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, 0MA1LA, SATURDAY MORNING, MAUt'H 8, 1S)t:i TWKMtf PAUUS. .
FIFTY M KILLED
Bargeload of Giant Powder on Way
to Panama is Touched Off
STEAMER ALUM (JUNE IS SUNK
Forty Stevedores Are Missing and
Probably Are Dead.
COLLIER JASON IS DAMAGED
Several Members of Crew of New
Ship Dead and Injured.
SHOCK FELT HUNDRED MILES
IlelnTrnre, Snnthern rennarlrnnln,
Southern Nevr Jersey nnd Mnry
lniul .Shaken Up Many
Thought It I'.nrthqunke.
BALTIMORE, March 7. -Three hundred
and forty tons of dynamite exploded thn
morning In lower Baltimore harbor, kill
Ing nbout fifty men and wounding 03
many more, many of them fatallj.
Tlic explosive was Delng transferred
from a barge to the British steamer
Chine, when It went off from a cause
as yet unknown. The men killed were
members of the crews of the steamer
and the barge and vessels moored near by.
The Chine and the barge, together with
tho tug Atlantic and the naval collier
Jason, were cither completely destroyed
or very seriously damaged. The shock
va.8 felt as far away as leading, Pa.,
00 miles from Baltimore. It was recorded
also at Atlantic City.
Twenty-nine other men on the collier
and the greater part of the crew of the
Alum Chlno were injured.
Six of the crew of the tug Atlantic
ylng alongside the Alum Chine were
Killed and the tug practically destroyed.
The latest reports place the number
of dead at fifty and the injured at forty.
Of the latter ten of the collier Jason
;rew are said to bo fatally hurt.
Forty stevedores are unaccounted for.
If they were on the steamer It Is con
ildered certain that they perished.
Pitiful scenes were enacted on the
liroadway wharf when the tugs bearing
"'cad and injured arrived there. Hun
Ireds of women, and children whose bus
Lands and fathers work on the water.
rylng and wringing -their hands, begged
U be niloWed to see' if any of' their men
iclks were among the victims. Nearly
1 fty of the Injured were landed here.
i.eine of these were able to walk to their
! t-mes unassisted, but the bulk of them
ere taken to the hospitals, tome of the
t Jured were taken to hospitals at Spar-
The force of the explosion swept' awny
fie upper works of the United States
rival collier Jason, killing three men and
injuring twenty-nine others. The Jason
was about 700 feet away at the time.
It had juat been completed by the Mary
land Steel company and wa soon to
have had Its government trial trip.
.Mini;- Smaller Kxploslona.
Much -of the havoc was wrought by un
cxploded boxes of dynamite which hurtled
through the air and exploded when they
One such shattered the upper works of
the collier Jason and killed several men,
frightfully wounding at least thirty more.
Annlhpr linr nf exnloslve descended on
tho deck of the tug Atlantic and killed'
A shower of large and small pieces of
the wrecked vessel, some weighing tons,
fell In the waters and on tho shore for
miles around. ,
Just before the explosion a tiny whlsp
of smoke was seen by a seaman working
In the hold of the vessel. He gave the
alarm and fourteen of the British boat's
crew Jumped into a launch and headed
away from the ship before the blast
Shuck Kelt Hundred allien.
PHILADELPHIA. March 7. The dyna
mite explosion near Baltimore was ro-
(Continued on Page Two.)
Forecast till 7 p. m. Saturday.
For Omaha, Council Bluffs and Vicinity
Fair Saturday; not -much change In
8 a. m 39
9 a. m 41
10 a. in 43
11 a. m 44
12 m 46
3 p. m..
i p. in..
5 p. m..
6 p. m..
7 p. m..
s p. m..
Comparative l,ooul Record.
1913. 1912. 1911. 1910
Highest yesterday 56 31 B2 53
Lowest yesterday 31 23 37 32
Mean temperature i 27 44 42
Precipitation 0 01 .10 .00
Temperature and precipitation depar
tures from the normal:
Normal temperature 31
Kxcess for the day 14
Total deficiency since March 1 10
Normal precipitation 04 inch
Deficiency for day 04 Inch
Total rainfall since March 1.... T
Deficiency since March' 1 27 Inch
Kxcess for cor. period, 1912 08 inch
Kxcess for cor. period, 1911 11 inch
Reports from Stutlons nt 7 I. St.
station and State Temp. High- Rain
of Weather, 7 P. m. est.
