Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, December 05, 1909, EDITORIAL, Page 5, Image 13

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A Few SecffiOMS d (Fra
Lofty Courage of Knights of the Key
in Face of Danger.
Li 1U
An Acre Cash, Balance 6 Annual Payments
at 6 on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad
Heroism f Operator ttomr to llralh
la Wrffk ef Overland l.lmllrd
Her) ef the Galveston
Three years ago nil the Overland Limited
dashed through the right. In the bad
lands forty-five mllea vmt of Cheyenne.
Wye)., a rail broke In two and came up
through the bottom of the baggage car. In
an instant the train of nine cars was p'.led
thirty feet high, while about and beneath
the wreckage were more than 1.V0 dead or
injured human being. A frightful sleet
storm with biting cold was raging, and
to thla the hurt and dying lay exposed. '
The locomotive waa wrecked o that It
was Impossible to cut looue and race ahead
t the nearest settlement with word of the
disaster, and it seemed as If nothing covi'.d
be done to save the sufferers except to
flag the next train, due in five hours,
whan, from under the wreck, on hands and
knee stumps, came an apparition leaving
a red trail behind. It proved to be Frank
Shaley, a telegraph lineman who had been
Bent up the road to locate a wire trouble
and who, with hts satchel of instruments
strapped across a shoulder, had been in
the baggage oar when the crash came.
Clutching the precious satchel, he dragged
himself forward, but his legs had been
smashed off at the knees and he was bleed
ing frightfully. "The telegraph! Cut in
on the telegraph?" he shouted, but not a
man there knew which one of the scores
of wires to cut, and Shaley himself could
not tell without tenting. They threw a
rope across an arm of one of the poles,
passed a sling about the dying man, and
hoisted him up. Then he cut and grounded
the wire and connected his telegiaph key.
Tenderly propped by anxious hands, he
began to send the call for the Cheyenne
operator, meanwhile gazing stoically a'
the pool where his life blood ebbed away.
At that unusual hour of the night he found
trouble In raising his man, and he pounded
his key for ten minutes before ha got an
answering click.
"Number 17 terribly wrecked forty mllea
west of Cheyenne. Send hospital train,"
he said. Then they pillowed hi head on
the aatchel and an armful of waste, while
forty miles away a whistle shrieked
through the night and brought engineer,
fireman, and 200 Japanese tumbled on to
the wrecking train, followed by the .hos
pital train with doctors and nurses. But
Shaley was gone when they came. Not a
line In the ashen face betrayed the Inhu
man torture he must have undergone, nor
the strain of turning his mind from his
own agony and Impending doom to the
little braes Instrument with which he
had saved scores of lives.
llck Kpellane was one of the few sur
vivors of the Galvestok flood. Galveston's
. mayor, Walter C. Jdnes, came toward
him. "My God, Dick, this Is terrible, ter
rible!" he said In a voice choked and
broken. "We're cut off as if on an island
Ftlvar Bottom Lanls, Loval an. Clkarai. Natural Wild Meadows Grow Grass 4 Tons to the Acre. Does Not Require Irrigation.
It almost unbelievable that such land as this should be
available at the astoundingly low price of $16.00 an acre. We
will explain to you fully why this opportunity is offered if you
will read this announcement through and then call at our offices
and investigate.
In the first place this land has no railroads at present. The
Grand Trunk, the greatest railroad system in Canada, is now
building through to the Pacific Coast as rapidly as human energy
will permit. The railroad is backed by the government of Canada,
and the line is surveyed and laid out directly through the Nechaco
valley and our land.
The railroad line will be completed through this land within
a few months according to its agreement with the government.
When the transportation line is completed and this land has con
nection with Prince Rupert, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmon
ton, Winnipeg and the east by fast trains running several times a
day, there is no telling how high the values may go, for there is
no land anywhere of better quality.
