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J. M. SHERIER, Observer.
The Irtis Classi
fied Co lumns Telt
VOL. LIV. XO. 10C.
SATURDAY. FEBRUARY. 18, 1003.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
RUSSIA AGHAST AT DUKE'S MURDER:
MOMENTOUS EFFECTS ARE PREDICTEI
Royal Family in Fear Re
treats Behind Pal
OTHERS MARKED TO GO
Terrorists Jubilant at Success
in Carrying Out Their
St. Petersburg. Feb. 18. Oppression
like the shadow of doom seerns to be
hanging over the Russian capita!
Bells are tolling arid the people In the
streets are awestruck at yesterday'
bloody crime. Every one seems to
thrink before the contemplation of
what may happen next.
Mnpailiy for Kinprrar.
The tragedy struck deep in the heart
of the perplexed and tried emperor and
many who were unsparing in their
criticism yesterday today have onl
expressions of sympathy for his un
happy lot. The bitter cup which dur
ing the last year has been pressed
again and again to his lips is once
more filled to the brim and in almost
pathetic words this morning he asked
his subjects to pray for the repost of
the soul of his murdered uncle.
Dralh la th- Air.
Death is in the air. No one knows
when the next blow will fall. Tlie au
thorities realize their impotency to
ward off the swift hand of the terror
ists, murder in the streets being pos
sible at any in-fnnt. The only safety
seems to lie in seeking refuge behind
palace walls, and all the imperial fam
ily have been warned not to venture
I'm pern Are Serious.
Although only the official papers ap
pear with black borders the editor
ials of ali of them are strangely so
ber. Some papers which in the past
have been ready to lay almost any
charge at the door of Grand Huge Ser
gins are drawing back before the
prospects that reform may give way to
an era of oppression. Hut even in
the midst of universal reprobation of
the crime the majority express hope
that after all the darkest hour comes
just Iw-fore t he dawn.
He olutloninta l".ltrt.
Among the revolutionists, however,
there is a sentiment of elation. They
openly glory in the deed proclaiming
that it removes the most reactionary
Influence at court and also proclaim
the general theory that in the absence
of armed resistance only by terror can
concessions be wrung from the hands
of the autocracy.
According to their view any weapon
is Justifiable. As a matter of fact it
is too crrly yet to say what the politi
cal effect will be. For the moment
everything is at a standstill.
AU Send 'ottlrin-r.
Kxpressions of condolence have
reached the emperor direct from prac
tically all the governments.
aniiuunn Ibr ounrll.
St. Petersburg. Feb. is. An extra
ordinary sitting of the council of the
empire has been summoned to con
sider the situation resulting from the
assassination of Scrgius.
Prince Friedrich l.eo;ld. of Prus
sia, who has been visiting the emper
or started for Perlin at midnight.
BELLS OF MOSCOW'S
500 CHURCHES TOLL
FOR DEAD GRAND DUKE
Moscow. Feb IS. - Bells of Moscow's
.on churches are tolling today, requiem
masses ,ire being celebrated ami be
fore many shrines priests are ce-as-
Kfsly chanting prayers for the repose
of the soul of the murdered Grand
Duke Sergtns. His remains still rest
in the ChoudofT monastery whither
they were removed yesterday.
The widowed Grand Duchess Eliza
beth is prostrated. She is unable to
attend requiem mass.
Troops are patrolling inside Krem
lin and all entrances which continue
to be closed to the public.
All shops are closed and newspapers
appeared with mourning !orders.
students have been roughly handled in
("halleac tm lioTrnmnt.
St. Petersburg. Feb. IS. 2 a. in. The
assassination of Grand Duke Sergius
FIVE PEOPLE ARE
BURNED TO DEATH
Island Fal's, Me.. F b 1? Five peo
ple were burned to death in a dwell
ing house on a plantation. 5-0 miles
north of here today.
AGED COUPLE OIE
BY THE GAS ROUTE:
MAY BE SUICIDE
Chicago. Feb. 18. Mrs. Margaret B.
Davidson, aged C4, and John Day, aged
78. were found today in a room filled
with illuminating gas. The woman
was dead and ihe man unconscious.
Whether the two attempted to commit
suicide or were accidentally overcome
is not known.
