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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : FRIDAY , APKIIi. 22. 1887.
THE DAILY BEE. PUBLISHED EVERY MORNING. * * TmMfl OF Bunscrurrios : Dnllr ( Mornl.18 Edition ) Incluillutf Sunday Bur , Onn Vcar . 11001 Tor Six Month * . 600 KorThroo Months . 2W Tlio Omaha finndny Hun , mailed to any ad < lro0 , Ono Vunr. . , . "v > OMAHA OrrtcK.'No. PI4 AND Oil FABfAy NKW VOIIK orrtcK. Itoox ni , TitiiWMe IHIIMUNO. WASUIMOTOX All communloixtions relating to news nntl edi torial mutter ftlioulil bo luMroBSOd to the Hot- TUK or TUB URK. BCSINERSLETTBRM All business letter * and remittance * should bo ( Vlrcmod to TUB lisn Puui.igillKti COMPANY , OMAHA. Drafts. chucks and poHtonico orders to bo ntado payable to the orutr of tliu company , THE BEE POBLISmiTciPJII , PROPRIETORS , E. R03EWATEK. KniTOp. THE DAI Li Y BEE. Sworn Statement of Circulation. State of Nebraska. I . a County of Dotufas. | " ' H' Oeo. U. Tzschticif , secretary ot The Boo Publishing company , does solemnly swear that tlio actual circulation of thn Daily lioo for the week ending April 15 , 1837 , was as follows : Saturday , April 0 . HMO Himdny , Aorll 10 . 14BO ( Monday , April 11 . 14 , < WO Tile-day. April 13 . 11 , 120 Wednesday. April 1J ! . 11,095 Thursday. April 14 . ) ! lXtt ! 1'rlday , April 15 . 1-1,185 Average . 14.331 GEO. 11. T/sciiuorc. Subscribed and sworn to before mo this ICth day ot April , 1637. N.P. Km. . [ SEA L.I Notary Public. Geo. U. T/.scluiak , being llrst duly sworn , doposM nnd says that he Is secretary of Tlio JJeo Publishing company , that tlio actual average dully circulation of the Dally Ueo for the month of April , 1BSO , 13,11)1 ) copies ; for May , IBM , 13,4:9 : : copies ; for June , 1880 , l'J.398 copies : for July. lbS > ) , 13,1(14 ( copies ; for August , 18 0 , 12-KH copies ; for Septem ber , 18sO , 13u3o copies ; for October , isw ) , 12.1W9 copies ; for November. 1880 , 13,348 roplcs ; for December , 1880. 13,3:17 : copies ; for January , 18S7. Ifi.SCo copies ; for February. 18b7. 14,19i copies ; for March , 1887 , 14,400 copies. Oio. : H. TZSCIIUCK. Subscribed and sworn to before mo this 15th day of April , A. I ) . , mS7. ( SEAL. | N. P. KKIL. Notary Public. MAYOU EIMVAUDS , of Fargo , D. T. , weighs 400 pounds. When lie sits ilown on a raoasuro It will have some wcigl't with the council. Sioux CITY wants to bo : i "groat moat center , " nnd that , according to ono of her papers , is the solo wish and ambition. All she lacks is the moat. IT might bo a triumph of tbo Kentucky bummer faction to nominate men who nro the avowed"ohoraies of the BEE. But it is another thing to elect them. REVIVALIST SAM JONES will shortly be gin work in San Francisco. Hero will bean an opportunity for the hounded Kissano to Hnd ctornnl rest from General D.irr. IN Pitlsburg and Philadelphia the au thorities nro clearing out dons and gamb ling houses. After the fourth of July , according to law , all such places in Ne braska will disappear. UNDEU the stringent liquor law of Maine , where n government license is deemed prhua facie ovldonce of violation of the law , wo suppose It would bo illegal for a funnel-shaped cloud to toako its ap pearance during a cyclone. JEFF DAVIS has written n letter of regret - grot , to the committee of the Calhoun monument , in which he convoys the gratifying intelligence that ho cannot at tend the ceromouloa on Tuesday next , at Charleston , South Carolina. That which Jeff regrets the world rejoices to hoar. GEOHOE W. CIULDS has accepted the first political position of his life , tbat of visitor to West Point military academy , tendered by President Cleveland. Tnis ulso was the first and only political posi tion tendered by the president , accepted by Dr. Miller. Greatness ends with this appointment. AFTEU all it is indeed an ill wind that blows no good. The drought in Texas has caused farmers to plow doup. Ono man has already plowed up 120,000 in | 20 gold places , another $5,000 and two men in search of water found twenty toct under ground in an Iron pot , $1,000. From the fact that prohibition is liable to be adopted in the Lone Star state , these ( acts are suggestive. THE New York dairymen iiud that un der the inter-state law the railroads charge about twice aa much to carry milk as they do other freight. They also iiud that to carry milk 200 miles costs aa much as to carry it only fifty miles. The pnly hope for the milk men is to water their goods at the other end of the route , nnd thus reduce the quantity la shipping. TITK railroad conductors rend the air with blue streaks of complaint because the prohibition of passes will not allow railroad companies to pass their families free. This is the weakest thing yet. The members of a conductor's family are no luoro entitled to free passes than they are entitled to shares in the company's stock. The pass system was a nuisance , and it is hoped that it has boon aollshcd. THK Washington Critic say a : "In the course of hi * remarks in the pulpit last night Dr. Durchard said that ho was the youngest of thirteen children. This , then , is the key to a mystery. Suporstititious people will all say it is not surprising that the thirteenth child proved a 'Jonah' for the republican'whale. ' " it will bo remembered that the now postmaster was the thirteenth person at the Muivany banquet. _ _ PAUNKLL now threatens to sue the London Ttmca for printing the fao-slmilo pf a letter which it claimed was written by Parnell aiid which connected him dis gracefully with the Phecnix Park mur ders. The JetWr-it has since developed , was a clumsy * , forgery. The libel suit , however , will exonerate Parnell , and doubtless assist the cause for which he la laboring. _ _ _ _ _ _ THE