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SUMMARY OF TUE BEE
CITY FACES DEFICIT
MANY MINERS DEAD
ftnadar. Xotrnkrr 9, 1908.
Irish Cemetery Anthoritiei Object to
O'Leary Shaft Inscription.
Two Hundred and Seventy-Fire Men
Entombed Near Marianna, Pa.
Administration Running Short Despits
Hig-her Property Valuation.
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FENIAN MEMORIAL OPPOSED
ALL ARE PROBABLY SUFFOCATED
TAXES RISE $300,000 IN 3 TEARS
Suggestion "Patriot" Be Substituted
Meets with Disfavor.
Deputy Coroner Says He Does Not
Think Any Will Survive.
Every Fund is Denleted and Orders
to Betrench Go Out.
HOME RULE AGAIN TO PORE
SMOKE POURING FROM SHAFTS
FORCES ARE BEING CUT DOWN
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SOLDIERS' TELEGRAPH SERVICE
Irish Telegraphers Make Good War
Training Material Railway of
Inland afe -Pleasure at
DUBLIN, Nov. 28 (Special.) A remarka-
tile, situation lias arisen over the proposal
to erect & monument In Glasnevlne ceme
tery to the late John O'Leary, the famous
Fenian leader. The committee which has
the matter In hand had completed all ar
rangements and the Inscription for the
tombstone had been submitted to the
governing committee of the cemetery and
approved by them. The Inscription was
tentrraved and the stone all ready for
erection when the committee received a
letter frum the cemetery authorities taking
exception lo the words "Fenian leader"
on ttu- tombstone and suggest ins; that they
hi.u:j be changed to "patriot."
Till suggestion was, of course, promptly
r. Kiulat;-(i by the committee and the
uenutciy committee was Informed that If
U withheld Us consent to the erection of
jr thu i
memorial 1n lis present form In the
tery It would be erected somewhere
elise. .There the matter rests for the ceme
tery authorities have not answered this
The objection to the words, "Fenian
leader" seems to be particularly absurd.
John O'Leary was nothing If not a Fenian
and he was proud of It. The Idea, of some
of the objectors seems to be that the honor
paid to an apostle of the physical force
movement may embarrass some of our
modern politicians In their new alliance
with the English liberals.
Irish to Soaad England.
This alliance by the way seems to be
entering on a new phase. The liberal party
Indeed la no nearer giving a definite pledge
for speedy horn rule legislation than It
ever was but It seems to have arrived at
a decision to allow the Irish members to
sound the English liberal voters on the
subject. In pursuance of this policy it Is
announced that Mr. John Redmond, Mr,
Devlin, Mr. Dillon and a number of other
leaders of the parlimentarr party will be
the principal speakers at great liberal
meeting In various part of England. It
la understood that the future action of the
government -will depend 4argely - on how
they are received by the liberal voter" at
Great Indignation 1 now being voiced in
Ireland at the. joint action of the postof flc
dWrtment and the war office, by which
Vout iOO Irishmen will be thrown out of
work and their plaoea taken by English
soldiers servinsT with the colors. It has
been deolded that the entire -work of build
Ing and maintaining the telegraph line In
the south of Ireland, shall be taken over
by the War office, and a detachment of the
royal engineers has already been ordered
to Ireland for this purpose. About twenty
engineers and eighty linesmen will be dlS'
placed and it Is stated that if the experi
ment works satisfactorily the rest of the
country will be similarly dealt with.
The excuse for the change is that a great
part of the work consists in maintaining
the signalling apparatus on the railways
and that it is desirable that the soldiers
should be thoroughly familiar with the rail
ways system in time of war. No fault has
been found with the civilian engineers.
They are simply being displaced to turn the
tele-graphs over to the soldiers for train
Ar.-ldent List Small.
