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T JFTV-NIXTII YEAR. NO. G.
THE ARGUS, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1909. TWELVE PAGES.
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JfJEACK MEMPHIS LATE
President Stops at Tennessee
Metropolis to Dedicate
Y. M. C. A.
Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 27 Presi
dent Taft and party were delayed on
the river during the night owing to
the extremely low stage of water and
numerous sandbars and did not reach
Memphis until nearly 11 o'clock, but
they were given a royal welcome
when they did arrive. The thous-
anas ai me wnarr cneereu aim uuu-
rfr., of wistw .,. rianun beiis
all over the city took up the refrain.
Cbw 14-foot Men.
Mayor Malone made a speern or wei-
com$ and when the mayor referred
to the question of river improvement
ana "14 feet through the va:ioy ne
was interrupted by a salvo of cheers
which was taken up again and again
by the eager thousands.
The presidents reply was brief and
to the point. He has on previous oc-
casions declared himself upon the
waterway proposition and today he re-
plated his declarations.
nrdioate y. M. c. a.
Following the wtvtoming exercises
the presidential party entered auto-
mobiles and was escorted through the
crowded streets. The president and
his personal escort left the main body
of the procession temporarily to go
to the Young Men's Christian asso-
ciation's new building which he dedi-
cated. After this ceremony the presi-
dent was taken to the auditorium,
where he made an address. Immedi-
ately after he had concluded he re-
turned to the fl---end resumed his
.. journey toward New Orleans.
TAFT Add Memphis
Would Have Governors Meet.
During the banquet on tlie steamer
last night the president made a
speech in which he emphasized tb
necessity of the states cooperating
more closely with the national gov-
ernment. Ho expressed the belief
much good would come from a meet-
TO DISPOSE OF
" WALSH ROADS
Chicago, Oct. 27 According to the
Daily News today there have been
three bidders for the Walsh rail
roads, the chief of them being the
Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary, formerly
" the Illinois, Iowa & Minnesota. This
road at present runs from RockforJ,
III., to the-Chicago Southern, a Walsh
road at Delmar, III. It is stated the
Rockford road began negotiations
with Walsh some time ago but a new
president. A. T. Perkins, was elected
and negotiations were temporarily
dropped. Recently they were renew
ed and Perkins, after an inspection
of the property, Is said to be at pres-; the Tri-City Dairy company. H. M.
ent in St. Louis, where much stock j Schriver represented the complain
cf the- Walsh road is owned. , ant in the case.
SUPREME GDURTVERD1GT HARD BLOW
TO STATE'S DEEP WATERWAY PROJECT
Springfield, 111., Oct. 27 The state
of Illinois loses on every point madj
by it, in the opinion of the supreme
court, in the celebrated Economy Light
& Power case, which was handed down
yterday. The opinion i3 very volum
inous, consisting of over 29.000 words
It was written by Justice Vickers.
Justice Carter voted against the ma
jority and may file a dissenting opin
ion. The main points made by the
state were as follows:
Contentions of Stnte.
1 That the state of Illinois owns
the bed of the Desplaines river at the
point where the dam of the Econoiny
Llght & Power company is located.
2 That the Desplaines river Is a
navigable stream and that the pro
posed dam would constitute an ob
struction to navigation. ' " "
3 That certain contracts executed
by the Illinois . and Michigan canal
commissioners ' under which" the
Economy company claims certain
rights are void and offer no justifica
tion for the construction of the dam
aAoss the Desplaines river.
lloldlnsa of the Court.
On the first point the court holds
that the ytle which tha state original
ly owned in the bed of the river passe
out or tip state by a ronvyanco mado
Ingot governors of all states in Wash
ing'on each winter and formally ex
truded an Invitation to them to do bo.
Tlie governors present in speeches co
incided with the president's sugges
tion. Stops at Illekman, Ky.
Hickman. Ky., Oct. 27. After 24
,urs on the Mississippi with a mile
or so of the Ohio thrown in, Taft
arrived here shortly after 4 o'clocli
yesterday afternoon and made an ad
dress at a stand erected on the levee.
