Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, September 11, 1905, Page 3, Image 3

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Offloe, 10 Pvrl
V 8Tral Changes In Teaching Force Sinct
VI Thae dossA T sat Jnne.
Total Kimkrr of Tffhri la 0e
Handreal sad Forty-FlTe, h Mm
aa Last Year InproTrmrnlt
la Buildings.
The public schools will reopen this morn
ing for the new school year. Everything In
In readiness to receive the pupils, but be
yond enrolling them and forming the classes
little will be done at the morning session.
Despite the long summer vacation a num
ber of repairs and Improvements have been
carried out at the different school bulldlnps.
Several changes will be noticed among
the teaching force, as since the schools
closed last June twelve new teachers have
been elected to fill vacancies. At the high
school Prof. 6. L. Thomas succeeds Prof.
F. C. Ensign as principal, and new mem
bers of the faculty are Prof. A. R. Heaps,
Instructor of science, who succeeds Prof.
Thomas, and Miss Marcla Wapples, who
becomes Instrurtnr In German. Miss Flor
ence Wlckham becomes supervisor of draw
ing and penmanship, succeeding Mrs. Emma
D. Ingalls. The principals of the several
buildings remain the same as last year.
A number of kindergarten teachers have
been transferred this year, several being
promoted to the position of directress. The
total number of teachers In the city schools
Is HE, the same as last year.
Number of
Important rases
The September term of district court, the
opening of which was postponed from last
, Tuesday, will be convened today by Judge
N. W. Macy of Harlan. The term prom
ises to be a busy one, as the docket Is an
"vLtArMinlly heavy one. There are a number
'Wlf criminal cases left over from last term
ana a nig grim ol iniuim'in i rjiiwrirn
to be returned by the gratia Jury, there
being many rases for Its consideration.
The grand Jury, which will be Impanelled
the first thing this morning, la composed of
the following:
Peter Rlef, sr.i Council' Rluffs; W. M.
Perkins, Loveland: J. W. Miller, Neola: F.
H. Chambers, Taylor;' Lewis Bhlelds, Un
derwood; N. Gallup. Council RlufTs; W. F.
8npp. Council Bluffs; J. T. Jones, Neola;
A. It. Smith. Honey Creek; Peter Lana-er,
Mlnden; A. L. Ingram, Treynor; Jergen
.rlccsch, Treynor. .'
The petit Jury Is summoned for Monday,
September 16. These are the members of
the petit Jury:
John Clark, Silver Creek: Hans C. Jensen,
Hasel Pell; Theodore Pingman. Garner: H.
S. Alexander, Hardin: C. (1. Rees, Norwalk;
Robert ilson. Roomer; C. F. Pratt,
Roomer: W. H. Rutler, Mlnden: Huhard
Simon, York: C. F. Green, Iewls; John
I.apworth, Crescent: W. S. Clay. Corner;
Frank Handlen. Hazel Pell; J. S. Bkelton,
Rockford: Henry Leader, York: Henry
Klahn. Keg Creek; Pavld PeVol, L. A.
Bergman, R. T. Montfort, H. A. Hough,
William Mathlason, Mat Partell. M. P.
Schmidt and C. A. Rose, all of Kane.
The September term docket contains a
number of Important suits, among the list
being the $20,000 damage case brought by
Mrs. KaTtrKaxrer against, the. Oldorog
family, whom she charges with causing the
downfall of her husband, who Is now serv
ing a sentence In the penitentiary for
robbing the Treynor bank. Another big
suit on the docket Is that of "feenjamln
Douglass against Ijnugee & Lougee, In
which the plaintiff seeks to recover $38,000,
alleging that he was Induced to sell the
land he received as part of his father'a
estate for a great deal less than the market
value through misrepresentations of the
defendants. lugee & Ijnugee have a
counter claim for $11,000. There la also
the $20,000 damage suit of A. W. Ellsworth
,-against several citUens of McClelland,
whom he alleges conspired to secure his
arrest and trial on a charge of attempting
to burn down hla hotel building In that
town. Ills trial resulted In his acquittal.
The city la defendant In several damage
xitts. four of which are for personal ln-
miiirles. The most Important of the suits Is
What brought by the Walker Manufacturing
company, which asks $40,000 for the loss
of Its plant by fire, alleging that but for
a broken fire hydrant the blaze could have
been extinguished at ' lta Inception with
nominal loss. The city Is also made party
defendant In the suit brought by the Mon
arch Manufacturing company against the
street railway company for the flooding of
Its plant In fPOl. The plaintiff company
asks $8,000 damages.
The principal personal Injury damage ault
in whlcn the city is aetenaani is m
brought by J. 8. Williams, who aaka $10,000
for Injuries received by driving against a
manhole wMoh projected above the surface
of the roadway and caused him to be
thrown out of a sleigh and severely Injured.
