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    The Omaha Daily Be:
President Addi Stirring Chapter to
Secret Beirice Controversy.
Senate Committee ii Accuied of Mis
statement and Exaggeration.
Cost for the Year Little Over
Million and Half.
K Con plaint Again) lee o Wllkle's
Men Until They Mad It Pos
sible to Piilik Big
WASHINGTON, Teh. a. President
chapter to the secret service controversy
in vigorous and lengthy reply to the at
tacks made 6n this branch of the govern
ment in a report made recently by Senator
Hemenway of the senate committee on ap
propriation. Senator Hemenway in his
report upholding the limitation in the acope
of the secret service, asserted that it never
had beon the intention of congress to build
up a "spy" system and with evident ref
erence to this part of the report, the presi
dent declared that if the limitation of the
secret service hsd been in force when the
sensational land frauds were unearthed a
few years ago, a senator, a representative
and various men of wealth and high po
litical Influence, who at that time were
convicted, would all have escaped punish
ment. The president's letter is addressed
to Acting Chairman Hale of the senate ap
propriations committee. Characterising as
"Inaccurate and misleading in various Im
portant respect" both Senator Hemenway's
report and the debate which it arouaed in
the senate, Jhe president presented a mass
of facts and figures in defense of the secret
service during the seven years of his ad
ministration. Some of tha president's data
Is b&sed upon information supplied by At
torney General Bonaparte and Secretary of
the Interior Garfield in support of the
efficiency of the secret service in tie de
tection of crime.
Text of the Letter.
Tha president's letter, dated February li,
"I have seen the report presented by
Senator Hemenway on beharf of your com
mittee in reference to the secret service
matter. - The report Is Inaccurate an A mis
leading In various Important respects, and
1 desire to make certain corrections In
reference to statements which appear
therein and In the subsequent debate.
"Infl.Uat year, tha secret service
small body of sixty or seventy men In the
Treasury department under Chief Wllkle,
was probably the only body of public serv
ants engaged In purely criminal Investiga
tion. The secret service men were assigned
at different times to different departments
to investigate crime and criminals. Thev
Svere thus assigned on different occasions.
fur instance, to the 8tate and Navy de
partments, but, above all, to the Interior
department and the Department of Justice.
During the seven years of my administra
tion they were Instrumental in bringing to
Jurtlce great numbers of criminals. I ap
pend herewith the occasion's on which they
were 'furnished by tha request of the at
torney general to the Department of Jus
tice during', the year 1907 and the first six
mrnlhs of 1908. They rendered Invaluable
assistance in securing the conviction of
many ortmlnsls of desperate character and
of many other offenders of great wealth
and of social and political prominence. In
rot on single instarca during these seven
years has It been shown that their action
Jeopardised any man who waa not con
nected with Illegal transactions. In no
lrgle instanoe has it been shown that it
took any but proper steps against a
criminal. No pretense has been made that
they did net do their work against crimi
nals efficiently. I desire to put on record
my emphatic belief that the secret service
under Chief Wllkle has peen composed of
men of an exceptionally high grade of
character and capacity, who have rendered
exceptional service to the public end that
Chief Wllkle himself In a very trying and
responsible position, has shown qualities
of the highest kind and has been on of
the main standbys of the government. No
other man in the government employ la s
dreaded and hated by lawbreakers and
they especially desire to see Ms activities
and those of the men under him restricted
In every way.
. Cob area Hampers Justice.
"Congress last year forbade by law the
us of the secret service men to put a
stop to crime aside from counterfeiting
and thereby not only hampered Justice In
other departments, but deprived the secre
tary of the treasury, the official guardian
of a billion and a half of the nation's
actual money, of the power effectively to
exercise that guardianship.
