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THE BEE: OMAHA. THURSDAY, PECEMHETC P. 1010.
HOW THE LAND BARONS LIVE
"Snitfd States Attorney and Special
Examiner Make Trip to Hastings.
DENY ALL TALES OF LUXUEY
a. Ilitrrll f;lvra Oat atatemeat t1
III I nadltlnns He ''
TkPm at Adama I'nnatT
.nil al llaallnB.
"The millionaire fists" of thr HaMlna's Jail
i -..n.vtiuh Itlrluirri. Jameson and
Trlpploil. larnl fi-noers ar .nnrinl. lack
th oriental Hplemlor depleted In report j
rinlnstlng from that lly. no Frank Howell.
I nlf"! states district attorney, declare In
a wrlttr-n statement, made, following an in
vestigation. Mr. Howell, together with
other officials of the Iepartmenr of Jus
tice visited the. Jail Tuesdsy. W hl re
turn WdncKday he nave out a statement
under authority from the attorney general.
His statement follows:
For some time pr.iif the attention of
Judges W. M. and T. C. Munger. fnlted
Fiatos Marshal Warner and United Btates
Attorney Howell, have been directed to
I arlons ntwraper articles concerning the
I transfer of ComstooV, Wc-hards, Jarmson
' and Trlplett, federal prisoners convicted
of land frauds In the federal court at
Omaha, from the Douglas county Jail at
Omaha to the Adams, county Jsll at Hast
ings. Neb. This was the subject of sev-
jf" eral conferences among thesa parties. On
Monday. December t, the Jury work which
had engaged the atwitton of the federal
court at Omaha since November , ended.
It was agreed upon the auggestlon of Judge
T. C. Hunger that the Vrilted States at
torney go to HastinKs, personally, and In
ventlgate first hand, the conditions there
prevailing In the Adams county Jail.
"Full arrangements were made for this
Investigation In the forenoon of Monday
About 1 o'clock; Monday afternoon. J. V.
Flshman. special examiner, was sent to ex
amine the Adams county Jail by the attor
ney general, and otherwise generally to In
vestigate the situation with relation to
these prisoners n Nebraska. Mr. Flshman
reported to the tTnlted States attorney s
office at S o'clock Monday, in cvmimur
with Mr. Flshman I. left Omaha at :10
for Hastings arriving- there about 1:30 In
the evening. On the following morning
.1 .. without any notice from
... .. i. 1 A m tit th
any one in itaeunr".. r""""'a- ,
sheriff or any of the prisoners or our in
tended visit, we went to the Jail and at
once were admitted. TV made a thorough
detailed examination of the contents of the
Jail, the prisoners and of their treatment.
No Oriental Rasra.
The. facts found are aa follows:
There were no "oriental rugs," no car
pets on floors." no "telephone In cells or In
the Jail." no "chiffoniers," bureaus, drea
aera or other furniture except a email cab
inet about one and a half foot wide and
ten lnchee deep, about the height of an
ordinary piano stool,--with doora. costing
12.60 each. TWe were no lace curtains,
or any other curtains to or in any of the
Jail window! or cells. There was no
Japanese chef and no food had been fur
nished by such chef, the food being fur
nished by the sheriff, whose wife did the
cooking, the same food being furnished to
all prisoners alike, there being seven In all.
No visitors were allowed according; to the
jail rules established by the state court,
except from 10 to 11 Wednesdays and 1
to Saturdays. There was no "vaudeville"
or other theatrioaj performances. There
was a colored man In the Jail, charged with
a serious state offense, his presence being
the only evidence that we were able to tfis
eorer of "olof dancing" or other festivities.
There was no delivery of meals from the
outside by automobiles or otherwise. There
was to use no "perfectly good Havtland.
