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Important Events of the Week in Condensed Form. WASHINGTON NEWS. The treaty of 1S32 with Russia, •(ainet which the Jews of this country have been protesting for many years, •111 be terminated without giving se rous offense to the czar's government, formal notice has been served on the government at St. Petersburg of the Intention of the United States to end ttM treaty Jan. 1, 1913. President Taft took the situation into his own hands «nd through the United States ambas Wdor at St. Petersburg made the first Stove toward the cancellation of the treaty. The president notified the waited States senate of his action and ••ked for the approval and ratification ot that body. What in diplomatic language is in terpreted as practically a threat by Russia to sever all friendly relations with the United States in the event that congress goes ahead with its plan to abrogate the treaty of 1832 with that country has been made to Presi 4»n,t Taft and Secretary of State Knox by the Russian ambassador, George Bakhmeteff. Mr. Bakhmeteff protested against the Sulzer resolution for the abrogation of the treaty on the ground that its final adoption would be incon sistent with the long friendship that has existed between the United States •sd Russia. Pursuing President Tuft's recom mendation that an executive bureau be created to supervise corporations Chartered under a federal incorpora tion act, Attorney General Wicker sham, in his annual report to con gress, suggests that the bureau of cor porations be raised to that dignity, •ven in the absence of the proposed lederal incorporation statute. Appeals for the immediate reform of the country's banking and currency •ystem and scientific tariff legislation, based upon entirely new reasons—the practical experiences of the customs service—stand out prominently in the annual report of Secretary of the Treasury MacVeagh. Another $250,000 has been requested from congress by General Bixby for raising the battleship Maine. This would make a total of $900,000. Gen eral Bixby also suggested that con gress decide what disposition is to be made of the hulk. The intermountain rate case, involv ing the constitutionality of the long and short haul amendment in 1910 to the interstate commerce laws, has been advanced by the supreme court of the United Stales for hearing on Monday, Feb. 19. CONGRESSIONAL DOINGS. The sudden eliding of the inquiry into the charges that he government had allowed a monopoly of the con! harbor at Controller bay, Al :s!-:i, roundly score.! In the ilr.jni'iilcEin mi nority report of iht house eonr::iticc on ulterior department expcidit ires. The Republic.:!:- s-'id eoi::: un de cency, if net would !i ve de manded su: ie iiive.rl ex those responsible for the fabr:cali..:i Of the .SO railed ic-1: to iJi leltev. Joseph H. Cotton, prominent at torney of lliiiuth, appeared before the house steel trust investigating commit tee and characterized as false the tes timony given before the committee •ome weeks ago by Charles H. Martz, tiie man who built the Duiuth, Missabe and Northern railroad and was for •ome years its chief engineer. The Sherwood service pension bill, which would add upward of $40,000,000 to the government's annual expendi tures by granting increased pensions to Civil and Mexican war veterans on the basis of length of service, was passed by the house despite the de termined opposition of many Demo cratic leaders. 1 Efforts to authorize the sale of the hull of the battleship Maine to private parties who desire to exhibit it at va rious ports of the United States, and charge admission fee to visitors were defeated in the house of represents tlves. UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. Ten persons were killed and nine teen injured, some of them seriously, near Odessa, Minn., when a fast silk train on the Milwaukee road crashed Into the Columbian, one of the crack trains of that railway system, also running east. The rear sleeping car of the Columbian, which had been at tached at Aberdeen, S. D., and was eaid to be of lighter construction than the other cars of through coast trains, was telescoped by the engine of the silk train at one end and bv the heavy dining car at the other end. Only two cars were hurled from the track, the sleeper and the diner. Ten more bodies have been removed from Cross Mountain mine at Brice ville, Tenn., leaving seven or eight more to be taken out. These remov als bring the total of identified dead up to seventy-seven, while the total number of victims will be either eighty-four or eighty-five. By the running away of a freigh: train in the Carbondale (Pa.) freigh yards of the Delaware and Hudsor. company Ave men were killed and five injured, two of whom will die, the machine shops of the company were set on fire and burned, together with Ave locomotives. CRIMINAL NEWS. The federal grand jury at Indianap olis, which for more than a month is to investigate charges of alleged con spiracy whereby explosives