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    The Omaha Daily "Bee.
Bupniion in Anthracite Mines Continued
by Vote of tha Convention-
Host Serious Labor Struggle in History
ii Freely Predicted.
Workmen Assert Their Ability to Endure
Hardships Inoidentto Tie-up.
Action of Convention la .Not t'nanl
nsta and Antl-Strlke Men Nearly
Succeed la tarrying Day
for Price.
HAZLETON, Pa., May 15. The anthra
Ute miners In convention, late thla after
Soon, decided to continue the strike of the
145, Ono men against the mine ownera and
to fight It out to the bitter end. The mat
ter of calling out the engineers, firemen
nd pump runnera will be decided by the
delegates tomorrow.
The vote to continue the suspension was
as follows: Total vote cast, 811: for strike,
against strike, 84914; majority for
trike, liiH-
President Mitchell, however. In compli
ance with the rules of the United Mine
Workers, announced to the public that the
action of the convention waa unanimous.
Tbe step taken today by the miners, after
practically considering the matter for two
months, has wiped out the uncertainty of
the situation and It Is freely predicted
that the most serious labor struggle in the
(history of tbe country. If not the world, Is
bout to begin. That Is the view taken by
nearly every miner. While the lenders are
cautious and will not forecast their ac
tions. It Is not unlikely that miners' fight
Will be carried Into the bituminous coal
regions and Into other fields of industry.
Miners lj t p for Itnlny Day.
Mine workers for eighteen months have
been looking forward to tbe strike that is
Upon them. Tbey have suved their money
nd are considered to be In better shape
Wlay for fight than they were in tne
great strike of 1!00. That struggle ended
by the mine owners giving the men 10 per
cent Increase after elx weeks' suspension.
The operators are on record as being un
alterably opposed to granting tbe men any
concessions, and they have personally In
formed the mine workers' leaders of that
fact. The workmen fear the present fight
may mean the destruction of their organiza
tion, because they believe the mine owners
re bent more on wrecking their union than
tbey are on opposing the demands for
higher wages and shorter work 'days.
President Mitchell's advice to the miners
was for peace, and be gave It to tbem In
the plainest and moat forceful language.
He was ably assisted by President Fahey
fnd Secretary Hartleln of the lower dls
rlct and Secretary Dempster of the upper
territory. President- Nichols of the first
fl 1st riot wss the great champion of tbe
Strike advocates.
; Llitrs to No Restraint.
Mr. Mitchell, who was the last to speak,
raa listened to with .the greatest attention.
It la also said that telegram' was read
from the American Federation of Labor
gainst a permanent suspension. But the
felegatee would not listen and amid con
siderable excitement the vote waa taken.
For a time It looked aa though the peace
advocates would win, but when dolecatl n
after delegation from the lower dli. let,
tbe last to be railed, answered "yes," It
as seen that the men who favored a fight
had won.
The result was received by the conven
tion with applause. wMch, however, was
Hot very enthusiastic or prolonged. The
ben appreciated the seriousness of their
decision, which no doubt dampened their
ardor. I
The proposition to call out tbe engineers,
Bremen and pump-runners was separated
from the main question early In tha .dls
tusslon, which began shortly after the con
Ven'lon met this morning. There was an
almost equal division In this matter and the
((bate became bo Involved that Jt was de
cided to consider the phase of tbe question
Take l)nel Courage.
The men, having thrown down the
gauntlet to their employers, have taken re
newed courage, and It would not be aur
prising If the convention tomorrow decided
to call out the other employee referred to.
Tbe miners Insist that nearly all the
englneera, firemen and pump-runners be
long to their organisation and aay they
can get them all to quit If they want to.
In the event that this is brought about It
Would do Incalculable dinum In tha nlnM
through flooding unless the companies can
succeed in filling tho men's places.
While the people of the coal fields are
glad that the suspense and uncertainty
occasioned by the long delays in reaching a
conclusion of the strike question are over,
the news of the convention's action has
caused considerable depression. Business
has been paralyzed to a certain extent and
It probably will tome to almost a stand
Vast Crowds oa Hand.
There waa a great crowd of miner In
Hazelton today. They came from all parts
of the region and many of them ecngre.
Med In the vicinity of the convention hall,
They were gathered In large groups, each
nationality flocking by Itself and awaiting
' for some Information from the Inside. Be
Ides these there were present about
twenty-five newspaper correspondents and
big contingent of agents of corporations
who were awaiting to flash every so rap of
information to the outside world.
It waa exactly a quartsr to 6 o'clock when
the vote to strike wss completed and the
convention adjourned. The delegates, how
ever, were not allowed to leave the build
ing, President Mitchell announcing that
they should remain In the hall until he
. himself bad announced the result to the
waiting crowd. When he appeared at tha
front door there was a great rush at him,
but he would not open his mouih uj. il mil
the correapondenta had been assembled
around him.
