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Report to Postpone Measure
Overthrown in House; Rep
resentative Says "Peril"
Should Be Checked Now.
Asks for Amendment
Lincoln." Feb.- 7. (Special.)
America! "yellow peril" was thrown
before the lower tiouse of the Ne
braska legislature in a startling nir.n
ner tpdayit a debate over the ac
ceptance of i minority repoYt of the
judiciary' committee on a hill by
'Representative' K. S. Davis of Lin
coln County,', which wouhl bar Jap
';ese Iron owning land "in Nebraska.
The judiciary committee report to
indefinitely postpone the bill was
overthrown by a vote ' of 64 to 2.1,
after the hardest fight in the history
of tfiis session of the legislature.
Representative "Jimmy" Rodman
ft Kimball, chairman of tin; judi
ciary . committee, insisted lime and
lig.nn tnat Aeorasxa snouiu Keey
"its nose out of International dis
putes ana rtoi cmnarrass uic ,"fiuj
trained relations between Japan and
ft oilman, further intimated that if
(he bill was considered in the lower
house he would insist in all fairness
to Japanese that Germans, Swedes.
Scotchmen, Irishmen and subjects of
other foreign nations who ,can be
come citizens and fail; to take out
citizenship papers .should be denied
the right to own land in Nebraska.
"Ther are just two tracts of land
ow ned by Japanese in Lincoln coun
ty." Rodman declared, "and there
arc thousands and thousands of acres
owned by foreigners who could have
become citizen and didnt. If you
want to be fair In this rjatter and
w'nnt the bill put under consideration,
I demand that an amendment be in
serted barring such persons as that
from owning land in, Nebraska.
Urges Immediate Action.
In the fight to put .the bill on
general file. Representative 'Hoff
meister of Chase, declared:
"We'll have to fight them sooner
or later and. we should begin right
now to curb their influence in Ne
braska and not let a big sore live
Japanese influence grow in this
country as 'the; German influence
did." . ' i-K ' f i
"The ( Japanese don't al'ow foi
trnrr in nwfl hud in their" coun
try- uliv should we kfr-theni. own.;
land here." Representative foster, ot
Douglas" iemanderf.4 ? ; '
"Rrnresentativn Cris-wold of Shert-
A,, urwrtt th' Nebraska legislature
to keep 6ut of 1 international: affairs
and - not , ''embarrass , the mcoming
administration." ' : "
Laugh at 7'Esy Americans.
Representative Reed of Logan de
clared that in his foreign service
with the .A.) E. F. he found "the
foreigner don't thank us for our
ways in lettiag (hem make an easy
living, but laugh at us for being So
easy." . vv, , ';,.:'
Representatives Mcars of Wayne
pointed to the actbn taken by the
Utah legislature this year in votiug
down an alien land bill on the
ground ''thai the national govern
ment shouldn't be hampered and
race feeling spurred on by any ac
tion by the states." ; '.
In accepting the minority report,
the house, for the iirst .time tins
vear, refused Jo 'accept a majority
v '-r7i t- ,. ; ;,
Army arid Navy to Test
Value .of Airplanes'
.Washington, Feb. 7 Participation
bv the War department in experi
ments to determine the value ot
aircraft against major naval vessels,
was invited by Secretary Daniels to
day in a letter to Secretary Baker.
The first test will be conducted
"feuthin 90 days, Mr. Daniels said,
with conditions similar to those of
battle. . "- ' ' ', , ."
The captured Gernian battleship
Osfriesland. of 26,500 tons probably
will be used. " .
- Admiral R.1 E. Coontz. chief of
naval operations, previously h-adtoid
the house naval committee that with
in three months the Navy depar
ment would bomb a large warship,
from the air hi the open sea on an
effort to test the theory advanced
bv Brig. General Mitchell of the
army air service, that airplanes had
made capital naval Vessels useless.
50,000 Irish Destitute,
Relief Committee teams
Chicago, Feb.. 7. More than 200.
