The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, September 22, 1909, Image 1

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Minnesota and Nation
Feel His Loss.
Taft Receives News of
Death While at Omaha.
Minneapolis, Minn.. Sept. 21. Not
only Minnesota but the whole nntlon
mourns the death of Governor John A.
Johnson, who died in hospital nt Koch
ester, Minn., six days after an opera
tion for abscess in the Intestines.
The end came after a heroic fight for
life on tho part of the governor and
was a snd disappointment to hundreds
of thousands In all parts of tho coun
try who watched the bulletins from
tho sick man's room hour after hour
and who had come to hope that he
would recover In sp.lte of the terrific
odds against htm.
President Taft. who had boon among
tho most optimistic of the governor's
' friends and who showed his cordial
and kindly sympathy both in public
addresses and in private messages, re
ceived the news of tho governor's
death on his special train en route to
Denver. Ho said be was inexpressibly
"Governor Johnson's death is a great
loss to his state and to the nation," he
The governor died shortly after 3
o'clock this (Tuesday) morning, cen
tral time (4 o'clock eastern time). Ho
was conscious almost to the end, and
his last words were addressed to his
Inventor's Grandchildren Consent to
Have It Placed In Mausoleum.
Now York, Sept 21. The surviving
grandchildren of Robert Pulton, In a
letter addressed to Cornelius Vander
bllt, president of the Fnlton Monument
association, have given their sanction
to the removal of Fulton's body from
a vault in Trinity church here to a
mausoleum on Riverside drive.
It is proposed to expend $3,000,000
on the structure. Of this $40,000 has
been subscribed. Those identified with
the movement include James J. Hill,
John D. Archbold, Jacob H. Sen I ft,
B. H. Gary and William E. Corey.
Havoo on Mississippi Coast.
Poscagoula, Miss., Sept. 21. This
coast has been In the throes of a gulf
storm for twenty-four hours, the wind
blowing at the rate of forty miles an
hour, accompanied by heavy rains. A
dozen or more wharfs have been swept
Heavy Damage at Natohex.
Natchez, Miss., Sept 21, by Tele
phone to Memphis. A high wind is
prevailing, and the electric light wires
have boen broken by fallen trees. The
damage here by the storm is very
President Receives a Glad
Welcome In Colorado.
Says He Will Recommend to Con
gress Important Changes In In
terstate Commerce and
Antitrust Laws.
Denver, Colo., Sept. 21. President
Taft, leaving the insurgent states of
Minnesota nnd Iowa behind him, pass
ed through Nebraska and entered Colo
rado on his way to the Pacific coast
receiving a glorious welcome in this
The president found nt Omaha a
street car strike. By his special re
quest a suspension of hostilities was
declared, nnd Mayor James C. Dnhl-
man ordered that no attempts be made
to run cars during the president's
At Des Moines the presidont deliv
ered tho second of the Important dec
larations of policy he has outlined for
his trip. He addressed himself to tho
interstate commerce and antitrust
laws and detailed at length the recom
mendations for amendments to these
statutes that ho will make to congress
In his message of December next.
Mr. Taft recounted the passage of
tho railway rate bills several years
ago, in which the Interstate commerce
commission was given nuthorlty to fix
specific rates, and continued:
"The rate bill has now been in opera
tion some three years, and it must be
admitted that It has not furnished the
relief against unduly discriminatory
rates with tho expedition and effective
ness which were expected. The Rcpub
llcan platform promised additional leg
islation In aid of enforcing tho Inter
state commerce law, and I have been
engaged in the consideration of what I
ought to recommend to congress In or
der to comply with that promise.
"An examination of the decisions of
tho commission and tho resort to the
courts by way of temporary injunc
tions fully justify the conclusion that
one of the defects of the present Inter
state commerce law is tho delay en
tailed by litigation in tho court over
tho correctness of the order in tho
commission. Tho court appeal cannot
Imj abolished, because It is a constitu
tional right. Something must be done
to reduce Its effect by way of delay so
that the decision of the court shall be
prompt, final and effective."
He nnnouneed that he would urge
tho establishment of an Interstate
commerce court of five members to
consider appeals from orders and rates
fixed by the Interstate oommerce com
He will also recommend legislation
to prevent one interstate railroad com
pany from owning stock In a compet
ing line nnd compelling roads thus
owning stock to dispose of their hold
ings within a given tlmo.
