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The Omaha Daily Bee
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OMAHA, THURSDAY MORN
NO, JANUARY 16, 1908 TEN PAGES.
SINULE COPY TWO CENTS.
GUEST OF PRES'DENT
Americas Admirals AH
Given by Brazil Ex
WARM WELCOME FOE
Tour Thousand Men from Fl
Given Shore Leave.
BMOKER FOR OFFICERS TODAY
Concert in Park to Be Given by
Englishmen and Americans.
PRESIDENTS EXCHANGE MESSAGES
Mr. Reooevet 4 Cona-T'te' Unon
the heNltl Trl ( Hi Fleet
nnd Urn Finn
RIO JAKEIKO. Jan. 15.-The events on
tha official program today of the enter
tainment of tha visiting American officers
were a breakfast at the residence of Fresl
6 tint Penna at Petropolls at noun, and In
the Afternoon a garden parly at the Ameri
can embassy In tha same suburb. Admirals
Thomaa, Sperry and Emery represented
tha fleet at the presidential function. They
sot tit for Petropolis early this morning.
In addition to these offlcerm tne only
guests of Dr. T'enna were Ambaaaador
and Mrs. Dudley. Mlnlater Alencar, the
Braiillan minister of marine; Marshal
ll'Ai Fonseeo, the mlnlater of war; the
ch.vf of the naval staff and tht) members
of the president's personal staff.
The newspapers this mornlnf all com
mented favorably upon the good behavior
of t"5a sailors who had shore leave yester
day. The men all had a coed time and
perfect order was maintained. . Not less
than 4.OH0 men visited the city during the
course t( the day and evening.
Mark Money Spent In Rio.
It Is calculated that between the buying
of supplies for the ships and the money
spent on shore by officers and sailors not
leas than $2&0,O0O will have been left behind
In Rio by the time the vessels sail on their
way, south on January 21. Theae prospects
are naturally very pleasing to the citizens
of Rio Janeiro.
The Rngllah and American residents have
united for an entertainment and tomorrow"
they will give a smoking concert In Flum
lnese park In honor of the visiting officers.
' it Is rumored here this morning that the
Argentlpe minister of foreign affairs has
sent a telegram to Secretary Root at
Washington. Inviting a detachment of tha
fleet to visit Buenos Ayres on Its way
south. Local interest In the progress of
the fleet s round South America evidently
Is Increasing, for another report current
here today nays that the new Peruvian
cruisers Almirarjte Grau and Bologneal will
accompany the American fleet from Peru
vian waters to San Jfranclsco.
Presidents Eirhaa Felicitations.
WARHtTffiTONV " Jan. IS.-Somtblng
more than the Usual degree of Importance
attaches to the felicitous exchanges be
tween the presidents of America, and Bra
(II over the visit of Admiral Evans' fleet
'a iRIo, owing to the significant expression
ised by president Roosevelt In accounting
.'or the mission of the battleship fleet. The
jorrespondence by cable made public to
PBYROPUUS.' Jan. 14. 1908-Presldent
Theodore Roosevelt. Washington: Thia aft
rnoon I hail the great pleasure of receiv
ing and becoming- iiersoually acquainted
whli Uio ailinlrals anil captains of the
American licet en route to the Pacific
I congratulate you upon the successful
arrival of no powerful and well drilled a
fleet ut Rio d Janeiro, . and I take kuen
pleasure in Informing you that the people
of our capital tqiontaneoualy and enthusi
astically Joined thn Brazilian naval author
ities from the very flrat moment In the
demembration of fraternity and friend
ship toward the American aallora and to
the great republic: to the north, for whose
lory all Braxll uttera the moat cordial
wishes. AFFONSB PBNNA,
lYesldent of Brazil.
President Roosevelt's Reply. .
THE WHITE! Hot'SK, WASHINGTON.
Jun. IS. President Affonse Penna, Rio da
Janeiro: 1 thank you lor the kind mes
auge which you were so good aa to send
me upon the arrival of the American fleet
at Illo. U has given me and will give to
the American people thn liveliest sallsfac
tlon. We uio nil very sensible of the cour
tesy and distinguished hospitality with
which the government and people of Brasll
have received our officers and sailors. The
war ships of America exist for no other
purpose than to protect peace against pos
sible aggreesloii,, and Justice against possi
ble oppression. Aa between the Vnlted
Stales ana Brazil these ships are not men
of war, but are messengers of friendship
Hnd good will, rommliuiloner to celebrate
with you the long-onilnued and never-to-be-forgotten
amity and mutual helpfulness
of the two great republics.
LOAN SUBSCFHONS SHORT
Prasalan Government Falls to Aernre
Aniotat ef rands Eirrtt4
IKRLJN, Jan. 16. It was announced of
ficially today that the subscriptions to the
Prussian loan amounted to HS.2M.fl00. - An
Indefinite amount was aaked for, but inas
much us the Prussian minister of finance
in explaining the budget to the diet on
Jamiury said the government expected to
coer the deficit of $111.MO,00 by a loan of
1 $OXK.rX. the remainder of the deficit to
be met by additional taxes. It Is thought
the expectations of the government has
been disappointed. Nevertheless, the Prus
sian state, bank. In making a brief an
nouncement, refers to the "success" of the
AXTELL HAS ANOTHER FIRE
lienor tirtle Threatens Rntlre Rnalneaa
IVrtUm Asraln l.oaa It early
I'vnr Thousand Dollars.
