Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 1900 · 1
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Ik THIS PAPER IS C JMOT COMPLETE I y WITIIOIT THE THIS PAPER IS NOT OOMPLETS WITHOUT THE HALF TONE PART vn nnTARim PICTURE. PINK SPCRTIKS SECTION. f mwvs VOLTT3IE LIX. KO. 343. DECEMBER 9, 1900 SIXTY-EIGHT PAGES. PRICE FIVE CEXTS. m HILL ON TRADE AND SUBSIDIES. president of the Great Northern Koad Addresses the Chicago Bankers Club at Kinslej's. URGES MERCHANT MARINE Declares That Nations Handling the World's Transportation Occupy First Place in History. AMERICA LEADS ON LAND. Speaker Thinks a Similar Relative Position at Sea Can Be Attained Through Best Built OcVan Carriers. 0TEESTATE BOAED CRITICISED. j "If the bill passes it won't be the first mistake this country has made, and it won't be altogether a mistake or a loss if it remits In starting the upbuilding of a merchant marine under the American flag." This was the opinion expressed on the blp subsidy bill now pending before Congress by James J. Hill, President of the Great Northern railroad, at the monthly dinner of the Bankers' club at Kinsley's last eight. He further pointed out safeguards that should be thrown around this grant of $180,000,000 for it means subsidies of f9,00O,O0O annually for a term of twenty years .-that the fullest benefit might accrue to all the people. His address, as the speaker of the evening, was a plea for commercial expansion. He urged that new markets must b found for American products and that the United States should reach out to the markets' of the Orient. There is no other place in the world, he asserted, where the United States can seek new trading places with more certainty of finding them. " The Dnk that Is needed," he added, " is a ship that will carry a big cargo for little money." Different Nations in Trade. In discussing the subject of " Oriental Trade " Mr. Hill found his way through the commercial fields of every nation on the globe. He praised the American farmer as the foundation and backbone of American prosperity." Then he turned to the China-Ban. He gave him a place over the Japanese and the other races of the Orient, Urging that the man of the Celestial Empire U the " better merchant, the better scholar, has an appreciation of integrity and credit Second to no other people in the world." Here is where he urged the American people to seek the new markets for their products by building up a merchant marine that shall be as strong as the American land transportation system. He criticised the Interstate Commerce commission and the jaw that created this body, pointed out the difficulties in securing a grasp on the trade pf the Orient over the nations oi.' Europe, and asserted that the common sense of the American people, and nothing else, would in the end bring the true solution of these problems. Mr. Hill was one of the men who gave his applause to a resolution adopted by the club, on a rising vote, calling on President McKinley to reappoint Lyman J. Gage jto the Secretaryship of the Treasury in the new Cabinet soon to be formed. This resolution, a copy of which will be forwarded to President McKinley and another to Secretary Gage, was introduced by H. A. Pearsons and seconded in a forma, address by E. S. Lacey, President of the Bankers National Bank. Among those who applauded the speaker of the evening and voted for the adoption of this resolution were: Marshall Field; D. K. Forgan. L. B. Doud. James H. Eckels. . G. Foreman, C. L. Hutchinson, Charles Henrotin. E. 11. Keith. I. G. Lombard, E. A. Potter. A. M. Rothschild. J. D. Sturges. IV. A. Tildtn. J. J. Glessner, Chauncey K-eep. W. J. Chalmers, C. H. McCormlck, George R. Peck. A. C. Bartlett, Kugene Gary. J. L.. Lombard. J. V. Clarke. Mr. Hill Speaks. In introducing Mr. liiil President James li. Eckels referred to him as one of the great railroad organizers of the world. Mr. Hill epoke in part as follows;. " As far back as history carries us we find that the nations which control the transportation invariably control the commerce and the hnances of the world. Back as far as the time when the Phoenicians monopolized commerce Greece and Home and the Republic of Venice, and later the greatest commercial monopoly the world has ever seen, I think, was the Hansiatlc league. Then Great Britain carried its flag to the remotest seas, and during our lifetime has forged its way ito the foremost position, the front rank commercially. American Land Transportation. " We have as a nation gone further in advance in mastering the problems of land transportation than any other country in the world. We have some advantages over Europe in matters of railway transportation on account of the enormous size of our country and the length of our extreme hauls, but even with that a comparison of the rates paid by the