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THE BEE: OMAHA, MONDAY. JANUARY 25, 1913.
OPPOSING YIEYS 111
Assensor Counsman, Challenged by
Kilrod., Holds to $100,
000 Tct Year.
COSTEREXCLS AT COURT HOrSE
Developments following announcement
c.f County Aww Harry O. Coonimm'i
tnrestiiratlnn f tlM paid br railroads on
property listed by them "Inside rtxht-of-wsy"
and consequently outside of his
jurisdiction, wer marked yesterday by
I conference at the court house among
, county officials. nmbn of the leirls-
I latura and representatives of railroad!
, and by the Issuing of statements In whirls
. opposing viewpoints were presertcd. I
It became evident that whatever may)
b th result of AMcwor Counsman s f-i
fort to collect from railroad county,
j . school andatat taxes amounting to
j ; $106,000 annually li Omaha, tils Investl-
ration baa feeootne tha principal topio of
j conversation at tha court hou. A th
matter now atanda County Attorney
.Magney ta Instructed by the county board
i ' ', to write a tiU defining the limit! of
railroads righta-of-way. which would re-
l suit ht larrn Increases of valuations.
1 Chanty official explained their view
1 of tbo controversy to several member of
1 the Pouglae county delegation in th
t . Cnnnai Qaote Worrls.
' Assessor Counsman called attention to
"j ' th fart that United State Senator Norrli
j a few days agro twnrrrm ended to Governor
I Morehead tha paasa of a law limiting
1 railroads' rlrhta-of-way to 1W fw-t fr
i . taxation purposes, leaving property out-'
- . elria to be taxed locally.
"I am not aura that I would insist on
limiting' rlifhta-ofway to feet," wild
Mr. Counsman, "but what we do badly
1 ned is some definite limit, some way In
which ta determine what ta right-of-way,
J : Irurteai cf leaving th matter to tha rn-
i roads themselves.
"I want to make myself understood
that I am not saying that the railroads
; are falling to pay the taxes assessed
srninst tbsm In Omaha nor that they
nrenot paying any taxes at all on prop
! erty inside rights-of-way. Th point Is
that they are paying 10,00t par yea
j ' leas county, school and, stat taxes than
they should by reason of low slat
; valuation, wbila they ar paying city
taxes oa reasonable valuations by reason
! of the terminal tax law already on th
i slatut book.
Ittatemeat from t'atoa TrHle.
Fevers! railroad men appeared1 at the
court house and Informally explained
1h!r xide of the rontmveray to county
offii lals. A. "W. Scrlbner, tax commit
sioner of the Itjlon Taclflc, made th
"The article on railroad terminal tax
ation In The I'-ee contains several ser
loiwly Inaccurate statements, seme of
them attributed to County Assessor
t'ounsmnn, whlrh I would Ilka to ewrcrt.
because thry mlctit lead to a serious
! Injustice If not contradicted.
"In the fir place th railroads are
charged with evading 1100,000 of terminal
j tax-n in Omaha. This 1100,00, referred
t) liy the county assessor represent tht
extent of advantage outlying districts
recelvo through mllcago apportionment.
lit oiocr words. If this tioo.ooo were to
te niliitd to the tsxahla vsluatlon fit
railroad property In Omaha, It would
I'ave to he deducted from the railroad
valuation in the country districts.
"H'U let me make this local railroad
tux matter 3'inln by. saying that th
l i.ioii 1'a. Iflc alone is paying taxes hor
In tiie city of Omoha today on about
ill,7i'.(iiJ worth of property. Now add to
that tha million on which tho otlmr
rnllrnuJs are paying taxes and you will
Ixuln tu tiavo soom Idea, of whal I
Vuuiity Assessor Pminsman is Quolvd
hi iiftyliitf thst tha Union Teclflo is pay-
ln city taxes in Oiiutha on IK.TM.l-0
worth cf projerty. Then he sey that
, 5-Ki.t o (j rL-tuina by th stats author
"lf thin t11.7iO.ft'0 oi whleh the Union
railfic l' paying city taxes, JlSno.TOO
reprtwnts the hvad-niarters bullJInxa,
. simp buildings nnd WHrehoiitea gnil real
-lata apRehcud liK&ily. The pruceej
from that lax ar net distributed over
! ' the state, bvt the prK--tJn trvm tl-e V-e-
anee, or about p-Jfl. are diatrltiutod
over the stfate. !r. Counstuan's flsures,
KV-'t,40. ara inaccurate; he ha Klven us
a. littla Uu much there, hut It ta protbly
lu to a mere clerical error, I euppoae,
"Tl.! t IZ.tiQ referred to by U.6 &iar
,U siiouUi be $;i.ioo to he exit la th
; bi rtxtioiimcnt Oiiiuha receives from tt.a
eliite ai-M-esiiient. Tti Union l'aclflo has
7 SNi mile ( traikatte in Omaha, which
at : !-',; O a uille. the rate ohtaJr.lua
throughout the state, fives this t-.DOO. J
ltnts tCtraaiwn f 1 aark.
