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I. M. RICE , Publisher.
VALENTINE. - NEBRASKA.
THREE SCORE OF MEN AND BOYS
LOSE THEIR LIVES IN
TRAPPED IN "BLIND" TUNNEL
Hundreds of Distressed Women and
Children Gather as Bodies of Their
Relatives are brought to Surface
Sad Scene at Shaft's Mouth.
Scranton , Pa. One of the most ser
ious mine disasters which has ever oc
curred in this section of the mining
country happened at the little village
of Throop , in the Pancoast colliery ,
a short distance from here , when be
tween fifty and sixty men and boys
lost their lives.
At midnight twenty bodies had been
taken from the mine and arranged in
the temporary morgue in one of the
A crowd of about 5,000 gathered near
the mine. The hysterical screams of
the women and children was appalling.
They sobbed and cried during the day ,
but when the first body appeared under
the light -of torches at the mouth of
the shaft they let loose their pent up
feelings in a torrent and screamed
desparingly. Many of them had to
be restrained from doing themselves
violence and others fainted. It was
said at the mine that all the bodies
would be out by daylight
MOB STRINGS UP NEGRO.
Victim Taken from a Jail in Georgia
by Two Masked Men.
Lawrenceville , Ga. Shortly before
midnight a mob of 200 masked men
stormed the jail here and secured a
negro , Charles Hale , arrested earlier
in the night for assaulting Mrs. C. C.
They took him to a corner in the
business part of town , and after
stringing him up to a tree , riddled his
body with bullets.
While Sheriff Garner was parleying
with the mob's ringleader in the yard
of the jail three others slipped be
hind him and dealt him a heavy blow
on the head , rendering him uncon
scious. They then secured his keys
and made away with the prisoner.
Gas Tank Explodes.
Charleston , S.C. . . As the result of
the explosion of a gas tank in the hull
of the United States marine Plunger
at the local navy yard , Peter Brown ,
a negro laborer , was fatally injured
and William Flood , another negro , was
Fatal Pistol Battle.
Little Rock , Ark.As the result of
a pistol fight in an office here Ed Lind-
sey , a deputy constable , is dead and
Will Schott , a police officer of Argenta ,
Is wounded. The fight followed a feud
of years' standing and more trouble
Land To Be Sold.
Guthrie , Okla. Announcement has
been made by the state school land
would be sold in this state beginning
June 23. Purchasers may buy as
many sections as they can pay cash
To Open Big Tracts.
Washington. Indian lands in South
Dakota and North Dakota aggregat
ing more than 4,000,000 acres will be
thrown open .for settlement if bills in
troduced by Senator Gamble , of South
Dakota , are enacted into law.
Feared Black Hand Threats.
Peoria , 111. Because he believed the
Black Hand was seeking to harm him ,
Joseph Myers , of this city , threw hiin-
eelf under a street car and was killed.
"This is better than the black hand , "
witnesses declared he shouted as he
leaped under the car.
Unhblz Knocked Out.
St. Joseph , Mo. Rudolph Unholz ,
the Boer lightweight , was knocked
out in the third round of a scheduled
fifteen round bout by Tommy Moore ,
of Chicago. Unholz was suffering
from an infected ear , due to an oper
ation and Moore won by pounding
the injured member.
Divorce Decree Upheld.
Albany , N. Y. The divorce granted
Grace B. Guggenheim from William
Guggenheim , in Chicago , in March ,
1901 , has been upheld by the court of
Sioux City Live Stock MarKet.
Sioux City , la , Friday's qoutations
on the local live stock market follow :
Top beeves , $6.15. Top hogs , § 6.25.
Wedding Date Set.
Washington. April 19 has been
fixed as the date of the marriage of
Jalph Gamble , son of Senator and Mrs.
Gamble , of South Dakota , to Miss
Ethel V. Nesbit , of Port Deposit , Md.
Hero Fund For Sweden.
