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The Omaha i Daily Bee
VOL. XXXVIII-NO. 13.1.
OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 20, 1008 TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
TWENTY YEARS IN OIL
Rockefeller Finishes Re iA dc
relopment of Trade 1& V r
MANY ' RISKS IN i - 1
. He 8ays Weill May Ceaie Prt '
at Any Time.
MORE DRAW-BACKS AND REBATES
Agreement! With Railroads Tended
to Steady Conditions.
WILL BE CROSS-EXAMINED TODAY
trney for Oil Company Announce
, . That History of Combine from
lHNil Mill Be Told by
NEW YORK, Nov. 1.-Wlth the story of
the first ecore of year of the Industrial
development of the Standard Oil company,
the testimony of John D. Rockefeller, pres!.
dent of the OU comblno, on direct examina
tion tit the federal auit to dissolve the
Hsndard Oil company, was brought to an
unexpected close thla afternoon.
The head of the Standard Oil company
told today of the processes and csusea of
the company's growth up to the trust agree
ment of 1882, and. after identifying the
parllea to the agreement, counael for the
defense announced that Mr. Rockefeller
had concluded his direct testimony and re
quested an adjournment until tomorrow.
Friday will find Mr. Rockefeller on the
witness stand under the ahnrp fire of cross
examination by Frank B. Kellogg, special
assistant attorney general, prosecuting the
case for the government
This will be generally confined to the
period from 18SJ to 1882, except when the
testimony has direct bearing on develop
ments In the company' affairs In Its later
period. Counsel for the Standard Oil com
pany let It be known today that the history
of the company from the trust agreement
of 1882 would be told on the witness stand
by John D. Archbold, vice president, who
is conversant with the combine's develop
ment. I urrrtalatie of Baalneaa.
The hearing was transferred today to a
larger room In order to accomodate nu
merous counsel and reporters. Policemen
were stationed In the corrodors and only
these having friends connected with the
proceedings were permitted to enter. Mr.
Rockefeller was smiling as he took the
witness stand and resumed his testimony.
Mr. Rockefeller's counsel again called his
attention to the Uncortantie of the olt
' business in the early seventies and asked
him what oearlng th supply of raw
material had thereon.
"It had an Important bearing and must
. always havs such Importance, as we never
Icnow when the supply may give put, render.
- j lna the nroDerltlea for the raftnlnir nf rtl
compsratrwjly .. valueless", replied Mr.
, Rockefeller.- -3fvo'ded that in the early
oil business the, supply ofs crude oil was
limited to It Small area coming principally
from Vanage county, Pennsylvania. V
Mr. Rockefeller said that oil business
was made a hassrdous proposition because
of the apprehension that the supply of
. crude oil would be exhausted. Borne of the
oil wells sre very short lived. Mr. Rocke
feller's counsel then asked htm If he re
called that a producers' union was formed
at the time of the agitation regarding the
South Improvement company.
"Yes," sild Mr. Rockefeller, "It was
formed a little later and was composed of
a large proportion of the, oil producers."
Association of Refiners Forced.
That led to an association of oil refiners
who were desirous of having a supply of
crude oil which wis not controlled by In
terests antagonistic to them, snd the re
finers also wanted to be assured of a
market for their raw material. "We de
ilred pleismt r-latlona with the producers,"
said Mr. Rockefeller.
In December, IS 72, Mr. Rockefeller said,
the producers union snd the refiners en
tered Into an agreement, the purpose of
which was to "secure ss high a price for
the crude oil as possible" and to Introduce
an element of regularity Into the business,
which had been fluctuating greatly. Mr.
ftorkefeller said he was unable' to give the
number of producers In the union, but it
included a large percentage of all of them,
tnd the refiners ssioc atlon Irelud d a large
proportion of the refiners.
By direction of his counsel, Mr. Rocke
feller noted that the agreement fixed the
price of crude oil at 15 per barrel at corn
anon potntg. The operation of that agree
ment, he said, stimulated n over-produc-tloii
of oil beyond what the refiners could
use at that price. The temptation was
very great with the producers to develop
more oil than they had promised to the
refiner. The refiners could only take aa
much oil as the public would consume. As
a result the' producers violated the agree
ment and sold oil under the price which had
been fixed. The agreement did not last
long, aald Mr. Rockefeller.
