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LAWMAKERS IN FIGHT
Hoiay Et tl Precipitat.d in Illinois Eoum
Betmen Biral Traction Factions.
SPEAKER REFUSES TO ALLOW ROLL CALL
Enraged Uaniber Struggle to Crag Pre
siding Officer from Hit Chair.
ONE PARTY LEAVES CHAMBER IN UPROAR
Temporary Orgaiiu ion ii Made and
Majority Hate Tkir Way.
CHAIRMAN AFTERV'ARDS CRIES BRIBERY
Vsplalaa Extraordinary Action by
gaylna- Cash Wti Offered film to
Let Bill Chicago Favors
'l4ni.. Ga Through.
ePRlNOFIELD. 111., April 23. Slugging
and rolling over ' each other, acroea the
speaker's platform, at the feet of a score
of wenen gueste, the membera of the Illi
nois leglalature todar surpassed the wildest
scenes of the Austrian Relchsrath. To
night charges by the speaker of the house,
Isaao Miller, that attempts had been made
to bribe biro were formally made as an
explanation for the extraordinary actions
on his part that precipitated the riot.
Chicago street railway franchlsea, moro
valuable than gold mines, were directly at
atake, the federal coun receivership pro
ceedings against the Union Traction com
pany having brought the matter to a sud
den Issue, The federal receivership was
held by many to Indicate an Intention by
the company to fight out a claim to ninety-bine-year
franchises Instead of negotiating
with the city council for a renewal on a
tweuty-year baals, with a nunlclpnl owner
ship option on the part of the city.
The stormiest time ever experienced In
the Illinois legislature began almost with
out warning In a whirlwind of wild dis
order, which arose today In the house of
representatlvea over rival traction meas
ures, or so-called municipal ownership bills,
Chicago Favors Mueller Bill.
The ' municipal ownership fight now In
progress here Is the most Interesting which
the state capital lifts . witnessed In many
years. Chicago sentiment Is said to favor
the Mueller bill, and Mayor Harrison,
Graeme Stewart, the recently defeated can
didate for Chicago's mayoralty chair; John
M. Harlan slid others of Influence have been
here rjveral days working for It.
The Lindley bill, the municipal ownership
measure favored by an active minority, has,
however, been forced ahead. Testerday the
apeaker arbitrarily refused a roll call on a
motion to postpone consideration of the
Lindley bill, although a majority of the
bouse demanded the roll.
The postponement motion was declared
carried, amid the protests of the majority.
- -.JMteaapt to Eject Apeaker.
Today Speaker Miller ordered the Lindley
measure advanced to a third reading and a
tumult of voices rose In opposition, during
which the attempt was made to pull the
apeaker from his chair.
It was 11:20 when Speaker Miller an
aoanoed that the Lindley Municipal Owner
ship bill was a special order. The bill was
then read. Mr.- Lindley was recognised
and offered a number of amendments.
Speaker Miller then ordered the ana id
tnents read. The first was read, but
when the apeaker started to put ' the
question . of lta adoption to a viva voce
vote the house waa thrown Into dlaorder.
A large number of the membera were on'
their feet, eome of them etandlng on chairs
and a ' few oa their desks, demanding a
"The' amendmeat la adopted," said
Speaker Miller, bringing down his gavel.
Calls tpeaker a Liar.
You are a liar!" retorted Mr. Allen.
Above the din Mr. Sherman, as he seised
bis "kitchen chair',' and placed It on bis
desk In front of htm, could be heard shout
log: "The speaker Ignores the rules of the
house. . The chair la not In order."
The second and third amendments were
similarly put and declared carried.
By this time a perfect pandemonium pre
vailed. ; Many members had aelsed bill
books and were pounding their desks, while
Mr. Cummlngs, from his seat In the front
row, on the democratlo aide, waa vigor
ously wielding a board
When the reading of the fifth amendment
was con-pleted personal violence against the
speaker waa threatened. . A number of
women were aittlng on the couch on the
"Will the ladles please move out from
behind?" ehouted Mr. Allen.
"Oct them out," shouted Mr. Sherman,
"Get the ladles out; don't act the coward."
In the uproar Mr. Lindley was heard to
move the previous question on the bill. The
apeaker put the motion, and although he
eould not be heard the movements of the
gavel Indicated that the motion prevailed.
Declares House Adjoarned.
It was now 11:40. Above the din an In
distinct motion for a recess to 2:10 waa
heard, and a moment later the apeaker
brought down his gavel and declared it
fully half ths members rose In , protest
and stood on their desks, shouting, "No,
you don't adjourn."
Mr. Murray, from the top of his desk,
then addressed the members of the house.
"Gentlemen Of the house," said he, "I
aotlce that we are without a apeaker."
"The house Is adjourned," Interrupted E.
- "No, it has not," was the response from
several members. "It Is very evident."
continued Mr. Murray, waving his handa for
silence, "that we are without a speaker at
this moment, and that there Is a majority
here, and I therefore move that Hon. Mr.
Allen be made apeaker pro tern of this
Amid great confusion, Mr. Murray put
the motion and declared It carried. Mr.
Allen was hurried to the chair, ee-orted by
Beiller, Trautman, Christian, Tlce and
Speaker Miller had carried the gavel to
his room and there waa a momentary em
barrassment, owing to the abaenre of this
emblem of authority. Mr. Schlageubaut.
however, roae to the emergency and
ferorght up the rung of a diaabled chair and
handed It to Mr. Allen.
