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J? LAND ARGU VOL. 1AY. NO. 300. THE ARGUS. .TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1003. PRICE TWO CENTS. ROCK ANOTHER UPHEAVAL IN LIFE INSURANCE Assets of Manager Ro senfield, of Wes tern, Seized AND RECEIVER NAMED Charged With Being a Traf ficker and a Wrecker. Chicago, Oct. 3. A new upheaval financially took place today as the re sult of the sensational litigation over the affairs of the Western Life Indem nity company. The assets of E. I. Ro scntleld. general manager of the West ern Life Insurance company were or dered placed in the hands of a receiv er. The action was taken in the fed eral court by Judge Bethea, who nam ed as receiver Edwin C. Day. ( bnricrrt With firing; Trafficker. Hosen field Is charged in the bill filed in court yesterday with being a "trafficker-in and wrecker of the life in surance company for his own personal profit with utter disregard of the rights of the ioliey holders." Wnat Thai fl.in.WNNl llnrk. New York. Oct. 3. Permission to begin suit against John A. McCall. president,'. and George W. Perkins, vice president of the New York Life Insur ance company for restitution of $150, (mh contributed to the republican cam paign funds was asked of Attorney General Mayer tolay by William Hep burn Russell, acting as attorney for several policyholders. I'ndcr the laws of this state the sanction of the Attor ney ; tierul Is required in order to bring a suit of this character. MILITIA TO STOP BURNING OF NEGRO Plan to Execute Black Fiend May Thus Be Prevent ed. Houston, Tex.. Oct. 3. Gov. Lanham has ordered two military companies from Houston to Edna, where citizens threaten to burn at the stake Monk Gibson, the negro accused of the mur der of the Conditt family. Searchers are still confident that officers possibly have the negro in hiding and that troops uave been sent to escort Gibson to Houston win re there is a mob proof jail. NEPHEW OF DEWET IS PLACED UNDER ARREST Charged With Trying to Found Boer Republic in German South west Africa. Berlin, Oct. 3. Andrew Dowet. ne phew of the famous Boer general Christian Dewet has been arrested in a suburb of Windhoek. German South west Africa, with four other Boers, ac cused of plotting to overthrow the Ger man rule in South West Africa and create a Boer republic. DIVERS CAN SEE NO HOPE Of Stranded Alameda Near San Fran cisco Saving Cargo. San Francisco. Cal.. Oct. 3. The stranded steamer Alameda remains on the rocks at Fort Point, ami it is not believed that it can be saved. Its car go is being discharged rapidly and brought ashore. Divers have discov ered that the vessel's plates have been torn away in many places, and that it will be impossible for the pumps to overcome the inflow of water. The greatest injury sustained was at the point where the boat first struck the rocks. Since then the tides have redoubled the strain upon the vessel's plates and have torn its bottom so that the engines are ingulfed. 50,000 MEN OUT IN BERLIN Strike of Electricians Promises to Be Greatest in German History. Berlin, Oct. 3. Negotiations between the electrical firms and their locked out employes have failed, neither side dis playing any disposition to yield. Fifty thousand men now are idle, and the probabilities are that 65,000 metal workers will join the strike tomorrow. in which case it will be the greatest labor dispute Berlin has yet seen. Ambassador Meyer Home. New York, Oct. 3. George Von L. Meyer. American ambassador to St Petersburg, was a passenger on the Kaiser Wilhelm II. which arrived to dav. He said he was on his way to see President Roosevelt. GUILT OF PAPER TRUST IS ADMITTED St. Paul. Minn.. Oct. 3. The main feature of Attorney Flanders' argu ment today in the federal court in the faring of the General Paper compa ny's case wherein the officers of the Hennepin Paper company, the Itasca Paper company, and the Northwest Paper company are asked to show cause why they should not answer cer tain questions a.ked by the govern ment, was a practical admission that the paper companies were guilty of transgressing the state laws of Minne sota and Wisconsin, the penalty for which might wipe them out of exist ence if they were obliged to answer the question, even though the United States could not