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VOL. XXXIX-XO. 287.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORXINO, MAY 1!), I'.Mii TWKIA'K IWdlX
SIXCJUJ COPY TWO CKXTS.
' Provision Tacked on to Railroad Bill
Near Close Permits Interven
1 tion in Suits.
ORIGINAL PLAN IN DISFAVOR
Senator Smith of Michigan Com
' pelled to Accept Changes.
SENATOR DOLLIVER CRITICISES
I Iowan Not in Favor of Making the
RAYNER AND ELKINS OPPOSED
Two Senator Involved In Warm
Colloquy West Vlrarlnlnn t huruM
Jinn from Maryland lth
Inner ii racj.
WASHINGTON, May is Refusing to ac
cept any modification of the law making
the Interstate Commerce commission the
dofendant In all miitn growing out of pro
ceedings against rail roads the progressive
republicans today entered mi a vlgoroucs
opposition to the amendment to the rail
road hill introduced by Senator Smith of
ticket. It Ih probahle that he will have no
for if nomination again.
The Chatatiqua will begin .Inly 14. and
Mr. Smith's, amendment appropriates the
liouso provision on this subject. It permits
the commission to Intervene, but continues
the national government as the defendant,
the matter of prosecution being left en
tirely to the attorney general. The first
speaker of the day was Senator Dolllver of
Mr. Dolllver criticized the ninendment
because It would permit suits against the
government uiu1 because, as he aserted, it
would plaop obstacles In the way of the
shipper seeking Justice fiimi the railroads,
lie contorted tlut the provision authorizing
the intervention of the commission would
To meet some of the objections to the
liouse provision, Mr. Smith accepted an
amendment presented by Senator Hughes,
which would permit intervention by ship
pers in suits and would prohibit the dis
continuance of such suits without the eon
Bent of the interveners.
The modification did not have the effect
of placating the progressives and Senator
Clapp and Cummins Immediately undertook
to show Us features to be objectionable.
Henator Rayner appealed to Mr. Aldrlch
to accept the Cummins' provision, saying It
would reflect greater credit on him than
any act of his senatorial service.
Mr. Rayner also engaged In a sharp
coluquy with Mr. Klklns.
The. Went Virginia senator charged the
Maryland senator with Inaccuracy in his
outline of the views of the former con
cerning a point of law. Mr. Rayner re
torted that the statement would have more
weight If presented by some one who knows
Mr. , Klklns came right back with the
statement that It wash "facts and not
law" that was wanted.
Mr. Rayner denounced the Smith pro
vision as ''an act of injustice." i
"I am here to denounce as utterly bane
less the statement of the senator from
Maryland, when he undertakes to malign
senators on one side or the other," declared
Mr. Hughes in reply to Mr. Kayner.
The Maryland senator replied that his
reference had been to the Smith provision
rather than to the Hughes modification of
TAFT AITIIOHIZKN Fill, DF.MAI,
Alleged rrlllelsm of liixiiruen Is Has
' u Foundation.
WASHINGTON', May 18. President Taft
today authorized several of the administra
tion senators to deny absolutely the stories
that have been in circulation during the
last few days that tire president recently
liad denounced Insurgents in unmistakable
terms and had used lur.g.iage to which ill a:
utatcsmen took offense.
Rpports reached the White House today
' Hhat some of the Insurgents, smarting un-
ir what they hud heard had been said of
them, were determined to defeat the rail
load bill and other of the president's meas
ures, regardless of what might happen to
them or to the party.
This latest phase of the situation in the
r renato was discussed at the White House
tnduv st nnnf t.retiep lipta'ppn Hw nraul.
dent, Senators Aldrlch and Root and At
torney General Wlckersham.
The president declared that he could not
recall having said anything regarding the
insurgents which could In any way Justify
the reports that had been spread broadcast
since Saturday last, lie was told that the
remarks attributed to him were alleged to
have been made to a number of newspaper
The Insurgents also are said to have
taken offense at the general tone of the
discussion at the Saturday night meeting
nt the White House. The president said
It had not made any such remarks as were
The president Is said to huve told Sen
ntori Aldilcli ami Root that he was reluc
tant to believe Senator Koran of Idaho had
been engaged In the circulation of the re
ports of the last few days; that he had al
ways regarded Senator Koran's professions
of loyalty as sincere and that whili) he rec
ognised the senator's independence In the
senate, he did not believe he was willing
to attack all of the administration meas
ures simply because they were advocated
by the While House.
