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EtaTAHLIMIEn Jf.VE ID, 1871.
OMAHA. THURSDAY MORNING- DECEMBER 18, l'JOU-TE PAGES.
SI'GL COPY TUH.EE CE2iTS.
Iatenrv"'t Commerr Cninmitiion Calls on
Congress for Hew Law.
COMPETING RAILWAYS NEARLY WIPED OUT
Combination of Iaterests Consolidate! Man
agwmeut ii Individual Hands.
RESULT DISASTROUS TO PUBLIC WELFARE
Eagilafii Sufficient Under Old Order Mart
Be Bepiaced Sow.
CRIMINAL CLAUSES AT PRESENT USELESS
Urt T ear's Kxpnnnre nt Secret r.rala
Wnnid Hum Been Followed
by IiHirtmrali If statute Was
Int Dead Letter.
WASHINGTON. Dee. IT. The tendency
to combine continues the moat significant
feature nf railway development, according
to the annual report of the Interstate Com
merce commission. Issued today. The re
"It la not open to question that the com
petition between railroad carriers, which
formerly prevailed, haa been lately sup
presacd. or at least brought to the condi
tion of effective restraint.
"The progress of consolidation. In one
form or another, will at no distant day
confine ihla competition wttLIn narrow and
unimportant llmlta. because the control of
moat railway properties will be merged In
a few Individuals, whose combination in
tareata Impel them to act In concert.
"While tola will Insure, aa probably
nothing elae can. In equal decree, the ob
servance of published tariffs, and ao meas
urably remove soma of the evils which the
act waa designed to prevent, the resulting
situation Involves consequences to the pub
lic which claim the most serloua attention.
"A law which might have answered th
purpose when competition waa relied upon
to secure reasonable rates Is demon
strably Inadequate when that competition
la displaced by the moat far-reaching and
"Soma great change tn the conditions
calls for a corresponding change In the reg
ulation of the statute."
The commission reaffirms lta recom
mendatlona for amending the Interstate
commerce law and urges the grave neces
sity for legislation.
The report saysj that the fact that no
convictions have yet been obtained nor In
dictments found in the cases of the roads
which were shown by an investigation laat
winter to be given secret rates to grain
nippers, emphasizes the fact that the crim
inal provisions of the present Intoratals law
are practically a dead letter.
In Ju aef lona KaJeo Rain,
The commission says the effect of In
junctions to oompel roads to observe pub
lished tariffs haa been to materially ad
. vane. U)a . rate, .actually received by the
earrler and paid By the shipper and that
their operation enables advances which
Otherwise might not be made.
But while the producer will undoubtedly
pay from now on from 6 to T cents per 100
pounds more to transport grain from the
field to Its destination than he paid before
these Injunctions took effect, that must not
be regarded as an argument agatnat the In
junctions. There ought to be some power
to compel the carriers to maintain the pub
lished rate and to publish a fair and rea
Thirty-eight formal proceedings, double
the number brought In the preceding year
and Involving rates and practices of 300
railroads, were Instituted during the year.
To promote more general compliances
with the spirit of the safety appliance law
in the use of air brakes the committee rec
ommends the passage of an act forbidding
the running of trains In which less than
one-half the cars are equipped with power
MERGER HEARING RENEWED
Laada oa Twe Llaea Warth Vara
Tkaa Wh-a Creaaft by
8T. PAtTL, Minn.. Dee. 17. The meraer '
Boarlng was today adjourned to be resumed !
at New York on December 29. j
C. 3. Staples, railroad commissioner, wss!
called to identify the commissioner's map
of Minnesota, as showing correctly the
railroad lines In the state, and Charles L.
Cook. H. A. Hoyt. Franklin Banner and F.
Christ ensen of Olivia, dealers ln farm lands,
testified that lands close to two or more
competitive railroads were more valuable
than lands on only ona railway.
The Northern Pacific trust deed and a
number of the exhibits In tha federal case
It had been expected that J. J. Hill
would he called, but tha state decided not
to put him on the stand. He may appear
later as a witness for the defense.
PLAGUE GERMS IN THE FOOD
Ship peat ta Heaelalai tram
Japaa and China Carry
SAN FR.ojriSCO. Dec. 17.-Advires re
' calved from Honolulu show that Investiga
tion proves that foodstuffs shipped to Hon
olulu from Japan and China via San Fran
cisco are responsible for the cases of
plague recently appearing there.
A number of Japanese on nearby planta
tions were taken with the plague and died
In a hospital In Honolulu.
An examination of their effects was made
but no trace of the germ waa discovered
until thorough tests had been made of some
ef the Jananeaa irnrHa f.,ri i ...
Jaiaue- jroi rnea ouna in the
These foods under ths microscope showed
a trace of the plague germs snd further
sxsmtnations made of oriental stuffs
showed that the diagnosis waa correct.
POISONED TACKS MAKE SICK
lrl tukM Werner Carries SJaUa la
Month aad 4 1 neat Laeea
METROPOLIS, 111.. Dec. 17. A mouthMl
of tacks from a dish containing atryrhaina
nearly killed Mlas Birdie Wuodard. an em
ploye in a local banket facturv today. She
la in the hitbu of keeping her mouth full
of tat-ka w ih which to fasten the ends
af , the basket bauds. They were taken
from a dish, lata nana, it is thought,
aumeone put strychnine y.eterday.
Today, after using a few mouthfula at
tacka, .he became vtoiently 11 1. A doctor
was eaae4 Lu Uiaa to save her Ufa.
