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SIXTY-FIFTH YE All. NO. 102.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1916 TWELVE PAGES.
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IN SEA LOSSES
British Arethusa Is Wrecked j
After Striking Mine
SUB SINKS FRENCH SHIP
Goes Down Off Syrian Coast
Find One of the Crew
Alive ; Fourteen Dead.
London, Feb. 14 (4:10 p. m.) Ten
men lost their lives today when the
British cruiser Arethusa struck a
mine off the east coast of England,
according to a statement Issued by j
the British official press bureau. It Is
feared, the statement adds, the vessel
will be a total wreck.
The Arethusa was a light cruiser,
displacing 3,600 tons. She was 410
feet long, 39 feet beam and had a mean
draft of 14 feet. The vessel was built
at Chatham in 1913-14. The cruiser
was armed with two 6-inch guns fore
and aft and six 4-inch guns on the
broadside. She was alBO equipped
with four 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Mas Fighter Young.
The Arethusa had not been 4S hours
out of the hands of her builders be
fore she took part in one of the most
important naval battles in the North
Sea since the war began, the engage
ment off Heligoland, Aug. 28, 1914.
In this battle three German cruisers,
the Mainz, the Koeln and the Ariadne
and two German torpedo boat destroy
ers were sunk. The Arethusa was
rather severely handled and after the
battle had to be taken in tow.
It was a torpedo from the Arethusa
which struck the battered German
cruiser Bluecher and sent her to the
bottom in the great North Sea battle
between British and German squad
rons on Jan. 24, 1915.
Paris, Feb. 14 (2:01 p. m.) Reports
of the loss of the French cruiser Ad
miral Chanter, which was reported to
have been sunk by a submarine which
was patrolling the Syrian coast, were
According to information received
at the French ministry of marine, a
raft bearing one live sailor and the ;
bodies of 14 of his comrades has been i
picked up off the coast of Syria.
The rescued man said the Admiral
Charner was sunk on the morning of
Feb. 8. He declared there was no
time to use the life boats.
An official statement given out by
the French ministry of marine yester
day said that no news had been receiv
ed from the cruiser Admiral Charner
since Feb. 8, when, according to a
German telegram a submarine had
unk "a French warship."
Son of Marquis of Bath Killed.
London, Feb. 14. The Marquis of
Bath today received an undetailed re
port that his eldest son, John Alex
ander, viscount of Weymouth, had been
killed in action.
Meyer Case to Go to Jury.
'.Wlnterset, Iowa, Feb. 14. Counsel
in the case of Mrs. Ida Meyer, aged
charged with complicity in the
murder of her daughter-in-law, today
presented their arguments and the
case is expected to go to the Jury late
today or tomorrow.
Washington, Feb. 14. Austria's
formal modification of her Intention
to sink without warning, armed mer
chant ships after March 1. was re
ceived today by the state department.
It is substantially the same as that
received from Germany.
Secretary Lansing said no decision
W been reached on the attitude of
the United States. He had read the
German memorandum carefully, he
'aid, and found it agreed with the
Published description contained in re
tent news dispatches from Berlin.
From high official quarters today
ffie the intimation that the memo
randum received from the German
ad Austrian governments are con
Mered In themselves a sufficient
Wning to Americans to refrain from
agaging passage on merchant ships
ol the class of vessels after March. 1.
COOK OF POISON
SOUP NEARLY IN
TOILS OF POLICE
Chicago, Feb. 14. First Deputy
Superintendent of Police Herman
Schuettler said today that he expected
the arrest within a short time of Jean
Crones, assistant chef at the Univer
sity club, who is suspected of poison
ing the soup served at a dinner given
on Thursday night to Archbishop Mun
deleln. Schuettler and 100 mounted officers,
detectives and uniformed policemen
were at a reception given last night to
the archbishop at the Auditorium
Some of the detectives guarded the
entrance and watched for notorious
radicals whose faces are known to the , of Lake county t0 release William H.
officers. Others were scattered about .
