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The Omaha Daily Bee.
ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MOHNING, MAY 7, 1002 TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
MEAT CASE IN COURT
Suit Against Beef Paokers Opm in
Supreme Tribunal of Missouri.
fiO ALLEGED TRUST MAGNATES PRESENT
Counsel for Packers Says Proceedings
Are Unfair to His Clients,
UTTER NOT ALLOWED WITNESSES
Attempt of Attorney General Grow is
Called a Fishing Exhibition.
TESTIMONY OF STATE IS ADMITTED
Witness from St. Joseph "nya Four
Packing (ompiilfi Control the
Beef Market In that City
and Increase Prlcea.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May '.--None of
the officials of wholesale packing houses In
St. Louie, St. Joseph and Kansas City ap
peared before Judge Burfees of the su
preme court this morning In the Inquiry
begun by Attorney General E. C. Crow Into
the allnged beef trust. Charles B. Armour
of the Klrkland B. Armour estate of Kan
sas City end O. W. Waller of St. Joseph,
the last named as agent for Swift and Com
pany, were represented by Attorneys Frank
llagerman and Alexander New.
In the absence of the big packers, fit.
Joseph retail butchers, some of them former
managers and salesmen for Armour, Swift,
Nelson Morris, Cudahy and Hammond, told
Of trust methods In St. Joseph.
The testimony at the morning session was
to the effect that damaged and partly
polled meat Is sold to the butcher at a
reduced price for sale to restaurants and
boarding houses after a concession has been
granted to the wholesaler by the arbitrator
representing the other firms; that an ar
bitrator fixes the prloe of meat for all the
packers and Imposes lines, and that rebates
are paid retailers by the packers.
Kiprdi Move Wltneaaea.
At the afternoon session Charles Wlss
tnath, Jr., and Thomas Kroeger of St. Louts
and four Kansas City retailers testified.
Attorney General Crow expects that more
witnesses will arrive tonight and that the
Inquiry will last through Wednesday. He
The packers who have declared that there
was no trust have been srtven an onpor-
tunlty to show the fact, and have tailed
to appear. I think they cnuld be com-
appear. I think they could be com
plied to attend, but I do not know that
peuea to auena, out i uc
that will be attempted
The proceeding la merely an Inquiry, pre
liminary to possible prosecution. The facts
brought out this morning demonstrate that
an Ironclad agreement exists In St. Joseph.
"We represent," said Mr. Hagerman,
"the concerns which Attorney General
Crow charges with unlawful combination.
"Our clients on our advice are not
present The present campaign is an unfair
one to them, as they have aot been allowed
to summon witnesses.
"We wish to proceed by an application
for a writ of prohibition for a certiorari,"
aald Mr. Hagerman. "We wish to bring
the law - before, th supreme court, to be
passed upon as to Its constitutionality.
This proceeding Is merely a fishing expedi
tion on the part of the attorney general."
Attorney General E. C. Crow replied.
Stating that the inquiry had been called
for the purpose of learning whether pro
ceedings should be commenced to prevent
them from doing business In this state.
"The attorneys In the absence of the
packers have no right here, but I will ex
tend the courtesies of the court and allow
them to cross-examine my witnesses."
No Report of Service.
Attorney Oeneral Crow has received no
report of service of the subpoenas on the
Armours or on O. W. Waller of Swift and
Company of St. Joseph. Most of the men
on whom service waa obtained are retail
dealers of St. Joseph, Mo.
The Judge ruled that the Inquiry should
proceed and Frank Btaudenraus, a St. Jo
seph retailer, was called as the first wit
ness. He was questioned by Attoney Gen
eral Crow concerning the coolers main
tained In St. Joseph by Morris, Cudahy,
Armour and Hammond.
"The coolers are near together," said
the witness, "they do not do a retail busi
ness, but they sell to large customers on
The witness said that, the St Joseph
butchers' union, of which be Is president,
was organized for the purpose of protect
ing retailers from the competition of
wholesalers by "sales on the quiet."
In response to numerous questions, the
witness testified that It was customary for
the packing companies to notify thrlr best
customers In advance of a raise in the price
or dressed meats to give them the benefit
of buying before the advance; that rebates
were paid by packers and that he bad re
ceived such rebates from both Armour
Co. and Cudahy ft Co.
John Wood, a St. Joseph retailer, testi
fied that four packing companies controlled
the beef in St Joseph. Wood said that the
price of meat had Increased four or five
times since January I.
ANTI-BEEF EAtInG LEAGUE
Organisation ta Betas; Formed Anions
Five Thoneaad New England
LYNN. Mass.. May . An antl-beef-eat-ing
league is being organised among the
8,000 employes of the General Electric com
pany here. Between 1.500 and l.TM names
havs been secured, representing a, BOO con
sumers. Local dealers complain that the
consumption of meats Is falling off rapidly.
KNOCKS OUT LOTTERY AGENTS
Jed- Adams Says Gambling- Promo
tera Mast Ceaae Operations
in at. Louie.
