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THE ' OMAHA- . " ' * DAILY BEE.
SIXTEENTH YEAH. OMAHA. SATURDAY MORNING , JANUAHY 29 , 1SS7. NUMBER 2251 1
THE COMMISSION MUST GO ,
Test Vote in the Homo : on the Paramount
Railroad Question ,
THE MAJORITY FAVOR REPEAL.
An Animated Discussion llctwccn
the KrlciitlH and KOCH of the Meas
ure Oilier Doings In Senate
llciircaeiitntlvcs on Record ,
IjT.NcotiN , Nob. , Jan. 23. iSpcclal to tlic
HKK. I The friends anil enemies ot honest
railroad legislation were brought face to face
this morning In the house of icprcsontattves.
The friends did not ecu ion victory and jet
tlmy won , because they Indicated the pre
ponderance of their numerical sir 'iglh. 1C
the railway commission law Is not repealed
by the present leclslaturu it will bu because
the trickery of Agce , the double-faced
scheming of Wltltinore , and the parliamcn-
tary sharp practice ot the rnilrogtio contin
gent In the house will nioro than match the
desires ot moio than sixty nut ot ono hun
dred representatives who bclle\o that the
railroad commission Is a fraud , the law creat
ing and authorizing It a corporation law , and
who will vole heartily fur its nbollsliniont.
The animated discussion , \vlilcli occupied
nearly nit of the morning session , was pre
luded by a demand from .Mr. Herat that some
action should bo taken on the majority repot t
of the commlttco on railroads. Tlio report
was submitted yrsturday. It recommends
the passage of thu bill to repeal the law cre
ating thu railway commission. When it was
mibmitted yesterday Mr. Agco stated that
there would bo a minority report and asked
until this morning to prepare it. Upon mo
tion of Mr. Wliitmoro the request was
granted. This morning , whan uuder the
regular order of business , the re
ports of standing commltres wcio
called for n largo number were
pent to the spcakci's dek and road by the
clerk. lint no report Irom the minority of the
railroad commlttuo materialized. Fully lif
ted ! bills weio thus repoi ted upon and given
their places on the Illo.
It was then that Mr. Ilorst quite Impatlvely
demauilcd that the report bu forthcoming.
Ho said It was evident thu delay was lor : i
puiposo. H was , probably , to throw the bill
over another day. The tactics being pursued
by the gentleman from Hamilton county
weio like those put sued during the senatorial
contest The people had decided the ques-
tlon abotu the rallioad commission. They
never wanted the law , and now they did not
want the commission. " 1 am in favor of
redeeming our statute Dooks from this dis
grace which has been a blot upon them for
two junis , " said Sir. Ilorst.
Kven alter this peremptory call there was
no icsponso from Agee s desk , although It
was evident that the minority icportwas In
readiness for presentation. In the mean
time live more bills were reported upon , and
it became evident that Mr. Horst had ' 'called
the turn. " The solo object ot the dclny in
the leport was to place the bill , which was in
troduced on the lirst day of the session , as
far down on the calendar as possible. The
feeling among the fricuds of the bill was
Agoo , icarlng tljat ho had stretched the
siting as far as ho could , sent up his report.
It proved to bo In substance what the HICK
telegram of this morning foreshadowed. It
recited that railway commissions existed In
lorty-nlno states and territories ; that they
furnished the only practical method of ad
justing disputes between railroads and the
public ; that although the present law falls
short of what Is required , It is better than no
law , and should bo Improved , not repealed ;
that out of sixty cases consideied by the
railroad commission during two years , torty-
nlno had been decided In laver of the com-
plaininc parties ; that no court could
show a llko record ; that If the law Is to bo
repealed It should bo by passage of a better
After the report had boon read Mr. Smyth
piesonted a resolution that the house rcsolvo
itself Into committee of the whole for con-
Rlileratton of the majority and minority re
Mr. Ageo opposed the resolution , ana Mr.
Caldwell contended that It was improper ,
such action rcuiiirlngsuspuuslon of the rules.
The sneaker nnld that , In substance. Mr.
Smyth's resolution was a motion to suspend
the rules and would bu entertained , but that
it would require a two-thirds vote to adopt It.
Then \Vhltmoroshowcd his line Italian
hand. Ho said that , ' ' \Vhllo 1 have no dis
position , and believe no member of the com
mittee has , to defer action upon these reports ,
set 1 am in favor of letting business take its
natmal course. " Ho advised placing the two
reports upon the general file mid allowing
them to come up when they can.
Mr. Ageo moved as an amendment to Mr.
Smyth's motion that the bill bo placed on the
general lilt1 , but was dcclnioil out of order.
Then ho howled. Ho declared It dangerous
to now consider the reports. Theic were
other bills thatought to bo considered rela
tive to this oiiesUon. If the law , as It now
stands , is a bad one , or Inoperative , amend
It. Hut the housu had no ilglit to relegate to
the waste basket all ot the bills which had
been introduced with the Intent and for the
purpose of giving the people of Nebraska a
Ageo's pro bonopubllco declamation called
forth Mr. Miller , who said that ho would llko
to bo able to give that gentleman credit for
good faith , lint when any Individual who
had lived In Nebraska for two years and had
forced upon his attention the tact that the
railway commission law was a dead letter
and a fraud , and had cost the state 522,000
without returning rmy equivalent whatever
that Individual was either dull of compre
hension or had his eyes blinded by bribery.
Thu railway commission law was an outrai'o
on the people , and the sooner it was wiped
from thi ) statute books the bettor would bo
the standing of the legislature In the eyes ot
Mr. Cald\\ell felt the string pull and lie
orated : Why the legislature snould precipi
tate ht'ro ami now action upon this question
lie could not understand , it seemed to him
to bo undue imste. Repeal this commission
law iiuil the house would htrlko from the cal
endar owry bill which had been Intiodnred
to amend It. Ho was In favor ot clothing
the commission with more power , Hudldn'i
liehe\o the law was a dond loiter. It luu
been the opuiilnir wcdgo which had openei
the eyes of the people to the only method of
preventing railway extortion.
Mr. Hoist pointedly saiil that the argument
by Mr , Caldwell was the strongest nigumenl
for Immediate repeal of the law. Kvery
amemlatoiy bill would of necessity partake
of the tlavor of the original law , \ \ hlclias a
htench In the nostrils of the people. The
railway commlssloneis did not have the le-
Bpt'ct of the people ana did not deserve ro
hpect. It hiul been the experience of the
people all o\er the. state thut the commis
sioners \\cio nonentities. In Polk county i
passenger depot burned down. The rallroai
company elected In its stead a structure
which wasn't lit for chickens to roost In
They had beim appealed to to build a decent
structure. All they weio waiting for was for
the citizens of that county to appeal to the
railway commission , so that the commlssloi
ink-lit Instinct them to put up a better depot
nuil then the lallroad admirers of the com
mis-slon could cry ; "Seo what thn rallwa >
commission has done lor you ! " If thoio was
no railway commission there would ha\o
been a depot of respectublo character nt tha
point long ago.
Mr. Kulper. of Pierce county , colueldri
heartily with the gentleman fron
1'olk , Mr , Her t. The pt-o
pie luvo voted aeatnst the. commission , nnd
their representatives oiiirhtere In dutj
bound to voice their sentiments.
