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The Omaha Daily Bee.
ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871.
OMAIIA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 26, 1002-TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COrY FIVE CENTS.
PUZZLES THE SENATE
Tillmui-HoLanrln Case Present Difficult
Problem for Bolution.
SENATORS ARC RESTORED Tt PRIVILEGES
Trje Eemorei Eestrictioni to Bring Matter
SHIFTS RESPONSIBILITY TO SENATE
Proprietj of Original Course i Question
toy Leading Members.
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION IS SUGGESTED
pellberattoa la Couneelled l Dt
snlnln the Penalty te Meted
Oat to Belllaerent South
WASHINGTON, Feb- 25. Quite unexpect
edly the senate adjourned today within Bt
Uen minute after It convened.
An hour before the body convened the
galleries began to fill with spectatore, all
sxpecttng a sequel te the great debate of
yesterdsy on the right of senator from
ftouth Carolina to cast their vote ' while
nnder the ban of contempt by the senate.
Several democratic senators had books
upon their desks and It looked as though
they were preparing to continue the con
test of yesterday. This wss made mors
evident even after the senate convened.
When the clerk began the reading of the
Journal of the proceedings yesterday the
Usual request tbst the resdlng be sus
pended was made by Mr. Stewart, repub
lican of Nevada.
"I object," Interrupted Mr. Turner, dem
ocrat of Washington, and Mr. Dubois, dem
ocrat of Idaho, la unison snd tb reading
was continued. At Its conclusion the jour
Kisl was approved without comment.
Instantly Mr. McMillan, republican of
Michigan, a member of the republican
ateerlng committee, was on his feet. He
called up tb message of ths house of rep
resentatives, announcing to the aenate the
death laat fall of Representative Rosseau
Crump of Michigan. He presented resolu
tions expressive of the sorrow of tb senate
sU the acnouacsment. These were adopted
nd then the aenate, as sa additional mark
ct respect, at 12:15 adjourned. The dem
ocratic senator were evidently surprised,
tout offered no objections.
Frro Rector Hemes to Soil.
The most Important development today In
Connection with the Tillman-McLaurin pi
pod of last Saturday was the act of Sen
tor Fry, president pro tempore of th
senate, in ordering th clerk of tb senate
to restore the names of th two South Car
olina senators to th aenat roll. -
If th preaent plan la carried out thla act
wlll b followed by th adoption by th
aeoat of a resolution before a vote on any
gather subject Is taken, practically endorsing
tb action of th president pro tern. In or
tiering their name erased and suspending
the two senators for som definite tun. 1
' Th order of Senator Fry for th raster
tton.ff tne.-iu.rnea the 'ratt wss Issued,
almost fcEmedls.'iit? "after the senate con
frensd today and was the result of a general
oonferpno among th republican leaders of
the Senate, when asked for an explanation
ay this order, senator Fry said:
In my rulings yesterday I believe that I
was strictly within Darllamentary laws:
that aenator in contempt are not entitled
To recognition, euner to speaa: or to vote,
and that logically their names should not
tie called. I still adhere to that opinion;
but. deelroua of shifting th responsibility
from the chair to the senate, 1 -have di
rected th clerk to restore to the roll the
names of th two senator from South
Senate to Decide Case.
When asked If th result of this action
ferould b th recognition of either of th
aenator to either vote or speak. Senator
tty replied that It would not, and that
Was a question which must be decided by
th senate. He declined, however, to state
bow th question would b brought to th
attention of the senate. '
Inquiry In other quarters developed th
tact' that ther had bean a conference ot
th republican leaders in Senator Aldrlch's
aommitu room during th forenoon and
that ttie, extent of Senator Fry's ruling
and specially Its far-reaching result, not
only- In this case, but as a precedent, had
been vary exhaustively discussed, the con
struction being that the action ot ths presi
dent pro tem In striking the names of ths
South Carolina senators from the roll and
liia refusal el a request te have their
Barnes called, was beyond precedent In the
Benate and not entirely justified. -
On this account It was decided that thla
particular phase of the question should be
Immediately taken up by th commutes on
privileges and elections. Senator Burrows,
who Is chairman of that committee, waa
called Into the conference and ths details
of carrying out the plan was Intrusted to
Mode of Froeedar.
It wss decided thst a resolution should
t formulated providing for th temporary
suspension of the two senators, and that
thla resolution should be passed upon by
. Mr. Burrows' committee and presented to
the senste as soon ss possible after th
convening of that body tomorrow.
The general opinion of the senators pres
ent wss mat tns Bourn Carolina men
Should be punished to some extent for the
altercation of Saturday and th aenator
present were quite agreed that suspension
would be th most practicable and reason
able form of Inflicting thla punishment.
The question of time was left Indefinite
th understanding that this should b do
termlsad by the committee, which meet
The republican members of ths senate
Committee on privilege and eleotlons were
In consultation during the afternoon over
th resolution which was proposed to bring
te ths attention of the senate tomorrow
None ot the senators present at the con
forenee would consent to disclose the ds
tails of their proceedings, but It Is lesrned
tn a general way, that considerable doubt
was expressed by some of ths members
as to th regularity of th suggested pro
seeding, som of tb senators holding that
tb suspension of ths senators, even, by
the aenat Itself, would be subject to crlt
Prebleaa Dlflzcult Oi.
