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SIXTIETH YEAR. NO. 314.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1911. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
WISCONSIN FLOOD VICTIMS
HOMELESS; APPEAL FOR FOOD
OERNA IS OCCUPIED; ITALIAN
CAMPAIGN PLAN REVEALED
Spend Night On Hills
Drenched by a Cold
NO DEATHS REPORTED
Sixty-one Business Blocks of
Black River Falls Crumble
LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 7. A thousand
people in Black River Falls today are
without shelter after spending the
night in the hills watching the water
from Black river overrun the town.
They have sent an appeal to the
country for assistance. Wires are
flown and only by resorting to the ex
pedient of Bending a man up a tele
phone pole at the edge of town that
a cry for help could be sent out.
The population fled yesterday with
out stopping to take extra clothes. 1
They spent a disagreeable night in a
pitiless rain. v
at RI.O( K (.OVK.
Only a fw of tT business blocks
in this town thus far have escaped,
the fury of the raging flood and they
are doomed to destitution. Every-i
thing on four business streets was;
swept away. The current sweeps
through what once was the heart of
the city. So far as can be ascertain
ed there has been no loss of life. ,
Communication with towns down the
Itlack river is impossible, hut it is
believed a certainty that they have,
been carried away by the flood, pos
sibly entailing a heavy loss of life.
KOOIJ IS SHORT.
What is known as Lower Town, I
Black River Falls, or Grove that!
section lying to the west of the riv-
er today was a place of misery. It
is here that the vast majority of
residents live, and following a night
of anxiety and suffering, they face
the realization that no food
available except what was in
AimuBL every ecrap oi iuou
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in the city, except that In houses out!
of reach of the flood was destroyed, j
Every grocery store, meat market j
and other food depot in the city is'
gone. An attempt was made today j
to organize worn or reiier. Mayor
McOill sent messages to La Crosse
and other cities appealing for food
CITY BCII.T OX SD.
The banks of the river are slowly
slipping into the water. Most of the
city is built on sand, and it is believed
before another day passes the resi
dence district of Price and German
Hills will be In danger. Two dozen
dwellings already have been swept
away. The postoffice and banks are
Rmong the business buildings destroy
ed. The general opinion is the town
can never be rebuilt on the present
location. The new channel of the
river now goes through the business
The mayor today estimated the loss
of a million dollars at Black River
Falls alone, not considering the dam
age at other points. Rumors today
were that three lives were lost,
nn er ci ts k ( imm:i
At iiatneid. tne river tonav cut a
new channel and appeared where it '
was never known to run before.;
Pressure at the dam ceased and the.
waters have fallen below the crest, i
The main part of the big structure is
LAKE WAVSAl" OVERFLOWS.
Wasau, Wis., Oct. 7. The govern-' Slovecek and Joseph Suipka were kill
ment river gauge shows the Wiscon- ed by electrocution last night when
sin river reached eight and a half the wires of the Cuyahoga telephoue'
feet above normal, which equals thei being used by the former became!
record of 1SS1, the highest so far crossed with power wires during an!
known. The water of I-ake Wausau ! electrical btorm. Slovecek died a;
broke through the embankment at: hero after rescuing S. Klinger and'
both ends of the Rothschild dam to-' Louis Saulock, who ran to the res
day, doing several thousand dollars cue of Sliipka and were themselves
worth of damage. Dynamite blast-'. caught in the grip of the current.'
ing was resorted to at tne west end .
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Denxer. Col.. Oct. 7. Reports !
from various parts of the Mate
gaTding the extent ol tne damage;
from a cloudburst lmh swept both;
sides of the range, carrying a mil-
lion tons of water into the lower val-'
lev. breaking reservoirs and drown-'
settlers, indicate much loss of,
properly to ranchers. The isolation j
ALL SHIPS LAND
BUT THE BERLIN
Kansas City. Oct. 7. With i-a- one
I-allien. Berlin 11. sti'l in tl.e air. the;
race for th- .lames Bonnet t trophy is 1
now btfveen the I'mted Sitrs anl
Gorniauy. The Buckeye, the .V lerUan ;
bailcon. so far has made the greatest
distance. mils. Berlin II must'
oeKt this mark to lilt the cup. Whore!
:he Berlin II drifted is probicmatAal.
. u i m n a . . l. i. i tc u u i urn , u u l 1 1 i aac ii iiuiu uicjf-g auu 1 1) e i r neipers wdo struck a
end, where it is flowing through the ; hold of the current by Slovecek inweek ago, returned to work at the
t-treets. for fear it will undermine ! time to escape fatal injuries. Ship-j Burnside shops of the Illinois Cen
seeral costly buildings. i ka was caught in the storm while en-;tral road today. Edward Bloom. 40,
i.oi iibi rst in (oniiMiio. route home and stepped into Kling-; a non-union machinist emnloved in
Forecast Tilt 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Moline,
Fair and colder tonight with frost.
