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The Omaha Daily Bee.
IISTAHLISIIKI) JUNE 10, 1871.
OMAHA, SATURDAY MOUSING, FEIIKUAHY 11, 1003 TWELVE PAGES.
Ml NO LB COl'V TIIliEi: CENTS.
ELR1NS BILL PASSES
House Adopts Jienure Which Hal Already
Been Pawd by the Senate.
NO AMENDMENTS AR: PERMITTED A1 ALL
Democrats Frotost, Wishing to Strengthen
Man; Provisions of Measure.
ANNOUNCE END OF ANTI-TRUST PROGRAM
Eepnblican Leaden Say Ho Mere Curb
Will Be Placed on Oombinei
COCHRAN DUBS HEPBURN DELIBERATE LIAR
Missouri Representative Objects to
low Maa's Statement In tapir
llameatary Remark, Which
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. Under tho
operation of a special order which cut of!
opportunity to offer amendments, ih bouse
after ao hour'a debate today passed the El
klm bill to prohibit rebates to shipper.
The vote stood 241 to 6, all those -tho
voted against being democrats. Mr. Llt
tlefleld (Me.) was present, but did not rote
on either the rule or the bill.
The democrats protested against the
rigorous terms of the rule. It bad been
their purpoae, they said, to offer the pro
visions of the LItttefleld bill as an amend
ment. Mr. Dalzell (Pa.), Mr. Overstreet
(Ind.) and Mr. Hepburn (la.) practically
announced that with the psiagt of the
Bikini bill the anti-trust Irglnlatlon for
thla aesslon of congress would be com
During the debate Mr. Cochran (Mo.)
characterized one of Mr. Hepburn's state
ments as a "deliberate He," but, contrary
to the usual custom, this strong langungo
had no sequel.
The remainder of the session was ilevoted
to the sundry civil appropriation bill, which
was practically completed.
Hall Supports Bill.
On the Elklns bill being called Mr. Hull
(la.) said no ons bill was perfect, but th.i
measure before them was a step In the
direction of the regulation of trusts.
Mr. Llttlefleld (Me.), who was In charge
of the bill,' declined to yield to him. fin,
however, got a minute from Mr. Rlchnrl
aon (Tenn.). In that minute be called at
tentlon to the word "wilful" before "fail
ure" In the provision Imposing penalties
for tbe "wilful" failure of carrUrs to
publish and observe rates. He said the
word ought to come out and that Senator
Elklns, tbe author of the bill, agreed with
Mr. Cannon (111.) replied that If that
were the case Senator Elklns could nlr bis
views In the senate.
"He is a very considerable senator," sitd
he, "but I never beard that he was a great
Mr. Da Armond (Mo.) denied emphatic
ally that the country waa demanding .the
enactment of the Elklns bill. "It will do no
Coed," . aaJsV.Ie,,t!V.th' people- foremost
In urging It know that. That la 'the reason
thny urge It."
There was nothing In the bill, he said,
that waa not on the statute booka, except
the clauses repealing existing penslty pro
visions of law. To repeal those penalties
waa the real purpose. The bill waa an at
tempt to "bunco" the people and to pre
vent the offering of amendments the ma
jority dare not vote against. It was a
mere "demagogic play" to stifle legisla
tion. Mr. Overstreet (Ind.) pointed out that
the majority had set out to place upon
the statute booka provisions to expedite
cases, to secure publicity of the corpora
tions' methods of doing business and to
prevent discrimination. and rebatea by
railroads. Provisions covering all these
I subjects had passed the house and two had
passed the senate.
Cochran Calls Measure Bra sea Shame.
Mr. Cochran (Mo.) characterized the bill
aa a "bra-en and shameless" Imposition
upon tbe credulity of the people. His ar
gument waa chiefly directed against the
provisions of existing law, making officers
and agents of ratlroada guilty of discrimi
nation punishable by fine and Imprisonment
Mr. Shackleford (Mo.) denounced the
course cf the majority In refusing to permit
the Llttlefleld bill aa an amendment.
Mr. Hepburn called attention to the fact
.K. Ik. A a m n.rali AnimimA ttim Kill hut
later on they would all vote for It.
In the three bills which were to become
law, apeaklng of the entire program for
trust regulation, he believed congress bad
truck the "happy medium," Imposing the
leaat Injury to the individual and the most
good to the public.
Tbe democrats bad voted for a proposl
tlon under wulch It would have been poa
alble to fine the Pennsylvania railroad $8,
000,000 for a elngle act. They would, he
aid, atop at nothing labelled "anti-trust.
Then, while explaining the provisions of
the bill, he added: "I aay there la no repeal
from first to last In all this legislation.
Mr. Cochran sought to Interrupt him.
I prefer not to yield," said Mr. Hep
burn. Mr, Cochran The gentleman ought not to
refer to the 'gentleman from Missouri' If
be does not want to yield.
Mr. Hepburn I ought to refer to the gen
tleman at any time when he deliberately
mlsstatea a proposition.
