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ESTABLISHED JUNE 10, 1871. OMAHA, SATURDAY MOUNIXJ, A PHIL 'JO, 1902 TWELVE PAGES. SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS. TAKE UP BOTH OFFERS Cabinet Offioials Weigh Canal Propositions of Colombia and Nicaragua. GENERAL OUTLINES ARC MUCH THE SAME Xach Proposal Calls for a Guh Deposit of 8Ten Million Dollars. IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES IN DETAILS Delay It Dae to Nicaragua and Costa Rica Tailing to Agree. fORMER WANTS DIVISION OF SIX TO ONE president Ronotrll la Amlnsi that Drriiloi Be Reached In the Matter at This Session of (oaiiru. WASHINGTON, April :5. The cabinet held a ahort session today, during vtlctl tbe relative propotltiotia of the Colombian and Nlraraguan governments In connection arltb tbe proponed canal were discussed. The president la exceedingly anxious that, whatever determination ecgress may coma to ai to the relative raerlta of the two routes. In any event iom decision may be reached at this session. A comparison of the outlines of the agreements or treaties made by the State department with Colombia In relation to the Panama canal and with Nicaragua and Coeta Rica as to the Nicaragua canal shows a general, resemblance In tbe scope of the arrangements, but Important differences In details. One point of resemblance Is the amount of money to be paid down at once by the United States government to the country making the conceralons. In each caee this uls $7,000,000. if ihe Panama route Is chosen Colombia gets all of this money. If the cholcu fails on the Nicaragua route Nicaragua will receive $8,000,000 and Coat a Klca $1,000,000. The delay that baa occurred In consum mating the arrangements wu owing to the difficulty in reachlnc a basis of agreement between Nicaragua and Coat Rica, and this Is generally fixed upon as about to 1 In favor of Nicaragua. No I'rovlaloa for Rent. No provision is made In tbe Colombian protocol for the payment of any annual rent that matter will be left to future ad justment, though of course It la expected that some rent will be charged. Tbe agree ments as to the Nicaragua canal, however, specifically state tbe rent to be paid, which la $30,000 per annum, of which Nicaragua Will get about $25,000 and Coata Rica $5,000. While thla rent is merely nominal, it nerves a useful purpose In the estimate of the isthmian republics, namely, to continu ally assert tbe nominal sovereignty of Nicaragua, and Coeta Rica over the terri tory through which the canal is cut. The original proposition waa to pay a lump turn representing the capitalisation f thla. rent for 100 years, but the republics rrefer to bave'tbe money 'paid In recogni tion of their sovereignty, and in considera tion of the allowance of their wish In this tnatter they have gone to. the length of making tbe lease to tbe United States per petual as against the 100-year renewal re lease of tbe Colombian agreement. Neither of the ministers Nicaraguan or Costa Rican has yet received the full powers from their governments necessary to the perfection of the treaties. Tbe question of tbe fiscal agency In the Philippines waa alao discussed by the cab inet, but no conclusion waa reached and it was stated that none can be until the at torney general renders his opinion on tbe power of the Guaranty Trust company to keep Its agency. WIFLEY L0SESHIS TEMPER Attorney General Dorian; Trial of Editor of Freedom tars Strong; MANILA. April 25. At the trial today tf tba editor of tbe Freedom, who is charged with sedition lo publishing an ar ticle from an American periodical, to which The editor of Freedom agreed, and added remarka of his own, cenaurlng the United States commissioners' rule, tbe attorney gen oral, L. R. Wlfley, created a sensation and astounded ths Judge, lawyers and spectators. He lost hla temper wltb Judge Odlln, and aald: "The rlvll amvernment wants to know Vhere it stands under ths law passed. It wanta to know whether It will be enforced, or whether such unwarranted atatements will be allowed. The court knows the lavishes of tbe government and It is to bs presumed that It knows its own rules." Judge Odlln replied: "Tbe court will determine tbe caas ac cording to law. Tbe court wanta you to understand that It believes Individuals have fights, aa well as governments." Tbe defense bad asked for a delay of a iweek, owing to counael having been dla qualified, en account of not passing tbe Filipino standard of law. The bearing of the demurrers in the ease was postponed until Hay i. TO SIMPLIFY PROCEEDINGS General Rmlth'e Defense Adaalta Order Waa Given to Make lanar Hswllag Wilderness. MANILA. April 25. Ths trial by court- martial of General Jacob H. Smith on tb charge of conduct prejudicial to gooi order and discipline began today. General Lloyd Wheaton presided. Colonel Charles A. Woodruff, counael for the defense, aald he desired to simplify the proceedings. He waa willing to admit General Smith gave Instructions to Msjor Waller to kill and burn and make Kamar howling wllderaeta; that ha wasted everybody killed cspable of bearing arms and that hs did apsclfy all over 10 years of age, as the Samar boys of that age were squally aa dangerous aa their elders, Captain David Porter, marine corps, aad Lieutenant Joha H. A. Day, marine corps, were the only witnesses sxamlned. Their testimony developed nothing new. Major Littleton W. T. Waller, marine corps, will bs the only other wttaess for ths prosecution. He was unable to bo present today on account of sickness, but It Is expected will be In attendance tomorrow. The defense will call several officers of Ninth Infantry. Jorkey Wlas Hie rirst Rat. NEW YORK. April B.