"Moreover, the congress provided no sub
stitute whatever for the secret service. In
consequence, the Department of Justice
was obliged to develop as speedily a pos
sible Its corps of special dotectlvee to take
the place of the secret tervlce agents, which
It had previously used, and the nucleus of
this force was made up of officers formerly
employed in the secret service and trained
in its methods. I call your especial atten
tion to the fact that It the Department of
Justice had not taken this action there
would have been a complete failure to en
force the law against many types of crim
inals, and aa It was in the early months
f ths present fiscal year, during the Morse
prosecution In New York and in connection
with certain other Important cases, serious
inconvenience and anxiety were caused to
the prosecuting officers by this action of
congress In depriving them of the aid of
the experienced operatives of the secret
service on whom they had been accustomed
to rely. I call your attention to the fur
ther fact that the Department of Justice
had never taken any steps to organise
this tore as long as It could get men de
tailed to It from th secret service. In
other words, the action of th congress
In reference to the secret service would
hav caused, the grossest miscarriage of
Justice had It not been in large part nulli
fied by th prompt action of th Depart
ment of Justice on its own Initiative and
without any further legislation ot any
kind by congress, in providing a specie
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Dostlsi County Association Will
Hear Addresses nt Rom This
The annual midwinter reunion and ban
quet of the Doug'aa Ccunty Association of
Nebraska Pioneers will b held at the
Rom hotel this afternoon, beginning at
1:30. The banquet wilt be served at 3
o'clock, during which the general program
will be given, with Major B. D. Slaughter,
U. S. A. i as toastmaster.
The attendance will be confined to the
membership of the association and the
wife or husband of any member. All mem
lers are requested to wear their badges.
Captain A. N. Tost will Introduce Presi
dent Joseph Redmsn. who will deliver the
sddress of welcome, which will be re
sponded to by Harry C Brome.
At the banqunt, at which Major Slaughter
will preside, the talks will be limited to
five minute responses by members of ths
association, reminiscent of pioneer days.
Mrs. Samuel Rees will have charge of
the musical exercises. The committee of
arrangements will consist of Martin Dun
ham, David Anderson, Augustus Lockner,
M. J. Feenan and A. N. Tost.
These, will comprise the reception com
mittee: I Henry T. Clarke, sr., Mayor and
Mrs. J. C. Dahlman, Mr. and Mrs. Kd
Howell,- Mrs. Josephine Carroll, Mrs. David
Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Scott King, Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas J. Fltsmorrls, Patrick
McArdle, Ralph H. Hall. Mr. 1 nd Mrs.
Charles Dunham, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar
Plckard, Mrs. Byron Reed, Judge Langdon.
Mrs. Augustus Lockner, Mrs. Margaret
Swift, Mrs. Charles Freeman, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Crclghton, Mrs. Ida Bpooner, Mrs.
Port Redman, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Walker,
Mr. and Mrs. Louts Grebe, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Withnell, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Karbach and Louis Reed.
Ambassador to Great Britain flays No
On Ha Idem of Such, a
Mad Scheme.
LONDON. Feb. si. The newly appointed
Japanese ambassador to Great Britain,
Count Takahira Kato, in an Interview to-'
day said that be saw no reason why Japa
nese relations with th United States should
not remain excellent In the future, despite
th loud talk .of a small, excltad" section...
"How highly we prise the statesmanlike
and loyal policy of President Roosevelt
in this connection," said the ambassador,
"It Is hard to ssy, but speaking for my
country, I can assure you that nobody
ever conceived: such a mad scheme as
fighting with the United States."
Count Kato declared that there could
bo no dominant power In tha vast waters
of the Pacific "We hav no Interests
there," he continued, "that can clash with
the United States. We mean to have our
own sphere of Influence In our own part
of the Pacific, but not to the detriment of
a single power, for we axe not seeking
any exclusive prestige."
Feats of Ski Rnnners Grently
Interest the Spanish
PAU, France, Feb. a. King Alfonso at
tended high mas today at th cathedral
of SL Martin. The sacred vessels presented
by Queen Isabella In 1708 were used. Th
Spanish anthem was played by th organ
ist aa the king entered the edifice.
After th mass the king proceeded to
Eaux Bonnes, where . he witnessed the
skiing competitions. He was greatly im
pressed with the wonderful feats of the
Swiss and Norwegian military teams. He
shook the band of Lieutenant Orre, tha
commander of the latter team, and warmly
congratulated him. remarking that It waa
quite a new sport to him and that If ha
were paying a longer visit he would have
tried It himself. King Alfonso left for San
Sebastian this afternoon via Blarrits.
Steward Deeglaa Rsblnan Falls from
Window . of Harvard
CAMBRIDGE. Maes.. Feb. H. Stewart
Douglas Robinson, 19 years old, a nephew
of President Roosevelt and a sophomore
of Harvard college, fell from a six-story
window of Hampton hall, a dormitory on
Massachusetts ' avenue, today, and was
killed. He was a son of Douglas Robinson.