Mr. Cochran I brand that as a delib
erate lie. I did not deliberately misstate
Mr. Hepburn Then Ignorantly. Tbe gen
tleman can take either proportion. I say
there is no repeal of the present statute
making culpable and responsible criminally
the individual under tbe interstate com
The vote was then taken, and resulted
141 to In its favor.
Those voting In the negative were
Messrs. Cochran and De Armond (Mo).
Olaaa (W. Va), Hooker (Miss), Klutx
(N. C.) and Neville (Neb ).
On resumption of consideration of tbe
civil sundry Mil an amendment waa adopted
to appropriate $10,000 for additional Und
for tbe alts or tne government ssnltarium
ttr disabled volunteer soldiers at Hct
Springs, 8. D.
Without completing the bill, the commit
tee rose and at 5:44 p. m. the house ad
journed. BOOTH PRAYS IN THE SENATE
Chamber Is Crowded aad Galleries
Filled to Hoar tho Salvation
WASHINGTON. Feb. II The senate a as
crowded today ss It has not been since the
opening of the session.
Nearly all tbe senators were on the floor
j,Ca&U&iu4 Ob Sasoal Fa-)
GERMANY NOTTO BUY SHIPS
Ilecltlea thai War Vessels Belna; Bnllt
for Araentlne nnd Chile
Cannot He 1 aed.
BERL). J. The German Navy de
partment, a, ff,.- idorlng the proposal
that Germany p O' e four battleships
being constructed -lne and Chile
In England and Italy,'v Med not to
do so for two reasons.
First, because the govern, t la not
willing. In view of the stste of the Im
perial finances, to ask the Reichstag for
the $17,500,000 required; second, because
the general staff of the navy doee not wish
to Incorporate Into the German navy guns
of different caliber, turret machinery and
other essential features nf war ehlps which
are not similar to those on German-built
It Is also pointed out that the present
homeogeneity of the navy would be Im
paired were the four war 1 ships to be
acquired by Germany, as the gunners can
now be changed from ship to ship without
the lose of their efficiency. But If the four
foreign-built vessels were taken over, with
their armaments and separate stocks of
ammunition, differently drilled crews would
It la also asserted that the construction
of all four of the ships is so far advanced
that the German constructors would bo
unable to change the plans.
The ansaldo of Genoa has Informed the
naval authorities here that the second of
the Argentine battleships building there
will be launched next week.
BOERS PARADE REBEL BADGES
Flaunt Insignia of Beatea States
When Chamberlain Cornea to
CAPETOWN, Feb. 13. Mr. Chamberlain
today reached Graafl-Relnet, altuatcd In a
wholly Dutch district, which was the oen
ter of operations during the war. A hos
tile reception had been planned, but at
the last moment the Intention waa aban
doned, though be waa far from cordially
The Dutchmen held sullenly aloof from
the receptions. Many of them paraded
rebel badges. The members of tbe British
colony and tbe British traders cal'.ad on
Mr. Chamberlain and complained of boy
cotting at the hands of the Dutch and the
general system of oppression and intimida
tion which was alao extended to the natives
because of the assistance they rendered to
the British during the war.
Afterward receiving an Afrikander depu
tation, Mr. Chamberlain made a long
speech, in the course of which he rebuked
the Dutchmen in strong terms for their
attitude and frankly warned them that It
waa Inconsistent with tbe enjoyment of tho
privileges of British administration. If
they wished to preserve their liberties, he
aald, they must not allow liberty to de
generate into license.
BURIES BODY OF HIS NURSE
Pope Has Remains Interred with
Great Solemnity In An
cestral Vault, ,
(Copyright. 1903, by Preaa Publishing Co.)
ROME. Feb. 13. (New Tork World Ca
blegram Special Telegram.) The pope baa
had the body of his childhood nurse, Anna
Morlnl. who was burned to death In her
101st year, burled with great solemnity, at
his expense, in the ancestral vault of his
mother's family at Corl. He will compose
a Latin epitaph to be placed on the tomb,
The aged woman, still bale and hearty,
waa dosing before a large Ore at her borne
January 27, when her clothing became Ig
nited and she so severely burned that she
died aoon afterward In great agony. When
the pope heard of It be wept. The pontiff
waa very fond of his childhood nurse and
delighted to hear her talk about old times.
At leaat once every year ahe woufd Journey
to Rome from her home In the mountain
village of Corl, where the family of the
pope'a mother came from, to visit him at
MORGAN'S NAME IS FORGED
Warraat Isaaes for Italian Coant
Whs Purehused Art Treasures
(Copyright, .1903, by Press Publishing Co.)
LONDON. Feb. 13. (New Tork World
Cablegram Special Telegram.) A warrant
has been Issued for the arrest of Count
Maurice De Roadarl in connection with the
The count haa had many dealings with
Mr. Morgan I J respect to the purcbaae of
pictures, negotiating for him In several Im
portant transactions. Mr. Morgan, It ap.
pears, pa' s for art purchases only at stated
periods, and It ia alleged the count was
able to obtain acceptance in clrclea where
thla waa known for bills to which he had
forger. Mr. Morgan's name, repreaentlng
that the bills were for purcbasea mads by
him for Mr. Morgan.
