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OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING,
VIUL 13, 1906-TWELVE PAGES.
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The Omaha Daily Bee
FOUR YEAR TERMS
House Committee Approves Norrii Measure
Amending Election Laws.
LONGER SERVICE FOR CONGRESSMEN
Beport Bayi Ojntinuom Drama Causea
People to Lose Interest in Politics.
POPULAR CHOICE OF U. S. SENATORS
Bill Proridei for Their Direct Eleotion Like
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS PROPOSED
Umr flae Passed t'avn' I This
Subject Foar Ti mm, I j; ilia
tj ffnre Sappt r"
WASHINGTON, April li ft tilutlon
providing for the election '. rrs by
direct vote of tho people II favor
ably acted upon by the In ,miu
on election of president, vie tit and
representative a In congress, lution,
which was Introduced by ... - . rla of
Nebraska, makes the terms of members
of the house four years Instead of two.
Both propositions are to be accomplished
by amendments to the constitution.
Reasons why tho term of members should
be four years aro stated to be because
no party can Inaugurate Its policy In two
"The people are tired," the report says,
"of thin continuous drama and as a re
sult are Inclined to give no attention to
the primaries and tho conventions the very
foundation of our political . system the
forum wherein tho country's Interests can
best be guarded and protected. With an
electlou every two years, the political
(rafter who thrives on partisan strife and
on the nervous uncertainty controlling; can
didates for office Is sble to live from one
election to another by the boodle secured
at Ills unholy business. The adoption of
the proposed amendment would render It
less possible for this creature to ply his
Regarding the election of senators by di
rect vote the report says:
"The proportion to provide for the elec
tion of senators by direct vote of the peo
ple has been before the house of represent
atives and has received favorable consider
ation upon several different occasions. A
proposition to amend the constitution hav
ing this object In view has passed the
house of representatives at four different
tltnra and each time by a practically
INDIANA REPUBLICANS MEET
tat Ticket Is Itsmlssled an Plat
form Agreed I psa Wednesday
t la Adopted.
INDIANAPOLIS." April 12-The republl-"
can state convention today unanimously
adopted the platform agreed upon and re
ported by Ihe committee on resolutions and
nominated a state ticket. Charles B. Lan
dls of .Delphi, representative from the
Ninth congressional district, presided as
permanent chairman. In addressing the
convention he ssld:
Two problems have faced the republican
party In the last ten years. One was the
democratic problem of adversity and the
other was the republican problem of pros
perity. The adversity problem has been
solved and the prosperity problem will be
Beware of the advance agents of political
hysteria. The yellow newspaper and the
yellow magazines are now to the fore. Any
magazine that will carry an article on the
"treason nj the I'nlt-d States senate"
. ought to be debarred from every self
The senate Is slow, but It was made to
be slow. , .
Have confidence In the national house
and senate. In the vice president, whom
we will elevate to the presidency, and in
The following were nominated by accla
mation: For secretary of state, Fred films of
Frankfort; for attorney general. James
Bingham of Muncle; for state statistician,
James B. Btubbs of Indianapolis; for Judge
of the supreme court, first district, James
H. Jordan of Martinsville.
John C Blllhelmer of Washington, was
nominated for auditor of stale.
Oscar Hadley or Danville was nominated
for state treasurer on the second ballot.
Edward' Ftlziialrlck of Portland was
nominated for clerk of the supreme court.
Fassetl A. Cotton of Indianapolis was
nominated for superintendent of public ln-
"w.1 BOIBatchely of Terrv Haute was nom
inated for state geologist,
i .,n,ir J Monks ot Winchester was re
nominated for Judge of the supreme court
fiwlu the Fuurth district.
FREE FOOD FOR ECUADOR
loath America Republic Itemlts
Datles an Soma Imports for
AN FRANCISCO. April li-The Coll
today says that news has been received
that the government of Ecuador has made
foods from the I'nlted States Into Ecuador
duty free for a period of three months,
the period beglning about tho first of the
M. Arlstlsabel. acting , consul from
Ecuador, la quoted In regard to the matter
to the effect that while he had heard that
the duties referred to had been suspended
and that he believed It to be true be could
nut make the statement officially. He was
lu doubt as to whether In fact he was con
sul for Eouador, owing to the recent change
In the administration as a result of the
ruvolullon. which took place last January.
II had sine then sent In his resignation,
but had not yet been notified whether It
had been accepted. The supposition Is
that the duties have been remitted to per
mit those who look part In the revolution
lu recoup their losses.
CORPORAL TANNER IN ATLANTA
t oeamaader of firoud Army Makes
Tanr of Battlettelda In Vicinity
of lirorsla Metropolis.
ATI-ANTA. Gs.. April li Corporal
James Tanner, commander-in-chief of the
Grand Ariuy of the Republic, today was
taken by the representatives of various
ci Ic and veteran organisations on a tour
of Inspection of the various battlefields
The Object was to Interest him In the
pi"Ject of the establishment by federal
hppiupriallon of national military parks
on the sites of these battlefields. Corporal
Tuiuier expressed himself heartily In favor
ft His plans snd promied his aid to iwurt
na lonal aid to cany Hu m out.
II will leave Friday on a lur of the
Grand Army organisations of Ult awuth-
ul au fteiac Co.
GOMEZ A TOOL OF PRESIDENT
V.l Morhn Sees Further (.ala for !
