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VOL. XLI-NO. 45.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 9, 1911 TWELVE PAGES.
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IS TIGHT AS EYEB
1a Follette and Underwood Still Un
agreed, Kay Refer Matter to
JjNOTHER CONFERENCE IS HELI
Democratic Member Sayi Outlook is
STATEHOOD PASSES SENATE
Vote on Measure Stands Fifty-Three
ARIZONA TO VOTE UPON RECALI
llmiyrt Provides for Automatic Ad.
v in Union of Sew Mexieo After Its
People Deride 01 Easier
Mat lit 11 a. m.
Haw Mexico-Arizona atatahood bill de
feat mumtl ',71th prospects of vote by
. Crawford of South Dakota, oppoeea re
call of Jnagaa' provision la Arizona con
stitution. Clapp of Wlnnasota attacked STelson
amendment to statehood bill that would
allmlnata Judlolary recall provtslon.
X.orimr committee, planned to end Its
Waahing ton sittings tomorrow
Finance committee heard Carolina mill
tnteraata in oppoaltloa to hoaaa committee
- on tariff revision bill.
Senate and houee oonfereea on wool and
free llat blUa continued in deadlock and
Representative Underwood threatened to
Senators Bead, Missouri, and Owen,
Oklahoma, apoke in favor of recall of
Judges; Senator O'Oorman of Vew Tork
Met at noon.
Bteel truat investigation committee had
(org W. Parklna before it a a witneaa.
Committee investigating oharjrea affecting-
Xri Wiley and Xemaen para food ref
eree board heard testimony of Sr. Tloyd
W. Boblnson of Michigan, recently dis
nflaaed from development of agrlonltura
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -The New Mexico-Arizona
statehood bill waa pasaed by
. senate today. 53 to 18. It provides for
automatio admission of Arizona after
is citizens vote on the recall of Judges
revision of Its constitution and of New
YlAvtfA ft.i Its lUtnnU VAt An th nrAnn.
ltlon to fnake Its constitution easier of
WASHINGTON. Aug. a Impatient re
garding the deadlock on the wool tariff re
vision bill. Representative Underwood of
the conference subcommittee asid today
that unless an agreement with 8enator La
Follette oould be brought about soon he
would ask to hav the-full-conference com
mittee called together with the view of
reporting a disagreement.
A second conference between La Follette
and Underwood waa held this afternoon.
Mr. Underwood aaid the attuatlon waa not
particularly bright, but that aa one "could
never tell about such matters," the con
ference might produce results before night.
The Insurgent republicans are standing
solidly with Mr. La Follett. They say
that 85 per cent of wool la necessary for the
proper protection of the aheep owner.
Information reached the president today
tnat at least four of five Insurgent repub
licans had decided not to lineup with the
house democrats In case the president
should veto the wool revision bill and the
house try to pass it over his veto.
Statehood Bill la Senate.
The debate on the New Mexlco-Arlsona
atatahood bill waa resumed In the senate
today with the prospect of a final vote be
fore nightfall. An attack on the recall of
judges proposition in the Arizona constitu
tion was made by Senator Crawford of
(Governor Aldrich is
v Willing to Go to the
United States Senate
LINCOLN. Neb., Aug. a Governor
Aldrich of Nebraska In an address de
livered at the atate Epworth asembly last
night declared his willingness to go to the
Vnlted States senate whenever the people
of the state saw fit to send him. Hit
speech dealt with the progressive movement
and In It he strongly urged the depriving
of Senator Lortmer of a seat
Motion to Postpone
Veto Bill is Lost
I.ONION, Aug. a A motion by Lord
Hugh Cecil that consideration of the veto
bill be postponed for three months was re
jected St to SOB-in the House of Commons
today and a motion to commence consid
eration of the Voids' amendments to the
veto bill was agreed to.
STUBBS WILL TAKE A HAND
Coventor trill Trr Oast Coaaellnsea
Waa Refused ta Reeogalse
TOPEKA, Kan.. Aug. a Governor
Etubba la to take a hand In the contro
versy between Mayor Ella Wilson of Hun
newell. Kan., and the Hunnewell city coun
cil. He aaid today he would begin ouater
proceedings agalrwt the eounollraen If In
vestigation Justified such action.
