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    The Omaha Daily Bee.
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A PAGES 1 TO 10.
VOL. XXX1X-XO. 25.1.
Twenty-Four Miinj Documents Said
to Have Important Bearing on
Ballinger-Pinchot Case.
Slavii' Successor, Andrew Christen
sen is Principal Witness.
Account Deals with Work Done in
Seattle in February.
tiei-retnrr IHrrrtrd ! Produce
nllh line Speed A" lepera
(llrU Or hy the Inau'ry
AHKINUTUX. April S-The Halllngcr
J,,. 1nt Investigation continued today with
mere testimony about the alleged discovery
of twenty-four missing letters among
Olttvl' effects loft In the federal building
nt Seattle. The "defense" evidently in lay
ing great store by thin discovery and the
besting for tho last three or four sessions
have been given over practically entirely
to this subject.
A ma9 of documentary evidence M put
Inwhllo Andrew Christensen, Olavla' suc
cessor a chief of field dlvlalon at Seattle.
, on I ho aland. Attorney Brandels of
tho "proHWiitlon" was . admonished con
cernlng hl method of cross-examination
by Xcnator Sutherland.
Alfred II. lirooks, mineral cxprrt of the
geological survey, took the stand late In
the day to testify regarding tho value and
extent of the coal resources In Alasga. It
was evident from his statement of the case
that the value of the coal fields has quite
generally been overestimated. Mr. Brooks
raid the coal in the ground In the Katalla
field, where the Cunningham claims are lo
cated. Is probably not worth more than
half a cent a ton.
The house members of the committee de-1
sorted the afternoon session In order to
vole on the two-battleship plan which was j
reuched during the consideration of the
naval, bill today.
Hunt for the Letter.
.When he had concluded with the corre
spondence Mr. Christensen told of the
search among Olavls' effects In the ftderal
building in Keattle In February. His ae
c.ount oincldid with that of Assistant Cus
todian O'Neill. Prior to the finding of the
nu pers on February 8 Christensen Bald he
Mud no knowledge of tho wtureabouts of
the documents. At the' time he discov
ered the papers the witness ssid he was
marching for other papers requested by the
invest tgattiu.' GomnilUee.. - , ...
Tli- wltmss ig turned'" over to Mr.
Ill andels for cross-examination and the at
torney attacked him In the characteristic
fashion which brought a quick protest from
Attorney Verlrees.
'When you telegraphed SchWarta on
February 8 about the finding of the letters,
you made certain false statements, didn't
you?" Baked Brandels.
"l did not," flared hack the witness. "The
only thing that was said In that telegram
that was a mistake was that me oox n i and returned to Arkansas. He was cap
Mch the papers were found was broken , tured at p)ne Uluf last September. He
open. As a. matter of fact the top of the made a confession and was brought to
box was loose. The telegram was prepared
lu a hurry. We broke open several other
boxes. It Is easy to make a mistake like
"It Is easy to lie." shouted Brandels. Sen
ator Sutherland protested against this, say
ing It was not only offensive to the wit
ness, but to the committee as well.
Rebuff for Brandels.
Attorney Vertrees said he desired to pro
test gently against Mr. Brandels" methods
with witnesses. He declared no member of
the committee had ever observed such an
"unseemly reprehensible or Improper
"Either the witness, should be protected
or allowed to protect himself," concluded
Mr. Vertrees.
Christensen, thereupon, was excused and
Alfred H. Brooks, a mineral expert of the
geological survey wan called to the stand
to testify as to coal conditions In Alaska.
Mr. Brooks said the total area of Alaska
Is as,O0O square miles. Of eoal-bearlng
locks there are known to be about 12.W0
square mllea. Only about one-tenth of the
coal area Is known to be underlaid--, with
coal seams. About one-half of the entire
Ooal area Is made up of lignite, or a very
low grade of coal. About one-fifth of the
Mtrliory has not yet been surveyed and
the witness said there was every reason to
believe that in the northern part of the
territory nro uome of the most extensive
ci al deposits. These are not Included In the
litM) mill's .-Innate.
