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FIFTY-KIGHXII YEAR. NO. 167.
1 THE ARGUS, SATURDAY. MAY 1, 1909. TWEIiVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
LAKE CARRIERS' UNIONS
MAY FIRST, AS WE HAD IT PICTURED OUT.
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OF TERRIBLE WINDSTORM!
ALL GO flUT ON A
to the Roll of
MANY MORE INJURED
Severe Cold with Blizzard Con
ditions Follow Atmospheric
Victims of Storm in Various
Parts of Country.
Young's Crossing, Term.. 5
Horn Lake, Miss 12
Porest City, Ark 2
West Marion, Ark- 1
Cedda Gap, Ark 18
Fort Srith, Ark 90
Plum Point, Ark 1
Alton, Mo 6 14
Jackson, Term 7
Hillsboro, Tenn 3
Cleveland, Ohio . . .. 3
Fayetteville, Tenn 15 80
Harms, Tenn 8 20
Hartsell, Ala 4
Danville, Ala 2
Golden, Mo 11 . 30
Mammoth Springs, Ark... 8
Centerville, Tenn 25
Decherd, Tenn. . ., 2
Noblesville, Tenn 1 6
Clarksville, Tenn 1 8
Laconio, Tenn 2 12
Bells, Tenn 2 15
Quito, Tenn. 8 23
Pulaski, Tenn. 20 40
Pittsburg, Pa 4 8
.Bee Springs. Ark. ... 20 40
La port e, Ind 2 6
Harrisburg, III 1 4
Wheatley, Ark 1 3
Summersvilte, Tenn 3 8
Texas City, III 4 " 7
Medina, Tenn 4 16
Huntsvlllc, Ala. 3 12
Total ..206 455
Chicago, May 1. The storm which
began Thursday and the death list
which approaches 200 persons in the
states of Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama,
Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Mis
souri and Pennsylvania, took the form
of a blizzard in the great lake region
today, including Chicago, where a mod
crate wind was accompanied by snow.
At Superior, Wis., there was snow
enough for sleighing- Winning re
ports many cattle killed, and from the
southwest came stories of blasted
ordchards. Wire conditions, accord
ing to telegraph and telephone compa
nies, are much improved.
Hundred Fifty el Hid In South.
Memphis, May 1. From information
received this morning it is believed
I'td persons were killed and more than
200 Injured, some fatally, in the storm
which swept Tennessee and the south
em states. Property loss is believed
to be heavy. Wires are still down in
many places and information is mea
ger. Horn Lake lilt Mordent.
The greatest number of dead and in
jured are' reported from Horn Lake,
Miss., where 18 bodies were discovered
among the ruins of farm dwellings.
The injured are placed at 50. Caddo
Gap, Ark., reports a like number of
dead and many wounded. At Fayette
ville, Tenn., the death list is placed
at 15 an.d injured at 50. .
Other Hepnrta of Cnuattle.
Other towns from which reports were
Arkansas Marianna, 4 'dead, 20 In
jured; Bee Branch, 2 dead, 3 injured;
Heber, 2 dead, 11 injured; Wilburn, 1
dead; Wheatley, 1 dead, 3 Injured;
Marlon. 5 dead; 8 Injured; Zebulon, i
Ann A 1 ln 4, -I
Tennessee Summcrsvlllc, 5 dead, 4
New York, May I- Criminal pros- "I cannot plead innocence, I cannot: of Representative Joseph W. Fordney
editions by the federal government write a classical toem and I have no'of Michigan, a member of the commit
will be begun as a. result of disclos- 'flowers blooming in. the conserva-, tee and a millionaire lumberman bim
ures in the recent suit of the govern- tory of my soul.' "Better kick me out self was to cut the duty on "rodgh"
ment against the American Sugar Re- lest I corrupt the morals of the in- lumber from $2 per thousand to $1 per
fining compaffy.' This announcement stitution." . ' thousand. On the face of it this ap-
was made today by Henry L.C Stitn- The governor has expressed an in- peared to be a reduction in the duty
son who is acting as special attorney terest in the writer and may act on 'on lumber of 50 per cent,
for the government. the letter. 1 . The joker in this instance lies in the
injured; Bolivar, 1 dead, 13 injured;
Dechard, -1 dead, 12 injured; Humboldt,
4 dead; Medina. 3 dead. 8 injured;
Bells, G dead, 23 injured; Quito, 3
dead, 12 injured; Lula, 4 dead; Deli
ach, 2 dead; Hanley, 2 dead; 10 injur
ed; Clarksville, 1 dead, ( injured.
