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; &V.-U t . -. r*'"V' 1. ? ' . v - ; LINES TAKEN OVER 1 l^. ': . .- By Mexican GovernmentUnK* - - der One Big Company. HOLDS MAJORITY STOCK __ $5 ' System Will Comprise More Than Ten Thousand Miles?Deal Was Financed by Prominent New. lie Y-" York Bankers. - The derails ot tee railway merger, by which the Mexican government " takes control of ail of the important lines in the republic, are now known, s-w- By the terms of \ne contract, the "government secures absolute control - " . of faie Mexican Central, the National, the International, the Inter-Oceanic and the Hidalgo and Northeastern, all of vhich will be merged into one JL great railroad system. The govern-4 ment also comes into control of the Texas-Mexican, a railroad at Laredo, Texas, which is owned by the National. The mileage of the system will, with extensions, which are rap; J. idly nearing completion, aggregate ap ~ proximately 10,000 miles. |||-; . ? The Tehauntepec National and Vera Cruz and Pacific, two other railroads rpr controlled by the government,will con|.f tinue to be operated as independent fv.y" -companies. A Mexican company, of which a ma^ jority of the stock will be held oy ^: c the Mexican government, will be or^.y ganized with headquarter in Mex^ 2co. City. The company will Issue W', its securities in exchange for the securities outstanding of the two companies ami the new company will acquire ail the physical property and government concessions held by the old companies. It Is contemplated to create a board . of twenty-one directors to be divided Into a general board which will reside in Mexico, and a focal board, with f fcead quarters in New York. The toard in Mexico will consist of twelve members and the New York board of nine. .The new company will make a limited issue of prior lien bonds at 4 1-2 per cent and general mortgage bonds (at 4 per cent, the principal and inter. ?est of the latter being guaranteed by the Mexican government. In addition to the bond issues, the company will issue first and second v preferred and common stock. It is proposed to leave an ample reserve g in cash and securities for future im> provement, development and extension of the lines of the company and tor the acquisition of additional rollIng stock and motive power. The new company will take over the holdings of the National railroad cf Mexico and the Mexican International and y Inter-Oceanic railroads, which it will ' thus eontrol, as they are at present In control, of the National. It is expected that by a reduction of the general charges, the elimination of competition, the economical routing of freight and by the increased devel 1^ ;<opment of the properties, the new - company will not only be able to meet , ' Its fixed charges, but will earn at an early date dividends on its first and second preferred stock. , The banking houses interested in the transaction are composed of the firms of Ladenburg. Thalman & Co. and Hallgarten & Co. of New York, ~ hankers of the Mexican Central railroad; Speyer & Co. of New York, hankers of the National lines, and sag-.-'' Kubn, Loeb & Co., of New York, fvVV-' v, ste "who represent the Mexican Central Security company, limited, of LonME>; don. In addition to this group some -of the largest bankers in Paris, Ber'ff. lin. Frankfort aud London are inter ?sted in theb anking syndicate, thus I*' forming a combination of extraordinary gf>: strength and international scone. : 4 7 v Episcopalians Not in It. V.~ It developed at Norfolk, Friday, ??? that the Episcopalians, as a denomina tion, have withdrawn from the proh". posed interdenominational evangelis? tic campaign to be conducted during tt: the Jamestown exposition period. - m: ROOSEVELT BOWS TO CONGRESS. " President Yields to Knock-Out Blow Given Freak Spelling. President Roosevelt will withdraw "his simplified spelling order to the public printer, and hereafter all doc. , nments of the executive departments will again be printed in the old-fashloned style. Representative Landis of the joint committee cm spelling had a confer' ence Thursday with the president, r when Mr. Roosevelt said he did not wish to have spelling overshadow matters of great importance, and expressed a willingness to revoke his order for the new spelling. / - REPRODUCTION OF "BEAUVOIR." ^ Contract for Daughters' Building at Jamestown is Let. ' The contract for the building to be erected at the Jamestown exposition . by the Daughters of the Confederacy all over the country has been awarded. The