I'aasaal Progress Made with, the
'Work This Year.
The work of dismantling the street fair
and carnival la being carried on with re
markable rapidity this year. All that re
mained yesterday was the booths, entrance
arch and bandstand. The mile of canvas
fence had been taken down and away, the
Bralnerd-Patteraon Carnival company had
folded Its tents during the night and by
morning was on Its way to Sioux CUy,
where It will show this week during the
Interstate fair. Most of the electric wiring
was taken down by Electrician Damon be
fore daybreak, and with few exceptions
the booths were denuded of their exhibits.
Two or three days. It la expected, will
suffice to take down and remove the' booths,
bandstand and arch, and then the streets
will resume their normal appearance. As
soon as the gates of the carnival closed
at midnight Saturday a force of men was
placed at work sweeping the streets within
the enclosure. Five wagon loads of confetti
swept off the streets within the enclosure
were carted to the dump.
N. Y. Plumbing Co. Tel. 250. Night. LffiW.
Baad feaeert Draws Crowd.
The aacred concert given by Covalt's
band yesterday afternoon In Baylisa park
attracted an audience of between l.&oo and
' . 1,000 persona, while the streets around the
park were lined with carriage's. Mr. Covalt
gave a selected program and by special
request contributed two cornet solos, the
j first being 8chubert's "Serenade" and for
L encore "The Palms."
""V Th concrt yesterday afternoon marked
V close of a continuous engagement for
I'rector Covalt and his band from May 21
Covalt's musicians will now disband, some
to take engagements on the road with
pera and other theatrical companies, while
there have secured engagements In theater
red, J
Bt. Tel. 43.
orchestra for the winter. Tr. Covalt
stated he had not made any plana for the
winter beyond that he Intended ti remain
here and enjoy a rest for a time at least.
Poller Make l.laht of Letters Re.
reived by the srhlankea.
Ernest E. Hart, president of the First
National bank of this city, denied positively
yesterday that he had received a letter de
manding a large sum of money under pen
alty of death. Schlanke Bros , who are
conducting the roadhouse In the northern
part of the city until recently conducted by
Mrs. Emma Metcalfe, showed the police an
anonymous letter demanding the payment
of $2,000, under penalty of death. They also
recently received an anonymous letter
threatening to burn down the resort.
The Mtcalf resort and Its furnishings
were recently foreclosed under a mortgage
held by Mr. Hart, and his clerk. Frank
Blank, was appointed receiver by the fed
eral court. Mrs. Metcalfe was ousted and
the resort leased to the Schlanke Rros. The
local police do not attach any Importance
to the letters received by the Schlankee, as
they are of the opinion they emanated from
persons who are aggrieved at the ousting
of Mrs. Metcalfe and are desirous of fright
ening the Schlankes ao that they might give
up the place.
After the receipt of the first threatening
letter two local officers were sent one night
to the resort, but nothing transpired. Since
then the local police have not paid any at
tention to the matter.
Man Evidently Demented.
Fred Obersteller, who says he is from
Bennington, Neb., where he works as a
blacksmith, was taken In charge by the
police last night, as the man was appar
ently of unsound mind. Obersteller, who
claimed to have walked from Rennlngton
to Council Bluffs, appeared at Mercy hos
pital In the evening and asked to be taken
In. as he was craiy. The sisters In charge
of the hospital notified the police and Ober
steller was taken to headquarters, where
he was cared for overnight. "The people
at Rennlngton - said I was craxy, so I
thought I would go to the hospital," was
about all the Information the police could
get from the man last night.
Pawnshop la Robbed.
The pawnshop of Abral am Glllnsky at
209 South Main street was entered by
thieves Saturday night and seven revolvers
of various makes and four watches were
stolen. Entrance was effected by forcing a
rear window. The police believe the rob
bery was committed by boys and not by
Davis sells drugs.
Stockert sells carpets.
Plumbing and heating. Blxby A Son.
Pre. Woodbury, dentists, SO Pearl street
Woodrlng-Schmldt. undertakers. Tel. $3t.
I.effert's Improved torlo lenses give satis
faction. School paints, brushes and papers. Alex
ander's. 333 Broadway.
Night school Western Iowa college opens
September 18. Office open evenings.
Farms for sale, all sizes, 'easy terms.
Squire ft Annls, Council Bluffs. Iowa.
Fryer Printing Co., 83 Main. Tel. 205. Let
us figure on your next order of printing.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Rogers of Willow
avenue, will leave today for a trip to Colo
rado points.
Save money fluV' your paints fchd var
nishes at Borwlek'a, 211 8. Main St. Tel
63- All goods guaranteed.
Wanted at Canning Factory, Twelfth
avenue and Third street, this morning.
100 women to peel tomatoes.
On the ground floor. Morehouse & Co.
printers and binders, are In their new
building now. 18 North Main St.