Fruit lands as good as this are bringing a hundred dollars
an acre for every dollar this costs you. And there can be no more
fruit lands. There are no more new regions to be opened up after
the beautiful valleys of British Columbia affected by the Grand
Trunk Pacific railroad are settled.
You see, this is a chance which only a few people have, to
get into a new country, just ahead of a great railroad line, and get
some land while it may be had very cheaply. The raise in values
in such cases as this are almost magic. Double upon double the
values mount with the great stream of population which come in
with the first trains.
Tina Mnsiri&nlr Oualitr of an Ex
quisite Toned Piano E.cltee
Much Measure for Vast
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jtetl Praise for Player and Piano
Played. Listeners in Rapture.
Moreover you may pay $16.00 an acre for your land in seven
payments, coovering six years. The first payment required is
only $3.50 an acre.
Official Reports of the Government Engineers Give
Full Description of Each Piece of Land We Offer
When you call at our office we will show you reports and
field notes made right on the ground by the government engin
eers, showing the exact location of each quarter section of this
land, the character of the soil, what it grows, the creeks, springs,
streams upon the land, the climate, rainfall and matters regarding
which a prospective investor might be interested.
These reports and field notes give you every particular about
the different pieces available, and give you the expert opinion of
qualified engineers concerning the land.
The Climate of Central British Colombia Is aboot (he same as
(he cliciile of Washington and Oregon, and to quote the govern
ment report, is "all that conld be wished for."
Out-of-town Tjeonle mav mail or wire orders for this land, in
anv auantitv. from 80 acres upward. A payment or guarantee of
25c an acre must accompany such orders. These orders will be
placed in the order in which they are received, upon land con
forming to purchasers' answers to the following questions. The
balance of the first payment will become due wnen ine iana con
tract is executed.
"The soil is everywhere of the richest quality.
"In previous reports I have described the flat
country of the Nechaco as the greatest farm
ing district of British Columbia. Mail
"All reports go to show that the Nach- his
aco is one of the most greatly favored SZS Coupon.
by nature in tne wnoie oi ine rrov
ince. it's advantages are many;
the land is level the noil is
rich and climate mild."
The demand for every
product of the farm is
great and ever Increasing.
How many acres of
land do you want?
What do you wish to raise
upon the land?
How much, if any, of your land
(JyS would you like to nave in timoeri
Upon a great many sections of this land
there are small timber patches, affording
trees for fuel and for fencing.
Do you prefer to be located on or near a lake?
Do you wish to be located on the north or the suoth
side of the Grand Trunk railroad?
Sign full name of person to whom papers are to be made
Give address
Amount inclosed t
This payment is to be returned in rase this coupon is received after all
land to be disposed of Is taken.
REFERENCES -Omaha National Hank, Omaha.
Delter, Horton & Co., Seattle.
National Bank of Commerce, Seattle.
"An uncommon artist" "capable
rnquffli to rank with America's greatest'
such was the decision of the vast
throng attending the recital Riven by
Dnndpw. the pianist, at the First Baptist
church, on Thursday evening- last.
Landow' superb handling of the piano
Is yet a topic of conversation among
tfco critics and music lovers making up
the audience.
However, t!ie lustre added to th repu
yf ..on of the MASON A HAMLIN piano,
v.Ylch by the way. Is the only Instrument
used by Landow, la also worthy of com
ment here.
Hearers experienced positive thrills of
pleasure whenever Landow marvelous
heavy bass work brought forth from the
WASON A "HAMLIN. Bounds that were
truly orchestral and harplike. At auch
times, heavy, yet always harmonious vi
brations fairly penetrated the auditorium.
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But on the utner ha.iu. v,.ih the MASON
ft HAMLIN, Landow was also able 'to
bring out bis exquisite pianissimo trill
In tha treble. Even though remarkably
rapid as the execution was In such pajr-
n, .nr., win ticr au.iarfjni-
the effect requiring merely a "half dip"
,of the MASON A HAMLIN keys.
