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    The Omaha Daily Bee.
3TA11LISILED JUNE 19, 1871.
Union Pacific Oar Builders Likely to Stick
to Agreement.
Majority f Men TaTor the Company'! Pro
posed Premium Scale.
nonunion Men Lead the Agitation for a
I'nlon Par I Bo Bald to Be Maklna- Ar
rangements to Doable or Trebla
Capacity of Konnnloa
The Brotherhood of Railway Carmen did
cot meet last night to take final action
upon the agreement entered Into with the
Union Pacific by their committee, ai was
expected, but will hold lta meeting tonight
at lta hall at Fourteenth and Douglaa.
Tromlnent union car builders believe the
agreement ' will be generally adopted and
a strike averted. An actlva member of
the brotherhood aald last night regarding
the car builders' situation:
"There ia "not aa much dissatisfaction
over the agreement entered Into between
the company and the local car builders as
has been represented. There are a few
agitators who would like to precipitate a
strike, and some of these have been circu
lating a petition for this purpose even since
the local car bullers adopted the agreement
at our meeting Monday afternoon, and this,
I suppose, has ;lven rite to much of the
alleged dlsseneion. The most of these agi
tators are nonunion men, too. I believe that
there are not more than three union car
bulldera In Omaha today who are opposed
to that agreement.
Proposition Not I'nderatood.
"The trouble la the men over the sys
tem and here who are finding so much fault
with the company's proposition do not thor
oughly understand It. They think it Is a
simple piecework proposition, when aa a
matter of fact it is nothing of the kind.
The company says: 'We will guarantee
very man in the car ahops as much money
as he made under the former system.' Now
In the case of the car builders this would
be SO cents an hour. Dut the proposition
does not stop here. The company further
offers to pay every man as much over SO
cents an hour as be may earn; for instance.
If I earn $4 a day Instead of only 13, I get
that amount. But In any event I will get
my $3 a day. Now, that Is not, properly
peaking, a piecework system; it Is what
we call a premium system. I believe this
is the very best system that could be
adopted, and Its adoption does not mean
Imply a victory for the company, but as
much a victory for the man and even more
Waltlnsj tor .Oat-of-Town Men.
H waa impossible to hold the meeting last
nlaht. as not all the shops out on the
line had been heard from. By tonight it is
expected all will hare been beard from,
and what action la taken tonight will be
final. It Is already known by some of
the local men that Orand Island and Chey
enne are favorable to the adoption of the
new agreement, and they axe of the opin
ion that the majority of other places will
have voted likewise.
This agreement, it adopted, will be ef
fective for one year. The Union Pacific of
ficials have made the statement that if at
the end of that time It proves unsatisfac
tory they will then be ready to consider
making concessions, but they insist that
after a year's trial the carmen will not be
Willing to abandon 1L
At the meeting Monday afternoon the
proposition was adopted by the Omaha
shopmen by a vote of 49 to 2T, and the ma
jority of the negative votes are said to
have been cast by nonunion men, who are
blamed with the agitation for a strike.
All at Work Yesterday.
All the car builders were at work yes
terday as usual and there was no Indica
tion of trouble except the quiet campaign
ing done by the nonunion faction that was
displeased with the result of things at the
Monday meeting. The ' railroad officials
gave out the report that the car builders'
department waa keeping up Its work to
the highest standard of efficiency and there
was nothing about the ahops to Indicate a
semblance or thought of strike. They con
sider the mstter already settled.
The company contlnuea In the business
of importing men from Chicago. The offi
cials bold that these men are more com
petent than generally accredited, and that
by their assistance conditions at tbs shops
are very satisfactory.
There la little active work being done
by the machinists and bollermakers. They
.are both aa determined aa when they went
out and are attending to the routine of
their strike. Vice President Wilson, the
leader of the machinists' faction, will leave
Omaha tomorrow for a trln over tha ivi
' Vein, visiting all the towns and cities where
4here sre shops, with a view of strength
ening the Interests of the strikers.
Graad Ialaad SMnatloa.
The Union Paclfiu, it la reported. Is pre
paring to Install a night and day shift in
its shops at Grand Island and thus double
or treble the capacity for and volume of
work there. This haa never been a union
.shop and but two of the employes were
union men when ths strlks originated
These went out, but none of the others
have sver struck. They are still at work
and will be used as a nurleua to form a
.large force. It was said this morning that
the company Intended putting In tOO or
SCO shopmen there. The shops have never
been run to tbelr full capacity.
Will Prosecate Aaaallaata.
