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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, m&m
SIXTV-TI 1 1 HP YEAR. NO. 94.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1914. TEX PAtiKS
PRICK TWO CENTS.
New Jersey Congressman
Expires After Making a
Heroic Battle for Life.
FOUR YEARS SUFFERER
Warm Friend of President, Isj
Elected to House While He
Lay in Sick Bed.
Forecast Till 7 p. m. Tomorrow, for
Reck Island, Davenport, Mollne
Unsettled tonight and Friday, prob-ablj-
light snow tonight, colder Friday.
The lowest temperature tonight will
be about 15 degrees; moderate vari
Temperature at 7 a. m. 10. Highest
yesterday 23. Lowest last night 10.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m. 5 miles
Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 67, at
7 a. m. 87.
Stage of water 2.7. no change in last
J. M. SHERIER. Local Forecaster.
Evening stars: Mars.' Saturn. Mornlns
stars: Venus. Jupiter. The planet Sat
urn in i-'nijuuction with the ukhui.
about C degrees south thereof. Seeu
near the Pleiades iu constellation Tau
United States Orders Re
lease on Border When
Ownership- is Proved.
HUERTA STIRS HIS MEN
Biliiniore. Mm.. Feb. 5 Robert
oata Brewner. concres.-mau from New
jfny and editor of the l'a.-.-ai- Daily
Hertud. died today of cancer at the
MSA-ilium where he Lad bf n under-
pitg radium trearmf-nt sinre las; dc-
timber. He sunerea w iui me oim-bh-
bar years. He wad Jtf. mamwi ana
Brmner came to tne sanitarium
ten to try radium after physicians in
tsb country and Europe vainly tried
to tors him- Tubes containing 10O.
M worth of rd:um were applied to
th rrowth. For a time he seemed im-
pored and his family expressed the be
. iw be would recover.
Brefcner. always optimistic, con
noaed the flsht to the last, insisting he
wocld get well. He declared he want
ed to go bark to congress to fight for
t bill to have government-owned rad
ius institutes, the mineral to be at
tit dtfposal of rich and poor alike.
H was a warm personal friend of
President Wilson and his election to
congress vas accomplished while he
It? In bed. He did not make a speech.
HI election was said to have been a
trttate to bis pluck. He was a native
of Scotland. (
Shock to Washington.
Washington, D. C. Feb. 5. Brera
ler'i death, though not unexpected,
m a shock to his friends in congres
aonal circles. Because of the great
pressure of business " i-a T
ti bouse would not adjourn at once,
bit it would do so soon as badness
arranged for the day is disposer! of.
Aaother. resolution as drawn to
express the sympathy of the house
tad a committee was appointed by
Speaker Clark. Bremner was last in
tin boose the day it adjourned for the
Christmas holidays, and while he
chatted freely and was smiling, he
ts Bach in agony. While he was
tfcf last night the house discussed
lis bill for labor safety. It was his
Directs That War Against Con
stitutionalists in Various
States Be Pushed.
Argument Over Literacy Test,
Which Measure Includes,
Stirs Up Verbal Row.
CAFES IN CHICAGO
FACE A BIG STRIKE
Increased Wages, Weekly Hol
idaj nd Shorter Hours De
manded by Employes.
Washington, D. C. Feb. 6. With a
provision barring illiterates, said to
be the most drastic legislation of Its
kind in many years, the Burnett im
migration bill came before the senate
today, where the final question of a
literacy test will be threshed out.
Many expect the senate will pass the
bill as it stands, but the president's
attitude is causing much speculation.
Some say the president is opposed to
a literacy test. Before he signs the
bill, however, he will give public hear
ings upon it.
