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ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 1, 1002-TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
LIVES LOST IN PANIC
gZgbt Ttctory Oirla Killed in Stampede
! Canned by Their Own r right.
OTHERS ARE FATALLY OR SERIOUSLY HURT
ixjnrj of Deal and Dumb Boy Oiree Rise
to the Excitement.
.FALSE ALARM OF FIRE IS SOUNDED
Hundred of Female Employee Bush Fell
! Mell for the EiiU.
! SOME KILLED IN LEAPING FROM WINDOWS
Mlwai and Flrrmri Are Power
less to ftubdne the Fraatlc Crowd
and Prevent tha llgmii
PHILADELPHIA. April SO. An unfor
tunate accident to a deaf and dumb boy,
laador Baccus, waa today directly respon
sible for tbe death of eight girls and you at
women, tha fatal Injury of three others
and the aerloua Injury of more than two
core of atria employed In the cigar fac
tory of Harburger, Homaa & Co.", a branch
of tbe American Tobacco company, located
at Tenth atreet and Washington avenue.
The dead are.
MART GENEVA, aged 16.
HELEN TOLINI. sd 12.
ELIZABETH TARLINE, aged U.
ANNIE RESSCHNEIDER. aged 18.
LOUISA DH BEPI. aged 1.
IDA GREEN, agd IS.
ANNIE FORD, aged IS.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, about
Whose body la at tha morgue.
Mary Mealno, Injured laternally.
Josephine O'Roneo, Injured Internally.
Unidentified woman, fractured akull, un
conacloua. ! The Injuries of tbe others consist mainly
of brulsea about tbe body and fractured
The building In which the disaster oc
curred la a Ave-etory brick structure, and
reaches an entire block. Twelve hundred
'persons were at work at the time of the
j accident, 90 per cent of whom were girls
, whose ages range from 12 years upward.
Baccus, who waa Janitor of the building,
j' started for tha firth floor for a ball of twine,
f The elevator waa at the top of the shaft
' and Baccus pulled tbe rope to bring It
j down. Ha opened the dor leading to the
I abaft, and leaned forward to aee where the
carriage waa. As ha did ao the elevator,
which waa descending alowly, atruck him
; acrosa the back of tha neck, pinioning bta
bead between tbe elevator and tha floor.
Boy Com re to Reaeae.
A stock boy released Baccua and cried for
j help. The foreman rushed from tha build
ing to call an ambulance and Immediately
i there waa a panto among tha employes.
Some of tha younger gtrla fainted, while
others net being able to control tMr feel
" lags, cried Hre-. -instantly tfceiVwaa a mad
rush for the stairway leading to Tenth
atreet. Tbe gtrla rushed down the narrow
staircase, until they reached a bend In
the ellt between tba second and third
floors. ' '
In their eagerness to escape tha fright
ened loadera fell. Othera Immediately
following tripped over tba struggling miss
of humanity and In leaa than a minute
there were hundreda of children and young
women struggling In tha passageway. The
ahrleks and acreama of terror-stricken girls
could be heard for a block or mora.
During tbe excitement an alarm of Are
'Waa turned In, but before the engines could
reach the scene several of tha occupants
of the building had rushed to tha windows
and Jumped to tbe street, a distance of
trver fifty feet. .
Helen Tollnl, one of those to Jump, was
Almost Instantly killed.
Try to Quell the Kxeltaaoat.
When the firemen and poltoemen arrived
fcvery effort waa made to quiet the terror
ised girls. The Bremen rushed up the
talrwey and begged tha girls to be calm,
telling tbem there was no danger, but the
alght of the firemen Beamed only to add
o their terror. While the policemen and
Bremen were endeavoring to quiet tha glrla
OB the atalrway, laddera ware being run
lip on tha ouUlda of tha building and the
mployaa who had climbed out onto tba
fire eacapea and window ledgea were
Ruirkly taken to na atreet.
After a few minutes tha men were en
abled to check tha awful crush on tha
ktalrway, and then began tha work of
rescuing those who had been trampled and
crushed between the second and third
Boors. The alarm for ambulances hsd been
turned In and as uulck as the dead and
Injured could be carried from tba building
they were hurried to hospltala. Tba num.
ter of ambulances waa entirely Inadequate
tnd patrol wagona were brought Into uaa
carry tha viotlma away for treatment.
Scene la Heart-Readlaa;.
While this waa going on tha acena about
tba structure waa heart-rending. The
building la located In a section largely In
habited by Hebrews, many of whom were
caught In tha terrible crush. Parenta and
yelatlvea of tba unfortunate glrla were
Screaming and rushing about the streets
(Iks mad people and it wa.i almoat Im
possible to restrain them from entering the
The work of rescuing tha glrla from the
Mndows waa necessarily tsdlous. They
rrere so excited that they did not seem
a understand the pleadings of the firemen,
at nearly every window were girls scream
' tag and crying tor help. Many were so
Uctted that It wss with the greatest dim
rulty that they were prevented from Jump
gig from the building, notwithstanding
Ihero waa not a algn of lira and their
fescue seemed only, the work of a few
The panic was over In leas than half an
- sour, but In this brief spsce thousands
If persons had been attracted to the acane
y the wild screama of the relatlvee of the
rlctlms and tha shrieks of the gtrla at the
IEADY TO PAY FOR PEACE
lnlaad Wllllaa; ta Reatora Their
Haseee If Boera Will Caa.
