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FIFTY-EIGHTH YE Alt. NO. 24.
THE "A JIG US. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER U. 1908. -TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
NOW ACTUALLY DEAD IS
THE EMPEROR OF CHINA
CASE TO END BY
Ruler Officially Stated to
Have Passed Away at
5 P. M. Today.
DENIALS WERE MANY
Career Has Been Strange One
Illness of the Dowager
Secretary of the Navy Quits Office on
Account of II! Health
fTRUMAN H. NEWBERRY NAMED
Pekin, Nov. 14. The emperor died
shortly after 5 this evening.
HEI'tUtTED I) 10 AD NOV. 10.
London, Nov. 14. A dispatch re
ceived here from the correspondent at J
Peking cf Reuter's Telegram company
says: "The emperor of China died the
night of Nov. 10."
REPORT KMTKROR IMPROVED.
London, Nov. 14. The Chinese min
ister in London this morning received
a cablegram from Pekin saying there
was a slight improvement in the con
dition of the Chinese emperor, who
yesterday was reported dead.
EMl'KROIt SOT YET DI'.ADf
Pekin, Nov. 14. The report yester
day that the dowager empress of China
is mortally ill was today confirmed by
the foreign board of government. It
was reported at 3 this afternoon the
emperor was so low his death was re
Doubt Hmpre"' Death.
Tokio, Nov. 14. In this city the re
port of the death of the emperor of
China Is generally accepted as true.
News of his passage is accompanied
by a rumor that the dowager empress
is also dead. While this Is not given
credeuceu.it is understood she hai
been seriously lit for several weeks.
The death of the emperor of China
LaPorte. Ind., Nov. 14. For the pur
pose of taking advantage of every op
portunity so as to finish the trial of
Ray Lamphere before Thanksgiving,
sessions of the LaPorte circuit court
were held today. Prosecutor Smith is
well satisfied with the progress made
yesterday. Dr. J. I Gra, who yester
day testified that in his opinion the
cause of death of the adult female body
found in the ruins was asphyxia, re
sumed the witness stand. On cross ex
amination he described in detail. the
symptoms present where death was
occasioned by strychnine, and where
it was caused by suffocation". , Coroner
Mack further testified to the finding
of the bodies and their condition on
election was, gave no clew to her pur
poses or determinations.
Mant'hiiH to Hold Power.
The dowager empress and the em
peror are Manchus in other words,
foreigners in China and under the
ban of Chinese patriots and an increas
ing anti-Manchu party which has
sought the suppression of the dynasty
and the restoration of a Chinese em
peror to the throne. It has been free
ly predicted that the demise of the em
peror would be followed by an attempt
at a coup d'etat, but the imperial
edicts appear to have forestalled any
immediate action of this kind. Kuang
Hsu was a son of a brother of the
husband of the dowager empress.
Kuang-Hsu lived without having
achieved any remarkable distinction as
a ruler. Were not this due to the
fact that the dowager empress permit
ted him no voice in the affairs of the
empire, the same probably would have
resulted from his limited mental abil
ity. It can beTAWbf him, however,
that he rose to the height of demand
ing and receiving imperial power from
New Appointee Expected to Hold Of
fice Also During Taft Regime
Is Familiar with the Work.
...... . . , ... . the dowager empress for a period of
if it Is true, brings to an end the reign . f. . ' . .. . . .
. . , ., , . . . . f four months in 1S9S, and that he was
of a sovereign feeble in mind and body, .. .... , ... .
. j ,...,., . the first holder of ttie title of emperor
who has been dominated all his life by
the all-powerful influence of the dow
ager empress. Kuang-Hsu's "reign"
will be completely lost in the rule of
The emperor was born in 1870. His
succession to the throne was one of
the many arbitrary and Illegal acts of
the dowager empress, who adopted him
into the succession from a generation
the same as that of his predecessor,
although the constitution of the Man
chu dynasty and precedent provide
that the succession shall go to the
next following generation.
Washington, D. C. Nov. 14 Secre
tary of the Navy Victor II. Metcalf
tendered his resignation U the presi
dent yesterday. It will take effect on
Dec. 1. The president accepted his
resignation and . appointed Assistant
Secretary of the Navy Truman II.
Newberry as his successor.
Ill health was the cause of Mr. Met
calfs resignation. He has been suf
fering for a year from nervous break
down that has rendered it impossible
for him to remain at his desk for any
length of time, and the chronic nature
of his trouble has caused him to aban
don hop,? of recovery while burdened
with the cares of office.