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"I can't get a dress
maker to do my
work." That, will
be the cry from a
lot of women-folks
before long.
Now is the time to get work
done without having it rushed.
It will be done more promptly
and done better, than when
the rush season begins.
The best dressmakers In Omaha
hav their advertisements under the
head of 'Dressmaking' on tha
Want-ad fage. They will make your
clothes now and probably for lees
money than when the rush is on.
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Bank Bill Does Not Make the Hit Its
Framert Anticipated.
Nebraska Menanre Lacks Many of the
Geod Features of Law In Force
in Oklahoma, Aeeord-
lug? to Banker.
(From a Btaff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Feb. H.-(8peclal.)-Great dig.
appointment prevails anions; democrats over
the work of the Joint committee which
drafted the guaranty bank measure. The
bill will be out of the hands of the printer
early In the coming week, but a number
of Interested persons have read It over
snd there Is scarcely one who does not
find some flaw In the work of the mem
bers and their $300 attorney, who spent
two weeks trying: to get up something
that would be court-tight and staunch
enough, to withstand legislative Jolts. Judg
ing from the amount of criticism heard, the
measure will be shot full of holes and in
stead of going through the legislature like
a cannon ball, with the whole democratic
majority helping it along, as one senator
promised would be the case, so many
changes will be demanded that It may be
unrecognisable before the time of final en
rollment, if that time is reached at all.
The bill had rough sledding in the Joint
committee. It was drafted and redrafted
and then made over and portions eliminated
and additions were made until some who
profess to know a little about banking
think It will prove one of the most un
popular acts, if passed, to which the demo
cratic majority coukt devote its attention.
The "Immediate" payment provision is de
clared a farce. The provisions with regard
to rights of stockholders to borrow money
are ssld to throw down the bars for in
discriminate lending. The tax upon bank
era Is declared exorbitant. Generally recog
nised standards of security for losns are
not fixed as complsory upon all banks.
Bank examinations are not made In a non
partisan manner, but, on the contrary, the
Insistent demsnd of the administration was
for partisanship and when the bill was
once drafted, with a few nonpartisan fea
tures. Governor Shallenberger forced the
committee to accept the opposite theory.
The only safeguards added to the present
banking system. It is declared, are pro
hibition of loans to bank officers and em
ployes and requiring the approval of the
banking board of banks selected as re
serve depositories.
Bank Standards Lowered.
One criticism Is that a distinct lowering
of the standard of banking In Nebraska
will result by the removal of tha limita
tion of the present law that aggregate loans
of stockholders of state banks may be 60
per cent of the capital, , which will permit
stockholders to borrow all of the bank's
funds If desired, subject to the 20 per cent
of capital limitation applicable to ell bor
rowers. . The bill Is declared to be not up to the
Oklahoma, standard- in tho stockholders
are there limited to 40" per ' cent of the
capital .stock, fidelity bonds are required
from bank officers, speculation by bank
officers on boards of trade and stock ex
changes Is prohibited, while the present bill
does none of these things and besides,
omits to bestow the power of removal of
delnquent bank officers by the banking
board, and does not prohibit loans to bank
stockholders upon the security of bsnk
stock. A friend of the Oklahoma bank
law, In pointing out this difference between
the act Just Introduced and the one In
force In the southern state, said the senate
banking committee Is only waiting a favor
able time to recommend the postponement
of the Hatfield banking bill, 8. F. 2, which
la a copy of the Oklahoma law. So much
have Mr. Bryan's ldeaa changed since he
fathered the proceedings of the Oklahoma
legislature that he has publicly expressed
his satisfaction with the bill Just intro
duced and aanctlons the Intent of the leg
islative leaders In postponing a replica of
the Oklahoma net.
A few more pillions of the proposed
guaranty law are pointed but as in conflict
with the spirit of good banking. All of
the safeguards of the present law are not
retained, as has been shown, and In addi
tion, on the capital stock required for or
ganising new banks Is not raised or the
alternative Incorporated of limiting , the
number of banks to the slse of the towns,
to prevent the organisation of a host of
new Institutions as soon as the provisions
of the law becomes effective. Besides this,
generally recognised standards of security
for loans are not fixed by statute as com
pulsory upon the banks.
Security on Bank Loans.
