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BAG FALLS IN
Moose Carnival Crowd
Witnesses Tragedy at
TRIES FOR AN ISLAND
Misses Objective Pcint and Bal
loon Collapses as It Strikes
Surface of Stream.
Alton. IK . May 23. Robert Cowan,
IS. an aeronaut, was drowned la the
Mississippi last nlpht when a balloon
in which he was soaring dropped into
A large crowd of men and women
stood on the bluffs and witnessed the
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accident. Cowan never made an ascen
tion until last Wednesday. It had been
arranged when the balloon had reach
ed a height of about five hundred feet
Cowan's foster father, an experienced
parachute jumper, who remained on
the ground, was to fire a revolver as
a signal for the youth to cut loose
the parachute and descend.
Revolver Fails to Work.
The revolver failed to work and a po
liceman fired his revolver, but. appar
ently, the signal was not heard or the
aeronaut was afraid to cut loose. Ap
parently the aeronaut was trying to
land on Maple Island, but the wind
veered and he missed the Island. The
balloon began to collapse as it struck
the surface of the water, spread out
and settled over the head of the aero
naut who still clung to the trapese.
The ascension was one of the attrac
tions of a carnival of the Loyal Order
"All Ashore" Call Sends Seven
to Plunge Into Sea at
New York, May 23. As bells and
thistles were sounding the second call
for all ashore. Just before the sailing
of the new Scandinavian American
lmer Frederick VIII from the pier at,
Hoboken yesterday afternoon, a gang'
plank crowded with men, women and
children shouting their farewells to
friends on the steamer, broke and
pi!led overboard at least seven per
sona, of whom three were drowned.
. The steamship's decks were crowded
to the rails, and over 3,000 people el
bowed and jostled one another on the
pier. The cracking of the gangplank
and the cries of those pitched into the
Hudson through the narrow space be
tween the side of the ship and the
string piece created a panic, and only
by the most vigorous work did the
teamship line's pier employes prevent
excited ones from pushing others over
board. Several men dropped Into the Hud
on and helped to save the drowning,
and one man, Eric Peterson, a harbor
Junkman, was so overcome by his fail
ure to save a mother and her small
daughter from death that his mind
Te way and he was taken In straps
w jet. Mary's hospital in Hoboken.
Farmer's Wagon Has Break-
. down on Viaduct Bridge and
Traffic Become Congested.
Trafflc on the viaduct bridge was de-
!yed last evening for over an hour
wiin a w&gon loaded to the brim with
kraad new mumbles, broke down and
he rolling spuds scattered In all di
TLe driver of the wagon directing
tis team to Davenport had neglected to
ie the conveyance the "once over
before he started out with his load,
od the result was that the breakdown
occurred Juxt at a point which would
lost inconvenience himself and the
After the potatoes had settled them
e!ve8 about the bridge, the work of
rpairikg the damage to the wagon
and of ayain loading the spuds wad
In tiie meantime the bridge line
"fi clanged their bells and horses,
Wgits and autos patiently waited un
til the farmer had gotten his murphies
together again so that the blockade
ould be broken.
New York Eugene Hoatling. station
'gent tor the West Shore railroad at
'pan. a suburban station, was shot
a l killed by two men who tried to
'b the safe in his office.
ECUADOR HAS ENVOY
AT NIAGARA FALLS
Dr. Don Gonzalo 5. Cordova.
Niagara Falls, Ont.. May 23. The
international importance of the ABC
mediation conference in this city Is
emphasized by the presence of the
minister from. Ecuador to the United
States. Dr. Don Gonzalo S. Cordova.
no secret or me tact mat
he has been instructed by his govern-
ment to watch the progress of the con
ference, and to do everything in bis
power to further a peaceful settlement.
The minister stated on his arrival
here that the interest Ecuador took
In the matter was the Interest that
all Latin-Americans had in avoiding
war between the United States- and
a sister republic.
Other Latin-American members of
the Washington diplomatic corps are
following Senor Cordova's example.