SuIuik for Country.
Mr. J. rooks declared that if the Alaska
fields Ufic opened It would mean a sav
ing to th-.' I'nJted states navy of at least
S."ti0.ow) a year. The expert also said that
the Chugai'h forest reserve Is only about
one-fifth covered with timber. The timber
In Alaska is being rapidly used up for
fuel purposes. It would conserve the tim
ber If the coal fields were opened.
' lion't glaciers make up mobt of the
forest reserves'.'" asked Senator Nelson
M in lit laughter.
"Yes." replied the Bitues.s.
"Alaska is retrogressing." said Mr.
People are becoming illacuui aged
and are leaving. This Is laigely due to;
the coal situation. Without coal there can',
be no railroads and without railroads there!
can be no Dullness to spenu
I'p to this time. tVie witness declared, the
visible coal supply In the I'nlted States
has been used ouly to the extent of four
leiiths of 1 per cent, leaving W S-10 per cent
el ti, be mined.
Mr. Brooks was still on the stand when
the committee adjourned until tomorrow.
Hallinger Comes Last.
As the committee assembled to consider
further evidence in behalf of Secretary
Ulllnger there still existed a doubt aa to
the order lit which Mr. Vertrees would
present his witnesses. It has become more
and more evident that it Is the intention
of the "defense" to hold Mr. Balilnger for
I be last, for It Is believed that upon his
testimony, more than any other factor in
the case, the committee's final determina
tion Will deiend. A
II. II. Schwarti. chief of field service,
and Fren Dennett, commissioner of the
general land office, are other witnessea
whose testimony 1U have an Intimate
and important bearing on the case. Both
. .. 1. 4 '
(Continued on Second Page.)
Roosevelts Cut
Short lourncy
Over Mountains
Crowds Along the Way Become So
Great that They Drive Di
rect to Genoa.
GENOA, April 8. Colonel Itoosevclt and
Mrs. Itoosevelt arrived in this city by car
riage from Hpezia at 5 o'clock this evening.
twenty-four hours ahead of schedule time.
Before noon today the popular demonstra
tion along the road became so embarrass
ing that the llousevelts decided to abandon
tho remainder of the planned route and
come dl.-cct Ij Uiuioa.
HAl'AM.O, Italy, April Colonel and
Mrs. Itoosevelt. who are driving from
Spezia to Genoa, stopped here over night
and left this morning fur Portoflno. Je
scrlplioiis of the American have preceded
him In every little village along the route j
and he Is easily recognized and so he
comes an object of fico,ucnt and cordial
demonstrations. This morning the travelers
abandoned their carriage for on automo
bile. Portoflno, sometimes described as the
rnont beautiful spot on tho Mediterranean.
Is situated at tho extremity of the Porto
flno promontory, several hundred feet
above the sea..
PARIS, April 8. Mr. Roosevelt's recep
tion of Free Masons during his stay in
Home has called forth criticism from a sec
tion of the royalist and Catholic press.
The GaulolB says the Incident Justifies the
precautions adopted by the Vatican, for It
Indicates that Mr. Roosevelt probably
would have received the Masons after his
audience with the pope had such an
audience taken place, "passing from the
Vatican to the Masonic chiefs as if with
the approbation of the sovereign pontiff."
Tho Eclair accuses Mr. Roosevelt of
wreaking the vengeance of a disappointed
tourist and punishing "an inigratful papacy
by bowing down bnfore tho Idol of Ma
sonry. " The paper follows a long and vio
lently worded attack with a special dis
patch from Vienna, In which the claim Is
made that the government there has
adopted extraordinary precautions to
prevent Mr. Roosevelt making "breaks'
similar to those which he made In Rome.
Murderer of
Three Hanged
Alf Hunter, Negro Desperado Who
Killed Sheriff, is Executed at
Watonga, Okl.
