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FIFTY-NINTH YEiUl. NO 44.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1909. -FOURTEEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
A COAL P?s.OPOSITION
TAFT S FIRST MESS
f hree People Perish as
Result of Blinding Bliz
zard in Chicago.
HAILROAD MEN1 KILLED
rian Woman and Child
Found Almost Dead at
Chicago .Dec. 7. Three are dead in
this city as a result of the storm.
Joseph Walsh, a laborer, was found
dead on a pile of boxe3 in a freight
Joseph Korea, a switchman, blinded
,by the snow, was run over by a switch
Martin Varto, a section hand, blind
ed by the storm, was run over by a
Storm It General.
Chicago, Dec. V. Chicago was vis
ited today by tho first real sno'v? torm
of the season. Several inches of snow
fell and traffic was impeded and trains
delayed. The storm is general
throughout the west. St. Joseph, Mo.,
reports much suffering from cold and
the Missouri river is blocked by ice
At Omaha it was 2 below zero, the
coldest so far this winter. Lincoln,
Neb., reported 12 indies of snow and
temperature at C below.
All roads leading into the city are
Inpassable. At Sioux City it was 2
;elow zero, the coldest of the winter
Mother nn;l Child AI:no.t Head.
Danville. 111.. Dec. 7. Lying in
ix inches of snow on the steps of aj
bank building and
almost dead, an
and six months
old child were found at daybreak by I
Attached to the woman's dress. as
i tag consigning her. jbo Irernusbnnd
i coal miner at Westvllle. She with
her baby arrived in the night from
New York, where she was landed
with other immigrants from Hun
gary.' Ignorant of the;-language of
the new country she wandered about
helplessly, the child clasped to her
breast until she sank exhausted and
lay for hours in the blast of a heavy j
storm carrying snow and sleet, that
raged over this part of Illinois.
She had wrapped and shielded her
child and kept the spark of life in
-fc;lt though her own vitality weakened
io ' unconsciousness. Revived by
warmth and food the woman and her
baby will be sent to her husband at
the Westvllle mines.
As;ed Man Perishes.
J- "Janesville, Wis., Dec. 7. Thomas
Nolan, aged 63, lost his way last
night during the storm. lie was
found this morning and died a few
Colorado In Shivers.
Denver, Dec. 7. The entire state of
Colorado is shivering under the cold
est December weather in 31 years.
For three days past tne mark has been
, 5 degrees above and last night for the
second time In three days 10 below
the mark was reached. Bitterly cold
weather is also reported from south
ern Wyoming, 12 below being recorded
at Laramie last night.
SCHOOL TEACHER IS
KILLED BY A CAR
Denver & Interurban Responsible for
the Death of Miss Elsie
.j Denver, Dec. 7. Miss Elsie Lon,
Instructor of mathematics at the West
Minster university, was injured by a
Denver & Interurban car at College
Hill crossing yesterday and died at
St. Luke's hospital. Miss Long cams
to Denver about a year ago from
Marne, Iowa, where her parents reside.
Independent Phone Men Meet.
Chicago. Dec. 7. Independent tele
V &hone men from aM parts of the
United States met here today to dis
cuss matters of Importance in the con
test with the Bell company.
COMING TO THE
Geneva, Dec. 7. The police today
confirmed the report of wholesale exo
dus of members of tho black hand who
mean to find a new field of operation
in America. It developed also that no
less than 60 of those characters, of
whom 40 had before been expelled
from Switzerland, are making their
V?vay by circuitous routes to the United
These men formerly were part cl a
Fair tonight and Wednesday) colder
tonight, with the wii.imnm tempera
tare alightl? below aero.
Temperature at T a. 10; maximum
In 24 hours, 26; minimum, 10. Precipita
tion to 24 hours, .15 Inches. Mind -re-100117
at 7 a. in., 13 miles. Relative hu
midity, last evening; 96, this morning; JHJ.
Stage Change Pr-
Prairie da Chien.
Only slight changes in the stage of
the Mississippi river will take place
between Dubuque and Muscatine.
J. M. SHERIER, Lcal Observer.
Dec. 7 In American History.
1S0S Hugh McCulloch, financier an!
statesman, born In Kennebunk.