building will cost five thou sand dollars, and will be a reproduction of "Beauvoir," the home of Jef- i lfS'; _ . fersoa Davis. H -A, *" > * . ~ -. ' . - ' i . ' > POLICE WATCH PRIESTS The Catholic Prelates and Vicars In France Summoned to Court for Infraction of Ncvi Law. A Paris special says: Thursday was marked by the total absence of any of the sensational or dramatic invidents anticipated in alarmist quarters in connection with the execution of the law of separation of church and state. The parish priests everywhere celebrated mass in the presence of unusually large congregations, but the actions of the authorities were confined to nctine infractions of the law and citing the priests and vicars to appear before justices of the peace. Everywhere legal notices have been served for the evacuation of- the ecclesiastical residences, the seminaries, etc. Several of these buildings were abandoned without further ado, but a majority of the prelates, while' fully prepared to go. announced that they would not depart except under duress. The net result of the uncompromising attftude assumed by the Vatican in this conflict with the French government, seems to be that the clergy will lose its pensions, 28,300 of which have been granted and gazetted since the beginning of this year, that all aspirants to the priesthood will be compelled to perform military service, and that the taking over of the episcopal mansions, rectories, seminaries, etc., by the state department and the commons will occur immediaely instead of in December, 1907. CRIME LAID TO SON-IN-LAW. Charles Hardy Jailed for Alleged As Sd5>>iriaiiuii ui ui wi\o* Charles Hardy was arrested three miles west of Chipley, Ga... at the home of Ilenrv Kimbrough, Thursday morning, at 11 o'clock, cn the charge of murdering his father-in-law, Chas. H. Brooks, whose assassination a week ago. caused such a great sensation in that section. Brooks was shot while seated before a fire at his home, his slayer standing on the outside and firing through the window pane. The coroner's jury, which had berm investigating the case, returned a verdict Wednesday night, holding that the shot was fired by Hardy. When he learned of the verdict Hardy left Chipley hurriedly. A posse was formed soon Thursday morning and startefl in pursuit of him. and ne was captured a few hours later. The capture was me.de by Henry Kimbrough, whose wife is a first cousin of Hardy. There were rewards for Hardy's arrest aggregating $1,500, and one theory is that Kimbrough surrendered him in order that this fund could be used In defraying the expenses of the trial. This is simply conjecture,- but if it is true the situation is a most curious one. The governor offered five hundred dollars reward, which was supplemented by the people of Chipley. On account of the excited conditions at Chipley, Hardy was carried to the Troup county jail at I.aGrange, by Sheriff Hulling. Hardy was later remuvcu iu vuiumuu?. It is reported that Hardy, who is a farmer, was in sore financial straits. Mr. Brocks, his father-in-law, was well to do, possessing in the neighborhood of $100,000 worth of property. A day or, two before the killing Harry went to the county seat at Hamilton, and examined the property records. If the coroner's verdict should be substantiated the only motive that h^is been suggested for Hardv'9 deed was that by the death of his fatherin-law his (Hardy's) wife could come into possession of her share of the estate. FOR MOST GIGANTIC WARSHIP Secretary of Navy Eonaparte Submits Plans to Congress. Congress received from Secretary Bonaparte Thursday the draft of the plans of the big battleship provided for .at the last session. The plan selected by the navy department was one prepared by the CUfl.sirilt'UOii uurcau, i?icLu.j novel features. HIGH SCHOOLS OPEN TO JAPS. San Francisco Only Objects to Them In Grammar Grades. "Japanese children who have passed the grammar grades have not been, and will not be barred from the high sfchoals." This statement is made by President Altmann, of the board of education, of San Francisco. It is only in the grammar and primaiy grades that any objection is made to the presence of Japanese, and the chief objection in these grades is to grown men. ?