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The Omaha Daily
ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MOKNING, JULY 9, 1902-TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COrY FIVE CENTS.
LOOKS FOR VICTORY
President O'Connell of Machinists TJnien
Predict Ultimata Success.
STRIKE MAY LAST MANY LONG MONTHS
Union Will Herer Abandon Fight er Giro
Up Iu Object.
SAYS NO SYMPATHY STRIKE IS LIKELY
lien Do Net Want to Involve Other Uniem
LITTLE CHANGE NOTED IN SITUATION
Men Still Canndent, While Company
Officials tar Marc Skilled Work,
snen from Abroad Art Ready
to Go to Work.
President James O'Connelt of the Inter
national Association of Machinists and
Fourth Vies President Wilson met Presi
dent Burt, General Manager Dickinson
and Superintendent of Motive Power
McKeen of the t'nlon Pacific in a confer
ence orer the shopmen's strike yesterday
evening;. A very pleasant feeling prevailed
at the meeting, but no change In the strike
situation resulted. Each side was con
vinced of the Justice and equity of Its po
sition' and nothing was done to alter these
The union men's chief object In the
conference was to seek some concession
from the officials on the piecework propo
sition, wilch Is the prime cause of the
strike. President Burt expressed the be
lief that the system would operate to the
advantage of the machinists and urged that
the men give It a trial tor a period of one
year, and if at the end of that time they
found, as they now hold, that It Is not a
fair system, the company would offer con
cessions. But without a thorough test be
was not willing to throw the piecework
proposition aside and give In completely to
Piecework Propositloa Paramoaat.
Presldsnt O'Connell asked that the com
pany set aside the enforcement of the
piecework scale for the present and let a
settlement be made upon other matters at
Issue, but this did not meet the approval of
the railroad officials. They considered the
piecework proposition of primary and par
amount Importance and wanted It disposed
of entirely before anything else was
President O'Connell said after the con
ference: "While we secured no proposition or offer
from President Burt upon which we can
base any hopes of a settlement, and while
iwe are as far apart now as ever, we had
a very pleasant and friendly, conference.
Each side waa so certain of Its own cor
rectness thst a settlement or compromise
was out of the question."
Mr. O'Connell left last sight for Den
ver, from which ety he will proceed to San
Francisco, stopping at various Union Pa
elfle towns along the road. lie will attend
the meeting of the executive council of
the American Federation of Labor In San
laaperted Men Desert.
Fourteen men reached the Union Pacific
shops yesterday , afternoon at about 6
o'clock from Chicago, where they had
been engaged by an agent of the Union
Pacific. Boon after their arrival nine re
fused to go fo work at the shops with a
. strike ' In progress and left the yards.
Borne of them were seen at Labor temple
last night by a reporter for The Bee and
"We were hired by a man In Chicago,
who told us the strike difficulty bsd been
aettled and that all but half a dosen men
had gone back to work, that we would not
be 'scablng' and would not be Incurring
any liabilities of trouble to go out to
Omaha and go to work. . We were to get
tl cents an hour and our board. Several
of us are union men and when we got here
and learned that the strike was going on
we refused to work and walked out."
Most .of the fourteen are blacksmiths.
They said that the company's agent had
engaged thirty-four others, of whom they
knew, who would be here by today or to
morrow. The strikers say the union is making no
terms for these men to desert the Unloa
Paolflo upon their arrival and that It offers
them bo financial support whatsver.
Mr. O'Connell arrived yesterdsy morning
from Chicago and addressed the machinists
early yesterday afternoon at Labor temple.
President O'Connell Is well pleased with
the outlook on the Union Pacific system.
He thinks ths strikers have nothing to dis
courage them and everything over which to
be hopeful. In dlscuslng tbs affairs he
"The situation certainly looks bright from
cur standpoint. As a matter of fact, no
strlks Is desirable; we regret the necessity
lor suou a movement as much as the rail
road poeslbly can, but since It bad to come
we are satlafied with the progress It Is
Cleaa, (Inlet FlayM.
"We have tried thus far and will continue
to strive tor a cleaa, quiet fight, devoid of
any semblance of violence. We want to
win the contest upon its merits and believe
we can. If any of our men engage In co
vert acts of violence they will not be up
held by the central organisation. Organ
ised labor does not have to depend upon
brutal force or lawlessness to gain Its rights
or settle controvsrslea with employers.
Thus far I scarcely consider that a strike
Is really on, for ws are Just now at that
stage where you might esy the proposition
Is pending, hearings with the company have
scarcely closed snd we are but beginning
our struggle; there has been no test of
strength on either side yet. However, even
thus far there has been no violence snd we
have demonstrated our Intention to wage a
Mr. O'Connell was asked this question:
"It this strike runs along for a year or
mora and ths company shows no signs of
yielding, will the machinists. In order to
win, accept piecework, if all other things
Opposed to Piecework.