Mr. Aseo again Insisted that the house
should not reln-o to consider the bills uhicl
had been introduced lor the purpose of lui
pioving the commission law.
Mr , Smyth said ; "It Is ti tie that there are
many Important bills to bo considered , llu
there are none so Impottant as this one
There are none upon which wa are as we )
prepaied to act. The question now is no
what are. the merits or demerits of the rail
way commission law , but whether wo sjial
c o into committee of thu whole to coiislile
It t. It Is true that It thu majority report o
too coiuuilttoo bo adopted , that woulu carr >
vllh It all of the proposed amendments to the
ircsent law. That Is the very reason why
he report should bo adopted. The valid ob-
ectlnn to the railway commission Is that It Is
composed of men not elected by the people ,
and the people are not In sympathy with
hem nor they with the people. Lot us con
sider this matter at once.
Wo nro prepared to vo o upon It
low. If the b 11 repealing the commission
aw should pass and It ought to that will
lot prevent the Introduction of sucl. leglsla-
Ion as the gentlemen are now endeavoring
to foist upon us as amendments to the law. "
Sneaker Harlan called Mr. .leary to the
chair and took the lloor. Jin said : "Wcall
airreo tbntthis question Is paramount to all
others. It Is of the lir. t magnitude with the
lieopln of the state. We hear from every
iiolnt and on every hand the volco of thu peo-
jilo complaining of the Iron heel of the cor
porations. There Is no dodging thcuuestion
that the people of Nebraska arc sulTctlngat
the hands ot the corporations of this state.
Are we , then , colnir to try to procrastinate
such legislation for their tellef as It may bo
In our pnwcr to give ? The ueiitloman has
apparently purposely deferred mnklnv his
minority report. In the lirst instance 1
should naooted to place the lepotts on the
general Illi'If thu Kimtleinnn had maitn his
report yesterday , as lie might , I should have
so voted. Hut he asked one day's time ; It
was courteously given him ; and now
to-il.iy ho holds back his tcport until
the list of bills which , on the general Illo
will take precedence to this most Important
one , has been increased by twelve to llfteen
more. This railway commission law was
conceived in thu mind of a coiuoratlon attor
ney. It was brought forth by corporation
lobbyists. These lobbyists were all hero
when the law wns Introduced dnmandlng that
It go upon thn statute books. Not otic section
of It Horn lies-Inning to end Iseltectlvo. I
would bo In favor ot n railway commission
law that would bo good , hut there Is not one
section of this law which Is good lor any
thing. I say. let us repeal 111 Then , It these
gentlemen who are now seeking to piovent
Us repeal by delay , desire to see a commission
law enacted , let them send up their bills. Wo
have only a few more days. 1'iocrastlnation
will cause the matter to go over lor two jears
more. 1 am In tavor of immediate consider
ation of this bill. "
While an opinion Is only conjectural , of
course , it may bo stated that it appealed that
had It not been tor an inopportune , interrup
tion a vote might have been then taken and
two-thirds secured in fnvorof Mr. Smyth'sios-
olutlon so maiked hi been the impulsion
created by Mr. Harlan's toiclble logic. Hut
the reading of the uovcrnor's message dis
tracted the attention of some of the members
who weio undecided as to their position on
thu question , and when it was concluded Mr.
Fuller joined thu opposition In a long speech ,
In the course ot his remarks ho said the pro
position to icpeal the law was llko the at
tempt on the part of unsuccessful hunters
\\lio bad only ciuiL-ht a rabbit and hanged it
alive up by a string , while they shot at it.
Thu lirst shot cut thu string and the rabbit
escaped. The iruntlcman who wanted to
repeal the law would cut the string only and
EO homo without any game at all.
Mr. FIngle said that if a representative had
u duty oil earth , It was to follow out and obey
thu mandate of his constituents. The gentle
man who had just spoken ( Mr. Fuller ) had
not presented a proper compailson. "The
railway commission law Is not a live rabbit.
It's a dead and rotten rabbit and should ba
< lragecd away and buried. ( Applause. ) Ho
proceeded : "Let us do something
lair for once. It lias been the
elTort of the parliamentarians who
love the railway commission so much to
befog their less acute. eolleaKues. They have
sought delay of the bill in order that It may
not Do fairly discussed. Tlio law ought to bo
repealed at once. There Is a law on the
statute books which , if It could bo enforced ,
is good. H Is the Doanc law. This legisla
ture should see to It that the people of the
state can got their rlirhts in the courts of the
counties. Vfo all know that the railroads are
robbing the people every day. Repeal this
Iniquitous commission law , piovido for en
forcement of the Doano law and give the
poopln a chance. "
Messrs. Kayrnond of Lancaster and Peters
of Hoono opposed what they were pleased to
call "hasty action. " Mr. Cannon of Custor
put himself on record as In favor of imme
diate repeal of thn law. Mr. Slater , although
expressing himself dissatisfied with the pres
ent commission law , said be was unable to
vote on the question now.
Mr. Watson said that the very fact that so
many bills were in as amendments to the
commission law proved that the law must bo
seriously defective. Let us wipe It out.
After some further discussion the vote
was taken by ayes and nays. During this
vote Mr. Wliitmoro demonstrated his remark
able ability as a trimmer. When his name
was called , and it was evident that the reso
lution was already lost , more than a third
having already voted nay , he made a very
pietty little speech in favor of the resolution ,
and ureed alt members to vote for It as ho
did. The vote was 65 ayes to 43 nays. When
the bill comes up for final passage It Is be-
lloved it will receive sixty votes.
ProceodlneH of the Senate.
LINCOLNNob. . , Jan. 23. | Special Tele-
giam to the Uii ; : . ] Moro petitions for a law
granting municipal suffrage to women than
have been introduced any day this session
were read to-day In the sonata. From a
friend of this movement I learn that only a
small portion of such petitions have been re
ceived. Senator Keckloy of York presented
a , petition from 200 voters of that county ,
praying for the passage of his bill to prevent
combinations and pools among grain dealer ? .
Your reporter saw Mr. Keckley with refer
ence to the prospects for the passage ot this
Important measure. He said : ' -There Is a
gieat deal of still opposition to the bill by the
lobbyists. They are fairly harrassing senators
who have not taken a lirm stand In favor ol
the hill. They have asked consent to picsont
arguments and papers to prove that no such
state of affairs exists as the bill seeks to re
dress. 1 told them that the committee who
havoropoitml favorably on the measure woio
In possession of an abundance of evidence
to prove the great abuses of this grain pool ,
nnd that we did not care to listen to them.
1 consider It a dangerous state of affairs to
permit a ring In Omaha to lix the prlco of
grain from day to day as It sees lit without ro-
gaid to the maikct price abroad. Despite the
elfortsof the lobby , 1 feel confident that the
senate will pass the bill as recommended by
A communication was read from the attor
ney general with reference to the old vouch
ers left In his hands by the legislature of
Ibs5 for certain expenses and lepalrsat the
penitentiary. It will bn icmcmbered that
reitain Irregularities on the part of Warden
Nobes weru hinted at two years ago , and the
matter was refeircd to the attorney gcneial
for examination. Ills review ot thecaso
tends to exonerate Nobes of dishonesty In
the premises , but holds that thoio was a tin go
of carelessness In thu transaction.
