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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE ; WEDNESDAY , MARCH 17,1893.
TO A CLOSE , The Great Murder Trial Nearing the End All Evidence In , ARGUMENTS ALREADY BEGUN District Attorney Ivqtello IMnkes tlio OpeiHiijr Speech Jmljic Snvngo Follows and AVII1 Continue This Morning. Notwithstanding tiio fact that all the important testimonj in the Lauer case was finished by the tlmo court adjourned Monday , the room yesterday morning wns lllled long before Judge Ncvillo took his seat upon the bench. The intoro.il in the case is so great that every syllable that falls from thu lips of n witness is eci/.ud upon by the audience and bandied from mouth to mouth m the court room , The people unfortunate- enough to bo relegated to the rear can scarcely hear a word that is spoken except when Gen. Cowin's resonant voice repeats the an swer of a witness in order to make It have a more telling effect upon the jury. However , the persons on thu back row of scats ask those in front of them what is said and despite the strict injunctions of Judge Neville the examination proceeds from the witness to his auditors who are in front and from thorn to the farthorcst corner of the room. It is often destroyed by its passage through so many cars and mouths , but at thosamo tlmo it relates to the Latter trial and is interesting. Even if a person cannot hear what is said ho la well sntislicd to remain in the room and simuiy to use ids eyes. There is Gen. Cowin. tne central liguro among the lawyers , whoso cross-examination m tills case has made him , perhaps , Ihc lirst criminal lawyer in tlio west. Watchful , alert , and attcnlivo to every detail , he sits in liis chair calmly but relentlessly gazing at the witnesses for the defence.Ho docs not permit tlio least point to escape his legal eye. District Attorney Kslullc also has cetilercd his entire intercsl in Ihc case , which is probably the most import ant which ho has ever been called upon to prosecute. His suggestions to uen. Cowin are always to the point and arc exceedingly valuable to his associate. Juilgo Tliurslon , calm , imperturbable nnd dignllicd , makes his presence felt by the manner in which ho throws out sug gestions to the juryHe does this in an unexceptionable manner but with telling oli'oot. lichlnd him is Judge Savage , whoso clear cut features and gray hair command the greatest respect. lie ex amines witnesses thoroughly anil readily sui7.cs every point advantageous to his client. The first witness was C. A. Potter , who testified Unit ho had Uiknn Dr. Coll- nian's testimony at the preliminary ex amination. Judge Thiirston then read some extracts from the printed evidence which Mr. Potler verified. "This is our case , your honor , " said Mr. Thurston , quietly. Gen. Coivin staled that thu prosecution had rebutting testimony lo introduce , and the court took a recess of thirty minutes to enable the state to procure their witnesses During the recess the ladies chatted pleasantly with each other , and the counsel for both sides went into thu judge's room , presumably to consult With each other in regard to the trial. When the court convened again James Kichards wns called to tne stand. Ho was examined in regard to the con dition of the stove , and statcd.'thac ho did not know whether or not there had been jirc in steve since the tests wcro made. Gen. Cowin then asked to introduce the stove doors in evidence. Savage looked at his associate " tier u second , mid said "wo object. " / "Yes" chimed in Mr. Thurston , "That's i not rebuttal , moreover its irrelevant. " r The court , however , overruled the obI - I icction , and the old veteran .Deputy Sheriff Henry Grebe brought the doors into court and identified them. The doors to the lower part of the steve were blackened nnd covered \yith soot ; while the upper doors wore brighter. On cross-examination Mr. Grebe said that ho did not know how long a time had elapsed since Ihuro had been a lire in the stove. "But you know that Mr. Joe Her was nt the house Saturday ? " "No , sir , I do not.1' "Call Mr. Her , " remarked Gen. Cowin , ns Mr. Grebe left thu stand. Air. Her stated that while ho was in the Laucr house Saturday nothing was done with the doors of the steve except removing them from their hinges. Ho was subjected to a cross-examina tion by Judge Savage , who asked him about a conversation that hu had with Miss Laucr when he visited the houso. This was objected to by tlm prosecu tion as hearsay evidence and the court sustained tlio objection. Mr. Her stated that lie was inturesled in thu trial and that ho was ono Of the parlies who had engaged ( Jon. Cowin to prosucuto the casn. Mr. llur was the last witness called by dither side. "Wo would like to know the order in which the counsel for the prosecution will speak , " saiil Judge Savngo , It was then stated that Mr. Kstollo would open and Gen. Cowin close the cuso. : . "Wo. object , " said Judge Savngo "to Laving the case closed by tlio paid counsel of thu prosecution , private counsel , who is not acting under the sanction of nn olliuial oath , nor in tlm pur- formunco of private ducds. Wo protest against it as unwarranted , unheard of ami contrary to thu principles governing the fair trial of a ease ; as in violation of the constitutional provision that every man shall huvu u fair and iiu- k .partial trial. "It is a common thing in this court , " rejoined General Cowin. "My friend Thurstou has often assisted tlio uroscuu- tion. " "i never took u feu to convict a mun for his life , " rejoined Mr.Thurston. The court then ruled that the prosecution could make any arrangement they chose in regard to the nuinnor of prusunting their arguments. In Tlu-JAIternoan. The crowd which thronged the court house at the opening of the afternoon ses- fiihn was too largo to bo admitted to the court room. Shurlll' Cobur.