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VOL. XLtl-NO. 149. OMAHA. MONDAY M0HN1NX. DECEMBER. 9. 10112 TMN IA(JKR STxrm.ra rnpv 'vwm fwra
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TAKES IN MAGIC CITY
BY POSTAL MERGER
First Step Toward Consolidation
Will Unite Two Departments
First of Year.
WHARTON SUPERVISES IT ALL
Postmaster Etter Becomes Superin
tendent Under Civil, Service.
GREATER SAVING IN OPERATION
Will Permit of Gradually Improved
Service.
SUGGESTED BY MR. ROSEWATER
JUIIor of lice, wllh Cn-operntlnu of
Senator Ilrorvn, Lajn Cnsc tlcforc
Postal Department, "Where
Merits Are Recognised.
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, Deo. S.-(Spoclal Tete
Sinm.) -Tho flist real step toward con
solidation of Omaha and South Omaha Is
niarkod by an order signed yesterday by
Postmaster General Hitchcock and ef
fective Janunry 1 next, combining tho
DostofflceH of tho two cities.
This merger, brought about at the sug
gestion of Victor Rosewater editor of
The Bco, and with the co-operation of
Senator Brown, makes Omaha and South
Omaha one and inseparable so far as the
business of the Postofflco department
troes, which includes delivery and collec
tion, money order, registry, postal sav
ings and parcels post.
Among other changes the new depar
ture in Omaha postofflco affairs will
Blgnallze are tho following:
Postmaster Wharton will have com
plete Jurisdiction over all territory pre
viously served by the two offices and
his authority will extend over all subor
dinate employes In that territory.
Etter Ilecomes Superintendent.
Postmaster Etter becomes automat
ically superintendent of the South Omaha
branch, continuing to perform in sub
stance the same duties as heretofore
and his deputy, Miller, becomes assist
4nt superintendent.
The stock yards postoffice and the
other South Omaha sub-office- become
stations directly attached to the Omaha
postoffice.
Tho South Omaha branch will retain
Its distinctive name and postmark and
U the various activities it now has.
The rating of the Omaha postoffice will
be credited with an addition of about
(175,000 of annual gross receipts and tho
"omplement of carriers and clerks will
be proportionally enlarged.
Economies In tho operation of tho com
bined office will permit of gradually Im
proved service to the patrons of the South
Omaha t territory by better arrangement
of carriers' districts, direct transmission
of mail, extension street car collections
and In many other ways.
Samu Parcels Post Zone'.
For the coming parcels post this will
put the two cities in the same local zone,
with a very marked saving in postage on
packages exchanged between them.
When the 1-cent drop letter postage Is
inaugurated, which will not be long de
ferred. It will apply to mall between
Omaha and South Omaha, where it would
not otherwise have applied.
"I bellevo the consolidation of the
Omaha and South Omaha postofflccs la
ono of tho important steps In the forward
march of the two cities, which are now
to bo more closely linked than ever be
fore and which must grow and prosper
together," said Mr. Rosewater when noti
fied that the order hod been promulgated.
"Whether the merger of municipal gov
ernments comes at once or at a time
later, the postofflco service is, naturally,
a slnglo service, and recognition of this
fact by Postmaster General Hitchcock
entitles him to a good measure of credit,
incidentally. Postmaster Etter should
have an appreciative word for voluntarily
sinking his personal interests, the only
compensatory feature of .giving up his
commission with two years more to run
being a transfer to the classified service j
list with the tenure benefits accorded to j
men In other postoffice branches." j
Vandal Profanes
Tomb of Duchess
TURIN, Dec S. The mausoleum of tho
house of Savoy, In the Suprga, the royal
burial church, has been broken into and
the tomb of the dowagor duchess of
Genoa profaned. The dowager duchess
was the mother of Queen Margherlta and
the grandmother of King Victor Em
manuel. She died last August. It has
not been ascertained whether the motive
it the vandals wan robbery.
The Weather.
For Nebraska Fair; rising tempera
ture. for Iowa Fair.
Temperature nt Umnlin Vesteriluy.
Hour. Deg.
& a. m IS .
6 a. m 14 1
7 a. m is .
