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the prospective cost of continuance"- and
, The Army War College.
Th organisation of the general staff re
lieves t)i war college, board of a wide
rsnge of general start duties originally as
signed to the board In the absence ot ony
more complete organization, and this hB
made possible a simpler organisation,
nilapted to the performance of war college
Jut leu proper, and constituting an adjunct
of the general staff.
The cuntlmied establishment and perfec
tion of officer' schools at post is pro
ducing good results, and It la evident that
when the army has become settled In the
enlarged points now In the course of con
struction and extension, md this system
of schools has become thoroughly estab
lished, we shall be able to drop from the
Leavenworth course much of the compara
tively elementary Instruction which we are
now forced to give there and confine that
Institution to tne more advanced instruc
tion for which It la Intended.
( The Militia.
Of equal Importance with the general staff
act In Ita relation to the general milltnry
efficiency of the country la the at to pro
mote the efficiency of the militia, upproved
January 21, Mitt, supplemented by un ap
propriation of ?l.xi,i in mo army appto-
liinutrii net III fflttn n Z. 111.1.
I'pon the whole the condition of the arms
and equipments of the organized militia
was found to be satlsfacinry, :.nd such de
llclenrles as were uist.overe,. were, to a
great extent, readily remeaied. The fol
lowing elates were found by the inspection
to be already "sufficiently armed and
equipped for service in the Held," via:
t'allrornla, Colorado, Connecticut, Dela
ware, restrict of Columbia. Georgia. Illi
nois. Iowa,- Kansas, Maine, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New
Jersey, New York North Carolina, North
lNkota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Ten
nessee, Texas. Vermont, Washington, Went
Irglnla and Wisconsin.
It was found that of the 1,821 organisations
Inspected, 1.492 were sufficiently armed and
equipped for active duty in the Held.
The quartermaster's department has
been driven to tho utmost capacity of lta
officers In pressing forward the construc
tion of barracks and quarters to provide
lor the enlarged army, both here and In
the Philippines, under the liberal appropri
ations made by congress at Its last session.
The work has been conducted In accord
ance with the conclusions reached upon a
very thorough study of the subject of dls-,
trlbutlon of troops made by the War Cot
lege board acting as a provisional general
tan. Good progress has been made In
this, as well as in construction under the
appropriations for post exchange buildings,
the Army War college, the Engineers'
School of Application and thel enlargement
of Governors island In New York harbor.
Jn executing tho provision authorising tho
expenditure of t".6n0,0UO for the Improve
ment and enlargement of the military acad
emy at West Point, the preliminary plans
produced by the competition described In
my last report were submitted on May IS,
11W3, and tho set of plans submitted by
Messrs. Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson of
Hoston was selected and approved upon
the unanimous recommendation of an ad
visory committee composed of Lieutenant
General Schofleld (retired). Colonel Mills.
the superintendent of the academy, and
three, architects who had been chosen by
the competitor. The detailed plans and
specifications are now far advanced.
The signal corps has continued the work
of telegraph construction In Alaska with It
customary energy. The system provided
for by the act of congress of May M. ID',
hns now been completed. It consists of
1.740 miles, of telegraph line, of which 1,488
ini li.n.4 mnti VtA iuhl 1 1 nA,
Th Array la the Philippines.
On October 15, 190S, the "American troops
In the Philippines consisted of 843 officers
ami 14.SH7 en. luted men. Genersl George
W, Davis, th division commander until
July 26, has reported that the number can
tie still further reduced, and I agree with
that opinion. It is not desirable, however,
to make any further reduction until the
Construction of barrack and quarters In
lata United States hus n3e further prog.
Fa. There are also, ninety-nine officers
end 4,Sij6 enlisted men of the Philippine
seouta. . There Is not at present much oc
casion for the use of American troops out
side of the Moro country, but tne moral
effect of their presence Is undoubtedly
In the Sultl archipelago the . conduct of
the Mm on has been growing steadily more
unsatisfactory during the entire year. The
agreement made by General Bates with the
sultan of Jolo on August 10. 1W9. and sub
mitted to congress February 1, l'HO, recog
nised the aovereignty of the sultan and
depended upou him for the maintenance
of Order. Fuller experience with these
people, however, has shown that the sov
ereignty of the sultan la little more than
nominal and that he has not the power,
even It he has the will, to maintain order.
The pnople are really governed by a num
ber of chiefs or "dattos." who pay very
little attention to the theoretical authority
of the sultan. Borne of these are friendly
to t he f Americans and some of them have
become exceedingly Insolent and defiant.
committing or permitting their people to
commit frequent thefts and aaaaulta and
conteiiiptnouly repudiating anv subordina
tion to American sovereignty.
The conditions which 1 have described.
ss long as they exist, will be an insuper
able barrier to carrying out the Intent Ion
thus expressed, as it is found that the
Hu'u Moroe sre not on,y continuing me
practice ot aivery. nui are actively en-
Mired in ihm slave trade.