In accepting Mr. Metcalf's resigna
tion, the president recognized the im
possibility of his retaining office, and
expressed his reluctance to give up
the assistance which Mr. Metcalf had
given him both as secretary of com
merce and labor and as secretary of
Choice of Scnlirrrj' Exneeted.
The eppointmont of Mr. Newberry
comes as no surprise, for it has been
generally understood that he was the
man for the navy portfolio should Mr.
Metcalf find it ncTessary to retire.
The appointment also is recognized as
,one which is almost certain to con
tinue into the term of Mr. Taft. Mr.
Newberry has been a close friend and
staunch supporter of the president
elect. Secretary Newberry has had naval
service. He took great interest in tae
Michigan state naval brigade a few
years ago, serving successively as
landsman, lieutenant and navigator.
Ho volunteered for service in the
Spanish war and was given a com
mission as a lieutenant of the junior
grade in May, 1S9S. He served
throughout the war on the Yosemite.
SnoreHU an Hiinineir Man.
Mr. Newberry entered the naval de
partment a& a business man, having
been director in several manufactur-
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Samuel Gompers Will Have No Opposition for Reelection at Denver Meet
ing, Thus Indicating His Activities in the Recent Campaign Meet
With the Approval of Union Labor.
of China seriously to adopt and pro
claim western reforms.
GRAND JURY JOLTS
Thirty-Eight Indictments Returned in
Connection With Primary Elec
Chicago, Nov. 14. West side politi
wa -v. "-"!Eptcial grand jury probing the pri-
uaue e...Pe.or, am n rui8i i a' election frauds returned 38 in
n point of duration in the history of dictments before Jlldge Frecman.
Among the number were several
against Abram J. Harris, clerk of the
criminal court, formerly alderman and
MONUMENT FOR MARTYRS OF PRISON
SHIPS IS DEDICATED AT BROOKLYN
President-Elect Taft Principal Speaker at Ceremonies Recog
nition Follows Agitation Over Bodies of Victims
of British Cruelty.
FRANCIS J. HENEY, FRISCO
GRAFT PROSECUTOR, SHOT
IS ANXIOUS TO
BE A WITNESS
New York, Nov. 14. John D. Rocke
feller is expected to go on the witness
stand when the hearing In the govern
ment's suit to dissolve the Standard
Oil company is resumed next week,"1
and tell the story of that gigantic cor
poration. It is said' Rockefeller will
be a willing witness and that for some
time he has been desirous of clearing
ii) certain matters concerning the
At the office or the Standard Oil
company it was stated the company
will subpoena Rockefeller, John I).
Archbold and J. A. Moffett, directors,
as witnesses for the company. It is
expected Archbold and Moffett will
follow Rockefeller on the witness
Morris Haas, Ex-Convict,
Tries to Kill Him in
AT TRIAL OF ABE RUEF
Assailant Claims He Has Been
Ruined by Exposure of
was hunried to the City Hall stalion,
guarded by half a dozen reserves.
The shooting was witnessed" bv hIK'ful ' his ultimate recovery.
Felix Monahan. a gatema... and John!? ?aujrr appears to be
the dynasty, K'Ang Hsi and Ch'Ien
Lung each having reigned and ruled
SucreaMlon Mootrd Qiionllon.
The question of the succession has
agitated tho imperial family since the
autumn of 1907, when it was perceived
that the health of the emperor was
seriously undermined. In January of
1900 the dowager empress adopted Pu
Chun, son of Prince Tuan, the Boxer
chieftain, heir apparent, but she dis
inherited him in November, 1901, at
the behest of the allied powers. Since
then the matter of an heir apparent
has been in abeyance, and the dowager
empress, in. whose hands the power of
24 BELOW ZERO AT
Laramie Wyo., Nov. 14. The gov
ernment thermometer at Wyoming
university registered 24 degrees be
low zero last night, the coldest No
vember night ever recorded here.
'Snow in Michigan.
Grand Rapids, Mich., I$ov. 14. A
heavy snowstorm Is raging along the
east shore of Lake Michigan today.
Fourteen inches of snow is reported
at Muskegon. ,
one of "Billy" Cooke's right hand men
in the Ninth ward, and against Edward
Smejkal.v member of the Illinois leg
islature and one of the leaders in the
district whose political destinies have
been controlled by Congressman
Harris and Smejkal are charged with
perjury in connection with the hand
ling of affidavits and also with aiding
and abetting illegal voters in violating
the primary law.
In addition to the indictments
against these, there is another indict
ment against, former Police Magistrate
Q. J. Chott, charging perjury. He was
one of the men against whom indict
ments were returned last week.
Auto Injures Clergyman.