"It is a matter of surprise to me," said
a leading member of the legislature, "that
the new bill do. s not attempt to fix the
hiatter of security on bank loans. The
present law la silent on this. In several
eastern states there are provisions of," this
kind and It was expected that a guaranty
deposit law requiring one bank to become
surety for another would prescribe the se
curities in which a bank could Invest Its
funds, or at least the major portion of
The feature of partnership In the general
makeup of f the law caused a big rumpus
In the committee thst drafted the bill, but
on the practical demand of Governor Shal
lenberger that he be given full power to
name all officers created by the act, the
committee yielded. In so doing, it' has
been declared that provision for complete
examinations has been overlooked and the
bill. If it becomes a law as ratified, will
permit the appointment of a host of ex
aminers with little of the compulsory na
ture determining their duties outside of
banks. One complaint now la that ex
aminations are incomplete, while under the
new law, with an army of examiners pos
sible, there Is no provision for their duties
to be extended in other words, the bill
gives unlimited political power and the
banks are made the excuse for Us exist
ence. An Exorbitant Tax.
The guaranty fund tax Is bound to meet
with opposition from many sources and
this was also a matter of dispute in the
The wsy I read the bill." declared a
banker who had been given an opportunity
to peruse Its pages, "I believe It permits
a tax of 1 per cent on average 'deposits
practically within six months, and an addi
tional tax up to I per coot of the deposits
within the same lrae In emergency. This
la exorbitant, I think. In view of the small
losses sustained through failures in Ne
braska banks during the last tea or twelve
years. Mr. Bryan. Governor Shallenberger
aud other democratic orators during the
campaign preached continually that the
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Mme. Clemence Jaaeelln Is Sworn In
to Try Disputes Between Ea
Dlerers nnd Kmnloree.
PARIS, Feb. Il.-(Speclal.)-"The pro
cureur of the republic Invites Mme. Jus
selln to be at the Pel ace of Justice on 6th
January, 1909, at 11:45 a. m.
"Object: To take the oath."
This prosalo notice Is quite epoch-making
In its way. It may be stated without fear
of contradiction that no woman in France,
at least ever received such a message be
fore, and unpretentious ss It Is, It Is yet a
proof thst French democracy Is steadily
moving along the path of social progress
and reform. The femme-Judge (the woman
Judge) is now a reality. True, she may not
don the ermine or the scarlet robe of a
Judge of the civil or criminal, court, she
may not hear herself addressed by bud
ding counsel as "Tour Honor," but she may
don a silk sash with a medal pinned
thereon and call herself a conselller prud
'homme, or, If she prefer It, conselllere
The Consell des Prud'homnaes, or council
of good men and true. Is a court which sits
to try trade disputes between masters and
workers. Its headquarters In Paris are at
the Tribunal! do Commerce, a handsome
dome-shaped building opposite the Palalse
de Justice. The court consists of three
"patrons," or employers, and three work
ers, who are to all Intents and purposes ex
perts In their several vocations. Five cate
gories of workers are represented: those
employed In the building trsde. tissues (In
cluding seamstresses, dressmakers, milli
ners, etc.), chemical products, metal work
ers and, lastly, those employed In trade
and commerce generally.
The questions which come before the
Consell i des Prud'hommes deal solely with
disputes as to wages or for dismissal with
out the customary week's notice. Up to
00 frsncs (180) the decisions of the council
are final. Otherwise there are two higher
authorities to whom sn appeal may be car
ried: firstly, the Tribunal de Commerce,
and secondly, and In the last Instance, the
Judge de Palx.
The first step toward the admission of
women to a voice In the settlement of
trade disputes was taken In 1907, when
they were placed oa the voting register
for the election of conselllera prud'hommes,
but the rubicon was not entirely crossed
until last autumn, when they became
eligible as councllloreseea themselves. Thus
It came about that Mme. Clemence Jusselln
was the first to have this honor thrust
upon her by tee almost unanimous voice
of her peers. . ,
Mme. Clemence Jusselln Is quite a re
markable woman In her way. She started
life as a couturiers, or dressmaker, . and
for the last dosen years she has been un
remitting In her efforts to serve the toiling,
but only too often cruelly oppressed class
of workers to which she belongs. By dint
of argument and persuasion she succeeded
In organising the dressmakers into a syndi
cate, of which she holds. .the proud position
of secretary. Her headquarters are at
the Bourse du Travail, or Labor exchange,
where she Is to1 be found every morning
with clock-like regularity, quiot, energetic
and business-like, watching over the Inter.
oste ot the needlewyfters. .. V. ?.. .
