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Vi - -v r OMAHA DAILY BEE. SEVENTEENTH YEAR. OMAHA , SATURDAY MORNING , MARCH 24 , 1888 , NUMBER 28 $ Snddon Death of OhloE Justice Mor risen B. Walto. A LEARNED MAN LAID LOW. A .TnrlBt of Uncommon Ability , Sin gularly Free From Bins Many Warm Tributes to Ills Memory. A Snddcil Summons. WASHINGTON , March 23. [ Special Tele gram to the Ben. ] Chief Justice Walto died this morning of pneumonia. Ho was not considered dangerously ill and no ono was in the room with him but a hired nurse when ho breathed his last. Mrs. Wnlto loft Wash ington about ten days ago to spend the spring months In California , nnd was Intending this morning to go from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. A telegram has been sent to the latter plnco announcing the death of her hus band nnd asking for advice ns to the funeral. None of the family are hero but Miss Mary Walto and Mr. Christopher Wnlto , the young est son , who catno on the other day from Cincinnati , Last Saturday night Judge Wnlto attended the reception given to the authors by Senator Hearst. It was a damp , disagreeable atmosphere , and a searching wind. During the reception his coachman wns stricken with nppoploxy nnd fell off the box. Thcrowns considerable excitement , and Judge Waite exposed himself by leaving the heated par lors and going bare-headed and in his even ing suit Into the open air to give orders about the treatment of his sorvnut nud the disposi tion of his horses , nnd after the reception was over ho walked homo. Several of his friends offered their carriages , but ho was nn unusually robust man for his years nnd preferred to walk. His shoes wore thin , and altogether with the exposure in the earlier part o the evening gave him n severe cold. On Sunday ho remained in-doors nil day , and his daughter bogged him not to go to the capital on Monday. Ho would not have done so nad it not been the opening day of the spring term nnd the telephone decision which ho had prepared. His daughter went with him to sco that ho did not expose himself further , and it wns thought that it would not result in harm. Ho was not able to read his telephone decision , but handed it to Justice E. Blatchford , who read it for him. Mon day evening a party of friends cnmo in and ho played several games of whist , appearing about as well as usual , and announcing his intention to go to court the next day , but when morning came his cold wns so much worse that ho was induced to remain at home. But it was not till Wednesday that ho had n physician , and then only incidentally did ho consult Dr. Ruth , a surgeon in the navy nnd n friend of the family , who happened to call at the houso. Dr. Ruth gave him some simple- remedy Wednesday morning , but when ho called again the sumo day told Miss Walto that her father was threatened with pneumonia , and recommended that the family physician , Dr. F. A. Gardner , bo sent for. Yesterday morning Dr. Gardner would not permit Judge Wnlto to leave hU bed. nnd sent a professional nurse to take cnro of him , although ho did not feel the slightest alarm. Pneumonia , he said , was the most treacherous of diseases , and ho did not llko to toke any risks. Yesterday afternoon young Mr. Wnlto arrived from Cincinnati , fortunately for his sister , who would other wise have been entirely alone , nnd although ho said ho intended to remain over only one day and then go on to Now York , whuro ho had business , ho consented to stay till his father was well again. Yesterday Judge Wulte received John W. Foster , Admiral Worden , and several 'other of his neighbors. who called to Inquire as to his condition , nnd chatted cheerfully with them ns they sat by his bedside. Last evening ho was feeling so well that his daughter went out to same evening entertainment. Young Wnlto wanted to watch nt his bedside , but the Judge protested , as ho had been on n sleeping car the night before , and ho.should take a good rest. The son nnd daughter sat up with him till after midnight and then retired without feeling the slightest apprehension. About fl o'clock this morning young Mr. Wnito was nwnkoncd by hearing groans from his father's chamber und found that ho was broathlng heavily and seemed to bo suffering in his sleep. Ho assisted the nurse to turn him over , when ho seemed to rest more comfortably nnd the groaning ceased. Shortly before 0 o'clock this morning , when the nurse went to give him his medicine , Judge Walto was found to bo almost pulseless. The son and daughter were awakened and the doctor sent for , but before ho came the venerable man had ceased to brcntho. All of Justice Walto's family with the ex ception of his daughter , Miss Mary , who lived with him hero , and his son Kitt , who is engaged in the practice of law in Cincinnati , rosldo at the old family homo In Toledo , nnd there the remains will bo taken for interment. Ono of the sons Is connected with General Wager Swayiio in the practice of law , nnd has an oftlco In Now York , but looks after the Toledo branch of the business , whllo Swayno. who is also the counsel for the Western Union Telegraph company , attends to the New York end. It is expected that Mrs. Waite will return at once from California and meet the remains at Toledo , although It will bo n great tax on her strength to do so. She has been n part la ! invalid for many years and has permitted her daughter to perform all the social obli gations. She has been compelled to seek a milder climatd every spring , and has onl.v just returned from California , where she wont by easy stages. It Is feared that the shock of her husband's death and the f atlguo of travel , If Hho attempts to return , will bo too much for her , and her friends hope thai she will not attempt to return at once , bin wait for her daughthcr to join her out lliero nftor the funeral. Although Judge Waite was moro than Boventy-ono years old , ho was as hearty nuO vigorous as n man of fifty , and was accus tomed to walk to nnd from the capital overi iuy. ] He was fond of society and his familiar face was to bo seen nt every gathering. Ills death gives the president the opportunity of appointing u dcniocratia chief Justice for the llrbt time since the death of Taney , and ill though it Is too curly to speculate as to the man. It is thought prolmblo that Justice Field , of California , who was for years the only democrat on the bench , and next to Miller is the ranking Justice , will bo named Naturally there was but ono topicof dis cussion in Washington after congrctis ad journcd to-day out of respect to the mcinorj of Chtuf Justice Walto , and that ccntcrci around the Ufa of the late