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A Boiling Down of the More Im
portant Events Here and There
The vajue of Imported manufactur
ers' material of the United States
for the fiscal year just closed, includ
ing crude and partly manufactured
goods, amoutited to $866,000,000, as
compared with $671,000,000 last year,
$410,000,000 ten years ago and $287,
600,000 twenty years ago, according
to statistics reported by the depart
ment of commerce and labor.
Just to show the doubting
Thomases that they can withstand
any physical test for army officers,
General Robert S. Oliver, assistant
secretary of war, is to spend most
of his months' vacation in the sad
dle. General Oliver is sixty-three
years of age. His first task will be
a fifty mile horseback ride. Miss
Oliver his daughter, will accompany
Lieutenant Ellery Parmer of the
Twenty-sixth United States infantry,
has been detailed as professor of mili
tary science at the University of Mis
souri. He will report at the uni
versity about August 15. Major Fred
erick S. Foltz of the Fifteenth
cavalry bias been detailed as as
sistant commandant of the mounted
service Rchool at Fort Riley, Kas. He
will relieve Major George H. Cam
eron, Fourteenth cavalry, who will
join his regiment.
Present indications that the na
tional regatta of the American As
sociation of Amateur Oarsmen to be
held this year on the Potomac river
under the auspices of the Potomac
Boat Club, will be one of the great
est' gatherings of oarsmen ever held
in America. Two days, Friday and
Saturday, August 12 and 13, will be
devoted to the races. Crews and in
dividual Scullers from all parts of the
United States and from Canada will
enter the contest.
I Foreign.
Tne American ambassador, "White
law Reid and a Chilean minister, Sen
ator Geana, presented to the British
foreign office their respective cases
on the Alsop claim, which has been
submitted to. King George as arbitra
The accession declaration bill, strik
ing out the phrases offensive to Rom
an Catholics in the declaration
made by the king after accession and
substituting the words "I am a faith
ful protestant" was passed by the
house of lord's on third reading.
With a view to preventing the es
cape of Dr. Crippen and Miss Lenev*
through a technicality, Scotland
Yard decided upon the advice of the
attorney general that so far as it con
trolled in the matter all formalities
involved in the extradition laws of
Canada .should be complied with in
tfie case of the prisoners under arrest
at Quebec.
The supreme court has decided
that Governor General Forbes of
the Philippine Islands has the
power to deport obnoxious aliens
from the archipelago and has
granted a writ of prohibition against
the lower court which assumed Juris
diction In the cases of a dozen
Chinese who were deported last
August and returned to Manila in
March and began suit against Gov
ernor General Forbes and others con
nected with their deportation. It is
possible now that the case will go to
Thousands of acres of unoccupied
land8 are soon to be thrown open to
Gilford Pinchot was suggested as a
likely candidate for the New York
Mr. Roosevelt Is looking into indus
trial conditions in the mine regions
Democrats of Minnesota nominated
John Lind for governor, but it is said
he will not accept.
IHI The strike situation at Columbus,
Ohio, Is so serious that troops have
been called to quell rioting.
John G. Carlisle, secretary of
treasury under, the Cleveland ad
ministration, died In New .York.
President Taft is back at Beverly
an£ will make no more jaunts until
I cjhe goes to Panama in November.
The president has a busy week be
large* numfcw of callers.
Thirty eotton mills atFail River*
ownedby, twelve corporations and.
employing 8,000 operators, were shut
down until August 8, for the purpose
of curtailing production.
ipfoire him, engagements having
&§nade for. a large* number ofcal
More jthan $1,500,000 Is^being saved
^•dually to the citrus fruit growers'
lassofclatlohibf California as a result of
experiments ^eing conducted by the
ydep«rtineat-o,t agriculture.
j&'&oore, 'sixty-seven years
,fold. ?a Wealthy planter and brother-ln
jlawij&f the late Eckstein Norton, for-.
JLeuteyUla jJbi
iVHle rallwajrr shot and'Hailed
The jDenver Post prints an "uncori-i
iWrflmor that Dr. Frederick A!
K, Brad
Inspector Dew denies a report that
Dr. Crippen had confessed.
