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Fhe Omaha Daily Bee.
ESTA11LIS11ED JUNE 10, 1871.
OMAUA, TUESDAY MORNING, DECEM1JER 9, 1902 TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY THREE CENTS.
MIXES MARRLE MEN
Firm'i Figuring Keepi Fay the 8ame,
Though Wages BiM.
DEAD MEN'S DEBTS ALWAYS COLLECTED
Widowi Tell of Intbanda Killed and Cash
Extracted by Company.
DAMAGES ARE DENIED TO POOR WOMEN
Offloiala Freseat Faperi for Signature
Abselriog Them from Claim,
TALES ASTONISH STfllKE ARBITRATORS
Cannot rilrrMMil Mow Tea Per Ceat
! Kete Miners Ho More Cash
ad Witnesses Alao Pro
feaa Their Icnoranre,
BCRANTON. r.. Dec. a. Almost the en
tlra session ot the strike commission was
taken up by evidence affecting the Markle
The miners placed witnesses on the stand
who swore tha company refused to employ
them becauae they belonged to the union,
bad evicted them from their bouses for
the same cause; that the docking system
was Intolerable; that the price of powder,
which enters Into the computation of
wages, had been raised and the size of
cars increased, while pay remained as be
fore. Two Hungarian women, one of them the
mother of the boy who testified on Satur
day, were placed on the atand and said
the Markle company deducted house rent,
from the last wages of their husbands, who
were killed In the mines, and attempted
to got them to sign a paper which would
abHolve the Markles from damages for the
death of the men. They also confirmed
the story told by the breaker boy that
children had to work without pay until
debts owed by dead fathers were paid off.
The Markle company was not represented,
although it bad ample notice that testi
mony affecting Ha collieries would be pre
sented. The commissioners, however, ex
pect It to bring evidence In rebuttal.
Flarurlns; of Waste Are Strange.
The commissioners were much surprised
to hear tbat the 10 per cent Increase
granted In 1900 was not a straight out ralae
In wages, but Instead a 2V4 per cent In
crease and a reduction In powder of 7 Va per
cent, making the net lncreaae In earnings
10 per rent. This the tulnerj claim Is not
being paid by the Markle company, owing
to a peculiar manner of figuring. which they
do not understand. The question aroused
considerable discussion and no one In the
court could give a satisfactory explsnation.
There was a flurry at the afternoon ses
sion, when Ira H. Burns, representing the
Independent companies, referred to the
president of the United States as "Teddy
Brigadier Oeneral Wilson and Judge Oray
at once administered a stinging rebuke and
Ihe Incident dropped." - .. ;
The first witness wa's James Gallagher
who was on the stand on Saturday. He said
It used to be the custom of the Markle em
ployes to contribute $50 to the family ot a
man killed In the mines and to lay off" ufjtll
he was buried. The Markles, however,' made
a contract with the workmen whereby they
paid the (50 and the men remain at work.
The witness said the alze ot the mine
oars had steadily Increased, but wages had
not been raised.
The powder question came up at the
afternoon session and caused considerable
discussion, but when it was over the com
missioners knew little more than they did
Mr. Clark raised It when be read to
Paul Dunleavy statements of wsges sub
mitted by him, which showed that some
months he owed the company money for
Witness could not tell clearly how It was
he waa In debt and added that to his way
of thinking the 1Q per cent Increase granted
In 1900 was not an Increase at all.
In aome way the Markle company placed
some of the men In debt for powder. No
one seemed to know how it was done.
J. N. Rlttenhouse followed and said two
years ago It cost a family $17.61 a month
for all the necessities ot life, but now
$22.94 wss required to purchase the same
articles. His figures were made up from
those quoted by twenty-flro merchants.
Atmoar Maa Discusses Mercer.
John D. Hughes, the Scrsnton manager
for Armour Co., gave the wholesale
prices for meata and compared them with
the rates prevailing In 1900 and 1901. He
prevented a Urge mass of figures, showing
that meats had Increased 23 1-5 per cent
In cross-examination Ira D. Burns, for
the Independent companies, asked:
"Don't you know that the rise In meats
wss due to the Meat trust?"
Witness I don't know ot any such In
Mr. Burns Do you agree with what
"Teddy" Roosevelt says about the trusts?
Witness I believe In some of It.
He was proceeding to explain apparently
Juat what portion of the president's views
found favor with him when Oeneral Wilson
Jumped up and Indignantly exclaimed:
"Mr. Chairman, I object to any person
before tbla commission referring to the
president of the Vutted States In that
Mr. Burns Intensified the sensation thus
occasioned by calmly replying: "He some.
times calls himself that."
