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FIFTY-SEVENTHj YEAR. NO. 284.
THE ARGUS. MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 14, 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
WHAT TAFT THINKS AND WHAT HE
DOES, NOT WHAT ROOSEVELT SAYS,
SHOULD WEIGH, ASSERTS BRYAN
Advises Yeters to Consider
Also the Republican
LITTLE IS MADE CLEAR
Calls Upon G. 0. P. Nominee to
Define Attitude on
Baltimore, Sept. . 14. William J.
Bryan arrived at Baltimore this morn
ing. The trip from Deer Park, Md.,
where he spent Sunday, was unevent
ful. The entire party had a good
night's rest. During the forenoon Bry
an received a large number of visitors
at the hotel. He will speak at Annap
olis this afternoon and at Baltimore
Must Sec That Tart Make Good.
Baltimore, Sept. 14. "A few plain,
simple sentences from Taft will bo
worth more than the eulogy that the
president pronounces. The president's
endorsement is of no value unless the
president will agree to stay in Wash
ington and see that Taft makes good."
In these words Bryan summed un his
opinion of the letter Roosevelt wrote
commendatory of Taft today.
Was to Be Expected.
"It was expected, of course," said
Bryan, "that Roosevelt would support
Taft. He could hardly do less in view
of the fact he selected him as the ad
ministration candidate, and supported
him with all the Influence that the ad
ministration could bring to bear. The
president's letter, however, may be ob
jected to as irrelevant, immaterial, and
not the best evidence.
. Platform In the Thing.
"Taft is running upon a platform
which was so unsatisfactory he had to
amend it in several important particu
lars, and yet, even as amended, it
gives the public no definite idea as to
what Taft stands for.
"Taft also has made some speeches
and promises to make some more. The
ones he has already made have not
thrown any light upon the political
situation, but it is to be hoped he will
yet conclude to define his position with
sufficient clearness to enable the pub
lic to know what he stands for.
Not (or President to Say.
"It is not sufficient for the president
to say that Taft is a friend of labor.
That is a subject vpon which the la
boring man is entitled to an opinion,
and Taft's friendship is to be determin
ed not by the president's endorsement,
but by the measures which Taft advo
cates. Taft believes labor organiza
tions should come under the operation
of the anti-trust law, thus dealing with
men who belong to labor organizations
as if they were merchandise, for the
anti-trust law deals with a monopoly
of products of labor.
Opposes Jury Trial.
"Taft is opposed to trial by jury in
cases ofindirect contempt, thus deny
ing the laboring man the safeguard
which is guaranteed to 'every man
tried in a criminal court. Taft doesn't
agree with the laboring man in regard
to the injunction in labor disputes.
Taft's position on the trust question
is not changed by the president's en
dorsement. There are more trusts in
the -.country today than there were
when Roosevelt was inaugurated, and
Taft favors weakening rather than
strengthening them, for he has advo
cated an amendment that will limit the
operation of the law to unreasonable
restraint of trade.
Is Not Clear on Tariff.
"On the tariff question Taft has fail
ed to express himself with clearness.
The republican platform does not use
the word 'reduction.' It only promises
revision. Taft has construed that to
mean that some schedules will be low
ered and some raised, but there is no.
intimation the average will be lower
or higher than it is now.
Same on All Questions.
"So in regard to all questions which
are at issue, Taft must make his posi
tion known. He cannot rely upon the
president's endorsement." -
General Rains Before End of Week
Predicted by the Weather Bureau
Washington, Sept. 14. The weather
bureau yesterday afternoon issued a
"The first well defined disturbance
of the present season is approaching
the north Pacific coast and the West
Indian storm is advancing toward our
southeastern coast. This combination
should produce abundant :ains in the
drouth stricken districts of the north
central states before the close of the
present week." 4
THE "PROSPERITY TICKET"
"I ' bfsii- TiiiiTf '
DISASTER IS FACING REPUBLICANS
OF NEW YORK IF HUGHES IS NAMED,
CHAIRMAN WOODRUFF SO DECLARES
cupy the narrow space they were try
ing to keep clear for the procession.
Cardinal Calm la the Storm.
This, of course, was now cut in two
and for a couple of minutes seemed
as if it would never be able to go on.
Then once more, by a supreme effort,
a narrow opening was made which al
lowed the paraders to trickle through.