Legislation to prevent the overissue
of stocks nnd bonds and the watering
of stocks -will bo strongly recommend
ed, the president's proposition being
that no stocks or bonds shall be issued
except by permission of the interstate
commerce commission after an inquiry
has been made into their necessity,
The giving to shippers of the choice
of route of the shipment of freight is
another Important provision which the
president favors.
In taking up tho antitrust law Presi
dent Taft said that he knew of no way
In which a distinction could be made
between "good" and "bad" trusts, for
ho regarded nil combinations to sup
press competition and to maintain a
monopoly to bo tn the eamo category,
whether the terms of tho illegal con
tract should bo regarded in somo in-
stnnces as "reasonable" or "unreason
The president also discussed at somo
length the proposal to except labor
unions and farmers' organizations from
the operation of tho nntitrust law,
Specifically to except these organiza
tions, he said, would bo vicious legis
lation, but he pointed a way In which
they could be relieved of somo of tho
onerous restrictions now placed upon
them, but at the same time bo held
amenable to Injunctions, which form
of procedure he believes adequate to
deal with any violations by tho unions,
Parcels Post to Dutch Guinea.
Washington, Sept. 21. President Taft
has signed a parcels post convention
with Dutch Guiana. The weight of the
packages is limited to cloven pounds,
and no limit is placed on the valuation,
Mlddlewelghts Fight a Draw,
Glens Falls, N. Y., Sept. 21. Bartley
Connolly of Maine and Joe Thomas of
California, ex-mlddlowelght champion,
fought ten rounds to a draw here. Both
finished strong.
Metropolis Filling With Hud- i
son-Fulton Visitors.
Many of Them Are Already Crowd
ed and Turning People Away.
A Million Strangers Ex
pected For the Fete.
New York, Sept. 21. The long her
alded "Hudson-Fulton rush" is on. By
trains, steamship and motor cars tho
out of town contingents are coming in.
On Fifth avenue today one sees fow
faces that bear the stamp of tho New
Yorker. People from Schenectady,
Portland, Keokuk, Harrlsburg and tho
south throng the shopping district
You meet them on every hand. They
occupy more tnbles at the restaurants
than the Gothamitos. In fact, to the
man who lauded from Europe the oth
er day the situation is bewildering.
Ho finds It difficult to credit that ho is
home again.
For ten days or more New York is
certain to have a million extra people
la the streets. A good portion of this
million, to bo sure, will go homo to
their residences In New Jersey, tho
Hudson river valley or rural Long
Island, yet a good many thousands
must look for bed and board within
the city.
The Incoming sightseers are to be
divided Into three classes such of
them, that is, who elect to stay over
night in tho city. The vnst majority
will return home each evening, If their
homes are within an hour's run.
Of the three classes of people who
stay over night most of them will not
patronize the hotels nt all. They will
go to boarding nnd furnished room
The favorite scheme for the average
visitor, who is in own to see all that
he can see in the limited time at bin
disposal, will be to have a furnished
room in a fairly central location, so
that ho can get his meals wherever
he chooses. This will afford him a
chance to sample all the various res
taurants and sea the life in them.
The second of the three classes will
go to the dollar a day hotels of tho
older type, where they con get very
good fare, comfortable surroundings
and naturally not so many luxuries as
they could obtain at the first class mod
ern hotels. The third clasB, consisting
of rather well to do peoplo, will go to
Managers of hotels insist that they
can meet the demands, no matter
how many hundreds of thousands of
visitors crowd the streets. And they
declare that pricos will not be greatly
Increased throughout tho two weeks
of festivities
Many of tho hotels are crowded now,
however, and nre turning people away,
One of the leading hotel managers
said today: "Ifs as much as we can
do to take care of regular guests, and
we can't arrange extra sleeping ac
commodations, because we need all
our spare room to house the extra
diners. We have decided to confine
our efforts to catering to the dally
transients who will come In for meals."
Special care is to be taken of passen
gers by the railroads, and every effort
will be made to maintain a punctual
extra train service. Special orronge-
ments for the crowd that will witness
Saturday's navel parade have already
been completed.
