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f ROCK . IB-LAND ARGfUBo KIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 09. SATURDAY. JANUARY 5. 1907. PRICE TWO CENTS. THE CRANK THROWS BOiifiB If A BANK AT PHILADELPHIA Perpetrator and Cashier Killed and Several Injured. HAD DEMANDED LOAN President, Who Refused the Request, Overcome by the Affair. Philadelphia, Jan. 3. Shortly befors noon today an unknown man hurled a bomb in the Fourth Street National bank resulting in an explosion that tore the bomb thrower to pieces and killed W. Z. McLear, assistant cashier. Several other employes and b3nk pa- trans were injured. Two of those hurt may die. DKMAXDKD MOXRV. The bomb thrower had demanded money from the president, Richard H. Rushton. When this was refused he took the missile from under his coat and hurled it at Rushton. A slight fire followed the explosion. Tenants of the building in which the bank is located, fled from the offices. Police were quickly on hand and plac ed the vaults and securities under a heavy guard. Ireilent Kxelted. President Rushton, after the explo sion was very much excited, trembling like a leaf. He told the following story: MA man who gave his name as G. E. Williams, shabbily dressed, and giving no place of residence, came into my office and asked me to lend him $3,000. I was busy looking over some papers on my desk at the time and paid but little attention to what the man said. Monprrlrd He Mom n Crank. "He sat there looking at me very cu riously until I became suspicious he was a crank, and asked him to excuse me for a minute while I went into an other office. As I left the man he arose and went over to the cashier's window. I noticed him talking to the cashier, but do not know what he told him. The explosion followed next. I did not see the man throw the bomb, but have every reason to suppose he did throw it. My cashier. William Z. McLear, was killed outright. Canned Great Kxellement. "The explosion caused great excite ment amongst us all. Glass flew from a. smashed window and fell in a show er over us and four or five women were among the employes who rushed for the door." Later Rushton was overcome by the seriousness of the tragedy and was sent home in a car riage. Wan He Ionnf A detective bureau Is at work in an effort to identify the man who was the cause of the tragedy. The only thing found that probably belonged to him was a bunch of 25 keys on a ring on which was the name "R. Steele, Garner, Iowa." President Rushton de scribed him as a tall, dark man, ap parently a foreigner. Ilooib Vnxeen. The form of the bomb Is not known, as neither Rushton or-any one else saw It. A small piece of a tin box was found among .the wreckage, but whether this was a portion of the dead ly missile has riot been determined. . William Crump, the messenger, was terribly injured. Both eyes were blown out, his scalp torn off and his face so mangled that he was unrecognizable. I.eft for Eaut Yearn Afzo. . Garner, Iowa, Jan. 5. Robert Steele, formerly a resident of Garner, ieit here six years ago and is supposed to have been living in Philadelphia or Boston. While here he engaged in peddling patent medicines. Steele 1 Kdohi, Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 5. A man named R. Steele Is known at Garner, Iowa, as driver of a patent medicine wagon. At Garner today It was said Steele was supposed to be at Klemmie, a few miles from Garner. WARREN COUNTY ROADS WORKED IN WINTER TIME Farmers Take Advantage of Thaw to Smooth Highways With Split Log Drag. The alternate freezing and thawing weather which has prevailed of late has awakened In a number of farmers a renewed interest in the split log drag. Yesterday was an excellent day to test the work of such an Implement. A number of fanners went over sec tions of the roads In the Coldbrook vi cinity and today these same roads are comparatively". -smooth, while those which were not worked are rough and make travel over them very slow. The rural carriers are the ones who can best appreciate good roads, as they have their 25 mile trip to make every day and this trip is much easier if the roads are in fair condition. Farmers who appreciate prompt delivery of their mail will help much towards get ting quick delivery if they would spend a very small part of their time on the roads near their homes. Monmouth