SNOW STORM TIES
UP EASTERN LINES
Locomotives Unable to
One Train Through the
Corry, Pa.. Feb. IS. A general storm
last night and this morning has effec
tually blocked all through trains on
Jamestown, N. Y., Feb. IS The Chi
cago Express which left Buffalo on the
Erie yesterday afternxn is stalled
near Eden Center and up to 9 o'clock
today the efforts of four locomotives
to force it through the drifts were un
availing. The passengers are well
undoubtedly was the woik of the fight
ing organiation of the socialistic revo
lutionary party, which condemned and
xecuted Count Bobrikoff. governor
general of Finland, and M. Sipiaguine
and Von Plehve. ministers of the inter
ior. It is regarded as a direct chal
lenge from the terrorists to the autoc
racy and a revival of the famous duel
between the nihilists ;.nd the govern
ment of 25 years ago.
Itexialt S-cm til l I fti 1.
Opinions differ as f the political ef
fects of the tragedy, some inclining to
the view that the killing of a member
of the imperial family may result in
Nicholas II. reviving a period of re
action; but this opiuion is not gener
Mnrelrr Wum 11fort unr.
The murder of Sergius just at the
lime when the forces of liberalism were
gain in supremacy and when file sum
moning of the zerusky zobor was as
sured, means universal reprobation.
ven by the extreme social democrats.
who denounce the crime as strongly as
o the liberals and conservatives.
ltnlln- Miiiplo rn Strike.
Moscow. Feb. IS. Telegraph opera
tors and other employes of three rail
roads have struck for hicher waces
and shorter hours,
Train service is
MAY HAVE BORNE A
PEACE MESSAGE FROM
THE GERMAN EMPEROR
The explanation of Prince Friedrich I
lxopold's return to Herein is ho has
decided to go to Manchuria by water
but there is no high authority for the
statement that the prince was the
bearer of a letter from Emperor Wil
liam. In diplomatic circles there ex
ists a suspicion that amounts almost
to conviction that Emperor William
has undertaken peace negotiations in
ltrlntlt-M Not I'mnl,
Solemn state requiem mass for the
repose of the soul of Grand Duke Ser
gius was celebrated at St. Isaac's here
this afternoon at which representa
tives of the foreign powers, ministers
and other dignitaries were present
but not a single member of the imper
ir.I family attended.
The great square in which the im
posing cathedral is situated, presented
a remarkable spectacle. The sur
rounding sidewalks were packed with
people held back by a solid wall of
4 oaiUM-ka at Ser Ice.
Inside the. square a row of gorgeous
carriages and sleighs faced the portal.
An intervals were posted mounted sen
tries and in each corner of the square
was a squadron of Cossack.
DASHED TO DEATH
Men Killed. 14 Hurt
Fall of Mine
Piusville. Pa.. Feb. IS. Six men
were killed and 14 injur-.!, four se
riously at the Little colliery today.
The nnn were be in .: lowered into
mine in . guu. '. u u iu- icoor
jumped the track and Knocked out sev
eral props. This caused a fall to the
top rock and fcix men were crushed
CASSIE IN TEARS
OVER AN ELECTION
Chadwick Objects to Loeser's
Choice as Trustee by Her
Cleveland, Feb. IS. Attorney Nath
an Loeser who acted as receiver in the
Chadwick bankruptcy case, was elect
ed trustee by the creditors today.
When his election was announced by
the referee Mrs. ChadwicK burst into
'ears and had to be comforted by her
attorneys. She was opposed to the
election of Loeser.
The election of a trustee followed
the examination of claims and conclud
ed the work before the court.
IN INDIANA, ALSO
Independent Operators Ask State
to Take Up War on
BY MEANS OF ANTI-TRUST LAW
Kansas Legislature Makes Oil
Lines Common Carriers Be
fore The Law.
M uncle, Ind.. Feb. IS. The indepen
dent oil operators of the Indiana fields
met here and asked state aid in their
fight against the Standard, which they
claim is securing control of the rich
Muncie field, freezing out the indejen
dents by the excessive pipe line rates.
The legislature is requested to pass the
anti-trust bill now before it.
Maele Common Carrier.