The apeaker was surrounded by a large
number of members, both democrats and
republlcaoa. He at once made an attempt
to restore order and requested the mem
bers to resume their aests.
Htliu Senate's Message.
in tne miast or the uproar a massage
from the aenate waa received and before
the clerk knew juat what aaa the matter
he had read the message. It was Inipoaslble
to bear him and some organisation man
'Continued oa Fourth Page.)
BRITISH TAXES ARE REDUCED
Impntl on liromn Cut
nd Grain Daly AboU
LONDON, April 23 The budget, which
was introduced In the House of Commons
today, shows an estimated expenditure
for 1903-4 of V ' 70,000. The chancellor
of the exchen- 1, . Rltchlo, fixed the
national debt' ''A.
which lai.sno.r.nn .
, 'or the sina
' on the
Ing fund. The estlm.
existing basis cf taxatlo!
riving an available surplus
Mr. Ritchie's proposals Include t..
Ing: The abolition of the duty on t B;
the taxes on sugar and coal are exchanged.
Four pence Is taken off the Income tax.
The duty on tea, which the trade expecUd
would he reduced. Is not changed.
Mr. Ritchie said the total expenditure
for the pant year from every source was
$l.O05,35,ooo. He" estimated the cost of
the wars In South Africa and China at
$1,085,000,000. of which $340,000,000 had
been defrayed by the revenue. The sum of
$745,000,000 via charged to the rspltal ac
count. The latter would be reduced to
$550,000,000 by the Transvaal repayment
and the Chinese Indemnity. Including the
war debt, the national Indebtedness now
reached the enormous total of $3,8!'l,745,0OO.
The chancellor, however, saw no reason for
apprehension In the fall in consols.
The chancellor viewed with great con
cern the Increase In the army expenditure
and hoped great reductions would be pos
sible soon. On the other hand, the pos
session of a strong navy was not a matter
ot national pride, hut of life or death and
to preserve a strong navy he would be
grudge no cost. There waa an Indication
that some of Great Britain's neighbors
wished to call a halt In their expenditure
for armament. If this wss the esse, Creat
Britain was fully rtady to follow suit.
M. Ritchie pointed out that the reduc
tion of the Income tax Involved a reduction
of revenue of about $42,500,000. The remls
slon of the grain duty meant a reduction
of about $10,000,000, leaving him a small
working surplus of about $1,850,000.
Sir William Vernon Harcourt, the former
chancellor of the exchequer, thought It
scandalously unjust that the well-to-do
classes should be relieved to such an ex
tent while the wage earner's only advant
age was the remission of $10,000,000 In In
direct taxation. The grain tax, he added,
was an Infamous one, and he was glad,
therefore, that it was repealed.
He vehemently complained of the pro
posed expenditure for South Africa, which
be claimed ought to pay for the war. The
colonies, he further asserted, ought to con
tribute toward the support of the navy.
RUSSIA DEMANDS MANCHURIA
Refuses to Evecuate Province Unless
Given Virtual Soverelgratr
PEK1N, April 23. Russia haa demanded
that China sign an agreement practically
ceding the eoverelgnty of Manchuria and
excluding other nations from that country.
The Russian charge ' d'affaires, M.
Plancon, has Informed Prince Chlng, presi
dent of the foreign office, that no further
steps In the evacuation of Manchuria will
be taken until this agreement is signed.
Prince Chlng refused the Russian de
mand, but his refusal probably pleases
Russia as well as ,hls acceptance, because
either alternative means the relinquish
ment of Chinese sovereignty In Manchuria.
The Russian demands arei
(1) No more Manchurlan ports or towna
are to be opened.
(2) No more foreign consuls are to be ad
mitted Into Manchuria.
(3) No foreigners, except Russians, are
to be employed In the public service of
(4) The present status of the administra
tion of Manchuria Is to remain unchanged.
(5) The customs receipts at the port of
New Ctiwanr are to De given to tne Kusso
(6) A sanitary, commission Is to be organ
ized under Russian control.
(7) Russia Is entitled to attach the tele
graph wires and poles of all Chinese lines
(8) No territory In Manchuria la to be
alienated to any other power.
YOKOHAMA, April 23. Three Japanese
warships have been ordered to New Cbwang.
The Russian demands for privileges In
Manchuria have excited the Japanese press,
which insists on vigorous action, confident
that the United States, as well aa Great
Britain, will support Japan.
HE LIKES AMERICAN WAYS
Brltlak Conanl at - Chicago Pays
Glowing Tribute to Busi
ness Methods. , ,
LONDON, April 23. The British consul
at Chicago, W. Wyndham, in his annual
report on Chicago and the whole consular
district, gives a glowing account of the
great and increasing prosperity thereof
and pays high tribute to American methods.
He expresses the opinion that the
progress of the country Is largely due to
the "opportunity, both In business and In
employment, in this large, young country;
the encouragement given to workmen, the
rewarding ot merit, the Intimate acquaint
ance of the heads of firms with the work
of their subordinates, the keen enthuslssm
shown by the workmen In the Interests of
their employers, to the absolute fearless
ness on the part of the business man In
venturing on experiments, either In ma
chinery or system, that may be brought
Mr. Wyndham urgea the Importance of a
careful atudy of the business and manu
facturing methods ot the United States
and the adoption of those which are suit
able to the country where trade Is sought
for. He considers that such a study Is
Indispensable lo holding trsde where
English merchants sre active.
