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promptly ifioufd reorf fo 'ftione 897.
Sensational Disclosures Follow Infestiga
tion of Coal Teaming AfM.
i Close
Owiers and Union Teamsters
Corporation and Adranoe es.
Bays Caarges Involve Briber; ispiracj
and More Beiions Offenses.
Prominent Employer and Leading
Member of the Bar Will Appear
Before the Grand Jury
CHICAGO, June 15 The greatest scan
.1 Chicago has ever seen, according to
'states Attorney Healy, Is to follow the dis
closure! mudo today before the grand Jury
by J. C. Driscoll. when the former secre
i tary of the Associated Building Trades
and Coal Team Owners' association re
vealed the entire history of the dealings
between employers and union labor lead
ers, particularly that branch of union la
bor represented by the Chicago TeamsterB'
union. '
Slates Attorney Healy said:
More serious offenses have been com
mltted than bribery and conspiracy and
the evidence presented to the Jury has
been of an extremely sensational charac
ter. It is very Important and will lead to
startling results. The names mentioned by
the witnesses are those of prominent men
on both sides. If I thought there would
he no results from this Investigation 1
would call a halt Immediately. - f believe
the present lino of Inquiry will occupy the
Jury for the remainder of this -week and a
portion of next week, but If necessary all
the docket cases will be sidetracked be
cause of the great Importance I attach to
the results of the present lnnuiry.
Tomorrow will witness the gathering be
fore the grand Jury of twenty or more of
the prominent business men of Chicago,
together with leading members of the bar.
Subpoenas for them have been placed to
night In the hands of private detectives
employed by the states attorney, but It Is
Impossible tonight to learn the names of
those for whom subpoenas have been is
Details of One Conspiracy.
t i rt r 'i i . . 1 1 ... 1 .1 . n-Li ih. ftitaf wit
ness before the grand Jury and related
what he called the dealings between the
employers and union labor. Drlscoll told
how the coal teamsters and coal team own
ers had made the first Joint trade agree
ment, which provided that tho owners
should employ only members of the Coal
Teamsters' union, and that members of the
union should work for no employer not a
member of the Coal Team Owners' assocl
atlon. The effect of this arrangement, the
witness declared, was to force every coal
wagon owner Into the Coal Team Owners'
association and every coal wagon driver
into the teamsters' union. The owners be
hind this provision that barred union drlv
ri from working for men not members of
the association and prevented nonunion
drivers from driving coal wagons, raised
the cartage rates o coal from 30 cents to
60 cents a ton for short hauls and to as
high as SI a ton for longer hauls.
Drlscoll took before the Jury today sev
eral check books, which, together with
the cancelled checks, are expected to prove
many of the charges made, by him against
business men and labor leaders.
Drlscoll Mar Be Held.
John C. Drlscoll was kept under surveil
lance all night by a detective from the
state's attorney's office. One of the reasons
given was to protect Drlscoll from personal
violence. Another reason was to prevent
Drlscoll from being Influenced to leave
It is reported that Drlscoll arranged to
go away as soon as the grand Jurors are
through with him. If he does it Is prob
able he will have to supply a heavy bond
for his appearance when wanted. Should
indictments be voted as the result of Drls
coll's exposures he may be named as a co
conspirator, it is said, but not a co-defendant,
so that his presence at the trials aa
the star witness will be doubly insured.
raid fS.OOO to Shea.
It was learned late tonight that one of
the statements made by Drlscoll to the
Jury was that Presidont Shea of the Team
sters' union accepted SS.000 at the time of
the stock yards strike last summer.
This strike began on July 12 and lasted
for nine weeks. About 26,000 men were
thrown out of employment, and millions
of dollars were lost by the packers In
business and by the men on wages. Ac
cording to Driscoll's story he went to
Shea to see if the teamsters could not be
prevented from going out on a sympathetic
strike. Bliaa Is said by Drlscoll to have
replied. "It will cost 18,000 to keep them at
Drlscoll doclared that he raised the money
and paid it to Shea, and that the labor
leader was not able to prevent the men
from walking out. Drlscoll afterward, ac
cording to his story, demanded the return
of this money and Shea declared that he
had paid It over to two' other men con
nected with the Teamsters' union.
Hanrahan Takes Hand.
Though no surface change In the strike
today, a powerful agent for peace was at
work. Orand Muster J. O. Hanrahan of
the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen ar
rived in the city, and after a conference
with Mayor Dunne, announced that he
would use hJs good offices to - settle the
strike. Some of the strike leaders who
take kindly to Mr. Hanrahan, think that
he had an Intimation from higher officials
that It Is an opportune moment for tho
effort. A possible Indication that something
in the nature of an understanding exists
developed today when W. P. Rend, a team
owner, said he would deliver goods to the
strike-bound houses with nonunion 'men
and that his union drivers would neither
strike nor be locked out. Chairman John
V. FarwelL Jr., of the Employers' associa
tion declined to consider a tentative strike
setttlement proposition presented to him to
day by the State Board of Arbitration.