Topeka. Kans., Feb. IS. The Kansas
house, without a dissenting vote, pass
ed the bill making oil pipe lines com
mon carriers. This is the second of a
series of bills directed against the?
Standard Oil company. It has already
passed the senate and vill be signed
by Gov. Hoch.
MODERN WOODMAN SUIT
FOR SECURITY IS LOST
Judge Henry T. Reed Renders Decis
ion in Favor of Bonds
men. Holstcin. Ftb. IS. Judge lleury T.
K ed of Cr'vco, has rendered a decis
ion in the case of the Modern Wood
man society against the estate of the
insolvent McCutchen bank at this
place. His decision is in favor of the
bondsmen and the f-ouity case against
them is dismissed. The Modern Wood
man began the action some months
ago, filing a suit against the men who
signed McCutchen's bond at the time
of accepting a deposit from that or
der. The bondsmen aibgod fraud in
connection with securing the bond. To
prevent the recording of the bond with
the county recorder of Ida county an
equity suit was started by the bonds
men procuring an injunction. The so
ciety answered this petition setting up
their original claim for $io0.00 for
their deposit, then dismissing their
law action. The bondsmen wanted to
try the case to a jury as a law ac
tion and failing in this they moved to
dismiss their equity action.
5,000 TO RIDE SAME GOAT
To be Initiated Into Mysteries of the
Knights of Pythias.
St. Louis. Mo., Feb. 1. Five thous
and candidates will be initiated into
the mysteries of the Knights of Pyth
ias ar one time in this city next Mon
day night. For the occasion the bis
Jai-Alai building, near the world's fair
grounds, is being converted into an
immense lodge room, and the greatest
initiation in the history of all secret
societies will fake place. lythians.
not alone fro:n St. Louis, but from al!
over Missiuii and from other states,
will be present to participate in the
FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION
Kansas Senate Has Bill Calling Elec
tion on New Constitution.
Topeka. Kans., Feb. IS. The senate
committee on judiciary yesterday in
troduced a resolution providing for a
vote of the people in 1 on the ques
tion of calling a constitutional conven
tion. The new constitution would be
expected to be very strongly against
Another Goes Aground.
New York. Feb. IS The Rh1 Star
steamer Finland which sailed today
for Antwerp went aground off Sandy
It is lilieved the sfcamshio
wiil float without damage at the next
New York. Feb. IS. The tteamer
Finland was floated without assistance
and procded to tea.
ROOSEVELT APPROVED TAKING
OF FEES BYCANAL COMMISSION
Explanation Offered Sub-Committee of House In
vestigating Isthmian Body's Affairs
Washington, Feb. IS. At the inves
tigation of the affairs of the Panama
railroad today before the subcommit
tee of the house committee on inter
state commerce. Vice President Dtrake
testified that all members of the isth
mian canal commission, except (leu.
Davis, has received fees whenever they
attended meetings of the board of di
rectors or executive committee jf the
(iavr Detailed Krort.
He promised to furnish the "commit
tee with a detailed report showing how
much each had received, and which
would show every penny spent by the
The following extract from, the min
utes of the isthmian canal commission
of its meeting held Oct. 11. last was
laid before the committee:
President Va Couxult eL.
"The commissioners informed the
DR. HARPER SEES DEATH SENTENCE;
CLOSING UP HIS EARTHLY AFFAIRS
lMUOJiiniiNT OF (HICAtiO VXIVKHSITY ASSEIITS IlKl.ltCF THAT 111? HAS
CWCER AS It AVI I.E. NOT MIlVIVl?
Chicago, Feb. 18. "I have received
my death sentence. It is my firm con
viction I will not survive this opera
tion, for I know I'm afflicted with can
This, in effect, the Daily News today
says is what Dr. William It. Harper,
president of the University of Chica
go. Tittered in the presence of some of
his friends in discussing the operation
set for next Wednesday. He eloes not
expect ever to take up the active pres
idency again. Friends and relatives
have been notified to this effect.
