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IOWA MAN AMONG THE DEAD.
G. W. Tudw of Lacey One of Those
Identified Woman in Charge of
Tower Says Signals Were Set Fire
Causes Much Suffering.
Chicago, July 15. Thirteen persons
were killed and nearly a score were
Injured in a wreck on the Chicago,
Burlington and Quincy railroad at
Western Springs, a suburb of Chicago.
Coming through " a fog, with sup
posedly a clear track ahead, train No.
8, a fast mail, ran at full speed Into
the rear of train No. 2, known as the
'Overland express from Denver, which
was starding on the track, telescoping
two of the Overland's Pullman cars.
Railroad officials refused to fix the
blame until after the wreck had been
investigated thoroughly. Mrs. F. A.
Wilcox, who was in charge of the tow
er from which the block signals were
controlled, said she was certain the
clock was thrown against both trains.
She collapsed after the accident and
still Is in a highly nervous condition.
The dead: Francis A. Barclay, Bill
ings, Mont.; George Bronson, engi
neer train No. 8; Bunch, negro porter
of Pullman car on train No. 2; Mrs.
C. M. Hart, wife of a physician at Can
ton, 0.; Mrs. E. G. Pohlmann, San
Francisco; M. E. Stern, Chicago; O.
W. Tudor, Lacey, la.; six unidentified.
Rear Coach Demolished.
All of the dead, except Bronson,
were taken from the rear coach of the
Denver train. The engine of No. 8
plowed through this car, halfing It,
and crushing out the lives of helpless
passengers, many of whom still were
In their berths. On into the second
coach the engine then sped. Half
way through that car It veered to the
left, derailing the sleeper. The engine
was entirely stripped when it stopped.
Fire, starting from the gas lights In
the sleepers, immediately broke out.
Many victims, pinioned down by heavy
timbers and iron that had been torn
from the engino, pleaded for death or
deliverance from tlfe flames. Members
of the fire departments of Western
Springs and La Grange were on the
scene within a few minutes after the
wreck occurred and they put out the
fl-e with lines of hose.
Ghouls are believed to have robbed
the dead before they reached the
morgue In La Grange. More than a
dozen large diamond seta were rolss-
Ing from jewelry and although most
of the dead appeared to have been
persons In comfortable circumstances,
a dime was the largest sum of money
found on any of the bodies.
NEW LINE TO CANADA .
Will Build Railroad From Watertown
to Canadian Boundary.
Minneapolis, July 15. The Minneap
olis, St. Louis and Canadian Railway
company, which will build a line from
the vicinity of Watertown, S. D., to
the Canadian boundary, was organized
here by Newman Erb of New York,
president of the Minneapolis and St.
Louis railway; W. G. Blerd, vice presi
dent of the company; J. Wollman and
H. A. Harrison, representing two New
York banking flrms. According to Mr.
Erb, Incorporation papers will be filed
soon and construction probably will
b begun by fall.
Immediately upon his arrival here
after a trip over the line, Mr. Erb Is
sued an order for twelve new locomo
tives and signed appropriations total
lag J500.0OO. principally for track Ira
nrovernent. RAILROAD MAN ARRESTED
President of Los Angeles Line Ac
cused of Arson.
San Diego. Cal., July 15.-kHiarged
in an Indictment returned by the fed
eral grand jury with setting fires or
causing fires to be started in the
Cleveland forest reserve, E. S. Bab
cock, president of the Los Angeles
and San Diego Beach railway, a su
burban line, and one of the wealthiest
men In San Diego, was arrested by a
deputy United States marshal. He
vaa released on bonds.
It Is charged Babcock ordered
ynch hands to burn the brush on his
Tanch and that the fire got beyond
control md entered the reserve. The
evidence was laid before the grand
Jury ai a result of Investigation
made by forestry bureau operatives.
South Dakota Town Suffers Fire Loss.
Eagle Butte, S. D., July 15. Fanned
by a high wind flames destroyed four
retail store buildings and contents,
the Dakota State bank, the Citizens'
State tank, a printing company, the
Johnson lirery, the postofflce, tele
phone headquarters and a dentist's of
fice. The business portion of the
town wn? wiped out. The loss Is esti
mated at $30,000.
Insane Over Religion.