WATONOA, Okl.. April S.Alf Hunter,
the negro desperado and triple murderer
notorious throughout this part of the south
west, was hanged here 'at 11:05 this morn
ing. He made a abort speech on the
scaffold, saying he was ready to go. It
was seventeen minutes before Hunter was
pronounced, dead. ' .
Hunter "ujirrdenart, tiherlf f Oeorge XV.Sar-"
riuon of Oklahoma county, In June, 1908,
near Hitchcock, Okl.
SlftTlff Garrison and his deputies were
attempting to arrest the negro, who a few
days before had . killed a negress In Okla
homa City because he feared she would
betray his whereabouts to the authorities
In Arkansas, where he was wanted on a
murder charge. .
After killing Garrison and seriously
wounding a deputy sheriff, Hunter escaped
Oklahoma and sentenced to death.
Hunter declared that Ed Ellis, now serv
ing a life term at McAlcster for abetting
the muroer of ex-Sheriff Garrison, was In
nocent. I
Arguments Begin
in Sayler Case
Attorney for State Advances Theory
that Motive Existed for
WATSKKA, HI., April 8.-Final argu
ments in the Sayler murder trial were
begun today, former Judge Frank Harry
opening for the state. Calling attention to
different points in the evidence Attorney
Ilarrv areued that the relations of Mrs. J.
n si, n.i r, v i! Miii.r were uni-h
as to warrant belief that a motive existed
... . i.ii- .u. - m.i. ..i....,
for the killing of J. B. Sayler by Dr.
Miller last July.
Attorney Harry argued that the body of
J. B. Sayler did not fall where It was
found, but was dragged to that corner of
the room by Mrs. Sayler. He charged that
the hatchet which figured in the story of
the struggle waa brought into the room
long after the shooting to bolster up the
self defense theory advanced for Dr. Miller
and his co-defendants, Mrs. Sayler and
John Grunden.
Attorney J. W. Kern took up the argu
ment for the defense at the afternoon
Member of llnhri. Hand Convicted
at Council Bluffa Released
by Court.
LEAVENWORTH, Kan., April . T. B.
Robinson, a member of the Mabrny band,
under a two years' sentence for swindling,
was reh-ased from tho federal penitentiary
: here todny under a $."..000 appeal bond. The
appeal was approved by federal Judge
Smith Md'heisun. who presided at the
trial al Council Bluffs, la., at which Robln-
son was convicted.
Definition of "Inherent"
Does Not
"What Judge. , does this here word
coherent' mean?" asked a Juror of Judge
Sears in district court late Thursday night.
The Jury had Bent In a request for ex
planation of Instructions and this was the
question put w hen the court arrived.
Judge Sears took the typewritten In
structions and glanced them over. "Don't
see any word 'coherent' here," ha said
finally. v
It developed that the Juror meant the
word "Inherent."
Judge Sears then took pen and ink and
beetlrrvd himself to write out at length the
meaning of the word Inherent.
High Chamber Incorporates Three
Hundred Thousand For Use on
Upper Missouri.
Survey Provided in Vicinity of Omaha
and South Omaha.
Fifty Thousand Dollars Given to Pro
vide for Board.
Hrrrrlnr) nt Xy Called In for Ex
planation of Accident on
Charleston w Ap
pointments (From a Staff Correspondent )
WASHINGTON. April 8.-Speclal Tele
gram.) The senate committee on commerce
reported the rivers and harbors bill today.
As agreed to tho bill carries an appropria
tion of $:.2jtiS.tlH. New Items added by the
senate committee of particular Interest to
Nebraska provide for a survey of the Mis
souri river mar Omaha, South Omaha and
Florence, with a view to improvement for
navigation and protection of the banks
in co-opeiatlou with local Interests. For
the Improvement of the Missouri river
$1,2U6,000 is provided, of which $300,000 is to
bo expended on tho upper Missouri. The
amendment providtng for an additional
S300.000 calls for the Improvement of 'the
Missouri from Kansas City to Fort Ben
ton, Mont., of which sum UfiO.OOO may be
expended between Le Beau and Fort Ben
ton. As the bill was passed by the house It
carried S42,Bo8,176, of which 135,301,746 repre
sented cash and $7,206,430 continuing con
tracts. Lakes to Golf Plan.