AXTE1J.. Neb. Jan. IS. (Special Telegram.)-Fire
In I. F. Slayton's meat mar
ket at about 1:30 a. m. today destroyed the
entire building and all the stock. The
Nebraska Telephone Co nnany'a exchange
uas totally destroyed. The building be
longed to John M. Nelson. The Columbia
Fire Insurance company had tl.ono and
the Phoenix of Brooklyn 11.000 on the build
ing. The Aetna Insurance company In
eurtd the stock t7"0.
This fire was located in the northwest
corner of the business portion of the vil
lage. With a high gale blowing directly
into the village, it looked for a time as If
the rntlre business portion would be
burned. Total loss on the buildings la
13.(00; on stock. n.SDO.
Three-fourths of the bustne&i portion of
, tl.ta thriving little lllage waa burned out
In August, 1M)i. It has been rebuilt with
beautiful new brick buildings. The town Is
without fire protection and now there Is
auurh agitation for some kind of protec-Men.
SUMMARY OF THE DEE
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FOR OMAHA. COUNCIL RIJ'FFH AKT
VICINITY Fair Thursday and much
FOR NEBRASKA Thuridiv. aencrallv
fair and colder.
FOR IOWA-Oenerallv fair Thiirsdav:
colder In eaat portion.
rnmperature at Omaha yesterday:
6 a. m.
7 a. m.
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Senate passed the resolution of Mr. Cul
berson asking for Information from
Treasury department regarding financial
transactions. Fag's 8
House further discussed the penal code
bill and. number of amendments were
Attorneys In the Walsh case argue that
he showed good Judgment In the eort of
railroad he promoted. Page 1
Secretary Cortelyou Is among the ones
under consideration for president of the
reorganized Knickerbocker Trust company
Attorney Hamlll says the reason Mrs.
Metcalfe Is after him la a fancied wrong
because of an old claim. Page 1
.immunity promised to men In St. Paul
will not hold because of failure of men
to turn state's evidence. Pace 1
H. H. Tucker, Jr., again indicted on tho
charge of misuse of the malls In adver
tising the Uncle Sam OH company,
Roosevelt will be one of the big topics
before the National Live Stock conven
tion at Denver. Pe 1
Students of Brown university form a
Hughes club. Governor Hughes liaa not
yet announced his position on the presi
dential situation. Pae 1
Maryland's legislature elects two 1'nited
States senators. Pag 1
Monongah mine owners are cleared of
blame in the Investigation of the coroner's
Jury. ' 1
School buildings were used as morgues
at Boyertown, Pa. Many of the dead are
so badly burned they will have to be
buried unidentified. Page 3
The proposed Prussian loan was not ai
liberally subscribed as the government
hoped. ( "fags a
People of Japan have . revolted against
high taxation, which Is the cause of the
orists in the ministry- Trig 3
Elaborate fetes are given the naval
officers at Rio Janeiro, the president of
the republic giving a breakfast. Page 1
Bonding company pays the entire short
age of former County Treasurer Goaeard
of Red Willow county. Page 3
AAxtell suffered a 11,00 fire lose
Democratic state committee at Lincoln
decides to hold the next state convention
in Omaha. March 0. Page 3
Future of Omaha commercially de
clared to depend on navigation of Mis
souri river. P 5
John L. Kennedy commends establish
ment of mall service depot In Omaha as
moat sensible move yet made. Pago 5
Dr. Charles Baetens, aged musician,
kills himself while suffering from in
tlrmltles and Insomnia. rage a
Fight over question of changing bank
ers' Life to a stock company finds its
way Into court with an injunction to pre
vent voting of proxies. Page 1
Railroads are secretive as to their pol
icy under the law forbidding them to sell
coal mined by themselves. Page S
Captain Kenney of St. Louis team will
couch Crctghton next year, asalBted by
Johnny Bender, formerly of Nebiasua.
COmCEKCZAX. aUTS IXTDTJSTBXAX.
Live stock markets. Page 7
Grain markets. Page 7
stocks and bonds. Page?
SfOTXMXirTSl Or OOSAJr STEAJCBXXPo'.
Pert. Arrtvrt. Silica.
NEW YORK K. P. i.scslle.... i
NEW YORK Ryndsm
11A.MUIRO k. A. Vic-mrls
I'HKRHOllRO..... K. P. Wlllra.
miRlHTIANS'D.. I'aitol HUM...
ROOSEVELT WILL BE TOPIC
American Live Stock Association Ex
perts to Dlaenaa Prealdent at
DENVF.R. Colo.. Jan. 16. One of the im
portant questions for consideration at the
annual convention of the American Na
tional IJve Stock association, ' which will
meet here next Tuesday, Is president
Roosevelt's policy regarding the publlo
lands, the forest reserves and ranges.