Among those who have announced
their intention of remaining on the
ground until the conference is over is
Dr. Alberto Mem-breno, minister from
Honduras, who from the first has been
an ardent advocate of mediation.
BREWERY FIRE IS
FOUGHT BY DRYS
Leave Picnic at Preston, Minn.
and Help Save Big Plant
- Fmr-etrtttiun. "
Preston, Mmn.. May 23. While
"drys" were holding a picnic In cele
bration of the result of -.the recent
election, when the ciiy voted to con
tinue without saloons, fire broke out
in a large Preston brewery. The "dry's"
rushed to the assistance of the fire de
partment and the blaze was extinguish
ed without serious loss. The volun
teers then retired to the picnic and re-
freshed themselves with lemonade and
grape Juice. Though the sale of liquor
Is forbidden in Preston, it is manufac
BE SENT ABROAD
Immigration Officials Capture
Men Using Names of Presi
dent Wilson and Ohio.
St. Louis. May 23. George Michael
and Joseph George, held by immigra
tion officials, have been recommended
for deportation on the ground that they
worked a confidence game on Pres
dnt Wilson. Senator Stone of Mis
souri and Secretary of War Garrison
They were arrested here after solicit-
lne funds from the Business Men's
league for an orphanage in Van, Syria
They showed letters of recommenda
tion from Wi'.son, Stone and Garrison,
which upon investigation proved bo
NEW TREATY HAS
Toklo. Japan. May 23. The Japan
ese-American arbitration treaty has
been ratified by Japan. It was ratified
by the United States senate February
last. It pledges the governments to
arbitrate all questions excepting those
affecting vital Interests. Independence
or national honor, and the rights of
Want Doc Cook Recognized.
Washington. D. C. May 23. A peti
tion, signed by several thousand citi
zens of Micnigan, asuing congress iu
recognize Dr. Coot as the discoverer
of the north pole, was presented to the
senate today by Senator illlara Al-
JENKINS, SCOT, IS
Sandwich. England, May 23. J. L
Jenkins of Scotland won the British
amateur golf championship, defeating
Hezlet of Ireland.
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IS BUOYED BY
Counsel for Convicted
New Yorker Prepare to
MAY GET A YEAR'S STAY
Jury at Second Trial Reaches
Verdict of Guilty on the
New York, May 23. Counsel for
Charles Becker, twice convicted of Instl
gating the murder of Rosenthal, are
preparing an appeal to a higher court.
An appeal would stay execution more
than a year.
New York, May 23. Twelve men de
cided late yesterday afternoon for the
second time that Charles Becker was
the arch-conspirator responsible for
the 'Rosenthal murder, which nearly
two years ago awoke New York to
realisation of corruption in the police
department and opened a new era of
Becker, once a police lieutenant,
was found guilty of murder in the first
degree. Only a pardon or interference
again by the Court or Appeals can
save him from following to the electric
chair the four gunmen who shot Her
man Rosenthal, the gambler, early on
the morning of July 16, 1912. The
jury today decided that the gunmen
were Becker's agents.
One ballot decided Becker's fate. It
was taken almost immediately after
the jurors returned from luncheon at
an uptown hotel where they went as
soon as Supreme Court Justice Samuel
Seabury finished his charge. It was
unanimous for conviction. Tears
streamed down the foreman's face as
he announced the decision, and tears
lsJ&QjLJa.Lha-yes of several other Jury -4
men; but sympathy did not warp their
Becker's counsel anounced that he
would appeal and gained a week's
stay for the preparation of his future
campaign. The defendant was grant
ed a short meeting with his wife and
his brothers and then taken back to
his cell in the Tombs.
' Wife Kept From Court.
Becker and his wife were talking
shortly before 5 o'clock in a room ad
joinjng the sheriffs office when a court
attendant announced that the jury had
reached a verdict. Mrs. Becker was
not permitted to accompany her hus
band to the courtroom. Newspaper
men, court attendants, counsel for the
defense and District Attorney Whit
man and his staff were the only other
persons allowed admission. The de
fendant's two brothers, Jackson and
John Becker, the latter a detective
lieutenant, hurried to a side entrance
where they stood awaiting the verdict.
