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Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XXXVIr-NO. 171.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 3, 1907,-TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COPY THREE CENTS.
Head-on Collision Between Paaaeurer
Traini Hear Volland. Kani&s.
VICTIMS ARE NEARLY ALL MEXICANS
VTrjciaze Take Fin and Many of the
fodiea An Inoi&erated.
FIFTY-FIVE PERSONS ARE INJURED
Wreck Oooart Shortly After 6 A. 1L and
All Pautneers Are Aileep.
BLAME IS PLACED ON OPERATOR
Hallway Officials Car He Failed fa
Deliver Order Telegrapher Bar
, Engineer Passed Signal Set
As alna t Ula.
TOPEKA, Kbju. Jan. 1 Four white
nun, a negro train porter and about
thirty Mexican laborers lost their , Uvea
and fifty-five peraone were Injured when
two passenger trains on the Chicago, Rock
Island A PaoiAo railroad collided head-on
(our nflles west of Volland, Kan., at 6:10
O'clock this morning,
JULIUS BURME1STER, Davenport, la.,
LLLAM T. MILLER, Soldier City,
ALBERT LINK, 1038 Pine street, Topeka,
FRANK BAYER, passenger, New Lon
MEXICAN LABORERS, numbering sup
posedly between twenty-five and thirty
UNIDENTIFIED WHITE MAN. Mitchell.
The more seriously Injured!
R. A. Hicks, 2318 Tracy avenue, Kansas
CHv. Injured internally: knee hurt.
William Douela. Nevada. Mo., collar
bone broken: right ankle dislocated and
fractured: head bruised.
O. Harrison, baggageman, Kansas City,
Mil., head cut and hurt internally.
E. H. Dauchey, assistant engineer, left
tar badly torn; right leg crushed; right
ankle dislocated; head bruised.
W. A. Willett Peabody, Kan., arms
burned: one rib broken: back SDrsined.
William T. Miller wss riding tha blind
baggage and was crushed to death.
Man who has just returned from the
jcene of the wreck says that over thirty
persons were burned to death.
It Is Impossible to Identify the dead Mexl
The trains were Noa. 29 and SO, running
between Chicago and El Paso. They met
on a sharp curve with fearful Impact Ad'
ding to the horror of the collision, fire from
the lamps In the cars and from the locomo
tive was communicated to the splintered
wreckage and spread rapidly, consuming
five of the forward cara of train No. 29,
west bound, and burning a number of the
passengers. All but three of those who
perished are thought to have been Mexican
laborers, who were on their way from Co
lumbus Junction, O., to Mexico.
Operator la Blamed.
The officials of the company place the
blame on John Lynes, the 18-year-old tele
graph operatojRt,, Volland, who failed to
atop train No, 2) at his station after receiv
ing orders to hold It there until train No.
an nad passed. Lynes is being held by tha
authorities of Wabunae county at Alma for
, By the, light of the flaming wreckage
passenger who were uninjured worked he
roically to save those who were pinned fast
beneath the mass of splintered timbers and
twisted Ironwork. The lack of tools to work
with In chopping away the aldea of the cara
was a great hindrance to the early rescue
In ail hour and a half from the time of
the wreck the first relief train, from Mc
Farland, Kan., bringing surgeons and help
era, reached the scene. In the meantime
the rescue work was being pushed by vol
unteers, while surgeons for miles around
promptly responded to the calls for their
services. Another relief train from Topeka
and two wrecking trains soon arrived, and
all of tha dead and Injured that had been
taken from the wreck were brought to
this city, where the Injured were placed
In hospitals. Two Injured Mexicans died
on the way to Topeka, and Link, the negro
porter, died at St. Ormont hospital Bhortly
after being taken there. When Link was
rescued It was necessary to tear hla left
" : x from his body to extricate hint from
. Five minutes before the trains crashed
together the operators tor miles along the
line of tha Rock Island system knew that
the collision was certain, aa Lynea wired
from Volland that he bad let No. 29 pass,
but there was no earthy means of prevent
ing the disaster.
At I o'clock tonight the company com
pleted a track around .the wreck and the
line was open again.
Collision, om Osrrs,
Tha wrack occurred on a grade, on a
curve and in a out. No. 29 was running
Slow on account of the heavy grade and
heavy train. No. to had Just reached the
top of the hill when the engineer saw ths
reflection of the headlight of tha train
ahead. He shut down and the passengers
on his train said they were not running
more than ten miles an hour when tha
crash occurred. No. 29 was not going mors
than fifteen miles an hour at the time.
The Injuries were caused more by the
setting of the emergency brakes than by
the wreck Itself, according to the pas
sengers. The engineer of Ko, 29 set -his
brakes and almost every passenger was
thrown out of his seat or berth. Immedi
ately following this came tha collision. The
Mexicans were pinioned under the seats
and the doors were jammed so they could
not get out. In the chair car also many
passengers were held down by tha seats.
The train caught fire from the gas tanks,
which were broken. The passengers in the
rear cars escaped In their night clothes
and dressed in the mud beside ths tracks.