ST. LOl'IS, May Notice has been
served by Judge Elmer B. Adams of the
lulled States district court, that lottery
agents must leave St. Louis.
The order went into efiert today and the
first one to feel its effect la Samuel J. Ten
nam, who was fined 12.500, and sentenced
to six months' In jail for selling lottery
tickets. Teunant, It Is charged, had not
only misused the malls, but to evade this
violation or tbe statute, went from place
to place with the tickets, thus acting as
a common carrier and Infringing on the In
terstate commerce commission. He pleaded
Five Haadred Men Strike.
DENVER. May --Four hundred wood
workers in the live largest mills of Denver
atruek today to enfor. their demands for
an alln-h ur day. They are supported by
every building trde la the rlty and unle-a
the strike ta settled within forty-etrht
hours building operations may be entirely
TWO SIDES TO CONTROVERSY
Private letter from Rome Give
fereat Complexion to Arrrat
LONDON, May . Private letters re
ceived here from Rome give a very different
complexion to the arrest of tbe American
naval officers at Venice.
They say that Instead of thanking the
king of Italy for clemency In pardoning
the Americans, the United States should
demand an apology, and assert that the
members of the Ameri , colony were too
eager to take the Its.' A'-t w of the sltu-
ation and believed
A correspondent of tht
wHes that when tbe Unit
bassador first heard the news be) v
dined to let Justice follow Its course,
on second thought be was touched by
probable ruin of the future career of
American officers and, therefore.
proached tbe foreign minister to arrange
matters If possible."
The action of the American consul at
Venice, Henry A. Johnson, was much
criticised by some people, as showing "want
of tact," but. according to reports which
have now arrived, he acted In a moat ener
getic manner and with proper backing
would have had the officers returned to
their ship. A correspondent writes that
when the consul was summoned In a hurry
after the fight he energetically protested
acalnst the arrest of the officers and de
manded their Immediate removal on board
The Italian authorities, however, would
not yield the point. The consul's failure
to exercise "tact" seems, according to the
correspondence from Rome, to have been
failure to "offer Immediately adequate pe
cuniary compensation for the damage done
and to those who were wounded la the
WAR OPERATIONS CONTINUED
Peace Nesrotlatlons In Trnnavaal
Not Interfere with Military
LONDON, May . Lord Kitchener's
weekly report, dated from Pretoria, yester
day, shows that the peace movement Is aot
allowed to Interfere with military opera
tions except so far as to permit of un
restrained meetings between the leaders
and their various commandoes.
The week's Boer casualties were ten men
killed and 122 made prisoners. - General
Bruce Hamilton's columns captured eighty
seven men on the Hellbron (Orange River
Colonel Enbrander has resumed operations
In the northern part of the Transvaal
against Commandant Byers, whose forcas
have been considerably reduced, and Gen
eral Ian Hamilton has cleared a large dis
trict of Klerksdorp, southwestern Trans
vaal. CAPETOWN, May 6. The O'Oklep. West
ern Cape Colony, relief column has occu
pied Btelnkopt, to the north of O'Oklep,
which was strongly held by the Boers, after
fighting April 27 and 28. The British lost
six men killed and bad eight wounded. The
Boer losses are said to have been heavy.
The Boers asked for British medical assist
ance. HORATIO VAZQUEZ SUPREME
Leader of Rebellion Will Continue
in Power I'ntll Elections
MONTE CRIBTI, Santo Domingo, May 6.
News has reached here from Santo Do
mingo City that the provisional government
established by Horatio Vazquei will con
tinue In power until electlone are hold.
Vazquez was formely vice president of
the Dominican republic. He led a success
ful revolution against President Jlmlnez
and the forces under hie command took
possession of Santo Domingo City laat
week after the capital of the Dominican
republic had capitulated.
Peace has been fully re-established In
the southern part of the republic.
An order for tbe suspension of hostilities
between the revolutionary and government
forces has Just been signed and the terms
of surrender are to be discussed.
DANGER OF A REVOLUTION
News . of Most Disquieting; Char
acter Cornea from
LONDON. May 6. A dispatch to a news
agency from Madrid says news has been
received from Portugal Indicating there is
danger of an actual revolution In that coun
try. Considerable apprehension Is felt la offi
cial quarters as to the attitude of the
Portuguese troops. The Sixth Infantry,
stationed at Oporto, has been disarmed and
disbanded for fear tbe soldiers would Join
The military and naval officers are advo
cating that King Charles establish a dicta
torship. RATIFICATION jJS DELAYED
Laadethln- Instate Inhabitants of
Daaiak Ialaads Mnet Eapreaa
View a on Sal.
COPENHAGEN. May 6. At a secret see
slon today the Landstbing (upper house)
decided to adhere to the resolution pre
viously passed, namely, to defer ratifica
tion of the treaty providing for the sale of
the Danish West Indies until after a lim
ited vots of ths population of the Islands.
This undoubtedly will be confirmed In open
session tomorrow. The minority will then
move the appointment of a committee,
which probably will be accepted by the ma
LONDON, May I. "Ping pong ankle" Is
the latest companion to "tennis elbow."
