The Norfolk weekly news-journal. (Norfolk, Neb.) 1900-19??, February 24, 1911, Image 8
TIIK NORFOLK WEEKLY NEWS-JOURNAL , FRIDAY , FEBRUARY 24 , 1911. WHY IS GRAND JURY CALLED ? "Blind Plj" ( and Irreoularltles In Re- norts , It Is Reported. Norfolk citizens nro looking each ollx-p In ( he fiico and asking the qucs- lion.Vluil la the grand jury culled for. and who called It ? " Prom tlu > various conversations and OI.MUHHloiu ) on ( he subject by prom- fin nt county olllclalH , business inun and city officials It IH plain that thuro ar > a number of e-aaos to bo investi gated and plotted Into by the grand Jtny. ThoHf ellbciisHlems bring ottt the probable fad that County Attorney Nichols Is about the inoHt persecuted olllc-Ial In the county. HundrudH of people have iiHki'd him recently why something IH not done with the blind pis on East Norfolk avenue , and ninny liuvn aim ) naked him to look into cer tain reported Irregular affairs at sonic iot < orts lii ( ho 1'iiHt portion of the city. Other canes are also hinted at , but whut they are IH only guesswork. tiowuvor , it IH believed ( hat the fact that the county attorney wan tired of many complaints on which bo wns poworleBB to act bocauac of lack of evIdence - Idonco , caused him to bo behind tbo movement to call the grand Jury and let that body ascertain whether or not there Is any truth In the reported lr- The blind pig in charged by many with selling lliior | not only to minors but to habitual drunkards who are on thi' saloon men's "blacklist. " Many "free-for-all" have boon eases of - - lights reported from ( he vicinity of this place , and reports of shooting have also reached the oars of the county authorities. There have also como reports from th * resorts east of town that minors an- allowed the freedom of the housea ami a number of cases of robbery , gun playa and knifing have been reported , 'All this has much to do in tbo way ot work for the grand Jury , " says one official. The county attorney at the present time cannot probe Into those affairs na a grand jury can. This body can subpoena as many witnesses an it wishes and these witnesses , if found testifying falsely , can bo prosecuted. ' Bride Claims Self Defense. Aberdeen , 3. D. , Feb. 22. Accord ing to the story of Mrs. Eva May Krei tor , a brldo of six weeks , in Jail here charged with the murder of her hus band , the killing of Philip Krcltei was In self defense. Mrs. Krelter , who claims to bo bul 20 years old , asserts that she was mar rl''d to the dead man at Topeka , Kan. six weeks ago against her will , as she was in love with another man , but hei parents insisted upon her marrylnf Kreltor , who was fifteen years hoi senior. Krelter had purchased a farm neai llecla and after the wedding took hit bride to that town , she remaining nt t hotel In the town most of the time \shilo Kreiter stayed on the farm get ting the hotibc in readiness for occu pancy. She went to a dance last Fri day night , which she claimed arousci her husband's Jealousy. On Sundaj she went out ( o the farm and the daj paused peacefully , but at night as the } were about to go to bed they got tc quarreling and she claims Kreitor at tacked her with a butcher knife threatening to kill her. She says shi grabbed the knife and in the strugglt it was plunged into Krelter's body penetrating the lungs. The couple rushed to a next dooi neighbor , who wanted to take Krcltei to a doctor in town , but Kreiter re fused , saying he wanted to die..J doctor was telephoned for , but Kreitoi was dead when he arrived. Mrs. Carllne Bare. Nellgh. Neb. . Feb. 22. Special t < 'tlio News : Another one of Antelope county's old settlers passed away Mon day morning in the person of Mrs Carllne Dare , \\lio died at the home o ht-r son , Abe Hare , at Grecian Bend lx > lng IS years of age. Funeral ser vices were held at the First Congrc miliomil church in this city. Rev. Dt Bench ofliciated. Burial was held ii Laurel Hill cemetery. Rebels Kill , a Police Chief. Andrade , Calif. , Feb. 22. Twenty six Insunectos from Mexicola begai shooting up Algodoncs , a small towi in Mexico opposite thla place. Tin chief of police was killed and a Me.xi i nn i m.toins officer sol lemsly wound ed. The rebel bullets mused a ptml vr.onc ; the inhabitants. -"BILLY" KEARNEY IS DEAD. Sioux City Journal. "Hilly , " the : > car-old son of Edward T. Kearney c J.icUson , Neb. , died at St. Joseph ho ; l.ital Tuesday morning at 1:10. : Th child had been in the hospital forsom time. Mr. Kearney is a banker n , 'ackson and "Hilly" was his only boj The body will be held at the hospiU until Wednesday morning , when th funeral will bo hold in the hospltf i Impel at 8:15 : o'clock , after which th remains will be sent to Jackson fc Interment. TE5KE WON'T TESTIFY. One of Principals In Land Case