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AGREEMENT IN SIGHT
Germany Reeards Success of Conference at
Aleeciras as Aunred.
POLICE QUESTION ALMOST SETTLED
Inspector to Be Appointed Who Shall Be
Woltk.. Aarman Wn Trench, i
Treaty to be for limiteo term-
Understanding; that the Kaiser Waives
None of His Rights.
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FRENCH PAPERS TAKE SKLPTICAL VltW
lleer Taken thai Inarrmiliiiia Of
foreil Arc of Donbtfnl
alnc and t annul He
Acer il ell.
port and there is every reason to suppose
BKRUX, March 7. Private conversations j that It will be passed. One after an
lietween the German mid French envoys at jollier of the Important political clubs repie
Algeclrax have brought them almost to i.nlsintliig thu vmioi's nationalities of Austria
agreement on the Moroccan mlice eotilro- I nave leeognlz'd the project as mipera- i office, where n Joint letter of lesigna-
versy so near, indeed., that the Foreign live for the country. The lauded mis- H,, was prepared. Uiter M. Rouvier pre
otflce her regards u satisfactory Issue of 1 tocracy. who lose KJver mid prestige ' m-med this letter to President Ftillieres, who
the conference as assured. Germany. It is
understood, accepts France and Spain as
having the officers best tilted for policing
Morocco and fYnnce accepts International ; speakers, halt ol then, in lavor of the
control in principle, undertaking to supply measure and half against It. have an
adequate ruui unices that the police shall ; nounced their intention uf rnguging in the
i.ol be national in characior. 1 diacussloii. F.aeh p.irty Is desirous of pro
file specific form of these guaranty i
rmalna unsettled and coiilinui s to be tiunalily at the exis nse of otln r natiou
th subject for discussion. It is likely that ulities. t la generally believed that the
an international Inspectorship will be ', discussion will end In mutual compromises.
created, consisting of a single officer of;
repute from a power other than France.
Spain or Germany. Our detail which con
tinues to be discussed is the propriety of
the inspector being located in a neutralized
harbor. The minister of the powers will
also exercise general observation over the
French Project Dlatrlhntcil.
AIjQECJRAS. Spain. Murch 7-The
JYench pollen project was distributed late
this evening among the delegate to the
eonferrnce on Moroccan reforms. The
proposition which will be presented to the
conference tomorrow consists of rive para
graphs, the substance of which la as fol
lows: "Ths Moroccan yolii to be constituted
for threo years, composed of Moorish Mus
sulmans commanded by sixteen French and
Spanish officers and thirty-two noncom
missioned officers, The force to consist of
2,fl(M to 1509 men distributed ahong the
eight ports In bodies of from to sno.
The Btatu bank to advance funds for the
administration and for the payment of the
No mention is made of International su
srvlslon and the project therefore Is prac
tically the snms as was outlined in M.
Hi t (ill's declaration on Monday.
Conciliation In the Air.
The result. . of twmtyroWs sitting of the,
fonference Is awaited with the most In
tense Interest. Reports relative to the
probability of art agreement are circulated
on all sides. Conciliation certainly is in
the air and continued effort in that direc
tion are going on, but a tangible basis for a
possible arrangement cannot be learned.
The German delegates do not display any
outward sign ot making concessions, while
France's latest utterance la indisputably
opposed te further concessions. The neu
tral delegates are quite optimistic relative
to an arrangement of differences at the
last moment. The report that Austria will
present a project with the object of effect
ing an arrangement acceptable to both
France and Germany Is current, but Im
partial delegates are looking either to Ber
lin or Paris for signs of a compromise.
America as Will Sot Tot.
Should the conference proceed to a vote
on the rival schemes. It Is understood the
American delegates will abstain, not sven
offsrlng an opinion. This would leave the
delegates In the position to continue their
efforts to bring about an understanding.
Most of the delegates are coguliotit of
America's attitude and some, including the
Wench and British delegates, approve its
abstention, considering that any open ex
pression ' of partisanship woujit destroy Its
influence as a mediator. Others are In
clined to the belief that America's tnVlng
sides would influence a successful Issue of
Treaty tor IJailted Term.
ST. PETI0R8BL RG. Murch I.-Russia s
proposed modification of the police ques
tion at Algeclras, which France -is under
stood to be ready to accept and which re
ports also say I acceptable to Germany s
representative at the Moroccan confer
ence, subject to the approval of the au
thorities at Berlin, limits the police ar
rangement to two or five years. During
this tlmo the French and Spanish poflce
should make periodical reports to the dip
lomatic representative of the p..-rs at
Tangier, Germany In the meantime re
serving Us rights In order that should the
arrangement prove unsatisfactory It can
demand a revision at the expiration of the
life of the agreement.
France Kat So Mure.
PARIS. March T. The Foreign office' says
it Is unable to confirm, the announcement
from Berlin that Germany is about to
yield at Algeclras by conceding French
' and Spanish officers for the Moroccan po
lice. However, unofficial reports strongly
indicate that Germany 1 disposed to make
concessions, having the effect of settling
the Franco-German controversy. One Ber
lin report says that Germany will concede
the policing of one Morocco port by the
French, the other purls remaining under
International police. The Foreign office
her specifically repudiates this report,
saying that the concession of a single
port would not be accepted if proposed.