Pennsylvania railroads are en deavoring , under their interpretation ol th iater-stat * law , to iiud out exactly "what the trafllo will bear. " The Phila delphia Record , on this subject , says : "II it be cheaper to walk horses and cattle to market than to send them by-rail , and if it cost less to transport charcoal by teams front the mountains to the mills ol the Lebanon Vnlley than to send it over the iron track ,1t must bo admitted that in these cases .it least the last straw has been laid on. " . Tlio BoodllnR Epidemic , The corrupting influences brought to bear upon me in bom of legislatures in dtfl'oront states during the past winter , show that Nebraska was not alone at the mercy of boodlorsand bribe-giving lobby ists. From Massachusetts particulars coma of an investigation which shows thn Boston lobbyists attempted to secure the pussago rf objectionable bills by the lavish use of money. Under oath they have admitted that their business ness was none other than to sccuro the enactment of certain laws , nnd further , that they had offered from $200 to $500 cnch for votes upon particular measures. The investigation is yet in progress , and as the case progresses interesting de velopments are looked for. At Harrisburg , Pa. , charges of corrup tion and conspiracy wore preferred against many members of the Pennsyl vania legislature , but like the Nebraska law-makers the majority of the lower house , in which the charges were made , defiantly challenged justice by refusing to proceed with an investigation. i'rom Albany , N. Y. , whore the states men are yet in session , the most shock ing reports of baro-tacod corruption and Infamous villany come. A bill authoriz ing the construction of an elevated rail road on Broadway , Now York City , has been introduced , in which there Is a steal of several cool millions , and reliable authority says a sum of at least a million of dollars has been raised to be disbursed among members to sccuro its passage. The members are being closely watched , as it is claimed the ma jority of them are not above embracing the golden opportunities attending such a contest. Thrco or four other bills in which capitalists ave directly interested have caused largo s urns of money to bo placed at the disposal of itching palmed members through abandoned and dlsrop- utnblo lobbyists. Each winter , during legislative ses sions at Albany , a drunken lobbyist named "Deacon" Richardson corrupts members and extorts monoy.from inter ested parties. Richardson is in many ways after the style of Vundcrbum , Walters , Green and other such ilk who Imvo boon the direct causo.of . defeating honest legislation year after year in Ne braska. The fact that money is shaping all law-making in many states , that dis honest bummers and boodlorsaro becom ing more bold and brazen , that they do not hesitate to admit in many instances that their business is to thwart just meas ures , push through jobs and unlawful appropriations , gives cause for serious alarm. If the reckless and dishonest lobby supplied with a corruption fund by bold corporation ofUcialp and scheming jobbers are allowed to control legislati on through faithless and venal law-makers , the people , as thu BEK before has said , must look to a remedy beyond the pale of law. A few necktie sociables would make bribe soliciting and bribu taking an extra hazardous business. In a Dilemma. The commission appointed to investi gate the Paoiflo railroad seems to have run against a dilemma. In the first plane the members are represented as saying that they do not know what their duties arc or how they ard to proceed and thus far havn not boon able to find any one who could give them the desired infer mation. In the second place they have encountered an obstruction in the com missioner of railroads , General Joe Johnston , who claims that ho has nil the powers possessed by the commission and can do all that is required by that body , thereby implying that it is an entirely useless affair. With respect to the first difficulty , the commission can readily overcome it by bringing to its assistance some ouo with the intelligence to inter pret the very plain and explicit law of its creation. It was not the business of either tho'prosidont ' , the secretary of the interior or the commissioner of railroads to do this. With respect to the other difficulties , we can see no reason why the work of the commission should come in conflict with that of the commis sioner of railroads , or why the former nooa have anything whatever to do with the latter in prosecuting its duties. The business of both is clearly delined , and if a part or the 'Whole of it shall happen to proceed on parallel lines it is not apparent how that should muko any trouble or do any harm. It might establish the fact that the commission is a piece of useless additional machinery , as wo have no doubt it will prove to bo , but if tlio result of this double labor in tbo same direction ahall bo corroborative testimony to the faota which congress desires to be informed of , there will be some compensation in that circumstance. There is certainly no good reason why the commissioner of raihoads should bo obstreperous. The commission is a tem porary device , which neither threatens his tenure nor troachcs upon his duties. As the servant of the people his duty is to assist and not obstrnct it. Meanwhile time is wasting , and the chances of get ting the required work completed by next December are growing daily loss. Subllmo Insolence ! An adventurer who wrecked the lead ing republican paper of Colorado , and has lived in Umaha barely six months , serves notice upon the republicans of this city , that he proposes to knife and help defeat any candidate who is person ally