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VOL. XLNO. VX,.
OMAHA, THlKSDAY MOWNINC. FILniUWKY
1!M1 TWKLVK l'ACiKS.
iSLW.LK COL'V TWO CENTS.
The Omaha Daily Bee
SHAKES NEW YORK
Boatload of Explosive Blowi Up,
Killing Thirty and Wounding
Hundreds of Persons.
PROPERTY DAMAGE OVER $750,000
Ellis Island Suffers Along
Manhattan from Shock.
REAL CAUSE CANNOT BE LEARNED
, . , . . , .... . ... n
Lighter Vanishes Utterly with Crew
of Seven Men.
hork U Frit Forty-Five Mile Dis
tant eere llimur Aluo In
Brooklyn anil Slnten
NB" fOrtK. Feb. t. A cargo of dyna
mite. In tranelt from a freight car to the
hold of a lighter moored at Pier No. 7,
Cornmunlpaw. N. J., exploded at 12:01 to
day, IM yards aouth of the Jersey City
terminal of the Central Railroad of New
Jersey, and In th widespread ruin that
followed seven men are known to have
been killed, aeven more are missing, hun
dreda were wounded and varying reports
leave from fifteen to twenty more unac
Thirty aeema to be a conservative estl
niate of the dead and property damage
will hardly fall below 1750.000.
The cause of the explosion I variously
attributed to the dropping of a case of
dynamite and to a boiler exploplon on a
boat. The direct cause probably will never
The Jerey City terminal was wrecked,
three ferryboats In the slips were dam
aged; lower Manhattan, across the river,
was shaken from street level to the top
of the Singer tower; severe damage was
done In Brooklyn and Staten Island and
to the Immigrant detention station on Kills
The shock waa felt at Amltyville, I 1.,
hlrty-flv miles distant, and In New Jer
sey at Long Branch, forty-ftve miles away.
Dana are Over "Wide Area.
The damage Is so widely scattered that
It Is Impossible to more than roughly esti
mate It, but In Manhattan alone It Is
placed at SlOO.OnO; on Kills Island, from
I ID. 000 to $2T.,000, and In all $760,000 appears
a fair estimate. The lighter receiving the
dynamite, the Katherlne W., owned by
James Healing of Jersey City, vanished
utterly with Its crew of aeven men, In
cluding1 the master, Edward Traver.
Alongside was the lighter Whistler, which
was so badly shattered that It sank with
Its crew of two, while the Swedish steel
barkentlne lngrld waa stripped of Its rig
ging and two deck hands aboard killed.
Kragmenta of one man's head, were found
swinging high on a tangled piece of rope.
The Katherlne W. was tied to the outer
end of the pier and a crew of dock hands
was unloading a. consignment oi miy
pound boxes from two freight cara to the
lighter when the crash came.
One report was that the explosive was
consigned to eontractors up the river for
blasting along the Palisades; another that
it waa bound for Havana.
' Only the Whistler's flagstaff has been
, found. 1 The freight went up In a puff of
du? On the rear deck of the barkentine
lngrld was found a pair of trucks. They
'J may be the trucks of the dynamite car or
' of one of the other four cars standing
near, which were also torn to bits.
th Aaatkrr Car Intact.
a Fifty yards back stood another ear of
? dynamite. The explosion ripped the roof
off and broke In the doors, but the dyna-
mite Itself did not explode.
On board the Ingrid the steel ml men maat
snapped off above the lower yard and the
tangled wreckage came tumbling about the
decks. . Everything abaft waa leveled flat
but the steel plates of the hull held.
For 100 feet the pier end waa demolished.
The planking seemed to have been ground
to powder. The few splinters left were an
adequate account of ita bulky girders,
planking, cross-stays, and massive frame
work built to uphold locomotives and
loaded trains. Over the broken edges
twisted the steel rails of the track. A
eel gondola car on the southernmost
track looked like an old hat that had been
usod by boys for a foot ball.
I All about were strange freaks of the ex
plosion. One freight car had the roof
ihlown Inward, aa If had been crushed by
y. falling boulder, but the aides were un
damaged. The iron sheathing of the freight
bViuee on . Pier No. t, to the north, waa
pished Inward on the side nearest the ex
pi'slon and outward on the farther side.