Judge Gray, however, smoothed matters
out by saying: "I think ths objection la
Mrs. Andrew Chippie, ths mother of the
11-year-old breaker boy, who said on Sat
urday that he had to work out the debt ot
dead father, took the stand and aub
stantlated all her son had aald. She gave
the additional Information that the Marklo
company wanted her to sign a psper waiv
ing the right to damagea for the death ot
The company promised her rent and coal
free for six months, but she refused te
sign. Vpon this they charged up rent and
coal and compelled the boy to work at i
cents an hour In the breaker, but bis wage,
were so small tbat the debt was Increasing.
Another Hungarian woman, whole hus
band was killed at the same time, told
precisely the same story In every detail.
' Her son waa given a Job In the mines
as a driver boy at (0 renta a day, aud In
five or alx months only received 15, sll
his wages being retained for rent and coal.
Both women received i0 each for burial
expenses from the company, but the funeral
expenses In each case wera greater than
When their husbands vers killed, ths
iCoallaued ob Second Pags.)
VOLCANOES ACTIVE IN SAMOA
Flames Saddealy Burst Forth from
Craters Loan; Inactive la
t'NITED STATES NAVAL STATION.
Tl'TlILA, SAMOA, Nov. 24 Via Ssn
Francisco, Dec. S.) On November S, the
Samoans at the western extremity of the
group of Islands of 8avll were startled by
severe shocks of earthquake' '"which lasted
throughout the night and v (tfitit
Some of the shocks were -v . ''WVugh
to throw rlnwn a rnncrete c. ' ff4
wreck several others. Then Are w 0.
to burst forth from several of the mty
tain peaks and the people fled In terror to r
plsces they considered safe.
These extinct volcanos, now active, aro
toward the west of Savll, In German
Samoa. Tradition speaks of a violent
eruption about 150 years ago, when that
portion of the country was a flowing stream
of molten lava.
The Area at present observable are at
four peaks of the mountain ridge, which
forms the backbone ot ths Island and so
long as the disturbance is confined to that
portion of the country little harm can
It Is stated that the other parts rt
Samoa, being of more recent origin than
Savll, will not be affected by the outburst.
SENATE STANDS BY DOLE
Legislative Body of Hawaii Approves
Removal of Officers by Governor -of
HONOLULU, Dec. 2. (Via San Francisco,
Dec. $.) The territorial senate today re
ceived and adopted a report ot Its special
committee on public works approving the
message of Governor Dole, In which he
asks for the removal ot Superintendent
Boyd and made grave charges against him.
This, with the removal of Auditor Austin,
already accomplished. Is thought to com
plete the removals ot offlrlals as a result
ot the recent scandals. .
A report was also received by the senate
from its committee on the territorial treas
The sum of $17,949, for embezzling which
Treasurer Wright has already been In
dicted, waa found to be short.
Chinese Minister Wu ' Ting-fang arrived
In Honolulu last night as a passenger to
China on the steamer Hong Kong Maru.
While here he met many of the locally
prominent Chinese, and he had some severe
comments to make on the way the exclu
sion act is enforced here.
MOROCCO HAS TWO RULERS
Pretender Isanes Stamps, Seises Treas
ury, and Arma and Calls
MADRID, Dec. 8. Dispatches from Fes,
Morocco, allege that the pretender to the
throne has assumed sovereign rights.
He has Issued a manifesto announcing
tbat he has taken possession of the treas
ury, batteries of guns and arms, and says
he Intends to attack the sultan's forcea as
soon as his supplies arrive. He haa also
Issued postage stamps. ,'
, "The sultan Js said to be preparing a large
army with which to attack the pretender.
KAISER CANNOT VISIT FAIR
Crown Prince' Mar, However, Croaa
Atlantle la Father'
BERLIN, Deo. 8. Emperor William has
been obliged to refuse the Invitation ex
tended him to attend the St. Louis fair, aa
It Is impossible for him to go so far away
It Is quite llkoly, however, that the crown
prince will visit America Instead.
Suffering; la Copeahaarea.
COPENHAGEN, Dec. 8. The widespread
suffering here resulting from Industrial
atagnation and commercial depression has
been Intensified by the unusual severity ot
the winter weather, which set In a month
earlier than usual. Building operations had
largely to be abandoned, thus Increasing
the number ot unemployed to an extent sur
passing most records and serlouoly taxing
the resources of the charity organizations.
Form a Kaiser Party.
BERLIN, Dee. 8. Baron von Eckardsteln
has Issued Invitations to a meeting at
Frankfort on December 16 to consider the
formation of a new national party to up
hold Emperor William's policy. It will bo
called the kaiser party.
Prince Falls irom Bar.
PLOEN, Prussia, Dec. 8. Prince Oscar,
Emperor William's fifth son, has sustained
a slight fracture of the collar bone
through falling from a horizontal bar. The
Injury will not interfere with his studies.
Price of Bread Goes I p.
LONDON, Dec. 8. The price of bread waa
raised 1 cent per loaf In the east rnd of
London today, thus intensifying the dis
tress ot those who are out of work.
