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ESTABLISHED JUNE 10, 1871.
OMAHA, SATURDAY MORNING, FEHUITAKY 7. 1903 TWELVE PAGES.
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Will Kt Accept Offer to Arbitrate Ven
MATTER WILL ACCORDINGLY GO TO HAGUE
Protocol for lubmiiiion to Tribunal Will
' Be Taken Up Today.
BOWEN RILES SIR MICHAEL HERBERT
Olaimi Fewer! Seek to Continue Alliance
Against Castro by Trick.
AMBASSADOR RESENTS THIS IMPUTATION
Cable London Kspreeelatr Ills Dl
pleaaure and tmtrillnk Nea-otla-tloaa
with Amrrlrn Eoror
Be Brokta Oil.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. President Roose
velt bu' declined the Invitation of tho
allied power to arbitrate the question of
preferential treatment In the settlement
of their claims against Veneiuela. Secre
tary Hay has been Instructed to advise
the British embassy at once to that effect.
The matter therefore will now bo referred
to The Hague tribunal, which will result
in the Immediate raising of the blockade.
The administration. It is stated In an
official quarter, was unwilling to approve
the effort of the British government to
eliminate Mr. Bowen from the negotiations,
tnd moreover the president could not havi
accepted the Invitation of tho allies, even
had he been ao disposed, without the con
sent of the other negotiator, Mr. Bowen.
Consider Protocols Today.
Tomorrow preliminaries will be consid
ered with reference to the signing of the
protocol referring matters to The Hague.
Immediately on receipt of Secretary
Hay's note announcing the decision the
British ambassador addressed a communica
tion to Mr. Bowen saying he was suffering
from an attack of grip and would be
obliged If Mr. Bowen would call on blm.
The Venezuelan envoy went at once to the
rmbassy, where the British ambassador ex
plained that he had been too 111 to call for
several days and announced the arrival of
hie .protocol, which he was prepared to
eubmlt to Mr. Bowen for signature. Later
the German minister, Baron von Sternberg,
called on Mr. Bowen and announced the
arrival of bis protocol.
It developed tonight that two protocols
are to be signed by Mr. Bowen with the
Italian ambassador. Blgnor Mayor Des
Planches, two with the British ambassador
and two with the German minister. The
rst In each case will provide for the
reference of the allies' contention for
preferential treatment to The Hague, and
th raising of the blockade simultaneously
with the signing of the convention.
It la doubtful whether the Initial pro
tocols between Mr, Bowen and the three
allies will contain the same conditions.
thocgh all the negotiator are working to
Id these protocols the conditions prece
dent to the raising of the blockade will
be cluarTy "stated, bamely, 'that 30 per
cent of the customs receipts of the ports
uf La Ouayra and Puerto Cabello are to be
aet aside by Veneiuela for the satisfaction
ct Its creditors and that the question aa
to whether the allied powers shall receive
preferential treatment, or, as Great Britain
terms it, "separate" treatment, In the
settlement, shall be referred to The Hague
Inalat on Borne Cash.
Tbey will also provide that Venesue'.a
ehall pay down to each of the three allied
powers 5,500 aa an Initial cash payment
The differences between the protocols, It
le said, will concern certain details, the
nature of which Is not known even to Mr
The German protocol will be submitted
to him tomorrow by the German minister.
Afterward Mr. Bowen will go to the British
embassy and there see the protocol drawn
by Lord Lansdowne. The Italian ambaa
aador, Slg. Mayor Des Planches, will bring
his protocol to Mr. Bowen tomorrow for
consideration. Having arranged for tho
signature of these first protocols, the ne
gotiators will take up the second protocols,
which are to cover the manner of adjudi
cating the claims of the various creditor
powers and the mean for the administra
tion of the customs receipts. The claims
of each claimant power are to be settled
by a commission to consist in each in
stance of a representative of a creditor
' government and a Venezuelan and In caae
of a failure to agree, the king of Spain
will appoint an arbiter.
It Is admitted tonight that some days
may pass before either of the protocols
can be algned, owing to the minor differ
ences, but negotiations are expected to
move more swiftly than In the pant.
In administration and diplomatic circles
the reference to The HagVe Is regarded as
a victory for Mr. Bowen, as Venezuela
thereby Is enabled to recover from the dl
tresalng effect of the blockade before
ctartlng upon the payment of its debts. The
cumbersome machinery of The Hague, It
le said, will delay matters considerably
and the payment of creditor nations cannot
begin until the Important question of
priority payment for the allies Is decided
The tribunal also will decide the vital
queation, to South American statea, as to
whether blockades and bombardments en
title powers to preferential treatment at
the hands of their debtor. Coming from
The Hague It will establish a precedent
while a decision on the point from Presi
dent Roosevelt would have carried no auch
weight as decisive of a point of interna
An adverse finding by the president,
therefore, could not have prevented the
allied powers from repeating their block
ade next month It they desired, whereas, an
adverse verdict from The Hague would
add a new canon to the law of natlona and
top such a course of practice completely.