Had Cardinal Vannuteil, the papal
legate, been carrying the host when
he reached this corner, at the moment
the procession was cut, nothing could
have prevented a most lamentable oc
Fortunately he, with the cardinals
following, was held up In a more open
space, but even there the" police were
only able to keep the space open just
wide enough for three people to walk
shoulder to shoulder.
GIVES AN OPINION
ON SCHOOL LAW
G. Blair, Superintendent of Public
Instruction, Discusses Word
ing of the Act.
Rally, Boys, Rally.
STRUCK FROM REAR
Excursion Train on Way to In
dianapolis Wrecked at
SUBURBAN DEALS OUT DEATH
One Killed Outright, Five Fatally and
More Than a Score of Others
Less Seriously Injured.
EACH DAY A NEW RECORD
STAND BY FRIENDS
Will American Federation of
Labor,: According to Execu
- tive Council.
Wright Remains in Air 74 Minutes and
24 Seconds in Aeroplane.
Washington, Sept. 14. For the fourth
ime last week Orville Wright estab
lished a. new time record in his aero
plane tests at Fort Myer, Va., Satur
day, remaining in the air 74 minutes
and 24 second. Friday's record was 70
minutes and 26 seconds.
In his flight Wright went higher than
an aeroplanist has ever gone, rising to
an altitude of 250 feet. He also main
tained a higher speed than in his oth
er flights at Fort Myer, traveling
around the drill grounds at a rate of
38.75 miles an hour.
RESOLUTIONS ARE ADOPTED
Will In Future, as in Past, Shape
Course Without Regard to Party
But Upon Records.
' Washington, Sept. 14. The execu
tive council of the American Federa
tion of Labor, after a protracted sea
elon baturday, unanimously adopted
the report of the labor representation
' committee calling on the ' workers of
our common country ,to stand faith
fully by our friends, oppose and defeat
our enemies, whether they be candi
dates for president, congress or other
offices, whether executive, legislative
It recommends another appeal be
Issued to secure the election of men
"favorable to securing the justice,
rights and equality before the law to
which the toilers are entitled, and to
defeat such candidates who. are indiffer
ent or hostile to such legislative re
liefs." . '
On a Non-Partlsan Haw In.
"We Bhall In future," says the re
port, "as we have in the past, shape
our course upon nonpartisan basis. We
have judged and proposed to judge
candidates for any office upon their
records and attitude and not because
of their political party affiliations."
The report points out the failure of
congress to enact pro-labor legislation
and recounts the sending of organ
izers into Speaker Cannon's district
and to other congressional districts,
"carrying out the policy of the Ameri
can labor movement.
The federation says it proposes to
appoint organizers and print litem
lure to the full extent and has issued
' a supplementary appeal for funds.
NEGRO LYNCHED IN TEXAS
Slayer of White Man Taken from Jail
Brookshire, Texas, Sept, 14. Dave
Newton, a negro, chargad with being
implicated in the murder of John
Buchtrin, a white man, who was shot
and killed at his home near here Sat
urday, was taken from jail Saturday
night by a mob and hanged. The
father and " brother of the negro
lynched have been placed in jail at
Hempstead to prevent further mob
violence. Intense excitement prevails
and all idle negroes have received in
structions to leave the community.
OFFICERS OF 6TH TO ELECT
Successor to Major Reiq Chosen at
Chicago Oct. 8.
Springfield, 111., Sept. 14. (Argus
Special.) Adjutant General Scott is
ued an order today for an election for
major of the Cth infantry to succeed
John W. Reig of Geneseo. term ex
pired, for 1 p. m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in
Chicago, Colonel W. T. Channon to
preside. Major Reig is a candidate
Chicago, Sept. 14. One woman was
instantly killed, five persons seriously
injured and their death expected, and
8 other passengers more or less seri-
usly in jured in a wreck at Chester
ton, Ind., on the Lake Shore & Michi
gan Southern road shortly after mid
night last night.
A suburban train from Chicago
crashed into the rear end of a special
excursion train bound for Indianapolis
over the Lake Erie & Western while
the excursion train was standing at the
station in the Indiana town, which is
40 miles from Chicago.
Takrn to C'hiens;o.