Cheyenne, clear 40
Davenport, rain so
Des Moines, rain 3
Dodge City, clear 64
s'orth Platte, clear 60
Omaha, cloudy "
Rapid City, clear
tfclt Lake, clear
Santa Ke. clear f
.'.; fiw r nudv . .
lllUU W A
."U Tr of precipitation.
j. w RT.fi H. Local Forecaster.
IV. T wbl
MOREKEAD CALLS ON WILSON
Governor of Nebraska Given Cordial
Greeting by Executive.
SHOWN THROUGH WHITE HOUSE
Xehrnnknn Una Pleasant- Time In
Hunt nnd ISxpreniirii Himself ns
Gratified at Oppnrtunltr to
Visit Historic Scene.
(From n Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. March 7.-8peclal Tel
egram.) Governor Morehead, his family
and friends pu In a strcnutfus day today,
commencing the rounds of the public
buildings by calling upon President Wil
son, who showed a warm appreciation of
the call and expressed tho hope that It
would be his pleasure to sen tho governor
again In Washington.
In the governor's party were: Governor
Morehead, Mrs, Morehead, Miss Dorothy
Morehead, Edmund J. Morehead, Miss
Christian of McOook. Colonel Bulla of
Omaha, Colonel K. M. Westervelt and
wife of Lincoln and Colonet Morgan and
wife of Plattsmouth.
After leaving the presidential offices the
party was shown through tho White
House. later visiting the Pan-American
bluldlng and the bureau of printing and
Speaking of his visit to Washington,
Governor Morehead Bald:
"The visit has been educational to a
groat degree. To see tho historic places
and review the historic Incidents connect
vtlth the nations capltol enlarges one's)
horizon and makes him a better Amer
ican. "We have been treated in the most
kindly way and I have a more exalted
opinion of my country than I ever had,
due In most part to the splendid people
whom I have met on this trip."
Governor Morehead and family. Colonel
Kelly and Colonel Bulla left tonight for
homo where they are due to arrive Sun
day evening, over the Burlington.
General P. L. Hall, Jr., tho youngest
adjutant general In the country, called
on Colonel Gerrard, o fFort Mycr today,
meeting many of the officers stationed
there. He leaves for the west tomorrow.
Governor Morehead and family wero
the guests of Secretary of Slate Bryan
tnd Mrs. Bryan at luncheon today at the
New Wlllard. -
Fifteen Members of
Opium Ring Will Be
Arrested in Seattle
SEATTLE, March 7. Federal officers
arrived here from Portland today Intent
on arrests of fifteen pesons supposed to
be involved in an opium smuggling ring.
A millinery store is said to be the head
quarters, from which the coterie works.
Statements from, a man, who gave the
name of Joh.n W, Kpgers, sent thi . of
ficers here from Portland. Rogers was
arrested there Wednesday night In com
pany with Marian Bergman, a .stenog
rapher, as they left a train from. Seat
tle, The two had 17,500 worth of 'opium,
but Rogers said his companion was un
aware of the nature of the packages, and
the authorities' believe him.
"I'm the pack horse of the crowd,"
Rogers told the police, and said his busi
ness was to transport opium from Seat
tle to Portland. When he learned that
he had been shadowed .by detectives for
months, he gave Information upon which
It was decided to make the further ar
rests. Miss Bergman was released upon $2,600
bond and returned to Seattle.
BUDAPEST. March 7. The woman's
suffrage cause won here -today when the
lower house of the Hungarian Parliament
adopted the government's suffrage reform
bill by which a large number of women
The Hungarian capltol was crowded
with troops during the dtbat;, in conse
quence of threats by the racialists to be
gin a general strlko throughout the coun
try. This was to be done as a protest at
the government's attitude tgalnst com
plete universal suffrage. No disturbance I
occurred during the early part of the day,
the-populace being overawed by the great
display of force.