Tbo count, who la aald to be a member
of a distinguished Italian family, came to
London several years ago under high social
patronage, and established a reputation aa
an art connoisseur.
BOLIVIA AGREES TO TERMS
Accepts the Cltlmatam of Braall Vn
eoadltlonally. Though I a
LA PAZ. Bolivia, Feb. 13. The Bolivian
government yesterdsy afternoon delivered
lta reply to the ultimatum presented by tbe
Brazilian minister, Senor Santoa Lisbo.
Bolivia accepta unconditionally, but under
protest, all the Brazilian demands.
The Bolivian expedition commanded by
General Pando, the president, will not cross
latitude 10 degrees. 20 minutes, the south-
ern boundary of the contested territory.
Therefore, it la most Improbable that any
collision between the Brazilian and Bo-
llvlan forces will occur.
It la generally supposed here that the
Acre revolutionists will surrender their
arms to the Brszlllsn troops Immediately.
French Minister la Ecuador.
GAUYAQl'IL, Ecuador, Feb. 13. Frederic
Mercler, the. new minister of France to
Ecuador, haa arrived here. Miguel Val-
i verde, secretary of the Interior, has been
appointed secretary of foreign affaire. He
will retain charge of the Interior depart
ment. Colonel Paul Clement, a French
man, formerly military instructor of the
Peruvisn army, after a short visit, left
here this morning for San Francisco on
the Mosmes liner Theben. The yellow.
fever epidemic la diminishing.
Pope Appoints Martlarlll.
ROMS, Feb. 13 The pope has appointed
Cardinal Msrtlnelll to be a member of the
CoAcrsaaUoa ot JUiaa.
DIETRICH ON PL1LIPP1XES
Pcinti Out Advisability of Indirect Protec
tion for Their Prodrca.
COULD FURNISH UNITED STATES COFFEE
If Dnty Waa riarel on Proline of
Other Countries Industries la
Dependencies Would Be
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (Special Tele
gram.) Senator Dietrich today mad an
extended address In the senate on the Phil
ippine Islands, which attracted a great deal
of attention and much favorable comment.
While he was not speaking to any particu
lar bill, the time seemed opportune to de
liver a speech which the senator has been
working on for some time. Having made
a close study of the Philippines during hie
visit there, Senator Dietrich told In an
exceedingly Interesting way thlnga which
moat Impressed him on hla tour of the
islands. In the course of his speech the
"I am advocating the Inauguration of a
policy for the protection and development
of the Interests and Industries of tbe Phil
ippine Islands, more especially those which
do not, and cannot, compete with the In
dustries of the United States. We are Im
porting annually between $150,000,000 and
$200,000,000 of duty free products which
could be supplied by the Philippine islands,
and I contend that it Is unfair, unbusiness
like and unpatriotic to admit without duty
from other countries products which could
be grown or manufactured In our own pos
sessions. In 1870 the duty on coffee, which
was 6 cents a pound, waa reduced to 2 centa
and two years later It was taken off en
tirely, and at the same time Braxll Imposed
taxes upon Its coffee which amounted prac
tically to the duty which we had taken off.
It Is not astonishing that In two years of
free coffee the United States has lost In
revenues on Brazilian coffee alono the
enormous amount of $304,869,852, and that
the Brazilian treasury was made richer by
practically the same amount.
"We should protect the interests and In
dustries of tbe Philippine Islands by plan
ing a duty on competing foreign products
which are now on the free list."
The senator called attention to the fact
that during the thirty-one yeara since the
removal of the duty on coffee the United
Statea bought products from Braxll aggre
gating $1,611,688,716, while Brazil pur
chased from tho United States products
aggregating only $283,421,646, making a bal
ance of trade against the United States of
$1,328,167,670. In other words, Brazil's
purchases from the United Statea were
less than 18 per cent of the United
States' purchaaea from Brazil.
Bill to Help Flandrrsa Indiana.
Senator Kittredge today introduced an
amendment which he will endeavor to at
tach to the Indian appropriation bill when
that measure comes up in the senate, au
thorizing the secretary of the Interior to
pay to the Sioux Indians residing at Flan-
dreau, S. D., their share In the principal
permanent fanJ appropriated and placed
In tbe treasury to the. credit of the Sioux
The bill authorizing the construction' cf
a bridge across the Missouri river betwedd
Chamberlain, Brule county, and Lyman
county. South Dakota, haa passed both
branchea of congress and waa today sent
to the president for approval.
Benatora Millard, Kittredge and Turner
were today appointed a subcommittee of
the committee on tnteroceanic canala to
Investigate and report upon the various
quarters, which have been offered to the
government as headquarters for the Isth
mian Canal commission. The subcommit
tee is alao empowered to auggeat a salary
tor each canal commissioner. The sub
committee will hold its first meeting to
morrow and render lta report to the full
committee, probably within the week.