-i stood at tlio door leading to tlm insidu of the railing , mul carctully examined every per son applying for admission. If they did not have a good reason for for being allowed to enter ilia sacred precinct reserved for lawyers thny wore rigidly excluded. Mr. KsloWo's argu ment was begun at 3 o'clock precisely mul was listened to with tliu greatest at- tuntioii. It was delivered in u calm , iiu- jirossivo manner and will add greatly to lila reputation. In beginning his speech ho congratu lated Uio jury on the fact that thu case was so near its termination. "I do not bulievo , "said lio"thatthocriminal lawyer takes any delight in convicting a cri mi- nnl. Formerly the prisoner was ilot allowed lo have any coun- Bnl but the court , Ho was' compelled to * nrovo his innocence by walking on a - hot gridiron or doing ualtlo for hu life , In our time all is changed , and prisoners aroallowed the right of counsel. Hois nivoii more right than tlio prosecution 1 can obtain. I desire iu this case that each ono interested in this cao shall foci im overpowering sense of duty. I see op < ) ir.tcd to mo iu this cuso a man whoso * : ime is the very antithesis of his nature , whose hair is frosted by the snow of many winters. 1 remember his election. I remember how ho took upon him tlio robe of his adlcc. 1 see associated with him a gentleman of learning and eloquence. I remember that he lias probably stood between moro men ami punishment than any other man in Nebraska. I have associated with mo a gentleman whom you all know , nnd who , like me , is only inspired by a sense of duly. " Mr , I' lnllo llien went on lo specify the crime with which Laucr wns charged. The very proof of the case demanded a verdict that was inforcntinlly asked by the indictment. "The first thai is known of by the jury of the lives of these two people , " continued ho , "was when they wuru marled. Homustns he now listens to the story , remember the solemn vow that ho took on that occasion. How was that vow kept ; the solemn vow to love , protect and cherish ? Even before that vow was taken in the presence of the mother who gave his wjfo birth , ho charged her with being faithless. There is the secret of the whole transaction. His soul was in- tlaincd by that most damnable fueling jealousy.1 ' Ho then spoke of Uio evidence given by Kmma Bull , in regard to the time when Lruiqr ihrcw the dish of cranberry sauce at his wife , and draw n pathetic picture of the changes in her disposition from gay to grave. The testimony in re gard to that cpisodo was , ho said , entirely without contradiction. Ho commented upon the remark made by Mrs. Laucr that "she would rather live with her husband oven if she knew ho would kill her , " and made it a strong point in showing the relation existing between thein. He said that a demon of jealousy existed in Lauor's soul wliich made it impossible for his wife to live with him. Mr. Kstollo then continued as follows : Mrs. Bell tells us how Snllio Lauer , when she lirst went there in the morningwas smil ing , her face wns bright and she was happy , and that household seemed to rest In penrc anil quietude. But how soon it was changed I The reason of the change wo do not know , but It did come ; nnd remember , gentlemen of the jury , tlmt this stands without contra diction , that this change did come , and nt about U o'clock in thu morning Sallie Laucr , from tl.o bright , happy woman that she was In thu morning , was in tears that continued up until noon. Then camu the man who , as ho says , by an accident sent her to her grave : then hu came mid the scene changes ; and what was his action on tills occasion' . ' In speaking of tills , gentlemen of the jury , I want you to tnko Into consideration that this stands absolutely without contradiction. No one has contradicted , no one has denied or attempted lo deny this tiling. How soon the t-ceiioch.inged. Then asking bur , with possi bly nn Insulting leer , If his words may bo properly Interpreted , "What kind of a mess is this to set before a mail1 What kind of a dish to set before n man prepared for tlio nourishment of his body under the super vision of the wife whom ho had sworn and vowed to love , cherish and protect. "This Is a pretty mess. " on , TIIK ANGUISH that must have been in that woman's voice when she said , "That Is the snucu , and I didn't have time to cool it" Then what fol lowed right immediately ? The woman who bad been there that morning , the witness Kmiiia Bell , licnid the cover raised froiii some .dish , and almost Immediately after that she saw the wife of this man como into the kitchen with her face covered with a hot "mess , " scorched and burning. But , oh , gentlemen of the jury , the burn and scorch on the face nnd neck It suems could not bo compared to the burn and scorch on the heart. She might stand and submit without a word and a complaint to that treatment if it ended with the pain indicted on the body. Do you believe that an unkind net toward a wife , that n erucl blow inflicted on her can bo forgotten' ' Is It. not rather ns a drop of ink In n pail of water it forever discolors , and brings with it pain on the whole future life. Could the net bn entirely wiped nut , could she ever forget It ? Could tlio heart wounded bv that cruel and liihuman net become so healed as to lend IUT to forgot it ? After the Incident that Is thus related to you by the woman Mrs. Bell , Mrs. Lauer Is round seeking the shelter of her uncle's roof , leaving her nome , going where she knows that she will receive the kindest care , going where she knows that anything she may de- Hire , that Is In thu power of man to grant , will bu done for her. She goes Ihero In what kind of condition ? When you think of bur condition when she wont there , it tells moro of the Inner life of these two pcoplu than could be written in a volume. Shu goes tliuru smarting under the humiliation nnd pain that must bo entailed by the separation. Going thnro as she did , as slid declared , ns told by Mr. Her. that she "would rather live witli John W. Lauer , if ho Killed her , than to Hvu apart from him. " That lulls more than nil that counsel can talk or witnesses swear to , as long as counsels talk anil wit nesses swear. Going there under a sense of humiliation , HIIFKKIIINO FIIOM TIIF. niSOllACK of a separation , suffering from the injury that had been Inflicted on her , suffering not only on her own account , but becau.su it would bring sadness ami sorrow to every member of her family. What , I ask. gentle men ot thu jury , what could ever lead that woman who seemed to love that man , what could lend her to do this , save and except this onu tiling to which I have adverted ? Leaving film ns she did under those cir cumstances , I tell you gentlemen of the jury , it tells to me , and it must tell to you. n story of pain and .suffering and anguish that 1 can not rehearse to you. It Ims been said by ono of the best mun that ever stood buforo an American