On' several occasions during the last
year riotous scenes have occurred in the
lower house, culminating several times
In free fights. On September 17 police
were called' Into the chamfcer to expel
the opposition extended by Count Appo.iyl
and Count Zlchy. A desperate struggle
ensued before they were finally ejected.
On October 30 further riots occurred
when the opposition led by Apponyl and
Francis Kossuth unsuccessfully attempted
to force their way through a military
guard surrounding the" Parliament.
Count Ttssea, tho speaker of the lower
house. Is the special object of the hatred
of the opposition, owing to his strong
objection to universal suffrage. On June
7 last Deputy July Kovlcs attempted to
assassinate him while he occupied the
Benjamin Kahn is
Oonvited of Arson
SOUTH BBND, Ind., March 7.-Ben-Jamln
Kahn was found guilty of arson to
day after the Jury had deliberated more
that thirty-six hours. He was accused of
setting fire to his establishment, the
Farmers' and Workingmans' Friend
store in this city last April,
It was charged by the prosecutor that
Benjamin Fink, who was Indicted with
Kahn .and who Is to be .tried Monday,
was paid, by Kahn to set fire to' the store.
Kahn's conviction Is the outgrowth of
tho Investigation of the gigantic "arson
trust," which Is supposed to have oper
ated over the middle western states for
Fink Is alleged to have been one of the
"torches" of the so-called "trust."
NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER
JOINS TAFTS IN AUGUSTA
AUGUSTA, Ga., March 7. Dr. Nicholas
Murray Butler, president of Columbia
university, and Mrs, Butler have joined
tlu Taft party here. Mr. and Mrs. Henry
W. Taft and Mrs. Charles P. Taft anl
John Hays Hammond are expected nero
within a day or two. The rx-presldent
played eighteen boles of golf today.
From the New York American.
Tense Dramatic Scene is Feature of
Session of Senate Vice Com
mittee in Chicago.
JULIUS R0SENWALD TESTIFIES
ISmnloye of Ilia Compnnr iVoeH Xot
Agree with Jlla Statement that
"'fherf I No Relation II 1-
' trrerii Watafe"CtfdYieert
CHICAGO, March 7. There - was a
tense, dramatic moment at the end of
the forendon session today of the vice
commission. Julius Roscnwald, president
of Sears, Roebuck & Co., multimillionaire,
philanthropist and employer of over 4,000
women, himself at one time head of a
vice Investigation committee, had been
on the stand for hours, testifying to the
wage scale 01 his company and explain
ing that In his judgment wages and the
Immorality of women had little to do
with each other.
The small room where tho sessions are
being held was packed with a well-dressed
crowd, many of them women.
Then n young woman, clad In black
and answering to the name of "Kmlly"
took her seat In front of tho Inquisitors
and by the side of Rosenwald.
She had been employed by Sears, Roe
buck & Co.,. but left there to take a bet
ter position. Her only criticism of tho
firm wiib that the forewoman "scolded"
and mado some of tho luckless culprits
guilty of somo Infraction of the rules, cr
making a mlsUake, cry. This did not
occur every day. however.
Situation llrconica At'tite.
Suddenly attention became acuto .is
Lieutenant Governor Barrett O'Hara, a
young man, leaned over, nnd, with
blushes, asked the witness a question
which he found difficulty In wording.
'Ve have a great deal of philosophy
hero today from men; now, let's find out
what yours Is. If a girl was getting W
a week (tho minimum paid by Sears.
Roebuck & Co. to girls living alone) and
had to support a widowed mother, would
you blame that girl If she If she-she
committed a crime?"
The witness looked puzzled for a mo
ment and then, comprehending, looked
up frankly and replied:' "N6; I wouldn't."
"Would you blame her if she killed her
self?" "No, J wouldn't," came the emphatic
"And would you blame her If she com
mitted a greater crime?"
The young lieutenant governor's mean
ing was In "his embarrassed tones and
his blushes, and by now the girl was the
more composed of the two. Sha paused
just a moment and then repeated, dls
tlnctly, "No; I would not."
The room had been painfully quiet, but
nt this there was round of applause, led
by the women spectators, nnd the first
general spontaneous outburst of tho ses
sion. "Emily" was then dismissed.
