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Best A". West
Pages 1 to 8.
VOL. XXXVI NO. 27o.
OMAHA, SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 4, 1907 SIXTEEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY T1IKEE CENTS.
BIG BRIBE FOR RUEF I
Grand Jury Beeiat 'nTertieit'on of United
PRESIDENT CALHOUN REFUSES TO TESTIFY
rari Hit Teitimony Mieht Possibly
CHARGES MADE 6Y THE PROSECUTION
Thrat-Quarters of Vi)l;on Paid U Ear
Eeen PtM to ( flTic'a's.
MOST OF IT GOES TO HJEF AND iCHMlTZ
They Aff Alleged to llnve llrffltnl
Sn.S,(MiO In Bond and Fifteen
Supervisors JrMft.ooo Calhonn
SAM FRANCISCO, May 3. Appc arance
of President Patrick Oa'.hnun and General
Manapr Thornwell Mullolly tolling up the
long flight of stairs le.idirrir to the grtuvl
Jury chamber on the top floor of the, Na
t've Son hnll this afternoon win A long
looked for signal thnt the lTv;ii!iitorln1
board had reached Its promised Investiga
tion of the munlelrwl hrlbery charges
against th United Railroads corporation.
President Cethoun and Manager Mullally
were detained In the Krand 1nry room for
n moment or two. When they reappeared
Mr. Calhoun said In answer to many ques
tions: "I have Toothing to say at this
time When I have n statement to make
to the public I shall put It In writing."
From District Attorney Lnngdon It was
learned that Mr. Cnlboun and Mr. Mullally
In turn were Informed briefly by Assistant
District Attorney Honey that they were
summoned to Rive testimony as to the al
leged bribery of supervisors nnd others by
which It Is claimed the United Railroads
obtained lt overhead trolley privileges lr
Pan Frnnrlsro; that they were then warned
that whatever t"Ktlmonv they mlijht e'vn
might be used against them In n criminal
action; that they were Informed thnt they
had the right to refuse to tent If" on one
ground only, namely, thnt to testify might
tend to Incriminate thcmsotos and reni'er
them liable to criminal prosecution, and
that thereupon each refused to testify at
"Wo were then very careful," added Mr.
iAngdon. "not to put any questions to
Asked If he meant that this refrnlnment
was for the purpose of leaving tho field
free for the Indictment of the president
and the general nfanager, the district at
torney replied: "You may say that It was
(toads for Hart nnd Schmlts.
Proceeding- on the working basis of the
oonfesslons before the grand Jury of four-
teen supervisors (which became public as
official records recently. It is the an-
nounced theory of the prosecution that the
United Railroads expended $?W,Oj0 in brlb- ;
ery tot the purpose named, In the following '
In cash to each of fifteen supervisors '
$1,000, to Supervisor Wilson JlO.noo, to Super-I
visor Gallagher $15,000, a cash total of j
In bonds of the United Railroads to
Abraham Ruef and Mayor Schmltx JMB.OOfl,
to a go-between, name withheld, HX),:K0.
a total In bonds of futf.OuO and a grand
total of $750,000.
According to a further statement from the
prosecution it expects to snow mat in oraer
to avoid futuro suspicion these bonds were j
not issued In the names of Ruef and
Schmlts, but In the names of other per
sons and that they were then converted
Into cash by Ruef nnd Schmltx through the
house of Charles Sutro & Co. of this city,
Fred Hilbert, a Yrlend of Schmitz, acting
as messenger between the offices of Schmlts
and Sutro. Charles Sutro was one of the
witnesses called before the grand Jury
At the conclusion of the session District
Attorney Itngdon mode this statement:
"The Investigation of the United Rail
roads Is In full swing. Tt will be pushed
vigorously to a conclusion. You may ex
pect definite results very soon."
Denial by Calhonn.
Mr. Calhoun said tonight on behalf of
Mr. Mullaly and hlmelf:
"When called before the grand Jury this
afternoon and Informed that It had under
Investigation tho alleged bribery of public
officials by the United Railroads we de
clined to bo sworn and in order that our
action may not be misconstrued I call your
attention to these facts:
"For months past the public prints have
been full of charges traceable to certain
persons connected with the prosecution
that they had positive evidence that the
United Railroads had spent not less than
$460,000 In bribing the officials of this city.
I have repeatedly stated that neither I
nor the United Railroads nor any official
of the United Railroads had bribed anyone,
authorized any bribery, knew of any bribery
o' approved of any bribery. This state
ment I now fully reaffirm. It Is not for us
nor any officer of our company to disprove
these gravs charges. It Is for those making
them to prove them. Wo don't now care
to discuss their motives. We know that
they cannot' produce any truthful evidence
connecting us or any officer of the United
Railroads with this crime."