____ ' ONLY HEARST GOT LEFT. All Other Democrats on the New York State Ticket Were Elected. j Complete and official returns of the vote cast for the state officers in every county of New York state in the recent state election show that J the entire Democratic state ticket ex- i cept its candidate for governor was re-elected. Hughes, Republican candi- j date for governor, was elected by a j plurality of 57,973. ? V V. '--V- V: ' .. - ' . | NO FREAK SPELLING Will Be Allowed in Official Government Documents. ? HOUSE GOES ON RECORD By Decisive Vote of 142 to 25 Members Put Pet Hobby of Roosevelt Under Ban?Debate Mirth Provoking. A Washington special says: The house of representatives Wednesday went on record in opposition to the new spelling as recommended by the president. By a ovte of 142 to 25 the following was adopted as a substitute to the item reported by the appropriations committee on the legislative, executive judicial appropriation bill. "No money appropriated in this act shall be used in connection with printing documents authorized by law or ordered by congress or either branch thereof unless the same shall conform to the orthography recognized and used generally in accepted dictionaries of the English language." For hours during the session the debate on simplified spelling held the attention of the house and a score or more members took part in the discussion. Representative Crumpacker of Indiana, made a point of order against the original paragraph in the bill which provided that public documents -should be spelled as Webster's or other generally accepted dictionaries spells them. Ponwi??r?t?>Hvn "Rfntrbflm nf Pi>nn. sylvania, in charge of the bill, then offered the amendment, which was adopted. During. the discussion Mr. Sullivan of Massachusetts remarked that if the president, by 'imperial ukase," couid change the spelling of 300 words of the English language ho would have the authority to change 30,000 words, or every word in our language. If this could be done, he thought j a new court language might be established by executive decree for the American empire. "We got along very well with the English language until the reign of the present president of the United States," said Mr. Sullivan. Mr. Crumpacker of Indiana said the house was not responsible for an order of the executive on the question of simplified spelling. He was of the opinion that legislation would retard progress and reform in spelling. Mr. Lacey of Iowa asked Mr. Crumpacker if the thought the public printer would have the discretion to'spell the word TrunipacKer" with a "'IV and Mr. Crumpacker replied that he thonght he would. Representative Grosvenor of Ohio wanted to know what existing law the j paragraph changed, and Insisted that there was no iaw as to spelling except as to the commonly accepted wsy. While Mr. Grosvenor was discussing the amendment, Mr. Towne of New York asked him whether the item referred to was not "on page 23, beginning with the line 23?" "Yes, I believe so," replied Mr. Grosvenor. "Then, is that not a double skidoo, and if so, does It .lot of necessity.go out?" 4'0h, that's an old story!" replied Mr. Grosvenor, amid laughter. The great confusion resulting from the government's double standard of spelling has made it necessary for the ioint committee on printing to take immedite action, and Senator Piatt anr! Representative Landis of the committee are at work on a resolution designed to strengthen the tangle at once. Even if the house and senate both pass the legislative bill, with a clause declaring for old-fashioned spelling, the measure will not become effective until the beginning of the new year and meantime there would be no well defined policy as to spelling. MRS. BIRDSONG HAS FRIENDS. Prominent Men Offer to Go On Her Bond for Any Amount. A special from Hazlehurl, Miss., says* Powerful influences are being moved to save Mrs Annie Birdsong, convicted of manslaughter, for killing Dr. Butler. Leading business men, state and county officials and members of the clergy are signing a petition to the court to grant Mrs. Birdsong bail until her appeal for a new trial is decided upon. Local business men say that they will furnish the young woman bail without leaving the courtroom even if the amount is $100,000. CONVICTED REBATERS PAY UP. Fines Aggregating $168,000 Settled by Sugar Refiners. Fines- aggregating $16S.CC0 imposed upon the American Sugar Refining company and the Brooklyn Cooperage company in connection with accepting rebates on sugar shipments, were paid in the office of United Stater; Commissioner Shields at New York Thursday. This concludes the orosecution of the sugar company. / ^ 'r. ; <? ,?.< ' .. ., .... , v INHERITANCE TAX Favored by Carnegie in Address to Civic Federation. SHARE WITH UNCLE SAM Multi-Million Iron Master Says Fortunes of Rich Men, When They Die, Should Be Returned to the Public. August Belmont's position as pres-ident of the National Civic Federait.