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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XXXVI-NO. 177.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 10, 1907-TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TILREE CENTS.
PAVLOFF IS RILLED
Military Fmmrator of Xuiia is 8hot by
llaa Diieiiid u Glsrk.
ASSASSIN CAPTURED AFTER A CHASE
Ha FiiM Many Biota, Killing a Polioaman
aid Wonndin? 07.
VICTIM KNOWN AS HANGMAN PAVLOFF
lame Goma from Kamsrow Extcntiom Ht
Eanotiontd it Ealtio FroTiacta,
MANY EVIDENCES OF WIDESPREAD PLOT
Ease with Which Revolutionist Keep
Traek of Monaeili of OfflcJals
CaiHl Alarm la Court
ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. . Lieutenant
General Vladimir Pavlof . -e military pro
curator or advocate "Vy'l, generally
known since the days V, ' . 'ate Parlia
ment aa "Hangman Pi yt. rora the
epithet 'conetanly applied by th
radical deputies, was , ahot 4 l
10 o'clock this morning wh.ll ,n
the garden of the chief military c V -
ing. near the MoiKa canal. Tin . V
who was disguised as a workmai.
captured after a long chase through
crowded city streets, during whlrh ha fit i
about forty shots from two revolvers which
he carried, killing a policeman and wound
ing a small boy.
The crime was executed deliberately and
showed evidence of the same careful prep
aration which was characteristic of the
murders of Oencrals Tgnatleff and Von Der
Launlta, and undoubtedly was carried out
by the same organization which, It Is re
ported, has sentenced Emperor Nicholas
and several of the ministers to death.
Asaasala In Dlsu-ulae.
The assassin, who wore the uniform of a
military clerk attached to the court, suc
ceeded In obtaining entrance to the garden
under the pretext of submitting a report
to the military procurator. He approached
the general within arm's length, drew an
automatic pistol and discharged the whole
load, seven shots. Into Pavloffs body.
Every shot was well aimed. Two of them
tor a gaping wound In the general's breast,
from w"hlch he expired while being carried
to his apartments.
From the nature of the wounds It ap
peared that the steel-jacketed bullets were
flattened at their ends In order that they
might Inflict more seriously. Hastily slip
ping another load of cartridges Into his re
volver and drawing a second weapon the
assassin ran across the garden to the car
riage entrance, threatened the porter with
his pistols and dashed down Glinka street
with a crowd of thirty house porters and
court attaches In pursuit.
A policeman stationed In front of the Im
, perlal Opera house attempted to seize the
assassin, but was shot down by the latter,
.. who turned and opened fire on bt pursuers,
wounding a boy. The assassin then re
sumed his flight through the streets, firing
at the police officers and house porters who
attempted to bar his way. When his am
munition became exhauated he was Inter
cepted and captured at Lantern lane.
Mouthpiece of Bureaucracy.
After serving several years as a military
Judge General Pavloff was appolmid Judge
advocate of the war ministry and later
procurator of the supreme military court.
He sprang Into national prominence when
delegated to answer Interpellations of the
gwernment In the lower house of Parlia
ment In regard to the executions In the
Italtic provinces and Poland. He Justified
these with such cold-bloodedness and dls
regard thai It aroused the Indignation of
almost the entire house and he was driven
from the rostrum with cries of "Murderer
assassin!" When the general next ap
peared In the house he was not allowed to
speak and was threatened with violence.
The murdered general was a large land
owner. After the dissolution of Parlia
ment he organised the Protective Political
league with the object of combatting the
radical projects for the expropriation of
landed estates and participated actively In
the present electoral campaign.
Plot Reaches High.
The police have established that a youth,
who was killed at the Grand hotel here
yesterday after he had made a bonfire of
its papers and started firing a revolver
through the door of his room, was a mem
ber of the same terroristic organisation
which has carried out the recent assassina
tions and had been detailed on a similar
The information, which the social revolu
tionists have been able to acquire of the
movements of Its marked victims Indicates
widespread treachery In the military court
and tha greatest alarm Is felt In official
Circles, where It Is believed a reign of
tarror In St. Petersburg has begun.
The assassin of General Pavloff was ap
parently Informed by an accomplice among
the court attaches that the general was in
the garden at that hour, as the garden Is
entirely enclosed and today la a holiday.
SHAH OF PERSIA IS DEAD
Death at Raler Net Expected to Have
Effect I'saa Attttade of .
TEHERAN, Persia,- Jan. . Official an
nouncement of the death of the shah at
11 o'clock lust night was made at o'clock
this morning from the office of the grand
v I'p to this evening no disturbance of any
kind had been reported and the ceremonies
In connection with the funeral and inter
ment of the late shah were proceeding In
the customary manner. Almost Immedi
ately after the official announcement of
tha death of the shah at t o'clock, Mo
hammed All Mlrxa proceeded to the palace,
where be was formally acknowledged as
shah by tha grand vltler and other princes
of the royal family.
This afternoon the bdy of the dtad mon
arch was removed, with Imposing cere
monial, to the "great Taklah." where It
will remain until Its sctual Interment, the
date of which Is not yet fixed.