-'Jlmmle" Mich ael, the former cyclist, has won his first race aa a Jo key at Uelons says a Parts dlapat. a to the Herald. He rode Charron a JtomUa la the selling race, distance one and three-eighths ml Ira. There were flUees alarters. allUvtcs won by a head. ACTS OF SHAFFER APPROVED Little Doubt that lie Will Be Be. Elected President of Asportation. WHEE "O," W. Vs., April 25. Today's session,' if.. Amalgamated association convenr... y ed to hearing the re ports of thv ''V, ' mlttres. including Kma .... . , uniu.t anil headquarters. Alf . '"W -e except the first named had finr. jay. The wage schedule report will bv red first. "There waa not likely to be la. rh debate over the committees' reports," said a prom inent official of the association. "All the questions are fought out In committee and by the time the reports are made to the convention tbe delegates are tired of argu ing and are willing to abide by the result of tbe committee. It is only on very im portant matters that fights are made on the convention floor. I think all the re ports can be disposed of In a day's time." The wage committee met at o'clock this morning In an endeavor to finish up be fore noon. The committee Is preparing an elaborate argument in favor of tbe course followed in the signing of the scales and will defend President Shaffer's policy vig orously. As stated yesterday, a minority report win be presented. This Is about toe only matter that may occasion debate. Lit tle doubt exists that the scales will be en dorsed. Nothing Is given out regarding the nature of the committee reports. It Is said th) president's policy was en dorsed from start to finish by all the com mittees. This would Indicate his re-election as president What action was taken on tho question of the headquarters re moval waa not given out. The convention may act npon this point this afternoon. Ths situation in regard to the election of on cers continues very quiet. Little discus sion of the matter Is heard among the dele. gatea and It Is possible that no opposition to President Shaffer will develop. Assistant Secretary M. K. Tlghe, whose name Is frequently mentioned In connection with the matter, continues to preserve a strict silence. ARCHBISHOP CORRIGAN ILL Noted Prelate's Condition la Regarded A lamina by His Regular Physician. NEW YORK. April 25. The following bulletin, signed by Dra. Edward L. Keyes and Francis Delafleld, was Issued at :80 o'clock this morning: Archbishop Corrlarnn has an attack of pneumonia. He DHHfted n comfortable nlrht and Is resting easily. There are no -jnjsual symptoms. The archbishop's secretary announced that two bulletins a day will be given out concerning the archbishop's Illness one at :30 a. m. and another at 9:30 p. m. This afternoon Dra. Delafleld and Keyes will have a consultation wltb Dr. Theodore C. Janeway. Dr. Keyes said pneumonia Is always seri ous In a man of the archbishop's age 62 years. The workmen who have been digging the foundations for the Kelly memorial chapel. behind the cathedral, at Fiftieth street and Madison avenue, were sent home today. A number of persons today waited near tbe arcbeplscopal residence to get news of the sick prelate's condition. . Drs. Keys and Delafleld ware In consul tatlon this afternoon. -At the conclusion of tbe conference Dr. Keys, who Is the archbishop's regular physician, aald: "The temperature of the archbishop Is one-half a degree higher than It was at this time yesterday. This speaks favor ably for his condition, but considering his age his condition is nevertheless alarm ing." ICE Money DIVIDEND IS PASSED Needed to Par Obllsjntlous and Increase the Work ins: Capital. NEW TORK, April 25. Tbe directors of tbe American Ice company have deferred action on tbe commou stock dividend. In a formal circular to the stockholders Presi dent Scboomer made the following state ment: The conditions leading to this action were brought about by the fact that many underlying bonds and mortgages of sub sidiary companies have been maturing and many plants erecieci ana purcnasea tne money far which hus come out of the current receipts of the company. The com- fany now nas an tne plants and facilities l needs for the present conduct of Its buainras and does not contemplate or de sire any further expenditures for that pur pose. To provide for the meeting of all future maturities of bonds and mortgages now amounting to 13.04,(4)0 In the aggregate, the board nas aeciaea to issue so.uuo.ou or a per cent collateral trust oortas, h.um.uw or which are to be Issued only to retire said bonds and mortgage aa they mature. The balance will be coitl to provide additional working capital as required, thus placing the ntiunos of the company In a very sat isfactory condition. This eompsny bss no other bonds or mortgages of its own. PRINCE HENRY0N A CRUISE Taken Naval Ssjaadron on Trainings Toar Alonar English and Irish Coasts. KIEL, April 25. Ths first naval squad ron, under commasd af Admiral Prlnca Henry of