Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, January 01, 1898, Image 9

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ProgKS3ivo Stiido of Electrical Power on
Steam Roads ,
J tec i'n I i\nerlnifiit n-ltli Field Ti-li
null Telephone * ICIcu-
trlrlt ) IIH it Sim rcr lit I lent
Other l > < - \ i-loiiiiH'iitH , t
It Is announced lhal Iho Pennsylvania
Uallroud company IUB about dcli'i-mlncd to
eubsdtuto chr.trlclty for steatn wherever It
can bo donu with safety and comimrclal suc-
ww. Kxperlmcnts have been going on for
comu lime on the compiny'r branch lines In
New Jetsey. the Hrst step being taken when
the company established a trolley system
between Mount Holly and Kant lUlrllugton
n distance of about seven miles , with a view
ot making a thorough Ust ot thestrcngtl
ami it/tea of c.cctilc power. This test haw
been completed , and the decision of the cngl
ieeu..g department ot the read Is l\sat It will
bo for the Intttest ot tiio comunnv to sub
stitute el ctrislty wherever p-actlcablc.
When the trolley system wja put on the
short line nuntloned In the place of Hie
at am inglnis , three largo cars , titled up
much Ilk- the parlor car * cm the 1'onnsyl-
vnnla rend , were put Into servlco , and
heavy passenger coaches were drawn over
the road at every trip to test the .strength of
the trolley. At the sam ; tlmo thrco englnca
were put Into nervlcc , and their power to
nuke the same number of trlpa .is the trol
ley nt the same expense wns Usted. In u
Start time It wns shown that the trolley
system could make thrco time , ? us many
round trips between the two towns men
tion d as the engines , and bo kept up at n
less cost. The engines were 1,200 horse
power , nnd were capable of drawing heav
ier loals of freight than the trolleys , each ot
which had only 1,000 horse power motora ,
but for the regular passenger service the
trolley was so much superior to steam , It ts
tald , that there wns hardly any cun pai-iaoii
between the two.
As soon as this test as ilgured dov.n tea
a minimum , the railroad company h-gan
to make tests of speed with the trolley.
The roadbed was nut In ncrfeet condition.
and the curves were done av.ay with ns
much as possible , it nol an unusual
Ihlng for ono of Ihe trolHys to run the dl.
lance between the Iwo towns In nine min
utes , hut this was nol considered lo 'jo nearly
Ihelr capacity.
A motor cur was put into excellent order ,
and several representatives of the Pennsyl
vania Railroad company made a trial trip
to test speed. At the end of Ihc rculu II was
shown that the molor had been running al Iho
rate of Hoventy-llve miles an hour. This car
is as la.go and heavy as the ordinary pas
senger car used by Ihe Pennsylvania com
pany , nnd Iho facl that It could make such
speed with such weight was a surprise to
It Is pretty well understood in railway
circlet ! thai the lime Is nol far distant when will be constructed an air line electric
railway between Washington and Now York ,
and It Is believed that the Pennsylvania com
pany will he largely interested In the scheme.
At Iho Hald'Wln locomotive 'Works ' In Philadel
phia the statement was recently made by
ono of the managers thai they 'were fully
expecting clcctrlclly lo take the place of
steam within a very few years , and that
their company and the Westlnghouso of
Pltlsbtirg 'had conslructed an electric engine
which had developed a speed of more than
100 miles an hour.
'Before this engine can 'be put Into prac
' tical use 'tor ' the hauling of trains , however ,
according to the opinion of the Baldwin
manager a < bovo quoted , It will be necessary i
that thu tracks upon which It Is to .be used
should bo relald with rails about 25 per cent .
heavier .than those now In use. Also that j
all curves be straightened as much as pos- i
Bible. It was nol the Idea of the Baldwin
man that the trclley should be used for roads
of any considerable leaglh , and exporlrncnls
arc , he said , being made wllh a Ihlrd rail ,
which , it Is hoped , can -be made bolh a com
mercial and mechanical success.
While the overhead trolley Is conceded to
bo a great success for distances up to. say
twenty miles , It Is nol so much lo be de
sired , It Is said , for the operation ot oars for
longer distances or In most cilles. At pres
ent Ihc thl-d rail , by means ot which the
electricity Is conducted uccord'ng to thil nys-
lem , Is regarded as lee dangerous to the
public to admit of Its general use , and these
roads which employed ll ore compelled to
have their lines fenced on both slJes their
full length. , . ,
It Is believed thai when a Ihlrd rail is
brought to the perfecllon that It Is absolutely
essential to attain In order that It may be
use. ' , vllh economy and safely , the practical
work of establishing the air line between
Washington and New York will be begun. U
Is alco prelly 'well ' understood thai Iho
capltallsls who are Interested In the Colum
bia K. Maryland railroad have In view the
probability that their road will be a part of
the greater scheme.
Tim United States does act afford the sol
dier many opportunities for practical educa
tion , eays the New York Hcra'd. but the re
cent operations against the Arizona Indlanh
were taken advantage of to test the utlltO
of an important isclecitlfie Inveallon lhal will
ail materially the general who directs th
operations of an army corps In a future
Uy means of this apparatus , which hart
ibcen perfected by Captain James Allem of
the Signal corps , under the direction of General -
oral A , W. Cireely , It will fce possible to
string a line of wire from point to point of
nn army's communications , and use the sama
wlro for both telephoning and telegraphing.
Oor ral Grcely has dec'iired It lo bo the mom
notable scientific advance of the year , the
importance of which Is not confined to mili
tary work alone , but may be applied the
world over.
The present field telephone-telegraph ap-
paralua of Ihe Signal corps rcpresenls Iho
revwll ot more Ihan five years of experl-
jno&ta. Henerul Grecly , chief signal officer
Bccuitid from abroad a Cbarnllols Byslem ten
leU-phonio communlcallon , In 1892. By Ihls
By&ltm oral communlcallon was poeslblc
through unlnsu'ated bimetallic wire laid on
the grovocl , each end being eontectol by a
Charallo's transmitter ami receiver. The
success cf Hiirt so-called system was atli'lbu
4ed by Its tnvuilor. Captain CharalloU , o
the 'French army , to Oio peculiar proportict
of the wire need by him.
After ono trial ot'.lio Charallols telephones
they were permanently replaced by the
Crown nvigneto telephones , owucd by the
Signal corps , with rcsulllng sound many
times lomler than with ' .Jio ChnralU'Is ' lastru
Next the Htudy ot Iho bimetallic wire lei
to the conclusion that U did not p sscus an >
qualities in an electric way and 1
'theoretically dcructutratod as gooi
i ihould follow < : he use ot a single mcta
wire ot the Bime diameter as the. bimetallic
and practical tests proved this to be a fact
J'uro copper , alllccu , bronze and oilier wire
of the elzu of the bimetallic gave entirely a
good reaulS. ' .