distinguishes jurist and advocate , the changes thu dcutl Will muko , and who will likely bo called tq fill his place on the bench , Senators am representatives lingered about the capita nnd expressed their sorrow nnd surprise , foi all who know admired thu chief justice , nud no ono anticipated in the least the suildei death. Indeed , few know ho was niUiig uiuch ICHS that ho was scliously ill. It was u puthctlo bceno that was presented m the room of thu supreme court ut noon when ( ha justices tiled In. The chair BO recently oceu plod by the chief justice was draped In the BOinbrcncss of the deep symbols of death tours trickled down the furrowed checks o more than ono of the aged Justices , and all o tUo large assembly that llllcd the t-puca - . ! Uig change in the voice romai- . * ' tho. court cryer a and announcement . * . - > f I PIIO the Justices approached. Insteau chief Justice nud honorable Justices , " etc. , u was "Tho honorable associate Justices. " Justice Miller wns so affected that ho could yers in the enulosuro before the bench besides lUo regular bar , among them GcucralHenJa- mln F. Butler , who bowed his head submis sively ns the visitation of death was told. Who will bo the chief justice now ! A jrcat deal of speculation has already been ndulgcd In ns to who will bo called to the va cant chair. At first It was generally believed hftt tv man from private llfo would bo np- ) olntcd , as was done when the late chief Jus- ice wns appointed by President Grant. Then ho second thought brought the conclusion hat ono of the Justices would bo promoted , iko Justice Field , to 1111 the vacancy which loath had occasioned. If the chief Justice- hip is filled from the bench , the name of Speaker Carlisle , who was pokcn of for the chair Justice Latnar occupies , is frequently spoken. It s known that Speaker Carlisle was endcrcd the appointment before Justice timar was called to take it and that It was lecllncd very reluctantly. The obstacle that stood In the way of his acceptance then is now removed , slnco it is generally accepted that the vacancy will not be llllcd until after ho election. It was lost fall agreed between itm nnd Mr. Cleveland , after talking the matter over , that the political situatidn > arty necessity required Mr. Carlisle's ircsenco in the house to organize it nnd to work to bring the party together for the inssago of n tariff bill. Mr. Carlisle at the same time told Mr. Cleveland that no other public position of trust could so suit his dls- losition and lit in with his inclinations ns .hat of n supreme court justice. The matter wns very seriously considered and carefully welched In the balance , ono consideration against another , before it was finally Itcidcd that the course should bo followed that was pursued eventually. The political reasons that then nterfcred nro no longer Intho way. The house is organized nnd nil will bo done that can bo done toward passing n tariff bill nnd shaping the party policy bo/ore It will bo necessary to appoint Chief Justice Wnito's successor. There wcrc BOveral months of dolny in nj > - wlntlng MffLnmnr. Three months delay from now and the tariff bill will have been lisposcd of in some way nnd the house will 1)0 on the verge of nn adjournment. Secre tary Vllas Is also mentioned with favor. Ex-Senators J. E. McDonald , of Indiana , nnd Frank Kernnn , of Now York , nro believed to bo likely men and also Solicitor General Jenks , of Pennsylvania. Postmaster General Dickinson , of Michigan , is referred to , but loculnrly , us Dickinson is not regarded by Lhoso who know him personally ns possessing xny of the qualifications for a place on the bench of the supreme court of the United States. It is moro than likely that a man will bo selected from obscurity and that his appointment will bo n surprise to everyone. 1NSIUB LIFE Or THE DEAD , Chief Justice Waite came hero from To ledo , O. , retained identification with his state and was known to nil persons from that sec tion of the country in Washington. The Ohionns are much stricken with grief nnd sneak of the man and his early and late life wjth the most sincere affection. Judge AVnito went to the Maumco country at the time of its first settlement , when ho wns a young man jifst beginning the practice of law , and ho grow up with It. His simple , loyal nature turo was very attractive to the earnest , strong men who laid the foundations of that Important scctiou of Ohio. Ho was active nnd exceedingly helpful in every enterprise that tended to build up the section. Ho took ) crsoual interest in the good fortune or licrwiso of all those around him , and every man in the city of Toledo and in the old Mnumco valley felt that ho was his friend , nnd on the other hand wns the warm friend of the chief Justice. No party or other division of the community was allowed to Jbscuro this feeling. Any promotion that lie received was regarded as a personal com pliment to every ono of them. Never , prob ably , in any section was there moro general satisfaction a nd rejoicing than when ho re ceived his first national recognition by Gen eral Grant ns ono of the commissioners to the Geneva arbitration. Ono and all accepted it not only as the selection of the fittest man for the position , but also as in some sense a proper appreciation of a man who had so long stood foremost among the people of that lo cality. His career abroad was closely watched by all of them , and when ho re turned homo with the laurels of n well earned triumph , hoTeceivcd a hearty and genuine ovation from the entire people such as is rarely given any man. The people all over the valley came to Toledo to greet him and their felicitations were in simple but admir ing tribute to n successful nlan and real heartfelt joy at the success of ono who was so closely identified with them as n member of their own family. This feeling has fol lowed him all through his career and it was manifested even moro strongly when Gen eral Grant selected him for chief Justice of the United States. His successful discharge of the duties of that high place has been regarded by them ns in a way their own sncccss , and reflecting credit upon their section and them ns Individuals. Whenever ho has appeared in Toledo on a visit ho has always been surrounded , by people of all de grees and walks in llfo who \vero anxious to take his hand und congratulate him as n friend , und whenever ho went upon the street ho was at ouco surrounded by n crowd of gratified people. Ho mot the drayman und the street car driver with the same warm greeting that was given to the highest in the land , and nil felt equally at homo iu his pres ence , equally interested in nil