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VOL. XXXIX NO. 115.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MOIiNINd, OCTOBER 28, 1K)9-TWELVE PAGES.
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Executive Get Pra . i Nation
of Needs of Deeper cnajiiiel for
New York Office
Thirty- Sixth Annual Convention
Closes With Enthusiastic Night
Meeting and Women leave.
DEMANDS BALLOT FOR WOMEN
FOR PRINCE IT0
1r AU 5 MIT M ! J
Body Which is Under Guard at
Dairen Will Be Brought to Tokio
Under Leadership of Dr. Eliot Sys
tematic Efforts Will Be Car
ried On for Cause.
FOUR HOURS IN MEMWHIS
CEREMONIES SET FOR NOV. 4
Trip Over City Followed By Address,
HOW WILL RIVER BE USED
Business Interests of City Asked
Pointed Questions By Executive.
WHITE HOUSE LATCH STRING OUT
I'mldtnt, at Diner Attended by Got
ernom, Invites Them All to
the White Home Once
MEMPHIS. Tenn.. Oct. r. President
Taft and his party were delayed on the
river during ths night, owing to the low
stage of the water and numerous sand
bars and d'd not resch Memphis until
nearly 11 o'clock. When the flotilla did
appear with the Oleander, bearing the
president and his personal retinue, 300
yards In advance of the long column
flanked On either side by the tiny torpedo
boats, the populace shouted a greeting,
which echoed and re-echoed across the
Mayor James Malone welcomed the presi
dent and said the attitude of President
Taft towards the southern states presaged
nothing but good for the south during the
L president Taft's reply was brief and to
' la, point. He had, on previous occasions,
declared hlmsilf upon the waterways prop
osition and today he repeated his declara
tions. Following the welcoming exercises the
president, and the otherv members of his
party entered automobiles and were driven
along the stresta of the city. The presi
dent and his personal escort lsft the main
body of the automobile procession tem
porarily to go to the Toung Men's Chris
tian association's new building, the dedica
tion of which had been postponed for the
president to perform.
On reaching ' the auditorium where the
principal address of the day was delivered
by ths president, the chief executive was
given a tremendous ovation, which lasted
for several minutes. '
Replying to Governor Patterson's wel
come, President Taft said:
"I must ask you to keep as quiet as you
can so that you can hear me, for my voice
Is Just recovering from, a Texas norther."
The president said he was proud to be
welcomed by the governor, whom he had
known as a member of congress and whose
father he had also known when the latter
was in ttmgres. -- -j;1-
He said he felt at home in Memphis, hav
- lug occupied the federal bench here. He
"I had one of your delightful citlsens
serving with me In the tropics, where we
ate and slept and labored together and en
Joyed working for ths Inhabitants of the
Philippines, the island of the sea. I was
proud and happy to shake General Wright's
hand this morning when I landed at the
"I have also drawn upon you for another
man, who Is now serving as secretary of
war, 'Mack' Dickinson. .You people down
here have a way of calling your men by
names, which the congressional records do
not disclose. It was a long time before I
learned td call the secretary of war 'Mack.'
"Tour city has grown and thrived In a
manner which la truly wonderful. It has
come well since there are no people from
Houston, Tex. about, I may safely say li
the greatest Inland cotton market In the
Rivers and Railroads.
"Now what has made It such? Not be-
cause of your river facilities, but because
you are situated In the keystone position
to three states and are fed by them. I
Wish to Impress upon you most emphati
cally that you have grown, not by reason
of your river facilities, but by reason of
your railroad facilities.
"And now that Is why we are here. We
are here to see If we cannot add to your
river facilities so that In the same length
of time you may again double your growth
by Increasing your river facilities, and as
you can see we are a preny iunmu
"We did not come down that river of
yours simply for the enjoyment of It. We
came down that river because we believe
we are now entering upon an epoch of In
land waterway Improvements. By coming
down that river and by arousing the peo
ple we hope to Increase the rive facilities
of this cliy and every one in the great
"I do not believe there was any one on
any one of those boats which came down
the river this morning, who will be able
to watch the caving banks of this side of
the river and see the snags and swamps
across the river, who can tell us how these
great problems are to be solved. We must
first stir ui the people and then rive to
the problems that serious consideration
and thought and study which they de
mand. Problem of Improvement.
"And now we have reached the next step.
