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HIS is 311 hon-
es - t , straight-
forward pi i c -
ture of the life
of tdrday in a
It gives the
reader a pleas-
'f& . ant impression i
, of a type of people and a phase of
'life well wjrth a closer acq uaint-
. It is a crisp , orcef til.delineation
of the career William Parker ,
I a prosperous banker and pro-
moter , whose beautiful daughter ,
Evelyn , is the heroine of the
I , -story. John Saxton , an enter-
, prising ; Bostonian , is sent west
- , _ to close up some ranch and other
_ - .investments for a Massachusetts
trust company. This brings him
r en. contact with varied. types of
, humanity all of whom play an :
- . Interesting- part in a , plot involv
ing1 the manipulation of a traction
_ , line , the kidnaping of-the - banker's
. . , child and other events which go
to make up an intensely graphic
r t narrative. _
t . . = THE MAD : CHANCE is a ro
, mance of youth , of love , and of
, E : . ' success honestly Avon. It is
- I" " buoyant , yet full of pathos ,
Wnolesome humor , convincing
realism , admirable diction and
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fc rare , common sense touch that
shows the practical side of real
. western life.
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. < < "Well , sir , they sayI'm crooked 1" !
William Porter , president of the Clark-
. - son National Baiik , tipped back his swivel
chair and watched the effect of his dec- .
laration on the young-man who sat talk-
Ing to him.
"That's said of every successful : man
aowadays , isn't it' : " asked John Saxton.
"They say I'm crooked , " ' repeated Por-
ter , witu a .narrowing of the eyes , "but
: they don't say it very loud , and I guess
, they don't any of them want to have to
- .prove iL I'm afraid those Boston friends
* f yours have given us up as a bad lot ,
tnd they've sent you out here to get their
money , and I don't blame them. Well ,
cir ; that money's got to come out in
. time , but it's going to take time and
.sioney to get it. "
"I believe they sent me because I had
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plenty of time , " said Saxton , smiling.
"Well , we want to you you win out , "
teturned Porter. "And nQW what can I
s So to start you off ? I warn you solemn-
. "ly against the hotels in this town ; but
4 e've got a fairly decent club up here ,
\tnd you'd ! better stay there till you get
fccquainfcd. ' ' Just look over the papers
fill I get rid of these letters and I'll be
Cforier ! turned to his desk. There was
-in air of great alertness in his small ,
, ean figure as ! he pushed buttons to sum-
o . mon various members of the clerical force
, ind rapidly dictated terse telegrams and
4 ' , tetters to a stenographer. Saxton was
_ . ' ' &npressed by the banker's perfect confi-
. . . . . . ; . uence and ease.
- John Saxton h3d - been sent to Clarkson
" by the 'Ncponset Trust Company ' of Bos-
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af clients who had made rash investments
in several of the Trans-Missouri States.
. - Foreclosure had. in many instance , re-
- - . jeultcd in the transfer : to themselves of
much to\vn and ranch property which
tvas , in the conditions existing in the
jarly 0.0s , an exceedingly ; slow . asset. It
. . . - was _ necessary that some one on the
ground should care for these interests.
. , the Clarkson National Bnnlhad : been
exercising a general supervision , but , as
5nc of the investors told his fellow suf-
. fierers in Boston : they shoulu have an
sgent whom they cou.J call home and
. ubuse , and here was Saxton. a conscien
_ tious and steady fellow , who had some :
" _ -knowledge of the country , and who , more-
1 " ' , , . \"ery needed something to do. Saxton's
: acquaintance with the West had been
' . . ; . ; ' gained by a bitter experience of ranching
" - tn Wyoming. A blizzard had destroyed
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. . ranch had left , him cncunibe'rcd with a
property : for which therewas no market.
- 'His friends had been correct in the as-
' ; ' . sumption that he needed employment , and
, , ; , -ac was , nioreovo , glad of the chance to
: . ' : : et away from home , where the impres-
, ion : was making headway that he had
? : : tailed at something in the vague , non-
tnter ( > - pawingVest. .
