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The 'Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XXXVII NO. 79.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MOANING, SEPTEMBER 18, 1 907 TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
SEW CHARTER FAILS
Voter of Chicag-o Eeject Proposed
LARGE MAJORITY AGAINST IT
Early Returns Indicate Advene Vote
of Two to One.
Provisions of the charter
Plan to Rediitrict City and to Raise
TAXPAYERS PUT UP HARD FIGHT
t'ader Proposed System All I.nntf
Trrn Poblle Utility Onnta Moat
lia labmlltrd to People
CHICAGO, Bept. r7.-Present Indications
are that the proposed new charter for th
city has been rejected by a majority of
from 40,000 to 60,000.
Three hundred and thirty precincts out
of 1,256 give for the charter 14,500, against
' CHICAGO, Sept. 17. A special election
waa held hare today for the purpose of de
termining whether the new charter granted
to the city of Chicago at the last session
of the legislature should be adopted.
Tor many years Chicago has labored un
der the, disadvantage of an Inadequate
ystem of raising revenue, the present char
ter being adapted to the needs of a city
of not pver one-fourth the size of Chicago
at present. The new charter provides for
a change In the methods of taxation, doing
way with a number of different taxing
bodies and concentrating the power of tax
levy for city, park, school and library pur
poses In the city council. The proposed
charter also provides that the city may by
a referendum vole Issue bonds up to S per
cent of the total actual valuation of tax
able property In the city, consolidates Into
one the three park systems, which are to
be conducted under one board appointed
by the mayor and approved by the council.
At the present time the state of Illinois
lias a large voice In the management of
the Chicago park systems, although It
contributes nothing whatever for their sup
port. If the new charter carries the city
will be divided into fifty wards, each of
which will be represented In the city coun
cil by one alderman at a salary of S3, BOO
per year. AH long-term public utility
grants are to bo submitted to the people
on a referendum vote, If a petition to that
effect Is presented by 10 per cent of the
There I great opposition to the adoption
of the oharter, chiefly because of the power
of the taxing bodies to levy on property
to as high as 7 per cent of assessed valua
tion. Beyond this no further taxes can be
levied. The possibilities of Increased taxes
, under the new charter are so great, how-
vee that there Js strong opposition to
Us adoption. It Is 'expected that the vote
today will be about one-half of that at an
ordinary city election. The general opin
ion seemed to be early in the day that the
vote' waa going against the adoption of
LOCOMOTIVE LEAVES TRACK
Fast Lehigh Valley Express Wrecked
Near Eastoa, Pa., hat Nona ,
E ASTON, Pa., Sept. 17. A Lehigh Valley
express train from Buffalo to New York
was wrecked early to day near Pattenburg
tunnel In New Jersey, thirteen miles from
this city. A number of trainmen and pas
sengers were Injured but none of the latter
fatally. The train was running at high
speed when Uie locomotive Jumped the
track and plunged Into the mountainside.
The engineer, Herbert Godley of this city,
was Injured Internally, and the baggage
master sustained a' fractured arm. The
passengers Injured were riding In the
nioklng car. Moat of the others were In
their berths, and while they were' consider
ably shaken up they were not badly hurt.
Godley Is the engineer who was running
the Black Diamond express last winter
when It left the track on the Delaware
river bridge between this city and Phllllps
burg, N. J., and narrowly escaped going
into the river seventy feet below.
WOOD. TO REMAIN AT MANILA
War Itrpurtment Decides He Shall
Stay There l atll After Visit
NEW YORK, Sept. 17. It Is said here
that it will he ten months aft least before
Major General Ionard Wood assumes
command of the Department of the East In
place of General Fred D. Grant, who will
then take command of the Department of
the Lakes, with headquarters at Chicago
Tha change has been expected to take
place this year, but It Is now understood
that the War department has decided to
keep General Wood In the Philippines un
til after Secretary Taffa visit to the
When General Wood leaves Manila, It Is
the Intention of the War department to
grant hlra an extended leave of absence,
which will begin on his arrival In the
United States, probably late next Jaunary.
General Grant's transfer to Chicago has
therefore been postponed.
DISCRIMINATION NOT THE IDEA
Chicago Board of Edneatlon Una
Plan to Bar All Adalta
. .-. TtA ltk n.n a
( aul in Chicago called on the superintendent
4 of the cHy school, y.aterday to Inquire
1 whether It wa, true that three Japanese
resident, had ben barred from the public
resident, had ben barred from tne pirnc
iii . hi that h'
"v ' " , " " '""'V ' . k V, 1
lwopw.iv.ui. penuing in mo -
td debar all adults, and that no dlserlmln...
. 1 . . . . . .1 it 1.
i.uu in rueti 10 color or
practiced In tha Cblcago schools.
I'B.tlT FUR THE OLD HOLDIKHS
t'rnaer Man Invites All to Come late)
Ills Watermelon Patch.
liOONK. la., Sept. 17. (Special Telegram.)
Comrade Buttolph. residing near Frsaer,
has invited all eld Soldiers, their families
und frtendJ of Boone and adjoining coun
ties to his home Friday. September SO, for
a watermelon feast. Ha haa ten acrea of
tin melona and-will turn hla guests looaa
iu thetn for tha entire day. Hundreds will
taka advantage of hla hospitality. The
Newton and Nortawwatern will run ape-
SUM-'TY OF TUE BEE!