,, , , Orpet, the Lniversity of Wisconsin
among the audience and several were ,
near the prelate at all times. Junior held at Waukegan on a charge
John Allegrini and Pasquale Ligno, of murder. Frank Lambert, father of
friends of Crones, are still held by the j the girl, assented to the pleas of his
police. Examination of the corres- j wife. The Lamberts told the'state's at
pondence and Bearch of the quarters of torney they had doubt of the guilt of
the two men, the police said today, had : young Orpet.
developed nothing that showed they i State's Attorney Dady was willing
had anything to do with the poisoning,
Empty poison bottles and wrappers
found in the kitchen of the University .
club, and the poison shown by anal- j
ysis of the soup served at the banquet, I
indicate that the alleged poisoner !
made scientific calculations, accord-1
ing to the authorities, to murder every , has been traced from its inception to
guest at the banquet to Archbishop i the time of the tragedy. The missives
Mundelein. The club officials said show, the officers say, that alarm was
Crones had understood covers were to ' felt about the girl's condition as early
be laid for 200 guests, but invitations j as last September, but the crisis pass
were issued for 100 more guests. Two ed and their fears were allayed until
hundred and ninety-six in all were j recently.
Dresent. That thinned the poison down i Word received from De Kalb, where
to 12-10 grains of the mineral used for i
each guest, or about three-fifths of the ,
minimum fatal dose. To this the offi
cers attribute the escape from ser
ious results of those taken ill at the
Washington, Feb. 14. Investigation
of the plot to poison several hundred
guests at a dinner in Chicago in honor
of Archbishop Mundelein has shown
no ground for action by the federal
government, according to advices re
ceived today by the treasury depart
ment from Chicago. The department
was interested because of the discov
ery of explosives in the rooms of one
of the alleged plotters.
STREET CARS TO
Charlestown, W. Va., Feb. 14. Fred
erick O. Blue, commissioner of pro
hibition, prepared today to apply to
the Wayne county court for an in
junction to prevent the Kanawha Trac
tion and Electric company, operating
between Parkersburg and Marietta,
Ohio, from accepting passengers who
carried intoxicants labeled as person
al baggage. The order, if issued, also
will be applied to other trolley lines
entering the state. Similar injunctions
have been applied for the interstate
steam roads and In some instances are
now in fore.
S VfRYPOPUlflR YOUNG-LADY
of Lad Held
Chicago, Feb. 14. Deadly poison,
Identical with that which Is be
lieved to have caused the death of
Marian Frances Lambert, was
found today in the basement of the
Lake Forest home of William H.
Orpet, the University student ac
cused of murdering the young
woman, his former sweetheart, ac
cording to State's Attorney Iady
Chicago, Feb. 14. The mother of
Marian Lambert, the Lake Forest high
school girl found dead in the woods
near the suburb last Thursday, has ap
pealed to State's Attorney Ralph Dady
to admit today that unless he can prove
that Orpet gave his former sweetheart
poison he cannot convict the student of
In 60 letter which passed between
the girl and Orpet 35 written by him
and 25 by her the romance of the two
Miss Celestla Youker, fiancee of Orpet,
is ill of heart trouble, was that the
young woman is somewhat better and
was Inquiring why she had not heard
from Orpet. Miss Youker, a teacher In
the Normal school at De Kalb, has not
been informed of the plight of the stu
dent The inquest on the body of Miss Lam
bert, It is expected, will be resumed
Madison, Wis., Feb. 14. William Or
pet, the university student, held pend
ing Investigation of the murder Of Mar
ian Lambert at Lake Forest, 111.,
bought from a local pharmacy an ounce
of a drug for use by Miss Lambert, it
is alleged. It is said it was obtained
last August through William Zick, his
former roommate. Charles Hassinger,
an extra druggist clerk, admitted to a
detective that he had sold the drug to
Last Tuesday, a few hours before
Orpet went to Lake Forest to meet the
girl, he purchased a bottle of medicine
from Hassinger, but the drug clerk de
nies he sold Orpet any poison at any
WILSON ASKED TO BE
Washington, Feb. 14. President Wil
son and every member of congress re
ceived today a valentine from the Con
gressional Union for woman Buff rage.
