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VOL. XXXVIII NO. 241.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MOHXIXO, MAIiCH 24, 1000 TWELVE PAGES.
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BIG PLANS FOB-"
THE COBN kV
South Pole Found
by English Naval
Chairman of Ways and Means Com
mittee Speaks Five Hours on
LOSE OUT ONCE
Secretary Wilton Proposet t
Greatest Exhibit Ever M, z
Donohoe of Holt Pushes Through Bill
' to Regulate Public Service
Information that Antartic Expedition
Has Succeeded is Announced
by London Paper.
SEATTLE DISPLAY THE NUCV "...
ARGUMENTS COVER WIDE FIELD
ENGENDERS LIVELY DEBATE
Comprises a Comprehensive Story of
COAL MEN FIGHT FOR A TARIFF
Appraisement Now Going On of In
dian Lands in Dakota.
BURKETT HAS GRIST OF BILLS
Martin of "oulh Dakota la Dfhati oa
Tariff mil Pin la a Plea for
Retention of Only
(From a Staff Correspondent )
WASHINGTON. March :.. (Special Tele
Riam.) Big an was the National Corn ex
position at Omaha last year, every Indica
tion points to so much bigger exposition
next fall that It behoove cltlxens of the
Gate City to begin planning for apace.
Today Senator Norrls Brown, after a con
ference with Secretary Wilson of the De
partment of Agriculture, wn given positive
assurance that the largest exhibit ever
made by the Department of Agriculture
for any government exhibit at any national
exposition would bo put off the train at
Omaha for the exhibition of the National
Corn exposition, providing space be pro
vided to house and display this most com
prehensive atory of America's agricultural
W. M. Geddcs, formerly of Grand Island
and South Omaha, who la secretary and
disbursing officer of the Alaska-Yukon ex
position, Is taking an active Interest In
having the Department of Agriculture ex
hibit set down at Omaha for the National
Corn exposition and Is co-operating with
Senator Brown to bring this about.
( oal Men 'Want Tariff.
Wyoming coal la hit mighty hard by the
Payne tariff bill and the coal Interest out
side of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Vir
ginia are planning a combination to con
tinue the duty on coal aa provided in the
Representative Mondell of Wyoming aald
today that about one-third of the present
output of Wyoming coal goes Into northern
Montana, and eastern Washington and that
possibly a third of the product goes Into
Nebraska. "Free coal, which the bill pro
vides for. providing Canada agrees to
reciprocity," according to Mondell, "would
result In Wyoming losing practically all tho
Montana and Washington markets, aa
Canadian coal from Lethbrldge and Crows
Net reach the. Montana markets with a
shorter haul and lower freight rates.
"They already have a considerable por
tion of the Montana and Washington mar
kets duty prld. and If there was no duty,"
SHld Mr. Mondoll, "they would take the
Valance of the market, which would mean
a gre-vt reduction In output and conse
quently we would buy less groceries In
"On the other hand this losa would not
result In cheaper coal for the American
consumers In Nebraska and elsewhere, for
the Intense competition In mines at the
present time keeps the price of coal down
t as low a point as Is consistent with
Final .No for Dallas.
The Dallas, 8. D.. delegation which came
here a few days ftg, to secure the transfer
of the land office from Gregory to Dallas
made a final appeal on Secretary BaJllnaer
Jf the Interior department today to make
the transfer desired. The secretary, while
?ourteou. was emphatic In his declaration
that nothing could bo done to bring about
a change In the place, which had been
carefully gone over before the new land
office waa finally located at Gregory.
Poahlna; Land A ppralaemeata.
Theiterlor department. It was learned
today. as pushing matters wtlh reference
to the appraisement of lands In the Chey
enne River and Standing Rock reserva
tions; that the work had Don completed on
the tSanding Rock reservation and that tho
commission had been organised and com
menced work In North Dakota on Saturday
lust, with a desire to push the work, so
that both reservations may be opened In
Bnrkett Has .Many Bills.
Senator Hurkett bus prepared an amend
ment proposing to appropriate $ii,ooo for
'.ha erection of a warehouse for the Indian
icrvlee at Omah;i. Thia amendment he
vlll propose to thu Indian a propria Hon bill
at the regular session of this congress.
