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KING'S LETTER READ
Throne Against BeTolitioa.
II la rartnKtU 10 S f blUMMUILt
Short Eeply EeafBrm
Bighti of Konrt(
SWEDISH WORKMEN V
Lbor UaioniiU 8ay '
Aral Against T
Will Not Boar
Chinese people are excited DOUBLE STANDARD OF VALUES
Mlwoarrplloa of Status of Exclusion
Treaty ( Prrarat Trouble
HOPES SECESSION WILL BE ACCEPTED
Last Paragraph, of Communication
Mar Mean that , Sweden Will
Confirm Action of Norway
After Reaffirming Position.
CIIRISTIANIA, Norway, June ll-King
Oscar long letter to the president of tha
Norwegian Storthing, M. Berner. denning
hi position, aa cabled to the Associated
I'ref yesterday evening, was read in the
Storthing, which was crowded, at its open
ing this morning after the Whitsuntide re
cess. The document was referred unani
mously to a special committee without
comment and the Storthing adjourned to
await tha committee's report. There was
no demonstration whatever. The Associ
ated Press understands that a short reply
will be sent, reaffirming the constitutional
rights of the Storthing.
The government of Norway and the mem
bers of tha Storthing welcomed the mes
sage, seeing In the last paragraph an Indi
cation 'that the king and Riksdag will
probably confirm the dissolution of the
union after a reaffirmation of the conten
V tlon that the union could not be dissolved
. W. ... .. j i j irl..
kV . a mAmhp nf tha Rtnrthlno-. commenting
on the bitter feeling In Sweden, said to the
correspondent of the Associated Press:
iriiinrniii Kwerien la alwavs Inclined to
look down on democratic Norway. The
Hwr1o resent what, thev consider our all
daclty in Initiating a solution and dethron
ing the king. The latter has always been
Influenced by the atmosphere of the no
bility of Hwetten ana semom vmuea nur
wav. The Swedish upper chamber, too, Is
inclined to consider tne rignis or mo
throne paramount to those of the consti
tution, which, however, Is not the case in
Swedish Workmen Oppose War,
STOCKHOLM, Sweden. June 14. The at
titude of the laboring classes Is likely to
Drove a potent factor In overcoming any
possible disposition on the part of a sec
tion of the Riksdag to suggest the adop
tion of coercive measures toward Norway
and Informing the chamber in favor of
accepting the dissolution of the union of
Norway and Sweden. Swedish labor union
are daily telegraphing to Norwegian
unions saying they will refuse to take up
arms and the social democratic party has
issued a proclamation to tha working
It becomes .more Apparent daily that the
upper claasea and reactionary newspapers
m uttnmnilnr to cultivate a sentiment
hostile to Norway with the view to calling
the neorjle to arms against her In her
struggle for liberty.
The proclamation says It Is the firm
decision of the working men not to re
spond to a call to arms and asserts that
they Intend to go out on strike all over
the whole country If the Riksdag comes to
such a decision. In conclusion, the pro
clamation calls upon laboring classes
throughout Sweden to manifest their
opinion of the situation at public meet
Norwegians Appeal to President.
WASHINGTON, June It Norwegian rest
dents of the United States have applied
to President Roosevelt formally to recog
nlxe the jiew government of their country
Senator Dolliver of Iowa called on the
. president today and presented to him
memorial adopted by the delegates to tne
Norwegian festival recently held at Port
.Dodge, la., urging htm to recognise the
'ilplomatio and consular offices appointed
by Norway. If the president should accede
to this request it would mean the recognl
tlon of the new government by the United
States. It may be several weeks before a
determination of the question will have to
be made. It Is the understanding here
that Norway will ask recognition as a na
tlon from all the civilised countries of tha
world.. So far as can be ascertained, no
protest yet has been made to this govern
.ment Dy uweaen against tne recognition 01
JL'orway, but It Is believed not unlikely
J that such a protest wtll be made.
Illinois Railroads Use at Lent Two in
PEKING, June It Afternoon-The agl
tation and proposed boycott of American QNE FOR RATES AND ONE FOR TAXES
gooas Dy cninese mercnants is apparently
based upon a misconception by the Chi
nese of American intentions In regard to
the exclusion act. Both Chinese and Amer
icans are agreed upon the point that th
exclusion of coolies Is the chief matter
under consideration and deals with the
treatment of other classes. A discussion
on the subject will be necessarily prolonged
nd to arrange a new convention will take
time. Mr. Rockhlll. the American minister,
has assured the Chinese that America's In
tentions are fair and conciliatory, and the
Chinese board of foreign affairs is ap
parently satisfied upon this subject. The
public Is somewhat alarmed, hence the
This movement Is unlikely to attain any
serious proportions, although It Is signifi
cant, indicating the Importance which la
attached by the Chinese to the questions
involved In the American exclusion act.
The exclusion of coolies from the Hawllan
and Philippine islands Is considered a
hardship by the Chinese, who also com
plain of tha treatment they experience at
the hands of the American customs offi
cials; nevertheless there la a genuine de-
Ire upon the part of the Chinese govern
ment for a speedy and amicable adjust
ment of the questions at Issue.
