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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : FTUDAY , D.EGEM11E11 10 , 1808.
SUCCESTS CHARTER CHANGES
Committees Get Together to Consider the
Weak Bpots in the Document.
MATTER OF TAXES THE MOST SERIOUS
CominlRMlnnor Snckett Cnlln Attention
to llic Xri-il of it Hotter Wny
of l'n > 'lni ? for 1'ulillo
Improvement * .
The various and divers committees ap
pointed to consider and formulate needed
amendments to the present city charter-
representing the city , business and labor
organizations of the city and Douglas coun
ty's contingent to the coming legislature
hold Its first meeting last night In tbo city
council committee room In the city hall.
Several proposed amendments were offered ,
tut the discussion on them led Into such
deep water that no definite and tangible de
termination on any of them was reached ,
lAs a consequence the meeting adjourned
without doing anything except to talk about
the proposed changes , to refer them to com
mittees to report upon their merits and de
merits at a meeting to be held on next
Thursday night and to elect Councilman
Burmcstcr chairman and City Clerk Hlgby
secretary of the joint committee.
The moat Important matter that was up
for discussion was without doubt a rather
indefinite sentiment that a change should
bo made In the existing system of taxation.
The point was brought out by Tax Commis
sioner Fred Sockett , who asserted that the
time IK fast approaching when the city -will
nave to formulate some other plan to pay
for the coat of paving , sewering and other
public Improvements Instead of assessing It
only against the front feet of property abut
ting upon the streets -where the Improve
ments are made ,
"Tho city U collecting taxes now , not
to pay for the Improvements , " ho declared ,
"but to pay the Interests on the bonds that
liavo been Issued to pay for them. When
the bonds become due the city finds that It
BOB not the money on hand to take them up
and consequently must Issue renewal bonds.
In this fashion the taxes originally assessed
tor paying for the Improvements are eaten
up In paying Interest on the bonds and In
tlmo the city Itself will have to pay for the
improvements. You cannot force the collec
tion of taxes , for In many cases the property
owners cannot stand It.
City Ccrlnlii to Lone.
"In many cases , too , If the city takes the
property for the tax , the property at forced
sale will not bring In the amount of the tax
nnd the city will have to ultimately pay for
a portion of the Improvement. The city
must so readjust Its assessment system that
property shall bo taxed only In proportion to
the amount It can bear , the remainder to bo
raised In another way. Ultimately the city
will have to adopt a system by which a portion
tion of the tax shall be paid by fVo general
public , another portion by the feet frontage
and another portion by the- vehicles and
street cars that travel upon It. That Is
really the most equitable way ot assessing
taxes and Is In vogue In Pennsylvania , Mis
souri and other states. "
This brought a suggestion from Council
man Dlngham that steps should be taken to
make It possible to levy an occupation tax.
Efforts to do this in the past , as in tbo case
of the coal dealers' licenses , have been de
clared Illegal. These suggestions were re
ferred to a committee.
City Engineer Rosewater proposed a new
sidewalk regulation. It provided for the
creation of permanent sidewalk districts ,
after the fashion ot sewer nnd paving dis
tricts. Property owners should bo given the
right to designate the material , ' but thb
sidewalks should all bo' constructed in a
uniform manner by the Board of Public
"Worki ) . Bonds bliould bo Issued for con
struction , similar to paving and sewer bonds ,
the cost 16 bo assessed against and ulti
mately paid by abutting property. In the
case of temporary walks , the city engineer
would glvo the public works the right to lay
narrower walks of a more permanent char
acter than wooden walks whenever consid
ered necessary. This plnu would do away
with a good bit of advertising , serving of
notices and Board of Equalization work that
la now necessary , besides saving the city
considerable money In payment of personal
Injury claims.
IlliiKhnm OppoMcN llio Plan.
Councilman Illngham opposed the Idea ,
declaring that the present charter pro
visions , requiring the Issuance of permits
by the Board of Public Works , afford the
city ample latitude. Ho also declared that
property owners should be given the right
to protest to a board of equalization against
sidewalk taxes If they were unjust. More
over , be contended that the cost of laying
such walks of more or less permanent cnar-
nctor all over the city would pay any per1 I 1
eonal Injury claims that may bo presented
a good many times over.
City Attorney Council declared that uni
formity In sidewalk construction can be
brought about through an ordinance. City
Engineer Rosewater , however , Insisted that
this Is Impossible and 'has ' been so demon
strated by past experience. Councllmcn , In
order to stand In with their constituents ,
would suspend the ordinance to accommo
date property owners who desired their
walks to bo In a certain position. This matter -
tor was also referred.
City Engineer Rosewater also had a sug
gestion to reinstate an old paving raw.
Instead of permitting paving to bo done
only on petition of property owners , he
thought that the mayor and two-thirds or
some other proportion of the city council
should have the right to order paving In
ony portion ot the city whenever deemed
necessary , subject to protest of the owners
of a majority of the property affected within
thirty days. The result would bo that restI I
dent citizens who desired paving or repav- I
ing could have It done without going to
great trouble In securing the signatures of
nonresident property owners to a petition , j i
City Attorney Connell thought that the j
plan gave too much power to the city coun- I '
ell. He said that half the property owners
would not know when paving was ordered
and they would consequently bo compelled
to pay for Improvements that they could
not afford and did not want. Ho also held
that 111 la power would result In the or
dering of unnecessary paving that wouM
end In virtual confiscation of adjoining prop
erty. The
proposed amendment was re
ferred.
ferred.Want
Want * Tlmo of Rlrctlnii ChnnRcd.