First Meaner? on Seaboard.
To Secure better facilities and to make
,B4pifient to Europe, the Standard Oil
company ill WTS purchased the plant of the
1ong Island Refining company in Long
Island City and Uefan to refine at the sea
t board. The crude oil brought through
' to the refinery by ralnods. Mr. Rocke
feller said he recalled the'Devoe Manufac
turing company of Lcngjs!and, which
canned Ol and shipped it toh far east,
where It was delivered on muoSback.
thought this firm was primarily t manu
facturer of cans, in tnosn daya 11 ex
tort oil was shipped in parrels or lit cans
In boxes, and was called the case oil
To further its markets the Stands
company purchased the Devo con
and In 1ST8 bought about cue-half i
Chess. Cariey Co. ef Louisville, which
had a ,large doirtk business In the south
west. A yesjf later, Mr. Rockefeller said,
Ills comrinay bought out the Imperial Re
jnira'Oil company of Oil City. Pa., which
'had been owned principally by Captain
f T Vandesrtff and John PKratrn. The
standard Oil company later organised the
Imperial Refining 'company, limited, to
operate this plant. The purpose of this
purchase was to enlarge the Standard Oil's
export trade and the Imperial company
bad direct lines for shipping to the sea
Bill Oat H. H. Roarer.
Mr. Rockefeller then told of the Handard
Oil company purchase of the firm ot
Charles M. Pratt Co. of Brooklyn,
oil refiners, of which H. H. Rogers wss a
member. It also purchased the business
of Ward new Co., which had a large
(Continued on Second Page.
SUMMARY OF THE GEE
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POR OMAHA, COI NCII. RU FFS AND
VICINITY Fair and coder Friday.
FOR NEBRASKA AND IOWA-Fair Fri
day. Temperffture nt Omaha yesterday:
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John I). Rockefeller continued his story
of the growth and business methods cf
the Standard Oil company, alleging that
whatever combination and organization
of companies resulted was forced upon
the parent company by competition and
business conditions. Page 1
Delegates at the convention of the
American Federation of Labor took a po
sition more radical than did 3umucl
Oompers in discussing the report of the
president an reluting to Injunctions.
The ways and means committee of the
house listened to the request of fruit
men with respect to the tariff yesterday.
The Inventory of the estate of the late
Nelson Morris shows that he had ex
tensive holdings in South Omaha. Page 1
The Chicago officials have taken Peter
Van Vllsslngen to Jollet. where he will
be put at work making brooms. Pag 1
Mrs. Harbour, a former Omaha woman,
was convicted of manslaughter in Rapid
City. 8. D. Page 1
At the session of the American Civic
association yesterday, the city engineer
of Hartford, Conn., Frederick Ford, said
the need of the cities now is men who
will sacrifice their best years for the
uplift of the communities in which they
live. rage 1
The stealings of miners in the Alaskan
fields have been large, according to the
confession of one of their number.
The sentence of one year's imprison
ment administered upon Charles J. Hart
love for desertion from the navy to
marry a daughter of the late Senator
Gorman ha been affirmed. Pag 1
Harry Silverman was acquitted of tho
charge of conspiracy to defraud a Pitts
burg bank. Page 1
The National grange has concluded its
work in Washington and may meet next
year in De Moines, la. ' - Pag 1
China is sending out letter to friendly
pc era asking the co-operation and sym
pathy in the change of rules. - Page 1
' Judge Kennedy suggest needed changes
In Nebraska divorce laws. Pag ft
Iten Biscuit and Cracker company com
pelled to double Its capacity In order to
care for. business. Page B
Rumor current In railroad circles that
Hill has Jet go of the Northern 1'aclflo
and that control lie with the Northwest
ern. Page 9
COKaOBKCIAXi AJtD nrsUBTaUAZ..
Live stock markets. Paget
Grain market. Page
Stocks and bonds. Pag
MOVEMENTS OP OCXAJf BTEAMBHXPB.
Poi. ArrlTed. Sailed.
NEW YORK Oner II
NEW TORK r. D Oram Montfo-t.