NEW YORK. April 0. W. Bourke Cock
In. who has Just returned from a trip ta
, ,ome, Egypt and London, aald that, ta his
Virion. If the beers will mske an oral
enreasloo of defeat the English will psy
hem almoat any tuna to restore their da
Iroyed home and repair tha ravagea of
In other worda. be aald, England la ready
aid anxioua ta pay a large sum of snoaty
artog .bout peace ta South Africa.
OFFICERS STILL IN PRISON
Application for the Discharge
Americana Held la Venice
ROME, April 20. The officers . of the
United States cruiser Chlcsgo who were
arrested at Venice remain In prison there.
An application for their discharge has been
rejected. The Italian law doea not allow
the court to grant pardon In canes of
asssults on tbe police.
Some of the newspapera mention the
lynching of Itallana In the United States
aa sufficient reason for a refuse,' a royal
clemency. It la considered pr pw-
ever, that the prisoners will b
order of the king, June 1, tk
fete of the constitution.
- a .
WASHlNfiTnv Anrii an nrv
has received the following telegram fr
Venice, yesterdey, in reply to the depsrt-
mem s inquiry:
Doddridge, Wynne, Ledhetter, Kress and
one marine, on leave, arrested. Principal
charge, resisting police. Serious under
Italian law. Sentences: Wynne, four
months and ten days; remainder, three
months each. Have not yet their full
statement or a report from court, but an-
piieo tor. Kesisting arrest largely due to
. . jvmuiiiMK nnrni ittrgfiy quo iq
pressing In of crowd and not understanding
language. Appeal made to Rome. Impos-
w 111 make full report.
The State department has begun the ex
ua urfluu lug B-
ercise of Its good offices In the Interests of
- II IV A ByMlli Um " "
fiuiui iftuifBiBiu, auowmg inai
reelatance to the police officers was clearly
ttlak rOMIIlIt Af - I-.....,-..-......!. M
" ' vi luiauuuciBiiuuing IUU WBI
n n tlW . M . .
wv m, uciiuritis oiiense, nas uone mucn to
strengtnen tbe Interest of the officials here
in tneir case
SecreUry Hsy has communicated by ca-1
j. with Uw IT . i. t i . j n . .
ble with Mr. Meyer, the United Statea am
" " .. flirjei, mn ivuiiau oiaics am-1
bassador, on this subject and good results
are hoped for. It Is realized that the casa
- r ' - - v .a , i k i . & LU.L lug LMVCJ
Is one requiring very delicate handling to
avoid wounding Italian pride, but the belief
prevawa tnat tbe Italian government will
..uuu ,u m magnanimous spirit to an
open appeal tor clemency for the young
respond in a magnanimous spirit to an
OPPOSE THEJTAX ON FLOUR
Floor Importers of I'nlted KlnaIoua
Tall fpon C'haneellor of
LONDON. ADril 30. An lnflnentl.1 .1.
gatlon representing the flour Importers of
most or the large cltiea of the United
Kingdom had an Interview with the chan
cellor of the exchequer. Sir Michael Hicks
Beach, today to proteat against the taxa
tion of flour, which, the delegates said
would aerlously affect the extent of their
The chancellor In replying pointed out
that the deputation represented aolely
wheat flour and that It waa Impossible to
consider tha grain and meal duties en
tirely rrora that viewpoint. It waa Im
practicable. In Imposing duties on grstn, to
ainerentiate between grains.
The Imports of flour compared with the
Imports of whest bsd grown enormously
in recent years and he did not think it
waa to the benefit of the people of tha
country. He had reduced tbe duty on
offals, ao that the flour Importers were
now better oft than under tha late Mr.
Gladstone's tax, sad he doubted whether
they war entitled .to further advantages. '
DELAREY STORY IS DENIED
No Troth ta Rnraor of His Surrender
with Three Boer Com
LONDON, April 30. There Is no truth In
the report circulated in the United States
today that General Delarey. with three
Boer commands, has surrendered to the
British in South Africa.
Tha War office received dlsDatchea from
Lord Kitchener today, but be made no
mention of surrenders.
Operators on tbe Stock exchange wnm
busy with peace rumors, but they were all
very intangible. The Boer commando-
were said to have surrendered. This later
waa aupplemented by the New York report
that General Delarey and three commandos
had given themselves un. As a matter of
fact, Delarey arrived at Klerksdorp April
zi ana nis commands, under General Kemp,
were arranging to hold a meeting westward
of that place during the present week.
A dispatch from Pretoria, dated today,
announcea that State Secretary Reltx of
tha Tranavaal hss hsd a meattne with
Commandant Beyers, In tha Petersburg
aiatrict, nut tna reault, if any. Is not
RESTS WITH SHARE HOLDERS
Agreement by Which White Star Line
la to Enter Combine Awaits
LONDON. April 30. The Moraana whn
had until today the ootton of conflrmlna-
withdrawing from the provisional agreement
oy wnicn the White 8 tar line waa ta am..
the-Atlantic shipping combine, have notl-
neo tnat line of their IntenUon to carry
through their part of tha agreement.
An omctal statement on the suhtert ma.
Issued by the White 8tar lino tbia evening.
The White Rlar lln ... . .
. - - .uiriBu iniu a pro-
visional agreement with the Morgan com.
n.y ,n..,,,br"sry. with the object of ae-
......... iiii.iiiiunny or interest in the
American, Atlantic Transport. Dominion.
