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VOL. XXXVlf-NO. 220
OMAIIA, FlilDAY MOlXlNQ, MAKCII 1, 1907-TWELVE PAGES.
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CITY PAYS TRIBUTE
Vamifioent Andienoe at And.torinm At
tends f reitrston Memorial.
ALL WALKS OF LIFE ARE REPRESENTED
At With Johc A, Creighton in His Life, Bo
Cm! Vaunted Iti Eoinis.
TENDER TRIBUTES FROM LIFELONG FRIENOS
Great Heart sid Manlineis the Dominant
I ait of HiiLiiV
MnNIIMrNTTn Rr Rlicra TO Hl MFMORY
rmmlltf Appointed to Take Charge
of th Matter Money to Be
Ralred by a Pnpalar
A msgnlflcf-rt audience that nesrly filled
the Auditorium gathered last evening In
honor of the nemory of Omnhn'i greatest
philanthropist, the late Count John A
Crelghton. It was a representative (father
Ing of the people of Omaha, all walks of
life being rej resented. The meeting; was
marked by Intense feeling throughout. The
first steps were taken toward the erection
of a monument to Count Crelghton with
money to be ' ilsed by popular subscription
The narrow limits of creed did not bound
the audience that gathered to honor the
memory of 1 -it man whose great heart
knew no such Jlmlts. Men of all creeds and
of no creed were there. T'pon the itage
aat the 283 vice presidents of the meeting
Including many of the leading citliens of
Omaha and tr i state. Captain H. E. Palmer
presided. On the main floor 760 seats were
reserved fo the students ' of Crelghton
university, lghton Medical college and
the school the Crelghton Institute. Im
mediately I. r-ont of the platform 150 seats
were' reservV" for the relatives of Count
Crelghton. "Jiirty-flve ushers assisted the
Teat crowd 'o find srata. The speakers,
excepting Mr Bryan, were limited to ten
. minutes eachj.
It was JuM, g o'clock when William J,
Bryan and i is other speakers took their
places on l stage, and a wave of ap- I
plause swept I ver the audience. The choir
of All SuiAs' Episcopal church sang
j A War a the Same.
"We are t Tej to do honor to the man
who In a fl',. cll way did more for Omaha
than a, i' i man," said Captain Painter
Jn opef ' e meeting. "I made the ac-
Count Crelghton In the early
waa helping his brother blase
'e Pacific coaat. Through all
malned. the aame generous.
Dr. Geor -. Miller s speech waa marked
with deep ilng. Ills voice trembled aa
he recallet,me noble traits of John A.
CreUrhtou i of other membera of tha
family, to jnt ha paid rich tributes for I
their person ! worth. I
"It ha o-'g 7a-4een a pleasure to me," I
SHTQ 1 sjt, jair "to recall to the mind of I
tha rising gi ..(ration the sterling worth I
of the men '.vho were here ialf a century I Judge for Nebraska, Senator Burkett cer
Ago to lay, '.e foundatlona of thla city. I tain of confirmation. Page 1
Never In m ' 'ong life have I met or heard
of a, body V men stronger In body, in I
heart and . 'nd and purpose than were
those men. And among them John A.
Cretgtton stood with the first. Hla soul
was great and hla heart generous. He waa
a warm frlea l and companion and a keen
man In the u' lullding of the great west.
"The nairu of Crelghton Is written over
thla cora'J in monuments of brick
and s'- , tre material evidences of tha
gener nf hia great heart. But hla
namaJr . ten more lastingly in tha
hearts '.. Hundreds of thousands whont
t own free, generous hearted
"If he w
here I know I, could not
tter Khan to say a word of
.ppreclatlon of hi brother,
Edward CrtKhton, to whdtn he always
aald he owe I o much and hom he loved
so deeply, ill ward Crelght.Jn waa also al
man of gen I slty and In lis charity he.
like John A.
r let his left
hand know y
at hla right I
'a aleeply m
ucted, as I r.
eart that la
a memory of J
ed and - my
speech Is oti
ness of tha
all the grest-
Peace be to t
in A. C reign-
of the mon
ea of Mo'taueat
ackay broach'm the subject
ent It Is
sed to erect
to John A.
"We are 1
"to honor a
e," aald Rev. Mr. Mackay,
iian not on account of hla
, cause in his veins ran that
blood which ' lght to know of a man, not
what la hla eed, but what Is his need.
It Is to honor such a man that thla mag-
nl'cent audlen e has coma out this evening,
"We want to so a monument erected to
John A. Crelg tton In this city. The best
thing we can to la to arect such a monu
ment to this rian aa ha been suggested.
Let everyone intrlbute to It, Catholic and
Protestant, bei ever and heretic, rich and
poor, and let tt be a memory from the
pu I to their benefactor.
Henry W. -Y ttea spoke fenllngly of Mr.
Crelghton as a business maty He aald In
"I feel It Inc imbent upon every man to
raise his voice to honor such a man. We
are here not ' honor the memory of a
statesman. H never held a political of'
flee. He was o ly a plain Christian gentle
man. He waa i financier, but he made his
money honestly Count Crelghton's religion
w.e not th. kli.d to be carried branded on
his forehead. H did his charitable deeds
because he lovej to do them.
ucn men us count cr-lghton soon
would bridge th.i gulf that Is said to nxlst
between tha so-jailed classes and masses.
