Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, May 28, 1903, Image 1

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    The Omaha: Daily Bee.
Buper ntendent of Boral Delivery Matt
Aniwer to Bribery Charge.
Accused of Haying Stood in with Finn
of Contractors.
Authorities Assert the Evidence Against
Uaobeo is Conclude.
Refuses to Answer Many Qitlo
Asked Him and Suya Ilia Arrcat
la Marcl? a Oraad lt4
WASHINGTON, May 27.-A. W. Machen,
superintendent of tha frea delivery, who
waa removed fiom duty aome time ago,
vii arrested today at the Instigation of tha
Foatofflca department charged with receiv
ing brlbea from contractors.
These bribes axe supposed to aggregate
Fourth Assistant Postmaster General
Brlstow this afternoon Issued the following
M. W. Machen. general superintendent of
free delivery service, waa arrested at 1
vink trxlav. He la charted with receiv
ing bribes amounting n all to about 22.uoo
In connection witn a, contract nnu ujr ui"u
Bros, of Washington, D. C, for a patent
fastener used on street letter boxes, known
aa the Groff fastener. The PostofTlce de
partment In the last ten yeara haa used
knnt tinrina nrih nf these fasteners, ana
It la shown by ample evidence that for the
last three years, at least, Mr. Machen haa
been receiving 40 per cent of the amounts
paid to the OrofTs. The transaction of the
nusiness waa conumim t ""-
who controla the patent of his brother,
Samuel M., a policeman.
The arrest of Mr. Machen waa the con
cluding act of an examination of him which
waa conducted for three houra today by
Fourth Aaslatant Poetmaster General Bris
tow. Inspector Fosnes, .who relieved Mr.
Machen as chief of the free delivery system,
and Poatofflce Inspector Meyer. At the
conclusion of the Investigation Deputy
United States Marshal Spring-man i
called Into Mr. Brlatow'e office and made
the arrest.
Other Arrests Mar Follow.
Tha warrant on which Machen waa ar
rested charges him with receiving a bribe,
It la understood that other arrests are to
follow. Machen wilt Immediately be dis
missed by the postmaster general. Tha
amount of Money paid during the last ten
yeara to Groff Bros., In Fourth Assistant
postmaster Oeneral Brlatow's statement,
waa subsequently changed to 1140,000.
Mr. Machen waa taken before United
States Commissioner Taylor and through
his attorneys, Douglas dc Douglas, de
manded an immediate hearing. Tha dis
trict attorney said ha waa not ready to
Brooeed and asked for a postponement for
tea las.Tlie.. preJlmlruLry bearing waa
aw for Friday, Jono 15.
Mr. Machen said: "This will 'com out
all right. My arrest la merely a grand
stand play." i
Mr. Machen waa released on 120,000 bond,
given by the Union Security and Guarantee
company of Philadelphia. Poatofflce In
spector Foanes is trying to locate D. J.
Groff. one of the members of the contract
ing firm.
The other members of the Groff concern
were subjected to a severe examination to
day by the police of the city and the post-
offloe Inspectors at police headquarters. It
Is stated that they furnished little informa
tion, but the questioning continued through'
out tha morning hours.
When tinder examination by the poatofflce
officials Mr. Machen made a general denial
money whatever from the concern. He de
clined to answer many of the questions
propounded to him on the ground that they
related to his private affairs.
Mr. Machen was notified laat night to
coma )o tha office of Fourth Assistant
Postmaster General Brlstow this morning,
He was not informed as to tha purpose of
the visit
When ha appeared he was immediately
taken into the private office of Mr. Brla
tow, where he waa put through a severe
rigid examination. Meantime Colonel Coch
ran, tha chief poatofflce inspector, and sev
eraj of his men, were busy and the. office
of the district attorney waa communicated
with and Deputy Marshal Springman die
patched to the Poatofflce department to
affect the arrest of Machen. Thla waa done
at 1 o'clock. The postal authorities assert
that the evidence in their possession Is
complete and conclusive, but deqllne to
go into details.
Tha speclflo evidence in the possession of
the department covers four yeara, but it
la alleged by the authorttiea that the re
latlons : between Machen - and the Greft
concern have existed for nine or ten yeara.
No charges formed a bails for the Inves
tlgatlon of the contract. The discoveries
were made by Poatofflce Inspector Mayer
In the court of the general Investigation
of the affairs of the division over which
Machen haa had charge tor many yeara
past. Tha discovery of the alleged bribes
was made by Mr. Mayer about three weeks
ago and since then the efforts of Acting
General Superintendent Foanea of the free
delivery system and Poatofflce Inspectors
Mayer, McKee, Thorpe. Rolfe, Williams
and Farrow have been concentrated on thla
The Investigation developed very rapidly
late yeaterday afternoon. Poatmaster Gen
eral Fayne waa notified by Fourth Aaslat
ant Postmaster General Brlstow that the
facts warranted the arrest. Thla afternoon
Mr. Brlstow had another consultation with
the postmaater general, at which Mr.
