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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOLi XXXVI-XO. 207.
OMAIIA, "THURSDAY MOKN'IXtt, FEBRUARY 14, 1907 TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COPY THREE CENTS.
PLATTE ON RAMPAGE
Lire Portion of Fremont Inua dated and
Two Hundred Honaee Abandoned,
PEOPLE ARE TAKEN FROM THEM IN BOATS
Flood Comet Co Suddenly Personal Effect.
Are Abandoned la Home.
hO UVES KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN LOST
3Lcctrt, Sonarler and Horth Bond Alio
INION PACIFIC TRACKS INUNDATED
Karltaartea Bri4M Arnti the Platte
River at Cotessbae aa kebnyler
Art Taken Oat ay
FR77MONT. Neb. Feb. .-Speclal Tele
rruiLHrmnont wu by far the worst suf
ferer so far aa general damage la con
cerned from the flood whlcn started with
the breaking- of the Ice In the Loup river.
60 far aa known, however, there haa been
no lose of life though there la an uncon
firmed rumor that a little colored boy
tad been drowned and there la also fear
that In the darkness- all the residents of
the flood swept aection of the city had
not been rescued. The flood cum suddenly
at 7:30 this evening-, so far aa the city
was concerned, with the breaking of the
dike which had been erected to protect the
town. The water rose rapidly In the south
portions of the city and telephone cal.s
for relief poured Into the city halL Mayor
Wala and Sheriff Bauman took charge
of the rescue work and every boat and
other means of getting people out of the
flood swept section was utilised, cltlsens
volunteering freely In the work. Bo far
s Is possible to ascertain at this time all
were taken out. although no effort was
made to save the belongings of the unfor
tunate people. The water is higher than
at any time since the spring of 1SL Two
hundred houses have been abandoned.
A portion of the refugees are quartered
at the city hall, others at the freight de
pots of the various railroads and still
others have been taken Into private homes.
while five who are sick are at the Fremont
The loss of live stock and personal prop
arty of the people In the low lands will be
The river at 10 o'clock was stationary,
at midnight It had commenced to de
cline and continues to recede slowly.
At 11 p. m. the Burlington tracka were
covered and It waa up to the floor of the
freight depot. The Brown Milling com
party's mill la surrounded. ,
The family of A. R. Wlghtman of Engle-
wood telephoned for assistance, saying
that there had been two feet of water In
the house and a strong wind was coming
In from the west. A number of sick people
' wars taken off In boats and teams, one a
woman withe. lltUe bnby only a few days
The Burlington grade north of there haa
.bald the water la town and If It should be
carried out would relieve the situation
somewhat. About 10:30 it began to run
over the Union Pacific tracks at the Nye
venue crossing and a little more rise
would flood a large part of the Third ward.
The water Is vary high at Mercer. No.
a 0.1 the Union Pacific ia sidetracked here.
Ames, alz miles west, la under water for
the first time In Its history,
The Northwestern bridge over tha Platte
is still Intact, but it la feared the Bur
lington's will go out.
Bridge Oat at aeheyler.
SCHUYLER, Neb.. Feb. 13. (Special Tel
egram.) One of the largest waahouta ever
known to the Platte liver at this point oc
curred todsy. The river started to leave
Its banks last night and kept rising all day
today, making its total width more than
two miles and coming to within a short
distance of town. Very little Ice aa yet
had gone through until this evening, when
a break started and haa taken the rem
nant of the wagon bridge completely away
and carried It down stream. Only a few
Ice-guards of the Burlington railroad
bridge have been taken off by Ice so far,
but It Is very shaky and parts are expected
to go out by morning. The Burlington
pile-driver la ready for business should any
part go out AU east bound Union Pacific
trains have been blocked between here and
Rogers since this morning on account of
the waahout near North Bend.
AJU-1NGTON. Neb.. Feb. lXOproULV
Tne are in the EJkhorn river haa not com
tnenced to break up yet. but may at say
time. High water la expected as the lee
la thick and may form a gorge in some of
the river bends.
Trains Reported MarMsr4
ROGERS. Neb-, Feb. U. apeclal Tele-
Tam.) It la reported here that Union Pa
cific passenger trains Noa. 13, 4. It. 10 and
t, are stranded between here and North
Bend on account of a washout on each
a'de of them, one being about one mile
this aide of North Bend and the other ode
about three miles from here, caused by a
large gorge about three miles down the
river. At this place the river ia full of
Ice about fourteen Inches thick, and
still rising. At one time In the afternoon
the water rose about a foot in twvnty
minutes. At the F. C. Howard farm the
water is reported six fret deep and stock
drowning. There has been a very heavy
wind from the northwest all day. throwing j
the ice over on the south bank of the
Hver. While the situation here la serious
It Is thought there U no danger.
nAicnuu, .fa, rco. ia. iom:uu is
egram ) Wotkin-n for the Union Pacific
to the number of fifty are poshing the
new bridge over the Elk horn river and
fear of the ice gorging makes the work
hasardoue. They have been using soma
dynamite tonight, while the boom of
dynamite on the Platte river has been
beard all day. The trains are delayed be
cause of wsfhouta Mt, and some fear Is
entertained of the Platte cutting a channel
across to the Elkhorn. as It did several
years ago. The ice has opened op for
1st yards below the bridge and the river la
Work at Talley.
