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Senate Agrees to AU the Amendments by Committee on Foreign Relations. Washington, March 24.The Anglo American arbitration treaty was ad vanced considerably towards final rati fication by the Senate yesterday, and before the long executive session closed all the amendments recommended by the committee on foreign relations were agreed to without division. These amendments are: 1. To provide that all agreements for arbitration entered into by the executive branch of this government with the British government shall be subject to the ratification of the Ben ate. , 2. Striking out the provision, consti tuting members of the United States supreme court permanent members of the proposed tribunal of arbitration, and, 8. Eliminating the provision for an umpire and therefore striking out the provision agreeing upon King Oscar of bwedeu and Norway for the ofllco. Mr. Jtryea Is Liberal. Lincolbt, Neb., March 84.W. J. Bryan will give one-half of. the royal ties received from the sale of his book, The first Battle," to the cause of bimetallism, and has appointed a com mittee, whose duty will be to projmrly expend the fund reserved for that purpose. The committee Is comiMtHed of Senator James K. Join s of A'rkan aa, Senator Jleury M. Teller of t'olo rado, Kvnator VVilliatu V. Allen of N braoka and Hon. A. 3, Warner. prml dent of the National Bimetallic union. frank at Ibe While Ha WasmioroM, March 8. 1 liarlet I I .yuita, a man apparvntly tf itttbaUmvd Milud, was arr-l-.l 011 the pni.Hi nf the White I.oiim laul mylit an h wus about lo tf IhUi the iiiiiiiKuiu, In the litre m UIi iwUJ )w MMtU.l proton tioii from Hie 'rU!iMtt, ami WUrd tie b'l ln srrU'l on ttit'liu of kUlU'ir hU n..tl)vr In t in. imiU. I'eee Weal MaallW Wisiiiaiito, Marih It The rtn lut mewl re t Mm lloue hse hM a t'suuus li iliu'UM the kHty of the I arty lu eourvssau l, an a t vuil, hare n nl to Mii,ir ti-l a llitr, r' l in that they lm r.-ionW.-l In tiulate aiul thiotiirh iiinMtitte aM'litm uU d.t)ia t fu. t r i the ititiniiy, B:iu Tallin (art 4UtasM, 4 LEGESLATDHE (TO ACT Continued from lat page. Thayer, Thomas, ' Thurston, Wayne, Wheeler and York, aggregating about ono flfth of the total vote of the state. The keeping of the tally list hat not been so engrossing but what I could keep my eye upon the vote ai actually counted and called off by torn members of the board, and In some cases I have recounted the ballots of several of the precincts for the purpose of verifying the call of the ballots. I expected at the close of the canvas to make you a full report of the transac tion and doings of the board, and In the event that I could not agree with the ma jority of the members of the board as to the proper return to be made by the board of canvassers, it was my Intention to en ter my protest to the manner In which the vote had been counted, and to notify you fully as to the results of my observations. Inasmuch as an Injunction has already been placed upon the board by the district court of Lancaster county, forbidding us to Inspect or count the ballots or declare the result of the canvass, and Inasmuch as the house of representatives now In session on yesterday by resolution sought to take the ballots from the members of said board of canvassers, and the same have been locked up in the vaults of the secre tary of state, and Inasmuch as on account of this injunction and the action of the house of representatives of the twenty fifth session of the legislature of the state of Nebraska, the members of sold board are unable to proceed further with the count and Inasmuch as you have sent to the legislature a message recommending that the legislature take such action as will provide for the count of said vote In some other way than under the act creat ing the present board of canvassers, I deem it my duty to acqulnt you as fully as possible with the manner in whioh the count has been conducted, .as by your message you assert that no one toss sug gested or intimated that the count had not been fair and honest, I dnem It proper to state the facts in regard to the can vass. Many of the ballots when opened and counted and canvassed by the board bear upon the face unmistakable evidences of having been tampered with, and many of them substituted for the ballots cast for the voters. It Is difficult to say whether thlse tampering with the ballots was made before the ballots came Into our hands or afterwards, but undeniably such tamper ing, changing and substituting of the bal lots has been made. There has been un doubtedly a considerable legitimate In crease of the votes cast for the amend covneni. out noi equni 10 m vow an cuuniea and I speak from actual knowledge that thousands of blank ballots which were voted neither yes nor no for said constitu tional amendment, have been counted "yes" by the said board of canvassers and hundreds of ballots that were voted "no" by the voters of. the state have been counted "yes." In some cases a single ballot has been counted "yes" as many as ten or a dozen times. On an average of every ten votes counted