Sunday fair with rising temperature.
Highest temperature yesterday "8,
lowest last night 4 8. at 7 a. m. 48.
Velocity of wind 11 miles an hour.
Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 92,
at 7 a. m. 69.
Stage of river 4.S, a rise of .1 in
last 2 4 hours.
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
(From noon today to noon tomorrow.!
Pun sets 5:29, rises 6; moon sets 6:24
a. ex; 11:27 p. m., eastern time, full
of the flood-swept district makes it
impossible to pet authentic news con
cerning the loss of life or extensive
information as to the damage to:
IN OPENING TEST
New York, Oct. 7. Most of the
big eas,tern universities have football'
games scheduled for today that af-'
lord the first opportunity to test thej
early strength of their elevens. Yale,
meets Syracuse, whom it defeated!
last year with a single touchdown.1
Harvard tackles Holy Cross. Penn-,
sylvania sjneks revenge for its defeat
last year by little I'rsinus and Prince
ton meets Villa Nova. All of the
"Pig Four' play on home grounds.
The Army and Nay open their sea
sons. West Point playing Vermont
and Annapolis meeting John Hop-,
Chicago. Oct. 7. All the "Big.
Eight" conference football teams,
with Use exception of Iowa univer-!
' sity, play today. The outcome of the
! Chicago-Indiana game, the only one
in wiiicn two conterence teams are
pitted against one another, will be
: watched with interest in the west.
a if iu nrnhnhl tht rlffnfH f:tm
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MICHIGAN CITY MUST
KEEP LEPER JENSEN
State Officials Decline to Take I n
fortunate Off Hands of Ixical
Saginaw, Mich., Oct. 7. Mariljs
Jensen of Calumet. Mich., the state s
only leper, probably will remain a
charge of Houghton county, for ef
forts of state ollicials to have him
sent to the leper colony failed. There
is a possibility, however, that he
may be taken to the university hos
pital at Ann Arbor. For some time
citizens of Calumet and other penin
sula cities demanded that the unfor
tunate man be transported else
where. It has been a number of
years since a similar case was dis
covered in Michigan.
TWO MEN KILLED
BY A TELEPHONE
Crossed Wires, Caused by Storm at
Cleveland, JU-sult iu Fatality
One Dies Hero.
Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 7. Joseph
Klinger and fcadlock were painfully;
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er's place of business to telephone ,
re-;that he would be delayed for dinner,
"? iook uuwu liie reei?r aua goijoj
the full force of the shock. Klingerj
and Shipka attempted to pull his
body away and both were held fast;
by the current. Slovecek seized a
broom by the handle and knocked
the telephone from the wall, freeing ;
the three men. Fearing that the live
(wires left dangling would set the
(building atire, Slovecek carefully j
J wound the debris around the brush j
ena hi ine urcozii. noiaing tue wnoie.
acatnst the wall, but the w ires slip- j
ped down and wound about his hand.
Canker lnfe-ied by Germs W hen
Boston. Mass.. Oi t. 7. Infected by
germs from the lare number of tills;
he counted while at his employment,!
George H. Farr.au. treasurer of thei these figures axe not inclusive of per
Waltham Cooperative bank, died cf'haps a dozen more that have arrived
bleed poisoning. in private residences.
NEWS ITEM Dr. Harvey W. Wiley Is now in supreme command of the government's pure food de
partment. Solicitor George P. McCabe, Wiley's enemy has been retired from the service and Chemist F.
L. Dunlap, McCabe's friend has been given "leave of absence."
SHOWS FATAL 'PROHIBITION FOR
WORK OF FLY! STATEJS ASICED
Scientist Says There Are
600 Deaths Year in .
MAJORITY ARE BABIES
Disease Germs Are Left on the
Bodies of Little Ones by
Crawling House Pest.
Berkeley, Cal., Oct.' 7. Ordinary
house flies cost annually 6,000 lives,
an economic loss of ? 18,000,000 in
California, according to a report of
William B. Herms, assistant profes-
V i-r at lie c n.versiiy
"l ":"' "e
transmit typhoid, dysentery, tuber
culosis, "pink eye." and, under ordi
nary conditions, leprosy, erysipelas,
smallpox, plague, trachoma, asiatici
cholera and plenty of others. j
PI.AST HEALTHY (iKllMS. j
This they do by planting healthy!
germs whenever they put their feelj
down. Thousands of deaths among
infants. Herms holds, will be averted
when flies are kept from crawling on
babies' faces and hands.