public in the United States with those paid by the people in Europe is instructive. The average rate paid in Great Britain is more than two and a quarter cents ton mile. The averages on the continent sutside of Russia are from two to two and tenth cents a ton mile. Russia is about one cent and eight mills. In the United States about seven mills is the average rate, ? less than one-third of the average race barged throughout Europe. In Germany e rate is two cents a ton mile. The rates fast of Chicago are, I may say, half a cent ton mile. West of Chicago they are from three-quarters of a cent to nine mills. So iat we have mastered the question of rail transportation or land transportation in a ay that is far in advance of that of any ' Our European neighbors. "And still there are men who fee! them-lves competent to sit down and fix a tariff for these railways and all the other railways in this country, and do it in an hour tnd a half without looking at their hands. I only mention that to show how far-reaching foese questions are, and I see that some of .Continued on third pS-) DNKNOWN MAKES A PLEA. SAYS DISCLOSURE OF NAME WILL STOP HIS DONATIONS. Object! to Being Called Philanthropist " or Having: Ills Work Referred To as " Charity "Writes That His Help of the Poor Is Simply the Desire of a Heart Trying Its Best to Make This Earth What the Lord la-tended It Shonld Be. "With a request that no efforts be made to discover his identity, Chicago's unknown friend of the poor he objects to the word " philanthropist "has Issued a statement that a revelation of his name will result in the abandonment of his work. The statement "was issued as mysteriously by the Police department as the charitable acts of the man are done he objects to the word " charity " also. " Philanthropy " and " charity " mean nothing to him " but perverted ideas of duty and justice." " For simply doing my duty -I wish no thanks and I expect none," he said. So long as his identity remains undisclosed he will continue to relieve cases of absolute destitution referred to him by the Chief of Police. He pays doctors' bills, burial expenses, grocery bills, and rent, and provides the deserving poor with necessities, his name being known to none but the Chief of Police and his assistants. He has confidential agents who act under his orders. Notoriety Distasteful to Him. " The papers of Chicago for some time past have wanted to know the name of the one man, whom they choose to call the unknown philanthropist," he says in his letter. " The apparent reason for this curiosity seems to be a desire to furnish news. Now, I am the party referred to. I will hereby ask the gentlemen of the press not -to try farther to find out anything about myself or the task that I have set myself to do. If such is still persisted in, I shall have to give up the work. Nothing is more distasteful to me than notoriety, for doing nothing but my plain duty to my fellows. " Furthermore, I object to the word philanthropist or charity. They mean nothing to my conscience but a perverted idea of duty and justice. What we can do to make this life bearable and happiness possible to other people we ought to do without having it known from the house-tops. After 1,900 years of the teachings of the Nazarene it ought to be a privilege to mitigate misery whenever found, and find in doing of the same sufficient incentive to do more. Finds Many Impostors. ' I have also found that some people cannot be helped, however much we desire to do so. Among the cases referred to me, I am sorry to say, there were many who were willing to take advantage of the assistance without really needing it. . I found people whose income ranged from $7 to $18 per week and thought that they ought to be helped; of course, I did not. But I. found ever so many instances where the need was great and who were deserving of everything. " There is only one thing which I shall ask, and that is when people in well-to-do circumstances are appealed to by poor people, and who are perfectly able to give help themselves, will not tell and refer them to me through the Chief of Police, as one way of getting rid of them. My assistance is to people in immediate want of the necessities of life, whom other local agencies of help cannot reach quickly enough. Otherwise, If I were to grant all requests made, and some of them are preposterous, I would soon be bankrupt. " I ask of you the justice (misnamed " charity ') of permitting my works to be credited to the desire of a heart, trying his best to make this earth what it ought to be, without wanting to know my name." FIFTY MILE GALE IS COMING. One of the Most Severe Storms of the Year to Sweep Land and Sea, Says the Forecaster. A freezing northwest gale will sweep land and sea today. It will be as severe as any that has been experienced this year. The