. "Xoo ; % " said Porter , presently , scrutin-
' tzinjr ; a telegram carefully before" " signing
j * : , "I'll take you up to the office we've
f . ieen keeping for your people , and show
fon what it looks like. : '
t- The room proved to be a small one at
: fhe top of the building. On the ground-
w ' flass door was inscribed "The Interstate
' : : XrrisatIon Company. " The room con-
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talned ! a safe , a flat-top desk and a few-
chairs. 'Several Illas' hung on . the wall ,
engineers' charts of ranch lands and irri-
gation ditches. _
"It ain't pretty , " said Porter , critical-
ly , "but if you don't like it you can move
when you get ready. The bank is your
landlord ' , and we don't charge you ; much
for it. You've doubtless got your inven
tory of stuff with you , and here in the
sr.fp j-ou'll find the accounts of these com-
panies , copies of public records relating
to them , and so on. You're goi ' . ) g up
against a pretty tough proposition , young
man. You'll hear a hard luck story
wherever you go out here just now ; peo-
ple wl'o owe your friends money will be
mighty sorry they can't ; pay. Many - of
the ranch lands your people own will be
worth something after a while. That
Colorado irrigation scheme ought to pan
out in time , and I believe it will ; but
you've got to nurse all these things. Make
your principals let you alone Those
fellows get in a hurry at trie wrong time
- that's my experience with Eastern in-
vestors. Tell them to go to Europe - get
rid of them for a while , and make them
give .you a chance to work for them.
They're not the only pebbles. I'll send
the combination of the safe up by the
boy , and you "can get a bird's-eye view of
the situation before lunch. Mr. : : Wheaton ,
our cashier , is away to-day , but he's fa
miliar with these matters and will be
glad to help you when he gets home
\Vlien ! you get stuck call on us. And drop
down about 12:30 : and go up to the club
' ' ' ' can't do it
for lunch. Take it easy ; you
all in one day. "
"I hope I shan't be a nuisance to you , "
said tHe younger man. "I'm going to
fight it out on the best lines I know how
-if it takes several summers. ! "
" ' 'ell , it'll take thm ' nll right , " said
Porter , sententiously.
Left to himself , Saxton examined his
new quarters , found a feather duster
hanging in a corner and brushed the rirt
"from the scanty furniture. This done he
sat down by the open window , through
which the breeze came -cool out of the
great valley ; and here he could see , far
over the roofs and spires of the town
the bluffs that marked the broad bed of
the tawny Missouri. He was not as
buoyant as his last wonv to the banker
implied. Here he was , he reflected , a
man ! of good education , as such things
-go , who had lost his patrimony in a sin-
gle vel1tu : c . lie had been sent , partly
out of compassion , he felt , to take charge
of investments that were admitted to be
aluiost : hopelessly bad. The salary prom
ised ! would provide for comfortably ] ,
and that vas about all ; anything fur-
ther would depend upon himself , the sec
retary of the Nr-nonset Trust Company
had told him ; it would , he felt , depend
much more particularly on the making
ovei by benign powers of the consider-
able part of the earth's surface in which
his principals' money lay hidden. . As his
eyes wandered to one of the office walls ,
the black train of a great transcontinen-
tal railroad caught and held his attention.
On ptie of its northern prongs lay . the-re
gion ( t" his first defeat.
"Three years of life are up there , " he i
meditated , "and all my good dollars are
scattered along the right of way. " Many :
things came back 'to him yidly-how
the wind used to howl around the little
ranch house , and how he rode through the
snow among his dying cattle in the great
storm that had been his undoing. With
his eyes still resting on the map , he re
curred to his early school days and to
his four years at HarvardThere was
a burden of heartache in these recollec-
tions. None of the professions had ap-
pealed to him , and he had not heeded
his father's wish that he enter the law.
The elder Saxton , who was himself a
lawyer of moderate success , died before
John's graduation ; he had lost his moth-
er in his youth , and his only remaining
relative was a sister who married before
he left college.
A review of these brief and discourag-
ing annals did not hearten him ; but he
fell back : upon the better mood with
which he had begun the morning ; he had
a new chance , and he proposed to make
the best of it. He put aside his coat and
hat , and opened his desk. The banker
had sent up the combination of the safe
and Saxton began inspecting its contents
and putting his office .in order.
The books and papers began to inter
est him , and he was soon classifying ]
the properties that had fallen to his
care. He was so deeply occupied that
he did not mark the flight of time and
was surprised when a boy came with a
message from Porter that he was ready
to go to luncheon.