New Haven, Conn., Nov. 14. Rev
G. Brinley Morgan, one of the most
noted Episcopal clergyman in Con
necticut, was struck by an automobile
this afternoon and probably fatally
Old Grain Firm Retires.
Toledo, Ohio, Nov. 14. Reynolds
Bros., one of the oldest grain firms
of Toledo, today announced immedi
ate retirement from business. 5
SILK LINGERIE OF MRS. LESLIE
CARTER SOLD AT' AUCTION FOR DEBT
paV t! -5t Ofit-
- TICTOB H. METCALF.
Secretary of the Navy, Who Retires
ing concerns at Detroit. , several
years ago Mr. Newberry served suc
cessively as superintendent of con
struction, paymaster and general
freight and passenger agent of tho
Detroit, Bay City and Alpena railway
As assistant secretary ot the navy
he has taken an important hand in
the business work of . the department
and has held extremely-close relatioks
with President Roo3evelt. Having
held the position of assistant secretary
of the navy at one time himself, Presi
dent. Roosevelt experienced satisrac
tion In advancing Mr. Newberry.
TVrry Made Anxlirtant Trraaurer.
The president has appointed George
S. Terry to be assistant treasurer of
the United States t, New York, to
succeed Hamilton Fish. ,:
New York, Nov. 14; With military;
pomp and impressive ceremony the
"prison ship martyrs' ' monument was
dedicated in Brooklyn lodaj . President
elect Taft making' a special trip from
Hot Springs. Va., to deliver the ora
tion of the day.
I'roKrain Hrgian "l.nto.
The exercises of the day began at
; o'clock and as soon as he concluded
Taft returned to the south. Secretary
of War Wright, on beinf of the gov
ernment, made the prp.-ntatipn ad
dress and Governor Hughes, on behalf
of the state, accepted 'h memorial.
Preceding these ceremonies at Fort
Greene park, whore th monument
was erected, was a brilliant military,
naval and civiepararle :" Brooklyn.
1T.,MM DIrd n Ship.
New York, Nov. II. After more
than a century of agiiation by indi
viduals and organizations, bones rep
resenting approximately lj.lintt "mar
tyrs" of the revolutionary war, who
died on the prison ship Jersey and
other lesser vessels in Waliabdut bay,
Brooklyn,. lie at last in a fittingly
marked burial place, for which the
government, New York state and bun
dreds of individuals made contribu
IiiiponlnK Monimionl Krrrtrri.
An imposing Doric column of gran
ite, 20 feet high, surmounted by a
federal urn and flagstaff, rises above
the tomb at Fort Greene park, Brook
lyn, and it's dedica'ioa today was
marked by a remarkable military pa
rade of nearly 20,000 soldiers and ma
rines, and memorable rddrcsses by
President elect William Ii. Taft and
Governor Charles E. Hughes.
The vicissitudes of th-j remains of
the sailors aud soldiers nho died of
fever and F.tarvalion, and rotted in the
foul hulks of the Britisi prison ships
long anchored in Wallabout bay,
which they polluted, ha-e been many,
and have caused more tiau one out
burst of public indignaiion. It was
in 1872, at a Brooklyn town meeting,
that definite steps were first urged to
properly bury the remains. Nothing
was done, however, until 1S0S, when
the Tammany society secured funds
for a temporary wooden tomb, which
was constructed on Hudocn street. To
this the bodies, dug from the trenches
along the Wallal.out bonks where
they had been hastily interred, were
lilltlrrn I'liljcil vl(h flonrn.
With passing years the structure
fell into decay, the bones became ex
posed and children played with them.
Public feeling became aroused, and in
1S7." the city of Brooklyn removed all
that could be collected, several loads
of them, to a tomb at. Fort Greene
park under the stairs cf the entrance,
where they had boon ur.til work had
begun on the present, handr.omc me
morial which the late Standard Wmte
designed, and which reprenonts about
200,000. To theso bones were added,
four years ago. after a public service.
at Plymouth church, nun mnr, fill
ing about eight coffins, which had
been unearthed in conFtruction of
warehouses at the Brooklyn navy
yard. All the remains arcs now en
cased in metallic coffins in the spa
cious tomb which P.? approached ly a
stately flight of several hundred rtVps.
McGowii, a baggageman, who were
standing in the concourse a few feet
from Mr. Amnion when he fell. They
were so astonished by the assassina
tion that they did not attempt to stop
the murderer until he was well on his
way toward the street. Then they
ran after him and saw him walk into
the arms of the policeman.
McGrath did not lose his composure
when he was taken before Captain
James Larkins, chief of the detective
bureau, and Chief of Police Monahan
at police headquarters. I
'I am satisfied to take my medicine
tor what I have done,"' he said.
