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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 288.
THE ARGUS, MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 20, 1909.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
ALL TRUSTS BAD TRUSTS,
SAYS TAFT AT DES MOINES
All Combinations to Limit
Competition in Same
RAP FOR RAILROADS
President Advocates Numerous
Changes in Present Scheme
Dos Moines. Iowa. Sept. 211. In
a speech delivered lu re this morning,
the president devoted his time prin
cipally to railroad rates and the
authority of the interstate commerce
commission. Speaking of the pass
ape of rate hills several years ago.
in which the interstate commerce
commission was given authority to
fix specific rates, he said it must now
be admitted the act has not furnish
ed expected relief against discrimin
ation. I' nt or a Triliuiiiil.
It has been suggested, the presi
dent said, that a court be established
whose decision in appeals from the
commission shall be final, lie favor
ed such a tribunal, but thought there
should be a right of appeal from its
decisions to the highest courts. He
cited the fact a tariff court has been
established nad saw no good reason
why a similar tribunal should not
be provided for in the matter of rail
Caa Kvnile the !.:.
Another suggested change would
give the commission power to hear
and entertain complaints against un
just classifications of merchandise
for transportation. As it is now a
railroad can. by including articles
in tlie same class which ought to pay
different rates, commit exactly the
by imposing exorbitant rates as to
any one class, he said.
Miotild Stnrt n".
The president expressed t he opin
ion the commission should have
authority to itself, instituie a com
plaint instead of waiting for such:
action by parties interested. At the
same time he would not give tne com-1
mission absolute power to fix rates in
advance and on their own initiative,
and without complaint filed and in
vestigation made as is done in some
Coraprl Through Koiitint;.
Another amendment, he thought,
should provide that the commission
may by order, suspend, modify, or
annul any changes in rules or reg
ulations, which impose undue bur
dens on shippers, and it would seem
well to empower the commission to
compel connecting carriers to unite
in forming a through route and to
fix the rate any apportionment there
of, among the carriers.
Would Stop Control.
The president thought a most im
portant amendment of the interstate
commerce law would be a prohibi
tion against any interstate lailroad
company acquiring stock in compet
ing railroads engaged in interstate
commerce, or after a certain date,
holding stock in' a competing rail
road, and that the issuance of ad
ditional stocks and bonds ho sub
.?t. to the commission's approval.
Another provision should be added
by which railroads may be permitted
to agree upon traffic rates and make
contracts with respect to rates that
shall not be pooling contracts.
In taking up the anti -trust law, the
GOV, JOHNSON IS
AT DEATH'S DOOR-
IS SINKING FAST
Rochester, Sept. 20. At 2 o'clock
this afternoon Dr. Mayo issued a bul
letin in which he indicated Governor
Johnson had a turn for the worse aid
caid the governor's candition is very
Another physician said Johnson had
been in a semi-comatose condition for
two hours. - He admitted Johnson's
life is fast ebbing away.
Rochester, Minn., Sept. 20 While
Governor Johnson was somewhat bet
ter today, the doctors still consider
the governor In a grave state, the dan
ker period not having been passed.
He is not as restless as he was yester
' day. but somewhat weaker, and he has
ju.-.t about an even chance, say the
president declared he knew of no way
in which a distinction could be made
between "good" and "bad" trusts, for
he regarded all combinations to sup
press competition and to maintain a
monopoly to be in the same category.
Special Arrlvt- I'.nrly.
Des Moines, Sept. 20. President
Teft's special over the Great Western
arrived here shortly before 7 this
morning. Thousands were at the sta
tion and gave the nation's chier a
noiay welcome. With the president's
review of 5,200 federal troops hero this
morning the greatest military tourna
ment in the country began.
tirent TkroiiKN iu St reels.
The president was taken in charge
by a committee, and iu automobiles
the party was driven through the main
streets. Never did Des Moines see
greater crowds. It is conservatively
estimated 50.000 persons thronged the
streets, which were gaily decorated.
Guet of t'uniiiiiiiK. .
The president was entertained at
breakfast at Senator Cummins' home,
to which had been invited men prom
inent iu republican politics in Iowa.
After a reception, the party reentered
the automobiles and proceeded to the
reviewing stand opposite the state cap
itol. At 9:45 o'clock the review began,
lasting a full hour. Soldiers from all
over the west were under the command
of Brigadier General Charles E. Mor
ton, commanding the department of
the Missouri and stationed at Fort
Decline Further InvltntioiiH.
