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THE NORFOLK WEEKLY NEWS-JOURNAL.
'XOHKOIjK. NHmfASKA KHDAY7APKIi !
BY WRONG NAME
DEPOSED FORESTER TRAVELS AS
"GAYLORD SMITH. "
HAS NOW GONE TO COPENHAGEN
Gilford Plnchot Reached Hamburg c
the Steamer President Grant and ,
Remaining Over Night , Proceeded
to the Capital of Denmark.
Hamburg , March III. According to
ether passengers on the President
Grant , Olfford IMnohot landed hero
Ho remained over night and pro
ceeded thlH morning for Copenhagen.
He appeared on the passenger list as
SO HE KILLED THE AUTO MAN
Farmers Mules Frightened , Farmer
Hurled Monkey Wrench.
Hosowell , N. M. , March 31. Sylva-
nun Johnson , a wealthy and prominent
citizen of Hose well , Is dead from the
cffectH of a blow on the head from a
monkey wrench hurled at his chauf
feur a week ago by an Infuriated farm-
While speeding near Hosowell , John
son's automobile frightened a team of
mules being driven by a young farmer ,
who throw his wrench at the chauf
feur. His aim was bad and Johnson
aank back in his seat unconscious and
with a crushed skull. The Identity of
the farmer has not been learned.
PACKERS FIGHT EXTRADITION.
J. Ogden Armour and Others Will Try
to Keep Out of New Jersey.
New York , March 31. Requisition
papers for the extradition of J. Ogden
Armour of Chicago , who was recently
indicted by the Hudson county , N. J. ,
grand Jury for conspiracy In controll
ing the price of meat products , were
filed with Governor Fort at Trenton ,
N. J. , today by Prosecutor Garven of
Requisition papers were filed sev
eral daya ago with Governor Fort for
the extradition of Louis F. Swift and
Edward Morris. It Is understood that
before Governor Fort will sign the
papers he will hear argument by coun
sel for the Indicted men showing that
they were not In Now Jersey at the
time the indictments wore found
against them and that they are not
liable to extradition.
JUSTICE BREWER'S FUNERAL.
President and Other High Officials
Washington , March 31. Simple fu
neral services were held today for
Justice David J. Brewer of the supreme
premo court and an hour later the
body was on its way for burial at
Leavonworth , Kan.
The president of the United States
and the members of the supreme
court , with the exception of Justice
Moody , who is ill , and representatives
from the house and senate attended
the siort | service and acted as honor
The George Washington university ,
whore the late justice was a lecturer ,
was closed during the day.
The body will arrive In Leaven-
worth on Saturday morning.
May Yet Confirm Devlin.
Washington , March 31. Reports
which come from the executive ses
sions of the senate committee on Ju
diciary which is hearing the protests
against Robert T. Devlin , United
States attorney for the northern dis
trict of California. Indicate that the
committee may reverse its former ac
tion and recommend that Devlin be
To Report Railroad Bill.
Washington , .March 31. The admin
istration railroad bill pending in the
senate will bo reported to the house
by the Interstate commerce commis
sion probably tomorrow. A minority
report will also be framed at a meet
ing of the democratic members of the
committee , tonight.
Government Would Recover Coal.
Cheyenne. Wyo. , March 31. The
government today filed suits In the
United States court hero to recover
the title to thousands of acres of val
uable coal lands in the Elk mountain
district in Carbon county.
Twenty-five Burn to Death.
Bombay , March 31. Twenty-five
women and children were burned to
death in a flro that today destroyed
the state cotton warehouse at Bhil-
ukra , in the district of Rajaputapan.
Bryan at Barbados.
Barbados , 13. W. I. , March 31.
William J. Bryan arrived hero from
Rio Janeiro and loft for Porto Rico.
Ho will proceed to Venezuela. Mr.
Bryan expressed pleasure at the set
tlement of the tariff difficulties be
tween the United States and Canada.
IRRIGATION BONDS TO FAIL.
Prominent Members of Congress Op
pose Administration Measure.
Washington , March 31. The propo
sition to IBSUO J30.000.000 in govern-
inent certificates of Indebtedness for
the purpose of comrlotlng old and now
irrigation projects , one of the admin
istration conservation measures , was
discussed by Dhoctor Fred H. Newell
of the reclamation iiorvlce. Mr. New
ell told the committee that about $7-
000,000 annually vim coming Into the
reclamation service , which was suffi
cient to complete existing projects.