WASHINGTON, D. C, June It Presi
dent Roosevelt Is manifesting a deep Inter
est In the statements made to him last
Monday by a delegation of members of the
American Asiatic association concerning
Significant Part Developed at the
Rate Hearing Now In Progress
Before Commission at
SPRINGFIELD, 111., June lt-(Special
Telegram.) The hearings before the State
Board of Railway and Warehouse Commis
sioners, on the application of Interested
shippers for a change in rates, to make the
Illinois rate uniform with those of sur
rounding states, has developed some unique
facts and admissions on the part of tho
railway repreientatlves. It was practically
admitted at the first day's hearing that the
railways maintained one standard of valu
ation for the fixing of rate! and another
for the purpose of taxation.
Former Attorney General Hamlin, repre
senting the various associations of mer
chants and shippers asking for lower rates.
described it In his argument before tho
board aa the first time in twenty years that
an organized effort had been made to se
cure a revision of railway rales in Illinois.
During that time, he said, the state had
Increased greatly In the sixe and amount
of Its contributions to the railroads, but
the rates remain practically aa they were
In 1S84. ' '
Every bit of evidence Mr. Hamlin tried
to Introduce was fought bitterly and ably
the difflultles which hitherto have betrH y the railway lawyers. The Hearing lasted
experienced by Chinese merchants, stu
dents, and travelers in gaining admission
from 10 o'clock this morning till after 5
o'clock this afternoon, and' will bo resumed
to this country. The complaints of the lu""'r'uw- l"no 11 " "
Chinese government about the alleged hu- 'uht contest on both sides as one
mlllatlon to which members of those coula 18n 10 Bee-
classes of Chinese often are subjected upon Fronts for the Railroads.
their arrival In the United States, together Mr. Hamlin put In testimony showing, ac-
with the threats of. the commercial guilds cording to reports made by the railroads to
of China to retaliate by boycotting Ameii- the state, they were making an averago
can merchandise have aroused the profit of 14.127 a mile If onlv srross Droflts
business men of this country to protest and operating expenses were calculated; of
against what they term discrimination in $3,660 a m)ie in gross earnings and only op
the enforcement of the Chinese law. eratlng expenses: of 13.428 If taxes and rent-
It Is pointed out that great difficulty Is ais were added to operating expenses; of
experienced by the immigration officers, in 11464 a mlie if interest on Indebtedness,
executing the laws by the many bogus cer- permanent Improvements and "other de
lineates whicn are presented Dy cninese. auctions" were further subtracted from tho
80 many frauds have been discovered in I (rn nroflts
the certificates that the Immigration offi
cials examine all of them most carefully.
That fact accounts for the trouble ex
perienced by genuine merchants, travelers.
etc., when they arrive at United States
Secretary Metcalfe is In favor of con
gressional legislation on the subject pro
viding for a rigid supervision of the lssu-
ance of certificates In China, the idea being
to hold absolutely responsible for the ac
curacy of the statements contained In the
certificates, the officials who Issue them.
repeal bills are valid
Philadelphia's lllr Attorney Says
Council Has Authority to With
draw Railway Franchisee.
PHILADELFlliA. June 14.-In accord
ance with the request made by the com
mittee on street railways of city councils
for his opinion on the legality of the bills
providing for the repeal of ordinances
granting street car companies the tight to
construct tracks on certain streets. City
Solicitor John L. Klnsey today sent his
opinion to that committee. The city so
licitor is of the opinion that councils have
full power, and authority to repeal the
ordinances because the street rallrijad com
panies had not yet actually taken posses
sion of the streets. ,
The committee oil street railways will
meet tomorrow when the opinion will be
formally placed before its members. A
strong effort wtll be made by the advo
cates of the repealers to have the bills fa
vorably reported to the councils. In order
to avoid disorderly scenes, such as those
that occurred yesterday, the meeting to
morrow will be held In a email committee
A mass meeting was held In the halt of
the Young Men's Christian association to
night at which speeches were made in fa
vor of the street railway repealers. Reso
lutions were adopted demanding the pas
sage of the repeal measures; insisting that
no further perpetual franchises be granted
under any circumstances and that a tax
be imposed on all franchises and the next
legislature be petttonnd to repeal the law
recently passed permitting street railroad
companies to hold their charters and fran
chises fifty years without doing the work
they covenanted to do.
DRISCOLL BEFORE THE JURY
Chicago Employers Agent Telli of Bit
Transaction! with Labor Officials.
