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Plot Alleged to Sneak in Amend
ment Defeating Rate
Bill's Purpose.
Amendment Giving Commission
Rate-Fixing Power, Object
of Alleged, Plot.
Special to The Journal.
Chicago, May 8.A Washington spe
cial to the Chicago Tribune says:
Having succeeded in persuading the
president to accept a compromise
amendment which unquestionably pro
vides for a wider court review than
they had hoped to be able to secure,
the radical railroad senators are en
deavoring to sneak into the rate bill
an innocent-appearing amendment which
may defeat the entire purpose of legis
Thus far the campaign for this bit
of trickery has been conducted with
the utmost secrecy, but now that vot
ing on amendments actually has begun,
the railroad senators are preparing their
forces to rush the amendment thru with
out adequate consideration.
Plan Big Hole.
They have been urged in this direc
tion by certain well-known railroad
1 lawyers who believe that with this
amendment they can drive a four-horse
team thru the law whenever they see
fit. Several of the administration sen
ators have been given a tip to look out
trick amendment
andn theconteme
bee told exactly what is i
In the Hepburn bill as it came from
the house, under section 4, the old sec
tion 15 of the interstate commerce act
is amended so as to provide for the
commission fixing rates when it finds
the old rate to be unreasonable.
"In It Judgment."
Under the language of the house bill
the commission is given authority to
"determine and prescribe what, in its
judgment, will be a .iustrand reasonable
and fairly remunerative rate or rates,
charge or charges, to be hereafter ob
served in such cases as the maximum to
fee charged."
It will be observed that in drawing
this Bection framers of the house bill
were particular to authorize the com-foreigners
mission to prescribe a rate which, "in
its judgment," would be a reasonable
one and fairly remunerative. This lan
guage, in its judgment,'' was used in
tentionally. It effect is to protect the
action of the commission from arbi
trary interference by courts.
Would Out Out Phrase.
The commission would not exceed its
authority under the act, even if it
made a rate which was confiscatory,
because it would act "in its judg
ment and the court in reviewing the
case would have to determine not
whether the commission had exceeded
its authority, but whether the rate real
ly was just and reasonable.
The amendment the railroad senators
now are seeking to add to the bill is to
cut' out the words, in its judgment.
The result of this would be that the law
would authorize the commission to de
termine a just and reasonable and fairly
remunerative rate to be thereafter
Charged as the maximum.
Subsequently, if upon review by the
court it could be shown that this rate
fixed by the commission was not the
correct one to a fraction of a cent, the
court would be obliged to upset it. It
would take away all the latitude from
the commission and it would have abso
lutely no discretion in fixing rates.
Prepare Tricky Move.
With the words "in its judgment"
eliminated, the courts would have the
right to assume that there is one and
only one reasonably remunerative rate,
and that- unless the commission fixed
up the exact figure it exceeded its au
thority and would have to begin pro
ceedings over again. For this purpose
the railroad senators are anxious to
eliminate these words and they have
prepared an amendment to that effect.
It does not cut out the words "in
its judgment." directly, but they are
eliminated thru the trick of substituting
an entirely new paragraph, the hope be
ing that the significant omission would
not be noticed or would be misunder
stood until it was too late to correct it.
Omaha, May 8.Judge Munger the
TTnited States court today appointed W.
H. Ferguson as receiver for the plant of
the Standard Beet Sugar company, at
Leavitt, Dodge county, Neb. This is
one of the largest plants of the kind in
the west, having cost $1,277,000 to build
and having a daily capacity of 1,100
tons of beets and .270,000 pounds of
sugar. I is bonded for over half a mil
lion dollars.
Failure of the beet crop to properly
ripen last year is given as the cause of
the trouble.
Philadelphia, May 8.John Devere,
police lieutenant of the First police dis
trict of this city, was shot and probably
fatally wounded today by Edward Nich
ols, a policeman under his command.
The shooting occurred in the corridor of
the city hall.
Nichols was under suspension for
fighting on the street in uniform. Lieu
tenant Devere had gone to the city hall
to attend a meeting. He was called
into the corridor by Nichols, who with
out warning shot his superior officer.
TO $8.35 A TON
"Wise Guys' Undoing in Drop
of 40 Cents a Ton \r
in Minneapolis.
The "wise guy" who has bought his
next winter's supply of coal at $8.75 a
ton has handed himself a lemon for
once. Hard coal at $8.35 a ton was an
nounced today by the F. L. Jackson
Coal company and the Northwestern
Fuel companv. This is a reduction of
40 cents from the prevailing price, and
puts coal back on the 1905 schedule.
