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The Omaha Daily Bee.
ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871.
OMAHA, TUESDAY MOHXIXO, DECEMHEH 29, 1903 TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY THUEE CENTS.
Bniian D.'piomaii Feel That Great Britain
U Profit eg by War Talk.
IS ACTIVE IN THE YaNG-TSE VALLEY
While Japan a-d Bnnh Quarrel Engl ih
Fuah Pla-s in Thibet.
CZAR SAID TO DESiRE NO HOSTILITIES
Eo'ifvaf, However, That Preparation for
War My Ardd Trunbie.
JAPAN ARRANGING WAYS AND MEANS
Feel Confident of Its Reaourcea and
Anticipate No Danirr la Pro
Tiding; for Krcfiairr Extra
ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 28. The con
sensus of unofllclal opinion among- those
associated with the government, but not
reiiponalble therefor, la that the caax la ao
peacefully disposed tha he will make euch
concessions to Japan as are neoeesary to
prevent war, provided that no unforeseen
even la force the hands of the governments
concerned. At the same time the csar. It Is
pointed out, agrees with those who believe
that preparations for war Is the beat safe
guard of peace, and that apparent wll Ing
ness to allow matters to be submitted to
the test of arms la more likely to lead to
Satisfactory compromise than an exhibition
of over-much pcacefulness. This unofficial
opinion, however, believes the controlling
party In Russia regards Corea as neces
sary to the consolidation of Ruaslan Inter
ests In the far east and therefore la de-
mined to prevent the peninsula falling
o Japanese handa, and that any conces
sions Russia now makes to Japan will only
be with the object of deferring the difficulty
until a more seasonable time.
There Is not likely to be much difficulty
In finding money In case of war. A foreign
loan on acceptable terms Is probably Im
possible, but the RusHlan banks and mer
chants have ample funds on which the
government coftld draw.
anient Lnllih Motive.
One reason which the British alarmist
news falls to convince the Russluns Is the
perfect undei standing here of the benefits
Great Britain derives from a continuance
of the strained situation. It was known
hare a year ago that dreat Britain was
planning to occupy Thibet and extend the
railroad to a point In the Tana- Tse valley.
which Is reachablu by gunboats fram the
sea. Great Britain's forward movement at
this time excites both admiration and rage,
the former for the clever political move,
the latter because RusHla Is so preoccuplel
In the far east that It Is unable to prevent
Groat Britain from creating Its own Man
churla in the Yang Tse provinces. It Is
pointed out there that the prevent sltua
tlon affords Great Britain the same oppor
tunity as actual war between .Russia and
any third power: .' "'
In official circles here tho delay in pre
senting Russia's reply Is not regarded
ominous. On the 'contrary, the fact that
Russia, In accordance with Japan's re
quest. Is actually reviewing the matters in
dispute Is 'regarded as a favorable sign
It Is pointed out that If Russia replied 1m
mediately unfavorable deductions might
have been drawn and, although Russia be
lieves Its proposals were extremely con
dilatory, containing all the coneeps ons it
can make, this does not exclude the pos
sibility of finding alternative propositions
in some portion of the scheme of settle
ment which may closely coincide with
Japan's wishes. If careful reconsideration
discloses the posxtbl'lty of such a course It
Is said that there Is every reason to be
lieve that It will gladly be embraced.
Cannot Leave Manchuria.
PEKING, Dec. JS.-Llen Fang, first sec
retary of the board of foreign affairs, vis
ited Russian Minister Lessar today and re
quested information concerning the inten
tions of the Kusslan government regarding
the evacuation of Manchuria.
Minister Lessar In reply said that noth
ing could be done at present with a view
to evaouatlon for two reasons. In the first
place, the minister pointed, out the cold
weather made it tmposslb'e to remove the
troops from their present positions, be
aides which there were no barrack accom
modatlons to be had elsewhere; end. In the
second place, he said, It would endanger
Russian Interest to undertake evacuation
during the progress of the i.egotlatlona be
tween Russia and Japan, for the reason
that Japan might seize the opportunity to
The Chinese government is so alarmed at
the, prospect of becoming Involved In the
eemlng prospective war and would prefer
that Russia should remain in control of
Manchuria. As an alternative the Foreign
office has Indicated to the ministers tha
a settlement satisfactory to China would
be that Ku-sta and Japan should retain
their respective treaty rights In Cores and
Manchuria If they agree not to attempt to
obtain further advantages In either country.
The Russian commander Imperatively re.
quested the Tartar general to disband hi:
militiamen and to disarm them. The Tar
tar general Issued an order In accordance
With this request, but It Is understood the
men are concealing their arms, supposedly
with the Tartar genefal's connivance.
Bays Three Million Pounds.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. -l-The Bullet!
says that the firm of Gets Bros, As Com
pany has contracted with the Russian gov.
eminent to supply the latter with 1,000,000
pounds of beef ani that Oeta Bros. at Com
pany are making demands upon all the big
packtrs In the west, having already placed
an ordtr for l.Ooo.OtO pounds with Cudahy
dt Company, to be delivered In this city
Considers Ways aad Means.