VALLEY. Neb, Feb. U.-8pecUL)-On
account of the thaw and probable breaking
VPST ,ht,:rU!Jf..Wrt'bU. the eoant had a greaTmaa, pa -
n.- utrir of drtvine nlHn .
.- ... .... .k. a i. t h. .. 1'
mleslonr-rs several spans of the bridge was
to -vVu being take, by . V
At river and al the railroad bndg.
.r. .t -ork ue4n. a.mi-
for ef men ere at work using dynamite
to brefck up the ice.
Wb iwiu mt th. nvk of th. t'.u .
'Pacific betwee. North Bend and Roger.
blocked the nvun line 0 the Union Pacific
(CoaUbued oa Beodnd Paa
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House at Lincoln passes, by a vote of
(0 to 40, In committee of the whole, a
bill to tax mortgages, aa recommended by
Governor Sheldon In his mesige.
Leedsr. double-shift firemen's bill
riesses the house at Lincoln almost unan
imously. A similar bill for South Omaha J
has already passed the senate, making
the passage of the law almost certain.
Greater Omaha bills are hell back by
committee for amendment to allow the
South Omaha officers to serve out their
terms. 'are 1.
Senator Aldrich presents a measure de
signed p secure publicity for transactions
of corporations. It requires a publica
tion and a hearing before the State Rail
road commission, which must grant per
mission before a corporation can Issue
additional stocks or bonds for any pur
pose. ! L
Subcommittee of Nebraska leglslatu.-e
haa completed primary bill and will ie
port It to full committee Thursday even
ing. Page 1
South Dakota reform forces seek to get
together on policy of railroad control.
The Norrls bill providing for an ad
ditional Judge of the federal court in
Nebraska Is favorably reported to the
house. Page 1.
House committee reports bill regulating
the disposal of government coal lands.
but not In line with the president's pro
posed leasing scheme. Page L
Conference committee amends immigra
tion bill to permit the president to ex
clude all aliens whose presence would be
a detriment to labor conditions. Page 4
President sends message to congress
favoring leasing of public coal land and
laws for better control of graslng land,
he declares much fraud exists. Page 11
Railroad agents find little encourage
ment at Tork in their opposition to the
1-cent fare bill. , Land agenta say lower
rates will benefit them, ', . Page S.
Great volume of water pat of Loup
river breaks ice In Platte forming gorges.
River overflows banks flooding Union Pa
cific tracks and stopping trains. City of
Fremont largely under water. Page 1
Mary E. Gandy, wife of Dr. Qandy of
Humboldt, sues estate of William C. Bis-
sell for 1500 on a note given in ISiS.
The case Is being tried at Pawnee City.
Connecticut Baptist assocUMm loses
heavily by embetxlement of New Britain
bank cashier. Page 1.
Telegraph operators employed by the
Western Union are given a 10 per cent
advance. Page L
Wife of Juror in Thaw case la 111 and in
definite postponement of case may be
necessary. Dr. Evans explains evidence
on which he bases opinion that Thaw :s
Bodies of seventy-two victims of the
wreck of the steamer Larch m on t are re
covered. The number of dead is esti
mated at ISO. Pntre t
Gseat crowd gathers at London station
to wish James Bryce, the new ambassador
to the United Plates. God speed. Pao 1
Count Itagakl proposes the sbolltlon of
the Japanese peerage because he thinks
it Interferes with progress of the nation.
Bassett divorce case begins In district
court. Mr. Bassett was granted divorce
yesterday from his wife at Washington
W. D. McHugh announces that the
terms of Count Crelghton's will will not
be made public until It Is ready for pro
bata " L
Lent begins with usual services at the
churches. Pmgs IX
Rev. Julius F. Sehwarta of Connors
vllle, Ind., will be pastor of the First
Presbyterian church of Omaha. Page T.
The street railway company baa tenta
tive plans for conduit on Farnam street
to carry current to substations. Page T.
Thirty-five buildings ' In Omaha are
found not to be equipped with Are es
capee as required by law. Page la,
PTJgAjrCXAX. AJTO OOaOKUtCZAXk
Omaha live stock market- Page
Omaha grain market. Page t
Omaha general market. Page 0
New Tors, stocks and bonds. Page t
BcoTXatzarra op ociia mimxri
; Port Aimis.
j TORK Smun......
j LostxtN Mamwti
NOTHING STRANGE IN WILL
I laaiasl or Oeaaatleaal Features
la Last Testaaaeat at Jska
"We have discovered no'hlner whatever
uiinial or sensational in ropect to Mr.