A message from Guthrie, Ky., states
three -persons were killed there and an
cMjual number of persons met death in
Itecord for Cold at Slonx City.
Sioux City, Iowa, May 1. Freezing
weather prevailed in this section last
night- The temperature" dropped to 23
degrees at Sioux City, the coldest for
May since the establishment of the
weather bureau. -
I'hllndclplilii 1'eeU Win.!.
Philadelphia, May 1. Half a dozen
houses were unroofed, trees uprooted,
and windows broken by a wind and
rain storm in the northern section of
khe city this afternoon.
C'uuhi'm Wreck on Lake.
Marquette, Mich., May 1. Fears that
yesterday's furious gale would be pro
ductive of disaster came to a tragic
realization when the- barge George
Ncster struck a reef off Huron islands
here and was lost with all hands.
There were seven men on board. The
lighthouse tender Marigold attempted
to rescue the Nester's crew by means
of a life line. The attempt was un
successful. The Marigold arrived here
today with news of the disaster.
A mil her Im Lout.
Sault Ste Marie, May 1. The report
of the sinking of the steamer Aurania
in White Fist bay was confirmed
day by Captain Pringle. No one was
This C'frw in Saved.
Port Huron, Mich., May 1. The cap
tain of the freight and passenger
steamer juissia, owned Dy u. u. uun-j
can or tnis city, telegraphed today to
the owners from Detour that the ves-
sel had sunk in Lake Superior 12 miles
on that port and that the crew were i
HarKe Found Minu crew.
Detroit, May 1. A Journal special :
from Traverse City, Mich., says the
Ann Arbor car ferry No. 1 last night
picked up the steel barge Batavia float
ing 19 miles south of Fox island with
out a crew. The table was all set for
dinner. The barge -was towed to
Northport. It is feared the crew were
NO GOOD ANYWAY
Corn Products Company Denies
Violating the Pure Food
BUT SAYS ACT IS INVALID
declares Sugar It Made Which Was
Seized ly (overnment Is Pure
as It Was Labeled.
Cincinnati, Ohio, May 1. The Corn
froducts company of Chicago attacks
the constitutionality of the pure food
law in an answer filed today in the
federal district court to allegations of
United States District Attorney Mc
Phersons, who a few days ago caused
the United States marshal to seize 46
packages and bags -of sugar manufac
tured by the Corn Products company
and found on the premises of the
Gerke Brewing company of this city.
Alleged to Be Impure.
'-. "The government alleged the sugar
was labeled "pure sugar," whereas it
was adulterated, and the seizure was
made under the pure food and drug t
act. The Corn Products company ad
mits the label, but denies the sugar
was adulterated. As a defefise, the
company declares the seizure was il
legal, because the pure food law is
l.nw Im I'nheld. (
Chicago, May 1. Federal Judge San
l)orn, in a test case questioning the
constitutionality of . the government
'Pure iooa ana arug act, touay upneia
me vauany oi tne law
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HE'S TOO BAD FOR PRISON
Convict Asks Pardon Lest He Corrupt
I Innocent Comrades.
r Topeka, Kan., May 1. In a unique
plea for pardon a convict in the Kan
sas state penitentiary at Lansing has
written to Governor Stubbs and con
fesscd himself the only guilty man in
iithe penal institution.
Srom conversations held with
prisoners ! have arrived at the conr
elusion I "am about the only guilty
scamp in this place." the letter reads.
DELIVERY DAY FINDS PATTEN FOUR
Chicago, May 1. This was delivery
day on the board of trade and May
wheat which was the medium of the
recent bull campaign led by James A.
Patten became cash wheat. On May
contracts today 2.1000,000 bushels of
wheat were delivered, practically all
of it to Bartlett, Patten & Co. Brokers
$1.08 for his
guess that Patten paid
CANAL LIBEL CASE
COMING TO TRIAL
Proprietor! of Indianapolis News Ap
pear in Court and iiw
Indianapolis. May 1. Delavan
Smith and Charles It. Williams, pro
prietors of the Indianapolis News, in
dicted by the grand jury of the Dis
trict of Columbia with the proprie
tors of the New York.. World on the
chargo of having committed the
crime of libel in publishing certain
statements bearing on the purchase
of the Panama canal by the United
states, will appear before Judge An
derson in the federal district court
A FEW FACTS ABOUT LUMBER
AND SUGAR TARIFF SCHEDULES
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, April 29.- The price of
lumber has increa.d 1G per cent dur
ing the lastseven years. The man
who built a frame house in 1907 paid
twice as much for it as for one built in
If the Dingley tariff of from $2.50 to
$3.50 per thousand on finished or partly
I finished lumber doubled the cost '.o
the consumer in seven years when
lumber was plenty what effect will
the same tax have on the cost to the
consumer in the next seven year-;,
with the acreage of American forests
This is another problem for the tar
iff arithmetic class,- which numbers
some 90,000,000 Americans.