"You mustn't overdo the thing , young
man , " said the banker , amiably , as he
closed his desk. "Don't you adopt our
W' : : estern method of working ] all the hours
( here are. I do it now because my neigh-
bors and customers would talk about me
if I didn't , and say -that I had lost my
grip in my old age. "
The Clarksou Club stood at the edge
of the commercial district , and its brick
walls rose hot and staring in the ' July
sun as Porter and Saxton approached.
"Here we are , " said Porter , leading
The way into the wide halL "We'll ar
range about your business relations later.
There's a" very bad lunch ready upstairs , ,
and we'll go against that first. "
- There were only a few men in the ( din
ing-room , seated at a round table. Por-
ter exchanged . salutations with them as
he passed on to a small table at the end
of the room. Those who were of his
own age called Porter , "Billy , " and he
included them all in the careless nod of
They went from the table for an in-
spection of the club , and arranged with
the t clerk in the _ _ > fficc for a room on the
third floor. They stopped in the loung-
ing room , where the men fuom the round
table were now talking or looking _ at
newspapers. Porter introduced Saxton
to all of them. Several of the men who
shook hands with Saxton were railroad
officials ! , but nearly everj line of busi-
ness was represented.
"If you're going with me , " said Por-
ter "you'd better get a ' ' . "
, move on you"
The whole group went out together. Por-
ter leaving Saxton to the others with
that confidence in human friendliness
which is peculiar to the social intercourse
of men. They made him feel ] their honest
wish to 'consi er him one of themselves ,
snaking a point of saying to him , as they
dropped out one by one , that they hoped
to ese him often. Porter led the way
Imck down Varney street , carrying his
hat in his hand. He said at the bank
door : "Now - you : make them give you
what you want at the club. I've got a
louse up here on Varney street-come
up for dinner to-morrow night and we'll
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It's hotter than Suez here , and you'd bet.
ter take. my adrice about starting in
slow. " . ,
He went into- the bank and Saxton
took the elevator for his own off : F e.
Saxton was not over-sensitive , but the
stiffness and hardness of the club house
were not without their disagreeable im-
pression on him as he sat at dinner to
ward the close of his first day in Clark-
son. ' Two of the men to whom Porter
had introduced him at noon proved to be
fellow lodgers , and they exchanged greet-
ings with him from the table where they
sat together. They unsociably read their
evening papers as they ate , and left be-
fore , he finished. He was watching the
fading colors of a brilliant sunset when
a young man appeared at the door , and
after a brief inspection of Saxton's back
walked over to him. .
"Aren't you Mr. Saxton ? I thought
you must be he. My : : name is Raridau.
Don't let me break in on your medita-
tions , " he added , taking the chair which
the waiter drew out for him. "I met Mr.
Porter a while ago , and he adjured me
to be good to you. I 3oh't know whether
this is obeying orders"-he broke off in
a laugh - = "that depends on the poiut oi
view. " r
"You are guilty of a very Christian
act , " Saxton said. "I was : just wonder-
ing whether , after the sun had gone down
behind that ridge over there , the world
would still be going , round. "
"The world never stops entirely here , "
returned Raridau , , . "but the motion some-
times gets very slow. Mr. . Porter tell *
me that you're to be one of us. Let me
congratulate us-and you 1" !
Warrick Raridan was , socially speak-
ing , the most available man in the Clark-
son Blue Book. He was a graduate in
law who did not practice , for he had ,
unfortunately , been left alone in the
world at 2G , with an income that seemed
wholly adequate for his immediate or fu
ture needs. lie maintained an office ,
which was fairly well equipped with the
literature of his profession , but this was
merely to take away the reproach of his
busier fellow citizens. Raridan's office
was the rendezvous for a variety of-com-
mittees to which he was appointed by
such unrelated bodies as the Clarkson
Dramatic Club and the Diocesan Board
Missions : : of the Episcopal Church. He
appeared every Sunday at the cathedral ,
which was the fashionable church in
Clarkson , where he passed the plate for
the alms and oblations of the well-dressed
lie was capable of quixotism of tho
most whimsical sort. He had , for a year ,
taken his meals at a cheap boarding-
house in order that he might maintain
two Indian boys in school. He was not
nt all aggrieved when , at the end of . the
first year they ran away and resumed
tribal relations with their brethren. He
-chaffed himself about it to his friends.