Dratrhcvsky Succeeds Laaalta.
BT. PETERSBURG. Jan. . General
Dratchevaky, formerly Russian Inapector
general .of railroads ln Finland, has ber-
appointed prefect of St Petersburg in tha
place of the lute General von der Lauaits,
who was recently assassinated. General
Dratchevsky haa been prefect of Taganrog.
Kmbeaalrr's Sentence Reduced.
KANSAS CITY. Jan. The sentence cf
William t". Anderson, the einbessliiig aa
Matant pay'.i.K teller of tha FlrM National
tutnS. tm today reduce.1 ty Jujjo Wnltord
In th criminal couit tier from four yettra
! two yNra and nine month. It wlU km
f ta tft4 lMuUeuUnry at oace
SUMMARY OF TUE BEE
Thursday, Jaaaarr lO, 1POT.
FORECAST FOR NEBRASKA Fair and
Warmer Thursday. Friday, fair and warmer
In east portion.
FORECAST FOR IOWA Fair and warm
er Thursday and Friday.
Temperature at Omaha yesterday:
S a. m g 1 p. m 1
a. m g I p. m 1
7 a. m 8 i p. m 20
8 a. m 7 4 p. m 21
9 a. m 8 Bp. m il
10 a, m 8 p. m 21
11 a. m t 7 p. m 21
U m 14
8 p. m a
p. m , m 21
Attorney general of Missouri files iult
for dissolution of Gould merger, alleging
violation of charters. Page 6
Traffic Director Slubhs of Harrtmaii sys
tem testifies that competition between rail
roads cannot be eliminated. Pag 6
James Cullen, whp killed his wife at
Charles City, la., hanged by a mob. rag 1
Twenty-four men burled beneath mass
of molten metal In Pittsburg steel mill.
Secretary of War too late with recom
mendations for Fort Omaha to get appro
priation In house bill and senate must be
looked to to procure It. Page 1
Ambassador Thompson draws attention
to himself through an endorsement of a
book on Mexico. Page 1
Senate agrees to vote upon the LaFol
lette bill limiting hours of railway em
ployes today. Fags
Senate will vote upon service pension
-neasure Friday. Page 9
House debates army appropriation bill
and amends It In several particulars.
Rumor Is current In Lincoln the railroad
lobby will retire from the field. Pag 1
House and senate both make a start
toward naming committees to prepare bills
to redeem platform pledges. Pag 1
Alliance man tells story of mistreat
ment of himself and family suffering from
smallppx, which starts governor to In
vestigating. Pag 3
General Pavloff, procurator of the su
preme military court of Europe, was as
sassinated at St Petersburg. Pag 1
Real estate men dlspuss aome laws they
desire enacted by the legislature. Page 5
Modlsett land fraud case In the federal
court Is now with the Jury. Pag S
COTJNCIXi mVTT AND IOWA,
Board of Supervisors considering the
question fit cutting down expenses of
county offices. Pag 9
National Association of Base Ball
leagues makes number of changes in con
stltutlon. Pag 6
MOVEMENTS OP OCX AN ITZAKSHXPS
Port ArrlTd. Balled.
NEW YORK rerpathla .Tautonle.
NEW YOHK Flnlmnd '
BOSTON jTaaopIo .Wlnlfradlaa.
UVKRPOOL Ooaante MaJaeUifc
BT. JOHN-S Montreal.
MARSEILLES. ...AlaUta. ' .
SOUTHAMPTON. .Kron Prist Wll-
SOUTHAMPTON.. iKalnerla Auguate
GAMBLE READS TITLE CLEAR
Snath Dakota Republican Caacus
Gives Hlaa I'nanlmoua
PIERRE, B. T., Jan. 8 (Special Tele
gram.) From the coming of the first of the
members up to tonight, a gathering of a
group In the hotel lobbies means practic
ally discusslnga of the senatorial sltua
tion, liut since the caucus action this morn
ing indorsing Senator Gamble by practic
ally unanimous vote of all attending the
caucus. It appears to be a closed incident
and but little of that discussion la to be
While the explanation of Senator Gamble
docs not appear to be satisfactory to all,
it appeared to be to the majority, and they
were satisfied to accept him after his
statement. He denied any Intent of wrong
doing, and declared that he could not feel
a consciousness that he had done any
wrong, but that he was following out
precedent which had been In existence for
years among senators and representatives
In Washington In giving employment to de
serving young men whereby they could
secure the means and have an opportunity
to secure an education. That the employ
ment of his son was only at times when
places which were given out In this man
ner had been made vacant by one young
man going out and another not ready to
step In, which was at three different times
for periods covering thirteen months and
out of which time the boy was in school
leas than six months, but all the time
within easy reach of his duties In Wash
ington. Senator Dillon, the Gamble spokesman
on the floor of the caucus, said t' ex
planation given by the senator was clear
and definite and that while they were
ready for an Investigation at any time It
must include the whole congressional dele
gation, and as the Gamble forces are Wrong
enough to get whit they want, to open up
the matter means work for a committee for
the most of the session.