The hour lor calling up the special order
having passed , Mr. Schmlnko demanded
that the sonata proceed to consider thu
Holmes-Butler contest case , and he added ;
" 1 mean business now. " Mr. Majors
moved thu special older bn postponed till : )
o'clock , saying ho had Important legislation
to pinpose. His motion was lost by an aye
and nay vote of 10 to 15.
Mr. Schminko then moved that ( ! ov-
01 nor Duller bu given halt an hour to open
his case , Mr. Holmes one hour to present
his argument , and Jiutlcr to close with half
Mr. Casper seconded this motion. The
chair stated that under the standing rule of
senate , No. IN he had no option in the mat
ter of admitting outsiders to the lloor of the
senate. The i tile says that no motion shall
be deemed In order to admit any persons
whatsoever within thu doors of tlio senate
chamber to present any petition , memorial or
address , or to hear anv such read.
Mr. Schmlnko held that both Duller
and Holmes were practically members of the
senate , only ono holds a certificate and the
The chair suggested that an appeal might
be taken from his decision and rule IS sus
pended by a two-thirds vote.
Mr. Mmklojohn said that such admis
sion would establish a troublesome
precedent. The national house
of representatives has In all Its
history admitted but three outsiders and that
was done by unanimous consent auu not by
Mr. Casper moved an appeal which
was taken and the chair sustained by a tote
ot twenty-four to eight.
Mr , .Sterling moved that rule eighteen
bo suspended und thut tl.o motion of Mr.
Schmlnko ( ta give consent to a hearing ) bo
adopted , lie hoped his motion \YOuJd obtain
tor the reason that the same courtesy had
jecn extended to parties in the senate whoso
Interests were less Important than these
which tlicso gentlemen seek to
represent. He noticed thut no
opposition was made to the admission of
parties to the tloor of the senate to advocate
matters that Interested only the parties them
selves. As the questions which thcso gen
tlemen will present to the senate are of In
terest to themselves , to the electors of this
state and to the senate , U occurred to the
speaker that It behooved the senate to extend
to them such comtcsy as It would bo willing
to extend to thnse who o Intcrcstsaro foreign
to the Interests of thu state.
A two-thirds vote being necessary , the ayes
and nays were called for , being ID and 12 re
spectively. The motion to suspend the rules
was therefore lost.
Mr. Casper moved the adoption of the
minority report , but bcfoio the vote could betaken
taken Mr. Sterling said ho wanted to
have the statement ot thn contestant read.
While the papers were being sent for Mr.
Mciklcjohn , chairman of the committee on
privileges and elections having the contest
case In hand , addicssed the senate at some
length. The discussion will bj resumed at 'J
AKir.l'.N'OOX SKSS10N' .
When the senate mot at o'clock Mr.
Vandemark said : " 1 remember sitting In
that balcony four years aw and seoin : ;
Holdrego and his bliellngs occupy this lloor
In defense of their employers : but when
Governor Hutler , a pioneer ot this state.asks
to bo heaid on this lloor , this senate ictuses
him admission here. I can look back also to
other peiiods of time. 1 know , under the
order ot the house of representatlveson the
expulsion of two members , that body per
mitted counsel to appear on the lloor. 1
voted in the alllrmatlvo to sustain the de
cision ot the chair , nnd I also voted to let
these gentlemen appear on this lloor In refer
ence to this question. Now , I move that we
reconsider the vote to exclude counsel , for I
pledge you my word and honor 1 will not
vote upon this question as to who Is entitled
to this seat until 11now all about It. "
Mr. Kobbins thought the Interests of all
pnitlcs concerned would bo subserved and
the business before the senate better
attended to , by postponing the matter , as
there was a large amount of business now
before the committees which should lecclvo
attention. He theieloro moved that further
consideration of the matter of contest bo
postponed until Monday at U o'clock , which
The committee on revenue reported favor
ably on the passage of senate tiles bO , 12 and
CO , and recommended that senate tile OT he
referred to the special commltteeon township
The commlttco on finance , ways and means
ropoited favorably on senate lilu-18 , which
provides identification of securities for per
manent school lund.
The committee on banks and currency re
ported favorably on senatu lilu ! M , to punish
persons creating indebtedness of any bank
known to be insolvent. This committee also
reported favorably on scnato tile W , relatim :
to banks ,
The commlttuo on school lands repotted
favorably on senate file 5las amendedtor the
relief of patties holding contracts for the pur
chase of leased lauds.
Mr. Sterling ottered a resolution Instruct
ing this committee on railroads to report back
to the senate S. F. Has eaily as 10 o'clock ,
January 2' ' , 18S7. This bill is for the ippe.il
of article 8 , chapter 72 compiled statutes ,
dealing the rallioad commission.
Mr. Suell objected to consideration of the
resolution , insisting that it lay upon the
table ono day under the rules.
Mr. Sterling called the attention of the
senate to standing rule 47 , which provides
that bills referred to committees must be re
ported back to the senate within four days
after such reference , unless further time is
specially granted by the senate. He added :
"Now , this bill was refened on the 12th
lust. , and It occurs to mo ample time lias
elapsed in which the committee could have
considered the bill. 1 deem It unnecessary
that these bills should bu held in the bauds
of committees lor this unreasonable time.
The rule. Is wholesome and my motion should
Mr. Urown said that the committee had
three bills of the same character to consider ,
and wanted a little more lime to report.
Mr. Sterling "As the gentleman says ,
there are other bills of a similar character ,
but they arc of such a nature that they can
bo icported back very readily , othnr ! lavor-
ably or adversely ; and bills that might bo
subsequently Introduced , it certainly would
seem to me , would have no special bearing on
the adoption or rejection of those bills which
seek the repeal of that part of the law ; and
the practice of ictaining bills in the hands of
this committee , especially until ucaily the
closing days of thu session , is 0110 that cer
tainly cannot be commended , and tiiey have
had this matter under consldeintlon since the
Mr. Urown "It was the 18th. "
Mr. Sterling "Well , the 18th would make
it ten nays , which would nivo six days mine
than ( hi ; rule allows the committee In which
to icport. It is ridn and proper that this
senate should have that bill with the corn-
nilItteo's repoit. "
The question bclnir upon a motion for sus
pension ot the rules and adoption ot the reso
lution of thu gentleman from Killinoie ( Ster
ling ) the ayes and nays were called lor and
thu motion lost by a vote nt IS to it. :
Mr. Dmas of Saline raised the point that
although the motion to suspend the udes and
and adopt the icsolutlon had been lost , rule
17 says very clearly that every bill shall bn re
ported back to thu senate by the commlttco
within four days , and ho believed that im
mediate action should be taken by the com
mittee and the bill icpoited back to the
Mr. Itobblns moved that the committee bo
given until Tuesday morning to repoit on thu
bill , which was carried.
Mr. Snoll offciod a lesolution that the em
ployes of the senatu as eniiinciated In section
in , chapter-IS , complied statutes , be allowed
the sum ot li per day , nnd under suspension
ot the rules the resolution wns adopted.