The proposition which the employers de
clined to consider was an offer that If the
employers would agree to use all honorable
tafluence to have police and deputy sher
iffs and all armed guards withdrawn im
mediately the strike would be declared off,
even aa to the express companies, and that
orders to deliver anywhere would be obeyed
by the teamsters.
Utah Admiral and Head of Russian
Admiralty Retire from Office
t'nder Fire.
ST. PETERSBURG, June 16.-3 :30 a. m.
The sensational announcement was made
shortly before midnight that Grand Duke
Alexis, the high admiral, who is an uncle
of the emperor, and Admiral Avellan, head
of the Russian Admiralty department, had
resigned. This announcement was followed
a few minutes later by an Imperial rescript
relieving the grand duke of the supremo
direction of the navy, which he had held
lnce the days of the emperor's father,
Alexander III, when Russia resolved to
enter the lists as a first class sea power and
to build up a great navy, tho remnants of
which were destroyed In the battle of the
Sea of Japan.
Although from time to time since the
war began there ha-e been rumors that
the grand duke would retire on account of
the savage criticism, not to use harsher
terms, directed against the administration
of the navy, especially in the construction
of ships, the announcement of his resigna
tion came like a bolt out of the blue. It
was not preceded by any of the rumors
which usually give warning of such an act.
Casually it was assumed that some sudden
event precipitated it and ugly stories im
mediately came to the surface.
Among those sojourning late In the cafes
and hotels the editorial in the Nasha
Shlsn yesterday morning demanding an
accounting of the popular fund subscribed
for the rebuilding of the navy and declar
ing that "great names are no longer guar
antees," was Instantly recalled.
The words of the rescript give no hint
of Imperial anger and tho real explanation
probably will not leak out for several days,
but tho Instant disposition was to regard
the retirement of Grand Duke Alexis and
Admiral Avellan as a concession to public
opinion, following the crowning tragedy of
the Sea of Japan. Charges of mlsmanaga
ment and Inefficiency and tales of corrup
tion, and even worse, against the marine
department have been rife for years.
After tho war began they Increased ten
fold, and lately a regular campaign
against the department has been openly
conducted In the newspapers. Some start
ling revelations have been made In this
campaign and Captain Clado, who was
one of the leading critics of the conduct
of the navy, was dismissed from the
service for his persistence.
It was felt even In quarters where
charges of corruption were not enter
tained that it would be unwise to entrust
the building of the navy to the hands
which were responsible for the hapless
fleets of the past.
Heir Presumptive of Sweden
Princess Ma run ret of Con.
naught I'nlted.
Highly Sensational Development! in
Mayor's Fight Against the King.
Large Soma Filched from City Treas
ury by Irregular Awards to
Firms Controlled by
PHILADELPHIA, June 15. There were I
highly Interesting developments today in
Mayor Weaver's crusade for good govern- j
ment. The fight against the trolley fran
chises was for the moment forgotten in the
light of what developed at the hearing of
Select Councilman Frank H. Cavan, who Is
charged with violating his councllmanlc
oath by being interested in city contracts.
During the hearing It was shown that In
surance Commissioner I. W. Durham, the
leader of the republican organization in
this city, Is a partner in the McNichol firm
of city contractors.
It was also shown that while James P.
McNichol, who is now a state senator and
one of the local republican leaders, was in
city councils, the McNichol firm consisted
of Durham, Mrs. James P. McNichol, John
M. Mack and Daniel J. McNichol, a brother
of James P. McNichol. It was also shown
that after James P. McNichol left the coun
cil his wife withdrew from the firm and
that her place was taken by himself.
Wheel Within a Wheel.
Other evidence of a sensational character
was to the effect that a secret agreement
existed between Councilman Cavan and his
father, trading as James Cavan & Son, and
another firm, in which they agreed that no
contract shall be entered into by either of
the parties with the McNicbo! firm or other
firms doing work on tho city's filtration
system without the written consent of the
other party.
As a result of what developed at the
hearing Mayor Weaver late today accepted
tho resignation of John Hill, chief engineer
of the bureau of filtration, and also that of
his son, Henry W. Hill, who was assistant
to lis father. Chief Hill was the highest
salaried official in the city, his compensa
tion being J17.000 a year. Simultaneously
with the acceptances of the resignations
all work on the city's filtration system was
ordered stopped. The office of Chief Hill
was placed In charge of Assistant Director
of Public Works Hicks and the city's
offices at the filtration plants were put in
charge of detectives, with instructions not
to permit any one to move any records or
any documents.
The filtration system has cost the city
alxmt $:2,000,0n0 and It will take upwards of
$5,000,000 more to complete the work. The
McNichol firm has had contracts for about
three-quarters of the work.
Army Men Complain that Disabled'
Ships Are $himli( Too
Much Activity.
FORT MONROE, Va., June 15 The first
attack In force on Fort Monroe took place
this morning at 7 o'clock. Eight of the
biggest ships of Admiral Dickens' squad
ron formed an arc of a circle between
Capes Henry and Charles. All of them
headed for the fort and advanced slowly.
