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    The Omaha Daily Bee.
Tornado Strikes Central IHinoii, Killing
Many People, FataJly Injuring Others.
Sweeps Area Two Hundred Miles Long and
One Hundred in Width.
Citizens in Both Places Lose Lives and
Millions in Property Destroyed.
Several Smaller Town St rock, Two
Belli AT Rained, Orchard and Cora
Held DetMled aad Maar
Buildings Demolished.
BLOOMINQTON, 111., June 11. Sweeping
ever a stretch of country 100 miles In width
and devastating territory fully 200 mile
.long extending from Livingston county on
the north and McCoupIn county on the
south, and leaving It mark clear across
the face of central Illinois, a tornado last
night Inflicted property loss which will ag
irrgate $1,000,000 and cost a dozen lives.
. The brunt of the storm fell upon McLean
and adjoining counties. Lightning waa In
cessant tor two hours, but waa marked by
and absence ot thunder claps. The wind
reached a velocity of 100 miles an hour
nd the visitation waa the worst ever re
corded In the history ot central Illinois.
Almost complete idleness of telegraph and
telephone lines for twelve hours made it
impossible to secure the full details of
the disaster. ' It la now known that while
the fatalities In McLean county were but
three In cumber scores of persons were
seriously Injured and hundreds of narrow
Escapes from death were reported.
' Not a village or city of McLean county
escaped and from every district somes the
lame report of destroyed buildings. Injury
to growing crops and razed fruit and ahade
trees. Three lives were lost in McLean
county at Memo. The aggregate property
loss in the county, not Including the thous
ands upon thousands of ahade trees and
fruit trees that were levelled, will be be
tween 1300,000 and $400,000 by rough eetl
(nates. Insurance Men Kit.
Claims for tornado insurance up to this
evening aggregate, local agents say, $50.
000, and It is believed that this sum will be
doubled. This amount only represents the
loss In the farming districts. The heaviest
loss in proportion to population fell upon
Merna, a village ten miles east of Bloom
Ington, where the town hall, used by a
dancing party of 250, waa destroyed, three
ot the owmen dancers being instantly killed
by falling timbers. They were:
MRS. EDWARD MARTIN, aged 28, wife
pt a farmer.
MIES LENA GAHAHN. slater of the
above, residing east of Leroy, aged 2S.
MISS ANNA KELLY,, residing with a
(widowed mother two miles north of Merna.
When the storm struck the building Its
(rwsying alarmed the party of merrymakers.
All Joined in a rush tor the exits , and a
fierce struggle ensued. The three women
were left behind and were killed Instantly
by falling timbers. The two sisters were
found locked In. each others' arms. Miss
Kelly was being pulled through an open
window by Clement Spencer when the
structure collapsed. Spencer was hurt in
ternally and may die. Others seriously In
jured are Thomas Oahahn, cousin of the
two slaters killed, and John Kelly, brother
of Miss Kelly, one ot the victims.
Forty Others Injured.
Fully fifty others were painfully Injured
and taken to residences nearby. Many
purgeons from Bloomlngton were summoned
to dress their wounds and were kept busy
'during the entire day.
At Merna, in addition to the town hall,
the Klnsella implement house was leveled
'and many other structures destroyed. The
ew Methodist church at Twlng Drive was
demolished. Involving a los of $10,000.
.Wesleyan university lost its roof and
.cupola, aggregating $25,000 loss. .
1 Street car service in Bloomlngton was
resumed this evening, but It will be a week
.before the electric light plant will have
its wires up. The power house was un
roofed and the loss to the municipality will
e many thousands of dollars.
The greatest loss in Bloomlngton was the
destruction of thousands ot shade trees.
The streets today are in many cases Im
passable by reason of fallen trees.
The loss through the destruction of fruit
trees will also reach large proportions
many orchards being entirely leveled.
Farmers report thst corn will receive a
bad setback, but that oats will suffer most
heavily. Farmers, with scarcely an ex
ception, lost stock, bsrns or windmills.
The government observer reports that be
tween 11 p. m. and 11:30 p. m. last night
an inch and a halt of rain fell, the heaviest
ever known in central Illinois in that
'length of time. Bloomlngton'a pleasure re
sort, Miller park, ia a dreary waste, all
Its pavilions being demolished and the
.trees blown down.
I At Stanford, ten miles east of Bloomlng
ton, a boxcar on a sidetrack was lifted
trom Its trucke and carried 800 feet. At
El Paso, twenty miles north, the town hall
containing all the flredeoartment appar
atua, was destroyed, with Its contents. The
tower on the building, eighty feet high
waa blown off and carried 100 teat.
Trains were all seriously delayed by
washouts, but the service on all roads is
gradually being resumed tonight.
Doable Mtorua at Peoria.
PEORIA, 111.. June 11. The double storm
that struck Peoria at 10 o'clock last night
and again at 2 o'clock thla morning, waa
the worst that central Illinois has expert
enccd since 1443. Rain fell in torrents and
the damage caused by the high winds Is
Inestimable at this time. Probably the
worst damage tn proportion to the alse ot
the town waa at Kingston Mines, a small
mining town twenty miles below. Peoria
There three persons were killed outright
na ten were Injured, three fatally.