The reduction is due to the finalr agree
ment of miners and operators yester
day, and orders reducing the price of
coal in the east.
Anthracite will now advance at 10 a
month until it reaches the regular win
ter price of $8.75 a ton. Had the strike
been settled in April the price of coal
would have' dropped 50 cents, but the
first" monthly advance was set for May
1, so that the reduction to the con
sumer is onlv 40 cent.
The reduction in the price of coal is
expected to stir up the market imme
diately, and to result in heavy sales.
The weather of the week is so sug
gestive of winter that it is expected to
have a stimulating effect on the market.
Aside from the now discomfited wise
ones, hundreds of people have been
stinting themselves in the use of coal,
because they hated to buy any more at
the high price.
The Lehigh Valley Railroad company
announced a reduction of 40 cents a toil'
in all except steam sizes of hard coal,
yesterday. The Reading company is
expected to follow, altho no directions
had been received at the Minneapolis
office by noon today.
American Consul at Hankau,
China, Advises State De
partment of Disaster.
Washington, May 8.The state de
partment today received the' following
cablegram from the American consul
at Harikau, China:
"Immense flood in Hu-Nan province.
Great loss of life and property. All
Deputies Fire on Riotous Colorado
Miners, Killing One and
Wounding Two.
Pueblo, Col., May 8.Deputy sheriffs
today fired into a crowd of riotous
strikers at the Pueblo smelter. Mike
Merino, an Italian, was killed and two
other strikers were seriously wounded.
Two deputies were previously badly
beaten in an effort to disarm the strik
ers. Deputies are still on guard at the
smelter, but no further trouble is ex
The trouble arose over the inaugura
tion of an eight-hour day. The -men
demanded the same pay for eight hours
as was'formerly paid for ten hours.
Strikers gathered at the plant and
endeavored to keep strike-breakers
from entering. Several fights were in
progress when the sheriff and his depu
ties arrived. There were many women
in the crowd arid when the sheriff
ordered it to disperse, the women at
tacked them and someone fired a shot.
Immediately the deputies fired a vol
ley, killing one man and wounding two
others. The strikers at once scattered.
Tremblor Snakes Northwestern
Section of Easthampton,
Battling Dishes.
Easthampton, Conn., May 8.Several
families along North High street in the
northwestern section of this town felt
a slight tremble of the earth today, the
"shock" lasting about a second.
This section of the town is located
on a ridge and at different times per
sons having been thereabouts have
noticed a quiver of the ground.
The cause, of the disturbance is not
A few dishes are reported to have
rattled in one of the houses, but there
was no damage.
Journal Special Service.
Lexington, Ky., May 8.L. L. Temple, a
Texarkana, Texas, lumberman, bought a fine
pair -of harness horses here to be presented to
Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy of Concord, N. H.,
head of the Christian Science church. The
horses are known as Tattersall and Eckersall.
They have never been defeated In the show ring.
The prjee paid was $6,000.
Special to The Journal.
Menominee, Mich., May 8.Hans Anderson,
watchman at the Sawyer-Goodman logging
camp at Marek, was killed last night by a
Wisconsin & Michigan road passenger'train.
New York, May ,8.Arrived: Kroonlahd, from
& Eulogist of Standard Oil Leader and As
5 sailant of President. A
Chancellor Day of Syracuse Uni
versity Talks of Anarchism
and Roosevelt.
Journal Special Service.
Syracuse, N. Y., May 8.Chancellor
Janies R. Day qf Syracuse university
has issued a statement violently attack
ing President Roosevelt for his recent
utterances against the Standard Oil
trust, and, incidentally, berating W. R.
Hearst, the press, Thomas W. Lawson,
the magazine "muck-rakers," Wall
street, congress and the public general
The chancellor's warm proclamation
will naturally be ranked with his ad
dress in which he eulogized John D.
Archbold of the Standord Oil company,
patron of Syracuse university and heat
edly declared the term "tainted
money" all "tommyrot."
In his latest statement the chancellor
The amazing blunder is in the chief
executive of this great nation attacking
the business interests, judges and per
sons, in proclamations to congress and
in interviews for the daily press. It'
is so unconstitutional and in violation
of such sacred individual rights that it
cannot be continued with safety in our
Calls I Anarchism.