He carefully avoided an attitude of
rufiiHlng the $30.000,000 for the ser
vice in case It wan voted.
He was closely Interrogated as to
why the government was endeavoring
to Induce Bottlers to take tip govern
ment land In preference to private
lands and denied bitch was the case.
Prominent members of the ways and
means committee , Including Ropresen-
tiytlvos Payne , DiUir.Gll , Clark of Mis-
< ? ( rl and Underwood of Alabama are
u 401 ! to the bill and It Is predicted
It % " to pass.
GROOP 3 BANKS
NORTH NEBRASKA FINANCIERS
PLAN NELIGH MEETING.
SPLENDID PROGRAM IS READY
The Annual Convention of Northern
Nebraska Bankers Will be Held at
Neligh on April 22 , Arbor Day Thir
teenth Annual Meet. ji j i
Neligh , Neb. , March 31. Special to
The News : The olllclals of Group No.
. ' ! , of the Nebraska Bankers' associa
tion that will assemble in Neligh on
Friday , April , 22 , have been planning
for the past several months to give
the visiting "moneyed men" of this
section of Nebraska a program that
will be a reminder to the fact that
the thirteenth annual committee in
charge of this affair had eclipsed all
previous gatherings of like nature.
The program as a whole is far su
perior to any yet given at these con
ventions , and great credit Is due to
the following olllcers who have the
matter in charge : George N. Seymour ,
president , Elgin ; H. M. Hopewell , vice
president , Tekamah ; C. L. Wattles ,
secretary , Neligh ; W. L. Mote , treas
urer , Plainviow.
The olllc-Ial program ns will bo car
ried out In the auditorium in this
city Is as follows :
Morning Session , 10:30 : a. m.
Prayer , Rev , R. G. Hamilton , rector
St. Peters church , Nollgh.
Address of welcome , Charles H.
Kelsey , Neligh.
Response , J. G. French , cashier Na
tional bank , South Omaha.
President's address , George N. Sey
mour , Elgin.
Report of secretary and Treasurer ,
C. L. Wattles , secretary , Neligh ; W.
L. Mote , treasurer , Plainview.
Afternoon Session , 2 p. m.
Address , "Robert Morris , or the Fi
nancier of the Revolution , " Clement
Chase , editor Western Bank , Omaha.
"Postal Savings Banks , " Hon. Ar
thur Mullen , O'Neill.
Discussion of the same by the con
"Bankers and Lawyers , " Edward M.
Martin , Omaha.
"The Country Bank Checks , " W. E.
Rhoades , cashier U. S. National bank ,
Banquet , 5:30 : p. m. , Auditorium.
Toastmaster , M. B. Huffman , Neligh.
"Nebraska , " George J. Adams , cash
ier Ponder National bank.
"What Are Wo to Do With Our Ex-
Presidents ? " Harry A. Cheney , presi
dent Security bank , Creighton.
"What the Banker Needs , " C. O.
Leake , Fremont.
Entertainment at Auditorium , 8 p.
New Neligh Electrician.
Neligh , Neb. , March 31. Special to
The News : In the removal of E. A.
Pohlman from this city to Pierce , and
who had exclusive charge of the elec
tric light plant of Neligh controlled by
S. F. Gllman , the position has been
filled by Arthur Ritchie , a young man
that was born and raised in this city ,
and his qualifications In holding this
place are unquestioned. The appoint
ment Is certainly deserving and Mr.
Gllman Is to bo congratulated on his
selection as head electrician.
YES , IT FROSTED.
Temperature In Norfolk Drops to 21
Degrees Above Zero.
Yes , it froze and froze hard during
the night in Norfolk. The mercury
dropped to 21 degrees above zero. The
damage will not bo so great as It would
have been had there been more mois
ture in the ground.
Flower beds were nipped , where
they gave half a chance.
South Nebraska Fruit Hurt.
Lincoln , March 31. A frost visited
the southern section of the state to
day. Considerable damage is report
ed by fruit men.
Children Reported Burned.