Ths medical name Is tenosynovitis, and It
hurts much. An account of a case of "ping
pong ankle" la given prominence in the
British Medical Journal. The patient had
, considerable swelling of the left leg above
the ankl. Tbe swelling aubsldsd after a
day passed in bed. An examination showed
acute inflammation of the sheaths of ten
dons connected with tbe muscles around
the shin. The attendant physician ascer
tained that the suffered waa an ardent
plug pong player and he wrote to tbe medi
cal Journal warning players that the gams
Involves a great strain on the shin bone
muscles, and ttat until a costume and fool
gear appropriate to the popular sport Is
evolved the disease is likely to frequently
Karthqaake Shocks ta Prance.
PARIS. May I. Violent earthquake
shocks, which occurred at I o'clock this
mornlag, are reported from Bordeaux.
Bayonoe, Pau and other places In the asms
region. They lasted fifteen seconds. The
reports do aot mention any damage.
MRS, DECKER IN THE LEAD
Denver Candidate for President of Genera
Federation Develops Strength.
DAY OF DEFEAT FOR MASSACHUSETTS
Bay State Delegates Bow to Loaa
Their Three Chrrlahcd PropoaU
tlona, of Which Colored
Question la First.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LOS ANGELES. May 6. (Special Tele
gram.) The political situation Is easily
'be lead of everything else today, the un
dented, the disappointed, the obacure
.rlct and the permanent ones all being
; gaged In a scramble for office until all
the proposed tickets are upset and the
dark horses number legion. Mrs. .Decker
of Denver seems the one candidate for
president who can muster more than a
local support, a member of the executive
board being responsible for the statement
that In case ber chances wane the Influence
of that body mill be exerted In behalf of
Mrs. Emma Fox, now recording secretary.
The action of Minnesota in pushing Lydla
Williams for president promises to cost
them the almost assured re-election of
Miss Margaret Evans as second vice presi
dent. The re-election of Mrs. Vanvechten of
Iowa as treasurer is meeting little oppo
sition. There promises to be no effort to
push the Louisiana Purchase memorial plan
presented by Mrs. Philip Moore of St. Louis
and tabled by the convention owing to the
strong eastern opposition to the establish
ment of a General Federation clubhouse In
the middle west, but the middle west will
retaliate by opposing the plan to locate It
In Washington. D. C, aa provided In the
A resolution was Introduced by Mrs.
Clara Berwick Colby, formerly of Nebraska,
asking that Arbor Day be recognized as
a memorial day to J. Sterling Morton by
the forestry department, of the General Fed
eration. This was referred to the commit-'
tee on resolution.
Maaaachnnctta Sees a Waterloo.
Today may be chronicled as the day when
Massachusetts club women saw all their pet
plans, for which they have been fighting
two years, go down before the vote of
tbe convention. The nnal defeat was given
to the admission of colored women's clubs,
the efforts to down the Individual club, as
a step toward reorganization through state
federations only, failed and the plan to re
duce the per capita from 10 to 5 cents was
Massachusetts was first obliged to bow to
adverse fate when It was discovered that
Its cherished series of amendments were Il
legal, In that they disfranchised members
already in. Tbey were therefore stricken
from the lists. The convention then turned
Its attention to compromise smendments.
considering section 9 of article I. After
several efforts to change It was accepted
as proposed y the compromise commit
tee In the following:
Amendment aa Accepted.
Each federated club, national society or
kindred orguniaatlon of Mfty members or
less shall be entitled to m represented by
one delegate. For a membership of be
tween fifty and 100 by two delegates and
for each additional 100 members one addi
Kach state or territorial federation of
Iwenty-flvo clubs or less shall be entitled
to be represented by Ave delegates. Each
state or territorial federation shall be en
titled to one additional delegate for every
additional twenty-live clubs.
Then came consideration of section S of
article 11. the second feature In the color
matter. This section belongs to the pres
ent by-laws and when Miss Jane Addams
of Hull House, Chicago, offered to amend
it Mrs. Lowe, notwithstanding tbe usual
sixty days' notice had not been given, so
graciously gave Indulgence to Miss Addams
as to call forth warm applause and the ap
preciative acknowledgment from Miss Ad
dams won a like tribute from the audience.
Miss Addams, who believes In the ad
mission of colored clubs, wished this sec
tion amended so that two instead of one
vote of the membership committee of five
would be necessary to keep an unwelcome
club out. Miss Addams made a worthy
plea, but the amendment went down before
a large vote.
Per Capita Tax.
The last question considered related to
the reduction of per capita tax from 10 to
6 cents, which Induced Mrs. Lydla Williams
of Minnesota to speak scornfully of the
federation "doing business on tbe nickel
basis." Mrs. Lowe also made pertinent
remarks against reduction.
The decision to adopt the parliamentary
manual of Mrs. Emma Fox, the present re
cording secretary,' as authority for the fed
eration led Mrs. Vrquhart Lee to urge the
acceptance of some manual written by a
man. Consolation came to Mrs. Fox In the
ultimate support of tbe convention.