TOKIO, Dec. IS. -An important joint
meeting of the cabinet and privy counc
will take place today to consider ways and
means In view of the grave situation, but
no difficulty Is anticipated In providing for
the extraordinary expenditure. Including
the completion of the Beoul-Fusan railway
It Is believed that unless Russia modltte
' Its reply Japan will Immediately safe
guard Cor. a, though such a step will not
necessarily mean war with Russia.
LONDON. Dec. IS. An admiralty order
Issued at Portsmouth requires the officers
and nwn of the British naval reserve
notify the authorities of the addresses
Where the telegrams can be sent In case of
emergency should they be required for ac
tlve service. The order Is generally con
Bected with the rumors that the fleet In t
far eat la te be strengthened, concert lr
whlt h. ho ever, the authorities profess lg
, ni rstue.
Argentine ft hi pa gold.
Japan Is negotiating for the purchase
f the Argentine wataUa Muri-,o and
(Continued on Second 14
AS PLENTY OF GOVERNMENTS
Saa Domlnsro Sera Xew One Horn to
Fight That at the
SAN DOMINGO. Tuesday, Dec. 22.-H Is
reported that fleneral GclU.r has formed
provisions" ,, rnment at Agua de Com-
poetello. p-. 'vj "' -er by himself, and that
the Inhabit rhona have joined In
two forces are
Ihftl. dm nun,
' 1 -rnvernmenta
' fS"t. '
In the republic. . . , X
. - .
The German warship Js '-esterday
for Kingston, Jamaica. , '"-'ff " ' States
gunboat Newport !. the o. .vessel
ere, and owing to Its small e. . cannot
restore order If a serious outbreak occurs.
The situation demands the presence of more
arshlps here. The city so far is quiet.
SAN DOMINGO, Wednesday, Dec. 23.-
The situation here Is extremely critical.
The provisional, president General Morales,
is absent from the city and the provisional
minister of foreign affairs, In terror, has
resigned, as a consequence of which the
council of ministers Is Incomplete. The
provisional government endeavored to se-
cure a loan of 130,000 fort he purpose of de
fending the city against the insurgents', but
being without resources the government
could not guarantee the loan nor save the
city against pillage by the Insurgents,
hould they succeed In effecting an en
ran ce to the city. It Is expected the mem
bers of. the provisional government and
their immediate supporters will withdraw
the fort. This action no doubt will
cause flghtln- In the streets, Jeopardising
the lives of foreigners. The United States
gunboat Newport Is the only warship here.
nd it Is feared that It cannot give proper
protection to the American and other for
eign interests. United States Minister Pow-
11 has been requested to call a meeting of
the diplomatic and consular corps fcr the
purpose of taking measures to protect for-
Ign lives and property.
The foregoing dispatch was delayed in
transmission. A dispatch received by the
Associated Press, dated 8an Domingo, De
cember 25, and no doubt filed In that city
on that day, said that the greater part of
the Republic of San Domingo had de
clared In favor of General Jlmlnes, the for
mer president of the republic, who was
said to be marching on the city of San Do
mingo nt the head of a lara;n body of in
surgents and that the provisional govern
ment was making active preparations for
VOTE CONFIDENCE IN COMBES
French Chamber Passes Hill Regard-
lesa of Constitutional Questions
Involved In Measure.
PARIS, Dec. 28. In the Chamber of Depu
ties today during the debate on the amend
ments to the budget proposals adopted In
the senate, Premier Combes raised the
question of confidence in the government
and obtained a majority of 100.
The point at Issue was the appropriation
for the special service magistrates, which
were suppressed by the chamber and re
stored by the senate. Several deputies In
slated that the eenate restoring the appro
priation had acted unconstitutionally, as
It had not the authority under the const!'
tutton to propose financial expenditures.
Premier Combes cut short the debate by
declaring that ne wouhl not discuss the
constitutional question Involved. He said
the appropriation was essential r.nd If It
were not voted he would tender his resig
The chamber then restored several of the
appropriations suppressed by the senate
and consequently the budget will go to the
Election of French Delegate la 11
and Desalts In Victory for
BT. JOHNS, N. F., Dec. 28. The contest
in St. Pierre and Mlquelnn for a repre-
rentatlve to the French chamber of depu
tlea resulted today in the re-election of
M. Ix'gasse by a small majority over M.
Fremont, who, it la understood Is in. favor
of the annexation of the colony to the
United States. As M. Legasse represented
the flnhery interests the small majority
by which he has been elected Is looked
upon as an evidence of the popular dis
satisfaction with existing conditions.
Several riots took place last week at
St. Pierre and Miquelon, as a result of the
destitution caused by the comparative fail
ure of tha French fisheries on the Grand
Banks this season. '
PRESIDENT BOURGEOIS QUITS
Will Not Be Candidate for Preal
dency of Chamber of
PARIS, Dec. 21 Groups of the minis
teriallsts in the Chnmbrr of Dcp'jttss held
a meeting today and considered the can
didates to succeed M. Bourgeois, who, on
acount qf 111 health, has declined re-elec
tlon as president of the Chamber.