When the Payne bill was first re
ported the word went out from tha
committee that the duties on lumber
had been "cut to the bone." There
had been a general sentiment in favor
of free lumber, and the attempt to
create the impression the consumer
would be benefited by the new lumber
rates was in response to this demand
of public opinion.
, Drive Out of nunlneM in Wail. .
! To hold un their end of the false
Impression in chorus, "will drive us
out of business. If you insist on, re
ducing the tariff on lumber, we will
havd to close down."
What the heartless ways and means
committee bad done admittedly under
the guidance and at the sole direction
AHEAD ON WHEAT
Assuming the figure to be approxi
mately correct Patten might have sold
the wheat deliveredhim this morning
at $1.10 for delivery in -July which
would show a profit of 4 cents a
bushel. ' " -
May Opened today at $1.21Vi to
aDd a good demand for actual wheat
would enable the 'hull leader to s?ll
at a much greater, profit.
here late today niul bo served with
warrants for thoir arrest. They will
give bond for' thoir appearance in
court at a later day.
CARVES WIFEAND HIMSELF
Iowa Farmer's IoeI Leaics Four
Small Children Orphans.
Nashua. Iowa. May l.--Armed
with a razor, Fred Kronck, a pros
perous farmer, fatally wounded his
wife last nipM. and nearly severed
his own head. Temporary insanity
is the cause. Four small children
Miss Davidson Acquitted.
Neosho, Mo., May 1. Miss "John
ny" Davidson, tho young heiress on
trial here, charged with the murder
of Roy Raniseur. her sister's suitor,
was acquitted this morning.
fact that no rough lumber is used py
the consumer. Mr. Fordncy had ap
parently gone very carefully over
every item in tho lumber schedule,
and then recommended a reduction 'n
duty on the single item that would
neither interfere with the profits of,uanv
the lumber trust nor do the lumber
consumer any good.
The rate of $1 per thousand on
rough lumber is prohibitive for the
reason that the high rate of trans
portation would make It impossible for
American dealers to import It with pro
fit. The weight of rough lumber is
about one-third more than' the weight
of "finished" or "partly finished" lum
ber, and the cost of the transporta
tion "alone from the Pacific coast to
the retail markets of the United States
is estimated to be about $10 per thous
and. The item in the lumber schedule
which effects the consumer most Is
that of sawed boards which are planed.
Ninety per cent of the lumber shipped
from the mill by rail goes through tin
planing mill before it Is put on the
tars. The duty on this class of lum
ber "finished or partly finished" Is
$2.5o'to $3.50 per thousand. Mr. Ford
ncy was apparently in a hurry wnjn
he went over this item, for he did not
The position of Representative- Ford
ney and the framers of the Payne bill
is that the duty on lumber is prac
tically solely to raise revenue, for the
government. The duly ta so high, hov
ever. -that the government treasury is
benefited scarcely any, , For instance,
under the present - schedule of , the
Dingley law the imports for 1907 from
Canada of finishedor partly finished
lumber amounted to les3.than $300,000,
which produced only about $60,000 in
revenue. . The duty is cuch as to ke3p
IN HANDS OF WETS
House Bills Against Liquor
Traffic Referred by Speaker
TO LICENSE COMMITTEE
Action Stirs Anti-Saloon League Mem
ber Much Business Transact
ed at Session.
""lUfiiA'n '1' i "ni in 1 ti-"t
Shurtleff stirred the resentment of the
anti-saloon league forces yesterday by
referring three of the' league's bills to
the house committee of license, a body
which Is strongly. opposed to local op
tion. The bills have been lying on the
speaker's desk since April 1, and the
league has been seeking to have them
referred to the committee on judiciary
of which B. M. Chiporfield is chairman.