Creighton s will," said Judge W. D. Mc-: op"nlr ln Iubud Indian reservation to
Hugh, who haa charge of the count s will , ettlemeot. Owing to the absence of sev
en attorney for the estate. "It will .be erJ member of lh houe committee on
... i. Indian affairs there was extreme doubt
, , . . , ,w . 1,
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la the meantime I suppose many rumors
on the subject will be circulated. All I am
i entirely unfounded. We are pro-
ceedlng ia the customary manner."
! J"1f ":.H"T" TJDZ
' to ruth of a report that
nnmmi..ralor, suapected th. count bad j txtnmtlr bright. It la understood
lrlt coni wUL -11 h withat Inspector McLnughrIa and Agent Kei-
1 nut permitted to reply directly to tne ,
JUDICIAL BILL REPORTED
Yearon aa Finally Agreed Upon by
Sebraaeana Goal to tha Honae.
SETS OUT NEED OF A NEW JUDGE
President's "raesae far the
Leasing ef Coal laai.
(From a 8taff Correspondent)
WASHINGTON. Feb. .-3peclal Tele
gram.) Representative Tlrrill of Massa
chusetts today reported favorably the bill
lntnduoed by Judge Norrls giving an ad
ditional federal Judge to the district of
Nebraska. Judge Norrls bill Is made a
substitute to Senator Burkett's bill, which
passed the senate at the last session of
congress In order that Senator Burket may
move to pass the bill without having It go
to the Judiciary committee of the senate.
The report filed by Mr. Tlrrill is rather
voluminous, going ino the whole subject
of the creation of additional Judges for
federal districts and among other things
"On July 1, 1906. there were 117 criminal
cases on the docket In the Nebraska dis
trict and on the same day there were
twenty-six civil cases in which the United
States waa interested. On the same date
there were on the docket 239 civil cases In
which the United States was not Inter-
v... maaing me iu nu....
pending In said districts 398. On July ,
L 1906, there were pending civil cases 330,
criminal cases 130. Total 480.
"Excluding Sundays and legal holidays
court waa In session In 1K4 all but forty
five days, and In 1904 all but thirty-eight
"Notwithstanding the fact that the dis
trict Judge of this district has held court
practically every day In the year and has
been assisted by several outside Judges,
they have by their combined efforts been
unable to dispose of the business ss faat
as the cases are filed."
A comparison Is made with Iowa, which
contains two Judicial districts, and during
one fiscal year the total Judgments in civil
eases In these two Judicial districts in
Iowa amounted to 171567. During the same
period the total Judgments rendered In the
district of Nebraska amounted to 3G57.CS1.
Jaage Asks for Hele.
The report recites that Judge Munger
Is very much In need j
. . ,,
It Is practically Impos- (
has said that be
01 neip ana inai 11 is pracinmuy .
fn, him ft An tha WOrlr of th dls-
trlct. He states also that the work In
.h. -i .. ... . ... r,t,1Kv
. A' V Coassatttee, lader UtJ of
estera Meat Vers, Opposed ts the
. . ... . i , jwr cent, wnue me lanu ram on messages
the circuit Is Increasing very rapldb.j,, othf,r rafflc -p vfry ,ow ,n Tlewf
slxty-elght more cases having been com- , the demands of the public for ever la
menced than were disposed of during the creasing facilities and more rapid erv1ee
.. . . .... .. , In fact, many of thes rates are relics of
year -ending June 30. 106. and that It will j forrn.r competition and are un-
be more difficult In the future to obtain profitable. Notwithstanding these facta
assistance from other Judges. In conse- j the company has decided to increase the
The report further says that the De
partment of Justice made very exhaustive
and complete Investigation of conditions
in the district of Nebraska and as a result
of tha investigation recommends that an
additional Judge be provided for this dis
trict. "All of the Judges of the Eighth dis
trict, who must be asiittnM "to have per
sonal knowledge regarding this matter,
have advised against a division of the
state into Judicial districts. It is there
fore suggested that everything after the
enacting clause of Senator Burkett's bill
be stricken out and Judge Norrls' bill
The report further calls attention to
the fact that the marshal lor the district
of 'Nebraska receives a salary of only
$3,500. The salaries of marshals In the
states of North Dakota, South Dakota,
Minnesota, northern and southern dis
tricts ef Iowa, eastern and western dis
tricts of Missouri, Kansas and Colorado
receive 14,000. The committee recom
mends an additional section that "on and
after July 1, 1907, the salary of the
marshal for the district of Nebraska shall
be ft. 000 per year."
Bill Rega'latlag Coal Land.
Almost at the moment the president's
message urging legislation for the leasing
of government coal lands waa being read In
the house this morning, the house -committee,
being In session, ordered a report on a
bill which does not contain the leasing
clause favored by the chief executive. The
bill which the public lands committee de
cided 'to report simply amends the present
coal land law compelling entrymen to
spend 3500 for working Improvements on
each quarter section; It Increases the
amount of land which may be taken to four
sections, or X.UI acres, and that patents is
sued under the homestead law shall contain
a provision reserving coal lying thereunder
for twenty years. Homesteaders are given
the privilege, however, of buying the coal
lands at the lawful price of $J0 an acre.