Such mon as he renew fultn In the father
hood of God ant the brotherhood of man.
William F. Girley eloquently character
ised Coont Crelciton, saying In part:
' We bring be e tonight not encomluma
which men yielt to genius and statesman
ship. We are here to bring a simple,
honest tribute tt. the memory of a human
"He might h.ve had the wealth of
Croesus, and yt; gon down to his grave
unmourned. But Count Crelghton was not
'ton waa not
that kind of man. In his
reposed the tender heart ot a rhlld.
Co a traat With Other l.lvr,.
. Gilbert M. Hitchcock pointed out the
contrast of Count Crelghton s character
with th greed of th present a.
"W live In an age of great commercial-
Ism.- said Mr. Xlitchcovk. "W r her
to honor a man who aougnt to fld bow
he could help society. It la a matter of
prkle to us cltixens that Omaha has pro-
duced uch a man. Now Om&h&'s nad la
(Continued on Second Page ) 1
SUMMARY OF TOE BEEItRAC1SC DOWN LARGE SIM j
Friday, March 1, 1HOT.
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2Hi 25 26 27 28 20 30
FORRTA8T FOR NEBRASKA Fair Fri
day and Saturday; warmer Saturday.
FOHfcX ABT r un KJWA nam ana raiut i
Friday. Saturday fair.
Tcmnerature at Omaha yesterday:
Hour. Dcg. Hour. Des-
1 p. m 22
2 p. m 22
d a. in v
6 a. m
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8 p. in 21
4 p. m 2-
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Senate passes the house fish and game
bill, but with amendments. Pag a
Two-cent fare bill finally passes both
houses of Nebraska legislature with
emergency clause and goes to the gov
ernor for action. Fag 1
Last day for Introduction of bills in
house at Lincoln brings out a flood of
measures, among them one. for a consti
tutional amendment to Increase the num
ber of supreme Judges to five with a
salary of $3,500 a year. Page 1
Railroad attack on Omaha at Lincoln
Is resumed, anonymous circulars being
distributed among legislators. Page 1
Senator Randall offers a resolution ask
ing that the regents of the University of
Nebraska report to the- legislature why
they do not comply with the law In the
matter of text books, and also that a
showing of moneys expended be made.
South Dakota senate passes new di
vorce law with amendment that satisfies
the lawyers. Page 1
General managers of western railroads
will offer to arbitrate question of wages
of conductors and trainmen if local organ
isations vote to strike. Page 1
Mike, the Bike," notorious porch
climber, wanted In Omaha and other cities,
Is shot by policeman nt Cincinnati. Page 1
Harry K. Thaw gives out a statement
in which he charges District Attorney
Jerome with unprofessional conduct in
court room. Dr. Evans is on stand 1 11
day. Page 6
Interstate commerce hearing at New
Tork ends. Page 1
Conference committee agrees on report
on LaFollette'a bill, regulating hours of
railway train employes. Page 11
Senate spends several houra in debating
the denatured alcohol bill. Page 11
Charge made on floor of house t'.iat
shipping lobby will attempt to iefeat Mr.
Hlnshaw . because he refused campaign
contribution In exchange for hla Influence.
The Judiciary committee of the senat.a
meets mis arternoon to consider me
nomination of T. C. Munger aa federal
Legislative committee investigating the
Fisher claim brings out testimony figures
in appraisement had been raised. Fisher
first employed as attorney and later
claimed to have deed for land. Page
Sleet and snowfalls are reported from
a number of Nebraska points. Page 3
Two notea purporting to have beei
signed by local farmers in payment fig
lightning roda make their appearance at
Blue Hill. The signatures are denied.
Rod and Gun club elects officers for the
ensuing year and laya plana for big lm
provementa during the coming year.
Mass meeting In memory of the late
Count Crelghton nils .the Auditorium,
Those who knew him best pay loving
tribute to hla worth and W. J. Bryan de
livers the eulogy. Page 1
Second district convention of Nebraska
Federation of Women'a Clubs hears re
ports and finds a prosperous year.
New Union Pacific headquarters will be
twelve stories In height, costing tl.201,
000. Page S
No contracts being made made for sale
of ice except with large consumers.
Feast of Purim observed by orthodox
Jews. Rabbi Cohn lectures on subjeot
tonight. Pag 1
Witness testifies that Rev. Mr. Hunt
was with Mrs. Bassett at Little Rock.
Bassett is on stand. Fags T
Railroads extend no concessio fffto Com
mercial club on proposed trip to Parlrlo
northwest. " Page T
H. Q. Burt, formerly president of Union
Pacific, mentioned for president of Kan
aas City Terminal company. Page 7
Considerable activity reported Sn Omaha
real estate. Page T
MOTTMBBTTI OP OOXAH STSAUSKXFS,
KKW YORK Teutoolo .
PciSTON Irernla ..
HAMHt'HO Amcrtkt .
ANTWERP Manilas ..
y IK ICS? TOWN .gaioula ..
Ql KKN8TOWN .
PROMPT ACTION ' ON MUNGEF?