Secretary Bryan urged the bouse
immigration committee to take no ac
tion on the Raker bill for exclusion
of Asiatic immigrants pending; diplo
matic negotiations with Japan over
California land laws. The question
of Asiatic exclusion was discussed at
length behind closed doors. The sec
retary bound republicans and demo
crats alike to secrecy, and tod them
the administration needed to be free
from legislative embarrassments
while dealing with the situation diplo
matically. Kaker of California and all agreed
with Bryan nothing should be done to
-embarrass the administration.
Washington. D. C, Feb. 5. The
Burnett immigration bill calling for
a literacy test for applicants to ad
mission to the United States was!
passed by the house yesterday after
noon by a vote of 241 to 126.
All proposed amendments relaxing
to the exclusion of Asiatic immigrants
previously had been .eliminated
The final vote came at the end of a
day of vigorous debate, which at times
threw the house into confusion and
on several occasions threatened to
cause serious trouble.
Representative Burnett of Alabama,
in charge of the bill, tried to hurry
the debate along and frequently moved
to proceed and shut off the discussion.
On one occasion Representative
Manahan of Minnesota commented up
on what he called "the unfairness with
which this bill has been driven
through." and "the unfair statements
of the chairman. Mr. Burnett, in view
of his fear and cowardice, which he
has shown in not daring to answer
With a bound Representative Bur-
Mexico City, Mexico. Feb. 5. Presi
dent liuerta Instructed ail army chiefs
and governors of states that the gov
ernment bad begun a more active cam
paign against rebels. He urged pro
tection of all non-combatants.
Washington, D. C. Feb. 5. Hun
dreds of thousands of rounds" of rifle
and machine gun ammunition, under
seizure along the Mexican border. Is
being turned over to the constitution
alists as fast as they prove owner
ship. El Paso, Texas, Feb. 5. An express
wagon trundled across the interna
tional bridge from El Paso to Juarez
yesterday with the first load of muni
tions of war permitted to cross to the
i rebels under President Wilson's proc
lamation lifting the embargo. The
wagon contained not only 37,000
rounds of ammunition and 70 rifles,
representing the entire stock of a
local dealer, but large quantities of
fighting weapons have been ordered by
the rebel agents and soon are to be
shipped south for the rebel attack on
Order Causes Surprise.
Orders to permit the passage of
arms to the Mexican belligerents were
received by both the United States
army and customs officials. The order
came so suddenly that the rebel lead
ers at Juarez were unprepared for it,
for, they said, had they been pre
pwod large supplies would haveTTreen
held in readiness on the American
side. It was stated that the next few
IS GIVEN PENSION
Rock Island Road Allows Rich
Retiring Vice President
$150 a Month.
weeks will witness shipments to Jua
rea as rapidly as carloads can be
brought to El Paso.
Agents of General Villa made the
rounds of dealers in El Paso yester
day to buy up all suitable arms, but
they reported the stocks had been de
pleted. Notwithstanding this cus
toms officials received word that more
than 500,000 rounds of ammunition in
the last month were shipped to El
Paso from various points.
Will Not Be Affected.
The E00, 000 rounds of ammunition ,
Chicago, III., Feb. 5. John Sebas
tian, who retired Jan. 1 as third vice
president of the Chicago, Rock Island
& Pacific railway, is now on the pen
sion roll of the Company. ' Ahhodnte
ment was zliade yesterday byjV B.
Ross, secretary of the pension bureau
of the road, that Mr. Sebastian will
hereafter receive $150 a month, the
maximum amount paid under the pen
The salary of Mr. Sebastian, who is
reputed to be wealthy, was $20,000 a
year whie he was third vice president
of the Rock Island.
"It matters not whether an employe
is rich or poor," said Secretary Ross.