President Murdo MacKenile, In an inter
view yeeterday said:
Our convention at this time carries with
It more than passing importance. Stock
men are facing serious losses, where but
a short time ago fair profile were prom
ised, and they are now being forced to
accept greatly reduced prices tor their live
stock, possibly to effect losses and money
shortages of the frenzied financiers" of
some large overcapitalised corporations,
that on short time money, have under
taken to capture and control every market,
avenue of transportation and trade.
WEALTHY BANKER MURDERED
Largo Sons of Money Missing and Ron
bery by Oraianlaeel Ganat is
NEW YORK, Jan. 15. Another murder In
West Chester county Is puxsllng the au
thorities. The body of Frank Nun no, a
wealthy young banker, waa found beside
his wagon In a lonely road near Ardaley
lust night. He had been stabbed In the
neck, evidently after a fierce struggle.
He had a large sum of money when he
left Ardsley and that, as well as his watch,
la missing. The authorities believe that
he was killed by the same gang which
murdered a young Insurance agent near
Elmaford two ecks ago and has robbed
several postef flees In this county.
SCDOOLS USED AS MORGUES
Relatives at Boyertown in Sad Search
for Their Friends.
BODIES DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY
In Many Instauieea They) Are) Earned
te Crisp In Upper Portion
Coroner Will Make Thor
BOYERTOWN. Pa.. Jan. 18. Of the more
thsn 166 persons crushed or burned to death
In Monday night's theater disaster. It 1s
probable more than half will be laid in
nameless graves. So far as the physicians
and undertakers could ascertain from the
charred remains and clothing 116 of the
victims were women and girls and 43 were
men and boys. Bo badly were the bodies
burned that the aex could not be deter
mined and It la probable these will all be
Interred In one place In Union cemetery.
I'p to 1 p. m. thirty bodies had been
Identified. Not one of them were Identified
by the features, but were claimed by sor
rowing relatives by means of Jewelry or
clothing found on the corpse.
The scenes in the morgues today were
extremely sad. Fond parents walked from
one morgue to another closely Inspecting
the charred remains and never flinching
in their tasks by the horrible sight of the
mutilated bodies. In most cases the search
ers were unablo to find their own.
Two of the Injured died today, bringing
the dead close to 170.
Nearly Every Family Affected.
With the opening of the Improvised
morgues today In which lay the
victims of Monday night's theater
horror, the Inhabitants of this bor
ough began to realize the awful extent
of tha tragedy. The hand of sorrow has
touched probably every family In the
town and many In neighboring villages.
Where families were not directly affected
by the ferrlble panic and fire, through loss
of relatives they were mourning for lost
friends or acquaintances. - The scenes fol
lowing the disaster bring a shudder to the
stoutest heart and many of the thousands
who have come as curiosity seekers have
gone away declaring they never want to
witness another sight like It.
The four buildings used as morgues, con
tain 162 bodies. The three undertaking es
tablishments of the borough were too
small to accomodate the victims so the
borough officials decided to use the high
school. Undertakers from surrounding
towns were pressed Into service to rare
for the bodies aa they arrived from the
scene. To each body waa attached a tag
containing the number and with the corpse
was laid articles of Jewerly or clothing:
that might have been in possession of the
The coroner who has been on the scene
since midnight had been expected to open
the morgues for the identification of the
bodies, but tha number of dead grew so
large that the undertakers with augmented
force from other towns were unable
properly to arrange the bodies. Most of
the bodies were In such condition that few
of them will be recognised by their fea
tures alone. 'In nearly every case the uppnr
portions of the bodies were burned,, some
of them to a crisp,
Mora-nes Closed t'ntll Today.
Because of the difficulty of Identification
and tha attendant confusion the coroner
decided to keep the morgues closed until
today and during J he morning the doors
of the building were thrown open. Hun
dreds of people were waiting at each place
to get a look at the bodies In the hope of
finding the remains of loved ones. Perfect
order was maintained at each of the
morgues, a squad of police being on duty
to keep the crowds moving. Jacob Johnson,
who waa badly hurt In the mad rush for
exit from the burning building, died this
morning. Coroner Strasser is making an
Investigation preliminary to the official
"it was the saddest picture I ever looked
upon." he said.
"No living soul csn depict the scene. It
waa simply Indescribable. I shsll mske a
thorough Investigation leading up to what
I consider the most horrible affair that
ever occurred In eastern Pennsylvania."
The coroner's attention was called to tho
fact that oil lamps were used for font
lights in the opera house instead of a
stationary Illumination. He 4nld he would
make an Inquiry.
Henry W. Fischer of Carlisle, Pn., the
operator of the calcium llertit, which was
the original cauae of tho terrible diaaater,
made hla escape from the burning building,
though not without first receiving severe
Explanation by Light Ojterator.
Mr. Fischer said:
"The accident was caused by a cap on
one of the tanks blowing out. This caused
a sharp report and startled the people. I
stuck to my Apparatus and finally got the
leak repaired. Just as I had the people
calmed, the foolish action of some thor
oughly frightened person on the state
caused the oversetting of an oil lamp and
the consequent spread of the flames, which
nothing could avert. Not until then did I
desert my post and seek my own safety In
That the victims were not confined to
residents of Boyertown, was shown by
the number of unclaimed teams at the
hotels. Fully forty teams remained un
called for In the stables yesterday, and
the hostlers said they belonged to people
residing within a radius of five or six
miles of Boyertown, who drove to this
place on Monday with their families to
witness the production of the "Scottish
Reformation." There la no clue to the
Identity of the owners of a number of the
Anthor of Play la Grief.