Jullim Iloneinvnld'n Testimony.
Julius Rpsenwald, president of Sears
.Roobuck & Co., referring repeatedly to
notes, testified that that company em
ploys 4,732 women and girls, whose aver
age wage is JD.12 a week. The lowest
salary of t3 Is given to girls of 16 years
of age, the witness stated. After three
months they are advanced to $3.60.
IJniployn Many Girls.
The company hires only girls who llvq
at home. The concern employs 1,465 girls
and women who receive les?a than JS a
Rosenwald, a broad-shouldred, quietly
clad man, peered Intently through heavy
lenses at his Interrogator, the youthful
lieutenant governor, evincing the great
est interest. From time to time he re
marked: "Perhaps Mr. Miller can tell,"
and turned to peer Into the audience
Presently G. II. Miller was dragged front
obscurity, aworu and given a Boat beside
Rosenwald. Miller Is superintendent of
employment at Sears Roebuck & Co,
Rosenwald testified that he was at one
(Continued on Page Four,)
WHO MAKES THE BIG PROFITS
Legislative Investigating Commit
tee Finishes Labors Here.
EACH BLAMES THE OTHER MAN
Grocer linr It Is the I'rinlncr Mnn
Who Is the filar (.nlnrr nnd tho
Produce Mnn lutn It Hack
to the Grocer.
The Nebraska legislative committee
that has been In, Omaha seeking to as
certain who Is responsible for ttie high
cost of living, closed Its Investigation
here1- yesterday. 'The member then
went out on a tour of Inspection of the
creameries and cold storage houses, re
turning to Lincoln In the afternoon. At
Lincoln sessions of the committee will
bo held. There witnesses will bo ex
amined and affidavits received! When
the report will be submitted to tho legis
lature no member today was ablo to
An expert creamery man, one who has
spent years In the business, but whose
name Is withheld by tho committee, gave
figures on what tho creamery proprietors
make and who gathers In tho profits.
The witness based his figures on tho
prices sent out by the Klgln butter board
for this week and which will govern until
next Monday. These prices are 34 conts
to bo paid for butter fat nnd a selling
prllce of 37 cents per pound for high
grado butter to the retail trade.
On the Klgln basin, said the witness,
the actual cost of gathering tho butter
fat, getting It to the creamery and con
verting It Into butter, ready for tho table
Is 6 cents per pound. Of this butter fat,
SO per cent of one pound makes a pound
of butter, the other 20 per cent going
Into, the pound of butter being water,
buttermilk and salt.
Turns Money Often,
Tho price received from the Halo of the
buttermilk, sold the witness, more than
Pays for the salt nnd every pound of
j butter manufacturrd Is turned out of the
I creamery inside of eighteen hours aftur
the butter fat Is received. The result of
this Is that the money put Into tjio cream
Is turned at least once each week In
tho yenr and frequently two nnd often
three times per week.
(Continued on Pago Four.)
House Leaders Will
Try to Ppstpone Row
Over the Commtitees
WASHINGTON. March 7.-W!th the
house ways and means committee meet
ing to organize, the real tariff work of
the Sixty-third congress began today.
With only three new members of the
democratic lde of tho committee, It
seems practfcally certain that the tariff
measures framed under the supervision
of Majority Iador Underwood during
the last session would be accepted by the
new committee and laid beforn the caucus
before the exera session begins April 1.
In addition to Its tariff work, the com.
mlttee Is confronted by the problem of
reorganizing the entire democratic side
of the house through its functions as a
committee on committees. The com
mittee appointments aro expected to de
velop some lively contests and the lead
ers are Inclined to defer action on thorn
as long as possible. Representative Un
derwood and his associates aro of the
opinion that tho democrats should get
down to work on the tariff and lot all
other truestlons go until the regular ses
slon next December. With this program
In mind it has even been suggested that
only tho necessary committees, appropri
ations to take caro of the two supply
bills which failed In the Inst session, en
rolled bills ana, necounts necessary to
care for the routine of the house, be or
ganized at 'the next session. This would
defer any trouble over appointments un.
til the tariff was out of tho way,
The usual crop of lobbyists is appear
lug In Washington to watch tho ways and
means committee. Organized opposition
will combat any radical tariff bills In
the house and will follow them to the
senate, where strenuous efforts will be
made to temper any great reductions.