As the original idea "was to use the iinln
sulated wire only tor oral communlcallon
and as , in fact , it was not possible ihcn t
othurwlao use It , the problem ot adapting I
to the UEO of the elgnal corps as a part ot It
rne-auu of telegraphic communication v.a
confronted ,
Guptalu James Allen of the Signal coins
an expert electrician , was charged with th
solution of this problem by General Creole )
Ho replaced "the " magneto 'telephones ' used a
transmitters , substituting a carbon transml
tcr , with greatly improved results , Thee
ItiBtrumtntB were Introduced into a clrcu
with a lattery , induction cell and telcgrap
key aud communication > by Morsu telcgrap
oodu attempted.
Tia lia.dc ulroke of the dlaphrifim beln
much louder than the round obtained when
the current w s sent through Iho magnet
necmcd for a tlmo a objection lo Ihc
use of the Instrument as a part of 'the tele
graph sjBtom. An Ingenious xoltll'.on ot the
problem was found by t'aptaln Allen , whore-
) > the Morse code Is read 03 easily through
the receiver &a from nn ordinary telegraph
soiinde" .
Ilavlni ; in mind comparatively successful
experiments abroad In the use of a single
wire for telegraphing and telephoning , Cap
tain Allen then began work on that line , and ,
Inge'.ilously aurmountlrfg too mcuy dllficultles
met with In hii exhaustive experiments , per
fected the instrument now uaed by the Signal
It has bem rigidly .estcd tt dU'.jnccs up
to C25 miles and prc-jounced a nuccess Init \ >
\orlous capacities > .s a "buzz , " Mrrse , * cle-
phonic amiphonoplex Instrument. The whole
outfit weighs only s'.xleen pounds. Including
battery enough to work over any length of
lee ! that the corpi- would prolably be eallcd
upon to opcrale. A-n operator may .hereforo
easily tarry in ! ili Inn I a cotnblnallcei * cc-
gtaph and telephone ofllce.
\\ith ll , while one operator Is enrj-'ged , u
tclcgraph'ng a mcswRO In 'Msr. ' ? characters ,
ttiother n-.ay , over the same wire , talk telc-
pionlcally with another fitf Ion , the distant
erert' ors hc.irlng . e'.ily ' their ewn IIICEE-IKCS.
Montreal h now supplied with electric cur
rent from two natural sources ot power , one
operated by the Chambly Maniifactur'.ng
company and utilizing the rapids of Ilia
Richelieu river , the other being the great
power pvitit of the Lachlnc iciilds en the
St. I/iwrcncs. To dcrcrlbu either In detail ,
rays the Kngi.iecrlng ! Magazine , would be
bul to cereal a'counts ot turblncfi , gener
ators and transmission which have already
appeared In other places ; but some of the ! : . l points ot Interest may be note.l hero.
Two features of dlscurslsn In flic Montreal
| i\.nt are somewhal local atul climatic ; one
Iho problem of with the anchor ice ,
an.l gorges ; the other the prop.slt'.on to use ]
electric current generally as a source of he-it.
Of courac. elestrl ; heating Is , In itself , noth
ing now ; but at MontioU It Is seriously pro
posed by the electric comptci ) ; to altej i _ > l ID
compete with anthracite ccal In the matter
of domestic heating. Ccal for household
pun oscs at Montreal ccsts $0 a ton , and it
Is claimed that the t'.Hapicss with which
current win bo obtained will i.iermlt elec
tricity to bo useJ for cooking nnd warming ,
through the Canadian winter , advantageously ,
as compared wllh fuel.
In an editorial in the Riectrlcal World the
corr.outatlon cf the equivalent eosl per heal
unit , with cool al $ C per ten , Is made aa
follows :
A theoretical determination of the heat ob-
lalnablo from coal and from electrical energy
indicates lhat Iho rale m > r klliuvali-hnnr
will have to be extremely low to compete
wllh coal al such a rpice. Anthracite coal
gives oil , in burning , approximately 15,000
British thermal units per pound. Allowing
for a less ot 50 per cent from Incomplete
combustion and HUG losses , electrical energy
would have to be sold at the rale of fifteen
one hundredtbs ot 1 per cent per kilowatt-
hour to make the cost per heal unit the
same aH thai derived from ? G ccal.
Should this experiment , made on so largeR
R eculo and In so exacting a climate , prove
successful , It will doubtless encourage other
attempts to convert hydraulic into thermal
energy , the more so when it ia remembered
thai some of Iho greatest sources of water
power arc found In localities in which fuel
Is both scarce and dear.
The Inwardness of the attempt cf the
French customs to use the X ray for the In-
vettlgatlon ot baggage and passengers Is
graphically shown by C. Gulllaume , a wcll-
kncwn Fiench savant. He says : "At first
slsht nothing is more seductive ; examine the
j travelers by screen let us say in passing
that the practice will not fall to raise a
deilcate question of law we shall recognize
at a glance smuggled botlles , walches , Jewels.
Then we can examine Ihe suspects more
thoroughly. We can also attack the bags
and trunks of travelers with > lho rays , and
reveal metal objects , arms , cartouches ,
cr > slals , mirrors , toilet bottles , etc. But
shall we know If the Jewels are smuggled , If
the botlles contain liquids not permitted by
law , If the arms are prohibited ? Kvidcnlly
no. The rays will only give a hint , and not
dispense with the opening of the luggage. "
If the Iravelcr Is familiar with the nature of
the X ray he can pack his itobacco lace , new
clolhes and gunpowder so thai no sign of
them will bo brought out. A photographer
bringing home undeveloped negatives in his
bag will have them irpolled by the rays as it
they had been exposed to the light. On the
other hand. If the 'traveler ' knows his rights ,
he can claim damages 'from the "douanier , "
The French customs officers In their desire
to save themselves trouble appear to have
adopted the X ray wllhoul taking the advice
of scientific experts.
Ono of the Edison light and power stations
n New York receives Its water supply from1
wo large service mains at each eml ot tlio
lulldlng. It was recently noticed that the
upply from one of the services was cut off.