It Is In sith exacting tests that the ac'.lon
qualities of a piano are brought out. very
( few makes having the "almost hair-trlt-
ger'' action regulation required.
The MASON at HAMLIN. hoer. was
equal to even Landow's precise demands,
and on many occasions hearers whl-pered
t on another, "Isn't .hat a gorgeous
1 toned Instrument?"
Landow himself, upon finishing his pro
gram, turned to sereval friends, con
fidentially remarking: "That's the finest
lostruuien. I have ever piayuj upon."'
The exclusive selling of the MASON A
' HAMLIN piano Is confined to the A.
: Hoapa company of 1611 Dougl&s street,
. Omaha, and thla wall known concern has
lately devised a special parlor for th
't exhibition of theie famed Instruments
k exclusively.
Vi Th Mason A Hamlin Tension Ton
' Resonator la responsible for much of th
' piLQUlatle sualody accorded by Landow In
. his rwoant recital bar, and ahould b
'thoroughly examined before on pur
. thaaaa a plaao of any mak whatever.
In the Pacific, and before night 30,600 will
be starving. What under heaven can we
Spellane up to this time had himself
wandered as If In a half dream, but at the
question Uie telegraph operator, who for
years had sat taking messag'es of disaster
by land and sea, awoke. "Do, man? Oat
Into communication with th outside world
Within an hour Spellan was aboard th
Pherabe, a powerful thirty-foot launoh,
and had set forth to cross Qalvenston bay
to the mainland, and to follow the railroad
track on foot for Houston, forty-seven
miles away. For two hours th launch
fought, covering a bars seven miles abreast
of the mainland; but nowhere along shore
could Bpellane see a place to land. Wreck
age of houses, barns, shlpo, railroad trains
littered the shot far as the eye oould
reach. Off what had been Texas City,
Spellane realized he would have to hit or
mixs. and ran full Fpeed ahead at the
shore, fetching up In a heap of debris.
All he could find of the railroad was the
' fht-of-way. Ties were gone. Peventy
pound steel rails lay bent and twisted like
hairpins and corkscrews, and telegraph
poles were rased clean as if cut off with
a buzx saw. Through knee-deep water and
ankle-deep mud he slipped and floundered.
The hot sun. beating through the murk of
the sweltering calm that had followed the
was mud with thlrfct; but In th midst of
that watery desolation ther was not a
drop of water fit to drink, for th brine
of the gulf had flooded streams and Wells.
His fett were covered only with felt slip
pers, and dye had soaked out of these,
poisoning his ankles until they were as
if on fir and swollen big around as
Yet he staggered into Houston that even
ing. A ghastly figure he was. clad In an
i undershirt, linen trousers and an outing
cap, bar legs swollen to th else of water
melons. "aulvesion Is gone! Galveston is gone!"
he mumbled thickly as he limped through
the Btrtets toward the telegraph offico.
followed by a crowd. "Any wires work
ing?" ha gasped. He sank Into a chair
In front of a desk. and the magic fingers
that had sent th quirk, clear, even, In
cisive Morn for which even today this
man Ib fatrej. prasped the knob of a tele
graph l;ey and called up St. Lou.s. where
President AUlilnley happened to be. This
was the message:
"President LleKlnley,
'St. Louis. Mo.
"A hurricane and tidal wave destroyed
Gulvrkton. At leant ten tliousmul are dead
In Ualvetton and surrounding country.
Twenty to thirty thouiand are homeleaa.
We need, doMiing. tents, doctors,
dins, anil kbov all C:s:nfectanls."
Then, presently, came a moment when
Spellane did that for which congress owes
him u medal. A New York sheet had
been "tipped off that Spellane had ar
rived with or. of the biggest stories in
a generation, and a braxen editor thought
h raw his chance for a beat. II sent
this message to Spellane:
"The offers you $5,000 for xcluslv
Some Thing's You Want to Know
The American Congress Law-Making by Committee
While congress ostensibly legislate in
open senate and house. It vlrtuallly ab
dicates all power to Its committees. It
may sit by and see that they do their
work well, and It may ratify what they
do. In order that the constitutional con
course, the committees ar reversed, but
these cases are exceptional.
