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PART TWO , NORFOLK , NEBRASKA , FRIDAY , MARCH 20 , MKW. PAGES 9 TO 12 Supreme Court Gives Dccisior on Beef Combine. > PAY OR BE OUSTED FROM STATF iviust Settle In Thirty Days Pal $5,000 Costs Besides All Loadlnf Firms In the Deal Violated Anti Trust Laws. Jefferson Oity , Mo. , March 20. Spoo ial to The News : The supreme court o this state today rendered its opinion ii the beef trust cose , and it will go ban with the packing plants who have booi foperating iu the commonwealth. ' The packing plants of Armour , Swift Oudahy , Hamilton , Hummoud nnd tin Sohwnzohild & Salzborgor oompauioi were fined $5,000 each aud made to pa ] the costs of $5,000 , for being in an illegu beef combine. For some time the : have been operating against the nutl trnst laws of Missouri , and their case after n hard fight , was taken to thi supreme court. Notice has boon given the compauio that niiloss they settle within 80 dayi time , they will bo ousted from the state -DEATH BY LORENZ OPERATION , 'First Fatal End to Follow Bloodies : Surgery For Hip. Philadelphia , Muroh , 20. Special t < The News : The first death to resul * from a Lorenz operation iu 'bloodlesi surgery , the marvellous treatment foi dislocation of the hip , occurred hen today. The case was one of a little gir 8 years of ago. She died injconvnlsious Missouri Salons Seek Passes. Jefferson City , Mo. , March 20. Th < house and senate a 'opted a resolutior submitting an amendment to the con stltutlon requiring all Missouri rail roads to grant free transportation over their lines In Missouri to state officials and legislators during theli official terms. The penalty attached for noncompllance Is the forfeiture of the charter. The amendment will be submitted to popular vote In 1904 l3y unanimous vote the house author "Ized the arrest of I. N. Page and N 'C. HIckox , two witnesses before the House bribery investigation commit Ceo , who refused to tell where thej Obtained $500 and $1,000 bills. Dynamite Explosion Kills Three. Bluefleld , W. Va. , March 20. Thro men were kllluti-ond'-sevoral serlousl injured by the explosion of dynamite A large force of men were nt worl laying pipe on Main street. The mei were at dinner , some sitting on a bo : which contained dynamite , when it es ploded with terrific force , killing E G. Davidson , Dave Steele and Join Harris. J. F. Craddock , a travellni man , nnd two messenger boys wer seriously Injured. Steele managed ti "walk to the hospital , aided by tw < men , although both eyes were blowi out nnd his nose and ears were ton away. He died soon after reachlni the hospital. Nova Scotia Mine Burning. Sydney , N. S. , March 20 * . As the re suit of an explosion followed by fire li Dominion No. 1 colliery at Glace Bay four men are missing , seventy-elgh horses wese suffocated by fire-dam ] nnd property estimated at $1,000,001 was destroyed. The. fan shaft In tlu mine broke nnd a large number o men left the mine , while others wh ( did not antlclpto any danger , re malned at work. A great quantity o bad gases soon accumulated and whei a shot was fired , an explosion occurrci and In an IrvUant that part of the mine burst Into flames. The fire Is stll raging. West Virginia Miners Indicted. Charleston , W. Va. , March 20. The United States grand jury adjournoc after being in session ten days ant finding over 250 Indictments agalnsl miners and those who participated Ir the alleged hold up of Deputy Marsha ! Dan Cunningham at Atkinsvllle , and In th < Stanaford battle between mln ers and deputy marshals. The names of the Indicted men have been giver to the United States marshal and war rants have been Issued for their nr rest. The Indictments charge resist ance of federal authority In some In stances and conspiracy In others. Soldiers Return to Their Homes. Colorado Springs , Colo. , March 20. The soldiers who have been dolnj guard duty at the reduction mills li Colorado City since March 2. in con noquenco of the mill workers' strike broke camp under orders from Govern or Peabody and returned to theli homes in this city and Denver. Sher 1ft Gilbert posted ten deputies at tlu Standard mill , where the strike ii fitlll in progress. Fireman and Brakeman Killed. Ogden , Utah. , March 20. Twc freight trains on the Union Pacific met in a headend collision neat Wasatch , Utah , resulting In the killIng - Ing of Fireman Huston and Broke , man Getchel and the complete block ing of traffic for several hours. Blizzard In North Dakota. Grand Forks , N. D. , March 20. The worst blizzard that has occurred thlt winter has prevailed here for ovei twenty-four hours and Is still raging , heavy snow has drifted badly. MANIAC AND POSSE FIGHT. Lunatic Is Finally Slain After Shoot * Ing Four Men. Lebanon , Ky. , March 20. When Deputy Sheriff Williams and his posse tried to arrest an Insane man at Rllcy station , near hero , the man , armed with thrco pistols , with which ho had boon terrorizing the neighborhood , began to flro. The deputy sheriff was phot through the body , sustaining n serious wound ; Gabriel Floyd was shot In the back , Samuel Payne through the ami nnd Samuel Dovera received a scalp wound. After Will- lams had fallen ho raised and fired a bullet through his antagonist's head , killing him Instantly. Nothing was found on the dead man's person to Identify him , hut ho had $42 and a gold watch. The recovery of Will- lams nnd Floyd.IB doubtful. Swentzel and Leonard Sentenced. Chicago , March 20. The finding of the court-mnrtlal which tried Ser geants Henry C. Swcntzol nnd William Leonard , sons of prominent citizens of Now York city , who were accused of Bteallng and'selling government arms , was announced nt Fort Sheridan. Ser geant Swontzel is dishonorably dis charged from the army and sentenced to vtwo years' Imprisonment at hard labor , and Sergeant Leonard Is dis honorably discharged and sentenced to three years' Imprisonment. SENSATION OVER MONEY , Large Estate of P. J. Gleason Causes Crime. Now York , Maroh 20. Special to The News : Sensational developments nro promised at the surrogate's hearing be gun at Jau nica , L. 1. , today on the ap plication of letters of administration upon the estate of the late Patrick J. Gloason , widely known during his life time as the mayor of Long Island Oity. When Gleason died it was generally supposed that nothing remained of his wealth , whjoh n few years before had been considerable. The present appli cation for letters of administration is made by Dr. Jitch , who was Gloasou's physician for many years , nnd who as serts positively that the letter left a fortune and a will. No will has been filed and its whereabouts nro unknown. Stocks , bonds and other securities nro supposed to make up the volume of Qloason's supposed cancealod wealth. He placed implicit confidence iu his lawyer , T. P. Burke , and it is said that the present tangle is duo largely to the sudden death of the latter. The situ ation is further complicated by the dis appearance of Miss Jessie Gleasou , the ex-mayor's daughter and only heir , and who it is alleged is in the hands of un scrupulous portions who are endeavoring to defraud her out of a fortudo said to amount to $100,000. Insane Farmhand Runs Amuck. Bear Lake , Mich. , March 20. Joseph Bradley , a farmhand , supposed to bo unsound mentally , ran amuck with a gun and killed Mrs. F. E. Bowermnn , dangerously wounded her daughter nnd attempted to kill her son. He then turned the weapon upon himself and committed suicide. The shooting occurred on the Bowormnn farm , near here. Bradley , who was employed as hired man , was recently discharged by Mrs. Bowerman , who was a widow. Monitor Florida Makes Speed Trial. Bridgeport , Conn. , March 20. The coast defense monitor Florida finally succeeded In making an official speed trial and the result Is highly satisfac tory. The government contract called for a speed of only 11 knots , but during the trial the highest speed at tained was 13 knots nnd the lowest 12.44. Animals Burn In a Barn. St. Louis , March 20. Fifteen horses , twenty-four mules and one cow per ished in a flro which destroyed a barn which belonged to John Boning. The heat prevented rescue , and their agon izing cries could be heard for blocks. Quarantine Is Raised. San Francisco , March 20. A tele gram from the Mexican secretary of the interior received In this city states that the quarantine against Sai Francisco , declared last Dccembei has been raised. THREE WOMEN KILLED. Struck By Fast Train Between New York and New Haven. Phlllipsdale , R. I. , March 20. Spec ial to Tbo Naws : Throe/ women were struck here today by n New York nnd New Haven train , going at full speed. All of them were instantly killed. Further Hearing of "Wabash Case. SL Louis , March 20. Two argu ments in behalf of the Wabash road were concluded in the Injunction suit , and the first statement In behalf of the men by F. N. Judson of St Louis was unfinished when the court * ad journed for the day. No restriction has been placed by Judge Adams upon the duration of arguments and the at torneys will bo given ample time for exhaustive discussion. * Oil Steamer Ablaze. Bordeaux , France , March 20. Ths Dutch bark Amlcltla , from New York , Jan. 23 , with petroleum , is on flro at La Roquo. Several lives are reported to have been lost on board the vessel , which had 700 barrels of oil on board. The vessel will probably bo a total loss. Passenger hip Struck by a Freighter. SIX DEAD , MANY