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he Omaha Daily Bee The Omaha dee Is the moit powerful business retter In the wem, becante It goee to ttao hornet of poor and rich. WEATHER FORECAST. For Nebraska -Generally fair. For Iowa Fr.lr. For wathrr report rc rao 2. VOL. XXXIX NO. 107. OMAHA, MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY 24, 1910. SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS. ENGLISH VOTE DECLARED TIE British Political Parties in Most Per plexing Position that History Records. FATIONALISTS HOLD POWER Premier Asquith Will Need Their Votes to Legislate. EOTJST AS TO FATE OF LORDS Balloting Has Wot Been Without Con solation for Peers. IIOIiE RULE ALSO WILL DRAG ITtnuiih Irish Wield Deriding; Vote, f'ovrrnmrnt !! Larger Qnnllom at Ktake to Be Decided First. !;NDON, Jan. 23. Never In the recollee lloi of the olrteit politicians have the British parties been In such a perplexing position as, they find themselves today and ar? likely to face when the next House or Common Is organized. So evenly dlvMed with the membership of the next hoi.se, and ao close Is the popular . vote, thtt the result of the elections for all prac tlcnl purposes may be considered a tie. No hnman mind can divine which of the principal and different questions before the tUi'.oio had tlir most Influence at tn polls, or whether tho results mean taht the people demand torlff reform, or ara loyal to the loids. or anxious to reject Chancellor L'oyd-George's budget, or whether all three of these hod an equal effect. Under these circumstances neither party want the, re sponsibility of attempting to legislate, and, fc'.rco a division must be ao close, the union ises are hotter satisfied to be in opposition than to have won by a very small ma jority. " Mr. Balfour's speeches show plainly that with the existing conditions he Is glad not to have control of the government. Premier Asquith would be equally pleased to eecapo tho perils of piloting the party through the troubled waters. There are precedents for him to ask tht king to summon another lesder to form the government, but no one expects him to haul down his flag. All the prophets make the prediction that the new cabinet will find Itself In the minority within a year and that the country will plunge into another general election. What Flarares Show. - The remarkable figures recorded at this stage of the balloting foreshadow clearly how nearly equal both the popular vote and the membership- of the House of Commons will be divided between the two great factions. The popular vote stands: Unionists, 2.S6&.627; liberals, 1834,315; labor Ites, S06.115. This give jLhe united ltberhl--labor party- atoajorrt ofrl6S,8M In' tout rote of S,28S,V7. Todty the membership of the House of Commons Is a tie, the union 1st and the combined labor and liberal ptrtlea each having elected 218 representa tives. Ona 'hundred and sixty-seven seats re main to be filled, of which 108 are English. In the last Parliament these were: Union ist, 96; liberal, 115; nationalist, 16. Should the present trend of voting continue, neither the unionists nor the liberals can muster a majority of more than a dosen, and the nationalists, with eighty-flva votes, will be wholly, masters of the situation. The peers and the Irishmen will be domi nating forces of the next Parliament. Pre mier Asquith haa two battles to fight, to reform the lords and to pass the budget, which failed, and the budget for the coming year. The prospect Is that both the peers and the nationalists will vote for the budgets. Lords If are , Chance. The House of Lords can be reformed only by a bill which the lords must swal low. They may deny that the country hra given a mandate for this. The union ists Insist that the elections have not proved . that the country desires a change In the historic status of the upper house. They argue that a bare majority la not enough. No country with a written cotv st'tutlon, auch as the United States, they point out, can make, such changes by a mere majority. i The position of the nationalists Is unique. With them all questions are subservient to heme rule. The tariff reformers claim that tha Irish are all protectionists, if they could vote that Issue without complica tions. The nationalists In the last Parlia ment declared against the budget prin cipally because they were opposed to In creased whisky taxes, but they would probably help It through the next house as a measure of political strategy. Home rule is not likely to get far