( astro In Repent Change la
NEW YORK. April U.-The Herald to
day say: General Jose Manuel Her
nandez ( 'El Muchu") who led the revolt
against President Castro of Venezuela
several years ago and who was Imprisoned
for three years' following li.s capture, said
In his apartments last night thai he had
heard of Castro's resignation of the presi
dency and that It caused him to smile.
"Yes, indeed It Is news." he said, stroking
his grizzled beard. "When I come to think
of It, there is grim humor here, a comedy
that with the change of a few lines may be
transformed Into a tragedy. Who knows
what is back of this latest move of the
president of Venezuela. I can observe by
mental telepathy the delicate hands, that
moved the pawns on the chess board of my
country, and must not allow myself to
lose repose when picturing Gomes In the
"Gomes is not brilliant. For years the
tool of Cnt-tro, will he not better be able
to do the bidding of the late president now
that ho Is seated in the president s chair?
Castro will now be better able to gather
the fruit of his office without assuming
any of the responsibilities, or many of
tl cm which have redounded to his discredit.
This comedy may last a week or a triltc
longer. Then we will receive another
cablegram that Castro has resumed his
seat or that the comedy has been directed
In'o an thcr nnd more dangerous channel.
The ii. . I, Inationa of the gang' will not be
blocked n.w that Castro has stepped from
the throne. They may even be accentuated.
" Venezuela can never be a prosperous
country untll(thn hour shall have arrived
when the 'gang' If. driven from the country
and that country put on a footing where it
may thrive and grow without the Iron
hand of oppression upon the throats of the
people. Perhaps a week this will last, per
haps until a moment comes when succor
will come to the sore and the tired In that
beautiful Irxnd "
WASHINGTON, April U'.-Senor Gar
birns, the Venezuelan charge here, has re
ceived a cablegram from Caracas confirm
ing the one received yesterday In New York
by the consul general there to the effect
that President Castro has temporarily re
signed his office. The charge Is of the
opinion that the president has decided to
make one of his periodical trips to I -ft Vic
toria for rest and recuperation after the
severe labors of the last winter, but ho
does not doubt that the retirement Is only
for the space of, a few weeks.
LONDON, April 12. To those who are
Interested flnnminlly In Venezuela the
change In the presidency Is not unwelcome.
On the Stock exchange today Veneiuelan
bands opened 14 higher.
FRANCE PLEASED WITH AWARD
Premier Roars-cols Makes Statement
In the Chamber Regarding"
PARIS. April 12. The Chamber of Dep-.
uties today voted the Algcclras credits
after n, statement by Premier Bourgeois,
during the course of which he said:
'The stippurt of. the nation ' greatly as
sisted the government In obtaining success
at the Moroocan conference. France's po
sition as a Mussulman power and the se
curity of its African colonies depending on
the security of Morocco, necessitated a fixed
policy in order to safeguard Irs Interests.
France has always recognised the Inde
pendence of the sultan and the principle of
the open door, but It Is unable to accept
the co-operation of a third power In the
control of the police of Morocco. The pro
tocol provides for commercial liberty and
assures France a pre-eminent position In
connection with the state hank of Morocco,
while giving France and Spain equal partic
ipation in the control of the police, thus
conforming with French Interests and sat
isfying the other powers. The equitable
decisions of the conference have been ac
cepted without ulterior thoughts of bad
humor anywhere. All the powers showed
the desire during the discussions to subor
dinate their personal .views to a good under
standing, assuring In the future calm and
confidence in international relations and
strong alliances and friendships calculated
to advance civilisation, Justice and peace."
EMPEROR TO "CUT" CONGRESS
Csar Will .Not He Present When Rep.
reaentatlvea of the Peo
BT. PETERSBURG, April li-Emperor
Nicholas will not come to St. Petersburg
to open Parliament, according to the Novoe
Vremya. The representatives will be sum
moned either to Tsarskoe Sele or to the
Peterhof palace. There they will be pre
sented to the emperor and will listen to a
speech from the throne, after which they
will return to 8t. Petersburg and elect a
president of the lower house. This decision
was arrived at not only to protect the
dignity of the sovereign, but also because
no place has been provided for the em
peror In the Taurlde palace, where the
lower house will meet.
The statistics regarding the 179 members
so far elected to the lower house of Parlia
ment show that the liberals have an over
whelming majority and that only five repre
sentatives are classed as reactionists.
While the const ituilouut democrats and
their more radical allies are represented
by ninety-seven representatives, the pro
gressive party only has twenty-rive repre
sentatives and the Octoberlsts seventeen.
Thirty-five representatives are classified
a Independent or their political allegiance
Is stated to be unknown. Many of these,
however, are peasants whom the constitu
tional democrats expect to vote with, owing
to the agrarian program of their party.
BRITISH POLICYHOLDERS BUSY
Mutual l ife Insurance Patrona Deslra
Chance In the System of
IIXPOX, April 12, A meeting of the
British policyholders of the Mutual Life
Insurance company has been called for
April 20 lo consider the reply of Joseph H.
Choate of counsel for the company to the
representations made in their behalf by A.
D. Julllard, a trustee of the Mutual.
The reply whh h was received this morn
ing was not satisfactory to those policy
holders who were seen today. They are
satisfied with the financial condition of
the company, hut desire particularly the
retirement of trustees who were cloaely
associated with the McCurdys.
