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FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. XO. 67.
THURSDAY. JANUARY 3, 1907.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
FOLK GALLS FOR CHANGES
IN THE U. S. CONSTITUTION
Wants Senators Elected
Direct Vote of
ALSO THE REFERENDUM
Executives of Other States
Take Up Reform In
Jefferson City, Mo., Jan. 3. Gover
nor Folk In his message to the legisla
ture today recommended a number of
acts relating to life insurance com
panies, among others a standard policy
for all life companies. He also rec
ommended the enactment of a law
making it a crime for any one for com
pensation to lobby with members of
the legislature. There should be a
state primary law for the nomination of
all elective officers, including United
Would Amud C'oaittltiitloB.
The governor invited the considera
tion of the propriety and advisability
of the adoption of a resolution making
application to congress to .call a con
vention for proposing amendments to
the federal constitution, particularly
with reference to the election of sena
tors by direct vote of the people and
the establishment of the principles of
Initiative and referendum and for a
just income tax.
Dlwnimr. Important (luralliinit.
Lansing, Mich., Jan. 3. While large
ly devoted to state affairs, the second
message of Governor Warner to the
Michigan legislature read this after
noon discusses several matters of nat
ional interest and importance. He rec
ommended the appointed of a legisla
tive committee to investigate the
freight car shortage question in co-op-
. grating thojntrgrj.prrnj
"""commission; recommended "the placing j
of electric lines "tinder the' supervision
of the state railroad commissioners;
urged the elimination of the profes
sional lobbyist; asks means of public
by denouncing of any legislation de
signed solely to invite tribute from
special interests; favors an amendent
to the laws fixing three cents a mile
as passenger fare on railroads in the
upper peninsula and two cents on the
lower peninsula, except in case of a
few indeoendefit lines running less
than - $1,000 per mile; recommended
placing private banks under the state
supervision and inspection; recom
mended the erection of a binder man
ufacturing plant at the state prison
at Jackson ; Indorsed the indeterminate
sentence law for convicts and recom
mended that the requirements of the
Michigan pure food law be made to
confirm to the national pure food as
far as practicable.
Would Stop Stock Manipulation.
The governor joined in the recom
mendation of the state railroad com
missioner that the state be given pow
er to scrutinize and approve the issu
ance of all railroad stocks and bonds
for the purpose of preventing manipula
tion. Reform In trnka.
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 3. Governor Shel
don, in his inaugural address today,
urged that the lobby be banished from
the state house and insisted that the
legislature enact a law making it ille
gal to give or accept railroad passes in
PICK OUT THE BEST
Railway's Selection of Most
Profitable Freight Causes
REPORT MADE TO PRESIDENT
Combination of Dealers Exists But
Does Not Cut Down the Supply
Washington, Jan. 3. In a report sub
mitted to President Roosevelt yester
day Interstate Commerce Commission
er Franklin K. Lane defined the causes
of the car shortage in the northwest
and the resulting coal famine in North
' ;It is a fair inference," the report
says, "from all the testimony that the
real cause of the coal scarcity in North
Dakota wag such an abundance of west
bound traffic at the head of the lakes
that. cars were not available In the con
gested state of that terminal for the
carrying of coal to North Dakota a
comparatively short haul for a low
In bis letter of transmission to the
president Mr. Lane says that the re
port will be followed in due course bj
the special recommendations of the
commission as a whole to whatevei
legislation, if any, may be deemed ad
Referring to the reort that the coal
shortage Vas due to the presence of a
trust or combination between dealers
in coal which fixed prices in the north
west and refused to sell to "outsiders"
and "irregulars," the report says:
"The commission has gained indis
putable proof of an agreement between
coal dealers to maintain prices and to
boycott all who do not so agree; but
there is no evidence at all justifying
the contention that this combination is
chargeable with the coal shortage pre
vailing, nor that the railroads were
party in such a way to such a conspir
Financial loss to a large percentage
of the people of the northwest is shown
to have been caused by the failure of
railroads to prepare for a large move
ment of grain. Mr. Lane shows that
the railroads tapping .the great
grain belt of the northwest seem to
have been overwhelmed by this year's
crop, although in fact the crop scarcely
exceeded that of 1903, nor did it equal
that of at least one "other preceding
as Per Ont of (irntn linntllrtl
"Fifty million bushels of grain," the
report says, as nearly as can be esti
mated, remains on the fams or In the
country elevators of North Dakota.