Jn Investigation the engineer of the watch
ouiid thai there were five eels and one
mall fish In the eel trap , Installed alongside
t the meter. The eels were very large , ono
f theta weighing two and one-quarter
rounds and measuring twenty-nine Inches
eng and six Inches In circumference. As the
ay was Friday , when the company's staff
ouiicll has its regular meeting , and when
n electrically cooked lunch is served , the
els were at once added lo Iho stock of
lie commissary department , and proved most
cceptablo. During the luncheon one of Ihe
filccrs ot Ihe company said ho was reminded
of a slory which Edison gave to a credulous
cporter way back In the early days ot elec-
rlo lighting , and which was duly turned
n to the newspaper ofllco and printed. The
cporler asked Edison whether the new elec-
rlo light was making any headway outside
of the stales ? "Oh , yes , " said Edison , "they
ire wild for It down in SOulh America , nnd
our folks can't get the plants In fa t enough ,
Jp In Iho Madalena river Ihere Is a perfect
craze for the light. Wo are equipping all
ho larger lowns near Ihe mouth as quickly
as wo can , bul al ono of Ihe small places
far up Iho river , I heard the other day , they
said they were nol going to wall for ua. And
they didn't. The river about there wcs In--
'ruled with electric cc's , and they caught
housamls and thousands of these , and strung
hem together in a converter , and lighted the
; own thai way , "
The up-lo-dato doctor's office will now be
equipped wllh nil electric device which at
oiico answers the purposes of bracket lamp ,
forehead reflector and mirror. The lamp ,
whlfh 1s one- inch In dlimeter , is circular In
term , llaUencd from before backwards , and
perforated by a central apcrature about u
quarter of an Inch in diameter , the filament
completely encircling this aperaturo. The
back of the lamp Is silvered nnd blackened
around the central hole behind , and to avoid
any unpleasant radiation of heat to the eye
the back Is further protected with noncon
ducting asbestos material. This lamp also
cornea with a hinged bridge , so that it can be
adjusted for either eye for use Iri ophthal
mic examinations. The great advantage ol
the lamp Is that the light Is always In the
lli'o of vision and needs no readjustment
no matter what Iho movement of the putlcnl
may be , It can also be usc.l for the examlna
tlon of the car or nose.
HIMIVV Snowfall In I'fnnn > 1 vanla.
PITTSHUHO , Dec. 81. The Iieavlext no\\
storm of the year is now prevailing through
out western Pennsylvania. From six to ten
Inches of pnow U lying on the I * vel and It 1'
still ( mowing hard. Bo fur through r.illro'ii
tralllc has not been seriously Impeded , but
the local traction llrles have euffered greatly
Teh-phone and electric light wires are dowi
all over the city and joverul accidents have
hajvpewd toy the. crossing1 of the wlrea , but
no fatalities have been reported.
\ Holiday for l.nelnerl Jury.
CHICAGO. Dec , SI. Adolph L. Uietfiori
on trial for wife murder , will n > end Ne'\
Year's day In Judge Gary's courl room
After a conference today beUvHji Judge
Clary and the Jury , It was decided to hold
court tomorrow and proceed > wlth the trial
Judco Gary said he , uiy.v no difference be
tween holding court on the 11 rat of January
and the flrat ot July.
Uncstentaticuilv Takes Up THs Head
quarters Under New Ucghuci
( Iron It IIH I tin Opinion Unit There
\VIII III * \o Clminyc * In the
OllU-lnl Kainlty of
1 Hie 1.1 no. ,
Horace Q. Burl , president-elect ot the
Union 1'aclHc railroad , formally assumed
charge of his new olUe yesterday. Tlio
event was unatleiidcd by any dcmonslratlon
or by nny acts that would signify that the
Installation ot a new regime had taken
Accompanied by Oliver W. Mink , the first
vice president-elect of the reorganized com-
wny , President IJurt arrived In Omaha yes
terday from Chicago on the "Overland
Limited" train of the Northwestern , llr.
! Mink wcnl to the headquarters oi the Union
' Pacific nt nn early hour , while Mr. Hurt
1 spent the first part of the morning calling
1 on a number ot friends uptown. After mak
ing his calls President 'Hurt ' proceeded to the
headquarters of the railroad of which he
has been chosen the chief executive. Ho
spent the remainder of the morning closeted
with Vice President Mink and General
Manager Dickinson.
In a brief Interview President Hurt said
ho had arrived In Omaha to stay and should
take chniKe of his new olllco at once. He
said that the receivers would remain In con
trol of the property for some little time
yet , but It was Impossible to tell just when
the receivership would be terminated , lle-
gardlng changes In the ofilcial family of the
Union Pacltle , Mr. Hurt said he thought
thera would be none at all. ' Today Presi
dent Hurt , Vice President Wink and General
Manager Dickinson will leave In the private
car 010 for a trip of Inspection over the
Unlcn Pacific main line. Just how extended
this trip will be , or what other olllcials , If
any , will be called "to go along with the
president's party are matters that are , not
IlurlliiKtoit TrnliiMOM. . 1 Hint < f l.lkelv
to Sdirtniilii. .
The Uurllngton ofllclals arc considering
the advisability of restoring to service early
In the new year the limited passenger trains
Nas. 1 and C between Ciilcago and Denver ,
which were taken off the road In the fall of
1893 on account of "hard times" and a notice
able falling off In western passenger truffle.
Freaking of this matter John Franls , gen
eral passenger ugent of the II. & M , read.
says : "It Is true that the questtcn ol putting
on faster trains between Chicago sjad Denver
and between Denver and Chicago Is under
consideration , but the < iuestlon has not been
settled. The passenger department naturally
wauts to see It done , but a etei ) Involving
the expenditure of about $1,000.000 Is not to
be taken lightly , and the general
managers will be t'.ie ones to decide
whether or not the trains are to bo put
j on the road again. Trains Nos. 1 and G were
| taken off about four years ago because of the
! general biie'ln ss deprerslon. They did not
pay at that time , although up until the ar
rival of 'hard times' the trains had been
paying. The time made then between Chicago
cage and Denver was about twenty-alne
hours each way. One could leave Chicago In
the afternoon and arrive In. Denver the fol
lowing evening. Now a traveler between
those two cities is on the road two nights
and a day. If It Is decided to rcEtore- these
trains to service the time may be shortened
somewhat , but not more than hour or
two. Twenty-feven or twenty-eight hours
between Chicago and Denver means very fast
running. Tratos Nos. 1 and C have- never
becii taken from our operating time card ,
although taken off the public time card. It
lias been the Intcatlon of the Burlington to
put back these trains whenever business
conditions and through travel Improved euf-
flciently to warrcrat such an expenditure.
That time seems now to have arrived and we
hope to see the fast limited trains on the
line again betwec.a Denver and Chicago and
between Chicago acid Denver. To put on two
such trains means an Increased train mileage
of about 2,000 miles a day. Involving .in ad
ditional expense of about $2f > 00 per day , $75-
000 per month cod nearly ? 1,000,000 per
year. "
"Will the restoration of the Chicago-Denver
trains have the effect of reducing the time
between Chicago and the Missouri river , or
between hero and Chicago ? "
"No. I think not. There would be no ad
vantage to the ordinary traveler In reducing
the time between Omaha and Chicago. As
It Is now a man cau leave the one city after
tils day's work Is done , get supper on the
train and breakfast the next morning , and
he In the other city before 9. > per cetil of his
business friends arc at their desks. "
( ieiiernl Sentiment of I'nlon I'ncllle
Men nil lliiHillnl | I < 'IIII < | H.