Then came a friendly contest for tbe en
tertainment of the next biennial. Mrs.
Williams, who spoke for Minneapolis, ssld
the Commercial club bad pledged the money
and promised to do all the work and tried
to Impress the delegates that there would
be taxation without representation. Mrs.
Shields of Missouri, backed with Invita
tions from men In high positions, extended
a slmlar courtesy from St Louis.
At the suggestion of Mrs. Lowe a tele
gram was ordered sent to Mrs. Potter
Palmer In her bereavement.
PROPERTY ISSWEPT AWAY
Honaea, Barn a, Pcnees and Other
Strnetnroe Carried on Crest
MOUNTAIN VIEW. Ok!.. May . Ths
water from the waterspout that burst near
Foas swept through the Washita valley for
miles, carrying on Its crest the wreck
age of houses, barns, fences and tons of
logs and drift. Bridges were swept before
the flood, the tons of heavy timbers serving
as a battering ram. At Mountain View the
water formed a river that reached from
ridge to ridge for miles. From all reports
It Is the worst flood In the history of the
Washita bottoms. Chief of Police Burcbett
and the Indian police rode over ths bot
toms in the vicinity of tbe Indian agency,
warning the people toy move to high ground.
THOUSANDS OFJHEEP DYING
Herds Are Wiped Oni hr Droath Be.
Sinning; Latter Part of
8ANTA FE. N. M.. May (.Reports con
tinue to come In that thousands of sheep
are dying In every part of the territory on
account of ths drouth, which has been un
broken alnee the latter part of Marcl. Tbe
number of lambs saved will be only IS per
cent, against SO per cent last year. Crass
hoppers, too, are continuing their ravages
In the upper Rio Grand and Its tributary
LIST OF THE CASUALTIES
General ChaSTee Cables Xamea of the
Killed and Wounded
WASHINGTON. May . General Chaffee
has cabled the War department the follow
Ing ltst of casualties at the battle of
Bayan Mindanao, wblrh was described In
his dispatches made public yesterday.
First Lieutenant Thomas Vlckers, Twenty-seventh
I'nlted States Infantry; Privates
James J. McGrath, Company E, Twenty
seventh Infantry; William E. Lore n re,
Charles Reynolds and John Langdon, Com
pany O, Twenty-seventh Infantry; Alfred J.
Callahan. Frederick Cornell and Corporal
R. 8. Pheler, major and surgeon, wounded
In thigh, serious; Captain James T. Moore,
wounded In head, serious; Second Lieu
tenant Albert Johnsman, lung, severe; First
Lieutenant H. 8. Wasner, leg and wounded
In abdomen, serious; Sergeant John
Wheaton, Company E, Twenty-seventh in
fantry, wounded in thigh, serious; Sergeant
E. L. McCarthy, Injured In thigh, serious;
Corporal Harry Remington, Blightly; Frank
A. Perry, lung, severe; Arthur Smith, lung,
severe; Walter F. Cammers, arm, severe;
E. E. Ma.-wball, wo'unded In leg above knee,
moderate; Charles Collins, wounded in arm,
serious; Floyd Croft, wounded In leg above
knee, moderate; R. McCormarck, severely;
John O'Donell, shoulder and wounded In
thigh, serious; Quartermaster Sergeant
George Beckley, Company E, Twenty
seventh Infantry, cheek, slight; William H.
Brogal, wounded In thigh, serious; William
Brown, wounded In leg above knee, serious;
George A. Derar, wounded In leg above
knee, serious; John Sullivan, wounded in
hand, slight; William H. Wlnl, wounded In
arm, moderate; Joseph A. Adams, face,
slight; Battalion Sergeant Major A. II.
Ingold, serious; O. A. Avlck, band, mod
erate; Claude Damon, wounded In leg above
knee, moderate; Walter H. Eldrlge,
wounded in foot, slight; James P. Smith,
wounded in back, slight; Fred Cross,
wounded In hand, moderate; John Daley,
wounded In arm, serious; Herman Viola,
wounded in hand, serious; Peter Sullivan,
Company B, Twenty-aeveuth Infantry,
wounded In leg above knee, serious; Joseph
Jones, wounded in shoulder, serious; James
J. Haley, mortally wounded, since died;
Herbert Chatterton, leg above knee, alight,
and six other enlisted men wounded, names
Later news: Brigadier General George
W. Davis says Lieutenant Wagner's stomach
may not be penetrated and Captain Moore
very close call, bullet cutting scalp.
Captain James Moore, who waa wounded
seriously In the head, was appointed to
the military academy from Michigan In
1888. He was born In Connecticut.
First Lieutenant H. 8. Wagner, who re
ceived serious wounds in the leg and ab
domen. Is an aide on the staff of General
Davis. He la a son of General Louis
Wagner of Philadelphia and an officer of
the Third National bank of that city.
Major P. 8. Porter, who was serlousty
wounded In the thigh, entered the volunteer
service at first lieutenant and surgeon of
the Second Illinois infantry In 1898. He
was appointed afterward first lieutenant
and assistant surgeon of the Thirty-first
United States voluntei-r"1oUntrr and later
rose to his present rank'.'-
CHARGES ARE MADE PUBLIC
Cublearram front Chaffee Contnlns tbe
Alienations Made by Major - .
