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ASSASSINATIONS DAY'S RECORD IN THE OLD WORLD
NDED AS RESULT OF
Half a Dozen Nations Di
reutly Interested in
BOMB USED IN RUSSIA
Other Methods to Remove
Prominent Men in India,
China and Roumania.
Seoul, Korea, Dec. 22- Prime Minis
ter Yi of the Korean cabinet was stab
bed to death last night as the appar
ent result of intense feeling in Korea
against the Japanese influence. The
assailant was Yie Chamm Yong, wha
formerly resided in the United States.
The assassin used a long knife and at
Vieked the premier as he w as rid ins
through the streets. The murderer al
so killed Yis, the jinrikisha man. Yong
Blown to Pleeea by Bomb.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 22. Colonel
Karpoff, chief of the secret police of
St. Petersburg, was assassinated early
, today. He had been enticed to a mod
est apartment in a remote street and
there was blown to pieces by a bomb
exploded supposedly by his host. Mich
aelo Vsskressensky. who had leased
the rooms a few days before. The
murderer was captured.
One in Iloiimnnla.
. Washington, Doc. 22. An official
dispatch was received by the state de
partment this morning from Bucharest
that the prime minister of Roumania
hadJieen shot an4 seriwasly wounded
by a Roumanian anarchist.
Indian MaKlntrote Killed.
Eombay, British India. Dec. 22.
Chief Magistrate Jackson of Nasik.,
presidency of Bombay, was assassin
ated by a native in a theatre last' night.
The, motive is supposed to have been
revenge upon the magistrate who re
cently sentenced a criminal to life im
prisonment. Inerenaea Fenr of Uprising.
Whatever may have been the imme
Vtwite motive for the assassination of
Jackson the outrage cannot fail to in
crease the ever present fear of an up
rising against British rule in India. At
tempts have been made in India
against the lives of Lord Minto, Lord
Kitfhener, Sir Andrew Fraser, Lieuten
antf governor of Bengal and many oth
' Two Killed in London.
July 1 last Sir William Hutt Curson
Wyllie, wno had recently held import
ant Indian appointments, was murder
ed at the Imperial Institute In London
by an Indian student who subsequent
ly was hanged. Dr. Cawas Lalcaca, a
physician of Shanghai, who was visit
ing in London, also was killed during
the fusillade of shots, though his death
may not have been Intended originally.
MR. CONSUMER IS IN FOR IT AGAIN
Generally fair tonight and Thursday;
no decided change in temperature. The
minimum tonight will be about 15 de
Temperature at 7 a. m., 17; maxi
mum in 24 hours, 17; minimum, 15.
Precipitation in 24 hours, trace. Wind
velocity at 7 a. m., 8 miles. Relative
humidity, last evening at 7, 83; this
morning at 7, 92.
J. 1L SHERIER, local forecaster.
Dec. 22 In American History.
1807 The embargo on trade with Eng
land, etc., took effect, and much
loss and discontent resulted. All
American vessels were required to
load their cargoes In the United
States. The act remained In full
force until March. 1S09.
J22 Colonel Thomas Wentworth nig
ginson, soldier, author and social
reformer, born. John Strong New
berry, eminent geologist and min
ing expert, born; died 1892.
1899 Dwight L. Moody, the evangelist,
died; born 1837.
Sun sets 4:32. rises 7:18; moon sets
3:33 a. m.; 3:42 a. m.. moon at perigee,
nearest earth, distant 228,200 miles.
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CO OR fHV
John D. "I know who will pay for this."
DOPED FOR DAYS
Mrs. George Armstrong Gave
Husband Systematic Course
AND HE DIED AS A RESULT
Made Him III With Calomel and Yin
ogar Wanted to Fix Things to
BIG EIGHT DODGE
ALL BIG QUESTIONS
Chicago, Dec. 22. When the coaches
and professors representing athletic
interests of the various schools of the
"big eight" met here today it was an
nounced none, of the questions which
had been raised concerning changes in
the confercnco membership would he
taken up, but that Instead the confer
ence would busy itself solely with the
t-work of arranging baseball and track
KILLS FAMILY AND
JUMPS UNDER TRAIN
Fresno, Cal., Dec. 22. George C.
Cheuvrent, ' a prominent resident of
this city, today killed his wife with
$H a hatcheit, perhaps fatally injured his
two children and threw himself under
a passenger train and was killed. He
was probably insane.
Dr. Hutchins Quits , Badgers.
Madison, Wis., Dec. 22. Dr. C. P.
