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he Omaha Daily Bee
THE OMAHA DEE
a, cln, reltnbto newspaper that Is
admitted to earn and vwmry hots a.
For Nehrs'ka Fair.
For wen t her report see rnge 3.
VOL. XXXVIII NO. 206.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 27, 1909 TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
. TALKON SUGAR
Senate Spend Entire Session in Dis
cussion of Thii Schedule of
MENERt IS FOR HIGH X"""
He Sayi it Would Render
SM00T AND BURROWS
Michigan and Utah Senator! Snppt
. , a.iJ.- v -
Committee I ACUOIL -
BRISTOW " ON BROWN SUGAR
Kalian Kays Present Standard Makes
It Imposalblo to Bar Unrefined Ar
ticle and Compels All to Par
Trlbnto to Trnst.
WASHINGTON. May . For more than
oven hour today the senate wii engaged
In the discussion of sugar, aa that subject
Is involved In the pending tariff bill. Be
ginning with an effort by Senator Mn-
F.nery, the Louisiana democrat protection-
1st, there were, four aet speeches three of
these were In support of the sugar schd,ule
as reported from the committee on finance,
while the fourth was a plea for mtaerlal
Senator McErney made an earnest pela
for etlff protection, not only because of
the jiecessity for such a policy In the in
terest of revenue, but because as, he de
clared, such a course would render the
United tSatel Independent of other coun
tries. Senators Burrow! of Michigan and Sena
tor Bmoot of Utah, both of them mem
bers of the finance committee, also spoke
in support of the committee's action,
oath and Protection.
Resuming the thread of his discussion
of the sugar - schedule. SI. MCBnery of
Iou)slana. in the senate today dealt with
the attention of the southern atatea and
southern statemen towards the policy of
protection. Referring to his remarka In
the senate yesterday, he said:
"That there is a change of sentiment
going on In the Houtlt In relation to pro-
.nun Baa u vi ii ruMtnltv anil 1 hrine
senators from ths aouth who have support
protection on every Industry in the state,
may extend the vision of their horizon and
accord protection to great - national in
terests." Mr. McEnery spoke specially of the need
' of a protective tariff on lumber, which
Industry he said employed 35,000 men. pro
ducing lumber worth J44.CO0.00O annually.
After pointing out 'that southern sen
ators have voted for a dutv on lumber
which produced a revenue of ony I2,0O8,flte
annually, Mr. McEnery called attention to
the vastly "aveatei 'iriol.me' produced by
sugar which yields a revenue of $130,000,000.
"I want to appeal to southern senators,"
he declared in rlnglnc tone, "to abondon
their absurd caae of theories of the tariff
for revenue only and vote to support the
Industries of the United Slates.
"I do not base my plea for a duty on
sugar for the ureat revenue It brings. I
put It -on a higher plane, which Is the
necessity for the country to become Inde
pendent of any foit-'gn government for
things it requires. Break down the tariff
on sugar ttnd this country will be run oer
with sugar from Europe, both refined and
granulated and It will Hop every beet fac
tory In the t'nltedi States and stop the cul
ture Of cane in the state of Louisiana.
Hrlitow oa Brown Buaar.
Mr. Brlatow . followed. While Mr. Mc
Enery, a democrat, had epoken for a high
and protective rate on sugar, the Kansas
unainr. a republican, advocated a reduc
tion, Introducing an amendment to strike
out the provision for "No. 1 Dutch stand
ard" and reducing the duty on refined
sugar from 1.90 to cents a poud. He
said: "Whenever a senator endeavors to
reduce the existing duties In the bill he Is
at once accused of attempting to destroy
the industry effected."
He instated that the senators who are
endeavoring to obtain reductions In the
tariff duties wei-e the best friends of the
protective policy. "They want," he de
clared, "to have the protective policy stand
as a symbol for American lnduatriea and
not as a symbol for graft and greed."
Illustrating his remarka by exhibiting
bottles of sugar, Senator Brlatow ex
plained that according to his view the re
moval of the. Dutch standard test would
allow dark colored sugar to cojne into this
Country and at once go to consumers if
Uiey should desire to have it without the
reKrW'X or. whitening process.