Smator Burkett yesterday Introduced a
inns of bills, some of public Interest, but
a great majority being of the variety known
as "private Mils." Tho so-called public
buls Introduced, really bills which had more
or less consideration at the hands of Ins
last congress, follow by titles:
To provide for macadamising oFrt Crook
Military boulevard from Fort Crook to the
south city limits of South Omaha; for the
establishment of a general depot of the
quartermaster's department of the United
Slate aimy at Omaha; to Increase the effi
ciency of the signal corps of ths army; to
establish the true statun of the First regi
ment, Second brigade, Nebraska mounted
militia, and a bill to establish the true
status of the Nebraska territorial militia.
He also Introduced bills providing for ths
purchase of sites and ths erection of pub
lic buildings at Falls City, West uPint and
Wayne, also a bill for procuring additional
land for a site tor a public building at
Bills by Uakalan.
Representative Burke of South Dakota
today introduced a bill appropriating Itau.ouo
for the erection of a federal building at
Sioux. Falls. 8. D. This bill was before the
last congress, but faded of consideration
In ths final hours, though a favorable re
port had been made by ths supervising
irehitect of the treasury and committees of
Debate aa Hid Hrhedale.
Mr. Martin of South Dakota, opened up
I ha debate In the bouse today In favor of
live tariff ratea on hides In a three cornered
argument in which Mr. Payne, chairman of
ths ways and means committee, and Mr.
Welsse, representative from Wisconsin,
who Is a tanner fey occupation, defended
the Hem to ths Payn bill for fraa hides.
Payne defended fres hides upon tbres
ground: First, that bides are a by-product;
second, (hat they are raw material; and
fcWwutlnued oa Second Page.)
LONDON, March 23. Information has
reached London, according to the Pall Mall
Gazette, that the Antartic expldltlon under
Lieutenant Ernest II. Shackleton, of the
British navy, which left England In July.
19T7, reached the South pole.
The secretary of the Royal Geographical
society said today that he had no Informa
tion aa to Lieutenant Shackelton'e success,
hut this does not disprove the statement
as It la known that Lieutenant Shackelton
contracted to furnish tho first news re
garding his explorations to London news
papers. It Is considered significant here that
Ijeutenant Shackelton, when he came
ashore at lnvercarglll. New Zealand, re
fused all Information regarding the details
of his exploration.
Ho at once went to the cable office and
dispatched a message. He looked tho pic
ture of health and Intimated that all hi
comrades were well.
A cablegram waa received this afternoon
direct from Lieutenant E. T. Shnckelten,
the Antarctic explorer, who earlier In th
day ws reported aa having reached ths
South pole. The contents of this message
have not yet been given out, but It has
been declared by a high authority that the
explorer failed of success. The expedition
was obliged to return when within about
VOO miles of the pole.
INVERCXRGILL, X. Z.. March 3,-The
barkentln Nlmrod with Lieutenant E. H.
Shackleton's antartic. expedition called here
today on Its return north. Lieutenant
Shackleton declined to mnke any state
ment regarding his explorations. The Nlm
rod later left for Lyttelton, the port of
Chrustchurch, X. Z.
The Nlmrod carried thirty-two men, In
cluding scientists, when It sailed from
WASHINGTON. March 23. -The report
from Lieutenant Shackleton attracted wide
attention among the large colony of Wash
Ingtonians win have kept Informed on
Walter Wellman. tho newspaper corre
spondent who has headed several explor
ing expeditions toward the north pole, said:
"It Is very difficult to believe that an
expedition In the comparatively short time
that the Shackleton party has had since Its
sailing from home could reach the south
pole and get news of its feat back: to civil
ization so soon.
Another cablegram received by tho firm
owning the Nimrod says:
"Achieved object. Proceeding to Lyttel
ton. Will wire particulars Thursday."
The fact that no specific mention is made
of having reached the south pole Is In
terpreted as possibly meaning that the
achievement has been to penetrate further
south than had any previous expedition.
CHRIST CHI'RCH, N. Z.. March 23.
Newspaper correspondents were not al
lowed on board tho steamer Nimrod, bear
ing the Shackleton expedition, when It put
Into lnvercarglll today. A number of the
crew were questioned, but they declined to
discuss the expedition; their greatest In
terest was to learn who had won the Burns
Johnson fight In Australia.