000 personsvin Ireland are4 in dire
want and damage in the devastated
areas is estimated ; at $300,000. ac
cording to reports made tonight, to
the American committee for, relief
in Ireland, , recently organized to
conduct a nonpartisan campaign to
alleviate suffering in Ireland.
Reports made to the committee
said 20.000 persons ; in the Belfast
area and 30,000 in and around Cork
were destitute. . i ' .
Gernian Officials Deny V
Proposal of Peace Terms
" Berlin, Feb. 7. Official denial was
made today-of a report that Ger
many had offered terms for arrang
ing peace with , the United tSates.
Newspapers printed the denial of the
government and at the headquarters
.it the American , commission tne
mation had been received of such a
proposal by - Germany. Afi
Germans Writing Reply. V .
London, ?eb. 7. Germany has
given notice that it will reply shortly,
to the allied invitation to send rcpre-r
sentatives to th reparations ton
ferenct InrLondoo, v -
Chlcas Tribune-Omaha Br l.tnri W ire.
Ringside, ' New' York, Feb. 7.
Jack Britton retained the welter
weight boxing championship-of the
world here tonight w hen he was
awarded a decision in his 15-round
fight with Ted (Kid) Lewis at
Madison Square Garden.'
Letters Used in
Sale of Stock
Officials Admit to Piohiug
Committee They Did Not
Speak Pessimistically of
Fire Insurance Company.
Lincoln, Feb.. 7,- (Special Tele
gram.) Democrats at 7 tonight
found Senator Perry Reed, -chairman
of the senate investigation commit
tee, and informed him jhat W. J.
Hotz. Omaha attorney, had letters
written by Phil Bross, secretary of
the department of finance; J. E.
Hart, secretary of the department of
trade and commerce, and D. M.
4 Amsbcrry, secretary of state, ; in
which these officers did not speak
pessimistically of the Bankers' Fire
Insurance company, ( then in its in
fancy. Senator Reed was informed fur
ther by democrats that these letter
by state of ftcers ."were used in ad
vertising prospectus for the purpose
of selling stock of the company.
The senator immediately stafed
that these letters wotira be scanned
by the committee and any investiga
tion of their purport believed neces
sary would be made by the commit
tee. As yet, no notice of these let
ters nas oecn served on the joint in
vestigation" committee of the house
and senate which is working inde
pendently of the senate committee.
' - Admitt Writing Letter. ; '
"Certainty I wrote a letter in
answer to inquiries' relative to this
company from a friend and told him
exactly what was true that some of
the men connected with the com
pany were good business men and a
strong fire, insurance compnay
would be a good thing for Nebras
ka." Hart said. "There was nothing
wronjf.in that. I didn't advise the
purchase of stockLater I learned
that this cdropany was usinj- my
letter in its prospectus. I instantly
ordeed the letter withdrawn from
the,, prospectus, 'After that , exper
ience we have adopted u!$-. to
never say' any thing one way or an
other relative, to any compnay."
Much the same experience and
much the same letter was written by
Phil Bross. He, too." ordered his
letter withdrawn from the adver
tising prospectus of the company.
Amsberry, wno wrote a letter
along in similar lines, could not be
located today. .
- - J Officer in Prison.
The democrats have pointed ou:
that one officer of the company is
now iu state prison and the com
pany itself is in the hands of state
The state officers against whom
be fire -is directed, are known to
be ready. and willing at any time to
go before the committee, explain
their actions and will not hamper
any investigation the qommites may
choose to make. - .,-. i
The fact that Max Beghtol," attor
ney for the, company, is also credited
with being attorney for Governor
McKelvie, also was brought before
Senator Reed today.
Nonpartisans Probing ,
,; State Industries Reign
' Bismarck. X. D.. Feb. 7. Three
nonpartisan minority -members of
the house committee of nine, inves
tigating the audit . of the Bank of
North Dakota ; and other state
owned industries, resigned .today
after the majority Independent fac
tions had refused to allow witnesses
to be represented by att6rneys.