Brlstow announced that Mr. Machen
would be immediately arreated. The post,
master general concurred in the vlewa ot
the assistant and agreed that thla step
waa neceasary. Several of the Inspectors
were at work sll last night closing up the
Investigation preliminary to Ita aenaa
tional climax today. Poatmaater Oeneral
Payns made the announcement of the ar
rest at 1 o'clock thla afternoon In voice
that trembled with emotion. Mr. Payne
aald: I'Mr. Machen la now being arreated
In thla building." He had little to add
beyond stating that the charge waa "par
ticipating In the profits of a concern with
his office."
Filler B. Groff. one of the partners In
the firm of Oroff Bros., who are accused
of having bribed August W. Machen for
the purpose ot procuring the purchase by
the government of their letter box fasten
ers, called at police headquarters tonight,
stating that he had heard that a warrant
for hla arreat waa out. He waa served with
tha wsrrsnt and waa released on SlO.flon
bond pending appearence before the United
Bute commissioner tomorrow.
Irregularities Arc Charged Against
the Customs OBci at Bast
SAN JUAN, P. R., Mr "-. As a result
of the visit herb of Cub pector Cul-
lum, charges have been . '', Washing
ton against Collector Kruso. "'f 'ng lr
regularltlea In the conduct of U. '' "Man
office. f
According to affidavits submlttea
the charges, Collector Krusen received v
lawful emoluments permitting steamers to
vlitlt Island porta without an Inspector on
board. In return for presents made to him.
and unlawfully demanding cigars from
shippers. The collector Is satisfied now,
but on his leturn a reply from him la ex
pected. WASHINGTON, May 27.-The Treaaury
department today made the following
statement regarding the report cabled from
San Juan to the effect that Collector
Krusen had been charged by Inspector
Cullom with smuggling:
The Investigation referred to at San Juan
was the regular Investigation of the port
of Ban Juan, ordered oy the Treasury de
partment, as it orders Investigations of
all other porta at least once a year. Ir
regularities were reported by the agent.
The collector was accused of receiving
presents of tobacco and liquors. In ex
planation to the agent he aald they were
given to him voluntarily. The collector
haa been severely censured by the depart
ment for his Indiscretions and the Irre
gularities of an agreement disclosed by the
report of the Investigation. The report
does not charge dishonesty. ,
British Government Aanexes Three
(.Inhabited Bodies of La ad
with View to Future.
TAHITI, May 15. Via. San Francisco,
May 27. (Correspondence of the Asso
ciated Press.) Information received on
the best authority confirms the rumor that
three email islands near Pttcalrn were
seized by England recently. It appears
that they were regarded by British Consul
Simons at Tahiti aa valuable. He waa
under the impresssion that sooner or later
the French government might annex them
and so, without waiting for definite In
structions from hla government, sent Mr.
McCoy, the English resident on Pttcalrn
island, to take over the three Islands for
the British government Later an Eng
lish man-of-awr, at Mr. Simon's request,
went from Tahiti to the new possessions
and completed certain formalities. When
the action was reviewed by the British
foreign office, the consul received full ap
probation for hla forethought Ducle
Island has a safe harbor, and Elisabeth
Island has many attractive features. There
are no inhabitants In the group.
Colonial troope are to be withdrawn from
Tahiti in the near future. They are con
sldered to be wholly unnecessary to thla
colony, and are a great burden upon the
From Fifteen to Twenty Lose Their
Lives la a Collision
at Sea.
ANTWERP, May 27. The British steamer
Huddersflsld, which sailed from here yea
terday for Grimsby. WWlldetf with the Nor
weglan steamer Uto. Huddersfleld la re
ported to have foundered. From fifteen to
twenty of Ita passengers are aald to have
lost their lives. The crew were saved.
The pasaengera were mostly seamen, re
turning, to England. It Is believed they
were crushed In the collision. The bows
of Uto were damaged.
It was ascertained later that twenty-two
Austrian and Italian emigrants perished
when Huddersfleld sank.
LONDON, May 87. A telegram from
Grimsby says Huddersfleld carried twenty-
nine emigrants and five other steerage pas
sengers. Twenty of the emigrants are miss
ing. The rematnder were taken ashore
with the Crew of Huddersfleld.
Racer aad Maker of Automobiles
Falls to Survive
POITERS. France, May 27. Marcel Re
nault, the well known racer and maker of
automobiles, who was injured by the over'
turning of his machine during the first
stage of the Paris-Madrid race, died sud
denly after midnight at Couve Verac. Re
nault never recovered full consciousness
from the time he was found beside the
Exhibit of Irish ladastrlea.