It has thus become plain that the Bates
A SURE TEST
IX Whether CasTee- Really Harts r
Some folks drink coff ie and suffer day
after day but consols themselves by say
ing "I don't believe it hurts uie or at any
e 1 am nut sure that It does."
,'he sensible thing to do la to make sure
leaving off toftee and using Pi slum for a
ek or ho. Tho trial Is pleasant and you
learn something worth more thau
y to you In the way of health and
: Intelligent woman who valued her
and Qomfurt made sure. She says
proved positively that when I used
I had kidney and bladder trouble,
tlou of the heart, stomach trouble,
omtla and my complexion was sallow
Vddy, but I got rid of sll th.se
i 1 qulr coffee and took on
I Coffee. All my troubles dls
ickly, almost aa If by mag c
Fvlx tr.etW p:&c I becam strong ard we I
worLon leUrned to .Ike PoHum as well as
fTee and 1 would uot enchants
up of Ptrtum fvr ciffee and
'thing in the world." Name
m Co, lialili t riH-k, Mich.
IwckhKe fur a copy vf the
. "Jus llel to Vil!ls.
By GEORGE BARR McCUTCHEON,
Author of "Graustark." " Castle Craneycrow," Etc.
Many Thousands of "The Sherrods
have been sold in less than two M
months. It Is one of the six best
selling books in this country
- to-day! Why?
lST.lf you once begin it, you must finish it.
2N. The four lsadin; characters (two women and two men) are wonderfully
true to life, and we constantly mset such peopl;.
5 RD.- Because it is one of the strongest novels of the year.
The Cleveland Leader Says :
" It is' a better book from all points of the literary compass' than his
'Graustark,' and he fairly wins his spurs in it"
Fully Illustrated. For sale everywhere. Price $1.50.
DODD, MEAD & CO., Publishers. New York.
agreement of 1S99, which served a useful
Surpose at that time, can no longer he
epended upon as an Instrument of gov
ernment, and that a new arrangement must
be substituted In Its place under which
American authority operates directly upon
the dattos, who are the real controlling
powers In the Sulu archipelago.
Aside from such action as may be called
for by a further study of coast defense
problems. 1 do not think that any Im
portant legislation regarding the army will
be advisable for some time to come. Occa
sion for some minor changes will of course
develop from time to time, and It Is im
portant that congress' should continue the
appropriations necessary for carrying on
the policy already adopted In various di
rections; hut very great and radical changes
have been made in many respects during
the past six years, and the army should
have time to put the new laws Into opera
tion and work out the new methods under
the direction of the general staff without
further disturbance. Experience will of
course develop occasion for some Improve
ments In the new statutes, but these should
not tie attempted until the full results ot
experience have been attained.
" ThS es.lmates presented this year for
the support of the military establishment
proper. Involving chiefly things consumed
during tho year, are jM3,fni less than last
year's appropriations and 1 131, (WO less than
Inst year's estimates, on the other hand,
we are asking congress for considerable
Increases In appropriations for Investment
In permanent plant, such as sites for fortl
flentlons and sea coast defenses, torpedoes
for harbor defense, gun and mortar bat
teries, armament of fortifications, coast
artillery Are control Installations, arsenals
and sea walla and embankments.
In pursuance of the views of congress on
construction of lallroads In the I'hlYlvpla'ea,
and In order to be ready with any further
imormntlon ' which congress might desire
on the subject of the senate's inquiry, the
War department procured for the Philip
pine government the services of two ex
perienced engineers familiar with the work
of locating railroads In the tropics, and
these engineers have personally examined
and lo-ated a line of railroad from Manila.
up the easterly side of the great plain of
central Lusnn. over the mountains near
Carranglun, down the valley of the Caga-
yan to the north coast of Lusnn at Aparri;
another line from the termination of the
present railroad on the gulf of Untrtiyen up
the wert coast to Laoag. and a third lln
from Manila southerly .throuah favite and
Rata n gas to the south coast at the- city of
The estimated cost of constructing these
roads Is 111. 140.095. I am satisfied that the
Philippine government could afford to pay
the entire interest on the cost of construe
tion In return for the benefit which the
government will receive in greater effi
ciency and reduced cost of administration.
The Increase In the taxable value of prop
erty and the benefits to the people of the
Island of Luson will, of course, be very
great. It Is probable that private capital
cannot he obtained for Investment at the
risk of this enterprise without some state
aid or a loan of credit by means of a guar
anty or otherwise. I strongly recommend
mat glioma tne powers or tne cnnippine
government be deemed Insufficient for this
purpose, Ruch legislation aa may be neces
sary to confer the power be enacted by
4 Hart Never Harts
After Porter's Antiseptic Healing; OH l ap
plied. Relieves pain Instantly and heals at
the gam time- For man or beast. Price, On.