Ciuinin He nan Hounded.
Questioned further, he said:
have known Amnion 10 years and
we had trouble over business matter.
I. met him this morning and he said
something to me. I don't know ex
actly what it was. I said nothing to
him. I had a revolver in my right
hand inniy pocket. I will not say
why I shot him. He put me out of
the butterin business I had Conducted
in our place. He ki'cw all the in-
I spectois in New Jersey and New York
and kept them hounding me while
they let him alone."
Tho morgue officials noted these
facts concerning the murder: Arumnn
was killed on Friday the l"th". His
body was received at 1 p. m.. the ISth
hour of the day and went on record
as "No. 1,200," on the morgue books.
BIGGEST BANK NOW
National Bank of Commerce Takes
Over Property of the Common
wealth Trust Company.
St. Ixuiis, Nov. 14. It is 'semi-ofli-clally
reported the National Bank of
Commerce of St. Ivouis lias taken over
the accounts, commercial and bank
ing, of the Commonwealth Trust com
pany cf St. Ijouis. The consolidation
makes the former institution the larg
est in point of deposits outside or New
York and Chicago.
WRIGHT WINS FINAL TEST
San Francisco, Nov. 14. Francis J.
IRney, special assistant district attor
ney, who was shot yesterday in the
court room by Morris Haas, an'ex-con-vict,
passed a restful night, re
taining consciousness throughout, re
ports from the hospital early today
staling that his condition was Im
proved. "His friends and family are
blood itoisoning, and today an effort
wiil be made to locate the bullet and
the exact cause of the wound.
Shut in Itight Side.
iieney was shot in I he right side of
the head as he leaned forward over the
table. The bullet enteid half an inch
from the rigut ear, ranged downward,
and is lodged somewhere in the mus
cles of the right side of the neck. In
the opinion of the doctors his constitu
tion is sufficiently strong to add to hi3
chance of recovery.'
Haas who did the shooting was last
night c-onfined in the county jail at
Ingleside, seveial miles from the cen-'
ter of the city.
Huef I Arretted.
Abraham Ruef was ordered into cus
tody by Judge Lawtor immediately af
ter the shooting, and is also a tempor
ary prisoner in the jail, having beeu
locked up in the fear that he might
be made the victim of renewed vio
lence from some unexpected quarter.
ItouNevelt Uxprennea Horror.
Washington, Nov. 14. President
Roosevelt, upon learning of the at
tempt made on the life of Francis J.
Heney, sent a telegram to Mrs. Heney
and Adolph 'Spreckles, expressing
"horror and detestation" of the deed.
Wait Seated In Court.
San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 14. Fran
cis J. Heney, special prosecutor of the
accused grafters of San Francisco, was
shot and seriously injured late yester
day afternoon by Morris Haas, a Jew
ish saloon keeper and ex-convict, while
seated in court during the third trial
of Abraham Ruef for bribery. Mr.
Heney is expected to recover. At 6
o'clock in the evening he was con
scious, and said:
"I will Jive to prosecute him."
Ksponed His Keeord.
Heney has been the leading official
in the prosecution of municipal . cor
ruption in this city. In the second
Ruef trial Haas had been passed as a
juror when one day in court Heney
dramatically produced a photograph of
him taken at San Quentin penitentiary.
taken in convict's garb and cropped
head and with his numler across his
breast. Haas collapsed in court, ad
mitted ho had been a convict, and was
immediately discharged from the jury.
HAD HIS REVENGE
Andrew McGrath, Butter Salesman,
Kills Walter E. Ammon at
Jersey City. '
VICTIM A BUTTERINE MAKER
New York Nov. 1 1. Nightcaps of
pink and blue silk and lace, with bowa
and rosettes of baby ribbon to match,
corset covers of lavender, blue, pink,
orange and white silk and of all luce,
22 pairs of 6llk slot kings in green,
blue, waite and black, besides other
bits 'of- lingerie, lawn, linen and lace
are to be sold at the Fifth avenue
auction rooms today to satisfy the un
gallant creditors of Mrs. Leslie Carter
Payne. v v
This Is the second sale of personal
belongings for the auburn-haired act
ress, wuo grew into fame under the
impulsive David Belasco, but whose
career has been dimmed since her
marriage to a man two-thirds her age
led Belasco to Bever relations with
her. The first sale f household fur
niture, automobiles, etc., took place
some months ago.
Bryans to Visit Mexico.
Lincom, Neb., Nov. 14. Mr. and
Mrs. William 'J. Bryan Will leave to
morrow for a trip to Mexico. They
will seek " rest and recreation. Mr.