Senator Brisiow says Kansas is not
taking Speaker Cannon seriously.
Congressman Campbell of Kansas,
standpatter, calls insurgents icono
The' standpatters were badly defeat
ed by the insurgents in Kansas.
There was a generous fall of rain
in a considerable district of Nebraska.
A new party has been born in Penn
sylvania and a state ticket nominated.
On the whole, It is thought crops
this year will be about the same as
Roosevelt will address the national
conservation congress in St. Paul,
September 6.
Senator Gore gave the full details
concerning a bribe he alleges was
offered to him.
The Rusk party of mountain climb
ers failed to reach the summit of Mt..
McKinley, In Alaska.
A Chicago newspaper charges that
a bribe fund was raised to return A.
J. Hopkins to tire senate.
Chairman Yoakum, of the Frisco
railroad, discussed good roads at the
Niagara Falls convention.
Claude A. Swanson has been ap
pointed U. S. Senator from Virginia in
place of Daniels, deceased.
Twenty-five persons perished in a
flood that followed a cloudburst at
the town of Dees, Hungary.
Senator Crane will make a trip
through the west to size up the poli
tical situation for President Taft.
The coroner's jury found that Ira
G. Rawn died by his own hand, but
does not say he committed suicide.
Secretaries Wickersham and Nagel
are keeping out of the Alaska
quarrel while visiting the territory.
The government intends to break
up the practice of railroads selling
foodstuffs spoiled In transportation.
There is some hope of compromise
in the differences between the
British house of commons and lords.
The French government has accept
ed a bronze copy of Houden's statue
of George Washington, which was
presented by the state of Virginia.
That the one-quarter mill tax levied
on all property in Oklahoma for
school taxes is valid in the opinion of
District Judge Huston In a decision.
Co-operation between the federal
and state governments in the good
roads movement was advocated by
speakers at the Niagara Falls conven
The report of the national giners'
association at Memphis, indicates a
condition of 72.7 per cent for cotton
up to July 25.
In a pitched battle between police
officers and a baud of negroes at
Bradford, Ohio, one of the negroes
was fatally shot.
The pope has appointed the Rev.
Joseph Chartrand as coadjutor
bishop to Bishop Chatard, of the
diocese of Indianapolis.
Lionel Waldron and Jules Pages,
the American artists and Alexander
Garfield, the American explorer of
Africa were decorated with the legion
of honor.
The ancient and long established
pass book system, used in ordinary
savings institutions, will be adopted
for the proposed government postal
savings banks.
Governor Harmon of Ohio commu
ted to life imprisonment the sentence
of death which was to have been Im
posed upon Joseph J. Mackley, the
Toledo murderer.
One of two new dreadnaughts au
thorized by the last congress will be
built In the New York navy yard and
it is possible the other ship also
may be built by the government.
The Missouri supreme court re
fused a writ of mandamus to compel
Secretary of State Roach to place a
constitutional amendment on the offi
cial ballot to redistrlct the state as
proposed by the republican state cam
Eugene Childs, a veteran of the
civil war, who as a child flew a kite
across Niagara falls which permitted
the engineers who built the suspen
sion bridge there to draw the ca
ble across, is dead at his home at
Lieutenant Commander Henry T.
Baker, on duty at the Bremerton
navy yard, Washington, was reduced
fifty-five numbers and a prhllc repri
mand sent to him by the Navy depart
ment as the outcome of a "by court
martial on a charge of uttering a
The famous Crocker's Iowa Brigade
will hold its Fifteenth Biennial Re
union at Washington, la., Wednesday
and Thursday, September 14 and 15,
1910. All soldiers who served in the
brigade composed of the 11th, 13th,
15th and 16th regiments of Iowa
volunteers are entitled to membership
and are earnestly urged to attend.
f" -Personal.
Dr. CHppen' and Miss Leneve must
remain in Quebec until August 18.
Oldfleld says he Ib willing to meet
Jack Johnson in an automobile race.
Progressives of Iowa largely con
trolled the republican state conven
tion at Des Moines.
President Taft has decided that his
public speeches henceforth will be
few and far between.
