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JLAKD VOL L.IV. NO. 297 GREAT LOSS INFLICTED Details of Damage by Philippine Typhoon Just Received. MANY VESSELS GONE Hemp Fields Hit Hard Thous ands of Natives Left Homeless. Manila, Sept. 29. Reports now com ing in from places along the path of the recent typhoon In the island of Lu zon and the -southern Islands indicate great Josh of life and property. In wa ters f urrounding Samar and other is land many coasting vessels and island transports have been wrecked. The coast jriiard cutter Leyte is a complete wreck and 11 Americans and 24 na tives were drowned. I.wnn urn llrmp I'lan tut !. At the town of Sersoon 15 natives were drownd. The loss on the hemp plantations is estimated at $1,000,000. The army transport Juan Rodriguez is ashore at Legashl. In the interior of the island of Samar thousands of na tives are homeless. The same report comes from many other small islands. Army posts in the southern islands have been destroyed. Civil and military authorities are rushing aid to the suffering ieople. Owing to the destruction of the tele graph system, reports received from other points are very meagre. THREE HELD GUILTY IN LAND FRAUD CASE Congressman Williamson and His Partners Are Convicted at Portland. Portland. Ore.. Sept. 29. After be ing ortt for less than six hours the third jury which has heard the testi mony of the government against Con gressman John N. Williamson. Dr. Van Cessner, Mr. Williamson's partner in the live stock business, and Marion R. Biggs, a Prtneeville, Ore., attorney, at one time United States commissioner at that place, found all three of the de fendants guilty of having entered into a conspiracy to suborn perjury by in ducing locators to fraudulently file on government land, providing them with money so to do. under agreement that those persons would convey title to Williamson and Gessner when patent was secured from the government. Counsel for the defense stated that the case would be carried to the t'nited States circuit court of appeals. FAVORS TREATY'S APPROVAL Special Committee of Storthing De cides on Nature of Report. Christlania. Sept. 29. The special committee of the storthing to which the question was referred decided to day, 12 to 0. to recommend to parlia ment the adoption of a government bill embodying the draft of the treaty pro viiling for the separation of Norwa and Sweden, signed at Karlstad Sept. TWO OLD PARTIES FUSE Nominate O pimon Municipal Ticket in San Francisco. San Frauciseo. Cal.. Sept. 29. A complete fusion was effected last night by the democratic and republican mu nicipal conventions. A joint ticket was nominated headed by John S. Fart ridge, republican, for mayor. ALICE IS GIVEN EMPEROR'S PHOTO Korean Ruler Gives Americans Fare- well Reception Leave for Japan. Seoul. Sept. 29. Miss Alice Roose velt and party left Seoul today by special train for Susan. Owing to dam age done by the recent rains the trip to Kusan will take two days. The par ty will stop tonight at the Presbyterian mission at Taiku and tomorrow will reach Fusan where they will go to Shimonoseki and Yokohama. The vis it to Japan will be entirely private Miss Roosevelt will decline any public recognition or hospitality. The em peror of Korea yesterday received Miss Roosevelt in farewell audience and pre sented her wib his photograph to whicn was affixed his autograph. FIVE BUTCHERED Woman and Children Meet Hor rible Fate at Edna, Texas. MURDERERS ARE UNKNOWN Bodies Mutilated in Shocking Manner Whole District Has Been Aroused. Edna. Tex.. Sept. 29. Mrs. A. J Conditt and four children, a daughter of 13 "and three boys aged from six to 10, were murdered at their home here yesterday. The mother and daughter were assaulted and their bodies horrib ly disfigured. A baby about two years old was the only one left alive. Their heads were crushed and their throats cut with a knife or razor. The girl and her mother were killed in the house, the boys about 10n yards away. Boy .tlflrd -lkbor. Mr. Conditt was away working in the rice fields. A negro boy about 12 years old was plowing In a field near the house at the time of the kill ing and heard the children screaming. He saw a man chas,ng the woman around the house. Being afraid to go to the house he ran to a neighbor's and told what he had seen. KnrrhliK for Murderer. The neighbor ran to the place and found the five members of the family killed. The entire county is out in search of the murderers. It is sup posed that there were two of them. Dogs have been sent for. TWO ARE AWARDED THE JEWEL OF THE ORDER Presentation to Frank Bahnsen and Ben Hartz Last Night by Ucal Lodge, I. O. O. F. At the regular meeting of Ucal lodge. No. CuS, I. O. O. F.. last evening. Frank Bahnsen and Hen liartz were each presented with the veteran jewel of the order, they having been members in good standing for 25 years. Mr. Bahnsen and Mr. Hartz. who were at that time clerks in drug stores, were initiated in Ucal lodge. March 9, 1879. At last evening's session there were