A Union Pacific official stated yesterday
that for an assault upon an employe of the
company at Denver by three former em
ployee Sunday the company would en
deavor to have the trio of rioters sent to
the penitentiary. According to one of the
officials the man waa returning from bis
work at the shops when three strikers, who
bad been hla friends, called to him. Sup
posing they wanted to engage in a friendly
that the shopman stopped. Hs was violently
assaulted. It Is charged, sustaining serious
The officials persistently deny the re
porta that Pinkerton detectives have been
placed on guard at Denver or anywhere else
on the Union Pacific system, but they ad
mit that speclsl Instructions have been
stnt to Denver to have the force of pri
vate guards enlarged, and similar Instruc
tions will be given at other place if occa
sion seswa to demand.
Meat Stead Conrt Martial Trial tor
Alleged Crarlty to Tayabas
MANILA. July 9. General Chaffee has
ordered Lieutenant Edward A. Hickman of
the First cavalry to Manila for trial by
court-martial on the charge of alleged
cruelty to natives of Tsyabaa province.
The charges arise from the Gardener in
quiry. It Is claimed that Hickman ducked
two natives in a stream In order to obtain
Information. He Is further charged with
having ducked a third nt,l s who died
from maltreatment. The tr '"fficlals
say that proof of the lattet Is
doubtful. y..
The court presided over by Genetv .
llam H. Blsbee, whlih Is trying Cat. '
James A. Ryan of the Fifteenth cavah.
on the charge of unnecessary severity to
natives, will try Lieutenant Hickman.
The defense In the Ryan court-martial
cloaed today. The arguments will be
heard Saturday. The defense offered much
testimony and many documents to show
that a state of Insurrection existed at
Jlmlnex, Mindanao, and that Captain Ryan
was Justified In using force to obtain In
formation, protect his command and pur
sue the enemy.
It was shown that the two natives who
were "trested" communicated with the
enemy, giving Information regarding the
Americans' supplies.
Becond Lieutenant Charles Burnett of
the Fifteenth cavalry and Surgeon Major
Peter R. Egan testified that they took the
same treatment as administered to the
nstives and that they did not suffer there
Active Mountains Near Lake Klcara-a-aa
Dianlay Danger a Day
Before ISrnptlon.
, s
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, July 9. The ac
tive volcanoes of Costa Rica, Mlravallis and
Rlncond de la Vleja, situated respectively
eighty and sixty miles southeast of Lake
Nicaragua, gave a day's warning pravlous
to their recent eruption. No natives are
reported to have lost their lives.
The country around the volcanoes is
sparsely settled, being mainly cattle es
tates. The mountains are distant from
the lake and ocean and the water supply
In their vicinity is moderate. Therefore
they are not severely explosive. The prin
cipal causes of the outbreaks are chemical
action and the readjusting of the earth's
Member of Anstro-Hnna-arlaa Mlseloa
to Coronatloa Moat Anawer
Cbarsjre of Mlacoadact.
LONDON. July 9. Hearing of the charges
brought against Prince Francis Josef of
Brsgan'za, who waa a member of the Aus-tro-Hungarlan
mission to tbs coronation of
King Edward and other members, was re
sumed In the Southwark police court today
and attracted much attention. Sir Edward
Clarke, the former' solicitor general, de
fended the prince.
The pror-cutor altered the charge from
"felony" to "misconduct under the ertm
lnal law amendment." Sir Edward Inti
mated that the defense would be conspiracy
to rob and, blackmail.
Charles Brlajht of Ohio Xot Oollty of
Coaceallaar Property Irons
LONDON. July 9. The trial of Charles
Bright, the civil engineer of Sandusky, O.,
charged with concealing $500,000 in connec
tion with the bankruptcy proceedings, ended
today and resulted In the acquittal of Mr.
J. F. Moreno, who was formerly attached
to the United Statea legations at Paris and
at Madrid, and Louis R. Fudge, the secre
tary of Bright's company, who were charged
with being accessories In the alleged con
sptracy to defraud creditors of Bright, were
also acquitted.
KIbst Edward Coatlaaes to Gala
Strength, Thssgk Wound ia
Slowly Heallasr.
LONDON, July 9. Following Is the bulle
tin posted at Buckingham palace regard
ing King Edward's condition at 10 o'clock
this morning:
The king's progreas Is uninterrupted.
Hla majesty slept well snd Is gaining
strength. The wound Is slowly healing.
Leaves the Hospital, bat Perfect
Qalet for the Present Is
LONDON, July 9. Joseph Chamberlain,
the colonial secretary, who waa injured In
a carriage accident Monday, left Charing
Cross hospital this morning, accompanied
by Mrs. Chamberlain, and returned to hla
home In Princes' Gardens.
A bulletin Issued regarding his condition
ssys hs Is progressing satisfactorily, but
that perfect quiet Is essential.
Plaas Betas Formed by Elevator Cos.
rrra (or Kew Combine la
TOPEKA. Kan., July 9. At a conference
held In this city today between Walter
Vrooman and repreaentatives of various
milling and grain concerns of ths state
plans were discussed for the formation of
a "farmers' grain and milling trust."