Not in Contest
Type is Barred at Rheims,
Wright Says He Can Fly
NEW YORK, March 23.-In the letter
which was received here yesterday from
Orville Wright, through which It became
known that the Wright brothers will not
enter the International aviation contest at
Rheims, France, on August 29, because of
the specifications, which practically exclude
a machine of the Wright type, Mr. Wright
said In passing that flights up to 150 miles
"will not be very difficult with our present
i machine, and much longer flights are quite
This statement, coming as It does from
Orville Wright is received with great In
terest In aeronautical circles. Inasmuch as
the Wright brothers have "made good" In
their experiments, their predictions are
considered to be founded on observation
and not Idle speculation.
Government Bulletins; Burned.
MEXICO CITY. March 23. The building
of the Chamber of Deputies In Mexico City
was destroyed by fire today. The loss Is
llfiO.OIW. Archive and records for the Inst
twenty-five years were destroyed.
Peace Asleep at the Switch,
Democrats' Train Runs Wild
Thing are getting good In the camp ol
Peace? Why, peaoe la the only thing
Mayor Dahlmaa rise to announce that
his friend, the enemy. Colonel Ed P. llerry
man, is an lngrate, and Incidentally pauses
to give the same classification to City
Prosecutor Daniel. He declares that Berry
man, if defeated tor the nomination, will
not support him, whereupon the mayor
stepped on his foot.
"In answer thereto, I would say that
when I filed as a candidate for the nomi
nation I pledged myself to abide the result
of the primary."
That one was put over. Tuesday morning
by Colonrl Ed. and he rather guesses that
It. with what few trimmings he has added,
ought to hold Colonel James for a while.
Here are the trimmings:
"The document containing said pledge
now on file In the otllce of the city clerk
and 1 respectfully refer you to same. The
pledg so made I regard as binding and I
will cbarrv tt to the letter.
"Permit me to say, however, that by the
foregoing I do not wish to be understood
ss approving or endorsing In any partic
ular your conduct and administration ' uf
tha affairs of this city. Could I so approve
or endorse I would not now ba a candidate
against you. In my Judgment your conduct
and administration of affairs have not
been consistent with the dignity of the
Insists that Tin Plate and Steel File
Industries Will Not Be Injured.
FREE HIDES NOT A MENACE
He Also Intimates that He Favors
TALKS OF INHERITANCE TAX
Araaments Advanced that It Is Mick
Easier K,n forced Than an Income
Tax Clark Begins
WASHINGTON. March 3 Occupying th
entire session of the house today. Mr.
rayne of New York, chairman of the com
mittee on ways and means, concluded hi
speech In explanation of the tariff bill.
He was on his feet almost all of the five
hours and ten minutes that be had the
floor. At times ho gave evidence of being
greatly fatigued and leaned on his desk,
hoping in that way to get a little rest.
The majority leader began his speech this
morning In no particularly good frame of
mind, but as the day wore on he exhibited
the best of humor. He closed amid the
plaudits of the republicans, who crowded
about him and extended their congratula
tions. His arguments today covered a wide
field. He took the position that the bill
would not Injure the tin plate or steel file
j Industries of the United 8tates, and that
I free hides would not be a menace to tho
farmers. He discussed the Inheritance tax
' and auld It was preferable to an lneomo
tax because It would not give rise to per-
Jury or frauds. He held to the view, also,
j that an Income tax was wholly unconstitu
The minority leader, Mr. Clark of Mis
souri, followed, and had proceeded but a
minute or two, when, at the suggestion of
Mr. Payne, he suspended, and at 4:20 ths
Payne Reanmes Speech.
When the house met at 11 o'clock today
there was a slim attendance of members,
which led Mr. Macon of Arkansas to sug
gest the absence of a quorum. The point
wai not pressed, however, and Mr. Payne
took the floor.
No sooner had Mr. Payne begun than
hn was plied with questions from all
sides. Again tie was asked, this time by
Mr. Moore of Pennsylvania, If there would
be an opportunity to offer amendments
to the bill In the. house "or." Mr. Moons
added, "must we look elsewhere," mean
ing the senate. ,
"That." replied Mr. Payne. "Is entirely
In the Judgment of tho house and In Its
In his replies to questions Mr. Payne
was decidedly more aggressive than bo
was yesterday. He became highly Indig
nant when Mr. Garrettt pf Tennessee In
quired If. taking the bills aa a whole. It
was not "revision upward."