This study must, however, be prolonged
for several months, aa a short alay of a
Uay or two in the big cities, so often
deemed sufficient by European visitors. Is
"worse than useless, as any one not ac
customed to their ways at Orat only sees
the bad points and learna nothing."
MANY ARE KILLED IN A RIOT
Workmen Oraaalao an Attack oa
Jewlsk Inhabitants of Raa.
ST. PETERSBURG. April 23. Twenty,
five Jews were killed and 275 were wounded,
many of them fatally, during antt-semltlc
riots at Klshlneff. capital of Bessarabia,
April 20, wben a number of workmen
organlied an attack on the Jewish in
The minister ot the Interior hss ordered
the adoption of special mesaures to restore
order In the town and district.
Lord Roberts Special Commissioner.
LONDON, April 23. According to the St.
James Gaseite the government is censider
lug appointing Field Marshal Roberts ss
special rommliis'cner to represent Great
britala at the ot. Louis exposition,
WIPES ODT BRITISH FORCE
Had Mullah Practically Exterminates
Flying Column in Eomaliland.
COLONEL PUSHES TOO FAR FROM BASE
Commander and Nine Officers Killed--Only
Forty Natives Ont of Two
Hundred and Twenty
ADEN, Arabia, April 23. The British
transport Hsrdlnge arrived here tedsy from
Berbers, the capital of Somallland, East
Africa, and confirmed the report of a
British defeat in Somallland. The
officers of Hardlnge ssy thst ten officers
and 180 men out of a total British force ot
220 men were killed recently in an en-
i gagement with the Bomallleae.
LONDON, April 23. The War office to
day received from Brigadier General Man
ning, In command of the British forces In
Somallland, a dispatch, dated twenty miles
westward of Galadl, Somallland, April 18,
Reports a Dlsnstrr.
I regret to report thst a flying column
tmdr the command of Colonel Cobbe,
which left Galadl April 10 to reconnolter the
road to Walwal, hid a most serious check
April 17. On the morning of April 17 Colonel
Cobbe was at Uumburru forty miles west
ward of Oaladl, and had decided to return
to Galadl, owing to the serious difficulty In
finding the road to Wnlwal and to the
shortness of water. He waa about to leave
his zabra (protected camp) when firing was
heard In the direction of a small party
under the command of Captain Ollvey,
w hich had been sent In a westerly direction
At 9:15 o'clock in the morning Colonel
Cobbe dispatched Captain Plankett with 1ft)
men of the Second battalion of the King's
African Rifles, forty-elsht of the Second
Sikhs and two Maxim guns for the extrica
tion of Captain Ollvey, If necessary. As a
matter of fact Captain Ollvey had not been
engaged. Colonel Plunkett, on Joining the
detachment, continued to push on.
Fugitives Br I us; the News.
At 11:45 Colonel Cobbe heard a heavy fire
In the direction taken by Colonel Plunkett
and at about 1 o'clock In the afternoon a
few fugitives coming In reported that
Colonel Pl'mkett had been defeated with
The news has been fully corroborated
since and I have to report the total loss of
Colonel Plunkett's party, with the excep
tion of thirty-seven Yaos, who have arrived
The latest Information extracted from the
fugitives la to the effect that Colonel Plun
kett pushed on after the enemy's force to
the open country, seven miles westward of
Oumburrii, where he was attacked bv a
very strong force of mounted troops and
the enemy's Infantry, who attacked at close
quarters. He kept back the enemy until he
had no more ammunition, when he formed
a square and charged with bayonets In the
direction of Colonel Cobbe's zabra. He
moved some distance In this manner, but a
great many men, Including Colonel Plunkett
himself, were killed or wounded by the pur
At last the enemy's Infantry overwhelmed
the square and annihilated them all. with
the exception of the thirty-seven fugitives
Officers and Men Missing.
The dispatch closes with a list of the "of
ficers and men missing and on doubt killed In
action." namely: Colonel A. W. V.JMunkett,
Captains Johnston. Stewart; Ollvey" Norrls
and McKlnnon and Lieutenants Oaynor and
Bell, all of the King's African rifles; Cap
tain Vizey of the Second Sikhs; Captain
Slme cT the India Medical staff, two white
privates, forty-eight men of the Second
Sikhs, and 124 men of the African rifles.
The two Maxim guns were also lost.
. Another dispatch from General Manning,
who immediately on hearing of the defeat
of Colonel Plunkett started for Guraburru
with 460 men, says further Information
reached him from Colonel Cobbe to the
effect that the latter, with 220 troops, was
encamped with plenty of food and supplies
and four days water. He haa about a thou
sand camels and does not think he can
withdraw from his position without as
sistance, because the scrub la thick and the
enemy'a forcea seem likely to act on the
General Manning adda:
I march again directly, and expect to
arrive at Oumburru tomorrow at noon.
1 h M 1 1 ftprnmnliih lh .tlHr.Hnit nf
Colonel Cobbe soon as possible and return
to. Galadl. I can only carry sufficient
water for the march to Gumburru, return
ing dlrtctly. I shall, therefore, be unable
to advance against the enemy if the lat
ter holds back.