next session, according to well versed poli ticians, because the reform of tha House of Lords, which the prime minister has written at the head of his program, prom ises a great struggle. John Redmond, )er.der of the nationalists, will be a figure almost as Important as the premier, be cause Mr. Asquith can do nothing with out him. FOURTEEN WRECK VICTIMS TAKEN FROM SPANISH RIVER Grnppllaar Operations Result In Re cover? of Tkli IS amber of Dead from Ill-fated Train. SAULT 8TEMAHIE. Mich.. Jan. 23. Word was received today from the Cana dlan Pacific wreck at Spanish river that the wrecked dining oar had been Entirely removed from the rlverand that the first claws coach was half out of the water, the bodies of fourteen victims having been recovered. Grappling operations were in stituted today to recover more bodies from the river. The following additional names of dead were given out today: PATRICK KINAHAN, Bruea Mines. Ont. It. A. BOOTH. Toronto. KOl'K-YKAU-OLD GIHL, named Pees, Bruce Minus. T COMAS At'SSANT. Blind River. W. J. ROBKUTSON. auditor of ths CanHillan Paelfio railroad. llKV. MR. CH1LDKRHOV8E, North Bay. Ont. V- O. 1IKMMRL8. IJsbon. N. D, It I HAM JOHNSON, Montreal. AN IXl.KRLY WOMAN'. TWO MIDDLE AUKD WOMEN. A YOt'NO WOMAN. ' A 10-YEAR OLD BOY AND 12-YEAR-OLD BOY are yet unidentified. Prairie Krrllua finished. WINNIPEG. Man.. Jan. 2J.-Tho Grand Trunk Pacific railway completed the prairie section of Its trans-continental line last nlRlit. (ei belli laid to Wolf Creek at ilin font ef tho KiH-ny mountains, where the uiouiualu section b i- Iowa Man is Fatally Hurt on Eve of Wedding G. H. Couch of Spencer, Iowa, Here to Marry, Sustains Fracture of the Skull. On the eve of his Intended marriage O. H. Couch of Spencer, la., fell from his bed In the Continental Turkish bath, Fif teenth and Douglas streets, and Incurred a fracture of the skull which will prob ably prove fatal. Mr. Couch Is a well-to-do buslnee man at Spencer. Ha cams fo Omaha last week and was to have been' married Sunday to Mrs. tei b. Clawson, 107 8outh Four teenth street. The afternoon preceding the accident, which It Is feared will cost him his life, Mr. Couch and Mrs. Clawson had ,r-en together about the city making j e for fitting up the new home they ? establish. 7- y B. Harris, police surgeon, was f , f, attend Couch, whom he found ffering from a nervous spasm, l - be.bly caused the fall from the b " i 4 Injured man wr taken to St Jd, spltal. expresses grave doubts of the posy- recovery. Cf" jis Due To Big Influx Of Immigrants New Tork Prison Records Disclose that Foreign Population is in Main Responsible. ALBANY, N. T., Jan. 23,-The recent re markable Increase In prison population In New York state Is due largely to the In flux of Immigrants Into the state, thinks C. V. Collins, superintendent of state pris ons, who. In his annual report to the leg islature, suggests that the federal govern ment, which permits these alien criminals to land on its shores, should assume th" burden of maintaining them until they have served their sentences, when they should be deported and never allowed to return. A census of 4,330 prisoners In Sing Sing, Auburn and Clinton prisons showed that 1,091, or 25 per cent, were aliens. "It Is a fact worthy of note," says the superintendent, "that among the nineteen condemned prisoners there was no natural ised cltlsen of the United States, nor do the prison records show that a naturalised oltisen has been executed In this state since the electrical execution law took ef fect In 1889. The total number of execu tions during thla period was 117." I . L ' Mill of Wasp V' Mine Destroyed Loss of Nearly Hundred Thousand . Dollars in Black Hills Fire Started in Tanks. 'LEAD, S. D., Jan. 23. (Special Tele gram.) While drying out the sand tanks at the mill of the Wasp No. 2 mine on Yellow oreek this morning a fire of wood got away from the workmen In tank No. 3 and, fanned by a high wind, communicated with the mill building ' proper. In a few moments the entire structure was In flames, and there being no fire protec tion it burned to the around. Thn lr In estimated at from $87,000 to $100,000 and the i insurance carried -at from $23,000 to $25,000: The mill, which had been In" operation for the last nine years, will be rebuilt at once, as Wasp No. I Is one of the best paying mines In the Black Hills. Rn John Gray, after a shutdown 'of several monxns, during which expensive improve ments had been made to the nlant. had about arranged for reopening operations