After the review Taft delivered a 15
minute speech. Though urgently re
quested to attend army maneuvers at
the state fair grounds, the president
was compelled to decline because of
lack of time. About 11 o'clock the
president boarded a train and left for
Omaha, the next stop of the presiden
Pull Over KextivitieH.
Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 20. Presi
dent Taft came to the twin cities of
Minnesota Saturday and with the shad
ow of death hanging over the governor
of the state, received a cordial but not
a demonstrative welcome. The criti
cal illness of Governor Johnson, prob
ably the most popular executive Min
nesota ever has known, entered deeply
1 !if UwUay Tntd drefl rfetl
eventualities threatened for a time dur
ing the morning seriously to curtail
the progranr of entertainment both
here and in St. Paul. The president
fulfilled the program outlined for his
reception, but at every pause iu the
rushing from place to place he made
anxious inquiries as to the latest word
from the -bedside of the governor,
whose life hung in the balance at St.
Mary's hospital In the little city of
The president many times during
the day, in making little speeches here
and there in Minneapolis and St. Paul,
referred to the governor's illness and
expressed anew his distress to have
been met that morning by the despair
ing news from the patient's bedside.
i'rayn for Heeovery.
At his Auditorium speech in St. Paul
the president .called out prolonged ap
plause and cheering when he. declared
of Governor Johnson:
"I unite with you in a fervent prayer
to God that he may be spared to you
and to the country; with his ability,
his courage, his great common sense,
he cannot be spared. He is too valu
ablo, not alone to the people of this
state, but to the people of the nation,
who doubtless will insist in time that
he shall serve them."
President Taft also aroused enthusi
asm with his audiences during the day
with his many happy references to the
civic virtues of the neighboring cities,
det taring them to bo so much alike
that they should combine as one city,
with a borough of Minneapolis and a
borough of St. Paul.
OF ODD FELLOWS
Over 'J.VMIO Members Present in Se
attle for Opening of Conclave -1
Mills Begin Tomorrow.
Seattle. Sept. 20 The sovereign
grand lodge of Odd Fellows opened
hero at noon today. It Is estimated
25,000 members are here.
Drills of the Patriarchs Militant
will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday, the prize being valued at
$8,000. In the election of sovereign
grand officers, the principal contest
is over deputy grand sire. John B.
Cockrum of Indianapolis and C. A.
Keller of San Antonio, Texas, are
Former Iowa Journalist Dead.
Washington, Sept. 20. James H.
Stevenson, formerly engaged in
journalism in Iowa, is dead as the re
sult of a street car accident. A wid
ow and five children living in To
peka, Kan., and a son in this city,
survive him. Stevenson was a second
lieutenant in the union army during
the civil wttr.
Edward Coulter, of Muscatine, i
Meets Death in the Mil
HAD BEEN CELEBRATING
Jumps in Front of Train When His
Companion Warns Him of His
I'M ward Coulter, aged 21, a resident
of Muscatine. .was Killed by a Milwau
kee freight train at Xahant, in the
west end of Davenport at 3 o'clock
Sunday morning. The body was sev
ered, the wheels passing over the
Coulter was employed in one of the
Muscatine button factories. In com
pany with Charles Tucker, a fellow
workman, he came to Davenport Satur
day evening for a celebration.
After making the rounds in Daven
port, drinking considerably, they came
to Roek Island,, leaving here shortly
before midnight. According to Tucker,
they were expecting to -catch a train
for home while walking in the rail
Jiunim iu ritiiR Dim-lion.
Tucker sai.l they were walking along
a patch between th- tracks when th?y
were attracted by th rumbling of a
train approaching from the east.
Tucker shouted to Coulter, and the
latter, his senses partially deadened
by the liquor tha: he had Imbibed
during the night, instead of removing
himself further from danger, jumped
directly in front of the engine.
The front of the locomotive caught
Tucker in the shoulder and hurled him
"0 feet alongside the track. The crew
of the train knew that a man had been
hit and the train was brought to a
stop. Tucker was first found. He was
unconscious. After several minutes
he was roused. He thou asked for his
Find I'fMiilrr'M Iteinnlim.
The body of Coulter was found two
car lengths east. The police authori
ties were notified and the remains
were placed iu charge of t.'ndertalor
Runge. An inquest will be held this
afternoon. . . .
ine victim or tn accident was sin
gle, and is survived by his father and
two sisters, all living in Muscatine.
and with whom he made his home.