Than came the cries for he'- among the
Mexicans In ths smoking c. ?.nd the
people pinioned fast In the chair car. Every
man and nearly every woman on the train
turned out to help rescua the unfortunates.
Sevan Mexicans were rescued from ths
smoker and then the flames became so bad
It wss Impossible for the men to go Inside
Wemaa Bsrsti Death.
The Injured were removed from the chair
cars with less difficulty and apparently all
were rescued alive from these cars. How
ever, some of the passengers on train No.
28 declared that a woman and a little girl
about I years old were burned In the chair
car. F. A. Blgourney from Iowa, on of
the nomaseeaers on am iruq, emm:
"I saw that woman and her baby In that
car. The flames were all around her, but
she seemed pinioned down and could not
get out. and none of ua was able to reach
. her. Halt a doaen man tried to fight their
way into the car, but could not get through
' tha flames, and we bad to stand there and
(jOeaUnued oo Third P4-
SUMMARY OF THE DEE
Thursday, Janaary S, 190T.
FORECAST FOR NKBHARKA Fair
Thursdny and much colder In west por
tion. Friday, fair and not so cold In west
FORECAST FOR IOWA Fair in wf
and clearing In east portion Thursday;
colder. Friday, fair.
Temnerature at Omaha vesterdav
Hour. Pes;. Hour.
a. m S 1 p. m
f a. m....
m . ,
I a. m
I a. m
10 l m
11 a. m
7 p. m
o s p. m
9 p. m
Interstate Commerce commission finds
that coal famine In northwest was due to
railroads favoring more profitablo traf
fic. Page 8.
Hpuse committee on public lands In
vestigating methods of corporations in
acquiring coal lands. Vega 1.
Southern Cotton association asks that
New Tork Cotton exchange be denied use
of malls on gnpund that Its contracts are
fraudulent. Page 8.
Secretary Wilson announces that If
dealers think they can defy or evade the
pure food law they must take the conse
quences, as prosecutions will follow.
People of Bayard, out of fuel, help
themselves to car belonging to company,
which later orders remainder distributed.
Claims bill is all prepared to present to
the legislature. 'are 3.
Adjutant General Culver announces the
arrangements for the Inaugural recep-
tfcm. Pag-e 3.
Governor Hughes asks change In law
governing contested elections In New
Tork. Bill Is Introduced to this effect In
legislature. Pag 8.
Chancellor von Buelow fit Germany Is
sues manifesto declaring opposition to
both socialists and clericals. Pare 1L
Thirty persons, a majority Mexicans,
are killed in railroad wreck near Alta
Vista, Kan. Many bodies are burned.
Judge Sutton announces he will have
contempt proceedings filed against At
torney Connell for conduct during hearing
of Coal trust case. Attorney says he Is
ready to meet the charge. Page T.
Omaha Realty dealers look for active
business during the current year. Page T.
Commercial club discusses putting line
of steamboats and barges on the Missouri
river and local capitalists indicate a
willingness to Invest money In the enter
prise, 'sere T.
Joint meeting of- railway organizations
held at Sheridan tp discuss grievances to
be presented to Chicago officials of Bur
lington. Pare 1
Grand Island Commercial club passes
resolutions urging Union Pacific foremen
and . company to settle any differences
they may have without recourse to strike.
General Manager Mohler of Unlpn Pacific
points out reasons why he thlnka men
should not strike. '' '"'. ' ' Page 1.
ootriroix. bluff ajt Iowa.
Harrison Crisas kills Mrs. Lucy May
at Little Sioux and commits suicide.
Old man arrested at Neola, . Ia., for
criminal assault on a little girl. Page 11.
Insurance men pressing for settlement
of water works controversy In Council
Bluffs that fire protection may be im
proved. ' Page 1L
Hearing before Iowa Railway commla
slon on rate for cream shtpmenta devel
ops Into fight between the large and small
creameries. Pare 11
Contests In both singles and doubles In
the city bowling tournament. Page 8.
George Tebeau removes from Louisville
and will devote most of his time to the
ball club in that city. Pag 8.
MOYEatCVTI OP OCEAN STEAMSHIPS
Port. ArrtYeo, Galled.
NEW TORK l.ulonlo Potadam.
NEW YORK.... KroonUad.
NEW TORK Oceania,
COPENHAGEN. ..A launder
GLASGOW ruroeela ,
ST. JOHN S
FRUIT JOBBERS IN SESSION
Transportation Committee Reports
General Complaint of Over,
ehargei by Railroads.
KANSAS CITY, Jan. t The third an
nual convention of the Western Fruit Job-
1 ...MlaHnn mAt h.M M.T With 1 3.
delegaTe. present, representing fh.
Ing states: Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska,
Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Colorado, Texas,
South Dakota,- Wisconsin, North Dakota,
Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Oregon, Utah,.
Washington and Missouri. Winnipeg, Man.,
was also represented.
The feature of today'a aesslon was ths
report of the committee on transportation.