Arthur Gogelin, night marshal of
Telurlde, Col., was shot and killed by
J^Bae Munn, a miner.
King Alfonso has given Premier
Cenale-jas a free hand in the contro
versy with the vatloan.
Congressman Charles *Q. Tlrrell of
"We jroufttr^aisachuBettB^ district,
died suddenly last week.
Dr. Crippen and his companion
were identified /and arrested on the
steain^ Moiitroe©- at Father Polnt,
PremlerCanalejas describes the re
call of- Marquis de Ojeda, the Span
ish ambassador to' the Vatican, as "'an
indefinite jrusDension ot neBotlatlohs."
A 's *,"
Congressman McGuire, Senator Cur
tiss and Ex-Senator Long also al
leged to be "inter
Big Moose, N. Y., Aug. 5.—
Vice-President James S. Sher
man Issued the following state
ment last night concerning the
charges made by Senator Gore
at Muskogee.
"The story that comes to me
about the charges made by Sen
ator Gore at Muskogee Is ab
solutely without the slightest
shadow of foundation."
Muskogee, Okla.—What happened
In the private office of United States
Senator Thomas P. Gore at Wash
ington at noon last May 6, formed the
basis of sensational charges involving
the names of ^ice-President Sher
man, Senator Curtiss of Kansas, Con
gressman B. S. McGuire, of Oklahoma,
and others, in a hearing before a spe
cial congressional investigating com
mittee here.
In the 30 or 40 minutes of a confer
ence held in that office, Senator Gore
testified he had been approached by
Jake L. Hamon, former chairman of
the Oklahoma territorial Republican
committee and former chairman of
the Oklahoma state Republican com
mittee, and had been offered a bribe
of $25,000 or $50,000, to remove cer
tain legislation pending in congress I
so that $3,000,000 might be paid J.
F. McMurray, an attorney at McAles-!
ter, Okla., and his associates. The
money was to represent "attorney's
fees" of ten per cent of $30,000,000 to
be secured from a New York syndi
cate for 450,000 acres of coal and as
phalt lands now owned by the Choc
taw and Chickasaw Indians in this
Vice-President Sherman's name was
mentioned by Mr. Hamon, Senator
Gore testified as being interested in
the land deal to the extent of favor
ing the approval by congress of what
are known as the McMurray contracts
with the Indians.
Creager Offered "Interest."
What happened in another private
room in Washington and also where,
it was alleged, Hammon made more
"overtures" relative to the land deal,
was told by Congressman C. E. Crea
ger of the Third Oklahoma district.
Congressman Creager supplemented
the testimony of Senator Gore. He
said on June 16 last he had been in
vited by Hamon to meet him in a
private room at the Occidental hotel
In Washington.
Having gone there, Mr. Creager tes
tified, he was informed he could have
a substantial "interest" in the land
deal, if he would withdraw his oppo
sition to the approval of the McMur
ray contracts by congress.
Hard Cash Offered.
Senator Gore, in his testimony, as
serted that the offer of bribery went
so far that Hamon said the $25,000 or
$50,000 would not be paid over in the
form of a check or marked money
but that "it would be all clean, hard
Congressman Creager's appearance
on the witness stand followed a se
ries of sensational statements. Among
Senator Gore's assertions were the fol
Sherman's Name Comes In.
That Hamon told him a man "high
er up" in the government was Inter
ested In the approval of the contracts
and, therefore, there was no reason
why Senator Gore should not be that
when asked who was the man "high
err up" Hamon had replied Vice-Pres
ident Sherman.
That Hamon told him Senator Cur
tis of Kansas was "interested" in the
That Hamon told him Congressman
McGuire of Oklahoma also was "in
That former SenatQr Long of Kan
sas, acting as counsel for McMurray,
had gone'to President Taft on April
28, to urge the approval of the con
tracts, but that the president has said
"it would take a good dear of argu
ment to convince him that the amount
asked by McMurray was justified.
Senator Curtis sent a telegram to
the committee denying he was in any
way interested in the contracts and
offering to appear before the commit
tee. Chairman Burke said Senator
Curtis would be subpoenaed.