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For Iowa Fair.
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Holstlaw Tells of
Getting Money for
Voting for Lorimer
Broderick Told Him He Would Get
$2.5CO and the Day After the Elec
tion It Was Paid to Him.
WASHINGTON. Aui. S.-Former State
Senator I). W. llolvt'aw and for
mer liepresontatlve II. J. Heckemeyer,
who confessed having been paid $2,500
and $1,000. respectively, for having voted
for William Ixjrimcr for t'nlted States sen
ator, testified before the senate Lorimer
committee today. The committee unnounced
when Holt:aw took the witness stand that
It wmikl conclude its Washington sitting
tomorrow. The committee's announcement
means that after adjournment tomorrow
the committee probably will not meet again
until after the present session of con
gress has adjourned.
A sharp claRh between counsel occurred
when Attorney Healy asked to present In
evidence a typewritten statement Becke
meyer claimed he had made a year ago.
Mr. Hanecy suggested that Mr. Healy
"might" have prepared a dozen statements
purporting to come from Beckemeyer.
"That is a gratuitous Insult," shouted At
Former State Senator D. W. Holstlaw
told of his alleged Conversation with State
Benator John Broderick the night before
Lorimer waa elected.
"Ha said to me: 'Senator Lorimer will be
elected tomorrow.' " said Holstlaw. "Yes,"
I replied 'I am going to vote for him.'
After a second he said: 'If you do there la
12,600 )n it for you.' I did not say any
thing." Holstlaw told also of going to Broderick' s
saloon In Chicago and of Broderick handing
HolBtlaw said Broderick remarked that
"there would be mote."
Rumor of Unrest in
Mexico in Alleged
It Says Conditions Are Beyond Control
and Asks Limantour to Return
Washington Advices Contradict.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex., Aug. 8. "Condi
tions here are beyond control and I would
ask that you return and take charge of
the situation," reads a cipher cablegram
aaid to have been sent by Provisional Pres
ident Francisco De La Barra of Mexico
to Jose Tvea Limantour, who Is in Parla,
a copy of which H. D. Bradfleld, a mining
man from Mexico, who la In this city,
claims to have received. There are a num
ber of mining men of Mexico in San An
tonio at present, and Mr. Bradfleld says
they will hold a meetlpg soon to take ac
tion toward protecting Hhe llvee and prop
erty of Americana In Mexloow
WASHINGTON, Aug. a Advicee here
are directly opposite to the information
contained in the alleged cipher cablegram
aaid to have been received by Mr. Brad
fleld at San Antonio. t ' - r
Th situation In Mexico la continually
Improving and the provisional government
looks Into the future with optimism, ac
cording to a reassuring telegram received
today by Ambassador Crespo from Benor
Carbajan, the acting minister of foreign
Deposed Shah Wins
the First Battle
Turcoman Force of the Ex-Monarch
Storms Damghan and Captures
' Arms and Ammunition.
ST. PETERSBURG, Aug. 8. According to
a dispatch from -Astrabad, Persia, today.
Mohammed All Mlrsa has won his first
fight against the government forces, whom
he defeated at Damghan, at the northern
foot of the Elbrus mountains, fifty miles
south of Astrabad. The battle la said to
have been fought under the ex-shah.
Turcomans finally took the town by storm,
capturing guns and ammunition, their aup
nlv of which had been short. The victory
has greatly en heartened the followers of
th exiled monarch.
Advices from Teheran atate that Moham
med All la with another force of 1,000 men
some 200 miles northeast of the capital.
Says World Will Come
to End in a Few Years
INDIANAPOLIS, lnd., Aug. a "The
world will coma to an end within a very
few years," declared Elder O. Montgomery,
president of the Indiana conference of the
Seventh Day Adventlsts, during the services
at the camp meeting now progressing here.
"I cannot set the year. It may be next
year. It may be five years. But I do know
that It will come before the death of the
last man who saw the falling of th stars
n November IS, VSi. There ar few people
living now who saw that phenomenon and
I know that the end will come before aU of
them are gone."
Elder Montgomery said that science had
been unable to solve the falling of the
atars in . 1833 and that he has scriptural
proof that th millenlum would occur within
the generation following that event.
