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THE OMAHA DEE
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VOL. XXXVI-NO. 233.
OMAHA, SATUKDAY MORNING, MARCH 16, 1907 SIXTEEN PAGES.
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Elrem at PitVbur Ire Tallin After
Preaslnr: Preriovii Kijb Beoord.
AMAGE IS OVER TEN MILLION DOLLARS
Xwenty Lirei Lort In the Emeky City and
CREST PASSES WHEELING ABOUT MIDNIGHT
Etaee of Sixty-Fonf Peet Predicted at
Cincinnati by Tonight. .
THOUSANDS HOMELESS AND WITHOUT FOOD
Ynr Persons Drowned at Parkers
barx, W. Vni, Hi Several Others ,
at Interior Points la
WASHINGTON. March 15.-The weather
bureau tonight Issued the following; flood
if tr tiavlni reached the unprecedented
tage of 36.1 fet early Friday morning, the
Ohio river at r'lttsnurg is tailing mpiaijr.
A crest stage of fifty feet la predicted at
Wheeling by midnight Friday. At Parkers
burg a stage between fifty-one and fifty
two feet Is eiDocted bv Saturday night. At
Cincinnati a stage of sixty-four feet or
tnnr In forecasted for bv Bnturday even
Ing, the flood stage at that point being fifty
feet. The river passed the flood stage at
lxulsvlllo Friday morning and will rise
to a nolnt about ten f-et above the flood
a-tage by Sunday. Flood stnges will occur
at Paducnh and Cairo during the next few
days and have been announced at all points
from Cairo to Memphis In the next five or
el days, with higlier stages for some days
FITT8BURG, March 15. With the rapid
receding; of the waters In the Monongahela,
Allegheny and Ohio rivers' conditions are
resuming normal proportions tonight. The
approaches to the bridges now are clear
of water and street car service In the
flooded district has been resumed.
At 9 o'clock tonight the rivers had fallen
almost eight feet. At that hour the stage
was twenty-nine feet and dropping six
Inches an hour.
Ten square miles were Inundated. The
loss Is summarised as follows:
Loss In outpnt of steel mills fcJ.OOO.Onn
Ixjns In output of other Industries.. 2.U".0uO
Loss In wages of employes , 1,837,000
timated damage to Industrial
Total loss 19,337.000
Various other estimates are being made,
ranging from 110,000.000 to $20,100,000. Re
ports from numerous western Pennsylvania
points tonight are to the effect that the
flood has subsided. ,
Thirty Blast Fnrnaeea Idle.
Thirty large blast furnaces In the city
are out of commission on account of the
food. It Is said here that the suspension
will cause a scarcity In Iron.
The power from the plants of the Alle
gheny Light company was turned. Into
the trolley wires tonight In an effort to
maintain ' street car service. As a result
; Pittsburg Is in darkness.
W Twenty fatuities have occurred In Al
legheny county, directly due to high water.
Four massive bridges, the Sixteenth,
Ninth, Seventh and Blxth street structures, j
were threatened with destruction, owing
, to heavy lea gorges, which came down the
Allegheny river and it is v-lleved they have
been greatly weakened. That the bridges
were not swept away is considered mar
velous by river men.
Frightened feminine guests at the
Lincoln, Colonial, Annex 'and Anderson
hotels, located In the midst of the flood
cone are marooned and are watching the
high water from the windows.
Four theaters, the Oayety, Alvln, Belasco
and Bijou are flooded and will be dark for
Most of the fire engines In the down
town dlstrit-t are pumping water from
buildings along Fifth avenue.
At the First National building. Fifth
avenue and Wood street the basement is
submerged to a depth of several feet and
strenuous efforts are being made to protect
the dynamos, which generate power to
lue v esieru uiuun i tfit'grapu ,vuiiipany.
The office of the Associated Press Is lo
cated In this building and momentarily It
was expected throughout the night that the
wires of these organisations would falL
Strenuous efforts of a force of men assisted
by a firs engine, saved the dynamos, but
shortly before 8 o'clock the electric light
dynamo succumbed to the effect of the
I Ohio Streams Felling.
CINCINNATI, March J-Flood conditions
In the upstate section of Ohio were very
Ititich Improved toduy by falling rivers and
their tributaries. The Muskingum river,
which submerged parts of Zanesvllle and
Other towns in that section, continues to
fall, but there la considerable destitution
among those driven from their homes by
At Springfield, Dayton, Hamilton and
other points in the Miami valley the danger
stage has been passed. While headwaters
of the Ohio are receding, streams at Point
Pleasant. Portsmouth, Marietta, Parkers
burg and other points are now above the
flood stage and wlll continue to rise to
night and tomorrow. In Cincinnati the
local rise has about disappeared.
l.ate today Marietta, Parkersburg. Point
Pleasant and Portsmouth were feeling the
effects of tbe flood. Parkersburg and Mari
etta appeared to be the worst sufferers.
At the former place the electric, light plant
was put out of commission and the city
was In darkness.