friendly to the BEE or its editor. This is the sublimity of insolence. The more fact that this Colorado dead boat and bummer happens to have editorial con trol of an Umaha shoot that is labelled republican , does not warrant the assump tion that the destinies of the party are in his hands. The republicans of this city succeeded during the past four years , without the support of the resurrected wreck which this insolent plrato Is steer ing to tbo depths of political hades. It Is notorious that republicans success in thii city and county four years ago and two years ago , was achieved in spite of the lukewarm support of the paper and underhanded opposition of its pro prietors. Two years ago this snring that paper bolted the republican candidate for mayor , before the convention was held , and gave no support to the bal ance of the ticket. The party carried the city in 'splto of its cowardly disloyalty. Mr. Murphy was elected mayor but was fraudulently counted out , by the very fellows who are to-day the intimate associates of the bummer editor. The republicans of Omaha are In no frame of mind to countenance such bra- wm impertinence. No swaggering turn coat Kentucky democrat will bo allowed to dictate whom the party shall or shall not take as its standard bearers. It would como'to a pretty pass'if thu man dates of a genteel rowdy who writes edi torials between drinks , would bo respec ted or obeyed as the party oruclu. Tlio KcBUlt of Ornocl. Eastern advlcosstato that the heavy im portations of iron and stocl during the present year have been the subject of much discussion in the trado. During 1830 the total importation of these metals amounted to 1,000,000 tons , which was a slight increase over the preceding year. For the first three months of the present year over 850,000 tons of foreign made iron nnd steel have found their way into the American markets. Various reasons are given by members of the trade for this condition of affairs. The high prices for iron nnd stool during the last months of 1830 gave the English manufacturers an opportunity to dispose of a large amount of their surplus stock. An average ad vance of 10 per cent , occurred In the iron market from Octobnr , 1880 , until Janu ary , 1837. This wns the English manfac- turers' opportunity , and the English pro duct was immediately poured upon tbo American market. If the iron and stool manufacturers of this country nro troubled about this state of affairs they have the remedy in their own hands. The situation Is duo to their own greed- Not satisfied with the protection afforded them by the tariff , they have combined to put up prices so that purchasers can pay the duty on the foreign product and yet get their iron as cheaply as in the homo market. Undoubtedly the foreign iron and steel imported has been laid down in this country , duty paid , nt n less price than the homo product could bo bought for. American manufacturers cannot reasonable expect any different result of a policy of rapacity. There is no patriotism in business , and American consumers of iron nnd steel will buy in the cheapest market. At present the pro duction of iron and steel In.this country Is very nearly up to the maximum. Hav ing orders that assured a season of pros perity , the manufacturers took advant age of the favorable situation to advance prices beyond tlio point at which the duty would protect them. In their greed they overreached , nnd now complain of the consequences of their own. foolish rapa city. A continuance of the importations will bo a good thing if it shall induce American manufacturers to see their plunder nnd retreat from it. For the people there is an instructive lesson in the experience. Amnrlcnn Opinion In England. Mr. Gladstone has not been deficient in manifestations of regard for American opinion upon the commanding issue of English politics. He has on all occasions made prompt and cordial acknowledge ment of the sentiments of approval of his course convoyed from this country , and there can bo no doubt that in every case this was sincoro. More than this he could not reasonably bo expected to do. As a leading English statesman it would be clearly out of the line of expediency for him Jo address to America any general communication on the question that di vides the people of Great Britain. Such a course could not lead to any better un derstanding hero of that question , nnd it might not bcnolit the cause which Mr. Gladstone champions. Ho determines wisely , therefore , in not taking this course. At the same time ho shows no abatement of interest in American senti ment or of desire for its expression. And ho has suggested a way to give it moro force upon English public opinion by the preparation of a statement of the number and the character of the persons who attend and give countenance and support to the assemblages which in this country endorse Ireland's causo. This excellent suggestion the Irisu leaders in America should act upon. There would undoubtedly bo great advantage in laying before English readers some thing moro than general facts regarding these popular demonstrations. Ouo ad vantage would certainly bo in depriving the tory press of the opportunity to mis represent and belittle thuso assemblages , as it is their habit to do. American opinion on the Irish question has had a very marked influence in England with the people. . It can bo raudo to have moro , and Mr. Gladstone has pointed out o'nc excellent nnd sure way of giving it increased power. THE now mayor of Chicago , being a practical man , takes an entirely practical view of how the affairs of the city should bo conducted. He would apply to them the same principles which govern "any largo , enterprising , prudent and success ful business organization. " In