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OMAHA, TUESDAY MOKNIX(i, JAMUA1JV 27, liKW Ti:" l'AGKS.
SlNdLl COl'V TIIllEIi CENTS.
SAYS LESSLER LIED
Doblin RetracU Bribery Story Told U
the Ootnirittee on Baturdaj,
CLAIMS HE WAS ASKED TO PERJURE SELF
Complaining Representative. Writes Out
Tale and Oiree it to Him.
COMPLETELY FREES QUIGG AND FRIENDS
Witnesi Now Swears No Money Was Offered
for Boat Vote.
MEMBERS ARE ASTOUNDED AT NEW STORY
Closely Question Man on Stand and
Get Detailed Account of Alleged
IHot Framed by New York.
Represent at Ire.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28. Fhlllp Poblln,
ho told the house committee on naval af
fairs on Saturday that Mr. Qulgg had of
fered to bribe be and Mr. Leasler, today
The statement came without any previous
warning and members of the committee
looked at one another In amazement aa
Doblin went on with his statement.
Oustar Rogers, an attorney, after the
. first witness left the stand this morning,
aald he appeared for Mr. Doblin, who lad
made some statements on Saturday which
were true and some which were false and
that he held In his hand a statement to
which Mr. Doblin had sworn.
The committee was unanimous In agree
ing that Doblin appear In person. He was
called and made specific denial of all hli
previous evidence, wherein be alleged at
' tempts at bribery.
He was rigidly crons-ciamlned by prac
tically every member of the committee and
pressed for an explanation of his action
; today, but persisted that he was telling the
truth today and adhered to his deulals.
When Doblin had left the stand the com
, mtttee's program, which contemplated call
ing Dr. W. B. Kerr to the stand, was
abandoned and it went Into aecret aesslon.
' Borne of the members, in view of the re
markable developments, favored dropping
" the Investigation, but others urged that It
i It Is understood that Mr. Less I or aaked
that he be permitted to make a statement
.and said be had another witness he would
call, whereupon the committee decidod to
meet again tomorrow. Mr. Leasler was
present In the committee room when Dob
lln gave his testimony.
Asks Immunity for Doblin,
Just before Doblin went on the stand
' Mr. Rogers asked that such Immunity be
accorded him aa was within the power of
' Mr. Taylor said only anoh Immunity as
the statute gives could be accorded.
Mr. Doblin then proceeded to tell of hla
coming to Washington and of his appear
ance before the committee. He said when
he came to Washington to appear before
the full committee he decided to make the
i statement be did. "I now retract," he
aid,, "every word in which I aald Mr.
' Qulgg tendered me any bribe- in any way."
"Will yon state to the committee in what
reaped your testimony la not truer' Dob'
lln was asked.
"In relation to my being called to Wash'
Ington and my conversation with Mr, Less
ler at the Hotel Normandle at 8 o'clock
Statement Not the Truth.
' "The fact Is, the statements I made re
garding Mr. Qulgg are not true. I read
the article as It was handed to me and I
waa told by Lessler, 'You have got to stand
for this,' and I said, 'Oh, that cannot be.'
" 'Well,' he aald, 'then I am politically
" 'Well.' I said, 'you carry me with you.
iHe said, 'You will be all right it you will
Just appear before this committee. I win
go and see the speaker and I will fix it
up.' He goes out of the room, comes back
and said he had seen the speaker, and said
It will be all right. All you have got to
do is to go before the committee and aub
tantlate my story.'"
"When I was called to Washington I got
" 'Take midnight train and come to me,
Want to see you. Keep this confidential.-
Mr. Roberts Signed by whom?
A. Signed by "Monte."
Mr. Taylor Who Is "Monte?" Tonr as
A. Monte is congressman Lssier.
have had correspondence signed "Monte."
Continuing, he said:
"While we were eating breakfast I was
reading the article familiarising myself as
to the statement made, and when we got
upstairs he said: 'Do as you want about
laflnVuceg by Lessler.
" 'Well.' I said, 'I cannot stand for any
thing like this.'
" 'Oh,' he aald, 'you have got to. I'll be
back in a minute.' He went out of the
room aad wbeu he came back he said: 'I
will go down and look after the commit
' tee.' Just before that he said: 'You nec
not have any fear. There Is nothing going
to happen to you. You appear before thl
committee and they are friends of mine,
and all there will be to it, they will report
to the whole committee and there won't he
anything further to It.' The congressman
left the room. I laid on the sofa. I took
the paper up 'again and read It over. In
about half or three-quarters of an hour
someone ramo In and aald: 'You come along
with me. We will get into the capltol all
right. Nobody will see you. You will be
able to get up through a aide elevator
which is right close to the naval committee
door and you can get in, and I will see
that nobody sees you.'
Makes a Startling Confession.