At Marietta conditions were worse than
In the flood of 1SS4. The rivers rose rapidly
and did much Uumage.
Parkeraburg; In Darkness.
PARKERSBl'RO, W, Va.. March 15.
Wlth a stage of fifty feet tonight the Ohio
river continues to rise slowly and at least
another foot Is expected. The city I In
darkness, street car truffle is demoralised
end trains are not running. Thousands of
people are homeless and without food. To-
day Mayor ' Ieonard appointed a large
number of special police to protect the
people. A number of the residences In
Beech wood and Riverside have floated down
' with the fast current 'of the Ohio. The
crest of the present rise is expected here
(Saturday at noon, the fifty-one foot mark.
Foar Drown la West Virginia.
' Four persons were drowned late last night
In an effort to escape from their tottering
home at Riverside, to a place of safety
from the flood.
William Francis, his wife, daughter and
ton are the victims. They had proceeded
only a few yards from their house when
the torrent overturned their skiff.
Crest Passes Wheeling;.
WHEELING. W. Va.. March 1.-Th
crest fit the flood passed this city at I
. so. The water reached a stage of al-
JCuutiuuod on Beouuil Pago.)
SUMMARY OF THE DEEl
Saturday, March 1ft, WOT.
1007 MARCH '
bun no rut wis tns cv
3 4 5 6 7 9
10 II 12 13 14 15 10
17 18 10 20 21 22 23
Ht 25 26 27 28 20 30
FORECAST FOR NKBRA SKA Rain
Saturday, with colder in west portion.
Sunday fair and colder.
FORECAST FOR IOWA Fair Saturday
and rain Sunday.
Temperature at Omaha yesterday:
Hour. Deg. Hour. Deg.
a. m 40 It. m M
a, m 38 2 p. m M
7 a. m 37 t p. m 60
8 a. m 37 4 p. m 62
a. tn 40 5 p. m 62
10 a. m 43 6 p. m 60
11 a. m 46 7 p. m 58
11 m (0 8 p. m 5
p. in U
The senate at Lincoln passes the
Thomas terminal tax bill, a duplicate of
the Clarke bill pending in the bouse, by a
vote of 21 to a. rag 1
Leeder's double-ihtft bill for Omaha
firemen Is passed In senate and sent to
the governor for signature. Page 1
House at Lincoln spends Its day in con
sideration of bills on general file without
fireworks. Page 1
P. Maglnnls of Kimball, manufacturer
of steel Irrigating flumes, and his son
are injured while trying to save the life
of an employe who was caught in .the
machinery. page a
Grand Island Independent comes out In
strong 'article on terminal, tax bill and
urges Hall county members to vote and
work for Its passage. Pag a
War department desires militia of coast
states to co-operate with artillery branch
of service. . Page 1
Applicants for positions as consuls are
examined by the Civil Service board.
Oklahoma constitutional convention fin
ishes Its work and adjourns after session
of 115 days. Special election to ratify
new Instrument will be held August 6.
.Testimony of Abe Hummel regarding
alleged affidavit by'Kvelyn Nesbit Thaw
finally admitted and witness under cross
examination says he is under Indictment
for procuring false .affidavit In another
case. rag 1
Stock market rallies and much of value
lost Thursday was regained Friday. Jacob
H. Bchlff approves action of president
with reference to rallroadB. Pag 1
Judge Landls overrules motion of
Standard Oil company and trial proceeds
at Chicago. page 1
Celling of Taurids i palace falls and
Russian duma takes recess until new
building can be secured. - . Pag a
Omaha's prestige as a market town I
strengthened by : the automobile show,
which affords dealers of the state oppor
tunity of buying here Instead of going
east. rag 14
Judgte Munger oi' the federal court hears
argument by attorneys for Bartlett Rich.
ards, W. O. Conuitock. Acquilla Trlplett
and Charles C. Jumeson, land men con
vlcted of frauds against the government,
for a ne wtrlal and will render his de
cision Monday. Pag 4
Annual report cf Grain Exchange shows
the last to be the best year since the
exchange was' organised and Omaha's Im
portance as a primary market of the
world to be increasing. Pag
Governor Sheldon's appointment of the
new South Omaha Board of Fire and
Police Commissioners gives general satis
Judges G. W. Doane and E. Wakeley and
Attorney C. B. Keller deny World-Herald
story that discontented Crelghton heirs
received 1240,000 or any other sum In
settlement and that the lawyers received
$60,000 fees. Pag t
Charles F. Conklin of Chicago wins
second place In amateur billiard tourna
ment by defeating Edward Gardner in
Annual tournament of the American
Bowling congress begins in St, Louis this
evening. i Pag 8
George Stone, champion batter of the
world, comes to terms with the St. ,Louls
Browns and will start for training camp
Monday. Pag 8
PXJTABC1AI. AJTO COICMXBCXAL.