Councilman Mercer suggested an amend
ment to change the tlmo of holding the city '
election from the spring to the fall. The '
proposed change was suggested In the In
terests of economy , It being stated that the
city Is called upon to spend $7,000 or JS.OOO
Cor every spring election , while at the same
tlmo It must stand a proportionate expense ,
of the fall county and state elections , from 1
which It secures no benefit. City Engineer
Rosewater was an opponent nt this change ,
as he insisted that too much partisanship
would bo Injected In the city elections It
they were held In the fall with the others ,
the consequence being that It would bo lets
likely that city ol'.lclals would bo elected
on tlirlr merits than If the .erections were
held at another time , The matter was put
In the hands of a committee. I
The same action was taken on another
amendment by Mercer that a part ot the
council should be elected In alternate years.
Mercer Insisted that If , In a landslide , a
whole council and the mayor should fall of
re-election , a new government would be In
power that knew nothing about city affairs ,
the result being mismanagement and con * ,
fusion. I
On one amendment , however , another In-
troduced by Morccr , the meeting acted.
This proposed that property owners who
are already delinquent In taxes should be
Ineligible to sign a petition for other publlo
Improvements. Under the prncnt law , Mer
cer asserted , a property owner who owns
property on a street In bad condition may
sign for the repaying of the thoroughfare ,
even though ho has never paid a dollar on
the original paving. The view prevailed
that It was the property and not the property
owner that was taxed and consequently the
proposed amendment was tabled.
Chairman Burmestcr will appoint the com
mittees which will consider these various
matters in the near future.
A3VtiHEARD
HEARD ABOUT TOWN.
"Did you ever feel what It wan to bo
uneasy upon your entrance to a strange
city and to bo glad when you left It In
safety ? " remarked a gentleman to a Bee
reporter yesterday. "No. Well , I have. I
visited a certain city recently and I want
to say that I took precautions to bo able to
establish an alibi all the time I was there.
Some'time before my visit my sister was
j ! there I attending the exposition. I was down
. south at the tlmo and was supposed to be
I permanently located In a southern city ,
She and a brother were walking down the
street , when suddenly she grabbed him by
the and cried 'There '
arm : goes John.
The brother looked , recognized mo and
chased down the street after me , but was
unable to overtake me.
"Not long after that a friend of mine was
attending a national convention In the city
In question. Ho had been standing near
the desk In a hotcf , watching the moving
crowd , for several minutes , when ho hap
pened to catch a glimpse of n young man
who also seemed to be enjoying the study
of the throng. My friend , supposing It was
I , hastened over , held out his hand and
said , 'Hello , John , ' The young man responded -
sponded courteously that my friend had the
better of him , as ho was sure they had
never met before.
" 'Oh , come off , young man. Isn't your
name John Williams ? '
" 'Yes , sir , but I never saw you before. '
" 'Well , you make me tired. Are you not
from L ? '
" 'No , sir. I was never there In my life. '
" 'Well , I llko your , nerve. Open your
mouth so I can see the filling In your
teeth. '
"Tho stranger opened his mouth nnd my
friend found the filling In his front teeth
corresponded exactly with that In mine.
Ho looked closely at the stranger , who
Bccmed to take It good-humoredly , and
found that the only difference In our appearance -
pearanco was a scar , which was missing
from the young man's cheek. Ho was the
same height , about the same weight , hair
the same color , eyes gray rlko mine , dressed
and talked llko me and his name and In
itials were exactly the same ,
"I visited the city where he lives awhile
back and tried to locate him , but was un
able to do so. I worried all the time I was
there , because I feared ho might bo a crook
and the poflco might mistake mo for htm.
Do you wonder that I breathed moro freely
when I boarded the train for my homo ? "
H. B , Craig of Minnesota City , Minn. ,
reached Omaha last night and after supper
strolled up to the exposition mass meeting
at the city hall. Later when seen at his
hotel ho said : "If there Is an exposition held
In Omaha next year my opinion is that the
attendance will bo nearly double that ot
last summer. Take , for instance , the little
town where I reside. Last season I suppose
not moro than half n dozen people came to
the exposition. When they returned they
were enthusiastic and were good advertisers.
It was too late when our people realized the
magnitude. If the exposition is held next
year and is ulorig the "lines contemplated
you will see thousands of people In attend
ance from southern Minnesota. "
Ernest C. Thompson , one of the leading
hardware men of La Crosse , WIs. , Is In
the city. If an exposition Is held in Omaha
next year ho win come here and locate In
business.