Hutchins, director of physical train
ing of the University of Wisconsin, has
resigned to enter business.
TO TRY TO CLIMB
Fairbanks, Alaska, Dec. 22. The ex-
pedition organized several months ago
N, to attempt the ascent of Mount :tc
Kinlev and disnrove or vprifv Piit's
l-Xifcry . that he . reached the sunitnit
-iWod today and will be ready! to
unne a dash for tpe summit in Maich
Xew Albany, Ind., Dec. 22. Three
kinds of poison, administered in the
guise of medicine, were used by Mrs.
Pearl Armstrong to kill George Arm
strong, her husband, according to the
statement of Florence Myrtle Harris,
the accused woman's niece.
The Harris girl, who is just 16 years
old. told the police yesterday that she
had known for several months that her
aunt, intended to kill Armstrong. The
woman's motive, the girl said, was to
"fix things' so she could have "a bet
At It for Two Week..
The niece altso declared that she was
a cognizant witness for two weeks of
repeated attempts by her aunt to ac
complish the murder. Living with the
Armstrong family, she said, she was
present on several occasions when her
aunt mixed poison to administer to
Finally, she told the police, she beg
ged Mrs. Armstrong not to give Arm
strong any more poison, whereupon
her aunt replied:
"Well, I started to kill him and now
that I've got it half done I might as
well finish it."
Made 111 with Purpose."
According to the story told by tiie
Harris girl, Mrs. Armstrong decided
that she must make her husband ill so
that she could give him the poison and
have him suppose it was medicine.
Armstrong, who died early Monday
morning, was lilled, according to Myr
tle Harris, on die following schedule:
Wednesday night dosed with
calomel and vinegar to "cure" a
cold from which, he was suffering.
Thursday morning Salivated by
calomel and vinegar, and seriously
ill; dosed with rat poison.
Friday rrorning Dosed with
more rat poison.
Saturday morning More rat
Sunday morning More rat poi
son. Sunday afternoon Large cap
sules filkd with carbolic acid.
Sunday night Just before mid
night anc an hour before his
death, givm dose of strychnine.
Monday, l a, m. Died in con
vulsions. Corroboratve evidence of a part of
the girl's stor was found by the police
when they probed a sink hole in the
rear of the Armstrong residence,
whore-she had told them Mrs. Arm
strong had tirown the"empty poison
boxes. Two boxes, one of which had
contained rat poison and another
wKich was labelel "Strychnine Pois
on!" were found, wrapped in an old
pair of gloves.
These gloves, the Harris girl told
the police, her aunt had worn when
he was preparing the carbolic acid
capsules. She had explained to her
niece she was wearing them so that
she would not burn her hands with the
WANT BOTH HOUSES TO JOIN
Washington, Dec. 22. Senator
Jones, who yesterday read in the
senate Secretary of the Interior Bal
linger's letter asking for the investi
gation of the Ballinger-Pinchot con
troversy and Representative Hum
phrey of Washington had a long talk
with President TafJoday regarding
the inquiry. As a result of the con
ference it was said that Jan. 4 Jones
will introduce in the senate and
Humphreys in the. house resolutions
calling for a joint investigation of
the videst possible scope.
Tnft In Earnest.
Washington, Dec. 22. Any doubt that
the whole force of the Taft administra
tion is to be behind the investigation
demanded by both sides of the Ballinger-Pinchot
controversy was dispelled
by events in' and out of congress yes
terday. There is now no question that
President Taft himself is as eager for
the merciless probing of . the whole
matter as hitherto he has been reluct
ant to admit the necessity for It.
Han Deeper Motive.
Motive much deeper than willingness
to do justice to Secretary Ballinger is
ascribed to President Taft by senators,
representatives and others active in
politics. Men who are in a position to
know the -sentiments of Mr. Taft de
clared last night that he has at last
become convinced of the truth of what
his friends have been telling him for
many weeks of what he has hitherto
laughed at that there lies behind the
at tack on Mr. Ballinger -a more or less
definitely organized movemett to dis
credit the Taft administration, especi
ally by spreading the impression that
the so-called "Roosevelt policies" are
in unfriendly hands; that Mr. Ballin
ger was made the target because he
offered the most vulnerable point in
Want It to Be Broad.
Adoption of the Flint resolution by
the senate yesterday was followed by
the presentation by Senator Jones of
Washington of a letter from Mr. Bal
linger, urging an inquiry of the broad
est scope and expressing the opinion
that it would disclose certain officers
of the forest service had been guilty
of pernicious activity In inspiring the
charges against him. Mr. Jones gave
notice that, unless some other senator
did so, he would offer a resolution call
ing for a joint congressional investigation.