his very judicious address on assuming office , Mr. Roche said : "There must be competent , honest and faithful heads of departments and employes , nnd responsibility and accountability to central authority in a well conducted enterprise. Any rules which apply to largo , well managed busi ness organizations should guldo the ad ministration of city affairs , " This is an essentially sound view in all respects , which does not require the last qualifica- tlon. It is also of general application. Very likely ninety-nine men in every hundred who go into office for the first time entertain a simitar view of what ought to bo done and a purpose to do It. The fact that the view and the purpose so seldom prevail is ono evidence of human falibllity. The now mayor of Chicago may be braver and stronger than the majority , and prove to bo an exception to those in public life whoso promises are wofully belied in practice. THE promised visit of President Cleveland - land to Georgia has thrown the editor of an Atlanta contemporary into a trans port of delight. Ho herald * the coming event as Incompar ably the most import ant of the year in that section , and ex claims ; "Tho train that boars the head of the republic will thunder through dem ocratic multitudes from Washington to Atlanta , and will find hero 150,000 of Georgia's iron-ribbed to give it welcome. " It should bo a city if the exuberant as surances of Mr. Grady should load the president to change bis mind. Thunder' ing through democratic multitudes is bearable. It is by all moans the most de sirable way of getting through them. But the certainty of encountering an army of "iron-ribbed" Georgians ia not a pros pect that any man could look forward to with equanimity. J " " THE reorganized Omaha freight bureau will bo a success from the very outset , providing that'the bureau secures a man for commUsiouor who la competent and thoroughly dovotcd to the interests of his' employers. A iriati cannot serve two masters , and no man can do justice to the members of the bureau wlib is in any way uiulcr the liuljiencc of the railroads. A cheap man $1 prove of no avail. The bureau should engage a man who has been idontifjbd with the shipping In terests , or who Trias boon employed by ono of the groa * railways as manager of Its freight busiiAM , Bettor pay a competent * petent man $3OOJ a year than to have a cheap clerk willing to work for $75 n month. < a > . Mn. Fnin : Gn4 ? Is not n candidate for mayor , and nobody has any right to rep resent him as such. But If the republi can party wants it candidate who Is sure to be elected , it cannot nominate n better man than Mr. Gray. Ho would bo elected against any democrat. THE Kentucky bourbon rowdy , whoso highest ambition is to make Humphrey Moymhan chief of police , is altogether too previous when ho tells life-long re publicans that they must not nominate candidates who do not loaf around in the slums with him. Mu. COI-EMAN , of San Francisco , thn New York SmVcandidate ; tor the presi dency , has conclu-Jcd that section 4 of the irnto-stale law should bo suspended. Mr. Coleman proposes to keep before the people , THE concern run upon the money stolen from Uncle Sam , had better kick out or muzzle the swaggering rowdy who wants to play political dictator for the republican party in Omaha. TIIKKR is news from St. Petersburg of a "settlement of the Afghan question. " The foreign questions which are settled regularly each wcok furnish interesting and instructive reading. REt'tniLiCANs should not fail to attend the primary elections. Success in the impending city campaign depends upon the character and standing of the candi dates nominated. ACCOUUINO to the dispatches , it is easier for a camel to thread the postern of a nooJlo's eye than for n Chicago re porter to interview James G. Bluino. REPUBLICANS of Omaha cannot afford to make a mistake this timo. They must nominate men who can stand the brunt of a ten days' campaign. WHO wants E. W. Bartlctt for mayor ? Anybody except Charley Grcon ? Bartlett - lott could not lie fleeted constable in his own ward. IF you wantfjintegrity in the next council , nominate Vncn who arc known to bo honest and unpurchaseable. No turn-coat ijtontuoky democrat can play dictator for the republicans of this city. * ; ' I'ROMINKNT PERSONS. Miss Ethel Ulciccns , granddauchtor of Charles Dickens , has started a typewriting : ofllcc tor the copying of parts and prompt books. Deacon White Is to purchase Mr. Beecher's Peck-skill farm for 5100.000 and present It to his son when the latter marries Oolonol Beecher's daughter. Miss Catherine Heathorne , "The Maid of Kent , " celebrated her 103d birthday Monday. She continues to enjoy excellent health , her faculties beinK unimpaired. Mrs. Beechor , the widow of Henry Ward Beccher , Is In much better health sluce her sojourn In Florida. She intends to return to Brooklyn about the 21st instant Hannibal Hainlln still walks miles dally In all weathers , flslics with angle-worms , smokes a pipe , dances in the ball-room , and Is a general favorite with old aud young , men and women , at Danger. Colonel L. C. Galloway has retired from the Memphis Appeal after lifty years' active service , seventeen of ft on the Appeal. Ho founded the Avalanche In 1B57 , and conduct ed It until 1870 , except during the war , when It was suspended. Ilonry Villard lias telegraphed for his old car , now at Portland , in which ho wishes to make a visit to Oregon. The car , which Is ono of the Hr.ost Is the United States , has not been used since Mr. Villard wont home in ft for the "last-splko" celebration. The president has gone Into summer nuar- ters at Hod-Top. It is now said that he has made absolutely no plans for the. summer as yet. It Is not