juror , "Thu man who walks up rightly walks safely. " The man wlio.su every net may bo opened to tlio light of day , has notliing to fuar ; but thu man who has been guilty of crime , why , thu very atmos phere Is full of charges ngalnst film. No lawn can bu so level , it can not bu rolled so smooth as to give him n safe pathway. At every step hu blunders ; us ln > passes nlonz ho falters , nnd Ills uvery act , bis everyJooU rises up ami accuses him.Vo make this charge on this assertion , and wo bolluvu thu proof will carry It out. The defendant says , "I mistook her lor a burglar. " Kvery elrniiinstauco , every act , every look of this dufundant puts it buyoml a question not only that thu defendant did not mistake her fora burglnr.but that every word bu spoke on that occasion. If 1 rightly inter pret Ms nets , were words that HAD lliiSTUDIIU : : ) Bl'.FOlli : , Ho said , " 1 heard a voice and thought It wns a burglnr , " Now notlcu his manner ns ho states his story. Notlen how particularly hu follows In Its various details uvurythlng that was done , llu turned on his pillow , his involvur lying on Urn right of him with its muz/Ui away from him , llo remembers how hi ) must have grasped tlio revolver In his hand us he saw thu form approaching , and up to tills tlmo , ho says , Iiu was in u re cumbent position. As he saw this form au- preaching ho tired tlio fatal shot. Much has bcon Bald of the light In that room , but If tills woman wns tlio woman she hns been pictured , If she wns the woman with thu white and lovely face , why If the moon bad been on the other side of thu earth. If thu sky bad been gnvuloped In a darkness that was so dark as to muter It Impossible for a mun Hnfnly to take a stop ; If , Instead of thu steve being full of eonls nnd with lire In It , It had boon ns black as night , why the very light of that woman's countenance should have ciist nsld the gloom of that room , ami it must have dune t > o. There , \vas u woman blamllng there , as situ must have supposed , with her sworn protector , full of life and for giveness. Him hail forgotten , probably , for a moment that nny blow had boon iiilllctixl. Wlir , what Is thu use of talking of tlm light In that room. Her cntiiiluniiui/e would Imvu mada It us bright and nidmnl as It under the noon-day sun. It is not wen prolcndcd that there wns at an vllmetJiiyithoaelitsavo of self. Thinking of self , suit alone. Why , gnntlemun of the jury , ilncu not that toll you moro than I could say If 1 tnlked a weak ? The Idea of n man who thinks that Ills \\mim \ \ Is Intosled with bur glars ; tliinks that thuy aru holding converse In thn oilier loom ; knows that about 9 o'clock his wife retired with him ; that utter all of that thought nnd re flection a'ul consideration , that up to that tlmo ho had not onu thought of his wife. If that was true It must luivn bivn the act of a mun who was supremely bcllislu lie fired TUB TATAL SHOT. lie looked over the foot of tlm hed , yet up lotbis timebo had still no thought of his wife. All centered and concentrated nu himself. When hu reclined , or fat b.ir.lr in thu bed , thun for the first tlmo hu thought of his wife. Instead of looking to see it she was lying by hU side , he puts out his hum ! to iVel If.shi ) U there , JlutttuU tUat thuift U a vacancy. Hoiys that ho 'luiuu-dlntely sprang from the bed and ran around Uio foot of the bud. .Mr. Jxss says'.tiiuv the body'was the back , tbnt thaliuiuU were by the side , trmt one may have been placed this way ; but remember that the defendant , John W , Ltuicr , does not s.iv It. lie says that lie shook her , nnd tinned her slit'litly , bul all of tbnt testimony fnIK nnd fnlls utterly , to show that at nny timoheturnrd her on her back. I wnnt you to observe , gentlemen of the jury , that no pretends to narrate nhno3t every circumstance Hint transpired from the tlmo ot Ids awakening until ho saw his sister In tlio doorway. Hut thorn Is ono tlint bo has forgotten , nnd I believe there Is but one. lie forgets whore he placed his revolver. Ho lines unt know whether ho placed It on tlio ilrosslng ease 01 on the stand , but It Is a mut ter ol astonishment to mo that when Mr. Lee went into lhat room ho found It carefully laid away In the dressing case. That Is what astonishes me. . _ llu says : " 1 got down by her Mile , nnd I then knew It was my wife. " Ho did not know whether she was dead or how badly she was Injured , nnd he makes the suggestion that she mny have boon In n faint. Lying thcru at Ibis hour In the morn inc , ho the only other occupant of the room at that time , ho finds her In Hint condition. And there Is the damnable part of this transaction. Them Is the part of ibis story that proclaims louder than voice can proclaim , proclaims that the part lhat ho acted utter the discovery of the death of his wife by other people , was n part that lind been rehearsed , llo says the blood dished from her mouth , nnd lie felt her heart bcatliur. The heart that had been warm with life , lhat had nt all times been ready lo turn towards him ; Hint IIKAUT WAS I1KATIXO. Still no thought save of self , nnd self nlono. 1 want to call your attention to the conduct of this defendant after the arrival of Die coroner nnd his assistant. I think I know how a mother , who has raised a child until It had grown lo bo one or two years of age. might have raised It and nurtured It and nourished It. She mliilit have closed its eyes in death , she might even , with tlio Instinct which would Inspire n loving and motherly woman , she might have performed the last sad'olllce. She might have washed Its body ; she might have prepared Its body for the cof fin , might have clothed it In its burial clothes. Shu might have lain It In the coflln nnd closed the lids for the last time over Its body. She might have done nil this , and I could under stand it. 1 could know how a mother's hunrt would bu held to it. but I could not understand how n man by nn 'accident thnt wns certainly. If an accident , the most unfortunate that could befall' n man , If by that accident he had killed his wife , I cannot understand , neither do I bcllovo that you could understand bow n man could nssist a coroner who was then nnd thcic luvcstluallng tlm accident. The next day there Is an inquest and I will call your attention to some scenes tliat oc curred , not at thu Inquest , but immediately after. The testimony is before you and It Is not only uncontmdlctucl , but unimpeaehed. Mr. Baldwin , In company with JIajor Den nis , went into the room where this fearful tragedy had been enacted nnd whllo there they saw Mr. Lauer nnd Mr. Baldwin nsked htm this question : "How did this thing linn- pen ? " In response to Hint question ho then says : "I a\vo"ko suddenly. I heard voices " nnd Iho rest of the story you hnvu heard. Hut ho says then , "I went to the side of my wife nnd 1 saw her lying on the lloor. 