FOR JURY SERVICE
Two Panels Have Been Ordered
to Report for Duty in the
AT THE SEPTEMBER TERM
First Panel Summoned to Appear on
Sept. "7 and the Second oir
Two panels of petit jurors, for ser
vice at the September term of the
circuit court, have been summoned
to report for duty, the first panel
Sept. 27 and the second panel Oct.
1 1. Those who have been drawn for
jury service are as follows:
Cordova Ed Rathburn.
Port Byron Joseph Whiteside.
Hampton- George Cowe. W. U.
Lee, George Darin, William Cox,
John Edelman, John Groth.
South Moline L. E. Sharer. Emil
Bufe, William Fairy, Arthur Pears,
L. Colgrove, N. Rylander, John Ol
son. Rural Harvey Sayer, Leroy Vin
ton, F. T. Dufva, James Ewing, Au
gust Safe and Ncls Pierce.
Rock Island Abb Itlouer, Ed Hoff
man, Andrew Etzel. Christ Koch. Stu
art Dart. George Keys, Steve Miller,
B. W. Clow, C. A. Brimberg. W.
Crowley, Hamlin Hull. Thomas Kill
ala, William Parks, A. L. Frisk. John
South Rock Island William No
vack. Black Hawk JaeUi Tanner.
Coal Valley Ernest Mass.
Edgington John Marvin.
Cordova Frank Ferguson.
Zuma Ed Noah, Alfred Mead, E.
Port Byron William Cooley, Wal
Hampton .1.. C. Vogcl, Wliliam
Moline Gust. Berglund. H. B
Corbin, August Mortinson. F. H. Har
ris, H. Biennan, F. Hedin, Oscar
Hogberg. George Hasson. Fred Ed
wards. C. R. Carlson. Fred Wagner
Rock Island Montgomery ' Spurr
D. J. Shean. William Swan. R. D
Hudson, Chris Jenson, C. H. Kurth,
frank Newcomb, C. A. Larson, Phil
Eikers, C. H. Church. Jr G. Leaf.
South Rock. Island Otto Rahn.
Coal Valley Peter Connor.
Rural I. J. Bailey, Ed Wright.
Buffalo Prairie Charles - Whit-
HON. GEORGE A. COOKE
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Candidate for the Supreme
Special TElection" in the Fourth District
v Next Saturday.
Portland, Ore., boot. 2. -bord North-
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cliffe. editor of the luindon . TiniiK.
passed. Lh rough. jruu?l:uul UimiJU.. .JjU.;:. ' irl'iTr.?""t".,r.
an interview rj-gardinj.
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t he peace of
Europe, he ssatd:
You have the facts before you that
Germany has refused to discuss her
vast armaments, that the whole of her
shipbuilding yards aro engaged in na
val construction, that scores of her
leading writers make tio secret of hor
intentions, that she has "on previous
ock, Louis 1 tanner, W. O. Vannat.ta.
Andalusia Thomas Call. Albert
Drury Clyde I lessman.
EVANGELICAL SYNOD MEET
German Conference Expected to Act
on $f,00MH Endowment.
Burlington. Iowa. Sept. 20. The 1:mj,
general eonierence ot me iicrman
Evangelical Synod of North Attierit-i
will be held here beginning tomorrow.
The educational hoard w.ll submit
Us report M'clative to th" iheologicil
seminary at Kt. i.ouis, ami i Ho prepara
tory college at Elnihurst, III.
The general conference is expected
to take action with regard to a possi
ble endowment fund for I he educa
tional institutions, nuioiiutiug to $1,-
OLD EDITOR DEAD AT DIXON
Passing of H. I'. Shaw Removes Rele
gate to first Republican Meet.
Dixon, III., Sept. 20. Benjamin F.
146 CASES OF LEPROSY IN AMERICA;
STATISTICS SHOW DANGER GROWS
Washington, Sept. 20. Virtually ad
mitting the incurability of leprosy, de
claring that the disease is contagious
from person to person, that every
country in whatever latitude should
isolate those suffering from the dis
ease, that children of leprous parents
should be separated from them at the
earliest possible moment and lepers
should not bo allowed in certain trades
or occupations, a resolution was adop
ted by the second international confer
ence on leprosy held iu Bergen, Nor
way, Aug. 16 to 19, last.-
A report of the conference was pre
pared by Dr. Donald Currie of the pub
lic health and marine hospital service
and director of the leprosy investiga
tion station at Molokai. Hawaii, one of
the official delegates from the United
All in Hunter.