gale will reach a velocity of fifty miles an hour in Chicago, and it will be a disagreeable day on the streets. The temperature will fall to 10 above zero. Storm signals are displayed at all lake ports. The unusually moderate weather that has prevailed for a month will give way to the first cold breath of winter, and the forecaster advises church-goers to put on their heavy wraps. Last night the storm had reached the Straits of Mackinac, and the wind registered forty-two miles an hour, accompanied with snow squalls. Vessels were seeking shelter and nothing had passed the straits since noon. The wind, will reach a velocity of fifty miles an hour in some places, it is believed by Professor Cox, and the minimum will be above thirty-five miles. The temperature at the -lower end of Lake Michigan will fall to nearly zero. Low water in the Chicago River caused by the brisk southwest wind yesterday afternoon caused rivermen an endless amount of trouble. The big steel steamer Merida, ctming in with a cargo of coal, grounded on the La Salle street tunnel at 1 o'clock in the afternoon and hung there for three hours. After getting free the steamer stuck fast in the Northwestern railroad bridge at Kin-zie street and held all trains there for nearly an hour, causing the railroad company to make hurried search for the harbormaster. It took the tugs just an hour to get the steamer out of the draw of the railroad bridge, and in the Indiana street bridge it stuck fast and the tugmen left the boat there all night. CLEARS UP MYSTERY OF THEFT. Express Messenger Confesses That He Robbed the Safe in Office Which He Guarded. Keokuk. Ia., Dec. 8. Special. The arrest of Harry Taylor today cleared up a mystery surrounding the theft of $1,000 from the Adams Express company on the night of Sept. 24 last. Taylor was an express messenger and was left for a short time in charge of the depot office that night. The money was taken from the safe there, but no evidence could be secured connecting any one with the theft. Suspicion was directed against Taylor by the finding of $500 on the person of his brother, who, at a theater a few weeks ago, became insane. Taylor was 'suspended ostensibly for a minor offense, and went to Omaha a few-days ago to stand investigation. He was put in the sweatbox by company officials and broke down under the strain, confessing his guilt. Over $500 of the money was recovered. He returned to Keokuk voluntarily with a company detective, and the grand jury indicted him today, his arrest following. His bond was fixed at $800. He belongs to a good family, his father having been City Recorder at one time. ( DIPLOMA MEN FOUND GUILTY. Armstrongs Convicted of Using Mails for Fraud in Operating Pretended Medical College. CLOSE OF LONG FIGHT. First Exposed by "The Tribune Ever Since the Object of Attacks by the Board of Health. SENTENCE NEXT SATUKDAY. James and Thomas Armstrong, President and secretary respectively of the Metropolitan Medical College, were convicted yesterday in the United States District Court of using the mails to defraud in conducting a ' diploma mill." The passing of sentence was deferred by Judge Kohlsaat until next Saturday, when the motion for a new trial will be argued. John H. Randall. Vice President of the college, who was Indicted with the Armstrongs, pleaded guilty early in the course of the trial and his .punishment will be fixed at the same time. The jury came to an agreement In less than half an hour. The first exposure of this diploma mill as a fraud was made by The Tribune. The work of The Tribune on the case was referred to frequently during the trial and the evidence against the Armstrongs obtained by The Tribune was used several times by the prosecution. The disclosure of the fraudulent methods of the concern formed the basis for beginning libel suits against The Tribune, but the " medical college " never dared to press these complaints, and they never came to trial. The verdict represents the first victory in five years of warfare waged by the State Board of Health against the Armstrongs, whose institution has siasqueraded under three different titles and successfully out-maneuvered the authorities. The three defendants were each convicted on three counts and the extreme penalty which Judge Kohlsaat can impose is eighteen months' imprisonment in the County Jail or $1,500 fine, or both. The prisoners were held in bonds of $3,000, in default of which Marshall Ames conducted them to the County Jail. Quick Work in Jury Room. The case was given to the jury at 1 o'clock in the afternoon, but the jurors did not begin its consideration until after luncheon, an hour later. There was some preliminary discussion as to the degree of guilt which should be Imputed to Thomas Armstrong, who was looked upon during the trial as merely a figurehead. Several