1 saw her breathing , nnd vou remember how the testi mony says. Mr. HaUUvin saVs , And you picked her up and laid her on the bed ? No , nothing of lhat kind was done. "licit her for the coroner. " The Address of Judge Savage. While Mr. Estelio was speaking Lauer sat with his luft hand coveringnis face and did not once look at the prosecuting oliicor. Ho seemed to be lost iu a reverie but at the same time bis eyes showed that Iio was aware of what was transpiring. When Judge Savage began his masterly nddruss the prisoner straightened up and looked alternately at the jury and the man who was pleading for his life. As Mr. Estelio finished his admirable argu ment thu audience took a breathing spull and moved in their chairs in order to ob tain a more comfortable position. Judge Savngo then rose to his feet and spoke substantially as follows : Gentlemen of the jury , you occupy n holy position. It is not for any profane lootsteps to approach the sanctuary in which you are seated. You have sworn , with uplifted hands , .that . you have entered upon tho'investlcation of this case with your minds like a .sheetof white paper , without prejudice , wltnout bias , able togivo the defendant A FAIIt AND I.MI'AimAI , THIAT , upon the testimony adduced before you , and upon the lawnpplfcable to that testimony and nothing else. And you have sworn upon be ing accepted , after such statement , that you will truly try the issues between the state of Nebraska and John W. Lnucr ; that you will make a true deliverance not n true verdict , as is the oath which you take in civil cases but a trim deliverance , which has been held by 0110 of the greatest writers of modern times on tlio law , means thnt you will not say that be is guilty unless his guilt Is urovcn to you be yond that doubt which the law calls reason able ; that you will enter upon thu Investiga tion of bis case remembering that bo who comes before you charged with crime is presumed to bo Innocent innocent in your eyes , Innocent In the eyes of the law until the proof of his guilt is such as to exclude. In the language ot my friend , every other hypothesis save that of guilt. I spuak then before a fair nnd im partial jury. You are like wayfarers In a vast foiest. You have before vou and around nnd about you thu light of your lire , you puy hear In the distance thu howl of the wolf or thu hiss of tlio serpent , but they do not approach preach you in tlio light shed upon your deliberation , they cannot touch you , thuy cannot cirect your views of the case. You are like divelluis on a far oil island In stormy .seas. The winds may howl nnd 'the waves may dash , Ibey cannot reach , they can not overwhelm the pinnacle on which vou sit securo. Wu enter upon llm defense of this case with confluence then , because we are before a jury of Inipaitlnl men. Wuadmitadimculty. wi : ADMIT A rni'.Jtmici : . wo admit a desire on the part ot one faction or part of this community that this poor m ( i i shall suller for his misadventure , for that is the legal term applied to Ills act , ns though the horror of thu shooting , as tlioitim the dentil hf Iho poor unhappy lady could bu expiated by blood. It Is a teeiing which will not enter your deliberations. A prejudice Is not new. Trials like this have occurred bu- fore. Prejudices like this have been excited bufurc. They nru ns old as humnn history. Moses , the Inw giver , recognized ft when , in pursuance to the command of the Lord. ho set up thu cities of rufnge , not for the murderer , not for the cilmlnnl , but for him who by mis adventure , had cnnsed the death of his fellow 111:111 : , to ; protect him against tlio avenger of blood , flu who by accident had slain his fellow lied , the nvcngur of blood mlu'lit pin- Kiin him , prejudice mighl howl about him , ho ptbsseil thu dosurt , ha swam the river with the Inmily and friends of the deceased howling after him nnd Kecking to show that the law of blood for blood should bo executed In his case , lint when the poor panting man eamo under the palm tieus of Itnmeotlf. Cliead hu was safe. The Instant ho entered those walls , so soon ns the gates of Hint great city closed around him , ho was snfu for n yenr nnd n day. Kldersot thu city eamo about him nnd they questioned Ills C4V.su , ami it It seemed that It was HOMICini : 11V MIHAnVKXTUIlE they kept him unUl llm prejudice had died nway and settled down , as ail prejudices dlo away and settle down , nnd ho wns restored , free and happy , to his homo ns you will ro- stmo this man to his homo nnd to his family nnd to his friends. Thu speaker then reviewed the case. Ho admitted that Lauer had abused his wlfo prior to their separation , but claimed that after they were reunited that naught but love , imacfl and happiness prevailed , lluforu ho had llnished Ins argument the tlmo tor nil- ji liniment of court arrived and hu was obliged to wait until 0:30 : this morning to finish. Iu Omaha. H. V , Koonlv was arrcslcd last night by Olllccr O'Hoylo at the instance of a constable Irom Albion , Iowa , who hud a warrant charging him with larceny. KoonU had buun engaged In Iho coal business , and had absconded with thn proceeds of sales which did not belong to him , Ho was locked up at the central police station , Struck by tlio Cars. John Meyers , nn Omaha man , was struck by n freight train near Waterloo , last evening , and severely , though it is thought not dangerously injured. Hu was walking on the track whun the accident occurred , and is supposed to have been intoxicated.- was brought to Omaha and is now lying ol St. Joseph's hospital. . MANAGERS p ] MEN CONFER The K. of L , Exedutfw OomtniUoo Hold a Secret Mceting < ' 'Wljji ' [ U , P , Officials. > > * - GIVE US MORg MANUFACTORIES. Tlio Jlonril of Trn ? 