No Increase was made by the senate com
mittee In the appropriation of tl.000,000 for
the lakes to the gulf waterways project
or In the appropriation of UO.000 to pay
the expenses of the board to be appointed
to Investigate the project, although provi
sion was made to widen the scope of the
board's activities.
The house bill contemplated the expendi
ture of a part of the money on the Mis
souri between St. Louis and Kansas City,
which is made Impossible under the senate
committee's amendment. ,
Increases made by the senate committee
covering both cash appropriations . and
suma Involved in continuing contracts by
states include: Wisconsin, $19,000; Minne
sota, $7,700; Mississippi river, $f3,7to; Mis
souri river. $12i.000; Missouri, $76,000. '
V 'S. I "Mi try hy t'snarew,
'Congress waols-lor know all aliont tne
explosion which occurred a few days ago
on the cruiser Charleston, resulting in the
death and Injury of several sailors, and
today the house committee on naval af
fairs favorably reported a resolution Intro
duced . by Representative Ralney colling
upon the seoretary of the navy for full
Information regarding the disaster.
The resolution requests information as to
the cause of the explosion, whether there
was any defect In the gun which exploded,
where the forgings and castings of the gun
were made and where they were assembled.
New Mall Clerks.
C. R. McDonald of Falrbury, Carl G.
Frahm of Grand Island, Geoige 11. Mack
and Martin Hansen of Omaha, H. .1. Wal
lace of Talmage, C. A. McLean of Seward,
Neb.; Arthur J. Adams of Pilot Mount,
Robert Jackson of Atlantic, 8. T. Hootman
of Council Bluffs, A. O. Bond of Muscatine,
Charles Ruff of Slater, Joseph E. Oreme
of Dubuque, la. : Charles N. Sellers of
Ipswich, Earl N. Gray of Watertown. V. J.
Valentine of White, S. D., have been ap
pointed railway mail clerks. '
The secretary of the interior has with
drawn from all forms of location and dis
position under mineral or non-mineral
public land laws 27,736 acres of land In
townships 51 to 57 north, range JU to SMi
west. In Wyoming, supposed to contain
deposits of oil.
It oral Carriers.
Rural carries appointed are:
Nebraska: Wolbach, Route
Samuel O.
1 Bund'. carrier; no substitute.
T Iowa: Granville. Route 2.
Thillp C.
Rlcker, carrier; C. M. Ricker.
Marengo, Route 1, Frederic G. Branch, car
rier; Alfred Hamilton, substitute. Waukee,
Route 2, George E. Masterson, carrier; no
Postmasters appointed are:
Iowa: Luton, Woodbury county, Charles
Fulton, vice P. J. Wadsworth, resigned;
Oliver, Mahaska county. Arch A. Morgan,
vice J. L. BilllngB, removed.
South Dakota: Smlthwlck, Fall River
county, Albert J. Ashmore, vice C. Hue
song, removed.
James H. Kelley of Omaha Is in Wash
ington upon legal business. Edward West-erfle-ld
of Lincoln Is also In Wanhlngtun
upon matters before the Interstate Com
merce commission.
Elmer W. Brown of Lincoln, Senator Bur
kett's law partner, passed through Wash
ington today, enroute to New York, from
which port he sails tomorrow for England
upon legal business.
Many rnlntlngs Rejected.
PITTSBCRO, Pa., April 8.-The interna
tional art Jury of- award, for the four
teenth annual exhibition of paintings at the
Carnegie institute, announced today that
412 of the 700 paintings already viewed
had been rejected. Honors will not be
made public until May Z.
Help the Juryj
It was something of a task and the court
breathed a sign of relief when ha had
finished explaining as best he could what
the word connoted and denoted.