ana work in the mines. Many miners and laborers will be thrown out of work be cause of the fire. RICHARD H. RUSHTON DEAD i Philadelphia Banker nnd Railroad Financier Dies After Long; Illness, PHILADELPHIA.; Jan. 23-Rlchard H. Rushton, president of the Fourth Street National bank, one of the largest financial Institutions in the elty, died thla evnlng from a complication of diseases. " Mr. Rushton was a vice president of the Tonapah and Ooldfleld railroad and was a member of the Whltnsy-Elklns syndicate, which some years ago secured control of the Tonapah Gold Mining com pany. Three yeara ago Mr. Rushton'a system waa almost wrecked by a bomb explosion. An unidentified man who had been refused money, dropped a bomb at Mr. Rushton's offloa door, Instantly kill ing the stranger and the cashier of the bank. Mr. Rushton was Injured and never recovered from the ahock. Steamship Cleveland May Have to Pay Heavy Fine WASHINGGTON. Jan. 2S,-If tha Hamburg-American Una steamshln Cleveland Just completing a trip around the world witn about 650 American tourists does not wish to Incur a penalty under the coastwise laws of 1200 for each pas senger aboard, it will go to Vancouver, B. C, Instead of terminating the vovaa-e at Ban Francisco. In response to a re quest for instructions from tha collector at San Francisco, Acting Secretary Cable of the Department of Commerce and Labor has notified htm of this decision. The law governing the rase, Mr. Cabla says Is clear and prescribes: "No foreign vessel shall transport pas sengers between ports or vlaces In he United States, either directly or by way of a foreign port under a penalty of 1100 for each paasenger ao transported and landed." It haa been contended, Mr. Cabla says, that ths law In question is a coastwise law and applied only to coastwise buvl neas and that this trip Is not coastwise business. There Is nothing In the law Itself ItmlLs its uunlUttun. be CONGRESS HEEDS WORDS FROM TAFT President Succeeds in Uniting Repub lican Members and Putting Democrats to Rout. MEMBERS BUST ON HIS PROGRAM Senate Committees Take Up Admin istration Bills. INSURGENTS SEE RIGHT LIGHT Threatened Fusion with Minority Now Little Feared. EXECUTIVE SHOWS MASTER HAND More, Work Being Done In Early Part of First Regular Session Than in Many Years at Capital. WASHINGTON, Jan. 23. Activity, such as has seldom, If ever before, been dis played by committees so early In the first regular session of a congress. Is now In evidence In both wings of the capitol. Although there are practically three parties, tho "Tegular" republicans, the "In surgent" republicans and the democrats, there are signs on every hand that Presi dent Taft by. steering hi characteristic "middle of the road" course la dally gain ing supporters tor his legislative lrojram. The kl!l shown by the president In avoid ing clashes with either faction ef the rul ing party and the knack he has exhibited In compelling the aid of both in his fight for the redemption of party pledges has noticeably Impressed the democratic minor ity. In the house there are Indications that the threatened fusion of democrats and in surgent republicans on several legislative questions is now little feared by the ma jority. ' . Democrats Pnt to. Ront. "Taft Is trying to beat the democrats out of any . prosp. t of controlling the next house," remarked a prominent democratic deader of the senate yesterday, speakln; frankly to his colleagues of both parties -In a committee session considering an ad ministration bill. "If It were not for the way he Is knocking republican heads to gether and making them fall into Una for advanced lcgisla Ion democratic legislation, if you please we Would get you fellows sure," predicted this mlnor.ty leader, ad dressing the republicans present. .The senator was talking to men who had JuHt agreed upon the principle of a piece of western legislation that few of them favored at heart The Incident furnishes a good illustration of the present con gressional situation. Committees are now considering subjects usually postponed until after appropriation bills are passed by tho Jiouje.' The, senate committees under pressure' from the 'White Hot e have laid' plans to take up admin istration measures ' while the housa has supplied bills under consideration. No More Marking Time. The Indications' now are that by the time the house calendar has been bared of bills relating to the budget the senate will have ready for the attention of that body a number of the most Important of the Taft