Aanonaremeats of tha Theaters.
"Mrs. Wlggs of the Cabbage Patch" has
been one of the most widely read of recent
books, and the play that has been made
irom it nas proved as popular as tne novel.
Madge Carr Cook, one of America's best
known character comediennes, created the
part of Mrs. Wlggs, and has been pro
nounced a decided success everywhere the
company has appeared. The play Is made
for amusement only, presents no problem,
and offers nothing but clean comedy. "Mrs.
Wlggs ot th Cabbage Patch" will be the
attraction at the Boyd for two nights and
a matinee, beginning Tuesday night.
FORECAST OF THE WEATHER
Fair Mouday mmd Taesdar, la Ne
braska Is Preailse of the
WASHINGTON. Dec. .-Forecast:
For Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota and
South Dakota Fair Monday and Tuesday.
For Iowa and Missouri Fair Monday and
For Montana Partly cloudy Monday;
Leeal Record. .
OFFICE OF THE WEATHER BUREAU,
OMAHA, Dee. . Official record of tem-
rerature and precipitation compared with
lie corresponding day of the last three
1903. 1902, 1901. 1S00
Maximum temperature.... 6" 21 5.1 41
Minimum temperature.... il lti 28 StS
Mean temperature 3 18 40 'Si
Precipitation .30 .0 T
Record of temperature and precipitation
at Omaha for this day since March 1.
Normal temperature 29
Excess for the day T
Total excess since March 1, 1908 75
Normal .precipitation .04 Inch
Petlclency for the day ....'. .04 Inch
Total rainfall lnce March 1 31 1 inches
Excess since March -1, 194 2. M Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, 19ir... 1.25 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period, liK'l... 6. S inches
Heaort trass ftatleas at T Pi M.
CONDITION OF THB
North Matte, clear ....
Hall Lake City, clear
Hapld City, clear i...
Halnl Louis, clear ..
8iilnt l'aul. clear ....
Davrnpuit. clear ....
rlatiaaa City, clear ..
lav re. partly cloudy
Sbi bil .01
4o! Wi .01
4(l 6Z .IV
l m .m
X4 iui AM
84! ' ou
S2I Si. .011
lUll 42, .at
,xi st .oi
il 44! .00
421 481 .!
hi! 4..' .tw
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18 III ll
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T InJUjtvs Uuc vf pi ''vital tun.
L. A. WELSH. Forecaster.
CALLS FOR COLBY'S RECORDS
Federal Grand Jury 1'iuei Summons for
Books cf Former Adjutant General.-
INVESTIGATION SAID TO BE OH THE WAY
A. . nilth of Beatrice, Clerk I nder
Colby, Reported to Be Bark
of , the Projected
The contagion of ofllqlul investigation
arising froru the present federal grand Jury
threatens to Infect former state Adjutant
General L. W. Colby of Beatrice.
Summons were. Issued Saturday for
Adjutant General J. H. Culver and S. D.
Davis of Lincoln and for A. Q. Smith of
Beatrice to apjiear before tho gradd Jury
In connection with certain .events 'in the
office of the adjutant general at Lincoln
prior to the Incumbency of General Culver.
Mr. Culver Is required to bring with him
tho book, accounts and records, of the ad
jutant general's office for. the .years 1U01,
1903 and 1903.
Various rumors are current regarding the
suc'idcn Injection of theadjuta'nt general's
office Into the grand Jury deliberations. A.
Q. Smith, a. former clerk Jj that office
tinder General D. W. Colby's administra
tion, la said to be back of the Investigation
and the nature of It can only be surmised.
Friendship la Dissolved.
Mr. Smith and General Colby were form
erly warm persona! friends and have re
cently become estranged, and the vlndlc
tlvenesn o' Mr. Smith toward his former
chleJMft'.npw even more bitter ttuMi their
former friendship was cordial.
Genera Cujby was appointed adjutant
general of the Htate by Governor Savage
In 1901 ahrf "held over until Governor Mick
ey's election and was finally succeeded early
In J30J by J- H. Culver or Mllford, the pres
ent meambent. Mr. Smith was Colby's
chief clerk during the letter's term of office
and the calling for the books of the office
for the years during General Colby's term
Is taken to Indicate that some racy devel
opments are coming.
S. D. Davla la still a clerk In the office of
the adjutant general, having succeeded Mr.
Smith. Smlthv was formerly from Burling
ton, la., and was at one time a man of
considerable means, and for a number of
years engaged in the very profitable busi
ness of buying tax titles very extensively
In southeastern Nebraska. His present
home la at Lincoln, though he spends much
of his time at Beatrice.
Item of Two Thoasaad Hollars.
