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Columbus Journal
It . STKOTHER, iMk
F. K. STROTHER,
COLUMBUS,
IN CONGRESS.
President Roosevelt sent to con
gress a special message urging action
ok laws relating to child labor, em
ployers' liability and Injunctions in
labor cases, and recommending
amendments to the interstate com
merce and anti-trust laws, tariff revi
sion and a permanent waterways com
mission, and financial legislation and
action to establish postal savings
banks.
The Aldrich currency bill was
passed by the senate by a vote of 42
to 16, in the main a party vote. Sen
ator Aldrich promised to introduce a
bill for an investigation of the entire
banking system of the country.
In the house Mr. Deikema of Mich
igan contradicted a newspaper story
which said President Roosevelt had
violently berated Mr. Deikema for
having joined in the committee re
port censuring Judge Wilfley of the
United States court in China.
Representative John Sharp Williams
of Mississippi, as leader of the minor
ity In the house of representatives is
sued a written statement defining pre
cisely the attitude of the Democratic
party in the house toward legislation
urged by President Roosevelt in his
messages to congress at the present
session.
The senate, after long debate, ac
cepted the credentials of Senator-elect
John Walter Smith of Maryland.
In the house Mr. Beall of Texas
charged the president with having
been guilty of "a disgusting usurpa
tion of power," not only toward the'
national legislature, but the judiciary
as welL The agricultural appropria
tion bill was considered for amend
ment and when it was laid aside for
day there had been stricken out the
provision for new weather stations in
the states of Texas, Kansas, Virginia,
Michigan, Vermont, Missouri and In-
In the course of a bitter denuncia
tion of President Roosevelt on the'
floor of the house of representatives
Mr. Stanley of Kentucky compared
him with Alexander Hamilton, whom
he designated as "an obscure adven
turer," and both of whom he said had
profound contempt for the constitu
tion and displayed everlasting impa
tience with its restraints. Mr. Cocks
of New York, representing the presi
dent's district, defended the president
against the recent attack of Mr. Wil
lett Determination to conduct a filibus
ter on all occasions where opportunity
presented itself, in order to force the
Republicans to action on an employ
ers' liability bill and other measures
deemed necessary of enactment, was
announced by Mr. Williams of Missis
sippi In the house of representatives.
PERSONAL.
Gov.- Broward appointed Hall Milton
of Marianna to succeed the late Sena
tor Bryan of Florida in the United
States senate.
Calvin Demarest won the national
amateur billiard championship at Chi
cago by defeating H. A. Wright
Comptroller ofthe Currency Ridgely
resigned to become president of the
National Bank of Commerce of Kansas
City. He will be succeeded by Law
rence O. Murray.
Maj. Gen. A. W. Greely of Arctic
.feme, having reached the age of 64
years, was transferred to the retired
list
John W. Stewart of MIddlebury,
Vt, former governor of Vermont was
appointed to the United States senate
by Gov. Fletcher D. Proctor to fill the
vacancy, caused by the death of Sen
ator Redfield Proctor.
Dr. Nicholas McCabe, mayor of
.North Platte, Neb., was arrested on a
charge of selling liquor illegally in his
.drag store.
Henri Rodiette, once a waiter, has
been arrested in Paris for swindles
that are said to have brought him in
$i2.eo,oe.
GENERAL NEWS.
Mrs. George Tanning of Millers
burg; la mistook a cup of gasoline
for water and poured it on her burn
ing apron. She was fatally burned.
Gen. R. C. Van Home was acquitted
of the charge of murdering H. J.
Groves, managing editor of the Kan
sas City Post, and was committed to
an insane asylum.
Three Chicago robbers who- were in
a stolen cab were fired da by a police-'
man and one was killed.
One man was instantly killed and
two others seriously injured in Pe
oria, lit, by the caving In of the wall
of a building which was recently de
stroyed by fire.
A Chicago woman sent $200 to the
"conscience fund" of the collector of
customs at New York. -
Fire that destroyed the leaf-tobacco
warehouse of T. S. Hamilton. Co., at
Covington, Ky is supposed to have
bean Incendiary.
Frank Froerer. president of a Lin
coln m.) bank and owner of the Lin-
company, was held up by
and robbed of $,.
Ualetor Wu, has ex
an lavKatloa for the American
set .to atop in China on Its
way around the world.