Prussia, sailed today on a t rais ing crulss, which will Isst several weeks, along the English and Irish coast. Tbe battleship Kaiser Wllhelm der Grosse, which sailed with Prince Henry's squadron, returned later, to tha imperial docks. Its machinery became deranged at sea and caused some damage on board tbe veasel. REBELS CAPTURE A SEAPORT Insurgents of Colombia Report Tak ing; Rio Hacks, Kens (artageas. NEW YORK, April 25. The New York repreaentatlves of ths liberal party ot Co lombia were advised by cable today that their forces had captured Rio Hacha, a sea port town 200 miles from Cartagena. Ths cablegram said that tbe engagement lasted many hours. No account of losses waa given. Bereeford Goes to Parliament. LONDON. April 26. Rear Admiral Lord Charles Beresturd. conservative, baa been elected, without opposition, to ths teat in the House et Commons, representing Wool wich, made vacant by ths retirement of Colonel Edwin Hughes, conservative. Great interest was taken in Great Britain la the candidacy of Lord Beresford for Woolwich. In consequence of his recent severs com Bsnts on ths condition of the British navy and ths snorts of certain members of Par liament to Induce tbs admiralty to disci pline him. In tbe way General Buller was disciplined, for ale Uarasooa regarding tbe Bruiaa army. BRITISH ANNOYED AT TRUST Government it Taking Etepi to Cope with the Morgan Shipping Combine. HOLD IT DETRIMENT TO THEIR INTEREST Board of Trade Officials Slstnlfy Intea- tlon to Inqnlre Into Sltnatlon aa Boon aa Authoritative Infor mation a obtained. LONDON. April 25. Further questions In the House of Commons today on the sub ject of tbe shipping combine elicited In formation showing that tbe government was taking ateps to cope with the situation, which eventually was officially considered detrimental to Great Britain. The president of the Board of Trade, Gerald Balfour, said the Board of Trade ha1 no official Information about th; combine. but plenty of unofficial Intelligence bal reached tbe board. The effect of such a combination on British shipping generally would receive the careful attentton of the board, but any formal Inquiry would be premature. No Information regarding the arrange ments made by the American syndicate to control the Atlantic traffic. Including pas senger, freight and the movements of the vessels largely belonging to British com panies, had been submitted to the board before the arrangements were made. As to steps to secure tbe commercial and political interests of tbe Vnlted Kingdom and to prevent foreign Interference with British shipping, conflicting with engage ments made wltb tbe admiralty, the mat ter had occupied, and is occupying, tbe government's attention. Tvveuty-Klaht British ft hi pa. The secretary of the admiralty, Mr. Ar nold Foster, replying to Henry Norman, liberal, said that the attention of the ad miralty had been called to the formation of the Atlantic shipping combination or the trust with a capital of $170,000,000, mostly held In the United States snd with regis tered offices In America. The secretary waa Informed that twenty-eight British transatlantic steamships . were controlled by this combination, among them being three subsidised steamers and five others which were held at the admlralty'a disposal without subsidy. The White Star line gave the admiralty no notice Of its Intention to enter the combination. The statements regarding tbe intentions of the managers of the Atlantic shipping oomblne vary with each edition of almost every newspaper here and moat of' them entirely lack even tbe semblance of au thenticity, but they serve to enhance ths general scare which Is fully voiced by the startling newspaper headlines. Inquiry In Demand. Satisfaction Is expressed with tbe an nouncement of Mr. Forester, secretary of the admiralty, in the House of Commons, of the appointment of a committee to in quire Into the whole subject as affecting the admiralty. Much la made of the tact that the Inman line steamers City of Paris (now the American line steamer Philadelphia) and the City of New York (now the American line steamer New York), after receiving 23,990 (134.oO In subsidies, were transferred to the Ameri can flag and it ia contended that there is nothing to prevent a repetition of sucb action, Tbe Westminster Gaxette, however, solaces Itself with the thought that if the law by which only American built ships are entitled to fly the American flag la repealed the British, aa ship builders, stand a chance to gain what they will loae as ship owners. Sir James Fortescue-Flannery, M. P., once associate of Lloyds and former presi dent of ths Institution of Marine Engineers, takes a serious view ot tbe situation. In tbe course of an Interview he says the present movement Is part of a well defined scheme In American mercantile and naval circles the ultimate object of which is to foster American shipbuilding. He sees in the new shipbuilding yards Important factors in tbo fast-maturing project for enlarging the American navy, which, be considers, must Inevitably be extended In proportion to the present enormous en largement of the American mercantile marine. BLOODY BATTLE IN CHINA Imperial Troops on Way to Kan Nlnsj Encounter Force of Rebels.. HONeJ KONO. April 25. Advices re celved today from Wu Chou, under date of April 21, announce that