In Th County , Is Hopelessly Insane. Although it was hoped by sotno a torneys that It would be possible f < Carl Teske to be taken from the stal hospital to Madison and be placed c the wltncsss ( and to testify for hlr * elf in the last of the well know Teske land cases , which have been c the district court docket for mai joars , it is now announced by Atto uey M. IX Tyler that Mr. Toske's rail is still a blank and that ho will not t placed ou the btand. The Tesko land cases commence morale years ago when the father < Carl Teske died. Previously the f ther promised his son his propert valuable- farmland lu Green Gard < district , with the understanding th ho would not marry and would gl each ot his two sisters $1,000. Aft the mother's death the father loft t : old home and went to llvo with daughter and cancelled the agreemoi Lawsuit after lawsuit followed , wi the result that Carl Ti-sko came out a winner by a good portion of the land. After the father's death one sister re ceived a quarter ecion ( of the land and tin- other sister , who previously refused the land and wanted the cash $1.000. found that the land was more valuable and Is now claiming that Carl Tenlie promised her a quarter section of the land. This Is the case Teske was to have testified In , and this case will probably wind up the Teske es tate cases. Carl Teske was taken to the hos pital some tlmo ago. Monday Attor ney Tyler visited Tesko in his room at the hospital. He was accompanied by Dr. Dishemg. Mr. Teako failed to recofiiil/.o Mr. Tyler , who scorned greatly surprised when Teske asked him whether or not ho know the cap tain of the ship on which ho had cross ed the Atlantic. Of course the attor ney did not , and this seemed a great Joke to Teske , who laughed and said he didn't either. It was soon evident from other rambllngs of the farmer that his testimony on the stand would bo of no value and the attorney left the hospital. WEDNESDAY WRINKLES. D. D. Brunson of Ewlng was here. A. D. Fellera of Fullerton wns hero. H. E. Stormont of Oakland was in the city. F. J. Webb of Emerson waa a visitor in the city. M. II. Leahy of Pierce was a visitor In Iho city. Mlaaes Lenorn Hnna and Mabel Brechler of Battle Creek were visitors in the city. George Krumm of Tlldon was a vi- Her In the city. Joseph Skaloy of Madison was a vis itor In the city. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Bishop of Fairfax were in the city. J. L. Everett of Nebraska City was in the city on business. J. H. Becmcr and J. E. James of Wakelleld were In Iho city. Miss Minnie Braasch went to Val entino to visit with friends. William Ahlman went to Omaha to attend the automobile show. Mrs. Otto Maurer of Spencer was in the city visiting with Mr.and , Mrs. C , P. Christiansen. Miss Emma Braasch wont to * Lin coln and Omaha to spend a few days visit with friends. Mrs. C. P. Christiansen returned from Madison , where she spent a short visit with relatives. Mrs. F. I. Russell nnd children ol Livingston , Mont. , are in the city visit Ing with her daughter , Mrs. Mlllard Green. Rev. D. C. Colegrove went to Omahr to attend a committee meeting of the Episcopal diocesan commission whicl meets in Omaha today. New gum slot machines are to be installed In several stores In the city The Presbyterian Aid society wil ! meet with Mrs. Percy all day tomor row for work. A full attendance h desired. Members of the Christ Luthcrat church will give an entertainment ir the school house on South Fifth stree' ' Friday night. A mandolin club has been organized by a number of firemen who have sur prised their brother firemen by enter tnining them at a rehearsal Tuesday evening. Ed Monroe , the fire driver , has or ganized a quartet among the fire fight ers nnd the practice of these singers kept a number of the councilraeii 01 pinpoints Monday evening. John Robinson , after being able t ( be out of bed for ono day after : week's illness , found it again neces sary to take to his bed Tuesday ot account of a second atlock of the grip Fred Hoche , Nebraska's giant win is suffering from an attack of appen dicitls. was visited by n number .o friends Tuesday , who report that Mr Boche's conditon is somewhat iraprov ed and that an operation will not tx necessary. Organizer C. A. Pray of the Owls re ports that ho nowthus sufficient appli cations for membership nnd will * dop a class in the Sons of Hermann hal Thursday night. The public Is invitee to be present at this meeting when hi will deliver n lecture- Voget's Beethoven quartette returu ed from Plainview , where they gavi a concert. Among the quartet were Professor Otto Voget , Misses Marioi Gow , Carrie Thompson and Uutl Bee'bo. Miss Laura Durland accorr panlod the young ladies and acted a chaperone. The party were guests a the home of Mr. and Mrs. II. G. Coi