The report stated that the new railroad
rate law had been of great benefit to fruit
Jobbers, but that further concessions from
the railroads were necessary. Among the
things complained of were the Increase of
the minimum carload weight of dried fruits
and canned goods from 40,000 to 60,000
pounds, a hardship on small shippers, and
the rates on grapes from New York to the
Missouri river and territory west of the
Mississippi river which, the report stated,
are too high. There Is, the report alleged,
a general complaint pt the prevalence of
overcharging on the part of the railroads.
The quoted rate, it Is declared, cannot be
The report alleged that "the evil of ex
press companies being buyers and sellers
of products has not entirely abated." This
alleged practice by which the express com
panies enter into competition with their
patrons, the shipper and receiver, was con
demned. Colorado Lenlslatare Organises.
DENVER, Jan. 2. The general assembly
of Colorado organised this afternoon. There
was no contest over the organisation, offN
cr having been agreed upon in the re
publican caucus. Representative Robert G.
Ureckeniidge of Rio Urande county was
elected srwaker of the house and 8enato
M. H Lewis of Fremont president pro tern
of the senate. ,
Jealenay Ciihi Sheotlmgr.
I .A GRANGE, Oa.. Jan. J.-Frank M.
Ridley, jr., of La Grange was shot and
dungrroualy wounded by Harvey HIU of
Atlanta today. The shooting occurred at
tha wedding of Miss Ellis Ridley, a cousin
of the wounded uian. It is aaaerted lliat
lull was ui luve wu& the bride.
COAL LAND INVESTIGATIONS
Houie Committee InTeitiratine. Yethodi by
Which Corpora tioni Acquire Them.
STATE Hr 'HEM OUT IN UTAH DEAL
enae Burean Permits
.of Denatured Alcohol la
d. Cars fader Supervision
(From a? Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, Jan. ..-(Special Tele
gram.) Major John F. Lacey, chairman of
the public lands committee of the house.
wag in conference today with Secretary
Hitchcock relative to the coal land law
of the United States, and the alleged
frauda growing out of their occupancy by
the rallrosdn and other holding companies.
'The first thing in the matter of legisla
tion Is to get the actual facts," said Major
Lacey. "The committee on public lands
of the house has taken up the subject of
the president's message on the conl lands
question and has taken considerable testi
mony. It will resume the hearing on Janu
ary 9. Secretary Hitchcock has been in
vited to appear at that time.
"Evidence taken thus far deals with the
subject of the procuring of coul lands by
the state of Utah as agricultural land and
then selling the same as coal land at $2.G0
an acre. The United States government
cannot sell coal land at less than $10 an
acre when located more than fifteen miles
from a railroad and not less than $20 an
acre If less than fifteen miles from a rail
road. Price Prevents Reamlar Entry. -
"This price has been high enough to cause
land to be taken very Blowly for coal.
Only about 44,000 acres of coal land was
entered In the whole United States last
year and It has averaged not over 30,000
acres a year during the last six years.
Coal land, It appears, Is secured In this
roundabout way through the state selection
and not under the coal land law, but to
avoid the payment of the high price, fixed
at 110 and $20 an acre under the coal land
"In Wyoming and the Dakotas the state
land cannot be sold at less than $10 an
acre under the terms of the grant to the
state, so that there Is no profit In getting
the state to select land to sell to coal
purchasers because the price would still
be not less than $10 an acre. If there are
64,000,000 acres of government coal land
in the United States, as suggested by tha
late order of withdrawal. It can readily be
seen that at 30,000 or 40,000 acres a year it
would take a long time to make much im
pression' on It.
'But there have been entries made under
other laws, so as to avoid the coal land
laws. The evasion of the coal land laws'
seems to have been accomplished In various
ways. The committee is seeking to get
at the bottom facts."
Tank Cars for Alcohol.
The commissioner of Internal revenue has
determined to allow the shipment of de
natured alcohol in tank cara Just as gaso
line and kerosene la now ahlpped. Alcohol
when denatured will be ahlpped In tank
cara under the survlslioX internal rev-l
enue collectors, and when filled and of
ficially sealed, a tank car will be considered
a "package." The law does not say what
dimensions a "package" shall be, and there
fore It Is to be construed that a package
may be of any else the commissioner may
see fit to permit. This method of trans
porting denatured alcohol will enable its
manufacturers to compete successfully as
to rates with shippers of gasoline and kero
sene. This move on the part of the com
mlssloner of Internal revenue Is considered
about the hardest blow the Standard Oil
people have had In many daya, as de
natured alcohol can thus come into direct
competition with that company's products.
Minor Matters at Capital.
W. F. Field, special agent of the super
vising architect's office of the Treasury de
partment, left tonight for Iowa to look
over various sites offered to the government
for public buildings at Clarlnda, Decorah,
Eathervllle and Shenandoah.
The application of J. W. Wilson, C. C.
McCune, James Bell and others to organize
the First National bank of Polk, Neb.,
with $25,000 capital, has been approved by
me comptroller oi ins currency.
Postmasters appointed: Nebraska, Al
bany, Sheridan county, Allen 3arker, vice
M. Roberts, resigned. Iowa, Randall, Fay
ette county, Andrew J. Ramsay, vice J. E,
Peter McLaren has been appointed reg
ular and Hiram Flavanway substitute rural
carrier for route 2 at Vienna, S. D.