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Forecast till 7 p. m. Wednesday:
For Omaha, Council Bluffs and Vicinity
Probably hovfn Wednesday ; no Import
ant change In temperature.
For Nebraska nnd Iowa TOcal rains
Wednesday; slisht tcmneraturo changes.
Temperature nt Omaha yesterday:
6 a. m 70
a. m 71
7 a. tn 73
ft a. m 75
9 a. m 77
10 a. m 81"
11 a. m 84
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Judge Alton U. Parker, In a speech at
the Jamestown exposition, says attempts
to give federal government control should
be comhatted vigorously by all friends of
liberty. Page 1
Early returns indicate a majority of
nearly 60.000 against the new charter for
the city of Chicago. Page 1
Great interest was taken in the vote
on the Oklahoma constitution yesterday.
Standard Oil company will pleau that
Judge I.andis' fine should be set asMe
because ef Its having no knowledge of
Immunity prants. Pajo 1
Trial Harry Thaw Is likely to bo de
layed until December. Page I
After rervlng twenty-five years In Sing
Slug without once being taken outside,
fcrmer New York policeman finds things
greatly changed. Pag 1
The Standard Oil company's case comes
up before Judge Franklin Ferriss at New
York. Pare 1
Four prominent Elks meet death at
Colorado Springs after a night's social
session while riding sixty miles an hour
In an automobile. Page 1
Slippery rails cauBe a wreck on the
Northwestern at Racine, Wis. Page 1
Odd Fellows decide to meet next year
at Denver. Par 1
President D. P. Klngsley of the New
York Life Insurance company discusses
reform legislation before the Insurance
commissioners of various states at Rlcn
mond, Va. - Page 1
Taking of testimony tn the federal suit
to dissolve the Standard Oil company of
New Jersey was begun In New York.
Evidence showed that the earnings of the
company for seven years . were nearly
$500,000,000. Page 1
All Is not smooth with the" Douglas
county" democratic party, for the Dahlraan
democracy accuses Its candidates of de
livering the club over to tho Jackuoolans.
George H. Wllklns, general manager of
Omaha's fourth annual Horse Show, says
the demonstration this yeur will eclipse
all others. g
General Superintendent W. L. Park of
the Union Pacific sees signs of coal fam
ine In the west. Paga 7
. C, F. Harrison cites cases of high in
terest rates that came to his notice, ln the
east. - 1
Arrangements are being made for a ban
quet to the Omaha ball team, pennant
winners of the Western league. Page 4
Twenty-seven men were killed In an ex
plosion of gunpowder In the Japanese
battleship Kashlma. Thirty persons were
drowned at Kotaru and many rendersd
homeless In a fire at Kotaru, Japan.
French are determined that the Moors
shall pay the cost of subduing the re
bellion and damages besides. Page 3
Young Russian woman plans to blow up
the secret police of St. Petersburg by
lining her clothing with explosives and
blowing herself up. Page 1
MOTEKISTS OP OCZAZT BT-A .HIPS.
Port. Arrived. Billed.
CHRISTlAN8AND..t. t. Tleigan
PLYMOUTH K. P. Wllhelm
NEW YORK Mlnnttcnka
NEW YORK ...Finland
DECLINED TO BE THE NAVY
Officers aad Crew of Schooner Presi
dent Refused to Man Salva
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17. The officers,
cook and whole crew of the steam schooner
President, which sailed rrom mis port two
months ago to be the navy of the Salva
dorean goverment, returned yesterday on
the City of Para, having abandoned the
President at the wharf In Acajutla Salva
dor. As chief engineer, George R, Lind
say walked from the President along the
wharf at Acajutla to the City of Para.
Backed by Martin Chrlstensen, Harry
Benner, C. N. Nelson, the cook and the
crew, ne ueneu wie u ua..urr. z-rc.i-
fleni rigueroa 10 loucn or mieriere wiin
them, waiving In sign of his Immunity his
International certificate as an engineer.
There was trouble aboard the President
before It sailed from San Francisco, and
wh,en Lindsay delivered over the President
at Acajutla he was ready to throw up hla
J..W -1 K him In thia MnHni.nl waa Ih.
! Then Lindsay aaya the Salvadoreana tried
to hla men drunk but failed. Lindsay
I nmmtaeit to meet the aovernor at Acatutla.
but Inatead he and his party went on board
the City of Para and sailed for home. ,
nine cnD CUIDDCDC Tf OMAUA
j CARS FOR SHIPPERS TO OMAHA
Great Norther- Ordered to Permit
- . ".
Dlreet Hhlument 01 (.rain 10
iM,A. Hini. j. 111s male Mil! ni 1
I commission today Issued a formal order I
' commanding the Wllmar & Sioux Falls
. Railway company to furnish cars at the
j stations along Its tine for the shipment of
: grain direct to Omaha. This follows the
complaint of the Om.iha Grain exchange
, made aome time ago against the Great
Northern road. a. owner of ti.e Wllmar
Sioux Fall, branch., charging that It dis-
criminate, agaln.t Omaha fumi.hlng
car. aid making shipmenU of grain.
' Cotton Crop of Karpt.