Perry, la., July 15. Frank Learning,
a well known citizen of this county,
was taken before the commissioners
of Insanity and by them sent to the
hospital at Clarlnda for treatment.
He went violently insane attending a
number of meetings of a "Holiness as
sociation." which was holding meet
ings on his farm.
By MARY G. COLBY
I V ,,
My father died before my mother,
mid at her death a woman who had
beeu iu the family kept up the house (
ana tools cure or me. i whs men a
girl of ten. not old enough to know
anything about my affairs or why Miss
Meade assumed the position she occu
pied. She was not an agreeable per
son, as I remember her in those days,
but she was all I had in the world to
love, and I tried to love her.
She gave me to understand that she
bad promised my mother at her death
she would take care of me and bring
The only person who ever to my
knowledge came to see her was a
smooth faced professional looking
man, who used to have long conversa
tions with her. After awhile I learn
ed that his name was Cheatham and
that he was an attorney. There was
something repellent about him. and
whenever he came to the house I took
pains to keep out of his way.
One thing did not coincide with Miss
Meade's statement that she was sup
porting me. This was that while she
was miserly with regard to herself she
was liberal with regard to me. I had
all the expensive clothing I wished
and was never denied anything needed
or coveted. 1 was educated at the best
schools and at sixteen was sent to a
finishing school. One thing Miss
Meade positively forbade I was not
allowed to visit any of my schoolmates.
The day before I was eighteen years
old Mr. Cheatham called 'to see Miss
Meade, and they had a discussion,
which. Judging from their earnestness,
must have been a very Important one.
I heard Mr. Clieatham say, "If you'll
leave It to me 1 can bring it out all
right without nny great risk; if you
manage it as you propose you'll wreck
yourself and me too."
The words made no Impression on
me at the time, for I supposed they re
ferred to some private matter betweeo
the lawyer aud Miss Meade that did
not concern me. Afterward I thought
a great deal about them. When 1 enme
of. age, and especially after this inter
view, I uotlced that Miss Meade was
very much absorbed about something
and appeared worried. To be worried
was unusual with her, she being one
of the most composed persons I ever
I was now old enough to wonder
where the money that was spent on
me and I was spending came from. I
put a few leading questions to Miss
Meade, which she parried. I began to
think there was some mystery In our
relations, but. was not prepared to In
slst on knowing anything she did not
tell me of ber own free will. Having
been brought up with the Idea that I
owed everything to her, I did not care
to risk "killing the goose that laid the
One day when she wn not at home
t wished for something from the store
room. She always kept the room lock
sd, and no one knew where the key
was except herself. In n box contain
lng metal odds and ends was a hunch
of keys. I tried them one by oih till
I found one thnt would unlock the
door I wished to pass. Protruding
from a desk was a paper, which 1 pos
sessod myself of. and found It to be a
letter written by my father to my
mother before they were married de
Glaring that he had given her up. since
be was poor and she possessed n
This was astonishing news to me.
How could It be thnt I was dependent
upon one who had been my mother's
household manager and must have aft
er my father's dentb taken a part In
the management of his affairs. I be
gan to surmise an explanation. I had
not heard either that my mother bnd
been rich or had lost her property. It
looked to me that the money I was
spending must be derived from thnt
fortune my father referred to. The
more I thought about the matter the
further I wept In my Inferences till I
began to suspect that Miss Meade had
taken advantage of my having fallen
Into ber hands when a child to get her
clutches on my mother's fortune.
I confess I did not know how to
move In the matter. Had I been a
man It would have been easier, but
for a girl not far past eighteen I could
see no way of uncovering the mys
tery. Keeping my suspicions from Miss
Meade. I resolved to secure" advice.
The father of one of my schoolmates
was a Inwyef. and through her I se
cured an Interview with blm. lie got
all the Information I could give him
about my father and mother and prom
ised to look the matter up. It was not
I0114 before through bis daughter be
asked me to call upon him, and when
I did so he told me that my mother
had died leaving a great deal of un
productive property, which was now
yielding a fine Income.
And this was the money on which 1
was living nnd procuring all I wished
for. But what was Miss Mendo's ob
ject In telling me that I was depend
ent upon her?