8 a. m., ,,,.(..,,,. io
9 a. m t
10 a. m 8
11 a. m ,. 9
13 m 10
1 P. m 12 ,
2 p. m 13
3 p. m,.' is
4 p. m is
6 p. m 16
6 P- m it '
P. m H i
Comparative Local Record.
1912. 1911. 1)10. 1909.
Highest yesterday 15 to 26 3
Lowest yesterday ....... 7 39 15 5
Mean temperature 11 44 01
Precipitation T T T .00
Temperature and preclpttaion depar-!
fires from normal. I
Normal temperature 30
Deficiency for the day 19
Total excess tlnee March 1 491
N'ormal precipitation 03 Inch
I teflriency for the day 03 Inch
I'iiIhI rainfall since March 1. .. .24.89 Inches
Deflrleny since March 1 3.03 Inches
Ucfkiewy for cor period, 1911 15.28 Inches
Deficiency for cor period. 1910.14.40 inches
L. A. WkLSH, Local Irecaster.
Deal for Culm Pile
Called Off by May
Without Explaining
WASHINGTON-. Deo. S.-Wlth not more
than one-fourth of the senators, present
most of tha time, additional witnesses In
regard to the Katydid culm bank del
were heard yesterday by the senate, sit
ting as a court of Impeachment In the trial
of Judge Itobert W. Archbald of the
commerce court. The deal, In which Ed
ward J. Williams and Judge Archbald
wero Interested, to buy tho Katydid bank
from tho Hillside Coal and Iron com
pany, a subsidiary of the Eri railroad,
furnishes tho haMs for tho principal
charges against tho Judge.
The deposition' of Williams, given
months ago. to an agent of the Depart
ment of Justice, was read to contradict
testimony In regard to Judge Archibald's
part in the deal, na told to the senate
by Williams early In the week.
Ulchard Bradley of Scranton, Pa an
other prospective buyer, told of offering
J20.030 for tho option nnd of W. A. May.
an official of the Hillside Coal and Iror.
company, sending him a form of a con
tract Just beforo the investigation of
Judge Archbald'n conduct became public.
The witness was questioned closely by
Representative Clayton as to the reasons
which May gave for recalling the con
tract a day or two later. The letter was
produced In which May wrote to Brad
ley that "because of complications
brought to your attention yesterday" he
called off the sale. Bradley sworo that
May never gave him any reasons for
ending negotiations and that ho was
unable to explain the phrase.
At $20,000, Bradley testified, he expected
to make "a little money" out of the culm
pile. He said he did not know Williams
and Archbald were only paying $3,000
for tho property.
Russian Grand Duke
Puts Wife and Child
Above Czar's Throne
ST. PETERSBURG, Dec. 8. Emperor
Nicholas and the members of tho Im
perial family are greatly upset by tho
determination of tho emperor's only
brother, Grand Duke Michel Androvltch,
definitely to renounce his rights of sue
cession to tho throno. The morganatlo
marriage contracted In 1910 by the grand
duke with the divorced wife of a brother
officer was recently blessed by tho birth
of a son. This event prompted Grand
Duke Michel's decision.
Ho wishes to retire to the private life
of a country gentleman, assuming the
title of count in order to enjoy domestic
bliss far from the atmosphero of fho
court, for which he never had any pre
dilection. Tho emperor Is opposed to this step,
all tho more because of; the recent Ill
ness of his only son, Crown Prince Alexis,
which has. revived fears for the succes
sion. .
The eon of tho" late" arandT Dnjto
Vladimir,- who would become the, next
candidates for the throne, unhappily share
their father's Intense unpopularity. .All
classes of well-lnformed'Busslans, Indeed,
regard "the possibility of their ascending
the throne as disastrous for tho dynasty.
The Dowager Empress Marie Is so In
censed at the action of Grand Duko
Michel that she announces that she will
not return to Russia unless he changes
his mind. Such a change would involve
dissolution of the morganatlo marriage.
Three Millions-in
Christmas Presents
CHICAOO, Dec. 8. Employes of big
establishments in Chicago are to reap
a bigger harvest during tho coming yule
tide Beacon than has been the caso
within tho memory of the oldest head.
according to announcements which have
been made.