How are we going to do It? If you have
the river and It Is not used, then there Is
no use in pouring millions Into It to Im
"This proposition of a fourteen-foot chan
nel requires much serious thought and
study. The entire river must be studied
by experts. And then when we are de
termining upon methods to be used In
making a good flow of water at all places
the year round, we must create terminal
facilities as well. Terminal facilities are
of as much vital Importance as Is a deep
channel from the lakes to the gulf.
"You men of Memphis, the business men
and munufaclurers, are now shipping your
cotton and your goods by railroads even
when you have ate river at your door
and you are not going to ship your cotton
and goods by river even when you have a
deep waterway from the lakes to the gulf
unless you know that It will be of profit
for you to do so. You have simply got to
mako lh rivr transportation worth
, lit Hoirtl Milti
-. . president.!. ... iroia
Hickman, v. . to Memphis was without
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.'EW TORK. Oct. 27.-Natton-wlde In Its
scope and backed with the enthusiastic
endorsement of Prc'dent Taft, a syste
of the United .f
In preserving p "
country was jj" V.
The Nation! S
with offices h '
carry on the .
until the lead
Eliot, president 5, T
verslty. This .
admtnlatrativs I ' 3
by the. federal , "i
of the United I
ppeal to the people
for concerted action
ral resources of the
in Washington will
f Dr. Charles W.
0 of Harvard unl
m Is to advocate
by the states and
mt of the conaer
by the governors
f their conference
with President Roosevelt at the White
house In May; 1908,
The association includes among its friends
and membership some of the most promin
ent men of affairs in the country. Offi
ces were opened today In the Fifth ave
nue building In this city where It was
announced the association had Its organi
sation well under way and that applica
tions for membership were pouring In from
all parts of the country. It is expected
that as the work of the organization ad
vances, branch offices will be established
In different sections. Dr. Eliot la person
ally directing the work of the association
and the membership, which is open to
every American cltlxen la expected to reach
Into the hundreds of thousands.
The officers are:
President Dr. Charles W. Eliot of Cam
Vice-President Walter ' I Fisher of
Secretary Thomas R. Shlpp of Indian
The latter was secretary of the White
house conference of governors and secre
tary of the National Conservation Com
mission. The chairman of the executive committee
is John F. Bass of Chicago, and the execu
tive director is Royal L. Mele.idy, also of
Among the most Important measures ad
vocated by the association in the general
convention scheme, which Includes the
forests, waters, lands and minerals. Is that
relating to water power rights. The as
sociation also declares that It desires to
further all legislation designed to diminish
sickness, prevent aocldents and premature
death, and Increase the comfort and Joy
of American life, believing that human
efficiency, health and happiness are natural
resources as Important as forests, waters,
lands and minerals.
Fight Goes On
Mayoralty Candidates Test Limit of
Endurance in " Progress of
- New York Campaign.
NEW YORK, Oct. 27. With the battle
over the official ballot decided by the
courts and the printing of the 2,000,000 bal
lots well under way, ths candidates in New
Torks three-cornered mayoralty campaign
prepared today for the final stages of next
Tuesday's contest. All along the line ths
big artillery , of the contesting forces Is to
be kept In constant play from now on, the
mayoralty candidates themselves limiting
their endeavors only by the bounds of
their physical condition and abilities.
William R. Hearst, after a day of rest,
resumed hlB active campaign today and
tonight will appear with several candl
dates on the fusion ticket' at Carnegie
hall. Upper Manhattan and In the Bronx.
William J. Caynor, the democratic 'can
didate, with the Tammany endorsement,
spoke last night In Staten Island and Is
scheduled to speak today several times, as
Is Otto T Bannard. the republican noml
nee, some of whose engagements are In the
republican strongholds on the Upper West
Side. The "white slavery" Issue Is being
kept well to the front by ths anti-Tam
Case Under Way
Absolute Secrecy Maintained About
Suit that Sets All Gotham
NEW YORK, Oct. Hearings, It is
understood, have already been begun before
Charles H. Young who Is said to have
been appointed by Supreme Court Justice
Isaac N. Mills as referee in an action by
Mrs. John Jacob Astoi for a separation
from her husband, with the expectation
that the testimony In the form of affi
davits will all be taken and the referee'b
report presented within a month.