The Jail cells were eupplled as follows I
The bedsteads were single Iron or metal
bedsteads, some of which had been In the
lall all the time and others supplied, by
the sheriff, recently, but were of the eame
practical make and dimensions, none bet
ter than the others so far as comfort was
concerned. The mattresses on all of the
beds were the same so far aa we could de
termine, but some might have been newer
than others. The bed clothing In all but
two cells were sheets, blankets and white
spreads; in the other two cells there were
blankets. One of the prisoners In the
latter two cells . preferred blankets to
sheets. As to the other bed clothing,
wliether It was preferred or not, I am not
advised, but tbey were all clean and re
spectable bed olothee. In front of each
cot of all the priaoners there was a mat
of some kind. -,
"In the cattle man's cells there was one
domestic rug In front of each of the oots.
two of them costing SI. GO each, one S5.W
and the other fa, There were electric llvhts
In all of the cells that I noticed, except
one, belnc drop lights Iron the ceiling of
the cell, the other 'well liArrng. an extension
drop light Strom Just outside the cell, paus
ing through an opening In the cage. Tne
cells of the prisoners other than the cattle
men were supplied with boxes, not var
nished, performing the same functions as
the cabinets In the cattle men's cells. There
was k bath tub In the Jail proper, close to
the cells, for the use of all prisoners. It
was supplied with only cold water, and the
method of heating it was by' turning In
steam from heating pipes, "through a hosa,
into the cold' water. There were one or
two smalt table's In lie Jail, outside the
rells, for card playing or such use aa the
prisoners mlifhl '. see . fit to make use of,
to which ll the prisoners had access dur
ing iho daytime.
Newspapers for Cartalaa. V
"The only otsiriiftiuii to any of the Jail
windows. It being a baarmnnt Jail and the
windows being, level with the ground.
were newspapers pinned up over the win
dows. They were put there because curi
ous people, attracted by the newspaper ar
ticles, imd taUcn In the habit of going to
thene windows early jn the morning and at
all times of the day, peeping at the prison
era liiHkle, who were In plain sight of
those looking through the windows, the
ells Jeing laUU-ed steel work. The pris
oners complained pf curious peeping people
(lining the early morning hours when they
were sreixiins, 'and fur that reason the
newspapers were put up. All of the pris
oners aro I.h ki'il Tu their cells during- the
iiiklil. "'( are allowed the liberty of the
iiiriidom dining the daytime.
"There was absolutely no legregaUon of
the tattle men prisoners from the others
confined In the Jail, and at ths time of our'
arrival all of tlie prisoners, including; the
i;cro. Veie In. the corridor together. There
were no other-' wth lj of any Importance
v. hats.wncr in the 'jail except as above
.ated; they lia.l pipes and smoking tobacco
and uther aitioloa ef that character, but
nothing indli atln any luxury whatever.
As to reading matter, all of the prisoners
veie permitted to have magailnea and
v.k as well newspapers, this being
1m mlttfd In all prisons, both state and
federal.;- At . Ulncoln. .'eh., a Jail which
l ie pe'Jal examiner of the department ex- I
anilne't, were hundreds of niasailnes pilodj
tii! in sl iarls of the jail for the use of the
I n olielT. - '
Klertrlo I. labia.
"The rle- tric lights referred to re put
l-i the '.'all when it wns constructed nj
lave l.een tueie at all times since, Th
i nli thing in the natu'.e of food or any- I
liiii g to eat lfln supplied by per' in oul- '
u.ilr, other than that KUpplud l.y the sheriff 1
were fallow e: Mr. Comstoek had one
apple whhh he lad taken there with him
In hi g-np when taken to the Jail he the
marshal, snd hi lfe siibseiuent.ly sent
him a pound box of landy. Our visit was
made early for the purpose of seeing the
Jail fare. Breakfast the morning we were
there having been already served before
we went there, and before the sheriff knew
of our coming, conrtpted of three pancakes,
one frld egg. bread and coffee.
"The prisoners aa well as the sheriff In
formed us alike that there hud been no
favoritism shown any prisoners stnee the
cattlemen had been conrined and the sheriff
Mated that there would be none. Mrs.
f'omntnrk. so we are Informed, had rented
the Oswald Oliver home at Hastings, about
one mile from the Jail, and the Japanese
cook who had dime ths work for the house
of the I'omstocks for at least two months
on the ranch prior to going to Hastings was
the one referred to In the newspaper articles
and he hail charge of the house, furnace
end kitchen of Mrs. Comstock at Hastings.
Prlsaners Bay .Newspapers.
"We presume that the newspapers were
subscribed and paid for by the prisoners.