Paul Doum, president of the budget com
mlttee, and Rtlerms Brlsson are prom
inent condldates. M. Jaures will not again
he a candidate for the vice prealdency
of the Chamber.
BRYAN MAKES TOLSTOI GLAD
Assures Him He Is Not a Socialist,
aad the Conat Bays He
Isn't, Kit her.
THE HAGUE. Dec. 2. William J. Bryan
arrived here today from Berlin and visited
the foreign minister. Mr. Bryan Is enjoy
lug his tour, lie said he found Count Tol
atol looking well though very aged.
Tolstoi's first question was: "Are you a
When assured to the contrary, the count
said: "I am very glad to bear It. I am
not a socialist myself."
MACEDONIANS ARE ACTIVE
Terk.Ua Authorities Told That 4,000
Iasara-cats Mill Invade Turkey.
Led by Bnlaarlaaa.
SALONICA. European Turkey. Dec 2S
The authorities are informed that 4.000
Mace Jon tun revolutionists, under the leud
trull tp of eighty Bulgarian officers, are
ready to invade Turkish territory.
An order waa Issued here today request
lng the Turkish otlWrs to exercise ex
treme vigilance. It Is rumored that th
second army reserve will again be called
Daroa Gevera I.eaie Waahlaortou.
THE HAGUE, Dec. -Baron Gevera,
the minister of The Netherlands at Wash
tngton. has been selected to succeed Ir
Westtinberg, deceased, the former Nether-
J. lands minister at Rome.
ROWD ONLY LACKS LEADER
Gathered Around Jail and Threaten! to
Lynch Two Colored Hen.
REFUSES TO DISPERSE ON MAYOR'S ORDER
Dramatic! Scene In t'onrt When Pris
oners Are ArraignedWoman
Denoancea One and Has
band Assaulted Him.
That an attempt to lynch Neely Zimmer
man and George Williams, the two negroes
under arrest In Council Bluffs on
the charge of robbing and attempted
criminal assault on Mrs. Mary Sparks
and her daughter, Mrs. Harry San
ders, would be made appeared Imminent
last evening. About t o'clock groups of men
were to be seen on the principal down
town streets. Shortly after they began
moving toward the county jail. By 10
clock several hundred men and boys
were gathered In the vicinity of the court
house, but It was some time before any
ttempt to enter the yard In front of the
Jail was made.
A force of six policemen stood guard In
front of the Jail for a while and then
ircled among the crowd urging the mem
bers to disperse and go home. Their ad
vice was met with derisive cheers and one
f the policemen fired two shots Into the
Ir with the evident Intent of Intimidating
the crowd, which by this time had
swarmed upon the court house grounds.
Mayor Morgan urged the people to) dis
perse, but the crowd Jostled him off the
grass onto the skier, alk. About 10:31) some
men arrived with a rail from the rail
road yards and the crowd began to surge
towards the Jail. The crowd, however.
appeared to lack a leader and no one
seemed willing to take the Initiative In
bringing the rail into play.
"Bring up the rail," was yelled from all
parts of the crowd, but no one seemed
anxious to comply with the request In
fact. It was plainly evident that the greater
part of the crowd consisted of those at
tracted to the scene out of curiosity and
not with any desire to be active partici
pants In a lynching bee.
Makes Break for Jail.
About 1:30 the crowd made a run for
the Jail and broke down the frpnt door
with a stick of timber. Those In the lead
surged In through the opening, but here
again It was apparent that a determined
leader was lacking. The deputy sheriffs
on guard were lined up with drawn re
volvers and when they commanded the
crowd to fall back the order was obeyed
and the Jail proper was clear of Intruders
In a few minutes.
At this point Congressman Walter I.
Smith appeared on the north steps of the
county building and addressed the crowd.
He assured the people that the accused
would be promptly and fairly tried and
If proven guilty punished as befit the
Attorney Emmet Tlnley also spoke along
the same llnea. This, together with the
cool determination of the officers in the
Jail had the desired effect and many left
for their homes and the police were able
to drive the remainder out of the Jail
yard Into the street.
Nate Bethers snd John Knight were ar
rested on the charge of inciting riot and
placed behind the bars In the Jail. This
had a still further deterrent effect on tho
crowd, which gradually melted sway tin
til only a few remained and no further
trouble It Is anticipated. .
A rumor became current that another
crowd, with organized leaders, was form
ing In the southwest part of the city to
make a raid on the Jail and as a pre
cautionary measure the Dodge Light
Guards were called out to guard the jail,
but up to a late hour the crowd had not
put In an appearance and it is the general
opinion that no further trouble will be
It was only the lack of a determined
leader, however, which prevented a lynch
lng when the Jail door was broken down
and the disorganised force quailed before
the quiet and resolute stand of the deputy
sheriffs, who were too few In number to
have withstood the rush had the crowd
made a determined effort to get at the
Arraigned la Police Court.
Neely Zimmerman and George Williams,
alias Burk, were arraigned in police court
yesterday morning. They both denied the
charge and their preliminary hearing was
charge and their preliminary hearing was
continued until next Monday morning..