Union Pacific ofllclals are of the opinion
that the distribution of the property of the
icdlcal department of the read and of the
ionoy la foe hoH'ltal fund , asked for In
lie federal couri 911 Thursday by members
t the Order ot Hallway Telcgrcnhcrs , will
ever take place. As yet the Union Paclllc
as not been olllclally notified of the filing
if the petition asking for such a distribution.
Vhen It is the legal department will jxrepare
n answer to the petition setting forth the
easons why the distribution asked for by
crtaln employes of the company should not
10 made.
To a lice reporter an official of the company
yesterday said : "One cannot anticipate
futuie orders , but It docs not seem reason
able that uuch a distribution should be
node. If It were each employe would re
ceive only about $2. The $00,000 In the lica-
ltali fund represents the collections from
probably 30,000 men , and the amount each
man would receive would be almost insig
nificant. I've contlbutcd to this fund ever
since I've be-en with the company , but I
don't believe I have cny more right to the
money I've paid In the hospital fund than to
collect the lite Inrjuranco assersmcnts I've
paid In with no provision for the return of
them In case I drew nut. "
Among the employes there seems to bo a
general feeling the fund should not
lie divided up hito several thousand parts ,
but should bo kctit Intact. On the other
hand , there Is a very--i.rc-nounceil feelliis
among a great number of employes that
there should bo gome "reforms In the man
agement of the hofiiHal fund. , Qne employe
in speaking along this line said : "I am
against dividing up this money In the hcs-
.iltal fund in such small amounts that It
would do nobody any'good , but I think that
some changes b'.iould be made. In
the handling of thefund. . On
nearly every other railroad In the
country the assessments for the hospital or
relief fund are graded according to a man's
ability to pay. This ls the only railway hos
pital department that I ever heard tr-11 ot
where 'the ' offlce boys are assessed Just as
much as the ofllclals drawing ? 10 000 or
more per year. It is notrightthat all em
ployee , regardless of their wages , should bo
compelled to pay 40 cents a month toward
the hospital fund. I do not want to see the
fund broken up. I think It's a go u ahlng
fgr the employes , but -think I there could bo
some bccellclal changes made , I believe that
there should bo a semi-annual report of the
fund and its management Issued to all em
ployes , and then all who contributed toward
U could kuow Just where the money was
going , "
( lllltN tillIIOCU iNlllllll ,
TOPHKiA , Dec , 31. Major T. J. Anderson ,
assistant general passenger agent of tiie Hock
Island llnca went ot the ilUrcurl river , has
runomrcd his Intention"1 ot fccvcrlng all con
nection wltn thai road when he retires trcm
Ih'.i pop ; l.-n January 1. . ' ]
Ever since the Issuancf ol the order trans.
'erring ' him from the presUit position to that
of local ngiut at Topo.Va , ) io has had tals
move In view. 11U friends 'to whom he con
fined hi i Intentions tried to dlauado him
from Iho purpcse , btr ! his mind Is iow fully
made up. He will send his tculgnatleu to
the Chicago oIDcUls aiJ rn ] tomorrow turn
over his ofllco to his cucctcsor , E. H. Mac-
I.eoJ. Major Andersen "has , Uen connected
with the Ucck Island rallrold over since the
lines west of the Mleuourl river wcro ccti-
Wl 1 1 imt i
On Sunday , January 2 , 'the Ilurllnp'on will
extend Its pasrongcr twin' No. 14 fitly miles
furlher west than It hss heretofore been
operated. At present the train ruus bo.wccn
Creston , In. , and Pcorta , III. , an It has for
a number of years. On Sunday the train will
bo oxttuded < o lied Oak , la. , where dt will
leave for Pcorla , III. at 0:10 : a. in. On the
same date the norvlcc between Crcs'-on , la. ,
and Council 'Bluffs ' , Ii. , will be Improved.
Train No. 9 will leave Crestco at 6:50 : a. m.
and arrive In Council HlulTr ul 10:35 : a. m ,
The iclurnlng train , No. 10 , will leave
Council Uluffa < w 3:25 p. ni. and arrive at
Crcattn al 7:40 : p. m.
i'eUtltl Shipment * .
CHICAGO , Dee. 31. Easlbound freight
shipments for the week ending December 30
amounted to SO , ISO lone , 70,215 foi
the- week previous anJ Gi,999 ! last > ear , di
vided anunig the dlffcrerl roads as follows.
Forl Wayne. 17C1 ( ! ; Michigan Ccnlial , 4,322 ;
\Vabash , I.C24 ; Lake Shore ; 12.522 ; Panhan
dle , 14.557 ; Ualllmore K. Ohio , 7,324 ; Gi-ind
Trunk. 7.960 ; Nickel Plate , 0,217 ; Krlc , 1922 ,
"Big Four , " 290.
Itnlliviiy NOII-N null 1'erKOiuil * .
J. II. Kecno , formerly 'stationed at the
Union Stock yards ot Chicago for the Mil
waukee , and now superintendent of the
stock yards nt Sioux Clly , Is In the city re
newing old acquaintances.
V. .Mcrtshelmer. formerly connected with
the Union Pacific's mechanical department ,
has been made general superintendent of the
Kansas City , Plttsburg & Gulf railroad , with
headquarters nt Kansas City.
H. H. Moles , traveling pacsenger agent of
the Nickel Plato railroad ; Is In the city
receiving the thanks of the "low jotits" !
for the Christmas handkerchiefs sent out by
the passenger department ot that road.
Commencing January 1 , engineers and fire
men on the Lake Shore road are to be uni
formed with suits that can readily be drawn
over other wearing apparel , but ualform In
style. The preposition was'submitted ' to the
men through letters and SO per cent of Ihe
t espouses favored such a Uniform.
The protest to wcslcrn lines against drop
ping points In Utah and Colcrado from the
homcscckers' excursions has proved to be
strong enough to have the original order for
these excursion rates chartgcd. All points In
Utah and Colorado will be'Included In the
homeseekers' excursion tickets , which -will
be sold on the first and third Tuesdays In
January , February and March.
George West , city pasdouger agent of t'le
Northwestern , has just received an interest
ing railway swivenlr. It Is one of the first
mileage tickets sold on thd Chicago & North
western railway. It Is ( Mte.d January 19 ,
1874 , and Is slgned'by W. H. Turner of Fre
mont. Neb. , in pencil. H bears the stamp
of the Chicago city ofllce'and , has the olg-
nalure ot W. A. Thrall , general ticket agent.