Continuing. Doblin said:
"I went Into the committee room. The
gentlemen were standing about and my
guide aald. 'This is Mr. Doblin.' The other
gentlemen sll shook hands with ui. I
sat down and later I was handed a cigar,
which I smoked. They made uie leel
agreeable. I took it for granted that it
was all right. The flrit thing I k:.
one of the gentlemen of the coniinlitee,
after a conversation In which I sxpla'uel
my Interests in politics in New York,
ked me how long I had been la politics.
Then one of the gentlemen said: 'Wasn't
It Mr. Qulgg who said to you that there
waa $5,000 In it for Leasler and $1,000 for
"I said at that time. 'No, sir.' Then
all the gentlemen around me said 'Oh. It's
all right; you go on.' and then there was
a discussion In the rcom aa to how I stjoJ.
I refused to answer at that time kl all.
The gentlemen seemed to agree 'hat there
was nothing to it. Feeling agreeably at
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REPORT ATLANTIC BOAT LOST
Anilrift ftesldetns Spread Discred
ited Ramor of l.lnrr Ashore
on Welsh (naat,
HOLT HEAD, Wales, Jan. ST. Rumors
are current here that a big Atlantic liner
la ashore at Abcrfrsw point, a rocky head
land about the middle of the western coast
Anglesea. Detail' are, however, en-
Irely larking and 'ory generally
According to one rtv 'if. 'sen
bera of the crew have roH. .
malndor being deterred by v j
No reports mention any passengv.
the name of the vessel.
Bo far as can be ascertained no shi
any Importance engaged In the AtlanOw.
service can be In the neighborhood of the
ADgiesca coast, i ne siory is reuucreu me
more unlikely by reason of the fact that
the earliest rumors connected the wreck
1th the American line, whose passenger
boats ply to Southampton, and which has
do freight vessels In Welsh water.
SCOFFER CONTRACTS- PLAGUE
Masatlan Editor Reviles Sanitary
Measures and Now Suffers
from Dread Disease.
MAZATLAN. Mcx., Jan. 26. There were
four deaths from plague today, and tho
Ituatlon Is considered less favorable.
The number of patients in the lazaretto
is fifty. One new victim is Luis Cervantes,
brother of the chief of police of Ouadala-
ara, who recently started a dally paper, In
which he has attacked sanitary measures
and physicians and advised the use of do
mestic remedies) only. Antonla Leon, a
school teacher, has died of the plague. Her
relatives h,ave departed, and the house
which she occupied burned.
The entire ward known aa El Cuernlto
has been destroyed by fire to prevent its
Infecting other localities. The increase of
the disease is due to the return of the
poor people who had sought refuge outside
the city, but are being driven back by hun
ger. MAY SETTLE ACRE DISPUTE
Bolivian Minister to Small Is Given
Power to Negotiate
LONDON, Jan. 28. The Brazilian lega
tion In London announces that the Bolivian
minister at Rio Janeiro, has notified the
Brail Man government that President Pando
has given him power to enter a formal
agreement with Brazil concerning the Acre
dispute. These negotiations are expected
to lead to a peaceful solution of the diffi
culty. The Brazilian government has or
dered the naval and military forces to
LAPAZ, Bolivia, Jan. 26. The second
contingent of the Bolivian expedition to
Acre left Lapas today trader the command
of President Pando. It will Join the first
contingent at Buenoa Ayres on the Benl
PELEE AGAIN IN ACTION
Vxenrslonlsta Who Land on th
ened by Toienno, '
CASTRIES, Island of St. Lucia, B. W. I.
Jan. 26. The royal mall steamer Eek took
over 400 excursionists to St. Pierre, Mar
tinique, Saturday, and arrived here today.
It reports that while at St. Pierre, at 6
o clock In the evening, Mount Pelee
erupted. At the time there were more
than 200 persons ashore and great alarm
waa felt for their safety.
Volunteers from the passengers who had
remained on board assisted the crew in
hastening to the rescue. After forty mln
utes of excitement all the passengers wore
brought back safely.
Apparently about 600 feet of the .cone
of the volcano has been blown away.
CHINA HONORS A MURDERER
Appoints Ha Lien Sun to Important
Post In Spite of Missionary
PEKIN, Jan. 26. Hu Lien Sun, governor
of Hunan, one of the officials blacklisted
by the powers after the Boxer troublea on
account of the massacre of missionaries,
has been appointed governor of Shan SI.
The ministers Ignored the failure of the
Chinese government to dismiss him from
office, but now the American, French and
British ambassadors are sending a note to
the government, saying that, considering
the missionary murders in the territory
under his Jurisdiction, it la not wise to
send him to a province where missionary
interests are exceedingly Important.
GOVERNOR SUSPENDS MAYOR
Porto Rlcaa Executive Does Hot Malt
for Conrts When Fraud
SAN JUAN, Porto Rico. Jan. 26. Gov
ernor Hunt, acting Independently of any
Judicial proceedings, today suspended Man
uel Egoicue, the mayor of this city, from
office and ordered an Independent investi
gation into alleged city frauds.