General Barry for
Soldiers' Home Board
House Committee Votes to Recommend
Appointment of Greeley, Neb.,
Man to Succeed Palmer.
(From a Staff Correspondent )
WASHINGTON, Aug. a (Special lele
gram.) The house committee this morning
on third ballot decided to recommend the
appointment of General P. H. Barry of
Greeley, Neb., to fill the vacancy on tVa
Board of National Bonders' Homes caused
by the death of Captain H. E. Palmer of
When Boat on the
ALEXANDRIA. Egypt. Aug. 8.-A boat
overloaded with natives who were on
their way to attend a fair at Deesuk
foundered in the NU. Nearly 100 persons
wer drowned. Thlrty-alx bodies have been
DIES AT JIS HOME
Former President Pro Tem of Senate
Passes Away at Lewiston, Me., as
Result of General Breakdown.
AGE AND HARD WORK THE CAUSE
Two Daughters Who live in Town
Present at Death.
J SERIOUSLY ILL ONLY ONE WEEK
i Retains Membership in Upper Cham
ber, Though Resigns Office.
END COMES RATHER SUDDENLY
As I .ate aa SilB la Afternooa Appears
In Comfortable Condition, bnt
noa Afterward Taken by
LEWISTON, Me., Aug. a-The state of
Maine lost its senior United States senator
and an almost lifelong faithful servant
when William Pierce Frye died today at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Helen
Whnte, here. At his bedside were Mrs.
White and his other daughter, Mrs. Alice
Brlggs, who sIbo resides in Lewiston. Al
though, he had been 111 for a long ttlme,
death came suddenly.
Forced by the condition of his health to
resign his position as president pro tem of
the senate at the beginning of the present
special session of congress, although he
retained his memebershtp In the senate,
Senator Fry soon afterwards made his
last Journey to the city which always has
been hia home. For aeveral weeks his con'
dltlon was not considered necessarily
dangerous. Up to last week h roster In
comparative comfort spending much of his
time in reading or in having some member
of his family read to him. i
Last wek the senator's illness took a seri
ous turn, but again he rallied and this week
his physicians expressed the hope that he
might recover. As late as 3:16 this after
noon he appeared to be In a comfortable
condition. Shortly afterwards It was seen
that he was sinking rapidly and at 8:66
o'clock he died.
A general breakdown, due to age and his
extremely ardous career, is ascribed by
Senator Frye's physicians as the cause of
his death. Funeral arrangements bad not
been completed tonight.
Murder and Suicide
in Los Angeles Hotel
Emil Hoist, a Rejected Suitor, Kills
Mrs. A. J. Grant of San Francisco
and Then Shoots Himself.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Aug. S.-Mrs. A. J.
Grant waa shot and killed today by Emll
Hoist, a rejected suitor, who immediately
committed suicide. Hoist entered the apart
ment occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Grant and
without a word fired two bullets-4ntn her
forehead aajttym, ahot himself. The Grants
were marrltf recently in San Francisco and
Hoist followed them here.
Executed at Cadiz
Mutineers on Spanish Battleship Are
Shot Immediately After Taking
MADRID, Aug. 8. A court-martial at
Cadis today condemned to death twenty-six
men who took part In the mutiny on board
the Spanish battleship Numancia, while the
vessel was lying In the roadsted at Tan
gier Saturday. The men received com
munion at 9 o'clock In the morning and It
la understood that their execution followed
POPE PIUS X IS BETTER
Phyalelaas of Hia Holiness Report
that Hia Coadltlon la Sat
isfactory, ROME, Aug. 8. Dr. Petacci, his private
physician, and Dr. Marchlafa, physician at
th Vatican, visited Pope Plus today and
made a thorough examination. Later they
described the condition of the pontiff aa
His holiness has suffered a throat affec
tion, recovery from 'the weakness of which
was retarded to a certain extent by the
recent extreme heat. Yesterday he ex
hibited unexpected weakness, necessitating
Today's examination revealed a heart
fairly strong and respiration reasonably
good considering the shortness of breath
common to persons who are advanced in
years and stout The pulse was rather in
termittent and the temperature slightly
Th pontiff was somewhat better this aft
ernoon and th gouty pains were less se
vere. At noon he took some nourishment,
though he remained in bed, and on the
advice of his doctors saw no one except
his secretaries and his sisters. The latter
have not left the bedside since the illness
became more marked and insist on prepar
ing with their own hands whatever food is
ordered for the patient.""