WEDDING : MAY BE DELAYED
Vanderbllt Likely to Eaperienee flame
Annoyance in Securing; Lleenao
LONDON, April 23. William K. Vander
bllt has returned to Paris. His hurried
visit to London was connected with pro
curing a special marriage license.
There la much discussion aa to whether
a license could be Issued under the clr
cumstances. It was said that the ecclesl-
astlcal court could not refuse, whatever Its
feellnga toward divorced persons, but it
was added that It could delay matters,
probably a fortnight, by requiring the pro
duction of documents which would have to
be obtained from America. At the arch
bishop of Canterbury's office It was said
that the archbishop has the undoubted right
to refuse to Issue a license.
No application, however, haa yet been
received from Mr. Vahderbllt. For an
ordinary license one of the psrtles must
live In any parish here for three weeks
and .have the banns read on three suc
cessive Sundays. The French formalities
require a residence ot six months.
Rdward Arrives la Italy,
NAPLES, April 23 King Edward VII
arrived here today and after visiting the
queen of Portugal on her yacht and receiv
ing the German crown prince and his
brother and the crown prince of Portugal,
landed, amid the plaudits ot thousands.
Loubet Leaves Algiers.
ALGIERS, April 23. President Loubet
arrived here this evening. He at once went
on bosrd the cruiser Jeanne D'Arc, which
soon sailed for Phllllppevllle.
BOODLE JURY DECIDES FAST
Takes Fifteen Mlnatcs to Find Ver
dict In St. Loals
ST. LOUIS. April 23. Louis Decker was
tried todsy for perjury In connection with
the Suburban rsllwsy investigation. It
took the Jury Just fifteen minutes to find
a verdict which will be read tomorrow.
CARNEGIE AIDS TUSKEGEE
(Ivea Negro laetltate Cxttio.ooo oa
Condition that Waaalagtoa
la Cared For.
NEW YORK. April 21 Andrew Carnegie
haa given $So0.0U4 to tbe Tuskegce Insti
tute, with the sole provision that proper
provision k made tor Booker T. Washing
ton and hit vlls.
WESTERN MATTERS AT CAPITAL
I,oaaT List of Rnral Free Delivery
Carriers Named for Nebraska
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, April 23. (Special)
These rural letter carrier were appointed
today: Nebraska Elm Creek, regular,
Hansford Brooks; substitute, William P.
Brooks. St. Paul, regular, Samuel W. Jack
son, William 8- Potts, Edward E. West
cott; substitutes, ffscar Berry, M. Walker,
Frank Mahan. Silver Creek, regular, John
N. Haynes; substitute, J. W. Riddle. Spring
Ranch, regular, J. T. Kemp; substitute,
John Cunningham. Strang, regular, Eugene
L. Coon; substitute, Richard Trenaig. Sut
ton, regular, James E. Marsh: substitute,
A. F. Marsh. Swantnn, regular, George
H. Mumby; substitute, wife ot O. H.
Mumby. Tobias. regulars, Arthur
Branchner, John P, Endorf, Harry Mahan
nan; substitutes, J. T. Branchner, H. G.
Enderf, William J. Mahannah. West Point,
regulars, Ferdinand A. Newls, August
Schwedhelm; substitutes, William Newls,
Mrs. Schwedhelm. Wood River, regulars,
James Blake, James F. - Brown, Harry
Chapman, Truman C. Taylor, George B.
McGlasson; substitutes, Ida L. Blake, Mat
tie Brown, Jared 8. Chapman, Villa A.
Taylor, Anna McGlasson Iowa Ames,
regular. William 8. Hoon; substitute,
Mrs. Bessie Hoon. Dfrita. regular,
William D. Ewlng. Carroll, regular,
Schlltz, jr.: substitute, Theresa SchllU.
Saint Charles, regular, Albert H. Bu
chanan; substitute, Hattie Buchanan.
The First National bank of Churdan, la.,
was today authorized to begin business
with a capital of $25,000.
Reserve agents approved for Iowa banka:
National Shoe A Leather bank of New
York, and Citizens Nstional of Des Moines
for First National of Churdan; Hamilton
National of Chicago for First National of
Carl R. Candle of Rapid City, S. D has
been appointed examiner of surveys In land
Albert B. Graeale of Iowa has been ap
pointed a car laborer In United States fish
Postmasters appointed: Nebraska, John
Henke, Blssell, Colfax county, vice R. Held,
resigned. Iowa, John Jordlson, Coalville,
C. B. Havens & Co. have been awarded
the contract for furnishing coal for the
Omaha public building for the fiscal year
from July 1 next at their bid of $5,780.
Miss Mary J. France, ot Omaha haa been
appointed stenographer and typewriter In
the Roseburg (Ore.) land office.
The British ambassador today asked Mr.
Bowen to Join the representatives of the
allies In signing a protocol for the settle
ment of the claims to be adjusted' by the
commissions which are to meet In Caracas.
The Venezuelan plenipotentiary, while ready
to draw up such a convention at the proper
time, declined to do so until The Hague
protocol, providing for the determination of
the question of preferential treatment, had
been duly signed and sealed.
Instructions for the British ambassador
regarding the compromise, which the Lon
don. government wJff; Vapt in, lien ot -Its
proposition relative to 'the submission to
The Hague of the question whether - the
blockading powers or Venezuela shall pay
the costs of the blockade, are expected to
arrive in New York Saturday.