^ ^ i? - wuii uxi ui? qutrutiun <jl ine income and inheritance tax" was explained by liim at considerable length at Thursday's session of the federation's annual meeting in New York. In his opening address Wednesday Br. Belmont touched on the same subject, and he declared that his remarks had been misinterpreted by the newspapers. "I do not believe that men, as a general proposition, can accumulate large fortunes dishonestly and Improperly. There may be isolated cases of it. The existing laws with regard to wrongdoing are complete and searchirig enough. Theso fortunes mostly conic through large corporations. That these fortunes are accumulated in an improper manner all over this country and must be reduced in a1 punitive spirit is what I meant yesterday to deny. That ?, tax on inheritance should be passed, but it should he done on a view of wise and just taxation and on some economic grounds, was all that I meant to convey." William D. G-^hrie, a lawyer of New York, who led the fight In the local courts against an income tax on constitutional grounds, was the next speaker. He held that there must, under American institutions, be equality of taxation, declaring that taxation goes hand in hand with representation. Andrew Carnegie, who followed Mr. ttnthrif* cflid that lie was in heart* accord with what had been said by the previous speaker. He thougjft it would be a great mistake for a man who wants to borrow $1,000 from his bank in a time of personal financial stress to be compelled to explain all his private business to another man, who is perhaps also a bank director. "I think an income tax would penetrate business to the core," said Mr. Carnegie. "I think this country would never regret anything so much as to impose such a tax. I differ with the president strcngly on the sub-ject of the income' tax. But I am in a peculiar position on the inheritance tax, advocating that as something like getting p. better distribution of wealth. The subject of wealth distribution will not down. Many States Get Cash. Investigation by the bureau of the census shows that in 1JI02 about onehalf of the states of the union had inheritance tax laws, which yielded to them an aggregate of- a little more than $7,000,000. This amount is believed by the census officials to have increased in the present year to fully $10,000,000 or $12,000,000. In a report based on the forth coning report on "wealth, debt and taxation," the census officials say that "at least a dozen states are materially assisting in the support of the state governments from this source of revenue." ROOSEVELT AIDED MORMONS In the Last Election, is Charge Made by Dubois in Senate. The senate Thursday listened to the second speech which has been made this session against the continuance of Reed Smoot as senr.tor from Utah. I( vras delivered by Senator Dubois of xlaiio, who after reviewing in detail the workings of the Mormon church and Mr. Smoot's prominent connection therewith, concluded with the charge that President Roosevelt has used the wc-ight of nis administration to assist the republican Mortnon vote in the last election. APPLY FOR RE-ENLISTMENT. Six Discharged Negro Soldiers Call Upon Secretary Taft. The immediate result -of the memorandum of Secretary Taft to the military secretary, signed Tuesday, outlining the procedure to be followed by enlisted men of the twenty-fifth infantry, colored, who were discharged without honor, was the visit Wednesday to the war department of six of the discharged men who applied for re-enlistment, declaring that they were innocent of all complicity in and knowledge of the affair at Browns- j ville. RUSSIAN FARMERS FOR SOUTH. v I Entering Wedge in tho Securing of White Agriculturalists Made. The Louisiana agricultural and immigration commission announces that the entering wedge in the securing of desirable white agriculturists from Europe to work Louisiana plantations has been made with thirty-five Russians. Ten of these were sent out upon truck farms, while the others were sent to railroad construction camps. j ' /rit - ':J?i%: m ! SALARY RAISE DEFEATED ! ! I ' j 1 | By Members of House by Decisive | Vote o* 188 to 106?Matter is Now Up to the Senate. j A Washington special says: Prac- j i tically every congressman was in his i I I | seat Friday when the weighty prob- j lem of voting to increase their own 1 salaries was brought up for discus- j sicn. Personally