Bryan will deliver a commencement
address lu. Philadelphia DeCy3.
Rate Hearing Postponed. v
Kansas City, Nov. 14- A delay of
two weeks in. the Missouri rate case
was announced this morning by Judge
Smith Mcpherson. The judge declar
ed he was compelled to return tonight
to his home district in southern Iowa,
owing to the crowded court docket
there. At the end of that time he said
he would return to Kansas City and
finish the rate hearing without further
delay. " ; .
Assailant Claims Crime Was Result
of Persecution Which Drove
Him Out of Business.
Five Hurt in Explosion.
Crawfordsville, Ind., Nov. 14. Five
men were severely injured, three pos
sibly fatally, today by an explosion
in the epgine room of the American
Millipg company s stock food factory
New York, Nov. 14. Walter E. A in
mon, one of the largest butterlne man
ufacturers -in the couutry, who was
well known in Jersey City as a finan
cier and clubman, was shot and killed
yesterday afternoon at the railroad
station there by' Andrew McGrath, 50
years old, a butter salesman out of a
job, who. lived with his wife and six J
children at 244 Second street. The
motive for the killing is- thought to
have been a belief on McGrath's part
that Ammon had persecuted him In
Mr. Ammon was a member of - the
firm of Ammon & Person at Fourth
Qf T.tnion Irt mfloa frnm Vi or a TTio
I building burned. The loss is ?200,000. ,and Henderson streetsj Jersey City,
and he was a brother of Colonel
Thomas Amnion of the Miller syndi
cate fame. He had lived at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Farmer at
314 Pavonia avenue 17 years, and
was in the habit of dining at the noon
hour at the Keystone restaurant in
the railroad station.
.Met on Staira. ,
As he reached the head of the
stairs of the southern Jersey City en
trance to the concourse on his way
to the restaurant, McGrath stepped
out of a lavatory. Mr. Ammon said
something and a moment later raised
his hand to salute Major. WiMard C.
Fisk, a Jersey City lawyer who is
connected with the New York national
guard. While Ammon's hand was de
scending McGrath drew a revolver
from his right hand coat pocket and
The bullet struck Mr. Ammon in the
left cheek below ' the temple and the
wounded man .fell. McGrath advanced
a couple of steps and fired two more
shots both of which pinged against
the concrete floor. The assailant then
calmly started down the stairway to
the .street and was met by Patrolman
Amann, on duty at the ferry entrance
who ran up to see what the shooting
- ; ; .'
Snbmlta to Arreat.
McGrath pullsd his revolver from
Aeroplane Starts Without Derrick and
Prize lJ Awarded American,
Le Mans, France, Nov. 11. Wilbur
Wright,ihe American aeroplanist, suc
ceeded yesterday afternoon for. the
first time in making a start with his
flying machine without the use of the
derrick previously en-ployed for this
purpose. He circled the field twice on
his flight and then came to the
ground. It was in order to comply
with th-j conditions imposed by thi
Sarthe Aero club for trials for the
club's prize of $200 for a flight for
height that W'right abandoned the tier
rick. When Wright descended the
commissioners appointed to witness
the trial ' announced that the prize
would be awarded him.
(Continued on Page Four.)
GRAND DUKE ALEXIS
OF RUSSIA IS DEAD
Uncle of Emperor Nicholas Victim of
Pneumcnia Lived in Paris '
Paris. Nov. 14. Grand Duke Alexis
of Russia, uncle of Emperor Nicholas,
died here today of pneumonia. Th6
duke has lived in Paris almost contin
uously since his retirement' from the
position of supreme - director of the
navy, which he bad held for 24 years.
MINNESOTA BANKS IN LEAGUE TO i
GUARANTEE THEIR OWN DEPOSITS
Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 14. With
in two mouths there will be in opera
tion among the country banks of Min
nesota a new plan for the protection
of bank deposits. The plan is devised
by the bankers themselves.
V. D. Willard, cashier of the First
National bank of Mankato, is chair
man ot the committee appointed . by
the bankers of the Second congres
sional district of Minnesota to organ
ize the banks , for the operation of an
his pocket, handed it to the policeman independent system of examination
and meekly submitted to arrest. He J The purpose of the organization will
be to improve and strengthen the
banking system of the state, to pre
vent improper or unsafe conduct upon
the part of any bank within the state .
and to provide a system of thorough,
and complete; examinations into : the
affairs of every banking corporation or
individual banker belonging to the as
sociation. . . .
The projected system of examina
tions will be so thorough, that.it will
be. Impossible for a bajtk to dissipate
its assets sufficiently to Injure the de
positors lefore it Is checked up by
examiners. " -