FIFTY STRIKERS AT
Illinois Central Employe, After
fk of Idleness, Rack oil
uiv nfu, ' v i . . 1 hit uuuri iiidn-
- .. .
the Illinois Central shops at Burn-
side, was beaten into insensibility
by two unidentified assailants today.
Atlanta, Ga.. Oct. 7. A message,
received here today from Chairman!
Teat of the board of directors of the;
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen!
and Enginemen. says the 6trike of
firemen on the Georgia and Florida;
railroad has been settled. The men
will get 50 per cent of engineer's lav.
All the men have returned to work,1
as their contracts required. The
ui w.e.r iuuiui,ou, me say. .
nnt.hl,n . J north pole as Admiral Peary did.
CTflRK RRFAKS A FAMIWF'tL if and two chilrfron rith
Bring Twenty-eight liabie in Tw-n-
ty-f(ur H,ur to Ia.sadena.
Pasadena, Cal., Oct. 7. The baby j
famine in this city Is a thing of the
past. Sixteen babies have been ush-j
ered into the world at Pasadena hos-1
pital within the last 24 hours and'
Resolutions Passed at Illinois
Convention of the W. C.
HOLD lllQtfOR MEN FEftrT
Head of Organization Assert Woman
Suffrage Would Assure End of
Toutiac. 111., Oct. 7. Resolutions
asking for state-wide prohibition for
,he s,attory prohibitory law or for a
constitutional prohibitory amendment
were passed at yesterday afternoon'3
session of the convention of the Wo
man's Christian Temierance union.
Mrs. Mary E. Kuhl of Chicago, pres
ident of the organization, was the
principal speaker, bringing the suffra
get question in connection with the
temperance question by saying that
the saloon would be abolished as soon
as women were allowed to vot-e. She
..closely Mnked with the ,inuor prob
lem is the question of woman's ballot.
and the liquor power stands with a
dread and. awe well nigh overpowering
in the fear that woman will be given
! the ballot, for they too well know that
the saloon depends on the home as its
great feeder, ' that the prey Is in the
home, on which it seems to lay its
SAYS WOMAN PROVES ABILITY.
"Therefore, there is no greater fear
for them than that the ballot in the
hands of women will drive them out of
business. The ballot for women is no
longer a question, as every argument
has been met. It is only a matter of
expediency, which will soon be settled.
"Woman has proved her ability to
think along all political lines, along
ine line 01 carin rensiuu, reciprocity, '
l,ih license, low license, the mulct'
law of Iowa, the Raines law of New !
York, the dispensary of southern states, j
cne 1SrooKs lavs ui x emvivaina, ana
she by her quick conception of right j
and wrong, her intuitive knowledge
that all are a failure, vanity of vani-
ties, none of them is good under the ,
sun; that the only good, wholesome. .
common sense law is the .complete
prohibition of the liquor traffic in or
der to save her home and conserve the
highest good to the nation." "
COOK IS TO SHOW
'EM IN EUROPE
v-.. York Oct. 7. Dr. Frederick
fire-;Cook tbe Brooklyn traveler, who still
jnBK. that t least came as near
i him t r Vit mnt tnrl ;l v ahnArrJ tho Ian-
land. "I'm going to Europe," he said.
"to present scientific data to various
institutions to prove I reached as near
the north pole as any man ever did."
New York, Oct. 7. The weekly bank
statement: Loans, decreased $5,534,-
net deposits, decreased $12,50S,-
Branch Plant of Interna.
Belief That There Was Gasoline
Stored in Building Contrary
to City Ordinances.
Richmond, Va., Oct. 7. Fire today
wrecked a four-story building occupied
the Richmond branch International
Harvester company, causing damage
estimated at $300. ono.
The fire was one of the most disas
trous in the city's history, and spread
rapidly following a deafening explo
sion. WHOLE DISTRICT IN" PERIL.