Daniel C. Comstock , Interested In a
salmon canning plant at Astoria , Is in
Omaha. Speaking of the canning industry
of the Pacific coast , ho said : "During the
last year It has Increased 25 per cent. We
have opened a heavy trade with the Ha
waiian Islands , China and Japan. The ex
position at Omaha last season was a good
thing for us In the way ot advertising. We
can feel the results of it In the way of trade
and you may rest assured that if there is
an exposition next year Oregon will be rep
resented. "
"Thero Is an upward tendency In the
prtco of horses , " said John NIckerson , one
ot the ranchers of western Wyoming.
"Three years ago we could not se-11 a horse
for enough to pay the expenses , but within
the last nine months values have Increased
until now , when first-class animals are
marketable at almost as good prices as we
received ten years ago. Of course ponies and
scrubs are cheap , but good horses bring
good prices and In less than three years you
will see the horse-raising Industry back
-whero It was a few years ago. "
I'ernoiial I'arnRraph * .
II. W , Qerb of Lynn , Mass. , Is at the Her
Grand.
George M. Billings of Indianapolis Is at
the Her Grand.
H. A. Crook nnd G. E. Whlttemore of
DCS 'Molnes are at the- Her Grand.
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Mucke of Hastings are
at the Her Grand. Mr. Mucke is a well
known lumberman.
J. L. Crowdrey of Philadelphia , a capital
ist who holds largo Interests In the Pitts-
burg mills , is at the Her Grand.
Miss Ethelwynno Kennedy has returned ,
after a visit of nearly four months in the
eastern states.
Emerson II. Dodge , a wagon wheel manu
facturer from Port Huron , Mich. , Is In the
city on his way home from. Silver City , N.
M. , 'near which place ho has a silver mine
that Is being developed.
Nebraskons at the hotels : J , T. Welsman ,
Joseph Johnson , Lincoln : C. S. Bridge , Nor
folk ; George Willing , Broken Bow ; B. W.
Reynolds. Fremont ; S. J. Weeks , R. H. Jen-
ness , O'Neill ; M. D. Cameron , Schuyler ,
R. G. Donnelly , ono of the largo farmers
of Kansas , Is In the city. Ills homo Is a
few miles from Wichita. He says1 that all
through Kansas there has been heavy snow
this winter nnd that the prospects for an
nbucdant crop next year are most encourag
ing.
ing.At
At the Mlllard : H. S , Green , Havana ,
Cuba ; M. C. Keith , North Platte ; George
Kalkenback , BufTnto , Wyo. ; Henry Henrlch ,
Fort Robinson , Neb. ; A. Binning , Montreal ,
CAnn4i ; II. Morris , Chicago ; C. M. Turner ,
Miracle , Ind. ; Grant Mott. Philadelphia ; A.
I ) . Hlbbard. Michigan City. Ind. ; C. E.
Hawkins , Chicago ; George R , Callis. Balti
more : O. H. Llppelt , St. Louis ; W. P. Bis-
sell. St. Paul ; J. B. Lyon. Lyons , Neb. ; W.
L. Foster , Tecumsch.
CATTLE MUST BE CERTIFIED
( iovrrnor .Smith of Montana Modlflc *
Quarantine lle jiiatloii ! of
That State.
HELENA , Mont. , Dec. 16. At the request
of come of the large cattlemen of Montana
Governor Smith today issued a proclama-
tlon modifying the quarantine regulations
of the state , which prohibited the Irapnrta-
tlon of cattle from states south of Kansas
and Colorado during portions of the year.
Southern cattle , under the new ruling , may
be Imported at any season of the year , pro-
vldlng that they are accompanied by certlfl-
catrs from some competent officer , showing
that they have been dipped according to
the formula prescribed by the department
of animal industry.
TWENTIETH TO GO TO MANILA
Begiment at Fort Leavenworth Ordered
West Immediately ,
ITS ROUTE LIES VIA SAN FRANCISCO
Movement to lie Conducted on the
Haul * of Three Yearn' Stay In the
Philippine * Strength of the
nt Preicnt.
Orders have been received nt the head
quarters of the Department of the Missouri
for the transfer of the Twentieth Infantry
from Fort Leavenworth to San Francisco
In I readiness to bo moved to Manila , The
\ orders i call for the movement In time for
the I troops to embark on the transport Scan-
dla i , now at San Francisco , allowing ns lit
tle tlmo as possible for the soldiers to re
11 main In the city before sailing.
The enlisted men of the regiment are to
bo carefully Inspected and those who are
married , sick , or whose terra of enlistment
expires within three months and who do
not : express a willingness to re-enlist , are to
bo discharged from the service or transferred -
' ferred ; to other regiments which will bo
kept j In the country.
I Commissioned and non-commlssloned of
ficers will bo allowed to take their families
with them on the transport and mounted
officers may take their horses.
The orders are that the command shall
be 1 put in condition as to equipments and
clothing ' for a service in the Islands of
two ' or three years.
1 The orders dispose of the theory that the
troops were to be sent to New York and
, thence to the Philippines by way of the
' Suez ' canal.