Star chapter, Royal Arch Masons will
meet In special convocation tonight for
work In the mark masters' degree.
Wanted, three stenographers "(young
men) at salaries $50. $ and $ti6 a' month,
respectively. Call at Western lowa college
o trice.
The funeral of Mrs. ChrUtlna Bock will
he held tills afternoon at 8:9) o'clock from
the residence of her daughter. Mrs. Ehren
steln. 12a Bloomer street and Interment
will be in Falrvlew cemetery.
Morand's dancing school, Fifteenth and
Harney, Omaha, now open. Pupils from
the Bluffs half price, $4 lor twelve lessons,
ruesdays and Fridays, ti p. m. Assemblies
Wednesday. Admission 25 cent.
Bessie M. A. Rowe, the 7-year-old daugh
ter of Mrs. M. BroMn, Thirty-seventh
street and Broadway, died yesterday morn
ing at an early hour from diphtheria. The
funeral was held In the afternoon. Inter
ment being In Falrvlew cemetery
William Ward, whose home Is In Peoria,
111., but who has been working a a farm
hand near Avoca, la., for the laat year and
a half, waa found yesterday on Main street
and Tenth avenue In a serious condition
from fever. He was removed to the Gen
eral hospital In the police ambulance.
Wanted at Canning Factory, Twelfth
avenue and Third street, this morning,
100 women to peel tomatoes.
Lady Mary Hive No. W7, Ladles of the
Modern Maccabees, will meet In regular
session Tuesday evening. After the busi
ness session refreshments will be served
and the Knights of Slay tent will be the
guest of the Hive. Deputy Commander
Lady Dummler Is expected to be present.
The members of the Woman's Christian
Temperance union will meet at the First
Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 1:30
o'clock to attend in a body the dedicatory
exercises of the new Carnegie llbrarv and
again at 8 p. m. to attend the reception at
the library building. Members are re
quested to wear their badges.
A. G. Gaeheleln. the New York evange
list, will conduct a series of meetings In
this city September 17 to 21 inclusive. The
meetings In the evening will he held In the
First Baptist church. Monday and Wed
nesday afternoons he will speak at the
Fifth avenue Methodist church and Tues
day and Thursday afternoons at the Sec
ond Presbyterian church.
Frederick Ford of 835 East Pierce otreet,
died yesterday at St. Joseph's hospital,
Omaha, where he was operated on last Fri
day for cancer. He whs 69 years of age
and Is survived by his wife, two daughters,
Mrs. J. F. Kuasum of Harrison county and
Mrs. J. L. V'alller of Hasel Dell township,
and two sons. John and George Ford, both
of this city. The funeral will be held Tues
day morning at 11 o'clock from the Hazel
D 11 church and Interment will be In Craig
cemetery. The funeral cortege will leave
the resldenc at I o'clock.
Wanted at Canning Factory. Twelfth
avenue and Third street, this morning,
100 women to peel tomatoes.
Sentenced for Xkarglarr.
FORT DODGE. la.. Sept. 10. (Special.)
At a hearing before Judge Evans of the dis
trict court today Thomas Pugh, of Lehigh, a
small town near here, waa sentenced to one
year at hard labor In the penitentiary and
Fred Pugh, a younger brother who waa
concerned In the burglarious act for which
he was sentenced was given sis months In
the county Jail. The Pughs robbed the
general store of the Lehigh Mining com
pany June 10, escaping from the posse. of
citizens at the time with a co..AldrrUle
amount of cash and goods, only to be
captured a few days later In thla city
through showing some of the stolen goods.
They come of an excellent family, their
father being a well known teacher and
textbook writer. Every effort was made
by the family to clear them at the trial
but they proved Ineffectual.
New Hospital Opeaed.
8H F.NANDO AH, la., Sept. 10-( Special.)
Notwithstanding drizzling rata and mud.
a large number of people turned out
Wednesday afternoon and evening to see
the city hospital. Just opened for business.
The building la very large and suitable for
a hospital. There are sixteen rooms. Four
of them. Including the operating room, have
baea tiled. Boors, walla and celling.
Personal Relations Straiied by Csnteit
Oyer Street Railway.
Might Political atorm Which Broke
Ont In the Eighth Congres
sional District Has
(From a 8taff Correspondent.)
DES MOINES. Ia, Sept. 10. (Special.)
The event of the week, the filing of the
suit of the Civic league against the street
railway company, is bearing fruit in a
number of ways, some of them not the
best for the magnates of the company.
Most of the members of the league are
high In society and the street railway
magnates sre members of the same exclu
sive set. The strain upon the social rela
tions haa grown so tender that many of
the men who have been good friends do
not speak on the street, and social Invita
tions are accepted and declined upon the
strength of the part taken or not taken
In the filing of the petition.