Three Battleships to Represent France
at Hudson-Fulton Celebration.
New York, Sept. 21. Looking very
fierce and picturesque, the turret bat
tleships Justice, Liberto and Verlto as
signed by Franco to represent her in
the Hudson-Fulton celebrntlon steam
ed up the bay and the North river.
They are tho finest wnrshlps In the
French navy and rank next to the
Dreadnought class. They are tho sec
ond division of tho Mediterranean
As they passed Fort Jay, on Gov
ernors island, guns from their minor
batteries boomed hoarse salutes, which
were answered fraternally by the fort.
The Justice, the flagship, a fighter of
14,035 tons, bore Rear Admiral L. M.
Le Pord and Jean Gaston Darboux of
tho French academy, tho mathemati
cian and scientist, who will represent
during the festival the learning and
civic virtues of his country.
Rio Crop Nearly Destroyed.
Crowley, La., Sept 21. Tho heaviest
wind nnd rainstorm in this section foi
years prevails here. Many trees in
this city and neighboring towns and
parishes have been uprooted, and much
damage has been done to buildings,
Two-thirds of the rice crop has been
Taken From Steamship by
Host of Admirers.
Explorer Guest of Honor at Lunch
eon Says He Has No Fears of
Result of Controversy
With Peary.
New York, Sept. 21. Dr. Frederick
A. Cook, fresh from receiving royal
honors hi Denmark as discoverer of
tho north pole, was taken today from
the Danish steamship Oscar II., and
escorted to Brooklyn by a demonstra
tion of kouor such as few Americans
returning to their native shores have
been accorded.
A delegation of more than 1,000
friends went down the bay on the
steamer Grand Republic and welcom
ed tho explorer at quarantine. Mrs.
Cook and tho children, on a special
tug. had reached the Oscar II. ahead
of the larger vessel, and Mi's. Cook
was the first to greet her husband,
whom she had not seen for more than
two years aud for whose safety she
had often trembled.
Members of tho Arctic club nnd Dr,
Cook's fellow townsmen of Brooklyn
formed a committee which took Dr.
Cook off tho vessel and escorted him
to .Brooklyn, where he was guest ot
honor at the Bushwlck club. After a
luncheon at the clubhouse Dr. Cook
joined his family at tho Waldorf-As
. Bird S. Color, president of the bor
ough of Brooklyn, officially welcomed
Dr. Cook on the Grand Republic, and
Miss Ida Lermaun, daughter of the
treasurer of the Brooklyn committee,
placed a garland of roses about Dr.
Cook's neck.
On the pier when the steamboat
landed and the streets through which
the explorer passed crowds cheered
him enthusiastically, and he seemed
delighted at his reception.
"I have no fears us to tho outcome
of the controversy with Commandet
Peary," ho said in the first talk to the
newspaper men. "My story has been
told nnd my records cannot be dis
puted. All will come right in the end,
"It Is good to be an American,
! seems about ten years since I left" he
added, "instead of only two and
half. I would much prefer to have
lauded quickly aud quietly without a
repetition of the scenes at Copen
hagen. I hope that I shall be left In
peace with my family by tonight at
Music, cheering and a display of col
ors greeted Dr. Cook in the streets of
Brooklyn. A triumphal arch had been
erected opposite his old home, under
which a parade of automobiles, with
the explorer in tho foremost passed
on route to the Bushwlck club.
Alexander Begg of Washington, rep
resenting the National Geographic so
ciety, represented tho society on board
the Grand Republic. He will also at
tend the banquet to Dr. Cook at the
8panlsh Artillery Throw Shells Among
Women and Children.
Melllla, Sept 21. The Spanish army
continued its advance against tho
Moors today.
The enemy made slight resistance to
the vigorous attack, which was cov
ered by artillery fire, from which great
execution resulted, many houses being
Some of the houses showed whlto
flags. Tho Moors, women and chil
dren, were seen running for their lives
everywhere, but were cut off by falling
A group that took refuge in a ceme
tery was riddled with shrapnel
Mrs. Lucy Decker, widow of John
T. Decker, died at her home in
Hawley, Saturday, Sept. 11, 1909, i
at about 5 p. m. Death was due to
heart failure. Deceased was one
of the early settlers of Hawley and
wa3 held In high esteem by 911 who
knew her. She was born in Berlin
township, Wayne county, in March,
183C, and was therefore 73 years
and 6 months of age. She Is sur
vived by one step-son, W. D. Decker,
of Dunmore, and the following sis
ters:. Mrs. Sarah Shattuck, of Hones
dale; Mrs. Benj. Mandevllle, who
has made her home with Mrs. Decker
for tho past six years, and Mrs.