When the little group in the court
room had found seats the twelve men
who alone knew Becker's fate, filed
silently in with Foreman F. Sheridan
Blagden at their head. All twelve
faces were expressionless.
Becker in the room overhead was
still talking to his wife when Justice
Seabury tok his seat. A bailiff was
sent for the defendant. Becker kissed
his wife as he left her.
It's all right," he told her. "Don't
worry. They 11 free me.
Becker walked briskly through the
courtroom to the rail facing Justice
Seabury and gripped it with botju
hands. His face was colorless. He
glanced hopefully at the jury, but he
did not catch the eye of a single man.
To all outward appearances the jury
did not' know the defendant was in the
room. Clerk Penny asked the jury to
"Foreman," he said, "hane you
reached a verdict?''
Jury Foreman in Tears.
Blagden. a youngish man. blond and
slim, brushed his eyes with a handker
chief, already damp. "We have," he
said softly. "We find the defendant"
He hesitated a moment and contin
ued in a whisper:
We find this defendant guilty as
charged In the indictment; guilty of
murder in the first degree."
Becker's face went gray. The big
muscles in his neck Jumped out in
heavy rolls. The veins at his temples
swelled. His great frame swayed and
drooped; then with quick control he
became himself again.
Big tears welled into the eyes of the
little foreman. He wiped them away
and then the clerk began to ask the
questions required by law. The roll
was called and each individual juror.
asked if "guilty" was his verdict, too,
When Mrs. Becker was informed of
the verdict she collapsed completely
and was still sobbing when her hus
band was lead Into the room. She
threw her arms around his neck and
buried her face on his shoulder.
O." she cried. "Charlie, I'm so sor-
roy, so sorry. 1'oor l name, i man t
expect if -
She could say no more. Sue re-
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WITH CREW OF 25
Boat Meets Disaster on Way to
Halifax From Scotland,
Halifax, N. S., May 23. Loss of the
new lightship .No. G with all of the
25 men on board was Indicated by the
a7scVeryJf wreckage and three bod
ies near Liscomh, 100 mile east of
here. The lightship was on the way
to this port from Scotland, where it
All the victims are believed to be
Scotchmen engaged by the builders to
navigate the vessel across the At
leased her husband from her embrace
and dropped into a chair.
Becker stood looking down at her as
6he wept. Then handcuffs were lock
ed about his wrists and he was led
away to the Tombs.
MAY OSE BOOSTER
FUND FOR MAINS
Outside Help Needed to Com
plete Improvements in West
End Factory District.
The board of control of the booster
fund and the board of local improve
ments will meet Tuesday morning at 9
clock In the mayor's office, at which
time an attempt will be made to have
the board of control use the booster
fund to assist In paying for the propos
ed waterniains In the west end factory
district, but the residents in the vicin
ity are not able to meet their part of
the assessments, and for this reason
the board is looking for outside help
to carry the project through. The
booster fund was raised to attract new
industries to the city, and to develop
The watermains for this territory
are proposed as follows: Eighteenth
avenue, from First to Eighteenth
street; north on First street to I'enn
Oil and Supply Co.; Fifteenth avenue,
from First to Mill street; north and
south on Mill street. 300 feet each way
from Fifteenth avenue.
Other improvements approved by
the board at the meeting this morning
Asphalt paving. Eighteenth avenue,
from Sixteenth to Twenty-seventh
street; brick pavement. Second ave
nue. Seventh to Ninth street; Seventh
street. Second to Fourth avenue; wa
termains. Twenty-eighth street. Fif
teenth to Sixteenth avenue: and
Twenty-first street. Eighteenth to
New York. May 23. John D. Rock
efeller. Jr.. today stated through his
secretary he never would confer with
Judge Llndsey of Denver relative to
the Colorado strike situation.
Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Moline
Unsettled tonight and Sunday; prob
ably showers; not much change in
temperature. Gentle winds, mostly
Highest temperature yesterday, 76;
lowest last night, 53; at 7 a. m., 61.
Wind velocity, one mile.