Kin- Concludes His Visit.
LONDON. Dec. 8. The king ot Portugal
today concluded his visit to England and
Paeiae Wires Opeaed.
MONTREAL. Dec. 8. The British Pacific
cable opened for business today.
JOHN DILLON AGAIN IN BED
Trip from Chicago to Jew York
Provea Too Much fur the
NEW YORK, Dec. 8. John Dillon, one of
the leaders of the Irish nationalist party.
Is at the Hoffman house, having arrived
with his wife on Umbria. Mr. Dil
lon, who had been ill In Chicago, and whi
bad Just arrived here, was affected ma
terially by his trip and was obliged to
take to bis bed at tha hotel and deny him
self to all callers.
hlle his condition is not considered
serious, Mrs. Dillon said that he was too 111
to see anybody.
BOTH PARTIES TAKE ACTION
nonpartisan Delegation from hew
Mrxlro Will He Sained lo
I rare Statehood.
ALBUQUERQUE. N. M.. Deo. 8 The
Chairmen of the republican and democratic
partita ot tbla terrttiry all! appoint a
large and nonpartisan delegation to visit
Wsshlngton and work for the passags of
the omnibus statehood bill.
Msss meetings will be held during the
week la all the leading towns ot the terri
tory to advocate the causs of statehood.
HOUSE PAYS REED HOMAGE
Adjonrna to Ihow lespect in Which Lata
Speaker Was Held.
ENTERS BRILLIANT TRIBUTE ON RECORDS
No Parliamentarian larpse Illns-
trlona Dead, No Debater Matched
Intellectual Giant Who Tow
ered Abort Ills Fellows.
"INGTOX. Dec. 8. The house today ;
.arxaDie tribute to the memory of
ex-S r Thomas B. Reed.
His death had created a profound im
pression and there was a universal desire
among the members that the house show a j
signal mark of respect to his memory. J
ror the house to take such action on the
death of a former member had only three
precedents In Its history, namely, on the
occasions of the death of Benton, Blaine
and Alexander Stephens, when the house
adopted resolutlona and adjourned out ot
respect to their memories.
It was decided to follow these precedents
In the case of Mr. Reed. The chaplain at
the opening ot the session paid a feeling
reference to the doath ot the ex-speaker.
No business wss trsnsacted beyond the
formal readiug of two messages from the
president and an arrangement to postpone
the special order for today, the London
dock bill, until tomorrow.
Sherman Offers Resolution.
Mr. Sherman of New York, then amid
profound silence arose and In a few feeling
remarks offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the following minutes be
spread upon the records of the house of
.,,rn; Tnomas Brackett Reed died In
Washington December 7, 1902. For twenty
two years he had been a member of this
house; for six years Its speaker. His serv
'c terminated with the Fifty-fifth congress.
V ltnln this chamber the icunn nf hl
great activities were laid. Here he rendered
errvice 10 nts country which placed him In
the front ranks of American statesman
ship. Here he exhibited characteristics
which compelled respect and won admira
Forceful ability, Intrinsic worth, strength
of character brought him popular fame
and congressional leadership, in him depth
and breadth of Intellect, with a full and
well rounded development, had produced a
giant who towered above his fellows and
Impressed them with his power and wisdom.
A distinguished tteKman. a lofty patriot
a cultured scnolar and incisive, an un
matched debater, a master of logic, wit and
satire;' the moat famous .of the world's
parliamentarians, the great and representa
tive citizen has gone. Into history.
Resolved, That In honor of the distin
guished dead the house now adjourn.
In presenting the resolution Mr. Sherman
Mr. Speaker, the life of ex-8peaker Reed
ended yesterday. Its span measured many
years less than the allotted life of man;
and yet there waa within It so much of
moment that his fame became great and
will be lasting. He was a citizen of my
state since his retirement from public life,
although It was sis representative from
Maine that he rendered his service to the
republic, and It Is in the state of Maine
that he will have his final resting place.
To have served with Mr. Reed was an
honor, to have been In close touch with him
an inspiration, to have enjoyed his confi
dence and friendship, a delight. He was so
great, his service to his country so valua
ble, that It seems to me we may fitly de
part from what Is the usual custom of the
house when one not in public life dies. I,
therefore, Mr. Speaker, offer the resolution
which I sent to the clerk.
When Mr. Sherman resumed his seat the
apeaker asked If there was any objection.
The silence remained unbroken. The
resolutions were then unanimously adopted
and at 12:15 p. m. the speaker declared the
house adjourned out ot respect to the mem
ory of Mr. Reed.
The ways and means committee has re
ported favorably on the resolution to ad
journ from December 20 to January 6.
Bills were introduced today by Mr.
Lacey (la.) to repeal the desert land law.