Russia Nesjotlaf Ins; I .nan.
PARIS. April 11 The negotiations before
the former Russian tiaance minister.
M. Kokovoeoff. and the French bankers
for a loan of H).('Sfl are proceeding satis
factorily. The arrangements for the issue
on Saturday or Monday liave been completed.
FIGHT FOR CONTROL OF ZION
Dr. Dowie Preparing Bill in Chancery for
Eecovery of Property.
MAKES DEMAND FOR FULL POSSESSION
He Snis He Will Retnrn Com.
pletely Restored to Temporal
CHICAGO, April 12.-Dr. John Alexander
Dowie will not turn tall and flee to Mex
ico. He will wage a vigorous legal war
fare to regain control of Zlon City, and as
soon bs he considers that he has taken
the proper preliminary steps he will de
scend upon that place nnd proclaim himself
the only and "first apostle.-; This state
ment Is authorized by Dr. Dowie himself
and by the firm of lawyers who represent
In this connection Attorney Haley of the
firm of Eddy, Haley A Wetten, who rep
resent Dr. Dowie and hl counsellors, mHdc
the following statement:
We have advanced nnd will advance only
no condition complete restoration of
power, temporal as well as ecclesiastical,
and a deniand for an absolute retraction
of the slanderous statements made by Gen
eral iv rseer Yohva and his followers
ag '. me moral character of Dowie.
Mi . - preparing a bill In chancery pe-titl-t..i
toe courts to set aside the trans
fer oi tne properly at Zlon City in.ide be
tween General Overseer Voliva and Dea
con Alexander Granger, because the In
strument was absolutely void. Dowie re
voked the power of Httnrney which he t'.cl
euated to ohva two days before the Illegal
transfer was made.
Dowie will not Immediately proceed to
Zlon City, but will remain In his apart
ments at the Auditorium annex In this city
until every preliminary legal step has been
taken. He will then proceed to Zlon City
and inter It with all of the power and au
thority ho had when he last left the place.
Several C onferences Held.
Despite the positive assertion on the part
of Mr. Haley, attorneys for both factions
were In numerous conferences throughout
the day. Judg- V. Y. Barnes, head of tho
legal department of the city of Zlon, came
to Chicago today and was closeted with
Attorney Emll C. Wetten, representing
Dowie, for a considerable length of time.
What transpired between the two lawyers
was not made public, but while Mr. Wetten
was as emphatic as his associate In deny
ing that any compromise measures were
under way, he qualified his statement by
saying that both sides were extremely de
sirous of preventing tho Issue from com
ing Into court, as such a proceeding might
be ruinous to the resources of Zion City.
Dowie Secures Mall Order.
The attorneys for Dowie have secured
an order from the Postal department di
recting that all mall addressed to Dr.
Dowie be delivered to his apartments In
the Annex. This they consider a very Im
portant strategic move, as the majority of
these letters are from members of the
church remitting their tithes. This, they
claim, will checkmate the general order
sent out by Voliva and his associates In
Zlon City ordering that no moneys be re
mitted to Dowie hereafter.
Dowle'a Fun:ltnre Sold.
DETROIT, Mich., April 12.-A Free Press
special from Muskegon, Mich., says: In the
lofty stand wherein for years past John
Alexander Dowie, with great "pomp and
ceremony delivered Impassioned addresses
to thousands assembled at Ben MacDhul,
the splendid summer home of the former
ruler of Zlon City, an auctioneer today
waived his hammer and sold for a paltry
$2,600 expensive furniture and fittings of
Dowle's White Lake establishment. It Is
estimated that the property sold today was
worth 120,0110. Ben MacDhul was Included
In the property, which the Voliva faction
of Zlon City recently took over through
power of attorney given by Dowie before
LATTER DAYSAINTS CONFER
Reports Are Received from Different
Bodies and Spread on the
INDEPENDENCE. Mo., April -(Special
Telegram.) The preaching by Elder
Frederick Gregory last night was remark
able In clearness, originality and force. lie
spoke upon the marriage of Christ to His
bride, the church. As there was a divine
begettal in the case of Christ, so there
was in the case of His bride. As He was
the only begotten son, so she is the only
begotten bride, or church. He spoke on
the comparison through Ills death, His
resurrection. His coming again, when the
marriage will take place If she has made
herself ready and has put on her beautiful
garments, the robes of righteousness.
The morning prayer meeting today was
by "a young elder from Bt. lxmls. Elder
V. A. Burgess, who, though troubled with
an Impediment of speech, was able to In
terest, instruct and at times electrify his
The afternoon business meeting was pre
sided over by President F. M. Smith and
prayer waa offered by Elder J. R. Lambert
of Lamonl, Ia.
The following reports were read, received
and ordered spread upon the minutes:
Third quorum of priests, second quorum
of elders, eighth quorum of elders. Just
organised; report of the Joint council of
the presidency, twelve and bishopric, touch
ing the establishment of a sanitarium,
recommending seeking the Lord for light,
touching this and other matters: the com
mittee on history was continued; the com
mittee on Incorporation of the church In
Canada was continued; Die committee on
conference with the Church of Christ was
continued. Elder Charles Berry was re
leased from the committee on revision of
church history and F. M. Smith was chosen
as his successor. A question arose as to
the publication of certain editorials on
secret societies, but the whole matter was
LIGHTNING jJRIKES BARN
1-1 re In Kaasaa City Stock Yards
Hesnlts la Death of Fire
man. KANSAS CITY. Mo.. April lt-ljghtnlng
tonight struck feed ham No. t at the
stock yards at Nineteenth and Wyoming
streets In this city, setting Are to the
structure, as the result of which a fireman
lost his lite, a spectator was seriously hurt
and the building destroyed.
