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OMAHA, 'WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 6, 1905 TEN PAGES.
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GoTtrnor of Wisconsin Tells LerklaUre
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WDJ It II llltu iugriusr.
IAFOLLETTE READS HIS OWN MESSAGE
lUoommsndi lour Important Changs! it
Bailrotd Tax Statute.
PAYMENTS ARE DELAYED BY UTIGATION
Otm A Million Dollar J How Due ths Stats
and Money it flseded
PUBLIC . CORPORATIONS AND INSURANCE
Cxeeatlve Favora an Iavestlsratlea of
the Methods of Lobules .Mata
talaed hy Pablle Service
MADISON. Wis., Dec f,. Governor Rob
ert M. LaFollotte appeared today before
Hi joint body of the Wisconsin legislature
cV.ied In extraordinary session and per
sonally read his message. He wM cordially
A large crowd gathered, including a num- ,
li'.-r of students of the university end many j
Mauison men ana women, as wen imm.j
ull of the lUlt officials and employes. Gov
ernor LaFollette read tils message from a
The governor's message Is a lengthy docu
ment and contains over forty mei of
closely printed mutter. '
Four recommendations are marie In the
message regarding the revision of the rail
road rate commission law. In the first
ha recommends, that the commission be au
thorized to prescribe a uniform system of
keeping accounts of the business , trans
acted In Wisconsin, by the railroads and
that all roads should be required to fllo
with the commission from time .to time
reports of their Income. 1 He wants sep
arata accounts kept of the business done
by the railroads in this state and in other
states, as well as an account showing the
value of each railroad In the- state. The
second recommendation provides that the
law be so amended that special mileage
tickets, commutation tickets, excursion
tickets and party ticket! can be issued at
less than the regular rates' for National
Guard and Grand Army of the Republic
encampments, students, Iiomeseekers, etc.
This . third recommendation provides for
additional power by the commission to In
vestigate rates. . Ills fourth recommenda
tion would give; tjie commission the right
to decide what safeguards shall be erected
at any railroad crossing in this state.
Regarding railroad tanses, the governor
says that tl.144.399.li in railroad taxes .are
now due the state, the payment of which
has been held UP by litigation. He says
that the holding up of Just taxes by the
railroads is a serious embarrassment to the
ttate, and had thhe , taxes been paid the
state tax levy would not have been neces
sary. He recommends .that legislation be
enacted .at once which In the future will
-win pel . tho. iii Qturit-.wa.aaiK ot an railroad
taxes, leaving the railroad the right to
recover such taxes if - it shall be found
that they were unjust or wrongully col
lected. What the governor wants Is, first
. the payment of railroad taxes and litiga
tion afterward. If necesatry. Instead of
litigation first and- payment last, as he
holds is now the case.
Prlsaavr Election Uw,
The governor pays considerable attention
to the primary election law and points out
thut the strongest point that can be made
by the opposition to Its enactment la the
fact that a Candidas may be nominated
under, the present law by less than a ma
jority vote. He suggests that provision e
made, by amending the law, so as to en
able the voter at the primary to Indicate
upon the ballot his first and second choice
of the candidate presented for each office.
In the event that no candidate had re
ceived a majority of the first choice votes,
then the second choice votes could , be
counted, resulting In a nomination by ma
jority vote. The plan recommended is that
used In Australia and provides that If, after
the ballots have been counted, no candi
date has an absolute majority of the first
choice votes, then the ballots cast for the
candidate receiving the least nutrjber of
votes on the list ara assorted with refer
ence to second choices as to the remaining
candidates. If no one then receives a
majority of first and second choloe bal
lots, a similar assortment of ballots of the
lowest remaining candidate Is made on the
' bad of second choice and added to the
votes, for their candidates, and so on until
some candidate baa a majority of first and
second choices. With this amendment the
governor thinks ths primary law would be
Corporations ana lasaraace.
The Investigation of publtu 'corporations
snd Insurance companies Is one of the
most Important features of ths messaee.
He tskes ths railroads to task for main
taining what h calls expensive lobbies and
for resisting the prompt payment of taxes.
"The people of Wisconsin have at least as
good a right to know Just what money has
ten oxpended ny the railroads and other
public service corporations of this state in
.salaries, In lobhying. In political cam
paigns and legislative entertainment," he
says, "aa the people of New Tork have to
know the same facta with respect to the
life Insurance companies of that state. It
- Is no mora a betrayal of a trust relation
for the president of a Ufa Insurance com
pany to pay himself a salary amounting to
a plundering of policy-holders than for a
railroad president to pay himself a salary
in excess of the value of. the services be
renders to the railroad company."