Will Handle It ill TlieliMen ! Supply
CHICAGO , Dec. 31.--Chlcago packers who
manufacture buttcrlno ns u side line are
now in the butter and egg business on a big
scale. This Is because the law prohibiting
the coloring of buttcrlno struck a fatal blow
to thai business and caused stock yards men
to shut down their plants. Butler merchants
think the stock yards men have started out
on a campaign of retaliation for the enactment -
mont ot n law which Is generally credlled lethe
the country legislator and the butter mer
chant. The packers are aavertlslng their
butler , egg and poultry deportment In pro
duce Journals and to emphasize their Inten
tion to pay cash and make liberal advances
on shipments. It Is thought thai Ihc pack
ers will arrange facilities for Ihc handling
of butter on a largo scale ) n their branches
throughout the country. If such a step Is
taken butter men think that the eastern
butter merchants would suffer more than
those in Chicago and vicinity.
OIIIIK { iiTinniiVim < eil to Serve Hln
Time In ( lie Army.
INDIANAPOLIS , Dec. 31. Emperor Wit-
Ham may have to send to this country to
arrest Carl Fahaley , nephew of the wealthy
wholesale milliner , Frederick Fahnley , mer
chant and banker of this citv. Young Fahn
ley came here six years ago , when lie was
14 years old , and Is being educated under
his uncle's guardianship. He- has Jusl re
ceived word from his molher In Germany
that unless he returns at oneo to serve his
time in Ihe German , army she will have lo
pay 500 marks a year as a line and officers
may too sent for him. Young Fahnley went
to the court to take out natural.zatlon papeie ,
but found ho could not until ho becomes of
age. The court further Informed him that
Emperor William could send requisition
papers and take him back to the fatherland.
Fahnley declares he will not return , and
will lay the matter before the president.
HIIIIIIII Stnrtx for ColiiiuliiiM.
CLKVfiLiAND , Deo. 31. Senator llnnnn
left for Columbus this morning to tnlce jier-
Bonal charge ot his ? rKxlorjal campaign.
Ho 'was ncccrrmpiinled by Hon. Sylvester
Everett , cihuirmnn of the republican county
committee , aim Judge Frank 15 , Dellen-
liaugh , of the common pleas court. Just be
fore df-partlnir they held u conference with
State Senator Vernon llurkc , ono at the re
publican members of tha JeBlnluturo whum
it Is Biild will oppose Mr , Haniiu In his can
didacy for re-election. What the result of
the conference was , If aqy , could not be.
learned ,
Colorado Will \ol-.lolii CriiHitili1.
DKNVBH. Dec. 31. Colorado will nol bu
numbered among the wetilern states which
are forming n combination to biennially
Inspect Ihe books of thellfi i Insurance com-
piinleH. Insurance Comiol .iloner Vivian
' ' such n biennial Invest gallon WUH folly
unices u * < > rloux condtlon if affairs exl led
In the management HO ne of llie larjfe
eastern companies. Ho , Wi i of Iho opinion
that It Is not the larje < ornpanles which
need watching , but sfime of the smaller
weHtcrn concernfi , i \
\alloiinl Park nt Vlel.slinru ;
NKW OHU3ANS , Dee. 30. The members
of the congressional committee on military
affairs arrived today from VickHhurg on
their way buck ta WnHhlii.tton , for which
iilncu they will l ° iivc' on Rat unlay night.
They hnvu been investigating the question
of purchasing land for a national park
around Ylvkxhurg , including the district In
w.ilch the operations for the rclgu of Vlcis-
burg were conducted , phalrmnn Hull miyn
the committee will report'favorably on the
bill providing for u nutlonul park at Vicka-
burjr ,
Reception for CeorKt' Krnl WIlllaiiiM.
DISNVKH. Dee. 31. The * Arapnhoo Demn-
oralle soclely la making extensive prepara
tions for the reception to bo lmlerecl
j ( Jtorge Fred Williams of Hasten. Mr.
! Williams will arrive in Denver January 7.
1 A public reception will bo tendered him
' that night. After the Hpcechmaklng a
i banquet \vli ; \ > i given. On the morning , of
i the ! ? th Mr. Wllluins will ho driven about
tin * city and the Woman's cluh will con
duct a reception that afternoon ,
rioor I'ill IK In ConnlrTheater. .
KANSAS CITY. Dec. 31.-A special fo the
Star from Florence , Kan , , nuyt < ; At a home
Uilent theatrical given In a Diall at Cedar
Point hutt night the. lloorinir tnive way , pre
cipitating * fifty peoploi a distance of twenty
feet , Onu irmn had a Ittr broken ; another
his rlb crushed and about thirty others
we-ro scratched and bruised , None Mere
fatally hurt.
How Omaha Property Wna Listed for Taxa
tion this Year.
t of tin * Current Year lle-
vloveil nnd No me .SnuueMlonn
for Kiilnri * ( iiililunee of
the Con no II OfTered.
The first annual .report of the municipal
tnx department was submitted to Mayor
Moorcs yesterday by Tax Commissioner
Sackctt. The document briefly reviews Ihe
work lhat has been accomplished and sug
gests some directions In which additional
Improvement can bo secured. Mr. S.ickett
says that the great dllllculty which was
encountered at the outset was the general
ni prehension on the part ot property owners - '
ers , who had previously been allowed to
practically make 'their own assessments , that j
the Inauguration of the new system would
involve some radical Injustice. He consequently
quently declares his gratification that the
large majority of the citizens not only
recognized the fact thai previous assessments
had been far from nerfcct. but cheerfully ac
corded the tax department their hearty as- '
slstanco In bringing about Ihe much needed
reform. Ho admits thai Ihc present as- |
sr-BHiienl as completed oes not meet hU '
own expectallons , bul contends 'that ' It Is a
vasl Improvement on any former assessment
and the best that could possibly have been |
secured under the circumstances. Con
tinuing , the tax commlsloncr says :
"The expense of this department to date
bis been SG.SOS.OG ; the estimated expense to
May 1 , IS'JS , ttio date upon which the first
year of my service will expire , Is $2,100 ,
making a total of about $8,900. or .OM cents
ocr capita for a population of loO.OOO. The
same services In the city of St. honls , with
a population of 450,000 , ccst ariiroxlmately
10 % cents per capita , and In Philadelphia ,
with a population ot 1,045,000 , about U to
12 cents per head.
"T'.ie assessment proper , not Including the
salary of the tax commlsslcner and two
rlorks In the olllce , was made at nn expendi
ture or $3G75 , while approximately the same
fiorvlce performed for the county by the
ward assessors and their assistants has cost
the county annually from ? 7,500 to $8,500.
I feel quite confident that a still further
reduction can bo made in tiie cost ot nuking
the assessment , when the system has been
fully established , for the reason that a very
considerable pcrtlon or the work done this
year will be serviceable in making the next
"The amount of work actually do-ue Is not
to be compared with any former assessment
In this county for the rcaacci that we have
actually examined every piece ot real cslnlo
In the city , and the assessment made has
been ' 'cased entirely upon the Judgm&at of the
deputy from actual observallou. It 10 true
that his Judgment has nol bt-en correcl In all
cases , but to no Instxnce within my knowl
edge \\Ei = i it perverted from what he deemed
to be his duty through any Influence or desire
to favor hs ! friends or punish his enemies.