Another report received here from Berlin
says that Germany will concede the police
to France and Spain if they will agree to
the appointment of an Inspector general
from a neutral power. The officials here
that the latter condition is unac
ceptable. T"hey point out that a mandate
to French and Spanish officers would not
lie effective if a neutral general were
placed ovir them, as the general would
counteract the French and Spanish author
ity. While the Foreign office thus sees some
difficulties regaining. It is evident that the
pacific overtures from Berlin diminish the
gravity of the crisis and opens the war
tii a possible solution in which Germany
will concede the police and France will
cvnuwde the bank.
The availing papers are ekeptlcal Un
lb sub-ct of Berlin s concessions.
The Uuerte publist.ea an alleged authori
tative statement that the German jro-
posals sr not acceptable, as they are con
ditioned upon the French officers being
under foreign supervision, and declares
Finoa La sold lis last word uu lbs pulive
FRANCHISE BILL IN AUSTRIA
Loner House RnUa Discussion
- 'nvt PBmml Wenanre for I ni-
5..'A. March 7. The (i eminent 'a
" I whin, provi.i.,. r.,r g. nrrai.
1 direct suffrage for Austria, and ;
as Introduced on February 2P. by
1 m . Gaull-h vnn rruiilft-nrhiirii
8 1 , on first reading in the lower hull!"
S unn-iil today. Count Arthur By-
T, .T 'I'll. minister of th- Interior. said !
! t :. bough tin. people of a universal I
al franchise met Willi no npposl- 1
tl Inst the majority ot tin.' mrllcs, the !
IMi.j.Ti necessitated a rearrangement or sky the Rouvier ministry was defeated in
onstiliiemics ami lodlstiibulion of seats. . tip, chamlr f Deputies tonight and Im
Thf constituencies, h.- said, would be re- mediately resigned. The cabinet crisis
arrungeu ir as possible on the pnn- .
llpl'' "f ,'0""1',,"' i,,ul according na-
tlorHlltlea and in order to protect national :
ownership no province would be allotted
irwei seats mull lilllicrlo.
This bill is regarded n the most im
portant measure for Austria presented to
I the house In Ihe past gei.ei atlon. At first
I it encountered much hostile criticism, but
it lias now won almost universal sup-
through the project, naturally oppose It.
but they will be discussed cin-rK lically I
"id at u great li-rmlh. No fewer limn
tectliiK Its Interests utid lliose of its na
ihe lower house will be dissolved during
the summer and the next house will be
elected under the new suffrane law.
AMERICAN WOMAN IS DEAD
wf l:t hel A. Brown la Found
la the Heine Near
PARIS. Murch 7. The prefecture of po
lice has requested the American uuthori-
tie to assist in unraveling the mysterious i
death of Ethel A. Brown, believed to lw" comoiniu.on 01 opposition mnuences.
an American, whose body was found re- Tl" v"1'' m,,re "M' ""!vo of personal
cently In the river Seine. A bout man dls-
envere.1 the bo.lv H , t...e t Iw. sol.o.l.
of fbarenton. it u,.i.r...i to t.e .ht of "n.
wumaii of means and was elegantly dressed.
The underclothes were embroidered with
the name "Ethel A. Brown." On the banc's
were two gold rings; she wore pearl eai -rinrrs,
a gold lorgnette was suspended
from a chain around her neck and she
had kid gloves on her hands. No money
and no papers was found on the body and
there was a deep wound live inches long
across the scalp. The police are unable to
decide whether the wound was thn result
of an accident or of an intentlonnl blow.
The body apparently hod been in tho watur
Thn first due . to the . Identity of the
woman was the following entry made in
1!0 0.1 the police records of foreigners
Kthel Brown. American, born at Fayette
vllle. November 21. IS72;' father. John:
mother. Sally Geachy."
The entry indicates that the maiden name
of the deceased was Ethel Geachy. The
mime of the state from which she came
was not given.
The body remains at the morgue.
The French and American officials are ..o
opcrating with the police in un endeavor
to establish the Identity of the woman.
ATLANTA, Ga., March 7.-.Miss Ethel A.
Brown, mentioned as having been found
dead in the river Seine, is believed to have
been formerly a reldent of Fayettevllle,
Ga. The Geachy family is well known.
REYES' ASSAILANTS SHOT
Men Who Attempted to Kill President
of Colombia Kirrslrd at
BOGOTA, Columbia, Tuesduy. March 6.
The three men who, on February la, at
tempted to assasslnute General Reyes, the
president of the republic of Colombia, were
shot today at thu spot where the attack
l Mik place. Complete calm prevails
throughout the republic.
President Reyes was shot at by three
mounted men as he was out driving with
his daughter. Eight revolver shots were
fired, live of which struck the carriage, but
the president and bis daughter escaped
uninjured. The scene of the attempted as
sassination was pear the Arsoblspo bridge,
in the suburbs of llogola.
It wus erroneously announced February
24 that the execution of the would-be as
suasins had already taken place.