He suggests that a legislative Investlga
tkn which would uncover all fact with re
lation to this Important subject will re
quire much time and labor, but that no
. money so expended would be wasted. Bv-
rry fart as to the expenditures which have
a bearing upon the transportation rates
will be of materlnl aid to the railroad com
missi mi. He thinks such an Investigation
would be wholesome In Us public lesson.
He discusses at length the insurance
scandals of New York and la bitter In Ms
denunciation of those companies which have
been caught by the Investigation. He
motes much of the evidence that has been
unearthed and comparea by figures the
Northwestern Mutual Life 'of Milwaukee
with the eastern corporations. "It has yet
to be Intimated." he says, ''that the North
western Is guilty of any Such Irregularities
as have, been found to exist la ths New
York companies. ' Its Invitation, recently
published, courting Investigation, would In
dicate that It has nothing to conceal. The
subject of Insurance legislation and ex
penditurea of public service corporations
oins up such a wkle field, and there Is
such need for a thorough Investigation, that
I recommend that a committee, with a
JCoaUaued oa Second Page.)
CHARING CROSS ROOF FALLS
Twe Men Killed and Thirty lalarea
by Collapse of Walls of London
LONDON, Tee. . s,-Nlnety feet of the
roof. of the southernmost end of the Char
ing Crosa railroad station collapsed without
warning this afternoon, carrying 'with It
some forty workmen who were engaged In
repairs on that section of the roof. The
casualty list of-ie! extraordinary accl
'ncludes two persons who ars known
ve been killed, two persons missing
robably burled beneath tons of debris.
seriously Injured and twenty slightly
d. The falling walls of the station
td the windows of the Avenue theater
Z lng. Injuring several men who were
rk there. Four trains stood In the
n ready to start and hundreds of
is were gathered on the platforms
ig the departure of suburban trains
he arrival of the Continental express,
' was due in a few minutes, when the
. supporting the great! Iron spans fell
outward. With this support removed the
spans fell with a tremendous crash, crush
ing ths foremost cars, which were not oc
cupied, but the falling roof carried with It
the workmen who had been swarming
among the girders.
All the casualties were confined to the
workmen In the station and on the roof
of tha theater and to a few station hands.
Not a single passenger was hurt.
For some time the scene of cnnfimlon was
Indescribable. Charing Cross Is the most
central, as well as one of the busiest of
London's railroad stations, and had a
larger portion of the roof given way the
loss of life would have been great. As a
result of the accident the station will be
closed for some days.
tberal Leader Will
Cabinet at Saarvestloa
LONDON, Dec. 5. Sir Henry Cuinubell-
Vtanneimnn saw the king at Buckingham
palace this morning and accepted the task
of forming a new cabinet. ,
The duke of Devonshire, liberal unionist,
former lord president of the council, was
among ths callers on the new premier
before the lattcr went to the pnluce and
in political circles Importance Is attached
to the visit, as possibly signifying some
kind of a working agreement on certain
points of policy between the antl-pro-tectlonist
unionists, of which the duke
lias been the recognized leader since his
secession from the lUilfonr cabinet and
the now government. '
The following announcement was mad
Sir Henry Camphell-Bannerman Informed
King Edward that he would be unable to
submit his proposed arrangements In con
nection with the formation of a new gov
ernment until December 11. King Edward
left London tonlcht to visit Lord Aling
ton at Crichet, Wimborne.
POLAND FREE FROM .MILITARY
Railway Employes Threat ea ta Strike
It Gsglseer Is Pat to "
w-i ' '" "p"th- . - -
WARSAW, Dec. 8. The abolition of the
minor state of martial law. was gaxetted
today and Poland Is now completely freed
from military rule. The authorities have
prohibited a proposed meeting of the strik
ing post and telegraph employes. The
disorganization of bunlness can be Judged
by the fact that while before the strike,
the Warsaw office handled 22,000 telegrams
dally, the office now bandies only 1.600.
Advices from Sebastopol say that the
government has ordered the mutineers to
be tried by court martial In accordance
with the proceduro In use In war time.
Information . from Moscow says that a
commjttee of tho Bourse Is trying to ar
range a settlement of the telegraph strike.
SULTAN AWAITS UNANIMITY
Refases ta Iasae Maeedoalaa Irade
lafll All Advisors Agree
ta the Plan.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Via Sofia. Bulgaria.
Dec. a. The council ot ministers has
agreed to yield to the demands of the
powers In principle, but the sultan has
not yet Issued an .trade approving of this.