Explaining what led up to his op
posing the approval of the contracts
with the Indians, Senator Gore in his
testimony asserted that as far back
as he wrote a letter to Senator
Ry. Strikers Return to Work.
Montreal, Can. About 50 per cent
of the 5,000 Grand Trunk conductors,
trainmen and yardmen who struck on
July 18 are reinstated. The develop
ments tended to show a liberal policy
on t.hft part of the railroad toward
strikers, the delay in placing many of
them being due to the disorganized^
condition of schedules and the Impos
sibility of re-establishing them in 24
hours. Many of the men running
trains were taken fromother branches
«?f the service and will be sent back
tp tlieirformer employment.
LaFollette calling attention to the
great wealth of the coal and asphalt
lands owned by the Indians.
He said the United States govern
ment survey had estimated the min
eral deposits to be worth $160,000,000
In 1905 he said McMurray had ob
tained contracts with the tribes of In
dians for the sale of the lands on a
10 per cent basis. In 1908 President
Roosevelt had registered his disap
proval of the contracts.
In the same year McMurray obtain
ed contracts individually with 10,000
Indians, there" being then no law
against the execution of contracts
with individual Indians. It was this
condition that aroused him to intro
duce a resolution in congress declar
ing that all Indian contracts must be
approved by congress before they be
came valid.
"A great many interests were at
work in promoting contracts. The
first I knew that former Senator Long
was acting in behalf of McMurray was
one day when I walked into the office
of Secretary of the Interior Ballinger.
I began to protest against the con
tracts and was told not to talk so loud
as Mr. Long was present and he was
interested in them."
I McMurray's Denial.
Mr. McMurray in an interview said:
"I have never approached any one
in this matter upon its merits. I took
the contracts in good faith, I believe
they are legitimate and the compensa
tion is not too great. Practically all
the Indians in the Choctaw and Chick
asaw nations want their land sold.
"I do not know anything about the
incident of which Senator Gore and
Congressman Creagor speak. I have
gone to them many times, but I went
to them In person and did not send
an agent."
References to invitations to "frog
leg" banquets and to alleged asser
tions by Hamon, that Senator Gore
was "going back on his friends" were
made in the testimony of D. F. Gore,
United States Senator from Oklahoma.
private secretary and brother to Sen
ator Gore. D. F. Gore stated he was
in his brother's private office at noon
on May 6, when Hamon appeared.
"I stepped into an adjoining office
and left the senator and Hamon alone
except that once in a while I went in
and out. When they quit talking, in
about 30 or 40 minutes, Hamon came
out into my room.
"Well, Dick," he said, "the senator
is getting awfully hard on his friends.
I want to make a lot of money, Dick,
and I don't care how I make it." I
did not know then what they had»been
talking about, but when Hamon left
the senator said he had been talking
about the McMurray contracts and
Hamon had offered him $25,000."
"The senator said Hamon offered to
increase the amount. That's all that
was said to me about the matter at
that time. Later McMurray came to
me and said he was sure the senator
did not understand those contracts and
wished he knew of some way of mak
ing him understand. He invited me to
the hotel to talk it over. He also
wanted to know if I would attend a
frog leg banquet which he was ar
ranging. I declined all of these invi
J. Leroy Thompson, stenographer to
Senator Goje, testified he also was in
and out of the senator's room when
Hamon was present. He too was In
vited to the "frog leg" banquet, he
said, but declined.
That the Choctaw Indians who had
protested against giving 10 .per cent
attorney fees to McMurray had been
asked to rescind their action, formed
the substance of, testimony offered by
W. A. Durant, a Choctaw Indian, and
members of the Oklahoma state legis
Durant asserted that at a Choctaw
council meeting a resolution had been
passed against the McMurray con
tracts. Later he said several persons
had gone out Into the Choctaw nation,
urging the Indians to sign a document
declaring themselves in favor of the
contracts, but most of his tribe, he
said, maintained thefr opposition.
Mr. Hamon declined to discuss Sen
ator Gore's charges and said he would
make no statement except In response
to categorical questions.
Mr. Hamon "declined to answer ques
tions, saying he expected to appear
before the committee when he would
tell all he knew.