were car ried into many states to be used in destroying bridges and other struc tures erected by firms employing non union men, has begun its delibera tions. A verdict of not guilty was returned at New York city freeing Lillian Gra ham and Ethel Conrad of criminal charges on which they had been held ssc- M*4 V- Photo by American Press Association. ETHEL CONRAD. since last June, for shooting the mil lionaire sportsman and hotel proprie tor, W. E. D. Stokes. The jury reached its verdict in fifty-eight minutes. The naked bodies of Mrs. Conrad Morner, her son Arthur, aged twenty six, and two daughters about twenty years old, were found hidden under the floor of the barn on their farm near De Freestville, N. Y. An Italian farmhand is suspected of having com mitted the quadruple murder. NEWS OF NOTED PERSONS Denouncing the McNamara brothers as "depraved criminals, who have on their seared souls the murder of so many innocent persons," Theodore Roosevelt, in an editorial entitled "Murder Is Murder," gives his views on the famous dynamiting case in the current issue of the Outlook. Colonel Roosevelt decries any expressions of sympathy for the confessed dynamit ers "because they thought they acted in what they regarded as a 'war' on behalf of their class," as a plea "mon strous in its folly and its wickedness." Miss Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross and for many years its president, lies in a precarious condition at her home at Glen Echo, just outside of Washington. Miss Bar ton has been gradually failing ever since her serious illness last winter. She is very ill and only the very inti mate friends of hers are allowed to see her. Theodore N. Vail, president of the American Telephone and Telegraph and of the Western Union Telegraph companies, speaking at a luncheon be fore Kansas City business men, de clared in favor of regulation of public utilities by state and national com missions. Lieutenant Governor Gordon of Minnesota has finally decided not to summon the legislature in extra ses sion as he had been urged to do in the absence of Governor Eberhart from the state. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbllt and Mrs. Smith-Hollins McKim, formerly Miss Margaret Emerson of Baltimore, were married at Reigate, Eng., the banns having been announced in the custom ary manner. LABOR NEWS. After a meeting of representatives of strikers of the Illinois Central and Harriman railroads at Chicago it was said that a general strike of shop em ployes on all railroads between Chi cago and the Pacific coast might re sult from a conference of international union officers to be held in St. Louis. If the Consolidated Gas company, which controls the subsidiary compa Hies that light New York, dismisses ane more union employe 32,000 union gas makers will strike, according to a statemen made by Henry Kane, presi dent of the Gas Workers' union. THE DEATH RECORD. Mrs. Agnes Taylor Schwartz, sister to the late President Taylor of the Mormon church and mother-in-law of President Joseph F. Smith, is dead at Salt Lake City of old age. She was ninety years old. She had eleven chil dren, sixty-eight grandchildren, 14" great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Mrs. Catherine Boott Wells (Kate Gannett Wells), the authoress, died suddenly r.t her home in Boston. Captain George R. Bacon of Decatur. 111., a graduate of West Point and In dian fighter, is dead at Chicago. POWERS URGE PEACEJN CHINA Delegates to Shanghai Con* ference Receive Notes. GOOD EFFECT EXPECTED While Couched in Friendly Terms the Communications Intimate That In tervention Is Likely Unless Existing Conditions Are Speedily Remedied. Shanghai, Dec. JO.—Delegates to the peace conference have received notes from the powers urging them to ar rive at some agreement that would re store peace in China. While the notes were of a friendly character the recipients could read between the lines that the powers will intervend UP less an early end of the struggle is promised. It is generally admitted here that there has been little hope of the con ferees agreeing on peace terms, but the pressure of the powers Is expected to make both sides yield slightly in their demands. Messages were received from Yuan Shi Kai, informing his chief represent ative, Tang Shao Wi, that be had tele graphed all of the imperial generals ordering them to observe the armis tice. This is expected to bring about a situation which may pave the way to a more friendly discussion of peace terms. Dr. Wu Ting Fang, head of the revo lutionary conferees, spent the greater part of the morning session with rebel leaders. They are supposed to have discused the notes from the powers. Tang Shao Wi received several tele grams from Yuan Shi Kai instructing him how to act in view of the position taken by the powers. All of the delegates to the confer ence are observing the greatest se crecy. CHINESE GENERAL IS SLAIN Victim Was Formerly Viceroy of the Province of Chili. Peking, Dec. 20.