WASHINGTON, May 6. When the Philip-
pine committee met today Senator Lodge
presented a cable from General Chaffee
giving tho charges and specifications -of
Major Gardener relative to tbe Tayabas
These consisted of allegations that
troops bad burned prisoners, ill-treatment
of natives by Lieutenant George D. E. G.
Catlin and assault on four women by
soldiers. Senator Lodge stated to the com
mittee that Catlin had been under treat
ment for deranged mind.
The witness before the committee todaf
was R. V. Hughes of Philadelphia, formerly
a private of Company H, Ninth Infantry.
He saw the water cure administered once
to a native when the troops were search
ing for Information. He sIbo saw one na
tive knocked down twice by order of Lieu
tenant Merchant and another beaten on the
cbest with a stick to make him divulge In
The Insurgents engaged In similar work
and ths witness gave an Instance of an
American soldier being cut to pieces with
He testified that the native prisoners
were well treated, the sick cared for and
the food furnished very nearly the same as
that furnished the American troops.
MANDAMUS AGAINST PAYNE
Order leaned hr District Snpreme
Conrt Affectlnsr Seeond-Clnas
WASHINGTON, May (.Justice Bradley
of the district supreme court today Issued
a mandamus against the postmaster gen
eral directing him to restore to the second
class malls the following publications;
The Official Railway Guide of New Tork.
the Pocket List of Railway Officials of New
York and the Monthly Official Railway List
of Chlcsgo. The court also Issued an In
junction against the postmaster general
enjoining him from excluding these publi
cations from the second-class mall priv
ilege. These cases were brought In the
equity court as test cases. Involving the
policy of the Postoffice department in Its
new second-class mail regulations. The
court In Its opinion said that the postmas
ter general has read Into ths Isw a provi
sion which be had no authority to make In
thus framing the regulations. The decision
will havs an Important bearing on the right
of a large number of publications which
recently have been barred from the second
class mall and made to pay tbe higher
MONEY CASES NOLLE PROSSED
Proceedings Between the Mlaalaalppl
Senator and Cnr Coadnctor
W4SHINQTOV. May S Th cases of al
leged assault against Senator Money of
Mississippi, Orpha H. Shaner, a street car
conductor, and Joseph E. Hooper, a truck
foreman In the fire department, all growing
out of a street car altercation about ten
days ago. were noils prossed and formally
abandoned In the police court today, after
a vigorous contest between cuunel. The
only lasus which the court permitted to be
argued was as to tbe right of the asslv.ant
district attorney to nolle protee a case
without the conser t of the court, which
Judge Kimball fina'ly sustained. .
PREPARING THE CUBAN BILL
Senator Piatt Bays Effort Will Be to Frame
Measure Acceptable to Republicans.
TWO APPROPRIATION BILLS FOR OMAHA
Senator Millard Introdneea One for
Money to Finish Poatotllce and
Committee Reporta One for
(From a Staff Corte-HTndent.)
WASHINGTON. May . (Special Tele
gram.) Senator Piatt of Connecticut, chair
man of the committee on relations with
Cuba, said today that It waa the purpose
of his committee to frame a measure con
templating reciprocity with Cuba that
would be acceptable to all the republican
members of the senate, falling In which
the majority of the members of the com
mittee would abandon any Cuban relief
measure rather than depend upon demo
crats to carry the bill through. Senator
Piatt baa been a most earnest advocate
of the reciprocity measure with Cuba and
Insists that the republican party Is bound
to work out some measure of relief, as re
flected by previous enactments, and he
proposes, according to his statement to
night, to bring in a bill from his com
mittee that all republicans can consistently
stand upon. Just what form that bill takes
Is still the subject for consideration. It
is Senator Piatt's wish that tbe hearing
in regard to the sugar question shall take
the widest possible latitude, and he Is sum
moning all witnesses desired by the demo
crats to appear before the committee, so
as to arrive at some equitable conclusion
that will be satisfactory to all Interests.
The senator stated that he believed a reci
procity bill would be passed at tbe present
session of congress.
Introdneea Federal Court Bill.
A bill reorganizing the Judicial districts
of the United States, Increasing their num
ber from nine to fifteen, with a view to
relieving the existing congestion of busi
ness, due to an ln'ufBrlant number of
Judges, was today Introduced by Senator
Turner of Washington. Under the terms
of this bill Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado
and Kansas make up the thirteenth cir
cuit; Utah. California and Nevada the four
teenth, and Idaho, Washington, Oregon and
Montana the fifteenth, with terms of court
to be held respectively at Omaha, San
Franrlsco and Spokane.
Judge B. S. Baker of the territorial court
of New Mexico, accompanied by O. N.
Marlon, Dr. J. F. Pearce and Captain W.