ATTEMPT TO SETTLE THE STRIKE
Limbti Dealers Present Proposition
to Teamsters, hut President
Shea Declines to Con
CHICAGO, June it-John C. Drlscoll. the
much desired witness In the bribery pro
ceedings being conducted by the state's
attorney and the grand Jury in connection
with strike troubles In Chicago, apieared
before the Inquisitors this afternoon and
for three hours was subjected to close ques
tioning. The proceedings were kept secret,
hut It was said that Drlscoll did nut tell all
the startling stories of corruption ac
credited to him yesterday. At the adjourn
ment of the Jury tonight Assistant State's
Attorney Fake said he was well pleased
with the results thus far obtained from
Drlscoll. The latter Is to be recalled tomor
NEBRASKA WEATHER FORECAST
Partly Cloudy and Cooler Thursday,
with Showers In Fast Portion.
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday I
Hour, Ilea. Hour. Ilea.
ft a. m m 1 p. m 84
6 a. m TO S p. m Nil
T a. m 72 3 p. ni 8
8 a. m T:t 4 p. m 8
O a. m 74 5 p. m IN)
10 a. m Ttt p. in 88
11 a. m 83 7 p. ra 87
11 n 83 p. m 84
D p. m 81
BOODLE , CASES DISMISSED
Successor to Governor Folk Enters
Nolle Prosequi of Charges
ST. LOUIS, June It All the charges of
perjury and bribery against Charles F.
Kelly, former speaker of the house of dele
gates, were nolle prossed In the criminal
division of the circuit court today. Circuit
Attorney Sager staled to the court:
I move that these cases against Charles
F. Kelly be nolle prossed. In connection
with this motion I desire to say that he has
been used by the state as a witness and has
row morning and he was cautioned against kept faith with the state. At the present
GEORGIA CHILDREN KILLED
Attracted by Noise Boy and Girl Are
Assassinated as Result
He made the point that the roads rould
not plead watered stock or interest payable
on bonds as a reason for refusing to grant
lower rates, and argued that the figures of
profit per mile showed that they could
lower the rates and still make money on
their legitimate Investment. The Indi
vidual case of the high capitalisation of
the Alton, however, he said he would not
The railroad men In reply attacked the
correctness of Mr. Hamlin's figures. They
Insisted they were entitled to calculate In
terest on bonds In arriving at net profits.
declared the Interstate rates were no rule
for gtate rates, and quoted a United States
supreme court decision In support of the
contention that the rates of one state were.
no guide for establishing the rates in
another. . - ; ,
In his estimates of the coat of the lines
Mr. Hamlin took the returns of the rall-
VALDOSTA. Ga., June 14. What Is be
lieved to- be the seauel of a feud of long
standing resulted here last night in the wys to the State Board of Equalization
assassination of the seventeen-year-old son 1 he railway lawyers replied that those re
and the sixteen-year-old daughter of W. L. turns were made for "purposes of taxa
Carter, formerly a Baptist minister.
The young people, attracted by the bark
ing'' of a dog In the yard, went out to in
vestigate, followed by a younger child.
They were fired upon by some one from
behind a smoke house. The young lady
fell dead, the young man crawled back to
the house where he died and the younger
child was wounded. Mr. Carter fired upon
some one prowling In his yard early today.
He says the Intruder was a negro. He be
lieves the assassins are negroes but says
some others may have been the Instigator
of the crime.
Sheriff Passmore and Chief of Police
tlon" and did not represent the real value
of the property. In proof they cited the
fact that the state taxing board had rafjed
some of them six and seven fold.
. Mr. Hamlin replied that the returns were
the values put on the roads by the roads
themselves in complying with the form of
the law, but acknowledged there was a
discrepancy In the returns made by the
roads to the State Board of Equalization
and the State Board of Railway and Ware
'It Is unfortunate," said the ex-attorney
general, "that there are two boards, one
for taxation and tho other for general pur-
HONORS FOR. BOYS IN GRAY
Louisville Gives Confederate Veter
ans and Auxiliary Vnlona an
Enthusiast lo Reception.
LOUI8VILLE, Ky., June 14.-For the
second time In five years the United Con
federates and auxiliary unions gather In
Louisville for their annual reunion. Their
reception today, under a blazing sun and
with miles of brilliant bunting flying In
the breeze, being in strong contrast to the
weather conditions of five years ago, when
record breaking rains prevailed during the
entire period of the reunion and even
caused a postponement of the parade on
the last day. The decorations this year
are on a lavish scale, and It Is remarked
that the American flag predominated.
The reunion was officially opened shortly
after the noon hour when General Ben
nett H. Toung, commander of the Ken
tucky division, called the perspiring mass
of humanity in the Horseshow building to
order. The principal business of the day
was the reports of officers.
A rousing reception was given the commander-in-chief,
General Stephen D. Lee,
when he arose to respond for the veterans
to the addresses of welcome. Cheers were
given tho few remaining great figures of
the confederacy as they made their ap
pearance. The venerable Simon Bolivar
Buckner, who Is approaching his 80th year,
was heartily greeted fcnd delivered a stir
ring speech, j .;- Am. r .
Lieutenant General W. I Cabell, com
mander of the Transmlssistiippl division.
was helped to the platform by many willing
hands and his appearance wai the signal
for a prolonged outburst of hand clapping.
General Joe Wheeler was also accorded
a great reception.
