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6TATE TREASURER MOTENSCN'S
REPORT MADE PUBLIC.
A BALANCE HULL THE FUNDS
A Movement en the Part of State Offi
cials to Save Nebraska Birds Other
Matters Here and There Over the
LINCOLN The rsrort of State
Treasurer "Mortensen for March filed
.with the auditor shows x balance in
all funds of $375,850.42. and there has
been paid out during the month the
sum of $647,708.44. The redemption
fund created by the Sheldon bill, levy
ing 1 mill to pay off the state debt has
been increased during the month by
the receipt of $21,267. while out of this
fund there ha3 been paid the sum ot
$25,302. In the temporary school
fund there is a total of $297,690, which
means the May apportionment will be
a good one Of the permanent school
fund there is only $30,702 uninvested.
The report in detail, together with
the bank statement, is as follows:
March 1. March 31.
Tempor'y school 232.0S1.97
Kearney Nor. 11.
Hos. for Insane.
Normal library. .
U. S. Exp. staion
o Q M
Totals . . .
TO SAVE SONG BIROS.
State Officials Make Move in a New
LINCOLN An effort is to be made
by state officials to save the lives of
the song and insectivorous birds of
Nebraska. Chief Game Warden Car
ter ias now in preparation a circular
which is to be distributed by State
Superintendent McBrien in all of the
schools of the state. The school chil
dren are to take the appeals to their
parents. Mr. Carter remarked this
mornir? that the farmers and horti
culturalists should be especially inter
ested in the preservation of the birds,
as insects would become almost ex
terminated if the birds were let alone.
A single robin eats at least sixteen
ponds of insects in a year.
A picture of Nebraska song birds
will adorn the front cover of the cir
cular, whichwill contain ten excellent
reasons for not killing birds. Extracts
will be given from the Nebraska laws
and penalties for bird slaughter, and
the last page will contain an approp
riate poem. It is hoped that the little
pamphlet will result in much good,
not only to the members of the feath
ered tribe, but also to the farmers and
fruit growers of the state.
Barker Case Dismissed.
The insanity charge against Frank
Barker, the Webster county murderer,
filed to save him from the gallows, has
been dismissed by Judge Holmes of
the Lancaster district court for want
of prosecution. A few days before
Barker was to have been executed
Judge Hamer. his attorney, filed the
charge and Judge Holmes refused the
jury trial, claiming he had no jurisdic
tion. The case was taken to the su
preme court and that court held Judge
Holems did have jurisdiction to give
the man a trial by jury. At this junc
ture Governor Mickey gave the man a
reprieve for two years. The case was
called the first part of the term and
because no one appeared to prosecute
Judce Holme entered an order of dis
missal. No New Clothes for Visitors.
When old soldiers leave the Sol
diers' Home to visit back in the
places where they came from, they
will wear the same clothes they have
been wearing if they will hold to
gether. In other words, the State Board
of Purchases and Supplies has decided
not to buy any new clothes for the
old soldiers when they desire to leave
the home on furlough. The matter
came up in a request from a number
of inmates who wanted new suits to
go visiting in. The board then and
there made a rule that no new clothes
can be furnished.
Deaths at Soldiers' Home.
GRAND ISLAND Three deaths at
the Soldiers home within the space
of twenty-four hours form an incident
emphasizing the great number of
helpless veterans in the hospital con
nected with this institution and the
fact that the members of the old
guard are rapidly nearing the end.
Governor Accepts Terms of Law.
In tne absence of a legislature. Gov
ernor Mickey issued a statement giv
ing the assent of the state to the pro
visions of the recent law enacted by
congress providing for the appropria
tion of money for experiment stations.
Widow With Millions.
LINCOLN Mrs. Ida Jin comber, an
Inmate of the Norfolk hospital for the
insane has been doing a big business
during the last few months by secretly
advertising that she is a rich widow
with $12,000,000 in assets. She has re
ceived letters from hundreds of dupes
In all parts of the country. She started
the advertising while she was in the
Lincoln hospital. The authorities
sought to stop it and finally secured
an order to stamp the mail "fraudu
lent" and return it
Boy Kills Brother by Accident.