NEWSNOTES:
ii- . FIR TIE
( BUSY IN
X Most Important Happen- J-
ijl ings of the World X
; Told in Brief! 3
liiiisniTwee ktHed a
The town of Chilapa, Mexico, having
lS.OOO inhabitants, was practically de
stroyed by.eartheuake shocks followed
by a conflagration. It is believed no
lives were lost'
Much damage' was .done by sever
windstorms in Michigan, Iowa and
Illinois.
. Gov. John A. Johnson is willing to
accept the Democratic nomination for
president but is not seeking the
honor. This is the gist of his reply
to a letter sent him March 23 by Swan
J. Turabald. publisher of the Swedish
American Post of Minneapolis, asking
just how he stands in the' matter.
Secretary Taft announced that he
had ordered federal troops to the
Tread well mines in .Alaska, where
800 strikers are threatening to destroy
property with ten cases of dynamite
they have stolen.
In a desperate affray on a Pennsyl
vania avenue car in Washington, a
negro and a white man were shot by
Congressman Thomas J. Heflin of
Alabama who tried to stop the negro's
drinking on the car.
Daniel Leroy Dresser, former presi
dent of the Trust company of the Re
public, '.who recently was arrested on
a charge of larceny, was discharged
because the statute of limitations in
tervened. Two robbers blew up the post ofice
at South San Francisco and escaped
with $2,000.
W. H. Kennan of Mexico. Mo., for
mer adjutant general of Missouri, com
mitted suicide by fringing.
Illinois Republicans indorsed Speak
er Camion for president and asked re
vision of the tariff; Democrats of In
diana Indorsed Bryan and nominated
a ticket headed by Thomas R. Mar
shall for governor; Iowa Democrats
declared for Bryan.
The Leland hotel at Springfield, HL,
one of the most widely known hotels
In the country, and which has been
the center of political gatherings for
the last 30 years, wad severely dam
aged by fire. Delegates to the Repub
lican convention risked their lives to
save their baggage.
Robbers made a vain attempt to
crack the safe of the Farmers' bank
at Springtown, Ark., and one of them
was killed by a premature explosion
of dynamite, his head being blown
off.
Mexico City was shaken by two se
vere earthquake shocks, four persons
being injured.
The general assembly of Virginia
adopted a resolution removing Judge
J. W. G. Blackstone of the Eleventh
circuit from office for immorality and
gross neglect of official duty.
Postmaster General Meyer Issued
an order annulling the second-class
mailing privilege granted in 1905 to
"La Questione Sociale," an Italian pub
lication issued by an alleged anarchist
group at Paterson, N. J.
In a quarrel over $2.50, the price of
a load of wood, Peter Karanen of Cal
umet Mich., shot and almost instantly
killed John Ahlgren, a farmer.
With the completion of a 75-pair
cable between Omaha and - Council
Bluffs, the Omaha Independent Tele
phone company was given connection
with half a million telephones in Iowa,
South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois and
Missouri. v
Max Jagerhuber, Jr., who escaped
from the Presidio, San Francisco, is
reported to be the son of Max Jager
huber of New York, who has a fortune
of $20,000,000. The young man is
charged with desertion.
Milwaukee's Democratic primary
election resulted in the nomination of
David S. Rose fof mayor.
In the West London police court
Magistrate Garrett sentenced Dr. Stan
ton Colt a noted writer and lecturer,
to one month's imprisonment for as
sault upon the conductor of an omni
bus. Half of the business section of
Middleville, Mich., was destroyed by
fire, the loss being $75,000.
The German government has de
clined to receive Dr. David Jayne Hill
in the capacity of American nmbanna
dor to succeed Charlemagne Tower,
because the kaiser personally objects
to him.
Republicans of Tennessee had a
vicious fight in their state convention
at Nashville.
Gov. Hughes refused to save Chester
Gillette from being executed for the
murder of Grace Brown.
The subcommittee of congress that
investigated charges against Judge
wimey oi we American court M.
ouaugiuu reported, censuring tV
judge, but not recommending ImpeacMhn order temporarerily enjoining the
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Citizens of Lexington and central
Kentucky signed a petition asking the
president for federal aid in suppres
sing the night riders. Officers of the
Society of Equity denied a report that
the society had reached an agreement
ith the American Tobacco company.