Alnsworth , Neb. , March 31. Special
to The News : Some children wore
reported missing In the vicinity of
the prairie llrcs , but the report has
not been confirmed. Over 100 men
went out to fight the fires. Patrick
Murphy lost forty tons of hay and
his meadow was burned over the first
time in twenty years. William L' .
Moore lost 375 tons of hay. Elmer
Henderson lost nil his live stock. Wil
liam Miller's house was saved after
a hard fight. The children were re
ported missing in the Sunnysldo vi
WON'T ' ACCEPT
RAISE IN PAY
ERIE RAILROAD EMPLOYES REFUSE -
FUSE 6 PERCENT INCREASE.
TO INSIST ON FORMER DEMANDS
The Erie Railroad , Following the Ex
ample of the Pennsylvania and ReadIng -
Ing , Offers 6 Percent Raise to All
Getting Under $300 Monthly.
New York , March 31. The Erie
railroad company today offered all Its
employes now receiving less than $300
a month , an Increase of G percent In
wages , provided the original demands
made by the men would be withdrawn.
Representatives of the men refused to
accept , and stated that the original
demands would be Insisted upon.
Reading Also Raises Pay.
Philadelphia , March 31. Followins
the lead of the Pennsylvania rallrond
company , which has just given a 0
percent wage Increase to 195,000 em
ployes on all roads connected with Its
vast system east and west of Pltts
burg , came an announcement frouuho
olllcers of the Philadelphia and Read
ing railway company late last evening
of a similar Increase of wages to us
Like that of the Pennsylvania , the
Reading's increase affects all employes
who receive less than $300 a month.
Steel Trust to Raise Wages.
New York , March 31. The United
States Steel corporation is consider
ing a voluntary Increase in the wages
of Its employes. The proposed per
centage of Increase has not yet been
decided upon but It is believed that
It will equal the G percent Increase an
nounced by the Pennsylvania railroad
company. The aggregate pay roll of
the United States Steel corporation In
1909 amounted to $151,603,394 and an
Increase of G percent would mean an
additional disbursement of $9,099,804
or nearly one-half of the 4 percent
dividend paid last year on the common
TO RALLY UNDER TEDDY ?
New York Member Would Expunge
From Record Roosevelt Rebuke.
Washington , March 31. Representa
tive Bennett of New Yprk took steps
to have erased the records of the
house of one of the severest rebukes
over administered to a president by
congressional action. He introduced
a resolution to expunge the report of
the special committee of which the
late Representative Perkins was chair
man , which caused to be laid on the
table of the house certain sections of
one of the President Roosevelt's mes-
ssiges relating to the secret service.
The message was interpreted as con
taining direct reflections upon the In
tegrity of the members of the house
in that the former president defended
. .is action In using secret agents to fer
ret out the acts of certain house mem
bers. The Bennett resolution was sent
to the committee on rules.
By some members the effort to ex
punge from the record the action of
the house In tabling the president's
utterances on this subject is taken as
an indication that the republicans of
New York state are planning to rally
under the leadership of Colonel Roosevelt
velt as soon ns he returns.
WOULD FINISH THE DITCH.
Senator Brown of Nebraska Asks $300-
000 for Scotts Bluff.
Washington , March 31. Senator
Brown appeared before the committee
on commerce , who have the rivers
and harbors bill under consideration
to urge upon the government the com
pletion of the ditch in Scotts Bluff
county by appropriating $300,000 In
the rivers and harbors bill.
Of course the senator recognized
that this is not genuine to the rivers
and harbors bill , but ho thought he
might send it over , and was accorded ,
In consequence of his audacity , a most
He explained the government is
expending thousands of dollars on the
lower Mississippi each year to protect
the dwellings on its banks from the
flood each year. These Hoods come be
cause of great quantities of Ice melt
ing at the headwaters of the Platte
and other tributaries of the Mississippi.
Could this water be conserved each
spring by retaining It In great dams
for the use of users the result would
be the failure of the Mississippi to
override its banks.
Senator Brown believed that part of
the money used annually In building up
the levees of the Mississippi might
justly bo used In conserving waters at
their place origin , thereby preventing
floods , as well as proving of great
economic value to the people of the
country. This appropriation If adopt
ed will finish the canal as surveyed in
Dakota Freight Rates High.