a bloody battle was then proceeding between a force of Im perial troops on their way to Nan Nlng and a large force of rebels. The imperial army attacked the rebela' encampment in the Wu Chang hills, brought up two Maxima and two Im pounders, and finally scattered tbe rebels and captured their leader. Hung Yung Seng, who was wounded. Subsequently the rebels captured two villages on the outskirts of Nan Nlng and established their headquarters la those vil lages. QUEEN GETS SOME SLEEP Temncratara Indicates that tho Fever Is Tnklnsr Its Rearalar Coarse. THE HAGUE, April 25. The morning bulletin posted at Castle Loo today aa nounced that Queen WUhelmlna slept at Intervale during tbe night. Her fever temperature continues to in dicate that ber majesty's illness, which baa now entered Its third week. Is taking its regular course. The afternoon bulletin from Caatle Loo waa noncommittal. It merely aald that her majesty's condition called for no special remarks. FIFTY PERSONS ARE INJURED Bad Accident on tho Great Eastern Hallway at Station Rear London. LONDON, April 21. Fifty persons were Injured this morning la an accident on the Great Eastern railway, near the Hackney Downs station. As a train from Waltbama tow, called the "Three Penny train," was eroaalng a bridge, aa axis of the ear sear eat the locomotive broke aad ths coach Jumped the rails, crashed into ths aids of ths bridge aad lodged across both tracks. Tbs trsla waa filled with persons on thslr wsy to work. Tbs two coaches following tbs straadsd car crashed into It, caualng the wreck aad dealing awful havoe among tne passengers caught therein. Ths sec ond car was also wrecked aad a number of Its la states were badly hurt. The la Jure! were Uksa ts tbs Dais lea kesflUJ. WILL PROBE SUGAR CHARGES Senate Committee to laTrsttnnte Al leged HoMlna of P ban Iron tir Amerlruu TVnat. WASHINGTON. April The senate committee cn Cuba today decided to Insti tute an Investigation Into the charge that the greater part of the present crop of Cuban sugar Is held by the Sugar trust of this country, as directed by the resolution Introduced in the senate by Mr. Teller on the 19th Inst. The action of the committee was favora ble only to tbe first half of the resolution, which provides for an Inquiry affecting the present holdings of Cuban sugar. It waa decided to strike out that portion of the resolution requiring an Investigation of the normal cost of making sugar in Cuba and also into the general question of reciprocity with Cuba. The committee held ttat those questions sre always before the committee and to adopt that portion of the resolution wonld be eaulvalent to Instructing the committee to perform lta ordinary duties. A provision was added empowering the committee to send for persons and papers snd a subcommittee consisting of Senators Piatt of Connecticut, Burnham snd Tanner was appointed to hear 'ha testimony. Senator Piatt announced that it was his purpose to extend all facilities to those making the charge that the Cuban planters ould not get the benefit ot the proposed reduction in duties, to prove those charges, sddlng that he wonld do all la his power to render the Inquiry exhaustive. The resolution was adopted and tbe pre amble upon wblch it is bsset follows: Whereas. It haa been currant tv rnnrtit that nearly the entire crop ot Cuban sugar nas oeen purrnnoea ana is now held hv what is generally known as the "sugar trust." which is the principal consumer of raw sugar In the I'nlted States, and that ny concessions given to trie raisers of cane sugar In the Inland of Cuha or any measures Intended for their relief by ad mitting their nucar t rerlureti rates nt duty Into the Vnlted States will only bene fit the said sugar trust, and that the Cubans will receive no real benefit from such concessions; and, wnereas, it Is alleged that a large num ber of citizens of the United Rtalpa have acquired large holdings of cane producing ibmuk in una ana ere now especially urg ing the reduction of duty on sugar under the claim that such reduction will benefit the people of Cuba: therefore be It, Kesolved. 1 hut the rommlltno nn rl.. Hons with Cuha Is hereby Instructed to make an Investigation an tn the truth of such charge and to report to the senate. VISIT WITH THE PRESIDENT New York Delesratloa Ehi Greetings at White Honso on Retnrn row Chnrleaton. WASHINGTON. April 25. The president today received a delegation consisting ot the members of the Merchants' Association of New York, the Chamber of Commerce and the Cotton exchange, accompanied by women. The delegation is on lta way home from a visit to tho Charleston exposition and numbered about forty. William F. King, chairman of tbe dele gation from the Merchants' association, ad dressed tbe president, saying, among other things: During our StSV In Chjirtaatnn wo r deeply touched by the many cordial and feeling expressions we received end which you s roused by your visit ta the exposi tion. At a baivr-iet whlt-h v m nfd every one si'ioke most feelingyof you. in louirnmi me eompsny a seem bled I told them that It rested with themselves to take a leading part In the world of to day; that we would help them all we could In the north. They have made a wonderful sian in me last rew years. There Is no reason why Manchester should not come to America. I believe their exposition Is