Mr; Bowen la disposed to accept any rea
sonable campromlse. It Is stated on high
authority that Great Britain dues not wish
to be placed in the - position of forcing
i Venezuela to pay for the blockade estab
! II shed by the allies and that the British
ambassador's original proposition In . this
regard will not be insisted upon.
LEE RETURNS TO FACE JURY
Aaserta He Gave Evidence oa Which
Senators Were In
dicted. ST. LOUIS, April 23. Suffering physically
and weary and worn from fatigue. Lieuten
ant Governor John A. Lee, who left Kan-
i Cltr Thursday returned to St. Louis
tonight, accompsnled by his wife
At his home tonight he said:
I have not been a fugitive from Justice
and have had no Idea of being one. I am
not afraid to come back and tell all I know.
I needed reat and thought a trip to Chicago
would be the best way to get It.
I am done with politics forever. I swear
that I have not made a cent out of legisla
tion this session. While some of the sena
tors are being proved to have big accounts
1 have only $40 to my credit in the bank.
It is sufficient for me to say that the
evidence against Senators Farrls, Mstthews
and Smith whs furnished by me. I know
nothing of Sullivan getting any money.
Word haa been brought to me that some
of my enemies have threatened me with
physical harm. 1 am prepared for them.
I See this cane feel It. - Moreover, It is not
j When- Circuit Attorney Folk was In-
i formed of the lieutenant governor's arrival
! he Mr- U'e wouId b lT'n P
portunlly to appear before the grand Jury
Lieutenant Governor Lee will appear be
fore the St. Louts grand Jury tomorrow
morning and tell all he knows concerning
the alum legislation boodle deal of 1901.
PRELATES ARE ASSEMBLES
Many Dlcrnltaries . of the Cntholle
Cborch tn Wnshlnartoa to Lny
WASHINGTON, April 23. Assembled to
dsy at the Catholic university Is one ot the
largest bodies of dignitaries of tbe Catholic
church ever assembled in America.
At 10 o'clock the annual meeting of the
archbishops, the moet distinguished ecclesi
astical body of the church, convened tn
McMahon hall. The deliberations ot the
body were presided over by Cardinal Gib
bons and were participated In by all of the
archbishops except two or three, who were
unavoidably detained. The archbishops
hsd under consideration many queatlona
affecting the Catholic church In America.
In addition to Cardinal Gibbons many of
the bishops, clergy and ecclesiastical stu
dents of the country are at the university
to attend thla afternoon the laying of the
cornerstone of the proposed apostolic mis
sion house. This ceremony will occur at
Cardinal Gibbons will bless tbe stone
and Archbishop Keane will deliver the
sermon. The occasion will be a notable
one in the history of the university.
HEALTH FOOD SLAYS EATER
Klaln Man Dlea After Consuming Pre.
pared Viands Sent by
PENSACOLA, Fla., April 23. Roland U
Morgan or Elgin, 111., died suddenly at his
country home, six miles from this city,
aftsr eating part of a package ot prepared
food that be received by mail.
The food waa in an original packsgo,
wrapped in white paper. The postoisrk is
too IndlBtluct to give the office here any
OIL PLANT BLOWN TO BITS
Inflammable Petroleum Vapors Cause Fatal
Eiploiiea in Minneapolis.
TEN UNFORTUNATES MEET INSTANT DEATH
Flames Break Ont Amid Debris of
Demolished BnlldlnaT and Race
All Day la Spite of Fire
MINNEAPOLIS, April 23. Eight men and
two women were killed by an explosion at
the plant of the Northwestern Star OH com
pany at the foot of Sixth avenue about 11:30
this morning. The dead:
W. H. DAVIS, president.
C. H. DURRIN, general manager.
STANISLAUS W. MITCHELL, cashier.
JACOB DOMM, bookkeeper.
MISS CAROLINE A. RECORD, book
HAROLD C. COLBORN. Clerk.
MIS8 ELLA M. ROUNDY, stenographer.
DAVIS DACEY, foreman-
JOHN 8PONTANSKE, laborer.
JOSEPH LA FOND, laborer.
The explosion came without an Instant'e
warning, throwing the walls down and
starting a roaring fire among the debris.
Not a person In the office escaped alive.
Five workmen engaged on the second floor
were thrown twenty feet Into the air, but
miraculously sustained merely minor In
juries. Although the cause ot the explosion has
not been determined. It Is said that work
men were emptying some oil tank cars Into
the tanks in the basement of the building
and It is possible that sparks from a switch
engine Ignited ihe Inflammable vapors.
Several explosions followed In quick suc
cession and made the work ot the firemen
both difficult and dangerous. The men
could not approach the ruins and the water
thrown on the flames was wlthojt effect.
At a late hour tonight the fire Is still
burning and the search for the bodies la
carried on with great danger, for It la be
lieved that another tank may explode at
WRECK MAIMS NEBRASKANS
Coal Car Hons Away In Wyoming
nnd Piles Union Pacific
EVAN8TON. Wyo April 23. A runaway
car, loaded with coal, today crashed Into
the eastbound fact mall train No. 102 on
the Union Pacific twenty miles west of
Evanston. Two trainmen and several pas
sengers were more or less hurt.
The most serious injured:
George Baker, engineer, Evanston, back
sprained, cut and bruised about body; con
W. H. Chapman, engineer, Evanston,
head and body cut and bruised.