John I). Rockefeller, founder of the
University f Chicago, is expected to
TO BLOW UP FORT
to Desiroy Military Prison
by Escaped Convict
St. Paul, Minn., Feb. IS. Frank
Howe, serving a two-year sentence in
Fort Snelling prison, has escaped. Pri
vate Kearns. doing sentry duty, is also
gone, and is supposed to have deserted
Before going, Howe, it is alleged,
drew the water from the boilers in the
administration building heating plant
and built up a great fire with the evi
dent intention of blowing up the boil
ers and wrecking the buildings.
It is also alleged that he turned the
lamps, lighting the post building up
high in the evident hope that the dec
orations would take fire and the build
ing be destroyed. Both acts were dis
covered before any damage was done.
Two Russians Killed by Outlaw Bands.
One For the Purpose of
Tiflix Trans, Caucasia. Feb. IS. A
district official named Gnoutoff has
been assassinated at Igdyr by Armen
ians. The motive for the crime wai
At Vagarsgaspad ''le mayor hab bee a
shot and killed.
STARTS SUIT FOR SLANDER
Banker George Burr Sues Mrs. Wiggins
for $50,000 Damages.
Bingb-ampton. N. Y.. Feb. IS. Bank
er George M. Burr, of Manistee, Mich.,
has served a summons in an action for
$50,000 damages for slander against
Mrs. Mary EL Wiggins, his wife's sister,
and her attorney, Isaac Weil, both of
New York City. This action was the
culmination of a hearing in the con
test over the estate of the late million
aire. Henry a. Sheldon, whereby Mrs.
Wiggins has sought to have Mr. Burr
removed as executor.
GEN. LEW WALLACE
Crawfordsvilie, Ind.. Feb. IS The
funeral of Gtp. Lew Wallace this af
ternoon was private in accordance
with hi3 expre.-J-ed withe. Only the
family and a few intimate -iriends attended.
chairman that at a recent conference
with the president the matter of at
tendance fees paid to the directors at
tending the meetings provided by the
bylaws of the Panama Railroad com
pany was referred to and that the
president desired that the commission
be informed that his order fixing the
compensation of the commissioners
was not intended to prevent the ac
ceptance of such fee."
Bur Out Sivnynr'. Mntrmrnl.
Washington, Feb. IS. The senate
in secret session decided by a vote
of 29 to 45 not to admit Judire
Swayne's statement, made before the
house committee, as testimony.
DiKHKi-rm to Amendment!.
Washington, Feb. IS. The house to
day disagreed to all senate amend
ments to the agricultural appropria
arrive in Chicago soon, and Prof. Rob
ert F. Harper, brother of the president,
is expected to reach New York Monday
morning from Europe.
Gloom overspreads the university,
for nearly every one realizes the se
riousness of Dr. Harper's illness.
Three separate thorough examina
tions of matter removed at the time
Harper was operated on for appendi
citis have been made by physicians
and surgeons studying his case and
the unanimous decision it is said, he
lias cancer. It is for this reason Dr.
McHurney. of New York, one of the
greatest specialists in this line in the
United States, was asked to perform
GET PAINTING OF
EMPRESS OF CHINA
Presented to the United States
Recognition of Our Good
Washington, Feb. IS.
Liang Cheng, the Chinese minister, to
day presented to President Roosevelt
an oil painting of the dowager empress
of China as a token of the good will
of China for the United States and in
recognition of the part this country
has played in the preservation thus far
of the integrity of the Chinese empire.
It was attended by a formal ex
change of felicitous addresses by the
Chinese minister and the president.
The painting will be hung in a conspic
uous place in the national museum.
TO FILL COMERFORD'S PLACE
Notice of Vacancy Sent Deneen, Who
Will Call Special Election.
Chicago, Fel). IS. Notice that a va
cancy in the Second senatorial district
which was represented by Frank D.
Comerford. who was expelled from the
general assembly, was sent yesterday
to Gov. Deneen by County Clerk Ol
son. The law is mandatory that a
special election bo called. Gov. Den
een took no action, but it is understood
the election will be held at the same
time as the regular city ejection.
MISS RUSH ON PROGRAM
Lccal Teacher Reads Ppr at High
Urbana. Hi.. Feb. is. The n-o;:id
.se;,ii of the high school teachers'
conference was held at the University
of Illinois yesterday. The program
wajs divided into the three groups,
English, biology and physical science.