BETHLEHEM STRIKE ENDS
aaday ami Oterllme Work to lie
f Optional with Men In
SOUTH KETl.l.KIIKM. Pa., May 18
The strike at the Bethlehem Steel Works,
M Which has been in progress since February
4. was officially Jvelared off today. The
principal conditions of the settlement are
All of the nun of the crafts may re
turn to urk. within thirty day as near
their old places as possible, except the
individuals who did Injury to the works
or attacked the Irtegrlty uf the company.
Overtime and Sundy time will be op
tional ItU the men.
Flfter. Years for Hank t'lrrk.
BOSTON. May IS George W. Coitnan.
after admitting today that h looted thd
National City Bank of Cambridge of $:ij,
' i etiteneed to fifteen years 'a the
'"ufjT loil at Greenfield. Mass., by Jud
rial I l'ie Uulu-d States district court to-lay.
for Lower House
Republican .nd Democrats Join in
Prim -Only One Congress-
CLEVEli O.. May IS. Forty-two
candidates - " lomlnated in Ohio yes
terday for 5 venty-one seats appor
tioned to thf in the lower house of
congress. U le state election laws,
democrats ai"; 'blicans Joined in the
primaries. V" '
Ralph P. Cof bllcan) of the Eighth
district was th ..n present congressman
defeated for a renomlnatlon. Frank II.
Willis takes his place on the- ticket.
The campaign made against Representa
tive Taylor of Columbus, Kennedy of
Youngstown, Thomas of the Kighteenth
district and Keifer of Springfield on the
score of their support of the Fayno tariff
act failed signally.
Following are the republican and demo
First dlstiict; Representative Nicholas
Longworth, U.); Jjr. Thomas P. Hart
second district: Representative Herman
1 Gocbel, (11.); Alfred U. Allen, (p.)
Third district: George R. Young, tR.)
Representative James M. Cox, (P.)
Fourth district: C. hi. JoAuson, R); J,
H. Gocke, (I).)
Fifth district: R. P. Roe, (R); Repre
sentative T. J?'. AiiBberry,(P.)
Sixth district: Jesse Taylor, (It.); Rep
resentative M. R, Penver, IP.)
Seventh district: Representative J. War
ren Keifer, (It); J. p. Fust, (p.)
Klghih district: Frank 11. Willis, (R.);
T. C. Mahon, (P.)
Ninth district: J. Kent Hamilton, (11.);
Representative K. R. Sherwood. tP.)
ientn district: Representative A. R.
Johnson, (R.); F.dmund vlllis, (D.)
Kloventh district: Representative. Albert
Douglas, (It.); H. C. Claypuol, (P.)
Twelfth district: Representative K. U.
Taylor, Jr., (R.) ; FranK S. Monnett, (P.J
Thirteenth district: J. p. McClaughlin,
(R.); Representative C. C. Anderson, (P.)
Fourteenth district: J. O. Chamberlain,
(R.); Representative W. O. Sharp, (p.)
Fifteenth district: Representative James
Joyce, (R.); George White, (P.)
Sixteenth district: Representative D. A.
Hollingsworth, (R.); W. H. Francis, (p.)
Seventeentli district: A. B. Critchfleld,
(R.); Representative VV. A. Ashbrook, (P.)
Kighteenth district: Representative James
Kennedy, ( H. ): J. J. Whitacre, (P.)
Nineteenth district: Representative W.
A. Thomas, (R.); K. R. Itathrlck, (p.)
Twentieth district: Representative Paul
Howland, tR.); William Gordon, (P.)
Twenty-first district: Representative J.