Lev and. Red Hlar mnA U'ki.. a... i. '
The agreement was binding un the White
I. m. ..." P"nai ss regards
Mr. Morgan until April 3e. upon which
date the agreement explrea, unleaa ex-
lanflM hv mutual t'i . , . ,
: L ' ....... i , hi r . aioraan
today haa given notice to tne White Stsr
line of his Intention to exercise the option
and of proceeding with tha agreement
i i iiipw iii uruer tor tne agreement
2 ,lt.t?ubm"t,.. to th" shareholder of
the hlte Star line and otner companies
NinnrmBflftn ntallnr w kml . .1 .. . . . . '
shareholdera' hands. The shareholders of
the hlte Star line will meet In May.
QUEEN RAPIDLY RECOVERING
ta Be laaaed ay
THE HAGUE, April SO. The morning bul
letin lasued from Caatle Loo rea-ardlne ih.
condition of Queen Wllhelralna saya aha
paased a quiet night and feverless periods
were more frequent.
The bulletins laausd by her majesty's
physicians will baresfter be limited to one
Both chambers of ths Ststes General, on
receipt of today's bulletin from Caatle Loo.
charged their presidents to conrsy to the
queen sa expression or Joy at tha glad
nsss of her msjeaty s Improvement.
Cersnaa Otflrrra traaltlrd.
BERLIN, April JO. At ths and of tba
third trial by court-martial at Gumblanen
today of Sergeants Heckel and Martsn.
charged with murderlna ram. la Vmi.v
- - - w .
al tha Prussian cavalry aad with mutiny, I
a VerdlOt Of acquittal waa randarad In Iha I
.... baih aria I
MAJOR GARDENER IN DEMAND
Former Governor of Tayabaa Wanted as
Witness on the Philippines.
DEMOCRATS WOULD HASTEN HIS RETURN
Republicans Favor Deliberate Aetloa
Aasloaa for Hla Testimony, bat
Bee No Reasoa for
WA8HINOTON, April 20. A resolution
"ered In the senate today by Mr. Patter
ilt ' Colorado, directing the secretary of
'"'iy r by cable Major Gardener, now
. 7 inea, to come Immediately to
I the -
' A appear aa a wltnesa before
ne committee, precipitated a
warm 0.1. ,sston. The debate continued for
about two hours, considerable feeling
being manifested on both sldea of the
chamber. The charge waa made by the
minority that the majority membera of
"the rnmnitltaa mm. ...........i....
Press tacts and Information."
This was denied bv the chairman nf tha
committee. Mr. Lodge, who said that such
action would be Inconceivably atupld. All
parties, be Insisted, were anxious for tha
I -. were noxious lor in
fullest Information, but he and othera coo
tended that It would not be advisable to
I " " turn, it "UU1U II U DQ KU V 1 R&D I fl I C
p--"" uuippiaei ror major uaroener,
as be wss sbout to come home and would be
I h.r. In .In.. A - . . . ,
"l,D " w JJjJfKI DeiOlO VliC COCO
I w 1
Mr. Tatterson and Mr. earmark f Tan.
I " ' uinjcuerf Lr n I linniiy was
particularly Important and that It ought
In ha tin,. V.A- . i . .
nessee urged that Gardener'a testimony waa
to be had before action waa taken on the
I Pndlng bill
The resoultton finally went over until to-
Indian Bill Roes Over.
The bill for the purchase of the Rosebud
I ' purcuais oi me Kosenua
reervatton in South Dakota and the sundry
I Civil aDnronrlAtlnn hill ... v..
civil appropriation bill were considered, but
no action was taken on them.
A bill changing tbe date of holding the
United States district court at Joplln, Mo.,
Conslderatlou of the Philippine govern
ment bill waa then resumed, and Mr. Pat
terson of Colorado offered his resolution,
for which he asked immediate considera
tion, directing the aecretary of war to cable
Major Gardener, former civil governor of
the province of Tayabas. to return to the
United States to appear as a witness before
the Philippine committee.
In the preamble to the resolution Mr.
Patterson declared that the Philippine
committee had decided "by a partisan"
vote to refuse to ask that Major Gardener
be cabled to appear aa soon as be could
come to the United States.
Mr. McComss raised the question thst It
wss not proper to say that the committee
had divided on "partisan" lines.
Alllaon Makes Reply.
Mr. Allison, a member of the Philippine
committee, objected to the use of the word,
"partisan. " and Bald that It wss the mis
fortune of the majority of the Philippine
committee to be not able to bring the "par
tisan" minority Into conformity with lta
Mr. Patterson said It waa tbe fleet of
the minority of the committee to get Major
Gardener aa a wltnesa aa aooa aa possible.
The effort was made in good faith, as be
was regarded aa a valuable witness.
Mr. Tillman indicated hla belief that In
formation waa to be "smothered" and de
manded to know from Mr. Lodge whether
he proposed to "dragoon the senate Into
a vote on this matter"
Mr. Lodge replied, Isughlngly, that he
wished he could dragoon the senate Into a
vote on the measure, but Mr. Tillman knew
he could do nothing of the kind. He be
lieved It would be preposterous for the
senate to wait on a alngle witness.
Ko Objections to Gardener.
Mr. Allison pointed out that nnhnv ad
jected to the testimony of Major Gardener,
hla regtment. If one witness were railed
soon. He intimated that Malor Gardener
waa particularly anxioua to he a wiin..a
and personally he waa not In favor of
decorating him by ordering him by cable
gram to come to thla country In advance of
ma regiment, if one witness were called
from ths Philippines, it mla-ht he n.c...
ssry to get the testimony of the thirty
otner provisions governors, which, ha aald,
might be aa valuable aa that of Malor Gar.
