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FRENCH ROUTS BOERS
Ziord Roberta Heoorta Oapturs of Fire Eotr
Langtn Along the Modeler ,
BRILLIANT WORK BY BRITISH TROOPS
Gordon with Husuri Aids Oavalrr and
Mounted Infantry of French ,
OPERATIONS IN BLINDING DUST STORM
English Lo3Jt Email , bat One Officer Being
Killed , Another Wounded.
EIXTH AND SEVENTH DIVISIONS MOVING
Conimninl < T-In-C'lilcf TrrntN French' *
I'orforiiiiinco a Ilrllllnnt Military
Kenl > ' ( > wn lo CliniiBc ISnu-
lund'x ( ilonin ti > Joy.
IXNDON , Feb. 14. ll:3.r. : p. m. The \\'nr
Offlco has Issued the following message
from Lord Roberts , received this evening :
"DEKIELSDIUFT , Feb. 11. S:10 : n.
in. General Trench left this point at
11:30 : yesterday morning with three
'brigades ' of cavalry , horse artillery and
mounted Infantry , Including several co
lonial contingents , In order to selzo a.
crossing of the Modder , distant about
"Ho reports by dispatch nt 5:35 : p. m.
that ho had forced a , passage' nt Clip-
drift nnd has occupied the hills north
of the river , capturing three of the
ncmy'H laagers , with tholr euppllcs ,
whllo General Gordon of the Fifteenth
Hussars , with bis brigade , who made
ft feint nt Rondovaldrlft , four miles
west , has solzcd It and a second drift
between that and Cllpdrlft , together
with two moro laagers.
"General French's performance Is
'brilliant ' , considering the excessive heat
nnd a blinding duststorm which raged
during the latter part ot the day.
"Owing to the rapidity of his move
ments General French met with but
Hllght opposition and his losses were
email. Lieutenant Johnscn of the In-
nl.iklllln Dragoons Is the only officer
reported severely wounded.
I ' "Tho Sixth division was last night on
' the north bank of the Rlet , at Watorval-
' Adrift , and Is moving to support the cav-
jjtolry. The Seventh division Is hero and
will go on this afternoon.
"Four ofilcers und fifty-three men had
to ho sent last evening in the returning
wagons to the railway line , prostrated
by heat and exhaustion. "
According to later reports the casualties
wcro two troopers killed nnd Captain > Ma-
Jesndlo of the RlfloiEJeido woif led. lo has
elnce died. Oqo trooper was wounded.
INSIDE THE BOER FRONTIER
Jjoril llobrrl * ivlth Forty Tliouimnd
I n fa n try nt laiMt ISiitt'rn the
i Illicitly' * < ! nnuCr > v * i
LONDON , Feb. 15. 4:20 : a. m. The Brit
ish army , Tor the first time since the war
be-gan. is insldo tbo Boer frontier. Lord
J : lloberts , with at le-ast 10,000 infantry , 7,000
cavalry and 160 guns , has turned the
JlagerHfontcln lines before which the British
forces have been encamped for ten weeki
nnd with halt of bis corps ho Is already
operating on Free State territory , A battle
has not yet 'beon fought , but large tactical
advantages have been gained. The relief of
Klmberloy Is wlthlu meawurablo reach and
the way to Blooihfonteln Is appreciably
The dlspatrhos of Lord Roberts sketch
tbroo days' work. The forward movement
ibcgan on Sunday , when Colonel Hannay set
out with a brigade' ot mounted Infantry for
Itamah on the Riot , eight miles from
Jacobsdal , ono of the Boera' supply sta
tions. On Monday General French , with
the cavalry division , seized the creasing of
the Rlct river at Dekllsdrlft , south of
Jacobsdal and eighteen miles cant ot
llonoynestkloof. Ho skirmished with the
Doers and cleared the way for 20,000 In
fantry , who followo-,1 across. On Tuesday ,
with his three cavalry brigades nnd the
horse artillery , General French rode to tbe
Moddor river , a distance of twenty-five
miles , and took three fords with high ground
beyond tbo river , and live Boer camps. Ho
bad a few casualties In brushes with the
Krrnc'h on OrunJc'M Trull.
General French ban now fixed himself on
General Cronjo's main line of communica
tion with Bloomfonteln , and 20,000 Infantry ,
with Bovonty-two guns , are being pu hi-d
4 tip to support , him then- .
' -v Lord Roberts' dispatches wired from In-
1'jf. Bide the Free State and on the Rlet river
left him Wednesday morning. Ills advance
liad not been opposed by the Boers In force.
Tholr patrols melted away as the British
moved forward. The Boer army IK likely to
bo felt In a flay or two and battle IB con
sequently Imminent. An to what .forces
General Cronjo has now at his disposal and
as to. whore ho purposes making a staml
( igalnst the Invaders , no ono here connected
with the war office knows anything. The
data fop concept tons are wholly wanting.
Thu forces Immediately at the disposal of
Lord Roberts a're placed at 50,000 In a gen
eral way. These figures arc revealed by
the commands mentioned in the dispatch
j < ; having been added to the divisions known
to Mm with I-ord Mcthucn. Quito possibly
! x > rd Roberts has 10,000 ar 20,000 moro.
It IH now realized that the incidents at
Konsburg have been seen out of all pro
portion. Merely skeleton lines were ob
tained there , while troops were being so-
cretlyand rapidly concentrated on the Mod-
"The facility with xvhlcli 30,000 men have
nlrcady been sent beyond the rail tor-
jnlntiB shown that Lord Kitchener has been
fully tuioressful In organizing transport.
He U now supposed to bo down tbo line ,
fending forward more troops and getting
together more transport. About live miles
of ox and mule-wagon trains arc estimated
for each division , so that Lord Kitchener ,
who U reported to have moro skill than n
circus manager In handling field transport ,
has Immense laboro In hand ,
Tbo London morning papers toke rather
sober views ot the situation , but are greatly
Vleased und hopeful of what Is to come.