for the amend ment at least two were not cast for the amendment In sight, but were fraudulent ly counted. I unhesitatingly assert that this fraudulent count of the ballots has been made In all of the forty-one coun ties so far counted, but the notable fraud ulent count was In Hall, Key a Paha, Wayne, Phelps and other counties. In some of these counties the vote for the amendment has been thus fraudulently Increased as much as four hundred votes. I make this report to you at the present time because that I fear the evidence of these frauds may be spirited away or de stroyed. If these ballots are not tampered with and the tally list can be preserved, It will be found upon an examination of the ballots and the tally list that my state ments and assertions are absolutely true. Since the ballots, poll books, abstracts and tally lists have passed out of or are about to tass out of our hands into the control of other persons, it is Important that Immediate action be taken to protect the ballots and the count and tally list In Us present form and In the state it was at the 'time we were enjoined from pro ceeding further. As the members of the legislature and the party In power are largely Influenced by your recommenda tion and wishes I suggest In the Interest of good government and for the protection of the ballot and for the purpose of ob taining a fair and honest count, that you take immediate steps to guard these bal lots,' tally sheets, poll books and abstracts so that I may be assured that the evi dences of this fraudulent count will not be concealed, covered up or destroyed. Respectfully, P. O. HKDLUND. u for 85.00 We Pay the FREIGHT For f 5, we will deliver the following combination to any railroad station in Netraka: COMBINATION NO. 03. 40 lbs best granulated sugar ft 00 1 three gallon ktg syrup 1 00 1 ten lb kit White Fish 75 1 lb Bwt 50c Tea.. 50 50 50 2 Um Best Baking Powder. Oil ChoiccMt Rice G lbs (to, lUinln CO I lb Bioi JavaCoft. 13 W F.tfry article warrantet). 8enl lor our complete price I int. The Farmer's Grocery Co. - I N. Ida Mi 1.1 win, Na. lniHirlaiil Nat Ira. We have rviva) rnh Irom I has f l lottinif arMn who have fWtJ ti(tiv thflr iatirtl-w llnw, oit't thua lti-r-ltl should write at ouce that a my art irnwr rredil: 1 tttMt Il''lOBaiinmaaaMiaa. ftl M V Hukayan M U f.... t .Ml Maaae aaJ sarsr Mi4. Ntw aa, Maeh tt A MiaUli bat len arranged Uwrrn Matter and tiharkey. It will probably W brtgtit off lu May t th tirU r New rk AlHIti I'leU In Brnklja. It It Ut a tur of tl'MMM wilt Hhi ftlakea. FRAUD RECOUNT The Other Six Commissioners, In c luding Republicans, Say all Was Regular. HIS FALSEHOODS REVEALED. A Signed Communication to the Governor Refuting Every Charge Made by Hedlund. Besent His Unprincipled Attack, JJ, The following communication la eelf explanitory and effectually discloses the baseness of 0. P. Hedlund's charges of fraud in the recount of ballots: UVCOLN, Neb., March 1, 18J7.-TO His Excellency, gilaa A. Holcomb, Oov ornor of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. Sir: In Justice to ourselves, as members of the commission appointed by your excellency under the provisions of the law to recan. vaas the vote on the constitutional amend ment providing for an increase of the number of supreme Judges, we deem It proper to make a statement concerning ur connection with the recount. Prefacing this statement, wo degir to ay that to the best of our knowledge and belief, the recount has been fairly and honestly conducted, and that no member of tMs commission, with possibly the ex ception of Mr. tfedlund, has ever con nived to change or interfere with an ac curate oount of the ballots. On the other hand, we have faithfully endeavored to the best of our ability to ascertain the vote cast and accurately recorded it. When the commission appointed by you met at the office of the secretary of state to open the ballots and make the count, we or ganised by the election of Mr. Campbell as president. The packages from the dif ferent counties were usually opened by Mr. Campbell or Mr. Porter, secretary of state, and invariably In the presence of the other commissioners. The vote was called off by Messrs. Oberfelder, - Ross, Bevlby, Campbell and Porter, and at all times, at least one other commissioner watched the ballots as they were being called by one of these commissioners. The tally sheets were kept by Messrs, Hed lund and Blake. Sometimes Messrs. Por ter and Bowlby relieved Mr. Blake, but Mr. Hedlund kept or tally sheet without assistance. While it is perhaps unnecessary at this time to enter Inte detail, we unqualifiedly state that no package opened by us has shown any evidence of having been tam pered with while In our possession. The eals of the county clerks were not in jured, until broken in the presence of this commission. We have been particular to have at least two commissioners watch the ballots as they have been called off, one of whom was a republican, and whenever there has been any doubt as to the Intention of the voter, the ballot has been submitted to all the commissioners, and the intention