It seems the war minister refused to , sign
the ministerial note on the subject which
Is couched in conciliatory terms and pro-,
nounces In favor of the acceptance tn
l principle of ; the requirements of the
I European concert. The sultan said he was
awaiting unanimity on the part of the
ministers before sanctioning their action.
.' Alaxkav Alaska should be given
an elective delegate to congress
and government aid for a rail
road to the Yukon river.
Army and Navy Special plea for
appropriations for maneuver
of army and continued expan
sion of navy,
preaches of Trusts Calls attention
to the necessity for legislation
to reach breaches of trust In the
public service, where officers act
- corruptly without consideration
of money value. -
Business Methods Results of In
quiries demand more modern
and businesslike methods In de
partment administration; con
' gress should provide rearrange
ment of department duties.
Campaign Contributions Public
ity of all campaign contribu
tions and prohibition of con
tributions by corporations is de
manded. Capital and Labor Urges para-
- mount importance of principle
of treating a man on his worth
as a man rather than hU social
position, occupation or class.
Child Labor Wants authority for
Department of Commerce and
Labor to investigate general
conditions governlcg labor of
women and children.
' Chinese Exclusion Wants Chi
nese coolies barred, but more
liberal treatment of merchants,
. students and educated classes. .
Civil rrvic Defends civil serv
ice principles and asserts civil
service law Is being energetic
ally and impartially enforced.
Copyright Declares copyright
laws urgently need revision
JACKSON IDENTIFIES CROWE
Policeman Certain Alleged Kidnaper is
y I' an Wko Shot Him.
NEVER SAW HIM UNTIL NIGHT IN JUNE
Officers la Their Testimony Differ as
ta Somber of Shots Fired
aad Which Hit
Th Pat Crtwc Jary.
H. Borsky, hackman, 1512 North Nine
teenth. J. K. Danlelson, railroad clerk, 2916 North
Joseph iJopita. laborer. 112 South First.
llugn Dougherty, laborer, til 7 South
i f. kox, salesman. 2635 North Fif
teenth. William C. Hubet, barber, 708 South Thir
teenth. Melchlor lls, 1SH3 South Twentieth.
William W. Long, switchman, Wil Fred
Isaac Levy, section laborer, 314 Nortn
Twenty-sixth, South Omaha.
P. O. Mlttelbach, bookkeeper, 1213 South
Eleventh. . .
jolm Sautter, 902 North Twenty-first,
South Omaha. .
Joseph Wolf, traveling man, 2320 South
Officer A. H. Jackson' oh the witness
stand in ths district court yesterday posl
.1 .. i-i ih ... ro t Prntt'n . the man who
snot nun tu -
nuimitiMn had a duel with a man
supposed to be Crowe, for which offense
Crowe's trial began yesterday morning.
The number of spectators was considera
ble throughout the day.
Jackson told how he and Officer Dan
Leahy .had been stationed at the corner of
Sixteenth and Iavenworth streets from 2
o'clock until 11 at night. They were In
eitisens' clothes. Witness said he knew
Frank Murphy, Crowe's brother-in-law, by
sight, and recognlxed Crowe from a de
scription when the two men came along at
or Mar 11 o'clock that night. They passed
him at the corner and were eating sand
wiches. When they had gono south on the
viaduct he croesed over to tho corner where
Leahy was standing and told hlin. "There
goes our man." The two omcers men
on a car and paused Murphy and Crowe
about two-thirds over the viaduct. Jackson
said the lights on the viaduct and on the
cur enubjed them to have ii good view Of
the two men who were on the sidewalk.
Jackson told of watching the men sup
posed to be Crowe and Murphy get a bot
tle of beer and sandwich from a saloon
and sit down on the curb to devour them.
When the men saw they were being
watched he aid Crowe threw down the
beer and reached to his hip pocket. Then
came the car wiih three Dans, Officers
Davis, Leahy and Baldwin, now dead. .
Hit by the First Shot.. '
The officer testified that as the car stopped
one officer slid off. Murphy was advanc
ing to get on the car at the time, but when
he saw the officer ahe paused to beckon
Crowe to stay back!- Then, said Jackson,
Crowe started to back away, at the same
time drawing his gun and shooting with
his right hand stretched across Ms breast
and with only his left side presented to
the policemen. Jackson su.ld Crows firsU
stiot hit him In the light. thigH. burtlutt
he worked his own guit until compelled to.
alt down. He said Crowe urew first and"
fired first, also that ha must have fired
a dosen shots.
Tho state contends Crowe had two guns,
and used the second otter exhausting the
loads in the first. Jackson said the man
who shot him -backed off down a cinder
path with depressions on either side and
he disappeared into one of these . low
places. He said all four policemen were
shooting, to tho best of his recollection.
