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VOL. XXXVIII NO. 9.
QUIET BEFORE STRESS
Denver Take Best Before the Rush of
Delegates Begin to Arrive.
FEW POLITICIANS IN THE CITY
Most Who Have Been There Go Into
Mountain! to See the Sights
SUMMARY OF THE DEE
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STRUGGLE OVEB THE PI Jfc
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PROBE INTO MINE DISASTERS
Scientific Investigation to Be Con
ducted by Uncle Sam.
PLANS TO CHECK MOBTALITY
Method of Rrilorlni Hentf Death
Lous to Be Devised Through
Eiprrlmrnti at Pitta
GROWERS LIKE STORAGE PLAN
M yomlna sheepmen Are TaVlna
ttataif of OppnrlDalllra
Democrats Will Have a Time L
the Injunction Plank.
MANY AFTER THE SECOND PL, K
ew York Aloaa Has KIt Men W.
Are Mentioned for the Honor and
Other Mate Are Xot
FORECAST FOR N EBRASK A Monday
Temperature at Omaha yesterday:
DENVER. Coin.. June 28.-Thls city took
Ha last politics! slumber for at least a
fortnight to come. The democratic po"
tlelans of prominence who have already
arrived for tha national convention left this
morning for a pleaaure trip Into the moun
tain. They will straggle back, some of
them tonight, othera tomorrow. By the time
they are all back onca more the advance
guards Of the state delegations will be here
or on their way. and there will be an ever
increasing activity until the red fire has
flickered out and the curtain has been
rung down on the final scene of the demo
cratic rational convention.
There were more departures of politicians
today than there were arrivals and conse
quently there was a dreath of happenings
In the political sense. The out-and-out
Bryan men were today highly pleased over
the easy manner In which Theodore A. Bell
of California waa yesterday named for tem
porary chairman. There were reports be
fore Mr. Bell had been selected that a fight
was to be made on him by Thomas Taggart,
chairman of the national committee, and
Roger C. Sullivan, the national committee
man from Illinois, but the promised strug
gle did not materialise and the 'wishes of
Mr. Bryan regarding Mr. Bell were carried
out without a sign or sound of dissent.
Thla fact was taken by the Bryan men to
mean that ail opposition to the wishes of
their leader had disappeared, or at least
will be of only comparatively slight Influ
ence throughout the convention. They are
now counting confidently on the selection
of Henry D. Clayton of 'Alabama for per
manent chairman, asserting that It will be
brought about as easily and with no more
opposition than was that of Mr. Bell at
the meeting yesterday.
o Oppoaltton to Clayton.
No particular opposition has been made
to Mr. Clayton and there Is no present
of any fight against him. Other
names have been mentioned, but none from
the south save that of Senator Joseph W.
Bailey of Texas, and It seems to be prac
tically certain that he will not be able to
attend the convention because of til health.
It Is said that Mr. Bryan desires a perma
nent chairman from tha south, and the
F.rysn men believe that with Senator Bailey
. ;imlnatr.d. no man other than Clayton wlU
be Considered. "' '
Very little talk has so far been heard
concerning th platform, but It la generally
believed among the recognized leaders here
that the fight over the "Injunction" plank
In the republican resolutions committee
may find a parallel when the democratic
platform builders are fairly at work. It
Is generally understood that In the event
of the Bryan people securing control of
the resolutions committee, the declaration
of pilnclple will follow closely the "Lin
Events rf political importance so far
l-nve been few. Not a single headquarters
has been opened as yet. and It will prob
ably be Thursday of this week before
events are In full swing.
The vlc presidential situation, from the
present outlook, offers the greatest en
couragement to that claas "Of delegates
whicn I looking always for excitement at
a political convention. I'nlesa the nominee
for the first place on the ticket should de
mand of his friends a running mate on
whom he haa set his heart, the Indications
would seem to point to numerous, ballots
In the completion of a ticket. That frequent
balloting and spirited contests are wonder-
ful factors In creating enthusiasm Is as
Med by democratic leaders now here and
they are looking forward to a scramble over
the vice presidency, particularly If a nomi
nation for the presidency Is made on the
first ballot. A well fought conteet to the
finish ovr any question which Interests
the delegates. It Is said, engenders good
feeling and harmony. The disposition of
the party leaders, therefore, ts to Invite
rather than discourage prominent demo
crats to enter the race for second place on
the national ticket.
Man? for Second Plaee.
Tha present prospects are that there will
Hot be a dearth of candidates for the vice
presidential nomination. Some of the names
Bow heard are those of men who have
aid they do not desire, or would not take
second place. They will hava warm friends
in the convention, nevertheless, who are
likely to make campaigns for them. If Mr.
Bryan should be nominated and fall to
voice his preference for a running mate.
