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    The Omaha Daily Bee.
Tajne ef New Yerk a Logical uuocesser
U the Coveted Position.
Unpopular with Hit Fellew Membere ei
Acceunt ef Celfneie. ,
Littlefield Has Oiren Offenie bj Hia
Independent Cenrte.
Effort to Save Few Millions Will
Urlna; In Pcntlon A(fU
Wrath Down Ipon
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
rVASHINQTON, Sept. 28. (Special.)
The months Immediately following the con
gressional elections promise to be very
lively for members-elect of the Fifty
eighth congress. The removal of General
Henderson as a factor In the coming
speakership contest leaves the Held open,
with a large number of ambitious candi
dates already In the field. Mr. Llttlefleld
of Maine has announced himself, formally.
Under most circumstance he would prove
a powerful candidate. He has the ability
and physique v to make an Ideal speaker.
,He la well versed In parliamentary law
and ha cornea from a state which haa sent
to congress at least two of the best speak
ers the house of representatives ever had
Blaine and Reed. But unfortunately for
his chances, Llttlefleld antagonised his
party associates by aaumlng the position
which he did upon the Philippine bill. On
several occasions the man from Maine haa
antagonised the majority of the houae by
refusing to be guided by the action of the
republican caucus, and he has always as
sumed an Independent position. This
course may be very well for Mr. Llttle
field'a constituents, but It does not suit
the party to which he is allied. His ability
;and strength of character are admitted
on all sides, but he has not yet succeeded
in demonstrating that he Is a votegetter
certainly not in a republican caucus.
TJew York state has not furnished a
speaker In a generation. There are able
men and always have been In the state
delegation, and the Fifty-eighth congress
will be no exoeptlon to this rule. As
chairman of the oommltee on ways and
means, Screno K. Payne is the floor leader
of the republicans. With Henderson out
of the way it might be a natural Inference
that Payne would appear as a strong can
didate for the speakership. Mr. Payne la
a good parliamentarian and he haa been a
consistent party man, In fact, on more
than one ocoaalon be has abandoned his
convictions for the party good, notably In
the matter of oleomargarine legislation
But Mr. Payne lacks every element of
popularity. He has for the last few years
held aloof from - his ' associates and has
less than haS a dosea friends In the
houae, and It It not stretching the truth
to assert that It would be difficult to And
a alngls man In his own delegation who
would be willing to take oft his coat and
hustle for votes for Bereno E. Payne for
the speakership, even though he may be
the state's candidate.
Sherman Store Popular.
On the other hand, James 8. Sherman
the chairman of the committee on Indian
affairs, and one of the foremost members
of the committee on commerce, stands as
tho mojt popular member from New York
state. He has friends In every delega
tlon, because he la always willing to put
himself out to favor a fellow member.
As 'a parliamentarian he occupies a place
In the front rank. He has presided on
many occasions as chairman of the com
mittee of the whole and as speaker pro tern.
On thesa occasions he has shown ability
as a presiding officer and a willingness to
rule Impartially, which baa won for him
the praise of his political opponents as
well as his associates. He was at one
time regarded as the logical successor to
Speaker Reed, when that gentleman re
tired, but the antagonism of Mr. Piatt pre
vented him from obtaining the endorse
ment of his own state, and consequently
his candidacy was abandoned. The same
antagonism may and probably will work
to his detriment this time, but there Is no
question that the western members almost
unanimously would prefer Sherman to any
other eastern man.
Mr. 'Dalsell of Pennslyvsnla, through his
long service aud his demonstrated ability
would perhaps prove a formidable candi
date. But Mr. Dalsell belongs to the
Payne clique, as It is called. He haa been
a member of Speaker Henderson s coterie,
composed of Ave or six members, who dine
together, flock by themselves and have lit
tle In common with the great majority 01
the reDubllcan members. Mr. Dalsell Is
not physlctslly a strong man and he lacks
the necessary vocal qualities to maka
first-class presiding officer.
At least half a doxen others might be
named as candidates with a following and
there will be enough In the Held after
lection to make the contest a memorable
one. But nothing can be done until after
lection, and Certainly not until the nomin
ations are ail made.
Wart May Stir Ip a Row.
Pension Commissioner Ware baa an
nounced that ha has a plan whereby 110,
000,000 may be aaved annually from the
pension expenditures. Mr. Ware may be
able to aava pension money without re
ducing the number or amounts of pensions
paid. But If he haa such plans he Is unique
among men. H. Csy Evsns tried hard to
save a few million and be ran up against a
nag from the outaet. It was not ths pen
sioners; the men who fought and who were
provided tor who antagonised the lata com
missioner, but the pension agsnts. who
were after fees. They worked up a senti
ment against Evsns which finally led to his
retirement. Mr. Wsre sees that the munifi
cence of congresa towarda ths old soldier
is abused. Thousands of men who never
smelt powder and whoae military service
consisted la carrying a musket for ninety
days; men who never left the county In
which they lived have applied for pension.