It was not enough to say that Warry
Raridan could lead a german or tie an
Ascot tie better than any other man on
the Missouri River ; for he was also the
host Informed man in that same strenu-
ous valley concerning the traditions of
the English stage , and was a fairly
good actor himself , as amateurs go. He
had a slight literaiy gift , which he cul-
tivated for his own amusement. His hu-
. mor was fine and keen , and he occasion-
ally wrote screeds for the local papers ,
or mailed pleasant jingles to his intimate
" 1"11 wager that if you stay here a
rear you'll never leave , " said Raridan ,
as they went downstairs together. "I've
been about a good deal , and know that
we who live here miss a lot of comfort
and amusemeut which go as a matter of
course in older towns. But there's a
roominess and expausivencss about things
out here that like , and I believe most
men who strike" early enough like it ,
and are loneBouie for it if they go away.
"I think I understand how you feel
about it , " said Saxton. "There were
times in Wyoming when Western life
seemed pretty arid , but when I went
back to Boston I was homesick for Chey
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Method : That Have Greiitly Simpli
fied the Caring for the Dead.
Modern : : methods of undertaking now
call for the highest possible ] skill in
embalming and arranging every detail
From the old methods of placing a
body on ice , with its attendant insani- !
tary conditions , the undertaker has
reached a high point of perfection in
embalming , the New York Sun says ,
but not content , with the advanced
methods experiments are now under
way which will , it , is contended , make
it unnecessary even to make any in-
cision in a body when the embalming
process is being performed. I
One of the most advanced un erta\- ] :
ers in this country says ; tljnt within
the next five years it will be possible to
embalm by plncing ] the body in an airI I
tight chamber and by subjecting it to
a : pressure of the gases of certain em-
balming materials to perform the work
which is now done by injecting fluids
into the veins.
Several firms in New York and other
large cities : have ! done much to relieve
families of the very troublesome work
which follows deiitli iu small houses , I
boarding houses or hotels by fitting up
chapels where bodies are taken until
ready for burial. Embalming is done
in-ttte establishment , burial clothes are
furnished' watchers if required. I
These firms also have clergymen to
perform services , lawyers to , attend to I
wills or insurance papers.
The most disagreeable part of fry-
ing eggs is the , sputtering and flying
of the hot fat. This may be avoided
by sifting a little flour ; in the pan be-
fore adding the eggs. This you will
find to work like a charm and espe-
cially will the difference be noticed
where there is a large family to sup-
The State of New Jersey has import
ed five stallions from Great Britain to
enabre its farmers to produce a bighe I I
type of horses. -
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NOW FO'JNI.IN ' OHIO
Chicago Paper Claims to - - Have Un .
earthed Missing 1 \ Archduke of
HAD WORKED : AS A 1SACHINIST.
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Drifted All Over the "World - Lost
His Wife and Children in
The Chicago Journal the other day .
devoted its entire fiont-page : to the
elaboration of an unequivocal state-
ment that it has discovered "the lost
John Orth , " otherwise Archduke Jo-
hann Salvator , of Austria , prince of
the house of Hapsburg , who disap-
peared nineteen years ago after marry-
ing Ludmilli Stubel , an opera singer.
Briefly sketched , the Journal story is :
John Orth was discovered at Paines-
ville , Ohio , working as a machinist at
$ i5 a week. Previously he had fol-
lowed this occupation at Grand Rapids ,
Mich. , and Cleveland , Ohio. His rea
sons for making his identity known at
this - time , the Journal states , are his
advancing age and his desire that he
be buried in Austria. -
Johann Salvator , as the alleged arch-
duke has always been known since he
left the court at Vienna , was married
in London , andhe and his wife after-
wards sailed toSouth America in the
Santa Margarita , a schooner tll3.t he
had chartered. . It has always ben be-
lieved that the archduke lost his life
when the schooner sank off the coast
According to the story : of the Palnes-
ville machinist , he and his beautiful
wife were not aboard the ship , as was
generally thought to have been the
case. They went ashore at Cusavana ,
a small port on the Rio de La Plata.
