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For Nebraska Generally fair.
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i the most powerful business
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to the hornet of poor and rich.
VOL. XXXIX -NO. 22.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 23, 1910-TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
Cornhusker Delegations from Thriv
ing Western Communitiei Wel
come Trade Excursionists.
Invited to Bellevue
LAW'S HAND FALLS
Government Lawyers Believe Thev
Have Big Fund of Evidence
Shippers Decide on Plea for Action
Against Roads by Attorney
Col. T. W. McCullough, in His Invita
tion, Reples to Unkind Things
Mayor Love Says About Omaha.
WILL MET HIM ON TUESDAY
LEA YE LONG PINE IN MORNING
I UiM -xXl . VI. .
Ban! and Reception Committee Meet
Special Train at Bas&ett.
BATTLE CREEK DOES ITS PART
Young Women of Town Receive
with Arms Full of Flowers.
ONE HOUR'S 8T0P AT NORFOLK
Plalnvlevr and t'relthton Follow Next
In Order, lloth Turning; Out
F.niuaase with tilud Hands
CT.niOHTON. Neb.. May 24. (Special j salti . - as exploited by the pub
Telegram.) One by ono tho town along . ,lu servie ' ,.iirailonB, controlled by Its
tho line from Long Pine to Crelphton have; worst elenwht and in a bad way generally,
done their stunts; all havo received the When Colonel T. W. McCullough Invited
Omaha trade excursionists with unusual the editors ti attend the centennial cele
marks of friendship and co-opeiatlon be- bratlon at Bellevuo he took exceptions to
twocn tho farina and tho great market the mayor's remarks about Omaha and
center on the eastern l.order has been the!
iplrlt of tho day.
Leaving Long Pino decorated with Ak-Sar-Ben
colors tlie truiu ha pulled Into
town uftcr town where merchants had
made a special effort to show how much
Omaha supplier, wholo window displays
being; devoted to Omaha products and the
Boosters havo decided to offer a prim of
$100 when they mado their next trip for
the best window decorated with Omaha
miiHo goods. If thla prize had been of
I fercd on. the present trip It would have been
with difficulty that tho Judgea decided,
but the town of Johnstown would have
been in on tho money.
Unssett had tho pleasure of pulling the
Hooter out of bed owing to a mistake of
time. The porters were instructed to wake
the Boosters at 6:V Central time, hut the
tialnmen maintained Mountain time and It
was 0:45 before the porters began calling.
This made an embarrassing situation at
Hatsett and it was not until the chucking
of a hay press was heard and the playing
of a local band of unvsual strength that
Hie Boosters realised peoplo were waiting
to drag them out of bed. School children
from the public and parochial schools of
O'Neill formed the escort in that city and
the Omaha visitors passed between two
long llnea to the clly where a Jollification
U.rttng over half an hour was held while
Die Omaha band played patriotic Irish alia.
Yoaaar Women Give Welcome.
Battle Creek had one of the pretty stunt!
of tho trip and cheered the Boosters up on
a long day's work when twenty-ono towns
were on the schedule. Young women In
white wtre the .reception ''committee arrtlT,K,mla" -Oberaven
they met the train with their amis full of
white carnations shipped to Battle Creek
lor the occasion. Kvery Bitoster was given
t least two of the flowet and there were
enough to give each a bouciuet.
Arriving at Norfolk a few minutes behind
time because a water tank rope broke the
siren whistle, the party put on the big
march of the day and visited friends In that
city for more than an hour. The Norfolk
News, published by W. N. Huse & Hons,
Issued a special edition of the poper con
taining the Omaha news and a big boost
for the Boosters. This edition was sent to
the train and every member of the party
received a copy with tho compliments of
the publishers. Tho paper was especially
welcome, containing as It did the story of
a) the railroad rate meeting of the transporta
tlon ilnterests of Omaha and their decision
to act In the present situation.
Leaving Norfolk the party was met by
the entertainment committee of the Plain
view Commercial club, headed by O. K.
Kngler, president of the Commercial club,
and Mayor A. B. Schoenauer. Other mem
bers of the committee were: F. W. Ehinger,
P. D. Corrall, F. C. Holbert. P. F. Boynes
and E. W. Barnes. Plainview gave the
Omahans a cordial reception, then the
Crelghton committee boarded the train. Dr.