"If he remains in the employ of
company for 20 consecutive years and
in other respects qualifies for a pen-
ROBBED BY THUGS
AND BURIED ALIVE
Cleveland Coroner So Finds in
Ca3e of Robert Mercer of
ana numerous rines ana macmne guns , . , ,,. i v twu, nu" B
which were seized by the United I S,OB ,h is lve" then buried alive by h
States troops from the federals when J lue "l
Ciagx, Feb. 5. A walk out
Wr of waiters, waitresses and cooks I nett was on his feet.
tt big Randolph strei-t re.ta-irant
ft be followed by a t- rike at 35 res
Usnntg controlled by the Restaurant
Pri' aisociaMon if demands for in
ed wares, horter hour and one
off earh we k ar- not ompIied
according to union officials.
TO STRIKE ZONES
"Mhington. I). C. Feb. 5. The
rUi commit teen will leave Wahlng-
tonight. The sub-committee bead-
yj Representative Tavlor. will
K investigation at
Monday morning. The
Bktommitteo w li map out
arter reaching Denver.
r. Colo., Feb. 6 It is ender-
r" ton methods of expediting the
jj congressional invesMga-
M th Michigan strike will be the
i .toP'e t discussion by the execu
OT board f tv,. .i
' ioeri. w-hkh nut today
"l oyer was present.
Or. Bay P.erce Dead.
-Mnrent Mand. Florida. Feb. C.
ed'fc' Ilerre. of H-iffalr, X. V, a
U known manufacturer of medicine.
That's a lie. Mr. Chairman, and the
gentleman knows It." he shouted.
Amid a tumult of demands for rec
ognition, points of order, and a general
outburst of disorder. Represenatlve
Hay in the chair finally called Re pre- J
the latter crossed from Ojinaga. will
not be affected by the lifting of the
embargo, but will be held at Fort
Spaniards in El Paso who have rela
tives in northern Mexico were much
concerned over General Villa's posi
tive statement that he intended to
deal summarily with any Spaniards
who might be raptured in Torreon.
Notwithstanding the views of consti
tutionalist agents in Washington that
General Villa was misunderstood, the I
rebel leader said emphatically he had
proof that the Spaniards had sided
with the federal troops and that be
intended to shoot them. General '
for 34 years. On account of his ser
vice record and the position he held
he was given the maximum pension
paid by the company."
C. F. Jilson, who resigned several
weeks ago as assistant secretary and
assistant treasurer of the Rock Island,
has also been awarded a pension of
$150 a month.
sentative Manahan to order. Another I Villa said his purpose in giving the
outburst followed, in the course of
which Representative Manahan with
drew the word cowardice. Minority
leader Mann, in the role of peacemak
er, finally quieted things down and
brought about an exchange of apol
ogies. At another point In the debate the
chairman and Representative Mann
had a heated exchange, the latter de
claring that "the chair is disrespect
ful to the house." !
As the bill passed, it provides that j
iinnrv I rrpnr immigrant admitted to the'
fnV.rartn ! United States must be able to read
would not be
warning was that he
Rebels Take Mazatlan.
Xogalcs, Ari-.. Feb. 5. Mazatlan,
an important seat coast port in the
state of Sinaloa, fell into the hands
of Carranza's rebels today, are reports
from rebel sources. The capture of
Mazatlan places the first seaport in
possession of the rebels. Constitu
tionalists have been invading the city
some time, having captured Cullcan.
the state capltol, some time ago. Hot
fighting is said to have accompanied
the fall of the port. Many buildings
were shattered by rebel artillery.
Vat Allan I m th. tisimtk 9 m n n ,IAL
It prescribe, the ( method 5, Vnd MexTcins: ' ' '
. ( , i nmvMlnr flint '
Da La Lama Resumes Post.
Paris. France. Feb. 5. Adolf de La
umi, wno in January resigned as
HALF MILLION TO
Washington, D. C, Feb. 5. The sen
ate unanimously agreed to a bill ap
propriating 1500,000 to the department
of agriculture to fight hog cholera,
which threatens to cause ?00,000,000
loss' the present year.