. Such Is the woman .who. though barely
30 years old, .-has been singled out for
Judicial honors, , the first of her sex to
alt on the "bench" in France. The other
day, dressed In black, with a fur toque
and aigrette of feathers on her head, she
walked into the first chamber of the civil
court and took the oath with uplifted hand
at the bar:
"I swear to fulfill my duties tealously
and with Integrity and to keep our de
liberations secret."
President Dltte. In his Imposing red robe,
unbent and smiled approvingly on the
business-like young woman, who, after
uttering the formula In a clear and steady
voice, bowed to him respectfully and passed
on out of the court.
Famous Ship Builder Nominated for
Honor In Order of St.
LONDON. Feb. 2L-8peclal.)-Lord Plr
rie, the famous Irish shipbuilder, who has
been nominated as a knight of St Patrick,
succeeds the earl of Roses In that honor.
Quite aside from his new honor. Lord
Plrrle deserves attention. He is the head
of the world famous firm of Harland &
Wolff, end might be called the master
mind of the modern merchant marine. It
la mainly through his efforts that such
great ships as the Oceanic, the Adriatic
and other leviathans of the deep have
ccme Into existence. Nothing daunts him
in the ship building line. One of his
friends recently said, "If Pirrle could get
enough water to float It he would under
take to build a ship 1,000 miles long."
The personal story of Lord Pirrle is
fascinating. Though an Irishman, he wss
born in Quebec in 1847, the mere "Incident
of locality" having little to do with his
nativity. Ilia family have long been resi
dents In Ulster. At ths age of 15 he was
sppinntlced to the ship building firm of
Harland A Wolff, which, before he Joined
it, was not a very pretentious affair. Young
Pirrle took such tremendous personal In
terest In the concern that he attracted the
atUr.tlon of the bead of the firm, and at
the age of 27 became a partner through
sheer ability. Mr. Harland was a man
not only of ship building knowledge, but
of idess, and his young partner caught
from him soma cf the "fire of conquest,"
as It were, and resolved to make the name
of Harland ft Wolff known on the seven
Pirrle forsaw that the age of big ships
was coming and each year he Induced the
firm to lay down bigger machinery and
totxtend their yards so that greater. and
greater ships could be built. A recent
biographer tioasted that aftsr Pirrle Joined
the firm of Harland ft Wolff advanced "by
leaps and bounds, tntll in a few years
there was not a tree, or leaf, or blade of
grass on the whole of Queen's Island,"
rear Belfast, where the shlpysrds are
It might be ssld with truth that It is
solely to Lord Plrrle's efforts that the
modern great liner "arrived." He
made It hjs btsiness to travel for years
to vsrious ports, studying types of ship
ping st first hand, and as the result cf
his Investigations he revolutionised modern
traifio and became one of the greatest
maritime suthorltks of the dsy.
The fl.m of which he la head pays out
In wages the huge sum of (100,000 a week,
err ploying between 10,000 and 11.000 men.
In addition to his Immense ship building
works Lord Pirrle hss sxpsnded bis busi
ness Into general engineering and today
the Pirrle firm represents the largest ship
building and englnterlng "combine" In tho
world. Recently It absorbed the almpet
equally Important firm of John Brown A
Co. of Sheffield and Clydebank,
TO THE efficacy and permanency ot your union, a
government for the whole Is lndtspensible. No al
liance, however strict, between the parts ran be an
adequate substitute; they roust inevitably experience
the Infractions and Interruptions which all alliances in
all times have experienced. Sensible of this momen
tous truth, you have improved upon your first essay,
by the adoption of a constitution of government bet
ter calculated than your former for an intimate union,
and for the efficacious management ot your common
concerns. This government, the offspring ot our own
choice, unifluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature
deliberation, completely free in Its principles, in the distribution of its powers,
uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for Us
own amendment, has a Just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect
for its authority, compliance with Its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are
duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty, The basis ot our
political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their consti
tutions of government But the' constitution which at any time exists, till
changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people. Is sacredly ob
ligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to
establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the
established government
e e e e e e
Toward the preservation of your government, and the permanency ot
your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discounte
nance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also thst you
resist with care the spirit of innovation upon Its principles, however specious
the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the formB of the
constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus
to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. In all the changes to which
you may be Invited, remember that time and habit are at least as necessary
to fix. the true character of governments as of other human institutions; that
experience Is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the
existing constitution of a country; that facility in changes, upon the credit of
mere hypothesis and opinion, exposes to perpetual change, from the endless
variety ot hypo thesis and opinion; and , remember, especially, that for the
efficient management of your common interests, in' a country so extensive as
ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security
of liberty la Indispensable. Liberty itself will find In such a government, with
powers properly distributed and adjusted, Its surest guardian. It is, indeed,
little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the
enterprises of faction, to confine each member ot the society within the limits
prescribed by the laws and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoy
ment of the rights of person and property. Washington's Farewell Address,
September 19, 1796.