Tho report of General Colby for 1901 con
tained in ,he asset column a credit of
$2,000. This money had been appropriated
to the office by the legislature to be used
In paying the government for blankets
that had been used In the penitentiary
after tho fire there, or for the purchase of
more blankets. When the report reached
the then chief clerk of. the governor's of
fice. J.- C. F. McKesson, the latter refused
to O. K. It, holding. that the 12,000 should
be a' liability of the office, and not an as
set. He, it is said, explained this to Oen
orsl Colby, but the latter refused to under
stand it that way. Whether the report was
accepted by Governor Savage could not be
ascertained yesterday at Lincoln because
the records were locked up.
McKesson held that should he accept the
r.'.OO as reported by General Colby as an
ass.-t, It would count for that much de
ficiency, should the,re be a deficiency. This
12.000 Item was contained in General Col
by's semi-annual report, filed six months
or more before he went out of office.
I'pon the expiration of his term he failed.
It Is said, to file a report, and from No
vember 30 until February 20, when General
Culver took charge of the office,' there la
no report In the governor's office, as Gen
eral Culver refused to file a report of mat
ters that happened during the term of
General Colby. General Culver, yesterday
said he had not Investigated Colby's books.
SISTER COMES TO FORD'S AID
Proposes to tea Brother Throagh
Tronhle Itasaoroas Barglar Idea
tilled hy Dr. Easor.
Frank Ford, the "humorous burglar,"
whose arrest at Argentine, Kan., and re
turn to Omaha, marks an epoch in the
cireer of the worst housebreaker ever In
the city, according to the police, was posi
tively identified by Dr. T. 11. Ensor of
South Omaha on Sunday as the man who
held Mm up on the night of November 14
in his own home, and at the point of Ms
Ford still maintains that he la an Inno
cent and much persecuted young man. A
sister living In Argentine is expected to ar
rive here this week, and, backed by plenty
of money, has avowed her Intention of see
ing her brother through his present diffi
culties. The police declare they have es
tablished Ford's guilt beyond a possible
doubt, and cite the wearing of an over
coat which was stolen from one of the
houses Ford Is charged with robbing, on
his late return with Deteoltve Hetlfeld
from Kaunas Cltyr ss a corroborating cir
cumstance. Always f H-mernIar tk Full iara
Curat Coi in On Day,
RIDCELY MAKES HIS REPORT
0 Bptroller of th Currency Mkfi BeTeral
BecommendaUom tor Changes in Liw.
WOULD GIVE MORE ELASTIC CURRENCY
In, (Irrirr o Accomplish This He
Wonld Permit Baaks to Issao
Clrralatlon t arovered by
tDeposlt of Boads.
WASHINGTON, Dec. .-The annual re
port of W. B. Rldgely, comptroller" of cur
loncy, has been prepared for transmission
The report shows that, compared with
that for September 15, 1!I2, It is observed
tnat there has been an increase in number
of reporting associations of 441 and a net
Increase ci l!i,tiiil,0M.8i In aggregate re
sources. The Increases of tne principal
items of resources are as follows: Loans
and discounts, iiil,mii,21il; I'nlted Htates
bonds, SHn,i9H.ion; specie, kil,)L'U,li4i.K.'; legal
During tms period the loanable funds
were augmentcu as follows: Capital slock
to the extent or 4x, 187,1:41 ; surplus and
other pronts. Iwi.TM.XM.'y; government de
Notwithstanding the Increase In loanable
funds and the volume of loans and dis
counts, there was a net decrease from 8cp
icmlier 15, IsXE, to September H, lmiS. In In
dividual deposits of fcj-.iito.a'.H.W. 'i his Item
reached the maximum during the ear, and
also during the existence of the nutinnal
tmnklng system, mi June , 1HU3, namely,
H,:'i0,iiM.S"ii.. From this high-water mark
there wns a decline on (September 9 to
M,lW.!3;i.4!i.0i", or t4,6(W,010.1a.
The capital Mock and surplus funds of
the associations gradually Increased irom
V14,tilii.:t.i3 and jnb.itia.iaO.Ht, respectively, on
November 'J5. to riM.i-'.tjoS und 1170,-
Jin.W.ltti, respectively, on (September 9. )!W3.