bills. The picture of one branch of. con gress marking time for the other, which has been a feature of the laet several ses sions, bids fair to be turned to th3 wall. Senate .leaders who. have gone to the W hlte House have been told that it is not necessary to wait for action by tha house on matters designed to carry out repub lican pledges. Those who have been ln- clined to stay away from the White House have been sent for or the warning has been delivered to them by their colleagues. Not content with such notice, Mr. Taft has taken the further precaution of getting Vservlce by publication." In other words, he has made the newspapers his confidents and, perhaps, Incidentally his supporters, on most of the advanced legislation pro posed by him. It is ( regarded as highly probable that the president's proposed railroad legislation will be enacted at the present sasslon, re gardless of the fact that the bills on the same subjects and j somewhat opposed to the Taft bill, have been Introduced In. the senate by Mr. Cummins and in the house by Mr. Mann. 0 Some Opposition. There may be democratic opposition to certain features of the administration bill. Mr. Tillman la now studying It and already has reached the conclusion that the propo sition to allow railroads, under1 certain conditions, to make Joint rates, amounts to pooling.. The republicans say he la mis taken, and an Interesting session of the senate committee on Interstate commerce Is predicted for Friday of this week. Rail road bills will be taken up by the house committee on Thursday. The president's federal incorporation bill la expected to have the hardest sledding of any measure In his legislative program. Land bills and measures designed to carry on tho work of conserving natural re sources will receive careful attention at the present session, regardless of probable ex tension Into next summer of the lnvestlga- (Continued on Second Page.) says. The steamer Is due In Sun Fran cisco in a few days. HONOLULU, Jan. .-Wlth a fine of 1200 for each passenger landed here con fronting the vessel, as a penalty for violating the coastwise shipping laws, which forbid a foreign ship from carrying passengers from one American port to another, the Hamburg-American steam ship Cleveland, with 660 around-lhe-world tourists from New York, Is due to arrive at Honolulu tomorrow. The Treasury department at Washing ton cabled to Collector of the Port Stack able today to enforce the coastwise reg ulations upon ths steamship's arrival, and that no exception will be made in this case. While tha fine of $200, it is under stood here, will only be Imposed on about tea or twelve of the tourists who expect to remain in Honolulu, thla penalty will apply to all the passengers upon tha arrival of the steamship at San Fran cisco, whence the tourists expect to return to New York by rail. The Cleveland Is under foreign register and sailed trout JWaw YatlL on October 14. ' . I I f J' ril5 Bryan: There, There, From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. JOINT COMMITTEE TO BEGIN This Week Will . Mark Start of Ballinger-Pinchot Inquiry. HOUSE WILL AGREE TO GRAHAM i ' Little Likelihood of Opposition to His Selection as Member of luvestl Knttnir Uodyw Bltrhcpck . Charisea.- WASHINGTON, Jan. 23.-Thls week will probably see the beginning of work by the Joint special committee which has been named to investigate the subjects popularly grouped under the title of "The Ballingey Pinchot Controversy." For the moment the affairs of the In terior department are before two commit tees, for aside from the main investigation, the charges of Representative Hitchcock of Nebraska, alleging reckless and Im proper, expenditures of the deportment of which Secretary Ballinger la the head, are being Investigated by the bouse committee on expenditures for that department. The committee will resume hearings tomorrow. When the house meets tomorrow It will probably ratify the selection of Representa tive Graham of Illinois as one of lh demo cratic members of the Joint special Investi gating committee, who was chosen by the democratic caucus Saturday night In place of Representative Lloyd. Tho committee will consist of the fol lowing; Senators Knude Nelson of Minnesota, chairman; Frank P. Flint of California, George Sutherland of Utah, Klihu Root of New York, Thomas J. Paynter of Kentucky and Duncan "U. Fletcher of Florida. Representatives Samuel W. McCall- of Masbachusotts, M. E. Olmsted of Pennsyl vania, E. 