LONDON. May 27.-The Irish Depart
ment of Agriculture has decided to organize
a special exhibit of Irish Industries for
the St. Louis exposition. The secretary
for Ireland, Mr. Wyndham, In making the
announcement in the House of Commons
today, said the department should be In
formed that if it undertook the organiza
tion of an exhibit a special pavilion would
be provided from American sources. The
department waa now In correspondence on
the subject with the royal commission,
whose co-operation In the project had been
Refuses to Accept Resignation.
PORT AU PRINCE, Haytl. May 27.
President Nord has refused to accept the
resignation of the Haytlan cabinet, which
was tendered Monday. The ministers re
tain the portfolios with the understanding
that the cabinet will continue the Investiga
tion into the alleged extensive frauds in
the issuing of Haytlan government securi
ties amounting to $2,000,000. It waa the op
position of the caDlnet to a continuance of
this Investigation which caused the min
isters to tender their resignations.
C heat Sails for America.
LONDON, May 27. A crowd of friends
assembled at Waterloo station today to
bid farewell to Ambassador Choate, who
ia making a flying trip to America. Mi.
McCormlck, the American ambassador to
Russia, and Senator Scott are fellow pas
sengers of Mr. Choate on the Kronpiins
Wllhelm, which aalled from Southampton
shortly after noon today.
Albanian Chiefs Exiled.
CONSTANTINOPLE, May 27.-Forty-seven
Albanian chiefs who have been exiled
to Aala Minor paased through the Bos
phorus Monday bound for a Black aea port.
Tha Servian legation has notified the ports
thst the situation In Old Servla is com
pelling families to seek refuge In Servla. ,
Kshlblt of Fish ladastrlea.
LONDON. May 27. The Irish department
of agriculture haa decided to organise a
speclsl exhibit of Irish Industries for the
St. Louis exposition.
President of Liberia.
IANDON, May 27. Advices received here
today from Liberia announce that Arthur
Pare' ay waa recently elected president of
thai republic.
Slayer of Mr. and Mrs. Church Pays the
Drop of Forty Feet Revere the
Head from the Body of the Vic
tim of the Outraged
NEW CASTLE, Wyo., May 27.-W. C.
Clifton, murderer of Mr. and Mrs. John
W. Church, was lynched by a mob from
Gillette last night.
The mob battered down the Jail door,
holding up tho sheriff ana deputy while
they hung Clifton to a bridge west of town.
Clifton's head was cut off by the fall of
forty feet.
The mob, which was composed of fifty
mounted ranchmen, waa perfectly or
ganized and proceeded with methodical
The sheriff and his deputies were bound
and confined: Clifton's cries were stifled
with a gag. He was bound hand and foot
and was roughly dragged to the scene of
execution. The commands of the mob
leader were given quietly and none of the
townspeople were aroused by the lynchrs.
When the body of Clifton was removed
from under the bridge today the following
message was found pinned to his clothing:
We think the law ton ftlow In linnfflnir
this most cold-blooded murderer, who took
the lives of our dear friends and neigh
bors, and we take It upon ourselves to re
venge In behalf of the parents. Hoping
that the action on our part will meet the
approval of the community at large, we
remain, .
(Signed) THE MOB.
DENVER, May 27. John W. Church and
his wife, who lived on a homestead claim
seventy-five miles southwest of Newcastle,
were never seen alive after March 14 last
Clifton, whose ranch adjoined Church's,
was arrested April 7 on suspicion and on
April 17 he confessed that he had killed
Mr. and Mrs. Church.
Their bodies were found at the place
Indicated by him. Clifton claimed that he
had killed the couple In self-defense. He
had given Church a bill of sale covering
personal property to secure payment of
$600 advanced him by Church.
He said he had repaid this sum and ob
tained the bill of sale arid that Mrs. Church
had then threatened him with a fix-shooter,
demanding the return of the papers. He
shot her, he admitted, and, being attacked
by her husband, killed him also. This
story was discredited, as Mrs. Church
was a slender little woman 22 years of age.
Church was formerly a stenographer in
the Union Pacific offices In Omaha. His
family and Clifton resided In Council
Bluffs. About a year ago Church and
Clifton made an agreement to go Into the
cattle business in Wyoming together and
Church then took up a homestead adjoining
Clifton's. Clifton was 31 years of age.
National Railroad Company Profits hy
Agreement with Soatherm
NEW YORK,' May 27.-Spey er & ' Co. of
this city and Speyer Bros, of London have
Notified the holders of the common stock
of the National Railroad company of
Mexico that they have entered Into an
agreement with the - Mexican government
whereby it will purchase a large amount of
the company's securities. The government
will transfer to the banking Interests for
sale to the Mexican National at cost Its
holdings of 11,000,000 at Vi per cent second
debenture stock of the Interoceanlc Rail
road company of Mexico, limited. This
purchase by the Mexican National, with
the preferred and common shares of the
Interoceanlc already owned, will give it
practical control of the Interoceanlc and
a desirable outlet to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mexican government further pro
cures for the Mexican National a conces
sion which will cover for twenty years the
construction of any line except a local in
a narrow zone extending along the north
easterly boundary of Mexico from Meta
mores to a little beyond Eagle Pass, Tex.
