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HONESDALE, WAYNE CO., PA., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1909.
President Addresses Rivers
and Harbors Congress.
FOR IMPROVING WATERWAYS.
He Would Confine Work to That
Recommended by Army Engi
i jieers on Mississippi, Mis
souri and Ohio Rivers.
Washington, Dec. 0. President Taft
opened the first session of the national
rivers and harbors congress here with
an address In which he outlined defi
nitely for the first time the extent
which he thinks Is desirable and to
which he believes congress will go la
carrying out the comprehensive plans
of the congress for the general im
provement of the waterways of the
While the president reiterated his be
lief that bonds should be Issued for
waterway Improvements, he said that
they should not be primarily Issued
for these Improvements, but only to
carry on work which has been under
taken by direct appropriations and
which could not be finished on account
of reduced revenue.
The president said that he believed
the work of general waterway im
provements should be confined for the
present to the recommendations of the
army engineers on the Mississippi, the
Missouri and the Ohio river between
St. Taul, St. Louis, Pittsburg, Cairo,
New Orleans, and other cities, which,
ho declared, would benefit a larger sec
tion of the country than any other
President Taft said that it was no
secret that the chairman of the rivers
and harbors committee of the house,
who had most to do with the initia
tion of projects in congress, was fully
charged with the necessity of doing
somothlng to begin a policy with re
spect to the Missouri, Mississippi and
Ohio rlvors between St Paul and St.
Louis, St ,Louisto. QaJrpPlttsbprg to.
CCIrdiftid'from Cairo to New Orleans.
"These Improvements," said the pres
ident, "are In the heart of the country,
improvements that reach to mora
states than any that can be mentioned
in the entire country. They affect not
only the states along whose borders
the Improvements will be made, but
all the states that border on tho Mis
sissippi and beyond."
President Taft, referring to the ad
vocates of a fourteen foot channel In
the Mississippi, said that the engi
neers' recommendation for a nine foot
channel should be followed up and
when this was obtained a fourteen foot
channel might be secured. "What I
am urging, what I am laboring for,"
he said, "Is something practical in the
way of a moderate project In order
that you may go on and gradually de
velop a larger project than was In
your minds at the initiation."
In conclusion the president said:
"I am In thorough sympathy with
the general object which you seek
here, the development of the water
ways of the country by a general poli
cy in such a way as to reduce and con
trol railroad rates and in such a way
as to stimulate on the bosoms of the
waters of tho country the transporta
tion of such merchandise as Is pecul
iarly fitted for carriage by that
SEVEN TEAMS TIED IN LEAD.
Sensational Bursts of Speed In the Six
Day Bicycle Race.
New York, Dec. 0. After sensational
bursts of speed by the riders in the
six day bicycle race at Madison Square
Garden seven teams were tied la the
lead in the seventy-fourth hour. The
score at that time was as follows:
MacFarland-CIark 1,477 2
Rutt-Stol 1,477 2
Root-Fogler 1,477 2
Lawson-Demara 1,477 2
Walthour-Collins 1,477 2
Halstead-Lawrence 1,477 2
Pye-Hehlr 1,477 2
Anderson-Vanonl 1,477 1
Mitten-West 1,477 1
Cameron-ICreba 1,477 1
Hlll-Steln 1,477 1
Galvln-Keenan 1,477 0
Oeorget-Qeorget 1,477 0
Qrmaln-Carapeszl l,m 2
Tho previous record was 1,455 miles
0 laps, made by MacFarland and Mo
ran In 1003.
Death For Fourteen Mutineers.
, Manila, Dec. 9. Fourteen members
of the Second company of constabu
lary who mutinied at Davao, island of
Mindanao, have been convicted of kill.
Ing Planter Llbby and hare been sen
tenced to death.
Heney Sues Crocker For Libel.
San Francisco, Dec. a Francis J.
Heney, former district attorney, has
Oled suit In New York against William
U. Crocker of San Francisco for f290,'
000 for allseed libel.
GOULD DIRECTORS RESIGN.
Telephone Men Move Into Western
New York, Dec. 0. Ten Gould di
rectors resigned from the Western On
ion Telegraph company board and
were succeeded by a corresponding
number of representatives of the
American Telephone nnd Telegraph
company, which recently bought con
trol of the Western Union.