Williams, who admitted that his right
name was Burk, said he was 23 years of
age and that he came to Council Bluffs
from Macon, Mo., last November end had
worked for Contractor Wlckham and as
porter In a Broadway saloon. Zimmerman
said he had worked for Contractors Weaver
and Wickham until he had sprained his
back about three weeks ago, since which
time he had been laid up. Waving hla
right hand toward the Judge he exclaimed
'I am Innocent of this crime, Tou can
kill us If you want to, but we Is Innocent,
'fore God, we la"
When Zimmerman made this statement
Mrs. Sanders could not restrain herself,
and, half rising from her seat, exclaimed
"I d like to kill you," and her husband
made a move forward as If he would like
to execute his wife's wish, but checked
Husband Striken Prisoner.
Sanders was evidently much excited, and
when the prisoners were escorted from the
court room he made a lunge at Zimmerman
and struck him in the face. Zimmerman
although taken by surprise, squared him
self off for a fight, but the officers promptly
dragged him toward the patrol wagon.
wniie Banaers was torcea back by a po
liceman. The prisoners, who had been
brought from the county Jail under an es
cort of seven officers, were returned with'
out further Incident, although a consld
erable crowd was gathered outside at police
Sanders mas warned by Chief Tlbblt
against making any further demonstration
and he wl'l not be permitted to enter the
court room while the prisoners are there
until the officers are assured he Is not
armed, as he made the threat yesterday
morning that if he had had a revolver with
him he ' would have shot both of the
P. J. Moran, owner of the saloon at
Twelfth snd Douglas streets, Omaha, vis
ited the county jail yesterday and identified
the men under arrest as the two negroes
who bought a drink at his place Friday
night after the bartender had refused to
servs the colored women with them and
who boarded the car for this city on which
Mrs. Starks and Mrs. Sanderu were pas
sengers. Mrs. Delia Burk, one of the col
ored women undr arrest, who claims to
be the wife of the younger prisoner, makes
no denial of the fact that ahe and Mrs,
Eubanks and the two prisoners were on the
same car as Mrs. Starks and Mrs. Sanders,
(Continued on fcWcond Page.)
PS AND DOWNSJN WAGE SCALE
Carnegie Plants Will Do Some Cuttlnc,
While Others Will Resume at
PITTSBURG, Pn Dec. 28. The employes
of the Union Railroad company, with tho
xceptlon of the trainmen, have been no
tified of a 10 per cent reduction In wagea. to
take place January 1. The Union Railroad
company la conntcted with the Carnegie
Steel company and Is a subsidiary of the
United States Steel corporation.
Notices are to be posted In all the mills
nd works of the Carnegie 8teel company
this week announcing the wage rate that
will be offered to the employes for the
ensuing year. The same notices are to be
posted In the works In other portions of the
district, and It Is expected that the Jones
tk Lrfiughlln Steel company will notify its
men of new conditions, practically similar.
The Carnegie officers have declined to make
public what the new rates will be. The
formality of changing the wage rate will
be quite extensive, ss each man employed
will be obliged to make a personal contract
with the company.
Notices were sent out today from the
headquarters of the Amalgamated Asso
ciation of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers that
the vote of the sheet lodges on the propo
sition to reduce the base of the wage scale
from I to 34 cent by cutting wages 10 per
cent had been accepted. The new rate will
go into effect January 1 and It Is believed
this decision will result In the starting next
Monday of a large number of union sheet
teel plants that have been Idle for a long
time owing to Inability of the Independent
manufacturers to meet the competition of
the nonunion sheet mills of the American
Sheet Steel company.
CHICAGO, Dec. 28. The blooming and
open hearth mills at the Inland Steel com
pany, Indiana Harbor, were running with
union men today for the firot time In nearly
two months. Of the 900 men, members of
the Amalgamated Iron, Steel and Tin
Workers' union, who struck because of a
decrease in wages, ten were debarred from
work because of their membership In the
union and finally reached an agreeable
compromise with the company.
SCRANTON, Pa.. Dec. i8.-Vork was re
sumed at all the Delaware & Hudson com
pany's collieries today and will be con
tinued until Friday, when there will be a
two days' suspension. The Ontario &
Western company started up its washerles
today and all of the Individual operators
TRENTON, N. J., Dec 28. The reduction
of wages at the Trenton plant of the Amer
ican Bridge company, which was announced
some time ago, went Into effect today. The
reduction Is a graded one, running from
1 to 20 per cent. The 1 per cent reduction
s In the cases of men who receive less
than $1.60 a day. .Those who receive above
that amount have been reduced from 10 to
20 per cent. The men have submitted to the
reduction. Seven hundred employee are
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28. A reduction
of wages at the American Bridge com
pany's works went Itato effect today. The
piece workers were reduced 10 ' per cent,
Salaries below $4,000 a year were reduced
20 per cent and between $4,000 and $10,000 a
2S per cent Is mode. JTwo thousand men
DEATH LIST ISN0T SO LONG
Investigation Shows Three. Too Many-
Names Among; Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. S8.-Careul
revision today of the list of dead In Satur
day night's wreck on the Fere Marquette
railroad shows a total of nineteen victims
Instead of twenty-two, as reported last
night. Today's Investigation shows that
Allen H. Wells of Big Rapids. Peter W.