EARTHQUAKE CESTR0Y3 TGWMQFER ON A LEASING BILL
adliaa. In RiMlaa Tlrbnlu,
Tta.llr Aaalhilnfed. bat lankrr
ot Hilled ' Tet Kuwt,
AHUKABEL. Rusei "f -stan
The town of AndljafV. ,
ne gnvem -
men!, waa totally lestrov
t. earth- j
The number of fatalities Is u -eet-alned.
The population is tm d
with starvation. Shocks were felt In ' w
Marghelan and surround few village and a
railway at Anriljan was a royed tor a
Food and clothing are being vnt to
WASHINGTON. Dec. 1'
-The t.te da.
part ment has received from the Unitd
States consul at Apia. 3amoa. a report that
Andljan is a town of Russian central
Asia, seventy-three miles from Khnkand.
It had a population of about 30,000.
SHIPS FAIL J0KEEP PORTS
Isvsl VunTm ahnw Sa-aa aata
ti Be Hml to Rvolnttoaa
9A.V JV.KS, Porto Hlca. Den. 17. The
American fleet continued its exercises in
squadron formation today.
The maneuvers thus far have shown that
vessels which have not hitherto been con
nected with the North American squadron
are not familiar with the present Rxerclaes,
they frequently fall to retain their posi
tions. Admiral Dewey notea all errors and
11??,! I.!"' of1tho ce ln
the errors are committed. He transmits
his views to the commanding officers for
their guidance. This haa resulted ln a
feeling of rivalry between the ships which
Is certain to be beneficial. '
The present exerrlses test the ability of
the vessels to got under way promptly
snd to maintain their position when stand
lng and changing formations.
QUEEN ACTSAS GODMOTHER
llexaara Slarae HegMn wtth othara
LONDON. Dec 17. Jueen Alexandra to
day acted aa godmother at the christening
of Lord Mandevllle, the heir of the duke
and ducheaa of Manchester, ln the chapel
royal. St. James palace.
Her majesty signed ths register with the
duke and duchess of Manchester. Marquis
de Several, the Portuguese minister. Count
von Mensdorff, secretary of the Austria
Hungarian embassy, Karl da Grey. Lady
Lister-Kaye and others.
The queen's present to her godchild was
a sliver bowl and spoon. Inscribed "To Alex,
ander George, Viscount Mandovllla from
Alexandra. Regtna. December 17, 1B0Z."
BOXERS BESIEGE -TWQ CITIES
Chiaeae AsTaira Farther Cn-apllrated
by Aprarkisg Abdteatlaa at
VICTORIA. B. C. Deo. 17. Mall advices
received from Chang King, in the Sscbuan
province of China, say Melchou and Klat
ingfu have closed their gates snd declared
a state of seige, owing to the numeroua
bodies of armed Boxers In their vicinity.
Troops sent to raise the siege failed.
It Is reported from Pekln that Yung Lu.
drat grand secretary of China, who since Li
Hung Chang died has been the most power-
ful man ln China, Is anxious to resign,
The empress dowager proposes to abdicate '
next year and Yung Lu wishes to antlci-
pate the event by placing himself beyond !
the range of consequent complications.
WITH RIGHT TO SUCCEED
Coadiator Arehblahaa Iaateaal af
Aaaiatant to Bo Earned at
ROMS, Dec. 17. The congregation of the
propaganda Intends, In accordance with the
P"P " settled policy, to appoint a coadju-,
tor archhlBhop of St. Louis, with the right j
of ucceaslou, InBtead of an aaalstant. j
Th" Pontl desires this nils to be ad-j
De,r"1 to ln ail caa. except in the most :
lmPrtant dioceses, where archbtBhops must
" ",m:l". as ae aoes not approve or tne
appointment of auxlllarlea who on the
aeat a or tneir late superiors are left with
out a position.
EXECUTED WITHOUT A TRIM
i n I nil,
High Handed Pveeeedlnnja Kmolayed
by the Government
PORT AC PRINCE, Haytl. Dee. IT. Or
der has been re-establlahed here. During
the fighting yesterday a number of per- J
zona were Injured, including two Italians, i
who were seriously Inlured. I
Two men accused of committing crimes
were excused during ths day without trial. '
The United Statea legation ia protected by I
BOOKKEEPER DEFRAUDS BANK i
laatitatlan a Berlin SLaeea glTa.tMMI
ThraasTh tha Dtahoaeety af
BERLIN Dec. 17.-Th. Darm.tarder bank j
has been defrauded of tlTS.OOO. owtng to ;
false entries In the books on the part of a
bookkeeper. Nessler. who had eh.r-a -
,h. m.i. w..
-- Bussing :
.in,.. 4nnrf.- I
Slaty-Three F reaen tm Dearth.
VIENNA. Dee. 17. According to advices
from Hungary sixty-three persons were
frozen to death during the last three
Wolves are devastating tha sheepfolda and
have devoured three aheap herds.
Uermaa Tamt Shin A. hair.
COPENHAGEN, Dec. 17. -The German
turret ship Wltteisbark ts ashore near Kos
ver. The German warships Kaiser Wllhelm
dor Grose, and Trma Helnrtck have gone
to Its aaaiaianoe.
tleialey la Arrhblahe.
ROME. Dec. 17. It la reported
Bishop James B. Qmgley of Buffalo, N. Y ,
haa been appointed archbishop of Chlcsge
in auccresluu to the late Arrhhubun Feelian.
Weraetllee Strike ia Over.
MARSEILLES. Dec. 17. The strlks ia at
an end. the sailors baring voted to rttuisi
November 2 two sUDDosedlv extinct crs.te-s i lr""" conierence lonisnt wtth Senators'
land o, Savil broke "ntoolent 11'"" 3"al.enberger aver the new "'J't M !