The forming operation, although far out,
was plainly visible and everything was
ready In ample time to meet tho work.
The first gun was fired at 7:10 and for
half an hour a long-range bombardment
continued. The ships did not come closer
than Bug light, which is ten miles from
the fort. The fleet consisted of the Texas
and Hartford, four of me monitors and
two smaller ships. The monitor Puritan
was recognized In tho fleet, indicating that
it had succeeded in getting off the mud at
Point Lookout, where it was fast yester
day. Because of the long range and the
use of subcallber to Indicate the fire, the
demonstration was robbed of spectacular
features which have characterized the night
attacks. After a half hour of firing, dur
ing which the ships were advancing, they
turned in a broad clrclo and proceeded
back from their starting point and were
soon out of view.
The demonstration is taken to comply
with that part of the exercises requiring a
"run by" In daylight to develop the capa
city and accuracy of the range finding and
big gun and mortar fire of tho batteries.
While Admiral Dickens was gathering
tho larger units of his fleet in the lower
Chesapeake last night he was not idle at
tho Washington and Baltimore defenses.
At Forts Washington and Hunt things
were exceedingly lively. The Siren landed
a company of marines at Marshall Hall
Md., who immediately proceeded to cap
ture the army signal station at that place.
Previous to this the Siren had made sev.
oral attempts to cut the cable, the means
of communication between Forts Hunt and
Washington, and, according to the army's
computation of Its artillery fire, the ship
had been out of action several times. It
was for this reason that a protest was
made by the captured signal station per
sonnel and a case for future settlement by
tho Joint board has been made. Besides
landing at Marshall Hall another landing
was made from the Siren on the Fort Hunt
side of the Potomac at what Is known as
White House, Just below the fort.
The monitor Terror and the gunboat
Siren have been reported as proceeding
down the Potomac. It is believed that the
whole fleet will demonstrate against Fort
Monroe tonight.
WINDSOR, England, June IS. Windsor,
the scene of many historic events, particu
larly during the reign of the late Queen
Victoria, was in holiday attire today for
the marriage of Princess Margaret of Con
naught, eldest daughter of the duke of
Connaught, to Princo Gustavus Adolphus,
eldest son of Crown Prince Gustavus of j
8weden, all the arrangements for which
were made under tho personal direction
of King Edward. Throughout the morn
ing a procession of royal trains proceeded
from London to Windsor, carrying repre
sentatives of most of the royal families
of Europe, forming one of the most im
posing gatherings since the king's corona
tion. Magnificent summer weather greeted
the young couple and showed the pretty
town of Windsor at its best. The scene
in St. George's chapel, which was not
decorated with the exception of scattered
flowers, was exceedingly brilliant, being a
blaze of uniforms and decorations and
brilliant ladles in full court dress, with
coronets of tiaras and wearing many
Shortly after the guests were seated the
bridegroom made his appearance, accom
panied by his supporters. Princes Eugene
and William of Sweden, with gentlemen In
attendance. The bridegroom was followed
by the royal party. Including King Ed
ward, Queen Alexandra and Princess Vic
toria, the crown prince and crown prin
cess of Sweden, the duchess of Connaught,
the prince of Wales, the landgrave of
Hesse, the grand duke and grand ducheBS
of Baden, and the khedlve of Egypt, all
accompanied by brilliant suites.
As Elgar's Imperial march was played
on the organ the bride, on the arm of
her father, passed from the castle to the
chapel. She was met at the entrance by
the lord chamberlain, and the bridesmaids.
Princess Patricia of Connaught, her Bis
ter; Princess Victoria of Battenburg, Prin
cess Mary of Wales, and Princess Beatrice
of Saxe-Coburg. The bridal party passed
up the aisle, preceded by the choir, Blng
ing "When tho God of Old," to the chan
cel, where a quarter of a century ago the
bride's mother and father went through
the name ceremony. The archbishop of
Canterbury, assisted by the bishop of Ox
ford and others, read the services of the
Church of England-
The bride and bridegroom left Windsor
for Cheshire. They will spend tho first
part of the honeymoon at Saighton Grange,
the seat of Countess Orosvenor, afterward
proceeding to Ireland.
Number of Nebraska Postmasters Get
an Increase In Their
fFrnm a Rtafff Oorresnnndent.l
WASHINGTON, June 15. (Special Tele
gramsThese Increases of Nebraska post-
masters were announced today: Aurora.
11,900 to 12,000; Scrtbner. $1,200 to $1,300;
Stanton and Wilber, $1,400 to $1,500.
Postmasters appointed: Nebraska Bruno,
Butler county, James A. Proskovoc, vice
A. Placek, resigned; Redfern, Custer
county, Walter Robertson, vice W. B. Gib-
eon, resigned. Iowa Percy, Marlon county,
John L. Cowman, vice W. S. Lenty, re
moved. South Dakota Rauvllle, Codding.
ton county, Henry M. Shlsler, vice Charles
E. Edwards, resigned.
Iowa rural routes ordered established Au
gust 16: Audubon, Audubon county, route
6; population, 505; houses, 101. Mount Zlon,
VanBuren county, route 1; population, 320
houses, f0. Rowan, Wright county, route
1; population, 620; houses, 104.