INJURED. . Plymouth Struck by City of Trenton In Long Island Sound Plymouth Had GOO Persons Aboard Both Vessels Made Port. Now London , Conn. , Maroh 20. Special to The Nuwti 1 Thu passengur Hteiimer , Plymouth , with fiOO portions aboard , was struck by thu freight steamer , Oity of Taunton , iu Long In laud Hound this morning. A grout jagged holu was knocked iu the sldu of thu Plymouth through which the HUH water poured into thu hold of the vosntil , catching many who were below deckn in thu flood and drowning thorn an nitn iu a trap. \ Thu kuown dead number six , nnd it is suspected that several moro\ \ worn cixught and drowned whoso identity IIMH not been learned. Among these drowned were four negroes who were members of the o'ow. Wntuhuuiu McCarthy of Plymouth had his head cut off by the force of thu collision aud was otherwise terribly mangled. Many others were seriously injured. After the accident both ves sels were successful iu making port , although the Plymouth had takou on HU much water it waa feared that Bhu would founder nt any Instant. The bow of the freight steamer was badly damaged. The passengers aboard the Plymouth were stricken by panic but the olllcors of thu vessel succeeded iu allaying their fears. The shook as the vessels struck was terrific. It was ono of the most serious ncci- duuts that have happened iu theao waters in recent years. RUNAWAY CARS KILL FOUR. Rush Down Incline , Carrying Death to Miners. Johnstown , Pa. , March 2b. Th breaking ot a coupling , lollowcd bj the runaway of a string of loaded coui cars in the Sunshine mlno at outii Fork , caused the death oC thro ? men the fatal injury of one and more 01 less serious injuries to nine others The dead : Anthony Border , Josepli S. Strank and Frank McClain. J Colbaugh was fatally injured. ( . When the twenty-live cars left the center of the mine fifteen or more men climbed aboard. All went well until the train reached a "dip" about IOC yards from the mouth of the mine The train climbed three-fourths of the steep grade in safety , but when a short distance from the level tin hitching between the second and third cars broke. Instantly the mine slope was filled with shouts of the men as all of the cars , with the exception ol the first two/i commenced to back down the grade. Slowly at first , but with greatly Increasing speed .tho cara sped downwards , giving the met scarcely an opportunity to Jump and save themselves. When about 20C yards from where the hitching broke the foremost car loft the track and the remainder of the train piled ui ' back of It. Those who had been fortunate enough to jump from the runaway cars quickly ran to the outside and Jtold of the accident. Help was quick ly rushed to the men burled beneath the immense pile of wreckage , which filled the six-foot heading for a dls tance of twenty yards. The first man found was Strank , who was horribly mutilated. Border and McCIaln were the next taken out , the former dead but McClain lived In agony for about two hours. LIGHTNING WORKS HAVOC. Bolt Strikes Grand Army Hall anc Scatters Veterans. Milwaukee , March 20. At Delton , while John Murray , William Truman. Moses Crane , G. E. Adams and Mathew how Hitter , old soldiers , were play ing a game of cards In the G. A. R hall , the structure was struck bj lightning and badly wrecked. The ol , cloth on the card table was torn to shreds and the men knocked to tha floor. Some of their clothes wore ton from them and Adams' shoe was torn from his foot. Mathew Hitter was thrown several feet and sustained t gash on the head , and Is in a critical condition. The rest of the veterans , al though badly stunned , will recover Gustav Klebesatel , president of the Shawano County Agricultural society , was killed by lightning while feeding stock In his barn. Lightning worked much havoc and resulted In fatal injury to Dan Hoh a farmer , and the loss of much live stock throughout Outagamlo county , About twenty buildings were struck and the damage will amount to severa. thousand dollars ! Black Hills' Blanket of White. Deadwood , S. D. , March 20. It has been snowing for three days and a foot of snow lies on the level throughout - out the Black Hills. A strong wind is blowing the snow into Immense drifts and railroad blockades are an ticipated. At Bcllo Fourche , the cen ter of the cattle district , the storm IB furious , but with stock In good condl- telon It is thought the loss will bo light. UTAR OF GOLD 10 STOLEN , Ingot Worth $23,500 Tnken From Ex press Office at Detroit , Doltolt , March 20. No arrests have boon made yet In connection with the mysterious disappearance from the Union depot olllco of the Paclllc and Dominion Express company of a bar of gold In transit fiom Hull Lake to the cant , which Is