The dead:
INFANT CHILD of Mrs. Murray.
The fatally Injured:
Infant child of Mrs. McElwee.
Robert McElwee.
Thomas Murray.
The othera lciured:
Mrs. Mocha.
Roy Blttner.
Jud Marsh. '
Cora Rosebottom.
James La cock.
Mrs. Frank Brazcna.
Mrs. Keete.
George Reardan, an employe of the elec
i0oatlsu4 on Second Page.)
Omaha Man Chosen Head Ofneer of
hrlnere al Imperial
SAN FRANCISCO, June 11. (Special
Telegram.) Henry C. Akin of Omaha
was this morning unanimously elected
imperial potentate at the imperial
council of the Mystic Shrine and re
ceived a flattering ovation. Colonel
Akin Is the first and only Ne
braskan to receive so distinguished an
honor and the representatives of the mid
dle west are highly gratified at tbe out
come. Colonel Akin Is the fifth resident
of the transmlsslssippl region to reach his
present position, California, Colorado, Mis-
sourl and Kansas being the only other
western states which have thus tar fur
nished Imperial potentates.
Alvab P. Clayton of Molla temple, St.
Joseph, Mo., wss elected Imperial high
priest and prophet. Among the appointive
officers chosen by the new imperial poten
tate are Edwin I. Alderman ot El Kahlr
temple, Marlon, la., as Imperial first cere
monial master and J. Frank Treat ot El
Zagal temple, Fargo, N. D., as Imperial
outer guard.
While tbe routine business of the ses
sion is not completed, the social part has
but fairly commenced and will last well
Into next week, when the new imperial
potentate and his fellow representatives
from Tangier go to Los Angeles to be the
guests of Al Malalkah temple of that city.
Among the Important business transacted
today was the granting of a charter for a
new temple at Galveston, Tex., to be known
as El Mena. Temples are now established
In all but five of tbe states, viz: Delaware,
Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey and
South Carolina, and are found in every ter
ritory except the Indian. Of the Canadian
provinces Ontario and Quebec each has a
temple and a Toronto man, Henry A. Col
lins, who was today elected Imperial as
sistant rabban, tbe fourth place in the im
perial divan, spoke with cordlalty of tbe
friendly feeling between Canadians and
Americans as exemplified and promoted by
such a body as the Imperial council, as
was confidently expected by all.
Day of Pleasure.
The visiting nobles devoted today
chiefly to pleasure, though the imperial
council held a secret session this morning.
At 9 o'clock a large number of Shrlners
crossed the bay to Berkley, where they In
spected the buildings and grounds of the
University of California.
Many more made the ascent of Mount
Tamalpals. The event of the afternoon was
a reception to A. L. Malakah temple in too
Maple room of the Palace hotel, the at
tendance being very large. There will be
a promenade concert tonight at the Me
chanics' pavilion.
The following officers were elected for
the ensuing term: Imperial potentate,
Henry C. Atkln of Omaha; Imperial deputy
potentate, George H. Greene, Dallas, Tex.;
imperial chief rabban, George L. Brown of
Buffalo, N. Y.; imperial high priest and
prophet, Alva P. Clayton of St. Joseph, Mo.;
imperial oriental guide, Frank C. Roundy
of Chicago; Imperial recorder, Benjamin
W. Rowell of Lynn, Mass.; Imperial treas
urer, William 8. Brown of Pittsburg.
Tbe only contest was for the place pf Im
perial oriental guide. .Mr. Ronndy receiv
ing a plurality of twenty-aeven on the
second ballot. He Is a past illustrious po
tentate ot Medina temple, Chicago; a
thirty-third degree Mason and commander
of the famous St. Bernard Drill corps ot
the Knights Templar.
Conduct of Military In Philippines,
Secretary Shaw Says, Rests
on No Party,
PORTLAND, Me., June 11. Governor
John F. Hill was today renominated for a
second term by the republican state con
vention. Amos L. Allen waa nominated for
congress from the First district.
An interesting feature of tbe convention
was the presence of Secretary of the Treas
ury Leslie M. Shaw, who delivered tbe
principal address. Referring to the con
gressional elections this fall. Secretary
Shaw said the country would not be asked
to experiment at that time.
"While it is fair to presume that In the
coming contest considerable attention will
be given to that time-honored plank In
our opponent's platform favoring a revi
sion of the tariff, the arguments I fancy. If
any, will be of a local nature. This will
naturally lead to strong declarations and
much talk against trusts."
He pointed out that the tariff on which
President Harrison was elected promised
legislation against trusts and that 'these
pledgee were fulfilled In the Fiftieth con
gress by the passage of tbe Sherman anti
trust bill.