DID COOK THINK
HE FOUND POLE?
Novel Theory Advanced by Minf
ister Egan, Just Returned
A COMPLETE VICTORY
OVER GOVERNMENT FORCE
HOLDS EXPLORER HONEST
Danish Ieople Extracting What Com
fort They Can Out of the Late
RITES ARE REGAL
Hand of Man Does Utmost to
Make Leopold's Funeral
an Imposing One.
THRONG PACKS CAPITAL
Baroness Yatighan and Two Sons At
tend Special Mass In France
for Dead Monarch.
WANTS 10,000 MEN
Navy Department Favors
Strong and Well Trained Re
serve for Emergency.
READY FO RIMMEDIATE USE
Winthrop K plains to Conjjress
Planned to Spend $42,000,000
on Warships in Three Years.
Grieving Mother KTIIs Self.
Sterling, 111., Dec. 22. Mrs. James
Dick, grieving over the death of a
son a year ago, committed suicide in
here' home here yesterday.
Brussels, Dec. 22. The funeral of
the late King Leopold was conducted
today with imposing ceremonies. The
military cortege passed through the
streets, which were packed, by crowds
of people from all parts of the king
dom. More impressive as a spectacle,
however, wa the scene at the Cathe
dral St. Michael and St. Gudule. All
that the hand of man could fashion to
emphasize the regal rites had been
done, yet, strangely enough, the work
of the artist served to conceal, rather
than make more pronounced, the sim-1
pie but noble lines of the kingly edi
fice. Placed In Royal Vault.
After the funeral rites in the church
the body was escorted to Laeken,
where It was placed in the royal vault
in the Church of St. Mary.
. Ilaronean and Son at Mann.
Pontoise, France, Dec. 22. Lucien
and Phillippe, sons of the late King
Leopold, and Baroness Vaughan, ac
companied by their governess, drove
from Balincourt to Arronville today
and attended a special mass celebrated
for the repose of the monarch's soul.
COUNTIES ARE DRY
Winnipeg, Man., Deci. 22. As a re
sult of the local option vote in Mani
toba yesterday 18 counties were added
to the 70 which previously voted in
favor of it. Twenty-one counties voted
for license yesterday.
Washington, Dec 22. "I want to get
10,000 men for the naval militia as well
trained as possible and in good physi
cal condition so we' can call on them
aflj put them in the service of the
navy immediately an case war breaks
out, not as an organization, but as in
dividuals." Assistant Secretary of the
Navy Winthrop made this statement at
a hearing before the house committee
on naval affairs.
Worlttna; on a Bill.
"The naval militia," he added, "are
getting up a bill which I am working
over to bring them into ; closer rela
tionship with the navy department
than heretofore and to insure that they
will be thoroughly equipped and well
trained In case of war. That would
provide for more inspections and for
more annual cruises, a naval officer
could be detailed to each ship on its
annual cruise and make annual inspec
tions as to their physical condition
and training. We' should have a naval
militia division In the department."
Million for Stw Boata.
Washington, Dec. 22. Exactly $42,
430,476 will be spent on the vessels of
the navy now under construction dur
ing the fiscal years 1910 to 1913, in
clusive, under the estimates submitted
to congress by the navy department.
Of this amount $30,732,563 will be for
hulls and $11,697,913 for machinery.
The total amount during the current
fiscal year is estimated at $24,520,755,
for 1911 It totals $13,375,220, and for
1912 and 1913, $4,534,501.
New York, Dec. 22. Dr. Maurice
F. Egan, American minister to Den
mark who reached here today, in an
j interview on the Cook affair, said
i that his part In the reception to
, Cook on his arrival at Copenhagen
I from the Arctic region came about as
a result of the crown prince's re-
quest to meet the explorer, and it was
i at the prince's suggestion he present
; ed Cook to the king.
Speaking of the decision of the Un
iversity of Copenhagen against Cook,
Egan said, the finding of the Dan
ish institution was, of course, final,
unless the matter should again be op
ened by the presentation of the ma
terial said to have been left by the
explorer at Etah.
Did lie Think. He round Itf
"The Danes,? said he, "are most
competent in such matters and I am
forced to accept their opinion. I can
not, however, bring myself to believe
Cook deliberately set out to deceive
the world. I still think Cook is an
honest man who believes he had ac
complished what he claimed and
must have been mistaken through
lack of scientific knowledge."