The directors who resigned Include
Frank J. Gould, Howard Gould and
Klngdon Gould. They were succeeded
by Theodore N. Vnil, president of the
American Telephone nnd Telegraph
company; Henry S. Howe and John 1.
Waterbury of the American Telephono
and, Telegraph board, Edward J. Hall,
Union N. Bethell and Henry B. Thay
er, officers In the Bell company; Henry
P. Davidson of J. P. Morgan & Co.,
Robert Wlnsor of the Boston banking
house of Lee, Hlgglnson & Co., Robert
S. Lovett, representing the Harrlman
Interests, and Judge William H. Moore
of the Rock Island.
TO REOPEN BRYAN DIVORCE.
Daughter's Former Husband Will Ask
Court to Reconsider Case.
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 0. William Hom
er Leavltt divorced by Ruth Bryan
Leavitt on the allegation of cruelty
and nonsupport, has filed a petition
asking the Lancashire county district
court to reopen the case.
Mrs. Leavltt 1b on the point of leav
ing, with her parents.for a tour of
RUTH LEAVITT BRYAN.
the West Indies, preliminary to n
longer absence in Europe, while Mr.
and Mrs. Bryan are traveling In South
Her former husband's determination
to revive the divorce suit will force the
abandonment of her trip.
CARRIE NATION ARRESTED.
Smashes Things In the Union Station
Bar In Washington.
Washington, Dec. 0. Carrie Nation,
the Kansas enemy of the demon rum,
invaded the Union station bar in this
city and took one swipe at the bar
glasses, fixtures and bottles.
When tho bartender got over his
fright and counted up the loss he esti
mated that Carrie had destroyed about
$35 worth of goods, wet and dry. The
police arrested Carrie and locked her
PARDONED BY PRESIDENT.
Former Cashier of the Fredonia Na
tional Bank Goes Free.
Washington, Dec. 0. President Taft
has pardoned Frederick R. Green, for
mer cashier of the Fredonia (N. Y.)
National bank, which was closed In
1005. Green pleaded guilty of making
false reports to the comptroller of the
currency and was sentenced to serve
six years in the state prison at Albany.
His time would have expired on Aug.
13, 1011, but Vice President James S.
Sherman and Representative Vreeland
whowed Mr. Taft sufficient evidence to
warrant an immediate releaso.
DR. COOK IN SANITARIUM.
Explorer Takes Rest Cure In Maine
For Worry and Overwork.
Portland, Me., Dec. 0. Dr. Frederick
A. Cook, the polar explorer, has left
Muldoon's place at White Plains, N. Y.,
and is taking the rest cure at the Pine
Tree sanitarium at Wells, York county,
Dr. W. S. Pitt, head of the sanita
rium, says he is suffering from worry
and overwork. "He Is very anxious as
to tho action to be taken by scientists
in Copenhagen over his report," said
Dr. Pitt, "but he has no mental dis
ease." Countess Farrar Divorced,
New York, Dec. 0. The Countess
Ada Eugenia von Boos-Farrar, a sing
er, has been divorced from her hus
band, Leonard 0, Farrar, a Jewelry
broker, by a decree signed by Su
preme Court Justice Bucboff.
Millionaire's Wife Tells
Story of His "Cruelty."
SAYS SHE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE
Husband, Insanely Jealous, Accused
Her of Flirting, So She Tried
to End Her Life by Poison
In Turkish Bath.
Mlneola, N. Y., Dec. 0. That Mrs.
Mary Blair Brokaw attempted to end
her life by taking poison in a private
Turkish bath after a row at the North
Carolina shooting lodge of William
Gould Brokaw, 'her multimillionaire
husband, was one of the sensational
features of the trial of their separa
tion suit before Justice Putnam of
the supreme court here.
The occurrence was recited by Mrs.
Brokaw's counsel, Arthur J. Baldwin,
who declared that the millionaire's in
human treatment of his wife in Feb
ruary, 1008, worried her to distraction.
