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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XXXVIII NO. 211,
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 17, 1009 TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
FAST TRAIN LN WRECK
Illinois Central St Louis Flyer Strikes
. Broken BaiL.
FOUR DEAD, THTRTT-SH INJURED
Sheriff Aldm and Wife of Union
County, Illinois, Anton; Killed.
:ars ROLL DOWl KMEUT
Accident Eappens SLVt East of
INJURED TAKES TO
mnng Tlita Are 8evet "T.v Wri
f Perry Hsatlaa Shw ,
jrwisi nis fc"
YU KPHTSBORO. I1L. Feb. li.-Four
passenger were killed and thirty-six In
lured today, when th Illlnala Central train.
No. m, southbound from St. Louis to New
rtan wss wrecked by running Into a
token rail six miles east of here.
MRtt ORACB PBRRT. Carbondale. 111.
SHERIFF AL.DEN AND MARS ALDfcX
f L'nlnn eoiimy Ulinota.
Marry Ceirtpton, Corbondale. serious.
r u. Bradley and wife. Murphysboro,
William Ortli, Murphysboro, leg wrenched.
Thoma John,. Murphyaboro. back
Rev. H. M. McClellan. Murphyaboro,
bark and lea; Injured.
L. Z. Conk, Murphyaboro, bark wrenched.
Rrakeman Moore, St. Louis, legs crushed.
H. P. Lindsay, freight ag-eat. N. ,C. A
8t. L. n R.. head cut.
Gu HolJIngsworth, arm hurt.
Pixieea members of the Perry Haatina
how troupe, slightly hurt.
Miss Helen Yeiea of show troupe back
Mrs. Mary Dayton, Marlon, 111., body
Three-year-old son of Mr a. Dayton,
J. E. Bentlcy, Carbondale. legs cruahed.
The train was a locaL The accident was
caused by a broken rail. The engine and
express car pasasd aver safetly, but the
remaining four cars turned oyer. A. E.
Cleft, division superintendent at Carbon
dale, left for the scene of the wreck two
miles distant on a apecial train with doctors
The train running fifty-five ' miles an
hour on a trestle, when the train struck
a broken rail, the engine paased over the
rail safely, but the baggage car and
smoker went off the track and threw the
four remaining cars down aa embankment.
Son of the Injured were taken In special
. tralua to hospitals In Carbondale, Many
were brought here and brought to SL An
STORM FOLLOWED BY COLD
Clearing Weather, with Law Teeny
- aere wewt la Middle
Wt nasi leatk.
CHICAGO, Feb. It-Colder weather In
thja Tlolohy. with storm moving slowly
eastward, is the preaent weather outlook.
Telegraph and railroad companies report
encouraging conditions west of the Missis
sippi, where the country la recovering
somewhat from the effects of the bltsaard.
The enow blockade still prevails In north
ern Michigan and the lake region around
Toledo la Buffering from demoralised com
munication snd Interrupted traffic.
TnWer temperatures are the prospect for
the middle and south Atlantic and eastern
gulf states. Central Illinois. Indiana and
Ohio are feeling the worst effects of the
storm In Its progress toward tba eastern
KANSAS CITT. Mo., Feb. 1. -Clearing
weather, with lower temperaturea, pre
vailed throughout the aouthweet today.
Telephone and telegraph communication
was slowly being restored, while railroad
service waa greatly Improved. Tralna
from the eaat. however, were atlll many
hours late. At Kanaaa City the tempera
ture tod jy "registered 10 degreea above sera.
oruoMia. Kan., reported S below; Spring
field. Mo., t above; Oklahoma City, :Z;
and Amarillo, Tex., IS.
NORFOLK. Neb., Feb. 1. The mercury
loo J at 11 below aero here early today.
FLEET TO TAKE PART IN PARADE
Admiral ft perry Will Seed BattalUas
Washing far laaegaral
WASHINGTON. Feb. It-Admiral prry
today sent by wireless telrgrspa to the
Navy department the namea of the battle
alilpa of his fleet, which will remain at
anchor In j lampion Roads until after
Msren I In order to send baitaliona from
(heir crew to the Inaugural psrade la
Washington. These vessels are the Con
necticut, Virginia, Ixmls'sna, Wisconsin,
Georgia. Illinois. Kearsarge and Kentucky,
the laat three of which will be placed out
uf commission on their arrival at their
home navy yards.