"As to evading txes, the only thing th
ie.inn.Jd yr.sk k kva Is U-uble taxation-
Ijet it.;ia by Quoting from
tho aetieiun cf the J-;ca,rfcik uprem
i o'irt la tl.c Puriliigtoa-lwcliardeon county
A ri!:r'i4 tn'Tt have vnt Is
t e p(vtt nrui h nui-'ii ss tr re
i ia :,,i-r cf the line, itiom h It exenitd
it.r.i :i a i)eu rawnt t-s. 'i tie siWMii-vii(n
im t--4i iii,;Uia'3 ttre locti is
T-f-t, uFi--'r ti-e In-mt, --t-t iji-H-ti to rrtt an
h.i tr oiiu r h' -i:i "u tr ri-ss-n
t.r a iiit-is a1 1 i-.i-)t t h uwi, luit iiu.-
1.3 r v "V'"!! In, flitters
1 mta. Th ut ev.i-ni!v t the rvason h-
i!tl muA WMtnr tsls U-Klalatioa.
' In other words, the court slmrly m4ris
tht liti tuM tiie Uiilun iaciic's greatest
Im (in':!s hapten l b I k nttsl in Oiahs
Is oa caoa why Onwh shDuid tuk from
if ii:tilielt r of fie state nil tba Tevtie
1 from th taxation of this raiuabl
i ,, , iriy, 3"ti law alvaa every schoul
.;-.,t. t td tvunty lit tha state, no mat
i.r hii its prtiportv-mste hr oi
.. j .1 f.c : s ycur lore-
.4 ill J lt;.::.l :S IcaVfS.
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thst Is not th
"This whole terminal taxation matter Is
a controversy, not between the railroads
and Omaha, but between Omaha and th
rest of the state if there is any contro
versy about It. The railroads have no
quarrel with Omaha. They are simply
complying with tha law enacted by the
legislature of l!T, paying the taxe. whlrh
the people, through the legislature, r
dered them to pay."
DEFENSE OF ITS
POSITION IN YAR
(Continued from Fag One.)
mulgaied by the American government
without discrimination and have been
applied with equal fairness to all con
cerned. It cites instance of violation
by Uerraany and Great Britain, and as
serts that p rote is hava been unbesltnt
Ingly enured regard lea of th country
Complaints as summarised by (Senator
Stone are answered In th letter point
by point, substantially follows:
1) "Freedom of communication by sub
marine cables aftalnnt censored commu
nication by wireless" It Is set forth first
that a wireless station on a neutral coast
cannot be Interrupted by a txnllxerfttit, but
the latter has an unrextrtcted right to cut
a entile on the Mxh seas. (Germany's
cutting of the Brlttsh cable nesr Fanning
Island is cited to balaHO Ore at Britain's
Interception of the cable between tier
many ajul the United Ktatea. Th point
is mads thst wireless mesaa oa' be
sent direct to wsrshlps at sea, whlrh
can prey upon piihllti or private veesels
nd mnl neutral territory virtually a
base of naval oriatlong, "to permit which
Would be essentially unneutral."
Censorship f Malls.
: "tisorhtp of mails and In some
esses reiieeted deiruiilon of American
let"rs CI e-e't'r' Vni"-Uermsny and
Great Britain, pursuing their rights ss
belligerent, vach have censored private
letter falling into their hands. No evi
dence hss ever ben presented to the
State department that mail on board
iHitch steamers has heea destroyed, as
repoatcilly charged. Only few case have
come to tti attention of the department
wheiw mall from neutral countries has
not been finally delivered. I
(3) !earrhig or American vessel jor
Oerman and Austrian subjects on the
hleh seas and In territorial watera of a
belligerent Neutral vessel voluntarily
entering territorial waters or porta of a
neiiiKcrent become subject to municipal
Inws. Only two cases in whlrh American
vessels have been searched on the high
aea by belligerent warslili for Oerman
and Austrian mihject havs been reported.
and noth have been followed by vigorous
representations to the of (end rig govern
ments. Much confusion has arisen, th
letter aeeeirts, over the chars that the
United Rates has sbendoned the prin
ciples tnr which this country went to
war In 1M2. j The impreiainent of A mer
ican sesmeii' by the lirttinh navy In times
of peace, it U enpertwt, ' Involves a dif
ferent principle " from the search for
reservlxts in iltrte of war, thouKh the
latter has not been permitted without
. Ho General Aareemeat.
4) "fluhmlxelon without potest to
British violations of the rules regarding
sneoiutn ana conditional contraband as
hud down in The Hngue conventions, the
(iccInrMlon of loiin and International
!" There ta no general arreement be
tween nations ss to articles to be re
garded as contraband, the rights of neu
truls and belllKerenls being opponed and
no frtiiunnj exlwtlng "to which nuestlon
of difference may be submitted.