"The only purpose of this color teat,"
he said.' "Is to force the people to pay to
the American Sugar Hefinlng company SO
cents per 100 pounds for refining that
He claims that ha order to avoid the pay
ment of duty on sugar of higher color
Standard the Sigur trust Imports the prod-ta-t
of dark color and refines it. If the
Putch standard test were removed, he said,
a greater amount of revenue would be re
ceived. The Dutch atandard had been
superseded aa a standard for testing eugar
by the polartscoplc test.
Holding up to the view of the senate a
bottle of dark crystalised sugar he said It
was a product of Java, and sold largely
to consumers In England.
"Has not that very sugar driven out of
existence the sugar refineries of England?"
inquired Mr. Smith tf Michigan.
Mr Brlstow did not know about that, but
he declared that If auch Java sugar could
be brought Into the United Sl.Aea It would
t. rmit tii American people to use It with
out i ng toll to the American sugar re
finery. i cannot aa a United Btatee senator say
to the American eitiien that he cannot buy
a cheap brown SJgar if he wants to do bo."
de.iared Mr. Brlstow. "To do so would be
s tyranny that American citlsens will not
Mr. Brlatow declared that actual differ
entlal received by the trust on refined
sugar haa been increased from 2SS oenta
rer l' pounda to 7.I per 100 pounds since
tbe Dingley law went into effect v
Kills Wtnsa and Self.
TOI'EKA. Kas. May S8. Daniel Logan
Hun. a farm hand, hot and killed Mrs.
James Abel at her home near Urantville,
mi nilea east of Tupeaka, this afternoon
and then killed himself.
Andy t.ete Medal Himself.
PARIS. May H. The council of the Sar
bonne today con fen ed upon Andrew Carne
gie a nM)al in recognition of his founding
Uie Curie scholarships id Wui.
Prepares to Visit
Hunters and Scientist! Will Return
to Nairobi to Get Ready
' NAIROBI, British East Africa, May J.
All the members of the Roosevelt party
Wme Into Nalrbbl at 4 o'clock this after
ion from the Healley ranch. They are
J. nburned and appear to be In splendid
lth. In the last hunting Mr. Roose
SP1 ' bagged another buffalo and a big
, naturalists of the expedition have
" 'ed two pythons and 400 odd birds
a mammaU They ar(, Mp.rlally de
lighted with some expected specimens.
Tonight and tomorrow Mr. Roosevelt
will be the uest of F. J. Jackson, acting
governor of the protectorate. For the re
mainder of his stay here he will
occupy George McMillans town house,
loaned for the occasion. The natu
ralists ot the party, together with
R. J. tjnnlngham, who has charge
of the expedition,, will stop at the
Norfolk hotel. The party will leave here
next week for the Rot IV riln.rl.-t via ftltaba
and will return here , before the end of
July. A public banquet will be tendered
Mr. Roosevelt in Nairobi about the first
The expedition will be accompanied to the
Sotlk country by I J. Tarlton.
Governor Jackson has issued invitations
to a reception to meet Mr. Roosevelt
Thursday night, and he will entertain the
former preaident of the United States at
dinner Saturday. After this dinner, Mr.
Roosevelt will attend an amateur theat
Asks Jurors in Murder Case if They
Will Act According to
CENTERVILLE. Ia., May Z.-The first
six veniremen examined today in the trial
of John Junken for the murder of Clara
Rosen, haa formed opinions and were dis
missed. Judge Mitchell, attorney for the
defendant, delved into the religious and
family lifeof the talesmen, asking If they
were praying men' and if they would give
a verdict in accordance with the teachings
of CfrrTist. Junkln was kept under guard
In the court house all night. There have
been no mob demonstrations. The prisoner,
neatly dressed, sits near his mother, but
surrounded by guards during the proceed
ings in the court room.
Junken wtll tomorrow plead guilty to
the charge and" throw himself upon the
mercy of the eourt, according to the
negro's statement last nlghi This, says
Prosecutor Seneca Cornell, means Junken
will be sentenced to hang. ; as Judge Rob
erts has stated he would inflict the death
penalty tf the negro was convicted.
. $100 Bills
Some Surprised Recipients Call on
Postoffice Inspectors to Find
DES MOINES. Ia.. May Postoffice In
spectors today were asked to unravel the
mystery surrounding the receipt by a num
ber of residents of Panora, la., of letters
containing Jl'iO bills. No signature Is at
tached to the letters, though one of them
bears the postmark of Portland. Ore.