The remaining eight battleehlra whk-h
have completed the cruise around the
world will leave Hampton Roads for their
home navy yards for repairs immediately
after Inspection by the admiral. which
will take puwe aa soon aa practicable after
the review by the president.
ENVOY IS READY TO RETURN
t raiser De Masses WIU Brian; W. J.
Barkaaia Ha treat
WlLLKMgTAD, Curacao. Feb. lt-Ths
American cruiser Des Molnea left here
this afternoon for La Guaiara, Venesueli,
where It will take on board W. I. Buchanan
and proceed with him to Gu an tens mo.
Cuba. Mr. Buchanan went to Caracas as
the special commissioner of the United
Ststes to settle with the Venesuelaa gov
ernment various outatanding questions by
the two countries and his labors being
over he Is returning to Washington.
The American gunboat Marietta passed
here laat night bound for Guataaamo. Mr.
Furhanan win transfer to the Marietta at
that port and continue his journey north
SCORES OF MINERS ENTOMBED
Oa Headred a ad Thirty Caacht by
K a sleet ta Colliery la wt fe
west Darhaaa, Eaalaad.
NEWCASTLE. Eng. Feb. M.-A aenou
i plosion oorurvd this afternoon la a col
liery In Northwest Durham. One hundred
and thirty ouncrs are reported t he n-amUesT
SUMMARY OF THE BEE
Taesday, Frhrwary 1, 1 no v.
1909 FEBRUARY 909
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FOR NEBRASKA Generally fair with
rising temperature Wednesday.
FOR IOWA Generally fair and warmer
Temperature at Omaha yesterday:
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Lobbyist?, registered and unregistered,
swarm around the legiaiature. Page 1
Stringent divorce bill passea the sen
ate rr a
Senator Ransom s bill raising the debt
limit for Omaha from 12.700.000 to 5
per cent of actual valuation, passes both
houses and now goes to the governor.
Four persons were killed and twenty
six injured In wreck of southbound Illi
nois Central train near Murphysboro. I1L
Robber callmlng Omaha aa home, at
tempts to holdup Lawrence H. Jones, a
millionaire merchant of Kansas City with
a bomb, but la overpowered. , Page t
M. L. Learned appears before the In
,er"tte Commerce commission in rate
hearing In behalf of the Omaha Grain ex
change, rage a
King Edward opens Parliament In the
presence of an unusually large number
of people who cheer the royal pair.
No Americana were caught In the Aca
pulco theater fire and list of victims
may be less than 200. Wage 1
Thirty people reported killed by an
earthquake, which demoliahes government
building In Sivas, Turkey. rage a
Kxploaion of gas wrecka bank building
at Utlca. rag a
Attorney Hamer seeka to have Mead
Bhuraway, sentenced to hang, declared In
sane, rage a
Nebraska Retail Hardware Dealera' as
sociation opens convention and big ex
position la Omaha, which will last four
da . - rags X
William J Bryan, still hopeful, peases
through Omaha n route to Lincoln, where
he speaks before the legislature, rage 4
William W. Robinson, colored brick
layer, steps from an east bound Hiiwora
park car and is Instantly killed by the
car approaching In the opposite direction.
Attorney for Van Goodell, aentenced to
life imprisonment for the murder of Edna
Kennett. will ask for a new trial and a
motion to that effect will be entered in
a day or two. rage 4
COHMZSCUI. An OTSTJBTBXaX.
Llveatock market. rage 11
Grain markets. rag 11
Stocks and bonds. rage 11
BIG CHECK PROVES TO BE BAD
M. O. Fartaer, Bretkcr-la-Law ef Mrs.
Leaan, Dennetts It la 9t.
ST. LOUIS, Ma, Feb. It-Officials of
three local banks met today to discuss the
question of responsibility for the cashing
or clearing of a tlXOQO check on the Third
National bank, deposited by .M. Dwight
Fortner. real eatate dealer, to Thia account
In the St. Louis t'nion Trust onmpany.
from which he obtained an tll.009 check
which he cashed at the National Bank of
The bank officials are seeking to learn
the whereabouts of Fortner. who Is a son-in-law
of A. H. Handland am) brother-in-law
of Mrs. William J. Lemp. plaintiff In
the Lemp divorce Suit. He Is believed to
have gone ti Chicago last Saturday.
Henry C. Tulley, whoso name ai.prs
on therhecks its endnreaer, declare
that the signature i not his but a perfei t
facsimile. Tulley and F. A. Steer, the
signer of the check, were Invited to con
fer with the bsnk officials.