National Shoot at Camp Perry.
Toledo, Ohio, For the fourth
time the annual matches of the Na
tional Board for the Promotion of Rifle
Practice are being held at Camp Perry,
the rifle range of the state. In addl
tion the twentyTeighth annual matches
of the Natlonaf JUfle association, those
of the Ohio State Rifle association and
the annual competition of the Ohio
National Guard are on the program of
the big meeting of marksmen which
began here. The .contests continue
for three weeks, with a large number
of .contea^ant»
No Intimation Given Out as to What
He or Mr. Roosevelt Will
Baltimore, Maryland. With the ac
ceptance by President Taft of an in
vitation to attend and address the Na
tional Conservation congress in St.
Paul in September, added impetus was
given to plans of the officers of the
The president's decision to attend
the congress is said to indicate that
Senator W. Murray Crane of Massa-
chusetts, who was in consultation with
Senator Knute Nelson In Minneapolis
Monday, wired the president advising
him to accept.
The president's day will be the open
ing day of the congress, when the 8,000
delegates will be welcomed by Gov
ernor Eberhart and by Mayor Keller,
of St. Paul. President Taft will, in
his address, sound the keynote of the
Meeting of Governors.
The afternoon session of the opening
day will be devoted to a meeting of
governors. Twenty acceptances have
already been received by Mr. Baker.
This session will be called the "house
of governors" and will be presided
over by Governor Stubbs, of Kansas.
Problems concerning conservation
with special reference to the needs of
the state will be discussed.
On the morning of the second day,
Theodore Roosevelt will speak. In
the afternoon Francis J. Heney, of San
Francisco, Herbert Knox Smith-, direct
or of the bureau of corporations Sen
ator Joseph M. Dixon, of Montana, and
Miss Mad^e Boardman, of the Red
Cross society will be the speakers.
Other Speakers on Program.
Other speakers who have accepted
invitations are: Senator J. P. Dolliver,
of Iowa Representative F. C. Stevens,
Minn. Senator A. J. Beveridge, Indi
ana James Wilson, secretary of the
department of agriculture Walter H.
Page, editor of World's Work Gover
nor Hadley, of Missouri Henry Wal
lace, Des Moines, Iowa Prof. Henry
S. Graves, United States forester
John Barrett, director of the Bureau
of American Republics James J. Hill,
St. Paul Francis E. McVey, president
of the University of North Dakota
James R. Garfield, former secretary of
the interior Thomas L. Lewis, presi
dent of the United Mine Workers of
America Judge Ben B. Lindsey, of
the Denver juvenile court, and Dr. F.
F. Wesbrook, of Minnesota.
Mr. Pinchot to Speak.
Last, but not least, to use Mr. Bak
er's language, Gifford Pinchot, presi
dent of the National Conservation as
sociation, will deliver an address.
Bottom Seems to Have Dropped Out
Notwithstanding Boosting Efforts
of Manufacturers.
New York.—Indications point to the
bottom having fallen out of the auto
mobile business. The manufacturers
it is reported in trade circles, are
making strenuous efforts to keep up
a show of continued prosperity, but
it is also said that they are not sell
ing their product, but are storing ma
chines throughout the country at their
various agencies to prevent the pub
lic realizing the true conditions of the
Several large concerns are laying
off men and giving all sorts of rea
sons for so doing except the state
ment that they are overstocked. Two
or three of the largest factories re
cently closed entirely, ostensibly for
the purpose of taking inventory, but
the workmen were not given any def
inite time at which to again report for
work, and it is not excepted that
these factories will again be in oper
ation this year.
A well-known automobile agent of
this city said yesterday that all cars
would undoubtedly be selling at from
25 per cent, to 50 per cent, less than
present list prices within the next
two or three months. He added:
"The trouble with the automobile
business is that the farmers and peo
ple of the smaller cities and towns
have riot taken as kindly to the idea
as was anticipated. The farmers find
that the cost of keeping them in re
pair and operation is more than the
cost of keeping horses to perform the
same work, and while there was, for
a time, a tendency among the farmers
to invest In the machines, the demand
for cars from this class of buyers has
practically stopped, and I. venture to
say we will not again sell to the farm
ers to any extent until prices are ma
terially reduced."
v"• Quake in California.