a great many of the I representatives felt that the increase j was a just and a necessary one, on j account of the increased cost of living in Wash ngton, but they were deterred | by what the folks at home might think about it, and as the statesmen felt that it was better to serve at insufficient pay than not to serve at ! all, they voted agaitst the increase. The delicate problem is now up to i the senate for its decision. Representative Livingston of Geor j gia, while not an enthusiastic supporter of the increase, called attention to the fact that the salary of $7,500 with mileage .eliminated and only the actual expenses of members in attending sessions was allowed, was practically very little more than they receive on the $5,000 basis. A letter was read from Senator Tillman of South Carolina, facetiously stating if liis salary,was not raised he would starve to death. Representative Clark of Florida said he desired to discuss the question from the standpoint of a poor man. He called attention to the fact that men are leaving the service of j the country and returning to private j life, solely because the salary which | they receive in official positions was j inadequate to maintain them. | "And they see in the future years i poverty for their children and want ; in their old age. I believe there are ; not ten men on me noor in pnvaw ' conversation will not say 'the salary !-is inadequate, the increase is right,' i but some say, 'I cannot afford to vote J for it' If the time ever comes while ; I am a member of this house, that I look upon any proposition as being right, and yet I am afraid to votg for it, I will tender my resignation, and go home." A "round of applause followed,which rather startled Mr. Clark. "For God's sake let us answer the great daily papers, who are challenging our courage, to go upon the record by our votes before all the couu| try," was his concluding appeal, i Mr. Lamar of Florida opposed the I amendment, as did Representative j Gronna of North. Dakota, Iacey of j Iowa and Webber of Ohio. Others who spoke in favor of the amendment, were Representatives Cro3venor of Ohio and Sims and Gaines of Tennessee. The amendment was defeated by & vote of ayes 106, noes 188. After disposing of the salary question the house passed the legislative, executive and judicial apropriation bill. " ^' J WILL COURTMART1AL OFFICERS. Charged With Negligence at Time of Brownsville Outbreak. ; On the recommendation cf the gen| eral staff, the secretary of war has orj dered the trial by courtmartial of I Maior Charles W. Penrose and Cap ! taiu Edgar A. Macklin of .company C, j first battalion, twenty-fifth infantry, I urtder the sixty-second article of war. | | for "conduct to the prejudice of good j order and discipline," in failing in their duty in preventing and suppressing the riot at Brownsville, Texas, last August j Specifications will include among other things the charge that the two officers named failed to exercise due diligence in preventing the occurrence when condition of affairs at Brownsville made it necessary that all proper* precautions should be taken to , prpvent a clash between the negro j troops and citizens, and also that they j did not examine the rifles of the men j ! until daylight, although they learned i | of the true state of affairs by 1 or 2 I o'clock In the morning. The details as to the membership ; of the court and the place where the ' trial will be held, have been left to | the discretion of the commanding ofi fleers of the department of Texas. COTTON MON.EY EVAPORATES I ? - ? '-i. Ann AAA I House Refuses to Appropriaic ?c-j,uvv for Exports. Representative Livingston of Georgia made a forceful and strongly conj vincing speech before the house on i Thursday urging that the appropriation of $20,000 formerly paid for securing the work cf experts abroad to j push foreign trade in cotton, be re- j placed on the appropriation bill. By a strict party vote the measI ure was defeated by seven vote3, all of the republicans present voting , against the j^ill except five. KING OSCAR SERIOUSLY ILL. His Condition Causes- Considerable Alarm Among Swedish People. Considerable alarm was occasioned j the Swe'disn people Thursday by a J statement that King Oscar was seriously ill in Stockholm, that all the ! members of the royal family had as- j sembled at the palace, and the crown j prince had been summoned hurriedly j from Berlin. ,v-- V: -:v'. x i&.'M - . ;.,v: * . - - P t --M . BIFFS ROOSEVELT | ' ' ^ Smith of the L. & N. Says jS I Teddy Bullies Courts. ^ TWO INSTANCES CITED || Harrahan Speaks .on South's Progress ^ at great Banquet Held by Railroad Men in New Orleans. \ v.