Among these are Governor Johnson of Min
nesota and Judge Gray of Delaware, both
of wlrbm will figure In the ballot for the
presldental nomination. That both of these
would prefer not to be thoua-ht of In con
nection with the vice presidency and in fact
might go so far as to positively decline
Id advance to qualify If nominated,, appar
ently has failed to eliminate them from the
list of possibilities.
The argument In favor of Both Johnson
and Gray la their unquestioned popularity
In the communities where they live and
the fact that they could be expected to ap
peal to conservative business tntereats.
Gbvernor Johnson Is ae.vtng a second term
$ the chief executive of his state. He
was the editor and publisher of a news
paper In his state when he entered public
life and la not a lawyer. It Is well known
that Judge Oray would much rather not
enter Into campaign for the vice presi
dency. Five from New York.
The five New York men are looming up
conspicuously In the reconvention gossip
over the vice presidential situation. These
are Morgan J. O'Brien, former chief Jus
tic of tha New Tork supreme court; Her
man L. Met, city comptroller of Brooklyn;
former Representative Charles A. Towns,
Lewis S. Chanter, lieutenant governor, and
former Representative Franc-Is Burton Har
rison. The two Utter are young men and
have been successful In politics. Mr.
Towns, formerly of Minnesota, haa made
a reputation in tn east and west as a
urong campaigner. Judge O'Brien Is
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Tornado strikes town of Pukwana, S. D..
and nractlcallv wipes it out. property loss
great, hut no people killed. Pag 1
State of federal tteasury for fiscal year
ending June 30. show excess of expendi
tures over receipts of 160,000,000. Page 1
Cloudburst near Beatrice puts Blue river
almost to record mark. Creeks all over
flow. One house washed away before fam
ily escapes, and they are rescued with
Denver Is taking breathing spell before
the rush of delegates. Fight on over the
Injunction plank In the committee on reso
lutions. Many candidates for vice presi
dent. MOVEMENTS OT OCEAJT STEAMSHIPS.
NEW YORK Amarlka
PLYMOt'TH Hremrn .
PLYMOUTH St. Louis.
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EXPENSES EXCEED RRCEIPTS
Sixty Million More Paid Ont by
Government Than Is
WASHINGTON. June 28. The forthcom
ing statement of the treasury receipts and
expenditures for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 10u8, will ahow a marked falling
off in receipts as compared with the yesr
1907, and a large Increase In the expendi
tures. The excess of expenditures over re
ceipts for the j ear will approximate $60.
ono.OnO, which has been exceeded only twice
since the civil war. In 1S94 there was a
deficit of 169,803,000. and in 1W9 there was
another of a little over SS9.ono.OfiO, and in
each of the four Intervening years the re
ceipts fell considerably below the disburse
ments. Again In 19u4 and 19o there were
shortages of HI, 770,000 and $'3,on0,000. res
pectively. The total receipts this year will be shown
to have been about 99.000,000, or f6t.0o0.0o0
lees thsn for -the Aacal year 1907. Customs
receipts will be shown to have fallen off
about $46,000,000 from those of 1907, while)
the receipts from Internal revenue sources
will be short nearly $19,000,1:00. Miscellane
ous receipts will show a slight gain.
The disbursements for the year will be
ahown to have aggregated about $o9.ooo.ooo,
or $sn,ooo,0fr more than for 197, and $M,
000.000 more than for any other year since
1863, not excepting the Spanish war period.
Although these Increased disbursements
are very general and are shown In nearly
every account except that of Interest on
the public debt, some of the heaviest of
them were for Important permanent Im
provements. The Panama canal during the closing
year will have cost the government $38,
000,000, as against $27.0u0.000 for the year
1907, and the work this year In connection
with the reclamation of the public lands
will be shown to have cost about $13,000,000,
which Is not far from last year's figures.
The deficiency In the postal revenues for
the present year will probably reach $13,
600,000, as against $7,500,000 for 1907. mak
ing a difference of $6,000,000.
This Is the largest postal deficiency In
the history of the government except In
1905, when It reached nearly $15,000,000. The
records show that the has been a postal
deficiency every year since the establish
ment of the service, with the exception of
twelve, when small surpluses were shown.
The expense of the rural free mall delivery
this ear Is not expected to fall below $25,
000.000. The decrease In the amount of, the
receipts of $64,000,000 and the increased ex
penditures of $KO,000,000, make a difference
against the treasury for the fiscal year of
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. June IS. (Special.) The
lnlted States government, within the next
few weeks, will begin a series of scientific
Investigations Into the causes of dlsasiera
In American coal mli.es In the hope that
the present frightful mortality may be re
duced to a minimum. By August 1, In
accordance with plans approved by Secre
tary of the Interior Garfield, the Interior
department will have a complete experi
mental station In operation on the grounds
of the arsenal In Pittsburg, Fa.