The pope's valet waa permitted to go out
for the afternoon, and this was taken as
an Indication of a general feeling of relief
at the Vatican.
COLOGNE. Germany, Aug. 8. The Koel
nlsche Volks Zeltung, a leading Catholic
organ, says today that it learns from high
official Cathollo quarters In Rome that the
pope's strength is gradually declining
owing to previous ailments and insomnia
experienced during th hot summer nights.
It is feared that th pontiff's heart may
bo affected, but no -such symptoma have
HUNDRED AND ONE YEARS OLD
Mrs. Sarah Brews Dies la Learea
worth at Hoaso at Sob, Who la
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LEAVENWORTH, Kan.. Aug. a Mrs.
Sarah Brown, aged 101 rears, died at the
home of her son, J. B. Brown, in this elty.
6 he is survived by two sons, both past
80 years of age. She was born in North
Carolina, in 1S10.
Kaaaa aShort af Seed Wheat.
TOPEKA. Kan.. Aug. a The State Public
Utilities commission at the suggestion of
Governor Btubbs, has called a meeting with
representatives of Kansas railroads to dis
cuss the seed wheat situation in north
western Kansaa The plan hi to ass. the
railroads to haul th seed wheat fro.
II'IM .WM.M'Jf.MHUI U I laSl 11,1
News Item The National Associatio n of Window Trimmers Advocates the Use of Living Models to Replace the
Old Papier Mache Figures in Win dow Dressing. -
From the Indianapolis News.
METAL MEN GETTING TO WORK
Are Late in Starting the Regular Busi
ness of the Convention.
EXHIBITION IS ALL READY
Aadttorlam la to Be Thrown Open to
the General Pnblle Wednesday
Women Are Being Kn
tertalned. After a heated discussion pro and con,
th National Association of Sheet Metal
Contractors, in session at the Rome hotel,
on Tuesday afternoon decided by a vote
of 13 to 9 to hold their annual conventions
hereafter trr June. This move was takett
in an attempt to avoid the extreme heat
which the delegates have encountered each
year In their August meetings, and pro
vided a lively argument, many delegates
favoring March as a meeting month.
It was also voted, but without discussion,
to require the payment of per capita tax
by members within four months from the
time they Join th association. This
change was made at the request of the
secretary and is merely for convenience
In carrying on the business of the associa
The first regular session of the year's
convention was called to order by Presi
dent R. J. Braley a few minutes before
t o'clock Tuesday afternoon and the dele
gates lUtened to a number of addresses.
President Braley In opening the meeting
paid a pretty tribute to Omaha and the
hospitality of her cltiiens. "We will not
forget the welcome we have received here,"
he said, "and will always be Omaha boost
ers." Mayor James C. Dahlman, who was In
troduced as the "cowboy mayor," was In
a happy mood and delighted his hearers
with story after story, using each to em
phasize a point In his remarks. He called
attention to the position Omaha holds in
all lines of industry and tendered the dele
gates the much handled keys to th city.
John H. Hussle, president of the Omaha
local, to whose efforts is largely due the
bringing of the convention to Omaha this
year, extended the visitors a warm wel
come from the local sheet metal contrac
tors. "I feel," ho said, "that I am wel
coming a body of men and women the
peer of any that has ever been welcomed
to Omaha. We are ready to compare
mentally and morally with any crowd of
people In the world, though we may not
be able to cop with them financially."
Whllmore R. Taylor of Philadelphia re
sponded In a few words to Mr. Hussle's
remarks, calling attention to the years
during which metal work has been done
and the comparative newness of any or
ganisation among contractors in It.
Th reports of th committee on creden
tials, President It. J. Braley, Treasurer
W. A. Flnglee and Secretary Edwin L.
Seabrook, followed. These were all most
optimistic Mr. Flngles reporting a balance
of S83&07 In the treasury, an amount lower
than that of last year, but most encourag
ing in view of th increased expenditures.
Mr. SeabrOok's report was lengthy, but of
Intense Interest to his auditors.