II. Cassidy, (R.); R. J. Hulkley, (P.)
FINDLAY, O., May 18. Congressman
Ralph Cole today practically admitted hla
defeat in the republican primary for a
fouith term nomination for congress from
the Eighth district by approximately 200
France B. Willis, a lawyer of Ada,
defeated him on an antti-Cannon platform.
State's Attorney Will Investigate
Passage of Greater South
SPRINGFIELD. 111., May ls.-State's At
torney Burke ha3 announced that he will
begin an Investigation Into the passage of
the legislative bill known as the "Greater
South Chicago bill."
This bill authorized the sale to the Illi
nois Steel company and the Iroquois Iron
company of land on the lake front In South
Chicago for a consideration of J-WOOO. It
was charged before the passage of the bill
that the land in question was worth, ap
Secretary of State Rose Is expected to
appear before the grand jury today and
bring documents regarding the award of
the contract to a Chicago company for fur
nishing desks and chairs for the senate
chamber and representatives' hall.
Investigation of the work of the Illinois
Manufacturers' association against labor
legislation will be commenced tomorrow
ALLEGED WIFE DESERTER
IS STILL GOING SOUTH
Sheriff Hrnlley Invades Wheeler
loniit), hut Finds Man Left While
l.euvlnu; Was Good.
Sheriff Brallcy has been chasing a wife
deserter through the sandhills of Wheeler
county and thanks to an early start, tho
alleged deserter- Is still deserting.
Some days ago Mrs. Pella Thompson pro
cured an Information In the county couit
against Charles N. Thompson, the com
plaint alleging that Thompson abandoned
his wife March 1 In Omaha. Thompson
was known to have been recently at the
big A. T. ranch in Wheeler county, the
ranch being owned by Samuel Allerton of
Chicago and the Thompson family.
Sheriff Hralley approached by way of
Spalding In Greeley county and after an a't
day ride by wagon found his man had gone.
Mr. Thompson left no definite words of his
destination, but it is announced that he
was headed for the south.
Kansas Mayors In Council.
WICHITA, Kan., May 18. Mayors repre
senting twenty-five cities und towns of
Kansas, met here today to form a Kan
sas municipal league of mayors. Tomor
row tliey will lay a corner stone of
Wichita's new ll.'iO.OOO convention hall and
drive the first spike In the Arkansas
ullev Interurban railway, which Is to
connect Wichita with Valley Center. New
ton. Hurrton, Hedgewlck and Hutchinson,
H. J. Penfold Lost in Paris,
Saved by Cut in Newspaper
Lost in Paris at night on board a motor
car driven by a chauffeur who could
neither understand English nor read
French that Is the combination of circum
stances which confronted Mr. and Mrs. II.
J. Penfold of Omaha on the night of
I talked hard, very hard, and made
signs, but to no avail," said Mr. Penfold,
discussing the Incident. "He either could
not or would not understand. Then at last
we were saved by a newspaper. I drew the
puper from my pocket and allowed him a
picture of the hotel In an advertisement.
-In Just ten mlnutea we were safe at our
Mr. and Mrs. Penfold have been gone
since April on what Mr. Penfold fctyles
bis "first vaeat'on In thirty years." The
Journey took them through England, Ire
land and France,
"I am sure now that Theodore Roosevelt.
BOAT'S MEN SAVE
MANY FROM 1UVEK
Members of Crew Prevent Loss of Life
Aboard Sinking Ship on Big
RUNS AGPOTJND NEAR KAW CITY
Excursion Steamer Badly Crushed by
Collision with Another.
VESSEL HEADED FOR THE SHORE
Panic Stricken People Are Aided from
FRIGHTENED ONES JUMP OVER
Slrnuallnu People Are Rescued from
Illver linvcmniont lloat ioe
to Aid uf faonlaed Kxciir
KANSAS CITY, May lS.-Panie stricken
by the realization that they were on a
sinking steamer, 150 passengers men, wo
men and chlldn n struggled and fought
madly to ps-apo from the excursion
steamer "L'ncle Sain." when It struck u
sand bar and capsized In the Missouri river
near here this afternoon. Only the cool
ness of the boat's crew prevented loss of
The accident occurred in midstream
where the aiver is wide and deep. The
steamer was attempting to ' turn around,
and while backing down the river with the
rapid current, struck the sand bar squarely,
crushing' in the entire right side of the
The boat filled rapidly and men and
women screamed: "Sho is sinking; " "she
Instantly the officers and crew found
themselves In the midst of a struggling
mass of humanity.