Five persons admit having, received money
totaling, $1,125. Mrs. Viola Lnpegitt, a
widow, received 225, all in S10 bills with
a note signed, "Your friend."
LAND FRAUD QUIZ IS STILL ON
Cirand Jury Investigation at Tnlsa
Probably Will Not End I n
TULSA. Okl., May 38 Saturday of this
week It is believed will see the finish of
the investigation of the Muskogee town lot
frauds now going on here before the federal
grand Jury. When the Jury resumed ita
sitting today twenty out-of-town wltneases,
mostly from eastern atatea, were on hand
to testify. There are twenty-five others In
the city yet to be examined. Among the
witnesses who testified today was T, B.
Stewart of Columbia, Mo.
RIO GRANDE ON A RAMPAGE
River Rearhes Highest Point la Its
History and Parma Are
EL PASO. Tex., May M.-The Rio Grande,
river la the highest in Its history and
villages and farms in the valley above and
below El Paso are inundated. In El Pa 10
county a force o( men haa been constantly
at work cutting away driftwood in ordr
to save tbe brldgea.
Site of Train Robbery is
Sold in Real Estate Deal
Will Crary and "E. A. Benson, have
bought the land west of the Forty-second
street wagon bridge' where the Union Pa
ciflo Overland Limited train was robbed
Whether they Intend fencing it as a spot
to be reserved as the scene of the "last"
train robbery in the heart of a great city or
sell it in small lots to people who wish to
live on hlstorlo ground, Mr. Crary refuses
The tract consists ot about fourteen
arrea and was sold by A. P. Tukey d Son.
Mr. Crary claims the deal was made be
fore the robbery, but Harry Tukey says he
knew nothing about, the plans to pull off
a train robbery Saturday, and had no rea
son for getting rid. of the land. The deal
was closed after tbe robbery, says the
agent, and is doubtless wanted for a park
or other reserve. t
E. A. Benson refuses to be Interviewed
about the deal, but admits hs Is Interested
with Crary in buying the land.
Thn deed was made to the Home Terrace
Real Estate company, which consists of
Beusoa aud Ciary. Tu land la wortb fM
TAFT TALKS TO
President Makes Address at Annual
Commencement of Howard
EXECUTIVE PRESENTS DIPLOMAS
Cornerstone of New Carnegie Library
Laid by President.
FUTURE OF ! COLORED RACE
Speaker Says it Never Was More
Hopeful Than Today.
MUST SOLVE HIS OWN PROBLEMS
Negro's ' Salvation Depends Vpon Hie
Making; Himself Useful to the
Community In ' Which
WASHINGTON, May 26. -Speaking" to the
graduates of Howard university, near this
city today. President Tnft declared that
never at any time has the future of the
negro, as a race, appeared more hopeful
and bright than at the present day.
The president Impressed upon his hearers
the fact that It is for-the negroes them
selves .to work out their work futurue and
to make themselver valuable citizens in
the communities In which they live. Con
ditions for the negro in the south, the
president said, he believed are growing
better and better. Southern people of the
better class are confing to look more and
more upon the negro race aa one of their
valuable assets. Mr. Taft declared, and he
again urged upon th negro the Importance
of gaining the respect and the friendship
of the white people among whom he Is to
The task of educating the negro and es
peclally of educating leaders among the
race, the president asserted was a debt
owned by the government; a debt only too
difficult of repayment because of the con
stitutional limits of the government in
dealing with the individual.
Preaident Presents Parchments.
President Taft peraonally handed to the
more than 100 candidates for degrees their
parchment rolls. When the commencement
extremes were ended, he was escorted to
the foundation of the new Carnegie library
of the university where he officiated at the
laying of the cornerstone. The president
evidently enjoyed the privilege of being a
real mason, for he not only applied the
customary first dash of mortar, but worked
indUHtrlouely with the silver trowel until
he had covered the entire resting place for
the well-proportioned atone.
Secretary of the Interior Balllnger, Min
ister Legar, of Haytl, and President Thlr
kleld, of the University, also , were called
upon to wield th trowel. "Come on Berlin
ger, you might as well help," said the
ore8tdent to the secretary, . under whose
department the control of Howard Unlver
slty comes. "But don't put on too much,'
the president added, "and spll the Job."
Address of Mr. Taft.
