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The Omaha Daily Bee
THE OMAIIA DEE
Is the most powerful business
setter Id the. whJ, because It goes
to the hornet of poor and rich.
, WEATHER FORECAST.
For Nebraska Fair and colder.
For lows Fair and colder.
For weather report see page i.
VOL. XXXLX NO. 170.
OMAIIA, THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 27, 1910 TEN PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
French Capital ii Gra
elated by Eu
LOSS IS NOW OVEE T200,CO-,000
Disaster Eeachei Stage of a Great
6TEEETS ABE CAVING
Many Bridget Spanning Seine Are
Threatened with Destruction.
BLINDING SN0WST0EM RAGING
Six Square Mile of the Historic Bota
de Boulogne nbmri-d Plali
Bourbon and Other Build- -InsTS
PARTS, Jan. 26. The floods here and
throughout France have reached the di
mension of a great national ca'nrrhty. An
Ofllcial estimate of the money losses up to
today la 1200.000,000, or one-fifth the war In
demnity paid by France to Germany.
Great aectloua of the French capital are
under water, alx square irtv.es of the his
toric BoU De Boulogne being- submarged,
while the river Seine, sweeping over Ita
banks, haa filled the subways, Inundated
the Palais Bourbon, the foreign office and
scorea of the historic monuments which
Ho along each side of the river. The many
bridges which span the liver are threat
ened with destruction, as vast accumula
tions are banked against them by the on
Special meetings of the cabinet were held
today to Consider means for coping with
the situation. Military forces have been
summoned from al! parts of the country
and the city has been divided Into five
military divisions for the purpose of ad
ministering the work of rescue and relief.
In Parts the situation became more des
perate as the Way progressed. At 4 o'clock
the Rue Royale between the Place De La
' Concorde and the Madeleine, the famous
church edifice, began to sink and was hur
riedly roped off. Several big fissures have
occurred in the Javel region.
The boulevard adjoining the Pont De
Bercy and the street In front of the Liouvre
museum also' began to cave In.
Streets Threaten to Collapse.
West street, at the west of the Foreign
office, is In Imminent danger of collapse,
being sustained only by the compressed
air forced from the flooded subway which
runs underneath. Should this fall the en
the street must cave In. The archives of
the Foreign office In an adjoining building
The rate at which the Seine Is rising was
Increased slightly today. An additional
rise of thirty-two Inches I expected. The
erest. It is anticipated, will be reached to-night
cr early tomorrow. '.
The water i haa' nae'hed"'tti top ot the
tribune at the Long Champs race course,
(Six square miles of Du Bols de Boulogne
are submerged. ,
Because of danger to those within. For
eign Minister Plnchon today ordered the
evacuation of the wing ot the Foreign of
fice building, which borders on the flooded
Rue de Constantino.
All of the active working departments ot
the office were closed and the routine du
ties were left, temporarily In the hands ot
Minister Plnchon and his staff.
. The water has Invaded the postofflre
building and forced the employes to flee.
It also reached the Chamber of Deputies,
though the members continued In session.
The Chamber has been cut off from tele
graphic and telephonic communication.
Prefect of Police Lepine announced this
afternoon that It would be possible, he
thought, to save the 3,000 persons who
were Imprisoned in the upper stories of
their homes at Alfortvllle. Boats, manned
by soldiers, are removing the endangered
This afternoon water began to pour Into
the Cellars of the Hotel de Ville.
Blinding; amove Storm Racing;.
A blinding snowstorm raged in Paris to
day and, coupled with the bitter cold, added
to the general consternation, suffering and
misery of the poor and homeless.
Ih the face of a national disaster France
Is giving a fine exhibition of pluck and
solidarity. Political divisions have been
buried and the government and people
I united to solve the problem of relief.
( Pnworleaa tn An invlhln. . .,( .v..
rage of the elements, those in authority
have devoted themselves solely to the work
of rescue and of providing shelter and food
for the homeless.
Bvery resource ot the government. In
cluding the army was employed today,
Boats Were requisitioned at all ports and
soldiers and tlremea worked tirelessly,
Nevertheless Premier Urland and the other
mlnlatere, who had not left their posts for
forty-eight hours, were unable to respond
to the appeals for help coming In from
every direction. Authorities have been In
st ructid to act on their own initiative
without awaiting orders from the central
Danger in Underground Streams.
the situation in Paris was not changed
appreciably from yesterday except that
more streets had been converud into yel
low canals, more districts evacuated a tew
mote pavements hud caved in and traffio
communication was completely parallxed.