. Speaker Chaney Is busy on his commit
tees and while he may be ready to an-
ll'J Ullt C I II U 111 I 111, I I'll! V 1 1 1 m l'-l . " ' I W " B I l I
nmn it la not certain than anv of Ihpm
will be ready until Friday. The only thing
known is that Kril.s will again have the
educational committee and Parmlee that
on bill the same as at the last session.
In the senate Dillon will head the Judici
ary committee and Byrne the approprla-
tlons. The senate will create three new,
committee, this session, on apportionment,
state building, and ground, and the com-
mittce on insurance and barking will
divided Into two different committees. j
Temporarily John M. Ertrkson of Sioux !
Falls mill fill th poKitlon of private secre
tary to Governor Crawford until a per-
manent appointment la mad
FIGHTS FOR LIFE
Torpedo Boat Destroyer Slips
chor and Strives to Avoid
SANTA BARBARA. Cal. Jan. .-Th
torpedo boa, destroyer Paul Jones for over
- "nuniig a
southeaster, that Is raging In Santa
Barbara channels and several times tha
vessel has been In greatest danger.
Its anchor hav been dragging 'and It
ha seen necessary to put to eea to avoid
th beach. Three men hav been hurt
and th great sea that hav been breaking
over It deck hav swept them clear of
everything movable. Two of th Paul
Jone' boa I a hav been stove In. On of carry freight and passenger to thl point
the Injured men lost all the finger of on i beginning January 10. Stock yard, crosa
hand and another had hla rib badly ings. fence and telegraph lines have been
crushed. Last night th Paul Jon was I completed and th track haa teas baj
lyui U oft aUurt uu4 1U atuut,
JURY HAS MODLSETT CASE
Rttirei to Deliberate. t Supper Hour, but
Fails to Acre Darin LTlnt:. .
NOT MUCH TIME TAKEN IN ARGUMENT
Oaly Testimony Wednesday Was of
La ad Office Reerlater Relative to
Entrymen Showing Actaal
Residence oa Land.
The arguments In the Modlsett land trial
began before the Jury at 11 o'clock Wednes
day. The case went to the Jury Just before
the supper hour and had not agreed on a
verdict during the evening.
District Attorney Goss opened the argu
ment for the government, directed hl re
marks generally to the subject of con
spiracy and undertook to show that a con
spiracy had existed between Albert R.
Modlsett. H. C. Dale and W. C. Smoot to
defraud the government out of title to cer
tain lands by means of false, fraudulent
and fictitious filings. He dwelt at some
length upon the subject of perjury and the
several acts of the defendant to suborn
perjury to secure Indians to make
fraudulent filings within the Modlsett range.
The only testimony produced during the
forenoon was the Introduction of a circular
letter from Rruce Wilcox, register of the
United States land office at Alliance under
date of November 9, 19M. relative to the
necessity of entrymen and women making
an actual residence on the land In order to
perfect title or the entries would be can
celled. A letter was produced written by
A. R. Modlsett to Mrs. Sarah Allen urging
her to came out and establish her residence
on her claims, and stating that visiting
the land once In six months would not
answer In future. An endorsement on the
letter which was returned to Modlsett said:
'Mrs. Allen says you must be a chump to
think she would live out there a year. She
wants to know how much you will give her
for her claim."
Testimony of Character.
F. H. Black of Ruahvllle testified to the
good character of A. R. Modlsett, H. C.
Dale and W. C. Smoot.
Frank . Going was called In rebuttal rela
tive to th testimony of W. C. smoot
wherein the latter said that he had given
the Modlsett letter soliciting Indians to
file on lands to Going to Interpret to the
Indians. - Going said on this point:
"I do not remember of Smoot handing
me any letter, nor do I remember Inter
preting any such letter to the Indians,
neither do I remember ever seeing such a
letter from Modlsett"
The defense rested at 10 o'clock and the
Jury was excused for an hour until counsel
could present certain law points relative
to the elimination of certain of the seven
teen counts of th Indictment on which the
trial was based. The government elected
to stand upon all but four of the conspir
acy counts and all of the subornation of
perjury counts. A number of minor law
points were further discussed and the jury
The defense then made the usual motion
that the court direct the Jury to return a
verdict of not guilty for each of the three
defendants. . The motion was overruled and
the argument began. Mr. Goes leading for
the government. He spoke only forty-five
Lut of the Argument.
W, F. Gurley of oounse.1 for the defense
finished his argument at 3:15. His argu
ment throughout was to show that no
evidence of a conspiracy had been pro
duced by the government, and that there
was nothing in the testimony whatever
that connected H. C. Dale or W. C. Smoot
with the alleged conspiracy. Neither, ac
cording to his argument, was there any
thing !n the evidence produced against A.
R. Modlsett to show any conspiracy or
collusion with any one to do an unlawful
Mr. Woodrough of counsel for the defense
did not participate in the argument.
Mr. Rush made the last argument for
the government. At the outset he dis
cussed the law and definition of conspiracy
and subornation of perjury and undertook
to show where the trio had entered Into
a corrupt agreement In securing fraudu
lent filings with the evident Intention of
the later acquirement of the land by
Modlsett. "Each of the three parties were
participants in this conspiracy and there
was a perpetual understanding between
them," said Mr. Rush, "to defraud 'the
government out of title, use and posses
sion of this land."