In the train shed of the terminal nearly
life whole southern exposure of the glass
rcl'f collapsed, showering the passengers
with broken glass. One man waa struck by
a jlwenty-pound fragment and so severely
euj that he died.
BlaT City Is Panle-Strlcken.
Th concussion set off fire alarms In
many part of th financial district of
New- York and the clatter of fire apparatus
and the shrill shrieks of the fire engine
siren added to the confusion. Men and
women awarmed out of the buildings, some
f them by th fire escaie route. The fire
mrn hunted In vain for a blare.
Instead they found the streets danger
ously crowded and the sidewalks covered
with broken glass.
The explosion caused as much a rum
motion on the water as on the land. New
York tire boata and police patrol boats
crooked th river to the scene and Jersey
Central tug boat and other craft hurried
to the foot of Henderson street, where
what wa lef. of the dynamite boat lay.
Ks plosion on Dynamite Boat.
The dynamite boat Catherine C. was i
.ni..nilintf at the Jersev Central oler uh,nl
the exploalon look place. Just what caused ,!aU1" B,u l,n "v', 1 "' P' le today by
it may never be known. The boat was 'the introduction of evidence directly con
under command of Captalu J. Lamb, wholtrary to that gWen by Mr. Lillian Ashley
was badly hurt. Turnbull. mother of Anita Baldwin, alleged
William Nelson, employed on the boat,
wa seriously Injured. A number of clerks
la the adjoining pasrenger station were In
jured. Great damage at the government Im
migration station on JMll Island waa
rauted by the explosion, window all over
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a lie explosion i uieu intuit a in several or
lb big downtown office buildings, which
teemed rocked to their foundations.
Alarmed employe and tenanta of the i
trn-iijra made ruahaa for the elevators
(Cotitlnued on Second Page.)
Prepared to Conduct
the Election Probe !
Committee of the House of Repre
sentatives Will Begin Inquiry
Four rripmbei of the house of repre
sentatives arrived In Omaha last night
a" ready In conduct the lniilt"y Into al-
i by the house on receipt of Governor Ald-
' rich's recent mes;ge.
I The committee, composed of five mem-
j hers, engaged rooms at the fax I on and
the full membership will be on hand this
l,ol.nlng ,, Ufpr,.nt.llve .Matrau of
Madison reaches here. The others are
I Messrs. Harrington of Brown, iHgl of
l""e' 1r,nr'' of t,,a" 'ronln of Holt.
i vrjii v-m-mau e iiarringion announced
that the committee intended holding a pub
lic hearing Into the charges of illegal vot
ing, if possible; hut that If large enough
quarters to accommodate all of the public
tnat wished to attend could not be se
cured, every effort would be made to give
the press access to all the Incidents and
results of the session.
The committeemen had no definite Idea
as to where the session would be held.
I It was decided that the investigation shall
start at once this morning, and that all
those having testimony to give one way
or another bearing on the charges shall
be Invited to appear before the inquisitorial
"I have ni. Iden how long the hearing
will take," said Mr. Harrington. "We may
get through in two days or we may be
occupied with the Investigation for a
The committee Is clothed with full au
thority to summon witnesses and to ex
pend the necessary money to 'conduct a
It Is understood that John O. Yelser has
been asked by Governor Aldrloh to take
charge of the examination of witnesses and
to give to the legislative committee evi
dence that will aid them In their Investi
gation. Taf t Cuts Short His
Southern Tour; Extra
Session Rumors Fly
President Says He Received Too
Many Invitations Will Visit
Atlanta March 10.
WASHINGTON. Feb. l.-President Taffs
announcement today that the southern tour
which he had planned to take the early
pari of next month would be cancelled
with the exception of the visit to Atlanta
on March 10, started political tongues to
wagging with rumors that his purpose was
to prepare for a possille extra session of
congress In case the present session falls
to enact the reciprocity agreement between
the United. States and Canada.