f roll. roll.The The Norfolk Board of Charity dlrec' ' ors held their first annual meetini t Tuesday night in the office of the Dui land Trust company. Permanent o : fleers were elected , but the public nr nonncement of these officers Is bein temporarily withheld on account c their not yet being confirmed by se oral members of the directors' con mittee. William Smith , who was taken si riously ill with rheumatism when h entered the Keleher saloon at th Junction , where he is employed a bartender , is reported no better. , large number of friends have decide that Mr. Smith should go to Excelsic Springs , Mo. , for treatment , and the are endeavoring to make preparation to take him there. Tramps in Norfolk do not go Inn gry when calling for food at the bac door of some Norfolk residences. Mr Charles Rice feel one of this clas Tuesday and before the Weary Will finished hia attack on the hospltabl table he had made a record. An eno mona amount of mout uud bread , thre > r bowls of soup and live cups of coff constituted this man's ineul. This d ! the "trimmings. " Y , not include C. B. Durland has received woi H from Yankton , S. D , , reporting tt death at Washington , D. C. , of Mr John Nlchol , Jr. Funeral abrvices at interment took place at Yankton , tl homo of Mrs. Nichols. Mr. Nichols well known in Norfolk , having atten ed the public schools. Ha Is now 01 ployed In the navy department at Washington. Mrs. Nichols before mar- ryjng attended the Yankton college. "About the tlmo The News came out last night telling about me knowIng - Ing who stole my dog. " says Ed Hans , the artist , "the dog anddoilly appeared In my yard. I am glad It's back. It cost me $ JI. . " This valuable dog was brought fiom Hchnylor by the artist a few dnya ago and waa greatly admired by many people. The day after its ar rival it waa stolen and Mr. Hans de clared ho had a clew to its where abouts. When this became public the dog was returned. A inun arrived In the city with a crutch and a supply of shoo strings and lead pencils. Ho la selling the latter two artlclea and the crutch ho Is endeavoring to use with much diffi culty. A number of citizens wore sur prised to aee him forgot to use the crutch nt various times , and one de clares he was surprised at hearing n man in this gentleman's position re mark that ho lost more money at a card party Tuesday night than any Norfolk native has seen. Many exceptions are being taken to Mayor Friday's speech before the council Monday night. One Norfolk citizen who was quoted by the mayor in his harangue as paying but $75 taxes declares his taxes reach the $000 mark and others who were misrepresented in thu matter of tax payments by tin mayor feel Indignant that they should be. The mayor's information on these taxes is probably without foundation according to one councilman , whc says the mayor's every quotation 01 this subject was wrong. City Physician J. H. Mackay wouk como back to Norfolk if he could b < assured that ho would not meet a bllz zard here. According to a letter re celved from that official by City Clorl Eil Harter , Dr. and Mrs. Mackay an enjoying their visit in Texas , and fron the doctor's letter It is not probable that he will return here for som < time. "Everything is strictly casl here , " bo says in his letter , "so sonc mo what the city owea mo. After go ing around In my shirt sleeves for s ( long I am afraid to como back for feai of sticking my head into a blizzard. " Rev. John Melmaker of the Bnptis church hold short services at the Ses slons & Bell undertaking parlors a 10:30 : Wednesday morning over tin remains of George Loan , who dice hero Tuesday morning. Many flora tributes wore brought by friends nn < both the Masons and Odd Follows net ed as pallbearers. After the service : the remains were put aboard a Unioi Pacific train and taken to Gram Island , where services and intermen will take place. Mrs. Loan , her soi George Loan , Jr. , Miss Loan , n siste of Mr. Loan , and M. C. Hazen , mnste of the local Masonic lodge , accompn nled the remains to Grand Island The pallbearers were : S. H. Grant M. P. Suiter , D. Kees , M. L. Ogden , J W. White. 