After the first shock of an affront to the
power that has controlled the politics of
the city for the past six years the majority
of the citizens have flocked to the banners
of the Civic league, and that organization
will have a large amount of support In
the course of the fight.
It Is rumored on the streets that the
street car company will retaliate by re
turning to the 6-cent fare and that the
service of the company will be cut dewn
materially. In the present temper the
leacuc will not be trifled with, and It Is
composed of men who are Independently
wealthy and who are not afraid of losing
place and position by their actions.
Political Talk quieted.
A slight storm of political moment broke
over the state six weeks ago, the force
being the announcement that Hepburn
would not be returned to congress from
the Eighth district. The storm was over
almost as soon as started, and the poli
ticians of the state are looking for cleir
sailing until the opening of the legislature
at the beginning of the year.
The controversy between Cummins and
Shaw Is ended for the present, and It Is
not likely that either man will reopen the
Baptist Convention Closes.
LOGAN, la., Sept. 10.-(Rpeclal.) The an
nual convention of the Western Iowa Bap
tist association closed here this evening,
and hna been the second largest meeting of
the kind ever held. Rev. Robert Carroll
of Fort Dodge spoke night, and Rev.
J. E. Wllklns of Woodbine delivered the
sermon this morning. Negotiations are be
ing carried on for the consolidation of this
association with the one now holding Its
meeting at Atlantic.
Three Hnaprrta Seen In Western Part
of Coonty.
CUSTER. 8. D, Sept. 10. (Special Tele
gramsThe only new development in the
robbery of the First National bank, which
occurred here yesterday morning, was the
location of three suspects In the western
part of Custer county, 'who are heading
fast for Wyoming. The robbers, from all
their actions, were strictly of the profes
sional klntl. Not only did they do a tradeej
man's Job on the safe, , but so shielded
their Identity that they were only seen by
a very few for a short time three days
before the event. This fact will make a
positive Identification difficult, but with the
ample reward offered by the bank It la be
lieved the authorities will have them in
custody soon.
Elsxht Hoar Question In Monx Falls.
SIOUX FALLS, 8. D., Sept. 10 (Special.)
-In the opinion of those well Informed, It
would not be surprising If during the com
ing week the union printers of Sioux Falls
and the proprietors of the big printing es
tablishments of the city would lock horns
over the eight-hour proposition. It was
generally expected that the test of strength
would not be Inaugurated until January 1
next, but the action of the proprietors of
big. establishments at their recent national
meeting, It Is believed, will force matters,'
especially In Stnux Falls.
I'ndertakera' Convention.
HURON, 8. D., Sept. 10 (Special.) The
eighth annual session of the South Dakota
Undertakers' association will be held here,
commencing on Tuesday, September 12, and
continuing three days. The address of wel
come will be given by Hon. J. A. Cleaver,
mayor, to which President West of Brook
ings will respond. An address will also be
delivered riy Hon. A. E. Taylor of this
city. The Elks have tendered the use of
their parlors Tor the sessions, and It Is ex
pected that the attendance will be larger
than heretofore.
Says Visit Is Purely Soelal and Has
No Political Sigala-
OYSTER BAY, N. Y.. Sept. 10,-Baron
Kaneko, the special commercial envoy of
Japan to the United States, spent three
hours today with President Roosevelt
Throughout the recent peace negotiations
Baron Kaneko maintained the closest re
lations with the president, acting as an In
termediary between the Japanese govern
ment and Baron Komura and the presi
dent. It can be said that Baron Komura
trusted him as he trusted nobody else.
Baron Kaneko arrived on the 12:20 p. m.
train from New York. Awaiting him at
the station was one of the president's car
riagea. In which he waa conveyed to Saga
more Hill. After luncheon the president
and Baron Kaneko rambled through the
woods for more than two hours, returning
to the president's house In time to reach
the village for the B:02 train to New York.
"My visit to the president." said the
baron, "was purely social. He Invited me
to take luncheon with him and I came
today There wa nothing significant or
even important about my call. I expected
very soon to leave for Japan, and I de
sired to say farewell to the president. I
have not decided definitely when I ahall
leave America, but It wtll be soon.
"My mission to this country was simply
to do what I could to cultivate between
America and Japan cordial commercial and
trade relations. Commerce rules the world.
It is the greatest factor In a nation's prog-r-a."
"Has your mission been successful?" the
baron waa asked.
"Yes, in a degree, I think it has," he re
plied. "America sustains very friendly re
lations In trade and commerce with Japan.
I have formed many charming acquain
tances In this country and my sojourn here
has been very pleasant." I
Baron Kaneko was asked It Japan was
Interested In the operations of railroads in
China or railroad concessions In that em
pire. "No. not at all-not that I know of," he
responded. "Of course, by the terms of
the treaty Just concluded with Russia we
lake over a part of the Uanchurlaa rail
way, but that Is Japan's only railroad In
terest In China as far as I know."