Hon. Heavv e.rthouake sbocks nrereded lprln bil- applicable only to Nebraaka, ,-ndrt P'a at the outlook as
L. ' ,.r.J - !!Trdd "ivh It is believed by cattlemen will W. 'nced by the declaration of the new dl-
Cattlemen and Hebraaka Delegation Work
teg on the retails.
' O ft II Drtin O I fr AH i . r- . n n . . .a ....
i nrtiLTiuu urtat in trtt SUrrtL.Tlt LUUH I
Csrasaar Cballenaea Coaatltnttonailty
of Vrih Law aa Damages aa
Interpreted by tbe State
(Fmm a Staff Corrennondent.
WASHINGTON. Dec 17 .Special Tele -
cram.; tiepresematlves of the nhruk
Stock Growers' association had in ar-
ths much vexed Question arowlnar mit r
: . i I . T Jill I.Will . i ii . -. - i I
the occupancy of the public domain. Chair- ' Naj,hv,1I" property has passed Into the At
man Larey of the public lamkt committee. ' 1ntl Coast Line. It seems eertain that the
who has held pronounced views on the i 0A offll!,,r8 of the Louisville ft Natihvllle
question of leasing public lands to cattle ' w1" retained and tha old policy con
barons for graxing purposes, waa also pres. I tlnup1- t
ant. The bill, which Is the r-suit of manv I w- H"tnap presided ard a little over
conferencps between representatives of the
govornment snd cattlemen, provides for
ten years' lease oA public lands, the maxl
mum of a leasehold being thirty sections
or IS.Ma acres, to be divided Into six
classes and to rent from 1 to t cents an
acre per annum. The bill also provides
for the leading of lands contiguous to free
gold, so aa to give the largest range pos-
sihle for cattle owners. It provides that
half the proceeds from the lease shall be
devoted to Irrigation, one-fourth to Ne-
braaka and one-fourth to the county. In
view of the character of the territory rep-
raanntail K W y-
It 1. claimed that it require, thirty acre,
to feed one steer, snd consequently thirty
sections is not disproportionate to the in
terpsts of the particular section.
Senator Dietrich augR-csted a very similar
measure early ln the last session of con
gress. The committee of cattlemen bad an in
terview with Secretary Hitchcock tcday, at
which It was suggested to get the Nebraaka
delegation together an a proposition, and
tonight's conference waa the result. Toward
the close of the conference Representatives
Mundell of Wyoming and Moody of Oregon,
who are largely interested In this ques
tion, entered the conference to urge that
Nebraska take the Initiative In the proposi
tion to leaae the public domain for cattle
grasing purposes. At the close of the con
ference it waa decided to hold a further
meeting of the Nebraaka delegation, at
which time one member would be selected
to introduce the measure.
James A. Kline of Minden. national bank
examiner, la the guest of W. B. Andrews,
auditor tor the Treasury department.
Bar It arc XaaMs Caaleta.
Representative Bnrkett today named W
C. Cook of Lincoln and Elmer P. Drake of
Pawnee City as alternate cadets to tha
military academy at West Point from the
First district of Nebraska.
Railroad Csm ia Isfnsie Caart.
-Tha Oiloaaa. Burlington Qnlacy Bail
way Company against Kate a. Wolf, ad
ministratrix of John F. Wolf, deceased, ap
pealed from the supreme court of Nebraska,
waa argued ln the supreme court today. J.
W. Deweesa appeared for the railroad com
pany and T. 3. Mahoney of Omaha for the
plaintiff. This action w&a brought by John
F. Wolfe in his lifetime to recover dam
ages for the loss of a foot caused by be
lng run over by a Burlington car. The ques
tion Involved ln this esse is whether the
Nebraaka statute, as constructed by the Ne
braska courts, ts repugnant to the consti
tution of the United States; whether a rail-
road company is absolutely liable for in
juries sustained by a pasaenger without any j
fault of the company, not only without any ,
fault of the company, but when Injuries
were caused by a fault of the passenger In-
Wolf was a passenger aboard a train on
December 4, 1894, from Oxford to Holdrego,
and was thrown from the train and fell ln
such a manner that hia left leg and foot
were run over. He sued for 130.000 damages
and secured a verdict for 18,000, and at ths
same time the court made a special finding
oi tact in response to certain questions aa I
to whether the train at the time of the ao
cldent waa being run in the ordinary way.
On the general and special verdicts returned i
by the Jury Judgment waa rendered against
the railroad company, and on appealing to
the supreme court of the state, that court I
held that the ralroad company, by reason !
of the Nebraaka statute, waa absolutely lla-
ble for Injuries received by passengers j
while riding upon railroad trains, and this
liability existed without any fault or wrong
on the part of the railroad company.
Adjadieatlnst Shiiahaao Clalma.
Senator Clapp I Minn.) today introduced a
bn, r-f-rrtng to the court of clalma the
ng to tne court of clalma the :
claim of the Shoshone Indiana to title ln all
of the Wind River reservation tn Fremont i
county. Wyoming. It was provided by '
. a-. c ia iuo .
u- i Ti.i... n ,. .
iup auunuuua ul rriuu iti . -1 iPiriTftuuu lur
the absolute and undisputed use and ocru- j
patlon of the Sbosbones. In 1877 the Sho-
"hones gave their consent tnat a band of
Northern Arapaboea should ba removed to j
their reservation as their temporary abid-
ln place. This band of Arapahoea haa re-
malned ever since snd now claim to own an
undivided one-half interest ln the Shoshone
reservation. The Arapahoea have by au-
thortty of the United Stales, but against
,be protest of the Shoshones, received one-
haif of all the proceeds derived from gras-
lug leaaea, from the sale of the Big Horn
hot springs, formerly a part of the reserva
. .. .
lion, ana oi au o.ner money as proceed. ,
from the Shoshone reservation. Therefore ,
.a tha Shn.hnna trlha nf Tnrliana cl.i-i if. '
own the Wind River reservation In it. en- I
tlretv and to be entitled to all proceeds'
derived from grazing leases and the sale of I
,k. o. h h, .,. h.-,....
conferred on tne court or claima to near
.nil numr mina in. friniTn. aw in. ..nn.nnnu. I
Le.aa tor Po.tma.ter at Puaea.
r . . . J I
J. H. Logan was tonay recommended for
liuiiiuuim . i uiu ... u j hp pi eaenta.
live-elect J. 3. McCarthy. Ths papers were
tranamltled to ths Postufflce department by
Senator Millard, with, a favorable recom
Senator Millard. Miss Millard and Mrs.