Robert O. Young of Omaha la -In Waah
lngton. It seems, according to Mr. Young,
them are wolvea in Nebraska, aa well as
elsewhere, but It Is the four-footed beaata
that are causing trouble In the Antelope
atate. "Bounty laws," said Mr. Young,
"have heretofore appeared Insufficient to
cause the extermination of wolvea and
coyotes, although In the last two ysars
bountlea have been paid on 44,000 wolvea in
Nebraska and Wyoming. Tb. question of
bounties la now before the legislature of
both atatea, and In the meantime the
wolvea and coyotes are committing great
depredations among the ranchea.
Miss Gertrude Dietrich, daughter of Sen
ator Dietrich, arrived tn Washington to
day from Bryn Mawr. Miss Dietrich la
the guest tonight at a musicals at the
Routine of Departments.
The Postofflce department today ordered
tbe establishment on April 1 next of atation
No. 6, to be located at 1801 Washington
street, of the Davenport, la., postofflce.
Adam H. Glnsbach of Sioux Fills, S. D
was today appointed a fireman In tbe In
These Iowa rural free delivery letter
carriers were appointed today:
Curlew Regular, William, A. Sterner;
substitute, O. E. Sterner. Cooper Regular,
Harvey E. Van Horn; substitute, John W,
Baker. Cylinder Regulars, Theodore De
Mouth, John E. Wells; substitutes, Lu
clnda De Mouth, Josephine Wells. Dayton
Regular, L. A. Sonqulst; substitute. May
Sonqulst. Dow City Regulara, John B.
Thomson, Walter L. Swatman; substitutes,
Peter H. Thomson, E. R. Brake. Coon
Rapids Regulars, August Anderson, James
R. Jones; substitutes, Carl O. Anderson,
Arthur Grshara. Gllmore City Regular,
Luther L. Sharp; substitute. Lulu Smith.
COTTON MARKET IS HIGHER
Srnaatlonal Advance In the Price
Occurs on the Sew Orleans
NEW yoRK, Feb. 13.-On sensationally
roBg cables. the cotton market opened
! flrn at . ,dvance of to u polnti. The
j .dvBnce D,re was in the face of lesa favor-
I ,M1 ..- from Kall Rlv.r .t.,1
by dissatisfaction on tbe part of employee.
For fifteen minutes after tbe opening
hers prices acsreely varied more than a
couple of points, but foreign transactions
i ere upon an enormous scale, with the
j New England bull syndicate reported to be
unloading rapidly and shorts covering
Enormous blocks changed hands during
the forenoon, among tbe aales being one of
20.000 bales of May, said to have been
sold for the New Englsnd syndicate.
Forced covering waa an active feature all
Adrlcea from New Orleana showed that
the greatest excitement and activity pre
vailed at tbe aouthern center, with prices
at the opening 13 to 23 points higher, or 64
points greater than at New York.
At noon the market was firm, with bull
leaders again buying for a further riaa.
Noon bide war net 14 to 13 points higher.
BOULDER DERAILS TRAIN
Three Men Are Boiled by Kacaplaa
leant la Wreck oa Balti
more A phln.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 'J 3. In a wreck at
Vienna station, on tb, Baltimore A Ohio
about fourteen miles west of Wsshlngton.
today three men were killed, one train was
piled In a confused mass on the track,
which were torn up for several yards, and
all traffic both vast and west vis blocked.
An uastbound freight train struck a
large boulder lying on the track In the
cut Just west of Vienna station. '
GEORGE COWAN, engineer ot the train:
scalded to death; single, snd llvel at
H. A. BELL, fireman, aged 26; tcalded
and burned; was single and lived at Mill
JAME8 WRIGHT, brakeman, aged 34;
scalded and Injured Internajly ; was Single
and lived at Chicago.
The eastbound through freight waa going
toward Pittsburg at a high rate of speed.
Just west of Vienna la a deep, short cut,
approached by a sharp curve. The soil
above the tracks had loosened by recent
rains and a few momenta before the train
arrived a mountain slide occu.red.
The engine was thrown high In the air
and alighted on its side, pinning the three
unfortunate men under , It, where the es
caping steam literally ecalded them to
leath. Ten cars immediately behind the
engine were derailed and piled In a pro
The trainmen who escaped were power
less to rescue their comrades and had to
go to Claysvllle for asalstance.
JURY HAS FIRST GHOUL CASE
Verdict la TSot Yet Reached. Though
Deliberation F.xtenda Over
INDIANAPOLIS. Ind., Feb. IS. The case
of Dr. D. C. Alexander, on trial In the
criminal court on the charge of complicity
in grave robbing, waa aubmltted for con
sideration of the Jury this forenoon.
The Jurors received their instructions
from Acting Judge Bailey and retired about
10 o'clock. Judge Balley'a instructiona cov
ered about ten typewritten pages, ind it
required over an hour to read them to the
The Jury went to bed at midnight after
being out fourteen hours. No verdict waa
At 9 tonight Juror White waa attacked
with heart failure and a doctor waa hastily
summoned. The doctor soon revived Mr.
White, and on hla advice the juror was
put to bed.
The doctor said the attack waa during
a heated discussion of the verdict.