Mr. Carmack of Tennesssee declared that
the report made by Major Gardener waa
so startling and Important that the
tsry of war bad endeavored to keep It
irom the aeoata and tba American people.
Ha Insisted that unless the proposed reso
lution were adopted Malor Gardener
would not get to Washington before con-
Mr. Lodge aald that Major Gardener nurht
to appear before the committee. Personally
ns aesirea to near Bis testimony before
Aa-alaalda Alao Waaled.
Continuing. Mr. Lodge said that tha ml.
norlty of ths committee hsd aua-sraatauf. that
Agulnaldo, Slxto Lopes, Mablnl and some
prisoners or war on tba Island of Guam; H.
H. Bray, an agent of the Filipino Junta at
Hong Kong and two Aasoclated Preaa cor
respondents, Mr. Collins at Pekla and Mr.
Martin in Veneiuela, be called aa witnesses.
The committee had decided not to call
them for various reasons.
Soon afterwerd tha Philippine bill waa
laid aalda and the reading ot the aundrv
civil appropriation bill waa reaumed.
Mr. Alllaon offered an amendment, which
was adopted, appropriating $250,000 for tba
purchase ot tha ground and butldlna- no
occupied by the census bureau.
Mr. Burton of Kanaaa, from tha commit
tee on public lands, reported back the bill
granting to ths Central Arlsona Rallmaw
IZLT,V sV ?'"ZL
company a right of way for railway pur-
lain fn.Mi muu.ii.. . , ...
. v.w. ..viuu ia Arizona, wnn a
recommendation that it be passed, notwith
standing tha objections of tha president
expressed In a veto message. Mr. Burton
aaked Immediate consideration for the hill
but Mr. Wellington of Maryland . objected
ana tne messure went to the calendar
SUES J. J. BUTLER OF MISSOURI
Walter la Hotel Asks Tea Thoaaaaad
Dollars far Aliened
WASHINGTON, April 10. Congrsssmsn
J. J. Butlsr of Missouri Is made tba de
fendant In a auit for tlO.000 damaaea In
stituted today In ths district supreme
court by August Scholt. a waiter at a local
Schols alleges that while ' aeralnar tha
Mlaaouriaa at tha hotel Saturdav tha latiar
.ip,. m jar. stuuer usoa
vile and abusive laaguage toward hlsa and
atrurk hla. . K wi - ...
aaeaulted him. Ha aara Mr. Butler uaad
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PLANS OF THE ROCK ISLAND
May Pirrhate Wlnalns Ferry for
Terminals and Estead Sys
tem (o g. t.onls.
8T. LOUIS, April 0 The Republic to
day says: The Chicago. Rock Island A
Pacific Railway company is the bidder for
the Wiggins Ferry compsny. Thst company
is the principal represented by the Mer
cantile Trust compsny. If the deal suc
ceeds St. Louis will have another big rail
way system. Tha Wiggins ferry la for
' A high official of the Rock Island, believed
to have been Robert Mather, aecond vice
president and general attorney, waa in tbe
city yesterday in consultation with Festus
J. Wade, president of the Mercantile Trust
compsny, and John Scullln, president ot
the Wiggins Ferry company. An effort was
made to keep the visitor's Identity secret.
The Rock Island representative departed
last night over the Illinois Centrsl for
Chlcsgo and was questioned aboard the
"la it true, Mr. Mather, that the Rock
Island la now the owner 6f the Wiggins
Ferry compsny and Intends to coma Into
St. Louis?" he wsa asked.
"I am not prepared to answer," ha re
plied. He would not admit that he waa tha
second vice president and general attorney,
though he did aay that ha was sn official
of the Rock Island. In hla hand he carried
a roll of paper, apparently maps, plats and
legal documents, which ware not deposited
In his spacloua valise, even when ha got
aboard the car.
ST. LOUIS. April 30. M. A. Low, general
attorney for the Chicago, Rock Island
Pacific Railway company, stated today that
the Harrtman syndicate, embracing thst
property, had purchased the St. Louis. Kan
aaa City Colorado railroad, operating be
tween St. Louis and Union, Mo., and had
authorized tho Mercantile Trust compsny to
negotiate for the purchase of the Wiggins
Ferry stock at $500 a share.
With the purchase of the be. Louis. Kan
aaa City A Colorado railroad, the Rock
Island secures right of way Into St. Louis,
and, with the acquisition of the property
of the Wiggins Ferry company, ample ter
minal facilities will be had.
Mr. Low declined to atate the price paid
for the Colorado road, negotiations for
which, he said, had been going on for sev
eral weeks. He said the Mercantile Trust
compsny hsd secured an option on a ma
jority of the stock of the Wiggins Ferry
company, the purchase price of which would
be more than the 15,000,000 recently men
tioned. Mr. Low said:
The Colorado railroad wss bought severs!
weeks ago, but ftnal papers were not signed
until lant week.
