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THE 8EMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
HAVE SERVED BEFORE
MANY LEGISLATORS HAVE SEEN
ARTHUR COUNTY LOSES OUT
Items of General Interest Gathered
From Reliable Sources Around
the State House.
Western Newspaper Union News Service.
Nearly one-half of tho membership
of tho coming legislature will bo men
who sorved In tho 1915 session and
were re-olectod by their constituents.
This Is a much larger proportion of
experienced members thau has been
tho rulo in tho past. There will also
bo a number of sonntors and represen
tatives who havo seen legislative 3erv
!co in former years, but wore not in
tho session of 1915.
In tho senate, fifteen mombers wero
re-elected and elghtoon seats will bo
occupied by now men. The house will
contain forty-flvo of Its old members
from two years ago, as against fifty
The democrats will havo olguty-four
votes and the republicans forty-nlno
on Joint ballot. In tho house, the di
visions will bo slxty-ono democrats
and thlrty-nlnn republicans. Tho sen
ato will comprise twenty-three demo
crats and ten republicans.
Arthur County Loses Out.
Nebraska's "baby county," Arthur,
which was set aside and organized by
tho legislature of 1913, has lost Its suit
against Garden county involving the
government of and taxing authority
over a strip of land twenty-flve miles
long and threo mlleB In width, which
has been Jn dispute between Arthur
and Garden counties.
In an opinion rendered by the state
supremo court, it is held that Garden
county has obtained complete, Juris
diction over the territory In contro
versy through having exercised such
Jurisdiction for more than ten years
without any attempt being made by
anyone to prevent It Garden county
has levied and collected taxos, organ
ized voting precincts, conducted elec
tions, foimed school districts and per
formed othor functions of government
within the disputed area.
The legislature of 1895 undertook to
make Arthur county au Independent
division and passed an act fixing Its
boundaries. However, the act was ro
garded as unconstitutional and Arthur
county was not organized at that tlmo
but continued to bo a part of McPhor
son county until 1913. In the mean
time, the state recognized a certain
range line as the west boundary of
what wns then McPhorson county and
is now Arthur county. This line is
the one which Garden county claimed
In tho suit is the correct boundary.
Arthur bounty's contention was that
the boundary line was located threo
miles farther west
Tho supreme court opinion, written
by Judge Barnes, affirms the holding
of tho district court of Garden county,
in favor of that county. Tho decision
will practically settle similar lltlga
tlon ponding between Grant and Gar
Want to Change Coal Contracts.
Coal dealers under contract to sup
ply state Institutions with fuel this
winter have lately been calling upon
tho board of control and pouring Into
the ears of Its members various tales
of woes about their inability to secure
coal from mines, chiofiy on account of
car shortage. They have proposed
sevoral expedients for meeting the
situation, among which Is tho supply
ing of higher priced coal than that or
iginally contracted for, If the state
will pay tho dlfferenco.
Tho board of control recently called
upon tho dealers holding contracts at
half a dozen of the largest Institutions
to stock them up with ndoqunto stores
of winter fuel to guard against a pos
sible shortage. Now the dealers say
they can't get enough coal to take
care of all their trade. Thcr want tho
board to tako a certain percentage of
tho kinds of coal contracted for say
50 per cent and buy other fuel for
Searching for a Model.
In anticipation of action by the com
ing legislature to provide for the erec
tion of a new capltol building, State
Engineer Johnson and Representative
elect J. H. Craddock of Omaha, who
Is an architect by profession, have
started to obtain plans of capltols
built In othor wostorn states during
tho recent years, or which aro now in
procoss of construction. Among tho
states from which such material is
being collected aro Minnesota, Wis
consin, Missouri, South Dakota and
A printed bulletin which will con
stitute one section of the annual re
port of the state board of aericulture
la being distributed from tho ofTlco of
Secretary W. R. Mollor, showing tho
llvo stock, cereal, vegotnblo and hay
production of the state, by counties.