The specie holdings with the banks varied
from a minimum ot $:Wx,i,:t'J7.86 on June 9,
linw, to a maximum ot 417.&72.14tf.37 on Feb
ruary 6 of that year. Tlie amount of gold
In the banks on the date last mentioned
was $106.'ai8,TJ9; gold treasury certificated,
$lt!4.?b6,OtJ: gold treasury certificates, pay
able to order, $42,"15,iKiO, and gold clearing
house certificates, $7'J. 4.'tf,imo ; total gold and
gold eerlirlcutes, las'fl.iTS. Of the hold
ings of silver, S11.lliv.021 was In dollars,
toD.ltn.-'M in certificates, and $9,547,048 In
fractional coin: total sliver, J78,!W,'!6i. On
September 9. l'Mii, the ppecle held amounted
to r.W.S.Vi.lilx, classified as follows: Gold
coin. flofi.Bti9.S94; gold treasury certificates,
$119,3'w.2'20; ;n. treasury certificates, pay
able to order, li.lSO.noO; gold clearing
house cert (floates, in.307.0"0; total gold and
gold certificates, titlS. 424,11 4; silver eerllfl
cHter, $ii2.78l,78; silver dollars, 10.33n.Hi),
and fractional silver coin, 9,0O4.143; total
The deposit liabilities of national bunks
on which reserve is required amounted On
November a, 191)2, to $3,705,217. 1:12, cgnlnst
which was held iu cash, In funds credited
by reserve agents,' and In the 5 per ctnt
redemption fund, $987,074.21S, or i'ft.al per
cent. The legal reserve, however, amounted
to $817,981,481. or 22.08 per cent. The de
posit liabilities Increased on February ft.
1903, to $3.851,39i.20.i; declined to $3,82!I.Hl,BKo
on April 9. and to $3.si7,iu.0.'n ot? June .
At date the report made on September 9,
1903. the deposit liabilities had increased to
$3.8i.'i,B12,112, on which legal reserve was
held of $S50,7t2,184. or S2.'ijj v,r cent. , The
percentage of all available luitrts to de
posit liabilities ranged from a nilnlnii'm ot
2. 25 on April 9 to a maxhnum of V'7 70 on
February ti, and nercentaite of legal reserva
was the lowest and highest on the Same
dates, being 21.68 and 22.48.
State Banks aad Trust Couipaales.
Through the co-operation of sluts olflcluls
chargeu wltn nupervialon oi bunks cnar
terea and operated under state- laws, und
by the very general compliance with the
request for reports made to Individual
banks and bankers, the comimiiller Is en
abled to present a nore comprehensive
statement of the condition of until ulioiis
of this character than nas ever before been
complied by this bureau. ,
An tinalysis of the oniolMated returns
from .state, savings, prlvite banks, and
trust cojrnanles shuwv an increase in ag
gregate resources In 1903 over 1WJ of about
tU,oo0.ooo and over ivsm of n.ariy fci.'M.wo,
Oho. Loans and discounts amount to $4.
Wi. 675, 686, a gain of more than $7.1,000,000
over the amount reported lor 1902. A
marked Increase In the caah holdinu:i dur
ing the past year Is-also exhibit. d in the
statement, there, being, upproritnuteiy,
Kio.iwo.uiio more mohe-y i-i the bunk thun
was reported 4n190ji Galng back for a
period of five years. It Is of interest to
note the gain In cash holrttiigs o ir the
prior year for each year alnce. 1S94. in
approximate sums, Ihe l.icrease in cash
holdings of these hnnks wis $ii.!)7),MN) In
1899 over 18V8; $S.7K'.im0, lftW over 1899;
$l.478,Oi0. 19nl over 19ml: $10.69,000, 19US over
l!il, and $24,997,000, 190$ over 92. Capital
Mock Increased from '489,621,2118 In 19na to
$r,78,418.IM4 In 1903, a gain of $78,"97,7'- for
the year and over $JH.000.000 subsequent
to 1898. Deposits Increased duiing the year,
approximately, $347,000,000 to Ki.iou.OjG, a
sum gi eater by $iill,iin0,ij00 than credited to
depositors in all reporting banks state und
national in 1MI8.
Capital stock of the $.92 state bunks Is
$102,264,497 and Individual deposits $1,811.
570.1ti3. The number of banks of this char
acter Is 60S greater than reported In lsrni
The cash holdings iu this class of banks
Increased approximately during the year
by $8,638,000 and aggregate BBsets by $182.
90QM9. From tho most reliable records at com
mand It appears that there are In exist
ence In the country about 18,000 banks and
bunking Institutions, including private
bankers. In addition to returns from na
tional banking associations reports have
.oeen receivea irom s.746 state and private
unnns, iiiaaing ine total nuniDer reporting
13,684. The aggregate capital of reporting
banks Is shown to ho $1,321,924,992: deposits,
$.700.7f..O47, and aggregate resources, $14,
$03,116,964. Urowtb of Rankle la tailed States.
In 1883 there wera In operation 2.239 na
tional banking associations, with capital of
$477,200,000 and deposits of $1.131,700.0u0; and
also, as shown by reports to this office,
6,iXS incorporated state and private banks,
with capital and deposits of $234,900,000 and
$1,718,700,000, respectively, or an aggregate
nt 7 ".i ' ll.rl. unA l..nWln I n a. . r. . . I
. . " ' .... . ' w ubii.ii.B lllll,UblUIIV,
with capital of $713,100,000 and deposits of
From returns made to this office on or
aoout june 91. laua, Jt is shown that the
number of national banks has increased
since 1882 to 4.939, with capital of $743.fc0t:,"48
and deposits of $3,348,096,992. The number
of state and private banks Iu existence in
likfl was 13,291, with capital of $730,822.4114
and deposits of $6,865.222, 480. The total
number of national, state and private hanks
is snown to be 18,230. the capital $1,474,328,
$13, and the deposits $10,203,318,478.