The excellence of the Irish railway ad
ministration from the point of view of
rafcty Is shown by a return which has
Just been issued giving the number of
deaths and other accidents on the railways
of the l'n I ted Kingdom for the three
months ended June SO. last. There -were
2y persona killed snd 1,740 injured during
this period In the three kingdoms, and It
I gratifying to note that not one of the
falsi accidents occurred on the Irish rail
ways, and only five persons were injured.
These five were all railway employes, so
that not a single railway passenger was
killed or Injured In Ireland during the three
The saying of David that all men are
liars has been 'extended , to Include all
clocks, and there Is no doubt about Its
truth If It Is applied to Dublin clocks.
The mendacity of the public clock of
the Irish capital la almost proverbial and
they have not even the grace to agree
with one another. The corporation has
now taken the matter up and they ai
likely to be sternly dealt with in the
future. The city fathers are solemnly
considering the firing of a cannon. larjo
enough to be heard all over the city, at
1 o'clock every day. This Is to be a
signal to the owners of sll public clocks
to set their timepieces in order and it
is also suggested that thoe who fall to
do so should be punished by a small
Rejoice Over Taft's Election.
The election of Taft as president of the
United States has brought joy to the
north of Ireland. The linen trade in Bel
fast has been practically stagnant for the
last six months because of the dislocation
csused by the election In its largest mar
ket, and had there been serious danger
of a tariff reduction the same condition
would have continued until the amount
of the reduotlon was known. Now. how
ever, they are busy again. Thousands of
workers In Belfast and the tther northern
towns, who had been Idle for months
returned to work on the Monday after
the election . and orders are pouring In
by every mall and by cable. Stocks In
the United States are reported to oe very
low and the Importers are calling loudly
for goods. All this, of course, spell
prosperous winter for Beirut snd the
Trinity college. Dublin, usually the most
conservative of educational Institution,
has gone In for a radical departure by
organising a school of journalism snd
the first aeries of leotures has been ar
ranged fur the winter term. The opening
lecture will be delivered about the and
of this month by A. F. Robbins. ex-yreal-dsnt
of the Institute of Journalists, and
(Continued on Second Pag,'
FOR OMAHA, COUNCIL BLUFFS AND
VICINITY Partly cloudy Sunday. Not
miirli rhnnr In temperature.
FOR NEBRASKA Partly cloudy Rundiiy.
with probable rain In south and east por
tions: moderate temperature.
FOR IOWA Rain Sunday.
Temperature at Omaha yesterday:
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W. H. Hayward, Victor Rosewater and
others from western republican headquar
ters call on the president. X, Fage 1
Judge Kohlsaat severely criticised the
breaches of trust of the officers of the
Western Indemnity company In a cic-
clsion granting Judgments against them.
X. Pag 1
Cardinal Gibbons says the divorce sta
tistics of the nation are a sad com
mentary on the way of living. X, Pag 1
Snow In Kansas and the panhandles of
Oklahoma and Texas has fallen to a con
siderable depth. X, Fag 1
Women own 47 per cent of the stock
of the Pennsylvania railroad system.
William B. Montgomery was sentenced
to fifteen years in prison for his thefts
from the Allegheny National bank of
Pittsburg. X, Fags 1
President-elect Taft accepts the chair
manship of the coming conference on na
tional resources. X, Page a
Accused bankers of the Farmers and
Merchants National bank of Pittsburg
are convicted by a jury. X, Fag a
Nearly 800 men were entombed by a
mine explosion at Mariana, Pa, X, Fage 1
French newspapers believe Mme. Steln-
hell. who I suspected of murdering the
late President Faure, gave order for the
death of her husband and mother.
X, Fag 8
Toung Turk declare themselves ready
for war. X, Fag 1
It is announced from Topeka, Kan., that
the Union Pacific road Is behind -a north
and south railroad to be run from Kear
ney, Nee., to Belolt, Kan., snd tnat tne
contract for construction has already
been let. - -' , X, Fag a
Development of oil and gas In Wyoming
field ,1s attracting touch attention at
present, , VT, Fag 10
Military honors accorded to the late
Lieutenant Grimm, whose funeral was
conducted under direction of the Fort
Omaha garrison. VI, Fag
Certain the revolver found in a sewer
was not the one which figured In the
Rustln tragedy, X, Pag S
Early Christmas shopping a boon to
both buyer and seller. VI, Fage a
Extravagance by democratic city ad
ministration brings on deficit despite
enormous increase in tax receipts.