(5) " Acquiescence without protest to the
Inclusion of copier and other articles in
the Hrltlsh lists of absolute contrahnnd"
It Is here stated lhat every Sclsur of
American copper hss been followed by a
prompt protest and that the Inclusion of
unwroiht copper" in the lint of abso
lute contraband Is under consideration,
thouph tho eovemmont "neecBmirll v finds
some embarrassment In dealing wiih the
sohtoet" because of a declaration bv th
1 niled tt&tea In the past placed "all arti
cles front which ammunition Is manufac
tured on the contraband list, Including
copper among sucn material
(i!) ".liihmlNxlon without protest to
Interference with American trade to neu
tral countries In conditional and absolute
rnnirabnnda" Hintory shows, says the
letter, that In every war the superior
naval power has Interrupted neutral
commerce more or less, but those who
compiHln are referra l to the American
to tret .I,.,' ",,uon,u" u'"",u"w
(7) "Puhmlssion without protest to In
terruption cf trade in conditional contra
band c-onslKnod to private poisons In
Ucrmnny and Austria, thereby supporting
ins policy of ureal KrUaln to cut olf all
supplies from Gut ninny aiul Austria"
suialii, the letter calls attention to th
note or Ieoemh-r toi to the Jiri'ieh gov
ernment contending f.r ' the prinvipie of
tivit .in of tra!, In snielea of ron'tltional
contraband not UegUnuU jo tha belligerent
tsi "Submission to Brlttph Interference
villi trailtj in petroleum, rubber, leather,
Wool, el.." As petroleum ,-,,11 be u.id in
propellms submarines and rubber la
eniK-niinl for big motors uned by armies,
the foiled ttls Government "has Bot
reached the conolunlon that they are
liiiproticrly included lu a list of .contra-
,! "The United States ha. not inter-
ferl with the sale to Ureat Hiltaln and
anna or aruiH. auiinoiiliiou. imruM,
uniicrma, ana other inurutinna of war.
slthourn such sale rrolmut the conflict '
So oll'irefoi. it Is ronrenied
either in Ititernstlonal law or In th do-
niemlo law of the I r.lted ELates to Dro-
iiuu.il private trade In I !-. artUle. In
ItllA n..utf lh. n ,t ......
neutrals maintained no such prohibition.
In tact, it ta only pei-ennarv to Iolnt to
tha ei.ormona quantiilea of arms and
auiinuiilikin fumieliad I V manufat-tureoa
In tserioatiV to tha biU'ruiil in the
oKU-Jpaneae wr and In th recent
iallvan nn to eatablixh the general
recosuilion of the propriety of lh trade
by a neiiirtu nation.
V-.eM Helrawe rf.
fim "The I niiei Fiates baa not sun-
freiwj sal of dum-dnm bullet to CSrcnt
Hatn j he rinuiios reOter,uy
published between tha Htnta dinartment
(I ti G.-i i:0t uiuliL3taiiyr is rpi.U!d
Mii.a trie suttvinent tiuit althouxh there
sr no iovful irrouiuis n which to prevent
li trail u", the presi.icut of th VcltnJ
rxaew wo-ud w.-Kttme woof of tiie
rharses and use bis Influence w preveot
sale of these ail-to.
Hi) "In i tie h i all i os are nernilKsd to lie
oi r Ati rt. ..ii pons mi lnterci i t neutral
ll.o ku r sta'es that pmtesls were
i:im9 to loeal ,H.lli!i and Jtussa and
ll.nl they VMIhU't W their WBIIO. ! riolil
toe vi. initv of ,iw Yui'k and Ji jnolvilu,
li.i iii..t Htltiln and Its allies are
Bli .,i Hllhoul ,rol't to li.'.i-, krnid
A:::rri- ei ciiiB'-nsTiUi end p--i,e .
vvl.ii liet iiil.aiil. ltu.0 uim tsal d-.-U
Aiocihiiu fillm-nship iMpci, "in a. f.'W
iit.i)in.t Fi sua ti'd i.mt i tiue of all Ih-di
.iri,i iu ol li cau of upirtkrant
i... srrc.it. the lulled t-'.atea hti
-uiert'd vliiuruus protcnts with requests
: ihaase af Policy
tl"! "Chaime of p)licy In rex ird to loans
to l-.-l!o:civ;ni-'- Ii Im iiHM-i l-d Utut the
AtoeM.vu Hoveriioit-iii i,lii-y aifviis
Hil kon I'oe-mai aili. Tho ttMnwt-rs of
hiHi' tliioii,'fi fiiutir aoOet ; itii,ii
ni oiiio jte 1 1 tnnsl.i o llirocrh muniary
iil- i,---l In tl:e hio-t it toe Peinu'ere
n MiMi''i1 out in tootrael to purely vr.!it
li m r .ii t loos in- tiie iiuMhdws of wr
u:iuie, Hie money for wlu ti !,.es not
l,i.i the I lliled t-tates Slid colli. i Hot,
t5 la tno i-Ke oi loan, ariocl tlia 1
vl 1 1 , ; i. et,uiii t y .