Review. Rock Island county farmers will do well to remember that roads can be worked at times in the winter as well as in summer with the split log drag and that by taking advantage of their opportunities the highways can be made much better and easier to keep up in summer when other work is pressing. WALKS FROM CINCINNATI TO NEW ORLEANS ON WATER Man Who Is Performing Unique Aquat ic Feat Leaves Madison, Ind., Eight Hours Late. Madison, Ind.. Jan. 5. C. U. Old reive, walking on the water, left Mad ison at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, eight hours behind time, on his 40 days' trip from Cincinnati to New Or leans. His wife, who is champion oarswoman of the wo-ld, keeps near him in a skiff, and J. W. Weathering ton of Louisville, Arthur Jones, and IT. P. Maiden accompany him with a launch. Weatherington has wagereJ Ed W illiams of Boston $3,000 that O'ul reive will succeed. Oldreive's arrival here, was heralded by blowing of whis tles, and thousands of people saw him. CLASHES WITH ROOSEVELT Washington Federation of Labor Adopts Resolution on Jap Question. Bellingham. Wash., Jan. 5. The Washington State Federation of Labor yesterday adopted two strongly word ed resolutions condemning the posi tion taken by President Roosevelt on the Japanese question. The first res olution deals with the San Francisco school question. The president's lan guage is characterized as "threatening and dogmatic." The convention demns the "needlessly bombastic and inflammatorv lan nuri'-ip nf the nresident i -o...i;., Ks : . force against citizens of our fii8ter ! Et!ii"' u0 ccr.nri i.itinn with the president's proposal to admit', Japanese to citizenship, which is strongly condemned. The convention favors admitting the Japanese on the same basis and to the same extent as the Chinese. FRAUD IN RAILWAY DEAL? Mississippi Petitioners File Action Against Yazoo City Line. . Jackson, Miss., Jan. 5. A sensation al petition has been filed by B. B. Martin and W. B. Griffith of Vicksburg against the Yazoo City and Mississippi Valley Railroad company, the Illinois i Central railroad company, and the Met ropolitan Trust company of New York. The bill seeks to have declared fraud ulent all bonds issued by the Yazoo City and Mississippi Valley company since 188-1. The petitioners set up that the earnings of the road have been wrongfully diverted, and they ask for a full accounting of all the bonds and an Injunction preventing the defendants from disposing of these bonds. PLOT AGAINST F0WDER PLANT Discovery of Attempt Saves Hundred Lives in Ohio Town. Lebanon, Ohio, Jan. 5. An attempt was made Thursday night to blow up the plant of a powdeY company near here. Thirty primers were placed in a stack of 12 tons of powder. One of the primers exploded as it passed through the rollers, hut did not lenite the powder. This led to the discovery j by exposure to cold will inevitably fol of the plct. which placed hundreds of jiow. Since early yesterday many ho- lives in jeopardy. Nothing ia known as to the Identity of the persons who attempted to blow up the mill. Quake Lasts Over Two Hours. ApTflnho. from -Tflihaoh that an earth- quake coming from the southeast was registered on the seismograph there at C:21 o'clock yesterday morning. It lasted for more than two hours. The center of disturbance was more than 5,000 miles distant. GO TO PHILIPPINES All Colored Regular Troops In U. S. Army Sail Soon. Washington. Jan. 5. The 9th and 10th cavalry and 23th infantry. Includ ing all the negro soldiers In the. regu lar army,, have been ordered to pre pare for service In the Philippines and will sail at different times between March 9 and June 5. The only other regiment composed of negroes, the 24th infantry, is now doing service in the Philippines, GIRL NIGHT OPERATOR PREVENTS COLLISION OF ROCK ISLAND TRAINS Uses Phone to Instruct Farmer to Stop One After Dispatcher's Blunder Had Sent Two Freights to Apparent Certain Destruction. Hutchinson, Kan., Jan. 5. Nora Breckenridge, night telegraph operator at Arlington prevented a wreck of two Rock Island freight trains Thursday night. OrtlerM ConfuNnl. Through a confusion of orders the west bound freight cleared from Ar lington just as the east bound freight left Turou two stations west. A mo ment later Miss Breckenridge was or dered to hold the west bound