Improbable that ho will take a trip to the northwest late In the summer , but for the present 1m will pass his time between Washington and Oak View. James U. Marr , chief clerk In the office of the first assistant postmaster general , and In length of service the oldest of the govern ment's employe ! * at the capital , Is lying at the point of death , Mr. Marr was first ap pointed to a clerkship In the post-ofnce de partment Juno 1,1831 , and has been connected with the department In one capacity or another ever since. This U Cruel. Atlanta C'otudfuMotl. Tom Kecno has recovered from his Illness and IB again plan I ne "Hamlet" His "Ham let" Is as sick as over. Mighty Ncarlthe Mark. Linmln Demncrat. The BI-.F. has printed Its analysis of the members of the housa of representativw. It comes mighty noanttho mark In a great number of cases , by Blanco majority. The article Is too long n B salty for the Demo- 'craVs columns , but it should be road by every voter in the statt * . Of course It Is not wholly endorsed by this paper , some of its descriptions being unjust and some i entirely too flattering. But It is full of meat. i The Free Mat Suspended. Chtcaoo Mall. President of Kallrovl Company at the Gate ofHeavon : "Allow ma to pass in , please. " Bt. Peter : "The free llsthas been entirely suspended and you must pay your fare. " P. of 11. It. Co. : "But I was not aware that the new law affected Uu > roads leading into paradlsn. " St. P. : * ; 'ibt new law affects everything. You haVrhaU a special car on jearth and paid for nothing. Up hero we must see your ticket or have the equivalent. Pleas * stand aside and make room for the engineer who was killed on your road a few minutes ago. " A MlMourl Opinion. KiuiifU Wv Timed. Speaking nt Mr. In ( call's address to the native Irish ions of Topeka. Father Baker fcellnely says ; There was no demajcogy about it. It was not delivered for bun combe. It came from a heart that feels for the woei of an oppressed country. " People ple who enjoy the acquaintance of Mr. In- galls will easll ) comprehend how hfs heart must have bled. Nothing can be more ex- qulsltflly touching lan tbe spectacle of the deeply sympathetic initiator , his voice tremu lous with emotiuu , and hU warm hand pressed over his bursting heart Why didn't somebody think ot an Instantaneous pho tographic camera. No Reflection. TVdiroln Dtmociat. Many ot our contemporaries take excep tions to the recent article In the Omaha UIE : entitled "Decline of the County Press. " There Is nothing , says the Beatrice Demo- oat , objectionable In the article that we can see. There Is no question but many papers throughout the state have boon started by land agents , or by politicians who want an ortan , rather than upon a legitimate newspaper - paper basis by newspaper mon who depend upon the people for their support. Wo know of several papers of this class who nro con trolled by politicians , and are used to ad vance Individual Interests rather than to give the news. Alleged newspapers that are run as factional orpruis ccilalnly mark a decline In the country press , and many of this kind are founded where the legitimate support given a paper would not sustain it. Wo think that no rellectlon Is cnst upon honest journalism by the HEP. artlclc.and publishers who run their business In a legitimate way can but feel the bad Influence ot papers that are started up cither to rake In a tow political chestnuts or to enable some politician to lampoon an opponent. On. Taylor. Press on t surmount the rocky steeps , Climb boldly o'er the torrent's arch ; Ho falls Mono who feebly creeps , Heylns who dares the hero's march. Bo tliou a hero I Let thy mitrlit 'Ilamp on eternal snows Its way , And , through the ebon walls of night , Hew down a passage unto day. Press on I If once and twice thy feet Slip back aud stumble , hauler try ; From him who never dreads to meet Danger and death , tlioy'o sure to Hy. To coward ranks the bullet speeds , Whllo on tlinir breast who never quail Gleams , guardian of chlvalrlc deeds. Bright courage , HUe a coat of mall. Press on I if fortune play thee false To-day , to-morrow she'll be true ; Whom now she sinks , she now exalts Taking old Rifts and granting now. The wisdom of the present hour Makes up for follies past and gone ; To weakness strength succeeds , and power From frailty spt Ing Press on 1 press on 1 Therefore , press on I and roach the goal , And gain the prize , and wear the crown 1 Faint notl tor to the steadfast soul Como wealth , and honor , and renown. To thine own self bo true , and keep Thy mind from sloth.thy heart from soil ; Press on I and thou shalt surely reap A heavenly harvest for thy toll. COMMISSIONER GRIFFITHS. Ho Accepts the Vloo Presidency of a "Western Road Notes. It developed yesterday that Freight Commissioner Griflllhs , of the Omaha Freight Bureau , lias been tendered the vice presidency of the Or egon & Washington territory rail road. Ho is now on tlio Pacific coast , making arrangements to accept the po sition. It Is not known whether he will resign his present position or not. FAS8KNGKU MEETING. A nicotine of the passenger represen tatives of tlio different eastern roads run ning into Council Bluffs was held this morning in room 48 at the Paxton hotel. The object of the meeting was to ar range a now system of time for the dif ferent roads , which will enable them to work moro in harmony. The meeting was called to order bv Colonel A. C. Dawes , of the Kansas city road. A SKKSATIOKAb STOUY. A Kansas City paper prints a sensa tional story to the effect that General Superintendent Smith , of the Union Pa cific , ia about to resign to accept n posi tion in the operating department of the Missouri Pacific. Also that Vice Presi dent Callaway , of the Union Pacific , was about to accept the position of general manager of the entire Gould system. Mr. Smith is not in the city at present nnd could not be questioned about the matter. Mr. Callaway , however , was seen , and positively denied that there was anything in the story. He said : ' ! Imvo not re signed my position with the Union Pa cific nnd I do not intend to accept any such position with the Missouri Pacific. ' BUSINESS FALLING OFF. The west-bound passenger business of the Union Pacific and B. & M. has fallen off nearly 50 per cent in the past twenty days. 1 his is ascribed to the operation of the inter-state commerce Inw. NOTES. Car Service Agent Thompson and Di vision Superintendent Deuel.of . the Union Pacific , have returned from their trip over tiio Kcmiblican Vnlley branch. B. F. Masson , of tlw general manag er's otllce , Union Pacific headquarters , has returned from Detroit with his bride. COURT-MARTIAL TRIALS. Their Alarming Frequency la This Department A Circular. A circular was issued by General Crook yesterday , calling attention to the alarm mgn urcbcr of court-martial cases in this department. This circular contains a table showing that for four months end ing March 31,1897 , there were 880 court- martial cases tried , the total number of enlisted men in this department being 8,3i5. That is to say. nearly 38 par cent of all the soldiers in this department were arrested and tried for ono offense or an other. In commenting on this matter , General Crook says , "The number of trials in a command cannot always be taken as an accurate in dication of its state of discipline , but it is found that discipline is usually best in Commands where trials arc fewest. "Post and company commanders should use with care and judgment the discretion , placed by the regulations in their hands , in the matter of confining and trying the mon under thorn. When ether means to discipline have failed , confinement should bo used us a last re sort. sort."A good soldier is sometime ? spoiled by the contamination of a guard housa , where ho is brought into contact with the most worthless nnd vicious men of a com mand. Special care should bo exorcised in confining men but a short time in the sorrico. A frequent and indiscriminate use of coulinomontH nnd trials by courts- martial will not only bring this moans to discipline into contempt , but will rumovo the odium which n self-respecting soldier should attach to such punishment , mid true discipline will suffer accordingly. " General Kautz , who was ono of the of ; , floors appointed to make investigation into the case of Paymaster Bash , who was robbed at Antelope Station , is nick. Colonel Morrow will probably succeed him on the board of investigation. ARBOR DAY. How It Will Bo Spent In the City To- Morrow. To-day will be Arbor day , and through- hout the state there will be n cessation In many lines of business , and quite an amount of tree planting in dulged. In this city a number ot citizens will celebrate the day in an unassuming manner , planting a few trees around their households. The most demonstra tive feature of the day In the planting line will be the oxaroises of the graduat ing class of the high school. In this class there are forty members , and each of these will plant a larch tree on the oampus south east of the school , ami mirrounlng the oirulo of catalpus planted on last Arbor day by the graduating class of that year. The holes for the trees will bo proparot under the direction of Mr. Crnlg , tht horticulturist. Several recitations am declamations appropriate to the occaoiot togotlior with the Arbor day recom inendation of Mr. Lane , stnto suporin tcndent of education , will bo delivered and road by certain of the pupils. Aftoi which the trees will bo inserted in the ground , nnd the loose earth filled in bj the members of the class. These exor cises will commence at 1 o'clock , nut witnessed by some now members of the board of education , Siiporlnlcndcn James , Professor Lewis and others. There will bo no class held in any o the public schools to-ilnv. The postolllco will deliver mail only as on Sundays. All the government ofllccs In the cus torn house building will be closed. The clearing house will transact nc business. Tlio lirst game between the Llncnlna and Omahas will take place , and pre vious to it will bo a procession in wliicl the Omahas , Llncolns , and Mayuc nines will take part in hacks. DUUY1NO 1'AUPERS. The Steps Tnkon to Contlnno the Sepulture or Needy Ones. The county commissioners wont out3'cs tcrday to inspect some roads and bridge , near the Washington county lino. They will bo away all day. . The contract for supplying colTins foi and burying tlio county dead has been m the hands of Drcxol & Maul > for so me time , and is about to expire. This morn ing the county commissioners sent a note to this firm , as also to Taggart & Tag gart , Burkett.Barrett & Houiy.nnd Ricwi asking for bids for the same work the coming year. This includes the plaii boarrtroflin and conveying the remains to the cemetery. The cost per body up to the present has been $ ! ) , but this was for convoying tlio remains to the poet farm cemetery , if the commissioner ! ' should decide to purchase a potter's liclc in Forest Lawn cemetery the price woulc bo considerably increased. Commissioner O'Koffesaid ' yesterday morning that if the bids were not as reasonable as they shouh be the commissioners would have some o the county employes attend to the busi ness. A FRIGHTFUJj FALL. John Smith Gooa Through an Eleva tor Shaft. At about 3:30 : o'clock yesterday after noon a serious accident occurred at the Millard building now being built on Hai ti cy between Eleventh and Twelfth. John Smith , a carpenter while carrying some heavy timbers and walking backwards fell through the clovator shaft and wns pro ciuitatcd to the bottom floor , a distance of thirty.eight feet. 