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ROCK . IB-LAND ARGfUBo
KIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 09.
SATURDAY. JANUARY 5. 1907.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
CRANK THROWS BOiifiB If
A BANK AT PHILADELPHIA
Perpetrator and Cashier
Killed and Several
HAD DEMANDED LOAN
President, Who Refused the
Request, Overcome by
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
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
President Rushton, after the explo
sion was very much excited, trembling
like a leaf. He told the following
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hutchinson, Kan., Jan. 5. Nora
Breckenridge, night telegraph operator
at Arlington prevented a wreck of two
Rock Island freight trains Thursday
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,
Exposure Will Promote Pneumonia
and Kindred Diseases Physi
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
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
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
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
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
Transference of personal baggage by
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
J. Vallen, Grand Rapids, Mich., con
tusions on his limbs.
FOUR KILLED IN
Racine, Jan. 5. A telephone mes
sage from Kenosha says the powder
mill at Pleasant Prairie exploded.
Four men were killed and four In
MONDAY, JAN. 7
.Will insert any want
ad you wish without
SEND IN YOUR
President of Rio Grande
Says of the Two
BUT NOT AT PRESENT
Harrfman Shown to Have Abso
lute Sway in Vast
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
MAN WHO LOOKED LIKE
REV. BIEDERW0LF A SPORT
Embarrassing Resemblance Caused
Trouble for Evangelist Who Held
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
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
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.
Indicate Wreck of Steam
er City of Panama
NO BODIES ARE FOUND
Vessel Left San Francisco on
Way South Dec. 31 With
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 count