E. Dame, are in Washington for the pur
pose of securing a permanent military post
at Albuquerque. Incidentally they will see
their friends In the house In relation to
the omnibus territory admission bill, which
is expected to be reached tomorrow. Judge
Baker apeaka enthusiastically of the terri
tory with which he has but recently be
Judge Baker experts to visit Omaha be
fore he returns to New Mexico.
Willis Moore, chief of the Weather bu
reau service, has notified Senator Millard
of the acceptance of the new quarters for
the use of the local observer at Valentine,
In Fraternal hall. . ;
Senator Millard Tijooramnndsd today A-
exander J. . McDougall for postmaster at
Oconee, Platte county.
Mrs. Elizabeth Lowrey and Miss Lowrey,
wife and daugber of the president of Omaha
Theological seminary, ' are In Washington
on their way to Philadelphia.
Senator Dolllver has Introduced an
amendment to the omnibus public building
bill. Increasing tbe amount for purchase
of a new lte for the new public building
at Des Moines to (165,000 and reducing the
space to be occupied by 10,000 square feet,
making the site have not less than 70,000
Representative Conner of the Tenth Iowa
district will leave for home Thursday to
be in attendance upon the congressional
convention, which meets on the 13th Inst,
Reduces Price of Land.
The bill relative to commutation of home
stead entries on the Big Sioux reservation
In South Dakota, passed the senate today
with an amendment which provides that
settlers shall pay to the government the
price per acre for which the land was sold
by the Indians. Tbe bill has already passed
the house and now goes .to the president
The committee on military affairs of the
house today unanimously agreed to report
Mercer's bill appropriating (75,000 for a
quartermaster's supply depot at Omaha. It
Is held that this amount Is needed for a
new building at tbe government corral.
Senator Millard will ask the committee
on public buildings and grounds of tbe sen
ate to add to the omnibus public building
bill (50,000 additional for the completion of
tbe Omaha postoffice and custom house,
so that the Seventeenth street side of the
structure may conform to the Sixteenth
street side. There has been a great deal
of pulling and hauling over this matter. At
one time Supervising Architect Taylor
stated he had money enough to complete
the structure according to the wishes of
the people of Omaha, but when he came to
figure closely, deducting from the amount
remaining S per cent for th drawing of tbe
plans and preparing specifications for the
building he found that he was short and ac
cordingly notified the senators that an ad
ditional appropriation would be necessary
to complete the Seventeenth street aide.
Senator Millard will ask that (50.000 be
appropriated, although be believes there Is
enough money remaining from the original
appropriation for the government building
at Omaha to complete the structure with
out recourse to congress.
South Dakota postmasters appointed:
John 8adt. Scott. Douglas county; Fanny
Cromuck. Willow Lake, Clark county.
These Iowa rural free delivery routes
will be established July 1: Belknap. Davis
county, one route; area covered, thirty
squsre miles; population. 681. Holsteln.
Ida county, four additional routes; area,
ninety-one square miles; population, 1,265.
Marcus, Cherokee county, two additional
routes; area, fifty-five square miles; popu
lation, 8. Merlden, Cherokee county, one
route; area, thirty-six square miles; popu
lation. 600. Washta, Cherokee county, two
routes; area, sixty-four square miles; pop
Under tbe annual adjustment of presi
dential postmasters' salaries these addi
tional change in Iowa were announced to
day: Lisbon. Increased (300; Iowa Falls,
(200; Albla, Dubuque. Glldden, Grlswoid,
Hamburg. Ha warden, Hedrlck, Iowa City,
Jewell, Keota, Klngsley, Lemara, Leon,
McGregor, Madrid, Malvern, Manchester,
Manning, Mapleton, Mason City, Maxwell,
(100 each; Manila, Marathon and Marcus,
decreased (100 each.
Ths postofflc st Byron, Red Willow
county. Neb., was ordere.1 discontinued
after May SI.
Tbe contract for fuel for th public build-
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CONDITION 0FTHE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska Fair and Slightly
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday!
m ..... . .VJ
.1 p. m . .
FORMER OMAHA MAN IS GONE
Abe flecker Mlsalna; from I anal
llannta in Denver, but Dehta
DENVER, Colo.. May 6. (Special Tele
gram.) Abe Becker, well known In Den
ver, hns not been seen on the streets for
several days. He la said to owe (200,000.
Some of this money Is due to the bank
and the rest Is owed to stockmen.
Mr. Becker came from Omaha. The firm
was known as R. Becker St Degen, the "R."
standing for Rebecca, the mother of Mr.
Becker. In 1900 the firm opened a live
stock commission business here. The firm
had been known in South Omaha and was
so successful that the local stock yards
people offered them (25,000 to enter Into
Abe Becker was put In charge. He was
a high roller and lived at tbe Brown Pal
ace hotel. During bis first year he lost
(50,000 for the company which he repre
sented. He was laet seen here last Thurs
day. About two months ago he published
a notice that he bad bourht out Degan.
The firm of R. Becker & Degan of South
Omaha Is now composed of George Becker,
the father of Abe Becker. Sol Degen and
Samuel Wertheimer. Sol Degen Is now In
Denver, but his brother, Dave Degen of 415
South Twcnty-elRhth street, says that be
has bad nothing to do with the Denver
business since last January.
