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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XXXVIII NO.
OMAHA, "WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST ID. 190$ TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
WHITE MINERS BALK
ROOSEVELT POLICIES ISSUE
WEST VIRGINIA MUSS
SUMMARY OF TOE BEE
Wedaeeday, Aunuet 10, 10ON.
Congressman James S. Sherman So
Declares in Notification Speech.
Springfield Coal'j. ers Befuie to
Work wi to.
MAY AFFECT Six 6 AND MEN
Family Row Between Republicans
1908 sffubcJsr- 1908
Gets National Importance.
TWO WOULD BE MADE GOVERNOR
"SURE THE PEOPLE SHALL RULE"
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Republican Candidate for Vice Tresl
dent Makes Briefest Acceptance
oa Record at I tlea
Two Mines Are Idle an v Tt
Swisher and Scherr Divide Party on
i n v at mrm si in - t w x1 t . r i i
i Taken to Aid Officers in Punish
GRAND JURY BEGINS WORK
Arts of Mob lolenre and Attack I pon
Mrs. Ilallam Are to Be Investl
Kated Death Mat Re
malna at Sevea.
SPRINGFIELD, 111.. Aug. IS While the
new special grand Jury empannelled today
was hearing witnesses In riot eases and
dtlzns were holding a meeting today the
antagonism between whites and blacki al
ready responsible for aeven deaths and
adores of Injuries struck underground.
White miners at the Woodslde coal mine, a
mile out of town, and the Tuxhorn mine,
four miles distant, refused to work with
the negroes. The two mines employ about
6-0 me, about 150 of whom are colored.
Miners came to President Clark of the
Springfield ubdistrlct of the United Mine
Workers with the declaration that the
negroes were armed and they did not feel
sale In the underground darkness with
them. On the other hand It Is said the
negroes have armed with no thought of
taking Initial action, but to protect them
selves In event of a repetition of rioting
of Friday and Saturday nights. President
Clark said that so far as he knew there
had been no clashes between whites and
blacks In the mines.
"They's Just nervous. I guess," com
mented the organisation leader. "Both
races belong to the union and the un(en
will seo that no serious trouble arises."
Attitude of Wilt Miners.
Mr. Clark's office was filled with the
white miners who had quit work, newly
shaven, dressed In honor oY the unexpected
holiday and gloomily determined not to
take rhances under earth under present
conditions. 8akl one young miner with a
rich brogue: "If they ain't armed they
ought to be.-and If they are they ought to
be disarmed. Yoj can't blame them for
being nervous, nor you ean't blame us for
getting away from the kind of nerves that
carrVs a razor. If a chunk of coal broke
loose and fell on some one.he might think
he probably would with all this talk that
the rioting had started again. Then there
would be trouble. I don't know whether
the black man next to me has got a gun
or a knife, but I suppose he has. and a
n:an isn't mine coal feeling that way."
oo This and similar stories were poured
-into Mr. Clark'v'ear.' but he Inslted that
a mere matter of "nerves" did not JustlTy
putting work and asserted that the two
mines would be working full-handed to
morrow or the next day. The whole mat
ter was referred to an examining board,
which spent the day quizzing blacks and
whites as to warlike preparations. If any,
down In the shafts. Home of the white
men Inslted that before they would re
turn to work every negro must be
searched at the mouth of the pit before
It In claimed that the trouble which
exists In the Tuxhorn and Woodslde mines
extends to approximately forty coal minus
within a radius of ten miles of Spring
field. They employ altogether some 6,000
men. about 10 per cent of whom are ne
groes. Meeting of Cltlsrns.