"SvJi'iniiMKin to arrest -f native
I'd ii A loci -.cans on feeuiiail and
l;i iirlli. n l -1 I and tlo lr l;iiiMmn.mei!t.
1 0 k ii-i1 i liaiaie. iim i,-i(,.r a.il
l:as i'W,-u uoU(-T-.-rl.'..i by eilder.ca. hut.
viiieiever Ii--.ii.tlaruiv4 have wcurred.
Iiurnpl chum ti i fur reUane lias lt
this tax raven
lu.) -In!if isrence to conficsment of
n 'U-ioiiil'M iu oi a to del 'tii tomta in
in.uii.t bi J 1'ranie" All u,t dm : i irnln
hava marte coiiii-'Klnt. hut invetiKilon
hu piniej tht "conditions are an
tiS poMtl. i t i mit-d ciiaits has rua
e.'Oird el the eiciln! r-iuet tif fie .
malt -i eif iito'.-ol to im od Mr. JaiKi
lonm r Amen-i nilnu-o-r at l'ovi.ai
and no ftitrt'lo-d to li.a Anit-a en
t.-t-iv at 1.,-iH'i t'i nirtKe a a i -i l loirs
Miaiin i't (l--iiit)'u i wiiii ;.. I uiad
.Nik I; t lil - I riiltr,
,A luiimu' tikis' aud war tuaUiiuia sv erj here.-. Advcitiscuaiit
German Fliers Shell Dunkirk;
British Airmen Raid Zccbruggc
1X3NDON, Jsii. M. While Oerman air
men on Friday morning were dropping
bombs on Dunkirk, one of which dam
aged th American consulate, two British
viator paid visit to( 7ebruggB and
succeeded In damaging a submarine and
killing or wounding th crew of th
gun mounted on the mole to preven
attack from th sea on that new Oerman
The Oerman official report Issued to
night said that apart from, th breaking
of the window and the amashlng of the
furniture of the American consulate
house, no damage wag done by the at
tack. -It make no report about a num
ber of persons being killed and wounded,
and It I therefore not known whether
this 'report 'cover completely th attack
of the Oerman airmen, who according to
unofficial dispatch dropped a many
as eighty bomb on th French port.
On of th British aviator waa
Squadron Commander R. B. Davie, who
recently made a night flight over Bruge.
dropping bombs on tho railway station
there. Prior to reaching Eeebruggo Com
mander Davie was surrounded by aeven
German airmen and although slightly
wounded, succeeded In making his flight
along the coast and returning safely.
."One of th twelve or thirteen bomb
cross th territory of th United
Htate" So proof of this ever hss been
furnished, and a request of the Csnalisn
government to send war material through
AlsKka was promptly denied.
tl? "Treatment and final internment of
Oerman stesmshln tJeier and the collier
Iicksun at Honolulu" Th circumstances
are reviewed and th action taken la
held to b in accordance with the u?ul
IM "Unfairness to fJermany In rule to
coaling warships In Pannma canal sone"
Although the regulations ware not pro
Claimed until November 1.1. no belligerent
warships are known to hsve called previ
ously at the sons and the action waa
taken "without the slightest reference to
fsvnri'lem to the bolllKereuts."
I9 "Kallure Jo protest agatrmt the
modification ofThe m titration of London
bv the HrltlKh government" The noti
fication of this government that it could
not accent nleoemeal adoption of the
declaration of London Is recalled with the
statement also that the modifications by
the bcllifferenl la thst rode of naval
sarfsi-e '"are of no concern to the United
ftat.es" except as they adveraely affect
the rishts of American cltiitens as defined
by International law. Insofar an these
rlxht hav been infringed, th depart
ment has made every effort to obtain
redress for the losses sustslned."
T.'B. Wanted Canal
Built, Didn't Care
- A Hang for tho Law
CHICAGO. Jan. 24. -Colonel George W.
Goethals told members of th University
olub ax a luncheon tntlajr In his honor,
how the Panama canal came to ba built
under what h called autocratic rule.
"Th original commission was ruling at
th time of which I apoak," said Colonel
Goethals, "and there was friction In Its
rank. Mr. Taft, then socretary cf war,
oam down and I explained th situation
to him. Ha said, Colonel, I .think a
man's valu as a publlo servant is de
termine by tha number of kicks ba can
take without squealing. " (
"Not long afterward I went to Wash
ington and had a talk with , President
RooMvelt. H said to m. 'Colonel, I
think I II abolish that commission and
concentrate all authority in you. An
executive order will do it'
When I mentioned thl to Mr. Taft,
ha said: Tea, that's th way it ought
to ba dona, but it isn't In accordance
with th law.