Me.; died ISO.".. In 1S03 Mr. Mc
Culloch was chosen by Secretary
Chase to organize the newly creat
ed bureau of the comptroller of the
currency and establish the national
banking system. Two years later
, he became secretary of the treas
ury. 1S8G John E. Owens, noted actor, died;
1907 -J. II. Ptoddart. called the "dean
of the American stage," died; born
Pun sets 4:20. rises 7:0S; moon rises
2 :C7 a. n;.: maximum of the 14 day
period of Geminld meteors, radiating
from ernsfel'tUicm Gemini.
! gang of 2.000 Italians employed in the
I construction of the Loetzchberg tunnel
through the Berner Alps. This sceie
jof industry became a hotbed of black
I banders. 4-0 of whom are now in cus
j tody there awaiting trial on charges
of blackmail assault and murder.
PROSS fiPPFAl Tfl
I . ........
Washington, Dec. 7. The American
Federation of Labor today was granted
a cross appeal to the United States su
preme court from the decision of the
district court of appeals in the injunc
tion case of the Bucks Stove & Range
company. The company's appeal was
on the ground that the court erred in
modifying the injunction of the lower
courts. The cross appeal claims the
injunction should have been further
modified or reversed.
TWO ARRESTED FOR
&1URDER OF GIRL
Milwaukee, Dec. 7. Karl Wojoie
chowski and Adam Pietzszak were ar
rested and brought to Milwaukee to
day from Blaney, Mich., as suspects
in the Hattie Zindal murder case.
The men disappeared from Milwau
kee about the time the murder was
committed and were not located until
BIG PROTESTANT MEET
OPENS AT LOUISVILLE
Louisville, Dec. 7. Representing
17.000,000 Protestants, the executive
committee of the Federal Council of
Churches of America began its annual
meeting here today. About 50 mem
bers of the committee, of which Dr.
William H. Roberta of Philadelphia
Is chirman, are in attendance.
Women's Day at Corn Expo.
Omaha, Dec. 7. This is women'3
day at the National Corn exposition.
The program was arranged by the
presidents of the state federations of
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska anl
Minnesota, and addresses were made
by ladies from those states.
Michigan Millionaire Dies. .
Saginaw, Mich., ec. 7. Arthur
Hill, millionaire lumberman, banker.
vessftlkowner, regent of tne university
of Michigan, and prominent in Mlchi
gan politics for many years, died ct
rVils residence here yesterday of apo-
plexy. He was stricken last Friday.
Work of Day in Congress
Washington, Dec. 7. Following is a
summary of the proceedings of the two
houses of congress -yesterday, taken
from the official records:
The senate convened at 12 o'clock. A
committee was named to inform the
president it was in session. Senator
Bailey's effort to have the dally sessions
beprin at 2 o'clock instead of 12 was de
feated. Adjourned at 12:13. out of re
spect to dead members,, until 12 o'clock
The house convened at 12 o'clock and
named a committee to wait upon the
president. Sulzer introduced a resolu
tion directing; the forcible pacification
of Nicaragua and punishment of Zelaya.
Mann introduced tariff resolutions and
white slavery and Panama reorganiza
tion bills, and Hitchcock a postal sav
ings banks bill. Adjourned at 12:40 un
til 12 today, out of respect to dead members.
III iHi l!.p
St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 7. Labor lead
ers concerned with the switchmen's
strike late yesterday had given up
hope of averting a general strike of
those organizations of railway em
ployes affiliated with the American
Federation of Labor, and said they De
lieved such a strike was imminent.
This fact was made known privately
from an authoritative source at the
strike headquarters of the switchmen'.'
union. The announcement of such a
strike, it is " stated on authority of a
high official of the switchmen's union,
will be made soon.
I'nlons to Be Involved.
The unions whose membership in
cludes railway employes that are af
filiated with the American Federation
of Labor are the Interior Freignt
Handlers and Railway Clerks' union;
the Order of Railway Telegraphers;
the International Association of Car
Workers; the Brotherhood of Railway
Carpenters; Maintenance of Way Em
ployes; International Association o!
PROUD AND POOR
Conditions Blamed by Lawyer
for Murder of Mrs. Snead
DAMAGING EVIDENCE IS IN
Woman Owner of House in Which
Body Wm Found Says Mrs.