Following Governor Deneen's proclama
tion of last night calling on all citizens
to assist In preserving order, an enthusi
astic meeting of business men was held
at the Chamber of Commerce. It was
called to order by Pr. E. A. Hall, who
Introduced E. L. Chapin as chairman. The
latter launched Into a fiery address, In
the midst of which he said:
:Thls la the most extraordinary meet
ing we have ever held. The question be
fore us Is whether law and order shail
prevail In this community or whether It
shall be committed to the rule of tlot.
ruin and rebellion. You know about these
events and their results in bloodshed and
property loss. Out of every ten men in
this city nine are law-abiding, faithful
citizens. Of the persons In that mob are
there any whom any of us would entrust
with a single dollar? Not one of them
felt any degree of responsibility for the
welfare of this community. We are not
going to stand the rule of such a mob. Is
life so dear and sweet that wa would
surrender It to cowardice. We love this
city and no mob. Urge or small, shall defy
Hcaolutloas Are Adopted.
torren of applause follewed the speech
nd was continued when other orators de
livered themselves of similar sentiments.
He then read the resolutions. They had
been previously drawn by Dr. J. W. Scott,
who was health officer of the state under
Governor Altgeld, but when his production
was read Dr. Scott discovered with a show;
of anger that ts the original demand for
the protection of life, liberty and property
to every cltlien, somebody had added
"without reference to color or nationality."
Dr. Scott was promptly on his feet de
manding to know who had changed the
manuscript. H declared that the amended
resolutions were inexpedient, but they
would be a red flag to such persons as
wers already Inclined to make trouble. This
view was crushed under a delgue of argu
ment in favor of the amendment. It is
mors important, declared the speaker, that
the law be observed and Justice done in a
legal way than that matters be smoothed
out without consideration of the Justice of
the methods used. Springfield wanted to
start on s now and clean basis, they, said,
and that foundation must be honest or nut
reformation can be brought about."
Dr. Boott, unconvinced, bowed to the "bad
Judgment" of the majority and the resolu
tion was adapted unanimously, amidst such
sturdy cheering that soma people In the
street below thought another riot had be
gun. The resolutions declare:
That we pledge ourselves to the earnest
supi-orl of all officials whose duty la law
nfori.nieiii and to give all Information
and as:taiir to then: in bringing to sw'ft
junlice all persons guilty of crime, irre
kpectlve of nationality or color, and we
tall upon all good citizens to cooperate
n restoring order and punishing ail of
fenders to the end that the prosperity of
the c.tv nay continue, and to show that
Springfield Is deserving of respect and con-thirm-e
and that It la a community com
mitted to the enforcement of law and o r
aVr. and that mm demand that the life, llb-
tVunilnued in Second Paja )
CITIZENS' MASS MFJETL
FY)R OMAHA. COUNCIL BLUFFS AND
VICINITY Fair WVdnendny.
FOR NEBRASKA Generally fair on
FOR IOWA Generally fair Wednesday.
Temperature at Omaha yesterday:
The factional fight among the republl
r of West Virginia Is having some
Influence on national politics In that
state, but not enough to warrant demo
crats In hoping to win. Careful Inquiry
dlncloses sentiment In favor of Taft, re
gardless of local conditions. Fags 1
James U. Sherman formally notified of
his nomination for vice president on the
republican ticket. In speech of accept
ance he declares the policies of Roosevelt
are the Issue of the present campaign.
President Lewis of the United Mine
Workers has been called In to assist In
settling the troubles In the Indiana coal
fields. rags 1
Western Passenger association puts Its
veto onthe reduced rates to Kansas state
fair. rags 1
Severe earthquake visits Kureka, Cat.,
and does much damage to buildings.,.
Throne of the sultan of Turkey is In
danger and fate lies with result of meet
ing of Young Turks. Fags 1
Omaha lumbermen will appeal to Ihe
Interstate Commerce commission against
the new lumber rate. Fags 1
Trustees of Bellevue have adopted the
plan for the ultimate removal of the
school to Omaha and the making of a uni
versity. Paff, 3
Judge Leslie refuses to perform mar
riage ceremony for Leonhard Ackerman of
Herman and sends the old man home to
be married In his home town. Page 10
Attorney for Mrs. Pratt announces that
the suit to establish her property rights
will be pushed to a conclusion regardless
of life verdict hr th divorce ras. Fare 3
Omaha railroad passenger men are won
dering what action the powers will take
on the request for special rates for the
state fair. Fags 5
Mayor Jim runs the road roller over all
opposition and compels the ward clubs
to get In line for him. Sixth the latest
to get under cover. Fags 3
Results of the ball games:
8 Philadelphia vs. Chicago i
t Boston vs. Pittaburg 1.