My lawyer cautioned me to conceal
the fact that I had this knowledge and
went to work to Investigate my prop
erty. He found that for years Miss
Meade, whom my mother had left my
guardian, aided by Cheatham, had
been endeavoring to Involve the estate
In debt to ber. In time they would ab
sorb the whole property.
My lawyer put a slop to this and by
threatening criminal proceedings suc
ceeded In recovering the whole of my
NO WORD FROM SHAW
Atlantic Railroad Interests Fail to
Hear From Financier.
Des Moines. July 13. Creditors of
the Atlantic North and South railroad
expected to get word from the Shaw
syndicate. Nothing happened. The
Tiope was entertained that the finan
ciers of the syndicate would be able
to malie definite announcement re
garding the prospective date of their
arrival In Iowa. The silence caused
The last announcement received
from a representative of the Shaw
group of railroad promoters was that
they had missed one boat and were on
the next boat with the money.
The syndicate has until Wednesday
to remove the suspense In, Iowa. I-e-
gal representatives of the creditors In
Des Moines are beginning to prepare
their objections to another extension
The local attorneys are not speculat
ing a3 to what will b done if the At
lantic agreement Is not closed on
Wednesday. They assume that the
matter will be held open until the pro-
moters or their representatives are
prepared to make a personal presenta
tion of their case. In view of the fact
that the Iowans did not arrive as ex
pected, creditors are Inclined to en
tertain the belief that the financial
settlements cannot be arranged within
the agreed time.
COMING TO IOWA
Hindoos Plan to Take Up Work
at .State University.
Iowa City, July 15. To travel hall
way around the world for a college
education Is the plan of a delegation
ol young Hindoos from India, who
will enter the University of Iowa in
"Sanayal" and "Banerje," two mem
bers of Calcutta's aristocracy, will
head the delegation, according to the
statement made by Sudhindra Bose, a
graduate student and Instructor In the
Owing to the heavy Influx of stu
dents from other countries to the
University of Iowa this fall, the Cos
mopolitan club, an organization made
up of foreign students in residence
here, will have a clubhouse for all na
Fourteen nationalities will be repre
sented under one roof. A Chinaman
will room with a Jap. and the Russian
and Polish flags will be draped to
gether over the entrance of the recep
EX-CAPITOL EMPLOYEE DIES
J. R. Shannon Pastes Away at Home
- ' - : In Winterset.
Wlnterset, la., July 15. J. R. Shan
non, for nine years custodian of the
office of the state railroad commission
in Ees Moines, died here after a year's
illness from cancer of the mouth. He
was a pioneer resident of this city,
having come here Just after the close
of the civil war.
The deceased was born In Pennsyl
vania In 1830. He enliHted in the
Eighty third Ohio Infantry, serving
throughout th? civil war. On coming
to Iowa he engaged In the grocery
business, later becoming a bridge con
tractor Before going to Des Moines
he was custodian of the court house
ELEVATOR MEN TO MEET
Managers From Twelve Counties te
Gather at Marshalltown,
Marshalltown, la., July 15. Fifty
two managers of farmers' elevators in
twelve Iowa counties will gather here
next Saturday in a district meeting.
W. J. Kvnch of Green Mountain is sec
retary of the district organization,
which is affiliated with the Farmers'
Grain Dealers' association of Iowa.
The counties Included In the district
are Marshall, Hardin, Story, Grundy,
Black Hawk, Polk, Jasper, Tama,
Poweshiek, Denton, Iowa and Linn.
Boy Has Narrow Escape.
Iowa City, July 15. To be dragged
between the heels of a team of run
away mules and the teeth of a mowing
machine was the harrowing experi
ence of Alvin Letts, a fifteen-year-old
Iowa City boy. He held onto the lines,
which were the only means of saving
himself from death in the cutting
blades, and when almost exhausted
managed to turn the mules Into a
barbed wire fence, which stopped
them. H was badly bruised.
Lightning Hits Churches.
Greenfield, la., July 15. The Metho
dist church at Grove Center, about
seven miles northeast of here, was
struck by lightning and completely de
stroyed. During the same storm an
other church, about six miles south
east of this church, called Clara e nap
el, was also struck by lightning and
considerably damaged, but did not
To 8um Up Thaw Case.
White Plains, N. Y.. July 15. The
summing up by counsel for Harry K.