LABCR TROUBLES IN 'FRISCO
Telephone Operators Qnlt Work and
Traction Employes Threaten
to Do So.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 3. -Practically all
of the operators of the Pacific 8tates Tele
graph and Telephone e-ompany struck today
for Increased wages. Bookkeepers and other
employes of the company are acting as
operators pending the engagement ot non-a-ilon
The car men will hold a mass mectlrg
en Sunday morning, when the men will
vote on tho question of accepting tha
award of the beard of arbitration or strik
ing for the graduated scale demanded by
the conference committee and calling for
a minimum wage of 31 cents an hour. The
rltuatlon Is considered critical, es both
Sides are very firm In the positions they
have taken. It will require a two-thlrjj
vote of the car men to call a strike.
The United Railroads company la now
threatened with a strike of the sixty or
seventy s'npmen and armature winders.
The men contend t.,ry sre entitled M
shorter hOurs and better wgs under the
award of the bovrd of arbitration than
they aie receiving. In reply to th'.s the
officials ot the company say the men were
not represented before the board of arbi
tration sod therefor bave received no
summary of the pI
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FOR ICC A ST FOR NEBRASKA Fair and
warm r Saturday. Sunday fair.
Ft iR WAST Kill n )U!A-Saturdy and
SuniiMV fair and warmer.
Temperature at Omaha yesterday
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Count Otto von Waldsteln, an Aus- i
trlan. Is mistaken for a robber and killed
by a California sheriff. Fags 1
John L,. Routt, former governor of
Colorado, la declared Insane and Incapable
of managing his estate. Fags 1
Secretary Taft Is expected to formally
lyinounce his candidacy for president In j
speech at Tulsa, Okl.. June 0. Fage 1 !
Brigadier General Thomas Is ordered to
Omaha to tuke temporary command of ! 1"KBP1 to the cuartel, Davis was beaten
the Department of the Missouri until ! lnto Insensibility. Thinking Dnvis was dy
General Carter can come. Fags 1 I ,nK they took hlm bark t0 the PIace ot hi"
i arrest and threw him down on the ground
Projected commercial agreement with
Germany provides for reduction of duty
on German wines and the admission of
about 97 Vi per cent of American exports
at minimum tariff. Fags 2
Explosion of a magazine kills many
natives and injures hundreds at Canton
und much property Is destroyed. Fags 1
Serious anti-European riots break out
In India. Fags 3
Snow ranges from one to eight Inches
deep over Nebraska and sleighs are out
In many places. Fags 1
Fifty-four thousand acres of land was
filed en during the first three days' rush
ut the North Platte land office. Pairs 1 '
Statement of Union Pacific to Board ! police capturtd by the bluejackets and addl
of Assessment shows Increase of 12 000 . ! tional men were landed from the Paducah
000 in net earnings In Nebraska, all of
which was on the main lino, the branch
lines,1 according to the statement, being
operated at a loss. Fags 3
Two hundred and fifty traveling men
attend the meeting of the grand council I
of the United Commercial Travelors at
Hastings. Fag 3
Sheriff's posse lias been unable to cap
ture Herman Boche In Madison county.
Plans for a new county court house to
be five storlos high and cost (1,000,000
are drawn and question of
may be submitted to the people. Fags 8
Mayor Dahlman issues proclamation
ordering dogs musxled. Mathew J. Gresvv
declares the ord'nance purporting to givs
him this power is Invalid.
Faffs S 1
An elevator allowance of threA-f,iurtii
of 1 per' cent a hundred is granted by the
Interstate Commerce commission to the
Chicago Great Western railway. Fage 4
Federal grand Jury will convene Tues-
day to consider cases dating prior to last
February. Fage 11
Keator easily wins the New Town
stakes at Jamaica. Fago 0
Kid Sullivan knocks out Young Corbett
in tho eleventh round at Baltimore.
COMMEBCIAX A BID ntDUBTRIAL.
Dun's Review of Trade says spring re-
1 i tall business Is retarded by unseasonable
weather, but otherwise, the commercial
outlook Is favorable.
'LONGSHOREMEN QUIT WORK
Five Thousand Men Oat In flrooklyu
to Enforce Demand for Higher
NEW YORK. May 3.-The strike of 'long
shoremen assumed more serious proportions
today, about 6,000 men now being on strike.
Thus fur only two of tiie transatlantic
passenger lines, the American and the Red
Star, have been seriously affected, but work
has been Dractlcallv silfinendeH nn a irnM
I or more pf tho trttmp trt.lght steamers
which, arriving from all over the world.
discharges their cargos In Brooklyn. Fears
are entertained that a big tleup of ship
ping may result. Of the transatlantic
liners there was some doubt today whether
or not the Celtic and the Kroonland would Tne Pse tnougnt It had ran down tjmitn, "r nursing as a proiession lor cm
get away tomorrow. Of about 'long- the murderer of John Marcovlcli of Oak- j nese women.
,ii ii.. .i ind i An elaborate caper was cresented hv the
ii . i . i . iii. ii in iijiin i i . j .Ml l.u
steamers, only about 300 responded to the
call to work today.