CAIRO. Sept. 17. The iixion crop of
Ciy4, which exceeds 7.ij0.O cartara . a
ca.uar is a little over nlnoty-nlne poundsi.
shows a laree Increase over all records of
the last decade. It la estimated to be
PARKER ON STATES' RIGHTS
J Former Candidate Speaks at Consti
CENTRALIZED POWER , FEARED
lie Mays Kxeentlre Plana to Override
Constitution and that Steps
Should He Taken to Pre
NORFOLK. Va., Sept. 17. Judge Alton
R. Parker of New York, former democratic
candidate for president, and Samuel W.
McCalt, member of congress from Massa
chusetts, made the principal addresses at
the constitutional day celebration at the
Jamestown exposition today. The cere
monies were In commemoration of the 120th
anniversary of the adoption of the federal
constitution by the constitutional conven
tion of 17S7 over which George Washing
ton presided. The weather was Ideal and
the attendance large.
Judge Parker was at his best and spoke
with great fervor and earnestness. He
said In pAtt:
In view of the president, the federal gov
ernment needs an Increase of power needs
power which was deliberately retained by
the states and the people when the national
rnvi.rtim.tit wna. fronted. True there Is a
way to transfer that power trom ine states ,
to thn federal governmi'
ent li me peopm i
wish It, but it may well lw mat no amount
of labor would persuade the people of Mie
states to surrender their home rule powers
In sufficient measure to meet the views of
the executive as to the national necessity.
Thcsn considerations may have had weight
In determining his announced purposo to
obtain an Increase of the federal power
now, not through the action of the people,
but through the action or tne uiree oepari
ments of government.
The states and the people undertook by
the constitution to fix the boundaries of
each of the great departments of govern
ment beyond which neither could pass.
Upon the executive no legislative or judicial
power was conferred, but he was rharped
to "take care that the laws be faithfully
executed," and to "protect and defend the
const Itutlon." By what process of reason
ing the executive has reached tne concur
iha. f..i..i m-ornmont tn at,. nnwer not i
granted by the states and tne people is to
"protect and defend the constitution" I
know tint. That he must havo reached It
by some route, his character as a man, his
career as an official and the boldness of
his advocacy attest. He Is not attempting
to acquire power by deceiving the people.
With perfect frankness he states what he
thinks ought to be done and how he pro
poses ,lt shall be done.
Aattaulta of IVetr Federalists.
With equal frankness, those of -us who
love the constitution and revere not alone
the memory, but the wisdom of Its fram
era, who heHeve that- the powers were
wisely distributed between the states anil
the federal government, and d em that
all past history proves It, should speak.
Many of the people have not found time
to study the history and the genesis of
the constitution. Hence, they have no
adequate conception of the perils the
framera sought to avoid by keeping the
power to add to or take from tho powers
granted to the several departments of the
government. In the exclusive possession
and control of the people. They are, there
fore, naturally Inclined to be Impressed
with the suggestion that the constitution
did very well when It was made, but that
we have outgrown It, and hence the rep
resentatives of government and not the
peoplo may as well change it at their
If, then, there- were no Immediate dan
ger of an effective seiture of powers, we
should, to protect the future, meet the
assaults of the new federalists with an
equal vigor. They are. steadily at work
teaching and preaching the doctrines . of
thlr sect. So those opposed to their
views should sacrifice any party feeling
and Interests, and enter the lists as open
champions of our constitutional system In
Its Integrity. The time to do It is now.
Some other year aye, even next year
may be too late.
Mr. McCall, who followed, discussed the
relation between federal and state officials,
and declared; "It seems now unlikely
that the national government may attempt
to devour the states."
H. H. TUCKER IS OUSTED
Affairs of I'ncle Sam Oil Company, to
Be Directed by New President
KANSAS CITY. Sept. 17.-H. H. Tucker,
Jr.. Is no longer to manage the affairs of , The Japanclie foreign office, . however, Is j pays taxes where it is invested. Life In
the Uncle Sam Oil company. This waa nQt prepared t0 mae an offlcal statement aurance premiums are a self-imposed tax
the decision of the board of the twenty- .; Qn tne BubJfict 8i,0uld Aokl - desire a j "h'ch- Prvnls burdens on the state, and
one directors elected by the stockholders change u , po,sl,,le that Buron Kaneko a ttt uPn a tax ' barbarous. The laxa
of the company at the meeting- yesterday ho ,,,,,, Bmhfla,inr at w,hin. tion of life insurance premiums la a tax
afternoon. The first meeting of the dl-1
rectors was called this morning in Tuck-
er s home In Kansas City. Kan. When
er s home in Kansas city, n.an. w nen
the board adjourned at noon It had made
u.e uo-ru .ujwu...cu -v v..
it sufficiently evident that the members of
the board of directors, who are the largest
stockholders, are to manage tho oil com
pany hereafter. James Ingersoll was
elected president and manager of the com
pany. Tucker was given the office of secretary,
which has little power attached to It. Peter
Goebel, president of the Commercial Na
tional bank In Kansas City, Kan., who
la a candidate for the office of trustee of
the company, waa elected treaaurer. Six
vice preaidents were chosen. They are:
John W. Tucker. J. W. Dale. J. H. Ritchie,
James Ackerman, J. W. Buchanan and C.