When an Important matter comes up
committees grant extended hearings. The
hearing on the railroad rate bill con
tinued for months, and they fill as many
volumes as an encys'opedla. No one aerl-
ditions of law making may be complied ouiy supposes that every senator reads all
with, but nonetheless the laws that
govern th American people are largely
committee-made. A proposition which
seeks to become law knocks at the door
of the congress through an Individual mem
ber, as a rule. In the house the member
simply writes out his proposition and places
It in a basket on the speaker's table. That
bosket la called "the hopper" and appro
priately so, because from thence the propo
sition goes Into the mill that grinds out
new legislation. In the senate, where
things are done with a little more dignity,
a bill Is Introduced by a member's rising.
this testimony, or that even every member
of the committee does so. The aggregate
of all the hearings of all the committees
during a session "of congress often con
stitutes tens of thousands of pages. There
Is much Inconsistency In the extent at
which different matters are heard by con
gress. When the simple question of
whether Heed Smoot should be awarded
a seat In the senr.te or unseated was being
considered the senate committee on priv
lllges and elections spnt many tlmoe aa
much money and took many times aa much
testimony aa was taken by the finance
must get the house to back down on some
of Its propositions, and the senate to re
cede from some of the things It put Into
the bill. It Is a game of give and take,
t'sually It Is played by three members of
the house and three from the senate. The
chairman of the -two committees of the
senate and house, the ranking democrat
and' the ranking republican of each com
mittee constitute the conference commit
tee. After they get together on every
proposition, the house conferees go back
to the house with a statement of the spoils
they have won and those they have lost,
and the s-enate conferees go back to the
senate with a similar account. As a rule
they recommend that their respective
bodies accept the compromise they have
made. Some times they cannot agree,
compromisers that they are, and then they
go- back to their respective bodies for
A senator rises obtains the recognition commIltM , th con8ideratlon of the last further Instructions, after which the tug
story of Galveston disaster."
Five thousand dollars! What was not
VX to a man unnerved, unstrung, a man
36 years old, on the threshold of begin
ning life all over again, with a wife and
three hungury little ones to feed! For
a mlnut Hpi!ane sat. face flushing. Then
the blood receded, and out of his brown
ejes snapped a spark and under his black
mustache the teeth came together with
a cl!ck.
"ImpoasiU," h answer?d simply.
"Narr your own price," came the
"I am not selling the lives of ,0u0 human
matures at any price. My first duly Is
toward them." Within ten minutes. Into
the office of the Associated Press, Spel
lane clicked the story, without writing a
word of ropy-rin Itself a marvelous tele
graphic feat Almost word for word as
he sent th story, so U sprd throughout
the country to th hundred i t papers In
th Associated Prss service: and how th
country responded, how at first warship
and then trainload and shiploads of as
sistance wr ruah4 from every port and
olut, la a snntutr tt history." A. W.
of the chair, and formally Introduces the
bin . -
Th next step Is to refer it to a commit
tee. As a rule public bills are referred to
the appropriate committees by th speaker
of the house and the president of the sen
ate, acting within the scope of the rules.
But there Is a provision In the case of the
house, that where the house chose to do
so It can refer a bill to any committee
It may desire. It bo heppens that In many
cases the mere reference of a bill to the
committee Is tantamount to placing It
in a pigeon-hole forever, sine the majority
of the committee is against the measure.
Another committee might be favorable In
its attitude toward the measure. So the
house may elect to send it to the com
mittee which Is not packed against it, al
though It would, in the natural course,
go to the other committee. Here then,
is the first strategic point, In legislation.
It is used only In rare Instance, but when
It Is there Is a hard-fought battle.