The Idea la to do away with ths mid
dlemen and handle the wheat product of
the stats directly from ths farmers to
ths elevators and millers without psylng
a commission. Tbs Vrooman line of co
operative stores, ths Hoffman mills and
a line of ejevators, ths Solomon County
Co-operstlvs Grain company, seven or eight
elevators on tbs Union Pacific and tbs
Western Milling company of Saline propose
to enter the trust.
New Mea la Cheyenne Shops.
CHEYENNE, Wyo.. July 9. The Union
Pacific Is slowly Importing nonunion ma
chinists for its Cheyenne shops and now
claims to have 175 men at work. Th
strikers say ths figures are exaggerated
In the hope that the strikers will grow
So far the strikers hsve offered no
violence Jo nonunion machinists and lead
ers say tbs new mea will not bs molested.
Trouble of the Freight Handler! it Virtually
Eettled at Conference.
trlkers Accept Scale of Wattes Of
fered Them Jnly 1 and Which
Waa Emphatically Refaeed
at the Time.
CHICAGO. July 9 The strike of tbs
freight handlers Is virtually settled. Meet
ings of the strikers will be held tomorrow
-atlfy the action taken tonight by Pres
Currsn of the order, but Inasmuch
ated tonight, after a conference
wi. general managers of the railroads,
that i. bad agreed to their terms because
the majority of his men were "going back"
on him, there Is little doubt that the terms
will be accepted by ths msas meeting.
By the terms of ths settlement the
strikers sccept the scale of wages offered
them by ths railroads July 1. This sched
ule wss emphatically refused by the
strikers at tbs time It wss msde. It of
fered sn average Increass of 20 per cent
for all classes of the freight union. The
demands of ths men would have made an
average Increase of 30 per cent. The
railroads at ths time of offering the In
creass on July 1 said that under no cir
cumstances would they recognise the
union of the freight handlers to the extent
of allowing the officers of the organization
to make terms for the men with the offi
cers of ths railroads by which they were
employed. This was ons of the chief rea
sons for the strike, the men Insisting that
the union should be fully recognised. The
railroads have won a complete victory on
this point.
Attltade of Rallroada Unchanged.
The attitude of the roads toward ths
freight handlers' union Is ths same as that
maintained toward all local organisa
tions of railroad men. The freight handlers
demanded something that no other organi
sation of railroad employes In Chicago had
asked and the managers answered that
under no circumstances would they agree
to this. President Curran of the freight
handlers' union said, after the meeting with
the general managers tonight, that he prac
tically had been compelled by his own men
to accept the terms of the roads.
"Two-thirds of them would have gone to
work In the morning anyhow," he said,
"and It waa almply a question of dotng the
best possible nnder the circumstances. The
railroads agree to taks back all the strik
ers who will apply for tbelr old positions
by noon tomorrow."
The settlement of the strlks came unex
pectedly. The meetings during the day of
the various committees with- the general
managers of the railroads did not produce
much result, neither slds making conces
sions. When the committees had reported back
to the executive council of the strikers a
meeting of that body waa held. Several
or me unicago f ederation oi Laoor, includ
ing President Bowman, were present. The
officers of the federation used every means
to Induce the strikers to accept the terms
offered them, but without avail. Twelve
members I of the executive council . spoke
against the acceptance of the terms and
three were in favor of it. The meeting was
at times acrimonious and there was a sharp
exchange of words between President Bow
man of the Federation of Labor and Presi
dent Curran of the freight handlers' union.
In which the former was accused of "play
ing politics" at the expenss of the freight
Prealdeat Carraa Accepts.
The proposition finally was msde that
the matter of an agreement with the rail
roads should be left with President Cur
ran and President Bowman ef the federa
tion with full power to act. A meeting
was then arranged with a committee of
the general managers of ths railroads, who
had full power of settlement on their slds.
The result was that President Curran
agreed to accept the baals of increase of
fered by tbs railroads July 1.
The action of the teamsters was a po
tent factor In settling the strike. They
took strong tssus with tbs freight handlers
and Intimated very plainly that no as
sistance could be expected from them, in
asmuch as the freight handlers had struck
against tha advise of the Chicago Federa
tion of Labor.
The session of the executive council
came to a sudden termination and Presi
dents Curran and Bowman left for the
meeting with the general managers. When
he left this meeting President Currsn was
surrounded by crowds of the strikers, who
bad been waiting to hear the result of ths
meeting, and there was great dissatisfac
tion when It was announcsd that no set
tlement hsd been reached, but that meet
ings would be held Thursday morning, at
which the results of the meeting with the
managers would be made known. The
displeasure ot the men had a marked effect
In bringing about the settlement of the
The agreement reached by President Cur
rsn with the msnagers tonight must be
ratified by the men tomorrow, but there Is
only a very small probability that this will
not be dons.