Thaw in his sanity proceedings will
take place here tomorrow Instead of
In New Rochelle, as originally planned.
Justice Keogh has decided that his
chambers In New Rochelle are too
small to accommodate the large num
ber of newspaper men, witnesses and
I lawyers who will be present.
Rifle Confes! Begins on Range
Near Des Moines.
BROOKHART IS IN CHARGE.
Captain Morton C. Mumma Is Chief
Range Officer Company Team
Match Will Be Shot at Close of Pre
liminary Practice Other Events.
Des Moines, July 15 The tenth an
nual meeting of the Iowa Rifle asso
ciation began today and will continue
until Thursday at tho rifle range east
of the Hyperion club.
Today will be given over to a school
of iiistiuction in small arms practice.
The team competitions will terminate
July 17, and all will depart for their
homes except these who are detailed
to shoot on regimental teams. Tho
regimental team competition will be
staged July 18.
Lieutenant Colonel Smith W. Brook
hart of Washington is in charge of the
uhoot. Captain Morton C. Mumma is
chief range eiflcor. The assistant exec
utive officer is Captain Robert Mc-
Cleave, Unite-t states infantry.
Some of the Events.
The company team match will be
shot at the close of preliminary prac
tice. It will be open to teams of six
from any company, troop or buttery ol
U10 army, lo-vn national guard or rifle
club in tho state.
The "Allison match" will be open to
all company teams. Military rltlei
and service ammunition will be used
and there will be one twenty-shot sklr
The "consolation match" will be
open to everybody, but prizes go la
those who luve not won a prize In
other individual matches.
The "Drake match" Is opon to all,
The "National Rifle association
match" will be open only to members
of the Iowa Rifle association.
The "Kleuer match" is open to
teams of ten from each regiment of
tho Iown national guard.
There will be contests open to
teams from the companies of the Fif
ty third. Fifty-fourth, Fifty-fifth and
The regimental team match will be
open to teams of twelve men from
each regiment of the Iowa national
guard or any regiment of the United
States nrmy stationed in the state.
The Individual championship match
is open to everybody.
The "Inspectors' owl match" will be
hhot at night by inspectors of small
arms practice of the Iowa national
guard. Illuminated targets will be
' The "Dows match" Is open to regi
mental teams The "pistol match"
will be shot at the direction of tlm
FARMS ASSESSED TOO LOW
Railroad Attorney Files Protest
Mason CUy. Ia., July 15. Farms In
this part of Iowa, especially In this
county, are assessed at too low a valu
ation, according to A. T. Polleys, an
attorney connected with the Minneap
olis and Omaha road, who filed a state
inent In the office of the county treas
tirer. This statement Is meant to
nhow that tho roods are paying more
than their share of the taxes and thnt
the supervisors of this county should
advocate a boost In land valuations,
Instead of railroad valuations.
Roosevelt Decides to Visit Iowa.
Oyster Day, N. Y., July 15. -Colonel
Roosevelt decided to make the cam
paign trip to Michigan, Kansas and
Iowa, which he has had under consld
eration for several days. He said he
had begun work on a number speeches
which he would deliver before the
opening of the national progressive
convention In Chicago. Sometime
next week,"1 according to the plan, he
will start westward.-
Light Company in Fight With Town.
Sheffield, la., July 15. Condemna
tion of the action of the principal
owners of the Electric Light and Pow
er company of this place, and bitter
feeling which has grown out of per
sonal encounters Involving leading
business men, has given force to talk
of a new lighting company for Shef
field. Will Waive Court Rights.
Dubuque, la., July 15. For the first
time under the new law, three men,
L. 8. McGuIre, Paul Hawley and J. Jo
seph Turner, all held on Indictable of
fenses, will waive right of the grand
Jury hearings nnd will plead guilty be
fore the court and be sentenced with
out awaiting a regular court session.
Mayor Defends Self.
Fort Dodge, la., July 15. Mayor H.
R. Dwyer of Barnum Is defending a
suit In the district court brought to
oust him from office because of al
leged non-enforcement of law. Coun
ty Attorney B. B. Barqulst of this city
testified In Mr. Dwyer's behalf.