Mitchell Shasta '
A great cheer waa glvea by the miners
when the national leader finally shouted
the result and the wild rush for telephones
and telegraph wires ensued. Hax'etoo and
surrounding towns are tonight celebrating
tha Inauguration of the permanent strike
by giving parados.
Tbe question- of where the strike head
quarters will b sslabllahed has not been
decided upon, but Wllkesbarre will. In all
(.robabillty, be Selected.
President Mitchell waa apparently la good
,CiUuu4. & EMtooAl Page.)
Colonel Oaynor and Captain Ureen
Arc Captured by Detectlvea
at Quebec.
QUEBEC, Mar 15. Colonel John F. Gay
nor. who forfeited hla ball of 40,000 be
cause of hla disappearance from Savannah,
where he waa Indicted on a charge of con
spiracy to "fraud the United States gov
ernment, . y -partner, Captain W. D.
Oreen, w ' f . out of Quebec today
by an Au. 'i,
named Bennett
and five assist.' .
Bennett haa be-. ' Sy
rival of Oaynor and .'"'' j'i'l
keen watch on their ' tu. ''''
morning to waa Joined by fives
.the ar
pt a
a, who
carried out a seemingly well laid plan to
capture tbe accused. About 11 o'clock
Oreen waa coming out of the postofflce,
when three of the men approached blm and
one of them, producing a document, showed
It to Oreen.
The latter atood dumfounded and asked
permission to speak to someone, but In re
ply was hurried Into a cab and rushed to
Lower town, where he was placed on the
Montreal tug Spray. In the meantime
Bennett and the two other detectlvea went
to the Chateau Frontenac, where Oaynor
and Oreen were staying. Bennett remained
outside while his comrades went Into the
lobby. At the time Colonel Oaynor waa
talking to the clerk. Both men went up
Immediately and Invited him outside, where
Bennett waa awaiting him In a cab.
MONTREAL, May 15. The warrant
upon which Oaynor and Oreen were ar
rested in Quebec were sworn out by Marlon
Erwln of Macon, Ga., who haa been for
aome time In this city. Re Is advised by
tbe law firm of McMaster & Hlckson and
the warrants were given Into the hands of
Chief of City Detectives Carpenter to
The warrants charge tbe men with em
bezzling funds from the United States gov
ernment and were issued by Judge Lafon
tane, who thereby compels them to appear
before the extradltloni commissioners In
WASHINGTON, May 16. Tbe kidnaping
and aubsequent arrest of Oaynor and Oreen
at Quebec was the result of a carefully
laid plan of Chief Wllkle of the secret
service. It was denied that the depart
ment had sent men to apprehend tbe fugi
tives, but It was later learned that In
spectors Bennett, Burke, Taylor and three
others had been assigned to the case. The
capture was planned to come off yesterday
and the department bad been looking for
news of their arrest all day. Even now
the secret service officials will not admit
the receipt of any advices, but It Is
known that the whole arrangements were
perfectly carried out, even to the Issu
ance of the warrants by the Judge on the
application of Chief of Detectlvea Car
penter of Montreal.
It Is stated that It Is not unusual for
United States secret service men to go
over the line Into Canada In order to
watch the movements of persons wanted
for offenses committed in the United
States and that frequently this Is done
with the knowledge of the Canadian au
New Prealdeat at Cabs Assents He
Prefers ulet Home s
(Copyright, 1902, by Press Publishing Co.)
HAVANA, May 16. (New York World
Cablegram Special Telegram.) President
Palma had a long conference with Gov
ernor Jenntnga of Florida and Colonel
William J. Bryan this morning. Tbe presi
dent said he had come to Cuba reluctantly,
preferring his home at Central Valley and
a quiet life with hla . family rather than
public life. But be came because he felt
It his duty. He wanted tbe Cubans and
tbe Spaniards to turn their backs on the
past and unitedly face the future. The
native pride of the Spaniards was com
mendable and he hoped they would take
a similar pride In Cuba. He wanted oppo
sltlon for the betterment of the govern
ment, but not the personal opposition of
prejudice. He would be ready and willing
to heed criticism and thought the liberty
of the press a great national benefactor
He was familiar with American history
and would endeavor to have Cuba follow
In the footsteps of the United States.
The Spanish colony will give a brilliant
ball Saturday night In honor of the corona
tion of Alfonso XIII. President Palma will
attend. He says b- k glad to show his
respect for the government of Spain and
thinks the Cubans should take an Interest
In the mother country.
Peralatrnt Reports that Bishop Mc
Donnell of Brooklyn Is to
Bo "riveted.
ROME. May 16. There are persistent re
ports at the Vatican that Bishop Charles
McDonnell of Brooklyn, N. Y., la likely
to be tha aucceaaor of the late Archbishop
Corrtgan of the archdiocese of New York.