Referring to the recent rioting In Toklo,
Baron Kaneko said:
"While personally I have received no dis
patches on the subject. I am assured that
the rioting which occurred was only a
spontaneous upheaval of sentiment due to
a misunderstanding of the situation as to
the treaty concluded at Portsmouth. Now
that a correct understanding of the situa
tion Is becoming general the trouble has
disappeared. There Is no anti-American
sentiment In Japan. Our people have the
greatest respect and admiration for Presi
dent Roosevelt and the highest regard for
Reanlt of Investigation of Govern
ment I'rlntlna Oglce Made
OYSTER BAY. N. Y.. Sept. lO.-Presldent
Roosevelt today made public the report of
the Keep commission on Its recent Investi
gation of affairs In the government print
ing Office nt Washington. The Inquiry was
made by special direction of the president
on account of a protest which he had re
ceived from officials of the Mergenthaler
Typesetting Machine Company about the
award of a contract by Public Printer
Frank W. Palmer to the Lanston. Mono
type company for seventy-two machines of
Its make.
By order of the president the contract
with the Lanston company was held up
until an Investigation could be made with
the view ' of ascertaining whether the
charges of favoritism and corruption In the
letting of the contract were substantially
The president decided, after an examina
tion of the Keep report, that the contract
for the Lanston machines should stand.
The Keep commission reported that If the
contract could be set aside "such a course
would be be desirable," although the com
mission states expressly that "no corrup
tion, payment or promise from the Lans
ton company to the public printer or to any
person In the government service" was
It waa developed by the Investigation,
however, that two Important assistants of
the public printer were Indirectly Interested
In the Lanston company, "their wives be
ing stockholders therein." The commission
shows that a fair and impartial test of the
lanston and Mergenthaler machines was
not made, and reports that the purchase
of so large a number of Lanston machines
was "Improvident" and Indicated "great
partiality and bias on the part of the pub
lic printer." The commission regards the
purchase as "maladministration."
. The report of the commission is volumi
nous, containing about lfi.OOO words. Ac
companying It is a memorandum by Pres
ident Roosevelt, In which he approves the
report except as to the disposition of the
contract for the Lanston machines, which
he has decided shall stand. The text of the
president's memorandum follows:
OYSTER BAY. N. Y.. Sept. 9. 1905. The
conclusions of the commission are hereby
approved, save the latter part of conclu
sion first. It does not appear that there
Is any question as to the validity of the
eo'htract In question. If it had not been
for the conduct of the Mergenthaler com
pany in preferring the charge discussed by
the committee In conclusion, that of cor
ruption, I should agree with the committee
that It would be desirable to set aside the
contract. If such a course were legal. But
second only to corruption In a public officer
In point of Iniquity comes making a base
less charge of corruption, and this Is what
the committee finds the Mergenthaler com
pany has done in this case, Its comments I
neing in pari:
"In the light of the failure of the com
pany to produce evidence of such corrup
tion It must be held that the charge was
made recklessly, and the Mergenthaler
company should be severely condemned fori
Including such a charge In a formal com-1
munlcatlon to the president, or tne i nnea
States, made a a basis for -official action
on his part. It is fair also to, the Lanston
Monotype Company to say that no evi
dence was presented by the Mergenthaler
company, nor was any obtained by the
committee In the course of Its hearing,
tending to show any promise, payment or
consideration of any kind whatsoever made
by the Innston company, or any of Its
officers or agents, to any person In the
government service."
Had not this charge of corruption been
made I should have entirely agreed with
the committee, that if it, were possllile
(which It Is not). It would be desirable to
cancel the contract In question.
Public Printer Palmer has been removed
from office. The cases of the subordinates
alluded to In the report must be taken
up In connection with and In consideration
of the reorganliatlon of the bureau when
Mr Palmer's successor assumes office
The Keep commission was appointed
some time ago to make a general investiga
tion of the business methods In all the
government departments, with a view to
simplifying and improving them. Its re
port on the affairs of the government
printing office Is signed by C. H. Keep,
assistant secretary of the treasury, chair
man; F. H. Hitchcock, first assistant post
master general: Ijiwrence O. Murray, as
sistant secretary of commerce and labor,
and James R. Garfield, commissioner of
corporations In the department of com
merce and labor.
Harrlman and Hill Interests Engage
In Lively Skirmish la
PORTLAND. Ore., Sept. 19 Develop
ments of the last few days, confirmed by
the fact that large sums of money have
been and are being spent In railroad surveys
along the north bank of the Columbia river.
Indicate that a fight for the control of tle
water level grade along the Columbia river
from eastern Washington to Portland of
no mean proportions will occur within the
next few months between the Hill and
Harrlman Interests.