"And the most determined effort to en
force that law," he continued, "Is now be
ing made by that gallant. Intrepid and fear
less chief executive, Theodore Roosevelt
But I think It to a little early to determine
Just where tbe 'bloody angle' of this cam
paign Is to be fought. There are those
who inalst it will be tbe conduct of a lit
tle band ot something over 40,000 Ameri
can boys wearing tbe blue uniforms, sleep
ing In tents and fighting as best they know
how, under a tropical sun, for tbe honor ot
the old flag.
"It the personnel of that army has
shown occasional weaknesses tbe disgrace
rests upon neither party to the exclusion
ot the other. Gentlemen, let It be under
stood either that be accomplishments of the
army during the last five years have been
republican achievements, else let the
honors, which have been many, and 'the
lapses, which have been few, be borne by
a patriotic people without regard to party
and without undue exploitation. It la pot
an issue and cannot be, whether the Amer
lean soldier Is a first-class man or not."
Special Ambassador front America la
Received by the' Kiss;
of England.
LONDON, June 11. Whltelaw Raid, the
epectal ambassador of the United States to
the coronation of King Edward, was re
ceived In audience by his majesty at Buck
ingham palace this afternoon. The king
received Mr. Reld ia tbe most cordial man
ner and expressed his gratification at see.
log him again.
During the audience Mr. Reld presented
his credentials and a letter of congratula
tion from President Roosevelt to King
Two Haadrcd Diplomas Awarded.
LAWRENCE, Kan.. June 11. At the
thirtieth commencement exercises st the
University of Kansaa today Dr. Joseph
Swain, president of Indiana university, de
livered the baccalaureate address, taking
for his theme "Happiness, Service and
Success" Two hundred diplomas were
Delivers Address at Military Academy and
is Given Warm Beception.
Unit of ' ' Future, He Says,
Will Be thv !.,''' and De-
velopment oi '.'
sources Will Be
al Re
.ntlal. WEST POINT. N. Y., June 11. The cele
bration of tbe 100th anniversary of the es
tablishment of the military academy
reached its climax today. President Roose
velt wa the chief guest and there was a
brilliant crowd. Including army and navy
officers, cabinet officers, women In bright
costumes and handsomely uniformed dip
lomats. The day a activities began with tbe ar
rival of the president and then came a re
view of the cadets, a reception at the home
of tbe auperlntendent of the academy. Col
onel Mills; the formal exercises and
speeches In Memorial hall after luncheon
and the dress parade at sundown.
"Centennial" banquet, with more than
600 guests, was held in the evening.
President Roosevelt's party Included Sec
retary Root, Secretary Moody, Postmaster
General Payne, Secretary Cortelyou and
Miss Carew, the president's sister-in-law.
The president was met at tbe station by
Superintendent Mills and his staff and the
staff c' tbe academy. When the president
reached the c.test a salute of twenty-one
guns was tired. The cadets were drawn up
on the rarfide ground. The president was
driven to the hom ot Colonel Mills and
then te walked across the street to the
parage ground and reviewed the cadets.
In tbe course of tbe review Cadet Calvin
P. Titus was called from the ranks to face
the president, who pinned a medal for
bravery cu Ma breast and spoke a few
words after the reading of the order which
told that the medal was awarded by tbe
secretary of war for gallantry at Pekln,
China. August 14, 1900.
While the reception which followed the
review was in progress Governor Odell ar
rived, alone, and at once paid his respects
to tbe president and Joined the official cir
cle of visitors.
Immediately after luncheon the hundreds
of .visitors sought Memorial hall, a new
stone structure, where the exercises were
held. The president, escorted by the ca
dets and leading a notable party of officers,
csme across the parade ground and soon
after his entrance the speaking began.
Colonel Mills made an address of wel
come and then lntroduood President Roose
velt. Speech by the President.
President Roosevelt spoke as follows:
Colonel Mills, the graduates of West
Point and you men and women who are
drawn to them by the case of citizenship,
or by the simple fact that you are Amer
icans and therefore of necessity drawn to
them. (Applause.)
1 am giad to have the chance of saying
a word to you today. There Is little need
for me to say how well your performance
has compared with prophetic promise on
your behalf by the greatest of (Americans,
Washington. (Applause.) This institution
has completed its first 100 years of life.
During the century no other educational
institution in the land has contributed as
many names as West Point has contributed
to the honor roll of the nation's cltlsens.
Colonel Mills. I claim to be a historian.
and I speak simply as a reciter of facts
when I say what I have said; and, more
than that, not merely has West Point con
tributed a greater number of the men who
stand niKhest on the nation s honor roll
but I think beyond question that, taken
as a whole, the averaee graduate of West
Point during this 100 years hns given a
greater amount or service to tne country
through his life than has the average grad
uate of any other institution In this broad
land. (Applause.)
Is Not Surprising.
7nwr v.ntlam.n that la nnl aurnrlaln a
That is what we' have a right to expect
from this military university founded by
me nation (applause), Dut l am giad tnat
the expectations have been made f.-ood
(applause), and of all the Institutions in
this country none Is more absolutely Amer
ican, none more, in the proper sense of the
wora, ausotuteiy democratic man tnis.