After a committee gets a measure it
has control of its destiny. If the majority
of the committee votes against report
ing It. It dies. The greater number are
pigeon-holed by the committee chairman
and are never considered at all, even In
committee. Perhaps foriy-nln out of every
fifty public bill Introduced die forever
In committee room. The committees are
often battle-grounds of great political
struggles. A notable Instanco was the fight
on the Ftsyne-Aldrlch tariff bill In th
finance committee of th senate. It was
plain to th; leaders of the majority that
they would not get their forces Into line
on a given proposition at the outset. So
they served notice on tke democratic mem
bers that the republicans had a little mu
tiny In their own ranks and did not intend
to fight It out with the democrats until
they had straightened out their own dif
ferences. Then, by the application of th
tariff hll'.
On account of the Importance of the
committee, seniority means much In con
gress. In the majority of caies mediocrity
with long service counts mora than great
ability with only a few year of service
behind It. The tactical position Is, of course,
the committee chairmanship. And If one
will look over the list of committee chair
men In th house and senate he will find
that every Important chair Is occupied by
a man of long service. In many cases
there ar men who sit even below the salt
who ar posaesned of more abl'.ity than
th chairman, but ' they have not been
there long enough to get the high posi
tions. Th rule is. with certain exceptions In
the case of the chairmen, that the newest
member of a committee go to the foot nf
th table. Just aa th child entering school
begins In the ABC ciass. The child may,
by reason of precocity or studlousner,
progress taster than his felows; but prac
tically the only way a committee member
advances up the table toward its head ts
when a member ahead of lilm dice or
leaves congress. Influence may get the new
member named upon a committee more Im
portant than some other committee, but
It rarely will advance him one seat nearer
the chairman at th big table around which
th committee gathers for Its deliberations.
It Is when a man reaches the chairman
ship and the ranking membership on the
majority and the minority sides, that he
reaches his real usefulness In s". This
makes him a member of the conference
committee on legislation with which his
committee ha to deal. And the confer
ence committees of congress are really the
strategic positions on the battlefields of
legislation. What little round top was In
the battle of Gettysburg, that Is the con-
majority rul principle, th majority forced fersnc committee In legislative campaigns.
an agreeaient. But no democrats were
admitted until Is was settled. Then th
democrats were Invited In and given their
choice of accepting or rejecting the ma
jority bill. Thus many parts of the bill,
which could not hav mustered a majority
of th full committee at any time, wer
incorporated Into the bill as favorably re
ported to the senate.
It Is not often that material change ar
mado In bills aa reported by th commit
tees. A notable Instance of adherence to
committee recommendations was that of
the senate finance commute on th tariff
bi 1. Althuugh every member of th senate
well knew that not over half of th con
toted points In th MU have paaaed th
finance committee If th majority of that
committee had not caucused and bound
themselves by a hard and fast agreement,
th enat lived up to. Its reputation of
standing by th finding and recommenda
tions f It ootnmltt. Bontlms, 4
After the house h-i had In say about a
law In process of psssage. and the senat
ha had It say. It usually Is found that
they disagree. The senate want this thing
Incorporated that th house has not put
In, and It wants that thing left out that
th house has put in.
Here, then. Is where the conference com
mittee comes In and settles things. It
or war begins all over again. Often the
battle lasts for days, and some times It is
drawn out into weeka. There have been
times when one house has laid down its
ultimatum, "Thus far will we go and no
further," and the other has countered with
a statement of the points upon which It
will not surrender. After all hope of com
promise Is past they go back to their re
spective houses and announce their in
ability to agree. Some times nw con
ferees are appointed, especially If the
measure be an Important one, and they
keep pegging away until a compromise Is
finally completed. There have been tiroes,
however, even with such Important legis
lation" as the big appropriation bills, that
the conferees have not agreed and the
mattter has gone over to a sucgeedlng ses
sion. But there are tlms when these con
ference committees do even more than
patch up differences. One body may
amend the measure passed by the othei
body by striking out all after tha enaeiln
clause. That leaves the conferees free tu
bring In an entirely new measure on the
subject, and It has sume times happened
that the conference cotrimlttee of six men
has written a measure different from that )
passed by either body and both rave ac- I
cepted It. Home times, again, the confer- '
ence committees bring In reports whloh I
one or both houses will not accept, but this '
Is exceptional. Usually the house and the I
senate simply ratify what the conferee do, '
and then th bill I ready for th signature !
of the prcsldei.t.