Jadlclary Committee Meets Today '
Consider Ida domina
tion. (From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28.-(Speclal 1.1
gram.) Th senate committee on Judlcl
will hold a me ting tomorrow mornln k at
10 o'clock to consider the nomination of I
Thomas C. Munger. nominated to bi an J
additional federal Judge tor the dmtnf of i
Nebraska. Senator Burkett said toduytjlat !
aaia loaayi am ,
a favorable rKrt i
commltue oi Mr.
h felt confident that
would be made by the
. "". y
! Th bor!l of con,ulll'' engineers Jf the
rwiKiuniivii vai.iv, wuii-ii mfi ytaerday
t tnwiuiu, ictvivvu uirev Olds, tlfc low
,kii. , - r -
Mitchell Neb "l tnZ' f
Ii' IW.v,:ff:r,...t" ."-'Lan.
I Pathfinder lake, on th North Plaits lrrl
I gatton project in Nebraska and Wyoming.
' ioT $2i-
I Rural carriers appointed f,r Nebraska
route: Nemaha, route 1, Calvin J Barker,
! arrler; Otto Baiker, substitute. tiuyler,
j route 2. Albert L. 8tevens. cam.-; Charley
Sloven, aubstitute. Uinslde, Ju, $. Al-
I oert v. au.u. carrier; Jostl.ln Wad-
J dell, substitute
-nterittte Commerce Commission Continies
Inquiry Into Alton linancea.
ACCOUNTING (OR IMPROVEMENT ' BONDS
No steps Taken to BriiK Before
Co art Bight, of Commission
to Force Aaawers to '
NEW YORK, Feb. 28. When the Inter
state Commerce commission resumed
Investigation of, the Harrlman lines tod
It was with tha understanding that a
hours would conclude the hearing. 11
said by counsel for the government
no steps had yet been taken to place
fore the courts the question raised b:
refusal nf Mr. Harrlman and Mr. VUlin
to answer certain Inquiries relating t' In
dividual holdings of stocks. Mr. K'Uogg
of government counsel said he waj not
prepared to atato what action wdi'd be
taken In thla matter. Before the faring
began It was said that, contrary to ex
pectations, William Q. Rockefellt Would
not be called to testify regarding W' al
leged sale to him by Mr. Harran of
300,000 shares of Union Pacific atria time
of the so-called Keen raid in 1ST
Samuel Felton. president of to f Chicago
St Alton, waa called to show I fit about
$1,000,000 from Income, as agalnf proceeds
from the sale of securities, wa Included
in the statement that shower' that $22,-
000,000 had been expended In lavrovements.
The $22,000,000 also Include? W.780,000 ex
pended since last June, paid for by Car
truit certificates. This redded the ex
penditure from the sale ofurlties In the
Alton to between $18.0U0,0 am sm.uuv.uuu.
Charles W. Milliard, CO
Chicago & Alton, who w
g(iller of the
when the hearing adjourir
waa then recalled
to Mr. Kel-
logg he explained that t fbranch line or
cut-off from a point naT Murrayvllle to
Springfield, which he f lerday testified
had been mortgaged wlfl it was built,
waa one which the Chi.iil & Alton had
a right to build. The pri J'dlngs were not
unusual. The enterpri rnd the methods
of mortgaging were legllinate.
The line of Inquiry w 'evidently meant
to correct the lmpressl l left by counsel's
questions and Mr. HiJi-rd's replies yes
Then Mr. Kellogg aslfJ a series of ques
tions, eliciting a stateJbjnt of the Chicago
& Alton's assets and Jifbllltles In 1898, be
fore Mr. Harrlman elered the property,
and at the present I me. These figures
were taken from an ufiual report allowing
that before 1898 its c.I itallsatlon. In round
numbers, was $33,000.1 against $122,872,328
on June last.
The witness aald
catea were not lnc!
e car trust reran.
Id In the capltallra-
tlon, ao the total
lld really be $125,000,.
000 and not $122.00C
Mr. Kellogg exfned the witness at
length as to the Jrioks of the company
and he had him eAilain many of the ao
counts already co s red by evidence. The
witness produced li record showing the
stock standing irlhe name of tha syndl
Ion of Books.
Mr. Kellogg erl
ivored to show that the
nent of the Chicago A
Alton had caplti
ed the debts of the old
Jollet ft Chlcai
road prior to 1863, but
his knowledge of the
not go back that far.
Mr. HUlard si
It was eliclteill
owever, that there never
had been a closure of the Chicago St
Alton road f;CUlway, While the old Jollet
& Chicago ;M been foreclosed. The wit
ness was ';i Bnlned as to the $12,000,000
which It koJf'Irned that Harrlman party
added to tjM apltal of the Alton because
that amovr.fhad been expended on lm
provement ,fr had been lost by former
Mr. Lor I counsel for the Harrlman In
terests, O; I ted to Mr. Kellogg assuming
that $10,0?; lo of the amount represented
losses of -laid set ot stockholders through
foreclose! It developed that neither wit
ness nu. I'unsel knew If there had been
a forecre, so Mr. Kellogg amended his
question' Include "improvement or losses
The lnese said that the $12,000,000 In
questionfiad previously been paid and the
account! were written off. He did not
know lfiither railroads ever added to their
capital Ih that way. Mr. Kellogg then
asked Jfceiie of questions tending to show
that effUln operating expense also had
been ipltallzed by the Alton, but the
wltne J did not admit this. Certain eon-,
struct n expenses had been so charged, he
suld. Mr. Kellogg elicited the admission
that tie discount on the bonds had been ao
chanfd that while the books disclosed it,
the iinual report would tend to confuse
tha libllo In regard to this Item.