They have been fed , however , on such n
low diet of British fiucrcsaes that they art.
disposed to euutlpu and given to measuring
development * wllb considerable reserve.
They fully reallzo that serious flgbtlng la
yet to come. Lord Roberts' announcements
make tbo roluor operations In other parts
ot the field shrink.
I , . .dyVIUun Wouiiilril at Mnfi'KliKt
LONDON. Feb. 15. The Dally Chronlclo
publishes the following dispatch from Make
king , dated January 2
"Tbo Boers shelled the women'i laage
tar two hours on Saturday , January 27. Bee
women , warned by spies evidently , went
Into the trenches , clapped their hands and
hurrahed when the shells fell near the Eng
lish women. Lady Sarah Wilson was slightly
"Major Gould-Adams and Captain Wilson
received contusions from shell fragments. "
OPINIONS OF THE EXPERTS
.Mllllnr.v Wrltrr * TnUiHenri nt Hie
Oonil \ < MVH from HIP Moililcr
( Copyright , 1MO , by I'rc. s Publishing Co. )
LONDON , Fob. 14. ( New York World Cn-
Special Telegram. ) The Leader
"Hoberts" advance began on
shifted his headquarters to
.el Hannay having a brl-
ado of'iTnftH M tep' , on that day m a re li
ng from Oroffl | | Hr camp near Orange
liver station to jBlmdam , engaged the
riemy who occupied the hlllc , cleverly hold-
ng them with part of his brigade. Ho got
ho main body of troops mid his baggage
hrough to tbo objective and lias therefore
ho credit of the flrpt part of the big opcrn-
lon that Is to relieve Klmborley and Invade
ho Orange Frco State. The next day French
lelzcd with his cavalry division , consisting
of Ilrabason'ti and Uablngton's brigade and
lomo mounted Infantry , an impo ant cross-
ng of the Modder river , clearing the way
'or the Sixth and Seventh divisions , ono of
which had encamped on the Modder and the
other upon the lllot. Ilamdam we toke to been
en miles almost duo south of Jacohsdal and
lokllfldrlft , the main crossing of the road
cadlng from Fauresmltb by the Koffyfon-
eln diamond diggings to Jacobsdal , with
wo divisions and u cavalry division , thus
hroatcning the Iloer left on the position
stretching from Spytfonteln and Magorsfon-
ein to Jncobsdal.
"Roberta has put the question very
iruaquely to Commandant Cronje , Will he
go or stay ? If ho elects to go ho will bo
able to stand another day. nut then Klni-
berley will have been relieved. If bo chooses
.o stay bo will have to entrench bis rear or
ils works will bo carried. If his rear Is
entrenched ho will be held while Klmbcrlcy
s relieved. But It looks as though French'ts
activity had enveloped him and made It dif
ficult to break away at all , while with the
whole division of cavalry under a leader like
French on his tracks bo may have a good
deal of difficulty In making himself scarce.
The Ideal thing Is that ho should be brought
o battle In an open country. Ho will avoid
hat If ho can. for the Hocrs hnvo no for-
nntlon that can be used on anything like
"Methuen has apparently been loft to hold
his entrenchments on the Modder river and
f the Uoera break away from Magersfon-
ein to advance by railway to the formal
ellef of Hhodcsund beyond the city. But
ho real work will have to bo done by Lord
lobcrts' Immediate forces. It Is a puzzle
whether Kitchener Is with his chief or not ,
nil wo am told that Kitchener Is still down I
he line organizing tbo transport service I
nd forwarding reinforcements about Zouth-
pandrlft on Orange river , which Elliott
would have seized Monday. Is It held merely
o prevent the Boer force from coming down
n our linen of communication south of the
) range River station ? Hardly. Then , por-
laps , it IB to bo a second line of supply ,
ho first being by the Klmberley railway as
ar as Graspan. Possibly , but wo still think
t means the advance of a third column di-
ect on Faureemlth. "
The Poet export soys : "There Is gcjjd 'now ?
oday , for tbo now campaign baa begun. On
'iicsday 20,000 British troopa were cn-
ampcil on the Boer side of the Riot river
and 20,000 more perhaps a march away from
hem , possibly In the old camp at the Moil-
ler River elation. The prcBcuco of the Sixth
division Is the first surprise to observers at
ionic , for this division or part of It have
ately been heard of at the Ebus and at
The expert suggests further lines of a
campaign on about the same lines as those
suggested by the Leader expert.
BOERS ] PUSH BRITISH BACK
Mttlc AITuIrciir Sprlnnlii-ld nrldftc
111 Which I Qiioeil'x Troop *
Are * .Vur.ited.
( Copyright , ] ! i ) , by Press Publishing Co. )
CHIEVBLBY CAMP , Feb. 13. ( New York
World Cablegram Special Telegram. ) Par-
tics of Boers varying in strength have
irosscd the Tugela , occupying our old camp
ing ground at Spearmans. This morning at
Murdoch they attacked the outpost beyond
Springfield bridge- , compelling a squadron
of the Royals to retire , but on prompt or-
rival of support. Including the Fourteenth
Hussars , the Boers were compelled to re
treat. The British casualties arc Captain
Hamilton Russell and five men wounded
and Lieutenant Pllkington and six men miss
This morning Dundonald conducted a re
connaissance to the hill east of Chlovcley.
By 10 o'clock the South African Light Horse
bad taken possession of Hussar hill , firing
on the Boer pickets and wounding two
Boers and one horrfo. The Boors kept up
a desultory musketry tire with our outpost
lino. At 1 o'clock tbo return to camp be
gan. The Boers pressed tbo rearguard of
the South African Light Horse , who weie
rather slow infalling - back , and there was
a tiharp musketry duel rnrrled on at 2,000
yards. Tbo Colt battery under Captain Hill ,
M. P. , came into action with excellent ef
fect , checking the Boer fire. Our artillery
and mounted Infantry under Captain Gough
co-operated. The Boers abandoned tbo pur
suit and were soon content to permit the
troopx to contlnuo their retirement unmo
lested and the whole force returned safely
to camp. The ease and comfort with which
the regular corps can deal with Boers In
these llttlo affairs are very satisfactory. Only
four men we-ro wounded , moat of them of
the South African Light Horse , Including
Mr. Garrard of the Colt battery and Lieu
tenant John Spencer Churchill , brother of
the special correspondent. South African
Light Horse , shut through the right leg.