Chesterton people aided the injured
with what speed they could, and today
a special train brought the wounded to
Chicago, where they were taken' to
Mercy hospital. Most of the injured
persons -are from Indianapolis. .Mrs
Esther Hacox, aged 60, of Chicago, was
killed. Her daughter Anna was Injured.
Meadville. Pa., Sept. 14. Thirty-
four persons were , injured early yes
terday in the wreck of Erie train No.
Chicago to New York express, at
Geneva, Pa., a small station eight
miles west of here, the wseck, rail
road officials believe, being due to
enemies of the company opening a
switch shortly before the train arrived.
All of the injured were brought to this
city and 23 of them were taken to
Spencer hospital. Five of these, after
having their injuries dressed, contin
ued their journey, while 18 still re
main In the hospital. Thirty-one of
the Injured were passengers and three
railroad employes. A majority of the
former were Italian and Greek labor
NOTE GIVEN TO THE POWERS
Recognition of Mulai Hafld Discussed
.in Europe. ;
Paris, Sept. 14. The France-Spanish
note on the subject of the recognition
of Mulal Hand as sultan of Morocco
was today transmitted to the powers
signatory to the Algeclras convention
Taft 51 Tomorrow.
Cincinnati, Sept. 14. Judge Taft
will he ,51 years old tomorrow. Al
ready congratulations are being re
celred on the event.
FEARS RABIES; ENDS LIFE
Springfield Man, Bitten by Mad Squir
rel, Commits Suicide.
Springfield, 111.. Sept. 14. Fred
Peterson, 45 years old, who was bit
ten by a mad squirrel that attacked
several persons in downtown streets
last week, died yesterday of carbolic
acid poisoning. Fearing hydrophobia.
he is supposed to have swallowed the
acid with suicjdjil, intent as he re-
maricea saiuraay isat Jie vouiu rather
kill himself than die of rabies. Others
bitten by the squirrel are in Chicago
receiving treatment to prevent possi
ble serious developments.
London Mob Hoots at Catho
lics in Parade Around
JUMPS FROM THIRD FLOOR
Left Fielder Magee of Philadelphia In
jured So He Will Be Out of Game.
Philadelphia, Pa.. Sept. 14. Sher
wood Magee, left fielder of the Phila
delphia National league baseball team
while suffering from a temporary fit
brought on by indigestion, jumped
from the third story of a hotel where
he lives and his legs were badly in
jured. Magee will be unable to play
ball for some time.
JOE JAMES, NEGRO,
PLACED ON TRIAL
Black Accused of Murder Before Bar
at Springfield Crime Helped
Springfield, 111.. Sept. 14. The trial
of Joe James was commenced in the
Sangamon circuit court today. James
is charged with the murder of Clergy
A. Ballard, a railway conductor. The
tragedy occurred in front of Ballard's
home on the night of July 5. The
negro had entered Ballard's house and
was discovered by Ballard's daughter
sitting on the foot of her bed. The
negro fled. Ballard pursued him and
the negro stabbed Ballard to death
POLICE ARE OVERWHELMED
Opponents fitter in Fight Upon
Him, But Cannot Cen
ter on Man.
HOPE TO SECURE DELAY
Propose to Name Many Can
didates and Scatter Vote,
It is Said.
Demonstration Called Most Violent
Streets of the Capital in Re
FIRE AT KEOSAUQUA, IOWA
Business Section of Town Burns With
. ' ' Loss of $50,000.
Ottumwa, Iowa, Sept. 14. The husl
ness section of Keosauqua, Iowa, was
partly destroyed by fire today. The
Manning bank and the Strickland and
Davidson buildings burned. The loss
is $50,000. ,
COMMISSION ON COUNTRY LIFE TO
HOLD MEETING WITHIN A WEEK
Washington, Sept. 14. The commis
sion on' country life, which President
Roosevelt appointed a month ago, will
hold Its first meeting probably within
a week in this city. Professor L. H.
Bailey, head of the New York State
College of Agriculture, who declined
the president's appointment as chair
man, has since been able to arrange
his affairs so that he has now accepted
the place. The commission, therefore,
now stands as the president named it
None of the members of the commis
sion believes that agriculture Is on
the decline, or that country life Is
lacking in efficiency, but they say that
up to this time there ha3 not "been so
much constructive attention paid to
the betterment of rural conditions as
to (hose in cities, and that as a result
the institutions and social affairs of
rural communities have not kept pace
with the development of the country
as a whole.