Wlerengo of Grand Rapids and Peterson, or
Thompson of Sioux City, la., who were in
cluded In the list of dead, were not killed
A mistake was made also in the name of
F. M. Gillette of Portland, ,one f the vio
tlma. It should have been William G. Smith
of Portland. The mistake arose from
8mlth's middle name being Gillette. The
death list of nineteen is declared to be cor
rect by the Pere Marquette officials who
have charge of caring for the bodies.
The Injured are reported to be doing as
well as could be expected.
M. J. Carpenter, vice president and gen-
eral manage' of the Pere Marquette, ar
rived in this city today from Chicago. Mr
Carpenter declined to place the blame upon
anyone, making the following statement in
"All the employes who might be In any
way be responsible are tried men who have
been in the employ of the company for
many years and I have the utmost conQ
aence in tnem. in tne absenoe of any
other explanation I shall believe the agent's
story that the light at McCord was blown
out. It may be doubted that a such a thing
is possible with one of these signal lamps,
but all of us who have had experience with
kerosene know that such lamps will defy
all efforts of a strong wind to blow them
out, while a simple little gust, eddlng In
Just the proper manner, will extinguish
them. As to the sending of the second or
der, this is a matter of dally occurrence In
any railway offlre. Probably If that second
order had not been sent this accident would
not have happened, and then again it mlnht
In any event, the dispatcher acted accord
lng to his best judgment."
There were no further deaths at the hoe
pltals laat nigbt among the Injured In Sat
urduy night's wreck on the Pere Marquette
railroad near East Paris, and It waa said
today that there was no Immediate proa
pect of any of the Injured succumbing. Only
one of the seventy-two dead still remain
to be Identified, a man with the Initial
"A. J. K." on his cuff, but with no other
mark by which to Identify him.
Three of the Injured. William Mottman
James Ishey and John Post are In a rrltl
cal condition snd not expected to recover.
Fragments of a body, supposed to be the
twentieth victim of the wreck, have been
discovered at tha spot where the two en
glnes came together. The coroner is con
vlnced that the fragments are not part of
a body heretofore discovered, but represent
another victim. Identification la Impos
SHOOTS KANSAS MARSHAL
Dan Hughes, Who Commits Murder
Is Hunted and May be
CHERRYVALE, Ksn.. Deo. SS W. O
Jones, marshal of Cherryvale, waa shot
by Dan Hughes late yesterday while at
tempting to arrest hint and died today.
Hughea escaped. A posse Is In pursuit
snd he may be lynched.
3d AD UPS AND DOWNS 7 T 7
Edward Hale Conducts Kaaeral..
WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. M Th
funeral of Mrs Ruth Ann Hoar, wife
Senator Oeorg F. Hoar, who Mid at Wash
ItiKtcin. ThursdHV. waa held from Ih
Church of the Unity tody. Rev. Dr. Ed
ward Hale of Boaton con due tea the service.
The body will be taken to Concord,
tomorrow "for burial.
iYHEN THE GRAFT WAS GOOD
Criminals Tell Talei of When Walter
Moits Was It ia Omaha.
SOME STARTLING TESTIMONY GIVEN
Protection" Paid for by Pickpockets
and Snrcthlnar Gamblers In IMOft
and the Money Was Given
Hearing of the protest of T. A. Dona-
oe against a liquor license for Walter
Molse & Co., at 214-216 South Fourteenth
treet before the Board of Fire and Police
Commissioners last 'night, carried a big
crowd of auditors back to the expositions
ear, and was a liberal revelation of
methods then prevailing In the local world
of graft, which The Bee exposed at that
time. With a professional pickpocket, a
'sure thing" gambler and an ex-bartender
on the stand some very nasty things were
said about the "protection" money alleged
to have been paid over to Walter Molse
and Jack Norton In 1S98. This was done,
according to Attorney Connell, to show
the firm is not a fit one to hold a liquor
The testimony of Roberts, the pick
pocket, and Klrchbaum, the gambler, was
interesting In the extreme. They never
minced matters nor sought to deny their
role in the game, but condenced very plain
statements In the flat language. Other
witnesses and other developments are to
come. It Is said. The men on the stand
last night swore without reservation that
they had paid Mlse and Norton certain
sums to bo guaranteed Immunity from
punishment In conducting "sure-thing"
gambling and thieving In Omaha. The
testimony of "Kid" Flynn, a saloon keeper,
was of a substantiating nature. The hear
ing was adjourned to 7:30 Tuesday night.
Story of a Pickpocket.
