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VOIa XXXVIII NO. 289.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 10, 1900 TWELVE PAGES.
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VOTE ON TARIFF
RATE ON RAZORS
Arndment by Mr. Stone to Restore
tli- Dingley Schedule
CONSIDERABLE PROGR - VDE
. f ,
Several Sections Recently I . er
Are Adopted. '
Senator G01V1 Reiolution f c
Committee ii Referred
SHARP DEBATE ON MEASURE
;nre Insists Responsibility for High
Trices B Fixed hr t'enaress, bait
' Majority Send Plan to Fl
v itanrr Committer.
WASHINGTON. May lS.-After devoting
the greater part of the day's session to
debate the senate passed upon a number
of Important committee amendments to the
tariff bill.. It also disposed of adversely
an amendment by Mr. Stone restoring the
Dingley rates oh raxora. On that vote
most of the progressive republicans voted
in the affirmative with the democrats.
More than two hoars were devoted to a
discussion Of g resolution by Senator Uorc
to Investigate the cost of production at
home and abroad and the relative price of
commodities at wholesale and retail. The
resolution was referred to the committee
on finance by a decisive ve.
Considerable progress was made in the
adoption of several sections of the tariff
bill that had formerly been passed over.
There were several amendments decreas
ing duties formerly reported by the com
mittee, but some of the- others advanced
duties. The senate at 5:12 o'clock ad
journed. Hasor Amendment Lost.
When the tariff bill was taken up at
noon by the aenate, Mr. Stone spoke at
length In favor of his amendments to re
duce the duties prescribed by the bill on
rasors to the rates of the present Dingley
Mr. Stone endeavored to show that the
statement made by Mr. Sinoot yesterday
regarding the raaor Industries was Incor
rect and Mr. Binoot corrected his statement
In some particulars. Mr. Stone declared
there wea only one rasor manufacturer In
this country when the lower rates of the
Dlngled law became effective and that
there are five at the present time. Mr.
Stone read several tlegrams exchanged be
tween, hlmslf and a cutlery firm In St.
Louis, which purported to show that im
ported fasors costing 49 rents retail in
this country for tl. Mr. Smoot then of
fered In evidence three raiors, and In
voice showing that their cost was 49 cents
each to the importer and tnat they were
marked to sell at tl each at retail.
-- On an amendment offered ny Mr. Bacon
reducing the rls on the section relating
to knives, ratora. scissors, etc., below the
rates of the Dingley bill, nearly all the
republicans who had voted In favor of re
ducing io the level of the Dingley rates
voted no, the amendment being rejected
by a vole of 28 to 61, Senators Clapp and
LaFollotte alone of the republicans voting
with the democrats.
On tihle and butcher knives, etc., the
committee had reduced the rates of the
Dingley law about 30 per cent and Mr.
Bacon sought by amendment to still fur
ther reduce them, which secured no sup
port Trom low tartff republicans, being re
jected hy a vote of 23 to 68.
Senator Stone's amendment to continue
the Dingley rates on razors was defeated
Ho Probe for Retailers.
Senator Gore's resolution directing the
committee- en finance to conduct an In
vestlgatlon Into wholesale and retail prices
of commodities was discussed before the
Semite today at Some lengtn. Seeking to
huv the resolution adopted, Mr. Gore said
h wished to have statements concerning
the extortionate prices of retail dealers
fully probed, so that the country might
know just where the responsibility for high
Sonafor Aldrlch Said It was evident such
an Investigation as that contemplated by
the resolution could not be conducted be
fore the pending 'tariff bill was disposed
of, but he had no objection to such an
Investigation being undertaken. Senator
Carter pointed out that In doing this work
the finance committee would necessarily
cover the tame ground which the proposed
tariff commission would cover.
That the cotton manufacturers sell thrlr
products with an agreement as to the
price at Which they are to be sold at retail
was the substance of a charge made by
Mr. Owen. Demanding proof of this asser
tion. Mr. Oilllnger said that what the
country Is demanding Is prompt action
On the tariff bill. He added that it had
been asserted that the business Interests
of this country were losing $10,000,000 a
day by the holding up of the tariff bill.
Referring to the "'pledge of the repub.
can party" to make the tariff rates equal
to the difference in cost of production here
and abroad, Mr. Owen said It was the duty
of the majority to Inform. the senate as to
what that difference was.
