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VOL. XL NO. 50.
OMAHA, TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 1G, 1910 TEN PAGES.
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BELGI UM' S WHITE
1 CITY IS BURNED
Big" Section of Exposition Destroyed
Causing Enormous Property Loss
and Killing Two People.
FINE ART TREASURES SAVI
Belgian and British Divisions ar
WILL RECTEN IN FEW DAT!
Kone Admitted Till the Ruins Ai
ESCAPED WILD ANIMALS SHOT
Soldiers Find Ilensts Which Escaped
Suffocation In Mmgrrl Cower
ing: In Fright In Various
Tarls of (iroindi.
BRUSSELS, Aug. 15. The ruins of the
burned sections of Belgium's exposition of
ll'lO, destroyed by yesterday's fire, are still
smoking, though all danger of a renewal
of the fire Is past. At a meeting early
today the executive committee of the ex-
potilton decided to close It for a few days
iu order to clear away the ruins. Then the
I exposition will be reopened.
It la Impossible In the present confusion
j to estimate closely the losses In the fire
1 which last night swepr through the Belgian
exposition of 1J10, wiping out whole sections
of the fairy-like architecture and causing
the loss of two lives, but the damage will
run Into millions of francs.
The losses, however, will not be so great
as was at first1 believed, when, during the
excitement of the conflagration, they were
roughly estimated at $100,000,000.
The entire Belgian and British sections,
t wholo Kermesss of Brussels, the Coney
Msand of the exposition, with water chutes,
toboggan slides and other special enter
tainments and everything west of the Ave
nue pes Nations were destroyed. But by
heroic work of the firemen and troops in
the early hours of the morning and the use
of dynamite In blowing up buildings In the
path of the flames the fire was checked.
Practically everything In the American,
Danish, Russian, Norwegian, Austrian,
Japanese, Turkish and Swiss sections was
seved. Only the facades of the Italian
nd Spanish sections and about one-third
of the entire French section) the latter
containing a valuable art collection, were
Art Treasurer Saved.
Fortunately . the , most priceless art
tretsures which had been loaned to the
exposition or acquired by it. Including S.0C0
Gobelin Ui peg tries, a .large exhibition of
jewelry, many paintings, . marble and
ancient furniture, were removed by the
Folic,'. PfcMf vas ' exposition 'employes
beyond the reach of the flames and the
' pillaging criminals who attempted to take
advantage of the disaster. .
The reproduction of the house of Rubens
t Antwerp the official pavilllon of the
city of Antwerp, containing masterpieces
of Flemish drt of the Rubln'8 period
, collected from the galleries of the worlds
was not even scorched. . .',
In the Blglan and British sections the
flames spread with such rapidity that
'practically nothing was saved. A gale car
ried the fira through the Kermosse, pam
zned with 4 Sunday crowd of nearly 100,000,
with such speed that it Is considered a mir
acle that the panic-stricken masses got out
with a loss no greater than two killed and
The British loss is heavy. It includes
' ZTudotr paneling from the Toronto museum,
costly Morlalx tapestries and priceless
furniture from the collections of Bernard
Mora, on which he refused to set any price.
They were Insured for 1600.000. Most of the
French dressmakers' exposition, which was
Insured for millions was saved.
Escaped Animals Shot by Troops.
A few of thu wild beasts In the menagerie
hlch escaped suffocation were shot by the
troops, who found them cowering In fright
In various parts of the grounds.
Belgium's White city stood near the end
of the Aventle Louise, the fashionable park
drive, which on the west side of Brussels
leads out to the beautiful Bo-is de la
Cembre. The national building, that of the
Belgian section, rose majestically on
alight elevation facing the main entrance,
To the left of the main building was the
Vermes. A magnificent quadrilateral of
gardens was surrounded by the four con
cessions of France, Germany, Holland and
Italy. The, Italian pavilion, was built after
the renaissance style of the fourteenth
century. The Qerman section was grouped
around the main pavilion. Eight large
hall were devoted to exhibits of railroad
companies, agricultural machines, art and
education. The Netherlands section In
cluded an elevated roadbed.