—Tuan Fang, former director general of the Hukwang rail road and at one time viceroy of the province of Chili, has been killed at Tsechow, in Shansi province, by his own soldiers. Tuan Fang had dined with his offi cers and, suspecting their disloyalty, offered them -10,000 taels for a safe passage to Siantu, the capital of Slien si province, ile then sought to escape in a chair, his brother accompanying him. but the soldiers detected him and one of them slashed him with a sword. The .soldiers then fell upon the gen eral and hn ked his body to pieces. His brother also was killed. ENTIRE TRAIN IS DERAILED Engineer and Fireman Killed in Wreck on Frisco Road. Springfield, Mo., Dec. 20.—Engineer H. C. Colvin and Fireman Sanford Re gan, both of Springfield, were instant ly killed and several passengers seri ously injured when Frisco Express No. lOti, from Memphis, jumped the rails two miles south of Mountain Grove, Mo. The cause of the wreck is unknown, but it is considered remarkable that there were not more deaths, for the entire train turned turtle and fell over a high embankment. Only the rear trucks of the last sleeper remained on the rails. The steel passenger coaches are thought to have prevented many being crushed to death. TWENTY MEN IN GUN FIGHT Fatal Battle on the Water Front at New York City. New York, Dec. 20.—Twenty men, most of them disguised or masked, met in two squads in Thomas .Jeffer son park on the water front and be gan shooting. The battle continued until the police arrived. The men, re volvers in hand, ran in every direc tion. Some of the fugitives stopped and fired at the police. The dead body of one man was picked up by the police and two oth er combatants were rushed to a hos pital in a dying condition. Five other men were arrested, but none of them would talk about the af fair. All were foreigners. Miner Kills Three and Himself. Canonsburg, Pa., Dec. 20.—John Ri corick, a miner, shot and killed Mich ael Novae and his wife, Mary Novae, with whom he boarded, and Frank Stovano, a fellow boarder. He then shot himself and is reported dying. Harriman Drops Law Practice. Los Angeles. Dec. 20.—Job Harri man, recently defeated candidate for mayor of l.os Angeles, intends to give up his fairly lucrative law practice here and clevote the rest of his life to spreading the socialistic doctrine. Eliot's Condition Still Serious. Colombo, Ceylon, Dec. 20.—Although the physicians in charge of Dr. Charles W. Eliot, who was recently operated 011 for appendicitis, reports a slight improvement, they consider his con dition as still serious. TRIAL OF DEEF BARONSNOW ON Jury Is Completed and Prose= cution Opens. MANY MEN ARE EXAMINED Ten Days Occupied in Questioning 147 Veniremen Before the Necessary Twelve Are Secured to Try the Case. District Attorney Wilkerson Explains State's Case. Chicago. Dec. 20.—The jury which will try the Chicago packers, indicted and charged with violation of the Sherman anti-trust law, has been com pleted and sworn in. The taking of testimony will begin at once. The men who will try the packers are: Asa Bannister, farmer, Naperville. H. I. Bucklin, farmer. Dundee. Burton H. Meyers, insurance solici tor, Naperville. W. .1. Thomas, clerk, Ottawa. C. H. Nare, drug clerk, Chicago. H. O. Bates, tailor. La Grange. J. H. Edwards, telephone inspector, Ottawa. Jacob Gleim, baker, Ottawa. Adam Crow, farmer, lMainfield. Thomas Scott, millwright, Chicago. J. E. Harvey, grocer, Wilton Center. E. J. Ryan, salesman, Streator. The selection of the jury was com pleted after ten days work, during which 147 veniremen were examined. The defense used its twentieth per emptory challenge to get rid of God frey Blenn. a Chicago contractor. Thomas Scott, a millwright, who was next examined, said he had worked for several grain elevator com panies during his seven years' resi dence in Chicago. The defense ac cepted Scott and after a brief consulta tion among counsel the panel of twelve men in the jury box was ten dered the government. Attorney Sheean, on behalf of the government, questioned Veniremen Scott, Ryan and Harvey at length and later announced that the prosecution accepted the jury. After the jury had been sworn in Judge Carpenter adjourned court until 2 o'clock when United Slates District Attorney James II. Wilkerson made his opening address to the jury. RUSSIANS DENOUNCE TAFT Abrogation of Treaty Declared to Be Political Play. St. Petersburg. Dec. 20.