C. C. Johnson, mayor of Crelghton, headed
the party. Others were: W. it. Green, W.
It. Kirk, P. J. Winters, R. M. Peyton, O.
1. Wert, and W A. Meserve, president of
iae CrelKhtoii Commercial club It was a
genuine Crelghton welcome which awaited
tbs Boosters at Crelghton. Mayor Johnson,
J. F. Green, city attorney, and W. II. Green
of the Crelghton Liberal are all Crelghton
L liulvertlty men and tho yellow and black
were the colors with which the town was
Crow for t'reiahton.'
At tha committee meeting the Omahans
trot badges of the old college colors with
"Crow for Crelghton" and an American
rooster on a medallion, which held the
Crelghton Is set on a hill. Vp this Hie
boosters climbed in automobiles provided
by the citissns and tha moving picture
show Is being given in a big tent provided
by the Crelghton people for the purpose,
whlia the Omaha baud is playing German,
Irish and American national alts to meet
the needs of $ cosmopolitan population.
Whllo the Omahans unloaded souvenirs
the Crelghton people had hundreds of
badges, reading; "A bieaer. better and
cleaner Crelghton," tha city slogan since
ayor Johnson took Ills seat.
Word has Just been received of whut
Pallas, 8. D., irttends to do to the boost
ers when they return to South Dakota
tomorrow. This city has a ger.lnlno bar
becue planned and though tho train is
scheduled to leavo there at 10 o'clock to
morrow evening and arrive in Omaha at
S: o'clock Thursday morning. It is be
lieved something will be arranged to keep
tho party In l 'alias all night.
General Manager Frank Walters of the
..rthwcstern Is an
fnepleel and Roseb
enthusiast over tho
bud country, whether
hd Is in on the ileal or not to have the
engines utolen or crippled Is not kjjown
L'V is looking Wise and telling about the
wonderful resources of the Rosebud
lav He Uditors.
STUART. Neb.. May ;i.-(Speclal Tele
gram.) Enthusiastic over Nebraska and
realising a never before the possibilities
and room for settlers In tho northwest see.
tlon, the Omaha boosters today sent a long
wire to the Nebraska Press association
nieeting In IJnroln. Inviting the editors to
meet In Omaha next year and assist in
working out a campaign for systematic ad
vertising and immigration work.
0 The t
Die trade excursionists have found that
by South Dakota has been
h rapid strides Is because every
(Continued on Pag IX
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. May 24.-(.Special.)-The Ne
brasku. Press association, which begun it
annual session here this mornlntj, listened
to un address of welcome by Mayor Love
the annual message by President Ludl, and
attended the opening of the Lincoln In
dustrial exposition, which was opened by
an address by oGvcrnor Shallenberger.
During tho afternoon a round table was
-dueled in which most of the members
he association had their say. In ad-
A. L. Bixby read the annual poem,
created considerable amusement.
Love in his address of welcome
t!.'. -tlcally the same things that he
hni "j. other conventions which lie has
wcl( i, re, particularly the electrical
assocl. V vhlch took exceptions to the
bussing Lincoln and Omaha.
assured them that If they came to Omaha
on that occasion and did not have - the
lime of their lives ha would not charge
them a cunt for staying. lie expressed
regret that Mayor Lovo was not present
to bo et right in mind as to conditions
in Omaha, and said that Omaha was not
governed by its "worst" clement, but was
a clean city, ns well governed as any in
the country; its public service corporations
are not In charge of Its affairs and do
not exploit it. lie closed by expressing
the hepe that the good things that had
been said of Lincoln were as true as were
the unkind things said of Omaha untrue.
C. S. Paine read his annual report show
ing the work that Is being done by the
State Historical society and Inviting the
assistance of the edtors to keep up interest
by publishing stories of old settlers and
pioneers which will be of value in the
future as well . as interesting now. Mr.
Paine said he Is keeping on file the news
papers of the state to the number of 442
and these are in the basement of the
newly stared historical building. Mr.
Paine urged the Importance of the centen
nial celebration to be held In Bellevue and
Omaha and urged the editors to acquaint
their readers with the details of the com.
Among those who gave addresses in the
afternoon were the following
Paper, "The Local Field; an Investment,
an Asset, ana a responsibility." Miss Hor
ence K. Reynolds, Minden News.