Mr. Drown ottered u lesolution th.it the
manuals be furnished the senate , which was
Senate file No. 1 , to piohiblt non-resident
aliens fioin holding property , was passed.
Senate file No. 2 , to constitute eight hours a
day's labor , was recommitted.
Senate Illo No. s > , relating to divorce and
alimony , was pas < ed.
Senatu Hie No. 13 , lulatlng to notatlcs pub-
lie , was passed.
H. H. No. W , appropriating SI5.000 to meet
the Incidental expenses of the session , passed
the senate to-day ,
H. K. No. 81. appropriating 5.10,000 lo meet
the salaries of members , olllcers and em
ployes of this session , passed the senate
A message was received from thn governor ,
transmitting a letter troin Colonel August
Cotts , of Fort Niobrara , calling attention tc
the fact that the state hail never ceded federal
authority to that fort , and asking leglstlon In
sn.vATK IIIM.S ixTiionurr.ii.
Hy Committee on Township Organisation
I'lovldimr limit of fees for county ollicers.
Hy Same To govern assessors and assess
Hy Same Fixing time of meetings of
boards of supervisors.
Hy Same Providing that county and pro
duct Juonds shall bo approved by county
Hy Wright Memorial and joint resolution
to congress leqncstlng that the money col
lected by congicsilonal act of August 5,1WJ1 ,
bo returned to state treasuiers of every state
from which such collections were made.
This was a dliect tax of § 20,000,000 appor
tioned among the states , and after postpon
ing Its enloieement many years , the southern
states being in arrears , it Is held that the
money should bn returned to the people of
the states from u hence it came.
Hy Molklejohu To make all railroads public
By Llnlngcr Requiring lallroads to run
excursion trains once a week.
Hy Hrown To rcdlstrlct the state Into sen
Hy Colby To make chattel niortcases to
seemo nsureis1 contracts absolutely void.
Jly Colby To provide for publication of
names of all soldiers and marines.
By Snell To establish a noiuial school at
falrbury , Neb.
Hy Sntll To tax bleeping and dinlnc cars
Hy Casper Toauthorlzeeountlesaml cities
to Issue bonds for Internal Improvements
amount to be determined by the county bolrd.
Hy Heartwell In relation to the erection
of soldiers' monuments or memorial halls.
Hy Holmes Fixing penalty for seduction.
Hy Heartwoll 1'roviding for Issue ot bonds
for Internal Improvements not exceeding 10
per cent ot all taxable prouerty. r
By JIolrncs-To limit school tax ,
Hy Kent To request congress to pass
latch's experimental station bill.
Hv Conger To provide Inspectors for oils
and mineral- bo offered for sale.
A number of bills were put upon second
Doings In Uic House.
LINCOLNNeb. Jan. 2 * . jSpecinl Telegram
to the Uin. : | Nearly the whole of the
nornlnir session of the house was occupied In
.hodiscussion . of amotlon by Mr. Smyth that
the report of the majority of the committee
on railroads and the report of the minority
) f the same commltteeon the bill lo repeal the
aw creating the railroad commission bo con
sidered In commlttco of the wholn at once.
Mr. A gee and others favoring the minority re-
Dort opposed the motion , moving as a substl-
: ute that the reports bo placed on
.ho general file and take the usual course.
Mr. Agce's minority icport had been dc-
ayed until It was demanded , Indignantly , al
most , by Mr. Ilorst and others.
It waj evidently the Intention
of the opponents of the bill to
delay consideration of the majority repoit
Favoring the passage of the bill to icpeal the
law , while the minority lepoit opposes It on
a specious ground that the law can bo made ,
by amendatory cnnctmcuti.more effective. It
roquliodntwo-thlids vote to carry Mr.Smyth's
motion , ami in leality the vote on the motion
was desired at a test of the feeling of the
house on tlu < bill to repeal. During the dis
cussion Messrs. Sm > th , Miller , liar-
Ian , Ilorst nnd Tingle made ringing
speeches favoring conildiuatlun of the
reports at once. Mr. Harlan uncovered
the object ot Mr. AROO and others who op
posed consideration ot thutcpmts by charg
ing them with holding back minority reports
until tifteen or twenty other bills had been
repotted on , so that consideration of this
"paramount question , " as Mr. Hnilan called
It , should bo delayed , If possible ,
until lain In the session , and
possibly until too late to take action at all , as
In tin ) regular older of business all these bills
and a number preceding them should bo
( list consideied In the committee of the whole.
On call of the ayes and nnys.Mr. Smyth's mo
tion tailed to leccivotho leqtiislto two-thirds ,
but the vote Indicated that when the repoits
do come tip In committee of the wholn the
majority report will bo adopted. Tlio follow
ing was the vote :
Aves Alexander , Andres , Ualley , Dalian ! ,
Dentley , Dicks. Cameron , Cannon , CraU ,
Dempster , Klsloy. Ellis , Kwlnir , Fuclis ,
Satchel , Schwab , Slmins , Simauek , Smvth ,
Sullivan. Tingle , Turner , Tyson , Underfill ! ,
Vnach , Watson , Wothcralil , White. Whit-
more , Wjlhelmsen. Wilson , Wolenwcber ,
Wright , I'ouug and Harlan 5 > .
NAYS Abrahamson , Acce , Alkcn , An-
diews , Habcock. Dalrd , Dowman , Dro\\n ,
Caldwell , Cole , Cope , Crane , Dickinson. 1)11-
ler , Feiiton , l-'ox , Frant/ , Fuller , ( iaffnrd ,
( iarvoyicen ! , Kennuj' , KnoLlesvoltl , Mar
shall. McCann , MelCenn , Minnix , Newcomer ,
NoriiH , I'ombertou , Peters , Randall , Kay-
mend , Shamp , Slater , Sweet , Thornton ,
Tracy , Truesdell , Wanllaw , W'llsey , Yutzy
Of these votlnc nay , Mr. Slater nnd one or
two others will probably vote to apptove the
majority repoit ot the committee , and Messrs.
Hauett and Kggleston. who did not vote to
day , will also support it. The house will
therefoie in all likelihood repeal the railway
commission law , which has been such a
stench In the nostrils ot the people. After
the defeat of Mr. Smyth's mo
tion , Mr. Agee/s motion to place
the reports on the general lilo prevailed -
vailed without opposition.
During the forenoon Mr. Underbill pre
sented a petition for the passage of the bill
for the protection of women and girls from
felonious assault. Jtvas accompanied by
petitions from. Merrlk. Franklin , Saunders ,
Adams , Nemaha , I'kwnoo , Lancaster , Knox ,
Madison , Nuckollsaud Niuico counties. The
bill witli petitions was re-rcfericd to the oom-
mitten on iudiciarv.
The following committee reports were
Kucommendtng the passage of the Fuller
Recommending the passage of the hill
obliging trimming and cultivating hedges
Kecnmmending tlm adoption of the resolu
tion regarding a veterinary school , and also
the resolution recarding protection ot bwino
from contagious diseases.