It also gives tables exhibiting tho re
' suits of the 1916 farm census In Ne
braska, as taken by assessors, giving
the acreage and value of farm lands
by counties. Other portions of tho
bulletin give, statistics on the dairy
and poultry industries of tho stato,
the number of automobiles and simi
SETTLEMENTS ARE SLOW
Claims Employers Liability Act Needt
P. M. Coffey, chief doputy labor
Commissioner of Nobraskn, In an ad
dress to the Nobraska Manufacturers'
association nt Omaha, advised tho
necessity of amending tho employors
liability law for the purposo of bring
ing about prompt and adequate set
tlement of claims. Now, ho said, set
tlement drags Into long negotiations.
Ho proposed a Commission, or single
paid commissioner, preferably a law
yer, familiar with tho law, to adminis
ter its provisions. He said such a
provision will bo of an much bonoflt
to tho omployor as to tho omployo. Ho
said ho hod had to roturn pnpors to
ono lnsurnnco company In sixty dif
ferent cases, where effort had boon
mudo to trim down payment for a
shorter longth of tlmo than that al
lowed by law.
Ho said that In ten months of this
year 4,609 cases have been settled un
der tho compensation law. Tho total
benefits paid havo been $110,779, an
averago of $24.03.
Hearing on Demurrage Matter "
After considerable testimony had
been Introduced before tho stato rail
way commission last wool: tho hear
ing of the application of carriers for
an lncreaso in demurrage charges on
Intrastate traffic in Nebraska was con
tinued indefinitely. Tho carriers wero
asked for much testimony which they
did not havo and which cannot bo col
lected for some tlmo, so the hearing
It Is alleged that the carriers ad
mit privately that they probably
should not have filed their applica
tion relative to Intrastate traffic when
tho Bame question Is pending before
the Interstate commerce commission.
Tho roads filed tariffs ami. a roquest
for Increased domurrago with tho In
terstate commerco commission. Tho
federal commission suspended tho ro
quest and tho tariffs and will hold a
hearing at a later date. Usually about
ten months' tlmo Is required to dis
pose of such a case beforo the inter
state body. When tho interstate com
merce commission suspends tariffs in
such cases the burden of proof Is then
upon tho carriers to prove their case.
Without a ruling on the question from
tho federal body the carriers filed a
similar application with tho Nebraska
Discussed Car Shortage.
"If tho railroads of this state could
get all the cars they need for trans
portation of grain from Nobraska
towns they would flood tho Omaha
market," said Railway Commissioner
Taylor, who immediately followed it
with another statement to tho effect
that no such flood need be looked for,
as there Is no danger of any railroad
In tho stato having enough cars to
handle Its traffic for some time to
Mr. Taylor has returned from the
east, where railway commissioners of
thirty states and the Interstate com
merco commissioners sat for days
upon tho ultra sorlous problem of tho
continental car shortage.
Two plans for relief aro suggested.
Ono Is to affix an emergency demur
rage charge of considerable propor
tions and tho other is to Increase tho
dally rental cost of cars during tho
period of stringency. Both measures,
It Is belioved, would hasten the un
loading of cars and would compel rail
roads to turn back other companies'
cars to them Just as soon as shipments
reached their destinations.
Eight-Hour Day Legislation
Labor Commissioner P. M. Coffey
has written a lengthy treatise on the
history of olght-hour day legislation,
which goes back to tho year 1844 nnd
traces the growth o' the movemont to
the present time, he says It grow out
of the earlier agitation for a ten-hour,
workday In tho United States and
Tho greatest advance, made by any
country so far In the direction, of a
universal olght-hour day, Mr. Coffey
finds, has beon In Australia. Ho de
tails what has been dono by the fed
oral government and the different
states .In this country, relative to
eight-hour and ten-hour day laws.
Tho ovldent purpose of tho contri
bution Is to aid In tho campaign now
being Inaugurated . by the American
federation of labor to make tho eight
hour day universal In all crafts
throughout the United States.
Delegates to tho Nebraska farmers'
congress, which Is to convene at Om
aha Docember 12, havo beon named
by Secretary W. H, Smith of the Ne
braska Association of County Fair
Managers. Those chosen were: George
Jackson of Nelson, J. G. Crlnklaw of
Nellgh, G. C. Doehllng of Rising City,
Jncob Weiss of Gonova, H. V. Roisen
of Beatrice, S. B. Otto of Aurora, W.