A prosecution of Egozcue is pending be
fore the district court on the charge of
destroying the city records to cover up
evidence of peculations.
MACEDONIAN OUTLOOK GRAVE
Hnsslan Minister Summons Sella Min
ister to Hasty Conference at
VIENNA. Jan. 26. G. Bakhmetleff. the
Russian diplomatic agent at Soda, Bulgaria,
has been hurriedly aummoned to St. Peters
burg to consult with the foreign minister
on the Macedonian actuation.
M. Bakhmetleff expresses the gravest fear
of the situation lu Bulgaria, which he de
clares is Infinitely more threatening than
at any time in the last five years.
SWEDES FEARJCOPPER TRUST
Report Current In Sraualaavla that
American Combine Is Haying
COPENHAGEN. Jan. 26 The Oeater
sundsposten publishes a report to the effect
that American mining speculators have
made large purchases of iron and copper
mines in Sweden and Norway and that the
great Scandinavian companies are likely to
be incorporated in the American copper
IS LEASE BILL OR NOTHING
Chairman Lacey 8ays Time is Too Short to
Push Through New BilL
WINNEBAGO INDIAN AGENCY DROPPED
Strong, Opposition Developing; to
House mil Allowing Cattle to
Remain on Hoard Cars
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28. (Special Tele
.im.) Chairman Lacey of the pub-
.in lands committee
trig of the special
Governor Mickey sent to the leg-
Islature last week recommending the
creation of a commission to examine into
the arazlns- lands of the west and make re-
ports upon illegal fencing of the public catlc senate as the regular organization
domain, said that a commission was br receiving from Its secretary the emor
wholly Impracticable, and that It would be j gency appropriation bill. Which it passed
Impossible to get a bill through congress
at ffila ...clnn nni Bnnrnnrtstlnr th VieC-
essary amount to carry out the provisions j
of the bill. He further said that Insofar as
he had talked with members of his com-
mlttee that a practicable land-leasing bill j
was the only kind of legislation that could
be accomplished at this session, falling In
which he saw no other course left to the
secretary of the Interior than to pull down
the fences, as ho has stated he will do in
the event there is no legislation at this bus-
Restores Indian Agencies.
After a heated colloquy, in which several
members of the house participated, amend
ments were Incorporated In the Indian ap
propriation bill today providing salaries for
Indian agents at Crow, Creek, Slsseton,
Lower Bmlo and Yankton, in South Da
kota, and Sac and Fox, in Iowa. The bill
as reported provided for discontinuance of
these agencies, but on request of Repre
sentative Burke, who was absent from the
city when the measure waa framed an op
portunity was given him to bring the mat
ter up in the house. As a result agencies
at the five places named will be contin
ued. No effort was made, however, to provide
for an agent on the Omaha and Winnebago
reservation, the agent at that place hav
ing been discontinued by reason of failure
to appropriate money for his salary for
1904. When Chairman Sherman waa aaked
why no effort was made In behalf of the
Omaha and Winnebago agent, he stated
that not one of the Nebraska delegation
had called his attention to the matter.
Senator Millard's attention was called to
this, and the senator responded, stating that
he would look Into the matter, but not
knowing the status of the case he could
give no opinion aa to what he would do
when the bill reached the aenate. '
South Dakota Pares Well.
At a meeting of the house committee to
day several amendments to the Indian bill,
of Interest in South Dakota, were report
ed favorably on motion of Representative
Burke. One of them Increases the appro
priation for enlarging the Chamberlain
school to $13,600; also $9,000 for additional
buildings, and $11,745 for the purchase of
additional land at Rapid City, S. D. The
appropriation for maintenance of the Rapid
City, school x- flo,c'a1-o.aajrovia
accommodatlona for 225 puplla, instead of
150. Other items are as follows: Four
thousand five hundred dollars for erecting
an Industrial school at Flandreau, $5,000
for an additional building at Pierre and
$20,000 for surveys at Pine Ridge.
Shuts Out Home Companies.
Attorney General Knox, In an opinion
today, suatalned the action of the post
master general in shutting from the malls
certain co-operative home companies which
have been doing a lottery business in vio
lation of United States statutes the at
torney general In his opinion recites the
case of the Nebraska Home company, whose
charter was abrogated by state authorities,
and which finally reached the aupreme
court of the state, where a decision adverse
to the Nebraska Home company waa hand
ed down. The decision of the attorney gen.
eral effects some forty companies through
out the west, Nebraska having one or two.