But 38 per cent of the crop has been
shipped. The country, or line, eleva
tors at a large number of country sta
tions are full. Some of these reached
their capacity as early as September
and still contain the grain they then
held. Thousands of bushels of wheat
are lying at this time covered with
snow in open bins built beside the rail
road track. The farmer can not sell
because the country dealer can not
All Arp Handicapped.
"The country dealer can not buy bo
cause the country elevator is still full.
The country elevator remains full be
cause the railroad has not moved the
grain from the country elevator to the
terminal elevator. The terminal eleva-
tnrgtyiLglhJgnprior. and Mjnnca-
polis,"-whicKact h fcl ftlfTlaereoIrs7
line elevators,are almost empty, and
at no time during the season have they
been filled to more than one-third of
In considering the evidence taken
Coraiskner Lane says that a plan for
a proposed car clearing house, or a car
pool, between connecting lines is re
garded with much favor. The details
of such a plan have not been worked
Little Business Transacted by
Congress on Resuming
Washington, Jan. 3. The senate re
sumed work of the session today, hav
ing been in holiday recess for two
weeks. The house convened today af
ter the holiday recess and adjourned
after a session of 15 minutes.
No quorum was present and no com
mittees were ready to report. The
president sent the senate the nomina
tion of Brigadier General J. Franklin
Bell to be major general.
SHIVELY WOULD RUN
FOR VICE PRESIDENT
Indiana Ex-Congressman Will An
nounce Candidacy to Democrats,'
it is Said.
Lajlorte, Ind., Jan. 3. A close friend
of Benjamin F. Shively of South Bend,
formerly congressman from the Thir
teenth Indiana district, Is authority for
the statement when the proper time
arrives Shively will formally announce
his candidacy for the democratic nom
ination for vice president of the United
CONSULAR SALARY SMALL
Zanzibae Official Declares He Cannot
Pay the Piper.
Washington, D. C, Jan. 3. Freder
ick McMaster, American consul at
Zanzibar, has resigned and proposes
to embark in private business. He as
signs as his reason for resigning the
impossibility of properly conducting
the consulate at Zanzibar on the $2,500
salary authorized by law.
W. B. LEEDS HAS PARALYSIS
Former President of Rock Island Goes
to Paris for Treatment.
New York, Jan. 3. It is reported
William B. Leeds, the tin plate mag
nate and former president of the Rocki
Island. Is critically 111 with paralysis.
He has gone to Paris for treatment.
COURT ONLY QUALIFIED TO PUNISH;
Opinion of Lawyer Forwarded
Sustain President's Action in Brownsville Af
air Cannot Inflict Penalty.
New York, Jan. 3. Colonel Alexan
der S. Bannon of counsel for the Amer
ican council, in the case of the dismis
sal by President Roosevelt of a bat
talion of negro troops for the Bronws-
ville affair, made public his opinion
yesterday. His report will be sent to
Senator Foraker and members of the
senate and house committee on mili
After reviewing the evidence pre
sented in the president's message, Ban
non declares the negro soldiers dis
charge "without honor" was illegal,
and would not be upheld by the courts
if brought before them under a writ of
certiorari. Bannon contends the idea is
prevalent that the president, as com
BADLY IN NEED
Washington, Jan. 3. Not in recent
years except in war times, has the
army been so badly in need of men as
at the present time. A recent circular
addressed to all officers of the recruit
ing service, made public at the war de
partment, calls attention to the fact
that recruits are needed in large num
bers for the coast artillery, field artil
FRAUD IS CHARGED
New York Cotton Exchange Ac
cused by Officers of South
MERELY GAMBLING DEVICE
Postmaster General Asked to Deny
Institution Right to Use the
Washington, Jan. 3. Charges of
fraud were filed late yesterday after
noon with Fostniaster General Cortel-
you against the officials and members
of the New York cotton exchange , by
Representative Livingston of Georgia
and Harvie Jordan, president of, the
Southern Cotton association of Atlanta.