TAFT CALLS AT WHITE HOUSE
Preatdent-Fleet Has Ceafereaee with
Preeldeat Itvelt aad
WASHINGTON, Feb. lt-Prealdent-elect
and Mrs. Tsft arrived here today and went
to the residence of Miss Mabel Boardman,
which will be their home during their atay
here. Mr. Tart vitited the White House
a short time after reaching the city and
had a conference with the president and
the board of engineers, who accompanied
hire to Panama. It la Mrs. Taft's inten
tion to gi to New Tork tomorrow on a
You learn with
your first automo
bile. Isn't asecond
hand machine to
start with a pretty
You will find a chance to
get a really pood ear cheap, if
you watch the ads under the
44 Automobile" heading on the
want ad page.
Some "men. you know, who hava
too much money, sell their car
very year so aa to hare the latest
make. Soma people) who own earg
mova away. Soma who thought
their taste was for autos, change
their minds. They usually adver
tise) them for sale In Tba Bee.
.W.lcn the Want Ad . It pay a.
HARDWARE MEN HAVE WOES
President Karanangh Says One Bane
is Catalogne Houses.
OBSTACLE TO FREE COMPETITION
Dees t sre Jabbers aad Whole,
aalrrs la Addressing Nebraska
Retail Dealera la Aaaaal
Combining variety with great utility In Its
display; having more practical things to
the square inch than any similar exposi
tion ever held In Omaha the display of
furnaces, stoves, washing machines, pans,
cork, screws, lawn mowers, wire fence,
knives, guns, ssws. granite ware and ranges
of the Nebraska Retail Hardware associa
tion opened In the Omaha Auditorium Tues
day morning. It will run almost continu
ously four days, closing down only when
buaineas sessions of the convention are
open at the Hotel Rome.
The convention opened at t o'clock with
several hundred hardware dealers present.
City Comptroller C. O. Lobeck. a former
traveling man for hardware houses, wel
comed the visitors. Mayor Dsblman being
111,' and H. M. Wlneland ' of University
Place responded. This was followed by the
annual address of President Dan Kavan
augh of Kairbury. who discussed many ser
ious questions confronting retail hardware
trade and told of conditions surrounding
the dealers In buying and selling which
might lead people to believe that in no line
of businesa are the profits so small as In
the hardware buaineas.
Tw Meetings at One.
While the afternoon program of the con
vention was being given at the Rome, the
shining of nickel slate, the blacking of
stoves, polishing of cutlery, firing up of
patent heaters, greasing of washing ma
chines and stretching of spans of fence,
went on at the Auditorium at a rapid rate.
The exposition will be In full swing to
night, when the evening is to be devoted
to looking over the exhibits. The program
also calls for spending the entire morning
at the Auditorium Wednesday, when dele
gates will examine minutely the wares of
scores of manufacturers who have In
stalled booths In the Auditorium. Every
available foot of floor space is occupied,
but the exhibitors declare Omaha has given
them the best place they have had for an
"Nothing to compare with this Audi
torium for a great show room," said H. B.
Haffaker of the Howard Stove Manufac
turing company, who has had charge of a
large exhibit of stoves at the various state
conventions of retail hardware men. "They
did the best they could by us In Des
Moines by turning over the Masonic Tem
ple for our use, but It could not compare
with this Auditorium. Only Minneapolis
equals Omaha when it comes to offering a
l'adltlae f the Trade.
President Ksvsnaugh said concerning the
conditions surrounding the retail dealera:
"First, there are goods with controlled
cost prices; those a h controlled retail
price, where the retailer pays out of his
pocket for "their being popularized by ad
vertising and being forced to accept a
less profit than he realises on other goods
of equal intrinsic value; those old and ea
tabliahed brands of tools, many of which
we are forced to sell at staple prices.
Second, private brands of Jobbers who
control their prices and upon which there
ta no competition In buying.
"Third, that class of goods wherein no
comparison of price can be made because
of differences In slses, kinds, numbers and
finishes, which make It difficult to deter
mine their real value.
"Fourth, the class consisting of staples,
such ss nails, wire, loaded shells. bolts,
screws, which are sold at less than cost
when the expense of doing business Is
tsken Into account.
"Now in addition to these problems of
purchase is added competition which places
in the hsnds of our customers a price bul
letin on every article we carry In stock."