The agreement contemplates the conversion
ot 133.350,000 common stock of Mexican Na
tional into two classes, of which $22,233,333
Is to be known as second preferred and
$11,116,666 as preferred stock. The second
preferred Is entitled to dividends. If earned,
not exceeding 6 per cent After payment
in any year of dividends of 4 per cent on
existing preferred stock and of 6 per cent
on the second preferred, holders of the
latter and of the deferred will rank on an
equality on the distribution of any profits.
The second preferred and the deferred
stock will be Issued for and In conversion
of the existing common stock of the Mexi
can National at the rate of two shares
of second preferred and one of deferred
for every three shares of existing common.
The government agrees to Include aa part
of the purchase the total Issue of deferred
stock, which may be offered for a limited
period, at $10 per share cash. , Rights of
existing preferred stock will not be af
fected by the arrangement
The concession to the Mexican National
provldes for Its termination on January 1,
1907, unless the company, within three yeara
from January 1, 1904, completes Its line
from Monterey to Matamoras. It Is said
that less than ISO miles remain to be built
Bremerton Takes Steps to Fully Com
ply with Requirements of
SEATTLE, Wash., May 27. After six
months of temporizing, the people of Brem
erton have taken steps to comply fully
with all requirements of the government
regarding the closing of saloons.
In a written communication to the com
mandant of the Bremerton navy yard
Mayor Croxton has notified that official
that the council haa passed resolutions
which will not only result in the removal
f every aaloon within the near future,
but which places the council on record as
pledged against the Issuance of any more
aaloon licenses.
The citizens of Bremerton threaten a
coat of tar and feathers and the forcible
expulsion from town of several members of
the council who are held responsible for an
order of the Navy department practically
closing the Puget Sound navy yard. Mayor
Croxton la authority for thla statement and
his sentiment Is voiced by many promi
nent citizens.
By yesterday's order the fleet of war
ships now In California waters Is directed
not to sail for Bremerton, where extensive
repairs to the vessels were to be 'made.
Besides this, work on the gunboat Ranger,
now In the navy yard, will be discontinued
and the vesael will be sent to Mare Island
unless the wishes of the department are
headed regarding the closing of a half
doaea aaloona on Front street.
Keatarky Tiwi Is Having; a Hot Time
Daring; Oraad Jery laves
JACKSON, Ky., May 27. The special
grand Jury this afternoon began Its In
vestigation of the assassination of City
Marshall James Cockrlll here last July. As
In the Macrum case, the assassin was sta
tioned In the court house, shooting Cockrlll
with' a Winchester rifle from the court
room window as Cockrlll stood In the street.
It waa Immediately after this that the
Cockrlll brothers had to flee the country
for safety. With them waa Captaf0 John
Patrick, who In a letter to Judge Redwlne
soon afterward, said that he and others
saw the assassins' and would come back and
testify If troops were sent to protect them.
Judge Redwlne declined to ask for troops
and had an attachment Issued for Patrick,
who, to escape going back to what he con
sidered certain death, haa since had to live
In seclusion. It Is said that he will appear
tomorrow to testify, and, with others, will
name the assassins. The assassination of
Dr. Cox, uncle of the Cockrlll boys, will be
taken up next
It seem? certain new that to avoid a
mistrial the trial of Curtis Jett and Tom
White, accused of tha assassination of J.
B. Macrum, will not be entered Into until
next week, when the regular term begins.
The special term enda Baturday.
Seperate trials will be asked for the men.
In the court room today when their cases
were called and by agreement Jett and
White werer'guarded by twenty soldiers.
The prisoners were not Ironed. Judge Red
wlne Issued an order for every one who
enters the court room to be searched for
weapons. He also gave Colonel Williams
authority to make arrests In town for dis
orderly conduct or any misdemeanor, which
makes martial law In Jackson practically
A detail of soldiers waa sent today into
the Interior of Breathitt county to bring In
as witnesses Captain Ned Strong and Henry
Back. Strong was quoted as saying to a
number of people, among them Mra. Mac-
rum's father, that he overheard a discus
sion of the plot to kill Macrum In a blind
tiger, three miles from Jackson, the day
before the murder. Being unable to go
himself to warn Macrum, ha sent Back
with a message, Back arriving Just In time
to see Macrum shot down.
Friends of Macrum, who contradict the
affidavits, say that both were Intimidated
Into making the affidavits through fear of
assassination. Owing to these clrcum
stances, their testimony Is awaited with
much Interest and may prove the connect
ing link between the conspiracy and the
assassinations. It Is believed that when
once started testimony which will uncover
the ring from which the numerous assas
sinations have emenated- will be freely
given and ample. The possibility of this
and the desperate measures that might be
undertaken to prevent It still makes the
guardians of the peace and some citizens
uneasy and apprehensive.