Electrical Entrlneer to Establish Tele,
graph System from Port Gib
bons to Batea Rapids.
SAN FRANCISCO. July 9. R. Pfund. aa
electrical engineer, bas arrived here on
his way to Alaska for ths purpose of es
tablishing a wireless telegraph system be
tween Fort Gibbons, on the Yukon river,
and the fort . at Bates' rapids, on ths
Tanana river, a distance of 195 miles.
The line, which will be constructed under
the direction of Chief Signal Officer Greely,
will be completed by October 1. On his
return from ths north Mr. Pfund msy taks
measures to establish a station near the
Golden Gate, so thst wireless communica
tion may bs had with vessels on ths Pa
Electrical Storm Accompanied by
Cloadbaret Does Great Din.
asie la Peansylvaala.
E ASTON, Pa., July 9. A cloudburst In
ths upper Bushklll district of Northamp
ton county last night did a vast amount ot
damage. Only meager details are obtain
able at this time owing to washouts snd
tha destruction ot telegrsphic and tele
phone lines.
Chsrles Abel, a farmer, who with his wlfs
waa returning from tbs hsrveat fields, wss
struck by lightning snd killed. Ths Bush
klll creek overflowed Its bsnks snd many
fields ot grain were almost wholly destroyed.
Believes that Miners Are "are to Wla
Their Demands la Present
WTLKESBARRE. Pa., July 9. In an ad
dress todsy before the 400 delegates of
district No. 1, In convention at Nantlcoke.
President Mitchell of the Mine Workers'
union said he hsd nsver participated In a
strike In which he waa so confident of suc
cess. This statement by the miners' chief
was greeted with great spplause. The na
tional president severely criticised the citl
Izens' alliance organizations which have
been formed in Scranton and Wllkesbarre
for the purpose of prosecuting persons wbo
boycott or otherwise intimidate men still
working In the mines or their relatives.
In the course of his speech Mr. Mitchell
ssld: . i
The coal operators have organised a
press bureau and are constantly sending
out through It what purport to be Inter
views with and statements from them,
while as a matter of fact there Is not n
president In the entire region who will
atanrt responsible for any of the statements.
The operators have also orgnnisrd an
other adjunct, under thn nBme of the
Citizen's alliance. I am sure 1 do not know
how many citizens sre .members of this
mysterious organization, as ao far only
one has had the manhood or the effrontery
to acknowledge his membership. I, of
course, healtnte to criticise men for doing
anything they hsve a legal rlnht to do. but
when an organisation of the ciilz.'ns of any
community is formed, the alleged purpose
of which la the maintenance of law iinl
order, and when It develops that the entl-e
energlra of the organization are being di
rected against the coal strikers. It arouses
a suspicion to say the lenst In my mind,
that the name of the association Is a mis
nomer and the alleged purpose a cloak
under which so-called cltlzwis have Joined
forces with coal operators In a damnable
attempt to crush the miners' union.
In ail my experience In the labor move
ment I have never participated In a strike
In which I felt so confident of success. If
our membership, will stand, as I know they
will, we shall. In the not far distant fu
ture, achieve a victory and settle for ell
time the right of the coal minors to receive
for honest labor and unremitting toll at
least a sufficient wage to enable them to
live, maintain and educate their families
and enjoy a few of the pleasures of our
Fourth Annnal Association of Col
leges Opens Conference
in Chicago.
CHICAGO, July 9. The fourth annual
conference of the Association of Catholic
Colleges opened here today. Representa
tives of colleges and parochial schools In
all parts of ths country are in attendance.
Rev. John W. Poland of St. Xavier'a
college, Cincinnati, in a psper on the sub
ject of "Principles of Pedagogy In Colleg
iate Work," criticised various educational
methods. He said: "Klndergartentam Is
beginning to Infect the teachings of col
leges and universities. It hss a tendency
to lower the mental and moral powers
of children snd unfit them for the future
and the reason for this Is not merely be
cause the kindergarten is a day nursery
under another name, but because children
are trained to have their own way In
everything and to have all things made
easy for them."
Pr. Poland also denounced whst he
termed "the - craze for athletics," and de
plored the conditions thst couM give rise
to hazing in the higher educational insti
tutions. ,: . .1.
After the conclusion of the paper a gen
eral discussion was called for- by Bishop
Conaty, who presided, but the priests pres
ent were slow to respond. Some of them
said they agreed with the speaker's opin
ion, but a number said that they did not
care to discuss the reflections on athletics.