AnKOi'lllli'd I'ri-MH Ycmion ,
LONDON. Feb. U. An official dispatch
from General Duller nt Chleveloy un-
ncum-fs a reconnaissance at Springfield , re
sulting In no gain of ground on diner side.
Captain Hamilton Rut-tiell , Lieutenant G.
Churchill mid ten men were wounded and
Lieutenant Pilklngton and six men were
captured by the Boerx.
Tha dispatch contains detailed accounts of
what appear to bo unimportant operations.
They only lend lo throw light over the sit
uation by proving that the Boers a're
actively following General Buller's every
General Duller'u dispatch from Chleveley ,
dated Monday , February 13 says :
"Tho commanding officer at Springfield re-
portr. this morning that a squadron of the
1'lrst Dragoons , moving to the outpost line
covering the right flank of the camp , met a
party of Boers near Fustcnberg. The
Boers , reaching the cn t of a hill IIret ,
opened a heavy IIro on the squadron , which
retired , Ho tsent out supports and the
Boers retired. "
Thu dlepatch then gives the casualties ae
Continuing , the Chleveley dlipatch says
"Duudouabl , with TOO mounted men , a field
( Continued on Fourth Page , )
ANIl-TROST MEN DISAGREE
Stormy Soenis Mark the Glow of the Don-
fei'enca at Chicago.
ADJOURNMENT TO STOP THE DISORDER
.Mlilillr-nf-tlic-Ilonil I > oinllNt Sllrn Vp
Jlr.vnn'n Supporter * liy n Hcnolu-
i MomxMI TrlcN (11 OITxct
CHICAGO , Feb. 14. Stormy scenes char
acterized the sessions of the national anti
trust conference preceding the final adjourn
ment tonight. The climax came when Dele
gate Joseph larker , a middle-of-the-road
populist , surprised the conference with a
resolution pledging the delegates to vote
for no party that does not stand for gov
ernment ownership and the principle of di
The democratic leaders Interpreted this as i
on attack on W. J. Brynrnd were on their I
feet In an Instant to blocK the move. A
score of delegates took the floor and all
tried to talk at the same time.
"You must not stifle free speech here , "
was shouted. "Everybody must bo heard , "
was the warning that came from a delegate
In the gallery.
Chairman Monnett was In doubt as to
what to do. Disorder reigned for ten mln-
1 utes und then Chairman Monnett used the
gavel and temporarily adjourned the con
I Another whirl of excitement took place
after the reading of the report of the com- _
mltteo on resolutions , when Delegate Qulnn i
of Illinois offered an amendment to the
declaration of principles , calling for the
repeal of all laws sustaining the right of
citizens to private property , with a view
to giving every citizen n free home. A
' ' long wrangln ensued over the disposition
of the amendment. Captain W. P. Black ,
Tom L. Johnson and others appealed to i
, Qulnn to withdraw the amendment , but bo
Mourn of Dlnnitprovnl tit Hie Clinlr.
After much discussion , during which
Qulnn was denounced as a disturber by
delegates on the stage , Chairman Monnett
put the resolution to adopt the amendment.
Two ballots were taken. Finally ho de
clared the report of the committee adopted
and the ruling caused a thunder of dis
approval. Delegate Qulnn , during the
uproar , appealed from the decision of the
chair and his motion was seconded. The
vote was put and Chairman Monnett was
sustained by a largo majority.
A strong effort was made at the confer
ence today to offset the partisan effect of the
resolution adopted yesterday denouncing the
currency bill. Monnett made a speech In
which he declared that the movement for
public ownership of public utilities was
being carried on by the republican party
as well as the democratic party.
"In the republican northwest , " said .he ,
" 60 per cent of the public utilities are owned
by the public , whereas In many southern
democratic states less than 5 per cent are
"I vould rcm'nd the c'mvoitlon tbat Ohio ,
which Is the state of the president. Is also
the state of the Sherman anti-trust act. If
we have an Attorney General Grlggs , we
also had an Attorney General Olney. "
AttaokN Trimt Kiulowments.
Thfl convention was enlivened also by an
attack by Prof. Bemls on "universities
whoso endowments come from trust mag
nates. " The professors In these Institutions ,
said the ex-professor of political economy
at Chicago university , "do tholr best , but
cannot overcome this handicap. " As a.
remedy be advocated the establishment
through the state legislature of chairs In
state universities devoted to the study of
the trust question.
A number of set speeches were heard at
the morning and afternoon sessions and the '
night session , which wound up the three \ 1
days' conference and heard as many of the ! ;
remaining speeches as could be read In the ;
time that was left.
Upon reconvening at the afternoon ses
sion Chairman Monnett ruled that the re
port of the committee on national organiza
tion Is privileged business. He called on
the chairman of the committee , General J ,
B. Weaver of Iowa. General Weaver stated
that the report bad been unanimously agreed
to in committee and asked the convention
to adopt It In the same manner.
General Weaver moved the adoption of
j thereport. . I. G. Donnelly got the door
and pleaded with delegates to do something
tangible. The desired movement , he said , j
could not bo brought about by leagues. He j i
i called on the conference to now form a
new party and call for a national convention.