Teachers Continue Work
? When Increase is Refused
, Milwaukee. Wis., Feb. :7. Teach
ers of Cudahy decided for the good
of their pupils to continue at work
although refused a higher wage
scale, equal to that in force hi Mil
waukee and which, they said, had
been promised. The Milwaukee scale
ranges from $1.200 to $1.400.
Mrs. Peete to File Motion
! For New Trial Tuesday
Los Angeles, Feb. 7. Counsel for
MMrs. Louise L. Peete, convicted
Saturday night of "first degree mur
der of Jacob C Denton, announced
today he .will iua!;e a motion .for a
new trial. . " ' .,' ' -v
Bill Barring Parole
I to Men Convicted of i
Assault Is Passed
Lincoln, Feb. 7. (Special) Men
convicted of .assault and sentenced
to the state penitentiary will be
barred from parole, under a bill
passed in the lower house of the
state legislature today, by an almost
.unanimous majority. ,. ;
The bill, introduced by Represen
tative George Williams . of tFilmore,
would put the proposition up to the
people of the state at the next elec
tion when, if passed, it would be
come a constitutional amendment v
An amendment was added to the
bill which -"puts in the provision that
it the board of pardoqs finds, in its
opinion,'; the vman convicted of as
sault is not guilty, it may issue a
pardon';-' ''';.' .,.-, ''w.ys v
p Representative - George, ;;' Epperson
of Clay fought-, this ;afnendment
strenuously, holding that it puts the
burden of a court decision up to the
;.';.;.:-'V'rt " 7. 'v;'
Live Stock Producers; Given
Purchase Preference in ;
Proposal By Swift ,
i and Armour
$1)0; for Omaha Stock
Washington,-' Feb. 7. Swift &
Co. and Armour & Co. filed today
with the District of Columbia su
preme court a new plan for the sale
of their stock yard interests in ac
cord with the terms of the consent
decree agreed upon with the gov
ernment more than a year ago.
The plan is a substitute for, the
one recently disapproved by the
court. It contemplates 'appointment
of sales agents to sell the stock ua
der supervision of trustees, who
would have control of the., stock
meantime with authority to vote it
and whi- would receive $5,000 an
nually each. : :- r
' Producers Get Preference. ,
The sales agents Would give pref
erence to buyers in this order:; Live
stock producers; stockholders in the
yards, other than the defendants;
common carriers serving the yardsi
local citizens or municipalities ' or
local syndicates. . ... 1
The Department of Justice will be
given time to study the new plan
and if objections are 'fed argument
will be heard before a finakdecision
is given. ;. ; ' ?'
The interests which it is proposed
to sell and the price, per share .to
sell and the price per: share to be
asked for the stock are: The St.
Paul Union Stock Yards company."
$100; Union Stock Yards company of
Omaha, Ltd., $110; St. Louis-National
Sttfck Yards, $120;. The
pany, $90; Fort Worth Stock Yards
company, ,$1UU; Moux city mock
Yards company, preferred, $90, com
mon, $60, and the Bourbon ; Stock
Yards company, $80..
Fix Sale Time.
Time for completing the sale
would be fixed by the court, but
should sales agents report inability,
to dispose" of the stock within the
limit the court would extend the
(..The trustees proposed would be
appointed by the court, would.num
ber three and the defendant com
panies would deliver to them pow
ers of attorney, irrevocable d'uring
the time the plan remained in efr
feet, to vote the stock of the de
fendants provided this voting power
was -exercisc4.."iuitcJh' mattneit a;
pot ta interfere; with -the manage
ment and conduct' of the stock
yards.' '' ' .,''.-",A-: ,;. .''''' ''t
Some of the defendants ask for
additional . tnie-to dispose - of ,their
holdings other than those named. C
W. Armour' asks for a year to dis
pose of 100: shares of non-voting
stock of the Kansas City Stock Yards
company. - : .