One of the most striking features of the
Fnthch section was the palace of agricul
ture and horticulture, special pavilions
being devoted to Tunis, Madagascar, Al
aria, western Africa and Hindo-Chlna.
The Spanish pavilion offered a remarkable
reproduction of the Alhambra palace at
The Court of Lions and several of the
ruins of state were represented. In which
the Spanish government exhibited some of
Its national treasures, such as tapestries,
paintings, armors and Jewels of the former
ELEVEN HUNDRED DROWNED
Dead and Missing; In Great Flood at
Toklo Placed at This
TOKIO, Aug. 15. Casualties from the
great flood which last week tnundited
many districts In Japan and Friday and
fcaturdsy submerged two of the principal
wards of Toklo, were given out today as
LIU dead and missing. Three thousand
dine hundred and fifty-three houses were
washed away. Thousands of - persons are
homeless and dependent on publlo relief.
THREE. CHILDREN DROWNED
CI Iris and Boy Go Down In Lake K
seksy When Raft la Over
turned. MAIlTNETTK, Wis. Aug. 15. -Three
children, two girls snd a boy, were drowned
in the outlet of Lake Koquebey last-even-
i lug when a raft on which they were aUuid-
i Jng overturned.
IIAKRIKT LINDHOLM. aged 13 years.
EVA KKXOKE.V, ard 11 years.
WILLIE KtNOlUiN, agd 10 years.
Afternoon Bulletin Says He Will
' probably Be Able to Leave Hos-
5 T W YORK, Aug. 15. -Mayor Gaynor
? ted further improvement snd strength
y and his "seventh day" found , him
lly emerging from the danger sone.
r early bulletin of the physicians showed
2. wounded executive had passed an ex-
7", ; nt night.
t official bulletin at 8 o'clock was as
Mayor Gaynor has passed a good night
and slept well. Me has taken nourishment
well snd Is in a giiod general condition this
morning. Temperature 0SH. pulse 70 and
respiration 18. ARMTZ.
oecretary Adamson said the mayor
seemed stronger. Now that the patient
Is taking more nourishment and his sleep
is better, his attendants feel that he will
recruit his strength rapidly. His appetite
Is good. The blood tests continue satis
factory and taints of any infection hnvo
not been discovered. The cough which so
distressed the mayor has quite disappeared.
The police are engaging themselves with
the theory that James J. Gallagher,
the would-be assassin, may have had an
accomplice. This Gallagher denies, but a
man with a police record is under
Mayor Gayror will be taken to Adlron
dacks just as soon as his condition
permits, but whether he will undergo an
operation to remove the bullet before his
trip to the mountains has not been fully
The following bulletin regarding Mayor
Gaynor wa3 given out at 1:25 o'clock this
Improvement continues. The mayor has
had a comfortable morning.
One of the physicians who Is attending
Mayor Gaynor said that, barring unfore
seen and Improbable complications, Mayor
Gaynor would be able to leave the hospital
two weeks from today.
Crowd in London
Court Room is
Hearing of Sensational Part of Testi
mony in Inquest on Remains Found
in Crippen House Postponed.
LONDON, Aug. 15. The spectators who
filled the little coroner's court at Islington,
this afternoon where the Investigation of
me urippen murder mystery was con
tinued, in the expectation of h waring sen
sational discoveries In connection with the
remains, stipponwd to be those-' of Belle
Elmore. In a cellar of the Crippen " resi
dence In Hilldrop Crescent, ' were' disap
pointed. '. ,
The officials In charge of the case were
responsible for the disappointment, having
decided to wlthhould the sctentifio evidence
of - this nature and - the identity of the
remains found in the cellar until Dr. Crip
pen and Miss Leneve return.
