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IThe Omaha Daily Bee.
ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871.
OMAHA, TUESDAY MORNING, CMAHCII 11, 1902 TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
i t MERCER BILL FILED
! jLctloa Against Horthera Seouritie Oom-
X piny Instituted, by Ck)Ternment.
I Brought in st. paul federal court
1 llroeeding Directed by Attorney General
of the United States,
GALTEST OF PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION
eat Northern and Northern Paciflo Named
,VR SHERMAN ANTI-TRUST ACT
ftmi Rv of compttim
Rallroav. AiiplrMf ta Re
strain jot Trad or
BT. PACL, Minn., March 10. By direction
tt the attorney general of the United States
bill was Sled at Bt. Paul today In tbe cir
cuit court of the 'United States for the
dlstrlot of Minnesota (n 'he case of th
United States, complainant, against the
Northern Securities company, the Great
Northern Railway company and others, de
scendants, to test th legality of the alleged
combination or merger of th two roads
and others named In tbe bill. The action is
brought under the act of July 2. 1890, known
tut the Sherman anti-trust act.
After reciting th fact that th Northern
Securities company is a corporation organ
ised under the laws of tbe state of New
Jersey, that the Great Northern railroad
was organised under the laws of th state
of Minnesota and tbe Northern Paciflo rail
road under the laws of Wisconsin and that
th two last named companies are common
carriers doing an interstate business and
that these companies at and prior to the
doing of th acts complained of owned and
bperated two separate. Independent, parallel
and competing lines of railway aggregating
over 5,500 miles In length, the petition goes
tm to say that they "were th only trans
continental lines of railway extending
across th northern tier of states west of
th Oreat lakes, from the Oreat lakes and
th Mississippi river to th Paciflo ocean
and were then engaged In actlv competi
tion with on another for freight and pas
senger traffic among th several states of
th United States and between such states
and foreign countries, each system connect
ing at Its eastern terminals not only with
lines of railway, but with lake and river
Steamers to other states and to foreign
countries and at Its western terminal with
ea going vessels to other states, territories
and possessions of the United States and to
does Back ta Receivership.
"That prior to th year 189S th Northern
Paciflo system was owned and operated by
th Northern Paciflo Railroad company, a
corporation organised under certain acts
of congress; that during that year th com
pany became Insolvent and was placed in
th hands of a receiver.. While la this
condition, awaiting foreclosure and sale, an
arrangement was entered Into between a
. majority of th .bondholder of (he ' jrth.ro
PaftlGo Railway ' company and th Great
Korthern Railway company , for a virtual
consolidation of th. two and placing tha
feontrol of th Northern Paciflo system In
th hand of the Great Northern. This
arrangement contemplated th sal under
foreclosure of th Northern Paciflo company
to a committee of bondholders who should
organise a new corporation to be knowa as
th Northern Paoiflo Railway company. One
half of th capital stock of th new com
pany was turned over to th Great Northern
company, which In turn was to guarantee
th bonds of th Northern Paciflo Railway
Defeated by Supreme Coart.
"Th carrying out of this arrangement,1
ways in petition, "was defeated by the
jfleclaion of th United States supreme court
In the case of Pearaall against the Great
Northern Railway company waa decided
March SO. 1896, In which It was held that
lb practical effect would be the consoli
dation of two parallel and competing lines
of railway and th giving to th defend
ant, th Great Northern Railway company,
a monopoly of all trafflo In th northern
bait of th stat of Minnesota as well of all
transcontinental trafflo north of th line of
th Union Paciflo to th detriment of th
public., and In violation of th laws of th
tat of Minnesota.
"Early ta the year 1901 the defendants,
th Oreat Northern and Northern Paciflo
Railway companies. In contemplation of the
ultimate placing of the Great Northern and
Nortbera Paciflo systems under a common
aoure of control, united In th purchase
or th total capital stock of th Chicago,
Burlington ft Qulncy Railway company of
Illinois, giving ths joint bonds of th Great
Northern and Northern Paciflo Railway
Securing- Control af Burlington.
"Ia this manner th Great Northern and
Northern Paciflo Railway companies se
cured control of the vast system of lines
knowa as th Burlington system, about
1,000 miles In length. Th attempt to turn
over a controlling Interest of th Northern
j-acino Hallway company to th Great
. Northern having thus in th year 1396 been
defeated by a decision of th supreme court
th defendants, James J. Hill and his as
socials stockholders, of th Oreat North
era. owning or controlling a majority of
Its stocks and the defendants, J. Pierpont
Morgan and his associates, owning or con'
trolling a majority of the stock of the
Northern Paciflo company entered
Into an unlawful combination or conspiracy
to effect a virtual consolidation of tha
Northern Paciflo and Great Northern sys
terns and to place restraint upon all com
petltv Interstate and foreign trade or com
mere carried on by them and to monopolts
or attempt to monopolise th sam, and
to suppress th competition existing be
twees said railway systsms la said inter
state and foreign trade, or commerce,
through the Instrumentality and by the
paeans following, to-wlt: A holding cor
poratlon, to be called the Northern Se
curities company, was to be formed under
the laws of Nsw Jersey, with a cspltal
Stock of $400,000,000. to which, la exchange
for It owa capital stock upon a certain
basis and at a certain rat, waa to b
turned over and transferred th capital
stock or a controlling Interest In th
capital stock of each of the defendant rail
way companies. In this manner
the Individual stockholders of the two In
Bepenaent ana competing railway com'
pedes were to be eliminated and a tingle
eommoa stockholder, th Nortbera Seourt
ties company, was to be substituted; the
interest of the Individual stockholders In
(he property and franchise of th two rail
way companies was to terminate, being thus
fCoatlaued on ruth, Pags.)
want ministerwu's removal
Murtirlm Memorialise Chloes
Throne ta Recall Represeata
tlv ta America.
