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The Omaha SuNDiy Bee.
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ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871.
OMAIIA, SUNDAY MORNING, MAY 13, 1906.
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TIMELY REAL ESTATE TALK J
How Excbanc Building Company ii Now I
MISSIONARY WORK IN INDIA
Scope of Building Campaign in Omaha Covers Wide Range of Activity
Spreading the Gospel of Christ Among
SAMPLE EXPERIENCE OF THE TEACHERS
Mohammedan Undertake Drlvt
Them from a Village, ant tha
Mob la Finally Suppressed
ad Work Ooes On.
MP ALTHY CALL FOR RESIDENCE PROPERTY
Real Rstata Men Find that Deals
Do Hot Linger Long; on Their
Bands Thoea Basy
FATKOARH, V. P.. India, April L-(9pe-clal
Correspondence of The Bee.) It waa
an Indian village. The people themselves
called It a backwood town some aaid it
U worse than a bnckwooda It la entirely
a Jungle town. Ten or twelve yean ago
an Indian Methofilst preacher had visited
the place and baptised a handful of people.
Either became of persecution ni lack of
men and means to continue tne work, the
place waa abandoned. All teaching and
even yearly vUlta were given up. The ln
haltltants of the village were mostly Mo
hammedans, Ignorant and bigoted, a scat
tering of Hindus and about loo sweepers
or out coatL-2. The latter lived In three parts
of the long; narrow village; at the eastern
and western edges and In the center.
'About a year ago a Presbyterian mis
sionary, passing the village on his wny to
other places, was hailed by Ran Jit of the
eastern mohulla (precinct). He It was who
bad been a Christian for a decade. He
began to plead for his people. Would the
missionary not stop and teach them and
arrange for a school to be started? A time
waa fixed to meet the other people who
might want to become Christians on the
missionary' return. He was also Invited
to drink milk with them. Returning to the
village, the missionary got onto the wrong
street or alley (no village road outfit to
be called a street, for they are the dirtiest
kind of narrow altevs). After hunting a
bit he found Ran JIt'a house, but was con
fronted with an angry mob of MohommeJ
dans, each armed with long bamboo clubs.
The Christian men Invited hlra in to sit
and drink the milk which waa ready for
him. But the mob said, "No, you are here
spreading plague, and must leave at once."
Missionary Trlea to Explain.
The missionary sat down and began to
tell them why he had come. They protested
that he was spreading plague. If not, why
had he wandered through one alley, then
another. He told them It waa his first
visit to the town and he hod lost his way.
The mob only sneered and said, "Plague
Run Jit, seeing drtnger, walked in front
of the missionary and dropped his club for
him. The mob became urgent. The mis
sionary said, "I will go. I mean to go,
but you must not hurry me," and kept
a steady eye on the leaders. He told them
how the government and the missions were
spending thousands to stamp out the
plague. ' .
.."That may be true," said a fierce Mo
hammedan, "but" and coming closer "you
bad better get out of her quickly, for now
the mob Is excited and I do not know
how long I can control It."
And so, amidst shouts and Jeers arm
lusty yelling, he led his bicycle out. Again
the leader of the mob ran close to him, and
as the men and boys hooted he said under
his breath. "Mount quickly and go; I can
; rot aontrol tnem Togarv". The, Christian's
" last plea warn -"Come again, sir. and send
'us a teaoher, for now these Mohammedans
will persecute us."
This is truly' worse than a backwoods town,'
for they had not learned- that the motto
of the British rule In India la "Live and
let live." The missionary visited the mag
Istrate and asked If any help could be
given to save the Christians from persecu
tions and told him that as soon aa a teacher
was ready he meant to open a school.
Driven from the Villas.
Last week the missionary pitched his
camp In a mango grove near this village.
The first day be and his Indian pastor
went Into the village they found every
man, woman and child from the three out
cast settlements wanting to become Chris
tians, and that day forty-two received
baptism. Next day the missionary's wife
with a Bible woman, went Into the central
mohulla. The Christian women were de
lighted. Invited them Into the court yard
and gathered around to visit and be
taught. The missionary and his helpers
went on to the western omhulla. When
they were well out of sight the Moham
medans began to crowd Into the Chris
tian court yard, where the women sat; a
rude thing to do to say the least, for men
of another house never go Into the
women's court yard. A strong, young.