Clara Maggarla, Santa Clara, Cel., cut
; Andrew Fisher and wife, 8anta Clara.
Cal.,-. -'-Vi v.. c.: v - - ...
Mrs. J. M. Baker, Fostcrla, O., seals
Edrls Rush, Wstson, Mo., cut and bruised.
Gladdla Monweller, Utlcs, Neb., cut about
Mrs. George Hartlsa, Utlca, Neb., cut
and bruised. . .
The collision occurred on a sharp curve,
the shock being terrific. The two engines
on the v passenger train were, completely
wrecked, while . the steel coal car was
twisted Into an . unrecognizable mass.
Traffic was delayed for aeven hours.
NEBRASKA WOMAN ELECTED
Women's Missionary Society Appoints
Mrs. Merrill. Stat Vice
MILWAUKEE, April 23. Mrs. J. E. Scott
ot Evanston, 111., waa unanimously elected
president of the Woman's Foreign Mission
ary society of the west today at the annual
convention In the Baptist Tabernacle
The other officers elected were: Vice
president, Mrs. L. E. Stlllman. Dayton. O.;
foreign secretary, Mrs. Frederick Clat
worthy, Evanston, III.; borne secretary,
Mrs. Julia L. Austin, Chicago; recording
secretary,-Mrs. J. W. Carpenter, Chicago;
treasurer, Mrs. Matilda E. Kline, Chicago;
! auditors, George O. Holloway and James
E. Plercy, Chlcagp.
The state vice presidents elected In
clude: Colorado. Mrs. H. F. Wilkinson;
Iowa, Mrs. A. E. Atkinson; Missouri, Mrs.
A. F. Braker; Montana, Mrs. C. L. Gave;
Nebraska, Mrs. J. W. Merrill; North Da
kota, Mrs. A. E. Mills; Washington, east,
Mrs. W. F. Infield: Washington, west, Mrs.
George Campbell; Wyoming, Mrs. W. H.
OMAHA STUDENTS COME FIFTH
Crelarhton College Boys Beaten In
English Composition Contest
by Kansas Writers.
ST. LOUIS. April 23. The results of the
annual Intercollegiate contest In English
composition between seven Catholic col
leges of the west has Just been made known
at the St. Louis university.
A psper from St. Mary's college of Kan
sas was pronounced winner of the first
prize and St. Xavler of Cincinnati secured
second. The third, sixth and seventh placea
were won by St. Louis men. 8t. Mary'a
also won fourth and eighth. Creigbton
college of Omaha waa fifth, Milwaukee
ninth and Detroit tenth. .
CHURCH MERGER POSTPONED
Frenchers Fall to Harmonise Doc
trines and Put Off DIs-
PITTSBURG. April 23. The church mer
ger will not materialize, aa tbe representa
tlvea of the Congregational, ' Methodist
Protestant, United Brethren and Christian
Union denominations disagreed today on
the plans submitted.
It wss decided that committees from each
denomination confer during tbe summer
and endeavor to harmonize ths different
doctrines, so ttst a practicable plan of
union may be presented to another confer
ence. SNOW FALLS IN MARYLAND
Winter lianas on In Booth, Cold
Weather and White Blanket
CUMBERLAND. MU, April 23 There
ass a big drop In the temperature here
and throughout western Msrylsnd. Snow
Is report fd In Ffosuurg and la the region
st of Oakland.'
CONDITION 0FTHE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska Fair Friday, Preb
ably Showers; Saturday Fair.
Temperature at Omaha Yesterdayi
Hoar. near. Hoar. Dear.
fi a. m 47 I n. m
H a. m 4H x p. m on
T n. m 4 :t p. m ...... OT
a. nl no 4 p. m "
O n. m na p. m To
lOn.m OH M p. m TO
It a. tn I'J T p. m HM
Ua 01 p. m
W p. m H4
DANCE FOR JUJSPITAL FUND
Metropolitan Hall the Scene of
The charity ball filled Metropolitan hall
last night with the members of the smsrl
set ot Omaha and waa a moat pleasing and
well managed dancing party. The women
and gentlemen who have planned and
worked on the arrangements and decora
tions for the evening were the recipients
of many congratulatory expreeslone from
the dancers. The charity which received
ao generous an offering was the Clarkson
Memorial hospital, to the building fund of
which the proceeds will be donsted.
Tbe ball room was a pleasure to the eye,
even wltbout the beautiful gowns and gems
of tbe dancers. Festoons of pink and green
bunting were draped effectively, while plum
blossoms In wreaths and masses lent their
freshness to the walls. Mesdames Arthur
Crittenden Smith, Charles Kountxe and
Clement Chase conceived and executed the
Tbe elaborate banquet, which came late
In the evening, waa the result of the ef
forts of Mesdsmes W. J. C. Kenyon. Her
rasn Kounlse, J. E. Summers and James
McKenna. The decorations of the banquet
room were In semblance of a palm garden,
the graceful plants standing high on pedea
tala and about In jardlnlers. The false win
dows had been drsped and caged birds hung
at Intervals, so that the high and some
what awkward effect of ceilings wss effect
ually overcome. The tables, with their
glassware and silver snd cut flowers, were
arranged under tbe palms, the whole effect
The ball was to have been opened with a
"Sir Roger de Coverly." danced by some of
the most exclusive society people of Omaha,
but thla Idea was gtver. up. But with small
loss. Tbe fine old stately dances are pretty
and effective, but with the modern woman
of fashion the modern dances are more
pleasing. The waltz! What more pleasing,
with the turn of It setting my lady's Jewels
sblaie In rainbow fragmenta under the
lights and bringing an answering warmth
of color to her cheeks and a fire to her
In the card room below, a large number
of those who chose not the dancing gods
for their pastime played for points. Mrs.