GRAND ISLAND While playin
with a loaded shotgun, t-ae 10-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. John Quaring, on
a farm in Cameron township, this
county, was accidental- shot and in
stantly killed by his brother, a year
or two older:
Hunter Loses an Arm.
KEARNEY Word was received
from Elm Creek, that while out hunt
ing Seaday a young man named
Rhodes had his right arm shot off be
tweea the wrist and elbow.
OVER THE STATE.
J. D. Hennessey, formerly a hard
ware merchant at Grafton, has located
at Walla Walla, Wash.
After a campaign of six months by
leading members of the York Commer
cial club, York will pave most of its
The Farmers' Grain ana Stock com
pany of Kenesaw filed a statement
with the secretary of state that as soon
as it could wind up its business it
would cancel its charter.
John Mick, son of George Mick, died
at Schuyler, of consumption. Mr.
Mick had come home Thursday after
noon, having been out west for his
health. He was an attorney.
M. B. Thompson, president of the
Albion National bank of Albion, who
was stricken with paralysis several
weeks ago, is yet alive and his con
dition has not materially changed for
the past two weeks.
County Clerk Conlee of Gage coun
ty has Issued twenty-four hunting
licenses during the past few weeks.
Sixteen of these have been to Beatrice
sportsmen, six to Wymore nimrods
and two to Filley sports.
A lively fight for possession of the
Fremont hospital terminated last week
in the surrender of Manager Miss
Katheryn Fox and Misses Eoline Clark
and Mary Ostrand, who bought the
building recently, have assumed con
trol. The oldest woman In Cuming coun
ty, Mrs. Susan Miller of West Point,
was 94 years old last week. A very
largely attended birthday party was
given by her friends and neighbors
in her honor, and a handsome reclin
ing chair was presented to her.
G. A. Wilkinson, a farmer living
northeast of Beatrice, made a thorough
investigation of the peach buds on his
place and reports that he was unable
to find a good bud in his orchard. He
is of the opinion that there wiil be no
peaches in that section this year.
R. E. Harris, secretary of the coal
dealers' association of Iowa and Ne
braska, with headquarters in Omaha,
has resigned and is succeeded by E. H.
Betts of Sioux City. The office re
mains in Omaha. Mr. Harris goes into
the wholesale coal business at Chi
cago. There is a strong probability thar
a fair and driving park association
will be organized at Pierce in the near
future. The enterprise is being push
ed by a number of local horsemen. A
meeting was held to talk over the
proposition and was attended by a
Miss Anna Caldwell, director of kin
dergarten work in the state normal
school, has gone to Milwaukee as a
representative of the school and of the
state of the International Kindergar
ten union. The took with her a fine
exhibit of the work done in the kinder
garten at the normal school.
The fight for the reward offered by
the state for the discovery of coal is
now on in earnest. A. M. Borst, the
owner of the land on which the coal
was discovered, near Peru, and F. M.
Medley, who says he made the dis
covery, have both filed claims with
Governor Mickey for the money.
The Northwestern Realty company
of Omalia filed its article of incorpora
tion with the secretary of state. The
capital stock of the new company is
$100,000. The business of the corpora
tion is to buy and sell real estate
mortgages, and act as trustees or
agents. The incorporators are J. M
Brunner, Franklin I. Reber. Charles
W. Lyman and Wallace Lyman.
The state board of assessment met
to pass upon the question of where
cattle should be assessed, in the coun
ty in which they are pastured or where
the owner resides. The assessor of
Dawson county assessed cattle which
were being pastured in Custer county
and the assessor of the latter county
also got them on his rolls. The board
decided the cattle should be assessed
where they are pastured.