(Bean-looking Mohammedan, with club
rained, ordered the teaching to stop and
the women to leave the village to get
straight out and Stop spreading plague.
The Christian women said: "This Is our
own house. We want to learn. We want
tins lady to stay aad teach us." No, with
mob authority only, they were driven out
and followed to the plaoe where the mis
sionary waa. He said: "This will never
do. We will go straight back there. A
bit of cowardice' at this point will not
do," and. as we went back we met the
crowd.' The missionary, with teeth set
and muscles, $00, stepped up under the
club of the leader and said: "What do you
tneanf Toy mind your business and we
will ous. '
"Meant" said the Mohammedan with a
snaij; :fl mean that every one of you
hall leave this village at once."
( '"And we mean to stay In that Christian's
house, where we are wanted. And what
is your name? I shall report you."
"My name? My name Is anything."
Out Castes Are Disheartened.
Aad we went back and stayed about an
. hour. When we went back to camp we
found our cook looking for us. Our man,
who bad gone to cut grass for the horse,
had been beaten. The rook had been re
fused water at the well from which the
fields were being watered. A crowd waa
around, threatening to burn our tents. A
note waa sent to the police officer, ten
. mile away. W waited till evening, then
went back to the mohulla. We found the
Cirfistlans all discouraged and aad. The
women go out every day t sweep and
clean and do the menial work for the
Mohammedana. All the pay they get for
It Is occasionally old cloths, and every
Friday, which la the Mohammedan Sunday
they get bread enough for their whole
family one meal. Work a week for the
sake of a Sunday dinner! This was Friday
They had been refused their bread and
been scolded at and driven off for having
Joined the plague spreaders. And there
at. hungry and dejected.
When we entered the Mohammedans
beran to gather. We railed the Christians
all Into a group and said: "Now, we will
not sing or teach you this evening. We
will Jut pray and ask Ood to straighten
this thing out for you."
"Well," they said, "pray or not pray.
whatever we do or don't do, our Uvea are
more miserable thaa ever; they will find
hundreds of ways to persecute us."
W bowed la prayer and every Moham-
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NEW CRETCinTON TJN 1 V KRSITT DOM I
medan slipped quietly away. That night
about midnight we were aroused by the
police officer. He had gathered up po
llcement from every village through which
he came and had a small army with him.
He was a Mohammedan, had been educated
In a mission school at the expense of a
missionary and waa friendly. He went
into the village at midnight and aroused
as many families as he could. Arrested the
leaders of the mob. Next morning he
brought them to our camp, frightened
nearly to death. They begged, they
pleaded for mercy. The snarling, stalwart
man of the previous day, who was then
giving commands to the missionary's wife,
now fell at her feet and stroked them and
begged. He, with the others, were gladly
forgiven, on one condition only, that they
would stop all persecution of Christians.
That evening as we walked through the
village and every day. for a week after,
the Mohammedans met us with bows and
obestance, praise and flattery which seemed
too profuse to be genuine, so extreme as
to be sickening. But the missionary be
lieved It to be sincere. He recalled how
aa a boy In the middle west, when he en
tered a district school, the attitude of the
boys changed Just as radically after a win
ning fight. "And so," he said, "It Is not
peculiar Mohammedan nature which we
have run against only the same old hu
After the police officer and his men had
spent the day eating at the expense of the
village, they stopped at our camp. The
officer eald: "That Is all humbug about 1
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spreading plague. These people know thatf
you are noi uuinx nny imim, iuti lam OU
wWTWih arid lift up these 6ut castes whom
they depress, despise, persecute aad take
service from. You vwlll make them their
equals. Then who will do their drudgery T
They say If you" will open a school for Mo
hammedans there will be no. more trouble."
The 'missionary said: "We will send a
teacher and open a school for the Chris
tians. Mohammedans and Hindus will not
be excluded, but we will open no separate
school. We have neither men nor money
to open separate schools on. caste lines,
even If we had the disposition to do so."
Ponltloa of the Oat Castes. '
This, of course, will not satisfy them.
For neither can a Hindu or Mohammedan
touch an out caste without being dellled.