It was planned that they meet the ship
'at Valparaiso , but the craft sank en
The romantic couple drifted all over
the world , finally taking up a planta-
tion on the island of Martinique. When
the first rumblings of Mt. ' Pelee gave
warning of the catastrophe that fol-
lowed soon afterward , Johann Salvator
made a hurried visit to the city to ar-
range to get his family away. But the
warning had come too late. His wife
and their two children were killed.
Salvator , according to the Journal
story , was rescued by a French gun
boat and came to the United States.
A ' iV-ew Thorax : Operation.
At the German Hospital in New York
Dr. Willy Meyer : : performed for the first
time in this country an operation upon
a human being in which the cavity of
the thorax was opened while the lungs
were kept inflated from nn air chamber
at a pressure greater than the atmos
} } hcre. This new appliance is known as
the positive air pressure apparatus mod-
eled" after that of Prof. Sauerbruch. It
consists of two. chambers with a door
connecting and another door connecting
the smaller chamber with the outer air.
The chambers are lined with rubber and
are connected by pipes and valves with
an electric air compressor. The operat-
ing table is so arranged that the patient
lies with his head within the main cham-
ber , a rubber neckpiece fitting tightly so
as to prevent the escape of the compress-
ed air. A glass front to the chamber
enables the surgeon to see within whero
: wo anesthetists administe1' th , ? ether , ,
the smaller chamber , also under air pres-
sure being for their convenience. The .
operation in question was upon a little
boy for empyemy. After the cavity had
been opened it was found that one lung
was compressed. The matter was quickly
removed and the lung expanded at once : .
so as to be used in respiration. The pa-
tient is. doing well. '
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The Minnesota Senate has passed a
bill appropriating $ JlOOO to fighf forest
Practically all of those who won al-
lotments at the Tripp County , S. D. ,
laud drawing , have : filed on their claims.
A bill introduced by , yo D. " ' ash-
burn. Jr. , in the Minnesota Legislature
authorizes school boards in cities of the
first class to employ physicians to ex-
amine and advise pupils and to pay them
from the school funds.
Lida King , dean of the Brown Uni
versity Woman's D\ ' > llet' : : , speaking before
. the Conference for Education in the
South , advanced the opinion that men
make the best teachers and that it is a
distinct gain for young women to study
under male instructors. But she admit-
ted that such students should get the
woman's viewpoint upon certain subjects.
She argued that men avoid the overstress-
ing of details which is so common a fail-
ing among women teachers. Robert C.
Ogden was again elected president of the
The attitude of President Lewis of
the United : : Mine Workers toward the an-
thracite situation is thought to be re-
flected in the editorial published by the
organ of the. union. It says that "If ever
there was a body of capitalists who de-
served a good licking it is the anthracite
coal ' operators , and that if ever there
was a body of men who had just cause for
strike it is the anthracite miners. " It
says the operators have violated the agree '
ment in everj shape and form except tne
price for coal , and that their objection
to recognizing the union is because it will
compel them to } keep their a reeme.t
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Chicago "Czar of Labor" Is Charged
. . . With. Extortion.
Martin B. ( Skinny ) Madden , presi
dent of the Associated Building Trades
Unions of Chicago and generally re
ferred to as the "local Czar of Labor , "
was placed on trial the other day be-
fore Judge McSurly : , charged with the
extortion of $1,000 from Joseph Klicka
for "settling" a strike. M. J. Boyle ,
business agent of the Electrical , Work-
ers'- ! Union , and F. A. Pouchot ; , chair
man of the buesiness agents of the
general organization . , also are defend
ants in the case.
Indictments of Madden . and his asso-
ciates followed years of innuendo
among contractors concerning the call-
ing and settling of strikes. Complaint
was not made officially ; "however , until
a few months ago , when the contr ct-
ors who are building the new Chicago
& Northwestern railway statl'dn , told
State's Attorney Wayman that an at
tempt had been made to extort money
from them on pain of a strike being
called on the work. The investigation
, which ensued was followed by the in
dictment on which trial was begun.
Madden's career as a labor leader
has been uniformly successful He
rides in his own automobile and - for
years his word has been law among
the _ majority of trades unionists of Chi
: ago ,
PyKTinles Fonml in China.