Rural carriers appointed: Nebraska
Bladen, route 1; James E. Morey, carrier;
Philip M. Wolfe, substitute. Brandish,
route 1; Benedict Strangeland, carrier; Iver
Schlanbusch, substitute. Edgar, route 4;
Pearl Saum, carrier; George F. Sales, sub
stitute. Osceola, route 4; George A. Miller,
carrier; Guy A. Hotchkiss, substitute.
South Dakota Lennox, route 2; Elmer E.
Gilmore, carrier; Edward Baker, substitute.
Controlling Interest in the Stock Formally
Turned Over to Them.
Explanation of the Deed of Trust
and the Method by Which
the Directors Will Be
Thunder Showera Friday and Cooler
In Kast Portion. Saturday Fair and
W nrmcr.
Temperature at Omaha Yeaterdayi
Hour. Peg. Hour. Deg.
ft a. m 71 1 n. m...... 7 IV
In. m 71 11 a. m 7n
7 a. nt 72 12 m T!
A n. m 74 1 p. m 4
O a. m 7ft 1 p. m XI
a p. m ..... . 85
General Stephen D. Lee Again at Head
of United Confederates Next
Meeting at New Orleans.
Army Not Being Mobilised and King
Will Be Congratulated
on Wedding.
CHRISTINIA. Norway, June 15 The
minister of defence authorizes the state
ment that all rumors of the mobilization
of the Norwegian army and fleet are devoid
of foundation.
Flags are flying today from all the publlo
buildings and many other buildings in
Christlanla in honor of the wedding at
Windsor of Prince Gustavus Adolphus to
Princess Margaret of Connaught.
The Storthing has decided to send its con
gratulations to King Oscar and the bridal
couple, addressing King Oscar as king of
Sweden and Prince Gustavus Adolphus as
prince of Sweden.
New York Architect Awarded Heavy
Verdict for Plans for MU.
llonalre'a Castle.
NEW YORK. June 15. A verdict for
Abner J. Haydel, an architect, to recover
$24,183.75 from Howard Gould for services
in drawing plans for the Gould castle at
Port Washington, L. I., was awarded by a
Jury in tho New York state supreme court
at Mlneola, L I., today. This amount rep
resents about 2H per cent of the original
contract price of $i7,000 which it was esti
mated the Gould castle would cost. Haydel
had sued for $60,000.
The architect had testified that he had
been sent to Ireland to make plans of the
celebrated Kilkenny castle, to be used In
the Gould castle, and that Mrs. Gould or
dered many changes in his plans, and
finally refused to accept these plans and
ordered him out of her presence at the
hotel, where he had gone to consult her aa
to plans.
LOUISVILLE, June 15. The United Con
federate Veterans today elected the follow
ing officers: Lieutenant general, Stephen
D. Lee, Mississippi; commander Trans
Mississippi department, Lieutenant General
W. Cabell, Texas; commander Army of
mlsslsslppl department, .'.leu tenant General
Clement A. Evans, Oeorgla; commander
Army of Northern Virginia department, C.
Irvine Walker, South Carolina.
New Orleans had slight difficulty In se
curing the convention for 1906.
At noon the business of the convention,
which began at 9:30 a. m., was suspended
and an hour was devoted to the customary
memorial services in honor of the dis
tinguished dead of the year. The annual
address to the veterans was delivered by
Captain N. E. Harris of Macon, Ga,
During the progress of the business of
the day it was discovered that a federal
officer, Colonel S. C. Russell of Indian
Territory, was on the committee on reso
lutions. Colonel Russell did not attend
the convention and on the protest of a
Texas member on the committee General
Lee selected the name of J. J. Kendall of
Indian Territory.
Fraternal greetings were read from the
state encampment of the Grand Army of
the RepuDllc for Indiana, in session at
Madison. Tho greetings were only mod
erately cheered and one delegate on tho
platform, with the remark that there "Is
getting to be too much of this fraterniz
ing," took his hat and departed.
Tho history committee reported gratify
ing progress in the matter of securing ac
curate histories for the use of the south
ern schools. A battle abbey is now as
sured. It will be built in Richmond.
Tho report of tho Davis Monument as
sociation says that $69,000 Is now In a bank
drawing interest and the monument of the
dead chieftain Is therefore assured.
South Carolina's sponsor. Miss Elizabeth
Lumpkin, was given an ovation by the old
men in gray at the conclusion of a remark
able address of greeting. The spectacular
feature of the reunion, the parade of the
remnants of tho South's once great army,
will take place tomorrow.
NEW YORK, June 15. Grover Cleveland,
Justice O'Brien of the state supreme court
and Georgo Westlnghouse of Pittsburg,
trustees of the Equitable Life Assurance
society stock formerly owned by James H'.