Solomon Yanson was killed by Bur
lington train No. 42 while he was try
ing to mail a letter on the train at the
depot on Lincoln avenue. He had writ
ten the letter to his wife, who was at
Scotsbluff, and went to the depot to
mail it. When the mail car passed
where he was standing, he endeavored
to put it in the car and it is supposed
the letter fell and that he stooped ovet
to pick it up when he was struck by
one of the car steps and was dragged
under the wheels. His chest was
crushed and he died almost instantly
Thrown out of the second story
window of the old court house at
Grand Island, now undergoing disman
tlement, there are the complete parts
of an old scaffold, built for an execu
tion in this county over twenty years
ago. an execution which never took
place. A policeman named Hart kill
ed a saloon man. He was tried, con
victed and sentenced to death. Before
the day of execution drew near he es
caped. Recaptured at Omaha, he was
held there until the day of his expia
tion should be near. In the meantime
a carpenter was set at work making
the gallows. Just before the time ot
execution his sentence was commuted
to life imprisonment. Later he was
The Nebraska institute for the blind
has been placed on the list of accredit
ed schools of the state university. A
letter to Superintendent Morey, reads
as follows: "The committee on ac
credited schools after an hour's con
sideration of the question (a new one
distinctly) unanimously vo.ed accred
itment; not on the ground that your
school would be a feeder to the uni
versity, nor because your course of
study harmonizes with our entrance
requirements; but because they wish
ed to express confidence in the legiti
mate standard school work you are do
ing." Martin McFadden of Coleridge met
with a painful accident. While at
tempting to bridle a mule the animal
turned and made a vicious lunge at
hinPand bit him severely, the teeth
cutting deep Into the flesh of the
The mortgage indebtedness of Otoe
county was increased last month by
$46,6?9.0L The figures were, as follows-.
Farm mortgages filed, sixty,
amounting to $18L207.15; released,
fifty-five, amounting to I133.740.S5; in
crease, $47,466.30. Oa city and town
property the mortgage indebtedness
was decreased $789.29.
OFFER OF MINERS
ANTHRACITE MEN READY
THE DECISIONJSJO BIND ALL
Employes to Resume Work as Soon as
Proposition Is , Accepted Offer
Comes as a Great Surprise to Ope
rators. NEW YORK Having failed to
come to an agreement, among them
selves, the hard coal miners of Penn
sylvania through their representatives,
proposed to the operators that all mat
ters in dispute be referred to a board
of arbitration for settlement, the tri
bunal to be composed, of the board
of conciliation which was created by
the award of the anthracite strike
committee in 1903, with Judge George
Gray of Deleware or any person he
may appoint as chairman and umpire.
If the operators accept the proposition
and a convention of mine workers ap
proves the plan the 160,000 men now
idle in the anthracite fields will return
to work at once. While it had been
reported for "several days that, the
miners might ask that the differences
be arbitrated, the proposition made to
the mine owners today came to them
as a great surprise, as they' did not
believe the union leaders were reaoy
to leave the controversy to a third
party at this time.
-Text ot Miners' Offer
The text of the arbitration proposal
as submitted to the operators is as
The subcommittee of miners met at
1 o'clock today and the miners sub
mitted the following proposition:
The committee appointed by the
Shamokin convention of December 14
last, representing the employes of the
various companies operating the
mines, washeries and breakers in the
anthracite coal regian having under
consideration our proposition to you,
dated February 27, together with your
committee's proposition, of March 9,
which was a continuation of the award
of the Anthracite Coal Strike commis
sion, and a letter from the governor
of Pennsjivania, has decided in view
of the great public interest involved,
aside from those we represent directly,
it is our duty to make sume further
effort and sacrifice of what we believe
justly our due in the matter or wages
and conditions of employment in order
that a great public calamity may be
Therefore we propose that, subject
to the approval or a convention ot an
thracite mine workers, which shall be
called at the earliest date possible, the
"differences between us as stated in our
propositions, and your counter propos
als be referred for determination and
settlement to a board of arbitration
composed of the present board of con
ciliation provided for in the award
of the Anthracite Coal Strike commis
sion with Judge Gray or any person
he may appoint to act as chairman
and umpire. The decision of this tri
bunal or the majority of members
thereof insofar as it influences wages
to be effective from April 1, 1906. and
to continue in force until March 31,
190S. such decision to be final and
binding upon all parties in interest.
The employes of the anthracite mines,
washeries and breakers to resume
work pending the decision cf said
T. D. NICOLLS.
WILLIAM H. DETTRY.
JOHN G. GALLAGHER,
WASHINGTON Senator McCum
ber offered a number of amendments
to the railroad rate bill as follows:
Prohibiting rebates and providing a
penalty three times as great as the
rebate allowed in each case.