Representative Livingston and Mr..
Jordan submitted to the,- postmjirter
general a number of charges support
ing their application for a fraild order.
The charges, summarized, ate as fol
"1. We charge that New York city
has ceased to be a commercial spot
cotton market and that under Its, pres:
ent debased and fraudulent contracts
has developed into a purely speculative
or gambling exchange.
X'tnF Mnlln tn Defraud.
"2. That the New York cotton ex
change is daily using the United States
mails for the purpose of transmitting
and advertising their business to the
legitimate cotton trade of the United
States, and we charge that said bus
iness Is fraudulent.
"3. That the quotations sent out
dally on the debased contracts of the
New York cotton exchange exercise a
predominating influence over the legi
timate cotton trade, to Its great detri
ment and injury.
'4. That New York city has ceased
to be a spot cotton market for com
mercial, spinnable grades of cotton.
, low GriMlrM Sold.
"5. We further charge that under the
present debased and fraudulent rules
of the New York cotton exchange a
large number of unspinnable low
grades of cotton are tendered on the
contracts of said exchange, which are
not permitted under the rules of any
other cotton exchange in the world.
"6. We charge further that the offl
clal dally quotations sent out through
the United States malls, both as to 'fu
tures' and Isnof prices, are fraudulent.
In that neither represents the true and
actual value of spot cotton."
t'hnrern IleMfntrd tn New York.
New York, Jan. 3. Walter C. Hub
bard, president of the New York cot
ton exchange, sent the following mes
sage to Postmaster General Cortelyou:
"I request you ,to favor the New
York cotton exchange with copies of
any complaint made against it. in or
der that proper action, may be taken to
protect its Interests against such un
warrantable attacks. It is deplorable
that such assault upon the New York
cotton exchange, a chartered Institu
tion of 35 years' standing, founded by
merchants of the city, or such implica
tion as to the integrity of its members,
should be -made under any pretext or
for any purpose whatever."
French Church Law Signed.
Paris, Jan. 3. The new law amend
ing the church and state separation
law of 1905 w5 signed by the preaU
dent and promulgated today.
to Senate Holds Courts Will Not
mander-in-chief of the army, can inflict
punishment within his discretion Is a
mistaken one, because under the Eng
lish , and American constitutions no
person (except minors, prisoners, etc.)
can be punished in time of peace, ex
cept by judgment of court.
The president's dismissal of negro
soldiers, he says, was intended to be
a punishment and was a punishment.
The president, he avers, may arbitrar
ily dismiss any enlisted man if he dis
likes the color of that man's hair, but
the president has no right to libel him
by saying that such a dismissal Is
"without honor." nor can he inflict the
added punishment of debarring such
dismissed enlisted man from civil em
ployment under the government.
ADMITS ARMY IS
OF MORE RECRUITS
lery, white infantry and white cavalry.
Recruiting officers are enjoined to re
double their efforts to secure recruits
qualified for military service. It Is de
clared at the war department the pres
ent prosperity and labor 'famine are
more or less responsible for the inabil
ity to get new men and It also stated
on account of lack of a canteen a great
many men were refusing to reenlist.
TAKEN INTO COURT
Chicago Parties Attack Tax Valu
ation Fixed by State Board
SAY1STATE LOSES $3,500,000
Allegation Made Capital Stock of Cor
porations is .Not Taxed Accord-
-t Vkct vto Law.
ii ' 'Jr.