W. B. Millard were guest a of Senator and
Mrs. Scoti at dinner laat evening.
Hsat A.ka far .Vaa.y,
a--a.-y njnat tnn.v sent to eon
supplemental estimate ror appropriations .
to b. "P-nded I at Battle Mountain mnl-
tarlum. South Dakota. Mr. Root nrges an !
appropriation of t2tst,iks for the completion '
of the sanitarium in accordance with plans!
adopted at a meeting of the Board of Man- j
agera of ao Idlers' homes in Washington a i
era or more ago. He also wants an ,B.
propriation of llo.v to purchase a stnp of
ground lying between the site donated by
(Continued on as sand Pago.)
? STCCKHCLCERS 111 HARMONY
Owners at t.anlevllle At a.hvtlle Rati
rwad Meet aa4 Elect Beard.
LOUISVILLE. Ky.. Dec 17. The ad
journed meeting of the stockholders of the
Louisville Nashville railroad wss held
here today. I
, More than nrdinarv Inter w cnt.rnl In
j the gathering, aa it waa tBe flrst meeting
I since the aystem passed under control of
I the Atlantic Coant Line. A) board of thir
j teen directors was elected. Mr. Beaumont
' waa among those retained. The Atlantic
Coast Line waa well represented.
' T! directors will meet tn New Tork ne
...mm. v- um uu-i-iuii.
"""'"ding Milton H. Sinitn. president of the
rectors. While control of the Louisville A
' 40 t, of the 600,000 shar4 were repre-
I After the verifying at
! following board of dlrecti
s waa chosen :
AuaTist Belmont, chairman
j Nashville Railroad company! New York, re-
"'ecre-i: h. Erwln. prident Atlantis
j cast Line railroad. New! York; M. H.
Sm"h. president Louisville 4 Nashville
! railroad, Louisville, re-elected: H. Walter,
' chairman board of directors, Atlantic Coast
Um Railroad company, New York; Warren
' De'ano. )r., Baltimore, Md.; Warren G.
I K"0,t. president Atlantic Coast Line of
I fnrtflnrt1tlt sanrl sanniNil eMaisnwl s 1. a
i lntlc Coa.t Line Railroad company. Balti-
more; Michael Jenkins of Atlanta, stock
holder Atlantic Coast Line; rj. P. Kinsley,
third vice president New York Life Insur
ance company. New York; Attllla ?ox,
president Columbia Finance and Trust com
pany. Louisville, Ky., re-elected; W. G.
Raoui. pr-1dent National Railroad of Mex
ico. New York, re-elected; John L Water
bury, Manhattan, Tex., re-elected; Waiter
Oakman, New York, re-elected; H. F.
EJane. New York, re-olpctml.
After the meeting Mr. August Belmont
"The directors of the road will meet in
New York Friday. I prefor not to forecast
their action, but I will say that there will
be no radical change in policy and that ths
officers to be elected will be agreeable to
the old constituency of the road."
Mr. Belmont and Mr. Milton H. Smith
left the meeting apparently in the best of
sptrtta. It Is said that Mr. Mitchell will
be re-elected president on Friday, with the
same authority, and that fhere will be no
change among the officers bt Ota road.
UPBRAIDS MRS. j MQLINEUX
Wretary 9 a ma ad a aarrel Which
Oeestrred HesJ AjMut
SIOCX FALLS, , C-x.--aj)JeJ-Telegram.)
The latest iot ef Interesting
gossip concerning Mrs. Rufand B. Mollneux
la to the effect that herself and a man
whose Identity haa not yet been discov
ered were the principals tn a quarrel
which is alleged to have taken place ln her
apartmenta laat Saturday night, but In
formation of which did not leak out until
According to the stories told, occupants
of rooma ln proximity to the apartmenta
of Mrs. Mollneux were startled about 11
o'clock Saturday night by a man entering
her rooms and bitterly arraigning her. She
was apparently greatly angered by his
fierce attnek .-,1 Ik. ., , i .
by a,mtnUtBPlll a tongue-lashing to her
and npUlfii TlgoroBl lo tne rr,mlna.
tions of her caller. The war of words Is
alleged to have continued for some time,
attracting the attention of several persons
in nearby rooms, who could not help but
hear the angry voices of the two, although
it waa only now and then that they couli
distinguish what was said. Not enough
was heard to reveal what the quarrel was
Whether or not the alleged midnight
caller waa an emissary of Roland B. Mo-
llneaux or a New York acquaintance of i
Mrs. Mollneaux'a cannot be ascertained.
Many people will be keenly interested in
solving, if possible, the mystery surround-
lng his ldontity.
CONSPIRACY TRIAL BEGINS
Witness Saya Laura Blajamr Waa
at Flrat Tadeelded How
FREEHOLD, N. J.. Dec. 17. The first '
witness todsy in the trial of Laura Big- ;
gar. Dr. Charles C. Hendricks and Sai-uel :
Stanton for alleged conspiracy to get the !
estate of Henry M. Bennett waa A V n '
Watterson of Pittsburg, counsel for P. J.