"Now, gentlemen of the Jury," said ha.
"with this explanation, do you think you
can arrive at a verdict?"
"No," cried several Jurors In chorus, "we
are hopelessly at odds."
Judge Sears dismissed the Jury, feeling
that he had needlessly used up considerable
brain energy.
The suit was one brought by Will R.
Smith for $1,000 against R. N. Burgess and
J. E. Yon Dorn. The use of a patent
method of making overalls was involved.
From tho New Tork, Herald.
Greater Power Given Commanders
Which Means Extensive Freedom.
Seeretary of the 'T7 Works Ont
Change Alining at Division of
Responsibility Hailing; Orders
Not Restricted.
WASHINGTON, April S.-After having
worked for years to develop the system of
one-man control of the great fleets of the
navy. Secretary Meyer has come to the
conclusion that the abilities of the Indi
vidual have reached the breaking point
and that it will be necessary to subdivide
the responsibility. Therefore, he has ' ap
proved a number of changes in the naval
regulations, concerning the administration
of the Atlantic and Pacific fleets.
The main purpose of these change Is to
relieve the commanders-in-chief Of the
fleets of much of the details of admlnlst.ta
flotS whlirh .ootUpted. g largeLpaxt ofvMJ
time. This Is to be accomplished by trans
ferring to the rear admiral In command
of each division of the fleet comprising
four ships each, a large measure of au
thority and administrative power, which
will' have the beneficial result of fitting
them to succeed readily to the chief com
innnil to which they are eligible.- At the
Same lime the commander-in-chief will
exercise supervisory authority over all the
divisions Instead of over single ships as
Extending the Idea, the commanders of
divisions will be given an opportunity to
sail away with their four ships to differ
ent parts of the world on detached service
with the understanding that the various
divisions will at certain periods be gath
ered for target practice and general fleet
exercises. So the American battleships
hereafter will be seen oftener In foreign
waters and "It Is believed this will do muchJ
to promote the contentment and interest of
the sailors.
Sugar Trust is
Fined for Contempt
Corporation Punished for Refusal to
Produce Books Ordered '
by Court.
NEW YORK. April 8. Judge Lacombe of
the I'nlted States circuit court today ad
judged the American Sugar Refining com
pany In contempt of court and fined the
corporation $500. The contempt consisted In
the failure to renpond to the subpoena
calling for the production of two books of
account before the federal grand Jury yes
Washing-ton Mnn Telle Chicago Police
He Committed Murder
Year Agro.
CHICAGO. April 8. A man giving his
name as Mthew D. Dose, walked Into the
r enty-uecond street police station here to
day and calmly remarked
"Say, I killed my wife; she didn't commit
suicide. You'd better lock me up."
Dots said he pluced carbolic acid In his
wife's beer a year ago In Washing. D. C,
but a coroner's Jury brought in a verdict
of suicide.
Sell the thine.
The money is bet
ter than it is.
A Bee want ad in
tomorrow's Bee
will do it.
I Call Dourrliis today nml
the ail taker will write your
ad mrd ikice it under the right
In general L'O cents will do
the work.
Don't wait for the Saturday
Do it iiuff,
Preparing for Another Hundred Days.
Winter Wheat
. Below Average
for Ten Years
Government Report Shows Decline of
Fifteen Points in Last
Four Months.
WASHINGTON, April 8 The average
condition of winter wheat on April 1 was
80.8 per cent of a normal, against 812 April
1, 1908, and 87, the average for tho last ten
years on April 1. The decline in condition
from December 1, ISO!!, to April 1, 1910, was
15 points.
The average condition of rye was S2.S
per cent of a normal April 1, against S7.2
April 1, 1909, and 89.5. the average for the
last ten years on April 1. f
. for Cannon
Government Will Furnish Car for the
Use of the Speaker
. After All.
. '
WASHINGTON, April 8.-Care.ful analy
sis of the conference report on' the legisla
tive appropriation bill shows that Speaker
Cannon's automobile will be cared for at
government expense after all.