TAFT TO VISIT OKLAHOMA j
Republicans Will Hold Convention la
Ju.e to Consider Affair. ! QuU a Job , placer cmJnty befora: It was resolved to recognize medical mls
of State. ' ;m, death and wa walulng toward Sall lons as an Integral part of the missionary
j prancisc0 j work of the Christian church, to recom-
OKLAHOMA CITY. Okl.. May 3 Okla-
homa republicans will hold a state delegate
convention at Tulsa on June i. when Sec
retary Taft Is to be present and make an
address. The call for the convention was '
determined upon here last night by the
state central committee and the dote was
set to accommodate Secretary Taft, who
wired yesterday that he would be here
early ln June, but could make but one
speech In the territory.
The committee mado no recommendation :
as to whether a state ticket should be put
Into the field and no action was tak n as
to the stand republicans shall take toward '
the constitution that is to be submitted to '
the vote of the people on August S for I
adoption or rejection.
JOHN L ROUTT IS INSANE
Former Governor of Colorado De
clared Incapable of Blaaaglac
DENVER. May $. John L. Routt, thrice
governor of Colorado, was today declared
by a Jury appointed by the county court
to Inquire as to his sanity, to be "so In
sane and distracted In mind as to render
him Incapable of managing his estate."
Judge Charlei MrCi.ll announced that he
wou'id appoint Itoutts oldest daughter,
Mrs. Emma Butler, as conservatrlx of his
estate. The proceedings today resulted
from litigation over the estute of the gov- j Fnlted 8tstes circuit court ut St Louis
ernor's lfe, who died six weeks ago, snd under the Sherman anti-trust iaw to au
to whom he had transferred most of his Join an alleged conspiracy to restrain trade,
property. It developed at the hearing that It Is expected that a formidable array o
Mr. Routt Is not yet awsre of his wife s legal talent will be present to argue upon
death. He Is 81 ears of age. I Ui axcepUuui
police placed in irons
Cfibiali of Puerto Cortti imited ty Pine
Jackets from Gunboat Faducah.
AMERICAN NEARLY BEATEN TO DEATH
Captain Fntllam Takes Prompt Steps
to Protect Him and Mar Try
Assailants by Court
Mr.rtlftl. Pl'KRTO CORTEZ. April 29, via Mobile,
May 3 The chief of police and several
! policemen of this place are In Irons aboard
the American gunboat Paducah charged
i with murderous assault and face a trial by
1 court martial and possible hanging from
tho yardarm of the Paducah. They were,
arrested on orders Issued by Commander
Fullam of the Marietta for attacking a
Louisiana negro named General Davis here
on April 27 and perhaps fatally Injuring
him. A number of Niearaguan officers and
men were also arrested in connection with
the affray. These were delivered to the
custody of General Estrada, who was ad-
vised by Commander Fullam that he would
be held responsible for their safe keeping.
Davis, who is an Inspector for the Thacker
Brothers steamship line, was talking with
some negro companions today when he was
threatened with a machete by a drunken
soldier. Davis wrested the weapon away
from the man and went Into a house
nearby. Soon a squad of police and sol
diers arlved and arrested him. While being
refusing to allow his companions to remove ; This collector Is to pay the expenses of Secretary Taft Is nbout to take. He prob
hlm Into the shade. Physicians arrived and ; receivership, the Interest on the bonds and ably will discuss economic subjects at the
found hlm perhaps fatally hurt.
Police Plnrcd In Irons.
vi n mil icn minuies ine uiuc jamni ui
the Matletta. under Ensign Rorsach. were ;
on Urn spot.
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and decisive: '
"Arrest the chief of police," he said, "and j
the policemen engnged In the assault, put i
them In Irons and send them aboard ship.
Arrest tho Niearaguan Officers and men en-
gaged In the assault and hold them for or- j
It was thought possible that an attempt
would be made to release the soldiers and
and the Marietta, The faducan movea 10
a position fronting the Niearaguan cuartels. i struction of life ond property was caused
while the Marietta covered the cuartels In ! at Canton yesterday evening by the ex
the port. j plosion of a gunpowder magazine. Twen-
Commander Fullam, finding that the civil ; ty-one bodies already have been recovered
authorities were Incapable of maintaining 1 from the ruins. Hundreds of persons were
regulations or order, and that the govern- j Injured. HAVANA. May S.-Commander Wood of
ment of Tegucigalpa was a mere pro-. Fifteen buildings were raxed to ths ; the Dixie today received the following wire
visional agreement of certain leaders that ground and over a hundred were seriously ' u-ss message from Commander Tappan of
so far gave no evidence of stability, decided : wrecked. A section, 200 feet long, from . the Tacoma regarding the recent conflict
to ignore the authorities here ond recognlzo the massive city wall, was thrown down, between police and sailors at Santiago:
the only organized and disciplined force . The historical nine-story Pagoda escaped The Investigation of the board of officers
here, that under General Estrada, com- with slight Injuries. The officials and ' the Tacoma is almost finished. Lee, tthe
mandlng the Niearaguan forces, who had ,
in the meantime reiurnea irom an outin.
n-n-in will nm Demanded.