Nothing, however, has been decided pend
Ing the receipt of the names of the three
candidates) whom the clergy of the arch
diocese will aelect and from which the
archbishop will be chosen.
A high authority at the Vatican aald to
the correspondent of the Associated Press
that It seemed aa though Bishop McDonnell
could have the appointment for the asking.
Andrew Carnegie Woold Give Lib
erally to Have lulled States
Release Philippines.
(Copvrtsht. V9"I. by Press Publishing Co.)
LONDON, May 15. (New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram.) Andrew Car
negie, when queettoned tonight on tbe ac
curacy of Seward's statement respecting
tha Philippines, aald:
"Sewaid's statement la quite true. 1
would g adly pay I2O.CO0.OO0 today to re
store tbe republic to Its first principles."
Politicians Order Strike.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden. May 15. The
general ntrlke decreed by the social demo
cratic psrty In support of the suffrage bill,
tbe debate on which begins In Parliament
today, was carried out aa arranged and the
t'etip cf businaas has be prsMtoslly earn
plete fines this morning. Traffic generally
Is suspended The atreet cars, cabs, van,
carta and steamers are not running and no
work la going on la any of tbe factories or
shops. Ths printers have also Joined the
strike, which will last throughout tha
parliamentary debate.
Hints Ko Contract Balsts.
LONDON. May 15. Jn the House of
Commons today the president of tho Board
of Trade, Gerald Balfour, Informed Rear
Admiral Lord Charles Bereaford. conserva
tive, that ha had reaaon to believe that
no contract existed giving the American
shipping combine the right to take over
ths shares of or the fleet at the Cuaard
Chamberlain Expresses Gratitude of En
gland for Aid to St. Vincent.
Offer of the President to Send Relief
to Volpnno Sufferers Is Cordially
Appreciated by the
LONDON, May 15. The colonial aeere-
tary, Mr. Chamberlain, tonight wrote to
the foreign office desiring Lord Lanadownn
very gracefully to acknowledge and accept
President Roosevelt'a offer of assistance
and to Inform Mr. Roosevelt that Mr.
Chamberlain cabled to the governor of St.
Vincent today asking for information aa
to the best method of util zing' fie
United States' offer. Until the governor s
snswer Is received nothing definite can be
done. The colonial office especially asks
the Associated Press to announce that any
relief Intended for the Inhabitants of the
Island of St. Vinci nt can, for tho present,
be safely sent and will be wisely dis
tributed If addressed to the governor of the
Windward Islands, St. Vincent.
Apprrelnte Roosevelt' Offer.
The Associated Press is authorized to
announce officially, on behalf of both the
foreign office and the colonial office, that
President Roosevelt's offer has created
the deepest gratitude here. All the officials
declare that no occurrence of recent years
has so brought home to them the deep and
material friendship existing between the
two governments.
Lord Monkbretton, Mr. Chamberlain's
secretary, said to a representative of the
Associated Press: "We are. Indeed, grate
ful to America. Our only difficulty Is to
Insure an equitable distribution of tbe
relief sent from all sources. Until we hear
from the governor of St. Vincent we be
lieve It would be better to defer organizing
a system of distribution, though anything
sent to him will doubtless be well applied.
Experiences from previous d if as' ere
teaches us that unprincipled persons take
advantage of charity, and that a man who
has only had his pig-sty burned down will
demand a new house. We have heard noth
ing today and find It difficult to communi
cate with St. Vincent.
Bnlfoar Spenks with Feel In sr.
In a statement In the House of Com
mons today regarding the measure pro
posed by the government for the
relief of the sufferers from the volcanic
outbreaks In the Weet Indies, the govern
ment leader, A. J. Balfour, after a reference
to the steps taken, added:
"We have taken account of the moat
sympathetic manner in which tbe United
States government has, to use Its own
language, expressed' its desire 'to share In
the work of rescue.' As to tbe manner In
which this generous offer can best be ac
cepted, the government of the Windward
Isles has already been consulted."
The correspondent of the London
Times, at Paris, M. de Blowltz, sup
plies hla paper this morning with an
account of the St. Pierre disaster, tele
graphed to him by a friend, from Fort de
France, Martinique, under date of yester
day by way of the island of Malta.
The account, which does not differ very
materially from that already told, con
cludes as follows:
It Is a melancholy and almost humiliat
ing thing that the site of St. Pierre has
to be guarded by the military, for numer
ous pirates from the neighboring Islands
were preparing to come and lay hands on
anything of value.
WASHINGTON, Mai 15. By dlrectlou of
the president ' Secretary Hay, on May 12,
sent the following cablegram to Ambassador
Choate at London:
Express to British government tha sym
pathy of the president ami the people of
this country in the affliction which has
befallen St. Vincent and our tlesi.'e to
share In the work of aid and refene.