If a sweeper Is to hand anything to an
other he must first lay It on the ground;
even when buying anything In the bazar
the thing bought Is thrown at him like
throwing a bone to a dog. He In turn
throws down the money and so contact is
prevented. Like the prodigal son, they
have wandered clear away. They tend the
swine, they eat the husks and, like the
prodigal, all over India, they have come
to themselves and are saying, "Let us
arise and go to our Father." And the
Father, as of yore, Is saying, "I call ye
not servants, but sons." They are receiv
ing education and are strengthening up
morally. They are literally being picked
up from the dunghill. They are foolish.
they are weak, they are base, they are
despised, they are not out caste, yet Ood
hath chosen them and can use them to set
at naught the things that are. They who
have been without a caste are fast becom-
ng an influential Christian brotherhood.
They who have been last and least in the
land are becoming first, "That no flesh
should glory in His presence."
MART E. BANDT.
CARS RUN TO FOREST LAWN
Street car service has been inaugurated
to Forest Lawn cemetery by the Omaha
St Council Bluffs Street Railway company.
A half hour service was put on for a
start, half the cars to Florence being di
verted to the cemetery. These cars are
run at considerable loss to the company,
aa on several days not more than seventeen
fares were collected. The service, however.
111 be maintained. The activity In Flor
ence land Is making the other Florence line
hummer and the company Is planning to
put on larger cars to handle the business.
Besides the large number of new residents
moving to Florence because of the cheap
ness of land, the new canning factory Is
drawing msny. This popular suburb, with
Its own electiio lights and water works
system. Is forging to the front
BEMIS CASE STILL HANGS ON
I'esr Jnrors Kile Affidavit In Hesnsnse
to City's Motion for Hew
Aa affidavit of four of the members of
the Jury which gave George P. Bemls a
verdict for Ili.OuO againat the city of Omaha
was riled Saturday in opposition to the mo
tion by the city for a new trial. In the
motion City Attorney Breen charged that
Juror Llddell was favorably disposed to
ward Mr. Lemls and was actuated by sym
pathy for him. The affidavit of the Jurors
states that Jurors Llddell and Ptckard both
held out for a low verdict aad only son
anted to the large amount after they found
the attitude of a majority of the Jurors.
It asserts that at no time did Mr. Llddell
Indicate undue sympathy for the defendant
The motion for a new trial will be taken
up before Judge Esulle within a few days,
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TORT AT TWENTT-FIFTII AND CALIFORNIA STREETS.
HOSPITAL TO BE FINISHED
Methodists Let Contract for Completion 01
the New Buildinc-
UNIQUE GIFT FROM PILGER CITIZEN
Man Whose Wife Waa Patient Glvea
Eleven Hundred Dollars Ho
Received as Verdict
The contract for the erection of the main
building for the new Methodist hospital
at Thirty-sixth and Cuming streets baa
been let to F. P. Gould & Son. Rocheford
& Gould had the contract two years ago,
when work was discontinued on the hos
pital, and since then they have dissolved
partnership. The bid of Gould & Son Is
larger than that of Rocheford St Gould,
for the reason that building material has
Increased In price in the last two years.
The main building will be 88xS5. feet, four
stories and basement. In addition there
will be built at the east end of the main
building a Service pavilion, hexagonal in
form, and 60x60 feet at the widest points,
four stories and basement. Both main
building and service - pavilion have been
built up to the water table and the heating
plant ' and operating pavilion have been
x ne nrti payment on me noapiuu uu
,crlpUon pt.dges made this aprlng will be
flue Jane L
,The cornerstone of the main building will
be laid May 24. It will be laid by Bishop
J. W. Hamilton of Can Francisco, who pre
aided at the conference hero last fall, and
who .Is no v .bU?y ' raising a f und,: of 1200,0
to rebuild the Methodist churches of San
Francisco. He Is In the east now and .will
stop one day for' the cornerstone laying, on
his way, to California. Governor Mlckepr
will preside over the ceremonies.
On the evening of; the same day the
Omaha Memodlst union will hold Its annual
banquet, 'at the Commercial club at 7:30.
Governor Hbch of Kansas has been Invited
to be present and take part In the program.
Dr. Mason North of New York, an au
thority on city unions, and Governor Mickey
will deliver addresses.