' Want More Time. ; :- .y
Armour & Co. and Swift & Co. ask
that they be given until juivc 1 to
sell their stock in the Jersey, City
Stock Yards company. J
.Armour & '.Co., ask that- it
be allowed to sell its holdings in the
Chicago stock, yards, representing
19.4 per, cent of the total, either to
the- Chicago Stock Yards company or
to F. H. Prince , & Co. of
Boston, who says he is the owner
of : the majority interests ip said ,
company." . , . r-
The company says it is negotiat
ing' for the sale and asks that it be
given until February 24 , to file a
complete plan for the disposal of this
stock unless negotiations are com
pletcd before then. - . -
: . Mitchell to Duel
Washington, Feb: 7. A condition
al challenge. for an airplane battle
ship duel with Brigadier. General
Mitchell, chief of army air opera
tions, piloting the bomber, and Sec
retary .Daniels negating the ship
was. issued by " Mr. Daniels today,
commenting on the controversy
raised by General Mitchell's asser
tion that aircraft have made dread-
naughts worthless. -
"If .'Admiral' Mitchell can't drop
bombs from the air- more effectively
than he can explode them incom
mittee meetings," the secretary said,
"I would- take a chance on man
euvering a . battleship myself while
he tried out his plan." .
Wilson Veto of Army Bill v
, Is Overridden by Senate
VVashiiigton, D. C, Feb. 7. The
house resolution, directing that army
enlistments be stopped until the army
was reduced to 175,000 men, became
a law late today over President Wil
son's veto. The . senate - placed the
j resolution oft the statute-books by
I voting to override the veto. The
house voted overwhelmingly to over
turn the veto last Saturday. The
senate vote .'was 67 to 1. Senator
Kirby, democrat, Arkansas,- alone
voted to sustain the veto. v
Russians go Back With"
Fortunes in Seven Yckrs
.Boston. Mass.;Feb. ,7. With
nearly $50.0,000 in their purses, and
$250,000 vwortb of jewels, 200 Rus
sians.' who-arrived seven years ago
as poor immigrants arc about to reH
turn to their native lancj, ana ex
pect to spend the rest of their lives
in" ease. - They , will; sail for Libau
and proceed on horseback to their
familiesin the interior.- :
' : i " ' 1 s
' Grain Dealer Bankrupt .
I Kansas City!. Mo.; Feb.,'?. A ypl
nntary' petition ' in bankruptcy was
filed in federal court here today by
C. V. Fisher Grain company. Liabil
ities were given as $45,494.31. in ex
cess of assets,, ; ? j. jL . 7-
Three Child Welfare
Bills Become Laws
Lincoln. Feb. 7. (Special Tele
gram.) Three of the 53 children's
code commission bills on child wel
fare became laws Monday, with the
signature of Governor S. R. MTc
Kelvie. The bills which passed both
houses and . which the governor
signed were: ,
S. F. 80 Authorizing the judgu
in default divorce cases to make in
vestigations of his own when the interest-of
minors is involved.
-" S. F. 81 Extending the age of
children coming under the jurisdic-
j tion of the child stealing law from
10 to 16 years. '
S, F. 82 Extending the present
law on cruelty or 'abandonment, of
children from 14 years in the old
statute to 16 years, v ,
British Plan to
Cancel Loans Is
Secretary Houston Refuses to
Divulge to Senate Com-
niittee Details of
By ARTHUR SEARS HENNING.
Chicago Tribune-Omaha Bee Leased Wire.
Washington,' Feb. 7. After gril
lipg Secretary of the Treasury Hous
ton .for several hours the senate
judiciary committee met with com
plete failure to clear up the mys
tery of Great Britain's- proposal to
the United 'States that war loans
among the allied and associated
nations be cancelled.
Mr. Houston declined to inform
the committee and refused to sub
mit foreign loan contracts and docu
ments bearing on the negotiations to
refund the Amer,can loans to allied
nations. He will appear tomorrow
before the foreign relations commit
tee which is seeking the same m-
Admits Getting Proposal.
When the secretary was asked
whether any proposal to cancel
loans had been made to tlie United
States by any nation he rephedr
"One nation made the request"
"What nation?" asked . Senator
"I prefer not to say," replied Mr.