Two companies having In main the same
purpose have been recently organized, the
Portland & Seattle railway, said to be
connected with the. Harrlman properties,
and the Wallula Pacific, which la asserted
to be an offshot of the J. J.VH1U roads.
Both these roads purpose building down
the north bank of the Columbia river, the
Portland & Seattle, In addition, proposes
to construct a line to Seattle.
Surveying parties said to be receiving pay
checks of the Northern Pacific company
are active In the district lying between
Vancouver, Wash., and the Cascades of the
Columbia. On the authority of a right-of-way
agent who la said to be acting In the
interests of the Northern Pacific, the state
ment Is made that a right-of-way has been
purchased, with but two Insignificant ex
ceptions, for the entire distance between
Vancouver and Kennewick. Wash. This
man also states that within the next few
weeks contracts for the construction of a
roadbed will be let. and he adds that Presi
dent Elliot of the Northern Pacific will
In the next few days make an Important
The Information is also ascertained that
Louis Oerllnger, president of the Wallula
Pacific, will make an announcement within
the next ten days.
It Is likewise stated that surveying parties
representing the Portland A Seattle road
are in the field between Lyle and Van
couver, Waah.. and that survey work Is
being vigorously pressed.
Richmond, Vn, Sept. IX-23, 1SOA.
The Chicago Great Western railway will
sell tickets to Richmond. Va., account
above session at only one fare, plus U.
for the round trip. Tickets on sal Sept.
I to 1U For further information apply to
8. D. Parkhurst, General Agent, UU Far.
nam fit., Omaha, Neb.
Bee Want Ada Produoa Raaulta,
Armj Experiments Frota Utility cf This
Not1 Flan for Cook inf.
Details of How to Make the Box and
Proceed In I sing It Famished
from Fort Riley, Where It
Was Perfected.
FORT RILEY. Kan., Sept. 9.-Speelul.)
Although many short paragraphs have
recently appeared In the newspapers con
ctrnlrg "tireless cooking," the process has
r ot been thoroughly explained to the ub
lie. and It still seems to be looked upon
as a sort of a myth. The experiments
carried on at Fort Riley, Kan., by Cap
tain M. 8. Murray, commissary, U. 8. Army,
and director of the training school for
bakers and cooks maintained by the War
department at that post, have amply dem
onstrated the feasibility of the scheme And
Its peculiar adaptability to army cooking,
particularly In the field. Incidentally, how
ever, they have also demonstrated that
It Is adaptable to household nse, and were
Its merits generally known and the possi
bilities It offers In the saving of fuel fully
understood It would surely be widely
In Omaha, for Instance, many modern
houses are heated throughout In winter
with furnaces and fuel gas Is used In the
kitchens to cook the family meals. In
summer fuel gas Is still more extensively
used, and householders find that bills
gas so consumed are very material items
of expense. By the use of the so-called
"fireless cook stove," costing nothing but
the little labor and material necessary to
Its construction, a large reduction In such
fuel bills can be made, and the process
Is so simple as to at leaflt warrant a
trial. What this reduction would amount
to can he roughly estimated by the house
wife when she Is Informed that many
dishes can be perfectly cooked In the fire
less stove without using the gae burner
more than five minutes a saving of over
90 per cent in the case of many of these
dishes, which. If cooked over a gas range,
would require the use of the gas burnT
for an hour or more.
Great Savins; In Fuel.
Foodstuffs that are cooked by boiling
over an ordinary gas or coal range are
Immersed In water which Is usually brought
to the boiling point and kept there until
the cooking process Is completed. As the
heat Is bring constantly given off Into the
surrounding atmosphere, It Is necessary.
In order to maintain It. to keep the fire
burning drtrlng the entire time. It la
clear, then, that If the radiation of the
heat could be prevented after the water
has been brought to the boiling point the
cooking process would continue without
the fire. This, of course, is an Impossibil
ity. But to cook most food preparations
It Is not necessary to maintain the heat
at 212 degrees; In fact, vegetables and meats
ran. as a rule, be cooked at a considerably
lower temperature than that. It Is this
fact that makes the fireless cooker a poss.
Hay, paper, felt and some other similar
substances are nonconductors of heat.
Therefore, If a vessel containing, for In
stance, the Ingredients of a stew be placed
over a fire and the contents heated to the
boiling point and then sealed and tightly
packed In hay the contents will retain a
sufficient amount of the heat for a sufficient
length of time to complete the process of
An eastern manufacturer Is about to
place upon the market a fireless cook stove;
but, while It will doubtless be worth Its
price and more. It will be quite expensive
and no better In Its results than such an
one as can be constructed, without cost,
by anyone who can use carpenter's tools,
the principle Involved being the same In
either case. By following the simple direc
tions given below the reader can make a
fireless cooker as good as the best and
which will surprise and delight him wjth
its results.
How to Make the Box.