When I told Mr. Rocsevelt what th
j secretary of war had said, th president
I don't care a hang for the taw, I
want that canal built' " ,
Colonel Ooothals waa presented wltb a
gold medal by th Chicago Geographic
society here tonight. It makes hi sixth
medal in recognition of JUs work on th
Heavy Snows Cover
Most of Southwest
KANSAS CITT, Mo., Jan. -Ser
temperatures conUnued to prvau w
nlsht In western Missouri and Kansas,
whlla Oklahoma and Texas experienced
I tcmpsratures well below freexlng. Bnows,
..,. .i,.iri,i tha hsavleat In ysars.
mva rait most of th southwest Train
and wire service, however, was almost
Th minimum temperature reported was
24 degrees below sero, at Hmlth Center,
la northwestern Kansas. At Chapman,
Kan.. II degrees below aero was
corded. Continued cold was predicted in
Blast storms wr reported from south'
western Missouri and outhaaaUm iwan
sas. while eastern Oklahoma axperlenoed
th coldest day of U wiaUit. la TiiJ.
Okl.. several hundred mea war cared
for la churches toataht.
A Wlatap ( stasia tna -a".
Dr. Boll's Pine-Tar-lloney stop tn
cough d prevent your cold getting
er.raa. It's KUaranteed. Only c. Ail
ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL
SWAPPED BY PIERCE
MFRCE. Neb.. Jan. 14, Special. Tha
heretofore unbeaten high school basket
hsll ftv from fclsln was defeated on the
local floor laat evening, 71 to is. mere
has been considerable rivalry between
tt,M two teams la tha past, laat aeaaon
fclgln beating I'lsrc oa the noor
two polttta Wttten, oa or rtorce s
forwards, was Injured in a collision. ,
Tha score rolled up against tigin, wiui
a aiul esoeptton, wa the highest
made by the Fierce team. Meadow Grove
waa beatsn In the fall by a score oi
O'Neill High school plavs here nxl rTi-
day night, and fans from an trie eur
roundlng towns ara planning to witness
this battle royal between th inwn ana
wfcy T aheald t a rkaaak-crteta's
Because it has aa establivhed reputa
tion by lis good worka
liecaus it Is most esteemed by thos
who have used it for mai.y years, as
occasion required, and are best ao
HiualiiUd with I' gxd qualillta
Itecauae tt loiuiena and relieve a cold
and aids nature In restoring the system
tu a lieaKhy condition.
Vecatise it di not contain opluia or
any other narcotic
Isu H 1 within the reach .f nil
It only ci'MS a nnarUr. OuiatnsUo
dropped by German aviator on Dunkirk
fell Friday just outside th American
consulate, broke all the windows and
smashed tho furniture," say an official
report Issued by the presa bureau this
"Outside of thl no psrtlcular damage
wap done. "
"French and British navel and military
airmen engaged the Oerman aeroplane,
one of which was brought down by a
British military machine Just over the
Belgian frontier, and th pilot and ob
Visits ta Eeekragge,
Th report describe the dropping of
bombs by British airmen at Zcebrugga,
"During th day," It saya, "vlsita were
paid to Zeebrugge by Bnuadron com
mander K. B. Davlea and Flight Lieute
nant R. Fears, and twenty-seven bomb
wera dropped on two submarines and
gun on tho mola. It I believed that on
submarine waa damaged considerably and
that many casualties wera caused among
the gun crews.
"In reconnoiterlng before this. Com
mander Davie was surrounded on one
occasion by seven German aeroplane, but
manaxd to elude them. He waa slightly
wounded on th way to Zeebrugge, but
continued bis flight and accomplished hirTcrowds-pleasant peopl all so unreal for
is now progressing satis-
HIS $8,000 DEBT
Kin; Hu Honey in Bank, as Shows
in Financial Beport Hade to
Board Cf Oorcrnort,
SEVEN TEOT5A3fI) E5TTERTAIUED
Ak-Pr-Ben hss paid off a loan of l,000
as a result of Its succs during 1914, and
ha money in the bank besides. This
cornea to light in the financial report
Just mad to . th board . of governors.
Also it has, accounts .receivable far In
excess of it accounts payable. In ether
words. King 'Ak is in 'splendid shape
Tha Initiations for tha season cost King
Ak $8.:rr.8g. The great annual ball cost
him JT.08i.Zt. Th carnival cost him
412,188. 76, but it yielded t-1.121.14. "Not
half bad.'.' is what King Ak think..
King Ak has . been doing ' things In
th last yeajf, H baa been a royal en
tertainer as never before.
lie entertained at th Den 7.CT men from
all over the world. Samson took It into
his head ta ksep aa accurate list of thos
Caret from Maay Coaatrtea.
Thus the record show that on Irish
man right from the old sod, ona from
Germany, on Hawaiian, on fold pros
pector from Alaska and on Mexican
right from battle-torn Mexico, wera rolled
and roughed, ' according - to Samson's
style. Others wera from London, Dub
lin, Scotland, Manitoba, and from every
state In th union. Four thousand two
hundred and three wera from Nebraska.
Prom Iowa came 610. From Illinois com
VO.- From ' Wyoming, cam 110. From
Pennsylvania . came fifty-two. . From
New Tork cam 1M. And thus on and.
on. An of them are talking lor ak
Bar-Hen now. They are all boosting for I
AkJtar-Ben aad Omaha.