At the afternoon session Mr. Englixh
cross-examined Officer Jackson? He brought
nut that the witness has examined the
lights at Sixteenth and Hickory since the
shooting to post himself, also that he had
never seen Crowe to know him before the
night of Juno 8. s
Witness said the reason he made no at
tempt to arrest Crowe at Sixteenth and
Leavenworth or at Sixteenth and William,
or while he was sitting on the curb, was
because he (Jackson) was under Instruc
tions not to make the attempt ujitU he had
sent for reinforcements. lie denied certain
assertion attributed to him In an alleged
interview in the News.
Officer Jackson said when the pther three
policemen arrived on the car and got off
none had his gun out . ready for action.
About the position of his own gun when
the suspected man started to shoot, witness
"I might have started to get mine out, but
he began to shoot before I did."
When Mr. English asked if two or three
(Continued on Second Page.)
Corporations Insists on holding
every big corporation responsi
ble and accountable to the gov
ernment to Insure healthy so
cial and industrial life.
Criminal Laws Asks revision of
criminal law of United States. '
Currency Element of elasticity is
necessary, in our monetary sys
tem by provision Insuring larger
volume, of money during fall
and winter montha. -
Kcononty Unnecessary offices
should be abolished, but. growth
ot the nation makes Inevitable
and legitimate Increase in the
number of officials.
Employers' Liability Renews
recommendation for a wise law
applicable to District of Colum
bia and all industries within
Food Adulteration Recommends .
law to regulate interstate . com
merce in misbranded and adul
terated food, drinks and drugs.
Gambling Asks congress to for
bid licensing of gambling la ter
ritories. Hague Conference Outlines part
taken by United Statea in invit
ing the powers, to join in an
other peace conference and re
views peace negotiations be
tween Russia and Japan.
Hawaii Asks immediate steps for
the fortification of Hawaii and
precautions against creation ot
special classes la those islands.
Pith pi President Roosevelt's Message to Congress
PERKINS HEADS C H. & D.
Riaw that Merias latereats Ars ta
Itrlag galta Agalaat Faraner
OdkM at Read.
NEW TOKK, Deci 6. -George W. Perkins
was today elected chairman of the Per
Marquette railroad His election to the
same office In the Cincinnati. Hamilton
Dayton makes Mm ths executive head of
the two properties. There have been no
changes In the boards of these roads. Mor
gan Interests declined today to confirm or
deny the report that suits are to be started
against the former owners of these proper
ties. Mt. Perkins was hi conference late In
the afternoon with H. B. Holllns. who
bought the Cincinnati, Hamilton Dayton
and Pere Marquette rvads for J. P. Morgan
& Co., and with Rrs.n Harding, who was
for a time Identified ' with the Erie road.
No details concerning the conference were
CINC1NNATL Dec. I Receiver Harmon
and General Brownell. vice president of the
Erie and of ths Cincinnati, Hamilton
Dayton also, held a long conference today
relative to the condition of the property.
After the- conference Mr: Brownell said:
"I wish 16 say that the Eie Is no longer
a factor In. the affairs of the Cincinnati,
Hamilton a) Dayton and Is not in control
In any manner whatsoever. I wish you
would make that plain. I am here In con
sultation with Judge Harmon solely as vice
president of the Cincinnati.. Hamilton A
Dayton. The fact that I am also a vice
president of the Kriels no longer of any
GRISCOM AND -WRIGHT HOME
Mlalater to Japaa tad Ooreraar ef
PhlHaplaes , .-., 9 lalted
" States fer Brief Visit.
SAN FRANCISCO Dec. 5. Minister
Griscom. America's dlpjomutlc representa
tive at Toklo, who arrived here today on
the Manchuria, confirmed the .report that
Admiral Togo proposes to visit foreign
waters. He suys that the admiral Informed
him of his Intention to take a Japanese
fleet to England and the United States next
year. Admiral Togo proposes to go by
way of the Sues cunul, but Is undecided
as to what route he will take In returning
Minister Griscom, who is accompanied by
his wife and her mother;, said that his
trip was taken purely for pleasure, as he
had not been home for three years. He
will go direct to New Tork and then ex
pects to return to Toklo after his vacation.
General Luke E. Wright, governor of the
Philippine, who also came over on the
Manchuria, suld that the primary object
of his visit was to be preseni m Washing
ton when the bids for the construction of
railroads in the islands were opened. Con
ditions In the Philippines were never more
hopeful than at present. There were prac
tically no disturbances and ths great mass
of the people wore prosperous and con
tented. MRS. BERRY STILL IN CAR
Iasaae Wosaan Talks Mare Ration
ally, hat Keeps Rw-.liFr .