With this property vrt have the right-of-way
Into St. Ixiuls and the Wiggins Ferry
holdings will give us ample terminal facili
ties. I am assured, and I have no reason what
ever to doubt the correctness of my belief,
that the Rock Island road has a majority
of the ferry company's stock. The Mer
cantile Trust company Is simply acting as
The original proposition was made In New
York by President 8cullln of the Wlgglne
ferry company. After a conference with
the Rock Island directors the sum of SfiOO
was offered for each share and Mr. Scullln
said he thought he could get the stock at
When he returned to St. Louts the Mer
cantlle Trust company waa officially au
thorised to repreeant us. .
I believe this move on th prt of ths
Rock Island will be ot Immense benefit to
St. IyOiils. It wlli mean that there will be
a competitor to meet on terminal business
here, ss with the Wiggins Ferry property
we will have ample facilities for handling
freight on this and the other side of the
Mr. Low advanced the opinion that the
Rock Island would probably expend mil
lions of dollars for Improvements.
The heaviest holders of the Colorsdo rail
road atock were David R. Francla end John
Scullln, president of the Wiggins Ferry
company. At present the road has only
been built to Union, Mo., but Is being ex
tended to Ksnsss City, where It will meet
the Rock Island. There wag no change
today in the contest between the Missis
sippi and Mercantile Trust companies over
the Wiggins Ferry atock. Both sides still
hold firmly that the controlling interest
baa not yet passed.
LEADERS HOLD CONFERENCE
Strike la Anthracite Region Depends
Upon Result of the Xe.
NEW YORK. April 30. The conference
between the repreaentatlvea of the anthra
cite coal operators and of the United Mine
Workera, which waa adjourned yeaterday,
waa reaumed thla morning. The four labor
loadera. President Mitchell and District
President Fahey, Duffy and Nlchol, were in
conaultatlon early this morning. District
President Thomas Fahey spent some time
In consultation with the membera of the
delegation from the dlaaffected districts,
Nos. 1, 7 and 9. It could not be learned
what waa th: aubject or result of this
President Mitchell was questioned ss to
the probable outcome of the conference.
Ha would not express an opinion on the
aubject. President True-dale of tha Dela
ware, Lackawanna Western waa aaked
If he thought a solution of tha problems
would be found today. He aald:
I cannot tell you. Of course I hope that
a decision will be arrived at, but It is
CHICAGO, April 30. As a result ot a
atrlka by the Chicago truck drivers' local
union 160 teamstera employed by tha J. C.
Ponnoyer Teaming company quit work to
day. . Tbe cauae ot tha strike waa atated
by offlclsls of the union to be tho refusal
of tha company to algn an agreement pre
sented by tha union.
The body ordering the atrike la aald to be
tha largest "local" of the organisation in
tha United States, having a membership of
1.000. Its officials say they are determined
to enforce tba demands of tha body and
express feara that other employer ma
refuae to algn tha agreement and thus pre
cipitate a general atrike.
RAILWAY SURGEONS MEET
Dlstino-alsbed Professional Men
North America Hold Con
vention la St. Loals
ST. LOUIS, April 30 Several hundred ot
the moat distinguished surgeons of North
America are In St. Louis attending the
annual meeting of the International Aa
Boclatlon ot Railway Surgeons, comprising
tha United States, Canada aad Msxlco,
which mst todsy. Tha convention will be
in session three daya.
Dr. Rhett Goods of Mobile, Ala., presi
dent of tha association, preaided at today'a
aesslons and Dr. Louis J. Mitchell of Chi
cago acted a aecretary. Dr. Warren B.
Outtan, chairman of tha local committee
on arreng meats, opensd ths Initial sessloa
with a few appropriate remarks, after which
Governor Dockery delivered an address of
wslrome. Dr. F. J. Luta of St. Louis re
sponded. Tha prealdaat's address aad tba
reading of tba reporta af tha aecretary aad
treasurer eoadude U moraiag eaaslea J
LACEY HAS LEASING BILL
Designed to Protect Small Cattlemen and
Shut Out Big Corporations.
LIMITS THE AMOUNT OF EACH HOLDER
Appropriation for Roads and Bridges
on Omaha and Winnebago Reser
vation Remains la the
I From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. April SO. (Special Tele
gram.) Major Lacey, chairman of the com
mlUee on public lands of the bouse, upou
his return from the Hswkrya state today
Introduced a bill to lease the grsztng lsnds
of tbe arid and semi-arid regions ot the
United Statea, limiting leasee to amall
holders. Under that bill no one can leass
over 3,200 acres of land and no corporation
ran lease any laad whatsoever, except
sfter the small holders hsve had the rights
provided for in the bill. The bill pro
hlblts the assignment of any leaae and
exceeding 3,200 acres, and any freeholder
may lease ten times the amount of his
holdings, not exceVdlng 3,200 acres.
and It must he In the vicinity of
bis own land. If there la not land
enough to give him the amount
above mentioned then amount Is to bo pro
rated. The lessea run for a period of five
years at a rental of from 1 to t centa per
aero, according to tho grade of the land
A proviso Is Inserted In the bill making
the land aubject to homestead", miners! or
other entry and In esse of such entry the
lease Is to be cancelled on the part thus
entered upon. Right of way Is provided
across leased Isnd for watering privileges
and water rlghta or springs and streams
sre reserved for other lessees besides
those who of right are sccorded water priv
ileges by reason of lesseholds they have.
The general acope of the bill Is to pre
serve the leasing privileges to homestead
era and email land owners.
(hara;e for lee of Forest Reserve.