It waa determined thla afternoon not to
spend futher Investigation into the Mac
rum murder until lb witnesses present m
the Cockrlll case could be examined.
Twelve witnesses Were examined in tho
Cockrlll case. Seventy-five are to be heard.
The Hotchklss , gutV and ammunition ar
rived from IulsTtfle? this evening. A test
of Its destructive work wHl be made on
trees tomorrow.
Come Together with Fatal Results on
Southern Kear Bryan,
BIRMINGHAM. Ala.. May 27. A disas
trous head-end collision on the Southern
railway early thla morning near Bryan,
twenty-eight miles west of Birmingham, re
sulted In the death of three engineers, four
firemen and one brakeman, the destruction
by fire of twelve loaded freight cars and
eight empty cars, and great damage to the
colliding engines.
The dead:
HENRY ACTON, engineer.
L. G. CHESTER, engineer.
SAM J0HN8ON, engineer.
ROLAND MADISON, colored, fireman.
OTTO WOOD, fireman.
DAVE INGRAM, colored, fireman.
BOB HANCOCK, fireman.
J. D. HILL, colored, brakeman.
All were Instantly killed except Engineers
Acton and Johnson. They were brought to
Birmingham. Acton dying on the way and
Johnaon dying at the hospital thla after
Governor of Nebraska Will Make No
Derision la Rhea Case This
INDIANAPOLIS, May 17. A telegram
today from Governor John H. Mickey of
Nebraska to Governor Durbln announced
that there would be no action this week In
the case of William Rhea, the Mount Ver
non, Ind., young man now under sentence
to be hanged for murder in that state. Con
gressman Hemenway of tne First Indiana
, district, Major G. V. Mensles of Mount Ver-
non and Governor Durbln Interceded In tie-
half of young Rhea and Governor Mickey
has promised to make a thorough Investiga
tion of the case before allowing the execu
tion to proceed.
Party of Scientists Leaves oa First
Stage of Trip to Far
NEW YORK. May 27.-Part of the Zlegler
a -n,. ..rruutmnn sailed todav on the iinm.
., ,,, rrh. k.,,.
ship Pelllg Olav. They are bound tor
Tronajreim, norwuj, wimuw j win iu
In June for the Arctic regions, in the
party were R. R- Tafel of Philadelphia,
Charles L. Scltz of Evansville, Ind.; Wil-
I liam J. Peters of the National Geo?raph
leal society, Francis Long of the weather
bureau. Dr. R. G. Sharkley. 3. Colin Vaugh,
1 Charles E. Rilletts. John Vortoe. Spencer W.
Steward and H. H. Newcomb.
St. I. outs Contractor Laughs as He
Kills Woman aad Him.
ST. LOUIS. May 27 Laughing, as If
murder and suicide were Jokes, Charles IJ.
Wolz. a contractor, while talking to Mrs.
Louis P. Nelson late today at the cornnr
of Grand and Chouteau avenues, suddenly
drew a revolver and shot her twice In the
head and then sent a bullet Into hla own
brain. Passersby heard Wolz pleading with
the woman and then he suddenly laughed
loudly and fired tho shots.
At the hospital it is believed both will
dlj. It Is stated that the tragedy waa the
result of domestic troubles.
Old Union Pacifio Implores Beturn to 8hops
This Morning.
Machinists and Blaehsmlths Will
Meet with President Bart oa Mon
day aad Make Their Flaal
After being out on strike for over eleven
months. Union Pacific boiler makers re
turn to work thla morning, at losst aome
of them. Thla la the ultimate result of
the conference In New Tork with President
Burt whereby a settlement was effected
and the Immediate outcome of a conference
yesterday afternoon with Superintendent
McKeen of the motive power department
when minor differences arising since the
New Tork conference, were dlspossd of.
Forty-five boiler makers and their help
ers went out of the local ahopa June 18,
of last year. Thirty-six yesterday went
down to the shops and reported to Master
Mechanio Thompson and re-entered the
company's employ. Many of them got
leaves of absence for two or three days
and therefore will not go to work this
morning. Of the original forty-five some
have better positions in Omaha and else
where, and some will yet return to their
old places in the ahopa Monday President
Burt is expected to meet the representa
tives of the machinists and blacksmiths,
and it Is believed settlements will be made
with them and the long controversy
brought to a final termination.
Deals Fairly with Men.
Some talk was Indulged In yesterday over
a notice which wsa posted at the company's
shopa respecting the return of the old men.
It was Interpreted by some of the union
men to be unfavorable to them and tha
matter was taken up at the conference
with Superintendent McKeen and according
to Martin Douglas, secretary ot the lo.-al
lodge of boiler makers, satisfactorily ad
"The company promises that all of the old
men who desire may return to work,"
said Mr. Douglas, "and that la all right
Nothing final haa been done about the men
now at work In the shops, but that matter
is left to work Itself out and It will do It
we think."