Dr. William E. Cell , the noted explor
er , who arrived at , New York from an
extended journey into the Northern
mountains of China and returned to his
home in Doylestown , Pa. . tells of having
mapped 200 miles of the great wall of
China never before explored and says ;
he confirmed the tradition of a race of
hairy pygmies in those regions. Since
3001 ! ) Dr. Geil has been traveling to
study the various primitive races now
accessible , penetrating the pygmy forests
of Central Africa as well as the remote
section of China. His party of twenty-
five men with pack mules started , in
May : : , 190S , along the eastern section of
the great wall ! , and by September got
to the northern end of the wall at Kian
Ku Yian. north of the Nan Shun moun
tains , a distance of 1,200 miles. This :
took the explorers into Thibet. The
legend interpreted from < inscriptions on
the wall is to the effect that the pygmies
came , from a group of people who re-
belled from the horrors of being buried'
alive for mistakes on the work of con-
struction , that being" the penalty imposed.
The descendants were located by Geil far
in the interior and he left a man to study
them : He says they live like animals.
A Planet Beyond Xcntnne.
When word came from the observatory ,
at South Kensington , England , last week
that Prof. Pickering : of Harvard ' .had dis
covered a new major planet moving in an
orbit beyond that of Neptune it was pop-
iflarly understood that the discovery was !
based upon photographic evidence. Such
a discoverhowever , was promptly denied
by Pickering. No eye and no telescope
has yet seen the new planet , but-k-is not
denied that its existence has been proved
by Prof. Pickering. He has calculated
its orbit so as to be able to indicate its
position this 'ear , and its influence upon
the orbit of Neptune , which is very slight. : I
This shows that the new planet is rela- '
tiveljsmall. . It was the slignt wabbling
of Neptune that led to the discovery of
the new body. This fact had been the
subject of study among astronomers for
years. The discovery of Neptune was
made in this same manner , in 1S4G. ( Nev
ertheless : some of the authorities are skep-
tical ! about-the value of Prof. Pickering's
Better Wages , tlie Solution.
Dr. Edward T. Deviue , secretary ot
the Chaiity Organization Society at New
York , in an address before that body de-
clared "Misery.springing : : : : ; from dis-
ease , which is essentially economic , -wfrh-
continue among us until workingmen will
be able to have a reasonable amount of
light and air in their homes , until they
are able to restrict the household to its
natural members , to withhold children
from gainful occupations ' until they are
able to take a reasonable amount of rec-
reation and enjoy their holidays. It will
continue until men are able to work with-
out overwork , and to consult a dentist
or a physician or specialist : , wlien neces-
sary and to have an income necessary
to provide for all these things , as every
workingman in America should have and
may have. "
I DOINGS OP THE LEGISLATURES I
The Wisconsin Legislature will prob
ably adjourn about June 1.
The Illinois Legislature has been de
bating a bill limiting the employment
of women in factories to eight hours
a day. : Manufacturers are opposing
Gov. Warner sent to the Michigan
Legislature a special- message urging
its members to sink their differences of
opinion on the subject and' pass some
measure in the interest of the protec-
tion , development and preservation of
Michigan : forests.
The Wisconsin Senate passed the
Sanborn uniform divorce bill , which
provides that the State shall be repre
sented by an attorney in all divorce
proceedings. It also passed the Mam-
brecht bill prohibiting the segregation
of the sexes in the class rooms at the/
Business men of all the large cities
in Missouri have been before the Sen-
ate committee on constitutional amend-
ments opposing a measure for State-
A school book trust bill providing
that the price of any text book shall
be no higher Illinois than the same
volume in any other part of the United
States , has been introduced at Spring-
field , the general understanding being
that the measure is the one which the
House organization will support
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WifE GETS 25 YEARS / .
Woman Also Is l Fined $5,000 and
Costs in the , "Bill } ' " Whitla ' . '
. Kidnaping Case.