LETTERS TO FRIENDLY POWERS
Chinese- '. Government Bends Appeal
for Sympathy and t'nderatandlng
of Crisis In Xatlon.
PEKING, Nov. 19. Prince Ching. presi
dent of the Board of Affairs, has forwarded
direct to President Roosevelt a personal
letter in the name of Pu Y1, the infant em
peror of China, setting forth the crisis
through which the throne haa passed dur
ing the last week. Similar letters have
been Bent to all the other powers friendly
to China. Theae communications make an
appeal for sympathy for an understanding
of the new rulers of China and emphasizes
the efficiency with which the events of
the last week have been conducted.
Several of the foreign legations here have
expressed their surprise and gratification
at the manner In which the government is
managing the situation. It had been ex
pected up to the present time that -the
death of the dowager empreas would pre
cipitate trouble, but the way In which the
new government haa assumed Its responsi
bilities has created confidence among the
diplomatists, and many of the foreign ob
servers declare today thai China has done
as well under these trying circumstances
aa could any other government confronted
with similar difficulty. The provinces silll
are quiet and the governmental machine
continues to wor well.
FORGER LEAVES FOR JOLIET
Peter Van Yllaslngea Taken to Prison
Oat of Fear He Waald Com
JOLIET. III.. Nov. l.-feler Van Vila
slngen, self-confessed forger to the extent
of 1700,000, today became con vice No. S. It
was Just four daya ago that the Chicago
real estate man and philanthropist startled
a wide circle of friends and acquaintances
and a public which knew him only as a
successful business msn And exponent of
civic and personal righteousness by his
confession, and the Indictment and con
viction which followed within a few hours.
Van Vllsslngen waa accompanied to tne
penitentiary today by 8herlff Stratuhelm
and Deputy Sheriff .Morrison of Chicago,
and Charles Andrews, chairman of the re
publican central committee of Cook county
(Chicago), who is a personal friend. Van
Vll&slngen bade farewell to his companions
la the warden's office, after which he went
through the routine requirements of a bath
nd the Bertillon aystem of Identification.
Ills photograph was also taken.
The new prisoner was shsved and his hair
cut by an Italian serving a life sentence
for murder. He will be put to work la th
COMPELS REPORT DEBATED
His Proposition to Disregard Injuntv
tions is Modified by Convention.
POLITICAL ACTION DEBATED
Committee Approves Action of Ofll-
Daniel J. Keefe Should Re
sign from Council.
DENVER. Nov. 19 The entire session of
the American Federation of Labor conven
tion today was given over. to consideration
of the report of the committee on the
president's report. Two sections caused
prolonged debate and a vote' was reached
on only one, that referring to "litigation
The report of the committee recommend
ing that injunctions be disregarded was de
feated on roll call, 11,272 to S.B78 and a modi
fication of the report, along the line of
Gompers' report, was adopted.
The rest of the session wa taken up In
discussing the section of the report re
ferring to tho political action of the federa
tion leaders. .
In this section the committee criticised
Daniel J. Keefe for not acting with the rest
of the executive council.
It has been announced that the Journey
men Barber' union has decided to begin
a fight for shorter hours.
Gomper Report Taken 1'p.
The report of the committee to which was
referred the annual address of President
Gompers was tho special order when the
American Federation of Labor began Its
President Gompers resigned the chair to
Joseph F. Valentine, seventh vice president
of the federation, when the report on the
president's report was called for at today's
session of the convention of the American
FeJeratlon of Labor. Each subject In the
president' report was commented: on and
approved by the committee and as the read
ing proceeded the convention endorsed the
recommendations of the committee.
The action of President Gomper as told
In his report In regard to the Buck Stove
and Range company injunction was unani
mously endoised by a rising vote.
There was ho discussion of the commit
tee's report until the sub-head "Litigation
Harassing Labor" was reached.
On thla subject the committee declared
that when a Judge issues an injunction In
labor disputes it is the duty of organized
labor to disobey and go to Jail and advised
that the funds of the organization be not
used to defend any such suit becauiw it
would be a useless expenditure.