A sheriff and two deputies accompanied
Dr. Alexander home from the court room
An excited young man tn the corridors
of the court house, whose family had suf
fered by tbe depredations of the ghouls.
declared that Alexander would receive a
bullet in the head If the jury acquitted
him. The sheriff refuse to give the nsme
of the ,young man, ' who is under surveil
lance. ' I -
IOWA GETS RHODES BEQUEST
Hawkeye and Seven Other Statea Mar
Read Scholar to Oxford
CHICAGO, Feb. 13. Eight American
atudenta, representing aa many central
statea, will be able to go to Oxford Uni
versity next year on Cecil Rhodes' scholar
ships, according to provisions made today
at the convention at the University of Chi
cago. One or more from each will go the year
following and thereafter two will go from
each atate during every three yeara. Each
student will have $4,500 for three yeara at
The eight atatea, all ot which were rep
resented in tbe convention today, are
Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio,
Kentucky, West Virginia and Wlaconain.
Dr. G. B. Parkin met the university and
college presidents today and aa repreaenta
tlve of tbe Rhodea will trustees, author
ized them to make the detailed provlaion.
It waa decided that each acholar must have
legal reeidente In the atate from which he
la appointed, and that a atandlng, aelf-per-
fpetuating committee In each atate ahall
conduct the annual examination and make
appointments on tbo basis of these tests.
These examinations are to be open' to all
atudenta from the particular state, whether
they have attended college tn other atatea
RECEIVER IS IN CHARGE
First National Bank of Aabury Park,
Kew Jersey, Closed by tho
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. The First
National bank of Aabury Park, N. J., was
closed today by direction of the comptroller
of the currency, and National Bank Ex
aminer J. W. Scnofleld waa placed in charge
aa receiver. j
The bank waa closed becauae of losses
which absorbed the surplus and undivided
profits and securities and impaired the
Tbe bank's asseta are of auch a character
that additional losses, it waa feared, would
have been austalned which would wipe out
the remainder of the capital.
ASBURY PARK, N. J. Feb. 13. Tho
Monmouth Trust and Sad' Deposit company,
which had offices in the building occupied
by tbe First National bank, closed Its doors
today. The officials of 'he trust company
said that thla was done to prevent a run
on their Institution and that It waa done
at their own volition.
They ssld they wojld reopen aa aoon aa
possible, perhaps on Monday or Tuesday
next, and that the institution was in good
shape. Excitement here is Intense snd
crowds surround both institutions. The
closing of the trust company caused the
greatest alarm, aa the savings of the poor
classes ars deposited there.
POLICE RAID POOL ROOM
Jack Me Aa I life, Foricer Llvhtwelstbt
Champion Puaillil, Accused of
Hunnlnv; tiainioiz Joint,
NEW YORK. Feb. 13 "Jack" McAuliffe.
the light-weight ex-chainplon pugilist, was
arrested todsy in a raid on an alleged pool
room at Thirtieth street and Sixth avenue.
McAuliffe ia charged with being tbe pro
prietor of the place.
The raid waa made by Police Captain
Milea O'Reilly and six of his men, who
went to tbe building armed with crowbars
and aaws. They gained admittance with-,
out resistance and placed McAuliffe and
sight others under arrest.
PLA1S A CLAUDE 1IELX0TTE
Tonus: Man from Toledo Does Rash in;
Bminen in Dreami,
Vt'OOS AND WEDS AN OMAHA MAIDEN
Hla Fortune, Palace and Title Prove
Figments of Ills Brain and He
Is Stir In Disgrace aad
Hugh F. Melsner arrived In Omaha two
weeks ago from Toledo, O., and atnee haa
left behind hi in a multi-colored wake such
as would do credit to a coal baron. His
brief but thrilling history here Is founded
upon his claims that he is an heir to his
father's estate in the Ohlo'clty aggregating
$0.000. Thla claim had the effects of wlu
ning him a wife after a two weeks' rourt
ship, of duping the police department into
making a fruitless but extensive search,
lasting nearly a week for his mythical be
longings; securing $150 from a friend and
sending him upon a "holy grail" errand In
the attempt to locate hla wealth; and sev
eral merchants are now holding enormous
consignments of goods which he had In
spected and promised to purchase. This
man of the mammoth Inheritance ia now
an immaculately dressed and debonair pris
oner In the city Jail and occupies cell No.
10, where he la being held on a charge ot
securing money under false pretenses pre
ferred Friday by O. M. Cooley, wno be
friended him and was duped.
Upon his arrival In Omaha Melsner at
once began tbe flaunting of his wealthy
visions. Hla dreams of wealth were be
lieved by those (o whom he told them, and
he waa immediately shown every courtesy
one of hla position and financial standing
could possibly command. A stylish young
man of 2J yeara, the possessor of such an
estate, good looking and of flno address and
manners, made him sn object ot admira
tion among those whose hospitality he en
Joyed. Won a Wife at Once.
Hsvlng paved the way for his entrance
into a brilliant future, he began paying
homage at -the shrine of Cupid and courted
Mlsa Isabella Nichols, 2533 Blondo street.