valued at fS.I.CiOO. The whereabouts of the proclaim In got Is an much of u mystery an when the police began work on the case. The missing Ingot WIIH ouo of four , weighing about eighty pounds each , that were In transit from the west to the Philadelphia mint. The four bars arrived from the weal on Wnl.wsh train No.1 anil were taken Into the depot office and 'placed In the Bal'e. Shortly before the eaHthound train was duo to leave the Ingots were removed from the ntrong box to a truck to bo wheeled out to the ex press car. T'io ' train wnn an hour and n half late however , and It In under stood by the pollro that the gold wan not put Into the nafo again pending the time for the train to leave , hut lay on the trunk In the ofllco , which In on a level with the street. Captain Mc Donnell nayn that ho han found at leant nine persons who wore In the of fice nt different times while the gold lay on the truck exposed to view nnd that novoral of thorn handled it and commented on Its value. When the train wan finally ready , It wan found that there were only three Ingots on the truck. A frantic search wan made , but no trace of the fourth bar was four l. FUGITIVE SURREJJFERS. Ex-United States Marshal Gives up to Dee Moines Officers. 'Dos Moines , Maroh 20. Special to The News : Ex-United States Marshal W. A. Richards who has indicted for the highway robbery of Mr nnd Mrs. Sullivan of Hamilton , lown , nnd has been a fugitive from justice during the past two months , has surrendered to the olllcorn hero nnd is now in custody. WOMAN TO LOSE THE MONEY. Insurance Dues Are Paid Just Three Days Too Late. St. Louis , March 20. In the United States circuit court of appeals an opin ion was han ted down by Judge Tlmycr In the case of the Supreme Council , Hoyal Arcanum against Anna J. Tay lor , which Is remanded with Instruc tions that the plaintiff Is not entitled to recover. The decision will be of In terest to fraternal organizations and members who are Insured against death In these organizations , Anna J. Taylor Is the widow of George F. Taylor , a member of the Royal Arcanum , Arapahoe lodge , of Denver. Ho was Insured for $3,000 In 1891 , and died In November , 1900. Payment of the Insurance certificate was contested on the ground that ho had not paid the monthly assessment of October , 1900 , duo on the Innt day of that month , and was therefore sus pended according to the bylaws. The collector failed to pay Taylor's assess ment for October , as ho had been In the habit of doing when overdue and when It was tendered three days later , Just before Taylor's death , It was re fused on the ground that under the bylaws Taylor was under suspension. YOUNG DEFENDS MERGER. Northern Securities Arguments Go on at St. Louis. St. Louis , March 20. Almost the en tire day's session of the United States circuit court of the district of Minnesota seta , before which the case of the United States government against the Northern Securities company Is being tried , was occupied by former State Supreme Judge Gcorgo B. Young In defense of the merger Interests. Judge Young was followed by M , D , Grover of St. Paul , also counsel for the defense. SPARKS FROM 'THE ' WIRES. J. H. Hlland , traffic manager of the Milwaukee road , has boon chosen third vice president of the company , vice A. C. Bird , resigned. Dr. Ames , former mayor of MInno- applls , pleaded not guilty to all seven Indictments against him , charging bribery , conspiracy and extortion , in the 'district court. Ball was fixed at $18.000. A flro In the big shoe factory of M. C. Griffin , nt East Pepporill , Mass. , destroyed the factory and a score of buildings , Including stores nnd dwell ing houses , entailing a loss estimated at $300,000. Two meetings of citizens were hold In Faneull hall , Boston , Thursday , "to protest against the suppression of truth about the Philippines nnd pray ing for further official inquiry into conditions there. " The first Cuban consulate general In Franco was opened at Marseilles Thursday. The Cuban flag was hoist ed amid n burst of loud applause. Senor Patrlclono , the now consul , made a patriotic address. William Crazier , editor of the Ma- rilla American , who was convicted on the charge of libelling General Davis , commander of the American troops , was sentenced to two months' Impris onment and to pay a fine of $1,000. Work has begun on the construction of two half-mile tunnels on the now White river extension of the Mis souri Pacific railway at a point where the line crosses the Missouri In Tanoy county. Three thousand men are em ployed In the work. Much Amended Measure Adopt ed by the Senate. VOTE IS FIFTY TO SIXTEEN Amendment Is Adopted Making Thirty Per Cent Reduction on All Importa tlonn of Corn and Flour