The American car in the New
York-to-Paris race reached San Fran
cisco, far ahead of its competitors.
Pasquale Patl, a rich Italian banker
of New York, who killed a member of
the Blank Hand, was forced to sus
pend and flee from the city In fear of
death.
Leo WojelnsU of Milwaukee killed
Miss Nettie Plaschek, his sweetheart.
and himself by poison.
OBITUARY.
Dr. P. A. LiadahL president of the
Augustana Book concern and editor of
the Augustana, a Swedish publication,
died in Rock Island, 111.
D. W. Stevens, the adviser of Korea,
who was shot in San Francisco by a
Korean, died of his wounds.
Rev. Dr. Charles N. Sims, former
chancellor of Syracuse university, died
at his home in Liberty, lad., aged 73
years.
F. Louis Soldan. superintendent of
the public schools of St Tuiff hq
fell dead on the street
Rev. Dr. Charles Cuthbert Hall.
president Union Theological seminary.
uiea ai au nome in Mew York.
May Thompson, aged 32, white de
lirious, escaped from a St Loam hos
pital and lunged herself.
Ralph C. Many, a Rhodes
from New Orleans. La, at Oxford.
washed off the rocks and drowned at
Port Isaac, Cornwall.
Walter Wycoff of Massane, la, died
of fright oa the operating table hi a
hospital.
Spaacar Comptoa Cavendish, eighth
dsjko of Devonshire, died of heart tafl-
MmnURG MINE HUE
EXPLOSIONS ATTENDED
MANY FATALITIES.
WITH
HO OCCUR H HMMNNES
It w Believed That Seventy Lives Are
LosL.Thoug.hAII the Bodies are
Net Yet Recovered.
Hanna, Wyo. Seventeen men lost
their lives in mine No. 1 of the Union
Pacific Coal company Saturday after
noon, when an explosion of gas com
pletely wrecked the colliery and en
tombed the unfortunate miners, a mile
and one-half below the surface.
The fire broke out some days ago,
and although 200 men have worked
every other day, the fire being well
walled off while they were at work
and fought barring the off days, it
could not be extinguished. Saturday
the miners were idle and only the
force of fighters, gas men and fore
men went in. The supposition is that
the' brattices leaked and let the gas
out Into the fire area, causing an ex
plosion which ignited the dust of the
mine, completely wrecking the work
ings.
Large gangs of men are engaged in
the work of rescue, but the entombed
miners are dead and their bodies may
not all be reached for many days. All
were married and leave large families.
An explosion in the same mine on.
June 30, 1903, entombed 169 miners
and it was six months before all of
the bodies were recovered.
Shortly after daylight the dismem
bered remains of Tennant and Huhta
la were picked up on the prairie some
distance from the cast slope, where
they were blown by the second ex
plosion last night and which snuffed
out the lives of more than fifty men
who were working like beavers to
reach' Superintendent Briggs and his1
seventeen companions who were killed
earlier In the day by an explosion
of gas while fighting fires below the
tenth level Tennant's head was
blown from the body and has not been
found, and it is supposed to be in the
mine. One arm was blown away, but
was recovered. Huhtala's body was
badly burned and mangled.
The bodies of Warburton, Perry and
Munson, recovered last night, were
badly burned about the face, head
and hands. The five bodies have been
prepared for burial and shipment
The efforts of the relief workers
were devoted to the closing of the
west slope, which has been sealed. It
is believed that this will have a ten
dency to smother the flames on the
tenth level and enable the rescuers to
draw .off the large quantities of gas
and permit them to enter the east
slope in search of the bodies which
are known to be scattered all along
from the tenth level to the wrecked
entrance, a distance of more than
1,500 feet
Later Although seventy coffins are
being rushed to Hanna and those in
a position to know say this is the num
ber of dead, only fifty-four names of
victims has been obtained so far. The
Union Pacific Railroad company is do
ing all within its power to assist in
the rescue of the entombed miners
Special trains bearing all possible as
sistance were hurried to the scene of
the catastrophe.
EVANS TO GO FOR TREATMENT.
Admiral Is on His way to San Louis
Obispo for His Health.