Headed for Shore.
The boat was headed for the shore, tint
just before arriving there it sunk on one
aide, submerging half the deck. A few peo
ple jumped overboard, but, as the water
was shallow, they were rescued without dif
ficulty. Officers of the government steamer,
"Missouri," seeing the pl(ght of the)
"Uncle Sam," rushed their boat to the res- I
cue. The crew of the excursion boat found I
It impossible to make use of the life boats.
Officers on the "l'ncle Sam" were badly
frightened for fear that the boilers would
explode before the passengers were landed.
The rapid filling of the hull with water
cooled the boilers and probably prevented
an explosion. In less than ten minutes after
the boat sank every passenger was safely
The chief danger after the boat settled
Into the water was that the submerged
boiler would explode, but the speedy low
ering of temperature cauvd by the in
rushlng water prevented this. The coolness
of the crew saved a number of women who
tried to jump into the water as soon as the
Danger from Kxplosion.
Miss Virginia Puff Jumped into the water
and was suved by William Marshal, a tele
graph operator. Miss Puff could not swim
and she sank at once. Marshal quickly
strlppid off his coat and shoes and plunged
in after the drowning girl. As she rose
to the surface he seized her and swam with
her in his arms to the shore.
The boat was ltX) feet long and thirty-two
foot. beam. The loss Is estimated at ?2i,000.
JOHN A. KASSON IS DEAD
Diplomat Prominent In Public I.lfe
Since t'lvll War 1'nnes.
A wit y .
WASHINGTON, May 18.-John A. Kas
son, former United States minister to Aus
tria, died here today. John R. Kasson had
been prominent In public life since the days
of the civil war. He was a contemporary
and colleague of Garfield when the latter
was the republican leader In the house of
representatives, and had much to do with
the framing of Important legislation of
(hat period, He relinquished the legisla
tive service to become minister of the
United States to Austria and later mln-
Iister to Germany and had a long career of
Among his most distinguished achieve
ments was the successful negotiation in
collaboration with the late William Walter
Phelps of the trl-partlte treaty between
America, Great Britain and Germany,
which settled the dispute between the three
countries as to the ownership of the
Samoan Islands, which resulted in a divis
ion of the group between the three, powers.
! President McKlnley appointed him a spe
j clal plenipotentiary to frame the various
reciprocity agreements with foreign na
tions under the terms of the Dingley tariff
act and there are many other achievements
of note in the field of diplomacy recorded
to this credit.
Krunulnuf'a I'usaenuern Sail. '
SOTHAMPTON. Mav lS.-Tlie steamer
Adriatic sailed today for New York, having
on board the first class passengers trans
ferred from the crippled Kroonland, which
put in here Monday. The Kroonland broke
a shaft after sailing from Antwerp on
his virtues and faults all considered, is' the
greatest man In the world today," de
clared Mr. Penfold. "All Kurope was talk
ing about him when we were abroad.
"We saw the soldiery of Frame turned
out to keep the peace on Labor day, which
is May 1 over there. 1 was piuu.l. indeed,
uf our American soldiers when I saw what
slovenly chaps those Frenchmen are in
ranks. Pesptte all that (he French have
in the way of reputation of vivacity, neat
ness and dispatch, their military is always
about twenty minutes late. Their move
ments i'rag and there Is no snap and pre
cision, as compared with the troops of the
While In Kurope Mr. and Mrs. Penfold
met several Omaha folks. In London they
saw Ralph Courtney, son of C. R. Court
ney uf Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Craw
ford and Pr. and Mra. Pulver. In Paris
they met II. P. Pevalon and his sister, Mrs.
m0km4 win m$tiVw
. , "How Long
From the Cleveland Leader.
ECIIOES OF' RRY AN .MEETING
Former Leader Seems Ready to Cast
Aside All Old Foibles.