Grain markets. Pag 13
Live stock markets. Pag 13
Stocks and bonds. Pag 13
Dun's review of trade shows that vol
ume of business compares most favor
ably with same perto dlaat year and that
production of pig Iron Is at the record.
s Pag a
ARTILLERY MILITIA IS WANTED
Government Desires Seaboard State
to Aid la Defease of the
WASHINGTON. March 15. Letters have
been sent by Assistant Secretary Oliver of
the War department to the governors of
all seaboard states asking their co-opera'
tton In the development of th War de
partment' plan for the training of an effec
tive coast guard through the operation of
organised militia In connection with th
regulars assigned to coast artillery service.
The letters were accompanied by circu
lar prepared by the chief of artillery, set
ting forth his scheme to set aside a portion
of th state troops in all the coast states
for artillery service, the state troops to
hav each year from seven to ten days of
training at an artillery post under the direc
tion of the regulars. Tlie chief of artillery
also suggests designation' of certain state
t'-'oopa to protect the land side of the coast
I artillery poets, which plan entails no addi-
tlorvaicxpen on the slates.
PLOT AGAINST TOM WATSON
overal Shots Fired Into Horn of
Former Presidential Candidate
at Thomson, Ga.
AUGUSTA. Ga.. March 11 Several shots
were fired Into the bedroom of J. D. Wat
sou, son of Thomas El Watson, tbe former
presidential candidate on the populist
ticket, st their home at Thomson, Ga.,
early today. It was later claimed that th
Investigation indicated a plQt against
Thomas Watson and his family, but bo dofl-
till clu m obtained,
WPL'S TEST1MIM IS IN
r Allowed to Tell Story of Alleged
Affidavit by Mm. Ib aw.
SEVERE CROSS-EXAMINATION BY DELMAS
Witness Forced to Admit that Ha Is
Row Vnder Indictment on
Chars of Proenrlngr
NEW YORK, March 16-Wlth Attorney
Delmns fighting him every Inch of the
way, District Attorney Jerome secured from
Abraham Hummel his story as to the affi
davit which It is alleged Evelyn Nesbit
made In the lawyer's office tn 1903 charging
Harry K. Thaw with beating her when she
had told him that the statement that Stan
ford White had drugged and ruined her
was not true. Mr. Delmas, first objecting
broetlly to all of Hummel's testimony, of
fered a specific objection to each question
PU,t by the prosecutor. Justice Fitzgerald
overruled every objection and Mr. Delmas
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw was called to the
stand In the effort of the defense to keep
Hummel silent. She declared she had called
upon Hummel In his professional capacity
and to seek his advice as a lawyer. Stan.
for White had taken her to the lawyer's
office with that end In view.
Justice Fltsgerald declared that admitting
the proposition of counsel and client, Mrs.
Thaw herself had waived the professional
privilege by taking the stand early In the
case and giving her version of what trans
pired at Hummel's office. The bond of
secrecy once removed could not be re
Hummel Admits Shady Record.
Unsuccessful in blocking Hummel's testi
mony. Attorney Delmas. in cross-examining
the witness brought from his own lips the
fact that he had been convicted in De
cember, 1905. on a charge of conspiracy in
the same court room in which Thaw is
being tried. He further admitted that two
Indictments for subornation of perjury arc
pending against him and that one of these
indictments charges him with having
caused a false affidavit tn be made. Mr.
Jerome protested against the "witness
being dragged through the humiliating de
tails of his trial," but Justice Fitzgerald
declined to Interfere. Then Mr. Delmas
asked Hummel if he had not heard the
speech made by District Attorney Jerome
when sentence was about to be imposed,
when Mr. Jerome urged the court to pass
the longest and heaviest sentence within Its
power upon Hummel as ."he had been a
menace to the community for twenty
years." Justice Fitzgerald Anally sustained
an objection to this and Hummel was not
compelled to answer.
Mr. Delmas wanted to know if Hummel
had any more recent-business transactions
with the district attorney and asked If
Mr. Jerome Was pressing the charges
"He certainly la," said the witness with
Hummel' testimony In brief was to the
effect that Evelyn Nesbit told him among
other thing that Thaw-had beaten - her
when she hod refused to sign papers he
had prepared charging Stanford White with
her betrayal; that h had dictated a state
ment to a stenographer In the presence of
Miss Nesbit and Stanford White; that he
gave the affidavit to two of his' clerks
to take to Miss Nesbit in the Madison
Square garden tower and that the next
day the paper was returned to him with
Evelyn Nesblfs signature attached. Ho
kept the affidavit until Miss Nesbit called
one day and demanded it. Ho refused to
give it to her and turned It over to Stan
ford White, advising him to hav a pho
tographlc copy made.
Hinmel Contradicts Himself.
Hummel first said he had himself ar
ranged for photographing the affidavit and
that the photographer came to his office.
A few moments later he completely con
tradicted himself on this point, saying he
did not make the arrangements; that the
photographer did not come to his office and
that he had not bo testified. After Stan-
ford Whit had the copy mad he returned
the original of the affidavit, the photo
graphic negative and the prints made
from the negatives to Hummel, who swore
today that h subsequently delivered th
original to Miss Nesbit and has not seen
Abraham Snydecker, one of Hummel's
clerks, was called and aald he took the
affidavit to Mr. White' room In th tower
and handed it to the woman pointed out
to him a Miss Nesbit. She kept the affi
davit for flv minutes and signed tt, saying
he had read it through.