0. Kish. "Lost" Ad Finds Dog. A want ad came to the rescue of an other dog owner. V. V. Light lost i terrier pup last Friday. Yesterday h put a "lost" ad In The News and wltli in an hour the little dog was restore to its rightful owner. Smile at Friday Talk. The ridiculous self-promoting poll ! leal harangue delivered by Mayor Fr . day to the city council on Monda night , Is the political topic of the da in Norfolk , the brazen self-praise c the mayor In a city council meetin calling forth smiles upon all sides. The "speech" is characterized b both democrats and republicans as little bit the "best farce comedy" tha ever held the boards at n city counci meeting. Not only Is It laughed at a an outrageous violation of all ethic governing political office , but the It tlated egotism expressed in the whol ungrammaticnl effort gives cause fo considerable merriment. The idea of the mayor that he Is it dispensable in his present capacltj to the city of Norfolk , and that Noi folk never made any progress until h became its executive head , and ca not now amble along without him a its guiding hand , has caused no end c comment. "Whenever any man in any posltio gets the Idea Into his head that ho' ' Indispensable that the whole work will stop without him it's about tim to name his successor , " said one don ocrat. "For when a man gets an idc that the city can't get along wlthov him as mayor , he becomes a would-l dictator of the most objectlonabl kind. When a man gets BO sure thi he can whip hia party into nomlnatln him and then whip the public int maintaining him in a public office tlu he has already held three terms , it about time for a change. A chang now and then in public offlco Is healthy process for a community , an : how. And what is the real reasc why this man Friday seems to cllti to the Job of mayor with such bul dog tenacity ? " Laugh at "What I Done" Talk. Some of the people of Norfolk wt have helped in every progress movement that lias been made , at : who have fathered many of the mov monts , are inclined to lough const erably at Mayor Friday's bold clal that nothing ever was done for No folk by any other mayor than himse and that he is to be thanked for r the good things that have over com "We have had some pretty go < mayors before , " one business tnr said. "John Koenlgsteln , H. K. G reeke. Col. 3. W. Hayes , II. C. M trau , M. C. Walker , Dr. Bear , J. : Simpson , W. M. Robertson , D. J. Koc igsteln , M. C. Ha/.en , C. B. Durlai and J. D. Sturgeon have all been ma era of Norfolk , and It strikes me good deal of 'crust' for a man 111 Friday to stand up In council meet ! ) and claim to have done so much mo than all those men put together. " The fact that the mayor took occ slon to attack a new Norfolk industt to cast on insinuation nt the Comme ] . clal club and flay a number ot mi a. whom he wants to punish for o ; thing and another , In his speech , caused sonio consternation. The Idea that a city's mayor should belittle , himself nmi humiliate his community i by this kind of political tactics , did not meet with favor , oven among members of his own party. The Eagles May Build This Year. At n meeting of the Eagles held Monday night the construction of a i $20,000 building on that order's property - | erty on Norfolk avenue and Third street was discussed. It is reported that the outcome of the meeting was that the order would atari the con struction of this building early this coming summer. The Eagles thought seriously last year of commencing op erations on this building , but there is no doubt in the minds of several mem bers that the building will go up this year. A Clyde Fitch Comedy Coming. Clyde Fitch's best comedy , "Girls , " \\I11 on Tuesday of next week intro duce to Norfolk theatergoers a new kind of stage girl. Unlike many wo have soon who , no matter how natural they may seem , are never quite able to make the audi ence lose sight of the grease paint and glamor of footlights , these girls- there nro three of them -are said to be the real thing. They do not act , they do not speak lines and do things arranged by someone else ; they sim ply live in public the private life of a trio of bachelor girls who swear fre quently to be Independent of men , and whose oaths arc broken since the first woman made up her mind she could ive without the first man , and then onnd she couldn't. The play opens in a studio shared ) y the three Independent manhaters , t gives tbo spectator a graphic pic ure of how it is ponsible to live and eep UQ appearances on a small and ncertaln Income. Even tb * way in , 'hlch a studio which Is also n living oem , dining room and kitchen la onverted Into a. sleeping apartment or three by the making up of a fold' ng bed , a sofa and a Morris chair , is epicted with a realism that includes lot only the donning of night robes , ut a glimpse of pink toes peeping rom beneath the coverlet. It Is at his rather inopportune moment that ho man who afterwards causes all the rouble appears on the scene. He on ers hurriedly from the hall for the mrpose of escaping a Jealous bus- jand , who , as the young man is really he hero of the play , is of course tc mvo no grounds for his Jealousy. Be- ore this conies out , however , the oung man escapes across an air-shaft n a bridge hastily improvised from n nantel board , but his brief stay hat ) een long enough to entirely upset he future of the delightful Adamless Selen. A theatrical manager and