More than $3,000,000 Is to be distributed
in various forms to workers In banks,
big Stores, manufacturing plants and
other industries. The Bplrlt of generosity
Is said to have- been "strengthened by a
year of trade well above the normal,
In addition to several manufacturing
plants which make an annual practice
of giving their employes a percentage of
their earnings at Christmas time, many
of the downtown banks have announced
their Intention of presenting their em
ployes with gold pieces of from $5 to $20.
Many of the big stores will tfollow out
their usual plan of profit-sharing.
Canada's Plan Topic
of Hour in England
LONDON, Dec. 8. Canada's naval con
tribution has far overshadowed the east
ern war as the topic of the weelc In
Rngland. The politicians and newspapers
with very few dissenting voices welcome
the Dominion's gift for Its own sake and
as a memorable step towards consolidat
ing the empire.
Uncertainty exists as to whether the
government proposes to receive Canada's
ships as an addition to the minimum fleet
considered necessary to maintain naval
supremacy or as a part of that fleet.
Lord Charles Bcresford will ask assur
ances In the House of Commons that the
ships constitute an addition to the Eng
lish program, not part of it.
The only feature of the policy causing
uneasiness Is the Innovation of giving the
colonies a place' on the committee of
Imperial defense.
WILSON HAS OVERCOAT
TAKEN ON THE STREET
D. J. AV'llsdn, 4310 Corby street, has
discovered the meanest man In the world.
At least this Is what he told the police,
when he called them up Saturday morn
ing. Wilson was walking home about
11:30 o'clock Saturday night and when
pear tho corner of Fortieth and Corby
streets, a man approached him and told
him to throw up his hands. Wilson did
and the robber then striped Wilson of
his overcoat, place It on himself and
uisuppeart'u in wie uariiiies. iison nail i ...o gniicuu
several dollars and u valuable watch on 0,90 recommends the passage of the pend
his person, but the thief did not lako ,nK volunteers' bill ""which would not n
It The coat was a large heavy ulster I tal1 a dollar expense upon the govem-
with a fur collar and was fur lined
STIMSON PLEADS
mm cause
Scots'
ivvbndemns Those
. Cast Race Off in
Helplessness.
MANY ECONOMIES
Way by Which Army in Philippines
May, Cost Less.
FOR THE MILITIA
-AY
BILL
Advocates Passage of Bill to Reim
burse National Guard.
ARMY IN THREE DIVISIONS
IlroraiinlEfttlon Una Gone as Knr ns
Possible In This Direction With
out A 111 from Congress -Porta
Itlean Questions,
WASHINGTON, Deo. 8.-Unsparlmr
condemnation of those who would from
"misplaced sentimentality or lazy self
Interest" caBt the Filipinos upon the
world In the state of helplessness and be
foro they had acquired the full benefits
of American civilization. Is a strong fea
turo in tho annual report of Secretary of
War Henry L. Stlmson. Many other sub
jects of interest are treated In the report,
such as the relations of the National
Guard to the army, tho Improvement of
tho nrmy tactical methods, the Inade
quacy of the pretent rescrvo law, the
crying need of citizenship for the; Porto
IMcans, the conservation of the , national
water powers in navigable streams and
the advisability of amending the, Panama
canal tolls act so as to rclmposc tolls on
American coastwise Ghlpplpg leaving tho
waterway.
Dealing first with purely military sub
jects, the secretary states tho strength
of tho regular army at tho beginning of
tho present fiscal year was 82,30V an In
crease during the year of 1S9 officers and
.11
evf -. v
DSSNTIONS
7,834 enlisted men. Ho' say the' spirit of cnaries Mooro and Attorney A. b. wienie
the personnel of tho army continues to procured from County Judge Bryee Craw
improve, attrlbutablo not only to the fort a writ of habeas corpus In tho cosh
work of the service schools and the gen- of Al Wick, one of the proprietors of tho
oral staff, but to the practical oppor-
i tunltles afforded by the recent 'maneuvers
and changes in organization and-methodi.