The hew board of directors decided also
this mornng that Tucker would have . to
stand the same assessment on his stock
as that held by other stockholders. A 4
per cent assessment was decided on yes
terday. Thicker haa 1,800,000 shares of
stock and his assessment will, be about
$50,000. After Tucker gets the 4 per cent
., ,7 tn ' v.- in
him fd selling stock he will yet
give to the board of directors
16 ,0 cover hll aa8ement
CMCDPCC I WTO MCUf IHflDI n
EMERGES INTU NEW WORLD
New York Polleemaa, After Twenty
Five Yeara In Sing "las;, Plnda '
NEW YORK, Sept. 17. After having
served a twenty-five 3-ears' sentence in
Sing Sing prison, Michael Hackett, a for
mer New York policeman. Is free, thanks
to a narole arranted last week bv the atata
j b . o( pardong. Hackett entered the
prison In 1882 and during all these years
' h "2 H , w," mP" . t Ti
j world and .11 of hi. Impre.slon. had been
f0.' .T "k.
ture. he had been able to obtain. He had
he had not had a glimpse of the outside
. .,,. . .....
i mobile and a sky-scraper was a marvel,
. j- tmJ intat, of the WOmen of today
i ... 1,,.. ,.. ,i.
: - - " - 1
..-.,. ,. - - ,.nrM fr,. . v. ...j
on reaching this city, five hours after his
release. ' "As a policeman twenty-five
1 ' . . r m d mrt tnntiKni in .vitrv n.i
' - -' - -- - -
and corner of the city, but the people are
different, the buildings new, and so built
that I am bewildered. If you had sud-
I . . - .1.. w. . .a 1 .
1 u,d. haT ! " fttly a.
" had n'7,r har be',r.e'
" w" no "fl ,tha' w eon-
j tlnually fumbling in his pockets and taking
I out their contents. He explained with an
! embarraaaed amlle. saying. "I haven't had
I pocketa In my clothes for twenty-five years
ana I'm not used to- them. I'm always
.,,., ,i ,.,... t .. , .,, ,.,
afrald th ln 1 Put will get
WOULD BE A WALKING BOMB
Yo Raaatan Woman Planned to
Line Clothing With Utah
ST. FETF.RSBURO, ept. 17.-Tbe police
today arrested a young girl, nicknamed
"Wanda," who Is accused of participating
In a plot to blow up the headquarters of
the secret polite, situated on the Molka
canal, whose torture chambers have
aroused bitter feeling on the part of the
revolutionists. The police claim that
"Wanda" planned to becc'.me a "walking
bomb" and to enter the headquarters build
ing in the middle of the day, when it is
generally full of police wearing the uni
form of a gendarme officer, lined with walls
of guncotton and carrying powerful bombs.
"Wanda," the police add. hoped by blow
ing herself us to reduce the entire building
to ruins and kill all the offloers comprising
the staff of the political police. The plot
was betrayed and the police, In addition
to taking "Wanda" Into custody, arrested
a Jewish tailor, in whose shop they seized
a half-ready uniform Which was Intended
for the woman.
In consequence of the murdorous designs
of the revolutionists the secret police have
decided to give up their present quarters,
removing to an Isolated stone building on
Kamenny Island, where an elaborate elec
tric signal system will be Installed. in order
to prevent undermining.
ORMnt FXPED T ON S. L.U I
Nothing; Is Heard of Arctic Rxplorer
Who Sonant to Cross Prince
RERLIN. Bept. 17. A telegram from Ad
vent Ray via Hammerfest states that
nothing has been hoard from the William
Bruce expedition which left the base of
supply almost one month ago with the
Intention of returning on August 28. Mr.
Bruce, with whom were Captain Boagsen,
former companion of the prince of Monaco,
and Captain John, former companion of
Dr. Nansen, took; provisions for two weeks
only, and es no game can be found along
the coast it is feared that the three have
nerlshed in attempts to cross Prince
Charles Bay. Their sleds have been found
near the landing.
KING WILL 'BLOW HIMSELF
Slam's Hnler Will Let People of Iloui
burg Know that Me la
BERLIN, Sept. 17. The king of Slam
Intends to give a grand treat to the whole
of Homburg on his birthday. September 21.
Beer will flow from three buffets in the
casino garden. Each foreign guest in tne
casino wll receive a bottle of champagne
and a bottle of .red and -white wine. A
magnificent supper will be laid for 6)0 per
sons. The king wJI give S6,0o to the poor
of the town.
Japs Reward Foreigners. .
TOKIO, Sept. 17. Tho Japanese govern
ment hae rewarded W. "L. Stevens and W.
Dcnniaon for their servicea during ino
Ruso-Japanese war. It waa offitiully an
nounced today that Mr. Stevens had been
awarded a grant of $10,000 and Mr. Donnl
son SKi.UOO and an annuity of $840.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17. W. L. Stevens
was counselor at thiWapanuese embassy
In this city for' a nuioWer of years and Just ;
prior W the outbreak of the Japaneae-
Russian, war he went to Corea and was .
stationed there during the conflict. Ho was
able to render-distinguished services to the
Japanese government by his legal advice.
W. Dennison was connected during the
war with the Japanese foreign office in
Tokio as counselor. Both of these Ameri
cans are held In high esteem by the Japan
Impending- Diplomatic Chaasre.
TOKIO, Sept. 17. It Is understood here
that Count Inouye, Japanese ambassador I
to Germany, has intimated his desire to ; mutual plan is not a money-making busl
reslgn his post at Berlin. Rumors are rife j ness; It is the collection and disburse
as to his successor and Viscount Aokl, now j mtnt of money to prevent poverty. All
ambassador of Japan at Washington, has ! money received is either paid out at once
naH nm a noHslhla aneeeaaor. ! In benefits or expenses or Is Invested and
tfm ,( tne government can ,pal.e hls aerv.
leea as president of the exnosltlon to . h
, held at Toklo ,n 1M2 m wn,ch at prcgent
. he actlvely interested. Baron Kaneko
j , congldered to be one o( the mOBt cap.