Wardlaw Rented It.
New York, Dec. 7. "Poverty and
family pride have been the reasons
for it all." said Franklin Fort, Jr.,
in defense of his client. Miss Virginia
Wardlaw held at East Orange, N. J.,
charged with the murder of her niece
Mrs. Ocey W. N. Snead.
"You can get some idea of the
fierce pride of these southern women
when I tell you that from last Tues
day until Saturday, Miss Wardlaw's
sister and mother lived on bread un
til help was forced on them. .
"When I found that John Jardlaw
Princeton '77, was Miss Wardlaw's
PRESIDENT WILL NOT
ANY HARM TO COME
(Special Correspondence of The Argus.)
Washington, Dec. 5. President Taft
has served notice that he will not allow
any harm to come to "Uncle Joe" Can
nor or the house rules.
The president is telling visitors that
he Is not in any way concerned with
the fight to be made upon the speaker
and rules, but that if that fight threat
ens to interfere with the enactment of
his legislative program, then he will
take a hand not to save the speaker,
but to secure legislation outlined in
The insurgents are recalling that this
is practically the same position the
president took during the previous fight
on Cannonlsm and the old rules, which
occurred soon after the opening of the
special session March 4.
At that time the speaker was on the
verge of being dethroned, and the
house rules In serious danger of being
improved through a coalition of dem
ocrats and progressives when the
president intervened. The president
utilized every source of power at his
command to perpetuate Cannonlsm and
Machinists; International Association
of Iron Shipbuilders and Boilermakers,
and the International Association of
Roads Say They Are Doing- Better.
The railroad officials report all
yards. Including the Minnesota trans
fer and South St. Paul terminals, work
ing full capacity. Superintendent
Dooley of the Minnesota transfer
yards said yesterday that the yara&
were clear and that he had 42 experi
enced switchmen working. Wholesale
merchants say their shipments are be
ing delivered and they are reciving
Kejiorts - - frem -axstera tarmiaai
points sh'ow'frelght trains moving, al
though the storm has handicapped the
work to some extent, .
Nearly' every flour mill in Minne
apolis is In operation. Those close!
are practically all east of the river.
Millers believe-that by tomorrow every
mill on the west side of the river will
be in operation.
brother, she Implored me in her cell
not to Beek help from his friends.
"'Don't, she sobbed, 'let it be
known that a sister of John Ward
law was sent to jail accused of a
Rented the House.
Mrs Henry S. Kane taid the po
lice yesterday that Miss Wardlaw
called at her house in answer to an
advertisement and inquired as to the
terms of the rent and whether the
house had a good sized bathtub. She
wished, Mrs. Kane said, to move in at
night and insisted that none of the
Kane family should visit the house
after she had been given possession.
The pofice think this information sig
nificant in view of the fact that Mrs.
Snead's body was found in a bathtub.
Nothing further has been learned
of the whereabouts of Fletcher Snead
the missing husband, or of Mrs Mar
tin, Miss Wardlaw's sister, and the
mother of Mrs Snead.
PIERCE FREE OF FALSE
Austin, Texas, Dec. 7. The jury in
the case of C. Clay Pierce, charged
with false swearing, returned a ver
dict here today of not guilty.
prevent a revision of the rules. The
president assigned Postmaster General
Hitchcock and others of his best steam
roller fighters to help "Uncle Joe," with
the result that the democratic-progressive
combination was in vain.
Feared Delay, He Said.
The president's explanation was' that
it was far from his purpose to stand in
the way of better rules, but that it was
hlsfuiiMon that if Speaker Cannon
showMBSSte unseated and the rules
changed just at that time, it might
have a tendency to delay or otherwise
interfere with the making of a tariff
bill that would conform to his promise
to the people.
The president now takes a very sim
ilar position as regards a fight against
Cannon and the rules at this session.
He talked the situation over with Rep
resentative Boutelle of Chicago at con
siderable length- Boutelle is one of
the most zealous defenders of Cannon
lsm, a willing worker In the house or
ganisation, and a stalwart advocate jof
specfal privileges, especially to the
beef trust and kindred organizations in
Requests 46th Illinois Assembly
to Meet Next Tuesday at
AND OUTLINES MUCH WORK
Submits 24 Propositions Which He
Urges lie Given Attention Pri
mary Election Law First.
