which he
claimed was stolen from his safe by
robbers Sept. :.
He was placed in jail, as he was un
able to secure1 bail. Last night he col
lapsed in his cell and a guard w;:
placed over him to prevent him from
The indictment ef Chase caused no
surprise, and it is expected that one or
more persons, alleged confederates of
the treasurer, will be indicted. Sev
eral names are mentioned in this con
nection. Alleged IloMiery in ):ij litil.
Chase claimed the robbery was com
mitted by masked men. who gagged
and tied, then locked him up in the
safe, where he was found by his daugh
ter. The alleged robbery took place
in daylight, and Chase insisted the
robbers made the-ir escape through the
corridors of the courthouse.
DAF PATCH GOES
THE FASTEST MILE
Paces in 1:56 Flat With Aid of Wind
Shield and Runner at
Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 27. With a
pace-maker, carrying a wind shield in
front, and accompanied by a rnnnt r at.
the side Dan Patch, driven by Iler-s-y.
paced the fas'est mile at the trot
ting park yesterday ever made by a
horse in harness, circling the track in
1 : ')', flaf. The former re-cord. 1:".'", ',.
was made- ly Dan Patch in l!i"2. The
trial was scheduled merely as an at
tempt tej beat 2 :'' j .
PART WITH ROCK
ISLAND ROAD STOCK
Heavy Blocks Thrown On the New
York Market on Account of
New York. Oet. 27. The s-ock mar
ket opener weak and lower today em
j the acntenes e,f the Anirlo Russian
j crisis. The whole list showed declines
i of a point r;r more. Heavy b' x r s of
' all prominent issues were thio.wi up-
on the njarke-r, e.- pecially liock Island.
ELECTION OF PARKER
"If the democrat- should spend mil
lions of dollars a year hiring paid
agents to travel about rousing hatred
to the trusts. tluse agtnts could not
do half the work that tlie drummers
are doing. It is a business truism
that 'face to face talk is always ef
fectual.' These living documents are
traveling representatives of Judge
I'trMt to I ft-1 'I'm I.
"First of all, and hardest of all. the
commercial travelers have felt the ef
fects of the trusts. Thousands of them
have been elriveui off the road. Other
thousands have seen their earnings
drop e'T. and the entire class is threat
ened with extinction. 1'nder trusts it
is only a matter of time. There are
at this very minute 5.ti0u traveling
salesmen scattered around this coun
try, in village- stores, country hotels,
large eities and on railway trains,
talking against the trusts and against
the administration that refuses to 'run
amuck.' They are intelligent men.
and all their success depends on thenr
ability tt convince-. They are jiowerful
agents: men whose own existence is
threatened. The size of the country
and the scattered territory of travel
ing salesmen prevents the-ir meeting
in oiie place, but through this national
committee of Democratic Commercial
Travelers and Business Men, their
concentrated action has been brought
about and they are working now as
they have never done in any previous
NEW YORK'S GREAT
Underground Street Railway Sys
tem is Started by Mayor
CEREMONIES WERE SIMPLE
Silver Key Set the First Train in Mo
tion Real Celebration by the
New York. Oct. 27. New York's
great underground railroad was for
mally declared open and ready for bus
iness today. The ceremonies connect
ed with the opening, were very simple.
With a silver key Mayor McClellan
turned the elee-tric current into the
motors of the "first train" in the sub
way at 2 o'clock and bells rang and
whistles blew from Harlem to the Bat
tery. trie IthlfM lor I'ul.li.-.
Immediately preceding the starting
of the t rains by the mayor, there were
formal exerci-:es in the aidermanic
chamber of the city hall, but the real
celebration will be that of the many
thousands who will throng the trains
betwet-n 2:"u and o'clock em special
invitation of the Internortmgh Rapid
WOULD BAR OUT IDLE RICH
Trinity's New President Takes Novel
Ground in Address.