, b, diplomats In Japan.
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VOTE IS HEAVY IN OKLAHOMA 1
., . .!
Great Interest Taken by People tn .
Contest Over Adoption of 1
ably finally estauiisned. ut the problem
. . I as to the wisdom of sucn a doctrine still
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Sept. 17. -An remains. The responsibility of the selection
exceedingly heavy vote was polled early ' of aecurltlea for the investment of life In-
today in the election In Oklahoma and f"ranre t.unds ?annot be ttfe,,y,",Jred by
. . the dlrectora of a company with the law-
Indlun Territory to pass upon the pro- ( m..ng bodies of the various states of he
posed constitution, a clause providing for ; union. Unless a state is willing to guar
state wide prohibition and the election of i fntee the sufficiency of the securities which
. . . . , t It would compel a life insurance company
state and county officers. Intense Interest t(J purcnaM1 and thereby give something
is manifested, but there was no early dls- I n return for the discretion which It would
turbance. The ballot Is very large and ' take away from trustees, it Is inviting, al-
,.,. ..,,.. I. , ,, most compelling, disaster. If a state should
complicated and consequently the voting flnd a trgte, of any partioular company
was slow. The weather is Ideal, presagtng : using his position and power to force secujr-
the heaviest vote ever cast In the territory. Itles in which he was personally Interested
Particular Interest la taken In the mo. 1 uuon tne finance committee, it could and
Particular Interest is tanen in tne pro- : would aen, nlm to , what reapect
hibltion clause. The enabling act, Incor- i, the moral Wv of a law compelling finance
porated In the constitution, prohibits the
, v intoxicating llauor In the Indian
ale lr nw'catlna; liquor in tn I""an
.r.mu.jr iui uiiir.ccii c...
now lias license laws with saloons In ope-
' rat on. The vote today Is to determine
ih ukl(, k .
(whether prohibition shall be extended over
i Oklahoma as well as in Indian Territory.
THAW'S TRIAL IS DELAYED
District Attorney Jerome In No Mood
a. ii.-i.n p...ji...
to Hasten Proceedings
NEW YORK. Sent. 17.-When the crlmi-
! branch of
the supreme court opens
' next month and the case of Harry K. Thaw,
! charged m the muroer - of w.nford W'
3 ". ...
sel for the defense, will demand Immediate
trial for tha accuaed Plttsburcer. District
itin,.v Jerome it 1. unrteratnnrt will on.
pose an immediate hearing of the case, and
' it is believed some date In December will
I ha aareed unon.
!,-, rr-ir-ini- ,
i PRESIDENT RECEIVES WRIGHT
Hviiriai j n naaaiaur a .n h t .
OY8TPR BAY, N. Y., Sept. 17. General
Luke Wright, retiring ambassador to
. , ... . , 1,.. ....1... v.
Japan, and Jud6e Walter E. Noye. of
Connecticut took lunch with the president
today. Previous to the luncheon the presl-
dent conferred with Peyton Go'ndon, who
was recently promoted from pardon at
torney for the Department of Justice to
be special assistant to Attorney General
tinhx-t t tvirt.r form.. ,.t tha
census, and John A. Sleicher of New York. J
CONDEMNS INSURANCE LAWS
President Kinsley of New York Life
Talks to Commissioners.
CRITICISES NEW LEGISLATION
Opposed to Taxes on Premloms and
Prohibition of the li of Fed
eral Coorte Deetroe
RICHMOND, Va.. Bept. 17.-An appeal to ;
tho members of the convention of Insur- j
ance Commissioners of the United States
for supervision based on a national rather
than a local view of life Insurance was
made by President Darwin P. Klngsley
of the New York Lire Insurance company
In his address before that body today. In
asking the commissioners to use their In
fluence to have certain existing laws re
pealed, taws which he declared to be false
In principle and dangerous In application,
Mr. Klntfsley pointed out the fact, not
withstanding the rulings of the supreme
court of the United States, that life In
surance can be Justly supervised only If
it 'is treated as though It were Interstate
commerce and a federal question.
He denounced the destructive reformer
and lauded the man or body of men who
seek reform by constructive methods; and
he asked the commissioners to aid In sup- j
pressing the "Insurance politician," who, j
he said, has seixetf tne opportunity given
by the destructive reformer to seek con
trol of the great mutual companies with
their many hundreds of millions of dol
lars in assets.
The Insurance Politician.
"In the name of reform, taking advan
tage of public passion, of serious mis
takes, and of probable crimes, he has al
ready made a powerful effort to get con
trol," Raid President Klngsley, speaking
of tho Insurance politician. "He doubtless
has not made his last effort. , 1 am In
clined to think that here lies your supreme
responsibility In tho Immediate future. It
may be your clear duty at some time to
help cast out dishonest administrations
of mutual companies. But It will always
be your duty to exercise a wise discrim
ination, to see that reform Is not done
by violence, to see that in turning out un
worthy men you do not Invito In others
infinitely worae. The danger that mutual
companies will fall Into the hands of
politicians Is a very real one. The assets
of two mutual companies alono amount
to over a billion dollars. What an oppor
tunity for the demagogue! What a field
for the insurance politician!"
