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The Omaha. Daily Bee
VOL. XXXVI-NO. 200.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY f, 1907-TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COrY TIUIEE CENTS.
TWELVE BELOW ZERO
Coldest Weather ef the Ceason 6trie
Omaha Erly Tuesday Homing. .
WARMER ANB SNOW NOW FORECASTED
All Day the Mercury Lnrks Down Aronsd
the Lower Edees.
REACHES EQUATOR BACK UP AT 2 P. M.
Tricid Bpell ii feaertl and More 8-ere at
. Other Places.
CUTS INTO COAL SUPPLY IN STATE
Railroads Arc Endeavoring See ta
It There la Ka liftrin aa
This Account, Hnw
Hurrah (or Modlcln Hat!
Twelve decree below aero at I o'clock
Tuesday morning is the oldest weather
Omaha haa felt thue far thle winter. The
harp decline revived memories of that
famous weathervene of the great north
west. Medicine Hat, than whose frigidity
none worse Is supposed to exist. The mer
cury was slow to recede from Its descent.
It proceeded upward with measured
march, touching 11 below at t and a. m.,
10 at 7. then and back to 10. passing the
equator and registering 1 degree on the
north side at 1 p. m..
The forecast Is for warmer weather with
For several days the thermometer has
been showing unmistakable signs of get
ting down to business. In fact the ground
hog allayed all doubts on the subject and
so people were not taken unaware. But
the cold weather Is felt nonetheless. The
heavy snows, amounting to about five
Inches, made It cold under foot as well as
over head. It was the , coldest, not only
for' this winter, but since the severe wea
ther of two years ago. The minimum last
winter was I below, February 14, Valentine
Day. But Omaha la still within the Orange
Belt as compared with som other points
not many miles away.
Street cars have been encountering more
than ordinary difficulty as a result of the
now and chilly atmosphere and yesterday
morning on more than one thoroughfare
people who toll walked or. waited 'and
sometimes fought for a place In a tightly
packed car. But the company succeed In
handling its cars so as to avoid serious
accidents and In fact brought the service
up to the normal before the day got very
The continued cold reassures Ice men of
a surplus of harvest, giving to the oon
1 sumer 4 guarantee against exorbitant
prices . next summer on account of the
Extremely Cold Vp Valley.
The weather bureau reports that extreme
old still prevails up-. the valley and
through ths X)akotas, but that it U growing
warmer in the west and northwest and that
there Is every prospect for slowly rising
temperature . in, this region. It . la much
colder Up the valley now than It was Mon
day and It is possible the minimum ha
been reached at Omaha, the bureau says.
Locally he thermometers registered IS de
grees below aero at I o'clock Tuesday morn
ing. 10 ielow at T o'clock and 8 below at
The extreme cold Is making some of the
towns in the state a little short of coal,
but the railroads claim they are still able
Immediately to handle all calls for coal.
A shortage was announced at Kearney and
tba TJMon Pacific forthwith sent 'two cars
from Orand Island, where they were In
watting for Jusf such an emergency. Borne
time ago ' General . Superintendent Park
bought twenty-eight cars of coal, which
have been held at Orand Island waiting for
s hurry call. Bootlm sent out a call for
seal and that town was supplied In less
- - thao twelve hours.
COLD vVAVB COVERS MAlfT STATES
Eight Person Reseried Proaam
Death la the Dakota.
BT. PAUL Feb. . Twenty-two degrees
below aero was' registered by government
thermometers today. Most of the other
thermometers went to SO below. ' Zero
weather has prevailed for seventeen days.
For three day past the temperature has
been nearly a low a today.
In North Dakota to degrees below has
' been eqinmon and there has been much
suffering. Railroads have been badly de
moralised. For several days past the main
lines of the 800, Great Northern and
Northern Paclflo have been blocked and
many of the branch lines have been at a
standstill for weeks. This has caused a
coal famine In many North Dakota towns.
There have been reports of many people
freeslng to death, but these reports have
been denied from North Dakota sources.
It Is admitted, however, by railroad man
agers that the opening of spring will, tell
some grewsoma tales of suffering, starva
tion and death.
In Minnesota, especially to the north and
west, the storms have been sever. Today
all trains from Chicago were from one to
Ave hours late. The 800 line sent out the
first train to the coast In a week, but the
officials made no promises to passengers
that they would get farther west than
Portal. N. D.
Northern Pacific train from North Da
kota point were six and seven hours late,
and Great Northern trains from the same
locality were from three to eight hours late.
It le reported that the 800 line sent ome
supplies through on the Thief Rlveq Falls
branch, having gotten it open further la
the last few days than It has been, since
December 11. From Fargo the report, comes
that the Fargo-Southwestern sent okit the
first train In fifteen days over that line
from Fargo. .. I
Mcllenry. N. D.. reports that there, have
been no trains since December IS and that
all fuel. Including gasoline. Is gone.
A Fessenden, N. D.. special ay 1 that
after a blockade lasting eight days the Soo
Una managed to get a train through and
In that train was a car of coat That dis
trict Is badly In need of fuel.
Eight Person Fresea ta Death.