U..U..W- . ., . .. '
a - v. .. . !
' ll a ueurm'IKrr UOUPr ' ne Will. i
Mr. Watterson said Dr. Hendricks told 1
him last June thi be would either claim
tor .hiss mggar ner snare of tha estate
under the will or lay claim to the whole j
r er as me common law wife of Mr. i
Bennett, or put tn a claim for the services
she had rendered him during his life. In
July Dr. Hendricks waa si ill undecided.
Mr. McNulty testified that he went to
the Bayonne sanitarium at Miss Blggar's
request and met the doctor, who had not
made up hia mind what to claim for Miss
ixnui j v,ojji, cinra in a .nv York sta-
tlonerv store, testified i,nniin. .. '
; - - ---""
7 " . " xr- aianion. former!
" pence, setting rorth the si
,Mrrte Biggar and Mr. Ben-
Wlln"" 'd certificates of the kind said !
to have been used by Mr. Stanton war.
nrlnted rjernmhae ton -n.. . . !
' ine .
inarrtajrn certtni-.i. f,.r.,. . i
Secretary Tucker of the Hohuken nn.-a 1
.,,, , ' , " B",rt of
Health, te.tilied that Stan-.on had asked
him to nie.- the marriage on the records.
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ILLINOIS ROAH MmF? mcw
tea IIIW.S I
Seett Reeamea Aaaiatant Seaeral Pa
swages- A are at, with Head.
.anrtara at Leai.vllle.
LOUTSVTLLE. Kr Dee 17. mimh..
, . . 1 i
wen made m tne passenger
"v" as iue Illinois entrars south- I
" . ' effect, v. on February
u T" mosl Important la ths appointment
JBa A. Scott, at present division pas- '
ner Pnt ' ,hB ad at Memphis, to i
succeed W A. Kellond of Louiavslle aa as-
aieiant genaral passenger agent. With this
chaugs la also announced the tranafer of I
tne assistant general passenger agent s I
headquarters rruin Louisville to Memphis i
and ths eatabilshmunt of a dlvLalon ftas-
Sanger egeau sere.
GREATNESS OF NEBRASKA
Pleasant Theme on Which Real Litate
STATE CONVENTION NOW IN SESSION
I """rates Rather tn
A a1 tl -- aaal Par Flaw t'o-apll-BBeats
t the State Where
A largo number of real estate dealers
from the state and an almost full rep
rtsentation of the Omaha Real Estate ex
change were present at the openlug meet
ing of the second annual convention of the
Nebraska Real Estate Dealers' asaorlatlun.
It waa 8 o'clock when President James
Conk I lng of Franklin nailed the meeting to
order and Introduced Dr. K. Comtile Smith
of the First Methodist church, who offered
The president then Introduced C. F. Har
rison, president of the Omaha Real Estate
exchange, who, in his address of wolcome.
said In part:
It la saiu that Iod made the oountry and
man mmie tu,. town, but I lieileve Unit
Ht iilMo miiite tlie town when He made
the combinations of nature winch are re
quired uy eltiee. Omaha is the natural re
sult of lta location. It is the .i.gieai result
a combination of circumstances and
nauini advantages. The loi aimn of t lie i Colonel Blakeman will hava lmedlate
eaatern termtmia ..f the Lnlim I'ncitlc rail- phonre of details and hn -one to Buhin.
road at miia waa one of the ;ir.t ihums rnBn?0 or "''alls and nna gone to aaning
that went to make onulm greut. but we I ton to General Fred Grant,
are not dependent upon ihe railroads. We ST. LOCI9. Dec. 17. General F"ed Grant
residents of umuha do not know what we th...h a. r .k. .
or- doing her- The smelter le doioa a
buelnees of tso.uOo. . a year and spends
K.Mit a nay tor moor. Ii handles oren from
nil parts of the weetem continent. We have
come to be known as the ureal pacKing
center of this region built up in just a tew
years. The-e enterprises are not ao much
due to man aa to nature. T!ie man is wtee.
Indeed, wno knows where to pitch his tent,
but no man can make a town If the Iocs
Uuu does nut possess natural advantage.
Ohjeeva at the tiaiherlaat.
Conventions of this kind are held for
three rcaeonH. One to permit the members
of the rteaociatlon to get acquainted with
each other. Acotiaintanc eshtn seema to be
a .mull ihlna ).. . . . t. .. I , , , ... . i
acquainted. A aecond reason is to give ; Participation ln the riot at the 3muggler
memtiers an opportunity to get Into touch Cnlon mine in July, 1D01, In which two
with btislness conditions This la a day of j mP were killed and five wounded.
large affaire. Once a million dollars waa a I TT . . ... , .
very large aum. Toduy we talk of million. Hb wa" arrested this morning. The ln
as we once talked of thousands. The men I dictments against St. John charge him
who know are kings and ..hen we meet I with murrinr attemnt tn -ii-ii.. k
The third reiaon la for the purpose of dis
cussing business affairs. V' have five
.eolation, taxation. unmiKratlon and aa-
soclation. We muet strive to place our
lng that real eeYale men a mu relume
and ln some cases this is so. It Is better to
be fair than to "take all the traiflc will
bear'' when tha onnortunltv is offered.
Here In Omaha we have set up a standard
in Omuha we have set up a standard
fnlrne-a -n.l .mi i-h.r--. rrt II n
the man who violates it la In disgrace.
You are more than welcome to this town
and if we have forgotten anything (or
your comfort we will consider It a favor if
you will Htiggest It.