only three members present who. wit nessed the work that evening. They were Jonas Bear. W. H. Scott and John L. South. The presentation speeches were made by Jonas Bear, the treasur er of the lodgef and Emmett Reeves, the secretary. Mr. Bahnsen's jewel was presented by Mr. Bear, who has known him from boyhood. With the two who were added last evening, there are nine veteran members of Ucal lodge. Photographs of the two recipi ents of jewels last evening will be placed in the 'lodge's gallery assigned for this purpose. Following the business session last evening a smoker and social session was indulged in by the members. SUICIDE PACT SUSPECTED St. Louis Man Arrested After Death of Fiance in Hotel. St. Ixmis. Sept. 29. The dead body of Mrs. Nellie Westlong was found in a room at the Burlington hotel today. She had committed suicide with mor phine. Bert Oram, her fiance, who was with her. 13 under arrest, charged with having entered into a suicide com pact with the woman. FRANCE WILL TAKE PART But Formal Reply to Hague Invitation Awaits on Russia. Paris. Sept. 29. Officials here say it is practically assured France will ac cept the invitation to a second peace conference at The Hague, owing to the united efforts of Emperor William and President Roosevelt, but official action awaits Russia's communication. Gold Find Near Ottawa? La Salle. 11!.. Sept. 29. While strip ping a sand vein near Ottawa. John Sharp unearthed a two-pound gold nug get at a depth of eight feet. The dis covery has caused considerable excite ment and search is being made for other nuggets in the same sand vein. Tornado in South Africa. Cape Town, Cape Colony. Sept. 29. A tornado last night struck Malmes bury. a town of 3.000 inhabitants. 35 miles from here, and reduced it to ruins. A number of persons were killed. New Lord Mayor of London. Indon. Sept. 29. Aid. Walter Vauchan Morean was todav elected lord mayor of Ixindon for the ensuinj year. Morgan is a septuagarian. bank er, bachelor, and a prominent Free Mason. Call Money to 6 Per Cent. New York, Sept. 29. Before noon today call money advanced to 6 per cent, the highest rate in many months. Many financial institutions ent large sums around that figure. Sign Commercial Convention. St. Petersburg, Sept. 29. A new Franco-German commercial convention, effective March 1, was signed here today. BEEF TRUST IS HIT AGAItl Judge Humphrey Decides in Favor of Government IN ABATEMENT PLEA Makes Ruling on Broad Grounds, Apart From All Technicalities. Chicago, Sept. 29. Federal Judge Humphrey today sustained the demur rer filed by District Attorney Monison to the plea in abatement made by the packers seeking to have the indict ments for an agreement in restraint of trade declared void. The judge said he made the decision on broad grounds without taking into consideration the technicalities which the government advanced against the plea in abatement. Argument Conc-lutlrd. Chicago. Sept. 29. Yesterday after noon. Judge Humphrey heard the clos ing arguments on the plea ,of abate ment filed by the packers against the indictment charging them with illegal methods of conducting business. The attorneys for the packers accused Dis trict Attorney Morrison of illegally drawing and conducting the grand jury which indicted them. The redistricting law was attacked. RECKLESS f DRIVER RUNS DOWN CHILD Charles Giesenhagen, Moline, Prob ably Fatally Injured in Ac cident. Charles Giesenhagen. the 3 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Giesenhagen was run over by a delivery wagon of the Modern Bakery company. Moline, this morning, and will probably die as a result of the recklessness of the driver. The accident occurred near the child's home, 2529 Fifth avenue, Moline. The driver of the bakery wag on, it seems, has been careless in driv ing in the east end of Moline. and in making his morning trips to East Mo line. After the accident a crowd quick ly gathered, and the driver would un doubtedly have received rough treat ment at its hands had he not escaped from the scene. He did not stop to see how badly the child was Injured. The child was injured internally, and is not expected to live. The fam ily formerly resided in the southeast ern part of Rock Island. KAISER WILHELM WARM IN PRAISE Accords Witte Same Honor As Crown ed Head When Envoy Pays Visit. Berlin. Sept. 29. The National Zei- tung's St. Petersburg correspondent telegraphed his paper as follows: "M. Witte told me today Emperor William said to him, 'I accord to you the same honor as I would to a crown ed head. You have accomplished ex traordinary things, and 1 congratulate Russia on the possession of sucb a man. If monarchs had more such true servants, then one would think better of monarchs." The German emperor was described by Witte as most amia ble and kind." NEW YORK CITY SHAKEN UP Fatality Attends Accidental Explosion in Railroad Excavation. New York, Sept. 29. One man was blown to pieces and another had his arm torn off by a tremendous explosion last night at an excavation for the Pennsylvania