Mr. Alfliich replied thut the committee
had done much to furnish such facts, but
the Oklahoma tana tor contended that there
was no available Information of the kind
No Charge Against Merrkssl.
Mr. Carter made an impassioned appeal
for a business-like proceeding. "Every
morning," he said, "some tens tor arises in
lila p!ac hore to defend the country mer
chant from a Charge that has never been
made. No charge of extortion," he said,
had ever beer) lodged against the retailer.
Suggesting a select committee to obtain
Infprmatlon desired, by the senator from
Oklahoma, Mr. Bailey said he did not wish
to make any charge aga'nat the republican
tembcrs of the committee on finance, as
trie committee adopted a rule that the dem
ocratic members might employ all the ex
torts they wanted.
"They," said Mr. Bailey, "are bad enough
it best, and I am not willing to charge
hem with being worse than they are."
At times provoking much merriment by
lla ready retort and denouncing the pro
active tartff policy- Mr. Gore spoke at
rtgth. ' Finally, tn response to an appeal
Irora Mr. Bailey the senate agreed to vote
n Mr. Uore'a resolution, amended as sug
gested by Mr. Bailey so aa to requite the
appointment of a select committee of four
republican and three democratic senators
to conduct the Investigation asked for. and
by a vote of W to 3 it was referred to thd
committee 6a finance, Senatora Briatow,
Crawford and La FoUetle voting no with
W. D. Redmond of Lincoln Shy on
Spending Money Because of
LINCOLN. May IS (Special Telegram )
W. D. Redmond of the office of Stat
Superintendent Bishop Is certainly up
ag-ilnst It. Some over lealius newspaper
reporter recorded him as being deputy stato
superintendent and announced that his
salary had teen Increased $3X a year. Just
as this Information was alven to the public
the church to which Mr. Redmond belongs
and at which he ts a constant attendant,
decided to raise some money. So a speaker
announced that Inasmuch as the Redmond
salary had been Increased MOO a year his
contribution could easily be J300. Redmond
tried to deny the charge, but as the church
folks had seen it In a paper ha was stuck
for a larger Contribution than he otherwise
would have been assessed. In the mean
time Mr. frank Perrlua Is -deputy stite
superintendent and It was his salary which
was Increased. ." ;
i to New Record
Closing of Tracy Deals Sends May Op
tion Up to Dollar and Thirty
Cents Near Opening.
CHICAGO. May 18. Closing of the open
ing trades of Tracy A Co., whose failure
was announced at New York, sent wheat
prices up on the Board of Trade today.
May at tl.30 per bushel making a new
The market had been In session an hour
before the notice to close the Tracy trades
was posted. This action, however, had
been expected and the settlement of ac
counts began. July wheat advanced lc
over yesterday to $1.154- The high price
of May was lc better than yesterday's
close. The volume of trade was not large.
While nine carloads of wheat were marked
"received" on the Omaha market Tuesday
when May wheat was tl.30 In Chicago,
those cars were delivered to fill orders pre
viously sold almost without exception.
The best price paid for mixed wheat was
paid by the Bewsher Company Tuesday
when 11.26 In real money changed hands
for each bushel of this uncertain grade of
wheat. No other grade could be sold as
wheat Is so scarce that there was nothing
Big Plan to
Jacob H. Schiff of New York is Fur
thering Scheme to Settle
NEW YORK, May 18. Information has
been received from London by the Jewish
Dally News concerning the movement
among foreign Hebrews to unify all the
large Jewish organisations which are striv
ing to ameliorate the condition of the Jews
Into one body for the purpose of inaugurat
ing a Jewish colonisation on a large scale
In Mesopotamia. Jacob H. Schlff of New
York Is the leader of the movement, which
Is described as the largest Jewish move
ment since the dispersion.
Mr. Schlff Is now traveling through Eu
rope and the News understands that one
of the principal objects of his trip la the
furtherance of this unification plan.
HEAVY SNOW IN THE NORTH
Alberta Ranches and Montana Train
Service Itnffer from
WINNIPEG, Man.. May IS. The snow
storm of the last two days in southern
Alberta promises to be severe on ranches.