convict them of con spiracy in restraint of interstate com merce. NEW HIGH RECORD IN BANK FIGURES Balances on Both Sides Far Exceed Any Previous Condi tions. New York, Oct. 3. The balances of clearing house banks today were greatly in excess of all previous rec ords amounting to $42,332,000 as against $33.9J6.0oo Saturday last, which was the previous high record. The debit balance of the National Hank of Commerce today amounted to $37,001, (too which is a new high record for any individual institution either on the debit or credit side. The Natonal City bank erpnrted a credit of $10,545, ono. The large figures of the last few days are a further reflection of the recent financial operations. These in clude heavy October disbursements for interest and dividends; payments for for Pennsylvania and Atchison syndi cate undertakings and other operations are not yet disclosed. The banking community is still at a loss to account of last week's illogical bank statement. TO MAKEUP SHERRICK'S LOSS Friends of Former Indiana Auditor, Will Pay Sum to the State. Indianapolis. Ind., Oct. 3. Friends of David Sherrick, who was deposed by the governor on account of his de falcation as auditor of state, have ar ranged to make good the shortage of $135.ooo, and it is announced the money will be paid to the state before the end of the week. Securities in the hands of the receiver will be taken up. It is understood that the $51,ooo bor rowed by W. S. Wickard will be paid either tomorrow or Wednesday, and parties connected with the companies in which Sherrick invested are pre paring to take the stocks off his hands. PETITION FOR MRS. CHADWICK Writ of Error Asked For in Federal Court of Appeals. Cincinnati. Oct. ::. A p tit ion for a writ of error for Mis. Cassie L. Chad wick, charged with bank wrec king and convicted at Cleveland of conspiracy to defraud, was heard in the federal court cf appeals today. Mrs. Chad wick is now in the Cuya hoga county jail, awaiting the decision of the court of appeals. If the deci sion is against her she will at once be giu the sentence of 1" years in the Ohio penitentiary. Strange Bed Takes Three Lives. St. Paul. Minn.. Oct. 3. A bed in a farm house near Bonesteel. S. D.. has within the last few weeks been respon sible for the mysterious and wholly un explained deaths of three children. The bed is in the home of George Yesser. A few weeks ago Mrs. Yesser placed her babe on the bed for a nap, and an hour later it was found dead. Two in fants of neighbors named Schroeder and Cotton met the same fate. Earthquake in Ecuador. Guayaqil. Equador. Oct. 3. A heavy earthquake shock was felt here at 2:10 a. m. today. SIX DIE BY FIRE IN A CABIN HOME Two Women and Six Children Per- in West Virginia Men Escape. Edgington. W. Va.. Oct. 3. Six per sons, two women and four children were burned to death in their cabin home last night. The husbands of the women escaped. TO REDUCE RATES Decision Said to Have Been Reached by Illinois Railroad Commission FOR CARRIAGE OF FREIGHT Would Mean Saving cf $8,000,000 to Shippers and Some Loss to Roads. Springfield, 111., Oct. 3. A decision to order a reduction of freight rates on Illinois railroads is reported to have been reached by the state railroad and warehouse commission. The reduction, it is said, will range from 18 to 20 per cent from existing rates. This reduction, if it goes into effect, will result in a saving of at least- $S, 000.000 annually to Illinois shippers and a corresponding loss in the rev enue of the railroads. In KflTvrt Soon. One report has it that the railroad and warehouse commission will issue the order for the reduction today. Other reports say the order will not be made until late in the week or early next week. barter of Ii-rlmlnn tlon. Chicago, Oct. 3. Testifying before the interstate commerce commission yesterday, H. P. Buell, president of the Chicago Live Stock exchange, and a live stock commission dealer and shipper for 29 years, declared that un der the present freight rates Kansas City was a better market than Chi cago. "Best prices are paid in Chi cago, but in shipping cattle from Texas, freight rates make it more ad vantageous to market them in Kansas City," said the witness. Favor Kani fit v. "Up to 10 years ago practically all the Texas cattle