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ESTABLISHED JUNE 10, 1871. OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 31, 1902-TEN PAGES. SINGLE COPY THREE CENTS. FATAL BALL IN COURT Introduce J ai Exhibit in the Trial of Mrs. Lillio on Murder Charge. FITS REVOLVER STOLEN FROM HEATH Coroner Describee Course of Ball Which Went Through Window. HOLE IN WINDOW HIGHER THAN IN CURTAIN Say He Found Distinct Powder Bums on the Lace Curtain. MAKES EXPERIMENTS WITH REVOLVER Asserts Weapon Mast lie Held Within l: Is. tit Inches to Prodaee Darns 1 and Rven doner to Match Those la Llllle Home. DAVID CITY, Neb., Dec. 80. (Special.) -The attendance at the preliminary bearing of Mr. Lena M. LUlle was not aa large as yesterday, the court room being only comfortably filled. Mrs. Llllle appeared fresh and bright and was In a pleasant mood. Dr. M. V. B. Sample, county coroner, was the first witness called. lie. was at the hospital soon after Mr. Llllle was taken there and also after tbe patient died. He made close examina tion of the wound and found the flesh around the wound was blackened from powder. About thirty minute after Mr. Lillio died, witness and I) re. Buch and Stewart hold a post-mortem examination. They found grains of powder inside of the skull. Witness, by the use of the skull of an adult person, demonstrated the course of the bullet. He said the bullet struck about two inches in front of and slightly above the right ear, and was found Just behind the left ear, and that a bullet passing through tbe brain aa this one did would produce paralysis Immediately, Ilr tn a- Bullet Into Oonrt. The bullet that was found in Lillie'a brain was identified by the coroner and admitted In evidence, also the bullet found lodged in a barn S00 feet from the Llllle residence and Is claimed to be the bullet which went through the window. He also produced one procured from W. It. Heath, who says bis revolver was stolen atxajt the time Mr. Llllle was murdered, and It 1h supposed was the revolver used by tbe criminal. All of the bullets are exactly the same. Coroner Sample in his evidence also gave a brief synopsis of the testimony of Mrs. Llllle before the coroner's jury. Tries to Show Discrepancies. At the convening of the court this after noon Dr. Sample was recalled and the di rect examination resumed. He testified tbac where the bullet went through tbe window tbe lace curtain was powder-burned' aad that the bullet hole In the wlndownana was allahtlyhlfiher. than, the holo In the cur tain. 'This was tor the purpose of proving that it was Impossible for a man to stand up and fire the shot that went through the window. That the distance from the window to the west side of the bed was fifty-nine Inches. This was on a line with the bullet hole through the window. Witness also testified as to the statements made by Mrs. Llljle with reference to the loaning of money. The cross-examination of Dr. Sample was very rigid and every point in bis evidence on direct examination was gone over thor oughly, but did not weaken his testimony in the least. This is claimed to be one of the principal witnesses for the state. County Attorney Walling says they will Introduce several other witnesses to cor roborate the evidence of Dr. Sample, and ho thinks some of the members of the cor oner's jury will testify even more certain than has Dr. Sample. Tbe attorneys for the state claim that when the evidence is all produced the defendant will be held to (the district court by Judge Sklles. Experiments with Pistols. The attorney for tbe defense la equally confident of an acqultal. On redirect ex amination the doctor stated be had made sotne experiments as to bow near a ptstol must be to an object to powder-burn; that the experiments were with different kinds and sixes of revolvers and different grade of powder. . He was assisted by tbe cor oner' Jury. He demonstrated that to powder-burn a piece of lace curtain the re volver must be not further than eight Inches away, and this burn was very slight; that to burn similar to the powder-burn on the lace curtain in tbe Llllle hoaie the pis tol must be as close as six Inches, aud that to powder-burn a windowglass tbe pistol