A new witness, Mrs. Belinda May, sec
retary of the HuslcHall ladles guild, of
which Belle Elmore was, treasuerer, took
the stand. She testified that at' Christmas
time, , Mrs. Crippen complained that her
sleep was disturbed by a choking sensa
tlon as if .she were going to die. She
further stated , that on Feburary 2, Miss
Leneve brought to her a passbook, check
book and a letter In Dr. Crippen'a hand
wrltting, saying that Belle was going away
for a few months and asked the Guild elect
a new treasuerer.
QUEBEC, Aug. 15. The fifteen days Dr.
Crippen and Miss Leneve were required
to spend here before they could be sent
to England on a charge of murder, ex
ptres tonight, , but there were no legal
moves In the case this morning
Smoky City Shows Gain of 18.2 Per
Cent in Population Syracuse,
N. Y., Also Grows.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 15. The population
of Pittsburg, -Pa., is 638,905, an Increase of
82,393, or" 18. t per cent as compared with
the combined population of Pittsburg and
Allegheny 451,182 In 1900i
The population of Syracuse, N. T., Is
137,2-h). an Increase of 28,875, or IS. per cent
as compared with 108.028 In 1900.
INFORMATION FOR VOTERS
Primary Election All Political Parties,
Tuesday, August 16, 1910.
Polls open la Omaha and South Omaha 8 A. M. to 9 P. M.
Blanket ballot Includes candidates
Voter must make cross-marks In one part column only. Votes In mors
than one column spoil the whole ballot and the ballot will not be counted.
The only safe way is tor republicans to vote only in ' the republican
WHERE TO VOTE.
1 120J South 6th.
I two Pacific.
1703 South 10th.
4 91B Bancroft
5 ISHtl South 5th.
1 S424 South fflth.
S .'5 Vinton.
5 1M1 Vinton.
4 1711 Vinton.
6 24 South lth.
1 1519 Webster.
Sl South 10th.
5 SIS North 16th.
4 410 South IKthu
fc-tot, South Uth. .
1 118 Capitol. .
X X14 Hsrnev.
5 718 South K.th.
4 314 Houth Win.
5 2tf North 14th.
1 a fherman.
t sfjol Kherinao.
S ?! Sherman.
4 lt Wierman.
1-2307 North lth.
I I'.vl North 4th.
S It Norm 2sth.
4 ISM North 13d.
5- 2M6 Military.
1 4719 Leavenworth,
t 1525 Georgia.
4 Slue South 33d.
1-19U4 North 24th.
t 1S09 Cuming.
5 12 North 17th.
1 J579 Cuming.
2 SJ37 Cuming.
S 3304 Davenport.
4 211 South Soth.
5 2U Famam. ,
11018 South 10th.
1 lriJl Leavenworth.
4-14.10 South 16th.
s-lta couth 13lh.
I turn UcmlllM,
Mayor's Crowd on Eve of Election
Sees Handwriting on the
TRY TO CONCEAL FEELINGS
Brave "Front" Attempted, but Effort
is Vain. .
Dahlmen Men Will Throw Strength
to Willis Reed. ' -
METCALFE'S FRIENDS ACTIVE
Three Men Still . In ' Democratic Ilace
for Cona-ressloual Nomination
Each' Making Die'
On the day of the primaries the Dahl
msnltes are down in the dumps, Mayor
"Jim's" boosters are still trying hard to
put on a brave front, but among them
selves and their Intimates they admit that
the Jig Is up.
From the first, Dahlman and his crew
conceded that he would not 'have even
a look-in If the voting were to be done
by democrats, but they were figuring that
they could get enough liberal republicans
to come across Into the democratic primary
and save the day for the cowboy mayor.