Th feeling waa quite general that ths
problem I a difficult and Intricate on and
the opinion waa expressed that It would be
impossible to formulate a line of action
that could be put Into execution at so early
a date as tomorrow.
Senator Burrow and Foraker were ap
pelated a subcommittee to consult authori
ties sad suggest a form Of proceeding,
either the on proposed or on other line.
The democratic senators spent tb day in
ICouUauad, oa Fifth Page.
MOTHERS' CONGRESS AT WORK
National Oraaulsntlon Convenes la
Anaaal Ursslou at Wnh
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25. Th sixth na
tional congress ot mother began Its ses
sions her today. A large number of th
delegates are in the city, and were re
ceived by the committee on credentials thla
morning. Th program for this afternoon
Include th address of th president, Mrs.
Theodore W. BIrney, greetings from sister
organizations snd reports of officers, com
mittee snd delegates.
In her annual address Mrs. BIrney ssld
st what Is mist needed to effect Improve-
-nt slong sny of ths msny lines where re
. Is essential I systematic agitation.
' f r public opinion Is enlightened as to
f' V conditions and th methods for bet-
to. V ra. She declared that the mothers'
cont i its state and national assem
blage, e ot the vital factors In this
educate vibtlc opinion. In concluding
Mrs. Bli 'vised those present to be
patient, lo ., charitable and not to forget
the golden Idle.
The first business of the congress was the
sdoptlon of a resolution by Mrs. Hardlags
of New Tork extending congratulations t
President and Mrs. Roosevelt over the re
covery ot tbelr son from his recent Illness
snd expressing appreciation ot the compli
ment to the womanhood ot America In the
selection at Miss Alice Roosevelt to christen
Emperor William's yscht Meteor.
Miss Harriet A. Marsh of Detroit, Mich.,
said she enjoyed the unenviable position of
being the only "Miss" belonging to the or
ganization. The subject ot the most prac
tical work she recommended the establish
ment In the stste of a bureau for the distri
bution of lesson papers and other litera
ture on the relative value of foods and their
preparation for children; th general care
of children; the Importance to them ot
cleanliness, fresh air and pur water. Thla
Information, she urged, could be dissemi
nated through the medium of the public
school. In fact she said these subjects
could be taught In high schools and col
leges snd communicable disease might be
treated in the same way.
Mrs. Herman H. BIrney of Philadelphia
urged the establishment ot libraries of
An Interesting paper was read by Miss
Mary D. Runyon of Columbia university on
'Children's Literature." She maintained
that our attitude toward the literature of
children depended very much on the mean
ing attached to literature aa a whole. One
of the strongest needs of children which
literature must meet, she said, Is the fur
nlshlng of food for the imagination, which
serves a very legitimate purpose aa pur
recreation. That literature la bad for chil
dren, aald Mies Runyon, which portrays
motives beyond their imagination. At the
conclusion of her remarka the delegates
plied her with questions regarding the ef
fect on children of Illustrated newspapers
snd certain books, which brought on con
siderable discussion. The consensus of
opinion wss thst "funny pictures which ap
pear trom time to time in the newspapers
CURE FOR ALLEGED EVILS
Bardea of Pleaa Made or National
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26. The ' National
council of women cloaed . Its session here
today. It elected Mrs. Ellen Smoot Dusen
bury a delegate to the National Congress
of Mothers and adopted a series ot reso
lutlons. These petition the government to
Immediately inveatigate reports that "so'
cial evil" la licensed by the government
in the Philippines snd that the United
States flag Is floating from windowa of
llcenteous brothels In Manila, and In varl
ous possessions of ths government, and
asks the abolishment of these practicea
if found to exist.
Other resolutions advocate arbitration.
mediation and conciliation to aettle dif
ficulties and urge women to help to advance
negro conditions by aid and support of
kindergartens and day nurseries In the
TO REDUCE CHINA CLAIMS
United State Propose to Powers to
Consent to Pro Rata Redaction
WASHINGTON. Feb. 25. The United
States government has proposed to the
powers concerned In the Chinese treaty
that they consent to a pro-rata reduction
of claims so as to maintain the tetal within
th sum of 450,000,000 taels, which th pow
er agreed to acoept from China as full In
demnity for th Boxer outrages. Oermany
haa discovered that it placed its claim too
low and has demanded an Increase In allow
ance of 10,000,000 taels, and If this is to bs
met ths other slgnstory powers must agree
te submit to the pro rata deduction of that
sum from their own original allotments.
Ths United States la firmly opposed to aay
auempi to extort irom China any more
than the 460,000,000 taela and It will at
tempt to avoid th creation ot a precedent
to be followed by the other power In the
allowance ot thla German claim.