President Klngsley gave a brief sum
mary of a variety of legislation springing
from the demands of local Interests and
Ignoring the general character of the In
terests involved. These Included: laws In
New York state which put a limit on the
amount of surplus a company may hold.
On the danger of this statute Mr. Klngsley
dwelt at length; a law In Wisconsin fixing
the maximum premium a company may
I charge; one In Texas which would compel
' life Insurance trustees to purchase local
securities, whether they approve of them
or not, and then placo the securities within
reach of local authorities for taxation;
one In Missouri placing a limit on the
amount of salary thut may be paid to an
insurance officer : under any oondUtons. In
mHnv xtntea the rhrht of anneal to the
feder, courta hal been denied to foreign
.n.,,nr.lnn. Bnj , .riv 811 the states
taxation of premiums, which Is applied
without any uniformity whatever, has been
steadily Increasing until It now amounts to
several million dollars a year more than
tho cost of Insurance supervision.
Taxes on Premlann.
"While I would not argue for an entire
exemption from taxation of premiums,"
lie said, "I would review some reasons
why the premiums on life insurance ought
to be exempt.
Life insurance on the
upon a property not in possession and
i "om which no present income is aenveu.
j Investment of Fonda.
I Continuing he said In part
Another tendt.ncy ,n Elation with
I which you muat deal is thai which would
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require deposit of those securities where
th'' c" be ,oca,ly Uxeu- Here legislation
from the local as opposed to the national
viewpoint takes on on of its radlcul forms.
The ocirino tnat a ,tate mtty prescribe
the conditions under whlcli a corporation
may do business within Its borders is prou-
I committees to buy securities in which the
B,al8 confessedly intereated, better or
b,Kher than the morality or a trustee who
uses iris position for his own DenentT The
states have a right to pass such laws, but
, "'ry ""
. i'r. '".w ." fha" "ot transact
j bugiess within Ha bord
tion a. This would' be i
ers on any condi-
a more honorable
Ciesely allied to thin kind of legislation
I a the prohibition already written In the
statutes of several states against removing
I a case from the state to the federal court,
8m.h UwJ , N()nn Carollnai , Nhw
York, In North Dakota, California. Colo-
rado, Illinois, Kentucky. Mississippi, Mis-
! ourl- Nebraska. New, Hampshire. Ohio,
I gome of these'laws have been In existence
. aii. I lnl,itu ''- ann 1 1 iv iSAnns n
! for nearly thirty years. Thnse states have
arZ.To'mp.'ny in rta TdUTwge
; of thelr duty gliall denied the protection
j of the federal courta. Thla, or no buaineas
' In these slHtes
"Another tendency wnicn win pronaoiy
not run far la to limit Dy law the
amount of business which a company may !
I do. To thus limit the amount of business
after having limited the cost of business Is
! directly contrary to the principle that is
cvt-rywhere else now so strenuously ir aln-
t turned, namely, the competition Is the
, prooer rc'KUi-ii.iK inrce in nusinew. j ne
national government esptHMally U moving
. . . . . . .. . . i . i
. neaven anci eann 10 iireveni me nmmn
: of competition, but New York state at leaat
III -IIIII.-lllioil. mu 1 uin nail iruai
maintains that beyond a certain point a
life Insurance comoanv shall not compete
ffkr nuaineaa on anv ternia. A enmnnnv
, mav be furnishing Insurance at th lowest
' cost, bjt after furnishing a certain amount
, in any one year 11 tnuai siana asioe inn lei
; romIi.te for whatever remains .what.
ever the coat may chance to be. The state
'virtually aaya to tha Insurer, 'You may
hv h'urance n ot where you will, but
1 u-naea fit n.ti v ill nil.
"The future of life Inaurance la menaced
1 by reform Uirough destruction. When will
iContiaued va Second F4s)
elks killed inauto wreck
Four Are Dead at Colorndn Sprlnas
Throaah l.oalna Control
COI.ORADO SPRINGS. Sept. 17 A pow
erful r"lng aulomohllo occupied by seven
prominent Elks and a chauffeur and built
I to hold but three passengers, while run
; nlng at a terrific rate, crashed Into a teler
phone pole at the bottom ofthe West Hur
fando street hill hero early today and i
wrecked. Four of the occupants were
killed outright and the others were more
or less seriously hurt. The bodies of the
I dead were mahgled beyond recognition. The
W. II. RAtdsTON. a dealer In electrical
JOHN 8. GREY, formerly of New York.
RRITTON L. GRAVES, a druggist.
The Injured: James English, George Buck
ley. F. H. Ward. A. W. Markseheffel
The party had been to the Elks- club
house at Manltou to attend a social ses
sion anil waa returning homo. The ma
chine, a six-cylinder, forty-horse power, re
cently at Overland park ran over and
killed C. F. Dasey.
The accident happened at S o'clock this
morning, Just after tha automobile with its
merry. Jesting passengers crowded Into the
two seats, on the hood und on the steps,
plunged at a terriile clip down the hill.
Markseheffel, who was drlnvlng. In some
manner lost control of the wheel and the
powerful machine, swerving from side to
B,le across the car tracks, ran into the
KUtter. For fully fifty feet tho heavy cor
plunged onward, the right front and reur
wheels running In the gutter and the two
left wheels a foot higher on the curb. Sud
denly tho right front wheel struck sonic
object and the machine turning around was
thrown a distance of about forty-five feet
down the hill.