"The gentleman has no right to say
that." the republican leader sharply an
nounced. "It Is not fair to say that as an
WKh a good deal of emphasis he de
clared that, taken as a whole, the revision
was downward, but as to luxuries It was,
he said, revision upward, and ought to be.
He said that any Intelligent man could
understand by rending the bill lta general
trend and he charged that the Idea of
Interpellating such a remark as that made
by Mr. Oarrett was "not fair to me. to
the committee nor to the country. "
Disclaiming any Improper motive, Mr.
Garrett said he wanted to know the real
"You asked the question by way of sug
gestion," Mr. Payne retorted -with some
warmth, "and you meant to Insert that
remark In the body of my speech."
Question of Texas Man.
An Instant later Mr. Payna had a sharp
colloquy with Mr. Gamer of Texas, who
asked for an explanation regarding Tree
"I will get to hides," said Mr. Payne
"I know It la a local Issue with the gen
tleman, and." he added, with an uncon
scious pun. "I know he will try to hide
himself behind a revenue duty In order
to meet the demands of those democrats
In his district who are clamoring for a
duty on hide."
"The democrat In my district," quickly
(Continued on Second Page.)
office you fill or the best Interests of the
city of which you are the official head."
City Prosecutor Daniel has fallen under
the ban of Mayor Dahlman and been placed
alongside of Colonel Berryman. the two
being called "political pirates." This cap
tion was used by the mayor In a speech to
the faithful In a Sixth ward citizens' meet
ing Monday night.
"Political pirates Is what I call Berry
man and Daniel," said th mayor, "for they
are Ingrates to hold office under this ad
ministration and then get out and work
against It. Herryman, I suppose, will hold
his park board position, to which I ap
pointed him. for some time, but Daniel
will be the first man tired after May 4.
"When parents bring a child Into the
world the one thing they pray for Is that
he or she will not prove to be an lngrate.
Thievery, drunkenness and debauchery,
everything else will be forgiven, but they
can never forgive Ingratitude. In the child.
Berryman and Daniel are Ingrates or they
would resign their offices. But they are
not ths only Ingrates In this administra
tion. There Is another. I will not name
htm at this time. But one of these days I
will throw a gatf under his ribs that will
make him sit up and take notice.
"Don't think I am worrying about Berry
man, though. He won't win and he knows
he won't, else he would resign his Park
board Job. Had h any confidence In this
camps gn and believed he stood any show
of winning out he would resign, for If be
were elected he would have to resign In a
couple of .months anyway."
Fashion Note: The Latest
From the Washington Evening Star.
EXPENSE BILL IS TOO HIGH
United States Senate Will Attempt to
Trim Next Year's Budget.
OBJECTION TO SPECIAL TAXES
Intention I to Keep Expenditures
Within Kevenoe that Can Be
Ralsext by Present
"WASHINGTON. March ri-That a deter
mned effort will be made to reduce public
expenditures to such an extent that gov
ernmental needs may be met by revenues
from duties on Imports and without resort
ing to any of the special taxation laws
that have been suggested In connection
with tariff revision is indlcuted by a re
mark made today by Senator Aldrich, chair
man of the senate committee on finance.
During the noonday recess of the com
mittee Mr. Aldrich was asked to give his
opinion of the plan erroneously credited1 to
President Taft to place a tax on dividends
declared b corporations. Mr. Aldrich re
plied that he had not given thought to It
and added that he would not concern him
self with any of the various plans to raise
revenues by special taxes until It could be
ascertained how much revenue could be
produced by levying duties on Imports and
whether tho running operations of the gov
ernment could not be decreased so as to
make special taxes unnecessary. Great sig
nificance Is attached to the remark made
by Mr. Aldrich. It Is asserted upon what
Is thought to be accurate Information that
a majority of the members of the finance
committee regard with disfavor the pro
posed Inheritance tax feature, the proposed
Income tax, levies upon dividends of cor
porations, tax upon coffee and practlcully
all forms of stamp taxes.