Making the bill apply to refrigerator
and cold storage cars .ad requiring
that charges for their use shall be
just and reasonable.
Requiring railroad companies to
own their own refrigerators and cold
storage cars after 1908.
Prohibiting the interstate commerce
commission from making rate regu
lations which will result in prevent
ing competition among the various
railroads lines or in discrimination as
between railroad lines and different
Iowa Miners Stand Firm.
DES MulNES, la. The joint con
ference of the Iowa ccal perators and
the miners took a recess until next
Tuesday, but not until the miners had
expressed by vote their determination
not to consent to the settlersent or a
single question in the proposed scale
until the basis for a wage price had
been determined. During the time of
adjournment both sides will hold con
sultations and the miners will ask ad
vice from their national organization.
"Man With the Muck Rake."
WASHINufON President Roose
velt will deliver his decoration day ad
dress this year before the army and
navy union at Norfolk, Va. The cere
monies there will be held at the navy
yard and in the sailors cemetery. The
address of the president will be prac
tically a repetition of the address he
delivered at the dinner recently given
by Speaker Cannon to the members of
the Gridiron club and other guests.
The text of the speech was: "The Man
With the Muck Rake."
Foreign Trade is Growing.
WASHINGTON According to a bul
letin issued by the Department of
Commerce and Labor, the exports from
the United States for the first eight
months of the fiscal year 1906 are
$190,000,000 in value, in excess of
those of the corresponding months of
1905. The imports for the eight
months of 1903 are 171,000,000 greater
thaa for the corresponding period of
1905. The growth in exports of Manu
factures has been $45,000,000 and in
agricultural products. $133,000,000 over
fce wn period last year.
MANY DIE IN RUINS.
Collapse of Hotel in Germany Kills
NAGOLD, Little Black Forest. Ger
many The Hotel Zum Tirsch fell dur
ing the progress of a festive dinner.
There were two hundred persons pres
ent, most of whom were burled in the
ruins. At 10 o'clock at night nfty-nve
dead bodies had been recovered and
one hundred Injured were taken from
the ruins, many of them in a serious
condition. Twenty persons still are
missing and probably are dead.
The accident is attributed to care
lessness on the part of those who were
making repairs on the building, which
had been raised five feet from the
ground in order to give more space for
the lower story. The work began early
in the morning, and was supposed to
have been finished at noon. The
keeper of the hotel invited workmen
and a large number of townspeople
to a grand dinner. The company as
sembled -in the middle of the banquet
room and was drinking the health of
the builder and landlord when the
HOUSE PASSES THE
WASHINGTON. By a vote of 202
to 26 the house passed the national
quarantine bul. The bill places the
control of all quarantine stations,
grounds and anchorages under the
secretary of the treasury, and directs
that as soon as practicable after the
approval of the act he shall select and
designate such suitable places for them
and establish the same at such points
on or near the sea coast of the United
States on the Mexican border as in
his judgment are best suited for the
same in order to prevent the introduc
tion of yellow fever into the United
States. The bill furtuer gives the sec
retary of the treasury the right to
establish a quarantine station at Dry
Tortugas islands, and at such other
points on the sea coast, not to exceed
four in the aggregate, as he deems
SOUTH OMAHA DEMOCRATIC.
Elect Their Ticket from Mayor Down
to Member of School 'Board.
OMAHA The democratic ticket was
elected Tuesday in South Omaha by
majorities ranging from 1,146 for J. J.
Gillin, who led his ticket, down to the
contest for members of the school
board, in which Thomas Corrigan beat
his opponent by 104. The vote on the
head of the ticket was W. P. Adkins
1.725 and Thomas Hoctor 2,335. This
gives Hoctor a majority cf 610. The
totahvote as nearly as it could be es
timated was between 4,100 and 4,200.
THE SAME OLD SOUTH
SAYS SENATOR FRAZIER
NE WYORK. United States Sena
tor James B. Frazer of Tennessee in
the course of a speech at the annual
dinner of the Tennessee society of
New York at the Waldorf-Astoria ho
"If we of the south want to nomi
nate a southern man for the presi
dency we have a perfect right to do
so, and if we do so he should not lose
a single vote because he comes from
"There is no new south," continued
the speaker. "It is the same old
south. We, as all true Americans,
have the love of constitutional lib
erty." BENSON WINS OUT.