si aw clerk complete the work begun by ho hero , and at the end of the third act It Is very evident that the "Tc t" sign will replace the belongings of the bachelor maids almost immo liately. Clyde Fit'ch has always cnown how to transplant real womer rom the various grades of life to the stage where his plays have been seen but in "Girls" it is said he has out lone himself in this , his best line. This is a high grade attraction ant > vill play at prices from 50c to f 1.50. Friday's Hobby is Put to Sleep. Mayor Friday's pet scheme to estab ish a municipal electric light plan ! with which to illuminate the streets o ; Norfolk , by calling a special electioi o vote $55,000 bonds , was put to sleei it a meeting of the city council lasi night. Councilman Dolln , whoso absenci two weeks ago was given na the may or's excuse for delaying aclion at thai ime , was present and voted agalnsi the proposition. Those voting agains t were : Blakeman , Coleman , Dollr ind Kauftman. Those voting for ii were : Winter , Fuesler , Fischer ane ICoerber. This Is the measure which the maj or personally championed , circulatlnj the petition in favor of the propositlot ilmself and bringing all his officla nfluence to bear upon those ho sollc tcd to sign , many of whom afterwardi withdrew their names from the docu nent when they had given the matte serious consideration and dlscoverei the real inwardness of the proposi ( ion. This is probably the most stren nous effort ever made by the mayor ind its utter failure to meet the np proval of the council or the city , show ; a lack of confidence in the buslnes Judgment of the mayor that will prol ably give that gentleman cause for rt flection for some time. Move for Better Street Lighting. A movement for better street llghl ing was set on foot when the counci adopted Kauffmnn's motion that th public works committee should go eve the situation and formulate plans fo lighting the streets , reporting nt th next meeting. Before putting the light plant resoh lion to a vote , the mayor Indulged In political speech by which ho appai ently hoped to get votes for his hobbj In the course of this address ho gav expression to these idens : "I'm the Only Real Mayor. " That no other mayor of Norfolk ha over done anything for the city C : ceptlng himself. He took exception to the publlshe story that ho would seek re-electlo on an independent ticket if the demi crats failed to renomlnate him. H declared that the democrats would n nominate- him and that he would b re-elected. Hut he did not deny tlu ho will run Independently if they fate to select him as their candidate. The reason why he wants to bo ma ; or again , he said , is to get muntcipi ownership of the light plant Attacks New Norfolk Industry. He attacked n new Norfolk industr ; the Norfolk Oil & Chemical work ; which enterprise he continually dul bed "a grease DOL" He was again ! It , ho said , because It would "tali bualneRH away from local buslnee men" ( which , of course , Is a ridlc1 tously untrue statement , and aU U itoro ridiculous when coming from the layer of the city in a political speech o the council ) . He declared with ( ime gusto that he had Mibscrlbcd $10 o the Commercial club's fund for buy ig a site for this Industry , forgetting o mention that he at llrat flatly re used to give a penny and then some Ime afterward concluded to sign ( per- apa for political reasons ) but not nu ll various business men had pleaded vith him. Rapa Commercial Club , Ho attacked the present Commer- ial club , declaring that three ears ago the club had the best preai- lent it over had had or ever will have , nd that the present "ring" HO dla- : ourngcd that president that he left ho city. Aa more argument why he must be e-elected mayor , he declared : " 1 < now more about city business than Id man Husc or the whole Huso fain- ly. " He said he knew where the blind > lg cast of town is , but thai il was mtsldc the city limits and up to the ounty attorney. "What improvements have been done in this town besides those under my administration ? There were none. "My ambition to be mayor was to get gutters on Norfolk avenue. We needed them bad and we got them. The man that put them in beat us on them by not putting them in right. "I'm accused of trying to drive a new Industry out of town. I only done what people askerf me to do. "I guarantee the democrats will renomlnate me for mayor. I am going to run and I will be nominat ed. " Extracts from Mayor Friday's political speech made to the city council. Before the municipal light rcsolutlor was put to a vote a number of thi : ouncllmon kept a fire of questions joing at the mayor as to whether ot tot the passage of this resolution would mean that the council would all a special election to vote bonds- 'or the plant. The mayor declared