At the conclusion of the reports, Presi
dent Bradley announced hia committee aa
Auditing S. L. Fenner of Terr Haute,
lnd.; H. W. Michael of Denver Colo.; J.
E. Murray of Hartford, Conn.
Resolutions IL B. McGrath of Cleveland,
O.; F. W. Morse of Providence, R. I.; W.
C. Torbet of Waco, Tex.; Walter Wlmmer
of St. Louis, Mo.
Th delegates did not hold an open meet
ing on Tuesday morning, although ths of
ficers and trustees met In executive ses
sion and transacted a considerable amount
of routine business. Tuesday evening, both
ladles and gentlemen were entertained with
a special vaudeville program at th Rome
The exhibition at the Auditorium waa
only open to delegates on Tuesday, but on
Wednesday the general public la to be ad
mitted. No children unaccompanied by
adults will be allowed on the floor, how
ever. The builders and contractors of th
city ar also invited to attend the stereo p-
tlcon lecture on Wednesday evening at the
Auditorium. At that time IL W. Taylor of
Philadelphia Is to talk on tin roofing, while
Charlea 8. Prlzer will discuss warm air
Among the special event planned for the
women are a trolley ride to Happy Hollow
club, an auto ride and visit to Hillcrest,
th bom of Rom Miller; a vaudeville D-
(Continued on Second Page
Windows Are Trimmed
Facts About the
Dismissal of Dr.
Assistant to Dr. Wiley Denies Charge
of Secretary Wilson that He Criti
cised Findings of Remsen Board
WASHINGTON. Aug. 8.-The facts about
the dismissal of Dr. Floyd W. Robison,
state chemist of Michigan, from the serv
ice of the Department of Agricuture as an
assistant to Dr. Wiley because he op
posed the department's ruling In favor of
benzoate of soda as a preservative in food
were,, brought out -today before th house
investigating committee. Dr. Robison,
who waa notified June 30, of his summary
dismissal, was called as a witness. He
Bald ha wrote Secretary Wilson to know
what charges had been made against htm.
Secretary Wilson's answer,, .written July
26, 1911, read in part:
"At the meeting of the Association of
State and National Food and Dairy de
partments at Denver, In July, 1909, you
attracted attention by taking a strong and
public position against the policies of this
department and of the administration.
You appeared in the federal court in In
dianapolis In opposition to the policies of
the administration with regard to the re
ports of the referee board on benzoate of
soda and the report of three secretaries
with regard to it
"I have approved your dismissal for the
good of the service. There are no charges
against you; we make none, but I do not
think you should draw salary while you
are taking this stand.
"This is all I have to say. If you want
a hearing, you can have one at any time."
Dr. Robison declared he made no ad
dress against benzoate of soda nor did he
criticise the secretary of agriculture, nor
the Remsen board.
Admiral Count Togo
Visits Navy Yard
Japanese Hero Comments Enthusiasti
cally of Big Fourteen-Inch Gun
for Battleship Texas.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 8.-Admlral Count
Togo, unamazed, stood at the muzzle of a
new fourteen-lnch gun at the Washington
navy yard today, the first to be completed
of ths twenty-four most powerful rifles In
the world, with which the giant American
battleships Texas and New York ar to be
The Japanese admiral stuck his head Into
the breech of the gun and looked through
a glistening barrel of fifty-two and one
half feet, the longest the United States
navy has yet attempted. Admiral Togo
looked enthusiastically at th latest product
of ordnance genius.
This afternoon th admiral placed a
wreath on the grave of Admiral Charlea S.
Sperry at Arlington cemetery.
Admiral Togo uttered a brief prayer for
the rest of the soul, as he placed the
folwers on the grave.
Man Used by Russell
Sage as Shield is Dead
W. R. Laidlaw, Who Was Wounded by
Bomb Intended for Millionaire,
Passes Away Penniless.
NEW YORK, Aug. 8,-WlUlam R. Laid
law, who, twenty years ago, was maimed
by a bomb thrown at Russell Sage by H.
W. Norcross of Boston, was reported dead
today by the Home for Incurables In the
Bronx, where he had been for. a long time.