The case came to the attorney general, be
ing iaken up by the Co-operative Home
company of Kansas City, and In which
every contention of the postmaster general
Congressman Martin of South Dakota,
speaking of the bill conferring Jurisdic
tions of the federal courta to pass upon
crimes committed upon Indian reservations,
stated today that it was a matter of great
est moment to the citizens of South Da
kota. He said that when he first intro
duced the bill the Judiciary department of
the government opposed the measure, but
finally be secured a rehearing upon the
measure before Attorney General Knox,
and the attorney general finally agreed to
make a favorable report on the measure.
Senator Gamble had introduced a slml'ar
measure In the senate, but substituted Con
gressman Martin's bill for his own, in order
that relief might be obtained.
Pressing Iowa's Claim.
Fifty clerka connected with the census
bureau will leave about the middle of Feb
ruary on an official tour for the purpose
of gathering information on debt and
wealth, and those assigned to the semi
arid states will be especially charged to
look up the subject of irrigation.
Adjutant General Byers of Iowa will have
a hearing tomorrow morning before the
house committee on military affairs on
the claim, of Iowa against the government
covering equipment of troops by Iowa dur
ing the Spanish-American war and rent
of barracks at Des Moines after troops
were mustered into the service of the
Senator Gamble today secured a favor
able report from the commerce committee
of the aenate extending the time In which
to erect a bridge over the Missouri at
Yankton one year.
The diplomatic bill, which passed the
senate today, carrlea an increase of $500
for salary and $900 for clerk hire for the
consul general's office at Monterey, where
Philip C. Hanna of Kossuth county, Iowa,
Is consul general.
Objections All Around.
The bill recently passed by the house
providing that live stock may be held In
cars forty-f ight hours, baa brought forth
proteats from humane societies throughout
the west, who contend that 'the cattle will
Buffer from lack of food and water. The
ownera of cattle have also objected to the
bill, for the reason that it will result In
the landing of the stock on the markete in
an unfavorable condition.
The present law on the subject, which
provides that live a.cck iu ca'. s ahall be
unloaded, fed and watered ud allowed to
rot t .ery tenty-elghl hours, been on
the statute books for twr.'y-nve yeara.
In compliance with It, stc:k yards have
been constructed and all arrangements
(Continued on Second Fage.)
CONCEDE TELLER'S ELECTION
Sot Much Donht as to the Hranlnrlty
of the Joint Session.
DENVER, Jan. 2. The roguinritr of the
election of I'nlted Suites Senator Teller
Saturday at a Joint aisslon of the demo
cratic members of the two houses of the
general assembly is practically conceded
by the republican senators, who today
abandoned the separate organization which
they maintained all last week and returned
to the renate chamber, where the demo
cratic majority has been in continuous ses
sion since last Monday.
Lieutenant Governor Haggott shook
bands with the democratic president pro
tern. Senator Adams, who had presided
during his absence last week, and resumed
the chair. The senate then adjourned un-
" inurenay aricrnoon.
TnB republican officers of the house of
representatives today recognir.ed the demo-
ibsi ween. i
A motion was mado by. Representative
Frewen, a Wolcott member, to recotslder
the adverse action on th reoort for the ex
pulsion of all tho Arapahoe democratic
members, but It was defeated by a vote of
37 to 24. The house then adjourned until
Governor Peabody said today that he
knew no reason why he rhould not sign a
certificate of Senator Teller's election, but
he would wait for a "Judicial opinion" on
the matter, for which he had asked.
The subcommittee or the democratic
state central committee has ar
ranged for a banquet at the
Brown Pfllace hotel oa Wednesday night
to be tendered to Senator Teller, the demo
cratic members of the senate and house,
the unseated democratic members of the
house and the democratic state central
Preceding the banquet, the same ev?nlng,
a public reception to Senator Teller will
be held in the rotunda of the Brown
The democratic and anti-Wolcott re
publican members of the house have agreed
to maintain the present organization of
the house Intact.
In consideration of recognition of the
democratic, senate and an agreement to
unseat no mqre democratic members, the
democrats will vote with the antl-Wolcott
republicans against any proposition that
may be sprung by the Wolcott faction look
ing to a reorganization of the house.
Thus the republicans opposed to Wol
cott'a senatorial candidacy, who refused to
enter Into a caucus, will be left in control
of all the important house committees
throughout the aeseion.
Frank C. Goudy, one of the republican
candidates for' senator, tonight lraued a
statement declaring the election of Teller
Illegal. He defends the action of the antl
Wolcott members of the house In falling
to seat the republican contestants from
Denver tin the ground that such action
would have caused the unseating of all
republican senators and blocked necessary
legislation. He says the campaign of 1902
was made upon the distinct understanding
that Mr. Wolcott would not be a candidate
for senator, and that "If he had not come
into this fight there would have been no
factionalism and in alt probability Mr.
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PRISONERS SAW WAY OUT
Death of tho Sheriff Gives Men In
Mitchell, South Dakota, Jail
MITCHELL, S. D., Jan. 26. (Special Tel
egram.) A Jail delivery took place in this
city last night and a very Important pris
oner made his escape.