that pertained to him. Ho made each man feel , without re gard to his condition of life , that ho was Just ns warmly Interested in him ns ho possibly could bo in nny person. His homo was al ways open to anyone and his family were equally sincere and earnest in their hospital ity to every ono iu their community. No man , woman or child went to his house with out being received as a personal friend nnd going away feeling happy in the possession of their friendship. Ilia charities were unostentatious but far-reach ing. If every person for whom ho has done n favor should lay a flower upon his grave It would maUo a floral mountain. Ho was not only helpful with wise advice nnd personal service to the men who were engaged In the great enterprises of the country , but ho was constantly assisting , in a pecuniary way , those who had fallen under fortune's dis favor. Many young men nnd women re ceived their education out of his not too In flated purse and his hand was always ready to give pecuniary assistance to those in sere need. It is for this reason that , though ho had the largest and most lucrative practice in northern Ohio , ho never amassed n for tune , but has died Iu comparatively modcralo circumstances. It Is very ruro that a man of his great Individual strength und who has been so constantly aetlvo in so many differ ent ways has not Incurred lasting enmity or made serious mistakes. But it has never been possible to 11 ml In Toledo n man who would say n word In dispraise of Mor risen R. Waito. or could point out nnywhero u mistake , a failure or an unworthy action , and what was true of him In a narrower tlulil of work , where ho spent the greater part ol his llfo , became equally true when ho wnE elevated to the broader stage of action , nm : comprised the whole country. Curlylo's wonderful tribute to his father that "Into the four corners of his llfo there was shone throughout the light of the glory of God , " seems to bo particularly applicable to the chief justice. To this purity of llfo und un failing loyalty to friends mid to duty is added. It goes without saying that to the wonderful ability which commanded the praise of the ablest lawyers in England whom ho met ns a foeman worthy of their steel in thu forensic struggle at Geneva they nil paid the highest compliment to the ability with which ho encountered them nnd seemed the substantial fruits of victory for his own country. His career us chief justice is known to all. His death will carry moro real sorrow to the homes of the millions of people in Toledo nnd the country tributary thereto than the death of any other public man or nny conceivable number of public- men , for every ono of them will feel that jllOy hvo lost an intimate and valuable jxsr sonal friend. lni ? ! ! hla manhood ho was ni earnest worker in the Episcopal ch'.H'-h and did as much , to say the least , as any other man in that section of the country to buih that denomination up to Its present flourish ing condition. niS AITO1NTMBNT 1IY CHANT , The circumstances of Judge kliu tnuv. 4'iuBiu * ; - - ViMtit Buece slvoly Attorney Gcuc nVIUiuins urn Caleb Pushing , , both of whom encountered much oppokltion , ' and after a tiuio their mimes were withdrawn and Wolte was nom iuatcd. Ho huU been aa independent rcpub lean candidate- for congress npnlnstonoof rtr. Sumncr's \varm personal friends , nnd ind incurred the enmity of Sumncr. wlto nt ho time also entertained no friendly rela tions toward the Grant administration. The iroccedlngs of the senate , though moro than ft dozen years have slnco elapsed , nro still : ovorcd by the veil of executive secrecy , yet t wns well known that Sumner's speech n opposition to Walto was one of the strong est efforts of that remarkable man's llfo. Ho dwelt historically upon the eminent tcrvlccs and attainments of each ono in a Ino of Incumbents of the ofllco of chief Jus- .Ice , nnd spolcc In bitter terms of disparagc- ncntof Wnito's qualifications. Sixty-three icnators were present and listened for two imirs with respectful attention to the sena tor from Massachusetts. No voice % vfts raised in defense of the nominee , yet when .ho question of confirmation cnmo to n vote , which was immediately upon the conclusion of Sumncr's speech , sixty-two senators voted in the nnirmatlvo , nnd Sumncr did not vote nt nil. How far nstrny Mr. Walto's opponents were In their estimate of his character mid attainments is strikingly displayed In the sentiments expressed fay public men who Imvo known him. TUB COUKT AND CONGRESS ADJOU1IN. The attorney general and members of the bar were present in the court room this morning when the court assembled nnd the scats outside of the rail were filled with spectators. The choir of the chief Jus tice was simply draped with crape , but In no other respect did the appearance of the chamber give indication of the mournful nature of the occasion. When the court and assemblage were seated , Justice Miller , In n low , broken voice , said : "It Is my pain ful duty to announce to the bar of this court that its honored chief Justice departed this llfo this morning nt 0:80. : This Is not the occasion to make any extended observations on the subject , which will be done In duo time. The court will adjourn until Monday , April 2. " Both houses of congress have adjourned as n mark of respect to the memory of the de ceased chief justice. IMIKSIDENT CLEVELAND SHOCKED. When the news of the death of Chief Justice Waite was received by President Cleveland ho was very much shocked at the Intelligence. The president nt once wrote u letter to Mrs. Wnlto expressing his deep sympathy for her in her sudden bereavement , which , ho sald..was not only a personal loss to himself , but n great loss to the public ser vice. The president will Issue an order closing all executive departments of the government on the day of the funeral. OFFICIAL NOTICE. The following oftlclal notice of the death of Chief Justice Waite has been Issued by the department of state by order of the presi dent : "To the People of the United States : The painful duty devolves upon the president to announce the death , at an early hour this morning , nt his residence , of Morrison R. Waite , chief justice of the United States , which exalted position he has filled since since Mnrch 4 , 1874 , with honor to himself and high usefulness to his country. In testimony of respect to the memory of the honored dead , it is ordered that the exec utive ofllees in Washington bo closed the day of the funeral nnd bo draped in mourning for thirty days , and that the natignal flag bo displayed nt half-mast on the buildings and all national vessels on the day of the fun