On of the greatest causes of alarm con
tinued to be the constant rlae of the sub
terranean streams under the center of
1'arlS, which fluoded cellars and under
milled the foundations ot buildings. Whole
streets have teen roped oft .as unsafe. AH
of the bridges over the Kelne are still stand
ing, but traffic over mure than half of
them has been closed. The report of yes
terday that a steamer had broken from its
moorings and crashed against the Alma
bridge was incorrect. Should such an ac
cident occur U would be necessary to in
stantly destroy the bridge with explosives.
The refuse ot the city which was carried
off formerly in barge is now being dumped
into the Seine.
Another serious phase of the situation
Is that Paris Is becoming rapidly isolated,
telegraph and telephone wires being
"di owned or grounded." Wire communica
tion is falling In all directions. It is Im
possible today to communicate by tele
phone between the two banks of the S Ine.
This greatiy cripples the work of relief
and tbe dispatch of succor. Only two
rai roads tj the north and west were op
1 orating directly Into Paris today.
tk Paris is beginning' to feel the pinob. of
C hunger. Tbe supply of fresh meat and
jaUwallnued on Second Page )
Are for the Item
Canvass of Committee of Upper Body
Shows that Indian Warehouse
Will Be Put Back.
(From a Staff Correspondent)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26.-(Special Tele
gram.) "Of course the Indian warehouses
at Omaha, St. Louis, New Tork, Chicago
and San Francisco will be restored to the
Indian appropriation bill when It reaches
the senate," Senator Brown said today.
"The house committee has a new chair
man and a very fine gentleman, but he
wants to make a reputation for himself
in writing changes In the bill. Some of
the changes he suggests are undoubtedly
all right; others are open to criticism, par
ticularly the failure to appropriate for
warehouses for 1911.
'When I learned that the house commit
tee on Indian affairs had failed to make
provision for the continuance of Indian
supply depots In the cities named, I began
a canvass of the senate oommittee for
the restoration of the warehouses unpro
vided for and I can say that Ninvass has
"I recall the recommendation of the sec
retary of the interior for the discontinu
ance of pension disbursing offices through
out the country and centering the ' pay
ment of pensions at a central office in
Washington. The house followed the rec
ommendation and failed to provide for
their continuance. The senate, however.
restored the offices to their former status' '
and so it has gone. Indian supply depots
occupy a like situation. Of course, . they
will be put back."
The preseident today sent to the senate
the following nominations of poatmastera:
Nebraska David C. Thompson, Arcadia;
Charles W. Whitney, Republican; A. K.
Iowa John H. Kolthoff, New Hampton;
Ralph A. Dunkle, Oilman; Hanna Larson,
Palmer, Pocahontas county, vice M. A.
Hansen, resigned; Llbble Ivens, Persia,
Harrison county, vice J. Sedden, re
signed. South Dakota-William H. Barger, Fair
fax; William C. Mathtson. Fort Pierre;
John E. Sullivan, Planklnton.
T. V. Golden of O'Neill was in Washing
ton today upon private business. Repre
sentative Kinkald Introduced him to Pres
Rural carriers appointed are: Nebraska
Elmwood, route 2, Everett E. Horton,
carrier; ' Silas Malrs, substitute. Osceola,
route 3, Joseph Schols, carrier; Carl
Schols, substitute. Route 4, George L.
Carson, carrier; Roy I. Emery, substitute.
Iowa Exllne route I, Joseph W. Cas
ter, carrier; J. H. Daniels, .substitute.
Little Sioux, route 1, Harrison Stucker,
carrier; Carrie E. Stucker, substitute.
South Dakota Chamberlain, route t
Jeff Ashing, carrier; Tenia Ashing, sub
stitute. .The First National bank of Omaha has
been approved as reserve agent for the
First National bank of Scott's Bluff.
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W. C. Israel, Publisher of Newi
Chroniole, Marries Nurse Who
Saved Life. .
KANSAS CITY. Jan. 26. (Special Tele
gram.) Saved from the grave by the tender
bands of a woman. Will C. Israel, a news
paper man of Benkelman,' Neb., lived to
win her love, and make her his wife. The
bride was Miss Selma Nixon and the wed
ding ceremony took place at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Hutchlngs.