Notice has been served on the Honduran
and Niearaguan authorities that reparation
would be demanded and punlahment shouM
be Inflicted on all of the perpetrators of th-) I
Commander Fullam says If Davla dies
the perpetrators will be tried for murder,
presumably by court-martiai. ana tne
guilty ones hung at the yard-arm in front
of the port. The Paducah was ready to
sail for Celba and Truxillo. but will remain
here for the present.
Captain Fuliam has placed Captain Wln
tcrhalter In command of the land forces
and he U conducting a vigorous Investiga
tion of all of the details of the Davis
NOBLEMAN IS SHOT FOR BANDIT
Count Otto Von Waldsteln Is Killed
by P6sse Which He Took for
Rand of Robbers.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 3,-Tho Exam
iner says today:
The supposed desperado who was killed
at Willows Monday night after a running
fight with a posse of officers, has been
Identified as Count Otto von Waldsteln of
Austria, scion of a noble family of his
tory, nephew to the cardinal and to Prince ,
F?a;rjoseph'.onUUhe r,che8t men ln,
The Identification was made at Willows
yeeterday by Mis Mary Fitzgerald of this
city, who knew him well, after the body
of the young nobleman had been exhumei
from the potter's field. The Identification
was so complete that there van be no pos
sibility of mistake
Count Otto died fighting, believing he
' wa beln attacked by a band of robbers,
Count Otto von Waldsteln left Austria I committee on medical worn tur. Dugal O. ' - " -
and family six year, ago because of a ' rlti of the United Free Church of Scot- Ta at the cabinet meeting today the sec
love affair v ; land showing that, In round numbers, r'tary laln be(ore tha Pr""dent all ln-
He emigrated to America, a poor young there are fully qualified missionary ' '" recelved 'rm ."""'-E";
man without profession, to work with his Physicians, 6,000 Chinese assistants, 260 hos
hands for existence. He followed the re- l,lta,g ttnd dispensaries, and that at least
clamation service through the west. He
I Francis Corbett. consul ln this city for,
Austria-Hungary. In an Interview on
I have met Count Otto von W aldstein : men or wome ,hou,d appolntea to I tween the police and sailors at Santiago
frequently. His family Is of the best. undertake responsible medical work and ! was purely Individual and not in any sense
ne was a well educated man and not altne raedlcal missionaries should have the ' the result of any general 111 feeling be
loafer or remittance man. He lost his ln-;begt po8flll)le rrofegsional training and , tween the Americans and Cubans He adds
herltance through unwise Investments and, eaulnment. so that tha work mav h of a that American interests In Santiago are
came to California for work. He was em-
ployed In San Francisco ln many "capacities
aunng tne lasi two yeais ana aunng mis
time ne nai iraveieo. over a greater por- j Uahlng thoroughly equipped medical schools
tion of the coast. He was an athlete n! as many as possible of the large mis-
no mean ability and the best shot I sverlslon centers, to urge upon missionaries'
saw In ray life." . j throughout China that they seek more
enrvn.icr nun von rtuis, secretary to tne
Austrian consul, will take charge ot the
THREE JUDGES TO HEAR CASE
Arguments on Exceptions to Coni
plalat la Oil Salt Set
ST. PAUL. Minn., May . Judge Sanborn
of the United States circuit court today an
nounced that Judges Sanborn, Vandeventwr,
Hook end Adams would Jointly hear the
arguments on the exceptions to thblll of
complaint filed by the United States against
the Standard Oil company of New Jersey
on Msy 24.
This Is the case brought by the federal
government against the Standard Oil com
pany and Its allied corporations In the
TRUSTEE FOR SANTO DOMINGO
falted States Will Assntne nirertlon
of the Finances of the I.lttle
SAN DOMINGO. May S.-The new treaty
between the United States and Santo Do
mingo, Intended to replace the treaty
which has been pending before the I'nlted
States senate for the last two years was
ratified by the Dominican congress today.
WASHINGTON. May S.-The Dominican
treaty marks a new departure In the rela
tions of the t'nlted States to tho smaller
republics of the Western hemisphere for,
'n the ense of Santo Domingo, the United
States now becomes legally a trustee In a
financial sense, and In the discharge of Its
new duties must go so far In the preserva
tion of order and the accompanying dls-
couragement of revolutions as Is incident
to the control of the customs houses and a Tulsa, Okl., on June , on the occasion
the collections of the republic's revenues. I of the assembling of the first republican
The treaty, which has Just been ratified, I state convention. The secretary has ao
was submitted to the senate February 19cepted an invitation to attend that eonven-
last. The way hod been raved by an
agreement between Federlco Velasques, I
the Dominican minister of finance, and .
