He Crossed a Railroad Track in Japan
and Great was the Commotion.
The true story of how Congressman
Mercer, of Omaha, caught the train at
Tokio, Japan, last summer has never
been told. It is this, says the Washing
In the first place there is a law in
Japan against crossing a railway track.
If the train you want is on the other side
of the platform you cross a viaduct
which lands you on another platform
next to your train. To cross the track,
a la American, is not only unlawful but
sacrilege, in the eyes of the Japanese
To see a man swing himself upon a mov
ing irain stamps hin) with a tendency to
Mercer had been delayed in making
change to pay fare for himself and party
to the next station, fifty miles distant
and the ladies had crossed the viaduct
Juki as the Ne
braskan came running out of the wait
ing room the train waa pulling out. In
Japan the trains always
and taken their seats.
than when they arc
when they »(art
under full headway,
dismay of the crowd of Japs on the
Mercer made a dash for It,
To the religious
right across the Intervening track, and
landed on the platform of the departing
train with a graceful bound.
In a moment panic and pandemonium
were rampart among the crowd of offi
cials and onlookers, and seme say the
Imperial Guard of Japan as well as
regiment 'of sharpshooters were called
duced by Mercer's daring feat was as
as if the Chinese had thrown a
At all events the excitement pro
of tiralleurs into the Hunk of
Mercer saw that there
with a red (lag
was violent signaling
from the engine cab, and answering sig
Ith red tings by the switchman
And then the train slowly came
lie was vaguely conseioii'
to a stop,
that all the confusion and excltemcn
about him, hut blissfully ignorai)
of the cause of the great sensation he
He bad never studied
municipal laws of the city, and the grav
tv of his offense never occurred to him
revise)' statutes of Japan and the
As soon as he stepped down to the
ground lie was immediately encircled by
a cordon of soldiers, police und train,
officials, all gesticulating and jlbbering
in one grand symphony of protestation.
It looked blue for Mercer,
say hr told them in English that lie was
a member of the Fifty-third Congress
of the United States and his person was
Hr denies this. Hut fortunately
at this critical juncture an
elbowed hit way through, and called out
"Stranger, you're all right. Keep a
•tiff upper lip,"
"What the devil it it about?" asked
"You crossed the railroad track, and
that's against the law," said tlie Ameri
"Oh, is that the cause of all this ex
citement?" said Mercer; "I thought 1
had committed lese maspeste or was sus
pected of wanting to hold up a train.,'
The Japs kept crowding around, and
Mercer began to edge up against a coach
to protect his hack.
"Don't let 'em touch you," shouted the
American; they have no law for that."
"I'll lay out the first man that puts a
finger on me, if I get shot for it," said
Mercer. "By the great born spoon! there
goes the train, and my wife's aboard."
"That's an old trick of theirs," said the
other, "but you can telegraph her to
wait for you at the next station."
Myrcer saw the train disappear, and
aftrr a short delay the American brought
in an interpreter, and in five minutes the
difficulty was in course of adjustment.
The Japs by this time had recovered
their politeness, and were making bows
on every side to show they were sorry
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for what happened, and in a short time
the station agent, or whatever the man's
position was, brought out tea and cake
to the offended Congressman to show
that they harbored no ill feeling,
cer telegraphed his wife at the next sta
tion to wait for him, and took the next
train to meet her. She was there but
the telegjam had not reached her. How
ever, the operator had received it.
pulled it out of his vest pocket and
handed it to the Congressman with
"That's all right," said Mercer; "just
the way we do it in the United States.
You people are rapidly becoming Amer
The Kansas Asylum for the Jnsane
gave a masquerade ball to the unfortun
ate inmates, which was a success and
occasioned much amusement. When
«verany boisterous conduct was indulged
in the patient was quietly removed.
\'o two insane people were allowed to
dance together, and good order was ob
George P. Kelso, of New York,
husband of Mrs. Edith Kelso, who Iasi
Thursday killed her two children and
attempted to commit suicide has secured
the services of Prof. Carlos McDonald
and Prof. Allen Hamilton, who wil
examine Mrs. Kelso as to her nienta
The probabilities are that the Cuban
question and the tariff bill, as affected by
the silver substitute, will divide the
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greater part of the time of the Senate
during the present week. 1 here will be
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an effort bv Senator Dubois, chairman
of the committee on publie lands, to se
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cure unanimous consent to lay lhe Lu
ban resolution aside to permit the con
sidération of the bill extending the limit
ation of the time in which suits may he
brought to secure the restoration of
certain granted lands to the govern
ment. The present limitation expires in
March, and the president has, by special
message to Congress, asked for immedl
ate action. This bill is one which will
The ferry steamers Promise and For
tune reached Detroit wiih the disabled
car ferry Shenango No. 2, which thfl
had taken from her perilous position in
the Lake Erie ice fields. The crew re
port the Ice in Lake Erie very heavVi
and the task of towing the big Jar ferry
through the Ice was slow and tcdiou J
The round trip from Detroit occupied
five days, although the distance
only seventy miles.
excite some debate, but it is probable an
amicable arrangement will be made for
its consideration some time
On March ist and id the Rio Grande
Western will make a rate or $3.25 from
Salt Lake City to Spanish Fork and
turn on account of the annual Eisteddfod
ot the Cambrian society at that point,
Tic kets will be good until March 6th.