Dampler have returned from the scene of poses."
last night's aasassinatlon, bringing with
them Jesse Rawllngs, Milton Rawllngs and
Leonard Rawllngs, and two negroes, who
are charged with the crime. The coroner's
Jury fully Investigated the matter and re-
"You are right," replied William Brown
of the Alton, with fervor.
Fixing; the Values.
Mr. Hamlin examined William Kllpat-
rick, secretary of the State Board of Rail-
turned a verdict laying the crime to two of way and Warehouse Commissioners, and
the Rawllngs men. W. H. Eubanks, secretary of the State
Board of Equalization. Mr. Kll Da trick
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR HOCH testified that the Alton Railway company
made all reports to his board. But when
Supreme Court of Illinois May Grant
Him a Reprieve Pending; Per
fection of an Appeal.
CHICAGO, June It "Bluebeard" Johann
Hoch, who was sentenced to be hanged
June 23 for the murder of one of his num
erous wives, may be given one more chanoe
asked If the railroad company operated
any tracks In Illinois, Mr. Dawes' objec
tion was sustained by Commissioner Ne
ville. The railway company operated 634
miles in Illinois.
Secretary Eubanks testified that the re
turns made by the companies to the State
Board of Equalization, supposed to show
all the property, the value of the rlght-of-
MORE ALLEGED LAND FRAUD
California Official Accuses Railroad
Man and Associates with
Violating; the Laws.
AMERICAN FLAG ASSOCIATION I to "CBPe the allow'' H1" case ma-y be way. Improvements, rolling stock, capital
Committee Reports that Three States
Passed Um to Prevent Deae
. cratloa of Old Glory.
NEW YORK. June It New legislation In
three states for the prevention of the
desecration of (he American flag la the
record of part of the year's work reported
at the annual meeting of the American
Flag association In this city today by the
president. Colonel Ralph E. Prime, and
General Henry S. Peck, chairman of the
flag committee of the national commandery
G. A. R. The new states are North
Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming. The states
In which laws protecting the flag from
desecration since the organisation began
Its work In 1897 number thirty-two.
Colonel H. 11. Adams urged that steps be
taken to secure legislation In all the states,
muklng the display of the flag on school
The following officers were elected for
the ensuing year: President, Colonel Ralph
E. Prime. Yonkers. N. Y. ; vice presidents,
Admiral Ueorge Dewey, Lieutenant General
Adna R. Chaffee, Lieutenant General Nel
son A. Miles (retired', Major General O. O.
Howard, Major General J. C. Breckenrldge,
Brigadier General Frederick D. Grant,
Rear Admiral Schley, Franklin Murphy,
Trenton, N. J., Major Langdon J. Ward,
St Louis; Theodore Kltch and Mrs. J. Wills
Wentworth, New York; treasurer, A. N.
Blukeman, Mount Vernon, N. Y.
taken to the supreme court of Illinois. In
a conference held here today. Governor
Deneen assured counsel for Hoch that In
case the state's attorney's office Is assured
by Wednesday. June 21, that sufficient
money la forthcoming to provide for tho
preparation of the pecessary record, a re
prieve will be granted until the October
term of the supreme court. The sain
needed Is $700. The -governor assured As
sistant State's Attorney Olsen that he had
no desire to Interfere with the carrying out
of the verdict, bul wished to give the ac
cused every right afforded by the law.
stock and Indebtedness, were made under
oath by the president and secretary. He
gave the value per mile, according to these
reports on most of the Important roads as
Santa Fe 21,3i;Oreat Western. 14.Wi3
H. & O o.sTiiC. I. & St. L. . 13.3"1
Big Four 10.11W M. & Bt. P 82,267
Alton So.too, Rock island.... 17,455
B. & N Zl.HWii wis. Central.... 2B.3'.1
Burlington .... 23.1: Wabash 6.663
East. Illinois... 39.3U2
When he spoke of the Alton he said the
capitalisation was (110,406 a mile, but Mr.
Dawes objected at once.
"It Is not possible for the witness to say
how much of the capitalization of this road
Is In Illinois and how much In other states,
"You may be right," answered Mr. Ham
lin. "I do not Intend to go Into that, at
least not now."
Gives Some More Figures.
LONDON, June It A blue book con- Then Mr. Eubanks gave some more flg-
talnlng the report of the war office com- ures from the companies' return to the tax-
mlttee, headed by Lieutenant General Sir I lug board. They showed that the Alton,
William rrancts uutler, was Issued today, claiming its property was worth S30.66B a
It fully confirms the forecast of the report mile, made a net profit of $4,715 a mile. The
cabled to the Associated Press June 2, Santa Fe, with a value a mile of i:i,3S9,
showing that the Improper disposal of mill- made $6,124 a mile; the Baltimore & Ohio,
tary stores at the conclusion of the South I he said, he could not give, but promised
African war had revealed a huge scandal. I to bring In all other figures tomorrow,
SAN FRANCISCO, June 14. The Exam
iner says, that State Mineralogist L. E.