Pierre , S. D. , March 31. Delayel
trains brought many men interested in
river work to the Missouri river con
gress. Among the Into arrivals was
Captain Isaac P. Baker of Bismarck ,
who operates on the Missouri In North
Dakota. He will talk on present day
river traffic. W11J A. Campbell ot
Omaha compared "Soo" canal rates
with Dakota freight rates and places
the cost of carriage of freight by wa
ter one-twentieth of the Dakota rail
cost. Governor Vessey spoke of I'M >
movement for Missouri rl.-or Improve
ment as a part of the great movement
for Inland waterwnyH. which would hi
the near future develop from a theoty
to a reality.
May Prosecute Steel "Trust. "
Indianapolis , March 31. Governor
Marnhall promised Samuel Gompors ,
president of the American Federation
of Labor , that ho would carefully con
sider evidence submitted to support
the allegation that the United States
Steel corporation was violating the
laws of Indiana and If he found it
sulllelent , would direct a prosecution of
the company. A brief will bo filed
with the governor by 10. G. Bollard of
Gary , Ind. , attorney for the union of
Iron , steel and tin workers , arguing
that the steel company , which has de
clared an "open shop , " Is operating
Its plants In Indiana In violation of
the laws governing corporations and
that It Is an Illegal "trust. "
Who Wouldn't Be a Farmer ?
Boomer , Neb. , March 31. Special to
The News : Here's some more high
priced stock : John McLaughlln sold
three hogs weighing 1,500 pounds at
$10.10 per hundredweight , netting him
$151.50. The same animals had raised
late fall pigs. Clarence Fessler sold
ton calves , 11 months old , raised by
himself , at $43 per head , or $430 for
GREASING A LEGISLATURE
New York , March 31. A name came
into the insurance Investigation and
another striking example was devel
oped of the speed with wnlch legisla
tion went through the mills at Albany
when tlie wheels were well greased.
Superintendent Hotchklss gave out
the parentage and birth of the Amer
ica Bond and Mortgage Guarantee
company which later became the In
ternational Banking and Trust com
pany , on 100 shares of which ( par
value $15,000) ) William H. Buckley , for
merly legislative agent for lire insur
ance companies at Albany , was able
to borrow $13,000 from the Phoenix In
surance company ( fire ) of Brooklyn.
The parent company , the American
Bond and Mortgage company , was promoted
meted by Stewart Browne , a private
banker of New York city , and was
Incorporated in 1892 by five inconspic
uous persons , of whom little Is known
save that one of them was a clerk in
the olilce of Edward McCall , brother of
the late president of the New York
Life insurance company and now a
justice of the supreme court. They
were Ensign OBeale''T/unlelP Lyrrch ,
John Farrell , William S. Waddy and
John II. McCrahon.
The bill of Incorporation was Intro
duced Into the legislature by Senator
Louis F. Goodell , who represented
Orange county from 1899 to 1906. The
books of the company show that Sena
tor Goodell recovered 100 shares from
Stewart Browne and they are recorded
as paid for in full.
The charter was an extraordinary
document. It conferred on the com
pany the power to do almost anything
from conducting a pawn shop to es
tablishing a shortage warehouse. The
bill was Introduced by Senator Goodell
and it went into the committee on
rules , stayed there one day , was re
ported out favorably and advanced at
a dizzy pace. Its progress in the as
sembly was equally rapid and smooth
and in the closing days of the session
the bill became a law. Senator Good
ell was not the only one to whom
shares were given.
William H. Buckley was allotted 100
shares as was Justice McCall , then
practicing law. The company's books
also show that on May 15 , 1889 , McCall
received $2,000 and on June 19 , Ia99 ,
$13.000 for legal fees , making a total
of $16,000 , equal to the par value of
his 100 shares which according to the
records he paid for as did Buckley ,
after the company was incorporated
for legal service.
The announcement came from the
office of Superintendent Hotchklss last
night that he has sent out a request
to the president of the fifty odd Ameri
can fire Insurance companies and the
managers of the fifteen companies to
produce records that show , if any ,
what they have paid to legislature
agents , and to what agents these sums
EMPEROR TO ENTERTAIN T , R.
Berlin , March 31. Emperor William
has invited ex-President Roosevelt to
be his personal guest at the palace for
three of the five days that Colonel
Roosevelt will spend In Berlin. The
ex-president will arrive here on the
evening of May 9 and will bo enter
tained by David Jayne Hill , the Amer
ican ambassador , until the 12th , when
the emperor will return to the capital
from the provinces. Then Colonel
Roosevelt will go to the palace.