Snringfiold. 111., .tan. 3. The action
ibf tjve state board of equalization in
fixing 70 per: cent as the value of real
and personal property in the state for
assessing purposes this year is to be
attacked. A motion was made in the
supreme court 'yesterday afternoon by
representatives of Chicago, asking
leave to file a petition for a mandamus
with the view of requiring the board
to place a full valuation upon the prop
erty for purposes of taxation.
Capital Stork Omlllnl.
It is claimed that Jay the action of
the board the capital stock, including
franchise and other property of cor
porations owning and operating rail
roads in the state, has not been as
sessed as the law requires as the
capital stock, including franchise and
other property should be valued at a
"full fair cash value" for the purposes
of taxation, as the jevenue law re
quires. Will t.tne S3.TtOO.mM).
It is claimed in the petition that by
the action of the board the state will
lose this year $3,500,000 in taxes, Chi
cago's share being $700,000.
FEVER IS WIPED OUT
Not One Case in Havana Seven Deaths
Havana, Jan. C. There is not one
case of yellow fever in Havana. From
Sept. 20 to Dec. 2D there were 53 cases
under treatment, of which seven died.
There are only two cases under treat
ment In the whole island outside of
Havana, one in Cruces and the other
in Neuva Paz.
MONDAY, JAN. 7
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SAY BUT 30
Rock Island Road Offi
cers Revise Estimate
of Wreck Victims.
WERE FEWER MEXICANS
Baumeister, of Daven
port, Listed Among
Topcka, Kan., Jan. 3. It is still im
possible to say exactly how many per
sons perished in the Rock Island train
wreck at Alma yesterday, as a num
ber of bodies of Mexicans were com
pletely destroyed by the burning smok
The conductor says there were 70
Mexicans on the train, and it is feared
44 of these were killed, together with
four passengers, all men, and a negro
train porter, making a total of 49 dead.
Cwronrr'M InqueMt Held.
The coroner's inquest will be held at
Alma today when John Lynes. the boy
telegraph operator, who is blamed for
the collision, will testify. As far as
known all the women on the train es
caped death, and none were even seri
iBMiitt Hot 30 Were Killed.
Rock Island officials today insisted
that but 30 persons were killed and 30
others seriously injured, and declare
the statement attributed to the conduc
tor that he had tickets for 7G Mexicans
is a mistake. There are 12 seriously
injured in the hospitals here. Some of
these may die. Most of the slightly in
jured have left the city.
List of Killed.
Topeke, Kan., Jan. 3. Those
killed when two passenger trains on
the Rock Island railroad collided, head
on, four miles west of Volland, Kan.,
yesterday,. fr?-lnT5; - - - -
JUjLIUS BURMEISTER, Davenport,
Iow'a, aged 38.
WILLIAM MILLER, Soldier City,
ALBERT LINK, Topcka, Kan., col
FRANK SAYER, passenger, New
MEXICAN LABORERS, numbering
25 or 30.
W. 11. OSGOOD, Mitchelltown, Iowa.
Wan a Hnllrond Man.
The Davenporter "Burmeister" nam
ed with the dead in the list given out
by the company, appears to have been
Ben Baumeister, a railroad man who
has boarded at the St. Louis house in
Davenport for the last year. He left
the city on the ill fated No. 29 on a
sight seeing trip. He was 40 years of
age and single.
GOULD IS SANGUINE
Head of Great Railway 8ystem
PREDICTING CRISIS SOON
Declares He Believes Commerce Will
- Be Greater This Year Than
That of Last.
Pittsbure. Jan. 3. George J. Gould,
head of the Gould system of railroads,
arrived in the city on a tour of inspec
tion of the roads of his system. He
had read the statement of Stuyvesant
Fish, formerly president of the Illinois
Central road, that an industrial crisis
Is at hand, and smiled as he said:
"Business conditions of the country
look very encouraging.
lr-cll-tf Grratrr Thlnsrw.
"The immense volume of business
done by railroads during 1906 will not
be enualed. In my judgment, but sur
passed during the present year.