Springfield, III., Dec. 7. Governor
Deneen .last night issued a call for the
f46th- general assembly-of Illinois, to
assemble Dec. 14, next Tuesday. He
submits 24 separate and distinct prop
ositions to it.
In the message which he will trans
mit to the legislature the governor,
for practical purposes, reopens the reg
ular session, which went to smash last
spring, having elected William Lor'I
mer to the United States senate.
The governor hurls a bomb of im
pressive dimensions into the ranks of
the politicians, who have figured upon
a ladylike agreement over a deep wa
terway bill and something about a pri
Work for Legislature.
Instead of these two propositions,
which have been discounted considera
bly by the work which has been per
formed in anticipation of such execu
tive requests, the governor asks for
most of those things which ought to
have been done and which were not
done by the regular session. In short,
Governor Deneen demands that the
general assembly get on the job and
earn the salaries which It has collected.
The 24 points which Governor Deneen
specifies in his call follow:
1. To enact a primary election law
governing nominations made by politi
2. To enact a corrupt practices act
governing caucuses and primaries by
political parties and elections.
Change Reglntrntion Sj-niem.
3. To amend the act in relation to
boards of election commissions in cities
with respect to the manner of appoint
ment of judges and clerks and to
amend said act with reference to reg
istration for special elections and for
(Continued on Page Seven.)
When Mr. Boutelle had finished his
interview with the president, he ex
pressed the conviction that Speaker
Cannon would prove his loyalty to the
present administration at this session.
He said that he was convinced the
speaker would do all within his power
to secure the passage of legislation rec
ommended by President Taft.
Boutelle added that in his opinion
"Uncle Joe" was distinctly an Abra
ham Lincoln type of statesman.
Taking the hint from the president,
the standpatters are declaring that all
who attempt to seat a new speaker or
Interfere with the present rules are to
be regarded as obstructionists. As a
matter of fact, however, there is no
more likelihood that Cannon and Aid
rich intend to aid in the enactment of
progressive legislation than there was
probability that they would frame and
pass an honest tariff bill. The coun
try is familiar with what the Cannon
Aldrich crowd did with the Taft tariff
promises. What grounds are there to
base the hope they will do any better
by the recommendations in the presi
dent's message ?
GOVERNOR C. S. DENEEN
- . ... u- .-!
Who Calls Illinois Legislature in Ex
HEAD WES OFF
George P. Sheldon Removed as
President of Phenix Insur
GOT -AWAY WITH MILLION
Accused of Having Speculated With
Concern's Surplus With Disas
Xew York, Dec 7. The fact that
George P. Sheldon la bo ill at his home
in Connecticut that he is expected to
die will not cause the abandonment of
the criminal investigation and prose
cution in the matters of the Phoenix
Insurance company of Brooklyn, from
the presidency of which Sheldon was
removed at the instigation of the state
Insurance department. The superin
tendent of the insurance company de
clared in his report that the Phoenix
Insurance company, through its presi
dent, had been in the habit of loaning
considerable sums to state insurance
officials, and that for 22 years the com
pany has not been investigated by the
department. Four state insurancofii
clals. are mentioned whosp loans from
the Phoenix aggregate $2(10,000.
The insurance department believes
the company's risks to the public are
not involved and the entire loss
through the loans negotiated by Shel
don can be balanced by crossing off
$1,000,000 of the company's $3,000,000
Xew York. Dec. 7. The directors
of the Phenix Insurance company, a
$1,500,000 Brooklyn fire insurance
concern with offices In Manhattan, re
moved from offiVe yesterday, at the
instance of the insurance department.
George P. Sheldon, who had been
president of the company for 25
The department believes the com
pany has lost a million of its $13.
000,000 surplus under his manage
ment, and accuses him of speculating
with the funds of the company, main
taining a speculative margin in its
name, putting up its assets as col
lateral, drawing on its account in
the brokerage office, and converting
the proceeds of the draft to his own.
Sl-k for Mnntlin.
Sheldon has been sick at hi.s home
in Greenwich, Conn., for several
months, and his condition now is said
to be dangerous. He is suffering
from myocarditis an inilanimation
of the muscular tissues of the heart.