This morning I have shaken hands with
many of you, and I ha met the men
who stand as representatives of every
great swuggle, every great move this
great nation has made for the last flfty-flve
or sixty years, finally. I s;e tne younger
iiiru, bb wen u ine oiutr unvi, ma men
whom I have seen myself take part in a
little war, a war that was the mere skir
mish compared to the struKEle in which
you fouiiht from '61 to 'te. and yet a war
tnat nas naa almost as rar-reacning effects.
not merely ror the destiny or tnis nation.
but lor the destiny of the world, the war
with Spain; and It was my good fortune
to see In the campaign In Cuba how the
graduates of West Point handled them
selves and to endeavor to profit by their
example, and it has become my pleasure
to come here today because I was at that
time intimately associated with many oi
your graduates.
On Incident at San Jnan.
On the day before the San Juan fight.
when we were marched up Into a position.
we lost communication with our baggage
and food and for supper that night I had
what Colonel Mills gave me (laughter and
applause), and it tasted very good. The
next momlnK Colonel Mills was with an
other West Pointer, Shlpp from North
Carolina. The next mornlna we had break
fast together and I remember well congrat
ulating myself that my regiment we were
all volunteer regiments could have as an
example men like Mills and Bhlpp, whose
very presence made the men cool and made
tnem reel collected and at ease. Mills
and ShipD went down with our resrtment
to tne action, very gnoruy farter n was
berun PhlnD was killed and Mills received
a wound from which no one of us at the
time thought he would recover. 1 had at
that time In my regiment as second lieu
tenant a graduate or West Point, who was
having his holiday and took his holiday
by going down with ua, and Just before
tne assault ne waa snot, tne nunet some;.
l tmnK. in nis stomarn. and as ne reii tie
Id. Uood bye. colonel. I am coins to
get wen.
He fa present.
But I did not think he was. He Is here
all right, here, and his name Is Haskell.
(Applause.) And there waa never a mo
ment by day or night that I was not an
eye-witness of some performance of duty
being done by a West Pointer, and I never
saw a West Pointer falling his duty.
Ana now, in nosing, I want to say one
word to those who are graduates, and the
under graduates as well. I think it Is going
to be a great deal harder to be a first-
class officer In the future than It has been
In the past. I think than In addition to the
courage and steadfastness that have al
ways been tne prime requisites irua soldier.
you have got to show a far greater power
of Individuality than has been necessary
before If you are going to get up to the
highest level of officer-like performance
of duty. As haa been well said, the de
velopments of warfare during the last tew
years have shown that In the future the
unit will not be the regiment, nor yet the
company, but the unit will be the Indi
vidual man. If he does not know how to
shoot, how to shift for himself, how both
to obey orders and to accept responsibility
when an emergency comes, men ne won t
have any orders to obey. If he is not able
to do all of that, you had better have
him out or tne army.
Mast Stand Alone.
In a battle hereafter each man Is going
to be to a considerable extent alone. It
wilt be so that the youngest officers will
have to take much of the resoonalbllltv
that In former wars fell on their seniors
and many of the enlisted men will have to
do must of their work without any suuer
vision of any officer. The man will have to
act largely alone, and If he shows a ten
dency to huddle up to some one else his
usefulness Is pretty near at an end. If he
Is nervous, so that he wants to feel the
(Continued oa Second Page.)
Director Roberts Unable to Modify
Regulations of Mlat as
to Standard.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, June 11. (Special Tele
gram.) Representative Martin today took
up with Director Roberts ot the mint bu
reau the question of modifications of reg
ulations relating to assaying of gold at
Dead wood, S. D. An effort baa been made
for some time to induce the officials to per
mit of tbe assaying of gold ot a lower ratio
than that called for In the regulations.
Tbe purpose Is to do away with the expense
and Inconvenience of sending the metal
to private assayers at large and far re
moved from the Black Hills country. Di
rector Roberts Is of the opinion that he
has no authority to modify the regulations
except by act of congress. He has directed
Mr. Martin to secure additional Informa
tion on the subject and will make a final
decision when such data is received.
Senator Gamble of South Dakota today
Introduced a bill which provides for the
establishment of Wind Cave National park
In Custer county. South Dakota. It con
templates a reserve of about 10.000 acres
and provides for the management and con
trol of the park on tbe part of the gov
ernment. The government owns all the
land contemplated to be taken Into the park
xcepttng 320 acres. Reports from the In
terior department strongly recommend the
enactment of this proposed legislation so
that the government may have control of
the park during the coming season and
ave it from spoliation. The land has been
Inspected and surveyed by tbe Interior de
partment as well as examined by the geo
logical survey, and both of these branches
of the government strongly recommend It
for national purposes.
S. H. Hagan has been appointed post
master at Pickering, Marshall county, la.,
vice L. G. Fell, resigned.
The comptroller of the currency has ap
proved the application of the following per
sons to organize tbe First National bank
of Anoka, Neb., with $26,000 capital: H.
A. Oelrlch, Butte, Boyd county; A. S.
Warner, Elmer E. Boynton, G. W. Short
and E. G. Barnum. '
The Omaha National bank ef Omaha has
been approved at reserve agent for tbe
Washington National bank of Seattle.