Arthur W. Pendergast, the fireman, waa
caught under some falling walls and was
not found for more than an hour later.
. When removed from the debris he was
' ellve. but he died a short time afterward.
Joseph Monmhan, a boy, while watching
the fire fell oft a viaduct and was Injured
Besides the building, SoO tuna of hay were
destroyed, making the total property loss
The lightning accompanied a hard lain
storiu which vUiletl tuts city luulfhU
BIDS ON CATTLE FOR INDIANS
Some laya llefore B'hey Will Re In
Shape to Submit' to the Secre
tary of the anterior.
iFmm a SUIT Correspondent
WASHINGTON. April 12. (Special.
The assistant commissioner of Indian af
fairs Is engaged in classifying the bids
which hav been lecelvnd under advertise
ment for supplying the Indians of the Rose
bud Indian reservation with stock cattle.
Ae.tlng Commissioner l-arslwe said today
that it would take his office force some
days to classify the proposals nnd get
the various bids In shnpe for submission
to the secretary. He does not believe that
a contract will be awarded for any of the
various varieties of cattle desired within
the next ten days and It may even be a
longer period. The list of those bidding
nnd the amounts of th"lr bids on the sev
eral kinds of animals desired by the In
dian buret ti follow:
John Rail flleve. Fairfield, la., info heif
ers at 12 in per head.
Ilarrv Ernest Smith. Fairfield, 'a . 2"0
bulls at 149 er head. nflO heifers at $29.75
per head. Further: & heifers (same as
sbovet at tni.ar per head, ton tietfcrs (same
as abuvei at S2X.7& per head.
Matthew F. Morton, Fairfax. S. D., l.onfl !
heifers at J:8.4." per head. 2(i bulls at tis.to j
Ora Hailev, l.nraml
nt 25,7l4 per head,
Chnrles J. llvslmm.
Wvo.. 4.9S1 heifers
i0 balls at $'! per
Dmsha. Neb., 500 to
I.Fpoo heifers at 127. 40 per head.
Paris G. Cooper, t i(wford. Neb..
heifers a i $:7.7. per lirad. 60 bulls at fw
per head. t
Henry P. Volln. Vol!. 8. D.. l.nnn heifers
at SXl.Tb per head. !
Richard H. Walkins. Alliance. Neb., firm
heifers at 2t. H5 per head. 1"0 bulls at ."!.
Jacob W. Ptetter. Valentine, b.. IO)
heifers at $2H 72 per head.
Thomas A. Coffey, Merrimnn. Neb., l.'iO
heifers at $27. C per head.
Henry Altman. Cheyenne, Wyo., 4.!sl
heifers at $20.25 per head.
Mark W. Woods, Lincoln, Neb., 100 bulls
at $rfi per head.
Charles C. Judy. Talula, ill., 4.SN1 heifers
at 1S4.75 per head, '100 bulls at $.m.50 per
A. F.. DcRlcqles, general manager Ameri
can live Stock conipanv, 1'nlon stock
yards. Denver, Colo., 4,!1 helTers at $2i.S5
John II. Knight. Chamberlain. S. D.. 40ft
heifers at $27.30 per head, 10 bulls nt $45
William Pouthel, Crawford, Neb.. ZbO
heifers at $:7.7fi per head.
Frank I, Hall. Crawford. Neb.. 500 heif
ers at $Jfi.70 per head.
Frank Huthlutner. Kllgore, Neb., mo
heifers nt 127.4ft per head.
William I. Walker. Council Bluffs. la..
100 grade bulls at $74 74 per head, or 100
registered bulls at $.74 each; 500 heifers
at $2fi.4f each, 600 heifers at $24.n each.
Stephen D. Coulbourn. 32S State street.
Suit iJikc City, I'tah, 2(4) bulls at $M.40
Walter D. Montgomery. Chamberlain. 8.
D., 1.000 heifers at $2.8" per head, 100 bulls
at $117.47 per hend, or will deliver at Rose
bud 1.WI0 heifers at $24 each.
Stevenson T. Napper. Norfolk. Neb., l.flofl
heifers at $21.75 per head. 1,000 at $22.40
r-r head, l.onn at $23.10 per head, l.onu to
SKI at $23.) per hend, 200 bulls at $41.90 per
head. 00 bulls at $44.90 per head.
Walter Ij. Montgomery, Chamberlain, B.
D.. IA) heifers at $2 per head. 100 bulls
at $K5 per head, or will furnish 1.000 heifers,
without regard to wejajht, at $24 per head.
MS IN KANSAS
ia Injured and n
Number of Houses Desnavltshed
Near Sf utter.
WICHITA. Kan.7AprvV I?. A." tornado
strurk at Stafford, Kan., at 5 o'clock this
afternoon, resulting In Injury to several
persons and demolishing several houses.