Major Lacey, chairman of the public
lands committee, had a conference with
the president along the lines of leasing
the public domain for coal mining purposes
and told the president that the western
members were In opposition to the leasing
scheme. The president called attention to
the manner In which forest reserves were
being leaad for graaing purpose, to which
Major Lacey replied that had not the west
ern members seen the disadvantage of the
forest reserves for graslng purposes they
might be ia favor ef his coal leasing sug
gestions contained in the message of today,
but he had very serious doubts whether
the western members of his committee
would agree with him on his recommenda
tions. During the discussion of the Martin bill
today In the committee on public lands, and
having no knowledge as to the measige
nhich the president sent today u con
gress. Representatives Volstead or Min
nesota, Gronna of North Dakota and Rob
inson of Arkansas voted against the Mar
tin bill In committee and will submit a
minority report in which they will effer a
draft of a bill carrying out the sugges
tions contained in ths president's mceaage
today. They will urge the repeal of the
present law and will provide In their pro
posed bill for the reservation of eraU lands
with the leasing clause attached.
Barke Tarns av Trick.
Congressman Burke of South Dakota
turned a trick today that may result In a
i favorable report being mads on his bill
'. lh" " " of th.
' wnuaJiwn inicni 10 uo ouaineas tomorrow.
.,. ...- "
Mr. Burke, realising that the time was
growing extremely short to get his bill
through congreaa. Induced the speaker to
eppnt Conessme SxoT
' taTto thTfaTcred byl
,(. . ' " "
of Mr. Curtis of Kansas to the senate. Mr.
Burke bad a conference today with the
i on th. merit, of hi. Mil and h.
I . , " . .
(Coatinaed oa Sight PegaJ
TELEGRAPH ERSGET ADVANCE
Easpleyee ef the Western
NEW TORK. Feb. 13. An Increase of 10
per cent In the salaries of telegraph oper
ate rs at the company's principal offices
throughout the country was announced by
the Western Union Telegraph company
William H. Baker, vice president and
general manager of the Postal Telegraph
company, today Issued the following state
ment: The Postal Telegraph Cable company haa
slways paid as good or better wages than
other telegraph companies. We shall cer
tainly pay living wages and we shall do as
well if" not better by our employes than
any other company. The fact Is that we
have been Increasing the wages of our em
ployes right along and shall continue to
The Western Union has undoubtedly been
Influenced by the policy of this company in
steadily Increasing individual salaries and
by a knowledge of the fact that the Postal
company has under favorable considera
tion the readjustment of the scale of wages
at points where changing conditions have
resulted In Inequalities.
This company has received requests from
about five or six of Its offices for read
justment of the wage scale and has com
plied with the request In all but one or two
Instances now under consideration. We
have had no controversy with our employes
nor have concerted demands or threats been
made by them.
The company retains the friendship of
all Its men. We have endeavored to pT
them fairly and In return- have expected
and received faithful and efficient service.
WASHINGTON, Feb. It-President
Roosevelt today received a dispatch from
. representative of the telerranh oner. tors
. threatenlnr to strike In Chicago.
inquiring whether anything can be done
toward settling the differences arising be
tween the Western Union Telegraph com
pany and Its operators at Chicago. Presi
dent Roosevelt turned the message over to
Commissioner Neil of the labor bureau.
It Is said at the White house that as the
strike had not taken place there is nothing
to be done at this time. If the strike should
be officially declared the government might
be able to offer its aid in settling the dif
ferences. The following message was received In
NEW TORK, Feb. 13. 1SW.-J. C- Nelson.
Omaha. Neb.: This company has received
petitions within the last sixty days from : ri. rv,nrtnrtn V comber, who
sixteen offices In the west and southwest ; bou,e- Finally Conductor MacomDer. wno
asking for an Increase of 10 per cent In Is here In the Interest of the bill, explained
the salaries of employes. Thee petitions that It in no war damaged the relief de
have been given careful consideration. . , . . .ki-i tha in lured em
bearing in mind that the company could P"tment. but It enabled the Injured em
not di-rlmlnt In favor of a few nfflcM nlove of a railroad to collect aamages
but that any action taken should be gen-1
erl. In this connection It has been neces-1
nry fo condr the .normou.iy mcrea! :
' rnatt rt sail
telegraph material. 1
which In many canes has been from 50 to 100
I Per cent, while the tariff rates on me-ages
1 mi.iir, v mivf 1 n, i i 111, utvifMi VIIILTI
throughout the country,
10 per cent from
March 1. l!"7
ROBERT C. CLOWRT
HALF MILLION DOLLARS GONE
Hew Brltala, Caam-. Baak Treassuret
LmIi Vaalt ef geeerltlee mm
NEW BRITAIN, Conn.. Feb. 11 Mora
than 3500.000 worth of securities were taken
trmm the vaults of the Pavings bank of
New Britain by the missing treasurer.