"Tho final result of the work done this year
can ho briefly summarized as follows :
Assessinenl as returned by deputies
Lands $ 2,314,215
City lots 14,282,003
Additions 13.727,740
Personal 4,912,230
Total assessment . . ? 3,24C,2S 1
Assessments by state
board 1DU.GS5
Total assessment as
returned JH5. ISG.SUD
Corrections by Board of llevlcw ns follows
Lands reduced . " . . $ ' 213,820
City lots reduced 1,9SIH)9 ! )
Additions reduced GCa.lM
Total reductions . . . $ 2 , < ' 33.SSS
Personal Increased . . . . 4M.SS1
Total net reduction $ 2,387,007
Total assessment as reviewed
Lands $ 2.031.S0.1
City lots 12.277.WO
Additions 13.122.5S1
Personal 5,2r,5.111
Knilroncl , telegraph , etc IM.GSj
Total J33,0402
"The most difficult part of the labor of
making an assessment of the taxable prop
erty In the city is In listing the personal
property , and It Is doubtless Iruo lhal a very
large percentage of this class of property
which Is actually taxable escapes each year.
Heretofore the number of personal assess
ments has been between fi,500 and 7,000. In
this assessment wo have dlstribuled 14,400
personal blanks and have made more Ihan
13GOO actual Individual assessments on per
sonal property.
"A very largo number of these , however ,
are based on a valuation of less than $50 and
In many Instances , I presume , the lax col
lected will not much more than pay the
cost of levying and collecting. In this con
nection I might suggest some Important
modifications In tlio revenue law so far as it
applies to cities of this claFB , but I presume
Ihcso suggesllons may as well be reserved
for Iho conslderallon of the legislature. I
believe , however , that this Is a matter of no
much Importance to the city that It ought
to receive due consideration prior to the next
session of the legislature.
"In my Judgment 'the city of Omaha would
do well to accept Iho experience of many
ot Iho older elites of this country and equip
Itself with the necessary facilities for making
an assessment bolh accurale and equitable.
It IB very essential > to the operation ot our
municipal machinery that the basis of our
revenue be not only firmly established , but
lhat it should bo equitably apportioned be
tween all classes of taxpayers. Such a re
sult cannot be * allsfaotorlly accompllBhed
without adequate facilities and a reasonable
amount of competent help. I have refrained
from asking fr.r anything more than was
aksoluti'ly Indispensable In this line at the
outsel out of conslderallon tor Iho already
aggravated feeling of our overburdened tax
payers , hut it Is a false economy ,
and I believe we make what will
prove lo bo an expensive error
In refusing to accept the experience
of many of our older Bister cities. I would
not advocate a prodigal expenditure of money
In this direction , but I believe that we should
build a permanent foiindallon for a thorough
syotcm ot taxation , so elaborated that the
smallest taxpayer In the city , as well as
t'.io largest. Jould at any time easily and
clearly determine his Just proportion of the
public burden.
'With renewed confidence In the belief
that the establishment of this department
was a stop In the right direction and will
ultimately bo productive of great benefits
ta the to j paying community , I have the
lionor to be , yours very respectfully ,
"FRED J BACKBIT , Tax Coiiimlmlcocf. "
Small Illnck of Unmix Sold ,
IllJs were opened at the ofllco of Clly
Trcaturer Edwards yesterday for the pur
chase of the Center street curb'.ng bonds.
Thlct Is a email block of $8,000 , which run
from two to nine years aad draw 4H per
cent Interest. Considering the fact that such
bands are the least desirable of any and the
amount Is not sulllclent to Interest band
buyers , the bids were highly satisfactory
The bond * will probably be sold to L < ui -
Btreet , Stedman & Co. of Ilceton who were
Ihe highest bidders. The amounts offered
( or the Uuue were us follows :
Hlodgett , Merrill & Co. , lioston f80.40 |
lllului IlrjH. & Co. , Hoaton S.lOl.bO
Lamprechl Urns. & Co , , Cincinnati. . 8.0:00.1 :
Omiihn. National bank 8,027.50
John Dale , Omaha 8.1U1.25
Long l re el , Htedman & Co. , lloston. . 8,152.'jj
Mortality Keeoril ,
The following births and deaths wcro re
ported at the health olllce during the twenty-
four hours muling at noon yesterday ;
Birth * Joseph Flola , 1718 South Eighth
etreot , boy ; Thomas Peterson. 3116 Jackecn ,
boy ; Krlst Sollnski , 1939 Swtu Twenty-
eighth , boy ; llctiry Gloscmnn. Twenty-sixth
anJ IVUrlck avenue , boy ,
Deaths No deaths reported.
IiiNtieotor MrVlttlf'H lln-i-ord * Show
rt 12,0(111 ( Colleeteil.
Uccnso Inspector McVUtlo has not com-
yletcd his ofilclal report tor 1S97 , but a re
view of hlb records for Kic year Indicates
that he has succeeded In making his depart
ment contribute a larger amount to the , city
treasurer than has been turned In for sev
eral years. Just 1,500 licenses have been
Itstlcd during the year , on which fees have
been collected amounting to J12.000. The
Declines and receipts were distributed as
follows :
> o. . licenses , /iinoum.
Omnibuses G $ COCO
Hacks R2 321 ( B
Express 2.11 1,003 W ,
Peddlerc , tAnxon , 141 2lWi 00 i
Peddlers , earl 4-i f.10 CO |
Peddlers , foot 4S 313 M
Milk , wagon Cf.3 l.nvs 70 ;
Milk , hand 201 213 > |
Milk , store 14 ! ) 330)
Auctioneer * 2 200 00 ,
l'/ducnted animals 7 24 >
Circuses 4 273 IV ) |
Swings 2 19W
Novelties 3 10 l I
Exhibitions of skill 4 17(0j (
HmploynwiU agencies 7 3.O 00 '
Merry-go-round 1 11 on |
Exhibitions of apparatus * . . G 30 W i
Freaks of nature 2 10 00
Sidewalk stands IS 2lfi M ]
House movers 8 10) (0 ,
Junk denier * 11 210 00 j
Pawnbrokers 23 1,1.00 .
n. . o .in 11 !
PlumlwM 37 37 M.
Hunners WW
Street fakirs 27 H JO
Theater * 3t > M > i
1 ' '
TraiiFlenl dealers - i
Klectilclan * * 7 S. . > W
Second-hand dealers 19 . ? 'f0
Slot machines 147 -H1 '
Uai-k drivers -15 t'2 00
Totals . Uo
ColleiMloiis of Customs for Twrlvi-
MnntliN Arc SntlsfMoliiry.