Ready 'erjfcrtiep., . .
GIRARD, Kan., Do. S--At a late hour
tonight Mrs. Ina Berry of Spokane, Wash.,
was still In possession of the passenger
coach In which she has been besieged since
last Friday," when she assumed possession
of It with armed violence. Mrs.. Beer has
been more rational today than at any other
time, since her voluntary Imprisonment in
the car. Several persons entered tho car
and conversed with her. and her. manner
was mild, giving' no evidence of her . in
tention to' harm anyone, except that she
always held her pistol and discouraged
any attempt to take her by surprise. The
woman was offered food, but she refused
to eat It. -
SENATOR ACCUSED OF MURDER
talcs go Member ef Illinois eaisla.
tare Charged with Kllllas;
Connty Commissioner. .
t . tm
CHICAGO, Dec. 6. State Senator . Frank
C. Farnum. a leading local politician, was
arrested this evening In connection with an
Investigation following the murder of John
V". Kopf, county commissioner, during a 'po
Farnum was booked on a charge of mur
der. It was stated tonight that other ar
rests of prominent local politicians will be
made In the near -future. ,
George C. Roberts, an election clerk in
the district where- the stabbing of Kopf
occurred and who Is accused of committing
the murder, was arrested immediately after
Hours of Railroad--Employes-Calls
attention to .necessity of
legislative limitations on exces
sive hours of labor on railroads.
Immigration Restrictions should
retit upon the character of the
. Immigrant, without regard to
religion or race, by inspection
of would-be Immigrants at ports
of embarkation. , t
Indians Perplexing problems ot
Indian citizenship and need for
more Indian schools . and field
matron service for Indian
Injunctions Opposes depriving
the courts of injunction pow
ers, but recommends regulation
of procedure to prevent ex
parte action. '
: Insular Affairs Urges more lib
eral treatment of the Question
of franchises in our island pos
sessions with a view to develop
ing resources more quickly.
Insurance Recommends careful
consideration whether Bureau
of Corporations cannot be ex
tended to govern Interstate
transactions in insurance,
both fraternal and benevolent
societies, as well as old line.
Jaiuetttown Centennial Com
mends favorable' consideration
tor further assistance.
Labor Problems Urges national
capital be made a model. city in
all respects as regards parks,
play grounds, sanitary dwell
ings, education, truancy, chari
ties and factory regulations.
For o Fuller Tex! of the Message Se
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Engineer'! Report on the Harden Bnilding
Cent to CommU.ee.
CHANGES IN SOME DETAILS SUGGESTED
Floor Teat Partly Satisfactory and a
Farther Experiment Proposed ta
Determine Exactly Its Ab.
- The board of engineers appointed by the
city council to inspect the Hayden Bros."
building now under course of construction
and to determine whether It Is safe and
w(l! be safe when it Is completed filed Its
report with the council Tuesday night.
The report tells In detail of the Investi
gation of the board and It concludes by
recommending several changes In the pres
ent structure. The board found" that the
load upon the foundation of the columns
had not been equally distributed and these
should be strengthened; It condemns the
use of cast Iron columns In a ten-story
building; It recommends that a further
test be made of another panel of the floors
not tested by the engineers and suggests j
the plan by which tjie tests should be
maae;. tne Doara touna tne noor oeams
and connections are amply strong to carry
the load Intended for them to carry: the
steel colun.ns were found to be designed
to carry the weight to which they will
be subjected; the board recommended that
ample wind bracing should be provided for
the entire building before stories are added
above the fourth story. (
Copy Seat to Haydea Bros.
The report la signed by all three members
of the board. City Engineer Rosewater,
O. V. P. Stout, piyfessor of civil engineer
ing at the State university, and T. L. Con
dron, consulting engineer, of Chicago. A
copy of the report in accordance with the
council resolution - was sent to Hayden
Bros, and Is now under consideration by
them. The report was referred to the
committee on lire, water and police.
After the council meeting Building In
spector Wlthnell said: "I consider tho
report has many good points In It, but I
have nothing to say Just at this time about
it or what action . I shall take in regard
to the building."
Details of Floor Teats.