Yesterday morning, 'however, they
were shot into the license committer,
which has among its membership
three saloonkeepers, and the local op
tion forces are now loudly conjectur
ing that, they were held back until yes
terday in order that Speaker Shurtleff
might secure the passage of the Bus.se
bond bills without meeting any opposi
tion from the local optionists.
Snhxlnnee of Bills.
Tlie bills are known as the "blind
foreign lumber out, making the lumbor
trust and not the government, the
chief beneficiary of the high rates.
ray SHO.OOO.OOO Tax.
On the whole the United States pro
duces 40,000,000,000 feet of lumber an-
and imports approximately
1,000,000.000. In -other words the
American consumers of lumber are
paying an annual $80,000,000 tax to the
multi-millionare lumber barons through
the increased cost of lumber, and col
lecting only $2,000,000 in revenue for
the government. These figures refer
to all classes of lumber. As to lumber
the ratio of revenue to tax figures on
about as 1 to 40. A similar condition
results from other duties that are so
high as to be prohibitive. The sched
ule under which cotton ties are taxed.
for instance, produces $14,000, but en
nances the price of cotton ties for the
consumer who is the cotton farmer
$400,000 annually. In this case the
ratio of revenue to tax is as 1 to 28
It is contended by those who favor
a tariff on lumber that Canadian lum
ber produced by cheap . labor would
destroy the American lumber Industry
if admitted free of duty. The follow
ing table, prepared for the ways and
meaus committee by T. M. Knappen
secretary of the National Forest Con
ssorvation league, shows that wages in
Canada, both in the mills and in the
logging camps, are higher than in th3
. " , ' . . Canada. U,
Foreman, per month. .$143.33 $127.5
Band sawyer, per day. 6.19 6.20
Filer, per day . ....... 7.35 6.S3
Millwright, per day... 3.99-
Trinimer, per day .... 2.54 2.48
; (white) .....
Testimony before - the way's
(Continued on Page Four.)
tiger," "residence district" and "county
option" bills and their substance is as
House bill No. 438, introduced by
English jOii March 31, authorizing the
search, seizure and confiscation of in
toxicating ittpiors kept for sale in anti
saloon territory; fixing a sliding sca'e
of punishment for . first offense and
stringent penalties for subsequent of
fenses; exempting - physicians and
dwelling- houses from search.
House bill No. 512, introduced l.y
Lyon April 1, provides for making -i
resident district anti-saloon territory
on an affirmative vote of the people of
House bill No. als. introduced 'jy
Montelius on April 1, the county local
option bill, provides that counties may
be made anti-salaon territory by an
affirmative vote of a majority of the
Much Btittlnenn Done
Although less than a score of members-were
in their seats, the house per
formed a prodigious amount of routine
labor yesterday by unanimous consen.
The calendar was cleaned up. Forty
seven house bills were read a first
time and advanced to second reading,
10 senate bills were read a first time
and referred to committee; 15 house
bills were read a second time without
objecting and sent to third reading,
while five bills onthe speaker's table
were referred to committee.
The senate joint resolution fixing
May 22 as the date for a sine die ad
journment of the legislature was re
vived and ordered to lie upon the
speaker's table. Leaders of the house
assert that the date is too early and
that May 2S Is the day favored by the
lower branch. .
LIBELED BY PAPER
Hearst's American Fined $500 for
Publishing Story of Alleged
Peonage At Summit, 111.
New York, May 1. The Star com
pany publisher of the local morning
America, was found guilty of orim-
sions yesterday afternoon. The jury
was out an hour and1 40 minutes.
Judge Malone at once imposed a fine
of $r0) but stayed the execution of
the judgment to allow the. convicted
corporation time in wtiich to file
The complainant was John D.
Rockefeller, Jr. On Dec. 17, 1908,'
the New York American printed a
ispatch from Chicago stating that
Mr. Rockefeller had been instrumen
tal in originating and maintaining a
oouage and stockade system at the
plant of the Corn Products company
at Summit. 111. Mr. Rockefeller at
once caused the arrest of three men
holding executive positions in the
These cases were thrown out by
Supreme Court Justice Cirard. and
Mj. Rockefeller then went before the
grand jury and succeeded in having
the Star company indicted as a cor
poration. Mr. Rockefeller was the
only witness who testified. Both
sides rested on his evidence.
NOW TAKES HAND
High . Missouri Tribunal I0n joins
Heal ing of Kail Rate Cases by
St. IiOrtis Judge.