Address. "Conservation and Publicity
Prof U. K. Condra. University of Nebraska.
Paper, "How it Works In the - Smallest
Linotype Town in Nebraska," R. D. Wilson.
Iteport of secretary-treasurer. "
Hound table. H. o. Taylor of the Central
city isonparell in charge.
(a) "Circulation," F. O. Edgecombe,
ib "Paragraphs," Adam Breede, Hastings
(c) "Foreign Advertising," W. N. Huse,
Address, "Advertising to the Farmers,'
S. R. McKelvIe, Nebraska Farmer, Lin
Late In the afternoon the editors partook
of a picnic lunch given by the university
at the state farm. At mgtit they visited
the auditorium and looked at the "goods
made in Lincoln."
The youngest editor In attendance If not
the youngest In the state is Archie Donovan
of the Star-Malt at Madison. This young
editor Is not yet 18 years old. but' his
paper, according to the other editors, is
kept well up to the high standard It at
talned under the management of John Don
ovan, the father of Archie Donovan. This
is the first time young Donovan has at
tended the association as a full fledged
editor, though he has frequently visited
the conventions with his father.
Of course there were some politics dis
cussed by the editors. James Elliott, editor
of the West Point Republican and post
master of West Point, has secured from
the secretary of state filing papers and he
said he probably would file his name as a
candidate for ocngrcrs In tho Third dis
trict, though he has not fully determined
tho matter in his own mind.
Several of the democrate editors are very
mnch Impressed wltn Willis H. Reed of
Madison and some of them talked of boom
ing him for the democratic nomination for
I'nlted States senator. Mr. Reed, so his
sponsors said, has dono valiant service for
the democratic party without reward and
he is seriously considering getting Into the
rnce. Copies of an address delivered by
him at a democratic banquet held at Emer
son were circulated among the editors by
his admirers. A portion of that printed
speech was a denunciation of tho practice
of the Government in doing commercial
W. F. Beushausen of Loup City, editor
of the Sherman County Times-Independent,
is on hand with his candidacy for the dem
ocratic nomination for land commissioner
and Charles W, Pool, speaker of the house
of representatives. Is hero with his boom
for the democratic nomination for secre
tary of state.
House Votes Cash
for Tariff Facts
Strict Party Vjte Backs Tawney
WASHINGTON.! May l.-By .a strict
party vote of 110 to t3 the Tawney amend
ment appropriating ?lVl.(VTn to enable the
president to obtain tariff ..facts was
adopted. Just previous to this actio:i tho
house by IMi to tit rejected the Fitzgerald
amendment reducing this amount to S"3,0u0.
Sells Same Horse Five
Times and Leaves Town
One young man who wis la Omaha for
is la Omaha for
a short time did a most
in horsctrading and then left the city,
presumably for Chicago. Being a nephew
of a contractor he seemed to be above aua
plclon and was Ihua able to sell the same
Worse five times, thus realising suuugh
SPITZER IS THE STAR WITNESS
His Testimony, However, Hurts Sugar
Company's Cashier Also.
MORE SENSATIONS ABE EXPECTED
Interesting Developments May Folow
Cross-Examination of Men.
EXTENSIVE OPERATIONS ALLEGED
From Present Indications Frauds
Were Directed Tonnrd Larue
Ship Owners as Well as
NEW YORK, May 24.-Although the gov
ernment's star witness, Oliver Spltxer, the
former dockmaster who walked out of the
Atlanta penitentiary, where he had been
sent after bossing for years the sugar
weighing frauds on the Williamsburg docks,
had a most Interesting story to tell yes
terday, it la rot ' mainly on his evidence
that the government relies In its effort to
convict Charles R. Helke, the American
Sugar Refining company's secretary, of a
part in the conspiracy fraud. The veteran
sugar company cnmloye Indeed hardly
threw, a single new ray of light' on the
trial that Is claimed to lay in the direction
of Ilelke's offices from the scene of the
frauds on the docks. His testimony rather
had to do with James F. Bendernaegel,
the refinery cashier, and Ernest F. Ger-
bacht, the superintendent, both of whom
are on trial with Helke, together with three
other former employes of the company.