Washington. Admiral Evans com
manding the Atlantic fleet, is on his
way from Uagdalena bay to San Fran
cisco aboard the Connecticut Arriv
ing at San Francisco he will proceed
at once to San Luis Obispo by rail,
there to take treatment at a mineral
springs resort The Connecticut will
return to Magdalena bay at once, stop
ping at San Diego on its way. It will
join the fleet, which will come up the
coast under command of Rear Ad
miral Thomas.
ENJOIN FREIGHT SCHEDULE.
U. 8. Circuit Court Prohibits Kansas
Commission From Enforcing It
Topeka, Kas.-Judge Pollock in the
TTnltori Rtatoc. rtrrnlt court 1ipk ftKiuxl
and Attorney General Jackson from
putting into effect the new schedule
of freight rates April 1. The rail
roads assert that the rates are confis
catory. The case will be argued here
on April 14.
Ridgely Leaves for West
Washington. -William B. Ridgely
left for Kansas. City, Ma, to assume
his new duties as president of the re
organized National Bank of Commerce.
Lawrence O. Murray, the assistant sec
retary of commerce and labor, who
will succeed Mr. Ridgely, Is still ill at
Atlantic City, N. J., and wiU not be
able to take up the new work for a
few days.
Robbers Get S200.
8aa Francisco, Cal. Two robbers
blew up the postoffice at South San
Francisco an secured $2,000 in coin
and stamps.
Bank to Reopen.
' Kansas City. Its credit restored
with $6,000,000 cash and exchange
with which to pay a deposit account
of $12,M0.00 and with financie-s of
nations! prominence in charge, the
National Bank of Commrce cf this
city will reopen Monday.
te Four Thousand.
Evaasville. William Jennings Bry
an, who arrived from Cincinnati late
Saturday afternoon, addressed about
4.SM people at Evans' hall in this city
He did not touch on the theme of poll
ales during his speech.
Count Benl Is In Paris.
Boat de Castellane.
the divorced husband of Mm. Anna
Gould. It at present In Paris, and so
far as can ho aceraained he Is not
going to the United States.
ATTRACTIONS FOR'STATE FAIR.
Contract Signed With -Mberatl's Mili
tary Bond ana OporatCompany.
Secretary Mellor aad Chairman
Cook, on behalf of the State Board
of Agriculture, signed up contracts
for Literati's Military Band and Opera
Concert company of New York City
as the main musical attraction for
the state fair, August 31 to September
4. This band consists of sixty people,
eighteen of whom are opera singers
from the Metropolitan Grand Opera
company.
Llberati was the originator of pre
senting to the public Rossini's "Stabat
Mater" and other operas with full
vocal score .and will present, this
wonderful production with - solos,
duets, quartets and chorus numbers
with his band at the fair.
"The securing of this attraction has
brought forth the necessity for an
auditorium or music hail on the fair
grounds," said a state officer, "and
we confidently expect from the pro
gressive managers of our state fair
that some sort of a building capable
of seating 4,000 or 5,000 people will
be erected In time for use when the
gates open to the public on August
31. A management which can put
$33,000 out of funds made by the as
sociation into permanent improve
ments on these fair grounds in one
year can build a good, comfortable
place to enjoy such meditorious at
tractions as this."
WOULD CARVE LINCOLN STATUE
Omaha Man Will Do the Work for
$12,000.
Lincoln. Xavier Stadler of Oma
ha has offered to outline the Lincoln
statue. His offer is as follows:
"Concerning the Lincoln statue to
be erected on the capitol grounds I
wish to state that I could furnish the
model and carve the statue out of
one of the blocks of Tennessee
marble which are lying on the
grounds for the sum of $12,000.
"About eight years ago I proposed
to carve the statue at my own ex
pense and risk, being satisfied that
the legislature would sooner or later
approve and accept my work and pay
me the price it was worth. I was
unable to obtain the permission to
use tlie marble, however, nobody
seeming to be willing to take the
responsibility and let me go on with
the work."
SARPY IN CORN SHOW.
Farmers of County Perfect Organiza
tion for Exhibits.
Gretna. Sarpy county farmers are
perfecting an organization for the
purpose of representing this county
in the Nation Corn show at Omaha
This has always been one of the best
agricultural counties in the state, and
it will not take a second place this
year. Besides the fanners entering
Into the different contests, there will
be not less than 500' boys and girls
entering into the junior contests.
TWO GIRLS BURN TO DEATH.