For some time before the Hemenway
amendment to the legislative appropriation
bill, making an apprrpnatlon of $160,000 for
this work, became a law and the money
available, government officials were busy
makirt tentative plans for the station In
order that there might be no delay. This
advanced the project to such an extent that
the material for the station will be on the
ground by July 1, and It is expected the
station will he in operation a month later.
This prompt action was considered neces
sary because of the fact that the terrible
mortality record of last year Is being con
tinued Into this year, although 1907 was con
sidered an unusual one, 3,200 being killed
In the coal mines, as agarnst 2,061 the year
before. From unofficial estimates It ap
pears that sixteen men have been killed
or injured each work day of the year. Just
the other week, twenty-three miners were
killed and thirty injured tn and about
Testa of Dynamites and Powders.
At the Pittsburg experimental station,
tests of the varlouB dynamites and powders
used in blasting coal will be made, with a
view to accurately determining their safety
In the presence of the deadly firedamp and
equally deadly coal dust. Explosives of all
sorts will be hurled by meana of a mortar
Into mammoth boiler-plate cylinder which
has previously been filled with gas, and
the effects will be carefully noted. If Igni
tion fails after severe tests, the use of
these explosives will be urged upon the
mine owners of the country.
That part of the experimental station in
which the explosives are to be tested will
be In the form of a cylinder, 100 feet long
and six feet In diameter, lying on thu
ground. An explosive mixture of firedamp
and air in one case or coal dust and air In
another will be pumped Into the cylinder
and the explosive to be tested will be shot
Into It from one end by a big steel mortar
so that the flame and products of combus
tion will go right Into the explosives.
CLOUDBURST AT BEATRICE
CHEYENNE. Wyn.. June 2 . 1 6f ecisl.)
Wool groweis of Wyoming sie now re
ceiving better prices for wool than were
olfered earlier In the season, and the in
dications are prices will go still higher.
When shearing commenced In Carbon
county early in April there were few buy
ers In the field, and they mad- no offets
for the purchase of the wool. Iater they
mad deals on a cons gnnient basis and
practically the entire clip of that county
went cast on consignment and on advances
of from 8 to 10 cents p r pound.
In fth r sections of the state as the
fleeces were removed from the sheeps'
backs a few buyers made low offers, but
th? ctfer.ng wer below 12 cents per pound
The state and national associations of wool
growers adclscd the growers to hold tlie r
wool and not accept the offers of the buy
ers, and almost without txception this ad
vice was heeded. The result was the buy
ers could not obtain wool at their own
prices and were compelled to raise their
offers to get wool.
The Voming association Inaugurated the
Omaha storage plan and a company '
organised and built a monster warehouse
there, and about the middle of May the
clips started going to that point and are
still going. Central Wyoming was the sec
tion that contributed the largest number
of shipments to the Omaha warehouse, and
the result has tieen to advance the price
of central Wyoming wool from 12 to IB and
even 16 cents per pound and the top has
not been reached. These same wools last
year brought from 16 to 22 cents, and it Is
believed that by September 1 Wyoming
wools will be bringing within 1 and 2 cents
of last year's prices.
The wool storage plan Inaugurated by
the National Wool Growers', association at
St. Paul, Minn., and Chicago, and the will
ingness of the manufacturers to buy direct
from the growers have had the desired
result and growers are now receiving some
where near the market value "of their
Another year there will be more buying
direct fiom the grower by the manufac
turer and the storage plan will be en
larged and wool auction sales wll follow,
with the Inevitable result that the middle
man will be relegated to the rear and wool
will cease to he a speculative commodity
as in the past and the growers will not be
called upon to make good the losses of the
middlemen or pay them the excessive prof
Its they have enjoyed In years past.
Blue River Reaches Almost to Record
Hijh Water Mark.
CUB CREEK HIGHEST KNOWN
Ian F. scope
Away Before Family
and Members Are
BEATRICE, Neb.. June 2S.-(Speclal Tel
egram.) A terrific cloudburst In the Blue
valley north and west of here last night
caused a fifteen-foot rise In the Blue river
at this point since yesterday. The stream
Is nearly as high as it was In 1303. when
the highest mark on record was reached.
Shortly before 12 o'clock the water crossed
West Court street, flooding that section of
the city and driving many people from
their homes. The water works and electric
light plants were threatened, but this even,
ing the water lacked a foot or more of
reaching the boilers at these plants. The
water on Court street, the principal street
In the city, is three feet deep.
Daniel Freeman, the first homesteader.
reports Cub creek, north of here, the high
est In Us history, the water reaching the
second story of his house. A five. inch
rainfall is reported from that section. A
house on the Kllpatrlck ranch on Cub
creek was washed down stream before the
family escaped and lodged against a tree.
The family was finally rescued with difficulty.
I'he fnlon Taclflc roadbed between here
and Manhattan, Kan., Is under waier in
places and all trains have been annulled.