Recommending the passage of Caldwcil's
jury bill ; the passage ot the bill legulating
township organi/atloiis ; the adoption of the
joint memoiial nnd resolution regard 1 112 the
Kucvals land bill ; the passage of the bill
obliging railway companies to heat their
cars bv steam : the passage of the bill prohib
iting games ol chance in saloons , except bll-
Ilanls ; the passage of the bill nrohlbltiiii'
ciueltyto animals ; the passage o the bill
paying additional clerics of thu last census ;
the passage ot the bill prohibiting Uic. em
ployment of children under twelve years of
ago more than four months in thu year ; the
passage ot the bill regulating the hours ot
labor , as amended : the passage of the bill to
further legulatu methods of taxation.
Recommending that the bill providing for
collection of taxes by dlstiess , do not pass.
The ropoit was adopted.
A message was received from ( Jovernor
Thayer urging the IceMattirc to cede juiis-
dicuon of the Nlobinia ictcivalion to the
United States. The message was loterred to
the committee on judiciary ,
The house then took a iccess until 2 p. in.
In the afternoon fiuther reports from com
mittees were received as follows :
Recommending Indefinite postponement of
the bill providing lor supervisors ot elec
tions in cities ot'-tho second class and In
towns of counties under township organiz
ation. The report was adopted.
Recommending the passage of the bills :
To lix duration ot terms of supervisors In
counties under township organization ; to
assess cost ot bridges over f > oo feet long on
the whole county ; ninendint' thu law regulat
ing county ollleers ; to protect primary elec
tions and conventions of political parties by
implying election laws theieto ; to create a
bureau of labor and Industrial statistics , as
Recommending indefinite postponement of
McConaughy's bill , lelatlng ; to schools.
Hy a resolution , which was adopted , the
committee on judiciary were lenuested to
prepare and introduce a bill giantini ; a dis
count to pai ties pay In. taxes on the lirst day
they become due.
Hy a resolution , also , the commlttco on
asylums and Insane hospitals were requested
to visit thosa Institutions.
IIII.I.H iNruoDuri. ; ] ) .
The following new bills were introduced :
Dy Denlluv Thatnnvperson having an an
imal injured by an unlawful ilencu shrill re
cover damages together with cost of suit und
a leasonahlo attorney feo.
Hy McKenna ( upon a petition of the
board ol county commissioners of Knrny
county , Neb , ) Asking that section 7 of chap
ter ! W of compiled statutes be so amended
that each ro id district shall elect Its own
road supervisor and that each division bo
supplied with separate ballot boxes.
Hy Russell To amend section 10 of chajH
tor 2b entitled "fees" and to lepeal said sec
Hy Pcmberton To establish a normal
school at Fnhbury. Jellerson county , Neb
raska , and to pio\i < ! u lor the building nnd
maintenance of Um same.
Dy Ptimbuiton For the relief of U.K.
Dy Dillcr For the icllef of Gcorco M ,
HyCrano To establish three additional slate
normal schools in Nebraska , ono In North
Loup Valley county , and making appropria
tions tliurefore , and two others us herein
after provided for.
Hy Sullivan To provide for salary ol
clerks of the district court , their deputies and
Hy Cope To amend section 220 of chapter
21 of thn criminal code ot Nebraska.
Hy Andrews To amend section 1 of an act
to lueato the Nebraska state reform school ,
also to auicud chapter 75 of the compiled
states of Nemaska entitled "Reform
Hy Schamp To prevent the growth and
spread of noxloiiH weeds.
Hv CaUhu'll Making railroad companies
Hablo for damages done to their employes.
Dy Underbill To amend section 100 of
chapter 77 of the compiled statutes.
Hy Yutzy To pievent thu fraudulent con
tracting ot debts.
Also To abolish all exemptions of prop
erty from sale on execution for the purchase
Hy Kenney To amend section 21 , sub-
llvlslon 14 of chapter 7J ot tbe compiled
statutes of Nebraska entitled "Schools. "
Hy Cr.tlg To establish a state normal
cboql at or near the city or town of Craig ,
Hurt county , state of Nebraska.
Dy Smvtti To amend sections t and 5 of
chapter 77 of the compiled statutes of issi.
Mitltlcd , "Revenue. " ( The substance of this
jlll was given yesterday. I
Dy Smyth To declare Illegal and to pro-
unit railroad companies orcanbed and
lolni ; business within this state trom enter-
ni ; Into pool contracts , orcontracts to charge
an agreed rate lor the carrhgo of goods or
passengers carried within this state ; and to
provide tor the recovery by any person of any
moneys paid to any rail toad company for the
carriage of goods or pa-isongcn within this
state while such company is violating the
provisions of tills act.
Also To regulate charge for transmitting
tclujrraph dispatches nnd providing a penalty
theieof and providing for the liability of tclo-
Also Provldlnc for the assessment of real
and chattel propeity.
Ale Providing tor tlio adoption ot stand
Dv Fox To provide that a man ledwoman
shall have exempt from attachment , execu
tion nnd forced sale thu same personal piop-
crty ami leal estate as a homestead allowed
under the law to a married man.
Also To amend section ft'Jl of thn code of
civil piocedure of the state of Ncbiaska ,
and to tepeal sild section 521.
Dy lialley To amend section -10 , chanter
20 , compiled statutes ol Ibs5 , entitled "Elec
Dy Wardlaw To authorize the purchase of
land and to appropriate therefore for tlm use
of the Institution tor thu feeble minded at
Hv Feiiton To amend section 12fi , section
1"0 and section 131 ot the compiled statutes
of Nebraska , chanter 7" , entitled "Rovenuo.1'
Hy Craig To amend sections M and 15 of
chapter ! ! . ! of the compiled statutes of Ne
braska , entitled "Fraiidi. " '
Hy Whltmoio To establish the Nebraska
Darymcn's association and to provide tor the
dissemination of knowledge lulatlng to dairy
matters thiouiriinut the stale.
HyTreaey To amend subdivision 1 and 2
of section l1 * , article 2 , chapter 2 of the com
piled statutes of 1SS5.
Dy Smyth To amend section of chapter
77 , entitled "Revenue. " of the compiled stat
utes of Nebraska.
Also To amend section 1 of chapter 51.
entitled "Mechanics' and Laborcts' Liens , "
of the compiled statutes of Nebiaska.
Also To amend section 5 of chapter en
titled "Interest" of the compiled statutes of
Dy Raymond To provide for labor per
formed In the erection , lepalriug , or removal
of any house , mill , mnmilaetory or appurte
Hy Hentley To amend section ( .chapter 70 ,
compiled statutes ot Nebraska entitled "Now
Dy Nlchol To amend section 11 , chapter
79 of the compiled statutes of Nebraska to
provide pay for surveying.
A Iso To amend section , chapter 4S com
A Iso To nrovldc for a geological survey of
the state ot Nebraska.
COMMIT n : * : or Tim WHOM : .
The house went Into committee ot tlio
whole. Mr. Smyth in the chair , and re
ported , upon arising , recommendations that
tlio following measures pass :
Incorporating the Nebraska division of
Sons ot Veterans.
John A. Logan memorial and resolution.
