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VOL. LIV. XO. 298 TILE AKGUS. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3a, 1903. SIXTEEN PAGES. PRICE TWO CENTS. ROCK OVATION FOR ON WAY TO Neighbors Give Him Magnificent Send off. BIG WELCOME AWAITS Road Wagon Breaks Down On Way to Station, but De lay is Short. Oyster Bay. Sept. 36. With cheers and pood wishes of his neighbors and friend following him. President Roose velt, his vacation ended, left Oyster I lay at 10 th!s morning for Washing ton. The farewell given the president by residents of his home town was notable. Throughout the village the residences and business buildings were decorated. At the railroad station. over the entrance to the waiting- room, a white dove, with outstretched wings. lurched on an American shield, had been placed. Beneath this emblem was the word "Peace," the whole en twined with the national colors of Rus sia and Japan. (rand la Wait la. At the station hundreds of neigh bors and acquaintances of the presi dent and family had assembled. Scores f school children were massed about the platform, each waiving a little American flag. As the president board ed the train. 20 young women sang "Cod He With You Till We Meet Again." The president was accompanied to Washington by Mrs. Roosevelt and the children. Secretary and Mrs. Loeb were obliged, on the account of the wriotis illness of Mrs. loeb, to go to Jersey City by water. . After the hymu. the president, from the rear platform of his car. made farewell remarks to friends and neigh bors. Ikrrr Wmm mm ArrioVat. While the president and family were being driven to the village from Sag amore Hill, what might have proved a very serious accident occurred to the road wagon in which they were riding. The rear axle broke and the back part of the wagon settled down. Fortun ately the axle did not break short off. but . splintered, and ihe body of the wagon did not fall to the ground. The coachman stopped the horses immedi ately. Ho went to the residence of John A. Weeks, nearby, and borrowed a carriage, to which the president and family were transferred and driven to the station. The president made light of the accident. Arrlvr at rn lark. New York. Sept. 3. The president and family arrived at Ixmg Islaud City at 11 o'clock and Immediately boarded the steamboat Nashua and were taken thence to Jersey City. Urathrr M-e at Waaalantwa. Washington. Sept. 30. Delightful autumn weather augurs well for the homecoming welcome which his fellow citizens of the District -t Columbia will tender the president this after noon. Pictures of the president are being placed along Pennsylvania av enue from the railroiid station to the White House, and police have complet ed arrangements for handling the crowds which will pack either side of the great thoroughfare. .. A. H. Turn Out. A feature of the greeting which it is expected will especially please the president is that of Grand Army vet erans who will assemble in front of their hall and salure the president a he passes. Flags are flying from ev ery flag pole ilong the route over which the president will drive. In ac cordance with the president's wish, there will be no formal exercises. MAIL DRIVERS GET EVERYTHING ASKED Agree to Settlement After a Contest Lasting Several Weeks in New York. New York. Sept. 30. The strike of the drivers employed on the mail wag ons in this city, which has been in pro gress for several weeks, was settled today with an Agreement. The strik ers return to work tonight. The strik ers received practically all they de manded. ANOTHER BANKER IS FOUND GUILTY Philadelphia. Sept. 30. Henry Lear former president of the Doylestown, Pa. National bank, was convicted to day of willful misapplication of funds of the institution. PRESIDENT WASHINGTON BY TRAIN More Details Received With Ref erence to Death of Chris topher Lee. WALKING ON DOUBLE TRACK Crosses Over from Clear Track to One Train Is On Only 40 Feet Away Instantaneous Death. More complete details have been re celved with reference to the accidental death of Christopher Lee. whose re mains were brought here from Staun ton, the funeral services being held yesterday. The investigation by The Argus brings information that the Rock Island man was killed on the Big Four track near Livingston. Oa Dwnblr Track. There is a double track in that lo cality along which Lee was walking. The fireman saw him about 100 yards away on the track the train was not on. When the train was within about 40 feet of him he crossed over in front of It. He was struck and Instantly killed. DRUNKEN SAILORS SET HOUSE AFIRE Cause Death of Three Men and Injury of Several