T. Parkinson of Pawnee City, T. C.
Beck of Seward, P.. H. Ball of Osceola
and S. C. Blackmail of Madison .
The question that is bothering legis
lators who propose to give It sorious
consideration this winter Is the prob
lem of a new state houao for No
braska. Modt of thoso who havo expressed
themselves bo far In tho matter 3ay
they aro for a new building. Tho
only probleni.'lheroforo, Is settlement
upon a plan for ralslug tho money.
Two suggested plans are apt to be
tho only ones considered by tho law
makers, Ono Is to provldo by law for
the sale of somo ot the $10,000,000 of
state bonds nnd the immediate conver
sion of the proceeds Into a statn cant
BIG LOAN CANCELED
ALLIES HALT; DEAL OWING TO
THE FEDERAL RESERVE
MORGAN & CO. ARE NOTIFIED
Declare Project Was Designed to
Facilitate Credit Transactions and
Prevent Heavy Drains of Gold After
New York, Doc. 4. Tho Arm of J. P.
Morgan & Co. has withdrawn tho pro
posed snlo of $50,000,000 of British nud
French treasury bills, according to In- j
stricuons receivcu from nurouu.
Tho announcement was contained In
tho following statement:
"wo hnvo been Instructed by the
British and French governments to
withdraw their trensury bills from snlo.
Wo have accordingly expressed to
thoso Institutions and Investors which
hnd already placed orders with us for
thesu securities to wish to bo released
from tho obligations to deliver and
they have been good enough to accede.
"This action Is because, as explained
by tho British chancellor of tho ex
chequer and by tho French minister of
llnauce, these governments deslro to
show every regard to tho federal ro
servo board, a governmental body of
which the secretary of tho treasury
and tho comptroller of currency uro
"Wo may add that tho sale In lim
ited amount of these treasury bills pay
able in dollars In New York hus never
been an essential part of tho allied gov
ernments' financial plans, but hnvo for
some time been under consideration
with a view to furnishing n credit
medium that fould nccommodute tho
American banking demands for an In
strument of short maturity and of such
limited volume that tho government
could always uudertake to lay down
gold In New York sulllcicnt to meet tho
"It was believed further that theso
hills would hnvo furnished nt the end
of the war air excellent mensuro of pro
tection to the American financial situa
tion Inasmuch ns theso steadily matur
ing obligations of tho foreign govern
inents would hnvo tended to prevent
heavy drafts of gold from this mar
ket." Au Informal stntcment was made by
n member of the Morgan house that no
other financial plans have been formu
lated In place of the ones abandoned.
ALLIES LAND AT ATHENS
Entente Troops Disembark to Enforce
Demands Greek Reservists
Clash With French.
London, Dec. 4. A detachment of
entente rtoops dlsemburked at Piraeus,
tho port of Athens, at three o'clock
In the morning, according to a wire
less dispatch received from Athens on
Frldny. Cable messages from Athens
showed that preparations were being
made to resist seizure of the arms.
Tho Greek government has given
guaranties that order will be main
tained, but it Is feared tho calling up
.of reservists will have tho opposite
'Admiral du Fournet Insisted that 04
mounted guns bo delivered. Further
tlmo has been given for tho delivery
of other guns nnd war material.
A dispatch to tho Dally Mall from
Athens, timed 11:45 n. m Frldny, says:
"Firing has taken place between
French sailors and (Greek) reservists
on the slopes of tho Acropolis. Pas
sengers from Piraeus say that when
passing tho Thesee railroad station
they witnessed the fighting. This fight
ing, according to other Information,
wus between French sailors nnd Greek
"A panic has begun in Athens.
Crowds are rushing through the
streets and shops aro being closed.
"Two French cruisers hnvo entered
U-BOAT MADE A MISTAKE
German Captain Reports to Berlin He
Thought Marina a British Trans
port To Offer Amends.
Washington, Dec. 4. Tho acrmnn
submarine commander who sunk tho
horse ship Marina with the loss of six
Americans has reported to his gov
ernment that he took tho vessel for a
British transport Germany has asked
tho United Stntes for Information as
to tho status of tho ship and Is ready
to offer amends if tho Marina wns en
titled to Indemnity.