Jack Sully and Fred Baer, the two In
mates, were released from the prison and
no trace of them can be found. They were
assisted by outside parties, who sawed the
lock from an outside door that is rarely
used, and then sawed their way into the
At 4:30 in the afternoon the deputy
sheriff saw Sully In the Jail corridor and
when the deputy returned at 7 o'clock the
Jail was empty and an investigation re
vealed that the prisoners had gone. Tele
phone messages were sent in all directions
to intercept the fugitives.
Sully is the noted cattle rustler who has
operated on the Sioux reservation, west of
Chamberlain, for a number of years and
in that time baa made way with hundreds
of cattle. He haa always been able to es
cape the officers, or has stood In with
them to the extent of having escaped ar
rest. Last summer Sully was arrested at Ver
digris, Neb., where h chad driven a large
number of cattle and had sold them to
Omaha dealers. He was brought back to
Lyman county and later placed In the
Mitchell Jail for safe keeping.
It Is believed that the plan for the de
livery has been In operation for several
days and the fact that Sheriff Brooks died
Saturday afternoon gave Sully's friends a
chance to work all the better. It was not
a difficult matter to saw through the iron
bars that held them captives.
Baer was sent here from Alenandrla to
serve a sentence for ninety days.
With only an hour's start of the
officers. Jack Sully, the notorious cattle
rustler who broke Jail here last night,
has so far eluded all efforts to locate him.
Not the faintest trace could be secured
of him after he left the Jail, about 6:30 In
the evening. It Is believed that three par
ties were connected In the delivery, one of
whom sawed the bars to the outer door and
the other two who watched and spirited
Today the deputy sheriff made another
discovery in the condition of the Jail.
Sully had taken a bar from one of the
cells and broke the plaster on the south
east wall. He then picked out the mortar
and the stonee and had a passageway large
enough for him to pass through. Evidently
he was not aware of the help ha was get
ting from the outside.
MEMBERS NOT JACK RABBITS
t tab, Legislators Ofllolallr Censure
Paper Which Criticises till.
SALT LAKE CITY. Jan. 26. The lower
house of the legislature today made formal
objection to its members being compared
to Jack rabbits.
The objection waa in the form of a set
of resolutions severely censuring a Salt
Lake City paper, which on Saturday pub
lished aa article stating that ucnioera 'rem
Ban Pete county "could change placea with
Jack rabblta and the legislature would be
strengthened by the presence of their si b
stltutes." On account of the vravalerce of small
pox agitation in favor of oompulsor vac
cination haa been strong ur.l the repre
sentatives from San Pete county vigorously
opposed the movement.
TAX LEW FOR THE SCHOOLS
Board of Edncatian Deoidei to Ask for Two
aad Tbree-Teiths Kill.
FINANCE COMMITTEE MAKES ESTIMATES
Figures that the Seed of the Various
Departments f the Pnbllc School
System Will neqnlre Oat
lay of f.v.7,.1ft.
Two nnd three-tenths mills Is 1he levy
that the Board of Education will ask the
city council to make for school purposes
for the coming year. In thlr action the
board will follow the recommendation of
its committee on finance.
Member W. R. Homan offered as a sub
stitute for the committee report a resolu
tion to commit the board to ask for a levy
of only two mills, but tho motion to sub
stitute was lost by a vote of 2 to 10, Mr.
Mcintosh voting with Mr Human and
Messrs. Andreescn, Levy and Maynard being
abm lit. Then on the adoption of the orig
inal report, Mr. Mcintosh voted aye, leav
ing Mr. Homan alone In the negative.
The report of the finance committee was
framed at a meeting held yesterday after
noon, which nil members of the board were
Invited to attend, and most of them were
present at least a portion of tho ttme. The
committee presented an estimate of the
needs of the various departments of the
school system for the rnmlng year as bnsert
upon tho expenditures of previous years
and the needs of the coming yenr which
are already apparent.
IXImnte of Kxpcnnr.
This detailed estimate Is as follows:
Advertising $ 1
Architect a services ,V;''V. i
Census enumerators l.'nt
Drawing, kindergarten nnd music
Kleetion expense 2
i'. A n nil IUI1K 1 .'ill in 1 1 et. I .. '
Kxpress nnd freight f"
J.-urnlturc and fixtures 11.'t
Interest and exchange
i.ight and fuel gas
"vl :!'. charts and globes
Piano rent and tunlnff
Salaries, officers and clerks..
Stationery and supplies
nd redemption fund ..
50,1 k I )
insurance fund 1,000
Following is the summarised estimate of
probable expenditures for the year:
For support of schools $472,850
For er-ctlon and furnishing of school
For the creation nf sinking fund 60,0a)
Vor payment of interest on bonds and
Estimate of Resources.