A consolidation of the reports of colonial
and national banks received shows the
aggregate resources of banks In these pos
seaslons on or about June 30. 190$, tu have
been $43,912,373. The loans, Including over
drafts, aggregate $:'2.M'i,6l6; bonds and
other securities, $1,922,663; cash in bank,
$9,240,801: capital stock, $5,138,770; surplus
and undivided profits,. $l,tjA,06ti; individual
a epos 1 is, t-3,4,316.
The comptroller aaaln renews the recom
mendatlons contained in his report for
191)2 for legislation In regard to liquida
tion and consolidation of national banks
and extension of corporate existence. The
matter ot 'onsoiiuation or Danaa was ap
parently very little considered art the time
of the passage of the national bank act.
The necessary method of effecting a con
solidation under the law as it now es
tate Is Inconvenient and cumbersome both
to the banks and to the comptroller s of
flee, and in the interest of better and more
efficient administration the comolro ler rec
ommends such an amendment of the law
as wss sdvlaed in his last report.
The national bank act does not sufflc
lently protect the right- of minority stock
holders on the question of extension of
expiring charters, is explained in detail
In the report for 1902, and the comptroller
wishes to again rail attention or the con
gress to this, and respectfully urae that
action be taken on this Imimrtsiit matter
for the better protection of minority or
Obo kerloas Deferl.
The one serious defect In our system ti
that the variation in the volume of our
currency, instead of responding to the de
mand for currency, depends 011 the market
price of bonds. I'ntli our banknote cir
culation Is made automatically to resiajiid
to demand for currency for daily cash tran
aaclloiiH without reference to the price of
bonds it will never lie entirely satisfac
tory or efficient.
In the comptroller's report for 1903 a rec
ommendation was made that the national
banks be allowed to Issue a portion of their
notes uncovered by the deposit of bonds.
This seems the most simple and practical,
as well as the safest way, tu Introduce
some elasticity Into our bank note circu
lation and the same 'recommendation la re
During the past year er more our banks
have successfully stood the very severs
strain due to a great decline In the market
prices of sll clri of securities and the
natural reaction following a period of great
business activity and very general ari-u-lailon.
not only in stock und securities,
but in inny commodities and products.
There have been, considering all the Cir
cumstances, fewer bank fsiluies thin
might have been expected. Tlioee which
In,,, occurred have b.-en due it PijOrlnl or
local causes or gross niitjiiiaiiugeaieiit, aud.
In some esses, most flagrant dishonesty on
the part of the hank officials.
As a rule the reports of the bsnk examin
ers show the nntlnrial banks to own very
few stocks, and almost none of a very
speculative character. The bank repotts
show total loans bv all the banks of $1,372.
699.7M on collateral security. These loans
are mostly on good classes of stocks snd
bonds well margined, and as far ss they
are concerned, there-! less cause for con
cern than there has been at any ttm for
several years. The loans are reedjusted
on a lower basis of prices than before and
are, as a whole, as amply or more amply
margined than they were on the ingner
prices. It is due An the batiks to any that
the wav thev have handled their business
and met this decline Is an evidence of
strength and careful management.
RICHARD WAGNER DISCUSSION
America Contributed to the C.reat
Maslral Trlamph Parsifal"
Composed oa m Klerk 11a ao.
NEW YORK, Pec. .-The wave of dis
cussion caused by the recent clerical pro
tests against the production of "Parsifal"
has not yet subsided. Feople are talking,
and will continue to talk, about the "moral
Influence," the Irreverence, etc., of this
beautlfu opera, until their chatter Is awed
by the stupendous thunders of "Wagner's
genius and hushed by the exquisite tender
ness of his delicate pianissimo and gentle
cantablle. On hearing the masterpiece the
most conscientious critics will realize that
there Is nothing but beauty and goodness
In this Inimitable mUBlcsl allegory, in
which is treasured up the Ideals of so
many of the master's most strenuous
Incidentally, the American public will he
Interested to know that our country con
tributed somewhat to this musical triumph,
for the piano on which Wagner worked
all these years in composing "Parsifal"
was of American manufacture It was a
Steck. Of course, we usually participate
In the "things that tire worth while." The
great composer found this particular make
of piano sympathetic and peculiarly re
sponsive to the thoughts he transmitted
through his well-cur-od fingers. And It is
gratifying to think that an American In
strument should be preferred by the builder
of "Handful." '
STRIKE SETTLEMENT AFAR OFF
Conference Between John Mitchell
nnd (iovernor I'eahody Comes
to sllbl. '
DENVER, Dec. U.-Prealdent John Mit
chell and Governor Peabody had a con
ference lasting three-quarters of an hour
today and tonight the settlement of tha
strike Is as far distant as ever. Mr. Mit
chell Informed the governor that the strike
would continue to the bitter end and the
governor Just as positively Informed the
strike leader that he would tolerate no
Violence but would order out the troops
at the first provocation. ,
While the conference came to naught both
Governor Poabody and President Mitchell'
expressed themselves as pleased with the
Interview, each Maying he had secured a
better conception of the position of the
other. Mr. Mitchell refused to discuss the
conference other than to say his talk was
pleasant. After the conference he loft
for Chicago to attend a conference there
In the Interest of the Illinois miners. As
to his return to Colorado he Is unde
cided. Speaking of his talk with Mr. Mitchell,
Governor Peabody said tonight:
"The conference was pleasant, al
though productive of no results. At Its
Conclusion President Mitchell stated that
so far as he could see there was no im
mediate probability of a settlement of'the
strike.' , . .
