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"SIXTV-FOUUTII YEAH. NO. 42.
MONDAY. DECEMBER 7, 1914. TWELVE PAGES.
PIUCE TWO CENTS.
Estimates Given to Con
gress Provide for an
Increase of Millions.
Belgian and British Cavalry Wintering in the Trenches
TO GIVE TALK
CRAWLS FOR AID
AGAIN IN LODZ
Petrograd Does Not Admit
Defeat, but Concedes
Fred Smith, Geneseo, Will
Probably Die as Price of
Stealing Train Ride.
TWO NEW BATTLESHIPS
Program Also Calls for Six Tor
pedo Boat Destroyers,
Washington. D. C. Doc. 7. The na
tion' military and naval expenses the
rext fiscal year not including certain
tied expenses would axnount to ?25t5.
ibd.OOO compared with $251,230,000
daring the current year, under the
planscf the administration as embodied
in estimates rubmitted to congress to
ixy. This amount provides for the
regular army, the military academy,
tie militia to far as its cost to the fed
ral government is concerned, fortifl
ciiiCms. arsenals, military posts and
the naval establishment, including the
proposed naval building program and
increase in the navy heretofore au
tioriied. The tentative administra
tion naval building program for the
next fiscal year is for two battleships,
ill torpedo boat destroyers, eight or
siore submarines, one of the seagoing
type, and seven or more of coast de
fease type, one oiler and one gunboat.
Hall and outfits of these vessels alone
weald cost almost ten millions during
tie coining year and their arms and
a-Tsaziezt cine and a half millions.
Submarine mines, an important factor
b tie European conflict, are provided.
President Opposes Car iter Plan.
President Wilson announced todav
he was opposed to Representative j
Gardner's plan lor investigating the
preparedness of the United States for
rational defense, because he thought
it a& U'ifee way of handling a "ques
tion which might create a very un
favorable International .impression."
Gardner called on the president to
day at the tatter's request, to discuss
las resolution for an investigating
commission. After Gardner's cail the
fullowing was given out at the White
"The president told Gardner he was
opposed to the method of inquiry pro
posed by Gardner, because he thought
it an unwise way of handling a ques
tion which might create very unfa
vorable international impressions. He
stated to Gardner that he was entirely
la favor of fullest inquiry by commit
tees of congress and there were no
facts in possession of the executive
orpanmems which were uul at mtr
disposal of those committees. During '
tie call Gardner read the. following 1
to questions to the pretident:
"There are two ways of defeating ;
uy resolution. It can be defeated on j
a square yea and nay vote, or it can
be pigeonholed in the committee on
rales. Which course do you advise?'
""Will ycu authorize the army and
navy officers to testify IWore the rules
committee on my invitation, either
with or without restrictive instruc
Will Push Resolution.
Gardr.f.r refused to say what answer
was givf-n to his questions.
tease o'flrials said
the formal state- ,
meet given out would be the only
comn-r.t on the call. Gardner said he
ould cont;nue to press for passage
tis resolution. He will consult other
numbers "f congress to learn their
views. Prior 'o Gardner's call. Chairman
TiHnan r.t the senate naval commit
tee, discussed national defenses with
the preside nt. He said he and the
president agreed that the United
States should have an adequate navy
la accordant e with the declarations of
e last democratic platform. lie
Kided naval experts would have to
4eterrir.e what an adequate navy was.
Kahn for Number of Submarines.
Rres-r.tative Kahn, ranking re
publican, (!-.:ared himself for a build
program to include a large num-j
r of submarines, torpedo Ioats,
&fjre bal i -!. ips, and an increase in j
cTy eniirr;i-r:s. He endorsed the
cheme of sr.ort t-rrn enli.-trnent to
provide a i:.o!.ii- army of SOO.O'jO and
national guard of 30,000.
Sale is Continued.
Eera jse t f the inclement weather
ti-e tale t.i ;.-iir r-or.d'i'-ted t-day by the
l!'t' Aid fj i.-ty ,t the Fir.-t Meth-l-it
rhurrJi i:i b- oiiti-nj:-d tomor
lr" aft. moi-fi :-.t th- horn.- of Mrs. C.