3 llccils tlio Cry ami PcvlseS ' nml Menus A Lively ( yonicll Meeting Othcr-Ijojnl News. Conferring W th Oniclnls. Shortly after nine o'clock yesterday morning tlio delegation of KuigliLs of Labor headed by Mr , Ncnsham , filed Into tlio olllco of Gend/al Superintendent S. T. Smith. ( Jcncral Manager Callaway joined the plrty and Hie con ference conuucnccd with closed doors. Tlio session lasted mtil half-past two o'eloek in tlio afternoon. Chairman Ncash am was mot on the steps of the headquar ters building by a reporter for the HEK , but lie declined to male miy utterance on tlio matter. "I have got nothing to say about tlio conference , " " ° firmly de clared , as ho broke a\yay from the inter viewer and moved across the street. General Superintendent Smith said that iio could say notliing about tlio sub ject of the conference to the papers , yet , and could not state when ho would bo ready to say any thing about the matter. "Really , " ho remarked , "there was noth- inc of any importance discussed , only some minor m'nttcrs which occasionally come up between the management and employes of the road. " "Do you anticipate a strike among the employes of the road on tlio question of the new system of wages ? " " .No , sir , wo do not. Tlio conference has been pleasant and satisfactory to all parting. " It is rumored that one of tlio matters concerning which the committee came to confer with the ollicials was the em ployment of Chinese labor by the Union Pacilic. It is slated that the knights are about to enter upon an anti-coolie cam paign , and have sent this committee to Omaha to open the warfare. TO AID MAXUPAOTPftES. The Board of Trade Decides to Assist New Manufactories. DA special meeting of tlio board of trade was held last night , with Max Meyer in the ohair. Tlio object of the meeting waste to assist Mr. Walker in his efforts to or ganize a company to start the iiail works in operation. Mr. Walker stated .iJiat his plans were nearly completed , and that ho only needed $10,000 , whlch'hc ' thought would bo forthcoming Tri ( lie morning. The president tlven stated that ho liad re ceived a numbor.of letters from people who wore desirous of starting manufac tories in Omaha , and .who would like to obtain eiicourajjemcnt. The Smith & Holderman Elevator'company , of Toledo wrote that they Ranted to move their works we3twardland1Hvould like to have Omaha capital apvo ed in their enter prise. They onip.lo.ycd from thirty to forty men. Thoprbjcct ; was favorably considered , as it was thought that Omaha was destined to' Jbo "In , need of a great many elevators. > _ _ j" . Mr. Clarke thoughf that , some method should bo adoptouVito rond.ur substantial aid to manufacturing companies which wanted to oonl'o to Omaha. Mr. Davis advocated , the plan of ex empting companies from taxation and instanced several towns where such a system was in vogue. Another idea which mot with general favor was to organize a company which would temporarily assist new companies by taking stock and helping the enter prise in various other ways. The senti ment of the meeting was that .a company should bo organized which would advance money to concerns desirous of entering into business. C. E. Mayne , R. C. Patterson and II. II. Clarke were ap ; pointed to organize such a company , and Messrs. Davis , Goodman and Broatch were directed to ask the council to exempt now companlet from taxation for thteo or live years. A DISTINGUISHED GATHKRING. A U. 8. Senator , A U. S. Itoprcscutn- tiva nml a Bco Itcportcr Com- jiiuno TOKOthor. A reporter for the HUE swung himself aboard the funeral train bearing the re mains of Senator Miller Monday night , nnd after securing data about the members and mission ot the party , engaged in con versation with soinu of the distinguished legislators. Senator Jones , of Colorado , was briefly questioned about the silver coinage situa tion so far as concerns immediate legis lation. "I don't think , " ho said in reply to thu UEB man's leading query , "thafcl could successfully predict for you what congress will do in the way of increasing silver coinage at thu present session. Certain I am that a bill for the suspen sion of silver coinage will not ho pnssuit at this session. Such abjll would fail over whelmingly belli in Ihu house and scnnlo. Thoru is a popular fooling , which is grow ing ovnry hour , that there is not enough silver in the country and thnt that metal ought to remain as it is now , tlio standard of monetary valuu. Those are myowli personal convielions on Iho matter and f millnvu that the present agitation will only result iu a victory for 'our sidu. " " > Congressman Millikun , of Maine , remarked in replying to a ques tion of the reporter , that the fooling in Wasliington was decidedly in favor of Gen. IIp\yftrd as the successor to Gen. Pope , who ,1 , * to bo retired from the junior major-fipniiraloy. "Of course there is a strong tjfas'iuro being brought to boar upon iV6sIimt ( | Cleveland,1' ' ho said , "in favor of qthur eandidalusfor the place , but I don't think it will amount to anj thing. Fromrth/ul / have soon , i bo- liuvo that ( lea. Haw/ujl / will certainly re ceive the appointment , , " "What will Iho tionjito do about con firming Iho pending ) appointments of President Clovolandr1 "Kdmunds , as ymi know. has intro duced a resolution practically providing that the president ilia. } } "show causu" for the removal ofqiU o holders against whom charges have been preferred thjit is , lhat he proilucu , the papers filed against each incumbent whose place hu seuks to fill , It is certain thnt the sonntu will Bland by Ibis resolution further than that , as to what it will do , it is hard to predict. 1 don't beliuvo that there is ono of us who would care to stake his roputa- lion as a prophut on a prediction as to tlio outcome of the struggle , " A MVKIjV MKKT1XG. City Goiinallmon Talk Long mul hotul Important Business Transacted. Every member of the city council ex cept Mr. Thrane was present nt the moot ing last night , tlio four .coimcHineu who had been iu Now Orleans having re turned. It was expected that there would be a lively time in regard to the appro priation of $300 for th'o ThiirstoU trip to Now Orleans , and tuo expectation was re alized. Mr.Leuder arose to a question of privilege and chari torizwl. the assur- lion that tlio appropriation wris n steal as a Ho and announced that the city would not lose a cent by the transaction. "Messrs. Bolun , Ford and Goodrich agreed with Mr Lccder , and all expressed themselves in forcible , if not elegant language. Considerable important business was also transacted. City Attorney Council reported that