Secretary Balllnger made a brief address
at the commencement exercises, the forth
leth. The announcement was made of
the conferring of the honorary degree of
Dieter of Laws upon former Secretary J as,
K.' Garfield. There was a great crush to
hear the president, more than a thousand
oolored people stood in the rain outside the
university chapel while he was speaking.
"This university," aaid the president, in
his speech, "Is tie partial repayment of the
debt to a race to which a government and
the people of the United States are etern
ally Indebted. They brought that race In
to this country against its will. They
planted it here Irretrievably. They first
put It In bondage seemed to make neeesa
ary, under the system then In vogue. Then
they freed It and put upon It theresponsl
blllties of cltisenshlp. Now some sort of
obligation follows that cdaim of facts with
reference to the people who are responsible
for yhat that government did. The obllga
tlon will be clearer, or rather, the method
of ita discharge would be easier, were It
not for our constitutional system, which
throws generally upon the statutes the bur
den of education and leaves the general
government only certain limited Jurisdic
tion with respect to the people.
Weed of llan Leaders.
'1 am far from saying that the colored
race today would be better off if they all
had university education. I think they
would be In a bad way If they had, be
cause they would not know how to use It
and they would not find means of using it.
No race would be better off if all were
educated as university men. The great
body of the colored race, as the great body
of the white race, must depend for their
livelihood upon thetr manual labor, skilled
or unskilled, or upon some occupation
which requires less education than that
which Is conferred by a university, and if
that education Is too widely extended the
effect of it Is to put a lot of men Into life
who do not find occupations which are
suited to their tastes and to make them
Contlnuerf on Second Page.)
to $500 per acre, but Benson and Crary are
supposed to have paid at least $100 more
in order to get tbe land because of the
added value given by historic interest.
BIG STEAL AT , BUFFALO
Treated Employe of f'ennty Treasar
ers . Office Said to Havo
BUFFALO, N. T.. May M.-Jared C.
Weed, cashier of the county treasurer'
office since IMS, was arrested today on a
charge of grand larceny.
County Treasurer Fix, who mads the
charges, says that the total of the alleged
stealings since 1M0 are $36,660. rangtng from
a few hundred dollars to several thousand
Treasurer Fix charges that another era
ploye is Implicated and says that he has
a confession from each ot the men aa to
their peculations. He says the confession
and the restoration of .the funds whlc
has been made were procured without any
promise oi uamui
,V 1, C N
Omaha Men Demonstrate That Alfalfa is a Human Food Product. News Item.
From the Denver Republican.
DOUBLE DECK FOR CORN SHOW
Second Story Kay Be Put in the Big
ARCHITECTS SAY IT IS FEASIBLE
Will Afford One Hundred Thousand
Square Feet of Space and Be
Movable When It Is De- '
The National Corn exposition will be
held in the Auditorium and such tem
porary buildings as will be necessary to
accommodate the big corn and grain Bhow.
This has been practically decided, by the
exposition management, following a dis
cussion of the practicability eX putting in
a qeronq n.'ur -in ins -Auwuium.'-ivmcii
will almost double the space of the big I
The plan Is to put this floor aero'S from
the balcony floor, extending over e en-
lire Duiiaing, ann - removing the stage.
which will also be double-decked. This
will give almost 100,000 square feet of floor
With this arrangement It wtll be un
necessary to remove the seats in the bal
cony, but they will come in very handy
and the lectures and band concerts will be
given on the second story.
By this arrangement also so much space
will be given that it Is possible the Audi
torium management will bear a good share
of the expense, end the floor, when taken
up, wll be in such shape that It can be
readily, put down again for any purpose
where the double-deck Is needed. Archi
tects who have looked over the proposition
declare it to be feasible and one of the
best ideaa they have had suggested to them
in connection with the exposition building
Rhode Island and Pennsylvania are the
last two states to come In. Letters were
received Wednesday frwn N. B. Critchfield,
secretary of agriculture of Pennsylvania,
and John J. Dunn, secretary of the agri
cultural department of Rhode Island.
Sioux City News
Uhl and Ashbaugh Sell Paper to
Frank B Wilson, Present Man
8IOUX CITY, la., May 26. (Special Tele
gram.) Frank R. Wilson of Sioux City
this morning purchased from Mel Uhl of
Omaha, L. V. Ashbaugh of St. Paul, N.
W. Ray of St. Paul and others the Sioux
City Daily News, an evening paper. Mr.