James Duncan of the Granite Cutters,
first vice president ot the federation, ap
posed the recommendation. He said the
union men are law-abiding citizens and
should proceed like any other citizens to
defend themae'.ves at all hazard. He
moved to trlke out lhe word advising the
laboring man to disobey the Injunction.
President Andrew Furuseth of the Sea
men's union upheld the report of the com
mittee. Mr. Furuseth said the union man
wss a law-abiding citizen and would not
tolerate the breaking of the law on the
part of the Judiciary. He opposed; I'judga
Frank T. Hawley of the Swltchmens'
union opposed the report of the committee
which he termed "revolutionary and anar
chistic." Max Hayes of the Typographical union
supported the committee's report. He in
troduced socialistic teachings in his speech,
"It Is the time for strong, sturdy men to
re-enact the stirring scenes of every revolu
tionary epoch. If it is necessary for more
men to become martyrs, I see no reason
why our leaders should not assume that
role at this time and prove to the people
we are a militant organization."
T. W. McCnllongh for Amendment.
T. W. McColIough of the Typographical
union supported the amendment of Dele
gate Duncan. He declared he was opposed
to the doctrine of nonreslstance. "Our fore
fathers fought for their liberty." he said,
"and did not take the position that If lib
erty . was not granted they would go to
James M. Lynch of the Typographical
union and T. L. Lewis oh the Miners sup
ported the amendment in somewhat ex
John M. Walker of the Miners supported
the amendment. Mr. Walker ran for con
gress two years ago on the socialist ticket
In an Illinois district and the stand taken
by him showed that the socialist vote in the
convention on the question Is divided.
President Gomper then took a hand in
"If tha men and women who had been
cited in Injunction suits had shown a
craven spirit, I should encourage all to re
sist this Invasion of his rights, but I know
of no such esse." said Mr. Gompers.
"I take It the intention of the committee
was to make the situation acute. It is not
necessary for us to make the situation
acute. Our enemies have done and will con
tinue to do this for us. They will want
their pound of flesh and their greed and
avarice will be their own undoing.
"When an Injunction Is issued against me
which invades my rights as a man and a
citizen, I am going to resist that Injunc
tion." Mr. Gompers suggested that the entire
matter be referred back to tho committee,
and a motion to that effect waa made from
The proposition to refer back to the com
mittee was defeated by an overwhelming
vote and the convention took its noonday
Mitchell Offers Amendment.
John Mitchell, at the afternoon session,
offered a second amendment to the con
vention report, saying in part:
"Within a few days the court will decide
whether our president, secretary and my
self shall go to Jail. I do not want to go
to Jail. But I shall accept that Judgment
and I shall pay no fine." This declara
tion brought cheers from the delegates.
Mr. Mitchell's amendment was to Insert
certain words so that the report should
rrsd, with amendments ot Delegate Duncan
and himself, as follows:
"Whenever the courts issue an Injunction
to regulate our personal relations we declare
we will exercise all the rights and privi
leges guaranteed by the constitution and
Isms of our country and Insist that it is
our duty to defend ourselves at all hazards
and recommend such be our action, taking
whatever results may follow."
Several other delegates discussed tha
amendments and Representative Furuseth
closed the discussion with a defense of th
On the motion of Mr. Duncan hia resolu
tion and the Mitchell amendment were
voted ion together. A roll call waa de
manded to stttls the entire question. The
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It is Reported
From the Denver Post.
DOUBT EMPEROR'S SINCERITY
German People Still Manifesting
Spirit of Unrest.
CHANCELLOR MAKES LONG TALK
Received With II Uses When lie 8ns:
gesta Nation Will Not Pay Suf
ficient Taaes to Insure
BERLIN, Nov. 19. Two day have passed
slnoe Emperor William made hi statement
to ChnceIlor von Buclow regarding hi ob
servance in future of the constitutional re
quirements of the empire In the matter of
Interfering In the foreign relation of the
state and the German people are even less
satisfied with the imperial assurances than
they were In the beginning. There Is today
throughout the country an almost univer
sal tendency to doubt the sincerity ot the
Chancellor von Bu2ow made a lengthy
speeclr todof in ,hnPfT;;Ii4itag on the new
measure to increase imperial revenues.