At 5 o'clock this evening the river was
reported stationary and It is thought the
flood has reached Its crest. Thousands of
Beatrice people watched the flood from the
Court and Sixth street bridges today. As
the wheat harvest Is on tn some localities
it Is feared the grain has been badly dam
At 8 o'clock this evening the Blue river
was falling slowly. It is raining here this
BIG TRAVELING MEN'S. PARADE
Sonth Dakota Knlahta of the
Cloae a Most "ncreeafal
TAFT SPENDS A QUIET DAY
Brother Charles Comes to ee Him
and Dlacaas the Situa
tion. WASHINGTON. June IS. -Secretary WW
11am Howard Taft passed the second Sun
day after his nomination for the presidency
quietly at bis K street home. He was
much refreshed after a comfortable and
restful night's sleep practically the first
prolonged and adequate rest he has had
sincn. his nomination. Early today his
brother. Charles P. Taft of Cincinnati, ar
rlvea in aahlngton and Joined the war
secretary at his home. They spent the day
and evening together.
(.Continued OS Saoond Pa)
Joh aeon-Wan Wtrom.
WAHOO, Neb., June 27. ( Special.)
Nearly 200 Invited guests attended the wed
ding of Herbert A. Johnson, proprietor of
Johnson's pharmacy, and Mias Lizzie M.
Wahlstrom, daughter of 8. P. Wahistrom
of this city. Rev. O. J. Johnson, brother
of the bridegroom. officiated. Juanlta
Peterson and Irene Wall, flower girls, led
the bridal procession down the Isle of the
Swedish Lutheran church, where the cere
mony took place. The bride was led to
the altar by her father and the bridegroom
was attended by his cousin, Emanuel Ek
blad, as best man. A sumptuous banquet
was served in the church parlors to 1U
Invited guests, many of whom wer pres
ent from out-of-town. Mr. and Mrs. John
son left Friday afternoon for Cleburne,
Kan., where they will visit for several
weeks with Mr. Johnson's psrents and
WAHOO, Neb., June 28.-8pclal.)-On
midsummer evening the marriage of Her
bert A. Johnson and Miss Illlla M. Wahl
strom took place at the BwedJsh Lutheran.
church In Waiioo. Rev. O. J. Johnson,
brother of tha bridegroom, officiated.
Plttahnrir Center of Coal Fields.
Pittsburg was selected as the site for the
station because the government Is already
In possession of available land and build
ings there, but this site Is especially favor
able because It Is In the heri oMha-eaet-erti
coal fields, and fn the state where 1,614
men lost their lives in the coal mines In
1907, nearly half the total for the entire
United States. It is slso an advantage to
have natural gas easily obtainable, as this
gas corresponds nearer to firedamp than
The cylinder In which the explosions are
occur are to be made of heavy boiler
plate. Safety valves will be placed all
along the top and will be left unfastened
In such a manner that when there Is an
explosion the valves will fly open upon
their hinges. A series of portholes on the
sides covered with one-half Inch glass, will
enable those conducting the experiments
to witness the explosions from the obser
vation house, sixty feet away. The steel
mortar which will hurl the explosives
Into the cylinder will be fired by elec
tricity from the observation house, which
is to be parallel with the cylinder Itself.
While these tests are being conducted.
operators and miners will be Invited to be
present. In order that they will be able to
see clearly, the explosions of gas or dust,
a piece of oil paper will be placed across
the face of one of the safety valves with a
piece o gun cotton suspended about six
Inches away. When an explosion occurs
the flames will burn the oil paper and Ig
nite the g-un cottoh.
Vapors Will Be Defied.
In connection with the experimental sta
tion there will be a mfhlature mine with
drifts, headings, rooms and ladders. This
place will be filled with smoke or gaa and
experiments will be made with apparatus
capable of sustaining life In these vapors
Miners will be taught how to wear this
apparatus and how to save their comrades
who may be unconscious In the mine fol
lowing an explosion. It ts believed that
with some such apparatus In use last De
cember, when 800 men were killed In four
mine explosions, a numher of the victims
of these disasters might have been saved
had they been reached in time. As It is
now, following an explosion, with the mine
filled with poisonous vapors, no one will
venture tn the mine for some time after
the accident. A sad Illustration of this is
seen In the explosion at Hanna, Wyo., March
28, tn which seventy miners were killed.
No one has yet entered the mine, the bod
ies being still there. The investigations
will be conducted by a trained mining en
gineer experienced in such work. The
station Itself will be In charge of Clarence
Hall, the government's explosive expert,
with Dr. Walter O. Snelllng, as explosives
The results of the experiments will be
published for the benefit of the mine bu
reaus of the various coal producing states,
the mine owners and the miners themselves.