ST. PAUL, Minn., May 18. More than
a foot of snow fell yesterday In the Rocky
mountains, and played havoc with the
train and telegraph service on the Kallav
pell (Mont.), division of the Great North
MEDALS FOR CUBA SERVICE
President Taft Orders Recoarnltlon of
All Soldiers Who Aided In
W ASHINGTON, May IS All the officers
and men of the United States army who
served tn Cuba during the period of pacifi
cation from October C 1906, to April 1,
190J. will receive service medals with
ribbons. In recognition of that service.
This action Is taken by direction of Pres
Sherman McFarland Found
Dead With Head Bruised
Sherman McFarland, a teamster about
years of age, who Uvea at 3315 Jones street,
was found head at 6 o'clock Tuesday morn
ing In an areaway at the foot of some
stairs leading to the basement of the Mil
lard hotel block.
It Is theught by the police that the man
had dosed off to sleep after midnight
while sitting, on the railing around the
stairway on Thirteenth street, near Doug
las, and had then fallen Into the areaway.
A bad bruise on the back of his head, a
pool of blood near the mouth, and blood
coming from the throat, were the signs
or marks to Indicate how the man died.
Although two men were arrested In a
street fight In the vicinity of Thirteenth
and Douglas streets late Monday night,
the theory that McFarland met his death
during any such troublu, or was fatally
slugged, Is discredited by the police.
Patrolman Michael McCarthy, who haa
the beat on which the death occurred,
found the body. In spite of the early
hour, a large crowd of Third ward resi
dents collected. Coroner Heafey's as
sistant removed the body to the morgue. It
already having been Identified aa that of
McFarland by many men who knew him.
Sic-Farutad waa well known In Omaha,
especially In the business portion of the
city, as ha had been a teamster and had
owned his own horses for about twenty
RUSH AND GREGG
Sensational Allegations Are Made in
Petitions Filed at Muskogee
IMPROPER CONDUCT CHARGED
Attorneys Are Accused of Trying to
Intimidate Grand Jurors.
SAY PROSECUTION IS POLITICAL
Court is Asked to Investigate Charges
ACTION BY ATTORNEY GENERAL
He Say He Does Not Believe tksrgri
bat Will Give Petitioners ' H
Oppornntty to Sabmlt .
Tt'LSA. Okl., May 18. Sensational alle
gations concerning the official conduct of
Sylvester R. Rush, special assistant to the
attorney general: and United States Dis-j
trlct Attorney Gregg rf the northern dis
trict of Oklahoma are made In two peti
tions filed In the federal court here
this afternoon In connection with the Mus
kogee town lot fraud cases. . . j
One of the petitions Is signed by nine,
members of the grand Jury that was dls-'
charged on Saturday last by Judge John
A. Marshall upon motion of District At
torney Gregg, who assorted that the Jury
had been subjected to Improper Influences.
T his petition refutes this charge and tn
turn makea serious allegations against
both Messrs. Gregg and Rush. It alleges
misconduct before the jury, efforts to In
timidate and coerce the Jury to return In
dictments against Governor Charles N.
H askell and the other defendants regard
less of and contrary to proof presented,
and petitions the court to Investigate the
Jury Jurors' allegations.
The defendants also filed a response to
the motion of District Attorney Gregg dis
puting the charges of Improper Influence.
This response alleged misconduct upon the
part of Gregg, asserting that he has used
the Tulsa World, of Which he Is stated
to be part owner, to mold sentiment and to
prejudice the court and grand Jury against
the defendants; that he stated that he was
after Haskell and associates and that no
one else would be prosecuted; that he
stated to Mr. Allen of Muskogee that he
was a personal enemy of William T.
Hutchlngs and would send him - to the
penitentiary at all hazards, that Gregg's
partners In the Tulsa World had stated
to a' prominent merchant of Tulsa that It
was a political prosecution started by Wil
liam R. Hearst, the New York editor, and
by Theodore Roosevelt against Governor
Haskell. The allegations are urged to
prove the defendants claim that Gregg Is
an Improper person to conduct the present
prosecution before the grand Jury.
Grand Jnry Resumes Work.
Muskogee town lot frauds wore again
taken up with renewed vigor by a new
federal grand Jury that met here today
upon order of Judge John A. Marshall of
The prosecution of these cases from the
start has been directed principally by Syl
vester R. Rush of Omaha, special assistant
to the attorney general. The first grand
jury to begin, the Investigation sat at
Muskogee last winter and returned Indict
ments against Governor Charles N. Has
kell and six otht-ra The cases were set
for trial at Tulsa and Judge Marshall was
brought in aa a special judge to try them.