"There are two general forms of an
archism. ..Jhe late practices of our
**fT*r^siftoTit- a*e*'Tnore dangerous- than
tnese two forms. That is t'he form of
anarchism for which William R. Hearst
is harmless in comparison .with that
which takes on the forms of our institu
tions and laws and does unlawful, un
just and tjTannous things officially.
Hearst can do little because his cloven
foot instantly is seen whenever he
steps, but anarchism clothed with offi
cial authority is covert, deceptive and
perilous in the extreme. The press
and people, who applaud it in the offi
cial form, shudder at it as Hearstism.
"The president of the United States
has positively no right, constitutionally
or morally, to attack corporate business
or private business by name, or courts
or judges who decide cases in opposition
to his Views. There are regularly con-
Continued on 2d Page, 4th Column.
|joe Cannon Horner,sSat
rigqa Tout$mr
Prisoner, Being iExamined for
Murder, Kills Procurator
General with Teeth.
Constantinople May' 8.' JSIedjim
Edin Bey,-procurator general of the vil
lage of Tripoli, North Africa, has been
murdered in a highly sensational man
ner by Ali Shamel Pasha, former mili
tary governor of
According to reports received here,
Ali Shamel, who is a K'burdish chieftain
and who recently was exiled to Tripoli
on the charge of being concerned in the
murder of Redvan Pasha of Constan
tinople, was undergoing an examination
when he suddenly rushed upon the pro
curator general, fixed his teeth in his
throat and held on, like a bulldog until
his victim was throttled to death.
Hoboken Citizens Attack Man
Who Drags "Stars and
Stripes" in Dust.
New York, May 8.An unknown man
who walked down the main street of
Hoboken kicking an American flag along
in the dirt was mobbed by indignant
citizens, clubbed by a policeman, sen
tenced by a court and put to work
breaking stones in a penitentiary before
the day was over.
The man refused to disclose his iden
tity when questioned by the court, but
said he was the "king of bums" and
came from "nowhere."
When Recorder Stanton read a lecture
to him in court for abusing the flag he
interrupted, declaring "That is all it
is good for.
The recorder imposed a sentence of
six months.
Plot to Slay President Caceres
Fire ofi Guards.
San Domingo, Republic of Santo Do
mingo, via Haiti, May 8.It became
known today that the authorities on
Sunday, Mav 6, discovered a plot to as
.sassinate President Caceres as he was
leaving the theater. Several arrests
have been made.
Shots were exchanged last night near
this city between rural guards and sun
posed revolutionists. The city and its
surroundings are calm this morning.
Philadelphia, May S.The new cruiser, St.
Louis, gailed today for Boston for an official
trial trip. The St. Louis on the preliminary
trial attained more than 22 knots an hour.
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in the corner, Eating his birthday cake. He stuck in his thumb, And pulled^
|out a plum, and saidWell, wouldn't that surprise you? I thought it *t.:~*
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Who Represent* the Interstate Com- 3
merce Commission in Minnesot a S
Hearing. 1
Puts Conditions in Minnesota Up
to State CommissionNot
in His Jurisdiction.
For yesterday's late proceedings in rate
hearing see page 5.
Hastings held the board today in the
interstate commerce commission hear
ing at St. Paul. The merchants of that
city presented their complaint against
the present schedule of coal, grain and
live stock rates to Commissoner Prouty.
The coal-rate complaint is evidently
useless, as far as the interstate com
m^sion is concerned. The same case is
before the state commission, based on
rates from Duluth to Hastings. To
bring it before the federal commission
as interstate business Superior was
named as the shipping point.
Commissioner Prouty said: "The
wrong in this case, if there is one,
seems to lie in an excessive rate from
Duluth to Hastings and other points.
Your hard coal rate from Duluth to the
twin cities $1.25, and to Hastings it
is $1.75, or 50 cents more for the extra
twenty miles. I cannot understand why
you gentlemen in Minnesota permit such
a condition."
There was no response till Thomas
Yapp, statistician for the state com
mission, explained that the case was
now pending before the state commis
sioner to determine whether the long
and short-haul was being violate
ings. The question is whether the coal
to Afton is hauled by way of Stillwater
or Hastings.
I don't see what difference that
makes,'' said Judge Prouty. It may
make a difference under your state law,
but none for the purposes of this case.
Under decisions of the United States su
preme court conditions may warrant
suspension of the long and short-haul
clause. The question is whether the rate
to Hascings and the rate to Afton are
joint rate. The Duluth-Minneapohs
excessive, but that is the only point in
this case."