eral. " President Pro Tern Ingalls appointed Sena tors Sherman , Hoar , Wilson of Iowa , Pugh and Gcorco as a committee to represent the senate at the funeral of Chief Justice Waito. riUTsr.s or rnnuo ! * nN. A number of senators who are in the city were interviewed to-day and wore unani mously deploring the death of the chief jus tice , whom they highly extolled for his judicial and social qualities. Senator Ed munds , chairman of the Judiciary committee nnd a warm personal friend of the late chief justice , said : "My first acquaintance with Mr. Walto was when ho was named as ono of the Geneva arbitrators , about the year 1871- n. Ho came on to Washington u practising lawyer of national reputation , but of fair state reputation , a man of solid strength solid , though not ornamental law learning nnd of the highest personal honor and recti tude of character that everybody acknowl edged. In the course of the proceedings of the Geneva tribunal he had his first oppor tunity to show his great capacity for affairs and his understanding of the principles of International questions. From President' Grant's acquaintance with him on that occa sion ho came to have for him the highest respect and regard , and so It was natural , after his unfortunate efforts to find n suitable chief justice , for the president to think of Wnite. The president suggested his name to several senators , and all , so far as I know , of whom a friendly inquiry wns made , immediately and gladly fell in with the sug gestion , though it intirht have bcemed to many of the lawyers and public men of the United States a somewhat hazardous experiment to select a man for that great ofllco who had been llttlo acquainted with public affairs and who was so little known to the bar of the country. Soon after his appointment ho took his scat as chief justice. I have prac ticed in that court from year to year ever since , and have had perhaps as good an op portunity us any lawyer or senator could have to sco his public bearing and conduct , nnd to know a good deal of his relations with his as sociates as well as with the bar. I can say with entire candor that I don't think there ever was an instance iu nny time or country where the relations of the presiding magis trate , with the bar or with his asso ciates , were uioro dignified and har monious , and at thu same tlmo perfectly friendly and cordial. His opinions. I think , on broad questions of fundamental law and of the application of the principles to the affairs of men will stand well with those of the most eminent of judges. In his per sonal and private life ho was ouo of the most gentle , cordial and approachable of men I ever mot and his kindness of heart was so great that in the midst of affairs and society here , where ho must have known many in stances of evil nnd impropriety , I don't re member over to have heard him make n censorious serious or unkind remark to any person In the world or to mention circumstances or cm- ploy witticism against or at the expense of another , There is no word of criticism Mint can bo said against him and there is every thing to say for him In all respects that make a just und upright judge und an honorable and upright citizen. " The southern senators wore particularly kindly in their expressions of regard for Jus tice Walto In all respects. Secretary Bayard said : "I have the highest respect and warm personal regard for the late chief Justice , who filled his great ofllco with honor to himself und great useful ness to the country. Ho hud the wise in stincts of a pure heart. " Secretary Fairchild said ; "I was very much surprised to hear of the death of Chief Justice Waito. Our acquaintance , whllo purely 8ocialwns , exceedingly pleasant , and I had a very great regard for him. " Secretary Endtcott said : ' had the greatest respect for Chief Justice Wuito , both as n lawyer and ns u man , nnd I think ho inspired general confidence , His death is u great loss to the profession and to the country. " B Secretary Whitney said : "Tho death of Chief Justice Watte is a great shock and n case of great regret. His great quality , in my judgment , was hla judicial temper und evenness and fairness of mind , which was natural to him. " Postmaster General Dickinson.said ; "This is n personal grief to mo , as it will bo to all who have hud business before him or who know him socially. Ho was n kindly , able man , doing bis duty bravely and conscien tiously. " Secretary Vilas paid ! "For fourteen years presiding over ono of the three greatest judi cial tribunals of the earth , ho hus so borne the functions of his great ofllco that under the sharp observation of interest und feeling the rovbl'C'itial ' respect of the country for our ministers of jusTuCC iiavo been maintained and advanced undei his administration. " Attorney General Garland said : "fiiovci know Chief Justice Wuito before ho was ap pointed in January , 1874 , but since that time I know him very well , I regarded him as a most excellent lawyer , fair-minded and just , and utmost unequulod in tha discharge ol what may bo called the executive- duties oj the presiding onlccr of the court. In fact , ho was ouo of the best administrative judges I ever < taw. It will bo very dinlcult to fill hla place , and J could not pay hla successor t pu cfojul ttige. ] SWITCHMEN JOIN THE STRIKE , More Burlington Men Go Out All Along the Lino. BRAKEMEN TO FOLLOW SUIT. JCho General Impression That All the Opcmtlnu Force Will Quit the "Q" Ilond Engineers Greatly Encouraged. Went Out nt Midnight. CHICAGO , 'March 23. A strike was inaugu rated among the switchmen employed by the Chicago , Burlington & Qnlncy nillror.d nt midnight. Humors of such a move have been licard over since the beginning of the engin eers' nnd firemen's strike , but not until the last few days did they assume tangible shape. Even to-day little Importance wns attached to the reports and interest in the matter had dwindled to almost nothing. Owing to the unexpectedness of the event the exact details of the situation nro dlfllcult to obtain. The impression prevails that the strike is general over the Burlington system and will yet Include the brakcmcn. [ Tears for this supposition lay in the fact that emissaries from Chicago and elsewhere have liecn known to bo nt work among the switch men nnd brakcinen nloug the line for some , ime past. Active sympathy has boon shown jy thcso two classes of employes with the engineers and firemen and in addition the plea of self-protection on account of the alleged Incompctcncy of the new engineers and flrcmcn has frequently been made. The inauguration of the strike was cele brated by a rousing mass meeting under