About a year ago while visiting in Kansas
City Mr. Israel was taken seriously ill and
entered a sanitarium. After many weeks
of care the nurse won the affections of her
patient and slowly brought him back to
health. Israel, freed from the affliction of
disease, quickly succumbed to the little
love god and pursued an ardent courtship.
When he returned to his home he carried
with him the promise of Miss Nixon that
sho woftld be his wife.
Mr. Israel is the editor and proprietor ot
the News-Chronicle at Benkelman.
KAW . RIVER BRIDGE OUT
Ruah ot Waters Now Threatens to
Take Structure at Armour
KANSAS CITY, Jan. 26. One hundred
feet of the approach ot the Kaw river
bridge at Turner, Kan., ten miles west of
here, was carried out by an Ice gorge to
day. The mass of Ice thus released rushed
towards this city and now threatens the
Wcat Kansas avenue bridge across the
Kaw river between Armourdale and Argen
tine. LAWRENCE, Kan., Jan. 26. -The . Ice
gorge moving down the Kansas river
knocked out two spans of the Linwood
bridge, three miles east ot here shortly
before noon today.
Laymen's Meeting- at Mitchell.
MITCHELL, S. D., Jan. 26. (Special. )
The preliminary meeting for the Laymen's
Missionary convention of South Dakota will
be held in this city Thursday evening, when
Dr Trimble of Sioux City will be enter
tained at a banquet at the Young Men's
Christian association rooms, when he will
outline something of the convention plans
for March 29 and SO. -At that time It Is ex
pected that over BOO delegates will be here
to attend tho convention, which will be ad
dressed by Dr. J. Chapman White of New
Anti-Meat Menu Cards Are
Now Offered at Restaurants
"Anti-Meat Special a"
In bold type this caption blazoned forth
on the menu cards of two Omaha restau
rants Wednesday morning. A list of vege
table dishes, In which the Juatly celebrated
baked bean predominates, Is offered to the
patron who voices the price cutting slogan.
"No tneat for us," declared twelve be
aproned and bepompadoured waitresses at
the Calumet restaurant when . they sat
down to their lunch after the breakfast
The girls have Joined the ranks of the
strikers. The mere matter that they may
eat what they like wlthput cost to them
selves makes no difference to the waitress
recruits of' the anti-meat crusade.
MEAT INQUIRY TO
Investigation of Alleged Combination
Not Confined to Four Com
ponies First Named.
MANT CONCERNS UNDEE SCBUTEJY
Books and Documents from Fifteen
Corporations Laid Before Jury.
Secretary of National Packing Com
pany Before Grand Jury.
BOYCOTTING THE B0YC0TTEES
Farmers at Frankfort, Kansas Start
Movement to Refuse te
Bar Union Made
CHICAGO, Jan. 2. That the government
Investigation into the affairs of the so
called beef trust la to be nation-wide was
shown today following the questioning be
fore the federal grand Jury of Charles C.
Snow, secretary and treasurer of the Na
tional Packing company. It was learned
that the books and other documents of
the following concerns have been laid be
fore the Jury: G. H. Hammond & Co. of
Michigan, G. H. Hammond A Co.. ot Illi
nois, Hammond Beef company of Michigan,
Hammond Packing company of Colorado,
Hammond Packing company of Philadel
phia, Hammond Packing company of To
ledo, Hammond Packing company of New
York, Anglo-American Refrigerator Car
company of Illinois, Fowler Packing com
pany of Kansas, Kansas City Refrigerator
Car company of Kansas, United Dressed
Beef company of New York, St. Louis
Dressed Beef and Provision company of
Missouri, Hutchlneon Packing company of
Kansas, NMlonal Car Line company of
New Jersey and the Provision Dealers Dis
patch of Illinois.
II was also learned that subpoenas had
been Issued for employes- and officials of
Armour ft Co., Morris ft Co. and Swift
Besides Mr. Snow, those questioned today
were Henry F. Moyer, department, man
ager for Armour & Co., and Everett Wil
son, superintendent of branch houses of
Armour ft Co. Each witness waa examined
behind closed doors and no information as
to the line of inquiry into the alleged
price-fixing methods waa given out.
District Attorney Sims declined to com
ment on the situation. It was learned be
had arranged to carry on the probe for
at least six weeks.