Stockholm. Andrew Carnegie has
donated $230.00 for a hero fund for
Sweden. The hero fund for Sweden
is the sixth of its kind established by
Mr. Carnegie. In February he gave
$100.00 for the same purpose to Den-
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/AIL FOR REGULATION AS WELL
SAYS BOTH HEBE TO STAY
Frank Recognition of Public Rights
by the President of Western
Union and Telephone
Public regulation of public service
corporations has come to stay. It
ought to have come and it ought to
stay. That is the flat and unequivocal
assertion of Theodore N. Vail , presi
dent of both the American Telephone
and Telegraph company and the
Western Union Telegraph company.
It came in the form of his annual re
port to the seventy thousand stock
holders of the two great corporations.
Although Mr. Vall's advocacy of full
publicity in connection with the affairs
of such concerns was well under
stood , nobody in financial circles had
anticipated so frank an avowal of
full public rights in the shaping of
their general conduct. It came consequently
quently as a surprise , not only be
cause of its novelty and squareness ,
but also on account of the unqualified
acquiescence of a board of directors
comprising such eminent and conserv
ative financiers as Robert Winson of
Kidder , Peabody & Co. , and Henry L.
Higginson of Boston , Henry P. Davl-
son of J. P. Morgan & Co. ; Senator
W. Murray Crane , George F. Baer , T.
Jefferson Coolldge Jr. , Norman W.
Harris. John I. Waterbury and others.
President Vail's declaration is her
alded as the first recognition by those
in high corporate authority of the jus
tice of the demand that the public
be regarded as virtual partners in all
matters that pertain to the common
welfare. He goes directly to the
"Public control or regulation of
public service corporations by perma
nent commissions , " he says , "has
come and come to stay. Control , or
regulation , to be effective means pub
licity ; it means semi-public discus
sion and consideration before action ;
it means everything which is the op
posite of and inconsistent with effec
tive competition. Competition ag
gressive , effective competition means
strife , industrial warfare ; it means
contention ; it oftentimes means tak
ing advantage of or resorting to any
means that the conscience of the con
testants or the degree of the enforce
ment of the laws will permit.
"Aggressive competition means
duplication of plant and investment.
The ultimate object of such competi
tion is the possession of the field
wholly or partially ; therefore it
means either ultimate combination on
such basis and with such prices aa
will cover past losses , or it means
loss of return on investment , and
eventual loss of capital. However it
results , all coats of aggressive , un
controlled competition are eventually
borne , directly or indirectly , by the
public. Competition which Is not ag
gressive , presupposes cooperative ac
tion , understandings , agreements ,
which result in general uniformity or
harmony of action , which , In fact , is
not competition but is combination ,
unstable , but for the time effective.
When thoroughly understood it will
be found that "control" will give
more of the benefits and public ad
vantages , which are expected to be
obtained through such ownership , and
will obtain them without the public
burden of either the public office
holder or public debt or operating
"When through a wise and judi
cious state control and regulation all
the advantages without any of the
disadvantages of state ownership
are secured , state ownership is
"It Mr. Vail is right" says Harper's
Weekly , in a concise summing-up ,
"then it seems pretty plain that we
are entered upon a new era In both
economics and politics. And It Is high
time wd did ff evolution is to sup
plant revolution as an efficient' force
In the development of civilization. "
I am a profound disbeliever in phys
iognomy. Features are false wit
nesses. Stupidity frequently wears a
mask of intelligence. I know busi
ness men who look like poets and
poets who look like business men.
Men of genius Invariably look like
idiots , and if you pick out the man
who looks most eminent in a party
you are sureto find he Is a nobody.
I always distrust men who look mag
nificent. Nature is a stingy creature.
She seldom gives a man the double
gift of being great and looking great.
She took care to lame Byron and de
form Pope and disfigure Johnson. But
the crowning example of her jealous
parsimony is Shakespeare. I have al
ways been disappointed with Shakes
peare's face. It does not live up to
his poetry. It is dull , heavy and com
monplace. Adventures In London.