ThouKbt He Wan Oentleman.
Copenhagen, Dec. 22. The morning
papers generally find comfort for trie
Cook affair in the thought that the on
ly fault that may be charged against
the Danes is that they accepted the
explorer's word as that of a gentleman.
It is recalled that when the honorary
degree was bestowed upon Cook by the
University of Copenhagen one member
of the university council advised
against the action taken.
Copenhagen, Dec. 22. The unani
mous report of the special committee
of scientists appointed to scrutinize
fCook's "record" fills the officials and
people of'Denmark with chagrin at the
figure their country is made to assume
in the eyes of the scientific world.
The public was prepared for a ver
dict of "not proven," but did not ex
pect its recent hero to be branded as
an lmposter. Many still cling to the
belief that Cook acted in good faith,
but harbored a delusion. Intimations
from New York that the doctor is men
tally deranged are charitably received,
but there is less charity shown in con
nection with estimates that the explor
er cleared $80,000 to $100,000 by. the
greatest fraud in centuries.
Reproach Cook for Hiding.
Explorers and scientists almost unan
imously have lost faith in Cook's ion
esty, and one of his warmest support
ers, Knud Rasmussen, helped to frame
the report. The evening papers attack
Cook and severely reproach him for
hiding, an act which they regard as a
sign of a guilty conscience.
The rector of the university. Dr. Sal
omonsen, when questioned as to the
possibility of the university canceling
the degree which it conferred on Dr.
Cook, said no decision had been reach
ed on this point, but he believed the
degree would be withdrawn in the same
way as a government could deprive a
person of an order obtained under
Convicted by papern.
Commodore Gustav Holm, the arctic
explorer, and iCaember of the commit
tee, said: IL
"Cook's claim niat he made the ob
servation 89 degrees 59 minutes 46 sec
onds near the pole proved immediate
ly that he was a bad' observer, but
nothing indicated that he was a swin
dler. Now his papers convict him of
being a swindler. We examined Cook's
observations first, and agreed unani
mously that they were worthless.
Loose's observations were not used by
Called "Saddest Event."
Professor Olufson, secretary of the
Danish Geographical society, said:
"It is the saddest event in my life.
As an explorer there seems to be no
doubt that Cook is absolutely unre
The National Tidende, while deplor
ing that the university conferred the
degree in a moment of enthusiasm,
finds consolation In the fact that oth
ers honored Cook when he returned to
"The president of his own country
and Its envoy at Copenhagen," says
the paper, "were the guarantors for
him. Denmark did not blunder alone.
Our country must now leave this sad
flair to America and Cook."
Former Friend C'alU It Scandal.
Copenhagen. Dec. 22. In an inter
view last night Knude Rasmussen
"The university would not call me
at first because I was one of Dr.
Cook's strongest supporters. Later,
however, I was invited to the investi
gation and when I saw the observa
tions I realized it was a scandal.
"My confidence in Cook has been
based on personal impressions, on re
ports that I had received and also on
the testimony of the Eskimos, when
they all said that he had.made the
trip from Cape Cparbo to Etah, and
such a trip during the dark of winter
would eufflce to make a man famous.
But the papers which Cook sent to
Copenhagen university are most im
prudent. No schoolboy would make
such calculations. It is a most child
ish attempt at cheating. Cook has
killed himself by his own foolish
Not Proven He Didn't.
Commodore Hovgaard, the explor
"Although it has not been proved
that Cook did not reach the pole, 'I
can only regard Cook now as an impostor."
Long Expected Battles
Fought and the Result
SIX HUNDRED KILLED
Estrada Captures Majority ot
Surviving Members of
Bluefields, Nicaragua, Dec. 22. Es
trada has won a complete victory over
the government troops at Rama. A to
tal of 600 men of both armies were
killed or wounded. Nineteen hundred
of Zelaya's men have surrendered, in
cluding General Gonzales, who was in
command. Two Americans are report
Fought Ontalde City.
The fighting occurred outside th-
city limits. The wounded are being
Commander Shipley has landed Bur
geons from the Des Moines to care for
Clean Sweep on Atlantic Commit.
Washington, Dec. 22. The state
department has received a telegram
from United States Consul Moffat at
Bluefields, which confirms the report
of the battle at Rama. He adds 150
prisoners were brought into Blue
fields, barefooted, starved, and mostr
ly young boys. Moffat says the sur
render of 2,600 soldiers removes the
entire government force from the At
lantic side of the republic.
