VOL. LIV. XO. 298
TILE AKGUS. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3a, 1903. SIXTEEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
ON WAY TO
Neighbors Give Him
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
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
Agree to Settlement After a Contest
Lasting Several Weeks in
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
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.
More Details Received With Ref
erence to Death of Chris
WALKING ON DOUBLE TRACK
Crosses Over from Clear Track to One
Train Is On Only 40 Feet Away
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
SET HOUSE AFIRE
Cause Death of Three Men and Injury
of Several Others at New
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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-
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
North Dakota Man President Met 22
Years Ago Given a Good
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
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
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.
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
Says Ex-Senator W. E.
ANEW RATE CONTROL
In Open Letter Ho Warns of
Subterfuges That Will
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
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
Domestic Five Years Ago
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.
Worked Neat Game Four Years
Ago in Northern Illinois
AGENT FOR A STATE JOURNAL
Gave Order for Six Yards of Dress
Goods With Each Subscription
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
TALK IN NEBRASKA
Elaborate Program for Unveiling of
Monument to Sterling
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
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-
DETAILS OF WRECK
Crash on Rock Island at Iowa
City Occurred on High
PASSENGER HAD STOPPED
Jumping Saved Lives of Engineer and
Fireman Engine Demol- -"
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
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.
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
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
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
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
IN INSURANCE QUIZ
Western Commissioners Start
Inquiry Into Real Estate
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.
Territorial divisions exist and the
three companies, by a well organized
system, aid one another, dividing equal
ly their retainers, disbursements and
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
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. ? '
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
Bringing Wife's Body Home for Burial
to America Fraudulent Bank
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
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
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