Fort Dodge, la., July 15. C. C. Ross
of Ames, lineman for the Fort Dodge,
Des Moines and Southern, was killed
by a charge from a high tension wire
while at work. Ross was a young man
and had been at electrical work for
What Is the Moon
By MARTHA B. EDGARTON
Miss Madeline Rogers, a very beuu
tiful and attractive American girl,
went to Paris with letters that gained
her the eutry to the American colony
There was something very original,
something unique, about Miss Rogers
that captivated the young French
bloods, nearly all of whom straightway
proceeded to full In love with her.
Whether it was this or because she
was far more natural and unconven
tional than the women she associated
with, certain It Is that many of them
hated her. That the men, on the con
trnry, both respected and loved her Is
evident from the fact that they all
wished to marry her.
The young lady was a good deal of a
flirt, but it is questionable if she res
ized in a young man's company she
was giving hltu encouragement. The
poet hnth said. "Loving seemeth like
breathing." In Miss Rogers' case
flirting was quite as natural a process.
She treated the young men with whom
she was pleased In a way that made
them think that a proposition would be
immediately accepted. This she did
unintentionally and unconscious of the
interpretation that might be put upon
her acts. She was as heart freo as a
bird, and when the men responded to
her soft looks and words she supposed
they were treating her as they treated
their other women friends. In other
words, slio did not suppose thnt whut
passed between them was serious.
One evening Miss Rogers awoke ax
from a series of pleasant dreams. A
lady who thoroughly understood her
and was consequently very fond of her
took ber aside and snld to her.
"My child, do you know that when
tho sun rises tomorrow morning three
of our prominent Parlslnn young men
are going to fight for you on tho Bols
"Fight for me!" exclaimed the nston
lshcd girl, turning pale.
"Yes. Each claims to being on the
point of-becoming engaged to you and
resents the other's attentions.
"For heaven's sake who are these
"There is Edouatd du Four."
"The Count de Luny."
"Yea. and tho third Is Maltre Fal
lansbee, tho rising young Jurist"
"But how can the three fight a duel?
I thought duels were fought by two.
one on eacb side."
"So they are. Du Four has chal
lenged the other two. He first fights
with De Luny, and If be kills the count
be then fights with Fallnnsbee."
"Oh, my goodness gracious! How do
you know this 7" .
' '"My husband learned of it and told
me as a secret, especially enjoining me
to tell no one. I have come to you
with it because I consider it best for
you to take measures to stop It"
"How can I do that?"
"I fear it is too late to do anything
tonight, but you might be on the
ground In time to choose between
"I'll be there in tlmo to choose none
of them. Will you chaperon me?"
"If you wish it"
"I most assuredly do."
"You must be ready to start early.
The next morning long before the
people of Paris were stirring, especlnl
ly In the Bols de Boulogne, the two
Indies drove up to the dueling ground,
where they saw the three lovers, ac
companied by three seconds and three
surgeons, preparing to prick one an
other with long thin swords.
"Will you kindly tell me," said Miss
Rogers, "what you gentlemen are bore
Jules Cartler, Du Four's second, actod
as spokesman for tho men. Of course
It would not do for him to admit thnt
they were going to fight about her, so
"M. du Four remarked last night at
the Circle Frnncals that the moon wits
made of cheese. This the Count de
Luny denied. He said It was made of
pudding. The result between two gen
tlemen of honor is obvious."
"And what has M. Fallansbce to do
with the matter?"
"He claims that the moon Is Jelly
"Indeed! And they propose to kill
ne another for so trifling a cause?"
There was an embarrassing slleAb.
which was broken by the count sny
"Perhnps mademoiselle will end the
qunrrels by deciding which of the three
monsleurs Is right."
It was plain thnt the lady's decision
was to be taken as a choice between
her three suitors. Sho asked If they
would abide by her decision, nnd they
admitted thnt they would.
"Very well, gentlemen. What tbo
moon Is mado of depends upon the per
ceptive faculties of tho one who views
It The eye is simply the visual orgnn
of the brain. Ilenco to M. du Four it
In cheese, to the Count do Luny It Is
pudding, and to M. Fallnnsbee It Is
A burst of laughter broke from the
seconds and the surgeons, while the
principals stood stiff as ramrods, glar
ing at each other and the rest of the
"Gentlemen, good morning," snld
Miss Rogers, and. gottlng Into her car-
ringe with her friend, she was driven
The others soon followed without
Controversy Between Big Inter
ests Over Water Rights.