Wilson In an editorial announcement says
the paper wll) continue to be independent
and that there will be no change in ita
policy. Mr. Wilson at the state university
was editor of the Dally lowan and after
ward aerved as reporter on the Council
Bluffs Nonpareil and the Sioux City
Journal. When the News came to Sioux
City he became city editor, then managing
editor and recently wae made editor and
general superintendent and owner.
Why do you pay
rent when you can
buy a home in Om
aha with only a
small pay men t
down and balance
same as rent?
Head the Real Estate col
umn from day to day and you
will find a home offered for
sale within your means. The
Bee ha3 found homes for hun
dreds of others and can find
a home for you.
Hav you read the want ads. yet
TM ALFAtFA MAV
CLUB' IS COWG TKt
IF IT 19 KEAtUY
A VI CW J PAPER STORY
TT MAV VAVt
THE OMAHA BEE."
Religious Fanatic. Stops Trial to Say
that Evangelist Called Him
KANSAS CITY, May 2. James Sharp,
known as "Adam Ood," on trial for mur
der for his part In the fatal religious
riots here last winter, furnished a sensa
tion In the criminal court today, when he
arose In his place at the prisoners bench
and accused a minister of having- entered
his cell and abused him.
"Your honor," declared Sharp, address
ing Judge Latshaw, "I want to have a man
arrested for coming Jnto my cell and
abusing ma." The judge gave respectful
hearing to the prisoner, 'although he had
become accustomed to Sharp's outbreaks,
and the latter continued:
"This minister called me a liar and a
hypocrite and abused me, although I was
not talking to rllm."
''Who was be?" the judge asked.
"There he sits," declared Sharp dramat
ically, pointing to Rev. Job Lyon, an
evangelist who frequently preaches to the
prisoners and who happens to be a wit
ness for the state in the present csrs.
A consultation between judge, attorneys
and the prisoner ensued. It showed that
there was little basis for Sharp's charges
and Judge Latshaw finally said:
"You will be given every protection of
the law, Mr. Sharp. You are entitled to
a fair trial, a fair chance, and I will see
thst you get It."
BINDERS START IN TEXAS
Reports from Karlr Fields Indicate
That Yield Will Bo Larger
Than Kvcr. '
WICHTTA FALLS. Texss, May M.
Blnders were started today in many wheat
fields in. Wichita" county I. Thla la the
first harvesting of the year In Texas and
marks the beginning of the season through
out the United States. Reports Indicate
the yield will be larger than expected.
FATAL BLOW AT TRACK MEET
Prof. Moak of Pnrdne, Hit by Ham
( mer, Saecnmbs to
LAFAYETTE, Ind., May 2s.-Prof. Benja
min M. Hoak, of Purdue University, who
was accidentally struck by a hammer here
last Saturday while officiating in the atate
high school meet, died today.
Man Who Captured John
Brown Dead in South Dakota
MITCHELL, S. D.. May 38. (Special.)
Major Israel C. Greene, aged 85 years, ths
man who captured John Brown at Har
per's Ferry, is dead on his farm near here
where he had lived for thlrty-alx years.
Greene was a close friend of Colonel Rob
ert E. Lee.
Major Greene died last night at his home,
two miles east of this city, of heart
trouble, having lived pn his government
claim since he took It In the fall of M73. Ha
waa something of a noted character In the
history made just before tbe civil war,
the capture of Brown being only one in
cident. Major Greene was born in Plattsburg,
N. Y., in 1824. In 1834 he accrmpanld hla
parents to Wisconsin snd got his schooling
in the log school houses of that country.
Thirteen years later he joined the marina
corps of the United Suites navy and was
conspicuous of his work la that depart
ment. Jn UtU he waa married to a south
ern woman, Miss Taylor, who now sur
vives him, and when the war broke out,
or a few years before that, be was located
at Berryville. Vlr., the native state of his
bride, and he turned his sympathies to the
south and joined ths confederate array,
much to the ourprtae of his northern
friends. At the time that Wisconsin sent
her troops to the front he was urged to
accept the appointment of' colonel in one
of the regiments, but declined, ylt was
thojght that he waa swayed by the ad
miration and love of his southern wife in
deciding tu espoused the eauje of ths confederacy.