"There is no industrial crisis immin
ent," Gould continued, "and while the
market declined recently, it Is a tem
porary but healthful reaction."
CASSATT FAMILY GETS ALL
Estate of Rail Magnate to Be Divided
Among Widow and Children.
Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 3. Counsel
for the estate of the late A. J. Cassatt
has issued a statement to the effect
that Mr. Cassatt by his will left his
entire estate to. Mrs. -Cassatt and his
children. Captafh Edward B. Cassatt,
Robert K. Cassatt, and Mrs. W. Plun
kett Stewart. Mrs. Cassatt, the three
children, and the Fidelity Trust com
pany of Philadelphia are appointed ex
ecutors of the will.
PREFECT IS SHOT
Police Officer of St. Petersburg
Victim of Assassin at Med
EMPEROR ISSUES BUDGET
Extraordinary Expenditures for Army
and Navy Bring Total to
St. Petersburg, Jan. 3. Major Gen
oral Von der Launitz, prefect of iolice
of St. Petersburg, was shot and killed
by a young man at the institute of ex
perimental medicine this afternoon.
Von der Launitz, at the invitation of
Prince Peter Alexandrovitch, duke of
Oldenburg, brother-in-law of the emper
or, was attending the consecration of
the institute chapel. During the serv
ices, and while mingling with several
high officials the prefect of police was
approached from behind by a young
man who drew a revolver and shot him
in the base of the brain. Von der Lau
nitz died in two minutes.
Cut Down by Oflirrr.
As the assassin turned to flee, one
of the officers present drew a sabre
cut him down and killed him. The
identity of the assassin has not been
Made Aaolkrr Attruipt.
The assassination of the prefect of
Iolice was preceded by an attempt to
kill Dr. Dubrovin, president of the Re
actionary league of Russian People.
The revolutionists attacked him on the
street while he was returning home
last night, firing several shots at him
Art-rut a Smtnert.
Gendarmes on duty at .the TsareUcn
Selo railroad station last night arrest
ed a suspect who was disguised in po
lice uniform. The prisoner is thought
to be a member of the organization
which is responsible for the assassina
tions of General Alexis Ignatiaff and
Prefect Von der Launitz, and it is be
lieved he was to Tsareken Selo on a
IludRCt In IIIk.
St. Petersburg, Jan. 3 The prelim
Inary budget estimates -,of .the ministry
of finance for the first six months of
1907, -wimmwi 4n1:icaJ Ja b. -1 W-ttfOiJAj
$323,415,000 for regular expenditures,
an increase of S18,S9G,000 over the
same period of 1906. The greater part
of the increase will be absorbed by
the interest on the big loan of 19ofi,
which increased the total interest
charges from $11,09S,000 to $91,730,
000. The second largest item Is an in
crease of $G,7S2.000 to provide for the
increased manufacture of spirits to
meet the steadily Increased consump
tion. 9 171.WMMIOO for Army nml Navy.
Other important items In the budget
are $95,095,000 for the war ministry,
$70,018,000 for the navy, $118,070,000
for railroads, $33,930,000 for the min
istry of the interior, $13,091,000 for the
ministry of justice, and $11,010,000 for
The estimates for the extraordinary
expenditures, including large sums
which are to be devoted to army re
form, education, and possibly to naval
construction, have not been published.
The new estimates do not contem
plate a deficit in the budget of 1900,
which foresaw a deficit of $79,000,000.
This and the increased expenditures
for famine relief and other purposes
during the year are covered "by an In
crease In the revenues over the esti
mates, which up to Nov. 14 reached
$102,500,000, and was steadily grow
ing. STRIKERS ACCUSED
OF POISONING BREAD
Arrests Made at Chicago of Members
of Baker's Union .Under a
Chicago. Jan. 3. Four men, said to
be members of the Bakers union, have
been arrested on the charge of putting
acid on hundreds of loaves of bread
distributed among the Jewish residents
on the west side. A strike Is in pro
gress at a local bakery, and it is claim
ed the strike sympathizers threw the
acid, and also iodoform, on the wagon
loads of bread. The police have seized
many baskets of poisoned bread, and
are holding them for evidence. In
the pockets of the men arrested were
found bottles of carbonic acid and
packages of powdered iodoform.