Criisel Lovett and Mr. Cravath cross-ex-amlld
Mr. Htllard briefly, but he main
tain fl hla position firmly, particularly as
to 4a propriety of capitalizing the old ex
pei liturea on the Alton.
J ,' Mahl oa Stand.
'tv'Mahl, controller of the Harrlman
Hi (a, waa then recalled and Identified a
nimber of exhlblta.
At. Mahl explained that the resolution of
t.e board of directors of the Union Paciflo
althorlxlng Mr. Harrlman to borrow money
ii the name of the corporation was a purely
i&rmal matter, done at the request of the
Ultness and without the knowledge of Mr.
I liarriman. It waa done to meet a requlre
KiiwWiihdan ment of certain California bankers.
i Mr. Lovett also ahowed by the 'witness
rj,i(ie. that the late C. P. Huntington had a Ilk
Aurtian. i authority In the Southern Pacific board and
that It waa a common busUuua sractine.
ett and Mr. HUlard. Mr. Harlan read an
extract from the constitution of Illinois
which prohibited the payment of stock
dividends from the sale of securities, rais
ing the point that the Alton'a 80 per cent
dividend probably waa Illegal.
Mr. Severance then informed th com
mittee that counsel for the government had
no more wlmesaea at this time and would
ask tor an adjournment without date. Mr.
Harrlman'a counsel conferred and Judge
Lovett stated tljat they would like oral
argument, but h. presumed that could be
made In Washington. Mr. Severance said
h thought the whole matter should b
... . . . - ,
roed and arguments made by the end of
April. Judge Lovett aald If no more teati-
n tu tnkan that Brv,,l ...I.
mony waa to be taken that would suit hi
Chairman Knapp then announced that the
hearing was postponed to a date to be
I nxea ana aajouriininii was laaen.
,n " QU,,0n' Commission.,
th. witness questioned th. right of
fixed and adjournment waa taken.
the director of the Alton In going back
over their books for a period of many years
and capitalising the expenditure. He said
that each succeeding board of director
had each year passed upon th accounts,
and he thought that such acta should hav
Th witness repeated bis testimony of
(Continued on Fifth Page.)
adamson the stand
Hffr Confession Waa Planed I'nder
Promise of fmmoalty and That
It Waa Oar bled.
TALLACE. Idaho. Feb. 2R.-That a de-
erate conspiracy was formed among the
cers of the penitentiary and the de-
ctlves to Implicate the leaders of the
estern Federation of Miners in the as-
asslnatlon ot ex-Governor Steunenberg
nd that the conspiracy waa to be backed
y false evidence, obtained by threats and
bribes. Is In effect the charge- made by
Steve Adams before the court today.
Adams' statement was In substance as
"On the sixth day after t waa taken to
Boise and put In the cell with Harry Or
chard I was taken to the office of the
penitentiary and Introduced to Detective
McPartland. He told me about 'Kelly the
Bum' and other men who had turned state's
evidence and had been Bet free. He told
me some Bible stories, too, but I cannot
remember what they were, as I am not
familiar with the Bible. He kept me until
4 or 5 o'clock In the morning trying to
make me confess. '
"McPartland told me that he wanted to
convict Moyer, Haywood, Pettibone, 8t.
John and Slmpkins, whom he called 'cut
throats.' If I would not help to convict
them, he said, I would be taken back to
Colorado and either hanged or mobbed. If
I did help I would be taken to Colorado as
a witness. When we parted McPartland
told me he was my friend. They put me
back In the cell with Harry Orchard, who
talked to me about the need of backing
up his story I was somewhat frightened.
The next day McPartland called again. I
said I would do what he wanted me to do.
He told me to think well what I was
doing, to think of my family and aave
myself. He said he would Bee that my
family waa cared for.
"When the confession was made Mc
Partland led me on step by step and showed
me all that he wanted me to say. He told
me that what I said about the Tyler and
Boule murders was only taken with the Idea
of making a strong chain of evidence
to convict the officers of the Western Fed
eration of Miners. He wanted the names
of the officers of the federation used aa
much aa possible all through the confes
sion. Two or three days later Warden
Whitney brought the confession to me to
Adams confirmed all the early part of
the confession as to his family and past
history, but denied that part relating to the
plot to kill Steunenberg and aa to ills life
in the Marble creek country.
Adams testified that when the copy of the
confession was brought to him by the
warden he told Notary Public Hueber It
was not the same as what he had stated,
but he supposed that he would have to
sign It. and he did sign It. He denied the
testimony ot Detective Thlele regarding
the relies alleged to be burled on the Ore
gon ranch and also the testimony of Bulke
ley Wells aa to his oral confession while
en route to Colorado.
The witness stated that he had at dif
ferent times been visited by W. F. Borah,
Governor Gooding and Attorney Hawley,
but he was not allowed to detail the con
versations. - Adams stated that when ha
was al-risted um'or h habeas corpus "pro-
ceedlngs and returned to the Wallace Jail
he waa not allowed to see hla attorneys,
but waa compelled against hla will to talk
to Detective McPartland.
