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VOL. 1AY. NO. 300.
THE ARGUS. .TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1003.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
IN LIFE INSURANCE
Assets of Manager Ro
senfield, of Wes
AND RECEIVER NAMED
Charged With Being a Traf
ficker and a
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
NEPHEW OF DEWET IS
PLACED UNDER ARREST
Charged With Trying to Found Boer
Republic in German South
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
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
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
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
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
TO REDUCE RATES
Decision Said to Have Been
Reached by Illinois Railroad
FOR CARRIAGE OF FREIGHT
Would Mean Saving cf $8,000,000 to
Shippers and Some Loss
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
The reduction, it is said, will range
from 18 to 20 per cent from existing
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
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
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
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.
The Brooklyn Contractor
Whose Son Was Kid
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
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
LAID TO OTHERS
The Blame for Young Leonard's
Financial Escapade in
SISTER'S VIEW OF THE CASE
Believes a Man and Woman Are Re
sponsible for the $359,000
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
Vicksburg, Miss., Oct. 3. Six new
cases of yellow fever today, and every
section of the city appears to be in
Pensacola. Fla.. Oct 3. Two new
SLAYER IS KNOWN
Declares Widow of John V.
Streed, Henry County
IS SURE IT WAS MURDER
But State's Attorney Acknowledges
He's "Up In the
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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.
ON THE GREAT NORTHERN
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.
TO THE PRESIDENT
Head of Mine Workers Wanted a
Political Appointment That
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
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
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.
DIES AT DES MOINES
Well Known Iowa Publisher and
Politician Passes From
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.
Express Gar Dynamited
and Robbers Escape
OUT IN WASHINGTON
While Men Work One End Boys
Go Through the
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
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
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
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
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.