They are no more entitled to consideration
than are boya who la 1ST? willingly re
sponded to ths demand for military aid to
protect railroad property from the depre
dation of the mobs, which. In the name
of strikers threatened to destroy millions of
dollars worth of property.
Mr. Ware may be able "to ssve $10,000,000
annually" but the hint tljat he can do so
has already started up a horde of antag.
onlsts. The publication of his plsa will be
certain to lead to an onslaught upon him
(Continued on Third Fags.)
French Editors Hep Many Reunite to
Follow Inltrd States' Inter
vention There.
PARIS. Sept. 28 The French press has
been following closely the "armed Inter
vention" of the I'nlted States in affairs on
the Isthmus and at Panama, and the articles
published In L Prensa of Buenos Ayres,
Argentina. September 26, In which attention
was called to the alleged tendency of the
United States towards Imperialism, as tlluj-
-ated by the landing of American marines
. 'he Isthmus, and against which action
f' ner nrotests energetically, has evoked
t ' In several newspapers.
L. -te tonight says the Latin eoun-
rles - 'h America have several times
learly . their Intention not to al
ow them?. b be absorbed by the United
tates. The teat nations of Europe ought
to support them vigorously In this work of
e tense and self-preservation. It Is the
especial duties of nations of the same blood
as theirs, says La Libert e, such as France.
Italy aod Spain to stretch out a helping
Le Journal des Debats, on the other hand.
ndorses the policy of the United Slates
toward the republics of South America.
This paper first remarks that the American
government does not need to repeat the
Monroe doctrine to Europe. The situation
Itself suffices to recall to the latter that the
American continent cannot longer be a field
of European political action. The paper
then says that the protest against the
landing of American marines on the isth
mus made by General Salazar, commander
of the Colombian forces on the Isthmus, Is
futile and therefore only of mediocre In
terest. "America," says the Journal des Debats,
la scrupulously fulfilling the duty imposed
upon It by the treaty of 1848 and It will ful
fill thla duty more and more In the future
as the canal Is completed. The good old
times of civil war at Panama are a thing
of the past."
The Journal then proceeds to warn the
Latin-Americans that deep reforms are
necessary If they wish to remain free, and
concludes by saying: "The economic scandal
of Colombia and the Internal disorders
which cause It will certainly lmpoae upon
Uncle Sam, Injured and Indignant, some
form of control.. It Is evident that we are
at the beginning of a period of North Amer-
can Intervention in South America or of
fundamental reforms In the latter country.
Those nations which are duly forewarned,
and disposing of adequate resources, do not
make the effort necessary to live, abdicate
purely and simply the right to exist."
COLON, Colombia, Sept. 28. The situa
tion on the Isthmus remains unchanged.
Free transit between Colon and Panama
obtains and American marines and blue
Jackets are still traveling on all trains.
Commander McLean of the United States
cruiser Clnclnnstl will sail for New York
next Tuesday on the Panama Railroad com
pany's steamer Finance. Commander New
ton E. Mason will then assume command
of Cincinnati.
Sweeps Away Big; Crane and Partly
Completed Harbor
MEXICO CITY. Sept. 28. Later reports
from Sallna Crux, the Pacific terminus of
the Tehauntepec National railway, regard
ing the earthquake Tuesday, confirm flrst
reports. There were seventy shocks that
afternoon and In the meantime a furious
gale and storm sprang up. Persons there
In charge of the port works Immediately
proceeded to take measures to protect the
harbor works and the plant of the Titan
crane, which was out on one of the break
waters, was quickly encircled with a de
fense of random blocks, and at 5 o'clock In
the afternoon was reported to have been
rendered safe. At 10 o'clock at night the
storm had Increased to a severity never
experienced within the memory of the old
est inhabitants. A huge tidal wave leaped
forward from the seat, liftlna thirty and
fifty-ton blocks like cockleshells and sweep
ing me iitan crane over Into the sea. The
wave Invaded part of the town, destroying
some of its houses, and It Is thought that
damage must also have been done to the
completed portion of the port works. The
case was one absolutely impossible to fore
see and provide against. Its occurrence be
ing one that acarcely happens In a genera
tion. The loss from the breaking down of
the new aea wall and the sweeping away of
the huge crane will be $500,000.
Estimate. Place the Kamber
People Drowned at Two
SYRACUSE, Sicily, -Sept. 2S.-A fresh
storm burst over the district of Santa
Maria today and many houses were de
stroyed. The stormy weather continues
generally throughout Sicily. It Is now be
lieved that 200 persons perished at Modlca
during the tornado. In one Instance a
family of nine persons waa drowned. The
village of Sortlno has been practically de
stroyed and forty-three persons were
drowned. The water rose In the church to
a height of twelve feet. Many children
lost their live. There have been some
disgraceful scenes of pillage from the ruins
and from the bodies, which shows tho
necessity of more troops to keep order.
The total damage as the result of the tor
nado Is expected to amount to over 12,-
The storm of today csused the overflow
of torrents at Cauano which waahed away
live stock. Communication Is Interrupted.
snd the damage la serious. It is not known
whether any deaths resulted. At Messina
two steamers were damaged by the storm.