Vegetable Fancy Work.
Little Mrs. Bride had almost every
thing to learn about housekeeping , but
she was so enthusiastic in her interest
that every one was glad to help her.
"I have some particularly fine as
paragus , " the marketman told her one
day , and he displayed a bunch for her
admiration. "Picked not three hours
aso , " he added.
Mrs. Bride looked at it with unaf
"Does it grow like that ? " she asked.
"I always supposed the cook braided
the ends of it" youth's Companion.
NO PEACE IN MEXICO
MADERO REJECTS TERMS OF.
FERED TO HIM BY GOVERN-
' //hole Federal Army in Northern
States Bottled Up in Larger
Chihuahua , Mexico. Whatever ne
gotiations were in progress elsewhere
peace seemed to be remote here ,
where the insurrectos were known to
be encamped near this city in great
numbers , practically "bottling up" the
federal army. It was learned on a
high authority that for 36 hours tele
graphic communication had been kept
up between Mexico City and a point
in the field occupied by Francisco I.
Efforts were made , it is said , to as
certain without the help of an inter
mediary just what would induce Ma
dero to lay down arms and bring im
mediate tranquility throughout the re
Concessions of even greater impor
tance than were offered in the Diaz
message were suggested , it is said , but
when , without avail , the communica
tions stopped suddenly , and with ap
parent determination that they would
not be resumed.
Immediately the work of building
defenses for the security of the city
was resumed with renewed vigor.
The number of insurrectos who are
reported within marching distance was
variously estimated at from 3,000 to
4,000. The garrison is said to number
At Torreon rebels are reported to
be about the city. All the railroads
to the south have been blockaded.
Washington. The informal confer
ence in Washington ten days ago be
tween Senor de la Barra , Mexican
minister of foreign affairs , and Dr.
Vazquez Gomez , head of the revolu
tionary party's confidential agency
here , details of which gradually are
leaking out , has resulted in the taking
of steps which soon may effect a set
tlement of the troubles in Mexico.
Doctor Gomez sent messages to his
colleagues in both El Paso and San
Antonio , Tex. , informing them that he
hoped soon to * be in direct communi
cation with Francisco I. Madero , the
insurrecto chief in Chihuahua , and
suggesting that it perhaps may be un
necessary for them to hazard the trip
to the Madero camp.
WILSON SEES WIDE REFORM
Governor of New Jersey Says Reao
tion Has Set iri Against Govern
ment by Interests.
Burlington , N. J. Gov. Woodrow
Wilson , speaking to the toast "The
State of New Jersey , " at the Demo
cratic dinner here , said that it wa ,
against the theory of government by
"superior people" that the "great re-
aclion" had set in.
The country had supposed New Jer
sey devoted to "the service of inter
ests , of big business , irrespective of
the interests of humanity , " he said ,
but the country has been mistaken ;
New Jersey had waked up.
The tariff the governor character
ized as "the chief ambush of special
privilege" and declared that the inter
ests had sought to control legislation
"partly because of a fundamental dis
trust of popular government. "
KANSAS WOMAN IS MAYOR
Mrs. Ella Wilson Entitled to Be Exec
utive of Hunnewell , Judges
Hunnewell , Kan. Hunnewell has a
brand-new mayor , and , more than that ,
this mayor is a woman.
At the election here Mrs. Ella Wil
son received a tie vote with O. M.
Akers for the mayorship of Hunne
well. The judges of election were gal
lant men and decided that she was en
titled to the office. And Hunnewell is
The newly elected mayor insists
that there are many reforms that she
will institute. The issues on which
she was a candidate were to enforce
the law against bootlegging and
BIG LINER GOES ASHORE
Prinzess Irene With 1,720 Passengers
on Board Runs Aground
Near Fire Island.