I nlqae Gift - to Hospital
A good subscription came In a peculiar
way to the Methodist hospital fund recently. I
The amount was tl,16&66, and it was sent
by a citizen of Pilger, Neb., whose wife
was a patient at the Methodist hnspltal in
Omaha a year. or two ago. He was so
pleased with the hospital that after the
death of his wife, which occurred some
months after she had left the hospital, he
expressed his desire to do something for the
Institution. Several months ago this man
was injured in a wreck on the Northwest
ern road and brought suit against the com
pany for damages. In conversation with
one of the hospital authorities he promised
to give to the building fund whatever
amount he might receive as damages from
the railroad company. The court awarded
htm something like J1.6O0, and after paying
the expenses of the suit he had tl.16d.66 left.
This amount he sent to the hospital.
THOUSAND MEN ARE AT WORK
Large Fore Basy on Burlington's
Worlaad Branch to Com
plete It Jnne 1.
George M. Holdrege, general manager of
the Burlington, has returned from a trip
to the Big Horn country.
"Every effort la being made to push
the Worland extension," said Mr. Hol
drege, "and we hope to have the line
completed to Wor'.and by July 1. We have
1,000 men at work and the grading Is com
pleted, except In Rock canyon. Track lay
ing and bridge building is the work In
hand now. The whole country looks fine
and people who go there this spring to the
opening of the Shoshone reservation will
see a country which will open their eyes.
The fields, the crops and the cattle and
sheep are in splendid condition and the
whole country Is prosperous. Work on the
Irrigation ditches Is progressing nicely and
many acres will be added this summer to
that already In use. Water Is working
wonders In fhe western country and I un
derstand some of the companies guarantee
the price paid for land will be made the
first year If sugar beets are' grown. The
beet sugar factory at Billings has arranged
with the farmers under the Hanover canal
to have 1.300 acrea of beets cjUsed this sea
son and a promise haa been made for a
factory at Worland which. will handle the
WORKMAN GETS LEG BROKEN
Mechaals ln Lewerlng Strnrtarnl
Iran tnstalna Several InJnrlea
.that Are Ssrleaa.
Patrick Lynch, 1114 South Twelfth street,
sustained severe Injuries Saturday morn
ing while working on the iron construction
of the new Kennard building. Fourteenth
and Douglas streets. Both bones of the
man's light leg were broken below the
knee aad his ankle Joint waa dislocated.
Dr. Omar R. Porter attended Lynch, who
waa taken to his home. Lyneh waa en
gaged in lowering aome structural iron.
when a rope broke and oaught hua around
the leg. ao It was reported,
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MEMORIAL TO JUDGE REDICK
Services Held by Old Associates In
Honor of Late Pioneer
Memorial services for the late Judge John
I. Redlck were held In district court room
No. 1 Saturday morning. Resolutions, pre
pared by a committee of the bar, were
read by Judge Wakeley, who also deliv
ered an eulogy on Judge Redlck, com
mending him as a lawyer, business man,
citizen, husband and father.
Judge Wakeley was followed, by W. J.
Connell and Judge Doane of the committee
and Charles J. Oreene and O. W. Shields.
Their remarks consisted of reminiscences
indicative of Judge Redlck's characteristics.
In behalf of the district Judges, Judge
Lee Estclle, who had known Judge Redlck
since early In the '70s, responded. He re
called a prediction of Judge Redlck's that
Omaha would become the most Important
city .between Chicago and the coast, and
cited It aa an Instance of Judge Redlck's
faith la the city.
Thars waa a large attendanoe of. mem
bers of the bar.
STRAWBERRIES FROM SOUTH
Prodnct . for- Omaha Cones gross
IrkSMM rtrsi aad U Ut
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' Arkansas strawberries ara' now on the
market aad clarga numbers of nice ones
ara arriving dally. The strawberries at
present are earning from Van Bursn. This
strawberry business from the south has
all been workes-up In the last rt-hroe years.