tlio city could use the funds appropriated by the board of education in beginning the construction of the city hall , and Mr. Goodrich Introduced u resolution elution , which was adopted , instructing the board of public works to advertise for bids for the construction of the build ing. . An ordinance was prepared by the city attorney and submitted to tlio council repealing tlio ordinance granting the franchise of the city to the gas company , which was road twice and referred to tlio proper committee. An ordinance was passed changing the names of certain streets in order to make the names of the streets uniform. The council will hold an adjourned meeting Friday evening. An Interesting Case. Justice Hclslivy rendered decision yes terday In the somewhat important case entitled the Northwestern Electric Light and Power company against the First Congregational church and John A. Wakelield. The decision of the judge was iu favor of tlio plaintiff corporation. The suit was quite an interesting one. It appeared from the evidence that J. C Elliot and wife leased the spot of ground in question to one Grilling for a period of live years , rent payable" quar terly in advance. The lease provided that should the lessee become in arrears of rent , the lease terminated and the lessor should be given peaceable posses sion. Klllot erected on this ground the rink and mortgaged the building and loasofor $2,000 to John A. Wakeficld. The mortgage becoming duo Mr. Wake- field ( foreclosed his lion on the building and not on tlio lease and took possession of the former. When notice to quit pos session was served , Wakelield was found in possession and a lease was at once made by the owners of the ground , to tlio First Congrcgationa. church of Omaha. Elliot claiming that his arrcages of rent hail not worked a forfeiture ho assigned it to tlio Northwestern Electric Light and Power company. Upon this assigned conveyance suit was brought , which has just terminated successfully for the plain- A Dhlislitilil Concert. The second of the series of concerts by the First Congregational choir , assisted by Mrs , Martin Calm , was given last eve ning before an cnthutiastic audience at the Tabernacle. The programme through out wag finely rendered , nearly every number being heartily encored. The rendition of the song , "Thine Eyes so Blue and Tender , " by Mrs. Calm , took the audience by storm , snd to the applause - plauso which followed she responded with an encore. The closing number , "Holla Figlia Dnll' Amorc , " irom opera of Rigolutto. by Mrs. Calm , Mrs. Esta- brook , Mr. Wilkins and Air. Estabrook , was the gem of the evening. The entire programme was as follows : 1. Organ solo , "God Save the Queen" . . . . . Variations by Itlnk Mr. Tabor. o ( a "Two Brown Eyes" I . rrim , - i " Orick b "With a Violet f Mr. WIlkliiB. 3. "Thine Eyesso Dine and Tender" . Lasscn Mrs. Calm. 4. Organ solo , OITciioira In E flat . Wcly Mr. Tabor. 5. "The Arrow and tlio Soup" . Pinsutl Mr. Henry Estaurook. C. "She Wandered Down tlio Mountain aide" . Clay Mrs. Calm. 7. Quarletlc , "Bella Klglla Uell' Ainoro" ( From opera of Kigoletto ) . Verdi Mrs. Calm , Mrs. Estabrook , Air. Wilkius and Mr. Estabrook. Notloo to Laborers. The Knights of Labor of Grand Island , Neb. , would respectfully warn laboring man throughout the country that Grand Island and the country around is overrun with laborers , who have been induced to come hero by contractors and their agents under promise of labor on the new railroads projected from this city to the northwest. These men have been brought hero under promised labor , and , failing to find employment , are left destitute on the town and country around. In the interest of laboring men wo make thjs statement , that they may not bo deceived in coming to a place where the supply of labor is greater than the demand. By order of committee K. of L. Remarkable Accident. One of the most peculiar railroad cas ualties that has occurred on tlio Jnion Pacific was reported by an overland pas senger who arrived yesterday morning from Ogdon. At n small station between Rawlins and Laramie City the section boss , William O'Brien , was struck by a locomotive. lie was picked up anil found to be dead. The body was taken to Laramie mio City , where examination showed that no nones had boon broken and not a bruise was perceptible , but by the blow of the pilot tlio unfortunate man had been so suddenly propelled forward that his neck was broken. "Move On , There. " The police wcro busily engaged last night arresting vagrants , fifteen tough- looking citizens being pulled in in less than three hours. The city has been sud denly infested with a gang of mendicants fihicp the ; coming of the warm weather , and the pollen' are endeavoring to do their part iu forcing them to ' 'move on. " Mr , C. J , IJockman of Council Bluffs , Iowa , has returned from the cast where liu made arrangements with the Mal leable Iron works to have his patent fence and rail lock cast , and it will soon bu ready for public examination. Purlins building fences should see his improve ment advertised on another page. I'crNonnl Ed Mclntyro , of Suwurd , is at the Pax- ton. ton.Hon. . Tobias Castor , of Wilber , is in the city. J , W. Lane , of Fremont , is a P.ixton guest. Robert Ken , Paibloy , Scotland , is at the i'uxton. " hmil R. D'Artorls , of Los Angeles , Cal. , is at the Millard. John Pierce and Jesse Daniolson , of Chadron are stopping at the Paxton. J. A. Smith , of Beatrice , arrived in Omaha last availing1 ami is at the Paxton , Miss Lena May , Sioux City , and Mrs. A , J. Finlayson , of Blair , arc Paxton guests. Ex-Govornor Robert W. Furnas , of Brownvilln , is in the city , slopping at the Paxton. Sumner Johnson , an old Omaha news paper man , and now connected with the Chnyenno Sun , is in the city with his wife. J. 1) . La Course , of tlio railway mail service , has returned from a visit witu friends in Canada , greatly improved iu health. lion , Joe Fairlield , n member of the city council of Platt mouth. is u giusrt at I ho Paxton , and leaves for Sidney , Ivob. , to-day. F. S. Yerbeck , representing Barnhart Bros. & Spmdlor , the Chicago typo foun ders , was in Omaha yesterday on lib way to Denver. . . nrovltl < ! . The mayor's city election proclamation watt issued and posted throughout the city yesterday. " The trial of William Sohuiibs for sell ing liquor to minors , .whiHi hnd.b.cen