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I ISLAND ARGUS.
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"sixty-fifth YEAH. XO. 73.
TUKSDAY. JANUARY 11, 1U1G. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
Nearly Whole Block in Busi
ness Center Wiped Out
NO LOSS OF LIFE GIVEN
No Fatalities Reported
Only One Is Believed to
Have Been Injured.
Ottumwa, la-, .Ian. 11. Figures
complied this afternoon indicate
that the total loss "ill lie tr:!)5,50.'
anil that insurance will amount
to .liVUMi, Ira wni,' a net loss of
$1.V1.'J(HI. Owners of the burned
buildings are already discussing
plans for now structures and the
store owners are endeavoring to
find temporary quarters.
Ottumwa, Iowa, Jan. 11. Five stores
in the heart of the retail district de
stroyed with a loss of $500,000, and
more than one hundred persons j
thrown out of employment, is the re-
suit of a fire which started in the I
Friedman department store here early J
today. At 7:30 o'clock firemen were:
still pouring streams of water into the!
burning buildings but it was said there
was no danger of a further spread of
The fire originated in the elevator
shaft of the Friedman department
store and spread rapidly to the roof.
The building is three stories high in
the front section and four stories at
the rear. The entire structure was
gutted, the w alls of the rear building
falline within three hours after the ,
Ere started. The Harper and Browning this afternoon that the nationalists , trade are the chief topics under dis-ihree-story
building occupied by the ; would not further oppose the military j cussion in the convention of the Na-
swiries ury Cioous store ana tne wooi
worth Five and Ten Cent store, was
the next to succumb to the flames and
is a total loss.
Adjoining the Friedman store on the
west, the Stevens shoe store, a three
story structure, was badly burned and
the rear walls caved in. The Nelson
cloak company, next door, suffered t
smoke and water damage as did the !
Edmunds building on the east of the j
line of buildings burned. Part of thet
wall of this building fell and the stock;
of the Woolworth store suffered heavy
loss from smoke, water and falling of ;
The fire department early realized
. , . ,.,..
hp Ravr.rt anil InrnM tnpir pfmrts to-
ward saving the other stores. The lo-
cation of the tire in the heart of the j
retail district placed many of the big-;
ger stores in jeopardy for a time but j
the blaze was under control within
three hours after the alarm was turn
ed in. Six buildings were either to
tally destroyed or badly damaged. The
structure occupied by the Friedman
department store is owned by J. B. Sax
and valued at $75,000. Friedman car
ried a $2u0,000 stock and was insured
for $100,000. The Harper and Brown
ing building is valued at $25,000 and
one-half was occupied by James
Swirles' dry goods store with a $30,000
stock, partly insured.
Roy E. Stevens' shoe store has a loss
of $50,000 on building and stock with
$35,000 insurance. H. L. Edmunds'
building, value $20,000 and insured for
$10,000. Smoke and water damage to
the Nelson Cloak company is estimat
ed at 55,000.
Frank Jaques, an employe of the
Stevens shoe store, while assisting at j
me fire, was severely cut by tailing
Iowa City lias $35,000 Fire.
Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 11. Fire de
stroyed the Rate Glove and Mitten fac
tory here last night. Damage was es
timated at $35,000.
SPAIN FEARING A
Paris, Jan. 11. A general strike in
the metal Industry began today at
Barcelona, Spain, without incident.
According to the Madrid correspond
ent of the Havas agency, the duke of
Alba, minister of interior, received in-!
formation that international agents ;
'ere touring the country, preparing ,
for a general strike involving all ;
Spain, with the purpose of causing the I
emigration of Spanish workmen toj
factories abroad. j
The government, says the minister,!
observes this program is being carried
out at Barcelona and will act as events j
IRISH WILL NOT
London, Jan. 11. John E. Redmond,
parliamentary leader of the Irish party,
announced in the house of commons
TAFT BOOSTED TO
New York, Jan. 11. A letter signed
by seven men who have been presi-!.
by seven men who have been presi
dents of the American Bar association
t u.. .. :
.nn..l,llnnnn Vino Vt nan cant ti Ppocwlonf '
four of whom are democrats and three : .