Later George S. Loftus testified that
when he was chief clerk of the St. Paul
& Duluth freight department, they only
collected 80 cents on hard coal shipped
Continued on 2d Page, 4th Column.
On Eve of First Parliament's Meeting
Soldiers Drive Delegates
to Streets.
Workmen Sent intoExile and Maddened
People See Plot to Dissolve
Kieff, Russia, May 8.General Count Alexis Pavolich Ignatlefl, for-
merly governor of Kieff, was assassinated here today.
Count Ignatieff was, with General Trepoff, the instigator of the con-
spiracy induce Emperor Nichols to withdraw the parliamentary reforms
and return to the old path of absolutism.
He was one of two sons of the famous first Count Ignatieff, who, from
a common soldier in the Imperial Guard, rose to he president of the com-
mittee of ministers, governor general of St. Petersburg and founder of one
of the richest families of Russia.
St. Petersburg, May 8.The danger
of an early conflict between the govern
ment and parliament has been greatly
The good impression produced by the
official intimation of the new premier
that the emperor and the government
were sincerely desirous of working in
harmony with parliament, which was
accepted in good faith by the leaders
of the constitutional democrats, en
abling them to counsel moderation, has
largely been dissipated and in its place
the old feeling of mistrust has.been re
Dumbfounds Liberals.
The liberals are utterly dumbfounded,
in view of the semi-official assurances
on the subiect, by the unexpected pro
mulgation late last night of the obnox
ious fundamental law in a slightly modi-
Former Pugilist Talks Politics
and Prize Fighting to Min
nesota'& Chief Executive.
John L. Sullivan of mighty fame as the hall where Count Vevden, a marshal
a past grand prizefighter, called at the
was escorted the statehous and in
troduced to Governor John A. Johnson
by St. Paul's political king, "Dick"
O'Connor, an old friend of Sullivan.
After calling on the governor, John paid
his respects to Edward T. Young, attor
ney general, and T. D. O'Brien, insur
ance commissioner.
St. Paul's boss was attired immacu
lately, and the old pugilist was a good
second. The pugilist wore a tall opera
hat, 'frock coat and striped trousers.
There was no trouble about distinguish
ing the stripes. He also wore a light
waistcoat, which was large and conspic
John was on his best behavior, and
when introduced by O'Connor to his
excellency, Governor Johnson, he bowed
like a minstrel and grasped the lily
white hand of the governor in a vice
like grip of cordiality. The gentlemen
then went into the governor's private
office, where John was soon made to
feel perfectly at home, so much so that
he was soon doing all the talking tell
ing tales of the days in which he was
champeen.'' "Say. governor, this here capitol has
got 'em all skinned. It's the real mar
ble, the genuine swell goods," burst
out the pugilist in answer to a question
by the governor. Then the conversa
tion turned to national politics. ''Say,
that feller Teddy Eoosevelt is all
right," said Sullivan. I remember at
that Maher and Choynski fight in New
York, when Maher found a landing on
Choynski's chin. Choynski went down
and out, but he didn't care. He didn't
know anything about it till a long time
after. Well, in jumps some fresh cops
and lays their flippers on Maher. Eoose
velt was there, however, and in the ring
as .quick a sthe coppers. Say, what 're
you guys doing?' says Eoosevelt, 'take
yer hands off there. This here's my
funeral and not yours.' And you bet
the cops didn't do any pinchin' after
that. Teddy's all right, and he always
"Say, man," said Sullivan, in reply
to a question from Frank Day, "if I
were 23 or 24 now, Jeffries just
wouldn't be in it there'd be nothin' to
it at all."
Peace Parley of Boni and Count
ess Anna EndsParting
Comes Soon.
capitol in St.tPaul late yesterday. He- liament for St. Petersburg, was presid
ing, and ordered the meeting to dis
perse, under instructions from the chief
of police.
Draw TJp Protest.
In spite of vigorous protests that the
meeting was entirely legal under the
regulations governing the *ciety the
police captain who was in charge of the
police and troops was inexorable, and
the members of parliament were com
pelled to yield to force, and left the
hall after drawing up a formal protest,
which was signed by twenty-eight mem
bers of parliament.
M. Eoditcheff, a member of parlia
ment for St. Petersburg, hurried after
midnight to the hall where the consti
tutional^ democrats were holding their
convention, and announced to the mem
bers there assembled the action taken
by the police.
Sent into Exile.