The attorneys mentioned In the connec
tion, however, have so far maintained
silence regarding the matter and this morn
ing there were no' Indications that any
statements from them would be forthcom
ing during the day. Judge Mills la a Judge
in the Judicial district In which the Astor
country place at Rhlnebeck is situated.
The Justice, It was learned today. Is on
a hunting trip in Maine.
- Mrs. Astor Is said to be represented by
John H. Cadallader, of the firm of Strong
A 'Cadallader, and Mr. Aster's, attorney is
said to be Lewis Ledyard.
UNVERSALISTS ON VOTE
Convention Refnses to Elect Perma
nent President of Ornaalsatloa to
Hold TkNigh Tear.
DKTROIT, Mich., Oct H.-The biennial
general convention - of . tha Universallst
church closed here today after being In ses
sion since last Friday. Delegates from
every section of tae United States were In
The proposal to centralise the organisa
tion of the church under a permanent
president who would succeed the president
of tlve tiventlon was defeated by a close
vote. The debate showed that the lines
were sharply drawn. The Question will,
doubtless, be brought up at the Springfield,
Mass., convention In 1S11 '
Honor Such as Are Rarely Paid Ex
cept to Princes of the Blod.
KOREAN POLICY UNCHANGED
Rumors of Annexation of Kingdom
Are Officially Denied.
WORLD MOURNS WITH JAPAN
rabies-rams roar Into Fore Is; a Office
From Kvery Nation or the Globe
Foethamona Honors for'
TOKOI. Oct. 27. The body of Prince Ito,
tha murdered elder statesman of Japan,
will be taken aboard the Japanese warship
Iwato, at Dalren and will be brought to
Japan accompanied by a full suite repre
senting the entire nation. The body lay
today In a hotel at Dalren, the coffin cov
ered by a simple white pall. Guards sur
rounded the hotel and only the prince's
personal staff was admitted.
Throughout the day telegrams poured
into Toklo from every country or the
world, and the officials of the foreign of
fices are busily engaged In answering
them. Those closest to the throne say
that the emperor Is deeply affected by the
assassination of the prince. He has asked
for every detail and apparently is unable
to understand why the murder was com
mitted. In view of the evident 'popularity
of Frlnee Ito. But when Informed of ail
the facts so far as they have been learned
here, the emperor ordered that there must
be no change In the policy toward Korea.
The emperor of Korea has cabled his
sympathy to the emperor of Japan as well
as to Princess Ito at Olso. The assassin
probably will be, tried at Dalren. The al
leged accomplices have been arretted and
It Is believed that the investigation will
show that the plot was hatched at Seoul.
The Japanese authorities are determined to
unearth the source because the assassina
tion of Prince Ito Is believed' to have
been planned by the same persons who
planned the murder of Durham White
Stevens, the former diplomatic advisor to
the Korean government at San Francisco
In 1908. The newspapers here comment on
the escape of one of the associates of the
convicted murderer of Mr. Stevens.
The leading statesmen of Japan, who
have been Interviewed on the subject as
sert that the death ofPrince Ito will not
affect the' avowed policies at home and
While Prince Ito was powerful and pop
ular, the general policy of the Japanese
government today Is not-dictated by the
elder statemen but; by the active politi
cians; who are determined to follow peace
An imperial ordinance directs that a state
funeral, such as, with three exceptions,
ha ' never been given for other than a
prince of the blood, be held on November
4. As a, posthumous honor Prince Ito Is
advanced from Junior to the first grade
Inthe court rank.
Wilbur Wright Takes Mrs. Ralph H.
Van Deman for Short Trip
Over the Treetops.
COLLEGE PARK, Md., Oct. 27.-A division
of more than ordinary Interest from the
daily flights here was furnished today by
Wilbur Wright at the government aero
drome. Mr. Wright had for a passenger
a woman aviation enthusiast in person of
Airs. . Van Deman, wife of Captain Ralph
H. Van Deman, if the Twenty-first in
fantry. Mrs. Vandman was the first woman to
fly In a heavler-than-air machine In the
United States. Mr. Wright and his brother
Orvllle, both have had women as pas
sengers in their aeroplane abroad, and.
Mrs. Nicholas Longworth at Fort Meyer
recently wished to make a trip In the aero
plane, btX the Wright brothers refused.
COURT CENSURES PLAN .