de clared by unanimous agreement. At no time did Mr. Hedlund ever vote to have any ballot recorded differently from the manner In which it was recorded. When the vote of any precinct has been recorded the ballots have been at once, and in the presence of all commissioners, sealed up in an envelope, used for that purpose, and whn the canvass of a county was com pleted, all the poll book' and ballots were securely packed in boxes, ur wrapped in heavy paper, tied and marked for return 1 to the county clerks. Mr. Hedlund has at all times checked eft orally as he recorded the votes, sad in very instance where there was a differ ence In the tally sheets, the record kept fey Mr. Hedlund was accepted as conclu sive. In this connection, w desire to say that very frequently there was a differ ence in the tally, yet Mr. Hedlund's score vaa always accepted, even though the dif ference amounted to five or ten votes, on account of his superior clerical skill in the performance of such work. Now, in view of several suspicious cir cumstances which we will herein relate, we verily believe that an attempt has been made to make us the victims of a conspiracy In order to violate our canvasa and destroy the integrity of ie ballots. We are firmly convinced that Mr. Hedlund has been made the willing tool of a set of political pirates, extending from tnea occupying the most exalted positions In the state, to a disreputable-puppet, who has spent his time and talents In the past In besmirching the reputation of honest men First, we would call attention to the con duct of Mr. Hedlund on the board. Th only Instance In which by word or act any Intimation at fraud was ever made eras when Mr. Hedlund remarked one day, "Boys, be careful when anybody Is In here, and I will make 4t up when no one !s present." Mr. Bowlby at once asked, "What do you mean?" Mr. Bowlby and thers, then told him that they wanted hlra to understand that they were endeav oring to honestly and correctly count the ballots, and would not permit anything else. In his letter, Mr. Hedlund says, "he has recounted the ballots of several of the pre clncta for the purpose of verifying the coll of the ballots. We denounce, as an unqualified falsehood this assertion, with out he has done so by breaking open pack ages already sealed, and at times when no other member of this commission was present. Never In our presence did he re count the vote or any part of the vote ef any precinct. We wish to say that we have had no knowledge whatever until the publication of his letter, that Mr. Hedlund had tampered with the ballots seeled by this commission. If he did so, he hoa never uggex ed any correction, nor has he at any time Intimated that the count ot any precincts was Incorrectly made, A guard has been employed constantly te protect th ballots durlnv the abaance f the commissioners at night. Invariably Mr. Hedlund has been the first to arrive at the oftu-e In the morning, and upon his arrival the guard has left his post of duty, presuming the ballots to b safe In the hands of a eotnmunliMier. We do not re call a single morning In whlvh any of us arriving at the offi have not found Mr, llsdlund there. Wt assert that he could not have recounted the ballots of any pre cinct during our rUn without our tiowMi, and have evry roortdance In the guard, and are satuned that be has not alluaro-t Mr lltfdluml or any one elM to tni.r the ptm-lnct park- age drmg tt nijeit The enlr vme that we can (Mic)"'tur irui Mr. Ilfeltunl h4 n opportunity U etn e4!nl -ia.vsa, nd f J lhrih tN btikiU, ha bn In the early mrfi!i ur arrival, whn the guard h . g W with iii'itlil If le state tt I I a u(itckMi a le Mr, lU'liuud t n. (.. t 'iti ftr the re tars, abov yno - t. 1 .;( tun pubilfatinn f fcts lei i'r i-Ut N other iMtbr el KfevylHMly tart a. faarareU Candy Cathartic, the moat ouderlul medical tltaeowr of thea, lil-a.Mi.1 ati.t -f ) - Ia .. ft gruily and MtUily on aidttya, liver aad boaU, rlaanstug the entire yatetu, ti,e mid, rare keadarh, Kvr habit- aal eoaaupation and bt!UuM. I'Waaa buy and try a taa tl t t C, to Jar 10. 8 S, 60 wata, Hold and auafaatsad te re by all druggist, ttke commission than Mr. FlM'und ' over been alone with the ty!kH;. i suspicion as to lit existence of a i piracy were first aroused when ope' the package containing the vote of 1 county. The seal had not been br and the package had certainly not I tampered with after leaving the cot clerk's office. Mr. Bowlby called off vote of this county; assisted by Mr. I. TU country precincts showed unit gains for the amendment, and in some stances there were more votes cast for amendment than the total vote at the I clnct Mr. Bowlby's suspicions w aroused and while canvassing the vote the words in York, he looked on the bt ef th ballots and found that many did r ha -the signature of the Judges of 1 eleeeian, evidently having been blank t lots marked up by some person after t election, and before received at the of the secretary of state. Mr. Bowlby 1 once declared that somebody bad put ' Job on the commission. It was the f orally expressed opinion of the eomi