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' WEATHER FORECAST.
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For Iowa Kalr and warmer.
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VOL. XXX IX NO. 185.
OMAHA, MONDAY MOKNIXO, FEBRUARY 14, 1910.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
Both Houses of Congress Expected
to Push Work of Redeeming
Nearly All the Orators at the Dollar
Dinner Tonight Are Opposed to
. SUPREME COURT
Long List of Important Findings is
Expected One Week from
HOT FIGHT AHEAD
Mayor of Omaha Says He Cannot
. , Folow Bryan Into the County
Local Option Plant.
SEVERAL BELLS ARE WELL ALOW
TRIBUNAL CLEARING DOCKET
of Measures Are
Ready to Report.
INQUIRY INTO PRICE OF
Appointment of Senate Commi
Will Probably Be Made Today1 .
APPROPRIATIONS IN IIOUS
Greater Part of Week Will
Be Devoted to Rivera, In
dian and Postofflce
WASHINGTON. Feb. 13.-Th fact that
President Taft In his New York speech
picked out fir hla subject postal saving
banks. Interstate commerce legislation.
antl-lnJunctlon, statehood and conservation
of natural resources iemi to mark these
as subjects for early consideration by con
gress. Especially Is this true for the rea
son that measures to carry out these party
p radges hava reached advanced stages be
fore the appropriate committees.
It Is remarked also that the character of
Mr. Tuft's allusions to the federal, Incorpor
ation bill would hardly Justify the placing;
of that measure In the first rank of ad
ministration meaures, while the fact that
shin subsidy waa I en n red altogether makes
' It questionable whether the executive will
bring pressure to bear to promote Its
Ship subsidy legislation seems almost cer
tain to pass the senate, but the democrats
In the house are preparing to line up
against the bill and believe that with some
republican assistance they will be able to
defeat It. It Is not Improbable that the
senate would then resort to placing the
measure upon the postofflce appropriation
bill as a rider, In which event a second
contest would be precipitated In the house.
Food Price Inquiry.
. It Is expected that the select committee
w of the senate designed to conduct the pro
' posed Inquiry regarding the price of food
products and other necessaries of life will
be announced tomorrow, or If not then, at
an early day of the present week. There
Is little doubt that the republican member
ship of the committee will consist of Sen
ator Lodge, chairman, and Senators Elklns,
MoCumber, Bmoot and Crawford. The dem
ocratic membership has not been determ
ined, but Indications are Senator Simmons
of North Carolina and Senator Clarke of
Arkansas will be asked to officiate on be
half of the minority membership.
If the committee thus should be com
posed the transmlsslsslppl country would
have four of the seven members. The re
publican". Membera- generally express the
opinion that the Inquiry can be conducted
no speedily, aa to Insure a report before
the conclusion of the present session of
corrress and their efforts will be directed
i to that end. They will undertake especla'ly
to demonstrate that the tariff Is not re
sponsible for the rise In prices.
The question of whether the house com
mittee on ways and means will undertake
the Investigation of the high cost of living
In view of the action the senate Is
taking is undetermined. There Is no de
mand for a rival Inquiry v and the Indica
tions are that the house will be willing to
leave the whole subject to the senate, as
the latter's probe Is Intended to constitute
a defenses of republican principles and Is
' designed for use In the coming congres
Appropriation Bills. .
Postal savings banks and appropriation
bill will take up practically the entire
week in the penate. In the house the
rivers and harbors bill will probably oc
cupy considerable time and there are other
appropriation bills ready for consideration.
Among these is the postofflce bill, carrying
f.MO.OOO.OuO. and the Indian bill. It Is un
likely that any of the administration bills
will be considered In the house this week.
The ' Ralllnger-Flnchot Investigation Is
scheduled for resumption tomorrow. There
will be Important hearings also at both
ends of the capltol on the administration
The hearings on the antl-nptlon bill, In
volvlng tho prohibition of transactions in
futures of products of the soil on stock
exchanges, is attracting great Interest and
as a result the room of the bouse commit
tee has been crowded every day. The
hearings will be resumed tomorrow.