Men may speak in the house and the I
senate. There may seem to be a battle
royal in progress on the floor of the two
chambers, and the world may look on and
think It Is witnessing law In the making.
But, with the exception of the few In
stances w here the w hole country Is aroused
and all eyes are turned on Washington,
congress legislates entirely by its commit
tees. Behind tha closed doors of commit
tee and conference rooms are made the
agreements which the senate and the houe
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A Proclamation
to the People of
Our cities have been honored by the loca
tion of the National Corn Exposition.
The responsibility of making a thorough
success of the most important agricultural event
in the interest of our grain and grass crop, that
the United States has ever known, rests, not
only on those who have been actively engaged
in the work, but upon every loyal citizen of the
three cities. It cannot be a success without the
cordial and enthusiastic support of each and
every man and woman in the community.
If you have friends who should or might be
interested in the Exposition, write them a per
sonal letter. The homes and hospitality of our
people must be extended to our guests.
Merchants and business houses should pre
pare to decorate their places of business and vie
with each other to 6ee who can produce the
most attractive outward apjw'arance of welcome.
There are innumerable small courtesies,
that count for much, which each of us can 6how
the strangers within our gates after our visitors with us.
Having been made hosts on ko important
an occasion, the opportunity is offered us to
show our visitors that true hospitality which
is characteristic of the spirit of the West.
The National Com Exposition,
C. C. Ilsewa!er, Chairman Committee-
Information Bnreu T. K. O. a. Bldg., l?th and Barn? Bts.
Times Squart Auismobili Company
No. 133M3J4 Michigan Ave., Chicago. III.
Three hundred high grade slightly used
automobiles on hand. These machines hav
all been carefully overhauled and are In
elegant condition throughout. Prices from
Jim up.
Write for a free copy of our monthly
Bulletin end also tfpeclal I.lst descending
many of our choicest bargains.
Visitors to the Chicago Live Stock Expo
sition will find our Mtock Yards Branch lo
cated In the Kecord building. From this
branch to our down town store we operate
our own slag line of automobiles, which
service ts at the disposal of our prospective
Branch House Nw York City, Batrt
i.oulM Mo , Khiipss t'lty. Wo.
SlaVe GIRLS cauaaoo
This book makes no uttempt to dods
anything: the real, undiluted, naked truth
is shown In every Una. AM can read and
understand from the time ho Is "Insulted"
by a scoundrel; accosted by a wll-dreasnl
brut, who trie to thrust bis blighting
friendship on her, on, on to th end. Thi
HARE BOOK sent to any r.ddr securely
eulrd In plain wrapper, doc. Ad'lress A.
J. CI-ARK. iiii E. tth fit.. Brooklyn. N V.
February . Tl day. MOO up. Including
shore excursion, etc. C ruises around the
world: Tours to Europe. Frank O. Clark,
Tim Blag, Bw York. W. B. Book, 1M4
fwua It, Osnaa.
fur Benjamin Fay Mills' Sunday after
noon lecture ai inv iyno j nsaier on
"Th Mn, Walt Whitman,' good until
may uv uuiiuiva su ion as iney
la., m t U.. t n n , J r a. f ., a.,.., r,UU.
Drug Co., or at lh Owl, Plel, or gher-
for circular. Mr. Mills will also speak
In th 1 nltartan church Sunday morn
ing on "The Divinity of Christ. ,f and at
a free meeting in the Lyrio at I p. nt.
on "Why 1 Cuanged My Ksllglou Opin
ion "