, The commission s first deliberations
therefore likely will concern means of
securing . for agricultural . Interests
their proper , share of the attention
that is given to public affairs.
London, Sept. 4. The scenes at yes
terday's Catholic procession round the
Westminster cathedral were nothing
less than a disgrace to London and an
everlasting shame to those who had
done their utmost to stir up the always
dangerous spirit of religious intoler
It was with genuine regret that all
save the narrow minded extremists
learned yesterday morning that Prime
Minister Asquith, with a politician's
eye upon the nonconformist and low
church vote, had succeeded in robbing
the procession of its chief and central
feature. But none who saw the pro
cession make its way past the spot
whjere the writer was situated could
fail tq feel relief at the result of the
prime minister's intervention, for had
the host been carried, it would have
been almost impossible at this point
to have prevented a grievous catastrophe.
Crowds at Danger Point.
The crowds, which throughout the
forenoon had been swarming to the
narrow side streets which made the
mile long route around the cathedral,
by 3 o'clock had, in several places.
reached the danger point and thou
sands were still trying to force their
way through the choked approaches.
At one place, where the procession
was to take an almost right angled
turn, for nearly an hour before it was
due the crowd, surging in through the
three narrow approaches, threatened
time after time - through sheer and
ever increasing weight to overcome the
cordon of police.
The latter, mounted and on foot.
charged again and again and managed
to keep a fairly adequate open space
for the expected procession. Its ap
proach was at last here . aided by
mounted police, behind whom some
banners were visible.
Hoots and Yells Ciwt Them.
Then followed a scene the like of
which one who has taken part in every
great crowd in London in the last 11
years has never seen equaled. A hur
ricane of hoots and yells went up to
greet the advance guard of the pro
cession. The mob swept forward, bear
ing the police with it.
Mingled with the yells could be
heard the shrieks of women, while
children sitting in perfect safety In
the windows above the crowd could
be seen crying in fright. ...
The police drove the crowd back
foot by foot, using all the force that
was safe, hurling men to .the ground
The wording of the law to provide
free high school privileges for grad
uates of the eighth grade in Illinois
schools has been the subject of much
inquiry and endless difficulty to school
district authorities in the different
townships. In explanation of the pro
visions of the act, F. G. Blair, state
superintendent of public instruction,
has issued the following:
"The act to provide free high school
privileges for graduates of the eighth
grade provides, among other things,
that the graduates of the eighth grade
in any school district in this" state in
which no high school is maintained
shall, upon the payment of tuition, be
admitted to the high school of any dis
trict in the county in which such pu
pils reside or in any adjoining county.
It is further provided that the parent
or guardian, with the consent of the
school board of the home district and
the consent of the school board of the
district in which the high school is
situated, shall be authorized to select
the high school to be attended by such
pupils. The high school selected shall
offer , a program of studies extending
through four school years. The tui
tion in such cases where the parent
or guardian is unable to pay the tui
tion shall be paid by the school board
of the district in which such pupils re
side, from the funds of the district,
The proviso 'where the parent or guar
dian of such pupil is unable to pay
the tuition' was not i.i the original
bill. These words were inserted by
amendment and have created no end
of confusion. The law may as well be
repealed if this clause is allowed to
defeat its purposes, for no one will
take advantage of its provisions under
I am not inclined to allow this
clause to defeat the plain intent and
purpose of this act. It is a well settled
rule of statutory construction, that.
here a saving clause is totally repug
nant to the purview of the body of
the act it will be void, and the body
of the act will prevail. With this rule
of construction in mind, I think it is
clear that the proviso in question Is
invalid and that it is the duty of the
school directors" of the home district
to pay the tuition, if they have, funds
to the credit of the district, applicable
to its payment and that the high
school chosen should admit such non
resident pupils if It can be done with
out prejudice to the resident pupils of
the district. F. G. BLAIR,
Superintendent of Public Instruction."
to the right and left, but In . a few
minutes the police had. been forced
back themselves until they bad to oc-
Saratoga, Sept. 11. The convention
was called. to order at 3:10 by Chair
man Woodruff. Indications now point
to Hughes' renomination.