From the report presented to the two
branches of congress It appeared that the
amendment providing for the care of the
president's car had been retained and the
amendment relating to the speaker's car
had been rejected.
Technically that is what happened, but
aa a matter of fact the $2,500 appropriation
for the speaker's ear was transferred to
another pargrpli covering expenses of se
lect committees and similar items, and watt
incorporated into a lump appropriation of
$75,000. So it appears that there Is to be
no discrimination between th speaker and
the vice president after all.
Report ofT reaaorer Shows Eight
Hundred Thousand Oollurs
On Ilaud.
PIERRE. S. D., April 8. (Special.) The
report of the state treasurer for the close
of business March 31 shows total funds on
hand amounting to tS01.084, and of this the
general fdnd carried $190,018. The twine
plant fund, $65,000, and the Interest fund
for the common schools. $i!5.331. There has
$21,792 accumulated in the capltol building
fund. At present the net debt above rev
enues Is approximately $78S.O0O, which will
be reduced somewhat by revenues for the
last half of the year.
The state auditor has sent out a special
call for state taxes for the March collec
tions to the counties of Beadle, Brookings,
Brown, Codington, Day. Gregory, Klngi
bury. Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall,
Minnehaha, Pennington and Stanley. With
the proceeds of tho call, the fist of March,
and those of the sale of revenue warnnts,
the state now has no general fund warrants
out. and will pay cash for April, and prob
ably longer.
How Big is Omaha?
$25 for those who hit the mark
102,555 in 1900. How many in 1910?
Mirths and Deal lis Itccoriled In Onialm
1900 1,790
1901 ' 1,679
1902 .1.616
1903 1.773
1904 1,835
19U5.' 1,922
190ti 2.165
1907 2.360
190S 2.343
1909 2,359
Fill in. cut out and mail to The Dee Census Dept April 9
is my guess of the number of inhabi
tants in Omaha according to 1910 census.
Name ;
$10.09 for bast attmata. Si for ect of tar ntxt bait.
In caaa of U first answer baa preference. Award on official count
;,i't -
Two Masked Men Board Pioneer Lim
ited at New Lisbon, Wis,
Bandits Cut Air Hose and Jump from
the Train Two Kegroee Are Ar
rested on Suspicion at
North I n Crosse.
PAUL. Minn., April 8.-Two masked
bandits attempted early today to hold up
the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Rail-
road's Pioneer Limited. The men boarded
the train at New Lisbon, Wis., getting In
by way of the forward vestibule of tho
front sleeper, which had been left open
when the conductor took his orders lo the
engineer. The mtn passed through the
front sleeper into the rear vestibule of the
car,, blocking both doora of the vestibule.
When Conductor fehumway ' passed
through, the train he was stopped by tUu
locked : vestibule door. Unlocking the door
fie waa Instantly . confrohied by revolvers
held by t,wo masked figures.
Conductor Shumway leaped- at the larger
of the bandits. A tussle followed. In which
the railroad man, was .overpowered. . OpJ
robber then reached down under the steps
and cut the air connection, - stopping the
train. The men then Jumped off and fled.
From Madison,' Wrs:, omes the report
that the men took a gold watch and a ?l'l
diamond ring from Conductor Shumway.
This report also says that the robbers went
through the day coaches and held up the
passengers, obtaining considerable cash.
The report Is not confirmed.
Men Escaped Into Swnnip.
MINNEAPOLIS, April 8 Two masked
,...i, ai.ueu, Ruempien 10 noia up , t Illinois, who occupied the chair, de
the Pioneer Limited on the Chicago. Mil- clttId tne am(.Amt.M io bl. oul or order.
waukee & St. Paul road, due In Minneapolis .N orris Amendment Falls,
from Chicago at 7:45 a m.. at 2 a. m. today A ff b M N , ,
--" "- '" "i'i"l
to have boarded the train at Camp Doug
las, Wis.