were brought to Chi cago, but recently most of these cattle have gone to Kansas City. Chicago is the greatest cattle market in the world, because of competition among buyers, and all Texas cattle would continue to come here if shippers were given the right rates. Under present conditions, however, this city is discriminated against in favor of Kansas City." RAMSEY ASKS WRIT AGAINST WABASH ET AL Undertakes to Stop Annual Meeting and Other Proceedings by Gould. St. Louis. Mo, Oct. 3. Suit for in junction was filed in the St. Louis cir cuit court by Joseph Ramsey, Jr., pres ident of the Wabash, against the Iron Mountain and Wabash Railway com panies, the Mercantile Trust company of New York. Walter S. Wilson, H. M. j alker and George J. Gould. Ramsey asks the court to grant him the in junction preventing the proposed an nual meeting of George Gould and his associates at Toledo, whereat it is pro posed to elect a board of directors and president to control the Wabash for the next year. Xew York. Oct. 15. Directors of the Wabash railroad held a special meet ing yesterday, at which they extended the leave of absence granted to Pres ident Ramsay last June from Oct. 1 to Oct. 10 against the protest of Ramsay. Oct. 10 is the date on which the an nual meeting will be held, when Ram say hopes to take control of the road away from the Gould interests. Gen. Thomas II. Hubbard, a direc tor, said all the directors were with Gould rather than Ramsay. On the other hand, there was a rumor in Wall street that the Goulds had only 15 per cent of the stocks and bonds and had failed to get $4,000,000 in additional se curities at the last moment. Judge Taylor ordered the defendants to show cause Friday next why the temporary injunction should not be is sued. IDENTIFY MAN HIT BY CAR Had a Brother in Chicago Now Inves tigating Death. Word has been received by Coroner L. V. Eckhart that the man who was killed a year ago by an inferurban car on Seventh street in East Moline was Joe Lanzuyt. He has a brother Adolph who now resides at 3G23 Union avenue, Chicago, and who is at present making inquiries as to the manner in which he met his death. The man. who was killed on a Sun day night in October of last year, was named Joe Lambert, according to the foreman for whom Joe worked at Co lona on canal construction. At East Moline his friends all Belgians knew him only as "Joe," and it was only after a trip to Coloha by the cor oner that anything was learned as to the man's identity. ONCE RICH; NOW UNDER PAY Former St. Louis Millionaire, Who Lost Fortune Promoting Baseball. St. Louis. Mo.. Oct. 3. Henry V. Lucas, former millionaire, who lost most of his fortune trying to promote the old Union Baseball association. has taken a job as inspector in the I street department at $65 per month. RANSOM IS mow raise The Brooklyn Contractor Whose Son Was Kid naped Warned. SON IS TO PERISH Unless $5,000 is Forthcom ing by To night. New York. Oct. 3. Michael Marea neina, the Italian contractor of Brook lyn, whose little boy Tony was kid naped last week and held for ransom of 5'o received a letter today from the "secret society" raising the ransom to $5,000, and threatening to kill the boy by C tonight if the price is not paid. The I. ant Warn! ue. The letter says: "We have got tired of waiting for you to come to terms. This is the last warning you will re ceive. We told you to do business with your friend and he could do busi ness with us. That is the only way this can be fixed up. Unless we get $5,000 by Tuesday night at 6 o'clock your boy will be dead. You will rind the body along the shore road. This is positively the last warning." The letter was signed "Secret So ciety." and dated Oct. 1. Evidently it had been mailed at a sub-postoffice at Brooklyn. The police are mystified by the con duct of the father. Salvatore Picona of Brooklyn has been arrested on suspi cion of knowing where the boy is. When he was arraigned in court today Mareaneine and Picona came into court together and it was announced the father would give bril for the man under suspicion. Picona was released on bail. LAID TO OTHERS The Blame for Young Leonard's Financial Escapade in New York. SISTER'S VIEW OF THE CASE Believes a Man and Woman Are Re sponsible for the $359,000 Theft. New