Coroner's Inquest Conoluded and the
Matter Bests, in Hands of the
Jury that Was Called. '
DAY SPENT EXAMINING PERSONS
I'nrtlrs Occupying ItulldlnK, ur
Their Attorneys, 'Beefc: to' Evade
Liability, It Any Should
Examination of witnesses at the corner's
inquest. Into thn original of the Dewey
hotel fire, which cost four lives and a
property losi of nearly 1200,000, was con
cluded at 5:30 o'clock yesterday ovcnlng
and shortly aftor that hour the Jury be
gan its deliberation. At B o'clock no vor
dlct had )eon reached.
Yesterday afternoon tho Inquest de
veloped Into a contest between counsel
for tho Raphncl-Prcd Clothing company
on one sldo and counsel for Mr. and Mrs.
0. E. Wllklns of the hotel, one the other
side, each attorney seeking by ex
amination of witnesses to dlschargo his
clients of liability for the dlBasterous fire.
Harry V. Raphael and Moris Prcd
mestky. who arc tho Raphael-Pred com
pany, and Miss Mabel M. Harding, their
bookkeeper, wero principal witnesses of
the afternoon. They went Into detail re
garding tho company's stock of goods and
tho Insurance nt the time of tho fire.
MM 1,1 ah 4 Not II urn 1 11 jr.
No all-night light waa left burning In
tho Raphael-Pred clothing company store
tho night before tho fire, though It was
customary to leave such a light, accord
ing to two witnesses nt'tho Inquest. Theso
witnesses wero Harvey G, Wolf,- night
manager pf the American District
.Telegraph rompany. and Frank Fcndrey,
a special police officer. .
Riley Smith, fireman of the hotel holier
room, was Incompetent and at 6 o'clock
the night heforo the fire his furnace fire
was not burning properly, according to
Charles Eberds, who wnH. thn .only other
Important witness of tho morning.
Wolf and Fendrey testified thoy ob
served tho absence of a light In the
.clqthlng store, noting It liecause It was
unusual. Never before had either of '.hum
seen tho store at night without a light,
according to their testimony,
Admit lie Wit Discharged.
Eberds admitted ho was discharged by
Mrs. Wllklns. wlfo of tho proprietor of
the hotel. He said he lost his job be
cause Mrs. Wllklns thought ho burned
too much coal. Though no longer em
ployed In the boiler room, Eberds said
ho continued to spend considerable time
there until Mrs. Wllklns ordered him
kept away. ,
Eberds visited Che boiler room at about
6 o'clock tho evontng before tho fire to
get a clock he had left there. At that
time, ho testified, Smith had I1I1 flro In
a dangerous condition; drafts were not
properly arranged and the flro Was
Hinouldcrlng, but not burning. The son
dltlon. he said, was one likely to result
In sonic-thing like spontaneous combus
tion and explosion.
David A. Fitch, an nttorney who re
fused to say who he represents at tho In
quest, was there In tho Interest of blood
relatives of Renfrco Rlckard, brand In
spector for the state of Wyoming, who
lost his life In the fire, according to
porsons asserting they know. A. U
Timblln, an attorney, was nttending the
Inquest and asking witnesses a few ques
tions wth n view to Instituting damage
suits for Mrs. Rlckard. He 'desired to
learn If iiosslhle where the damage lia
LOWER WATER RATES IN
RAVENNA. NOT OMAHA
RAVENNA, Neb., March 7.-(Speclal.)-The
city council at Us last meeting
amended the water ordinance, reducing
the rato from !5 cents per 1.000 gallons to
1 cents per 1.0M gallons. It was also de
cided to submit a proposition to the voters
to Issue ".000 In bonds to lay twelve
blocks of mains.
COLONELS MAKE GOOD SHOW
Bartlc is First of the Nebraska Dele
gation to Return.