PHKIV lfurrli 10. A nrnfnlni.nl Msnrhu I
censor has memorialized tbe throne for the I
remoral of Wo Ting Fan, tbe Chinese
minister to Washington. The censor says
that Wu Ting Fang corruptly retained os
tensibly (or repairs to the Chinese legation
at Washington $800,000 of the Tien Tsin
Hirer refunded by the American govern
ment. WASHINGTON, March 10. Mr. Wu aald
tonight that he promptly Informed his
government as soon as tbe United States
turned over to him th Tien Tsin sliver
fund, and th money was placed at its dis-
position. An acknowledgment was received I
by telegraph. Not on cent of the fund could
be misappropriated, he said, and if any
portion of It were to be used for any pur-
pose, this only could be don by the sane-
tlon of th Chinee government. Th mln-
liter haa not heard officially of tha pre-
entatlon of the memorial for his removal,
but he treats the matter lightly.
According to a dispatch from Washing-
ton, dated January IS, Secretary Hay that
day handed to Minister Wu Ting Fang a
draft on th United States treasury for
1376,800, th value of the silver bullion cap
tured by American marines at Tien Tsin.
The Washington dispatch continued that
as Minister Wu was charged with the pay
ment of salaries of the Chinese consuls in I
the United States and with defraying tbe
expenses of the Chinese legations In Wash
ington, Lima and Madrid, it was believed
the money would be applied to thos pur
poses. OBJECT TO CARTEL SYSTEM
asjar Dealers Urge Secretary to la.
crease Countervailing Doty
on German Exports.
WASHINGTON, March 10. Since the an
nouncement that tbe Brussels conference, at
which was represented all of the beet sugar
T. "? couuirws ot iMirope. n.u a-
ciaea to ao away wnn ait government ooun-
tles on sugar Intended for export, the sugar
ui iuia uuuairy niv" Drougai
prominently to public notloe the cartel
system In vogue In Germany, by which It
Is claimed a bounty In addition to that dl
rectly paid by the government Is given to
the sugar export.
By this system sugar Is sold to the ex
porter at a less figure than it Is furnished
for domestio consumption, tbe purpose be
lng to keep the domestio price steady and
one yielding a fair profit by selling tha
surplus at a lower rate, which It Is com
pelled to do in order to compete with th
sugars of other countries In tha markets
ot the world,
The Brussels conference recently decided
that tha effect of the cartel system was a
bounty on export sugars. Beveral gentle
men Interested in this question had a con'
ference with Secretary Shaw at the Trees
ury department today and urged him to In
crease the pressnt countervailing duty on
German sugars by the bounty realised un
der the cartel system. Tha question of the
propriety of this action has received some
attention of late In administration circles,
but there is reason to believe : that this
goverarhent . will take the view tha.( whU
the cartel system may and probably does
result in a bounty' to the exporter, it Is
not a bounty paid by the German govern- I
ment, and hence doea not come within the
provision of section five of the tariff act,
authorising the levying of countervailing
duties on articles on which an export bounty
haa .been paid.
The wording of the law. It is said. Is
such as not to warrant this government in
taking any action in the premises.
MERCER ON THE COMMITTEE
Will Help Devise Plan of Cabaa Reel.
proclty to Ba Adopted by
WASHINGTON, March 10. A conference
of ths leaders In the opposition, whlob Is
being waged against th way and means
committee plan of Cuban reciprocity, was
held tonight In the rooma of the house com
mtttee on naval affairs for the purpose of
,..tii. . .,i - ..Mi
-n..hiin;n m.mK- mr-.
night. About forty members, representing
most of ths northern sutes. were nresent.
Tbs canvasses which have been made were
son over carefully and claims were made
that the opposition forces commanded a ma-
jorlty of the republican strength, despite
tha verv nosltlva claims made bv tha wava
and meana members early In tbe day. A
vote was taken on th question of bringing
th matter to a dectsiv issu tomorrow
night and It was decided to have a steering
committee confer with the elements sup
porting the reciprocity In order to secure
an agreement for a final disposition of the
subject at tomorrow night's meeting-
This steering committee consists of
Messrs. Dick of Ohio, Tawney ot Minne
sota, Mercer of Nebraska, Crumpacker of
Indiana, and Llttlefleld of Maine. It ia ex-
nected that Mr. Llttlefleld will present ths
case from the standpoint ot the opposition
at ths conference tomorrow nlgnt.