Mrs. El M. Monroe of Washington, D. C,
author of the "Scottish Reformation," who
waa In Wllkesbarre, Pa., when the disaster
happened, has arrived here. In her room
at the Union today she was found plunged
In grief over the loss of her sister, Mrs
Delia Mayers, the lecturer, the ruin of her
property and the calamity that has befallen
"I am nearly TO yeara old," she said. "I
have been In the entertainment business for
a quarter of a century. Thia terrible affair
baa blaated my life. My poor sister was
a lovely woman and an accomplished lec
turer, la Monday night's fire she lost
$7,000 worth of stereoptlcon pictures i
cumulated during years of travel abroad,
and $3,000 worth of costumes.
''Mrs. Mayers. I am told, waa killed
while trying to avoid the diaaater. She had
atepped on the stage and was lifting two
of the oil lamps to carry tbem out when
some one pushed her from . behind. She
pitched forward and was lost. We have
found no trace of her body. She has a
husband J. J. Mayers, at her home at
Quarry. Colo. I have telegraphed h',m.
but he will not come on. There Is no need
of It. There Is nothing left of his poor
wife to take back home."
lanllarltr In Cnae of Mrs. Bradley to
that of Wonfan Who Knot
CHICAGO, Jan. 15 The case .of Mrs.
Thomas Mtcalf, who last evening shot at
Banker John R. Walsh's attorney, Samuel
R. Hamlll. In the federal building, paral
lels strangely In some Tepect the case of
Mrs. Annie M. Bradley of Re It Lake City,
Utah, who recently Was acquitted In Wash
ington, D. C, after killing former United
States Senator Arthur Brown, also of Salt
Lake. Mrs. -Metcalf Is a former resident
of HamtU's home city, Tejre Haute, Ind.
She and her husband, from whom she Is
said to havn been estranged, were at one
time active In the work of the same church
there in which Mr. Hamlll Is a prominent
member. She had since at different times
called on lawyers here with a view to
bringing legal action against Attorney
Hamlll for alleged wrongs she claimed
to have suffered at his hands.
Attorney E. C Rltcher of Walsh's coun
sel, slso Issued a statement relative to the
shooting on behalf of Mr. Hamlll, In which
he said that the trouble grew out of a
claim which Mrs. Metcalfe believed she had
against an estate In S. Txmls and which
she wished to have adjusted by Hamlll.
In thia connection Mr. Rltcher said Mrs.
Metcalfe became a frequent caller at Ha
miU's office during; the last few years.
Mrs. Metcalfe, tftrongh her attorney,
waived examination when arraigned before
United States Comm Ksloner Foote and was
held to tho federal I rand Jury In bonds of
$1,000. Pstrick H. C Donnell appeared for
Mrs. Metcalfe. He said he had known the
woman for some time as "Mrs. Thomas."
Mrs. Metcalfe after her arraignment de
clared that her correct name was Mrs.
Beatrice Thomaa and she asked that fur
ther proceedings against her be conducted
under that name. later she was shown a
telegram from Terre Haute which stated
that her name probably was Paula Mead
croft. This she dented, persisting in her
assertion that her name was as she had
Mrs. Metcalfe, or Thomas, was taken
later to the county Jail In default of ball.
Attorney Hamlll made his firat. public
statement regarding the shooting this
afternoon. He said h waa In no way
responsible for the alienating of Mrs. Met
calfe from her husband. He denied In de
tail statements attributed to Mrs. Metcalfe.
The first time I met the woman was In
my office In Terre Haute about five yuars
aito." said Mr. Hamlll. "She asked mo
to act for her In a case In St. Ixmlft. She
said she had a claim on a large estate left
by her mother. I Investigated, learned
that her claim was unfounded and advised
her to drop the matter. I did not see her
strain until about two years ago, when alio
again came to my office and said that I
was not doing her Justice. 1 again per
suaded her to abandon the rase. 1 learned
yesterdav that she had been a frequent
visitor at the Walsh trial, and that Mr.
Van Winkle had been Instructed by Mr.
Rltcher to watch the woman. I believe
that the unusual precautions was caused
by mv mentioning the fact that on he
second visit to my office she displayed
CORTELYOU IS BACK AT DESK
Nothing 'Known nt While Hooae lie-
ftardlnar Reported Reslajnatlon
of Secretory mt Treaanry.
WASHINGTON!" jitn. H.8ecrelary Cor
telyou was at his desk today. At the
White House It was said positively that
nothing whatever was known as to the
secretary's reported proposed resignation.