a new day for the south. If they continue sctlvely st work their section will become one of the must prosperous parts of the country. What they need now to draw on is their labor, skill and brains. The president responded as follows: Mr. King. Ladles and Gentlemen: I ap preciate very much your visit to me and I am glad you were down at Charleston. I was deeply touched by the reception I met mere, a reception not personal to me, but given to me as representing the nation to which all of us belonged, and all the narta of which and the success of any part of which are matters of pride for every one of us everywhere. i teei in tne strongest wav that nnthlne can be more Important than the building up of the great Industrial interests of the south through just such organizations aa you represent here today. I thank you for calling upon me. Tou represent bodies of the kind that have made New York's great, ness what It is. As regards what Mr. Klnir said concern. Ing the expressions i-.sed by the people of Charleston about me, I can only say that I am going to do my best to serve them and to do all that I can In keeping up the wonaerrui prosperity, material and moral, of our country. (Applause.) BALDWIN CAPTURES FORT Attacks Stronghold at Pnlns Before Staying; Order Ar rtves. WASHINGTON. April 25. Adjutant Gen eral Corbln today made public tbe follow ing extract from a cablegram Just received from General Chaffee respecting the situa tion In Mindanao, dated Manila. April 24: Before Baldwin could be eommnnlented with he had taken fort at Pulaa after allgnt resistance. No casualties. Very soon aner neignoonng lown ot uanasi opened ts doors, hoisted white flag and delivered red flags. Datto Ismpok and others with strong following asked permission to call and make peace. Datto Amam rack or uanasi, who sent threatening message In reulv to mv letter. Is one o( those who have submitted. Camp ia two miles rrom uanasi, wnose sultan has asked Baldwin to come there. Have directed him not to move. He ia ten miles rrom tne aatto. It la my purooee to have interview wrtth General Davis. Will go on Hancock, which leaves here today to Nalbang with bat talion Tenth Infantry. It Is our purpose to show considerable orce troops to Ijkke Moroa converse with dattos. then retire troops by - different trains to Malabang ana rarang. merearier to sena expedi tions occasionally to lake. We aupposed Ganssl thirty-five miles from Malabang, actually short twenty-one miles, no ngniing. not necessary over op position to advance to present location troops; TT5 men with Baldwin, two troops cavairy aismouniea, iweive nines in rear. Every effort will be made prevent gen eral war. Davis says situation this time very tavoraoie. Womlnntlons ny the President. WASHINGTON. April 25. Ths president sent thess nominations to ths senate today Consols M. A. Oottschalk' of New York- at San Juan del Norte. Nicaragua: Rufua Waterman of Rhode Island, at Dublin, Ire- lana. Navy: Commander Albert Roes, to be rsptaln. Paymasters to Be Pav lnsnectors Charlee W. Littlefield. William W. Ualt and Arthur rif rion. Pest Assistant Paymasters to Re r masters John Irwin. Jr., snd J. H. Mer rlsm. Aselatant Paymaster to Be Past Asststant Paymaster H. R. Inalev. Paat Assistant Burgeons, with Rank of ueuienant n. m. heeler ana Robert Blake man. Pennsylvania Forest Klres. OIL CITY. Pa.. April 25 Forest fires la this Immediate vicinity have entailed a loss of 130,900 upon Venango county oil produc ers In ths past twenty-four hours. Reports from Forrest county show that the Drs Is doing much damage in the virgin forest ear Tloneata. Tbs big saw and lumber mill at Gilfoyle, near there, was destroyed oy are yesterday afternooB front a bias la toe adjacent weeds. HIGH WIND AND HEAVY RAIN Gale Aooompaoied by a Delugs Takes Omaha Into Charge. MUCH MINOR DAMAGE WROUGHT IN CITY Wind Wrecks Billboards, Sheds and Mans, tnroofs Balldlnsis and Tiny Hnvoe ttenernlly Dnrlnsr the Evening. With a howl and a rush the wind came down from the north yesterday afternoon, driving before It what seemed to be clouda of dust. Higher and higher swelled the blast, until by 5 o'clock It was a furious gale, and the dust clouds hsd turned to tor rents of rain. The storm was at Its worst when people were on their wsy home from business. Msny had been lured from home by the promise of the morning and were without coats or wraps for protection sgainst wind and rain. I'mbrellas were out of the question. Those few that were bested went quickly to the limbo prepared for them. For more than two hours the rsln fell steadily, driven with terrific force by the gale. All over Omaha damage of a minor nature was being wrought. Signboards were blown down, chimneys wrecked, sheds top pled over, billboards riven snd shattered and destruction generally was dealt to what ever was loose or weak. Only one serious accident was reported. although narrow escapes were many. Mr. George P. Bcmls. twice mayor of Omuha, was caught near Eighteenth and Fsrnam beneath the wreckage of a large advertla Ing signboard. One leg was broken and he was bruised seriously about the body. Mr. Bemls was taken to Clarkson hospital. It was nearly midnight before the gale showed any sign of letting up. Very little rain fell after 8 o'clock, but the wind howled and roared and whistled for hours after the