train. Langdon Station, which was between NO ICE CREAM ON SUNDAYS LAST STRAW FOR UNHAPPY BOSTONIANS Boston, Mass-., Jan. 5. The govern ment of the United States took action yesterday which is designed to prevent Bostonians from being deprived of ice cream on Sunday. What the national government is chiefly concerned about is whether or not the janitor of the federal building here can or cannot clean his front doorsteps on Sunday. If the govern ment succeeds In establishing the right of the janitor to do this, the right of the cultured and exclusive Back Bay resident to sip ice cream on Sunday also may be established. The lot of the Bostonian on Sunday has never been a happy one. It was made doubly unhappy yesterday when the court decided that the delivery of SOLDIERS MUST STAND AT ATTENTION WHEN NATIONAL AIRS ARE PLAYED " Washington. Jan. 5. Army regula- con-'tIons bearing on the subject have teen .'amended so as to provide that when- ever "The Star Spangled Banner" is Played Kv a at a military station, or at any.'p.aee where persons belonglngo-fhemHitary service are present in weir official ca- CAUSE OF DEATHS Cutting Off of Natural Gas Sup ply at Cleveland, Ohio, Serious. 65,000 SUFFER GREATLY Exposure Will Promote Pneumonia and Kindred Diseases Physi cians Say. Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 5. The natural gas supply, which was completely cut off in this city early Thursday, follow ing the blowing up of the leading mains, was partly restored this morn ing. It is believed by night the nor mal supply will be available. There has been great suffering for more than 24 hours among 05,000 con sumers of natural gas. One death has been reported as a result of a lack of heat. IiNene AVIII Claim Man)-. Physicians state many deaths from pneumonia and other ailments caused tels and restaurants have not been able to supply their patrons with warm food. Temperature continues below the freezing point. DISPATCHER IS EXONERATED Rock Island Officials Place Sole Blame for Wreck on Lynes. Topeka, Kan.. Jan. 5. General Su perintendent Tinsman and Division Superintendent Rourke of the Rock Is land yesterday held a conference re garding the cause of -the Rock Island wreck at Volland and definitely fixed the blame of the wreck. J. H. Shu mate, the dispatcher who sent the or der for trains 29 and 30 to meet at Vol land, was exonerated and the entire blame thrown on John Lynes, the op era tor. NEEDS OF FARMER'S SCHOOLS Committee of University of Illinois Fixes Sum to Be Asked For. Urbana, 111., Jan. 5. The advisory committee to the University of Illinois college of agriculture, representing state dairy, breeding, corn growers, and grain associations, met yesterday and decided to ask the legislature for the following appropriations for thei college for the next two years: Main- the two trains, is not a night telegraph office. Telephoned Farmer. After Miss Breckenridge had tried in vain to reach Langdon she rushed to the telephone and located John Spen cer, a farmer who lived near the rail road track. She told Spencer the sit uation and directed him to get a lan tern, wrap it with a red cloth and hurry to the track. He did so and arrived in time to flag the west bound train, with the second train only half a mile away. ice cream on Sunday broke both the law and the Sabbath. This was the last straw. Other things Boston had endured patiently, but when confronted with the loss of a cold chaser to its Sunday beans,' the city has rebelled and demands the abolition of the blue laws. These laws prohibit on Sunday any form of labor that 13 not absolutely necessary, some of the things being: Cleaning sidewalks. Moving scenery in theaters. Carrying food to residences unless on a physician's order. Carting anything throuc,'.: tlu streets, including empty coffins. Playing of orchestras in hotels or restaurants. Transference of personal baggage by express companies. pacity, all officers and enlisted men present shall stand at attention until the last note of the national air. It is also proviffedTflie same respfect air ut any7ot3iur ounjrr jH when : ft is wtfsryed cfiup1Hcafit'4o official rep- ieaeniauves 01, sucn vuuuirj. : .fcr. - tenance of 'the college of agriculture. $75,000 annually for the experiment station investigations; ,live stock, $40,- 000; crop, $15,000; horticulture, $25. 