Pressure of business and numerous In
vitations to visit many places In the aouth
while making, the tour which bad been
planned assuming too large proportions.
ar reasona assigned for the efcncella.
lion of the trip,
Feara have been expressed that the
enate will "talk the measure to death," or
that It will be killed In some other way,
although it Is believed the house, prob
ably with the aid of democrata, will pass
It. If hi should be the rase, the presi
dent will feel, It Is said, that he can de.
pend on a democratic house, such as would
exist after March 4, to support him In his
efforts to pass this legislation. An extra
session would force action on the question,
with the chances apparently In .favor of
the president getting his reciprocity legis
lation. Cannon Says Treaty
Will Be Compromise
Speaker Sayi He Has No Apologies
to Make for Payne Tariff
WASHINGTON, Feb. l.-"In a month'
time wo will be called upon to enact the
reciprocity agreement with Canada into a
law, but I don't know what we are going
to do with It we will only have cotne to
a compromise that cares for the Industries
of all our people."
Thla was Speaker Cannon's declaration
at the banquet of the National Association
of Wool Manufactures tonight In a speech
in which he defended the Payne-Aldrlcli
tariff act aa the best revenue measure ever
enacted, adding he had n apology to make
for It in any respect.
Among the western men who attended
the banquet of the association were: Sen
ator Warren and Representative Mondell,
Wyoming; Senators Heyburn and Borah
and Representative Hamer, Idaho; Senator
Guggenheim, Colorado; Senator Carter and
Representative Pray, Montana; Represent
ative Needham, California; Senator Smoot
and Representative Howell, I'tah, and Sen
ator Gamble, South Dakota.
Carter Denies Report.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 1. -Senator Carter
of Montana today requested the publica
tion of his denial of a report current here
that Secretary Bellinger Is about to give
Place to himself as secretary of the Interior.
Mrs. TurnbulFs Statements
Are Refuted by Witnesses
LOS ANGBLF.S. Cal . Feb. l.-The de
fense in the contest of the will of "Lucky"
to be the daughter of the dead turfman.
Mrs Laurie Wilson James of Koblnctte,
Ore., who lived In Cynthia. Ky . In 1K2,
when Mr. Turnbull, then Miss Ashley
was visiting there, wa placed on the stand
, ml al(i ,he had dlcu8ed Baldwin
uim Aslilev. tellina her thai no louna
i Wlan could arroia to number sucn
Mrs. James declared she told Miss Ashley
jut Baldwin possession In California and
lot hi being married and the father of at
least one grown girl. v
Mr. James was one of those to whom
&1IS. 1 urnmni wnm sue niu wrilien.
telling of her contract marriage with' Bald
Nebraska Senator Declares Money
Bills Will Go Over if Other
NOTICE SERVED UPON SENATORS
Pleads for Vote on Lorimer and
Direct Election of Senators.
ILLINOIS MAN KNEW OF BRIBERY
Declaration by Nebraskan that Sen
ator Knew Full Details.
BETRAYAL ON WHOLESALE SCALE
ole nt ftprlncUeld Una Directed hy
Ills "Mlent and Iron Hand Re.
hind Scenes," Kays Sen
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. Feb. 1. -(Special Tele
gram.) I'nless the senate votes at this
session on the Ixirlmer case, on the reso
lution pertaining to the election of sena
tors by the people, on the bill to create a
permanent tariff board and a general serv
ice bill. Senator Norrls Hrown of Nihiaska
and some of his. colleagues who favor the
measures mentioned are determined that
the appropriation bills also shall fall.
Senator Brown, from the floor of the
senate today, said he had no quarrel with
the "rule" that appropriation acts come
first, but that he would object to Its ap
plication. In the light of the present
emergency, unlees It la agreed In advance
that there shall be votes on the four prop
ositions named, before adjournment.
"This Is not said as a threat nor In the
nature of an ultimatum," said Senator
Brown. "I am stating a simple fact, and
It Is well, with only four working weeks
ahead of us, that we understand now what
the fact Is In that regard. If congress ad
journs without action on these measures.
'"unit" win aujuurn wunout action on j
some of the appropriation bills.
Failure of any one of the appropriation
bills would necessitate an extra session of
Hale Makes Answer.
Senator Hale, chairman of the commit
tee on appropriations, answering Mr.