I- Wa;kt-r. ';:; Teii'.-t:i nr. i-t.
LIVING COST NOT
HIGHER IN FRANCE
Pari.-. S'v. 26. (Correspondence of
Afao;atKi l-n-.) .More than
G&e hundred days' war, mobilization
3.000,000 men, Hieir equipment and
feeding j-nd fcMtfnir .f fidfl ftflO Hel-
?a refug.-.. unri v.m.oo :r',..n oris-
oiers h1Tt had IjQ apprM.lllble aect j
fon the cost of living in France. .
Winter In the trenches with the British Colonial Horse, a cavalry divis Ion attached to the Third Belgian Lan
cers. Hoth British and Belgians are h ere seen as they appear wintering in the samo trenches.
IN GRAFT QUIZ
Chicago. 111., Dec. 7. Additional ev
idence of alleged connivance of Chi
cago policemen with lawbreakers was
revealed today by State's Attorney
Hoyne, who gave further details of
confessions he declared he had obtaiti-
pd- Police Captain Halpin, Lieutenant
Tobin and former Detective Walter
O'Brien appeared in criminal court
and gave bonds.
The mayor revoked the saloon li
cense of Tow Ker in. named In a
confession obtained by Hoyne as a go
between in dealings of confidence men
and police. A former detective at the
bureau over which Halpin had charge
The December grand Jury, which
will investigate the police department,
was sworn in today. Several members
received letters threatening their
FORD MACHINE STOLEN IN
DAVENPORT FOUND HERE
A Kord runabout, the property ot
Henry A. Mohl, 2427 Fulton street.
Davenport, which was stolen abaul 10
o'clock last night, was recovered by
the local police late this morning at
Twenty-third street between Seventh
and Eighth avenue undamaged. The
tar had evidently been driven a con
siderable distance. This is the third
automobile that has been stolen with
in a week by joy riders, and the police
of the tri-citie8 are on a close lookout
for the guiity parties.
BEGS TO STAY IN PRISON
Joliet, 111., Dec. 7. John Howard
Sml'.h, prisoner in the Joliet peniten
tiarv. serving an indeterminate term
for ?orl;ery was granted a parole Sat-
urdav i, didu't olease Smith a bit.
He has been acting as valet to War
den Alien and he would rather be in
side looking out thau outside looking
Smith is a ne.gro and of a girth that
almost equals his height. He came to
the warden and with tears in his eyes j
informed him that he had been paroled,
He added that he would not accept
ih r.a.-r! Vn amount of rirument !
could convince him that he should take j
advantage of 'tiis liberty.
"I don't want to go and where
could I go," he bellowed. "I go to Chi
cago and I get Into trouble with the
I stay here and I wait on j-ou
happy. Please leave me
Warden Allen does not know what
to do about it, but Smith -declares he
has settled the matter; he fcays he is
going to stay.
BOMB EXPLODES; 4 DEAD
New York. Dec. 7. Fire, believed
to hav started from a bomb explo
sion, caused the death of a fannily of
four persons and destroyed the cen
tral s.vtion of the village of Ardsley-on-Hudson
early Sunday. The loss Is
(Miniated at about 150.00i.
The dead are William Johnson, aged
Z. employed by the telephone com
pany; his wife, Mrs. Klizabeth John
, 22 and their two children, Wil
liam, aged 0. and Margaret, 1 year
Michael IrelJo, for whom the bomb
is believed to have been intended, is
missing. Johnson, who discovered the
fire, lost his lir in a futile effort to
rescue his family.
Dec. 7. Mutualixa-
Newark. -V J
lion of the Prudential Insuranc Com
,,any of A merle was ordered today
by a rote of the policyholders.