Simple Instructions will he Issued from timu
to time to the miners In half a dozen dif
ferent languages. There is no Intention
of Interfering In any way with the Inspec
tion work of the state bureaus The work
la wholly Investigative In character, and
educational In purpose. It Is the purpose
of the I'nlted States officials to co-operate
with these bureaus to the extent of sup
plying Information concerning the myster
ies of the catastrophes In the mines. It Is
expected, the results will he accepted by
the state bureaus as a guidance to future
state laws goernlng the ssfety of miners.
I p-to-Date Methods for Land Offices.
Important changes in the method of
keeping records relating to tha public
lands will take effect July 1.
Thrse changes are the result of an In
vestigation made by Mr. Garfield shortly
after his sppolntment as secretary of the
Interior. It was discovered that many of
the methods adopted when the general
land office waa first organized, nearly 100
years ago, were still in vogue. These an
liquated methods involved a large amount
SlOfX FALLS. S. D.. June 28.-(Sreelal
Telegram.) The grand parade of the South
Dakota Traveling Men's association, which
took place yesterday during the fourth an
nual convention of the association, was one
of the greatest affairs of the kind In the his
tory of Sioux Falls. Escorted by several
bands and accompanied by numerous beau
tiful floats, a "fools' brigade," the Sioux
Falls fire department and prominent travel
Ing men and others in carriages, together
with many automobile, hundreds of travel
Ing, men marched tt-rrigii the. business seu-
uon or me city. -
The address which as scheduled to have
been made before the convention of travel
Ing men by Hon. J. H. Becx, secretary of
the St. Paul Jobbers' association, was made
by Colonel Davidson of 8t. Paul, who took
the place of Mr. Beck, who was unable to
be present. The annual reports of the re
turning officers showed the association to
be In good condition, both as to member
ship and financially.
By unanimous vote of the convention
Charles M. Day, editor of the Sioux Falls
Argus-Leader, who made the principal ad
dress at the opening convention, wag elected
an honorary member of the association
The annual ball of the association last night
was so successful that it was repeated to
night, and this closed what Is generally
credited wltn being the most successful
convention ever held by the association.
At a business session prior to final ad
journment the following officers were
elected for the coming year: President, W
8. Stcxkwell, Yankton; vice president, W. F.
Jellv, Yankton; aecretary, George N. Pol
lard. Yanklon; treasurer, E. H. Ritigs
The convention selected Y'ankton as the
place for holding the next annual conven
STORM , MAKES IDEAL DAY
Clarifies Atmosphere. Cleans streets
and Leaves Dellahtfnl Breese and
nnshlne for Awhile.
The deluge of rain Saturday night, driver,
by the terrific wind, was the forerunner of
a magnificent Sabbath. Nature was smil
ing lis most benign approval on what had
been done and the day Could not have been
more Ideal In Us beauty and comfort. The i
air was clarified, there was nor of that
murky, sticky humidity; It was as llRht as
a featln r and played with welcome touch.
The sun 'hone brightly, but not oppres
sively; the grass and trees looked greener'
and more majestic than ever; the streets
were Immaculate In their cleanliness. In I
11 It was about the most beautiful day of
the season and Omaha people great lovers
of God s glorious out-of-doors were not
low to manifest their appreciation of It.
Though rain came, it was not until the
day was nearly gone and the crowds in
parks and on ear and carriage tides had
rea iied homes. The rain came gently In
the afternoon and made a cool, comfortable
Street car men say they have not experi
enced so much difficulty "in a storm for
many a day as Saturday night. One of the
most frequent anVl dangerous obstacles cast
n their way by the wind and rain were
he numerous trees blown down across the
racks or trolley wires. In many cases In
Dundee and other thickly Heed sections
this annoyance was terrible.
Harney street ears going or coming on
California street were almost swept off
their tracks where the Boulevard crosses
California. That Is a very low place and
the water came up over the rlatforms. The
base ball grounds there were so completely
submerged that the water was over the
high board fence on the south side.
Trees In Happy Hollow and every park
In or around the city, as well as Along the
thoroughfares, were severely torn by the
STORM WRECKS TOWN
Pukwana, S. D., Almost Wiped Out of
Existence by Tornado.
COMES IN MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
People Are lanic Stricken, but Do Not
Know Where to Go to Escape.
FORTUNATELY NO ONE IS HURT
CITY ELECTIONS IN PANAMA
Friends of General Obaldla Are Vic
torious In Most I n
atance. PANAMA, June 2S. Balloting in the mu
nicipal elections throughout the Isthmus
was concluded at 4 ociork this afternoon.
There were no disorders here.
A big majority was given the ticket sup
ported by General Obaldiu, h candidate
for the presidency of the republic in the
elections that will take place next month
In Panama. Returns from Airai.ian nt
Taboga and Dehanie, the only points from
which advices have been received, show
that the ticket of Ohalilla also won there.
Reports from several of the provinces sav
that disturbances occurred, but thev were
Though the municipal elections today
were unimportant, Obaldia's triumph in
the capital ia regarded as evidence of his
popularity, as the supporters of the can
didate! favored by the government made
strenuous efforts to win.