rain ceased. Electric light serv ice waa aerlously Interfered with and many of tbe street lamps were out all night. Tel egraph wirea to the north and west were also in bad condition, but the telephone and afreet railway service suffered very slightly. NEBRASKA GETS A SOAKING High Wind Accompanies the Rain and Considerable Damage Is Done. LINCOLN, April 25. (Special Telegram.) Tbe drouth of nearly a month was broken tonight by tbe fall of three-quarters of an Inch of rain. The wind has blown fiercely since early morning and about 5 o'clock th? showers began. For a few minutes there waa an almost blinding fall ot snow, but the flakes soon disappeared. The wind did s,ome damage to trees and signboards. To night the telegraph, telephone and railroad companies are experiencing trouble with their wires. Gas telegraph company re ported only one wire working through east. Trains are delayed as a consequence of the condition of tbs wires. From the meager Information gleaned here It Is aupposed that while the storm waa general through tbe state it was most furious and tbs rainfall greater in the eastern half and In Iowa. West of Kenesaw it la' reported there is comparatively no trouble with the telegrapa lines. NORFOLK. Neb.. April 25. (Special Tele gram.) An inch of rain fell this afternoon and the ground Is now thoroughly soaked. It was badly needed, as grain was begin ning to suffer. A high wind accompanied the rain and did considerable damage. Tbe roof was blown off tbe Morquardt block, In which the Elks have their lodge room, and everything In the building was thoroughly Soaked. Considerable damage was also done by the blowing down ot signs, chim neys and the demolition of small out buildings. All tbe telegraph lines to the east, except tbe wire to 8loux City, are down. NEBRASKA CITY. Neb., April 25. (Spe cial Telegram.) Tbe. heavy wind that has been prevailing here since noon has done a great deal of damage. Tbe shell of the old city ball that has been waiting tbe disposal of the city council since the Are In January blew down this afternoon, tak ing all telephone and electric light wires on the north side with It. Tbe wind was accompanied by some rsln. WINSIDE. Neb.. April 25. (Special Tele gram.) About noon today tbe clouds and fog settled down so close that lights were needed to enable the people to prepare dinner. It soon changed to a violent rain storm and in a few minutes the streets were full 1 of water and everything loose floating. This was followed by twenty minutes of small hall, which whitened the ground. About 2 o'clock a terrific wind began to blow from the north and con tinued Intermingled with rain. Windmills, light buildings, trees and fences were blown down and the creeks are bankfull of water. WAYNE, Neb., April 25. (Special Tele gram.) A very heavy rain has been falling here all afternoon, accompanied by a high wind. No particular damage has occurred. The ground Is thoroughly soaked, being of great benefit to the growing small grain crop and garden truck. ST. EDWARD, Neb., April 25. (Special Telegram.) Nearly a half-Inch of rain fell here today. Tbe fall wheat Is In good con dition. TEKAMAH. Neb., April 25. (Special Tel egram.) A severe storm struck this section about 4. The rainfall was heavy, with In termittent hall and snow. A high wind accompanied the rain, blowing away every thing loose, but doing no extensive damage. Tbe telegraph line was blown down snd the only outside communication Is by tele phone, BEATRICE. Neb.. April 25. (Special Tel egram.) A violent wind and dual storm prevailed here this afternoon. Toward even ing a light rain fell and the temperature has fallen to 8 degrees. HASTINGS. Neb.. April 25. (Special Tel egram.) A much needed rain fell here this afternoon, putting tbe ground In good con dition. BLAIR. Neb.. April 25. (Special.) A welcome shower fell here about 1 o'clock thla morning, bringing glad relief to the dusty condition of tbs laat few days. It was sccompanlsd by thunder snd light ning sod a alight fall of ball, but not heavy enough to do any damage. ALBION. Neb., April 25. (Special.) A heavy hailstorm visited this section at 1 o'clock this morning, doing some damage to skylights, but no particular damage to crops. There wss very little rain, but there Is prospect for more. Winter wheat looks fins, but spring grain needs rata badly. Oats ars not coming up good. Plowing for corn is well under wsy. Al falfa Is looking nlcs. A largs amount of alfalfa has been sown this spring. OAKDALE. Neb., April 15. (Special ) A fins rsln fell tn this vicinity last night and this morning. Pastures ars In ax- J Continued a Becoud Page.) CONDITION OF THE WEATHER Forecast for NebnskH -Tartly Cloudy and Ccoler. 