Daughters of A. Hoff of Shickley Die
in Burning Barn.
Shickley. After making desperate
efforts to rescue her two daughters
from a burning barn Mrs. A. Hoff.
wife of a farmer living near this
place, was compelled to listen to their
agonized screams as they were burned
to death. The two girls attempted to
light the carriage lamps. It is sup-,
posed that one ot the lamps exploded.
Students Suspended.'
Eight students, two of them young
women, were peremptorily suspended
from Wesleyan university on Thurs
day afternoon by Curator Moore,
who is also treasurer of the institu
tion, because they did not heed his
orders to vacate a tennis court on the
college campus. The tennis players
claim .that they got permission last
fall from the Wesleyan faculty to use
a part of the campus for a court
Prosecutions of Retailers.
Deputy Food Commissioner John
son has ordered prosecutions as fol
lows for selling unbranded and short
weight butter. At Chappell, against
C. O. Swanson and Loeten Mercan
tile; Lincoln count', against A. F.
Beeler and G.W. Brown of Hershey:
Kimball county, W. J. Davis, F. M.
Woolbridge, B. K. Bushee and J. S.
Bradt.
Prosperous York.
Contractors report more building
contracts for York this spring than
for years past The brick yard is
putting In a new stock and kiln and
otherwise improving the ' plant to
make a capacity of 30,000 bricks a
day and the new postoffice and Elks'
building will make great activity in
York building trades.
Was Nurse in Civil War.
Peru. Mrs. Julia A. Prouty who
died here, came to Nebraska with her
husband, in 1847. They were among
the earliest settlers of Peru. When
the civil war broke out, Mrs. Prouty
went with her husband to the front
and served by his side in the capacity
of' an army nurse.
Nebraska Banks All Right
Lincoln. Nebraska banks have
emerged from the panic sounder than
ever. So declares Secretary E
Royse of the state banking board in
the monthly report. There has been
an increase of 3 per cent in the legal
reserve and a decrease In bills pay
able. Old Soldier Killed on Track.
Y. P. Murted, a paroled inmate of
the Soldiers' home at Miiford, was
killed near Burnham by Burlington
passenger train No. 2. He was at
tempting to cross the track.
I
Murderer Hamblin Pleased.
Grand Island. John Hamblin, con
victed murderer of Rachel Engie. is
pleased with the decision of the su
preme court in modifying the judg
ment of the lower court by substitut
ing imprisonment for the death pen
alty. Barkley Delivers Bonos, -Lincoln.
W. B. Barkley. jr., who
recently contracted to' furnish: $424,-
00 in bonds to the state, delivered I
a block of $150,000. A Chicago Arm
undertook to All the bill and failed
to do so.
NEBRASKA PfflMTERS
STATE NEWS AND NOTES IN CON
, DENSCD FORM.
MnESS.nLnrjMPNLB
What Is O4og on Here aod There that
ie of Interest to the Readers
Rates to the Padflc coast this
mer, it is said, will be cheaper than
for some time.
The cases of smallpox at Gretna
have disappeared and no new devel
opments are recorded.
Columbus had fifteen saloons last
year, and applications are in for the
same number this year.
Mrs. Anna Maxwell for thirty-one
years matron of the Nemaha county
poor farm died last week.
The Paddock hotel block in Beat
rice has been sold to Telford' Wat
son, two Chicago capitalists.
With mumps and scarlatina pretty
much out of the way Guide Rock is
now having a tussel with chicken pox.
Sutherland has for sometime been
advocating a water works system,
and now the authorities are about to
favorably act.
A preacher at Utlca who denounced
women who attend kenslngtons was
pounced upon by three irate hus
bands and badly beaten.
A petition in involuntary bank
,ruptcy has been flled in federal court
against Faugler I. Munneke, a dry
goods merchant of Pawnee City.
The ladles' auxiliary society to the
Young Men's Christian association of
Fremont has swelled the membership
to 500 and expects to soon increase it
to 1,000.
Daniel Freeman, the first home
steader in Nebraska, was brought to
his home in Gage county from Okla
homa on a stretcher. He is quite sick,
but his condition is not serious.
A 'refrigerating plant to cost about
$1,600 will be bought by the board of
public lands and buildings for the
penitentiary. This cost will not in
clude power or a motor to operate
it.