The sensation of the day waa sprung by
the prosecution toward the close of the
Adams murder trial this afternoon. Mr.
Dnrrow of the defense had Just announced
thnt frhnli on aa kail )won rn,,,lna.l v,KAn I
Mr. Hawley of the prosecution requested
the consent of the defense to recall Mrs. j
Archie Phillips and to reopen the case for
the prosecution, saying that by Inadvertence
the witness had not been asked when di
rectly examined the day of the week on
which Tyler ate his supper the night
Immediately preceding his disappearance.
According to the Information filed against
Adams, Tyler had been murdered - on
Wednesday, August 10, and had therefore
eaten supper at the Phillips house on the
night of Tuesday, August 9. After having '
given her testimony. Mrs. Phillips recalled
ll ,?,7 tnatK1T'lM' ten BUPP" ,
.,,i,w v wuii, vii iiiv mewl ui Dami ,
day, August 6, and from this It follows
that Tyler must have been murdered on
the morning of Sunday, August 7, the day
on which Adams arrived at Mason's cabin
( and participated In the birthday dinner. If
Judge Woods, who has taken the matter j
I under advisement until morning, decides
to allow the prosecution to recall Mr.
Phillips to the stand the whole tenor of
the ease will be altered and it may be
shown that If Tyler waa murdered on Bun-
day morning, Adams. Mason and Glover,
th three men Implicated In the confee-
sion In the murder. Immediately after the
crime started for Mason's cabin and arrived
In time to participate In the birthday dinner
ao testified. The distance between the scene
of the murder andMason's cabin la about
fifteen miles anc- iron Phillips testified on
direct examina "ion to hearing shots about
( o'clock in the morning of the crime, so
that good time would be gtven the de
fendant to reach Mason' rabln In time for
dinner If the murder bad been committed
In the morning, and the whole alibi a
proved by the defense would fall to pieces.
The matter waa hotly debated by both
sides and the oratorical effort of the trial
waa made by Mr. Darrow,
! NOTED PORCH-CLIMBER SHOT
"Mike the Hike," Wanted In Omaha
aad Other Western Cities, Killed
by Cincinnati Officers.
CINCINNATI. Feb. 28. (Special Tele
gram.) Charles Sweeney, known aa "Mike
the Bike." one of the cleverest crooks and
notorious porch climbers, who waa wanted
for many big Jobs In the porch climbing line
In Omaha. Kansas City and Denver, waa
the man killed by Policeman Martin here
a few davs asfo when ha ri,t him i th
1 act of breaking Into the residence of a local
I millionaire. The body waa positively ldentl-
! tied todav and the rw.llee .r. mnrr.tuiin.
themselves that one of tha cleverea. cru.
. . I "
in hla line haa been nut out of tha wav.
According to ine local Bertllllon bureau.
Sweeney waa badly wanted In all the large
western cities, aa well aa Chicago, which la
Erlrkaoa President of Rsasats.
PIERRE. 8. D.. Feb. 28.-(Speclal Tels -
. . .t..
,. a moviiug) ui ma aiaie ooarq 1
of regect of education E. C. Erlckson waa
chosen president and committees for th
different Institutions selected. Nothing
was done In regard to selection of a sec.
Seattle Aa-atast Japs.
SEATTLE. Wash., Feb. 28 At a meeting
of the Central Labor council hut night, at
which were present delegatus from most
unions of Seattle, a commit tee of three was
appointed to call a conference for the or
ganisation of an association to carry on
agitation for the exclusion of Japanese
tux out sheriff's graft
McDonald's Parldod Bills for Jail Feodinr
Bednoed One-lhird. '
DEMANDS MILEAGE FOR FREE PASS RIDES
Itemised Kxhlblt of Claims Sworn to
a Correct, bat Fonnd to Be
Watered in to the
Graft-Loaded Sheriff's Claims.
Claimant. Asked. Allowed.
John Power, t claims. . $3,089.80 9 b40.1
John W. McDonald, 1
claims t.asa.tS 1,833.80
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Feb. 28. (Speclal.)-As dis
closed by the deficiency claim bill Just In
troduced, this Is what the committee did
to the bills presented by Douglas county
sheriffs for reimbursement for alleged ex
penses for keeping and conveying prisoners
sentenced to the penitentiary or to the re
form schools at Kearney and Geneva.
The committee did . this notwithstanding
the persistent appeals and constant lobby
ing of Sheriff McDonald on his own be
half and on behalf of hla democratic pre
decessor for allowance of claims in full.
In cutting out the graft in these items
the committee simply endorsed the action
of Deputy Auditor Cook, who had ' Hrst
gone over these claims with a fine tooth
comb, and had attempted to reduce them
down to a semblance of fairness. It Is
only fair to say for ex-Sheriff Power that
only two of his bills were rejected In toto
and that two more were left unacted upon
for lack of Information.
The bills are the usual Itemised state
ments presented by sheriffs to the state
auditor covering the board of prisoner
from the time sentenced until the time
turned over to the warden of the peniten
tiary or superintendent of the reform
school, .ogether with traveling expenses
and per diem of the attending officer ac
companying the prisoner.