Boyentt for Boycotters.
FRANKFORT. Kan., Jan. 26 Farmers
In this vicinity have started a counter boy
cott against labor unions that have re
fused to eat meat and they expect to make
It state-wide. .
The- farmers..: plan "to-quit - uetng the
products of the labor of boycotting -unions
for one year. In addition to this they pur
pose to advocate free trade. Organizers
of the movement aver that the packers
are back of the meat boycott.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. Wade H. Ellis,
assistant to the attorney general, left to
day for Chicago, where he will assist local
officials in the proceedings before the fed
eral grand Jury in the beef packers cases.
Mine Workers' Officials Would Ex
tend Threatened Coal Field
War to Other Lines.
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 26. A general
strike of the miners of the bituminous
coal fields of the United States and Can
ada will be called If the mine operators
of all or any of the districts refuse to
sign contracts granting an increase of
wages, according to the declarations of
many leaders In. the convention of the
United Mine Workers of America today.
President Lewis in discussing the prop
osition of some of the leaders that the
entire delegate body should go to Toledo
next week for the wage conference with
the operators of Ohio, Indiana and west
ern .Pennsylvania, urged that wage con
tracts should not be signed by any dis
tricts of the union until all should have
obtained from the mine operators a uni
form Increase of wages.
RUMOR JEFF-JOHNSON FIGHT
MAY YETJE CANCELED
rrlaelpals Said to Bo Taking- Sides
in the Oleaaon-Rickard
NEW YORK, Jan. 26. A report that the
Jeffries-Johnson fight will shortly be de
clared off on account of the dispute be
tween Rlckard and Gleaaon as to the place
where It Is to be held was ourrent in New
Many sporting men said that if a elash
between the promotera occurred the rival
pugilists would be likely to take sides. It
was pointed out that Jeffries had been re
ported as In league with Gleason many
weeks ago, while Rlckard was supposed
at the same time to have secured asrurance
of Johnaon's support. Neither of the
pugilists it In the city at this time and
Rlckard and Gleaaon ' are on the Pacific
At this restaurant there is a special sec
tion of the lunch counter side devoted to
the meat strikers. Morning, noon and night
they Una up for their vegetable and cereal
'There has been a large Increase In the
demand for vegetable dishes," said J. G.
Dennis of the Chesapeake restaurant, an
other of the eating houses to offer the
"Anti-Meat Specials." "It seems to be in
creasing every day guess they are In real
earnest about It."
While the restaurants are feeling the ef
fect of the movement, the hotel men say
that there Is nothing to Indicate that they
need reduce their meat orders. '
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Squash Center Gets Hold of the Hyphenated
From this Washington Star. ;
PANAMA LIBEL CASE ENDS
Judge Hough Quashes, Indictments
Against New-York World.
OUTCOME OF E0OSEVELT MESSAGE
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Court Holds Circulation of Stery on
West Point Rear-a.t1on Dots Not
Give Federal Authorities
NEW YOrtK. Jan. 28. The federal gov
ernment's prosecution of the publishers of
the New York "World was stopped by the
federal court here today. Judge Hough In
the United State olrcutt -mart -quashing
the Indictment against the, 'Press .Publish
ing company, publishers the World, Tor
alleged libel in connootlorw wtth publica
tions concerning the -Pananta canal' pur
chase. The indictment- waa thrown out on the
ground of lack of Jurisdiction of the court
and for other masons which Judge Hough
announced would be stated in a memoran
dum to be filed later.
The decision of Judge Hough Is of Inter
national . Interest, the now famous libel
ease having at Its inception involved
former President Roosevelt and his brother-in-law,
Douglas Robinson, and President
Taft and his brother, Charles P. Taft.
The publication, in the New York World
close of the last-presidential campaign of
an article in which it was asserted that
relatives of former President Roosevelt and
President Taft were members of a syndi
cate to purchase the stock of the French
Panama Canal company from the French
stockholders when it was certain the
United States would buy the stock, created
a sensation. The American syndicate was
said to have made millions.
President Roosevelt sent a special' mes
sage to congress and made public cor
respondence In which he characterized the
publication of the Panama story as false
and asserted that Delavan Smith, one of
the owners of the Indianapolis News, was
"a conspicuous offender against the laws
of honesty and truthfulness." '
Joseph Ptilltser, owner of the World,
came In for a scoring by President Roose
velt. . Closing; Chanter in . Caae.