BOTH PRISONERS COLLAPSE. \
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Husband andSpouse Are Carried
Most of Way Back : to Cells - She ,
Weeps Violently in Jail. :
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- In Mercer , Pa. , Judge Williams , ' on
Monday sentenced James H. Boyle , con
victed of kidnaping "Billy" Whitla , to
imprisonment for life in the western
penitentiary at Pittsburg. Mrs . Boyle ,
indicted as Mary Doe , was sentenced to
twenty-five years in the penitentiary
and to pay a fine of $5,000 and costs
of the prosecution. Boyle did not
cause the scene in court which , lle - had
threatened and did not utter a word
before' being sentenced. His counsel . , ] ,
however pleaded for leniency for both
Boyle and his wife. The- lawyer said
that until a recent period thp extreme
penalty for kidnaping in this State
was ten years ; and in view of the fact
that the boy had been treated with
every consideration and that xall care
I had been taken not to inflict unneces
sary mental anguish upon the parents
he felt leniency might be asked with
propriety. After Attorney Miller of
counsel for the Boyles . had completed
his plea for leniency in , behalf of his
clients Judge Williams told Boyle to
stand up and asked him if he had any
thing to say as to why sentence should
not be pronounced upon him. Boyle
merely said , "I have not , " and shook
his head. Judge Williams then ad
dressed the prisoner and told him of
the seriousness of the crime oF which
he had been convicted. Both Boyle and
his wife collapsed on hearing their
sentences pronounced. Mrs. Boyle wept
violently when returned to her cell.
TWENTY DROWN IN OHIO RIVER.
Gasoline Launch , Heavily Loaded
with Steelworkers , Sinks. -
Twenty persons were drowned when ,
a gasoline launch sank in the middle
of the Ohio River near Schoenville ,
four miles below Pittsburg , ' Tuesday
night. Of the thirty occupants of the
boat only ten escaped. All the men
were employes of the Pressed Steel Car
Company at the aicKe.es Rocks plant.
The men had been working overtime
until 8 o'clock and left the works to
cross the river in the launch fifteen
minutes later. The boat is said to
have been intended for not more than
twenty persons , and it was understood
it was dangerous to attempt to carry
as many as twenty-five in it. But all
the men wanted to get across the river
on the first trip of the boat and thirty
of them crowded in. There was no I
explosion , no leak was sprung , but the
boat simply sank beneath the weight it
had been bearing and went to the bot
tom. As it sank , it caused a suction
which took many of the men down
with it. Others attempted. . to swim
ashore , but were chilled by the cold
I water and became exhausted before
I' reaching the shore. *
REPORT SHIP LOST WITH 21. ,
Shores , Six Days Overdue , Believed :
Sunk in Lake Superior. ,
Advices received at Duluth are to t
the effect that the steamer Shores , six
days' : overdue at Duluth , went down
off White Fish Point in Lake Superior
with all on board. The crew and pas-
sengers numbered twenty-one. . _
News of the destruction of the
Shores was brought to Duluth by the
crew of the steamer Northland , who ,
say that as the latter was passing that " i
point on the way up they discovered '
wreckage strewn all over the lake ,
and , in their _ opinion , it belonged to ,
the Shores. The fact that she was a -
week overdue at Duluth ] and no word . .
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been received adds color : /
the theory. T :
The Adelia Shores belonged P the !
S. 0. Neff Transportation Compa ? > ' of
Milwaukee , and is said to have teen
up bound from Michigan with a . l.jad . . .
of salt. The ship was of 1,250 tog . .
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S. Holmes. The engineer was R. S.
Nott. The names of the crew and pas- ,
sengers are' not obtainable. -
TWO KILLED IN PANAMA ? RIOT. :
police of Rcptiblif ' ; Claxh ivith Amer-
o ican.s of Canal Zone. ' .
In a conflict between Panama police i .
and employes of the canal zone near
the dividing line C. lI.Abbott , an tf
American electrician in the power-
house at Christobal , and a colored man ,
also an American , were killed. The
police crossed the zone at Christobal y
in an effort to arrest an escaped pris i '
oner. They were mobbed and pelted
by West Indians and finally were ar
rested by the zone police for disturb-
ance. At night a number of Panama
police armed with rifles proceeded to- i
ward the zone in an attempt , it is al- . ,
leged , to find those who had maltreated
their , comrades earlier in the day. They ,
came into collision with the canal -1.
workers and many revolver and rifle -
shots , were fired. The riot became so
threatening that all places of business
were quickly : closed , but eventually the
invaders were driven off.
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