The War Today
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Offensive movement of the allies
against the German armies on French
Belgian soil, apparently being extend
ed gradually, covers a large part of
the battle line from the North sea to
The German official statement this
afternoon says that in northern Poland
the Germans have been successful, in
prolonged fighting around Lodz, in de
feating strong Russian forces station
ed northwest and southwest of this
city. "Lodz i in our possession," says
the statement. "Details of the battle
cannot yet be made public because of
the extended field over which the en
gagement has been fought. Russian
losses are very large. Attempts of
Russians to come to the assistance of
their threatenetPannies north from
northern Poland were foiled by the
activity of the Austro-Hungarian and
German troops southwest of Plotrkoc."
Crew of One Saved but All on
Board Other Except One
Man Reported Lost.
London, Dec. 7. A dispatch from
Stockholm states the Swedish steamer
Luna and Kverilda struck mines on
the Finnish coast. Both sank. The
crew of the Luna wassaved, but all of
the seamen aboard the Kverilda ex
cept one were lost.
TAXICAB IS DRIVEN INTO
CURB OWING TO THE FOG
A driver lor Totten's Auto company
narrowly escaped injury at 5 o'clock
this morning when a taxi-cab, which
was driving, ran over the curbing,
up into the vara or Kicnaru oieason .-,
home. 824 Twenty-fifth street. The
driver was on his way to answer a
call, and was alone at the time. It
was pitch dark and slightly foggy, and
he failed to notice
the turn in the
street ai una iw.ui iUU
One of the front wheels of the car
was demolished and the fender and
front axle bent.
Many residents in
the neighborhood were awakened by
Operations of street cars was also
i difficult this morning because of the
fog and a number of collisions were
Conference of Copper Ruling.
Washington, II. C Dec. 7. Plans
are being considered for a conference
here of representatives of copper pro
ducers affected by Great Britain's rul
ing on copper shipments. Governors
of Utah and Montana have approved
IS ORDER OF MEN
Vote of Four Organizations on
the Harriman Lines Has
St. Louis, Mo., Dec 7. Four of the
organizations involved in the strike of
shopmen on the Harriman lines voted
to continue the strike, according to
Chaini'an Wharton of the railway de
partment of the American Federation
of I-abor. The vote of the lift h or
ganization Involved has not been received.
New York, Dec. 7. A roaring north
easter today swept the Atlantic coast
at 60 miles an hour from North Caro
lina to Maine. Many wrecks were
cast upon shore.
Washington, D. C, Dec. 7 Steadily
increasing In intensity and mo"ng
slowly northward a sixty mile gale
which has been whipping the Atlantic
coast since Saturday night was cen
tral today off the Virginia capes.
A report from Ocean City, Md., this
morning said a steamer suppose'd" to
be a warship which grounded five
miles below that place yesterday was
still fast this morning, blowing her
whistle continuously for help. A hign
sea and fog prevented assistance be
ing rendered. The unknown warship
reported off the coast of Delaware Is
believed here to be one of some for
eign fleet. The safe arrival of two
American destroyers at Norfolk and a
report from the captain of the battle
ship Kansas that he was riding out if
the storm off the Deleware capes, dis
posed safely of American wpt craft In
Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 7. A tele
phone message from Ocean City, Md.,
at 12:30 reported that the warship
grounded off that place had proceeded
Reaward. It was impossible to learn
its identity owing to the gale and
New York., Dec, 7 A gale swept
New York harbor and the bay with
great violence. Vessels ft dock In
some instances were pounded against
the piers. A fire boat at a slip at
St. George. Staten Island, was sunk
in this manner. The upper harbor is
almost clear of craft.
Seabright, N. J., Dec. 7 Turning
of the ebb today found Seabright's
ohief streets under water. railroads
coverpd by ocean for two mAes and
h torm lashed sea sweeping
through breaks in the seawall con
structed after the floods last year.
With a high tide to come the situation
is alarming. The tide is creeping over
the ground floor of houses. There was
a $100,000 loss during the night. All
business is suspended.
VENEREAL DISEASE HAS
BILLIONS ANNUAL TOLL
Madison. Wis.. Dec. 7. From what
Is believed authentic figures the legis
lative commission which investigated
vice in Wisconsin computes a loss
from venereal disease equivalent to a
tax upon the people of the state of
$7,500,000. Dr. Howard Kelley de
clared this loss throughout the United
States to be $3,000,000,000 annually.
il THE WEATHER II
Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Molin
Evening stars: Jupiter. Mars. Morn
ing stars: Mercury. Venus, Saturn
Planet Mercury in conjunction with
planet Venus at 3:32 p. m.
