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HIE -BEE:. -OMAHA, WEDNESDAY, MAKCii 5, 1919.
MEMBERS GO TO "
MAKE PROBE OF
Spend Much Time Going Over
Coal Accounts of Board of
Control to Asccrtaiin7
From a Staff Correspondent
Lincoln, Neb., March 4. Members
of the joint senate and house com
mittees investigating state institu
tions, under the management of the
Board of Control, left Lincoln Tues
day for Grand Island, presumably to
investigate the Soldiers' Home at
Considerable secrecy was observed
about their departure. The com
mandant of the institution, Jack
Walsh, formerly of Humboldt, Neb.,
lias already tendered his resignation.
With Ralph Wilson acting as rep
resentative of Attorney General
Davis, and a stenographer from the
attorney general's office taking the
evidence, the investigation has been
go;nf? on in star chamber.
Witnesses have been examined,
bclcs and even personal instruments
and memoranda of members of the
board have been demanded.
Commissioner Mayfield has spent
several hours before the committee
answering some searching questions.
A very exhaustive inquiry is being
conducted in regard to the coal sup
ply of the various institutions.
Those furnished with fuel by EE.
Howell & Sons, as purchasing
agents, who receive 5 cents per ton
as compensation for this service, are
the Feeble Minded institute. Beat
trice; Girls' Industriatschool, Geneva;
State Hospital for the Insane, Lin
coln; Orthopedic hospital, Lincoln;
state penitentiary, Lincoln; Nebras
Home for Unfortunate Girls, Mil
ford; Soldiers' and Sailors' home,
M.iford; School for the Deaf, Oma
ha, and the School for the Blind, Ne
State institutions in the western
part of the itate are furnished with
fuel by the Victor American Coal
company of Denver, Colo., which
owns its own minei. at the prices
fixed by tht government at the
mines. The state pays the freight.
These institutions are the Soldiers
home, Burkett; Hospital for the In
sane, Hastings; State Industrial
School for Boys at Kearney; Tuber
cular hospital, Kearney, and the
State Hospital for Insane, Norfolk.
It would seem from most of the
questions asked in regard to the
coal supply furnished under the
Howells agreement, that the mem
bers of the investigating commit
tee are under the impression that
the Howells concern received a prof
it of 20 cents per ton on coal fur
nished the state.
"Tnere is nothing to this," said
Chairman Gerdes of the board, who
has charge of the coal purchases.
"From the time the national and
state fuel administration fixed the
prices of coal to April 1, 1918, the
government ruled that all jobbers
were entitled to IS cents per ton
above the fixed price. This profit
was absorbed by the jobber who
sold it to the state through the pur
"After April 1, 1918, up to the
present time, the price has been
fixed at the mine, and if the jobber
gets any profit it must be by a price
arrangement made with the miner.
"Efficiency Engineer Martz of the
state force has checked ud all orices
with the government fixed price
and has found no overcharge in any
instance. In the arrangement made
with the Howell concern the com
missioners do not know where rie
orders his rnal. excr nt as the naners
I for the same come in. We look to
E. E. Howell & Sons to furnish the
coal. If the board learns of some
snap it can pick up in the purchase
of coal it notifies the Howell con
cern and lets them pass on it."
Girl Attacked by Negro;
Condition Is Serious
Lincoln, March 4. (Special.)
Two Lincoln girls were attacked
here last night while on their way
home from work, police reported
Miss Bertha Wuesthoff, 1642 R
street, a maid employed at the home
of A. S. Raymond, was seized by
a man, evidently a foreigner, while
crossing the Rock Island tracks on
R street. She managed to escape
from her assailant by biting his fin
ger. She was not seriously injur
ed. Miss Esther Johnson, 2427 D
street, was seized by a colored man,
near the new high school build'ng
at Twenty-fourtli and Randolph
street. Her assailant escaped. Her
condition is serious.
OF PRIMARY BILL
Action Put Oyer for Day
on Motion . of. Petersonj
When Big Controversy
Be On. '
First Illness in 72
Years Causes Man's Death
Fremont, Neb. March 4. (Special
Telegram.) George C. Moore,
among the oldest residents of Saun
ders county, died at his home near
Leshara. He was 90 years old. His
wife died last Friday night and a
double funeral will be held at Fre
mont Thursday afternoon. Mr.
Mooe came to Saunders county in-J
187 and located on a homestead
near Leshara where he had since re
sided. He became ill Sunday, his
first ilness for 72 years.
H. R. 220 Increases maximum itate
hall insurance from $10 to 115 per acre,
when extra premium la paid; premium to
bo paid with personal taxes, not In ad
vance: 67 to 1.