The United States has issued a call
for holding a third peace conference
at the Hague next year. It took the
action, it is understood, at the request
of Queen Wilhelraina of Holland.
its pro-1 the Englinn language, or soma omer
Iantruace or dialect, including iienrew
of testing immigrants, providing that
each applicant for admission must
read a slip on which are printed be
tween 30 and 40 words.
In Its present form this measure
Pre-i- passed the nouse ana ine enio m
'the last congress, but was vetoed by
President Taft. A similar bill was
vetoed during President Cleveland's
second administration. The support
ers of the bill are confident that it will
again pass tiie benate. although Presi
dent Wilson has let It be known that
he does not approve the literacy test.
Opponents of the literacy test
fought strenuously to the last, but in
a last effort to eliminate the test from
TO CROSS OCEAN
Cleveland, O., Feb. 5. Beaten,
robbed, and buried alive was the fate
of Robert Mercer, timekeeper at the
new city hall building, who had been
missing since Dec. 21 and whose body
was dug up from the sub-basement
yesterday by Detective Shibley. Po
lice declare an arrest will be made
The young man's mother, Mrs. Jen
nie Mercer of Pittsburgh, was re
sponsible for finding the body. She
has been in Cleveland the last two
months searching for her son. Guided
by intuition, she prevailed upon the
detective to search the basement for
the body. It was found hurled three
feet deep. The arms were folded
across the breast and the knees were
Coroner Byrne after an autopsy as
serted Mercer was beaten on the head
with a club, knocked senseless, and
who thought they had killed him.
When Mercer was last seen near the
new city hall on Dec. 21 he had with
him $100 given him by his mother and
diamonds and jewelry valued at $1,000.
When the body was found the money
was missing, but the jewelry and dia
monds were intact.
It is believed that after the rob
bers had struck their victim they be
came frightened and overlooked the
Mercer has boarded at the Mittle
berger hotel, and his roommate, Harry
Cooper, said the last he saw of him
was at the city hall, where he had
spoken about going to Pittsburgh for
the holidays. The night watchman
says lie saw him. at the office of the
construction company at the new
building and that in reply to a ques
tion he had said he was going home.
The young man had. in fact, made
GLASS IS BARRED
BY SENATE VOTE
Members Stand 32 to 31 in Up
holding New Law for Direct
Election by People. .
THEN TAKES POISON
Man Says He Is Attacked After
He Refuses to Marry He -Is
an Auto Agent.
Washington, Feb. 5. By a vote of
32 to 31 Frank P. Glass of Alabama
lost yesterday his fight for a seat in
the United States Senate.
- The vote sustjprred theTocommt'iiiflC
tion of the committee on privileges
and elections. This held that Mr.
Glass was not entitled lo a seat be
cause his appointment by Governor
O'Neal to the vacancy caused by the
death of Senator Joseph F. Johnston
was made after the Seventeenth Con
stitutional Amendment directing elec
tion of senators by direct ballot of the
people had been proclaimed in full
Bitter debate marked the close cf
the case, the second which the senate
has settled involving interpretation of
the constitutional amendment. Sena-
jtor Blair Lee of Maryland, who was
seated a few days ago on recommen
: dation of the elections committee.
made his maiden speech in favor of
Mr. Glass and later cast his vote for
In spite of the committee's report
only eight, democrats voted to deny
Mr. G:ass his seat. They were Kern,
Hitchcock; Johnson, Lane, Pomerene,
Shively, Thompson and Walsh.
Four republicans, Bradley, Fall,
Perkins and Stephenson, voted with
Senator Clapp of Minnesota, who
signed the minority report favoring
Mr. Glass, proved the undoing of the
Alabama appointee. He had an
nounced that he would vote to seat
Mr. Glass, but late in the day he said
in a brief speech that he had become
convinced that his original interpre
tation of the case had been erroneous.