Baa et l.i.i...e He..,..
The president advocated manufacturers
making a delivered price the seme at every
point in the territory where goods are sold
and said the dealers were now suffering
more than any other class of tradesmen In
an unequal warfare with the catalogue
bouses, because those houses hsve wealth,
use unscrupulous methods and possess the
friendship of the falae friends of the re
tailersmanufacturers who sell to the
"cat" house because they buy In such
enormous quantities, at a lower price than
even the jobber paya who supplies the re
tailer. "Give our dollar the same purchasing
power as the catalogue houses dollar and
we will positively win," said Mr. Kavan
augh. "The Jobber should do hU whole
duty by us. There Is not a single success
ful Jobbing house In the country today
whose buying tslent Is deficient. But when
it comes to making prlc4 to the" retail cus
tomers it's different.
"It is the duty and mission of the Job
bers to I lace ua in r!:e position to sell to
the consumer In competition with the csta
logue houses, but they cannot do this un
less they thoroughly post themselves on
prices, qualtles and brands quoted to our
customers by the houaea which seek to
reach the consumer direct.
"We are conveinced that this is not being
generally done, gome household, every day
Items are billed to ua by the Jobbers at
prices higher than the customers can buy
direct. Some Jobbers sell at retail, using
their buying advantage to quote cut prices
and this results In their losing all their
eres the Jehhere.
The president did not spare the whole
salers and Jobbers, but told the dealers
what he had discovered to be a fact by
careful study. The number of new hard
ward Jobbing houses entering ih field is
out of all proportion to the Increase of
new retail houses,' he said. "There is
actual danger that the Jobbing end will get
topheavy and bring" trouble not only upon
themselves, but ruination upon their retail
One of the recommendations of President
Kavanaugh was the matter of express
rates, which he said were unreasonably
high, b taken up by tb aasoclaUon and
that a reform in express service and a
radical lowering of the charges would
taks tbe wind out of the sails of the advo
cate of merchandise post a measure
which. In the opinion of the dealera, will
give tbe catalogue houses still greater ad
vantages aad narrow tbe country retailer's
trad down to a point whar it will be
almost impossible fur him ta remain in
BtBR TELLS OP CHEAT GIOWTH
Secretary fraa Llel Takes Cheer.
I el v lew f Things.
Secretary J. Frank Bare of Lincoln. Ua
niaa w Co advertise the association rneet-
. iCobUaued oa Second Pagc.J
From the Spokane Spokesman-Review.
ROBBER ARMED WITH BOMB
Attempt to Extort $7,000 from Kansas
City Merchant Fail-.
HOLDS WHOLE FAMILY AT BAT
t.awreae M. Janes f Jaes Dry
Gos C., latent Victim, Over
power Bandit, Wkt Sara He
Caaae fran Osaahaw
KANSAS CITT, Few. IS. Armed with a
revolver in one hand and a dynamite bomb
In the other a man. apparently about w
years ofc age. today entered the home of
Lawrence M. Jones, presiuent of the Joiks
Eros.' Dry Goods cons pant of this city, and
demanded IT, one. By a ruse Mr. Jones over
powered the man, who was arrested. At
the police station the bomb thrower gave
the name of C. H. Gamett He said be was
10 years of sge.
The man appeared st the Jones home, 2613
Trooet avenue, shortly before noon and
asked for Mr. Jones. He waa shown to the
library. Mr. Jones, who was In another
part of the house, upon entering the library
was confronted' by the intruder's revolver.
The man told Mr. Jones to be seated. He
then drew from under his overcoat a dyna
mite bomb. He explain! te Mr. Jones that
ur.K-as the latter gavw him ST.eno be would
Immediately blow him Into a tain a.
In an endeavor tcir" wan Mr. J en as
talked with him" over- awhalf hour. Mrs.
Jones, feeling apprehensive on account' of
her husband's long .interview, entered the
library at this point. The intruder ordered
her to be seated. The conversation waa re
sumed. Chester I. Jones, secretary of the
Jones company, a son, followed his mother
snd he, too, was ordered to be seated.
Mr. Jones then suggested thst as he
did not have the necessary- funds In the
house the man accompany him to the
bank. This wss agreed to. As tbe pair
were passing through the lower ball. Mr.
Jones stepped suddenly back and, placing
his font in front of his visitor, hurled him
to the floor. Mr. Jones and his son then
overpowered the man and. stripping htm of
his weapons, called the police The bomb
did not explode when the Intruder fell.