. The committee estimate of the resources
of the school department for the coming
year. is as follows:
EHate apportionment 4o,frn
interest on funds
"police court fines
Rale of Junk, etc
"itebate on Interest
Tax collections, 2.3 mill levy ....
In the absence of Mr. Maynard, chairmin
pf the finance committee, the report was
submitted by Dr. Christie, who moved Its
adoption. Mr. Homan moved as a substi
tute for the report a resolution, as follows:
Whereas, For the school year ending
June 30, 1K97. the expenses, as shown in tha
annual report, were $361 ,M.5s and the aver
age daily attendance 12.672 and the average,
expense J-S.3o per pupil; and
Whereas, For the school year endlm;
June 30, 1902, the expenses were lo74,72o.7'.i,
the avernge attendance 14 S3 and the aver
age expense per pupil $3fi.ti5, or $S.6i per
pupil increase In the expense per pupil in
the course of five years; ana
Whereas. For the year ending June 30,
1837, the average number of teachers em
ployed was 322, with an average of forty
pup'lft to the teacher, and for the year end
ing June JO, ISO'.', the average number of
teachers was 418, with an average attend
ance of less than thlrty-slx pulls to the
Whtreas, If the attendance had been kept
up to the average of forty pupils to ttu
teacher the saving , would be e'ii.OW) per
year; therefor be it
Kesolved, That the expenses of the
schools may be reduced by methods of
economy and the city council be asked to
make a levy or out l mine ior inn cuuung
Homan t races Economy.
Mr. Homan made a long argument in
support of his substitute, quoting from the
reports of past years to substantiate his
statement that the expenses of the schools
had been higher than need be. He thought
that if the levy was small the tendency
would naturally be toward economy, while
the larger levy would be conducive to ex
travagance. Dr. Christie took Issue with Mr. Homan
and said that while that gentleman was
very ready to come In at this time and
charge the committee with having been
extravagant in its estimate, he had had
nothing to say in the afternoon committee
meeting as to how that estimate could be
reduced. All of the members had been
invited and requested to attend the meet
ing and make suggestions, and that was
the proper time and place for Mr. Homan
to say what he had to say on this subject
and suggest how the levy could be reduced.
Dr. Christie said that although Mr. Homan
was very severe in his arraignment of the
former board for Its expenditures, he was
himself a member of the finance committee
and presumably sanctioned the expendi
tures, and even now be did not suggest
any definite means of cutting down the ex
penditures. He did not Bay which teachers
might be discharged or which schools might
be closed up, or in fact suggest any means
of reducing expenses,
superintendent Makes Statement.
Superintendent Pearse was called upon
for a statement as to the average number
of pupils per teacher and the average ex
pense per pupil. In the course of his re
marks he reminded Mr. Homan that he had
In a conference of members of the board
within the past week proposed a levy of
ZVi mills tor school purposes. Mr. Pearse
quoted statistics to show that the average
number of puplla to the teacher in the
Omaha schools Is as large as in my of the
other cities of its slxe and the cost per
pupil as small. He said that the choice
of 1897 as a year for comparison waa not
fair, from the fact that at that time the
city was suffering most from the hard
times and the school board took unnatural
means of reducing expenses, such as hold
ing only half-day sessions in the kinder
gartena and lower grades.
In correction of some of the other facts
(Continued on Second Page.)
CONDITION OF THE WEATHER
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RELIEF FOR j-AMINE VICTIMS
Swedes of Mebraskn Have Sent About
f'J.r.tM to the SufferlnaT
The Swedes of Nebraska, through a so
ciety organ'zod two mouths ngo for the
purpose, have rained about $2,5uO for tho
people of their native land who are suffer
ing as tho result of crop failures last sum
mer. Judge. Stenberg, us head of the so
ciety. Is sending the money at the 'aie of
1.000 crowns per Week to Sweden, where It
Is received by tho relief board created by
King Oscar. It is hoped that the money
can be sent nt the same rate until July,
and there is enough In sight to mike cer
tain that it can bo sent at ibat rate for lit
least two months from this time.
According to word received from Sceden
by Omaha parties, the greatest troulilt Is
not to earn for the suffering people at lliiB
time, but to save their live stock and
enough grain for seed. The center of tho
distress is the mining town of Gallivant,
which Is located several miles north of the
Arctic circle. In a country which in ordi
nary yenrs produces enough grain and live
stock for the inhabitants, but this gnln
and live stock are of peculiar varieties,
long cultivation adapted to the . xtr
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northern climate, the grain being quick to
mature and ibe ratt able to oii:wlt fcr
the most part on the twigs of th trees
which cover the northern peninsula an! tha
mosses which cover the ground. They reed,
however, a certain amount of hay, nu.l this
has completely failed. It Is feared that If
the seed and the stork Is consumed be
tween now and the making of the next crop
It will be almost Impossible to acclimatise
other grain and other stock to th coun-.ry,
nnd for this reason the royal board il. -sires
to supply the people of the stricken dis
trict with provisions until they can pnai
Omaha has raised about $2,000 of the fund
in the handa of the local society and Chi
cago haa contributed about $15,000 to the
relief fund. Tho total amount sent from
the United States up to this time Is i-bout
CAPITOL LODGE CELEBRATES
Orsrnnlsatlon of Masons Observes
Forty-Math Anniversary by
One of the most pleasant Masonic re
unions of the year was the celebration
last night of tho forty-sixth anniversary
of Capitol lodge, No. 3, the oldest Ma
sonic lodge in the city, as Nebraska lodge,
No. 1, was located at Bcllevue 'for many
years before being moved to Omaha.