The car probably would have been
whirled down the hill for a still greater
distance, but for a telephone polo which
barred the way and it was tills pole that
probably caused the death of two and pos
sibly three of the victims. Grey was pre
cipitated out of the car and Jammed against
the telephone pole. The entire left side of
his face was flattened and his skull was
laid open, 'the Impact tearing the top of
his head almost In two. Rnlston evidently
was thrown against tho pole, or against the
board fence on the other side of the walk.
His skulf was fractured, as was that -of
Winnall. Winnall was hurled a distance of
Ralston was a member of the firm of
the Central Electric compuny. Grey and
Winnall were profeslomtl chauffeurs.
Graves, who died 'later at the hospital
was a drug clerk. All were prominent
A social session was given at the Elks
club last night to tho non-Elks of Colorado
Springs. As the time approached for tho
breaking up of tho festivities some one
suggested an automobile ride. The fun
seeking crowd elambored aboard the huge
machine, clinging to the guards, hood and
seat, and drove to Manltou. eight mllea
distant. The road back Is gradually down
dente..Bn.. H ,C4,rhat thK f.the aCC'
fate It T "e
rate of sixty mile, an hour.
Tlnn rrtlT nor ' panics of the main corporation and the fol
I WU-Lfc.NI rAnfc ! lowing individuals: John D. Rockeller.
Go-er-or of Kan Mara Ha Will He.
that Order of Commls-ion
TOPEKA. Kan., Bept. 17. Governor
.i ..i. . 1. 1 . .
n.ien hub Hiieiiuiuii KHVC 10 ine press A
letter Written to a member of the Kan
sas senatd explaining his attitude on the
2-eent fare question. He said in his Ut
ter: I have not said to anyone what my
action will be, whether I will secure thU
result through a special session of the
legislature or otherwise. If to secure
this result It should necessitate a special
session of the legislature, in the languag-t
of Patrick Henry, "Let it come."
The Board of Railroad Commissioner!!
lias made the order and fixed October &
ns the day when l '" become effective.
As yet I have haaVtto fficlaj notification
as to what he railro N propose to lo
in tiu mattjer aaa.." -.t be controlled
In m? esw.. ep reports. But
my mini la r
ha ve authorlUC ft
iJV soon as I
m ,uf 10 as In what
V to do I will then
the rallroaij. ncovajd
be ready to ao-
Lnter- In hla ictttV Trs' says: "If the
rallroada had any 'horse sense' they
would have stopped this t discrimination
The State Board of Railroad Commls.
sioners announced today it would Inspect
all track -fh Kansas. One commissioner
will Inspect the Santa Fe, another thn j pany came Into existence 'at the time tha
Rock Island & 'Frisco and the third tha Waters-Pit roe company was having diffl
Katy and Union Pacific. Commissioner rP1.itv with the state of Texas.
Ryker said today that the Missouri Pa
cific has promised to repair all Its track
found to be defective.
AWARDS FOR 'TORPEDO BOATS
Question Arlara Whether Secretary
of Nav- May Divide His
WASHINGTON. Sept. 17.-An early de
cision will be made by Secretary Metcalf
In the matter of the awards of the con
tracts for supplying the navy with as many
submarine torpedo boats as can be built
for $3,000,000 appropriated for this purpose
by the last congress. A board which con
ducted testa of the various submarines at
Newport reported unanimously In favor of
the Holland boat of the octopus type. Then
a question arose whether the secretary of
the navy was justified In dividing the con
tract for these vessels, as he had been
urged to do between all three of the bid
ders, with trie result that the whole ques
tion waa referred to the attorney general
for an opinion. A reply by Attorney Gen
eral Bonaparte was to the effect that under
certain conditions a division of the con
tract might be made so aa to enable thn
department to obtain boats of both tho
octopus and lake types. Secretary Metcalf
today gave what Is expected to be a final
hearing to the various concerns Interested.
The estimate is made that the $3,000,000
available will provide for the construction
of nine submarines.
BODY FOUND JN SHADY LANE
Aced St. Loals shoemaker Found
Dead la Haant of Ihaga
EAST ST. LOUIS, Sept 17.-The body of
John Cook, an aged St. Louis shoemaker,
was found today lying In "Shady Lane," as
the road leading from Cahokia, 111., to thla
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" ' , ""' . ' "'" "7 ' .
, . . . . ... , .
I been clubbed to death last night. Robbery
seems to have been the motive for the
murder, although his slayers got but 70
cents from his pockets. "Shady Laae" Is
the haunt of gamblers and thugs.
Webster City Actor Kills Hlnuelf.
WKHSTER CITY. Ia.. Bept. 17. (Special
Telerfcm.)-Rosa Hendrlcka, a well known
Webater City actor and circus man, com
mitted suicide by shooting thla morning at
Kathervirte. He left $760 In 0 bank here
tor hla grandmother. Despondency and
drinking waa the cause
TS IN OIL
Standard Earns Nearly Five Hundred
Millions in Seven Years.
FEDERAL HEAPING IN NEW YORK
Taking- Testimony in Suit to Dissolvo
New Jersey Combine Bt grins.
DIRECTOR PRATT IS IGNORANT
Head of Subsidiary Corporation
Unable to Answer Questions.