It Is understood that tho TTnitnii
States can Inform Germnny that tho
Marina wus not In tho British trans
port service and was entitled to tho
Immunities of n peaceful merchant
ship tho Berlin government Is ready to
acknowledge an error and niako offers
of settlement satisfactory to tho
Britain May Pass Envo.
London, Dec. 4. Great Britain tnnv
grant tho request from Washington
for a reconsideration of tho refusal of
u safe conduct for Count Adam Tar
nowski von Tarnow, Austro-IIungarlnn
ambassador to tho United States.
Mint Sets Coinage Record.
Philadelphia, Dec. 4. With nn out
put of 0,850,000 dimes, 8,200,200 nickels
and 28,075,450 pennies In November,
tho local mint established a new record
for a single month In the number of
U.S. STEAMER IS SUNK)
CAPTAIN OF SHIP REFUSES TO
LOWER STARS AND STRIPES.
Vessel Torpedoed Near Spain and
Crew Towed to Within Five
Miles of Coast
London, Dec. 1. Lloyd's reports
that the American steamer Chemung
has been sunk.
Tho Chemung was torpedoed near
Cabo do Gnta, according to tho dis
patch. Tho Chemung sailed from New
York November 8 for Genoa und Nn
ples nnd stopped at Fayul, Azores, No
vember 20. It wasWned by tho llarhy
Stcamshl- company of Now York, wns
built In 1888 nt Buffalo and was 327
feet long and of 8,000 tons gross.
Tho steamer foundered with tho
American ilug flying, It is added, tho
captain having formally refused to
lower tho colors.
The crow has been landed nt Valen
cia by tho Spanish steamer Glner, says
a Beuter dispatch from Vnlcncla.
The submarine towed the members
of tho crow to within five miles of tho
coast tho Valencia advices state, and
then abandoned them. At tho end of
tho day they were picked up by the
Tho Chemung, according to Lloyd's
listing, Is owned by tho Atlantic & Pa
cific Coast Transportation company. It
wns a steel vessel of 1,015 tous, was
U2r).7 feet In length nnd wns built by
tho Union Drydock company of Buf
falo. Now York, Dec. 1. Tho Hurrlss
Maglll Steumshlp company, rcpresentn
tlves here of the Ilnrdy Steamship
company, owners of tho Chemuug, re
ported sunk, said tho vessel carried u
general cargo only, no munitions or
cargo owned by tho Italian govern
ment being on bonrd.
2 ZEPPELINS ARE SHOT DOWN
British Airmen Destroy Airships Dur
ing Raid on England Crews of
Both Vessels Die.
London, Dec. 1. London was raid
ed by a German airplnue on Tuesday.
Flying nt a great height tho aviator
dropped six bombs, Injuring four per
sons. One was a woman ufld she wns
probably futally hurt. T;no machlno
traveled at such u high altitude that
It was barely visible.
Two Zeppelins wee Drought down
ns they took part In a raid Monday
night on tho northeast coast of Eng
land. The crows of both airships per
ished. Tho destruction of tho airships
Is announced In an vlllclal communica
tion Issued by the vur olllco on Tues
day. Both Zeppelins were brought down
In flume.n Into tlw sen after being at
tacked by Airplanes. One of them was
destroyed vhUe nine miles out at sea
on Its return ttlp.
GERMAN SHIPS RAID BRITAIN
Torpedo Ooats Capture Armed Vessel
In Dash on English Coast at
Lonflon, Dec. 1. German nnvnl
forces hfH'i raided tho east coast of
England Tho attacking squadron was
made up of torpedo boats. Ono of tho
ships fa reported to hnvo been sunk
with thfr loss of Its cntlro ccrw.
Tho llritlsh trawler Nurval was re
AroortK tho towns bombarded by tho
Germans was Lowestoft.
Nan Patterson's Name Misused.
Cincinnati, Dec. 4. Tho "Nan Pat
terson" mentioned In the dlvorco suit
by Mrs. Viola Dillingham against
Frnnl; Dillingham, now In court here,
Is not tho actress of thut name for
merly prominent In Zlcgfcld shows.
New Blood Aids Archbold.
Tnrrytown, N. Y., Dec. 4. John D.