Aubrey charges that thousands of acres of
valuable land In Butte, Plumas and Siski
you counties have been secured illegally,
and he has placed Information in support
of his charges in the hands of the special
prosecutor for the government In the Ore
gon land fraud cases. Specifically, the
state mineralogist alleges that H. H. Yard,
who represents the Western Pacific rail
road In the matter of securing right-of-way,
and T. B. Walker, the millionaire
lumberman of Minnesota, have both Ille
gally filed on lands located in the northern
It Is the contention of Aubrey that thou
sands of acres filed upon as mineral lands
are nonmlneral In character. The state
mineralogist has made a report upon tho
operation of Yard to the Department of the
H. H. Yard, who has offices in this city,
admits that he and his associates have se
cured 100,000 acres of mineral land In Butte
and Plumas counties. He contends that all
these lands have been legitimately secured
and are mineral in character.
making any statements as to what trans
pired within the Jury room or to discuss
the nature of his testimony.
Scope of Drlacoll'a F.rldence.
Drlseoll's evidence covered the historical
points In connection with various labor or
ganizations, and he told In detail of the
work he had done In forming the Coal
Team Owners' association, as well as the
connection of Albert Young, former presi
dent of the Teamsters' union, with that or
ganization. Albert Young, former president of the
Teamsters' union, occupied the stand In the
hearing before Master-ln-Chancery Sher
man. The day was taken up by alterca-
, tlons between the attorneys.
Young was asked a long line of questions
and In almost every Instance he refused to
answer, declaring he was afraid of self-incrimination.
The hearing will be continued
Attempt at Settlement.
Edward Hlnes, president of the Lumber
men's association, today submitted to
President Shea, the head of the Teamsters'
union, terms of setlement, which were
practically Identical with those announced
some time ago by the employers. Shea de
clined to consider them.
Arthur Tall, a union driver, was shot this
afternoon by a policeman who was escort
ing a lumber wagon and fatally hurt. The
policeman who did the shooting Jumped
from the wagon and disappeared. Later
Officer Romalne Goudle was arrested and
charged with the shooting. He wouid not
admit nor deny that he fired the shot.
Apparently a Dead Issue.
The Teamsters' Joint Council apparently
has come to the conclusion that the strike
is a "dead issue." For the first time since
the original strike against Montgomery
Ward & Co. was called the controversy was
shelved In the council meeting aa an "un
important" matter of business.
"I don't see that the strike needs much
attention any more," said William Kelly,
secretary of the Coal Teamsters' union
"No, I won't Kdmit that wo alfo beateu,
but I mean to say that we have matters
in hand so well that we can afford now to
let the strike take care of itself."
The proponed referendum vote which cer
tain labor leaders wish submitted to the
teamsters as to whether the strike shall be
called off unconditionally was not brought
President Bernard Mulligan of the Rail
way Express Drivers' union said of tho
"It will never come up. Even If It should
the teamsters on strike will vote to the
man for a continuation of the strike until
it can be called off on honorable terms.
time he Is physically and mentally run
lown and the state recommends that the
nolle prosequies be accepted.
Judge Wlthrow at once announced that
this would be done. The defendant, who
was In court, thanked Circuit Attorney
Sager and then began telling those about
him how steadfastly his wife had stood by
him during his troubles. Finally ho do-
parted, accompanied by friends.
The cases quashed comprise tho charge of
bribery In connection with the passage of
the city lighting bill, bribery in connec
tlon with the passage of the Suburban
franchise bill, and perjury In connection
with the general boodle charges.
Kelly has pleaded guilty In the Suburban
case, and on the charge of perjury has been
found guilty and sentenced to two years
In the penitentiary, but upon appeal the
supreme court reversed the finding and re
manded the case for retrial
May Revoke Teamstera' Licenses.
A large number of the retail grocers of
the city have addressed a communication
to. Mayor Dunne in which they demand the
revocations of the licenses of team owners
who decline to make deliveries to boycot
ted houses. The attention of the mayor is
called to sections of the municipal code
which renders discriminations as at pres
ent practiced by the team owners a mis
If the mayor acts as requested by the re
tall procers the team owners will be forced
to take the chances of a strike or lose
SCANDAL IN BRITISH ARMY
Blue Book Charges Officers with
Swindling Government Through
Collusion with Contractors.
TRAIN . STRIKES AUTOMOBILE
Richard 8. Sayer and Wife of Engle-
wood, N. J., Killed Near
Goshen, N. Y.
1 MIDDLETOWN. N. Y., June lt-An au
tomobile occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Rich
ard S. Bayer, of Knglewood, N. J., and
their two sons, was struck by an Erie train
, near Goshen today. Mr. and Mrs. Bayer
L were Instantly killed and their sons were
V hurled several feet striking near the
i'racks. They are not' expected to survive
, . : .veWielr Injuries. The chauffeur saved his
't by jumping berore.tne train struck the
1 utomoblle-: Mr. Sayer was DreaUla&l of
nt Ridea Engine company.