The storm came from the southwest, passed
over the business part, first striking two
blocks east of Main street. Here the home
of Fred Tanner and the parsonage of the
Congregational church were demolished-.
The Quaker church was blown down, the
debris falling upon the home of Mrs. Ella
Granger, which was also destroyed. Mrs.
Granger was Injured, but not seriously.
Mrs. Ed. Glelsburg saw the storm com
ing and ran Into the yard to rescue her
child which was playing there. Before she
reached him she was picked up and hurled
against a telephone pole across the street.
She was seriously Injured. The child was
The storm then lifted, but struck again
In the northeast part of the town, demol
ishing several houses and damaging others.
Four miles west of Stafford another tor
nado blew down several farm buildings and
seriously Injured R. F. Silvers, who saw
the storm coming and sought shelter In a
granary filled with wheat. This storm
passed two miles east of Hudson, where
other small damage Is reported. The sun
shone brightly while these storms were
wreaking their havoc.
Another tornado Is reported at Bushton,
thirty miles north of Stafford. Several
residences and other buildings were blown
down. No one was seriously Injured. Wires
are down and little Information can be ob
tained from Bushton.
TOPEKA. Kan., April 12.-At least seven
tornados were seen east and northeast of
Great Bend. Barton county, this afternoon.
The schoolhouse In district No. 82. vacant
at the time, waa demolished and a thresh
ing machine outfit destroyed. No other
damage reports have come In. Some ratn
and hail fell. Three years ago a number
of tornadoes occurred In the same neigh
borhood, doing much damage to property.
AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS GROW
Increaae of Over One Hundred Million
Dollars Over Those of
WASHINGTON. April 12 According to
a bulletin issued by the Department of
Commerce and Labor, the total value of
agricultural products exported from the
United States for the eight months of the
fiscal year. 1j6, ended with February, was
$700.0uO.WjO, as against $.".7rt.0fX.000 in the same,
period of lDUO. $e6l,(00.oo In 12 and $iJ0,Cou
lu 1905. The growth in the exports of
agricultural products, says the bulletin,
occurs In all of the three great groups
which form the bulk of agricultural ex
ports, namely breadstuff, cotton and pro
visions, the latter term including meat
and dairy products. The gain In bread,
stuffs was $70,000,000. In provisions, $33,000,000
and In cotton, $30.0fl0.0i. The increase In
exports of breadstuffs occurred chiefly In
the movement to European countries. The
bulletin says that while agricultural ex
ports are larger in total value than ever
before It does not follow that they form
a larger percentage of the grand total
of exports. On the contrary the percentage
which they form of the total exports In the
eight recorded months of the fiscal year,
19o6. Is smaller than 1n any earlier year In
our history, except 1905, In which they were
abnormally low by reason of the shortage
In the grain crop of 1904.
The percentage which manufacturers
form of exports in the eight months ended
with February. IS is $2 8. while they
formed but 27 1 per cent of the total ex
ports in the corresponding months of 1903
snd 22 5 p r efnl in the rorresondlng
months In 19.
Baring; Sncceeda Marls;,
NEW YORK. April 12 At the office of
the Equitable Trun company of New York
It was stated tcUy that Huso Rarlns" had
been elected s trustee of that conipanv
succeeding Clareum II. JsIai say, ruimwl
KENNEDY GETS INTO DEBATE
Lays Foundation for Bill for the Benefit of
RIGHT OF APPEAL FOR THE GOVERNMENT
(eologleal survey Has Plnns for
Ma Ulna ProllHc Additional Arras
of Land In Western Portion
of Nebraska. j
trrom a Staff Correspondent.) j
WASHING'! UN. April 12-tSpeclal Tele
gram. (Congressman Kennedy figured In
the debute today on the postoMlie appro,
prlatlon bill by asking a series of ques
tions or Chairman Gverstreet, In charge of
the bill, and by that means making a
rather unique hut exceed, ngly effective
speech. The questions asked .Mr. Over
street were to establish two propositions
that postal tlerks of different grades are
underpaid nnd that they ought to be classi
fied so as to be enthlnl to annual or other
periodical promotions, with corresponding
increase in salary, lloth points which Mr. i
Kennedy sought to bring before the at
tention of the house were practically con
ceded by the chairman of the pustodhe and
postroads committee. The object the con
gressman from the Second district had In
view in getting the admissions was for
the purpose of using the Information ob
tained in the open house In support of a
bill to classify postal clerks in presiden
tial offices and secure them Increased sal- j
Government Rlicht of Appeal,
Representative Martin of South Dakotn I
thinks that congress should not adjourn ,
without enacting a law giving the govern
ment the right of a writ of error or appeal
In criminal cases, and he talked to the
president today about the matter. Com
menting upon the situation, Mr. Martin
snld: "The best Instance 1 know of show
ing the helplessness of the government is
in the case of the Beef trust in the recent
decision of Judge Humphrey of Chicago.
Attorney General Moody has been de
sirous of taking an appeal on a writ of
error from that decision, but finds that
there is no law that will permit him to do
so. This state of aTTalrs ought not to 1e
allowed to continue, in a criminal case
the defendant has the right of appeal,
while the government has no such right."
Little Kalth In Bill.
Congressman Connor of lewa, in the house
committee on labor today, when the bill
making all prison-made, goods subject tu
the laws of the states to which they are
shipped was up for consideration, said he
would vote for the bill, but he did not be
lieve It would do any good, because of lis
Indcfiniteness. He thought the whole sub
ject should be left to the states.