This being Taft's only stop in Ken
tucky the people from all parts of
the state greeted him. Last night
the excursion fleet of a dozen or mora
packets bound for the waterway con
vention at New Orleans proceeded
down the river under a brilliant
Gueat ou St. Paul.
The president last night was the
guest of the governors, who are mak
ing the trip down the river on the
steamer St. Paul, which immediately
follows the Oleander. The St. Paul
was brought up In middle stream
In the evening and lashed there while
he and his party were conducted on
DENEEN OUTLINES A
Apnriip r?rr rw i a ri ri n
SCHEME FOR CHANNEL
DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI
Hickman, Ky., Oct. 27. A gigantic
-waterway plan, comprising a series of
canals connecting navigable rivers of
j niinois, was outlined by Governor De
Tne project, he said, now was being
outlined by the canal commission, and
is to be paid for by the sale of water
power resulting from the canals. The
scheme was unfolded when 22 gover-
nora! on board the St. Paul, held the
flrgt Cf a series of daily conferences, at
which not only the improvement of
waterways, but other subjects will be
Governor Hadley was chosen tem-
porary chairman of the gathering. Sev-
eral of the state executives favored
calling a meeting like the one held at
the call of Roosevelt a year or so ago
in Washington. Others objected, and
j the daily conference plan was ac-
Djbmb the chief Speaker,
J Governor Deneen was the chief
j speaker. The Illinois governor . out-
: lined the accomplishments in water-
way Improvements In his state, de
claring that Its situation between the
gulfs of St. Lawrence and Mexico was
the "real occasion for the state's ac
tivity." He cited the salability of water pow-
(r from Illinois canals as an argument
j Ior lurtnenng tne deep waterways,
"Other surveys are being made in
the state," he declared, "establishing
drainage districts to be effected by
property owners in the state, which
will reclaim 5,000 miles of swamp land
"The state proposes to connect all
navigable streams by a series of can
als, to be paid for by the revenue from
the sale of water powers."
Governor Deneen laid particular
stress on states using collateral util
ities, as he called water powers and
objected to the national government
exercising exclusive control over
Stcrm Raging in Bering Sea.
Nome, Alaska, Oct. 27. A furious
storm is raging in Bering sea. . The
whaler Olga of San Francisco has
been wrecked at the mouth of Snake
river and several small coastwise
steamers have been driven ashore.
DeSmet Funeral. 1
Oscar DeSmet was fined $3 and
costs yesterday afternoon in Justice
W. H. Schroeder's court for trespass-
, ins while hunting on the grounds of
by the Illinois and Michigan can.l
commissioners In 1859 in pursuance
of a law passed by the legislature in
1S43, which authorized the commission
ers to convey any and all lands which
the state then owned for the purpose
of creating a fund with which to com
plete the canal.
On the second point the court holda
that the question of navigability hi
law is navigability in fact and that the
evidence introduced by the state la
support of the claim that the Des
plaines river Is navigable does not
show that it has ever been used as a
highway for commerce and ttat owing
to It3 crookedness and great fall be
tween Lockport and the place whero
it empties into the Illinois river it pre
sents unnatural obstructions such a
have never zo far been overcome.
On the third point the court holds
that all the contracts are valid and
that the rights claimed by the Econ
omy Light & Power company undr
them can be exercised for the full
period of 20 years.
No Muaenm on Lake Front.
Springfield, 111., Oct 27. The su
preme court yesterday decided that the
?8,COO,000 museum provided for in the
will of the late Marshall Field cannot ,
be erected ou the lake front, : I
East Port, Maine, Oct. 27 Beyond
a shadow of a doubt In the opinion of
survivors, Captain Newman and 3 4
members of his crew of the steamer
Hestla, who put off in their boat af
ter the steamer struck the ledge at
Grand Manan yesterday are lost.
Search for the survivors was insti
tuted .today but so far without suc
cess. Were 41 on Donrd.