Result of Primary Contest for Repub
lican Nomination for Mayor.
OMAHA Benson wins the republi
can nomination for mayor in the pri
mary election held Tuesday.
Most of the candidates for other of
fices endorsed with him on the Fon
tanelle ticket also won out over their
opponents for places on the republi
Westberg, the Fontanelle man for
comptroller, is defeated by W. Ernest
Johnson, and possibly one or more
Fontanelle council candidates may bo
found fallen by the wayside when all
the votes are tabulated.
Dahlman heads the democratic city
ticket without opposition in his own
MANILA The inauguration cere
monies in connection with the induc
tion cf Henry C. Ide into the office of
governor general took place with civic
and military display. Three thousand
troops of all arms attended and the
marble hall of the Ayuntamiento, the
official home of the governor general,
was thronged with thousands of citi
zens of all classes while the naval of
ficials, consular officers, Captain Shi
mamura and staff of the Japanese navy
all in full uniform, added brilliancy
to an impressive scene.
The oath of office was administered
by Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano ot
the supreme court.
Stats Capitol Fight.
PIERCE, S. D. The state supreme
court denied the temporary writ of
prohibition asked for by citizens of
Sioux Falls to prevent the opening of
bids for the construction of the new
Visit Tomb of Washington.
WASHINGTON Earl Grey, and the
other members of the vice regal party
visited the tomb of Washington at
Mount Vernon. They returned and
were guests at a luncheon by Mr. and
Mrs. Wayne McVeagh.
Pemberton for Grain Case.
LINCOLN I M. Pemberton of
Beatrice, was appointed by the su
preme court to be referee to hear the
testimony in the grain cases. Sena
tor Pemberton is attending the Kan
sas supreme court-at Topeka and 'it is
not known yet whether he will accept.
A Rival of British Boat
KIEL The government has placed
an order with the Krupps Germania
works for a battleship of 18.000 tons.
RATE BILL WORK
HOPE FOR VOTE
MANY SPEECHES YET TO GOME
McLaurin and Morgan to Start Off the
Talk on the Measure Postoffice Ap-'
propriation Bill Uppermost Subject
in the Lower House.
WASHINGTON The United States
senate will continue this week to dis
cuss the railroad rate bill, and the in
dications fail to support Senator Till
amn's prediction that the week will
witness the termination of the general
debate. The conservative "senators
who are still standing out for a sweep
ing provision for court review, and
some of them were at least quite as
determined as they ever were on their
opposition to the bill in spite of the
Long amendment. The presentation
of the Long provision has had no ef
fect upon the more pronounced of that
element in the direction of intensify
ing their opposition. Mr. Tillman will
continue to prerer his request for the
naming of a day, but for the present
will meet with the same denial that
has attended his previous efforts in
The discussion will be resumed Mon
day by Senators McLaurin of Missis
sippi and Morgan of Alabama. Mr.
Bailey has given notice of a speech
for Tuesday in reply to the criticisms
that have been made by Mr. Spooner
and Mr. Knox of his amendment de
priving the United States circuit courts
of the power to issue temporary writs
of injunction in rate cases. Much in
terest is felt in the senator's reply and
there is little doubt that it will bring
out r number of speeches in rejoinder.
He will occupy most of the time Tues
day, and it is understood that Mr.
Spooner and Mr. Knox will make for
mal replies later in the week. Mr.
Foster of Louisiana, who is a member
of the committee en interstate com
merce, will also speak on the bill dur
ing the week.
It is expected that the conservatives
will present their court review provi
sion soon after the conclusion of Sen
ator Bailey's speech.
Senator Clapo will make an effort
during the week to secure action on
the conference report on the affairs of
the five civilized tribes of Indians. He
will also try to get the Indian approp
riation bill passed.
Postoffice Bill in House.
Another week is to be devoted to
the postoffice appropriation bill in the
house of represenutatives. The gen
eral debate on the measure has taken
a wide range and the demands for rec
ognition will make it impossible to
reach the details of the bill before
Wednesday. To complete it will con
sume the remainder of tne week.