Minor Matters at Capital.
Judge Norrls today secured a pension of
$8 per month for Irwin Masters of Loomis,
Representative McCarthy of the Third
Nebraska district was on the floor of the
house for a short time today. He showed
the effects of his recent Illness, but said he
was gaining strength every day and hoped
to be himself soon.
Representative Kinkatd this morning
called upon the secretary of war to request
of the War department the loan ol a num
ber of tents for the use of the North Ne
braska Old Soldiers' association at its an
nual reunion to be held near Valentine In
June. Representative Klnkald, after his
talk with Secretary Taft, said he expected
an order would be issued granting the loan
of such tents and other utensils necessary
to the veterans during their reunion.
Plana for Redeeming Lands.
Judge Klnkald also called upon the di
rector of the geological survey to lay be
fore him the petition signed by residents
of Box Butte county requesting that a sur
vey be made to ascertain the feasibility of
obtaining water from the Platte river in
Wyoming to reclaim the plateau surround
ing Alliance and Hemlngford. He was as
sured by Director Wolcott that western
Nebraska Is sure to secure considerable de
velopment In the near future besides that
which will accrue to it through the con
struction of the Pathfinder irrigation project
now being constructed. The director, how
ever, said It had. not yet been determined
what localities would be developed first.
The committee on Indian affairs today
mado a favorable report on Senator Bur
kett's bill to enable Indians allotted lands
In severalty within the boundaries of
drainage district numbered one. In Rich
ardson county, Nebraska, to protect their
lands from overflow and for the segrega
tion of such Indians from their tribal re
lations as may be expedient. The object
of the bill Is to make It possible for cer
tain Indians In the southeastern portion of
Nebraska to participate In the drainage
plan of their lands. The state of Nebraska
ras a law authorising land owners to or
ganize for the purpose of draining or re
claiming lands. The Nebraska law pro
vides In general for the machinery of as
sessment and collection of taxes for the
peyment of such drainage and reclamation
service. An organization of this sort has
been formed by land owners In Richardson
county to reclaim land along the Nemaha
There are In the district to be drained,
however, several Indian allottments and
certain other Sac and Fox tribal lands and
this land, owing to the fact that the In
dians are not able to enter Into assessment
and charge their land with the cost if
draining Interfere with the entire drainage
project, because the lands are In the drain
age district and the Nebraska law pro
vides that all lands to be benefited must be
BUI for Relief nt Settlers.
Senator Hansbrough, for Senator Gamble,
today Introduced a bill to permit Dollle A.
Fountain of Walworth county, South Da
kota, to purchase a homestead In that
county. It appears Mrs. Fountain entered
upon the homestead referred to. occupied
and fenced a portion of It. erected a sjb
stantial dwelling and established her rc!-
: dence on the land in July, 190.1. She eult!
i vated a portion of the land and lived
i iheieon whenever her physical condition
', would permit. Severe Illness and old are
! necessitated her residence elsewhere during
a portion of the time since her entry, and
! she was therefore unable to comply strlcily
, with the law requiring continue I residence
upon lands thus entered under the' home
stead laws. The case Is exceptional, and
this (.pec la I bill permits Mrs. Fountain to
purchase said land at $1.25 per acre and
grants her a patent In fee slmole.
Change la Iowa Judicial Bill.
The senate committee on Judiciary today
reported favorably, with amendments, a
bill which passed the bouse April 4 amend
ing the former act creating the southern
division of the southern district of Iowa
for Judieial purposes. The senate cummll
' tee on Judhlury amended the houeu bill by
i providing that the county of Appanuoae,
heretofore within the southern divisiun. Is
jt,CuutlnUid ull docuuii fa, j
NEBRASKA WEATHER FORECAST
Rain nnd onler In F.nsl. Haln or
Snovr In West Portion Frldas
Saturday Fair and Wsrisfr.
Tempers tare nt Omaha lestrrdn! I
Hour. Ilea. lloor. Den. .
An. ni AT 1 l. m ,lA j
a. m RT J p. n
7 a. n ,. Ml 3 p. nt
st a. in ,n 4 p, m . . . j
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to n. ni :t 4 . in t-1
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It p. in nt
GREENE ANDGAYNOR GUILTY
I nltcd States 4 nnrt Convicts (
spirntora Who Mnde Fight
to Sluy In Canada.
SAVANNAH. Ga., April 12-Itrn.iainln D.
Greene and John F. Ganor were found
guity of conspiracy against the govern
ment, presenting falsi' claims and embez
zlement. In the federal court for the south
ern district of Georgia today and tomorrow
Judge Emery Fpecr will p iss sentence upon
them. The defendants were f( und guiliy
with no reconiini iid.it Ion on each of the In
dictments. The verdict was returned a
few minutes before 2 o'clock after the Jury
had been out three hours nnd a half. Tile
case had been in prog less for fourteen
The maximum sentence that the court
ran Impose under the law Is an nEgregato
term of seventeen years In the penitentiary
nnd a fine of $.7f).iW, the amount of the
alleged embezzlement. It is not believed,
however, that tho sentence will be of ex
The minimum sentence permissible under
the law Is two years Imprisonment and a
fine or $1,000.