The. report states that the plans of the
building call for a ten-story structure, of
which four stories have been erected. The
Investigation covered the structure as now
completed and as It will be when t the en
tire ten stories are built. The floors of
the building are of a type known ar the
"Rapp system," the report said, and after
going Into the details of the construction
It said a test was made of ono of the fin
ished arches. A load of 2,000 pounds was
placed on an area of 8x8 feet over the
middle section of one panel. Considering
this load as carried by a width of ten fevt
to the arch It Is equivalent to a uniform
distributed load of 240 pounds per square
foot of floor surface. This, together with
the dead weight of the floor, makes a total
load of 840 pounds per square foot or 50
per cent greater "'than specified loads for
the floors. Tlte dettoction ' under this test
load was We-qurfrter at an Inch. , ."
The hoard then TecernmemU that another
test be made or another section . of the
floor, which, under the plan, proposed for
the test, should have a deflection of not
to exceed three-eighths of an Inch after
the oad has been In position for twenty-
four hours. Should tno floors stand the
tests proposed y they should be considered
safe. In discussing the floors further the
The arches as designed may prove to be
sufficiently strong to carry the specified
loads it the supporting beams are firmly
held In position to resist the thrusts or the
arches. We. And that sufficient tie rods
have not been provided and we therefore
recommend, before approving these floors,
that in each, end panel of the floors snd
each end panel abutting upon openings
in the floor there shall be provided a total
net sectional area "of the rods of six and
one-half mum re inches of steel. In all
other panels we recommend that there
Shall lie provided a totl net sectional area
of tie rods of three and one-half square
Inches of steel. All tie rods to be of
structural steel having an ultimate tensile
strength per square Inch of section within
B.OfiO pounds of 60,000 pounds per square
Inch, snd en elongation In eight inches of
26 per cent. .
Foandatlon Conditions. v
Of the foundation the board reoorted
that the bearings on the soil under the
foundations of the Interior columns wss
2.1 tons per square loot for the four-story
building, which the board considers to be
safe, but the reinforced concrete .footings
under these columns are, in the opinion
of the board, not strong enough to dis
tribute the loads produced by tne four
atory building, and should therefore be
(Continued on Second Page.)
Life Saving Service Desirability
of giving members ot life saving
service pensions similar to fire
men and policemen in our cities.
Merchant Marine Asks earnest
consideration of the report of
Merchant Marine commission. ,
Mississippi Levees Want gov
ernment work extended.
Monroe Doctrine Monroe doc
trine is held up as one ot the
most effective instruments for
peace, to maintain which we
Naturalization Commission to
revise naturalization laws in tne
direction of greater stringency
Panama Canal Reviews canal
history; only unsettled point is
whether canal be sea level or
lock canal; on this point awaits
findings of advisory board of
Porto Rico Advocates American
cltiaenshlp for Porto Rlcans.
Prosperity Calls attention to the
great prosperity the people of
this country continue to enjoy
and emphasises the fact that
taken as a whole we must all
go up or down together.
Public Land Laws Calls atten
tion to unsatisfactory condition
of public land laws .with refer
ence to monopolizing public
lands, to the operation ot the
reclamation act and classifica
tion ot public grating lands, and
forest preservation. -
NEBRASKA WEATHER FORECAST
Fair Wednesday aad Tharaday.
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SHOOTS HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW
Lee Gerrlts, Colored, Killed
Leslie Allea Darlasr a
A colored man by the name of Lee Oer
rits, as nearly ss the name could be learned
In the excitement, was shot and almost
Instantly; killed last night at 10:20 o'clock.
The man who did the shooting was Leslie
Allen, also colored, who lives at Thirty
second and Jones streets. It was In Allen's
house that the shooting was done. Gerrlts
Is a brother of Allen's wife, and has been
living with the family since his arrival
from the south several weeks ago. It Is
said that Gerrlts was sitting In a chair
when the fatal shot was fired. Ths bullet
struck him Just above the heart, broke
one of his ribs, and It la thought was thus
deflected into the vital organ. Gerrlts
Jumped up and ran out into the yard,
where he fell, and died soon after. When
he was picked up he had a pocket knife
open In his hand, but It Is not known
whether he was trying to use the knife
before he was shot or whether he drew It
Dr. WormsleyVos called and carried the
man into the room In which he was shot,
where he died. AH the available men at
the Jail were sent to the scene, but arrived
too late to be of service to the dead man.
Allen, after the shooting, Immediately
ran away, starting toward the north side
of the city, and has not been located by
the police. He has relatives on Nicholas
street. He formerly worked at, the Murray
hotel, and since leaving there was a waiter
for Balduff. Since the coming of Gerrlts
there has been strife In tbe family. It Is
stated, and this discord broke Into a fatal
quarrel last night. Coroner Bralley took
charge, of the remains and It Is likely that
an Inquest will be held tomorrow.
FREIGHT RATES COME DOWN
Illinois Commission Orders a Ilorl
soatal Redaction of Twenty Per
, Cent Thronghoat State.