Continued unsettled weather tonight
and Tuesday, with occasionally rain or
snow, the lowest temperature tonight
will be slightly above freezing.
Temperature at 7 a. m., 37. Highest
yesterday, 38; lowest last night, 37.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 8 miles
Precipitation, .04 inch.
Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 100 at
7 a. m. 100.
Stage of water 2 feet, a fall of .1 in
last 4S hours.
J. M. SHEIUER. Local Forecaster.
Will Tell Needs of Nation
Address to Joint
BOTH HOUSES AT WORK
Hope Is to Rush Through Busi
ness so Special Session
Will Not Be Necessary.
"Washington, D. C, Dec. 7 Congress
got back to work today after six
weeks' rest, to what promises to be a
billion dollar session.
With crowded calendars confront
ing both houses, senators and repre
sentatives settled down to passing big
appropriation bills and the administra
tion program which President Wilson
will outline In his annual message to
morrow. In the hope that a special ses
sion will not be necessary after March
4. In the house, crowded galleries and
congressmen of all three parties on
the floor united in a remarkable ova
tion to Speaker Clarke as he dropped
his gavel at noon.
The Sixty-third congress reassem
bled today for Its third and concluding
session. President Wilson will deliver
his annual address In person tomor
row from the rostrum in the hall of
the house before a joint session, out
lining the administration program. Un
til that is fully disclosed, the work
which will be undertaken during the
comparatively few remaining days in
the life or this congress, which dies at
noon March 4, remains undefined, ex
cept that the usual appropriation bills
are likely to receive first and chief
attention. Whether the Sixty-fourth
congress, chosen at the Noveoiber
elections, will be called in special ses
sion or will not assemble before an
other year no one can predict with
After six weeks of respite from leg
Islatire grinding, during which many
participated In the political campaign,
members of both houses assembled
prepared to go on with the unfinished
business left over from the last ses
sion. That the general appropriation
bills would be difficult to complete be
fore March 4, If much other legisla
tion were to intervene, was ihe cob
sensus of opinion among :-.5c-rs of
both dominant parties. What clrcum
j stances may arise from the European
war or changed conditions in Mexico
may be the deciding influence In the
meeting time of the next congress
with Its new host of republicans In the
With the falling of the gavels In
both houses today many legislators,
some of them prominent figures for
years In the political life of the nation,
turn their faces toward private life,
for this session of congress Is their
last unless changing fortunes return
Senators Root of New York, Burton
of Ohio, Perkins of California, Bristow
of Kansas, Crawford of South Daketa,
Stephenson of Wisconsin, all republi
cans, and Thornton of Louisiana and
White of Alabama, democrats, will go
out of office at the end of the session.
In the house. Representatives Un
derwood of Alabama, Hardwick of
Georgia, and Broussard of Louisiana
are serving their last terms before
their elevation to the senate of the
Prominent Democrats Retire.
Among prominent house democrats
retiring are: A. Mitchell Palmer of
Pennsylvania, a member of the ways
and means committee; Stanley E.
Bowdle of Ohio, who will return the
seat he took from former Representa
tive Nicholas Longworth; Robert J.
Bulkley of Ohio; John R. Clancy of
New- York; Robert E. Difenderfer of
Pennsylvania; Jeremiah Donavan of
Connecticut; Richmond Pearson Hob-
son of Alabama; Henry M. Goldfogle
of New York; Charles A. Korbly of In
diana: Robert E. Lee of Pennsylvania;
George A. Neeley of Kansas; Frank T.
O'Hair of Illinois, who will yield back
the seat he took from former Speaker
Joseph G. Cannon; John J. Mitchell
of Massachusetts, a 'member of the
ways and means committee; Edward
W. Townsend of New Jersey, and
many others. Of the progressive or
ganization In the house members who
will be retired Include the party lead
er, Victor Murdock of Kansas; II.