The session continued 11 hours. Pa
pers were re-ad by A. H. Gilman, Ke
wanee; R. N. Whiteford. Peoria: Miss
Genevieve Apgar, St. Louis; J. G. Hut
ton. Ueardsfown: Miss Alice Rush.
Rock Island; Miss Emma Chandler,
Elgin; Charles Hermann. Streator;
J. E. Cable, Harvey; Mis Mary Ew
Ing. Areola; Miss Daisy Idding.
Bloomington ; J. W. Little. Danville;
J. E. Wooeers, Carlinville; C. H. El
liott. Centralia. and W. I. Hansan,
Autonomy for Northwest Territory.
Ottawa. Feb. IS. Premier I-aurie-r
yesterday gave notice of twrj bill
which he intends to intreluce next
week conferring provincial autfnemy
on nonbwejif territories. The bill pro
vide f r two provincfrn. one tej be
known aa Saakaf ch wan and the; cthtr
PEACE WILL B
MONTANA BILL TO
MARRYING 111 STATE
Helena. Mont.. Feb. IS. The low
er branch of the legislature has pass
ed a bill, the purpose of which is a re
striction of reckless, ill advised marry
lug.. Except in the case of an innocent
party to a divorce suit brought on th
ground of adultery divorced persons
are forbidden to marry again.
BUSINESS IS SLOW
Bradstreel's Says Cold Weathe
and Storms Have Much
WORST IN WEST AND NORTH
Some Redeeming Features Noted
Iron and Steel Sales are
New York. Feb. IS. Bradstreet's
says: Cold stormy weather the most
severe and widely distributee! in some
respects of the winter, has had a de
pressing effect on the trade and has
disorganized railroad transportation in
some sections and thereby interfered
with various lines of industry. Rela
tively the worst effect on opening
spring trade are noted in the north
west and west.
Despite this drawback, however,
some favorable features come to light
upon examination. The Iron and steel
situation is, if anything, rather strong
er. Ib-avy sabs of southern pig Iron
are reported north and south, some
large sales of rails are announced at
the west and the nervousness of con
sumers for supplies is re'lected ill ad
vances for a number of linos of finish
( iitlim C.imhI Orinnntl liirrrimr.
An encouraging feature in the dry
goods trade at the east is the increas
ing inquiry for cotton goods for ex
port to China and other counties. This
has resulted in an actual scarcity of
coarse cotton sheetings and drills for
domestic use. Men's wear woolens are
I active at New York. There is more
J case in the market for foreign raw
torn i:tr Iim-i-i-mmc I
Wheat (including flour) exjMrts for
the week were S.'JT.'hiu bushels as
against 1 ,078,000 bushels for this week
last year; July 1 to date. 41,r,Sl,0(i(i
bushels as against 10l.75fJ.tn bushels
for last year.
Corn exports for the week were 2.
S.:::.0U') bushels as against 1.2!H,S4.
bushels a year ago; July 1 to date. ::t; -745.0(10
bushels, as against ::';,7(i:i, 1 1
bushels in lfoi.
ONLY ONE MEMBER OF
FAMILY LEFT ALIVE
May Be Six Victims of Fire in Min
er's Home at Edwards
Peoria. Feb. IS. The dat!i of Mrs.
G-rtriider Harris and her husband.
Manning Harris, who were binned so
badly in the fire that Incinerated the
three small children, swelled the- list
of victims of the fire at Edwards Sta
tion to five. Little Ear Harris, the ;-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Harris
and the sob- survivor of th - family of
six persons, f still at tlx? point ot
datrt, and may sur-f-umb to bis terri
ble bums before another day passcn.
Whisky Did It.
Owen. Imiio. Kv.. Feb. IS.
Ore-en, a:;ed is was hang' d he-re yes
lerday for the murde.r of .JameH f'oom
es. July .11. U'il. Tli'- prisoner on
f'-ssed and said em T I ; - seaffold that
whisky was the- cau.-e. foomes was
in urd creel in cold bhed for his money.
S50,000 IS STOLEN
Big Robbery of Boston Law
Firm Announced De
Po--ion. I-'e-b. 1-s. -The law firm of
Me-Phert-e.ri. Hyde & Damonr texlay an
nouneeej the thef; jf ijoN-s and bond
to the value- of f.Vt.Mio. The details
of the robbery are not elisckM.-d.