"Positively not. We are unalterably op
posed to piecework. Our constitution for
bids It and the very essence of unionism
Is against It We will never accept piece
work, even It the etrlke should run for
five years. Piecework Is one of the
things which tbs machinists' union will not
( stand for. Ths system Is wrong from first
to last. It cultivates ths beastly aids of
a man, that Is It prompts and fosters dis
honesty among workmen and It Imposes
unfair conditions upon those who are com
pelled to accept It. No. air, we will never
(Continued on Second Page.)
KING HASTENS CORONATION
Doctors at First Object, bat Edward
Will Listen to Ko Other
LONDON. July 8. The news that the
coronation of King Edward was to be held
before the middle of August was published
In America r 'ore It wss known here. But
the. Londo s and other papers this
morning Cv '''' Associated Press an
From the ittn I' source the As
soclLted Press learn- sat the press
ing forward of coronau ,1ue to the
personal Insistence of the . ls doc
tors were at first opposed to . .n esrly
date, but the king declined to at. ;e to any
The doctors agree that It will be far bet
ter for King Edward to get through the
turmoil of the coronation as soon as pos
sible than to have It hanging over him for
months. The king has determined not to
break up the court at Buckingham palace
until after the coronation. He may go
on board his yacht tor a few days' cruise,
but he Is mors likely to remain In London
until the affair Is over and then take a
COTTON CRISIS GROWS ACUTE
Heavy Rcdactloa of Output Seems
Only Salvation in Order to
Avoid Heavy Losses.
LONDON, July 8. The cotton crisis In
Lancashire Is growing more acute and the
trade regards a heavy reduction of the out
put as being its only salvation., A meeting
has been called for July 11, to consider
the replies to circulars advocating Joint
action of the spinners In resorting to short
time, as was done during the last two sum
mere. The general opinion Is that a cur
tallment of the production on even a more
extensive scale than heretofore will be nec
essary to avoid heavy losses.
President Charles W. Macara, of ,the Mas
ters' federation says the short supply of
cotton and the big discount In the price of
future delivery are the main causes of the
crisis. He declares that speculators have
secured possession of the raw material and
that the firms running full time are playing
Into their hands. The only hope for the
Lancashire cotton Industry Is for the trade
to act unanimously.
MAKES VERY LIBERAL OFFER
Morgan Willing; to Place All British
Ships in Combine at Disposal
LONDON, July 8. In the House of Com
mons today the parliamentary secretary to
the admiralty, H. C. Arnold-Foster, reply
lng to William Redmond, the Irish leader,
confirmed the report that J. P. Morgan
had offered to place all the British ships
In the new combine at the disposal of the
admiralty tor the next fifty years on cer
He added that the offer hss not yet been
accepted,' because It could only be dealt
with In relation to British shipping gen
erally and the Atlantic trade position.
which was being very carefully considered
by the government.
NO DELAY AT ' THE VATICAN
Answer at the Cardlaals to Governor
Taft'a Mote la Ready to
ROME, July 8. The answer of the com
mittee of cardinals to Oovernor Taft's re
cent note on the subject of the friars'
lands In the Philippine Islands, will be
presented to the pope this morning by
Cardinal Rampolla, the papal secretary of
The pontiff expressed his pleasure at the
celerity with which the business had been
dispatched and said. Jestingly, "We are
teaching the Americans the renowned art
of hustling." The answer will be trans
lated Into French and will bo printed.
ALL THAT CAN BE DESIRED
Bulletin Posted at Palace Tana De
scribes Progress of Klaa
Edward. LONDON, July 8. The bulletin regarding
the condition of King Edward, posted at
Buckingham palace at 10 o'clock this morn
The king's progress is all that ran be de
CHAMBERLAIN HAS GOOD NIGHT
Progresses Well la Charing Hospital,
bat Absolute (taiet la
LONDON, July ft The bulletin Issued
from Charing Cross hospital at 11:30 a. m.
"Mr. Joseph Chamberlain is progressing
very well. He passed a good night. Ab
solute quiet Is essential. He will remain
In ths hospital for the present."
Revolutionists Lay Down Arms.
PANAMA, July 7. (Monday.) General
Salaier, the governor of Panama, has re
ceived a dlspstch from Bogota, the capital,
announcing that Generals Pedroja. Benito.
I'lloa Leal and Teopllo Garcia and their
staffs, together with General Marina, most
Important literal leader of the depart
ment of Tottma, have laid down their arms
on account of the guarantees offered by the
Bogota government. At Carmen General
Tecap defeated the liberal forces under
Oeneral Munoi, killing or wounding over
200 men. This general also won a victory
over the forces of General Garcia Rovlera,
thus. It is claimed, rendering it useless to
cause any mors bloodshed.
To Extend Manila Railroad.