LENTZ CASE IN PROGRESS
Former Ohio Congressman's Attorney
Begins Aramment la Contest
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25. Arguments In
ths contested election case of ex-Repre
sen tat Its John J. Lents sgstnst Emmet
Tompkins of th Twelfth congressional dls
trlct ot Ohio were begun today before
house elections committee No. X. Ex-At
torosy General Frank S. Monnett of Ohio
presented the case In behalf of Mr. Lent
and will continue hla argument tomorrow
Th conteat Is mad on allegations ot
election irregularities tn th alleged us of
money In a number of specified Instances
snd the illegal casting of vote by ststs
KNOCKS OUT SUBLETTING
Iloneo Defeats BUI ' on Proposed
Change of Rnral Delivery Sys
tem to Contract.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25. Tb proposed
change of th rural free delivery system
from th salary to contract basis, was to
day embodied in a special bill ordered re
ported by the house committee on post
offices and postroads. This Is intsnded te
take th place of a similar provision In ths
postofflcs appropriation bill, which la eon
sidered Inconsistent with th rule.
Th special bill follows the form of ths
clsuse In the appropriation bill and In ad
dttlon prohibits ths subletting ot rural ds
livery route or th taking of mora than
on rout n Me person.
ICHTS FOR EAST OMAHA
Congressman Bmith Joint Other Iowant in
CITIZENS INSIST ON FULL BRIDGE RIGHTS
Congressman Burke Gets Deflnlte
statement on Sloax Claims la South
Dakota Beet Isgar Pros
pecte at Grand Island.
(From a Staff Correspondent)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25. (Special Tele
gram.) Congressman Walter I. Smith ot
the Council Bluffs district said today that
he would oppose the bill changing the
haracter of the East Omaha bridge across
the Missouri river.
"The people ot Council Bluffs snd vl-
inlty," he said, "are opposed to permit
ting thla bridge to be used entirely for
railway purposes. The people ot my dis
trict insist that the bridge company shall
permit them to cross the river with tesms
and on foot. I have had a number of let
ters from leading citizens of Council Bluffs
relative to the bill Introduced In the house
by Congressman Mercer making radical
changes In the character ot the bridge, and
for one I will not be a party to the change.
The city council of Council Bluff haa vig
orously protested against the bill and 1
will personally appear before the commlt-
ee on interstate and foreign commerce snd
present the objections ot my constituents
to the measure,"
As It appears now, with the opposition of
Mr. Smith and largely that of the Iowa del
egation, it is doubtful it the bill will ever
get out of th commerce committee in Its
Claim of the Sioux Indiana.
Congressmsn Burke of South Dakota, who
haa been active In behalf of the Indiana of
his sure, received a letter today from Sec
retary Hitchcock of the Interior depart
ment, which was gratifying to the Pierre
representative. Mr. Burke has been per
sis tent In his efforts to ascertain just what
sum of money wss dus the Sioux Indians
ss a result of the treaty entered into be
tween the United States and the Sioux
tribe in 1889. By thla treaty the Sioux In
dlans ot South Dakota ceded a portion ot
their reservation and provided tor a divi
sion of the remslnder into separate reser
vatlona, now occupied by the Cheyenne,
Pine Ridge snd Rosebud Indiana. The lands
thus ceded were to be paid for at $1.25 per
acre for all lands filed upon during the
first two yesrs sfter th passage of the
act ot ratification. After thla period of
two yesrs. ths lands were to paid for at 75
cente an acre for two years additional, and
finally 60 cent an acre was to be paid. The
government was also to pay $1.26 an acre
tor sections sixteen and thirty-six in each
township In the - reservation reserved for
school sections. At the expiration of tea
years after the ratification of the treaty,
February 10, 100, the government waa to
pay the Indiana fifty oents an acre for the
remainder of the lands not taken. As is
well known, a small portion ot the lands
wss taken and the government therefore
owes ths Indiana for virtually all the landa
Included in the lmmenss Sioux reservation.
covering about 8.000,000 acres. . Ths Isw
provided that this money should bs placed
in tb treasury to the credit ot the Indians
at an nnael'la teres of iva- fr eeaW-'
Isrveyi to Batubliah Amennt.
Two years have gone by after the ten-
year period and the Sioux Indian have not
received a dollar from the government,
nothing having been placed to their credit
In th treasury of ths United States. After
two years ot effort to secure some expres
sion from ths Interior department as to
whether any congressional action waa nec
essary to have this money placed to the
credit of the Indiana, or if not, why the
terms ot ths treaty have not been complied
with. Secretary Hitchcock, in a letter to the
congressman, today says;
"The terms of the act as such that the
amount due the Indians can be ascertained
and properly placed to their credit in the
treasury without further legislation by con
gress, except that a portion ot the land es
timated to be about 130,000 acres Is yet un
surveyed, but this unaurveyed portion is
now under contract, and as soon ss these
surveys are msds ths whole question will
be determined and the money placed to
the credit of the Sioux Indians."
Many persons In South Dakota ara inter
ested In this mstter ss the whole amount to
be deposited by the government to the credit
of .the Sioux Indiana and to be divided
among the several tribes will amount to
Sagnr Factory for Grand Island.