They have played all the strings they could
reach, and have been spending all kinds
of money put up by the brewers and liquor
dealers, but have found that the job of
getting republicans to abandon their own
ticket was too much for them. The re
publicans who were expected to come to
the relief of "Jim" have been serving
notice that ' they would stay . with their
own ticket and vote for Cady and a legis
lative delegation of liberal republicans, and
would refuse to let their own ticket go by
The Shallenberger forces are also active
and hav accomplished a , good deal In
puncturing the Dahlmanite's claims. It
had been given out that Dahlman would
not let Shallenberger get a single vote In
the lower wards of Omaha, but the Shallen
berger forces here have been organised
to devote special attention in that direc
tion and see to it that no votes are counted
for "Jim" that do not belong to him, and
that no votes cast for Shallenberger are
Hitchcock In Bad.
Out aide of the governor's fight the demo
crats are having merry war in, several
place. Hitchcock for senator Is not to have
a walkaway If the eleventh-hour licks of
some of Metcalfe's friends produce results,
and the Dahlmanltes show their resent
ment as they threaten by giving Willis
Reed the' best of. It," Hitchcock .has" bean
straddling as much as he. could as between
other candidates and as a consequence
has the good will of none of .them. In
Omaha he has pretended to be with Dahl
man, and out In the state he has been
plugging for Shallenberger, while his paper
has been blowing hot and cold.
The democratic, free-for-all for congress
seems to show three men really In the race.
Comptroller Lobeck la depending on his
Swedish nationality to send him to Wash
ington, while W. F. Stoecker is cashing
In on his Dutch, and Attorney Fleharty
figuring on being the beneficiary of the
The democratic legislative candidates are
all pulling . at cross-purposes. Hitchcock
has gotten out a slate headed, "Democra
tic Cltlsen's Ticket," which throws down
all the law-makers seeking re-election ex
cept Tanner and Thomas, and there Is a
merry howl coming out of the ditch.
The democrats expect to cast a bigger
primary vote in Omaha than, ever before.
but will do so only to the extent that Mayor
"Jim" reaches out for republicans to make
good his deficiency of democratic support
KANSAS PRIMARY SURPRISE
Official toast Shows that Justice
Porter, Who Conceded Defeat,
TOPEKA. Kan., Aug. 16. The official
count of the ballots cast at the recent re
pulblcan primary for Justice of the supreme
court furnished a great surprise, it de
veloped today that Justice Silas Porter of
Kansas City, Kan., who had conceded his
own defeat, has been renominated. - His
plurality la 169 over Justice C. B. Graves,
i, ii borers Killed kr Collapse of Dana.
WATERTOWN, N. Y., Aug. 15. Several
Italian laborers were killed and a large
number Injured by the collapse today of
a portion of a dam of T. A. Gillespie com
nanv at Massena on the big power canal.
The Injured were taken to a hospital at
for all political parties arranged in
14 South 4th.
4706 South 7th.
1 24.11 Ames.
2 Silt Ames.
4 SU18 North S4th.
4418 North 34th.
1643 North 20th.
t 25 North 24th.
v-m south th.
t It North 24th.
1 R- R Ave. snd st
5 toO South 18d. (Rear.)
1512 North 26th.
I UA South 30th.
1-810 North I7th.
8 Corner 83d and IC
11214 North 24th.
04 North Xth.
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A 'l '
From the New York World
VERDICT BLAMES MRS. MOTT
Coroner'. Men Say' She Shot Hedy in
MANY WITNESSES ARE HEARD
Contradict DlMid Man A boot His Little
Son Beting Present at the
Tim Woman Fired '
The verdict ol the coroner's Jury In the
Otis Hedy case hhynes Mrs. Bertha Mott
for the shooting, holding that Hedy was
shot In his own house at 823 South Nine
teenth street ' '
. Toe. evidence ot fixi wltnesses..t the lnr
quest' held yesterday, tended , strongly to
show that the shooting of Hedy occurred
as he asserted in his ante-mortem state
ment. Thirteen witnesses were put, on the
stand and those who were in thej build
ing at the time gave the most damag'ng
evldenoe to the defense. But those who
testified were almost certain that Mr.
Hedy'a son was not in the- room -at the
time of the shooting as Hedy swore.