Providing for ro istei.s ot deeds In coun
ties of certain population. This last bill wns
amended so that the registers of deeds
shall bo elected at the next election In coun
ties having morn than U > ,003 population at
the census of li > S5 or increasing to a gieater
population than that lignro in subsequent
censuses. Tlio pecular hguro. 1H.003 , was Inserted -
sorted because some counties witb 18,002
population In 18ST do not want registers.
The report of. the committee was adopted ,
nnd the house adjourned until to-morrow a t
10 n. m. l
Several of the bills introduced to-day , are
of Inteicstniid will bo printed in the HIE : to
NEW yoUK STOCKS.
The Market Fairly Active nnd Prices
In l.'nvor of the Hulls.
Niw : Yonic , Jan. 23. [ Upccial Telegram
to the Dii.J : : The stock market was fairly
active to-day and the course of prices was In
favor of the Dulls. The slrlko among coal
handlers and longshoiemen was still a bear
factor , but its Influence on the mnikct ap
peared to bo on the wane , It was icpurtcil
that several confciences had been held with
the strllccrs and that a settlement might bo
olfccted at any moment. As it was conceded
that with the strike out of the way stocks
would rally sharply , a good ninny trailers
began buying in anticipation of favorable de
velopments. From a very weak opening the
maiket quickly rallied and shoits bean to
cover , causing an advance of 1 per cent
thioughoiit thu list. There was still some
talk that the inter-stale commeieu bill
might receive Its death blow at the
hands ol the president. The big shorts ,
however , stood steadily on their Hues and roused -
( used to bo lilglitoned by conjectuies from
the bull standpoint. The close of the Lon
don maiKet shows an impiovemcnt of J-w.if ( ?
per cunt , and this hoped to brace thu market
against the selling which followed the early
tally. A noticeable leatuio in the market
was the laet that outsiders weio doing very
little. It was even claimed that thu weakness
ot the London market iccently was In a great
measuiu duo to manipulation fiom this Hide.
A bear fattno was an advance ot another
K per cent in exchange caused by a scarcity
ot commercial bills. There was not much
activity alter midday , and prices were held
steady. Just before thecloso Richmond A ; West
Point was maiked upy percent and the
last quntalons were at top prices. Appaiontly
the temper of speculation wns leaning moio
to the bull side than lor some tliuo past. The
eloslnc prices were about tlm best of the day.
The total sales were about 2.'jOOUO shares.
Thn Alton Koad Hotaliatcs.
CuiCAfio , Jan. 2S. r.SpccIal Telegram to
the Iiii : : . It Is announced that the Chicago
it Alton , which has been getting badly cut
out on all classes of Kansas City freight by
the nl. Paul and Northwestern connection
with thu Union 1'acltlo Mai y-hvlllo cut-off , has
determined , since redress cannot bo had
through the Southwestern association , to
jemulate it themselves. Thu Alton has , It is
said , perfected arrangements with thu Mis
souri Pacific for taking through business via
Kansas City to Omaha and nil points In Ne
braska , nnd whatever rates the St. Paul and
Northwestern make to Kansas points , the
Alton will make to Omaha and N'ePraslca
points. Thlsnetlon Is certain to break up
the Western Trallie association and lead to a
serious war on western rates at least until
the Inter-state commerce bill goes Into effect ,
U'nlmsli Wur Tickets.
ST , Loi'sJan,2S. ! The railway passcngci
ticket scalpers are selling In this city large
numbers of the old Issue of Wnbash tickets ,
over which there will bo a great deal of liti
gation before It Is filially decided whether
they are worthless or not. The tickets arc
those issued when .Solon Humphries was
picsldcntof the \Vab.ish , and \\eiepntout
in largo blocks dm Ing thn war on lates lncl <
dent to the cntratico of the \Vah.ish Into
Chicago and alterwards repudiated. The
brokers will ask Judge ( Jresham lo decide
whether or not they can now bo used.
The Cnltlo 1'lnciie In IllinnlH.
SriUNfiKiiM : ) , 111. , Jan. 23. The answer
cf thullvo block commission was delivered
to the speaker this morning In answer to the
resolution passed by thu house last week , ro-
ijuestliiL' information as to the condition ol
pleuio-pneumonia in the state. The unswei
alliims that 2,000 moie cattle that have been
exposed to thu dlscaso will bu quarantined in
addition to 2.V)0 , ) already quarantined , ThlH
will bu followed bj an appraisement and tin
diseased ana exposed cattle will bo shmgh'
Hcnttlc's AfcHallunt Convicted.
Niw : YOIIK , Jan. 2S. The jury In the east
of Louis Hleral , charged with attempted
assassination of surveyor of thopoit , Heattiu
found him us charged , to-day , nnd iccom
mcudcil hitu to thu mercy of thu court ,
THE OK EAT STIUKE.
Along New York's Wntor
Niw : YOUK , Jan. 23. Huslness on the
river front this morning was almost paralyyed
and with the exception of n small amount of
freight being moved by creen hands on ono
or two piers , very llttlo has been done on the
tocksofthoprlnclp.il steamship companies
since the strike of the longshoremen com-
nenced. Thoslrlkers aieconlldcnt they will
succeed and gain their demands. The next
novo will be to get the pilots on ocean
steamships to eomo ouU The pilots
ire or&uilz > d , and should the order go
out for them to quit work the strikers
"iopo to stop all irans-Atlnntle slcamers
"torn sailing in and out of the port , ThK
inion men claim , will compel the steamship
companion to come to tuims. At the Na-
Inn.U line dock , this mnruliu' , sixty men
licked up finui various sotuces were paid oh
is tlmy were Incompetent.
The Wyoming was bolne unloaded by non-
iniou men , and the sailors of the vessel.
riie latter weio paid thttty cents per hour In
addition to their wages as seamen. The gteen
muds were Immediately taken In chargeby
members of the longshoremen's union ,
and were 01 ganl7 ( > d and became p.ut of the
strikers' union. The l-'rln Is not more than
halt loaded. She- should have sailed yester
day. Dy Monday the vessel will bo loady
lor sea. Tuo Helvetia , of the same line , lies
nt tlm other side of thn dock with the bulk
of her eariro still aboard. Atmlr * are just
about the same nt the ( inion line docks. The
Old Dominion company have 200 men at woik
and sav they can get all tlmy want.
Judging from the Indications to-night
50uoo , toimsliotomcn , coal handleretc. . , will
lie out on strlku to-moriow. The freight
handlers who unload cars at the inllioad
docks sympathise with the strikers and will
probably quit work to-morrow. At to-dav's
meeting ot thn ocean assembly of longshoiu-
nien many non-union men nnd many freight
handlers were admitted to membership. The
bands employed nt tlm docks ot the Stnnlng-
tou line , Hamburg line , People's Line nnd
Pennsylvania load will probably go
out to-moriow. The non-union men
employed at thn Ward Uno docks
struck for union rates. The men employed
In loading thu San Marcos nlso struck tor 40
cents per hour for dny work nnd 00 cents for
night work. Their demands were granted ,
temporarily it is undeistood. The men have
joined the ocean association nnd will proba
bly strike to-morrow. The employes , In
bodies , ol tluco laipo comparlus have applied
lor admission to the unto They number
nearly2,000. Delegates nr ietl\oly engaged
In organizing every branch of labor around
the pieis and docks of the three cities. In
Brooklyn an air or sympathy Is rife among
the working classes which Olds fair to in
clude many branches of industry other than
those alieady affected.