NOT CANDIDATE FOR SENATE
Deelnre He la Rot nv and AVI1 Not
lie Feara It AVould Involve
That W. J. P.ryan Is ready to kick away
from him every ladder by which he
climbed to influence and riches, seems to
be the belief of local democrats, who at
tended his Washington hall meeting.
The throngs of lusty-lunged shoutcrs
for Bryan that were wont to crowd every
saloon for blocks around when he was
billed for a speech In the old days, and
later jammed the largest halls to hear his
political preaching, were not in evidence.
In the drink emporium under Washington
hall not two-bits extra was taken in be
cause of the Bryan meeting.
The temper of this hostile element was
well exhibited in the attitude the low who
were present assumed when Mr, Bryan
called for the negative vote on county
local option sentiment. Not a man budged
from hla seat.
"We'll show ourrcnOment In the pri
maries and In the tlectlon," said one of
Bryan'B lost boosters.
Mayor Puhlmsn was at the meeting and
heard part of thu talk of his old leader,
but none of the officers of the Pa hi man
democracy was in sight.
Da hi ma ii Telia the ncnnn.
"As to arranging a meeting for him, and
extending uny courtesy demanded by the
occasion," said Mayor Puhlman, "it would
only have been necessary for Mr. Bryan or
any of his staff to say the word. Even
though we differ radically, he could have
commanded our assistance. But I had the
Idea Mr. Bryan wanted to arrange and
manage his meeting in ills own way, and
that's the only reason tho local organiza
tion was not in evidence."
Beyond this expression Mayor Dahlman
had no comment to make. Democrats of
the rank and file were free in voicing their
resentment of some of Mr. Bryan's criti
cism, but the leaders would not talk for
One strong ward worker brought a laugh
from a bunch of sidewalk conferees when
he said: "Mr. Bryan is ut once the crowing
rooster and the setting hen of the demo
cratic party. As a rooster he crows well,
but as a setting hen he has never hatched
any eggs, and he won't now, unless possibly
Congressman Hitchcock's friends are
mightily pleased over one phase of Mr.
Bryan's speech. He unequivocally de
clared thnt he Is not and will not be a
candidate for tho United States Benate. In
explaning why, he said It was because he
feared his candidacy would be embar
rassed, and the whole party would bo in
volved by the fight lio proposes to make
on the liquor traffic. Ho declared he wants
to be free to talk as he pleases and cam
paign in any manner he may see fit.
"That declaration will nominate Mr.
Hitchcock," said one of his supporters,
and it will now be useless for anyone else
to hopo for the senatorial nomination."
There be those amung tho democrats who
do not agree with the conclusion at all.
They assert that Bryan's denunciation of
all Omaha papers Includes the congress
man editor and will have a bad effect on
Coul Miner Killed by lleeelve.
CHICAGO, May IS. Three coal miners,
who had Just arrived In Chicago from
the'village of Plvernon, 111., mistook feur
detectives for robbers early today i)nd
fUd. The officers gave chase and each
fired a shot, killing one of tho men Mu
stantlv and several)' wounding another.
The third miner, a brother of the man
slain was arrested.
About all that is
required to sell a
useless thing about
the home is to in
vest 20 cents in a
Bee Want Ad.
It generally does the work.
If you can't come down town
to the office call Douglas L'.'iS
and describe the article. A
cheerful staff will write the ad
for you and see that it gets
Dee Want Ads.
is ISlie Going to .Stick Around
Spectacular Evidence Introduced in
Trial of Six Employes of
NEW YORK, May IS. The government
today opened fire In a spectacular way on
Charles R. Helke, secretary of the Amer
ican Sugar Refining company, and the five
former employes of the company accused
with him of conspiring to cheat the gov
ernment out of duties by underwelghing
cargoes of Imported sugar.
The batteries wero uncovered, during the
testimony of milted State Weigher Thomas
P. Hyatt, known as "the square weigher,"
whose appearance on the sugar docks at
Wllllarhsburg, while tho alleged cheating
was going on, used to be announced, It has
been testified, by the ringing of a bell, the
signal for hiding the fraudulent devices by
which the underwelghing was accomplished.