. The governor added that when he asked
President Mitchell If he had any sugges
tion to make the latter said he believed
If a committee. of the miners could meet
with the operators and talk over the sit
uation a eettlomcnt might be effected.
.''' Henry F. Taylor.
PLATTSMOtTH. Nebi," Dec. . (Special.)
Henry F. Taylor, an old settler, who Is
well known throughout Cass county, died
at his home southwest of Plattsmouth yes
terday with asthma, he having been a
sufferer with that disease for a number
of years. Mr. Taylor was born In Bedford,
Va., September 11, 137, and came to Ne
kraska In . 1864, where he has since resided.
A wife and ten grown children survive him.
The.. funeral services . were held today In
the Methodist Episcopal -church In Union.
John B. Wells.
COLVMBCS. Neb.. Deo. t -(Special. )-J.
8. Wells received a message last evening
announcing the death of his father, John
B. Wells at Glenn's Ferry, Idaho. John B.
Wells was for many years an engineer
on the Union Pacific and commenced his
service with them In 1868 In the shops
at Grand Island. For a time he ran on the
branches out of this city, but some ten
or itwelve years . ago he went to Idaho
and took the position of master mechanic
at Glenn's Kerry, He waa born In Ohio,
December 13, 1832. He has been ill but a
Frederick tirrst Ulrsus,
CHICAGO, Dec, . Frederick Oront Gloa
snn, director of the Chicago auditorium
conservatory, died here today of acute
pneumonia. Prof. Gleason, who wus born
In Hartford, Conn., In 1849, was one of the
most celebrated of American compnstre.
His compositions won for him the recogni
tion of the entire musical world, ho btijig
one of the few American compoict.j 'ho
have had their works played by lha crat
orchestraa of Europe.
A Gaaraaleed Car for riles.
Itching, Blind. Bleeding or Protruding
Piles.. Tour dhuggist will refund money if
PAZO OINTMENT falls to curs you la
to 14 days. 60c.
Brawa for Department Caatntaaaer.
BIOUX VAliJi. B. V.. Dec. (.-(Special.)
At a meeting; of the memliers of Joa
Hooker poet. Grand Army of the Republic,
of this city, the post unanimously endorsed
Colonel Thomas If. Brown, a well Known
cltlsen of Bloux Falls, for the position of
department commander for the year 114,
and tha delegates to the state encamp
ment, which will be held at Canton, were
Instructed to present his name and secure
his election to the position vf d"partment
commsnder If possible. '
Your Vacant Room .
Isn't It pretty poor aconorgjr to let your room
Every day It might be earning (or you two or
three times, the coat of r. at lug It through Bee
There are thousand who read the want pages
dally as a matter ol habit who look there beloro
they go room bunting. But Just now. during The
Bee Quotation Contest, almost everyone la reading
the want psgea word by word.
Ten words throe times tor 30 cent.
Tel. 238. Bee Want Acl Dept.
MERCER WILL BE (MET ONE
Senate Will Pi from Special to Bega'ar
Beiiion with No Oeremonj,
CUBAN BILL NOW HAS RIGHT-Of-WAY
By Neason of Work of fpeelal .es
sloa Hoaae Has Gained at Least
Trro Weeks' Time for
WASHINGTON. Deo. .-The seuste to
morrow will pans so quietly from tha ex-trnordlnni-y
session Into the first regular
session of the Fifty-eighth congress that
spectator who are not familiar with the
proceedings of that body will scarcely
realise the change has occurred. In ac
cordance with the terms of Saturday's ad
journment resolution the hour of meeting
will be 11:30 a. m., when the usual morning
business will be transacted.
At 12 o'clock Senator Frye, as president
pro tern., will announce that as tha hour
for the convening of tha regular session
has arrived, the special session will stand
adjourned. Tha regular routine of business
will then be proceeded with, aa If there
had been no Interruption.