Others at New York. New York, Sept. 30. Thiee men were burned to death, another is In a dangerous 'condition and several oth ers suffered serious injuries in a fire in a two story saloon, restaurant and lodging house in West street. All oc cupants of the house were sailors and longshoremen, except one woman, the housekeeper. She was rescued unin jured. The fire is believed, to have re sulted from carelessness of drunken sailors. FRANK G0TCH WAS GIVEN WORST OF THE ARGUMENT Wrestler Who Aspires to Be Boxer Outpointed by Spokane Fire man. Spokane. Wash.. Sept. CO. Boomer Weeks, the Spokane fireman, outpoint ed Frank Gotch, the Iowa wrestler in a 12 round bout last night. Weeks floored Gotch In the 10th. but Goteh stayed 12 rounds and the boat by agreement, was called a draw. WARRANT AFTER DUEL IN CAR Wounded Express Messenger Prefers Charges Against Man Who Shot Him. Decatur. 111., Sept. 3. Following a visit from Special Agent Irl. of the Pa cific Express company, John Ryan, the express messenger wounded in a duel in an express car Wednesday, swore out a warrant for Ed B. Green, charg ing assault with intent to kill. The warrant is in the hands of the sheriff. Green is still in the hospital, In a seri ous condition. OFFICIALS AS SWITCHMEN Division Superintendent Pressed Into Service by Grand Trunk Strike. Chicago. Sept. 30. Railroad officials worked as switchmen today in the yards of the Grand Trunk road, where the yard men struck last night. Divi sion Supt. Kgan. Assistant Supt. Cos tello. Yardmaster Conron and others assisted the handful of non-union switchmen to make up trains, and throw switches. There Is little likeli hood that the trouble will be extended. Twelve New Fever Cases. New Orleans. SeDt. 30. New cases of yellow fewr today numbered 12. deaths. 1. Pensacola. Seut. 30. Two deaths from yellow fever were reported today. No new cases were announced. $50,000 Fire at Kansas City. Kansas City. Sept. 30. Fire de stroyed the plant of the Missouri Val ley Casket company early today caus ing a loss of $50,000. and injuring three firemen, two being caught under a falling wall. Prominent Eastern Man Dead. Niagara Falls. N. Y.. Sept. SO. Wil liam B. Rankin, vice president of the Niagara Falls Power company, died to day at Franconia. N. H.. where he had gone for the benefit of his health. Lived to Be 101. Niles. Mich., Sept. 30. Mrs. Eliza beth Wood, died at her home two miles from here aged 101. Eight children and 42 grandchildren survive her. Witt Mads a CounL St. Petersburg. SepL 30. M. Witte has been created a count. KILLED H RYW Mrs. C arence Markham While Insane Murders Seven Children With an Ax and Sets House Afire-Succeeds in Killing Herself. CAMBRIDGE, ILL., SEPT. 30. MRS. CLARENCE MARKHAM, WIFE OF A FARM LABORER LIVING ON THE JOHNSTON FARM SEVEN MILES SOUTHWEST OF THIS PLACE , KILLED HER SEVEN SMALL CHILDREN WITH AN AX ABOUT 11 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING, SET FIRE TO THE HOUSE, HACKED HER THROAT WITH A KNIFE AND LEAPED INTO THE FLAMES. HELP ARRIVED IN TIME TO RESCUE HER BUT SHE DIED AFTER MAKING A CONFESSION OF HER TERRIBLE DEED. MRS. MARKHAM HAD BEEN ACTING QUEERLY FOR SOME TIME, AND HER HUSBAND, WHO WAS EMPLOYED ON A NEARBY FARM, HAD KEPT THE CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL TO LOOK AFTER HER. THE OLDEST CHILD WAS 10 YEARS OF AGE, AND THEY RANGED IN AGE DOWN TO A BABE IN ARMS. ABOUT 11 O'CLOCK TODAY NEIGHBORS NOTICED THAT THE MARKHAM HOUSE WAS AFIRE, AND HURRYING TO THE PLACE, WERE JUST IN TIME TO DRAG MRS. MARKHAM OUT. IT WASNOTlCED THAT SHE WAS BADLY CUT ABOUT THE THROAT. WHEN ABLE TO SPEAK, SHE CONFESSED THAT THE BODIES OF HER SEVEN BABES WERE IN THE BURNING HOUSE. LAY BODIES OUT ON BED. MRS. MARKHAM APPEARED RATIONAL AT THE TIME SHE TOLD HER STORY, AND SHE REALIZ ED THAT SHE HAD BUT A SHORT TIME TO LIVE. SHE SAID SHE HAD KILLED THE CHILDREN ONE BY ONE WITH AN AX, PLACED THEIR BODIES SIDE BY-SIDE ON A BED, SATURATED -THE WHOLE WITH KEROSENE, AND THEN SET FIRE TO IT. SHE COULD NOT EXPLAIN WHY SHE HAD DONE SO. SOON AFTER RELATING THESE FACTS SHE PASSED AWAY. AFTER THE FIRE HAD BURNED OUT SUFFICIENTLY A SEARCH OF THE RUINS WAS MADE AND PROOF OF THE TRUTH OF THE WOMAN'S STORY WAS HAD. ALL SEVEN CORPSES WERE FOUND, BEING IN A BADLY CHARRED CONDITION. TRAGEDIES LINKED WITH STREED DEATH Suicide of VV. D. Powell Associated Dead Attorney Knew Facts- by Political Influence. Chicago, Sept. 30. Dr. Byrde C. Powell, living in the Sandwich islands came to Chicago today and told a story. disclosing a chain of facts connecting the recent suicide of his brother, Wil liam D. " Powell, and the myfterious death of John V. Streed, the