The first berrlesto reach Omaha are from
Texas, then ' Arkansas, then Missouri, ana
then the' home' product., The berry season
Is short, generally; from May 1 So June L
This ysftr It was abouf ten days late, The
Burlington handled over J00 can 'Of .straw
berries through Omaha last ' season,1 the
home consumption being about 150 cara. '
OMAHA MAKES B1GGR0WTH
City Shows Substantial Increase la
Population grwna the New
, The Omaha directory is in the hands of
the printers and wtll.soon be out. The
directory this -year will have a vast num
ber more names than any previous dlrec
tory, due in large part to the Increase in
population In Omaha. ' ' The manager of
this year's directory, has Included In the
directory list many, names which were
omitted by previous managers, and this
will also Increase . the " list. While the
manager could.-not . make an estimate of
the-Increase In population which this di
rectory would show, he said a substantial
Increase was certain.
OMAHA SHOWS UP WELL FOR APRIL
Building in Twenty-Seven Cities Shows Increase for Month of
Twelve Pr Cent, the Omaha Figures
Building continues active all over tho
country. Permits were taken out in
twenty-seven of the) principal cities in
April, according' to official reports- to Con
struction News, for the construction of
12,386 buildings, involving 86,870,40:, against
New York, includ'g Manhattan and Bronx
Seventeen of the prosperous cities of the
middle west had the coast show remark-
able Increases, but the average Is reduced
by a number of cities, which, because of
their population, occupy an inconspicuous
position in the table of building opera-
lions. New York. Including Manhattan
and The Bronx, shows a decrease of 4 per
cent, and Brooklyn 16 per cent. Upon the 86; New Orleans, 86; Portland, 10; Seattle,
other hand, Chicago rhows an increase of 62; St. Louis, ; Taooma, 43; Detroit, C;
86 per cent. The smaller cities which con Toledo, 26; Memphis, 24; Philadelphia, 23;
tribute generously to the average deeress Los Angeles and Omaha, IS; St. Paul, C
ara Davenport. 30 par seat Orand Rapids, and Cincinnati. 1 per cent For the first
88; Columbus, St; while Important cities la time In many years San Francisco Is m Ian
watch Cher waa a tailing stt were: Minns- lng from the Hat of cities which have
spoils, 43; Loeosvtlle, 86; Washington, 21; shown remarkable activity la building.
Tecrar U, and Milwaukee, L The do- Tb Construction Newa
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NEW PARLTN. ORENDORF St MARTIN WAREHOUSE ON JONES STREET, BETWEEN TENTH
KOliNTZE PAYS CHURCH DEBT
Will Give Enonch Money to Believe Mem
orial Lutheran Church of Obligation. ,
EXACTS PROMISE TO STAY OUT OF DEBT
Action Will Enable Organisation to
Retain Adjoining Property for
Large Stone House for
Herman Kountze has offered to give the
Kountze Memorial Lutheran church enough
money to pay all debts, between 126,000 and
130,000. so that the new building may be
dedicated free of debt May 27.
Mr. Kountze aaid Saturday In response to
an Inquiry concerning a rumor of the gift
that he had offered to give the money to
the church under certain conditions. These
conditions are that the church's entire
debt, which la the exact amount he pro
poses to give, will not exceed $30,000, and
that the church make an agreement not to
Inour any more debt.
A congregational meeting of the ohurch
for Monday . evening. May 14. was an
nounced from the pulpit last Sunday. At
this meeting the exact amount of the debt,
supposed to be in the neighborhood of $28,
000, will be made known and Mr. Kountze s
kindness announoed. All arrangements pre
liminary to dedication will be completed.
Previous to the time Mr. Kountze made
his offer It. waa proposed to sell the lots
and two houses Just west of the ohurch In
order to get money to pay the debt. . Now
the. ground can be retained for. a parsonage.
'ahdUt Is 'proposed Uo 'build' one 'of stone,
to-conform with' the churchy" When AaTcB
well permit ' .'.'. ' J '
i The Kountze Memorial church) haa 'never
been dedicated. -It waa in '1863 that Augus
tus Kountze made-a gift" to-Emanuel' Lu
theran church, 'and-the name was changed
to Kountae Memorial In honor of his
father. Christian Kountae. The condition
attendant upon the donation was that tho
chusch be dedicated without debt The old
church, which stood at Sixteenth and Har
ney streets, was never dedicated because
It was never entirely free from debt
MANAWA 0PENSlN TWO WEEKS
lows Resort Will Bo . In Operation
Sunday Before Formal Open
lng Decoration Day.