BISMARCK, N. D., Feb. 6. A telephone
assort from Goodrich, a town on th Car
Stagton branch of th Northern Pacific, is
as the effect that an unidentified woman
tad five children were fresea to death there.
PIERRE, B. D.. Feb. (.-The bodies of
Wesley E. Bank and Robert Chandler,
who were frocon to death on their ranch
near Hayes, were brought here today. The
mea came here recently front ML Vernon,
. Ky., and were operating a large shevp
ranch. : The bodies are being held for
order from Kentucky relative.
LINCOLN, Feb. L The heavy anowstorrn
of yesterday waa continued this morning la
fCeatlnued a fceuond Page.)
SUMMARY OF THE DEE
Wednesday, February , llNff.
ioo7 February ioo?
WH WON TVS WtO TNV HI ear
19 20 21
24 25 26 27 28
Til WXATHEK. .
FORF3CABT FOR NKBRA8KK Fair In
east, snow In went portion Wednesday.
Thursday snow, with lining temperature.
FORrX'AST FOR lOWA-Falr Wednes
day. Thursday fair In east, snow in west
portion and warmer.
Temperature at Omaha yesterday:
5 a. m..
7 a. m..
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10 a. m..
11 a. m..
1 p. m. .
1 p. m. .
3 p. m..
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6 p. m.
5 p. m..
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9 p. m..
Joint committees at Lincoln have agreed
on the railway commission bill aa al
ready printed and anti-pass bill, which
follows the national law on the same sub
ject, rag 1
Alabama enlarges power of State Rail
road commission and requires companies
to produce bpoks for inspection. Page 1
Senator Heybum offers resolution ask
ing the senate to investigate the reor
ganization of the Northern Pacific Rail
road company. Page S
House devotes day to consideration of
river and harbors bill. Page
In Bailey hearing at Austin, Tex., Sen
ator and a witness are prevented from
fighting after senator denounces as a lie
statement made pn stand. Pag 1
Railroad lobby again shows Its hand at
Lincoln by distributing copies of Chicago
railroad organ containing attack on ter
minal taxation. Pag 1
Chicago city council adopta street car
franchise providing for 8S per cent fit
net income as city revenue and purchase
of lines by city. It must be approved by
voters. Pag X
Storm off New England coast endangers
hipping. New York a storm swept and
north and west reports low temperatures.
Defense In Thaw case makes poor show
ing In attempt to prove prisoner Insane.
First expert witness 1 badly confused
and much testimony la ruled out as In
Unidentified woman and five children are
frosen to death at Goodrich, N. D.
Court-martial I in session at Fort Doug
las, Utah, to try Captain Charles Halght
on charges which are not made public
No one but Interested parties are allowed
In the room. Pag 1
Elmer 8. Dundy, Jr.. known as "Skip,"
dies at his home In New York, very sud
denly, from effects of a cold. He. was 45
years of age and had been very successful
aa an amusement manager. ' i Pags; 1
Frank Frlnk, a rejected suitor, kills Miss
Bessie Newton at her home at Ponca on
the eve fit her Intended wedding to Ed
ward O'Donnell. Pag 3
Supreme court spreads on It records
and listens to tributes of the late J. M
Woolworth. Pag 3
' A row of business buildings at Callaway
la destroyed by fire. Page 3
Mrs. Adplph Cagasen leaves two chll
dren locked In the souse while she visits
neighbor. She returns to find her home in
flames. One child Is smothered In smoke.
Japanese newspapers and statesmen
make light of talk of war with United
States. Page 1
Police are solicited to take out bonds
In company of which Representative Har
vey, secretary of the Board of Fire and
Police Commissioners, Is secretary, the
alleged intent fit W. J. Broatch to gain
place on the directorate of the company
being the assigned reason. Page ,.7
William C. N orris and B. T. Kayden, re
turning from California, tell their opin
ion of what Omaha needs to make It a
better town. Pag T
- Sioux City In an effort U readjust taxes
studies th system In fore In Omaha
and finds much to copy. Pag la
M. A. Rasgorshek, assaulted Tuesday
night by unidentified parties. Is con
scious, but can give no description of his
assailant, and the police force la baffled.
The Nebraska Retail Hardware associa
tion In session at the Auditorium, and
president Roberts advocates an associa
tion of all retail dealers. Page X
Chief Donahue ordera all sidewalks
cleaned of anow.
Omaha Toung Women's Christian asso
ciation la making an active canvass for
$18,000 for the building fund. Blue rib
bons mavk thoae who are pushing the ef
fort. Pag X3
Carl Reynolds, accused pf robbery, is on
1 trial In the district court. Pago T
Judge Kennedy ordera divorcees not to
marry, except to be reunited under six
months. Pag 4
Tommy Ryan knocks out Dave Barry In
fifth round at Hot Springs, Ark. Pag 8
COm Oil. BltTTPFS AJf D IOWA.