I Department officers nt headquarters are
I busy ' today making arrangements for carryIng -
Ing I the orders Into effect. Telegrams have
been sent to San Francisco to learn the
probable date for the sailing of the Scan-
dla and the moving of the troops will de
pend upon this date. Captain Baxter , the
quartermaster , and Major Duval , the com
missary , are at work planning for the equip
ment and stores necessary for the journey
and the quartermaster Is also preparing to
advertise for transportation. Major Koer-
per , the surgeon , Is listing the medical
supplies which the regiment will need and
all fho officers are busily engaged In the
work Incident to the moving of about 1,300
men.
Strength of the ItoRlniciit.
Tuesday morning the strength ot the
regiment was : Present and absent , 43 of
ficers and 1,112 men ; present , 21 officers and
1,044 men. The regiment therefore needs
165 recruits to fill It up to Its full strength ,
which Is 1,277 men. The losses which will
occur by discharges or transfer will prob
ably bo double the number of recruits now
necessary to fill the regiment.
The field hospital supplies are all ready
to load on the train. Medical chests are
packed and crated and cots and bedding are
also ready to be shipped.
Dr. Van Tuyl , acting assistant surgeon ,
Dr. McCallum and Lieutenant Dutcher , as
sistant surgeon , will be the surgeons who
will accompany the regiment , besides one ex
perienced hospital steward , two acting stew
ards and thirteen privates. Acting Steward
Altman and seven privates will be taken
from the post hospital. The steward and
the other acting steward , with six privates ,
are expected to arrive at the post soon to
join the regiment.
Brigadier General J. H. Patterson , United
States volunteers , formerly lieutenant colonel
nel of the Twenty-second Infantry , who
was seriously wounded at El Caney , Is colonel
nel ot the Twentieth Infantry , but is at
present detached as chief mustering officer
for New Jersey. It Is not yet known whether
ho will accompany the regiment to Manila.
The regiment is now In command of Lieu
tenant Colonel W. S. McCaskey of the Second
end Infantry , formerly stationed In Omaha.
It is expected now that orders for the
movement of other regiments In this depart
ment will follow this one in due time , but
the War department seems disposed to
profit by experience and not order any
movement until it is prepared to properly
handle and care for the mon. In other
words , troops will not be sent to San Fran
cisco to put up temporary camps while
waiting for the transports to get ready. The
Scandta has been in port several weeks ,
and is now believed to bo ready to start
on another voyage , so that -when the troops
reach that city they may go on board with
out any delay. It is not probable that moro
than one regiment will go on this transport
as It will also carry a large stock of stores
for the men already in the Philippines.
Two Other Regiment * Going- .
The Twelfth and Twenty-second regi
ments of United States Infantry will follow
the Twentieth to Manila via San Francisco
within a very short time. The Twelfth is
now located at Jefferson Bavacks , near St.
Louts , Mo. The Twenty-second is stationed
at Fort Crook.
The other three regiments of the regular
Infantry that will go to the Philippine
Islands will go via the eastern route ,
through the Suez canal and the Red sea.
This will cvenry divide the movement be
tween the eastern and the western routes ,
three regiments going in each direction.
Information to the above effect was given
to the railroads in this city by tbo De
partment of the Missouri , U , S. A. , yesterday
afternoon. Immediately thereafter the west
ern lines set their freight and passenger
rate clerks at work preparing bids to bo
submitted for the western movement within
a few days. It is probable that the regi
ments may start to San Francisco within
a week. It was announced that the Twen
tieth Is not In condition to move yet , but
It will be put in such shape as soon as pos-
slbro.
The news that three regiments will travel
via the western , Instead of all going by the
eastern route , was welcome news to the
officials of the transmlssourl lines , who had
been disconsolate since It was first given
out that all six regiments would go to the
Atlantic seaboard and eall from there.
Department Tioten ,
Lieutenant Colonel J. V. D. Mlddleton ,
deputy surgeon general , U. S. A. , who has i
been stationed at San Francisco , retired yes
terday on account of reaching the age limit ,
and It is expected that Major E. A. Koerper ,
chief surgeon for the Department ot the
Missouri , will be promoted to the vacancy ,
as he Is the ranking major in the medical 1
corps.
Seven recruits for Fort Crook came In
from the east yesterday morning. Three were
former members of the Sixth Illinois , who
were at Porto Rico , and four were from the
Eighth Ohio , who were at Santiago. They
look forward to their trip to Manila with
considerable interest.
First Lieutenant John L. Sebon , Twentieth
infantry , has been found by an examining
board to be unfitted for promotion by rea
son of physical disability Incurred in the
line of duty.
Captain Abner Pickering , Second Infantry ,
Is announced as judge advocate of the Second
end division of the Fourth army corps.
Colonel Daniel D , Wheeler , formerly chief
quartermaster of this department , has been
ordered to St. Asapa , Va. , and other points
to Inspect unserviceable quartermaster's
property. j 1
Acting Assistant Surgeon John R. Hicks
has been relieved from duty at the United j .
States hospital at Fort Monroe and baa been
directed to report to Fort Crook for duty.
Htoleii Cuh Iteonvrrril ,
Lewis Lloyd , a 9-year-old boy , was ar
rested Wednesday evening at the Instigation
of Mrs. O. Alblez , wto inspected him of
teoJtnu $33 from the money drawer at her
boarding house on North Seventeenth
street , and Confessed yesterday to having
committed the theft. Lloyd worked for Mrs.