jurors stood out at first for the conviction of only the President, but on the second ballot the vote stood unanimously for the conviction of both. Great Victory, Says Mr. Bethea. " It is a great victory," said United States District Attorney Eethea. " The State Board of Health found itself unable to oust the institution, which Is endangering the homes of our citizens with their 1.000 illegal physicians turned out each year. Now we have stopped their operations through the mails at least. If the Armstrongs continue their school it must be as a purely local affair, and the business will not be so lucrative." " AVe shall not end this fight with this verdict," said V. G. Clarke, attorney for the Armstrongs. " My clients are going to carry the case just as far as their vindication requires, if it takes us to the United States Supreme Court." "This verdict will not force us to close our doors." said President James Armstrong. " AVe are running a legitimate medical school." Several Charters in Reserve. Ah injunction against the operation of the college was granted some time ago, but has never been enforced. That the Armstrongs are ready for this move is evident, as the institution already has appeared as the " Scientific Medical College," another charter which they have had in store for such an emergency having been brought out for use. Issues 1,000 Diplomas a Year. This "medical" college, it is said, has turned out annually 1.000 diplomas. In 1895 James Armstrong organized the school under the name of the Illinois Health University. Two years later the charter was revoked. The college was immediately reorganized as the Independent Medical College, the charter of which was revoked a year ago. The Armstrongs then produced another charter and continued dispensing diplomas under the name of the Metropolitan Medical College. They claimed that they had nine charters in all, and. inasmuch as two years were required to effect a revocation of each charter, they expected to be found doing business at the old stand for eighteen years at least. The State Board of Health found its best efforts futile and resorted to federal aid in pushing the fight. VOTE OF THANKS TO MTJNLEY. American Chamber of Commerce in Paris Congratulates United States Over Exposition Exhibit. Special Cable to The Chicago Tribune. PARIS. Dec. S. At a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce today resolutions were unanimously adopted thanking President McKinley, the American government. Commissioner General Peck, and everybody concerned in the American section of the exposition. The resolutions also congratulated the American exhiblters on receiving a higher number of awards than the representatives of any other nation and expressed the fervent hope that this would result in a closer union and increased commerce between France and the United States. CROKER UNDER SURGEON'S CARE Subjected to Operation by Specialist Specially. Summoned from London. Special Cable to the New York World and The Chicago Tribune. LONDON, Dec. 8. Richard Croker underwent another operation this week for the removal of a carbuncle from his neck, just in front of the thorax. Mr. Croker, who has been considerably run down of late, is slowly improving. He had a leading London specialist down at Wantage to perform the operation, keeping the physician there, at great expense, for three days. DIVES TO DEATH GLADLY. BICYCLE RIDER MEETS SAD END IN CIRCUS PERFORMANCE. Joseph B. Stark, Heartbroken Over the Loss of His Sweetheart, Welcomes Risk Involved In Perilous Feat at Twenty-second Armory In New York City Rides Down Steep Incline and Leaps Into Shallow Tank Killed by Blow on the Head. New York, Dec. S. Special. Joseph B. Stark, a trick bicycle performer, was killed instantly this afternoon while performing a high dive at the Twenty-second Regiment armory during the matinee of the ' old-fashioned country circus." presented by members of the regiment. Stark's friends attribute his death to the fact that he was to attend the funeral of his sweetheart in the morning. Some of them said tonight it was not impossible he had committed suicide, for his grief was pitiful. The two were to have been married in January. Five thousand persons, a majority of them women and children, were present at the performance. The high dive that resulted In Stark's death was considered even by professionals as extremely venturesome, and to the audience it seemed an appalling -feat. A platform sixty-three feet high at one end where the start was made extended toward the center of the armory for about 200 feet. It was at an incline which made the other end about thirty-eight feet above the floor. Distant thirty-three feet from this end of the inclined plane was a tank containing three and a half feet of water and resting on the armory floor. Between the