TO RETAIN CUSTOMS MEN
Jodsf Holt Criticises Determination
to Keep Dishonest Weighers
la the Service.
NEW YORK. Oct. 27. Antonio Musics,
who( with his son, Phillip, has been oh
trial in the United States circuit court here,
was today found not guilty on the charge
against him of alleged frauds In obtaining
underweights on cheese Importations.
Phillip Mustca, who yesterday pleaded
guilty to one of the eounts In the Indict
ment, was remanded to flie Tombs for
sentence. Young Muslca, on the witness
stand, testified that his father was In poor
health and had not been an active hand
In the buslnesa for several years.
In remarks following the verdict Judge
Holt criticised the announced decision of
the government to retain In the cuHtomn
service the weighers, who, during the trial,
had confessed to frauds by which they
and the Musicas had profited.
GENERAL C0PPINGER IS ILL
Former Coaaaader of This Depart
ment SaffrrlBa" From
WASHINGTON. Oct. 27.-Brtgadler Gen
eral John Copplnger, U. S. A... retired, son-in-law
of the late Jamea O. Blaine, Is se
riously 111 with pneumonia at his residence
In this city and, owing to his advanced
age, his friends are alarmed.
General Copplnger was commander of the
Department of the Missouri at ths outbreak
of the Spanish-American war. He was re
tired shortly after, being too old and also
suffered too much from wounds received
In the civil war, to assume active field
duty. He baa seen service In the British
and Papal armies and came to this coun
try to serve the north during the civil
war. He la pleasantly remembered
here aa a most g ratal gentleman
From the Philadelphia Inquirer.
SEVEN POINT OUT BANDITS
Wods ando Torsreuson Positively
Identified By Many Witneses.
STRONG EVIDENCE AGAINST PAIR
Poatal Clerks Corey and Eastman
Add Their Word to That of
Hs Who Testified
The positive Identification of Woods and
Torgenson as the principal actors In the
Overland Limited mail robbery, as given
by Engineer v Melkeljohn, Firemen Prowl
and Wright, Postal clerks Whltmore, and
Rush was corroborated by the further Iden
tification of the two men by Postal Clerks
William Corey and Frederick . Eastman .at
the trial yesterday afternoon.
Poatal . Clerks William C, Ryan. Arthur
J. Ntles. Arthur L. . DreDsrt and William
Sears were not able positively to identify
the accused men, as shelr positions- In the
hold-up line were not such that they could
get a good look at the) men, and they were
not disposed to swear to the Identity of
the men upon the evidence of their voices
. Frederick Eastman stated that he had
noticed the men closely during the' hold-up,
from the fact that he wished to be able to
give, a description of the men to the police.
He was certain of his Identification of
Woods and Torgenson, and was reason
ably certain of his identification of Grig
ware as the third man. .
William Sears was one of the last men
to leave the car, and his activity in so
doing was suggested when he looked out
the car window and when one of the
bandits fired a shot through the car win
dow, the bullet passing close to his head
and striking a piece of casting In tho car,
breaking It off. This piece of casting was
Introduced In evidence.
All of the postal clerks testified that
there were four men engaged In the hold
up, and that while they were lined up after
Whltmore and the alleged Woods went Into
the car, the man In charge -of them, who
has been Identified aa Torgenson, told
them If any harm came to "that man In the
car" that he would kill avery one of
It was this same man who fired atrthe
conductor and brakeman and who also fired
In the car window at Sears. ,
With the testimony of Postal Clerk Dre-
bert the examination of the postal clerks
William T. Canada, superintendent of the
secret service for the Unl t Pacific . Rail
road company, followed the postal clerks.
The first word he had of the holdup wus
shortly after midnight the night of May
22. After dressing he notified Captain
Mostyn and with two or three other offi
cers went out to the scene of the robbery
In an automobile. - They succeeded In re
covering a part of a destroyed mall sack
and a glove near the north end of the
Forty-second street viaduct.
He went out again Monday and found
the remains of the signal fire, at which
were some pieces of charred newspaper,
the fiagments showing some of them to
have been Spokane, Wash., papers. ' '
Another Important find was a piece of
envelope near the scene of the holdup,
bearing a Texas postmark, and addressed
to one of the men now under arrest.
Mr. Canada was still on the stand when
the hour for adjournment arrived.
Mr. Fleharty was asked If the defendants
would be placed on the stand to testify
during the trial. "I do not know," he said.