Wilson urging him to appoint former,
President Taft to succeed the late Jus
tice Lamar on the United States su-
preme court bench.
. - .
The letter, alsol
signed by widely known lawyers from
14 states, was made public today.
THE WAR TODAY
The Austrians are making im
portant inroads on Montenegrin
territory despite desperate resist
anee by the forces of King -Nicholas.
The Montenegrin war office ad
mits the evacuation of Uerane, an
important town on the river Lim,
the east bank of which to the north
has been cleared of Montenegrins,
according to Vienna.
On the western frontier of Mont
enegro, Austrian forces are win
nine Miccesses against defenders
of Mount Lovcen, an important
height near Cattaro.
The Italian liner l'orto Said,
sunk in the Mediterranean last
month with the loss of six passen
gers and one sailor, was torpe
doed ly nn Austrian submarine,
according to a semi-official state
ment given out in Berlin. The
statement asserts that the steam
er tried to ram the submarine.
There has been a halt in the
Uritish force proceeding to the re
lief of Kut-El-Amura, but accord
ing to announcement in London its
pause at a point some 20 miles
from that place was due to weath
er conditions and the necessity of
removing the wounded in the re
cent lighting by boat down the
Last night, according to the offi
cial account, the tierinans were
driven from the advanced French
posltious they had taken, except
that they still hold with difficulty
a small rectangle west of Maisons
Very heavy losses were sustain
ed by the three German divisions
r more that took part in the at
tack, the I'aris statement claims.
The Jlerlin war office records the
(ihootliig down in Helgium of a
French battle aeroplane and a
V.rlihh biplane.. I'aris admits the
loss of one aeroplane, but declares
two German machines were
New York, Jan. 11. Shoe styles and
new methods of manufacture adapted
to the rapid expansion of the shoe
tional Shoe Retailers' association here
The convention opened yesterday.
Manufacturers and dealers say there
was an increase of $10,uu0.000 in the
shoe business last year and they pre
diet that the increase will be greater
this year. This is attributed to the
development of shoe fashions as well
as to the war.
Hizh ton hoots, with color schemes
hjt . lvorv. chamoaene and
bronze, will be in style, it was said
today. Pumps are again coming in
fw and there will be many innova-
j tions in them. High heels are favored
and even walking shoes are to be of
! smalter lasts in tan and whitec onibi-
GERMAN LIFE BELTS
REPORTED PICKED UP
Berlin, Jan. 11. "A Copenhagen
newspaper states that life saving belts
from a German man of war have been
found on the Swedish coast," says the
Overseas News agency. "It is stated
I authoritatively that these belts must
i be from the German cruiser Bremen,
! announcement of the sinking of which
! by a submarine which was made of
! ficially last month. An accident to
iany other ship of the German navy is
out of the ouestion."
Rate Increase Unjustified.
Washington, Jan. 11. Proposed in
creases in class and commodity rates
by rail and lake routes between New
England and middle Atlantic states
points and the west were found un
justified by the Interstate Commerce
commission. Increases proposed were
about five per cent.
Danville, 111. Winters & Elliott,
general merchants of Murphysboro,
filed a petition in bankruptcy in fed
eral court here.
New York, Jan. 11. The French
liner Lafayette which was threatened
with destruction in anonymous mes
sages sent to Henry Clew's, Jr., and
others, who booked passage from Bor
deaux, arrived here today and report
ed that neither a submarine or a mine
had been sighted during the voyage.
Although the liner was convoyed for
some distance by torpedo boat destroy
ers, passengers said there was consid
erable nervous tension aboard the
The warnings received by the La
fayette's passengers were similar to
those sent to several persons before
they embarked on the Lusitania on her
FOR PAUL KQENIG
New York, Jan. 11. Police began
search today for Paul Koenig, the so
called chief of the Hamburg-American
under $50,000 bail on a federal indict
ment charging him with conspiracy to
blow up the Welland canal.