S. V. 8 Omaha school district may
borrow not to exceed 70 per cent at cur
rent levy; Ii to 0.
S. F. 18 Increee maximum bond Is
aue for public buildings In cities, of from
5 000 to 25,000 population, from 850.009
to $100,000; permits Issue by majority
Instead of three-fifths vote; 67 to 4.
H. R. 64 Increases pay of deputy state
surveyor from $& per day to $8 per day;
52 to 22.
H. R. 74. Requires annua! printed re
port of work of state board of equlllza
tion; 63 to 6.
H. R. 97 Permits garnishment of 25
per cent of wages, Instead of 10 per cent,
but limits It to debts for necessities of
life; 53 to 21.
From a Staff Correspondent
Lincoln, March 4. (Special.)
The Nebraska state senate, recon
vening today, after a four-day re
cess wrestled for an hour with
three bills amending the state pri
mary election law and then decid
ed to defer action in the committee
of the whole for a time.
It was upon motiou of Peterson
that action went over a day until the
members had had an opportunity to
take an inventory. : Peterson served
notice that he- would submit an
amendment, based upon the Oregon
law, which would limit advertising
of candidates and which would pro
vide that all matter should be
handled by the state printer.N He
suggested that any .. other changes
could well be deferred until after
the constitutional convention.
The Peterson motiorl carried with
it the idea that all senators should
submit whatever amendments they
desired to add to S. F. 521 the Bushee
bill, and that the amendments should
be printed and placed on each mem
ber s desk. .
The matter will come up again
in the senate tomorrow.
Holt County Citizens ,
Object to. Automobile Tax
Lincoln;-March 4. Five hundred
citizens of Holt county signed a
petition to the. members of the
house of representatives protesting
against House Roll No. 299, a good
roads bill. They object to the road
tax of $10 for each automobile, say
ing it is too high; they also contend
the money raised from this tax
should be spent in the communities
where it is collected, and they ob
ject to the provision which directs
that 75 per cent of the fund thus re
alized by taxation be "spent by a
board located at Lincoln."
Maurer's B:lIKiHed. ..
Lincoln, Neb., March '4. Repre
sentative Mauer of Gage county
witnessed another slaughter of one
of his bills in the house today. His
measure to limit exemption of
church taxes to real, estate 150x200
feet, was recommended for indefi
nite postponement by the cimmit
tee on revenues and taxation.
HOUSE VOTES TO
CURB SALARY OF
Bill Providing Enders With
Yearly Increase of $1,000 .
Fails to Pass in
From a Staff Correspondent.
Lincoln, Neb., March 4. While
friendly members in the Douglas
county delegation were asleep at
the switch, House Roll 228, provid
ing for an increase of the salary of
M. L. Enders, treasurer of Douglas
county, to $4 000 per year, was
amended by Gifford of Pawnee
county, to leave the salary at its
present sum of $3,000 per year. '
Gifford's motion was seconded
by Fults of Furnas and it was not
until the "kibosh" had been put on
the bill that its friends woke up,
Reynolds of Douglas protested
against the action of the house in
the matter and sought to have the
amendment cured, but without avail.
He then moved that the bill be in
Representative Rodman of Kim
ball protested against this as he
contended the passage of House
Roll 227 had repealed the law gov
erning the salaries of county treas
urers and this action would leave
the matter of salaries of these of
ficers up in the air, as there would
be nothing on the statute books
covering such- salaries.
The house did not take this view
of the matter and when, later in the
afternoon, the question again was
raised, the house again voted for the
indefinite postponement of the bill.
Senate File 90, covering the same
matter of increase in the salaries of
the county treasurers is still to be
considered and the friends of the
Enders measure have hope of still
rescuing him from his dilemma be
fore the session is over.
IN AGAINST BILL
Members of Legislature Re
ceive Many Petitions Ask
ing Them to Qppose
From a Staff Correspondent.
Lincoln, Neb., March 4. Protests
against the passage of H. R. No.
355, the bill providing for moving
picture censorship, are beginning to
pour in to the members of the lower
house of the legislature from their
constituents at home.
Hundreds of persons have signed
petitions which recite the fact that
the proposed bill will have the effect
of depriving small towns of prac
tically all the healthy amusements
they are now permitted to enjoy
during the winter time.
They deny . that conditions exist
which make censorship a necessity
and they contend that the passage of
a bill of this character would prac
tically drive the small town exhib
itors out of existence and this would
have a depressing effect on business.
Community clubs in the various
towns are. joining with the Commer
cial clubs and with private groups
of citizens, in the protests.