'H. Madison of Kansas, Edwin Denby of Michigan, Ollle James of Ken tucky and James M. Graham of Illinois. NEW YORK SENATORS WILL HAVE INVESTIGATION Legislative Activity Abruptly United by Charges Made Agulnst Senator Allds. ALBANY, N. Y., Jan. 23. Legislative activity In the New Yory senate has been abruptly halted by the grave accusations mado by Senator Conger against tha Integ rity of Senator Allds, the republican ma jority leader, the proposed investigation of which promises Interesting developments. The senate has decided to conduct the in vestigation as a whole and In the open, but the method of procedure has yet to be adopted. The man who owns an automobile should take advan tage of this severe weatfyer to have his car th o r o u g h ly overhauled and painted. On the first want ad page, under, the classification, Auto mobiles, are a number of firms who are skilled in automobile overhauling and painting. There are also many opportuni ties to purchase a good used car cheap under thli popular casblflca ' tlon. Have you read the Want Ada tod&r? 1 1 Aft' t OHLY Called HfM Never Mind, Those Republicans V Miners Have Wage Problem Before Them United' Workers This Week Will Decide -What Increase to De mand of Operators. npanasnaaanat i INXTANAPOLI9t hid.; Jan. tS. The most momentous question before the bituminous coal miners of ' the United States what per cent of Increase In wages shall they demand and Just how far shall they go In enforcing the demands confronts the con vention of the United Mine Workers In this city this week. The wage scale commit tee will report to the convention, the con vention will adopt or amend the commit tee's report and the demand will be sub mitted to the owners of the mines at the Joint conference for western Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, to be held on February 1, either at Toledo or Indianapolis. The new wage contract Is to be dated April 1. The per cent of wage Increase to be demanded by the miners will probably be 10, accord ing to the more conservative leaders, but some local unions are Insisting-that 20 per cent Increase be asked, and 'one resolution submitted demands 40. . The report of the committee preparing a plan for the amalgamation of the metal and coal miners' unions the Western Fed eration of Miners and ' the . United Mine Workers of America to be given to the convention this week, will be of interest. JOHN F. OBERG KILLS HIMSE.LF Former " Living- Near 'Valley Drinks Carbolic Acid I-gaves Wife nn iisrse Family. VALLEY. Neb., Jan. 23 (Special.) John F. Oberg committed suicide at his home this afternoon at 1:30 by drinking carbolic acid. Oberg lived three miles northeast of Valley and was quite well known. Ha was eccentric at times. He 'leaves a wife and seven children, the youngest a babe In arms. DEATH RECORD. I.ary Truendcll. BRADSHAW. Neb., Jan. 23. (Special.) The funeral of Lacy Trueedell took place at the farm homo, three and a half miles west of this place, at 2:30 o'clock yester day afternoon. Mr. Tuesdell had lived In thla vicinity since his early boyhood. His death occurred Thursday evening, the Iresult of blood poisoning, after an Illness of nearly four weeks. He leave a wife, a brother and two sisters. Interment was made in the Bradshaw cemetery, In charge or the Ancient Order of United Workmen lodge. 1 George H. Senuhmann. LOUISVILLE, Jan. 23. George H. Schu mann, president of the Louisville Anxelger company and one of the oldest German American newspaper men In the United States, died today, aged 73. Mr. Schumann had been at the head of the Anxelger for half a century. He was honorary president of the Louisville Llederkrans society. New Comet Seen by Naval and Harvard Observatories WASHINGTON, Jan. 23.-A new comet, outshining Venus in brlllancy, is visible in the sky bera last night. Along tha At lantic seaboard in the south, where the skies are not clouded it can be most clearly seen. Although unidentified by the scientists, It is unmistakably distinguished from Hailey's comet, and the astronomers at the naval observatory here have trained their telescopes upon it night and day for nearly a week. It la now so close to the sun that the., scientists have not been able to see It plainly by day, and the nights have been so clouded that their view haa been obscured. Early In the week the comet was visible at Johannaburg, South Africa. Its appearance waa reported by cablegrams to the naval observatory bare and the Never Could Take a Joke. RIME OBSERVES NEW COMET Creig-hton Astronomer Sees Celestial Surprise for an Hour. NEW ARRIVAL MADE A SNEAK trader Cover of Cloudy Wrstber, thn Comet Made Progrresa on Other , .aide of the Sun Haa " . ".wj.. , .1,,. . Lonat Tnii. 