NEW YORK, May 15. A cablegram waa
received today at the offices of the Quebec
Steamship company saying that the steamer
Korona, with survivors of tho Roralma, left
St. Croix today and will proceed direct
to New York. It. shculd arrive here May
19 or 20.
Plans for Receiving; Funds.
Colonel Bralnard, who is In charge of
supplies of the army building. New York,
received an order from Washington today
Instructing- him to receive all public do
nations In tbe way of supplies' for the relief
of the sufferers in the West Indies.
Edmond Bruewart, the French consi-1
general at this port. Is extremely pleaaed
at the promptness with which relief has
been sent to Martinique. "I have never
seen anything organized so quickly or sat
isfactorily," he aald. "I can say for France
that It la deeply grateful.
"I expect that M. Cambon will today
make public the cablegram he has received
from M. Delcasse, the foreign minister,
thanking the Americans who have come so
generously to the aid of the survivors of
thk dreadful disaster. One of those who
Is especially thanked by Senator Delcasse
Is Senator Fairbanks."
The cablegram Is as follows:
On behalf of the people of Francs trans
mit the expression of their extreme grati
tude to Senator Fairbanks for his gen
erous Initiative,
Bodies Are Being Burned.
NEW YORK. May 15. In the destroyed
olty of St. Pierre the work on the rulna Is
being continued In an unsatisfactory man
ner, says a Fort de France dispatch to the
The dead are being burned, tbe pyres
being fed with petroleum and tar. Great
fire are kept going, which, at Bight,, light
up the entire island, and which, being seen
at St. Lucia, led to the belief that. Fort de
Franco had burned.
Although thousands have been burned,
many still remain to be cremated. Search-
era, while walking through the ashee, often
step upon what seems to be a cbarred pillar
of stone, only to learn as It yields grue
somely under foot tfcat It k the trunk
of another unfortunate.
Some of tbe walls of tbe houses that still
stand crumble and tall at touch. Some
ldta of the terrible beat that poured down
from, Mount Pelee may be had when It la
known that the Iron rollers of the Prtnelle
Sugar mills were melted aa though they
had been put through a furnace.
ronntlesa Floating Bodies.
The Danish war ship valkyrien has re
turned from Fort de France, says a St.
Thomas, D. W. I., die-patch to the Tribune
The officers confirm previous reports of hav
ing steamed through countless floating bod
ies on tho. way to Fort de France.
Margaret Stokes, the ft-year-old child
who Is one of the survivors of the steam
ship Roralma, which was destroyed at St.
Pierre, la ths only remaining member of a
family of flvo that lived In Brooklyn up to
a few months ago. The child's father was
Clement Stokes, at one time a well-to-do
merchant of Barbadoea, B. W. I., but for
tha laat few years bookkeeper for da
partnient store in Brooklyn. Stokes died
Cvutliiuad, sov& P -A
"baft Dedlrated In Honor of Soldiers
and Sailors of State Gen
eral Wallace Presides.
INDIANAPOLIS. Ind., May 15. Impres
sive ceremonies and an assemblage of more
than 50,000 people made notable the dedi
cation of the Indiana state soldiers' and
sailors' monument at 10 o'clock thla morn
ing, tbe cornerstone of which wss laid In
1889 In the presence of Benjamin Harrison
and his cabinet.
The monument stands 2844 feet high In
the center of Monument place, which Is In
the heart of Indianapolis. The total cost
of the monument waa $598,319.48. The
shaft was designed by Bruno Schmits of
Berlin, and is constructed of Indiana oolitic
limestone. The crowning feature la a
bronze statue of "Victory." Tbe shaft Is
decorated by army and navy a.ftragals In
bronze and by large stone groups, "In
Peace and War." The balcony, 2284 feet
above the street level. Is reached by ele
vator and from it tourtala from all over
the world view the entire citv of Indian
apolis and miles of the country surrounding.
John W. Foster of Washington, D. C,
former secretary of state, delivered the
oration. In which, after dwelling on the
war history of Indiana, he said that every
soldier who receives a pension should watch
with Jealous care vthat no deserter, no
skulker, no unworthy camp follower,
through the cunning of dishonest claim
agents, should have the same badge of
honor. He referred to the corruption of
public and municipal bodies as a menace
to the foundation of the government, com
mended civil service as the "only method
of filling offices where all applicants stand
upon a common level, and the only way of
securing the best results In administra
General Lew Wallace, author of "Ben
Hur," presided at tbe ceremonies and de
livered a short address. Oustavus V. Men
zles of Mount Vernon, on the part of the
board of control of the monument, delivered
It to the state, and Governor W. T. Durbln
made the speech of acceptance.
James Whltcomb Riley read a poem writ
ten for the occasion, entitled "The Soldier.
There are eight stanzas of eight lines each.