the creditors of the little republic whereby
the latter agreed to a 50 per cent reduc-'
tlon In their claims if these were settled
in cash. A New York banking house un-: in Secretary Taft 8 opinion the political : of the Philippines division. As a result
dertook to advance the money, for this campaign In Oklahoma will be a hot one 1 of that trip General Wood has placed on
purpose accepting $?o.0O(i,(co of 5 per cent , and will probably determine for a number file records which would make mighty In-flfty-year
bonds which will now be of years to come the political complexion terestlng reading If It could be obtained,
promptly Issued, with the result that all , of the states. The Issues are expected to Now General Wood is coming back, cov
of the creditors on Santo Domingo will be be national In character and It may be erlng his old tracks with a view of
embodied In thels single New York firm. possible that Secietory Taft may find much strengthening former Impressions, or soft
The new treaty provides for the appoint-1 to say to the people of Oklahoma, in con- : enlnK them, as the case may be, relative
ment by the president of the United States; ventlon assembled, that will Interest them
of a receiver of customs to collect the ' In general republican principles without In
Dominican revenues as long as the bonds, any way bringing In the personal equation,
ore outstanding, a period variously esti-' This visit to Tulsa wl.l be only an lncl
mated at from twenty to forty years. ' dent In a considerable western trip which
the annual sums required for amortisation ' tho Millers' convention at St. Louis on tho to ange the orders regarding the com
of the bonds and then turn the remainder Suth lnst.. which naturally would Involve!"1",0' 1 "PV"il ""Par ments in the
ui ine receipts over 10 me iKiminican gov-I
ernment. On the first day of each month
h Fy to the fiscal agent of ;
i.. ....... i..e customs receipis exceea ,
$3.noo,(iO0 annually, then one-half of the
surplus shall be applied to the sinking
MANY CHINESE ARE KILLED
Twenty-one Bodies Are Recovered
After f-,i.i .. i
HONG KONG, May S. Very great de-
of tn. ho8pltal8 aM GOln thelP beat .
i to succor the sufferers.
I In tho flhamlon hurt, tnr-1
elgnera live, a terrific shock was caused
, by the explosion, but the residents were
; unharmed. i
The city of Canton Is about six miles
! In circumference and is enclosed b walls !
about twenty feet thick and from twenty- j
flve t0 forty feet hlg.n There are sixteen '
gates Into the city, besides two water
gates. The famous nine-story pagoda,
dating from the beginning of the middle
a. .tlm,,rt in th. ...t.m f
what Is known an the old city. The for
elgners reside in the Shamlen suburb,
founded In 1859 on an artificial Island. The
population of Canton Is estimated at about j
The roofs of houses a mile distant from
the exploded magazine were blown off.
A number of Important Chinese and for
eign mercantile establishments were com
The bodies recovered from the ruins In
the vicinity of the magazine were shock
Many corpses of men and women were,
The ofllcer In charge of the magazine was
among those killed and when his body was
recovered a pipe was found clutched In his
hand, which suggests the possible cause of
Tho financial losses srA onnrmnua
MISSIONARIES AND MEDICINE
.Conference at Shanghai ResolTes fhat
I More Attention Should Be Paid
' to Hospital Work.
! SHANGHAI. May 3. The missionary con
' ference at today's session discussed med-
leal work In general, rellclous work ln hos-
pitals, medical training for Chinese doc-
panenis are treateo every year.
"'",u 1 " , n,'ttt,I "oul -
ce.ve their commission, from the home
churches and societies In a nubile and nn-
rtilatult ohlst wa v that nn narttat1 tratnajl
j hUh Btan(iard.
, It wa, fUrther resolved to urge the varl-
, ou, missionary societies to unite In estab-
energetically to combat this great evil of
opium In every possible way, and to ap- ! New Witnesses Arc 6ummoned Before
peal to the home churches to send forth Grand Jary la Chicago
more men and women, fully qualified and 1 Pollca Case
fully consecrated to carry on and extend !
this work. 1
Tonight Colonel E. If. Haskell of Boston. I CHICAGO, May l-Twenty new wlt
Mass., presided. The speakers were J. V. ne were today summoned before th
Oourher, president of the Woman's col- ran(1 ury ln connection with ta lnvestl
lege of Baltimore, and founder of the West al,on of the chartf against former Chief
China mission and Corean mission of the ot Police Collins, growing out of the city
Methodist Fplscopal church, and H. II. .elections.
Beach, educational secretary of the student 11 wa" admitted by State Attorney
volunteer movement for foreign missions Healy that unexpected evidence which de
of New York. j veloped yesterday had broadened the orlgl-
, ' nal scope of the Inquiry and be said that
Spanish Liberals Staad Aloof.
MADRID. May 3.-The liberals have Te-
fused to participate In the senatorial elec-
tions on Sunday on the grounis that the
actions of the Maura government render a
fair expression of the people's will Impos-
slble. The ImparclsJ says that the dls-
missal of 150 mayors and the suppression
of many municipal oouncil constitute a
scandalous use of coercion and prove the
reactionary tendencies of th ministry.
TAFT TO BREAK SILENCE
Secretary f war Expto'.ed to Anaonice
CaadidFCT ia Oklahoma Speech.