' William F. Walker, according to a state-
ment issued today by the board of di-
rectors of the Institution. There Is left
surplus of about 3143.000 above the amount
due to depositors. The directors believe
the greater part of the securities will be
Mayor George M. lenders has sent a let
ter to Governor Woodruff asking that Com
missioner Kendall be removed from office on
the ground of neglect of duty and In
competency. He pointed out In this letter
1 that when Kendall began an examination
of the affairs of the bank last Thursday,
Treasurer Walker on a plea of Illness left
the bank and Commissioner Kendall did
not continue bis work, but returned home
to await Walker's convenience, knowing at
the time that the latter did not return
home that day.
HARTFORD. Conn., Feb. IS. That Wil
liam F. Walker, missing treasurer of the
savings bank of New Britain, who Is al
leged to be responsible for a 33S.000 shortage
at that Institution, made big Inroads Into
the 175. Ono fund of the Connecticut Baptist
convention, of which he was the treasurer,
was positively made known today as ths
result of a special audit of a tentative re
port of his accounts Instituted a week ago.
President Thompson of the society said
today that railroad bonds valued at 37.000
In Mr. Walker's hands are missing. The
trustees are at present unable to state
whether the larger part of the funds In
his care has been lost.
BRYCE STARTS TO AMERICA
Many People Gather te Wish Ire la.
LONDON, Feb. 13 A great crowd of
personal and political friends gathered at
Euston station this morning to bid fare
well to James Bryce, the ambaaeador to
the United States, snd Mrs. Bryce. who
proceeded to Liverpool In a car attached
to the regular steamer train. At Liverpool
they boarded the Oceanic for New Tork.
mi iur..wt - wiuuu was emnusiastlC.
Among those present were the earl of
Crewe, lord president of the council: Her
bert Gladstone, home aecrrtary; Lord Flts
maurice. under secretary for foreign af
fairs: Lewis Harcourt. first commlwloner
of public works, and Mrs. Harcourt: Lord
St rath con a. high commissioner of Canada;
Arthur Ponsonby, representing the prime
minister, and Secretary Carter of the Amer
As the train left three hearty cheers were
given for the departing couple.
JAPS MAY ABOLISH PEERAGE
eeat llacakl Reaaests the Keklllty
to Metera Tbelr Titles to
the Earn merer.
CHICAGO. Feb. 13. A special to the News
from Tokio says: Count Taisuks Itagakl
has issued a circular to the nobility In
which he proposes the abolition of the peer
age. He aas that the presence of a dis
tinct class between the Imperial bouse and
the people Is injurious to the progrtas of
The count thinks the existing peers
should enjoy their titles for one generation
and then the peerage should cease to exist.
He therefore advises the peers to return
their titles to the emperor Just aa the old
! feudal baron, or da!e renamed their
prerogatives at the time of the abolition of
feudalism ia 1871.
This radical suggestion coming from a
man of Count Iiagaki's standing ran see
great esciucneat and wonder.
EMPLOYES POORLY COACHED
Burlington Erinra Them ia to Frotctt
Ira nit Fill They Do Hot Understand,
ARGUMENT ON TWO-CENT FARE BHL
Sabewsasalttee Baa the Prlsaary Bill
resaeletea nasi Will Repert It
Tharsday Xlfct to the
fFrora a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Neb.. Feb. 13. Special Tele
gram.) The Burlington railroad sent 19)
men to Lincoln tonight to protest against
the passage of the employers' liability bill
now pending In both houses. The men
came In on a special train of two coaches
from Havelock and no fares were collected
on the way and no tickets were purchased
before the train left Havelock. The Bur
lington officials timed the arrival of the
employee io get to the senate chamber
Just as a Burlington lobbyist wss making
a speech in denunciation of the press of
Nebraska, and they roundly cheered him
when he finished.
The spokesmen for the employes sent In
were C. W. Holmes, foreman of the boiler
works; D. E. Lucas, general foreman of
the boiler shops, and H. B. Kepner, In
spector of rlece work west of the river,
but who said he came from Havelock.
Senator Joseph Burns kindly Invited Mr.
Kepner to explain why the employes of
the Burlington were opposed to the passage
of the liability act at the conclusion of
the X-cent passenger rate discussion. Mr.
Kepner Informed the legislators that he
and his fellow employes were here to pro
test against any legislation which would
affect the Burlington Relief department,
and that was all he came for. Gibson,
who sponsors the bill In the senate, at
once asked Kepner In what way the bill
affected the relief department ana when
Kepner hesitated. Burns and Jim Kelby of
the Burlington, came to his assistance and
began to fire question at Gibson. This
turned the meeting Into a free-for-all and
the brought-ln employes started answering
and asking questions from the rear of tne
. . .
for at thia Um
Burlington opposea tne 0111
time, he said, that road made It
employes par helr own oamages. 1
laid a. number of brought-ln employes to tel.