X, Fag 1
What has been doing the last week in
Omaha society. XX, Fag a
Work of the women in club and char
ity.. XI, Fa- a
Gossip of plays, player and the play
houses. ' XX, Fag
Latest new in musical circles:
U, Fag T
Latest new among the builders and
real estate men. VI, Fag 6
OOintXaXOXAXf AJTS XlTBUBTKIAXi.
Live stock markets. TX, Fag
Grain markets. VI, Pag
Stock and bonds. VI. Page S
Buster Brown put great life effect Into
a painting. Page of reading of Interest
to the little folks. Some thing the
women will like to know. Fortune hunter
falls down in effort to gain Fluffy Ruf
fles as a bride. Four Pages
Work of the Woman's Christian associ
ation In Omaha. Management of the
Omaha High school a big undertaking.
Four hundred thousand ostriches In South
Africa bring their owners 17,000,000 each
year. Latest developments in the field
of electricity. Fonr Page
MOVXMESTTs) OP OCX AM XTAM8KXP.
Port. Arrived. Balled.
NEW TORK Lombardla
NRW TORK Prtoiraa Irene....
Kmp. of Britain.
T. OHN8. N. B.
BUILDING TRADES . OFFICERS
James Klrwln Circled President
Association at Merlin in
DENVER, Nov. 28. The buildins; trades
department of the American Federation of
Labor today elected ihe fcllowing officers:
President James Kirwin of Chicago.
iri.1 Vice President G. E. Hedrick of
rWond Vice President James G.' Hanna
han of Chicago.
T!rrd Vice President Frank M. Ryan of
Fourth Vice President V. J. McSorley
of Philadelphia. '
Firth Vice Prestdent-M. O'SullIvsn of
Socretary William J. Spencer of Dayton.
Th convention adjourned to meet at
Tampa. Flu., the second Monday !n Oc
tober, 1908. .
RECEPTION GIVEN OFFICERS
Manila Army and Mnv- 4 lab Enter
tains Visiting Men in Elab
MANILA. Nov. IS. The Army and Navy
club gave a brilliant reception tonight In
honor of the officers of the Atlantic bat
tleship fleet. Over SH) officers of the nsvy
were present. The receiving ll'ie Included
Mrs. Weston, Mrs. Mills. Mrs. Pratt, Rear
Admiral Potter. General MilU and Colo
nels Mills and Prstt. Practically every of
ficer of the army statKned at Manila and
at Fort McKlnley was In attendance, as
were also Governor General Smith and
many prominent people of the Island and
the scens was a brilliant one.
First Rescuing Party is Driven Back
IRON CAGE IS HURLED IN AIR
('.levator Carried to Surface aad
Blown Three Hundred Feet from
' Shaft-Two Men oat it
PITTSBURG, Nov. 28. Shortly after 9
o'clock tonight a rescue party broke Into
the entry where the miners were entombed
hv (he evnlnnliin in Marlanna and found
all dead. The number of dead Is not yet
PITTSBURG, Pa.. Nov. 28. From an au
thoritative source It was learned late today
that 75 men were In the mine at the time
of ftie explosion.
The deputy coroner at Monongahela says
he does not think any of them will get
The first rescuing party of sixty was
compelled to retreat on account of the In
tense heat, utter getting within a short
distance of where the men are believed to
PITTSBURG, Pa., Nov. 28.-A serious
mine explosion occurred shortly before
noon today at the mine of the Pittsburg
Buffalo Coal company at Marlanna, Washj
lngton county, and while there la nothing
definite yet as to the number of fatalities.
it Is believed many men have lost their
Rescue Party Enter.