It waa to gain this principle, which natu
rally vitally effects not only the future of
Venezuela, but of the other republics of
this oonllnent that Mr. Bowen stood out
for arbitration by Tba Hague tribunal in
stead of by the president.
Snort HI lea sir Michael.
In confirmation of the dispatch yeaterday
to the effect that Mr. Bowen and the Brit
ish ambassador, at the Interview recently,
bad a heated argument. It was stated that
If the character of the cablegrams that the
British ambassador ha been sending to hla
government regarding the altitude cf Mr.
Bowen should become public, the country
would be furnished with aensatlonal
It t the opinion of the Venezuelan nego
tiators, other than the British ambassador,
that the latter la directly responsible for
the breaking off of negotiations with Mr.
How -a. .
It la the opinion la official circle here
(Continued oa Third rage.)
ROYAL ROMANQE IS ENDED
(r.na Princess' I. over Leaves Flop-
Isg Lady ft Facilitate Itranloa
nllh Her Children.
GENEVA, Feb. 6 The legal adviser of
he crown princess of Saxony has made the
M. tlrm will leave . -i .I'inlni
for Kruseela. where he ''A famllv.
M. Uimn has broken oft. 'y w ith
the prlncea In onler imv ' 'he
le princea In rl
unli,n of the prlnc
The sudden ending of the roya
s said to be due to the refusal of the
court. Influenced by the Emperor Frau ,
Joseph, to consent to a divorce.
It Is said the prlncesa sought her father's
pardon In order to get permission to see
her children, but was refused everything
unless she left M. Glron. Her lawyer
visited Uresden, but failed to get any con
cession beyond the offer of a amU yearly
allowance, and the promise If tbo crowu
princess gave up M. Olron and returned
home that no legal proceedings would be
taken against her. The princess, realizing
at last her equivocal position, became 111
and apparently was willing, If approached
In a proper manner, to agree to any terms.
On the return of her lawyer from Dres
den a prolonged Interview took place, in
the course of which the princess, In a tor
rent of tears, cried: "I must see my poor
children again." Her parti n? Ith M. Glron
Is said to have been most a.". c ting.
VIENNA, Feb. . It is stataa) officially
that a meeting has been arranged between
the crown princess of Saxony and an au
thorized representative of her father. It Is
her desire to come to Austria unaccom
panied by M. Glron.
She will not be allowed to enter the houso
of her father, Ferdinand IV, now regent
grand duke of Tuscany, but tha residence
of her brother. Archduke Peter Ferdinand,
at Algen, near Salzberg, Is being prepared
for ber reception.
PRETENDER ISJUP FOR SALE
Rlata Tribesmen t'atch Da Hsmsra
ad Offer to Sell II I m to
PARIS. Feb. 6. A dispatch from Tangier
says Bu Hamara la a prisoner In the hands
of Riata tribesmen, who have offered to
sell him to the sultan. El Menebhl, min
ister of war. Is now negotiating as to the
price and it Is believed that the pretender
will be brought to Fez.
LONDON, Feb. 6. The correspondent of
the Morning Leader at Tangier telegraphs
that the escape of the pretender, Bu Ha
mara, la confirmed.
It Is announced, says the correspondent,
that the American missionaries will start
for Fez today (Friday). Some apprehension
exists regarding their safety.
WASHINGTON, Feb. . In a report to
the State department, S. R. Gummere,
United States consul general at Tangier,
says the American missionaries left Fes
on January 12, Sir Arthur Nicholas, British
ambassador, having advanced money for
FEAR FOR ALASKAN TREATY
Una-land Hears Protocol Will Be Re
jected by ! Owlnsr ta Ven
LONDON, Feb. (. A report received here
from Washington that the senate will not
ratify the Alaskan boundary bill le attrib
uted in some quarters to the "exasperation
created In the United States by England's
attitude In the Venezuelan question."
The liberal papers characterize the
breakdown of the negotiations, the success
of which was trumpeted with such vigor
by the ministerial presa, as another shock
to the prestige of the foreign office.
The Dally News says that most Insecure
fabric, British popularity, with the Amer
icans, has sustained a damaging blow In
connection with the Venezuelan affair.
Lord Lansdowne Is urged to atudy thi
national character of the United States
before embarking on bia next trans-Atlantic
TURKISH ARMY MOBILIZED
Sultan Concentrates Forces Along
Bultrartan Frontier to Hold
Macedonians la Check.
PARIS, Feb. . The correspondent of the
Figaro at Pbillpolis states that the sultan
is mobilizing 240,000 men and has commis
sioned all the steamers of the Idarel Mr s
sousleh company to transport these troops,
who are to reinforce the Second and Third
army corps at Adrianople, Salonlca and
along the Bulgarian frontier.
Commenting on this dispatch the Figaro
says this action greatly complicates the
situation In Macedonia. Diplomacy will
have great difficulty In solviDg without
accident this new phase of the eastern
question, which has exhausted all efforts
for the lust 200 years.