"Every country, in whatever lati
tude." says the resolution, "is within
the range of possible infection by lep
rosy, and may, therefore, usefully un
dertake measures to protect itself." Iu
Bench of Illinois at the
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aiwras oa oidct uauons. ana toai j
i.u a. i.v ucctitn iiiK iui nunro
mifi fill rtiriiiiiitr uith nn i n m v fliif 10 1
near at hand.
0l(illiinm I ImI1mIi.
"You know also the kaiser declared
in a public speech the future of Ger
many is on the water. In the face of
these significant facts, I fear, any fool
ish optimism is, greatly to be depre
cated." Shaw, for yea's postmaster of Dix
on, died Saturday evening at the age
of 7S years. He was one ef the nio-
neer.s of the county and was a dele
gate to the convention at B!ooniington
that organized the republican party.
Mr. Shaw came to, Dixon 1n 1S51,
and had been editor of the Daily Tele
graph since 1S71. In ISTti he was ap
pointed to the state canal "commission
and had served with that body for 3G
NEW SPEED STUNT
(Jueenstown. Sept. 20. The Maur
itania touched at Queenstown at
(:2:' this morning. Although delayed
by a fog it succeeded in reducing its
east bound record three-quarters of
an hour. Its time from New York
was 4 days K? hours 4 1 minutes, an
average speed for the trip of 25.60
knots per hour.
view of the success obtained in Ger
many, Iceland, Norway and Sweden,
it is further declared, it is desirable
that other countries should isolate
A somewhat startling prevalence
and W idespread distribution of leprosy
is indicated by statistics furnished by
delegates to the conference, there be
ing approximately 200,000 cases of the
disease throughout the world.
Mot Hrciisulpl Hnrly.
The fact must be kept in mind, it is
pointed out, that a comparatively
large percentage of leprosy is not rec
ognized i nthe early stages of the dis
ease, and further, that concealment of
cases probably exists to a greater or
less extent in every country on the
gione wnicn adopts any measures
looking to the isolation of such cases.
India, it is stated, holds the world's
record with 07,340 cases; Japan fol
ognized in the early stages of the dis
cases, and so on down the scale with
146 cases in the United States, and
ho canal zone showing the minimum
of seven cases. .' . .
WILSON LEANS TO
Says People of the West Relieve, the
Government is Handling
Washington, Sept. 20. That graz
ing ranges on public lands in the
west are being regulated to the best
interests of the settlers is the report
Secretary of Agriculture Wilson
brings freui the west. He also de
clares there will be. bumper crops
and that there has been great devel
opment and a large appreciation on
the part of the people of what has
been done for them by the govern
ment. Wilson investigated the com
plaint that the government, in a too
far reaching policy, took large areas
of farming land into forest reserves.
He found the extent of such lands
capable of being farmed was of little
consequence, he said.
MESSAGE BEARER KILLED
Transcontinental Auto Trip With
Taft Message Given l'p.
Reading, Pa., Sept. 20 The trans
continental automobile relay run
from Philadelphia to Seattle, under
the auspices of the Philadelphia
Press came to an end late Saturday
when the first relay car was wrecked
at Robesonia, 12 miles west of here
causing tne deatn or one or the oc
cupants of the machine and the ser
ious injury of several of the other
passengers. The dead man was Hen
ry L. Buckley, a reporter for the
JEFF ARRIVES IN PARIS
Heavyweight Ix'aves Carlsbad Where
He Has Been Taking Off Weight
Paris, Sept. 20. James J. Jeffries
arrived here froin-Carlsbad where,
according to the sporting newspapers,
he has been takincr the cure to re-
fight with Jark"--Johnwm--f-"4e
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OBSERVE COLUMBUS DAY
Allonez Council Is Planning a Cele
bration for f2th of October.
At the meeting of Allonez council
Knights of Columbus, last Friday
evening, tne council appointed a
committee to make arrangements for
celebration to be held in the hall '
on ttie evening or Oct. 12. This is
the first opportunity which the local
knights will have to celebrate the
new Columbus holiday in this state,
the date having been fixed by the last
(frn t ii r Til rnmmittoo m- l-i i r li ic
to make preparations for the event
tonsists of J. W. Cavanaugh. Charles
Roantree and Andrew Coleman. The
committee will make a report at a
meeting of the council next Friday
KINDERGARTEN TO OPEN
Broadway School Will Begin deceiv
ing Children Oct. f.
The kindergarten at the Broadway
Presbyterian church will be opened on
Oct. 4 in the primary rooms of the
church. The kindergarten is open to
any child in the city between the ages
of 3 and 6 years, and a fee of 50 cents
per week will be charged. Private ar
rangements may be made by any one
who is unable topay the fee.