1 Temperature nt Omnha leaterdnyt llonr. Den. Honr. Den. An. tn ntl I p. m n n. in nil 8 p. m. r.T 7 n. m...... 1ST .1 p. m R si n. m ...... i 4 p. m " t n. m i:t It p. m 43 in n. m trt l p. m 1 It n. m OT 7 p. m : 12 m 73 p. m !' O p. ni It.l PACKERS CUTPRICES OF BEEF Action nt Kannaa City Credited to the Pendlnst Government Investigation. KANSAS CITY. April 25 (Speclsl Tele gram.) Following Immedlstely on the heels of the announcement that the government Intends to Investigate the methods of the beef trust, the prices of the higher class of beef fell from 1 to 3 centa today. Loins, which have been costing 23 cents, went to 20 cents; ribs, which have been bringing 1 cents, fell to IS, and loin butts, which have been selling for 1.1 cents, were reduced to 11 cents. Furthermore, the butchers be lieve the packers are so bndly scared that they will not have the courage to make their usual raise In prices next Mondsy morning. It was confidently predicted by the packers before the airing of the meth ods of the packers' was commenced, that the price of carcass beef would go to 12V cents in Kansas City before grass fed cat tle began to come to market, but they have not raised the price above 10'4 cents as yet and It begins to look as though they will not do It. FULLER WILL NOT GO HIGHER Refuses to Bid I n to Ten Millions for Maryland Hall- road. BALTIMORE. April 25. The hid of the Fuller syndicate for the Western Maryland railroad will not be Increased. This an nouncement was made this morning by K. L. Fuller, the bead of the syndicate. In re sponse to the city council's action asking that $10,001,000 be offered for the city's Interest in the road, which sura has been bid by the Reading company. It was Inti mated at the same time that if the Fuller syndicate responded favorably to this prop osition preference would be given It over the three other bidders. The bid made by the Fuller syndicate, which Is said to represent tbe Wabash sys tem, ts IS, 731, 370. 45. This sum Is equal to the Indebtedness of tbe road to the city and Mr. Fuller says he will not give a dollar more. The matter will come up again when the council meets again on Monday night, before which time do furtber steps can be taken. RAISES DUTY0N LIVE STOCK Castoms Officer Increases Imports on Yonns; tattle Drought from Mexico. V . . w w EL PASO. Tex., April 25. Collector of Customs Patrick Oar ret t haa created a sen sat Ion among cattlemen In El Psso by rul ing' that all imported Mexican cattle under 1 year-of -age should pay Import duty of $3.75 per head Instead of 12 as heretofore. The decision has raised a storm of dis approval and the Corralltoa company has made a protest to the authorities at Wash ington. The appraisement of th Cor ralltoa cattle was made by Inspector Dwyer, under the supervision of Collector Garrett. The Importing sesson has Just opened and tbe ruling will affect thousands of young cattle that are to be shipped to northern ranges. CHEER MAN WHO KILLS GIRL Crowds Hail Srlf-Confeaaed Slayer as He Leaves the Court room. WELLINGTON, Kan.. April 25. John Cummlngs of Portland, who was arrested last Saturday after confessing that he had killed his servant girl three years ago, was given an ovation today aa he left the court room after being released on bond pend ing his trial. It Is believed that Cum mlngs' willingness to plesd guilty to the charge of murder Is to shield a member ot his family. He asked to be released in order to fix up his personal affairs before he goes to tbe penitentiary. Several prom inent business men signed bis bond. MAJOR WARNER IS SILENT Declines to Hate What Action la An ticipated In tbe Meat Pack, era' t'nae, KANSAS CITY, April 23. Major William Warner, United States attorney for the western district of Missouri, continues silent regarding any move that may be anticipated by the government against the packera In this city. lie declines to state whether or not an injunction will be ap plied for in the United States court at Kansas City, aa was done in the case ot tbe railroads recently. Repreaentatlves of the packing compa nies in this city deny that there Is any combine. PASSENGERS JBARELY ESCAPE Mississippi Steamer Bnrned to Wnter's Edits at Mew Orleans Wharf. NEW ORLEANS. La., April 25. Tbe steamer SunrUe. Captain Frank Scovllle, of tbe Red River line, burned to the water's edge at lta wharf here Just before daylight. It had a number of passengers, all of them Loulslsolsns except Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dsvldsonof Ironton, O. The fire spread rapidly, and some of the passengers and crew bad narrow escapes, but all were saved. The boat carried con siderable freight, which was badly dam aged. Sunrise was valued at (25,000, with Insurance ot $12,000. PAYS PENALTY ON GALLOWS Man Is llanaed for of His Wife Child. tbo and Marder NEWARK. N. J, April 25. Henry Schauta waa banged here today for the murder of his wife and child. Tba drop fell at 10:10 o'clock. As the body fell the head was Dearly severed and blood apurted from the neck. Schaub was a barber, but did not work steady and waa dissipated. His wife mads arrangements to leave him and when he learnsd ber determination bs killed ber and their child. Ha cut nls own throat, but not enough to causa a serious weuAO. PLEA FOR PURE FOOD McOnmber Addresses the Senate on Bill to Prevent Adulterations and Imitations. EXPRESSES LACK OF FAITH IN STATE LAWS Saji Congress Has Power to Regulate Sale of Products in Interstate Oommerce. OLD METHOD FAILS QUARTER OF CENTURY Orer Billion Dollars' Worth of Impnre Tood on Markets Annually. CARMACK DENOUNCES PHILIPPINE BILL Aaaerta It Prraenta One Aspect of Im perialism nnd durations Right of for Islands. WASHINGTON, April 25. At the ccn cluslon of the routine business tn ths senate today Mr. McCumber of North Da kota, chairman of ths committee on manu factures, addressed the senate on the bill "to prevent the adul:-ratlcn, mis branding and imitation of