ROME, July 8. Horace Hlggtns, manager
of the Manlla-Dagupan railroad, whn ar
rived here yesterday, had g conference to
day with Governor Taft on the subject of
extending the railroad to Cabanatuna, New
Eglja province, leaving the main line near
Calumplt, In Bulcan province. The rail
road's claims sgatnst the government for
military occupation of ths rosd were also
discussed. The discussion was merely pre
liminary and will bs continued at Manila.
Transport ialanaales Floated. .
MANILA. July 8. The United 8tates
transport Salamanlca, which went ashore
on the Zabales coast July 8. baring on
board three companies of the Twenty-fifth
regiment, was floated and has arrived here.
It la now discharging Its cargo preparatory
to being repaired.
Earl of Araadel aad Kerrey.
LONDON, July 8. The Earl of Arundel
and Surrey, only son of ths duks'of Nor
folk, died this morning at Arundel castls,
Sussex. He had bean an Idiot and a cripple
since his birth. September T, 1878.
WORK ON IRRIGATION PLAN
Geological 8umy Will at One Take Up
Location of Reservoir Rites.
FENCES ON PUBLIC LANDS COMING DOWN
Only Trouble that Seems Possible In
Nebraska is la the Vicinity of Al
liance, According; to Com
(From a Staff Correspondent)
WASHINGTON, July 8. (Special Tele
gram.) Secretary Hitchcock, Director Wol
cott of the geological survey and Chief
Newell of the division of hydrography had
a conference yesterday upon Irrigation.
After reviewing the irrigation bill and Its
provisions the secretary Issued a letter to
Director Wolcott, setting aside, $15,000 for
preliminary work in surveys, etc., as pro
vided for in the bill. Director Wolcott
stated today that this amount of money
was all that could possibly be used during
the present summer In making preliminary
surveys and locating sites for reservoirs.
He stated that the subject was so vast and
the field so little comprehended that the
department would move very slowly in the
matter, but that whatever was done would
be done for the best Interests of the arid
and seml-arld west, which is to be vitally
benefited by reason of the passage of the
Colonel John S. Mosby of sx-confederate
fame, and who is special agent of the
land department detailed for work in Colo
rado, Wyoming and the extreme western
portion of Nebraska, la In the city on
leave. Colonel Mosby had an interview
with Secretary Hitchcock this morning and
In the. course of the conversation stated
that fences on the public domain In the
western part of Nebraska were being taken
down without any great trouble. Commis
sioner Hermann of ths general land office
speaking of the work of removing fences
erected by the cattle barons and large
corporations on publlo lands In Nebraska,
stated that from Colonel Mosby'a district
he bed heard little or no complaint,
that from other sections of Nebraska, par
ticularly around Alliance and other places
adjacent thereto, he bad heard many com
plaints as to the high-handed manner in
which the cattle barons were usurping
lands not their own.
May Be Some Resistance.
"While I do not anticipate any trouble
in western Nebraska," said Commissioner
Harmann. "srowlna- out of the removal or
fences, still It would not surprise me If
there was considerable resistance, it is
not the business of ths land department to
remove the fences. That matter rests en
tirely In the banda of the Department of
Justice. ' All the land department aoes.
ihrnnirh its aneclal agents. Is to notify
the offending cattlemen, ranchmen and
others who ara usurpers and notuy tnem
that ihelr fences must come down within
. ,.rtain time. Falllnc to remove fences
within the time specified, it Is the busi
ness of the land office to inform me unuea
ai.a Autrlnt attorney of the failure to
comply with the law's demands, and he la
turn directs the marsnai to proceed m iu.
lands upoh which the. fences are located
with his i jrce of denutlee and proceed to
level the fences to the ground."
Fight for Land Office,
nutinni hv been freely made re
cently that Senators Dietrich and Millard
will be compelled to nominate a new re
ceiver ot the land office at Alliance. The
fight between Van Bosklrk and Dorrlngton
Is growing in intensity as daya go by.
Dorrlngton has made a strong fight agalntt
t if vmn Bosklrk. who was agreed upon
by the senators as the msn who should suc
ceed him. Secretsry Hitchcock has inai-
...t.ri n Senators Dietrich and Millard mat
unless some one else is selected Dorrlng
ton will be continued. Dorrlngton alleges
that Van Bosklrk was connected with
r.th.r ahadv transactions in the selection
of certain lands In the Alliance district,
though not directly Implicated, van Bos
klrk has filed counter charges and ao the
war goes on with ths inevitable result
seemingly of both men having to get out
of the way for some new man.
Ths leave of absence granted Captain
Louis C. Scherer, Fourth cavalry. Depart
ment of the Missouri, is extended one
The following officers recently promoted
ars assigned regiments as Indicated: Clar
ence A. Stedman, promoted from major
i. lieutenant colonel, assigned to Sixth
cavalry and ordered to duty In the De
partment of the Missouri; ADner ricser
Ing, promoted from captain to major, as
signed to Twenty-second Infantry, Depart
ment of the Missouri.
Iowa postmasters appointed: D. F
Cote, Walnut City, Appanoose county; W.