There is to be a general reply to
democratic tariff speeches by Colonel
Hepburn of Iowa, probably on Tues
day. He will pay particular attention
to the showing made last week by Mr.
Raincy of Illinois on the question of
importation of American watch move
ments which had been sold abroad.
The pure food bill has been made a
special order to fill in time not taken
up with the appropriation or revenue
TOWNS ARE IN RUINS.
Mount Vesuvius Becoming More Dead
ly as the Days Go By.
NAPLES The hope that Mount
Vesuvius was becomnig calm was dis
sipated Sunday when the volcano be
came more active than ever.
The panic has spread to Naples. Two
strong earthquake shocks, which shat
tered windows and cracked the walls
of buildings, were experienced today.
The entire population rushed to the
streets in terror, many persons crying
"The Madonna has forsaken us; the
end cf the world has come."
No trace remains of Bosco Trescase.
a commune on the southern declivity
of the mountain, where up to forty
eight hours ago ten thousand persons
lived; and Torre Annunziala. on the
shores of the gulf of Naples, one mile
to the southward, is almost surround
ed by the invading lava and has been
evacuated by its thirty thousand in
habitants. IOWA MAN DROPPED DEAD.
Fell on Depot Platform at Denver and
DENVER, Colo. John Culver, aged
74 years, a retired business man of
McPherson. Ia.. dropped dead from
heart failure while strolling along the
platform at the union depot. He was
returning from California with his
wife and daughter.
Von Buelow Faints in Reichstag.
BERLIN Inquiry ar me residence
of Chancellor von Buelow, who fainted
while attending the sitting of the reich
stag elicited the information that he
is continuing to improve. He is now
able to read the newspapers and to
hold short conversations.
Intervention Not Timely.
LONDON'. Replying to a question in
the house of lords as to whether the
government intended to lay on the
table of the house any consular or of
ficial reports concerning the recent
outrages of Jews in Russia which it
may have received. Lord Fitzmaurice,
under secretary for foreign affairs,
said the government was desirous of
a cessation of the outrages, but consid
ered that the succass of the reforms
introduced by the Russian government
was the only nope of ending long
Mrs. Dowie is in Collapse.
CHICAGO Physical collapse of
Mrs. John Alexander Dowie on Thurs
day, followed the rumors that the
party in favor of the "First Apostle"
had grown so strong that a serious
conflict between the two factions in
Zlon City might follow the return of
her husband. Friends of Mrs. Dowie,
say that she expressed the belief that
bloodshed might result. , Early on
Thursday, she fell In a swoon, while
in her home and it was feared for a
time that she had suffered a stroke
RUSSELL A. ALGER OUT OF IT.
Michigan Senator Is Not a Candidate
DETROIT. Mich, Announcemeat
was made late from Senator R. A. AI
gers office in this city that he will not
be a candidate to succeed himself ia
the senate when the legislature meets
on January 1, next. The announce
ment took the form of a letter whicn
It was stated was received today from
the senator. It says:
"Owing to the condition of my health
I am compelled to withdraw my candi
dacy to succeed myself in the United
States senate. While it is a great sac
rifice to sever a connection of many
years' standing with the public af
fairs of my state, that sacrince nas
become necessary. , I take this oppor
tunity to convey to the friends who
have so loyally given me their support
my heartfelt thanks and sense of last
ing obligations and to express to the
state my deep gratitude for the honors
it has seen fit to confer upon me."
A RAILROAD CONTEST
SOON TO START
ST. PAUL. Minn. The Pioneer
James J. Hill is to have a twin trans
continental road operating, now being
under way for the construction of an
east and west line between Winnipeg
and ancouver. Five hundred miles of
the new line is already in process of
construction, and the plans call, for a
total of 1.500 miles. Hitherto it has
been surmised that Hill was building
in connection with the Canadian
Northern, but this is not the case and
an exciting railroading contest soon
will start between the Great Northern,
the Canadian Northern and the Grand
FOR CONSUMPTIVE CARRIERS.