Washington. Dec. 22. Confirmation ,
of the Associated Prefls dispatches
from Nicaragua was received today at
the navy department In a cablegram !
from Captain Shipley of the Des
Moines. The additional information is
given in the department's advices that
General Castrillo. four pieces of field
artillery, and 1,500 rlfleB and 1.000.000
rounds of ammunition were included in
Wounded nt Blueflelda.
The wounded have been carried to
Bluefields, where hospital far ilitir h are
inadequate to the demands made by
the resi'lts of the engagement. Ship
ley said he established a hospital on
shore, employing surgeons, assistants
and hospital supplies from the IX'
Moines and Taeorua. No force has
been landed from the American war
ships. Total I.om 2.AOO.
Shipley says Zelaya's loss in killed,
wounded and captured is about 2,CW.
An earlier telegram from Shipley,
dated the 21st, says the revolutionary
forces in Nicaragua hail gained a de
cisive victory at Rama oxer the gov
Attack lieKiin Monday.
The telegram says Estrada's army
on the 20th began an organized attack
on the government position. The out
posts of the Zelaya forces, under Gon
zales, were defeated Hnd routed. 'The
fighting continued Tuesday. General
Vasqiiez of the government forces is
said to be a prisoner at Managua, but
the cause of the arrest is not known at
the state department. '
Rxpceteri Complete Surrender.
Shipley's telegram adds the surren
der of the entire government force
was expected yesterday and that K-
State Authorities Prevent Race War;trada is confident of complete success.
I Shipley says further the United States
gunboat ISagle is within the harbor
SIX-YEAR TERM FOR
Cincinnati. Dec. 22. Charles L.
Warriner, deposed local treasurer of
the Big Four railroad, pleaded guilty
to embezzlement today and was sen
tenced to 6 years in prison.
After Warriner had been sentenced
Trosecutor Hunt stated he would not
present further charges against him
to the grand jury unless it is shown
he has money hidden away. If this
should be discovered the prosecutor
said Warriner can still be prosecuted,
as a crime is never outlawed. Of the
$643,000 Warriner is alleged to have
taken from the Big Four railroad less
than half has been accounted for by
GUARD WHITE MEN'S
HOUSES AT MAGNOLIA
Following Burning of a
Magnolia, Ala., Dec. 22. With state
troops and armed deputies patrolling
the streets and the public roads lead
ine into Magnolia and with of the
ringleaders corralled in an Improvised cral Estrada have completely routed
and prepared at any moment to land
bluejackets, but in all probability such
a course will be unnecessary.
Revolullonlata In Flacht.
Bluefields, Niraragua, Dec. 22. The
revolutionists under command of Gen-
stockade, a threatened race war is be
lieved to have been averted. Excite
ment, however, has not been altogeth
er allayed, and every white man's
house in Magnolia and for miles
around is guarded against threatened
revengeful acts on the part of negroes
who resent the burning of Clint Mont
gomery', one of the four negro despera
does, charged with the killing Satur
day night of Algernon Lewis.
Work of Day in Congress
(Continued on Page Fix.)
Washington, Dec. 22. Following is a
summary of the proceedings of the two
houses of congress yesterday, taken
from the official records:
SKXATB The xenatp lopt d a res
olution by Mr. Flint rallintr for all IhO
papers in the Ballinger-I'inrhot ca.p,
and thus put In motion an Inquiry Into
that controversy. Aft-r 8me debate
adjournment was tak-n to Jan. 4.
HOOK In 'f 10-mtnute KesHlon Mr.
Mann reported his bill for the. tmppr-H-slon
of the white' wl.ive traffic, and Mr.
Richardson . filed a minority report
against Mr. Mann's bill for the reorgan
ization of the government of the Isah
mun of Panama. The house aUJourn'w
to Jan. 4. . .
TO BE SETTLED
St. Paul, Dec. 22. It is rumored the
switchmen's strike has been settled.
President Hawley of the Switchmen's
union would not admit this fact, but
intimated something had occurred. .
St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 22. As the re
sult of two conferences yesterday nt
which were present G. T. Slade, third
vice president of the Northern Pacific,
General Manager J. M. Gruber of the
Great Northern, R. W. Wheeler, sec
retary to Governor Eberhart, and ten
officials representing the railroad sec
tion of the American Federation of
Labor, the chances for a scttUm" "e
the switchmen. riK tn the north
tvost wr brighter than at any time
pincjs the men went out three weeks