FAVORS FRENCH ALLIANCE
Marqnl of Castellans Thinks Franc
ad United Statea Shonld
PARIS, Feb. 8. The marquis of Castel
lane, father of Count Boal de Caatellane,
has an article in the Eclaire this morning
in which be advocates an alliance between
the United Statea and France, with tha ob
ject of keeping Germany and the reat of
Europe out of South America.
The writer asserts that the Monroe doc.
trlno is a shelter from all attack without
costing a drop of blood.
HUSBANDS FOR THE WIDOWS
Boer Secret Committee Is Sending;
Them with View of Repopa
GENEVA, Feb. 6. The Swiss papers as
sert that the Boer secret committee In Eu
rope is sending out, fully equipped and
with their passages paid, French and Ger
man Bwlsa to the Transvaal and the Orange
River Colony to marry the Boer widows
and orphan girls, with a view to repopu
lating the country and preventing the Brit
ish from becoming predominant-
Turkish Government tirttiaa; Read?.
CONSTANTINOPLE. Feb. . The Turk
ish government haa notified the Adarel
Massousieh Steamship company to send in
a return of the number of steamers avail
able for use as transports, in view of the
possible dispatch of considerable bodies of
troops from Anatolia. Asiatic Turkey, to
the European provinces o' Turkey, In con
nection with the Macedonian revolutionary
Klasl Is MaklasT Good Procress.
LONDON. Fub. t. The progress of King
Edwsrd toward recovery continue sella-factory.
BOUND TO STOP THE FRAUDS
Secretary Hitchcock Refuses to Modify Hit
ruling on Heirship Landi
THURSTON COUNTY MEN DISAPPOINTED
Interior Department Cannot Reopen
Doora to rrntect the Few Inno
cent Fnrrhssen Who In
vested In (inoil Faith.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. (Special Tele
gram.) E. A. Wlltee and Oeorge Day of
Thurston county, wbo hav been In Wash
ington for the purpose of securing a mod
ification of the rule laid down by the sec
retary of the Interior regarding the sale of
heirship lands, will leave Washington to
morrow for New York and thence to their
home In Pender. Secretary Hitchcock is
set In his determination to break up the
deals which have been going on on the
reservation of the Oraahaa and Winnebago
Indians In Nebraska. While similar, condi
tions obtain on other Indian reservations,
there seems to be more trouble growing
out of the purchase of heirship lands in
Thurston county than in any other portion
of the United States. It Is asserted, and
undoubtedly with much truth, that In some
cases the rule laid down by the secretary
of the interior not to approve deeds to lsnd
sold under previous rules established by
the department will work very great hard
ships. In some cases the purchaser has
procured deedr at much expense, but Sec
retary Hitchcock says even though the
very best of faith waa shown in the pur
chase of particular parcels of land, that Jin
will not approve any deeds unless the pur
chase was made under the recent rules
promulgated by the department as to pub
Mr. Day, who Is an attorney at Pender,
stated that be knew of at least fifty cases
where purchasers had gone Into court In
order to record deeds and that these pur
chasers bad been put to great expense In
order to ascertain all heirs Interested In
any particular parcel of land. These peo
ple, under the ruling of the secretary of
the interior, will lose the amount tbey paid
for such filing.
Secretary la In Karnest.
It Is a most Intricate question, but See
retary Hitchcock is .determined to put a
stop to what he calls "frauds In heirship
lands," and the gentlemen who came from
Thurston county with a view of changing
the secretary's mind In regard to. the mat
ter are leaving for home Impressed with the
view that the only way the secretary' ap
proval can be obtained to deeds to heirship
lands. is to comply with the recent regula
tions made by the Interior department.
Thompson Ball Saturday.
Hon. D. E. Thompson, minister to Brazil,
and Mrs. Thompson, sail trmorrow by way
of Gibraltar for Rio Janeiro. There will
be a number of Nebraskans at the dock to
bid Mr. and Mrs. Thompaon bon-voyage,
among whom may be mentioned Mr. and
Mrs. Leonard, Mrs. John Fitzgerald and
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stevenson.
W. H. Bucholz, president of the Norfolk
National bank, was today designated by
Senator Millard as disbursing officer for
the new public building In that city.
Representative Lacey has introduced a
bill to pension Mrs. Rumple, wife of the
late congressman from the Second Iowa
district, at the rate of $30 por month.
Representative Hedge returned from
Congressman Rumple's funeral this after
noon. Bridge Acroaa Missouri.
Senator Gamble today secured the pas
sage of a bill authorizing the Missouri
Bridge company to construct a bridgo
across the Missouri river between Cham
berlain, Brule county, and Lyman county.
South Dakota. The contemplated bridge la
to be a toll bridge constructed for the
accommodation of foot passengers, vehicles
Senator Gamble today laid before the
senate the resolutions adopted by the Bone
steel Commercial club of Bonesteel, S. D.,
urging the ratification by congress of the
agreement between the United States and
tbo Rosebud Sioux Indians for the cession
of a part of their lands in Gregory county.