Henry T. Oxnard, president of tbs Amer
ican Beet Sugar association, says that ha is
receiving msny letters from leading citizens
of Grand Island asking that a beet augar
factory at that place be pat in operation
thia year. I
To these petitions and requests," he
adds. "I have instructed my local manager
to aay that if we can be asaured of a suf
ficient quantity ot sugar beets ws will op
erate ths factory at Grand Island this sea
son. Ths question ot operation rests en
tirely with the farmers of that vicinity. It
they give as enough material we will re
sume. It must be patent to everybody thst
an Idle plant la not only hurtful to the ma
chinery, but to the business interests as
Senator Dietrich today made the follow
ing recommendations for postmasters:
Mr. Lucy K. Psrtrldge, st Kenesaw,
Adams county, vice her husband, L B.
Partridge, deceased. Mrs. Partridge waa
highly Indorsed by the citizens of Kenesaw.
Charles C. Gregg, st McCool Junction. York
county, vice William McFadden; Mrs. M.
E. Miller, st Brsdshsw, York county, re
appointment; 3. B. Newmeyer, at Guide
Rock, Webster county, reappointment.
Captala A. Slaker of an artillery corps,
who commanded tbs Sixty-sixth company
at Honolulu, and a brother-in-law of Sena
tor Dietrich, is in Washington on a short
leave, having Just returned from the Pa
cific islands. Captain Slaker expects to be
stationed at Fortress Monroe and within a
year or two to receive his majority, ss he
stands eighth in line In a list of 150 cap
L, A. Myer of Montana, a nephew of Sen
ator Dietrich. Is In Washington.
Seuator Millard has sent a large consign
ment of sugar beet sed to the Commercial
club at Omaha for experimental purposes
Representative Bmlth today Introduced an
Important measure la congress vesting In
the president power to negotiate reciprocity
treatiea with all foreign power until July
24. 1905. I
"I do not know that this bill will receive
attention at the hands of congress, but I do
know that something of this kind ought to
bs done." said Mr. Smith.
Hot Barlaas Sanitarians.
After a number of years of herd work,
Captain H. E. Palmer ot Omaha had ths
CoaUauad. aa coaa Pa4
HELD FOR MURDER OF; WIFE
Boatoa Jndge Denies Charge of Cnt-
tin Off the Woman's
NEW YORK, Feb. 25.-Judge Wilfred
Blondln, charged with the murder of his
wife, by cutting off her head st Chslmstord
near Boston last June, waa arrested hers
today. He was Identified by a detective
from Boston while he waa making applica
tion to bs exsmlned for sn engineer's
license. Ths prisoner sdmltted bis Iden
tity, but professed to know nothing ot the
killing of bis wife.
Yesterday Blondln called at the' bureau
of boiler Inspection at headquarter te ap
ply for an engineer' license. He evidently
did not notice his picture posted on the
wall, with the usual announcement of a re
ward for his apprehension. Captala Tltua
of tbs detective bureau told the man to
call again thla morning and wired to Bos
ton for a detective who eould identity
When Blondln returned this morning he
wss Identified by the Boston detective snd
srrested. In court th prisoner wss re
manded until tomorrow to await extradi
tion papers. i:
At headquarters he declared that be had
last seen his wife while be was seeing
her off from the station at Boston. Hear
ing later of ths discovery el her body he
feared that he would be accused of the
murder and fled to New York. He aald
he had made several trips Sa a coal passer
on a North German Lloyd steamer.' When
arrested be sstd he was endeavoring to
get the position ot engineer in a hotel in
which he worked.
MRS. SOFFEL OUT ON BOND
Sheriff' Wife Who .Aided Blddle
Brothers 1 Under Ornve
BUTLER, Pa.. Feb.. 25. Mr. Kate Soffel.
wife of the Plttsbarg jail warden, who as
sisted In ths escape of the Biddle brothers
snd was wounded during ths battle when
they were recaptured, waa removed from the
Butler hospital today and takes to Pitts
burg by County Detective Roblson. She has
fully recovered from her wounds. ; .
Three charges have been made against
her, one of aiding in the escape of the mur
derers snd two alleging felon loua assault
Upon arriving in Allegheny Mrs. Soffel
waa drives at one to .th court house,
Pittsburg, where her attorney made pleaa
before Judge Marshall Brown for the prls
oner release on ball. Through her at tor
ney ah offered a bond signed by her father,
Conrad H. Dietrich, for $5,000, but Judge
Brown decided the ball not sufficiently e
cured and ordered that the prisoner remain
In custody of Detective Roblson, who re
moved her to the county Jail and placed
her in a cell three hours, pending the se
curing of the bend. ' " '
Mrs. Soffel walked slowly , with head
bowed down. She did not show- a trace of
emotion. Her father did not once sprak to
his daughter. He said he had not at first
sgned the bond voluntarily, but that bis
wlfs and another member-of the family had
persuaded him to de ao. Mr. fioffel, after
being released, left with her father fbi his
home In Mount Washington.,'": .'V.1
TAKES HIS OWN AND 0IHL'S LIFE
and Finally Drowns Him
self la Well.