000; dairy, $25,000; soil, $10,000 the first year and $50,000 annually, after that. A. P. Grout of Winchester Is the chairman and Colonel Mills of Spring field secretary of the committee. CATAfii A j TOURISTS H U RT Stage CoachVTopples Over on Mount ain Road, Five Beirig'lnjured.' Avalon, Catalina Island, Cal., Jan. 5. A stage coach containing 10 persons toppled over on a precipitous mountain road on the Island yesterday and five persons were injured, as follows: C. C. Carlisle, Grand Rapids. Mich., right arm broken and contusions. Mrs. James Connell, in a semi-comatose condition from the shock; extent of injuries not ascertained. C. E. Ogden. Macomb, 111., injured In right shoulder. J. Vallen, Grand Rapids, Mich., con tusions on his limbs. FOUR KILLED IN POWDER BLOWUP Racine, Jan. 5. A telephone mes sage from Kenosha says the powder mill at Pleasant Prairie exploded. Four men were killed and four In jured. FREE ADS MONDAY, JAN. 7 The Argus .Will insert any want ad you wish without charge SEND IN YOUR ADS TONIGHT. WERE ONCE COMPETING President of Rio Grande Says of the Two Pacifies. BUT NOT AT PRESENT Harrfman Shown to Have Abso lute Sway in Vast Deals. New York, Jan. 5. The interstate commerce commission represented by Chairman Knapp and Commissioners Lane and Harlan continued today at the federal building its inquiry into the socalled "Harriman lines" acting upon its general order for the investigation of railroads of the country to discover whether or not there is a combina tion or agreements are existing which are in restraint of trade, or violate the acts relating to interstate commerce. TIiIn I. ant IJay. Today is expected to be the last day of the commission's session in this city at this time. The commission will n;eet next Wednesday in Chicago where it is expected to hear the testi mony of a number of prominent offic ers of the Harriman companies which, it has developed yesterday, consist chiefly of the Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Oregon Short line, and Oregon Railroad & Navigation companies. For the convenience of hearing these four companies have been grouped under the term of the "four Pacifies." llarrlnuin III Two rkn. The commissioners are somewhat disappointed over the inability of E. II. Harriman to appear as a witness at this time, but his attorneys declare it will be two weeks yet before he Is fully 'T.CsaU'TBaects of his ' re cone operation. - E;; T. . Jeff ery, p'resWegtMhe uen ver& Rio Grande railyad I and affiliat ed lines." including theS proposed West ern Pacific railroad.,:its the first wit ness before the commission today. He said he was well acquainted with the railroad situation in the west. He de scribed the Rio Grande system and Its connections. It exchanged business with the Oregon Short line and Oregon Railroad & Navigation company IluNlneMM Wait l.tnm. When the Union Pacific took hold of the Southern Pacific there was a shrinkage In the amount of business received by the jtib Grande from the Oregon lines, "doe no doubt." added Jeffery. "to the control of the Union Pacific had of the Southern Pacific." Jeffery next , described the U. P., which he said has a line under con struct ion from Salt Lake City to San Francisco. Fount! DiffiPuKIr. Witness read from the recent annual report he had submitted to the Rio Grande stockholders In which it was stated Pacific control of the Southern Pacific lines had resulted in "unex pected difficulties" and "unlooked for impediments" in getting business brought to the coast and therefore the building of a competitive line from Salt Lake to San Francisco had been undertaken to protect the Rio Grande interests. "Prior to the consolidation, were the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific comnetine lines?" was asked. Competed in Place. "Within certain territory, yes," re plied the witness. "At Chicago, for in stance, the Union Pacific would com pete for business to the coast as against the Illinois Central which sought business to be handled by way of New Orleans and by the Southern Pacific. Not all business was com petitive but here was competition at a number of points." I'owfr In Abxolute. New York, Jan. 5. Before the first session of the interstate commerce commission's inquiry into the Harri man system of railroads was adjourned yesterday, E. H. Harriman had been revealed