Bishop Conaty delivered an address,
telling of tha progress made during the
last year In the United States by the as
Movement Bea-lna Earlier Thaa Canal
and Intereat Rates Advance
ia Chlcagro.
CHICAGO, July 9. Widespresd Interest Is
beginning to attach to ths unusual demand
for money In the central west and west.
Within a fortnight Interest rates have ad
vanced 1 per cent.
Chicago began shipping money to the
northwest and west about July 1, at the
rate of $500,000 daily. It Is estimated that
about $4,000,000 in currency bas been sent
out of Chlcsgo lo SU Paul, Minneapolis
and St. Louis.
These shipments have started a demand
by Chicago banks on New York. The move
ment from that direction has continued as
It was begun.
The demand from the west was fully two
months shead of the season when, ordi
narily, crop moving requirement occasion
money shipments. No special explanation
has been offered. Northwestern and "west
ern Institutions merely report that the
small banks throughout the country are
asking tor funds and hsve to bs accommo
Reaalt of the Heavy Earthquakes Occurring-
Near Santa Cms
Since April 18.
SAN FRANCISCO. July 9. Nesr Santa
Cruz, on ths Pacific side of the Isthmus of
Tehuantopcc, a giant geyser has broken out
as the result of heavy earthquakes occur
ring in that section since April 18 last.
The column of wster, rising to a height
of about fifty feet, roars and hisses from
among the rocks .and la an object of great
Intereat to the people and passing vessels,
being plainly visible from the ses. It was
seen snd admired by the passengers and
crew of the steamer Newport, which has
reached this port.
The news Is brought by the steamer thst
affairs In Oua'emala are becoming normal
again after the scare ocaaloned by ths
tremendous esrthquake. The havoc wrought
by the disturbances will not Interfere- with
harvesting of ths coming crops, as at first
Mercury Still Hlsrh la Plttabarsr,
bat Cooler Weather la
PITTSBURG. July 9. The mercury Is
still hovering In the 90s, but thunderstorms
and cooler weather are predicted for Thurs
day. Six dsaths from ths heat and ten serious
prostrations hsvs been reported since yes
terday. In nearly all the prostrations ths
condition ot ths patient is said to bs
serious and soms ars In critical shsps.
Tbs mill workers are the greatest suffer
ers and many bavs been obliged to stop
NEW YORK, July 9. This wss the hot
test dsy of tbs year in this city. The
weather bureau showed a temperature of 91
degrees at 1 o'clock. Six deaths from beat
war reported during Us morning.
Practically All Streams in Central and
Western Part Ont ef Banks.
- Hour. Dee;. Hoar. Pear.
K a. m 7 1 p. m H
T a. m fll n p. m t
' a. m ..... . NI 4 p. m (Ml
People In Lowlyla Sections of Des 9 a. m (Ill ft p. m...... hs Fort D.d.e a.d Many J ; 1 1 ; J ; ; 1 1 ; J
Other Places Compelled a m OT ft p. m HT
to Stove. p. m 08
The heavy rains ot Tuesday and Tuesday
night falling upon ground already thor
oughly soaked, caused the rivers and creeks
of Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas to overflow,
doing immense damage to property.
In Iowa the worst ot the floods are In
the central, northern and northwestern
portions, extending south as far as tbe
line ot the Rock Island railroad. In Des
Moines, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown and nu
merous other towns people have been com
pelled to abandon homes In the lowlands.
Railroads have suffered to the extent of
seversl hundred thousands of dollars snd
traffic In ths section mentioned Is either
abandoned or badly delayed.
In Nebraska the most serious damage, so
far aa cities are concerned, was at Lin
coln, where Salt creek overflowed Its bsnks
snd flooded the railroad yards and the sec
tion In which most of the wholesale and
manufacturing Industries are located. Many
of the poorer people of the city also lived
In this section and they were driven from
their homes, abandoning everything In
their houses. In ths southeastern part of
the state practically all the streams sre
out of their banks, the Blue snd Nemaha
doing the most damage. Beatrice, Au
burn, Tecumseb and other towns along
these streams are sufferers. Railroad
tracks have been washed out and trains In
many Instances abandoned.
Tbe amount of damage done to crops In
the flooded lsnds along the streams will
depend largely upon how soon the waters
subside. If they remain under water long
ths loss will be totsl, but if no mors rsln
comes a large portion, particularly corn,
will be saved.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
DES MOINES. July 9. (Special.) The
old citizens have to go back at least a
half century to find anything In tbe nature
of a flood with which to compare the pres
ent condition of affairs st the Coon fork ot
the Des Moines river. Tradition ssys that
at one time all the lowlands In the eastern
and southern portions ot Des Moines were
covered with water, but that was before so
many bouses were built there. During one
ot the periods of high water many steam
boats came up from the Mississippi and
landed here. But the present flood bere
breaks all known records. At the Locust
street bridge, where the city has a gauge,
the water In the Des Moines river stood
fifteen feet above low mark this morning
and was twenty feet at midnight.