Routine of Departments.
Ernest G. Elliott waa today appointed
regular and William Mathew substitute
rural letter carrier at Verdon, S. D.
George A, Scott of Independence, la.,
has been appointed assistant meat In
spector in connection with the Bureau of
The First National bank of Gllmore, la.,
has been authorized to begin business wl'.h
a capital of 125,000.
The corporate existence of the Valley
National bank of Des Moines, la., nas been'
extended until the close of business Fen
ruary 6, 1923.
The National Bank of North America of
Chicago haa been approved aa a reserve
agent for the Union Stock Yards National
bank of South Omaha, Neb.
Two additional rural free delivery routes
will be established March I at Lake City,
Calhoun county, la.; the routes embrace
an area of fifty-five square miles, contain
ing a population of 792.
Money for tha Hsry.
The naval appropriation bill reported to
the house today carries 179,048,420, or 18,
142,089 less than the estlmatea. The cur
rent appropriation la (78,856.363.
In addition to the provision for the con
struction of the three first-class battle
ships, one flrst-claBS armored cruiser, two
steel training ahips and one wooden brig,
the bill allows the selection of two mid
shipmen for each senator, representative
and delegate, thus doubling the number.
The commute says that with the present
deflnlency of 677 officers and with the num
ber of officers that will be required for the
ships in process of construction, the de
ficiency In the number of officers at tba end
of four years will be 1.460, unless additional
midshipmen are appointed.
Further provision Is made for the ap
pointment of twelve ensigns from warrant
officers and for the appointment of thirty
additional lieutenant commanders, fifty ad
ditional lieutenants, thirty additional sur
geons, 120 additional passed assistant and
assistant eurgeons, twenty-nine naval con
structors, eighty-four additional officers of
the pay corps and 3.000 enlisted men.
To the marine corpa the bill adds on
colonel, one lieutenant colonel, five majors,
twelve captains, twenty-five first lieuten
ants, twelve second lieutenants, one as
sistant adjutant and Inspector with the
rank of major, two assistant adjutants
with the rank of major, one assistant quar
termaster with the rank of lieutenant
colonel, five assistant quartermasters with
the rank of captain, two assistant paymast
ers and 679 more enlisted men.
The limit of the cost for the building of
the naval academy is to be Increased from
$8,000,000 to $10,000,000.
The sum of $400,000 is appropriated for
(Continued on Third Page.)
RELIGION D0ES NOT COUNT
Trial of firandaon of Hrlaham Young
for Murder to lie oa Its
NEW YORK. Feb. S. Tbe twelfth Juror
was secured today in the trlnl of William
Hooper Young, charged with the murder
of Mrs. Anna Pulitzer last September, and
Assistant District Attorney Clark began his
presentstlon of the case.
An alienist, employed by the defense, sat
near Young and prepared evidence which
he is to give later on.
In his address Mr. Clark said: "Wn
don't care what is his name, or that he is
the grandson of Brigham Young. We don't
rare If he Is a Mormon or not. The re
ligious question has nothing to do with the
Counsel outlined the story of the disap
pearance of Mrs. Pulitzer and of the find
ing of tho body of the woman In the Mor
ris canal; of Its Identification by her hus
band and the evidoce upon which they
expect to convict Young.
He looked better today, but took no In
terest In tho proceedings. Moat of the tlmo
he sat with hla head resting on a tabK
with his eyes closed. The trunk found In
Chicago, which contained some of the cloth
ing worn by Mrs. Pulitzer at the time of
ber dlsapnarance, waa brought tuto the
At the conclusion of Mr. Clark's address
the taking of testimony was begun.
Dan Powell,' who fonnd the body of Mrs.
Pulitzer, related th incident and de
scribed the locality.
Other witnesHes told of the finding and
disposal of the body and Identified the
weight and strap which had been attached
Mr, Nelson, the 15-year-old brother of
the murdered woman. Identified a short
waist alleged to have been found In tho
trunk. James B. Lynrh, a policeman, tes
tified that raw a man assisted by the
bellboy of the house carry a trunk from
the Clarence apartment house and load It
Into a buggy at about t:30 o'clock of the
evening of September 18. The trunk looked
like the one In court.
James G. Moore, a youthful employe of
the livery stable In Hoboken, where tho
buggy was hired, Identified Young as tho
man who hired It at about 6 p. m. on Sep
tember 17. When the assistant district at
torney told Young to hold up his head,
that the witness might see him, Young took
no notice of the command and It was nec
essary for his lawyers to take him forcibly
by the chin and lift his head from the
There was no cross-examination and then
Moore was dismissed.