Unless that was done , ho asserted , the con
ference "would not amount to as much as
a last year's bird's nest. "
The middle-of-the-road populist faction In
the convention cheered these sentiments
Jerry Simpson of Kansas followed. Ho
challenged the statement of Parker of Ken
tucky , "that this convention has fallen Into
tlio binds of a lot of cowardly politicians. "
lie declared that no delegate bad aesertcd
party preference , but every one was en
tirely unselfish. Ho demanded that Parker
apologize for his statement instead of at
tempting to align the conference In partisan
movement. Simpson was cheered repeat
"This movement , " ho declared , " | H solely
educational. When the pcoplo understand
the purposes for which wo ere hero they
will stand by the party that stands for their
Donnelly Oi'iioiinrod liy Sulzcr.
Congressman Sulzer of New York was then
recognized. Ho called on the delegates to
adopt the report verbatim. Ho denounced
Donnelly as seeking personal support , HayIng -
Ing thin conference stood for principles and
not for men. Ho faced Donnelly and
shouted : "You are doing more than any
man here to help Mark Hanna. "
Delegate Parker was then recognized on
a question of personal privilege. Heyltterly
disregarded the opinion of Jerry Slmpfcn , ho
said , and be did not propose to take back
a word he had uttered. Anyone could sou j
the hand of the politician in the hall. This 1
statement was greeted with mingled hoots
After live minutes of disorder. Mr. Parker
was permitted to prcce'Cd. Ho defended his
position at length , concluding :
"I.e.l us all unite for the people and let
the old , ballotbox titufllng parties go to the
( ii-niTiil WeiivtT hrnrm n I'ov ,
General Weaver scored Parker and his
resolution aa "an evident attempt to hind
the delegation to support the middle-of-the-
road platform. "
Judge Cannon of Chicago followed on the
same line. Parker appeared to be rapidly
losing tbo affection of the delegated. A
delegate moved to have u vote of thanks
for hU "attempt to enlighten the confer
ilayor Jones of Toledo followed. Ho hoped
ovcry delegate would be true to bU own
best principles , The resolution already
adopttxl was the best that could be framed.
"In the word education , " he said , "Is our
only hope. '
At the close of Mayor Jonca' remarks the
report of the * committee on national organ
ization was unanimously adopted.
M. L , Lockwood ot Pennsylvania was
unanimously elected president. Franklin
Wcntworth of Chicago was chosen secretary.
C. T. Bride of Washington , 1 > . C. . was
elected treasurer , and W. 1J. Fleming of
Kentucky , financial secretary.
Thlscoramlttce wan appointed to bear the
protest of the convention ogalnot the pas
sage of the currency bill to Washington :
W. B. Fleming , William Sulzer , George Fred
Williams , Mrs. Helen Cougar , F. U. Hldgo-
loy , Willis J. Abbott , T. Carl Spelling. Judge
William Prcntlss. J. 'B. Weaver , J. II. Sov ,
erclgn , W. H. Harvey , J. B. Uomans. J. W.
Wilson , John J. Lenta , M. C. Wctmore and
C. A. Towne. The committee decided to
meet at Washington next Monday afternoon.
ALL ENGLAND IS SNOWBOUND
Street Tralll ? In Cltlrn Klllirr IllneUril
or ( trcalljInipoilcil Jinny
LONDON , Kcb. H. The effects of the hllz-
zord which started Tuesday arc felt through-
out Great Britain. Great Britain la snowed |
up in all directions. Street car traffic Is
blocked , telegraph and telrphouo wires are [
down , delaying communication In all dlrccI I
tlons. There have been a great number of '
accidents duo to falling chimneys and roof
slates and similar * causes. Mall vans and
pfcple traveling by the In-country districts i
are reported mli&lng and several persons i
have been found frozen to death In exposed I
The streets of London are In a fearful
condition from the snow and sltet and many
pedestrians have sustained fractured llmlm |
from falling on the Icy pavements. Tho' i
horses have suffered greatly , many having
to be shot after breaking their legs , Severe
gales have swept the coasts. ,
Snow 1'rcrnlln In Krnner.
PARIS , Feb. 14. A ecrlous storm pre
vailed throughout France last evening and
today. Telegraph llni * urn broken everywhere -
where and communication by wire with
Great Britain , Italy , Spain , Switzerland and
part of Germany Is Interrupted. Consid
erable damage has been done and a number
of fatalities have occurred , due to falling
roofs and trees. The seaside towns have suff
ered , badly and shipping casualties are
PARIS , Feb. 15. Great damage has been
douo to shipping along the French coast.
Many fishing smacks have gone ashore ,
especially near Dunkirk , Cherbourg and
Brest. Near the last named port ten wrecks
have occurred. Several fatalities are , re
CHICAGO STRIKE SPREADS
Men EuiMloyeil by Ilullillnt Contrno
tor * ' Council In Oilier CltlCH
Will lie Ordered Out.
CHICAGO , Feb. 14. The Building Trades
council today announced through Us secre
tary that the National Building Trades
council would bo called upon to call striken
In other cities upon all buildings being con
structed by Chicago contractor who iavo
.locked out union labor.
A commltteo was appointed today to as
certain what work was being done by the
contractors outsldo Chicago. Its Informa
tion will be presented to tbe national organ
ization , which has already ntig ? " * * - It ? do-
&lro to aid the local men la crur 4'u , and
etrlkcs will be ordered. Buildings in New
York , Boston and Philadelphia , as well as
In many other cities , it is believed , are In
course of construction by firms which are
members of tbe .Building Contractors' coun
A sorlous blow was dealt tbe contractors
today by the Independent Brotherhood Build
ing Trades council. This organization was
recently organized , announcing that the con
tractors could , by applying at the now head
quarters , secure men to replace members of
the older union , who were locked out. To-
day a atatement was Issued declaring that.