The busluess transacted by the olllce of
Collector of Customs Miller during the last
year has bee * ! about equal to that ot previous
years , but there are Btrong Imlleallons Hiat
it will pick tip materially during 1S9S.
During the twelve months Just gone $110-
COO of merchandise upon which duty has
been levied has passed ISvrough the olllce.
Upon this duties ot $1)7,617 ) were collected.
The number of packages was 751 , In the
same time C7CC'J packages of ore of the
aluc ot $643,500 went through the office
and brought $140,000 In duties. Thus tie
utllce received In duties $237,617 on some
; 753.500 worth ot goods.
Thcso figures ore approximately the same
as those for the last few years ? , but the
month of December showed an Increase ot
about $1,000 Ui duties over November. It is
believed lhat this is the beginning cf a
I'toady Increase from now on. The fact that
n similar increase in business Is no ed nt
other poKti Indicates that Ihe gain Is general.
The cause for this Is found In the fact
'that before Iho tariff bill , which Is new in
fore ? became a law , many merchants took cut
of bond large quantities ot gooJs to escape
the Increased duties. They have about dis
posed ot tals accumulated flock , consisting
principally of cigars , liquors and similar
dutiable goods , and arc purchasing additional
o ock upcii which they must pay Increased
Parl ; Hoard Will TaUo ( lie I.O < N on
West Pariiani StrtM-t.
At a mcellng held yesterday afternoon the
Hoard of Park Commissioners unanimously
voted to ask the city council to accept the
proposition of Ourtlss Turner to donate
twenty-four lots at Thirty-second and Far-
nam streets to the city for park purposes
under certain conditions. These conditions
have been materially modified since the
original proposition was submitted and the
commissioners now contend that It is a very
advanlagoous opportunity for the city. The
property Is to be turned over to the city free
of cost with the provisions that the cily shall
open va. slreet at least sixty feet wide through
the tract , bring the lots to the necessary
grade .before April 1 , 1899 , beautify the prop
erty with trees , shrubbery and flowers during
the same spring and exempt seven adjacenl
lots from taxation on account of the appro
priation of any other adjoining property that
may be required to carry oul Ihe boulevard
The acceptance of this proposition Is the
first step toward providing a boulevard from
Ulomls park to Rlvervlew by way ot Hanscom.
The tract thus acquired Is assessed at $19,50 (
by the tax department and the commission
ers assert thai Iho expense ot carrying oul
the conditions Imposed on the city will be
Kl'.VICH.U , Ol' ' .1IHS. \VOUI.\VOUTI
SorvltM-N ill' Trinity Cutheilral am ! In-
( erineli ( at ! 'r Nief > t Hill.
The funeral of Ulrs. James 'M. Woolworll
was held al Trinity cathedral at 2 p
m. yestereMy. The church was filled with Iho
friends of the family , the names of when
are a of Ihe history ot Ihe clly. The
church was decorated with a profusion o
mces ad : a mass of the blossoms 'was heapet
over the casket. The bervlces wcro con
ducted by Bishop Worthlngton , assisted by
Dean Fair and Canon Doherly. The ritual
of the Episcopal church was completed and
interment followed at Prospect Hill. At
the grave the last rites wcro pronounced by
lllshop ( Jarrit of Texas , formerly dean of
this 'parish. ' At 10 a. m. ye.iterday a
special communion service was held for the
family of the deceased. The acllve pall-
i bearers were composed ot old servants of
i the family , and the honorary jlst was composed -
! posed of Hon. J , Sterling 'Morton ' , Dr. George
I L. Miller , ( Herman . { oiintze , John A. Crcigh-
] Ion , J. R. Jluclianan , F. II. Davis , General
Charles F. Manderson and George W. Hold-
llenley anil Chandler Held.
The cases of John Henley and Ote Chand
ler , charged with the unlawful use of Or ,
Gllmoru's hargo nnd slelph and with such
Inhuman treatment of the animal as to re
sult In Its death , were heard in police court
yesterday , The defcndantx entered a
poiibiul denial of Ihu charges and asserted
that they had been In no way connected
with the occurrence. The ttHtlmony brought
out Ihul both Ht-aley and O.iandler hail
admitted at the time of their urn-Nt Dial
they wcro Implicated In the act charged.
According to the testimony of the pollci
both men had described In detail taking
the horse from Fourteenln and Farnam
streets , driving It far an unrecalled length
of time , and finally abandoning the animal
In South Omaha In a dying condition. The
evidence was considered Hiilllci'iit for the
rottntlun of both iniiii to the district court
under bonds of $ .VX ) each.
Driver I'llder ' Hie I , out ! ,
Charles Tnnock , u driver for R. T. Leo ,
met with a painful accident yesterday
when cro ? lnif the railroad tracks at Hlghth
and JuckHon Btn'etH. His wagon was heuv-
lly lei ; led i.vllti hickory lumber , . 'ind when
the front wheels ntruck the tracks the Jolt
hroko DUD of the side makes which ield the.
load In place The road was uneven and
Tunoek B.IW that hlf load WIIH nllpjlnn Hlle-
wayH from the rear end. Ho rpiang lo the
ground In the hope of holding it back when
the whole loud slid from ilia wagon , cateh-
Inir him underneath , lllc ! rr were i" > ii'v
Itr. I ed , and ho wan 'o a : er'ously hurt about
the body. Tanoek was talctn to his humu
nt 1102 South Blxth etrcct.
e In IiinlriietnrH
Miss Kdmlsten , n Bisterof the chairman
ot the. populist mate central committee' , has
tircm ulven u placet at the Institute for Iho
Deaf and Dumb. Hhe succeeds .Mlm ota
Crawford , u republican , who IIUH resigned.
The change occurs the lirst of the year ,
1'OKtolllce Will ( MIINI- .
On account of the lio'.lduy today the
l > 0 tofllcu will bo cloned promptly at noon.
Trie" carriers "wll intake but ono full deliv
ery , umlithat will ) take place In thu morn-
I UK. All Uio other federal olllces In Ihu post'
oulco building -will also clojo ut noon.
Application of W , S. Pojp'cton Holds foi
Several Days.
.Indue Scott llnldN Mir flutter to ll
of Snllleleiit liiii < irtititiF to
Witrrniil n I'lill In-
vexllKiitliiii ,
The. case of William S. Popplcton npilnnt
tlio clly , wherein Hie plaintiff seeks to re
strain the city council from racing any or-
clIncuri ) or taking steps looking an exten
sion of the franchise of the Omaha Water
comixniy , .came tip In Judge Scott's court
yesterday niul on application of the At
torney for 'iho plaintiff \vns continued until
next Thursday morning at 10 o'clock , It being
alleged that Mr. Popplcton wns ( tick In bed
anil consequently unable to be ! court to
The tcmpotary lestrainlng onlcr In HID case
of 1'oppletcn against the city was Innied by
Judge Sea t laio 1-ist Tiie.i'lay alternoon end
was in.ulo rclutii.iblo tills morning. It
sought to realm In the council fr.-m passing
fie ordinance herctofuro Introduce , ! , .
