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    The Omaha Daily Bee.
But Aiditor Bierriek it BemoTtd from
Office by the GoTernor.
Officer InTeiti Them ii Pritate Speculation
and it TJaabla to Realize.
Shortage Amounti to $145,197.80, for
Whiok State Geta Doubtful Securities.
acts laid .Before Prosecuting At
torney of Marlon County and
Crlmlaal Proceedings Will
Probably Follow.
INDIANA rOLIS, Sept. 15. Detectives
from the Indianapolis department at 1:30
this morning went to the home of the for
mer auditor of state. David E. Sherrick,
with the Intention of taking him to the
Central police station to have served on
him a warrant Issued by the county prose
cutor. On account of masons not at this
time clear they concluded not to bring him
to the Central police station, but will re
main on guard at his home and today he
will be brought in and served with a war
rant issued by the county prosecutor charg
ing embetxlement.
Following three demands for his resigna
tion which was not forthcoming at noon.
Governor J. Frank Hanley issued an order
taking cognlrsnce of a vacancy In the of
flce'of auditor of sfats, at the same time
ippolntlng Warren Bigler of Wabash to
succeed David F. Sherrick. who was in
ffect summarily removed.
Later in the. day Mr. Sherrick forwarded
his resignation to the governor, which was
Immediately accepted. Upon receipt of Mr.
Blgler'a acceptance he was notified to ar
range for his bond as soon as possible in
order that be might take charge of the
office at once. This was done and Mr.
Bigler will become auditor of state to
morrow morning. ,
In the order which resulted In the virtual
rrYnoval of Sherrick Governor Hanley
charged that the auditor had been guilty
of a "plain and inexcusable violation of the
law and a gross betrayal of a public trust"
In Investing and loaning funds belonging
to the state to the amount of $145,000.
Chls sum, the governor alleges, waa mis
used, having been Invested for private pur
poses. No arrests have been made, but at a con
ference tonight between Governor Hanley
and Charles Benedict, prosecuting attorney
for Marlon .county, the chief executive laid
before the prosecuting attorney certain evi
dence bearing on the case.
Order (or Removal.
Alleging that David F. Sherrick. auditor
of state, was guilty of "a plain and
Inexcusable , violation of the law and
a gross betrayal of public trust," In
-thai ' fie Invested funds hminmrinr tn
the., state'- 4Aprvao affairs to- the ex
tent of about 1H6,009, Governor Hanley
today Issued an executive order In which
he took cognizance, ot a vacancy In the of
fice and appointed Warren Bigler of Wa
has as his successor. This In effect
amounts to a removal of Mr. Sherrick
by the governor, though the official
sta ement Is not made that way. The
go krnor gave Sherrick until noon today to
mke his settlement. This was not done
a j the governor, after having asked for
Si ff rick's resignation three times, effected
the 'removal. Sherrick has not been ar
rested as yet. and; In his statement Gov
ernor Hanley does not say that such action
was contemplated. Mr. Sherrick could not
be seen at fioon today.
Governor Make Statement.
In a formal statement Issued relative to
the matter the governor says he haa
been Investigating the conditions In the
auditor's office sinoe the last of August,
having received information that Sherrick
had not made the July settlement for the
state's funds which had accumulated from
January 1 to July 1, 195. He Immediately
asked for a settlement, which waa made.
This amount was about $236,000. In addi
tion to this ampunt the auditor In his state
ment to the governor admitted that he at
that time waa chargeable with state funds
paid In since the July settlement amount
ing to I145.1S7.80, for which he fUed a
rchedule enumerating the assets he had to
meet this amount which he owed to the
state. These items Include notes, stocks
and securities amounting to $153,883.33, ot
which, according to the governor's letter,
only $37,355.01 could be realised on.
Securities of Mttle Valae.
At the time that his analysis of the as
sets submitted rx Sherrick was made the
governor formally requested Sherrick to
resign. The resignation was not forth
coming. The governor requested that Sher
rick turn over to John E. Reed, the settle
ment clerk tn the auditor's office, the se
curities enumerated, and this was done.
The governor also demanded that settle
ment to the extent of $145.197. SO be made
with the state by noon today, and on be
ing advised by "persons whom he thought
to be' In a position to know" that the set
tlement could not be made he again sent
a message, this time verbal, requesting
Sherrick to resign. At noon the request
had not been compiled with and It was re
peated. Again not complied with, the gov
ernor entered an executive order finding
the existence of a vacancy and appointing
Sherrlest Resigns.
At I o'clock Bhertick aent his resignation
to Governor Hanley, who accepted It and
entered an order appointing Warren Big
ler of Wabash to the office of state auditor.
Bigler accepted by telegraph.