Vnfit officers are speedily discovered un-
dor the searching tests of field conditions.
netting Hid of IJend Vi od., ,
"Ono of tho surest ways of getting rid of
the dead wood of our army Is to work It
as far as .possible, under' he appllcatory
methods of modern military training,"
tho secretary declares. In treating of the
morals Of the army. Secretary SUmson
asserts his .belief that the so-called antl-
canteen legislation has been responsible
for.much vice, a statement which he sup
ports hy a recital of the results of his
nwn InKtwtnHnn of fortv-ninn of the mo-
Wte-army bostB, where hf found1 thi i Jnlil-
tun; """l-WWK wa.stalned at the city jail by the
ill-resorts of the 4nost tfharadlei-. Thfejfe ft f&jh Til5 o'clock lost night. The
conditions he believes to be Uie Ultlmataju,, W(UJ m&lJo Mt by , poco
causes "which make, thc record of our )sfk, fcflftr-,vlck, ,. atence(1 ftt
army in this respect snamciui ooyona
that of the army of any cIvlllzedTa
tlon." Suvliiff In Philippine.
Under the head of reorganization of the
foreign garrisons the report directs at
tention to tho benefits, attending tha sub
stitution for twelve reduced strength reg
iments In the Philippines, by a garri
son of six regiments of full strength
with a resulting saving of over $1,000,000
per ybar. ' The' Immtuiato completion of
the posts at Panama and Hawaii, he
Btrongly urged as by far the most Im
portant Items off military expenditure for
the Immediate future. It Is said that the
locks and machinery at Panama already
have reached a condition of extreme vul
narablllty In case of sudden attack, yet
no greater force can be sent there than
the one regiment now on guard until
new quarters are constructed for them,
and the secretary urges that auoh works
should begin at once. On the other
hand, says the secretary, the base at
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Is of far greater
strategic Importance for the protection
of tho entire Paclflo' coast from attack
than any of the positions on that coast
now so strongly fortified. No naval
tntmy coma make a serious effective at
tack' upon nny portion of the American
Paclflo coast, unless It had first reduced
the position at Oahu, threatening its
flank. Quarters for tho men who aro
to protect the great stalls, naval ma
terial and sea coast guns from falling
Into the hands of land attackers should
bo pushed to completion as rapidly aB
possible.
Reorganising? Army.
. The tactical reorganization of the ,army
on athe basis of - three Infantry division?,
the report shows, has progressed as far as
possible without congressional asslstanco
in the way of provfdlng for large, ample
posts, and a series of conferences of' the
ganeral officers of the army 'has been
ptanned for this winter. As a result,
the time now necessary at tho outbreak
of war to organize the regular army
will be dispensed with. '
Touching tho army reserve, towards
which congress has made a start in the
present appropriation bill, the secretary
said that tho most serious defect In the
plan Is that It creates too long a period
of service with the colors. The experi
ence of the United States and that of
European nations, has shown that the
soldier can be adequately trained for his
duties In considerably leas than three
years. A shortening of the period of
training with' the colors, says the secre
tary, would greatly improve the charac
ter of the young men who will com
Into the army, and In no way diminish
the effectiveness of their training,
Mllltln Pay nlll.
A strong plea Is made for the passage
of the militia pay bill, now pending, be
cause tho lCO.OOO men now In the national
guard, eager and. ambitious to be of-service
In case of war, are practically una
vailable under present conditions. These
men. the secretary says, should' not only
be trained for war In "time of peace and
paid by the national, government, but It
most be possible, to (transfer them imme
diately Into the general military force
and not militia In time of 'war. In con.
ntctlon with the 'subject 'the secretary
(Continued on Page Two)
From tho Cleveland Plain Dealer.
HABEAS CORPUS FREES WIGK
Saloonist, Sent to Jail for Court Con
tempt, Goes to Higher Court.
CRAWFORD GIVES HIM LIBERTY
County Court UenrliiK Tuesday
Police Juilsr Snys Crawford
Issues Writ Without
Authority.
After vainly canvassing the cntlro city
for a district court Judge Saturday
Wick & Moore snloon, fined $M and
costs and sentenced to twenty-five days
In tho county. Jail by Police Magistrate
Foster for contempt of court, Saturday
! night at 9 o'clock.
' In company with Deputy Sheriff W. A.