Becretary Cortelyou's appearance at the
department was for the first time since
Ills recent Illness, which began about- four
weeks ago. Ho still shows evidence of his
severe atttack of the grip, but expresses
hope that he can from now on attendr to
his dut'.es without further trouble. Ho
said that the published story that he had
resigned or would resign was absolutely
without foundation. He had no serious dif
ferences with the president, he declared.
or with any member of the cabinet. H
pronounced the slory that he had been of
fered the presidency of the Knickerbocker
Trust company of New York as without
foundation, and said the report that lie
had conferred with .1. P. Morgan In regard
to It on his recent trip to New York was
a "fake." He said he had not seen Mor
gan or anyone else In his Interests, nor
been within a mile of Wall street on his
recent visit to New York.
NEW YORK, Jan. 15. It Is understood
that the officials who have charge of the
reorganization of the Knickerbocker Trust
company havn had under consideration a
number of namei with a view to securing
a new directing chief of this organization
and that Secretary Cortelyou's name is
among those that received consideration.
It la believed that Intimations njore or lest;
positive have been conveyed to Mr. Cor
telyou 'hat his name had been considered,
but what extent this has assumed a definite
or formal character or whether the secre
tary has given the matter aerious consider
ation Is not known.
CARTER OBJECTS TO POLICY
Montana Senator Bitterly Arraigns
President Iloowevelt for Posi
tion on liana;?.
HKl.ENA, Mont.. Jan. IS. The pHcy f
the national administration with reference
to public lands was attacked today In the
convention of the National Wool Growers'
association here hy Senator Thomas H.
Carter of Montana through an Intermedi
ary. The senator was unable to be present.
He expressed the opinion that the presi
dent had been misinformed and that condl
tlona had changed greatly alnce he was a
resident of thia state.
Senator Carter aaid in his paper:
The president. Impressed with the Idea
that the ranges were beiiur destroyed by
those who occupied them, that commotion
and bloodshed marked the contentions of
rival claimants on the rantre, approved the
policy proposed by the chief forester, but
expressly disclaimed revenue raising as a
primary purpose. In his letter of February
11. ls07. to Senator Warren the president
favored local control of the range In con
Junction with federal authority and as
serted that responsibility should not be so
defined that no one could be held responsi
ble, which meant that In the last analysis
the office or a(?ent of the federal arovern
ment should exercise supreme control.
Herein rests the vicious failure of the
proposed policy, as an ag nt of the govern
ment from whose decision there would bo
no appeal except to the offict r under whose
directions he proceeded would determine
srbltrarlly who should and who should not
enjoy range privileges.
The activity of the entire country and
the deaigna of every rancher mould be
made aubjoct to tlte dictum of the siwclnl
NEW HAVEN ROAD WINS CASE
Maasarhnaetts Supreme t'onrt stains
Demurrer to state's Petition
BOSTON. Jan. 1$. The Masaachusetta
supreme court today sustained the de
murrer of the New York. N'em- Haven and
Hartford railroad company in the case of
the common law information brought
against the company by Attorney General
Malone, alleging violation of the state laws
ana asking for a Judgment to ouster.
FIGHT ON IN BANKERS LIFE
John W. Towle, Policy Holder, En
joins Change in Character.
OPPOSES THE STOCK C0MPAITY
Aver In Ills t'onrt Petition that n.
It. Bohlson Has Dominated and
Mode tho Institution n
A restraining order to Drevent the voting
of the proxies of absent policyholders In
favor of changing the Rankers Reserve Life
company from a mutual to a stock com
pany was- Issued Wednesday about noon
by Judge Kennedy. John W. Towle, one
of the policyholders of the company, made
the application through his attorneys.
Weaver & Oilier, and Judge Kennedy set
the hearing on the application to make
the Injunction permanent for Thursday at
2 p. m.
The restraining order runs against Baa
com H. Rohtson, Rsy C. Wagner, William
F. Mllroy, Thomas W. Blackburn, Robert
L. Roblson. Walter O. Preston and the
Bankers Reserve Life company.
In his petition Towle declares he and the
other policy holders have acquired a vested
right in the property and assets of tin
company which will be Jeopardized by the
proposed change from the mutual to the
stock company plan of organization. He
declared B. H. Rohtson hss always domi
nated the corporation and has been run
ning It as a "family affair." He, his son
and two sons-in-law constituting the ma
jority of the' membership of the board of
On each application for a policy is at
tached a power of attorney to be signed
by the applicant, giving B. H. Robison tho
right to represent him. Recently, the peti
tion says, letters were sent out to policy
holders stating that all proxies not other
wise given would be voted by Mr. Itoblson
In favor of the change on the strength of
this power of attorney. It Is the voting
of these proxies that Is enjoined by the
restraining order Issued by the court.
President Roblson Talks.
"This Injunction was not secured by our
policy holders and they .are not back of
It." said President Bascom It. Roblson of
the Bankers Reaerve Life company, when
told that an Injunction had been secured
to prevent the voting of the proxies.
"Further than this I can say nothing,"
said Mr. Roblson. "1 have not been In
formed as to what the petition for the
Injunction alleges. T. W. Blackburn and
J. H. Adams are the attorneys for the
company. They have be-n sent to look
over the petition and court order."
"Will you go ahead with your meeting?"
he was asked.
"It Is required by law." (
"Will you vote the proxies?"
"It Is required by law."
"But there Is an Injunction against vot
Merely Hearsay Evidence.