The observance of the anniversary began
w44h f banquet a aFse,on'e-4al V h
was spread at 7 o'clock. W. A. DoBord
was toastmaster, and after the feast intro
duced George W. Llnlnger, one of the old
est members of the lodge:. Mr. Llnlnger
entertained the 200 assembled Masons with
a brief history of Capitol lodge and Borne
recollections of early Masonry In Nebraska.
The second speaker was Edward J. Cor
nish, who spoke of "Masonry and Democ
racy." John J. Morcer, who was to have
responded to the toaBt, "The Acacia," was
unable to be present, and his place was
filled by Henry Hardy, whose treatment of
the subject was well received, though ex
temporaneous. "The Square and Compass"
was the theme of Isaac It. Andrews and
"The Lambskin Apron,' that of Rev. Lu
ther M. Kuhns.
During the evening songs were sung by
Daniel H. Wheeler, Jr., and Jo F. Barton
and Instrumental solos played by E. O.
Pederson and Ernest Nordtn.
APPOINTS NINENEW FIREMEN
Fire ana Police Itoard Includes Four
Former Members In the
At the meeting of the Board of Fire and
Police Commissioners Monday evening nine
new members were appointed to the fire
department, as follows: Thomas Murphy,
Pat Roche, Ed A. Burmeater, M. C. Kotcb,
O. L. Fox, C. Cummlngs, R. D. Gray, Ed
Car and August Gutter. Murphy, Bur
mester, Fox and Car were formerly in the
Four policemen were brought before the
commissioners for having left their beats
while on duty. The violators of the police
rules were Patrolmen James Cuslck, M. J.
Sullivan, William Good and A. F. Lambert.
Each pleaded guilty to the charge and was
fined two days' pay.
LOTTERY TO PAY SOLDIERS
Cubans Tropose Xew Means of Rais
ing Fonda to Satisfy Revolu
HAVANNA. Jan. 29. The majority of
the house of representatives and the peo
ple in general are In favor of a govern
ment lottery to guarantee the loan for the
payment of the soldiers. The acheme,
however, would be veteed by President
Talma, and the passage of the bill to pro
vide for the payment of the loan through
internal revenue is probable.
This bill proposes the issue of 6 per cent
bonds, running for forty years at the mini
mum price of 90 per cent.
BINGHAMTON WANTS TREFZ
Conareaat lonaltsts "o Pleased with
Omaha Man's Preaching- that
Call Is Probable.
BINGHAMTON, N. Y., Jan. 26. A com
mittee of the First Congregational church
of thia city recently visited Omaha, Neb.,
to listen to the preaching of Rev. Edward
Trefz of the Kountzo Memorial church.
The committee has reported favorably
and It Is believed that the church will
extend a call.
Movements of Ocean Vessels Jan. StO,
At New York Arrived I-n Champagne,
from Havre; Minneapolis, from lri1on and
fc'iull.mpton; Ktrurla. from Klnnton; City
of Ai.fcut.ui, from bavanuah; Phoenicia,
At Hamburg Sailed Bulgaria, for New
At Liverpool Arrived Ivernla, from New
York: Trltonla, (nun St. John, N. H.. and
Halifax. Sailed Armenian, for Boston.
At Olas-gow- B ille.i- M'.noKollan, for St.
Joliu, N. ii-i Orcadian, for i'onlund.
MW BILL FAVORED
Sentiment of Ecvenue Committao Opposed
to Tinkering th Old Law.
GOSSIP ABOUT THE KANSAS MEASURE
Small Attendant Delays. Actioi on Question
of Leasing Grazing Ldana.
MADE SPECIAL ORDER FOR THIS MORNING
Patent that Sentiment is Practically Unani
mous Against It.
SPIRITED DEBATE OVER PRINTING
llonse Wants to Know More Ahout
l.ettlnsr nf the Contract and AVhjT
Hills Are ot Promptly
(From n Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Neb., Jan. 26. (Special Tele
gram.) "My Judgment Is that we will rec
ommend nn entirely now bill rather than
revenue revision undertaken by amending
the old law." said a member of the sub
commit loo of the Joint house and senate
committees on revenue revision tonight.