Hyde, met at the Hotel Buckingham in
this city today. In the afternoon session,
after a conference with Ellhu Root and
Paul Gravath, Thomas F. Ryan was sent
for and a trust agreement was executed.
Mr. Cleveland was elected chairman and
George F. Parker, secretary.
At the conclusion of the meeting tonight
the trust agreement, with a letter from Mr.
Ryan to the trustees and an appeal from
Mr. Cleveland to the policyholders, were
made public. Mr. Ryan's letter announces
Individual ownership of the stock. In it he
I am the sole owner of the 52 shares of
the stock of the Equitable society, which I
purchased from Mr. Hyde, and no other
person or interest has contributed or has
the rinht to contribute a single dollar
towards the purchase of the stock. The
policyholders with whom I conferred in
making the purchase have had no connec
tion with the inanaKement of the Equitable
society and their connection with the tran
saction was entirely advlsorv.
The amount which I paid for the 502
shares of stock purchased from Mr. Hyde
is $2,500,000.
Mr. Cleveland's Appeal.
The appeal of Mr. Cleveland to the pol-
' ' icyholders is dated in advance and, will be
mailed to tne SOO.UW holders of Equitable
Insurance. Tho letter follows:
NEW YORK, June IS, 1905. To Policy
holders In tne Equitable Life Assurance
Society of the United States: We, tne un
uersmned. have assumed the duties ac
credited by a trust agreement, executed by
Thomas f. Ryan, wnereby a majority of
tne stock of. tne Equitable Lite Assurance
society has been placed in our hands as
trustees for the purpose of voting in stock
tor tne directors ot said society.
It is provided In the instrument transfer
ring the stock to us that we shall vote for
seven (jut of the thriteen directors to be
cnosen annually from the holders ot poll
cles of Insurance In said society, and that
these shall be desbsnated bv an exoression
of their choice on tho part of the ooily of
all policyholders whose policies have been
in iorce at least one year.
The selection of the six remaining dl
rectors to be elected each year is left to
our discretion as trustees. This ulan will
result In finally giving to policyholders tlio
privilege ot choosing twenty-eight to titty
two persons, who will constitute the board
ot directors.
It Is also provided by said Instrument of
transfer as a means of Informing us of
the choice which the policyholders may
make of the directors allotted to their
section that said policyholders shall ex
press their wishes to us on this subject by
sending to our address annually before the
first day of November at the office of the
Equitable society. 120 Broadway. New York
a written designation of the policyholders
they desire to have elected as directors, we
especially request all policyholders en
titled to exercise this privilege that they
make their wishes known to us within the
time and manner mentioned In order that
the plan Inaugurated for their policy-hold
lug direclu.-t.hii may speedily reach the
numerical proportion Of tho entire board,
We have determined at an early dale to
name policyholders to nil existing vacan
cles. We therefore urge policyholders to
notify us at once of their preferences In
regard to these vacancies. The trustees
hope they will receive a very general re
sponse to this invitation.
The agreement between Mr. Ryan and
the trustees practically outlines the author
lty of the trustees in voting the stock and
gives them full control over the 502 shares
they represent.
After explaining the details of procedure,
as outlined in Mr. Cleveland's letter, the
agreement says:
Tho party of the first part shall be en
titled to the dividends on the stock do
posited by him under this agreement.
Captain Curtis Lindsay's Cadets Come
In Winners Two Years la
Company B, Curtis Lindsay captain, came
out victorious last night in the annual
competitive drill of tho Omaha High
School cadets on Crelghton university
campus. Its score was 84.86. The closest
competitor was Company A, George Wal
lace capnln. with a score of S2.5. All the
other companies went below SO. Captain
Castle and Lieutenant Guild of Fort Crook
were the Judges of the drill.
The evening began with a high wind, but
this did not keep a largo crowd from at
tending. The drill had not progressed far
when the wind died down. A strange
feature of the results was that the com
panies won In order almost the exact re
verse of that in which they drilled. They
came on the field D, C, B, F, A. E, They
won E, A, F. B, D, C. Company E has
had the flag all this year and by virtue of
ts victory last night will keep possession
of It another year. Addison Mould Is the
captain of Company B, Paul Beard of C,
John Olney of D and Raymond Hayward
of F.
Herbert Potter, quartermaster sergeant
of Company B. was the winner of the In
dividual drill, in which five men from each
of the six companies took part. He cap
tured the high school gold medal. Samuel
Millard, first sergeant of Company F, won
second place and the sliver medal.
KlaksUa Taika to Old Settler.
PIK-whk, a. IX. Jans li. (Spriial Tele
grain. The old settlrra of llnchea, Stan
ley and sVaHy counties held their nrmi
Jiarn; ua Marfan iaUvnd today. U was
ItciTBtt ts xnenifeexa of the aaanciatioa and
ar cited gaunt. Oongrrnamaa Kinksid of
CT&mIH. one of the first settlers bare,
Wmul U i Mr as ox too day.