Not Enough Bevenne,
It is recognized that In the form In 'which
tho Payne bill was reported to the house
from tho way and means committee suf
ficient revenues to pay the running ex
penses of the government, at least upon the
present basis of annual appropriations, can
not be collected from duties on Imports
alone. The Inference drawn from Mr. Al
drlch's expression, therefore, is that the re
vision of the tariff must be of an upward
trend and that the congress must curtail
the tendency to expand annual appropria
tions at each succeeding session of congress.
Naturally communicative concerning
pending legislation, Mr. Aldrich could not
be Induced to enter upon a general discus
sion of what he believes to be demanded
by existing conditions In the way of tariff
revision. It I not assumed that he Is Irrev
ocably opposed to aU form of special
taxes upon articles In dally use, but it may
be inferred from his remarks today that
If such impositions can not be avoided
altogether, he will seek Information as to
which one or more of the various plans will
prove the least obnoxious to the people
'" t'nt la Expenditures,
Some of tiie uses to which the new
enata committee on public expenditure
will be put can be gathered In connection
with the statement that an effort will be
made to lecn-ase nnnual appropriations
(Continued on Second Page.)
A new classifica
tion on the Want
Ad Page today
Don't overlook looking oTer It.
Men won't find much to Interest
them In this column, but every wo
It tells about a number of
things you want and where to
Have you read the want ads,
yet, today I
Mode in Women's Gowns Calls
in Street Fight
Business Differences as Heads of
Rival Telephone Companies
Cause of Murder.
LEBANON, Mo.. March 23.-At Rubs, a
remote town In La Clede county, last night
Rev. Martin D. Johnson, nged 40, shot and
killed Rev. Solomon Odell, aged . John
son Is the Baptist minister of the neigh
borhood, while Odell was the Presbyterian
divine of Kuss. The men quarrelled over
Johnson Is president of the LaClede
County Telephone company and Odell repre
sented the Farmers' Telephone company, a
rival concern. A meeting was held In the
postoffice at Russ yesterday looking to a
combination of the two concerns. Johnson
says that Odell made a remark about him
In the meeting. Later they met on the
street and Johnson Informed Odell that they
should settle their difficulties then. Odell
agreed and was removing tits coat when
Johnson drew his revolver and fired the
fatal shot. Johnson then fled. Today,
however, he returned and gave himself up
to the authorities.
Vote to Return
Mass Meeting of Six Thousand De
cides by Big Majority to Go
Back to Work.
PARIS. March 23. At a mass meeting of
6.000 of the striking government telegraph
and postoffice employes today It waa voted
by an overwhelming majority to resume
work. Only about 200 of the men voted to
continue the strike.
B. & M. FREIGHT MAN DEAD
W. B. Hamlin, Well Known Traffic
Agent, Expires at
PASADENA. Cal.. March 2S.-W. B.
Hamlin, general freight agent of the Chi
cago, Burlington & Qulncy railroad and
one of the best known traffic men In the
country, is dead here of Brlght's disease.
He came to Pasadena some weeks ago.
Searching Parties Scouring
LOS ANGELES. March 23,-More than
seventy hours have passed since the balloon
"America," with six men In the basket,
sailed Into the fog and clouds of the storm
swept Rierra Mart re mountains and no word
has come back as to their fate. Hope that
they may have reached a safe landing and
succeeded In gaining shelter from the ele
ments Is fast merging Into the conviction
that they have met their fate In one of
the worst of mountain tragedies.
Nothing has been heard of the two
Searching parties sent out by the Elks
lodge yesterday and which struck Into the
mountains above Pasadena. Two more
parties went out this morning, one of
twenty-five men from Pasadena, headed by
experienced mountaineers, and a second one
of thirteeen from Sierra Madre, led by
Chief Eerest Ranger George Crow of the
latter place. Both parties proceeded on
foot snd were equipped with axes to cut
their way across the mountains where no
trails exist. Crow Is the man who saw a
fali'ng light, flashing Intermittently as It
fell Into tha deep canyon almost due north
of Sierra Madre about T o'clock Saturday
This may have been the small
pocket light carried by Captain Mueller and
which It was his custom to use In descend
ing at night In an unknown locality.