SPRINGFIELD, III., Dec. 5. Late this
afternoon the State Board of Railroad and
Warehouse Commissioners, after a confer
ence with Governor Deneen of three hours,
announced a reduction of 20 per cent from
existing freight rates now in effect tn Illi
nois. m The reduction is horizontal and ap
plies to all ten classes of freight and is
uniform all over the state. The reduction
Is made on application of the shippers' as
sociations of Decatur, and Springfield. The
Chicago Shippers' association and Mer
chants' association were on the petition at
first, but they were granted the reductions
asked for and withdrew. When the decision
Was announced pbjecttons were made to the
reduction by Mr. Hamblln' for the Chicago,
Burlington t- Qulncy railroad and' Mr. Mo
Knight for the Wabash.
CONSUL' GENERAL KILLED
James R.- Parsons Strnek by an
Electric Car In the City of
MEXICO CITY, Dec. 5. American Con
sul General Parsons was killed by an elec
tric car shortly after 9 o'clock tonight.
WASHINGTON. Dee. B.-Jamcs. R. Par
sons, Jr., the American consul at Mexico
City, who was killed at that capital to
night, was appointed consul general .there
April 19, 1904. He was from New York.
Mr. Parson had formely served as consul
at Aix la, Chapelle. having been appointed
to that office In 1WS and continued until
June 1. 1S90.
Movements ef Oeeaa Vessels Dee. 5.
At Now YorkArrived: ' Helligolav, from
Copenhagen: Nord American, from Genoa;
Neekar. from Naples. Sailed: Germania,
for Marseilles: Krederlch der Grosse, for
Bremen; Fuerst Bismarck, for Genoa.
At Liverpool Arrived: Kensington, from
Montreal via. Halifax. Sailed: Siberian,
for Boston; Ivernla, for Boston; Luke
Erie, for St. Johns, N. B.
At Havre Sailed: Bordeaux, for New
At Boulogne Sailed: Pretoria, for New
At Qtieenstown Arrived: Marlon from
Philadelphia; Oceanic, from New York.
At Glasgow Arrived: Nimildlan, from
Philadelphia. Sailed: Corinthian, for Hall
lax. Pensions Praises work of pen
sion bureau and suggests na
tion care for confederate graves,
Philippines Philippine situation
reviewed with various recom
mendations. Railroads Repeats recommenda
tion for rate regulating power
in Interstate Commerce commis
sion; the maximum or minimum
rate fixed by the commission
after hearing it to go into effect
at once subject to review by the
courts; private car lines, indus
trial roads, refrigerating and
- elevating chargea to be likewise
put under public supervision.
Revenues Stability rather thin
idea) of perfection needed in
raising revenue; admonishes
that last year's deficit requires
expenditures be kept within rev
enues or revenue laws read
justed. Safety Appliances Recommends
legislation- requiring use of
block signals on all railroads
and government inspection serv
ice to give effective enforcement.
Santo Domlugo Entire- situation
reviewed critically and our obli
gation under treaty to help
, straighten finances explained.
Smoke Nuisance Asks help in
abating smoke nuisance in the
District of .Columbia by more
Bute Department Asks more
adequate financial provision tor
work ot State department, both
at home and abroad.
Statehood Recommends admis
sion of -two new states one
composed of Indian Territory
and Oklahoma, and another of
New Mexico and Arizona.
MESSAGE IS READ
Vembsn of Both HousssLUtsa AttwUlvelj
to Fresidett't Cresting.
DOCUMENT RECEIVES 'GREAT APPLAUSE
Galltries Are Crowded Enrlar, ths Two and
a Half Boars of ths Ksading.
PANAMA CANAL Bill' COMES UP TODAY
Mr. Williams Objeota to Immediate Consid
eration of ths Appropriation.
PROTEST ' AGAINST AN ILLINOIS MAN
Stnteaaeat that Aataeas- Mlefcalefc at
" the Fifth District Is Nat a Clt
lsen ef the I'alted
WASHINGTON, Dec, a, President
Roosevelt's message to congress received
the attenthm of the house for two and a
half hours today. Its reading was listened
to with marked attention and at Its con
clusion the document was applauded. Pre
liminary steps were taken toward appro
priating the needed emergency funds for
the Panama canal, and this matter will
be the business for tomorrow. 'Should
unanimous consent be refused for Its con
sideration, a special rule from ths com
mittee on rules will be available, which
will put the bill on its passags after a
limited period for discussion.