bust be as close as three Inches. When court adjourned the examination of Dr. Sample was not concluded. Mrs. Little say that the report pub lished in today's paper that the Llllles and Hills had Intermarried several times, is an error, and requests that the same be cor rected. Sam Llllle, brother of Harvey, married her alater, and this waa the ouly two marriages between the Hill and Lll lle families. Also that she has only five relative living in David City. LORENZ OFFICIALLY THANKED Aldermen of New York City Present Him with desolations Kxtolllas; Ills Work Anions Poor. NEW YORK, Dec 0. Professor Adolph Lorunx was today presented with the reso lutions recently passed by tbe board of aldermen extolling the work he has done In this city, particularly for the poor. After a luncheon at the Hardware club the surgeon was escorted to the city hall, where Alderman Walkley delivered an ad dress and Alderman Sullivan presented the album containing the engrossed address. Professor Lorens replied, thanking the aldermen and expressing bla pleasure at the reception tendered htm in the United Elates. NATURAL GAS JVRECKS HOUSE Leaks Into a teller aad Is Exploded by tho Flame ol Lighted Lamp. DELAWARE, O.. Dec. SO. When Mis (Men Kurrley went to the cellar this morn lug to start th Ore a terrific explosion of aatural gas occurred from her lighted lamp and wrecked three sides of th house. Five member of th family were blown through the house and Miss Kurrley wss fatally injured and ber mother aerloualy hurt. The other three were slightly in jured. Gas bad leaked into the cellar and filled tUe bouse during tb night. STATUS OF PANAMA CANAL Is Dlacnssed at Meeting of the stock holders aad Prndlnar Xeaotla tlons Approved. PARIS, Dec. 30. The annual L.. ' ' the Panama Canal company was heiw 'y todsy. The attendance was smsller ti usual and the proceedings were more or derly than last. The meeting was occupied with reading the report of the directors of the company, in which were detailed the pending nego tiations with the United States. The facts set forth tn this report are already known. The sanguine hope was expressed that all difficulties would be overcome and the ssle completed at an early date. The reading of the report was followed by a brief discussion, in the course of which two or three of the stockholders made the customary protests against the sale and asked what would happen it the negotiations with the United State fell through. President Bo replied that In this event the stockholders again would be consulted, while If the sale took' place they would have to meet to vote ratification. Tho directors' report was approved, the outgoing officers of the company were re elected and the meeting adjourned. THREATENS TO SHELL TOWN German Warship Commander's Mall Detained by Maraealbo Post master Proposes Retaliation. LONDON. Dec. SI. A dispatch to the Dally Msll from Wlllemstad, Curacao, dated yesterday, says: "The pcetmaster of Mara caibo, Venezuela, having detained corre spondence belonging to German merchants, German cruiser Falko threatens In conse quence to bombard 'tho town." CARACAS, Dec. 30. President Castro ar rived here this morning. At 8 o'clock United States Minister Bowen called on the presi dent and communicated to him the recom mendation that issues between Venezuela and the allies be taken to the international peace court nt The Hague. Venezuela's answer ' will be received tomorrow at 11 o'clock. The victory gained by the government at Barqulslmo argues for President Castro's continuance in power. HUMBERTS CHIEF ATTRACTION Noted Prisoners Conttnno to Absorb n Large Portion of Poblln At tentlon la Paris. PARIS, Dec. 30. The Humbert continue to absorb attention here. Minister of Justice Velle brought the subject before the council of minister today, saying be had given 130,000 to tbe special police to assist in the arrest of the principal In tho famous safe fraud. This Is additional to the $5,000 reward offered for their capture, which ha not yet been paid, owing to conflicting clalma. It Is expected that the prosecution of the Humbert will not begin for several days, Th prisoner have so far declined to name their lawyer and the court