Redding, California. An earth
quake lasting about 10 seconds was
felt here, causing many to run to the
streets fearing their houses would
fall. There was no damage. The
quake was felt at Chlco. './•
Ruler's Visit to England Not a Pleas-
ur« TriP-
London, England.—Members of the
JJritish foreign office practically ad
mitted that King Alfonso's trip to
England at this time Is not a pleasure
trip as announced, but for the purpose
of seeking advices regarding the des
perate political situation that has aris
en in Spain aa the result of the rup
ture between the government and the
Carry Every Question With Majori
ties Ranging Close to 300.—Regu
lars' Efforts to Eulogize Taft
Turned Down.
Des Moines, Iowa. Republican
Iowa wrote herself vigorous progres
sive at a convention which was in
an uproar most of the time. Senator
Cummins and Dolliver and the insur
gent delegation at Washington were
enthusiastically indorsed, the new tar
iff law was branded as a failure in.
the light of the party pledge of 1908.
President Taft received the most
tepid of lukewarm indorsements.
A sop to harmony was flung out in
the indorsement of the administration
of Governor Carroll.
An attempt to use the "steam
roller" to make the state central com
mittee overwhelmingly progressive
was called off, presumably at the hint
of Senator Cummins.
Senator Cummings was temporary
chairman Senator Dolliver, perma
nent chairman.
The progressive majority ranged
close to 300 on every question.
The resolutions committee was prog
ressive, six to five.
The foregoing is a synopsis of the
day's events. To it may be added
cheers and jeers applause and hisses
music and howls of discord.
Steam Roller Appears.
The appearance and disappearance
of the "steam roller" was one of the
diverting incidents of the day. It
came about through the insistence of
the stand pat members of the plat
form committee in demanding an un
qualified indorsement of the Taft ad
ministration the legislative acts of
United States Senator from Iowa.
the regulars, and hostility to Cum
mings and Dolliver.
Judges Horace E. Deemer tnd W.
D. Evans were renominated for the
supreme court bench by acclamation.
A. M. Deyoe was the choice on sec
ond ballot for the state superintend
ent of public instruction. The second
ballot showed no choice among the
seven candidates, but at its conclusion
the counties began changing their
votes to Devoe until he had 893 out
of the 1,183 present.
The committee on permanent or
ganization, which stood 6 to 5 progres
sive, brought forward the names of
Senator Dolliver and J. C. Mabray, the
latter a stalwart of Albia for perma
nent chairman. This furnished the
first test of strength, Dolliver win
ning. The latter made a brief speech
in which he declared that a party in
which there were no differences of
opinion could not live.
Bird S. McGuire Nominated for Con
Oklahoma City, Okla. Figures
from six-sevenths of the voting pre
cincts in Oklahoma give Lee Cruce a
lead of 16,139 over his nearest com
petitor for the Democratic nomination
for governor.
Meager returns have been received
on the Republican ticket but McNeal
is leading with Ferguson and Fields
running a hard race.
W. B. Harrison, campaign manager
for M. C. Garbcr. concedes the "first
district congressional nomination to
Bird S. McGuire by 800 votes. Other
estimates give McGuire 2,800. Garber
is an insurgent.
The suffrage amendment disfranchis
ing negroes is carried, judging from
fairly full figures.
Dies of Infantile Paralysis.
Mason City. Iowa.—Burchell, the'
3-year old son of W. A. Nichols, died
of inlan:tle paralysis. One new case
is reported from Burlington.
Want Land Ruling Modified.
Pierre, So. Dak.—Governor Ves
sey received a telegram announcing
& meeting of 14 commercial clubs at
Lemmon at which meeting delegates
were appointed from this state and
North Dakota and they request Gov
ernor Vessey to accompany them to
Washington in an attempt to secure
a modification of the executive order
which withdraws two hundred town
ships in the Lemmon districts fiom
homestead entry on the ground that
tho lands are subject tocontrol as
coal lands.

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