Th complete financial U tern tat
th year follows:
rtalnnce, January 1, Uli t 18
Membership fees .OiO.
Parade subscriptions, floats, etc.. li.SiS.7
Carnival Hat receipts, co noes -
slons. booth space, etc
General bale and advrUalu
GeneralSupplies sold, extra ball
tickets, ate -
Total ........ r.. C6.M4.8S
Initiation .................. ..k.. t S.T.'S-W
t. two. 13
Parades Electrical A..
General Salaries, rant, advertis
ing, supplies,, etc.. i.
I.oau re i laid ,.
balance in bank, .Dec n,
Total , 3,44.M
INDEjrTEDXWJS. DECEMBER W, WH.
iLeaa arcouala rsoeivabla., I 7.K
Lesa cash la pans....,...,,. .
Net Indebtedness, Xeo
amber U. Wl.
Net indebtedness, Lee
. ember 31. 1U...,
'Indebtedness reduced In
year Ml 4
Dacia to Sail When
GALVESTON, Tax.. Jan. M. "Th
steamer Dada, loaded wltk cotton, will
sail for Rotterdam as soon as tha wind
drops," Captain Oaorg McDonald, It
commander, said tonight. Tha Pacla
recently passed from German to A soar
lean registry, and wil British author
itiea promise safa delivery of Its cargo.
they virtually hava promised t tak th
Daota before a pria court to test th
validity f th transfer.
MEDLAR HEADS C0?iTTEE
TO ENTERTAIN EDITORS
At a meeting of local newspapeTnea at
th Paxton hotel last venlng, L A.
Medlar of th Hotel Repcrter, was chosen
chairman of th conuulttse. which will
have in charge plana for entertainment
of members of the Nebraska Press as
sociation, who will meet la O.naha In
April. H. 1- Toetcvin waa elected too
.Discussion of eotertalr.tnent plans will
tak iil&ce at a meeting- ot tha corneal u
to be Wd at tl SO o'clock Saturday a:
th Commercial club, at which lima Mr,
Medlar expects to announce th names ot
members of subcommittees.
C0!LS FLNPiOSE ILL 1'J
BED WITH CROrXHITIS
PHIIiADELPHIA. Jan. 14. United
States Senator Boies Penrose, lht had
beea at Atlantic City for about two weeks
trying to get rid of a sever cold, is coa
fined to h'a bom her with bronchitis.
His phyeklaa said tuuUht that whlla
tha attack is sever his coadltloa is not
to riBK a roi.zx orta dit
Take Laxative lirvrua JulnUa latlta.
DrutKUts refund the money if it fall
to cure. K. W. Groves sit nature is OS
tath tux. ii ccnta
DR. C01I1IELL WRITES
FROII TUEYAR ZOHE
Omaha Boy Who It Adminitterinf
to the Wounded Send Word
VIEWS HORRORS OF . CONTEST
Dr. Karl A Coonsil. aon of Mr. and
Mrs. W. J. Connell of Omaha, who Is
serving with the American hospital corps
In connection with the military opera
tion of the allle In "Flanders, wrote
from Paris to his mother on Christmas.
Flnca that time no letter have com
through from him, although everl times
h has cabled his safety to his parent.
H ha been In tha front of tho fight
ing during the month of January, and
baa seen war' In Its reddest and rawest
His last letter homo Is very Interest
ing, because of some predictions he mad,
and because of the Intimate glimrsa h
gives af life In the war sons. II writes:
Hrfweaa la Part.
"PARIS, Chriatma Iy, lS14.-Drst
Mamma: 1 am hungry for. a sight and
bug of mamma on this Christmas day.
It is lonesome, pot that th world la un
kind. In fact. It Is too good Parla
war time, and as a whole untru to our
"Th French have a big offeostva un
der way order to prepare for 3,cw
wounded. I think that after It ha spent
Itself, as It must, on the terrible trench
to trench fighting, tha Oormnna wlU tak
tha offensive fa a last sweep at Paris,
providing all has goo well In the east-
It ought to come-rth German trial
when the ground freeees about th mid
dle, to tho and of January, wa will b
worked to full capacity, if tha movement
oome; and Wltn this oneruuve, wiu w
"I hava had for nearly a month a
service my own of 106 beds at tha Amer
ican ambulanc In Parte. WW hold It
until Ir. Crtt cf Cleveland arrives after
January 1, when I will go to the advance
Whitney unit. Dr.. Blak loft ma in
cttarge of his servlca wfcHe h went on
a tour of tha front, so for about a week
I had SO bods. It Is very , hie com
pliment to hsve him pay me, as ha is
probably th best surgeon In the world.