has designated Mattr Chonu to appear In their behalf. The Humbert safe, which waa alleged to ',-ontain $20,000, ha been removed to the Monte Carlo theater, where It will be the chief attraction. TRIP PR0VES A, FAILURE Reports Made to Trnde I'nlons by Es(. Hah Labor Commissioners Cos. tnia Contradictions. LONDON, Dec. 30. The reports made by Mr. Mosely's commissioner to the trades unions on the result of their observations in the United State contain more contra diction than point of agreement. Tbe closest approach to a common under standing I the opinion that the domestic demand for manufacture of all kind in the United State I so great that, there is no Immediate prospect of the displacement of British by American goods, either her or In neutral markets. When the American home trade falls oft It I admitted that the surplus product will be sent to England and to neutral markets with most damaging effects upon British trade. SCHALKBURGER ASKS RELIEF Appeals to Government to Bo Merelfnl to Those Who Fonght for Boer Caaaa. CAPETOWN, Dec. 30. General Schalk burger, former acting president of the former Orange Free State, In an open let ter, published In Onsland, appeals to tbe government to be merciful to those who suffered as a result of their devotion to the Boer cause and to remove the grievances which now make it Impossible to live up to the motto, "forgive and forget." In conclusion General Bchalkburger ex presses tbe hope that "the people will ahow that the power of the rule in South Africa lies In the Afrikander, who will remain loyal while righteousness remalna, and while his rightful portion 1 allotted htm." ARMY IS TO BE REDUCED Rovolotlon la Colombia Practically Ended by Surrender of Arms to Government. PANAMA. Colombia, Dec. 30. The Co lombian army, by the recent national de cree, baa been reduced to 60,000 men. Tbe government commissioner have re ceived up to date from the surrendered revolutionists twenty-three field pieces, 8,821 rifles and over 1,000,000 rounds of am munition, not counting what Is on board the steamer. The censorship on cable messages ha been abolished. WANT A BOER GENERAL British Government Anslons to Seeare ervlees of VHJoen, How In Vnlted States. . LONDON, Dee. SO. Th British govern ment is trying to secure the service of General Ben Vlljoen, who 1 now touring the raited States, to command th Boer forces which are going to Eomallland. It was General Vlljoen who suggested am ploying tb Boer against th Bomalls, but th authorities at that tlm were not pre pared to accept bis offer. I s To Sahmlt Claims tn Coart. PARIS, Dee. SO. Franca and Guatemala have agreed to submit to the International arbitration court at Tbe Hague th French clalma against Guatemala. They are atml lar to those against Venesurla. The terms of '.he protocol ax bow being discussed. NEBRASRAN PENNED IN FEZ Two Missionaries from This State and One from Iowa in Danger. 'ANATICAL REBELS THREATENING THEM . . One of Pnrtle Sent Ont by I .'ne lleadqaartere at Ks, City Writes of' their Sltnntloa. KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. SO. Eight mis sionaries who are working in Morocco under the direction of the Gorpel Missionary Union, whose headquarters are in Kansas City, are believed to be In peril. They pre George C. Reed of Kansas City, formerly of Nebraska, stationed at Fez; Mr. and Mrs. W. Olltver and Maude Grey of Emporia, Kan.; Irene Ward, Avoca, la., and Nellie Allison of Alabama. Another party, now at Mequlnez, is com posed of F. C. Eynart of Kansas City and Victor Swanson of Nebraska. This town Is forty miles west of Fez. A letter from Mr. Reed at Fez, dated December 4. to George 8. Fisher, president of the union, ha Just been received. Mr. Reed writes: "Word to hsnd indicates that the aultan is retiring to Fez from Mequlnez instead of going to Rabat. The fight last Sunday east of here was a serious reverse for the gov ernment and estimates of loss vary, some rutting It at 600 on the army side probably one-balf to two-thirds of that number." Mr. Fisher believes that Christian mls slonsrtea would be slain if captured by the fanatical rebels. SULTAN A PRISONER IN FEZ Raler of Morocco Is Belna; Closely , Pressed by