the auspices of the brotherhood at the West Twelftli street hall. Everybody but the railroad men were excluded from the meet ing. Guards were posted at the doors to challenge nil strangers who attempted to ; aln admission to the meeting. The an nouncement by the speakers that the switch men were in full sympathy with the striking engineers and firemen , and had decided to stand by them was greeted with cheers of approbation. Telegrams from points along the line wore road to the effect that the switchmen were united in sentiment nnd would go out promptly nt the hour designated. The meeting lasted 'until after midnight. At midnight as many of the men as were at work In the yards quietly left the trains and quit work. The switchmen claim to have as surances none of the many Knights of Labor now employed on the Burlington road will work with non-union switchmen. The Situation in Oinnhn. At 2 o'clock this morning a BEE reporter vaulted the high stairs to the room and offices of the yardmaster and switchmen of the B. & M. , at the font of Howard street , and found the whole crew at sleep. Ono of the number xfpon being awakened nnd told of thq dispatch received by the BUB from Chicago that the switchmen on the whole Burlington system had struck nnd loft their postsjio .expressed surprise. He plied the reporter with questions , and wasn't a bit inclined to answer thoseof the reporter. By this time the other men In the party woke up , and from them it was learned that they were laying oft for the rea son that there was nothing for them to do. Cornered , however , they said : "If they have gone out in Chicago , why we're with them , that's-all there's to it. " "Will you handle cars should you receive notice of the strikol" asked the reporter. "No , sir , " was the emphatic chorus from all hands. As the" boys would not bo comtnunclntivo any further the reporter took his departure , with the knowledge that since midnight no cars had been handled though engines stood ready for work in the yards. No Signs of Weakening. LINCOLN , Neb. , March 23. [ Special Tele gram to the BUB. ] The report has been cir culated and published in the city papers hero that the brotherhood men were weakening and departing clbcwhoro for worlr , A visit to the hall shows t..ls to bo untrue. The men arc all confident and waiting. To-day ono of the most enthusiastic meetings ever held by the brotherhood was attended by 800 men. Ex-Governor Butler wns a visitor to the hall , with the general executive commit tee of the state Knights of Labor. The ofllccrs of the Knights of Laborhad Just com pleted u three days' session in the city and they came to the hall bearing resolutions. Ex-Governor Butler was called upon to ad dress the brotherhood and ho was received with much applause. The governor's address was complete and scathing , and ho handled the Burlington corporation without gloves. The road ho said had been constructed and operated upon n system of thieving. It had been subsidized for more than Us cost nnd its stock had been watered four times its origi nal amount to pay 8 per cent dividend on this stock nnd have 518,000,000 , surplus with which to crush its men , The road had con ducted a system of robbery upon the farmers of Nebraska and upon the men who did the work for the company nt the throttle. In earning its dividends both the men who fur nished the products for trains nnd the men who handled the trains wore robbed for the Boston syndicate. Men who took their lives in their bunds were asked to work for less than 42,000 n year , \vhilo Mr. Perkins and Mr. Stone were paid $50,000 a year and , de clared the governor , they never earned a dollar lar in their lives. The governor said ho had discussed the wugo question with Mr. Perkins and that Mr. Perkins in attempting to defend the low wages on the road oald the people of the west , the farmers nnd the railroad men , wore too extravagant. To illustrate this extra vagance Mr. Perkins told him that ho had seen an engineer on the B , & M. roud buy a silk dress for his wife. "Great God , " said the governor , "has It come to this , that it la a crime- for u working man to buy a silk dross for his wifoi" Tim governor said as for ) iim ho would willingly see the strike spread to other roads , that ho believed the government should control the roads nnd that muii would then bo equally paid for services. Ho wished godspeed to tha men in their honest and peaceful efforts for their rlglitw. Grand Muster Workman Hubbard. of the stnto Knights of Labor , addressed the meet ing. Ho had only cordial co-operation to offer. Ho wanted organized labor in every Mold to win. The corporations corrupted legislatures , corrupted courts und struggled to throttle labor uud reduce it to the lowest servitude ) . S. C. Holdcn , of Kearney , also spoke. Ho said organized labor would bettor humanity and that un honest effort to get jubilee would certainly win. The following resolutions adopted by thfi esrtScUtlVO board of the btuto Knights of Labor wore read : Whereas , The railroads in this state , and especially the B. & M. , have been built with the people's money nnd the people's land , thereby creating tyrannical und aristocratic- monopolies tb'nt are at the present unto Icech-liVc , sucking the life blood of. the pro ducers of the state instead of being useful , honest and conscientious servants of the public which the law creating them intended they should bo , Whereas , TLo B , & M. has been notorious over nil the state for Its venality nnd disre putable conduct in corrupting legislatures and defeating the people's will In enacting laws. laws.Whereas Whereas , The foreign ideas of the foroifm stockholders of the Chicago. Burlington & Quincy have been introduced Into the system by n degrading classification not in accord ance with our institutions ostensibly to bene fit engineers nnd firemen but In reality to ingeniously rob them of their wages which they have actually earned for long , faithful nnd meritorious service , therefore bo it Hcsolved , By the oxcccutlvo board of the Knights of Labor of Nebraska , that It is n standing reproach to our stnto government to tolerate the Illegal and oppressive conduct of the B. & M. In discommoding the public by practically blocking the wheels of transpor tation in our stnto nnd Jeopardizing the lives of the traveling public by employing incom petent engineers. Kcsolvcd , That we condemn the action of the B. & M. corporation for Importing dnmkcn nnd rowdy so-called detectives of Pinkorton's gang insldo our state for the reason that such action has n tendency to cause n breach of the peace and Is an Insult to every peace ofllcer in Nebraska. Resolved , That wo nsk the producers nnd consumers along the B. & M. railroad not to patronize a railroad that treats organized labor in such nn oppressive manner. Kcsolvcd , That wo feel grateful to General Master Workman Powdcrly for the manly position taken in his letter condemning any Knight of Labor engineer who may seek to take the place of any of the striking employes of the Chicago , Burlington & Quincy , and wo strongly odviso every Knight of Labor , If any have taken positions on said road , to Immediately quit his engine nnd thereby ccnso bringing disgrace and dishonor on the shield that protects every true Knight of Labor. Resolved , That wo tender our hearty sym pathy to all the striking employes of the Chicago cage , Burlington & Quincy railway and its branches , nnd urge our brethren to continue their gentlemanly and lawful conduct and wo assure them they can rely on the Knights of Labor for generous support in their hour of trial. GKOIIOF. W. BLAKE , DENNIS DALY , P. S. Joxns , State Executive Board Knights of Labor. The Other Side of the Picture. RED OAK , In. , March 22. To the Editor of the Bui : . : I noticed in the Chicago papers of recent dates pictures of the rooms occu pied by Chiefs Arthur and Sargent in that city. The furnishing was represented as very flno and the Inference evidently intend ed was that organizations which were able to bear the expense of furnishing such rooms could not bo so badly oft after all. Now if thcso pallors had any desire to do justice to the two parties in this light they would have pub lished other cuts representing the engines dally crippled and the cars demolished by the Burlington road in Us obstinate determi nation to do business with the incompetent men whom it has hired to take our places nnd prevent us from securing our just demands. But papers which have been giving their space up to the railroad ? cversinccthostrlko began can hardly bo expected to do this , and wo will leave it to the BKK , which has al ways been the able nnd fearless champion of labor , to present the other side of the picture to a fair minded public. A STRIKBU. An Engineer Assaulted. ST. JOSEPH , Mo. , March 23. [ Special Tele gram to the BEE. ] Pat Brown , ono of the Chicago , Burlington & Quincy engineers , while going from his homo to the ChicagoBur , llngton & Quincy round house this morning , was assaulted by four men and knocked down with brass knuckles. Ho was afterward picked up by a policeman. Brown was the only'member of the brotherhood in this city who refused to go out when the strike was ordered. A deep gash was cut over his left eye and while ho was on the ground ho was bru tally kicked about the body and head. It was thought at Jlrst that Brown was fatally in jured , but attending physicians say he will recover. Burned the Journal Off. HOLTOKK , Colo. , March 23. [ Special Tele gram to the BEE. ] When entering this city to-day engine 110 , hauling three coaches and ono sleeper burned nn engine truck Journal entirely off , the wheel falling beside the track. Had it happened five minutes sooner the entire train would have been ditched , while running at the rate of thirty-live miles nn hour. The engine was manned by ouo of the B. & M.'s new importations. " \Vnnt the Kock Inland Enjoined. CHICAGO , March 23. The Burlington road has asked Judge Greshum to grant an in junction restraining the Rock Island from re fusing to handle its cars. It will have n hearing to-morrow. IMPROVING THE BALLET. The Nude Departure of n Sensitive New Yorker. NEW Yoiiir , March 23. [ Special Telegram to the BEI : . ] Ono of the strangest afflictions on record is that disclosed in the person of a well-known writer nnd politician , Thomas M. Nichol , who has not worn a stitch of clothing In two months. Ho resides nt Cambridge hotel , in Fifth avenue , this city , conducts nn extensive correspondence , nnd receives visitors - ors , but always absolutely nudo. Ho was a soldier in the war , was ono of the founders of the hard-money league in the west , was private secretary of Gnrfleld at Mentor in 1680 , and accompanied him to Washington. Ho was nominated as Indian commissioner , but the senate did not confirm him. After ward ho organized the Patriot's league In Chicago , designed to circulate wholesome literature to offset anarchism. A reporter to-day found Mr. Nichol reclining naked In a largo easy-chair , with a pad on his lap. In n corner was a young man busily writing. The room was excessively warm , Nichol is a thin nnd puny man with a droop- incr blonde mustache. Alluding to himself ho said : ' 'I ' have neb been able to got out for several months , nnd cannot bear clothing. I can hardly toll what is the matter with me. I cannot suffer clothing to touch me , and have given up trying. Once or twice I at tempted to wear an undershirt and long stockings , but had to abandon it. From the region of the heart to below the hips my flesh is especially sensitive. If oven a thread touches that part of mo it doubles mo up in stantly. A sudden noise or jar also con tracts all my muscles. I and I can gut along very well without clothes , I propose to keep it up indefinitely. I can receive those wishing to confer about politics ; can study with greater facility than ever ; do not get tired easily ; can sit in this chair fifteen hours at n time writing and rending without fatigue. My appetite is good , I Bleep well , nnd yet some people imagine I'm crazy , " Hotel people ple eay Nlchol's appetite is exceedingly good , A Murderer Seiitmiced. NEW YoitK , Mnrch 23 , Gulseppo Longo- bardl , convicted of manslaughter in the first degree for killing young Barrett lust Octo ber , was to-day sentenced to twenty years' imprisonment in the state prison. After the sentence was administered , Barrett's father , Olllccr Barrett , made for the pris oner with an open knife , with the manifest intention of killing Win , but ho was dis armed. Hound and ilouhcd. MINNEAPOLIS , March 23. The Journal's Eau Claire ( Wis. ) special says ; This morn ing John Dagloy , agent of the Chicago , Mil waukee & St. Paul railroad tit Portcrville , was found bound and gagged with cords to a cot in the station , where ho sleeps. He was bound at midnight by three masked men , ud ) robbed of 1150 , a gold watch nnd two revel vers. Womuii Suffrage in England. . Losno.v , March 8& The bill granting tha franchise to women had Its Jlrst , reading In the lords to-day , , ANOTHER MUSICAL PRODIGY. Ho to Snld to Surpass the Wonderful Performances of Hoffman , tCojrfcM | JSSS by Jtimt * Unnlon Utnnttt , I LONDON , March 23. [ Now York Herald Cable Special to the BKB. ] Art and muslo had exceptional sway hero nt the sale of Lord Hastings' ' well known collection of Limoges enamels , ivory carvings , oriental iwrcclaln , etc. The collection brought about } 75,000 , many articles going for extraordinary [ irlces. For instance , n ewer by Plcrco Raymond , painted with Venus In a car drawn by stnpa nnd attended by nymphs 11 Inches high , was sold for $1,250 ; n set of eighteen plaques in ono frame by L. Lim ousin , painted In colors and gold with scenes from the llfo of Christ from the designs of A. Duror , each plaque 0) inches high nnd 5) ) inches wide , signed nnd dated 1635 , brought ? 