An official of the company said regarding
the Insinuations that It had sought to
break' faith with the boiler makers: 11
. "The company will adhere' strictly to
every provision In that agreement It haa
no other desire or intention. It Is no time
fur . Incendiary reports regarding what Is
or what la not to be done. What every one
who haa the real Interest of the commu
nity at heart wants la peace and discus
sion calculated to incite trouble will not
give peace."
Serious Trouble Is Now Looked For
la West Virginia Coal
THURMOND, W. Va.. May 27. The first
serious outbreak since the late strike order
was issued occurred last night at the bifc
Q mines on Laurel creek.
For several days the strikers at that
point have been making an effort to Induce
the nonunion men to Join their ranks.
Last evening the strikers began marching
In a body toward the mines. The guards
on duty, half a dozen in number, at sight
of the marching body opened fire.
The strikers quickly returned the ftre,
but as they were yet at long range the
shooting waa nut effective, and only one
person, Marshall Brown, a guard, was
killed. Several received minor Injuries.
Brown waa ahot through the stomach, the
bullet being from a Wlncheater.
More than 1U shots were fired before the
strikers retreated. More trouble Is antici
pated today.
He Tells Why Colored People Leave
tha Country and Go to
TUSKEGEE, Ala., May 27.-Booker T.
Washington today submitted his annual
report to the board of trustees of the
Tuskegee Institute.
It Is In part as follows:
There sre several Influences that are
constantly exacting themselves against the
negro growing up on the soil at present.
One Is the lack of public school facilities
In the country district and the frequent
and unwise agitation of the question about
dividing the school fund In proportion of
tsx paid by each race.
in the cities and larger towns the negro
parent finds a comfortable school house
and a school In session eight or nine
months. Another thing which semis a
larger number of negroes to the cities Is
the surety of getting police protection when
I one la charged with crime.
i 1 think 1 do not overrate the matter when
j j v thBt for rvery iynPhns or attempt
; at lyncning inai laaes piace in tne country
a score of colored people leave the country
for tne city, inn wnoie uuesuon is one
that should receive very serious attention. !
Distribution of Immease Fortune of
George G. Williams Is
NEW YORK, May 27-The will of the
late George G. Williams of the Chemical
National bank was filed for probate today.
It waa dated December 12, 1896. , esti
mate of the value of the real estate Is
male, but Is believed to be about $5,0u0.000.
Tne bequests Included $1,000 to the Mei
cantlle library, $3,000 to the American Board
of Commisalcners for Foreign Missions, $6uu
to the Bank Clerks' Mutual Benefit asso
ciation. $3.i0 to the First Congregational
church of Esst Haddam, Conn., and $,000
to the Congregational Church Millington
society of East Haddam.
T ie residue Is left In trust for the wld.iw,
half the income to be paid to her and half
to the only child. Mra Clara F. Keels, wlo
is to receive the principal on the death
of bar mother.
Fnrecaat for Nebraska Fair Thnrsdny and
Cooler In West Portion; Friday, rair in
West and Showers In East Portion.
Temperature at Omaha 1'esterdayi
Hoar. De. Hour. Dec.
ft a. M IIM 1 p. m
a. m A p. m 74
T a. m...... All 8 p. m 1
H a. lu 114 4 p. m 7
a. a t B p. m 7l
lO a. m l A p. ....,. TH
It a. m OS T P. m T1
111 m Tft p. m Til
O p. n Tt
Fremont Woman Has a Trying Ex
perience While Shopping;
la Omaha.
Mrs. Jacob Ferrera of Fremont was
driven Into' almost an hysterical condition
yesterday by the temporary separation
from her children, Florence and Jacob.
The pair strayed ftoYn her while she was
shopping In the Boston store and were lost
In the crowd. Mrs. Ferrera remained at
the police station while the police looked
for the lost children.
Florence, who Is only 4 years old.
strayed away first from her mother and
was missed In a few minutes. Mrs. Fer
rera sent the boy, who Is S years older
than his Bister, after the little girl. Jacob
In turn seemed to get lost from his mother
and not to And his sister. The mother
was In a terrible state and hunted up a
policeman to help her In the search.
They In their passage were seen by Jacob,
although not seeing him. The youngster
seeing his mother In the hands of an officer
evidently decided that the Jig was up and
started out to walk to safe old Fremont
Nothing was heard ot him until Elmore's
grading camp at Thirtieth and Q streets.
South Omaha, called up early In the even
ing to say that they were harboring and
had fed a small boy who had wandered
in footsore and bewildered about 6 o'clock.
asking the road to Fremont. An officer
was sent for the boy. Florence meanwhile
had been picked up at Twentieth and
Pierce streets, In which neighborhood, she
hoped to And mamma. The reunited fam
ily, each child in a firm grip, escaped from
Omaha by the 11:30 train.
sum r
Thoae of Omaha Will Make Sys
tematic Effort to Relieve Per
aecated of Russia.