Followers of the Pretender. MADRID, Dec. 30. It Is reported here that the sultan of Morocco has been foiled in an attempt to break out of Fes by tbe body which is investing that city. A dispatch from Tangiers, Morocco, today announced that the rebels had cut the aque duct which supplied Fes with water and added that the city was now practically without water. It was further asserted that unless the Kabyleh tribesmen from the south come to the succor of Fez the place must surrender wunin tnree days. The hostility against the sultan I nread- Ing In Fez. The Moor are exhibiting pho tograph of bim arrayed in ridiculous garb. The sultan yesterday assembled the noble of the besieged town at the palace and ex horted them not to despair, assuring the chiefs that the Imperial troops ultimately ui iriumpn. Great Britain and France have nntlflail Spain that they have no intention of taking any advantage of the situation In Morocco and that they desire the maintenance at the statu quo tn the event of the sultan being dethroned and hi place Uken by the pre- lenaer, These communications h 1VA . rasa mmtwA tho Spanish government; wnien 1 thus re lieved or fears of International comnllra- tlons. TANGIER. MorOCCO. Dee. SO. Fnrelvnor. in the interior of Morocco have been vised to make for the coast, as provisions are scarce ana communications are almost closed. The pretender has been reported to he twenty miles from Fez. Italy Hot Planning; for War. ROME, Dee. 30. It la said that Italy la not making any warlike preparations in connection with the situation In Morocco. From an authoritative source the Associ ated Press ha received tbe following: "Italy, not being Interested In the Morocco question, will limit herself to watchlna- events." Under the Franco-Italian agreement in regard to the Mediterranean, under which Italy undertakes to respect French aspira tions In Morocco In return for analogous French undertakings regarding Tripoli, Italy ha no direct Interest In the Mornn situation. It also can be said that Italy has no intention of occupying Tripoli un less obliged to do so In order to prevent other power from settling there. GOVERNMENT VESSELS USED Testimony la Porto Rtcna Smaaxllntr Cnses Shows How Easily It Wns Accomplished. BAN JUAN, P. R.. Dec. 30. At today's hearing of tbe smuggling cases before United States Commissioner Anderson, tho case against Supervisor of Elections Benja min Butler was taken up. It developed during the hearing that about 100 cases of liquors bad been brought from St, Thomas to San Juan on the United States steamer Uncas In November of 1901. Some of these boxes'bore the name of Cap tain Yates Stirling, then commandant of tbe naval station here, Ben Butler, Dr. Charles H. T. Lowndes, U. 8. N., Quarter master Captain Joseph T. Crabbs and Pay master William A. Merrltt, U. S. N. Others were marked for the Country club, while still others were marked for the canteen. An employe of the naval station testified that be stored these goods according to the bills of the St. Thomas merchants, which were given him and that they were aent out the next day on the army wagons. COACHMAN KILLED BY ROBBER Dead Body, Fright felly Mutilated, la Fonnd In Yard of St. Loots Iloaaeholder. ST. LOUIS, Dec. 30. The dead body of Orrln Wortben, a coachman, was found in the back yard of bla employer's residence In the West End today horribly mutilated. Evidences of a terrific struggle with his murderer were apparent. The police believe that robbery prompted the crime. Worthen'a throat was cut, stab wounds were In his face and his head had been crushed with some heavy weapon. No one heard the combat and tbe body laid for a number of hours before being discovered. FIGHT ENDS JN A, TRAGEDY Ohio Man Is Shot and Killed by Offi cers While HeslstlngT Arrest, BEHTEL, O., Dec. 30. T. T. Sims was shot today while resisting arrest. 