TRANSPORT INGALLS FLOATED i
I'lilllppiur raacl on Reef Off Island
of l.miu for Three
MANILA. .March 7. The
transport Ingalls has been re-flouted and Is
The Ingall went ashore on March I
last on Rapo Rapo reef off the southern
coast of the island of i.nzon. It had on
board at the time a battalion of the Twen
tieth infantry en route to Manila fur trans
fer to the trunsport Sheridan about to sail
for the I'nlled Slates. All of the pas
sengers and crew of the Ingalls were
rescued by a coast guard cutter.
Princess Kna haaaea Faith.
SAN SEBASTIAN. Spain. March 7.-The
Impressive ceremony of the conversion of
the Princess Ena of Battenberg to the Ro
man Catholic church prior to her marrying
King Alfonso took place today In the
chapel of the palace nt M Ira mar. The
Right Rev. Robert Brindle. Roman Catholic
bishop of Nottingham. Eng., officiated.
Premier Moret and ihe duke of Alba were
witnesses fur the princes. The members
of the royal party were deeply moved.
The Princess Huntrice, Princess Henry of
Battenberg. .. other of the Princess Ena,
and Princess Ena were in tears.
a Alliance with spala.
LONDON. March 7. "Interesting, but in.,
true." Is Ihe British Foreign office s com
ment on a story published in Paris to the
effect list a formal political alliance be
tween Great Britain and Spain will
promptly follow King Alfonso a marriage
t Princes Kna.
krriiaa taulaet Heslaas.
BELGRADE. March 7. The Stojaiiuvitci.
cabinet has tendered its resignation to the
king, giving as the reason for so doing
thai the ministers cannot accept Austria's
propusais for the consolidation of a polJU-
I ci-9uifficrcll Mreewuii Willi tiUrvla,
ROCVIER CABINET RESIGNS
French Ministry Defeated on Minor Resolu
tion Over Church Disorder.
CRISIS COMES AT INOPPORTUNE TIME
Channee la lioTframfnl May F.sert
Important tdvrnr Influence
PARIS. Murch 7. Like a bolt from a clear
come!, at a most dramatic moment, when
tl.e Fi anco-Oermuii contest has reached
a ,i(.c.;siv(. stugi-.'.w and may exert un im-
p()rtHnt diverse lntluei.ee on the Algeclras
conference and on Kuronean nfr.irs The
defeat came on a comparatively minor
debate over the church disorders. The gov
ernment succeeded in holding only 2.M votes,
while the various elements In opposition
clericals, socialists and nationalists united
nuil iiolh-d 2t7 votes, thus placing the
ministry In a minority of thirty-three.
Premier Houvlr. with all of hut col
leagues, immeiliMtely proceeded to the For-
.uc. pted the resignations. The president j
,uin unced his intention of consulting the
pi-esideul of the. Senate and .'hambr of
iicputlcs tomorrow on the formation of a
new 1 abint.
Debate on It lot In t'lilna.
The debate In the Chamber of Deputies
i was1 upon the bloody riot yesterday during ;
ihe taking or an inventory of a church it.
the village of Hooschcpc, resulting in the
death of .t ninnlfestant.
Various orators severely criticised the
government's course, asserting that ll
threatened to precipitate a religious war
Premier Rouvier responded: " The govern-
' OI..HI liu, thu ,lnU- t.. unn.v t.in li VL' It
Vill apply it without weakness, but also
with the prudence, tact and wisdom con
sistent with public tranquillity. 1 ask the
adoption of a resolution approving th"se
declarations of the government "
The resolution wss thereupon put to a
,u"? H,,,, " "ao. . uc lesuu a one .0
"''""" ' ,.,"-
" church inventories.
iuvlng returned fro... presenting to Pres-
ldent Fullieres the resignation of the min
istry M. Rouvier, was surrounded in the
lobbies of the Chamber of Deputies by
groups of members who expressed their
regret at his abandonment of office. M.
Rouvier displayed not the slightest emo-
t on. Replying; to one of his followers he
, . . . . , . 1
remarked: t regard it as a point of .
honor to fulfill the tusk I had undertaken.
The chamber's vote has relieved me of a
burden the weight of which had heg.ni to !
nuike Itself felt."
The meeting of the members of the cab- j
lnet at 1h Foreign office last-rt half no
h..,r irt.. ,.huin. ,-i. miti, rf
erence to church inventories it was d-
cldiHl to suspend operations In that regard 1
until a new cabinet lias been appointed.
The decision result"d from a disparity of
the opinions expressed In the Chamber of
Deputies relative to the niethisl of carry
ing out the law providing for the separation
of church and state. Had the chamber
voted a motion of confidence in the govern
ment the cal-'nci would have been com
pelled to con'inue to apply the law, but
the downfall of the ministiy having clearly
occurred thn. ugh disapproval of the meth
ods hitherto aifbpted, which on the one side
were considered as too violent and on the
other side as too indulgent. M. Houvier and
Ids colleagues thought It better to dis
continue the enforcement of the law. The
promulgation of regulations, however, will
occur In the ordinary course, as specific
dates therefor are laid down in the bill.
Will Affect Morocco Settlement.
Prior to the uabluet crisis the Franco
OiTinan controversy over Moroccan control
seemed to be In the balance with the In
clination strongly toward an ngreement.