not , and it looked as if he wished U railroad the resolution through and tt smooth it over by making the council believe that it had nothing to do what L-ver with the starting of the miinici pal plant. But the members of the council were not satisfied and they fin ally drew out of the city engineer thai the passing of this resolution was the first step toward a municipal plant mid then Mayor Friday , looking aboul I lie room in search of some one , de ulared now was the time for any re marks on the plant , that the resolu tion was about to be voted upon. K. A. Bullock in a few words dc hired that at present there was not room in Norfolk for two electric light plants and asked the mayor if the council did not passi the resolutior could he ( the mayor ) mandamus that body. "I can mandamus tnc'in to call n special election , " said the mayor "whether they pass this resolution 01 not. " Then again differing with the city attorney's decision that the reso lution was a first step in the way of .1 new light plant he said , "but this resolution elution has nothing to do with It what ever. " "Mr. Mayor , " said Councilman Cole man , "I take exception to one remarli you made in your talk. That's aboul people in my ward coming lo me and protesting against the chemical plant I did not know anything about the plant being built until one of mj brother councllmen told mo about It And about the municipal lighting plant I will say that at the present time 1 am opposed to it. Not because I be long to any certain clique , but because I think I am doing it for the good o ! the people. And for your Information Mr. Mayor , yon will find me against It first , last , and all the lime. " Councilman Dolln was also up Ir arms against the plant. When he asked why a resolution adopting n plant not yet built was necessary te be voted on before an election foi bonds. The mayor then remarked ii was for the purpose of "making it le gal , " and the city attorney again de clared It "necessary for the first step. ' "Mr. Mayor , " said Councilman Do lin , "I nm not ready to vote on thii question now. We are in no positiot for it nt the present time , and I havi to have more time before I can saj yes or no. We are now in debt abou ? ! )9.000 ) and we have to accumulate i second fund to pay the interest an < bonds. I would like the councilmei who started this resolution to with draw and give us more time lo con slder the proposition. I am not goini to either way. " Then a long pause followed befon launching the resolution for a vote during which Councilman Kauffmai declared some action should be takei one way or the other toward getllni belter street lighting. Roll call fol lowed with all councllmen votlni against the mayor's pet resolution will Ihe exception of Winter , Fueslei Fischer and Koerber. "I guess the motion is lost , Mi clerk , said the mayor to City Cler Harter , who was "on the Job" in spit of the fact that he underwenl a ver , serious operation on his amputale leg a few days ago. Then severnl of tbo councllmen too up the question of better lighting fo the streets , and several motions I have certain committees of the com ell advertise for bids or investlgal the situation with a view of reportln to the council what they could do 1 the way of securing better light wor made. Councilman Kauffman final ! withdrew some of his motions an made one to the effect that the publl works corntnilteo should go over th situation and formulate and propos plans for lighting the streets and n port at the next meeting. Every men her of the council voted in favor c thta. thta.During During the efforts on the part of th few councUmen to gain thla point , th mayor put obstruction In their way by remarking that they could not contract for over ? 200 per month , which brought Councilman Uliikemun out with retort that if Ihe council had power to spend $ 'jr.O for a set of light 'ilnns. why could they not make a e'tm- ( rac-l for ( he lighting of the streets for eivor $200. E. A. Bullock made a atatemciij before - fore the council that he stood ready to furnish Norfolk with light for about cost If not nt COB ( , and although lie wan about to expend $ lt.OOO by remov ing hla poles from Norfolk avenue , he would do all he could for the city's welfare and he felt aure that compet itors for the lighting of the streets would do the same. He charged all other mayors of Nor folk , excepting himself , with doing nothing for the city. Nothing was done- for the Improvements ) of the town , he said , until he was elected. He took exception to the announce- inent made Monday that he would be a candidate on the Independent ticket should the democrats * fail to nominate him. He guaranteed that the demo crats would nominate him , but he did not say he would not take an indepen dent