m railroad terminal. The city was shaken for a radius of half a mile around the excavation. People ran from houses In fright. Several persons sustained minor injuries. FORMER AUDITOR SHERRICKS HELD Indictment of Indiana Man Makes Three Separate Criminal Charges. Indianapolis, Sept. 29. David E Sherricks, former auditor of state, was arrested today on an indictment charg ing him with grand larceny, embezzle ment and conspiracy to defraud. He gave a bond of $20,000. THE ARGUS. FRIDAY, SEPTKMBER 29, 1905. STILL IN THE DARK Henry County Authorities Have No Important Light on Streed Mystery. HE HAD TWO REVOLVERS But Wife Cannot Identify One Found Under Body and Has No Sugges tions to Offer. Cambridge, 111.. Sept. 29. Baffled in all their efforts to find a solution of the shooting mystery which surrounds the death of Attorney John V. Streed, the officers admit that they are no nearer the answer to the questions that con front them than they were an hour after the dying man was found at the door of the outhouse back of the post office block, in which he had living rooms. Close friends of the lawyer scout the idea that there had ever been an at tempt to blackmail him or that he had ever been personally threatened with assassination. They say that Streed, whose nature was open and frank, would have told them if this had been the case. Krrird Krar for I. If. They confess, however, that Streed recently had had an indefinable fear of his life and that his conversation fre quently turned in a general way upon his danger. He did not. brood over these fears, but on the contrary seem ed to be content in the belief that if violent death was his predestined end there was no occasion to worry about it. Mrs. Streed, who has been inter viewed closely upon all phases of the case by State's Attorney Sturtz reaffirms her belief that her husband was murdered. She rejects entirely the suicide theory, to which many Cambridge people continue to cling. She says her husband was of wonder ful mental poise and 'hat no difficulty or business care, of which lie apparent ly had none, could have induced him to take his own life. . She calls it brutal murder, but her conversation fails to reveal a motive for the act. I'lMtol liny lu-. Considerable 'importance was at tached by the authorities to the decla ration of Mrs. Streed that 'ier husband had two revolvers in his room when she went away. Oue of them, she says, had a barrel a little longer than the other. The revolver found under the dying man Tuesday had 1 barrel half an inch longer than that of the revolv er found in the drawer of his room. In other respects the two gui.s were alike. Mrs. Streed. however, will not posi tively say that this revolver found un der the body is the one missing from the room when search was made. In regard to the letter wiitten to his wife by Mr. Streed Sept. :5 and left on his desk, telling her of fears for his life, Mrs. Streed can offer no explana tion that will assist the officers in solv ing the mystery. No names are men tioned in that letter. Efforts have been made to connect this shooting with the incident of sev en years ago, when Mr. Streed figured as the target for some one whose iden tity was never discovered. The bullet at that time passed through his hat. Knrmrr Attack ItrrMlletl. Friends of Mr. Streed say he was convinced that the shooting then was the result of animosities aroused when he obtained a confession from a young woman to writing-anonymous letters to many people in Cambridge. That was long ago, however; the young woman in the case has been dead many years and the opinion of most of those investigating the case Is that nothing can be gained by reviving that affair. Mr. Streed's funeral in charge of the Masons this afternoon was attended by one of the largest crowds ever assem bled in Cambridge. SECURE BIG SUM Forged Check Gives Strangers $259,000 Collateral at New York. NATIONAL CITY BANK DUPED Swindlers, Who Had Exact Knowledge of Details Secured 24 Hours of Grace. New York. Sept. 29. By means of a forged check of Pearl & Co.. ostensibly drawn on the Hanover National bank, securities valued at $259,000 deposited as collateral for a loan were obtained from the National City bank on Wed nesday morning. Had Ei art Kaowlrds?- Conducted by men who showed they had an exact knowledge, not only of the business procedure between Wall street banks and stock brokerage hous es and the clearing-house system, but the specific transaction Involved, a loan of $300,000 was supposedly taken up and 24 hours grace obtained in which I to dispose of the securities jto inno cent third persons. HYDE ONLY OilE BLAMED Jacob Schiff Says Equita ble Was at One Man's , Mercy. DEFENDS OWN FIRM Declares Minutes of Purchase of $500,000 Union Pacific Stock False. New York. Sept. 29. Jacob H. Schiff. head of the banking firm of Kuhn. Loeb & Co., testified today before the life insurance investigating committee that the minutes of the finance committee of the Equitable Life Assurance so ciety in February. 