DAHLMA.N HAS NOT GOT PLATFORM
Will Be Taken to Denver ly Mayor
Brown of Lincoln.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. June 2S.-(Special.)-The re-
nort from Denver mat Mayor k"'""
was thought to have a draft of the demo
cratlc platform In his pocket created some
interest here, though the report is not te
lleved. Mayor Brown of Lincoln has al
ready received his commission as custodian
of the platform and he will take It to uen
ver and deliver It with his own liny wnue
hands, notwithstanding the Omaha mayor
had him crowded out of the spotlignt at
this time. A conference of some of the
big democrats of the country will be held
in Lincoln the first of the week and the
olatform will be discussed, and it Is prbb-
able a vice presidential candidate will be
selected. Jim Reed of Kansas City and
John H. At wood of Kansas will attend
this conference. With the exception ol tne
iniunctlon rlank. Mr. Bryan has on severs
occasions practically outlined the platform
and there Is no secret about what It will
contain. It Is known for a certainty tha
the platform of other democratic conven
win ha endorsed and this will Include
tha endorsement of the sliver question
though the 16 to 1 Item will not be played
i.n. Mr. Bryan has already announced ma
the platform should contain a promise for
an immediate revision of the tariff, and to
the man who can write the strongest anil
trust plank he has said will be given the
honor of having the same Incorporated in
It Is understood there will be no mention
of government ownership of railrways.
So far the delegates who have been here
are unable to give out any Information not
heretofore made public and It is generally
understood Mr. Bryan has not decided for
waln on his running mate. Ex-Governo
Wancls of Missouri has a decided lookl
for the place because It Is thought he could
bring a number of the admirers of Presi
dent Cleveland to accept the Nebraskan.
but his location Is objected to as the demo
crats are counting on Missouri, anyhow.
Word has been received here that Governor
Francis will accept if tendered the nomi
Lincoln has begun to put on a lot of
Bryan airs, and In a number of windows
there axe large plrtures of the candidate
over which Is printed. "Welcome to Bryan's
A large crowd congregated at the Lincoln
hotel thla morning to wait for the coming
of the Roger Sullivan brigade, but when
The Bee came telling that the delegates
had been "denatured by ine ansenco in
Sullivan many lost interest and left.
Property Loss, However, Will Amount
to Many Thousands.
CROPS IN BIG SECTION RUINED
the Wind Did Not Wipe Ont
Destroyed hy Hall Which
Follow tin After the
OMAHAN ON NATIONAL COUNCIL
Miss Edith Tohltt of Pnnlle Library
Klected to Governing
Omaha has Just been honored by the elec
tion of Miss Edith Tohltt. librarian of the
Omaha Public Library, as one of the four
new members of the "Council." which Is
the governing body of the Ameil'-an Library
sRociatlon, at the yearly meeting held last
week at Lake Minnetonka. This body con
sists of twenty members, four of whom
are chosen each year. Although not on the
official slate, but a candidate by petition,
Miss Tobltt's friends secured for her this
recognition during Iter absence abroad. The
American Library association embraces
every library of note In the L'nlted Stales,
and over 7o0 members were In attendance
at the meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Haller have Just re
turned from Lake Minnetonka, where Mr,
Haller went to attend the meetings of the
American Library association. Mr. Haller
Is president of the Nebraska Library com
mission, as well as a director In the Omaha
Miss Margaret O'Brien I also back from
the American Library association meeting
which she attended as acting librarian of
the Omaha Public Library.
CONVICT BOMB CCNSPIRATORS
Five of Them Are Former Members
of the Montenegrin
CETTINJE, June 2K The trial of thirty,
six prisoners, charged with revolutionary
activity In connection witu the discovery
of a score of bombs here last year, and
during which senatioil testimony was ad
duced involving Crown Prime George of
Servia in a conspiracy against Montenegro,
resulted today in six of the accused bring
condemned to death, three to life imprison
ment and twenty-seven, including five
former cabinet ministers, to terms of im
prisonment ranging from six to twenty
Boyd Goes to Parker Fnneral.
NELIGH, Neb., June 28. (Special.) Con
gressman Boyd received a telegram yes
terday from the sergeant-at-arms of Ihe
house of representatives assigning him as
a member of the committee to attend the
funeral of Representative Parker of South
Dakota, who died at Dcadwuod on the 26th,
and he left last evening for that place.
THAW READY FOR NEW HEARING
CLEVELAND KNEW GOOD LAND
A. !,. Reed, Who Handled Omaha
Property, nys Ex-President Waa
"The dealings which the late Grover
Cleveland had with our firm showed th
he was a shrewd man of business," said
A. L. Reed, president of the Byron Reed
company, which had charge of Mrs. Cleve
land's property in Omaha. "He was a man
who wanted Just as III lie 'red tape' In Con
nection with business as possible. He
seemed to know, too, what was a correct
price for a piece of property, even at a
distance of shout l.ooi) miles, and showed
a marvelous faculty of long-distance sizing
up of the resources of a city and Its future.