Samuel Burns was the fortunate woman who
carried off the first honors, a beautiful
bronie vase, given by Mrs. George A. Jos
lyn. Bishop and Mrs. A. L Williams and Mes
dames A. J. Poppleton. Herman Kountze, E.
Wr FalWleld.-Edward Porter Peck and J. E.
Summers., Jr..' received ths guests of the
evening. Mrs! George E. Prltchett waa the
ruler of the card tables by right of ap
pointment, and tbe dancing floor waa gov
erned by d committee consisting1 of Messrs.
Arthur Crittenden 8mlth, Charles T.
Kountze, W. S. Poppleton, N. P. Dodge, Jr.,
Luther Kountze, Clement Chase and Frank
LINEMEN DECIDE TO STAY OUT
President Yost of Telephone Company
Makes Them Verbal
"A committee of linemen visited Mr. Yost
this afternoon and he made to them cer
tain propositions, which be refused to put
in writing when we asked him to do so.
We, therefore, after hearing the report of
the committee, have decided that we will
entertain no oral propositions, regardless of
their nature, and will continue tbe strike,'
said Business Agent Stark of the Linemen 'a
"alla B,Bht "ter l?a mf .
iu Dinners were uui Btiijsiieu iu ai-i-eyi
any terms not written out for their security
In case ot future question aa to the exact
terms, and It was their sentiment, in addi
tion, that Mr. Yoat'a propositions were not
acceptable because be waa not willing to
mske the concessions asked. According to
tbe committee, he ref'tsed to recognize tbe
union in any way or deal with It aa an or-
ganizatlon. He practically met the strikers
on tbe question of tbe wage acale, but stood
for the nine-hour day In city work. In
reality tbe recognition of the union ia the
vital point ot the strike, and the mon will
stand out until they receive what they
consider satisfactory concessions. A del
egation of six linemen from the Bell Tela
phone company of Fremont was present at
tho Utter part of the meeting.
FIND A REAL GRAVE THIS TIME
Remains of Pet Poodle Found In
Rnnnlusr Down Knight 1
Another good looking clue to the location
of the body ot Mrs. Knight was worked
out to a failure last night, at least the
police so considered It until they received
more Information than they started out
with. . C. B. Smith, who Uvea at 8406
Hickory street, has a large plot of ground,
which Saturday he had plowed up for
planting. Sunday morning he saw that the
field had beet, crossed by a wsgon. When
he next met the man who had plowed the
ground he asked him what he meant by
driving over the plowing. The man aald
he bad done no such thing and Smith, ths
plowman and two of the neighbors started
,to follow tbe trail. It lead to a grave.
Several more neighbors came along, dug
down with a spade and uncovered new pine
boarda. Sensation. They opened a corner
by breaking tbe board and aaw a bit of
pink dress protrude. That was enough,
the police were sent for and tbe dirt
shoveled from the boa and It waa opened.
Within, wrapped In a little pink dress snd
laid away by loving hands, was a poor,
dead, poodle dog.
Movements of Ocean Vessels April aa.
At New Tork8al'ed: Auguste Vlctorli,
Hamburg, via Plymouth and Cherbourg,
La Champagne, for Havre; liarbarosra, for
At Naples Arrived: Princess Irene, from
New York, and tal.ej for Oenoa.
At Glasgow Sailed: Buenos Ayrean, for
At Antwerp Arrived: South waik. from
At Southampton Arrived: New York,
from New York .
At Havre Arrived: La I-orralne, from
At 8:ll! Passed: Kron Prlnz Wllhe'm.
irora New York for Plymouth, Cheruourg
At Philadelphia Arrived: Nderland,
At Llvt rpojl Arrived: Tetuan, from New
At uinraltar rasaed: Patrta. from Mar
seilles and Naples fur Nt w York; Vlncenio
Honnanno 1 rgenil. Irotu Syracuse and
Palermo for New York.
PAYNE FIRES TCNER
Poatoffice Attorney Lotea Place When Hii
Wife Raidi Department Safe.
OFFICIALS FAIL TO RECOVER PAPERS
Inspector Art Turned Empty Awaj When
Demanding to See Booty.
SUSPECT PROOFS OF GUILT ARE TAKEN
Government Employes Fear Erideuce of
Crooked Work ia Abstracted.
LAWYER ACCUSED OF AIDING TURF FIRMS
Resigns on Request, bnt Keeps Title
Wlthoat Powers Till May, Seisins;
Opportunity Than Made to Pos
sess Himself of Documents.
WASHINGTON. April 23.-A most sensa
tional development of the present poatofflce
investigation occurred Just before the de
partment closed todsy, when l'ostmsster
Genersl Payne announced the summary dis
missal of James N. Tynt-r. asslatsut attor
ney general for the oepartment. With the
announcement was coupled ths startling
rharge that all the papers and records tn
the safe of the latter s oltlce had been ab
stracted by Mrs. Tyner, Ife of the dis
charged official, witn the assistance of
two others. The postmaster stales that Mrs.