The government, It Is believed, has not
yet shown Its full hand against Helke.
Little of the evidence has pointed directly
the way of the trust secretary. As the
"highest up" man so far prosecuted, how
ever, the government Is thought not to be
likely to neglect any point that might bear
against him. Further evidence regarding
his alleged part In or knowledge of the
frauds Is expected, and today, with Spitzer,
it was believed might afford a good oppor
tunity for presenting it.
Whalley on Stand.
When Edward Whalley took the stand to
testify for the government at the opening
of the session, the president of the Amerl
can Sugar Refining company, W. B.
Thomas, and one of the trust's directors,
Dr. Samuel D. Hooker of Philadelphia,
sat behind Helke.
Whalley is a special treasury agent, who
was with the other Investigators, Parr
and Brseezinskl when the famous raid on
the" sugar dock was made 10 1907 and the
fraudulent weighing devices Were dlscov
The government's contention that the
city weighers' weights were employed in
the commercial calculations of the trust
and those of the government weighters
made use of only for payment of duties
was backed up by John A. Thompson, for
the last twenty-five years a bookkeeper
In the company's Wall street offices.
George H. Becker, a clerk in the Wall
street offices, testified that the sugar trust
used the government weights quite often
on which to pay the freight charges, but
the ship owners became aware of the fuct
and the practice was stopped.
This was the first testimony introduced
lending to show that the alleged frauds In
underweighlng were not directed solely
ugalnBt the government.
Dealers in Session
Delegates to National Convention in
Cincinnati Says Prohibition
Wave is Receding.
CINCINNATI. 6 May 24. Confident
that the prohibition wave Is receding, SCO
delegates to the fifteenth annual conven
tion of the National Wholesale Liquor
Dealers' association began a threo days'
resslon hero today.
United action against prohibitory and
local option laws and the enactment of
statutes providing for model licenses for
and strict regulation of liquor selling, were
advocated at the opening session as the
key note of the gathering.
After discussing tho Internal affairs of
the organization. Secretary Joseph Do Bai
told the convention that It should advocate
universal license nnd regulatory laws.
Emit Nathan of St. Louis made an ad
dress on "Organization.'.' '
on Queen Mother
Former President Has Long Conver
sation with Her Ma ie sty at
LONDON, May 21.-Queen Mother Alex
andra received Mr. Roosevelt at Bucking
ham pnlaco today. The two had a long
chat, durlnu which her majesty told the
former president how much she appreciated
tho sympathy exhibited for her in America
at tho time of her bereavement.
Decree for Commander Peary.
EDINBURGH, May N.-Commander Rob
ert E. Peary received the honorary degree
of doctor of laws from tho University of
Edinburgh today. The conferment was
mado before a distinguished company that
givo the American explorer a cordial wel
come. i money to make a get-a-way.
, Henry Agnew, Si. South Twenty-seromi
street, was one of the victims, and he
bought the horse for 10 and a gold watch.
Brown complained to the police Tuesday
morning and afterwards 'eft for a Justice
of the peace and filed a complaint.
From the Minneapolis Journal.
NOXIOUS GAS CAUSES DEATH
C. C. Dickinson, Former President of
Carnegie Trust Company,; is Dead.
MYSTERY SURROUNDS INCIDENT
Financier Went te Srraaiom to Wit
ness Chemical Kxpcrlmeot Ki. .
plosion Occurred Which
NEW YORK, May 24.-Charles Courter
Dickinson, former president of the Carnegie
Trust company, writer on many financial
subjects and largely known In the finan
cial world, died today In "a hospital here
as a result of inhaling noxious gases, fol
lowing an explosion In a chemical labor
atory. The banker, dn cotnpany wtlh his brother,
n. j. uicKinson, ana a friend, went to
Scranton a week ago to witness an ex
periment in a laboratory. The brother of
the dead banker said there was an explo
sion and the room was filled with gas
The banker, gasping for breath, was re
moved to a hotel and later brought to
this city. The friend of Mr. Dickinson,
whose name has not been made known,
also was brought to this city and his con
dition Is serious. No information has so
far been obtained ocncernlng the nature
of the experiment.