BftcTIIICTrOC COD SJCDDnClfn
rujimrwiuw 1 vn iiwimwn
stock at Ceatral City, Prentieo at
Fairfield and Jaekiea at
WASHINGTON, March 10. Tbe prealdent
today sent the following nominations to th
Iowa Edward H. Allison, Orundy Center.
Nebraska Lucius O. Comstock, Central
City; Oeerge H. Prentice, Fairfleld; George
W. Jackson, Fairmont.
Wyoming William F. Brlttain, Sheridan.
Treasury Walter A. Wiley, Ohio, second
lieutenant In th revenue cutler service.
Artillery Second lieutenants, Earl BIs-
coe. District ot Columbia; second lieu
tenant, C. F. Kllbourne, jr.. Fourteenth In
fantry; aecond lieutenant, P. A. Barry,
Fourth Infantry; second lieutenant. A.. U.
Falkner, Third Infantry; William Patter
son, New Jersey,
GOVERNMENT TROOPS ADVANCE
eeupr Poaitioas Abandoned by Revo-
lailoatsts, Who Are la Des
WASHINGTON, . March 10. Th United
States minister to Colombia reports to th
State department, under date of March S,
that during th preceding week the govern-
ment troops had steadily advanced and oe-
cupled Important positions near Bogota,
which had been vacated by the revolution-
ary tore wno ar understood to b In
a deaperat altuatlon and aUng aa op
port unity- ta scapa.
HOLDS MESERYE AS TRUSTEE
Attorney General Argues that Treasurer
Most Account for Interest.
ACCRETIONS TO FUND BELONG TO STATE
Arsrument Defendaat'e Motion to
Quash Indictment Drawing? to a
Cloae and Ruling; Is Ex
The few remarks that Attorney General
F. N. Prout waa physically able to make
to Judge Baxter yesterday afternoon In the
course of th arguments on the questions of
law raised by tbe attorneys for the de-
fendant In the trial of John B. Meeerva,
former state treasurer and an alleged em-
bessler, were matter-of-fact and pointed.
The county attorney and his deputy had,
In their seven hours ot argument threshed
out the chaff In the numerous cases cited
by Meserve's attorneys and tbe state pros-
ecutor contented himself with reducing to
a simple business proposition the contention I
of the other side that th stat had no I
proprietary right to Interest which Meserv
received on permanent school funds placed
where he had no authority to place them. I
Interpreting from the constitution, the
attorney general said that the very pur
pose of the permanent school fund Is In
vestment for tbe benefit of th schools and
that Ita proportions are never to be dimln-
lshed, but that the loan or Investment Is
not to be In the way of a bank deposit.
The purpose Intended Is that the fund
ahould be kept continually Invested In cer-
tain securities, the accretions to apply to
paying current school expenaes and when
Meerv loaned the money elsewhere, even
II ne naa no aumoruy i bo place u, every i vbuum witguviiBia. o wuiu uyprjo
dollar of the Interest belonging to the state, tixe a potential buyer Into - parting with
Falthfol Steward's Daty.
"I care not," he said, "whether Meserv
had the right to loan tbe money having
li... I. mnA h.vlnv wmt v f rt
It. It was his duty as a faithful steward
ot the state to account for every dollar ot
BCcreUon. When Meserve took office he be-
c4m, the truete of th school tund-as
rauph . . ..... ., ree-
u,ar,y appo,nted for any ut9 or Merest.
And beUg the trustee of this special trust,
he Is obliged to account for every dollar of
accretion, whether It com a interest paid I
way. The state Impressed a trust and,
having done so, it had a perfect right to
follow that trust, no matter how Invested,
And If the treasurer converts to hi own use
so much as one
d should answer at the I
Commits crime and
The attorney general spoke only a tew
minutes, but waa forced to excuse himself
"re t0 the flm? 1
kivu v ea acuoi sa ufjuiiii v a iv is usae saaa
noyed him tor five weeks, his throat Is I
troubling him and h. coughed violently for
several minutes. He told friends yester-
day that It 1. hi. Intention to go to , elth.r
Hot Springs or BxceUlor Springs as aoon a.
supreme court adjourns,
Defease Takes Another Turn.
For the defease Attorney Ed P. Smith
commenced to answer as soon as th at
torney general finished. He. occupied thel0
last- hour of' the afternoon, and wilt finish!
In a short time this morning, when an
immeoiaie runng irom tne juoge is ex
pected. The jury and the witnesses are to
return at 9:30 and some may be called by
10:30 or 11 o'clock. Even should the de-
feadant's motion to quash the .Indictment
be sustained, the first witness, John C.
French, will have to be recalled to com
plete the record.
When C. J. Smyth first raised his law
point for the defendant, after having re- I Hlary corporations, was in Omaha yester
peatedly Implied that the trial would not I day, accompanied by his wife. Mrs. Van
be hindered In any way, as his client was I
burning for "vindication," he asked that It
be taken up, argued and disposed of at ones
to aave the county much time and expense,
But this feature ot chronological economy
is not fully apparent to those who have
watched tbe Droceedinas for Smvth himself
talked from 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon
until noon of the next day, with tha cus
tomary recess tor sleep and breakfast, and
those who answered him in order to dls
pose ot all his citations have felt called
upon to talk through the rest of Friday and
all of Monday and the end is not vet.