lower end of the plane and the tank was a net. The dive was made from a bicycle from which the rider started from the high end of the plane. This plane was only thirty inches wide. "When the opening performance of the circus was presented on Friday night Ferrell. Stark's partner, made the dive. He was assisted by Stark, who speeded him on his way toward the tank. The bicycle on which Ferrell made the run was without chain or pedals and gained a terrific headway when it reached the lower end of the plane. This afternoon Stark insisted on making the dive. When Ferrell remonstrated with him Stark said: O, wh'at do I care? My sweetheart is lying dead In this city, and here I have to make a clown of myself at theaters. The little girl is to be buried tomorrow." Away whizzed Stark, sped on his way by his partner. Down the narrow platform the bicycle, divested of all gear, fairly flew. In an instant it had reached the end and Stark leaped over the handlebars just in time to avoid falling with the machine into the net. Stark gathered himself and made a beautiful dive. He miscalculated the distance, apparently, however, and struck the water in the center of the tank instead of at the nearer end, as should have been the case. He disappeared beneath the surface and the audience heard a muffled sound. The sound was made by Stark's head crashing into the further end of the tank. He did not rise. For a minute there was no more sound. Then the audience realized that something was wrong. Women in the audience fainted and Stark's friends In the regiment wept. The crowd made a rush for the tank, but policemen quickly came and kept them back until the bruised body could be removed. The manager of the circus, A. A. Duchemin, was arrested. HOSPITAL NURSES ON A STRIKE. Refusal of One to Care for Scarlet Fever in Baptist Institution Leads to Trouble. The refusal of Miss Hannah Anderson, one of the nurses at the Baptist Hospital on Rhodes avenue, near Thirty-fourth street, to take charge of a scarlet fever case which had developed and her suspension by the head nurse, Mrs. Helen Patterson, in consequence, led to a sympathetic strike among the nurses. The patient in question, Mrs. M. S. Hall, a druggist of Thirty-first street and Forest avenue, was taken to the hospital on Tuesday night suffering from pneumonia. On Wednesday Mrs. Hall developed scarlet fever. Miss A. Van Tuyl, one of the nurses, was assigned to the case and had charge of it for thirty-six hours. To relieve her Miss Anderson was ordered to take it. She refused, and referred to the rules of the hospital, which exclude contagious diseases. The head nurse suspended her. Other nurses were told to take the case, but also refused. Then a meeting of the staff was called and a petition signed by twenty-three of the thirty nurses of the hospital, upholding the position of Miss Anderson and asking for her reinstatement, was submitted. Dr. Harrison W. Hipp, one of the house physicians, who sided with Miss Anderson, resigned. The matter was finally compromised by the removal of the patient to the Cook County Hospital. The question in regard to Miss Anderson's reinstatement will not be decided until the general board meets next Thursday. SHOOTS HIS RIVAL SUITOR. Frederick Hanson Fatally Wounds Edward O'Connor, 164 Ontario Street, in Quarrel About a Girl. Edward O'Connor, 164 East Ontario street, was shot and probably fatally wounded early this morning by Frederick Hanson in a quarrel concerning Emma Frederick of the same address. Hanson went to O'Connor's home shortly after midnight and called him out Into the lobby. The two men talked for over an hour, several times in such heated tones that Mrs. O'Connor, Edward's mother, was moved to interfere. Finally Hanson drew a revolver and shot O'Connor in the abdomen. The wounded man was taken to the Passavant Hospital, where it was stated that slight hopes are entertained of his recovery. Hanson escaped, but the East Chicago avenue police found him an hour afterward and arrested him. He lived a block from O'Connor's. The girl had been the cause of the two men's rivalry for some time. DR. MILN DEFENDS HIS WIFE- Former Chicago Preacher Not Disturbed by Her Book, " Wooings and Weddings in Many Climes." ' LONDON. Dec. 8. The Rev. George Miln, formerly so well known as a cnicago minister, has come to rescue his wife from the critics. Mrs. Miln's book, " Wooings ar.d Weddings in Many Climes," has created a newspaper controversy, in which she was held up as a believer in the equality of the sexes. Mr. Miln writes to the Daily News declaring he is a stanch believer in the inequality of the sexes, but is most happily married. Should his wife ever descend to the ranks of the blue stockings he fears lie will quickly seek a divorce. WHAT THE TIE-UP OF Total mileage of Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe system 7,808 States and Territories through which road extends 12 Stations on system ......... 