New York. The steamer Prinzess
Irene of the North German-Lloyd line
ran aaftore off the Lone Hill station ,
ten miles east of Fire island , Thurs :
day in a heavy fog.
The Fire Island life savers report
that the Prinzess Irene is lying easy
on the sandpit , with a slight list to
port. There is no apprehension among
On board the Prinzess Irene are 235
cabin passengers and 1,485 in the
steerage , all from Naples , Genoa , Pal
ermo and Gibraltar.
Buys Stamps to Burn.
St. Petersburg. M. Stemmer , a St
Petersburg postage stamp collector ,
paid $12,500 for five duplicates of a
set in his possession which he had be
lieved to be unique , and burned them ,
Wednesday , so that his set should re
main unique after all.
Charles Frederic M. Bell Dies.
London , England. Charles Frederic
Moberly Bell , managing director of *
the London Times since 1908 , died
suddenly in his office of heart disease
LOOKING OVER THE MENU
CARTER H. HARRISON IS ELECT
ED MAYOR OF CHICAGO FOR
HAS PLURALITY OF 17,132
Springfield , III. , hJolds First Election
Under Commission Form Two In
diana County Seats Go "Dry" So
cialists Make Gains in Wisconsin
Chicago. By a plurality of 17,13J
Carter H. Harrison was elected foi
the fifth time mayor of Chicago. He
won over Charles E. Merriam , his Re
The complete returns give Harrison
risen 177,923 , Merriam 160,791 , Rodri
quez ( Soc. ) , 22,294 ; Brubaker , ( Pro. ) ,
2,971 ; Prince , ( Soc. Labor ) , 1,013.
Henry Stuckart , Democrat , was elect
ed as city treasurer and Francis D.
Connery , Democrat , city clerk.
Galesburg , 111. A hard , unexpected
fight occurred In the city election
here. It looked for a time as if John
C. Spodin , Socialist candidate for
mayor , would win over the present
Incumbent , George Sanderson. How
ever , the final outcome gave Sander
son a majority of 540.
Springfield , 111. Springfield , the
first city In the state to adopt the
commission form of government held
its first election Tuesday.
John S. Schnepp , the present mayor ,
was re-elected by an overwhelming
majority of 2,700 over Roy Seeley.
George B. Coe , Frank H. Hamilton ,
H. B. Davidson and Willis J. Spalding -
ing were elected commissioners.
Coe , Davidson and Spalding and
Schnepp ran on a platform of open
defiance to the old
ganizations in this city.
Indianapolis. Two county seats In
Indiana Tuesday voted against the re-
admittance of saloons. In a local op
tion election In Frankfort , the seat
of Clinton county , the "drys" won by
a majority of 185 , and in Sullivan ,
the seat of Sullivan county , they won
by 59. Both counties had eliminated
saloons in election two years ago.
Milwaukee , Wis. The election of
scattering Socialist nominees In vari
ous portions of the state was the most
significant phase of Tuesday's elec
tions In Wisconsin. Most of the
cities in Wisconsin elect the mayors
in the even years , but this odd year
saw many minor contests , such as
the election of aldermen in cities
where the mayors hold over , deter
mination of the liquor question , and
other similar matters. The cities
which did elect partisan mayors as a
rule went Democratic. Fond du Lac
and Jdnesville elect Democratic
mayors , the largest cities holding
mayoralty elections , except Oshicosh ,
which went Republican.
New Jersey Man Kills Self.
Camden , N. J. Herman Henry Mi-
thoefer , past grand master of the New
Jersey grand lodge of Masons and
widely known in secret society chi
cles , committed suicide at his home
here Saturday by shooting. Despond
ency , due to the death of his wife , is
ascribed as the motive.
Has $1,220 Bogus Coin ; Held.
Kansas City , Mo. With $1,220 in
counterfeit ten and twenty dollar gold
pieces in his pocket , Marion R. Little ,
a former real estate man , was arrest
ed Thursday while attempting to pass
a counterfeit ten dollar gold piece at
a corner drug store.