David F. Sherrlck's bond on file tn the
secretary of state' office la for $100,000 and
Is furnished by the American Surety com
Two People Are Killed and Fifteen
lajared on Fair Cronada at
Helton, Mo.
B ELTON, Mo.. Sept. 14 -Lightning struck
the old art hall and live stock sheds of
the belton Fair association today while
they were packed with people seeking
shelter from the storm, killing two per
sons, seriously Injuring about fifteen others,
some fatally, and set fir to the buildings.
The dead:
JOHN L. POST, a prominent retired
MK8 CI KVEIAND. a negro woman.
W. O. Plummer of Peculiar, Mo , was
Irubauly fatally Injured.
The others seriously hurt are:
JBn Theaton. Wlnny Moore. Pleasant
pill. Mo; Riley Nicholas. Jr., William
kunlty and W. N. Kevins of ticlteo,
Yellow Fever Klahtera Would Move
People from Affected
NEW ORLEANS. Sept. 14. Report of
yellow fever situation to $ p. m.:
New cases .' 49
Total to date 1.4S2
Deaths .
Total to date S2'
'-, ,.! 15
i under treatment SI
."" larged 1.S17
r :h steps In progress to depopulate both
Z- ilah and Lake Providence as much as
' Ible, and with an ample fever force at
J K at both places, the country shows
J e Improvement as to yellow fever. Out
'orty squares In Tallulah, thirty-six are
feted, many of the victims being people
prominence and some being desperately
Former Naval Officer J. B. Snyder Is
long the late cases.
The first suicide due to yellow fever has
en reported. Antonio Congelo, an Italian,
Mas racked hy the disease. In his delirium
he got out of teed, secured a revolver and
blew his brains out. He leaves a widow
and two Infant children.
There was nothing new In the local situ
ation beyond the Increase In the number of
new cases and deaths.
In the country, the situation at Tallulah
Is Improving. Other country reports were:
pHtterson. 2 cases, 5 deaths.
Kenncr, S cases, 2 deaths.
8t. Rose, 2 cases.
RHrrntnrla, 2 cases.
Clarke Chenlere, 1 death.
Sarpy, 2 cases.
Berirk. 1 death.
Houma, 3 cases.
Tent at Fair at Indlanola, Iowa,
Struck and Five Others
INDIANOLA. la.. Sept. 14 Four men
were killed, six were seriously Injured and
a dozen more were stunned by a bolt of
lightning which wrecked a crowded poultry
exhibition tent at the county fair here this
morning The tent was crowded at that
time by people who had gone In to escape
the rain, which was responsible for the
large loss of life in the disaster.
The lightning bolt struck the tent and
split It wide open, the lightning radiating
over the tent and tearing It Into shreds.
Four of the occupants were Instantly killed,
half a dozen others burned, perhaps fa
tally, and a dozen men, women and chil
dren were stunned. Thousands of chickens
In the coops were killed Rescuing parties
m'ent at work at once and cleared the
wreckage of human bodies The dead were
removed at once to the undertaking "par
lors and those dying to the hospitals. Phy
sicians were called and sent from Des
At almost the same hour lightning struck
a livery barn and seriously Injured Charles
Slmmeron. ,
Trm dead:
THEODORE YOl'NO. all of Indlanola.
BLA1N WRIGHT. Pleasantvllle.
The seriously Injured:
Dr. Carpenter.
J. McOranahan.
E. W. Freel.
Earl Barker.
C. Shellherger. all ot Indlanola. -
Administrative District of Koealgas
horsj la Declared Free from
the Asiatic Disease.
KOENIG8BORG. Bast Prussia, Sept. 14.
This administrative district Is now declared
officially to be free from cholera.
MAR1ENWKRDER. West Prussia, Sept.
14. Three n'ew cholera cases, three sus
pected deaths and one death were reported
In this district today.
BROM BERG, Prussia, Sept. 14. Two new
cases of cholera and one death were re
ported today. -
BERLIN, Sept. 14. The official bulletin
iaaSjed today announced nine fresh cases
of cholera and two deaths during the
twenty-four hours ending at noon, making
a total of 183 cases and sixty-six deaths.
Five cases previously reported as cholera
were not cholera. The new cases are one
each In Stargard, Wongrowix, Bromberg
and Colmar, two at Schubtn and three at
ST. PETERSBURG. Sept 14. It Is offi
cially announced that the governments of
Courland and Volhynla are menaced by
cholera, and the authorities have taken
precautions to prevent an Invssion of the
I America Smelting: and Redoing Com-
pans- Dlreetors Cbooaa New
President for Company.