The company is accused of mak
ing false reports to the department
for the last ten years and of lending
its money, in violation of the law. to
President Sheldon and Secretary
Charles F. Koster.
Superintendent W. H. Hotchklss of
the Insurance department has called
District Attorney Jerome's attention
to the case.
flray I XfW Prenldent.
The directors chose as president In
place of Sheldon. E. W. T. Gray, who
has been auditor of the Continental
Insurance company and elected Hen
ry Evans, president of the Continent
al, a director of the Phenix, and
chairman of the executive committee
of the board. ,
Superintendent Hotchklss says no
evidence has been discovered that the
securities of the Phenix are not now
intact, although some of them were
not In the company's vaults when the
examination began in October, and.
no evidence has been found that the
assets have been so depleted that the
public which holds its policies neod
be much concerned.
m 1 i m ii
Special Attention Given
Position on Micaraguan
TALKS FROM SHOULDER
Zelaya Incident "Tale of Un
Washington, Dec. 7. The first an
nual message of President Taft was
delivered today and was presented la
both houses by Assistant Secretary
Latta and in both cases was received
shortly after 12 o'clock. Close atten
tion was given the reading in both,
houses and members evinced great lu
terest, especially In the president's
discussion of the subjects likely to
cause the most debate during the ses
sion. Through his message the president
has made known to the world his
wishes regarding legislation and hi
opinion respecting many questions of
public Interest. The message was gen
erally favorably commented upon by
members of congress.
Portion Attracting Atteattoa.
The portions whicn attracted mo it
attention were those relating to the
complication with Nicaragua, the dim
inution of public expenditures, the cus
tom house frauds and the tariff act.'
The one phase which attracted most
attention was found in connection!
with the president's treatment of the
Zelaya incident of which he spoke ns
"the sad tale of unspeakable barbari
ties." His use of the expression "cut to
the quick" in connection with depart
ment expenditures was also comment
ed upon as Roosevelttan.
The president's message-- wll- -be
found in full on other pages of The
Seada 1,200 5Tmlaatloaa.
The president today sent to the en
ate 1,200 nominations to federal of
fices. Practically all are recess ap
pointments. The important . new an-
nouncement is .the reappointment of
Franklin Lane as interstate commerce
The Special Men a ares.
At today's cabinet session the presi
dent discussed the features of tho
forthcoming special messages on,
amendments to the interstate com
merce, anti-trust law and conservation
of the natural resources. The special
message on Nicaragua may not be sent
to congress for two weeks.
Hraolutlon Before Coasrreaa.
Washington, Dec. 7. ftepresentatlva
Sulzer of New York introduced a reso
lution yesterday directing the presi
dent to use the army and navy of th
country to restore order, maintain
peace and protect life and property fit
The resolution recites that the
L'nited States demands the arrest,
trial and punishment of President Ze
laya of Nicaragua for the willful mur
der of citizens, an ampiet apology from
Nicaragua and reparation.
BETTER LOOK OUT
La Crosse. Wis.. Dec. 7. United
States Marshal Flint left today for
Mineral Point armed with a warrant
for the arrest of a prominent r.itizeu
there who was indicted last night by
the federal grand Jury for alleged
frauds which caused the failure of
the bank there.
Cohen's Body Found.
Chicago, Dec. 7. The body of Max
Cohen .one of the victims of the taxi
cab drowning at the Jackson boulevard
bridge on Nov. 7, was found floating
in the river yesterday at the Loomls
etreet bridge. One more victim of the
tragedy i yet to be given up by tho
water. Miss Beatrice Shapiro, Mr. Co
hen's fiancee, who. t is thought, went
to her death with him.
Actor John Drew Seriously Injured.
New York, Dec." 7. John Drew. th 3
actor, was thrown from his horse
while riding with his daughter in Cen
tral park today and seriously injured.
The horse trampled on the actor as
ho lay on the ground. Drew was taken
to a hospital.
FATHER DIES IN
FIRE TRYING TO
St. Ignace. Mich.. Dec. 7. Will laru
McDermott and two. children were
burned to death Ia night when their
home at Carp rl rer was destroyed 'jT
fire. The mother rescued the third
child and the father died trying -.o
cave the two.