3 Washington vs. St. Louis 3
Philadelphia vs. Chicago 2
7 Detroit vs. New York 3.
3 Boston vs Cleveland 2. .
6 Indianapolis vs. Minneapolis 5.
7 Milwaukee vs. Toledo o
5 St. Paul vs. Louisville -4 .
3 Columbus vs. Kansas City
coscfrmciA.x. ajto otdxtbtsiax..
. Live stock markets. Fags 7
Grain markets. Fag-a 7
Stocks and bonds Fags 7
KOYZatXirTS OF OCX ait wtzaubmitu.
Port. Arrived. Bailed.
CHERBOfRO K. P. V llhelm. . .P r. Wllhelm.
PLYMOUTH Prrildtnt Orant.
LEWIS CALLED IN TO ASSIST
Head of Mine Workers on Way to In
dianapolis to BrlaaT About
INDIANAPOLIS, ino . Aug. ls.-Prssl-dent
Lets of the United Mine Workers of
America wired today to national headquar
ters that he would reach this city this
afternoon. Indiana coal operators from
Terre Haute and other parts of the coal
field will meet him to consider th Indiana
situation and make un effort to adjust
the present strike troubles.
The coal operators last night at their
Terre Haute meeting Insisted upon adher
ing to their position to cease checking off
union dues on miners' payrolls until the
present trouble U adjusted, but were not
uranlmcus. President A. M. Ogle of the
Vandalia Coal company, who owns thirty
mines, stated today that his company
would not Join with the other operators in
abolishing the check off and the mines of
that company would continue to operate.
At Ooakland City today the association
mines are Idle, while the fndept-ndtnt mines
LIBEL CHARGE AGAINST EDITOR
Goveraor Haskell Caaars Arrest
O. K. Benedict of Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY. Aug l.-Omer K.
Benedict, editor and owner of the Oklanoma
City Times, was today Informed by the
sheriff of the eour.ty that Governor Haskell
at Guthrie had sworn out another warrant
for his arrest on a charge of criminal libel.
Editor Benedict voluntarily started for
Guthrie to surrender and give bond.
The alleged libel was contained In aa
editorial of yesterday, charging Governor
Haskell with association In the Oklahoma
Central railway receivership.
Editor Benedict was arrested yesterday cn
a similar cnarge and released on bo. id.
FIGHT OVER LOW KANSAS RATE
Western Paisenaer Aaaoelatlom Ob
Jeeta to Hock lalaad tnte
TOPEKA, Kan.. Aug. H. The Western
Passenger association today notified the
Rock island road that their advertised
rates of one and one-half fares for the
Kansas state (air was premature and
illegal. Other Kaunas roads protested
strongly against the reduction from 1
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VT1CA, N. T., Aug. lS-In nne Of the
briefest speeches ever dellverd by a
candidate for so h'.gh an office. James
Schoolcraft Sherman at noon todiy ac
cepted the nomination of the republican
party for the vice presidency.
He spoke from a flag" decked stand in
front of his home In Genesve street and
was surrounded by party leaders from dif
ferent sections of the country and by cn
enthusiastic nonpartisan crowd of friends
and fellow townsmen.
The nomination was tendered by a com
mittee appointed at the Ch'.rngj convention
In June. Senator Julius C. Burrows of Michi
gan, being the chairman and spokesman.
There were brief sdJresses also by Sec
retary of State Root, by President M. W.
Stryker of Hamilton college, from which
Mr. Sherman was graduated; By Mayor
Thomas Wheeler of Vtlca nd by Clurles
8. Slmomls, chairman of the local recep
tion committee. Mr. Shern.an, In his ad
dress of acceptance, followed the example
of Mr. Taft In pledging the allegiance of
any administration with which he may
have to do to the polities of President
Roosevelt. He declared there was no
issue as to whether or not "the people
"Surely the people shall rule," said Mr.
Sherman, "surely the ptople have ruled,
surely the people do rule."
Casting thus aside the campaign slogan
raised by Mm Bryan, the republican vice
presidential nominee asserted that , the
"overshadowing Issue" of tho campaign
really Is "shall the administration of
President Roosevelt be approved?"