At the police' station It wss said that the
officers had not investigated the bomb and
Mr. Jones Is one of the best known dry
goods merchants of the country. He is
reputed to be worth over II .WO.onn.
Intended t Kidnap J ear.
At the police station the man said he
planned, after securing the money from
Mr. Jones, to take him to Independence, a
suburb, where he would have chained him
up in a house he bad fitted up for the
purpose. He said he had been planning
the scheme for several months.
With his arms folded and his slouch hat
pulled down over his eyes, Garnett stood,
surly and deflsnt. In his cell at the Flora
Avenue station tl Is afternoon.
"Am I sorry for whst I've done?" he
saiu. "No, I'm not. The only thing I'm
sorry for Is that I didn't ki'l myself be
fore the officers got me.
"Three months ago I quit my Job in
Otraha and bedded that as soon as my
n-.oney ran out I'd kill myself. I came to
Ksrsas City January 3S.
"Tea, I've had family troubles, and busi
ness troubles. too.'J
Garnett acknowledged thst the nami
given to the police was fictitious. He said
he had no Intention of telling his real
name, even at his trial.
Tried Saleld 1 Oaaaha.
"About ten daya ago when my funds got
low, I oN-cided that the time had come for
me to quit this world. I took the revolver
I had bought in Omaha and went out on a
bridge that spans the Missouri. Just as I
was about to kill myself the thought came
to me that I still had one more chance If
I could g-t only a few thousand dollaia.
The thought then came to me to make an
Infernal machine. I went ta a hardware
atore at Independence and purchased ten
sticks of dynamite. Then I decided to con
struct a box. I believed this would scare
my vfc tim. I bad no Intention of harming
anyone. I simply wanted money."
Garnett said he rented a house In Inde
pendence and constructed many chains
with whwh to chain Mr. Jones had he been
successful. The police have been unable
to find the houae.
Mr. Jones said this afternoon that when
Garnett firat presented nlmself at hia door
ha said his nsme waa D. Jones and that
be came from Grand Island. Neb.,
While no one in Omaha oould be found
wbo knows C. H- Garnett it appears aa a
coincidence that when James Fee at
tempted to take Sa.wiu from Luther Drake,
president of the Merchants National bank,
by ths use of a bottle of Missouri river
water and told the same kind of story as
Garnett told, was capturod by the Omaha
police, the first thing he said was: "I
cam from Kansas City, where I was ou
of work, aad decided to kill myself."
rreeideat'e has OsT Sallst.
DES MOlNOs. Ia.. Feb. K.-Th senate
of tb Iowa Irgislstur passed a bdl today
taking the name of the president and rtue
prcauicat oil U. ballot
' immmT- "
PROBING WISCONSIN PRIMARY
Jalat Caanlttec t fueglslatar Be
ins Iavrstla-atloa of Charges
MADISON, Wis., Feb. 11-A committee
consisting of three members of the senate
and five members of the asrembly, today
began aVlnvestigatlon of the primary elec
tion held September 1 Inst to nominate a
United States senator. The investigation
is the outcome primarily of charges of al
leged bribery and corruption made by Stste
Senstor John Blaine against I'nltcd Ststes
Senator Isssc Stephenson, who received
the highest vote on the rept'hlican ticket
over three opponents. While Mr. Stephen
son will bo the main object of the In
quiry, every senatorial candidate of all
parties has been Invited to appear before
United States Senator 'Stephenson lacked
four votes of a majority on the eleventh
ballot for United Slates senator In Joint
assembly of the Wisconsin legislature
today, receiving 58 out of 13 cast.
SPRINGFIELD, 111., Feb. 16,-The thirty
second Joint ballot in the assembly for the
election of a United Ststes senator failed
to break the deadlock and made no mate
rial change In the situation. The vote for
Senator Hopkins rose from 66 on the thirty-first
balolt to C? on the thirty-second,
but remained ( votes below the 71 given
him on the thirtieth ballot on Wednesday
of last week.
Tb shirt brought In tbe nams of peter
Rhelnberg. alderman of the Twenty-sixth
ward ef Chicago, with 3D votes, and Mk tusl
J. Kennedy of the Fifth ward, Chicago,
was given 1 vote.
Prior to the joint session Mayor Busse
and Postmaster Campbell of Chicago, to
gether with Senator Hopkins, conferred
wKh Governor Deneen In the executive
At the conclusion of the Joint ballot the
session arose to resume the balloting to
morrow at noon.