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IpuNimrtXNTl Vlx IA tj I
BALLOON FLIGHT SUCCESS
First Ascension of Dirigible Shows
LOOSE FEED PIPE ENDS TEST
Army Men Have Airship Towed Back
to Balloon Moose After Flying In
Any Desired Direction and Al
titude for Home Time.
United States army stgStal corps dirigible
baloon No, 1, better known aa the Baldwin
dirigible airship, made a successful flight
Wednesday afternoon at Fort Omaha, with
First Lieutenant Frank P. Lahm as pi'ot
and First Lieutenant Benjamin D. Eulola
The flight was somewhat delayed because
of a slight readjustment of the engine
which operates the propeller but the big
airship was at length towed out of the
balloon house, over the half Inflated spher
leal balloon, the possibility of which gives
a good idea of the immensity of the bal
The aeronauts took their places In the
frail, elongated car in the balloon house,
Lieutenant Fulols being at the front end
of the car, from which the big propeller
Is operated, and Lieutenant Iahm at the
rear section, operating the canvas box-like
The ascension and flight were highly sat
isfactory, although the weather was not
favorable, the air being heavy and an
occasional sprinkling of rain falling. The
airship was permitted to ascend about 600
feet and was completely under control of
the two officers at all times. Three com
plete circles were made over the .balloon
grounds and the the balloon was sent over
toward Miller park, the ship bsing flown
at both high and low altitudes, and close
to the telegraph wires. Finally It was gen
tly tilted over the wires in ordr to show
how completely it waa under control.
Feed Pipe Works Loose.
Flying over Twenty-seventh street near
Allison avenue the small feed pipe con
necting the gasoline tank with, the engine
became loosened by the " vibration of the
propeller and It became necessary to de
scend, which was accomplished without
accident, the airship settling down in tha
street aa gently as a bird. Itather than
undertake any further flight with the
slightly disabled engine, the airship was
then towed back to the balloon house. It
was an Interesting experiment, particu
larly in towing the captive ship over and
(Continued on Second Page.)
Hla capture of John Brown associated
Major Greene's name with a prominent
event in the history of the war. He waa
accompanied by a small bidy of men and
found Brown In a house. Hla orderly flint
entered the house and waa shot dead.
Major Greene followed through the door
and, inquiring pf Captain Washington
which waa Brown, Washington, pointed
to a man kneeling on the floor with his
carbine in his hand said he was Brown.
Major Greene ordered Brown to surrender,
but he uttered a stern "no." Major
Greene, who carried a broad sword, in the
absence of his regular army sword, struck
Blown a blow over his head and carried
him In captivity.
When he joined the confederate army,
Greene was appointed to the ppsltlon of
major and aerved throughout the war. He
was a close friend and associate of Colonel
Robert E. Lee and was with Lee when
captured by General 8hrldn. Since com
ing to this country thirty-six years ago.
Major Greene has lived a qjlet and retired
life on his farm. He has taken some in
terest In state politics, and haa been a
ataunch demoorat all the years, in tha
early settlement of this country Major
Greene, with his brother, did much of the
government survey work. He was highly
respected by the citlsens of this community.
OTTAWA. Kan.; May 36,-Horace H. Lay.
a nephew of John Brown of Osswatomie,
diet last night at the old homestead In this
county where Brown lived much of the
time while he was In Kansas. May's im-
lly came to Kansas from New York in
XkA at Brown'f suggeauwh
1 A stack or 1
HOT CAKES J yiSK
TREMOR SWAYS '
Scismis Disturbance Affects Iowa, Il
linois, Wisconsin,, Michigan
CHIMNEYS AND STOVES FALL
Several Small Fires Started, but Dam
age is Slight.
TWO SHOCKS AT DAVENPORT
Lights in Chicago Swing from North
BUILDINGS SHAKE AT PEORIA
Kerr Seismograph In Weather Office
Record Shock Which (a of Foor
CHICAGO, May 24 A. light earthquake
shock lasting only a -few seconds whs felt
In the states of Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,
Michigan, Iowa snd j-ontlnguous territory
beginning at 9:41:30 TVok this morning.
Early reports covered territory from
Springfield, 111., through Davenport, la.,
and Janesvllle, Wis., north to Muskegon,
Mich. Reports of the vibrations, which re
corded no material damage, were received
from the following cities:
Bnlolt, Wis.; Peoria. Kewanee, Rockford,
Joilet, Dixon, Streator, Freeporl, Blooming
ton, Galena, Mollne, Elgin, Aurora, Spring
field, 111., and from Jaynesville, Wis.; Dav
enport, Dubuque and Burlington, and
Muskegon and Kalamaxoo, Mich.