Ratifies Income Tax Amendment.
Nashville , Tenn. A resolution rati
fying the income tax amendment to
the federal Constitution was adopted
by the senate Thursday. The house
had adopted a similar resolution.
VOTES FOR COOPER
INSURGENT REPUBLICANS SUR
PORT WISCONSIN MAN.
Champ Clark Emphasizes Measure ,
Which Democrats Expect to
Washington. The vote for speaker
of the house indicates that the insur
gent Republicans will maintain a sep
arate working organization during the
special session of congress.
Although not nominated for speak
er Mr. Cooper of Wisconsin received
16 votes for that office and Mr. Norris
of Nebraska was given one vote ,
which was cast by Mr. Cooper. Messrs.
Norris and Madison of Kansas voted
with the regular Republicans for Mr.
Those who voted for Mr. Cooper
were : Akin , New York ; Anderson ,
Davis , Lindbergh , Minnesota ; David-
s < 9n , Kopp , Nelson , Morse and Len-
root , Wisconsin ; La Follette , Warbur-
ton , Warrington and Kent , California ;
Murdock and Jackson , Kansas ; Laf-
ferty , Oregon. French , Idaho.
Speaker Clark received 217 votes to
131 cast for Mr. Mann.
The newly elected speaker , in as
suming office , made an address , in
which he elaborated the legislative
program already outlined by the Dem
Intelligent revision of the tariff ,
election of United States senators by
popular vote , changes in the house
rules to permit proper consideration
of public measures , economy in hand
ling the purse-strings of the country ,
the publication of campaign contribu
tions , and the early admission of New
Mexico and Arizona to statehood
were some of the things the speaker
emphasized as measures which would
be undertaken by the majority party
in the house.
Chairman Fitzgerald of the commit
tee on appropriations introduced a
bill repealing the law appropriating
$50,000 for a special commission to
investigate the cost of transportation
of second-class mail matter.
Mr. McCall of Massachusetts reintroduced
troduced his reciprocity bill , which
failed , of passage at the last session
U. S. SUES ROCK ISLAND ROAD
Government Seeks to Recover $30,009
for Alleged Violation Act Limit
ing Emptoyes' Hours.
St. Joseph. Suit was filed by the
government against the Chicago ,
Rock Island and Pacific Railway com
pany to recover $30,000 for alleged
violations of the federal statute pro
hibiting railroad companies from re
quiring employees in the train serv
ice to work more than nine hours In
the 24-hours period. The action is
brought at the direction of Attorney
General Wickersham at the sugges
tion of the interstate commerce com
This is the first action the govern
ment has ever brought against the
railroad companies for violation of
Oklahoma Bank Suspends.
Oklahoma City , Okla. The Plant
ers' and Mechanics' bank of this city ,
capitalized at $50,000 , closed its doors
Thursday. .It is in the hands of the
state banking board. Announcement
was made that depositors will be paid
Gen. Henry C. Young Dead.
Paris. Gen. Henry C. Young , a vet
eran of the Civil war and probably
the most widely known American resi
dent in Paris , died Thursday at his
home in the Rue Canero-
CRAIGE LIPPINCOTT , VICTIM OF
BULLET , IS FOUND DEAD
BY HIS VALET.
NONE IN HOUSE HEAR SHOT
Although Son of Philadelphian Be
lieves Father's Death Result of Ac
cident , Business Associate De
clares He Took His Own Life.
Philadelphia. Craige Lippincott ,
head of the publishing house of J. B ,
Lippincott company , and prominent
in the financial and social life of the
city , shot and killed himself in his
magnificent home , 218 West Ritten-
house square. The cause that led Mr
Lippincott to end his life is not defi
Although one of his sons. Jay B.