The report censures a number of officers,
who are alleged to have worked In collu
sion with cor.tractors. The latter bought
stores at absurdly low prices and afterward
resold them to the military authorities at
enormous profits. The value of the stores
Involved In these transactions Is between
130,000,000 and S-5.O0O,0QO. The officers In
volved all belong to the army service corps
and pay departments.
CONTEST FOR GORE CANYON
Engineer Saya Valley Wanted y
Railroad la Esaeatlal as a
DENVER. Colo.. June It A. U Fellows,
a state engineer of North Dakota and for
merly in charge of the United States rec
lamation service In this city, today made
an affidavit that Gore canon, which la be
ing contested for the Denver, Northwest
ern and pacinc railroad la essentia! as a
reservoir site In reclaiming the arid lands
ta Colorado, Utah, Arlioua and California.
On cross examination, Mr. Brown wanted
to know if the state board had not raised
the return ot the Wabash on the value of
$5,000 a mile to $36,870, the Santa Fe from
$21,000 to $43,500, and the Baltimore & Ohio
from $5,800 to $31,000.
"Yes," said the witness, and Mr. Brown
ine courts nave decided that a man
cannot be bound by the value another man
puts on his property. We don't Intend to be
bound by the report of the state board.'
"Just what weight this evidence will have
la a matter for the commission to say,"
answered Mr. Hamlin, "but undoubtedly It
la competent. We have put In the values
fixed by the officers of the roads. It Is an
admission by the offloera, under tbe forms
prescribed by law, as to the values of these
properties. We are not Inquiring for the
purpose of taxation, but are asking 'What
value do you fix on your roads?' "
Two Classes of Rates Also.
At the hearing today before the Illinois
Railroad and Warehouse commission, rail-
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COLUMBIA C0NFJRS DEGREES
Henri Becqnerel of France Awarded
Medal for Discoveries In
NEW YORK, June it Commencement
day at Columbia university today Included
the conferring of honorary degrees, alumni
luncheon and alumni games at the south
Honorary degrees were conferred as fol
Doctor of letters, William Dean Howells:
doctor of science, Robert SlmpHun Wood
ard, president of the Carnegie Inmitute of
Washington and William Taft Brlghnni
director of the Bishop Museum of Poly
nesian Ethnology an.l isalural History at
llawull: doctor of laws. Jacob McUavock
Dickinson of Chicago.
The Barnard medal for meritorious serv
ice to science was awarded to Henri Bec-
querel. member of the Institute of France,
for his Important discoveries In radio ac
tivity and of the dark rays from uranium.
which has been the basis of later Inquiry
Into radio activity.
PHILADELPHIA. June It The annual
commencement exercises of the University
of Pennsylvania were held today.
GOMPERS TO SEE ROOSEVELT
Federation of Labor Appoints Com
mittee to Confer with Executive
on Chinese Exclusion.
COMING TO A FOCUS
Negotiations Looking Toward Feaee Hear
ing Definite Action.
THREE CITIES UNDER CONSIDERATION
Probabilities that the Plenipotentiaries
Will Meet in Washington.
JAPANESE DIPLOMATS ARE WARY
Fear an Attempt Will fie Made to Bob
Them of Fruits of viotorj.
RUSSIAN NOTE EXCITES SUSPICION
Statement Cornea from St. Petersburg
that Paragraph Objected to Is
Not laterally Translated.
8CRANTON, Pa., June It At the third
day's session of the executive council of the
American Federation of Labor here today
President Gompers, Vice President O'Con
ncll and Secretary Morrison were appointed
a committee to wait upon President Roose
velt to present to him the subject of Chi
nesc. exclusion and other matters affecting
the interests of labor.
Dr. Paul Kennedy of New York, repre
senting the American Society for the Pre
vention of Tuberculosis, asked participation
of the federation In a congress to be held
In New York City In November next. It
was decided to extend an Invitation to the
association to send a representative to the
Pittsburg convention of the American Fed
eration of Ijibor to address the delegates
there upon the subject of tuberculosis, its
prevention and treatment, and to suggest
plans hy which organlred labor may render
e.loctlve- work to arrest the d Incase of those
suffering from It. as well as Its prevention.
The memlers of the executive council re
solved each to study and submit a form of
laws for central labor unions and for local
trade unions. It was ordered that the
Amalgametd Leather Workers' union must
not disturb the bcltmakers.
LUTHERAN SYNOD IN SESSION
Delegates Representing; Six Mllllo
Communicants Assemble at
PITTSBURG. Pa., June It The forty
second biennial convention of the general
synod of the Evangelical Lutheran church
of America, opened tonight in Beihany
Lutheran church. Delegates to the num
ber of 27E. representing six million commu
nlcants are present from all parts of the
Prominent ministers and laymen are In
attendance, among them being Judge Pe
ter S. Grosscup, of Chicago. Senator
Charles Dick, of Ohio, Is expected tomor
row. It Is thought the convention will be In
session for at least seven days and may
run Into ten days. Business sessions will
be held morning and afternoon.