It was the bellcif of thu Independent council j
that the Contractors' association was uslngl [
thpm as a means to their own ends tbe subjugation - [ I
jugation of all union labor. In view of this t
it was stated the brotherhood had decided t
to stand by the Building Trades council. I
SAYS MAUD GONNE'S A BRITON
Mrx Ailnlr , IVIio COIMCM lo Worlc for
Mn I nc HoMiltnl Shin , '
NEW YORK , Fe'j. 14. Mrs. Cornelia
Adalr , who comes hero as the head of the
hespltal ship Maine commltteo , seeking >
American subscriptions in aid of the nick
and wounded In South Africa '
, was a passenger -
senger on the Oceanic which arrived hefro
today from Liverpool , Mrs. Adalr said :
"I shall bo hero three weeks and during | i
that time I expect to visit Philadelphia. ' ,
Plttsburg , Chicago and possibly other west- ,
crn cities. H is my Intention to hold drawIng - j |
Ing room meetings In the houses of my J i
friends hero and In the other cities , nt i
which I will explain tbo work and set' | ' I
forth our need * . The money which I expect I
to ralso at these meetings will not eomo in
tbo form of a collection. I am not hero on
a begging expedition and I want whatever
is given to eomo OH spontaneous expressions
of sympathy. "
It WHS pointed out to Mrs. Adalr that
whllo she In her appeal to American women ,
which has been publlHlicd , called upon Irish
men to help her cause , Miss Maud Gonno '
was hero to stir up Irishmen against KngI I
land. She said he had nothing to say on the
subject , though she added :
"Why , Miss Gonne Is not even Irish ; Bho
IH English. "
START BIG BLAST FURNACE
li'lri-n Mclilfd In tlie J.iirK'-M One In
Ihr AVorld CaniuKSix Hun
dred TOIIH u DIM.
YOUNGSTOWN. 0. . Fob. II. The largest
blast furnace In the world was lighted last
night when stack No. 1 at the Ohio plant of
the National Steel company was put In
operation. Tbe furnace la 100' feet high ,
fifteen-foot crucible und twenty-two-foot
bosh. The capacity of the furnace la GOO
tons every twenty-four hours. Two other
furnaces of similar dimensions are under
construction and will be-
completed In two or
three montlm. The output of these furnaces
will bo used by the National Steel company.
I.'riiiiiiiuKiTM III f. Trim ! ,
PITTSBURO , PH. , Feb. II. The leading
U > rat i manufacturers of the country are In
.session burn for the manifest mifrwu of
forming a combine. 'lVn proceeding , ) (1ro
secret. It is known that twelve of th <
largo brass Industries In thu country nro
rcprenented. A combination which vll !
probably bo k'lown as the- American llratn
company was < l cldi < < l uppn. Another
meetlnK will bo held within the next two
weeks. Franela J. TOrrencit Is one of the
principal local parties Interested Oeorco
F. Row of C'hlwiBo. WT. . Doyle of MVl-
waukeo and H. SI. Urewstcr of Springfield.
Mass. , aio among the promoters.
f'liliiiiliilin'H VerdlrtKiillmt ( lloml
KANSAS C-1TY , Slo. , Feb. JI.-Mon Finiir
Young , a Ohlnoac doctor , was awarded
8tOT by ii Jury In the circuit court today
In a verdict against iho Kansas ( 'lty , SI
Joseph & C'onn. II Bluffs railroad bceautte u
negro portrr of the railroad company -nould
not permit him to rldo In thu parlor car of
thu train. Young bued for 3)xw ) ( damages.
THAT OMAHA SUPPLY DEPOT
OonmlEsioner Jonai Oppose * thn Project Be *
fore Senate Indian Committee.
SENATOR 1HURSTON SETS HM RIGHT
Aincnilniciit MnUlim nn Appropriation
nf * S.IH > 0 for KntnbllnliliiK tlir
Ilriiot In Allnuril to
Stnml In the Mill.
WASHINGTON , Feb. It. ( Special Tele- ,
gram. ) Tbe Bub-commlUeo on Indian
affairs of the senate , Thurston , Platt of Con
necticut , CJtmrlcs , Jones of Arkansas and
IVltlgrew , having consideration of the In
dian appropriation bill , heard Commissioner
of Indian Affalrn Jones today on certain
features of the bill. The subject ot the
Indian supply depot nt Omaha came up
during the course of the hearing , when the j
commlreloncr somewhat astonished the com- j
mlttee by stating that he had never heard
that the city of Omaha had compiled with
the provisions of the law relative to the
tender of u building for depot purposes.
Ho said an agent of the department had
gone to Omalm for a number of years and
had received bids for supplies far delivery
nt cither New York , Chicago , St. Louis , j
Kansas City , Omaha or St. Paul ; that so far i
as ho was concerned ho wna opposed to the
erection of an Indian supply depot at Omaha.
Senator Tburston stated to the committee
that the provision In the Indian hill was
simply carrying out former legislation ; that
the bill creating a supply depot at Omaha
passed congress In 1897 , but that both Sec
retaries Bliss nnd Hitchcock had found It
Impossible to carry out the provisions ot the
act because of thu failure of congress to ap
propriate money sufficient to maintain such
a depot. Ho read a letter from Secre
tary Hitchcock recommending an appro
priation ot $3,000 for the establishment of
n supply depot which greatly disconcerted
the commissioner , who frankly stated that
he did not know the matter had gone this
far. The amendment was allowed to stand.
There Is considerable opposition devel
oping to the confirmation of Dr. McChesncy
as Indian agent at Rosebud , the assertion
being made that the Indian office dominated
the appointment two months before McChcs-
ney's term expires. Colonel Clapp of tbo
Pine Rldgo agency , who was In the city on
matters connected with bis office , said today
it would be a great mistake not to confirm
McChesney. Said he : "There are so many
conditions at present operating ngalnst the
Indians at Rosebud that they are growing
Just a trifle restless and only some such
competent man as Dr. McChesncy has proven
himself to bo able to control turbulent
The Rosebud Indians are close to the "Bad
Lands" of South Dakota , a tract of country
which whllo it is mostly unknown Is Inac
cessible to white men , offering fine induce
ments to rebellious Indians should they de
cide to rise up against the Great Father
because ho has decided tb cut down their
rations , annuities , etc.
AH n lllacklcir Vnceliic.