Meanwhile the court costs and th Jurors'
I lee so on just tne same.
Tn" attorneys for the state ar said to
I anticipate that the 'end of their trouble In
I this trial will not come with the settling
of this present contention. They have In
I llmatlon that some of the witnesses are
I being advised as to tbe successful way ot
evading giving teatlmony by taking refuge
in the statute of crimination.
FIVE BODIES FOR ONE GRAVE
Children Burned ta Death Will Be
Iaterred Together in Same
BINGHAMTON. N Y March 10 "nl.
I one larsa rrava. rhiMr.n .11 a.a c.
reads a telegram received todav bv hla
sister in this city from Thomas Scanlon.
whose live children were burned to death
I at BhlnhoDolc. Delaware countv. last night.
; - ..... a
IS; Nellie, aged $; Donate, aged 4. and
Michael atrad 1
Tbe bodies will be brouht here in one
larse coffin for burial tomorrow. No Am.
tails of the accident can be secured to
night. Shlnhopple Is a small settlement
near Hancock, comprised of only a few
houses, and tha Finch-Rosa Chemical com-
pany'a works, where Scanlon was employed.
The family removed there from this city
five months ago. It Is presumed th horns
was burned at night while Scanlon was
away , tnd that all the occupants except
Mrs. Scanlon perished.
ROBBERS HOLD UP DOCTORS
Bind Their Victims aad Desert Them
Lacked ia a Straage
KANSAS CITY. March 10. Dr. D. E.
Clopper, surgeon for the Atchison, Topeka
Santa Fe railroad, and Dr. B. J. Hock-
V"r.':.on " .of
lng holdup while they were driving la th
western outskirts of Kansas City, Kan.,
today. They were confronted by two mn
with drawn revolver and forced to leave
their buggy, and, with th robbers, to enter
I the cellar of aa unoccupied houss. Her
I th robbers securely bound ths hands and
I feet of their victims snd rot bed them ot
I (200 and a gold watch, after which they
I escaped, leaving the tw doctors In tbe eel-
1 lar. Fifteen minutes later the doctors were
I released by a passerby who heard their
I about tor help.
The robbers did not take tha bora ass
recalls sensational story
Death af Peter Burroughs, Klaa: af
Auctioneers," Rrnltll Omaha
" of Marl Wilson.
A Knrlnl fA TJia 'TO-a f mm Rutta. Mont..
announces the death In that city of Teeter
Burroughs, who for many year was known
In all the principal clttea of the country
as the "King of Auctioneers." In tbe fall
of 189S he did a stunt In Omaha. He cam
her to aell out the. Jewelry stock of C. S.
Raymond at Fifteenth and Douglas streets,
and a few days after, his arrival a woman
named Mrs. Wilson, accompanied by ber
handsome daughter Marie, came to the city
and took quarters In th hotel at which be
was staying. Immediately Burroughs swore
out a complaint and. had the woman ar
reeted on a chsrge, ot blackmail.
In police court ha testified that they had
been following him for nearly three years,
trailing him about from city to city, and
threatening him with art sorts of dire con-
sequences If he didn't "coma down" gen
erously. He said they had learned that he
was about to be married and that they
made use of this fact to persecute him
Marie Wilson, who wss traveling under the
name of Burroughs, testified that a rela-
tlonship of common law marriage existed
between herself and the dashing auctioneer.
and offered In evidence several letters tend
tng to prove her allegation. These, Bur
rough averred, were forgerln. The cas
resulted In the dismissal of the two women.
About three months after leaving Omaha
Burroughs wss married, from which It was
Inferred that he had managed somehow to
rid himself of his Nemesis. Many business
men and other' in Omaha remember Bur-
roughs as a handsome man and as some-
thing of a Beau Brummet In th matter of
dress. It was said that he came by the
title of "King of Auctioneers" by reason ot
I his cash where most others would fall.
VERDICT FOR FIFTY i DOLLARS
Jntr - ta Fl.g Tar-
ring; Case Aaralaat Only One
Mrs. Sarah C. Flgg waa given a -verdict
an Wood w w Browplug and Albert
Donahoo. whom she accused of tarring her
,v . . ...
teased induced her to wondr If there Is
anything else under heaven ttf uncertain as
a jury's finding.
Three weeks ago Mrs. Flgg Sued three old
before an insanity commission on a warrant
- ... ...
Jury In Judge Fawcett's court gave her a
-.raw f, inui vr rw,. .v.
lng the Instruction of th court.
In this last case Mrs. Flgg sued for the
Mm an amAimt at at In tha a-krM.ai .