PEACEFUL . IN COLORADO
The Legislature Was Organized With
out Any Difficulty.
Denver, 3an. 3. The general as
sembly of Colorado organized yester
day afternoon. . There was- no contest
over the organization, the officers hav
ing been agreed upon la the republican
caucus. Representative Robert G.
Breckenridge of Rio Grande county,
was elected speaker of the house and
Senator M. E. Lewis president pro tern
of the senate. '
Judge Landis Refuses to
Quash Standard In
dictments. REBATING IS CHARGED
Takes Position Elklns Law Is
Not Made Void by New
Chicago, Jan. 3. Federal Judsc Lan
dis today overruled the demurrer of
the Standard Oil company's eight In
dictments charging the corporation
with accepting rebates from railroad
companies, but sustained the demurrer
as to two other indictments because of
Kofurrr CiiBtrrM' Will.
Landis said it was the duty of the
court to enforce the will of congress
as expressed In the written enactment.
In ascertaining that, he Is not at lib
erty to Ignore the ultimate object of
the law. That object was to establish
uniform railroad rates, reasonable In
amount. The former law had failed to
accomplish this, and was therefore
strengthened. Instead of the Elklns
law being wiped off the books as hav
ing failed to serve its purpose, addi
tional and severe liabilities were crea;
ted and more drastic remedies and pen
3Vot Mmnt lo I'ardwn.
He held that congress, In passing
the rate law, did not Intend to pardon
the unindicted whose conduct was,
more than all other causes combined,
that which moved congress to enact a
rigid and far-reaching measure of rate
law. Indictments against the Stand
ard were found for the alleged viola
tion of the Elkins law, and the court
4x4dthfc ta pew rate law did not
make them void.
TAKES WE TIME
Michigan Republican Legislative
Caucus Adjourns for In
vestigation INTO GOV. WARNER'S CHARGES
Allegation of Boodle in Deal to Elect
Arthur Hill Senator Halts
Lansing, Mich., Jan. 3. To permit
Governor Warner to make good his
charge in a statement which he IshihmI
from his sickbed at Harmlngton yes
terday that Arthur J I ill of SHglnaw had
employed improper methods In promot
ing his candidacy for United States
senator to succeed General Alger, the
republican legislative caucus laxt eve
ning adjourned within 15 minutes of
the time It was called to order. The
caucus will meet again next Wednes
day. The governor, by Intimation, charged
Hill with the use of boodle, and tho
name document flayed Railroad Com
missioner Atwood for his alliance with
XI III Una tni
Hy this combination Hill has secured
an undoubted lead in the struggle. At
wood was one of the men who helped
make Fred M. Warner governor.
That Governor Warner will make
good his charges speclflcially Is the
prediction of his friends. In rumors
around I-insing no names of legislat
ors have yet been used, but It la whinn
ered that $500 Is the price that the
wealthy Saginaw lumberman is willing
to pay for the votes.
The only aspirant who prepared any
thing formal to preaent to tho caucus
was Hill. His communication set forth''
a conversation he had had with tho
governor, in which Ihe latter Raid he
was opposed to only one candidate,
and that was not Hill.
Altark on Ilrpalnf Im.
The latter viewed tho governor's
statement as an attack on his reputa
tion. Accordingly he suggested ad
journment In order that an Investiga
tigation might be made. In newspaper
Interview previously ho had denied
charges of Improper conduct, and Com
mander Atwood declared he bad found
rumors of boodle to be without found
ation. General Qeorge A. Bell Dead.
"Washington, D. C Jan. 2. Brigadier
General George A. Bell, U. S. A., re
tired, is dead.- He was graduated from
the West Point Military academy in
1853 and was breveted four times for
gallant conduct during the civil war..