F. Briner. Westervllle. Decatur county.
Rural free delivery service will be es
tablished in Iowa September 1 as follows:
Manson Calhoun county, one route; route
embraces an area of twenty-two square
miles, containing population of 500. Marlon,
Linn county, one additional route; area,
twenty square miles; population of 860.
Ottosen, Humboldt county, two routes;
area, flfty-etgbt square miles; population
of 770. Wayland, Henry county, one route;
area, twenty-three and a half square miles;
population ot 600.
The postmaster general has allowed ad
ditional letter carriers for the following
Iowa postofflces: Des Moines, four from
September 1 and four from November 1;
Fort Dodge, 1; Burlington, - 1, and Du
buque, two additional carriers to date from
George 8. Mitchell has been appointed
stamper In the Fort Madison, la., post
office. J. Frank Warner of Cheyenne, Wyo., Is
appointed state examiner ot surveys In
the general land office.
Fred Evans ot Grand Island, Neb., has
been appointed assistant inspector la con
nection with the Bureau ot Animal In
dustry. Ths secretary of ths tressury has
awarded the contract for heating ths sx-
tension of ths Omaha public building to
Bellamy t riornung or umana at iiv.vou
and the contract for the wiring system
to Henry Newgard ot Chtcago at 3,9S5.
The comptroller of tbs currsncy today
extended until July 8, 122, the corporate
existence of the Fort Dodge National bank
ot Fort Dodge, la.
SAVAGE PARTY COMING HOME
Governor Leaves Portland and Will
Visit California en the
PORTLAND, Ore., July 8 Oovernor E.
P. Savage of Nebraska and party, who
came west to witness the laying of the
keel ot ths battleship Nebrsska at Seattle
on the Fourth of July, starlsd home' to
night. The party will go by way of California.
RAILROADS AE HARD HIT
Tracks 'Washed 0t by Heavy Rata
In All Directions From
BLAIR. Neb., July 8. (Special Tele
gram.) The hardest rsln of the season fell
here today, the precipitation being two
and a half Inchea. All trains on the Elk
horn and Omaha roads are abandoned until
tomorrow morning. One mile south ot
Herman there Is nearly 200 feet ot track
washed out and one bridge gone. Road
master Walsh, with a work train, Just ar
rived from the, washout at Herman aoJ
reports a large lake of water around the
east psrt of town and three or four houses
off their foundstlons and washed down
against the track. A quarter mile of track
is gone at De Soto, on the Omaha road,
and a telephone message says the water
Is dangerously near several farm bouses.
The northbound train due here this even
ing at 6:20 Ilea here on the sidetrack un
able to go either north or south.
On the Elkhorn road a halt mile east of
Kennard there Is a washout of nearly 600
feet and also a bad place about two miles
west of Blair on the same road. All bridge
and section, men on both roads have been
ordered out tonight. A large force of men
have been ordered from north ot Herman
to work at the break as soon as they can
By telephone tonight reports came In
ot a heavy fal, of rain from all over the
county, a number of wagon bridges being
Foreman Wentworth of the Missouri
river bridge on the Elkhnrn road, reported
tonight that large portions of the ground
at the top of the fill west of the bridge
were sliding down with terrlfflo force and
trains were delayed there this evening.
The water Is so high tonight on the bot
tom land east and south of Herman that
the farmers are working hard to get their
stock out of the fields.
PAPPI0 CREEK0N A BENDER
Great Damaare, Being- Done by Stream
Swollen to Flood by Heavy
From Bennington last night a telephone
message was to the effect that the Papplo
was wreaking havoc In that neighborhood.
This erstwhile purling-brook, which slides
so quietly along between Its sedgy banks,
has been swollen by recent rains until now
one who did not know It for the Papplo
might easily think it the main channel of
the Missouri. For two or three days it
has been out of Its banks and the heavy
shower of Tuesday evening sent It bowl
ing all over the bottoms along its entire
At Bennington the mill dam was In such
condition at 9 o'clock that It was mo
mentarily expected to go out and release
the waters it has hi Id back. J. H. Dehnke,
the owner of the mill, was doing all he
could at that time to save his building and
machinery from the destruction which Im
pended. . ,
At Kennard about forty rods of the Elk
horn grade Ws washed out by the Papplo,
making that part of the track Impassable.
The flooded fields cl growing grain look
like masses off aree, tors and It the flood
doesn't aubsira au Siy, JJelda will be
totally lost. " '-fv . J.
TRAINS DELAYED BY WASHOUTS
Northwestern In the Worst Shape,
Owing; to Break East of
With the exception of the eaatbound
Overland limited, , not a train arrived at
the Union depot on schedule time last
night. Sodden tracks and Washouts made
speed Impossible. The worst tled-up sys
tem was the Northwestern, owing to a
serious washout to the east of Missouri
Valley. No. 8. due at 4:35 yesterday. after
noon, had not arrived at 2 o'clock this
morning, and the trains due at 1:40 a. m.,
6:25 a. m., 10:25 a. m. and 11:20 a. m. were
all reported late, with the probability that
none of these will get through before this
On the Rock Island train No. 6, whlrh
was due at 6:43 p. m. yesterday, only ar
rived after 1 o'clock this morning, and
train No. 8 was twenty minutes behind
The Illinois Central had a train. No. 8,
which was more than fifty minutes - over
due. The Burlington reported no trouble on
the main line and all tralna on time.