Three Dead and Sixty Wounded
Result of Broil la
BUD A, PEST, June 15. Three killed and
sixty wounded are the casualties resulting
from a fight yesterday between strolling
players and villagers at Dereklgchas, Hun
gary. The players promised to give an exhibi
tion of cannibalism and a big crowd col
lected, but when the players did not give
the advertised exhibition the villagers be
came threatening, whereupon one of the
players became realistlo and bit a piece
from one of the spectator's ears. A gen
eral fight ensued, but the police ultimately
restored order. Eighteen of the wounded
i persons are suffering from serious injuries.
Delegates to National Convention
Spend Day Hunting In Ar.
kansas Club Grounds.
MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 15. Delegates to
the Rational convention of National Credit
Men were astir early today in preparation
for an outing in Arkansas. A special train
left the Union station at 9 o'clock bearing
the visitors to Menesha, Ark., as guests ot
the Menesha Outing club.
A stop was made at Clarksvllle, where
cotton gin was In full operation. The vis
itors also viewed a large field ot growing
The remainder of the morning hours were
spent in hunting and fishing and it was
shortly before noon when President Stand
art called the convention to order In the
Menesha club house for business.
Mexican Hoad Increases Stock.
BOSTON. June 15 The Mexican Railroad
company voaay men a certificate of an in
crease in Its capital from t4)i.4Ko.0ii tn lu.
OuO.oOO. Of the new capital $21.12S,0u0 will be
used, it is said, In acquiring additional
proiierty from time to time as the directors
may see fit. The sum of la.iVlO.OOO wii be
expended In the purchase of the Mexican
pacific railroad and $:.0"0,0U0 will be used
lo liquidate income Donus.
Crime ot Maimed Negro.
CHICAGO, June 15. Jacob. Hart, who
lost both legs and an arm in a railroad
accident and who acquired the idea that
In consequence his wife no longer cared
for him, shot her dead today and fatally
wounded nlinseir. i lie couple, who are
tiegroea, leave two children.
Railroads of State Bring Suit to Re
strain Officials from En
forcing Act.
KANSAS CITY, June 15.-Sults will be
filed in the federal court in this city to
morrow by all of the railroads doing busi
ness in Missouri to enjoin the State Board
of Railroad and Warehouse Commissioners
from enforcing the maximum freight rate
law enacted by the last legislature. The
law takes effect tomorrow. Similar suits
will be filed in St. Louis and St. Joseph.
The decision to oppose tne Din was
reached at a conference between tho legal
departments of tho various railroads after
the traffic officials had reported that the
enforcement of the rates would work
hardships. The contention is made that the
low rates are confiscatory and so unrea
sonably low as to make It impossible for
the railroads to comply with the schedule.
The greatest reduction Is upon live stock.
the reduction in some cases amounting to
26 and 50 per cent. The reductions in the
bill also include commodities of almost
every class.
Infanta from New York House on
Way to Texas at St.
BT. LOUIS, June 15. Sixty-one infants.
former inmates of the New York Foundling
asylum, thronged Union station and con
gested traffic for a time, keeping a corps
of nurses busy. One baby, Joseph Brown
aged $ years, fell from a car window Just
before St. lxuts was reached and was in
stantly killed.
At Union station five babies succeeded
tn crawling under waiting trains, but were
rescued from their perilous positions. The
Infants are being taken to Texas, where
thsjr wil be distributed for adoption.
Will Not State His Side of Case
t'ntll Hearing from Mr.
WASHINGTON, June 15. Attorney Gen
eral Moody today gave out the following
statement regarding the retirement of
Messrs Harmon and Judson from further
employment on the matter of rebates found
by the Interstate Commerce commission to
have been given by the Atchison, Topeka &
Santa Fe Railway company to the Colorado
Fuel & Iron company:
There seems lo be no good reason why
the exact point of difference between
Messrs Harmon and judson and myse
which led to their retirement from the case
should not he made public and a complete
statement will seasonably be made. 1 wroto
Mr. Harmon some days acn, sueuestinu
that If a statement of that difference should
be made It ouKht to be one upon which we
agreed and asking nis views as to how tho
statement should best be made. This morn
ing I received a telegram from Mr. Ham. on
saying that my letter naa been received
and that he was now answering It.
Before making any further statement I
shall await Mr. Harmon's answer.
Prominent Kansas City Men Become
Involved in Fight Over a
Small Bill.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 15. Howard
Vrooman, a well known builder and real
estate man of this city, and brother of
Walter Vrooman, promoter of the defunct
Western County Operative association, to
night seriously stabbed Harry J. Sloops
nnd J. F. Slojips, brothers, at their home
in this city. Harry J. Sloops, who is a
prominent real estate man and builder, was
slashed trom the right ear to the chin,
and his brother was cut from the left eye
to the left car, which was almost severed
and two fingers were badly cut. Neither
man is fatally cut, but both are seriously
hurt. Vrooman went to the Sloops' real
dence and demanded $70, which he claimed
was due from Harry J. Sloops. Sloops
told him he would pay the bill when It
was properly Indorsed by other Interested
persons according to contract. Vrooman
then assaulted Sloops with a knife, and
.1. F. Sloops went to his brother's assist
ance. .Vrooman was able, by the use of
the knife to prevent the men grappling
with him, and neither of the Sloops broth
ers was able to protect himself from
Vrooman's stabs. Vrooman was arrested.