The commutation provides for homestead
The house committee on agriculture hav
ing under consideration the agricultural
appropriation bill today heard Prof. Wil
lis L. Moore, chief of the Weather bu
reau,, on the proposed distribution of
forecasts by the rural free delivery sys
tem, which he favors. It Is estimated that
It would coat about 860,000 additional per
DISCUSS IMMIGRATION 13ILL
Senators Amend Measure Regnlatlnu;
Ingress to the United
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8. The senate to
day adopted all the committee amendments
to the immigration bill, with the excep
tion of one prescribing an educational
test, and approved the action of the
committee In striking out the clause pro
hibiting the sale of Intoxicants within
a capltol building, and then laid aside the
bill until tomorrow.
The amendment fixing a $3 tax on each
Immigrant furniehed the principal topic for
debate. Mr. Galllnger (N. H.) inilsted that
there was less necessity for It now than a
year ago, but It was adopted without di
vision. A new amendment was adopted, designed
to stop the slleged perjury on the part ot
persons seeking admission and the commit
tee amendment making the head tax a Hen
on the property of the transnortstloo lines
was struck out. An amendment was also
agreed to exempting aliens In transit
through the United States and aliens once
admitted and who have paid.
After routine business Mr. Quay (Pa.)
sent to the desk and had read the
resolutions adopted by the Indian
territorial legislative committee on the
statehood bill combining Oklahoma and In
dian Territory, expressing sympathy for
Oklahoma In Its efforts to securo statehood,
appealing tor some form of local self gov-
ernment, such aa Is provided for In what is
j known as the Moon bill, and denouncing
certain people, who. It la charged, have mis
! represented the desires of the citizens of
I the Indian Territory with regard to Joint
statehood with Oklahoma.
On the immigration bill being called,
the head tax amendment -was discussed
at length by Messrs. Galllnger, Hoar, Fair
banks, Penrose, Lodge and Foraker, and
finally was agreed to.
The other amendments were adopted also,
no applying to perjury to all percon swear
ing falsely as to the right of admission.
The reading of the bill having been con
cluded, and the committee amendments ex
cept those passed over adopted, the bill was
laid aside tor the day and the senate
passed three unobjected pension bills.
At 4:20 the senate went Into rxccut'.vo
sesaiou and at 4:43 adjourned.
The committee on a-mrjnrl ttloui de-
j tided to report the hou :e measure tppro
prlaticg 100, too for the anthracite strike
I cnmmiEfitrn. The hill w'll bo amended si
i that -officers cf thi government on tho
Iccmraleslcn shall n- ecel-e double com
penrtlcn. but pro", If i will b uaJe for
TWO ' FATALITIES AT A FIRE
Man Falls and Breaks His Reek and
Child Is Itemed to
MENOMINEE FALLS, Ws., Dec. 8. Fire
last night destroyed the geral store and
dwelling of Manthey at Colgate, five miles
north of here. Mr. Manthey lit attempting
to escape fell from the porch and broke his
neck, dying a few minutes later.
In the excitement a child 8 years of age
was forgotten and was burned to death.
Another child was fatally and three others
seriously Injured. The mother and two
other children were the only once te escape
Mr. Msnthey was over 60 years old. The
family consisted of the father and mother
and seven children, who with the servant
were In the building at tho time of the
fire. It Is thought the Ore Sras caused by
an overheated furnace. -
CHICAGO EMPLOYERS COMBINE
Form Organisation to Deaf, with Labor
Troubles Affecting; lta
CHICAGO, Dec. 8. Frederick W. Job.
chairman of the State Board Of Arbitration,
resigned today to become secretary ot the
Employers' association of Chicago.
This body was recently organised by the
leading employers In Chicago, but the fact
of its existence waa a secret until Mr.
Job's resignation became known.
Mr. Job said:
All I can say of the organisation at
f resent Is that it will deal as a unit with
nbor troubles affecting lta members.
Chicago's greatest captains ef industry
are members. This organisation Is built
on new lines and I believe it wiil attract
national attention and comment. We are
not ready, however, to make all our plans
CORNELIUS VANDERBILT ILL
Millionaire Confined to Bed with
Typhoid Fever, bat No Com
plications Are Feared.
NEW YORK, Dec. 8. Cornelius Vander
bllt Is ill of typhoid fever at his home in
this city. He has been confined to his bed
for a week.
At the house it was said te day that the
patient was comfortable and that no com
plications would result.
Dr. Flint, who Is attending Mr. Vandcr
bilt, Issued the following bulletin on tha
patient's condition today:
Mr. Vanderbllt had a very restless night,
but, medically speaking, he la as weft as
can be expected. "
Dr. Flint called in Dr. Janeway for a
PIONEER NEWSBOY IS' DEAD
Henry I Gatchltt, Who Orlglsatts
tho Idea of Crying- Oat
Papers for Sale.'