River on Rampage.
CONCORDIA, Kan., July 8. The Repub
lican rive Is oue foot higher than high
water mark and Is four miles wide In
some places. Many farmers have been
compelled to leave their farms for safety,
while many head of livestock have been
drowned. Corn and wheat Is greatly dam
aged. A half mile of the Proaser railroad
track has been washed out near here.
Rivers Are Rasing.
KANSAS CITY, July 8. The Missouri
and Kaw rivers at Kansas City have
reached close to the danger line of twenty-one
feet as a result of the recent
heavy rains In this part of the southwest
and the local weather bureau has warned
persons In the bottom lands to guard the
Interests against a quick rise that would
likely follow another rain.
KNOCKOUT DROPS EFFECTIVE
Cheyenne Gambler Visits Low Resorts
with Pocket Fall of Money
and is Murdered.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., July 8. Special Tel
egram.) Charles Stevens, a Casper gam
bler, died at St. John's hospltsl here today
as the result of poison aadinlnlstered. It Is
believed, by persons who robbed him Sun
day night when he was taking In the ten
derloin district. Stevens bad considerable
money and Is known to have visited sev
eral low Joints. When he returned to his
room, he was taken 111 and grew worse
rapidly. The authorities believe Stevens
was given knock-out drops. Ths csss is
COAL VESSELSARE OVERDUE
Heavy Rate of Insurance Koiv Being;
Paid en Two English
BAN FRANCISCO. July 8 Two more coal
laden vessels havs been added to ths over
due list. The British ship Cumberland Is
now out forty-eight days from New Castle,
Australia, for Taltal and 25 per cent Is being
paid on it by ths underwriter.
On the British bark Earlscourt. now out
seventy-three days from New Castle for
Valparaiso. 16 per cent la being paid. The
rats on ths French bark Breun has ad
vanced to 80 per cent. It la out 18 days
from Nswcastle. England, for Sea Fran
COUNTY EQUALIZERS FINISH
Adjourn After Bailing Attested Valuation
COMPROMISE ON LEVY OF FIFTEEN MILLS
Rcaalt Will Be 5,BTO Less Taxes Thaa
Last Year's Levy Represented
Village and District Specials
County's total BMes'd valuation. $25
Increase over assessors' returns. 2
Increase ovei 1901 ngstssment.... 2
Increase on public service cor
porations, packers and Stock
Yards company 1
County levy for 1D02 (mills)
Decrease from county levy of
State levy, 1901 (mills)
Amount ot taxes produced In l'2.$
Decrease from taxes produced
Leneth of board's session (days)
227. (EH. 77
2 1.4:. 13
Complaints (lied for consideration
Complaints actd upon
Complaints dismissed ,
Realty assessment, 19i2...
Realty assessment, 1H01...,
Personal assessment, litol
Hank assessment, 1902
Hank assessment, 1!1
State assessment, 1902
State assessment, lflol
Oeneral fund levy, 1902, mills..
Oeneral fund levy, 1901 9 mills..
Road fund levy. 1902. 2.6 mills....
Rosd fund levy, 1901, 2 mills
Hrldge fund levy, 19"2. 2 mills....
Bridge fund levy, 1901, 8.2 mills..
Bond sinking fund levy, 1902,
Bond sinking fund levy. 1901,
Soldiers' relief fund levy, 1902,
Soldiers' relief fund levy, 1901,
At 9:40 last night the County Board of
Equalization adjourned sine die. 8Ince June
10 It had had twenty-three all-day sessions
and six night sessions. Its actual accom
plishments are so fully shown by the table
printed above, which was compiled from
the board's own records, as to render a de
tailed report superfluous.
Figuratively spesklng, the doxology of
the session was sung midst a shower of
verbal boquets. Attorney Mcintosh, who
represented the Real Estate exchange, ex
pressed on his own behalf and on behalf
of his clients gratitude and congratulations,
saying: "This Is the first instance, In my
observation, when an equalizing board In
this county hae really performed the du
ties of Its office. The community should
feel grateful to you and the county should
be proud of you."
Hoard Makes Its Bow.
Chairman Ostrom replied that the board
could not have ao well disposed of the bus
iness without the aid of the tax commit
tee and It's attorney and thanked them
both. Connolly Introduced a resolution
ot thanks and It was Instantly adopted.
Chairman F. D. Weed of the tax commit
tee was at home nursing a pet cow that
had been stricken with perityphlitis, but
W. O. Ure, the morst tlrsless worker on
the committee and the one who has han
dled the figures, sat In his accustomed
corner and blushed his appreciation.