For hours it threatened to spread
to the wholesale and commission dis
trict. An official investigation direct
ed especially toward ascertaining the
facts as to the explosion was imme-!
diately instituted. The theory of the !
authorities was that gasoline was kept '
in the building in violation of the city
$11,000 ON POSTAGE
sjxtv 11loIIf,am, itt,.rs Mail(.,,
''n ltov Iurini Senator's
Milwaukee, Oct. 7. In the Stephenson
investigation todav inquiry was made
a8 to the $ , , fM)0 for ,JOSlage IJSf.(1 in
the senator-8 rarnpaign. Campaign
Manager Saf.kett testified $l.I-o ,ent
in one (lay f0r 2-cent stamps. Sixtv
thousand letters were sent o it on that
day. Sackett also said tl2.,'jt;
spent on newspaper
that 100,000 buttons
LAUNCH CITY OF DETROIT;
Said to I5e Finest Side-Vl--l Steam
er in the World. j
Detroit, Oct. 7. The new steel
paxsenger steamer City of Detroit,
said to be the largest and finest side-
U 2. l, 1 t l at
wnwier iu me unu, was iauncneu;0f representatives as a possible can-
todav Mtaa tlorla McMillan .Uiih.
ter of the late W. T. McMillian of
H.i. citv- a,t6H ,r.n,r Th. h
dimensions of tbe . essel are ."0
feet over all. The cost was $1,50'-
iooo. There are two decks below ti.e
main deck and three above. The new
steamer will ply between Detroit and
Auto Race Postponed.
Philadelphia. Oct. 7 The big 200
mile automobile race was postponed
to Monday on account of rain.
FIND TRACES OF
Dr. Webster Furnishes Author
ities Another Link in Mur
DIVORCE FOR IOWA WIFE;
Hearing of Evidence on Petition for
Separation. Ijasts Only Few
Oregon, 111., Oct 7. It Is the opin
ion of the authorities that Dr. Harry E.
Webster, charged with the murder of j
his wife, will plead guilty when ar
raigned next Monday in an effort to
escape the death penalty.
Oregon, 111.. Oct. 7. In a guarded in
terview with Sheriff Delaney and As
sistant Attorney Emerson of Ogle
county. Dr. Harry Elgin Webster is
believed to have revealed the last se
cret which stood between him and con
viction for the murder of Bessie Kent
Webster the spot where he had dis
posed of his victim's clothing.
Shortly after leaving Webster's cell
at Oregon Thursday night the sheriff
j and prosecutor drove to the home of
j the prisoner's parents In Dixon. In the
ashes of a stove in a barn at the rear
! of the house they found the flame
blued remnants of several hatpins,
some corset stays, and a garter buckle.
This discovery, with others made
yesterday, completes the state's pieced
out panorama of the physician's move
! ments from the moment he arrived In
j Dixon. The trail over which he led
his victim has been supplemented by
j ev idence that he intended to kill her
Friday night and hired a buggy for
Either through a failure in courage
or some unforeseen incident he return
ed later in the evening with his wife
still alive. That night he drank heav
ily, and in the morning resumed the
road which was to end in hia wife's
death and his own confession to her
IOWA WIFE GETS DITOHCB.
Mrs. Zoe Varney Webster, the only
one of the eight whose name the phy
sician ever utters with respect or feel
ing, severed her last bond to him yes
terday by securing an absolute divorce
at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her home. The
trial lasted only a few minutes. The
waiver signed by Dr. Webster In his
cell was presented to the court, and
the divorce, after a few minor quest
ions from the presiding judge, W. L..
Treichler. was granted. The disillus
ioned bride answered the questions In
a faltering whisper. She was plainly
on the verge of collapse, and Judge
Treichler made the examination as
brief as possible.
The divorce frees her from the legal
restrictions which prevent a wife from
i testifying against her husband. The
decree Is only one of the many blows
which have fallen upon the defense in
the last 24 hours. If Zoe Varney for
she was regranted her maiden name
knows anything incriminating concern
ing her former husband she is now at
liberty to tell it. If she knows any
thing that may 6ave him she may now
testify. The attorneys for the defense
made an apparently desperate effort to
prevent Dr. Webster from signing the
waiver, but, with the indifferent attl-
tude whicn he has preserved ever since
his Imprisonment, he appears to have
disregarded his lawyers' advice.
RELIEVE HE HAS TOLD ALL.
Surrounded by the officials of the
prosecution, his last bit of vanity swept
away by the refusal of Zoe Varney to
protect hiin at the sacrifice of herself,
the prisoner sits in his cell, awaiting
that which he has apparently corne to
believe inevitable. He refused again
yesterday to see his attorney, Francis
J. Callahan, or to collaborate w ith him
in the preparation of a defense.
The state officials, on the other
hand, find him ready and willing to
talk. It is believed he has told the .
whole story of Bessie Kent's murder
to them, for when questioned on any
moot point by outsiders, he always
"lioys. I have told it all to the offi
cials, and It will be made public at the
! MACK IN PREDICTIONS
National liemocratrc Chairman
I Names Presidential Possibilities.