"That Is wiat I understood, but I don't
know anything about It."
Further, than this President Robison re
fused to- discuss the affairs of r the com
pany. He said ho had a number of Affi
davits to file which might change the ap
pearance of the matter.
The Bankers Reserve Life Is advertised
as a million-dollar company. The state
ment of October 1 showed that It has re
sources of $1.014,ti07. The "net mean re
serve liability on all policies In force, com
puted oh the actuaries table of mortality,
with -4 per cent Interest." was stated as
$783,714. The death losses reported or un
paid amounted to only $2,600.
Tho official staff of the company la:
B. H. Roblson, president.
Ray C. Wagner, secretary.
V.. It. Dunn, assistant secretary.
R. L. Roblson. vice president.
W. G. Preston, treasurer.
F. J. Moravec, cashier.
R. M. Taylor, auditor.
lr. W. O. Brldgea, medical director.
Dr. W. F. Mllroy, assistant medical di
Dr. J. E. Summers. Jr., assistant medical
John A. Dempster, superintendent of
R. F. Marqula, general agency director.
P. Batea, general agency Inspector.
F. G. Hoagland, general agency super
intendent. IMMUNITY IS NOT EFFECTIVE
Men Who West Back on Their Prom
ise to Te.tlfy Will Bo
ST. PAUL, Jan. 15. Warrants were Issued
from the United States district court today
for the arrest of nine men In connection
with the case of the government against
the four Wood brothers (O. W., I A., L,
C. and F. B.) and the Wisconsin Grain
company, charged with violating the
United States postal laws. This case was
recently dlBmlaaed. but when charges of
Jury tampering ' were preferred against
Sherman Smith, a prominent politician of
Minneapolis, he and two Jurors were ar
raigned. The warrants today were for
Clinton O. Phelps, president of the Wis
consin Grain company; H. P. Ormberger,
secretary; Martin Qulgley, treasurer; B-ice
Tuttle. custodian; Charles Stuart, telegraph
operator; Charles Kelly, order clerk; Paul
Fauss, A. W. Brown and George W. Wood.
Several of these were granted Immunity If
they would testify for the ' government.
The government clalma some of the men
went back on their word on the stand and
they must now suffer the consequences.
H. H. TUCKER AGAIN INDICTED
Former General Manoaer of Unele
am OH Company Moat
KANSAS CITY Jan. 15. Harry H.
Tucker, Jr., secretary and former general
manager of the Uncle Sam Oil company,
was re-lndlcted on three counts by a fed
eral grand Jury In Kansas City, Kan.,
today for alleged misuse of the malls In
advertising the sale of stock. Tucker waa
indicted April last on three counts charg
ing a similar offense. The Indictments
were quashed by the trial Judge, however,
because of a technical error,
The Uncle Bam Oil company was placed
hi receiver's hands last year. Tucker had
aold stork In uhe concern In twenty states
to the amount of over $1,000,000.
SMITH AND WHYTE SENATORS
Leailslatwre of Maryland Formally
electa Men Who Are ta ,
ANNAPOLIS, Md.. Jan. 16 The general
assembly of Maryland In Joint session to
day elected Walter Smith a member of the
United States senate for the full term of
six years beginning March 1 1909, and at
the same time Senator William Plnckney
Whyte was declared elected to fill the un
expired term of the late Senator Gorman.
The republican minority voted for General
Felix Agnus, publisher of the Baltimore
American, for the short term, and Judge
John C Motter ef Frederick for tha long
THAW SKELETONS ARE BARED
No Detail of Defendant's K.nrly Ca
reer or Tendencies ('milled In
Trial Now On.
NEW YORK. Jan. 1 5 Adhering strictly
to their promise to Interroso no other
defense than that of Insanity In behalf
of their client, the attorneys representing
Harry K. Thaw at hla trial tody con
tinued tho examination of witnesses, who
swore that young Thaw at various limes
In hla life appeared to them as Irrational
and mentally unsound, practically all of
the testimony was entirely new to the
case and had to do with acta down to
the day of tragedy Itself. Then came
the declaration of the ten men who -at
on the coroner's Jury during the Inquiry
Into Stanford White's death, all of whom
declared that the defendant the day fol
lowing thn shooting acted Irrationally.
His manner and appearance were tuch as
to cause the Inquest Jury to discuss his
state of mind after their formal Verdict
had been rendered.
In the day's testimony there was more
delving Into the history of the Thaw fam
ily. Alfred Lee Thaw of Richmond, Va.,
a third cousin of the defendant, taking
tho stand and telling of the tain of in
sanity which had cau.oed hla father and
brother to die In state asylums.
Somo of Thaw's alleged eccentricities, re
vealed for the first time, were related to
day by Christopher Baft-Ran, steward of
the New York Whist club; by Miss Matilda
Stein, a telephone operator, and by Per
August Weber, a former butler In the Thaw
household. Thaw spent a portion of the
afternoon of June S, 196, at the whist dub
and at that time a few hours before the
tragedy was pictured by the steward us
being highly nervous and as frequently ex
claiming "this Is awful." He asked the
steward to have a valuable package put
Into the. safe. After the killing the pack
age was opened and found to contain three
cigarettes wrapped in tinfoil. District At
torney Jerome, In cross-examining tho club
steward, brought out the fact that Thaw
played bridge there with many prominent
men. The witness declared he was not
supposed to know what Mr. Thaw. Mr.