In the meantime the defendants filed a
motion to quash, alleging misconduct upon
the part of Mr. Rush In the proceedings
before the Jury. Judge Marshall upheld
the motion upon a technicality, holding
that the Jury consisted of twenty-one men,
as provided by the laws of the United
States now In force, while It should not
have exceeded sixteen members, as pro
vided by the Arkansas practice In effect
when the frauds are alleged to have been
A second gTand jury was called and many
witnesses had been examined when, on
Saturday laat, the government contended
that this body had been subjected to Im
proper Influences. Judge Marshall upheld
the government's motion and discharged
the jury. Immediately ordering another one.
This third grand Jury convened today to
again take up the work pushed by Mr.
Rush and his assistants. . The witnesses,
coming from many states and who testi
fied before the first Juries, were held here
and number of others summoned. Mr.
Rjsh haa previously said that the govern
ment would push the cases to the end.
Attorney General Notified.
WASHINGTON. May 18. After receiving
a long telegram sent yesterday by Henry
F. Asp, counsel for the defendants tn the
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years. Of late he had driven a sorrel and
buckskin team that waa remarkable for
size and appearance.
He was married, but had no children
James McFarland, living at 9 South
Thirty-third street, waa the desd man's
father and George, Grant and Frank Mc
Farland, also living at the latter address
are hla brothers. All four men are team
As a man who can possibly throw some
light on the case when the inquest Is held
Wednesday, Bert Rider, a Third wsrd
resident, was taken to the police station by
Officer McCarthy and held as a wittnesa
"Slim" McFarland, as he waa known to
many friends, left home at o'clock Mon
day evening and was not seen after the
time by hla family, until his brother Grant
viewed the body at the morgue. The latter
said Sherman McFarland left home with
Sft In his pocket. When the body was
found, only 26 cents waa tn the pocket a
"Wa believe the case to be one of acci
dental death," said Chief of Detectives
Savage Tuesday noon, when aaked If there
waa any truth In report that It looked
like murder. Captain Dunn also was of
the opinion that the fight at the corner the
night before had no connection with Me
r ana no aeatn, and tne detectives who
worked on the caae held the same theory
aa their superior
Hi t ' '-!..
Ml 'Pa ' -L -
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From the Philadelphia Inquirer.
KEEMN BEFORE TflE COURT
Man Accused , of Trying to Bribe
Jurors Has Hearing.
BARRETT TELLS OF GETTING COIN
One Jnror Hays Keenan Gave Him
Forty Dollars When It Is Earn.
Inge Came to Only Thirty
J. W. Van Cleve took the stand against
Al Keenan yesterday afternoon before
County Judge Leslie and gave about the
same testimony as Jesse G. Barret had
given In the morning. His statement about
the conversation with Keenan In the buse
ment of the courthouie, when Keenan la
alleged to have promised money for a
verdict for the street fcar .tympany In the
Stewart case, was Identical .with Barrett's
except that Van Cleve said Keenan pleaded.
Don't squeal on me," while Barrett's ver
sion was "Don't tell this."
With Van Cleve's evidence the state
rested and the case waa adjourned until
this afternoon at 2 p. m. The defense Is
expected to put on little or no evidence at
this time, but there will doubtless be con
That Keenan will be bound over by Judge
Leslie to the district court Is the opinion
of the majority of those who heard the
evidence of Van Cleve and Barrett. The
latter fared unhappily when his croes
examlnatlon was resumed In the afternoon.
He became Involved In a contradiction with
regard to the insurance of his mother. In
the morning he testified that he told Kee
nan he wanted some money for that pur-
potte and also testified that he had paid
his mother's Insurance several times. In
the afternoon he admitted that he had
never paid the Insurance and a little later
said he had misunderstood the question In
the morning. Van Cleve was the better
witness of the two and his crops-examlna-
tlon by A. W. Jefferis afforded nothing
That Keenan gave Banett $) during
the transactions between them when Bar
rett's earnings as a Juror were 132 at
the most was one of the principal points
brought out !n the testimony of Barrett.
The trial began with the formal evlj
dence of Aael Bteere, Jr., deputy clerll
of the district court, who Identified
the official records in the suit of Robert
A. Stewart against the Omaha A Council
Bluffs Street Railway company. Barrett
foyowed him and . his examination occu
pied the rest of the morning.