DECATUR, III., Feb. 26. Fletcher Bar-
nett, a school teacher, today entered
schoolhouse one mile from Camango and
without warning shot snd instsntly killed
Miss Eva Wiseman, the teacher in charge.
He then ahot at Bert Hopewell, a pupil
who attempted to interfere, but mlased
him. Barnett then shot himself, but ap
parent! y without serious Injury. He rushed
out of ths building and shot himself again,
but atlll not fatally. He Jumped into
well and waa drowned. Barnett had been
a suitor for the girl s hand. All were
Miss Wiseman was a daughter of Dr. W.
A. Wiseman of Camargo and was a gradu
ate of the Illinois Normal school at Normal.
Fletcher Barnett, who waa 23 yeara of
age, had been teaching acbool near Ca
margo and bore an excellent reputation
He leave a widowed mother. He bad been
aultor for Mies Wiseman's hand, but it
was not known that there sad been any
trouble between them.
Pupils of the school who saw the trag
edy aay that when Barnett cams upon Miss
Wiseman with the weapon he charged her
with having ruined him.
WOMAN ACCUSES HER HUSBAND
Wife of Rich Lumberman
ter Cnt Her
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 25. Mra. James
E. Regan, wife of a wealthy lumberman
was found in a room at Welch's tavern,
1030 West Main street, today, with ber
throat cut from ear to ear. The woman
who prpbably will die, charges her husband
with having committed the deed, after
quarrel between them. He was arrested
Regan denies the accusation and clalma
that, hs and hla wlfs were assaulted early
thia morning by thieves, who, after wound
ing hla wife, cut him on the chin and robbed
him of $146. When Regan waa arrested
bloody knife waa found In one of his
pockets. In the police court he wss placed
under 15,000 bond.
DELAY IN STEWART FIFE CASE
Coatlananco Is Bonght by Prosecu
tion on Account of Wltneaaea
ST. JOSEPH, Mo., Feb. 25. A special to
ths Dally News from Savannah, Mo., say
that th attorneys for th prosecution in
the trial ot Stewart Fife, alleged murderer
of Frank Richardson, have asked for
continuance on the ground that two Import
ant witnesses, the little sons of Mrs. Rich
srdson, widow of ths murdered msn, are
sbsent, although they were regularly sub
It Is bald that Mrs. Richardson has sent
her children to the boms of relatives in
DEFEATS LAW WITH DEATH
Parmer Kills Neighbor and Commit
atclde Before Ofllrera Can
VIMTA. I. T.. Feb. 25. Jesse Glenn,
well known farmer, today shot snd Instsntly
killed Edward Montgomery and seriously
wounded Montgomery s son during a dls
puts that arose over a trivial matter.
Untied States marshal went from hero te
Glenn's farm, twenty miles northwest ot
here to arrest blm, but when the marshal
arrived t&er Ciena bad killed. blmaeU.
ITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
New Contract with Dectrio Light Company
COST OF STREET LIGHTS SS LOWERED SOME
Twenty Dollars a Year Cat Off and
Royalty on Gross Receipt of
Company to Be Paid
Last Bight was an evening ot oratory In
the city council chamber, the motif of the
eloquence being the new contract with th
electric light company. Lobeck was the
only member present who opposed the con
tract; all th others favored it, but no two
ot them favored It for the same reason,
so there waa ample opportunity for the dis
play of forensic power. When, nothing re
mained to be said about ths contrsct the
discussion turned on a point of parliament
Ths contract with the New Omaha Thom
son-Houston Electiio Light compsny wss
finally approved, According to Its terms.
the concern will furnish sre Ismps st $94.50
per year, provided the city will order at
least 300 such lamps, snd it will pay the city
royalty of 2 per cent per annum on its
gross receipts. This is a reduction ot 120
per year per lamp, aa the price paid under
the old contrsct was 1114.60 per lamp, and
the royalty la also a new feature. The con
tract, la good from December SI, 1902, to
December 31, 1905.
One of the most attentive listeners to the
discussion waa Fred Nash, president ot the
electric light company.
Municipal Ownership Snggeated.
The confusion began when Tr ostler moved
an amendment to the resolution to the
effect that the contract of the Omaha Gaa
company be extended with that of th
electric light company, and that both be
made to expire at the aame time. Then
Lobeck moved a substitute, which provided
that the city attorney be Instructed to pre
pare an ordinance submitting to a vote of
the people at the regular election this fall
the question of building conduits to put the
electric wires under ground, and the ques
tion of the municipal ownerahtp of the gaa
"When you were up for election," he re
sumed, "you pledged yourselves to munlcl
pal ownership, and now you want to ex
tend the time of thla company. I have no
objection to the terms nsmed In this con
trsct. I think them reasons ble, but I say
there Is no hurry about approving; the con'
In hla reply to this Haacall urged at great
length the inability of the city to undertake
such an extenalve project as conduits at
the present Urn snd declared in fsvor ot
Zlmmaa was not in favor of conduits
either. "I think." said he, "that thl city
ill have its hands full If it undertakes
municipal ownerahtp ot the water works.
We can't build condulta anyway, because
we're enjoined from doing so by th courts.