One of the stanzas follows:
The soldier why, the very utterance
is music as or rallying Dugies blent
With blur of drums and cymbals and the
Of battle hymns that shake the conti
nent Tbe thunder-chorus of a world le stirred
To awful universal Jubilee
Yet ever through it, pure and sweet, are
The prayers of womanhood and Infancy.
Iters for Hoars from Barns While
Her Father Prays for
CHICAGO, May 15. Esther Dowle,
daughter of "Dr." Alexander Dowle, pro
prietor of "Zlon," died last night of burns,
having suffered for hours, while "EJtJah II"
prayed over her. .-
Miss Dowle wis 23 years old and a stu
dent at the University of Chicago. Yesterday-
morning her hair caught fire from
a gas Jet and her head and face were hor
ribly burned. Nurses placed salve on the
patient's wounds, he Dowle doctrine al
lows of the use ot medicine externally.
Meanwhile the-"dlvlne healer" was hur
rying to the bedside from his new city of
Zlon, at Waukeegan. Upon his arrival the
attendants were excluded from the room
and Dowle sank to his knees in prayer.
His supplications lasted all day. He re
fused to cease even to take the nourish
ment which his followers would have
pressed upon him.
The patient was unconscious much of
the time and died at 9 o'clock In great
agony, having returned to consciousness a
short time before.
News of the death did not come out until
today, when the coroner was notified. An
inquest was set for 11 o'clock today.
At the Inquest "Dr." Dowle was the
first witness. He frequently broke down
under bis grief. He deolared that his
daughter's nlghtrobe had been burned from
her body, and that vaseline had been rubbed
on ber by Deacon Spelcher's orders.
Bpelcher has a license to practice medi
cine. He declared that during tbe after
noon the patient's condition had become
very serious, and that Dr. Campbell, a
medical practitioner, had been sent tor to
consult with Dr. Spolcher. Campbell, the
witness said, had aald there was little hope.
Dowle declared that when Esther regained
consciousness she asked him to pray for
her. As no time, he saldrhad she asked
for medical attendance.
The Jury then returned a verdict that
death was 'due to burns accidentally re
Supreme Court . Holds Mulct La.w
to Be Vnconatltu-
tlonal. '
DE9 MOINES, la.. May 15. The supreme
court ruled today that the sale of liquor to
"bootleggers" and other realdent violators
of ths Iowa law cannot be prohibited when
the sales are made by agents of non-resi
dent dealers.
The court holds that the section ot the
Iowa liquor law known as the "mulct law,'
prohibiting such sales, la in conflict with
Interstate commerce laws and Is therefore
The decision Is rendered In the case of
State agatnat Pat Henappy of Jefferson
county and is reversed in favor of the de
fendant, who waa agent for an Illinois
liquor bouae, soliciting orders at Fairfield
which were filled by shipment direct to the
The effect of the decision Is to prevent
further seizure of liquor in the hands of
express and other transportation companies
and disposes of dozens of such cases now
Oreen Consolidated Copper Company
Passes late the Hands of
New Owners.
LOS ANGELES, Cat.. May 16. A special
to the Express from Btsbee, Aria., says:
It la rumored that control of tbe Oreen
Cuuauliuitcd Copper enmnany has nsud
to new owner, who are stated to be the
principal owners of the General Electric
company of New York.
It Is alleged tho new ownera have ac
quired tbe Green Consolidated on basts
of about 1100 .a share for control of the
property. This figure represents a transac
tion aggregating a sum in excess of $30,
000,000. The purchase Is said to have been
for cash.
It is alleged here that Colonel Green
and hla associates have disposed of their
Naco-Cananea railroad and are out of the
Cananeaa for good. Among the new owners
of the Oreen Consolidated are said to be
E. H. Harrtman and several Standard Oil
Investigation to Determine Status of ths
Combination is Begun,
Snys All Parkers Advanced Prices
Simultaneously and Shut Ulna Out
tatll He Submitted to
ALBANY, N. Y., May 15. Former Su
preme Court Justice Judson 8. Landls, as
referee, today began an Investigation under
the provisions of the Donnelly anti-trust
law to determine whether or not an Il
legal combination to manipulate the price
of meat exists among the large packing
houses of the west.
Attorney Oeneral John O. Davles, with
Attorney J. Newton Flero as counsel, ap
peared on behalf of the state. The firms
affected were represented by attorneys.
Subpoenaes feave been issued for Arthur
Colby, who, it is said, acted as agent for
the packers In fixing prices to be charged
for beef, and for the business managers
and representatives In this state of Ar
mour and company, the Cudahy Packing
company. Nelson Morris and company,
Swift and company, Schwarsschtld and
Sulzberger and the O. H. Hammond com
These corporations do business In this
state as foreign corporations, and it is
stated that if the attorney general can
secure evidence to substantiate his claim
that a combine exists he will apply to th
supreme court for an order revoking their
certificates permitting them to do business
In this state.
All Prices Ko t'p at Once.