Sena'or Walsh of Montana, who
wrote the majority report, appealed
in a closing plea to his colleagues
to cast aside personal esteem and
Evanston, 111., Feb. 6. A young
woman registered as Mrs. M. F. Flint,
Moline, 111., was found in a serfous
condition from poison when a police
man entered her apartment in a hotel
to serve a warrant charging her with
threatening to kill E. J. Reidy, another
guest at the hotel. ;
Mystery was added to the case when.
the officer found two revolvers and
o boxes of cartridges in the room
occupied by the woman, who is about
24. She was unable to make coher
ent answers. She was taken to a bos- '
pital. Her condition is critical. A
physician said she had taken nearly
an ounce of poison and that there was
one chance in a hundred for her re-
At the hospital she asked for "Mrs;
Kelke, 2625 Fourteenth street, Mo
line," .believed by the police to be her
mother or sister. She will be notified.
Reidy is sales manager for an auto
mobile company in Evanston and is
reputed well to do. He said the
woman's threats came after his re
fusal to marry her. . -2
Former Marsha Kunckel.
Mrs. M. F. Flint, who is alleged to
1 have attempted suicide in an Evanston
' hotel, is the daughter of WIcliffe
; Kunckel of 2625 Fourteenth street, Mo
I line. "Th ffiaidennagie of Mrs. Flint
was Marsha Kunckel.
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: of age and was married five years ago
j to M. F. Flint of Davenport. About
i two years ago they went to Fort Worth,
' Texas, where the husband was suppos
: ed to be in charge of the circulation
j department of a newspaper.
1 Mr. Kunckel refused this morning to
j discuss the affair. He said he know of
; no man named Reidy, whom his daugh
j ter is alleged to have attempted to till,
f Mr. Kunckel wHI go to- Evanston at
I From another source it was learned
' that the elder Kunckel has lived alone
: in the house on Fourteenth street for
several years. His wife is said to be
in Rock Island, but this he refused to
; verify, nor would he state whether or
: not the mother had been informed of
, her daughter's condition.
Mexican minister of finance, as a pro- ,naker announced that Glenn II
New York, Feb. 5. Through the
Aero Club of America Rodman Wana-
arrangements to attend a Christmas friendship and to consider the case
dinner at the home of his fiancee, I from a legal standpoint only; to realize
Miss Alma McMillan, at Pittsburgh. 1 that they were making history and
When he failed to keep his appoiut-1 that a precedent might be established
ment Mrs. Mercer and Miss McMil-jon which the will of the people might
lan came here to search for him, but be overturned in future emergencies,
dilisent efforts on the part of the po- Senator Cherman of Illinois spoke!
lice failed to uncover any clew . in opposition to the seating of Mr.'
After the police j;ave up the search ! Glass. i
Mrs. Mercer remained here and j "The precedent made in this case j
declared she had a premonition that : w ill govern possible vacancies for!
I the young man's body was buried uu-j ninety- four senators," Mr. .Sherman
der the city hall. Detective Shibley continued. "It means delay of the
thought there might be something In seventeenth amendment for five years!
her intuition and with a gang of j from March 4. 1914, in cases of all sen
workmen began the search. ; ators elected March 3 1913, and for
In the subbasement the detective ; four years to two years in the cases
found a place where the dirt had i-f-lof other senators.
TO FOREIGN FIELD
Baltimore, Md., Feb. 5. ''Spend
freely upon the foreign field in dem
onstration and distribution," said Sec
retary of Commerce Redfield in an ad
dress before the National Canners'
convention.. "Put the best men avail
able on the job, back them by continu
ous production good food articles at
tractively packed and marked in truth
ful and explicit labels, and you can
not keep sales from growing." He
promised cooperation of the adminis
tration in gathering information and
removing unnecessary restrictions of
the Mil they were defeated. 140 to 239. j and de La I.aina has begun negotia
tious to raise $5,000,000 to meet the
test against uuerta s decree in mis-' . , . . .
pending payment of interest on the!t,as J en an J fnlhlch'an at
Mexican Tuition. I d-ht h.. rfi.i , mense hydro-aeroplane in which an at-
returu to Mexico and serve again as
minister of finance. He will leave for
New York, Feb. 11. After his resig.
nation liuerta sent him a long friendly
cablegram urging him to continue as
minister of finance. His wife and five
sons will remain in Switzerland. The
$750,000 Interest due In April on the
Mexican debt is said to be In hand
Jury Has Schmidt Cass.