NEW YORK, Dec. 8. Henry L, Gatchltt.
who as a lad was the first newsboy In
New York to cry his papers aloud, has
just died at his home In Brooklyn, a rich
maa; - '' - - .. te- u
He waa born on the east'sldo. and sold
newspapers In the streets when the site
of Cooper union waa a cornfield. Act
ing on an inspiration one day, he took up
his stand In Park Row and began calling
out the names of his papers and an ink
ling of their contents to passersby. The
present "extra" yell of ' the newsboys
dates from that time.
WITNESS SAYS HE TOLD LIES
First Alleges Accused Murderer Shot
In Self Defense, but Now Re
tracts . Statement.
KANSAS CITY, Dec. 8. Joseph Orton. a
witness In the case against Dr. Louis Zorn,
charged with killing Albert Securest, today
voluntarily said he had deliberately 'lied In
Orton was employed by Zorn and at first
testified that at the time of the shooting
Sechrest had raised a hoe as If to strike
the doctor and Zorn bad shot In self de
fense. Today he surprised the state by de
claring his first testimony false and saying
Sechrest was unarmed when shot.
INSISTS ON CANADIAN LINE
Dominion Minister Says New Rail
roads Mast Have British
OTTAWA, Dec. 8. Hon. Clifford Sifton,
minister of the Interior, Is reported to have
said that if any line gets assistance from
the government for a transcontinental
track It will be on the express condition
that the terminal Is a Canadian port.
Some point in the province of Quebec
n the St. Lawrence, far enough east to be
kept open all the year around must be
selected and reached by the shortest and
most direct route.
ELOPES WITH AN IOWA GIRL
Bt. Joseph Bank Cashier Recently
Weds a Young Woman
of Logan, la.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo., Dec. 8. (Special Tele
gram.) It Just became known today that
Victor Long, assistant caehler of the German-American
bank, eloped with Miss
Myrtle Minahall, a society girl ot Logan,
la., on September 17 and was married.
The couple have been living quietly in
this city ever since the wedding, the young
woman notifying her relative aa aoon as
the ceremony had been performed.
WILL FIGHT FOR LOW RATES
j Kansas Millers Seek Injunction
Agalnut Higher t'liargea on
Krala aad Floar.
WICHITA. Kan., Dec. 8. Several Kansas
millers held a aecret meeting here ' last
night and raised $10,000 to start injunction
proceedings against Kansas railroads if
they put into effect higher freight rates on
j grain and grain products out of the state.
MAYO? AMES FLEES TO SOUTH
Kentucky Governor Allows Mlane
spoils Man to IJe Placed In
FRANKFORT, Ky.. Dee. 8. Governor
Beckham today honored the requisition of
he governor of Minnesota for the arrest
ji ex-Mayor A. A. Ames ot Minneapolis.
in the mesntlme, however, Mr. Ames
has flown again, this time to tha south.
WAR ON THE CATTLE PLAGUE
Cob gross. Aaked for Half Million Dollars
to Stamp Out Disease.
COMES HERE ORIGINALLY FROM EUROPE
Swansoa Recommended for Post,
master at Fremont Lacey Offers
Amendments lo tho Gen
eral Land Laws.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. Dec. 8. (Special Tele
gram.) The outbreak ot foot and mouth
disease In Massschusetts and the New Eng
land states generally will probably receive
the attention of congress within a very
D. E. Salmon, chief of the Bureau ot
Animal Industry, Department of Agricul
ture, is now In Boston. He writes that bo
la rapidly organizing a force for the stamp
ing out of the disease. The local authori
ties are co-operating with the federal gov
ernment to a great extent, but the quaran
tines established on various farms are not
very carefully maintained. In that horses,
dogs and men from quarantined farms are
permitted to pass back and forth without
hindrance. Dr. Salmon, acting under au
thority of the law, has agreed that the
general government shall pay 70 per cent
of the value of Infected animals slaugh
tered to prevent the spread of the dis
ease. Judging from the amounts thus far
awarded. It Is estimated that each animal
killed will cost the federal government
about $33. It Is urged that an emergency
appropriation of at least $500,000 be made
by congress Immediately, and $1,000,000
would be better, in order that there may be
no delay Incurred in the work ot exter
minating the disease.
Comes from Europe.
From his Investigations thus far Dr.
Salmon Is of the opinion that the disease
germs from which the outbreak originated
were Imported,., from Europe, being car
ried In hay used to feed horses bought
abroad. The most serious aspect of the
case is, according to Dr. Salmon, the fear
of the spread ot contagion from the scat
tering of cans through the country In which
Infected animals have been confined; in
fact, be reports one animal suffering from
the disease has turned up in Toronto, Can
ada, which case can be directly traced to
an Infected car used in Boston.
Tho committee on agriculture ot the
house had the subject up for discussion at
Its meeting today. A consultation with the
secretary will be held tomorrow morning
and It Is expected that an emergency bill
will be Introduced at once, which will carry
an appropriation large enough to enable
the department to carry on the work of
stamping out the disease. Inasmuch as the
scourge can readily be carried through in
fected rolling stock to every section of
the country. It Is believed tha there will
be no serious opposition to the psssage
of the emergency appropriation bill.