The total assesse-" valuation was first
announced a 825,417 &9.27, or within $SA,
000 of The Bee's tonVist, but it was- sub
sequently discovered that there had been
a confusion In the bank assessments as a
result of the varying methods ot the as
sessors and this cuts the toi! nearly $200,
000, to the regret of everyone who has In
terested himself In the proceedings of the
Divided on the Levy.
When the Board of Equalization ad
journed and the Board of County Commis
sioners convened the matter of the levy
was taken up at once. Connolly talked
loudly and long for a 14 mill levy. Hofeldt
told him be was only bluffing. Hofeldt
and O'Keeffe stood for a levy of 16.8 mills
In the hope of reducing the county's $130,
000 floating indebtedness. Harte had re
duced his figure from the 17.2 of last yesr,
for which he pleaded a week ago, and was
with Ostrom for 16.6. . Despite their vari
ance, the members compromised on 15
without much hesitation, Influenced largely
by what they considered would be a pop
ular clamor for a reduction in levy be
cause ot the Increase In valuation.
Village and School Levies.
After the levy waa voted several resolu
tions ot Hofeldt's were Introduced and
adopted. The first provides that for the
purpose of raising the bond fund, redeem
ing the bonded Indebtedness and paying
the Interest on the- bonds of bond districts
Nob. 6, 26, S3, 69 and 63 the first shall be
levied on at 10 mills, the second at 8 mills,
the third at 6 mills, the fourth at 1 mill
and the sixth at 6 mills.
The second resolution provided for a
levy ot 8 mills upon all taxable property
in school district No. 27 and of 6 mills
upon all that In school district No. 58,
the same being for the purpose ot paying
the sums of $174.25 and $84.39 due school
district No. 62 for Its share of the school
property as valued by the superintendent
of public instruction when It (district 62)
High School Tnltloa Levy.
The third resolution provides for a levy
of 14 mills upon all taxabla property In
the adjunct school district of Douglas
county (which Is all of Douglas county
except Omaha, 8outh Omaha, Florence,
Elkhorn, Waterloo and Valley) to raise
the fund with which to pay the Hlgk
school ' tuition fee of non-resident puptU
of the county. This resolution was ac
companied by reporta from ths Omaha
board president and secretary, who ask
$480.76 for nineteen pupils; Waterloo,
which wants $173.25 for eight pupils, and
Valley, which wants $439.60 for twenty-six
The fourth resolution fixed the village
levies as approved by the village trustees.
For general purposes they are: Millard,
8 mills; Elkhorn, 6 mills; Dundee, 6 mills;
Florence, 10 mills; Valley, 10 mills; Benson,
10 mills. There Is also a special levy of 8
mills In Florence for water, and sidewalk
specials amounting to $25.63 tor Benson and
$383. 05 for Florence.
Melatoah May Go to Lincoln.
The board members are thoroughly In
accord with the tax committee's plan to
send Attorney Mcintosh and the county at
torney to Lincoln to Insist on Douglas
county's rslsed assessment average being
taken Into account by the state board when
it makes Its levy, and this project was dis
cussed at soms length laat night. When
It was dropped, equalization matters seemed
temporarily at an end and the commis
sioners disposed of some other business.
They appointed J. A. C. Kennedy to act
In place of County Judge Vlnsonhaler in the
Miles will case, the Judge having once rep
resented a party In the action. County
Register of Deeds Duel was allowed two mea
at $60 per month each, theae men to re
write his office register. A contract waa
let for painting the offices of the sheriff and
(Continued oa Second Page.)
CONDITION OF THE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska Fair Wednesday
snd Thursdsy; Warmer In West Portion
Wednesday and In East Portion Thurs
day. Tetnperatare at Omaha Yesterday!
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MISS MORRISON SENTENCED
Motion for New Trial Overrated and
Given Twenty-Five tears
ELDORADO. Kas., July 8. Jessie Mor
rison, convicted June 28 of murder In the
second degree tor killing Mrs. Olln Css
tie, at the letter's horns here In June, 1900,
by cutting her throat with a razor, waa
today sentenced to twenty-five year In the
penitentiary. Motion for a new trial waa
Miss Morrison, who has gone through
three trials, took the sentence with little
show of demonstatlon. The case will be
appealed to the atate supreme court. At
her second trial Miss Morrison waa given
but five years.
A motion for a new trial, a motion In
arrest ot Judgment and a plea that sen
tence be postponed were overruled. Sen
tence was then pronounced upon Miss Mor
rison, who sst down without saying a word
or shedding a tear, fcbe was cool and self-
No emotion wsa displayed on the part
of her father and brother, and after the
Judge had given the attorneys fifty days
in which to file a bill ot exceptions Miss
Morrison arose and followed the sheriff to
her cell, accompanied by her father and
brother. Bhe passed from the room un
mindful ot the staring crowd. In the hall
the aged father and brother sat down be
side Miss Morrison on a bench and dis
cussed the sentence. Miss Morrison said:
"The Judge has been against me from the
first and was bound to convict me. I ex
pected no mercy from him and did not get
any mercy. I don't oonslder I had a fair
trial and believe the supreme court will
again reverse the case."