The city council Is re * > tr.ilncd "from p.iMiog ,
approving or taking nny steps toward tu-
act-Ing or adoplisig an ordinance In.roduceJ
Into iIIP ; city co\incll \ December 1-1 , ISO" , en
title. 'An ordinance to nnicnil tuctlon 14
ot ordl 'iico No. I1H ! , ' and referred to In peti
tion 111od herein. And icstralinlng nnd en-
JoluiMK . " " .ill defendants nnd each o ( them
cid , thrlr succi'fsors In olllco from passing ,
approving or taking any steps toward enac- :
In cr adopting the propr.ltlon of ' .he Omaha
\Vater company iivile to the city couicll of
Oir.'iha nnd Introduced into the courcll De
cember II , IS'.lT. And enjoining the raid de
fendants and each ot ; ! iem rod their mic-
cesaor.i from passing , approving or taking
any .s.cps towards enacting or adopting any
eUier ordinance , resolution or proposition or
contmct which shall In cny manner or to
any cxt nt wlv.tover ombarraEs , curtail ,
weaken. diminish , put off or change the rlijhl
of the city of OnMlm , under ordfcanco123
and the 1'jwn of the state of NcbnuikA , to
acquire by purchase under the exercise ' of the
ilgivl of eminent domain , or under'the laws
of the city -cr ft'ite , or contract or contrncts ,
heretofore entered Into with said company ,
the water works pltot at present supplying
the city of On-alm. upon -Mio plaintiff exe
cuting .in iii'dertaklng la the sum ot $1,000 ,
as required by law. "
This morning on the convening of the court
Mty Attorney Council on behalf of the mem-
> ors of the city council Illed an answer In
vhlch ho alleged that the petition In the
ate was defective In t'.ils , tint it failed to
r.ale the Omaha Water cum. any n party to
ho suit. The water co.ntaiiy : , he contends ,
s an Interested and ncceraary party to the
orocced'iiKs and the i'sucs could mol bo
nlncd unless the. petition was amended seas
as to Include the company as n defendant.
Attorney for the plaintiff asked tlmo In
which to complete the showing and at the
B'ime tlmo silted that William S. Pcu'leton ,
the party suing out t'jo i < nunctlcuuis ) nick
mil unable to be In attendance. He a.iked
'or a continuance , Insisting that he was not
ready to proceed with the hearing.
City Attorney Cowiell urged against wiy
lelay. He sold that the securing of the
injunction was simply following out the tac
tics pursued each year and that the matter
should be disposed of at once , that the city
might know Just where It was i > ; .iced. It
was Imperative that nemo arrangements
should be made with reference to nuyplying
the exposition grounds with water and this
could not he done until nfter the rase had
been adjudicated. The ordinance provided
for the extension of the time of purchase
only fiveyears. . Under the terms of the old
contract the city could purchase at any tlmo
after 1903. while the new ordinance gave the
city the same right , but extended the tlruo
until 1UOS. Tile new ordinance , the city at-
toraey hold , did not waive cr abridge any
of the rights of the city ; It merely extended
the time for ourchase live years.
Judge Scott t.ald that owing to the Im
portance of the case he would not pjse upon
any of the Issues , but would postpone the
hearing until next Thursday , continuing the
temporary restraining order In force In the
iiiTciicocic CAS is < : oi-s OVKH , TOO.
AUoriie.vH on llolli ShlrM .Yule for Time
In ( In.Milder. .
The case ot the state against Gilbert M.
Hitchcock , wherein the defendant was
charged with contempt of court , was called
In Judge Koysor's court yesterday afternoon
end continued until next Wednesday morn
ing at 10 o'clock.
t'licn the convening of court yesterday
Attorney Slmcral , who appeared upon behalf
of the court , elected to stand upon the second
Information filed. This Information charged
that Hitchcock nldcd and abetted the lire
and police commissioner in socurlnf , tha
publication of the order of the court , the
publication of which had been prohibited.
lAttorncyr. for the defendant said they would
fllo their answer during the afternoon. Mr.
Slmernl said that In that event he would
want time In which to reply. This being
granted the case went over to the date
heretofore mentioned. / '
At 5 o'clock lae' might the attorneys for the
defendant Hied their cnfjwcr , coi 'lsllng of ( I
eighteen rages , some twelve pages of which .
were made up of articles clipped from papers
rclatlMg to the case. Tha defendant alleged
tbl lie had not committed any contempt and
that ho was not anmvornble under the charges
.SlumtV ; Kell ItcHlrnln tin ; Oiiinlia
I'i'ddliee KxclmilKc.
Shaw & Fell , members of a local retail
grocery firm , have secured a temporary
restraining order from Judge Scott , restrain
ing the Omaha Produce exchange from In
tel ferlng with their business. The case
conies on for hearing before Judge Scott on
January 7 , nt 10 o'clock a. m. , at which time
a permanent Injunction will he asked.
Shaw & Fell allege that the Omaha I'roduco
exchange , through its secretary , receives re
ports relative to the rclall grocers of thd
city and thai the said reports are to the
effect lhal certain grocers do nol pay their
bills. They maintain thai these reports con-
Btlluto a blacklist and works grcal Injury \
lo men In buslncBs. They declare lhal the
exchange Is an Illegal concern and Is oper
ated In direct violation of thu laws of the
Kor Larceny IIH llullee.
A complaint was nerved on Fred Iri Ilocho
yesterday to nmUer to the ehnrgo of
i larceny nu bullet . Keneca Handolph stated
in inulliitha ; ( complaint that hu leuued
IM I \ llochu a team and W.IKOII HOimt time
; ago at a certain weekly bin ; , and Unit
' lately , bccainti'iellH4utllled < with the nr-
I ningernent , hini > eke to l.a Haeho uboul
1 severing the contract. Ho nay * l.i Hocne
put him off with tha promise thut hu In
tended to buy thu outfit ut the owner's
own price and retained POSHCBHIOD on that
understanding. Randolph claims now thut
l.a Uoche Imimdlntely dlKappcured , to
gether with t'.ie property , and could not bo
found for the space of a month.
llcrKcr In Ti-onlile.
howls Henr was arrested yesterday
ut thu Instance of Anna Herbet , who stated
thai she hud become his wife In all hut
name nnd hud hlx promise of Immedliito
marriage . Bno Hays that Khe hits lately
( .Uncovered that Dergcr had arranged to
marry a ctrl in Fremont tomorrow and wan
planning to leave for Unit town ut 0 o'clock ,
lirrtjur was Intercepted by the police un
U In jail on thu uhurju preferred.