Senator Saunders confident l-cent fare
and several drastic railroad bills will pass
present legislature. Pag IX
WYOMING CASE GOES OVER
Greed Jury Will Take l Alleged
Lead Fraad la Big Hora
, NEW YORK. Feb. 6. Contrary to ex
pectations, there was no Investigation - by
th federal grand jury today of the Wyom
ing coal land entries, due to the fact. It J
said," that the grand Jury spout th
day la disposing of a number of routine
case, of ordinary federal violations. U was
nrltnsatiut- hikvavakP t hut sin ThnruHu tha
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' rranrl mrv wniiln rtynima It a Inmilrv nf
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the Northwestern Coal company secured
the ownership of e.SuO aerte of Valuable
coal lands la the Big Horn basin of Wyom
ing. It was stated that a few subpoenas
had been issued calling for th attendance
of certain material witnesses ta connec
tion with the coal Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney O'Brien
spent the day at the federal building In
consultation with representative of the
department f the interior and of Justice
who. It was said, came her In connection
with th Wyoming
CATALOGUE HOUSES EYED
Big Conoerni Watched Cut of Hardware
i otNDINi OUT I He SPIES
wska. Dealers Adapt Hew Consti
tution aad By-Laws Bad Ei
elade Lienor at Their
It Isn't very often that sn organisation
whl-h has held five annual conventions In
the course of Its existence. Is called to
order In annual session without a consti
tution and set of by-laws. But such was
the case when the Nebraska Retail Hard
ware association began Its three days' con
vention Tuesday at the Auditorium. After
It had been explained that the old consti
tution had been lost In a fir, a proposed
new constitution and bylaw, which had
been prepared In advance, were presented.
With some slight changes they were
The association Intends that not all its
deliberations shall reach the public ear,
for the by-laws provide that while the first
day' session of th annual meeting shall
be open, all other sessions may be execu
tive or not. at the discretion of the execu
tive committee. yThe reason given wa that
the catalogue houses have men out to spy
on the doings of the retailers, and atten
tion waa called to the suit of Montgomery
Ward against FX J. Mannlx, editor of a
trade paper at Sioux Falls, S. D., charging
him with conspiracy In restraint of trade,
the changes being based on information
said to have been obtained from members
of the retailer's association. Commenting
on the provision of the bylawe. President
Roberts Instructed the sergeant-at-arms to
be careful, during executive session, not
to admit people they did not know. Rep
resentatives of the press are to be admitted
as long aa the executive committee see
fit not to exclude them.
Ke Liquor at Banq.net.
One regulation adopted Is that no malt or
intoxicating liquor of any kind shall be
served at any banquet by the association.
Membership fees were fixed at $5 and an
nual dues at $5, except for associate mem
bers among the jobbers and travelers, who
are to pay 11 annually. Failure to pay dues
within thirty days after they become due
will suspend members. Th bylaw pro
vide for an annual meeting in February.
President Roberts appointed these com
mittees: Nomina tin sr J. C. Cornell. Ord: A. C.
Newberry, Alliance; C.-P. Schneider, Syra
Press C. F. Schram, Omaha: E. 8. Hay
hurst, Loup City: Anton Hanson. Upland.
Resolutions 8. A. Sanderson, Lincoln; A.
F. Montgomery. Crelshton: P. G. Satt,
Wausa; P. F Connant, Benedict; Frank
Grievance Roy Weaverllng, Peru; Max
Tbe i-.esldent was authorised to appoint
a legislative committee of five, which he
will announce today. Among other things,
this committee la to discus th advisability
of advocating legislation to restrict peddling
In th country. -
Treasurer H. J. Hall of Lincoln reported
a balance on hand of $1.329. 29-v, Receipt for
180 were $3,553 , while penfmores were
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Mr. Hall reported 'for himself and Presi
dent Robert a delegatea to the national
convention of hardware dealer In Chicago
last March. He spoke with pride of the
discussion on that occasion In regard to
the fight of Nebraska retail organizations
to have catalogue house advertisement
eliminated from the publications of fra
ternal societies. In this connection Mr.
Hall quoted from a letter of A. R. Talbot
head consul of the Modern Woodmen of
America, In which Mr. Talbot promises
no catalogue or mail order houses could
sdvertlse In the organ of that society after
the February Issue.
Smoker at Commercial Clab,
Last evening the dealers were the guest
of the Wright & Wilhelmy company and
the Lee-Glass-Andreesen Hardware com
pany at a smoker at the Commercial club,
and the thirty-two women who came to
Omaha with their husbands were the guests
of Omaha women at the Boyd. At 2:W this
afternoon a reception will be given at the
Iler Grand for the visiting women. An en
tertainment by the exhibiting manufac
turers will be given tonight In the Audi
torium. Omaha Is swarming with retail hard
ware dealers from all part of the state
and factory men from all parte of th
Every available foot of apace in the
Auditorium la occupied by the exhibits of
the factories and foreign Jobbers, tbe local
jobbers choosing to make their showing at
their own warehouses. Almost everything
In the hardware line la showir stoves, fur
naces, knives, rasora, locks, hay tools,
curling irons, kettles, chafing dUhes,
chicken fences. '
The executive committee met In the fore
noon and looked after details of the con
vention, while President Nathan Roberta
framed up his. list of committee appoint
ments. Th convention proper was called to order
at 3 o'clock by President Roberta. After
an Invocation by Rev. E. IL Jenka, the
hardware men wer welcomed by Mayor
Jame C. Dahlman. Max Uhllg of Hold
rege, ex-president of the association, re
sponded. Prestdeat Robert Talks.