WILL MAKE ADDRESS AT TULSA JUNE 6
Republican Convention of that Date
May Determine Political Com
plexion of New state for
WASHINGTON. May S. Secretary Taft,
It Is expected, will break bis political silence
for the first time since he has been ro
garded as a receptive candidate for the re
publican nomination for the presidency In
a speech which he will probably deliver
tlon. It is not specifically stated that he Is
to make a speech then, but It Is not
doubted that he will do so If requested.
nor is It ITkely that the republicans of the
new stnte will fail to exlend tho necessary .
allusions to the effect 01 me completion oi
the Panoma canal upon the Important !
American flour export trade with the west ;
coast or Houm America. I
tour or inspection or tno great military i
so mat ne win De in a position to re- i
new his efforts with congress at the next
sesslon in behalf of the creation of the j ment of the Missouri Immediately. Gen
grcat brigade posts and concentration eral Thomas Is now on station in Havana,
camps with a more comprehensive knowl- ; Cuba, with the Eleventh cavalry, having
edge of the subject than he had when this
project was first broached last year.
REPORT ON CUBAN AFFRAY
Sailor Lee Indentldea Chief of Police
as Man Who Shot
S-hor? .Tondltion i'lUnot pTr'rolt
of moving him, but Is more hopeful
Tacoma s surgeon is attending him.
nrosecutlng attorney took his sworn state-
ment today In the presence of the Amerl-
CBn consul ana myseir ana several wit
w . .. o - a. . , I m n Too Mant fl,.it
under oath as the man. who shot hlm and
who was brought Into his presence, Vln
'WukS'LfL p?He,.w.!H WJ,S
A Judge of Instruction and the prosecuting
attorney commenced taking the testimony
of four men today on board the Tacoma.
Santiago newspapers containing accounts
of the encounter last Tuesday between the
local police and men of the Tacoma have
reached here. They declare unanimously
that Intoxicated sailors began the disturb
ance by brutally assaulting Captain Lay
when ho remonstrated with them. The
captain fired a shot from his revolver ln
the air to summon assistance. When the
police anived there ensued a pitched battle
between them and the sailors, the latter
using their pistols and knives.
Referring to the matter the Illustraclon
We wish to call the attention of the pro-
visional government to the frequency of
these occurrences In all provinces; they are
Invariably started by forces of the Inter
The Cubano Libre, a moderate organ,
The Intolerable ronduct of these seamen
has renched a limit. These men, under the
title of "Interventores" bellve they are au
thorized to commit abuses almost dally; for
example the occurrence ln Santiago, which
hns alarmed the reople of this city and
which places a stigma on the name of the
great nation ln whose services these men
The Colonia Eepanala, a conservative
We believe the hour has come for the
civil governor to protect us against the
crntlnued misconduct of the crew of the
WASHINGTON. May . The difficulty be
tween the police In Santiago, Cuba, and
the seamen from tho cruiser Tacoma on
; . , , hMiirht T hv HAirntarv
Mr. Taft remained with the president
after the other secretaries had departed
and was Joined by General Bell, chief of
the army staff.
Governor Magoon reported that. In con
formity with the secretary's direction he
dispatched Lieutenant Colonel Bullard to
I ,Z mr ; of the attack to make an lnde-
j the cenett
I pendent Investigation, "ine governor re
nnrffl t hat In his opinion the trouble be-
I larger than at any other point In Cuba.
! Upon this report It has been decided tu
await the outcome of the various official
investigations ln progress beror taking any
INVESTIGATION IS WIDER
It was possible that a number of politicians
unconnected with the police department
, may be Involved.
I Fire Marshal Horan was one of those
j summoned today. After leaving the Jury
' room he said he had told the grand Jury
that mutrh fault had been found with hlm
by the municipal administration becauM
', he had not enlisted ths firemen In the In-
j terests of the administration a deeply
I be expected to.
THOMAS COMING TO OMAHA
Tart's Coins; to Philippines 1elays
the Detail Here of General
(From a Staff Correspondent. 1
WASHINGTON, May 3 -(Special Tele
gram.) Secretary Taft's determination to
go to the Philippines as originally planned,
notwithstanding the Ohio situation Is be
coming more acute every day, has caused
a decided change In the time In which
the new oflloers are to take their stations
In the several departments of the army.
General Wood, now in command In the
Philippines. It is generally thought, will ,
come home leisurely, relieving General
Grant, now In command of the Depart
ment of tho East, who has been asslgre.1
to the Department of the Lrfikes, relieving
Brigadier General W. H. Carter, who goes
When General Wood was ordered to pro
ceed to the Philippines he went by the
Sues canal and examined Into the military
methods of European countries In the con
duct of colonial possessions. He Inspected
the work of General Cromer and the Straits
Settlements, stopped In Italy, saw Con-
stantlnople. Investigated the work at
Egypt and the Indian British military pos-
l sessions and eventually assumed command
to the conduct of possessions by powers
through military channels.