The house received and ordered referred
to one of the regular election committees
a protest from the Ttfth Congressional .
district of Illinois stating that Anthony
Mlchalek. who was yesterday sworn In as
a member of tbe house from that district,
Is not a citizen of the United States. The
protest was presented by Mr. Ralncy of
that state, who asked for consideration of
me mailer Dy a special committee, nun
point was the only one contested, It being
suggested by Mr. Mann that It was a mat
ter for the proper elections committee to
consider, and his amendment to the effect
was adopted on a yea and nay vote.
Upon motion of Mr. Goldfogle of New
York a resolution was read expressing the '
sympathy of the American people for the
distressed Russian Jews. Ths resolution
was ordered printed In the Record and
referred to the committee on foreign af- .
Galleries Are Crowded.
'Whenithe houne met af noon today there
wss a full attendance of members present
and the galleries were comfortably filled
In anticipation of the reading of the mes
sage of President Roosevelt.
Representatives Humphreys - (Miss.) -.and
Claud Kitchen (N. C) presented them
selves and took the oath of office. '
Mr. Cleary (MInn. reported as chair
man of the Joint committee that Presi
dent Roosevelt ' had been notified of the
convening, of congress. i
message the house sfler the reading of
the journal took a recess for, tea minutes.. ?
The reading of the message was preceded
by the swearing, in ot Senator Brandegoe -
ot Connecticut and the retirement ot Sen
ator FroctorTrom the committee on mili
.The reading of the measure consumed
two and a half hours' time and at Its con
clusion the senate at 2:60 p. m. adjourned
as a mark ot respect to the memory of
the late Hon. Benjamin F. Marsh, member
of the house from Illinois.
The reading of the message was finished
at S o'clock. It was received with ap-.
plause and on motion of Mr. Payne (N. Y.)
the message was ordered printed..
A resolution expressing the sympathy ef
the American people for the suffering Jews
In Russia was read by unanimous consent,
asked by Mr. Goldfogle (N. Y.) and re
ferred to the committee on foreign af
fairs. The resolution follows:
Be It Resolved, bv the house of represen
ts lives of the Cnlted States of America.
That the members of "this houss learned
with profound sorrow and feeling akin to
horror of the persecution and masaacrq ef
the Jews in Russia. The American people,
ever animated by the spirit of justice and
humanity, and strongly Imbued with the
recognition of the brotherhood of man,
which is the crowning glory of our civilisa
tion, stand aghast at the base Intolerance
of brutallsed men, who, without provoca
tion, have, In this ago ot enlightenment.
committed unspeakable atrocities and
crimes against life and property that out
rage every human feeling, evoke our con
demnation and shame the Civilisation of
the world. The American people have been
deeply stirred with pity for the unfortunate
sufferers who have been plunged Into a
grief thnt beggars description and tender
them the expreoslons of their heartfelt
svmpathy. Be It further
Resolved. That the president of ths United
States Is hereby resjiectf ully requested. If
he finds it not Incompatible with the Dublin
Interests, to use his good and friendly
offices with the Iluenlan government, as the
traditional and unbroken friendship be
tween the two nations may justify, and
secure such action by the Russian govern
ment -as may tend to prevent the recur
rence of such outrsges In the future.
Paaama Canal Bill.
Mr. Hepburn (Ia.) was recognised to ask
unanimous consent for the consideration to
morrow of the bill making an appropriation
of 16.600,000 for work on the Panama, canal.
Upon the statement of Mr. Williams (Miss.)
that 'he would object today, but might not
tomorrow. It was agreed that the request
should be made tomorrow.
I'pon the announcement of ths death of
John M. Plnckney, late member' of Texas,
by Mr. Btevens of that state, the house
adopted resolutions to his memory and ad
journed at I 'o'clock as a furthervmsrk of
Ia the Senate.
The senate was In session for almost three
hours today and gave practically all of its
time to listening to the reading of the
president's annual massage. There was a
large attendance of senators and ths gal
leries were well ' filled, most ot ths time
with representatives of ths general public.
The document- received close attention from
both classes, many senators following ths
reading throughout with printed copies In
There was an exceptionally large at
tendance of senators and most ot them
followed closely the reading ot the mes
sage by Secretary Bennett and bis as
sistants. ' 4
. The reading of President Roosevelt's mes,-
it having been delivered at that time by
OOr. 0BfUCi BBBIBIUIII KVICMIf .V i' I "
dent. Printed copies of. the messsgs were
at once distributed to members and the
reading was followed with attentive Inter
Senator flay Better.
WASHINGTON. Dec. . Senator Clay of
Georgia, who on Sunday last was taken
seriously ill with an attack Of scut Indi
gestion Is reported today te be be BtUn
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