He will provide himself with a strong
wooden box. eighteen Inches square and
sixteen Inches (high. Inside measurement,
with a closely fitting hinged cover, a
quantity of clean hay, a hay mattress
eighteen Inches square and four Inches
thick, and an earthen Jar eight Inches high,
outside measurement, including the cover,
which must fit closely over the top of the
Jar, and of a diameter sufficient to furnish
the desired capacity. This Jar must be of
such a nature that It can be used to cook
food or boll water over a fire. An iron
or granlteware Jar will do, but earthenware
Is better. The hay mattress may be easily
made of any strong cloth, tied through
so that It will retain Its shape, care being
taken to make the ends and sides square.
so that It will fit closely Into the box.
All these dimensions may be changed to
suit his convenience or fancy. They are
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A quantity of bay is packed tightly Into
the bottom of the box. to a depth of four
Inches. The earthen Jar Is then set In the
center on top of this hay and more hay Is
tightly packed about It up to or very
slightly above Its top. The Jar Is then
carefully withdrawn, filled with the food
preparation to be cooked, placed over a fire
until the contents have been brought to
the boiling point and kept there several
minutes, so that the heat will penetrate
every particle, the cover Is then put on
and the Jar Is quickly transferred to the
opening left in the hay when It Is with
drawn. The hay maftress Is placed over It
and pushed down to a level with the top
of the box, the lid Is closed and It Is al
lowed to remain for several hours. When
opened It Is found that the contents of the
Jar are thoroughly cooked and as hot as
desirable for serving.
A cloth may be placed over the opening
In the Jar, the cover pushed down over this
and tied down with another cloth, to render
the Jar as nearly airtight as possible. Of
course, this must not be done before the
Jar is ready to be removed from the fire
or the expansion of the water will break
the Jar.
A strip of thick felt may be wrapped
around the Jar when It Is packed In the
hay to keep the hay In place when the Jar
Is withdrawn.
These directions provide for cooking but
one dish at a time. Several dishes may,
however, be placed In the same box or a
larger box, to accommodate aa many dishes
as desired, may be used. It Is byt to have
a separate compartment and mattress for
any dish that may need to be taken out
before the others are done, to avoid the
loss of heat which would follow opening all
to take out one.
Proceeding to Cook,
Experience will demonstrate how long
each dish should be boiled before It Is
placed In the hay and how long It should bo
left In the hay to Insure perfect cooking. In
carrying on such experiments, however,
considerable waste Is liable to result from
the spoiling of food by not enough boiling
or by removing the Jars from the box too
soon. For this reason Captain Murray, en
thusiastic over the results of his work, has
tendered to the representative of The Bee
for the benefit of Its readers the use of his
carefully kept records of the Fort Riley
experiments. In each case the minimum
length of time which each article should be
boiled and left In the cooker Is given, but
they may be left In the cooker much
longer when It Is more convenient to do
so, and such dishes as soup, rice and beans
are generally Improved in quality by leav
ing them In longer than was done In the
cases given. They will remain hot for
many hours.
Pieces of beef, carrots, cabbage, green
beans, onions and turnips were placed In a
pot of water and boiled seven minutes- and
then left In the cooker five hours. A most
excellent soup was served hot when the pot
was removed from the box.
Potatoes, unpeeled, were covered with
cold water and boiled eight minutes, kept
In the cooker an hour and a quarter and
found to be thoroughly cooked and not
An Irish stew, made of beef, potatoes,
onions and enrrots cut Into one-Inch cubes,
was boiled ten minutes, a thickening made
of bacon grease and browned flour added
and the Jar kept In the cooker five or six
hours. It was thoroughly rooked, the
vegetables remained entire, the meat was
tender and the stew waa very palatable.
Rice was boiled In three times Its volume
of water for five minutes and left In the
cooker an hour and a half. It was com
pletely cooked.
Coffee was brought to a boll apd left In
the. cooker several hours to keep It hot. It
was found to be hot enough to serve and of
excellent flavor, the packing having re
tained the aroma.
Reans were soaked over night In cold
water, boiled fifteen minutes and left In
the cooker about five hours. They were
perfectlly cooked
A hum weighing about eleven pounds
was boiled twenty-five minutes, and a cab
bage, cut In four pieces, was boiled five
minutes. These were placed In the cooker
and allowed to remain five and one-half
hours. Both were well cooked and of ex
cellent flavor. The cabbnge was espe
cially appetizing In appearance, as It did
rot fall apart as does boiled cabbage, but
remained entire, although cooked through
and through. After removing the cabbage
and several slices of the ham the water
waa again heated nnd the ham replaced
In the cooker, where It remained about
sixteen hours until again wanted for use.
When removed It was hot, palatable and
In even better condition than when first
taken out.
Roasting; In Hay Box.
It Is a surprising fact that chickens anl
roast beef can be cooked by this process
with better results than by any other.