81ms and Earl McKlbbon had a desperate fight with weapons on th street. McKlbbon swore out a warrant for tbe ar rest of Sims and when Marshal George Clare and Constable Hannah attempted to make the arrest they were fired on. They shot Sims four times before b fell. ) OPERATORS PREPARING CASE Employers Side of Coal Strike Will Consnme Tea Days, or Two Weeks of Time of Cemmlssloa. PHILADELPHIA, Dec. SO. A conference of anthracite coal operators and their at torney was held here today to arrange for the presentation of toe mine owners' side of the controversy to the commission when tbst body convene here next Tuesday. The conference was called by Simon P. Wolverton of Sunbury. counsel for the Phil adelphia Reading Railway company, and continued from S until 4 o'clock. James H. Torrey, representing the Delaware ft Hud son company, presided. Jamea Burr, coun sel for the New York. Ontario ft Western, wa secretary. Samuel Dickinson, attorney for this city, represented John Markle, tho Independent operator of Hasleton. Among the others present -were Henry C. Reynolds of the Enterprise Coal company, John B. Kerr, New York. Ontario ft West ern; Francis I. Oowen, for the Lehigh Val ley; Colonel Everett Warren, for the Erie; W. W. Ross, for the Dataware, Lackawanna ft Western; Ira H. Burnt, for several in dependent operators, and John T. Lenlhan, for the nonunion mine workers. After the conference hsd adjourned Mr. Wolverton gave nut the following statement: "The testimony on the part of the non union miner Is not complete. Tuesday, when the commission sits, the nonunion men's counsel will submit further test mony which will probably consume a day or two. Then the operator will open and proceed with evidence, which will be pre sented by companies tn the following or der: Delaware ft Hudson, Erie, Delaware, Lackawanna ft Western, Lehigh Valley, Le high Coal and Iron, Lehigh ft Wtlkes barre. Independent operators and Philadel phia ft Reading Coal and Iron company. The presentation of the operators' side will occupy ten days or two weeks perhaps more." Judge Hand of 8cranton, attorney for the Connttl Coal and Coke company, said: "It la necessary that we provo to the commis sion that there is no blacklist and no dis crimination against union men. Most of those who attended the conference left for their homes tonight. Members of the an thracite coal commission and several of the lawyers have secured rooms at tbe Con tinental hotel, which will be the headquar ters of the commission." COAL DEALERS. BURY PRODUCT Two Investigations Started at Chicago ' Already Show Thousands of Tons Secnrely Stowed Away. CHICAGO, bee. SO.Two Investigations Into the cause of the scarcity aad the high price of coal in Chicago were begun today. At the Palmer house Attorney General Hamlin held a conference behind closed doors with representative of. th coal hauling railroads and of the eoal trade. . At the city hall the council committee on railroads held a public session, hearing statements from men who direct the move ment of coal on the railroads entering the city. v . Neither Inaulrv renrtfed li eetlan hr the public official and both wifl be continued tomorrow. Mr. Hamlin announced tonight that -he had made rapid progress and Intimated that the greater part of the blame rests with the dealers and not the railroads. ' "If I find proof," he said, "that thou sands upon thousands of tons of coal the dealers have In tbe yards, snow covered and untouched, are not under contract, but held for ' the purpose of Increasing the price, those dealers will be prosecuted and compelled to relieve th suffering occa sioned by the scarcity of coal." Before the railroad committee of the city council tbe fact was brought out that local dealers are holding vast quantities of coal merely to keep up the price. TARIFF ON COAL AND BEEF American Free Trnde I.eaa-ee Aaka Congress to Remove Datlea Wlth ont Further Delny. . BOSTON. Dec. 30. At a meeting In Fsnueil hall today called by the American Free Trade league the following resolutions were adopted: Whereas, The tariff duties upon beef and coal by assisting the extortions of monop oly, or by withholding relief from them, have proved a serious hardship for our people, and, Whereas, Such abundant evidence Is easily accessible to congress that investi gation need not cause delay In the removal of this hardship. Resolved, That as American rikjiens we ask that the tariff duty on beef and coal be now removed. Kesolved, That the tariff duties In gen eral be postponed, we