Manawa will be opened to the public May
J7. the Sunday before Decbratlon day, and
Manager' Byrne will have everything . in
readiness .by .that time. The formal open
ing had been planned for Decoration day,
but Mr. Byrne decided It better to throw
the park open for the Sunday before to
t.SSt buildings, aggregating In cost $5O,06V
iz, tor tne corresponding month a year
ago, an Increase of 2.69S buildings and
SS.Sle.MO In cost, or 13 per cent. The figures
in detafl are as follows;
I 1900. 1KB. Percent.
No. I Cobt. No. I Cost. Gain. Loss.
464 I14.7S7.916 413 $ 6,:i, 4r 7.7. 4
1.1.0 ,i71.r47 i,m .M.02l 16
XJ 4.46i,71i 44 2.DK3.17S 4
2.8 4.071.W8 L7 J.310,740 XJ
US J.w-',361 3u6 l.tfiW 1
604 1.681, IMS J 1,147,8.0 a
641 1.43S.liO l,0U7,t0 42
iJi 1.4-1), 3-6 81 02.464 114
611 1, 074.3.'2 61 to.:. (IMS 2
4o7 l.o'Te.ojo m i,iA.jrs 1
m 1.014.607 612 1.011,47 I
(44 SW.ODO :0 1.671.U5 43
2U6 4.u76 t4S 60.(X0 13
2w 723.000 366 678,116. I
249 636,010 111 313.870 TO
StA 6U0.O70 27 2bi.iA 96
461, 32,4K9 34
273 443.676 tO. 45. 136 36
442. HVi 49.0o6 86
161 3IW4J6 183 3U6.W2 26
IX! S73.3U6 117 S14.& 17
367 228,6X 277 617.- 26
137 314.807 93 117.263 167
, 169 812.9A6 140 218.9:) 43
163 219.077 2z6 300.872 ,
14 30.198 46 166.180 W
794 12.139.876 8u 7.2wt.3uU 66
12,316 $T.87'),402 S.686 160.06.672 13
creases are at such widely scattered points
that they are .Insignificant as having any
bearing upon the general situation,
An evenly healthy condition in building
trades prevails throughout the cities of
the middle west and the coast, evidence of
which is to be found in toe Increases in
Duluth, 167 per cent; Buffalo, 114; Atlanta,
accuMom the men to handling crowds be
fore the big rush cams on the holiday. A
changed appearance will be presented to
the visitor this season aa he enters the
grounds. The ball park enclosure has been
removed and thrown into the main park.
The large roller coaster figure "t" has
been placed In the old ball park. The ani
mal menageiie has been enlarged and Man
ager Byrne will go to Chicago before the
opening 1 to get some new amusement fea
tures. Everything possible for the amuao
ment -of tho people will be done and an
effort made to keep up the splendid record
made by the park last year, when a neat
sum of money was netted, In spite of the
absence of an entrance fee.
LEAGUE OF H0ME MAKERS
Coming Convention of Local Building
and Lonn Association Men
CINCINNATI, May 12. (Special.) "The
American Home the Safeguard of American
Liberties." This motto, the watchword of
the United States League of Local Build
ing and Loan Associations, will be em
blazoned everywhere In the city of Cin
cinnati, with banners of welcome fluttering
from all aides, when tho fourteenth annual
convention of tho league Is called to order
here on July 24.
Besides tho United States league conven
tlon there will also be a stato convention
In Cincinnati on the same dates, for the
Ohio Building Association league will also
meet for lis eighteenth annual ooifventlon.
Every possible preparation Is being made
for the bit double convention. Members
of tho Cincinnati associations and the Hani'
llton, pouhty Xagu'e of Building and 'Loan,
Associations are.vleing with one' another
lrl their efforts toviiyiure the. success of the
meeting, and of., thai successful entertain
ment tif,tha delegates and visitors. .