Five unions of Icngsboremen , which In
clude all of the handlers of Iretght along the
Kixst river , held a meeting to-night and
airiced to lolusu to handle any freight ot the
Old Dlmlnlon lino. They will refuse to
handle any Height of nny of tli boycotted
companies. They pledge themselves to sup
port their striking brutlnen on the North
river and lower haibor and also the Knights
of Labor in their light against the Old
The Unlucky Thirteen.
CHICAGO , Jan. 2S. The employes of Sol/ ,
Schwab & Co. , boot and shoo manufacturers ,
wont on a strike to-day except thirteen girls.
The number out Is 225 men , girls nnd boys.
An attempt by the firm some weeks ago to
luduco the wages of Um girls on certain work
led to a successful strike on their part. Dur
ing the trouble the gills began oigani/.lng as
Knights of Labor and have since succeeded
in enrolling all their numberexcept thliteen ,
who steadfastly declared they would not join.
The demand from the kniuhts that thu thir
teen bo discharged was icf used by the linn
and the strike followed to-day.
THAT TIIUN'K auTuDEU.
The Victim Intely a Resident or Pa-
pillion , Neb.
Niw YOKIC , Jan. 28. Uuger , arrested on
suspicion of being the perpetrator ot the
trunk murder , was arraigned nt the tnmtis
police court cliarired with murder. Ho ex
hibits stolid IndllTeruncu , and when asked If
he desired to make any statement simply
sneered and turned ills head away. At the
request of Inspector Dyrncs , Unger was ro
maiuled to police hcadquatturs. Hohlo , the
murdered man , was about thirty-six years of
age , five feet , eight inches high , and weighed
irx ) pounds. One of the fingers on one baud ,
It Is not known which , was stiff. Ho was
bom In ouuof the eastern provinces of Prus
sia. He came to this country some years ago
and tr.uelcd to California and Oiegou , wheic
he engaired in business at thn mouth of thu
Columbia river. Last July he came east. Ho
then had a draft lor Sl-00 on somu Oiegon
bank , wlilc.i ho exchanged for a Cerman
draft , ns he was going across tlio ocean to
settle up some property in licrmnny. He was
away two months and icturncd in the fall
this tlmu with a Hamburg draft forSl.200 ,
which ho exchanged and went west again ,
Hu went to a place called Papillion , Neb. ,
but ictuiued almost Immediately nnd depos
ited 81,100 in the savings bank hero. Unger ,
the pilsoncr , strictly iris's ' that Hohlo wont
to Chicago last week. icplled to an ad
vertisement inserted by ( ngor for n partner ,
but could notagieu on terms. Unger Induced
Hnhle to come and live with him. It is
thought tl at all the tlmu Unger was matur
ing the scheme to get rid ol Dohle nnd secure
his money , Amusements were madu to
night to have thn plumbing on the Ridgu
street house examined. A woman told thu
police that on Thursday or Filday night she
met Unger carrying a pail of something fiom
Ills room to the sink In the hallway , and that
when ho met her ho turned his head. This
was something ho had never done Ditforo. It
Is thought possible that the pall may have
contained the mutilated head ot the iniir-
Til 13 MIXI3UB WIN.
Hostage .Sollgmnii Redeemed hy
HII.IN'A : , Mont. , Jan. 28. Albert . ) . Sellir-
nian , who was yesterday hold as hostage for
the payment of salailes duo the employes at
the mines twenty-live miles from heiu , tolo-
( 'raphcd Immediately to his lather , the Now
York banker , asking for assistance , and sayIng -
Ing that It tlio company did not pay the men ,
ho would not answer for the consequences
for the protection of thu property or himself.
Thn amount Involved is S75.000. J. & W.
Sllgman & Co. , owning but a portion of the
company's stock , Immediately telegraphed
money to Helena tor the payment of thu men
anil the lelcaso ot thu company's properly
nnd Sellgman. About midnight last night
Mr , Sellgman wns released upon n messenger
being sent to the men by Covornor Hanson ,
who guaranteed thu money for Sellgman
and thu company. Thu men treated the
prisoner and all patties with thu utmost
lespeet nnd courtesy , and protected thu
property of the company. No disposition
was shown to injure any one. Sellgman was
paroled and allowed the fieedom of thu
camp on his won ! of honor that ho would
not leave , and thut payment would bu made
to thu men , etc.
\Vnnt the Itond Hold ,
CIIICAOO , Jan. 2i A bill to but aside the
foreclouru gale ot the Plymouth , Kankakeo
& Pacific railroad , which line has long been
Known as a pait ol the Indiana , Illinois A ;
Iowa road , was tiled hero to-day In the fed
eral cnciilt court by Robert D. Knnis and
others. They ask that the sale bo declaied
void and that the propeity , which isoith nt
least 5 KUJO ) , , be resold , this time lor the
benefit of the bondholders.
Ooiild Iluyti Another Knnd ,
Lrrn.i : ROCK , Ark. , Jan. 25. I'ho sale of
the Llttlo Rock & Mississippi liver railroad
was'mado to-day U ) Jay ( iould who paid
Sl.bOO.OOO for tl. The Mdo previously made
had been net tisidu for nuii-compllauco with
' 1 he Contest in Indlan'i.
IxniANAi'oi.is , Jan ss in the joint ses
sion of thu general fcc mn , to-iUy , another
ballot lor senator vas , UU-ii , vuth no change
In thu lesuU
General Confusion In tlio District Over His
Nou-Ooufmnation By tlio Sonnto ,
SPARKS AND THEOFFICEHOLDER
Maryland Democrats CJrcntly Mystl
lied ns to the 1'rcsldent'n Imtest
Appointment National Cut-
The Mmldlo About Mntthcwn.
W.viHixoTON' , Jan. S3. ( Special Tele gram i
0 the Dni.l : There Is general confusion In *
this District over the rolectlon by the snnnto >
of Matthews , the coloiod man , to bo recorder
of deeds. Not only has the senate rejected
this appointment twlce.but H Is Investigating
to see If hlsi appointment the second ttmo 13
not unconstitutional , as the constitution pro
vides that appointments shall bo made "by
and with the advice and consent of the
senato. " Sineo Malthewa was lirst rejected
It Is claimed by many that a vacancy In the
olllco has existed , and that there Is no legally
chosen oftleer In It now. Members of the
Liar are considerably winked up over It. It
Is held that such Instruments ns nro now
placed on record are of no legal effect ,
and that It will bo necessary to havu
congiess pass nn enabling net to
Icgatlzo them. On the other hand ,
It is claimed that It Is the duty of tlio recorder
to continue on duty till his successor Is ap
pointed , In eider that the business Interests
of thu District should bo protected , and that
should there bo no ono appointed nnd con *
llrmed lie can legally hold olllco until nftor
the adjournment of the senate. While much
can bo said In favor of Matthews continuing
to sign his name as recorder of deeds , some
nru doubtful on the subject , mid have adopted.
n rule only to plaeo on iccord such papers ns
It Is Imperative to Illo for tlm protection oC
property interests. Whonarepoiterbroachcd.
the subject to Matthews , who was In charge.
of Ids olllcu and work going on as nsuiil this
morning , he declined to say anything about
It , saying ho did not want to bo Interviewed.
nr.i't'iii.ioAxs TO TIU : IIKSCUK.