, Mount said! "Th prioe named in that
contract la aa low a any city of thl class
it getting In this western country and w
ean-not do better than 'to accept this op
portunlty.' The city csn not afford to build
conduits. .-. :. ' ,.i j' " '
-.The -a and says wjera- called for, ad
Lobeck's substitute motion wss lost, by a
vots of T to L
Ths motion to extend the time of the
gas company to a time equal to that of the
electric light company was lost by a vote
of 4 to 4.
Contract for Eleetrle Lights.
When finally the discussion reverted to
the original resolution, that the contract
with the electrlo light company be ap
proved, Lobeck raised ths point ss to
whether the decrease in the price ot lamps
became effective December 31, 1902, or De
cember 31, 1901. A reference to the con
tract showed thst the first date was named,
Thia discovery created a furore for a mo
ment. Without formality the council re
solved itself Into a sort of a committee of
the whole to digest this point, but Fred
Nash Cam to the front with a statement
that set everything right. It waa a mis
take, he aald. It was Intended that the
reduction in the price of lampa ahould go
Into effect December 31, 1901.
Somebody aelxed a pen and amended thla
clause of the contract, making a difference
of (20 per lamp on 33S lamps, and result'
ing in a saving to ths city of $6.700. .
It looked like a happy thought, but tt
came within an ace of shelving the entire
project, because the point waa raised
"Doesn't this Invalidate the bond that is
attached to the contract?"
Zlmman and Trostler thought it did, and
resulted In their voting against It, though
before the change waa made they were far
orable to It. It finally carried by a vote of
6 to 3.
Market Hoaao Matters.
Ths appointments of John O. Detweller,
Lewis N. Gonden and Charles L. Thomas
to act as appraisers of damages aa the re
suit of the vscstlng of Capitol avenue be
tween Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets for
the erection of a maket houae, which wore
received from the mayor, were approved.
A communication signed by twenty com.
mission firms asking that an ordinance bs
passed defining a district in the vicinity ot
Eleventh and Howard streets to be set aaide
as a wholesale market was referred to the
public properties committee.
The clerk wss ordered to sdvertise ths
fact that ths city council will sit aa a board
ot equalization March 11, 12 and 13 to "con
alder the propoaed levy of special benefits
and equalise the propoaed levy of apeclal
taxea and assessments" to cover the cost
ot several Improvements. The improve
menis are the building of aewers In seven
different sewer districts, snd ths grsdln
ot Forty-second street from Fsrnsm to
A contract with the Western Paving and
Supply company to pave Cass street from
Sixteenth to Twenty-second with sheet as
phalt waa approved. The work la to cost
$1.63 per squsre yard.
These councllmen were present: Lobeck,
Mount, Wbttehorn, Zlmman, Hoye, Trostler
FOR A GROSSEARNINGS TAX
Bill Pasaea One Branch of Ohio Legis
lature Affeetlu; Publie Serv
COLUMBUS. O., Feb. 25. The Cole excise
tax bill passed the lower house of the leg
islature today and favorable action la ex
pected In the senate. The bill provides for
the levying of a tax of one per cent upon
the gross snnusl receipts of electric light,
gas, natural gas, pipe line and waterworka,
atreet railway, aignal, telegraph, telephone,
expresa or Union Depot companies doing
business ln Ohio.
A tax of one-half of one per cent is now
Imposed upon the groas receipts of all
except ths laat tour Daui A claasss ot cor
CONDITION OFJTHE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska Fair Wednesday!
Thursday. Increasing Cloudiness; ooum-
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday!
a. m. . . . .
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1 a. m...... 88
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BOARDERS PERISH IN FLAMES
Foar Men Are Killed and Twelve
Badlr Hart la Hotel
SPOKANE, Wash., Feb. 25. Four men
lost their Uvea and a dozen others were In
jured, three probably fatally, in a fire ot
unknown origin, which destroyed the board
ing and bunk house of ths 8tasdard mine
Msce, Idaho, shortly aftsr Isst midnight.
J. W. EDWARDS.
M. T. MOORE.
T. J. Yarborough.
Sixty men were asleep In ths tw build
ings when ths fire wss discovered on the
second floor of the boarding houss. Ths
alarm was quickly given, but the flames
spread with such rapidity that an escape
wss cut off except tnrougn tne windows.
Most of the injured wer nun wnu msx-
log their escspe ln this manner, though
several were bsdly burned. It is supposed
thst ths men who lost their lives became
confused by the ore sna smotce in ins nsu-
rsys snd were unsbls to find a window.
Their bodies hsvs been recovered.
rremlnent Montana Maa Becomes De
spondent and Takea Hi
MINNEAPOLIS. Feb. 25. Desnondent I
from broodlne- over hla Inability to throw
off the dru habit. N. J. Isdell of Pony,
Mont., ended hla life at the Nlcolett hotel
todav by ahootlna.
Mr. Isdell wss wealthy and was well "s msyor' brief sddress. gsvs plsssant ax
known throuKbout Montana, bavlna large pression to tb desire for continued and in-
buslnes Interest at Bozeman and Butte,
About a week aao he came to Minneapolis,
with hla wife, to be cured of the drua habit.