sloners. And w especially call atten to the fact that It was concurred In by 1 Hedlund, that some person or persons t York county bad wilfully and maliclour' and for the purpose of discrediting t commission and the recanvass of the vot deliberately falsified, altered and d is tor the returns, by injecting ballots whi plainly show that thsy never had be folded, as Is necessary preparatory to pt ting them Into a ballot box. For this rt on, It was agreed not to say anythf about these ballots until later, and that t commission would go over th bolf. again to make sure that no fraud u'. rotes had been counted in precincts e vassed prior to the aiscovery of the t algned ballets. The fraudulent bal' mentioned were not counted, but v rolled up separately to await a more tL ough investigation. We were of the opinion then and 1 bow, that the returns from York coo. were tampered 41th for the purpose I giving an opportunity for a charge I fraud in our reqanvass In the event f results showed that the amendment t been carried. . i If fraud had been perpetrated by BM bers ot this commission other than hi elf, Mr. Hedlund undoubtedly coesmu cated it to other conspirators against Integrity of these ballots. If be did j why have not the other eminent gen! men who connived with him disclosed t Information before the issuance of the 1 junction T If he knew that any .rregulf tles were being practiced by any mem of this commlsMlon, why did he I call attention to it at the tlr Why did he enter upon the I sheets the votes be claims were erroneet called? Why should he wait till the 1 elusion of our work, as he says In 1 letter he eipeeted to do? Was he nr party to the fraud, If one was commit as he alleges 7 No honest man, no t with an atom of eclfrespect or any rer for personal Imparity or manhood wi It by and watch in perpetrating frt and offer no pryet. He knows that 1 count was fair and honestly made. He 0 states the facts, at the behest of his s besmirched aljles, when he says be t tooted fraud. ' We sincerely hone that the efforts of I Hedlund and his conspirators to dlaon. us, will not result In the object sousht 1 be obtained by them, viz: In prevent' the ascertaining of the vote actually e on the amend ir.ent. We have every cc dence that a review of our work will X the falseness (f his charges. If your exc(!ll-ncy desires any further t formation from this commlrxlon, we sU ready to annwrr ary and all Inqulr When relieved cf the restraint placed ur us by an orili r cf the court. We are, . great respect, very truly yours, J. N. CAMPUKM ! JOSEPH OUKUFKLDrZ GEO. W. BLAKii, j :. J. BOWLBY, I Y. M. llOSS, I , WM. V. POUTER, MR. 1IKUM ND IS REMOVED. ! Governor Consider Him Hot a lit Fee:, to Serve on the Commlaaloa. Governor llokotnb has addreotai t following letter to I'. O. Hedlund ; response to Mr, llediund's letter ! which be charges i mud in the recce of ballots on the constitutional amn ment creating two new supreme jud- IdJiCOLK, Neb., March 19, 18871 P. O. Hedlund. Lincoln, Neb. I, Your communication of the 18th r banded me by messenger shortly b fore 11 o'clock last evening. The 1 formation contained therein would tartling indeed were its value not ! Stroyed by the disclosure that you ha been cognizant of the frauds you spei of without any attempt to redresa i expose them u-itit by force of circui stances a cor t ory course seemed be auited to your purposes. You say "y4 expected at the c .sti of the canvass j make me a full report of the tranar tions and doing? of the board, and the event that you could not a? with tb majority of the members ,i the board It was your intention to e ter your protest to the manne which the vijte had been counted.? i I do not ttnilcrtttrind by this wh I you expected at the close of all it work to agree with the majority of tl board to a false report which would a crime agahiht I he people, or whe& the majority of the board should trr with you Hint all had beeit guilty cJ ' groKs ofrenHe ngalnst the law, and tl report would be the evidence of tl fact. You will pardon me if I txrt skeptlcinm respt ctltig your inteatl In tnis respect. By your communlc tion the principal work done by y haste n keeping the tally list. there tire any fraudulent votes on tl list recorded by you knowingly, y era responsible fur the wrong above,' others. In view of your statements bo 1 easiness on your part regarding t safe ke ping of the ballots and ta heeta I required. In appointing i eommiiniiin 1 relied onlho honay Integrity cf each of them. I t ! I have been so grlevoualy itilstak 1 your ease, which ft ling Is aggrai ' by the empbiille tleeluratlona other membrra as to the Inte . their action whMe )erfortnlug , y ilea impoaed nNu them under lS:. creating the routiiiksioii, j la the light of your wn atataa" I deem It m v duty to hereby r 4 you from further aerrice a n .' of thebi ard to l.leh you fr , polntel .rs, rte., fi Nil t ' t.IB. Oo"I . t , s cv. lei mmt aassia n 'jr firDHulilAUlit u W. The im and Upal jf ia f MuiutiLAiin lU'IftU a"1 tHKta. write at SliiB' Si4 AilMfc- y.W If rUl aT AiJHii&ft ifeM -W A'Ji"JJavTIP- a 1 1 nsa's 11'