Sample of Padded Bill.
As a rmple of the bill the following
Item for Eva William, convicted March
7, 1906. will give an Idea of what Is In
cluded: Twenty-nine days' board at 75c $2175
Railway fare for prisoner J.J
Hallway fare for officer 30
Railway fare for guard J"0
Hark, Lincoln J-j
Officer, one day J "0
Guard, one day 2.y0
Total Ml. 00
Each of McDonald's ninety-one claims
were sworn to and subscribed to by him,
himself, as being true and correct atate
menta of his Just claims for reimburse
ment by the state.
How It Waa Worked.
The graft which the auditor and the
claims committees have cut out of the
Douglas county sheriff's bills, amount to
nearly a third of the total. The reason for
the reduction of the padding Is explained
by Deputy Auditor Cook In thla way:
"We have cut out of the bills presented
by Douglas county sheriffs 26 cents a day
on each prisoner charged to the etate and
a& f the railroud arc ot the sheriff and
his deputies. The law reads that the aherltl
shall deliver prisoners at the penitentiary
within thirty days after sentence and that
during the time they are In his custody he
may receive for feeding them 75 centa a
day or $3.50 a week. The $3.50 a week Is 60
cents a day and the Intention clearly Is to
allow 50 centa a day when the prisoner Is
. . . .1 ....... Kafr,- halnu Aa.
Kepi more man '
Uvered to the penitentiary or reformatory,
w took thla matter up to the supremo
court and got a decision aome months ago
upholding this contention of the law and
began at once reducing the billa filed by
sheriffs to the 60 cent basis.
"Sheriff McDonald had a few bllla cut
down and then held out all the rest of
them, presumably preferring to get the
legislature to allow them. The remarkable
thing about thla Is that In Douglas county,
alone of all the counties, It Is' the regular
practlce of the 8nerift to hold on to every
ntence& pri80er for almost the entire
thlrty daya. apparently In order to get the
maximum allowance for feeding. In other
counties prisoners are brought to the peni
tentiary, with few exceptions, within three
or four daya after eentence and are seldom
kept longer than ten days, but It Is the rare
exception when any prisoner from Douglas
county la ao delivered short of at least
Chara-ee Mlleaae for Free Rides.
"As to the rejected Item for railroad
fare they were cut out on Sheriff Mc-
i Donald a own admission that he and all
hla deputies who convey prisoners rode
J constantly on passes on all the railroads
' aud that no money had been expended by
I them for railroad fare. Mr. McDonald
tried to Justify hla attempt to collect mile
age from the state for trips made on free
passe on the ground that he performed
numerous services In hi official capacity
for the railroad companies for which h
never charged them anything, regarding
the services aa being paid for by these
passes, and that under the circumstance
he had a tight to collect mileage from the
state Just the same, to make good the fees
he did not collect from the railroads. We,
of course, refused to recognise this as any
"Another very peculiar thing about these
sheriff's claims from Douglas county Is that
they represent, with few exceptions, special
trips made to bring prisoners to Lincoln or
to Geneva or to Kearney, one at a time.
By making special trips the sheriff has
been able to put In expense accounts for
each one, thus multiplying the mileage
and per diem. Sheriffs In other counties,
where they have several prisoner under
sentence, bring them to Lincoln, aa a rule,
all at on time, and put In only on bill."
Details of the Claims.
The itemised eiaima presented ry ex-
Sheriff John Power, showing In tabulation
'orm th number and amount asked for
! an1 th amount allowed and tha amount
, cut out, la aa follows:
JOHN (POWER-KEEPING AND CON-
VEIINU HI Alt; nimurtiUKB.
I . . . . .
i niuuiii viiiiwjiii jr
' No. &..
$ re 3o
I No. !) M.46 2S.85
No. 3 w w zs.se
No. 4i2 2-. 00
No. 4ol 28.75 ......
I C- ii,'
I No. 4.1. ...
jw sa lm.ir,
I. (6 rt3.75
617 35 U3.75
Totals $2,525. 84
Not acted on.
$ 840.16 $1,174.96
MeDoaaJd' Graft by Items.
The bill presented by Sheriff John W.
McDonald, itemised In the same way, are
JOHN M'DONAIJV KEEPING AND CON
VEYING BTATE PRISONERS.
Amount Amount Amount
Claim, Claimed. Allowed. Rejected.
Noi7 :..$ . $ & $ t 30
No. 8o. " 7 23
utlnuod on Third Pag.)
BRITISH NAVAL ESTIMATES
Amonnt of New ronatrartloa Will De
pend t'pon Action of The
LONDON, Feb. 28. A atatement of the
raval estimate for 1907-8 presented to "Par
liament tonight makes the construction of
battleships during tha coming year depend
ent In a measure on the decisions reached
at the next peace conference at The Hague.
Thus the new construction estimated at
$40,500,000 against $6,175,000 for 1J0&-7 will,
says Ixrd Tweedmouth, first lord of the
Admiralty, "Include two or unless an un
derstanding between the naval power la
reached at Thf Hague conference, three
large armored vessels of the Dreadnaught
Ona fast unarmored cruiser, five torpedo
boat destroyers, twelve torpedo bosts and
twelve submarines also are provided for.