975 Passenger trains run daily , , 450 Freight trains run daily. , 450 Employes in all departments ,.. 26,000 Operators employed 1,200 Operators out on strike (estimated) . 800 Operators who refused to strike ''. 400 Denver limited, due in Chicago at 9 p. m Arrived one hour late Denver special left Chicago at 6 p. m Arrived at Galcsburg at 12 :30 a. m., one hour late California express left Chicago at 10 p. m Reported at midnight, delayed half an hour Fast mail left Chicago at 2:43 a.m. MINWEGEN ON NEW DUTY. ALDERMAN TURNS POLICEMAN TO " DRIVE " GANG " FROM WARD. Sees Five Snpposed Objectionable Men Consulting; at a Corner and Chases Them Across Hash Street Bridge Then Makes Ronndap of Saloons Late at Xigrht with Officer from the Eait Chicago Avenue Station Inspecting Pavements. Alderman Minwegen of the Twenty-fourth Ward has added the work of a police inspector to his other duties. Last evening he ordered a number of young men belonging to the " Eddie " Hall and Featherstone crowd to move away from the corner of Michigan and Rush streets, and when they refused he made the order effective by a display of force. There were five young men at the corner when the Alderman passed. He knew their faces and said: " You robbers must get away from here, and get away right now." There was no move on the part of the men. The Alderman went to a patrol box and sent a call for the police wagon. After waiting a few minutes he pulled the box again. The wagon was out of the station. " Well, I can do the work myself," he announced. " Now, you people get." and he started for them. All five started to run. The chase continued to the Rush street bridge. " I know all those fellows and they are a bad lot," said Mr. Minwegen after the chase. " Featherstone was not with them, but they were a part of the gang. I will run them out of this district or know why." - Mr. Minwegen went later to talk over the situation in the district with Inspector Hel-delmeier at the station. He talked until 11 o'clock, and then he and Lieutenant John Nolle went out to " round up " the saloons. During the day he had superintended the repaying of portions of Rush, Michigan, and State streets. Dearborn avenue south of Chicago avenue has been patched during the last week under his direction. This morning he will be at the Rush street bridge, where a force of men will be repairing the approach to the bridge. TRUSTED BOOKKEEPER FOUND TO BE DEFAULTER BY GRAND RAPIDS BANK. Takes Over . $2,400 - During Noon Hours with Intention of Returning It, but Is Unfortunate in Speculation Discovered During Absence. Grand Rapids, Mich., Dec. 8. Special. 1 C. Alfred Scharsch. head bookkeeper of the Fourth National Bank, was arrested this afternoon, charged with a defalcation of something over $2,400. His position did not give him an opportunity to handle money, but during the noon hour and while the tellers were away at other times he took their places at the windows, and It was then that he took the money. He has made a full confession. He has been in the employ of the bank for ten years. His peculations were discovered through an illness which kept him home for a few days and gave him no opportunity to cover up his work. The bank officials refuse to make any further statement regarding the affair. Scharsch was taken to the county Jail, where he spent the afternoon, but was released on bonds late ia the evening. ASKS THAT WIFE WHO PRAYS FOR A DIVORCE BE REBUKED BY COURT. Traveling Salesman Who Declares He Cannot Explain Charges Suggests Judge Burke Lecture Woman in Interests of His " Happy Family Life." George Washington Evans, a traveling salesman, 338 East Ontario street, asks that his wife be given a lecture instead of a divorce. The request is embodied in a letter to Judge Burke, in which Evans charges the woman with " disregard for our happy family life." The letter, in part, says: " I can't take the stand and explain the charges against me, for I love my wife and children too much. Besides, I would want a good attorney and have no money to pay for one, my salary being small only ?100 per month all of which goes to my wife. " L'ndtr the circumstances, I believe that your honor should refuse her request with a lecture. A rebuke from you would make her see the injustice of her action and we could join hands and be happy." ACCUSES HIS SON OF STRIKING FATAL BLOW IN CAMPBELL MURDER. Samuel Aplin, Arrested for Killing of an Old Soldier at Greenville, Mich., Tells of Burying the Body Under Floor in the Barn. Greenville, Mich., Dec. 8. Special. Samuel Aplin, ex-convict, who has served thirty years in various prisons, and who was arrested yesterday charged with the murder of Lewis Campbell, an old soldier, today made a