Andrew W. Gerlock, meat dealer of
New York, waa the first witness. He had
known and had dealings with Armour and
company, Cudahy Packing company, Nel
son Morris and company, Swift and com
pany, Sohwarzschlld and Sulzberger, and
H. Hammond and company. He stated
tbe prices of "straight beet" at present
varied from $11 to $12 per hundred pounds
as against $8 per hundred six months ago.
The same rule, bo declared, held good with
other kinds of meat.
This advance, he swore, was made sim
ultaneously by all of tho firms mentioned.
As a result of a dispute with the man
ager of Swift and company regarding pay
ment for beef he could not procure beef
from any firm in New York without pay
ment in advance.
He declared that Michael Mulcahy, an
agent for Swift and Company, had told him
that he waa on the "black list" and would
be kept there until he settled his dispute
with the firm. This condition, he declared,
existed for ten days, when the matter was
settled. Witness said that Adams & Co.
and the St. Louis meat companies were
not in the alleged combine.
Refuses to Give I'p.
Alfred Epstein, a New York attorney.
was called. Mr. Flero aaked him If it was
true that be had in hLs possession letters
and communications with reference to the
operations of the beef combine.
He said be bad not, although he had
seen what purported to be a book contain
ing communications which passed between
Mr. Cudahy and bis confidential man, E. L.
Hughes. The book never had been in hla
possession, but left with a client. He de
clined to name his client, claiming that
bis knowledge waa in tbe nature of a
confidential communication between an at
torney and a client.
Justice Landon overruled tbe objection
and ordered him to answer. He refused
and the attorney general asked that he be
adjudged in contempt. The witness then
stated that tbe federal government now
had possession of the alleged evidence and
asked again that the question be not
Attorney General Davles renewed his mo
tion that the witness be declared in con
tempt, but consented to an adjournment in
order that Mr. Epstein could prepare a
brief showing why the question was not a
proper one.
William 8. Stena-er Pays Two Million
Three Hundred Thousand Dol
lars for Property.
PHILADELPHIA, May 15. By order of
the United Btates court of Eastern Penn
sylvania James E. Mack, special commis
sioner, today sold at publlo auction 9,050
aharss of the 10,000 shares of thePfalladel-
phla Record Publishing company, par value
William 8. Stenger of Philadelphia bought
the stock for $2,300,000. Mr. Stenger is an
attorney and was secretary of the common
wealth during Governor Pattlson's first
term. Mr. Stenger also bought $470,000 ot
the Issue of $500,000 6 per cent bonds of the
Record company, paying $64,000 therefore.
When asked who be represented in the
transaction Mr. Stenger smilingly answered.
"Myself," and declined to say anything
There was a large attendance at the sale,
many newspaper owners from other cities
being among those present. Wesley M
Oler of the Baltimore Herald was Mr.
Btenger's principal competitor. His laat
bid was $2,296,000, and tbe stock was
knocked down to Mr. Stenger at bis bid of
$2,300,000. Adolph Ochs of the New York
Times also was an active bidder, but be
stopped at $1,830,000.
After the two large blocks of stocks and
bonds had been disposed of a lot of 150
shares of Record Publishing rompany stock
was sold to Mr. Stenger for $220 a share.
The first bid was $900,000 and aeveral of
the early bidders dropped out before the
$1,600,000 mark was reached.
Attorney Stenger, when questioned as to
whom he represented, said:
"I purchased tbe Record In my own name
nd will take tbe title to the property
when it la transferred in my own name,
Of rouraa others ara Interested with m In
the" purchase, tmt at present I have nothing
to say on that point. I do not wish to say
however, that the change of ownership
brought about by my purchase will vnot
cause any shakeup In the paper either in
its administration or its policy. It will
continue to bo what it Is now In all prac
tiesl and aubstantlal respects, The owner
ship will be changed and that is all that
will be changed. The Identity of the per
sonality of the old Record will remain what
It Is at present and readers and patrons
of the Journal established and built up by
William M. Singerley and bis aaslstants,
will not perceive any deviation or shadow
of turning In the management."
Vain Attempt at Suicide,
WATERLOO, la., May 15. (Special.)
Nora Lockhart was rescued from a suicide's
grave in the Cedar river by frtenda. She
attempted to Jump from the railroad bridge
of tha Chicago Great Western. Sbs spent
tbe night In Jail and since decided to slay
oa sf ta while.
Forecast for Nebraska- Showers Friday I
Warmer In Knst Portion Saturday, Fair
In West; Showers in Kast Portion.
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Committee to Receive Donations for
St. Pierre Sufferers Carls on
the t'harllable.
OMAHA, Neb., May IS, 1903. To the
Public: Having been appointed by tho
president of the United States a commit
tee to receive and distribute funds for the
relief of the sufferers from the appalling
catastrophe In Martinique and St. Vincent,
we sincerely and earnestly request that
liberal contributions be sent without delay
to Victor B. Caldwell, cashier of tho
United States National bank, Omaha, who
will serve ns treasurer of the fund.