The decision of Judge Hough ' today la
regarded aa a closing chapter in the
Panama libel case.
Judge "Hough in hia decision held that
libel was punishable by state laws and
was not one of the crimes referred to In
the federal statutes pasaed from 1825 to 1SS8,
making atate penal codes applicable to of
fenses on federal territory.
It waa contended by the government
that because of the circulation of the
alleged libelous publications on the Weet
Point government reservation and other
federal territory punishment for the libel
could, under the statutes quoted, be ad
ministered according to the state code by
the federal courts. ,
"I am clear," said Judge Hough, "that
the construction of the act of 1898 proposed
by the prosecution In this case Is contrary
to the spirit which actuated the members of
congress In passing this law. As this very
(Continued on Second Page.) '
Real estate presents
a safer investment,
payinga higher rate
than money invest
ed in any other way
In buying Omaha real estate, at
present prices, you can make five,
ten and even fifteen per cent on
your investment by holding It for
two or three years. The Increase
may bring your rate on the lnvest
. ment up to twenty or twenty-five .
per cent. Moverover, ' you know
every minute just how your Invest
If you have a few thousand
dollars to invest, put it in
Omaha real estate. Nearly a
page of choice realty bargains
and investments in the real es
tate columns of The Bee today.
Not Seek Delay
in Tariff Matter
Seply to United States Said to Be Re
fusal to Stay Application of
BERLIN, Jan. 26. The reply of the For
elght office to the request of the United
States that the application of Germany's
general tariff to American imports be de
ferred until March 31 is understood to be
a nonacceptance of the -suggestion for
The reply which "will be dispatched to
Washington immediately wUl.Jjowevar.
represent, thatxUio German- government
feels . that no obstacles to a complete
agreement exist that cannot be overcome
by February 7, the date on which the (en
teral schedules would apply automatically.
The note, the tone of which is described
aa being most friendly,, points out how
highly desirable It is from the German
standpoint, that the tariff question be
tween the two countries be settled at once.
Increase Tax on
High Rate Bonds
Secretary MaoVeagh Would Favor
Two Per Cent for Circulation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. Secretary
MacVeagh today submitted to the house
drafts of proposed acts providing' that
the tax rate on national bank circulation
secured by United States bonds hereafter
deposited bearing over 2 per cent a year
shall be increased over the Jax on circu
lation secured by 2 per cent bonds, one
quarter of 1 per cent each half year, for
every one-half of 1 per cent excess over
i per cent in the rate of interest borne
by such bonds, and directing that any
bonds and certificates of indebtedness
hereafter Issued shall be payable, princi
pal and Interest, in gold coin and exempt
ENGINEER KILLED JUST AS
DAUGHTER WAS 2 YEARS AGO
William Kotl, Formerly of Repub
lican (aty, Succumbs to Injury
, in Wreck at Suit Lake City.
REPUBLICAN CITY, Neb., Jan. 28.
(Special.) Word was received here this
morning of the death of William Koll of
this city. He was in a hospital at Salt
Lake City, Utah. Mr. Koil was an en
gineer on the Oregon Short Line. About
four weeks ago he was in a wreck, where
he was badly scalded and injured other
wise. Mr. Koll was 45 years old and has been
In the employ of different railroads for the
last eighteen years. Two years ago ls
run was on the Oberlln branch from this
city. An excursion was on his train one
trip and his 'IS-year-old daughter was on
the engine with him, and through some
defect in the track the engine toppled over.
Hla daughter waa killed inatantly and Mr.
Koll escaped with slight Injury.
Charge of Alaskan Lobby
Stirs Members of Committee
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2tl.-Chargea by
Judge Wlckersham that President Taft
and former President Roosevelt had main
tained In Washington an Alaskan lobby In
the persons of former Governor W, B. Hog
gatt and Major W. P. Richardson, an army
officer, who Is head of the Alaakan road
commission, are revealed by proofs made
public today of an executive hearing before
the senate committee on territories In re
lation to the Alaskan executive council bill.
Counter charges by Mr. Hoggatt that
Judge Wlckersham ''is humbugging" fur
ther enlivens the situation. The senate
committee took seriously tbe aspersions
which seemed to have been caat upon tbe
ASPTH INCREASES HIS VOTE
Prime Minister's Majority is Greater
by 615 Than Last Year.