"The unieased land," said Msjor Lacey
in spesking about his measure, which will
undoubtedly attract great attention In the
west, "is to be free to Individuals snd to
corporstlons aa heretofore. My bill also
provides that the secretary of the Interior
may lay a per capita tax for grazing in
forest reserves. Under the existing law
the secretary may issue permits free to
grazers of cattle, but places a limit upon
the number of cattle to be grazed. The bill
does not change the present reserve law in
sny psrticulsr, except In thst tbe secretary
of the interior la permitted to charge a
head tax. I am Interested in thla measure
and have Introduced It with the Idea of
ascertaining the sentiment of the west,
which Is vitally interested In this queatlon.
I will admit that the bill does not give
large corporations or atock associations the
rights which tbey have been aaklng con
gress to grant tbem. It Is a bill designed
primarily to protect the small growera of
cattle, and I believe. If enacted Into law,
will solve one of the most vexed ques
tions we have to contend with aa legisla
In vlsw of the presence In Washington
of Bartlett Rfrhards ..f Nebraska, eas
of" the largest Individual stock grow
era of the west, and a delegation of
stockmen who have been here for the pur
pose of securing legislation looking to gen
eral land leasing, Major Lacey'a bill today
is regarded as very significant of the trend
of public opinion upon thla question.
Too Busy for Politics.
Speaking of his recent visit to lows.
Major Lacey said the state wss In splendid
condition, but farmers and citizens gener
ally were entirely too buay to talk politics
at thla time. Aa to his congressional dis
trict convention, be ssd It would probably
be held after the adjournment of congress,
ss that seemed to be the most acceptable
time. "I learned of no opposition to my
renominstlon," said Mr. Lacey. "Aa to
who my opponent will be I do not know.
The district Is close snd, ss ususl, I will
have a light on my hands, should I re
ceive the nomination, but I have very
great confidence In the republicans of the
district to win out."
Senator Millard has taken 'up with tbe
Poatofflce department the establishment of
a rural free delivery route from St. Helena,
Cedar county. Neb., to a point oppoaite
Yankton, S. D. The postmaster of Yankton,
D. E. Lloyd, urges the establishment ot
this route and it is understood the mer
chants of Ysnkton are exceedingly anxioua
for it, in view of tha large business which
tbey believe will result should It be lo
cated. Senator Millard, In view of the
communications he haa bad from the Yank
ton postmaster, haa taken the matter up
with Senator Gamble and tbe two senators
are working together with a view to se
curing lta location. The Postofflce depsrt
ment hss notified the senators tbe matter
will be considered at the earliest possible
moment and It Is believed ths establish
ment of ths route will be ordered.
Indiana Get Money for Lands.
The conferees on the Indian appropria
tion bill decided late last night to reduce
the appropriation of $10,000 carried by the
bill for building and repair of bridges on
tha Omaha and Winnebago reaervationa to
$3,000. Thla morning Senator Millard ap
peered before tbe conferees In bebalf of
rhe original amendment. Insisting that If
tba reduction, as contemplated In It, waa
made tbey might Just aa well atrike It
out entirely, aa the amount proposed to
bs given would be wholly inadequate for
the purposes desired. Senator Millard la
bored with the conferees, reviewing the
necessities which prompted the approprta.
tlon, and the conferees, evidently appre
ciating tbe aenator'a argument, decided to
allow the original amount to atand.
Senator Dietrich today recommended tha
appointment of Henry E. Langevln to be
postmaster at Curtis, Neb., vice 8. R. Raze,
who baa been removed on account of
charges preferred agalnat him as to the
manner In which he waa using a tamps to
Increase the salary ot bis office.
Tbe fight over the Waboo postofflce grows
In Intensity aa tha time of the present
postmaeter neara lta expiration. It la un
derstood thst there are four or five candi
dates for tbe place and all papers In ths
way of petitions and recommendatlona have
been turned over to State Chairman Lind
sey, who, it is expected, will sit aa a court
In the rase, transmitting his findings to
Senator Dietrich for final approval.
wuham E. Andrews auditor lor the Treas
ury department, president of tbe Nebraska
association of this city, and Mrs. Andrsws
gsvs a receptioa tonight to members of ths
Nebraska republican club, which waa very
largely attended. Senators Dlstrich and
Millard and Repreaentatlvea Burkstt and
Mercer being among those pre.snt.
President Roossvslt will have anctber con
ference with tbe rspresentatlvse of tba Ns
braaka Stock Growera' association tomor
row morning, not being able. to concluds
bis intarvlsw with than, en tba prevloua
IContlaued eoa4 Paa.-
CONDITION 0FTHE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska Partly Cloudy;
Slight Change In Temperature.
Temperatore at Omaha lesterdnyt
Hon, Ilea. Hnnr. Pes.
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TWO CITIES INJHE CONTEST
.New Verb, and Kanans City Make Bids
for Seat General Federa
LOS ANGELES. April 30 With the
opening of tha biennial convention ot the
woman's clubs only twenty-four hours swsy
the finishing touches have been put on ths
headquarters of tbe convention at Simpson
auditorium. The local committees, who
have been for weeks preparing for the
coming of ths club women, have completed
tbrir arrsngements and with the arrival
today of hundreds of delegates from tbe
esst everything will be In resdlness for
the opening session tomorrow morning.
Every overland train today brought Its
quota ot delcgstes. Four special' tratna
came in during the day and by tonight tbe
last delegate will have reached the city.