Mabscrtbea to Chicago Platform.
Mr. Sherman made no attempt to dis
cuss In detail any of the Issues raised in
the party platforms, contenting himself
with the declaration that he subscribed
fully snd heartily to all that had been
written Into the Chicago statement of
principles and to all that had been said
by Mr. Taft In his speech accepting the
presidential nomination. He referred to the
democratic party as "an aggregation of
experimental malcontents and theorists,
whose only claim to history is a party
name they pilfered." .
The ceremonies at the Sherman home
were preceded by band concerts In the
downtown squares, a parade of the city
fire department, a vice presidential salute
of nineteen guns snd a parade of the gaily
uniformed Conkllng Unconditional In
escort of the members of the notification
committee from Bagg square. Genesee
street from the railroad tracks to the
Sherman home and beyond was lined with
thousands of people. As many as could
get within Ji eating or seelna; distance latrr
gathered about the 8herman lawn, almost
completely blocking all street traffic
Aside from the formal exercises of noti
fication, the committee In charge en
deavored to make the celebration non
political. Mr. Sherman appeared to be In
the best of health.
Secretary Root's speech was a personal
tribute to Mr. Sherman. He did not entir
into a discussion of party Issues In any
Cheers When Sherman Speaka.
It was 12:45 o'clock when Mr. Sherman
rose to accept the nomination tendered by
Senator Burrows and he was greeted by
prolonged applause. Frequently during his
brief speech he was Interrupted by hand
clapplngs and cheers, the demonstration
being renewed when he concluded.
Rev. Oliver A. Kingsbury of New Hart
ford, N. Y., Mr. Sherman's birthplace,
offered the opening prayer.
At the conclusion of the notification cere
monies this afternoon Mr. Sherman was
presented with a magnificent gold-lined
silver loving cup, standing nearly eighteen
Inches high and mounted on an ebony ped
estal. It was a tribute from his asso
ciates In congress and was so Inscribed.
The ceremonies ended at 1:55 p. m. without
Day Proaltlona One.
The day of the official notification of
James ' Schoolcraft Sherman, republican
nominee for vice president, broke clear and
delightfully cool and the local committee
on arrangements prepared to carry out in
full the long outdoor program which the
heavy rains of yesterday threatened seri
ously to curtail. Incoming trains during
the morning brought throngs of visitors
from the middle and western sections of
the state, while the interurban trolleys
from points ss far west as Syracuse were
crowded to the full carrying capacity.
Belated members of the notification com
mittee also arrived on the forenoon trains
from both east and west. Among the dis
tinguished arrivals were Secretary Root,
whose home is but ten miles from here;
National Chairman Frank H. Hitchcock,
who came on from Chicago, accompanied
by several members of his staff, and State
Chairman Timothy L. Woodruff.
The last details of decoration at the
Sherman home In Genesee street were hur
ried forward this morning. Ftags were
draped everywhere about the front of the
rather picturesque old house and the tem
porary speaking stand projecting from the
front porch was entirely covered with
bunting and flags.
City Haa Holiday Aspect.
It had been planned to fire a vice presi
dential salute of nineteen guns at 7 a. m..
but the opening feature of the day's pro
gram was delayed until 11 o'clock. At that
hour, however, the members of the local
reception committee had gathered at Baggs'
hotel to receive and direct the incoming
guests. Bands In three of the public
squares gsve morning concerts for the edi
fication of the street crowds and under
cloudlesa skies, the city soon took on Its
The annual Inspection Er.d parade of the
t't'ca fire department, was held during the
morning as an early feature cf the pro
gram. The Conkling Unconditional, a
campaign marching club of some 900 mem
bers, headed by s band of 110 pieces,
gathered from several nearby cities, as
sembled at Baggs square during the fore
noon and later served ts an iieort to the
members of the rotlflcatlon committee
who, In automobiles, were driven to the
Sherman home, a mile or more from the
The line of march lay straight up Oenetej
street, which practically from end ti
end was a man of ili g colors. Even
the una.ghtly old brlc'ge across the Ke
canal had been disguised as a thing of
comparative beauty by the elaborate use
of evergreens and bunting. Suspended
iCnntinitad on Rarf.nd Psr-
From the New Tork Herald.