WRECK ON GREAT NORTHERN
Eailboand Oriental Express Derailed
Hear Macon, Most, by Spread
ing? of the Ralls.
ST. PAUL, Jan. lA special to the Dis
patch from Helena, Mont., says: Three
persona were badly injured In the wreck
bound Great Northern passenger train at
Macon, Mont. The wreck was due to
spreading rails, which caused the entire
train to leave the track, with the excep.
tlon of the diner and rear sleeper. The
cara turned on their aides, and as the train
was running at great speed, it Is regarded
aa miraculous that more casualties did not
The injured are:
A. B. Simmons of Chicago, salesman.
C. C. Ladd, mail clerk. Grand Forks.
H. Lamm, mall clerk. Grand Forks, N. D.
M'CLELLAN DEFIES TAMMANY
In Naming; Dooltngr aa President of
Election Board Mnyor Ignores
NEW TORK. Jan. 2-John T. Doollng
was named by Mayor McClellan today to
succeed John R. Voorhls as president of the
Board of Elections. In announcing the
appointment the mayor threw down the
gauntlet to Tammany Hall and Its leader.
not recognize the existing control in Tam
many or tolerate any relations with its
1 ahould like," he said, "to have the
support of the democratic organisation, be
cause 1 have always been a believer In
party responsibility In administration, but
if I cannot have that support under condi
tions which favor clean and efficient gov
ernment I am content to do without It"
Skeettnar In Mlssonrl.
CARTHAGE. Mo., Jan. 2.-Dr. J. W.
Meredith was shot and probably fatally
wounded by Arthur Sanderson at the 1st
ter's home here today. tjanderson had
called the physician into attend his wife
and then met hi in at the door and opened
ttre. Sanderson, who was arrested, as
seried that Dr. Meredith had broken up
hta home, Meredith says that Unn-iiranr)
had shut without provocation.
WOMAN SHOOTS AT JUDGE
St. l.eili Jnrlat Target for Litigant
Who Hnd Appeared Be
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 2. Just after Judge Mc
Donald of the circuit court had convened
court this morning Miss Roea Well sud
denly arose from among the spectators
and fired point blank with a revolver at
the judge. The bullet missed him. She
was disarmed and arrested. She was a
litigant In a case concerning a disputed
inheritance that was tried before Judge
McDonald two months ago.
Rosa Weil, accompanied by her older sla
ter, Clara Well, entered the court room a
few minutes before court convened and
quietly took seats on the second specta
tors' bench back of the railing. Their ap
pearance attracted no attention and they
sat quietly watching the proceedings as
Judge McDonald entered from his private
chamber and took his seat on the bench.
Motions were offered in a pending case and
an attorney had started to address the
court when Rosa Weil,, without warning,
stood up with a levelled revolver and fired
at Judge McDonald. F. L. Wozel, a wit
ness silting nearest her. seized her before
. , , .
she could fire a second time and several
other persons near by sprang to the woman
and wrenchecV the revolver from her hand.
She maintained remarkable composure
and said In a calm tone: "I ought to have
Deputy 8herlff Frank Burns took both
women Into custody.
Judge McDonald did not arise from his
seat during the excitement; "Take that
woman out of the court room," he said to
Deputy Sheriff Burns, and when the woman
had been led from the room and order re
stored the judge turned to several attorneys
who were waiting to make motions and
aid: "Proceed, gentlemen." '
Rosa Well is a daughter of Mrs.. Ellsa
Well and the late August L. Well. She
was displeased with an adverse decision
made by Judge McDonald, November 2 last.
In a case In which her mother sought to
deprive a grandson of, a share In August
Well's estate. This grandson was the
child of Agnes Well, deceased daughter of
Mrs. Well. The grandmother undertook
to deprive the boy of his share in the in
heritance by raising a question aa to the
legitimacy of hla mother. '.
At the four courts Clara Well, delegated
by her sister to speak for both, said:
"Rose and I first planned to kill our
selves; then we decided to kill Judge Mc
Donald and commit suicide together. We
could not get Justice, so we thought we
would take the law in our own hands. We
were beaten out of our property, worth
$(1,000, by the manipulation of certain men.
We tried to obtain Information charging
them with forgery, but we could not. We
were advised to bring a partition suit. In
that suit we did not get justice, so we
decided Judge McDonald should die."
PASSES IN NORTH DAKOTA
HIU Railroads Send Annuals to
Legislators Good Only Within
GRAND FORKS, N. D., Jan. 1 -Passes
have been Issued by the Great Northern
and-' Nor-Uiem-Pacific railroad -to members
of the legislature and others In this state
and the Issuance seems effectually to evade
the federal law, with the following provl
slon printed on each annual:
This Is only good for a trip which Is
wholly within the state. It cannot be used
for any portion of an Interstate trip, nor
can baggage be checked or sleeping car
reservations mado lor an interstate trip.