Shortly after 2 o'clock this' afternoon
word was received from Marlanna that a
rescue party had succeeded In entering the
mine. The rescuers have been able to ad
vance but a little way, however, and are
attempting to force their way through the
debris to where the miners were caught
It Is persistently reported from Marlanna
that there are 190' men entombed. The
company officials stated there are luiiy
100 men. It Is believed, however, that the
number will be from ISO to 200 men.
It I not considered likely any of the
miners will be rescued alive. The ex
plosion was terrific and If all were not
mangled by Its force, there seems little
doubt that they perished In the subsequent
fire or were suffocated by- ths deadly
fume.. . v. w... .
According to Stat Mine Inspector Lout-
tit, there were between 180 and 200 men In
the mine when the explosion occurred. In
spector Louttlt had - been out of the mine
only three minutes when the accident hap
At 1 o'clock, ah hour and a half after th
accident, dense clouds of smoks were pour
ing from the two shafts of the mine, but
not a sign of a miner had been seen.
Rushing as fast as steam can carry them,
special trains from this city and Mononga
hela are bound fc the scene of the dis
aster. On them are officials of the coal
company and many prominent miners who
are considered experts on the work of
rescue. The latest appliances from the
new United States laboratory In this city
which were recently tested before foreign
and American experts for the saving of
life in mine explosions have been hurried
to th scene.
The greatest excitement - prevails at th
mine. A majority of the miner are Ameri
cans and their families are at the mouth of
the mine In a state of frenzy.
Marlanna was built recently by th Pltts-burg-Buffslo
Coal company. It necessitated
a great outlay of money as it was the in
tention to make the mine up to date and
the living conditions of the miners the
same as could be secured In a large city.
The houses are of brick and each contain
a bath room. When completed the town
was said by foreign and American mine
officials to be the most perfect mining
town In the world. .
Iron fa are Harled In Air.
The heavy Iron cage which carried the
men from the surface to the workings was
blown 300 feet away from th mouth of
the shaft. Two men who were on th
cage at the time were killed, one of them
having his head blown off.
- But little hope Is entertained for th men
who are entombed, a th fan house was
partially demolished and th fan stopped
for oyer an hour.
Th explosion occurred In shaft No. 3
and the only way to reach the workings
Is through that shaft, as shaft No. 1 Is not
completed. Whether or not the men In the
mine can be reached is problematical.
Borne of the officials of the coal company
believe It will be necessary to dig through
X feet of solid coal before they can reach
It Is said there I a large gas well in the
vicinity. Whether the gas from this well
communicated to the mine and became
Ignited or whether powder and- dynamite
used for blasting purposes exploded cannot
now be ascertained.
John II. Jones, president of tho Pittsburg-Buffalo
Coal company, was almost a
physical wreck when he learned of the
accident in this city today.
J. W. Paul of the United States Mining
Testing station located here Is on )ils way
to the scene In a special train, carrying
patented helmets that make work in ths
most dangerous mine possible, and with
these Mr. Paul expects to be able to save
many lives, unless the force of the ex
ploeluii was exceptionally heavy. Three
foreigners who were at the mouth of the
mine when the explosion occurred are in
the hosrltsl in a critical condition from
injuries rectlved when the mine cage was
blown out o! t lie shaft. '
fobs Will Need HI Loan.
NEW YORK. Nov. 28. Cable advices re
ceived here from Havana ssy that as the
time for evacuation by the American
trcops draws near. Governor Magonn and
President-elect Gomes will hold a confer
ence on Sunday next to ducusa Important
matters pertaining to the future conduct
of the Cuban government, particularly the
question of meeting some of ths pressing
treasury obligations. It is reported In Ha
vana that a loan if t3J.000.Ouo will be neces
sary and, according to ths present un
derstanding, that Bpeyer at Co. of New
York will take It up.
From the Washington Star.