Rev. Harlan K. Fenner, D. D., of Louis
ville, Ky., secretary of the synod, deliv
ered the only address at the opening ses
sion, speaking on "The Lutheran Church
as a Spiritual Utility."
MINNEAPOLIS, June 14.-The annual
national convention of the United Norwe
gian Lutheran church of America opened
In the Augustuna church today. About
one thousand dolegates, ministers and lay
men are present. The United church Is
one of the two main factions of the Nor
wegian Lutheran church In America ana
the present convention will for right days
deliberate for the welfare of 10O0 congre
gations throughout the northwest.
EQUITABLE J30ARD MEETS
Chairman Morton Takes No Action on
Resignation of Officers Snb.
niltted to Him.
NEW YORK, Juno It The executive
committee of the Equitable Life Assurance
society met today with Vice President
Hyde presiding and elected Chairman Paul
Morton a member of the committee. There
were no further resignations from the
board nor were the resignations of the
officers and directors already tendered
acted upon. Chairman Morton aald that
he would take no definite action or out
line his policy of administration until he
had received the report of Superintendent
"There have been many changes," said
he, "and until I know what the superin
tendent has to say concerning these Inat
ters I will do nothing."
The executive committee will hold Its
next stated meeting on Friday and in all
probability the trustees will meet here to
There were present at today's meeting in
WASHINGTON. June lt-Oradually tha
negotiations for peace in the far east are
nearing a focus. The one point to which
the energies of those directly concerned in
them now are being directed is the Choice
of a place for the holding of the conference
of tho plenpotentlarles of the belligerent
It Is known officially that three cities
now are under consideration by Russia and
Japan. These cities named In the order of
the likelihood of their final selection are
Washington, The Hague and Geneva.
Thus far no decision has been reached.
Paris and London have been eliminated
from the equation. It Is understood that
the Russian government objects to an
Asiatic city, its preference being for some
European capital. After objecting to the
holding of the conference in Paris the Jap
anese government expressed a willingness
to consider places which afforded adequate
facilities, although it is assumed that
Japan's preference would be some far east
ern city, practically within the theater of
war. Finally, however, the selection seems
to have narrowed down to the three clttea
named. Objections hnve been made by the
Japanese to The Hague. But It Is not be
lieved that these objections are fundamen
tal or unalterable. However, as the situa
tion now Is Washington appears to be the
city most likely to he selected. It can be
snld on authority that If the conference Is
held In the United 8tates it will be In
Washington. No other place in this coun
try has been considered seriously.
Roosevelt May Decide.
An announcement of the selection of tho
place of holding the conference is sexpected
within a few days, it may come tomorrow
and It may not come for several'days. Thus
far President Roosevelt has acted merely .
as an Intermediary between Russia and
Japan In the conduct of the negotiations
regarding the selection of a place of con
ference. He is In no sense of the term an
arbiter in the matter and, at this time,
there la no probability that he will be tha
arbiter. It Is expected that Russia and,
Japan will be able to reach an agreement
without the nftstance of an arbiter. Should
a deadlock, ensue a condition that la re
garded as quite unlikely It Is not Improb
able that the president may be requested
by the two powers to name the place of
After the selection of the place of meet
ing of the plenipotentiaries, the two gov
ernments will name those who are to rep
resent them, respectively, at the confer
ence. Then an armistice between the con
tending armies In the field will be arranged
and pending the arrangement of the peace ,
conference the great armies facing each
other in Manchuria will He on their arms
waiting the final signal from their govern
ments. Japanese Diplomats Wary.
Russia s formal reply to the president's
appeal to the far eastern belligerents for a
cessation ot hostilities lias been communi
cated to the Toklo government by tne
president. The note, written by Count
Lamsdorff by direction of Emperor Nlco-
las and handed by the minister of foreign
affairs to Ambassador Meyer at St. Peters
burg, was placed, In turn, in the hands of
Minister Tukahira by the president, and
transmitted by Mr. Takahlra to Toklo.
The president is in hourly expectation that
a response may be received from tha Japa
Doubt is expressed in' Important quar
ters whetner the Russian response la sat
isfactory to Japan. The government of
the Island empire Is wary of lta big
European antagonist and has Indicated lta
Intention of , not sacrificing Its dearly
Vwititrht viptnrif.u nt nrma h tha
ariitltlnn In Ch.li-min Mnxtnn -r.,4 ' v "
. " 7 1 diplomacy which now is being waged. Min-
:: .l.;:. i. ,r -'--r. Uler TttKanil.a l3 incnned to look tlkanct
ijwiuciiii 1&I veil, lisou ailU OlCjn-
tyre, Valentine P. Snyder, Alvin W. Krech,
II. C. Deming and T. D. Jordan.
NEBRASKAN IS A WINNER
Charles P. Partridge la Awarded a
ISO Ethics Prise 'at Prince,
NEW YORK, June It-Gifts to Princeton
university of 336 acres of land almost con
tiguous to the university property, more
than doubling the amount of land held by
the university of an annual Income of 1100,
000, and of a recitation hall to cost about
$300,000, were announced by President Wood
row Wilson In his address at commence
ment today. Among the prizes awarded
was the $150 ethics prize to Charles P. Par
tridge of Nebraska.