The streams are swollen and railway traffic
Is Interrupted.
Heport Starts la London that He Will
Us Ip with Hon. C. S.
LONDON. 6ept, 28. A news agency to
day makes the following announcement:
Sir Thomas Liptou, who was recently
elected a member of ths Aero club, con
templates a trip across the chsnnel with
Hon. C. 8. RolU. and In the event of the
voyage being made In a balloon Sir Thomas
will be accompanied by bis steam yacht
Erin. '
Inquiry waa made tonight at the home
of Sir Thomas regarding the foregoing an
nouncement. A persons! friend of Sir
Thomas, In the latter' absence, said to a
representative of tb Associated Press:
"Mr. Rolls Is the youngest son of Baron
Llanganttock, and an enthuaiastic and ex
perienced aeronaut. I believe hs proposed
Sir Thomas as a member of the Aero club
snd that be has suggested some ascensions
but beyond thtawwhat are the arrange
ments, If any, they bavs agreed to, I am
unabls, In the absence of Sir Thomas, to
Hit Decision at to Taking Brasilia! Post
Awaited with Interest.
Three Senatorial Flahts Involved li
the Present Proposition He
connts Some i nnrltlt n
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Sept. 28 (Special). The. ap
pointment of D. E. Thompson to represent
the United States as minister plenipoten
tiary and envoy to Brazil Is naturally the
chief topic of discussion In political cir
cles here at the state capital. Mr. Thomp
son haa pursued In this the reticence char
acteristic of all his public and private
affairs, and so far as anyone can learn la
still "thinking It over," undecided whether
he will accept the proffered position.
Among his friends here the feeling Is ono
of apprehension that he will accept, whllo
among those who have always been un
friendly toward him the hope has begot th
conviction that he will accept.
Every one recognizes that an appoint
ment to a first-class mission, second only to
that of ambassador, and with a salary of
$12,000 per year, which Is more than twice
that of a United States senator and greater
than that of the cabinet officers and mem
bers of tbe supreme court, carries distinc
tion greater than haa been enjoyed by any
Nebraska appointee except possibly J.
Sterling Morton when he was made a mem
ber of President Cleveland's official house
hold. To refuse to accept after the ap
pointment has been made would be to sac
rifice immediate prestige for a possibility
of future preferment. It would, moreover,
place our Nebraska senators and others,
who have been urging the appointment, in
a decidedly embarrassing position, although
It might relieve them of further recognition
of the obligation they admit they owe to
Mr. Thompson. It Is known that both the
senators have been urging Mr. Thompson
to signify his acceptance, and would much
prefer to have him accept, even though a
declination might leave them In better
position to secure political favors for other
political friends.
Enemies Loudest I'rajlaa; to Accept.
The strange part of Mr. Thompson's pre
dicament, for such It may be called. Is
brought out by the talk of an old politician
last night, who has been on the Inside of
late politics fur several years past.
The very people who have fought Mr.
Thompson hardest from the very begin
ning of his political aspirations sre the
ones who would be most pleased to have
him betake himself into political exile In
Brazil," cays this old timer. "Just look
back at the auccesslon of events since the
campaign of 1898, In which Mr. Thompson
made his debut as a candidate for United
States senator. When It was found that
tho legislature of 1899 oad gone republican
and Mr. Thompson announced himself In
the race, all the machinery of the Union
Paclflc-Elkhorn combination, under direc
tion of R. B. Schneider, was brought Into
play to head blm off and make good the
agreement to send Judge Hay ward to tbe
senate as a reward for making the race for
governor. When Brad Slaughter ventured
to write letters on behalf of Thompson on
state committee stationery he was called
down and practically deposed from the
position of vjee chairman on the plea that
tbe state committee and Its officers must
keep aloof from the senatorial contest. No
sooner had Slaughter been deposed, how
ever, than Schneider, although chairman
of the committee, Jumped In as Hayward'a
campaign manager and turned tbe whole
committee Into a Hayward campaign or
ganization. "The details of the Hayward fight need
not be recounted beyond this; that It wit
nessed the beginning of the bitter personal
warfare on Mr. Thompson, which was re
peated In the second contest two years ago.
When Thompson came before the legisla
ture again his opponents had an additional
weapon In the charge that he had endeav
ored to circumvent the caucus nomination
of Hayward In 1899 by negotiating
an agreement with the fuslonlsta
by which, in consideration of their
support, he was to bind himself to
act with the democrats In congresa on cer
tain specific subjects. The whole founda
tion of the campaign against Thompson
before the legislature of 1901 rested on this
argument, that he had forfeited bis renub
llcantsm and had no claim whatever upon
the republicans. The Insurgents, who had
pulled out of tbe republican caucus, ex
cused themselves on the plea that Thomp
son was not a republican and that they
wrrn uuuer no ODiigauons lo go Into a
caucus in which Thompson's name was to
be considered. The more rabid antl-TbomD
sonltes, including National Committeeman
Schneider, went so far as to say not only
that Thompson had no right to ask repub
llcano to vote for him for the United States
senate, but he had no claim whatever for
recognition of any kind from the republican
Want to Get Rid of Thompson
"The strange part of tbe sequel Is that I
nappen to Know tne president was urged by
Schneider, as well as a number of other
prominent anti-Thompson leaders, to ap
point Mr. Thompson to some diplomatic po
sition. 'Give him anything that will take him
out of the state' Is tbe way these endorse
ments ran. 'Thompson Is a disturbing factor.