Miss Morrison's three trials have cost
the county $12,000.
CORN TOUCHES NINETY CENTS
Hlarhest Price for tho Cereal Since
18V2I, When It Was Ona
CHICAGO, July. 8. Short In July corn
were squeezed again today and the cornered
delivery went to 90 centa, the highest price
since 1892, when the market touched '$1.
July closed at 84 cents yesterdsy, an ad
vance ot 7 cents over the previous close.
Opening bids today were from 84 cents to
85 cents. Shorts were the bidders, and by
running the market up to 90 cents a little
before noon tbey got approximately 260,000
bushels. It Is estimated that In selling
thl much the manipulators ot the market
made a proflv of - $fi0,00P, as most -of Ou-lr
150.000,000 bushels waa purchased betweeu
61 cents and 65 cents.
No excitement was evident In the pit, al
though all were Interested in the problem
of where the Oatea coterie would let the
price advance before easing their grip. The
price Is already far past the maximum,
at which Phillips allowed shorts to settle In
his first and most successful deal.
Shorts who have covered have paid heav
ily for the privilege and those who are
still on the wrong side ot the market are
generally supposed to be In the most se
rious predicament of a decade.
July corn closed at 87 cents.
FIND FAMILY DEAD ON PLAIN
Man, Woman and Two Children Be
lieved to Have Been Mar
dered In Oklahoma.
ENID, Okl., July 8. Near Prudence, thirty
miles southwest ot here the bodies of a man
and woman and -two children apparently
members of one family, mutilated Into al
most unrecognizable shapes were found to
day. The bodies had been stripped of all
clothing, leaving no means of Identification.
It Is supposed that the family were stran
gera traveling overland and that they were
robbed and murdered by men who then
made oil with their .team and belongings.
Prudence is a village of a few houses,
off the railroad. In Woods county. It Is
without telegraph or telephone communi
cation and It la Impossible to secure fur
ther details of the murders today.
MORE TROUBLE FOR SHEEPMEN
Miners Threaten to Kill Herders If
They Retarn to Keystone
CHEYENNE, Wyo.. July 8. (Special Tel
egramsWord received tonight from Lar
amie states that miners and sheepmen
threaten to tight In the Keystone district
south of here. The miners objected to
sheepmen grazing their flocks In the dis
trict and drove the herders and their sheep
out The flocks were returned, only to be
driven away again and again. There has
been several encounters and ths miners
threaten to kill the aheepmen If they re
turn. The district la In a forest reserve.
COURT ' DISCHARGEF , JURY
Twelve Mea Fall to Reach Acres
meat in Coffelt Marder Trial
WINFIELD, Kan., July 8. The Jury In the
case of O. W. Coffelt, oa trial lor the mur
der In October, 1901, of Oeorge C. Mont
gomery, the Santa Fe detective, were dis
charged today, having failed to reach a
verdict. It had been out since last Friday.
The case was aet for trial next March.
George W. Miller, principal owner of the
famous ranch "No.. 101," on which Coffelt
was employed, will next be tried on the
Movemeats of Ocean Vessels July n.
At New York flailed: Pennsylvania for
Hamburg and Cherbourg. Kalxer Wllheltn
Der Orosse from Hremrn.
At Yokohama Arrived: Duke of Fife
from Tscoma and Hong Kong.
At New Castle, N. 8. W. Arrived;
Ganges from Tacuma.
At London Arrived: Brazilian from Mon
treal. At Bremen Arrived: Kron Prlna Wilhelm
from New York via Plymouth and Cher
bourg. Balled: Bremen for New York via
Southampton and Cherbourg.
Gibraltar Pavsed: Steamer Victoria from
New York for Marseilles, Genoa, etc.
At IJverpool Arrived: Bohemian from
New York; Numldlan from Montreal.
At Rotterdam Arrived: Steamer Stat
endam. from New York, via liologne, Syd
N. 8. W. Arrived prevlojaly: Steamer
Sierra from San Francisco, via Honolulu,
Pago Pago and Auckland.
Auditor Weitei Admit Only TaigiWe
Property Wag AieeuecL
DOES NOT KNOW VALUE OF UNION PACIFIC
Selling Prices of Stocks and Bonds Hot
Considered by the Board,
NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS
Friends of tae Ceurt Oompioueus Daring
the Entire Proceeding.