Throughout the territory affected the
only damage reported waa of a minor na
ture. Several small fires were started by
the overturning of stoves and many chim
neys were rssed. Aurora, 111., Is said to
have suffered particularly in this respect.
In this city the shock was generally felt,
but In the great majority of cases was at
tributed to the ordinary causes, such as the
passage of street cars, elevated trslns,
blasting In distant quarries or the pas
sage of structural Iron on big trucks
through the streets. It was not until news
papers made their appearance with tho'
story that' the public learned that It had
passed through a natural phenomenon.
Chicago Pmnin slight.
Damage in Chicago, as elsewhere, was
confined to the breaking of dishes and or
naments shaken from mantel pieces or
tables. No fires of material consequence
were reported. In the outskirts of the city'
several small fires were started, but were
During the period of tha vibration It
was almost Impossible to get correct tele
phone connections, owing to the swaying of
the wires, damp from last night's rain,
against each other.
At Beloit. Wis., all the college buildings
rocked violently and many persons' eg...
perlenced difficulty In remaining on their
At Joliot chairs and other light objects
were overturned and at Dixon gas fires
were shukon out. At South Haven and
Benton Harbor. Mich., windows rattled
violently and much china was broken. At
Dubuque, la., the vibration seemed to have
tho effect of two shocks. Davenport, la.,
also felt two shocks, the first shock being
the more violent.
Msrhts Hwlnc North and Roota.
Prof. Cox. the weather forecaster, said
that the light In hla office swung from
north to south during the shock and the
chairs and light desks ahowed the e,ffevts
of the vibration.
Although the disturbance was felt every
where In this city it was not until news
papers were on the streets that citlsens
were correctly informed of what had hap
ptntl. At first the vibrations were laid
to passing street cars or building opera
tions which not uncommonly slightly shako
buildings. A young woman stenographer .
In the federal building thought someone
had come up behind her and given the chair
"You stop that," she said, angrily, turn
ing around, only to discover that there wns
nobody behind her snot that the reat of
tha office force was observing the swaying
of a large chandelier.
Recorded at Washington.
WASHINGTON, May 26,-A slight d:s
tuibance lasting about a minute was re
corded on the seismograph at the United
States weather bureau here today begin
ning at t o'clock 41 minutes and 30 seconds
(eastern time). There was not enough de
tail In thn record to indicate the exact lo
cation of the disturbance.
CEDAR RAPIDS, la.. May K.-A slight
earthquake shock lasting fifteen seconds
waa ftlt here this morning. It was most
severe at Coe college, causing students to
lush from the fourth floor of the building.
Buildings fthake at Peoria,
PKORIA. 111., May M.-Peorla experienced
ita first earthquake in years at t:W this
morning. The shock lasted four seconds
, and was recorded by the new weather
bureau seismograph. Many of the larger
business buildings were shaken, and on
the bluffs, in the residence section. It was
felt more perceptibly than down town.
The school children at the White school
were about to assemble when a portion of
the plastering fell, causing quite a panic
among the few children who were in the
KEWANEE, 111., May 2fl.-An earthquake
lasting thirty seconds, shook buildings here
st 1.40 o'clock this morning. The windows
rattled and small articles were shaken
from desks. The tremor was dlstlnot and
wasinoiicfd in all parts of the city,
BELOlT. WU., May ?.-The entire Rock
river valley exeiltnced an earthquake
shock this morning at 11:40.
Reports of a like happening ram to Be
loit from KockCord, 111.
All the college buildings rocked violently
snd houhcs throughout the city were
! shaken. DUheK rattled and people on the
J street at the time of the shock experi
enced difficulty in remaining on their feet.
People Flee from Belldlnga.
Dl'Bl'l.'E, la.. Msy 3 Two esrthquake
shocks were, felt here this morning.
The first shock occurred at S 50 and con
tinued ten seconds. The second followed
almost immediately and was of shorter
duration. The tt.uck were felt throughout
the city, hut were worse In the down town
district. Big buildings trembled and the
occupants rushtd into the streets In terror.
The hank and insurance office building, a
substantial seven-story gtruotura, was
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