The only way to eliminate blm Is to send
him ss far from the state ss possible.' The
original plan was to secure for him appoint
ment as minister to Mexico, and his name
was presented to President McKinley, and
I again to President Roosevelt, with that ob
ject In view. There being no vacancy in
Mtxico nor any prospect of a vacany, the
recommeadatlon of Mr. Thompson waa left
for 'any high diplomatic position' that might
be opened In due course. The transfers
following tbe resignation of Ambassador
White from Berlin gave the opoprtunlty,
and it seems the president acted without
again consulting either Mr. Thompson or
the Nebraska senators, who had practically
given up all hope of landing their man."
While this covers the history of the ap
pointment In a nutshell. It does not ex
plain why Mr. Thompson has to think the
matter over now. Not counting on any
official honor coming bis way, he has been
pusblug various business enterprises to a
point where to abandon them or to turn
them over to subordinates would be taking
great busineas risks. He hsd been giving
much personal attention to bis lnsursnce
company and has always kept an eye on his
railroad eating bouse contract. More than
that, however, he baa Just put a goodly sum
of money into a newspaper plant and made
all preparations for launching the coming
week an evening daily, advertised as "D. E.
Thompson's paper." To try to edit, or
supervise. In Rio Janeiro a newspaper pub
Uhed in Lincoln would be a difficult taak.
even for a man of Mr. Thompson s versatil
ity, while to gtve up the newspsper project
at this stage would not conform to Mr.
(Continued on Second Page.)
Strennons Week Commences, Hon
ever, II right and Early
FORT RILEY, Kan.. Sept. 28 Absolute
quiet, as far as the army maneuvers were
concerned, prevailed at Camp Root today.
The troops were not called upon to perform
any work beyond that of the ordinary camp
routine, but at 8 o'clock tomorrow morning
will open a strenuous week for all arms of
the service.
The maneuver for Monday Is vaguely de
scribed by General Bates as a "problem of
contact of opposing force of all arms,"
which Includes a possibility of anything be
tween a base ball game and a general mass
acre. Tbe exact nature of the problem to
be solved Is known only to the military um
pires and to General Bates, and will not be
divulged until the troops have marched out
In the morning. The remmanders will then
be Informed of the nature of the task ahead
of them. The Browns, however, will be In
the minority, as usual, and tbe Bluea will
have the preponderating force In the field.
This la by actual count. Reinforced by
their imagination the Browns will be an
equal strength.
The weather is now beautiful and the
roads, which last week were trails of mud,
are now dry and in good Bhape for march
ing. There are now but few men in the
hospital, nearly all of those whose Illness
was due to rain-soaked clothing and bed
ding having recovered.
The officers of the National guard are
coming In rapidly and by Tuesday morning,
when the Kansas mllltla will have arrived.
It Is esttmated that fully 100 officers, be
sides those of the Kansas guard, will be
on the ground. So fsr there la but one
captain among the National guard officers.
the others being colonels or generals. The
hopelessly outranked captain comes from
New York City, while the colonels and
generals belong everywhere, from Califor
nia to Rhode Island and from Wisconsin
to Texa. General Funston arrived In
camp this afternoon, coming as the guest
of General Bates. He came In an unoffi
cial capacity and will remain for a few
days to witness the maneuvers.
Mrs. Dickson of Mobile Killed by In
trader Who Climbs In Through
MOBILE, Ala., Sept. 28 Mrs. Helen
Dickson was choked to death and her
niece, Miss Rose Robertson, wsa assaulted
at their home by an unknown man early
The man climbed through a window Into a
ronp where Mrs. Dickson, her aon Albert,
8 years old, and hor niece were sleeping,
and after closing and barring the door
leading into a room where Mies Robertson's
father waa asleep, strangled Mrs. Dickson
Into Insensibility and had clutched Miss
Robertson by the throat, when she
screamed, frightening the Intruder away.
Mr. Robertson, upon hearing his daugh
ter's cries, broke Into the room, but was
unable to capture the assailant. Mrs.
Dickson died later f?nm the effects of her
Injuries. The intruder carried Into tbe
house an axe, which 4ie had secured from
the woodpile, ...
Mrs. Dickson left three children, two of
whom are daughters, living In Chicago,
The third was the boy who waa with her
In the room when the assault was com
mitted. Mrs. Dickson was the daughter-
in-law of E. R. Dickson, former superin
tendent of the Mobile public schools.