AUGUST BELMONT TO MARRY
; MISS ROBSON IN MARCH
Knuaa-ement of New York Financier
nd Successful Actress Is
NEW YORK, Feb. IS. Formal announce
ment of the engagement of Miss Eleanor
Robson to August Belmont was made last
night. The engagement has for a long
time been suxpected and Its official con
firmation did not create surprise. Miss
Robson closed her season tonight tn Brook
lyn, passing with the fall of the curtlan.
from professional to private life. She will
return to her home In this city, where aha
will remain until the marriage. The wed
ding will take place in March and only
intimate friends will be present.
Miss Eleanor Rubson, although of Eng
lish parentage, was brought to this coun
try as a child and has always lived In
New York state. She waa educated In a
convent school, where she remained until
she waa 11 It was then necessary for her
to choose a calling and she chose the stage,
a profession In which her mother, Mrs.
Madga Carr Cook, had already achieved
success. Htr successful career as a star
began at the Garden theater. New York
as "Mary Ann" In "Merely Mary Ann,"
about five years ago.
August Belmont Is a widower, 6? years
old. Ills wife died In Paris In September,
1S94. He has three sona August, admitted
this year Into the firm of August Belmont
and company; Raymond, recently grad
uated from Harvard, and now a clerk In
a banking house, and Morgan, Mill a
Record for Hoars at Soul Omaha.
Shlnstork brothers of West Point, Neb.,
topped tn maraet naiuroay with a car
load of hogs weighing 270 average. They
recvlvcd SS.85, the hlghast price ever paid
InVsouth Omaha for hogs. This firm is
oi of the largest shippers in the state.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Feb. 11. HpclaJ.)-The pm
tuncement of Mr. Bryan for county op-
fi and his avowed Intention to try to
ce county option Into the coming demo-
lo state platform, will probably cause
t emharressment at the dollar banquet
'i Vrow night. With tho exception of Mr.
"j. (lfe, the local speakers are all opposed
J nty option, and at least Governor
: berger and Mayor Dahlmani of
have so Informed the perpetual
Before leaving for the south Mr. Bryan
held several conferences with leading dem
ocrats of the state and urged them to stand
for county option, but by every one of
them, Including Edgar Howard of Columbus,
he was turned down cold and given to un
derstand that If he persisted In his Inten
tions an open breech would result in the
Following tbe conference Edgar Howard
came out In an editorial, endorsed by Mr.
Bryan, In which he said county option was
not one of the planks In his proposed plat
form, so It was generally understood by
those with whom he conferred that Bryan
had for once agreed to subordinate his own
denlre to tho welfare of the party.
His announcement of this morrvlng will.
therefore, be a surprise to many democrats
here, and it Is a bare possibility that some
of the speakers at the valentine party
will go on record opposed to his plan.
If there be a speaker present who has
the temerity to speak out tn meeting In op
position to the Peerless Leader there will be
a fight, for Richard L. Metcalfe Is on the
program and he will defend with might and
main the stand of his chief. In fact Met
calfe Is Table to start the fight by endors
ing the county option stand without wait
ing for someone else to attack It. .
The program for the banquet waa com
pleted this afternoon and Is as follows:
Toajrt master P. L. Hall.
"Payne-Alrtrlch Bill. Who for It? Who
Against?" Hon. W. H. Thompson, Grand
Prosperity by Act of Congreas.f Hon.
Gllw M. Hitchcock. Omaha.
"Self Reliance. Hon. James C. Dahlman,
"Original Insurgents," Hon- Richard L,
"Nebraska Democracy." Hon. A. C. Shal
lenbergor. governor. '
"Centralisation," Hon. James A- Reed,
During the afternoon the democratic
state committee will meet at the Lincoln
hotel and discuss matters pertaining to
the welfare of the party, and It Is not
Improbable that the question of a succes
sor to Chairman Byrnes will occupy a
good portion of the time. Senator Byrnes
has publicly announced that he will not
be a candidate to succeed himself, so there
is likely to be a lot of trouble selecting
a man. ' .
Owing t!o the many times Chris Gruen
ther .has been turned down by the gov
ernor It is not probable that ha WW agfrtn.
agree to land the executive over the bars,
but ff Mayor Dahlman " gets the nomina
tion It la reported that -Oruenther will
again consent i to get back Into active
Love May Run
Friends of 'Lincoln Mayor Grooming
Him to Make Race for Repub
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Feb. 13. (Special.) At the an
nual banquet of the Young Men's Republi
can club held last nlarht It develnnnd that
Uncoln may have a candidal, for the re-
publican nomination for governor.