1903, were false in recording the purchase of $500,000 of Union Pacific preferred stock for "a holding account." KvrrythinK IIlc. Schiff said he was present at the meeting and no such transaction was made. Schiff expressed the opinion it was wrong for James Hyde to partici pate personally in syndicate transac tions. He did not know, he said, that Hyde had done so until these disclos ures. "The Equitable," said Schiff. "was at the mercy of one man either Alexan der or Hyde. It seems to me it was all Hyde everything was Hyde." VI ii Wen Mntrmmt. At t he close of the direct testimony Sciff asked, and was granted permis sion, to make a statement. He defend ed himself from various attacks which he said had been made against his firm and himself by the state superin tendent of insurance and others. ARE RAISING $1,200 TO SAVE THE $1,000 Subscription That Is Essential to In sure Long View Park Ap-propriati-on. With but two days left in which un der the conditions that the appropria tion on the part of the city council for Longview park was made. Mayor Mc- Caskrin and Aid. J. P. Sexton of thei park committee started out this morn-! iug to raise" $1,200 by popular subscrip tion. The encouragement they met on every hand, not only gave promise of the realization of the essential amount, but indicated the public spirit of the people and their interests in public im provements. An hour's canvass re sulted in subscriptions aggregating $.150, and b3 hard work between now and then the entire amount will be forthcoming by tomorrow night, s'-enis reasonably certain. When the council appropriated $1,00 for Iiongview out of this year's funds it was with.tho provision that $1,200 should be raised by the people by Oct. 1. The people are doing their part, and if Mayor McCaskrin and the council ap ply themselves the work that has been begun at the park this year will be completed by the time the snow flies. ROOSEVELT'S LAST DAY AT SAGAMORE Leaves With Family in Morning for Winter at the Capi tal. Oyster Hay, Sept. 29. President Roosevelt spent the last day of his summer sojourn at Sagamore Hill in preparation for his departure for Wash ington. The president, Mrs. Roosevelt and the children will leave for Wash ington tomorrow morning at 10. They will travel on a special train to Ixjng Island City, tht-nce going by boat to Jersey City. There they will board a special train on the Pennsylvania rail road, scheduled to arrive at Washing ton at 0:14. NEW ROYAL ARCANUM RATES ARE UPHELD Canadian Court Decides Supreme Council Had Power to Make Change. Toronto, Sept. 23. In the action of A. Barlow against the supreme council of Royal Arcanum to restrain the or der from increasing its rates. Justice Street today declared the defendants were within their right in making the change. COLLIDE IN IOWA Passenger and Freight Trains Come Together With Fatal Results. FIREMAN ROGERS MAY DIE Sustains Crushed Limb, Two Broken Ribs, Injury to Spine Several Others Are Bruised. Iowa City. Sept. 29. (Special). A head-on collision occurred on the em bankment in the western part of this city this noon, between east bound freight train No. 94. and west bound passenger train No. 23, on the Rock Island. Frank Rogers, liock Island. fireman of the freight train, was prob ably fatally injured, and A. R: McCul- lough. Rock Island, baggageman on the passenger, was severely bruised. Frank Hogden.. Rock Island, engineer of the passenger, jumped and escaped serious injury. A number of the pas sengers were shaken up and somewhat bruised. I nilrr Car. Frank Rogers, the injured fireman, was pinioned under a freight car. His left leg was crushed, two ribs broken. and his spine injured. The wreck was due to an error, as the freight train, it seems, should have been held at Tiffin to allow the passen ger train to pass. The engine of the passenger train was a total wreck, and the other engine was telescoped. The baggage car of the passenger was smashed to pieces, and three of the freight cars demolished. The passenger train left Rock Island at 9:50 this morning. RARE HONOR COMES TO WILLIAM B. M'INTYRE To Address Fire Underwriters' Associ ation of the Northwest at Chicago. William IJ. Mclntyre has been hon ored with a place on the program of the ofith annual meeting of the Fire I'nderwriters" Association of the Northwest. Oct. 11-12. Mr. Mclntyre is to address the convention which will be a representative body of about 1,000 on the topic. "Observations of a Stamp ing Secretary." It is not surprising that Mr. Mclntyre's fame as an orator has leaped the bounds of the city in which he has shone for so long, and all that his friends are praying for is an early frost between now and the date of the Chicago gathering, to enable Mac to loosen up. for he is certain not to get one in Chicago. ANOTHER MOVE OF THE PREACHER-POLITICIAN Chairman Benkert Says State Call Another Move to Get Control Struble In It. "The action in calling a state con vention of the united christian party for Chicago is simply a continuance of the effort of Dr. Struble