Mrs. Mott still holds to her original story:
That Hedy came to her room, insulted her,
and that as he was leaving, she Shot She
was not placed on the stand yesterday,
though she was present at the Investiga
tion. Mrs. Hedy gave evidence, and after
testifying to what her husband had told her
at the hospital, seemed In a state of col
lapse. Heard Voices In His Room.
All.' WUHfLma who llvf.fl Ml the second
floor of ths building, and over the Hedy
apartments, said: . 1
"The first thing that my attention was
called to was the sound of voices In Hedy's
room. I was sitting beside an open window
in my room, and next heard footsteps be
low, and then the shot I saw , through
the porch floor, where boards were gone,
that Hedy had fallen to the floor. .
"Upon cross-examination, this witness
admitted that while she thought the voices
cams from the Hedy room, they might
have come from some other place.
Mrs. Rose Fuller lives In the basement
beneath Hedy's room. She was sitting In
a chair In her kitchen at the time of the
occurrence. She said: "I heard a scuffle
of footsteps at the Hedy door. There was
next u dull thud as the screen door was
opened and knocked against a washtub.
which stands beside It on the porch. I
then heard the shot and someone fall upon
the porch. Going to my door, I saw Hedy's
arm protruding over the edge of the porch,
and the blood from his wound trickling
down Into the areaway, which leads to
It was testified that the little Hedy boy
had gone to a nearby grocery store but
a, short time before the shooting, and was
not present when It occurred. Those who
testified gave it as their opinion that the
boy was In the front yard. This Is contrary
to the statement made by Hedy to his wife
when he said the boy was a witness to
the affair. Aside from this the testimony
seemed to uphold Hedy's version of ths
Following is the verdict given by the
coronor's Jury arter tne inquest:
w. the 1urv. according to the evidence.
And that Otis Hedy came to his death by
a gunshot wound by the nana or mi
n.rfhi Mott at 823 South Nineteenth street.
of Omaha. County of Douglas, State of
Nebraska. The deed was committed on
August 11, 1910, between the hours of S and
p. m.. and ths victim aiea aujub m.
1910, at 8.10 p. m." ,
,vir. vtAv. who la arief stricken and suf
fering greatly, stated she would leave Mon
day evening for her xatners num. i
Granite. Iku, where she will probably re
main until the case Is brought up In dis
trict courts this fall.
FIGHT OVER A GAME OF CRAPS
One Mnn Killed and Twro Fatally
Wonnded In Battle at Big
BRANDERBURQ. Ky.. Aug. U.-Charles
Gear was shot to death, Joseph Thomas
wu faijlv wounded, and Preston - Gear
crawled Into the woods presumably dying
from a gunshot wound during a fight over
a crap game at Big Springs, Ky., yester
day. James Tate ana josepn Ajnraon,
charged with the crime, art) being pursued
by a posse. The three victims are sons of
well-known farmers. Prsstoa Gear has
not been found, although a trail of blood
left by him was foilt for some distance
sr.. .r - -i.vvx- cj"' T .-Aw iSfM. i
Ths Bee submits for ths guidance ot
republicans ths following Ust of oandi
datss to be voted on la Douglas county
as worthy of support i
For United States Senator.
ELMER J. BURKETT.
For Governor, . .
ADDISON E. CADY.
For. Lieutenant Governor.
. M. R. HOPEWELL. . . -''
For Secretary of State.
. . .'JOHN J. RYDER.' ' i
Auditor. ' .
For state Treasurer,
WALTER A; GEORGE. i -. ,i
For Superintendent of Public Instruction.
FRANK 8. PERDUK or , '
;, ... J. W.. CRABTBEE. . v .", ..i
For' Attorney General. . .
' ' C. P. ANDERBERY. ; '. ' .
For Land ' Commissioner, -
' EDWARD B. COWLES.
For Railway Commissioner.
HENRY T. CLARKE, JR.