Looking; After tho Places.
Within the next few daya It Is expected
tbat a number ot prominent politicians of
Nebraska will put in an appearance In
Washington for tha purpose of assisting
f Senators'- Dletrlctt wn - MIMard ' t -reach
conclusions as to positions which will
shortly be vacant by expiration of the
terms of incumbents. Chairman Llndsey
of the republican state committee, It Is
understood, will be here in the next two
or three days for the purpose of pushing
his, candidacy for United States district at
torney to succeed W. S. Summers. Rumor
has it that Mr. Summers will also be on
the ground about the same time and a
lively contest Is expected to ensue.
Settles a Long; Flsrht.
As a result of the long drawn out fight
between contending Interests, and which at
one time promised to divide the republican
party In Dodge county, Senator Millard to
day recommendated Dan Swanson to be
postmaster at Fremont, vice Roes Ham
mond, resigned. Mr. Swanson is to take
charge of the office on January 1. R. B.
Schneider, who has been the champion and
friend of Mr. Hammond all through the
fight for his retention and who was Instru
mental In bringing about the compromise
extending the time of Mr. Hammond until
some amicable arrangement could be
reached, brought the resignation of the
Fremont postmaster to Washington and
today presented It to Senator Millard. The
senator, who was a party to the agreement
which was reached before the close of the
first session of the Fifty-seventh congress,
immediately sent to the postmaster general
the name ot Mr. Swanson and so far as can
be learned everything la serene in Dodge
fthallenberser Has Trust Bill.
Congressman Shallenberger will go before
the commutes on Judiciary tomorrow for
the, purpose of explaining his anti-trust
bill,' Introduced last December. Mr. Shall
tnberger's bill provides for a non-partisan
commission to regulate foreign and Inter
state commerce, to whom all reports as to
the condition of corporations doing an In
terstate business shall be made. It pro
vides also for complete publicity of the
condition of all such corporations and ex
amination of the books of such corporations
by special examiners. It also provides that
all watered stock, as shown by an examina
tion of special commissions, shall pay a tag
of 10 per cent Into the general treasury, the
object of this being to tax the watered
stock of corporations out of existence. It
provides further that when these reports
are made known, which tfhow corporations
are selling products In foreign countries
cheaper than at home the president shall
be empowered to remove the duty upon all
such articles until normal competition Is
restored, when he shall have the right to
restore the duty suspended. This, In the
opinion of Mr. Shallenberger, eliminates
the tariff commission and tha necessity for
Aberdeen Wants a Chans;.
Senators Gamble and Kittredge and Rep
resentative Martin of the South Dakota
delegation called upon the president today
and presented Hon. F. A. Brown of Aber-
j deen, who Is in Wsshlngton in connection
I with the public building In that city which
i Is now under construction. Mr. Brown is
' here with a view ot changing the material
j that has been decided upon to be used in
I the superstructure of the Aberdeen post-
Colonel Melvin Griggsby of the South
Dakota rough rider regiment, now United
States attorney tor the Nome district of
Alaska, haa been In Washington for sev
eral days on matters connected with his
Amendments to Land Uiri.
Representative Lacey of Iowa today In
troduced bills to repeal the commutation
provisions of the .homestead laws and alao
repeal the desert land laws. These bills
It Is believed are virtually administration
measures. Major Lacey having bad extended
(Continued on Second Pags.)
CONDITION OF THE WEATHER
Forecast for Nohraeka Snow and Warmer
Tuesday. Wednesday, I'robnbly 8now.
Temperatare at Omaha Yesterdayi
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SANTA FE TRAIN WRECKED
Two Men Are Killed and Fonr Other
Pnsaensrers Receive la-Juries.
KANSAS CITY, Dec. 8 The westbound
California Limited on the Santa Fe a.i
wrocked at Kotbvillc, Mo., shortly after
noon today, causing tho death of the en
gineer. Samuel Wise of Argentine, Kan.,
and his fireman, and great damage to the
engine and coaches.
John McKean of New York, who received
slight bruises, was the only passenger In
jured. A colored waller had hia arm
broken and two other waiters were In
jured. Congressman-elect George A. Loud
of Michigan and Rabbi Hlrsch of Chicago
were among the passengers and helped to
caro for the Injured.
The wreck waa caused by the coaches
being derailed on an open switch, which
the engine had passed safely while the train
was going at a high rate of speed.
Twenty-throe ot the passengers were
brought to t,hls city on an accommodation
train at a late hour tonight and most of
them resumed their Journey westward. The
dead and Injured were taken to Fort Mad
FRAUD JURY JS DISCHARGED
Denver Panel Freed from Duty Be
cause Constitutional Amendment
DENVER, Dee. 8. Judge Carpenter today
discharged the grand Jury drawn to inves
tigate alleged election frauds. This action
was taken because ot complications arising
from the constitutional amendment abolish
ing Arapahoe county and creating the city
and county of Denver.