All depended upon Berlin's lust word. If
this was a frank concession of a Franco
Spanlsch police without, impossible condi
tions, then agreement was assured, but if
the conditions Involved further concessions
France, whone pride was already much
aroused, was preared to reject It. The
Forele-n office today stated the situation as
The Germun concession has not lieen
communicated to us and we are therefore)
I unable detlnlt. ly to slate what action may
iinatue in-rnn. ly 10 s.aie wnat action may
lie taken th'-reen. One thing, however.
can be staled with absolute postiveuess,
namely: "If the German concession 01. the
loli"e question is conditioned upon Internu
llot'Ml supervision It will not be accepted. "
This statement preceded the cabinet
crisis. After that event no one was able to
indicate the course of the government.
It Is generally believed that M. Rouvier,
until his successor 1 appointed, will con
tinue to carry on the same policy a hith
erto adopted, which has received the ap
proval of the Chaiulier of lcputle8 on ev-
I erul occasion?. The instruct ions already
I given to M. Revoll remain valid, as it Is
""' " i-.i- t.:
mil lea 10 .nieriere, wun r ranee s tore.gn
policy and M. Rouvier desires to leave
the future foreign minister entire liberty of
action should complications arise at Alge
clras. Ministry Formed Fonr Months Alo.
The cabinet of M. Rouvier was formed No
vember 12, 19i5, when M. Loubet was presi
dent of the republic. When M. Fallieres
was Inaugurated last month the cabinet
formally tendered lis resignation, but at
the request of the new president it re
mained in office, ll is constituted as fol
lows: Premier and foreign minister M. Rouvier:
minister of the interior. M. Dublef ; min
ister of war. M. Etlletine; minister of ma
rine. M. Thomson: minister of commerce,
M. Trouillott; minister of finance. M. Mer
low; minister of Justice, M. Chaumle; min
ister of the colonies, M. Clementel; minis
ter of public works. Armant Gauthier; min
ister of public Instruction. Btenvenue Mar
tin; minister of agriculture. M. Ruau.
LAKE GEORGE SPECIAL WRECK
YoaasT Woman KJIIeol mmd Several
Persona Badly Injared la
Rear F.nd Collision. .
SARATOGA. X. Y March 7 A rear end
collision on the Delaware A Hudson rail
road here today resulted in one death and
severe injuries to several passengers who
were on the train known ai the Lake
George special. Miss E-nniond. aged bS years,
of Guusevoort was instantly killed. Her
mother, Mrs. Charles Esmond, received In
juries that are likely to prove fatal. Frank
Sindecua of Buffalo, a traveling saleatnun,
suffered the loss of a k-g Frank Cardes of
Albany was Injured internally. Nelson M.
Varney of Sandy Hill had Ms right hand
and arm crushed and received Internal
SEEDS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN
Senator fiamble seenrea (iaantltjr for
Bralr (oanlr, Sonth
i From a Staff Correspondent. 1
WASHINGTON. March 7. (Special Tele
gram.) Senator Gitmble has succeeded In
securing enough seed to supply ail chil
dren In the common schools of Hrule
county. South Dakota. The superintendent.
Myrtle H. Farmer, has been most active In
Interesting the children In that county
along the lines of practical husbandry and
she has deTeloed i warm friend In Sena
tor Gamble, who has Interested the Aarrt
cuyural department In the work. It is
planned to hold a school fair In the fall
and put in competition the products of the
seeds that have been se.nt
Senator (tumble haa arranged with the
(bureau of public road, connected with the
Agricultural department, to build a sam
ple mile of road at Brookings. S. 1).. dur
ing the coming summer. Mr. Gamble hopes
by reason of this demonstration in good
road building to create a department of
good roads In the suie government.
Senator Millard today received a petition
from the merchants of Cbadror. protesting
ngalnst the consolidation of third and
fourth class sistal matter.
Representative llaugeit of Iowa today
made a speech against the parcels posts.
The secretary of the Interior has executed
a contract with the Western Portland
t'rnient romtiuiiv of Yunktnn. S. O.. for
fUrnB,MU; 30.1100 Ixirrels of Portland cement
for the Helle Fourche Irrigation project nt
its bid of 42. 4 per barrel f. o. b. cars at
Clinton Thompson has been appointed a
topographic draftsman in the reclamation
service and assign.d to duty at Mitchell.
Wilber II. Fisher, engineering aid of the
reclamation service, haa been assigned to
duty ul Cody, Wyo.
The application of Edward M. Boyd of
Auburn, Franx Moerer, Paul Walkenhorsl,
Herman Holtgrewe and Hubert C. Boyd to
organize the First National bank of John
son, Neb., with iLn.'HRI capital, lias been
approved by the comptroller of the cur
rency. Charley N. Bard has been appointed reg
ular and Douglas Bard substitute rural car
riers for route 1 and 2 at Wolsey. S. D.