"The government will have to produce
some evidence that my clttnt Is In any
ay connected with the affair first."
Judge T. C. Munger has ruled that most
wltnesHes for both sides must be excluded
from the court room during the trial while
any special witness is on the stand.
Exception was made In the cases of Mr.
Grlgware, the father of one of the de
fendants; United States Marshal Warner,
Postofflce Inspectors Perkins, Thompson
and Grogan; Detectives William Canada
of the Union Pacific, Sheriff C. W. Dyer
of Idaho and Deputy Sheriff Eugene May
Conductor M. C. Wallace of the Overland
Limited testified briefly regarding his ex
perience in the holdup. He was In the
third sleeper from the forward end and
when ths train stopped at Mud Cut, he
got out of the car to see what was up.
He was net near enough to recognise any
of the men engaged In the holdup, nor
could he tell whether they were masked
or not, but thought they were.
John Cries, the brakeman on the Overland
Limited, told of his getting off the observa-
(Continued on Becond page.)
SO SAY ALL OF US.
Away from Coast;
Efforts of Life Savers Are Futile at
Wreck of Hestia Only Six
ST. JOHN, Oct. 27. In the hope of being
able to pick up some of the crew of the
v recked Donaldson line steamer, Hestia,
several tugs and other craft put out from
this port early today for Seal Cove, Grand
Mancn Island,, where the Hestia ran upon
a ledge early yesterday morning and where
more than a score of persons are believed
to have perished, V
The volunteer rercuera . are anxious to
know tho fate of one 'little lifeboat, whichi
overcrowded with men, was the last to
leave the Hestia. ' When last observed, tha
occupants of the frail craft were struggling
In the heavy sea. . The wind at the time of
the accident was blowing a gale off srjore
and today, Although it had diminished con
siderably, it still blew from the land and
It was the opinion that the lifeboat had
been carried out to sea.
The Hestia sliuck the ledge at 1:10 a. m.
yeBterday,. according . to Third Mate
Stewart, one of the men rescued by th;
.Seal Cove life savers. The condition of the
six men rescued was pitiable. Left on tlu
wrecked vessel, with the last boal gont
they were in a condition of exhaustion
when taken off . by the life savers. Third
Mate Stewart broke down and cried when
taken Into the life boat, and It was a long
time before any Information could be ob
tained from him. ...
A heavy northeasterly gale Is pelleved to
have been responsible for the Hestla's
fate, although It Is supposed that a mis
take of the man at the wheel in believ
ing he had picked up Gannet Rock light
while really discerning the gleams of the
lighthouse on Machtaa Seal Island, several
miles southwest, carried the ship many
miles off Its course.
The sailors of the midnight' watch had
been out uf their bunkd an hour, and all
others except the navigating officer, were
stowed in bunks or hammocks when the
crash came, an hour after midnight.
In the belief that he was leaving Grand
Mansn on the port tack, and following
the usual course to St. John, the navigat
ing officer sought the ' distinguishing
marks of that route. But they were not
to be seen. Instead, . the steamer was
heading for Seal Cove, between Gannett
Rock and Machlas seal Island, over seas
which barely covered a treacherous bot
tom of shoals. It was on one of these,
Just Inside Old Proprietor's ledge that the
vessel's nose became impaled.
The Hestia .was a steel craft built at
Sunderland in 1890, and was formerly the
Mary Beyts. It registered l.iSi tons net
and hailed from Glasgow.
Widow-Bride Heroine in
One of Life's Tragedies
It is Just one of the tragedies of eyery
day life oie of the heartrending evenu
which mince sorrow and .gladness In this
world. It is the sad story of death whlcu
for some unknown, unexplalnable reason,
has left a lovely young bride to struggle
alone against adversity because her hus
band has been taken from her.
When the Union Pacific Chicago special
pulled Into the Union station at an early
hour In the morning a young woman was
the first to alight. She was dressed . In
sombre black. One could guess her errand
as she hastened alongside the long train
toward the baggage car ahead. She was
young and pretty, but her tear-swollen
eyes and her pale, tired appearance be
spoke of a sleepless night aboard the Pull
man. The door of the baggage car slid open.
A truck was standing ready for Its freight.