||| James T. Harahan, president of the ^ Illinois Central railroad, in a speech. in New Orleans Saturday night, outlined that road's policy in furthering; the south's commercial development. the occasion of the address being a . banquet tendered Mr. Harahan by thai . /*||j rtwioono Div^op'Hva TTnlnn A, ilVtt VI IVttUO M IVWVWT v vy.? . ? . notable gathering dt southern railroad men were present, Including Milton - ^ H. Smith, president of the Louisville and Nashville railroad. Mfc. was one of the speakers. , Mr. Harahan said in park "We have been handicapped by the -%1| action of the government, which has placed five ships on regular schedule between Colon md New- York city, and none between New Orleahs and Colon. Every pressure ought to be brought to bear to induce the govertt- :J^ meat .to divide the appropriations so that the gulf ports would not be plac- - y/; ed at this disadvantage. At least'^||1| 75, if not SO, per cent of the Panama. traffic should pas3 through New OlM ; "To my raind it is not right to haoH-j^H a large quantity of goods which are manufactured or grown in the section . I have mentioned all the way to the east when this traffic could be brought diirect to New Orleans and shipped from here with a great gaving In point of time and distance. I . ani confident the people in the south. and in that territory, when they realoil Af tlieao will ioin **** V? VMWVV ? , . us in making every possible effort to Jg9| induce the government to properly ^ and promptly recognize our just|^H President Smith, speaking on "The ; J ^ Great Railroads of the South,*" said ,5^ "In view of the existing prosperoua^^B; conditions, a pessimistic note will, I - ; tear, sound discordant, and yet, to. -I those whose duties and responsih^fe^ ties cause them to look ahead, and^^H especially those who have struggled; through the panics and depressions of. the past?who, perhaps, have lived :?jgj too long?the future, and especially |9H for railway transportation interests - | is not free from anxiety. The cost .'..a of operating and maintaining railways has been increasing with leapa and bounds. Already many corporations complain that, while their receipts from traffic are largely in-. creasing, net receipts are not, and in some cases are decreasing. . 3 "To add to the anxiety, the owners; j; of railway properties are threatened with loss, possible confiscation, the people, not that the people is V^Jhb whole are antagonistic to vested or property rights, but are, to an ex-V '^ tent, debauched by tie leaders, who* for selfish reasons; vociferously denounce corporations, especially raU-.;-;>^ way corporations, falsely charging Ihejn with mining the country. "To particularize .somewhat: in the 1 neighboring state of Alabama, a gov ernor will within a few days he Inaogurated and a legislature convened \ pledged to Increase the burdens of the railways by largely increased alion, and to reduce revenues by re- . ducing rates. It is alleged that, in some instances, the current rate3 for transportating property are greater than the rates for similar service In % the state of Alabama than the rates lor similar service in the state of Georgia. In the last named state, the conditions are somewhat . simllar. A governor is to be inaugurated ' and a legislature convened, pledged ! to .enact and .enforce extreme antlI railway corporation laws. ! "The attitude of the government ~:-f; through its administrators, is disticct- ^^8 ly antagonistic to railway interests.* . % PREACHER IS ACQUITTED jl|| Of Charge That He Was Conducting at: Blockade Barroom. Thomas H. Bamhill, minister of the Free Will Baptist church of Pitt county, and for two terms a member of the North Carolina general assem- ^vidi bly, was acquTtted at Raleigh Friday ^3 by the jury In the federal court of ; jS sensational charges to the effect that $i|B| he had ten barrels of blockade whisky buried in the woods near his home . ^ with a kerosene tank pump to pump ^ |j up the whisky sold. TRANSPORTATION FOR ADS. Sill Introduced for Benefit of New*- ' paper Publishers. Representative Garrett of Tennes see introduced in me nuuae r nuajr ? .^ bill amendatory of the railroad rate law permitting the publishers of newspapers and periodicals 'jd accept trans- - ^ portation from railroad companies for ::'i advertising. It provides that the trans- ^ portation shall be issued at regular 3b public rates. . r ' ' .v "