food, beverages, candles, drugs snd condiments In the Dis trict of Columbia and the territories and for regulating Interstate commerce therein." The object of his address, ha said, waa to convince the senate of thj very greet importance of the subject to tba American people. Mr. Carroack of Tennessee addressed the senate la opposlttou to the Philippine gov ernment bill. He saw In the bill one a -pect of Imperialism, by which he charac terized the pllry of the administration In the Island. During his speech the senator sarcastically criticised General Funston's recent utterances regarding those who as sailed the work of the army lu ths Philip pines. Mr. McCumber, continuing his speech, said: "For a quarter of a century nearly every state In the union bad been struggling with the question ot procuring pure foods. Ex perience bss proved that It has been im possible to obtain uniformity in atate laws. This bill attempted to regulate the aals of only such foods as entered Into Inter state commerce, and the tongresa, there fore, bad ample authority to deal with the subject." Kilrat of Fraud Appalling. He declared that the extent ot the adul teration and misbranding ot food producta was appalling, that the time had come for congress to act. He enumerated many of the frauds, products, which he said, were crimes, against tbe retail merchant and consumer, alike. Tbe amount of deleterious food products placed upon tbe market each year, Mr. McCumber asld, was valued at fully $1,170,000,000, while tbe total amount of adulterated food producta each year was nearly $4,000,000. Mr. McCumber expressed tbs belief, based npon evidence taken by hla committee, that manufacturers and dealera generally would net object to the enactment :f ths bill proposed. Mr. Piatt of Connecticut, chief of tho committee on relations, with Cuba, reported from that committee a aubstltute for tho resolution offered a few daya ago by Mr. Teller, the aubatltute providing for an In vestigation by tbe committee of tbe hold ings of Cuban sugar, and of Cuban augar lands by American cltlxens. the committee to have authority to aend for persons and papers and to sit during sessions of ths senate. Tbe resolution waa referred to the committee on contingent expenses. A bill for the protection ot game In Alaska was passed. At 2 o'clock the unfin ished business the Philippine government bill waa laid before the senste. Mr. Car mack of Tennessee, a member ot tbe Philip pines committee, addreesed tbe aenate In opposition to tbe measure. Aspect of Imperialism. Mr. Carmack said that this bill, like tbo Philippine tariff bill, almply preaented one aspect of imperialism. It waa not a ques tion only ot framing Just lawa for ths Philippines, but a question ot right to make any laws, whatever, for that people. "Tbe claim ot tbe republicans," aald bs, "Is that they bad burned enough towna, wasted enough country and killed enough peopls to make good their light. Ths land Is ours because we have strewn It with tbs ashes of lta bomea and drenched It with the blood of Its people." Opponents ot this policy dsnled that we bad derived any Just powers of gov ernment from the subjugation of tbe gov erned and that was tbs real Issus of this debate. In the former debate, he said, Mr. Spoon er had charged that tbe minority bad prostituted ths question to partisan purposes, and that Mr. Bryan had seised upon It to force an Issue with tbe admin istration. Unfortunately for this argu ment, tbo fact waa that Mr. Bryan bad declared his. position upon this qusstioa long before anybody knew what tha policy of ths administration would be. At that time the public utterances of McKlnley and Bryan were In sxact accord, and if the administration bad not reversed Its policy there would have been bo differ ence between them. Course of Democrats. Tbs democrats in the aenate, be In sisted, hsd tried to remove the questloa from party politics. It waa now clalmsd that the civil authority of the United States was suprems throughout ths Philippines and It was treason for a democrat to si press an opinion. He cited tho publlo utterances of President McKlnley snd Mr. Roosevelt, and the speeches of republican senatora, and quoted from the republican campaign book to ahow that a general policy of colonialism and conquest waa ad vocated as republican doctrine. "The Idea that you can transform ths rbsrscter of a racs by teaching them to read," aald he, "la ths wildest, craslest, tbe most fantastic dream that ever flitted through a lunatic's brain." Hs quoted utterances from Mr. Roosevelt charging that "treasonable" utterances bad Incited tbe Filipinos to Insurrection, and aald that we must not Judge tbe president In bis moment of oratorical ferocity or when tba ferocity of battle wss In hla blood. Ths president was not vindictive, but simply strenuous, and resembled In his bablta of speech a certain Tennessee borse in that running assy was bis natural gait. Mr. Roosevelt bad habitually spoken of the Filipinos as "savages," and "bar barians" and "Apaches," and these denun ciations bad been scattered broadcast throughout the lslanda to Inflame tbe people against the Vnlted Bates. Tbe effect of the president's language had been to harden and Intensify Filipino opposition to American rule. Borne of our military . heroes had beta ullty. ot 4 like clluaa. 21 xtXarrei U