WESTERNERS AT CAPITAL
Men from the Campaign Headquarters
Call on the President. '
HAYWARD MAKES A BIG HIT
Nebraakan Makes Only Set Speech at
Hitchcock Bssqaet in Present
ing; the Soovenlr to the
(From a, Staft Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. Nov. 28.-(3peclal Tele
gram.) An exceedingly pleasant Incident
occurred to William Hayward and Victor
Rosewater today in conjunction -with their
call upon the president as representatives
of the Chicsgo headquarters, having charge
of the western halt of the country for the
republican national committee. These gen
tlemen, with Fred W. Upham, assistant
treasurer at Chicago; David C. Owen, post
master at Milwaukee, assistant sergeant-at-
arms at Chicago; L. J. Behn, chief clerk
at Chicago; Victor Mason, assistant secre
tary of the national committee, and Charles
F. Brooker, national committeeman from
Connecticut, paid their respects to the pres
ident. .Mr. Roosevelt was exceedingly cor
dial la his congratulations to these repre
sentatives of ths Chicago headquarters,
who came on to attend the dinner tonight
in honor of National Chairman Frank H. 1
"We did beat them to a frazzle, didn't
we?" remarked the president, enthusiasti
cally. "You boys from the west didn't have
to look in the dictionary about that word
franle, did you?" And the president
laughed heartily. Mr. Rosewater, when the
laughter had subsided, remarked: "Yes,
and next time we will beat them In two
frazzles," which seemed to strike a re
sponsive chord In the president's mind.
President Likes His Sine.
Looking at Mr, Hayward, at his strong,
vigorous, athletic build it was the first
time Mr. Hayward had ever met the pres
identMr. Roosevelt exclaimed: "You are
built like a center rush; I don't know
whother you ever played that position or
"No, he played right tackle and fullback
on the University of Nebraska team when
a student there," suggested Mr. Rose
The president paid Mr. Hayward a fine
compliment by saying that he had repeat
edly heard of the good work that Mr. Hay
ward had done at Chicago, and he was
glad to mcut so splendid a representatlva
of the west and finding him so to his lik
ing. Referring to the loss of Nebraska, the
president said to Mr. Rosewater and Mr.
Hayward, that Nebraska did well under all
the circumstances and that they had no
reason to eel badly about Its loss. "The
victory In the United States wss suffi
ciently large to forget that Nebraska for
the time being had entered the democratic
Mr. Hayward. secretary of the national
committee, performed the pleasant duty to
night of acting for his associates of both
the New York and Chicago headquarters,
by presenting a magnificent souvtnlr to
Mr. Hitchcock. It wss the only formal
speech made at the banquet, at which
nearly sixty representatives of the national
committee, Including Charles P. Tah and
Arthur I. Vorhys, were present. During
the, evening a loving cup was presented to
Mr. Mason and a silver service to Mr. Oul
ahan, who was In charge of the literary
bureau in f.e New York headquarters.
NORTH AND SOUTH RAILROAD
Union Paclfle Raid to Be Behind New
Line from Kearney to
TOPEKA, Nov. 28. A charter was
granted todsy to the Dakots, Kansas ft
Gulf railroad, which will build a line con
necting the western terminus of the Union
Pacific at Bejnlt. Kan with the Union
Pacific at Kearney, Neb., a distsnc of 110
miles. The directors are mostly New York
men and the company Is backed by the
Union Pacific. The capital Is $3,000,000. The
contract for building the road has been
let to the Interurban Construction com
pany of New York and construction . will
begin within a yean
BREACH OF TRUST CENSURED
.In l are Kohlsnat Enters Judgment
Asvalnst Officers of Western Life
CHICAGO, Nov. 28. Judge Kohlsaat of
the federal court yesterday gave a decree
in favor of the Western Life Indemnity
company- for 1310,000 against General
George M. Moulton. Its president, and Ed
ward I. Rosenfeld, former manager, as
well as a decree for S125.000 against Wil
liam H. Gray, who preceded Rosenfeld
as manager. The S?00,000 wss, according
to the evidence, a sum ostensibly paid by
th Western Indemnity company in 1906
fot"tlst 'of , policy-holder in av- alleged
worthless company. Judge Kohlsaat' rul
ing primarily was based on the proposition
that the three defendants failed to pay
adequate attention to the protection of the
At the time when the Improper transac
tions took place. In 19C6. Moulton was
major general of the Illinois National
Guard and head of the Knights Templars
In the United States. It was In the year
mentioned that the Knights Templar and
Masons and1 Life Indemnity company be
came the Western Life Indemnity com
pany. Gray was paid $125,OCO by Rosenfeld,
practically out of the assets of the com
pany, to assign his contract as manager
to Rosenfeld. This sale of the contract
was held by Judge Kohlsaat to be illegal.