Greene nnd Onynor were Indicted In ltt
ami after facing extradition charges In
New York, fled to Canada. They were
finally extradited and brought to Savannsh
for trltl. Captain Oberlin M. Carter, en
gineer corps, who had charge of the Im
provement works under the Greene and
Gaynor contract, was court-martialed for
his complicity in the alleged frauds and
was sentenced to be dishonorably dis
charged from the army and to serve a
term of Imprisonment for five years.
INSURANCE BILLS PASSED
Four More "Armstrong" .Mensnrrs
Ready for Slanntnre of tiov
rrnur of ew York.
ALBANY, N. Y., April 12.-Four more of
the bills recommended by the speclnl In
surance investigating committee were
passed by both hSuses of the legislature to
day, and by noon tomorrow will be de
livered to Governor Higglns, lacking only
his signature to make them law. In addi
tion to these four, the assembly, after de
feating several proposed amendments,
passed the "big bill," generally amending
the Insurance law, and senl It to the senate
for concurrence. The latter house made
this bill a speclnl order for next Wednes
day. The four bills passed today and now wait
ing the governor's approval aret
. The so-called anti-lobby bill, which re
quires registration of legislative agents,
and reports of their compensation and ex
penses to be filed with the secretary of
The bill more effectively penalizing falsi
flcatlon of the records of any corporation
by any officer or employe.
The bill prohibiting political contributions
by any corporation and requiring any par
ticipant in a violation to testify regarding
it, under assurance of Immunity from
prosecution upon his own testimony.
The new bill of the committee, qualifying
any policyholder of a stock life Insurance
company to act as a director therein, re
gardless of whether or not he holds anv
stock of the company. This bill affects
especially the Equitable Life Assurance so
ciety. One bill, that postponing the elections
of the four mutual companies Incorporated
under the laws of this state, has already
become a law.
TEXAS TOWN IS DESTROYED
Two Persona Killed and Six Fatally
Injured by a Tornado at
BERTRAM. Tex., April 12. -The town of
Brlggs. about twelve miles north of here,
was swept by a tornado about 5 o'clock
this afternoon and almost entirely de
stroyed. Two persons are reported killed
and thirty injured, six fatally.
The fatally injured are:
Hickman and daughter.
Arnett Tabor and wife.
R. A. I'utterson and wife.
The names of the dead nnd others In-
j Jured cannot be obtained. All the tele
I phone wires out of Briggs are down. The
tornado was preceded and followed by a
heavy rain and hailstorm and crops were
considerably damaged. The path of the
storm was from the southwest to the
northeast. The town contained about 250
CONSTRUCTION GANGS CLASH
Hill- Graders Occupy Land Belonging;
to Hnrrlman and Are Driven
Off with Dynamite.
PORTLAND. Ore., April 12 -The Hill and
Harriman construction gangs at Carson,
Wash., on the north bank of the Columbia
river, collided at noon today, when dyna
mite was freely used to drive the Columbia
Valley Railroad company's graders off the
land iM-longlug to the Harriman road. One
luborer was hit by a flying rock, but only
slightly injured. A lighted stick of dyna
mite was also thrown among the Columbia
Valley graders, but the men took to their
heels and escuped Injury. Finally a sheriff
j was summoned and warned the Hill con
struction gang to desist from further
demonstrations. The situation was serious
( tonight and further clashes are feared.
Motrments of Ocean Vessels April I'J.
At New York Arrived: Pennsylvania,
from Hamburg: Llgura. from Naples.
Sailed: Lalorrniiie, for Havre; Chemnitz,
for Itremeii; Hellig Olav, tor Cociiliagcn.
At Boston Arrived: lverma. from Liver
pool. At Halifax. N. S Arrived: Corinthian,
At Uvei pool Arrived; Parisian, from Ht.
John: Caledonian, from Boston; I'reeslaiul.
from Philadelphia; h.ixouian. from HoMon;
Teutonic. New York. via yiuenstown
Sailed: Pretoria, for Halifax.
At Glasgow Arrived: HIIm i tiian, from
At Dover Arrived : Pretoria, for New
York for Hamburg land proceeded i.
At Naples Arrived : Piedmonte, from
At Mr-men-Arrived: Cassell, from Bal
timore. At Marseilles Arrived: Mat-sils. from
At Coeiihagen Arrived: Oscar II, from
New Y rk v'a 'hrisiUnsand
At Naples-Sailed . Looisisna. for Genoa,
for New Vork; Roman!-, for Boston,
i At lndon Sailed : Minneapolis, for New
i At gu'cnstown-Sa.led. Ovtinic, fur New
ASES j) CINDERS
Wind Blows from Vegayini to Naples and
Conditions Seem Worse.
FIVE HUNDRED DEAD AT OTTAJANO
Kine Witnesses the Recovery of a Number
of Bodies from Ashos.
EXTENT OF DAMAGE IS ENORMOUS
Tive Thousand Bnildines Wholly or Partly
QUEEN VISITS INJURED IN HOSPITALS
Omrlala Doing All They Caa tn Re
lleve Distress In Italy, but
Work Proceeds with
NAPLES. April 12 -While the news from
Mount Vesuvius today Is reassuring the
conditions here In Naples are such as maka
It dihicult to realize that conditions are
actually belter. The wind is blowing from
the volcano in the direction of Navies,
carrying the ashes in this direction. To
wards evening the fall of ashes and cin
ders here was worse than at any time sin- e
the eruption began.