Out of Justice to the sheriff we feel that
we ought to add that he has a Jail that Is
well kept, splendid ssnltatlon, and that so
far as we are able to learn from any
source he has conducted himself toward all
prisoners In a humane, but Impartial man
ner. The speoial examiner talked with the
sheriff and Informs me that the sheriff
stated to him that no favoritism had been
shown and none would be during the con
finement of the cattle men as prisoners.
"Jn this connection I have been advised
by United States Marshal Warner that the
condition above described existed at the
time he delivered Comstock, Trlplett and
Jameson to tha Adams county Jail on No
vember 2. except as to the cabinets, and
that Identically the same conditions ex
isted on December I when he delivered
Richards to the Jail, and that at the time
of the delivery of the prisoners by the
marshal he told the sheriff that the fed
eral authoritlea would expect that these
men be treated as prisoners and exactly
the aame aa all other prisoners, without
partiality or favoritism, which the sheriff
stated to the marshal would be done. I
am Informed by the marshal that when
he made the aecond trip to deliver Rich
ards he went unannounced, and when he
went Into the Jail he found Comstock and
the colored man washing the table In the
corridor of the Jail.
"We have been unable to find anywhere
any evidence that there was any discrimi
nation, favoritism or the bestowal of any
luxuries upon any of the prisoners in this
Jail. We were also advised by the prison
ers and the sheriff that no newspaper men
or reporters had been In the Jail, or knew
of the conditions therein from the time
the prisoners referred to were delivered
to the sheriff up to the time we made the
examination, and that anything they wrote
must of necessity have been written with
out any knowledge of the facta
"Mr. Flshman, special examiner from
Washington, endorses this statement In Its
entirety, the same having been submitted
to him before being given out to the
Clearing Sale oi Real Tailoring
$2S SUIT BALE
Select any suiting; In tny entire stock, which formerly sold up to
.1;I.OO, and I will make, you real TAIMHKI-T(-OHl)KU Ml IT for
If you think Uwt porfert fitting and wHl in axle garment, cannot he
made to order nt this price, rail at my shop and experiment at my ex
pense. If the clothes I rut and make to your measure do not fit nnd
Madefy you In every respect, you need not accept them or pay one penny
I stand the loss, not yon.
I must reduce my stock regardless of profits.
COME IN- AT ONCE AND BE MEASURED.
OPPOSITE ARMY BUILDING.
STATE EPILEPTIC HOSPITAL
Charity Workers Urge State of Iowa
to Act for Foundation.
DR. BARNISTE& BACKING MOVE
Firemen on Carpet
Give Odd Excuses .
For Their Actions
Board of Fire and Police Commis
lionert Conclude Inquisition and
Administers Few Fines.
t anvaas of Phyafrlaaa of State of
Iowa Shows Talrty-Xlae Haadred
Persoaa la ae Afflicted
with This Disease.
been started by the Cedar Rnplds Ttulld
Ing A Iioan association, by application to
the court for i writ to compel the state
executive council to approve its articles
without payment of the fees which are
provided In the statute.
Woald lie "late Printer.
9. M. Green, editor of the Charlton Herald-Patriot,
Is In the city looking after
Ms chance for election as state printer
by the legislature. He has received great
encouragement and in fact appears to have
the matter fairly well cinched.
It night was an extremely bad. night
for some of the city's firemen, not In the
line of duty, but before their governing
body, the Board of Fire and Police Com
missioners. One fireman was dismissed
from the service and fines were levied
upon four others which "totalled 30. Be
sides, several severe reprimands were ad
ministered. The case of Richard Norrls. formerly a
pipetnan In hose company No. . who was
dismissed from the service laat night, was
a peculiar one. Norrls was In the habit
of having a girl awaken him In the morn
ing. On the morning- of November I the
maid was sick and did not appear. He.
therefore, was late and hurried - to the
telephone to notify his bouse that he was
coming. The telephone was not in work
ing Oder and the fireman tried vainly to
get his number. In the course of his
wrestle with the Instrument Norrls grew
extremely angry and. at last drawing
back, he aaruag a heavy uppercut with
his good right fist full a-ainet the trans
mitter. However, Norrls oame out of the battle
aecond best, for he cut his hand severely.