CHARLES L. PATTNDER3 or
. ABRAHAM L. 8UTTON.
For State Senators Vote for Three.
.JOHN T. DILLON,
J. L. KALE f,
ARTHUR C. PANCOAST.
For Representatives Vote for Nina.
NELS J. ANDERSON,
. U. M. BACHMANN,
K. W. BARTOS.
F. C. BEST,
HERMAN G. BOESCHE.
M. O. CUNNINGHAM.
ROBERT HOUGHTON. '
JAMES P. REDMAN.
F. S. STUCKER. , .
For 'County Attorney,
JAMES E. RAIT.
For Commissioner. 1st District -JOHN
GRANT., . .
For Commissioner, 2d District .
JOHN C. LYNCH.
For Commissioner, 4th District
- JOHN C. TROUTON.
For School Board Vote for Four.
M. F. SEARS.
J. L. JACOBSON. -.'.'
GEORGE COT1-. ,
' "W. A. BOURKB.
Cut this out and take It with you to ths
Republican Primaries August W. 1910,
LIND WILL NOT MAKE RACE
Former Governor of Minnesota Ad
heres to Hla Decision Not to -Be
Candidate. I '.
ST. PAUL. Aug. US. In a letter
today by F. A'. Day, chairman of the demo.
cratlo state central committee. John A.
Llnd of Minneapolis, who Is in Seattle and
who was named for governor by the demo
cratic state convention In July,- says:
I cling to my original decision to refuse
to be the democratic candidate for gov
ernor, though I am without a full knowl
edge of the situation." t . .
FORT. RILEY MANEUVERS BEGIN
Kansas Militia Are First to Take the
Field Nebraska Troops to
Asrlvo Wednesday, ,
JUNCTION , CITY. Kan.. Aug. , US.-The
opening tactics In the fall maneuvers at
Fort lUley, In which (.000 troops of ths
regular army and the organised mllltla will
take part began today. .
The Kansas troops took ths field first,
The Nebraska troops are due to arrive next
Wednesday and the Missouri and Oklahoma
soldiers in September,
Brigadier General F. K. Ward has com
mand of the maneuver camp.
Val for Rupture with Church
MADRID, Aug. IS. Semi-official note Is
sued today attributes to Cardinal Merry
Del Val, the papal secretary of state, sola
responsibility for the acts of ths Vatican In
the controversy with Spain. The note says
thst the statements issued by the cardinal
for the purpose, according to the note, of
Influencing ths press of the world, wilt
make no impression on the Spanish govern
"The congregation of extraordinary af
fairs," ths Inapirers of ths nots state, "was
never consulted during the negotiations be
tween Spain snd the Vatican which have
been going ou for months. Premier Caoale-
REPUBLICANS MORE ACTIVE
Nearly Everybody Prefers to Have
: Ticket Headed by Cady.
SEVERAL - LIVELY CONTESTS
Question Asked Wkr Real Estate
. Bisrh Wants to Own Delegation
of Law Makers for the
, ' : ' Leglalature.
Ths canvass for primary votes among re
publican candidates is close, with noticeable
nativity all along the line. Practically all
local candidates are , expressing preference
fqr'Cady to head the ticket for governor
te&liJsr: vtfnvittted that he would be the
stronger' man and would help materially In
the election. With Cady as ths candidate
for governor' they all feel that a winning
fight ' could be carried through in Douglas
county with mudh less effort and outlay.
The' few ' Aid) Ich enthusiasts who started
to make a holse last week have apparently
subsided, and no real work In his behalf Is
apparent, on the surface.
The congressional contest between Saun
ders and Sutton Is easily absorbing most of
of the . local ; Interest among republicans.
Saunders Jhas. a. wide-awake organization
that Is coveting the whole district for him
and relies on the strength, he has with the
butineas interests through his record in the
legislature, it Is conceded tnat Judge Sut
ton will run ahead In South Omaha and
ths country.', v .