The Woman's club of Alliance
sent' a communication to the house
that it had signed an endorsement
of the bill under an erroneous im
pressiou and begged that this en
dorsement be withdrawn. The gov
ernor was also apprised of their ac
tion by telegraph and was asked to
withdraw the names ot the members
of the Alliance Woman's club from
the petition of endorsement.
Representative Smith read a let
ter from 40 of his constituents ask
ing for him to vote against the bill.
Petitions of protest with over 200
names were received from Bruning,
while over 300 residents of Sargent
registered a vigorous kick against
the proposed bill, stating it would
leave their town colorless,of amuse
ment and that it would be a blow to
the business of the community. Th
Alliance Business Men's club sent
in a numerously signed petition of
protest, as did those of Spaulding.
The only petition in, favor of the
bill received . during the day was
from the president of the W. C 1.
U. organization of Louisville, Neb.
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much they like
You, too, will like Velvet tobacco. It's aged in
nature's wajy, the slow way, the sure way, the ex
pensive way, but the right way. Two years ageing
in wooden hogsheads makes Velvet cool, smooth
and mild. A pipeful of Velvet will tell you then
you will tell others. . " ' '".-
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Governor to Ask
.the Legislature for
State Guard Fund
From a Staff Correspondent.
Lincoln, March 4. (Special.) In
spite of the fact that congress Ad
journed today without taking meas
ures to make federal appropriations
available for state militia, Governor
McKelvie will ask the Nebraska leg
islature to appropriate $135,000 for
the maintenance of a national guard
organization. . :
It is assumed by the State ad
ministration that an extraordinary
session of congress, probably in
June, will take action favorable to
continuance of the guard. The Ne
braska legislature in providing
funds, will have then met the con
tingency in advance. ,
In case congress takes no action
in the future, it is pointed out, the
state appropriation will automatical
ly lapse. -
Ask That Sons ofeVeterans Be
Eligible as Institution Heads
Lincoln, March 4. Fifty inmates
of the Soldiers' and Sailors' home at
Milford, Neb., have petitioned the
lower house of the legislature so to
amend the law as to permit mem
bers of the Sons of Veterans to be
eligible to superintendences of the
state soldiers homes. As the law
now stands none but civil war vet
erans are eligible for these posts.
Find Gerdes Guilty.
Beatrice, Neb., March 4. (Special
Telegram.) John Gerdes, wealthy
retired German farmer of this city,
was found guilty this evening of the
charge of sedition by a jury in the
district court after a trial lasting
two days. Gerdes was charged with
refusing to give his quota in the
third Liberty loan drive, although
he had bought $1,600 of bonds in the
other drives. He gave as his reason
for refusing to buy more bonds that
he was short of ready cash.
He was released on bond for 10
days until his attorney can appeal
to the supreme court. Gerdes is
reputed to be worth $65,000. He is
a native of Holland and came to
Gage county in 1880.
House Bill Makes
Aliens Ineligible to
Teach in Nebraska
Lincoln, Neb., March 4. (Special
Telegram.) The committee on edu
cation of the senate today set House
Rule 64, the educational bill, .for
hearing next Thursday afternoon at
the conclusion of the senate session.
Those who are interested in any
proposed amendments to the bill as
it came from the house, are expected
to attend the meeting and present
House roll 102, by McKee, which
makes it illegal for any person not
a born citizen of the country, and a
person not fully naturalized, to be
employed as a teacher or in any ca
pacity in any of the schools of the
state, was continued for hearing.
Chairman Reed asks that he be per
mitted to report to the author of the
bill and ascertain if the Utter had
any amendment he would see fit to
Bill to Tax Produce Men.
Lincoln, Neb., March 4. After
having been indefinitely postponed
in Committee, House Roll 168 was
rescued from threatened oblivion by
Representative Matthewson, in the
house today and the bill was report
ed out. It extends theN law cover
ing the taxation of grain brokers
to include those engaged in buying
ami-selling live stock, cream,eggs
and poultry. The bill provides that
express and freight receipts shall
be a part of the basis us,d in deter
mining the average capital for taxation.
USE THIS LAXATIVE!
Dietitian advise a "careful dirt," but that U trouble
some to most people; physical culturlati advise "certain
exercises," which is good if one has both the time and the
inclination. Doctors advise diet and exercise and medicine.
The question is, shall it be a cathartic or purgative med
icine? Or a mild, gentle laxative?
Thousands have decided the question to their own satis
faction by using a combination of simple laxative herbs
with pepsin known to druggists as Dr. Caldwell's Syrup
Pepsin. A small dose gives a free, easy movement of the
bowels. It is the best substitute for nature herself. In fact,
since the ingredients are whoUy from the vegetable kingdom
it may truthfully be said it is a natural laxative.