The house wa only half filled. The prince
held that the existing unfriendly feeling to
ward Germany could be overcome, and he
said he thought a borrowing policy wa
unworthy German progress and Industry.
He spoke In praise of the British and
French method of finance and especially
the sinking fund and concluded amid min
gled cheers and hisses with these words:
"Germans desire quiet at home and
abroad, but their fault Is that although able
they are unwilling to pay more taxes."
MINERS' STEALINGS ARE LARGE
Alaskan Owners Suffer Heavily
Through Theft by Em
ployes. SEATTLE. Wash.. Nov. 19.-R. R. Reed,
formerly employed by R. T. Baxnette,
owner of the Dome Creek mine, near Fair
banks, Alaska, arrested last month cn a
charge of stealing gold from his employer,
yesterday confessed his guilt and Impli
cated other laborers In the stealing from
mine owners. In his confession Reed said:
"I gather the gold and sand in handfuls
out of the riffles, hid It In my handker
chief, gloves or boots, carried It home and
washed It out. My cleanings were from
50 cents - to t"0 a day. and the day I
brought home the $4o0 nugget it scared my
wife. It was so large. Altogether I must
have cleaned up $1,800 worth of stolen
gold, t have spent it all except the $800
you dug up In my front' yard. What I
have taken from Barnette's mine Is not a
drop In the bucket compared with the
stealings that have been going on in the
Tanana district all summer, and are even
going on now. I know one man who has
$30,000 worth of stolen gold salted, down.
There are six 'planters' working in Bar
nette's Dome Creek mine this very minute.
There is a regularly organized bunch of
mine laborers in Alaska who have 'shaken
down' the mine owners for a very tidy sum.
"I commenced to do this only last sum
mer and had only about sixty days of
After Reed had agreed to testify against
other gold thieves when taken back to
Alaska, he was released on parole.
HARRY SILVERMAN ACQUITTED
Former ravine Trier of Farmers .De
posit National Rank Only One
of Trio to Eipf,
PITTSBl'RG, Nov. 19. The Jury In the
case of Harry Silverman, Pittsburg mun
sger for Miller & Co., New York brokers,
which retired yesterday afternoon, follow
ing a sensational trial In which he was
charged with conspiracy to defraud the
Farmers Deposit Nations! bank, returned a
verdict of not guilty.
It was charged that Henry Relber. former
paying teller of the bank, who, with John
Young, auditor, both now serving peniten
tiary sentences for embezzling $1,1C5.00U, had
business man of this city, snd that Silver
man purchased mining stock with the
money In the name of "John Harris."
CZAR TO APPEAR IN STREETS
Will Follow Body of Dnke First Time
In Pnblle for Fonr
8T. PETERSBURG. Nov. 1$. The funeral
in St. Petersburg of Grand Duke Alexis,
who died in Paris November 11 will be at
tended , by Emperor Nicholas In person.
His majesty will follow ths caaket on foot
through the streets of the city. This will
be the first time the emperor has been
sesn on the street of St. Petersburg since
jwa4rth ' wnw r rrf v 1 "M
That Mr. Bryan is
RIDGELY AND CUTTS RESIGN
Dr. Wood and Associates Assume
Control of Blsjr Bank In
KANSAS CITY. Nov. 10,-At the close of
business this afternoon William Barrett
Rldgely. president: George T. Cutis, vice
president, and Edward Rldgely, cashier,
presented their resignations to the board
of directors of the National Bank of Com
merce of Kansas City and they were ac
cepted. Dr. W. 8. Wood, the ex-prealdent of the
bank, and his associates immediately as
sumed control, having recently gained con
trol of a majority of the stock of the In
stitution. In a statement to the director and share
holder Issued by the Ridgeley and Mr.
Cnt a resume of the bank' business since
its reorganization In March last, following
it failure in November, 1907, Is given.