Gate. Mr. Schwab and the others played
for, but he was sure nothing but mineral
water was ever served at the tables.
The telephone operator told of Thaw put
ting in seventy-five calls one morning at
the Grand hotel and then forgetting all
The butler told many details of Thaw's
life at home In 1903 and was still under
examination when adjournment was taken.
The separate incidents of alleged irra
tional conduct on the part of the defendant
was being put in evidence by Mr. Littleton
as the foundation for the expert testimony
that Is to come. He also bopes to accumu
late such a mass of testimony as to Thaw's
erratic conduct as to make It Impossible
for the district attorney to fulfill the task
the law places upon him of proving Thaw
sane "beyond every reasonable doubt."
Criminal lawyers' of prominence who are
following the case outlined by the defense
and who are taking into consideration the
fact that a speclflo plea of Insanity has
been entered this year, declare that ac
quittal under the circumstances can come'
only with the added clause "on account of
the insanity of the defendant at the time
the set was committed." This. It Is de
clared, would compel the presiding Judgre
to commit Thaw to Matteawan asylum,
fro mwhence a fight to prove Ills present
sanity and thus gain freedom would have
to be conducted through habeas corpus
BROWN STUDENTS FOR HUGHES
Snnajeatlon of Prealdent Fannre that
Clnb Re Formed to Boost
FROV1JJENCK. K. I., Jail. 15. At a
smoker held by the senior clans of Rrown
University In the Brown Union last night,
the first steps toward the formation of a
Hushes club were taken. The president
of the class was authorized to appoint
committee to form a club, the purpose of
which will be to boom Governor Charles
E. Hughes of New York-, as' republican
candidate for president of the United
States. This action was taken aa a result I
of President W. If. I. Faunce's sugges
tion that the students take some action i
along thia line.
ALBANY. N. Y., Jan. 15. Governor
Hughes still maintains silcned regarding
the movement in favor of his endorsement
for the prealdency by the republicans of
this state. The governor was Interrogated
today by the newspaper men, but declined
to say anything for publication. It can
be authoritatively stated, however, that the
governor's attitude In this matter Is that
while he appreciates tho honor shown In
movement for his nomination, he will
not In any way discourage the movement,
nor will he use his official position to In
fluence a ainglo vote In favor of an In
structed delegation from this state or In
any other aspect of the matter.
MONONGAH OWNERS CLEARED
Coroner's Jnry Find Mlue Was Con
ducted According to Hea-ula-tlona
FAIMMOUNT, W. Va., Jan. lo.-The
coroners Jury this afternoon returned Its
verdict In connection with the Investigation
of the Monongah mine diaaater. It finds
that the exploaion waa due to either a
blown out shot or Ignition of powder which
In turn Ignited the gaa lb the mine. It
finds that the company compiled with all
the atate regulations and took all reason
able precautions and practically exonerates
the coal company from responsibility for
the loss of life. The Jury recommended
that additional Inspectors be appointed for
a more thorough Inspection of mines. The
Jury also recommended that congress
make an appropriation for the establish
ment of a bureau of investigation and if
necessary to aid In the, study of various
condltlnna under which explosions occur
and as to how they may h prevented.
WALSH HAS GOOD JUDGMENT
Attorney In fhlraao Trial Declares
Investment In Railroad Waa
CHICAGO, Jan. ti. Atloruey John S.
Miller concluded his argument in defense
of John R. Walah today in the trial of the
former banker on the charge of misapply
ing bank funda. He took up the discus
sion of Walsh's Investments, Interrupted
by adjournment of court laat night,, de
claring that the Investments were ques
tions of Judgment entirely and that Walsh's
Judgment was not altogether bad. "When
you have a road like the Southern In
diana or tha Southern Illinois," he said,
"with twenty or thirty coal mines and
numerous other Industries pouring traffic
Into It, you can't say that Investment in
that road has shown bad Judgment."
Edward C. Rltcher, associate counsel for
Walsh, will deliver tha final defending
address to the Jury.
BR UN THE ONLY MAN
Democrats Gather at Lincoln to Eenew
PEERLESS LEADER THEIR IDOL
Lauded by Speakers and Cheered by
People at Board.
ELECTION AN ASSURED FACT
Orator Aftr Orator Sees Only Sura
ROSEATE DREAM OF DEMOCRATS
Annual Dollnr Dinner the Occasion of
a. I.reet Onlponrlna: of Fervent
Abnae for Kennhllranlam nnd
Praise f r Aryan. '
(From n Staff Cor respondent.