At a regular meeting of the town
board the petition of T. A. Clements
to. con vert the village of Wilber into
a city of the second class was laid on
the table. Nothing further will be
done in the matter.
Jennie Braf of Leigh has been re
reported by the deputy state food com
missioner for prosecution on a charge
of selling unbranded cheese. Cheese
in packages s subject to the same
branding regulations as package but
ter. A leak in the gasoline tank of an
automobile owned by Dr. E. F. Ste
wart of Beatrice caused the machine
to blow up on the highway four miles
southwest of Beatrice. The machine
caught fire and was practically de
stroyed. At Nebraska City a city baseball
league has been organized with M. R.
Thorp, president; John C. Miller, sec
retary, and Richard Schanot official
umpire; F. H. Marnell, H. B. Swalley
and George M. Thomas as a board of
managers.
The students of Peru will enjoy a
short vacation from April 2 to 6 In
clusive. This is the time of meet
ing of the majority of the district
teachers' associations in which many
of the members of the faculty will
participate.
Stanton E. Mansfield of York has
been reported to County Attorney R.
E. Randall for prosecution on a
charge of selling adulterated cream of
tartar. An analysis of a sample by
State Chemist Redfern revealed the
presence of phosphate of lime.
Arrangements for the boys' corn
growing contest in Gage county to be
held next fall, are about completed.
Seeds have been purchased from two
of the best corn growers in that part
of the state, and it is planned to make
the contest even larger than the one
held last year.
The Commercial club of Central
City has decided to go after the
Union Pacific railroad and induce it.
if possible, to rescind its order com
pelling all passengers on westbound
train to get on and off the cars on
the north side of the track. At the
last meeting of the club a resolution
was adopted setting forth the disad
vantages and' hardships imposed upon
passengers by this regulation.
The town board of Valentine,
through their chairman, W. S. Bar
ker, applied to Congressman M. P.
Kinkaid last December for the north
west quarter and the north half of
the southwest quarter of 30-34-27. then
a part of the Fort Niobrara military
reservation, to be granted to Valen
tine for the purpose of using the land
as a site for a reservoir and a dam
for water to furnish power to pump
water and run electric light system.
Mr. Barker has received a message
that congress has granted his request
and that the land (240 acres) comes
to Valentine without the payment of
a dollar.
The foundation for the new Catho
lic church at Falrbury has been com
pleted, and now the remainder of the
work will go briskly -forward
The Guthrie boys, who farm the
land lying to the north and west of
Exeter cemetery, had put out some
fire to help clean off some of the
trash which had accumulated. The
wind went suddenly from south
west to north and blew a gale. The
fire took up across the corn stubble
and from there to the cemetery, go
ing like a race horse and burning
everything clean as if went, doing
much damage.
The assessors of Dodge county at a
recent meeting fixed $55 as the basis
for their valuations of unimproved
land in their county. Four years ago,
and for each succeeding year, the
basis was $53 an acre for improved
land.
G. P. E. Haldln, the manager of
the Stroauburg Electric light Heat
aad Power company,, sold out his en
tire Interest in the plant to Elmer
Jeffreys of Benedict, who will take
charge of
the same at once. Mr.
Haldia expects to move to Denver
the forepart of May and will take
his family overland .by automobile.
Tie State Capital
Matters off General Interest
rsoM
marasmus yeas e
Utterly Disregard the Law.
Believing that express companies
have shown no disposition to obey
the law but on the contrary have
manifested a reckless disregard for
the law and have defied It In nearly
every Instance, Attorney General
Thompson has refused to consent to
the dismissal of the criminal suit of
the state In the Lancaster county
court to compel the companies to pay
flues for failure to flle reports with
the state railway commission as re
quired by law. This statement was
made by the attorney general in
reply to a request from Attorney R.
W. Breckenridge of Omaha to have
the case dropped and devote time to
other litigation which he says in
volves more Important litigation. In
his letter Mr. Breckenridge says the
information in regard' to salaries of
officers of express companies was
not furnished in the form desired by
the railway commission, but that the
facts were placed before the commis
sion, and he promises to place it ia
proper form. The attorney general's
letter Is as follows:
"I have your letter of March 18.
relative to the criminal suits insti
tuted in this county against the ex
press companies. You suggest that
these suits should be withdrawn for
the reason the companies subsequent
to the bringingrof these actions filed
the information with the state rail
way commission which it was re
quired -to file and which it was in de
fault of furnishing at the time the
suits were instituted.