J. A. Slatar of Minden, who responded,
aaid tn part:
We feel proud of Omaha. When I am tn
Iowa I take pride In referring to the fact
that that atate haa no town Ilk" It. and
Illinois haa but one. We have a tight to be
proud of Omaha, for we huve helped to
make It, and we are aieo proud of the
tn asn parr nf that etiNSs- ham ease a-
thing necessary to make a surreaaful farm
ing community. Must of our farms are
nwnal hv tboaa m h i nrpnnv tham Their
houses are good ami well furnished. The I
granartes are full, the creameries are turn-j
is one that should not be overlooked.
Money ia SJepraaka Fa ma.
the ten counties haa garnered In fuil crops 1
of winter wheat, corn, hay and other prod-
ucta. Our farmers had a surplus of money
ln the banks. Banks were full ail summer.
Little of the crop of I9u2 has gone on the
market, and the Dank surplus has been
somewhat reduced. Nearly ail the corn
crop will he fed or stored. Our farms pav
from C to S3 per acre on rental of one-third
to two-ruths of the crop. Tn York count v
a number of -tales have been made at t7
per acre, and If the fall wneat husiness
continues au it has for ten years the land
will pay fair Interest on do to SMI per acre.
The man who possesses some of these
broad acres will oe fortunate in years to
come, with these good crops there is no
h S'ThoVer parrot i
bnu.Ha. Few places offer so much a.lvan- ,
tage to farmers of moderate means. In the ;
east the rents are too high. In the south
the social conditions are not satlertwtnry !
and on the Pacific coast the work Is done i
by large syndicates and companies who ,
crowd the small owner out. The or-
cuaional drouth la all that injuries is and !
if we use good judgment these drouths '
mav be made of advantage, for if cms can i
oe nriu niKner pnera wm nue. lob worst
thing that ever happened to us wae per-
muting men to go east to solicit aid in 1XH
We should have cared for the sufferers
from our resources and we would have
The speaker then read reports from the
counties constituting his district, showing
that business ot all kinds is satisfactory ln
the counties of York. Fill mors, Harlan,
Phelps. Clay. Adams, Franklin and Kear-
ney, ahowtng much activity in farm lands, i
w,ta S81"1 nd IttrKa advance ln price,
ThB reports showed much grain still in the
hands or tarmers.
Tna chairman of the local convention 1
committee announced that the Millard
hotel is tha official hotel; that badges may j
k. .,.-. .r,.,n rmi ... , inn h. .ii , i , ...
.t ...,,(,. tt,. k.h. . ..i-
" ..i... w.un i u i.'uiaiu i
'ne Dime an(i address of the delegate; that !
ttlB reception committee is at the servlcs
OI i visirors, ana tnat tne typewriters
n1 operators ln the committee rooms are
ror ,ne use oi tne aeiegaies
1 1 hunt cost.
Linvola'a Eloquent Reoreaentntlve.
After theaa announcements H. H. Wilson
of Lincoln was Introduced and spoke on
the subject of "Our State Capital." Mr.
Wilson said in part:
You are here tonight amid scenes of pros
perity, not only In Nebraska, but ln the
country at large. This year the state com
pletes its thirty-fifth year, and It may be
well to taae stock of our r-ourc-a. Ne
hraska is pernap. the most exclusively
agricultural state in the Union. W have
mi m 1 n no forests and nor manor.i,..ii ..
' ''oVy in Amen.-aU me"re
hand's breadth on the surface of the aanh
and Nebraska la one of the greatest com
pr'Miurers ir that territory. During the
years -enraaaa nas ranked rtrst.
aeeona ana tnira eacn anu third, three
f in. !hm ..- ,.j. ,..,..
state In the Union, while Nebraska stanns
twentv-slzth ln population. .he stand.
seventh as a wheat producing state. But
pnn.. a fairer test is the amount a
...... ,-. -. ........
, single man with a single horse can
i iiunw cua tiro-
i has produced In
ore corn than he
dure. The average man
Nebraaka at per rem m
nmilnrkd In fnwa A fuitiwl .t.. .1,1..
1W miles of Omaha la worth a much as a
fatt d sterr ibu miles from Chicago, and
there is no reason whv there snuuld oe
any difference in the prce of ;and.
You gentlemen have not been doing your
duty. You should reach the people ln the
eastern statea anu iarrv them nvr rii.
""' ot ""hois and Iowa. In the lust
the I'nlted States census shows i
L.sa haa increaMvd its population!
cent, wnne lowa increai-eo , i
Dul 1 ecr crni. wnim i.iwa increarao i i
Jit before Tr a large numoer of penpie
tne.1 to make farms on grazing lamia But
this year we have loancl Bm.'ui at I per
l-nange t'heir 'oi'.iiuo'n "!tm """"U
ttmm at lehraaka'a tdvaataa-e.
a.w.i!,''.,l Ja,.1?!Lh 7.hl'w',?rn:
the deid. were gold from tba mines the
i"1"" would go into th. pockets of tne
tConunued on F".fth Faga.)
condition cfthe weather
j For-csst for Nehrsaka R.itn TVimday Slid
Firerist for N.-hrsek;! R.itn TVirdav snd
Warmer In Western Portion. Friday Fair.
Temperature at Omaha Testa-dart
Hoar. Dec. Roar. Dps.
la.m 14 l p. aa .!
H a. m i.n a p. a :t)i
T a. m ii ;i p. m .it
He. nt in 4 s. at 31 !
" a. at it It p. aa 2t
t a. m...... i 4 a. at i
1 1 a. aa 2.1 T a. m 'jr
Ul m. H ft p. m KM .