Standard Oil Company Boat Anchors
at Last with Its Crew Blind
and Diseased.
NEW YORK. Sept 28. The British four
masted bark Ktnmore, owned by the
Standard Oil company of this city, arrtved
tn port after a tedious voyage lasting 198
days. The vessel sailed from Yokohama
December 19 last, via Illogo, March 15. The
vessel experienced light trade winds and
very moderate weather, which, together
with the bottom being unusually foul and
covered with sea growth, caused a very
long passage.
Dr. Doty, the health officer, says almost
all of the crew are suffering from scurvy,
and several are In a pitiable condition.
Malnutrition is responsible for the illness.
Several have suffered from moon blindness,
populary called moonblnk. It la said on
board that the men were supplied with
very little besides salt meat. Vegetable
and other foods necessary to prevent the
scurvy were not to be had. The ship
stopped at St. Helena to land an injured
man, but no fresh meat and vegetables
were brought on the vessel at that port.
Coroner's Physician Performs It. bat
Declines to Report If Traces of
Chloral Were Found.
NEW YORK. Sept 28. An autopsy waa
performed today on tbe decapitated body
of James Craft, who waa murdered early
Saturday morning In tho Empire cafe. In
Twenty-ninth street. The coroner's phy
sician who performed tbe autopsy refused
to ssy what It showed.
The point of Interest In this Is whether
or not knockout drops bad been given to
Mr. Craft before he was attacked with the
cleaver. If traces of chloral were found
In the atomach the police claim this would
show a plot to rob the victim. Mrs. Crafl,
wife of the murdered man, said today that
Mr. Craft had a considerable sum of money
with him when he left bis home at Glen
Mamie Moore, alias May Turner, and Ida
Craven, the housekeeper at the Empire,
who were arrested aa being possible wit
nessed In tbe case, were arraigned in po
lice court today. They were remanded to
tbe custody of the coroner.
Sverdrap's Arctic Expedition Enters
the Horwffias Harbor ta Be Re
ceived Hlsiht Royally.
CHRISTIANS A. Norway. Sept. 28. Es
corted by warships and numerous pleasure
steamers. Captain, Sverdrup's Arctic expe
dition on Fram entered Chrlstlanla harbor
today. The ahlp waa saluted by tbe fort
when It entered the harbor, where Sags
were flying from every mast. Sir Clements
Robert Msrkham. president of the Royal
Geographical society of Great Britain, who
Is now here, regards Captain Sverdrup's
expedition as the most important since tbe
Franklin expedition.
King Oscar, Emperor William and King
Victor Emmanuel have telegraphed words
of welcome to Captain Sverdrup. Fram
returned to Stavanger, Norway. September
19. after mors than four years la tbe
Arctic regions.
Doctors Establish Mare Thorough Drainage
for tb Leg lore.
Incision Is Made Only Into Small far.
itr and Physicians To Not Antici
pate that Patient's Recov
ery Will Be Interrnpted.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 28. Secretary Cor
telyou at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon Issued
the following statement:
Dr. Newton Shaffer of New York Joined
the president's physicians In consultation
this morning at lo o'clock. The increase In
local symptoms and a rise In temperature
rendered It necessary to make an Incision
Into the small cavity, exposing the bone,
which was found to be slightly affected.
Thorough drainage Is now established and
the physicians feel confident that recovery
will be uninterrupted. The operation was
performed by Surgeon General Rlxey, as
sisted by Dr. Lung and In consultation
with Surgeon O'Reilly and Doctors Shifter,
t rie and btltt.
Secretary to the President.
In the former operation a elmple needle
was used to relieve the trouble, but today
the surgeons, with a knife, made an In
cision Into the small cavity, exposing the
bone, which waa found to be slightly
affected. Tbe president's case has been
progressing satisfactorily, but It in be
lieved by the physicians that tho further
operation made today will hasten his com
plete recovery.
While none of tbe doctors are willing to
be quoted, they give the most positive
assurances that there is not the least
csuse for alarm, and say that on the con
trary, there Is every indication of a speedy
recovery; that the area of bone affected is
very alight and will not result In any
impairment of the president's limb, and
that there Is no evidence whatever of any
matter that would produce blood poisoning.
They confidently expect that the president
will be on his feet within a reasonable
time, and, with his robust constitution to
assist recovery, soon will be himself again.
Dr. Newton M. Shaffer of New York,
who long haa been acquainted with the
Roosevelt family and baa attended the
president's children at various times, and
who also Is a well-known bone specialist,
Joined the president's physicians In their
morning consultation at 10 o'clock. It
was noticed that there had been a slight
rise In the prestdent'a temperature and an
increase In local symptoms, and the con
clusion wss reached that the patient a re
covery would be hastened by making an
Incision of the wound for tho purpose of
relieving the slight tension or swelling
present and to drain the wound.
The operation was performed between 2
and 3 o'clock In the afternoon. An appli
cation of cocaine waa used to allay the
President Stands It Well.