"I hop very soon to see the consumma
tion of ray desires, namely, tbe federation
of all lines of retail business." said Presi
dent Nathan Roberts of Omaha In his an
nual address. "To Illustrate: An admis
sion was mad by th head of one of the
largest mall order houses In Chicago. In
an interview a short time ago he said if
all lines made aa aggrasalv a fight as the
hardware men the mall order houses might
well look to their laurels.
"Federation of all kind of retail mer
chandising, while yet in its Infancy, i a
atep in the right direction, and I am glad
to aay that our state la among the first to
take the Initiative.
"Postal legislation ta at present being
considered by congress. Our hope is In
Chairman Overstreet and his colleagues of
the house committee that th interests of
thA retuJlera of the eountrr will n. K
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Uw Certaw n,.,.,. . ftrdu.
, ou t wor th Uatm of
' "poflUi cta4clt currejQcy tystem,' and as r-
; taller w mint b prepared for any move
: In this direction.
j "The National Retail Hardware associa
tion, through Its officers. Is alive to all
these Issues and Is waohlng sealously th
Interest of every retail hard war merchant
In th country. ,
"Our growth ha been phenomenal. Up
wards of 10,000 retail merchants ar con
nected with th state association, and
through thern with th national associa
tion." Mr. Roberts recommended that th con-
(Continued on Second Page.)
PANAMA COMPANY FORMED
Joha R. MeDoaald Kleeted Prestdeat
f Corporation to Construct ( anal
lader Oliver Bid.
NEW YORK, Feb. 6.-John B. McDonald
of this city, the contractor who constructed
the subway, was today elected president of
the Panama Construction company. This
company waa formally organised today for
the purpose of building the Panama canal
In the event that , the contract Is awarded
by tne government to William J. Oliver,
one of the contractors, and hla associates.
The other officers elected were:
First vice rjrenlrient and senernl nrnnafpr.
W. J. Oliver; chairman of the board, R.
A. C. Smith; secretary and assistant treas
urer, D. V. Keynolds; treasurer, R. A.
Executive committee: John B. McDonald,
W. J. Oliver. John Pierce. R. A. C. Bmlth
and R. A. Chester.
Board of directors: John B. McDonald,
John Pierce. Charles H. Ackers: Robert A.
C. Smith, Robert A. Chester, George Pierce.
t-atricK T. walsn, William M. 8ayre, rat
rick J. Brennan, George F. Harrlman and
Upon adjournment of today's meeting Mr.
McDonald announced the formation of tho
company and added:
"Everything is now ready for the actual
work of digging."
William J.OHver of Knoxville, Tenn., and
his associate, Anson M. Bangs, were the
lowest bidders for the construction of the
Panama canal but after the government re
jected Mr. Oliver's partner Mr. Oliver was
given ten days to associate himself with at
least two reliable contractors to take up
the work under the terms of his contract
price. The time given him to make these
arrangements and to supply evidence of his
ability to. furnish $6,000,000 capital and a
bond of $2,000,000 would expire tomorrow.
Mr. Oliver has associated himself with
nine well known contractors and according
to Mr. McDonald all the financial require
ments of the government have been met.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 8. While considera
tion Is being given to the question of let
ting the contract for the digging of the
Panama canal, the work Is going on there
at a rapid pace. Numerous reports from
time to time have been submitted regarding
the progress being made, but a cablegram
received at the War department today from
Chief Engineer Stevens contained the an
nouncement that all prevloua record had
been eclipsed. The dispatch follow:
"We took out 668,750 cubic yards from
Culebra cut In January, about twice , the
best monthly record made by the French
since Inception of work by Delesseps."
The Information is regarded at the War
department as Indicating that no tlms I
being lost In consequence of the possibility
of the work being turned over to private
SCENE IN BAILEY HEARING
Lie Passed aad Seaator aad Wltaes
Prepare to Fla-ht Whea Others
AUSTIN, Tex.. Feb. 6.-A dramatic scene
waa enacted In the Bailey Investigation to
day shortly after the legislative committee
resumed consideration of the , charges
snlnst tha senator. E. N. Vents of Hous
ton was on the tand, when Representative
Coke, who la prosecuting the charges
against Senator ' Bailey, asked Mr, Ments
If CoIoMl"-eowart of"Dall- went to New
York., to see Bailey while- he' wa there,
ostensibly to have his throat treated, but
really to attend to business for the Klrby
Senator Bailey arose and said that any
on 1 who said that to wart went to New
York to see him waa a liar.
The witness understood that Senator
Bailey meant him, and he arose In hla seat
and declared emphatically that ha- would
allow no man to call him a liar. He as
serted that he waa not a willing witness,
"but so help me God, I will allow no man
to call me a liar," he shouted.
Senator Bailey started for tbe witness,
who seemed ready to meet him. Deputy
Sheriff White stopped Senator Bailey and
trouble waa averted. The senator then
apologised to the committee, declaring that
he bad been Irritated so much during the
last few weeks that he could hardly help
his action. He asserted that It was bard
to keep from denouncing what he knew to
Representative Coke retorted that Bailey
had legal advisers who were able to take
care of hla interests.