ONE MAN KILLED, FOUR HURT
Freight Train Strikes Handcar Con
taining; Party e Way t
ESTERVILLB. Ia.. Feb. !. (Special. V
One man was killed snd four others were
Injured, two of them seriously, near
Ringsted. Emmet county, when the hand
car on which they were going to a dance
at Fenton. waa struck by a Northwestern
freight train. The dead man is C. M.
Heiden, barber of Ringsted. The injured
Ole Anderson, section foreman, of Ring
sted, six ribs broken, serious.
J. M. Jensen, furniture dealers, Kingnted.
left arm mangled and otherwise injured,
J. 8. Peterson, assistant cashier Ring
sted State bank, cut and bruised.
Chris 6kow, rural mail carrier, Ringsted,
scratched and brulaed.
The engineer dhl not' see the hand car
until the locomotive was very close to 1L
The car was hurled almost out of the
right-of-way, throwing the men In al!
directions. Anderson waa killed instantly.
Jensen fell on one rail anl the engine
Passed over his arm. The Injured men
were picked up and taken to Rinksted.
and the only physician there aided by a
doctor secured from Fenton cared for them.
It Is feared that Jensen will not recover,
but Petersons Injuries may not prove fatal.
The others ere sure to get well.
COURT STAYS TEXAS MANDATE
Thirty Days' Tins Give I Matter
Kin aad Rerelvrrshlp f
SHERMAN. Tex.. Feb. l.Judgs H. Q.
Head, oounarl for Chester B. Dorchester,
federal receiver for the Waters-Pierre Oil
company, laat night received a message
from the clerk of the supreme coi-it of the
United States at Washington ststing that
a mandate In the recent decision upholding
the state of Texas in the ma'.ter of a re
ceivership for the company had been
stayed for thirty days from February 11
Tbe message ststes that the mandate is
stayed In the matter of the fine, the stste
receivership and the federal receivership.
No grounds are given for the action in In
message to Judge Head and no statement
has been given out by any one connected
with the case here.
SAYS HE LUREDJGIRL TO DEATH
Wllllasa Gagl Cafeses t Marder
f Child wear Gary,
CHICAGO, Feb. It William Gagle. ar
reated here yesterday, contaassd today, ac
cording to ths police, to th murder of V
year old Ella cVhrader near Gary, Ind.
He said be tried to lure tbe child into the
woods and when the latter refused he
Strang at her and choked her to death.
Gagle waa Identified by Maud Wetland
as the man who had lured her Into the
country near Gary on the pretext that hia
wife was 111 and needed assistance for
which he was willing to pay. After terri
fying experiences she escaped. A similar
Identification and stories were give tue
police by Stella Uruantk,
TWO HUNDRED DIE IS FIRE
Audience in Mexico Theater Caught
in Trap by Flames.
PICTURE FILM IS IGNITED
Adobe trartare with Wooden Reef
and Saaall Exits Feeds Blase and
People Are Literally Raate
X Americans Lost.
WASHING"lON Feb. IS. No Americans
lost their lives In the fire which destroyed
the Floras theater at Acapulco, Mexico,
Sunday night, according to a dispatch re
ceived at the Btste department today from
American Consul Maxwell K. Moorehead.
Over XX) people were burned to death, ac
cording to Consul Moorehesd.
B d lee Still I Balldlag.
EL PASO. Tex.. Feb. l.-ReporU re
ceived this morning from Jsures, Mexico,
say that the death list resulting from the
fire at Acapulco Sunday night will not
reach 3t, as at first reported, but It Is Im
possible to state the exact number of fa
talities, as all the bodies have not yet been
recovered from the burned building.
The building In which the entertainment
was being held was a large adobe structure
with a wooden roof and with a few small
doors as exits, an almost perfect fir trap.
Meslr It r part 350 Dead.
MEXICO, lt. 1L Between TM and
people were bnrneu .o death and many In
jured In a tire which destroyed the Flores
theater In the city of Acapulco last night.
The news of the disaster reached this capi
tal this afternoon, telegraphic communica
tion with Acapulco having been destroyed
last night and today owing to the fact that
the telegraph office adjoining the theater
was burned and all wires put out of com
mission. Tbe Flores theater was a wooden
structure and last night over l.COu people
crowded Into It to witness a special per
formance given in honor of Governor Da
manian Flore of the state of Guerrero,
who waa visiting the city at the time. One
of the numbers on the program consisted
of a series of moving pictures. While the
operstor was exhibiting these, a film
caught flra and a blase waa quickly com
municated to ao me bunting which had been
used for decorative purposes.