George W. Walker of Anamosa, la., has
been appointed baker at tbe Fort Shaw In
dian school, Montana.
Representative Thomas of the Eleventh
Iowa district .today renominated C. C. Ben
der for postmaster at Spencer, Ia.
Sisters and pupils of Holy Cross academy
will give a reception to Bishop Philip J.
Garrlgan, recently appointed to the bish
opric of Sioux City, Friday afternoon at 4
Representative Cousins today sent out a
notice for a. competitive examination tor
a candidate to West Point, to be held at
Cedar Rapids on June 20. Mr. Cousins ex
pects between twenty and thirty applicants
to attend tTe examination.
George G. Hedgecock of Lincoln, Neb.,
has been appointed to a position in the
Agricultural department.
The postmaster general has accepted the
proposition of the Sioux Valley State bank
to lease a room tor the poatofflce at Cor
recttonvllle, Ia., for the term of five yeifrs
from December 1.
Rural free delivery service will; be estab
lished on July 1 In Iowa as follows: Mc
Gregor, Clayton county,' two additional
routes; area covered, forty-two square
miles; population, 900. ' Oxford, Johnson
county, three routes; area, seventy square
miles; population, 1,353. Postofflces at
Friendale, Cosgrave and Windham are to be
discontinued. Rolfe, Pocahontas county,
two additional routes; area, seventy square
miles; population, 1.071. Walcott, Scott
county, one route; area, twenty-two square
miles; population, 625. Postofflces at Amity
and Plalnvlew are to be discontinued.
Defeat Resolution to Drop Consider
ation of the Proposed
WASHINGTON, June 11. The eenate to
day defeated a motion ot Mr. Wellington
of Maryland to discharge the committee on
privileges and elections from further con
slderation of the resolution providing for
th submission of an amendment to the con
stitution for the election ot senators by
the people, by a vote of 35 to 21, after a
sharp debate.
The vote stood: , 'tX..
Dubois, Mason.
Poraker, Nelson.
Potter (La ). Patterson.
Heltleld. Perkins.
Jones (Ark ), Tallalero.
McLaurtn. (Miss.). Teller.
Martin, Tillman it.
Fairbanks. Mc-Comas,
Foeter (Wash.), McCumber,
Frre. McMillan,
Galllnser, Millard.
Gambia. Piatt (Conn ),
Hale. Piatt (N. V ),
Hanna, Scott,
Hawley, Bpooner,
Hoar. Stewart,
Kean. Vest,
Kerns. ' r" , Wet more St.
Da Doe,
Just before adjournment today the sen
ate agreed to vote finally on the Nicaragua
canal bill and all pending amendments on
Thursday, Juns 19, the voting to begin at
2 p. m.
Mr. Fairbanks of Indiana, in a carefully
considered speech, favored construction ot
tbe isthmian canal by the Panama route.
Originally, he said, ha favored the Nica
ragua route, but an Investigation of the
subject, coupled with the determination of
the Isthmian commission, had Influenced
him to change his mind in favor of the
Panama route. He argued that that route
would not only be cheaper In the first In
stance, but cheaper In operation after the
canal was constructed. He earnestly fav
ored the construction of tbe canal and re
sented the intimation that those who fa.
vored the Panama route were in the leas
opposed to a canal.
If, said the senator, we had but to con.
elder the relative cost of construction of
the two canals there would be a saving
upon the Panama route ot substantially
(5,500,000. The commission had disclosed
a singular and important fact, on which
should be distinctly borne in mind, and
that is that it would cost $1,100,000 less
per annum to operate the Panama than to
operate the Nicaragua route. This sum
capitalised on the basis of the Interest
upon the national bonds, equivalent to
per cent, amounted to 165,000.000. Add to
this the amount saved In construction, and,
he said, we have a total sum to the credit
ot the Panama route cf $70,500,000.
The senator discussed at considerable
length tbe question of title of tbe property
of tbe Panama Canal company. He did not
think, he said, (hat the contention that it
was impossible for the United States to
secure an absolute title to the property to
be well founded, but said he believed that
the United States would taks the property,
If it should purchase it free and clear of
all demands ot stockholders and creditors,
and that It would not rest under any legal
equitable or moral obligation to pay one
dollar beyond the $40,000,000, the fries 17 ms causa tviuysitft' . .
Between Eight and Nine Thousand Dollars
Spent in Behalf of Beciprooity.
Reciprocity Advocates Are Not Dis
concerted by Report, but Oppon
ents Say It Will Help Them
to Prevent Concessions.
WASHINGTON. June 11. The testimony
given today before the committee on Cuban
relations by F. E. Thurber, showing that
between $8,000 and $9,000 had been paid
out of the Cuban treasury under direction
of Governor General Wood for the promo
tion of the effort to secure reciprocity be
tween the United States and Cuba, caused
a sensation in the aenate.