MOBBED BY SUFFRAGETTES
Police Have Hard Time Holdlngr
Women Back Until Premier
Can Find Place of
LONDON, Jan. 26. The election to parlia
ment of eighteen liberals, seventeen union
ists, two natloncu'its and one laborite, with
one seat, for Sutherlandshlre still to be
heard from, makes up the thirty-nine re
uU.ltft, over from-yesterday's balloting.
OuUwef .these, seats the unionists, galo .fV4
end the liberals two. :' -
With but sevrntyrone pollings remaining
to complete the .membership of the Hous?
of Commons the parties stand thus:
Premier Asqulth, for tho east division
of Fife, and Richard B. Haldane, for Had
dingtonshire, were, re-elected, but while tho
prime minister returns to Parliament with
a substantial Increase of 615 over his former
majority the secretary of stale for war
must be satisfied with a majority less by
415 than that obtained In 1906.
Following the election of Premier As
qulth the premier was mobbed by militant
suffragettes. The women in a body charged
time after time In their attempts to reach
the minister and there were' several lively
skirmishes with the police before Mr. As
quith was conveyed to a place of safety.
IrtMAUn DnV OA in T1-1 iiawr- (
umni in uui OMIU IU nHVC
BEEN NC0LLEGE RIOT
Kendall Phillips, Student at Dart
mouth! Mentioned in Report
HANOVER, N. H., Jan. 26. (Special Tele
gram.) Dartmouth college circles are
aroused over the arrest of Leland Powers,
young eon of millionaire and ex-Congressman
Powers of Massachusetts," the result
of an alleged fracus among the students
and townspeople in this aristocratic college
town. ' The trouble took place during a
snowball rally at Hanover college. The
superintendent, in giving the names of
those who were present and who partici
pated In the affair, mentions Kendall
Phillips ot Omaha. He has not been ar
rested and Is not in any way held ac
countable for the trouble. In fact, there
Is some doubt as to whether he was really
present at the time of the trouble. He Is
a very popular student at Dartmouth. The
Boston Journal's version of the riot is that
it was a schoolboy affair. It deplores the
arrest of Powers.
MINE WORKERS PUT UP BAR
Convention, on Roll Call, Refuses to
. Admit Locals from t'en-
, tral Pennsylvania.
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 26. Roll call of the
convention of the United Mine Workers
of America on whether or not the delegates
from nine local unions of central Pennsyl
vania shall be seated resulted: Against,
1,327; for, 1,099. , .it.
motives of the president and ex-presldent
by Judge Wicker-sham's testimony.
Before an official stenographer was ad
mitted to the hearing, Judge Wlckersham
was railed to order by Senator Deverldge,
chairman of the committee and warned to
guard his utterances with more care.
After the Alaskan dolegate had retired
from the room a portion of hla tentlmony
was considered and It waa decided It ahould
not appear In the printed record. Chairman
Uerverldge said to the committee:
"A witness would not be permitted to
make such a reflection upon motives of
the president of the United States in any
committee where I waa chairman, even If
that office were filled by William Jennings
Bryan, or a prohibitionist or a socialist."
LOUIS II. OLA VIS
Joint Congressional Committee Be
gins Inquiry Into Balling-er-Pinchot
CASE FOE THE TEOSECUTION
Louis D. Brandeia, Attorney for
1 Glans, Outlines Charges.
IMPE0PEE CONDUCT ALLEGED
Balling-er Said to Be Attorney in
Wilson Coal Case.
BEF0EE HE ENTEES LAND OFFICE
Allegation that Deal Waa Irrearular
and that He Knew ItAlaska
Lands Saved by Interven
tion of Witness.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2.-The Balllnger
Plnahow congressional commltte of in
quiry began its public sessions today with
Louis R. Glavls, the chief aAuser of Sec
retary Balllnger, on the witness stand.
Due to many Interruptions arid the final
decision of the committee to Vi"1 that
Olavts' couns-el should make aft opening
statement of what specific charges wero
made agaliwt Mr, BalHrujrer, the witness
did not get very far along In his narrative.