National Home Is to Be Established at
CHICAGO Plans have been formu
lated by the National Association of
Mail Carriers to build a national home
for consumptive members of the asso
ciation in Colorado Springs, Colo, ac
cording to announcement made today
by members of a committee of the as
sociation, who are attending the con
vention of the National Association
For the Prevention of Tuberculosis,
which is being held in this city.
"The Businessmen's Association of
Colorado Springs has donated 160
acres of land for our home," said John
C. Bunton. chairman of the committee,
"and we intend to raise $100,000 to
build the institution. We have re
ceived an offer from a well known phil
anthropist whose name cannot be di
vulged at present, who will donate a
dollar for every dollar that we raise,
and we hope to have ail the raoney
needed for the project by next fall."
GOVERNOR WILL HAVE
A PRIMARY LAW
SPRINGFIELD, III. The supreme
court handed down a decision declar
ing the new primary law unconstitu
tional. Governor Deneen will call a
special session of the legislature for
10 o'clock next Tuesday morning to
pass a new primary law in conform
ity witn today's decision of the su
preme court. The republican state
central committee will meet in this
city at 10 a. m. next Saturday to res
cind the cail for a state convention.
SUIT FOR FIVE MILLIONS.
Philadelphia Contractors Asked to Re
turn Unearned Money.
PHILADELPHIA Civil proceedings
were instituted by the city against
the contractors and former city offi
cials interested in the construction of
the municipal filtration plant to re
cover ?5,000.000. which sum is alleged
to have been wrongfully retained by
the defendants. A bill m equity was
filed with the prothonotary of the
common pleas court by City Solicitor
Kinzy and former Judge James G.
Gordon. Mayor Weaver's private coun
sel. Those named in the bill are Is
rael W. Dumhim. former republican
leader of this city; State Senator
James P. McNichol. Anastasia Mc
Nichol. his wife; Daniel J. McNichol
and John M. Mack, all or which were
at one time members of the contract
ing firm of Daniel J. McNichol & Co.;
William C. Haddock and Peter E. Cos
tello, former directors of public works,
and John W. Hill, rormer chief of the
filtration bureau. The paper is sworn
to by Mayor Weaver.
Receives Winder's Message.
WASHINGTON President Roose
velt has received'a telegram from John
H. Winder, president of the bitumin
ous operators of Ohio, a duplicate of
which was sent to President Mitchell
of the miners' union, proposing arbi
tration. At the White house it was stated
that the elegram was sent to the presi
dent for his information, that no reply
is expected and none will be sent.
Vesuvius Creates a Panic
NAPLES The inhabitants of the
villages in the vicinity f Mount Ve
suvius are in a condition bordering
on panic. Many homes have been
abandoned for the open air. although
there has been a thick fog all day and
the atmosphere has been dense with
volcanic ashes and the fumes of sub
terrannean tires. The churches are
crowded day and night with people
praying for deliverance from an im
pending peril, manifestations or which
are heard and felt in explosions which
resemble a heavy cannonading.
Decrease in Public Debt.
WASHINGTON The estimate of
the public debt, issued Monday shows
that at the close of business March
31. 1906. the total debt, less cash in
the treasury, amounted to $981,623,438.
which is a decrease for the month
WASHINGTON The state depart
ment has received an additional $25.
000 from the Christian Herald of New
York for the relief of the famine suf
fers in Japan. This makes a total of
$150,000 raised by that paper.
HAS A BIG HEART
J FmSIOEUT PROMPTLY ACTS
THE SHADOW OF DEATH.
A WIFE'S mm IS HEEDED
A Nebraska Prisoner Allowed to G
to Her Bedside That He May Ones'
More See Her Before the Final Sum-,
WASHINGTON That President
Roosevelt showed himself a man of
most generous impulses is the opinion
of Representative Hinshaw, but as for
the president's secretary, Mr. Loeb,
the congressman from the Fourth Ne
braska district is by no means as cer
tain. Some weeks ago Rev. Mr. Ware
was convicted of frauds in connection
with western Nebraska lands. He was
tried in Omaha and sentenced to the
penitentiary. Ware had a number of
agent3 working for him in procuring
old soldiers to make application for
homestead entries. Among these
agents were Harry Welsh of Daven
port, Neb. Welch pleaded guilty and
was sentenced to six months' impris
onment in the Douglas county jail and
fined $300. Welch has now served
three months of the sentence.