confession to Detective Graham, in which he declared that his son, W. C. Aplin, dealt the old man the fatal blow. They carried the body out on a mattress, but threw it over a fence because of a passing wagon. The next day quicklime was procured, the body packed away in it. and buried where it was discovered yesterday. Both were taken to the station tonight. THE SANTA FE MEANS. MRS. M'LEAN NEAR DEATH. Mother of Admiral Dewey's Wife Takes a Turn for the Worse and May Not Recover. Washington, D. C, Dec. 8. Mrs. Washington McLean, mother of John R. McLean, proprietor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and of Mrs. Dewey, wife of Admiral Dewey, who has been seriously 111 of heart complications at her ; home here for some time. Is much worse tonight. The attending physicians have little hope of her recovery. TO MARRY JAMES G. BLAINE JR. Engagement of Miss Martha Hichborn to Former Secretary's Son Rumored in New York. New York, Dec. 8. Special. An engagement shortly to be announced is that of Miss Martha Hichborn, daughter of Rear Admiral and Mrs. Philip Hichborn, and Mr. James G. Blatine, youngest son of the late Secretary of State. UULLETISST OF CHICAGO, SUNDAY, DEC. 8, IOOO. Weather predictions for the next 24 hours: Fair, with cold wave Sunday and Monday, high northwest winds. Sun rises at 7:17; sets at 4:28. Moon rises at 8:10 p. m. IMPORTANT NEWS AND FEATURES rages. 1 J. J. Hill to Chicago Bankers Club. I nknonn Asks for Secrecy. Conviction in Diploma Mill Case. Sad Death of Bicycle Rider. Aid. Minwegen Turns Policeman. Santa Fe Tied Ip by Strike. 2 Funds Short on All Bnildings. Fail to Agree on Sew Creed. 3 Chicago's Car Service Denounced. Bishop McLaren Honored by Church Plan Fountain to Suit Lorliner. Many- " Mentioned " for Slayoralty Fat Stock Show Closes. 4 Astor Trooper a Suicide. 5 Churchill on Boer War. Objects to Wire Trust Methods. Ludvrig Ousted from Merit Board. O Camera Trust Cuts Prices. 7 TeacherV Federation Criticised. 8 Slot Machine Picture Evil. Dive Men in Parkhurst Hole. Auditorium Figures Asked of Peck. Chase of a Horse Thief. 9 Liberal Party Again L'nited. England Tires of Boer War. Love of Krnger Wanes in Paris. Paris Recovers from Kruger Visit. British Industry Seeks America. IO Will Discuss Kruger Snnb. Canada to Have Law Lord. 15 Boiler Inspector Has a Sinecure. 1" - recast of Gans-McGovern Match. Uaterloo for Oakland Talent. Sloan V11 popular in England, lvellogg Defeats Scbmilt. IS Hunting the Mallard. n of the Bowlers. Milwaukee to Build n. Defender. 1! Magnates Meeting This Week. Vila Talks of Baseball. Gossip for Players of Chess. Entries for Six-Day Cycle Race. 20 Gossip of the Harness Horses. Morgan Park Boys Are Champions. Woodruffs Ail-American Team. Daugherty Whist Cup Matches. 33 Mayor Canneld Quits Manistee. Music in the Early Days. Plans for Two Charity Balls. 37 Chicago Girl Thrills Texas. Plan Immunity to Hypnotism. 41 Editorials by the Laity. 45 Buried. Wall Causes a Stir. Call Chicago Tramps Mecca. Ox Yoke Made by Lincoln. 40 Beggar Detective of Paris. 47 From Bottom of Antarctic Ocean. Funeral Cars on a Trolley. 50 London Fears Hooligans. Career of W. A. Pinkerton. Miss Glider's Letter. 53 f The Check for l.OOO. 54 White Cats the Popular Pets. 58 Great Powers to Protect Mammals. 5 Man Most Nearly Perfect. G2 New Books for Children. (.Athletic Training for Girls. Cncle Richard on " Bad Boys." Pags. Pages. Lake Marine. SH Woman's Clubs. 32 Church Notices. 31 Fontenoy. 32 Railroads. 40 Editorial. 33 Insurance. 42 Mnsic. 31 Commercial. 51 Art. 34 Heal Estate. i Short Stories. 35 Carts. 17 Fashions. 3S Society. OCEAN STEAMSHIP MOVEMENTS. Port. ANTWERP . HRISBANE . HAMKLRO . HAVRE HONGKONG LIYEiU'oni. Arrived. '. Aoiani ...... . Pretoria . .. . . '.Camranla . .. . . New York . Sailed. Vaderlan-i. Ia Champagne. Eva. . l.'mbria. . Patrir-ia. Ktruria. Menominee. Potdam. Columbia. Furneseia. NEW YORK... NEW YORK.. NEW YORK -. NEW YORK. . NEW YORK.. NEW Yi 'RK .. lJHILAtKI.'A . QL'EEXST'X . PT TOWNS r. S. FRANCISCO fs FRANCISCO YOKOHAMA . f.ake Chaniplain. Glenloohy . Hy of Rio Jan.. Ft:Ki!tn Kins .. Hoi.kkobk 2iiaru. STRIKE TIES UP SANTA FE LINE. Telegraph Operators Ordered Out and the Great System Is at Once Seriously Crippled. KED SIGXALS HUNG OUT. Trains Greeted by the Danger Sign and Grope Their Way Without Dispatchers Orders. CAUSED BY GULF TROUBLE. Men Quit Work in Sympathy for Their Fellow Employes on the Sonth-ern Branch of the Eailway. PREPARING TO CLOSE THE SHOPS. A strike of the 1,200 telegTaph operators employed by the Atchison. Topeka and Santa Fa railway was declared on all of the lines from Chicago to the Pacific coast yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. M. M. Dolphin. President of the Order of Railway Telegraphers, eittine at his instrument in Galveston, Tex., clicked off the