. UIe of ft ml(JtJ,gnt Jnvagl0B of
her home and rough handling of her per-
for thu tne JuVb 'r.
dlct of mvdMt AllaIWood. who in
his testimony admitted having participated
In the tarring, and found tot the other two
defendants. This last jury was out from
10:30 yesterday morning urjtll 1:30 yester-
BOSTON BANKER IN OMAHA
Isaae Van Horn Telle of Work
La rani le, Hahna Peak Paciflo
Isaae Van Horn ot Boston, banker and
president of the Laramie, Hahns Peak
Paciflo Railway company, and several aux
Horn was the guest of Omaha friends dur-
tag the day, while the president of the
new Laramie road was engaged at the com
pany's office In The Bee building. Today
wl11 be spent In Chicago and a trip to
Florida is on the program before returning
I to Boston,
Mr. Van Horn made the announcement
here that the company is now getting out
one thousand ties a day in the Medicine
Bow range, and to date thirty thoussnd ties
are piled up at Centennial. During hla trip
we,t one million feet of lumber for con
atructlon purposes was contracted for. Chief
of the Florence ds
Cripple Creek railroad haa been engaged
to run the line across th range to Battle,
BUYS WRONG KIND OF STUFF
ors,e is sniBgDrig-
grlet tor Fifteen Thousand
Judge Fawcett will instruct the jury this
morning In the case ot George Jeanneret
against M. A. Dillon, a druggist ot South
Omaha. The ault is for $15,000. the plain
tiff claiming damages in that amount be
cause his right arm was shattered and he
was made "sick and sore" by the explo-
on 01 m black powder mhlch he pur
chMea t Dillon's store, thinking It was
pure b,aclt oxl(l9 " manganese,-which he
I ,lu" v"""""' " n tne
I generation ot oxygen gas. me explosion
1 occurred when the powder waa confined
wlth CT ,ot poUga Md ""Jected to
I heat.. The defense argued that Dillon wis
n "D,e Piainun naa Bought
ln" 01 oun wuo lo I"'""
tend to know.
TREE PLANTING ORDINANCE
Judiciary Committee Acreea to
port It Favorably to City
The ordinance drawn by Major D. H.
Wheeler, providing for the planting of trees
and the laying of aod along street margins
In tbe residence districts, the Improvement
to be paid for by a special tax assessment
against abutting property, was dlcussed
Monday afternoon by ths Judiciary commit
tee, to which It had been refer .-ed by th
city council at Its u)tln of last Tuesday
veiling. It was unanimously agreed to
report the ordinance favorably. It will be
taken up this evening and placed upon Its
final reading and passage.
An ordinance similar to tbla was passed
ten years ago, but was killed by Mayor
NEW DECLINES THE OFFICE
1 Iadlaaa Man Prevented from Accept
tag; Cablaet Position by Pres
sure f Business.
WASHINGTON, March 10. H. S. New of
j Indianapolis has declined th proffer of th
I office of th first assistant postmaster sen
,rai tendered him aevsral dava t..
I President Roosevelt. Mr. New s buslneaa
I wui not penult hUn to accpu
HIGH WIND STRIKES OMAHA
Does Damage in Spots. Particularly on the
MISSION CHURCH AND FACTORY DAMAGED
Woodwork and Windows Scattered la
Cumlaar Street Neighborhood
Lightning; aad Hall Accom
pasy Peltiaa- Rain.
A storm which administered damage In
spots struck Omsha this morning at 12:30
o'clock. It came from the northeast, and
was accompanied by a heavy fall of hall
and rain. The hailstones were as large as
birds' eggs and beat on ths roofs and
against windows- with a roar that caused
apprehension atong suddenly awakened
Tbe greatest force of tbe wind was felt in
the vicinity ot Twenty-third and Cuming
streets, where scattered debris and broken
windows attracted spectators, even at the
The building occupied by E. P. Ruther
ford's marble works, at 2216 Cuming street,
waa completely wrecked. It was a one
story frame, having a high square front.
The walls were thrown in every direction
and broken. The roof waa lifted, but not
carried away. The appearance ot tbe wreck
Indicated that the square front was blown
out first, followed by the general collapse
of the entire building. Much damage waa
done to finished marble work in the building.
Across the street from the marble works
Is Tsggert's undertaking rooms, 2224 Cum
ing street. Three heavy plate glass win
dows, six by seven feet In site, were broken
to pieces, two facing Cuming street, and
one Twenty-third street. The building re
mained ' intact and no other damage was
Church and Factory Wrecked.
A small frame building used as a mis
sion church at Thirty-fourth street and
Larlmore avenue was blown down, being
caught In the front, facing south, by tbe
full sweep of the wind.
Anderson's match factory, on the east
side of the Coliseum, was damaged. The
windows were blown in and part of the
roof was lifted. Th wind scattered tha
tools and machinery about tbe place.
Part of the roof of the Coliseum and a
portion of the Coliseum's high fence were
wrenched away by the wind.
At 2121 Cuming street, occupied by Chris
Boyer, a porch on ' the north side ot the
one-story building waa torn loose, carried
over the roof and hurled with a crash la
At 2209 Cuming street, unoccupied, a large
window waa blown In.
Tha tin root over the Kennedy flats, at
the corner of Twenty-fourth and Cuming
streets, was nearly all torn off.
A slnc-Uned coffin box weighing about
150 pounds, was lifted from the rear of
Dodder's undertaking rooms and carried to
the middle of Cuming street. No damage
was done to the building.