York, Oct. Miss Catherine Leonard, sister of Harry Leonard, the young man who confessed to the theft of $359,000 worth of securities from the National City bank, declared today Leonard was the victim of a Wall street man and that lie was trying to protect the man and a woman. I'ollrr Ilnvf WouhiiTm Nome. Miss Leonard declared she had given the woman's name to the police and that she believed the unrestored por tion of the securities were placed in a safe deiosit vault by the woman. A Hoy Ink lOncapndf . Lawyer Abraham Levy, who has been retained to defend Leonard, said he was satisfied there was no criminal intent on Leonard's part and that the whole affair was a foolibh. boyish es capade. Markham Victims Buried. Cambridge. Oct. 3. The seven Mark ham children and their mother and murderess were buried jesterday. The charred remains of the insane woman's victims were placed in one rude pine box, while her body occupied another. The burial occurred iu the potter's corner of the little cemetery southwest of town. Rev. W. W. Winer, pastor of the Methodist church, said a prayer over the grave. Russian Vice Consul Tc Swift. Chicago, Oct. 3. Prince Engalitch eff. Russian vice consul in Chicago was fined $1 and court costs by Justice Caverly today on a charge of violating the auto speed ordinance. The defend ant waived his rights as a member of the foriegn consulate. THE YELLOW FEVER New Orleans, Oct. 3. New cases of yellow fever today, 21; deaths, 2. Natchez. Miss.. Oct 3. Three new cases of yellow fever were reported to day. Vicksburg, Miss., Oct. 3. Six new cases of yellow fever today, and every section of the city appears to be in fected. Pensacola. Fla.. Oct 3. Two new day. SLAYER IS KNOWN Declares Widow of John V. Streed, Henry County Lawyer. IS SURE IT WAS MURDER But State's Attorney Acknowledges He's "Up In the Air." Cambridge. 111.. Oct. 3. Mrs. John V. Streed, widow of the dead lawyer politician, who has returned from Union Pier, Mich., where her husband was buried, reiterated her conviction that he was murdered, and says she is certain of the identity of the slayer, although she has no evidence against him. "I know that my husband was mur dered," she declared. "There re cer tain facts that I cannot make public now. I shall confide all to the cot oner. I cannot tell the name of the man who killed John, but I am con vinced as to who he is. I have no evi dence that will convict, but my entire fortune is at the disposal of the person who can secure it." Mrs. Streed's voice carried a ring of conviction and sincerity. "I have nothing to conceal," she continued. "What do I care for the insurance? I have nothing to live for now except to discover John's assas sin. I-Vnreil it M iirilcr I'lol. "One night, just before 1 left for Pennsylvania, I met a suspicious look ing man in front of the postoffice. He was short and bent nearly double over something he held in his hands. I was afraid to leave my husband, but he reassured me, and insisted that I go to my mother, who was thought to be dying. "Yes. we had our fears, and they were not unfounded, but I cannot dis close them now. I am convinced, how ever, that mv husband was not killed by one of the Orion bank robbers." The funeral of a prominent county official may interrupt the coroner's in quest, which begins today. At least one wituess, however, will te heard. Mrs. Streed will take the stand early in the inquiry and tell her story. Xo Key tti Ilrry. During her absence in Michigan the murder theory practically has been abandoned by the authorities in charge of the investigation. The situation has been like a game of jack-straws. Old scandals have been unearthed only to disturb others. The reputations of so many citizens have been in jeopardy that the community is in a state of un rest and excitement. With the return from Kewanee of State's Attorney Charles E. Sturtz in terest in the investigation has been revived. "We have no evidence," said Sturtz, "that Streed committed suicide. We have no evidence that he was murdci ed. We are up in the air." Ill-other Hum Same Opinion. St. Joseph. Mich.. Oct. 3. Leonard (lowdy, brother-in-law of John M. Streed. who died under mysterious cir cumstances at Cambridge. III., declares that Streed did not commit suicide, but was .murdered, and