'Most of our dealings were with Mrs.
Cleveland, who was the owner of the prop
erty, and only occasionally were we brought
Into contact with the president, when he
wrote a letter, for example, sending a
check 'at my wife's request." But I have
no doubt that lie was her close adviser In
regard to the holding of some of her prop
erty for higher prices and the sale of other
of It Just when top price had come.
"Moreover, he waa a man who had to 'be
shown.' He took nothing for granted, but
had to see every detail of a deal before he
was satisfied to let it go through."
MITCHELL. S. D.. June 2S.-iSpeclal Tel
egram.! The little town of Pukwana, In
Brule county, about fifty miles west of
Mitchell on the Milwaukee road, was nearly
wiped out of existence last night by th
visitation of a tornado, which covered an
extent of about a quarter of a mile wide.
I'he storm struck the place about 11
o'clock, when the people were sound asleep.
and It came with terrific, force, lasting
about five minutes, but the damsge was
awful. The torr.do came from th north
west, leveling houes In Its pathway. Be
tween twelve and fifteen business places
and residences were absolutely destroyed.
while there Is not a house In the town
but what was wrecked to some extent.
People were driven from their home by
the fear of danger that threatened, but
they had no place to go, and with the
darkness that enshrouded them mad the
scene all the worse.
Two large elevator were blown down
across the Milwaukee trsck. covering a
freight car; the depot was practically
wrecked and the main track of the road
was shut off from traffic for th day. Sev.
eral new houses which were Just completed
In the town were flattened to the ground
and the lumber scattered In every direc
tion. A 4x4 timber was driven through one
of the houses.
The greatest personal loss was on the
Carpenter Sanborn farm, which adjoins the
town on the north, from which direction
the tornado csme. Every building on the
ranch waa destroyed but two, these being
small residences. Over Sioo.ooo worth of
Improvements have been made on the ranch
In the last few years. An Immense big
barn had Just been completed, and It went
with a half dozen other large structures.
Accompanying the tornado was a hall
and rainstorm. The hall covered a section
of country about three miles wide, arid
what the tornado failed to do the hailstorm
finished up. In the entire farming country
passed over by the hailstorm th crop
were ruined, hardly a vestige of th once
promising crops remaining to tell the
story when the light of morning revealed
the fearful waste. A coal car standing on
th track was hslf filled with hailstones '
this morning, many of hem being six to
eight Inches In circumference. The heavy
rain that followed covered portions of th
town with s large surplus of wuter. Both
lumber yards were fllld with flostlng lum
ber and the presence Of so much water
made It Impossible to get around to any
Telegraph and telephone wire were
wrecked In the storm, and the town was
cut off from outside communication, ex
cept the Sunday passenger train service.
Throughout all the storms there was not
a person' Injured, which was considered
miraculous, considering the flying missiles
through the darkness of the night. The
damage tn Pukwanna Is very large, but
no estimate could be secured of the loss
entailed from th storms.
Small tornadoes were reported rbout ten
miles east of here, but the damage
BOONE, la., June 28. (Special Telegram.)
The worst storm In a decade etruck this
city last night. Lightning Struck th Arie
theater, entering over the wires, and a
panic among th several hundred patrons '
I was narrowly averted. A vaudeville tesm
j on the stage was stunned, but continued
with the number. Daniels' restaurant was
' struck and $l,OnO worth of fireworks dis
charged, causing havoc to people and prop.
! erty. Sullivan's pool hall was struck, anl
men standing on Ihe platform with an elec
trie piano were knocked to the floor below.
Will Ask to Have a
(Continued on Second Page.)
SHERMAN KEEPS ON IMPROVING
Expectation .ow I that He Will
Leave the Cleveland Hoapltal
CLEVELAND. .. June Iv Congress
man James 6. Sherman continue to gain
strength. He slept much toda;-. His con
dition remains normal and there has been
no change mad In the plans for him to
leav th hospital not later than next
POVGHKEEPSIE. N. Y.. June 28-Harry
K. Thaw will leave Pougkeepsie tomorrow
morning Ir. the custody of I'nder Sheriff
John Townsend, who will produce him In
the supreme court at White Plains In obedi
ence to a writ of habeas corpus Issuded
Thaw will be accompanied by his new at-j
torney. Charles Morschauser of this city,
who will a.-k Judge Mills to grant a Jury
trial and to order him detained In any place
other than the Matteawan asylum until tne
question of his sanity has been adjudicated
by a Jury.