'it Rev, William F. Rlgge, astronomer of Cretghton university, picked , up the new comet Sunday evening. It was observable from Crelghton two or three minutes after 3 o'clock and was In sight until 7 o'clock. "It was directly west," said Father Rlgge, "about one-third the distance from Venus to tha western horizon. The comet Is ap parently of very substantial slse and has a pretty large tall." Father Rlgge also said this comet must not be confounded with Hailey's comet. "This new arrival is a traveler that has stolen upon us on the other side of the sun during the cloudy weather. It will prob ably be In sight for a week." The Crelghton astronomer talks with con. slderable enthusiasm of the new arrival and applies to It some comment In his own delightful way, Indicating that the comet haa stolen a march on even careful ob servers. Because of the very fact that this comet now In' sight Is new, Father Rlgge hesitated to give public utterance to any thing concerning It until he could see It through his own glass. Now heT welcomes It as a highly diverting surprise party and is fairly reveling In quaint and original talk on such an unexpected appearance. Of Hailey's Comet Itself, Father Rlgge says its location' Is so well known It Is quite commonplace. It Is In view now, but has not yet acquired a tall. Later on It will, pr ought to, acquire a tail as long as any other sky cat. But at that tha Halley comet haa some qualifications of greatness, If distance enhances the enchantment of the view, for it Is thirty-five times aa far from the sun as we are when It la at the most distant point from that orb. Seen from Other Points. An Omaha traveling man who passed through Genoa Saturday evening called up The Bee Sunday to add his testimony to that of others that It is a real comet that is hanging in the southwestern sky. "I wasn't drunk," he Insisted, "and there were twenty-five others aa sober as I was who saw it. We were waiting for the train about 6:45 when we saw the comet. Venus waa visible at the samo time and the comet was a little southwest of Venus In the southwestern sky. A tall seemingly a yard and a half long projected eastward from the comet, which waa easily seen. We all looked at It for some time until the horlxon became clouded. There is no doubt In my mind about Its being a comet. It could not have been Venus, because Venus was visible at the same time " scientists have been on the watch for It night and day. CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 23 -A cable messuge has been received at the Harvard college observatory from Kiel giving cal culations of the orbit of tha new comet, known as "Comet A, 1010." The comet was nearest tha sun January IT, Its dlstanc from It then being 1,500,000 miles. It 1 now receding and diminish ing In brightness, but Is expected to be an Interesting object for several days in the southwest after sunset. TOLEDO, O., Jan. M.-Itev. Father Hllllg, professor of astronomy of St. Johns college, saw a new comet last night Just after sunset. It was plainly visible to the naked eye. The comet appears southwest to the right of Venus and be tween. Venua and the horlkoo. "ECONOMY," CUl' PKICBJIQIITEBS Battle Against High Charges Sounds Note of Warning to All on Expenditures. ' MOVEMENT GREATEST IN ,WEST East Slower to Take Up Gage Against Packers. MIDDLEMEN ARE HARDEST HIT Not So Well Equipped as Big Com panies for Contest. m 4 INVESTIGATION BEGINS TODAY Chicago Pnrkera Bny They Welcome Look In nt Methods Grand Jury Promises to Do Thorough. CHICAGO. Jan. 2S.-"Rovolutlons havs been started by leas than the American people are suffering now," says Senator Joseph L Bristow of Kansas. "Meat foots up to a quarter of tha average household expenses and It ought to be cheaper today Instead of dearer than It was twenty-five years ago, because of the greater economy In Its preparation for sale. When I was a boy, 2D per cent of the carcass went to waste. Now, nothing goes to waste,' not even the blood." ' . Senator Brlstow'a words crystallse the sentiment of protest In all parts of ths country against the higher cost of living. Thus far the movement, which first took form In an actual boycott at Cleveland, haa met with the moat of success In the west. The east has been slower to fol low. Influenced perhaps by a widespread among small dealers and In the labor