Two chlckena (broilers), weighing about
a pound and a half each, were browned In
butter in a frying pan and then placed
In a casserole over boiling water for ten
minutes. The casserole and vessel of boil
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ing water were then placed tn the rookof
and kept there about three hours, and
when taken out the chickens found
to be well done, very tender and with all
the natural Juices retained. A seven
pound roast of beef was flrt scared In
butter In a frying pan until brown n
then placed in a eassernle over boiling
water for fifteen minutes. TMe casserole
and vessel were placed lu 1 1 1 cooker mil
allowed to remain for three hours, and
when taken out the beef was found t i be
rare, Juicy, very palatable ami with nil
the flavors and Juices conserved
In addition to Its saving of fuel, th
cooker prevents the escape of odors which
often become obnoxious In a house. A
kitchen can be kept much cooler In summer
if It Is used, by reason of the absence i f
the kitchen fire, which will greatly increnso
the temperature of the room even whn
gas or gasoline la used as fuel. The cooker
saves much labor, for, after the articles to
be cooked are enclosed In the box they
require absolutely no attention or superin
tendence. Experience will also suggest
dozens of different ways In which It m iy
be utilized. Wster may be heated ami
plsced In the box aiM thus kept hot for iiho
In emergencies or In cases of sickness.
Certain dishes may be cooked during th
night while the entire family Is asleep and
he found ready to serve for breakfast
early In the morning. To those who are
obliged to begin their day's work very
early this would mean a little more sleep
every morning. A family may be called
away from home and by preparing their
evening meal and placing It In the box
before they leave can have It cooked and
ready to serve hot and appetizing as soon
as they return In the evening. The house
keeper who has had the dubious privilege
of taking her large family to a ptctilo and
returning late lit the evening to spend an
hour or more at hard work In getting their
supper cooked, the family meanwhile rVoss
and Irritable, being compelled to wait Just
that long for refreshment, will especially
appreciate this feature of the Aniens
cooker. It requires hut little cxiericnee to
enable anyone to handle It skillfully and
successfully and It will be found to 1h
convenient and very economical.
It usually takes a lot of demonstrating tn
get the public to adopt a new scheme of
any kind, but the "fireless cook stove" will
he universally adopted, and that In the
near future.
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8EATTL10, Wash.. Sept. 10 A leading
miller estimates that California will use,
(Umo.ouo bushels of Washington wheat this
year. He also states that orders for ap
proximately 15,000,000 bushels have been
received from the United Kingdom. The
present harvest In Washington Is estimated
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Fair y Monday and Tuesday, with
Cooler Tuesday, Predicted
for Nebraska,
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10. Forecast:
For Nebraska and Kansas Fair Monday
and Tuesday cooler.
For Iowa Fair and warmer Monday.
Tuesday showers and cooler.
For Missouri Fair Monday and warmer
In east and south portions; Tuesday fair.
For South and North Dakota Showers
and cooler Monday; Tuesday fair.
For Colorado and Wyoming Fair Monday
and Tuesday.
For Illinois Rain Monday. Tuesday fair
and warmervariable winds becoming brisk
Local Record.
OMAHA, Sept. 10 Official record of tem
perature and precipitation Compared with
the corresponding day of the last threo
years: . 150S. 1904. 10J. JJ02.
Maximum temperature.... 80 80 73 -
Minimum temperature .... 60 M 49 57
Mean temperature 70 70 61 lit;
Precipitation 00 .02 .00 .00
Temperatures and precipitation depar
tures from the normal at Omaha alnce
March 1 and comparison with the last two
vears: .
Normal temperature 6H
Excess for the day 4
Total excess since March 1 216
Normal precipitation 10 Incii
Deficiency for the day jo Inch
Total rainfall since March 1....16 Si inches
Deficiency since March 1 7. f' Inches
Deficiency for cor. period 1904 3 (S3 Indies
Excess for cor. period 1903 4. So Inches
Reports from Stations at T P. M.
Station and State Tern. Max. Rain-
of Weather. 7 p.m. Tern, full
Bismarck, clear 80 94 T
Cheyenne, clear 74 78 1 .00
Chicago, partly cloudy 66 68 !(
Davenport, clear 70 74 T
Denver, clear 78 ' 82 .00
Havre, partly cloudy 76 R2 .00
Helena, cloudy 78 S3 Aid
Huron, clear 74 S4 .00
Kansas City, clear 78 SO .IS
North Platte, dear 76 84 '.ocl
Omaha, clear 76 R0 .oe
Rapid City, clear 82 90 , 0C
St. Louis, clear 72 ' 78 .11
St. Paul, clear 76 82
Salt Iike City, cloudy 82 86 .00
Valentine, dear 82 88 ,(X
Wllllston. partly cloudy 80 90 .06
T Indicates truce of precipitation.
I A. WELSH, Local Forecaster.