NEW YORK, Sept. 14 The directors cf
the American Smelting And Refining com- I
pany declared a quarterly dividend of l '
per cent on the common atock. This is an
advance of to 1 pe cent over the last
previous rate and Increases the dividend
rate from to 7 per cent. The regular
quarterly dividend of l on the preferred
stock was also declared.
Daniel Guggenheim was elected president
of the company, succeeding the late Ed
ward W. Nash. The chairmanship of the
board previously held by Mr. Guggenheim
was abolished.
Mr. Guggenheim also succeed the late
Mr. Nash as president of the American
Smelting Securities company. Edward
Brush, secretary of the smelting company,
was elected assistant to President Guggen
Postmasters - Are Blamed hy Depart
meat for Towns In Iowa nnd
W jomiag,
(From a Staff Correspondent )
WASHINGTON. Sept. 14. (Special Tele
gram.) Postmasters appointed: Iowa
Downey. Cedar county, Edward G. Hinch
liffe, vice A. C. Halloway. resigned; Homer,
Hamilton county, William H. Harrison,
vice W. H. Johnson, removed. Wyoming
Grover, Uinta county, William W. Astle,
vice John Miles, resigned; 8hoshone
Agency, Fremont county. William II Dick
inson, vice A. D. Lane, resigned.
Coroner of Ward Coaaly Says Alleged
Snleld and Confession of
Marder la a Fake,
ST. PACL. 8rpt. 14 An afternoon paper
her prints telegrams from Governor BVarle
of North Dakota and Coroner J. D. Wlndel
of Ward county, North Dakota, tending to
show that the sensational story sent from
Mtnol. N. D., about the suicide and confes
sion of murder by Charles Hersig were
fabrications. Both Uovernor Searles and
the coroner say tkt no report ot ths Her
sig story had been received.
Markel contract stands
President Approei Report on the E object
Made to Eim by Mr. Shouts.
One Firm Raises Bid Becaaae ot
Misunderstanding of Speelflra
tlons While Omaha Mam
Stands Pat.
OYSTER BAY. L. I.. Sept. 14 A contract
for the hotel and subsistence concession
on the Panama canal zone, awarded to
Jacob R Markel of Omaha, Neb'., by Presi
dent Theodore P. Shonts of the Panama
Railroad company will stand.
This, in effect, is the decision of President
Roosevelt,, who today approved a report
on the subject made to him by Mr. Shonts.
The contract amounts, In the aggregate,
to many millions of dollars, but Mr. Shonts'
report Indicates that It may be abrogated
at the. will of the government, which ac
tually will own the permanent plant used
by Mr. Markel In filling the terms of his
The president today authorized the pub
lication of a report he had received from
Mr. Shonts as president of the Panama
Railroad company, regarding the protest
received by him from Hurlglns St Dumas
and H. Balfe of New York against the
award of the contract to Mr. Markel. The
protest forwarded to the president by
Hudglns-A Dumas and H. Balfe alleged
that they had not been accorded fair treat
ment by President Shonts and that through
a leak In Mr. Shonts- office Mr. Markel
had been Informed of the nature of their
proposal and had been enabled thereby to
Incorporate In his bid the menu which
Hudglns A Oumas had submitted.
In this letter to the president Mr. Shonts
says that on his arrival at the Isthmus
on July 2 he found a most pressing neces
sity for Immediate arrangements for feed
ing the employes and that It was deter
mined by Governor Magoon. Mr. Stevens
and himself that this matter should be
handled by the Panama railroad and not
by the Isthmian Canal commission, as the
commissary department mas already In
charge of the railroad company, that com
pany operating one hotel at Colon.
Mr. Shonts' Explanation.
Continuing, he says:
I found Jacob E. Markel on the Isthmus,
he having gone down at the Instance of
Mr Wallace to studv the situation. It was
decided while on the isthmus that the
railroad company .should furnish the plant.
Including the building and equipment; that
It should maintain the buildings and the
contractor the equipment, so that In the
event of It becoming necessary for the
railroad to cancel the contract we could
control the entire plant. When our gen
eral purchasing officer, Mr. Ross, and I
returned to the states we immediately be
gan the preparation of such specifications
as we thought necessary to enable us to
properly receive proposals for the feeding
privilege. Before Mr. Markel left the
Isthmus we had told him we expected to
take this step on our return and would
like to have him make a proposal v.-hen
we got ready to submit specifications. We
later received communication from Messrs.