A warrant for Koenig's arrest was
issued yesterday by a magistrate
charging him with corruptly influenc
ing Frederick Scheindl, formerly a
clerk in the National City bank to de
liver letters and telegrams to Koenig.
Scheindl was arrested and released on
bail some time ago. The new charge
against Koenig is a misdemeanor
which carries a maximum penalty of
three years in the penitentiary.
The federal grand jury continued to
day its investigation of alleged alien
plots. It is said that only the edges
of the conspiracy have as yet been
touched by federal authorities.
Joliet, 111., Jan. 11. Edward Roe-
beck, a convict serving a life sentence,
j was returned to the state penitentiary
i here today after his escape last night,
j Roebeck, with three associates, stole
a horse and wagon and drove to the
: farm of Hugh Thompson, four miles
north of here. Thompson, hearing a
noise in his chicken house, investigat
jed and a lantern he carried was shot
Ifrom his hand.
A posse was formed and after an ex
i change of shots Roebeck and two of
his companions surrendered. The
fourth man was caught after a chase.
DAY IN CONGRESS
Senator Clarke introduced a
resolution to withdraw the sov
ereignty of the I'nited States from
the Philippines and to recognize
an independent government.
Secretary MrAdoo, in re
sponse to Senator Gore's request,
estimated that 130.000,000 reve.
nue could be gained from taxes
on tea, sugar and automobiles.
Senator Mewiands, democrat,
assailed some of the achievements
of his own party.
Adopted resolution railing on
Secretary of Agriculture for in
formation on available potash
Met at noon. Naval committee
continued hearings on navy bill.
Representative Foss of Ohio de
clared Great Britain's violations of
neutral rights were greater than
Miss Jane Addams and other
representatives of woman's peace
party addressed the foreign affairs
committee in the interests of
A concurrent resolution order
ing (he public printing of 100,000
copies of the final report of the in
dustrial relations commission was
Second Extra Meeting of
Illinois Legislature Is
MUCH WORK AHEAD
Body Wffl Be Kept Busy
Handling Business Out
lined by Governor.
Springfield, 111, Jan. 11. The
second special session of the Illi
nois legislature met at noon today
in response to Governor Dunne's
call issued last Friday, but both
houses were forced to recess im
mediately until five o'clock this
afternoon because of a lack of a
quorum. The governor's message
which was made public at noon
will be presented to the members
at that time.
Only 58 of the 153 members of
the lower house answered the roll
call when the house was called to
order at noon by Speaker Shana
han.. In the senate only 19 mem
bers were present Many bills
have been prepared and will be
dropped into the legislative hop
per this evening when the houses
Springfield, 111., Jan. 11. Requests
for legislation appropriating addition
al funds to pay damage claims caused
j by the recent foot and mouth epidemic
: among livestock; for the elimination
i of and combining of primary and reg
istration dates in Chicago and down
j state for the purpose of cutting down
election expenses; for amendments to
the primary law previously presented
and for several minor statutes re
garding commissions were made to the
second special session of the Illinois
legislature today in a message sub
mitted by Governor Dunne.
The message, which was short and
which included several items con
tained in the governor's message to the
first special session last November,
was read to the lawmakers soon after
the special session was called to order
at noon today.
Primary Problem Untouched.
Governor Dunne's message made no
suggestion as to what primaries or
registration days should be combined
or done away with. However, as in his
message to the last special session, it
requested the lawmakers to definitely
fix how delegates to national party
conventions shall be selected. It is
now a mooted question as to whether
they shall be elected by direct vote or
by party conventions.
The message also failed to make
mention of splitting the ballot next
fall to permit a separate ticket for
presidential electors and state officers
and for county officers.
I Other requests made in the mes
State Control of Serum.