MYSTERY IN COURT-MARTIAL
No One Beside Officials Permitted to
ICstow Charges Agaiaat Cap
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. (.There Is
much mystery connected with the trial by
court-marshal of Captain Charles Halght
of the Ffth cavalry which begins at Fort
Douglas today. Even the nature of the
charge against Halght Is withheld from the
newspapers, and the trial will be behind
closed door. Colonel B. C. Lockwood, J
commandant at Fort Douglas will preside.
The military record of Captain Halght Is
aa follow: Corporal troop A, New York
cavalry 1898; second lieutenant Fourth
artillery July. 1886; first lieutenant Fourth
cavalry, 1901, Captain Fifth cavalry, 1906;
honor graduate Infant and cavalry school,
1903; graduate staff college. 1905; 8. S.
Columbia school of mines, 1898.
ALABAMA AFTER RAILROADS
Stat Commission's Power Is Ei
- tended and All Books Must
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Fla., Feb. 6 The
Alabama senate yesterday passed a bill ex
tending the power of the state railroad
commission. Tho bill empowers the com
mission to examine all books of railroad
companies and authorises It to require of
ficials to bring these books before the com
mission and to summon witnesses. Courts
are given discretion in fixing costs against
railroad companies In litigation over rates
whether the verdict is for or against th
corporation. The only concession gained
by the railroad Is a denial of the right of
the commission to raise rate above a
maximum fixed by law.
PROBE FOR A HILL ROAD
Senator Heybum Would Have Senate
Investigate Reorganisation of
th Narthera PacMe.
WASHINGTON, Feb. t.-Beoator Heyburn
presented a resolution In the senate today
providing for a special commute of five
senator to Investigate the reorganisation
of th Northern Paclflo railroad to ascer
tain what title and estates are owned by
the corporation which was created by act
of congress on 'July t, 1864. snd If said fed
eral corporation has no title or estates In
any property then what reason there Is
why said charter acta should not be wholly
repealed by congress.
The resolution provide for sending for
persons and papers, etc. It was referred
to the commltle on pacific railroads.
COMMISSION BILL READY
Expectation it Will Fa Introduced in the
ANTI-PASS MEASURE ALSO PROPOSED
Follows Almost Identically Alone the
Lines of the Provisions of th
Federal Iirr on Same'
(From a Staff Correspondent)
LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 5.-(Speclal Tele- !
gram.) The railroad commission bill has
run the gauntlet of the joint committee.
and aa soon a copied will b introduced
In the house, . probably Thursday. The
committee adopted th subcommittee bill
this after rjn, making "Only the minor
change reported In Th Bee, namely.
changing the salary of th secretary from
$2,600 and the two clerk at tl.VQ each to
a round sum of $6,000, to be apportioned
by the commission. The other change waa
making it discretionary with the commis
sioners whether they Inspected railroad I
bridges, and for all expenses of the com
missioners to be paid when out on state
The subcommittee appointed to draft th
anti-pass bill had no opportunity to re
port to the Joint committee this after
noon, owing. to the discussion over- the
commission bill, but will do so tomorrow
morning. The bill as practically agreed
to Is almost Identical with the federal
anti-pasa law. It Is aa follows:
Section 1. No railroad corporation own
ing or operating any line or lines of rail
road In the state of Nebraska shall issue
or give any free ticket, free pass, or froo
transportation for passengers except to Its
bona fide employes and their families. Its
omcers, surseuns who are annually em
ployed, attorneys who are actually em
ployed and receiving a salary of not leas
than five hundred ($500) dollars per year,
ministers of religion, traveling secretaries
of Young Men's Christian association, In
mates of hospitals and charitable and
eleemosynary Institutions and persons ex
clusively engaged In charitable and elee
mosynary work; to lndlgent,deatltute and
homeless persons and to such persons when
transported by charitable societies or hos-
fltals and the necessary agents employed
n such transportation; to Inmates of the
national homes or state homes for dis
abled soldiers and of soldiers' and sailors'
homes. Including those about to enter and
those returning home from such Institu
tions; to necessary care takers of live
stock, poultry and fruit; to employes on
sleeping cars, express and bagKuge cars;
and to linemen of telegraph and telephone
companies; to railway mall service em
ployes; to newsboys on trains, baggage
agents, persons Injured In wrecks and phy
sicians and nurses attending such persons.
Provided, further, Thst the provisions of
this act shall not be construed to prohibit
the Interchange of passes for the officers
and bona fide employes of other railroad
companies and their families; nor to pro
hibit any railroad corporation from carry
ing passengers free with the object of pro
viding relief in cases of general epidemic,
pestilence or calamitous .visitation; anv
railroad corporation . violating any of the
provisions of this act shall be guilty of
a misdemeanor and for each offense on
conviction thereof shall pay a fine of not
less than one hundred ($100) dollars and
not more than one thousand ($1,000) dollars.
' Heart a a- oa Omaha Charter Bills.