Alblez , doing odd jobs around the house for
his board. He nays ho ( happened tlj discover
where the money was kept and took It Ho
told the police where hp had concealed the
cash and It was returned to the owner , who
eays she will have the lad punished in the
courts ,
WALNUT HILL GRADING TAX
City Will Try to "collect for the Work
Done ijmicr Defective
Ordinance.
At the last sitting of the city council us a
special board ot equalization yesterday
afternoon the city fathers decided to adopt
the new plan of 'assessment JOT the grading
done In Walnut Hill eight years ago. By
this new levy the city assumes one-halt the
cost of the grading , while the other halt Is
assessed equally against all the property
adjoining without regard to whether It paid
any cf tha original tax which has. been de
clared unconstitutional. It Is the purpose ,
however , to so arrange matters that the
taxea paid will apply upon the new tax
levied.
This Walnut Hill grading covered a goodly
portion of the addition. Its cost was very
nearly $30,000. The assessment was Inter
declaied illegal by the supreme court , but
not until after some $11,000 of the taxes
levied had been paid Into the city treasury.
After the decision no further attempt could
be made to collect any more of the tax , but
the city officials determined to try to com
pel the property owners who had paid no
taxes to pay n share of the cost. They
therefore adopted the Idea of drawing up a
now levy under the present law , which
enables the city to order grading by paying
one-half the cost and assessing the other
halt against the property adjoining.
This was the plan of assessment adopted
and was the ono that passed the Board of
Equalization yesterday. The levy amounted
to about $13,000. It naturally created con
siderable objection. The property owners
who have paid none.of the tax did not want
It , whllo the property owners who paid the
original tax did not want another assessed
against them. The former element was rep
resented by Councilman Mercer , who owns
or represented 123 lota In Walnut Hill. At
torney Stout represented the latter clement.
I'd I lit * of the I'rotcntorn.
Councilman Meroer'a protiHt contained
'the ' following points : That the supreme
court had declared that the work had been
Illegally done and that therefore any tax Is
invalid ; that a large- proportion ot the prop
erty had changed hands since the grading
was done and that consequently a new levy
would cause endless litigation ; that the
assessment Is unjust and Inequitable ; that
the proceedings for the appointment of ap
praisers required by law had not been ob
served.
Attorney Stout made his protest on en
tirely different grounds. He said : "As I
understand it , the tax that may have been
paid In previous to the decision of the su
preme court will bo entirely disregarded.
For example , the property I represent paid
$1,800 of the tax. Now , according to the new
levy , the city Is 'assessed halt this amount
nnd our property Is again assessed the other
half , $000. If wo do not pay this $900 the
tax Is a Hen against our property , even
'though ' we have already paid In twice the
amount. Otherwise wo must pay this $900
and therefore , In case of litigation , we will
have tied up for several years $2,700 , or
three times the tax wo are assessed. Wo
are perfectly willing to pay the tax under
the new levy , but before doing so wo think
the city should payback the $1,800. "
Assistant City Attorney Scott was asked
for an opinion. Ho declared that In making
a now levy , In view * of the decision of the
supreme court , Jthe city must proceed as It
not' dollat-'of " '
"the original 'tax 'had been
paid. Thcrcforef.Tthor.lovy must Includeall
property benefited without regard to any
previous payment of taxes. Ho declared ,
however- that | t < would be rank Injustice to
compel any property to pay'three times Its
legal tax , and therefore ( he said that after
the levy Is made ; the tax previously paid in
can apply on the new assessment. He In
sisted that an order of the court permitting
this could bo easily secured.
Wan JuHtlcc to the Pnbllc.
He was in favor of the levy , declaring
that , whllo It might work some injustice
upon property owners who had already paid
their tax , itho Injury would not bo as great
as If tbo property owners of the whole city
were called upon to pay the cost of an Im
provement of which they bad no benefit , in
stead of the property owners benefited who
did not pay their taxes.
On tbo strength of this opinion tbo levy
was passed , Burmester , Dlngham , Mount
and Stuht voting for It and Mercer , Karr
and Lobeck against It. Mercer gave notice
that the matter would bo fought In the
courts by the property ho represented.
President Blngham stated at the conclu
sion of the meeting that too proposed to
faflier some action by which the property
owners who paid tbo original tax should bo
repaid the amounts over and above the tax
they were assessed under the new levy.
This was the only Important matter that
was up before the board.
LEAGUE TO HAVE FEWER CLUI1S.
Plan to Ilrduce National
to ElKUt Club * Favored.
NEW YORK , Dec. 15. The base ball
managers were very tardy In getting to
gether today for the reconvening1 of the
annual meeting1. The question of amending
with an eight or ten-club in place , of the
twelve-club schedule now In vogue will bs ]
one cf the most Interesting matters to bo
decided before the final adjournment of the i
meeting. I
Many stories nre In circulation as to the 1
purchase of the St. Louis and Louisville
franchises. Nothing definite has been de !
cided on In the St. Louis case. Louisville la i
In the market , and If the league buys It the
Kensral Impression Is that F. Do Haas | ,
Koblnson of Cleveland will purchase this
St. Louis assets , If they are put up for ,
sale , and will then transfer the. Cleveland ;
club to St. Louis. This would reduce the .
league to ten clubs for the coming1 season.