The news of Mr. Thurber's statement
reached the senate chamber about the time
that body convened, and when Senator Tel
ler, whose examination bad developed the
facts, made bis appearance on the floor
he was imedlately surrounded by senators
from both sides of tbe chamber, who pro
fessed great anxiety to know all that bad
occurred. Copies of the one voucher pro
duced were eagerly sought and the de
mand was not satisfied until forty or fifty
copies had been typewritten and circulated
in the eenate chamber.
Much Interest waa also manifested on
tbe part of the members of the house and
some of the beet sugar advocates of that
body pointed out that Mr. Thurber had not,
in his testimony before the ways and means
committee, indicated any connection with
the Cuban government in his effort to
create sentiment in this country favorable
to concessions to Cuba.
J Brings About Caucuses.
Opinions as to the ultimate effect of the
testimony are as varied as the predilections
and prejudices of the senate, but the Im
mediate results are seen In the decision
reached during the afternoon to have two
caucuses In the early future. The first
of these will be held by the beet sugar re
publican senators tomorrow and the sec
ond by all the republican senators Friday
or Saturday. Senator Burrows Is respon
sible for tbe statement that the beet sugar
men who meet and Senator Aldrleh for the
announcement that there will be a general
conference before the close of the week.
The purpose of the meeting of the beet
sugar men Is to consider tbe situation as
affected by today's developments, and also
to receive a report from the committee
consisting of Senators Elklns, Burrows and
Jones of Nevada, appointed to confer with
the republican members of tbe Cuban com
mittee. This committee will state that the
Cuban committee baa declined to consider
all the propositions looking to a compro
mise which have been made and It probably
will ask to be discharged. ' The propositions
that have been made are two the first for
a rebate and the second for a commmerclal
treaty with Cuba.
Both Plans Rejected.
The committee will say that both plans
were rejected and that the members of the
Cuban committee would not change their
position, that there must be a straight re
duction of 20 per cent without any condi
tions, except that tbe president might have
power to revoke the concession in case he
found that the. Cuban planters were not
getting the benefit of It, The full confer
ence will be in the nature ot a caucus and
some of the beet sugar men say they will
enter It only with tbe understandlngtthat
they shall not be bound by any conclusion
that may be reached. The advocates of a
tariff reduction say that no action by a re
publican senatorial caucus is binding, but
they add that defections have occurred only
in rare Instances.
Senator Aldilch expresses confidence tn
being able to secure fully forty-five repub
lican votes in favor ot any bill that may
be reported by the Cuban committee. This
Is a majority ot the senate and his friends
express themselves as hopeful ot passing a
bill satisfactory to them.
Are Wot Disconcerted.
They say the testimony of Mr. Thurber
does not effect the merits of the question
in the least and they contend that, even
admitting that the course of the Cuban
government was censurable, it can not and
should not prevent the Vnlted States doing
what It has promised and what Is right to
do. They do not, however, generally ad
mit that the course was improper.
The beet sugar senators undeniably are
more hopeful than they have been here
tofore. Some of them profeas to believe
that the revelation will have the effect of
at least causing a halt In the proceedings
in the Interest of reciprocity. They think
the report made by Mr. Thurber will be ac
cepted by the country as going to show
that entirely too much interest has been
manifested in the subject in Cuba. Some
of them go so far as to claim that there
will be no reciprocity legislation, at least
during the present sesaloa.
All Nations Except Japan and Ens-
land Agree to Reduce
Boxer Claims.
WASHINGTON, June 11. A cablegram
received today by Secretary Hay from
United States Minister Conger at Pekln
confirms the reported acceptance by the
resident foreign minsters there of the gen
eral proposition of the United States gov
ernment for a pro rata scaling down of tbe
claims ot the various nations for Indem
nity on account of the Boxer uprising. It
is understood, however, that England and
Japan do not share in the reduction, tor
their accounts clearly establish the fact
that their legitimate and actual expenses
were even more that their Indemnity
claims, while the other nations party to
the agreement had made themselves rather
liberal allowances In fixing the total ot
their claims.
In this state ot affairs Secretary Hay
himself suggested that It would not be fair
to expect England and Japan to share in
the cutting down process, which wss nec
essary to bring tbe aggregate of the claims
of the separate nations within the total
which the powers had agreed originally to
accept from China as payment In full for
all losses. The reductions are, after all,
not exactly pro rata, for to set a good ex
ample and induce the other powers to be
generous the United States government un
dertook voluntarily to reduce Its claim of
$25,000,000 by $1,000,000, which was one
tenth of the total to be reduced. This left
tbe other nations to divide up the $9,000,000
reduction among themselves, so that in
the case of the largest claimants their loss
would be less than that voluntarily as
sumed by the United States.
It Is stated that while the agreement
reported by Mr. Conger today Is gratifying
and marks a sensible advance toward a
final conclusion of tbe Chinese Indemnity
negotiations, it does not affect the more
serious and difficult issue presented by the
demands of a majority of tbe powers for
a settlement of the Indemnity oa tbe pres
ent exchange Talus.