0SOO. A crasso early enamel , minted with martyrdom and burial of n saint figures engraved , 7 > Inches long , lirought $3,050. A pair of largo Jars and cov ers of the same pordolnln , painted with birds nnd flowers In blue and medallions of land scapes , 48 Inches high , brought $1,000. Otto Hegncr , the now boy wonder as n ilanlst , cloven years old , gave n concert nt Princess hall. A distinguished musical critic who had heard young Hoffman also remarked : "Otto is not ono of those commonly clever children , who nro forced forward by their parents to satisfy n demand for the Infi nite , but ho Is unquestionably ft genius of the highest order. Why , ho played a locattn l > y Rubonstcln so as to recall that master's ' manner , bringing out every detail. Ho brought out points in the prelude to the first English suite by Bach In A minor , in n style as though ho had done nothing nil his llttlo llfo but play Bach. So with Mendelssohn's ' "Rondo Cappricioso" nnd Beethoven's "So nata" in B flat. Technical difficulties do not appear to exist for him. Ho plays every passage with the greatest caso. His phras ing Is more llko that of n matured artist than of a mcro child. " I found him a bright looking boy , of a nervous temperament. His face is full with n childlike expression nnd nn air of con fidence when ho sits at the piano I asked his father whether he would go to America. He smiled meaningly , nnd in broken English said something about not wishing to bo put in prison. Ho had heard , perhaps , a dis torted version of the Hoffman caso. A Connecticut Hunk in Trouble. WII.LIMANTIC , Conn. , March 23. , The affairs of \Vllllmantlo Savings Institu tion were brought to a climax to-day by find ing n shortage In the bank's ' funds of 150,000 , owing , it Is said , to unauthorized transactions by Treasurer Rarce. The institution has closed its doors to busi ness. Affairs will probably bo straightened out in a few days. There was n slight run on the Dime Savings bank this afternoon , but all claims wore promptly mot nnd the ox- citcmcnt soon subsided. Royce has not been arrested. A Texas Treasury Surplus. AUSTINTex. . , Mrrch 23. The governor has announced his intention to cull an extra session of the legislature for determlningwhat disposition shall bo made of the treasury surplus. When S1,000000 ; of -indemnity Just voted by congress reaches Texas , the surplus by the time of the regular meeting of the legislature a year hence will bo more than'53,000,030 , nnd the governor does not feel justified in carrying this largo amount. The Flood Chilled. CAXAJOHAUIE , N. Y. , Mach 23. The cold wave has materially reduced the rush of water to the Mohawk river and may prevent any more immediate damage. On account of the floods trains on the Central road have been running very irregularly , mid consider able damage is reported from different points in the state. Serious Cutting Affray. HOLVOKC , Colo. , March 23. [ Special Tele gram to the BEH.J A serious cutting affray occurred hero to-day. Dave McNcal , n worthless gambler , attacked Mr. Charles Miller , a respectable citizen and cut a fright ful gash in his cheek and out at ono corner of the mouth. McNcnl is under arrest. The Erie Express Deal. CHICAGO , March 23. John T. Valentine , vice president nnd general manager of the Wells , Fargo express , passed through hero last evening for San Francisco , having com pleted the purchase of the Erie express and its cntiro plant , which was consummated in New York last week. Fatally Burned. DI-I.UTH , Minn. , March 23. [ Special Tele gram to the BEE , ] An overturned kerosene oil can destroyed the house of A. Longtin to day by communicating with the fire in the kitchen stove. The cntiro family were sev erely burned , ono child fatally. Providing For nu Emergency. BKULIN , March 23. A decree authorizing Crown Prince William to represent the em peror in the transaction of official business in the event of the emperor being unable to act for himself , will shortly bo issued. A German Cabinet Council. -BEIIMN , March 23. The Prussian min isters went to Charlottcnbcrg to-day , when the first cabinet council under the now em peror was hold. A proclamation granting amnesty to political nffcndcrs is- being pre pared. Thirty-Nino Villages Swept Away. VIENNA , March 23 , The Szamos river flood has destroyed thirty-nine villages. The Raab river has Inundated six villages in Odeuburg , The cntiro county of Bekes will resemble n lake for some time to come. The suffering of the Inhabitants Is intense. Wreck of TrnliiH. PiTTsnuiio , March 23. Two passenger trains on the Pittsburg & Lake Erie raihoud collided near Wupum , Pa. , forty miles from hero , this morning. One man was killed and nine others seriously Injured , The accident was caused by a misunderstanding of train orders. Henry Bcrgh'N Nephew Succeeds Him. NEW YOIIK , March 23. Henry Bergh , nephew of the fate Henry Bergh , has been elected president of the society for the pre vention of cruelty to animals , The EngllHh Turf. LONDON , March 23. The grand national steeplechase for 1,01)0 ) sovorigns , run nt the Liverpool spring meeting to-day , was won by Pluyfulr. Reform In Kentucky. LOTJSVII.LE , Ky , , Marcli 23 , This morning the Kentucky legislature suspended tho'rulcs and passed a resolution calling for an Imme diate und full investigation of all the state oflicers. Gould Returns to Now York. Jfuw YOIIK , March 23. Jay Gould and party arrived homo to-night. Weather Indications. For Nebraska : Fresh to brisk easterly winds , warmer , fair weather , followed by rain or snow. For'Iowu : Fresh to brisk easterly winds , warmer , fair weather , followed by rain or enow. For Eastern and Southwestern. Dakota : Warmer , with snow , followed by colder weather , light to fresh variable wlads. THREE CASES OF SMALLPOX , The Dread Disease- Breaks Out aft the Capital. REMOVED TO THE PEST HOUSE. t Active Monmircs Taken to Prevent tut Epidemic Prospects of Another County Sent \Vnr-Qulti ljg Itanium's Peculiar Coll. Smallpox nt Iilticoln. LINCOLN , Neb. , Mnrch S , . [ Special Tcliy gram to the Bnc.1 There Is no