"I know of no conduct on the part
of these express companies that
merits the clemency you suggest.
They have shown little or no dispo
sition to obey the law. On the con
trary they have manifested a reckless
disregard for the law and have defied
it in nearly every instace. Their at
titude has been both exasperating and
reprehensible. I know of no reason
why express companies, conducting
themselves in this way and manner,
should be treated differently than an
individual who has been charged with"
a violation of a penal law and who
is believed to be guilty."
Showing of Nebraska Banks.
The quarterly statement of Nebras
ka state banks, compiled by Secretary
Royse of the banking board, shows
an Increase of half a million dollars
in deposits as compared with the
amount one year ago. Whjle this in
crease is smaller than usual, it is
considered a good showing for a
period covering the recent panic. The
report shows the condition of banks
at the close of business February 28.
Deposits decreased $321,830 since
November 30, 1907. The deposits
February 28 aggregated $64,114,319.
Secretary Royse said ot the showing.,
"It will be seen thax the banks of
Nebraska have emerged from the re
cent financial troubles in a very
strong and healthy condition, the
average reserve of thirty-five per
cent, being two and one-third, times
the legal requirement
"While the Increase in deposits is
not so great as has been reported in
recent years, it must be remembered
that the country has just experienced
a financial panic, the effect of which,
however. Is not so very pronounced
among the banks of Nebraska, ex
cept in the shrinkage of loans of
nearly $200,000.00, which indicates
that the people are slowing up a
little and paying their debts.
"The increase of three per cent in
legal reserve and the decrease of
$47,000.00 in bills payable and notes
and bills rediscounted shows that the
banks at this time are stronger and
better prepared than ever to meet
any emergency that might arise."
Contract? of the State.
This week the Board of Purchase
and Supplies will make contracts for
food and clothing for the wards of
the state. In the thirteen institutions
in which the state maintains wards
there was a population of 4.331 last
fall. This includes officers, employes
and inmates. To feed this army of
people three months it is estimated
that 43.000 pounds of sugar will be
required. According to the consoli
dated report of the state accountant
who has gone over the estimates.
32,525 pounds of beef will be needed,
besides 600 pounds of liver and 21.
620 pounds of chuck beef, and 8,730
pounds of pork and 8.850 pounds of
bacon. Chewing tobacco is one of
the luxuries, bought by the state for
its wards. The superintendents of
institutions ask for a total of 835
pounds of smoking and 3,018 pounds
of "eating" tobacco. Coal oil amount
ing to 1.050 gallons, and 1.675 gallons
of gasoline are on the list.
Lease of State Lands.
Deputy Land Commissioner J. M.
Shlvely has returned from a land
leasing trip. He visited Antelope,
Sheridan. Brown and Sioux counties
and leased all the state land except
one traot in Antelope county and
half a section in Brown county. He
leased 1,120 acres in Sioux county
on the appraised value of $1 an acre
and in addition received for the state
a cash bonus of $106. In Antelope
county he leased one eight acre tract
of state land on an appraised value
of $12 an acre.
Complain of Oil Rate.
A representative of the Kansas Co
operative Reining company of Chan
ute, Kas., called on the Railway com
mission to make a complaint against
the Santa Fe for charging exorbitant
rates for tho shipment of oil into
Nebraska. The oil man said the
rates from Chaaute to Weber, Kan,
2S flee, was $21 a car; the rate
from Weber to Superior, nine miles.
is $22 a car, and only one-half mile
of tale distance Is in Nebraska. He
wants a better rate out of the-town
of Superior for his goods.
lag the decision of the Uafced States
supreme court In the nUnnesnts rate
cane. Attorney General Thompson
urged the adoption of a nuaenre that
would restrain circuit courts, tho
creatures of
toterfer-
ence at legislatioa
after the
state courts had gt
la
tho matter .and tho
the United States
court of
the
findings of tho state
latioa to this effect i
A reso-
time ago at i
general hi St
of attorneys.