Foster 'and Mooro, Wick's partnon.
Ritchie reached Judgo Crawford at his
' homo last night at 8 o'clock and read the
'.state mittimus filed against Wick over
tho telephone. Judge Crawford went to
his office In tho county . building and
mode out tho writ, accepting a $.100 surety
bond for- Wick's appearanco before him
next 'Tuesday morning.
Police Hold Wick.
lAllhougV ordered 'to be taken lininedl-
Atftlv.to tlli 'entlntV tAlt hv Jurlirn TVintnTV
It o'clock ahd turned over to Police Of
ficer Jo Hell.
thSicnUnty prisoners wero taken to the
county Jail early in tho afternoon. Hell
went to Captain Dempsoy and asked If
Wick should be taken to tho county Jail.
Captain Dempoey referred Officer Hell to
Chef of Detectives Stove Malonoy.
Moloney, ordered Wick held at tho city
Jail.
Foster Repents Order.
Judge Fdster culled the city Jail at C
o'clock and asked It Wick had been sent
to th county Jail. Sergeant Slgwart, who
was In charge at the pollco station at
the time, said the prisoner was still in
the care of the police. The Judgo ordered
him to remove Wick to tho county Jnll
at once. Sergeant Slgwart said he would
see that tho Judge's order was carried
out, but the prlsoner'was not turned over
to tho county authorities until late In the
evening. .
Chief Maloney said last night he had
Wick held at the city Jail until 7:15
o'clock in order that he might oxamlno
him In regard to the theft of a diamond
some days ago. The captain or the ser
geant .acting as captain alone has the
authority to say what shall be done with
the prisoners. Wick was not removed
to the county Jail, until more than an
hour after Chief Maloney left the station.
Judge Fostor offered to furnish At
torney Ritchie with a transcript if the
police court proceedings In order that he
might carry his client's case Into district
court. Ritchie refused to accept, saying
he would get a supersedeas writ on a
writ of error or a writ of habeas corpus.
Doubts Crawford's Authority.
Doubt was expressed by Judgo Foster
that Judge Crawford has the legal power
to grant a habeas corpus writ In this
specific case. Judgo Crawford said he
had the authority to issue the writ.
Wick was not confined in one cell at
th city Jail, but was given the liberty
of the cell room and enjoyed the com
pany of several of the officers. During
his two hours at the county Jail
he
chatted frely with tho deputies, oc
cupied the softest chair, enjoyed all the
liberties of the office, and was not looked
in the "bull pen" as were other county
prisoners. I
Strike of Locomotive
Engineers Ties Up
Big English System
LONDON, Dec. 8. A strike was de
clared today by the locomotive engineers
engaged on the main line, owing to a
conviction for drunkenness while off duty,
an engineer was reduced" to running a
pilot engine.
The punUhed man hae teen promised by
the management that If his future con
duct was good he would be reinstated in
Ms old position, but the locomotive en
gineer's union demanded his Immediate
reinstatement and as this wus not
granted by tho company, tho men were
called out
Three thousand of the company's en
gineers have already quit work and the
whole railroad, main line as welt as the
brunches. Is disorganized,
The Land of Plenty
t?s mr-itj zr-- j Mm 1 w v
Alsberg Appointed
to Succeed Wiley as
Pure Food Chief
WASHINGTON. Dec S. -President Taft
and Secretary of Agriculture .la inns Wil
son, ufter months of consideration, today
decided uKn thnr appointment of Dr. Cart
Alsberg, a chctijlst In tho bureau of drug
nnd plants, ns chief of the bureau of
chemistry of tho Deportment of Agri
culture-, a position thut has been vacant
sluco thq. resignation last spring of Dr.
Harvey W. Wlloy. tho famous Wender
of tho pure food law.
Dr. Alsberg litis been In the Department
of Agriculture four years. Ho was edu
cntod In Columbia university and Hruss
burg university In Germany. He engaged
In research work In Oennivny for sevorol
years, lloforo coming to Washington he
was In charge of tho department of bio
logical chemistry at Harvard university.
Tho president decided upon this ap
IHilntment only lifter careful considera
tion of claims made for other chemists.
Several times roixirts arose that ho had
decided upon a chief chemist to fill Dr.