Complete rural free delivery service has
been ordered established May 1 in Louisa
county: Iowa, making the total number of
SMOKE BRINGS DEEP GLOOM
jf'lty of ChlcaKO Pinnated lit Darkness
of Maht for Hoars
ClfiCAGO, March ".For a number of
hours today Chicago was covered with a
I null nf imitlil i&htMl Ollltli'il with henw
, . ' ' , . . ..
clouds made the day as dark as night. At
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I...-.." ... -
and offices in the business section were
litrlitAi! tiki tViftv m nt ll ii'i-lnfk fin a. iliiv :
. , ', , . '
! """""" '
r Street rnrfl run with their hearilloiila I
! burning and all lights turned tin. At times 1
... lmDolwible. to - haif.square
aifm,MhB Hlrrvl and thr"Vg down-l'm .
81mB ln "lrfl ,m oow " mVT ' 1
buildings were uiscernime , oniy necaus
of , lnat nI1,.d ,i.m. Th, ,Iarlt.
th raUR(, of ,,.), trouhie alui
delay in Ihe streets and collisions weic
The darkness brought business In the
stock yards to a complete standstill for a
time. About 10 o'clock it became so dark
that cattlemen were unaoe .0 oisuriguisn . pHll,., .esulled today in several confer
thelr stock from that owned by others ; n,.s between officials of the New York
and great contusion was creaiea. 1 ne s.i-
nation finally grew so bnd that buyers and
employes or the various packing houses
who work outside were compelled to
abandon ineir enoris 10 nera ine siock un-1
til the unnatural night should pass away.
I Prof. Cox of the weather bureau said the
1 .In ! ..OA In hflxe T r 1 nil ton lnv
iiniBiuno " " ..... - - ...... ,
l,.rt. un .n.oke which the absence of
wind had allowed to gather thickly In the
Clear weather Is forecasted for tomor-
ST. I.OCIS. March 7. A dense pall of
smoke began settling over St. Louis. this
morning, gradually growing in density h
the day progressed until at 11:30 o'clock
the darkness of night prevailed. Business
houses and residences were lighted, street
lights were turned on, street cars used
their electric lamps and day was turned
Into night. At that hour It was Just as
dark as It is at 11:30 o'clock at night.
The darkness continued for half an hour.
At noon the light began slowly returning
ss the smoke psll diminished.
ROBERTSON 0N THE STAND
Special turn) of Rnrrau of Corpora
tions Continues Testimony in
CHICAGO. March 7. Special Agent T. M.
ltobertson of the bureau of corporations
occupied the stand in the packers' case
The witness first testified regarding a
conversation between himself, J. Ogden
Armour and Arthur Meeker, general super
intendent for Armour A Co. The witness
asked for a financial statement of the
profits and information concerning the
private car lines. He was told, he said,
that Armour & Co. was a "family com
pany," and a corporation merely for con
venience. "I was told by Mr. Armour," he" said,
"that this class of information was none
of the government's business; that the
private car lines were not matters of con
troversy with the government. He said
at a later time that he had regretted that
I reported to the government that he had
said that the private car lines were none
of its business and he wished to with
draw the statement, meaning no disrespect
to the government. I reported that to the
government also Mr. Armour said that
he must respectfully decline to furnish
the information I wanted. He also said
that he did not believe the government
would go to the extent of exercising its
compulsory powers. I was allowed to
examine some of the scrounts and take
some of the figures from the books. I
was also told that I might take some of
the figures on salaries paid to some of
Special Agent Robertson was on the
stand until adiournmeut and will resume
his testimonylomorruw. There were no de
velopmbents during the examination today.
MISS ANTHONY MAY RECOVER
Phaieiaaa Say Patient Passes Hesl.
Ilun Is Improved.
' phi and that she wus taken to a room t COLI'MBl'S. O., March 7 The Semite
KoCH ESTER. N. Y.. March 7 Huwu B. j there and mude to take an oath against I he today by u vote of 23 to 13 adopted a reso
Anthony, who is ill with pneumonia. Is president. Iielng told that she would be Union providing for the submission ro the
said by her physician to be considerably
Improved this morning. She spent a rest-
ful night. The doctors now say li ba a
f4t cbiuuta tor tcvrt
WILL REDUCE FREIGHT RATES
Western Roads Propose a Cnt on All Classes
Averaging Fifteen Per Cent.
TRAFFIC OFFICIALS MEET IN CHICAGO
t hanae I arier C onsideration Will t
feet All Territory Hrtnrra the
.Mlaaonrl River and Ihe
CHICAGO, March 7. Western railroads,
according to the Hecord'-Herald. have de
cided to make voluntary reductions hi
transportation charges amounting in the
aggregate to many million dollars annually.
The proposed reductions are to be maue
In all the rates of the six classes Into which
freight Is divided, and will Ik- effective in .
the entire territory between the Atlantic
seaboard and Missouri river. In general the
reductions will amount to approximately IS
The llrst step was taken in the move
ment today at a meeting of the t raffle ex
ecutive officials of all western railroads.
The representatives of the Chicago. .Mil
waukee ft St. Paul railroad presented the
proposition to the meeting for reductions,
which was favored by the Chicago, Hin
llngton & (Julncy railroad.
Another Meeting; Tnraila).