' A ' high -clngnboard recently constructed
and extending along the north side of Cum
tog street, between Twenty-second ' and
Twenty-third streets was thrown down with
such force that It was reduced almost to
kindling wood. v : . ' "..
Street Car Ridea Gale ftafelr.
Emerson Cheney, conductor on the Wal
nut Hill line of street cars, coming east In
his car on Cuming street, when the storm
struck the car, said:
"The wind struck my car with terrlfio
force and I thought at times the car would
be hurled from the track. I could hear
planks and boards ripped from sidewalks
and buildings, and striking fences and the
street. I expected every second one would
strike the car, but it escaped damage.
"The storm appeared to come from the
northeast. Tfie hsll and rain, driven by
the wind, fell with a terrifying roar.
could feel my car tilt up against the south
rail and expected it would leave the track
or be overthrown. Tbe extreme force ot tbe
wind lasted only a few minutes. Then the
rain and hall Increased in volume, the fall
of hall being Intermittent The hall beat
against the car windows with such force
that for a time it looked as If every win
dow would be crushed. There was no one
on the street that I could see when tbe
A barn at 3327 Larlmore avenue, owned
by a man named Jackson, was torn to
pieces, only two uprights remaining. Two
horses in the building disappeared during
, Batters Officer Baldwin.
Police Officer Dan Baldwin,' who was out
on Cuming street near Thirtieth on his bl
cycle In the midst of the wind said he had
the liveliest chsse he has experienced for
a long time.
"When the wind struck me," he said,
dropped over the bicycle and all with a
thump. I felt as if I had been struck by
some heavy object. I couldn't face the
wind, it was so strong. I couldn't And
shelter, and when the hall and rain came
tumbling down I thought no more of try
ing to find cover, so I managed to get on
the south slds ot a big telegraph pole and
gained some protection. There waa no dam
age to property in the vicinity wher I waa
caught Th storm cam from th north
east and it certainly was a hummer for a
The government thermometer in Omaha
ran up to (5 degrees yesterday, and evl
dencea abounded that winter flannels ought
to take a day off. Frequent mutterlngs of
thunder and occasional spatters of rala
finally culminated In th smart electrical
llsplay of th early morning with a vigorous
shower ot rain and hail. - Showers were
prevalent In Nebraska. . Tbe forecast tor
Omaha today Is showers and coolur.
PATROLMAN DWYER DISMISSED
Found Asleep While asi Dutr Officer
Gibbons Cleared of Bribery
Patrolman L. F. Dwyer who about
year ago arretted Jim Callahan, charged
wf'.h being aotessory to th Cudahy kidnap
ing, was dismissed from th fore Monday
afternoon, after a hearing before th Board
of Fir and Police Commissioners. Dwyer
was charged with being asleep while on
duty. It was alleged that on the morning
of March t ha was found asleep In ths
office of th Oxford hotel. Tha records
showed that several charges had been filed
against him during the eighteen months hs
had been 00 the force.
8anltary Officer John H. Gibbons, who
was charged by Martin Hansen, saloon
keeper, with accepting a $10 bribe, was ex
oaeraUd. Several witnesses testified that
Hansen had threatened to "get even with
those fellows" for posting smallpox placards
on his doors, and the board concluded that
the prosecution was th result of spit.
Officer Sullivan was reprimanded for
being off his beat eighteen rnlnuUa Oa tha
morning ot March, a.
CONDITION OF THE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska Fair In West,
Fhower and Coolor tn Kast rortion.
Followed bv Clearing Tuesday; Wednea
day Fair; Variable Winds.
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday!
Hoar. Dev. Hoar. Dec.
Ba-m......B4 1 p. m ...... t
la.m......B4 Bp. m -
Ta. m ..... . B4 31 p. tn tin
It a. m B4 4 p. ra B
9 a- m B4 B p. m...... W
10 a. a B4 l p. m
11 a. m BT T p. n BT
12 m.. Btt 8 p. m...... Ba
O p. ni ..... SO
SAYS FIFE THREATENED TO KILL
Froaeeutlna- Attorney Declarea Ac
cused Snore Marder Asialnst
SAVANNAH, Mo., March 10. Prosecuting
Attorney Sooner In making the opening
ststement in the trial of Stewart Fife,
charged with the murder ot Frank Richard
son, his former associate In business, which
began here today, said the atate would
show that Fife bad In a St. Joseph saloon
where he displayed a revolver, made the
threat that he would kill Richardson, and
that after the tragedy he had confessed to
a woman in that city that be had committed
the murder. It would also be shown, he as
serted that Fife was seen standing in the
middle of the street on the night of the
murder looking in the direction of the
The Jury Is composed of ten farmers, a
merchant and a teacher. Dr. David Bryant
the first witness, called by the state, told
of the scenes at the Richardson house on
the night of the tragedy, practically as he
had related tbem at the trial of Mrs. Rich
ardson. Frank Richardson, the 12-year-old aon ot
the murdered man, was called. He told of
going to the church entertainment on the
evening his father was shot. He and hla
brothers had gone expecting his mother to
come later. She did not come snd the boy
went to the store and met his father. His
father had asked hlra to go home ane see
If she ws there. The boy demurred and
Richardson went himself. A few minutes
later he was shot, as he was entering the
William J. Mack, a bartender, saw Fife
the morning after the murder, and defend
ant told him that Richardson had not spoken
to him for several weeks until the day be
fore he was killed. Fife had said he was
glad he had made up with Richardson before
FORCES MAY j-USE IN KANSAS
Democrats and Populists Evolve Plan
for Union in Next Cam.