Wiley's placo, but thoy later wero proved
erroneous. His decision to name Dr.
Alsberg was made only today,
RESCUE CHILDREN FROM FIRE
Dr,-.&. W. Todd's IdUle . Ones, Are
Dragged to Safety.
BURGLAR SCARE FORTUNATE
NelKlilior filrl, In Clilirnre While
Parents Ary tint, .Summons Aid
When She 1 1 cur Noise
nt Window.
In response to a telephone call thut
burglars woro trying to break Into the
residence of Dr. G. W. Todd. 0017 Capitol
avenue, David Klirnrlech and Som-
mors rushed Into tho houso and found
tho two small children of Dr. und Mrs.
Todd cuddled up In lied In an upstalrn
rom asleep, enveloped In a mass of
flumes. They rescued the children frem
tho burning houso beforo they woro
burned.
Tim children had been left In tha cure
of a neighbor girl 12 years of ago, whllo
their jmrents went out for the evening.
' Shortly uftor o'clock, nftor they had
! bl,"' ',ut to "''l'- t?,rl hoftrd tt n0'1"'
j neur 0,10 of "'o windows. Believing
I curG'nrs wore enueavoring to break into
tlw house she rushed downstair and tele
phoned to airs. J. P. Jensen, Dr. Todd's
mother-in-law. Mrs. Jensen telephoned
Klirnrlech and Bommnrs at their grocery
store a few blocks from the Todd resi
dence and said burglars ware breaking
Into tho house.
Armed with revolvers they hurrrted to
tho Todd residence. The girl mot them
at a door and told them tho thieves wero
upstairs. They found the bedroom afire.
Tho bed clothes wero burning, but tho
flames had not reached the children.
The flro was caused by an overheated
furnace. When the flro began breaking
through tho wall the girl thought some
one was trying to enter the house. The
resldenco was damuged to tho extent
of $200.
The Omaha fire deartment wyui called
out, but before it reached the scene
neighbors hud tho fire under control.
WILL WORK TO PREVENT THE
ABANDONMENT OF FT. CROOK
The public and military affairs com-
rmlttee of the Commercial club will en
deavor to prevent the abandonment of
Fort Crook, tho suggestion having coma
to It recently that such a thing Is pos
sible. The threatened removal from Fort
Omaha of Company A, signal corps, tho
recent removal nf two paymasters from
army headquarters and the suggestion
relatlvo to the abandonment of Fort
Crook, all In the Interest of concentra
tion, has given the Ideo to the club to
make a fight.
It Is said the situation may necessitate
a committeo of business men being sent
to Washington, if this Is done the com
mittee will name the representative.
Indian Squaws Vote
in Tribal Election
RUDDINO, C.il . Dec. . Georgo An
derson Wesley, who wim elected chief of
tho tribe of Wlntoon Indians last week,
took tho oath of office toduy "white
man fashion." He swore beforo a notary
to uphold the oustoms and laws of his
tribe, und to support the oonrtltutions of
California and the I'nlted Ktates.
In the election at which Wesley won
the. rhleftlanshlp the squuws of the tribe
were permitted to vote.
DELAY IN RE-FORMING PARTY
Republican Governors Decide Action
Now, Not Advisable.
EXECUTIVES EXCHANGE VIEWS
Any Uenernt Plan of IleorKnnlsntlou
lOxpeotrri to InroWe Reduction
of Nnuthern Representa
tion In Convention.
WASHINGTON, Dec. R. - Republican
governors from a dozen states and party
leaders In congress with whom they In
formally conferred yesterday, have agreed
thAt no definite, steps toward a reor
ganization of the republican party, and
a rc-allgnmcnt of Its wonting forces, are
advisable within a year. Opposition from
progressive republicans, whom It was de
sired to bring Into the movement and
apathy on the part of men, who have
been Identified with tho party's great
est activity havo hofped to convince the
leaders In the reorganization movement
that no concerted- plans should bo un
dertaken until late next year.