—Anti-Semite leaders are denouncing the Unite States on every hand following rhe announcement of President Taft that the treaty of 1S:i2 would be abrogated. The government believes that Pres ident Taft's action was taken in order to bolster up an already weakened po litical popularity and that he expects to "retain his office through the in fluence of Jewish money and votes." There is every indication that Rus sia will allow the treaty to lapse and will refuse to enter into a new one. This would leave Russia free to deal with American subjects as she sees fit and would also work considerable hardship up the American exporters. ATTACKS SHIPPING TRUST Congressman Humphrey Wants Con I gressional Investigation. I Washington, Dec. 20. Startling charges against the so called "foreign shipping trust" were made before the house committee on rules by Repre sentative Humphrey (Rep., Wash.), supporting his resolution providing for a shipping trust investigation by a joint committee of the house and sen ate. "More than 90 per cent of our over seas commerce is carried by foreign ships that belong to pools, combines and 'conferences,'" said Humphrey. "Between the ships in these combines there is no competition and both pas senger and freight rates are fixed by agreement." ALL INJURED WILL RECOVER Total Deaths in Odessa (Minn.) Wreck Will Not Exceed Ten. Minneapolis, Dec. 20.—The original I list of ten deaths due to the wreck caused by the rearend collision of the first or passenger section and the silk and fish or second section of the Co I luinbian, the Pacific coast flyer of the Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound railway at Odessa, Minn., has not been increased. None of the injured in hospitals at Ortonville, Odessa or Minneapolis arc in a serious condition, the most seri is mishap, aside from the deaths, be ing a broken leg. LAW TO CLOSE 400 SALOONS Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Statute Combatted by "Wets." Des Moines, Dec. 20.—The suprern. court of Iowa has handed down decision affirming the Mcon law ease which had been appealed from the low er court The decision, it is said, wi: result in the closing of more than 4 saloons in Iowa. FOREIGN NEWS. Shipwrecked off a desolate coast, lowered into a small boat by sailors and then capsized among the break ers and rescued from drowning by the boat's crew, while one of her daughters was swept away and was saved by a British tar just as she was disappearing, was the experience of Princess Louise Victoria, princess royal of Great Britain and Ireland and sister of King George V. A conspiracy to assassinate Presi dent Madero of Mexico and proclaim a provisional presidency pending the arrival of General Bernardo Reyes at the capital to assume the office of pres ident, was frustrated at the last mo ment, in the opinion of the authorities, by the arrest of Generals Higlnio Agu ilar and Meliton Hurtado of the fed eral army and a score of co-conspira tors. King George V. and his consort, Queen Mary, have been proclaimed emperor and empress of India. The culminating act of the English mon arch's accession to the throne of his vast Indian dominions took place at Delhi amid a scene which for rich ness of color and magnificence of deco rations probably has never been sur passed in modern times. The British house of lords passed the national insurance bill providing for compulsory insurance against sickness and unemployment of the working classes through its third and final reading. The bill now is prac tically completed, only requiring to pass through the formality of receiv ing the king's assent. The British government has decided to exclude all the American meat pack ers against whom prosecutions have been instituted in the United States from tendering for contracts for the supply of meat to the British army and navy, pending the settlement of the suits. Breaking a silk ribbon stretched across the harbor mouth the cruiser California, flagship of the Asiatic fleet, steamed up the channel into Pearl harbor, Honolulu, the first warship to enter the haven under the guns of the new fortifications. Mrs. Arthur Stannard, the novelist, who was known by her pen name of "John Strange Winter," is dead in London. She had been confined to her bed for the last five months as the result of an accident while stepping out of an elevator. Forty-two Moro outlaws were killed at Lanao, Mindanao, Philippine isl ands, in an engagement with a detach ment of American scouts. There were no fatalities on the American side. Mgr. Ambrose Agius, papal delegate in the Philippines, died suddenly at Manila. POLITICAL NEWS. The Republican national committee, in session at Washington, decided that the national convention to nominate candidates for president and vice president will be held in Chicago, be ginning Tuesday, June 18. The vole in favor of Chicago was overwhelm ing. Acting Chairman John F. Mill, former governor of Maine, was unani mously elected chairman of the com mittee after the acceptance of tin resignation of Postmaster General Hitchcock, which went into effect on April 1, 1900. William I lay ward of Nebraska was elected secretary to serve until the new national commit tee is organized in Chicago in June. The Democrats of Arizona will place two members in the United States senate and one member in the house of representatives, a gqvernor in the state capitol at Phoenix and unless present indications are materially changed will make a clean sweep of the state ticket as a result of the first state election. FINANCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL On the application of the Westing house Air Brake