,,. , .w tha Burlington Relief
Incidents of what the Burlington Relief
department had done for them. Patrick
of Sarpy came to the help of Gibson and
assured the employes they haJ been mis
informed as to the bill and that It would
In no wsy affect them. The section they
opposed, he explained, provided If an em
ploye was Injured or killed, he or his re
latives could prosecute suit for damages
providing the amount paid by the relief
department should be deducted from the
Judgment. Apparently the men had not
been well posted by the Burlington of
ficials and a great many of them left with
the expressed belief that the blU In no
wise affect the relief department.
Two-Cent Fare Bill LMacassleat.
Ben T. White, general attorney for the
Northwestern, end Garrlt Fort, aaalatant
passenger agent of the Union Pacific, ad-
I dressed the senate committee on rauroeas
tonight in opposition to the 3-cent rate out.
Mr. Fort made In sunsiance ujo iijoku
he made last night, but laying special em
phasis on the statement that to reduce
rates would save very little money to the
traveling public Individually, but would
seriously handicap the operation of th.e
passenger department of the Union Pa
cific Mr. White took bis hearers back to the
time when the Elkhorn lost money' in Ne
braska for years; when It built a road
through a trackless prairie; when the legis
lature made I cents a mile a maximum
! rate, which, he said, at that time was not
fair. Now that times were prosperous ne
believed the railroads should be permitted
to enjoy the prosperity with the people.
He wanted his road to be considered the
same aa any other business, and If It Is
fair . for banks and manufacturers and
farmers to make 10 and 30 and more per
cent the railroad should at least make S
or 0 or T. At this time the Northwestern
In Nebraska, he said, waa making 4H per
cent on the valuation par mile as fixed
by the state board. His road. Mr. White
said, would suffer more than any other
under the 2 -cent rate because It did not
have the transcontinental business.
Burlington representative, J. E. Ketby.
also spoke. He put tears In his voice and
launched out against the newspapers In
general. His talk was Interesting In that
members of the senate had an opportunity
to see a real live lobbyist begging and
pleading where once he commanded and
Aarreeaaent Prlsaary Bill.
XX a roosting of tha subcommittee that Is
preparing the state-wide primary bill to
night all mooted questions relating to the
details of the bill were settled and the
measure In Its final form agreed to. The
principal difference was over the rotation
of names. Dodge of Douglaa Insisting on
rotating. At the meeting tonight a com
promise was effected by which Douglaa
county Is to have the rotated ballot, while
in the rest of the counties the names will
I apPe, alphabetically without rotation.
The section of the bill relating to th.
making of the party platform waa also
changed. In Its present form the nominees
In each county are to select a committee
man In each precinct in the county. These
committeemen meet and select a delegate
to a state convention which will meet and
compile a platform and select a state com
mittee and chairman. This convention is
held every other year In the years when
governor and other state officers are to be
The bill provides for a filing fee of 310 for
candidates for county offices and 3100 for
congressional and state office. Application,
for places on the ballot are to be filed
with the county clerk for county offices
and with the secretary of state for state
offices. Provision is also made for the
candidate, independent of any party. The
name of a candidate can appear only on
the ballot of one party. The primary Is to
be held nine weeks before the election and
the polls are to be open from 13 noon to
I p. m.
Th. draft of the bill will be presented to
the Joint committee at a meeting to be held
Thursday night and It may be introduced
in the two houses Friday or the first of
next week at the latest.
Battleship, la rolllslea.
LONDON. Feb. 13. The British battle
ships Albemaris and Commonwealth, which
were maneuvering off tne aoast of Portu
gal, were in collision the night of February
11 and were so damaged that they were
obliged to proceed to Gibraltar for repaira
Nobody waa kjuxee.
inform forces seek unity
Leaders Hold Cennell and Attempt te
Gel Toaetber ea Telley of
PIERRE. S. D., Feb. 11 -(Special Tele
gram.) The reform forces sre attempting
to get together on a policy of railroad con
trol. The leaders. Including Governor
Crawford and Railway Commissioner Rice,
held a council last night and at a late
hour adjourned without reaching any defi
nite conclusion. Some of them wanted to
place the whole matter In the hands of the
railway commissioners to act under the
power which la given them by law. If they
considered su-h action Justifiable after
a full and thorough Investigation. Others
desired to push legislative action at once,
and stand a suit on the results of that
action if necessary. Just what line will
be carried out Is yet Indefinite, but the
house 3-cent rate Mil is being carried along
at the foot of the calendar; and Glass to
day Introduced a bill to require the rail
way commission to ascertain the actual
value of railways In the state by a
thorough Investigation of records and prop
erty. This places the material at hand
to take either track as finally decided upon.
The house killed the bill to elect county
commissioners by the vote of districts.
which bill had passed the senate, and was
supported by Eastman and the democrats
In the house and opposed by Cable and
Wolxmuth Introduced a bill In the house
providing for public care and control of
liquor and morphine fiends, to be looked
after and confined In the Insane asylum.
Parmley and Glass tangled up again this
afternoon on the report of the Gamble In
vestigation nblch was printed In the house
Journal of yesterday. Carley, chairman
of the committee on Journal, presented his
report, and Parmley at once moved that
tt be not adopted as the report so far aa
the Gamble Investigation is concerned had
been garbled by cutting out that part of
the ananer as to whether It Is customary
for senators and representatives at Wash
ington to place their sons on the pay roll.