For several days there have been rumors
afloat that Mayor Don L. Love would be
urged, to get Into the fight and last night,
following the banquet, several republicans
talked of perfecting an organization to se
cure for him the nomination providing he
would consent to make tho race.
Following his speech last night the talk
started that Mayor Love would be the log!
cal candidate representing the Insurgent re
publicans and the anti-saloon Voters of
the state. Since Lincoln ' has been a dry
town the mayor Is in favor of keeping It
that way and In all of his speeches wel
coming conventions to the olty the mayor
never misses an opportunity to express his
views on the liquor question.
The antl-saloonists of the city have Issued
a call for a meeting of the delegates from
temperance towns of the state to be held
here March 14 and 15, and It Ms not Im
possible that at that meeting a movement
may be started to start Mayor Love for the
Steamship Limn Wrecked.
SANTIAGO. Chile. Feb. 11 The Pacific
Navigation company's steamer Lima ' ia
ashore on one of the islands of the Huam
blin passage of the Straits of Magellan
and will probably be a total losa. Tho
chief pilot and fifty passengers were
The British steamer Hathhumel rescued
205 of the persons aboard the steamer.
but was forced to leave eighty-eight
persona aboard, whom It waa Impossible
Panama Canal Will Work
Great Changes.in Trade
TAMPA, Fla.. Feb. IS. Addressing sev- In hla addrets Ambassador Bryce paid
era! thoussnd visitors to tbe Panama canal a glowing tribute to the splendid achleve-
celebratlon her Saturday, the British am- I me,lt ot tn American government In ad-
bassador, James Bryce. declared that when "n.cto f""4 " nef to Petlon.
' , I declaring that the eyes of th world stand
the Panama canal is completed the phys- . ODen wonder
Iral and commercial statu of half the na
tions ot the earth will be changed and
that America will be the greatest bene
ficiary of the establishment of navigation
through th canal across th luthmua.
The canal exposition, which Ambassador
Bryce's address formally opened, was held
in accordance with a resolution issued by
ronurehs two years ago, designating Tampa
as the proper place for the noldlng of the
celiuratlou, as this Is the nearest port to
the eastern terminus of the canal. In
attendance were several thousand troops
of the United States army, two gunboats
of the American navy and two visiting
It is Makiig Ready for Number of
Sherman. Law Cases.
HOURS OF SERVICE STATUTE
Validity of Limit Placed Upon Rail
road Workers to Be Tested.
STATE LAWS ARE UNDER FIRE
Minnesota, Kansas snd Arkansas
Acts Resrnlntln; and Taxlnsr
Corporations Are to Be
WASHINGTON, Feb. lS.-When the su
preme court of the United States convenes
Monday, February 21, a long list of deci
sions Is expected by lawyers, who have
.bctjn following the proceedings In the
court.. The lawyers believe that the oourt
during its three weeks'' vacation has en
deavored to dispose of many cases, in
order that It may be as free as possible
to consider this spring the great .questions
of the application of the" Sherman antl
trvst law to corporations and' the validity
of the corporation tax provisions of the
Payne tariff law.
Overshadowing all others, the suit of the
government against the American Tobacco
company and others Is the .most Important
under advisement by the court. It was
argued several weeks ago. On account of
the Standard Oil case, to be argued March
It. and Involving similar questions. It Is
believed that the decision In the tobacco
case will not be announced until after the
Standard Oil suit has been heard.
Honrs of Service Law.
One of the most Important lawa, whose
validity has been questioned in arguments
before the court. Is the "hours of Bervice
law or railroad employes" passed by con
grits In 1907. The railroads have attacked
the law as being applicable to employes
engaged in commerce within the state as
well as In interstate commerce. It Is
claimed the law la open to the same objec
tion which Wiped the employer's liability
law of 1906 off the statutes. A decision In
this case may be announced on February
Another suit which has attracted much
attention ,1s that in which the government
is seeking to get possession of property
amounting to nearly 1400,000, in the hands
of Oberlln M. Carter, a former captain in
the engineer corps of the, army, who was
sentenced to prison for his alleged connec
tion with schemes to defraud the govern
ment out of t2,000,000 Intended for the Im
provement of the harbor at Savannah, Oa.
Tbe court, haa ih cans .under ndv&oment.