The emperor will throw court prec
edent to the winds during Colonel
Roosevelt's stay. The masters of cer
emonies and the court chamberlains
are dismayed by the emperor's deter
mination to glvo a private and non-of-
Hclal person precedence at the dinners
and elsewhere over everybody , oven
the royal princes. The expectation Is
that the emperor , who has given much
thought to the entertainment of his
distinguished American guest , Is pre
paring surprises for the three days In
which he will to the
glvo up ox-presi
dent the most of his time.
The University of Berlin will bestow -
stow the degree of doctor of laws upon
200,000 , MINERS
ALL BITUMINOUS COAL FIELDS
WILL BE TIED UP.
HENDING INCREASE IN WAGES
According to Word from the Headquar
ters of the Mine Workers' Union of
America Today , the Men All Quit at
.12 O'clock Tonight.
Indianapolis , March 31. The 200,000
organized miners of the bituminous
coal fields of the United States will
strike at 12 o'clock tonight and will
stay away from the iiilnes until the
operators consent to pay an advance
in wages of C cents a ton , according
to the announcement today from the
headquarters of the Mine Workers of
America In this city.
"I have received no Information that
the miners and operators of any dis
trict will get together today , " said
Thomas L. Lewis , president of the
"It Is unfortunate , but district agree-
a joint conference In the Indiana block
coal district and the Hocking districts.
Wo were so delayed in the trl-stato
conference at Cincinnati that there Is
hardly time for district agreements to
be made before the expiration of the
present working contract at midnight
"It Is unfortunat , but district agree
ments will be made speedily. I'am
confident that the suspension of work
will continue only a few days. "
The executive board of the miners'
union Is in session today transacting
routine business. The members will
leave the city tonight and will go at
once to the respective districts to rep
resent the national administration in
the directing of the local strikes.
President Lewis will visit me Illinois
field tomorrow and does not expect to
return to his office hero until Satur
Plttsburg Expects Brief Trouble.
Plttsburg , March 31. At midnight
tonight approximately 4,000 union coal
diggers in district No. 5 will strike.
At that time the
contract expires and as yet the op
erators of the district have not signed
new agreements for tlie ensuing year.
It is believed , however , that the
strike In this district will \\e \ \ of short
duration. It Is said on good authority
that a temporary agreement will be
reached between district union offi
cials and operators which will allow
mine operations to go ? forward with
but little delay pending the settlement
of entire dispute.
Dakota Tornado Story Unfounded.
Aberdeen , S. D. , March 31. Direct
communication with Eureka Is not ob
tainable , but word from that vicinity
indicates that the rumor of a tornado
which gained circulation was unfound
ed. Heavy wind did some damage and
the severe sleet storm put telephone
and telegraph wires out of commission ,
Private Illinois Mines Continue.
Danville , 111. , March 31. The Wes
tern Brick company of this city , which
mines its own coal and employs sev
eral hundred men , received permis
sion today from the mine workers of
Illinois to continue mining coal with
Its present force , pending the signing
of the new wage contract. The Heg-
ler plant at La Sallo will also be per
mitted to continue to mine for Its own
coal. The Bunsen Coal company ,
which is controlled by Illinois Steel
company , Is endeavoring to obtain per
mission to continue operations. This
company employs 1,500 miners. It
nas not a pound of coal in reserve and
one of the officers stated that unless
they obtain permission to continue
mining the steel mills at South Chicago
cage would be compelled to shut
down. The company promises to pay
the new wage scale from April 1.
Many of the miners favor continuing
Iowa Mines Close at 4 p. m.
Des Moines , March 31. Rumors that
the Iowa coal operators are ready to
grant an Increase of five cents ns
asked by the mine workers gained cre
dence following a visit of President
John P. Reese and a committee of op
erators to the office of the state min
ing department early today. After
wards It was learned that the operat
ors Indicated to the state mine offi
cials that they are willing to treat with
the men upon terms favorable to the
President White of the Iowa mine
workers readied the city today from
Cincinnati. It is said that his arrival
will make It possible for the first Joint
conference this afternoon. Every mine
In Iowa will suspend at 4 o'clock this
afternoon , the time for expiration of
the wage scale.