. Justice Kherrlck adjourne? eoturt until
PLAGUE STIRS 'FRISCO PUBLIC
Merchant Meet to I'rcre Joint Actlou
Taken by City, State and
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. . la view of the
declaration by the state boards of health
that bubonic plague existed In San Fran
cisco, the commercial organization of the
city have adopted resolution requesting
tbe governor and city officials to co-operate
with the United State purine hospital
The resolutions were adopted by a Joint
committee representing the California
State Board of Trade, the San Francisco
Board of Trade, the San Francisco Chamber
of Commerce, the Merchants' Association
of San Francisco, the Manufacturers' and
Producers' Association of California and
the California Promotion committee.
They recite the fact that but ninety
three cases have been reported by all
health authorities during thirty-five
months, and that the last case reported
was on December 11, 1902, and conclude as
Resolved, That this mere. Mile Joint com
mittee mrongly urges the governor of the
itate and the mayor and supervisors of
Ean Francisco to take sucn steps at once
as ehall secure a prompt co-operation of
the boards of health of the city and state,
under the supervision of the United States
marine hospital service, to the end that all
dunger from bubonic plague may be eradi
cated, that all fears of Infection may be
removed, that the confidence of the hoard
of health of other states and territories
may be restored and (hat no Injury, how
ever remote, may result to foreign and
Interstate commerce, ami to this end we
hereby pledge to the ofnVlais of the state
and city every aid and support of the vari
ous commercial bodies which we represent.
FIXES BLAME F0R WRECK
Tacson Jury Exonerate Southern Pu
clflo Train Crew, Holding
TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 6. One of the cor
oner' Juries, the 8culver Jury, today ren
dered a verdict In the matter of the South
ern Pacific wreck at Eamond. The Jury
completely exonerated Conductor Parker
and the train crew of No. 7, the weubound
passenger, and placed the responsibility
upon Operator Clough of Vails, who, they
say, received two orders to be delivered to
Conductor Parker of No. 7, but gave him
only one. Failure to receive the second
order resulted In the collision between the
District Attorney Dale said that no war
rant would be Issued for Clough' arrest a
far a be was concerned. In the first place,
his whereabouts were unknown and It waa
extremely doubtful If a convention could be
obtained If be were arrested and Indicted.
PURCHASE PROVES COSTLY
Man Who Bny Bankrupt Stork I
Baed for Good and Arrested
SPRINGFIELD, 111., Feb. . One sensa
tion folowed another In the Anna Gerstel
bankruptcy case from East St. Louis In the
federal court today. A writ of replevin
was Issued against John Ellmsn, who pur
chased the stock at the bankrupt sale, by
which Shaffer seeks to recover possession
of the stock for the creditors.
Ellman was next arrested on the charge
of assisting a bankrupt debtor to secrete
and do away with property with Intent to
defraud and embarrass the creditors. Ell
man was placed under $1,000 bonds, which
he furnished, to appear befort tbe commis
sioner on Tuesday.
A continuation of the Gerstel contempt
proceedibgs waa taken until Monday.
KANSAS SUPPORTS TREATIES
Legislature Inatruct Senator to
Vote for Caaal and Cubna
TOPEKA, Kan.. Feb. 6. A resolution In
structing the United States senators from
Kansas to vote for the Cuban reciprocity
treaty and the Colombian canal bill passed
both house today.
No oppoaltion to the motion was shown
lu cither house.
OMAHA DECLARES ITSELF
RepretentatiTe Meeting; Expresses Opinion
n Local Taxation of lailroads.
TAX SHIRKING METHODS ARE SHOWN UP
With Millions of Property They Arc
raying but a Moiety of the Taaea
of tbe City While Enjoy
ing It BeneSta.
Whereas. House roll 171 provides that
the same aaseasor who value other city
property fur city taxation should aleo
value railroad property within the city
f.-tr city taxes; and,
Whereas, Said bill. If passed, will not
reduce the state, county or school taxes
paid by t lie railroads anywhere In liny
county or sc hool district, or In any man
ner or form affect the same; and.
Whereas. Said railroads own more
than 20 per cent of the entire property
assessed In Omaha and pay less than 2
per cent ot the city taxes; therefore,
Resolved, That in the Interest of
equality of taxation, we urge the legis
lature to pass said Mil. and to paa a
like bill for every other city and vil
lage that muy desire the same.
What old and prominent cltlzona termed
cne of the most, If not tho most, repre
sentative and enthusiastic mass meetings
ever held in Omaha for the promotion of
any cause vitally affecting the welfare of
tha city was that eplendid gathering last
night In the council chambers of the city
hall, where the issue of railroad texatlon
was exhaustively and effectively dealt with.
The meeting was brought about through
the efforts of the Real Estate exchange,
and that organization exerted no effort in
vain. The audience included several hun
dred. It could not have been more repre
sentative had a committee been sent out
to select It except that the railroads,
through tbelr own volition, were not rep
resented. The capitalist, Uie laborer, tho merchant,
the manufacturer, the builder or con
tractor, the professional man In bis sev
eral capacities, the politician, the office
holder all were there and all had a voice
and used It. But the railroads, who arc
maintaining the only actual opposition to
the cause which this assemblage pro
moted, were absent. The result waa that
the sentiment of the meeting was unani
mous and pronounced for what was tersely
expressed by the rhalrman, T. J. Mahoney,
"equality before tbe law in the matter of
The meeting was simply a forcible dem
onstration of that determined movement on
Ihe part of the citizens of Omaha to abolish
the present method of taxing railroads In
Omaha for city purposes. This determina
tion has found expression In house roll 171,
Introduced In the present Nebraska legisla
ture by Repreeentatlve Ten Eyck of Doug
la county, providing for the repeal of that
clause In section 98 of the Omaha city char
ter which compels tho city to accept tho
mileage valuation of the state board in
stead of the fair cash value.