un ions that a universal boycott, though ef fective as a protest, would actually play Into the hands of the packers, who, with their control of cold storage houses and refrigerator lines, could carry their pro duct through a prolonged boycott whereaa even thirty days cessation of trade would put the small independents out of busi ness. 1 ' ; Necessity for Bcononty. What the scattered and sporadic boy cotts all over the country and the universal protest have done, however. Is to focus the attention of the nation upon the necessity for economy. The mast serious warnings have been sounded on ' this subject by economists, statlatlcans and business men without bringing the, truth home to the pocplo as haa their sudden realization of Its application In one particular.' President W. C. Brown of the New Tork Central lines said In a recent address: "The most Important cloud upon the political or economic horlzpn is the steady, relentless Increase in price of, everything that goes makeirp--he.c6t pi-liytpg.,i ,,; , to rror. e. r. A. seiigham of Columbia sayat "The situation is really so serious that the government should awaken to it." James J.- Hill has said that unless more economical methods of farming are devlsod the nation In another generation will ' be Importing Its food supplies.. Such men as these hope that the present national awakening will not exhaust Itself on one particular phase of a national peril. Against public clamor the paoker reply- that high prices for meats are attributable to the high price of corn and advocate that the poor be educated to eat oheaper cuts. 'These cuts are Just as good and more wholesome If properly cooked,", says Harold Swift of Swift and Company, "Prices are very high, but there is eyery indication that they will go higher." Actual consumption of meat Is reported by retail dealers everywhere to have dropped sharply. . , . , Investigators Are Ready. With the heads of all the big packing houses gathered here and attorneys arrayed on each side, the government's Investiga tion of the dressed meat Industry Is ex pected to be ready for action - when the federal grand Jury convenes tomorrow. Whether the price of meat is artificially kept high 1b to be the contention of a battle which may last for weeks. Subpoenas have been prepared to brlnf before the Jury witnesses from all depart ments of the packing house business, and It Is promised this inquiry, will : surpass all former attempts for thoroughness. The packers are ready for combat. "All I've got to say," sold J. Ogden Armour, "is that such co-operation as may exist among the packers , is a benefit to the public rather than the reveree," Three lines of action have been outlined. These are: Criminal prosecution for alleged viola tion of the anti-trust law. Civil action for the dissolution of the National Packing company. Contempt proceedings for alleged viola tion of Judge Grosscup's Injunction, re straining packers from fixing prices in restraint of trsdo. Practically all of the evidence gathered by the- government In a prevfeus Investi gation, It Is said, has been abandoned and entirely new data, obtained during several months, will be utilized. Much Interest has been taken hero in tha appointment, of Charles B. Morrison, spe cial assistant to the attorney general,' to the position of federal master In chancery, Mr. Morrison has been made thorouuhlv familiar with the beef situation. A master In chancery will be selected by the court to take evidence If District Attorney Sims riles civil proceedings against tha packers. Tho queetlon has been anaed. Will Mr. Morrison be selected to take the evidence? It is said the packers will oppose him on the ground that his previous experience has disqualified him. EXTRA ENGINE IS CAUSE OF FATAL WRECK IN SOUTH Takes Track When It Hhonld Have Observed Schedule of Reaulttr ' Passenger Train. JACKSON, Tenn., Jan. IT-Flroman Moore was killed. Fireman Fostee Was fatally Injured from scalding, Engineer M. Msroney had b?th legs broken, while F.ngl neer John Tatum saved his life by laaplng from his tab when passenger train No S. St. Louis to Mobile, on the Mobile A Ohio, collided headon with an extra engine to dsy at Carrol. Tenn. Express Misienger Carroll was badly shocked. None of the passengers was Injured. The extra engine, Just out of the shops, was making a trial run to Humboldt, running without orders, It Is said,, and should have oberrvad the schedule of the passenger train. The paa senger engine was driven through the ex presa car.