SIX MEN DEAD IN GOAL MINE
Explosion at Wllburton , Okla. , Results
Wllburton , Okla. , March 31. An ex
plosion in mine No. 2 of the Groac
Western Coal and Coke company ear
ly today killed six men.
CONDITION OF lift WtAIHfcR
Temperature ( or Twenty-four Hcuri ,
! Forecast for Nebrasks.
Average ! lt !
Chicago , March 31. The luillotln Is-
BUctl by tbo Chicago station of tlio
United States weather bureau gives
tlie forecast for Nebraska as follows :
Pair tonight and Friday , wanner to
TO LOUISIANA ?
NO MORE TRIPS TO AFRICA WILL
BE NECESSARY NOW.
STATE MAY IMPORT WILD BEASTS
The Hippo and Eland , the Dikdlk and
the Wart Hog Will be Brought Over j
for Meat Purposes , If Southern Con
gressman Has His Way.
New Orleans , March 31. No more
trips to Africa for the chase of the
hippo and eland , dlkdlk , wart hog and
other animals will be necessary ten
years from now If the Louisiana state
legislature heeds the request of the
stale game commission.
The commission after a conference
with Congressman Broussard decided
today to ask for an appropriation for
the Importation of big African game to
Louisiana to breeding purposes.
Representative Broussard , who has
Introduced a bill in congress looking
to the Introduction of African mam
mals Into the United States for food
purposes , declared today :
"I do not think this importation Idea
can be laughed down. It Is merely a
matter of education and when the
people see the value of the hippopo
tamus , coodoo , dlkdlk and a host of
other varieties I might mention as
meat producers at a time when a now
supply of meat Is an economic neces
sity , there will be no objection. "
HAVE FOUND KELLNER CHILD ?
Color is Given Rumor in St. Louis that
Kidnapers Will be Paid.
Louisville. Ky. , March 31. The fact
01 tne recent wlihdruwul ot uio rowati
offered by the state for the arrest and
conviction of kidnapers of Alma Koll-
nor , who disappeared from Louisville
several months ago , Is coupled in
police circles here with that of the
absence from this city since Saturday
of Frank Fehr , uncle of the child , to
give color to the rumor that details
of Alma's restoration are now being
Mr. Fehr is a wealthy brewer. Mem
bers of the Kellner family say they
believe Alma is alive and in the hands
200 INJURED IN WRECK
And Twenty-two Dead in German Rail
Horror Arrest Signal Men.
Mulhclm , Am Rhein , March 31. It
appears today that upward of 200 per
sons received more or less serious
injury when an express train ran down
and wrecked a military train bound
for Strassburg yesterday. There was
one death during the night , making
the total dead twenty-two , and six
others are said to be dying. The vic
tims were soldiers.
Two signal men have been arrested
and are charged with having given
botli trains the right-of-way at the
RL GERMAN BOAT TO "GET"
Offer to Land Men and Quell Disturb
ance , Arouses Liberlans.
Liverpool , March 31. The German
cruiser Sperber has left Cape Palmas
on the orders of the Llborlan authori
ties , according to the latest advices
from Liberia , The German command
er's offer to land a detachment and
quell the outbreak of the natives Is
said to have so Incensed tlie Liberlans
that they ordered the ship to leave
Llberlan waters within thirty-six hours
or "take the consequences. "
The situation between the natlvoh
and Llberlan troops Is said to be Im
Bank for White Owl , S. D.
Washington , March 31. The appli
cation of E. J. Spencer of Rapid City ,
W. E. Bauer , A. Gloege , C. S. Blodgett
and Alma L. Cain to organize the first
national bank of White Owl , S. D. ,
with $25,000 capital , has been approv
ed by the comptroller of the cur
Big Ship Goes Down.
Perth , West Australia , March 31.
The big British liner PerlclcB was
wrecked six miles south of Capo Leon-
win , the southwest point of Australia ,
today. The passengers and crew took
to the small boats and all wore landed
safely. Soon after being abandoned
the steamer disappeared beneath the
waters. The Pericles was a now boat ,
having been built at Belfast In 1908
and was owned by G. Thompson &
Co. , limited , of London. She register
ed 6,898 tons net.
FOUR DEAD IN
PRAIRIE FIRE ?