Paris, May 8.The conclusion of the
elections permitted the Castellane case
to be taken up today for final inquiries
as to the possibility of a reconciliation
between the countess (formerly Anna
Gould) and Count Boni. This was con
sidered a formality, as the parties are
not disposed to become reconciled.
After the present proceedings the
countess' revised bill will be filed and
the papers served. The lawyers expect
that in future the proceedings will
move briskly and that the final decree
will be rendered without-a contest.
Cincinnati, May 8.J)r. W. H. Crane dropped
dead while attending a meeting of the College
of Medicine here last night. Apoplexy. It Is
said, was the cause. Dr. Crane was city bac
terologlst, and a prominent young physician.
"Quebec, May 8.While five men were cross
ing the Montmorency rlrer aboye the falls In a
fclb&af, on* of them became frightened and leaped
S.out, npoetttag the boat. ttfcfiagfedfe wim
MaHas&m^ tort &- otbtn mffi*
In 'J:
fied form. At one stroke it put an end
to the claim which the* new cabinet
tried to foster, namely, that the down
fall of the Witte cabinet was due to
imperial disapproval of the original
draft of the law.
An article in the law not mentioned
in last night's dispatches exempting
crown lands from taxation and another
reassuring the power of amnesty for
political prisoners to the emperor, run
counter to the already expressed will of
the majority, and are bound to produce
a clash.
,Czar Holds All Power.
The only commendable new feature of
the fundamental law is a provision to
the effect that imperial orders must be
countersigned by the president of the
council of ministers or the membeT of
the cabinet whose department is af
But so long as the cabinet is not re
sponsible to parliament, it is easy for
the emperor to dismiss an unwilling
minister and replace him by one who
will do his bidding.
Police Disperse Meetings.
The indignation- aroused by the em
peror's attempt to build an artificial
dyke around the prerogatives of the
crown, has been intensified by the
astounding action of the police in dis
pelling a meeting of some members of
the lower house of parliament, and of
the upper house or new eouncil of the
empire at the hall of the economical
Without any warning the building
was surrounded by the Ismailovsky
I guard regiment, and a detachment of
the nobility and a member of par-
An indescribable scene of fury fol
lowed, after which Eoditcheff, in an im
pressive speech which was cheered to
the echo, declared that the govern
ment 's appeal for confidence bad again
been false, and that the people most
rely upon themselves.
I was decided that one of the first
things after the assembling of parlia
ment shall be a demand for the dis
missal of the chief of police.
As if these incidents were not suffi
cient to excite .the members of parlia
ment, the local authorities, with a fatu
ous genius lor blundering, inflamed the
working classes yesterday. Without
warning they ordered many of the lead
ers of thecworkmen to leave the city.
They were hot even given time to re
move their families. i
Strike to En Parliament.
The matter was brought to the atten
tion of a meeting of peasant workmen
members of parliament, who denounced
it as an attempt on the part of the
government to bring about a strike on
the eve of the assembling of parlia
ment for the ^purpose of provoking a
struggle, and under covej of the dis
order to dissolve parliament.
Nevertheless the meeting appealed to
the workmen at this critical (juncture to
do nothing rash and to trust in parlia
ment to fight for liberty against repres- I
This meeting also appointed a "Scan
dal committee" to collect evidence of
violations of rights of members of par
liament, two of whom, one a priest,
have been searched sin.ee the arrival I
in St. Petersburg, and also to investi
gate the conspiracy on the part of the
authorities to induce members of parlia
ment to lodge in government build
Pledged to Autocracy.
A mass meeting of "Black Hun
dreds," held yesterday under the presi
dency of M. Dubrovm,- poured oil on
the flames by exaction of an oath from \$
all present to the effect that if parlia- .4?
ment is found to consist of "traitors"
they will offer their lives to protect the,"^
No better evidence of the feverish J
haste of the government to strengthen ryg
its defenses at all points before thej||j
assembling of parliament could be given 4||
than the fact that twelve columns of/^
the Official Messenger today are d-^
voted to ukases and orders.
The emperor has yielded to the de
mand of the Bussian people of the Bal
tic provinces and'Poland, where no elec
tions have been held, by granting two
seats in parliament to each. They wilj
be selected from the purely Bussian in
Thirteen members are also assigned
to central Asia, Samarkand, Bussian
Turkestan and Syr-Darya, Asiatic Bus-''
sia. with the restriction that they elect
one Cossack six are for the Ussuri,
South Siberia, and Trans-Balkalian
provinces and. one for Yakutsk, East I
Siberia. #',W .T

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