It I shown that under the management
of the Rldgelys the deposits have increased
from $11,000,000 to $18,600,000, that the gross
earnings had shown a steady Increase each
month and the expense had as steadily
The statement continues:
The officers" have devoted themselves as
siduously to their duties and have worked
hard and faithfully to build up the bank
from the disorganised condition In which
they found it. No officer has borrowed
one dollar from the bank. They have not
dealt In the stock of the bank or endeav
ored to manipulate the stock for tho pur
pose of controlling the management. De
pending on the record they made for the
benefit of all shareholders to secure their
lupport Hnd relying on the assurances made
when they took charge of tho bank that
successful management would Insure thilr
continuation In office, they have worked
honestly, faithfully and conscientiously for
the shareholders' Interests onlv, wltu no
thought or purpese save the welfare oi the
The results show for themselves. There
lb nothing to explain or apologizci for.
The retiring officers say they are resign
ing "r.ther than prolong any contest for
the control cf the management in a way
which might injure, the business ot the
bank," and in closing say:
"We wish It abundant success."
When the bank waa reorganized William
B. Rldgely resigned the position of comp
troller of the treasury to become its head.
He named Mr. Cutts, who acted as re
ceher for the bank, as vice president, and
his brother, Edward Rldgely, as cashier.
HONEYMOON DELIRIUM NO GO
Army Musician Who Deserted to
Marry Uormnn' Daughter
Sentenced to Jail.
WASHINGTON. Nov. 19-Havlng been
adjudged guilty of desertion from tho navy
by a court martial at Philadelphia, Secre
tary Metcalf today approved the sentence
In the case of Charles J. Hartlove, musl
clan, first class (alias C. J. Magness), who
loft the service in order to marry the
daughter of the late Senator Arthur P. Gor
man of Maryland.
The punishment Is Imprisonment for one
year at the naval prison, Portsmouth, N.
II; at the end of which he Is to be dis
honorably discharged: he Is to perform
police duties during his confinement and
to forfeit all pay except a small sum for
necessary prison expenses. By good be
havior Magness may reduce his actual ser
vitude to eight months. .
The plea put up by Magness' counsel was
that Magness '"was In a state of mind
that might be called delirium of anticipa
tion of his honeymoon."
MRS. ASTOR'S WILL PROBATED
Greater Portion of Estate Left to
Daughters, lion Havlnar shared
NEW YORK. Nov. 19.-By the will of
Mrs. William Astor, probated today, most
of her estate goes to her daughters, Mrs.
Charlotte A. Halg and Mrs. Caroline S.
Wilson. To her son. John Jacob Astor,
are bequeatehed some family heirlooms and
jewelry, the will stating that his not shar
ing more largely In the estate is because
of the ample provision made for him by
his father and not because ot any lack
of affection. The estate la to revert to
William Vincent Astor, her grandson and
son of John Jacob Astor, if there are no
descendants of her daughters.
BIG TOBACCO DEAL IN SIGHT
Oaly Fraction of tent Delay Asrer.
aacnt to Bay Barley "orlrtv's
LOIISVILLE. Ky.. Nov. 19.-From
sources entirely trustworthy, the state
ments come that only a fraction of a rent
a pound stands between the American To
bacco company and the Hurley Tobacco so
ciety in closing tha biggest deal ever made
in tobacco. The closing of the deal will
mean that the company will take over
nearly all th tobacco In the burley pool,
amounting to 50,000,000 or 6u.OUO.000 pounds.
Involving In the neighborhood of $10,000,000.
GOAT PROVES TOO LIVELY
Governor-Elect Has Leg: Broken
While Trying to Ride.
TALK- OF NEW LEGISLATION
Prohibition of Snle of .Nebraska Game
and Fish Likely to Be Elimi
nated from the Statute
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Nov. 19.-peclal.)-Wlth hi
left leg propped up at an angle of about
forty-five degrees, Ash ton C. Shallenberger,
governor-elect of Nebraska, lies in his room
of state at the Lincoln hotel. Surrounding
his royal couch are the custodians of the
bed chamber, T. S. Allen, right honorable;
Arthur C. Mullen, deliverer of the goods;
C. B. Manual and A. E. Walroth, maid In
The stricken ruler braved the storm ot
a atate-wlde primary and came out un
scathed; braved an election and enme
through without a sore, but lust night he
strode across the burning sands dished up
by the Shrlners. Today his left leg, which
has done him much eervice and which knew
not what his right leg did or said, is
wathed In bandage and a bulky as that
of a heavyweight fullback. The small bono
in the same member ha been broken.