TOPEKA, Kan.. March 10. Populists and
democrats In Kansas may yet fuse In the
coming state campaign. Tbe members of
the populists atate committee who favor
merging 'their party with the democrats,
having failed to have their party declare
for fusion at the recent conference, have
evolved a plan to hold a Joint session of
th 'state committee for the two parties
here on March 15, and arrange for union
with th democrats. . E. R. Rldgely, chair
man of the populist committee, In a call
fn. 4k. mMtlnrl uvi!1
It has been' mutually asteecr' wtth the offi
cers of the deinooratlo and peoples' party
committees, that much good might be de
rived from a Joint meeting of the two com
mittees, whereby the whole opposition to
the republican party In the state might be
united upon one ucxei ana piaiiorm.
J. Mack Love, chairman of the democratic
committee, who has been opposed to fusion
ever slnoe the enactment of the anti-fusion
law by the last legislature, now favors it,
and has also Issued a call for the meeting.
It Is said some plan will be discussed at
the coming meeting for forcing a decision
from tbe supreme court, as to the validity
of tbe law.
SUES ASPEN MINING COMPANY
Shareholder Brings Action to Deter.
mine Management and Certain
NEW YORK, March 10. An action was
commenced today in the federal court
wherein Julia Francis Mackay la the plain
tiff and Robert Holt and tbe Aspen Mining
and Smelting company are defendants.
The plaintiff asks that the defendants la
general, and Robert S. Holt in particular.
be asked as to the management of the
Aspen Mining and Smelting company and
Ita relations with Jerome B. Wheeler.
Tbe company'a mines ar at Aspen, Colo,
and Wheeler organized the corporation. It
is alleged that in 1882 the J. B. Wheeler
company, an Aspen banking concern which
Wheeler had formed, failed, having 1130,000
of th mining company's funds - In
Its possession, which It is said, should have
been deposited In New York. Then, tt Is
said. Wheeler organised the J. B. Wheeler
Banking company with R. S. Holt, but
through this concern made money, th
Aspen company directors mad no effort
to collect th old Indebtedness.
Th plaintiff ia a shareholder In the min
ing and smelting company. Mr. Holt, the
petition claims, is a director of the same
VAIN ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE
Once Wealthy Speealator Tires
Troubles and Take Car
bo 1 to Acid.
KANSAS CITY, March 10. J. W. Btdwell,
aged 60 years, one a wealthy cattle specu
lator and for years a familiar figure about
the s.tock yards, tried to commit suicide
today at the yards, by swallowing six ounces
of carbolic acid. Hla reoovery Is doubtful.
While the physicians were trying to re
store him, Btdwell asked to be allowed to
die, saying: "It you bad as much trouble
as I, you would want to dl too."
Bldwell lost bla money several years ago,
COUNT VON BUEL0W IS ILL
Imperial Chancellor at Berlin
Laid Up with la.
BERLIN, March 10. The Imperial Chan
cellor, Count von Buelow, Is suffering from
Movements of Ocean Vessels, Blareh IO,
At New York Arrived Karlsruhe, from
Bremen; Biaa.1enaa.1n, rrom Koiterdutn
Alter, from Oenoa. Aliclers and OibraJLar
At Gibraltar Arrived Labn, from New
York, for Naples and Genoa. Sailed
Hohensollern, from Genoa and Naples, for
At Liverpool Arrived Oeorgic, from New
York: Ultonla, from Boston.
At London Arrived Olenahiel, from Ta
eoma. Yokohama, etc.
At Antwerp Hailed Zealand, to undergo
repairs at British port.
At Hong iiong euuiea xacoma, for Ta
coma. At Culcutt Sailed Ventnor, for Ban
At Southampton Sailed Molce, from
BOERS TAKE METHUEN
broei Under General Delarey Capture
ths British Commander.
OUR OF THE BIG GUNS ALSO ARE TAKEN
Three English OfBoers and Thirty-Eight
Men lulled in Battle.
ARGE NUMBER WOUNDED AND MISSING
Desperate Effort Made in Vain to Drive
Back Boer Troops.
DELAREY'S MEN PROVE TO BE INVINCIBLE
News Shocks London and Stirs Emo
tions in Parliament, Where Gen
eral . Methnen ts Sympa
(Copyright, 1902, by Press Publishing Cp.)
LONDON, March 10. (New York World
Cablegram Special Telegram.) Th dis
aster to the British under Lord Methuen
is regarded in England as one of the grav
est In the whole Boer war, morally. It not
materially. The news, which cam ' Ilk
a thunderbolt from a clear sky, has caused
widespread consternation and alarm, as th
publio bad been deluged by recent opti
It Is rumored tonight that Lord Kitchener
ba urgently called for heavy reinforce
ment. There was a feeling la ths House
of Commons lobby tonight that the govern
ment must call for from 80,000 to 60.000
more men, to demonstrate Ita determina
tion to continue tbe war.