Squadron New Lying Outside Capei
Waiting to Come In.
Norfolk and Surrounding; Towns Are
Crowded with Vlsltora to Wel
come the Crest Fleet to
Homo Port.
'FORT.MOXROB. Teb, a. The returning
battleship fleet reached the southern drill
grounds, fifty miles off tha Virginia capes,
early today and the battleship Connecticut
was In constant wireless communication
throughout ths afternoon. The f'.eet will
remain on the drill grounds until 6 o'clock
tomorrow morning, getting under way at
that hour in order to make the capes by
10 o'clock and begin passing the Mayflower
at the Tall of the Horseshoe In Chesapeake
bay one hour later.
The weather was well nigh perfect off the
coast today and the battleships during
their breathing spell on the drill grounds
will be polished and painted afresh for the
review tomorrow, which will go down In
history as one of the most notable In the
annala of the American navy.
The number of vessels in the line that
will file by the Mayflower will not be so
great as at other reviews, but never before
has the president personally visited so
many of the ahlpa as he plans to do to
morrow. The review will also be notable
in that It will bring together the greatest
number of battleships ever assembled under
the American flag. There will be twenty
first-class battleships In the Imposing
column, two more than at the review In
San Francisco harbor last May. In antici
pation of tomorrow's pageant, the waters
off here tonight are filled with brilliantly
lighted yachts and many classes of gov
ernment vessels. All water lanes seem to
be leading to Hampton Roads.
President la Enronte.
Word was received tonight that the presi
dent and his party on board the Mayflower
are well on their way down the Potomac.
The Dolphin Is enroute from Washington
with the members ol.' the house and senate
naval committees on board. A specially
chartered steamer Is bringing here a party
of more than 100 members of congress.
From Baltimore, Richmond and New York
veritable fleets of excursion boats are mak
ing their way to the reviewing grounds
and tomorrow will find the roads filled
as seldom before with a host of all manner
of floating craft.
Rear Admiral 8 perry reported the arrival
of his fleet and the welcoming squadron
under command of Rear Admiral Arnold
to the Navy department tbls morning as
soon as the twenty-five ships of the Joint
command were brought to a standstill at
the ocean drill grounds. Practically all of
the messages sent to the Norfolk navy
yard wireless station by the flag-ship Con
necticut were in cipher code. None but
official messages were exchanged, Admiral
8 perry having given orders to the wireless
operators neither to send nor receive per
sonal or commercial messages. Whether or
not Admiral Sparry will take advantage
of the stay at the drill grounds until to
morrow morning to Inspect sny of the
vessels is not known, but It Is believed by
the officers that are here that he will leave
this duty until after the president's review.
Hundreds of people who went to Virginia
beach and Cape Henry today, hoping to
catch a glimpse of the ships, were disap
pointed, as the ships lay off too far the
coast to be observed even from high
towers. The faint tracings of smoke from
some commercial steamer passing up and
down the coast occasionally set the throngs
aflutter with excitement, but hopes were
quickly dispelled when the unromantlc
vessels of commerce came within range of
Bis Crowd of Exenrslonlsts.