A wedding of much social Interest was
that of Miss Janet Chambers, daughter
of Mr. James K. Chambers, and Mr. Clarke
Ppwell, which was solemnized Wednesday
evening at 8 o'clock at the Church of the
Good Shepherd. Rev. R. B. H. Bell per
formed the ceremony. The church was
profusely decorated In Christmas gruens
and holly. These were combined to bank
the chancel and the organ loft. Golden
Kate roses adorned the altar. A double
quartet in the customary robes was In
the organ loft and sang Lohengrin's wed.
ding march at the entrance of the bridal
party and all during the service. Three
rows of seats on either side of the main
aisle were reserved for the Immediate
families and relatives and were marked
.by clusters of holly joined with festopns
of asparagus ferns.
At the first strains of the wedding
march the ushers Mr. Lawrence Brlnker,
Mr. Joseph Barker, Mr. Maynard Cole and
Mr. Ezra Millard stretched the white
satin ribbons forming an aisle through
which Miss Katharine Powell passed as
maid of honor. She was gowned In sheer
white batiste, distinguished by its sim
plicity. It was trimmed In rows fit nar
row white ribbon and a lace bolero Ja.'ket.
She carried a bouquet of white carnations
and wore a wreath of maiden hair ferns
studded with white daisies in her hair.
Following was the bride on the arm of
her father. She is a most striking girl
with her decided brunette coloring and
her beauty was accentuated by her becom
ing white satin gown, made princess and
trimmed in Irish point lace. She carried
a shower bouquet of narcissus and wore
a real lace veil. They were met at the
altar by the groom and his best man, Mr.
The ceremony was followed by an In
formal reception for the relatives and
near friends at the home of the bride pn
North Twenty-fourth street.
The bride la one of this year's debu
tantes, the first to be introduced, and made
It also the occasion to ann6unce her en
gagement. She has been Immensely ad
mired, not only for her gopd looks, but
Mr. Powell for several years has been
engaged In the automobile business, hav
ing a fine garage on 2044 Farnam street.
He la also a favorite socially. Mr. and
Mrs. Powell, after a few weeks' wedding
trip in the east, will reside at 1902 Locust
street. Among the out-of-tpwn guests
I present were Mrs. E. S. Lalk and dsugh
! ter. Miss Dorothy Lalk, of Chicago; Mrs.
Will Chambers of Lincoln, and Mr. and
Mrs. Sam B. Jones of Chicago.
VALPARAISO, Ind., , Jan. 3. (Special
Telegram.) Carey H. Conley and Miss
Jessie E. Thompson, a Grand Island.
(Neb.) couple, arrived at Valparaiso last
vnln" nd fter eecurtng a license were
united in marriage. It is believed by the
officials that the couple were elopers,
though Mr. Conley said there was nothing
unusual In the affair.
Byron L. Wonder and Mlsa Christine
Thompsen were married Tuesday evening
at their own home. Twenty-second and
Pratt streets. Rev. B. R. Curry, D. D,
officiating. The ceremony was witnessed
by a party of relatives and friends. The
groom la with the Union Paclfio.
APPEAL TO PREVENT STRIKE
Buiinesi Van of Grand Island Aik Both
8idfi to Cooaider Fublio.
VIEWS OF GENERAL MANAGER MOHLER
Both He and Saperlntendeat Park See
No Reason Why Their Road Bhonld
Be Involved Wonld Entail
Battering; om Pnbllc.
GRAND ISLAND, Neb., Jan. 1. (Special
Telegram.) In railroad circles here late to
day it became known that there very likely
would be a call for a strike of the firemen
of the Union Pacific in sympathy with the
striking firemen of the Atlantic division of
the Southern Pacific.
At a meeting of the executive committee
of the Commercial club tonight the fol
lowing resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, We have heard 'with much
concern of a possible order or action ex
tending the trouble now existing between
the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
and Enginemen and the Atlantic division
?f th Houthem Pacific Rlroad Cflmpttny
to other railroads In the west, ana espe-
cially to the Union Pacific Railroad com-
Sany, and feeling that a general tioup or
Isturbatice in railroad traffic at this time
would result in untold suffering to the peo
ple of the west, through their Inability to
secure needed fuel and other necessaries of
life, beside the great loss In wages and
consequent injury to business generally,
therefore be It
Resolved. By the Commercial club of
Grand Island, Neb., that we hereby appeal
to the members and officers of said broth
erhood and to the officers of the Union Pa
cific Railroad company mutually to do all
In their power, through peaceful measures,
by arbitration or otherwise, to settle their
differences and prevent the great loss, suf
fering and inconvenlonce to tne puDiic
which a resort to the disastrous arbitra
ment of a strike or order calling out the
firemen would entail. We do this in the
interest of the public, without entering Into
me merus oi tne controversy or expressing
any opinion thereto.
Resolved. That a copy or these resolu
tions be cent to the officers of said brother
hood and the officers of the Union Pacific
Mohler Talka on Strike.