Show Taxpayer' Stand.
If the meeting was productive of but a
single result it was to show, beyond per
adventure, that the. taxpayer of this city
are overwhelmingly and unequivocally be
hind this bill. .The people of Omaha, there
fore, as wa conclusively shown -by thl
gathering, have grown tired of paying the
enormous taxes which the railroads should
pay, and demand that the law step In and
prohibit these financial giant from shirk
ing their Just burdens and transferring
.them to the shoulders of the weaker mem
bers of eoclety. Several members of the
legislature from Omaha and Douglas county
were present, and the one who spoke, Mr.
Ten Eyck, the Introducer of thl bill,
pledged the unanimous and unwavering
support of himself and every one of his
colleagues to the measure. The meeting
adopted informal rejolutlon in support of
the Ten Eyck bill.
The speakers of the evening were J. H.
Mcintosh, W. G. Ure, B. Rosewater, O. M.
Hitchcock, Herman Kountze, L. V. Guye.
! William S. Poppleton, Thomaa Kilpatrlck,
W. B. Ten Eyck and Rouert Smith.
Mcintosh State Question.
Mr. Mcintosh declared It was tbe best
meeting of the kind he had ever seen held
In Omaha during a residence of sixteen
"The question before us tonight," said
Mr. Mcintosh, "1. shall the railroads with
terminals In thl city have a special tri
bunal to fix their assessments, or shall
they go before the same tribunal that fixe
the assessments ot every other taxpayer
He answered hi own queation by de
claring: "All we ask I that the railroad face the
am tribunal that every other Omaha tax
payer faces- Equality before the law, then,
is our only plea."
As showing the falsity and absurdity ot
the value which the Union Pacific railroad
now gives for its Omaha terminals, Mr.
Mcintosh quoted from tbe testimony ot
former Chief Engineer Bogue of that com
pany In the maximum rate case, where
Mr. Bogue stated, under oath, that the
Union Pacific Omaha terminal then, in
1894, were worth not less than $10,000,000,
and if vacant could not be bought for
$16,000,000, which, incidentally, 1 half the
amount John N. Baldwin now says would
be required to reproduce tbe company'
entire system In Nebraska.
"If that property could not be bought
for $15,000,000 In 1894, what must be Its
value today, after these year of unparal
leled railroad prosperity T" asked Mr. Mc
intosh. What tbe Union Paclfle Pay.
"Your property," continued the speaker,
"worth $16,000,000 will be valued for that
amount for city taxes or any other taxea.
Is, then, the Union Pacific terminal prop
erty valued at $15,000,000? Oh, no, It Is
valued at the munificent sum of $67,(10.49.
And on this basis for 1903 it taxe for
city purposes will be $676.49, or less than
one-half the taxea of the Commercial bank
building and 27 per cent of the taxes of
Hayden Bros, store building. This $076. 49
is the total tax the Union Pacific pay on
It 400 acres and more ot land In tbe heart
of Omaba, equal to 192 city block, in
cluding all It terminal. It big, fine depot,
and In fact everything except It general
headquarter buildings and shops. It le
less than the annual salary of a single
policeman who stands at the entrance of
the Union Pacific' depot and protect and
guard It throngs of passengers.
"But the Burlington is no better. It Is
worse. If possible. In 1894 In this same
rat caae the Burlington official swore to
a terminal valuation In Omaha of 17,863,
142.30. If the present law i allowed to
stand the Burlington will thl year pay on
these million for city taxes in Omaha
Mr. Mcintosh then took up the claim of
the Union Pacific that it 1 distributing
throughout tba several countiea through
which It road paasea, for taxation, tb
amount of it terminal valuation, and de
nied it in toto. He emphatically main-
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CONDITION OF THE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska Fair Saturday.
Preceded hv Snow In Southeast Portion;
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INTERPRET HASCALL MEASURE
Member of Hoard of Public Work
Have Some Difficulty In
W'hen the members of the Board of Pub
lic Works met yesterday afternoon It vaa
found that there was but one Item of busi
ness to be considered, but tbat proved to
bo a highly perplexing problem. Tbia was
the Haacall resolution adopted at the last
meeting or the city council requiring the
heads of all city drpartraenta to secure Ihe
approval of the city council before incur
ring any obligation or doing any act that
will entail tho expenditure of money. The
difficulty arose In the Interpretation of thl
resolution, tho text of. which is aa follows:
That the varlops department of the city
government be and they l ivbv are ctirecle'j
not to Incur any obligation or ui any act
that will reiulie the fxpitullttire of money
without first having the approval ot the
city council authorlzlnn any him li act.