The real sensation of the proceedings
was when Attorney Connell called the
name "Robert Roberts" just after Flynn
had left the stand. A thrill of expectancy
ran over the crowd, aa they were not ex
pecting to see a genuine pickpocket, pro
duced who would cooly te'.l of his transac
tions In the line of graft and speak of his
roberies of twenty-five years ns his "bus!
ness." Such a person was found in Rob
erts, who Is a medium sized man, with
rather plump cheeks and a blond mus
tache. Save when he checked hlmHelf he
used the language Joslah Flint Wlllard has
made familiar In his stories of the half
world. He said he had arranged with
Molse and Norton for protection in case
he and his pals were arrested, and for
which he was to pay $7S a day. Molse
himself entered the room during the pick'
pocket's testimony and lighted a cigar.
'Is this the man Molse," asked Attorney
"He Is the man," answered Robert.
MoUe puffed his cigar, looked steadfastly
at Roberts and said nothing.
"What name do you want?" asked the
witness to the question, adding apologetic
ally that he had a good many. He said
that he was known as Robert Roberts and
was tha man referred to by. Flynn. He
said his place of abode was where he found
circumstances and conditions the best, al
though he hailed, nominally from Chicago.
Throughout his frank replies, caused al
ternate mirth and consternation.
Details of the Transaction.
"I came in here with a mob of pickpock
ets for the opening day of the exposition,"
related Roberts. "We were four strong,
because It takes four to get the money.
The first thing to do when you get in a
strange town Is to fix it so you'll be safe
If you are Apprehended, by arranging for
a bond for a consideration or In some
other way. In gambling towns thene is
generally a 'fixer.' Norton, I understand,
was the works here. Sure thing men had
told me this, and 1 understood there were
half a dozen strong arm women working
"A strong arm woman," explained Kob'
erts, "Is one that throws her arms around
you, tells you that you're it and takes
"I came here expressly to follow my busi
nessto lift money, a watch 'or a stone a
stone Is diamond from the suckers. Nor
ton, as I have said, I understood to be
the fixer. I arranged with him and Morse
to pay $75 a day to be cared for In case
of arrest. We were to be cared for in that
case and Molse was to go our bonds,
Fortunately I paid only one $75. W
worked the first day and made no money to
speak of. I told Molse that business was
not good and I thought I would leave town
and he said, 'Tou are a better Judge of
that than I.'
"Molse told me that 'he could take care
of me In case I was apprehended. The
bargain simply was that I was to pay $75
for each day's work and If we got in Jail
Molse was to get us out."
Roberts said this deal was made In the
Molse place tnd that Molse told him that
any business he did with Jack Norton
would be Just the same aa though he did
It with him; that he told Molse frankly
what he wanted to do "to graft on the
dip" and that Molse agreed to take care
of him In case of disaster. Roberts said
he had been a pickpocket for twenty-five
years, but didn't go around with the sign
on his back; that he had mixed up In
"sure-thing" graft and everything to get
the mbney, but that the "dip was
little the quickest.
"This Is the man," asked Assistant Uni
ted States District Attorney Rush, who
appears for Molse, pointing to his client,
"who agreed to protect you In stealing
from the people?" and the grafter re
sponded In the affirmative. Roberta said
he hod been told to come to Omaha by
Tom McGulre. of a detective agency In
Chicago, to testify In the case. He said
he arrived Monday morning.
Sure Thin a" Gambler.
Jake Klrschbaum told the board that
he came to Omaha a few weeks prior to
the opening of the Transmlsslsslppl ex
position In 1808 to operate a gambling
business If he could make the proper ar
rangements. He succeeded In making the
arrangements, which he said was to pay
huver.M each Monday and half the profit
of the game for "protection." This money
was to go to either Molss or Norton.
Klrschbaum's game was in a' blacksmith
shop on North Sixteenth street, the build
lng being owned by a man named Allen.
Klrschbaum related that Norton appeared
to be running a saloon next door to the
Molse a holesUe liquor establishment on
South Fourteenth street and that an un
locked door connected the two places.
"Molse said he could give me protection,"
narrated Klrschbaum In reply to que
tlons put by Attorney Connell. "He sold
he had the power with the city officers
that he gave his orders and the police sub
mined to his orders. As to Just horn he
managed this I do not know, and do not
think I was ever informed. I believe
thst one of the members of the pollc
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WANTS HUSBAND OR MONEY
Woman from Atchison, Kansas. Will-
lax to Drop One Spouse, but
Wishes to Hctnla Other.
Mrs. How land of AJtchlnon. Kan., is
wrestling with the problem of having two
husbands In the eyes of the law, one of
whom she would be happy to lose and the
other of whom she would like very much
to retain, or at least a large slice of the
$100,000 which she asserts he possesses.
In 1886 there resided in Omaha one
Chauncey HalL Mr. Hall was engaged In
the newspaper business, and, financial af
fairs and other matters being favorable, he
decided to tuke unto himself a wife, which
he did In the person of a woman who after
the ceremony was known as Mrs. Mollle
B. Hall. Fer a time all went merry and
there was no discord, but It was not fated
to be so long. The first Intimation that out
siders had that everything was not running
smoothly in the Hall family was the appli
cation filed for a divorce by the husband
on the grounds that hla wile "chewed and
smoked tobacco" and also that she had
deserted him. At the time of the wedding
Mrs. Hall was 18 years of age and Mr.