'Fortunately no bones were broken , but it is impossible to say how serious the internal injuries are. Dr S. P. Ginn attended the unfortunate man nnd pronounces him not fatally in j n red. Smith was moved to his homo in the patrol wagon. A New Hotel Project. It was stated yesterday afternoon upon the authority of the editor of the Counci Bluffs Nonpariol and a reliable real estate - tate man , that negotiations are in progress for the purchase by Joslyn , Andrews drows , and others , of the Dr. Mercer property , occupied by the present oit > hall building , nnd two lots adjoining , for something like flTO.pOO. If the tradewhich involves the property now owned by Joslyn , Andrews , anil others , on the corner of Farnain and Tenth streets , should bo made , it is as serted that a hotel will bo erected there to bo patterned after'tho Palmer house in Chicago. Nothing moro was developed later in the day concerning these reported nego tiations except a statement of confirma tion from a gentleman who claimed to know whereof he snoke. l > r. Mercer was not found and it was learned , only , concerning - corning his part in the transaction that the deal was not closed. Colorado's Quarantine Overrides Ne braska's. . Dr. Ramacclotti , deputy state and city veterinarian , told a BEE reporter yester day morning that Jhc state of Colorado had established a strict quarantine against cattle which have passed through Illinois. Ho stated that it had enforced the rules oven against cattle which had been shipped from Illinois and allowed to pass through Nebraska after their owner had complied with all the quaran tine regulations of the state. A case in point occurred yesterday. Cattle from Illinois were allowed to enter and pass westward through Nebraska whore the owner had shown legal papers settling whence the cattle had come and that they had not associated with infected stock. When they reached the Colorado border , they were peremptorily refused admission to that state. The doctor thought it was well that cattle men should be made aware of the new rulo. Jnwlah Confirmation ra-tT. The confirmation exorcises in the Jew ish church nro of nn annual occurrence , and sot for the Feast of Ponticost , which occurs this year on Sunday , May 29. Dr. Benson ha ? under his cl < argo for tuition and preparation , the following named young ladies and gentlemen : Masters Abraham Kahsh , George Sollg- solin and Moses Miller.'ivnd the Misses Ida and Fannie Brown , Augusta Kopold and Hose Levy , of Omaha , and Louis aud Wenda Solomon of Plattsmouth. itAnni BENSON'S LECTURE. This evening Dr. Benson will lecture at the Jewish synagogue upon he following subject : "The Characteristic Traits in tire Human Disposition. " Divine services at the synagogue will commence at 7:30 : o'clock. _ Prcsbytnrlnn Commissioners. Mr. P. L. Porino is in dailv receipt from all parts of the country of the names of commissioners who have been appointed to attend the next Presbyterian general assembly which meets in this city on the 10th of May and continues until the HOth At present his list comprises 250 names. This will bo added to until it is complete , which will bo when all the local Presbyteries shall have eleeted their commissioners. In this array of names will bo found many of the best known nnd most distinguished members and divines of the Presbyterian church in this country. Mr. Penno says that this list is open to the inspection ot any per son who may desire to learn who have been elected to represent a particular part of the country. Police Itoiiif. A man named Snangunburg , who keeps boarding hoube tit Twentieth and Lo cust Hlronts , reported at police headquar ters yesterday that ono of his boarders , a young man named Joseph Wachtlor , had disappeared with 440 belonging to him ( Spungwiburg ) . Tlio theft was committed while the entire family was out of the house. There is no clue to Wuchtlor's whereabouts. K. Peterson yesterday reported that thieves entered his barn "at Thirty-second and Seward strcctl Wednesday night and stole a tine sot of double and u single harness. The Krck-harKIn Cane. The case against Ed. Larkin charged by John Krck with malicious destruc tion of property \vus continued by Judgti Stonburgyesterdnv afternoon until thu"J7th , after : \ jury hti'l boun drawn. iMimber Merchant ! * Confer. Yesterday nftoruoon the lumber march ants of the city nro in consultation with the representatives of the Iowa and Ne braska lines nt the Paxton hotel , concerning corning the readjustment of the tariffs , which , under the now law , threaten to wreck the lumbar trade In Omaha. Besides the local lumber dealers , thn following railroad men are present : J. A. Munro ? , general freight ugent , and T. L. Klmball. general tralllc manager of the Union Pauillc ; Thomas Miller , gen eral freight agent , representing the H. & M. nnd Chicago , Burlington &Quincy ; C. V. Lewis , assistant general freight ugnnt , nnd W. It. Garrott. division freight agent of the Missouri Paclllo ; H. C. WloTccr , trafllo mr.nager. nndV. \ . H. McCtilloch , general freight agent of the Northwrst- oru ; K. C. Morohouso , prim oral freight agent Fremont , Elkhorn A ; Missouri Vul- loy ; J. T. Clark , general freight agent Chicago , St. Paul , Minneapolis &Omnhii , and Commissioner. J. N. Falthorn , repre senting the Iowa lines. This meeting is ot interest to uioro than ono class of Omaha merchants , it will affect , In Its results , not only the lumber merchants , but the ether classes of Omaha's business mon , as well. As ono of the lumber mon expressed himself to day. "This Is but the opening