Jefferson City, May 1. Th? supreme
court of Missouri today issued a re
straining order against Judge Williams
in the St. Louis circuit court prohibit
ing him from proceeding with the rail
road rate cases filed in his tribunal
by Circuit Attorney Jones of St. Louis,
The writ was made returnable May lo.
It was issued at the instance of sev
eral roads. ,
Queen Is Doing Well. ,
. The Hague. May 1. The condition
of Queen Wilhelmina and the infant
princess today is thoroughly satis
factory. The princess -was named
Juliana Louise Emma Marie Welhel-
. Yesterday in Congress
Washington, May 4. Following is
a summary, compiled from the official
proceedings, of the work of both
bouses of congress yesterday:
SEX ATR An extended sneech hv
Senator McCumber favoring free lum
ber occupied several hours in the en
at. Ilia, remarks provoked an extend
ed controversy among fclvat3 of a
train on lumber. Mr. McCumber aid
while he was a Mioroueh protectionist
he would not airree to a tariff on prod
ucts such as coaL.lron ore. lumber and
oil. that are . being, exhausted and can
not be replaced. Senator Aldrich re
ported from the committee on finance
additional amendment to the tariff bill
and the senate adopted a motion madein bridge which was recently opened
Dy nim tnai until further notice the for traffic fell Into the river. At-the
senate shall meet at 11 o'clock daily.l.. - .. . -
a f k nr. the pniti iiiniirnui ntn 1 1 time of the disaster no one "was on Aha . .
HOUSE The house was not in ses-
. s ion.
Labor Contest Which
Threatens Tieup of
ARE 12,000 MEN IN IT
Protest Against "Intolerable
Conditions" Labor Trouble
Chicago, 111., May 1. A strike of
labor unions on the Great lakes against
the Lake Carriers' association, or more
correctly, their formal request to Bhip .
on boats controlled by the association,
was put into full operation today at at
ports. It is estimated probably 12,000
seamen of all classes are involved n
the great struggle. ... .
Are 3,fMH Now Employed.
Almost 3,000 are now said to be em
ployed on the 400 boats controlled by
the carriers, and these are scheduled
to leave the vessels this morning if
in port, or as soon as they come In
from the sea.
A referendum strike vote recently
taken resulted overwhelmingly in fa
vor of a strike. Accordingly, General
Secretary Olander of the Lake Sea
men's union, sent out notices announc
ing that "resolution No. 1" had been
adop'ed and directed the local officers
to take action this morning.
Resolul ion of 1 reads: "Resolved,
We cannot accept the intolerable con
ditions now sought to be enforced up
on us by the Lake Carrierd associa- .
tion. but we are ready to enter the
enfploy of anv ship owner who will
agree fair treatment to our members
and where we can ship as free m;n
and union men."
The next move of the leaders is o
ieqirriff" the general offices of the In
ternational Seamen's union to indorse
I. rail Miner Out.
Bonne Terre, Mo., May 1. A strike
miners in the lead works spread to
place today when the underground
employes of the St. Joe Lead company'
quit work. The big mills of the com
pany here were forced to close and
1.700 men are idle. About 3,000 other
workmen are threatening to join the
strikers, .who are asking a partial re
establishment, of the scale prevailing
before the recent financial panic.
Itix-hexlcr Carpenter Out.
Rochester, N. Y., May 1. May day
opened here with a strike of all the
carpenters in the city. The demand
is an S-hoiir day and an increase of 50
cents a day.
linker Unit, Ton.
New York, May 1. Upwards of a
thousand bakers of the lower east side
went, on strike here today. The bak
ers demand closed and sanitary shop,
a scale of wages ranging from $20 to
$40 per weckr and 10 hours a day.
GUESTS AT FfiiSCO
For First Time in Years Oriental
Warships Are in Port and Men
San Francisco, May 1. For the first
time in many years San Francisco is
extending hospitality of the harbor to
a visiting squadron of Japanase ships.
Representatives of the city, state and
nation united today in a memorial
greeting for Admiral Ijichi and, officers
and men of the cruisers Aso and Soya,
which arrived this- mornlifg.
Domiguez Safe in Mexico.
El Paso, May L Senor Domigner,
representative of Mexico at the nation
al . corn exposition . at Omaha and
leader of the scientific fanning move
ment in Mexico, who was "reported
Tuesday as missing, is in Mexico City.
t according to telegram today rrom uo-
NEW BRIDGE AT
INTO THE RIVER
arches of the new concrete steel wag-
t bridge, and conseauently f.here"was ma-
mtly ere was i
loss of life.
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