Hudglns St Dumas and Mr. Balfe asking
for opportunity to make proposals. As
soon as the specifications were drsfted we
mailed to Mr Markel, to Hudglns & Dumas
and Mr. Balfe a copy In the same form
and Invited proposals. We did not adver
tise because It waa a railroad matter and
because of the urgency of the case. I have
had several cablegrams from Mr. Stevens
since my return, asking me to expedite the
arrangement, as existing conditions were
very bad. After we had mailed the specifi
cations to the firms named I came to New
York and met all these parties. I ex
plained to them that I was not a hotel
man; that we had done the best we could
as to the specifications, hut would be glad
to receive any suggestions from them as
to the form of the specifications. Our
specifications. It appeared, hail Included a
general menu. In order to establish a
standard, hut when Messrs. Hudglns A
Dumas attended the conference referred to
they suggested the insertion of a weekly
menu in the spoiflcatlnns Instead of a gen
eral one. I asked them for a form of
weekly menu. When they brought It to
me I examlneu it, and, considering It an
excellent suggestion, 1 asked Mr. Ross
to have It Inserted as a part of our speci
fications, applicable to all alike, so that
all could make proposals on the same basis.
All were notified of our amended specifica
tions and all submitted proposals on that
basis. Of course there is nothing original
In the menu, but by Inserting it in our
specifications It satisfied Hudglns A Dumas
and Mr. Balfe. as well as ourselves, and
It placed all parties on an eouallt.w
Hnrferlna A nomas Raise Rid.
It was not until after this that the three
proposals were submitted. All proposals
vere ,made upon precisely the same form
of specification. When the proposals were
received I found Mr. Balfe was 50 per cent
higher than Mr. Markers In some items and
that Hudglns A Dumus were so much under
the others that I feared there was some
misunderstanding on their parts as to the
meaning of the specifications. I thereupon
wrote them a letter amplifying the specifi
cations, trolng more into detail and partic
ularly calling their attention to two things
first, that the privilege in regard to un
cooked food and other things might have to
be withdrawn because of our treaty agree
ments with the Republic of Panama (In
case local prices for the Panama merchants
were again reduced to a reasonable basis!
and, second, that the low rates of freight
we had made via our steamship line and I
railroad and also for cold storage were I
limited absolutely to food supplies to be I
used by our employes: and I gave them an
opportunity (if they did not understand the
specifications! to amend their proposal.
Thev Immediately amended their proposal.
nl.i. I Kali- nHl .n n,- Itoma a .- t,V, '
per cent, and when they brought the
amended proposal 'to my office they thanked
me for having given them the additional In
formation and for calling attention to points
above mentioned, also stating that they had
not thoroughly understood the situation be
fore and had made their prices on cooked
meals at cost or lower, expecting to make
their profits on the sale of other goods.
Markel Stands Pat.
"Simultaneously, after writing this letter
to Hudglns A Dumas, I wrote exactly the
same letter to Mr. Markel, so that If he
had labored under any misapprehension he
also could amend his proposal.
Mr. Markel replied that, having a thor
ough knowledge of the altuatinn on the
Isthmus, he had considered these matters
In making his proposal and stated he stood
pat'" on the same. I did not write Mr.
Balfe because his prices were so high that
It waa not necessary to longer consider him
In the matter.
When these amended proposals were re
ceived it was found that In every Item ex
cept one that Mr. Markel was as low or
lower than Messrs. Hudglns A Dumas.
Experience of Bidders.
In making the award I took into consid
eration not only the prices but the experi
ence of the bidders, and the organisation
for the business that they now have. I
found thai Messrs. Hudglns and Dumas
have had no experience in this business ex
cept a three years' contract on Ellis Isl
and, a purely local proposition; that Mr.
Markel has had thirty years' experience
in this special field of operating railroad
hotels and construction camps on the Union
Pacini:, Illinois Central, Chicago, Burling
ton A Qulncy. Kansas City Southern and
other roads; that he now has large camps
on two or three of these roads; that lie
has such a large force that he can with
draw from it sufficient help to promptly
equip the hotels we have constructed, and
will also be in a position ilf the climate
affects his staff) to keep supplying new
men from his force tn the United States as
exigency demands and letting those on the
iMhnius return here to recuperate, thus
having a constant chain of fresh employes
going to the isthmus.
Market's Prices Lowest.
In view of the fact that Mr. Markel has
been doing for thirty years exactly this
kind of work In the states that he will
have to do In the Isthmus, It seems to nit
that even if his price had been somewhat
higher, ths company could well afford to
pay something for his wide experience in
this lue i. f' work as against two young
men who have had but a local experience
(CuuUnued ea Second Pagej
Xamher of Independent Concerns In
Chicago Join with Typothetae In
Opposing; FlnM-Honr Mot.