Indite Charge the Jary.
Mr. Rush concluded his argument at 4:20,
and Judge Munger at once proceeded to
deliver his chaige to the Jury. The charge
was ah elaborate and careful exposition
of the homestead laws, and the law against
conspiracy. "The agreement to enter into
a conspiracy is not of Itself a crime," said
Judge Munger, "unless an overt act is com
mitted in conformity with that conspiracy
by one or more of the conspirators. The
agreement and the act effect the comple
tion of the conspiracy. In the matter of
the homestead laws the essential require
ment is that of good faith in the perform
ance of all the requirements of that law,
and particularly as relates to residence.
By residence is meant the Intent to make
a home on .the land to the exclusion of a
home elsewhere. Up to December, 1803, the
laws of the land office did not require the
actual residence of the widow of a soldier
I on the land she had entered. This was.
, , . .
i however, changed In December, 1908, and
1 the act of residence was required. Parties
entering land have to rely upon the rules
of the Interior department for the lawful
acquirement of the land. It Is not un
lawful to lease the land and have it culti
vated by the lessee if for any good and
.,. , V V. V . '
UI" 1 . . h mU,t -
a ?n,de r"ld""" 'hereon. Under th.
Uind office regulations the entryman may.
,a tecon'- leasa t.ne lttnd for r,n
PurP"- but he mu" ln no stance enter
Into any agreement to alienate the land
before he haa complied with all the laws
of settlement and received a patent there
for. A person cannot enter a piece of land
with th ostensible purpose of speculation
or with the understanding that It la to be
transferred to some one els when he has
acquired title thereto."
Judge Munger finished his charge to the
Jury at t:3S o'clock. The Jury was then
given to the charge of Bailiff David Miller,
with the direction that If a verdict was
down and receive th.
wise to seal its verdict and roimrt i. .v,-
court at I SO Thursday morning.
Herrlck Ha Rallraad
HERRICK. S. D., Jan. $.-SpeciaLTh
Chicago aV Northwestern railroad haa com
pleted it line west from Boneateel a far
as Herrlck, S. D., and has constructed a
"T" so aa to enable the train to turn, and
the officials have ordered tha tralna tn
JOHNSON WANTS NEW LAWS
Governor of Mlaaesota Sees Many
Changes Seeded In Exist
BT. PAUL, Jan. . Governor Johnson's
message to the legislature declared that
the recent reductions of railroad freight
rates had not gone far enough, since rates
In other states and Canada show what can
be done to aid th people without being
unjust to the railroads.
The governor advocated a uniform 2-cent
pef mile passenger rate law; aboliFhment of
I all railroad passes excepting those to rail
road employes and members of their fami
lies, and legislation to enforce reciprocal
Governor Johnson recommended enact
ments requiring a standard life Insurance
policy, abolition of deterred dividend
schemes of Insurance, prohibition of po
litical contribution from insurance Inter
ests, regulation of the companies' Invest
ments and the officers' salaries, and clear
annual company reports.
New Taxation Um Dcalred.
The governor commended the primary
election principle, but desires that the pri
mary law be amended. He recommended
removal of the non-liability of masters for
Injuries sustained through negligence of
fellow servant, suggests a labor Inspector
for each congressional district, giving them
authority of a truant officer, recommended
a registry and Income tax on mortgages
and advocated a permanent state tax com
mission and substitution of county tax
commissioners for the present assessor
Other taxation reoorrtViendatlon were: In
come taxes on royalties on mineral rights.
Increased tax on lroii production, higher
tax on sleeping car companies, penalties on
telephone companies for nonpayment of
taxes, better system of taxing express com
panies, railroads to pay taxes semi-annually,
annual license tax on all corpora
tions, present fixed tax on mineral leases
to be raised to minimum of BO cents per
ton on a sliding scale, general Increase of
state revenue from Iron ore sources.
'Governor Johnson asks that an appropria
tion. be made to enable the attorney gen
eral to prosecute those responsible for
alleged extortionate Increase In prices of
Recommendations by Deaeen.
SPRINGFIELD, 111., Jan. . The forty
fifth general assembly convened a few
minutes after noon today with a large
crowd of spectators present. Governor
Deneen In his message to the legislature
recommended Insurance legislation along
the lines of the laws of Massachusetts, in
cluding a yearly apportionment of accrued
dividends; a statement of surplus to be
furnished the policy holders each year; dis
crimination by life companies a mis
demeanor, and a thorough examination of
the affairs of every company at least once
every five years.
He also urged that the Insurance super
intendent be made the attorney for service
ln this state for all Insurance companies
authorised to do business In Illinois, while
any liability remains outstanding against
such companies. He recommended a law
prohibiting any Insurance company from
owning the stock of another.