At the conclusion of this testimony, Dis
trict Attorney Jerome asked permission to
introduce the carbon and photographic
copies of the affidavit In evidence. It wan
near th closing hour and Mr. Delmas
asked that adjournment be taken before
arguing as to the admissibility of th af
fidavit H said that after reading th
paper over he might not object to its being
offered In evidence.
"Coming a It doea." he added, "In such
questionable shape, we may deem it best to
hav the paper go in evidence."
Expert Not Crosa-Kxamlned.
District Attorney Jerome completed his
medical testimony In the morning, Attorney
Delmas for the defense declining to cross
examine any of the experts. Dr. Flint,
who testified yesterday, waa excused, and
then five other alienists were called one
after another. Each said he wa familiar
with the hypothetical questions framed by
th defense and by the prosecution. Baaing
their opinion on theea questions they all
declared that Thaw on the night he shot
and killed Stanford White knew th na
ture and quality of hi act and knew that
th act was wrong. One question waa put
by Mr. Hartrldge of th defense to Dr.
William Mahon, th last of the state' ex
perts. "Do doctors often dlmgreo a to th form
of a man' Insanity T" he asked.
Mr. Jerome's oliVctlon was overruled and
Dr. Mahon roplted:
Mr. Jerome announced that when th
matter of the admissibility of the Hummel
affidavit Is disposed of the prosecution will
"The defense, however, will , not," aald
Mr. Delmas. and ho further Intimated that
more experts will be called by him jia sur
rebuttal. Adjournment was taken until Monday.
BUCKETSHOP- FELONY BILL
Operation of Grata Gambling? lloases
Made a Penal Offense In
JEFFERSON CITY. Mo., March 15. Th
house tuday passed th bll making th
operation of a bucketshop oonatltut a
felony. The penalty for violation I front
two to five years In th penltentlarv or
six to twelve months In JalL Th bill now
J i$ ( governor fur bis 'f -f iira.
MAGNATES WILL STAY AWAY
Railroad Presidents Decide Hot to Go
to Washington to Seo the
NEW TORK. Marchl5.-Messrs. McCreft.
Mellen. Hughltt and Newman, the four
railroad presidents for whose visit, to th
White House J. Plerpont Morgan arranged
before his departure for Europe, held a
conference here today. The whole situa
tion was canvassed with great care and it
was finally decided not to go to Wash
ington. It Is understood the reason for this con
clusion was that the railroad officials did
not feel they had any proper mandate
from the railroad corporations to represent
them. They recognised that, the railroad
managers themselves are not In perfect
accord, and until some method could be
adopted for securing a consensus of
opinion a visit to the president Would be
Idle. At the conclusion of the conference
the four presidents left for their homes.
Thomas F. Ryan, when asked his opinion
about the proposed meeting of the president
and the heads of the great railroads said:
I belli ve If Mr. Morgan's visit to the
president is followed up It should be by
all our great business Interests, and It will
do much good. I also believe that the
president's attitude toward corporations
Is much misunderstood by the general pub
lic. It Is unfair to assume that It is his
desire to hamper the business Interests
of the country. I am. however, convinced
that he purposes to enforce the law as he
rinds them upon 'the staute books, and I
think the sooner the business Interests of
the country conclude to go to work to aid
the president In solving the dlmcult pror-
leme that confront him every day the
sooner confidence will be restored snd the
business of the country move on without
Interruption. So far as general, business
Is concerned, the only fault to be found
with it Is that It Is too active.
WASHINGTON, March 15. At a late
hour tonight President Roosevelt had re
ceived no word from the four railroad pres
idents who were suggested by J. Plerpont
Morgan on the eve of his departure for
Europe as conferees to discuss with the
president the railroad situation and to urge
Mr. Roosevelt to take some action "to
allay the publlo anxiety" as . to the ad
ministration's attitude. The president will
not invite Messrs. McCrea, Hughltt, New
man and Mellen to the White House, but
If they ask for an appointment the presi
dent will be glad to receive them. The em
barrassed position in which the railroad
magnates have been placed Is du to the
fact that Mr. Morgan arranged the con
ference without consulting the officials
whom he asked to participate In the con
ference. Today Mr. McCrea communicated with
the president and made It clear that while
he did not want to show any discourtesy
he did not want to be placed In the atti
tude of rushing to the Whit House to
make a plea for executive clemency.