The scenic effects vary from hour to
hour. Now in the north the sky is choco
late colored, lowering and heavy, under
which men and women with their hair and
clothing covered with ashes, move about
like gray ghosts. Fort San Martino. hs it
towers above the townl can only Just be.
seen, while Castle del Ove Is boldly
marked In light, seeming llko silver against
the brown sky.
To the south beyond the smoke zono lies
smiling, sunny Puslllpo and Its peninsula,
while far away glistens the sea deep blue,
on which the sands seem to float In tho
glow of the setting sun. Adding to tho
sttnnge picture, one of the French men-of-war,
which arrived In the Bay of Naples.
Is so placed as to he half in the glow and
half obscured by the belt of falling ashes.
From the observatory of Mount Vesuvius,
where Director Matteuccl is continuing his
work In behalf of science and humanity,
the scene Is one of great Impresslveness.
To reach the observatory one must walk
for miles over hardened but hot lava cov
ered with sand until he comes to a point
whence nothing can be seen but vast, gray
reaches, sometimes flat and sometimes
gathered into huge mounds which take on
semblance of human faces. Above the
heavens are gray like the earth beneath
and seem Just ns hard and immovable. In
all this lonely waste there Is no sign of
life or vegetation, and no sound Is heard
except the low mutterlngs of the volcano.
One seems almost Impelled to scream aloud
tn break the horrible stillness of a land
seemingly forgotten both by God and man.
' Five Hundred Dead at Ottajano.
Every day that passes gives new evidence
of the magnitude of the catastrophe. To.
day's visit of King .Victor Emmanuel to
Ottajano revealed new tragedies. At a cer-;
tain point his majesty was obliged to
abandon his motor car and went forward
on horseback amid constant danger, his
horse floundering through four feet of
ashes, stumbling Into holes, blinded by tho
fall of lnrge. cinders and the target for
falling basaltic masses. In the presence of
the king 129 more bodies were extricated
from the ruins, he white ashes and red
sand falling aa though they were deter
mined not to relinquish their victims. The
dead at Ottajano are said to number 860.
Tho king was deadly pale. To a priest
who came to him he said: . "How did you
"I escaped myself In safety," replied tho
"What do you mean?" asked the king.
"Realizing the danger." was the priest's
reply, "I had left for Nola."
The king flushed with anger. "What:" he
cried, "you a minister of Ood. were not
here, to share the danger of your people
and administer the Inst sacrament? Tou
did very wrong."
Queen Helene was with the king when
he started for Ottajano. but she was ob
liged to turn back, as the task waa one
not suitable for a woman. She spent the
most of the ditv In visiting the Injured
In Naples' hospitals and Inspecting the
rousing provided for refugees.
Princess Walks Twelve Miles.
Princess Schleswig-Holsteln set out In
her automobile this morning to visit the
hospitals In the desolated towns, but after
a time the motor car became disabled and
she was forced to return oh foot, a distance
of twelve miles, walking the distance
through three feet of nshes. The princess'
endurance surprised the Neapolitan, some
of whom declared that she must have been
aided by the saints, for never before has
a woman accomplished such a task.
There have been a large number of rob
beries of deserted houses In spite of the
efforts of the authorities to protect prop
erty. In the excited condition of the pop
ulace there Is some difficulty In preserving
order. The closing of a church at Torra
Annunzlata which was considered to be
unsafe precipitated a small riot.
Provision Is being made for the feeding
and sheltering of people who have re
mained In their own towns.
It Is estimated that 5.000 houses hsve been
destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.
Some extraordinary escapes from death
have been recorded. A man and his wife
were rescued after having been. lost In the
ash-covered wilderness for fifty-six hours.
They were terribly exhausted and seemed
more like live skeletons than human be
ings. Firemen have been sent from Pal
ermo. Sicily, nnd other places to tho vil
lages in this vicinity which hava suffered
the most from the full of ashes tn assist la
I removing the ashes from the roofs and rn
, lieve the exhausted soldiers. Camp kltch
' ens have been established at a number of
j.larcs and free meals are being distributed
j wherever possible to those in need of them,
j The American steam yacht Nahma, with
j Mrs. Rol-ert Goelet and a party of friends
' on board, has arrived at Palermo, Sicily.
I They witnessed the eruption of Mount
i Vesuvius from Amain on the bay of flal-
ernio. not far from Naples, and give a
i vivid description of the scene.
Ktlrnt of llnmwgr.
I The latest lepoits show that 43 houses
i hae Ix m damaged at I'orllci, 1 at Ban
Giovanni and Tedutilo; 432 at Iteslua god
Lout) si Ton a Del Greco. It Is lilHKisnli.lt,
lo determine the actual number of buildings
demolished St Tunc Anuuzlata. It is esti
mate.! thai about .' house In all have
been partly or entirely destroyed. In the
. villages mi (in ottajano side of the inoun
, tain ull the houses are datnuged. At Nola
desolation i- ig.i. the place having been
I aliitoNf ei,tii'-ly abandoned.
A committee has Iteen formed to collect
funds and oigaiilze assistance for the re
lief of the sufferers. It Is presided over
by Iks Uuks vi Awsl. Ifae fovsromobl