urge that an excep tion oe made in the case of these duties up n beef and coal' and that they be re moved and those articles placed on the free list at the present session of congress. Resolved, That a copy of these resolu tions be sent to each l.'nlted States senator and member of the house of representa tives. ST. JOSEPH FACESC0AL FAMINE No Anthrnclto to Be Had aad Rail roads Are Confiscating; AH Soft Coal in Sight. ST. JOSEPH, Mo., Dec. 30. The people of St. Joseph are confronted with a most seri ous coal famine. Anthracite coal cannot be had at any price. The supply of soft coal is almost exhausted and if the railroads continue to confiscate coal as they have been during the last few days there will be no soft coal In the city. Srft coal yesterday sold at $1.25, $4 and $3.75 a wagon load, which averaged a ton. Anthracite coal was quoted at $12 per ton, but there Is none. MUST BUY COAL ON MARKET Aathraelte Companies' Sales Agent Agree Not to Renew Contract with Large Coasnmera. PHILADELPHIA, Dec. SO. The sales agenta of tbe Pennsylvania Railroad com pany and anthracite coal companies met to day and decided to continue tbe present circular prices during tbe month of Janu ary. Th aales agenta also declined to renew any of the expiring contract with large consumers of anthracite, which ac tion will compel all consumer to purchase coal In the open market. It la said the Philadelphia ft Reading will take similar action. They Move for Statehood. MUSKOGEE. I. T.. Dec. SO. The Ii dlan Territory statehood convention held at Eufala today was participated in by repre sentatives of ten towns and cities. Resolu tions were passed favorwig admlaelnu with ukianonia under tne lieverKlge bill, with delegate and constitutional rights. im oppoaiu to It unJrr any other condition. Arrangements were made fur a Urge dele gation i rum i no in territory to ailaud the Gklabom City cunveullon. KIND WORDS FOR RICHARDS Wyoming Man Receives Many Congratula tion on Coming Promotion. HERMANN GOES BACK TO LAW PRACTICE Joha II. Flmple of Ohio la Said to Be Slated to Sncceed Rlchnrds as Assistant Commissioner of Land Office. (From a Staff Correepondent) WASHINGTON, Dec. 30. (Special Tele gram.) "Well," said ex-Governor Rich ards, first assistant commissioner of tho land office, as he smilingly grasped the ex tended hand of hla first caller today, "It may be a little premature to accept your congratulations, but I thank you." In fact, the announcement of Commissioner Her mann's reslgnstlon and the probable ap pointment of William A. Richards to suc ceed him aa commissioner, general of the land cffice tn some manner leaked out prematurely. It had not been Intended at the department that this choice bit of new should, be made public until congress con vened next week. While Assistant Commissioner Richards Is receiving many telegrams congratulating him upon his prospective promotion and numerous personal calls from friends, he Is accepting all the well wishes with a sug gestion to wait, "as my nsme haa not yet been sent to tbe senate." It Is, however, regarded as almost certain that the pres ident will appoint Mr. Richards to be the head of the general land office. Commissioner Hermann says he will upon h! retirement from office return to hi former home tn Oregon. "I have made ar rangements," said Mr. Hermann today, "to re-enter the practice of my profession, tho law. I will only remain In office long enough to settle several minor matters and close up the affairs of my Incumbency." Ohlonn to Sncceed Rlchnrds. John H. Fimple of Carrol I ton, O., has been selected as assistant commissioner of the land office, to succeed ex-Governor W. A. Richards of Wyoming, who baa been slated to succeed Blnger Herrman of Ore gon aa commissioner. Both Mr. Richards and Mr. Flmple were slated for these otnees by the late Pres ident McKIntey. Mr. Flmple was law clerk of the general land office for four years, was assistant attorney general for two years under Attorney General Vandeventer of the Interior department and resigned two years ago to resume his law practice. He Is 40 years of age. Bonthera Quarantine Order. The aecretary of agriculture has Issued the annual order establishing a