To her be told of his fabulous wealth, tne
life of ease and luxury that should be hers
and the mansion wulch should be built to
suit her every desire and whim; where she
should roll in wealth.
Miss Nichols, the daughter of J. Nichols,
a record clerk in the Union Pacific offices,
had chanced to make Melsner'a acquaint
ance two yeara ago while at the home of a
neighbor where he posed aa a trained
nurse, while pursuing . mythical medical
courses In the colleges of the east. From
this meeting an attachment sprung. He left
the city last winter, and she did not hear
from him until two weeka ago, when he
again returned. His "dreams" lured her
and while be wooed, he won. She left her
position aa clerk In Hayden Bros.' store
at hla auggestton and on Wednesday, Feb
ruary 4, they croased the river and were '
married by Rev. John Aitchlson of the
Council Bluffs Baptlat church, In the pres
ence of the pastor'a wife and O. M. Cooley,
with whom Melsner waa making hla tem
Worked Ills Friend.
Meanwhile Meslnar had played hla role
with unerring accuracy. He called daily
at Cooley'a offices In the New York Life
building and told in detail of his wealth.
In the First National bank of Omaha there
waa on deposit $5,000 In caah, he aald, while
In Toledo $50,000 In negotiable securities,
caah and gema was to be found 'In the safety
deposit vault of the First National bank,
the balance of hla Inheritance, $25,000, be
ing in real estate there. Confident that
Melsner waa a man of truth and veracity,
Cooley quickly accommodated hla demand
for $150 until Meisner'8 weekly allowance
of $500 would arrive. Melsner'a request
that Cooley go to Toledo and return with
bia wealth, which he should Invest here,
waa quickly accepted. Cooler waa armed
with a power of attorney given' him by
the "man of money."
Before leaving Omaha Cooley waa In
formed by Melsner that he should tele
graph Jamea P. Brown of Toledo, the ad
ministrator. A message directing him to
meet Cooley In Chicago at the Auditorium
hotel brought the reply that "Mr. Brown
had gone south." Cooley, neelng the profits
to be realized upon the investment of the
caaji in Omaha real estate and fully aatla
fled, departed, rot Investigating the de
posit in the Omaha bank,' aa be haC aeen
big bank rolls in Melsner'a possession.
Melsner'a representations In the Cooley
household during the absence of the head
of the houae were mystifying, most allur
ing, and aoon made hla stock riaa far above
par. .The absence cf the elaborate and val
uable wardrobe which he claimed to pos
sess led him to turn his attention to the
police department. He called at the ata
tion lsst Monday morning and reported
that two of his trunks, one containing
$1,500 worth ot Oriental goods, the other
hla dress suit and best clothes, had been
given Into the care of an expressman, whom
ha had sent to the Council Bluffs tranafer
and who, alnce he had driven away sev
eral daya before, bad not been aeen. Of
ficer Baldwin waa given the caae, and dally
he walked through the city vainly search
ing for the missing expressman. Yester.
day the police realized that they were the
victims of a dream and sought to unravel
Dispelling the Dream.
Cooley upon msklng a thorough Investi
gation of Melsner's statements discovered
j that the Toledo fortune had fadd Into
i etheral visions. Tho Inheritance was a
dream and hla rich father proved to be a
former brewery collector. Melsner'a only
true statement ao far vouched for waa that
hla father, George C. Melsner, waa dead,
having paased away In '93. He died leav
ing a mere pittance.
Melsner'a brilliant war record proved a
myth aa did also the tale of the sword
presented to him by the citizens ot Toledo
for hla brilliant and gallant service In the
I Philippines aa a lleuteuant, while the offer
of $50,000 ' which Melsner aald had been
made to him by J. B. Hyatt, a wealthy
Toledoite, proved thin air.
Disgusted, disheartened, and realizing
be had been aearchlng for a phantom for
tune, Cooley returned.
Melsner In the meantime waa busy with
his "fortune." Architects were visited and
plans started for a fine $5,000 dwelling to
be erected on the corner of Twenty-second
and Wirt street, two lots were 'llkewlnf
selected, though no money exchanged
hands; a temporary residence on Spencer
Street waa rented for occupancy next week;
while a $700 piano waa held for blm at
Bchmoller Mueller's store; a set ot elab
orate dUhee were laid aside at Hayden'a.
He also aelected $50 worth ot wall paper
to decorate a boudoir In hla rented resi
dence to suit the dainty tastes of his wife.
Other dealers found him a willing customer
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CONDJTION 0FJTHE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska Fair Saturday and
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday!
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FORTUNE LOST IN MAIL CAR
Letters Containing: f.i,00 Missing,
Although So Theft Is
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 13. A pack
age of letters containing upwards of $f0,000
in commercial paper was lost by the postal
authorities from a pouch on the Pennsyl
vania train leaving Louisville at midnight
January 31, and running to Chicago via
The loss wss first made known by com
plaints coming to the Indianapolis post
office from loans along the line. Twenty
one complaints have beci made and nearly
all apeak of letters lost with commercial
paper In them.