There was opportunity, however, to draw
some conclusions as to the preliminary
lineup of the committee. '
In his enthusiasm over the actual be
ginning of tho Inquiry and as the result
of a tendency to argue his view of the
testimony to be adduced, the special
counsel for Glavls, Louis D. Brandels of
Boston, had some difficulty in reducing
his statements to a brief recital ef the
charges, but finally he summed up the
"case for tho prosecution" in this way:
"That prior to entering the government
service In any capacity R. A. Balllnger
acted as attorney In drawing up an agree
ment In escrow and deds In the Wilson
Coal company canes In Lewla county,
Washington, these cases being an alleged
fraud on the land laws. Mr. Balllnger'a
name did net appear in the court records
of the case.
Cunnlntrham Coal Claims.
"That Mr. Balllnger, aa commissioner of
the land office In 1907, did not show due
diligence in investigating the alleged
rrauda connected with tho Cunningham
coal land claims in Alaska, that he had
knowledge of all tbe circumstances sur
rounding these claims and In spite of this
entered the employ of one of the claim
ants after leaving the land office and be
fore becoming secretary of the Interior;
that he ordered these claims to be "clear
listed' for potent without due Investiga
tion, and they would have gone to patent
If Glavls and others had not Intervened."
It Is not any one act, but a series of acts
and' circumstances," .declared. Mrv Brandels,
adding that it wa4 for the committee to
determine whether oV 'hot the' lands which
would be hold for the benefit of the people
and of posterity "are in safe hands."
Senators Nelson, Rout and Sutherland and
Representatives Olmstead and Madison
were the more active of the committeemen
in plying the witness and his attorney with
questions, and many times they referred
to Secretary Balllnger'a denials and nought
explanation of what they considered dis
crepancies In statements.
The democratic members of the commit
tee were not much In evidence today. Rep
resentative Jamee asked only a question or
two and in each Instance only to clarify
some point at issue. Representative Gra
1 am, the other democrat, took Issue with
Senator Nelson during the final minutes of
the hearing and declared in a certain In
stance the burden of proof waa upon the
secretary of the Interior rather than upon
the accusing witness,
The inquiry will be resumed Rrlday morn
ing and thereafter there will be morning
and afternoon sittings every Friday and
' Attorneys for Glavls and Plnchot.
Mr, Glavls announced that he would be
represented throughout the hearing by two
attorneys, Louis D. Brandels of Boston,
and Joseph B. Colton of New York.
Messrs. Plnchot, Price and Shaw are col
lectively represented by George W. Pepper,
an attorney of Philadelphia. Mr. Pepper
and the Glavls attorneys will co-operate
regarding tho conduct of Investigation.
Secretary Balllnger and Commissioner
Dennett of the land office have both stated
that they have no desire to be represented
by counsel, asking only that the inquiry be
"thrown wide open."
Glavls requested that his testimony be
taken through an examination by his coun
sel. He then was sworn and Senator Ned
son asked a few preliminary questions.
"What, If anything, do you claim to have
been amiss In the administration of the
public lands?" was the poser the chairman
shot at the witness.
Glavls paid he could not answer the ques
"Go ahead and tell It all In your own
way," said Senator Nelson. '
Glavls was a trifle nervous as he began.
He talked with quite a lisp. He oommsnced
by going back to the time when he began
work as a field agent of the land office
on the Wilson Coal company cases la
Lewis county, Washington, in 19Q1 and 1102.
Mr. balllnger, he said, was attorney for the
Glavls declared that Balllnger'a name did
not appear In the court records of the
Washington coal claims and that he did
not appear In court at any time. The wit
ness said that Mr. Balllnger, however,
drew up an escrow agreement and prepared
the deeds (or the claimants In the Wllaon
Balllnger had no government' connection
at the time of this appearance.
Glavls aald that the Information came
to him second handed, that a stipulation
had been entered Into by the government
counsel in the Wilson cases and the at
torneys for the v.-nants, whereby the
r.i. ,.,a of Mr. Balllnger waa not to appear.
The witness said the records would bear
The counsel for the government con
sisted of P. C. Sullivan and Henry M.
Hoyt. The proceedings against the Wilson
claimants are still pending. Glavls claimed
that BulllnK'T's participation amounted to
a conspiracy In a fraudulent claim against
Alaoha fori Fields,
Glavls next turned to the Alaska coal
fields and described In detail the location
and extent of the Cunnlnghum claims.
Glavls proceeded to tell of his conversa
tion with young Charles D. Davis of
Seattle, In which Davis said be would u:',
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