Lippincott , made a sworn statement
on his belief that his father's death
was an accident , a later statement is
sued by a member of the publishing"
firm , expressly stated that Mr. Lippin
cott took his own life.
No one in the house heard the shot
that ended his life. He was found by
his valet , who had entered the room
to shave him and assist him to dress.
Physicians later gave the opinion that
he had shot himself about five o'clock.
The bullet passed through the tem
The fact that Mr. Lippincott had
suffered from insomnia of late lent !
support to the first theory of acci
dental death. He was intensely nervous - _
ous and since his mcnsion had been 1
entered by burglars a few months ago-
he had been constantly expecting an
other attempt at robbery. It was the
first belief of the family that he had
heard a noise in the night , had arisen
and picked up the revolver to repel
a possible intruder and had accident
ally discharged it. But the nature of
the wound refuted this idea , as the
powder marks showed that the pistol
muzzle had been placed close to the
Mrs. Lippincott , the wife of the
dead publisher , is prostrated. They
had been married 40 years. She was
in an adjoining room , but dfd not hear
the fatal shot.
Mr. Lippincott's death caused a sen
sation in financial and social circles ,
and the circumstances tinder which he
was found dead have greatly shocked
his relatives and friends.
Mr. Lippincot was born in this city
on November 4 , 1846 , and was the son
of Joshua Ballinger Lippincott and Jo
sephine Craige Lippincott. He was
graduated from the University of
Pennsylvania and in 186G he entered
the publishing house of J. B. Lippin
cott & Co. , which has been the J. B.
Lippincott company since 1885. In
1871 he married Miss Sallie E. Buck-
nell of this city. In 1886 Mr. Lippin
cott succeeded his father as president
of the publishing company. He was
a member of the Society of the May
flower Descendants and of the Art ,
Union League , Rittenhouse and
Racquet clubs of this city.
Besides his interests in the pub
lishing house he was a director of the
Farmers and Mechanics National
bank and a director In the Pennsyl
vania company for insurance on lives
and granting annuities. Mr. Lippin
cott is survived by his widow ; a
daughter , Mrs. Samuel K. Reeves ; a
son , Jay B. Lippincott , and a brother ,
J. Bertram Lippinoott.
BANDIT ROBS FAST TRAIN
Masked Man Holds up Passengers on
Big Four Road Escapes as
Muncie , Ind. As the fast express
train No. 27 , on the Big Four rail
road , was within five miles of Mun
cie a lone bandit , armed with a
revolver , held up and robbed the male
passengers in a vestibuled car.
After taking about $300 in cash from
ten men , the robber dropped off the
rear platform of the car as the train
slackened speed to enter the city.
Se-veral shots were fired at him as he
ran , but he escaped.
Attention of the 50 men and women
in the coach was attracted to the
front vestibule when they heard the
crash of glass at Selma , six miles east
of Muncie. Benjamin Banta of Detroit
went forward to investigate and was
confronted by a man that slipped his
arm through the broken glass of the
door , unlatched it and entered.
"Hands up , everybody ! " shouted the
man , covering Banta with a revolver ,
and then adder ! : "Come forward ,
everybody ; snell out ! "
The women were too frightened to
move , but the men crowded to the
front of the car.
"Only cash , not jewelry , " said the
robber as he passed among the men.
Ten of them had contributed their
money when an electric light , mark
ing the edge of Muncie , flashed in the
car * windows and the robber , q'uitting
his work , ran through the car and
lumped from the train.
Steal $400 ; Overlook $7,000.
Tulsa , Okla. Three robbers blew
the safe of the First State bank at
Broken Arrow , near here , securing
$400. The men overlooked $7,000.
They escaped on a handcar. A posse
exchanged shots with the robbers.
Hits at Dry Goods Frauds.
Springfield , 111. Among the bills in
troduced in the house Thursday -was
one to prohibit frauds in dry goods
stores. It provides a penalty of $200
to $500 for merchants selling inls-