EARTHQUAKE AT EUREKA
Chimneys Topple and Walls Crack in
. Western City.
BIG FISSURE OPENS IN GROUND
Tremors Almost as Severe as Those
in 10O6 o Loss of Life
and Property Loss la
EVRF.KA. Cal.. Aug. lS.-Thres sharp
earthquake shocks which knocked down
more than 100 chimneys, shattered about
forty plate-glass wlntVvws In the business
portion of "Eureka, brdgXt much crodVtry in
the houses and sent many- people scurrying
from their beds Into the streets, occurred
here early today. The damage reported so
far is estimated at between S2.0U0 and S3.000.
The first and sharpest shock came at 2:59
s. m. It was almost as severe as the one
felt here on April 18. 1906. At S:08 o'clock
another slighter shock was experienced,
followed by a third at 6:30 o'clock.
The first shock caused practically all
the damage. Besides shaking down chim
neys and breaking crockery, the trembler
caused tne sixteen foot statue of Minerva
on the county court house grounds to drop
Its heavy staff, which crashed through the
roof Into Superior Judge Hunt's court
The walls of the court house were cracked
In several places, but the damage Is not
great. The walls of the Carnegie library
building, erected five years ago at a cost
of lir.000, were slightly cracked. .
At the Seazy ranch near Freshwater, six
miles north of Eureka, the earthquake
caused a big fissure In the earth for half a
mile. Otherwise little damage waa done.
The shocks extended aa far north as
Blue Lake, twenty-five miles from Eureka.
They seem to have been confined to a small
SAN FRANCISCO. Ca'... Aug. 18-The
weather bvr"au here haa no report of earth
quake anywhere except at Eureka, which
seemed to be a local disturbance of slight
WASHINGTON. Aug. 18. Neither at the
weather bureau nor at the coast and
geodetic" survey observatory at Cheltenham,
Md.. was any seismograph records made of
the tarthquake shock reported from
Eureka, Cal., today.
INJUNCTION STOPS FUNERAL
Jacob Stein of Drs Molnea Charges
Mrs. Stein Is et Son's
DES MOINES, la.. Aug. 18. Jacob Stein,
father of Morris Stein, mysteriously shot
and killed, together with his wife's aunt,
Miss Hester Porter, at Loudenvllle, O.,
last Friday, today halted the funeral ar
rangements with an Injunction handed
down by Judge Hugh Brennan of the dis
trict court. The services were to have
been held at 2:30 p. m. today. Among
other sensational charges presented by the
elder Stein is Included one that Mrs. Stein,
the young woman now mourning the death
of her husband. Is not the legal wife of
Talking to detectives today, Mrs. Stein
declared her opinion that her husband was
killed by Miss Porter and that the latter
Stein said Miss Porter was a man hater.
LOUDEN VI LLE, Aug. 18. Hampered in
their Investigation by the hurried removal
of the bodies of Stein and Miss Porter to
Des Moines, the authorities are trying to
locate the writer of a note purporting to
have been written by Stein after he was
shot and which said that M.ss Porter shot
him and then killed hersIf. The coroner
will hold an Inquest WedneaJay.
WRIGHT SECURES BIG FIELD
t-'leld of Anvolra secured for Experi
ments of American
LEMAN3, France. Aug. 18. Wilbur
Wright, the American aeroplanlst, has
leased the ground popularly known as the
field of Auvolrs, a large military tract
seven miles frn here, where he will have
greater space to conduct his flights. ,
BERLIN. Aug. IS The military steerable
balloon, which sailed from Tegel last night,
returnej at dawn this morning to the bal
loon enclosure, having been In the air
something less than six hours. The balloon
had sailed to Neustadt and back and during
the time It was In the air it averaged
twenty miles an hour.
THEY SEEM VERY FRIENDLY.