Tyner haa refused to return these papers
and that consequently he has decided to
submit tbe esse to the Department ot Jus
tice. The question of arrests will be passed
on Immediately by Attorney General Knox.
Mrs. Tyner Abstracts Papers.
The facte are told tersely in the letter of
dismissal algned by Postmaster Oeneral
Payne late ycaterday afternoon and madu
public tonight. The letter follows:
Sir: You are hereby removed from IbV
office of assistant attorney general for th.i
i'ost office department.
I deem it proper to give you the reason
for this summary action on tbe part of th.
department. Early (n the month of Marc.l;
I communicated to you through a mutual
friend a request for your resignation. After
a pulnrul interview with you und a more
painful one with Mm. Tyner I consented
to modify the demand so that it might take
effect Muy 1. IKoa, with the proviso, how
ever, that you w re given leave of absence
from thH time of the acceptance of the
resignation to the date of Its taking effeci
with the understanding that you were not
tn any way to undertake to discharge th.
duties ot the office.
Lnte yesterday afternoon Mrs. Tyner
eame to the office of the assistant attornev
general for the Poatofflee department and
went through the main office to the private
office, closing the door behind her. she
llwn unlocked the Cnar entering from th
publlo hall Into the private room and ad
mitted her sister, Mrs. Harretl, whose so:,
was formerly asslmant In your office, nn.l
whose conduct Is now under Investigation
by the department. She also admitted. I t
the same manner, Q. . Hamner, an expert
In the employ of tbe Mosler Safe company,
with whom she had made an arrangement
to meet her St the ' department . At her
direction. Mr, 'Hamner-. opened -the -safe I'l
the room and she took therefrom aft papers,
records and articles of every kind an 1
carried them away with her. .
Immediately upon learning what had beep
done I directed the fourth assistant post
master general to send two inspectors tn
your house to demand In the name of tht
Postoftlce department the delivery to them
of any papers, documents or other ma
terials which had been abstracted from the
safe. This demand was refused by Mrs.
Tyner and she likewise refused to permit
the Inspectors to see you or to see and
examine the papers In tier presence. Mrs.
Tyner further stated to the postoftlce In
spectors that she committed this act with
your knowledge and by your direction.
Further comment on this transaction on
my part la not necessary.
The facts In the case will be submitted tn
the attorney general of the United States
for such nctlon In the premises ns he may
deem proper. H. C. PAYNE. ,
llrlstow Orders Kvlctlon.
When Mrs. Tyner entered the office her.
visit was reported to two Inspectors and to
Postmaster General Payne. An Inspector
lBO rsporte(j the mltter t0 PourtB A,
.,,., p.,m..,., n.n.i Rn.m. Mr
Br,tow agked to have Mr.. Tyner eJected
from the office, but the authority came too
late. When the Inspector returned Mrs.
Tyner hbd left. Afterwards, when the In
spectors called on her, she told them they
had no right to the papera, aa Mr. Tyner
was still assistant attorney general, and
moreover, insisted that tho paper were all
ot a private character.
! " l auspected at the department thst
I ne papers nave some couuecuua wun iub
recent conduct of the office. Some weeks
ago a turf Investment concert, whose
affairs were aired in court, alleged that Its
operations and working methods had been
sanctioned by the assistant attorney gen
eral for the Postofflce t'.epartturnt. Tbe
charges Involving the office of the assistant
attorney general and a lawyer formerly
connected with that office were veutllated
generally at that lime and an Investigation
was ordered by the postmaster genersl.
This was really the Inception of the In
vestigation that haa apread Into every yart
of the department.
Mr. Tyner, at the time the papera were
taken, waa still technical! assistant at
torney general, and this fact will figure
In consideration of the question by tbe
Department of Justice. It Is pointed out,
however, that although Mr. Tyner still
held the office, bis resignation not having
yet become operative, tbe acceptanoe of
tbe resignation was with the strict under
standing, specifically stated In the letter
of acceptance, tbst he would not attempt
to administer the duties of his office. It Is
fully realized by the postmaster general
that the case presents a delicate situation,
and (or that reason he declined today to
discuss the facts.
Tyner Former Postmaster General.
Mr. Tyner haa been In the government
service in varloua Important capacities for
many years. He Is from Indiana. He
served as assistant attorney general for the
Postofflce department and later waa first
ssslstant postmaster general. Subsequently
be, became postmaster general, and later
again assumed office In the department.
He Is one of the best known men In Official
life In Washington. He snd Mrs. Tyner
and President and Mrs. Grant were Inti
mate friends. During tbe Universal Postal
congresB, which met bere In 1H!7, he was
ous of tbe committee which represented
An effort made tonight to obtain from
Mr. Tyner or Mrs. Tyner a statement met
with no success. Mrs. Tyner stating that
tbey had nothing to say on the subject.
The suggestion was thrown out that there
might be something to give out by Mr.
Tyner's side in tbe future. Mrs. Tyner
apparently took the matter coolly. It at
all concerned about the pos'msster gen
eral's letter she did not how It In her
While refusing to admit directly that
Mr. Tyner received Mr. Payne's letter. It
was evident from her answers that l.s
either had received It or had beeu niadt1
acquainted fully with Its contents.
Mr. Tyner Is In a verf weak and almost
helpless condition from bla long elckneen.
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