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Trouble with Drivers May Participate
General Strike Among the
Brewery Unions,
CHICAGO. Jtnevll. Angered by the re
fusal of the officers of tbe United States
Brewing company more commonly known
as the trust to reinstate thirty brewery
drivers' helpers who went out on a strike
on Monday, tbe other unions connected with
the firms are preparing to call a general
strike tomorrow morning.
The men are thoroughly organlxed and
their leaders claim that not a barrel of
beer can be moved from tbe breweries in
volved without their consent after the
strike call has been Issued.
The helpers struck on Mondsy to get a
higher wage. They were being paid from
$7 to $13 a week and asked for a parallel
raise ot $5. This was refused and later
the officers of the Brewing Trades council
an organisation ot all the unions engaged
in the handling of beer met with the
employers to talk the situation over. They
were told that the men would not be given
their demands and might not be taken back
at all.
Prealdent Francis Executes m Contract
to that Effect with Secre
tary Shaw.
ST. LOUIS, June 11. President Francis
has been authorized by the exposition di
rectors to sign a contract with Leslie M.
Shaw, secretary of the treasury, in which
tbe world's fair management pledges Itself
not to operate the fair on Sunday at any
This action was taken as the result of a
letter from Secretary Shaw requesting the
company to comply with tbe section In the
federal act appropriating $5,000,000, which
stated that a condition of payment of thla
was that the company execute a contract.
The secretary notified the company that
none ot the vouchers of tbe national com
mission for salaries or expenses would be
allowed until the contract was signed.
Cannot Come to a Conclusion Con
cerning Cuban Reciprocity
WASHINGTON, June 11. The conference
between tbe two factions ot the republican
senators over Cuban reciprocity continued
today, but without result. '
Senator Aldrleh, who Is oil of the map
agers of the reciprocity proposition, said
the matter was not settled. The opposi
tion still maintained confidence that a
straight reciprocity proposition cannot pass
and that If the bill is reported from tbe
committee It will be amended in such a
way as to prevent Its final adoption.
Senators Aldrleh and Elkin had an earn
est discussion of the subject today, but
nothing like an agreement was reached.
Copies ot the voucher presented In the
Cuban Investigation were freely circulated
about tbe senate and caused a great deal
of comment among senators.
Guaranteed a Salary of Ten Thou
sand Dollars Per Year for
Five Years.
PRINCETON, N. J., June 11. It waa
learned today that the board ot trustees of
Princeton university held an extra session
and voted to give former Preeldent Patton
$4,000 a year to continue In the chair ot
ethics. In addition a subscription among
the members for $30,000 was raised, one
prominent alumnus giving $10,000 to be ad
ded to President Patton's salary of $4,000.
Tbe $30,000 is to be paid in installments
of $6,000 a year, which guarantees a salary
of $10,000 a year for five years, the same
amount he received as president. Prof.
Patton was yesterday officially offered tbe
presidency of tbe Princeton Theological
seminary and the chair of theology, but he
declined to accept.
Confess thst They Had Beaten Young
Woman's Brains Out with
CHARLOTTE, N. C. Juns 11. Two negro
boys, Harrison and James Gillespie, aged
respectively 16 and 14 years, who were
under arrest charged with killing Miss
Benson, on a farm in Rowan county, Mon
day last, were taken from Jail at Salts
bury, N. C, early this morning and banged
to a tree in the railroad yards. Their
bodies were then riddled with bullets.
The active members of tbe mob num
bered about fifty and wore masks. Tbe
negroes admitted that they beat the young
woman's brains out with rocks because she
tried to make them leave her premises.
Two Men at Sneedvllle, Kentucky,
Are Found Dead lu the
Publlo Highway.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.. June 11. A special
to the Sentinel from Sneedvllle says:
Grant Seal and John Davis have been found
dead upon the public highway. Davis, It Is
said, was a kinsman of Clinton Legear,
with whose killing Oovvrnor and Drury
Lawson are charged.
It is said that Davis and Seal would have
been important witnesses sgalnst the Law
sons. Perry Myers has been arrested and
other arrests may follow. The coroner la
Postal fraud Convlet Released luder
BUI Granting Amnesty to
HAVANA. June 11. C. T. W. Neely, who
on March 24 was sentenced to ten years'
Imprisonment and to pay a fine ot $56,701
for complicity In the Cuban postal frauds,
was released today under tbe bill signed
by President Palma June 9 granting am
nesty to all Americans convicted of crimes
in Cuba during the term of the American
occupation and those awaltlcg trial.
Mexicans, Under General Torres, 81aoght
Indians by the Soon.
Victims Numbered Three Hundred, of Whom
Few Are Spared.
Bays Mexicans Began Attack by Pouring
Volley Into Indian Camp. '
Outnumbered by Double They Fall
Helpless Before Torres Merciless
Troops and Perish Under
Rain of Bullets.
TUCSON, A. T., June 11. Colonel Wil
liam Christy, president of the Vslley bank.
Phoenix, arrived here today from Brletas,
Sonora, with details of a massacre of Yaqut
Indians, men. women and children, yester
day In the Santa Rosa canyon, sWty-flve
miles from the Mlnas Prletas mines, by a
detachment of General Torres' troops.