In another moment two sleepy baggage
men tenderly laid a long pine box on the
truck. In that sepulcher of pine was a
casket and within Its white walls lay all
that was mortal of a man who had tried
and failed, for he had sacrificed his young
life to his work and the young girl who
faced the world with him.
The few sleepy passengers at the sta
tion were deeply touched by the scene that
followed. The young woman fairly flew to
the truck and, placing her tear-wet face
against the cold planking of the coffin, was
seised with a violent paroxysm of weeping.
Surely her heart was breait-
SKETCH OF JUDGE SEDGWICK
Judicial Experience Especially Fits
Him for Supreme Judge.
LONG EESIDENCE IN NEBRASKA
Record at Homo as Dra;anlser,-Bnllder
Up and Friend of Prog,
ress Work on Bench.
Judge Samuel Hopkins Sedgwick was
born March 12, 184S, on a farm near Bloom
Ingdale, 111., twenty-five miles west from
There were eight boys and six girls In
the family, Samuel was the sixth son and
the eleventh child. The three brothers next
older enUsted and went to the war in 1861.
Samuel was, at that time, 13 years old,
and with his two younger brothers to assist
him- wras left In tharge--of the farm, the
father being a practicing physician. .-
When young Sedgwick was 17 years old
the family ' moved, into the town of
Wheaton, where Wheaton college was and
Is now located. At this Institution he was
educated by that slow process peculiar to
those, early days, when young men were
educated more or less on their own re
sources. Like most of the boys of the
ime young Sedgwick was obliged to teach
chool from time to time to help himself
He graduated at Wheaton college in 1870
md entered Ann Arbor law school In 1S71.
"oming from Ann Arbor . he went to
Aharon. Wis., where he was principal of the
Sharon academy for two years. While
teaching he continued his study of law
and afterwards studied with his brother,
G. G. Sedgwick, at Fort Washington, Wis.,
and was admitted to the bar at Oreen
Bay in 1S74. At this time he went Into
partnership with his brother In the law
practice at Kewaneo, Wis. Coming to Ne
braska In 187S he settled at York, where
he has since resided.
Lines i with Progress.
Judge Sedgwick Is a man of quiet tem
perament, of industrious luiblts and steady
purposes, of a practical turn and always
Interested In tfle substantial progress of
his own community. He has been an or
ganizer and bullder-up of some of the
prominent business Interests of his town.
When the waterworks, In the early days
of York, were In a faltering and uncer
tain condition, Judge Sedgwick was Instru
mental in organising the water plant and
putting it on a successful basis.
A student of electricity, he was compe
tent to ssslst'ln the organization of the
lighting at York, and his knowledge and
business skill in these enterprises has been
a part of their success. He is a trustee of
the Congregational church and Is recog
nized as a generous and practical patron of
church and public affairs.
(Continued an Second Page.)
"Oh, John, John, why should it be so?
Why were you taken from me? Oh, I
shall die; I shall die; I know this will kill
Her violent sobbing smothered further
A kind woman placed her arm about the
waist of the swaying girl.
"There, there my child; be brave. Let
me help you," she said.
Tha two strolled Into the women's retir
ing room. Sympathy quieted the weeping
girl and she opened her heart to her new
"We were only mairied last June," she
said. We wre Just out of college, In the
same class at Illinois. John was given a
fine position with a large power company
In Colorado. Everything looked so bright
until the accident, and we were so happy.
It happened near Glenwood. A premature
explosion hurled him to eternity. They
brought him home all mangled."
There was another outburst of weeping.
"Oh, It's horrible, horrible. I want to
die," cried the girl.
The clatter of a truck caused both women
to glance through the window. Tears of
love gushed from the eyes of the girl.
Tears of sympathy showed In the eyes of
the older woman. The casket was being
lifted aboard an Illinois Central train
bound for Chicago. The girl and her lover
were going back to Illlnul.
Meeting Puts Itself on Record on
Question of Suffrage.
WANTS STATE TO TEST PLAN
Action Taken on Recommendation of
Superintendent of Department.
MOVE FOR REFORM LIBRARY
This and Rapldir lacreaslna- Office
Force Pica for More Money
Money Wlae at (hires Baa
After a successful sesnlon lasting over
week the thirty-sixth national convention
of the Women's Christian Temptrance un
ion adjourned last night.
The final hours of the convention were
taken up with miscellaneous business and
with the program arranged by the presi
dents of the various states. The meeting
abounded In enthusiast. and did not ad
journ until a late hour.