Barrett declared that on the morning of
Friday. May 7. he and J. W. Van Cleve
were entering the court house by the north
basement entrance and that they met
Keenan at the door. Inside, Keenan, Bar
rett declared, said to them: .
"I see you fellows are on that case be
fore Judge Day. There la a chance for you
to make a piece of money If you return a
verdict for the street car company. That
fellow ain't got any case."
Barrett next deposed that his reply to this
'Oh, I couldn't do anything like that. It
"Then," continued the witness, "Keenan
said. 'For God's sake, don't tell this. They
could fend me to the pen.' "
The witness followed the account of this
conversation with a ttat-ment of the pay-
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Many a woman
money by using
Bee Want Ads. Are
you one of them?
Don't let old thlngg accumulate
Bell them. Don't buy something
new when jon can find a bargain
In one for which lomt one has no
farther ue. It make no differ
ence what tt la-a laundry stOTe,
or a piano.
Everybody reads the Bee
want ad pages.' They are the
bargain hunter' best hunting
ground. Buy or sell the
cheap little want ad certainly,
do the businetis.
UNDEli HIS NOSE, TOO,
Briber Goes Free
Missouri Court Decides Bill Illegal
Because it Leaves Out
St LOUIS. Mo., Hay 18, A special to
the Post-Dispatch from Jefferson City,
' "The two year penitentiary sentence of
Fred Warner, a - former member of the
St. Louis house of delegates, fixed by the
Jury which convicted him of bribery, was
reversed and remanded by the Missouri
supreme court today. Warner and Fred
Prlesmeyer. also a member of the city
council, were arrested in the house of dele
gates ehamber October IS. 17.- after ' a
transaction with marked bills furnished by
Henry Ascher who was seeking the passage
of a garage regulating bill."
The dispatch adds that Justice Gantt,
who wrote the decision, declared the In
dictment defective because It alleged that
Warner's offense was "against the dignity
of state." The phrase, the court holds,
Should have been "the dignity of the
Million and Half
Lost in Fire
Big Factory Building at Akron, 0.,
is Destroyed Girls in
AKRON, O., May IS Fire In the seven
story Hower powder block today practi
cally destroyed the building and Its con
tents, causing a loss which It ts thought
will aggregate Sl,S00,on0. Several girls em
ployed In the building had a narrow escape.
Firemen were In danger from falling walls.
The building was occupied entirely by
light manufacturing companies. ' There
were more than 300 employes In the build
ing when the fire was discovered. The
blase started In the basement and the occu
pants of the block had plenty of time to
escape, although the young women wer
thrown Into a panic. No Injuries were re
ported. The cause of the fire Is unknown.
Both the Goodrich Rubber company and
the Diamond Tire company lost thousands
of dollars' worth of automobile tires.
There is about 8no,oon Insurance on the
building and its contents.
SEARCH FOR FIRE FIEND
Nineteen Conflagrations Follow Es
cape of Pparomanlae from the
Asylnm at Elgla,
CHICAGO, May 18. Four fires today, be
lieved to have been Incendiary in origin,
and In which one life was lost and prop
erty valued at SIOO.OIO was destroyed, caused
Increased activity in the search for An
drew Hanson, a pyromanlae who recently
escaped from the asylum at Elgin.
In all since Hanson's escape there have
been nineteen fires of questionable origin,
the losses aggregating close to 1500,000.
Friend of Petrosino Killed
NEW YORK. May 18. Marked for death,
the police believe, because he had been a
close friend of Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino
of the New York police department, who
was assassinated in Palermo, Plogglo Puc
cio, a clgai maker, was himself assassin
ated early today as he waa trying to enter
his apartments In East Seventy-fifth street.
He dropped dead on the threshold as a
bullet fired over the balustrade on the
floor above eraahed Into his body. By the
time the police arrived the assassin had
escaped, presumably to the root and down
through an adjoining house. The police
say the man who shot the clgarmaker had
been lying In wait for him, apparently, for
several hours. ,
Before going to Palermo. Petrosino fre
quently visited Puccto'a home. When the
body of the detective waa brought to New
York for burial Puerto took an active part
DUG GONE IT
SHOT SISTER AND HIMSELF
South Dakota Man Thus Avoids
SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS EXISTED
Woman Was trnn t p to Rafter and
Shot by Her Brother, Who
Then Knded Hla Own
MITCHELL. 8. D.. May l.-Speclal Tel
egram.) Suspending his sister, Miss Edith
Gray, aged forty years, to a rafter In an
attic bed room with a stout piece of cloth,
W. C. Gray, aged 45, shot' her In the ear
and Instantly killed her. Gray then turned
the gun on hlmaelf. the bullet taking effect
behind the ear, and ended his life.