They cut the air hose a few miles further
up, near Oakdale, after passing Camp
Douglas, with the door of the sleeper On-
tangon, In which they were about to oper- j 8ourt. the house "apostle of p. ace," who
ate. locked. Conductor A. I. Shumway of j b,.,ef ,y reviewed the progress of cultia
Milwaukee was menaced with revolvers and !,ilin i n, settlement ,,t ihe .iiffmvn.-... i
compelled to stand on the. platform. The
men escaped Into the swamps.
Sleeping Car Conductor Mills was in the
third sleeper when Porter J. H. Matthews
and William J. Johnson dashed In, saying
the train was held up. Conductor Shum
way was grappling with one of the men in
the sleeper Ontangon. Porter Johnson ob
tained a revolver and fired twice, but the
men got away after returning the fire. No
one on tho train was hit.
I'no .egroea Arrested.
LACROSSE. Wis., April 8.-Two negroes
were arrested at North La Crosse at 10
o'clock this morning on suspicion of being
Implicated In tho Chicago, Milwaukee & St.
Paul train robbery. They are being held
for Identification on the part of Conductor
Shumway. The men were armed. They re
fused to give their names, but said they
were from Chicago.
The-Milwaukee officers here Bay they
know of no money being obtained.
1900 999
1901 993
1902 l.OuO
1903 967
1904 1.10H
1905 1,024
1906 1,239
1907 1,441
1908 1,54 1
1909 1,806
New Sea Fighters, to Cost Six Millions
Each, Authorized After Lengthy
Hero of JJerrimac Wanted to Build
Three Battleships.
Provides $128,000,000 for Mainte
nance of the Department,
l'ro Nloii .Mrde for four Sulimarlnea
and Tno Colliers til Maul He
Hull I nder KUht
llour I nn,
WASHINGTON. A tit il s.-Hy a decisive
vole of lil2 ti 110. fourteen being presmt and
not volint;. the house late today Authorised
the construction of two battleships to coM
f'i.OOO.OCO each. Thlrty-thre democrats voted
for two battleships and twenty-four repub
licans Malnst (lie proposition.
This action was taken Just prior lo the
passage of the naval appropriation bill",
carrying $1-S. 0:17.(50-'. Thin amount Is about
Sii.WlO.OtK less than wan recommended by the
Navy d partment. In addition (o the bat
tleships the bill also provides for the con
struction of two fleet colliers and four sub
ma line boats.
As amended on motion of Mr. Flugcrald
of New York, the two battleships and two
fleet colliers must be const i ucteil by firms
operating under the eight-hour law.
After fixing an hour and one-half as the
time for debating amendments for the
HiitlioiUatlnn of battleships (ho houso
wasted, a large part of that time in n
parliamentary contention concerning (lie
iniinucr In which the time would bo divided
hetwien the two sides. The debate pro
ceeded under (he f Ive-nilnute rule.
The committee on naval affairs had re
ported In favor of authorizing twii bat
tleships. Mr. Tawuey of Minnesota, chair,
man of the appropriations committee, of
fered an amendment providing for only onu
I battleship, while Mr. llobson proposed an
j amendment providing for three.
Meri'lmnc Hero l.oaea.
Mr. Hobart contended that three battle
ships would give no Increase, but would
provide only for the ordinary depreciation
In tho navnl foicp. By on almost unani
mous vote the house rejected tho proposi
tion. Mr. Gronnu of North Dakota moved to
strlko out tho authorization for tho con
struction of any battleships, a viva voce
vote showing there were not a handful o(
advocates of a "no battleship" policy.
Speaking in favor of his one-bat!eship
plan, Mr. Tawuey i-eltorated his statement
that 72 per cent of the revenue of the
country was being expended for wars that
had passed and for preparation for wars
to come, lie declared that one bultleshlp
was sufficient to maintain the proper
strength of the navy.
Mr. Thon gs of Ohio propjsed an amend
ment for four battleships, but the house
! voted , it dow n, almost unanimously, Mr.