Senator Reed insisted upon a re
ply but the secretary again refused,
saying he did "not care to go into
that today." Senator Reed then
proposed that ' a subcommittee be
sent to the, treasury department to
examine all records pertaining to
the loans but he did not press th
suggestion. The sState department
also refused to throw any light on
the loan can&llat'ofr'proposal. "
Mr. Houston appeared before the
judiciary committee to be heard on
the resolution of Senator Reed which
questions the-legality of administra
tive acts of the treasury already per
formed in making foreign loans, and
to prevent further payments on
foreign credit balances.
May Pay Out More.,
Secretary Houston said he had
already i written to Senator Lodge
that he would not make further
"commitments" for advances to for
eign governments pr attempt to com
plete, negotiations now pending for
the . refunding of the foreign debt.
He does intend, he said, to
make further advances to foreign
governments - to which he already
has "committed" this government, if
called upon to do so. As this is one
of the ' things the Reed resolution
and others are. trying to prevent, the
Missouri senator criticized the policy
"Do you mean that you will pay
out more money?", asked Senator
Kellogg. "What; is, the total of .these
possible-further payments?" r
."Possibly $75,000,000," replied the
secretary, "but none to Great
Britain. There arc (the-- following
approximate credit balances existing:
Czecho-Slovakia, S6,072,000; France,
$50,496,000; Greece, , $33,236,000;
I tab-. $34,921,000,- and .Liberia,
$4,974,000." ... ....
Interest Not Paid.
. Assistant Secretary Nicholas'
Kelley, who was present, admitted
that many of the foreign govern
ments had not paid the interest on
what they owe to n. ;
"Do you think it justifiable to pay
juuiijy our oi tneie credits to gov
ernments that already owe us large
sums of money?" asked Senator,
Reed. There was no direct reply to
this question. It was explained some
commitments .had been made to
Greece, totaling 25,000,000 . francs.
This, the secretary explained, was
in pursuance of a contract under
which the governments of Greece,
trance and Great Britain were to
a-ance 250,000,000 francs each.
Have you a copy. of that contract
and will 4 you furnish it to us?"
asked Senator Reed.'
"I do not think it ought to be
made public," the secretary replied.
I have already agreed to appear be
fore the foreign relations committee
m executive session when some of
these matters may be disclosed. But
T think it would be very unfortunate
to make them public'"
- Senator Smith asked if either
Franc- or Italy gave their perma
nent obligations for money , .they
i:vc received..- ' . -
Discuss Russian Losses. . "
"They have not," tnc secretary
said. "It was contemplated origin
ally that -their- securities should be
in permanent form, but for reasons
this could not be done and short
term securities were accepted, with
the understanding that they were to
be converted into long time obliga
tions. This is one reason for the
pending negotiations." '
Legion Troops Refused ' ,
V -t Passage in Switzerland
" Berne,' Feb. 7. The Swiss Feder-:
Lai Council refused . permission- to
cress .Switzerland to. the armed
force being sent by the league of na
tions to , Viln a to maintain order
during the nlcliisctlfr i.--
In Kansas Will
Gel Court Test
How at and Other Union
Heads Arrested 'for Calling
Strike in Two Coal'
',;' Mines. !
Pittsburg1, Kan., Feb! 7. District
Tudee A. T. Curran today issued at
tachments for the immediate arrest of
Alexander Howatt, president of the
Kansas coal miners, and for all mem
bers of the district executive board
of the union. "
The order for arrest was made on
application of R. J. Hopkins, state
attorney general, and C A. Burnett,
county attorney. As members of the
board are scattered over the district,
it probably will be several hours be
fore all are arrested.
Howatt was arrested about 4:30 P.
m. and immediately brought into the
district court room. ': . . -
.'".Will Appear Tuesday, !
Howatt Dorchy and Titus were re
leased on their own recognizance and
ordered to appear tomorrow, .
Howatt informed the court that
Amos Standering and John. Billings
board members, were not at the
meeting of the board and the court
dismissed attachments. for , them. . '
Thomas Cunningham, formerly
district i auditor, also was arrested
but when he explained he no longer
was an official of the union, he was
When Mr. Hdwatt was arraigned
before Judge Curren. he admitted
he had called the strike.