Nan Pattcreon III.
' New York. Vb. IV.--Nan patteron
' rforfM ee-riou-Iy i!l with ton:i-
Will Aid in Same
Japanese Bands Bid Fair to bo
Successful in Cutting
St. Petersburg, Feb. IS. In diplo
matic circles the opinion Is quite geu-
erally expressed that yesterday's trag
edy may be followed by a decision of
the government to conclude peace.
Strong influences which It is under
stood in spile of denials are headed
by M. Witte. president of the commit
tee of ministers, have been Workine
quietly in this direction.
Gen. Gripenberg's revelations follow
ed by the murder of Grand Duke Ser-
gun in the opinion ef some of the
ablest diplomats are not unlikely to
lead the emperor definitely to decid
In this connection the war office Is
considerably nlarnud by a new dan
ger threatening the Manchurian army
from systematic attempts making by
the Japanese and Chinese lianilt to
cut the line of communication back
of the army.
According to reports about 10.000
men split up into bands of upvoml
hundred each are operating from Mon
golia and are striking at the railroad.
A Russian detachment folleiwing up
the Japanese band which cut the road
below Harbin and fe ll into an ambus
cade of regularly euganizeel Japanese
regiments and was almest cut to
pieces Iesing half its men and one gun.
The fear Is if the hand move further
north or west they might Interrupt
eenmnunieatiem to such an extent as to
make It impossible? to supply the army.
Ilnnnlnnn Arc Ai-tlvr.
Tekio, Feb. IS. According to re
ports from the Shakhe river the Rus
sians are shejwing Jncreaseel actlvcely
tm both flanks and are extending and
strengthening their right. They seem
to hf concentrating a heavy force on
their left in fremt ef Kumkl. Ftishun
is the base of late opcratlems and it
is estimated the Russians there num
ber six divisions.
The impression exists Kuropatkln is
preparing to assume? the aggressive.
The weather still is unfavorable.
lilnrHC Sny lie Will Itrtlrr.
. Chinese reports to the; effect that
Kuropatkln Is preparing te abandon
the Shakhe river line and re-tlre? nejrth
v.ard are discrediie-el here.
Ilrulra IVti-- Itninetra.
St. Petersburg. Feb. IS. The foreign
office! insists that then; in absoluedy
nothing in the shape ef peace negotia
tions under way er in contemplation.
Vm-u fray f-r I'rarr.
St. Petersburg, Feb. IS. The em
press ef Russia has received from th
women rf Moscow an aeldress piteous
ly appealing to her, as a woman and
a mother. fe use- her Influence with the
emperor to He-cure peaco.
"Oh, sovereign," the; petition Hays,
"we; beiie-ve; your inotlieT's heart feeds
all the berrers of war as we do. Peace?
is wanted not emly b-yend the fron
tiers but e-ven in the he-art of the fath-e-rland.
We- see- in the- re-cent trouble-s
the beginning ef calamities that may
crush all Russia If the emperor d'H-.4
not seek to avert the-m. All the baHee.i
ef life are- shaking and all the moral
foundations are- t re-mbling.
Moeiirrn Kn rural Appeal.
"Mfhers who have to bring up the
ouiig ne-nerat Ions are Baddened by
peeing that it is lrnpes.sih;e to train
up children on ihe basis of truth, leaves
and duty when t,be social lifej of tiie;
country eloe.-s not rest thereon. Our
be-st forc- are- perishing. Mother
whose- hear's are breaking cannot re
main sik-nt. More liven, will be acrl
ficed because what U happening Is not
spasmodic but the results of early cal
amities. "The- emperor can still save AusHia
by his puissant will. lie our pleaeler.
Pray the- mpfror te IiRten to the voice
of the country. If the emperor lead
the country in the path of greatness
it women will help In the work of or
ganization by guiding their brothers
and children lnfi the tie-w way am! a
life of lig' t."
ST. PAUL BUTCHER
IS CUT TO PIECES
St. Paul. Minn.. Feb. IS. John
Hchindcndeckf r. a butcher, was found
murdered !n hi-, fhoo this afternoon.
The holy wt. almost hacked to pltctri.