Archbold, president of the Standurd
Oil company of Now Jersey, who Is se
riously 111 nt his home hero following
an opcrutlou a week ago for appendi
citis, passed a comfrtabln night.
R3llilfii3S2 tsfr MiUfvourz
U. S. WARNS BANKS
TOLD OF DANGER TO INDUSTRY
IN WAR LOAN NOTES.
Federal Reserve Board Sees Peril In
the Purchase of Short-Term
Wnshlngton, Nov. 20. Tho federal
reservo board Issued a Btatcmeut on
Monday warning banks nnd tho public
ngaiust tho purchnso of short-term for
Tho statement will bo a sevens blow
to tho financiers who were planning to
float these loans In tho United States.
Tho statement says In part:
"In view of contradictory notes
which hnvo appeared in tho press re
garding Its nttltudo toward tho pur
chasing by banks in this country of
treasury bills of foreign governments,
the bonrd deems It a duty to detluo Its
"Tho board, believes that at this
tln'o banks should proceed with much
caution In locking up their funds In
long term obligations which aro short
term In form or name, but which,
either by contract of through forco of
circumstances mny hnvo to bo re
newed until normal conditions return.
Tho board's concern nnd responsibility
lies primarily with tho banking situ
ation. "If, however, our bunking Institu
tions ht'vo to lnterveno because for
eign sacurltles are offered faster than
they .nn bo absorbed by Investors
that s, their depositors an element
wou'J bo Introduced which, If not kopt
under control, would tend toward In
strblltty nnd ultlmato Injury to tho
economic development of this coun
try. "While tho loans mny bo short In
'form nnd sovernlly may bo collected at
maturity, tho object of the borrower
must bo to nttempt to renew them col
lectively, with tho result that tho ag
gregate amount placed hero will ro
nioln until bucIi tlmo as It mny bo ad
vantageously convcrtod Into a long
term obligation. It would, thorcforo,
seem that funds of our bnnks, which
should bo avallablo for short credit
facilities to our merchants, manufac
turers and farmers, would bo absorbed
for other purposes to n disproportion
ate degree, especially In vlow of tho
fact that muny of our bnnks aro al
ready carrying foreign obligations
which they aro under agreement to re
"Tho board deems, thoreforo, Its
duty to caution tho member bnnks that
It does not ivgnrd It In the interest of
tho country t this tlmo that they In
vest In foreign treasury bills of this
NO PASS FOR VIENNA ENVOY
Great BrlUln Refuses Safe-Conduct
for Austrian Ambassador to the
London, Nov. 20. Tun foreign of
flco has sent Ambassador Pago's noto
definitely lef using to grant a safe-conduct
to Count Adam Tarnowskl von
Tarnow, Uio now Austro-Iiuugarlun
ambassador to tho United States.
The reason for tho refusal may bo
paraphrased as follows:
"Even tf International law forbade
tho refusal of a safe-conduct, tho
actions of Austrian nnd German em
bassies and consulates abroad have
been so much in excess of regular dip
lomatic functions that tho British gov
ernment feels Justified In withholding
Its consent for such diplomats to
travel to their posts."
Favors a 22-Cent Piece.
Wnsldugton, Dec. 2. A 2-cent
piece !t demanded by tho country, ac
cording to tho director of the mint,
whose iMiuunl report, made public hero,
recommends passage of n law author
izing coins of that denomination.
New U-Boata 300 Feet Long.
Copenhagen, Dec. 2. Super-dread-naught
war submarines aro how being
operuted by Germnny. Fishermen re
port' German U-boats Unit appeared
about 400 feet long. They are bigger
than merchant ship they sink.
100 SURVIVE BATTLE
REMNANT8 OF TREVINO'S FORCE
REACH JUAREZ AFTER FLIGHT
CAPITAL LOOTED BY BANDITS
Vllllstas Capturo 3,500 Prisoners and
Many Are Executed Horrors Fol
low Fall of Town Two Generals
Juarez, Mex., Dec. 2. Seven hun
dred CnrrnnzlstA. troops, survivors of
the battle of Chihuahua, wlUi 20
pieces of nrtlllery, nrrlvcd hero on
Thursday. Tho troops wero n part of
Ozuna's cavalry, who escaped on four
trains nfter tho order to evneunto had
General Trovlno's command started
their retreat to the south, tho surviv
ing Cnrrnnzlstns said. Tho fate of tho
survivors and other foreigners In Chi
huahua Is unknown.