The delegates from Kansaa, Missouri and
tbe neighboring states sre working solidly
and enthusisstlcslly to secure the next con
vention for Kansss City. New York also
wanta the next biennial and tbe delegates
from the Empire state and most of tbe New
Englsnd representatives are working to as
ure tbe meeting.
Mrs. Dlmles T. S. Denison of New York
is prominently mentioned ss the eastern
rsndldate for the presidency, while Mrs.
Platt-Derker of Denver . and Mra. Robert
J. Burdette of Pasadena are tbe western
csndldates. It is generally conceded that
the honor Ilea between these three women,
although there will be others to the field.
NOISE AROUSESJHE CITIZENS
Burglars Attempt to Blow Open Snfe
and Desperate Fight la
PITTSBURG, April 30. Five burglars
blew open the ssfe In Dsub aV Pressler's
grocery store, Craft avenue, Crafton, Pa.,
at 1:3C o'clock thla morning.
The explosion aroused tbe citizens snd a
desperate fight ensued between the officers,
the citizens and the thieves. Officer
Thomas Westcott was shot through tho
log and Officer William M. Peak waa atruck
on the head with a heavy chisel. The
letter's condition is serious.
Tbe burglara finally escaped with the caah
box containing about $30. Tbey went to
ward tba Steubenvllle pike, with a score
of citizens at their heels. When last
beard from the burglars bad not been cap
tared. There Is apparently little doubt that the
thlevea are the same who have been operat
ing in thia vicinity for the past few weeks
and who ahot Engineer Frank Stump of
the Plttaburg A Weatern railroad, near
Mlllvale, on Monday morning.
Later three of tha ' burglars were cap
tured and Identified by Officer Westcott.
Joseph Sullivan, believed to be tbe leader
of tbe sang, was caught while swimming
MEN CRUSHEDJN A SHAFT
Basket In Which They Were Bring
Lowered Is Accidentally
PHILADELPHIA, April 30. Two men
were killed and another probably fatally
injured this morning while being lowered
to the bottom of one of tba shafts at tbe
new (titration plant In the northeastern
aection of the city.
WILLIAM YENCEY, colored, aged 80.
JOHN BANKS, colored, aged 35 years.
George Terwlllte waa ao badly crushed
thst little hope Is entertained of hla re
covery. The men were being lowered Into one
of the shafta which had been auok for the
construction of the filtration beds when
the basket in which they were riding was
overturned. They were pitched headlong
down tbe shaft, the colored men being ter
READY TO FApE CHARGES
Edward Bwasey Returns to Kanans
City, bat Declares All Ills Deal
KANSAS CITY. April 30. Edward L.
Swazey, a member of tha live atock com
mission Prtn ot Ladd, Penny Swazey,
who disappeared In July, ll'OO, returned to
Kansss City today. Soon after Swazey's
disappearance his firm failed for about
$100,000, catching Kansaa City, Boston and
San Francisco banks, and a warrant charg
ing blm with Intent to cheat and defraud
waa aworn out by Attorney L. C. Boyla of
the Bankers' and Cattlemen's Protective
association. Swazey was followed to New
York, where all trace ot him waa lost.
Swazey declared today that hla dealings
had been honorable and that be is ready
to face any chargsa. Attorney Boyla
would not aay whether he would be ar
rested or whether charges would be pushed.
AWFUL DEATH OF A" WOMAN
Poars a Caa af Kerosene Over Herself
and Ignltea latarated
DETROIT, Mich., April 10. Crazed by the
death of her 1-year-old child from scarlet
fever on March It, Mra. Adeline Sage of this
city arose front her bed last night and
poured a can of keroarna oil over herself
and Ignited it.
Her agonized screama awakened her hus
band, who ran to her aid and tried to
smother tbe flames with some bed clothing.
He realized In an Inataat that nothing
could aave her and ran crying for help.
Neighbors rushed in, but tbsy, too, could
do nothing, and when tha nsareat phyalclan
arrived tbe laat little flames were dying
out on tba woman'a charred body.
Former fe: a press Messenger Arrested.
BURLINGTON, la., April 30 W. B. Ma
hannah, formerly an express messenger,
haa been arrested here by government se
cret service men. Hla arrest Is said to be
In connec tion with the theft of a $20 ijO
package consigned from a Chicago bank to
this city. The arrest followed an attempt
to get the government lo redeem money
that was partly burned.
BUFFALO. N. Y., April .-The Great
Lakes Towing company, whose firemen are
on strike, hss laid JP all Its tugs. Thers
is no change In the conditions of ths strike
The sinking firemen have pickets along
the docks, but no trouble has been reported.
The Independent line tugs bay a all Jilt
wwrk Wis, caa bandia, . ,
MORTON SOW AT REST
Large Number of People Assemble to Pay
Last Tribute to the Dead.
COME FROM ALL PORTIONS OF THE STATE
Special Trains from Omaha and Lincoln
for Their Accommodation.
FLORAL TRIBUTES MANY AND BEAUTIFUL
Nebraska City Draped in Black and All
CHILDREN PAY A TOUCHING TRIBUTE
glmpla aad Impressive Services for
the Dead of the t'horrh of Fin
land at the Hanae and
NEBRASKA CITY. April 30.-(Speclal
Telegram.) The remains of ex-Secretary
of Agriculture J. Sterling Morton arrived
In this city this morning from Chlcsgo, as
companled by his brother, bis sons and a
party of intimate friends who have coma
from all over the country to pay thla laat
tribute to hla memory.
