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Associated Press Leased Wire Report Member of Audit Bureau of Circulations "sixty-fifth YEAH. XO. 73. TUKSDAY. JANUARY 11, 1U1G. TWELVE PAGES. PRICE TWO CENTS. THE ROC HALF MILLION DOLLARBLAZE AT OTTUMWA Nearly Whole Block in Busi ness Center Wiped Out by Conflagration. 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- i 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 blaze. 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 walls. 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 glass. 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 GENERAL STRIKE 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 xtautre. 5 IRISH WILL NOT FURTHER OPPOSE BRITISH SERVICE London, Jan. 11. John E. Redmond, parliamentary leader of the Irish party, announced in the house of commons service bill. TAFT BOOSTED TO SUCCEED LAMAR 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 : . ''"-"; 1": 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 Tigris river. 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 de Champagne. 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 brought down. FancierFads in Footwear for Milady 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- nations. 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. THREATENED SHIP ARRIVES SAFELY 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 ship. 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 last voyage. t- POLICE SEARCH 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. POSSE CAPTURES ESCAPED CONVICT 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 SEXATE. 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 fertilizer supply. HOUSE. 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 Germany's. Miss Jane Addams and other representatives of woman's peace party addressed the foreign affairs committee in the interests of peace. A concurrent resolution order ing (he public printing of 100,000 copies of the final report of the in dustrial relations commission was adopted. DUNNE CALLS LEGISLATORS INTOSESSION Second Extra Meeting of Illinois Legislature Is Formally Opened. 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 reconvene. 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 sage were: 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.) PUBLISHERS OF 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 today. 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. WifetoNurse 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. DEMOCRAT PARTY 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 testify. 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 work. Latest Bulletins 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 Americans killed. 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). ! GIVE AUSTRO SUBACCOUNT OF DISASTER Sinking of Italian Liner Porto Said Told in Semi official Statement. PUTBLAME0N STEAMER 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 submarine. The statement follows: "In reference to the sinking of the Italian steamship Porto Said by an Austrian-Hungarian submarine: "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 boats. 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 a yacht" 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 neutrality. 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 If Forecast Till " V. M. Tomorrow, for Hock Island, Davenport, Molinc and YicinitT 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; iowest, 14. Temperature at 7 a. m., 14. Wind velocity, 8 miles pr hu tr. Precipitation, none. Relative humidity at 7 p. m Co per cent. Relative humidity at 7 a .m., 72 per cent. Relative humidity at 1 p. m., .'9. River stage, 11 feet; a fall of .4 foot in last 34 hours. J. M. SHERIEK, Local Forecaster. .