Crow, who called his wife to witness thi
strange light, aald that it descended with
great rapidity snd f It marked the down
ward course of the balloon, ths landing
for Five Hundred Buttons.
WILLIE WI11TLA HOME AGAIN
Kidnaped Boy Welcomed by Crowd of
Five Thousand Townsmen.
HANSOM MONEY PAID BY FATHER
Reward for Retorn Is Left In Pack,
age at Small Shop and Is
Called For hy an In
SHARON. Ps.. March 21 Willie Whltla
arrived here at 12:06 this afternoon. A
crowd of fully 5.0(10 persons extended tho
hnv a demonstration of greeting. Cheering
and singing the crowd followed Hie boy
and his father to the Whltla home.
CLEVELAND. O.. March 28. ''Billy
Whltla, the kidnaped boy. and Jamos P.
Whltla. the rejoicing father, lert cieve
land today for Sharon. Pa. '
Hundreds clogged the corridor of the
Hollenden hotel In anticipation of catch
ing a glimpse of the lad whose wherea
bouts had become a puzzle to the detec
tives of the land. "Gee. papa," said the
younster as he was being helped into a
taxlcab. "I hope mamma Is on the front
porch waiting for us."
"She will be there," was the slmole an
swer from the father aa re clasped the
hand of his boy.
The speed of a Cleveland taxlcab did not
deter hundreds from followvig to the Erlo
station, where the Whltlas boarded a
train. The father appeared to be the hap.
plest man In northern Ohio and "Bl'ly"
professed to believe that a "real chu chu
was more better than one of them street
Mr. Whltla Was not Inclined to discuss
the matter of ransom or the plana of the
family In dealing with the kidnapers.
"I am so glad to have the boy In my
arms," said the father, half smiling and
half crying, "that I have given no thought
to the kidnapers. That will be up to the
police, and as I live and breathe, I em
not worrying over their movements."
Ransom Paid Monday.
The $10,000 ransom of Billy Whltla w
paid to his kidnapers In a little grocery
store at East Fifty-third street and
Standard avenue an hour after noon Mon
The money waa received by an ordinarily
dressed worklngman who gave his name
He picked up the package filled with
yellow-gacked bills, smiled nonchalantly
Mrs. Bernanl Hendrlckson, temporarily
(Continued on Second Page.)
must have meant death or serinus Injury
to those in tha basket.
The party headed by Roy Knabenshue,
the aeronaut, which left Alpine Tavern on
Mount Lowe at 8:30 yesterday, has not re
turned this morning and no word had come
from them. They are doubtless still push
ing their way across the preclptious moun
tain sides..1 Snow lays everywhere In tho
region to a depth estimated at from four
to five feet on the level. Bnowslldes have
been occurring since the storm stopped and
the canyons in many places are filled to
a depth of forty feet.
FORMER MEMBER OF JAMES
GANG KILLS A VETERAN
Coroner's Jary Holda Him Blameless
Berauae Iad Man Was
HIGGINSVILI.E. M )., March 23.-J. R.
McCormlck, s& years old, a veteran of the
Mexican and civil wars, died at the con
federate home here yesterday as the result
of a fist blow by "Jim"' Cummlngs. Cum
mlngs was a follower of th noted train
snd bank robbers, the James and Younger
hoys In the days of their maraudings, in
a fight, Cummlngs struck the blew that
caused McCormlck s death. A coroner's
Jury returned a verdict that McCormlck
cams to his death from a blow delivered
by Cummlngs, but aa McCormlck was th
aggressor, Cummings waa he 14 blameless.
Holt County Man Raps the Members
from the Metropolis.
RANSOM GETS IN WITH DENIAL
Senate Fails to Act on Report Fixing
Day of Adjournment.