When it Is said that two members of the
United States league executive committee
ara Clnctnnatlans Leajuo Secretary Her
man F. Cellarlus and Gxeoutive Commit
teeman Fred Bader the delegates from
other states and those who have attended
previous conventions will need no further
assurance that nothing will be left undone
in the preparation for the big double con
ventlon In July,
Although the meeting last year In New
Tork City was a most successful one, It is
the expectation that this year's meeting
will eclipse all former years, both in point
of attendance and with respect to impor
tant and encouraging reports that will be
received. The fact is Incontrovertible that
building and loan associations over the en
tire country have had a banner year and
reports will show remarkable increase from
Thousands upon thousands of new mem
bers have been added to the lists of tho
various associations throughout the coun
try, which means Increases of tens of mil
lions of dollars In the receipts and dis
bursements for the current year over Its
predecessor. Such flattering reports are
made certain by the partial reports which
have already reached League Secretary
Cellarlus, besides being based upon ap
proximate estimates compiled from data
collected during the year.
Present Indications point to an Increase
of more than 200,000 In the membership of
L6J1.046. the total for last year, while an
Increase of between $40,000,000 and $60,000,009
in the total assets of $600,342,686 is also prom
laed. At- the last annual meeting the in
creased membership for the year ended
waa (4.346, while the Increase in the assets
The thirteenth annual report of the
United States League showed decreases in
assets in but six states, all other states
showing Increases, while but seven states
out of the twenty-one represented showed
decreased membership. Indications thl
year point to the overcoming of the de
creases In these various states, and It
expected that increases will be shown in all
Of the, states that lost membership last
year all but one Illinois showed decreases
In assets as well However, Illinois, though
showing a decreased membership of 2,626,
rolled up an Increase of $1,643,313 In assets
for Its building associations, with a mem
bershlp of 80,876 In the state. Notwlthstand
lng the decrease of $1,766,690 in the building
association assets of these six states, the
net Increase In asset for the twenty-one
states represented for the current year 1904-
1806 was $20,736,471. Nebraska will show
gain of S.0U9 members and $1,008,000 assets.
With an added membership of 2o0,000 for
tne present year and an Increase of be
tween $40,000,000 and $7J0,000,OuO in assets the
United Butts League of Local Building and
Loan Associations will show total asset
of some $66,000.0f and a total membership
of over 1.800,000 to attest to the merit of It
motto, "The American Home the Safeguard
of American Liberties."
, Kssssa Mast Servo Tine.
TOPE K A. Kan.. May 12. The state au
prune court today athrmed the derision of
tne aim net court in tne case ot Frank M
amptx-ii, a former member of the Kan
City (Han.) school board, convicted of ac
cepting a bribe In lw)3 and sentenced to
term of from one to seven years In the
Cuban Steamer A Mr.
BALTIMORE!, May 12.-A wireless report
from Cape Lookout lighthouse No. T2 says
the steamer Vlgtlanoia, from New Tork fur
Huvana. was an re at I clock this mora.
lug off Cape Lookout. AX 1js the Ara waa
tuiaf aiMil rti
The newly organised Real Estate Ex
change Building company mot Saturday
noon at the Commercial club and looked
over the abstraots and other papers pre
paratory to the transfer to the oompany
from the Woodmen circle of the lot at tho
southwest corner of Eighteenth and Farnara
streets. At the close of the board's delib
erations the executive committee was au
thor led to complete the purchase. It la
expected the deed will be signed Monday
morning. Stockholders who have signed
since the organisation of the company ara
8. 8. Curtis, Fred R. Dufrcne, Charles
McMunemy, George B. Biker, C. R. Qlovor,
W. D. Reed, the Russell St McKltrlok com.
pany and Reed Bros. The canvass has beort
stopped, as there Is room but for eight
more stockholders, and there are twenty
tlvo real estate men considered as prob
The president of the board ot directors
has been authorised to sign a petition to
the council asking for sewer repairs and)
paving In the alley In the rear of the prop
erty. Three business men outside the real
estate fraternity have applied for space
In the proposed building. Two have asked
for two floors each and one for one floor.