John B. Stanehfield, Helke's counsel,
cross-examined George J. Smyth, acting
surveyor of the port. Mr. Smyth admitted
that the physical conditions surrounding the
weighing of sugar on the docks were the
same In WOO as in 1897. .
"So that if Mr. Hetke became secretary
in ISM he stepped Into a system which tiad
already existed for two years?"- said Mr.
"That is, I suppose, true," replied Smyth.
Officer of Twelfth Infantry will be
Tried by Court-Partial at
MANILLA, May 18. Upon Instructions
from Washington, Lieutenant Colonel Rob
ert F. Ames was today confined to quarters
and will be court-martialed on charges of
conduct unbecoming an officer and to the
prejudice of military discipline.
The action Is a sequel to the Investigation
of the circumstances which led Lieutenant
Clarence M. Janney of the Twelfth In
fantry, United States Army, to take his
life following a dinner party at tho home
of Ames at Fort William McKlnley. The
suicide's wife remains at the fort and
probably will be the chief witness at the
A Phlllpino coroner and an army board
of Inquiry found that Janney committed
suicide and so reported to Major General
William H. Carter, commanding tho De
part of Luzon. After examining the find
ings the general returned them to the
board with Instructions to obtain additional
testimony covering certain features of the
case. No further developments were made
public until the receipt of the instructions
from Washington today.
INSURGENTS IN CONVENTION
Five Thousand lleleuntea Protest
Against Mate Committee' Pri
nt ary Plan.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 18. Pursuant
to a call signed by over 10.000 democrats,
representing every county in Tennessee,
fully 6,000 delegates assembled In conven
tion hero today to endorse the action of
those candidates for Judges of the supreme
court und court of civil appeals, who have
taken a stand for what they call an Inde
pendent judiciary in Tennessee. The con
vention Is the outgrowth of the recent
action of the state democratic executive
committee in adopting a so-called blanket
primary plan, against which maiiy demo
crats of the stale revolted.
The convention was called to order at
Tail of Comet Million Miles
Wide Where Earth Hits It
CHICAGO, May IS. A splendid view of
tho tall of the comet was enjoyed here
from 1 to 3;30 o'clock this morning.
"The comet's head was not above the
horizon until Just before the sun rose, but
tho tail presented an exceedingly bright
picture,'' declared Prof. U. K. Barnard of
the Yerkcs observatory. "The width of
the tail was from five to six degrees, while
its length was Id? degrees. It was brighter
than any portion of the milky way. It was
slightly convex at the north and slightly
more brilliant at tho middle. The edges
were well-def Hied uud throughout tilere
were no condensations or other iriegular
Ities. "Although the tall looked longer, owing
)1 (. AM
FINDING IN BALLINCER CASE
Committee Hopes to Complete Work
Before Congress Adjourns.
ROOT GOES TO EUROPE SOON
AsHlntnut Seeretnry of the Interior
Finney Will He the First Wit
ness nt (h llenrlnir
WASHINGTON. May IS Members of the
Ralllnger-Pinchot committee are discussing
the probability of a report during the
present session of congress. Several mem
bers expressed the opinion today that the
hearings could not be concluded and the
mass of testimony reviewed and passed on
before congress adjourns.
Senator Root will leave at tho end of this
week for the Hague, and democratic mem
bers of the committee have suggested that
R will be Improper for him to cast his
vote prior to the completion of tho inves
tigation. The republican regulars still would hold
tho control with Senator Root eliminated,
even though Representative Madison, the
"insurgent" member should vote with the
den-.ccrata. The vote would stand 6 to R.
Chairman Nelson said today that It was
Impossible to foreoast Just -when the Invea
tigHlion would cirtl. He said no nfreement
had been reached by members of the com
mittee and the matter rested with coun
sel. The hearings will be resumed tomorrow
and continue the remainder of the week.
K. C. Finney, nssiiMant to the secretary
of the Interior, will report to the com
mittee tomorrow that he has searched
through all th files In the department and
has found only one letter of Ballinger
Perklns personal correspondence that has
riot already been brought before the com
mittee. This letter was one written by George
W. Perkins of J. P. Morgan and company,
to Mr. Balllnger lavt summer on the for
mer's return trip from Alaska.