A conference planned by Governors
Hndley nf Missouri und Toner of Pentisyl
vahla and presided over by Governor
Goldsborough of Maryland, brought to
gether' here today republican executives
from states covering tho cntlro area,
where ' the progressive-republican fight
was most sovoro during the recent cam
paign. ' Tho cotuTarvneo was colled for an
"exchange of views" and nothing" fur
ther was attempted by those back of the
movement.
An -the result of tho conference, how
ever, It becamo apparent that any .gen
eral plan of reorganization will embrace
a reduction of representation from south
ern states; and an. adoption of primary
systems for the selection of delegates to
the national convention of the party.
Prior to tho conference of governor,
Goveror Hndley of Missouri had can
vassed the republican, and progressiva
forces of tho senate, to ascertain the
feeling toward proposed action to
strengthen tho party. It Is understood
that progressive senators, who still main
tain their alltanoo with the republican
party, gave little support to the proposal
for reorganization, and that many "regu
lar republicans" declared emphatically
that they believed It too early to attempt
any concerted effort toward party re
habilitation.
N'o Action Taken.
Thoso present at the conference wero:
Governors Hadley, Tener and Goldsbor
ough, Kbcrhart of Minnesota, Carroll of
Iowa, Pennewlll of Delawure. Oddle of
Nevada, Vessey of Mouth Dakota, Hpry
of Utah, Glasscock of West Virginia, Mc-
Govern of Wlsconhln, Care.y of Wyoming
and Governor-elect Haiina of North
Dakota. No formal statement was Issued
by the conference and Its participants
declared no action had been taken us to
a party convention next year, or a com
mittee to consider political conditions,
Governor Hadley made a statement
later with the explanation that he under
took to speak only for himself,- He de
clared that the defection of 4,000,000 voters
from the republican ranks In 1913, "re
quires a careful consideration" and urged
that a national convention be called be
fore Uie beginning of the next campaign
to redraft party rules so that no question
could be raised over the "representative
character" of the national republican
convention.
Governor Vessey of South Dakota, one
of thoso present. Is progressive national
committeeman for that suite and an
nounced that he would uttend the pro
gressive gathering at Chicago next week.
He remained In the conference, however,
and participated In tho discussion."" Gov
ernor Tener of Pennsylvania said tonight
that there hud been a freo exchange of
republican views and a general expression
of hop that tho republican party could
be strengthened,
European Rival of
Standard Oil Will
Make Fight in West
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Dec 8. A trug
gle for supremacy In tho gasoline In
dustry throughout tho western part oi
the United States soon will lie In progress
between tho Standard Oil company and
Its principal European rival, tho Aslatlo
Potroteum company, according to an an
nouncement mado here today.
T. P. B. Harris of London, head of the
Shell, Transport and Trading company,
one of tho many subsidiaries of the
Asiatic Petroleum company, sold he had
como from London to establish along the
Pacific coast from Ban Diego, Cal.. to
Vancouver, II. C a series of Importing
stations und that work would be begun
Monday.
THREE TOWNS TAKEN
BY GREEK SOLDIERS
WORKING
Continuance of Campaign Against
Turks Accompanied by Sucoess
in First Engagements.
SQUADRON SEEN NEAR STRAITS
Navy Accepts Challenge of Concen
tration of Turkish Warships.
MONTENEGRIN FRONT ATTACKED
No Reply Made to Violation o
Armistioc by Ottomans.
PEACE MEETING NEXT FRIDAY
Prospects of Hit tlntutir- Settlement
uf Uulknn Dlxputo Without Coni
nlloutlous Itrlichcer Than nt
Any Time PrcTlous.
ATHBN8. Dec. 8.-Tho Greek troopa
operating in Kplrus havo occupied tho
towns of Delvlna, Argyro-Cuetro and
Kanti Quaranta, about fifty miles north
west of Janlua.
The bombardment of Avlonn, on tha
Adriatic sea, which has evoked Austrian
and Italian protestM. was Insignificant,
according to official statements. All that
occurred was tho firing by tho frigato
Penclcs of a few shots at a body oC
armed Albanians gathered on tho Bhorc.
Fifteen hundred Albanians aro reporter
to have mado an attempt to capture tha
lllmara pusses by surprise. A forco oC
volunteers dispersed and pursued them.
Snntt tiinruutn Captured.