Eunice James, of Blnghamton, N.
Y. Mr. Decker died Aug. 22, 1908.
The funeral was held from her late
home Tuesday morning at 10:00
o'clock, Rev. R. C. H. Catterall offi
ciating. ' The remains were interred
in the family plot at Indian Orchard
Arthur W. Brown, one of the old
est and best known residents of
Starrucca, died Friday, Sept. 10,
1909, as the result of an operation
for appendicitis. Mr. Brown had
been sick for some time and about
a week ago It was decided that an
operation was necessary and it was
performed on Thursday afternoon
by Dr. Reed Burns, of Scranton,
assisted by Dr. E. W. Downton, of
Starrucca, and Dr. Peck. Owing to
his weakened condition he never re
covered from the effects. The fu
neral was held from the Methodist
church at Starrucca, Rev. L. W.
Sanford, officiating. Mr. Brown
was born Feb. 22, 1857, and was the
youngest son of Ellsha and Mana
Benson Brown. He married Miss
Kate Shew of Jackson, who sur
vives him with three children, Allen
Ward, Wanlta and Tracy. He is
also survived by one sister, Mrs.
Ralph Howard, and three brothers,
Fletcher, Dorr and Harvey of Jack
son. At the time of his death he
was a member of Freedom Lodge,
F. and A. M. of Jackson, school di
rector and justice of the peace, as
well as president of the Starrucca
Agricultural Society.
William Seenian, for many years
a merchant of Honesdale, but dur
ing the last quarter of a century t
resident of New York City, died at
his home on Sunday morning, in
the 87th year of his age. The re
mains were brought to Honesdale yes
terday and Interred, with Masonic
services at the grave. A special
car accompanied by a Rabbi convey
ed the relatives to Honesdale. Mr,
Seeman was one of the first jewelers
In Honesdale and prior to the fire
of 1875 conducted his jewelry store
on the site of the old Savings Bank
building. He then moved to the
building now occupied by Erk Bros.,
in the Keystone block, where he
continued until he left for New York
City. Since in the metropolis, the
deceased had been in the large
wholesale grocery business with See
man Bros, until about five years ago
Mr. Seeman Is survived by six sons
and two daughters, namely: Daniel
Joseph, Slgmund, Isaac, Carl, Ru
dolph, Mrs. Beno Cohn and Mrs
Morris Samuels, all of New York
City. The Misses Weiss, of Park
street, are nieces of deceased. He
was a most excellent citizen, a re
vered father and beloved friend to
his acquaintances.
John J. Balsden, a former rest
dent of Hawley, and a well known
boat builder at Slelghtsburgh, N
Y., died very suddenly of valvular
disease of the heart while seated at
a table eating his dinner In Orme
rod's Hotel at Slelghtsburgh, on
Thursday morning, Sept. 2, 1909
Mr. Balsden was born In Chatham
England, August 24, 1831, and
came with his parents to America
in boyhood, attending school In
Rondout and Kingston. He learn
ed the trade of boat building in
Rondout with Brldger & Bishop, re
maining with them until 1849, when
he went to New York City, finding
employment at Greenpoint until
1853, when he returned to .Rond
out, where ho framed the barge
Joseph P. Davis. In 1854 Mr, Bais
den removed to Mongaup, Sullivan
county, where ho embarked in the
business of building boats for the
Delaware and Hudson Canal com
pany. In 1857 ho returned to
Rondout for a short time, coming
to Hawley in tho fall of that year,
Here ho engaged in building boats
for the canal company and for the
Pennsylvania Coal Company, re
maining in Hawley until 1882, when
he went to New Salem, N. Y., and.
bought docks there and at Eddyville
whero he engaged in the building
and repairing of boats. Later ho
acquired the boatyard at Sleights
burgh, continuing business at both
places until the present time. Mr,
Balsden was married January
1862, in Kingston, to Miss Mary E
Schoonmaker, who died in 1903.
few years ago Mr. Balsden married
Miss Kate Ellison, of Slelghtsburgh
who survives him, together with
the following children: John S.