After the petition was filed some time Mr.
Hall again appeared at the court house
and filed an amendment to his petition.
which amendment slated that his wife also
was guilty of adultery and that this would
be used In the trial as additional grounds
on which to secure a divorce.
Mrs. Hall failed to respond to defend the
suit and In due time a divorce was granted.
Later the former wife appeared upon the
scene and made the allegation that she had
been absent In Denver at the time the di
vorce waa applied for and granted, but this
made no dlffsrence and the divorce still
stood. But unfortunately, as It transpires
for the present Mrs. How land, both parties
to the divorce proceedings overlooked the
fact that the court crgts had to be pnld
before the records were cleared and they
wre legally separated.
As time wore on Mrs. Hall that was de
parted from Omaha and took up her abode
In Atchison, Kan. That was eighteen years
ago. After being there a shorttlme she
met her present husband, Mr. Howland,
who proceeded to woo and win her. They
lived happily, or unhappily as the case may
be, for eighteen long yearn, when there ap
peared at the Douglas county court house
two attorneys who desired to Inspect the
records relating to the granting of the Hall
divorce. After an Inspection had been made
and it appeared clearly that according to
law no divorce .had been granted a report
reached this city that Howland had sued
for a divorce In the courts c Kansas and
entered as a plea that his iV had never
been legally separated from her former
Mrs. Howland appeared in Omaha Sun
day and engaged the legal firm of Kennedy
& McDonald to look after her Interests in
the suit. In a conversation regarding the
case Mrs. Howland stated that her present
husband was the possessor of four children
by a former wife when she married him.
And she alleges that these children are at
the bottom of the suit for divorce which
has been filed by their father. She says
It is their desire and Intention to beat her
out of her Just proportion of the $100,000
which she asserts her husband possesses.
JUDGE FIXES A COMPROMISE
Unable to Decide Between Nearroes
Conflicting; Yarns, Court Levies
Hopes de good Lo'd done pah'llxe mah
right han' ef I don said a word out de
way ' to dat 'oman. Under de circum
stances, jedge, I kalnt get flossy wld anny-
one an' keep mah Job."
Thus spoke Will Hawkins, colored, to
Judge Berks In police court In his attempt
to refute the allegations of Julia Davis that
he chased her several times around the
parlor and finally out the front door with
a savage-looking dirk knife In one hand
and a three-foot stove poker In the other.
'Dat's a scan'lous He," shouted the Davis
woman snd she would not keep the peace
until City Prosecutor Lee threatened to
have her bound and gagged. The Davis
woman further alleged that Hawkins de
molished all the furniture In the "pink'
bed room upstairs and would have killed
her hod she attempted to stop him.
Hawkins Is a paroled convict, and the
police say that It stands him In ' hand to
be a very peaceful citizen or back he must
go to prison.
Mary Hawkins, also an inmate of the
same flat In the bod lands, testified that
Hawkins hod caused no disturbance what
ever, had "busted" up no furniture and
while in the house had deported himself as
a gentleman. The evidence being contra
dlctory, the Judge compromised by assessing
Hawkins $5 snd costs.
WILL ERECT NEW BUILDING
H. B. Boyle Contemplates Construe'
tloa Next Fall for His Bust,
If. B. Boyles, the owner and head of
Boylea Business college, announces that
h will erect a building for the sole use of
the Institution, construction to begin In the
full of 1004. As planned the structure will
cost between $.W,oiO and $40,000, will be three
stories high, 46x120 feet in ground dlmen
slons and modern In every respect. It will
be of brick and stone and will contain ac
commodatlons for 700 students. The base
ment will be arranged for a combination
gymnasium and auditorium. Preliminary
plans have been drawn and negotiations
sre pending for a site. Several lots are un
der consideration, all of them being down
town. One at the southwest corner of
Seventeenth and Harney streets Is regarded
very favorably, as It will permit light on
REMOVES OBSTACLES TO SALE
City Treasurer Heanlass Said to Bo
Snecessful on F-astera Bond
City Treasurer Hennlngs Is expected
home this morning from New York
Where he has been for a week on business
connected with the recent sale of $184,000
municipal renewal bonds. The mission waa
of a delicate and Important character, it
la understood, but the Intimation Is ad
vanced at the city hall that the desires
of tha treasurer were attained, whjch will
result In no bitch In the disposal of the
SENDING MANY SHIPS
United 8tatai Adds Twelve to Foros Tor- i
Morly in Waters sf Panama.
DIVIDED EVENLY BETWEEN THE COASTS
Six Start fro Ban Franoiioo snd Six from
Atlantic Ports, ;
GENERAL REYES PREPARES TO LEAVE. ;
Colombian Minister ii Packing Beoordi of
Office at Washington,
REPLY TO HIS NOTE IS NOT RECEIVED
It la Believed, However, That But- !