. Chairman Nor-
man .Mack of the democratic nation-
al committee, in the October number
of the National Monthly, presents
Speaker Champ Clark of the house
didate for the democratic president
ial nomination. Chairman Mack's
list of possibilities now Includes
Governors Wilson of New Jersey,
Harmon of Ohio, . Marshall of Indi
ana. Foss of Massachusetts and Dix
of New York and Speaker Clark.
Tranced In Burnina Room.
Detroit, Oct. 7. Mrs. John Duke, !
aged 70. and her invalid daughter!
were probably fatally burned today
when trapped in a locked room with
a blazing gasoline stove.
Cyrenaica, Richest Part
of Country, to be
REPAIRS AT TRIPOLI
Fleeing Natives Are Returning
to City and Restoration of
Order Is in Evidence.
Rome, Oct. 7. Official circles,
while realizing the anxiety of foreign
countries to see the Turco-Itallan
conflict ended, wish to warn public
opinion abroad that while the Ital
ian fleet has taken possession of Trip
oil and Cyrenaica, occupation cannot
be considered an accomplished fact
in the sense that it renders poalhl
that intervention by the power
which Italy in due time will welcome,
but that at the present moment
would be inopportune. Before any
thing of the kind occurs Italian
troops must land and In reality occu
py not only the coast, but also the
interior province, In order to make
sure that any remaining resistance
of Turkey shall be overcome.
PROGRAM AGREED lTO.
This much already has been
agreed upon between Italy and the
powers and the sentiments set forth
In the foregoing statements are not
intended for other governments with
which Italy Is in perfect accord, but
simply to quiet public opinion and
dampen the ardor of certain sections
of the press. It is reported Vice Ad
miral the Duke of Abruzzl, consider
ing the acute stage of the war passed,
has submitted to the king a plan to
organize a scientific expedition into
the Interior of Tripoli.
RESTORING Pt RLIC SERVICK.
Rome, Oct. 7. Today's advices from
Tripoli state the Italian governor has
issued a proclamation declaring the
town in a state of selge. The Italian
forces that. bAndetiLfeere , were Instruct
ed to maintain order and protect con
sulate from possible attacks. Nearly
the entire body of Tripoli police has
offered to enter the Italian service
anc" similar offers were recelvJ from
other local officials.
ITALIANS OCCTPr DERNA.
The town is becoming nniicated,
public services is being restored, and
the natives who fled from the city are
returning. Italian sailors are building
a road and repairing the damaged To,
It was learned today that Italians oc
cupied Derna and the coast of Bombay
gulf, 500 miles east of Tripoli. Thus Is
revealed the plan of the Italian cam
paign in northern Africa. The ob
ject was to insure, above all else, the
occupation of Cyrenaica, which is the
richest part of the Invaded country.
GREAT NAVAL DISPLAY.
. Accordingly a great naval dibplay
was made before Tripoli to deceive tho
Turks, while Rear Admiral Aubrey
landed a free from the battleohlp
Victoria Emanual III at Tobruk.
IT A LI 4 V SAILER SINK.
Flume, Hungary, Oct. 7. An Italian
sailing vessel having been sunk by
Turkish guns at Saint Jeon I) medua.
two Italian cruisers shelled the towi
and then proceeded to sea.
TAFT OVER HALF OF TOUR
Walla Walla, Wash., Is Diitertalnintr
tbe President Today.
Walla Walla. Wash., Oct. 7. Com
ing Into Washington today, president
Taft finished the flrt-t half of hU tour
of the circle and touched tbe first statu
bordering on the Pacific coat. Sln
he left Beverly, Sept. 15. the president
has traveled fi.i'.fi miles and traversed
1.1 states. He ha made more than a
hundred speeches on various subjects
and more than two thousand railroad
men, according to cfflejalM, have been
oncerned in hauling his train So
fnr the president has withstood the ri-
gor of throe weeks iu nleeiilug cars
better than younger men In ills party.
The program for the president here in
cludea the usual inspection of the town
by automobile and an address.
In Seattle, Monday. lh- president
will be a guest of former Secretary of
the Interior Ballinger.
TAFT RECEIVES A
DARE FROM BRYAN
Lincoln. Neb.. Oct. 7. An editorial
appearing in the Commoner this week
says in part: "Mr. Bryan challenges
President Taft to make public the writ
ten and verbal recommendations upon
j which he appoint"! Jui-fke Whit to
,'lhe position of Chief Justice ovr Jus
tice Harlan, and the recommendations,
'written and verbal, on which he ajr
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'pointed the lusiiceg wnom n- pin--
ed on the supreme bench. Did he know
how they stood on the trust question.
or was It purposely accidental that all
of his appointees took the trust side of