MOREHEAD STAFF RESPLENDENT
Snn that the tJomniniier Received
Kven More Applauxe During; the
.Parade' Than the Netr
Rev. Colonel 8. D. Bartle of David City,
Neb., one of Governor Morehcad'a staff
Hvl(o attended the Inaugural ceremonies
Washington wan In, Jmaha yesterday
cn route to his homo; where he was called
on official business. Colonel Bnrtle was
highly pleased with the Nebraska's colo
nels and said they made tho best show
ing of any state at Wilson's inauguration.
"On our way to Washington," said Colo
nel Hartlr, "we visited Stanton, the blrth
rlaeo of our new president. The next
stop was at Charlottesville, Va., from
whence wo went to Montlcello to see tho
homo of Thomas Jefferson. We arrived
In Washington Sunday night and most !
of the staff wont to Baltimore!, The next
morning, Monday, tho entire Nebraska
delegation visited the capltol at Balti
more and met the goverhor of Maryland.
"Nebraska mnde the best showing of
any state, and 1 am not saying this with
nny predjudlqe, but becausu I really be
llovo the Nebraska colonels inado a won
derful picture. Unfortunately we woro
In tho latter part of tho procession and
It was -rather dark when we reached tho
reviewing stand of the president."
Hartla said Go vornor, Morehead and his
staff led the New Jersey delegation.
Which was, considered a great honor. He
said the Nebraska delegation was directly
In 'the) rear of the Illinois hunch.
' "Onn thing which struck me very for
cibly," jsald Colonel Bart; "was the
cheering which was directed at Bryan.
I can safely say that he . received even
more cheers than the president. Tho
president waa in the first carriage and
Mr. Bryan -in the third, and It could
easily be distinguished that Bryan re
ceived the "greater amount of applause."
' 'The Nebraska delegation waa shown
every-possible courtesy according to the
first' colonel to return. Jle said, tho stay
at Washington was made pleasant In
In regard to tho riots on tho streets
when tho suffragettes paraded on the day
before the ceremonies, Colonel Hurtle said
the matter wan not as bad as pictured
by tho newspapers. Ho said thq..polce
did not try very hard to keep the crowds
back on the sidewalk, as they did the
following day. "It was not a matter of
inability on the part of tho police," said
Mr. Bartle, "but It was their careless
Four Are Burned to
Death at Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.. March 7,-Flro
which started In a gas explosipn in the
business district today Is bell-ved to have
caused the death of four pe'sons thro
wtmen and ono man.
Tljo four probable victims were uncon
scious, two pinned boneath liravy furnt.,'
ture, according to tho last rerson Inside
tlie blazing store. This was J. U War
ren of Pekln, III., who entered after ths
explosion and carried I.eota Willoughoy,
an unconscious clerk, to safety.
It appeared that the entire block of six
business buildings would b destroyed
Several persons wero attending an auc
tion sale In the store when tho explosion
which blew out the front of the building
occurred. A number of uncontclous per
sons were rescued.
SPEAKER CLARK IS
SIXTY-THREE YEARS OLD
WASHINGTON, March 7,-Sreaker
Clark was A3 years old today. Ho said
he felt like 30, The speaker spent thn
day quietly In his office, receiving call
ers and congratulations. He recalled that
he was born on the day Daniel Webster
mads his famous speech on the fugitive
LOSE SEVERAL BILLS
BY CUTTING SESSION '
Ten Members Take Trains for Omaha
and Representatives Retaliate
by Sidetracking Measures.
ELECTION BOARDS TO SUFFER
Bill for Higher Pay in Douglas
Goes by Boards.
COUNTY KITCHEN BILL FAILS
Establishment of Boarding Quarters
Lost in House.
JUDICIARY BILL IS REFERRED
Fact nronjtht Ont In Debate that
Jinny lemncrnt Who Konnht
and TnlUed Initiative, Nov
Lukewarm on Subject. J
(From a Staff Correspondent)
LINCOLN, Ncb March 7.-(8pccul
Telegram.) Ten members of tho DougUs
county delegation camo In for a scvero
roast at tho hands of Hoffmelster of
Chase for being absent without an ex
cuse this afternoon. Sugarman and rates
were the only members of tho delegation
present and as they divided on most
measures attention was directed to the
"Mr. Speaker, have you excused those
Douglas county members? Why aren't
they hero? What right havo they to
leave hero on an afternoon train when
thoy could havo gone at 6 o'clock? Wo
members from tho west end of tho stato
aro alwnyR here. Wo never miss a ses
sion and tho Douglas members should
manngo to bo here."