The dclegaticD In congress from Nebraska
has been receiving during tbe last month
from all over the state inquiries as to the
rumor In < circulation in Nebraska that the
Department ot Agriculture had decided to
impend the J89imof Macklfjn vaccine. Thcro
seams to bo but one opinion among faraieVB'
and cattlemen that blackleg vaccine , as is
sued by the government , has done untold
good for herds and instead of abandoning
the issue it should be enlarged. A cattle
man , writing -to Senator Thurston , says
that ho had a bunch of young cattle last
spring which commenced to die with the
blackleg. " 1 at once made a request from
the department at Washington for vaccine ,
received It and after using it' lost no more.
Since then I have vaccinated about 550 head
and In no instance have I mot with a single
loss after using vaccine. "
A. G. Hagadorn of Curtis says : "I pro-
test against doing away with government
vaccine. Protect the pcoplo In preference
to the monopolies. Lot the government fur-
nlsh free vaccine to every ono who will use
it for blackleg. Go farther ; try to find a
remedy for hog cholera. "
These reports having been shown Secretary
Wilson ho stated today that a new rule had
been established , as follows : All persons'
desiring blackleg vaccine , by writing to the
bureau of animal industry will receive a
department blank , which shows the num
ber of cattle to bo Inoculated and owner
ship. This blank-when properly filled out ;
Is then to bo sent to the senator or mem-
her of congress , who will'countersign the
application for vaccine , which will be sent
at once to the applicant.
'Senator Thurston today Introduced a pe
tition of the Farmers' institute of Dodge ,
Washington , Saunders , Douglas and Colfax
counties , protesting against any modification
* of existing tariff laws whereby the products
of Porto Hlco and other tropical Islands shall
bo admitted to the United States on any
lower duties than those now Imposed.
Congressman Sutherland Introduced a bill
to Increase the pension of Horace P.
Congrcwiiian McPherson of Iowa intro
duced a , bill for the relief of John Patterson
of Pottawattamlc county.
I'l-rimiiifiit I'ONt Nfiir Sheridan.
Congressman Mondell today , was Riven
permission by the committee on military af
fairs to call up his bill establishing a
permanent military pent at Fort McKcnzlc ,
near Sheridan , Wyo.
Senator Lodge introduced today during
the consideration of the financial bill an
address of the National Unslnefs' Men's
league on maintaining the gold reserve be
tween national banks and the government.
The following Omaha firms arc. signers of
the address : First Notional hank , Carpenter
Paper company , Lee-Olass-Andreescn Hard
ware company , Paxton-Gallagher company ,
M. K. Smith & Co. and Rector & Wllhcliny
Andrew McLood was today appointed po t-
muster at Molngona , lloone county , Iowa ;
also K , L. Huglna at Blxby , Chateau county ,
S. I ) . , and Ethel Shc'dd at Rcdfern , Pennine-
ton county , S. D. An order was Issued to
day establishing a postofllco at Kits , Craw
ford county , la. , with Benjamin F. Klls as
John W. domiciling of Ohio was today
appointed teacher in tbo Rosebud ( S. D. )
Indian ncbopl , nt $60 a month.
Mrs. A. J. Keller of Hot Springs , S. I ) . ,
state representative of the Daughters of the
American Revolution , Is In the city.
Ultimo I'ciiNloii Hill Ainrnili'il ,
WASHINGTON. Fob. II. The benato com
mittee on pensions today reported the pen
sion appropriation bill. The committee In
creased the total appropriation as made by
the hoiifo bill to the extent of cnly $16,000 ,
and struck out the house proviso making It
discretionary with the commissioner of pen
sions to refuse to pay the fees of attorneys
In pension cases.
Aliullxli Small I'ui'r.nKi'n.
WASHINGTON , Feb. H The ways and
means committee of the house today ngrrcil
to report n. bill of much Interest to the
brewing Intermits abolishing what are
known to the trade as sixth and eighth
barrel ? , making quarter-barrels the small
est packages of this character authorized by
CONDITION OF THE WEATHER
Forecast for Nebraska
Fnlr ami Cold ; Brisk Northerly Winds.
Toniiicrnturo at Oinnlin yonlcrilnyi
Hour. OCR. Hour.
r n , in. . . . , , -I 1 | i , in
It n. in I - | i. in
7 ii. in t : t p. 111. . . . . .
S n. in t -t ii. m
I ) n , in t r. p. in
1O n. in i u p. nit
It n. in t 7 ii , in : i
1 a in i > s ti. n -
congress. The small tlzos have .been vastly
lost , n ml as tlio commissioners ot Interim !
revenue reported that no denomination of
lovctiup would ensue from tlio change , the
committee decided to yield to the request
of the trade In this particular. Mr. Dolll-
vcr was authorized to report n substitute
which differs from the original only In
GORMAN is FOR BRYAN NOW
i SIIJ-H UP IN ronvlnoedIIIIIR | ( "nil
I'revcnt Ni'liritnUnn'n Hcnoinlnn-
llnii ! > > Dciuiiurnti ) .
WASHINGTON , Feb. 14. Former Senator
Gorman , who was at the capital today for
thu first tlmu since thu present session of
congress assembled , In an Interview with
a Test reporter eold that all his efforts here
tofore had been directed against the ro-
nomlnatlon of W. J. Bryan as the demo
cratic candidate for the presidency , ho be
lieving It would not ho wise , but that ho
was now convinced "that nothing icnn pre > - i
vent his selection an the head of the demoj j
cratlc ticket. Ho certainly , " added Mr. Gor
man , "has the people behind him 'to a ro-
murkuhla degree. "
Asked If ho would support Bryan If nomi
nated , ho replied ;
"Certainly. I supported him In 189G and I
fahall support him again thin year. I do not
prcposo to desert my party. "
LUDLOW ON CUBAN AFFAIRS
MIIKury Control of he IMnml Should
Continue fnr u Number of
NEW YORK. Feb. 14. In the course of
nn Interview with a Commercial-Advertiser
reporter today Brigadier General William
Ludlow , military governor of Havana , who
arrived from Cuba last night , said :
"After the municipal elections , which arrf
set ifor May , have been held und the new
elective districts have been organized , I
think It quite possible that the expense oT
maintaining United States troops In the
Island can be materially reduced. "
As to the probable , duration ot American
occupation of Cuba General Ludlow said :
"I do not think that at this tlmo anyone
believes tbo population ot this Island , with
Its entire Inexperience and a formidable
percentage ot illiteracy , to bo capable off
hand of maintaining a stable and responsible
government. All , I believe , assent to fho
present necessity for the continuance of the
American occupation , but wcy want this
whllo It shall continue to bo fundamentally
a military control and not a civil control.