BIBCOCK AND BOGGS CASES.
First Hearing Postponed Until Aug. It
Governor Aldrich Says Board of Irri
gation Will Look Into the Matter.
Aldrich and Halner Have Tilt.
Lincoln, July 13. That the legists
ture may be called upon to settle
controversy now on between two great
financial Interests battling to gain
control of the water power rights ol
the Ixnip river was shown In a hear
Ing which was held before the board
of irrigation In the office of State En
The first hearing was In regard to
the cancellation of rights of H. E.
Babcock of Columbus and the othet
hearing was regarding the rights of C
T. Boggs of this city. It is under
stood that behind Mr. Babcock are the
H. L. Doherty Interests of New Yors
city, while George Moore of Detroit
with other financiers are associated
After considerable discussion the
Babcock matter, In which he had
been asked to appear and show cause
why his application for water powei
should not be cancelled, was continued
until Aug. 11 at the request of his at
torneys and was agreed to by tho oth
er parties in the rase.
There reemc. to be quite a sentiment
among those on tho outside that the
matter should be left to the leglsla,
ture and while one or the other of the
companies should be given the rlghl
to development, that the state should
receive something annually. for thai
Boggs Case Put Over,
Tho Boggs application asks foi
wnter not used by the Babcock con
pnny, but tokes It from the Loup rlvei
several miles above the Babcocs
claim and empties Into the Platte rl
er near Schuyler, several miles below
the Babcock claim.
The promoters of this claim, while
having asked for a hearing, did not
seem to be ready to go Into the case
and after a wordy battle between Go
ornor Aldrich and Mr. Halner, one ot
the company, In which the governot
politely Informed Mr. Halner thai
there were "Just as good lawyers ts
the room as he was," it was decided
to postpone further hearing In this
case and hare all the cases come n
at the same time, thirty days being
given for everybody to get ready.
Lincoln Too HI to Be at Unveiling.
In reply to a letter from Secretary
of State Walt, asking him to be pres
ent at the unveiling of the Abraham
Lincoln monument on the capltot
grounds, Robert T. Lincoln, son of the
martyred president, hns replied thai
111 health will make It Impossible fot
him to be present.
NEBRASKA FRUIT CROP
Reports to State Horticultural 8eclety
Coming In Predict Result.
Lincoln, July 13. letters of tn
qulry were ent recently to repre
tentative fruit growers of Nebraska
nnd from replies received by the Stat
Horticultural society has tabulated the
The averago annlo cron for all Darts
of the state Is 60 per cent of full crop;
100 per cent, compared with the 1911
crop; 110 per cent, compared with
the average of the past five years.
It Is estimated thnt the actual pro
diction of the state will be about a
in 1911, hut more apples will probably
bo shipped, owing to the heavy croc
fn the commercial sections. The home
orchards out In the state are prodoe
Ing much lighter crops than In 1911.
FAIL TO CONVICT SAL00NIST
Sunday Closing Crusaders Lose Fire
Round of the Battle.
Omaha, July 13. The Antl-Saloor
league lost the first round of Its flgtt
against Baloon keepers whom they ai
lege violate the closing law, when
Jury of six men brought in a verdict
of not guilty for Harvey Jacobsen
The verdict was reached after thlrti
On the outcome of these trials
which are under way, will depetjo
whether forty other saloon keeper
will be tried or not. The Antl-8aloo:i
league has scured evidence, It Is a
serted, against this many more, but
will no', file complaints If the present
cases are not won.
Norfolk to Entertain Firemen.
Norfolk. Neb., July 13. Great prep
aratlons have been made by the Ne
braska Stite Volunteer Firemen's a?
soctatlon to make this year's tourns
ment at Norfolk, July 23, 24 and 25,
success. Over 13.500 worth of prize
will be given away and hundreds o
exciting contests have been arranged .
Peacemaker Is Killed.
Peoria, July 15. While trying to
settle a drunken brawl between fon:
negroes, James Skinner, a night pa
trolman, was shot through the stout
ach and Instantly killed. Two negroes
euspected of the crime wer arrested
and spirited out of the city by the po
lice for e:fe keeping.
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