Mr. Baldwin charged that in May,
1908, at the Astoria hotel in Paris,
Brokaw threatened to blow out his
wife's brains with a revolver which he
Mrs. Brokaw was called to the stand
and was asked to relate an incident
that occurred at the Hotel Seville on
Nov. 2, 1007. She said:
"My husband brought me a box of
flowers and expressed a hope that they
would please me. He was very ugly
two hours later for some unknown
reason, and he called me a liar, Idiot
and other terrible names."
Mrs. Brokaw declared he had ac
cused her of flirting with his uncle,
Fred Gould of car coupler fame; with
Dr. Potter of Asheville, N. C, and
with guests at the Brokaw estate at
Great Neck, N. Y.
"Mr. Brokaw continually accused me
of flirting with strange men In dining
rooms of hotels aud with guests at our
own home," she said. "He would call
me a fool, Idiot nnd worse, only to beg
my forgivenesson the next day.
"He often threatened to blow out my
brains in these Jealous fits."
OfT Christmas," 1007', Mrs. Brokaw
testified, they were entertaining about
twelve guests. It had been Mr. Bro
kaw's custom to have ginger ale served
In champagne bottles. On this occa
sion some one for the sake of a joke
had changed the bottles to all cham
pagne. When she lifted the glass to
her Hps, she said, every one laughed.
Perceiving what had happened, Bro
kaw rushed from the room in anger
and sent his valet for her. He said
she had herself perpetrated the trick,
according to the testimony, and called
her a liar and an Idiot when she de
nied' bis statements. The rest of the
evening was spent in her room.
Shortly afterward, Mrs. Brokaw said,
her husband came to her and an
nounced that he had a gun in the
other room that could blow out what
little brains she had and asked her to
go in and look at It.
Mrs. Brokaw, who Is asking for $60,
000 year alimony, came to the court
house accompanied only by a maid.
She wore a brown fur turban trimmed
with black velvet, a plain frock of
olive broadcloth and a neckpiece and
muff of silver fox. Mr. Brokaw sat
near her in the courtroom.
Arthur J. Baldwin, Mrs. Brokaw's
''We will prove that Mr. Brokaw was
madly jealous of Ills wife and made
life miserable for her by dally and al
most hourly accusing his bride of flirt
ing with men In various walks of life.
They only took four full meals togeth
er during their thirty day honeymoon.
He many times ordered her to remain
in her room all day long, and at other
times he forced her to dine alone.
"Brokaw broke into her room at all
hours of the night for absurd reasons.
He was habitually Intoxicated and ran
about various hotel corridors in his
"Once when she happened accidental
ly to bang the door on his forehead he
cried like a spoiled child. He smeared
red ink on his forehead and shrieked
until bellboys, porters and maids came
to the scene. '
" 'Look what she has done!' he cried,
pointing to the red ink spots."
The present Mrs. Brokaw, who Is
William Gould Brokaw's second wife,
was Mary Morris Blair, daughter of
James A. Blair. They were married on
Sept. 10, 1007, nt the Blair country
placo at Chlttenango, N. Y. His first
wife was Corelle 0. Coudert, a niece
of the late Frederic R, Coudert. The
first Mrs. Brokaw obtained a separa
tion In 100S.
Katherlno Polllon in 1003 sued Bro
kaw for $250,000 damages for alleged
breach of promise. The ease was set
tled by Brokaw paying something like
INDEMNITY CO. ACCUSED.
NeW York State Official Declares Cap
'ital Impaired $550,000.
New .York, Dec. 0. Another bomb,
has been thrown among the insurance
(companies by State Superintendent of
Insurance William H. Hotchkiss. He
makes public the result of a joint ex
amination by his department and that
of Massachusetts, alleging that the
capital stock of the American Credit
Indemnity company of New York has
been so seriously impaired as to neces
sitate a reduction from $1,000,000 to
Mr. Hotchkiss and bis Massachu
setts associate find that as a result of
deception by the officers of the com
pany In annual reports the surplus of
$1,178,000, reported to the policy hold
ers, should be reduced $550,200, the
real surplus being only $018,889.
Mr. Hotchkiss finds that the com
pany declared excessive dividends for
the purpose of placing a fictitious val
ue on its stock. He also charges that
the company permitted overdrafts to
officers of the company, more particu
larly to President Sidney M. Phelan,
whose overdraft amounted to $30,000,
and has conducted its business extrav
agantly. The American Credit Indemnity com
pany is a $1,000,000 corporation, which
Issues policies guaranteeing merchants
against losses because of the failure of
debtors having a specified rating in the
FUNERAL OF MRS. SNEAD.