When Laldlaw'a funds were exhausted In
his suits against Sage, his sisters supported
him and after Russell Sage's death they
made an appeal to Mrs. Sage. The sisters
said today that Mrs, Sage had refused to
When Norcross hurled the bomb at Sage
in his office. Laidlaw declared that the
aged financier thrust him in front of him
as a shield.' Sage was not Injured. Laidlaw,
who was a bookkeeper for rlage, austalned
180 wounds and bad been an invalid ever
since. H sued Sage In several courts and
one obtained a Judgment for 110,000, but a
higher court reversed this,
HARMAN BURNS HARRINGTON
Holdrege Democratic Candidate Re
plies to O'Neill Man's Letter.
STATE COMMITTEE TO JUDGE
Bitter Words Come from Holdrege
Man, Who Asks Why Harrington
Left Connty Option Ranks
(From a Staff Correspondent)
LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 8. (Special.)
Clarence E. Herman of Holdrege, candi
date for the democratic and populist nomi
nation for railroad commissioner, was In
the city today and while here gave out a
statement In reply to the letter written
aeveral days sgo by Mike Harrington in
which th O'Neill man charges that his
party fellow Is a tool of the railroads In
the present primary campaign. Mr. Har
"Believing that I had a right to ask for
the nomination as railway commissioner
without asking the permission of M. F.
Harrington, Arthur F. Mullen and the rest
of the self-constituted crowd of slate
makers of the democratic party, I filed for
this nomination and as a result I have
met with an unwarranted assault by their
chief quill driver, M. F. Harrington.
"I live in a republican city, county and
congressional district. I have without any
hope of reward given a great deal of my
time and what little financial assistance I
could afford to help the democratic party
In my city, county, congressional district
and state. I have done this ever since
I became a voter. I did not do this In
order to keep any member of my family
In office, as my friend Harrington has
done, but because I believed In the demo
cratic party. I may have been presump
tlous to have dared to run as a candidate
without first obtaining the consent of the
Harrington, Mullen, Furse political com
bination, but I did file without consulting
them, and I now find that I am not only
being assaulted, but my dead friend and
neighbor, William H. Cowglll, must be
maligned and traduced by this crowd of
political assassins. Mr. Harrington has
accused me of being a tool of the rail
roads; that I have in the past accepted
and distributed passes for the Union Pa
cific railroad; that I have paid out money
for the Union Pacific, to help elect Mr.
Cowglll railway commissioner; that I at
Fremont, .in a way, admitted some or all
of these accusations.
Let Committee Deride.
"I will make this proposition to Mr.
Harrington: If he can prove to the sat
isfaction of the democratic and populist
state central committees that I have ever
accepted or distributed any pass, passes or
money for th Union Pacltlo railroad or
any other railroad, or even In any manner
or form helped to elect any candidate of
any railroad, then I will withdraw from
the ticket. If Mr. Harrington's charges are
true he can prove them before primary day.
I will go farther. If Mr. Harrington, or
any one else can show that I ever used a
pass on any railroad at any time I will
withdraw from the ticket. Would you, Mr.
Harrington, If you wer running for office,
make the same proposition? Would you, Mr.
Harrington, If you were running for office,
dare let it be known why you suddenly be
came converted from an ardent champion
of county option to an antl-ctmnty option
if t Including the task of making a coarse
attack on Mr. Bryan at the Grand Island
convention T You say that there are two
things for me to do, either sue you for
libel and thereby give you a chance to
prov your charges against ma or withdraw
from the ticket Mr. Harrington, you are
an attorney, you have so worded your
charge that you know it la not libelous,
and that I would have no standing in sny
court on a suit against you for libel. I
have consulted Mr. Bernard McNeny of
Red Cloud, Neb., whom I have selected an
my attorney and consulted relative to start
ing this ault you proposed, and b haa ad
vised me that th article is not libelous
and that I could not maintain a case
against you in a court of law. I will agree
to let th democratic state central commit
tee be ths court. Provs your charges before
this committee and I will withdraw.
Waats Urctcat Treatment.
"I am entitled to at least decent treat
ment, and I propose to appeal for that
treatment to the members of th dmo-
(Contlnued on Second Fa.
FIFjT MILLIONS 3
Stanley Committee Asks George W.