"Whether it-is a violation of the
court order., is for the court to
say, he added. '
, Dorchy Admits Guilt.;
Vice President Dorchy, brought
into court with' Howatt, said, "I am
guilty.'' - J., ' "
Willard Titus, "a board member,
also was hailed before the judge.
Judge Curran began ' preparing to
pass sentence immediately.
The action is the outgrowth of
arstrike in two mines of the Pitts
burg field. ' which results from a
controversy of the miners' union
with mine owners over the wage
of a miner. . ,
The attorney general contended
that the strike was .in violation of
the injunction issued, last summer
by Judge Curran. It was asserted
that the calling of the strike was in
the nature of a test of strength be
tween the Howatt forces and the
Kansas industrial court.
.. When Thos Harvey, secretary
and treasurer of the district jniners'
union was brought ' before Judge
Curran. he testified he did not vote
for the order calling the strike and
that he had opposed it. On motion
of the state the court'dismissed the
action'against him. . -
Texas Governor Would ;
Have Solons Run Slate
' Austin. -Tex:, Feb. 7. All depart
ments, boards and commissions of
Texas should be directly responsible
to the legislature and tinder the
supervision of that body,. Governor
Neff declared, in a message to the
legislature today. : h
GalH-Curci Signs Contract
; New York, Feb. 7. Madame Gal-li-Curci.
soparno, has been engaged
by the Metropolitan Opera company,
for4hc coming season of 1921-1922 J
Right This Minute, Mister
(Cwriffcl: 1MI 1 By Th Ouomo TnbuM.)
Man Throws Water on
Electric Wire; It Play 8
Back, Causing, Death
. Salt Lake City, Feb. 7.-r-Onc of
the -most peculiar fatalities recorded
known here today upon receipt ol
word that Abe Erickson, a miner em
ployed m. the Big Cottonwood can
yon, had been killed by electricity.
According to the report, Erickson,
in company with other miners,, at
tempted to extinguish a fire caused
through a short circuit. He threw
a bucket of water upon a sputtering
electric wire, the electricity "playing
back", over the. stream, to the bucket
in the man's hands and causing his
instantaneous death. - '
Six Killed When Youths Play
Catch' Wilh Can of
i v " Nitroglycerin.
i Lawrenceville, t Feb. 7. En;
mett Bunyan, school teacher, and five
of his pupils were ; killed and two
others wounded seriously when a can
of nitroglycerin, exploded today near
the, crossroads school, about three
miles west, of - here. .
i The . explosion occurred; at noon,
when one of the boys found the can.
Not. knowing its contents, .he .tossed
it to a companion and the blast fol
lowed, i , .. ,
One wall of the schoolhouse was
crumbled and Mr, Bunyan and eight
boys were hurled about 1 50 feet in
the air. , '.'" ' . - .
Several girls, on the other side of
the schoojhouse, were knocked down
and stunned. '. ' ' . ' '
Officials expressed the belief the
explosive inadvertently was left by
workmen in the oil fields. The hoys
killed ranged in age from 12 to 16
years.:-, -; t
New Planet Discovered
- By, Spanish Professor
Cambridge, Mass., reb. . dis
covery of. a planet," believed here to
be an asteroid or minor planet, was
announced 'in; a cablegram received
at the Harvard college observatory
from the tentral bureau for astro
nomical cablegrams at Brussels. Pro
fessor Tomasselli of Barcelona, who
made the discovery, gave the posi
tion in a.section of the heavens that
would be between the constellations
of Cancer and Leo. From the brief
cabled description, Harvard astron
omers inferred it was an asteroid
and saiS the object was so faint that
there was no hope of amateurs find
ing it with telescopes.