Ready to FIkM to Fin lob.
Saratoga, N, Y., Sept. 14. The open
ing hours today found the anti-Hughes
forces ready to renew with unrelent
ing persistency the dogged fight to ac
complish the governor's defeat. The
convention was called to convene at 3
p. m. Delegates arriving on the early
trains found a very difficult situation
No Parallel In State.
It is doubtful whether precisely par
allel circumstances can be found in the
recent political history in this state.
The strength of the force behind the
movement for the renomination of the
governor Is of unknown potentialities.
Nobody can do better than guess how
many delegates would be for him or
against him. His forces are unorgan
ized and seemingly without any visi
ble center about which or whom to
Depends lpon Other Man.
Even the most enthusiastic advo
cates of the governor's renomination
admitted early the delegates opposed
to him could easily defeat him if they
could be brought to unite upon any
other candidate. The search for such
a candidate taxed the resources of the
opposition throughout yesterday, lasted
far into the night,, and was a subject
of endless conferences and general
discussion, but had been admittedly
Proposed Many Candidates.
A plan tentatively agreed upon by
the anti-Hughes men when they sus
pended operations last night was to
present to the convention as many
names as possible with a view of pre,
venting nomination on the first ballot,
and playing for possible combinations
to be made during the recess propos
ed to be taken after the first ballot.
This procedure might extend the con
vention over into Wednesday. Every
hour gained by the opposition, they
felt, was an hour full of hope that
"something might turn up" to strength
en their ha-ds.
Chairman Woodruff In a conversa-.
tion this morning stated that if Hughes
is nominated by this convention it
would mean this fall the greatest .
slump the republican party in the state
SHATTER 24-HOUR RECORD
Mulford and Ooba in American Car
Win Big New York Motor Race.
New York, Sept. 14. In the presence
of 25,000 motoring enthusiasts, many
of whom had been at the track since
8:30 Friday night, an American entry,
driven by Mulford and Coba, won the
24-hour race of the motor racing asso
ciation, Saturday, covering 1,107 miles
and shattering nil records.
Following Mulford was another
American car driven by Michoner and
Lynch, which finished second with
1,092 miles, also surpassing the best
previous records in the 24 hour race.
An Italian car driven by Copra and
Parker and Hawley, finished third,
with 1,073 miles.
HAYDEN CHOSEN PRESIDENT
Rock Island Man Honored by Tri-City
School Masters' Club.
The Tri-City School Masters' club
met Saturday evening at the Manu
facturers' hotel in Moline and elected
officers for the ensuing year. Super-
intedent H. B. Hayden of this city
was elected president. Superintendent
F. L. Smart of Davenport secretary
and Superintendent B. B. Jackson of
Moline treasurer. Forty teachers were
present at the banquet which followed
the election of officers. Rev. Paul
Brown of the First Congregational
church of Moline addressed the teachers.
ELECTION IN MAINE IS ON
Voters Are Picking State and County
; Officers. ;
Portland, Maine, Sept. 14. Maine
voters are today balloting for state
and county officers and members of
the national congress. The' p'ills
opened at 7 a. m. and close, at 5 p. m
The weather today favors a large to.,
TRY TO WRECK WILTON TRAIN
Tramps Make Dastardly Attempt Be
cause Ejected Near Muscatine.
Muscatine, Iowa, Sept. 14. Angered
because they had been ejectod from a
Rock Island train Saturday when
caught "bumming." two tramps made
an unsuccessful attempt to wreck the
Wilton accommodation " train! They
placed a number of ties on the track
around a curve and the engineer was
unable to stop. The ties Inclined so
as to lift the engine, but by putting on
all power the engineer was enabled to
throw the obstruction to one side with
out being derailed. The suspects were
captured at Wilton. They gave tha
names of Smith and Wilson.
Hoke Smith's Father Dead. ;'
Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 14. H! H. Smith,
father of Governor Hoke Smith, one
of the best known educators in the
south, died today. . .' :
THAW LEAVES DUCHESS JAIL
Goes to Prison at Weschester for Perma
Poughkeepsie, N. . Y., Sept. 14.
Harry K. Thaw left Duchess county
jail today in custody of Under Sheriff
Townsend for the Westchester county
jail where Thaw win hereafter bo in
custody of Sheriff Lane.' . -