The river is very wlds at this
point. Leeves hsvs been broken over,
bridges wsshed out, parks and gardens
submerged, houses floated away, factories
stopped, roads destroyed and fences torn
up. Large areas of the city are under
water and this Includes some residence dis
tricts, chiefly the homes of laboring men,
and a number of the factory dlstriots. . The
greatest single loss is in bridges. The
false work used by the worklngmen en
gaged In constructing a brick arch bridge
in the north part of the city went out last
night and floated down to a ledgement
against the street car bridge leading to
Highland park and the north reaidence part.
The bridge was In danger most of the
night, but the drift wss taken away this
morning snd floated on down past the city
to the location of tbe Great Western
freight bridge. A portion of the bridge Is
being rebuilt and the material waa on a
trestle, which wss carried away, taking all
the materials
Trains Held by Floods.
At midnight the levee on the north slds
of town broke, Cooling a lsrge residence
section. Most of the families removed
earlier In the evening. A small break oc
curred iu the Raccoon river levee Just after
midnight and u large force of men Is at
tempting to bold the flood in check. Two
Rock Island esstbound passenger trains
due bere tonight are held at Commerce,
twenty miles west of here, where the
tracks are covered with water. Trains on
other roads .though late, keep In motion.
The Des Moines river dam Is weskenlng.
If It goes out It will endanger four city
bridges snd a 11s the bridges.
Tbs city bsthhouse Is surrounded by
water and moat of tbe adjacent buildings,
on slightly higher ground, are In danger ot
being flooded before night. Most ot tho
residents are moving out on Franklin ave
nue. Just east of the bathhouse park.
The families living south snd east of ths
river are In a dangerous predicament. Tbe
water has spresd over ths adjoining pas
tures and Is slowly rising.
Just east of the north Sixth avenue
bridge the Parker boathouaes and ths boat
club bouses of the Des Moines Riverside
Csnoe clubs are flooded by water. It is
up around the first platforms or porches
and running through ths Interior rooms.
Ropes and chains hsvs been used to anchor
them to trees.
Race Track Under Water.
The mile track of the Des Moines Driv
ing association Is being flooded and the
races will be given up that were scheduled
for next week.
The Chautauqua assembly In session hers
has been Interfered with so thst a portion
ot the program will be given up.
In all nearly fifty families hsve been
compelled to move out of their homes. Tbs
levees in what is known as ths packing
house district hsvs been broken over and
the water has flooded that portion of the
city, though not very deep.
The continuous rains have forced nearly
all Iowa streams from their banks snd ths
destruction of crops, live stock and other
property la aseumtng Immense proportions.
It is impossible to estlmsts ths damage
from the indefinite reports received Ths
damage is especially extensive in ths cen
tral, northern, western snd southwestern
parts of the state. The valleys of ths
Sioux and Maple rivers are flooded and
Woodbury and Monona counties ars under
water. The Iowa river at Marshalltown Is
the highest sines 1881. Many county bridges
have been destroyed and traffic between
Marshalltown - and surrounding points Is
practically cut off. Cattle and hogs hsve
been drowned In lsrge numbers in the Iowa
valley. At Cedar Rapids 6.4 Inches of rain
haa fallen sines July 1. Ccdsr river Is out
ot Its bsnks and many families hsvs been
forced from their homes. Numerous bridges
bavs been swept away In Linn cdunty.
Tbe Skunk river and Squaw creek ars
cut of their banks and near ths confluence
In Story county thousands of acres ars
flooded and crops practically destroyed.
Water Four Fret Deep ia Town.
A deluge visited the town ot Exlra Issl
night and train on ths Audubon branch of
(Continued on Second Fags.)
Forecast for Nebraska Fair and Warmer
Thursday; Friday Increasing Clourtlnses,
Probable Shower In Western Portion.
Omaha Yeaterdayi
Dlaaatroas Fire Raging and Flood
Rendera Waterworks Prac
tically Useless.
BEATRICE. Neb., July 10. (Special Tel
egram.) The most disastrous fire In the
history of Beatrlcs broks out here this
morning shortly after 2 o'clock. The fire
started In the Green block and la sup
posed to bs of Incendiary origin.
Owing to the fact that the water supply
here was shut off lsst evening tbs firemen
were perfeotly helpless and unable to cope
with the flames. The fire spread rapidly
to the large department store of the Klein
Mercantile company. The city Is at the
absolute mercy of the flames on account of
no fire protection.
The' fire Is still raging and there Is no
telling what the result will be, although It
Is hoped the fire can be confined to these
two buildings. The mayor haa telegraphed
to Lincoln and Nebraska City for flre-flght-lug
apparatus, as there Is no telling where
the conflagration will end.