Russia and Japan Will Hold Preliminary
Oonferenie in United States.
Official Statement of Benlt of Negotia
tions Issued by Secretary Loeb.
Oiar'a Ohoioe Was Paris, While the Mikado
Preferred Che Foo.
Little Probability that Plenlpoten.
tlarlea Will Get Together for
Two Months Negotiating
Man Who Desires Reform In Native
Alphabet Speaks of His
BAN FRANCISCO, June 15.-1oyama, of
Tokio, a member of the Roman Character
society of Japan, is here. This society is
really a government commission appolntod
to make a report on the advisability of tho
adoption of Roman characters In that coun
try. While it Is not known when this com
mission will make Its report, Mr. Toyama
says it is the belief of well Informed Jap
anese that within the next decade Chinese
characters, which are now used in Japan,
will be replaced by the least complicated
Roman letters.
"Roman characters," continued Mr.
Toyama, "are being used by the society In
all of its correspondence."
The society Includes In Its membership
many government officials and notables of
the Japanese empire.
Deserted Wife Saya He Wae In Bur
lington. Holdnp In June,
DENVER, June 15 (Special Telegram)
According to a statement of the former
wife of Joseph Reiser, ho was one of tho
men who In June, 1900, held up a Burling
ton train near Omaha. Reiser was blinded
a few days ago in San Francisco when a
woman ho was living with threw lye in
his eyes and then deserted him. Mrs.
Reiser, the deserted wife, who lives in
Denver, says:
"I am positive that m husband robbed
that train. He deserted me but a few days
before tho robbery and was away for sev
eral days during that week. He came back
to Denver and seemed to have a lot of
money. The description of tho robbor fits
him perfectly. He even hinted, after he
returned, that he had been doing some
deed that meant Jail for him If captured."
Local Charter Recalled by Interna
tional Union Because of Viola
tion of Right-Hour Act.
Indianapolis, Ind.. June 15. J. A.
Jackson, president of the St. Louis Typo'
graphical union, left tonight for St. Louis,
carrying to the members of his organiza
tion the ultimatum of the executive coun
cil of the Typographical union that the St.
Louis union must work out its own salva
tion in the matter of a new contract and
that a reinstatement In the International
Typographical union will not be made until
some satisfactory action is taken.
The St. Louis union was recently sus
pended for making a contract for a nine
hour day for next year In defiance of the
action of the International union declaring
for r.n eight-hour day, beginning January
1. 1906.
Former Official Kills Himself.
FiERRE, S. D., June 15. (Special Telfc.
gram.) James W. Morse, for eight years up
to last January clerk of courts of this
county, today committed suicldo In his
home by blowing off his head with a shot
gun, putting both barrels In his mouth and
firing both of thein. uespondehcy on Re
count of continual ill health is supposed to
have been the cause of the act.
New York and New Jersey Workers
Go Out and Others Will
NEW YORK. June 15.-A strike inaugu
rated by the International Brotherhood of
Foundry Employes against the New York
and New Jersey Foundrymen's association
has extended rapidly. There are 1,000 men
out here and in the New Jersey plants. To
day 1,000 brass workers will quit and 1,000
more, including the core makers,, will be
put out by the end of the week. It is
claimed every foundry In New Jersey will
be closed by the strikers.
Pardon for Murderer.
PIERRE, S. D., June 15. (Special Tele
gram.) Senator Klttredge appeared before
the Board of Pardons today on the applica
tion of Lambert Johns, who was sentenced
for life from Charles Mix county on a mur
der charge. The board recommended the
pardon In this case, but left a number of
others for further consideration.
Movements of Ocean Vessels June 15.
At New York Arrived: Deutsrhland from
Hamburg; Patricia from Hamburg; Baltlo
from Liverpool. Balled: Moltke for Ham
burg; Fredrlch der Urosse for Bremen;
La Bavoie for Havre; Cretlc for A lore
At Liverpool Arrived: Merlon from Phil
adelphia; lvernla from Boston.
At Indon Arrived: Oxonian from Phil
adelphia. At oiosgow Sailed: Buenos Ayrean for
At wueenatown Sailed: Teutonlo for New
At Avonmouth Arrived: Englishman
from Montreal.
At Genoa Arrived: Prim Adalbert from
New York.
At Hamburg Arrived: Astoria from
At Brisbane Sailed: Mlowera for Van
couver. At San Francisco Arrived: City of
Sydney for Ancon.