quarantine against a number of southern and western state on account of the southern or Texas fever. . The quarantine against Texas and Oklahoma is made a month earlier this year, taking effect January 1, but It is not operative against the other states unit February. In this respect the provisions of the order are Identical with that of pre vious year. Had So Country o RnsasciMnu Justice Clalbaugh of the Distrlot supreme court is engaged in hearing a petition filed by Antonio M. De Ycaza, a young Filipino, who la seeking to obtain naturalisation pa pers. He came to this country after sign ing the treaty of peace botween the United State and Spain. Ho applied for naturali sation papers In this District. The local law requires that all applicants for cltlsen hlp must renounce allegiance to his coun try. He bad no country to renounce and on this ground he was denied naturalization paper by the clerk of the District supreme court Routine of Deportments. J. C. Madson has been appointed post master at Glen, Sioux county. Neb., vie J. GUmore,' resigned. Tbe postmaster at Marshalltown, la., will be allowed one additional letter carrier after January 16. Jacob K. Davis haa been appointed a rural letter carrier and Arthur Davl as substi tute carrier, at Hawarden, la. Elbrldge 8. Johnson of Desmet, S. D., ha been admitted to practice before the In terior department. The comptroller of the currency ha ap proved the application of the Colman State bank of Colman, S. D., to be' con verted into the First National bank of Colman, with $25,000 capital. The First National bank of Bellefourche, 8. D., haa been authorized to begin business with $25,000 capital. Dra. L. M. Beckman, B. A. Wade and C. W. Hargens have been appointed pension examining surgeon at Hot Spring. S. D. Rural tree delivery routes will be estab lished In Iowa, February 2, as .follows: Bonair, . Howard county, one route; area covered, twenty-five aquare miles; popula tion, 400. Lime Springs, Howard county, three routes; area, sixty square miles; pop ulation, 1,625. Northwood, Worth county, two additional routes; area, fifty-four square miles; population, 1,015. Bids were opened today at the Treasury department for an electric elevator for the public building at Cheyenne, Wyo. The bidders were: Otis Elevator company. New York, $5,625; Morris Engine and Machine company. New York, $6,033. The United 8tate National bank of Omaha has been aproved as reserve agent for tbe First National bank of Scotts Bluff, Neb. Major William H. Cormusler, surgeon, upon tbe expiration of hi present leave, will proceed to Fort Crook for duty to re lieve Captain Paul F. Straube, assistant surgeon, who, upon being thus relieved, will proceed to the Philippine for assign ment to duty. Captain Horace M. Reeve, Seventeenth infantry, is detailed for duty a recorder of the Army Retiring board at Omaha, vie Captain Robert W. Dowdy, Twenty-second infantry, relieved. MISSOURI IN SUPREME COURT Salt Attacking Ita State Board of Equalisation la Filed by a St. Lasts Property Owner. WASHINGTON, Dec. 30. In th United States supreme court there wa filed tor docketing a case attacking th course of tbe state board of equalization of tbe state of Missouri in the matter of the rat of taxation in the city of St. Louis. Th proceeding wa instituted by William Preston Hill, a property owner of that city, who cbargea that by placing tbe as-ee-sment of the property of corporations doing business In the ctty at from one fourth to one-half of their real value, great injury Is done to other taxpayer. HI original petition for a writ of mandamus was quashed by the state supreme court and Mr. Hill asks the federal court to as sume jurisdiction on the ground thst the proceeding was unconstitutional In that It deprives bim of property without due pro cess of law. 1 CONDITION OF THE WEATHER Foirast for Nebraska Fair Wednesday ami Warmer In West Portion; Thursday Fair. Tempera tare at Omaha Yesterday! Hoar. Dear. Hoar. Hear. 5 a. m to 1 p. m Jt A n. m It) ii p. tn fttl T n. m 1 a p. m T K a. m lO 4 . m K 1 a. m 11 B p. m ! 