War Secretary Broderlck'a reading ot
Lord Kitchener's confused and unsatisfac
tory dispatch in th House of Commons
caused profound depression, except for th
Irish party, the member of which de
risively cheered the statements that the
British force was pursued tout miles snd
that the British panic was caused by their
mules being stampeded, the Invariable
reason given for these catastrophes.
Details of the Capture.
LONDON, March 10. It was announced
today that General Lord Methuen and four
guns had been captured by the Boers, com
manded by General Delarey. Th saw
cam like a thunderbolt to London. Th
extra editions of the evening papers, giving
an account of the disaster were eagerly
bought up, and their readera hurried through
the streets with anxious faces, and bitter
remarks were passed on tbe subject ot the
government's declaration that the war in
South Africa waa over.
Tha hews came too lat to effect business
on the stock exchange, but excited curb
dealing quickly followed the closing, In
which South Afrlcana slumped heavily.
The news caused excitement In the
mine market. Throgmorton street was'
thronged wtth South African operators,
eagerly Inquiring for details of the British
defeat and watching the effect of th an
nouncement. Share were offered freely at
first, but by C o'clock the excitement had '
abated and the curb (one hardened. ',! .',
Excites lloase of Commons.
- . 1 - .
Tbs w-wla received IS th' Tiousa of
Commons amid great excitement. Th read- -
lng of Lord Kltchener'a telegram- by th '
war secretary, Mr.. Broderlok, waa listened
to In deep silence, which was broken by
loud Irish cheers. Instantly there were
cries of "shame," "shame,' from the gov
ernment benches. Then the Irish members
seemed to think better of tbelr outbreak
and suddenly subsided. The subsequent
eulogistic references to General' 'Methuen
were received wtth cheers.
In brief. Lord Kitchener announced that
when General Methuen was captured,
wounded, with four guns, three British offi
cers and thirty-eight men were killed snd
Ave officers and seventy-two men were
wounded. In addition one officer and 200
men were reported missing.
The text of Lord Kitchener's dispatch
announcing the capture of General Methuen
Is as follows:
Lord Kitcheners Messasre.
PRETORIA, Saturday, March $. I greatly
regret to have to aend you oad news ot
Methuen. He was moving, with 800
mounted men, under Major Paris, and 300 -lutantry,
four guns and a pompom, from
Wynburg to Llchtenburg and was to meet
Grenfell with 1,300 mounted men at Rovl
ralnfonteln today. Yesterday morning ha
was sttacked by Delarey between Twe
boach and Palmleteknill. The Boera
charged on three sides.
Five hundred and Dfty men have com la
at Marobogs and Kreepen. They wers pur
sued by the Boers four miles from ths
scene of the action. They report that
Methuen and Paris, with the guns, bag
gage, etc.. were captured by ths Boers.
"Methuen when last seen was a prisoner.
I havs no details ot the casualties and sug
gest delaying publication until I can aend
definite news. I think this sudden revival
of activity on the part of Delarey la to
draw oft the troops pressing DeweL"
In a second dispatch, dated Sunday,
March 9, Lord Kitchener says:
Boer Are Invincible.
"Paris has com in at Kraalhan, with, tha
remainder of tbe men. He reports that ths
column waa moving in two parties. Ons,
with ths ox wagoss. left Twe-bosch at I
p. m. The ether, with mul wagons, started
sn hour lster. Just before dawn th Boers
attacked. Before reinforcement could
reach them the rear guard broke. In ths
meantlm a. large number of Boers gal
loped up on both flanks. These, at first,
were checked by the flank parties, but the
panlo snd stampede of ths mules bad begun
and all th mul wagons, with a terrible
mixture ot mounted men, rushed past the
ox wagons. All efforts to check them were
unavailing. Major Paris collected forty
men and occupied a posltloa a mils In front
ot ths ox wagons, which wer thea halted.
After a gallant but useless defense th
enemy rushed into the 01 wagons snd
Methuen was wounded la ths thigh. Paria,
being surrounded, surrendered at 10 a. m.
Metbuea la still In ths Boer camp."
Then follows tbs number of ths casual
ties, as slready cabled.
The killed Include Lieutenants O. R.
Venning snd T. Nesham of ths Royal artil
lery, who wers both killed whll serving
tbelr guns with case-shot.
As Lord Kltcbensr announced that Major
Paris bad surrendered snd also telegraphed
tbst be had reached Kraalpaa with ths
remainder of ths man, it may be la f erred
that tha Boers subsequently released the
major and his companions.
Lord Roberts Praisea Hethaea.
Lord Roberts, the commander-in-chief,
who announced the British disaster la the
House of Lords, said General Methuen for
over two years had carried on his work
with seal, intelligence snd great persever
ance, snd Indicated that th general was ,
beloved by his man and so work waa tool
dangerous for ths command.
Ita conunMdar-u-chleC aa sura thd .
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