Balsden, of Kingston, N. Y.; Walter
Bntsden, of Edgewater, N. J.; Louis
Balsden, of Athens; Mrs. Willis Tut-
hill, of Hnwley;
Mrs. James Fow
ler, of Slelghtsburgh; Mrs. A. M.
Cooper, of New Salem. Tho funer
al was held the Sunday following
his death from his lnte home at
New Salem. Interment was made
at Montrepose cemetery, Kingston.
Tho School Bell.
The call of the school bell is again
heard in tho land, and a host of
sun-brown young folks have com
menced digging away at their books
How we wish that the young peo
ple could get the Idea that oppor
tunities are before them that soon
will pass forever. The young peo
ple hear their elders debating edu
cational theories, criticizing fads
and new ideas, and get tho impres
sion that tho schools are not much
good. But in splto of all foolish
experimenting, the schools of to-day
offer a far better opportunity than
their fathers over got, and tho boy
or girl that does not get what he
can out of them is punishing him
self terribly.
In twenty years many a boy will
be working along on scanty day
wages because he fooled away his
school hours and failed to get into
the habits of patient industry and
Investigation. Many a woman in
twenty years will be called an ig
noramus because she failed to store
her mind with the common facts of
life, but preferred to make up
faces at the other girls, and tip
winks at the boys. Think it over
oung folks! Ex.
Undo Snni's New Gun.
At the Mldvale Steel company's
plant, a new gun Is being built for
the United States navy, a 14-lnch
breech-loading rifle, which will out
rival anything in existence. The in
strument of destruction was design
ed by Rear Admiral Mason, chief
of the ordinance, and son of a Sus
quehanna county (Pennsylvania)'
farmer. There are army rifles of
larger bore, but they are no more
When the 1400-pound steel pro
jectile leaves the muzzle of the piece
it. will have an energy great enough
to lift a weight equal to that of tho
water displaced by the proposed
26,000-ton battleships and tho bat
tleship Mississippi thrown in one
foot in one second. Those three
ships displace, combined, 65,000
tons of water. At a distance of five
miles a shot from that gun will
penetrate 12 6-10 inches of Krupp
armor. The heaviest side armor
carried by any battleship is about
12 Inches.
Takes Poison and Leaves Note for
Celebration Committee Chairman.
Charles Kenneth Moore, grand-
nephew of Robert Fulton, builder
of the steamer Clermont, killed him
self by drinking cyanide of potas
sium in his room on Columbus ave
nue, New York.
Not an hour before his death
Moore had completed a letter to
Herman Ridder, chairman of the
executive committee of the Hudson-
Fulton celebration, asking what pro
visions had been made for relatives
of Robert Fulton during the com
ing celebration.
Mr. Moore was a civil engineer
and was in the employ of the Pear
son Construction company on tho
work of the Pennsylvania tunnel.
While working in the tunnel he was
stricken with the bends and was
compelled to give up work, but his
salary went on.
On the trial trip of the Clermont
a few days ago Mr. Moore was one
of the passengers.
Cook's Answer to Peary's Charges.
When told that Peary had charg
ed him with "Gold Bricking" the
people, Dr. Cook, In a few forcible
sentences, which may be commend
ed to the consideration of students
of the art of expression, makes an
appeal to tho common sense of tho
world which cannot be disregarded
and indicates his Intention of estab
lishing his right to the title of
North Polo discoverer beyond any;
dispute. "If I have handed out a
gold brick," he says, "I have gold
bricked Capt. Sverdrup, Commander
Hovgaard, King Frederick, the
Danish and Norwegian public, tho
President of the United States, my
benefactors, my friends and my.
family, and am deserving of utter
ostracism by all decent people."
Further, he declares that considera
tion of his data by competent scien
tists will settle tho truth or falsity
of his claims without delay, and that
if he were a fakir he would not now
bo sailing to the United States,
whero ho would quickly be found
out and branded as he deserved.
WRemcniber tho Wayno Coun
ty Fair.