Mr.
says:
"The recent ruling in tho Minnesota
case emphasizes the wisdom of tho
resolutions passed by tho convention
of attorneys general and the necessi
ty of congress to enact a .statute ia
conformity therewith. There is no
constitutional impediment to tho en
actment of such a statute since the
federal courts, inferior to the United
States Supreme court are creatures
of congress and their jurisdiction and
authority may be limited and cob
trolled by that body. In my judg
ment the vexation produced by the
granting of injunctions against state
officers, which has the effect to sus
pend state statutes by the power of
the federal courts on an ex parte
showing, may be effectively removed
without injury to the rights of any
one by the enactment of a statute,
by congress, embodying tho idea sug
gested la the foregoing resolution.
"I may add that there would be no
necessity for an act of congress in
conformity with the suggestions in the
resolution adopted by the attorneys
general were the federal judges
throughout the country as considerate
or the interests of the state in sucU,
cases as are the district federal
judges of Nebraska."
Anti-Pass Suit Appealed.
The anti-pass suit flled against Dr.
David T. Martin was appealed to the
supreme court. Martin is a Union
Pacific surgeon. He was prosecuted
under the King act and won out. Tho
state has appealed. This suit is ex
pected to determine the constitution
ality of the King act." The definition
of what constitutes the major portion
of a surgeon's time will be emphas
ized. In the bill of exceptions filed
by County Attorney Hensley and J. J.
Sullivan, the latter acting, as special
counsel, it is stated that Martin re
ceived $30 a year in addition to his
pass. Edson Rich represents the
Union Pacific in the suit
The bill of exceptions denies that
Dr. Martin comes under any of tho
exceptions named as follows: Of
ficers, agents, bona fide employes, the
major portion of whose time is de
voted to the service of such railrod
company, and the dependent mem
bers of their immediate families:
children under 7 years of age; of
ficials and linemen of telegraph com
panies, ex-employes retired from
service on account of age or because
of disability sustained while in the
service of said railroad company and
the dependent members of their im
mediate families, or the widows or de
pendent children of employes killed
while in the service of such railroad
companies ; necessary caretakers of
live stock. " poultry, vegetables and
fruit including transportation to and
from the point of delivery; employes
of sleeping car companies and ex
press companies and railway mail
service employes; newsboys on
trains baggage agents and persons
injured in wrecks and physicians and
nurses attending them.
Better Than He Hoped.
Governor Sheldon, says a Washing
ton dispatch, who came here with a
representative delegation of live stock
growers and shippers for the purpose
of securing an abatement or liftnlg
of the quarantine against scabies, as
defined by the bureau of animal in
dustry of the Agricultural department,
will leave the national capital better
satisfied over the results attained
than he honed for when he left Ne
braska. No License Issued.
Insurance Commissioner Pierce has
refused to issue a license to the Dela
ware Fire Insurance company of Do
"ver to transact business in Nebras
ka during the current year. The
company has been doing business in
this state, buf the insurance depart
ment is not satisfied with its condi
tion as shown by its annual state
ment Must Give Bills of Lading. ,
The railway commission, after con
sidering a complaint of creamery
companies, has decided to Issue an
order requiring all transportation
companies to give bills of lading or
receipts for all goods offered for ship
ment, the receipts to he given on de
mand of the shipper.
To Present Silver Service.
Governor Sheldon and his military
staff will probably start for Saa Fran
cisco April 26 to present a silver
service to the- battleship' Nebraska
and to witness the review 'of the
United States fleet The review is 9
take place May 8.
. National Corn Shorn.
The Nebraska com commission
held a meeting at the Llndell hotel '
at which it urns decided to can a
meeting of the county organisers to
be held in Lincoln where plans for
the work ahead will be perfected.
The commission plans la the end to
secure exhibits for the national corn
show to be held In Omaha next December.-
Efforts wfll be made to in
terest people in various counties in
eorn growing aad in the holding of
county shows in the fall. These will
be visited by the commission.
State After Lee Grior.
The attonrney general Jtos filed a
motioa for a rehearing ia the case oC
Lee Grier of Omaha, who was charged
with embezzling fines collected by
him as clerk of the poliee court. Tho
supreme court recently reversed tho
ease and the state acmtfar m rehear
ing, alleging that at uo'ttme was it
claimed the prosepnChni 'wen prawn
ture or that Grier and farther time- In
which to place tho moawy hi tho
school fundi The state afligta that,
tho tndinctment under which ho was
tried was proper in
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