At "s-re Arrived) La Toiiraine from
tfew York,
WASHINGTON, June 15 America's na
tional capital has been seleotod as the seat
of negotiations between the plenipotenti
aries of Russia and Japan for a treaty of
peaeo. The choice of Washington as the
location of the peace conference marks
another forward step In the negotiations
toward ultimate peace In tho far east in
stituted by President Roosevelt.
Official announcement of tho selection of
Washington was made by Secretary Loeb
at the White House at 1:23 p. m. today. It
was In typewritten form and read as follows:
When the two governments were unable
to agree upon either Cho Koo or Paris, the
president suggested J he jtague, nut noin
governments have now requested that
Washington be chosen as the place of
meeting and the president has accordingly
formally notified both governments that
Washington will be so selected.
This statement was supplemented shortly
afterward by a semi-official anonuneement
that "after meeting and organizing, the
plenipotentiaries of the two governments,
if it should be found to bo uncomfortably
hot in Washington, may adjourn the meet
ing to some summer resort in the north,
and there continue their sittings until such
time as tho weather in Washington shall bo
more comfortable."
Result of a Compromise.
Now that some of tho details of the ne
gotiations, which have been pending for
more than two weeks, are known, the selec
tion of Washington is regarded as the only
logical solution of the problem presented to
tho belligerent governments. After the ac
ceptance by Russia and Japan of President
Roosevelt's proposition that they consent
to consider tho question of peace, Russia
Indicated Paris as the most desirable place
for the meeting to negotiate a treaty, and
Japan Indicated Che Foo. There the sub
ject rested for forty-eight hours. Finally
Japan declined to consider Paris, for ob
vious reasons, and Russia objected to the
holding of tho conference in any oriental '
city. Washington then was suggested aa a
place where the belligerents could meet on
'equal grounds, undisturbed either by po
litical or personal influences. As a means
of facilitating the negotiations, the presi
dent, suggested that the conference be held
at The Hague, the seat of tho international
arbitration tribunal and the location of the
first session of the conference called at the
instance of Emperor Nicholas of Russia.
He indicated that for both practical and
sentimental reasons. The Hague would be
a most desirable place of meeting for trie
plenipotentiaries. Further consideration of
tho Bubject developed the practically un
alterable objection of Japan to any Euro
pean capital as a seat for the conference.
It objected particularly to The Hague, be
lieving that it was too far within the
sphere of Russian influence, and for a
similar reason it declined favorably to con
sider Geneva. Until today, however, Jap
an's Irreconcilable opposition to the selec
tion of any European capital was not
known definitely. At a conference which
Kogoro Takahlra, the Japanese mlnlBter,
had with President Roosevelt today, ha
conveyed to the president the Japanese
government's final refusal to consent to
the holding ot the conference In Europe.
Takahlra at White House.
MlnlBter Takahlra reached the executive
office at 10:45 a. m., and was ushered at
once Into President Roosevelt's private of
fice. They remained In conference for an
hour and twenty-five minutes. Tha tin
usual length of the Interview, held at a '
time when scores of people, many of them
having previous engagements with the
president, were awaiting an opportunity
to see Mr. Roosevelt, understood that it
was of notable importance. The confer
ence was not pre-arranged, but the sig
nificance of the advices which Minister
Takahlra bore from his government in
duced tho president to deny himself to all
callers until the conclusion of the con
ference. As he left tho White House, the
Japanese minister declined to discuss tho
situation in any way except to announce
that the negotiations were proceeding fa
vorably. Ho added that negotiations of
this character constituted "a long Jour
ney." The refusal of Japan to agree to the
holding of the conference In Europe was
communicated by President Roosevelt to
the Russian ambassador and likewise
cabled to St. Petersburg. While the presi
dent did not act in the capacity of ar
bitrator between Russia and Japan, he'
was in position, after the conference with
Minister Takahlra and his communication
to Ambassador Casslnl, to formally an
nounce the selection of Washington as the
seat of the conference.
Shortly before 8 o'clock this afternoon
Ambassador Casslnl called at the White
House by appointment and was received by
the president in the bToe room. The presi
dent explained to the ambassador the na
ture of his interview with Minister Taka
hlra and conveyed to him the personal as
surance that the American government
would do all In its power, which it properly
might do, to afford the plenipotentiaries ot
the two governments comfortable and con
venient facilities for the transaction of
their supremely Important duties.
Delay of Several Weeks.
In view of the selection of the seat of the
conference It is expected that, within a
few days at most, Russia and Japan will
announce formally the names of their re
spective plenipotentiaries. It Is deemed
likely, also, that colncldentally with the
announcement of the plenipotentiaries an
agreement will be reached aa to the time
of holding the conference. While the date
Is not so Important a thing as the place It
is of particular concern, especially at this
season, not only to those who are actively
to participate In it, but also to diplomatists
generally who are accredited to this cap
ital. A midsummer conference anywhere,
so prolonged as a peace conference is likely
to be, is not regarded with entirely pleas
ant anticipations. It is expected, however,
that the proposed conference la sea roe ly
likely to be convened before the middle of
August, and, perhaps, not until a later'
date. It may be July L possibly a lUdh