Another conference has teen called for
next Tuesday, at which will be present ,
Jobbers in the Missouri river territory. It
Is now planned, after a conference with the
Jobbers, to determine 011 a proper basis of
rates from the seaboard to the Missouri
river and then to make corresponding re
ductions in the raw from Chicago to the
Missouri liver and from the Mississippi to
the Missouri liver. When this is acconi-
pllshed. It is stated, reductions undoubtedly t
will follow in Ihe rates from New oYrk to
The readjustment of rates In the terri
tory named will, 11 Is believed, result in
similar action by other groups of railroads,
so that the move of the western railroads
bids fair to ls fur-reaching.
Table of Proposed Cliana.es.
The following are the changes compared
with the present rates proposed from the
Missouri river to the seaboard:
' First class $1.27 $1.47
j Second class l.i0 1 LD
Third class s;i
' Fourth class ill .ht
1 Fifth ehuis in .,,!
1 Sixth class .4'! .4
I MILBURN TO PUSH SUIT
New York Lawyer F. xpreaars I'leaenre
Over the Hetnrn of Andrew
BVFFAI-O. N. Y.. March 7. -John G. Mtl-
i burn, attorney for the trustees of the New
York Life Insurance company, to bring
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arpw "amnion lor me return ot me money
aliened to have been fratiriulentlv taken
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was sued along wit fi flic McCu U e.sta te a lid
the matter will be pressed immediately in !
the courts for return of the money, t !
shnll rotnrn to New York City tonight and
there will be no delay In prosecuting the
NEW YORK. March 7. The unexpected
return of Andrew Hamilton, the legislative
agent of several large Insurance com-
lAt inm,rn,.,. cumixiny and the comtmny's I
representatives relative to suits
against Hamilton. Officers of tho New Y'ork j
ijtl hrI(1 Pn,.clal meeting today. '
Criticism of the form of statement at
I present required of Insurance companies
by the State Insurance commission was
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clety of Certified Public Accountants which
met in this city. The committee declared In
j a statement "that the forms as at present
prescribed and as permitted under the
j proposed legislation are defective in that
the distinction between ledger and non
leilger assets Involve the assumption that
It Is not necessary for an insurance com
pany to record on its books any of its
asset and liabilities except those classi
fied as ledger assets. It may readily be
seen that this practical authorization of the
practice of insurance companies to have
assets and liabilities which need not be
recorded on Its ledger is a very dangerous
one and has virtually permitted If It has
not caused the scandals disclosed by the
recent Investigation. The committee also
finds that under a proper system of books
and accountings these practices would have
been very promptly disclosed.
SCHWAB'S CONDITION BETTER
Advices from Hoallinril Ulisw
Health la Improving as
EL PASO, Tex., March 7 -A telegram
from Corona. X. M savs that Charle M
Schwab's condition was Improved this
Corona Is fifteen miles east of El Paso,
half way between El Paso and Tucumcarl.
The operator at Coalora, N. M., sent the
following message at 11:30 a. ni.:
"Mr. Schwab is feeling tine hi physicians
CHICAGO. March 7. A telegram from
the conductor of Mr. Schwab's train, dated
Torrence, N. M states that Mr. Schwab
is better than he has been for two days.
I.ater it was stated that the train would
not reach Santa Rosa until 2:20 o'clock this
afternoon. The train Is due to reach Kan
sas City at 6:50 Thursday morning and to
have for the east via St. Ixiuia at S a. m.
NEW YORK. March 7. At the offlcea of
Charles M. Schwab here Mr. Schwab's sec
retary said no word had lieen received
from Mr. Schwab today. A telegram from
him yesterday made no mention of his 111.
WOMAN HELD IN NEW ORLEANS
Declares Khc Was Forced to T.u.
to Kill President
NEW ORLEANS. March 7-Declaring
that her life will be taken unless she as
sassinated President Koosevelt a woman
who gave her name as Mrs. W. B. Le
waller of Philadelphia applied at police
headquarters for protection today.
She spoke rationally on all general sub
jects, but , it was decided to detain her for
an examination. Mrs. Iwaller said she fell
ln with a party of anarchist In Pblladel-
I destroved If It w not executed. She said
I she tied to Houston. Tex., but the men
1 followed her there and lLat sLs had. thea
J cum Ui N(.w Orlcm-a,
NEBRASKA WEATHER FORECAST
Fair Thnrailay and Friday.
Tempera tare at Omaha Veaterdnyl
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4 1. m.
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A p. m.
T p. m.
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OWNERSHIP 0F OIL STOCK
Attorney (General Hartley Maya Stand
ard Oil Companr Haa Awrred In
Prod nee F.vldence.
JKFFEIISON CITY. Mo., March 7. Attor
ney General Hadlry ileclared tonight that
he had not relinquished hope of having
jhn D. Rockefeller subpoenaed to give
testimony In the ouster case against the
Standard Oil company, but that he had
simply stopied efforts In that direction on
the promise of A. D. Eddy, the attorney for
the oil company, that the necessary uvl
dence would be forthcoming from other
sources. When seen tonight Attorney Gen
eral Hadley said:
After the decision of the supreme court
of Missouri sustaining my right to testl-
mnnv na to the f-onirnon ownership of the
stock of the three defendant companies tho
attornexs of the Standard Oil company In
timated to me that there would be no
fort. i.r fi.alRttinee to mv efforts to secure
I it... a I. .,,... It u-na further Kinzeesfed that
t1P witnesses already under subpoena could
give me all the Information of the sub
ject 1 desired.