A trio of casea. tinder advisement involve
the authority of the ; federal officials to
bring Theodore H. Price, Frederick A.
Peckham .and Moses Haas from their
homes In New York tor the DlBtrlct of
Columbia for trial on charges growing out
of the "cotton, leak scandal" In the De
partment of Agriculture in 1905.
State Lawa Under Fire.
The validity of a number of state lawa
Is questioned In cases which the court has
heard argued, but in 'Which It has not an
nounced Ita decision. Among these Is the
act of the legislature of Minnesota, In
creasing to 4 per cent tho rate of the gross
earnings tax upon railroads In the state.
The Chicago, Great Western company and
the Great Northern Railway company have
brought suits In the supreme court claim
ing that as applied to them the law Is void,
because they possess charters which ex
empt th,m from paying a higher rate than
Is specified in those charters.
One Arkansas suit Involves the validity
of thea ct of the state legislature requiring
local corporations and foreign corporatlona
seeking to do business there to pay a fee
proportionate to the capital stock of the
' Another suit attacks the validity of the
Arkansas law, which authorises the revo
cation of the charter of any foreign cor
poration which removes a suit of prosecu
tion brought by any one against It In any
oourt of the state to any federal court
without the consent of the party or which
institutes an original suit or proceeding
against any citizen of Arkansas in any
The validity of the regulations of the
railroad commission' of Arkansas requiring
railroads to furnish cara for local ship
ments within five days after order has
been received Is raised in another case
From Alabama comes a case which tests
the constitutionality of the law forbidding
the soliciting of orders for enlargement of
photographs or selling picture frames with
out a license, except In the case of mer
chants or others having ia place of business
in the state.
Democrats Want New Paper.
ABERDEEN, S. D., Feb. 13. (Special.)
A movement Is oq foot among the demo
crats of South Dakota, backed by Gren
vllle Jones of Chamberlain and C. W. Col
lins of Aberdeen, to establish a morning
democratic dally In the state. It Is under
stood that Aberdeen has been chosen as
the field for the new venture. ;
"It Is indeed a stupendous undertaking."
he said, "an undertaking that will reflect
unending glory upon those who complete
It, upon the national government which
was not afraid of It; upon the people of
tho initad states who supported the na-
nuiuti iui tn mucin, upon aii inose who are
carrying it through to completion; among
whom I will not forget those officers and
those military governors who have suc
ceeded In rendering a service to humanity
over and above the commercial services
of the canal In showing how possible It Is
to take a land which was cursed by dis
ease and make It a perfectly healthy country
SIM II fs ,!" - ' r-m i tfni.aa.a.J aa,i ..UMm iti p-r- & it I I wr f li-f
From the Minneapolis Journal.
PLAIN TALES IROM ALASKA
Casey Moran Arrives from Land of
Cold add Gold.
Inventor of Fake story that Went
Rounds of Pvesa In Tush-Inn-ton
(From a Staff Correspondent) ' ;
WASHINGTON Feb. 13.-(Speoial.)-Just
flow when the-- Ballinger-Plnchot contro
versy is right- In the limelight, anything
pertaining to Alaska and Alaskan affairs
Is more than interesting. Then, too, at
this time of year,' there cornea out of that
far off territory a bunch of virile weather
tanned men who have done things and who
have made their impress upon the Seward
purchase. Among the latest arrivals Is a
short, stocky, browned American, whose
name gives away his ancestors without the
necessity of producing a genealogical tree.
He is Casey Moran, who, like many other
pioneers in the Arctlo regions; haa passed
through all sorts of vicissitudes. . Casey
Moran landed In Juneau many years ago
with six bits In his pocket and a burning
thirst that an absinthe frappe did not sat
Isfy. He thereby called upon the barkeep
at the nearest shack to the landing place
to' make him a cocktail. He knew cock
tails were high In Alaska and threw down
50 cents, thinking that even where the cost
of living waa higher than it Is in New
York the price of a cocktail would not ex
ceed four bits. But the barkeep requested
him to "come again" with a like amount,
and not having the necessary amount he
could only swallow his drink by leaving a
fourth of the original purchase price un
paid. Casey Moran noted that In spite of
the fact that he was in Alaska there was
a certain lack of Ice in that bar. and that
put an Idea Into his head. He secured a
rowboat and a rope, and rowing out a mile
or so he succeeded In lassoing a small Ice
berg, which he towed Into port. Within a
few moments he had established a profit
able business. The sign which he displayed
announced to everyone that he had Ice for
sale, "by the pound, ton or berg."