LINCOLN. Jan. 1-.-(Speol;il TelcgranO
Under the name of "Fourth Animal Bars
quet of the Democratic State Committee.'
democrats of a half dor.cn states im-t to
nifc-ht ami pledged their support to the can
dldnry of William J. Bryan for prraident
predicted unanimously his election, ani
agreed without dissent that the republics!
party la unable to manage the affairs !
the government In the IntereM of all th
The meetlnK was hold In the large audi,
torlum, and scats at the banquet tabli
were prepared for l.t?. iind every seat wal
occupied and many were tillable to gait!
admittance, even to the gallery, which
necessitated the holding of an overflow
banquet at the Lincoln liolel. From A. C
Shallcnbergcr. the tousttunster, down tht
long list of speakers, each brought a mes
sage of love and cncotirageinenf to the N'e.
brttskan, who closed the spcHklrg with hit
ever optimistic assertion that never befor
wcro the democrats so united and harmonb
ous as now. The occasion brought out t
masnlflcent crowd of democrats, with a
few popullats. who have become so scorct
since George W. Herac became a democrsf
that they were almost unrecognisable, bul
they were there. Hon. M. F. Harrlngtor
representing them on the speakers' list.
The arrangements for the banquet wert
by no means the best In the world, but even
that could not disturb the beautiful dt
dreams Indulged In. Long tnbles run tht
lenirth of the auditorium front east to wet,
while on the atase were tables for th
speakers and a few leading manipulator
of democratic politics nnd distinguished
guests. The banqueters were seated whi
ttled aides to the speakers, but the part
had become so used to twisting around It,
Its various positions -no one was seriously
disturbed hy that. The applause was gen
erous throughout and though several of tli
speeches were longer than the Bryan road
to the White House the name of the "peer
less leader" was thrown In often enough
to keep the crowd worked up to the Ideal
pitch.' '"- ' : '
liovernor Welcomes Governors).
Notwithstanding one of the prominent
democrats from out in the state said tha
reception accorded the visitors was eoM
and clammy. Governor Sheldon tool; a ham!
late In the day and showed the visiting
governors from Oklahoma and Florida that
western hospitality is on n pnr with that
of their own leloved southland. The rov
ernor entertained William J. Bryan. Gov
ernor Haskell and Mrn. Haskell of Okla
homa. Governor Broward of Florida and
Senator Wrightson of Oklahoma at the
executive mansion for an hour. At this
meeting politics for the moment was laid
aside and the beauties of Nebraska as can
be described no better than by Governor
and Mrs. Sheldon were illsousbed. The gov
ernora had met before. fl ln,B reunion
waa of pleasure to them nil.
Governor Broward reached Lincoln last
night, while the olher apeakers came In
i during the day.
Colonel Bryan met Gov
ernor and Mrs. Haskell at the at at ion and
drove them at once to Fulrvlew, whero
later they were Joined by Governor Brow
ard of Florida and Senator Wrightson of
Oklahoma for lunch, Later In the after
noon Mr. Bryan drove his guesta over the
city and at 4:30 called at the executive
manalon, where tea was served.
Democrats In Droves.
The active crowd began to arrive last
night and the Lincoln hotel, wliloch is tha
democratic headquarters, turned away peo
ple as early aa 8" o'clock. During the day.
I whilH tlie democratic state committee waa
holding forth behind cloned doors, other
democrats roamed around the corridor of
the hotel, predicting tho election at Bryan.
The fact that a number of railroad men.
Including William Canaday of the Union
Pacific, a war horac democrat; Superin
tendent Byruni of the Burlington. Superin
tendent Rogers of the Hurllueton, together
with a number of freight agents who are
here to attend a proceedings before tlia
Interstate Commerce coninilxsion, mingled
llh the crowd and discussed politics laileil
lo sen re them one bit. It was discovered
at a late hour that Inasmuch as A. O.
Shallenberger bad been chosen toastmasler,
other candidate for the democratic nomi
nation for governor ,llul been ullglited. Ar
rangements were then inurie to have the
toastmuster call upon Mayor Dahlinan of
Omaha and George W. Uergo of Lincoln
to make short talks Juat to keep tip the
harmony dream. Berge kicked at first
when he was told he could have only five
minutes, but later coiiscnb d to talk if
Roasts fur Republicanism.
The one great note that Hounded through
all the speeches was Bryan. The speukiis
dwidt lovingly on thu name and from Iowa,
Indiana, Florida, Coloiado, Oklahoma,
came prophets to I'll the oplo of Ne
braska and to tU the Nebraska himself
that Bryan waa going lo lie clei ted. Lvrn
hi Nebraska, where the last republican
majority waa si large It was almost too
bis to count, came a prophet saying Hrjan
would carry tho Male. The rest was a de
nunciation of republican principles. It was
a case of the wish being father to the
thought hopeful p'eiilcllona ,,, 1 1, fa,.,. ,,f
stubborn facts. And the magnificent crowd
liked It. The people laid their dollur each
to hear beautiful metaphors, roasts kerved
up hot from good vpeakers and about the
good time a-comlng that is what they
heard from the beginning to the end-and
all those prophecies made in IMW and In
1W0 aliout the abolition of tho Fourth of
July, the great paramount Usue of liny),
dire things that cic to happ n and dnln't
they were forgot.
The bill of fare contained it large ear of
corn suspended from tlie husks, out of
which appeared tlie head of the presld-n-tiitl
i-andldate. Then follomed the list of
speakers on a separate page und the lost
of edibhs, all cold.
Tbe following democrat uout
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