as an even greater power in the railroad and financial world than he has been pictured. It was brought out that Mr. Harri man had unlimited authority to borrow any amount of money he chose and pledge all the assets of the companies he controlled as security. This author ity had been used to make enormous purchases of stock In furtherance of Mr. Harriman's gigantic scheme for the" combination and consolidation of vast railroad systems. For this purpose it was shown Mr. Harriman has had supreme control of the assets of the Southern Pacific, the 'Union Pacific, the Oregon Short line,; and the Oregon Railroad & Navigation companies, all of which are under bis administration. Knglarrnt Vt Stelc I'urrhaarik Since July 1, 190C, It was shown that on Mr. Harriman's initiative the com panies he controls had bought stock in other roads amounting to $103,29. 743, the most notable purchase being $18,123,100 of stock in the Illinois Cen tral, or 25,59 per cent of that railroad's capitalization. Since the annual report of the Union Pacific and Oregon Short line, June 30. 1900, the Union Pacific has purchased, through Mr. Harriman, $3,082,300, or 37.27 per cent of the St. Joseph and Grand Island railroad's stock. The Oregon Short line has bought $39,540. COO, or 18.C2 per cent, of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad's stock, and $3,090,000 or 3.42 per cent, of the Chicago, Mil waukee & St. Paul railroad's stock The company also bought $2,572,000, or 2.5S percent of the stock of the Chi cago & .Nortnwestern, 910,000,000 or the preferred Atchison, Topeka & San ta Fe, being 4.28 per cent, and $14,285 45, or 7.97 per cent of the capital stoek of the New York Central and Hudson river railroad. KverythluK Approved. Records before the commission showed that in these transactions Mr. Harriman acted nearly always on his own initiative and that the execu tive committee simply met and ratified his actions. In the minutes of the executive com mittee of the Union Pacific are vague references to other big financial trans actions and conducted by Mr. Harr! man, accompanied by the simple state ment that they had been approved. No figures were given nor was there any clew as to what these transactions were. MAN WHO LOOKED LIKE REV. BIEDERW0LF A SPORT Embarrassing Resemblance Caused Trouble for Evangelist Who Held Meetings Here. Rev. W. F. Biederwolf, who las, spring led the revival services held in the three cities, has been placed in an embarrassing light at LaCrosse, Wis., where he was recently at work, accord ing to press dispatches from that city. It seems that during his stay at a La Crosse hotel, a convivial traveling man who resembled him occupied apart ments on the same floor. Midnight suppers in which wine flowed freely were features of the stay of the travel ing man. The impression went abroad that the man with the thirst was the gv:inrlis-t nVut, nyVrthrr ta.s . JyLd,n.S ! forth against the evils of intemper ance. THE EDITOR WAS CONVERTED Kalamazoo Editor Opens Staff's Day's Work With Devotions. Kalamazoo, Mich., Jan. 5. John A. Ross, managing editor of the Kalama zoo Morning Gazette, announced to his assembled staff yesterday afternoon that tomorrow he would open the day's work with prayer and the practice would be continued hereafter. Kala mazoo has had a religious revival, and Mr. Ross became one of the converts. He announced his intention of also having an evangelist pay the office a visit and give the members of the staff a talk on the subject of right living. CANNED BEANS KILL THREE Cause Ptomaine Poisoning, Which Kills Two Men and a Woman. Los Angeles, Jan. 5. Three persons are dead here as a result of ptomaine poisoning, caused by eating canned beans. Henry Carter, a resident of On. tario. his daughter. Mabel, 28 years old. and Charles Edward Abbott ate the beans while on a camping trip, and were almost immediately taken ill. Miss Carter died Thursday and the men yesterday. Court Silences Phonograph. Uniontown, Pa., Jan. 5. Because of the illness of Edward Snider in the Adams building the court has granted an injunction against the Fayette Amusement company, restraining it from operating a phonograph. Snider has typhoid fever and is too ill to be taken to the hospital. The phono graph Is said to have affected him to such an extent that his life was en dangered. Raise