That the heads of tuch depart mer ' sub
mit to this council the names of the eni
ployeH now fin the payrolls of the respec
tive 'teiartmrnts. the wafci-a of rath and
the duties iertoiin'il and the lecesslty lor
their t mjlo;, ment.
Tbe latter clause of the resolution waa
perfectly plain to all of tbe members and
there was no question as to its meaning,
but the intent of the first part was somewhat
puzzling. City Engineer Rosewater was In
clined to believe that a strict Interpreta
tion of tbat provision would necessitate
the discharge ot all of the employes of tho
different departments under tbe supervi
sion of the board, and, for that matter,
those of the other departments, for there
could be no question but that the em
ployment ot men entailed the expenditure
of money. The other members were not
inclined to take this view of the purpose
of the resolution and thought that while
the city council might, after ascertaining
the number and salaries of employca In
the varloua department, take steps to
bring about the reduction of city pay rolls,
it wa intended that things should con
tinue as they were for the present.
By vote it was determined that It was
the senae of tho board that .he resolution
did not necessitate tbe discharge of any
men now in the employ of the varloua de
partment under the direction of the Board
of Publio Works. The Hat of employes and
tbclr salaries ia now being prepared for
COLUMBIA ALUMNI ORGANIZE
Association of Graduate In Nebraska
I formed and m Set of
At a meeting-at the Omaha club last
night an organization wa effected of an
alumni association ot Columbia university
graduates In Nebraska with an enrolled
membership of fourteen. The purpose Is
to promote good fellowship among the
graduates of the institution, and to keep
In harmonious touch with the university
work. ' For officers Victor Rosewater of
Omaha was chosen president, Stephen L.
Gclsthardt of Lincoln vice president and
Dr. W. F. Mllroy of Omaha secretary and
treasurer, constituting also the executive
AIMS BLOW AT BUCKET SHOPS
Kev York Produce Ktchsnae Seek to
Oust All Member Mlxlna; with
. Outside Broker.
NEW YORK. Feb. 6. The managers of
the Produce exchange have aimed a blow at
bucket shops by framing a caat Iron amend
ment ment to the by-laws, which will bo
voted on at a public meeting on Febru
The proposed amendment provide for
the expulsion of any member o the ex
change wbo is Interested in or associated
In business with, or who shall act as the
representative of, or who shall knowingly
execute any order for the account of any
firm or individual engaged in a bucket shop
LONG ALMOST OUT OF DANGER
Doctors Think I.ate Naval Secretary
Will Certainly Becover Full
BOSTON, Feb. 6 Former Secretary of
the Navy John D. Long continues to Im
prove and the hospital authorities today
said they had good reason to expect a com
It was atd by one of the physician In
attendance .tonight that while there was
always danger In such a case and the sick
ness mlgbt be i long one, It an unfavorable
termination were to come it would be
looked for before now.
SLAYS CHILD WITh""hAMMER
Supposedly Mad New Torker Kill
Daughter Wbo Threatens to
Leave II 1m.
BUFFALO, N. T., Feb. 8. Lewi Kasa
was arrested today for the murder of hi
daughter by beating her brains out with a
hammer. After committing th crime Kase
ays be went to bed.
To tbo police he made a confession and
added that he was not sorry, as hi daugh
ter Intended leaving him. Hia wife la In
an Insane asylum and It 1 believed that
Kase himself 1 Insan.
TWO HANGEDj IN MISSOURI
Jrarro and White Maa Expiate Crime
Together at Poplar
CAIRO. 111., Feb. 6.-Stev Clark, white,
and Will Gattlln, colored, were banged to
day at Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Clark was hanged for the murder of hi
betrothed in June, 1901. Gattllh killed a
negro In September, 1901.
Movements of Ocean Vessel Feh. O.
At Liverpool Sailed Bovlc, for New
At Queenstown Sailed Merlon, for Bos
ton. At Copenhagen Sailed Hecla, for New
At Movllle Hailed Corinthian, for Hall
fax and St. John. N. B.
At Crook Haven Passed Ktrurla, from
Nw York, for guccnatown and Liverpool.
DELAYS THE TAX BILL
Kanjas Measure Frovei a Difficult FropoeU
tion to Work Oyer.
EASIER TO CONSTRUCT ENTIRE NEW LAW
Document is Verbose and Need Any
Amount ef Trimming.
COMMITTEE MAY NOT REPORT ON MONDAY
If Not Legislature Will Be' Asked to TAe
Half Day Recess.
BEFOGGING OMAHA ASSESSMENT ISSUE
Some Members ot Legislature Hoa.
estly Seeklna; for Mailt oa the
Subject and One of Them
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Feb. 6. , Special Telegram.)