Believing that Welch was really ig
norant of the law a large petition has
been signed by citizens of Davenport
and vicinity requesting the president to
pardon Welch, which petition Mr. Hin
shaw presented to the president, but
Mr. Roosevelt refused to act.
Last night Mr. Hinshaw received a
telegram from Welch stating that his
wife was in a dying condition in a hos
pital in St. Joseph. Mo., had stating he
had made application to the district
attorney to be permitted to go to St.
Joseph under guard to see his wife.
The prayer of Welch's had been re
ferred to Attorney General Moody who
refused the application on the ground:
that there was no law to authorize it.
This morning Congressman Hinshaw
received a telegram from District At-
torney Goss saying that at his instance
the police of St. Joseph had investigat
ed the case and had ascertained that
Welch's wife was fatally ill and that
she was asking in hearti ending tone3
for her husband and that the doctor in
attendance strongly advised his com
ing. With these two telegrasm in his pos
session, Mr. Hinshaw was at the White
House at 8 o'clock to see the presi-
dent, but Mr. Loeb said Mr. Kooseyelt
could not be seen before 'J:'M. He told
the president's secretary of the ex
treme importance of the case, but Mr.
Loeb said it was impossible to forego
At 9:15 the president entered and,
possibly having an inkling of the con
tents of the telegrams, saw Mr. Hin
shaw at once. He read them and then,
in his impetuous manner, wrote across
the last telegram to Attorney General
Moody to have the request of Welch
granted immediately, and inside of.
thirty minutes from the time Mr. Hin
shaw saw the president the following
telegram was speeding from Mr.
Moody to Marshall Warner.
"Under authority of president .yon
are directed to send prisoner Welch
immediately under proper guard to St.
Joseph, Mo., to see his wife, now fat
GENERAL CHAFFEE TO
LIVE IN NEW YORK
LOS ANGELES. Cal. A letter from
Gen. Adna R. Chaffee, who with Mrs.
Chaffee is now in Mexico, to friends
in this city, states that they will not
come to Los Angeles, as intended, but
will proceed to New Orleans. Irom
which place they will leave for New
York April 7. The letter states that
General Chaffee has been offered an
important public office in New York
City, and that it is likely he will ac
cept it. No intimation was given in
the letter as to the nature of the posi
tion tendered. It had been the in
tention of General Chaffee to come to
this city within the next month to es
tablish his home here.
$15,000,000 FOR CATHEDRAL.
Former Queen Natalie Intends to Pre
sent It to Servia.
BELGRADE. Servia The Stampa
says it is reported from an authorita
tive source that former Queen Natalie
of Servia, mother of the murdered
king, Alexander, intends to pressnr the
kingdom of Servia with all her prop
erties .in this country., valued at $15.
000.000, for the erection of a cathe
dral, provided the body of King Milan,
her husband, and that of King Alex
ander are interred in it.
New Railway in Alaska.
TACOMA. Wash. The American
Smelting and Refining company is to
build 125 miles of railroad from Valdez
to its Bonanza copper mine in Alaska
at once. This has been decided upon
by George Gugcnheim, president or the
Mr. Rcsewater in Rcme.
ROME More than 200 delegates,
representing fifty-eight different coun
tries, arrived here for the Univarsal
Postal congress, which will be inaug
urated April 7. Edward Rosewatcr of
Omaha. Neb., one of the American del
egates, has arrived. Among the re
forms to be submitted to the congress
are plans for the reduction of the in
ternational postage rate to 4 cents,
for the adoption of a universal postage
stamp for international service and for
the raising of the weight of letters to
three-quarters of an ounce.
Rural Delivery Service.
WASHINGTON A statement con
cerning the operations of the rural de
livery division of the postoflce depart
emnt. made public and covering the
period ending, March 31, shows the
number of petitioas received for the
establishment of rural free delivery
service to have been 52.611, upon
which 14.040 adverse reports were
made. The number of routes in opera
tioa Jaae 30. 1905. ia stated t w-.
beea 32.055. while oa April 2. 190S. they
had tacreased to as!-: it.- ..i.
April 2. 1SC aggregated $89.75.
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