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Associated Press Leased Wire Report SIXTY-FIFTH YE All. NO. 102. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1916 TWELVE PAGES. PRICE TWO CENTS. THE J TWENTY-FOUR ARE DROWNED IN SEA LOSSES British Arethusa Is Wrecked j After Striking Mine Near England. 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. Confirm Rumor. 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 confirmed today. 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. Austro Note of Warning is Received 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 theatre. 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 banquet. 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 CARRYNO BOOZE 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 Ask Release of Lad Held for Murder 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 of Wankegan. 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 murder. 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 Wednesday. 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 Zick. 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 time. WILSON ASKED TO BE WOMEN'S VALENTINE 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. ENGLAND ISSOES CALL TO SINGLE RECRUITS LEFT 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 posted today. 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. RESCUE PATIENTS 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 small. 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. Latest Bulletins 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 tomorrow night. 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. WILSON LETS HIS NAME BE USED IN OHIO President Gives His Formal Consent to Be Made a Candidate. 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 their preference. 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 week. Allows Use of Name, President Wrilson wrote to Secre tary of State Hildebrant of Ohio as follows: "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 of friends. 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 accordingly. FAMOUS MIDGET 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 old. THE WEATHER II Forecast Till 7 P. M. Tomorrow, for Rock Island, Davenport, MoIIne and Vicinity. Generally fair tonight and Tuesday; warmer tonight, with the lowest tem perature about 15 to 20 degrees above zero. Temperature at 7 a. m., 4. Highest yesterday, 20. Lowest last night, 2. Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 2 miles per hour. Precipitation, none. 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. THE WAR TODAY 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 sector. 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 and wounded. 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 Belgians. 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 their dead. Milan, Italy's second largest city, has been bombarded by aero planes, six persons being killed, ac cording to a London news agency dispatch. 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 J SENATE. . Discussion continued on defic iency bill. Military committee began exec utive consideration of army reor ganization plans. HOFSE. Bear Admiral Grant testified be fore the natal affairs committee that larger submarines were need ed for the nary. CONGRESS IS BUSYONPLAN FOR DEFENSE Preparedness Measures Oc cupying Time of Offi cial Executives. SHOWS COAST'S NEEDS Present Protection Lacking Larger Submersibles Recommended, i 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 military committee. 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 end. 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. 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 $10,000,000." 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.