Awfl Paale Easaes.
In an incredibly short time the flames
spresd to all parts of the structure. There
were but three narrow exits snd the panic
stricken audiences rushed to them, many
persons falling. to be cruahet to death,
their bodlca choking tbe way to escape for
Tbe screams of those imprisoned were
terrifying. Owing to tbe rapidity with
which the fire spread and its Intense heat
it waa Impossible to attempt rescue work
and those Imprisoned were literally roasted
alive, as the fire burned with little smoke
and few were suffocated. The erforts of
the fire department were confined to st
tempting to save the adjoining buildings
snd the firemen succeeded so well that
tne property loss was small. The tele
graph office, postoffire and custom bouse
Were Him, wo. A k,, ii . . i
i -ii vi ins government s
records and registered mail were aaved.
Today pitiful scenes of grief were wit
nessed on the streets of the city. Men
women and children wandered about hunt
ing for relatives or friends.
Many of the dead are from the first fem
llles of the stats, ths affair at the theatre
being a social event of considerable Im
portance and calling out the wealthiest
and oldest families for miles around. In
som Instances whole families were wiped
out. Th municipal authorities today
caused large trenches to be dug and Into
then the bodies were laid. Identification
has been Impossible, most of th bodies
having been burned to a criap.
Telegrams sent to the American consul
at Acapulco by the Associated Press ask
ing for the nsmes of the American dead
have not been answered.
Aoapuk-,, .a the weat coast of the stats
of Guerrero Is one of the three important
ports of the Pacific coast of Mexico. Nearly
all ef the stesmer lines make It a port
of call and the harbor la accounted the best
BOARD HEARS TUCKER CASE
Arsay Medical Exaasiaers ltei,rt He
Clearly I Disabled
CHICAGO. Feb. lC-Tbe army retirinj
board today considered the rases of
tain James W. Rortayne and Major Walter
H. Chatfield. Twenty-eighth Infantry. The
medical examiners turned la their reports
on Colonel W. F. Tucker, in which hi.
disability is admitted. He la said to be
eighty pounds underweight. Hia case will
come up again tomorrow. A private tele
gram from Waahingtou todav ataierf th.-
the retiring boerd had been Informed that
Mrs. Tucker could, under th law. testify
only to such facta as would account for
Colonel Tuckers disability. This would
Include Mrs. Tucker's aUegsttons of in
temperance en the part of her husoend.
but not testimony In Connection with hia
FLOCK OF LOBBYISTS
Many of Them Hare Begiitered and
Many More Hare Not
CONSTANT VIOLATIONS OF LAW
Well Known Men Are, Included in the
ALL INTERESTS REPRESENTED
Railroads and Insurance Companies
TOM ALLEN ONE OF BUSIEST
Losi List f These Wis Have Regie
tered. tatlasr What latere!
They Are Hrprr.eatla. Be
fore the Lea lala tare.
From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Feb. K Spclal.)In direct
violation of the untt-lobby law representa
tives of special interests have swooped
down upon Nebraska's first democrat in
legislature In such droves that evidently
the legislators have been overawed, for the
lobbyists have been received with open
There are lobbyists here registered snd
not registered; lobbyists who helped to or
ganise the legislature and who are now
helping to run It; lobbylts representing Mr.
Bryan and lobbyists not representing Mr.
Bryan. So numerous hsve th representa
tives of special Interests become that not
oniy are the hotel lobbies thick with them,
but the state house corridors are crowded
every day. In fact they are as numerous
about the legislature as are th employes
from Omaha on the senajte pay roll. And
In the buuch mentioned no account has
been tskrn of the representatives of spe
cial interests who have election certificates
and are members of the legislature.
As the boss of the senate Is the represent
ative of one of the largest corpora tlona in
Nebraska It was thought st the beginning
of the session there would be no need of
sny special lobby to look after the big con
cerns, but the lobby Is here just the same.
Hardly a day has paaaed. If any, but Frank
Young, one of the old-time Burlington lob
byists, makes his dully visit to the legis
lature and carts away bills In which he is
Interested. He Is not registered, so there
fore It la taken for grsntrd thst he Is too
wise to run the risk, if there Is any risk.
of being prosecuted for mentioning legisla
tion to any member.