CHICAGO. Sept. 14 Concerted action be
tween the members of the Chicago Typo
tbetae and a number of big independent
employers of printers was decided on to
day In sn effort to oppose the demands of
the union Job printers of Chicago. The
Typographical union today filed demnnds
on independent Job and book publishing
houses for an eight-hour day and union
conditions after January 1. After the union
had ordered out 100 men In eight of these
houses for refusal to grant the request
of the union, the Chicago Typothetae,
whose members are already Involved In a
strike. Invited the Independent master
printers to meet the members of the Typo
thetae In an effort to devise means of fight
ing the union demands. Nearly 100 Inde
pendents attended the meeting A motion
was unanimously adopted to have a com
mittee of twelve appointed to arrange for
the formation of an Organization of Inde
pendent master printers to resist the eight
hour day plan. Pledges were made by most
of the Independents present that they
would temporarily affiliate themselves with
the Chicago Typothetae In the struggle
against the union. During the day more
than fifty small Independent establishments
upon which the union made demands' ac
ceded to the proposals presented by Ihe
NEW HAVEN. Conn.. Sept. 14. Forty
five printer, who have been employed at
various book and Job printing establish
ments In this city, are out cm strike today
on account of the refusal by the master
printers of the union's demand for an eight
hour working day and Increase of the
piecework price from J74 cents per thou
sands ems to 4ft cents.- Five firms are
affected. It Is said that an effort will be
made to secure nonunion men to take the
places of the strikers.
ST. LOUIS. Sept. 14,-The threatened
strike for an eight-hour day In Job print
ing offices by members of the St. Louis
branch of the International Typographical
union was begun here today. Printers In
eight printing offices were called out by
President Joseph Tackson of local Typo
graphical union No. 8. President Jackson
said thst about 175 printers stopped work.
He also stated that out of the lf printing
firms In St. Louis sixty signed the eight
hour scale today. The officers of the union
would say nothing more concerning ths
C. M. Skinner, chairman of the execu
tive board of the St.' Louis branch of the
International Typothetae. said today that
the members of the typothetae whose men
have walked out have not as yet attempted
to replace the strikers. Mr. Skinner said:
' We will wal a' day or two and seer how
things are then. As yet there has been
no meeting of the, executive committee, of
which I sm chairman. So far not all of
our members have been affected. There
are between twenty-five and thirty mem
bers of the typothtse In St. Iouls.
TOPEKA, Kan.. Sept. 14 The union Job
printers of this city were called out today
on a strike for an elght-hmir day. Two of
the five offices, those of two weekly news
papers, which are members of the National
Typothetae. surrendered at once to the de
mends of the union. The othr offices went
Into conference with the. onion printers. .,
Preparations - Containing; Cndne
Q.nnntly of Llqnnr Will Hits
to Pay Special Tat,
WASHINGTON. Sept. 14 The commis
sioner of Internal revenue today rendered
a decision that will seriously affect a num
ber of patent medicines composed largely
of distilled liquors. He has reversed a rul
ing of his department, made many years
ago and now decides that the manufactur
ers of these medicines must take out li
censes as rectifiers and liquor dealers and
that druggists and others handling . them
will have to pay the usual retail liquor
dealers' license.
The commissioner In a letter of Instruc
tion to the collectors of Internal revenue
says that there are a number of compounds
on the market going under the names of
medicines that are composed chiefly of dis
tilled spirits, without the addition of drugs
or medicines In sufficient quantities to
change materially the character of the
whisky. He authorizes collectors to Impose
the special tax on manufacturers of every
compound composed of distilled spirits even
though drugs are declared to have been
added thereto, "when their presence Is not
discoverable by chemical analysis, or It la
found that the quantity of drugs In tha
preparation Is so small as to have no ap
preciable effect on the liquor."
"The same ruling." declares the commis
sioner, "applies to every alcoholic com
pound labelled as a remedy for diseases
and containing In addition to distilled
spirits, only substances or Ingredients
which, however large their quantity, are
not of a character to Impart any medicinal
quality to the compound."
To prevent Injustice being done, the rul
ing will not be put Into effect until Decem
ber 1. 1906.
Some of the medicines are said to have
Immense sales In prohibition communities,
figures collected in Massachusetts recently
showing. It Is stated, that one such adver
tised compound with a high percentage of
whisky had been bought to the extent of
300.000 bottles in one year tn prohibition
communities of one New England state.
anta Fe Dealrea to Secnro a Mis
souri I. In of the Rock
KANSAS CITY. Sept. I4.-H. I. Mudge,
second vice president of the Rock Island
system. In passing through Kansas City, Is
quoted as having confirmed the report that
the Atchison, Topeka dt Santa Fe railway
Is endeavoring to purchase the Rock
Island's St. Louis-Kansas City line.
Mr. Mudge said that he presumed that
the conference regarding the sale would be
resumed In Chicago within a few weeks, as
soon as Robert Mather, chairman of the
executive board of the Rock Island, who
was called to Europe by the Illness of his
wife, returns to that city.