SYDNEY TO MAKE BIG SHOW
Arrival of American Fleet Awaited
vrlth Much Expectancy by
SYDNEY, N. 8. W., Aug. 18 Sydney Is
awaiting the arrival of the American bat
tleship fleet on the tiptoe of expectancy
and the seven days that the vessels will
be here will witness a series of entertain
ments more elaborate than ever before
has been given In New South Wales.
Sydney Is filling up with .an enormous
influx of visitors from the country, and
the transportation facilities have been
taxed to their utmost. Tho decorations
have been carried forward on an elaborate
scale. The principal streets have been
converted Into picturesque avenues and
the commonwealth, state and civic build
ings are beflagged and festooned In com
At the customs house there has been
erected a device representing the May
flower and Inscribed with the words "to
the kinship of the Mayflower." Over the
land office there Is an Immense boarding
bearing the words "Seas do not divide us,"
and there are other striking dl!plays on
Macquarle street, George street and Mar
tin Place. On the section of Pitt street
entitled "American avenue" there has been
erected a handsome pavilion for the offi
cial reception to the American officers by
the representatives of the state and !n ad
dition many of the public, business and
private buildings of the city have made
preparations for an elaborate Illumination.
The program Includes receptions, din
ners, balls, garden parties, excursions In
land, gymnkhana or Australian sports,
base ball and foot ball matches, a military
review, fireworks, theater parties, con
certs and parades.
There is much Interest In the forthcom
ing fight between "Tommy" Burns, the
American pugilist, and Bill Squires of Aus
tralia. Burns came out from London for
this encounter. A record gate of 175,0 0 la
NETHERLANDS HAS FREE REIN
Understanding Dutch Will Hare
Chance to Teach Prealdent
THE HAGUE, Aug. 18. With the single
proviso that no military occupation of ter
ritory must occur, the government at
Washington Is understood to have given
the cabinet of The Netherlands a free
hand to deal as It sees fit with President
Castro of Veneiuela. The Netherlands
cruiser, Frlesland, does not sail for the
Carrlbean before the end of next month.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 Assistant Sec
retary of State Bacon today declined to
comment on the news from The Hague to
the effect that the American minister had
assured The Netherlands government that
this country would Interpose no objection
to a blockade, or other maneuver on the
part of The Netherlands against Vene
zuela, short of the seirure of territory. It
is understood, however, that the State de
partment is not In possession of any in
formation concerning the plans of The
FILIPINOS WANT PRESIDENT
Merchants' Association at Manila
Seeks to Induce Roosevelt to
MANILA. Aug 18. Ths Merchants as
sociation of Manila has started a move
ment to Induce President Roosevelt to lslt
the Philippine Islands either before or
after the big game hunting trip in Africa,
which the presii'tnt is planning to tak?
place after the Inauguration of his sue-cett-or
At a meeting of the association a reso
lution to this effect was unanimously
aciipted and a committee tppointed to ex
tend a formal invitation to the president.
It is expected that many of ihe Filipinos
wili Join In the movement
SULTAN'S SEAT IS UNCERTAIN
Leaders of Young- Turk Party Will
Meet in Geneva to Consider
LONDON, Aug. 18. According to a spe
cial dlt'palch received here from Geneva
this morning, the leaders of the Young
Turk party are to meet in that city the
end of this month to discuss the nut si on
of deposing the sultan of Turkey, and In
the case of an aftirmatlvs d.ciion. to
seltct a successor. No confirmatlcn of Ih'.s
statement can be had ..
LUMBERMEN APPEAL CASE
Omaha, Assisted by Des Moines, Re
sists Increased Rates.
WILL ASK AID OF COMMISSION
Gathering; Evidence to Show later,
stnte Board the Injustice of A n
othrr Boost In Theae
Consumers of lumber In Nebraska will
pay SU more per car for southern pine.
tn addition to the constant advances being
mado by the manufacturers, unless the
Commercial cltrb of Omihs can convince
the Interstate Commerce commission that
the new rate, effective In ten days. Is
excessive and unreasonable.
Steps have been taken by the club to
file a petition before the Interstate Com
merce commission within a few weeks and
Des Moines, . Is to assist the Omahans
by filing what Is known as an intervening
petition, alleging that the new rate to
Des Moines, which Is the same as that to
Omaha, Is excessive and unreasonable.