Then there are rumors that two other clubs
nro to bo gotten rid of , and three- are men
tioned , Brooklyn , Washington and Balti
more , from which two are to be taken.
Anothsr scheme and ono which meets
with general approval Is the proposed
formation of two elKht-club circuits , which
will act In unison. The. national agreement
lias two years more to run , and those ,
proposed changes may not be brought about : j i
before the expiration of that time , but If
the slxteen-club plan , with two circuits , can
be arranged , then a new ten-years' ugree-
mcnt may be signed , the change to take
effect In 1900.
EVfiitM on tin * Running * Track * .
NEW ORLEANS. Dec. 15.-Thls was the
nineteenth day of the Crescent City Jockey
club's winter mee-tlng. The weather was
cl ir and the track slow and lumpy. Re
sults :
First race , selling , onn and one-sixteenth
miles : Colonpl Frank Waters won , School
Girl second , Bequeath third. Time : 1:53. :
Second race , six furlonco : Him Time won ,
Free Hand second , Lost Time third. Time :
1:17 : .
Third race , ono nnd one-sixteenth miles :
Clay Pointer won , De Bride second , Marltl
third. Time : 1:62V4. :
Fourth race , handicap , six furlongs :
Abuse won , Sailor King- second , Hay
Mitchell third. Time : 1:1C',4. :
Fifth race , selling ; ono mile : Dr. Marks
won , Eight Bells second , Lady Fltzslmmons
third. Time ; 147K. ;
Ilookmaker * Are Indlcteil ,
WASHINGTON , Dec. 15. The grand Jury
today reported indictments against Book
makers William J. Connor. Charles Emper-
son , 1C. M. Galnea nnd Max Klein , charging
violation of the framing lawn at the recent
race meeting at Dennlnes. Similar charges
brought against George Wheelock , Sol
Lltchen , M. Looram and William Snow
wore Ignored. Each indictment charges set-
tine tip a. Kiunlnw table or contrivance
called bookmaklng on November 14 last.
Merchant ! ' llrnn Club Notice.
A new rule has been adopted that no person -
son can deposit more than three coupons
with any one merchant on the same day.
HU-CANT HU-CANT HU-CAN ? HU-CAN ?
VOTES AGAINST EXPANSION
Imperialism and Its Ilk Discu sed by Fed
eration of Labor.
LARGE STANDING ARMY IS A MENACE
Samuel II. Donnelly , President of
1'jiioitrnphlcnt Union , Mpritkn
In Uefcnic of the Ini-
perlnl Policy.
KANSAS CITY , Dec. 15. At Its annual
convention today the American Federation
of Labor , by almost a unanimous vote , de
clared against a standing army In the United
States , which is In reality recognized as a
protest against expansion , or the spirit of
Imperialism as It was determined by the
delegates. This action was taken after five
hours of debate on every phase of the ques
tion. At times many of the speakers be
came eloquent in their utterances and re
ceived applause from the delegates.
The Issue came to the notice of the con
vention through a resolution which grew out
of suggestions In President Samuel Qom-
pers' annual report. The debate opened
when the committee , of which Mr. Henry
Lloyd of Boston Is chairman , offered this
resolution :
Whereas , As a result of the recent war
with Spain , a now and far-reaching policy ,
known as Imperialism or expansion , Is about
to thrust upon us a largo standing army
and ' an autocratic navy , this convention of
fers Its protest and calls upon Its officers to
use all their power to defeat the same.
Donnelly Favors ExnnitHloti.
Samuel B. Donnelly of New York , presi
dent of the Typographical union , was the
only speaker and practically the only dele
gate who in any way defended the cause of
expansion. "Expansionists have always
won , " sold he in the course of his remarks ,
"because it is in the Interest of a higher
civilization. Don't believe that the 65,000,000
people who do not belong to trades unions In
this country are going to bow down to a
system of Imperialism or pay homage to a
crown. I know I am in the minority here ,
but If wo adopt this policy against expan
sion I want to go farther and declare against
this peace alliance with Great Britain. "
Mr. Donnelly was frequently Interrupted
by applause , but the delegates were not In
sympathy with his argument.
Delegate Lloyd of Boston followed
in a strong speech against expan
sion. He said In the course of his re
marks that ho never had been In favor of
an alliance with Great Britain or any other
government and he was not In favor of It
now. Such an alliance of governments
would bo a sad blow to organized labor In
the United States. An alliance of the work
ers of the world was what was wanted ; not
an alliance of the governments of the
world. Continuing , Mr. Lloyd declared he
would have the Federation of Labor serve
notlco upon every politician In the country
that any man voting for expansion would
place himself In deadly enmity to organized
labor and that organized labor -would work
for his defeat at the polls. The Federation
of Labor , ho went on , should not be drawn
away Into political questions ; It should at
tend to Its own business.