A recapitulation today of the steam
er's list showed that besides the crew
of 36-there were five- other TftJrsoriB
aboard and that 28 persona were in
the boat which was successfully
launched, but was probably lost be
It seems that after 11 persons had
taken their places in the first boat
launched the rope holding the second
boat broke and all were thrown into
the sea. Four members of the crew
still aboard ship succeeded in pulling
two of the men from th,e water and
these six men were taken off yester
day, by the Seal Cove life savers. Two
more were rescued and a fifth drifted
off alone in the boat which had righted
itself. Six persons were drowned at
the side of the Hestia.
Won Wrecked Monday.
It was positively stated today by
Third Mate Stewart, one of the sur
vivors, it was Monday morning and
not yesterday the Hestia was wrecked.
The discovery of the plight of the ves
sel was delayed because of thick
weather. The known survivors were
lashed in the rigging about 3S hours
without food or water. One of the
survivors today thought there weru
eight instead of five passengers.
Look for Survivors.
St. Johns, N. B., Oct. 27. In hope
of being able to pick up some of the
crew of the wrecked steamer Hestia,
a number of vessels are today search
ing the neighborhood of the wreck
near Seal Cove. It is believed more
than a scoro of persons perished. The
Hestia struck a ledge early yesterday,
according to information received here
this morning, but positive information
as to the number lost has not yet been
Eastport. Maine, Oct. 27. The North
Atlantic ocean's annual toll of lives
and vessels received the first tithe of
the winter season from its tributary,
the Bay of Fundy, yesterday in the
loss of at least a score cf lives and
the destruction on a shoal, inside "f
Old Proprietor's ledga, off Seal cove,
Grand Manan. of the Donaldson line
steamer Hestia, bound from Glasgow
for St. John and Baltimore.
Four of the victims, Scotch youths,
were passengers on the ill-fated
steamer, and the others were membsrs
of the crew, 20 in number, wno, with
Captain Newman, were last seen u
the morning in a lifeboat which was
being madly tossed amid gigantic
Only Six Saved.
Of nearly two score persons aboard
the steamer when it piled up on tha
shoal at 1 a. m., only six are positively
known to have been saved. They
were forced to cling to the wreck,
shifting . their precarious positions
often as the steamer was tossed by
tha great seas. -
It was not until 5 p. m. yesterday
that llfesavers wero able to man their
toats and reach the stranded vessel.
When rescued the survivors were n
a weakened state after their 14 hours"
ordeal. 1 .
ThoBe known to be saved are Third
Mate Stewart, Second Engineer Morgan
and Seamen Keen, McKenzie, Smith
A heavy northeasterly gale is be-
lleved to have been responsible for tha
AVY TOLL M
Hestia's fate, although It Is supposed
that a mistake of the man at the
wheel in believing he had picked up
tiannet Rock light while really dis
cerning the gleams of the lighthouse
on Machias Seal Island, several miles
southwest, carried the ship many
miles oft its course.
Crank Contra at Midnight.
The sailors of the middle watch had
been out of their bunks an hour, and
all others except the navigating officer
were stowed in bunks or hammocks,
when the ctash- canie an hour after
In the belief that he was leaving
Grand Manan on the port tack and
following the u6ual course to St. Jolia
the navigating officer sought the dis
tinguishing marks of that route. But
they were not to be seen. Instead the
steamer was heading for Seal cove,
between Gannet Reck - and Machias
Seal island, over seas which barely
covered a treacherous bottom of
shoals. It was on one of these, just
Insi le Old Proprietor's ledge, that tho
vessel's nose became impaled.
LOSES NO. 1 1N
Aberdeen, S. D., Oct. 27. Judga
Witten, in charge of the land drawing,
stated today William J. Engel -if
Butte, Neb., who drew No. 1. in filing
on a claim in Tripp county, S. D., four
days ago, had lost his right to Die on
a claim number in the Aberdeen draw
ing, as the fact he filed in Tripp coun
ty exhau.-ted his homestead right.
Aberdeen, S. D., Oct. 27 In the
drawing for reservation lands opened
at this piece yesterday the following
from Illinois drew winning numbers:
James Dunne, Chicago, 23.