promin ent attorney, both residents- of Cam bridge, III., with the murder of a Swed ish domestic in the home of a wealthy man in Cambridge more than five years ago. KM-'.W TIIK Till TH. In the opinion of Dr. Powell, Streed was murdered because he knew Jhc truth behind the woman's death. Streed got the facts from William Powell, who committed suicide in August after his home had been broken up and the MOVED BY FEARS Japan's Willingness to Make Terms of Peace Partly Explained. THE FINANCES GREW LOW Expenses of War Underestimated and Poor Crcp Threatened Suf fering. Tokio. Sent. CO. Notwithstanding he silence of the government, the fact disclosed that Japan made peace at Portsmouth in fear of a financial break- own. The war proved more costly than had been calculated and the rice and cereal crops seemed doomed to fail ure. Instead of sunlight and warmth urine Ausrust. xvhen the crops ripen. there was a continuous rain and ex ceedingly coid weather. While som'; mDrovement may still be in store, it is certain that the rice crop progress is from 15 to 20 per cent below the aver age and far below last year's crop, hen !t was marvelously large. Mrail Hard Time. Six months more of war would have :eant very hard times, for the masses f the people are very poor and rice their bread and meat. PAID TO BECOME HUNTER'S FRIEND North Dakota Man President Met 22 Years Ago Given a Good Berth. Medora. N. D. Sept. SO. S. M. Fer ris, county auditor, has received a let ter frunj President Roosevelt saying he is appointed registrar of the Dick inson land office. Ferris and his broth er Joe were the first men Roosevelt became acquainted with here on his first hunting trip to the Bad Lands 22 years ago. Steamer Burns at Docks. Alpena. Mich.. Sept. 30. The steam er P. S. Birckhead. coal laden, burned at the dock here today. The crew es caped uninjured. in August and. Murder of guilty persons shielded, it is alleged, by Influential political friends. Cambridge, 111., Sept. 30. The fun eral of John V. Streed. the attorney who was mysteriously slain Wednes day morning was held yesterday after noon on the court house lawn, a large crowd being present, attracted by the mystery in which the case is shrouded. The Masons were in charge of the cer emony, and President Andree nof Au gustana college preached the sermon. Burial will be at Union Pier, Mich. Iw Ocveiimenl. The officials have been unable to learn whether the case was one of mur der or suicide. furlews being found to bear out either theory. It has de veloped that a man who has promised to testify at the inquest Tuesday heard a shot fired in the business district at RUY PRESIDENT Says Ex-Senator W. E. Chandler Regarding the Railroads ANEW RATE CONTROL In Open Letter Ho Warns of Subterfuges That Will Be Employed. Washington, Sept. SO. In open let ters to the interstate commerce com mission ex-Senator William E. Chand ler of New Hampshire charges the railroads with tryiag to seduce the president of the United States from his sworn duty and with buying legislators, the press, ministers, lawyers, and, in fact, almost everyone who can assist them in their fight against government control of rates. Muillar Art la 1'aal. After showing how the railroads hung up the Esch-Townsend bill and made the Elkins law devoid of terror by eliminating the penitentiary clause. Mr. Chandler declares: "And so again next winter faithless republicans and timid democrats will combine to make any bill which may pass congress give more to the rail roads than to the people. The simple proposition of the president will be so overlaid with qualifications as to be worthless or the bill will be so crowd ed with additions Justly objectionable or of doubtful utility as to make its passage through both houses impossi ble." ir.iirin The issues have been squarely join ed. Chandler insists, and now the time for trial has come, with a president of the United States for the first time on the side of the people. In the presi dent, however, the people have their only hope of success, and the railroads realire this. WOULD LI Domestic Five Years Ago -Guilty Shielded j o clock ednesday morning, indi cating that it was at that hour Mr. Streed was shot down, either by an assassin or by his own hand. It was also learned that Mr. Streed probably had. little money at the time of his death, for the evening before he tried to borrow $50 from a man named John son, and finally modified his request to $10 without getting the money. Friends of the family, while refusing to accept the suicide theory, scout the story that a man who recently commit ted suicide left a letter asking his rela tives to "get even" with Streed for some real or fancied wrong. 