1 asked that they fullv Inform me as
to the ahtlltv of these persons subpoenaed
to give the evidence I wanted, and pending
the receipt of this information from Mr.
Eddy, who has gone to New York for this
purpose, efforts to subMirna other witnesses
have lieen temporarily discontinued. If 1
enn secure the evidence 1 want from Ihe
.ffni t will be mado
(ll aubpoona other witnesses. Otherwise
m i v means possible will be used to secure
1'ic presence of those who know me lacis
Hi 'l t want in evidence.
PAY FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS
British Houae of Commons 1b Faor
of Salary of l.hM Yretrly for
LONDON, March 7. The House of Com
mons after a discussion occupying the
whole of the evening session, carried by a
ver, representing the Wlrral division of
Cheshire, In favor of the payment to mem
bers of Parliament of $10 yearly. In the
course of the debate Premier Campbcll
Bamierman spoke cordially In favor of the
principle of the payment of members, but
said the government at present had neither
the time nor the money to carry 11 Into
The great accession of lalior memV-rs
to ti.e House of Commons has made 'lie
matter of payment a pressing one, man'
of the new members contending that there
ought to Iss some allowance towards de
fraying the heavy expenses inseparanin
i ,.t.l.,r. ,Yf .,-,aml.t
11010 101. y"""'v"
It Is believed the government will very
riiortt introduce a bill to throw official
election expenses on the public purse, loav-
lug the question 01 payment or memoer
tor some future acsblon of Parliament.
KIDNAPED BOY MAKES ESCAPE
Son of rvr York Hanker' F.luaVa
Guard and Reaches Home
NEW YORK. March 7. Antonio Buzzuffl,
ihe 14-year-old boy who was kidnaped last
Sunday and held for $2rt.0"0 ransom, ro-
.........I nlnn In hla home todnv. He eS-
raped from his captors, he said, by stealing
out of a room above a saloon In Fifty
ninth street today while one his captors
who had been left alone to guard him,
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say that It took him but a second to spring
beyond the man's reach and get down
stairs to the street where no attempt wus
made to pursue him.
lie, told how he was terrorized Into writ
ing a letter to his father, John Boszuffl, an
East Side banker, Informing him that $2i,'10
must be paid and that if the police were
Informed his life would be taken.
One of the men, the boy said, pressed a
revolver against his head and commanded
him to write the letter. After this episode,
according to the boy's story, he was treated
PROSPERITY 0F LUMBERMEN
President of atlonal Association
Pays It Startles Participants
and tlarma World.
WASHINGTON. March 7. The fourteenth
annual meetlns of the National Wholesale
Lumber Dealers' association began here
today. Today's sessions were occupied en
tirely with reports of officers and com
President lewis Dill In his address In-
, ,,,Ht ln th" h''dtty of ,h"- pr0
! ferity was the time to fix the status of
the "poacher" who dared to sell whore
ever he pleased and to whom he pleased
and to tight to a finish the car stake equip
ment' difficulty which exists between the
association and ihe railroad companies.
The president said that the prosperity of
the dealers had been such as to "startle
the participant and a la nn the world."
AMERICANS TO BE PROTECTED
Isle of Pines to He Created Cuban
Provlace When Population
WASHINGTON. March 7. Senators
Spooner and Bacon today reached an
agreement, concerning an amendment to
the Isle of Pines treaty which Is Intended
to protect American Interests. It provides
that the island shall be regarded as a
separate province within the meaning of
the Cuban constitution. This would give
to the Island local self-government and a
representative ln the Cuban congress when
, the population of th. island w.rrants such
representation, as me Americans are in
the majority on the island, it is under
stood that the proposed amendment would
be satisfactory to them. It will be offered
In the senate when the treaty is taken up
In executive session.
REFERENDUM LAW IN OHIO
Slate Senate Taken Stepa Looking
Amradntent of Con
stitution. 1 people of a constitutional umtudment per
luitting the people to initiate and to vote
on legislation. The reaoluUon foe u the
RATE BILL DEBATE
Difference Over Powers of Court, to 8et
Aside Orders of Commission.
PRINCIPAL SPEECH IS BY MR. ClAPP
He Thinks Penalties Cannot Be Enforced
TILLMAN AND BAILEY DISAGREE
South Carolina Man Says it May Be Neces
sary to Reform Court.
CLAPP QUOTES FROM KNOX'S BILL
rower to Enjoin What Won 14
Serai an talawfsl Rat or
Act Inheres la the
WASHINGTON, March 7 -That there l
still a sharp difference of opinion between
the supposed friends of the Dolllver-llep-burn
railroad rate hill was made decidedly
manifest today In the senste chamber. The
division is over the question whether a
rate made by the Interstate Conunercn
commission shall be suspended by thu
courts pending linal adjudication, and was
brought to the surface In a brief debate
which followed a set speech by Mr. Clapp
In support of the bill. In reply to a ques
tion by Mr. Tillman, Mr. Clapp expressed
doubt as to the power so to legislate as to
enforce penalties proposed by the bill
pending a review of any given finding by
Mr. Tlllrnun and Mr. Bailey took sharp
Issue with this statement. The former ex
pressed the opinion that the Issue Is a vital
one aqd declared that If an order of Ihe
commission is not to be maintained until
a final Judicial settlement In a case Is
reached, it will be necessary to reform the
Mr. Bailey also contended that eongress
can so legislate as to maintain the com
mission's rate until the final order of the
court Is Issued snd to prevent Interlocutory
orders suspending such rates. During the
day there were two speeches on the rate
bill, the one by Mr. Clapp In support of it
and another by Mr. Scott practically In op
position. The remainder of the day was
devoted to the statehood bill and Messrs,
Perkins and Spooner spoke In opposition to
that bill as It stands. The senate will meet
tomorrow at 11 o'clock.