Brown, declared that appropriation bills
are never used to consume time and
thereby block legislation. He added that
ior the rest of the session they would be
pressed whenever they might be ready,
no matter what else might be before the
senate. Mr. Brown then reiterated his po
sition, saying: "If there Is a disposition
shown to defeat a vote and force over to
another session the bills I have enumerated
we may aa well face the fact that some of
the appropriation bills will go over with
Ii opening his address Senator Brown
said, "The time has come In the history of
this session of congress when the senate
of the United State must acknowledge its
responsibility for the failure or success of
most important and farreachlng legisla
tion. ' Tut responsibility cannot be denied
nor avoided. Then are now pending be
fore the commltteo of the senate or the
senate Itself, propositions which Involve
the integrity and the welfare of American
institutions, including the senate of the
United States. ' They are of vast and vital
Important Baslneaa on Hand
"They Include a resolution to determine
the validity of the election of a senator
now sitting In this body.
"They Include a resolution to amend the
fundamental law of the land, providing for
the popular election of senators.
"They Includo a proposition to create a
tariff board or commlslson.
"They Include a proposition to raise the
level of pensions to the old soldiers of the
union In what 1 known as the Sulloway
"Beside these subjects the great ap
propriation bill necessarily and aggreslvely
demand our consideration and vote. It la
always assumed that the appropriation
acta come first and other legislation must
wall.' I have no quarrel with this rule as
a rule, but In the light of the present
emergency I shall object to Its application
unless it be agreed and understood that
we are to have a vote on the four proposi
tions named before adjournment.
Appropriations Mast Keep Out of War
"Any program which contemplate by
delay or unnecessary debate or by using
the appropriation bills to consume time, the
adjournment of this session without a vote
on these bills. Is indefensible and I cer
tain to fall. It may as well be understood
now as later that If these questions, or
any of them, are to be put over to another
congress some of the appropriation bills
will go over with tbem. This is not aald aa a
threat nor Ir. the nature of an ultimatum.
I am atatlng a simple fart, and it Is well
with only four working weeks ahead of us
that we understand now what th fact I
in thla regard. If congress adjourns with
out action on these measures, congress will
adjourn without action on some of the ap
propriation bills "
l.orlnier Case Taken I p.
Declaring consideration of the I xi rimer
rase to be essential to a proper discussion
of the election question. Mr. Brown under
took to show that the relation between Mr.
(Continued on Second Page.)
win. But the witness asserted thdt she
never received a letter from Mrs. Turn
bull to that effect. Mrs. James, however,
said thai during the trial of Mrs. Turn
bull damage suit against Baldwin In 1k4
she had received one letter from Mrs.
Turnbull in which, the letter had written:
"Io not think too hard of me, I-aurte,
you would not If you knew all."
Mrs. James declared she never had under-
eiooo irum anytning Mrs. rurnbuB ever
wrote her or told here that she had been
M Hahcock hn in yna a.a man..
I of the Hotel Del Coronado, testified that
wnen Baldwin wa there with Mrs. Turn
bull be had Introduced her as his daugh
ter and not aa his wife.
Arrangements are being made fur the
taking of the deposition of Mrs. Urace
Ormsby Brown and Mrs. Abljah Thompson
of Boaton and of John V. 1-ong, former
secretary of th navy.
From th W
DEMOS HIT COMMITTEE POWER
Ways and Means Members Rule j
Against Duplication of Service.
MANY CHAIRMEN LIMITED TO ONE
Chairman t'adrrwoH Announces Ket-
, . , ;
ttrd Policy Declar to eleet ISew'
Hulea Committer No Action
on the Tariff.
WASHINGTON. Feb. t Another radical
step to prevent the concentration of power
In a few hands in the house wf representa
tives was taken tonight by the newly
designated democratic members of the wiys
and mean committee for the next con
gress. It was determined that in the makeup of
;he new committees of the house tho chair
men of all the committees that have the
power to prepare appropriation bills and
the chairmen of the Judiciary, Interstate
and foreign commerce and ' District of j
Columbia committees shall not be members
of any other committees than those over
which they preside. This will add eleven
to the number of members who are to be
expressly limited to service on a single
committee. The democratic caucus which
chose the fourteen members of the way
and means committee restricted them to
service upon that committee and gave
them the power to select the other com
mittees of the house.
la Settled Policy.