"In Havana It Is recognized that eomo
tlmo , several years , will bo needed to or
ganize a complete Insular government , and
I have heard five ymre spoken of a a rci-
eor.t-b'c ' : ; v'B'l-f ' : 1hl3 1 i'JV . I. H < ! . ,
pcnda upon the Cubans themselves and upon
the aptitude and conscientiousness .hey shall
exhibit In the untried and perilous Held ot
political administration. "
LEE FOR WAR WITH BRITAIN
South Tnkota'n Governor Annrrl
Treatment of Conitnl Mncrum !
Kitoucli KXOIIHC for It.
CHICAGO , Fob. 14. "War with England
should bo the policy of this government , "
said Governor Andrew B. Lee of South Da
kota tonight , "If tbo facts set forth In ox- I
Consul Macrum's open letter issued to j 1 :
the American people are found to be cor
rect. I I
"Tho action of the British authorities at
Durban In tampering with mall matter ad |
dressed to Macrum Is damnable and an out
j rage against the rights ot neutral powers. !
' If the facts as stated inthat letter are true ,
tbe American government Instantly should
call Great Britain to severe account. That 1
may mean another war on our hands , I
know , but war Is preferable to national
dishonor. The spectacle of an American cit
izen , bo bo In private or public life , having
to sit Idly by and see his mall opened by
an official of a foreign power Is lee humil
iating for American blood to stand. "
Almnot equally as radical comments \\ito
made by several of the lenders In the anti
trust conference who were shown the dis
patches from Washington tonight , setting
forth the experiences of tbe ox-consul. All
were emphatic In saying that the rights of
citizens of neutral powers should ho pro
tested and that Kngland should bo con
demned strongly for her high-banded
DIRECT VOTE FOR SENATORS
IViiiiH.vlvaiiln LealHlntlvc Comitilll : e
l'roiiiNPM it Niitliinnl Convrnllnii
to Work , tot It.
PHILADKLPHIA , Fob , 14. The Joint
committee of tbo Pennsylvania legislature
appointed at the last esslon to consider
the election of United States senators by
a direct vote of the people with a view to
I submitting an amendment to the national
j constitution has cunplcted Its work ami to
day forwarded copies of iU resolutions to
the secretaries of state of New York , Now
Jersey , Ohio , Massachusetts , Tennessee ,
Maryland , lowe , Kentucky and Mississippi ,
where legislatures nro now In session.
The resolutions refer to the national houeo .
of representatives having on three occaelobH
pasted bills favoring the change and the
defeat rf those by the Hcnato nonconcurrlnir ,
and nUo to various state legislatures favor
ing the change. The provUlon of thu na
tional constitution requiring the calling of
a convention tor proponing amendments on
the application of two-thirds of the states
Is quoted and the rctolutlonn ask that the
several Icglslatuics make- this request.
I'lHuri-H All Sold ,
XKW YOHK , Fob. 14. The Hale of the
Hilton i-ollfcllon of ploturt'S wax llnlnlicil In-
nlKhl ut Ohli-kurlnir .hull. The total Hum
roallwil tonight was Jitf.tao , making n gVund
total of JIIS.'IJ for Hie IC'j pictures noli ! ,
The gem of the collection Wan .MelH , ciiiler'H
"l/Aun om . " " which -'OBt A. T. Btnwart
> 'lt/W. Tonight It brought JltUW , J. W.
dales bcliiff the ptirclniHer. "Slieon In the
Wood * . " by C. K. Jacquc. was sold to II.
fc'prltwr for J7.MW , AS a rule thu prices
.Mot riiii'iilN uf tlvrnii' VrxuHx , i < Vi. | M ,
At N 'w York Arrlvi > dlariiue'tto , from
London ; l ahn , from Ilremen , via Sotithani-
ton ; Oceanic , from Uveryool ; Noordland ,
from Antwerp : Uarmstudt , from Ilremen.
At Philadelphia Sallod Switzerland , for
At Southampton Arrived Saalc , from
New York , for llreturn. Sailed Alter , from
Ilrcrncn , fop Now York ,
At Liverpool Arrived 'Mlchlrun , from
At Nice Arrived Auguiito Victoria , from
Ni'w York , via AlglerK ion Oilimtal cruise ) .
At Plymouth Hulled Pennsylvania , from
Jlamlmri. . for New York.
Al Antwerp A rrlviv ) , January 1 ! ! Boulh-
v.'ark , from New York ,
POPS PASS THE HAT
Call for Blood Money from Officeholders for
Political Purposes ,
EDMISTEN KEEPS THE LIST OF EMPLOYES
Calls on Every Mother's Son of Them for
STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE IS HARD UP
Chairman Tries to Touch for More Oosb the
Feeder * at the Trough ,
MAILS JOB LOT OF BEGGING LETTERS
I'lrniln fnr Dticntn for CnmpnlKtt I3\-
pciifico , lint tlio 1'lc Cfuinumnm
Simply llrNponil with n Loud ,
LINCOLN . Feb. II. ( Special. ) A loud
wall Is going up from tbo ranks of office
holders and employes under the popullit
dispensation because of another assensment
that was recently niudo for the campaign
fund by the pdpullst state central commit
tee. Several nt alehouse employes have re-
timed to contribute uny more to the fund
until thu campaign opens , and IIB a similar
disposition has been exhibited by other
popocratlc employes and ofllcoholdcrs In
various parts of Nebraska , the state central
committee Is reduced to sore straits. Chair
man J. H. Kdmlsten has a list containing
the name of every person In Nebraska who
holds oftlco by virtue ot the party now In
control ot the state government , and all
have been asked to contribute- their sbaro
toward defraying tbo expenses of the next
campaign. At the eamo tlmo an effort Is
being made to clear up the existing In
debtedness of the committee , which now
amounts to considerable.