There has been, he said, a general demand
for a more extended supervision of th
banking business of ilwuatatei not with th
view of Interfering' with, or Impairing the
conduct of sound business Institutions, but
to prevent the unsound conduct of busi
ness. All in banking business he said
should be treated alike and all be subject
to Inspection by the federal or state govern
ment. He pointed out the Importance of the ex
tension of a deep waterway from Lock
port, 111., to St. Louis and recommended
legislation prohibiting the Increase of capi
tal stock bonded and other indebtedness of
railroads without regard to the actual value
of the road, and also a law abolishing rail
Ask Removal of Tariff on Lumber.
TOPEKA, Kan., Jan. 9. In the senate
here today F. Dumont Smith Introduced
a concurrent resolution calling upon the
Kansas delegation ln congress to "use all
honorable efforts to secure the Immediate
removal of the tariff upon lumber and
such reduction of the tariff upon Iron and
steel and the products thereof as will pre
serve a reasonable protection qf the Ameri
can laborer and at the same time relieve
the American people from the excessive
and exorbitant prices now demanded and
received by the Steel trust and other pro
ducers of iron and steel and Its products.'"
The Kansas delegation also is requested
to secure the Immediate enactment of a law
giving the president authority to conclude
such reciprocal trade agreements with for
eign countries as shall open for the agri
cultural products of this country, and
particularly beef and pork, those markets
now practically closed to thern by reason
of the tariff war existing between this and
Bills providing for a maximum freight
rate on wheat and corn; a J-cent passenger
rate and calling for the taxation of fran
chises were among the other measures In
troduced ln the senate.
Needs of W yoming Set Forth.
CHEYENNE. Wyo., Jan. . Governor B.
B. Brooks in his message to the legislature
today recommended a state depository law,
a primary election law, reapportionment
and a new banking law, and said that the
railroads are not paying their Just share
of the taxes. He called attention to
fact that the Ute Indians, whose
across Wyoming last summer caused some
excitement, are lawful citizens, and he
urged the legislature to take measures to
prevent a recurrence of such migrations.
"Irrigation," the message said, "has made
more progress in the last two years than
ln six years previous," and various sug
gestions are made for legislation which will
encourage settlement and discourage litiga
tion. An appropriation of $W,000 for wolf boun
ties was recommended.
DEVLIN ENDS CONFERENCE
San Franclaco School Caa May Be
Filed la Court Rest
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 It Is now ex
pected that the papers ln the equity case
for enforcement of provisions of th
treaty between the United State and Japan
regarding the rights of Japanese school
children will be filed at San Francisco lu
about a week.
District Attorney Devlin of San FrancUco
who ha been .In consultation with th
president and Attorney General Bona pari
will leav for home tomorrow. It Is Inti
mated the papers will be filed ln both the
district and federal courts and the San
Francisco Board of Education will be mad
a party to the suits. I
Ginned Cotton ktatlatlc.
WASHINGTON. Jan. .-Tho census bu
reau today Issued a report on cotton gin
ning, showing that up to January 1 there
wer 28.390 active ginneries ln operation
and that U.7S0.M4 bale were globed eoav
pared Wltfl 1,7214 fur 16, 4
FORT 0MA1IA MEASURE LATE
Beoommendatiai fir Apprcpr ation Does
Hot Eeach Uoma in lime.
NEBRASKANS MUST LOOK TO THE. SENATE
Ambnsandor Thompson Draw Atten
tion Agnln Throagh HI Endorse
ment at a Book oa
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, Jan. .-(Special Tele
gram.) It was expected that Secretary)
Taft would get his estimate of the amount
necessary to continue and complete the Im
provements at Fort Omaha before the com
mittees of the senate and house prior tc
the Introduction of the house appropria
tion bill, but the secretary has been un
able until the last few days to do anything
with the continuation of Fort Omaha as
tho great signal post of the army, which
General Allen, chief of the signal corps,
proposes to make it.
Senator Millard expects to get an addi
tional appropriation of 30O,O0O for further
improvements at that post. General Allen
has presented an estimate to th secretary
of war, amounting to $152,000, for the con
struction of buildings that are greatly
needed. Including barracks for the two ad
ditional companies of the signal corps and
quarter for officers. Some of the main
items in the estimate are three double et
of noncommissioned officers' quarters, M,
OUO; balloon house, $6,800; laboratory build
ing, 118,000; gun shed, such as Is used for
standard field artillery, and stable for 120
horses, with stable guard and shop build
ing, oil house, etc., $36, 000; plant for gen
erating hydrogen for war balloons, $35,000.
Among the other Items are those covering
the cost of an engine house, post bakery
and plant, grading, paving, etc.
Too Late for House.
Congressman Kennedy had an interview
with Chairman Hull of the military affairs
committee of the house today while the
army appropriation bill was under con
sideration regarding the necessity of secur
ing at least 200,OW) for Fort Omaha. Cap
tain Hull stated that It would be Impos
sible to get the appropriation Into the
house bill, as he expected the army bill
to pass tomorrow, but suggested to Mr.
Kennedy that Secretary Taft should send
to the military affairs committee of the
senate an estimate for Fort Omaha, and
then should the amount be Included by
the senate It could be held ln conference,
as he recognized the Justness of the de
mand. Today Senator Millard took the matter
up with the secretary of war, giving Im
portant reason why this estimate should
be raised to at least $300,000, as It Is the
plan of the senator to provide for the erec
tion of a large bandstand and other per
manent buildings not enumerated ln the
list of General Allen.