M. J. Bradshaw, Odell, CI.
G. J. Blickley, Niantic, 1C3.
C. E. Barnes, Chicago, 117.
E. H. Holmes. Chicago, 122.
C. B. Noble, Hayworth, 125.
Thomas Stewart, Chicago, 129.
N. W. Paterson, Shabbona, 1C5.
J. F. Gray. Burnsfdes, 172.
W"v H. Parker. Oak Park. 176.
C. J. Fame, Chicago, 184.
H. P. Monahiem, Piedmont, 19S.
J. Z. Hill. Clay City, 204.
J. G. Ehrhert. Chicago, 215.
BROTHER A REBEL;
Espinosa, Representative of Xicar
agua at Washington Resign
When He Hears News.
Washington, Oct. 27. Senor Dr. Don
Dodclwo Espinosa, minister from Nic
aragua to the United States, ha3 re
signed. . .
Espinosa resigned because he learn
ed his brother Amelio was acting as
general minister of the provisional gov
ernment set up in Nicaragua by tho
M. E. Bishops at Binghamton.
Binghamton, NV Y., Oct. 27. The
semi-annual meetlpg of the board of
bishops of tha Methodist Episcopal
cuurch of the. world convened here
today for a five 'days' business meet
ing. The sessions will be executive.
Life Term for Murderer.
Pierre, S. D., Oct. 27. Isaacs Mc
Cown. self confessed slayer of Wil
liam Tony and Charles Slmmoaj rf
Sioux City, Iowa; was today sentenced
to the penitentiary for life,
VOTE TOTHE WISE
W. C. T. U. Demands That Bal
lot Be Based Upon Intelli
gence, Not Sex.
AID TO GOOD CITIZENSHIP
Resolutions Demand That Federal
Government Control Interstate
shipments of Liquor.
Omaha, Neb., Oct. 27. Resolutions
declaring that suffrage should be
based on intelligence, not on sex or
"any other insurmountable obstacle,"
were adopted yesterday by the coi
vention' oV the Woman's Christian
Temperance union. The convention
gave little encouragement to woman
suffrage. The franchise section of the
resolution is as follows;
"We affirm that the ballot may be an
incentive to good citizenship. We be
lieve that the qualifications for
suffrage thould be based upon intelli
gence, not upon sex or any other in
The action on the suffrage question
was' unanimous, and no word of dis
sent was heard when the paragraph
Total Abxtlnrnce Wntobword.
Total abstinence, is again made the
watchword of the organisation, with
emphasis laid upon that part cf the
resolution which declares particularly
against a compromise with "moderate
A significant paragraph is the one
which asks congress for "the enact
ment of a law prohibiting interstate
commerce . in intoxicating liquors by
placing under federal control the ship
ment of liquors from one state to an
other when the consignee is not a lagil
dealer," and "to prohibit the issuan?o
of an internal revenue tax receipt un
less applicant shows that he has com
plied with the requirements of the law
of his state.
President Taft is asked to use his
prerogative and abolish the pale of in
toxicating liquors in the Panama canal
Child labor is denounced and the or
ganization is pledged to secure a min
imum working age by federal enact
ment. Reports Fill lnt Hay.
Omaha, Oct. 27. The closing day
of the National Woman's Christian
Temperance union was devoted to re
ports of organizers and superintend
ents. The establishment of Feb. 17, the
anniversary of the death of Franci3
Willard, as a special memorial day at
which contributions to tha Francis
Willard memorial fund are to be mad",
was the most potable work of the
Among the more important actions
taken by this convention have been a
decision to establish a printing plant,
where the organization may do its own
printing', to make an addition valued
at IIC.OOO to Wil'.ard Rest cottage at
Evanston, 111., the abolitipn of th?
"Chautauqua salute" for sanitary rea
sons, and the reorganization of tho jun
ior branches of t!t organization.