The populist headquarters In tbo capital
building have been practically dcourted since
The Bee called attention to the fact that
one of the 'best ' rooms in the statehousn
was being used by the. populist state central
committee. By keeping the outside door
locked. Chairman EduilBten hoped to keep
from the public the real nature of the busi
ness transacted In the room , but thcro ru
many leaks In the popullnt machine und
the secrete soon became common property.
The room occupied by Edmlstcn was ono
of the best on the lower lloor of the capital
find It has been much In demand , owing to
tbo overcrowded condition of the building.
Sninplr IlruvrliiBT Letter.
The following Is a sample of the assess
ment letters that are being sent out from thu
capltol building by Chairman Kdmlsten :
"LINCOLN. Feb. 10 , 1900. Headquarters
of the People's Independent Party of Ne
braska Mr. . Dear Sir : Your assess
ment for tbo la t campaign Is In part un
paid and our committee finds Itself with n
number of debts , yet on band , which were
made for the benefit of * h party during
the tainpalgn , In eavtl jtiltl i\d - ; ; . obll- i
feuiluiis are'-aupuW iLfa. < - i hin > V iiilfu , . it F
the payment of the nssessmentB by thoiio
who arc drawing salaries by virtue of our
party in power.
"Wo have , therefore , hcnt out letters ask
ing for money and have received no re
sponses from tbo same. I sincerely hope
that It will be unnecessary for mo to have
to repeat this request In order to raise funds
from these who have boon recognized by
our party and who are drawing salaries at
the present time.
"Tbo committee Is acting in theeo mattera
with the- full belief that when reasonable
aBsepBmonts arc made that they will bo com-
pllexj with at once , and that the Interests of
the party would not bo permitted to euffnr
on Account of _ the failure to make such pay
ments , I , therefore , urge upon you to re-
mlt the following amount which Is
| the balance duo from you and which Is noeefi-
sary in order to place UH In n position to
clear up' the obligations of the committee
which now exlfltH. A prompt reply and re-
mlttonce will bo highly appreciated. . I am ,
respectfully yours ,
"J. H. EDMISTEN. Chairman. "
NECESSITY OF THE CANAL
SeurcdirlcM I.OIIK mill WlUon Write
Tlu-lr VlewM "Invnlnnlile for
NBW YOHK , Feb. 14. On tbo "Necessity
of tbo Isthmian Canal , " Secretary of tlia
Navy Long and Secretary of Agriculture
Wilson have written their views for the next
IBBUO of the Independent tin follows :
Secretary Long : "I am heartily In favor
of the Nicaragua canal and of a I'nclllc
cable. They urn both necessities In this pro-
greHslvo ago and they are mirb to conic.
Without having madn a thorough Htuily of
the question and holding my views subject.
to further light , I think they should be con-
ot muted and controlled by tbo government
of. tbo United States. "
Secretary Wilson : "I believe In the.
Isthmian canal. It will bo Invaluable for
commercial purposes. It will greatly leiwon
the uxpeuuo of transportation from ocean to
ocoan. When I was at Tuconm not long slnca
I saw In tbo harbor a veetiel of about I ! , MO
tons burden loading for the China trade , It
had railroad ties and flour , which It got on
the 1'aclflo coast ; Milwaukee had sent , I
should eay , 1,000 barrels of beer ucross the
country ; Chicago bad eent canned beef and
olcomargarlnn ; Philadelphia had hunt sugar-
making machinery clear iicrcws the country :
Virginia and Kentucky had 1,200 hogsheads
of tobacco In that vessel going to Japan :
Alabama had sent Iron and steel away north
Id the latitude of Turoma und went to reach
that port on the Pacific ; North Carolina had
boles of cotton goodn going to Shanghai ;
Now England bad boxes of notlonH and bi
cycles ; all tlu'Bo In a single VCSHO ) . Now
when I reflected on the expense of shipping
all tla-Bo goodB to put them on to a boat
lit Taccmu I concluded that wo ought to
have that ditch dug across tbo IttlnmiH. The
trip pf the Oregon converted the nation , "
I'orlii Illi'ii Sllll OiilNldr ,
XKW YOHK. Feb. H. The Hoard Of
( 'luptfilleutlon of the ITnltri ) fttates Koiirral
nppralher i today announced it derision In
the I'orto Hlco CJIKO of MOHC ! lirothvru iiml
John II. Ooetz & C'o , . protestants , who
claimed that Porto Hlco In ulrcaily a part
of the United Stutf ami that no dutlm run
I tip. lovleri on gooda from thorn. Thu bourd
j unanimously overriileH their elulm no far an
It rolutcrt to KoodH Imported wlillp the mill-
l.iry Kfriipatlon laxtx. The opinion of the
board U written by Oi-noral Appraiser Hon-
< ler on II. Homervllle , who WHH for many
ycitrn a mwnliur of the Alabama miprrmo
Inliorlfiiiirc Tax l/mr Valil ,
ST. PAUL. .Minn. , Feb. H. The unr n
court tblH afternoon In a ease brouKht up
from 'Mflx.'od county , declared the M'l'iif. '
ftiita. Inheritance tux law to be unconstitu
tional. buliib' contrary to thn foimlluitloiml
provUloii requiring eqilftl taxation hecatiHo
It oxonijita real property and nuscsteo Much
u tax on personal property and herautip of
other exemptions ) , The law wan paswil In
I .i7 lifter the adoption of a constitutional
amenlwnt jttrmlttliiK iuch a law ,
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