"pRePree "tatlves of th Omaha Commercial
club, the Real Estate exchange, city offi
cials and taxpayers began tbe discussion
of the prof "se4 amendments to the Omaha
city charter before the house committed on
cities and town tonight, and at th con
clusion of the, heeling Clarke and Lee
of Douglas Were appointed a committee
to report a bill the people of Omaha could
stand together on. Those who took part
In the discussion were City Engineer Rose
water, City Physician Connell, Victor Rose
water, W. L. Selby of the Real Estate ex
change, J. E. George, representing the
Commercial club, and John P. Breen, who
drew one of the bills at the request of the
city engineer. Victor Rosewater and Mr,
Selby objected to the Issuance of bonds by
the council and mayor to pay current ex
penses, and Andrew Rosewater did not
Insist on thta section of his bill, . while
Breen explained it was to prepare to care
for tbe city's business after the consolida
tion with South Omaha.
The bill provides a maximum levy of
$1,500,000. of which $190,000 Is for the police
department and the same' for the Are de
partment.. Victor Rosewater thought the
police funda too large, .and he held the
same opinion about the park levy of $75,000.
George was. for the large park levy, while
Selby wanted, ail the funds cut down, with
the possible exception of the fire depart
ment, to make the total not more than
$1,100,000. All of the speakers seemed to
agree that the city engineer should have
the appointment of hla assistant and con
trol of the street gangs.
Dr. Connell argued for IL R. 147, which
provide tha city let a contract to some
party to haul garbage at no cost to the
city or to the property owners. This prob
ably will be amended that the contract Is
to be let after the bids are advertised for
and the contractor file a good bond. The
committee tomorrow night will listen to
argument on the consolidation bills.
Custer county went under the limelight
tonight and stayed there for quite a while.
It was over Hamer's bill to provide for
the division pf Custer county, or rather, to
prevent the division of the big. county Into
four smaller counties. F. M. Currte and
H. M. Sullivan spok for th bill and R. A.
Brega was against It. Another meeting
will be held tomorrow night and more
Custer county history will be exploited.
WAR TALK AT DISCOUNT
Japanese Make Light at Reports Ema
nating f ream Soma Parts
TOKIO. Feb. & Afternoon. The press is
till silent anent th war cry in som
American papera Not the slightest'exclte
tnent was apparent here at noon today
after this talk was transmitted here, and
U was generally Ignored. It la believed
that th anti-Japanese agitation by a por
tion of the American press will afford proof
of the futility of an effort to shake tho
profound confidence which Japan repose
In President Roosevelt and in the American
Tbe view taken here of the American
Japanese situation, arising from th San
Francisco school incident. Is Illustrated by
th following statement Issued today:
"Since the talk of war was first trans
mitted from America we hav carefully
watched the development of feeling here.
There baa not been the slightest excite
ment anywher In th country."
"The talk of war la completely ignored
here and Implicit confidence I reposed In
President Roosevelt and hi government
Th ebullutlona of the anti-Japanese press
of America ar powerleaa to shake Japas's
cordiality toward the United Statea."
OTTAWA, Ont.. Feb. I. "There will be
no war. I would wager my whole fortune
If I had one that there will be none be
tween the United Statea and Japan," said
Tatse Oore Nosse, Japanese consul to
Canada, yesterday, after reading press dis
patches suggesting the possibility of such
a contingency over tbs Baa Francisco
HUBBARD WANTS BLIND DAMS
" sssr.iiaiss r-pstei insane
la Method of Treatment of
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. Feb. 6. (Special Tele
gram. Congressman Hubbard of Iowa,
who Is Interested In th upper reaches of
the Missouri river, proposes when Ihe ap
propriation for the Missouri river Is reached
to offer the same amendment which applies
to the Mississippi river relating to the use
of money for dredging, removing Of snags
and carrying out continuous contracts. It
Is Mr. Hubbard's contention that the chan
nel of the river can be largely maintained
by the construction of blind dam along
the channel at certi'.ln points to be decided
upon by a board of engineers, similar to
the dnms or water breaks that now hold
the channel of the Jamee In check below
Richmond. Mr. Hubbard contends that the
provision In the rivers and harbors bill re
garding the Missouri is wholly Inadequate
to perform the work outlined, and it Is his
Intention to perfect the bill so that under
Its terms satisfactory work may be done.
Messrs. Gibson- and Mlsner of Hlnman.
Neb., arrived In Washington today to ap
pear betore the secretary of the Interior
regarding coal leases.
Senator Millard Is In receipt of the reso
lutions adopted by the Commercial club of
Omaha In regard to the proposed redaaslfl
catlon of second class mail matter. The
resolution also endorses the Penrose bill
s a further step in the direction of 1-cont
A petition has been received by Senator
Millard from the varlou women' clubs
of Falls City, Neb., representing a mem
bership of WO. ashing for the passage of
Senator Beverldge's child labor bill, or the
passage of some like legislation.
The following postmasters were appointed
today: Nebraska Mirage, Sheridan county,
Frank Hegonover. vice I. D. Hull, resigned,
lows Kamrer, Hamilton county. Francl
M. Blbler, vice Amos Julian, resigned.
The comptroller of the currency approved
today certificates authorising the following
national banks to begin business: The First
National bank of Evanston, Wyo., capital,
$50,000. J. .E. CosgTlff. president; George E.