He enllet,ed the services ot several physl-
clans and tried hypnotlam and aeveral other
treatments without avail.
This morning while his wife was in ths
breakfast room he placed a revolver la hla
mouth and fired. Ths bullet lodged In the
brsln and desth wss instantaneous. On
the center table was a not to Mra. Isdell
explaining that complete discouragement had
led to the suicide. Mr. Isdell was 3 years
EPIDEMIC AMONG INDIANS
Prevalence of Diphtheria Reeeaaltatea
Quaraatlne 'Against Pueblos
lar,.Avr Mealca. .,''. ;
SANTA FE. N. M.. Feb. 25. Owing to the
prevalence of diphtheria smong the Pueblo
Indians, Superintendent C. J. Crandall of
the United States Indian school hss pro-
.1sIma4 m aAfi aral t ita am vif laaaa aaalnst than
Pueblo Indians and hss wsrned them from
coming Into any of ths towns or American
oLnciuoui-. ' ' ' "
wrior oepanuieu ir aumurn, w i"
anti-toxin for use among the Puebloa ln
ineir twenty or mure u-
In northern Taos county scores of Mex-
lean children have died of diphtheria in
ths last few weeks. Miss Dl.ete. super-
vising teacher of the Indiana, wss sent to
' '" '
on accounr 01 me oipnmeria epiaemic.
MAYOR AND COUNCIL AGREE
Former' City Clerk Appointee la Con
Armed, bat Other Deadlock
KANSAS CITT, , Feb. 28. The mayor's.
nomination of Edward H. Becker aa cltv
fiark aa ennflrmnd hv tha council tonlaht.
The deadlock between the council and
Mavnr Reed over tha offlee of cltv counselor
remains unbroken. The msyor sent In no
new name for tha office and the council
again rejected E. E. Yates and M. A. Flke.
The mayor today empowered hla private
secretary,. Jacque Harvey, to administer
tbs oath of office to the newly appointed
official and the council tonight approved
his action. This step greatly relieves the
situation aa it will again put In operation
th. hii.ln.iu nt tha lt whlfh haa tu.n .t
a etandstill for several days.
ENGINE TELESCOPES CARS
Local Trala Dashea lata Kipreas aad
One Paiscsger Is
WILKESBARRB, Pa., Feb. 25. The New
York snd Philadelphia expreaa on the Le-
high valley railroad, leaving here at 1:06
thla afternoon, waa run into ty a local train
at Newport. The engine of the local partly
telescope" tne rear runman oi me express, sisnaing on tne platrorm near Meteor en
Fortunately, the few passengera in the car gaged in lively converaatloa, laughing and
eacapea, witn tne exception oi J. n. mil.
a traveling man of thla city, who was
crushed between two chairs snd Injured,
Engineer . James Mccsrtny was badly
scalded by steam. The other two Pullman
cara were derailed.
FOR MAYOR OF KANSAS CITY
Former City Treasurer Beenrea Sup.
port of Deleaatea for Repub
KANSAS CITY. Feb. 25. John J. Green,
who served aa city treasurer during two
administrations, secured a majority of the
delegates to the republican convention to be
held next Thursday at ths primary election
today, which Insures his nomination for
msyor. It Is believed that James R. Reed.
the present mayor, will be nominated by
Movements at Ocean Vessela, Feb. 25.
At Cherbourg Arrived Kaiser Wllhelm
der Oroase, from New York, via Plymouth,
At Gibraltar Arrived Hohenzollern,
from New York, for Naples and Genoa.
At Bremen Arrived Darmstadt, from
At Movllle Arrived Furneasla, from New
Tork. for Ulaeaow.
At Queenstown Arrived County of In-
YeAr""th.r Tld-rpaaaed-P.tricla. Xor
F)ibOuiU Clsfboui' a4 Uaiurg.
METEOR IS LAUNCHED
German Emperor's Graft Set Afloat Amid
CHRISTENED IY MISS ALICE RtOSEVElT
Ampioioni Program is Executed Without
rR1NCE AND president central mures
Both Are Greeted with Din of Eoaxing Cur--
non and Cheers,
HENRY IIYES BANQUET ON THE SHIP
Freedom ot New York City Is Ac
corded Royal Visiter, Who Be
comes Special Guest at
NEW TORK, Feb. 26. Sunshins was ths
only thing needed to make complete th
otherwise successfully carried out and
brilliant program arranged for today, when
the announced purpoae ef the visit ot
Prince Henry of Prussia to thla country as
the representative of hla brother, Emperor
W1,am was sccompllshsd, and the ka leer's
y.cht M..,or .u launched and christened
b. Mlu A,lc. Roosevelt, sttrnded by her
father, the president,
The iUIlcn 00 shooter island took nlacs
ln tne morning snd took up something
more ttta BOur Tn sponaor, prlncs
,nd president were the center of a brilliant
.g,emblaae of cueats nrivtleaed to witness
an interesting exchange of international
After the launching the prealdent and
Mra. and Misa Roosevelt were the attests of
tn prince on board the royal yacht Hohen-
sollern, the president snd bis wlfs leaving
for Washington ln the afternoon. Mlzs
Alice Roosevelt remslned In New Tork with
Tarna City Over to Frlaea.
