Important Events of the Week
in Condensed Form.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Photo by American Press Association.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
for appendicitis, reports a slight
improvement, they consider his con
dition as still serious.
TRIAL OF DEEF
Jury Is Completed and Prose=
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
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
W. .1. Thomas, clerk, Ottawa.
C. H. Nare, drug clerk, Chicago.
H. O. Bates, tailor. La Grange.
J. H. Edwards, telephone inspector,
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
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
"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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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.
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
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
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.
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