Rait Shows Strength.
For . comity, attorney James E. Rait is
picked as .the winner, as he Is the only
candidate who gives any assurance of being
able to put up a strong fight against
County Attorney English later.
. On the legislative ticket there are slates
and slates. Ths list recommended by The
Bee has met, with wide favor, and contains
the .names of most. If not all, of the win
ners.; The slate put up by the real estate
men v la drawing considerable fire. ' "Why
should the real estate men want to own
the', law makerfT" is the question asked.
''Are not the present laws favorable enough
to 'the landlord and hard enough on the
tenant?" - The 'real estate men's slae Is
said to contain the names of several die
guisod county optionlsts and prohibitionists.
. On the ' f etiool board there Is nothing
djolnf and on the Water board It is every
body for himself.
; i - Strike Spreads
JTateruxban line to Dayton is Tied Up
Thousand Troops Will Ee
'.; - Brought to City,
COLUMBUS, .O., Aug. .Cars on the
uoiumbus-Dayton division of ths Ohio
Electrto. Railway .company wars operated
irregularly today because of the strike
tne motortnen and conductors.
' It Is Said- that fifty motormen an4 enn
ductors are out, tlelng up the Una from
oiumous to, Dayton. Clerks and stenog
rapnsrs. pave been put on as conductors
some oi tn cars.
Troop B and Battery C, both of Colum
bus, .have been ordered out in the car
men's' strike. Military officials are going
ovsr lists to order out 1.000 trooDa at onra
The First regiment of Cincinnati also has
been ordered out
Jas knows that svery decision In ths pres
ent controversy was taken solely, fcy Car
dlnal Merry Del Val."
ROME, Aug. IR-Owlng7 to a mlsunder
standing Jt was related at the time of the
abandonment of the clerical demonstration
at Ban 8ebaetlan, August T, tht ths Vatican
had instructed the Roman Catholics of
Spain to prevent the manifestations. The
Vatican now wishes it clearly known that
this statement was Incorrect. The Holy
See maintained a wholly extraneous stll-
tuds on the subject, taking no steps regard
ing .- the movement and doing nothing
either to prevent, or promote It '
Cost of Disposing of Property of
Indian Boy Two Thousand Dollars
More Than Value.
PEOPLE THINK IT A SCANDAL
Witness Savs Congress Should Take
Look at Laws.
CHILDREN ABE DEFRAUDED"
Minor Gets Threi Hundred and Fifty
from Half Seption.
PROBATE COURTS KNOW FACTS
JadR-ea Said to Do Fully Avrare o
Manner In Which Thousands
of Acres A re 'Transferred
SULPHUR, Okl., Aug. 15.-Detalls of a
:hnne by which "land arahhera ,
Ized systematically to enrich themselves at
ie expense or minor Indians were related
t the congressional Investigation Into In
an land affairs today.
In one Instance. It was asserted, the cost
r disposing of the nroDcrtv of sin ikv.
Id Indian was $20.75 more than the nmi.,-v
brought and the condition which permitted
this and similar deals was declared to be a
aisgracs to Oklahoma.
Hearing thst the scheme prevailed gener
lly, Representative Fhllip A. Campbell of
Cansas, a member of the investleatinir
mlltee, had put on the stand James Yarbor
ough, a Chickawa Indian by Intermarriage.
u juu can mis sort of thing grafting or
lust plain stealing?" aked Mr. r.mnh.n
after the witness had related the circum
Well, the people down our wav Mnu
is a scandal that the laws Drm(t .,,,-h .
thing, and w e think it is time that congress
take notice of It."
The probate court at Duranl aiinn,. .i,-
guardian to sell for S2.600 a trant f iu
acres of what Is known as the allotted
i.nu ownea oy an 18-year-old child.
ino guardian then put in a claim 'on the
Big; Fees t in I mod.