Both Norfolk and Old Point were fairly
choked with excursionists and visitors and
the hotels were crowded. The repair ship
Panther, a converted cruiser commanded
by Commander Valentine 8. Nelson, stole
in today, the third of the auxillsties of
the fleet to make home. A homeward bound
pennant of red streamed behind aa It en
tered the capes and proceeded to aa an
chorage almost directly off the government
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Venesneln High Conrt Finds that He
Instigated Plot to Kill Gen
eral Gomes,
CARACAS, Feb. H.-(Vla Willemstad,
Feb. a.) Clprlano Castro has lost his title
as president of Venesuela, the high federal
court having rendered a decision that suf
ficient evidence had been presented In the
suit brought against htm by the attorney
general at the Instance qf Senor Alcantara,
minister of the Interior, on tha charge of
having attempted to bring about the assas
sination of Juan Vlcor.te ,Gomes, the act
ing president In Its decision the federal
high tiour iranafera tha suit .te the crim
inal court and declares, that Castro In
consequence ot the disclosures Is constitu
tionally suspended from the presidency.
The suit to bring about the constitutional
removal of President Castro wss instituted
several weeks ago at the instance of the
minister ot the Interior, wnose communica
tion to the attorney general on this sub
ject was accompanied by a large quantity
of documentary evidence relating to the
alleged plot against the life of Gomos. The
minister declared that the documents
showed this plot was the result of sug
gestions, advice and orders of General
Castro. Castro, who has recovered from
an operation which he underwent at a pri
vate sanitarium at Berlin, left that city
vaaterdav for Dresden, where It Is his in
tention to make a protracted stay.
Naraes Go on Strike nnd Three Hun
dred Inmates Left to
NEW TORK, -Feb. a. The steamship
Prins William IV. which arrived here to
day from Venesuela, brought reports of
great distress In the hospitals at Caracas.
A short time ago the physicians and nurses
in the hospitals went on strike because the
authorities had failed to furnish sufficient
supplies of food and medicine. There were
300 patients In the hospitals whore the
trouble occurred and they were starving
for want of the necessaries of life.
The passengers of the Prins Wlllom IV
Included U. Paulus Sannon, Haltien minis
ter to Washington.
Assanlt on White Woman Causes Mob
to Collect Around City Jail.
OTTUMWA, la.. Feb. 81.-A parallel to
the anti-negro riots at Springfield, 111., was
feared here today. For hours a mob ot
several hundred confronted the city Jail.
The excitement followed the discovery that
a brutal assault had been made by a negro
at I o'clock this morning on Mrs. C. M.
Johnson, wife of an Ottumwa commercial
traveler. The negro forced an entrance to
the Johnson home. In which Mrs. Johnson
waa alone with a baby. Bloodhounds and
a posse Immediately began searching for
Mrs. Johnson's assailant, while angry
crowds gathered near the Jail In which
was confined a negro named Junkln, sus
pected of having murdered Miss Rosen, a
white girl, two weeks ago. To avoid the
mob Junkln was hustled out of town, but
his departure did not dispel fear of rioting.
Serious apprehension was felt thst a bloody
outbreak might occur at any moment.
At 6 o'clock tonight the mob that has
been hanging around the city Jail all day
Increased to about 1.000. Excitement la at
fever heat and only a leader Is needed to
Incite the mob to rioting.
Thus fr no arrests have been made, hut
100 special armed deputies are scouring the
country In search of Mrs. Johnson's as
sailant. No call has been made for sol
diers, but the local company of national
guard la remaining within call of tha cap
tain. l.laht Plant for Seott'a Bluff.
SCOTT'S BUUFF, Neb., Feb. 21.-(Spe-clal.)
An electric light franchise was
granted by the town council last woek to
Clarence J. Morley ot Denver and James
C. Caine of Ballda. Colo. They have put
up a bond to begin work on the plant
within ten days and have It In operation
within five months. The lighting com
pany will also pump the water for the
municipal water works , which are being
put in. The light franchise is for twenty
five years, with a purchase clause, giving
the city an option of buying at flve-yesr
Intervals throughout the life iC the franchise.
Riot to Avenge Harder of Lower? by
John Masauredii.
Fired by Jerry Howard, J. P. Kraut
and H. C. Murphy in Speeches.
Legislators and Former City Attorney
Make Impassioned Addresses.
Two Youths and One Man Are Shot
by Flying Lead.
Sheriff and Police Do Valiant Service
In Effort to Enforce Law
Against the Regie of
the Mob.