The president stood the operation very
well and subsequently expressed his satis
faction at the successful result. Dr. Rlxey,
the surgeon general of the navy performed
the operation assisted by Dr. Lung the
Dresldenfa regular physician. Dr. o Keuiy
who was present la the surgeon of the army
and heretofore has been consulted regarding
the case. Dr. Edward R. Stltt. another of
those present, is In charge of the Naval
Museum Medical school. The physicians
tonight took a roseate view of the presl
dent's prospects for getting out again
He has oecome somewhat restive because
of his close confinement and the physicians
are considering the advisability of per
mitting him to take a ride In a few days.
The physicians say tbe question now Is
simply one of healing of the wound and
reiterate that this would be hastened by the
operation made today. Dr. Shaffer called
at the temporary White House tonight for a
social visit and found the president In the
best of spirits.
At the White House at 10 o'clock it was
stated the president was doing very well
and that no additional statement would be
Issued. Late in the evening Dr. Shaffer,
while he declined to discuss generally the
president's case, authorized. In the moat
positive manner, the statement that there
need not be the least cause for anxiety or
alarm regarding his condition, but said on
the contrary he would give every assurance
of the belief that the president would soou
Had Been Anticipated.
INDIANAPOLIS. Sept- 28. The Indianap
olis physicians and surgeons who partici
pated In the opeiatlon performed on the
president at St. Vincent's hospital last
Tuesday were shown the dispatch from
Washington announcing that another opera
tion had been necessary, and all declared
that this was not unexpected, but was what
they had feared. All united, however, lu
saying that there la no danger in such an
operation to the president, either from
blood poisoning or In regard to the perma
nent Impairment of the limb.
Dr. John H. Oliver, who performed the
first operation, said: "The new operation Is
only what we all feared would be made
necessary, and that waa the reason we ad
vised that he be hurried bark to Washing
ton. The wound Is by no means dangerous,
although It la of such a nature as to require
that he give up the use of his limb for
some time. There Is absolutely no danger
that the limb will have to be amputated,
or from blood poisoning either."
Dr. Henry Jameson aald: "That another
operation would have to be performed Is
only about what we expected. The aerum
was collected In the cavity under the peri
ostium from which It was drained. What
baa happened Is only what we feared, and
we advised absolute quiet for the limb.
There la nothing Berlous about the wound
except that it will make a very sore leg
and would necessarily require that It be
opened and the serum drained. It may
even be necessary to scrape the bone, but
time will show this. There Is no danger
that tbe limb will have to be amputated
and, with proper drainage, neither Is there
any cause for alarm In regard to blood pois
Dr. Cook read the bulletin Issued by Sec
retary Cortelyou and made the following
statement: "I am not surprised to learn
that the cavity has become affected and
that the bone has been found to be dls
eased. That probability was discussed prior
to the operation and President Roosevelt
was requested to eat a light luncheon as
an anaesthetic wov.M have to be adminis
Bulgarian Revolutionists Escape Ar.
rest at Cost tf Many Killed
and Wounded.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Sept. 28 Official
telegrams received here say that 300 Bul
garian revolutionists, who were surrounded
by Turkish troops at Vodena, in the vilayet
of Salonlca, and who succeeded in forcing
the cordon after a sanguinary Bgbt. lost
fifty-two men killed and 112 men wounded.
The Turks also suffered severe losaes. The
pursuit of tb Bulgarians conlluuts.
Forecast for Nebraska Fair and Cooler
Monday: Tuesday Fair and Warmer In
West Portion.
Temperature at Omaha Yeaterdayi
Itnnr. Dear. Hoar. Dear.
ft a. nl Kit t p. m ...... 72
a. m 4t U p. m 7 1
7 a. m r H p. m...... TH
M a. m Ml 4 p. m Tt
1 a. m. . . . . . ft II p, n.inii IS
1( a. m...... Ot H p. tn Til
It a. in t;t T p. m MM
111 m 7U p. m
U p. m 4
Sustains Half Million Dollar
with bat Little Insar-
STOCKTON, Cal., Sept. 28. One of the
largest fires In tho history of Stockton
started here shortly after 6 o'clock this
evening In the Agricultural pavilion. That
structure, together with all its contents and
two residence blocks, were burned to the
ground with the exception of a few build
ings. The approximate loss is 8500,000, less
than half Insured.
The fire started through a plumber hunt
ing for a leak In a gas main in the pavilion.
The contact of the gas with a lighted can
dle caused an explosion, and In a few min
utes tbe building was In flames. Being
built of wood. It burned rapidly and the
two or three people In the building had to
flee for their lives.
With Incredible velocity the flames leaped
across San Joaquin street to the east and
across Lafayette to the west. The Catholic
church on the north bad a narrow escape.
A slight breeze carried the flames clear
through two blocks south of the pavilion
and west of San Joaquin street. The three
blocks to the east of San Joaquin suffered
greatly, and It was only through the hard
work of the firemen, assisted by the thick
shade tree, that the flames were prevented
from sweeping the channel.