Delegate John Ktrby likewise spoke against
expansion. The annexation of such coun
tries as the Philippines would drag labor to
the level of the countries annexed. Max
Hayes of Cleveland declared the wage work
ers of the United States could not afford to
trifle with the question of expansion. The
Federation of Labor should wash Its hands
of the whole question and not bo drawn
into a problem which politicians would and
are .using . for their own best Interests , i.
S.J. . Kent , labor , commlssloper of Ne
braska , spoke along the same lines as did
Mr. Lloyd , arraying himself directly against
expansion.
Isaac Cohen of Cleveland said It was the
business of trades unions to fight against a
colonial policy that would Injure the cause
of labor to such an extent as the Importa
tion of contract labor would.
Andrew Funuseth , representative of the
Seamen's union , characterized the result
that ho thought would follow expansion , as
similar to the Importation of itho negro to
this country.
President Gompcra made a remark that
embodied the same ideas against expansion
that ho eel forth In his annual address.
George E. MacNear of Massachusetts said :
"If 'the trades unionists hod sent up a pro
test against expansion at Us very inception
It would have been defeated. "
Stewart Read of the machinists of Chicago
cage declared that his union was opposed
to an increase of the army or the navy.
He said the machinists wanted the United
States to have Its war ships built by union
labor. But they did not want an Increase
In the navy.
When a vote was finally taken the recolu-
tlpn wui adopted with but three or four dis
puting votei.
Other Act * of the Delegate * .
Other work accomplished by the conven
tion was the adoption ot a resolution to
send an organizer Into the southern states
during the coming year. A resolution was
adopted placing the Federation on record In
favor of sending a representative of the
government to the peace congress ot na
tions proposed by the czar of Russia.
When a meaiure was brought before the
convention asking congress to grant an an-
nua ? leave ot absence of thirty days to the
employes of the navy yards , President
Compere spoke against It. He declared
that ho was In favor of these employes , as
well as all other employes , receiving a
leave of absence from their work , but he
feared the demand at this time would only
serve to burden tbo eight-hour bill now
pending before congress.
The resolution was referred to the execu
tive council of the Federation.
A resolution condemning the Allen law of
Illinois1 and complimenting the people of
Chicago on their fight against the street
rait-way companies was adopted.
Before adjournment President Gompers
read a telegram from Atlanta , Go , , stating
that the trade unionists there had refused | i
to take part In n. peace jubilee parade from
which colored trade unionists had been ex-
eluded and concluding with these words :
"Tho color line Is now drawn in labor
unions in the south. "
PRESERVES SURRENDER TREE
General Wood Trying to Protect It
from the Itavnico of the
Hello Hunter * .
SANTIAGO , Dec. 15. General Wood , gov
ernor of the military department ot San
tiago , Is determined to protect what Is left
of the "surrender tree , " the * reo beneath
which the Spaniards consented to the ca
pitulation of Santiago , and has had it en
closed with a wire fence , Issuing an order
Imposing a fine of $100 or Imprisonment for
100 days as a penalty for mutilating the
tree , which Is already not a little Injured by
rcllo ihunters.
An order has been Issued forbidding the
carrying of firearms within the city limits
except on special permit. This Is designed
to prevent a repetition of such disturbances
as occurred in connection with the recent
Maceo memorial services.
Senor Trujlllo , editor of Kl Porvenlr , who
had challenged Senor Corona , editor of
Cuba Libre , to a duel , which General Wood
prevented by promptly arresting both men
and confining them to their 'houses ' under
guard , announces In bis paper today that
his difficulties with Senor Corona , have
been settled "In a gentlemanly manner , "
Pictures of the
Exposition
make splendid
Vfi
, CHRISTMAS PRESENTS I
The best pictures of the exposition are the re
productions in colors of the paintings of John K.
Key. The color prints are by Prang. 115x1 * , ) inches ,
suitable for framing.
With Mat , 35 Cents.
Without Mats , 25 Cents
Full sets of 12 pictures in a portfolio , ยง 4.00.
, At The Bee Office , Bee Building.
TWO MEN HELD FOR MURDER
Jesa Tnnman and Will Cole Charged With
Killing Peter Kreiohbaum.
VERDICT RENDERED BY CORONER'S ' JURY
Sheriff Having PrlNottcru In Caatody
Taken IJtic 1'revnutlonH to I'rc-
vcut tlie Operation of Mob
Law in the Cnnv.
FRANKLIN4 , Neb. , Dec. 15. ( Special Tel
egram. ) The coroner's jury Impaneled to
Investigate the cause of the death of Peter
Krclchbaum , the wealthy farmer who dis
appeared December 2 and whose mutilated
body was discovered yesterday burled In a
hog pen on his farm , three miles south of
this place , returned tbo following verdict
this afternoon :
"That Peter Krelchbaum came to his
death by being shot In the head with n
shotgun and by being struck on the head
by a blunt Instrument In the hands of Jess
Tunman and Will Cole. "
The verdict waa received by cheers by
the crowd and meets the approval of all. A
preliminary hearing will bo held as soon as
arrangements can be made.
At the examination today two places on
the dead man's head were found where he
had been struck by something about the
size ot a hammer. The skull wag broken
In and the left side ot the face was literally
torn to pieces where the shot had entered.