The answer, Parmley claimed, had been
changed, the original being cut from the
sheet and a satisfactory answer written
In at the top of the next page on the
printer's copy. Glass defended the report
of the committee and said It waa Just as
taken by the stenographer, with a few
slight corrections where It was In error.
Parmley secured delay of a day In action
on the Journal.
The bill to prevent the running of raw
sewage Into streams, the water of which la
used for domestic purposes, was indefi
nitely postponed on motion of Hare. Issen
huth sgaln got out his fire marshal bill only
to see It defeated a second time after he had
explained It. The bill to appropriate lands
to the Insane asylum to Le located at
Watertown was tabled on a motion of
Peterson of Lawrence by a vote of 43 to JJ.
The senate wrangled over the report on
the Gamble Investigation and finally
sdopted the Journal report against the pro
test of Cooper. The bill to assess railway
telegraph and telephone property other than
the line property was opposed by Dudley
and advocated by Byrne and Robertson and
Governor Crawford sent to the senate the
name of Thomas Hicks of Grant county
for state veterinarian and the appointment
WOMEN RAID PARLIAMENT
BaaTrasrlsts Make All-Day Desseastra.
tlea aad Sixty Are Placed
LONDON. Feb. 13. The women suf
fragists whose leaders hate sworn not to
desist in their violent agitation until Par
liament has granted their demands, appear
likely to give the authorities considerable
trouble. They made a more determined
and better organised effort today than ever
before. In the course of which more than
sixty women were arrested It was nearly
midnight before they all secured ball.
From an early hour this sfternoon until
10 o'clock at night a large force of police
had their hands full In defending the pre
cincts of Parliament from suffragists' raids.
Every entrance to the House of Commons
was guarded by detachments of police
men, while other officers of the law were
engaged In clearing the adjacent streets,
and a body of fifty constables was kept In
reserve for emergency.
As the bouse waa about to adjourn to
night Claude George Ray, a member, called
attention to the disturbance and protested
against using the house of parliament as
a fortress to be filled with police to pro
tect the members against women. Home
Secretary Gladstone replied to Mr. Ray
saying he had little knowledge of what was
going on outside, but the measures em
ployed were for the general convenience
of the members and he was sure no un
necessary violence had been used.
Mia. Anna Kenney, on. of the leaders
who has been Imprisoned three times, de
clares mat u woman suffrage is not
granted during thl. session she will march
on. thousand women cotton operative,
from th. north, who will confront th. min
isters on th. floor of th. House of Com
GAS WRECKS RESTAURANT
Three Peraoae Killed aad Six lajared
by Explosion la Los
A age lea.
LOS ANGELES. CaL. Feb. 11 An ex
plosion of leaking gas In a testaurant near
the comer of Second and Main streets In
the heart of the city today killed three
persons, mangled and seriously Injured half
a do sen others, slightly Injured nearly a
score and completely wrecked a two-story
brick building In which were located four
small business concerns. The explosion oc
curred In the restaurant of B. Casearetl.
114-114 West Second street, shortly before
noon. The restaurant was completely
wrecked, as was also the tailoring estab
lishment of H. L. Terger and a small laun
dry office. Offices of several small con
cerns on the second floor were completely
Following are the names of the dead:
JOHN W. MAIN, aged M. rancher, who
was seated at the table In the reetauranL
ANNIE CRAWFORD, waltreea
Of ths injured Charles Biumenthal and
J. M. C. Fuentes will probably die. Miss
May Anderson, a waitress, was so badly
j hurt that It was necessary to amputate
Th. exact cause of the explosion Is as
y.t unknown, but It la believed that the
gas waa Ignited by an employe of the gas
company, who was searching in the base
ment for a leak la th. main.
Disease la .alt lake.
SALT LAKE CITT. Feb. 13 Th. city ha.
since the first uf the year been in th. gna
of aa Mtdmie of crebro-spinel meringius.
Since January 1 there have boen teenty
four death, and of theae eight have oc
curred since th. first of February.
TAX O.N MORTGAGES
House DaUrminea to Tollow Qotarnor
DOUBLE SHIFT FOR THE OMAHA FIREMEN
Leader Make 0xd in tne House en
Eia Fet Heatur.
GREATER OMAHA BILLS HELD BACK
Chaacee to Be Kade Before Biin
Pat on Paatace,
ALDRICH PUTS CHECK ON CORPORATIONS
Offer. Bill to fteeelre Pabllelty mm
Permission Before Addltleaal
Sleeks or Beads Can
(Prom a Stall Correspondent)
LINCOLN. Feb. li.-(Speclal. The house
this afternoon endorsed Governor Shel
don s recommendation for the taxation of
mortgage, on real estate after a hard flghl,
by recommending for rassan In ih. mm.
me wnoie of H. R. 75. by Davis
.ase. At the morning session Leeder
Douglaa Won a Vlctorv OVr tha frr-
merrial club of that citv when tv. h..
made It possible for him to at leaat psr-
uauy reoetm bis pledge to the Omaha fire
men, by recommending for passage the
bUi providing for two rJ.t
Omaha fire department. '
The senate defenders anil im.. t
the bill providing street railway com nan lee
may own In t em r ben stock got together
on a companion bill by Aldrich and rec
ommended the measure for third reading.