During the early stages of the fire the
heat was so Intense that the firemen had
great difficulty In getting near enough to
be effective, and two men who were at
tempting to lay a hose on Lafayette street
nearly lost their lives. They were Tom
Walsh, driver of a hose wagon, and Ed
Knowies, an assistant,
Henry Chase, a fireman, fell from a build
ing and sustained Internal injuries which
are not believed to be fatal. Jack Law
rence fell from a building and was badly
bruised. Police Officer Dutschke and Parker
Wilson Inhaled smoke, but recovered at
the receiving hospital. Frank Stelnbecker
Wan lurowu agaiust a building by a hose,
and his leg was badly Injured.
The district fair had closed Saturday
night and all the exhibits were still In tho
pavilion. The loss to the exhibitors was
very heavy.
The Union Iron Works had on exhibition
models of the cruisers San Francisco and
Charleston. They were destroyed. There
was $25,000 Insurance on them. Many peo
ple have been left homeless and destitute
Fifty houses were burned.
Linemen were put to work cutting wires
shortly after the fire started and the elec
tric light and telephone wires are In a bad
condition tonight.
Engllihmrn Come Over on a Hunt for
Something- Better Than Light
nlnar Rods.
NEW YORK, Sept. 28. Among the pas
sengers who arrived on the steamer Celtic
today was Lieutenant Colonel H. A. Yorke
of the Royal Engineer army corps of Eng
land. Colonel Yorke Bald he had come over
tor the purpose of Inspecting electric rail
way systems, and would try to find a way
to prevent the leakage of power from elec
tric wires and rails, which he said had
proved very troublesome In England.
Ktlllngworth W. Hedges, another arrival,
said he was a member of the lightning re
search committee of England, and that he
was here to see If a more suitable means
than a lightning rod for preventing light
ning striking buildings could not be found.
The rod, he said, was practically useless,
and this branch of scientific research, he
added, had been greatly neglected.
One of Aliened St. Ltiula Boodlera May
Have Something: to Say
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 28. Robert M. Snyder,
whose trial on the charge of bribery In
connection with tbe Central traction bill
cornea up tomorrow, arrived here from
Kansas City today accompanied by his wife.
He firmly declined to discuss his rase. "My
presence here," said he, "shows that I
am ready for trial. I cannot at tbo present
time say any more. At a later time, per
haps, when 1 am freo to talk, I may do
so. I am In the hands of my counsel now,
I know that much haa been publicly said
about me, but It would not be proper for
me to deny or affirm at this stage."
Family Living; In Second Story Escape
Injury by a Seemlna
Mlracia. ST. JOSEPH, Sept. 28 An attempt waa
made tonight to destroy the family of
Columbus Walton of South St. Joseph by
the use of several sticks of dynamite. The
family lived over a store run by Walton,
and the dynamite waa placed under the
stairs of the front of the building. The
detonations were ter riffle and were heard
twelve miles away. The main part of the
structure was destroyed but the family
miraculously escaped Injury. Tbe loss Is
$5,000. The police have no clue.
fllaa the Model from Which Frederic
Remington Drew Hla Matter
piece. DULUTH. Minn., 8ept. 28. Among eight
horses destroyed at a barn at Proctor Knott
today was "Smoky! formerly Buffalo Bill's
favorite horse. He waa a superb animal In
his day and when be grew old Colonel Cody
gave him to hla sister, Helen Cody Wet
more of this city. Frederic Remington's
masterpiece is aald to be a picture of Buf
falo B.ll mounted on "Smoky."
Movements of Ocraa Vessels Sept, SM.
At New York Arrived: Celtic, from
IJverpool and 'queens to wn ; Noordam, from
At Movlllf Arrived: Columbia, from New
York, for (ilasgow. and proceeded
At Hamburg Arrived: Ktexmer Pennayl
vanta. from Sew York, via Plymouth and
At IJvei pool Arrived: I'mlirla. from New
York, via (jueeriatown.
At Naples Sailed : Vancouver. from
Genoa, for HohIoii.
At I Jsard-Passed : Steamer Kmn Prtns
Wllhflm. fr"m New York, for liymuulh,
Cherbourg aud lircinvo.
Freiident of TJnitad libs Wartin Aaiwari
Hajruatai Baar aid Hswitt.
Diggers of Bittimiiona Get 20 Per Cent
llora Thai Anthracite.
Hare Ifaximnm of Eight Heart to tbe
Letter's Ten Hour.
Last Year's Par In Kaee-aa of Amount
tor Prevlnue YearsWhat Miner
Demand Concerning; Law.
Lcsaeaa and tha Polle.
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 president
Mitchell of ths United Mine Workers today
gavo out the following statement:
"The recent utterances of Mr. Baer,
spokesman of the Anthracite Coal trust,
Mr. Hewitt and other Interested persons
disclose a well-defined purpose to confuse
and cloud the real causes which resulted
In the coal strike and an attempt to divert
attention from the actual Issuea Involved.