For the placing of the sale and man
ufacture of hog cholera serum under
I state control.
The message said that impure serum
' caused much of the recent foot and
i mouth epidemic.
; For the enactment of a statute
i amending the good road laws to cor
Irect certain defects in the law relat
ing to the issuance of bonds for good
; road purposes.
; Validation of a $2,000,000 good roads
jbond issue in Cook county.
Recreation by statute of the state
i centennial commission.
Enactment of an appropriation to
pay the secretary of the state civil
service commission back salary.
Enactment of additional appropria-
(Continued on Page Twelve.)
MENACE ON TRIAL
Joplin, Mo., Jan. 11. Charged with
sending obscene literature through
the mails, four men alleged to have
been connected with the Menace Pub
lishing company of Aurora, Mo., pub
lishers of the Menace, a weekly news
paptr, faced trial in federal court here
The defendants are Wilbur Phelps,
Bruce M. Phelps, Theodore C. Walker
and Marvin Brown.
In addition to being charged with
circulating through the mails improp
er articles printed in the Menace, the
defendants are charged with having
aided in the distribution of a book al
leged to have contained obscene passages.
Man fo Life
Shot by Girl
Joliet, Jan. 11. John Robart, pros
perous manufacturer, who was shot
yesterday by Lillian Pfeiffer, for seven
years known to Joliet friends as Mrs.
Robart, lay at the point of death today
at the hospital to which he was taken
after the woman attacked him and
killed herself. Physicians said his
chances for life were slight.
Philadelphia, Jan. 11. Relatives
here of John Ulrich, alias Robart, who
was shot in Joliet, III., yesterday by
Mrs. Lillian Pfeiffer with whom he
eloped six years ago, are willing to
forgive him if je recovers. His wife
and their four children live in West
Philadelphia. The wife and a sister of
Ulrich said they would go to Joliet
and care for him.
Mrs. Pfeiffer's body will be brought
here for burial. The woman is be
lieved to have sought to kill Ulrich
because she feared he would return to
his family in this city.
TARGET OF TALK
BY OWN SENATOR
Washington, Jan. 11. Senator New
lands of Nevada, democrat, attacked
his party's record in the senate to
day, delivering a speech in which he
criticised the tariff and banking re
formsthe chief legislative efforts of
the Wilson administration. He de
clared because there had been indus
trial and commercial depression co
terminus with democratic control of
legislation, the party would be in dan
ger of defeat at the next presidential
election unless the European war con
tinued and made the president's "sa
gacious and firm." handling of foreign
affairs the overshadowing issue.
Although he characterized the gen
eral trend of democratic legislation as
commendable, the senator asserted
that the party was too radical, and ex
pressed the conviction "that no po
litical party can hope to remain in
power which adopts radical instead of
evolutionary methods of reform."
Danger' of a democratic defeat in
the congressional elections of 1914, he
said, was "averted only by the Euro
pean war, which brought into sudden
contrast the president's policy of
watchful waiting regarding Mexico,
with the mad haste of the European
nations as they rushed into war, and
which made that policy as popular as
it had theretofore been unpopular."
"The realization that similar pru
dence would keep us out of European
complications," he added, "saved the
party at the last election from the de
feat which would have surely come
as the result of the general prostra
tion of business, popularly attributed
to our economic legislation."
TOWN OF RIOT IS
SCENE OF PEACE
Youngstown, O., Jan. 11. The grand
jury investigation into the strike at
the plant of the Youngstown Sheet
and Tube company was resumed today
with a score of witnesses waiting to
The gates at the Republic Iron and
Steel company's plant where 7,000 men
have been on a strike since Dec. 27,
reopened today and many returned to
El Peso. Tex., Jan. 11. The
American Smelting and Ketining
company representative here re
ceded a telegram from Chihuali::a
City today stating it huh reported
that a train load of employes which
left the capital yesterday for west
ern Chihuahua had been held up
by Villa bandits and all the
Minneapolis, Minn, Jan. II.
oithwesteru states and Canada
shivered today ender a cold blast
from the north that sent tempera
tures down to record points for t'ic
season in many sections.