Four Bandits Holdup and
' Rob California Interurhan
''..Stockton, Cal" Feb. 7. Four
armed masked men held tip a south
bound efectric train-on the Central
California Traction Company's - line
about 16 miles north of Stockton last
night. "Several hundred 'dollars in
cash and sorde ' jewelry was taken
from the conductor, motorman and
passengers. . .1 ' "-
Egg Prices Lower -
Toledo, p. Feb. 7. Quotations of
eggs were marked down another 3
cents' in 'the wholesale market here
today. This is a decline oflii cents
in a weekv Fresh selects,; brought 50
cents & dozen, w , '
... i - "
Muny Light Bill
Leaders in Fight Against
, House RolliNo. l Expect to
Muster Majority in Com-,
, mitle of Whole. .
Lincoln, Feb. 7. (Special.) Lead
ers in the .fight against House Roll
No.;.l which will be considered in
the committee of the whole in the
lower house at 2 Wednesday, claimed
today that they would receive a ma
jority vote. . , ' ,
House Roll No. 1 is the bill by
which the water board would throw
the people of Omaha into an1 elec
tion to vote millions of dollars more
bonds to put in a competing light
plant against the Nebraska Power
company. . '" - .
; This company has the backing of
a majority of business men, in Oma
ha in its fight to kill the bill and
save the property of the company. ,
The legislators are ;'just begin
ning to familiarize themselves with
the provisions of fhe bill . which
would put -two light companies in
Omaha, tear up- the streets of the
city and foist bonds. "on an already
bond-ridden city. . - ' '
. ' These members understand ; now
that the city council has tho power
to call a special election and must
call one if the people insist and feel
that the council knows as well "as
the Metropolitan ' Water district
whether such a. move is helpful to
the best interests of Omaha at this
Many of them know what two
telephone companies in a city do and
can realize what two eleatric light
companies in OmahaWould do.
They realize that' the Nebraska
Power . company has , expressed a
willingness . at anytime : to have
its property condemned in accord
ance with law and purchased by the
citv. , , . r . . k '
Thev know that the erection of a
competing plant at this time with
material prices way up in the skies
would be expensive business . for
Omaha taxpayers. H
Army Recruiting Ordered v
Suspended by Army Chief
Washington, Feb. 7. Complete
cessation of army , recruiting was
ordered tonight by Secretary Baker,
in accordance with the direction of
congress, as embodied in a joint
resolution passed - over President
Wilson's veto. . , . ..
Fair and warmer Tuesdays
Hourly temperature: -,
S . m..... 18 1 p.
..m 17 3 p.:
T . m..... II 3 p.
S r, m.,, 14 4 p.
t a. m ...13 S p.
10 a. m.,.. IS ( p.
It a. m..... IS T p.
12 noon .....IS I p.
m . . ,
m. . ,
tliamarcU SO in l.andr 14
Bolne ...SO ,U Anelea..,7 -44
Bcwton .to HljMemphi 71 . H
Buffalo ......34 ' 3S New -Orleana.,70 4
rhej-enn ,,..18 4,Kw Tork 41 ' 14
Chlcann 82 J!. St. liult. . . . . ,S4 44
Denver 21 12IHt. Paul f
Dee Molnen. ,..f4 SfliSan Francisco oil 4(1
Kanaaa CHy...6!i SJ'Sloux . City. . .
. . Hhlppera Bulletin. '
Trotert ah'.pntonla during the ut H
tn !! houra from lemperaturea aa followt;
Nerlh and ivrst, 10 decrees; east, IS da-trte;-aoulb,o:o
degrees , I
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Despondent Over Anonymous
Letter Attacking Reputation
Causes Woman to Fire
Shot Tbroujiu Heart. 1
Officers Probing Affaii
' Falls City, Neb., Feb. 7. (Special
lclegrain.) Despondency, brought
on by brooding ovVr an anonymous
tetter attacking her reputation, caused
Miss Florence Stewart, 25, school
teacher in the Zimmerman district,
eight miles northeast of herf. to shoot,
herself through the heart with a re
volver at her father's home near
Falls City at 9:30 Sunday night.
She was dead by the time members
of the family reached her room.