This rubcommlttee, which was appointed
to deride whether a whoie new bill or sim
ply amendments should be attempted, had
a secret meeting. Tho members said no
decision was reached as one committeeman
-Senator I'ombcrton was absent. He
was absent because of his Inability to lo
cate tho meeting, so tanfully waa it
The member quotd also asked not to be
understood as making a decisive statement
as to the attltudo of the commlttoe, but
he showed plainly by his remarks that the
sentiment Inclines toward complete reve
"There are forty amendments In the
present revenue rode," Bald ho, "and I am
convinced that It would be unwise to patch
It any more. This legislature had better
simply make an out and out new law. Oh,
of course, I don't mean to throw away
the old law entirely. It contains some good
features t hut could and should bo used to
advantage In drafting the new statute."
In answer to a query aa to his opinion
of the proposed Kansas revenue bill,, which
Is Indorsed and supported by the Union
Pacific as a good law for Nebraska, this
"I think In most respects It ia a good
bill. I have resd It carefully, and believe
it would equally meet tho needs of this'
state. I don't know why tho Union Pa
cific or any other corporation that ia ac
cused of tax shirking should exert ita en
ergy in behalf of this measure. I see noth.
lng In It encouraging to a person or cor
poration looking to evade a Just share of
A fuslonlst member of the legislature
has made this ohsoivatlon of the Kansas
Union Pacific bill:
"It looks to mo like the fairest and
most economical method of revenue legis
lation I have ever seen."
It certainly is a fact that this bill good
qr. .bad.. Js. being vltauly , pushed ' by . .
Union Paclfio lobbyists.' One' of these lob
bylsts was asked tonight It it waa not the
Union Pacific's scheme to secure the in
dorsement of this, bill, while still not
wholly approving it, as a moans of
feat lng any aort of revenue legislation.
smiled and eald: ,
"That's one way of looking at it."
But the members of the Joint revenue
com ml tee Insist that the legislature will
not and dare not fail to enact rome reve
Postpone Action on Leasing.
Owing to irregular attendance, the house
at Z thia afternoon decided to poatpona
o'clock this afternoon derided to poatpona
consideration of Governor Mickey's mea
sago on the Dietrich land leasing bill aa
a special order, as was arranged for Sat
urday. The subject will be taken up to
morrow at 10 o'clock.
Before dropping the matter for today,
however, the house listened to the read
ing of several resolutions on this import
ant subject and every one Indicated clearly
and beyond any doubt that the overwhelm
ing sentiment was against Senator Diet
rich's bill and with the plan outlined by
President Roosevelt and commended by
Governor Mickey, namely, that a commis
sion of experts be appointed to investigate
the conditions of leasing and fencing graz
ing lands and report to the proper authori
ties. In fact, a resolution of precisely this
character was Introduced by Shelly of
Douglas. As the entire matter went over
for consideration tomorrow this resolution
was not acted on.
Although the general feeling among the
legislators la that the unfriendly attitude
manifested by Oovernor Mickey In hla mes
sage last week practically puta thia bill
aside ao far as thia session of congresa is
concerned, aa was stated by The Bea's staff
correspondent in Washington, there Is an
evident desire that the Nebraska legisla
ture place Itself squarely on record as
being unalterably oppoaod to thia proposi
tion and for that reason the members who
are most active In the matter are not dis
posed to "speak easy." When the matter
cornea up at tomorrow morning's session,
therefore, disapproval of the bouse may
be looked for In strong and forcible lan
guage. It Is quite likely that the Shelly
resolution will be adopted and not at all
Improbable that It will go through without
a dissenting vote.
Makes Things Interesting.
This waa "Missouri" day In tha house.
The members wanted to "be shown" aome
Interesting and pertinent things In con
nection with the contract by which the
house printing Is done. For some momenta
tho sfaelon resembled an old-time Meth
odist experience meeting and then at
other periods it had the appearanco of an
Some days i;o the house instructed Its
committee on public printing to nvestl
gate the printing contract, by whom It was
let, to whom and under what conditions.
Today that committee reported, through
its chairman, Auderson of Knox. This
caused the ruffle. Mr. Anderson said 'hat
tho contract waa let by the atate printing
board, composed of the state auditor, treas
urer and aecretary of state, and waa let
to tho State Journal company, which con
cern was to print the bills for $1.34 a psgi
for 500 copies, as was stated some days
ago In The Bee. The contract further ape
rifled that the printers should return
bills within three days or forfeit a floe of
$2S for each failure so to do. It waa Inci
dentally mentioned In the report that the
price two yeara ago tor this work was only
Pending consideration of this report.
Good of Nemaha introduced a resolution
that the employes and officers of tha hoise
be subordinated and subjected to tha direc
tion of the chief dark, and Oragg of Wayaa
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