After having seen the secretary, Senator
Millard said that, Mr. Taft was disposed
to be liberal In the matter and led him
to believe that he would ask for an ap
propriation covering the above Items of con
struction work which, when completed.
would make old Fort Omaha far and away
the most Important signal station Id th
Thorn paoa lu Mmcllsht Aaralu.
Ambassador Thompson Is again In the
limelight through the interested, efforts 6f
a Mexican publisher. Don Francisco Tren
tini is the enterprising author of a work
on Mexico, to which he has secured the
endorsement of Mr. Thompson, and he is
now flooding the east with circulars set
ting forth the excellence of his work and
accompanies the circular with a copy of the
letter of his excellency, the American
ambassador to Mexico. Don Francisco's
circular describes the work as "monu
mental," and refers to It In these Im
pressive words: "It is the only complete
and excellently illustrated book on Mexico
published ln finglish and Spanish, for
which reason I beg you to give me an order
for a number of copies for the libraries,
The work la sala to contain about 600 pages
of Mxll Inches, ln fin cloth binding, and
Is priced at $20 gold, f. o. b. Mexico. The
I beg to enclose a letter of the Hon.
David E. Thompson, United States ambas
sador ln Mexiiy, who, knowing the book,
appreciates It for Its descriptive and in
formative value, and who thinks It well
worth appearing ln the public libraries.
I wIbIi you would favor me with your
Thanking you ln advance for your val
uable help, I am, respectfully yours,
A discount is made to libraries on the
book. It being offered to then at $12,
United States coin, postage free. Mr.
Thompson's letter, which accompanies tha
circular, reads as follows:
AMERICAN EMBASSY, Mexico, Dec. 4.
To All Interested: "El Florecimientp
de Mexico," published by Francisco Tren
tint, is a splendid book, treating liberally
all Mexican matters of interest. The
work is dedicated to Presidents Roosevelt
and Diux, and is generously indorsed by
the minister for foreign affairs of Mexico.
Respectfully, D. E. THOMPSON,
Inquiring Into Snndny Work.
Senator Burkett desires to know why
postoflice are kept open on Sunday and ' weather, which ha prevailed of late ha
today he Introduced tho following reaolu- helped to spread the disease.
Hon: Reports tabulated yes'.erday ln the
That the postmaster general Is requested ' Health departments bureau of vital statls
to inform the senate by what authority j tics show that last week he deaths ln
to inrorm me senate oy wnai auinurtty
posrt offices are required to be kept om on
Sunday, tonether with the regulations of
' Sunday opening, the extent of business that
may be transacted and also what orovlHlons
more tnan six aays per weea. omumuiru f m -v m m urama
Minor Matter at Capital. attributed to bronchlti last week numbered
The senate today passed Mondell bill I thirty-five against twenty-eight for the
extending until May 15 the time within j Prcdln' week and that the deaths from
which settlers In the Wind river or Shoe- I pneumonia and bronchial pneumonia
hone reservation ln Wyoming riiay enter. increased from 232 in ' the week
Senator Millard and Miss Millard, ac- ' tndlng December 22 to 358 last week. The
companied by Miss Mohler, daughter of : disease Is particularly prevalent ln
General Manager Mohler of the Union Pa- I Brooklyn. Physicians of large practice said
ciflc railway, were guests last night at .'.yesterday that the death reports showed
dinner given by Senator and Mr. Scott of
The committee on war claims today took
favorable action on four reports made by
Representative Kennedy' subcommittee.
These claims against the government ag
gregated 126,575. Mr. Kennedy recommended
the allowance of ItiuO, reported adversely
on Items aggregating t:S.tjGu, and sent a
claim for SM75 to the court of claim for
a finding of facts under the Tucker act
Miss Gertrude Dietrich of Hastings,
daughter of the ex-senator. Is th guest of
Mrs. William E. Andrews. Mis Dietrich
1 In Washington for th purpose of at
tending the wedding of Miss Marlon Da 11
and Mr. Charles Connor, January 15. Mis
Dull was a classmate of Miss Dietrich at
Bryn Mawr and visited at the home of
Mr. Dietrich last summer.
Dlseaaaloa of Refand Proposition.
The propoaitlon of retiring Governor S.
H. Elrod of South Dakota, that his state
should refund to the state of North Caro
lina the amount collected from that state
on bonds Issued to build railroads ln the
Tarheel slat and which bonds wer later
repudiated, la variously received In Wash-
Continued oa BUta Pa-.),
BURIED UNDER MOLTEN METAL
Awful Fate of Twenty-Four Men
Worklna la rittah'ara Steel
PITTSBURG, Pa., Jan. Three work
men killed, seven fatully Injured and
twenty-four missing is the result of an ex
plosion torgght at the Ellsa Furnace of
the Jones & Lauglilin steel works. Gas
accumulating at the base of the furnaces
became Ignited. In the resulting explosion
tons of molten metal was showered around
the furnace for a radius of forty feet, over
whelming the workmen In a fiery flood.