Perkins About Plan to Exchange
Steel Preferred for Bonds.
SCHEME TO WORK BOTH WAYS
Intention to Increase Prinoipal and
Decrease Interest Charges.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MINUTES
Witness Says He Thinks Plan He Sug
gested Was Considered.
ASKED ABOUT CAMPAIGN
Refases to Answer Some Qneotloao
and Has Forarottea the Aaawrrs to
Others Threatened with Charge
of Contempt of Hons.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8.-Wtth George
W. Perkins, former chairman of the fi
nance committee of the United States
Steel corporation on the stand. Chairman
Stanley of the house steel trust Investigat
ing committee, today produced a copy of
minutes of the steel corporations execu
tive committee showing that in March. I!.
Mr. Perkins proposed a plan to raise
50,000.0u0 without costing the corporation
There was nothing in the minutes to in
dicate that the plan had been carried
through, although it apparently met with
the approval of those present at the meet
ing. Representative Beall of Texas asked th
witness if, after he became Identified with
the steel corporation he did not participate
in campaign contrlbutons in his capacity
as vice president of the New York Insur
ance company and if he had not made
personal campaign contributions since he
became a director of the steel corporation.
Richard V. Llndabury, counsel for th
steel corporation, objected to the question.
The chairman decided the matter was
Leading up to this dispute, the minutes
of the steel corporation were read showing
that the company prior to the time It se
cured a legal opinion against making cam
paign contributions had contributed to the
American Protective Tariff league and
had made other contributions for circulat
ing information on the tariff mattere. Mr.
Perkins frankly admitted that minutes
produced must be correct, but he said he
had no personal recollection concerning
Mr. Perkins was confronted by copy of
the minutes of the United States Steel cor
poration's executive committee March 4.
1902, in which he proposed a plan to raise
150,000,000 without costing the corporation a
cent. The record of that meeting read to
Mr. Perkins waa that of a plan which the
finance committee of th corporation had
been talking over and waa going to submit
that day to the board of dlreotors. Mr.
Perkins explained that when the separata
companies of the corporation were brought
together there were many contracts that
had recently been made for extensions and
Improvements aggregating something over
$40,000,000. The corporation had reduced
them something like 120,000,000, being forced
to carry the contracts along. In addition
he told the executive committee that the
purchase of the Rockefeller oil properties
had caused the corporation to give Mr.
Rockefeller a note maturing that year
amounting to about 810,000,000. leaving In
all about $.10,000,000 that waa not capitalized
and that "we have been somewhat bothered
to know Just what to do with.
"It was not fair to take It out of the
earnings of the several companies, w
thought," Mr. Perkins was quoted as hav
ing said to the executive committee, after
they were brought together, "and we have
given the matter agood deal of thought
as to how and what to do with It and not
hurt the securities. And It brought about
this Idea of an attempt to retire part of the
preferred stock of the company for second
mortgage bonds and have enough in doing
so that we could get out an extra amount
of bonds to cover these Items.
Would ave Money Both Ways.
"We think we can take up about 40 per
cent of the preferred stock, $300,000,000 which
now costs $14,000,000 In dividends at 7 per
cent, and In place of that Issue $250,000,000
of second mortgage 5 per cent bonds. This
would call for $12,S00,000 and then have
$00,000,000 of new money in addition to sav
ing $1,600,000 a year, $12,600,000 as against
$14,000,000. Ho we would get $50,000,000 with
out costing us anything and save $1. 600.000
a year besides. There It no question that
It would be desirable from the standpoint
of the company If we can retire the pre
ferred stock. When we cams to look Into
that we concluded the only time to do It
was when the preferred stock was below
par, as It would then be some inducement
with people to take the bonds. If they had
stock, at 95, say, and then turn In Into bonds
at par they might feel that there was some
thing In It And further w can only do It
when the preferred stock is held in largo
blocks, so we could get a syndicate of it.
Proposed to Form Syndicate.
"We began to look about for the largo
preferred stockholders and have been suc
cessful af,ter two or three months' work In
getting up a good sized syndicate of large
stockholders who would put up their pre
ferred stock and underwrite for the success
of things, provided the stockholders gener
ally did not take It. The Idea of the finance
committee was that we would make an
offer to all of the preferred stockholders
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