KNOWS NOTHING OF BOOKS
Says Trnateea Kept Record of I.lqald-
niton of the Trnst, hat Dora Not
Know What Hecamw
YORK. Sept. 17 Profits' aggre
$400,315,934 were made by tha
Standard Oil company In the seven years
from 1899 to 190. Testimony to the ef
fect was given by Assistant Comptroller
Fay of the comrany In the federal hear
ing here today. ' In the same period the
company's gross receipts were $200.10,
6.3 to $371,661,531 annually. This Is the
first time the company's earnlofs hava
been made public.
A list of securities owned by the Stand
ard Oil company of New Jersey presented
today phows that that corporation own
9. 900 shares of the stock of the Standard
Oil company of Indiana, which company
was recently sentenced by Judge Landls
of Chicago to pay a fine of $29.l!40,0O0.
In addition to stating that In the pe
riod of seven years referred to tins com
pany's total profits aggregated $490,S15.
934, Mr. Fuy said that dividends to the
amount of $308,6,430 were paid In those
years. His rtatement also disclosed that
the capital stock of the Standard of Nw
Jersey was $96,998,612 In 1899 and $98,
238,382 In 1906.
NEW YORK, Sept. lJ.-Testlmony waj
heard today In the federal suit against tha
Standard Oil company of New Jersey, The
hearing here In the federal suit, which .
was brought In St. Imls last December,
has twice been adjourned at the request of
counsel for the defendants. In the mean
time, however, Frank B. Kellogg, who
Is In charge of the government's case, haa '
obtained many books and papers from the
Standard Oil company, which has enabled
him to proceed expeditiously with the case.
Mr. Kellogg tntirr-.nted today that the
a-civemnient would also Inquire Into the
I character and hatvre of holdings of the
I . . . . A X' Tnr..u B
affiliation, of any. with rallroada.
The government ha. named not only the
B.andnrd Oil company of New Jersey a.
d(f.n(,anti bllt tlM Bfvenfy subsidiary com-
j willlam Rockefeller, Henry H. Rogers.
' Hmry ngtt Oliver H. -Payne Charlea
M paU and John p, ..-hbold. Only Wlll-
ham G. Rockefeller and Charles M. Pratt '-
i have been subpnenRed to appear before tha
,,.,, thnneh Mr. Kellogg may sub-
tioena the others later.
When today's hearing was called befora
former Judge Franklin Ferriss, E. O. Bene
dict, one of the former owners of the Man
hattan Oil company, testified as to the sal
.of -the company which passed into tha
hands of the Standard company.
Director Does Not Know.
Charles M. Pratt, a director and secre
tary of the Standard company, Stated that
his knowledge of the holdings of the com
pany In other companies waa only general.
He was asked to produce statements show
ing the officers and dlrectora and the capi
talizations of all companies in which tha
Standard holds a stock Interest.
Mr. Kellogg questioned the witness aboM
the C. M. Pratt Inveatment company, the
stock of which was shown to be held by
the Standard company. He said the Pratt
company represented the stock of the Waters-Pierce
OH company of Texas, which
he was holding for the Standard Oil com
pany. Mr. Kellogg developed the Informa
tion thnt the c. M. Pratt Investment com-
Mr. Kellocg asked If it was not a fact
that the Standard company and Its ub
sidlary concerns were governed by com
mittees. Mr. Pratt said he did not think
so, though In the early days of the trustee
ship of the company It was likely that thnv
company was controlled by committees.
, Books Are Mlaalnaj.
Mr. Kellogg asked what records were
kept by the trustees showing the manner
of liquidation In tho period between 1S91
and 19u2. Mr. Pratt, aa one of tha liquidat
ing trustees of the Standard Oil trust,
said there were books kept, but he could
not recall In whose possession they might
"Don't you know whether these hooka
are to be found In the comptroller's office
or the secretary's officer" asked Mr. Kel
logg. "I really don't know," answered tne wit
ness. "Don't you know anything about the or
ganization of the Standard Oil company r
pursued Mr.- Kellogg. '
"No, sir, I do not," was Mr. Pratt's
Mr. Kellogg asked the witness If It waa
not a fact that at the time the Standard
Oil trust was liquidated that there wera
97P.5C0 outstanding trustees' certificates
which had been Issued for the stocks of
the subsidiary companies and that In 1892,
when the Standard Oil trust was dissolved,
the Standard Oil company of New Jersey
exchanged its stock for' the certificates ef
the trust, share for shsre.
"I think so," replied Mr. Pratt.
Mr. Kellogg asked John O. Mllburn, chief
of counsel for the defendants, to produce
all liquidating certificates Issued by the
liquidating trustees, which had been turned
Into the Standard Oil company of New
Jersey. Mr. Kellogg also asked for all as
signments of legal title given by thoae who
received the stock of the Standard Oil com
pany of New Jersey. Mr. Pratt was excused
for the time being.
Bund Fixed at Ml Millions.
CHICAGO, Sept. 17. The Standard Oil
company of Indiana, In order to obtain a
stay of execution against its property to
satisfy the fine- of $.', 24),0'X, recently im
posed by Judge Landls, must furnish bunds
to the amount of $6,000,000.
This was determined today by Judge
Grosscup in the United States circuit court,
much to the chagrin of the attorneys on
both sides. The counsel for the Standard
Oil company had contended strenuously for
a bond of not more than $l,0ti0,0(i0, while
the attorneys for th government h 4 d-
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