A. L. Mohler, vice president and general
manager of the . Union Pacific Railroad
company, upon being Interviewed by a
correspondent for The Bee In Chicago
with reference to ' the announcement of
Grand Master Hannahan of the Brother.
hood of Locomotive ' Firemen that the
strike would be extended to other lines
than the Atlantio aystem of the Southern
Pacific company. . made this statement
Wednesday morning, which was Imme
diately transmitted by wire:
The proposed atrlke of firemen on union
Pacific In face of a separate agreement
made with them In April last, which
usually runs for two years and without any
dissatisfaction on their part or desire to
leave the service of the company, any at
tempt to embarrass the movement of state
and Interstate traffic, Including shipments
of fuel supply which are already at their
minimum condition, will leave the ' men
without the support of the' state and fed
eral government. , A situation , already se
rious will be further extended -and Intensi
fied by causing untold suffering of inno
tent people. . Why a condition In VTexaa
should be Infiloted upon the people of. Ke
braaka, Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado
la ineemntehaenihle -and, perfectly-. unjust.
fled when the purpose of the whole thing
Is to resort to extreme, measures of punish
ment to aocontpilrfh their purpsse.. t'sless
the railroad management ha the support
of thd state and government officials tha
responsibility for suffering . cannot rest
with the officials of the company and other
labor organisations on' the Union Paclfio
Superintendent Park Talks,
General Superintendent Park of the Union
Pacific says 'he does not see how a- strike
oh the Texas line could affect the Union
"I can see how the firemen on connecting
lines would not like to handle trains which
had been brought in by nonunion men, but
this la too far away." said Mr. Park.
know personally, that, none of. the other
trainmen's organizations Is in sympathy or
would be with any such move as suggested.
The public would be bitterly opposed, aa the
burden would naturally fail upon it - The
people would not be In sympathy at thia
time with the Union Paclfio men helping
somebody In Texas.
"I know the firemen on the . Union Pa
cific, and while understanding they are as
loyal to their organization aa any set of
men might be, having so recently made an
agreement with the Union Pacific for two
years and not having any disagreement
with the company It la preposterous to ask
them to take part In the atrlke."
Possible Boost for Schnmaeher.
A rumor Is afloat that Thomas M. Schu
macher, formerly with the Harriman lines
and at present trafflo manager, of the Rock
Island lines in Texas, la to be appointed
vice president of the HUnola Central. The
position of vice - president' of the Illinois
Central has been vacant since Mr. Ha rah an
was promoted to the presidency made va
cant by the deposing of Stuyvesmnt FUh
by B. H. Harriman. '
POLL - OP HARRIMAN FIREMEN
Brotherhood Men on All , Divisions
Voting; on (soesttan of Strike.
PEORIA, HI., Jan. 1 The grand execu
tive committee of the Brotherhood of Loco
motive Firemen and Enginemen la still in
session in this city, considering the exten
sion of the atrlke on all railroad Unea
operated by E. H. Harriman. It la expected
an adjournment will be taken tomorrow.
. While complete secrecy In regard to the
transactions In the meeting le Intended. It
was learned tonight that the membership
of the order on all the Harriman lines la
being polled as to the aentimant for a
FOLK DELAYS HIS MESSAGE
Governor of Mlssonrl Will ' Not De
nver Address to Learlalotnro
JEFFERSON CITY. Mo., Jan. t The
general assembly convened here at noon
toderr Lieutenant Governor John C. Me-
Klnley presided In the senate. The bouse
was called, to order by Secretary of State
Swanger, who then surrendered the gavel
to the temporary apeaker, Wallace Cross
ley of Johnson county.
It was announced that Governor Folk
would not submit . bis message until to
morrow. Temporary organization waa effected and
both houses adjourned until tomorrow,
when the governor's message will be read.
The speaker will likely be Representative
Atkinson of Ripley, who la the only candi
date before the democratic caucus, others
Mlssonrl Bonk Fails.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo., Jan. t-The Bank of
Commerce, capital HO, (MX located In South
St. Joseph, has been taken charge of by
the state bank examiner and Ita duora were
not opened today. No aUatemeat eg its
coadiiiua baa bean inade,
PURE FOOD LAW IN EFFECT
Secretary Wilson Takes Orcnaloa. to
Correct Some Mistaken Idea
WASHINGTON. Jan. 1. "We ennnpt
say definitely what class we shall reach
first on the enforcement of the pure food
and drug act," said Becretary Wilson of
the Department of Agriculture today, "but
you may take It to be certain that among
the first to be reached will be the fellows
who defy the law."
The secretary's statement was made
after he had read a circular recently
Issued by the National Wholesale Grocers'
association, which asserted "that there Is
nothing In the law that prohibits the sale
of goods containing any particular color
ing matter or preservations. Parties de
siring to Use fictitious names might or
ganise firms rr corporations under tlieso
names. Fictitious names may be used
with Impunity until next October."
"While the machinery for enforcement
of the law has not been completed," con
tinued Secretary Wilson, "the law la now
In force and any merchant or manufac
turer who violates It does so at his peril.
If any of these gentlemen think they can
defy the law with Impunity let them try
The .secretary said that labels now in
the hands of manufacturers and dealera
may be uaed until October 1 because the
department has no desire to Impose upon
them a heavy loss.