On April 1 there will be under construction
Ave battleships, seven armored cruisers,
eight torpedo boat destroyers, seventeen
tocpedo boats and twelve submarines.
Th estimates for the year show a total
reduction ot one thousand men and $5,
75,000 compared to 1908-7. Lord Tweed
mouth comments on the striking Improve
ment In the gunnery of the fleet compared
to last year. The average of hits was prac
tically douriled and the Improvement waa
general throughout the fleet and not con
fined to a picked selection of crack ships.
As an Illustration of this system and the
better state of repair result from the sys
tem of nucleus crews, he compares the con
dition of January, 1904, when out of sixty
battleships thirty-eight were not available
owing to tho need of repairs, with that of
January, 1907, when out of fifty-one bat
tleships eight were not available.
Lord Tweedmouth notes the fact that
the first cruiser squadron is , going to
Jamestown for the opening of the expo
sition. The total of the naval estimates I $152,
212,045. NEW DIVORCE BILL IS PASSED
Amendment Permit Snlt Within Six
Month In Certnln
PIERRE. B. D , Feb. 28. (Special Tele
gram. )-The senate today passed the new
divorce bill, after the lawyer had Injected
an amendment allowing suit to be com
menced within 'six months, where cause of
action Is In this state. This allows both
parties to the suit to come to the state
and on agreed cause of action separate,
one leaving and the other staying Blx
The bill to allow a liquor license vote" to
stand until voted down was defeated by a
vote of 23 to 20. Goodner, Merry and Dud
ley, supported the bill and Vessey, Byrna
and Dowdell opposed it.
The senate bill providing for the division
of Lyman county, after a favorable vote
has been secured, was passed after it was
amended, to prevent Its Interfering In any
way with the general bill for county divi
The senate killed the house bill to repeal
th law allowing cities to sell water works.
which was asked by Bloux Falls.
In the house Price of Yankton Introduced
a resolution memorialising the South Da
kota representatives In congress to oppose
any ship subsidy legislation, and Gurrrey
presented a bill to allow county commls.
sloners, Instead of the county treasurer, to
select tho paper for publication of delin
The house passed the bill approprli
the balance of the endowment lands
atate experimental farrna, and put in an
hour bickering over which apportionment
bill would be taken up and adopted, finally
settling on the bill presented by Engstrom,
and passing It, providing for forty-five
senators and 101 representatives.
The Ovlatt partition fence bill caused a
tangle and was lost for lack of two votes,
but Is up for reconsideration tomorrow.
WRECK NEAR CONNELLSVILLE
Passenger Train Derailed and Debris
Take Fire, bnt Only One Per
son Is Killed.
CONNELLSVILLE, Pa, Feb. 28. Balti
more & Ohio troln No. 49, westbound, run
ning eighteen minutes late and forty nillea
an hour, was wrecked tonight hear Indian
Creek, even mile east of here. The en
tire train, consisting of a combination
amoking and baggage car, two day coaches
and the private car of Robert J. Finney,
superintendent ot the Pittsburg division
of th Baltimore & Ohio railroad, left the
rails, and after running for 200 feet along
the ties was thrown Into a ditch at the
foot of the mountains, where the wreckage
was completely burned.
Wylle Irwin, engineer, of Pittsburg, waa
killed; the fireman fatally Injured and the
baggagemaster, express messenger, con
ductor and six passengers seriously in
jured. About thirty passenger were mora
or less cut and bruised.
Irwin waa caught under the wrecked en
gine' and burned to death before the passen
gers, who were powerless to liberate htm.
REPORT ON INDIANA WRECK
State Commission Scores Tralamea
for Disregarding Itoles Objects
to YonnaT Telegraphers.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 28. The Btate
railroad commission today made a report
to the legislature on the recent wrecks
at Woodvllle, Fowler and the explosion of
a car ot powder at Sandford, which de
atroyed a Big Four passenger train. The
report scores railroad employe for disre
garding the rules, asked that railroad com
panies require a more thorough knowledge
of the rule on the part of their employea
and recommends a law compelling railroads
with an annual gross Income of $5,000 or
more per mile to Install an Improved block
system along their line. It also recoro-
mends that no telegraph operators lee
! than 21 yeara of age be employed and that
, rullrouda cease to accede to the reckless
I demand ot the traveling public for greater
1 a need
! PEACE DAY IN THE SCHOOLS
ldratra Heeommend Onaervnnco of
Analversary of Th Hsgst
CHICAGO. Feb. 28.-Members of the de
partment of superintendence of the Na
tional Educational association at th clos
ing session today ot their three days con
vention here recommended the observance
by all school In the United States on May
18 each year In commemoration of the con
ference that led to th establishment of the
peace tribunal at The Hague. The educa
tors declared their belief In "the gr tat
significance of the movement to substitute
arbitration for war In the settlement of
CONE TO GOVERNOR
Two-Cent Tin Bill Fasiei Both use.
With Emrrgsnoy CI ante,
LAST STAND OF RMLROADS IN SENATE
Desperate Effort to Tefeat tha Immediate
Application of the Law.