Where? Either while crossing the burning
sands or riding the goat. Or, perhaps, on
the road from there.
The governor guve orders that no tele
phone should Jingle in his room until 3 of
the clock In the afternoon; that no visitors
be permitted to cross his threshold until
the same hour. But his instructions were
heeded only In the former Instance. Hungry
democrats put on their gum shoes and
walked the floor in front of the royal door,
and when It opened In they slipped. But
they got no satisfaction save that in seeing
a big man, helpless, though uncomplaining.
They saw him reading telegrams and let
ters, or rather they saw them scattered
over the bed. They heard him tell stories
and laugh and smile when the Shrlners
were mentioned and that was all. The
stricken one had no news to give out. He
suffered pain and lots of it. The accident
was a simple one. Mr. Shallenberger
simply turned his ankle and the bone snap
ped. He wlH be laid up In his room at leust
all day tomorrow and will not be able to
go to Omaha as he Intended doing.
Game Law Auieudmenta.
According to a prominent democrat, who
will have some Influence with the coming
legislature, the statute which prohiblta the
sale of any fish or gamo caught or killed
in Nebraska will be repealed. The laat
legislature made it unlawful to catch fish
and sell them in Nebraska or to sell or
offer for sale ducks, prairie chickens or
other game of that character.
A a consequence only those persons who
are financially able to go out and kill their
own game or catch their own fish, who
have friends who will furnish them free,
can get wild game or fish to cat In Ne
braska. They can buy supposed fresh flsli
and game shipped In but the Nebraska
product, they cannot touch and It has not
been on sale in any restaurant or hotel in
the state for almost two years.
At the time the bill was passed It was
charged. It was in the Interest of the sports
of Nebraska, but the legislature en.icted
the law anyhow and thus many people have
longed In vain for an opportunity to buy
wild game or fish.
Wfien the law first became oiatlve a
fisherman brought some fish to a restuurint
and asked that they be cooked. The g ime
warden was communicated with by the
restaurant keeper and he waa told that
he could cook the fish, hut If he mado any
charge therefore, he would he !rose(.ut,.,j.
The law, therefore, has become unpopu
lar, though no objection has been made
against a closed season, snd the man who
was doing the talking predicted It would be
repealed with very little opposition except
from the sports from Omaha and Lincoln,
who wsnt the gsme for themselves.
Visitor Call on Sheldon.
Another batch of patriots called on Gov
ernor Sheldon today to help him appoint
four supreme Judges and also to discuss
the extra session, but the governor was so
busy with a hearing on a requisition sev
eral had to leave without putting In their
The governor has invited recommenda
tions from the Bar sssorlatlon and it is
supposed the lawyers will recommend
eight lawyers and from these It is likely
the governor will select the four. The Bar
association will meet next week.
Etfurat tonal Directory.
Sta'e Superintendent McHrien has Just
Issued an educational directory for the
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TOM L. MNSOiN POOR
Mayor of Cleveland Says His Fortune
is Swejt Away.
WILL GIVE UP BIO HOUSE
Will Also Dispose of His Autos and
PROTECTING BROTHER'S ESTATE
Money Lost in Trying to Preserve
Property for Family.
LONG FIGHT FOR HIS IDEALS
He Snys He Dors .ot Feel Dlscon?
aged and Mill Be a Candi
date for Mayor
CLEVELAND. ().. Nov. W.-Mayor Tom
Ia Johiiooii, who for years has been cred
ited with possession of a very large for
tune, today announced that he had lost
everything and would be compelled to give
up his beautiful heme on Ejclid avenue an.l
move into smaller and less expensive quai
ters. The mayor also stated hat ha would
give up his automobile 'and other luxuries
because he could no longer afford to keep
them. Hi fortune wss wrecked, the mayor
declared, by his devotion to the affairs of
the estate of his dead brother Albert, who
was heavily Interested In traction properties
in the east.
After Albert' death a question wa put UD
to him whether he should resign his office
as mayor and take up the management of
"I decided that I would not I had en
tered the fight In this city with certain
Ideals before me. I wanted to fight prlvl
leg and special Interest and 1 had already
decided to give up working for dollars.