set for yesterday afternoon in policy cqurt , was again continued. ' . . . < ; FIRED AT 10:30 : , How lliomns Obeyed Orders Atiout Four Hundred Decrees Too Well , Lafayetle Comet : They engaged a ucw poitcr at the Lihr : house last night. Ho was an active young mun , with Hiborni- nn typo of countenance and largo , horny hands about the size of hams. Every body liked him , ho was so cheerful , so obliging , and so rigorously and scrupu lously exact in carrying out every order given him. On last Tuesday Mr. J. B. Johnson , the vice president of the Omaha Chilled Plow works , put MM at the hotel. Mr. John son is n very dignified nnd polished gen tleman ami extremely particular about his room and service. That evening a very extraordinary thing occurred. Some say it was about niuu o'clock ) others place it as late as half past leu. At anv rate , somewhere near that tlmo Mr.Johu- son was amazed to see the door of his rom oicn and a man stop in. "Who the devil are youV" naked Mr. Johnson. "Oi am the porter , " replied tlio stran ger , deliberately removing his coat and rolling up his sleeves. "Wejl , what is the moaning of this sin gular intrusion ? " Inquired Mr. Johnson. Thomas did not reply , lie siilt upon his hands , executed a vapid nnd fantastic jig and leaped suddenly upon the aston ished guest. "IloTpl Murdcrl" ' bellowed Mr. John son , "crazy man killing mot" "Shut tin , yo dhirty spalpcoul" cried Thomas , obtaining a linn lirip upon the bust of his trousers and propelling him rapidly out of the room , "It's none o1 the loikes o' yo that's wanted in a daccnt house" . " "But , my good nmnl" gasped Mr. Johnson , his words coming by excited jerks , "there is some mistake ! Lot mo explain ! " "Nivcra ward , yo hoodlum ! " replied replied 'Ihomas , rushing him toward the stairs ; "we're on to yel The house has had ye spoiled I" The next instant the gucsls in the corridor rider were amazed to sen two figures , one spluttering and kicking and the other grim and determined , shoot down the staircase , plunge through tlio lobby and disappear inlo the outer darkness In a few moments Thomas returned panting and rolling down his sleeves. "What in the name of heaven were you Joins ? " asked Mr. Weekly , the proprie tor , when ho recovered sufficiently from the shock to speak. "I was firing that dhirty blackguard Johnson , " replied Thomas. "Firing him ? Hold me. somebody ! Who put such an infernal idea inlo your head ? "Hero shoiis , " replied Thomas , with an injured air , holding the slate before the proprietor's eyes. "By the great horn spoon , " gasped Mr. Weekly , and thcu swooned awiiy _ . This was what ho road : "No.10 ; fire at 10:30. : Hubbard nnd His Daughter. Now York Times : It was Gov. Hub- bard'8 daughter Nellie who set the fashion for rich men's daughters to nlopo with their coachmen , ller willfulness was the brilliant man's greatest grief. Ho presented to tlio world a calm demeanor and apparently a placid soul , but his bearing did not frankly tell the story of his life. Ho suffered more bitterly than his friends and companions suspected. On ouo occasion a rumor was current that he had become reconciled to Ids daughter , and that she was to come into his household uguin , and a newspaper re porter was assigned to investigate the re port. Ho found Gov. Hubbard in the law library of the state capilol. ' 'it is not true1 said the governor calmly. "It is not true , . " and went on reading tlo ) law book before him. Ho dismissed the subject just as ho might have sent a book agent about his business , but a minute or two later as the newspaper man looked down into the library from the gallery above an altogether different scene J > ro- sou ted itself. The strong man stood m a niche by one of tlio tall book cases , his head in his hands , crying like a child heartbroken. Alone ho was himself , In Favor of Eljjlit Washington Critic : "Papa , " said the daughter of a largo employer of labor , "are you in favor of the eight hour sys tem ? ' ' " " ho answered "un "Well , daughter. , der certain circumstances I am. " "Oh , I'm ' so glad , " she rapturously ex claimed. "Why , my dear , why are you so inter ested ? "Because , papa , George only stays four hours every evening , and ho told mo last night if you favored the eight-hour sys tem ho needn't go homo so early , lou dear old papa , I'm so glad you are in fa vor of it , " and she threw lior soft while arms about his neck and choked oil' all explanations. Domcbilo Ijll'c. Estcllinc ( Dak. ) Bell : A man slopped at the hoube of a Dakota puttier to get a dring of watiu. Ho found him silting in ( he shade , while another man was work ing near by. "I shouldn't think you would nned to keep a hired man on your small farm , " Uio traveler said , "Oh , I don't need to , I keep him so's to have somebody to boss around. " " 1 should think it would be cheaper to let the man go and boss your wife.1' ' "Stranger , " replied the settler , solemn ly , "you don't ' know Sary it 'u'd bo licc'sary to have a conip'ny of the rt'g'lar army huro all tlio tlmo if L wanted tor see any of my bo.ssin' carried out. " * A Tlirllty Yoiins AVoinnn. Miss ClaraOh , Ellin ! , I expect lo have the loveliest spring hat , and all It will cost will bu the price I shall havn lo pay for the ribbon , J shall trim it my self. self.Miss Ethel Ilavo you the frame ? Miss Clara Oh , yes. I was rummag ing in the storeroom this morning , and what do you think I found ? Miss Ethel I have no idea. Miss Clara One of last year's peach- baskets. _ _ Gloomy Days Tramp Are you a grand army man ? Gentleman Vos. Tramp Could you hnlp a poor fellow who lost his lug miring tlio war ? Gentleman ( giving him 10 cents ) What regiment did you belong to ? Tramp Not any , sir. I was run down by a boor- wagon a day or two after the battle of Fair Oaks. Those wcro gloomy days , sir. _ _ A Bit oC Provisional 1'rlde. Hn was an undertaker and his wifn hid : just died. They found Him with n mourn- or'a hat in liia liuiid , carefully rumoring the crapo. "I am deeply sorry , Mr. Jones , that yon have lost your wife. " "Ves , 1 feel it deeply , I ansuro you. " "She was a lovely woman. " "Indeed she was. Slio was a lovely woman. She was to lovely tint it was ti positive pride to bury hnr. " . . . - . Dan's Prosm'Iptlon. Pittsburg Chronielu : "Dun , I fnol de- oldmllr unwell this morning , " observed Gniver. "What nad I bettor do ? " "Do you feel more than ordinary