Relative humidity last night, 40;
this morning, 69.
River stage, 6.6 with a fall of .4 of a
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
Evening stars: Mercury. Mars. Ve
nus, Saturn. Morning star: Jupiter.
The bright star north of the Pleiades
(northwestern sky) is Algol (Demon
Star), seen in the evening.
Three of 18 Injured in Explo
sion at Gazallo Saloon May
Not Survive Injuries.
Chicago, III., May 23. Eighteen fire
men are in hospitals today suffering
serious injuries from fire explosions
yesterday that destroyed a building
occupied by the saloon of Louis Gaz
zola and his brother. Alderman Frank
Gazgola. Six other persons hurt by
flying glass are In hospitals. Six fire
men and 19 citizens are under care of
physicians at their homes. Of 49 ser
iously Injured three. Firemen Bouch
ard, Hopp and Moran, may die.
RAID SUF OFFICE
London, Eng., May 23. Police this
afternoon raided the headquarters of
the Women's Social Political union, a
militant organization. They took pos
session of the offices and detained all
members of the staff on duty.
After thoroughly ransacking the
rooms the police let all the officials go
except one woman. There was no dis
turbance inside the building. A large
force of police protected the women
from a hostile crowd outside.
Two suffragets broke the glass case
of an exhibit In the mummy room of
the British museum. There was no
damage to the exhibits. Both of them
Glasgow, Scotland. May 23. Failure
of fuse early today saved an aqueduct
which carries half of Glasgow's water
supply from Loch Katrine, 42 miles
away. A watchman noticed freshly
turned earth and discovered two pow
erful bombs with a half-burned fuse.
In the vicinity was a woman's hand
bag containing two towels and a plac
ard stating the destruction was a pro
test against the treatment of .Mrs.
Edinburgh. Scotland, May 23. A
picture of King George V., by Lavery,
In the Royal Scottish academy was
hacked by a suffraget this afternoon.
She smashed the glass of the picture
with a hatchet and made a gash of sev
eral inches in the canvas. She was ar
SHOT BY STUDENT
Youth Who Had Lost His Money
Gambling Confessed Rob
bing Woman on Train.
Florence Italy, May 23. Pietro
Rossi, 24 years old, an art
student arrested today, confessed he
shot and robbed Mrs. Mary Elavelle of
Chicago. He said. "I had gambled
away almost all the money I pos
sessed and started on my way home
to Monte Puloiano to inform my fam
ily of my predicament. On the train
saw an old lady who apparently had al
ready one foot in the grave, and to
whom wealth could not mean much. I
attacked her, but would not have tried
to kill her if she had not screamed
when I grasped her valise. I then lost
my reason and fired."
The condition of Mrs. Flavelle was
TO REBELS CLOSE
Wireless From Battleship Cali
fornia Says Water Supply
Will Last Only 1 5 Days.
San Diego, Cal., May 23. A wireless
from the battleship California says
Mazatlan's water supply will last only
15 days and It is believed constitution
alists will soon be in possession of the
city. Since the arrival of -rebel Gen
eral Obregon, fewer cruelties to fed
eral prisoners are being practiced. It
is reported F. Green, an Englishman,
was murdered by bandits near San Mar
cos. Several Americans reside in that
PLACED IN YEAR
Chicago, 111., May 23. General Sec
retary Fox of the American Bible so
ciety told the Presbyterian general as
sembly today that 5,250,000 bibles
were distributed in the year by the
bible society. A special edition was
printed and sold in China at one-seventeenth
of a cent a copy.
Sunday baseball was condemned In
the report of the committee on Sab
bath observance which was presented
and discussed at the morning session
of the general assembly of the Pres
byterian church of the United States.
Dr. Quales Dies in Chicago.
Chicago, 111.. May 23. Dr. Nilts T
Quales, nestor of Scandinavian-Amer
ican medical men of Chicago, Is dead,
aged 83. He was decorated by the
king of Norway with the cross of St.