Governor Deneen and Attorney General
Stead of Illinois, who were Invited to
Washington by President Roosevelt, ar
rived tonight and will call at the White
House tomorrow. While Governor Deneen
refuses to discuss the object- of his con
ference with the president, it can authori
tatively be stated that th Chicago & Alton
deal and other disclosures brought out
at the recent Harrlman Investigation will be
discussed- and the situation In general gone
over, . '
MINERS 0BJECTT0 A RATE
John Mitchell Says Higher Coal Rates
Mean Lower Wages for
WASHINGTON. March 15. Chairman
Knapp of the Interstate Commerce com
mission, had a conference late this after
noon with President John Mitchell of the
United Mine Workers of America, Com
missioner Wood of the railroad commis
sion of Indiana. W. D.. Ryan, secretary of
the Illinois Mine Workers, and two or
three coal operators, concerning the ad
vance of 10 per cent tn the rate on coal
by the railroads of Indiana and Illinois.
The mine workers' organization protests
against this advance, holding that it will
! certainly affect the wages of the miners,
i The operator ore Inclined to the same
The mine operators and miners officials
desire to confer with the commission re
specting the character of the complaint to
be brought before the commission by the
railroad commission of Indiana.
Commissioners Prouty, Lane and Harlan,
however, discussed the situation with the
delegation. It was decided that as the
matter Involved lntercommerc th com
mission had ample authority to entertain
a formal' complaint. This complaint will
be filed soon.
The delegation will confer with Attorney
General Bonaparte regarding starting an
action against certain Indiana and Illinois
railroads for a violation of the Illinois
anti-trust law. Mr. Mitchell -and his as
sociates also called at the Whit House
and explained the situation In detail to the
VERDICT FOR . 0CK ISLAND
Coart Decides Adversely on Complaint
Against Hat on Cotton Goods
WICHITA. Kan., March 15.-In the
United States court today Judge J. C. Pol
lock Instructed the Jury to bring in a
verdict in favor of the Rock Island rail
way In the case of the Wichita merchants
against the company.
The merchants alleged that th oompany's
rat on cotton goods from Galveston to
Wichita was discriminative and unreason
able, as it was more than double the rate
to Kansas City, which Is farther from
Galveston than is Wichita.
The court held that the published rate
of th company Is reasonable and that had
the company accepted payment which had
been offered by the merchants on the baals
of the Kansas City rate, both parties would
have been liable to criminal prosecution
under the anti-rebate statute.
LOCKOUT OF 'LONGSHOREMEN
Suspension of Deck Labor at Hamburg
Delays Sailing! of Trans
HAMBURG, March U. Th lockout of
th 'longshoremen her is beginning to de
lay the movements of transatlantic vessels.
Th steamer Graf Waldersee, -which is
scheduled to sail next Saturday, has 'not
yet finished discharging cargo and Its de
parture will bo delayed several days. Sev
eral steamers of the Cosmos and Levant
Hues also will b delayed.
The shippers today offered the crews of
thro French vessels lying In the harbor
11.60 per man per day extra pay If they
wouid . assist In discharging the cargoes
on board. This th men refused, giving as
their reason their rights under th French
law of exemption from performing . dock
PRICES OF STOCKS ADVANCE
Euojatit Fee-lica; in Wall Etreet Eicbatno
Sharp CvDtrtut with Thursday'! Market.
MUCH OF THE LOSS IS REGAINED
Leader Rise from Three to Thirteen
Points Largely on Baying- by
NEW YORK, March 15. An unusual
scene was enacted on the floor of the Stock
exchange today Just after the market had
cloned strong and buoyant. In sharp con
trast to th demoralisation of yesterday.
Broker gathered around the trading posts
and cheered loudly In demonstration of
their relief and satisfaction at today's
change In speculative sentiment from the
panicky feeling of yesterday. Congratula
tions were exchanged all around the room
on the fact that the members of the' ex
change, without exception, had successfully
passed 'through the sever declines In prices
of the last two weeks and hopes were gen
erally expressed that the worst was over.
William Rockefeller Talks.
In response to an inquiry from the Associated-Press,
William Rockefeller said:
"The present astonishing decline In the
values of securities is as much a mystery
to me as It can be to any one. I know
that' public confidence has been disturbed,
but I do not think that It could bave been
In any such measure as to justify so great
a fall in prices. When genuine overwhelm
ing prosperity exists throughout the coun
try fhere certainly seems no adequate rea
son 'for It. As for myself and my asso
ciates, our faith in the future of the court
try has not been shaken at all and we
have been buyers and not sellers through
out th last ten day Throughout busi
ness troubles we have done and are doing
all We can to restore and maintain public
confidence. It is very clear to me that
the people who are throwing away their
securities at panic prices will sorely regret
it within the next six months."
Today's market opened very strong at
much higher price than yesterday close
lng figures, Reading leading with a rise
of 11 points. Amalgamated Copper and
Union Pacific also were buoyantly strong
and with Reading lead practically the
whole list in a sharp 'upward movement.
There were the usual reactions, but the
tone held relatively strong. It was known
In Wall street. that bankers had reached
their offices early and that a careful In
vestigation of the situation did not reveal
any cause of anxiety as to the solvency
of any banking or brokerage house.' This
knowledge had much effect on sentiment
and together with the announcement of
government relief for the money market
made late yesterday afternoon gave the
traders confidence that the situation threat
ened no grave dahger and that the money
market would be able to care for all legiti
mate requirements. The trading continued
active, with the general tone firm through
out, even fhe 15 per cent money rate being
of little effect.