It has not yet been deolded whether or
not the building will be erected for real
estate men alone. At the stockholders
meetings last Tuesday a committee, con
Istlng of W. L. Belby, W. R. Homan and
Ernest Sweet, was appointed to receive
the propositions of prospeotlve tenants with.
view to settling on the charaoter of con
duction ot the building. An adjourned
meeting of the stockholders will be held
Wednesday noon after the' regular meeting;
of the Real Estate exchange, and meetings
probably will be held each Wednesday
The largest single transaction In many
months, with the exception of the sale of
Frank Partnalee's property on North Six
teenth street to Herman Colin, was the
transfer of the Davldge block by O. Olf
ford Davldge and others to Dr. Harold
Qlfford of Omaha. Including agents' com
missions, the property brought $103,000.
Dr. Qlfford has always Invested in farm.
property, but now he haa decided that
Omaha property Is the place to put hla
money. He sold a big ranch at Norths
Platte at a big advance over the price ha
paid several years ago and used that
money in the recent purchase. Dr. Qlf
ford haa been a successful buyer of farms.
Six years ago he bought the Kaufman
ranch, a few miles north of Florence, fog
$30,000, and now It la said to bs worth
double that figure.
"There Is a growing healthy demand fog
good property, particularly residence
property, at reasonable figures," said John
I McCagua. "It Is nothing startling,
not a boom at v all, but a natural, quiet,
legitimate growth. For a good many '
years we real estate men waited several
months for an offer when we advertised
property, and it Is only recently that the
situation haa become so encouraging. !
About a month ago I advertised for sale
house and lot at $3,000, but I didn't
push It until within the last week. Two
or three prospeotlve purchasers came in
a few days ago, but today they cams In a
heap, four of them. One of them bought
the property. Of course they couldn't all
have It. This merely shows the need of
more dwellings In tha city.
It seems evident that President W. It
Green of the Real Estate exchange haa
planned to have all tha prospective repub
lican candidates for the Nebraska senator
ship address the exchange. In the course
of addresses which he has arranged, John
L. Webster and Charles J. Qreena hava
already appeared before the realty men.
Now, Mr. Green has. written to Norrls
Brown asking him to be the guest of tha
exchange next Wednesday and exploit hla
Ideas on any subject he may see fit to se
lect. It is said that Gordon W. Wattle
will com next, and that EL (Rose water
will be asked to contribute the last of tha
series of addresses when he returns (ram
Rome. However, Mr. Green's plan seema
to be entirely Innocent of politics. Charles
Oreene touched UghUy oa politics la
Its relation to business, while John I
Webster confined hla romarka to the sub
ject of commercial aad lad us trial prosper.
Bids are to be returned May t9 on tha new,
building of the First Reformed church.
which will be located at Twenty-third and
Boulevard. It will be of brick and its di
mensions will be 46x70 feet. An old frama
church now stands on the site, which Is
but a block distant from tha South Omaha
H. F. Curtis will build a brick double
dwelling, 40x34 feet, on the site of the old
Beth-Eden Baptist church, on Leavenworth)
street. Just south of Park avenue.
Thomas Tomb of Kansas City has let
to John Prendergast the oontracA for a O tie
story and basement brick building; 32x6d
feet, at 1220 Harney street. It will be tha
home of the Omaha Plating company.
A syndicate consisting of Henry V. Wy
man, Mrs. Wy man and Myron P. Learned
has bought a piece of trackage ground at
Sixteenth and Nicholas streets from tha
Omaha National bank for $9,000. It la aa
L-shaped traot, having a frontage of atxtjr
slx feet on Nicholas street, a frontage of
thirty-two feet on alley, and an an
treme length of 133 feet.
The following sales ara reported by tha
Byron Reed company: From the Byron
Reed company to Joseph Trlts, a row of
three cottages at 2611-13-16 South Thirteenth
street, for $4,260; front James Oameron to
Jules Nleto, house and lot at 271S-12 Parker
street, for Investment, $3,200; A. Wolfe ta
Mrs. Wilde, house and lot at 3616 St Mary's
avenue; to Miss Wilde, house at 130S South
A sale important because a fine residence
Is to be bulK on the ground involved, waa
that made by B. M. Olbson of a lot on
Thirty-sixth street, near Dewey avenue.
Immediately adjoining that recently bought
by Dr. Olfferd. Mr. Olbson will build on
the lot a restdtaoe costing between $10,009
Mrs. Dora Harney has bought from H. Q,
Straight, the residence at 1238 Soots-twenty
-eighth street, aa aa Investment. Shn
(Continued an Becoud faga.)
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