So I concluded to stay right here and Uo
what I could to help my brother's chlldieu
at long distance.
"Why did I choose the course I did? I'll
tell you. It is not because I am a philan
thropist, for I am not. I acted on a purely
selfish motive. I wanted happiness and
nothing else when I closed up my business
affair and took up civic activity.
"And I've been happy, too. The last
seven years have been the best of my life,
leaving out of consideration the loss of my
"I'm going to be happy yet, too. We may
have to go b.ick to a cottage, but that the
way we atarted, and we can look upon life
Just as Joyfully there ss we did in the big
house on Euclid avenue.
Blame Special Privilege.
"They tell me my enemies are planning
to bring financial trouble upon me. I've
been expecting it. There Is one mistake I
have net made that of fnlllng to forcsse
tho e'torts of those who would like to
destroy mo if opportunity presented. My
ei.imle are capable of doing that. On
may expect nothing else from, special
privilege- However, I realize that any
other set of men in ths same circumstance
would act the same. It them do what
they may." I,et them make any sort of
attack upon me they choose with whatever
success and they will find me with a thou
sand fights left In me.
"I'll never glv up. I'm well and strong
rnd confident, and they will always find
me at the front.
"If I had been a coward If I had run
away from this fight for tho people of
Cleveland I could have saved my fortune
and built It up. But I had chosen my
octree and I did not have any mind for
"Tho pursuit of mere dollars does not
interest me. I . suppose t could go down
In Wall street now and make some money.
I've bought and sold with E. H. Harrlman
and I suppose I could go and do it again.
I'm not going to do anything of the sort.
I don't want you to misunderstand what I
have been working for as mayor. I have
not been laboring with the expectation of
being rewarded by the gratitude of th
people. One cannot count on that. It I
the pleasure in doing work that I like that
has kept me in the fight.
Political Expense Small.
"I htve never made a single penny out
of tho street railways lnca I became,
mayor. Nobody else has worked a hard
ns I and I have not drawn a cent of pay
from the Municipal Traction company a
treasurer. I don't propose to ask a cent
for my work In helping the receivers. I
have never spent money In politic. In no
campaign have I ever paid more than my
assessment. $600 in the $6,000 salary of
mayor. Some times 1 have not paid that
much in cash when the committee has
allowed me a certain amount for the ue
of my tents. We have never been In debt
at the end of a campaign but once. When
I gave up active business affairs I Aid it
because the requirements of rr.y Work did
not squure wtih my principles.
"I suppose I could have taken up a Ufa
of case when I retired, had I wtslted. I
was welcome at the clubs. Fast horses,
yachts and other allurements Were open to
me. For me, though, happiness lay in an
"My only recreation has been automobll
Ing. I'd like to keep one of my automo
biles, luit I'ni afraid I can't. Back In my
prosperous days I gave the horns on Euclid
avenue to my wife. It Is hers yet and she'll
own it still, even though wo can't afford
to live In it. I don't feel discouraged. I'm
a free man and that means a great deal tj
me, and I have my friends, too.
"Don't you Muppose it will bo worth some
thing to me to have my friends realise that
I entered the mayor's office rich and left
It poor? The realization of what all that
means Is worth more to me than all the
money I've Inst.
"I'm going to keep on Just as I've started.
I'm going to be a candidate for mayor again
when this term is over."
The Municipal Traction company, of which
Mayor Johnson was treasurer, passed into
the hands of receivers In tho federal court
several day ago. Following this cam the
transfer to two locul bank of the deposit
In the Savings and Trust company, of
which the mayor was president. It Is suld
this action was precipitated by ths threat
of Mr. Johnson's Individual creditor to
file suit to obtain payment on note en
dored by the mayor.
It is said Mr. Johnson lias recently lost
approximately $4",')fj In couniH-tioii with hi
Interests at Lorain, O.
Welsh loal fur Battleship. '
LONDON. Nov. 1.-A telegram received
from Cardiff. Wales, nays the colliers of
the American battleship fleet, now at
Manila on its way around the world, ai
expected to take coal there and thst tend
ers have been Invited for (tots) SU.H) to
$0,01)0 tons of coal
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