, Movement of Market Leader.
At the close the markfflt leaders showed
tho following advances from yesterday's
close: ' Amalgamated Copper, 13; American
Smelting, 10; Anaconda, 9'4; Atchison. 4H;
Canadian Pacific, 5H: Bt: Paul. t; Great
Northern, 6H: New York Central, 6V, Mis
souri Pacific, 6H; Northern Pr.cltlc, 5;
Pennsylvania, W4; Reading, 1214; Southern
Pacific, 4r Union Pacific. 11A; United
States Steel, $H. and the preferred H
All through the day there was heavy buy
ing by '"bargain hunters" for Investment
and their purchases were heavy enough to
strengthen the market each time that
prices weakened. Hundreds of thousands
of shares are believed to have been taken
by these purchasers,
There were the usual rumors In circula
tion today, but not tfruch attention was
paid to them. One was that E. H. Harrl
man had lost control of the Union Pacific.
Instant denial was given the report and
It had no Influence on the trading. Union
Pacific continuing strong at the close.
The Stock exchange galleries were filled
today with spectators, drawn to the scene
In' the hope of witnessing an active and
excited trading market. They were not
disappointed, for the opening was one of
the liveliest known in a long time. At 10
o'clock the galleries were crowded and
there were hundreds of persons waiting
outside unabie to gain admission.
Harrlman Denies Report.
H.- H. Harrlman will leav tomorrow for
Virginia to Join his family. Mr. Harrl
man, In making the announcement of his
Intention 'of taking the trip, said he did not
Intend to atop at Washington either on his
way south or on his return.
Regarding the Wall street rumors that
the control of the Union Pacific had passed
from his hands during the recent slump in
the stock market Mr. Harrlman said the
report wo quite Incorrect.
Condition la London.
LONDON. March 16. Drirlng Ui early
trading on the Stock exchange today price
In the American market were marked up
by points, without much business, but with
quotations Improving, which resulted In
some buying by house which 'had left
American alone for years and also by con
tinental bankers and Investors, who were
attracted by their cheapness. The higher
priced American stocks opened at I to 7
points above New York parity. -
Union Paclflo opened at 135 and soon went
up to 137, but lost 1H- Atchison opened at
914, advanced S points and then lost 1
In the foreign section prices were steady.
American bankers and broker here ax
unable to account for the nervous condt-
j tlon of the market and can only explain
that the operators tn New York are alao
at sea. '
During the afternoon the various depart
ments of th Stock exchange held their
Improvement well. Consols advanced and
soma stock rising, others falling slightly,
but on the whole prices became steadlur.
Th opinion was expressed here 'that the
recent ahakeup in stocks will bring into
th market considerable investment money.
Philadelphia Show Hesponse.
PHILADELPHIA. March 15,-Prlce .00
the Philadelphia Stock exchange opened
from 1 to 5 points higher than yesterday's
close, the ad vane being led by Reading
MISSOURI ANTI-LOBBY LAW
Governor Folk Slgjas Bill Which Goo
Into Effect After Legis
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.. March 15. Gov
ernor Folk toduy signed the anti-lobby bill,
and it becomes a law ninety days after th
adjournment of tha legislature. The legis
lature adjourns tomorrow.
The bill provides that all lobbyists shall
register with th secretary of state upon
arrival In Jefferson City and shall state
th purpose of their visit.
BANQUET FOR W. J. BRYAN
Nebraska On est of Honor at Dinner
Given by liny State Demoeratlo
BOSTON. Mass., March 15,-The demo
cratic state committee tonight gave a din
ner In honor of William J. Bryan. Among
the guests was George Fred Williams of
Boston, who In a speech referred to Mr.
Bryan as the "acknowledged leader of the
national democratic party."
Speaking directly to Mr. Bryan, he said:
I have no right, sir, to place you In the
position of a candidate for oliire until you
have authorized It, but I take no undue
advantage of my post tlon and believe I
represent the sentiment of the Massa
chusetts democracy when I say that the
success of our party rests upon your
shoulders whether you will It or not.
If President Roosevelt abides by his re
fusal to become a candidate, no republlran
unless he be more radical than the presi
dent, can prevent the election of William
Jennings Bryan to the presidency.
The dinner followed a reception at which
about 200 democrats wer Introduced to
Mr. Bryan. Among them waa former
United States Senator R. F. Pcttlgrew of
An address by Mr. Bryan followed. Tak
ing up the story that he wrote the demo
cratic platform In 18, Mr. Bryan declared
he wrote but little of it and deserved little
of the credit, but that he had had mure
to do with the platform of 1900. Mr. Bryan
I think tha If we had had a vote un
purchased and unlntlmldated In 1, I
would have been elected by an overwhelm
I shall not discuss the amount of fraud
perpetrated In lS'.m, but we had against us
the largest corporation fund that was ever
used In a campaign.