However misleading as are their utterances,
It la a relief to know that they now admit
that the public haa i ghts and Interests
which cannot be Ignored with Impunity,
and Inasmuch as the public must be the
final arbiter of the coal strike. It Is Im
perative that It shall not be deceived by
statements which are at variance with thu
facta. With the purpose of correcting some
of the false Impressions and misrepresenta
tions contained In the statements of the
gentleman referred to, I Issue this letter.
"It Is not my Intention to point out tbe
Innumerable Instances in which Mr. Baer
has erred in statement and allegation. His
unsupported assertions that certain things
are true cannot be accepted as final or
concluBlve,v particularly in view of the fart
that unquestioned authorities can be cited
to prove him to be In error In this
Are the Waves Falrf
"Mr Bner fat 'that ths wags paid
In tbe anthracite coal reglona are, com
pared with the wages paid In like em- V
ployment, fair and Just.' By Mike employ
ment Mr. Baer must refer to bituminous
coal mining. I am willing and prepared
to demonstrate that wages in the bitu
minous coal fields are from 20 to 40 per
cent higher than those paid for similar
classes of work In tbe anthracite fields.
Tho fact Is that tho minimum wage re
ceived by any class of adult mine workers
in the soft coal mines is 26H csnts per
hour, while the minimum wags paid to
boys is 12Vi cents per hour. In the an
thracite coal mines men performing pre
cisely the came labor receive from 13 to
20 centa per hour, while boya are paid
as low as 5 cents an houi and ra.My re
ceive to exceed' 8 vents per' hour.-" -
"The bituminous miner works a maxi
mum of eight hours per day, which Is two
hours less than men In the anthracite
fields are rc,-"tred to work; moreover, the
anthracite mine worker labors under the
further disadvantage of being more liable
to be killed or Injured, the casualties being
60 per cent greater In the anthracite than
In the bituminous mines.
Nome Other Krrors.
"There are other tatoments of Mr.
Baer which are equally lnco:rect; among
these are his assertion that 'the miners
only worked from four to six hours per
day' and hs turther assertion 'that the
lowest scale of wages was 85 centa for
boy slate pickers.' If Mr. Baer deslrea, I
shall gladly furnish him with the names
and addresses of thousands of slate pickets,
each of whom received much leas than
25 cents per day, and I shall be willing
to have the returns verified by the com
panlea' pay rolls.
"Tho next misstatement of Mr. Baer to
whlrh I shall give notice la that whlsh
claims that 'for some mysUrlous reason'
the miners restricted the output of the
mines. Mr. Baer claims that 'In tbla man
ner the product of the collieries has been
reduced about 12 per cent, and that In the
case of the Reading company It amour :ed
to more than 1.000,000 tons.' ThU Is vitally
Important If true, but it Is not true. The
fart la that instead of a loss of 1.000,003
ton there waa an Increase tn the year 1901
from the mlnee operated by ths Ra6'ng
company of 838.243 tons, and a total Increnae
from all the anthracite mines of
tons. (See the report of Pennsylvania sUta
bureau of mines.) The output of coal In
1901 was far In excess of that of any year
In the history of coal mining, and even a
paper ao avowedly and bitterly hostile to
the Mine Workers' union aa the Engineer
ing and Mining Journal admits that 'vir
tually the only restriction on output was a
shortage of cars.' 'Thla shortage.' the
Journal continues, 'soon became marked'
and 'by the end of November the Reading
collertes and those of soma other com
panies were mining on short time.' (Issue
of January 4, 1902.)
Par Capita Output Greater.
"Although thla statement does not admit
of any such construction. It la still possi
ble that Mr. Baer still refera to the per
capita output, but ever here he errs. A
careful calculation of per capita output
from the Pennsylvania state bureau of
mines shows that despite Mr. Baers as
sertlon that the miners worked only from
four to six hours per day and dosplte the
assertion that tbe men restricted the out
put, the per capita production In 190L the
year complained of, was greater than thu
per capita output for any single on of the
thirty-one years of which we have record
from 1870 to 1900. In attempting to aacount
for the increased tonnage the operators
point to the installation of labor caving
machinery which reducea the proportion of
men and boya employed by th day. If w
disregard all mrue worker whose labor
might be saved y such appliances and
taka simply tlm output per certificated and
employed n.ltu-r we find that ths produc
tion per miiK-r was 1,271 tona In 1897, 1,29
tons iu 1V-K, l.afc.l tons In 1899, 1.S91 ton
In 1&00, while In the year 1901 It was 1,905
tor.. I refer Mr. Baer to tbe annual report
of the Pennsylvania state bureau of mines
and aak if these Cgurea do not rafuts tho
statement that organisation In ths coal
mines Is Inimical lo good workmanship
among the miners.
"Since the very Inception of this strike the
Sims, objects and Ideals of ths United Mine
Workers of America have been wilfully
distorted by u email army of critics. We
have been unjustly maligned.
What the Mlurrs Demand.
"We therefore take Ibis opportunity to
repeat speclfleally that we do not seek to
inu-rfer with tbe management at ths coal