message which ordered the operators ; to walk out, and a few minutes later the entire system was enveloped in helpless silence. Acting on their chiefs directions, the striking- telegraphers closed their keys, displayed the red signals in the semaphores, stopping all traffic, and left the stations. It Is estimated that 800 of the men are out. The order was in a measure a sympathetia " extension of the strike on the Gulf. Colorado and Santa F6 division of the road, whichi was inaugurated last Thursday. The operators on that section of the road demanded a new wage seale and a new set of rules and regulations similar to those in force in California. The company refused to ?rant this, but offered to arbitrate the ques ion of wages. Thereupon the union demandei arbitration: also on the rules, but the officers of the road) declined to treat. The strikcorde.- followed. Will Close the Shops. One of the most serious consequences of j the trouble will be" the throwing out of em- ' ployment of thousands of shopmen. It wa announced in Topeka that most of the shops of the system would not be opened for work ' tomorrow morning. In Topeka alone 2,500 . men will be made idle. The shops at i Junta, Colo., employing 300 men, and those j at Albuquerque, X. M., employing 1,000, also will shut down. The closing order is for ' the purpose of reducing expenses while the road's revenue is cut off by the strike. Tieup Complete for a Time. For nearly an hour the entire Santa Fe system, comprising nearly 8,000 miles of track and 975 telegraph offices, was at the mercy of fate. There were no operators to trasmit the orders for the running of trains and all traffic came to a standstill as the red arms on the semaphores were flying across the tracks. At the company's headquarters In Chicago little was known of the condition of the vast network of Interests. Officials jumped Into . cabs and drove here and there, hurriedly gathering enough non-union operators to open up communication. At last three Instruments were put in commission between Chicago and Fort Madison, the west end of this division. The passenger trains were located and ordered to proceed slowly, stopping at each station, while all freight traffic, was abandoned. Several trains.of perishable California fruit ' for the Chicago holiday market are tied up, somewhere in the Southwest, with every probability that the fruit will spoil before It I reaches its destination. Local Service Hampered. At 5 o'clock the Denver limited left the Polk Street Depot as usual, but at 9:30 o'clock it had gone no farther than Joliet. At G o'clock two special cars containing over fifty non-union telegraphers were dispatched to principal Western points to take the strikers' places. A force of pickets, twenty strong, posted by the strikers at the station, attempted to dissuade the recruits from going. Order was maintained by the police, and the men were escorted to the cars under a heavy guard. The first train to arrive In the city after, the strike was declared came at 3:02 o'clock. It had been so near to the city when the strike was called that no difficulty was experienced in bringing it in on time. The next train, however, the Denver flyer, ar rived at 10 p. m., an hour late. It had fairly groped its way to Chicago, having stopped at every station after leaving Chillicothe, 111., at 5:30 o'clock. Severa of the officials connected with the dispatcher's office at Chillicothe were on the train, and Engineer fatrahn Had orders to run carefully. Find Stations Deserted. At ail the stations the keys were found silent and the red si?nai up. In many of the smaller places, where the operator Is station agent and baggageman also, the com- . pany property was deserted, with possibly the exception of a helpless freight train, on the siding. In the absence of orders the passenger trains had the right of way and the east- bound trains were given a clear track. The schedule of running time was taken as a basis and conductors were obliged to take their own reckoning of the probable position of other trains. The Denver train, which arrived In Chicago at 10 o'clock, carried a non-union operator. who attempted to open up communication at each station. " We managed to pull through, said En gineer Strahn, " but we had to run cautiously and take no chances. It made the sight a little darker to be without orders." No more trains wer6 scheduled to arrive in Chicago during the night and the Califor nia express left as usual at 10 o'clock. The fast mail left at 2:43 o'clock this mornir.g. Text of Strike Order. Consternation, reigned in the general ofiices of the railway in the Great Northern Building when the strike was ordered. Exactly at 4 o'clock the Chicago office was called and Operator Harry Drummond began to receive i' nn

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