The president's bore the sentence:
"Won't you be our valentine? We
will be your valentines," inscribed on a
i heart a foot high.
CALL TO SINGLE
London, Feb. 14, (2 p. m.) An offi
cial proclamation calling up the re
maining single men under the Derby
plan and the military service act was
The call to the colors will have the
effect of enrolling all single men of
military age who have not been ex
empted. Single men who did not attest under ;
the earl of Derby's plan are subject i
to compulsory military service, with '
certain classes of exemptions, under !
the terms of the act passed at the last
session of parliament, which went into
effect Feb. 10. A London dispatch of j
Saturday forecasting today's call, said
the unexpectedly speedy summons I
might be attributed to the many recent i
consultations between the minister of
munitions and the war office.
EN HOSPITAL BLAZE
Peoria, 111., Feb. t14. Fire originat
ing in the basement of the Proctor
hospital last night threatened for a
time to destroy the building.
One hundred patients were removed
to places of safety. No one was in
jured and the property damage is
The fire spread rapidly and within
15 minutes after the first alarm smoke
was pouring from nearly every win
dow. A general alarm brought every
piece of fire fighting apparatus in the
city to the scene. The firemen battled
the flames for an hour.
Springfield, III, Feb. IlSte-'
phen I). Canaday of Hillslwro,
111, president pro tempore of the
state senate, becomes governor
of Illinois at midnight, for by that
time Governor Dnnne will be out
of the state on his way to Buffalo,
'. T, where he delivers a speech
Cedar Rapids Iowa, Feb. 14.
While removing the cap from a
tank car Half filled with gasoline
John Janda today caused an ex
plosion by dropping the cap and
causing a spark. He was blown
40 feet into the air and was killed
by the fall,
Springfield, 11L, Feb, 11 The
second special session of the Illi
nois legislature was shoved into
history today when three members
of each house met at noon and
adjourned sine die after perform
ing a few formalities.
London, Feb. 14 (12:15 p. m.)
It is expected the next vote of
credit will he introduced soon af
ter parliament reassembles tomor
row. The statement is made un
officially that the vote villi be for
250,000,000, bringing np the to
tal of war credits to 1,912,000,-000.
HIS NAME BE
USED IN OHIO
President Gives His Formal
Consent to Be Made a
NOT OPEN TO CONTEST
Willing to Be Placed on the
Ticket for the Primary
but Not to Fight.
Washington, Feb. 14. President
Wilson today formally gave his con
sent that his name be used as a can
didate for renomination. In a letter to
the secretary of state of Ohio the pres
ident said he was unwilling to enter a
contest for the nomination, but was
ready to permit the use of his name in
the coming primary in order that the
democrats of Ohio might make known
The president stated his position in
order to comply with the Ohio pri
mary law, which requires candidates
for delegates to the party conventions
to make known their first and second
choices before Feb. 25, and requires
that the candidates for delegates have
the consent of their choice to make
use of their names.
The president was formally notified
of the requirements of the law last
Allows Use of Name,
President Wrilson wrote to Secre
tary of State Hildebrant of Ohio as
"While I am entirely unwilling to
enter into any contest for the prest
dential nomination of the democratic
party, I am willing to permit the use
of my name that the democrats of Ohio
may make known their preference in
regard to that nomination.
"In order, therefore, to satisfy the
technical requirements of the statutes
of the state of Ohio, I hereby consent
to the use of my name as a candidate
for the presidency by any candidate
who seeks to be elected a delegate to
the national democratic convention
which is to assemble in June next."
Choice Left to Toters.
This was the first time the president
has consented formally to have his
name used in connection with the
nomination. His name has been plac
ed on primary ballots in several
states, however, through the activities
The president takes the position
that the voters will have to deter
mine whether he will make the race
for the presidency in 1916 as the dem
ocratic candidate. In a letter to A.
Mitchell Palmer, then a representa
tive from Pennsylvania, at his inaug
uration, Mr Wilson made it plain .he
would only be a candidate again if the
democratic voters desired it.