The young woman had - retired
early, taking to her room her
father's .44 caliber revolver. She
fired the shot in bed, the covers
muffling the report. An outcry by
the fatally wounded" teacher, how
ever, brought members of the family :
to the room, where she was found
dead with a bullet wound in her left
breast. ' '
The. father. James Stewart, whose
farm is one-half mile east of . Falls
City, found the following note which
hif daughter had written:
t'Dear Father Dear folks, may
God forgive me for causing you all
this grief and sorrow, but I cannot
stand it any longer. What is life
without friends? My cross is heavier
than I can bear.
, "I have tried to forget all my
troubles and to see the bright side
of life, but I cannot. If I cannot
live and go with decent people, I am
better off out of the world. God
krows that I am innocent, but ftiy
friends could not see it that way.
. "Papa, please let it go now, as it
would Only make matters worse and
no matter what people say about
me, it cannot hurt me now, and it
would be worse for the rest of you.
No doubt the guilty are suffering
their share, even if we don't know
it. But may God keep them, better
so other people will not suffer as
I have suffered this winter. But 1
am willing to forgive them.
. Don't Grieve About Me.
"Do not grieve about me as I
am better off. but prepare to meet
me again some day. Then we can
all be happy and meet our - dear
mother and Daisy (a dead sister).
Do not forget my truest and best
friends. Reschke, Henry Werner
and Jrs. WiJ?..iTbey,jiave been a
great comfot to We." , - .
The remainder f the . note in
structed her father as to the funeral
arrangements which the. young woJ
man wished to have made. ,
The anonymous letter over which
Miss .Stewart had been brooding
had been sent to her last July. It
is believed that it was written by
a man living in the school district
in which the young woman taucht.
She. said nothing about the affair
at that time, although she suffered
a .nervous breakdown which serious
ly impaired her health.
. A few days ago a man rooming at
the same home at which Miss Stew
art was staying, said to have been
intoxicated, told the teacher that he
knew who wrote the , letter. The
occurrence so npset Miss Stewart
that she left for her home last Fri
day, where it was noted that she
was extremely . despondent. She
told her father of the anonymous
letter Saturday, but gave no indica
tions that she was contemplating
her life. ' ' - '. - '
Authorities Probe Affair.
While the texf of the letter has
not been divulged, it is said to con- .
tahv statements very -detrimental to
her reputation. Friends say they ,
believe the writer intended the mis- -sivc
.as a veiled threat, in an en
deavor to bring the young woman
under his power. .
Authorities arc confident that
they know the identity . of the man
and are making a thorough inquiry.
Feeling is said to be running high
against the writer, as Miss Stewart's
reputation was- of the best. '
Miss Stewart is survived by her
father, stepmother, two brothers
and three sisters. She was a grad
uate of the Falls City High school,
and had been teaching near Falls
City about five years. . y
Arguments Enliven Hearing
Of Appeal to Rail Board .
Chicago, Feb. 7. Arguments' be
tween witnesses and the. chair enliv
ened the session today of the rati
toad labor board hearing' the rail
road employes' "appeal for continua
tton of national agreements.
Attempts to bring in , jurisdictional
controversies and charges of con
spiracy against, . independent labor
organizations were continually ruled
out by Chairman Barton, j After u
lively session, in 'which three inde
pendents finished their evidence,, tho
first day of the employes' testimony
adjourned to take ,up other inde
pendent organisations tomorrow.
Jewell Says Wilson's Act
Vindicates Workers' Stand .
' New York. Feb. ?. Refusal of ,
President Wilson, to intervene in. the
rail wage controversy was a vindica
tion of the stand assumed by the
railroad employes. IS. M. Jewel, pres
ident of the Railroad Employes de-
partment of the American , Federa
tion of Labor, declared in 'a state-'
ment today.' V - f
New York's Chinatown Stops
Celebration to Parade
; New 'York, Feb. 7.-iJtore than ,
t.OOO residents of ; New York's
Chinatown v t'iday" , temporarily
dropped their New- Year's celebra
tion to march to the city hall for a -nationalist,
ing against proposed loans to th -.
ekingv government. '
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