Seeking to avenge the murder of Police
man. Edward Lowery by John Masauredls
Friday night, several hundred men any
boys, fired by tho oratory of two legisla
tor and other speakers, swept from the
Bouth Omaha city hall down into he Ureek
colony yesterday afternoon, demoln.ed
every Greek house or store they . could,
setting fire to some, shot two boys and
one man and began a riot which extended
on into the night with menacing aspects.
Tho crowd that attended the city hall
meeting, which began at S p. m., numbered
about 1,000. It listened to Impassioned
speeches by Representatives Jerry Howard
and J. P. Kraus. and by H. C. Murphy,
former city attorney; Frank Dolesal and
"We must avenge the murder ot thia
man," and "It Is time we were ridding
our city of such people," were typical ut
terances ot the speakers.
Wildly cheering the speeches the crowd
went directly from the city hall to the
Greek settlement and bagan "getting rid
of these people." The number in attend
ance at the mass meeting waa soon aug
mented 'to several times 1,000. Streets were
congested, street cars had difficulty In
theradlng their way through and women
and children were warned, to keep in
"doors."" '. ..... . ' '
Passion Are Unbridled.'
Passions were unbi Idled and, driven on
by some shout of "Kill the Greeks," or
"Remember poor Lowery," the crowd went
from place to place demolishing property
and knocking down occupants. Greeks and
Roumanians looked alike. Wherever found
they were attacked. Many fled , at once,
all aa soon as possible. Hundreds mado
their way to Omaha. An unidentified man,
said to be a Gieek, tired a pistol Into the
crowd and hit Frank Sweeney, son ot
Mike Sweeney, 2306 Q street. Four bird
shot pierced his abdomen and one struck
over the eye, while three or four took
effect in each hand. Joseph G. Gamble,
another youth, was struck by the same
discharge In the leg. Neither waa seriously
injuied, but the incident served to Intensify
the determination tor vengeance. An uni
dentified man waa shot In the wrist.
Out at Thirty-third and Q street, shortly
after 8 o'clock, the first building waa fired.
It was a Greek boarding house, and as
soon as the fire brand had been applied
the rioters set to woik to out off the water
supply and defeat the firemen's efforts at
extinguishing the blaze.
Chief John Urlggs of the Bouth Omaha
police force and blierlff Bralley of Douglas
county had anticipated trouble all day Sun
day, since the muss meeting had been pre
viously advertised. They had their men in
readiness and when the crowd assembled
at the city hall they began their prepara
tions tor suppressing a riot.
But the tide of passiuu .swept on in lta
Irrefutable course past them. 4Jollco and
deputy sheriffs stood their ground, but tho
stream ot mad men flowed with unoonquer
able force and, for a time, defied . the
majesty of law. Chief Brlggs had his full
force at work. Sheriff Bralley took fifteen
deputies and stayed in ths vortex of the
storm from start to finish.
Early in the evening demand was made
upon the police of Omaha for help, but
Chief Donahue, sick In bed at his borne,
took the view (hat the public safety would
be belter subserved by htm "keeping out
of It." After considering the matter thor
oughly he decided best not to comply with,
the request and no Omaha policemen were
sent down. The chief's action was en
dorsed by Mayor pah 1 in an, who said:
"I think it would be unwise for us to
take a hand In it now."
There was feeling that police sent down
from Omaha would have a disconcerting
effect upon the South Omaha police and
would tend to Incite new fury among tho
Slate troops were not called for.
The murderer Is still secluded by the
sheriff. Wheie, no one outside the sheriff's
office knows. Lillian Breese, the girl with
whom Mausaredes persisted In keeping
company, which led to the tragedy, waa
placed In the county Jstt early In the even
ing tor safety.
The focal point of the violence which
swept through the Greek localities leaving
nothing untouched and many men suffering
from personal vlolenoe, was the mass meet
ing at the city hall at 2 p. m. At this
meeting the violent feeling burst out under
the speeches of the several cltlsens.
Of these speeches the one which fired the
paeaions most was that of H. C. Murphy,
former city attoiney. He was a personal
frlenl of Officer I.owery, who was mur
dered Friday evening by John Masourldes,
a Greek.
Mr. Murphy eulogized the life ot the de
ceased officer in the most unstinted terms
and at the very climax he turned the at
tention of the men on the Gieek and bis
countrymen by saying:
"It la about time for the cltlsens to take
steps to rid the city of this menace. We
should use means to get the corporations
hiring this class of labor to desist. We
should immediately lay this saaUer, wttn