wedge to wards seeming concessions which Omnlnv merchants must obtain , if they want to protect themselves against discrimination in favor of eastern cities. " The now tar iffs under the intor-stato commerce law , not only discriminate terribly against this city in the lumber business , but in other branches of trade ns well. Relief must bo obtained and that right speedily. "Every day makes luattors worse , " said a lumber man this morning , "and if the roads don't make concessions to us , I for one shall be obliged to go out of business. I cannot stand the pressure , and Ido not bcliovo that the other lumbermen of the city can. " A few figures will make it plain just what this discrimination against Omaha means. The rate on lumber from easterner or northern cities to points in Nebraska Is less than the sum of the rates from those , cities to Omaha and from Omaha to the aforesaid points in Ne braska. To illustrate this , the rate of lumber from St. Paul , Minn. , to Norfolk , Neb. , Is 25 cents. The rate from St. Pnul to Omaha is 82 cents , and the rate from Omnlia to Norfolk 1C cents- making thn total rate on lumber , if shipped from St. Paul to Omaha and from Omaha to Nor folk. 37 conts. Again , the rate on soft lumber from Chicago to David City , n point on the B. & M. , is 35 cents per cwt. From Chicago to Omaha it is 20 cents per cwt. und from Omaha to David City 18J- cents per cwt. This , of course , is a discrimination of 7 cents per owt. in fayor of the Chicago merchants. This discrimination applies to points In North ern Nebraska reached by the Northwest ern ; also to many points on the Union Pacific and about twenty-five on the B. & M. in brief , the demand of the local lumber merchants is that this dis crimination shall bo done away with and that the tariffs shall be so adjusted that Omaha will bo on an equal footing with other cities in the cast , north ami north west. Whether the railroads will meet this demand fairly nnd squarely , re mains to bo seen. The Joint meeting concluded at 5:80 : p. m. without any definite understanding being arrived at. A meeting of the rail road representatives wns held at 8 o'clock in the Paxton last night. They decided , it was stated , upon the best con ditions which they would oiler. Another joint meeting of the lumber dealers and representatives of the roads will bo hold this morning tit 10 o'clock. Thu Cable Ijlnc Contractor. Mr. James Lillis , of Kansas City , the gnntleman who has the contract for the building of the cable line in this city , arrived hero last evening. Ho had just returned from St. Joe , where the tele graph of .yesterday afternoon ntntod that ho had secured u franchise for a cable company to traverse nil the principal streets of the city. Curiously enough , on the same day , the wires brought the information that Mr. Lillis had been ap pointed by Governor Marmaduko to the important position of police commis sioner. Eleventh Street Viaduct. Inspector O'Donovan , who has had charge of the construction of the Kiev enth street viaduct , says that a few sec tions of the hand rail remain to bo put in place. These , ho thinks , will bo ad justed to-doy. and the whole struc ture thrown open for pedestrians nnd wagons in a couple of days-ut the far thest. Some time , however , must yet T elapse before the iron stous loading from Jones street and tlia railroad track shall be completed. They will not , however , interfere with the bulk of the traffic. Testimony at Homo. A. D. Jones and wife have just con cluded their testimony In tbo case of Mr. Robinson , of Mendociuo , Cal. , in which ho seeks to obtain the proceeds of land in Iowa , of which ho claims ho was illegally dispossessed. The testimony was taken at the residence of Mr. Jones , by Charles Potter , who is a notary public. It will bo presented in court in a few days. Mr. Robinson , the plaintiff , ono of the supervisors of his county , has temporarily returned to California , be cause of his. official business. * _ _ , _ _ - A Crazy Bohemian. One of Sheriff Coburn's deputies yester day morning attempted to arrest a crazy Bohemian , on Uougla * street. The follow resisted vigorously aud would have suc ceeded in "getting away'1 with the deputy , liad not Oflic'er Donovan come to the rescue. The two of them pinioned the lunatic and took him to the county jail , where ho was placed in temporary cus tody pending his rcmovul to Lincoln. That Youthful Forger. Every day some new victim of the young forger Wcndovcr turns up ut po lice headquarters. The latest man to report was S. Jonascn , thu Thirteenth street jeweler , who oasliud ouo of the young man $10 ohooks. it now appears : lmt there wore about thirteen of those checks forged , which would miika the aggregate amount obtained on them about ? 130. _ Oujiht to bo Removed. For some months there has boon n arge lump of asphalt on the alley cross walk on Eleventh street between the Jrttlghton and Paddock buildings. It Is lightly stumbled over by people who cannot sue in the dark and ought to bo removed. Haatlni : * . The Mo. Pacific and Northwestern havt submitted propositions for bonds which will bo voted sure. J. D. Kiloy , the real estate broker , has great bargains in busi ness lots and ncre tracts. Dawos & Foss' Addition a specialty. Rooms 4 , 0 nnd 0 Opera House. Will Go to Lincoln. The A. 0.11. . of this city , and u iiuiii- > nr of their frinndH , will join with the 'incoln branch of the order In attending he laying of thu corner stone of thn now Catholic church of that place on Sunday nuxt. The Western Union down-town Nnw ' fork olliuu IIUD just opened : i pneumatic ubu line up to Twentythirdstreet. . It akcs two minutes nnd tun sucondu to end a box of Kirk's "Jnvimilu" Toilufc Soap the length of thn tube ,