Thousand Churchmen Wltaees Special
Performance of First Play Ever
Written by Prraeber.
CHICAGO, Sept. 14.-A ministerial mati
nee waa keld at McVkker's theater here to
day by the Invitation of William A. Brady
and Joseph R. Grlsmer,' for ths members
of all denominations to witness a perform
ance of "As Ys Sow," written by Rev. John
Snyder, and ths first play written by a
minister ever presented on an American
stage. There were over 1.000 ministers at
tha matinee, which was given exclusively
for them, ths theater being closed to the
paying public. The (lay uaa warmly received.
Question Ealied by Dr. (Midden to Come
Up lefore Mission Board.
Chairman of Prudential Committee
Bnyk Deficit for the Year Is
Abont Hundred and Fifty
SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 14. A strong
sentiment, has been expressed among the
members of the American Board of Com
missioners for Foreign Missions of the Con
gregational church, now In session In this
city, against the resolution that has been
prepared by . Dr. Washington Gladden to
present to the convention In his .fight
agalnat "tainted money,"
Tbe discusstqn has not. been presented to
the cpnventkm, but -the general sentiment
among the members is that the resolution
will be lost by an overwhelming niajorltj
If presented. .'
Dr. Gladden has not reached this clt
yet although the New. England party, J9,
strong, arrived In Seattle this morning.
The most prominent among the New Eng
landers who arrived this morning Is F.
Henry Whltcomb, chairman of the Pru
dential committee, to which the question ol
"tainted money" was referred some weeks
In outlining his position on the question,
Mr. Whltcomb made the following state
ment: I do not know what Dr. Gladden proposes
to do. The Incident is really closea al
though the question can be brought up
under the head of new business or can be
Interjected at almost any time. We are
bound to-consider anv matter that Is pro
posed, no matter how radical or how ab
surd It might be.
The Pruilentlal committee cannot be
placed to the position of looking up a man's
history and his family record whenever he
offers money to carry on the work of the
church. Dr. Oladden's resolution would
make It necessary for the board to weigh
the standing of every man and to put the
committee in the position of censoring
every donation. That cannot be done, a no
I do not believe the board will suggest It.
Facing; Big; Deficit.
Most of the time of the board during the
j convention In this city will be taken up
witn . tne consideration or tne uueetion oi
maintenance of foreign missions. Accord
ing to the statement of Mr. Whltcomb,
there was a deficit at the end of the last
fiscal year of 150,000 and the question of
maintaining the GOO missions, the board has
declared, will be the most Important matte.-
to consider.
The annual review of the work of the
board dealt with Japan, Turkey, India and
Ceylon, China, Papal lands and Africa. i It
says In part:
The Japanese mission has assumed new
Importance from the events of the last
year. The Japanese alone can understand
the characteristics of the Coreans and tlm
Chlneae. The Chinese language presents
no Insuperable burrlers and to he Ciiiiiu-
i man the little Japanese Is not a "foreign
j devil." Already i0,tKi Chinese students are
! said to be In the schools of Japan and
Chli-a is rapidly tilling with Japanese pro
fessors and teachers and schools of lower
grade and Japanese editors are connected
with Chinese Journals. A peaceful con
quest of China by Japan la already In full
Speaking of China, the report says:
More changes axe taking place this year
in the opinions. Judgments and purpoaes
of the leaders of China than have trans
pired there during the last century. China
Is beginning to observe and think In terms
of modern national life. It Is beginning
to move under the Impulse of modern na
tional aspirations.
Opening; of Convention.
SEATTLE. Wash., 8ept. 14 The ninety
sixth annual meeting of the American
Board of Commissioners for Missions of
the Congregational church opened here this
afternoon In Plymouth Congregational
The visitors were greeted at the opening
session by Rev. A. M. Fret-Ian. for years
Identified with the churches of the Paciuc
coast, and response was made by Dr.
Samuel B. Capen of Boston, the president
of the board.
The mlautes of the last meeting of com
missioners were read by Rev. Henry A.
Slluison. D. D., of New York, the recording
u,.ta-i' etr which President Candn aD-
j pointed the customary committees. T
Treasurer Frank H. Wlggln read the re
port of the treasury dis;artinent and the
report of the auditors of the board was
then submitted.
Chicago Foundry.
CHICAGO, Sept. 14 Fire did 1150.000 dam
age to the Featherslone Foundry and Ma
chine company plant today. The fire drove
fifteen employee cf the foundry to the roof
of the building. For a time It looked aa
though all would perish, but they were
Anally, rescued, with great difficulty, by
firemen witn ladders.
Fair Friday nnd Saturday, Except
showers In Southeast Portion
Temperature at Omaha Yesterday!