"But" said the secretary, "on all prod
ucts entering Into Interstate or foreign
commerce it wjll be necessary to have a
label that will show what the package
contains. If the old label does not show
this a paster put on the package must
show It For Instance, if a package con
tains cottonseed oil, either the label or
the paster must show that It Is cotton
seed oil and not olive fill. If unwhole
some coloring matter la uaed by the man
ufacturer he will lay himself liable to
prosecution. No aniline dyes or deleterious
preservatives will be permitted In food
products, and manufacturers may as well
make up their minds to that and adjust
their business accordingly."
Just befpre the holiday recess an ap
propriation of $260,000 was made by con
gress to enable Secretary Wilson to ob
tain a sufficient corps of chemists and In
spectors to enforce ths law.
TRAINMEN DISCUSS SCHEDULE
Joint Meetlnar of Operating; Men Held
. at Sheridan Before Going;
SHERIDAN, Wyo., Jan. 2 (Special Tele
gram.) The Order of Railway Conductors,
the Brotherhood of Railway Trnlnmen, the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and
the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
held a joint meeting at the superintendent's
office to modify the rules formulated by
the Burlington compelling employes to
work sixteen hours, then If within few
miles of terminal, to pull the train Into
the terminal and .take ten hours' rest The
firemen are In favor of tying up at the end
of -sixteen hours. A committee of three
of veaeh order is to call a meeting later.
.The conductors and trainmen each ap
pointed a delegate to go to Chicago to
meat the grievance committee to be held
January T to ask for a 15 per eenf raise on
the entire aystem. The conductors' dele
gate, Ji- O. 'Wagner, and the tralnmen'p
delegate, D. S. Utley, will oaU a joint meet
ing after the delegates return from Chi
cago. The delegates are to leave (or Chi
cago on January 4 by way of Omaha, where
they will meet delegates from each divi
sion west of the Missouri river.
BLAME FOR SHIP COLLISION
Captain of Steamer Dlx Held Reapon
slble for Disaster Which Caused
Loss of Fifty Lives.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2.-A report of the
steamboat inspection officers who made an
Investigation of the collision between the
steamers Dlx and Jeanle on November 18
last near Seattle, Wash., by which fifty
people lost their lives, has been received
by the Department of Commerce and Labor.
The report places the blame for the dis
aster on Captain Percy Lermond' of the
Dlx and exonerates from all blame Cap
tain Philip H. Mason of the Jeanle, who,
the report says, "Fulfilled all the require
ments of the law."
The report saya Captain Lermond left the
navigation of the Dlx to the first officer,
who did not have a pilot's license. The
report concludes by saying the license of
Percy Lermond as master and pilot of
Puget sound and tributaries from Olympla
to Cape Flattery bad been revoked.
WORLD'S C. E. UNION MEETS
Dr. Francis E. Clark, Founder of the
Organisation, la Again Elected
r BOSTON, Jan. 1 At- the meeting of the
World's Christian Endeavor union In this
city today an invitation was received from
the president of the United Society In India,
Burmah and Ceylon to hold the next con
vention In India In 1910. The invitation was
accepted. President Francis E. Clark spoke
encouragingly of the work throughout the
world. There are now 98,722 societies and
there are only few countries In which prog
ress has not been made during the year.
The following officers were re-elected:
President, Francis E. Clark, D. D.; secre
taries, John Wtllla Baer and Von Ogden
Vogt; treasurer, William Shaw; auditor,
George W. Coleman.
GOLF INSTRUCTOR DROWNED
Body of Robert Daalop, Noted Scotch
Professional, Fonnd la Lavko In
New York Park.
NEW YORK, Jan. 1 The body of Rob
ert Dunlop, a noted Scotch professional
golfer,., was found lu the lake In Van Cort
land park today. Dunlop had been mla
lng for several weeks and his body bad
been In the water for at least a week.
He waa about I? years old and came to
lata country rrom ecouana taat juiy and
had had considerable success In golf tour
naments around New York. Before the
end of the golf season he was engaged as
an Instructor by tha New York Golf club
and waa employed In that capacity when
be disappeared. It is believed that he
fell into the take while walking across the
park at night
Savacea Are Discharged.
Nick and Iso Savage, the two men who
were arrested at the grading camp last
week on a charge of taking M0 from an
other grader and then threatening him with
death If he attempted to recover It, were
discharged by Judge Leslie In the county
court Wednesday., The money could not
be found on the men or amnrg their pos
sessions and the court held there was not
sufficient evidence to hold them fur the
crime.' Webb Babbitt, charged with a
statutory crime, was bound over under
VOTE IS CANVASSED
Lariilatare Gooi Tlrongh Formality of
V D.olarin Beault of Flection.
N Y OFFICIALS TAKE SEATS TODAY
Arraneementa for ths Induction Iito Cffloo
tf a Simple Character.
CHANGE MOMENTOUS ONE FOR STATE
Met Who Take Flaoea ffave Important
Fledgei to Feopla to fiedeim.