nomhiatlim. His ambition to be mayor , he Mild , was te ) get gutters phu-ed on Norfolk a\enne. The gu- ( teTs were used but a few years and had to be torn out. He blamed this em the city engineer of that time. The blind pig on East Norfolk avenue , he 8-aid. should be looked after by the county attorney. His explanation on the coming of tin- Norfolk Oil and Chemical factory here was received with smiles by several councllmen and spectators. He accused the fac tory of taking business away from lo cal business men , which IH not true ; ami declared he did not see why we should put up with a company which competes with people bore. Ho de clared he subscribed with the com mercial club $10 to buy n lot for this factory , but he did not say that ho wa-s probably the last to sign and once bad refused to sign and did so after sever- il attempts and arguments -wore made ivith him by several boosters. In his speeuh the mayor nttacked Mr. KauH'num who , he said , made a tntement tc. the effect that the people ple living In the territory of the first proposed site of the oil factory should " move out if they did not like "it. This brought a protest from Mr. Kauffman's oriit'i- and he demanded an apology , aying lie had mad * no such remark. The party at Montague Is orderly. Fresno , Calif. , Feb. 21. In a con- "erenco at the county Jail with city nfflcials members of the Industrial Workers of the World sent there for . -iolating the speaking ordinance , re- ected u compromise offered them. It was proposed that they should be re- eased if they would confine their speech-making to county property within the city and refrain from con gregating and speaking on the streets. They refused to accede to this and announced that they would continue heir crusade. Fly Twelve Miles , Five Minutes. Tampa , Fla. , Feb. 21. In a twelve- : nllo speed lest between Lincoln Beachy and J. A. D. McCurdy in which ; ho new Belmont seventy horsepower machines were tried , Beachy defeat ed McCurdy about half a mile. The time was a fraction over five minutes , unofficial. HE OBEYED THE BURGLAR. Railroad President Tells Why He Lay Still , as Commanded. Cleveland , Feb. 12. "I couldn't say that I was terrified that I felt that dis- creliot , was the better part of valor , so t lay perfectly still as I was command ed to do , " said President W. H. Can- niff of the Nickel Plate railroad in re lating his experience with a burglar nt iiis home at 2:43 : o'clock u. m. President Canlff awoke Just In tlmo to see the burglar , with a revolver and electric flashlight , enter Iho room. Simultaneously with the awakening , the burglar threw the flashlight onto Mr. Cannlff and Jumped toward him with revolver pointed at his head. The burglar cut the wire of Ihe tel ephone and kept on backing to a dresser on which slood a Jewel case , from which he look several rings val ued nt $150. Ho then backed out of the room and disappeared. Manila Carnival Is On. Manila , Feb. 21. Manila's annual carnival opened today. Thousands came in from the provinces and as usual there were many visitors from China and Japan. The most novel fea ture was the first flight In the orient made by J. C. Mars , the New York av iator who sailed aloft in a Baldwin biplane. The exhibition excited the keenest interest The speclacular mil itary and civic pageant has never been surpassed here. The industrial exhlb Its are creditable to the promoters and the Illuminations tonight were on a large scale and pleasing. Russia Mobolizlng Troops. St. Petersburg , Feb. 21. A dispatch from Harbin saya that Russian troops are being concentraled at Kiakhta , a .settlement in Siberia close to the Chinese neso frontier and opposite the Chinese neso town of Miumachln. Orders hnvo been Issued to strengthen the watch on Iho frontier. The Chinese residents of Mongolia have received orders from Pekln le mobolize tbo banner troops. Train In a Ditch. Pallsada , Nov. , Feb. 21. Southern Pacific train No. 10 , castbound , known as the Chlna-Jnpnneso fast mull which left Snn Francisco at 9 o'clock last night , went Into the ditch shorll. % aflcr 9 o'clock nun nnd a half miles wesl of here. No ono waa killed bul n number of passengers ore reported Injured. Must be Labor Party. Indianapolis , Feb. 21. "A construe live progressives , radical labor party must soon enter the field of polltlce a against the republican and democratic turtles , " mild Samuel ( lomperH , prcsl- lent of the American Federation of .abor , In a speech to members of the ndlana legislature , "Tho republican Kirty If It remains as It Is now , will oproHont power of wealth , " continued Mr Oompers. "and the democratic iart\ will compete1 with It for the mum- leadership unless the democrats urn to the people to lead them out if bondage. " Death or Vac Tomek. Nleibiara , Nvb. , Feb. 21. Special to The News : Vac Tomek , one cif the early Bohemian tu'ttlors ( if Knox coun ty , died Sunday morning after an Ill ness of Hc\cral mouths' duration. Slne'o the death of hia wlfo some ye ara igo he has made his home In Nlo- Immi with his daughter , Mrs. Vac Vlasnlk. lie * la survived by ono aon. Vac TomeU of Lynch , Neb. ; two daugh ters , Mrs. Vac Vlaanlk and Mrs. F. Opocensky of thin place , and several grand children. The funeral will bo lield Wednesday morning at 10 ei'cloclc troin the V. . C. B. T. hall. NOW BURNING THE BODIES. Fatalism of Chinese Regarding Cre mation , has Been Overcome. Pekln.