By reason of Secretary Taft's determina
tion to go to the Philippines and General
Wood's desire to receive the secretary
of war at Manila and accompany Mr. Taft
through tho Islands, It has been necessary
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v iinvu tjvuicn, rurv llri J U I V j. JJ ITil Dili I
General Grant, now in command of the
v ppartmrnt of thp Eat Gen(iraI Cart(.r
. t present in command n th. nenrtm.n !
mtle time after the first of the year, Brig,
ailler General Earl D. Thomas being or
dered to assume command of the Depart-
'been transferred from the Seventh cavalry
to tho Eleventh on April 21, 1913, when he
was mane a colonel. General Thomas was
born in Illinois on January 4, 1847, and was j
appointed from that state to the military
academy, from which he graduated In
Major General A. W. Oreely on July 1,
when the northern division Is discontinued,
la ordered to proceed to Vancouver bar
racks, Washington, and assume command
of the Department of the Columbia.
FIFTY THOUSAND ACRES TAKEN
Result of the First Three Days1 Rush
at the North Platte Land
NORTH PLATTfc. Neb., May S.-(Speclal
Telegram.) Altogether or. May 1, and t
10S homesteads were filed, which averaged
probably about 00 acres each, making ln
all about M,000 acres entered, which leaves
about 20,000 acres yet to be taken. Most
of this Is more undesirable on account of
Its character and location, else It would
also have been filed upon. During the
week 144 homesteads have been filed upon
at the North Platte United States land
office, and during the game time there have
been fifty-four contests.
From now on the contests against the
fraudulent entrv and Hirnlnst thorn entries
upon which claimants have not established
a home within six months from date of
entry will be the princ.pal way in which
homeseckers will secure land. Many who
were unable to Ket their choices in the va-
cant land are examining the ccuntry and
making selections of Invalid entries, which
they will contest. The contest will coat
from $30 to $40, but the contestants have
j tno assuranoe tnat wneil t),ey secure the
cancellation of the entries they will get
the land, as the law allows them the prefer
ence. A peculiar coincidence at the time of the
rush was the appearance here of noted cat
tle barons) and their cohorts. Fully eight or
ten of the principal cattle barons of the
country thrown open were here to witness
; the filings and Incidentally to get all the men
they could to file upon the land Tor them to
keep out the bona fide homesteaders. They
usually figure that the filing fees are cheap
rent of the land, for a filing will usually
hold a homestead about a year, even
though It Is contested six months from
dale of filing.
The Klnkald one-section homestead Is
working the salvation and reclamation of
ARMY OF POTCMAC ADJOURNS
Annual Reunion Closes with Visit to
the White House and a
WASHINGTON, May $. With war-time
stories, patriotic songs and speechmaklng
the thirty-seventh annual reunion of the
Society of the Army of the Potomao was
closed tonight with a banquet.
The old soldiers witnessed the cavalry
and artillery drills at Fort Meyer. Va.,
this morning and In the afternoon they
were received by President Roosevelt at
the White House.
A pleasant feature of the day was a
visit paid Mrs, McCIellan, widow of their
late commander, by Lieutenant Round and
1 members of the First Connecticut heavy
artillery, known In war times as "Mrs.
Mceiel!an's own regiment." She was
photographed ln the center of a group of
veterans of her favorite regiment. In this
party was E. Benjamin Andrews, chan-
cellor of the University of Nebraska, who
served as a private tn the roglment.
RAILROADS TO BE SOCIABLE
Traffic Agents of Industrial Corpora
tloaa Will Be Invited to Join
CLEVELAND, May $. Closer relations
between shippers and railroads, in ac-
cordance with the new policy announced
by the roads as a result of President
Roosevelt's recent activity will be planned
at a meeting of the national association
or iramc agents in mis ciiy uns anernoon.
The association hopes. It is said, to put
the new publicity pnllcy Into eff. ct by
opening the door of membership to tho
freight agents of the country's big Indus-
trial corporations. This will be. It Is
pointed out, a radical move.
"We plan to have th members of the
association this afternoon put this new
policy Into Immediate effect," said a mem-
j br of the assoclaUoa today.
SLEIGHING IX MAY
Reports frrm (Vr State Tnditato a Tall cf
fr:ui One to Fight Inches,
HFAVlEST CF 1H- YcAK IN SOME PLACES
Kumber of Twn Report Bleichinsr
Eioellent and the Cutters Out.
MOISTURE, H0WEVi IS WELCOMED
Grain Will le Beaefi ad if Weather Tumi
Warm Irom f iw Cn.
SEVERE COLD IS HMD ON THE FRUIT
Sleet Which Trct-eded Know tlenerallr
Thouaht to Have Killed What Was
Left of the Knrly Bloomlnst
Snow Miy3, 190; the s.ime day on which
came forth from the city hall the second
r'ahlman dog proclamation.
Put It down In your note bonk and when,
the oldest weather liar priifeKses to tell
)uu that this doesn't compare with Ilia
snow of May lo, anything from four to a
hundred years ago, make hlm prove It.