Thirty prominent Jews of Omaha, two
from each of the Jewish local organizations.
met at the office of C. 8. Elgutter lost night
and effected a permanent organisation to
manage and direct local efforts in relief of
the persecuted of Russia. Rabbi Simon
was made chairman, Martin Sugarman
secretary and Morris Levi treasurer. To
these were added for an executive commit
tee, with power to aot, Harry B. Zlmman,
E. Fleischman. 8. Ravltz, A. Ferer and
Mrs. Kettleman.
A total of $700 was reported already col
lected from various Jewish organisations.
exclusive of individual subscriptions, and
at a meeting of tha executive committee,
held after the general meeting, one repre
sentative from each local Jewish organiza
tion, was chosen to fufnlah the. names ot all
members of his lodge.' Later different mem
bers of each will be appointed to canvass
districts ot the city for contributions.
Those at last night's meeting dlscuased,
but did not decide, the question as to
whether It would be best to send the col
lected money to relieve the persecuted at
their homes or to reserve it as a fund to
provide temporarily for them after they
reach here. Thla will be acted upon, prob
ably, at the next meeting, to be In the
Russian synagogue at Twelfth street and
Capitol avenue next Wednesday evening.
Former Omaha Paator, Now at Tabor,
Iowa, Elected President of
Howard University,
Rev. Dr. John Gordon, In past years pas
tor of Westminster Presbyterian church
and for a time professor of ecclesiastical
history In the Omaha Theological seminary,
waa elected Tuesday to the presidency of
Howard university, the great Institution for
the , higher education of colored people at
Washington, D. C.
Friends in Omaha received the newa last
evening with manifest elation. Dr. Gordon
went from this city to Tabor, la., there to
occupy the chair of history In Tabor col
lege, a Congregational school, and later, on
July 1, VOZ, was made president of the in
stitution. In this capacity he Is still serv
ing. ,
Dr. Gordon Is now in his 64th year. He
waa born lu Pittsburg, Pa-, and his educa
tion Included a classical course In the West
ern University of Pennsylvania, where be
received his degree of bachelor of arts and
later master of arts; graduate work at Yale
university by which ho was awarded the
master ot arts degree, and a complete
course at Union Theologloat seminary. He
filled pastorates with the Fourth Presby
terian church of Pltts)urg ' and the Flrat
Presbyterian chuich of Lincoln before com
ing to the Westminster Presliytorlan of
Governor Bailey Wants His State
First to Endorse President
TOPEKA, Kan-, May 27. Governor Bailey
said today that he favored an early state
convention next year. In order that Kansas
may be the first state to declare for Moose
velt. "We ought to meet in February, If
necessary," he said. "We ought to be the
i "t state to Instruct our delegates for the
; president, we are uii earnenuy ana nearmy
for Roosevelt, and the thing to do Is to set
the pace for thu rest of the country.
Movements of Ocean Vessels, May 27,
At Liverpool Sailed: Canada, for Mon
treal; Noordland, for Philadelphia, via
Uu.tenslown; Teutonic, for New j'oik, via
uueenstown. Arrived: Fiicaland, from
At Naples Arrived: Lahn, from New
York, and Hailed for Genoa.
At Hamburg -Sailed: Batavla, for Bos
ton and New York.
At Genoa Sailed: Cambroman, for Bos-
n t.iiard I'ssiwd: I A Lorraine, from
' New York, for Havre; St. Paul, from New
xora, ioi Dimiii.un'.wii-
At Southampton .Sailed: Kron Prina Wll
helm. rr.ui
fr.irn Bremen, for New York, via
At New York-Baiiea: rew York, for
Southampton; htatemlam, for Rotterdam.
Arrived: Oceanic, from Liverpool; liohn
zollern, from lienoa.
At Cherbourg Sailed: Kron Prlnz Wll
helm, from Bremen and Southampton, tor
New York.
At tiiHhgow Arrived: Anchorta, from
New York.
At hrlsbone Arrived: Mlowera. from
Vancouver, via Honolulu, for Sydney, N.
8. W.
At Hong Kong Arrived: Empress of
China, from Vancouver, via Yokohorar
Wires Down in All Directions sod Details
Are Difficult to Obtain.
Number of Fatalities Beported, but List
Bmaller Under Oiroumstanoes,
Heavy Bains Accompany the Winds and
Add to DtEoomforU.
Damage Done to Buildings aad
Crops by Wlad aad Watea
Will Amount ta Largo
DE8 MOINES. Ia., Muy 2V.-Hlgh water
In the Des Moines river Is causing appre
hension here tonight and reports recelvi
from the upper river Indicate a repeti
tion of the disastrous floods of last June
The river at 8 o'clock stood sixteen and
one-half feet above the low water mark.