CORFU. Dec 8. The first reglmont of
the Greek army landed today at SnntI
Quaranta, on the coast of Kplrus, oppo
sltn Corfu, under the protection of tno
fleet. Tho Greek flag was hoisted. Tho
Turkish authorities submitted without:
resistance.
Tho cruiser Macedonia lias captured an
ltullan steamer embarking Albanian In
surgents and stores off Avlona and hail
brought It to Corfu.
Armistice Violated.
CKTT1NJK, Montenegro, Dec. S.-Not-wltlistaiidlng
that an armistice hns Just
been concluded, the Turks from Tura
bosoh yestertluy mado a heavy attaclc
against tho Montenegrin front. In ac
cordunco with orders, tho Montcucgrlnn
refused to return tho Turkish fire, which
did no damage,
Thn Montenegrin troops uround Tarn
bosch and Scutari havo received tho news,
of tho armlktlco with great discontent.
The army was Impatiently awaiting a
general offonslvo movement for tho cap
ture of Kcuturl.
Ailrlunople l.neks Food.
SOFIA, Dec, 8. According to rellaMo
reportH AdrlumiDlei hus ..provisions enough
to lat only fifteen a&yttf
Dr. Danetf, president of tho ehamber
of deputies, has returned from the n6go-
tuitions at B&ghtche. He expressed thn
opinion today that peace, would be ar
ranged . successfully with little diffi
culties.
LONDON, Dc. 8 Tho prospects for it
satisfactory and reasonably rapid settle
ment of tho Hulkun war and of tho
greater European Interest hanging upon
It seem brighter tonight thun at any tlmo
since the ullled armtos took the field,
against Turkey.
Tho envoys from tho Balkan kingdoms
and Greece If Grceco decides to partici
pate mid tho Ottoman empire will hold
the first meeting of the peace conferi
ence noxt Frlduy. At the same time tho
ambassador of the great powers at Lon
don, charged with the task of protecting
tho interests of their countries will meet
as a sort of court of appeals to watch.
advise and admonish the peace delegates.
Taft Offers Wilson
Chance to See Canal
WASHINGTON, Dec 8.-Prcsldent Tafti
. has written a letter to Governor Wilson
I n.h., 1 ..1 . 1.1 .1 I , .
unc-iinis iu iimcc in mi, uibjh'sui one OC
tho big battleships of tho navy to maku
a trip of Inspection to the Panama canal
some time before, Mr. Wilson Is Inaugu
rated. The president has a thorough
knowledgo of tho work of the army oC
engineers on the Isthmus himself through
personal visits to the canal zone and 14
of the opinion thnt his successor would
like to know as mucii as possible about
the great engineering' feat before ho en
ters office.
Many questions of policy concerning thi
canal may be allowed for In Mir. Wilson t
administration and Mr. Taft decided thut
It was only fair to the man who takes;
his place in the WW to Houso March 4 ta
offer him an opportunity to Inspect tho
canal and gather Information at flrwr,
hand. The letter to Mr, Wilson was!
mailed to his Bermuda address. Mo an
swer had been received at the Whita
house tonight,
FALL OF THREE STORIES
FAILS TO INJURE JENSEN
DEVIL'S LAKE, N. D.. Dec. 8,-Lars
Jensen, a laborer employed on u building
under construction here, fell from the
third floor late today when a scaffold
broke. He was burled beneath bricks and
mortar. Whllo his fellow employes wero
loudly discussing whether to call a physi
cian or to notify the coroner, a voice from
beneath the debris shouted:
"To with the doctor! Dig me out!'1
Fifteen minutes later Jensen was work
ing on another scaffold, apparently un
hurt. UNIDENTIFIED MAN TAKES
POISON AND HANGS SELF
KANrttS CITV. Dec, S.-HanginK
by a rope from a tree on the bank of
tho Missouri river, the body of an uniden
tified man was found at Kansas City,
Kan., 'today. Tho man had strapped ono
arm down to his side and had swallowed
poison beforo leaping to death. IIo was
ubout 23 years old. tall and slender, with
brown hair and bluo ees. His blue
serge suit boro the marks of a Sioux
Falls, S. D., merchant Nothing else tliat
might lead to his Identity was found.
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