from Uult ed States Into Cuba. Washington , March 20.After rail fylng the Cuban reciprocity treaty tlu Honato adjourned alno dlo. Prnetlcullj the entire jluy wan npent behind closed doom In execntlru session Mont of the tlmo WIIH devoted to con Hlderatlou of the Cuban treaty. Suv oral npucchcii were made In opposition to the treaty and ono In favor of It nnd then promptly at the agreed hour 3 o'clock , the voting began. The mo tlon to ratify wan adopted by a ballot of fit ) to 1(5 ( , somewhat more than n three-fonrtliH vote. Only a two-thlrdt vote wan necessary to itecnro n ratlll cation. Senator Foster made a nol npuuch In opposition to the treaty In the main bin npeech wan an appeal for the protection of the American sugar producing Industry. Ho spoke especially for the cnne sugar Intcrestr of Louisiana , but said that while thr sugar Interest wan of paramount lin parlance In his own ntate , on account of the cane produced there , the beet sugar Interest had grown to nuch pro portions that many other portions ol the Union also were coming to have a very pronounced Interest In the making of sugar. Ho drew a graphic picture of present conditions In Louhv iium and said that If the treaty should bo ratified the romilt wan liable to be very disastrous to many of bin canntlt uonts. lie appealed to nonatorn from north and south allko to refrain from Inflicting thin hardship on bin people Other speeches In opposition to the treaty were made by Senators Ilorry and Cnrmnck , while Senator Simmon ? ( N. C. ) spoke In support of It. Sen ntor Berry based his opposition to the agreement an the amendment offered by the committed on foreign Delations providing against any further roduc tlon by treaty of the duty on sugai while the treaty remains In forco. Senator ator Cnrmack opposed the treaty on general principles , declaring that II was contrary to our theory of govern mont. Senator Simmons wan the onlj Democrat who made n speech In ad vocacy of the ratlflcntjon of the treaty On the conclusion of Mr. Simmons speech voting began. The committee on foreign rolntlonB announced the acceptance of two amendments In ad dltlon to those already recommended by the committee. The first of these was the amendment Increasing the rate of reduction on flour , cornmcal nnd corn Imported Into Cuba from the United States. As offered. It pro vldcd for a reduction of 40 per cent , but the committee modified the amendment mont so as to provided for a rcdua tlon of 30 per cent. The other amendment adopted bj the committee was suggested by Sen ator Bacon , and fixed a uniform reduc tlon of 30 per cent on American cotton goods Imported Into Cuba. The onlj aye and no vote talccn on the committee too amendments was on the amend' ment adopted some time ago by the committee at the Instance of the beet sugar Republican nenntors , providing against further treaty reduction of thr duty on sugar Imported Into the Unit ed States for the next flvo years , 01 while the treaty remains In force. A division was called for on this amendment mont and It was sustained by a major Jty of 23 votes , the vote being 44 foi the amendment nnd 22 against It , the negative votes being cast by Demo crats. The other committee amend ments and the amendment making the approval of the entire congress neces sary to render the treaty effective then were adopted. After the committee amendments had bc en accepted the Democrats offered fored a number of amendments , but they w'ero all voted down by n strict party voto. The vote then was taker on the motion to ratify , which wo ? made by Senator Cullom , and the mo tlon prevailed 50 to 1C. Palma Is Pleased. Havana , March 20. President' Pal ma was shown by the representative of the Associated Press n dispatch glv Ing the news of the ratification by the United States senate of the Cuban 'reciprocity treaty. He expressed his gratification at this action and added that the number of votes In favor ol It was not rreator than he had antlcl pated. Ho said that while the news of an earlier special session of the house would be welcome , the reported Intention of President Roosevelt to call a special session In the autumn would allow the treaty the desired op. portunlty for discussion nnd action , President Wants No Bodyguard. Cheyenne. Wyo. , March 20. Senator Warren wired the committee nt Lar- nmle that President Roosevelt desired to make the horseback ride over Sher man mountain practically alono. Son > ntor Warren , Otto Crnmra of Lnramle nnd perhaps two others will acconv pany the president , but ho wants no bodyguard of either troops or cowboys , Ferguson Signs Cattle Quarantine Bill , Guthrle , Okla , March 20. Just be fore midnight Governor Ferguson nlgnf-il tno can in quarantine bill , pasuftd by the recent leglnla'uro. It would have died at midnight If not signed. It places a quarantine wall around Oklahoma with the exception of the Onnp" Indian reservation ami the Klowa Indian pasture reserve. 