Advisers and friends of the presi
dent have taken it for granted for
months that he would be the nominee
of his party and have made their plana
DEAD IN EUROPE
New York, Feb. 14. Relatives of
ramnnri Newell. Jr.. a famous midget.
who was widely known in the circus
and theatrical worlds as "Major isew
ell, have received news of his death In
Liverpool last week. Newell was 24
inches in height and weighed 27
pounds when he married Minnie War
ren, another famous midget. At io ne
attained a height of four feet and, his
first wife having died, he married
airaln. this time a woman of ordinary
height. He leaves a widow and two!
children, the latter well known on the
English stage. Newell was 60 years
Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, MoIIne
Generally fair tonight and Tuesday;
warmer tonight, with the lowest tem
perature about 15 to 20 degrees above
Temperature at 7 a. m., 4. Highest
yesterday, 20. Lowest last night, 2.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 2 miles
Relative humidity at 7 p. m., 72; at
7 a. m., 86; at 1 p. m. today, 62.
Stage of water, 10.3; a fall of .5 in
last 48 hours.
J. AL SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
Activity on the major war fronts
is confined mainly to northern
France, intensity of the fighting
being most pronounced in the Ar
tois district, where the Germans
claim to have made notable gains.
In the Balkans the entente forces
are reported extendlug their posi
tions around Salonikl, concentrat
ing troops as far as the Bulgarian
frontier. In Albania the situation
continues mixed. Bulgarian troops
are said to have advanced south as
far as Fieri, 16 miles from Avlona,
while an Austrian column recently
was reported at Tirana, abont 20
miles west of Durazzo.
The Italians have been In force
at Avlona and seem to have also a
considerable body of troops oppos
ing the Austrians in the Durazzo
Beports from Athens credit the
Turkish government with the in
tention strongly to reinforee its
armies in Mesopotamia, where the
British on the Tigris are straggling
to push their way to Kut-El-Amara
and the relief of their beleaguered
little army there. Turks in formid
able numbers, it is said, are being
sent to the Mesopotamia war the
atre, some from the Dardanelles
and some from Thrace.
Becent Tnrkish official accounts
have indicated no important change
in the situation near Eut, bnt the
last one contained a report that
"insurgents," probably irregular
Arabs, were active along the Brit
ish lines of communication.
AH single men of military age in
Great Britain who have not been
exempted under the military ser
vice act were called to the colors
by an official proclamation today.
It is unofficially stated that the
next British vote of credit, soon to
be introduced in parliament, will
be for 250,000,000, making the total
war credits $1,912,000,000.
The furious battle which has
been in progress for more than a
week on the western front con
tinues with varying results for
both the allies and the Germans.
Berlin claims taoGerman forces
In Champagne have captured a
front of 700 yards from the French
and the French admit that the
Germans have gained a footing in
some of their advanced trenches
near the Tali u re and Sonime road.
In a desperate attack yesterday in
the face of a hail of shells and bul
lets, the Germans entered one of
the French first line trenches
around Artois, but according to
Paris reports they were driven out
with considerable losses in dead
On the British end of the line
there have been heavy bombard
ments by both sides.
On the northern section of the
Bnsslan front heavy guns have
been in operation on both sides hut
changes in positions have been un
important. The Austrians have taken en
trenchments from the Italians in
the Isonzo region, while the Ital
ians artillery has been bombarding
Austrian positions, especially in
the Gorizia sector. Austrian sea
planes have dropped bombs on Ra
Tenna and several other towns in
northeast Italy, killing 15 per
sons and injuring a number.
On the Black Sea, Bussian tor
pedo boat destroyers have sunk
several Turkish sailing vessels.
The French cruiser Admiral
Charner, the French ministry fear,
has been sunk by a German sub
marine off the Syrian coast.
The German gunboat lledwig
on Wissman, has been sunk on
Lake Tanganyike, Africa, by the
Defeat of the British In a battle
near Borna on the Mesopotamian
front is announced by the Turkish
war office. It is said the British
were compelled to tlee, abandoning
Milan, Italy's second largest
city, has been bombarded by aero
planes, six persons being killed, ac
cording to a London news agency
Aviator Breaks Becord for Altitude.