CHURCH OBJECTS JO 'PHONES
Members of Old German Baptist Con
gregations Instructed to Have
FLORA. Ind., June It The National con
ference of the Old German Baptist Breth
ren has closed av four days' session in this
city. The conference was one of the larg
est ever held. One of the questions warmly
discussed was that of permitting tele
phones to be used by the church people.
Foreman Michael Montgomery decided
that members should not permit the use
of a telephone In their homes and that
should any member now be using the tele
phone It should be taken out.
All the present officers were elected ex
cept Writing Clerk J. B. Benedict, who
was succeeded by R. S. Slnseny of Mary-
TRIAL OF BANKER BEGINS
Thomas B. Clement Would Have Case
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ST. PAUL, Minn., June It Thomas B.
Clement, president of the defunct First Na
tional bank of Faribault, was arraigned
before Judge Lochien in the United States
district court today. He pleaded not guilty
to eighteen Counts of the Indictments
against him and entered a demurrer to the
other counts on the ground that they
charge more than one offense.
A number of affidavits were presented by
prominent men of Faribault to the effect
that the defendant's condition of health
would not permit him to stand the ordeal
of an early trial.
Judge Lochren overruled the demurrers
and the accused entered a further plea of
not guilty. The aigument then turned on
continuance of the oaae over tha term.
OLD-TIME CATTLE MAN DYING
Alexander Swan Afflleted with Soft
ening of the Iiraln at Salt
CHEYENNE. Wyo., June It (Special.)
Mrs. R. S. Van Tassell today left for Og
den, Utah, where her father, Alexander
Swan, la dying of softening of the brain.
Mr. Swan Is one of the most remarkable
characters produced by the west. He was
for many years one of the leading cattle
man of the range section and was one of
those instrumental In the establishment of
the stock yards at South Omaha.
Movements of Oceaa Vessels Jnne 14.
At New York Balled: Ryndam, for Rot
terdam; Majestic, for Liverpool; Llguria,
for Genoa and Naples.
At yueenstown Arrived: Ivernla, from
Boston. Sailed: Carpathla, for New York.
At Southampton Sailed: Krunz Prlnx
Wllhelm, for New Yrk.
At Ixmdon Arrived: Mesaba, from New
At Marseilles Arrived: Italia, from New
At Genoa Arrived: Cltta Dt Reggio, from
At Yokohama Arrived: Heathdene, from
Ban Francisco; Nlcomedla. from Portland;
Pleiades, from Victoria; Hiberlu, from San
At Liverpool Arrived: Oceanic, from New
York. Balled: Teutonic, for New York.
At Cherbourg-Sailed; Kron Prlua Wll
helm, for New York.
at that purl of the Kusslan note winch
As for an eventual meeting of Russian
and Japanese plenipotentiary s charged
with ascertaining how far it would bo pos
sible for the two powers to elaborate con
ditions of peace, the Imperial government
would have n objection in principle to
such an attempt if the Japanese govern
ment expressed a dcslretliei etor.
Must Have Definite Inderstandlngt.
Japan has indicated plainly that if there
is a conference between its plenipoten
tiaries and those of Russia It must be held
Vlth a definite understanding that a sin
cere effort to reach a permanent peace
agreement is to be made. It is willing to
talk business with Russian negotiators em
powered to do likewise, but it dues not
propose to permit any unusual strings to
be attached to the Russian conferees
strings which may be pulled to its ulti
mate disadvantage. An American official
expressed- In a few words Japan's position;
"It Russia is sincere in Its desire for
peace, peace can bo arranged, if nut, Japan
is ready to go on with the war."
No suggestion of a serious hitch In the
peuce negotiations Is made at this moment.
Such inquiries as are possible to make at
this writing huve elicited assurances thai
the situation is favorable, for an amicable
arrangement of the peace conference. Tha
negotiations now have to do with the se
lection of a location for Hit conference anil
the number of plenipotentiaries. These do
tails may be adjusted satisfactorily soon,
although It is pointed out that the negotia
tions may be prolonged for several days.
Assurance is given at the White House
that as soon as the. arrangements shall have
been completed a formal announcement of
their purport will tie published to the world.
Confident that the negotiations are prog
ressing as rapidly us can be expeceld.
Baron Speck von Sternburg, the German
ambassador, has decided to go to Deer
Park, Md., today and remain there several
days. The ambassador believes that the
selection of a place and plenipotentiaries,
while not the only details yet to be de
cided, are among the most importunt, and
he does not look fur any serious hitch prior
to tbe meeting of the plenipotentiaries.
Talkative Mouths Are Closed.
an Inteicsting sidelight upon the negotia
tions for peace is the extreme reserve
evinced by all having to do wllij tUsosr
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