John Cramer, Andrew Featherka and
Gustav Kessles were killed. The seven In
jured are in hospltula.
While the mill officials are Inclined to
believe all of the missing men were not
cremated in the molten metal, nothing
definite Is known as to their whereabouts.
Only one man, George Knox, has ap
peared since the explosion. He says every
thing huppened so quick that he doubts
whether tho men escaped.
Chief Peter Snyder of the Fourth fire
district was seriously Injured while direct
ing the firemen to extinguish the fire which
followed the explosion. Snyder fell from a
trestle thirty feet high, receiving bad in
a-u k... .h. trn to the mill !
?a " " w ..'en.
VIL IIIIIB irtVI IICU VI uioH".. I
men and children gathered before the gate
and made frantic efforts to gain admit
tance. Several of the frenxled women
rushed upon th officers and tried to fight
their way into the mill. Children ran
through the streets crying the "father la
Later it became necessary to call addi
tional police forcibly to escort the women
and children to their homes.
Tha officials at the mills refused to allow
any one to enter the yard where the fur
nace Is located. All Information was re
fused to newspaper men, the officials say
ing that later they might Issue a state
ment. A heavy guard of foreign workmen
was placed at the ynrd entrance and even
the police were powerless to get past.
JAMES CULLEN IS LYNCHED
Charles City, la., Man M ivmeu
Hla Wife Hanged by a
CHARLES CITY, la., Jan. .-James
Cullen, a white man, was lynched here to-
. , . . 1 1 1 1 1.1- and atertson. A
U!f ' I l 111! "
crowd of more than 1.000 men battered
through the walls of the Jail wun ateei ran hall lnee the Bem!lorl began, and accord
to get at their prisoner. lng to Information furnished the members
The mob took Cullen two blocks from the
Jail and hanged him from the bridge over
the Cedar river. Cullen was asked to pray
before his execution. The officers are Bald
to have offered jllttle resistance and wer
easily overpowered. '
Cullen, It la alleged, has been demented
for over twenty-five year. He was 00
TERRA COTTA WfiECrTvERDICT
Eight Employes of Railroad Held to
Await Action of Grand
WASHINGTON, Jan. . The coroner' In
quest over the Terra Cotta wreck of Sun
day night, December 30, tonight held for
the action of the grand Jury, Harry H.
Hlldebrand, engineer of "dead" train 2130;
Frank F. Hoffmler, conductor of that
train; P. F. Dent, night train dispatcher
at Baltimore; William E. McCauley, di
vision operator of the Baltimore & Ohio
rallroal; B. L. Vermillion, engineer of the
local train 86, Into which 2130 crashed;
George W. Nagle, conductor of train 66;
J. W. Kelly, Jr., trainmaster of the Balti
more & Ohio, and William M. Dutrow, the
telegraph operator at Silver Spring. All
the men held, except Dent, McCauley and
Kelly were ln the building where the In
quest was held and were arrested.
The Jury arraigned the block system on
the Baltimore & Ohio as not affording
satisfactory protection to the lives and
property of its patrons, criticised th sys
tem of wages paid the operators and signal
men on the road and recommended that all
the block signal stations be kept open
twenty-four hour a day and no additional
duties given the operator aside from work
ing th signals and attending to their tele
INFLUENZA N NEW , YORK
Epidemic Bald to Be Respoaslbl for
Maay Den tha from Pulmon
NEW TORK, Jan. . Influensa I almost
epidemic ln thla city. Within th last ten
days It has spread rapidly. Physicians
generally believe that the unseasonable
j tics show that last weea n i
' thl. p.,v from influenza rose fr
j a city from innuenza rose rr
to thirty-two In the week ending
7 Thut Influensa invariably Increase tha
- "' Um bronfh,,U trOUb,e "
only a mall part of the suffering from
th disease because only a small percentage i
of those afflicted with It die. 1
WILL CF BISHOP M'CABEl
Estate Goes to American I alverally
with Life Interest to Widow
PHILADELPHIA Jan. . The will of the
late BlRhop C. C. McCabe of the Methodist
Episcopal church, was admitted to probate tlon under ,he fWm went over until toraor
her today. The will provides annuities j row t whU.h ,lme the ,p.aUer will be au
for th widow and son. The proceeds from j thoriIed to name the committees. In th
th ale of his real estate eventually will 1 aenat the committee on standing ennmlt
be applied to the endowment fund of the I u. wlll fclect the ,llticla committee.
American unlveralty at Washington, on I Tha day WB, aKltln marked . v.n
condition that th trustees pay S per
cent annuity ux toe amoum to in wiaow
and on her death to his children.
Robbers Loot Bank.
BONFIELD. III., Jan. I Severing com
munication with the outside world by cut
ting all telegraph and telephone wires,
roblors blew uoen the vault In the Kirat
National bank of Bonfl.-ld early today and
made off with over fm. The rot.tr got
away on a handcar over thu Kankikee
ne-veca branch of the hlg Four ud tvuk a
Ixalu aorUt ai Gar dinar. 1U.