The kindergarten will be in charge
of Mrs. W. G. Oglevee, who has had
wide experience in the work. She
will be assisted by Miss Iiura Mar
quis, who has taken a course in the
work at the Art Institute in Chicago.
Saturday afternoon, Gertrude
Stockman was arrested on a charge
ef disorderly conduct on a warrant
sworn out by .Minnie Lowe. She
was tiied in Justice Phillip Wells'
court, and was found guilty tf us
ing improper language. She was fin
ed $1 and costs. In the evening Ger
trude Sleek man swore out a warrant
against Minnie Lowe and Charles
Ata, just to get even with them for
her trouble in the afternoon. The
charge against them was fornication
and they were arrested Saturday
night and onfined in the jail till this
afternoon, when ihcy were brought
before Justice Wells for trial.
Apply for Final Papers. !
A list of 27 applications for final
naturalization papers was set for
hearing in the circuit court this af
ternoon, and George A. Crutchfield
from the. United States district attor
ney's olhce in Chicago, has come here
to represent the federal government
in ' examining the applicants - and
their witnesses. The list of appli
cants includes 18 Swedes, five . Bel
gians, one German, one. Norwegian
one Dane aud. one- Swiss.
Landing Delayed Till To
morrow Because of
TO GREET FAMILY FIRST
Peary Expected in Sydney,
Nova Scotia, This Evening
on Way South. -
New York, Sept. 20. The Danish
steamer, Oscar II., with Dr. Cook on
board, was reported by wireless teler
graph C5 miles east of Fire island
at 9:5.1 this morning.
New York, Sept. 2. So as not to
disarrange plans for his reception.
Cook will not land until tomorrow
Early in the morning the steamy
Grand, Republic, 'carrying the Arctic
Club committee and 2.000 others, will ,
go down the bay. Slightly in advancs
of the steamer will go a tug bearing
Mr. Cook's family with two of three
members of the committee. " V;'
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.Cook will be taken . from the lin?r
aboard the tug, thus enabling him to
spend the first few minutes following'
his arrival at quarantine with his
family. ; Then the tug will go along-;
side the Grand Republic and the ex-:
plorer will be taken on board for tho
last stage of the trip ty American soil.
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Sydney, N. . S., ' Sept.,' 20. The tu?
Douglas H. Thomas, wllich left Battle
Harbor . ?ast Saturday in company with
the steamer Roosevelt, arrived hor.vs
this morning and reported the. Roose'
velt ,probably would be here;; at
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According to a statement made "lasl,
Saturday at Battle Harbor, "iVillia.n
Pritchard. cabin boy of the Rooseyelt,
and Harry Whitney of New Haven, ,
Conn., knew last April that Cdok
claimed he had reached the pole the
year before. They saw Cook at Anno
tok, Greeland, after his return fromv
the north. The only reference to Cook'
Whitney is known to have made while
on the Roosevelt was a casual remark
to a member of the Peary party he.'.;
believed Cook had reached the north.'
Pritchard kept the news even more
faithfully and his statement Saturday
was the first intimation he had any in
formation ou the subject and was a
I complete surprise to everybody on the
IVary NrilM Sjilnrj.
Sydney. N. S. Sept. 20. The arc
tic steamer. Roosevelt, with Peary
and party" aboard, passed St. Paul's
island. 6! miles north of here at 9
o'clock this morning. The Roose
velt Is expected to reach Sydney at S
AND 300 SOULS
Manila. Sept. 20. The British
steamer, Harlow, Captain Bruce of
Newport News, June 14 foi1 Port Na
tal and Manila, reports July 27, 180
miles from Durban it passed a steam
er afire. The vessel in quest ion.
whose name it was impossible to
make out, was shortly afterwards
destroyed by an explosion. It is sup
posed this steamer was the missing
British steamer, Waratah, which,
with 300 persons aboard, had not
been heard from since July 26.
ROOFER IS INJURED
BY PAIL OF HOT TAR
Kdward Nolinsky Meets With PainfnJ
Accident While at Work at
Edward Nolinsky, who is employed
by the Lewis Roofing company, and
lives at C01 Eleventh avenue, was se
verely burned Saturday afternoon
while tarring the roof of the new addi
tion to the Bettendorf shops at Beti-
tendon,- Iowa. A pail of hot. tar was'
upset over him and his right arm and
wrist and face were badly burned.
His sleeve prevented,' further injury to
his arm. Dr. G. G. Craig. Jr., who at
tended him, stated that the 'injury
would deform his hand-somewhat -
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