GBANT FUNERAL ARRANGED
Woansneat Imnrlalloa Appelate ram.
taittee and Decides Details af
NEW YOR K. Dr. 17. The executive com
mittee of the Grant Monument association
held a short meeting at the Chamber of
Commerce today to discuss arrangements
for the funeral of Mrs. C. 3. Grant.
All that has been done here as yet la to
arrange for the lifting of the top of the
gmnlte sarrophagus In which Mrs. Grant's
body will He.
A committee to have charge of all ar
rangements was appointed today, consist
ing of Genprnl Grnnvtlle M. Dodge. Ellhu
Root and Henry W Hayden. vice president
and secretary of 'Be association. Cornelius
N. Bliss and Colonel A. L. Noel Blakeman.
I .-. "-uluk -.-
I route to Washington to attend the funeral
of his mother.
UNION MAN IS INDICTED
Grand Jsry at Tellnride Makes
cent Ht. John.
TELLCTUDE. Colo.. Dee. 17. Vincent St.
John, president of the Miners' union. Is
one of the twenty-two men indicted for
Four other arrests were made late tcday.
The prisoners are Sam Seed and James P.
i Rnn,'r. miners at the Tomboy mine; George
WaHhburn, cook at thp Four Metals mine.
J""n " '-onn- " " -". .
i 1 n-rges against tnem are similar to
: those made against St. John,
. niuni Win ninre nm mill
! Lt A Nl B LI Ti S CASES ON TR A
Court la w tn Paaa Fpna the He
form Work Ctimmeaeed
NEW YORK. Dec. 17. The hesrlng of the
charges against David Btirklln of being
manager of a gambling house on East
Forty-fourth street, the Cantleld house, waa
JSufklln pleaded not guilty and declined
to mako iply to the question, "What Is
your business "
Jnseph Jacobs, the detective who Is said
to have gathered testimony against the
house, was the flrat wltnpss. He told how
i ne played raro and roulette there. Bucklln.
! he said, hired the men who came ln and
,he d,ffnt -
Ine neanng was adjourned until tomor-
DOCK CLERKS TO RAISE PAY
Railroads Redare Offlee Salaries to
OnTset Inereaaea Granted
TOPEKA. Kan.. Dec. 17. The difficulty
western railroads are finding in keeping
mechanical help is affecting the clerks In i
P - roads, the j
Santa Fe included, have begun reducing
salaries of ha office emnlovea.
,ih , ,.. .
71,8 h'Kh waKPB Dld to n"haniral help
makes It necessary, the companies say, to
retrench expenses and they are doing this
. - ,
amon thelr offlca. tOTC' "' No organlza-
tlf" exista among the clerks, but It Is un
derstoo.1 that steps will be taken to re-
quest the roads to discontinue the policy.
NEGROES ARE DENICD FOOD
roar Shooting; ASTrays and Ona Marder
Lead to Draatle Sleaanrea ln
SOUTH BEND, Ind., Deo. IT. Four
shooting affrays and one murder, ln which
negroes took part, hate been followed by
the closing of clubs and saloons conducted
by negroes, and many oolored people are i
leaving the city.
. ,..,, 7,ho.h .w. k.-I
" " restaurants, annougn tney nave
They aay they cannot get fond and serv
lae money to pay tor 11.
A committee of citizens hss raised $r00
aa a reward for the capture of three
negroes who murdered John M. Koonsman
WISCONSIN IS NOT TO SAIL
Orders Which Waald Hava Taken tha
War Shin to Sen Ara Snd.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 17. Orders from
Washington, which would have taken the
battleship Wisconsin to sea, bound for the
Bremerton dock on Puaet mnrf ,.-.
h n ,lnM ,nrt T !..- n . i
Mayo, temporarily in command, is await
ing Instructions from the Navy depart,
The reason for canceling the original
orders is not known here, but the ves
sel's officers expect to go to Bremerton
within a few daya.
Mwvemeata of Ocean Veasela Deo. IT.
,, , , ..... .
1 Vl1"": Blucher. 'rom Hanihu
," 'r,'',n,a- ",T LJverponl; St. Pau.
.t .-vew Torg Arrived Pmia. from
Paui. for Aiuih.
At Liverpool Arrived Canadian. from
New Y'irk: Mochanltian. from New tr
leans: Tunisian, fnm St. John and Uuiifax.
Sailed VI tic. for New York.
At Antwerp Arrived dwltzeriaad. from
At London -Sailed Colombian, for Bos-
,t B',on Arrived Karamanla, from
i'. -!,, . , ,
rk,' ""'ama Arrived Fmnr-aa nt
ina. rrura ncnuver. fne n,,n irn.
etc. Sailed !nur-pura. from Hong Kong"
for Portland. "jre.
At W'leenstown Arrived Teutonic, from
New Y irk
At N.ipiea Arrived Lahn. from New
At Hamliurg Arrived Teutonltt, from
Montreal, via rivdurv
At 'iiliraitur I'laeed Phoenician, from
New Y irk. '.ir Naples and Ornm.
t San Francisco dolled 'armenla. for
Melbourne: A.liert. for Honolulu; Wiscon
sin, for Hanta Barbara.
At Hi.ng Kong Arnved tlaello. from San
Francieco, via, Uunuiula and Ioaluna
CASTRO TO YIELD
Caracal Merchanta lay laUtm'i Honar
ia Aaplv Satisfied.
MIXED REPORTS ARRIVE ON ARBITRATION
Berlin Says Offer ia Declined VsnmueU
Claims it is Aooeptad. .
i Britain announces war as now on
j FTemiHr Tails Parliament Diolomacy nows
autnicg af Peaceful Blockades.
ITALIAN MINISTER LEAVES COUNTRY
Bnwea EntertaJaa Raaltahmew, Wba
Live at Kmbaeay While Embrwcllw
Cntlaae. and SJaee.aitate. In
ereaae at Americas Stan.