OIL TRUST FINED IN TEXAS
Judgments Amounting to 9175,000
Austin. Texas, Oct. 27. The Secur
ity O'.l company and the Navarro Re
fining company yesterday confessed to
having entered Into a combine in vl"
lation cf the Texa3 anti-trust law3
and Judgments amounting to about
$176,000 were entered against the com
panies Dy Judge Calhoun in the dls
orfclttire of charters, permits end
ousters from the etcte will ct o-ce ho
prepared by the. court end e.xccutel
The suits against the , Standard Oil
company of New Jersey and the Na
tional Transit company were dismissed
without prejudice. The Union Tank
Line company was fined for the value
of C5 tank cars of oil. which are now
In possession of the state.
HE KILLED THREE
James McMahon Tells of Mur
der of Two Sisters and
Brotherrin-law. - ' .
Mob Tries t6rfjjnch Prisoner and Ho
is Hurried A way for' afety2
. - ' ,-,V .. " '
Says He. Was Inue. :-f
Kansas City. Oct. 27. Unless stherH
are some further developments Patrick
McMahon, held In connection with toa
murder of his sisters, Miss. Rosa Mo
Mahon an'". Mrs. Alonzo Van Royen,
and his brother-in-law, Alonzo Van
Royen, to which his brother James has
already confessed, will probably soon
be released. Patrick Lamb, hired hand
on the McMahon farm, who is also be
ing held, will likely be released with
Paeea Cell at Xlgbt.
Lansing, Kan., Oct. 27. His haggard
face showing plainly the result of a
sleepless night, James McMahon, con
fessed murderer cf his two sisters
and brother-in-law, smiled a weary
"No, thank you" when breakfast was
brought to his cell this morning. "I'd
rather not," he said. McMahon did not
sleep all night, but paced his cell. A
guard sat nearby to prevent the pri&-
oner from harming himself and to him
McMahon talked occasionally but .not
of himself. He seemed to think only"
of his three victims and to resret
Will Be Kept In Same Placa.
Kansas City, Oct. 27. James Mc
Mahon, who last evening confessed
the murder of his sisters. Margaret
Van Royen and Rose McMahon, and
brother-in-law, Alonzo R. Van Royen,.
.was today - formally charged -wlthrtf3
crime in informations filed by County
Prosecutor Taggart: He will be kepi
In the penitentiary until time for his
preliminary hearing. No charge will
be preferred against his brother, Pat
rick, nor . the hired - man, Patrick
Lamb, who were arrested with James
on suspicion, they having been exon
erated by the confession.
Mob Serltn Life.
Kansas City, Oct. 27. Confession by
James McMahon (hat he murdered his
two sisters. Miss Rose McMahon and
Mrs. Alonzo Van Royen, and the lat
ter's husband, Alonzo Van Royen, on
a farm near Kansas City, Kan., lat
Tuesday, nearly caused the prisoner
to be lynched.
Fearing mob violence the aurnort
tles rushed the murderer ana oia
brother. Patrick McMahon, and Pat
rick Lamb, a farm hand, who are held
as witnesses in the case, to the Kan
sas state penitentiary at Lansing In
automobiles. The cries of the mob
were heard within the j'lll and the
prisoners beggfd piteously to be takn
to a place of safet-.
PURSE FOR BOUT
Colma, Cal.. Oct. 27. N. S. Need
ham, matchmaker for the Colma Ath
letic club, a bidder for the Johnson
Jeffries fight, has wired the following
"I offer you $100,000 to fight Jack
Johnson here. Wire your acceptance
and we will put the certified check in
Monte Attel Wins from Carroll.
Oakland, Cal.. Oct. 27. Monte At
tel, the bantamweight, was given tho
decision over Jimmy Carroll in a 10
round fight here last night.
HEAVY LOSS IN A STORM
Probably Many Lives Are Lot in
Floods in Tabasco, Mexico.
Mexico City, Oct. 27. Property dam
age estimated at $5,000,000, two lives
known to be lost, and many others,
it is feared, and hundreds of home
washed awoy are the results of the
cloudburst end f.torm in tha state of
Following' 21 d3ys of incessant rain
rivers ore out cf their bank3, towus
sfe inundated, thousands are home
less, and no relief 13 in sight.