Bcleut Has Been Told Htm to
Indicate Thnt Mission ,
WASHINGTON, Dec. 28. The fleets of
warships on both sides of the Isthmus of
Panama will shortly be reinforced by sev
eral vessels now on .their way to that quar
ter. The gunboat Toueka of the Atlantic
training squadron left Key Weet yesterday
for Colon, by way of Kingston, as convoy
of the torpedo boat destroyers Truxtun and
Stewart, which have been assigned to pa
trol duty on the Caribbean coast of the
sthmus. The gunboat Castlne arrived
at Colon yesterday from Philadelphia, none
the worse for Its recent grounding on a bar
n the Delaware liver. The big collier
Caesar has left Culebra for Colon with
coal for the fleet. . The converted cruiser
Dixie left League Island today for Colon
with the Panama marine brigade, number
ing about 000 men. In command of Brigadier
Naval movements in the direction of the
Isthmus have been almost equally active on
the Pacific coast. . The gunboat Petrel,
bound for Panama, arrived at Acapulco,
Mex., on December 26 and undoubtedly has
eft there by this time. The flagship New
York, the gunboat Bennington, the torpedo
boat destroyers Preble and Paul Jones and
the collier Saturn have been fitted out at
San Francisco for service in the vicinity of
Panama, and It Is expected that all of them
will start south In a day or two.
Colombians Are Packing;.
Although Secretary Hay haS not yot
replied to the note of General Reyes,
preparations are rapidly . going on for
the closing of the Colombian legation
here and the departure of Colombian
representatives for home. It is clear
that they do not entertain very much hope
of a satisfactory response by this govern
ment Already most of the legation files
have been packed and arrangements com
pleted for placing them In storage here.
General Reyes for several days has denied
himself to callers. It Is believed that while
the reply of Mr. Hay has not been made,
sufficient information hss been obtained
by the Colombian representatives tn the
Interviews they have bad with the secretary
to enable them to forecast its ctrneluslona,
The preparations going on for elosintt up
the affairs of the legation would seem to
Indicate that General Reyes and Dr. Her
ran are awaiting only as a matter of
formal diplomatic courtesy the official com.
minlcatlon of Mr. Hay, setting forth the
reasons why this government cannot accept
their view of the Panama situation, before
severing diplomatic relations with the
It was stated at the Navy department
today that the carrying of the marines on
the Prairie from Yavlsa to Baa Obispo, a
point on the Panama railroad, as told In
press dispatches from Colon, Is but a move
ment directed by Admiral Glass In the
execution of a general policy and was not
directed from Washington. It is said fur
ther that the move Is without significance
as suggesting any ehange of policy here.
Two dispatches received from the Isthmus
advise the Navy department that there Is
no news" to report. It Is understood thst
a party of twenty marines has been re
tained at Yavlza for purposes of observa
Promotion Cor Delano.
Commander Francis H. Delano Of th
Nashville, who rendered conspicuous serv
ice at Colon at the time of the recent rev
olution In Panama, has been promoted to
the rank of captain. Owing to physical dis
abilities, which have now been removed,
the promotion of Captain Delano has been
deferred until now.
The statement of M. Bunau-Varllla, ths
Panama minister, that his government Is
willing to assume a portion of the Colom
bian debt, has been received at the British
embassy and transmitted by cable to th
London government for Its consideration.
Movement of I'uclSe Vessels.
BAN FRANCISCO. Dec 28. The United
States cruiser New York sailed today for
Panama. It is understood that It is to be
come the flagship of Admiral Glass. Ths
gunboat Bennington came down from ths
Mare Island navy yard today to await th
arrival of the torpedo destroyers Preble
and Paul Jones, which it will convoy . to
Panama. They probubly will sail tomorrow.
KISHINEFF JEWS ARE IN FEAR
Threatened with Renewal of tha At
tacks rpos Them aad Thela
nfw tork. Dee. 28. As a forerunner of
another antl-Semltlo demonstration, called
for January 7 the Greek church Christ
mas), tn a recently Issued anonymous cir
cular, Indirect attacks on ths Jews already
have commenced, according to a dispatch
from Klshlneff to the American under data
of December 26. The windows of many
Jewish houses have been broken and ths
Inmatea threatened with peraonal violeuoa.
The only safety for the Jews seems now
In flight, the correspondent asserts, and all
are preparing to emigrate.
SENDS DESMOND TO MEXICO
Chief of St. I.ouls Detectives Will O
to Secure Charles
8T. LOUIS, Dec. 28. Ths Board of Police
commissioners today Issued an order for
Chief of Detectives Desmond to return to
Mexico and secure Charles Krats, former
member of the city council, wanted her fer
trial on an Indictment charging bribery
Ths Mexican govenwr.ent tuts sarssd
give Krats Into the custody of St, Louis'
Movements of Ocean Vessels Dee. Ss),
At Antwerp Sailed: Vaderland, for New
York, not previously reported
At Genoa Sailed : Roinnnlc. for Boston.
At Movlile Arrived I Tunnlaan, for St.
John, N. H . and llxllfax for Liverpool
and proceeded. 8-tlled: Furneasia, f r em
Glasgow for Nw York.
At Honolulu Arrived: Coptic, from
Hong Kong and Yokohama, due St Ban
Francisco Janiiaxy i.
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