to get control of the party machinery," said W. R. Menken, national chairman, today with reference to the call published in this paper last evening. "He has repeated ly come to me with propositions by which we could make money out of the organization, but I have as often refused to consider any of them." Among other recommendations is the one that there shall be no official organ, that the leaflet and pamphlet be used. They declare for the aloli tion of any so-called official seal of the party. It was the lack of the offi cial seal that left the proceedings in this city irregular, according to the statement of Chairman Benkert. Case Goes Over. The mandamus suit against the Rock Island National bank, the Central Trust & Savings bank and Mary E. Robinson and the city of Rock Island, brought in the name of Harry Elwell, for whom John Ioney is acting, was up in court this morning, but the matter was continued until Tuesday, when it is probable the date set for the defendants to answer will be set. Sweeney & Walker ap pear for the banks, Hon. C. M. Osborn and Jackson. Hurst & Stafford are at torneys for Mary E. Robinson, and Oli ver Olson represents the city. J. H. BEILER IS REELECTED To Position of Supreme Commander Improved Order Knights Pythias. Washington, Sept. 29. Supreme Commander J. H. Bieler. of Indianapo lis, was re-elected to that office by the supreme lodge of the Improved Order Knights of Pythias. Burlington Next Meeting Place. Rochester, N. V., Sept. 29. The Ger man Evangelical synod held the final session yesterday. Burlington. Iowa was selected for the next quadriennial meeting in 1909. Kansas Has Grown. Topeka, Kans., Sept. 29. The decen nial censua shown the population of Kansas in March 1905. to be 1.543,818, an increase of 209,084 over the census of 1905. PRICE TWO CENTS. TORTURED BY WIVES Richard Penticost Met Fearful Death in South Sea. AVENGED BY FRENCH Learn of Cannibal Feast American Ships in Storm. Victoria. B. C., Sept. 29. From New Hebrides news has been received by the Miofera of an attack by natives upon the French punitive expedition sent to punish blacks for the outra geous actions against white settlers and several murders at Bullies on Mai leco island. Vrrratt-al hifa. The French warship Muerthe landed a party of marines, who arrested three chiefs. As the party took their cap tives from the village a shot fired from ambush killed a marine gunner. The party then attacked the village, dis persing the natives and killed four men. The landing party burned the village and returned to the bay, where it was again fired upon and a tuarinu wounded. Horribly Tortured. Natives allege that the murderers of Capt. Richard Peticost and six mem bers of the crew of the trader Petri were taken to Noumea. They were; ringleaders of the party which tied Penticost to a tree and cast spears into his body, and while he was still con scious cast him into a shark-infested water and danced while the monsters tore the body to pieces. News of a cannibal feast by blacks at Mlllicolo was also received by tho Mlowera. Damage to Shipping. Details of the shipping disaster in the southeast state the largest ship built in American waters, the Roanoke, was destroyed by fire at Nehoue, New Caledonia. The schooner Jones Broth ers was dashed to pieces near New Castle, after breaking her two lines from the steamer Helen Nlcoll. Sept. 1. Seven men were drowned. The He,len Nicoll was driven ashore. ANOTHER NEW YORK BOMB THROWING Rear of Crowded Tenement Damaged and Several Hurt By "Black Hands." New York. Sept. 29. A bomb filled with dynamite and inflammable, oil was thrown at the rear of a crowded tene ment house on Kihth avenue and One Hundred and Forty-third street early today. Over a score of persons who were sleeping at the time were hurled from their beds by the explosion, and two of them were carried out uncon scious. The police believe "Black Hand" Italian assassins threw tho bomb. POWDER PLOT AT BUDAPEST Coalition Leaders in Danger Box of Explosives in Hotel. Budapest. Sept. 29. A tin box filled with powder was found this morning under the staircase of a hotel in which the coalition leaders were meeting. Forty-Niners Wedded 50 Years. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Beunison. who went to the California gold fields by way of the isthmus on their wedding journey, celebrated their golden wed ding yesterday at Kewanee. PRESENT SENT TO EMPEROR OF JAPAN Gift From Roosevelt Goes on Special Train Bearing Baron Ko mura. Ottawa, Out., Sept. 29. A present from President Roosevelt to the em peror of Japan was on the special train passing through here yesterday bearing Komura homeward. Nobody knows what It is and will not until it reaches the emperor. Appleton Bank Has Claim. Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 29. The Fhti National bank of Appleton has filed a claim of $29,000 against the estate of Frank ii. BIgelow, the defaulting banker. More Fever Cases. New Orleans, Sept, 29. New cas es of yel'ow fever today numbered, 16; deaths, 1.