New Haven. Conn., Oct. 27.-flavel
S. Luther, the- first civil engineer to be
made president of a college of liberal
arts in Amerie-a. was inaugurated pres
ident of Trinity yesterday. In his ad
dress he score d the idle rich and the
practice of "educating wealthy young
men to become idlers."
CONVICTED OF SOLICITING BRIBE
Milwaukee. Wis., Oct. 27. former
Aid. William Murphy was found
guilty last night by a jury of soliciting
a bribe in e-onnection with a side track
ordinance which passed the- common
council in l'.'U. Murphy's couns.c will
appeal the ca?e U the supreme court.
Murphy was admitted to bail in $:!,"J'.
Train Set Ablaze in Strange
Phillips. Neb., Oct. 27. A Burling
ton passenger train struck an oil wag
on crossing a stre-et today. Oil was
thrown oe-r the e ngine and cars, catch
in:r afire. Fireman C. I'. Lazear. f
Grand Island, was burned to de.vh
r. t I'ngincer Parkinson barely es
caped. Some cars we-re damaged, hut
the flair.es were soon extinguished.
Both Refuse to Have Any
thing to Do With
But Points Out That it Will
Have No Bearing On the
St. Petersburg, Oct. 27. The reply
of France and Russia to President
Roosevelt's invitation to a peace con
ference is categorical refusal. Here
the proposed conference is said to be
a mere electoral dodge, lacking seri
tilTlllIlll.V Y llllllK.
Berlin, Oct. 27 While the United
States' note inviting a secontl peace
conference at The Hague for the pur
pose of broadening and strengthening
tht original convention has not yet
been received by the? German govern
ment, the foreign office again empha
sizes to the AseK-iated Press Germany's
wish for another conference. This
must, however, avoid plans for univer
sal peace anil aim stdcly at practica
No i:tV-- on tin- War.
While the conference cannot have
any direct effect upon the Kusso-.lap-anese
war, since neither side wisht-s
outside interference, still questions
of international law have? arisen in
connection with this war which de
mand a settlement, and it lies to the
interest of the world's peace to reach
an international agre'oment on such
que'stions and get as many nations as
possible to subscribe to its terms.
AT CHICAGO IN CROWDS
Over 2,000 Members of Northern Illi
nois Association Expected in
Chicago. Oct. 27. Over 2,uuu school
teachers, members of the Northern Il
linois Teae-lurs' association, are ex
pected to attend a reception given by
the Chicago board of education in tin;
Art institute this evening. This recep
tion is the lirs! event in the teachers
annual convention, which will be' held
in the First Methodist church of Kvan
ston. The- sessions will continue
EFFORT TO CORNER
STEEL IS RUMORED
Trust Said to be Getting at Object
Through Control of Coke
Pittsburg. Pa.. Oct. 27. It is declar
ed here that in order to secure control
of most of the iron and steel trade of
the world the I'nite-d States Steel Cor
poration is seeking to corner tin; coke
mark t and is buying coke in the open
market in large quantifies. Coke ':i
large- fae-tor in the produetion ef pig
Iron, and a coke cenner would mean a
pig iron coiner.
HONG KONG FREIGHT
LEFT AT VANCOUVER
Canadian Pacific Steimship Company
Takes No Chances in
Victoria. Oft. 27 The report that,
the Canadian Pacific: Steamship Km
press Japan has been ordered to pro
ceed no further thai Yokohama this
trip and all her Hong Kong freight ha-t
been disemba rded again at Vancouver
has caused much excitement in navy
FILE CANAL OVERFLOW SUITS
Property Owners on Desplaines and II
Illinois Sue for $325,531.
Chicagf). Oct. 27. Notice that suit
for damages for overflow in the Ues
plahicri and Illinois rivers amounting
to $32.".r,:;i will be begun against the
drainage bejard was received by that
body yesterday. The claimants are
in La Salle, Tazewell, I)u Page and
Putnam counties. The board purchas
ed from thej Nebraska City Packing
company for $110,Wt 27.." 00 square
feet. ,f the Nebraska elevator at Twenty-second
street for the purpose of
widening the )-;outh branch.