OMAHA, Neb., May 1. 1002. To the
Public: President Roosevelt has appointed
Hon. John C. Wharton and Hon. Victor B.
Caldwell a committee to solicit funds for
the relief of the stricken people of Mar
tinique and St. Vincent. As mayor of the
city, and at the request of the committee.
I appeal to the citizens of Omaha In be
half of this cause, believing that tbey will
generously respond to the call made in tho
cause of suffering humanity. Omaha must
not be outdone by the other cities of the
country In this great cause, which Is en
listing the sympathy of the whole civilized
OMAHA. Neb., May 18, 1902. To the
Editor ot The Bee: The undersigned have
been appointed by the president of the
United States aa a committee to receive
and distribute funds for the relief of the
sufferers from the recent terrible catas
trophe in Martinique and St. Vincent. This
Is the roost appalling dlsaater of modern
times and has aroused the horror and
wakened the sympathy of the whole civ
ilized world. We ask that your valuable
paper, which haa ever been interested in
the cause of humanity and mercy, publish
the enclosed appeal, and that you will do all
in your power to assist tbe committee In
securing prompt and liberal contributions.
Steamer Cannot Unload Because
Venesuelane Are Too Duay
' with War.
NEW YORK. May 16. The Dutch steamer
Prlns Frederick Hendrlk arrived today
from ports In Venezuela and tbe islands of
West Indies. The steamer, however, paaaed
Martinique too far distant to know anything
of the eruption.
At Carupano, Venezuela, the people were
in a state of defense, having bad battle
with tbe government forces few days be
fore. The town was barricaded and every
man carried a gun. Captain Vender Oott
of the steamer contradicted the report that
the city had been bombarded. He said it
bad fallen after 1,400 men bad gone out to
meet the enemy and only 350 returned. It
could not be learned If they bad been killed,
wounded or captured or bad merely run
At Cumana the captain went ashore, but
could find no officials to do business with
and consequently was unable to discharge
his cargo for that place. The inhabitants
were also under arms and bustnesa ap
peared to be suspended.
Forced to Pay Policy of Ten Thousand
Dollars to Widow of
Adam Roth.
ST. LOUIS. May 15. In the United
States district court today Judge Adams
rendered a verdict In favor of Mrs. Mar
garet Roth, who susd for the payment of
$10,875 life Insurance policy held by ber
husband, Adam Roth, the wholesale
grocer, In the Mutual Reserve Life asso
ciation ot New York. Tbe verdict In
cluded costs. A short time prior to his
death Mr. Roth refused to pay an assess
ment on the policy, and thla act, the
company claimed, made the policy invalid.
Judge Adams said: "Mr. Roth had paid
many assessments on bis policy and the
net value paid waa sufficient to carry
after his lapse for a period extending to
the time of his death. Therefore the fact
that be failed to pay an assessment con
stituted no defense." '
Organisation May Be Formed to liar-
vest Crops from Oult to
WICHITA, Kn.. May 16. Tbe rlca
growers of Texas and Louisiana, through
their organization, have opened communi
cation with tbe Implement dealers of Kan
sas and Oklahoma with view of co-operating
in securing hands, first for tbe care
of the wheat harvest In the north and then
in tha rice harvest of the south. The final
purpose is to organise an army of travel
ing farmhands to follow wheat, rice and
corn harvesting from New Orleans to North
Tammany thief tan to Leave Ills
Wantage Dairy to Fill Klxon's
NEW YORK. May 15. Tbe Evening Post
baa the following today:
It was reported at Tammany ball this
morning that Richard Croker will be in
New York within a month and will either
resume tbe leadership of ths organization
or select successor to Nixon.
It was predicted that a thorough poli
tician, probably one of the district leaders,
will be chosen, aa the experiment ot put
ting a business man at the head of Tam
many ball baa turned out to be failure.
Chooses t'enln for Bed.
OTTUMWA. Ia.. May 15. (Special.)
After spending a alght In ooflin, Hans
Albert, a violinist, declared to tbe under
taker In charge of the casket that be bad
reformed for good. He waa placed In the
coffin at bis own request when Intoxicated.
The awakening was dramatic. Albert thtnk
Udl lbs SMurraUJui morning fc4- uriitA.
Boasoni Given for Assessing ths Intangible
rroperty of Railroads.
Fhysioal Property Not All that Should
Appear on tho Eolls,
Securities and Shares of All Companies
Ought to Bo Listed.
B. W. Mineral Presents Araumrnt to
State Hoard of Kqnallaatlon on
Points Involved In Pend
ing 4,'omplalnt.
(From a 8taff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, May 15. (Special.) Following
the addrers of E. Rosewater before the
State Board of Equalization, arguing for i.n
Increase In the valuation ot the physical
property of the Nebraska railroads, E. W.