Frank Colpetier of the Chicago Lumber
company said: "The Commercial club will
file the petition as soon as the attorneys
can complete It. The rates will go in
within a short time. Advances are sure
to follow, though advances in the lumber
business are always put off as long as
Two Against One.
"But the lumber ratea to Omaha are now
excessive and as soon as those dealers
who bought or. a low market, have dis
posed of their stocks and are compelled to
buy at present rates and ship under the
new rites, the price will Jump up. The
railroad rates alone will make an advance
of from 112 tg JU per car necessary. It
amo'unts to just tAbO on a 4000 pound
car. Besides this advance the manufac
turers have been struggling to restore the
prices. They have advanced the yellow
pine price about S3 per thousand during the
past two months. It Is evident that they
must advance It more, as the price was
depressed last winter and manufacturers of
fir have been selling at a loss, while the
yellow pine manufacturers have done well
to break even. We know what It costs
to manufactu e lumber and know the manu
facturer's advances thus far have been
"In tho Interests of shippers and consum
ers of lumber in Nebraska the Commercial
club has decided to ask the Interstate
Commerce commission for a reduction of
the rate to Omaha."
Asked what rate waa desired. Mr. Col
petxer said: "We have not determined
that. But when the rate was 23 cents per
hundred to Omaha for a quarter of a cen
tury and then is pushed up to 264 cents,
when the facilities for handling It are bet
ter than ever and the volume of business
greatly Increased, we believe we can show
the new rate is excessive."
How it Was Done.
Tho story of the advance in lumber rates
is this: When Lincoln asked for the same
rates as enjoyed by Omaha, to "equalize"
the rates the Lincoln rates were advanced
half a cent and the Omaha rates a cent.
Then Des Moines, which has been paying
27 cents per hundred on lumber from the
south asked for the same rate as given to
Omaha. The Interstate Commerce com
mission decided that les Moines waa en
titled to the rates. The railroads then pub
lished a tariff giving Des Moines a rate
half a rent lower and pushed the Omaha
rates up a full cent and a half to "equal
ize"' the ratea.
Thus the rates on lumber from southern
points to Omaha have been pushed up 3Va
cents this year.
While the Commercial club har the peti
tion In preparation to scure iower rates
from the south, the wholesale lumbermen
of Omaha are preparing to fight fur the
same rates from Omaha and Lincoln to all
This case will be heard before the com
mission within a short time. The Omaha
I dealers are prepared to show that the rates
from Omaha and Lincoln are the same to
points in Kansas, Wyoming, Culorado and
Borllngfoa After Omaha.
"The future of the wholesale lumber
business In Omaha depends on the success
of these two ci.r, and especially the cas
before the state commission," says Mr.
It Is said the Northwestern and Union
(Continued on Second Page.j
TAFT IS CHOICE FOR PRESIDENT
No Question Raised as to Attitude on
MEN OF ALL SORTS OPPOSE BRYAN
Baslneaa Men, Farmers and Mechanics
Express Themselves aa Intending;
to ote for the Repnb
WHEELING. W. Vs.. Aug. II -(Special
Telegram.) Divided as tho republicans if
West Virginia are over the gubernatorial
situation, no question exists In the minds of
well Informed politicians that the electoral
vote of the state will be cast for William
ll. Taft for president.
I have made A careful Investigation of
(he political situation and find It has ele
ments which warrant the careful attention
cf the republican managers. In the first
place, there seems to be sn almost Irre
mediable split among the state leaders of
their party over the governorship. There
are two tickets In the field, one. the 'reg
ular." headed by C. W. Swisher, who has
made politics a business, and the otht r,
described as the "Lincoln," which carries
the name of Arnold C. Scherr, who has
served ss state auditor. Both men have
strong support, but neither has much, If
any, standing with the thousands of voters
who are seeking somewhat blindly for the
moral regeneration of the state. The dem
ocrats, on the other hand, are united. They
have put In nomination Lewis Bennott, who
belongs to an old and respected family,
who served once aa speaker of the legisla
ture and who is wealthy by Inheritance.