Another grand Jury .may be summoned
after the supreme court gives a decision
as to the validity ot th amendment.
The supreme court today assumed original
Jurisdiction in the suit to test the amend
ment and a decision Is expected within six
CHEYENNE THEATER BURNED
Wyoming Tribune and Other Property
Also Damaged, Total Loss Reach
ins; f 77,000 Insured.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., Dec. 8. The Chey
enne opera house, owned by James M.
Csrey and valued at $50,000, was burned
today. The Wyoming Tribune Publishing
company, which occupied the basement of
the building, suffered a loss ot $15,000.
. Adjoining property was damaged aad the
total Joss is estimated at $70,000, which Is
covered by Insurance. The origin - of the
fire is unknown.
About two score people wera sleeping In
the building when the fire was discovered
at 4:45 o'clock, but all got out safely.
OMAHA STOCKMAN IS FREED
Colorado Governor Holds Held Guilt
less of Crimlnnl Intent In Vio
lating; Stock Law.
DENVER, Colo., Dec. 8. Governor Orman
today pardoned E. H. Reld ot Omaha, a
wealthy, stockman who wbb sentenced to
Jail for six months for violating the Colo
rado state inspection law.
Mr. Reid's violation was for the purpose
of testing the validity of the law, and as
there was no criminal Intent the governor
Interfered to prevent his punishment after
the United States supreme court had af
firmed the Judgment.
BRITAIN BUYS MORE MULES
Hundred Thousand Ready to Ship to
Transvaal and Like Number
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 8. Major Eck
ersley of the British army passed through
Memphis tonight for Latbrop, Mo., where
King Edward's government has concen
trated 100,000 mules and horses to restock
farms In the Transvaal. The shipment ot
animals will begin on January 15.
Major Eckerslsy says It Is the Intention
of the government to make a second pur
chase ot equal alze when the present ani
mals are shipped.
ARMY HOLDS CONFERENCE
Nebraska aad Iowa Join with Other
States at Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Dec. 8. Oeneral Booth
of the Salvation army spoke tonight to C.000
people. He will remain here until Thurs
day, participating In army councils.
Three hundred field officers are present
from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas,
Arkansas, South Dakota, Colorado, Indian
I Territory, Oklahoma and Wyoming. From
j Kansas City General Booth will go to
I T V
LITTLE LAD JJANGS HIMSELF
Makca Rope of Bedclothes aad Dies
to Escape Industrial
CLEVELAND. Dec. 8. Forest Wheeler, a
12-year-old boy. held In the county Jail
awaiting transportation to the State In
dustrial school, hanged himself to a steam
pipe in his cell tonight.
He used a rope made from his bed sheet
ing. Movements of Ocean Vessels Dec. M.
At Cherbourg Arrived: Kaiser Wilhelm
der OroMxe. from New York, via Piv.
j mouth, for Ilnmburg. and proceeded; Pre-
101 14, irum i r w i ors.
At Plymouth Arrived: Kaiser Wilhelm
der Groase, from New York.
At Hong Kong Balled: Glenogle, for
Tacoma. via Yokohama, etc.
At Bremen Arrived: Frlederlck der
Grosse. from New York.
At Gibraltar Arrived: Aller. from New
York, for (Jenra and Naples, Hailed: Mon
golian, for New Vork; Pomeranian, for
At Naples Arrived: Palatla, from New
Liverpool Arrived: Cevlc, from New
At Fernando do Koranha Parsed: Lime
Urancn, rrom Portland, Ore., via Coroiiel,
tic, for (queens town.
WAR MAY BE ON SOW
British and German Diplomat Fretent
Ultimatum to Veueiuela,
MINISTERS BOARD FRIENDLY CRUISERS
Trj to Collect Bills Peaoeablj and Failing
ENGLISH GOVERNMENT IGNORANT OF STEP
Foreign Office Professes to Expect Surrender
Without Hostile Aota.
SUPPOSE AMBASSADOR STILL AT CARACAS
Cable Break Delays Xews aad Clash
Mar Tome Without Homo Authori
ties Knowtnn- that Demaads
Are Finally Befnaed.
CARACAS, Dee. g. The British minister.
W. H. D. Haggard, and the German charge
d'affaires. Herr von Pllgrlm-Baltatsl, left
Caracaa at 3 this afternoon for La Gauira,
where Mr. Haggard boarded the British
cruiser Retribution and Herr von Pilgrim-
Baltazr.1 the German cruiser Vlneta. Both
legations have been closed.