The lepubllcan senate has come up to the
help of tim democratic ollicoholdors against
the reformers In their own partv. In thu last
sunilrv civil appuiprlation bill there was nu
Item of SoOO.OOO to pay the tegisters nnd 10-
celvcrs of land otlices salaries ol SH.OOO each.
in lieu of thu fees they had been Retting. An
mldltlounl Item nppiopiiated 3120,000 to pay
thn Incidental expenses of such hind olllces.
That gieat expounder of thueonstltutlon and.
statutes , William Andiew Jackson Sparks , ,
rondnied a decision to the elfect that olllco'
rents , fuel , light , clerk him and so on word.
not contingent expenses , but must be paid'
for by the register or receiver out of his salary - "
ary ot ? : i,000. In this way some of the olll-
einlslio hud been getting fiom $1,003 to
SO.OUO n j enr out of their olliees weio ciiU'
down to P1.200 or 51.500 , and the more busi
ness tlio less they got , tor nil the clerk hira
camu out of their pockets. In order to cir
cumvent Sparks the republican appropriation
committee , having been appealed to by the
olllcials wlio were unable to do anythlua ,
with Randall and Holman , have Inserted livi
thu bill tor next year n piovlso that the 33,000
salary shall be exclusive of an allowance foe
office lent , etc. , and the Rum lor expenses Ig.
made more dchnltu.
TUB WASHINGTON MONUMENT EI.r.VATOIf.
The senate com mitten In thu sundry civil
bill has made provision tor running the ele
vator In the Washington monument Con
gress appropriated money to construct aa
elevator to take people to tlio top of the mon
ument , but lalled to make provision for running - ,
ning it , so that the machlno lias bron lyliiK-
idln for a year and the men in charge of the ,
monument havu had to explain at length to ,
every visitor thu icason ho or she lias to walla
up the f > 00 stairs with an elevator , cold uiuti
iueit , before them , Tlm house In the bill
just passed failed again to make n provision
lor tlie.elovator , but the senate has tilled the
gaps and the machine will have funds alter
the 1st of next July. Ono loses his confi
dence in the statesmanship ot thu country
when ho lias to walk up roe stairs to see the
view from the top of the monument.
M STll'ini ) MAin LANDK.US.
The president to-day sent to the senate
single and alone thu name of Kdward W .
Mealy , ol Hngeisiown , j Mil. , to be consul at
Munich , and people ate woiideilng what it all
means. It is not customary to send a single
nomination to the senate. The appoint
ments nru usually allowed to accumulate till
there me a do/en orbo , but this one comes In
all nlonu and the nnsteiv Is therefoie om-
phasl/ed. Kdwaid W. Mealy Is the leader oC
the icforin democrats of Mntyland. Ho Is'
the enemy ot Senator ( ionium , who icprc-
scnts the machine of tiiopaity. Mealy lias
never sought ollice. Hu Is a man of great
wealth nnd social pinmlnuiico In the Mary
land aristocracy. Hu has spent thousands of
dollais in tiyiug to oveithrow thu orcani/.a-
tlon of which Senator ( iorman and Kuzono
Higglns mo the head. Ho has done
this Irom practical duty and has alwajH wild
he would not accept olllcu. Now he Is ap
pointed to n consulate of thu second class ,
one ot the most agieenblo ones ns n place
01 residence and ono which Is usually
smmht by people who have children to edu
cate. It cannot bo leai tied whether ho will
accept or not. It cannot bo learned whether
the appointment Is mailo at thu reuuest oC
( iorman or is n slap In his lace. Mealy Is his
bitterest foe nnd is not n man who would
surrender a principle for an olllco. It Is
still less probablu that ho would leave the
contest upon which ho entered two years
ngo because ho mot with a temporary defeat
nt the last election. Thu lolorm democrats
showed more strontrly than nny ono sus
pected they had. II Mealy wanted the olllco
the president uavu It to him as a compliment
regardless ol ( loruian , but the Mnrylanders
will Uu excited till they hud out why ,
Dy Ulifction nt tlm president First Lieuten
ant L. II , Strober , First infantry , has been
detailed ns military piolessor nt thu Virginia
Agrlciiltiual and Mechanical college at
Dlnckstiurg , Vn. , vlco First Lieutenant J. ( J. *
Cresham , Seventeenth cavalry , lellovcd nt
his own icqucnt.
Captain James Roekwell. Jr. , ordnance de
partment , Is ordered Irom Rock Island arao-
nal to.iaekhon and Pass Christian , Missis-
Mppl , and to Fort Jackson und St. Phillips ,
Louisiana , on public business ,
Captain C , l < \ Palfrey , ordnance depart
ment , isoideredlrom Oiwitco , N. Yto Forts
Porter and Niagara on public business.
M.NA'IOIt I'AIIl'H bON MIOOTS.
A lively shooting nllalr omined to-night
about 10 o'clock In tlm bar loom of Weleker'o.
Senator Fall's son , James C , Fnir. jr. , wan
In the cafe whun o.vCougrussman 1'ago , of
California , came In and the voting man asked
him to diink. Pai o icfnsed and young Fair
diew n pistol and hied It. Page , luckily , hit
Ilio pistol and thn ball struck thu celling.
Page took the pistol away from the senators
son and thu latter was taken by n
couple of servants acioss the street
to his hotel and put to bed.
pn.Nsio.sM onNTID. : .
Pensions wore tinntcd today to Nebraskans -
kans ns lollows : John h. Robinson , Cedar
Rapids ; ( ieorgo I ) . Donlen , Alma ; Augustus
Holmgrnln , Red Cloud ; Lllsha Vouklns ,
Pensions granted to lownns : Lewis Ruty ,
Doilgevillo ; Irwin Foibcs , Newton ; Harrison
W. SlngNUjith , Aiiamiisa ; William Coulter ,
Farmlirjtnn ; Samuel K. Orr. Alleiton ; Den-
iamiii F. Smith , Knu'lo ( iiovu ; ( ieorgo W ,
Wuims , Adel ; William W. Li-avitt. Decorah ;
Joseph Ineck , Chelsea : John W , hhaw , Cln-
cinn.iti ; Caroden O. Hewitt , Lainont ; Jiinios
A. Martin , Redhelil ; Gcomi II , Houclr ,
Waterloo ; Henry Day , Hamilton ; William
.S. Nicholson , Melhllle ; Stephen James ,
iMs.u.iowiii : ins r I..MM.
Sccictniy Laimir to-da > disallowed tlio
claim of P. J. Loneriran , ot Keith county ,
Neb. , for S'--iO on account of Moux Indian
lai'K in l TO , Them was not siifllclunt uvli
deuce to establish claim ,
WA III.N.TU : < , Jan , 2B.-0. N , Jordan ,
trraMirer ol thu United Slates , will loliu-
qmsh his olllcu May 1st , In order to accept as
olllcu. probably the piesidi-ney ol the West'
tem National bank , of Nuw You ,
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