Tho revenue committee haa spent another
day and half a night In discussing the re
ports of tho subcommittees, but haa de
cided nothing definitely. At least that wa
the announcement of Chairman Brown. The
committee is having trcuble with tha Kan
sas law and this Is occasioning the loss of
'Had I written the sections myself,"
ald a member, "we would have been fur
ther along. The Kansas bill Is too bulky
and In every section twice a many words
are used as are necessary. It haa hin
dered us to a great extent because wa
have to trim It up as much aa we would
tbo Nebraska law."
The committee la now announcing that It
Is a question if the bill will be completed
by Monday. "It Is very likely that It will
not," said a member, "and may not be
ready by Tueaday." Should It not be com
pleted the committee will ask for half-day
adjournments until It Is ready to report.
Tho railroad lobby Is evidently satisfied
and Is taking a rest todav. John N. Bald
win is in Council Rluffs and Lee Spratlln
Intenda going to Omaha in the morning.
Though Mr. Baldwin la away, ho Is still
In telephone communication with bis head
quarters here and report were sent blm
tonight by his chief lieutenant.
Though some of tbe committee desired a
vacation tomorrow. Chairman Brown an
nounced that a full day would be put In.
Itnllrnad May fhow Hand.
The reason of the attitude of the rail
roads on the adjournment question will
likely be apparent when the legislature re
convenes next week to consider the revenue
bill now being prepared by a committee.
In tho meantime the aeed sown by Johu
N. Baldwin ia bearing fruit and there are
still members of the legislature who are
befogged by reason of Baldwin's argument
that to tax railroad terminal for city
purpose would be to return to tbe log
choolhouse, a two months' term and to
bankrupt the state generally. Thl wa
demonstrated by a representative last night
who asked for enlightenment from an ad
vocate ot a just taxation., .
Said the representative"!" "1 'am for my '
home county on thl tax question and tar
constituent expect roe to be tor them. Now
what I want to know, and I want an hon
est opinion, will It take from our tax col
lection If we tax railroad terminal tor
The advocate answered thl way: "I pay
state, county and municipal taxe. You
pay no municipal tax. Now If you come to
Omaha and purchaae property you will pay
tate and county taxe Just tbe same aa
now, and in addition you will be compelled
to pay city taxes. Now, tt1U that amount
of city taxea you pay reduce the amount
of taxea collected in your county or town?
The representative thought not.
"Now, then, if a railroad company come
to Omaha and purchases property why
should It not pay city taxes the sam a
Mhat the Hallroad Ret.
In telling of the favor asked of the city
by the railroads and granted to tbem by
the city, the advocate of just taxation inci
dentally called attention to ti fact that
out ot the very small police force which
the city of Omaha had this winter owing
to tha lack of funds or too much politics,
the Union Pacific railroad used fourteen of
these men around its shopyards, the duty
of these officers being solely to protect the
railroad property and to act aa a body
guard for tho strike breaker wbo were Im
ported Into the city by tbe railroad com
pany to take the place of the tax-paying
strikers. "And when these fourteen men
were at these gates," said the advocate,
"the Omaha police force, part of the time,
numbered thirty-two men. Thl I only aa
Instance of what tbo city of Omaha ha
done and Is doing for tbe small amount In
taxes which the Union Pacific pay to the
city. Think of it. Nearly tbe whole city
of Omaha was without police protection
simply because the Union Paciflo Railroad
company used almost htc? of the force dur
ing the greater part of the winter for It
own protection. Not fMy that, but th
company watched the fjollco officer Ilk
hawks. Several were, discharged because
the company learned that they had been
absent from their post given them by th
company for a tew minute. Thl I Just
an example of what the railroad take and
what they glvo In return."
Senator O'Neill, recently In speaking of
the bill to tax railroad terminal la th
cities, said the Lancaster delegation was
In favor of the bill and would stand by it."
Senator Warner I among the number
who bav returned to the capital after a
few day outing. The senator Is on the
special committee to Investigate the differ
ence in rat charged by the Nebraska Tel
ephone company In the various cltle of
tb state. Mr. Warner said his committee
was just now getting down to work and
would ask for more time when tbe legisla
ture reconvenes. "We are going to get tha
fact In tbe case," h said, "and return an
Impartial, fair statement of tba condition
of thing we find them. So tar w bav
dona nothing except to line out a plan to
Employe Make Esplanatloa.
Tha employe of tbe enata who bav
been coming back to Lincoln In bunches
since Senator Saunders ralaed such com
motion about their abaenre, tak lu with
tbe senator and say It Is not their fault
that the senate adjourned; that It was not
their fault that they wen given permission
to go to their homes while the revenue
committee wa doing it work. "W were
given permission to go home by the vari
ous committee for which w work," said
one of the employe, who alnc the Saun
ders outburst ha been her doing nothing
except to get acquainted with th wall of
tba senate chamber, "and It Ill-became
senator to raise a row and fuss at all of
us, Juat because he couldn't get a certain
bill when ha wanted It. I understand sine
tb secretary baa returned tbat no mention
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