OLD ATTACK ON OMAHA IS RESUMED
Auonjmons Circular on Terminal Taxation
Beioc Dftrlbnted. '
SENATORS WARM UP ON INSUnfl
Burns of Ianpnster and Aldrleh of
Butler Indnlaja in Personalities
Over Bills Affeetlas Lit
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
t., Feb. 28. tSpeclal.) TlF
lature over a 2-cent pn
e to a close thla morniif
fight In' the leglsla
Sflnger fane .came
when the senate pasted H. R. UR7, the Jo I
committee bill, hurried It over to th hou
where the senate amendment waa lmme
ately concurred In. The bill waa then r
rolled and early In the afternoon waa
the 'Hands of th governor. ' , -
The railroads took a last stand In an e
fort to kill the emergency clause, which
will put the bill In force three day
after It Is signed by -the governor, but th
attempt failed In the sVnate and all bit
four of the senators who gave thla clause
aa their reason for opposing the bill hur
riedly changed their votes before the fliiil
result was announced and lined up win
the majority. The vote, as finally jj
nounced, stood 27 to 4, two senators, O'C
nell of Johnson and Latta of Burt, abse
The four senators who persisted In oppot
tlon to the bill, even after they saw It tin!
secured the required majority were Burn
of Lancaster, Glover of Custer, Gould o
Greeley and Hanna of Cherry
Donarla County Member Switch,
On the first roll call Gibson, Thomas and
Saunders of Douglas and McKesson
Lancaster voted against the bill, glvl
as their reason the objectionable emerge!
clause, but before the vote was announce
all of them flopped to the affirmative....
Glover of Custer at first voted for the bill,,
but when It appeared that a change In his
vole might defeat the emergency claue
and after consultation with' some of th
opposition, he changed his vote to th
negative. His change came first and it re
duced the vote for the bill to 23, Just on
more than enough to carry the emergency
clause. When It waa found the emergency
clause had carried there was a scurry Li '
get on the popular side of the fence. VS
the vote was being verified, Clark.
Adam voted no, though he had prevl
voted aye. When he found he would
to be recorded aa changing his vote b
lowed hfs ay vote to stand. '
explanation ot Vote-4L,
Several of tho senators explained tlii
vote. Ashton while votlngV for the
raid the Interstate commence act req
Hie ralltoada to give JO daya' notice bet
changing a rate. He therefore thought tr
emergency should have been atrlcken ou
Hanna and Saunders also explained their
opposition was due to the emergency clause
Randall explained he thought the railroad
should, be given 30 days, but neverthelca
he voted aye. The following written ex
tUGiatlon were sent to the secretary'
Jewish to explain my vote: ' When
bill was In. the committee of tne wh
voted to Strika out the emergene
thought then-as I do now that under
inter-state act no railroad can change
late without first giving thirty daya' n
to the Interstate commission. And as
act must necetisnrlly Involve sale of .ti
state tickets, thus we will find If this
passes with the emergency, a federal
prohibiting any rhanse of rates without tli
thirty dsys' notice and a state statute de
manding Instant action, which seema to
me would be so confusing to alt concerned;
that It should not be Insisted upon. I Willi
vote for this bill without the emerge' y
but in its present form 1 vote No. J
I vote No because the bill has the em it
gency clause Incorporated therein, bi'
would vote yes otherwise.
And further for the reason that I ai
not moved In any action I take by aonf
ment. politics or newsnnner criticism.
And also because 1 believe It manlfusll
fair, all conditions being considered to be
nilt ninety days to elapse before the bi
becomes a law. GIBSON f
i uesire in explain my vole, l Dem
that the railroads should be given thl
days in which to adjust their matters
conform to the law. C. A. RANDALJ?
i am in ruvor or tne z-cent maximum
rate bill and will vote for the same with
the emergency cut out. , THOMAS.
When the roll call was comDfeted Outri
ders moved the call of the house, a if
or four of the senators were absent.
Kesson came In about that time and voi
no, afterward changing to aye. Gould w
abaent at first, but came in during th call.
When It was found that only Latta an4
O'Connell wer absent and both wer-ex- J
cused the can was raised.
Vote of Reeord
The vote after the changes had been
corded was aa follows:
ByrnM (Platte), MiKaaisa.
House Members Interested.
The fight In the senate was watched wlul
considerable interest from the other en.f
of the state house. It th assault on
emergency clause had been successful
had been agreed among the leadera
the house would take up and pass with
emergency cluuso the Sackelt bill wj
went through the senate several days
with the emergency clause. This
have Dut th senalt In th awkward!
. tlon either of receding from its hostllj
the emergency or Killing a part or a f
had already passed. I
As soon as the bill had passed tfie
' ate It was reported with the amesdi
I to the house, which by a vote of )n
I concurred in the senate amendment.
I bill was enrolled during the noon reel
J and went to the governor before t:3Y
I tha afternoon. Tho senate amend n. ent
slated of a change in the wording ofi
provision that tickets need not be sole
less than 6 cents.
Water board's Salary Sticks.
The doing nothing members of the Om I
Water board will continue to draw $'!
month, or rather $o0 an hour for each
they meet, because tne nouse this si
I1UVII timuiium ij jkiijuiiqu HIV
Barnes providing membera of the ll
shall draw no salary until aft or the I
Is acquired. Inasmuch aa th boar
been "acquiring" tb plant for four
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