S. C. Dickinton said that some time ago
ho and his brother were Invited to go to
Scranton to witness an experiment with
a new chemical. They left New York on
Monday of last week and went to the
laboratory with their friend. There they
met the chemist who was to perform tho
"I lingered in tho main room of tho
laboratory," ho said, "after my brother
and our friend went Into the small room
where te chemicals wero being prepared.
The chemist called out to mo to come, as
thoy were ready. I started to go into the
other room and Just then thero was an
"I rushed in nnd found all three men
gasping for breath and almost uncon
scious. Tho room was filled with a strange,
stifling gas. My brother was taken to a
hospital and kept there over night. As
ho did not improve he was brought to a
hospital hero the next day.
."Tho cano was a strange ono. My
brother's lungs becaino congested Just as
uiuusii no mio EuutTiiiK irom pneumonia
and his condition baffled every treatment
which physicians could devise."
Mr. Dickinson, who was 40 years old,
was the founder of the Carnegie Trust
company and after tho retirement of Leu He.
M. Shaw In 1908 he became its president,
retiring last December, following an ac
cident and series of singular physical af
flictions. The accident of lact year oc
curred after his borne wns thrown against
a boulder as lie was riding In Central
park and Mrr Dickinson's Jaw was frac
tured, bis noro crushed and he was so
badly injured Internally that It was fenrod
he could not live, but he recovered.
A little want ad
in today's Bee
will find you a r"eliablo servant.
it will find the boufco you wish to
rent or buy.
It will secure a rioaitlon for you.
It will sill whatever you offer.
It brings landlord and tenant
together borrower and lender face
to face and does a thousand and one
things that would Uo difficult, to
do any other way.
Any ad 3 times, ono cent a word.
Call Douglas 23S and the ad taker
will write your notice aud place it
Bee Want Ads.
"LET GEORGE DO IT."
Several Men Wounded in Two Fights
with' Officers Ten Thousand
Idle in Anthracite Region.
SCRANTON, Pa., May 24. A riot broke
out among Btriking miners at No. 14 col
liery of the Pennsylvania Coal company
near Pittston today following an attempt
of a posse of state police, headed by Ser
geant Henning, to disperse a crowd of
Italians who threatened others when a
work train reached the colliery.
Sheriff Rodda of Lucerne county hurried
to the colliery on the outbreak of the
trouble and, was shot at, but escaped the
bulK.ts, though a thrown coupling pin gave
him a scalp wound.
One foreigner, Peter Sura, was so badly
clubbed'by state policemen that he may die
in the Pittston hospital, where Sheriff
Rodda hurried with him in an automobile,
and also had his own. wound dressed.
State Trooper Jasper Oftedach was caught
under his horse, which was felled by a
blow on the head, and he was badly clubbed
before other troopers drove oft his assail
ants. He was removed to the Wyoming
barracks in a serious condition.
The riot was finally quelled and another
ono broke at the Ewln colliery, a mile
away, but the rioters there dispersed when
Tho strike spread today to the Butler, the
Hlllsido and tho Central collieries of the
Pennsylvania Coal company, leaving only
tho Barnum mlno of that company In that
district at work. Already 10,000 mine work
ers aro Involved, the trouble started with
men striking at No. 0 colliery because of
excessive dockage and short weighing.
The board of conciliation of the United
Mine Workers at a session yesterday dis
approved of the strike The strikers are
mostly nonunion men and therefore not
amenable to union authority.
TAKES UP REPRESENTATION
niscnastou of Ovrrtare to Ilcdvce
(be Number of Commission
ATLANTIC CITY. N. J., May 24.-Thr
question whether the representation in the
c-enernl nssnmblv shall be reduced will be
taken up today by the Presbyterian com
missioners, the matters having been post
poned from yesterday. It Is generally
agreed among the leaders In the assembly
that the representation should be reduced,
but there Is a wide difference of opinion
as to the methods of reduction.
The report of tho board of missions for
freedmen, which Is on the program for the
day, expresses satisfaction that the reports
of tho board 'for tho last year are the
largest In Its history. T:ie total receipts
ero Jl"07,793, an Increase of $'?2,2Sj over
tho previous year.
If tha report of tho executive commis
sion is adopted tho assembly will appro
priate n;oro than $2,.V0,000 for the boards
and permanent agencies. The appropria
tions recommended are as follows:
Foreign missions, l,10!,CiC; home mis
sions, $703,107; freedmen, $1"9.G79; Sunday
school work, 1.',4,MS; ministerial relief, $1,
!ta7; church erection, I7S.C12; education, r,i.