The claim included 1S.-.0 f,,i- .
guardian, tl.tfso for Improving the lands""1
, uw ir oarn, ioi ror posts, $45 for fences,
$8 for witnos fees and more monev for
otner purposes. It was found when ths
deed was closed that the child owed his
.uimei- guaraian x.tf,5, and now ths guar
dian Is threatening to llBA'A than nrAnarlv
Of the child sold In order to get the $J,0T6.
i Know ot another case in which 825 acres
were sold for an Iidlan child mH ,h
the claims were paid ths child got $,150.
In another Instance $1,500 was obtained o.
200 acres, but . the child only got ". in
other ' words tha n- of dacea.tei Itt-
uian in mis state whlre are located one
third of all the Indians In tha iinni ct....
are systematically being robed of the es-
''" a"ocea mem by the government. The
property Is sold at Drlces uiat-A u..
land robbers. The children are robbed at
oum enus, at one end by their guardians,
and at the other by the purchasers."
"Do you mean to sav that .i-h
are countenanced by the probate court?"
lney to on with full knowledge ot
Thousands of Acres Taken.
"Thousands of acres of property thus are
taken from the Indians and thrown Into the
lands of white people, the lnduns getting
poorer and the land grabbers richer. Most
of todsy's testimony was given by wit
nesses for the defence. J. is. McMurrsy,
whose 10,000 contracts allowing him a 10
per cent attorney's fee for th .i. .
000,000 worth of Indian land caused ths
present investigation, sought to show that
a large percentage of the signers wers
hHII In fnvn. At Mm ...... - A j M. . .
awa Indians testified they were willing
to Increase the foe If It ,would result In
the prompt sale of allotted holdings by
trusts and the government.
Thomas B. Crews, an attorney of St
Louis, testified he had contracts with 700
freedmen, or hegroes who claim Indian
blood or claim to be descendants of former
slaves or Indians. These freedmen assert
they were wrongfully kept off ths clUsen
shly rolls. On the basis of his contracts,
Mr. Crew said he Would be allowed a $5
per cent attorney ' fee. A cltisenshlp right
Is estimated to be worth $5,000. The 709
claimants, If successful in litigation, it was
said, would acquire a claim on the gov
ernment of about $3,600. The attorney's
fee Involved would be $1,225,000, It was es
Mr. Crews said he slso had contracts with
about 100 negroes who desire to take ad
vantage ot a right to purchase 20 acres ot
land at an appraised valuation, in dddition
to the acres given them as freedmen. Un
der contract. Crews is to furnish the oaab
to purchase and Is to receive In return one
half tho land.
" In another set of contracts, he said about
1,300 Choctaw Indians in Mississippi want
to get enrollment here, on a 26 per cent
More details of J. E. McMurray's alleged
activity at Washington to promote his 10
per cent attorney fee contracts In ths sals
of $30,000,000 worth of Indian lands were re
lated before the committee today.
W. R. Johnson, former United States at
torney, testlfed that certain indictments
against McMurray In ID05 were ordered
dismissed by the attorney general. Ths
Indictments were returned against Mc
Murray and others In connection with a
$300,000 expense account which McMurray's
firm had filed against the Indians In
prosecuting citizenship cases. It was al
leged in the Indictments that ths exponas
account had been "padded."
At ths tlms ths Indictments wers being;
Investigated Cecil A. Lyon, national re
publican committeeman for Texas, was In
Washington. Mr. Lyon previously had
testified he had urged the attorney general
to investigate th Indictments, but he de
clared he never asked that they bs dis
missed. The Indictments later wers
ordered dismissed. Mr. Lyon then became
Interested with Mr. McMurrsy in what art
known as ths old tribal contracts and
talked with President Roosevelt in regard
Only Iadletnsent Dismissed.
"During your term of offlcs how msny
indictments were returned?" Mr. Johnson
"How many of these lndlctements wers
"Only one, that against McMurrsy." -After
tha McMurrsy indictment was. re
turned, I was called to Washington. 1 took
all ths pspers there. After nine days A-
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