Mr. Perkins wrote that he thought he had
discovered two new glaciers In Alaska u'ld
asked Balllnger If they could not he named
Princeton, glacier and Tigers trail glacier,
after the New Jersey milverslty. Mr. Unl
lii ger referred the matter to the Const and
Geodetic survey, which replied that tho
two glaciers already had bi-en charted and
bore other names.
Mr. Finney will report that Mr. Bullln
ger's personal files at the department con
tain no letters from any of the Guggen
heim or from J. P. Morgan and company.
The "prosecution," has Fought to show
that the Morgan-Guggenheim Interests
v.ere the persons controlling or seeking
to control the Alaska situation through the
Stenographer Kerby read several lettrrs
from Secretary Bellinger's personal file
yesterday which he contended showed Mr.
Ballinger to be on friendly terms with Mr.
One of these letters showed that the
secretary was a guest of Perkins one Sun
day last May.
Attorney Brandeis holds It to be exceed
ingly material to the investigation for the
committee to know the extent of Mr. Bol
linger's relations with Mr. Perkins. He
therefore yesterday requested the produc
tion of all personal correspondence be
tween Balllnger and Perkins since tho lat
ter became secretary.
NEBRASKA MAN KILLED
AT LOS ANGELES
J. 11. Honnon, Son of Rancher nl
F.urekn la It an Pom 11 by Sivlteh
LOS ANGRLES, May .-(Special Tele
gram). J. B. Hannon, .10 years old, son of
a wealthy i-anrher of Kureka, Neb., was
instantly killed by a Southern Pacific
switch engine here this morning. He was
an engine watchman. His bride of two
months Is prostrated.
to the fact that It Is nearer, It is much
shorter than it was last Sunday less
than M.OOu.WO inlleB, out probably more
than lfi.OOO.OeO. It will be- about 1.000,0(0
miles wide where we break through It.
There Is now a curve that I believe lias
not been seen before. It is our plane of
vision, and therefore we cannot tell much
about it. It Is not great enough t swing
the tail away from us."
Prof. I. J. McllUh'h, in a lecture at 1 e
paw university today, described the tall
as shaped like a megaphone made of
with a void in the center.
"We will pass first through one wall,"
said he, "then through the void and then
through the other wall. While this Is hap
pening I look for a faint light In the sky."
IN COMET'S TAIL
Omaha Weather Bureau First to Note
Unusual Rinj About the
CROWDS OUT TO SEE PHENOMENON
Experts Figure Event Took Place
from 8:37 to 10:37 P. M.
BIG SPOTS FOUND ON SUN
California Astronomer Makes Known
WEATHER BAL100NS SENT UP
i:le.,.,,- Prenuru il,. Made to
Ol.ser.e Ythnteter Kllcot. M.iy
Result li-.im t of Mky
Up to 10 o'clock last night tiie ea.ili wai
still on the Job. ,v coiisldeial.le portion or
the United sut(,g ,,,, jM!WClI ttirou(:li tho
tail of the comet without being disturbed
In any way, ami It appeared tn.K predic
tions of astronomers that liotliins would
happen Has to bo veririud throughout.
There wa.-i itt i0 (u ,, Ul u,
last evening, though H queer white circle
round tin, moon was observable at 10
o'clock.' This was the only unusual meteio
logicul phenomenon observed up to that
hour in Omaha. The circle was not like
tho ordinary - moon ring," hut larger, inoru
distinctly defined and of whiter color.
Meantime thousands were comet-gjxing
without result on their retinas. More peo
ple gazed at the heavens last nlslit than
for many, many yours, but they saw noth
ing except for tho moon's ring spoken of.
Comet balloons went up from Fort Omaha
)esterday, not with tho hope of meeting
tho celestial visitors, but with sounding in
struments on board with which it Is hoped
to get records of the atmospheric influ
ence of tho comet.
These balloons were sent up by C. S.
Woods and C. R. Gregg, United States re
search observers from Mount Weather, Va.