'niiMfl AnwftiT lH(h, Miss Mattie Philberg. daughter of the postmaster at Cambridge, died of heart disease today. It is said the at tack was caused by grief and excite ment over Mr. Streed s death. SWINDLER CAUGHT Worked Neat Game Four Years Ago in Northern Illinois Cities. AGENT FOR A STATE JOURNAL Gave Order for Six Yards of Dress Goods With Each Subscription Received. Chicago, Sept. 30. George Moore, aged 50, and of clerical appearance, who admits that for four years he has made a business of swindling women of Chicago. Milwaukee, Aurora and other places, is under arrest here. itmt for Journal. Moore claimed to be agent for a ftate journal published by a depart ment store. He offered yearly sub scriptions to housekeepers at $1.50, and gave them an order on a department store for six yards of dress goods. He secured subscriptions readily, and his weekly receipts are said to have been large. CLEVELAND WILL TALK IN NEBRASKA Elaborate Program for Unveiling of Monument to Sterling Morton. 0 Nebraska City. Neb.. Sept. SO. The Arbor Day Memorial association de' cided Oct. 14 as the date for the unveil ing of a monument being erected to the memory of Sterling Morton, secretary of agriculture during the last Cleve land administration and founder of Ar bor day. An elaborate program has been arranged. The principal speaker will be former President Cleveland. CONFERENCE WITH EMPEROR President of Hungarian Diet Given a Lengthy Audience. Vienna. Sept. 30. County Czaky. president of the upper house of the Hungarian diet was received in audi ence by the king-emperor ttiis morning and a lengthy exchange of views fol lowed during which the situation in Hungary was fully threshed out. IN POOL TO CONTROL LAW- MAKING DETAILS OF WRECK Crash on Rock Island at Iowa City Occurred on High Bank. PASSENGER HAD STOPPED Jumping Saved Lives of Engineer and Fireman Engine Demol- -" ished. Traffic on the main line of the Rock Island system was blocked for hours yesterday afternoon by the head-on collision at Iowa City. The trains came together at a high embankment in the western part of the city. Engine No. 47t, which was drawing the passenger train, was smashed to smithereens, and engine No. 1417. which was pulling the freight, was bad ly smashed and partly telescoped. Th? front enjl of the baggage car of the passenger train was wrecked and part of the contents of the car were de stroyed. Three freight cars loaded with grain were derailed and one of them was totally wrecked and the oats which it contained were scattered over the track. CnitlariT TnlUn. According to Engineer Frank Hodgen of the passenger, he left Iowa City at 12: 15: So, just one-half a minute late. When seen immediately after the col lision. Mr. Hodgen said: "We had just pulled out of Iowa City when we saw the freight coming to ward us. I immediately applied the brakes, and Fireman George Down ing and I jumped. Our engine had come to a standstill when it was struck." Engineer Hodgen's presence of mind saved his life without a doubt. If be and Fireman Downing had re mained in their cab they would un doubtedly havo been ground Into an unrecognizablo mass,' as was their en gine. A. R. McCulIough. of 240O Fifth av enue, baggageman on the passenger, was burled under several baskets of peaches and other articles in the bag gage car. After being extricated he complained of pains in his legs. He was removed to the office of Dr. F. W. Littig. where it was found that he was badly cut and bruised about the right hip and left knee. His right foot be tween the knee and ankle was also bruised. After his wounds were dress ed Mr. McCulIough stated that he would return home on the first train. Itoicrrn Jitmpril. Frank Rogers, of Natick yards, fire man on the freight train, was the most seriously injured. With Engineer Guld ner. of the freight, he jumped, but was pinioned under a car. His left leg was crushed near the thigh and two ribs on his right side were broken. He also sustained a severe laceration the base of the spine and extensive bruises about the face and head. He was removed to University hospital, where everything possible was done to allay his sufferings. Dr. I.. W. Litlig. who attended him. stated that, s.lt:niugi; his injuries were of a seriwua nature, no internal injuries had manifested themselves, and there were hlit.ht hopes for the man's ultimate recovery. Conductor Hralth walte, who was In charge of the freight train, refu.cd to discuss the collision. A report is cur rent, however, to the effect thai the freight should have sidetracked at Tif fin and allowed the passenger to go by. There is an embankment A .'" f-;et where the collision occurred. At the colliding point, also, there is only a single track. The scene of the wreck was the mecca of thousands of people yesterday afternoon and last night. The wrecker from Rock Island ar rived about 4 o'clock and commenced work. The track was cleared about 9 o'clock. GALESBURG GAZETTE CEASES Paper Was Established in 1850 by the Late W. S. Gale. Galesburg. 