8UFFRAQIQT8 IN SESSION. National Convention Names Committee * tee to Map Out Work. New Orleans , March 20. The Na tional Woman Suffrage niinoolatlou be gan ItH annual convention with Mm. Carrlo Chapman Call pronldlng. Tim headqiiartern of the association worn changed from New York to Warren , O. , where Mm. Harriett Taylor Upton , the national treasurer , will direct the work , with Mr . Elizabeth Manser nn olllco nccretary. This will ennhln Mm. Call , the prenldont , and Mlsn Gordon , the nocrotary , to retain their offices for a year without the cnron of routine. A committee , consisting of Mm. Ida P. Iloyor of Pennsylvania. Mrn. Laura Gregg of Nebraska anil Minn Gall Laughlln of Now York , to consider a nnllonnl plan of work , wn i appointed Mm. Call read her itnnmil report. Simon U. Anthony nnd Rov. Anna Shaw were the other npenkorn. The recent hopeful campaign In New Hampshire wan overshadowed by the fact Hint Arizona has Just granted equal nuffragp. BANKER WITH $20,000 , CAUGHT , Vice President Was Arrested for StoallngCnsh. Philadelphia , March UO. Special to The News : George IJ White , vice presi dent of the PoniiBylvnnla Dank of Ilyn- dam , lifiH boon arrested hero for stealing ; $20,000 , cash from that bank. Ho WIIH trying to esoapu and caught here by de tectives today. GOVERNO'R DOLE is CENSURED Legislative Committee Sayn He Knew of Embezzlement. Honolulu , March 20. The houn committee on public expenditures re ported the discovery of another cm- be/.7.1omunt In the board of public woiks , the amount aggregating ? 2,300. The report of the commit too chargou CharlcH WIIcox with having received at leant a portion of the money. The report alno nays that the fact that there was a nhortago In the funds of the board of public works was known to Governor Dale , Superintend- cut Cooper and to Attorney General Dole , and charges the above named ofllelnlH with having neglected taking any action In the .ma'tor Th0 report also nayn that Attorney General Dele has apparently attempted to cover up the matter. BLIZZARD SLAYS LIVE-STOCK. Wyoming Cattle and Sheep Pcrlnh In Large Numbers. Cheyenne , Wyo. , March 20. Tha blizzard has passed , but the temper ature ban dropped below zero and na a result live stack will suffer severe ly. A prominent Ulntah stockman says that the winter has been the se verest since 1890. He estimates that throughout southern and central Wy oming stockmen who fed lost from 4 to n per cent nnd these who did not feed lost from 15 to 30 per cent of their herds. State Veterinarian Sea- bury returned from Pine Muffs nnd confirms reports of heavy loss to live stock In that ncctlon. Cattle and sheep were terribly weakened by preceding - coding storms and perished numbers. Golden Smelter Shuts Down. Golden , Colo. , March 20. The Bmelter hero operated by the Clear Crook Mining and Reduction company has been shut down , and Arthur Car- pcntor , superintendent of the plant , announced that the suspension will ba permanent. Ho said this action had been taken In consequence the trouble with the labor unlons\ As n result of the shut down of the Smelter several of the largo mines around Empire and In Clear Creek county have been forced to suspend work. Railroads to Test Elklns Law. Chicago , March 20. The Western Passenger association meeting adJourned - Journod after having been unable to reach an agreement regarding the El kins law. Ono of the railroads , it is said , will institute a test case for the solo purpose of obtaining a decision of the law. The increase in the mint- mum excess baggage charge from 15 to 25 cents was cancelled. A rate of one fare , plus $2 , for the round trip was granted for the St. Louis World's fair dedication services. Strike Situation at Cripple Creek. Cripple Creek , Colo. , March 20. Little tlo change has taken place in tha strike situation. The men on the BlacU Sampler , controlled by the United States Reduction and Refining com pany , left work and the Isabella mlna has completely shut down. A meetIng - Ing of mlno managers has been called for this evening. It is generally believed - lieved that the trouble will either b& ended or a big strike precipitated by the meeting of the mlno managers. . Schwab Holds a Conference. New York , March 20.- President Schwab and several legal representa tives of the United States Steel cor- poratlon held a conference here. It Is reported that the forthcoming annual report of the corporation will embody a comprehensive statement of the op erations for the past year and will deal especially wltk production.