"He and Mrs. Clarenoa Mackay ware
married a ooupla of wek at'o- I dined
with them shortly thereafter, and have
called oa them today, leaving a beautiful
spray of pink pl'ira blossoms such Is
"Th Christmas cards I hop reached
America. A number .of th letters ap
parently do not, and It is difficult to
get a cable by the polio and off, so J
sent merely a word to Mr. Bcott and h
i"l .' ..Ha Fifth 1 1 a to Sea. '
There Is no fighting for anyone to sea
nothing spectacular since - tha trenches
faced ona another two , months ago
many bitter short sallies, but only seen
from the trenches immediately in th
neighborhood. Our hospital at Jullley Is
In tha military sone.-We can hear th
heavy artillery, but sava as one reads a
thrill Into It, It Is not alarming. .
"I recently saw a little speck of a
Taube (German) appear over th French
lines. A few spots of white smoke be
gan ta appear beneath and around it,
markinc tha bursting of shells fired from
a mil beneath. . ooa two of the French
aeroplanes circled np attar th Taube,
and it took a swifter flight oft down tha
irraaoh Una, with tha French machines
ta pursuit After being lost to viw, it
reappeared, having thakan off tha pur
suers and hovered again over Its orig
inal field at a lower level and tha target
of some rather wild fir. Boon a littla
livery vertical streak of amok ap
peared beneath, it having .dropped a
moke bomb to glva th German gunners
tha rang. Then It headed north and tn
a fw minute was lost from vlw.
"It all looks so tiny, these little
glimpses which one gets. W get only
fragments ot news. Tha wounded ars
th only real Index of tha bitterness of
tha mechanical battle tha big guns, th
shrapnel and spitting machinery, with a
bravery unequalled In history. , .
"Tet it has got tha men's - nerve, no
doubt on the other side as well. Not a
wounded roan I have met but hopes he
la out ot action for th war. I'm sura
it would ba the Sam with myself.. On
feel aa It they wera not given a chance
f to fight just mowed down by an invisi
ble, sudden death. 'Tha trench Ufa Is
awful. In th histories I hav taken of
tba various environments, which hav a
bearing oa the subsequent causa of the
wounds) many men hava not taken off
or changed their clothes for two weeks;
on for six weeks. They ara Indescriba
bly filthy, and If not wall specialised to
such a state of. skin, by a long unwashed
French ancestry, I don't think they could
live. Maay hardship; on man who
same In wounded and with frosea feet
had i been tn water up to his waist In a
trench for two days.
At n Chrtstaaa Dinner.
"Our C&rtsisiiA party was last sight at
Fajot's restaurant, possibly a gay place
other ye ara A Christmas eve dinner given
by axmbassador Bacon ta tha -various
members, doctors and nurses ot tha Whit
ney unit" About twenty assembled. Th
evening had just begun whan th gend
armes notified tha bouse t close aa usual
at lfl p. m. Wa started about elfiht ot us
tor midnight mass at th Notre Dam.
but both it and th Madeleine were closed,
holding no service of Christmas Joy this
year, so w rounded up at a large Christ
mas tree for the soldiery at on ot th
railway stations, after which there was
nothing to do but go home, a most un
usual procedure at such a time in other
year of peaoe. It Is said.
Teeterday afternoon and until so
Christmas evening I was up In tiie sone
north ot Jullley. It was tha most pie-
turcavjue seen I have seen over here.
The country is rolling, without farm
housoa, but with quaint little villages
every tWQ and one-half miles or so, from
which the peasantry emerge to till th
These little village wera swarming
with soldiery, th reserve of th big
French attack along th center. A we
cam through Dammartln, a quaint llttl
village on a hlu top aooui a mm on me
railway, tt was dusk. Tb soldiery had
been off searching th roadsides for tha
great balls of beautiful French mistletoe
which grows hiiih Ilk a squirrel s nest
la every other big tree of that region.
Th somber war pall which la spread
over tha whole French peopl was lifted
a littla on Christmas v and they wera
in merry group in th narrow, winding
ccbU streets, and swarming la and out
f th quaint houses 11k beea The
Jackets were new and th red trousers
bright, unusual in the soldiery I hava
seen. We were challenged a couple of
times and showed our papers with photo
graphs, miaslon, War department stamps.
ti, all plaalercJ vr. Then tU cr-
gesnt would valuta and w would salute.
II would take off his hst and bow an1
w would do the Sf me. If and over the
heart, he would Jabber sximelhlng too
swift for my ear and the surrounding
group would smile and we would pass on
down the narrow macadam between th
It mm of poplsrs and oaks down toward
th station. . -
Haas In All Hospitals.
"The class of surgery la the same in
all the hospitals. South at Orleans and
close up to the line, opening up shrapnel '
snd shell wounds and draining aa1nst
Infection. None of the clean or refined
surgery of home, but large room for
good Judgment In th way each c is
bandied. I have only had two die on
my service. One bad a rock blown by
a bursting shell up through his orbit
Into his brain. The other was a sh.-spnel
Injury of the spiral cord, a broken back
with blood pblsoa. Have had no abdom
inal wounds, penetrating abdominal vis
cera only seen three they nearly all die
on tha field; afew chest and .head cases,
but many mangled limbs and Infected
shrapnel and shell fractures. There were
a few hand grenades a while back-,' but
thy seem to hava died out of fashion
for th moment, at least
Nat Raovsh Exercise. J- -
"My general health - Is splendid; not
nough exerc!, but that will be renv-
edled within a waek.'" "'!