Refugees from Chihuahua City, who
nrrlved here, reported looting by band
its when they left They said It hnd
been reported to them that two largo
foreign dry goods stores hnd beon
looted by Villa bandits. Thoy nlso as
serted that bandits hnd fired Into the
train In which they wore leaving tho
General Gonzales at military hend
quarters said ho had received a report
from Carranzn officials tlmt General
Murguln was nt Iloronsltns, souUi of
Chihuahua City, and wns advancing
rapidly toward tho city. General Ozu
na hnd reached Nombre do Dios.
Included among tho wounded
brought to Juarez wero Colonel Bor
quez nnd Colonel Mnllos, both of Gen
eral Ozuma's cavalry column, who,
wero wounded during tho fighting In
It wns reported by n Cnrr,nnza of
llcor that Carranzn forces still aro In
possession of tho penitentiary 'nt Chi
huahua City awaiting help of tor -the
Juncture of Generals Trcvlno nnd
Sun Antonio, Tex., Doc. 2. Scenes
of horror followed Pnncho Villa's cap
ture of Chihuahua City, government
ngents reported. ,
Villa turned his bnnd of hungry,
bloodthirsty bandits looso upon tho
helploss civilian popuInUon, with per
mission to loot nnd do" ns thoy
pleased, Hundreds of women and
young girls wero outrnged by tho ban
dits In tho streets. Others wero shot
down nnd left to dlo when thoy at
tempted to llco from their tormentors.
Vllln captured il,600 Carranzn sol
diers nnd n lnrgo number of officers.
Tho olllcers were lined up against tho
walls of tho penitentiary and mowed
down by riflemen. Tho Infantrymen
went over to Villa In n body.
U. S. MARTIAL LAW IN DOMINGO
Daniels Says Government Was Seized
Because of "Deplorable Condi
tions" Action Well Received.
Wnshlngton, Doc. 2. Tho United
stntes hns proclnlmcd martial lnw
over tho republic of Snnto Domingo,
Secretary of tho Navy Daniels an
nounced on Thursday.
Secretary Daniels explained that
notion wus neccssnry becnuso of "do
plorablo conditions" throughout Snnto
Tho navy department matfo tho fol
"Cnpt. H. S. Knnpp, In command ,of
tho United States forces In Kanto Do
mingo, reports that In compliance with
Instructions received military govern
ment wns proclaimed by him In Santo
Domingo nt 4 p. m., November 20.
"An order rognrdtng carrying arms
or having them In possession hns been
In effect Payment of salaries of gov
ernment officials will bo resumed Im
mediately. "Tho proclamation was well re
ceived. Conditions aro normul nud
tho majority of tho people rcgurd tho
proclamation with favor."
NAME JELLIC0E SEA LORD
Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty Made
Commander of the British
London, Dec. 2. Admiral Sir John
R. Jelllcoc, commander of tho Brltsh
fleet, was appointed first scu lord of
the admiralty, being succeeded In com
mand of tho grand fleet by Vice Ad
miral Sir David Bcutty, who command
ed tho British buttle cruiser squadron
In tho nnval buttle with tho Germans
Admiral Sir Henry Brndwardlne
Jackson, the present first scu lord, has
been appointed president of tho royal
nnval college nt Greenwich.
(Admiral Jackson has held tho post
of ilrst sea lord of the admiralty since
May, 101C, when ho took tho plnce
vacated by Lord Fisher,)
Sight Supposed Submarine.
Now York, Dec. 4. An unidentified
vessol, riding low In tho wutor, with
out tho usual green und red side lights,
nnd believed to bo n suhmarlno, was
sighted nenr Capo Hatteras by tho
steamship Crofton Hull.
Threo Men Killed by Train.
Gibson, Inu, Dec. 4. Threo track
Inspectors of tho Michigan Central
railroad were Instantly killed nt Gib
son, Ind., when the electric speedor In
which they wero making n tour of tho
trucks was struck by a tralu.
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