Rlennrdaon Protects Cache.
Casey Moran was up at Fort Yukon some
years ago when he was in charge of a sup
ply depot of the .Alaska Commercial com
pany. That company had sent 300 tons of
provisions up the Yukon river, but the ves
sel In which they were being transported
waa frozen In before the end of the Jour
ney was reached, and consequently a
cache waa established and the food waa
dlatrlbuted for a time under government
supervision. It was actually seized by the
government in order to prevent Ita falling
Into the hands of desperate men who
thnnirht under the so-called pauper act they
could obtain what they wanted wnnoui
(Continued on Second Page.)
With the Automo
bile Show : nearly
automobiles is at its
Besides pushing their 1910 mod
els, dealers are making some at
. tractive offerings In used machines
to move them quickly.
A low firms tleo offer unlimited
facilities ror tbe overhauling and
repairing your auto.
Oa the first want ad page
today, under the classification
"AUTOMOBILES" is also a
large list of bargains offered
by Omaha and Council Bluffs
Have you read the want ada to
The "Chanticler" In America.
Long Chase for -Murderer
Ended by Benson
Spectacular Pursuit Over Frozen
Plains of South Dakota Almost
ABERDEEN, S. D., Feb. 13.-KSpecIal.)
Worn, thin with this ten weeks' exertion,
without an ounce of 'supeffldu flesh "upon
hla imilnl frim. PnraiV YtonHm arrfvaif In
Aberdeen today from his long chase In pur
suit of young Daniel Gant, the Texas cow
boy who, on Thanksgiving day, 1909, mur
dered Lewis Maxwell at Englevale, N. D.,
and then fled with Samuel Gant, a younger
brother. Sa.nuel Gant was captured near
Newark, S. D., a few days later, but Dan
iel escaped. ,
Among the posse who took up the chase
at Newark waa Benson, who had known
the Gant boya of old, having ridden the
range with them. In Walworth county all
trace of the fugitive was lost and the vari
ous posses gave up the pursuit, all but Ben
son. The latter, knowing the Standing
Rock reservation country so well, waa con
fident, he could"- eventually capture Gant.
In a short time he was rewarded by again
finding his tnu'l. The man has succeeded
in crossing tho Missouri river. Benson fol
lowed. For mjlea and miles, over the snow-
covered ground, the murderer fled for hla
life, and his pursuer doggedly continued
on the trail.
Finally, late last week, Gant succeeded In
eluding his pursuer, though at times Ben
son had been so close behind his quarry
that the water holea broken through the
Ice by Gant In order to secure water for
himself and his horse, had not yet frozen
over when Benson came up. At times Gant
threw farmers off the scent by represent
ing himself to be Benson, and securing sup
plies in that way. .
Yesterday Benson heard Gant had taken
the back trail and had managed to get to
Watertown. S. D.. where he had purchased
a ticket to Minneapolis. Benson stated he
had wired the Minneapolis authorities and
he expected to hear at any minute of Gant's
The killing of Maxwell was the result of
a quarrel over' wages, and many claim
Gant was not to blame and would have
brm acquitted had he remained at Engle
vale to stand trial.
New Telephone' System.
OGALALLA, Neb.. Feb. 13. Special TeN
egram.) Manager Warner of the Ogalalla
North Platte telephone system today trans
ferred to the new office In the Glfford
block and connected with the new switch
board and cable system. Ogalalla now has
the whole town covered by cable and every
'phone on a metaltd circuit, and expert ca
ble splicer, J. L. Weltsel of Omaha, says he
knows of no town this size In Nebraska
with as complete a system. Manager
Warner is In full charge of the North
Platto system, which has recently been
completely rebuilt and Is a model of equip'
ment and service.