"My brother had an interest In the Den
ver business, but he disposed of It to Abe
Becker lust January nnd Becker has been
alone there ever since. We hoard in South
Omaha several days ago that Mr. Becker
had disappeared from Denver, but we have
received none of the particulars and can
not understand what Is the matter. My
brother left for Denver last night to look
Into the matter. The business In Denver
was not run In the firm name of R. Becker
A Degen. Mr. be Becker has no connec
tion whatever with the South Omaha busi
ness." FIVE MEN BOILED TO DEATH
Fall In Fiery Pit at Steel Worki
nnd Die In Terrible
HARRISBl'RG. Pa.. May 6. Five men
dead and three seriously Injured Is the
awful record of an accident last night at
the open hearth steel department of the
Pennsylvania Steel worka at Steelton. The
disaster was caused by the boiling over of
a ladle of hot stag at a furnace. Its fiery
contents engulfing eight men in a pit
whence they were powerless to escape. The
vistlms were all Austrian laborers. The
YAKO MOROVICH, entire body burned to
a crisp; died almost Instantly.
MIKE MUZA, almost entire body burned;
died while being placed on a cot at (he
ALEXO ARKENOVICH, fatal burns
about legs and abdomen; died early this
morning at the hospital.
JEREMIAH JERUVICE. burned over en
tire body except face and hips; died at
UNIDENTIFIED AUSTRIAN, burned on
arms, cbest and legs; died early this morn
ing at the hospital.
Marton Persln, severe burns on arm and
feet; will probably recover.
Pavano Raryfatum, severe burns on the
face and arms.
Parto Harshum, burns on face, arms and
feet; will recover.
HIGH WATER IN OKLAHOMA
At Stlllwnter Precipitation 'Within a
Few Days is Five
STILLWATER, Okl., May . Numerous
culverts and bridges In Oklahoma have
been washed out by the heavy rain of the
last three days. The rain here stopped
last night, after having fallen Incessantly
since Sunday afternoon. The precipitation
In that time Is estimated at five Inches.
But little damage to crops will result.
At Ripley, Okl., the high water has de
stroyed two wagon bridges across the Clra
maron river and the streets were flooded
until the water In the atores was a foot
deep. The grade of the Eastern Oklahoma
railway, now building from Ripley to Cush
Ing, baa been damaged badly.
WORMS DAMAGING THE FRUIT
Applea, Peaches nnd Cherries in Por
tions of Missouri Practically
ST. JOSEPH, Mo., May (.(Special Tel,
gram.) Fruit growers In northern Mis
souri are much alarmed over tbe ravages
of the canker worm. Apple, peach and
cherry trees In many counties have been
entirely denuded of foliage by the worms
and in consequence the fruit crop Is de
stroyed. The ordinary solutions of part
green and water and of copper sulphate
do not. In every Instance, destroy the pest.
One orchard near Armour, where th crop
of apples for many years has sold for $10,
000, will yield nothing this year.
LE RCUX MAKES A DENIAL
French lecturer Kara He Did Not
Mention Dreyfaa or Give Ont
NEW YORK. May (.Hughes LeRoux,
the French lecturer, In a dispatch to the
Associated Press denies that while tn Chi
cago a few days since he stated that Can
tain Dreyfus had confessed bis guilt. Mr.
LeRoux says that he did not make any
reference to Dreyfus In th lecture referred
to and that the Interview widely published
throughout the country was a pure Inven
tion. Funeral of Amos J. l'amiulaae.
NEW YORK. May The funeral of
A mo J. Cummlngs. late representative In
congress from the Twelfth New York dis
trict, took place tod.iv from the Cummlnga
home In this city. The services were con
ducted by Kev. W. 8. Crowe of the Uni
versalis! church of the Eternal Home The
honorary pallbearers were: I-ei Ninon.
Cheater 8. Uurd. Frederick 8. Glbbs. Joseph
Howard, Jr.. John '. tiherman, Arthur L.
Williams Willis IIollv, Justice Leonard A.
'"JleictrU'h. K. U- Front. William Cul'en
Bryant. Owen J. Kind-. on of Typographical
Union No. . William Taylor of the Ltlar
Curriers aiwoclatlon and Major M. Veal
of the lavton 4 Honor.
DEATH OF SAMPSON
End of Bear Admiral's Loug Illness
Caused by Cerebral Hemorrhage,
DIES AT HIS HOME IN WASHINGTON
Wife, Children, Bister, Physician and
Norses Are at the Bedside,
MRS. SAMPSON BREAKS UNDER STRAIN
Secretary Moody and Others Prominent in
Official Life Send Condolence,
PLANS FOR THE FUNERAL INCOMPLETE
Captains In Santlaao Campaign Will
Act na Pnllhenrera and Burial
Place May Re at
WASHINGTON, May . Rear Admiral
William T. Sampson, retired, died at bis
home In this city st 6 o'clock this after
noon. The Immediate cause of death was
a severe cerebral hemorrhage.' He had
been In a semi-conscious condition for sev
eral days and this forenoon suffered a se
vere cerebral hemorrhage. .