As a result he laid off from work six daya,
Wot reporting to his captain, it was ior
the latter fact and for a prevloua record
not of the best that he was "dismissed.
During his lay-off he drew (2 a day bene
fit from the relief association.
The members of the board had a hard
time keeping their official dignity when
Captains Patrick Connolly of hose company
No. 18 and Edward Turner or nose com
pany No. 11 came before tbem on the
charge of falling to have their apparatus
driven properly. The two companies, It is
alleged, had indulged In a race one day
last month while going to a fire at Twenty-
fourth and Blnney streets, which
near ending In a serious accident.
tunately, beyond a slight damage to the
two trucks, no ttawu was done by ths
collision which occurred when one crashed
Into the other.
No. 11 Is atcolored company. One of Its
members In reply to a question as to what
he knew about the affair replied: "Ah
don' know, sah. Ah were looking for a
place to. light, pere was a street car la
front ob Hjb, a van to ths. side ob Ms and de
hobe cart on de other aide. It were Jus'
like flirting with an undertaker."
' Both captains drew a 15 fine.
John K. Hunter of engine house No. 1
answered to the charge of reporting forty
three minutes late on November 19. Mr.
Hunter said that a leaky gas Jet was re
sponsible, the houe being filled with gas
when he was awakened and that he had
been stupefied by lu The board considered
his excuse an excellent one, after ascertain
ing that It was true, and Hunter was dis
missed after being told to be a little care
ful about the gas, as his services were
The Key to the Hltuatlon Bee Want Ads.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
PES MOINES, lec. 7. (Special Tele
gramsA state hospital for the care of
epileptic people of Iowa Is urged by the
charity workers of the state. At the clos
ing session of the conference of charities,
Dr. Bannister, who Is head of the move
ment to secure an appropriation of several
hundred thousand dollars from the next
general assembly with which to erect and
equip hulldinirs for such a hospital, gave
a paper In which he act forth his reason
for making this campaign In the Interest
of the epileptics of the state.
Since becoming a member of the board
of control for the state the doctor has
written to the physicians of Iowa asking
for the number of epileptic patients under
their care and the probability of them
accepting offer of relief In a state institu
tion. Compiling his answers Dr. Bannister
found that there were 3.900 epileptics in
the state, and the majority of them morn
than willing to go to a state Institution If
assured of relief or cure. The conference
also approved a plan for a hospital for
persons mentally III but not Insane.
Because of wide degree of difference In
the analysis made of the city water sup
ply City Physician Baylor, In a bulletin
Issued today on the typhoid epidemic, says
that tha source of fever cannot be deter
mined. He hopes to know positively
within a few days. Several experts for
the city ere examining the water. It Is
believed that all the new cases are of
persons Infected some time ago,
M an r seklnsr Certificates.
Tro classes of seekers for professional
rights are undergoing examination at the
state house. A class of fifteen dentists Is
being examined by the state dental board
for certlficatea and a class of sixty-five
pharmacists Is at work to secure certifi
cates to engage in prescription filling. The
classes are both very large for this time
Oaard Contpanlee Are Weak.
It la announced that at least three of the
national guard companies may be mustered
out before the annual Jnspectlon by regu
lar army officers next month. There Is
now one vacancy in the guard. The stand
ards have been fixed so hlnh that only
the best cities can afford to maintain
the companies and there la fear that the
Inspections during the fore part of next
year will result in much trouble for the
Oil Case Xot Yet Derided.
State officials are much concerned over
the suit brought by dealers In mixed oils
to establish their right to sell such mixed
oils In Iowa as "linseed oil" despite the
law of the state which forbids the sale of
any oil purporting to be linseed oil without
being such and being plainly labeled. The
suit was brought to test the law, as the
state food and dairy commissioner has
many cases pending in this state.
To Modify Corporation Larrs.
In order that the corporation laws of the
state may be better enforced the secretary
of state will recommend to the legislature
a number of changes. At present the for
eign corporations must pay a filing fee on
their entire capital, but If this was en
forced many large corporations would re
fuse to do business here. ' He proposes that
the fee shall be on the amount of capital
actually employed in the state.