Her Aunt the Only Relative Present at
New York. Dec. 0. The body of Mrs.
Ocey W. M. Sneud, about whoso death
by drowning in the bathtub of a bare
house In East Orange on Nov. 28 there
still exist questions unsolved by the
police, was burled above n casket con
taining the body of her Infant daugh
ter in Mount Hope cemetery in West
Mrs. Mary Snead, aunt of the dead
woman and one of the four elderly
women who have figured in the un
raveling of the circumstances of her
mysterious death, was the only rela
tive at the graveside.
Mrs. Mary Snead did not attend the
brief funeral services that were held
earlier In the day. She had been told
flirtf her presence In New Jersey might
lead to her being held as a witness
by the authorities, nnd It was not un
til after the body of her niece had
been brought to the New York side
that Mrs. Snead, accompanied by
Franklin W. Fort, attorney for tho ac
cused. Miss Virginia Wardlaw, left
her room at 400 West Twenty-second
street nnd went by train to the ceme
tery. Even then she was accompanied
to" the edge of the grave by two de
tectives from the Manhattan central
MRS. HAIG TO WED AGAIN.
Daughter of William Astor to Be Bride
of Secretary of Embassy.
London, Dec. 0. William Phillips,
secretary of the American embassy,
will shortly marry Mrs'. Charlotte Au
gusta Astor Haig, daughter of tho late
William Astor of New York.
Charlotte Augusta Astor, born In
1858, was the third daughter of Wil
liam Astor. She was wedded to J.
Coleman Drayton in 1870. In 1802
there was talk of a duel between Dray
ton and Hallet Alsop Borrows in Eu
rope, but none took place. On March
23, 1800, Chancellor McGlll of New
Jersey granted Mrs. Drayton a divorce
on the ground of desertion.
She married George Ogllvy Halg, a
wealthy Scotch distiller, In 1807. He
died in 1005 of ptomaine poisoning.
William Astor by a codicil to his will
deprived Mrs. Halg of any share In his
estate, but Mrs. Astor divided her en
tire separate estate, said" to be very
considerable, between two of her
daughters, Mrs. Halg and Mrs. Mar
shall Orme Wilson.
JAPAN MAY ANNEX KOREA.
St. Petersburg Seriously Disturbed
Over Danger of a New War.
St. Petersburg, Dec. 0. Grave infor
mation has been received here from
Tokyo as to the actual intentions of
Japan In regard to Korea. Diplomatic
information which cannot be doubted
is to the effect that Japan has resumed
her former projects of pure and simple
annexation of Korea to the Japanese
This political act would be in direct
opposition to the treaty of Portsmouth.
In case Japan should adopt such a
course Russia would be forced to re
gard herself as grievously offended. It
is considered here that the conflict
may become a new casus belli.
CHOEUS GIRL A BRIDE.
Violet Hollom, Stage Milkmaid, Mar
ried to Hussar Officer In London.
London, Dec. 0. Violet Hollom, one
of the milkmaid chorus in the "Merry
Peasant" at the Strand theater, was
married here to Allan HUlier Gardner,
a lieutenant in the Eighth hussars and
a son of Colonel Gardner; member of
parliament for Ross.
His mother, Mrs. Gardner, is the
Mut tUnvhUr of rml Wvtb
Insurance President Accus
ed of Grand Larceny.
HE IS TOO ILL TO BE MOVED
Loss of the Pheniz Company Due
to Bad Loans and Wildcat Spec
ulations Said to Exceed
New York, Dec. 0. George P. Shel
don, who was deposed from the presi
dency of the Phenlx Insurance com
pany and Is now 111 in his country
home in Greenwich, Conn., has been
indicted by the grand jury on charges
of grand larceny to the extent of
How much more than $45,000 of the
Phenlx company's money he may have
used for his own benefit has not devel
oped, but Insurance Commissioner
Hotchkiss says the total loss to the
company through bad loans and wild
cat speculations will exceed $1,000,000.