Hour. Deg, Hour. Dear.
" m s 1 p. m TT
flu. m an 2 p. m TT
T n. m s p. m TT
m AT 4 p. m Tie
a. ra ft ft p. m SO
in n. m T3 6 p. m T
11 T3 T p. m TO
13 78 H p. m 711
f p. m T3
Four Inches of Mater Falls and Low
lands and Basements Are
BEATRICE. Neb.. Sept. 15.-(Specla! Tele
gram ) One of the worst rainstorms in the
history of this city occurred tonight. It
commenced raining about 8 o'clock and
continued until midnight. It Is estimated
the rainfall, Is between three and four
inches. The rain waa accompanied by hail
of large slse and many windows and sky
lights were broken.
The lowlands are flooded and the people
who live In that section have been com
pelled to move out. In the business and
better residence districts cellars and base
ments are flooded and the damage from this
source alone will be heavy.
The Plus river at this hour (1 o'clock) has
risen four feet and It Is still coming up. In
dicating the storm was also heavy to the
north of the city. It Is Impossible at this
hour to learn how much damage has been
done at other places or even secure any de
tailed account of the losses In the city. It
Is certain, however, to amount to many
thousand dollars. Corn Is too nearly ma
tured to be Injured much by the hall. At
this hour relief" parties are busy assisting
those who live In the lowlands to move
their belongings to higher ground, as there
Is no telling how much'more the river may
Sebraakan Asks President to Take
InlllatlTe In Movement Looking;
Toward Permanent Peace.
LINCOLN. Neb.. Sept. 14.-A letter ad
dressed to President Roosevelt from W. J.
Bryan, In which a plan for permanent
peace la suggested, was made public here
this evening. Mr. Bryan congratulates the
president on his success In bringing Russia
and Japan together and says:
. h?l n,ot, "k crires8 for authority to
a i. mlt all international questions (when an
agreement cannot be reached by parties
Interested) to an Impartial board for" In
vestigation and report? Investigation wilt
In nearly every case remove the cause of
complaint and reconcile the parties. Ques
tions which a nation might be unwilling
v . arimrauon in advance could
be settled by Investigation by an impartial
ii'i lias li tiucxi B7t.sfI.IU.
It was a glorious thing to end the war
between the Russ and the Jap, but It
would have been more glorious to have
prevented the war and saved the frightful
loss of life. The moral prestige which ..ur
nation now enjoys would In all probability
enable it to lead a successful peace move
ment. The congratulations which you hava
received from the hcada of European gov
ernments strengthen the chances of suc
cess. If the leading nations of the world
" "im agreement to Join In
the creation of such a board and pleilgo
themselves to submit all disputes to the
board for Investigation before declaring
war the danger of war would be reduced
; ... u.iiiiiiiuiu. rrw men nave naa it In
their power to do so much for humanity
j u nujiuc ine upponunny r
Japanese and Russian Army Offices
Affix BiaTuaturra to Document
on Wednesday Evening.
GCNSHC PASS. Manchuria. Sept. 14
Major General Ovanofski and his suite re
turned from Koarhln at S o'clock this morn
ing At 7 o'clock last evening Ovanofski and
Oeneral Fukushlnia signed an armistice In
the plain near Shaktndt-s, after negotiations
had been conducted for. nine consecutive
Movements of Ocean Vessel. a
I1 At New York-Arrived: Rhine, from Rre.
men; T'eutschiaml. from Hamburg; Baltic
from Liverpool, Loinhardla. from Naples'
Sallnd: Bremen, for Hiemen: Multke. fur
Hamburg ; La Hretagru, for llavie
At Havre Arrived: I .a Lorraine, from
New York.
At Patras-Salled
New York.
Cltta dl Brine, for
At Hamburg Arrived
from New York
At Queenstown-i-Arrlved: Republic, from
Boston. Sailed. Ilaverford, for Philadel
phia. At Liverpool Arrived: Caledonian, from
boston. Railed: Parisian, for New York.
At Genoa bailed: Llguya. for New York.
At bieinsu Arrived; Caksell, from Baltimore.
Fairburj Van Receive Nemlnatien for
Bipreme Judge on Third Ballot.
Actually Had Majority, but Astion of
Senator Barken Changed It.
Mix in tha Fight for Chairman and Bain
the Chances of Duffie.
Douglas County Delegation Wade the
Chairman of ft; ate Committee.