Inasmuch as It was a contract of trust and
dealt with a fiduciary position, and so
could not be assigned. Gray la now or
dered to return the money.
Moulton got an Increase of ralary when
Rosenfeld became manager under the
Illegal transfer of Gray's contract to him,
the Increase being from $1,500 annually to
MO. 000 annually. Because of this, it Is
claimed Moulton, in Judge Kohlsaat's view,
shut his eyes to Rosenfeld's operations
and permitted things to be done which
were against the Interests of the policy
holders, who were looking to Preildcnt
Moulton for protection. Judge Kohlsaat
severely condemned the breaches of trust
YOUNG TURKS READY FOR WAR
Claim Great Britain Has Pledged It
self to Prevent Any Ex
BL'DA PE8T, Nov. 28. Naslm Bey. the
representative of the Young Turk com
mittee, has given an Interview to the .Pester
Lloyd, In which he 'says:
"We are not afraid that Austria-Hungary
will declare war on Turkey. W ar pre
pared for war, and moreover we hav ob
tained from Great Britain an official guar,
antee against any external danger." ,
LONDON, Nov. 28.-Offlclsl circles here
are at a loss to understand on what Naslm
Bey could base such a statement as he is
alleged to have made In a Buda Pest
newspaper. No such guarantee has been
given, and It Is surmised that this Is merely
the expression of the optimistic Impression
crested on an eastern imagination by the
presence of the British fleet In the Aegean
sea. It la suggested also that it may be a
perversion of what Nazlm Bey really said,
published to support the antl-Brltleh cam
paign In Austria, which seeks to show
that Great Britain is trying to Influence
Turkey to resist a settlement with Austria
Hungary. PITTSBURG BANKERS GUILTY
Officers of Farmers aad Merchants ?f a
tlonal Convicted on Nineteen
t'onnts by Jury.
PITTSBURG, Pa... Nov. 28. -A verdict of
guilty as Indicted was returned by the Jury
in the United States court todsy In the
case of C. E. Mullln, cashier; R. K. His
sem, president, of the defunct Farmers aad
Merchants bank of Mount Pleasant, Pa.,
and E. II. Stelnman, former president of
the Acme Lumber company. The jury re
tired late yesterday afternoon and reached
an agreement at I o'clock last night. The
verdict was sealed and read when cort
opened today.- The Indictment charged
Cashier Mullln with misapplying funds of
the bank, and Hissem and Stelnman with
aiding and abetting him.
The shortage. It is alleged, amounted to
$140,000. There are nineteen counts In ths
Indictment and on each count the three At
fendants ara liable to from five to ten
years In th penitentiary.
A motion for a new trial will be made.
JUDGES TO COME ON MONDAY.
Governor Sheldon to Name Fortunate
Ones at that Time.