Tho highest stage reached In the flood ot
last year was twenty-four and one-hal;
feet Basements in the wholesale auction
ars flooded, butt he tops of the levees
In the southern part of town are sllll threr
feet above the water. The levees are belnt
patrolled for the purpose of repairing
breaks If any occur. North of here the
Des Moines river Is rising rapidly. At
Boone the river Is the highest ever knowi
and the same report comes . from Lehigh.
At Webster City the Boone river, tributary
to the Des Moines, Is two feet eight Inches
above last year's high water mark. The
Raccoon river Is rising rapidly.
From all parts of the state come reports
of rising waters.
Wires are down In all directions through
out the state, owing to the storms of laat
evening, and aa reports are being received
it la believed that last night' experience
was even worse and more fatal than tht
of yesterday.
In South Des Moines the storm waa espe
cially severe. The dead number two, but
the list of Injured never can be compiled.
The damage to property will reach fully
$60,000. The Des Moines riv'er Is rising an
inch every two hours and with every pros
pect of exceeding the high water mark of a
year ago.
Two miles north of Gray, Audubon
county, Charlea Leslie, a telephone re
pairer, reports two children dead In the
wreckage of a farm house. Five other per
sons were seriously Injured in the same
Another death has been added to the
list of victims of the tornado In Dea
Moines laat night. The home of Richard
Wallace, a carpenter, waa completely de
stroyed and the lire In the kitchen started
a blase among the rulna.
The S-year-old daughter of tha family ,
was pinioned In the debris. Before assist
ance could react . iter' she was burned to -'
Disastrous Btorm at Atlantic.
ATLANTIC. Ia May 27.-(SpeclaI Tele
gram.) The most disastrous atorm ever
visiting this county has just passed over.
All day yesterday and all last night
it raged. Two and fifty-seven one-hun-
dredths Inches of water falling added to the
two Inches of Monday sent every creek and
other stream In the county out of their
banks and over the entire low lands of ;he
In this city the Nlshnabotna river Is the
highest It has been for twenty years and
thousands of dollars worth ot damage has
been done to houses and furniture; barns,
outbuildings and fences, while a large
amount of stock has drowned and crops
almost beyond value have been destroyed.
The Atlantic Canning company alone
estimates I'.s loss at $10,00), nearly 125 acres
of Its growing pea crop having ben ruined.
The roads over the county are nearly all
Impassable and tha damage to crops will
be very heavy, corn especially being
severely Injured.
MARSH ALLTOWN, Ia., May J7.-A se-
vere storm damaged the hospital of tho
Iowa Soldlei-s' home last night. A large
brick smokestack was blown down, crash
ing through the roof, the inmates narrowly
escaping Injury. Trees were blown down
and houses wrecked. Heavy rains cauaed
the Iowa river to leave Ita bank and
floods are threatened in the lowlands.
Town Completely Demolished.
AUDUBON. Ia.. May 27. (Special Tele-
gram.) The latest reports from the Botna
tornado are that one waa killed and sev
eral Injured. The town waa completely de
CRESTON. Ia.. May 27.-(Speclal.)-8lx
people injured, one of them poaslbly fa
tally, and a great amount pf damage to
property. Is the result of the storm which
vlxlted this city last night. The Injured
Miss Maud Toopa, possibly fatally.
Mrs. 8. Toops, bruised.
Mr. McLaughlin, hurt by falling timber.
MIhs Elizabeth Kelley, back Injured.
Floyd DeHaven, thighs crushed.
Mr. Flemmlng, shoulder blade broken.
The home of Mrs. 8. E. Toops was the
only building entirely demolished, though
there is scarcely one which Is not damaged
to a greater or less extent This houne
was picked up and carried by the wind for
a distance of thirty feet and then dashed
to pieces. Both Mrs. Toops and her
daughter were burled in the ruins. The
DeHaven boy was Injured by wreckage
from a barn which was partially destroyed.
Reports are coming In slowly from th
country which Indicate that the property
loss there will be heavy, though no los
of life haa been reported as yet.
The heavy rains which have fallen for
the last several days, together with the
downpour of laat night, have rendered the
roadbed of the Burlington, both main line
and branches, aoft and trains are run
jlowly and with extreme caution. No
actual washouts are reported, however
At Pacific Junction, which Is. low and flat,
tt Is reported the town resembles a float
ing village.
Among the buildings badly damaged were
the Methodist church, the creamery, ten
residences and about fifty barns. The storm
waa accompanied by brilliant lightning,
which struck two buildings and many trees.
The storm traveled In a northwestern direc
tion and did about $30,000 damage. This Is
the first time In years that Crest on has
been visited by a like storm.
WEBSTER CITY, Ia.. May 27. Special
Telegram.) The Bojne river at thla poml
haa risen ten feet In the last alxteer,
hours. Many homea on the east side flats
are flooded and people are moving out
The watera are still rising and the rain
several Injured at Brooks.
CORNING. Ia.. May 27 (Special.) The
villa of Brooks was visited by a tornado