Resolutions Strongly Endorse Rooae
veil's Administration and Declare
Against Railroad Passes fog
For Supreme Judge
For Regents of I'nlverslty
FRED ABBOTT of Columbus
W. G LYFORD of Falls City
Chairman State Committee
(From a Stiff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Sept. 14.-Speelal Telegram V
The above Is the ticket nominated by the
republican state convention held here today
after one of the most tumultuous and ex
citing sessions of recent years. The resulte
of today's proceedings so far as Douglas
county la concerned has been to make a
chairman of the convention and lose 1ta
candidate for supreme Judge. Ae a matter
of fact Judge Duffle waa at one time ac
tually nominated and would have been the
nominee without question except for eev.
eral vital mistakes made by some of those
who professed to be trying to help him.
To understand the action of the conven
tion It Is necessary to go back and review
the steps leading up to today's denouement.
It may aa well be recognised that the rail
road contingent which haa regularly sought
to dominate republican politics In Nebraska
started out to make John H. Ames of Lan
caster county a candidate for supreme
Judge. Ames' previous partnership with
Judge Kelly of the Union Paclflo law de
partment Insured to him the Union Paclflo
strength and the Lancaster delegation,
which Is acknowledged Burlington ground,
waa likewise Instructed for him. The Im
pression was general that Ames would be
the etrong man and that the fight might be
properly described aa the field against
- Railroads Mia In.
It soon developed upon the advent of tha
advance guard of delegates, following the
reports from the numeroue county conven
tions that adopted strongly antl-rallroad
resolutions, that notwithstanding the. rail"
road eombtrmtton In favor of Aniea tt would
be Impossible to make him, It devolved
upon the railroad manipulators to make' a '
choice between the other candldatea and
they quickly came to the conclusion that
Duffle would be, preferable to Letton and
was the only one Who might by any possi
bility beat Letton. Not content, however,
with pushing along the Duffle band wagon,
the railroad tax agents and lobbyietg and
pass distributors Insisted on taking a hand
In the management of his campaign and
at the same time to work several other
Irons they had In the fire regardless .of
the consequences to him. They had gone
down to the atate committee and forced
the temporary chairmanship upon Lieu
tenant Governor McGllton. not eO much
because they wanted McGllton as because
they wanted to get even with Senator
Sheldon of Cass county, who was In line
for the place and was In disfavor on ac
count of his Independence of their dicta
tion In the legislature. They Insisted upon
following this up hy turning Senator Shel
don down for the position of permanent
chairman, for which his friends were push
ing him, and making McGllton permanent
chairman aa welt as temporary chairman.
The situation was discussed openly tn
the meeting of the Douglas delegation at
noon before the delegation assembled and
Harry Brome, echoing what he referred to
as the railroad forces, insisted fhat tha
Douglas delegation stand by McGllton for
permanent chairman In consideration of
promises of railroad support for Duffle.
Victor Rosewater expressed himself as of
directly opposite view. He said he could
not see what either Mr. McGllton or Judge
Duffle had to gain by shutting Senator
Sheldon out of the honor of serving as
permanent chairman and that lie was sat
isfied that It was advisable to ask the
convention for nothing except the candi
date whom Douglas county would present.
He said that there was nothing that would
take the railroad vote to Judge. Letton,
whether McGllton was continued aa chair
man or not. while to put Senator Sheldon
in the chair would win frlenda in places
where they were badly needed.
Tries for Too Much.
The delegation decided to leave the de
cision to the steering committee, and the
steering committee decided to keep Douglas
county entirely out of any contest between
Lieutenant Governor McGllton ana nenator
Sheldon by passing on the roll call and
voting finally for the one who ahould hava
a majority of the votes of the other dele
gates. When this question was sprung,
however, at the very outset of the con
vention, although McGllton plainly had the
requisite votes without Douglas county,
the steering committee was persuaded, over
the protests of Its chairman, to throw the
Douglas county vots Into the balance to
make sure thst the motion to make the
temporary organisation permanent should
prevail. This was followed up by an at
tempt to take the secretaryship of the
convention for Douglas county, v.hlch also
claimed the position of reading clerk, with
the result that after gathering In the
bouquets the substantial prixe could not be
Trouble on Third Ballot.
The crisis of the convention came on the
third ballot, when Duffle was the high man
and practically nominated, and an effort
was made to transfer the Lancaster county
delegation from . Ames to Duffie. Judge
Holmes, who was chairman, undertook to
cast the entire sixty-six votes of Lancaster
county for Judge Duffle under an alleged
agreement by which Judge Ames was to de
clde for whom I-ancaster county's vots
should be recorded after he was satisfied he
himself could not be nominated. A call was
entered at once for a poll of the delegation
and on reading the names for individual re
sponses only sixteen answered for Duffle
and twenty-three for Letton.
Delegates surged around the seata ot the
Ijincaster delegation and motions and eoun-ter-nulluns
and points tf order were raised
before Uie polling took plaoe aud eve ad