By 7 o'clock the men and women who had
known him for many years began to move
toward the Burlington atatlon, where th
train had been announced for 8:30 o'clock.
In aome manner the rumor became current
that the time had been changed and tba
special bearing the body would arrive at
7:40. There was a great hurry to reach tha
station and by the time the train waa
euppoeed to arrive fully 1,000 people were
on the ground. These wers added to every
minute, until the train did arrive at I; IT,
when a conservative estimate placed tba
number present at from 1,600 to 3,000 men.
women and children who had congregated
to show their love and respect for the dsaal.
Hundreds View Old Friend.
t'pon the arrival ot tbe train tba caeket
waa taken through a long line ot people to
the bearae. The profession formed and
moved north on Sixth street tn m.)-
- - - . .
thence went to Eleventh and eaat again to
tne puduc library, where the body jay 1st
atate until 11:30 o'clock.
The procession which escorted the body
of Mr. Morton from the depot waa headed
by the guard of honor chosen from mnn.
the members of Company C. Tbeaa wera
followed by a line of nearly 1,000 men.
headed by the three aona of tha deceaaad.
In the pubjlc library, which waa draped
In deepest blsck, relieved by a profusion of
palms and ferns, the body lay In state
and tbe long line of mournera who had fol
lowed blm from the atatlon passed through
and around the casket to look for the last
time upon the familiar facs of him who had
ever been their friend.
Tbe Board ot Education viewed tha re
mains at 10 o'clock and a few momenta
later ths children from the public arhoola
passed In salemn procession through tba
building. Nearly 1,600 little folks wera in
line, and how many tear-elid facea there -
were in that long proceaston would be hard
to aay, for Mr. Morton bad always been a
great lover of little children and bad alwaya
a cheerful word and a smile for the little
tots that paesed hla office every day.
The remains were tsken to his home at
Arbor Lodge at about 11:30, where they
were visited by another large corterle of
neighbors and friends.
City Draped In Dlack.
The city ia overcast by the deepest
gloom, everywhere ia to be seen tho
evidence of the grief. The main street
of the town Is heavily draped with black
and all flags are banging at balfmaat, but
tbe chlefest algna are to be aeen In the
facea of the citizens. Men, women snd
children show by tbelr actions how much
they regarded Mr. Morton and how cloae
tbey felt the bonds which bound him to
The Chicago party waa composed of tba ,
following well known people: Joy Morton,
Paul Morton, Mark Morton, Starling Mor
ton, Jr.; Thomaa Miller, William D. Mor
ton. Prof. H. J. Cox, Lot Brown, L. O. Ood
dard, J. H. Ecklea, L. F. Moore, Rockwell
King. Daniel Peterkln, E. R. Puffer, W. C.
Potter, W. L. Gregson, P. B. Ware, J. P.
Tracy. E. T. Oaaton, W. F. McMellaa. Mr.
Merrltt, O. P. Sang, E. R. Haynea, Mra. W.
D. Morion, Mrs. Paul Morton, Miss Carol!
Morton, Miss Emma Morton, Mlsa Gordon.
Many Floral Tributes.
The people began to move toward Arbor
Lodge aa early aa 1 o'clock thla afternoon.
By 2 o'clock, the hour aet for tha funeral
services to begin, tbe spacloua home waa
filled to overflowing and hundreda of peo
ple were distributed about the lawn and
on the porches. The body, which bsd been
brought from Its first resting place In tba
public library under eacort of a aquad from
Company C, under the command of Quar
termaster Sergeant M. M. Zlmmerer,
rested in the north parlor of bla
home, that those ot bis frlenda who
had no opportunity to aee him in tba
morning might take a laat look at their
departed neighbor. It ia estimated that
between (,000 and T.OOO people took advan
tage of tha opportunity offered to view tha
remalna during tha time tha casket waa
opened In the morning and at tba aervlcea
in the afternoon.'
Tba floral trlbutea received wera many
and very elaborate, aomewbere In tha
neighborhood of 225 aeparate packagea be
ing received from thoaa who had been as
sociated 1th Mr. Morton in a social or a
business wsy. Among tha mora elaborate
plecea may be mentioned a floral banner
with the design which Mr. Morton bsd
adopted aa a crest, an elm trsa with tba
motto, "Plant trees" worked In, "Gates
Ajar," from tbe Bureau of Animal Indus
try; a pillow of roses from Mr. and Mra.
Robert W. Furnas; "Gates Ajar," from ths
employes of the Argo starch factory; large
wreath from Morton-Oregson company, tha
"Tree Felled," ushera ot Overland theater;
large pillow, employee Morton Printing
company; wreath of carnations, N. 8.
Harding; large bunch of lllllea, A. J. Saw
yer; a large wreath of American Beautlea,
ex-Comptroller of tha Currency James H.
Eckles; a pillow, Frances McMlllen of
Tba special train which tha Burling ton
aent down from Lincoln brought nearly 200
people. Including Governor Savage and wife
and hie entire official family, except Attor
ney General F. N. Prout, who la at pres
ent in Wsablngton, and Land Commlssloosr
Q. D. Folmsr, who ia in tba northern part
of tha atate looking after some school laud.
Tha apaclal train from Omaha brought a
similar number of people, beaded by tha
entire staff of tha Burlington offlclala. Thia
evening maoy of tha people of thla city are
remarking oa tba klndnaaa of tha B. A M.
and tha Chlcsgo, Burlington 4 Qulncy la
fea&af. special UiUii lata. KeferMk CU
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