Kate of one single fare for the round
t'.\('l'HNtOX TO MIMNIN1I hOKK
tin Hin (li-Riiilr Western Hallway.
trip from all other points.
«iinViTim In fieitoun.
Constantinople, Feb. 24.—The consuls |
of the powers who negotiated peace at
/Celtoum report the most terrible dis- I
tress and illness there. There are 8,noo
refugees in the town and almost r.o bed |
ding or clothing,
cold and starvation.
Many are dying of
here have opened funds for their relief,
A Precautionary Measure.
Arizona Pete—Why is it. Parson, vou
always have that blamed fool of a
LeatherfieldSykes to take up the church
subscriptions and collections?"
The Rev. Mr. Strvkus (of Gory Gulch)
— Because, brother, It occupies Ills time
usefully. When he is passing the hat
he can't talk through it.—Chicago Trib
DECLINED TO BE DISARMED
Free Silver Senators Carry a
first .anthentlr Mlateuieut of the
ir Voting Againxl the Kee
olutinn to Reeoininit the Tariff Bill
Appropriation»« Proponed for Halt
l.iskr and Oaden Publie Building*
Washington, I). C., Feb. 21, 1896.
I Senator Carter's motion to-day to re
! consider the vote on the tariff bill was
I no surprise; neither was his notice that
I he had special reasons for his action,
I that he would explain,
j In speaking of the free silver Sen
I ator's course on the vote in the seriate
I on Thursday evening, Senator Carter
says the vote was precipitated without
notice pending a consultation among
the Republican silver men, looking to
united action on the revenue bill. The
motion to take the bill up being in viola
tion of an implied understanding, could
not under the circumstances but meet
with their prompt opposition. Senators
Teller, Dubois, Mantle and Carter, who
against taking the revenue bill up, have
been hopeful of securing support for an
ncrease of the duties on wool and the
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perfection of the provisions of the Me
Kinley law calculated to prevent fraud
I J r
I ulent classification and consequent eva
hion of the law itself ' Under lhe •J rstem
of classification provided in the house
b ' M - U ,s claimed that the Protection
afforded w ° o1 would no1 exceed 3 cents
P er P ound ; at the «me .time a 15 per
cent '»crease over existing duties is
U ivcn b . v the bi " to '"-ticles nianufac
tured out of wool in w hole or in part
This increa * e il is believed «'ould give
the woolen manufacturer« all the duty
,be y nee<1 - 8lul therefore, result in caus
ing their senators and representatives to
deprecate reopening the wool schedules
1 11 lbe future- Therefore, entirely inde
pendent of the silver question, the sena
I lors namcd arc ^satisfied with lhe pro
vU,onB r,:lnt,n B to wool and the provi
sions relating to lead are likewise unsat
sfaclorv - The - V do ,,ot feel disposed to
K ive - thc ea8tern manufacturers all they
desire in consideration of a bare pittance
f ° r the Western peo P ,e ' which wou,d not
be adequate protection and would only
nvolTe slow death for the w ° o1 and ,ead
Senator Brown to-day introduced bills
J11 the senate providing for public builds
ings at Salt Lake and Ogden. The bill
provide for appropriating $500,000 for
Salt Lake and $300,000 for Ogden, and
are similar to those presented to the
house by Mr. Cannon when a delegate
from the Territory.
Wilson of Idaho expect to appear lo
morrow or next day before the ways
and meane committee in support of the
hill providing for sampling of lead ores.
Representatives Allen of Utah and
Senator Warren to day presented the
petition of citizens of Wyoming praying
for the passage of the service pension
protest against the adoption by the house
of the conference report on the urgency
Representative Alien today entered a
deficiency bill providing for the pay
ment of $iS,soo to Director-General
Davis of the World's Fair
for his report on the exposition,
Allens objection was due to the fact
that the report had never been author
ized by the board of control nor con
sldered by a standing committee of the
The conference report was,
Senator Shoup called up today and
passed his senate bill pensioning Gen
Nathan Kimball of Ogden at $100 a
Representative Allen has arranged for
meeting of the committee on invalid
the bill, and will use every effort to
forward its passage in the house
"A block of three weeks," says the
Graphic, "might lose us India forever.
Indeed, the man who declared that the
Cape of Good Hope would some day
be recognized as the pivot of the em
pire, may not have been without wis
Cecil Rhodes really contemplated an
independent United States of South Af
rica. Desperate at the loss of power and
of recognition here, he may carry out
these men is due to an effort to occupy
part of the range claimed by the cattle
Public feeling is very much disturbed
over this horrible find, and if even a
breath of suspicion rests on any man,
the people are very apt to act as a court,
judge and executioner. Coroner Story
and Sheriff Perkins left for the scene of
the tragedy early this morning. Full
particulars ase hard to obtain ^as yet,
owing to the long distance we are from
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