Clyde Kelly, W. J. Hulings and Henry
W. Temple, all of Pennsylvania; Wil
liam J. McDonald of Michigan and
William II. Hinehaugh of Illinois.
Leaders on all sides look forward
to Interesting developments over the
naval and the army appropriation
bills because of agitation resulting
from the European war. Representa
tive August P. Gardner of Massachus
etts has a resolution directing con
gressional Investigation into the mil
itary preparedness of the United
States for war.
The first calendar business before
the house today was the cotton relief
legislation urged by Representative
Henry of Texas, and others who al
most prevented adjournment of the
SLUMBERS ON PLATFORM
Falls Under Train Two Miles West of
City Pulls Self Half Mile to
(Special to Argus)
Geneseo, 111.. Dec. 7 Fred Smith,
aged 35, is said by the attending phy
sicians to be dying at Hammond city
hospital from shock due to the loss of
a leg which was crushed by the wheels
of a Rock Island road passenger train
on which he was stealing ride Sat
Smith boarded the blind baggage
when the train, which was westbound,
halted at Geneseo at 9:26. He fell
asleep, he said, and when the train
was about two miles out of Geneseo
he fell from his position to the tracks
and the train passed over him. He
was able to pull his body free of the
tracks and, becoming exhausted,' he
fell unconscious. He wakened at 8 in
the morning and crawled a half mile
to a farm house, where he made
known his plight.
The. farms in that vicinity are quar
antined because of the foot and mouth
disease and it was 'necessary to bring
the telephone into use. Will Andrews,
some distance away, was communi
cated with by a farmer who heard
Smith's cries of distress. Andrews
went to the rescue with his automo
bile and Smith was hurried to the
hospital, where the crushed limb was
amputated just below the knee.
On Way to Rock Island
Smith is a son of Mr. and Mrs.
Frederick Smith. He was born in
Geneseo and has resided here all his
life. He was on his way to Rock Is
land when he met with his accident.
last session by insisting on It. The
general understanding among mem
bers of both houses was that President
Wilson would press the bill for gov
ernment purchase of ocean steam
ships; the measure to pave the way
for ultimate independence of the Phil
ippines, and the measures proposing a
comprehensive plan of dealing with
waterway improvement and conserva
tion of natural resources. j
- General Waterway Bill.
A general waterway bill to estab
lish a nation-wide system of broad
scope, such as has been indorsed by
a committee of the cabinet, will prob
ably be urged.
Many other important subjects are
pending. Included in the list is the
rural credits bill prepared at the last
session. There have been Intimations
that the measure might not be pressed
at the short session, the view being
that the federal reserve system should
be given a chance to perfect itself be
fore any other financial legislation
should be undertaken. The immigra
tion bill, which failed at the last ses
sion with its literacy test, is pending
in the senate. Representative Hobson
has begun to urge action on a resolu
tion for a national prohibition consti
tutional amendment and a constitu
tional amendment to provide for wom
an suffrage. Both are pending in the
house. Good roads legislation, reor
ganization of the civil service and a
bill to regulate the output of radium
also await action.
Foreign affairs are certain to occu
py attention of the senate. The ad
ministration Is said to desire action
on the Nicaraguan treaty, through
which the United States would acquire
another interoceanic canal route and
naval station rights in the Bay of
Fonseca for $3,000,000. It also hopes
for action on the pending treaty with
Colombia to settle the partition of
Panama for $25,000,000. Opposition to
both treaties is promised by republi
cans of the foreign relations commit
tee. In preliminary discussions of appro
priations the estimates for the new
federal trade commission to supervise
the business of industrial corporations
are prominent. The board will be or
ganized in the near future. Presi
dent Wilson has said he will appoint
its five members early In the winter.
Lively debate also Is expected over
the rivers and harbors appropriation
bill, which has been under considera
tion ever since the old bill was fili
bustered to death In the last session
and a blanket appropriation of $20,
000,000 was substituted to carry on
public works already under way. In
the main, however, it is believed that
chief attention will have to be given
to the usual supply bills of the gov
ernment in order to complete them
before this congress ends by operation
law on March 4, next.