CARACAS. Dec. 17. The Italian minister
left Caracas this morning. At 8 o'clock
Mr. Bowen. went to the Italian legation in
a state crrrlage and took the Italian min
ister. Signer de Rlva. and the Italian con
sul. Slgnor Gazrurrelll, and conducted them
to the railroad station, where they were
met by the leading Italian residents of this
city. Mr. Bowen then accompanied the
minister to his car. shook hands with him
and handed Uim papers and cigars for his
Juurney to La Guayra,
The Venezuelan newspapers are still
Ignorant of the Italian ultimatum and
therefore there were no crowds at the
station aud no hostile demonstration.
This note was transmitted to Irsldent
Castro this afternoon, and waa signed by
all the leading merchants, bankers and
agriculturists of Caracas, who will meet
tonight and discuss ways and means of
obtaining money to pay Venezuela's debts.
The note Is as follows:
Sir: The undersigned, having met with
the purpose of offering their aid to the
government of Venesuela ln the present
conflicting situation, which has been cre
acted by the agKrestva attitude of Ger
many and Great Britain, and upon your
request, to give our opinions ln writing,
we address you in the following terms:
In view of the nctm of violence already
commuted and of the absolute Impotence
of Venezuela to meet tore with force In
response to the allied action of Cermnny
and Great Britain, In view of the fact that
Venezuela llllH exhausted all the manna
required hv civilization and diplomacy to
i Pl an end to the present .itnatlon. and th
j " ,7'T'"1 ann Pe"Pie or Venezuela have
-'"ii""-!! iiiiiiiii miiy nun wonniiy to tne
j demands of national honor, we oonelder.
i , , ? . '--or. .. won iuh moment to
I yield to force hH arrived.
I V- therefor-, respectfully recommend
that fuil powerr be given to the minister
or me i.nned states of America, authoriz
ing him to carry out proper measures to
terminate the present conflict In the man
ner least prejudicial to tha Interests of
The blockade of La Guayra, notification
of which was onmmuulcated to the Venez
uelan government on December 13, went
Into effect today. T!ie order applies to
Venezuelan vessels only.
It haa been decided that the Venezuelan '
difficulty shall be arbitrated and a discus
sion, of term of settlement Is now going
on. Mr. Bowen will undoubtedly be one of
Tha government fears that coerclvo meaa-
ures will follow the establishment of tha
blockade, consequently President Castro
I continues to act with extraurdinai-r anar-v
i H" h" transformed the entire counur Into
a vast camp, having raised more than
40. (MXi men, whom be has armed well,
equipped and transported to La Quayra,
and Puerto Cabello, ln the expectation that
I the allies would attempt to land at ona or
both of those points.
Will Deellne Arbitration.
BERLIN. Dec. 17. A formal notification
of the blockade of the Venezuelan caast
is likely to be issued tomorrow. It la un
derstood that ships of the United States
will be on precisely the same basis aa
, , . .. ,
tro's proposal to arbitrate la Inadequate,
as It Is unaccompanied with guarantees to
pay If the arbitrators direct against him.
and a reply in thut sense hss been or will
be sent through Mr. Bowen. Great Britain
will make a similar answer.
These statements are not made officially,
but are derived from an excellent source.
The Foreign office hero denied explicitly
that the German squadron in Venezuelan
waters has been ordered to seize Margarita
island, adding that no occupation of tha
territory of Venezuela la to be allowed.
The Foreign office officials allege that a
systematic effort la apparently helng made'
to represent Germany aa the propelling
power ln the coercion of Venezuela and as
being responsible for ail tha harsh meas
ures. For instance, they say the bombard-
ment of the forts at Puerto Cabello la aa
; cribed to German Initiative, whereas the
officials say, without reservation, that it
waa at the British commander's sugges
tion. Topaxe being a British ship. Ths
German commander participated ln the fir
ing aa a loyal ally.
The German government Is not Insisting
l on mora severe measures than tha original
pian contemplated and regards the sinking
ot the two "diminutive, wholly unseaworthy
craft" as an "Insignificant Incident."
WASHINGTON, Deo. 1 The officials
here have come to the conclusion that the
protected "peaceful blockade" of Venezue
lan porta cannot be recognized, as against
United States shipping at lesst.
It the allies seek to exclude Venezuelan
shipping from entering Venezuelan porta
that might be permitted, but they cannot
exclude United Statea ships ln regular bus
iness unless a genuine stats ot war la
Senur OJeda. the Spanish minister, and
Boron Muncheucher, ths Belgian minister,
have not received official advices relative
to the Joint note their governments hava
addressed to President Castro, asking that
ln the event of a settlement of tha clalma
of the allied powers Spain and Belgium be
given similar treatment.
The Spanish minister denies that there
la the slightest probability of further
action on the part of Spain unless events
ln Caracas make It necessary for the
Spaniuh representative to withdraw. Min
ister OJeda does nut anticipate this ln
view of the strong ties of friendship that
exist, between hia government and both
Baron Muncheucher regards the posi
tion of his country aa thus far neutral,
but ln case circumstances change thia at
titude it is ".i u'.y that Minister Bowen
will be requested ta look after Belgian
Interests ln the Venezuelan oapltai. Bel
gium, having no navy. It will not ha pos
sible for that country to Join ln ths naval
demonstration wf the allied fleet.
Mr. Bowen'. position is realized to t.e
one of extraordinary difficulty He la now
in -harge of tne lntereata of Great Britain,
Germany. Italv and Holland. besides
those of tha United States, snd may be
called upon to take charge of tho ra
maxntler uf the HVirTpnan eounLri.es, wit
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