COMMITTEE TO SMOTHER BILLS
Date to Br Wet When All Which Have
Not Paaaed One House Are to
Br Sent to the Bono
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. March . (Special.) Over
the protest of ths Douglas county senators
the upper house today recommended to
pass a bill vitally affecting public servico
corporations. It Is by L"onohue of Holt giv
ing tho railway commission tho power to
regulate charges and service of public ser
vice corporations engaged In furnishing
heat. gas. electrical power snd water. An
other bill by Senator Brown of Lancaster
explicitly provides that street railway
companies, Interurbnns, railroads, tele,
phone companies, gas or electric lighting
companies nnd power companies shall not
Issue addlllon.il stock unless for actual and
existing values to be fixed by the railway
commission. This wan favorably acted upon
following the Donohue bill, without voiced
Senator Donohue In defending 8. F. 3M,
tha first meamire, declared the bill was an
adaptation of the Wisconsin plan for con
trol of public service corporations. It com
pelled the corporation to furnish the rsll'
way commission with figures showing the
cost of construction per unit and In the
same way the figures for cost of produc'
tlon, maintenance and labor. The work of
securing thes? figures did not devolve upon
the railway commission, but placed In tho
commission the power to fix rates and
decree service upon the showing made with
safeguards In case of misrepresentation. In
advocating his bill Senator Donohue said
he had llttlo hone of favorable action so
late In the session, but he declared the
measure was one demanded by tho public
and sooner or later would come.
DooRlaa Members Object.
Opposition developed first from Senator
Ransom, who Insisted ths constitutional
amendment creating the railway commis
sion contemplated the regulation of common
carriers and slate-wide corporations alono
and not the corporations of municipalities
In which there was merely loco! Interest.
He said the railway commission was al
ready overloaded with work and such a
hill would rnly add to Its duties and Im
pede the regulation of rates of common
carriers. Besides, he thought It wrong
to tax the people of the entire stste for
the regulation of Isolated corporations. H
moved to pestpone.
Senator Howell, following Senator Ran
som, declared there had been a man In .
Lit coin all winter, Mr. Sprague, who had
been working for the enactment of tho
bill on the theory that the salo of supplies
to the corporations would ba benefited by
In a dramatic speech Senator Donohoe
called the senate's attention to the con
tinued opposition of the gentlemen from
Douglas county to every measure that ho
had Introduced and especially to each one
In which he waa particularly Interested.
"I wish to say that If the corporations
that come under the provisions of this act
desire this bill," said Senator Donohoe, "I
have never heard of It. None of them has
ever come to me to say they wished this
bill to bocnnie a law. But on the contrary
I have heard from hundreds of people from
tho state who are under tie power of thevo
corporations without relief and thy with
ono accord have asked that it become a
Ransom Defends Hla Course.
"I have not opposed any measure on ths
floor of this senate," said Senator Haaaom,
instantly on his feet, "because It was in
troduced or opposed by any member. That
were a poor way Indeed to enact legislation
for the stato. I have opposed bills because
I believed my position was right and I
want to ask If the senators from Douglas
county had succumbed to this corporation
Influence where would some of tho legisla
tion of this body be now? We come from a
city that controls neutiy all ths banking
capital of the state. Don't you think the
banks of Douglas county have any Influ
ence? "I have opposed bills because I did not
think them righteous measures, not for
"If a man discharges his duties right
eously, he don't need anything mora to
"In the case of this bill, the people elect
councils and municipal governing bodies,
who regulate rates. In my opinion, this
bill will permit the corporations to escape
the effect of the people's direct power In
stead of being In the lieople's Interest."
Senator Kink opposed tho bill as Ill-advised
because, like Senator 'Ransom, he
thought the measure would load work upon
the State Railway commission they were
not prepared to handle.
A motion to postpone failed, 13 to IT, by
a standing vote and the bill was recom
mended to pass without further opposition.
Senator Brown had asked the senators
to consider 8. F. 317. to prohibit th Issu
ance of wstered stock, at the same lime
with the Donohoe bill, and tt was taken up
next. In a brief address. Senator Brown
said there was a great and recognised neid
to prevent Inflation of stock of corpora
tions. No member spoke In opposition.
Jerry Howard l.oaes.
The senile having passed the banking bill,
Jerry Howard necessarily lost out In hl.i
fight to defeat the famous charter bill,
which was recommended for passage In
the house this afternoon. Jeremiah told the
members that the charter had been fixed
up by the "eleven apostles who cams her
from Douglas county to secure converts
for the benefit of ths corporations." but
It had no effect. Ths leaders of the house
had to carry out their agreement to pass
(he bill and thst settled It. None of How
ard's amendments were adopted.
Brawn Sora on Opponents.
Elmer Brown wss too smart for ths good
ciUxeus of Lincoln whofar opposed. t LL
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