The announcement was given out by
Chairman Underwood as "the settled policy
of this committee." While the committee
has not the power, as had the democratic
caucus to prohibit a member from serving
on another committee. Chairman Under
wood made it clear the committee in filling
up the other committees will adhere to the
The rule will effect the chairmen of the
following important committees: Appro
priations, agriculture, foreign affairs. In
dian affair, military affairs, naval affairs,
pensions and postofflcrs and post roads. In
addition to the three specifically named
by the committee, judiciary, interstate and
foreign commerce and District of Colum
bia. The democratic members decided to se
lect the new rules committee tonight. No
definite action waa taken on the plan
for tariff legislation, although that sub
ject was discussed. Chairman Underwood
said the rules committee will not be se
lected until after March 4.
Motor Car Runs Down
Auto; Two Are Killed
Young People Meet with Fatal Acci
dent Two Companions Will
Die from Injuries.
ST. .IOSKPH. Mo., Feb. 1. lCda Cooper
and Hanley Clark were killed and four
companions were injured, three probably
fatally, when a Chicago-Great Western
mnir car ran down an automobile In
I .. t,i,.h i h. ctv oiini: neonle were rldine.
The car belonged to Judge O. M. Spencer,
general solicitor for the Burlington rail
road, and was In charge of his son. Tom.
aged 17 years. The others were Lela
Cooper. Roger Morton and Margaret Smith,
all members of leading families. Morton Is
the son of Ir. Daniel Morton, head of the
hospital corps of the Missouri National
The accident occurred at the foot of a
deep cut and the occupants of the automo
bile are thought not to have seen the car.
The motor was struck in the center and
dragged a distance of yards. None of
the three la expected to survive the night.
Miss Margaret Smith, one of the fatally
Injured Is a daughter of Colonel A. K
mlth, quartermaster's department, I',
f. A.. New York City. Roger Morton Is
'lb only oue who ii&a a chacce of recovery.
uhlniton terming 9tr. ' 'I JJ f.
The New Speakerism
t0 United StateS
Noted Man Believed to Be on Death
..Bed Nation Should Be Kept
PlIIUAUELPHIA, Feb. l.-The Most Rev.
Patrick John Ryan, archbishop of Phila
delphia, who has lain almost at the point
of death since last Thursday, Is still alive,
but his condition Is extremely critical. In
the afternoon he gave what Is probably his
last message to the world and his adopted
country through Cardinal Gibbons, who
visited him In tjie cathedral residence. .
Iate tonight the archbishop' physicians
aid his chances of surviving the night
Cardinal Gibbons made two visits to the
dying prelate today. On the first visit,
when he entered the room, the patient's
eyes were closed and the cardinal -placed
his hand gently on hla head, saying: "Your
grace does not know me?"
"After forty year I know every tone of
your eminences voice and now 1 am, as I
ever have been, profoundly convinced that
you are the Instrument of provldenee for
the promotion of every good thing of our
church andi country," replied the arch
bishop without opening hla eyes.
In the conversation, the archbishop said:
If we keep our country conservative, no
country will be as great as this. No coun
try has . such elements of greatness as
Senate Refers Bill
For Frisco Exposition
Washington Trade Bodies Ask for
Official Show to Be Distinct from
All Other Propositions.
WASHINGTON, Feb. l.-The house bill
locating the proposed Panama canal ex
position In San Francisco reached the en
ate today and waa referred to the com
mittee on Industrial expositions.
A new aspirant for government recogni
tion in connection with' the celebration of
the opening of the Panama canal In 1915,
appeared before the senate committee on
Industrial expositions today. This was
Washington, D. C. Representing certain
trade bodiea of this city, former IHstrlct
Commissioner H. B. MacKarland, urged
the appointment of a commission of nine
members which should devise a plan for
an official celebration," distinct from th
exposition to be held at Han Francisco or
Bluffs Man Canvasses
Store for Chorus Girls
Suffering the delusion that he was going I called up the manager of the theatre, who
to start a burlesque show which was to
have Ita introductory performance at a
local theater next Sunday, a man, identi
fied by paper found In his pockets as
Henry llegedorn of Council Bluffs, made
a canvas of the Bennett department store
yesterday attempting to persuade the
women clerks to Join his chorus.
Managers of the store complained to the
police department and Captain Kavage de
tailed Detective Mitchell and Sullivan to
watch the man. By the time the atore
closed he had talked with practically every
girl in the store and had proposed ar
rangements for them to meet hlin at a
down town drug store, where, he told
them, he would give them Instruction
about reharsals. Some of the girls told
the detittive that Hegedorn had offered
tbem fabulous salarlco and had explained
his Inns in minute detail In such a serious
manner that they were uncertain until they
FRAUD HELPS AMES MEN WIN
Secret of Iowa Aggies' Stock Judging
Victories Out at Last.