The republican party has been In power
for ten years, with undisputed rule. We
find the republlran party not so popular
today. The party has gone on the to
boggan slide so that It hns Just one man
whom It regards as popular enough to be
the candidate for president. Why Is that.
the president alone escaped the paralysis
that has fallen upon all the rest. There
la only one explanation, and that Is. that
his popularity Is due to his following the
Mr. Bryan charged that the slump In
stocks of which the men tn high finance
complained, was caused by the very men
who are now complaining.
"If I may venture a prediction," he
added, "I would say that In the fight that
Is coming the democratic party will be
looked upon as tbe protector of the small
Investor against the manipulation of the
sharks that have obtained power In Wall
WESTERN MATTERS AT CAPITAL
Board of Rearolar Army Officer
Named to Examine Volunteer
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, March 15.-(8pecial Tele
gram.) A board of officers has been ftp
pointed ' to meet at Fort Crook for ex
amination of applicants for commissions
in the volunteer forces In order to deter
mine their qualifications for the command
of troops or for the performance of staff
duties with such volunteer forces. Detail
for board: Lieutenant Colonel John M.
Banister, deputy surgeon general; . Major
William R. Abercromble, Captains Isaac
Erwln and William E. Welsh. Thirtieth In
fantry Captain Thomas L. Rhoads, assist
ant surgeon, and First Lieutenant William
A. Carleton, Thirtieth infantry, recorder.
Rural carriers appointed for Nebraska
routes: Blooming-ton, route 2, William T.
Butterfleld carrier, Carrie Butterfleld sub
stitute: Hardy, route 1, Charlie R. Phll
llpl carrier, Jennlo M. Phillip! substitute;
Nellgh, route 2, Edln W. Olmsted car
rier, Harry Olmsted substitute; Scrlbner,
route 6, Martin C. Valther carrier, Louise
Walther substitute; Tekamah, route 4.
Oscar H. Valder carrier, Clifton O. Mc
Postmasters appointed: Nebraska Nor
ton, Dundy county, George West, vice M.
L. Norton, resigned; Roll wits, Dundy
county, Charles K. Hahn, vice C. M. Love-
. The postofflce at Presho, S. D., will be
advanced to the presidential class April 1,
with a salary of postmaster $500.
The postmaster at Anamosa, la., ha been
allowed one additional letter carrier from
Mrs. Sallle Lion, Miss Amelia Purshall
and Mrs. Kate G. Organ, all of Cheyenne,
Wyo., have been appointed clerks In the
surveyor general's office at Cheyenne, Wyo.
NEW RULE FOR APPLICANTS
Seventeen Men Who Would Be Con
i ul Are Examined by Civil
WASHINGTON, March 15.-Prealdent
Roosevelt and Secretary Root have availed
themselves of the machinery of the Civil
Service commission in the selection of
United States consuls.
Thelnltlal trial of th new method
made yesterday, when an examination of
seventeen aspirants for consulship wag
held under the section of the Civil Service
commission. The examination had been
carefully prepared under order from the
president, transmitted to the secretary of
The seventeen applicant ranged In ag
from il to 60 years. They were required
to show proficiency tn either German,
French or Spanish and must be conversant
with the natural commercial and Industrial
resources of th United State. Many
questions are asked in political economy, a
well a International, maritime and com
mercial law, and the applicant must know
American history, including government In
stitutions, political history and geography.
This examination is written. In addition
a strict orlal examination is prescribed.
Fifty per cent is allowed for each and th
applicant must be successful enough to
obtain a total of 80 per cent. The results
of the examination will not be known for
BURTON OUT NEXT WEEK
Former Kanwa Senator Will Bo Re
leased from Jail and Go
ABILENE, Kan.. March 15. A message
received at his home her today from
I ronton. Mo., where he I in Jail, say that
former Senator Joseph K. Burton was to
day officially notified that he will be re
leased on March 22. He will, he wires, ba
In Abilene on tbe day fallowing.
It was stated yesterday that Mr. Burton
would be held In Jail an additional month
in view of th fact that his tin of tl.iuO
had not been paid.
Memphis Ha New Charter.
NASHVILLE. March 15.-The Memphis
charter bill over whtc.ii a bitter flgrit has
been waged In the Tenneesee legislature,
was passed by the house today. The ef
fect of the bill la to abolish the city gov
ernment of Memphis and It give Governor
puttaraon th power to appoint new city
oltlciala. Senator Carmack led th fight for
tha opposition. Th blU had previously
passed th enatal
TERMINAL TAX BILL
Eenatt Paiaei Tiomai Veaiare by Vote of
Twenty-Three to Six.
LATEST STAND OF RAILROADS A FAILURE
Sibley Undertake! Ita teoommittal, bat il
Voted Down DeoiiWgly.
LEEDER'S DOUBLE SHIFT BILL PASSES
Measure Affecting Omaha Piremea Goel ta
Governor for fi arc at are.