Little Chansre la Corn and the Ex
pected Does Not Happen on
Board of Trade.
CHICAGO, July 9. Developments In the
corn deal today were the failure ot at least
two expectations. One was that the bot
tom would drop out of tlie market because
of the reported settlements with outstand
ing shorts, which would mean ths abandon
ment of the deal by the bull traders, and
the other that the screws would be giveu
a turn by the Harris-Gatea people and the
price forced atlll higher. Neither hap
pened and the price moved quietly along
within a range of 2 cents, fluctuating be
twesn 8t and 88 cents, and closing at tha
lowest point ot ths day, 1 cent lower than
Not over 100 buahels of the cornered
grain was traded In during tbe session.
The big ones, and these may be covered
In a general way under the title of tha
"elevator Interests" ars still out. There
are apparently only two places where they
can cover. Ons seemingly Is In tbe corn
pit on 'change and tha other tbs private
one of Harris, Gates as Co. The size ot
the transactions show that they have not
bought openly, while a member ot the Harris-Gates
firm Insists that he knows noth
ing ot any prtvats 'settlement.
Grand Jury Makes Serious Charge
Against Chief Executive of
MINNEAPOLIS, July 9. The grand Jury
has returned Indictments chsrgtng A. A.
Ames, mayor of the city; Fred W. Ames,
superintendent of police, and Joseph (Reddy)
Cohen with accepting bribes.
The charges ars based on the alleged
collection of tribute from abandoned women,
In which It la charged that Cohen acted
for the mayor and chief.
When Mayor Ames was arraigned In
court this afternoon on two indictments,
each charging that hs received $15 for
"protection" on certain datea named from
the keeper of a hoyse of Ill-repute, his
attorney denounced tbs chsrgs as "Infa
mous and trivial," and demanded Imme
diate trial. He urged this further on the
ground that it was for the public in
terest thst the charge against the
chief exeoutlve officer of the city should be
settled at once. Judge Hsrrlson said that
the court was no respecter of persons and
that tbs case must taks Its turn with the
others. He set ths esse for trial July 14,
and added tbe ball at $5,000, which was
promptly furnished.
Neither Chief Ames nor Cohen waa ar
raigned. Tbe latter haa not been found and
Is said to bs out ot the city.
Lumber Man Starts Fire In Stove
Containing Stick of the
CRIPPLE, CREEK, Colo., July 9. The
front of ths two-story frsme building oc
cupied by Keith Grube, coal and lumber
dealers, wss blown out by dynamite today,
causing a money loss ot $2,000. Several
persons narrowly escaped death.
The explosion took place In the office,
where Manager Westcott had built a fire.
Mr. Westcott declares that dynamite was
placed In the stove by enemies for purpose
of killing him.
Indiana Canners la Convention Aaaert
Entire Crop in Control of
INDIANAPOLIS, July 9. Indiana can
ners. In convention here, say that canned
tomatoes are cornered and that local Job
bers are now paying $1.75 a dozeo for
three-pound cans, which is the highest
price sines the war. At this time ot ths
year ths price usually Is about this figure.
Not sn Indiana packer has had a can ot
tomatoes In his fsctory for tour months.
It Is said. It will be soms time before tbe
new crop comes Into market.
Movements of Ocean Veaarle Jaly V.
At Glasgow Arrived: Oorean, from Phila
delphia via St. Johns, N. F.
At Antwerp Arrived: Nederland, from
At linng Kong Arrived: Empreaa of
Japan, from Vancouver. B. C, via Yoko
hama, Hlngo and Shanghai.
At Yokohama Sailed: Empress of India,
from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hlogo, for
Vancouver. B. O.
At Lizard Passed: St. Louis, from New
York, for Southampton.
At Queenstown Arrived: New England,
from Boston, for Liverpool, and proceeded;
Majestic, from New York. Sailed: Ivernla,
from IJverpool. for Boston.
At Southampton Balled: Bremen, from
Bremen, for New York via Cherbourg.
At New York Balled: Philadelphia, for
Liverpool via Southampton. Arrived: Krle.
land, from Antwerp; Laurlntln, from Glas
gow. At IJverpool Arrived: Westernlsnd, from
Argument Commenced in Supreme Court en
Bailroad Assessment.
row Hours Allowed to Each Side to Pre
sent lta Views on Case.
Does Not Enow Assessed Value ef Union
Paoifio at Various Times,
Points Oat IV be re Property of Great
Valae Haa Been Added to I'alvn
Farlne Holdings Within
(From a Staff Correspondent
LINCOLN, July 9 (Special.) The tak
ing of testimony before the supreme court
In the Bee Building company's mandamus
case agslust the State Bosrd ot Equali
zation was concluded this morning snd
at the opening of ths afternoon session
the argument was begun. The court al
lowed each side four hours for their pres
entation. This will bring the final sub
mission st noon tomorrow. The argument
was opened for the relator by E. W. 81m
eral, the co-rclator, M. F. Harrington,
following. John D. Howe will make ths
closing speech tomorrow.