The two bills are to go along together.
ine Leoer bill received almost the unan
imous vole of the house members. Dodea
and one or two others answering "No" In
opposition to it, while the Sheldon recom- '
menaation to tax mortgacea was emtnraMt
only after a most vigorous debate and
after the question to Indefinitely postpone
It waa defeated by a vote of to to 44. with
the Douglaa delegation standing shoulder
to shoulder as a unit for the passage of
the blU. Those who spoke for the measure
were Davis of Cass. Best, Clarke and
Walsh of Douglaa and Cone of Saunders;
wntie E. w. Brown of Lancaster. 1 Lamer of
Buffalo. Sneaker Net tie ton. Mililnn o
Dixon and others opposed It-
Doable Shift Flresaen's Bill.
The Leeder double ahlft bill was om or
the first to come up for consideration and
the ex-fireman proved himself a thorough
bred In debate, denrlna with flirurea tha
statistic used by the Commercial club rep
resentatives in showing the coat would be
too heavy unon the taxtuvar or th hi
city. He waxed eloquent in telling how the
nremen wer. keg from their families by
reason of their occupation, and of the
dangers they are subject to every time the
fire gong sounds. He talked untU It was
very evident he had quashed any lingering
Came of opposition, and then. Dodge under
took to argue this Question should be set
tled ty the people of Omaha and It should
not be broucht before tha leaislatnn. IT.
made mention that the fire department
was composed or 12 politicians who had
plenty of time to work at nnlitio
therefore It took a brave man to oppose the
DHL He said were he a member of the
Board of Fire and Police rrmmlaim
he would vote to try the scheme, but he
voted in the legislature against recommend
ing the bill for passage
Harvey of Douglas and Mike Lee came
to the assistance of Leeder and In answer
to questions Harvey, who i. clerk of the
Board of Fir. and Police Commissioners,
said the commissioners were not opposed
to the passage of the bill or to the double
shift, but the board did not want to as
sume the responsibility of trying It with
out some authority from the legislature.
Harvey closed with a plea for the nunn
of the bill. And when the vote was taken
Speaker Nettleton snd all but two or
three voted with Leeder.
Tax oa Ken-Votere.
Fries of Howard, a member of tha
minority party, scored nicely la getting
recommended for passage his bill, H. R.
125, providing a tax of 33 to be levied
against persons entitled to vote who do
not avail themselves of the opportunity.
The bill was amended to exempt from the
law thos. who ar. kept away from the
polls by unavoidable circumstances, though
a statement to this effect must be filed
with the county treasurer or the tag will
But while Fries scored. Henry, belonging
to the same party, lost out on his pet
measure to memorallxe congress to submit
to the various legislators the question of
women suffrage. Thl. bill wss killed and
the records were overloaded with excuses
offered by parties voting against It.
To Ceatrel Oloek leaaea.
As an outcome of th. fight h. matte
two or three weeks ago on Senate
Thomas' bill to permit street railway com
panies to own and operate lnterurbaa com
panies and to buy and hold their securities.
Senator Aldrich haa introduced Into th.
senate a bill providing for nubllcltv in th.
Issuance of stock by railway companies
ana otner common carriers. The bill Is
far-reaching In effect and substantially
provides no common carrier can Issue se
curities or purchase the securities of any
other common carrier unless authorised to
do so by the railway commission. The
bill I. a substitute for an amendment Al
drich offered to the Thomas brfl and h.
did not oppose the bill when It came up
today. 111s new measure la b. F. M and
Its provisions ar. substantially as follows:
Railroad companies and common carriers
must secure authority from th. .tat. rail
way commission before Issuing any stocks,
bond, or other securities and any securi
ties Issued without this authorisation shall
be null and void and the issuance of the
same may be enjoined on application of the
railway commission. Any railway or com
mon carrier before issuing any of such
securities or before purchasing the se
curitlos of another railroad or common
carrier .hall fll. aa application with th.
.tat. railway commission setting out the
amount of bonds or securities to he pur
chased or Issued, th. term, and conditions
relating to ths issuance or purchase
thereof, the totil amount of outstanding
stocks, bonds or other securities and the
conditions thereof, the total indebtedness
of the applicant or of the company from
which securities are to be purchased snd
such other lnfcrmation as may be material.
Aetlea by tb. rossBslulen.
Th. commission ehall set a dat. for bear
ing and hll publish a notice of suck
hearing for two weeks in a paper of gen
eral circulation over the state. It may an
nounce Its decision any time within seven
days after the hearing. It shall refuse te
authorise the Issuance of the securities
cder the following eonditlona:
If it appears th.y are Issued for par
noses of prefu and not for U.s purpose ef
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