Yesterday the British minister and the
German charge d'affaires deposited at the ,
private residence of tho foreign minister. '
Lopes Harralt. separate demands. Ths
British being for settlement of claims and
other matters arising from the last revo
lution, and the German for the payment of
Interest on the loan and other claims. The
demands are In the form of an ultimatum,
but do not limit the time tor an answer.
Mr. Haggard took his secretary. Grant
Duff, and the chancellor of tha legation,
Mr. Godfrey, with him to La Gauira, whero
hoy were met by thirty officers.
Public Offices All Closed.
The ministers left Caracas without pre
viously notifying tho Veneiuelan govern-'
ment, probably In order -to avoid any hos
tile demonstrstlon. Yesterday and today
being festivals In Caracaa all the public
offices are closed and it Is Impossible to see
any one In authority and may have led to
the unprecedented step of handing In a de
mand of such a nature at a minister's prl- '
The actual situation la Incomprehensible
here, as up to this morning no one appeased
o know anything about the Anglo-German
projected demonstration. -
The foreign minister ssld he considered
a menace on the part of Germany Inadmis
sible and any threat would only bo a feeler,
while England has no ground for aggres
sion. Up to yesterday there wera no prepara- ,
ttona Indicating tbat the ministers In
tended to abandon their posta. . ,
The government haa made no military .
preparations, as Venetuelan citizens con-
sldared the threat ot a demonstration a -bluff,
and set aside the possibility ot an ,
Anglo-German demonstration but ona of .
the chief officers of the German erulser
Vlneta told. a German, family, t La Quatra .
yesterday that a blockade of the f coasts
was Imminent. '
Castro Wars In Words.
The papers here publish an open letter
from President Castro, in which ho refuses
to believe that Britain and Germany have
allied themselves against his country. He
claims to have acted fairly and aquarely to
ward all nations and concludes:
Honorably. I cannot do more. I put honor
first and will not seek excuses to disarm
foolhardy enmities by accepting humilia
tions which would offend the dignity of the
Venezuelan people and which are not in
accord with my publlo life.
The cause of our national dignity Is based
on our rights ami our possession of Justice
and on our relations of friendship and
mutual respect with foreign nations.
London Is in Igaorasce,
LONDON, Dec. 8. Great Britain and Ger
many have presented ultimatums to Venez
uela, which will le followed by the seizure
of the customs unless a satisfactory settle
ment is forthcoming.
The ultimatums have no time limit, but
It Is understood a speedy reply is expected.
The foreign office has Issued an official
statement as follows:
Both notes are practically Identical, al
though the amounts claimed differ. The
notes merely reiterate the continued dis
regard by the Venesuelan government of
all our representations, specify our claims
and demand immediate action on the part
of President Castro's government In con
Should the British ultimatum meet with
a hostile reception the British minister, W.
H. D. Haggard, has been Instructed to board
a British cruiser, but no such action la ex
pected. Broken Cable Complicates Things.
Complications have arisen, owing to tha
Inability of the foreign office to communi
cate with Mr. Haggard. Officials here be
lieve to ia still In Caracas, but owing to
the reported breaking of tha cable they
are Ignorant es to what steps he is taking,
or what the Venezuelan government Intends
The foreign oiTlce Is hourly awaiting im
portant dispatches from Caracas, but up to
a late hour ttmlght none had arrived.
While the government Is rather worried
at its inability to net an answer irom Mr.
Haggard, serious alarm Is not felt, espe
cially as the Venezuelan representatlvea
are In a similar situation.
In the meantime the foreign office dis
claims any desire to coerce Venezuela, and
says it was only the persistent and Insulting
disregard tor all representations which
compelled the present move.
An official said tonight in this regard:
It Is now too late In the day for any
thing but purely diplomatic arrangements.
When the fleets have assembled there Is
scarcely time to deal with bankers and a
financial settlement, which should have
betn suggested long ago and would have
been welcomed by both Germany and our
selves. However, any bona fide proposi
tion will receive careful attention. Recon
struction In commercial affairs is always
better than liquidation, and if the recon
struction of the Venezuelan finances can
be aci'ompllshed to the satisfaction of our
diplomatic claims and Individual loaves,
both (jermany and Oreat llrllaln will
have achieved their ends.
StroaaT Meaanrea May Heaalt.
Mr. Balfour, when questioned on ths
Venezuelan situation today by tha liberal
leader. Sir Henry Campbell Bannersnan.
For the past two years we have had grave
cause tor complaint on various occasions
of unjuslinahln Interference by ths Vene
suelan government with the liberty and
property of Hritlwh subjects.
No effort has bfenspred by the British
government to obtain an amicable settle
ment of theHB cases, but In none of them
have satisfactory explanations been forth
coming. Latterly the repreaentatlons of
the lirltlxh minister have been practically
There are also cases In which British
subjects and companies have large claims.
We have been acting In conjunction with
the Crefman government, which has large
claims against the Venezuelans.
A final communication has been made to
the Venezuelan government by the British
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