Ona balloon was sent up In the morning,
another at 5 p. m and a third at 10 p. m.
The weather bureau had received Instruc
tions from the chief of the weather bureau
at Waidiington to be on the lookout for any
special atmo.-'phcrtc or meteorological phe
nomena In this locality during tho passage
of the earth through the tall of the comet
This relates more particularly to any au
roral displays, meteoric showers or electric
disturbances. Tho weather bureau forco
wa on duty during the time of the pas
sage of the earth through the comet's tall
to look out for anything tynusual.
Hoar of Transit.
WILLIAMS RAY, Wis., May 18.-The
earth passed through tho tall of the comt
between the houra of (t:3T-and 10:37 o'clock
tonight, central , time; according to an an
nouncement made here tonight. ' v .. .
Two nnta on gun.
SAN JOS13. Cal., May IS.-Piof. J. 8.
Rlcard of Santa Clara college mcterolog
Ical observatory Informs the Associated
Press, that today he observed two large
spots on the sun, both Intensely black.
One Is about twelve hours from the
central meridian, east of It are thirteen
pores, or small spots. These spots are
entirely nw as tor three monts almost
nothing in the nature of spots had been
"Three awful groups" Is the way Father
Brennnn describes the spots. Tho recur
rence of spots at this time Ih very un
usual, but there is nothing In It to cause
uneasiness," said Father Brennun. "It
simply indicates unusual Internal activity.
There is no possible connection between
the comet und the sun spots. It. would
require a body as large as the earth to
full Into the sun to make such a spot
as the large one in the- principal proup."
Southern -N en roes In Fenr,
STANFORO, Ky., May IS Scores of
negroes professed salvation at all-nl;ht
services held In their churches here last
night to prepare themselves for whatever
may happen when the rnrth passes through
the comet's tail today. Fields arc practi
cally denuded of farm hands, for ne-groei
have refused to work and are flocking tc
What Are Comets?
MARK ISLAND. Cal.. Mav 18 Pi of T
iJ. J. See, astronomer In charge of th.
r. s. Naval observatory at Mare Island,
j announced today as the outcohie of year.i
oi leneurcii tin iu me origin oi coiueth,
which, he suld, were some of the primitive
mui.Hcs once forming the solar nebula anc
could be popularly described us Inimatuie
"In the course of researches made at.
Mare Island the last two years on tho
origin of the solar system," said Pro'.
See, "I have proved that comets ni-e realty
survivals of the outer shell of an ancient
nebula from -which our system was de
veloped. All the Inner fciirts of tho nohu k
have been cleared away l:i producing sun
planets and satellites, but muny small
masses still survive on tho outer shell of
old ncbulu. Thcso are the comets."
GYPSIES ItlOAIIY FOIl 'HllJ F.M
"Three Ilnnda at Fort Doilite, In., In.
dulltllltt In III if Feimt.
FORT UOIiQE, la.. May 18 (Special. )
Three bunds of gypslos are encamped north.
of Fort Dodge and are awaiting the end of'
the world, which they are convinced is to
occur at 11 o'clock Wednesday night. Two
bands arrived Sunday and the "king,"
who Is a man of superstition in spite ot a
fair amount of knowledge, Immediately
telephoned about the country in an effort
to locate tho third band. It was fuunti ant
the member arrived post haste Sunda;
evening, Joining their friends at once..
Today tho gypsies have been disposing o
all the possesions they could, sellln(
horses for 10 and lid in a hasty effort t.
I get as much money as possible for a feas:
which will continue throughout all of Wed
nesday and fur which the gypsies will don
j their brightest garb. A severe electrical
I storm Monday evening frightened many
of them to the point of terror end no
amount of argument can chango their
opinion that tiie world will end befoit
tOMiri' I MTKIt FF.II UK WITH STATU
.Moat of Mate I'mplo) ' .Iff the Job
III) II lo Comet.
(Fioui a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. May K (Speclul.) It wan
very evident today sroutid the state hoo-c
that a good many had an Idea that th
comet might do things tonight to tills ib-ar
oi Mrth. r'ur so far as the naked eye could
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