111.. Sept. SO. W. T. Smith, editor of the Galesburg Gazette, has announced the discontinuance of the paper for financial reasons. The paper was founded in 1S50 by the late W. Selden Gale and others to promote the building of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, and has continued under various names since. In the '50'a it was a free soil and abolitionist pa per. In the '70'a Gen. M. S. I James, the distinguished civil war veteran, was its editor. Gersham Martin, well known In central Illinois, followed, and edited it until his death. For the last SO years the paper has been democratic in politics. New Industry at Sterling. Dixon, III., Sept: 30. The Sandusky. Portland Cement company yesterday closed a deal for the purchase of 225 acres of land east of Dixon, on which will be erected a $250,000 plant, with a capacity of 2,000 barrels a day. M THE STATE Existence of Peculiar Al liance of Big Three Uncovered IN INSURANCE QUIZ Western Commissioners Start Inquiry Into Real Estate Department. New York, Sept. 30. A triple aim ance entered into by the "big three' life insurance companies the Equita ble1. Mutual and New York for the pro motion of favored legislation and op position to that which is regarded as prejudicial to their interests, was de scribed yesterday afternoon by Alfred W. Maine, associate auditor of the Equitable, in testimony before the leg islative investigating committee. lUfil Kquallr. Territorial divisions exist and the three companies, by a well organized system, aid one another, dividing equal ly their retainers, disbursements and other charges. Andrew Hamilton, to whom Presi dent McCall. of the New York Life, paid several checks, including two for $ 1 00,000. the purpose of which the coun sel for the committee, Mr. Hughes, has not yet brought to light, was one of tho chief members of the legal staff for the three companies and was employed and received money for services from the Equitable. VrmiiKr Supplruirnlnry lavmllatatloa. New York, Sept. 30. The insurance, commissioners of five western states, meeting in this city, announced today arrangements have been completed with the New York Life Insurance company to begin the investigation of the real estate and mortgage depart ments of tho company. This Investi gation will supplement the Investiga tion at present being conducted by tho New York legislative committee. Wanla MorlicuK Loan a. New York, Sept. 30. President Mor ton, of the Equitable Life Assurance society, today gave out a statement saying the society would like to taku its funds from bonds and loan them on mortgages. Ho said that In the last five years the Equitable society had contributed about $1G,000 for legal ex penses. ? ' GOVERNMENT PLANS A GREAT HOSPITAL Option Taken on Site in Sangamon County for $400,000 Insti tution. Springfield. Sept. 30. Dr. Iouis De- elerment of Washington. D. C. secured an option on !40 acres of land at $250 an acre, at Illiopolis, this county. On the land the government contemplates building a $100,000 hospital for the ar my and navy. The hospital will be for the treatment of bowel and stomach disorders. The capacity will be 3.000 patients. McCADDON, SHOWMAN, ARRESTED ABROAD Bringing Wife's Body Home for Burial to America Fraudulent Bank ruptcy Charge. Southampton. England, Sept. SO. Jo seph T. McCaddon. who was head of the McCaddon circus, was arrested on a warrant charging him with fraudu lent bankruptcy, as he was embark ing on the steamer St. Ixmls today bound for New York. The arrest had a tragic side. On board the St. Louis was a coffin containing the body of the showman's wife, which was being tak en to America for burial. MISSISSIPPI IS LAUNCHED Battleship Christened at Philadelphia by Miss Mabel Money. Philadelphia. Pa.. Sept. 30. In the presence of a distinguished party of guests, the battleship Mississippi, was launched today at the yards of the Cramp Ship and Engine Building com pany. The vessel's sponsor was Miss Mabel Clare, daughter of Senator Money. STEAMER ALAMAOA ASHORE AT 'FRISCO , San Francisco. Cal., Sept. 30. The Oceanic Steamship company's steamer Alamada, which sailed this morning for Honolulu, is ashore on the southern side of the entrance of San Francisco bay.