TALK OF LAW AGAINST NEPOTISM
Governor Khallcnbersrer Will Have
Chance to Redeem His Promise
Regarding- Railroad As
sessments. .,- .-(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN Nov. 2S. (Special.) Governor
Sheldon will appoint four judges of the su
preme bench next Monday, bright and
early. JuBt previous to that he will issue a
proclamation proclaiming that the constitu
tional amendments relating to th Invest
ment of the school fund and the judiciary
Those lawyers who fall of appointment
will have only themselves and their friends
to blame, for each and every one has had
an opportunity to see the governor and
evidently, from the crowds, each availed
himself of the chance to talp up his favor
ites. Law Aanlnst Nepotism.
Tears that have never before been shed
will overflow and cover the state house
with-wet; brothers will be separated from
brothers, wives and husbands will be torn
asunder; sons will be driven from tho
sight of. fathers; uncles and nephews and
nelces will no longer nibble from the same
pie-counter If the democratic legislature
carries out the threats of some of the
members and prohibits the employment of
relatives by state officers and heads of de-
partsments and Institutions.
Never sine the old pop days will the
people have such an opportunity to wit
ness a wholesale good bye and breaking up
of a happy home.
During the last few years the state house
has been the home of many members of the
same families, and nepotism has become so
rampant that "Family Apartment Jouse"
is a good name for the capitol. ,
The practice has been condemned, but 10
no effect; party success has had no weight
against the extra salary, and now a new
legislature, which has none of the offices to
give out promises to abolish the practice.
In many Instances, public office has been
a family snap and nesrly every inspection
of the vouchers in the office of the state
auditor brings forth the name of a wife or
other relative of a state officer who has
drawn pay from the state.
Barton to Name Staff.
8. R. Barton, auditor-elect, la expected
in Lincoln Monday, at which time he Is
likely to appoint his office force. It is re
ported on what Is usually reliable authority
that Pearce of Pawnee county and Bhehan
of Kearney will be the two deputies, the
former taking the place of John I pierce
at the head of the Insurance department.
It la probable that one, if not both, of the
county treasurer examiners' will hold over.
These examiners are E. J. Robinson snd
John Tulleys, and the Indications are that
Tulleys, at least, will hold over, providing,
of course, the democratic legislature does
not change the appointing power from the
auditor to the governor. W. I. Stltt of
Grand Island is liable to get a job as one
of the bookkeepers or a clerkship, while
Ed Lawrence seems certain to continue as
bond clerk. Lawrence having grown quite
a bunch of hair on his head since living in
the state house atmosphere, Is anxious to
continue, for four years more, in hopes of
getting a full crop, and Mr. Barton, It Is
reported, hssn't the heart to refuse him the
Land Commissioner-elect Cowles has not
shown up at the state house since his elec
tion, but it Is understood he Intends to
clean house In Ills office and not leave a
vestage of the old administration. Incl
dentally, while Mr. Cowles has not both
ered about the slate house, he was the
only candidate for a stste office who came
clean with all of his assessment levied by
the republican state committee, so It Is
Free Hand for Governor.
Many of the state officers are up In
the air about making recommendations
to the incoming legislature. There are a
hit of things they would Ilk to e the
legislature do, but If they make sugges
tions they fear the democrats will turn
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vy Lower on Hig-her Valuation, but
Taxes Still Soar.
BAD SHOWING WITH LAST REGIME
Fact and Flanres Taken from in
Records "how Democrats Arc
Condaetlag Affairs of City
Despite the fact that the valuation of
Omaha city property has increased over
$j0,ro0.000 In the last three veers and this
Increase has resulted In bringing in nearly
$300,000 more In tuxes than during the pre
vious period while the republicans were In
power, the present democratic city adminis
tration finds that It Is running short ot
funds and Is now facing a possible deficit. -This
is the situation, even though the pres
ent administration has had thousands upon
thousands of dollars more to spend esch
year than did the previous republican ad
All city funds are greatly depleted and
orders as early as last September were
sent out to all departments to retrench and
attempt to keep within the limit. At that
time the engineering department laid off
thirty-eight men, other cuts being msde
since. The street commissioner Immediately
cut his force and each week sees more men
given their discharge. The normal force
of street cleaners Is from seventy to eighty
men. But twenty men sre now employed
In this department, on account of the ex
travagance of the department, which Is in
keeping with the entire administration.