Paxton. vice president; Charles Stone, cash
ier; Otto Arnold, assistant ashler.
These appointments hsve been made In
Iowa to fill vacancies In rural carrier
routes: North English. Route S, Benjamin
H. Butler, regular; Willie S. Balrd, substi
tute. Speehta Ferry. Route t, Henry Schu
lung. regular; John H. Schulung. substitute.
Wayland, Route 1. Harry H. Clark, regu
lar; Clyde Clark, aubstltute. Woden, Route
I, Emery J. Lewis, regular; A. W. Lewis,
FINE TIME FOR BOOSTERS
Royal Entertainment for Omaha
Trade Crnsaders Is Planned by
SPOKANE, Wash., Feb. S. (Special Tele
gram.) Boosters., of the Commercial club
of Omaha who are coming to tha Paclflo
northwest on their annual Inspection tour
next June will be Invited to stop off at
Spokane at least a day, when they wUl be
guests of the. Spokan Chamber, of Com
merce, the 160,000 club and the people of
the city. The entertainment will oonslst of
automobile drives around th city, an old
fashioned wtgwasn dinner at Hayden lake,
one of Spokane's nearby summer resorts
In northern Idaho, and a trip on Coeur
d'Alene lake. Ther will b other feature
of which no details will be divulged until
the boosters reach th city on their special
L. G. Monro, president of th Spokan
! Chamber of Commerce will bring th mat
i tr before the board of trustee at Its
meeting next Tuesday afternoon, soon after
which a formal Invitation will be aent to
C. M. Wllhelm. president of the Omaha
Commercial club. The 160,000 club will also
I rorwara an invumiuu euuuw.hu-
Ing next Thursday. It la understood two
weeks will be devoted to th trip and there
will be seventy-five or more In the party,
which will travel with Its own car and
diners. No stops for Investigations will b
mad upon tha east side of Wyoming, aad
the trip will be extended aa far as Puget
sound and Paclflo coast cities.
CHICAGO TRACTION ORDINANCE
Coaacll Prepare BUI for Voters by
-Which Municipality WUl De
CHICAGO, Feb. 6. The city council, after
a session lasting nearly all night, by a
vote of 66 to 1$. early today adopted an
ordinance which, If approved by th votera
i at the April election, will aettle tha Chi
! oago traction question, which haa been be
fore the people for more than -ten years,
The ordinance provide that th city
shall issue twenty-year franchises to th
Chicago City Railway company and th
Union Traction company, with the under-
standlne- that after six month' notice
any tim th city may purchas th street
railways controlled by these companies for
$60,000,000, plus a cost of rehabilitation. The
companies are at once to reconstruct-and
re-equip all th lines under the supervision
of three experts, on to be appointed by
the city and the other two by the two
street railway companies. Under the new
ordinance the street railway companlea for
the, usual fare of I cents will grant univer
sal transfer to all parts of the city. The
city will receive 66 per cent of the net In
come of-the street railways In question.
SOUTHERN INCREASES WAGES
Trainmen and Yardmen Given Ad
ranee Ranging from Six to
Twenty-Five Per Cent.
WASHINGTON. Feb. t. All conductors
trainmen and yardmen of the Southern
railway are to receive an Increaae In wage
aggregating between $350,000 and $400,000 a
year. The advance affects hundreds of
For several weeks General Manager Ack
ert and other officials of the southern rail
way have been In conference with com
mittees representing the men. A satisfactory
adjustment finally was reached today. Th
Increaae amounts from 6 per cent, as the
minimum to 26 per cent as the maximum.
Through freight conductors ar to be paid
on a basis of $3.1$ per hundred miles.
Local freight conductors $180 per hundred
miles; local freight brakemen $2 16 per
hundred miles and through freight brake
men $1.76 per hundred miles. ,
FAMILY IS FROZEN TO DEATH
t'ntdentlfled Woman and Five Chil
dren Ar Fonnd Dead In
BISMARCK. N. D., Feb. (.-A telephone
report from Goodrich, a town on th Car
ringtun branch of th Northern Pacific, is
to th effect that au unidentified woman
and five children wer frosen to death ther
LOBBY SHOWS HAND
Eailroad Representatives Etiok U Fxploded
Charge on Terminal Bill
CHCAGO RAILROAD 0RCAN TO RESCUE
Tsrms of the Bill Itself IxpUolUf
Disprove the Ohaxares.