BRIDE AIDS IN ESCAPE
Joliet. 111., Dec. 7 (Special)
Chester Bouten of Chicago knocked
down the village marshal of Channa
Iion. 111., and his deputy and escaped
after he had been arrested. According
to the story told by the police. Bouten
tried to induce a native of that vil
lage to help him rob a bank in a
neighboring town. His confidante re
fused and told the authorities. The
marshal tried to get into the home of
IJouten's grandmother, thinking he
had taken refuge there. Mrs. Bouten
bride of three weeks, and the 80-year-old
grandmother piled furniture
against the door and kept the police
outside all night. They would answer
RUSS TURN TO CRACOW
Revive Story That Austria
Weeks Ago Asked Enemy for
Terms of Peace.
London, Dec. 7. Comparison of re
ports from Berlin and Petrograd leads
to the conclusion that the Germans
again occupy Lodz, from which city
they had been driven on their first
retreat from Warsaw. Berlin makes
positive announcement that Lodz Is In
German hands, while Petrograd ad- -mits
the situation there is desperate.
If the fall of the city is a fact, it in
dicates, communication with Warsaw
is again seriously menaced, but a
semi-official statement from Petrograd
declares the Russians are strong
enough to hold the invaders in north
ern Poland and will content them
selves doing this while devoting their
main energies to the reduction of Cra
cow and the invasion of Hungary,
which, according to the Russian cap
ital. Is the weak point in the armor of
the Teuton allies. Messages from
Petrograd say that even as early as
the time of the fall of Lemberg Austria
asked Russia for terms of peace. Ne
gotiations, If any really took place, ap
parently proved abortive.
The story is again revived in. Petro
grad that the Hungarian prime minis
ter on a recent visit to Emperor Wil
liam demanded better military protec
tion for Hungary, lack of which would
cost the loss of the kingdom.
Cracow Under Fire.
Petrograd Intimates a new plan of
offensive. Cracow, It is said, is now
under fire of Russian artillery, and the
Russians contemplate shifting the
main attack from central Poland to
the south, involving an attempt to
push on from the region of Cracow
and enter Germany across the Sties- .
ian border, with Breslau as the ob
WTith the exception of a special dis
patch that Ostend Is burning nothing'
has been received in London to dis
pute the accuracy of the latest
French communication stating that
there is nothing to report on the west
Turkish auxiliaries are reported to
have been destroyed In the Black sea
by Russian submarines. The famous
Thrkish cruiser Hamidieh, said to
have been crippled by a mine, regain
ed Constantinople with considerable
A statement of former Premier Glo
litti, at Rome, that Austria planned a
war against Servla In 1913 has caused
somewhat of a sensation.
The Balkan states are said to be
near a rapprochment which would
enable them to make a common cause
against the German allies.
The battered Servian army appar
ently has rallied. Nish reports the
Servians have resumed the offensive
and driven back the Austrian right
wing as far as the Kolubara river.
Germans Destroy Monastery.
Paris, Dec. 7. A dispatch from Pet
rograd says: "Germans destroyed
the monastery of Lenozyca, 16 miles '
northwest of Lodz, which had been
in existence a thousand years, on the
pretext that the ringing of the Ange
lus was a signal to the Russians. A
priest and two monks were killed."
VILLA AGREES TO
RETURN TO RANKS
Says He Will Retire When Gov
ernment Is Established
Zapata to Do Likewise.
Mexico City, Dec. 4. (Delayed.)
Generals Villa and Zapata met today
and announced publicly they would
work together and each retire to pri
vate life when their work is accom
plished. The forces of Villa and Za
pata will enter Mexico City tomorrow.
According to a high official in the pres
ent government an active campaign
will begin within a week by Villa and
Zapata forces. Four strong columns
will be sent to attack Carranz follow
ers. FRANK DEFEATED
IN FINAL APPEAL
Washington, D. C, Dec. 7. The su
preme court today refused to issue a
writ to review the case of Leo Frank,
convicted of the murder of Mary Paa
4au, the Atlanta factory girl.