Bennett has no taint of corporation inter
est or service, a matter of recommendation
to the people of this corporation-ridden
state, while charges are freely circulated
that Swisher has been and ts controlled
by the "Interests." If all that Is said be
true. Scherr has a better record In this
respect, but he Is not looked upon as a
particularly strong man and his standing
with the business community Is not as good
as that of Bennett.
Situation Pleases Democrats.
It is a very much mixed up situation
from a republican point of view, and It ts
Important nationally because of the pos
sible effect upon the chances of Mr. Taft
and Mr. Bryan. The democrats have been
content, up to this time, quietly to sit back
and let the republican Kllkenney feud pro
ceed. They have been collecting tho vari
ous charges and counter - charges which
have b.en hurled by tho Swisher faction
against Scherr and by the latter"- ad -herents
against Swisher for use In tho stir
ring pre-election days. As one of their
leaders remarked to me: "The republicans
are repealing the performance of Slnbad
the Sailor, and opening the bottle out of
which has come the terrible genii which
will make to their undoing. We do not have
to give them any assistance." What the
democrats are doing among themselves,
however, is to organize not only In the state
at large, but In every district snd they
propose to watch the southern tier of
counties to prevent negroes from being
rushed over the border from Virginia to
vote the republican ticket.
Efforts at Settlement.
There is reason to believe that national
pressure will result eventually In the elimi
nation of either Swisher or Scherr. Confer
ences have been held st Hot Springs, Vs..
between Mr. Taft and the West Virginia
senators with 8cheer. snd with representa
tives of Swisher, and both Mr. Hitchcock
and Mr. Vorys are well acquainted witli
tho facts underlying the bitter strife that
la In progress. The Scherr people are anx
ious to secure recognition from the re.
publican national candidate by obtaining
his consent to the printing of his name
on their ballot. E. M. Grant, chairman of
the Scherr committee. Immediately after his
return from Hot Springs a few days ago.
made a statement to the effect that the
supporters of Scherr had every reason
to be gratified with the attitude of the re
publican national committee, since not only
the presidential electors, but also all the
congressmen would be Instructed "to take
advantage of the opportunity to havs their
names placed on the Scherr ticket."
The Swisher faction Is In arms against
anything of the kind. To meet the move,
8. V. Matthews, chairman of what may
be called the Swisher committee, wrote a
letter to the various republican congres
sional candidates, saying: "It Is rumored
and believed In portions of the state that
some member of the delegation In con
gress from West Virginia are opposed to
the regular republican ticket named as
Charleston, headed by C. W. Swisher for
governor, or at least Indifferent to Its
success at the spproachlng election In
November." In oider to correct this
rumor, described as hurtful to the na
tional and state ticket, the state commit
tee a.ked each congressman to report his
attitude toward Swisher and his urslre
for the succesB of that candidate. This
notice is described by the Scherr newspa
pers and supporters aa an Implied threat.
Every one of the five republican candi
dates for congress waj nominated with
out factional dispute, and every one of
them would prefer not to become Involved
In the gubernatorial row. Even the sena
tors, Scott and Elklns. are sidestepping
as hard as they can. though both havs
been quoted as opposed to Swisher.
The latter, it is claimed, was nominated
not by the people, but" by certain coal
companies, and the way hi home peupl
look upon him Is shown. It Is declared,
by the fact that out of 3.&0 republican
voters In Marlon county, where he had
no opposition. 1.100 scratched his nanm
before the convention was held. A Ilka
attitude was adopted by other counties
where he la known. Scherr, on the other
hand. Is much more acceptable to the re
publican voters, and If primaries wers
held It Is asserted would win over
Voters 1'aisr Taft.
The intelligent voters of the stste realize,
however, that the sins of the stats party
should not be visited upon ths nstional
candidates. Thus I have heard republicans
talk of scratching the republican candidate
for governor tor voting for Bennett, snd
casting their ballots for Taft. As to the
popularity of the former secretary of war
there is no question. All one has to do la
to stop men of different walks of life upon
the street and ask their views of tho two
presidential candidates, an 4 be 1U I
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