Representatives f Railroads.
The allied railroads have headquarters at
both th Lindell and at the Lincoln, and in
addition to the lawyers mentioned In the
registered list below, who are spending
practically all of their time here, R. J.
Clancy flits In about once a week and holds
a session with his understudies. Mr. Clancy
announced that he comes merely to com
pare bills wl'irk have bees introduced! ad
pot to ta.k legislation. He I not registered
and has appeared before no committees.
George Holcomb of th tax department of
the Union Pacific Is here as record keeper
for his rosd.
Lee Herdmsn Is still here, though he
leaves town at Intervals of a day or two.
He waa here when the legislature organ
ized and though he failed to name the
speaker and the clerk this does not prevent
him from being in touch with what Is going
on. As Mr. Herdmsn Is not registered, to
state his buaineas here would be only to
record a guess. However he Is supposed
to be tbe head of the allied lobby and to
direct the attack upon nieaaures affecting
The Nebrrska Telephone company Is
represented here by registered agents and
while the Independent companies also have
lobbyists on hand, none Is registered. These
letter companies probably accomplished
what they desired at their recent state
met ling held at the time the legislature
The stock yards has no lobbyist here so
fitr ss has been discovered, but It Is very
evident that this concern will rely oa Its
i regular legal counsel. Senator Ransom, to
look after Its business. So fsr he has
succeeded very well.
I waa ra are Meat la Erldeae.
The insurance companies are well repre
sented, as will be shown by a glance at
the lobby list. But instead of merely talk
ing before committee, these lobbyists are
constantly hounding the ' members and
several of them have laid themselves liable
to prosecution by their activity.
Bob Fink, the brewery representative,
hss been here off and on since the ses
sion began, but during the last tew days
he hss been conspicuous for his absence,
following close upon the heels of the de
feat of women suffrsge. Robert Druea
dow haa been here frequently, but he haa
left no tracks which would lead to the In
terests he may represent. Harry B.
Flehsrty was here a week er two before
he registered ss the representative of the
loan sharks. Tom Allen, who fought the
terminal tax bill two years ago, visits the
legislature dsily and sits with th members
and looks after them. He is also interested
in insurance legislation, though not
registered. He has not been arrested,
Llit f Registered Lahhylst.
The lobby book contains the names of
representatives of practically every interest
In the state, ranging from a man who
registered aa being Interested In "matters
peraonal" to the wife of a' supreme Judge,
who Is sftrr an appropriation to mark
the old Oregon trail. Following Is a list
of tbe registered lobbyists:
Frances B. Heald. Osceola, temperance.
. t. Wright, Northwestern railroad.
Kdnon Rich. Union Pacific railroad.
A. l Lane. Nebraska Telephone company.
D. Wagner, t'hadron, W. U. Roult, Boutli
Omaha. Brotherhood Railroad Trainmen.
A. C. Hull. Haattnga. W. B. IJmh. Uni
versity Pla.e; M. C. lull. Belvldere; Harry
L. Keefe. VV'althlll. Insurance.
P. D. Arton, Auburn, Insurance and real
William Croft, HaHtlnga, bee Inspection.
T. W. Htirleaa. Kjjrbury, Brotbcrnood of
8. t. Hmimbi-r, North Platte.' Brother
hood of Kallrojad Conductors.
Ulllan B. Stuff. Anna E. Hardwfrk. H. J.
Fluher. Lincoln Nurses' association.
P. F. Zirumer. Lincoln. Western fire In
surance. Ti'Smas H. BenUin, Pullman company.
Wiliiam Ritchie. Jr.. Bridgeport, aid to
weak school districts.
J. G. Vtolf. Postal Telegraph company.
H. Horton. Lincoln. Western Union
C It. Herr. Lincoln: Ira C. Hill. Fslr
bury; A. '. MCray. Lincoln ; L. W. Gra.
bill. Humhol.lt; -C. F- Relter. Holdrege
representing S. F. Baker A Co-, keokukl
la . proprietary umiu M,s.
Mabel C. Willson. Kthel Brock war, Mrs
F. A. Farley. Sibyl Wilson. Martha U.el
Donald. Mary B. !oyd. graduate nuraea.
Holert I'. Woife, OmuWk. "public and
personal." Omaha charter revUi-m.
William H. K-i.ns.j, Umaiia, Uaiiar Pro
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