District Attorney Jerome's office has
acted in conjunction with the grand
GEORGE PRESTON SHELDON.
Jury only upon such evidence as has
been turned down to his office by the
superintendent of Insurance. Mr. Je
rome's office will now w.alt before pro
ceeding to further grand jury inquiry
upon the offering of further evidence
The -New York district attorney has
no official knowledge that Mr. Sheldon
is 111 or of the extent or seriousness of
his illness. Tho usual routine of extra
dition is therefore to be gone through.
Of course If he Is dying he will not be
removed to this state. In the mean
time Mr. Sheldon's house is being ade
The testimony on which tho indict
ment was found was to the effect that
Sheldon used the company's funds on
four occasions for his own speculative
purposes. One transaction Involved
$15,000, and there were three other
transactions of $10,000 each.
Mr. Sheldon conducted a speculative
account, purporting to be on behalf of
the company, with tho brokerage firm
of Carter, Wilder & Co., with which
he deposited securities of the company.
He drew drafts against this deposit as
president of the company and deposit
ed them to bis own- private credit with
the Chatham National bank.
The witnesses who testified before
the grand jury were Edwin H. Car
ter of the brokerage firm, R. I. Dore
mus, note teller of the Chatham Na
tional bank; Frederick Cutter, a clerk
of tho brokerage firm, and Charles S.
Koster, secretary of the Phenlx com
pany. A dispatch from Greenwich, Conn.,
says that Mr. Sheldon is constantly
taking medicine to keep his heart in
action. So far he has had" no word
conveyed to him of the actions taken
in New York against him. No ono but
his Immediate family and physicians
see him. He may linger a week or
two, but the members of his family
say that Us death may come at any
J0NNESC0, HIMSELF 0PEBATES.
Tumor on Epileptic's Brain Removed
New York, Dec. 0. Four operations
in which stovalne was used were per
formed at the Postgraduate hospital
by Dr. Jonnesco, who is conducting
the experiments for tho surgeons of
The moBt interesting case was an
operation on n twenty-year-old boy
who was suffering from a tumor on
tho brain. The patient bad n weak
heart, and the doctors said that it
would be fatal to administer ether or
chloroform. The Roumanian surgeon
assured them that stovalno was safe.
The patient is doing exceedingly well
and has suffered no ill effects.
Fair; continued cold; light westerly
FOR P0S &
President I 3
d It In His Message
Washingti -g Dec. 0. It has become
known that 55 sident Taft was advis
ed before 1 rrote that chapter of
his message urging the creation of a
postal savings bank that Senator Aid
rich, Representative Weeks and other
members of the national monetary
commission were opposed to the pas
sage of a savings bank bill In advance
of a report on the subject by the com
mission. The leaders in congress admit that
it will be difficult to prevent the pas
sage of a measure at this session cre
ating a postal savings bank unless the
president can be persuaded not to urge
the subject. A member of the mone
tary commission said:
"I regret very much that Mr. Taft
Indicated in his message that he de
sired the creation of a postal savings;
bank without delay. It Is true the
party Is committed to such an Institu
tion, but to my mind it would be un
wise to act at this time."
There Is a considerable number of
senators and representatives who are
insistent that now Is the time to pass
a postal savings bank bill. Among:
these are such conservatives as Sena
tor Carter of Montana. The radicals
are for it almost to a man.
BOARD EXPELS WOMAN.
Miss Elsie Palmer Started a Pacer Out
of Its Class.
New' York, Dec. 0. The board of re
view of the National Trotting associa
tion at its session here expelled Miss
Elsie Palmer of Plmllco, Md. At the
state fair at Pinilico she started the
pacer George Beaton, 2:K out of his
class aud under,' the name of Aristo
crat. Miss Palmer and the horse were
L. G. Stroub of Belleville, Pa., and
Abner J. Reid' of Reedsvllle, Pa., were
expelled for starting the horse Char
trix, 2:14, a pacer, out of his class
and under the name of Arizona last
fall at the tracks in eastern Pennsyl
vania. The horse was also expelled.
SHE SUES TOR $100,000.
Reed Albee .Accused of Calling Miss
Lee the Dearest. Girl In the World.