The Cuban reciprocity bill will be taken
up at the conclusion of the morning hour,
and It will continue to be flie regular busi
ness before tha senate', to tha exclusion
of all other matters except those of a
routine character, until the 18th Inst., when
a vote will be taken. A number of sen
ators have prepared speeches In opposi
tion to the bill, but none of these will
speak until after Senator Cullom, who la
In charge of the measure, makes a state
ment iu support of it, which he will do an
soon u possible after the convening of the
regular session. He will be followed by
either Senator Teller or Senator Morgan
In opposition, and they. In turn, by the
other senators who objact to the bill. The
understanding In the Senate Is that the
president's message will be received mi
Proceedings In the Honse.
The house will convene In regular session
at noon tomorrow. Much has been gained
by the intervention of a special session,
and the work of the regular session will be
Advanced fully two weeks, as It ordinarily
requires the time t:p to the adjournment
for the holiday recess to coir.plete the or
ganisation of the houre. Now it only re
mains for the committees, l-ie list of which
was completed yesterday, to meet and or
ganise, when the house will be ready to
proceed at once with general legislative
It will be possible to pass at least two
of the general appropriation bills before
the recess Is taken and some of the house
leaders hope to accomplish this. The clerl
csl work on the legislative and executive
appropriation bills has been advanced to
a point where Its early consideration by the
committee can be undertaken. It Is ex
pected that Mr. Hemenway, chairman of
the appropriations committee, will push
the work of his committee aa rapidly as
Pending reports from committees the
house will take up such matters as may be
brought before It for consideration by
unanimous consent, but the real work will
not begin until committees have had time
to act on. measures referred to them. It
Is understood by members of the house
that the president's message will be sent
to congress tomorrow. Its reading will
ba tha principal event in the house. It Is
expected on the house side that the Christ
mas recess will be taken shout December
12 and that on reassembling after New
Years the house will get to work in earnest
preparatory, to as early a final adjourn
ment as practicable. The death of Repre
sentative Burke of Pennsylvania will ba
reported to the house tomorrow and a
resolution adopted for an adjournment aa
a mark of respect, ot the late member.
Oroirfsor Knovrs No Compromise.
Representative Grosvenor, chairman of
the house commute oh merchant marine
and fisheries, to which ship subsidy bills
will be referred, tonight said that, to far
as he was concerned, the published report
that a compromise had been effected,
whereby 110 ship subsidy bill would bo
pushed at this session, but a commission
of investigation of the subject created In
stead, waa erroneous. He added:
I know of no such compromise or agree
ment and I venture to say that nothing of
the kind has lieen arranged. A single inill
vldusl came to me Friday morning and
handed mo what purported to be a bill for
the creation of a commission. 1 have not
read It. I merely glanced over It. I do not
know Who agreed to It or who drew It or
anything in connection with it beyond Just
whut I have stated, and I am ouite sure
' that if any agreement, compromise or
arrangement has been made by any
body having any authority or official rela
tion to congress, I should have known
BELL DEFINES HIS POSITION
Rays Treason Is Armed Resistance to
Mllltla and Pnnlshable
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo., Dec. .-Ad-Jutant
General Bell, who has arrived here,
has Issued a statement defining martial
law aa It Will be enforced. He defines
"military necessity," Insurrection and
treason. Ot the latter ha says, "Armed or
unarmed resistance by cltlseua of the
I'nlted States agnlnst the lswful move
ments a the militia la treason, and pun
ishment is death."
James Gaughan, undersherlfT, whose ac
tion In releasing an Imprisoned striker
against whom an Information charging as
sault was to be filed, wss the Immediate
cause of sending troops to this district.
Gaughan has been "removed' from office
by the military.
' Horse raaipaar Does Well.
PIERRE, 8 P., Dec. s-(Special. j-The
Plerrs Live Stock and Commission company
held tha last horse sale of the season In
this city last iriont'i and hus practically
closed up Its work until spring and the re
sult shows that it has done a fair business
far the year. Noah New banks, president
and general manager of the company, says
that ha will next week distribute a So per
cent dividend on every dollar Invested by
the stockholders, and that If any of them
desire to turn In their stock to tha com
pany they will be paid tha amount Invested
In addition to the dividend. lleliies fan-
sactlng a profitable business for tha mm-
to all horse owners in this section of the
state by drawing attention to the class nf
horses to be secured bore, and on this ac
count a large number of private sales were
made at prices far in advance of what
horses would bring before tha beginning of
tho sales by tha company. The business
was started In this city when horses were
hardly worth handling, but finds a dl(To.
ent proposition In present conditions.
Don't let a dealer ieH you
a mantle he ayi is a gen
uine Welsbach unless you
see the Shield of Quality
on the box.
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