recalls an incident in which a detective visited Streed and offered him $1u,(mm for certain infor mation. This was refused, Mr. Gow dy declared. "The murderer surely will be caught." he said. PYTHIAN COUNCIL CALLED BY CHANCELLOR SHIVELY To Consider Holding of the National Encampment in New Or leans. Richmond, Ind.t Oct. 3. Charles E. Shiveley, supreme chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, toda called a meeting of the supreme lodge officers to be held at Indianaiolis Oct. 30. The object is to consider whether, owiug to yellow fever, there should be a change in the meeting of the su preme lodge and na'ional encampment set for New Orleans in BREAKS THE LIQUOR LAWS East Moline Woman Pleads Guilty to Offense and is Fined. Mrs. Bridget King, of East Moline. pleaded guilty this afternoon to the charge of selling liquor without a li cense, the complaint being made in county court. She was fined $75 on each of four counts by Judge Parmen ter. Frank Step, charged with stealing a dollar and a razor, the property of Frank Needham, pleaded guilty this morning and was fined $10 and costs and sentenced to an hour in the coun ty jail. Reopens Commerce. Vladivostok. Oct. 3. The first freight steamer left this port Sunday for Chefoo, thus reopening regular commerce by sea between Vladivostok and other ports. Navigation is still risky owing to floating mines. Komura Sets Sail. Vancouver, B. C. Oct. 3. Baron Ko mura sailed last night by the eteani fehip India for Yokohama. TRAIN HOLD-UP ON THE GREAT NORTHERN RACING FOR BIG STAKES AT LEXINGTON Lexington. Ky.. Oct. 3. Susie N.. the favorite won the first heat of the $21.- (o0 futurity. Bon ovago. second. a:i.l Katherine L.. third: time 2:ll"i. The second heat was won by Mis.s Abdell. Susie N.. second: time. 2:0!. The third heat resulted Miss Abdell first. Marechaale. second. Time: 2:1. Miss Abdell won the fourth heat and the race. Susio N.. second. Time. 2:11',. MITCHELL'S MISSION TO THE PRESIDENT Head of Mine Workers Wanted a Political Appointment That Was All. Washington. Oct. 3. John Mitchell had an interview with President Roose velt today. He is said to have urged the president to appoint Louis Hani mcrling, editor of the official organ of the United Mine workers, as collector of internal revenues for the Scranton. Pa., district. '"I did not discuss the labor situation in the anthracite coal fields." said Mitchell. SAYS IT IS THIRD ATTEMPT TO POISON HIS CHILDREN Jonathan Foulk of Marion Coming to Davenport to Investigate Candy Matter. Cedar Rapids. Iowa, Oct. 3. Jona than Foulk, of Marion, left today for Davenport to investigate the alleged at tempt to poisoti his three children, in mates of the Soldiers' Orphans' home. The children received poisoned candy a few days ago in a package and were made deathly sick, but are now recov ering. The father alleges this is the third attempt to poison the children. DOWIE ASSERTS HE IS WELL Says Report That He Had Been Seri ously III Is False. El Paso. Tex.. Oct. 3. John Alexan der Dowie departed for Mexico yester day, apparently in as good health tis any man living. He remained in his car during his stay here, denying him self to every one. but lie stood on the platform of his car today as the train departed, posing for several photo graphers and saying: "It is a tissue of lies, nothing more, to say I have been seriously ill. Do I look it V He came down the steps of the car, and seemed in good health, but did not alight. Dowie said he would stay in Mexico a nioiiih or longer. ACCIDENT IN SWITCH YARDS Former Rock Island Man Escapes Companion Will Die. An accident occurred in the Rock Island switchyards just opposite the freight depot in Muscatine yesterday, which may result in a fatality, Allen Cotter, one of the injured truckmen, lying at the Hershey hospital in con sequence of the fearful concith.ion he : tistatned iu the crash. The accident occurred in the after noon .shortly after 1 o'clock. Mr. Pugh, father of Agent J. C. Pugh, and Alien Cotter were in the car on the loading switch, clone to the freight depot, plac ing freight in the car, when two other cars were hurled down the track by the swiifh engine, making what is known as a "flying switch." The unfortunate men were at work loading a car on the freight hoifce