According to the Weather bureau archive
this is Omaha's first Mny snow.
The only thing that can possibly explain
the presence of snow on this dule Is that
It was to have been circus day at South,
Omaha and ladles' day at Vinton street
base ball paik, or that the retail grocers
were contemplating a picnic. ,
A sleety rain began falling about
o'olock Thursday night and later brok
Into a snow, of which hout half an inch,
had fnllen un to A v..ir...u irvi.iUif ..,., ,i
U"'n the snowfall resumed, continuing
I up to about 11 a. in.. Friday, reaching a
maximum denth of ahniit tw i..h,.
the level. A biting wind accompanied ihs
snow and the mercury hung about ft).
Denth to Vegetation.
Shrubbery, fruit and gardens that were
Just beginning to show the benign effect
of an ordinary May day were covered
with ice and Bioet before the snow fell
and It la the general consensus of opinion
among fruit men and gardeners that every
thing In the fruit and garden lino ln this
vicinity is killed, with the possible excep.
tlon of apples. Cherries seem to have
fairly withstood tho frosts of several days
ago and were already forming. Those that
survived the former frosts have gone by
the board now and It Is predicted by nur
serymen there will be no cherries tn the
banana belt this year.
Apples being a hardier fruit will yot
come out all right. Ail hopes for peaches
have long since vanished. Strawberries are
not ln such bad shape, as they had Just
begun to bloom and the buds that had not
already burst Into bloom will survive the
cold snap all right, though the crop will
be very greatly reduced.
Garden truck Is generally destroyed and
will all have to be replanted. Grapes, It Ia
thought by fruit men, have not beea seri
ously hurt on account of the lateness of
the season and the slowness of budding
this spring thus far.
On the whole fruit men are of the
opinion the snow and sleet of Thursday
night and Friday morning have practically'
doomed the fruit crop for this section,
with the bare exoptlon of apples.
Weather Dolls Grain.
One of the effects of the snow and freez
ing temperature throughout Nebraska,
Kansas and Colorado was a sharp rise la
j vrioea on tho grain markets. The Chicago
market responded with a sharp advance
at the opening of V, cent In wheat. U cent
In corn and cent in oats. The winter
: wheat crop has been seriously affected by
the continued cold weather and recent
frosts In the wheat belt, and the sudden
advance at the opening of the market Fri
day was ln response to the latest weather
Snowfall In ther Places.
LINCOLN. Neb.. May $. Snow, which
In some places fell to a depth of four
Inches, covered the greater part of Ne
braska this morning, breaking all known
records for the month of May, not only in
the precipitation of snow, but ln the tem
perature, which registered f7 degrees early
In the day. The snow was driven by a
heavy wind ln the eastern part of th
state and the storm had all tha mark
of a blizzard, with drifts delaying trains.
TOPEKA. Kan., May $. An Inch ot
snow fell over this section of Kansas thla
morning, with a temperature of 80 degree
ST. JOSEPH, Mo., May $. A snow storm
ef blizzard proportions Is raging here thla
morning. It will greatly benefit the grow,
KANSAS CITY, May S.-Ther was a
light fall of snow hero and ln northwest
Missouri thla morning, following a cold
WICHITA. Kan., May 3 -Rain that
began falling here at midnight, turned to
sleet this morning, when the temperature
stood at 30 degrees.
j DES MOINES, May $. flnow I falling;
ln many sections of Iowa today. The mer
i cury stands at 31 degree and Indications,
as Issued by tho local weather bureau, are
' that the worst frost of the spring will
i visit the state tonight. One Inch of snow
has fallen ln Des Molne.
MUSCATINE. Ia.. May J.-A snowstorm
approaching bllzsard proportions Is raging
here. The temperature Is falling and th
: wind Is rising.
Neb., May $. (Spe-
' rial Telegram.)-Flve Inches of snow fell
1 here during the night, but no wind accom-
panled It, and It will be great benefit to
, anil. The sun Is melting the snow fast and
; all will be gone tonlsht.
j GRAND !3IAND. Neh.. May $. (Special
i Telegram.) live Inches of snow fell this
morning. The weather Is now clearing and
snow Is melting rapidly. The temperature
There has been an unlooked for change In
the weather the last forty-lght hours.
May came ln bright and warm and school
children In the afternoon went to th
! creek and had a May day party. In th
night the wind ban to blow cold and at
7 o'clock the snow began to fall and has
continued until there have been over three
Inches of snow fallen.
LFIGH. Neb., May . ( Special. 1 Th
ground was covered with a light blanket
n.-r. .. . "'""u,l- ' nigma
have been exceeding cold for the last few
days. Ire s-ipeurlng every m ri, lug.
SHELDON. Neh., May 3. -( Special )
Sleigh riding on May 3. Such was the nov-
elty here this forenoon. There is eight
i inches of snow on the level, which means a
' wet soil when tt has melted, flats, which
has been sown for several weeks, are up
fine and much apprehension Is felt as to
I th probable damage the freezing woatba