It appears that the Yaqul forces that were
operating In that section bad moved forth
Into the mountains, leaving their women
and children In Santa Rosa canyon under
a guard of eighty men. The Mexican troops
came upon this camp and without any
warning opened a terrible fire, sparine
neither women nof children. After the
first volley the troops charged down upon
the panic-stricken victims and massacred
all within their reach. Of tbe guard of
eighty Yaquls not a single one survived
and over 100 women and children fell vic
tims to the Mexican bullets and bayonets.
The bodies of the dead were left In the
canyon and the remaining women and chil
dren were driven to Mlnas Prlestss by the
soldiers and from that point will be taken
to Hermoslllo.
The Mexican soldiers and rurales have
explicit orders to take no Yaqul men pris
oners, but to kill in all cases. This order
was Illustrated yesterday, when a friendly
Yaqul miner came down to Prlestas for
supplies and was killed by the rurales on
the outskirts of the town.
Colonel Christy says the massacre oc
curred at daybreak Monday morning. The
troops were of Torre's command, but not
under him personally, and numbered 600.
The Yaquls, including men, women and chil
dren, were over 300. The canyon In which
the Yaquls were camped was a long and
narrow one. '
Convention Takes Recess to Indulge
In Athletic Sports at
Interest at the convention of the Ne
braska Funeral Directors' association yes
terday waa divided between the lecture of ' '
Prof. W. P. Hohenschuh on "Signs of Death
and the Causes of Decomposition" and the
match game of base ball which was played
in tbe afternoon at Manawa between the
undertakers and the traveling salesmen.
The lineup was as follows:
Undertakers H. K. Burket. captain; Ed
Bralley, C. J. Gelsler, A. J. Jackson, Wil
liam Beckerhauer, B. F. Munti, J. C.
Smlti, E. R. Keane and Benjamin Person.
Drummers Val Becker, captain; E. J.
Gaston, E. J. Doll, 8. C. Martin, H. A.
Friti, C. E. Leedom, "Butch" Munford,
J. T. Gllmore, H. C. Phelps, Grant Lad in
and O. R. Klock.
The game was called at 8 o'clock, and
Prof. W. P. Hohenschuh ot Iowa City dem
onstrated that he could umpire as well as
lecture. '
In order to finish the day's business
program, that the afternoon might be de
voted to athletic sports, the members took'
no noon recess, but worked on through jVe
luncheon hour and until 1 o'clock- when
refreshments were served in ts" lecture
room. ' ,
One of the new exhibits which has found
lte way into the commercial room sines
Tuesday is a paper coffin, "one-fourth
lighter than wood and twenty times
stronger." The casket Is made of alter
nating layers of strawboard and cement,
pressed until the composition is as hard aa
hickory. It In said that tbe stuff is al- ,
most Impervious to the disintegrating ele
ments of the ground, and, to demonstrate
that moisture will not affect It, one of
the coffins is filled with water and placed
at the curbstone In front of the college,
to be used aa a horse watering trough.
It ia estimated that there are now 160
members of the association present. The
following arrived yesterday. William Dues
mann, Humphrey; S. A. Nisouger, Tllden;
J. R. Lofler, Panama; James M. Kennedy,
St. Edward; M. Furlong, North Bend; J.
M. Davis, Randolph; J. A. Edlnger, Madi
son; F. R. Scheel, Wahoo; L. P. Byars,
Valley; A. J. Splllman, Friend; W. 8. Rob
erts, Lincoln; Frank Kovanda. Table Rock;
Koy M. Fence, Wauneta; U Dern, Stanton;
E. H. Cleveland, Aurora; E. Meade, Chad
ron; E. L. Trayer. Lincoln; Harry Ooss.
St. Paul; O. E. Walroth, Edgar; August
Steffen, Battle Creek; F. J. Rodemocher,
Colonel Hogeland Begins Series ef
Reform Meetings In This
Colonel Alexander Hogeland or Louisville,
Ky., la In the city to remain a week for
the purpose of Interesting tbe cltliens of
Omaha In certain proposed laws which bs
believes will have a tendency to prevent
crlmo and reduce the number of young
men finding place In the criminal ranks.
Last night he, spoke at the corner of
Sixteenth and Douglas streets. Illustrating
his talk with pictures on canvass. His
plea was for the enforcement of the curfew
law, tbe enactment of a law separating
young persons charged with crime and
placed In Jail from hardened criminals; a
law to permit the removal of children from
vicious parents and one to cause the police
authorities to take up and return to home
all young tramps. Tbe speaker said that
there were 200,000 tramps In tbe country,
who had formed habits of Idleness In their
youth, acid that it was as much the duty
of the government to provide places tor
the white children, to teach them useful
trades and to give tbem an opportunity to
succeed in life, aa It Is to do that part
by the children of Indians. He will con
tinue bis informal talks at tbe same place
every evening this week and on Sunday
will speak in one of the churches. On
Monday at the Young Men's Christian asso
ciation rooms there will be meeting for
the purpose of forming a local society to
advance the views of Colonel Hogeland.