At tbe bedside when tbe admiral breathed
his last were Mrs. Sampson, Mrs. Lieuten
ant Cluverlus. ths admiral's married daugh
ter; Admiral Sampson's two young sons,
Ralph and Harold Sampson; Dr. Dixon, the
attending physician, and nurses and attend
ants. Mrs. Sampson has broken down under the
severe strain and was quite HI all during
the day. Hut for the critical condition cf
the admiral she would have been confined
to her hed.
The arrangements for the funeral of Ad
miral Sampson will not be completed until
tomorrow. It hns been suggested to Mrs.
Sampson that the Naval cemetery at An
napolis would be a proper place for the
last resting place of the remains, while
other friends have represented to her that
he should be hurled In Arlington cemetery,
near this city.
Will Decide Today
Admiral Sampson resided In Annapolis
eight years, during four years of which
he was superintendent of the academy
there. Mrs. Sampson prefers Annapolis,
hut the matter will not be definitely de
cided until tomorrow.
The pallbearers have not yet been se
lected, but they will Include among them
some of the raptalns of the ships of the
fleet which engaged In the Santiago cam
paign. Mrs. Sampson suffered a slight accident
four days ago while attending to the wants
of the admiral and haa been tn bed since.
She probably will not be able to attend tba
A number of telegrams and messages of
condolence already have been received at
the house, among them one from Secretary
Moodv. The death of Admiral Sampson,
occurring late In the day, there has been
no opportunity for any action by the Navy
department for participation In the funeral
nervces. Suitable representation, how
ever, will be made. Including a detachment
of blue jackets and marines.
ketch of Ilia l ife.
Rear Admiral William Thomas Sampson
was born In Palmyra, N. Y., February
3840, being the son of 'James and Hanna
Walker Sampson. He entered the naval
academy In 1857 and graduated first la bis
class In 1861, at the time when tbe gov
ernment waa grappling with the taak of
equipping a navy to cope with the rebel
lion. At the opening of hostilities he was
not old enough to attain a command, but
before the close of his first year In active
service his pluck and gallantry as master
of the frigate Potomac won his promotion
to the rank of second lieutenant. While
holding this commission be served on the
practice ship John Adams, on the Patapsco,
of the South Atlantlo blockading squadron
and on the steam frigate Colorado, flagship
of the European aquadron.
On January 16, 1865. Lieutenant Sampson,
being executive officer of the Ironclad Pa
tapsco, was ordered by the admiral of
the fleet to enter Charleston harbor, before
which the union ships were doing blocks 1
duty, and remove or destroy all submarine
mines and torpedoee with which the city
was protected from Invasion. Th task; was
a most dangerous 'one, aa for many days th
enemy had given all their time and labor
to stocking ths water with explosives in
order to repel advance. Th little Ironclad
had only entered the harbor when tte bul
lets from the rifles of tbe sharpshooter
rained upon It. Lieutenant Sampson, stand
ing on the bridge In the most exposed posi
tion, saw his men fall before the fjre with
which they were well in range. The situa
tion wss a test of bravery from which th
young officer did not flinch, as he stood a
target for many hundred marksmen. Or
derlng his men below he kept bis place.
Presently there was waa an ominous cessa
tion of firing and silence tor a few momenta,
during which time Patapsco moved de
liberately forward In Its quest. Then cam
a mighty explosion a the boat waa lifted
Into the air by a terrific force from be
neath. Surounded by burling mass of
water and sheets of flame other explosions
quickly followed, after which the shattered
ironclad settled down beneath the waves.
Youngr OlMcrr Rcacucd.
Tbe young officer was rescued about 100
feet from the sunken wreck, where he had
been blown. Twenty-five of bis crew war
being saved at the same time, but seventy
men met their death in the sunken Iron
clad. Admiral Sampson was promoted to lieu
tenant commander In 1866, while on Colo
rado. He waa at tbe naval academy from
1868 to 1871 and on Congress In 1873-71.
Having been made commander In 1874, be
was assigned to Alert and from early In
1876 to tbe end of 1878 he was again at
tbe naval academy, rjuring the last twenty
years he ha held various responsible po
sitions, the last being captain of tbe battle
ship Iowa, which he relinquished to take
command of the fleet at Key West, In 1191.
Captain Sampson was an ordnance expert
of tbe first order, having mads executive
work and the study of naval science th
absorbing objects of his career. His knowl
edge of modern armor and armament bas
been laboriously acquired, was extensive,
thorough and of great service to his country,
equally with bis profound comprehension
of the use and comparative value of explo
sives, which knowledge represented years
of bard study and dangerous experiment.
In handling big guna he was In bis element.
While captain of Iowa, off the Virginia
capes, duriDg target practice, Cap;aln Samp
son appesred to be the only one on board
who thoroughly enjoyed the performance,
which is not relished by most naval
people, and to tbe peaceable laymen, with
his cotton-stuffs! cars, U something thai
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