Status of Roosevelt at
Berlin Puzzles Diplomats
BERLIN, Feb. IS. The Foreign office has
endeavored for some weeks to learn Just
when Former President Roosevelt expects
to be in Germany, but is still in the dark
as to his plans. It has been widely pub
lished that Mr. Roosevelt will be In Berlin
on April iS. but If this is so. It Is nos
known officially and the situation Is em
barrassing in a way, as Emperor William'
spring plans cannot be definitely arranged
In the meantime, because his majusty pur
poses to be In the capital when his guest
Official tnesssges hava now boen ad
dressed to Mr. Roosevelt with Instructions
that they be forwarded with th greatest
despatch and if necessary by native run
ners If b can thus be reached sooner be
tween telegraphic points. A reply from
htm making known hla Intention 1 x
nactad any dan
PRESIDENT HAS QUIET DAY
Executive Sits for Sketch by Toung
Artist and Reads Mail.
DINES WITH HIS BROTHER
In the Afternoon., He Leflt , New
York with Mr-. Taft tn Private .
far Olivette for Wash.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. -President Taft
returned to the capital tonight at 9:35, after
his visit to New York.
NEW YORK, Feb. 13.-!-Presldent Taft had
a quiet Sunday In New York. He posed
leisurely for a sketch or two before a
young artist while going through his mall
thg morning, saw only two callern during
tne aay ana leit ror wasmngton, in tne
private car Olivette, leaving Jersey City at
!:65 p. m.
Otto T. Bannard, president of the New
York Trust company and defeated candi
date for mayor at the late municipal con
test, and, Lloyd C. Grlscom, president of
the New York; republican county commit
tee, were the only persons besides relatives
and the artist whom the president raw dur
ing the day. '
Mr. Bannard declined to give the name
of the artist who was fortunate enough to
have the opportunity of sketching the pres
ident. "He la a young friend of mine," he
aald, "and I think he Is doing remarkably
well, . He has been ambitious to sketch the
president and I was glad that I could help
him. The president agreed with the plan
and, as he had considerable personal mall
to go through, he thought it would be a
good Idea, to favor my friend anr at the
sametlme go throug his mall."
President Sits for Sketch.
After the banquet of the Republican club
lasf night, at which the president made a
speech on republican policies, he returned
to the home of his rother, Henry W.
Taft, and did not get up until nearly 10
o'clock today. A number of chaurt hea had
extended special Invitations to Mr. Taft to
attend services today, but he declined, ex
plaining In each Instance that the activi
ties of yesterday necessitated secluilon and
Mr. Bannard arrived at the TafV resi
dence a few minutes before 11 o'clock, and
a moment after he had. entered the house
he came out with Mrs. Taft on his arm.
The president followed. The three, ,ac
companled by secret service agents, were
driven In automobiles to Mr. Bannard'
W(hlle Mrs. Taft remained In the car
Mr. Bannard took the president into the
house. Introduced him to the young artist
and the president consented to sit for a
sketch. Mr. Bannard left them and acoom-
(Contlnued on Second Page.) '
It Is understood that the emperor has
Invited Mr, Roosevelt to be his personal
guest and whether he will be accorded the
honors usually bestowed upon the head of
a government It a question which is fre
quently suggested by the paragraphers of
That the former president will be thus
honored Is denied with much noslUve
ness by one of the news ag'ncUs today.
This agency declares that however much
the emperor may desire to honor hla guest
he cannot receive him personally at the
railway station or send a royal prince as
his representative to meet him, because
this would be a too obvious departure
from state etiquette, One editorial com
mentator suggests that the emporer must
ha,ve consideration for President Taft and
not exhibit too demonstratively his regard
for th president's predecessoc
EXPECTED SUCH A DECLARATION
Looks for Governor Shallenberger to
Line Up Against Bryan. '
LOCAL LEGISLATORS ARE DEFIANT
Senators Ransom and Tanner Toss a
Few Weedy Bouquets.