As the question of Thaw's right to a Jury
trial was not raised In the first habeas
corpus proceedings wherein the Judge de
cided that Thaw was ln-ane and ordered
him recommitted to Matteawan. It leaves
a new Issue to be presented to Judge Mills
RAILROAD MEN HOLD PICNIC
Pries Lake Scene of One of Best Oat
Ins; of the Trainmen
About 1.000 Jolly plcnlcers attended the
annual picnic of the Brotherhood of Rail
way Trainmen at Pries lake Sunday. Con
veyances In abundance were In waiting at
the end of tle street car line In Florence
for those who did r.ot have private con
veyances for the lake. The weather was
delightful. The rain of Saturday night
threatened for a while to cause a post
ponement of the picnic, but Sunday morn
ing broke so clear and pleasant that the
picnic waa declared a go, and go It did.
No formal program was carried out. The
main Idea was enjoyment. In the after
noon a series of games and athletic sports
was carried out.
The threatening storm of the late after
noon caused a number to return home
earlier than was first tntetided, but the
storm did not materializes Into anything
serious and tiie festivities of the evening
were only slightly Interrupted. The picnic
is pronounced one of the best ever given
by the organization.
Hushing- Klertrlc Rallnay.
HI'RON. 8. D., June -H. (Special.) There
Is every reason to believe that those hav
ing In charge the proposed Huron-Aberdeen
Gas-Electric railway will push this enter
prise to completion as rspidly as possible.
General offices have been established tn
this city, with George Starring as book
keeper. The Incorporators are J. A. Clea
ver. Luclan Lapler. J. P. Stahl. R. W.
Clarke. G W. Longslaff. R. C. Gihhs. Har
vey J. Rice and O. A. Bicker. The survey
was completed some time since and much
has been done toward securing right-of-way.
Those Interested in the enterprise are
greatly encouraged and are pushing the
work with all possible speed.
Railroad Man Fatally 'Injured.
ALLIANCE. Neb.. June 28. (Special Tel
egram.) While attempting to hoard an en
gine here this morning, J. M. Sehlrck, one
of the night machinists at the Burlington
liundhousc, missed his looting and was
thrown in such a way that the trucks of
tne cars following struck him and pro
duced injuries about the ftead and should-
ATLANTIC FLEET ASSEMBLING
All But Four Now at Man Francisco
and Heady to Hall far
SAN FRANCISCO, June 2S. Twelve of
the sixteen battleships of the Atlantic fleet,
which is to start On July 7 on the voyage
from San Francisco to Hampton Roads,
are now in San Francisco harbor. Th
other four are expected to arrive from
northern waters during the comthg week.
The battleships now here are th Connecti
cut, Vermont, Georgia, Wisconsin, Illinois,
Missouri, New Jersey. Ohio. Kentucky,
Louisiana, Kansas Slid Minnesota.
Thos expected during the week are the
Nebraska, Rhode island, Virgin and Kear
saige. On Tuesday next the Panter and Tank
ton, auxiliaries, will sail for Honolulu, to
be followed on Wednesday by th Culgna
and Relief, and on Monday, July , by th
Glacier and AJuX.
The battleships Wisconsin nd New Jer
sey came down from Pudget sound Friday
morning. The Wisconsin went to Mar
Island and the New Jersey Joined the other
ships of the fleet on Man-o'War Row. All
of the battleships which have been under
going repairs here will lie off tin- diydoeks
by July 3. The slips will take no part In
the celebration of the Fourth of July her
except to participate in th firing of aa
lutes. The second division of the Pacific .fleet
will leave San Francisco on July 1 for
San Diego This division will consist of
ers that rendered him unconscious . froniT"e l,umerm """"'' "",;",,,u"' -"-
fornla arid aoutli Dakota, having In tow
the torpedo boat destroyers Preljl. Perry
and Farragut. The pacific fleet will start
on the summer cruise to Honolulu and
which condition at 7o'clock tonight he
had not recovered, and the indications ate
that his injuries will prove fatal.
Alliance to Celebrate,
ALLIANCE, Neb.. June 2s.-(8peeial Tel
egram.) Final arrangements were todai
made by the committee of business men
for one of the biggest Fourth of July cel
ebrations ever held In this city. Men of
rote have promised to be present and make
reveral addresses, and this, together with
the high order of races, games and enter
tainment furnished heretofore, gives prom
ise that the biggest celebration of the
northwest for this year will be at Alliance.
Samoa on August 4.
Pleasure Party Drowa.
ST. JOSEPH. 510, June .s.-Whll Ben
rile Fisher. Anna Taylor. J. Parker and
Ruby Redman were returning from party
on 'he shores of Sugar lak. at Armour
Junction, In the southern part of this
county, about, 2 o'clock this morning, hlt-h
waves upset the brt snd Flshr (net Mlas
Taylor, each shout 19 yesrs eld, were
drowned Miss Redmond clung t the boat
until rescued by Roy Tkylor. Parker
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