MARKS UPON ANIMALS' HOOFS
Remarkable Serle nt . Successes , by
Agrleallwral Schools Ovrr Nebraska
and Other Team Explained
to State Board.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
DBS MOINES, Feb. 1. (Special Tele
gram.) Sensational testimony wa taken
today by the State Board of Education lir
the matter of accusation of fraud In stock
judging contests, made against Prof. W.
J. Kennedy, head of the department of
animal husbandry at the State college at
The testimony showed that at least there
Is some foundation for various accusations
of wrong-doing in that department and
that the remarkable winning of the Iowa
college at various stock judging contests
was done by fraud.
Three member of 'various classes, which
had Judged stock at the International show
declared that the classes had been given
.secret signs by which they might know
how to place the animals.
In 1907 Prof. Kennedy took the Judging
(class, just before the time for Judging at
I Chicago, and told them that they would
, find certain marks on the hoofs of horses
by which they were to know bow to place
the animals; and the class of the next
year had similar experience as to rattle.
Among those who were members of these
classes were Kills Rail, now of the Unl
verslty of Nebraska, and Bruca Crossiey,
woo lives near v-uuiiuii oiuu, uui whq
was a professor at Ames several yeara
I They both testified to these matters.
There was also testimony showlrg fraud u
lent entry of animals and Irregularities in
the sale of animals to the college.
The State Board of Education is taking
up the accusations which have been made
against Prof. Kennedy by the agricultural
press of the state, In which he la repre
sented as being a person not fit to have
charge of the animal husbandry depart
ment of the state college at Ames.
lAst summer, at a time when he waa not
connected with the college, a protest was
mad against his reinstatement and vari
ous specific acts were alleged that would
Indicate he was not exactly square In all
matter. Some time ago the agitation for
his removal was taken up because of the
fraud In having the steer Shamrock II
entered at the International Stock show
aa a grade steer, when it ha since been
admitted It was a pure-bred animal. Tlitsu
and many similar accusations have been
made against Kennedy.
denied the man's tale.
llegedorn. they said, asked for no "de
posit," and for that reason they thought
When Detectives Mitchell and Sullivan
arrested hlrn at t o'clock last night, llege
dorn fell In a spasm. Dr. Peppers, police
surgeon, examined him and found that he
was suffering from hysteria. He remained
rigid for a half hour after he was locked
In a cell. He was booked as a suspicious
Woman Charged with Bobbins Urate.
hT AN FORD, Ky.. Feb. l.-Mrj. If. M.
Harrison, known aa Mr. Amanda Oll
mcre, who is charged In a warrant sworn
out by Rowan haufley, with being one of
the ghouls tfTat attempted to rob the grave
of In brother. George B. fcaufley, who was
a wealthy attorney, Monday night, has
aa jet not been arrested. It is reported
ha l In biding la Casey county.
Democrats Unable to Agree on Pro
visions of Measure and Put Off
CHANCE WILL FALL BY WAYSIDE
Strong Faction Opposed to Enacting
it in Proposed Form.
INVESTIGATORS IN OMAHA TODAY
House Committee Coming to Look
Into Aldrich Charges.
REINSTATEMENT BILL IS PASSED
Ilonse Kor Plan to Let State Hr
pcarltlea of Communities Within
lla Borders Committee to
.can Honda Hills.
(From a Staff Correspondent )
LINCOLN. Feb. 1. i Special The dis
cussion of Initiative an referendum et
as a special order of business for the house
this afternoon was put off In accord with
the democratic caucus held last night and
the caucus of republican held .lust before
tho session this afternoon, resulted in no
decision on action by that party. tho
Initiative and referendum Is a moot ques
Hatfield of Lancaster, author of the
bill now up for consideration. II. H. t. sent
In the resolution asking for more t.'nie a
he hopes to got the democrats united on
some definite modification of tho bill that
will satisfy all parries.
The republicans will support the bill
because of a party pledge Just a th
democrats must to keep their promises.
but there will be a strong disagreement
on the pereocntage of voters auowea ti
start an initiative or referendum petition.