HOUSE HAS BUSY DAY ON ROUTINE WORK
General File Attacked with Vigor nnd
Maay Bill Considered Wltboat
Firework or Friction of
Any Sort. -
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, March 16. (Special.) The final
futile attack on terminal taxation In th
senate was made this afternoon by th
railroads, resulting in a double victory
for the bill, which was passed by a vot
of 23 to 6. Sibley of Lincoln county led
In the light against the bill, as he did when
It was up for consideration In committe
of the whole, but after he had been de
feated he voted for the bill, explaining h
did so because of an amendment he under
stood would be made In the house. Th
bill will be sent to the house, so that it may
be read the first time Monday and may be
considered in connection with the Clark
bill, which is a duplicate of It.
Tho failure of the railroads to carry th
senate this afternoon was a severe Jolt, as
it had been openly boasted that a majority
of the senators had promised to vote for
Sibley's motion to recommit the bill to th
committee on revenue. When the roll waa
called on this proposition It stood 11 to IS
and victory for the bill was assured. Th
measure was at one placed upon it
The apparent purpose of the move by ,
Sibley this afternoon was to prevent th
passage of the bill until after the houg
had taken action tn committee of th
whole. The action of the senate In recom
mending the bill for passag Tuesday upset
the railroad program, and If It could hav
been made to appear that there was any
substantial opposition to the measure In -the
senate the moral effect of the senate's
action on the house would be weakened.
This waa Important to the opponents of
the bill, because the house ta now the battl
ground and every possible influence Is be
ing brought to bear on the member to
prevent favorable action.
Sibley' Formal Motion.
The fight started Immediately after th
senate convened at 1:30, when Sibley moved
that the bill be recommitted to the com
mittee on revenue for speclflo amendment,
which was summarized by him as follow:
The specific amendment Is that the bill
be so amended thru the valuation and as
sessment of all property embraoed In this
bill be made by or under the direction
of the State Board of Equalisation. Tho
county aaaessors assessing all the property
covered by this hill havtiig a local situs In
the cities and village of their, respective
counties, entering such, assessments on
blanks and schedules fumiehed by the Stat
Board of Equalization for that purpose and
returning same when completed to the said
board. The said county assessors having
the same powers In assessing the property
of companies provided for In this bill a
Is given them by law In the valuation and
assessment of all other classes of property
and no more.
In defending the motion Sibley cajrvo out
more openly for the railroads than any
opponent of the bill has done go far. H
declared the bill would work a hardship
on the railroad because local asseaaora
would have tha right to apply for an order
to permit them to examine the book and
record of the rullrood companies. Thl
he aojd was solely for the purpose of aid
ing the Omaha and Lincoln assessor to
uncover taxable paper owned by the com
panies.' He said these were hardship that
other property was not subjected to and
he opposed subjecting railroad property to
methods to which other property waa not
Saunders of Douglas denied tbe measur
was an Omaha measure, but declared IK
waa for the whole state. Patrick of Sarpy
also spoke at some length against tho at
tempt to recommit.
Patrick Ex presses FnslcMt Sentiment.
"My position," he said, "has nothing to
do with party politics. The only ques
tion 1 whether we will bave a fair and
equitable taxation of railroad property.
This' 1 the last rt tempt of tha railroad
companies to strike down this measure.
The purpose of the bill Is to make railroad
pay the same taxes ag other property has)
to pay. With very few exception. It will
give every town in the state more revenu
than it ha today. ' The purpose of tha
amendment Is to emasculate th bill 'so Its
friend cannot support It."
Senator Thomas declared he was not sur
prised at this attempt, a he did not be
lieve th ' railroads would give - up th
fight. Ha pointed out th whole purpos
was to weaken th effect th passage f
the bill would hav on the house, where
the railroad have concentrated their ef
forts. He cited an Instance of a neighbor
ing city where the county board passed a
! resolution against terminal taxation, Tho
' senator from that county Investigated and
' found the resolution waa passed at th
request of a local railroad attorney. Sibley
denied that the railroads wer back of hi
amendment and started to attsck Thomaa,
when the chair called him to order.
Byrnes of Piatt waa another fuslonlst to
support the bill. H said it would in
crease the taxable property In Columbus
"Is It hard," he asked, "to so why th
railroads are fighting the bill?"
Vote in Detail.
Gibson of Douglas county was absent and
Ashton announced be was paired with hltn.
The roll call on Sibley's motion was as fol
1 OTuDDell, Thomas,
grktt, WIUoo II.
Ahaent and not Voting
Aihinn, Olbaon, Latta,
Ashton paired with Gibson. v.
Th bill was lmu.tdlately put upon Its
passage on motion of Sibley. When big
name was called Sibley ak.-d to explain
his vote. He aald he would vote for th
bill, as he had been Informed by Mr. Clark
that an araendmunt would bo attached la
th house providing that th assessor shall
upon tho written request of tha Board of
Equalization forward as soon as poaalbl
to th boaid a statement containing a
description of tha tangible property, real
and personal, Ukther with th valuation.
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