San Diego, Cal., Feb. 14. Official
announcement that Floyd Smith, civil
ian aviator, had broken the world's
hydroaeroplane record for pilot and
two passengers when he ascended
9,544 feet here Friday was made today
by Captain Arthur S. Cowan, chief of
the signal corps aviation school, Unit
ed States army, who represented the
Aero club of America at the flight.
DAY IN CONGRESS
. Discussion continued on defic
Military committee began exec
utive consideration of army reor
Bear Admiral Grant testified be
fore the natal affairs committee
that larger submarines were need
ed for the nary.
Preparedness Measures Oc
cupying Time of Offi
SHOWS COAST'S NEEDS
Present Protection Lacking
Washington, Feb. 14. National pre
paredness problems again today hold
the center of the stage in congression
al committee activity.
Having concluded its hearings on
military defense questions, Chairman
Chamberlain and his associates on the
senate military committee today be
gan framing a bill on the subject. They
were to incorporate in the measure a
plan of federalization of the national
guard to create a reserve defense
force. As their work progresses tb
senate committee proposes to confei
frequently with members of the house
Chairman Hay and members of the
house committee resumed work today
of redrafting the house defense bill to
eliminate the continental army fea
ture and place in its stead the plan of
federalizing state troops. The house
naval committee today began an ex
haustive inquiry into submarine war
fare and the alleged shortcomings of
American submarines. Rear Admiral
Albert W. Grant, assigned by Secre
tary Daniels several months ago to
command the submarine flotilla of the
Atlantic fleet, was ready to take the
witness stand-and reveal the results of
his close study of the underwater
craft His examination was expected
to last well into the week.
Commander Yates Stirling who com
manded the fleet last year and who
made revelations concerning the inef
ficiency of the suDmersibles, is expect
ed to follow Admiral Grant.
At the present rate of progress
Chairman Padgett of the committee
does not believe that the naval appro
priation bill will be ready to place be
fore the house until the latter part of
May. The senate naval committee will
not consider the bill until the house
committee hearings are nearing an
Coast Defense Poor.
Limited cruising radius, unsea
worthiness and other limitations of the
coast defense type of submarines made
it advisable hereafter to build only
submersibles of the 1,000 ton fleet sub
marine type of which three have been
authorized and none yet complete, said
Admiral Grant said he had posi- '
tive knowledge that German boats
from U-39 to U-58 inclusive displaced
800 tons on the surface as against 450
tons for the K boats of the American
navy, the largest in the service. For
months the German boats, he said, had
operated out of Heligoland and around
Scotland at a distance of 1,300 miles
from their base. It took them nine days
days to make the round trip, he said,
and they remained on the operating
station 13 days unless driven to base
sooner through having used up the
torpedo supply. Three of these U
boats, he said, could keep the cycle
working so one was always on the op
erating station. To do the same things
he said, the United States would re
quire 22 class K boats because of their
10-day sea service limitation.
Admiral Grant thought it unwise to
construct any submarine of less than
20. knot speed and said this could not
be done on a small boat. He urged
that the minimum size of the future
boatsybe S00 tons surface displace
ment. "I consider 10 days to be the limit of
time men should stay at sea on a K
boat, our largest type, and that limit
must be reduced for smaller boats.
Ten days is the limit of time a K boat
can stay at sea and be at all effective.
"For months the big German subma
rines operated from- Heligoland as a
base, around the coast of Ireland, a
round trip of 2,700 miles.
"If we had no engine trouble and If
the K boats could make 12 knots an
hour, it would require 22 K boats to
do what three of the 800 ton German
U boats did for months. Three U boats
will cost $2,500,000 and 22 K boats
Captain McKeen, assistant for ma
terial in the operations division In tha
navy department, said that so far
American submarine experiments had
not produced satisfactory engines or
motive power for submerged running.
Recent experiment with the K boats,
he said, bad indicated that engine
trouble would soon be eliminated
largely "ut that the storage battery for
submerged operation remained the
great problem to be solved.