ELIOT HEADS MOVE TO CONSERVE
RESOURCES OF THE UNITED STATES
New York, Oct. 27. Nation wide In ,
its Ecope and hacked with the enthu
tlastlc endorsement cf President Taft,
a movement wa3 launched here today
the object of wh'.ch will te to appecl
to tho people of the United States for
concerted action in preserving the nat
ural resources cf the country. A na
tional conservation association, with
offices here and, la Was'jingtpn. will
carry on a proposed vigorous campaign
under the leadership cf Dr. Charles
Attitude Toivard ' China
Will Remain Same as .
in Past. , !
ITO'S PLANS PREVAIL
Dead Statesman Given Posthu
mous Honors Condolences .
' - from America. '
Toklo, Oct. 27. That Japan's policy
toward Korea will remain, unchanged
' by the assassination of Prince ' ltd. .
who was resident general of Korea
and worked out a plan of that king- ' '
dom's reformation, was announced ky
, qont s ri
gn office today. , '
Great Poaeral PlamneA.
TheJ death of Ito was .officially an
nounced, by-the government today, An
imperial crdinance'.&Jrectjs a state fu
neral, tuch'-as,' with three exceptions, ",
has never been given loi another than ;;
a prince of U the- blood," to be.heA
Nov. 4. ' ;.; -rv'v .. X"-
as a posmpmous. nonor rnnce ilo
is advanced trom-unl6."s )lr8t grad '
ill i-uuil I
, -Presents Xfeaapleneea. .' '
" Washington,' OcJ:. 27.i-Unitedl States
Ambassador O'Brien at. Tokla;H'as, to
day instructed by 'telegraph td.preseot
to Japan' the condolences .of the presi-
dent and. the American government
upon the great loss to Japan In the
death of Ito.
OPENS -WAY FOR THE
': TRUSTS :.T0 ESCAPE
Federal Court Decision Knocks Out
Case Against American Sugar
- - Iieflnlug Company' '
Washington, Oct. ' S7. The govern-
ment-.has decided to appeal from "the
decision of Judge. Holt of New York
sustaining .'the plea of the statute of,..
HmltatlonsV interposed by the"defen1-
ants, th' hat ls-known as the sugar ,
case Involving the conspiracy laws.;
New Tork, Oct. 27. A' Judicial opin
ion which appears likely to. overthrow
the government's entire criminal case
under the anti-trust law iagajnst the
American Sugar Refining company nd
Its directors was banded down V"J"K
tlce Holt of the United States circuit
court here yeEtetday. ' -X- ''"'
Justice Holt, .in dismissing the in
dictments against . Gustav E. Kissel '
and Thomas B. Harned, two of the
men accused with the sugar company
of conspiracy in restraint of trade, de
clares that the operation of the statute
of limitations invalidates any action
against them, inasmuch as the offense
for which they were indicted was com
mitted more than three years ago.
Allen Hearing Continued.
Madison. Wis.,' Oct. 27. The pre
liminary examination of Phillip Allen,
Jr., on the charge of embezzling $1GS.
000 from the First National bank of
Mineral Point was continued by agree
ment this morning until Nov. 10.
No Peckham Eulogies.
Albany. N. Y.. Oct. 27. The funeral
of the late Justice Peckham was held
this afternoon from St. Peter's Epis
copal church. There was no eulogy.
Havana. Oct. 27. President Gomiz
tcday accepted the resignation of Sec
retary of State Jnsto Garcia Velea and
Secretary of Sanitation Dr. Mathla3
Duque. Their successors have not.
been appointed. The resignations
were tendered recently as the result
of a quarrel between the two secre
taries over the conduct of the depart
ment of sanitation. ' For a time a duel
was threatened, but a court of honor
decided that such a settlement of dif
ferences was not required. ;
V.'. Eliot, president; emeritus of Har
vard univerEity. -
This asEoclation. la to be on active
militant organization with the general
object cf securing the practical appli
cation, through legislative and admin
istrative moasures by states and Dy
the federal government, of conserva
tion principles adopted by the govern
ors of -ie United States at their con
ference with President nocserelt at
the White house in May, W.