The parties lived on the south side of
town In a small house, and with them were
living three chaldren of the man. Neigh
bor living In the Immediate vlrlnlty of
the house-have been complaining of the
Immortal life thattGray and hla sister have
been leading for tne last four years, the
woman being In a delicate condition before
A complaint was lodged with the officers
and. this afternoon, Sheriff Planter and
State's Attorney Herbert went over, to the
realdence to make an Investigation. Gray
was plowing In the lot near the house and
when he saw the officers approaching he
went to trie house-.' When they asked to
see his sister Gray refused to permit them
to enter the house. The officers came
back to the city to secure a warrant for
their arrest on the charge of Incest, and
sent another officer to watch the house.
The officer had barely reached the place
when he heard two shots fired In the
house. . Going In, he found the woman
hanging to the rafter and the man lying
on the bed, both dead. There were no
evidences of a struggle on the part of the
woman and the supposition Is, that fearing
arrest meant exposure and a term In the
penitentiary, they resolved to die. The
woman was not hung with the Idea of sus
pending animation In that way, for the
cloth did not press pn her throat.
NEBRASKA UNICLUB DINNER
Former atndenta tn Chicago to Feast
nt Palmer Hooee Dean
CHICAGO, May 18. (Special Telegram.)
Members of the University of Nebrsska
club will hold their annual dinner at the
Palmer house Saturday at 8:30 p. m. Ros
Cue Pound, dean of the law school of North
western university, will preside and Intro
duce the speakers. Frank L. Chtlds Is
president of the club and Everett M. Swain
LINCOLN WANTS CONVENTION
Nebraska. Capital Starts Bona
Nest Meeting; Place of
PEORIA. 111.. Mav U.-At the blennia.1
convention of the Switchmen's I'nlon of
North 'America this afternoon a move
ment awept through the hall boosting Lin
coin, Neb., aa the next meeting place for
the convention two years from now.
In the arrangement for the demonstration
In jhonor of Petrosino, for the funeral and
the benefit for the widow. He helped to
from some of the Italian societies which
paraded In the Petrosino funeral proces
sion and he marched at the head of the
Carleone lodge of Foresters, tf which he
waa an officer. Pucclo was also a leading
spirit In arranging the benefit for Mrs.
Petrosino which wss held In the Academy
of Music. 'While he was engaged In this
work he received several letters threaten
ing him with death unless he discontinued
activity, but he Ignored them and declared
he "did not fear the cowards." ,
The polk are convinced Puerto was
murdered because of his friendship for
Petrosino. and several detectlvea from the
staff formerly commanded by Lieutenant
Petrosino have been assigned to seari-fe for
HAS OPEN MIND
Attorney General Consents to Rave
Friendly Suit on Bleached .
SENATOR BROWN INTERMEDIARY
Shipment Will Be Made to Omaha and
Seised by Officials.
OMAHA. ATTORNEYS CALLED IN
Smith & Smyth to Hare Conference
NEBRASKA MILLERS GET A SHOW
Latest Development Concerning; See re.
tary 'Wilson's Ftallna; on Bleached
Flonr Considered a Feather
la Brown's Cap.
(From a Stiff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. May 18. -Senator Norrts
Brown, who with his colleague has taken
great Interest In the order of the secretary
of agriculture prohibiting bleaching of
flour by the electrical process, which order.
If cirrled to a conclusion, means serious
li'ss to the millers of Nehrsska, had a lang
conference today' with Attorney General
Wickersham looking to a genuine suit to
try out this very much debated question
whether the rovernmont has xiwer to
make the order It did forbidding the ship
ment of bleaches flour, and whether It
amounts to an sMulteratlon, as held by Dr.
Wiley, chief of the chemistry division of the
Agricultural department, to bleach It.