The bill calls for a :o per cent luittatlvo
and 6 per cent for referendum.
The nine dry who still stick together a
the faithful guard of "the forlorn hope'"
support Hatfield who Is one of their num
ber and the majority of the republicans
are anxious to have the percentage kept
Democrats Heady with Knife.
The caucus of the democrats last night
waa far from harmonious, and It seems
not only likely, but probable that the bill
will fall of passage because of democratlu
reluctance to pass a bill which tho cham
pions say gives a chance tor working out
the principle to "let the people rule." The
wets arc lined up with more or less solid
ity for an Initiative and referendum bill
providing for a 25 per cent or 60 per
cent petition which would make It prac
tically 'an unenforceable privilege.
Item vest men t mil i'liancs.
The Potts reinvestment bill, which pro
vides for the sale of securities of other
state now held by Nebraska and the re
investment of the funds In bonds of Ne
braska municipalities was passed in the
house without a dissenting vote. The bill
is considered a wise measure as It give
an opportuuJty.Ior Nebraska to Invest Hi '
several millions of capital In bonds fur the''
improvement of its own towns. The educa
tional board of smaller cities can find this
a way to invest their bonds at better terms
and the use of th stale surplus will bu
made a factor In prosperity.
The house passed the Grossman bill
which prevent the assignment of a mar
ried man' salary without the written con
sent of hi wife. The bill is aimed at the
loan shark and takes away his right to
unearned wages without tho knowledge or
consent of his employer and bis family. It
also was passed without opposition. Dole
sal's II. It. 65, the Joint resolution ratify
ing the amendment of the federal constitu
tion for an income tax was passed In th
house and will come up In the senate In a
few days. Two appropriations were th
1-mlll levy for th atate university and
$0,000 for the opening of the normal school
Colton on York Coanty.
Cotton of York denounced a pamphlet
Issued by th Merchant and Manufactur
er' of Omaha on the prohibition question,
which he quoted a saying that York
county has paid S70U a year for grand
Juries to Investigate Illegal selling of
liquor. Colton declared that York i;u.rty
has, on the contrary, had only one gtaiul
Jury In twenty-tnre years, and then It
j waa searvt-ly wbl to f'Tii", ny t!i?crmUii
I i'aol'KaU (.'oinutiteo.
I The goo1 roads bill tha a ui i- led
la lMh houaen are to t 'oeo. a
ranged tit seci co'-H' . which wa
appointed u Vepresen, both the hop
and sonat. Th nous nvoiwr., jIm,.
Norton. Friea, Uustafspn and Dort and it
senator Voipv, Skiles and McOraw. Thtr
are two road factions In th leglslttuutj ,;
those who warn authority over the oarVi
centralized In count v una state and tfcoe
who want the administration of r funds
left in tho hand of the prectaiou. ' Moth
these faction are active In ito cause and
a number of bills huve been and will be
Omaha la tlsatloa.
The committee to Investigate the charge
of th governor concerning election frauds
In Omaha went to Omaha tonight tJ
pursue Its Investigations. The committee
met last night and decided to go ahead.
The members have refused to disclose any
of their finding In the affidavits. It I
generally understood and one member has
said that they are not substantially proofs
of all the statements made, but their con
tent show aome of th facts that are said
to be cummon knowledge. Frank Sutcilffe
1 said to be the referee for testimony In
Omaha. The committee consist of llai
rlnglon. Sagl. Matrau, Prince and Cronin.
In the senate Morehead Introduced a
resolution to have Bartos, Tanner and Rey
nolds a special committee to pursue tuts
same Investigation, but on the suggestion
of Senator Ollls it was put over for on
day In the hope that the governor may
answer the communication sent him by the
senate asking for evidence.,
The house committee on miscellaneous
subjects voted this afternoon to report the
capital removal bill faoraiily for passage.
This bill, Introduced by Bailey and twenty
six others, will be brought up on the floor
and lie fought out.
nauday sports Bill.
Senator Hurtling' Sunday sport bill pro
duced some oratory in tho senate aa a aoi t
of prophecy of what I to i oine when It
la finally up for disposition. Hoagland
tried to take the effectiveness out of the
bill by moving ail amendment, but wai
voted down. !i'k spoke strongly in favor
of allowing young men to take that form
of amusement on Sunday If thy wished
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