DECIDES AGAINST HAVING A REFEREE
Formidable Array of Legal Talent In
' Mandamas Case Bronaht by tha
Bee Dolldlnar Corn,
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. July 8. (Special.) The ques
tion of whst constitutes a railroad fran
chise, whether the franchise should be as
sessed for purposes of taxation and whetb-
tbe 8tate Board of Equalization constdeied
snd assessed the franchises In making the
assessment of railroad property this year.
are all now squarely before the supremo
court and are being argued In their various
phases by an Imposing array ot legal tal
ent, They come to the attention of the court
In the mandamus case of The Bee Bull-ling
Company against The State Board of Equali
sation. This Is an action Instituted by Ed
ward Rosewater, editor of The Bee, In
which the relator, The Bee Building com
pany, Is asking for the Issuance ot a writ
requiring the board to reconvene and reas
sess the railroad, Pullman and telegraph
property of the state and to take the fran
chises Into consideration In making the as
On the side of the defendant board, ap
pearing as friends of the court, are the
attorneys for the three principal railroads
In the state, and the Pullman company.
In ths proceedings today they were always
at the forefront In the detenae, although
the attorney general was present In his of
ficial capacity and guarding jealously the
State Board of Equalization against the at
tacks of the attorneys on the relator's
side. E. W. Slraeral and John D. Howe ap
peared for The Bee Building company. M.
F. Harrington ot O'Neill is associated with
them In the prosecution of the case, but ap
pears In his individual capacity aa a cor
relator. Plenty of Attorneys.
The attorney general eo far aa Is shown
by the record Is the only attorney represent
ing the defendant "board. But on the same
side of the ease and just aa energetic la
their efforts are John N. Baldwin of Coun
cil Bluffs, representing ths Union Paclflo
Railroad company; Ben T. White of Omaha,
representing the Northwestern and Fre
mont, Elkhorn A, Missouri Valley railroads;
J. E. Kelby of. Oiuaba'&nd Frauk . 'H'lhop
of 'Lincoln, representing the Burlington,
and Frank T. Ransom, 'representing tho
Pullman company. There are several attor
neys sitting with these gentlemen In an
advisory capacity. During the forenoon
session ot the court Oeneral Manager Bid
well of the Elkhorn was present and coun
seled with his attorney throughout the pro
ceedings. Edward Roaewatsr of the re
lator was In the courtroom during both the
morning and afternoon sessions.
The judges were a little late In arriving,
consequently It was nearly 11 o'clock when
the morning session was begun. The first
half hour was devoted to some miscellan
eous matters connected with other esses,
and at 11:30 the railroad case was called.
The balance of the morning session waa
consumed by a discussion as to the course
of procedure to be followed tn tha hearing.
The attorneys for the roallroada pre
sumed at the outset that the relators
would submit testimony and evidence, and
were quickly apprised that testimony would
be offered. Then the discussion turned to
the question of whether to have the tes
timony submitted to a referee or to tie
court. The attorneys for the relator pre
ferred to make their showing direct to the
court. The corporation lawyers mildly pro
tested, suggesting the appointment of a
referee to listen to testimony and examine
evidence. The Judges heard the argument
and promlaed a decision at the opening ot
the afternoon session, which was aet to be
gin at 1:30.
C'onrt to itfear Testimony. ,
When the Judges reappeared on the
bench at tho appointed time It waa an
nounced that the hearing, would proceed
before the court in the regular way and
that any testimony or evidence that might
be offered would be given consideration.
Two subpoenas bad been Issued the day
before at -the Instance of the relator. One
was for Auditor Weeton and the other waa
for Treasurer Btuefer. Mr. Wsston wsa
called first and kept on the stand the en
Tha auditor was first asked to Identify
the records of the Board of Equallzatloa,
which be did. These records consisted
of the returns made to the board by the
various railroada and telegraph companies
and the Pullman company; the assessment
books In whlrh the grsnd asseasment rolls
were kept In tsbulated form, together with
the minutes of the meeting, and some re
ports from county clerks as to ths staad
ard of value followed In their Jurisdiction
by the assessors.
On cross-examination Mr. Baldwin asks4
ths witness if the board had not consid
ered, in making the assessment, that tha
railroads were actively engaged In doing
business at the time the assessment wsa
msde. This question, which waa followed
by numerous ot a similar nature brought
forth serious objections from the attorneys
on tbs relators' side, who contended that
tbey did not constitute proper cross-examination,
for the reason that Mr. Weaton had
been called almply for the purpose of Idea
tlfylng the records of his depsrtment aad
for no other reaaon. The court was In
clined to sustain these objections at first,
but afterward was more liberal and the
examination took a broad turn.
Assumed to Renreseat Reswoadeate.
As to the appearance of the corporation
attorneys. Chief Justice Euiltvan, aftsr ob
jections had been mads, declared:
"It will be assumed that ths attoraeyg
are -here with authority and may repressat
"We prefer not to havs them participate
in the cross-examination of our witnsaa
unices they consent to be mads parties to
the suit. We want the record to show
that they are parties la the litlgetloa It
they are allowed to proceed," uged Mr.
Ths inlet Justice replied: "I guess yon
will have no difficulty proving that ths
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