UNUSUAL NUMBER OF EIUS EXPECTED
Sentiment la Growing In Favor of
Joint Committee to Formnlate
Bills to Redeem Party
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Jan. 2. (Special.) In the pres
ence of the members of the senate and.
house of representatives the new state offi
cers chosen by the people at the late gen
eral election to administer their affairs for
the next two years, will take the oath of
office and the various departments of state
government will be turned over to them to
morrow afternoon. The Installation will
take place In representative hall and the
galleries will be open to the public. The
oath will be taken by each of the officer
before Chief Justice Sedgwick In the pres
ence or his associates. Judges Barnes and
The occasion will mark the close of the
second term of Governor Mickey and the
beginning of the administration of Gov
ernor-elect Sheldon. In view of the pledges
made to the people by the republican state
convention and subscribed to and endorsed
by Governor-elect Sheldon and his fellow
officials, the occasion marks an epoch in
the history of the state more Important
than any previous change In the personnel
of Nebraska state officers.
Besides Governor-elect Sheldon these offi
cers will be Installed: Lieutenant Governor
Hopewell, Secretary of State Junkln,
Treasurer Brian, Auditor Searle, Ind
Commissioner Eaton, Attorney General
Thompson, Superintendent of Public In
struction McBrien. The officers elected for
their first terms last fall are: Governor
Sheldon, Messrs. Hopewell, Junkln, Thomp
son and Brian. The others have already
served a first term. The outgoing officers
are Governor Mickey, who served two
terms; Treasurer Mortensen, who served
two terms; Secretary of State Galusha,
who served one term, and Attorney Gen
eral Brown, who served one term, but who
waa not' a candidate for renomlnatlon and
who now holds the endorsement of the re
publican atate convention for United Statee
senator, as well aa a popular preference
j Message sal Innagaral.
At the Installation ceremonies Governor
Mickey and Governor Sheldon will read!
their recommendations to the legislature.
The former will make a report of hla guard
ianship Of the state during' ftfur years and
the latter will outline the policy to be pur
sued during his term of office.
While the exercises during the day will
be marked by dignified simplicity. In the
evening the people of Nebraska are invited
to meet their state officers and welcome
them socially to the state capital. That
all may have an opportunity to participate)
In this event, a general Invitation hag been
extended to the public. The affair will be
Informal to a marked degree. The out
going and Incoming officers, with their
wives, will stand In line In the senate
chamber and members of the National
Guard will be stationed at convenient
places to assist In moving the crowds, so
that all may have a chance to shake
hands and wish a happy New Year to each
member of the official family. In repre
sentative hall light refreshments will be
served by young women employed In the
atate house and others. In thla room all
formality will be dispensed with, and while
It has not been definitely announced, dan
cing probably , will follow the reception.
Out of respect to Governor Mickey, whose
Ideas on dancing are' well known, and who
refused to countenance a ball at his In
auguration, no formal dance will be given,
but those who desire doubtless will have
every opportunity to gratify their wishes
In the matter.
Legislature Canvasses Rctnrna.
Except to meet In Joint session and
canvass the election returns, nothing of Im
portance wss done by either branch of the
legislature at today's session. The house
met only for a short time, while the senate,
which convened an hour later, hung on
until noon. In joint session the formality
of comparing the election returns as tabu
lated by the secretary of state with the
official returns was dispensed with and the
candidates as certified by the secretary of
state were declared by the apeaker to
have been elected. '
Bo far no bills have been introduced and
that order of business has not yet been
reached by either house, though It Is gen
erally understood the number this year
will be as large as In previous sessions.
The talk that so many bills will be In
troduced covering the party promises that
the legislators will become confused and
fall to enact any needed legislation, which
has been going on for some time, aeema to
be Juat talk, for the aentlment for the ap
pointment of a Joint committee to attend
to thla duty of the republican members, is
growing and growing rapidly. There seems
to be little doubt this plan will be adopted
and the party pledges looked after, as was
the revenue bill In the 1903 legislature.
So far the drubbing given the lobby In
the organisation of the house Is having
Its effect and today back of the ratllnr
there were few representatives of special
Interests keeping their eagle eye on the
legislator However, there are still some
of the bunch down around the hotels,
among whom Is Tom Auld, the Red Cloud
banker, who is getting acquainted with all
the members he can and who has changed
his usual loafing place to the Lindell lobby.
i wnere mom ui in msiiiuvi. n u .m
nM m.mbers Auld Is a familiar charao-
ter, but some of the new members are
not yet familiar with him. It la the opinion
of the old-time legislators, however, that
ths lobby Is merely playing for wind and
! -oon the two houses get busy the
lobby will have been found already at
Saondera and Gibson Busy.
Ths brunt of the preliminary work In the
senate Is falling to two of the Douglas
county delegation, Baundera and Gibson.
The former Is chairman of the committee
named by the caucus and afterward af
firmed by the senate to select standing com-
. V n , luulu n.l In thla a rm ..
he has to act as a buffer between, appli
cants for coveted places on the committees.
Senator Gibson's grief is harder to bear
up under than that of hla colleague, bow.
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