doubt but smallpox Is In this city. Two days ngo * transient Iniiy at ono of the hotels wns found nick with the disease and a pest house was provided for her. To-dny n second cnso wns discovered In a residence on South Tenth street nnd the mini afflicted lias also been taken to the pest houso. There la no dotibb but n number of others have been exposed by this lust case nnd prompt notion will bo del inaudcd on the part or the oulclals. Another'War Ilrnwltir. ( GIUNT , Nob. , March 2. ) . [ Special Telo- jrntn to the HUB. ] Following close upon the icols of the county scut war hi this county , n great struggle of the same nature hits just coino to the surface In Cnaso county , south of Perkins. Imperial has always been the county seat , but last year the 13. & M. sur- voycd and udoptcd a line running within ; mlf n inilo of that town , and the Lincoln , Land and Townslto company Induced the jroperty holders of Imperial to vacate that Lownslto and move down to the track , which they agreed to do. A secret society was formed In favor of another town nnd their orgnnlra- Lion wns so perfect that they put sixty men In the Hold last Saturday after 4 o'clock ' and got 200 names to a petition calling for n special election. This created the utmost consternation in Imperial nnd Town Site Agent Taylor caino to Grant yesterday nnd telegraphed for H. O. Phillips , secretary of of the Lincoln Land company , who arrived at this plaeo to-day nnd immediately loft by stage for Imperial. Dill Boliniinon Escape Tills "Way ? n NnmiABKACm- . , March 23 , [ Special Telegram to thcBii : . ] Another interesting link connected with the cscnpo of Qulnn Bo- limmon was brought to the notice of Jailor Dolim to-day by n colored prisoner In the. county jail who occupies Bolmnnon's old coll. Ho discovered that the largo bolt which holds tho. bar across the cell door was n. wooden ono with n nut much too largo nnd could easily bo removed by a prisoner in the cell , thus letting the bar down , and opening the door and into the corridor , after which it > was an easy matter to get outside of the jail The nut end of the bolt in the corridor wna whitewashed llko the remainder of the door nnd the end in the cell was stained with ink in imitation of iron. It is supposed that Bo- hannon invented the soliemo of substituting- tno wooden bolt for the iron one and was as sisted by some ono insitlo to curry it out. Sclmyler's Public School Exhibit , SciiuYLEii , Neb. , March 23. [ Special Tele gram to the Bni : . ] The annual exhibit'of thq Schuyler public schools was held In White's hall to-Jay. AH the standing room of the hall , about two thousand , wns fully oc cupied with maps , charts and drawings , and about four hundred square feet of table room were filled with examination pnpors and written work. Among the special features of the exhibit were a life-size portrait of Dr. Miles , president of the bchool board , drawn by n thirteen-year-old scholar , and relief maps of the continents and the United States , molded in putty , showing the relative elevations - tions nnd depressions of the earth's surface. Taken throughout , the exhibit is much finer and larger than last year. Some of the worlj will bo taken to Fremont to the state teach ers' association , where they have been al lowed two hundred square feet of hanging room and llfty feet of table room. Indian Slcnlutons Found. GENOA , Neb. , March 23. [ Special Tele gram to the Ben. ] While excavating for a public cistern on the hill north of town work men last evening , found , about three feet below the surface level , ton Indian skeletons toccthor with fragments of cofllns nnd clotli- ing nnd also * the usual supply of trinkets. Relic hunters are numerous on the hill to day. Most of the bodies were found buried after the time renowned aboriginal fashion in u sitting posture with face'to the west , though a few liad indulged in the luxury ot pido coflins. The Campaign In Nclirnnlca City. NKHKASKA CITV , Nob. , March 23. [ Special Telegram to the BEE. ] A mass meeting of citizens held last night nt the court house placed in nomination the following nonpartisan tisan city ticket : For mayor , Hon. T. B. Stovcnson ; Alderman , First ward , B. S. .t.lt , * JU. * . \jllt , bluuuul UI , i' I CU J1U111V1 , school board , Hon. D. P. Rolfo nnd J. J. Ilochstetlcr. It was the largest , most enthusiastic anil best conducted municipal convention over hold in this city. The ticket is composed or thothrco parties and of the best business mei\ nnd people. The intention is to frco the city from ring rule. Another Victim of the Bll/.znrd. NOIWKN , Neb. , Mnrch 23. [ Special to tbo BEI : . ] The body of Mrs. Chandler , the ? woman who was lost In the blizzard of Janu ary 12 , was found Sunday , about half n mlle from the place from where she started to go * to her homo. She had gone In the opposite direction from her homo. She wan found- by her husband. When found Hho was in ai sitting position , with her hands wrapped up in u Blmwl. The mice hud eaten her face and. ' eyes , Deadwood Wants the Convention. I Diumvoon , Dak. , March 23. [ Special Tel egrnm to the BEE. ] A powerful effort to ] being made to have the republican erritorlnlj convention to elect delegates to Chicago held\ \ hero. Mayor Star has been working quiotlvp but zealously for some time to accomplish ) this object and ho has many assurances olj success. The people hero uro u unit on tboJ question , Deadwood feels thut she it en-l titled to the convention , as the Black Hills1 , have never had a oinglo territorial convent tion. A reduction of faro to ono mid ona * . third for the round trip has been secured ajja ; a royal welcome will bo given the delegates" if the convention comes here. i West Wan IN Itlalne. > , O. , March 23. At the meet ing of the campaign committee of the Buck eye club to-night u letter from Judge William II , West , who presented Hlnlno'a name to the Chicago convention in 1884 , was rcafl , m which he soys in part : "My fixed and un alterable conviction la that jJlalne ought to accept the nomination , for thoieason that I , believe that ho can carry moro electoral votes than uny ether candidate. With 185 , i southern electoral votes against us our margin - gin is too small for the indulgence of stnta- pride , or 'favorite sonlsm.1 Wo mu t notnl- note u candidate who can win. " An Abandoned Koliooner. , ; CHATHAM , Mass. , Marches. The schooner from Rocklnnd for New York , loaded with lime , came ashore on the Chatham hair during a snow storm last night. Sh watt boarded by a life-saving crew , The vessel was found lo have been abandoned and her cargo on lire. It > 1& feared the crew'Ujs bpca lost. '