Tawney's amendment for one battleship
was also lost by a vote of 104 to 13S. At
least thirty democrats voted with the re
publicans ut; ;il list Mr. Tawney's plan.
Mr. (Kildfoglc offered an amendment pro
viding' that at leust one battleship should
be constructed at a navy yard, Ihe second
to bo built either by contract or at a navy
yard. After extended discussion, Mr. Maun
Nebraska, an ."insiirgtnt." to amend tin
hill to provld. for one battleship and six
transports. Ihe hitter to cost $1,000,000 each.
The amendment was ruled out of order.
A strong speech against a two-battleliip
nolfcv was made he Mr. Mfirtlmlrit of Mlu.
lui lions.
Itt pi esentat Ive .1. 1 lampion Moore o
Philadelphia attempted to " t:i; houne
lo limit the draft of tiie new baldesiilps
0 thirty feci, but his amendiuei'.t for that
purpose was 1 eject d. Various other
amendments were offered to control the
building of Ihe battleships under the upeia
tiou of tin clBlit-hour law and within navy
ymds, but they were all ruled out of order.
A point of order wu sustained eliminat
ing from the hill authority given the sec
retary of the navy for the construction ol
a $1,000,0(10 fliet collier, to be built on tin
Pacific coa;-t by private contract, so I ha:
under existing law It will be eonstructec.
In a government nuvy sard 011 the Pscifii
coast. The appropriation of $l,00),0o0 foi
one repair ship v. ax al.-o stricken oul on a
point of order.
Egllit-lloar I, aw.
Mr, Fitzgerald if New York off' red hi
amendment, which was adopted by a vot
of lol to 1.1, under which the two battle
'chips and I wo fleet colliers must he bull
bv firms working under the (Ight-limir law
I Following clcscly upon this acilon Mr
i Hughes of Now .leisey aitemptrl t' lavt
Mhe saui" law applied to the biiilolng of foul
I submarine torpedo boats authorl.i-d by th.
I bill. The ami iidmi nt wax ruled oul ol
j order.
i Mr 1 ioldfoiilo of New York offi red nr
, aim tnlmi'i.t dliiciim; the cousi 1 net lou ul
joiie linithi.liip In a navy sard, v.lilch wui
Idt fi uti-d. :.; to Id.!.
J The provision jii-rinil IIiik the cmiMolida
, t i 111 of bureaus of the Navy ib-pai'liueni,
I according to the plan of Kccietary Meyer,
J whh mrlcken out on a point of order.
I Mr. Padgett of Tennessee, a tilor d 'ino
jcratlc member of the committee on nuva.1,
'affairs, then moved to recommit the hill,
' vellli Instructions that l( be reported to the
I house to provide for only one Initlli ship.
This nioMjn was deflated on a roll call,
I 110 lo l'i-. fourteen votlim present.
j y How They toted.
j . n!rty-thr - democrats voted with the re-
publicans fcr two battleships, while twenty,
j four reriuhllcsins Jollied the deinocruts In
favor of one battleship.
Ix ir.ocratH voting for two , hi tt le. lilps
were: Aiken (!. C.l. Alexander 1.M0.), Aui
beiry IO., Darib-u (Nev.l. Hill leson (Tex ),
I Car In (Vu.l, Claik (Fla ), Cox (O ), Craig
(Ala. 1. Cihviis (Ark.l. I. A. Iirlscoll N.
Y., tHII I.VId.l. Oillesplo (Tex. I, (ioldfoalu
(N. V.), Ilamill IN. J ). Harrison ( N. Y ),
HoImoii (Ala ), lluglns (X. J I. Humphries
(Miss ), Jones (Va ), Martin K'olo ), May.
Hard iVa.) , Moon (Tenn I, U'Couiii II
(Mass), A. Mitchell Palmer (Pa l, I'ou IN.
C), Pujo (Lu, llauih llnd.j, UvUuiwb