What the Flaroreei Actually Are. .
The city comptroller, In an official state
ment of the condition of the funds on No
vember 18, as sent to the council at its
last meeting, shows that only $:.a3.K! re
mains In tile cleaning and sweeping fund
of $-M.i91.rt0. In the lighting fund but $9,377.34
remains of $13(1,57.C8. The public works de
partment has had $154.1:3.85 with which to
do Us work during the year, but of this
large sum but $,39.S4 remains. Other funds
have fjcen depleted In a greater or less de
gree snd the available cash balance In all
funds Is but $4-r.3T.O.
The democrats announce that the fund
are still In good shape, but that the small
balances are due o their having taken up
$76,000 of redemption bonds. . It took th
administration three years with the greatly
Increased valuations and taxes to take up
this small amount, while during. tha last-j-e-t.
publican administration with lower taxes,
$1,000 (one-third again as much) of re
demption bonds were cancelled.
Taxpayers Pay in More Bloney.
The bare levy under the democratic ad
ministration shows a decrease of th aver
age of 6.2 mills, but even with this decrease
the taxpayers are paying Into the city
treasury more money than formerly on ac
count of the Increased property valuations
and all this excessive tax has been spent,
or will be at the end of ihe year. Under th
democratic administration the taxpayers
arc paying much higher taxes than under
the previous republican administration.
These, were the property valuations and
the tax produced for the last three re
. lul.m 1,41
These were the property valuations and
tho tax produced, or to be produced, under
tho three democratic years:
. $110, ((,. 85
Total 3:9,8M,843 $1,134. 4i0.97
Fonr Million More First Yea.
The first year the' democrats weie lit
power the property valuations were sched
uled $4,000,000 higher tiiun during the last,
republican year and the tax levy wss cut
something under the previous levy. There
was a big deficit In all funds and the dem
ocratic mayor, who vetoed a higher levy,
declared at the close of the year that ha
would never do so again, as he got "noth
ing but kicks and cusses throughout the
year" for vetoing the levy, and thereby not
giving the various departments the ex
travagant funds they demanded.
The second year, however, th democrat
taxed the people of Omaha $1,48,0U.C1, or
$114,846.93 more than the republican taxed
them the last year of their administration.
The third year the democrats Increased the
republican levy still more, th excess
amounting to $143,078.10.
This last levy was voted by ths oouncil
and approved by acting mayor on the
night of August 4, over the protests of
Councilman Zlmman, the only republican
member, and the mayor as well. Mr. Zlm
man fought the levy because of It being
much higher than necessary, providing
economy Is practiced in the departments.
The mayor vetoed the measure, originally
passed on July 28. ststlng In his letter to
the council that the. levy anticipated th
placing of $176,000 .ie In the sinking
fund than necessary to pay th $2U,000 In
terest. The veto was at first sustslned,
but later. In the meeting of the council on
the night of August 4, another resolution,
appropriating the larger amount, was in
troduced snd passed. L. ti. Johnson, pres.
Idcnt of the council, In his cspaclty as act
ing mayor during a temporary absence of
the mayor, promptly approved the nlg'i
levy before leaving the council chamber
In addition to these higher levies and th
large Increase In taxes placed on the peo
ple and received and used by the demo
cratic eltv administration, the adminis
tration has been ublg to have access to the
whole of the funds. The comptroller Is
authorised to draw warrants up to but 9
per cent of the appropriation for the reason
that all the taxes are not alwais collect' d.
This year, howavcr, t) per cent of all the
taxes were collected by Octuber 1, and all
those collected since haie been s- mm i
clear gain for the democrats.
Accidental shooting; at Stargls.
BTURU1S, H. V., Nov. ai.-(ei)eclal Tel
gi am.) Coroner Hrackett received word
her last night that a man named Henry
Brandchsck was accidentally ahot at Wut4
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