.Now York; Dec. 0. Suit ifor $100,000
damages for breach of promise has
been brought by Stella Lee, a teacher
of, dancing, ngnlnst Reed Albee, a
vaudeville broker and son of E. F. Al
bee, general manager of the Keith &
Proctor theaters. Miss Lee alleges
that shu met Albee at Atlantic City
lust July and that by Aug. 15 Albee
had promised to marry her. She says
that on Nov. 20 he told her be Intend
ed to marry another girl.
One of the exhibits in the case is a
photograph of Albee on which Is writ
ten: "To the dearest girl in the world.
May I ever be able to make her life
as happy as she has made mine. With
FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL.
Closing Stock Quotations.
Money on call was 5 per cent; time
money and mercantile paper unchanged
in rates. Closing prices of stocks were:
Amal. Copper... 87 Norf. & West... 98
Atchison 121 Northwestern ..ITT!
B. & 0 11G54 Penn. R. R 131
Brooklyn R. T.. 81 Reading 171
Ches. &Ohlo.. SS Rock Island 40
C. ,C.,C.&St.L.. 76V4 St. Paul 156
D. &H 183 Southern Pac.lH
Erie 33 Southern Ry.... 31.
Gen. Electric. ...153 South. Ry. pf... 70
111. Central HG',4 Sugar 123
Int.-Met 25 VJ, Texas Pacific... 85
Louis. & Nash.. 161 Union Pacific. ..200
Manhattan 140V4 U. S. Steel 9114.
Missouri Pac... 71 U. S. Steel pf... 126ft
N. Y. Central... 127 West. Union.... 77
BUTTER Steady to firm on top grades:
receipts, 5,630 packages; creamery, spe
cials, 31c; extras, 33c; thirds to firsts',
27a32c; held, seconds to specials, 28a32Hc;
state dairy, common to finest, 25a32Hc;
process, firsts to specials, 25Ha28c; west
ern, factory, seconds to firsts, 23Ha25c;
Imitation creamery, 26a27c
CHEESE Higher and firm; receipts,
2,048 boxes; state, new, full cream, spe
cial, 17ttal8c; September, fancy, 17c; Oc
tober, best, 16V&C! late made, best, l&Mc;
common to good, 13alSc; skims, full to
EGGS Firm; receipts, 8,007 cases; state.
Pennsylvania and nearby, hennery, white,
45a60c; gathered, white, S5a40c; hennery,
brown and mixed, fancy, S7a40c; gather
ed, brown, fair to prime, S0a3Gc; western,
extra firsts, Sla33c; firsts, 28a30c; seconds,
2Sa27c; refrigerator special marks, fancy,
23a24c; firsts, 21a22Mc; seconds, 20a20Hc
POTATOES Easy; Bermuda, No. 1, per
bbl., 34o6; southern, second crop, No. 1.
$1.26a2; Maine, per sack, tl.60a2; state and.
western, S1.40al.CG; Long- Island, S2.EOa2.60;
sweets, Jersey, No. 1, per basket, 7Sca
1.25; per bbl., Sl.60a2.60; southern, Sl.ISaZ.
PIGS Country dressed roasting pigs,
per lb., 13al6c; pork, 10Hal2c
DRESSED POULTRY Steadier; tur
keys, nearby, 23a26c; selected western,
dry picked, 22a23c; scalded, 22a23c; fair
to prime western, 20a21c; old toms, 20c:
broilers, nearby, fancy, squab, per pair,
40a60c; t lbs. to pair, per lb., UaSe.;
western, dry picked, milk fed, Hallo.;
corn fed, 17al8c; scalded, 16al7c; rout
ing chickens, nearby, fancy, 18a26o.; west
ern, milk fed, fancy, SOaHc; corn fed,
fancy, 17c; mixed weight chickens, near
by, fancy, 17a20c; western, milk fed, 17c;
dry picked, corn fed, average best, Utto.;
scalded, average best, 16c. ; Ohio and Mich
igan, scalded, average best, UaUHc; poor.
HAY AND STRAW-Bteady; timothy,
per hundred, 85c. Ml; shipping, 8O0.J clo
ver, mixed, 80aS(c, clover, BOeSOc.'; Ion
rye straw, SoatTVic; oat and wheat, Kc;
half bales, 2Hc. Us.