FATALITIES REPORTED IN Mo
PHERSON COUNTY , NEB.
COUNTY TREASURER INCLUDED
C. T. Cllne and Three Children are Re
ported to Have Perished In Flamea
Which Swept Over Western Ne
braska During Gale on Monday.
North Platte , Neb. . March 31i It la
reported hero that four persons were
bunted to death In a prairie llro hi
McPherson county Monday. C. T.
Cllnc , county treasurer , Is one of
those said to have lost his life. The
ether three fatalities are school chil
dren. No details hnvo boon received.
MrPlierson county IB a sparsely Hot-
tied county northweHt of here , without
railways or telegraph communication.
The fiamo llro which devastated Me-
Phorson county swept a part of this
( Lincoln ) county , destroying much
property , but without loss of life ,
HERE'S ' AN AIRSHIP DREAM
Utah Man Would Establish Air Line
Around the World.
WuBltlngton , March 31. A line of
airships of the Zeppelin typo to ply
between Now York and London via
Pekln is proposed by A. Brodbeck ,
president of the Aero club of Utah ,
who says ho Is already negotiating
with Count Zeppelin.
While the line would be proposed for
the rapid transit of pasHungers , Bred
beck has written to Postmaster Gen
eral Hitchcock asking If the poHtolllco
department has authority to transport
mail by airship. He has been advised
that It could not be done unless con
gress should specify airships as one
of the means of transportation.
In his proposal Brodbeck says the
practicability of the Zeppelin ship him
been proved. It would average forty
miles an hour , ho says , and the princi
pal stations on the proposed routes
would be New York , Chicago , Omaha ,
Denver , Salt Lake City , San Francisco ,
Seattle , Fort Williams , Behrlng. Sak-
helm , Toklo , Peking , Irkutsk , Omsk.
Orenburg , Moscow , St. Petersburg- ,
Riga , Berlin , Cologne , Paris and I on >
CARUSO irf PAYING TRIESTE.
Ten Thousand Dollars the Reward of
the Black Hand.
New York , March 30. U Is now an
nounced that Enrico Caruso has palU
more than $10,000 to the Black Hand.
He delivered $ 1,000 in a lump Bum
and the rest In smaller amounts. The
police now keeping watch on the sing
er so carofulfy are doing so not only
to protect him from harm , but also
to use him as the bait to attract the
brigands to their trap.
Detectives have been unable to-
learn how Slgnor Caruso compiled"
with the demands for money. The
tenor has been put through "third de
gree" sessions , but will tell nothlnp.
He has been ordered by the Black
Hand to pay more money , and he ap
pears willing to pay it rather than
to arouse the extortionists who have
chosen him as their victim.
The police no longer minimize the
efforts of the criminals or try to con
vince themselves that Slgnor Caruso
is the victim of practical Jokers. As
Is well known , many of the wealthy
Italians of this city are paying black
mail to these criminals rather than
take the risk of assassination. It Is.
believed now that the members of
this band are determined to show
that even the great artist and Idol of
music lovers of two continents can
not afford to refuse to pay when they
ask for money.
FRIDAY BISMARK'S ' BIRTHDAY
And the Blsmark Towers All Over
Germany Will Blaze Forth.
Friday. April 1. will be the anniver
sary of the birth of Germany's great
man , Bismark , and Friday night more
than 400 great Blsmark towers all
over the German empire will bin/a
forth with mountainous fires , in hon
oring the man.
These towers are found everywhere
In Germany , from the extreme north
east to the extreme southwest. They
are mostly located on mountainous *
or elevated ground. They are all
built of solid masonry , mostly about
100 feet high and having on their
tops platforms an iron tank that holds
from fifty to 100 gallons of tar. In
the night of the first of April , Bis-
mark's birthday , the tar in these tanks
is set on fire and thus from onw
tower to another the fires can be seen
all over Germany.
These towers all have been erect
ed by voluntary gifts of the people
and more are constantly being built ,
besides monuments. There Is hard
ly a middle sized town in Germany
that has not done honor In one way
or another to the national hero.
Aetna Violence Increases.
Catania. March 31. The eruption or
Mount Aetna Increased slightly In violence
lence and the lava BtreaniB are ad
vancing a little faster. That from Fru
Dlavolo Is now about two miles from
Nlcolosl and loss than three mllea
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