Ita positive but gentle action oo the bowels make it an
ideal remedy for constipation. The dose is small, and it may
be taken with perfect safety until the bowels are regulated and
act again of their own accord.
The drugtiat will rotund your money it it fails to
do as promised.
PRICE AS ALWAYS
In spite of crattly
costs due to the War,
by sacrificing profits
and absorbing war
taxes are have main
tained the price at
which this family lax
ative has been sold by
druggists for the past
26 years. Two sixes '
SOc and (LOO.
The Perfect JL Laxative
FREE SAMPLES If you have never used
Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin send for a free trial
bottle to Dr. W. B. Caldwell, 468 Washington
St., MonticeUo, IB. If there ace babies at home,
ask for copy of Dr. Caldwell s book, "The
Cart of Baby."
Auction Purchase of Linens
On Sale Wednesday at a Saving of 25
Household Linens from the Eastern Textile Mills and other special purchases pro
vides opportunities very unusual to amply supply Bed Spreads, Table Damask, Towels
and Crashes at a distinct saving. Special attention is directed to housekeeping, room
ing houses and restaurants to take advantage of this offering to the full extent.
15c Crochet Wash
In colon of pint; bine and
yellow, the Air-Cel kind; lim
it of three to a customer.
15c Towels, each, 10c
Full bleached Turkish Towels,
hemmed ends, soft and absor
bent; while the lot lasts.
23c Towels, each, 19c
Full bleached Huck Towels,
hemmed ends, soft and absorbent
40c Towels, each, 29c
These are good values, linen
Huck Towels, hemmed ends,
wearing qualities unexcelled; a
limited quantity only.
5Dc Towels, each, 39c
One lot of full bleached Turkisb
Towela. hemmed ,end, plain
white or fancy borders, large
size; extra weight and quality.
1.00 Towels, each, 79c
These are very, fine, . full
bleached Turkish Towels,
hemmed ends, with pretty col
ored borders; large size.
3.00 All Linen Dam
ask, yd., 2.25
A limited quantity of an all
linen, Irish make Damask, 70
inches wide. In an array of
3.50 Japanese Cloths,
A limited quantity of the now so
popular blue print Lunch Cloths,
59c Damask, yard,. 45c
Made in a variety of pretty pat
terns, the mercerized kind, 64
inches wide; very special.
1.00 Damask, yard, 69c
This is a quality 'of very fine,
mercerized, wears and launders
like linen; 64 inches wide; in a
range or very pretty patterns.
3.50 Spreads, ea., 5.93
A fortunate purchase of very
high class, satiu damask
Spreads, scalloped' and cut
corner ends, large sfoe; made
of a very select combed yarn.
Special at tills price.
40c All Linen Crash,
A limited" quantity of all
linen, heavy, full bleached
Toweling, with bine edec;
special, per yard, 33j
2.25 Breakfast Cloths,
These are hemmed, ready for
use, made of fine quality mercer
ized Damask, in the breakfast
25c Crash, yard, 19c
Full bleached, linen weft, with
fancy blue borders; 18 inches
18c Crash, yard, 15c
Full bleached, in linen weave
finish, 18 inches wide.
5.00 Spreads, each, 3.93
Satin spreads, hemmed ends,
regulation size; a very fine
2.25 Spreads, each, 1.93
Large size crochet Bed Spreads,
hemmed ends; all very pretty
patterns; very special.
A Special Selling of
Present unusual economy
opportunities to obtain ex
teptionally fine laeft cur-
ains: In three ' groups, as
Irish Point Curtains, some
with plain centers, others are
all over patterns; made of a
good quality of m
net; 2V yards 7.50
long; per m -
Duchess Lace Curtains, 2
yards long, and Novelty Cur
tains; some with
Swiss made Curtains in Brus
sels, Irish Point and Novelty
1 POLISH 1 U
The most scientific polishmade for furniture,
woodwork and floors. It "dries quickly, with
out stickiness and gives surface a brilliant
and very permanent polish
Twelve-ounce bottle '
Keeps floors looking well, because it
,not only cleans them, but gives them
a hard, dry brilliant luster. The se
cret of the effectiveness of Wizard
Hop is its treatment with Wizard
Polish, the cleaning polish. Wizard
Mops are built for durability;
nave adjustable hanflle; are easily
Prevents dust from arising
while sweeping. Cleans
wonderfully; brightens the
colors in rugs and carpets.
r ree from
A ver j
great aid t
Made ot the best yarn, chemically treated t
gather dust from walls, moldings, picture framcf
etc. .The chemical treatment Is permanent Wash
ing does not affect it; 66-ln. handle;' price, 1.00
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