With its thermometers register
ing 4s degrees below zero. l!;:tt!e
Ford, Snsk, held first position iu
j chit of low temperatures.
Chicago, Jan. 11. The appellate
court today reversed a decision by
the circuit court which awarded io
t.ovemor Edward F. Dunne sM ".' 0
i:s compensation for his services
cs sole mmlWisg trustee under the
will of John S. Cooke, Health)
brevier, who died March 12, 1VJS).
Sinking of Italian Liner
Porto Said Told in Semi
Submarine Report Throws
Responsibility of Loss of
Life on Vessel Sunk.
Berlin, Jan. 11 (by wireless to Say-
ville, N. Y.) A statement given out
today by the semi-official Overseas
News Agency establishes the fact that
it was an Austrian submarine which
sank the Italian liner Porto Said in
the Mediterranean last month, causing
the death of six passengers and one
member of the crew. It is asserted
the steamship attempted to ram the
The statement follows:
"In reference to the sinking of the
Italian steamship Porto Said by an
"Vienna reports that the submarine
ordered the steamship to stop. The
Porto Said first attempted to escape,
then ran up a white flag and halted.
"When the submarine approached
the steamer, the latter suddenly steer-
i ed at the submarine to ram her. At
that juncture the submarine opened
fire and hit the steamship, which
again came to a halt, and lowered
Helpless Were Abandoned.
"The submarine ceased firing, drew
up to the steamship and observed that
the persons in the boats which had
put off from the Porto Said were mak
ing for the coast without attempting
to- rescue those swimming in the sea.
The captain of the Porto Said was
told that he would be shot if he did not
save those struggling in the water.
"On the steamship were found two
persons, one of whom was wounded.
They were taken off in a boat from
the submarine, and after the woutded
person had been bandaged, both were
handed over to the captain's boat.
"It was not until after this had
been done that the Porto Said was
torpedoed. Meanwhile the submar
ine, while still giving assistance, was
shelled by a hostile torpedo boat and
CASE OF CONSOL
BEING TAKEN UP
Berlin, Jan. 11. Newspapers of Ber
lin, says the Overseas News agency,
asserted that the German government
has taken up the case of Edward Hig
gins, American consul at Stuttgart,
who is said to have made statements
hostile to Germany and in violation of
Washington, Jan. 11. Ambassador
j Gerard at Berlin has been authorized
by Secretary Lansing to investigate
I unofficial charges against American
Consul Edward Higgins at Stuttgart,
alleging that he is pro-British and ob-
jectionable to the German govern
;ment. Should the charges be proved
; it was said Mr. Higgins will be in
i formed that this government will not
permit unneutral activities on his part.
WILLS ALL TO WOMAN
HELD FOR HIS DEATH
Pine Bluff, Ark.. Jan. 11. Mrs.
Johnnie Jenkins, under indictment on
a charge of complicity in the murder
of her husband, Philip G. Jenkins, was
made the sole beneficiary in her hus
band's will disposing of an estate val
ued at $100,000, filed for p-rDl:ate to
day. THE WEATHER
Forecast Till " V. M. Tomorrow, for
Hock Island, Davenport, Molinc
Snow tonight and probably Wednes
day. Continued cold, with lowest
temperature tonight about 5 or 10 de
grees above zero.
Fresh northeast to northwest winds.
Highest temperature yesterday, 3S;
Temperature at 7 a. m., 14.
Wind velocity, 8 miles pr hu tr.
Relative humidity at 7 p. m Co per
cent. Relative humidity at 7 a .m., 72
per cent. Relative humidity at 1 p. m.,
River stage, 11 feet; a fall of .4 foot
in last 34 hours.
J. M. SHERIEK, Local Forecaster.