A bill amending the law relative to terms
of the Fnlted States courts st Kvansion.
Wyo., was passed, also a Joint resolution
authorising the secretary f war to sell
coal to residents of Nome, Alaska.
At 12:3o o'clock Mr. Scot! addressed the
senate on the railroad question.
Senator Scott Speaks.
Mr. Scott's argument was directed mainly
sgalnst the principle of the government
i " nership of railroads, In which he In
ti. led the control of rates by the govern
mei.t. Ie Admitted ' that there are evils
contacted with the railroad system of tha
count. .-, but said he would not vote f r
Ihe pek. 1lng railroad rata bill without a
provision for ample court review.
On the j'neral subject of permitting tha
government 'o fix rates he said:
From an li.'tmat'e relationship with rail
roads as a sh.pper for nearly thirty years
I have given th.; subject my consideration.
A a senator of !o I'nited States 1 have
tried to study the subject of government
control from the btu.ider standpoint of the
roads and all shipper As n consequence
I am forced to the cortrlusion, from every
standpoint, that the roa.b are better abl
to tlx rates in nccordariCA with the laws
r n a ..x-ernmoiu
Mr. Scott d'H-lared that as : the charge
of unreasonable rates there Is j tactically
no foundation for It. He referreu to tho
fear that the railroad consolidation would
have the effect In the future of gif.rMy
advancing rates, but he expressed the op...
Ion that that question could bo dealt with
when It presents itself, If It ever does.
Experience of German)-.
Discussing the combination In favor of
certain localities as against other, the
senator entored upon an analysis of tha
effort to. prevent such discriminations la
Germany, Austria, Australia and other for
eign countries. He gave especial attention
to the German system, saying:
Broadly speaking, after twenty-five years
of experiment and trial, the situation In
Germany aa regards discrimination and
the centralisation of trade and commerce
haa changed only for the worse. The
scheme has b"en u failure; commerce and
trade have more effectually been centered
In certain fat need cities than ever before
and discrimination has been increased In
stead fif decreased. Sectional Interests and
trade inn rests are at swords' paints con
cerning the preservstlon of established
trade and Industry, ami use any means to
prevent that increase of competition be
tween rival purchasing and distributing
centers, which was Inevitably good with
the development of long-distance traffic.
Railroad rales are In politics. No gieat
state measure in th German empire can
be carried through without a coalition of
discordant Interests on the railroad ques
tion. So bitter is the feeling, so Intense
the rivalry, t hat the. German government
has been forced to go Into the canal build
ing business on a most extensive scale;
has been forced, to grant export bounty
duties, levy Import duties, snd in every
way possible try to placate diverging and
sectional Interests. Virtually, freight or
traffic barriers have been built around sec
tion after section of that empire, until
each section stands today by itself, fight
ing for commercial Interests.
Discrimination Mast lie Abolished.
Attention was called to personal dis
crimination, of which the speaker said very
little Is practiced. He characterised as a
very pronounced . evil the handling of one
shipper's product at the expense of an
other. He said:
This is one of the worst evils of railroad
management today. It should be eradi
cated, stamped out, even. If the most
stringent measures are necessary to ac
complish this end. The railroad, as a com
mon carrier, must and ougnt of right
give to each shipper his fair share of fa
cilities. 1 may digress here for a moment
to speak of the great coal Interests of the
country and to express my belief that it Is
a most dangerous course for a railroad to
pusue to be found as the owner of or par
ticipating In the profit of any great tract
of coal land. Tills I would hold true with
any of the great necessities of life, and
believe that the railroad in the future, as
In the past, should devote Itself entirely tu
Its duties as a public carrier.
Tl.e problem of rate-making is the prob
lem of commerce; the problem of compro
mising the dally struggles going on lie-
tween the great trade renters of the coun.
tries It extends further than te the mere
settlement of the price to be charged by
one railway In carrying a ton of freight;
It enters into the very essence of our hap
plneas and proseriiy as a country. Tha
more it is studied, the more complicated
the problem seems to be. and the more sure
1 am that the rate-making power Is safer
In the hands of the railroad than It is In
any body of men appointed for that pur
pose. He closed with the declaration that while
be considered tlie railroad men more ca
pable uf regulating rates, he was willing
to permit the expel limnl of a rute-ni.ik.r.
commission lo lie mado because of thu
popular demand. He added:
1 am absolute!,' rod uinouivociillv m-
I poa.il to giving them that power without a
J'rovt1"n '''r ''V'! ""!t ''vision.
fast when the rale g.vusUa kt usunU',
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