Ben White, representing the Elkhorn, '
followed Harrington and Judge Baldwin for
the Union Pacific and J. E. Kelby for the
Burlington will occupy the greater part of
the forenoon.
Teatlmoay Takea During Morning.
An abundance of Important testimony
wss tsken during the morning session.
Edward Rosewater testified at length re
garding the improvement In ths terminal
facilities of the Union Pacific railroad at
Omaha. Hs outlined briefly a portion of
the showing he hsd made to the Stats
Board of Equalization when he waa before
that body In the Interests of the taxpay
ers of the state. One question brought
out tbe fact that Mr. Rosewater showed
to tho board that the Union Pacific rail
road was capitalized for over $100,000 per
mile. This and other testimony of a sim
ilar nature, all regarding the value ot the
railroad property in consideration, waa
produced to show that the board bad dis
regarded its information in making' ths
On cross-examination Mr. Rosewater waa
asked by Mr. Bsldwin to snumerate some
new property obtained by the Union Pa
cific railroad during tbe past year, or any
other Improvement made that increased
the general value ot the property. This
wss met, with the rejoinder that the ter
minal tracks ot the road bad been raised,
the general condition of tbs grounds vastly
improved and many new sidetracks built.
"I know also," added Mr. Rosewater,
"that the Union Pacific railroad by treaty
with the city acquired possession of val
uable land whiou t. contend, la worth $1,
000,000. Tbs lsnd consists of several hun
dred lots and until ths treaty was made
ths railroad never had title to any of it."
Tax Commissioner Alt,kln ot tho city
of Lincoln wss called to testify as to the
-ratio of assessment of ths property In the
city of Lincoln. Mr. Aitkin stated thst
all property wss assessed at full cash
value. His position hs held through a
very rigid cross-examination.
Trcaanrcr Stnefer Testifies.
After a few more queatlona, all of which
brought forth ready responses, the cross
examination ceased and the wltnsss was
State Treasurer Stuefer was on tha '
stand long enough during tbe morning ses
sion to say "I don't know" to a dossn or
mors questions. Mr. Btuefer was called
by the respondents.
"In sssesslng ths railroad propsrty of
ths state, did you do so knowing that it
was the property ot railroad corpora
tions?" wss asked.
"Yes, sir."
"As property of corporations having a
right to do business?"
"Yes, sir."
"And that ths rights and privileges of
the corporations were being exercised?"
"Yes, sir."
"If you had assessed the property as
dead property, unused snd unopsratsd.
would It have been lower?"
"Yes, sir."
Thus far Mr. Stuefsr's replies were clesr
cut and straight to the point. It was on
cross-examination by the counsel tor the
relator that his memory and knowledge
failed htm.
"Did you constdsr whether or not the
Union Pacific bold the right of eminent
"Yes, sir."
"What do you mean by right of eminent
"I guess I don't know," was the response
after some hesitation.
"Then aa a matter of fact you don't
know what eminent domain- means?"
"I guess not."
"Can you tell us from all of this testi
mony and evidence what the earnings of
the Union Pacific railroad are per mile on
the main line?"
"I think about $,000 per mile.'
"But csn you show where the records ot
the Bosrd ot Equalisation Indicate that?"
Mr. Stuefer produced a statement from
the mass of svldence. "This will show for
Itself," said he.
An examination failed to reveal any
thing about the earnings of the railroad
and the attorney proceeded with the cross
examination. "Do you know whether you assessed the
Union Pacific at more or less tbsa when
it was a bankrupt railroad?"
"I could not anawer that."
Start the Arguments.
In opening the argument this afternoon
Mr. Slmeral called attention to salient
points of the testimony that had been ad
duced. Ha pointed out that the testimony
of both Mr. Weston and Mr. Stuefer wss
to tbe effect thst the franchises had not
been assessed. .
Much public interest was msnlfestsd in
ths bearing, many prominent people from
different parts of tbe Stats being present
during the hearing. Mr. Harrington's ad
dress to the court wss a really brilliant
effort and was listened to with cloae at
tention by the court. Mr. 81meral's ad
dress wss a thorough exposition of the law
In regard to the sssessment of propsrty
for taxation.
M. F. Harrington followed Mr. 8imeral
In the argument, and waa In turn followed '
by Ben Whits of tbs Elkborn. Ths esse
will be resumed tomorrow morning st l:$0,
when John N. Baldwin will begin bis ar
gument for ths respondent.