Attack I pom Parole Board,
The atate parole board was the subject of
an attack by Rev. K. 1 1. Bell before the
state conference of charities and correc
tions today. He denounced the present
board as Incompetent and behind the times
and as engaged In perverting the law. He
said the main purpose of the board, so far
as could be ascertained, was to keep pris
oners in prison as long as possible, Instead
of making fair application- of the parole
system aa contemplated by law.
Iowa Hate Hureaa.
The Iowa State Manufacturers' assocl
atton is going to establish a traffic bureau
In les Moines for the benefit of the Iowa
shippers. This announcement was made
by George A. Wrightman, secretary of the
facturers' assoc atlon. Walter K.
rale expert of many years' ex
perience, will come to Dcs Mulnes to take
charge of the new bureau.
Litigation n Kesvard to I .a w .
The promised HtigaMon to determine the
meaning of the corporation lawa of the
state as applied to renewal of Incorpora
tion of building and loan companies has
Omaha Oil Company
is Denied Injunction
Des Moines Court Holds that Label
on Linseed Oil is Not Suffi
DE8 MOINES, la.. Dec. 7. Judge James
A. Howe today denied the application of
the American Unseed Oil company of
Omaha for an Injunction to restrain pure
Food Commissioner Barney from further
prosecutions under the Iowa pure oil law.
The court held that the words "blended
linseed oil raw or boiled," appearing on
the label la not sufficiently definite aa to
quality or character of the oil.
Culled From the Wire
The French chamber of deputies unan
imously voted an appropriation of $l,100.OJ0
for the relief of flood victims.
Judge J. B. Thorton of Alexandria has
been elected by the Ixiiiislana general as
sembly I'nlted States senator to succeed
the late Senator McEnery.
Dr. John A. Swope, representative from
Pennsylvania in the Forty-elRhth and
Forty-ninth congresses, died Tuesday in
Washington, aged 87 years.
A freight engine on the Texas Pacific
railroad exploded at Odessa, Tex., killing
Engineer William Oliver and his fireman,
and seriously Injuring the brakeman.
Simple But rowsrfal:. prescription
for mheumatlsm end. Lame Back. .
This was previously published here and
many cf the worst cases of rheumatism
and backache were completely cured in a
short time by its use.
"Get one ounce of syrup of Sarsaparllla
compound and one ounce of Torla com
pound; then get a half pint of good whis
key (or sherry wine if it Is preferred) and
add the other Ingredients to II. Take a
tablespoenful of this mixture before each
meal and at bedtime. Shake the bottle
each time before using." The good effects
of this treatment are said to be felt after
the first few doses but it should be con
tinued until permanent results are assured.
Any good druggist has these Ingredients In
stock or will quickly get them from his
wholesale house. Adv.
Appreciated Smas Gift
that you can find, a gitt that the one to whom it is
given cheerfully and happily shares with others is
This year we are in a better
position to sell to you this
most useful present at a
greater saving in price than
Our Great Xmas Piano Sale
which is now in full blast is providing more homes
with beautiful pianos than ever in our history. We
are saving every piano buyer from $75 to $125 on
each instrument. We, while saving the piano buyer
the above amounts, are giving 25 to 50 more
quality. When it comes to the matter of how you
may pay for the piano you select
Yoni Make the Terms.',
Call and see these instruments. Watch Friday's pa
pers for prices. The first to call will get the better
of a store full of great piano bargains.
No married Woman's napplnesg la
complete without children; th
yearns with the) deeper longing! oi
her nature for the Jots of mother
hood. But women who hear children
should prepare for the coming of
baby by properly earing for their
rhysical sy stoma. Mother's Friend
It la a remedy which prepares tha
Is ths expectant mother's greatest help
muscles and tendons for the unusual strain, renders the ligaments snpple and
elastic, aids In expanding the skin and flesh fibres, and strengthens all the
membranes and tissues. It Is especially Taluable where the breasts are trouble
some from swelling and congestion, and Its regular use will lessen the pain
ana uacger wncu xne uiue one
comes. Women who use Mother's
friend are assured of passing the
crisis with safety. It Is for sale at
drug store. Write for free booi
for expectant mothers.
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