poor- lyi" queried Lamonl. "Yes. Dan , i do , What do you pro scribe J" "Why , 1 think I'd send another message sagelo thu Buimto If 1 were yon. " Wo ori'er for'salu several Inicls of. acru property. tln3 bust in njnrkt-t , convenient to lidt Line , D. L. THOMAS & Brso , . . . CrtuuhUm Block. ! STEADY FEELING PREVAILED A Substantial Business Dona In All Ilia Speculative Markets , QUOTATIONS BELOW YESTERDAY A Stump On tlio Imto Session In Air ConimoilltioN Ijtglit Itcuulptu Help Onttlo Salesmen General Ilciori8 ] , CHICAGO GiucAoo , March 10. | Sr > ccinl Tth'graiu.J The speculative markets weie less excited - cited to-day , and a steadier fccllni : prevailed - vailed all around. A smaller volume of bus iness Iu the aggregate wan transuded In both brendstulTs antl provisions , ami ns vi-ry llttlo news of moment wns iccolvcd from the out- shle tlio day woio away without mni.sntlnnid features of any kind. In the poik nit there wns a belter class buying , as It was Kcnorally believed Hint alter ycstculny's slmip bleak a reaction would follow. There wns not so much Inclination in hummer the imuket nl nny rule , nutl It recovered Kxi of the ground lost , Cmlnhy , llntolny , Kobe-it Wnricn nnd lliitchliibon taking coiiMdurnblu of the product. Commciolnl entiles denoted a hnlt In the. iipwnidtemleney of when ! In foreign nmiket.M , .spothvat In Liverpool being quoted quiet anil stonily , and London wns cat led "quieter. " The weather over ( hero wns reported cold , with heavy snow storm ? prevailing In some pnits of Kiiglnml , WHKAT Wheat for May delivery lower at the opening , both here ntul in New York. This reaction troui yesleiilayls bulge wns attributed to the spring-like weather , less favorable news from abiond , mid a smaller decrease In the visible minply than wns cx- ppcleil. In St Louis the sprernl between May and longer futures widened about s fact that was regarded as of seine M Inasmuch R .shorts Iu the south west were dis posed to cover their Juno nnd August wheat In tills uinrltet. Kirsl sales worn at b'4Ko for May. Atlur selllnu up lo 44 , ' c the inaikct broke to 8l i' < < $ ! > ! ? B'e on the split , with fre quent fluctuations between these extremes. At a round S-l > < < rSlXe tlm bulk of business wns transacted. Whenever the markctgotun- der84Kc Rooil buying set in on both local nnd oulslilo order account. Keani was a largo seller In early dealings , nnd the Deslor .crowd Id a good deal of quiet buying. MINOR ( iiiAixs Corn and onts were weaker for bolh cusli and forward delivery , heavy receipts of the former lending to offset nny lirmnesn that iniclit otherwise luivo been imparted to trade through .sympathy with the other article. May corn sold diirlm ; Uio regu lar session nt 0yHi : > c and closed at 80o at 1 p. m. , or ifc lower. May oats broke nt : il } c , then recovered and rusted at JUJfc , beIng - Ing Ji'colV. Ollt edge casli corn of contract d grades in store was fully ? c lower than ycstenlny. Pnovisioxs Provisions were less nclivo bul somewhat stronger , the sharp decline of yesterday bringing in moderate buying orders , resulting in nn advance of Ific per bnriel on pork , 5c on lard and 7Kc on meats. The business done \vas not nearly so largo aa on yesterday , nnd the buying wns mainly on locnl account. Hogs were steady and in. light supply. ArTKiixooN ROAUD There wns fair ac tivity in the afternoon hi speculative articles , nnd a weaker leellng prevailed In bolh grain and provisions. Muss pork closed 12Xc lower than nt 1 o'clock , hird 2 > c , wheat anil corn * s'c , and oats # c. Jvngagoirwnts of wheat for export at New York were said to be eight to ten bunt loads. 3:45 : ] > . m.-Puts on May wheat , calls. Clininllcr-nrown Co.'s Report. The following report of Chicago's specula tive markets Is furnished the I3i5E by W. P. Peck , Omaha representative of Chandler- Brown Co. , of Chicago nml Milwaukee : Wheat opened weak nndj c below the clos ing ycslerday. The visible supply decreased only 418,000 bushels. Cables were quiet. Mark Lane was firm nnd prices unchanged. Frost In Kngland continues. Now York re- rwilod private cables lirni , but foreign nil soil ing. Mr. Brown wired at 10I0. : ? "Whcnt gain ing strength ; bulls buying freely. Hancock is back here n strong bull. Ream openly sellIng - Ing , but I think his brokois are carrying wheat for him. " Itccolpts of primary markets , 202,000 bush els ; shipments , 75,000 bushnli ) . Now York reported six lonrts of wheat taken for export uj > to is o'clock. May wheat opened at Sl c , sold for 8J % @ S-J ! < c , closed at 8lc at 1 p. in. Corn weak ; May 0 @ 39J c. Provisions Firm and a shaclo higher. 2:30 : p. m , Wheat steady at &lXc for May. Corn J c olV. I'ork lOc lower. New York reports ten loads of wheat taken In nil for export. Oar lot receipts , wheat , 70 cars , corn , 70 ! ! cars , oats , 101 cars. CHICAGO IjlVJB STOCK. CMICAOO , March 10. [ Special Telegram. ] OATTI.K Hwelpts lo-day wcro much llght- ur than many had expected , and for Hint rea son thn trade wns moro fnvorablo lo unles- men. Tlio mnrkut was very nlow to open , but the general demand for good to choice fat block of all weights was fully equal to thn supply. Lour grades ot bocf eattlo sold slow ly , but prices In nil branches of ( rude wcro about tsteady. There was n 'great seal ci ty of good cattle. Some 1,200 ll > Colorado ; ) sold nt SI.BO , nnd thu bulk of natives sold nt about 5-U5@5.00. ! Shipping Hteers , l,3M to 1,500 HM , > il.lKjZ5rx ) ( ) ; l.'OO to 1,350 Jbi , 51.00(3 ( fi.40 ; 030 to 1WO , IN , S1.'JO/4.BO. : lions As compared with yesterday there wns little or no change elthur In the ilnnmiid or pi Ices In this market , but compared with a week aso values are llVijSOi ! lower. To-day the best heavy mailo Sl.30 to S-MO , good to choice mixed packing forts Si.lO(3H.a ( > , with odd * nnd cnd'i ot 3.90 3.01. racking and shipping , ' , ' 50 to 410 Ibj , 8UO.iJ4.S3. FINANCIAL. New York , .Mnroh 10. MONET On call , easy at 1KW1 per wilt. ] 'iti > iKMKitcAxru.iPAi : > Eii--45 ( ! percent. STIUI.I.VO KXOIIANOB Dull but itea'.lv at 4.b7 ; c fur tlxty days and l.tt'Jtfi : ou duiiianit , OovhiiXMKNTS Dull but stuarty , Siocusbtockimuexticuiuly dull n'i'l jili.nust without ether features : The inaiku : , hf tor thu open Ing , was weak till 11 o'elocl. , ' \vhrti.lhf highest prices of the day generally uere icitclii'd. Afor | mld-iluy thw imukvl wu rui aitd ilutl iu a rnlti to the clote.