on Traction Lines. Bloomington, 111., Jan. 5. The Illi nois Traction system, comprising many Interurban lines, has announced a general Increase in pay -to employes averaging 10 per cent, effective Jan. 1. Increased cost of living is given as the reason for the advance. About 5,000 men are affected. DAMAGE IS GREAT Crest of Flood In Ohio River Will Reach Evansville Monday. Evansville, Ind.. Jan. 5. The crest of the flood in the Ohio river is ex pected Monday. The crop damage Is estimated at $750,000 in southern Indi ana. At Petersburg and other points along the White, atoko and Wabash rivers damage is reported great. No loss of life. LIFE RAFTS DRIFTED 111 Indicate Wreck of Steam er City of Panama in Pacific NO BODIES ARE FOUND Vessel Left San Francisco on Way South Dec. 31 With 100 Souls. San Francisco, Jan. 5, The report was received last night that several life rafts and other wreckage with the name "City of Panama on them came ashore at Wardall Beach last evening. The Panama sailed from here Dec. 31 for the isthmus with 15 first cabin, 15 steerage passengers and 29 Chinese. The crew numbers 5C. 1 1 envy Ciale Illowlnir. A heavy southeastern gale has been blowing for several days. It Is possi ble the wreckage found on the beach has been washed overboard. The City of Panama is owned and operated by the Pacific Mail Steamship company, and has plied between San Francisco and Mexican and Central American ports. It is an iron screw steamer of 1,490 tons. Itemote from Telegraph Ilnea. Wardell Beach Is on the eoaBt of Santa Cruse county, about 20 miles north of Santa Cruse City, and very remote from any telegraph or tele phone communication. News of wreck age being washed ashore at that point was brought to Pecadora, about 15 miles north of Wardell Beach. CHRISTMAS USE OF TOY PISTOL FATAL TO FIVE Deaths Are Result of Tetanus Follow- tag Holiday Celebration at . . ' Paducah, Ky. Paducah, Ky., Jan. 5. The deadly toy pistol has been the cause of five deaths from tetanus here since Christ mas. In every case lockjaw has re sulted from a wound on the hand. The publicity given the cases In the news papers seems to have had little effect toward getting proper care taken of injuries of this kind. In all the cases which have proved fatal medical at tention was applied for too late. WAS COUNCILMAN BRIBED? Pittsburg Member oh Trial Accused of Accepting $70,000. Pittsburg, Jan. 5. William A. Mar (in, a member of the common council, was placed on trial yesterday In the criminal court on a charge of misde meanor, it being alleged be solicited and received a $70,000 bribe In connec tion with several ordinances of the Pittsburg and Tube City railroad. Councilman Martin also is charged, along with C. S. Cameron, president of the railroad, with conspiracy to bribe. President Cameron is 111 and only the misdemeanor charge was taken up. A jury was not selected until late this af ternoon, and following a brief outline of the charges against Martin by the prosecution the case was adjourned until next Monday morning. OPPOSED TO STATE RIGHTS Oklahoma Constitutional Convention Reverses Its Former Action. Guthrie, Okla., Jan. 5. The constitu tional convention yesterday voted against the state rights doctrines, thereby reversing Ita former action. The vote followed a vigorous debate in which Judge Ledbetter argued against delegating to the federal government power that he believed should be re versed by the state. The convention proposed two amendments to the fed eral constitution, one favoring a fed eral Income tax and the other provid ing for the election of United States senators by direct vote of the people. FOUND IN ROOM; LYNCHED Negro Hanged to Tree and Riddled With Bullets After Confession. Eufaula, Ala., Jan. 5. A negro whose name cannot be learned was lynched for an attempted assault at Midway, Ala., yesterday afternoon. A posse of citizens hanged him to a tree and rid dled his body with bullets. The negro, who only recently had returned from the penitentiary, entered the room of Miss Morrell King, daughter of a bank er, and had grasped her hand before she awoke. Her screams attracted the other Inmates of the house and the negro scaped. A posse Immediately set out after the negro and captured' him Thursday. When taken to Mid way this morning he made a full con- 'fesslon. The lynching followed.