New York. Feb. 5. The Hans
Schmidt murder cate went to the Jury
today at noon.
July interest payments.
Freed of Bribe Charge.
St. Paul.. Minn., Feb. G. Martin
Flanagln, former chief of police, aud
Field Mest for Women. j Fred Turner, a detective, today were
Berkeley. Cal.. Feb. 5. A field meet acquitted of the charge of sharing
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for women student will be held at .' urium gn eu oy a woman or tne
hlacton. D. C. F.b. 6 Tbs
H lde0- announced he would use
T lit!mat ir.nuenc to hav r
th provision In the Panama
ex-mptinr American coast.
! from payment of tolls. tl. : University of California, Feb. It. underworld.
tempt would be made this summer to
cross the Atlantic. The flier is de
signed to make the flight iu 15 hours.
SHOWS PROOF OF
cently been removed,
The body soon
WAKING WIFEY AT
2 I. .DISORDERLY
"The seventeenth amendment was a '
remedy for existing evll3 as seen by
the people of the different s:stes. If
the election of a senator is deemed '
necessary Alabama's governor could I
convene the legislature and have it
authorise him to appoint temporarily.
! if it saw fit and fix a time when he !
should issue special writs for the j
election of a senator by the people, i
He has not done so. In lieu of it he J
asiumes to appoiut a senator. It is a
WHITE WOMEN IN
CHINK OPIUM DEN
San Francisco, Cal., Feb. 5. A raid
on a Chinese rooming house in China
town in a search for opium smokers
discolsed throe white girls hidden be
tween the ceiling of a l-rst Loot and
the flooring of a second and led the
police to believe they had uncovered a
white slave depot. Those girls were
crowded ia a Email apartment con
cealed by a false ceiling, into which,
they had been forced when the pollca
entered the building. They gave their
ages to be over 20. They will be hel1
pending an investigation.
Chicago. 111., Feb. 5. F. W. I-aw-rence,
city editor of n morning news
paper, testified befi.re the federal
grand Jury and produced a cablegram
from Jack Johnson which charges that
' Jchndon gave $20,0n0 t0 be distributed
j among federal officials before Johnson
I w ent to Europe.
Chicago, 111.. Feb. 5. A man sho
habitually nets an alarm clock for 2
a. m. and at that hour makes his wife ' Pluin usurpation of power.
get out tf bed and sleep on the floor
is guilty of disorderly conduct, said
Judge Sullivan, as he fined Stanley
Melish $50 on complaint of his wile.
Find Missing Brooklyn Girl.
Chicugo. 111., Feb. 5. Miss Florence
Lawler.'missing Brooklyn, X. Y., high
school girl, who disappeared Monday,
is at the Central Young Woman's
Christian association la Chicago.
Brandeis to Head Trustees.
Washington. D. C, Feb. 5. Louis D.
Brandeis of Boston will probably be
chairman of the board of trustees to
take over the Boston & Maine hold
Ingn of the New York, Xew Haven &
Hartford railroad tinder a plan agreed
to by Attorney General McReynolds
and Chairman Elliott of the New Ha
SUF IS HELD FOR
Glasgow, Scotland. Feb. 5. Raoda
Robinson, a suffraget, was arrested to
day and taken to Dunblane, Perth
shire, in connection with the Are at
trlbuted to arson squads, yesterday,
at "House of Rose," St Fillaa's maa
sion and AberchlU castl,
Mrs. M. F. Flint Tries to
Kill E. J. Reidy in an