4.77, college board, JT0.371; temperance, (17.-76S.
Woman Washes Her Rat in
Gasoline; Explosion Follows
SIOUX CITY. Ia., May Jl-Mrs. Joseph
T. Patton of Onawa, la. . who was burned
) erterdiy afte noon wb le i il.lng out a rat,
used In her hair, in gasoline, and was hur
ried to a hospital in this city following tne
accident, died this morning. While she
was heating curling irons in an alcohol
BRS. DOXET'S JUDGES NAMED
Panel From Which Jury is to Be Se
WOMEN CROWD COURT ROOM
Prisoner Gle Way to Tears While
Sister and aFthar Make ua. .
, '..' ' fcf fort to Comfort
ST. LOUIS, May 24. The Jury panel of
forty-seven, from which is to be selecttd
twelve men who will decide whether Mrs.
Dora E. Doxey is guilty or Innocent of the
charge of poisoning her alleged husband
William J. Erder, was completed late this
The defense announced It will take
twenty-four hours to scratch twenty names
from the panel finished today. The state
will challenge fifteen. Tho taking of tea
timony will begin Thursday.
Mrs. Doxlo broke down during the after
noon, after hearing threo veniremen de
clare in succession they would show her
no more mercy than a man should she be
proved guilty. She sobbed violently sev
When it became apparent that Mrs
Doxey was about to give way to tears,
Mrs. D. M. Morris of Evanston, 111., her
sister, patted her on the shoulder, whis
pering to her. But the caress apparently
hastened the tears Instead of averting
It was the second time Mrs. Doxey wept
today, Her manner changed from smiles
to tears when she was taken into the
court room after the noon recess. Her
smiles followed her suggestion to the dep
uty sheriff that he charge 2.5 cents
look at her. Kh suggested he split the
profits with her.
nr'lher Consoles Her.
Jefferson Fuller of Joy, 111., Mrs. Doxey
father, was Immediately beside his daugh
ter and whispered words of encourage
ment. The greatest number of challenges
were offered by the state In the two days
the veniremen were examined. The chal
lenges were ugalnst men who expressed
sympathy for a woman In trouble.
Scores of women took their luncheons
with them to Judge Grimm's court In order
that they might not have to surrender
their scats at the noon reces. Some men
took lunches, too. Women formed the
majority of tho crowd in the room. Some
were well attired.
Dr. L. B. Doxey, the prisoner's husband,
who Is also under lndictme"nt, was kept In
his cell today. He will not b taken Into
court while his wife is on trial.
Emphatic declarations of sympathy for
women charged with crimes were made, bv
two veniremen In their examination. The
circuit attorney, following his custom,
challenged the prospective Jurymen who
said they would not convict a woman on
circumstantial evidence. ,
Mrs. Doxey appeared more composed this
morning a.i Khc took her r.eat beside her at
torneys and the examination of veniremen
proceeded. What appeared to be the pur
pose of both the stato and the defense to
place married men between the ages of 2.
and 45 years, was apparent from the line of
questions propounded to the talesmen.
Thu first questions asked during the
morning usually were, "Are you married?"
. and "How old are you?" If the prospective
Juror confessed to being more than 45 years
I old, an effort Immediately was made to
I disqualify him.
stove she brought a bowl of gasoline 4nto
the room and placed In on the ta'ble with
the stove. While sho was cleaning the rat
the fumes from the gasdllua became
Ignited and an explosion occurred.
Mrs Patton was a member of a traveling
show troupe and formerly lived In Kaneas
Delegation Leaves for East to Make
FIGHT AND FINANCE TALK
Fail to Agree on Fund to Support
Filing of Suit. '
ANNOUNCED PLAN MODIFIED
Civil Action and Contempt Proceed
ings Pat Off Indeflnltelr
Fifty Are In At
tendance. The shippers are to take action against
the l'Hllroads to prevent the enforcement
of Increased rates, according to a decision
reached at the meeting held at the Omaha
Commercial club yesterday. A delegation
representing the committee appointed at
this meeting is to meet In Washington on
Tuesday next. They propose to file com
plaint with the attorney general of tho
I'nlted States alleging an illegal combin
ation in restraint of trade.