-Feb. 21. ' Tlicro Is noticeable activity b > the Clilneao government to stay the spread e > f the plagno ami sanitary measures nro being strictly enforced In all the teiwns where a few weeks ago the disease was allowed full swing. Instructions have been Issued that every village burns its dead. The panic and fear of the plague hiue overridden the Chinese suporati- tion o\er the cremation of the bodies of the victims and now almost dally the torch lu applied to piles of baa- tlly constructed coffl.na among which nro often neon bodies wrapped only In shrouds. In Kwang-Chsuigtsej , near the Mnnchnrlan railway , whefc tbo daily death list hus numbered moro than 100. masked men go abe > ut with sleds and pick np the bodies lying in the- streets where they have boon placed by relatives. The sleds trans port them to the west gate nnd from there they are removed In carts to the cremation groiiiida. A correspondent whe ) visited Hu- Lan , thirty miles north of Harbin , found that the town was sorely afflict ed. For many weeks the governor , with the customary fatalism , wtis In different to the awful work of the plague. Ha has now been huddcnly aroused Into activity and , clad In mask and bandages , personally super intends tlie cremation of die accumu lated bodies. in emo vlllago near by , whore for merly seventy people lived , there are now thirty-four , the either thirty-six liaving died of the plague and been cremated. MORE HOBSON WAR TALK. Merrimac Hero Paints Gloomy Pic ture of Our Unpreparedness. Washington. Feb. 21. Saying Japan Is now ' 'hard up" because that gov ernment ha > already financed her next war , Representative Hobson in the house drew a gloomy picture of the unpreparedncHS of Iho Unlled States for war. Ho said the government was In such a state of unreadiness that it would have to fight the equivalent of three wars before really beginning war on a prepared basis. Mr. Hobson predicted that the Pan ama canal would never bo used by this government in war time because it would either not become completed and adequate means would bo found to prevent its use instantly xtpon a declaration of war. Ho pictured Japa nese occupancy of the Philippines , Hawaii , Guam , Samoa , Alutlan is lands , Alaska , Puget Sound and other parts of the United States and Its possessions. Alfalfa Show for Creighton. Croightou , Neb. , Feb. 21. Special to The News : Under the joint auspices of the C. & N. AV. nnd the Creighton Commercial club , the alfalfa model farm , which was on exhibition at the Omaha land show , will be on exhibi tion at Green'B hnjl Wednesday , Feb ruary 22. The Northwestern will bring the exhibit here on a special train , nnd Creighton will be Iho only point between Norfolk and Boncsteel which will be favored with the exhibit. The excursion will be in charge of Prof. Hunt of the University of Ne braska , who will deliver a series of lectures on the preparation of the soil , seeding , growing and harvesting , and the many ways In which a crop of alfalfa may be utilized to the advant age of the farmer. REPORT MEXICAN BATTLE. Ninety Rebels Reported to Have Been Killed No Confirmation. Mexico City , Feb. 21. El Dlario published a special under El Paso date that In nn encounter between revolutionists led by Enrique Flores Mngon and a force under General Navarro - varro near Guadalupe moro than ninety rebela were killed nnd many wounded. No mention was mudo of federal losses , The fighting was said to have con tinued all morning , the rebels retreatIng - Ing when they found themselves near ly aurrounded by Navarre's men. No confirmation of the news was to bo bad here. Guadalupo Is twelve miles Houth of Juarez. Al Iho office of the national railway it was said that the through railway train service via Jua rez has been resumed. San Diego , Calif. , Feb. 21. A tele phone mcsaago from Tla Juana on the American sldo of the * international line says that an American , suspected of being an insurgent , was arrested nnd thrown into the cuartel at Tla Juana on the Mexican side. Sylvo Blanco , a Mexican resident of the place , protested without avail to the police against the arrest. The name of the prisoner cannot bo learned.