15,000 IN FIELDS
Oklahoma City. Okla.. May 23. Fif
teen thousand additional hands will be
needed to harvest the 1914 wheat crop
of 40,000.000 bushels, the largest the
fctate ever produced.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
First Session of All Me
diation Agents Called
IS ASKED BY MEXICANS
Opinion Expressed That Obsta
cles Heretofore Bothersome
Have Been Removed.
Niagara Falls. Ont., May Z3. The
first full conference between the medi
ators and both the American and Mex
ican delegates will be held tonight. It
was arranged at the request of the
Mexican delegates, who met the medi
ators informally this morning-.
It Is understood the envoys are con
fident of being able to remove such ob
stacles as had delayed the proceedings
during consideration of the prelim
inary m-easures. The sudden calling
of a full session for tonight was not
expected by the American delegates.
Washington, D. C, May 23. Watch
ful waiting on mediation continued to
be the attitude of the Washington gov
ernment today in regard to the Mexi
can situation. The president left the
White house early for a ride and rec
reation after receiving encouraging re
ports of the preliminary negotiations
from the American commissioners. ..
No Word from Carranza.
At the constitutionalist agency here
it was said no word had been received
from Carranaz or from the mediators
on the representation of the constitu
tionalists at the Niagara Falls confer
ence. A Mexico City dispatch to diplomatic
sources here reported that when the
constitutionalists captured Tepic re
cently, they put to death the entire
federal garrison, 300 officers and men.
Mexico City, Mexico, May 23. Gen
eral Zaragosa, with troops that evacu
ated Tampico, arrived safely at Hue
jutla, Hidalgo, proceeding to Mexico '
City, according to a report.
Vasconcelos in- Dark.
Plans under consideration by the
constitutionalists for sending a repre
sentative to give information to the
mediators at Niagara Falls have not
been communicated to Jose Vascon
celos. Mr. Vasconcelos has been sug
gested to undertake this task however, .
and the situation will be explained to
him when he reaches Washington to
It was pointed out last -night that
if the constitutionalists finally sent one .
of their number to Niagara he would
not go as a delegate or with the pur
pose of seeking participation in me
diation but merely to give informa
tion as to General Carranza's plans and
purposes. This would be done wlttt
the distinct understanding that the"
constitutionalists were not committed
to any plan the mediators might pro-'
pose for the pacification of Mexico.
New York, May 23. Jose Vascon
celos, the special agent of Carranzait
has been reported would be chosen as
a constitutionalist representative to
the Niagara conference, emphatically
denied in a statement that he was to
receive such an appointment or that
Carranza would ever consider media
tion as a solution of Mexico's Internal
"As long as the Huertalstas are at
Niagara we shall not be represented
there," Mr. Vasconcelos said. "The on-'
ly way my party meets Huerta is on
Orozco Is Routed.
Juarez, Mex., May 23. Colonel Mig
uel Gonzales was the highest ranking
insurgent officer killed in the fighting
incidental to the capture of Saltlllo ac- -cording
to advices received here yes
terday. He was in command of one
of the brigades of Villa's army.
Pascual Orozco, the one-time leader
of an anti-Madero revolution, was de
feated in fighting near San Luis Po
tosi, according to official report re
ceived yesterday. His defeat was con
sidered important as having connec
tion with the federal retreat to San
Luis Potosl from Saltillo, recently tak
en by General Villa's constitutional
ists. The report also ended uncer
tainty regarding Orozco's where
abouts. General Carrera Torres, In com
mand of constitutionalist troops invest
ing the capital of San Luis Potost
state, reported that on May. 19 bis
troops routed the forces under Gen
eral Orozco, General Antonio Govea
Loya and General A. Mendoza. The
battle took place at Corlovada. 30
miles northeast of the state capital.
The Orosco troops had made a sor
tie to cover the entrance of the re
treating Saltillo garrison. Torres has
been confronted with the problem- of
holding the federals In the city and at
the same time preventing the entrance
of the Huerta troops from Saltillo.
EI Paso. Texas. May 23. Federal
troops sacked Saltillo before evacuat- .
lng. It is asserted In a message to local- -. ;
agents of the constitutionalists, .