company Judge El mer B. Adams, in the United States circuit court at St. Ixiuis, appointed Frederick A. Delano, Edward B. Pryor and W. H. Bixby receivers of the Wabash Railroad company. The re ceivers' bond was fixed at $300,000 each, to be given in ten days. Directors of the Northern Pacifb and of the Chicago and Northwestern ratified in New York an agreement which will mean a great deal to both roads from a traffic standpoint. Tin Northern Pacific is to run its fas coast trains from Chicago over the Northwestern to St. Paul and then over its own ilne to Spokane. A suit asking for the dissolution of the United Shoe Machinery company, a corporation of worldwide scope, has been instituted by the federal govern ment, which filed a bill in equity in the United States circuit courL at Boston. MISCELLANEOUS NEWS. Pale and emaciated and weak from hunger and exposure, Harry Waldron. the juror whose escape blocked the progress of the second trial at Kansas City of Dr. B. Clarke Hyde, charged with the murder of Colonel Thomas H. Swope, returned to his home. He was brought into court by Mrs. Waldron and, after a conference with him. Judge Porterfield announced he would dismiss the entire jury on the ground of Waldron's mental incompetency. The "striking" jury in Judge James E. Withrow's court at St. Louis tri umphed when it returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the McDermott will case, which was contrary to the in structions of the judge and which the judge hart to accept. The court an nounced, however, that on the motion of either side the verdict could be set aside. RAYNER CALLS IT PERSECUTION Criticises Russia's Treat3 ment of the Jews. MATTER NOT RELIGIOUS Saya Abrogation of Treaty Is the Only Method of Relief—Believed Both Houses of Congress Will Approve the President's Course, but Debate May Be Bitter. Washington, Dec. 20.—The senate apparently is disposed to accept gracefully the action of President Taft in forestalling it in abrogating the Russian treaty of 1832. At least, that is the attitude of a majority ot the members of the com mittee on foreign relations. Others, however, advanced the argument that the president, in taking the matter out of the hands of congress, en oroachcd on the prerogative of the senate. Senator Rayuer of Maryland deliv ered a speech sharply arraigning Rus sia and charging that country with having violate.il its treaty obligations. Senator Rayner argued that the treaty admits ol but one interpretation and that is that citizens of the Unittd States shall have the same rights in Russia that Russian citizens have within the United States. He said it was ail American ques tion, not a religious one, and that it had now been settled in incident after incident that no American Hebrew can pass the frontier ot Russia. He re ferred to proceedings in the French chamber or deputies, wlure the same question has arisen with Russia, and Russia was made to yield. After dis cussing tiie luw in dotail, Mr. Rayner said: "There is no other remedy except to terminate the treaty. We must submit or give notice to terminate. It would be a cowardly act to surrender. The night of barbarism must close so far as Copyngm oy Cnneainst. SENATOR RAYNER. we are concerned. This iB the land of religious liberty, BO ordained by the wisdom of God and so created by the genius of man. We ennnot permit any autocratic government to visit this in iquity upon our citizens. The day of religious inquisition is over. "It is nothing but religious persecu tion directed against citizens of the United States. There is no other method of relief. Do we propose to keep treaties and allow other govern ments with whom we have made them to break them at their will. No other civilized nation on this earth would assume such a humiliating position. This treaty has been broken in Its or ganic and most vital part. The heart of this compact has been pierced, and raising as it does with us the question of religious freedom, its most sensitive feature has been mutilated and tram pled upon. We deserve the contempt of mankind if we reel at the blow and submit to this degrading indignity. There is no way out of it except the termination, the rescission or the ab rogation of this treaty." FAVORS LOWER WOOL RATES President Wilt Recommend Downward I Revision in Message. Washington, Dec. 20.—After a meet ing of the cabinet, at which President Taft's message on schedule K, wool and woolens, finally was revised, it was reported that the president had decided to recommend a revision downward. It was said that the president would •ot recommend any specific rates of duty, but would Indicate that the pres ent rates should be materially low wed. Dundee Strikers Are Riotoua. Dundee. Scotland, Dec. 20.—The dockers and carters of this port, who •re on strike, have suddenly gotten out of hand and begun to cause great disturbance in the vicinity of the quays. Rioting became so serious that the lord provost of the city seat a requisition to headquarters for a de tachment of troops.