All of the Missouri river cities with the
exception of St. Louis were represented
In the meeting. There was llttlo of dis-;
pute In the meeting, but the steps pro
posed and the movement to give them
financial backing grew weaker as the
From the determination expressed at
the morning meeting to vigorously start
both civil and criminal actions based on
the alleged combination of the roads for
the making of higher rates and further
prosecution for contempt of an order of
the United States supreme court made
some years past the afternoon session
resulted In the decision to make a com
plaint to the attorney general. 1
The shippers now propose to enlist the
activities of their representatives In con
gress by telegrsph. A plan was made to
shower the capital with night letters call
ing attention to their complaint and the
meeting to be held at the Millard hotel
In Washington on Tuesday.
Smith Outline's Position.
A. C. Smith of Omaha, as chairman of
the committee named in the morning, made
a vigorous statement of the situation at
the afternoon meeting.
"If we are going to fight at all," said
Mr. Smith, "we must fight our best. I
say that, too, without wishing to go on
record as favoring any line of action. But
we -must either go through with It or lay
down. ' "
"It may as well be known here and now -that
to make ik fight means a long fight
and the expemT.tura of a large amount of
"Well." rejoined someone in the crowd,
"if we don't spend It that way the rail
hoads will take It away from us."
"Yes," agreed Mr. Smith, "but they are
so graceful about It. Litigation Is brought
In lumps and freight Increases come a lit
tle at a time."
H. G. Wilson, a Kansas City traffic
man, expressed a bit of feeling that proved
amusing to the committee members at the
"Do you realize that this means start
ing criminal prosecutions against our
friends among the railroad menT" he sug
gested. "Of course I do not care, but I
want everyone here to understand It," h
"Nobody will be hanged over this," was
the answer he got. '
Several times the financing of th( pro
posed opposition to the rate Increase was
brought up during the meeting and as
often it passed Without final consideration.
Glenn Saves Day.
At last John M. Glenn, secretary of the
Illinois Manufacturers' association saved
the day by volunteering to make an ef
fort to get the legal side of the work cared
for at no cost to the shippers by the law
yers for his association. In the event tha,
he Ih able to do this, a similar effort will
be made with the legal staff of the Na
tional Association of Vehicle manufac
turers. Just who will be at that meeting Ik
Washington on Tuesday Is not yet deter
mined. E. J. McVann of the Omaha Com
mercial club's traffic bureau will probably
represent the shippers here. O. B. Wilson
and George Rlcharda of Kansas are ex
liected to attend the meeting In behalf
of the shippers of their city. With several
members of the committee attendance
at the meeting Is largely tentative, it Is
at least certain that Omaha, Kansas City,
Duluth, Chicago, Bloux City, BL Joseph
and Minneapolis will be represented there.
In the course of an address to the ship
pers In the afternoon, Mr. McVann de
clared that he did not have the least
doubt that there was a rate making com
bination among the railroads.
"In fact," he declared, "I understand that
they have so far forgotten their former
caution that they now vote on their rale
agreements by open motion."
Step to Higher nates.
Several of the shippers expressed the
opinion that if the present schedule of In
creased rates was allowed to stand It would
bo but a short time until even higher rates
would be put In effect.
The meeting closed late In the afternoon
and most of the shippers departed at once
for their homes. i
The members of the committee of repre
sentation, which held the afternoon meet
Omaha, A. C. Smith.
Kaunas City. W, B. Richards.
Sioux City, W. 8. Knapp.
St. Jot-eph. II. U. Krake.
Atch's.in. J. B. Slllman.
Council Bluffs. F. S. Empkle.
Lincoln, W. A. Sellcck.
Chicago, W. J. Evans.
Duluth. F. A. Patrick.
Milwaukee, Charles Zlelka.
Minneapolis, George H. Patrick.
St. Paul. F. S. Pool.
Tho meeting camo to a definite plan oi
action when J. H. Rushton. president of ths
Fairmont Creamery company, declared for
tho invoking of the inw.
"Thue la only ono way to meet thli
situation." said Mr. Rushton, "that la to
iiitit It like m'-n ;n the courts. You aa
arbitrate and the railroads will put yoi
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