THOMPSON SMOKED OUT ON THE PRIMARY
Advises Democrats to (can Carefully Any
THOMAS HAS A NEW TERMINAL BILL
Holbrook of Dodge Has Masn-
Intended to Settle the Question
of Demurrage Drive at
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Feb. S,-(8peclal.) The lata
move of the railroad lohby is to -work oa
the members of tha Nebraska legislature
through th medium of the Chicago Chron
icle, which this morning contained Inter
view with members of the Illinois legis
lature In opposition to the taxation of rail
road terminals. Th paper waa bought la
large number and liberally stamped with
the worda "The Omaha Scheme." and on
placed on the desk of each member. Whila
the article marked In general has no bear
ing on anything now pending before th
Nebraska legislature there wss In It, la
the nature of an Interview, this state
Another thlna that la llkslv" to militate
gainst the country Is assessment by Chi
cago for the use of Chicago of railroad
terminals in that city. At present the Im
mense railroad value In Chicago are dis
tributed over each mile of track In the
state for the purpoee of taxation. What
1 to prevent Chicsgo from cutting the rest
of th state out of the taxable benefits of
this property? If Chicago Is to exclude th
rest of the state from participating In the
terminal railroad tax It will seriously
cripple the country schools which are now
struggling to keep out of bankruptcy.,
This statement the railroad lobby at Lin
coln wanted the members to see and It Is
the same argument which the paid lobby
ist of tha railroad have been making for
years, but Inasmuch as th bill now pend
ing before the legislature. Introduced by
Clarke of Douglas county, provides specif
ically that thla added tax on railroad prop
erties shall not take one cent from the school
districts in the state nor change In any
particular the present method of assessing
railroad property Insofar as the state,
county and school districts ar concerned,
the marked copies of the Chicago paper do
not apply to the Clark terminal taxation
The section which should ease the mind
of any member regarding the diminution of
the school funds Is as follows:
Section 18 This act shall not apply to,
nor In any manner affect the assessment,
equalisation, levy or collection of any stale, .
county, township, school district or road,
district tax, nor shall It affect any axse-
ment or levy heretofore made upon any
property in the atate of Nebraska. No
shall this -act be constm4-t& affect any
specific tax which may now or which shall
hereafter be provided for by law, upon th
property or business of any company or
association within this staid.
Jones Perrlneat Asiwtr.
Incidentally that the passage of ths
Clarke bill will add to th taxes to.be paid
by the railroad and not take away from
the school district, wa shown nicely in
a little debate between a railroad lobbyist
and Jones' of Polk county two yeara ago.'.
The railroad man waa telling how the en
actment of such a law would close up
many school of th state.
"Do you mean to say this bill would tak
from th school fund of th state and
put the money into Omaha?" asked Jones.
"Yes, sir," answered the railroad man. ;
"Do you mean to say it will not - In- -crease
your taxes: that It 1 merely ohang-
Ing the method of distribution of your
taxes?" asked Jonee. ,
- "Tea, sir; It will not Increase our taxes
one dollar," replied the railroad agent.
"Then what do you care? What ar you .
fighting th bill for If It doesn't oost you
Th answer was drowned In th laughtar
of the crowd. 1 . '
Hearing on Doable Shift Bill.
The senate and house, met in Joint ses
sion this morning and listened to remarks
by representatives of the Omaha Commer
cial club and members of the Omaha Or
department for and against tbe Ledr ,
double-shift fir department bill. Th Com
mercial club was her W0 strong. whU
only a half doaen of th boy In blu war
on hand to look after their aid of .the .
case. W. S. Wright, I. W. Carpenter and
Frank Guinea talked for tha Commercial
club and each laid aside sentiment and
talked purely from a business man's stand-
point; that It would cost too much money, -would
be a burden on the small taxpayers,
and would not work for proficiency In the ,
department. . ,
Captain Jaacks and Captain Mors denied
the cost would be a burden, and submitted :
statistics to show that to Inaugurate a
two-platoon system would require forty
additional men. For th remainder of tag
year this cost would be $13,000, and after
all the men were receiving the maximum
aalary, $80, which la paid after a three
yes r service, the added cost would ha .
$38,000. Oalne said If the fore was in
creased one-third It meant the department
cost would be about one-third more. In
answer to this Captain Jaacks Informed th
legislature that salaries paid th men was .
by no mean the only cost for maintain
ing the department and, therefore, th
argument by Mr. Galne waa no good.
Senator Ashton presided at the Joint ses
sion. Thompson oa Primary.
W. H. Thompson of Grand Island, fusion -nominee
for United States senator, who ha
heretofore refused to make a statement
regarding hla stand on the direct primary,
though aasailod and misquoted by num
erous publications, tonight, before leaving
for his home. Issued a statement. Mr.
Thompson la for a primary, he aaid, but h
wants th member of the legislature to
study carefully th detail of the law they
enact HI statement is as follows:
I am In favor of the enactment of a prl- ,
mary law. However, I have not Investi
gate the laws In operation In other states.
With such scrutiny us I was able to give
today 1 was not In favor of endorsing any
particular enactment on the question, and
have advlptd grbal care and ctution on the
part of members of the legislature In com
mitting themselves to any particular blH.
It means a radical departure from th long
established usages in the state. I am per
sonally oppesed to any law which would .
require a can& ate to pay a bonus for th ; '
privilege of b..ig a candidate for a noml- ,
nation. Such a law would b unquestlon- I
ably unfair to the minority party. I
if a law be enacted which should pro- I
vide for th prlniii'ies of both osrlie tt
he held at the same time snd plate, then
I am unalterably pioed to a secret ballot, .
for the reason that it would enable design
ing persona to force Incompetent and weak )
candidates on the opuoeltlon party. All of j
these things should bs very carefully and I
conscientiously gone over before any party I
or pcrsutut commit themselves ta tae jna- !
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