Slmeral made, an argument In favor of list
ing and assessing the franchises of theso
corporations. At the close of Mr. Simeral's
address tbe board took a recess until today
and today was In session but a few mo
ments, an adjournment being taken until
tomorrow morning to allow the various
railroads to make answer to the argumonta
advanced by Mr. Rosewater and Mr. Slm
eral. Auditor Weston explained that this
continuance waa not requested by the rail
roads and that, in fact, be did not know
whether or not tbey intended to make any
reply, but he said the board agreed that an
opportunity ahould be gWen them to do so
If they desired.
In presenting the matter to the board,
Mr. Slmeral said:
"I should like to make statement and
also request. There are two points
which we desire to take up, one of which
Mr. Rosewater will deal with alone, being
the tangible property of the railroads.
That, of course, is something that has
always been assessed. And I am going to
take up the question of tbe lntanglbl
property or the franchises, and the duty
of the board to assess tho franchise and
of course it would limit the argument or
perhaps not necessitate my saying any
thing at ail, If you gentlemen would intl
n ate or let the record show as to whether
or not you propose to follow the courao
heretofore taken by all the boards and not
assess the franchises of the roads. If you
take that course I have nothing to say.
Mr. Rosewater covers the balance and I am
not posted on those questions that be is.
If, on the other hand, you desire to take
up the question as matter of law ex
clusively, that Is, the question as to tho
duty of the board under the law to assess
the franchise as part of the road. If
such be tbe case then I should like to be
Views of Governor and Auditor. "
By tbe governor: "Personally I want to
assess everything in tbe state that we can
assess. I want to see money enough, if it
is possible, to run all tbe legitimate ex
penses of the state."
By Mr. Slmeral: "I feel that as fir as I
am concerned that there la but ont ques- "
tlon before you. I would suggest If it Is
agreeable to you you might pass a resolu
tion or have the record show that you
either do or do not assess the franchises;
then we will know where we are."
By " the auditor: "I know there bas
aothing been put upon tbe record as yeC
regarding the assessment of the francnlses
of the railroads, but I believe It haa been
the opinion of the board and that the opin
ion has been tacitly acted upon up to the
present time that we bad no power to
assess the franchises, and as far as I am
personally concerned that is my view In
the matter. We are not a board created
by the constitution And endowed wltb pow
ers Independent of the legislature. We ara
simply authorized by the legislature to do
certain specific things in regard to tbe as
sessment of the railways, and my view ot
the matter Is that we cannot transcend the
powers that ara specifically conferred upon
us in regard to railway assessments. The
statutes require the railway companies to
make certain reports to tho auditor and the
franchise is not Included In that report. The
statutea aay more. Tbey say that the
Board of Assessment in making up the
value of tbe railways shall take Into con
sideration tbe report that tbe railways are
required to make, and it does not give this
board the power to go beyond that report In
making uo the valuation. Furthermore, ths
statutes do not require the railroads of the
state to furnish thla board with the data
from which the value of the franchise could
be estimated. Under tbe rule as laid down
by the supreme court in its recent decision
of the Omaha tax cases, and in view of
the matter it is my opinion that the board
cannot go Into the subject."
Not Matter of Record,
Mr. Slmeral;. "May I ask if you would
have any objection to having your views
made a matter of record so that we can
have record that is specific 7"
Tbe auditor: "I ant only one of the board,
but aa far aa my views are concerned I am
not unwilling to have them made a matter
of record."
Mr. Slmeral: "I mean aa a board. W1U
you pass a resolution to that effect?"
The auditor: "I am only one of the board,
and I am speaking for myself individually,
Mr. 81 moral: "But do you not believe
that under the law that you have tbe right
to assess franchises?"
Ths auditor: "That la my view ot the
Mr. Slmeral: "Then if the other members
of the board are of tbe same opinion or
majority of them are ot the same opinion
that Is all that would be necessary."
The governor: "As far as I am concerned
I do not know whether-we have the right
or not, but if it can be shown that we bare
tbe right to assess franchises then we
ought to do It, but I do not know whether
we have or no. I am willing to learn and
willing to bear anything that you or any
one else haa to aay on that subject."
Tbe auditor: "Certainly. I am of the
aame opinion aa tar as that la concerned."
Mr. Slmeral: "Certainly I understand
that. But my Idea was this. Of couras here
la the position In which we are placed.
What I want Is to be able, if necessary, to
present the matter to the supreme court
and ask them to determine whether under
the law It Is tbs duty of tbe board to assess
franchises. Now, In ordor to do that It would
require actionon your part to say whether
you are going to or not."
The governor: "Well, I am not pre
pared to say now whether we are or not.
Mr. 8lmeral: "There is no hurry about
that, but 1 would like tut tha bosrA to paS