track, and were in the act of up-ending a barrel of molasses when the earn struck. Carriage Builders to Consider Rates. Philadelphia. Oct. 3. Two thousand carriage ami wagon builders, from all parts of the I'nited Stales, Canada, and Mexico are attending the 3d annual convention of the Carriage Builders' Nafional association. One of the most important matters which will be brought before the convention is the subject of freight rate legislation. RICHARD CLARKSON DIES AT DES MOINES Well Known Iowa Publisher and Politician Passes From Earth. I)e Moin, Iowa. Oct. 3. Richard son Clarkson, United States pension agent for Iowa aud Nebraska, ami for 30 ars manager of the Iowa State Register, died here tLU morning. OCCURS Express Gar Dynamited and Robbers Escape With Booty OUT IN WASHINGTON While Men Work One End Boys Go Through the Coaches. Seattle. Wash.. Oct. 3. The Great Northern overland train, eastbouud, was held up last evening, and the bag gage and express car dynamited, five miles from Hallard. Two boyst wh got on the blind baggage here, as soon as the holdup began, entered the pas senger coaches and began holding up the passengers. They were captured. They say two men were on the blind baggage when they got on. and a thir l got on at Ballard. AH were well dress ed, with raincoats and slouch hats. No one was killed, but Charles Ander son, an express messenger, is slightly injured. Train Im KIukk1. After securing the contents of the safe the three ;nen started off in an easterly direction. The train was flag ged near the brick yard, and as the engineer slowed tip two men with ralu coats climbed over the tender and pre sented revolvers to his head and com pelled the engineer to stop the train. The robbers then jumped off. making the engineer and iirenian do tne same. All were marched to the baggage car door. t iir lllonn t IMecrw. The messenger was commanded to open the door, and, refusing, an extra heavy charge of dynamite was placed against it aud exploded. The car wan almost torn to pieces. The safe was then dynamited, and the train delayed two hours and a half. Conductor Grant's report shows at least seven men were engaged in the robbery. The conductor believes there were other men further down the track, but they did not take any part. When once inside the robbers began dyna miting, the first explosion being of six sticks, the second of 12 and the third of JS. Conduiml Itetolwr l-'ire. No one was injured seriously, al though a continual lire of revolvers was kepi up. The express messenger says lie does not know how much mon ey was obtained. S l.rmn 'Mum I.4HM M Tuk.ru. St. Paul. Oct. 3. General Manager ICIIiott of the Great Northern Kxpress company in a statement regarding the holdup of the Overland passenger train last night near Seattle, says the lubbers secured Jess than SI.Oimi. The passengers were not molested aud no tme was hurt ami no damage done to the baggage. TYPHOON LOSS PROVES TERRIBLE Later Report of Destruction of Life and Property in the Philip pines. Manila, Oct. 3. It is estimated the loss in tli4 nemp growing district from the ravages of the recent typhoon ib $.1,immi,mmi. R ports now coming in from the south indicate a greater lor,s of life and property than at first re ported. Ticao islatifl beach i.s strewn with dead, among them some Ameri cans in an unrecognizable condition. FRESH HONORS FOR DE WITTE Czar Offers to Make Peace Envoy Chief of I w Ministerial Cabinet. St. Peiert-burg, Oct. 3. The position of chief of the new ministerial cabin et, the creation of which Is called for by the institution of the imperial doti ina, with the right of interpellation, was offered to Count de Witte on Friday last by the emperor, according to cur rent understanding. An official who is close to Count de Witte said today that his nomination as chancellor might be expected within a mouth. Elections in Russia. St. Petersburg. Oct. 3. An imperial decree was published today directing that immediate arrangement 8 be made to conduct elections of the membcrj of the national assembly. Illinois Grand Lodge Meets. Chicago. Oct. 3 The fiaii commu nication of the Illinois grand orj- cf Masons began this morning at 1') o'clock in the Mediuali temple. Iw.'Hr born avenue ami Walton place, aud will continue for three days.