Today the final business will be tran
sacted by the executive committee which
will go Into session at 9 o'clock and proba
bly remain In session during the entire
day. The committee has much work to
clear up before the members lesve Omaha
and a busy meeting la promised.
Many of the delegates did not wait for
the session lam night, but carried their
packed suit cases to the afternoon session
and hurried to late trains after adjourn
ment. Trains leaving Omaha were com
fortably filled with women, who on ac
count of the long distance they hava to
travel took an early start.
On Record (or Snffraare.
"Woman's ballot for the King's business"
Is the expressive motto adopted by the
convention upon recommendation of Its
franchise department and in this action the
National Women's Christian Temperance
union puts Itself on record regarding wo
man suffrage. Rev. Mecca Varney of
Michigan, superintendent of the depart
ment, explained that the ballot was asked
not through any selfish motive, but that
through it women might be privileged to
register their opinions In the name of
"We do not aspire to be a great politi
cal body," she said, "but rather a mighty
force In the world for righteousness." She
further advocated as an experimental sta
tion, some strong Woman's Christian Tem
perance union state, where women might
be enfranchised according to the ideas of
Numerous awarda were made for pro
gress in work it several' branches, and
numerous boquets were passed to, the ros
trum In appreciation of services of offK
cers and others who have helped make tho
convention a success. (
Reference Reform Library. .
A complete reference reform library is
one of the Important things contemplated
that will necessitate the proposed S10.00O
addition to the national headquarters at
Evanston, III. Mrs. S. M. Fry of Evanston
explained this to the convention and also
that the rapidly growing office force now
numbering twenty, will also have to be
provided for. Contributions to this build
ing fund were asked by Mrs. Stevens, and
It Is hoped to raise the entire amount in
Several resolutions were paused during
the afternoon, one deploring the use of fer
mented wine in th church sacrament. An
other advocated that instead . of the term
"White sluvo traffic" the term "traffic In
women" be used, as other than white
women are Included In that truffle. An
other expressed appreciation of tha Just
and evpeditious rulings of the presiding
officer, Mrs. Lillian M. N. Stevens, and a
four pledged the convention to work for
the removal of saloons and other places of
questionable character from the neighbor
hood of army posts,, soldiers' homes and
Fat Purees Raised
The convention adjourned with tha com
fortable assurance that It has funds suf
ficient at least for Its Immediate needs, and
pledges for more that will materially ease
its financial condition during the year.
One entire session was devoted largely
to raising nionsy, the Frances Wlllard me
morial fund belr.g the special object. An
amendment had been proposed to the con
stitution increasing the dues of local clubs
In the national union from 10 to 16 cents.
Upon suggestion of Mrs. Stevsns, national
president, this was not offered, and In Its
stead she proposed that February 17, the
date of Miss Wlllard's death and now rec
ognized as memorial day, be observed by
every unionln the national with a special
program and ths contribution of at least
12 to the Frances Willard memorial fund
used for the extension and strengthening
of thu work.
Mrs. Stevens reminded the convention
that it was necessary every year for the
National Women's Christian Temperance
union to borrow money to carry on Its
work until pledges, dues and other Bourcss
of Income have all come in and that tn
ci eased dues. If asked at all, might better
be applied on the necessities of running
One Pledge for Whole State.
The response uf the delegates was prompt
and generous. Scores of individual pledges
of I-, ST), 110 and 1-6 were mud and every
delegation present made pledges tor Its
state. A representative from Connecticut
pledged $2 from evtry local union of his
state and, tn case they did not meet the
pledge, to pjy It personally. Muny other
equally generous pledges were made and
scores were paid In cash. It could not be
ascertained what the total pledge will
amount to, but it will mure than meet im
The convention was brimming with en
thusiasm and repeatedly reports of organ
izers and others were greeted with lul.y
songs from delegations especially con
cerned. One enthusiastic recital of the work
In Missouri the lust year brought fottl) a'
chorus sung by the state delegation to
the tune. "Bringing In the Fheaven:"
Missouri's going dry, . Missouri's going
Pass aiong the watch word, Missouri's
Missouri had hardly finished when the
big Nebraska delegation took It up with a
will, singing for Nebiuska, and then the
'Iowa delegation, 100 strung, tajig It b4k
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