LOBBY MAY RETIRE
Honor Eailroad EepreisnUtiTai Conolada
They Can Accomplish Kothine,
SOME THINK THE MOVE IS GOOD POLICY
Majority Will Have to Beo Them Go and
Buy Before TUj Will Eeliero.
COMMITTEES TO DRAFT PLATFORM BILLS
Home ana Senate Both Take lotion Along
BURNS SIDESTEPS PROGRESSIVE WAGON
Oeta In the Road of Reform Move, bat
Dodajea Before It la Too Late
Anti-Lobby Men an re l'aase
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Jan. 9.-(Speclul.) The hand
writing on the wall has been seen and read
by the interests which have for so many
thwarted legislation demanded by tha peo-
" - resu.t a movement 1. found to
be on foot now to abandon the field and
trust to the legislators to do the right
thing, both by the corporations and the
people. The movement, though Inspired
by the action of tho house and tho antici
pated action of the senate, Is being made
by the corporations themselves. It Is said,
though many are Inclined to doubt It.
From reliable sources it was learned this
morning that the railroad lobbyists have
contemplated closing their headquarters
and leaving town. Whether a new set la
to come on Is problematical.
"It would be the best thing the railroad
ever did for themselves," said a repre
sentative discussing the proposition. "For
forty yenrs or more the railroads have al
most completely dominated politics of Ne
braska and manipulated Its affairs poli
tical. The time Is now here for the peopl
to look after their own interests and w
Intend to do It. We will be kinder to th
railroads, however, than they have ever
been to us. because we will do them no In
justice, but we will give the people Justice.
That Is what we were elected to do and
that Is what we will do. The railroad
might Just as well move out of Lincoln
with their political headquarters."
Up to date none of the accredited rall-
! . T1..-1I . - .
Young hn, hftn , tho ,p(r1IIatlv(l
I none of them Intend to come to the state
noiisn, nut. win ne content to work from
the hotels and appear before the commit
tees at the proper time.
It has been demonstrated beyond a rea
sonable doubt that both houses of the legis
lature are controlled by men who are here
to carry out every pledge of the party
platform, and the procession will trampla
over any person or corporation that geta
In the way.' In1 fact, ln the senate, where
It was supposed the corporations would be
able to make a gallant stand, after having
given up hope In the house, appearance
Indicate the old machine la shattered. If
not smashed, to pieces. Those two Lan
caster reformers, Joe Burns and John Mc
Kesson, relics of the old Burlington days,
saw the procession coming this morning
and sidestepped beautifully. When McKes
son moved a committee be appointed to .
get up a railway commission measure,
naming the members, Dodson of Saline
at once moved to amend to Insert other
names, though he was on the McKesson
committee. Epperson of Clay moved aa
a substitute the matter be referred to th
committee on standing committees. Burns,
with all the energy he possesses, shouted
for a roll call. He shouted loud and long
and made a speech on the proposition.
Then others made speeches, and ln the
wind-up Burns forgot about his roll call,
and the Epperson motion was carried by
an aye and nay vote, with McKesson and
Burns not voting.
Within a short time the labor bureau
will Issue a bulletin showing the freight
charges In Nebraska and ln neighboring
states. The comparison will show Ne
braska Is discriminated against to an out
rageous degree, and, while soma bcllev
the labor bureau haa gone out of Its Juris
diction to find work, the bulletin will not
advance the cause of the railroads.
The regents of the state university hav
issued a statement to the legislature In
support of their plea for an Increased ap
propriation. In which the salaries paid her
and In other states are compared, showing
the Nebraska university instructors are
paid less than in other states. Notwith
standing the statement, some members of
the house and senate fail to see why the
Vouchers of the state university should not
be filed with the state auditor and the
claims passed upon by him after the Board
of Regents has Indorsed them, and before
the session is ended a move to this end
probably will be made. In the meantime,
hH.ri.ly oerore the speaker hud ceased nam
ing tne committees, university lobbyists
had culled up to talk w!n members of th
Appropriation to Be Watched.
It la very evident appropriations will be
'-canned c.oaely by the member, thl. se-
num. The proposition to Duy so cent
WOrth of stamp each day for each mem-
ber of th house was killed yesterday. The
aame proposition was made this morning,
wttn the amount reduced to 20 cent jnd
then to 10 cents. It finally carried to allow
the members 10 cents a day each, so they
could communicate with their constituents.
: if this stands the appropriation will ther.
I fore be reduced from about I1.8U0 to for
the session. The members who opposed th
proposition were cautioned by the other
1 scrutinise as closely all other approprla-
The legislature is gradually rounding Into
shape to do business and the Indication ar
the next few day will aee the platform
pledge measures well along the road to
realities. In both houses and senate reso
lution were Introduced, and In the latter
adopted, providing for the appointment of
Joint committee to work together on plat
form measures, in the house tha reaoln.
hou,e by onslaughts on the corporation
by the Introduction of measures to prsvent
th giving of free transportation ; providing
(or the municipal ownerahlp of telephone
line by cities of the second claas, and
measures relating to freight rates.
Almost a Shonrdowa.
The senate at the morning session barely
scaped a test vote which would hav
: placed the member on record In tha mat
itcr of railroad Itgia-UUuu, Jv Burua h
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