PEERLESS LOSER IS A DEAD ONE
Snch Is Vnanlmoua Declaration of
Uounlaa County Men Who Were
In Lnat I. escalator, Formerly
Mayor Dahlman and Governor Shallen
berger In the same bed! And Bryan on the
The Omaha mayor roturned Sunday from
Excelsior Springs, Mo., looking fit as a fid
dle. The first thing that gave him the shiv
ers, menUJly. he admitted, was the decler
atlon of William J. Bryan for county op
"Mr. Bryan's declaration will not affect
my plans in any manner," trald Mayor
Dahlman. "I have expected such action by
him for some ttmo. As I view It, he held
himself back on this subject Just as long
Tas he could. It's pretty warm down where
Bryan Is now, you know, and apparently
some of tho climatic heat has got into his
"I have followed Bryan, and fought with
and for him a good many years. Now we
have come to the parttng of the ways, on
this subject. He may win som prohibition
republicans, but h certainly will lose the
support of a great many democrats. Our
party Is composed very largely of the so
called liberal element, and men with that
belief will not follow Mr. Bryan or any
body else Into the camp of the county op
tlonlsts. I slialV positively maintain my po
sition and do all I can to defeat any such
Asked if he expected Governor Shallen
berger to be with him In the coming fight
to keep a county local option plank out of
the democratic platform. Mayor Dahlman
"Yes, I do. Judging from an Interview he
gave out some time back, and I believe we
will be able to keep out of the platform any
plank looking to that end. Of course, this
latest utterance of Mr. Bryan mean a
fight In the primaries on delegates, a well
as a fight tn the convention. We are ready
right npw to take up and meet the Issue.
That we will win I have no doubt" j
The mayor spoke with considerable regret
of the break with Bryan that I now un
avoidable; but, - while cautious In hi re
marks, he left no room fovsmibt that tne
fight thus projected tirtha democratic party
of Nebraska will be to a finish on th
county local option Issue.
Local Legislators Srornfnl.
Mr. Bryan'k charge In the course of his
declaration for county option that the
liquor interests exercised too much in
fluence in the last democratic legisla
ture and controlled the democratic ma
jority in the senate did not pass un
heeded by Douglas county members of
the legislature. Th Bee Interviewed
most of them yesterday and in several
cases got the prompt reply, "I am Just
reading that In The Bee now," or, "I
flave Just read that."
One thing on which all those inter
viewed were practically agreed was, 'Mr.
Bryan Is a dead one politically." Also
every member was outspoken against
Bryan's avowal for county option, but
not every one of the house members wai
ready to deny hla charge as to how the
Initiative and referendum was defeated
in the senate. . '
Senator P. T. Ransom, admittedly the
bell wether of the ' esnatft, aald: "Mr,
Bryan Insisted on runhlhg the' legis
lature and we " objected. He urged
us to pass the Initiative and referendum
and we refused. Ha Is peeved and that is
all there Is to this whole thing. He had
the support in the last presidential cam
paign of the very element he I how fight
ing. He refused to Sign, a petition or res
olution asking the legislature to pass a
county option bill, but now he Come out
Hard Words for Pet Measure.
"As to his Initiative and referendum,
which Is un-American, If he thinks It such
a good thing why didn't ho have It placed
In the Denver platform on which he ran
for president? Why didn't he have it
placed Ih the state platform? He could
have had It placed In either, but he dld'nt
simply because he was running for office
and waa afraid it would lose him some
votes. Now, havlhg been defeated three
times and probably convinced h I dead
politically, he is willing to endorse Shallen
berger, county option and everything
Senator J. M. Tanner, South Omaha:
"What Bryan Says wouldn't have any In
fluence on me, whether It be praise or
criticism. And I don't believe It will hava
any more effect on th democratic party.
I was and am opposed to the bill against
Rwpresentatlve James P. Connolly: "W'
all know Bryan. We have followed, him
for a good many years always to defeat.
We are through with him. I think, as
Jim Dahlman says, 'He' a four-flusher.'
I think his county option policy Is bad
for the party, or would bo If the party
were to take It up. Bo far as th initiative
and referendum Is concerned, I think, my
self. It was a very bad thing to defeat the
bill. I thought so then. But I don't cars
to hear from Bryan on th subject. If
h was not a straddler he'd com out for
prohibition instead of county option."
Peerless l.wr In Wrong Pew.
Rtpresontatlve W. V. Stoerkers "Bryan
will find no support among Intelligent
democrats either in his attuck oh th demo
cratic legislature or his county option pol
icy. He gets Into the wrong pew this time.
I would rather wiilt until I have fully di
gested his criticisms to say more."
Representative W. P. Thomas: "I ap
prove neither of hi strictures on the legis
lators, nor of his declaration for cjunty
option and other such luws. Of course,
sine the house, of which I was a member,
passed tho Initiative and referendum I
fool that it Is not tip to me to reply much
to his attack on the senate for killing It.
We all know that tne senate was its
Representative J, P. Kraus of South
Omaha said: "Personally, I never mad any