The theory at the postoftlce la that the
package was left in a pouch through tho
caMessness ot an employe, after It was
thought to have been emptied. No aus
plclon rests on any one of wrong doing,
and no attempt has been made to cash any
of the mlEslPf checks.
ELEVATOR MEN WIN OUT
Chicago Arbltratora tilve Rise in
Wastes and Accord Recogni
tion of Vnlon.
CHICAGO, Feb. 13. There will be no
more strikes of elevator conductors and
Janitors of Chicago office buildings for Ave
A decision, which all parties to the case
agreed to abide by, rendered by the Chi
cago Board of Arbitration tonight, in
cludes recognition to the Elevator Con
ductora' and Janitors' union and concedea
the increased wage scale demanded by the
Though the employers are given tho right
to employ men aa they see fit, provided
they do not discriminate against the union
men, tbe atrikera accept the result of the
arbitration as a victory for them.
CRITICISES RHODES BEQUEST
Chlcaaro Cnlverslty President Say
Kuropeana Will Soon Invade
CHICAGO, Feb.s 13. At the banquet of
the alumni of Chicago university tonight
President Angell prophesied that within a
few years there would be an Invasion of
American universities of European atudenta.
He questioned tho wisdom of tbe Rhodes
bequeat. and declared that It would have
been of greater utility had It been re
versed to permit of the attendance of Eng
lish youths ' at American' Institution of
learning. ' He based his belief on the fact
that none of the sciences were taught at
Oxford. Among other speakers of the
evening were G. E. Waldo, A. D. Mayo and
D. S. Trumbull.
JOHNSON GETS FIVE THOUSAND
Transfer Man Proves to Be Beat
Gneaaer in Auditorium Stock
The first prize in the Auditorium guess
ing contest haa been won by Frank A.
Jobnaon of the JohnBon Bros.' transfer
line, and the $5,000 In gold will be paid to
him. John S. Weltzell, assistant general
freight agent for the Illinois Central, won
the second prize, a house and lot In
Kountze Place valued at $3,700. The names
of the other prize winners cover twenty-
two psfcea of typewritten paper and will be
announced, probably, on Sunday. The suc
cessful guessers bad organized a syndicate
that took out $2,700 worth of guesses in
hopes of beating the game.
COMMITTEE OF-TEN MEETS
Proposition to Enlarge Scope of Rail
road Tax Bill In the
The committee ot ten, appointed aa a re
sult of the recent masa meeting for the
purpose of promoting tax reform, met yes
terday and discussed the situation, espe
cially with reference to enlarging tie scope
of tbe bill now before the legislature so as
to give all cities and towns In the atate
the same right to tax railroad property for
municipal purposes aa Omaha claims. The
committee waa aubdivlded for the more ef
fective transaction ot lta business.
YOUNG LAD MANAGES DEPOT
Fifteen-Year-Old Boy Is Given Bole
Chars; of Illinois Railroad
CARBONDALE. 111.. Feb. 18. Charles
Dixon, aged 15, haa been appointed agent
of the East and West railroad at Reddley
The boy la believed to be the youngest
railroad agent In the country tp have
active charge of an office.
IDAHO TO TAX, MINE OUTPUT
Senate and Hons Both Aarree on
Measure Which Governor
BOISE, Ida., Feb. 13. The aenate today
passed the house bill providing for a tax
on tbe net output of mines.
Strong efforts, it Is ssld, will be made
to Induce the governor to veto it.
Movements of Ocean Vessels Feb. IN.
At New York Arrived: Mesaba, from
Ixndon; Ilecknr, from Bremen.
At Liverpool Sailed: Hhyuland, for
Philadelphia; t'rymlc. for Boston: Thomii
aon, for Boston; Numldiun. for St. Johns,
N. B., and Martian.
At I.eKhorn Arrived: Hesperla, from
New York via Naples.
At Browhead Pakaed: Cevic, from New
York for Liverpool.
At Naples Arrived: 81'-llla. from New
York; Calabria, from New York; I.ahn,
irom New York via Gibraltar, for Uenoa
At Movllle Sailed: Pretorisn, from Liv
erpool for Halifax and St. Johns. N. K.
At Glbrsltar Arrived: Augusts Victoria,
from New York.
At Queenstown Arrived: .Teutonic, from
At Southampton Arrived: St. Paul, from
At The I.Izard Psrned: I .a Irralne,
from New York for Havre.
At Glasgow Arrived: Ethiopia, from
SPOKE IN THE WHEEL
Pnblioity Has Seriously Injured Chances
of the Toole i Bill.
INJUSTICE OF. MEASURE RECOGNIZED
Dernon-tration of How it Wonld Work Out
in Various Districts.