Yates defended the absentees by say
ing thnt somo of the county members
wero absent also, nnd regardless of the
fact that Yntcs still talked the speaker
held well taken tho point of order raised
by Palmer that there was nothing beforo
Omnhnna I.cme nllls.
The house went on record this after
noon In opposition to changing salaries
by adoption of committee reports. In
definitely postponing several bills along
theso lines. Included In tho list killed
wero two by Drucscduw, house roll No,
2W, raising the pay for Judges and clerks
of election In Douglas county to V per
day, and house roll No. 785, Increasing
tho fees of Justices of tho peace.
Other Douglas county members fared
badjy at the hand of the house, Simon
lost house roll No. 77s, giving throo jus
tices of the penco to South Omaha. Smith,
Anderson and Davia Tbst house roll No.
8tfi Riving tho county commissioners au
tliorlty to establish a kitchen and tcM
the county prlsonors.
McKliNlvic Loses III II.
MoKlHHlck lost house roll No. 311, which
gavo tho secretary of state $5 for attach
ing tho great seal of state to a notary
oomtnlsslnu. FlBhor of Boone lost house
roll No. 637, which provides that county
clerks shall rocelvp pay for preparing tax
llsta and need not account for fees for
making out filings.
The house also adopted the commlttco
roport to postpono Indefinitely house roll
No. S06, by Haslek, fixing tho pay of local
assessors In counties less than 17,000.
In committee of the wholo this after
noon most of tho time waa spent In a
discussion of house roll No. 10S, by Bollen
of Knox, a proposed constitutional amend
ment providing the legislature shall fix:
the manner of publishing proposed amend
ments nnd doing away with the party en
dorsement. This bill waa before the houso
for half a day rocently and was sent back
to tho judiciary committee because thcro
wag serious objection with doing away
with newspaper publishing of the amend
ment. This waa cut out ty' tho committee
and tho bill wna recommended for thlnl
reading and waa made a special order for
10 o'clock Monday morning.
Judiciary Illll Referred.
Sugnrman'B nonpartisan judiciary bill
was discussed for 1111 hour and then sent
back to the committee. During tho dis
cussion of the Bollen constitutional
amendment bill Regan of Platte objected
to' leaving to the legislature the matter
of publishing the amendments nnd re
marked; "I notice a lot of democrats
who Jinve been rampant for tho Initiative
and referendum are getting mighty
wobbly over It now. For all I know thern
may be a lot of pettifoggers In the next
Bollen answered by saying this bill will
take no patronage from the democratic)
governor becauso the amendments pro
posed by this legislature will not bo af
fected by this bill and to further pacify,
Regan ho said: "In all probability thero
will be a change of administration two
The houso adjourned until 10 o'clock
IMPORTS OF DIAMONDS
SHOW BIG INCREASE
NEW YORK, March 7. Oem Importa
tions for February amounting to $(,9,135,
aro over $1,000,000 greater than February
a year ago and tho greatest for that
month In the history of this port Tha
big Importations are accounted for in
part, It Is said, by the fact that dealers
desired to Increase their stocks on tho
cliance tllat thero mlffht bean advance In
i duties uy ue new congress. Total gent
Imports for the entire country last year
were U2&S.W, of which $.571,W3 wero
oniereu ai me pon 01 jNew xorK.
MOTHER JONES PUT ON TRIAL
BY MILITARY COMMISSION
CHARX.E8TON, W, Va.. March 1 -"Mother"
Jones, the aged labor leader,
and fifty other persons, charged before
the military commission with conspiracy
Ir connection with the rioting in tha
Paint Creek section of the Kanawha coal
field, were placed on trial before the com
mission today at Paint Creak Junction.
Another charge Is that they were con
cerned In the killing of Fred O- Babbitt,
a bookkeeper, shot dead Ih the fighting
at Mucklow. The trial la expected to last
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