The feature of the afternoon was ths
Presentation ot the freedom of th city of
ureaier wew xora to r rince Msnry. Tns
ceremony, wnicn iook piece in tns ciiy nan.
bort t"1 tne Prlncs, la responss to
creaalng friendship between the two coun-
trie, wnue he mad grateful acknowledge
mel" of unusual welcome accorded him.
Notwithstanding the rain it Is estimated
at fully 100,000 people waited outslds ths
I cllT o11 unlu lB" Prmcs sppesrea artsr the
csremosy, and here, aa well aa along the
afterward taken by the carriages, ths
"J1 visitor waa accorded an ovation by ths '
PPls ot New Tork.
tBs evening Prince Henry, his salt
tn presidential delegates were the
guests or tns msyor or Nsw Tork at dinner
at ths Manhattan club, and th day wss
brought to a close with a wonderful per
formance at th Metropolitan opera houss. ,
The special train besting Prssldsat
Roosevelt from Washington to the launch- :
ing reaensd jersey city at C:40 a. m. Ths
president remained on board , until the. ar
rival of theprlncs Uttsa few moments
after ( o'clock. ;.', -).-.;
Trala Delayed ay Accident. '
A cylinder head on the engine of Prtno
Henry' speclsl Mew out sad ths train wss
m0T9 in sn hour late ln reaching , tb
city. The accident occurred shortly after
le,rlng. Baltimore. The stalled train waa
puhe, lnt0 M,gnoIla Md.t Dy a pMBger
I tram and there got a new engine.
Soon sfter 8 o'clock ths president snd
the prUc, , thelr ,ulte, embw.k, on
boat for Shooter.' T.Unrf Th.
ceeded directly from ths terry boat to ths
I stand which hart h.n -,-
shore toi of th, way, on wnch Meteof
rntt tha gun, tte,ntlme boomlng ,uU.
and tbs crowd cheering enthusiastically,
The Dre.id-nt -n(! nrinpm wl,w M .
Miss Roosevelt, arrived an tha ntatfnrm
M0 The prince conducted Miss Roose
velt to ths small platform Immediately u
der the bow of the boat.
Under Fire of Cameras.
During the preliminaries on the stsnd a
photographer from Hobensollern stood by
with a camera and took numerous snap-
ahot. Ths prlncs looked st him eouailon-
I ally and smiled. Two moving picture ma-
cnlnM wrs trslned on ths scene and there
were scores or cameras leveled at the party.
Wita th President and Mra. and Mlas
Roaevelt waa the following party: . Becre-
Jary Root. Mrs. Root, Miss Root. Secretary
"'wncoca, major uenerai Henry C. Corbln.
wn,ID' Kear Admiral Evans, Miss
vans, senator Lodge, Senator Spooner.
-ongreeamsn mauer. Admiral Bewles,
"mui"ua,r cowies, Mrs. Cowles,
"'"imnt B!rtary of State Hill. Colonel
' uouoru Dingnara, Mra. tungbam. Mr. and
rge w. ooya ana William Loeb. jr.,
aasisiam private secretary to the president.
rrince Henry waa accompanied br hla
whole aulte. and with Ambassador von Hoi
leben waa ths staff of tha inh..., r-
,i General Buens of New York was also
I Meteor I Launched.
In a drizzling rain amid th roar ef eaa.
I non, great cheoring and waving of flaas.
Meteor waa launched. The scsne was on
lot animation and good humor, the cue
l tor tne latter spirit being takea tram
Prince Henry and Mlas Roosevelt, who
Precisely at 10:39 Miss Roosevelt raised
the bottle of chsmpagns, which had been
encased in a beautiful sliver flllaree. and
which waa auspended by a thtrty-five-foot
I silver chain. Dashing the bottle aralnar
tne aide ot the vessel with a vigorous aad
enecuve nana,, the wine breaking into
spray. Miss Roosevelt ssld In English;
"In the name of the German emperor I
ennsten thee Meteor.'
Her voice was loud and clear and eould
be distinctly heard on all the surrounding
platform. Then she rsised a silver axe
snd severed the rope holding the weight
which kept the ship in the waya and tbs
vessel went gracefully Into the water.
Dla at Voices and Caaaoa.
Simultaneously cannoa boomed and tha
noise of the gun was lost ln that resulting
from the roar of human voices, added by
the royal uerman nana, the Naval Mllltla
band, and aeveral bands on board the vari
ous: vessels surrounding ths Island, whoa
occupadts were not privileged to land.
Every bat waa raised aad then there
waa cheer after cheer for the president,
the prince and Mis Roosevelt.
After th launching tb president pre
sented severs! persona to th prlncs. Presi
dent Roosevslt Issning over ths ratling.
I shook hands with many ot tha gueats who
0,d lBkUBt"' ,W1U "
I was golux, c th crowd remained coa-
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