ROBS SOME FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS
Move to Have it Sent Back to the Committee
CHANCE OF FINAL PASSAGE GROWS LESS
State Superintendent Fowler Likely
to .Burn Ilia Fingers If He Pera
alata In Advocacy of
(From a Htaff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Feb. 13 (Special) The tlmeiy
exposition of the real purpose of the bill
by Tbe Bee haa given a serious, If not
fatal, setback to H. R. 135, by Tooley of
Custer. This bill, as waa exclusively
brought to the attention of the people of
the state by The Bee, seeks to divert a
large part of the school apport ionmenta of
Douglas and the other more populous coun
ties to the channels of tho smaller and
sparsely settled ones. And, while It al
ready has been recommended for passage
In the house by the committee of the
whole, its final outcome la uo.v fraught
with great uncertainty. Tho Omnha and
Lincoln men believe they can eucompasa
The measure certainly would work hard
ships upon thrsa larger counties. As Waa
pointed out this morning by Tho Bee, lta
plan Is to take one-fourth of the appor
tionment to the aeveral counties and divide
that among them on the '-lasls cf the num
ber of school districts. This, as las also
been shown, simply "-tana that th-j thinly
settled counties, where districts are numer
ous and pupils scarce, would get tho lion's
share of thin one-fourth, while these coun
ties with few districts and a large num
ber of school children, would go begging for
their share. Manifestly this would ba un
just to the populous coiin'tos.
How It Would Work.
It la of interest to consult some of the
figures found In the office of the atate su
perintendent of public Instruction In ref
erence to these matters. The aggregate
apportionment for the state last year waa
In round numbers (1654.000 and ha number
of pupils entitled to share In this appor
tionment In round numbers 374.000. This
would give a per capita of $1.71. Under the
proposed law, deductlug the one-fourth of
the aggregate amount and dividing It
among the several rountlea on (he baata of
tbe number ot districts, the per capl.a,
taking one-fourth from th's $1.74, would ba
$1.31, a difference of 43 centa. Tho number
of districts In the state approximately Is
7,000. This one-fourth, thereforo, divided
among them would give to each $28 $23
fot lb.. district In Omaha., with-Its thou,
sands of pupils and $23 for the dtatrlet lut
in some remote corner of the state with It
ten or fifteen pupils. By thl computation
a district with 100 pupils would, under the
present law, get $174, but under the pro
posed law $131, plus the $23. making a
loh of but $20. But .on the other hand the
district having only ten pupila would. In
stead of lese, gain $18.70, for under the old
law lta apportionment would be $17.40 and
uuder the new $18.10. The difference be
tween these two, plua the $23,i therefore,
would give the reault, allowing the gain aa
Herein lies the mischief of this bill. It
would, for every district having 100 pupila
In a populous county, represent a loaa ot
$20, while to every country district with
ten pupils mean a gain of nearly $19. On
the face of It the men who ate opposing the
measure contend lta own condemnation la
wrought to any fair and impartial mind.
Violates Original Intent.
Speaker Mockett, who la ardently fight
ing the bill, has very clearly pointed out
that the original purport of the law la
averse to auch a bill aa this, for he recalls
that the money for these school purposes
arlsea from the sale and lease of school
landa and that these landa were Intended
for general state purposes. Likewise, ho
shows, would any and all profits accruing
from them revert to the same general chan
nels. Therefore, as be plainly demon
strates, tbe counties In the western part
ot the state, those counties whloh ar
sparsely settled and are clamoring for thla
bill, have no right whatever to cktlm a
greater portion of these land tunda than
any other counties, and could not, ha thlnka,
legally carry out the provlslona contem
plated In thla bill.
The speaker tolnta out another Imposi
tion which this bill would make possible.
He saya the tendency of the smaller dis
tricts would be to divide and subdivide,
In order to claim easls'ance under this act.
One of the main controversies ot the day
In the house waa over this bill. It cam up
upon a motion by Wilson of Pawna to
have the action of the bouie yesterday In
accepting tbe vote of the committee of the
whole of recommendation for passage of this
bill, reconsidered. The author of thla mo
tion and others who spoke on that aid of
the question snd who were not all front
the more populous centers ' of the state,
forcibly aet forth the Injustice ot this bill
and urged that further consideration be
given it that all might fully understand
and appreciate what Is really contemplated.
The motion waa lost. Put It had the effect
of brirging the matter more distinctly be
fore the house and disclosed some staunch
opponents of the bill in the ranka of the
country members. This lends ground to the
belief ot the Douglas snd Lancaster flounty
delegations that the bill will be defeated.
While the measure waa drawn with tba
knowledge and approval ot State Superin
tendent Fowler and It la known that ha la
heartily In favor of it now. It la a ques
tion of much moment whether ha will allow
hla friendship for the measure to extend
to the limit ot fighting for luf passage. It
haa been plainly atated by enemlea of the
bill thst If the superintendent does this,
they will array themselves sgaitiat another
measure In which be la even mora deeply
Interested snd make lta passsge decidedly
uncertain, If not Impossible.
SEES HAND OF THE BOOK TRUST
Senate Ameads lalform Conn
Study Bill to Rtnder It
(From a 6taff Correspondont.)
LINCOLN, Feb. 13. (Special.) Senator
Pemberton thought he saw tbe hand of th
school book trust In S. F. 126, providing
that school boards have the power to cauas
pupils to be taught In such branchea as
may seem best adapted to course of study
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