When the body was dug up a grain sack
was found over the bead.
The finding of the body was largely duo tea
a dog which belonged to the dead man. The
dog on Sunday went to the grave whllo the
crowd was hunting and again yesterday.
The curiosity of ono of the hunters was
aroused and-upon Investigating the body
was soon found. The body will bo sent In
the morning to Burlington , la.
The prisoners are being closely watched
and guarded and nre getting very nervous.
It was thought today that the young men
were going to break down and confess , but
as yet they have not. A largo crowd was in
town today and viewed the remains and
there was much talk of lynching. Trio
sheriff last night was afraid to leave the
prisoners In town and It Is rumored that
again 'tonight ' he will take .them out In tiie
country , fearing trouble from a mob.
The arrests were made this morning.
At the time of his arrest Cole attempted to
resist with a shotgun , but was covered by
the revolver of the sheriff. Two shotguns
and a peck measure full of loaded shells
were found on Colo's premises.
TIIEV SULL THEIR WIVES.
Klondike Better Halves Traded Mkc
Chattel * .
Startling reports regarding the extent ot
the wife-selling traffic of the Klondike
country are the sensation of Vancouver. That
a man can get a buxom , dark-eyed wife for
fifty blankets would , seem a sort of fairy |
story were not the facts so serious.
Robert Stead Dun , a graduate of Harvard ,
and formerly editor of the Harvard Monthly ,
has Just returned to civilization after a
fifteen-hundred-mile trip by the Edmonton |
overland trail to the Klondike.
It was here at Fort Graham that Mr. Dun
discovered the polygamous condition of so
ciety and the widespread trafficking In young
women. Ho found that nearly all the clerks
and employes had no difficulty in buying
wives. And they bought them.
Sparkling Byes , a noted Indian belle and
the daughter of a prominent chief , was con-
sldered the prize of the northwest. Prom
far and near came offers for her hand.
Ponlce , guns , trinkets , brass watches , yards
of tin foil and bales of copper wire were
offered for a quit-claim deed to the maiden's
heart.
But the grim old warrior was not to b
caught by any ordinary purchaser. II
wanted something besides personal propert
Ho was ambitious for a family alliance with
tome man of social standing and Influence
In the community.
Thus U was that when Factor Fox , a big
medicine man , a superintendent of white-
faced employes , made overtures , with due
ceremony and elaborate array of technicali
ties. Involving the highest etiquette of the
land , the copper-colored chieftain Immedi
ately became an eager party to the negotia
tions ,
Then Factor Fox took the girl to his cabin ,
decked her out In beads and gorgeous trap
pings , with a yellow handkerchief for her
bead , purple scarfs for her neck , rcspleu- j
dent brass rings for her ears and lingers
and a peck of flashy big-headed pins for
other features ot her adornment.
She modestly appreciated her exalted posi
tion In the new life and although ehe did
not seek to ostentatiously queen It over the
employee of the factory , yet she bad an air
of authority and self-possession that won
her the respect of the boys of tbo settlement. .
The old Indian chief must have picked up I <
some now points from the whites , for when
he found that his daughter was a Jewel of a
wife ho demanded a codicil to be Inserted
in the deed. | t i
He struck for moro blanket. If Factor 1
Fox had no blankets to erparo the chief
would take dogs , brass watches or money ,
but he preferred guns If ho could get them.
Mr. Fox refuged to be blackmailed. It
should bo explained that the coppoer-col'-
ored father had threatened to glvo a low
whistle from the parapet ot the fort that >
the girl would understand and she would '
run away , Hut the factor had treated her ,
too well and she know a good thing when
ehe had It. She refused to reave home ; she
said she liked the white man's tents and
his children and for the first time during
her painted career she had found domestic
happiness.
Tbo old chief was furious and made wild
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with rheumatism you cnn l > o cured.
If tired you need rest und the place
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The expense Is less thnn you Imagine. "Th
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apodal excursions certain days t
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CHEAP RATES.
The Evans Hotel will remain open and
tlilK and nil other hotels und boardlni ;
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Climate. Water. Scinery nml Hotels nro
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The next date will bo
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General Passenger Agent.
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threats of vengeance. Hut the girl wai true
to her last love. When she looked Into the
bit ; warehouses nnd saw great boxes of
brass uatclua und barrels of copper t > tado ,
crates of hardtack and Ixet of an , several
barrels of forty-rod whisky , she remarked
to her oldest utcpgon : "White daddy , heap
good. " The boy ga\t > an Indian grunt , ac
quired only after long practice , and raid
his father was the best man ho had over
known. The wife then sent a clerk to warn
her father to Keep a > vay from the fort until
he could behave hlnmclf.
Snln ( > f Ilonvrr'n Ciil > lr lloml.
DENVRH , Colo. , Doc. 15. The Denver City
Cable railway was sold at auction today by
order of the. United Statfui court under fore
closure of a mortgage of $4,000,000 , thu In
terest of which bad been In default ilncn
1S92. II. K. Hogern , as agent of Frederick
Olcott of New York , secured the property
for { 500,009 , the Bilalmutu bid allowed.

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