'- "Wa may hava a Very ktupld time, or be
In thick In It at Julliey. Tt I on, of the
chances of war. When I return I would
like to do so by Germany, Holland and
England, if I can ret papers permitting
aa inspection of th sanitary end of the
campaign en both sides.
"Will post this letter-la th consulsr
bag, so it will not b held up. It hmy
not start until about New Tear's and
you should receive it about January 15,
about tha time I figure that belt will
break out again on this aide, 'if that
happens, you can think of' US ' crowded,
a mile off tha me In line akinjr which th
next offensive, if If comes, will sweep
"The walls of our hospital ara about
three feet thick, so a rifle patter' won't
hurt or even small bursting shells, but
against a Black Maria 'Excuse Moi.
"However, I don't think our village
would see anything but a rapid cavalry
ant Infantry rear ground action, as It Is
ot strategically a good point for an
artillery stand. With a heart full of love
and happy wishes for th New Tear.
Tour loving son, "KARU"
Man Hearing First
Phoned Word to Talk
SAN FRANCISCO,- i an. J4.-Thomas A.
Watson,' an associate of Alexander Bell,
Inventor of .telephone, and who heard
the first word spoken over a wire, will
talk from hero to Mayor Mitchell in New
Tork tomorrow at a celebration of the
completion of the transcontinental tele
phone service. ...
.Th original experiments were made
In Boston In 1870. . Watson waa on on
floor ot a- building and the inventor on
aother. Bell spoke the. first words over
th wire. Ha said:.
Mr. Watson, come here; I wa&t you."
Watson has come from New York tor
the purpose of talking over tha long line.
Doors to Bd Opened-;
4 About February 22
Tha data of the opening ot tha gl.eoo.OOO
Fontanelle hotel I bow co near that even
tha souvenir menu cards for tha occasion
ara printed, except for th data. Th lat
ter will soon be announced, anl although
probably not quit as early as Washing
ton's birthday, will-b shortly after that
Although there ara many' things yet to
be dona before guests will be putting their
names on tha Fontanelle' register, those
things will ba dona in a hurry. For a
whols week a oomplet littla print shop
la tha hotel has been -busy printing blank
menu cards and other stock print work
for us in the big hostelry.
We will start laying carpets Monday
morning,' says FreeldenV William ft. Bur- (
bank of th operating company. . "Within
a week our complete laundry department
ill be ready to launder all tba hotel
linen, which has been on hand' for soma
time. ' . ;
"If the contractor U able to turn tha
building over on time, we expect to hold .
our formal opening February 23 or soon j
after that" '
A. M. Cole of Syracuse, w ho Is secretary ,
and treasurer ot ths Interstate Hotel com-
pany, the operating firm, will arrive In
Omaha th first of th month, when all
tha heads of departments are due. Mora i
thaa SCO poopla will be employed, lh .th j
A "For bale" Ad win turn second-hand
furniture into cash.
' Belgian "hip Sail Today. 1 '
stcamrhlr Wainifon, carrvlna- aah -
, r. i x l .. , , ,, .- , , . , u u... . ii v, . - .
inrton' Belgian relief contributions wtltt f
rail tomorrow (or Rotterdam with a car- i
iOMQCU uerv suu 1 avx'ma. . .i
i . .? , "4
Rub Oincjjs 03 peatly over the ach
ing nerves ; thi enver writh fiamitl
soaked ia the Oil. Put a piece of dry
CannH over this and bind tightly
against the face. ThU irrple treat
ment ha brought peaceful rest ta
people who have sudertd axoaiea.
iai aia mm -ibnjl
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Break a Child's ' '
Cold by Giving
Syrup of Figs
When your child suffer from a cold, ,
don't wait; glv the little ntotnach, Uvar
and bowels a gentle, thorough cleansing
at once. When cross, peevish, listless,
pale, doesn't sleep, eat or act naturally;
If breath Is bad. stomach sour, giva a
teaspoonful of "California Syrup of
Figs," and in a few hours all th clogged
up, constipated waste ajour bll and
undigested food will gently mov out of
the boweia, and you have a well, playful
If your child coughs, snuffles and hss,
caught cold or Is feverish or has a sore
throat glv a good doe of "California
Syrup of Figs," to evacuate th bowels
no difference what Pther ' treatment is
Sick children needn't be coaxd to
take this hsrmtess "fruit laxative." Mil
lions of mothers keep It handy because
they know Its action on . th stomach,
liver and bowels Is. prompt snd sure.
They alsa know a littla given today saves
a siok child tomorrow.. .
. Ask your, druggist for a 60-cant bottle
of "California Byrup of Figs,'; which con
tains directions for babies, children of all
ages and for grown-ups rlainly on tho
bottle. Beware, of counterfeits sola here.
Get the genuine, made by 'California Fig
Byrup Company." Advertisement
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