After the conference It was decided on
the part of the government that test casea
should be made of Secretary Wilson'
bleached flour order, and to .this end an
interstate shipment of flour will be made,
consigned t- Omaha parties, where the
government will seise the same and a case
in equity be begun In the Eighth circuit
before Judge Munger.
I'pon the first question, which Is one of
law, whether the government has power
to make the order It did, forbidding ship
ments, the attorneys for the millers. Smith
& Smith of Omaha, have been called to
Washington by telegraph to have a confer
ence with the Department of Justice. On
the second question, whether bleaching
flour amounts to adulteration, expert will
be called to testify In order that the entire
question may be put In tangible shape for
review by a higher court.
The agreement reached, it It may be so
called, between Attorney General Wicker
sham and Senator Brown, ia a distinctive
triumph for the junior senator from Ne
braska. While it decides no question what-
soever, the fact that tha attorney general.
Is open to conviction will bring encourage
ment to hundreds of millers, not only ot
reoraska, but of Iowa and Kansas as
we'l, who have been bleaolilrtg winter wheat
Hour for many year and whose output
has been accepted by million of consumer
as being equal to the output of northern
mills using spring wheat.
Omaha Indian Troubles.
John H. Commons, agent at the Omaha
Indian agency, will have to answer soma
very pertinent questions, which may
amount to charges. If Thoma O. Sloan
of the Omaha tribe of Indian and a well
Known lawyer In Thurston county can
get a hearing before the commissioner of
Indian affairs. Sloane Is In Washlnaton
and today saw Assistant Commissioner of
Indian Affairs Ballantyna with relation to
the Issuance of patents to Omaha Indians
entitled to same, some 1,600 lrt number,
and Involving approximately lfi0,000 acres
of land In Thurston county.
Between Sloane and some of the older
men of the Omaha tribe and the Indian
office there Is a decided difference as to
when these patents to Omaha Indian
should Issue. Patents were granted the
Omahas to run for a period of twenty-five
years, the law providing that: "Patents
shall be In legal effect and declare that
the I'nlted States does and will hold land
thus allotted In trust for a period Of twenty-five
years for the sole use and benefit
of allottee, nr. In rase nf hla .i
his heirs, according to the laws of Ne
braska." I'nder a decision of the Indian office
probably these pstents In fee are to be is
sued on July 10, being the date of ap
proval of allotments by the secretary of
the Interior, but Sloane and other of the
Omaha tribe Insist that patents should
not lastie until December 28, which Is the
date of the patents themselves. In view of
his discrepancy It Is understood In Wash
ington, that speculators sre abroad at tha
Omaha agency, negotiating with Indians
who will receive their psrent In fee for
lease purposes or for purchase of the lands
outright, and It has become so notorious
that something must be done to protect
the Indians against the rspaclty of the
white men. In that section.
Tax Holla to Be Fattened.
Probably the biggest thing (hat ever has
happened to Thurston county will be the
Issuance of fee patents covering 150.000
acres to Indian allottees, for the moment
the patents are Issued It will mean that
that number of acres will become taxable
for both" county and state purpose, and
therefore Increase the ex-hetiuer of Thr.
ton count v varv considerably. Heretofore
the Indians have been exempt of taxes.
They hsve enjoyed -nil the advantages of
dlsttirt schools, Improvement of rdsds and
bridges and good county government with
out paying a rent for thse advantages,
but under the new condition of thing their
lands, like the lsnds of every other cltlsen.
will be tsxsd rroportlonately to bear tha
burdens of county snd state government.
Mr. Slnsne came to Washington primarily
to secure the enrollment of a number of
children of Julia Grandslnger and John
Dldler of Pender Myrtle Last of Richard
son c"unty snd Msry Deroln of Brown
county, Kansas, as member of the Rose
bud Sioux tribe. I'nder a rece.it order of
Secretary Ballenger the persons named
above were enrolled as men(bfr of the1
Rosebud reservation, but their children
were denied enrollment and allotment
under construction of a number of previous
Nehraskans In Washington.
Waldo E. Whltcomb of Winnebago Is In
Washington protesting against ths granting
of an application for a trader's store In
Genera'. Solicitor Loom Is and Robert-J.
Clancy of the I'nlon aPclflc are In Wash
Ingtton on matte connected wtlh Irrigated
lands In I'nlon Pacific territory.
Judge J. F. Boyd la ia Washington, atop-
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