10) r. nt 17 l p. m 11 a. in X2 7 p. nt 34 11 in XT N p. nt IM II p. nt 31 BAINBRIGP HAS NOT RFSIGNED Secretary of Vnlted States Legation In Pekla Arrives la t'onnclt niaffs. Hon. W. E. Balnbrlge, second sccretsry of the American legation at Prkln. China, ar rived in Council Bluffs at S o'clock this morning, accompanied by J. W. Hagsdale, United Statea consul at Tlrn Tain, China. Messrs. Bslnbrlge and Rsgsdale are on their way to Washington and will leave for there Friday, after spending tbe time until then with friends here. Mestirs. Balnbrlge and Ragsdale were ap pointed commissioners to Investigate the clalma of American citizens arising from losses Incurred during the Boxer rebellion. They began their Investigations on May 1 and concluded the work on November 17. Two hundred and twenty claims were con sidered, aggregating $4,000,000. Of these the commissioners recommended that claims to tho amount of $1,600,000 be paid to United States citizens and $40,000 In addition to Chinese subjects who were at the time of tbe lost In the employ of tho United States. .Regarding the report that he had tendered his reslgnstlon or intended to tender the same, Mr. Balnbrlge said that there was absolutely no foundation for this report. He satd that hla future plans were unde termined and beyond this declined to make any statement until after he had reported to the department at Washington. DEATH LIST WILL REACH FOUR Collision on Pennsylvania Results la One Person Killed, Three Fatally and a Score Painfully Hnrt. SHARON, Pa., Dec. 80. In a head-on col lision on the Pennsylvania, one and one half mile west of West Middlesex tonight, the engineer of the passenger train, Neal Daugherty of Erie was killed, four persons were seriously Injured and almost a score more were hurt. The wreck was caused through a . misunderstanding of orders. Both engine were demolished and are lying on their sides tn the ditch, while the express, baggage and smoking cara are badly wrecked. Following Is a list of the dead and in jured.' NEAL DAUGHERTY of Erie, body not recovered. , Tbe Injured: Engineer Shallenberger, probably fatally. ' Robert Williams' at Erie, fireman pas senger train; serious; v flsorge Gibson of - Erie, fireman freight train; serious. Samuel . J.' McDonald of Greenville, ex press messenger; serious. Six of the injured were brought to the Sharon hospital on a special train. Of the injured Samuel McDonald, George Gib son and Engineer Shallenberger will die. WHERE PROFESSORS DISAGREE Eliot nnd Hnffcnt Differ on What Pro fessional Schools Shoald Require as to Admission. NEW YORK, Dec. 30. The second ses sion of the conference of the American Association of Universities took place to day at Columbia university. - Tbe subject dlscuBsed waa "Tbe Requirements for Ad mission to tbe Professional Schools." There were two papers read one from Harvard, by President Eliot, and the other from Cornell, by Professor Huffcut of that insti tution. President Eliot In his paper advocated strongly that professional schools require bachelor' degrees, but omitted from his list engineering, chemistry and architec ture. - Professor Huffcut took directly the op posite view. He said that atudenta re ceived from high school had shown no difference in the result of their work in tbe university from those admitted with bachelor degrees. A discussion followed the reading of the papers. VERDICT ON ONTARIO WRECK Coroner's Jnry Not Agreed ns to Re sponsibility Between Cnrsoa aad ' Kerr for Disaster. WYOMINO. Ont., Dec. 30. The coroner's jury which haa been investigating tbe wreck at Wanstead last Friday night, in which twenty-eight lives were lost, brought In a verdict shortly before midnight to night. The verdict is as follows: We find that Arthur F. Rlckett was killed In the collision at Wanstead on the even ing of Friday, December 26, 1902; that said collision waa caused by wrong orders being given No. i at Watford. Responsibility for the Issuance of wrung ordors we are not agreed upon as between Operator Carson and Dispatcher Kerr. That aiter No 6 had left Watford by tne is- uance of wrong orders, we coLslder that the acci dent could have been averted by the op erator at Wyoming or King's Court Junc tion had the railway company had more experienced operators at those points (one being but a boy of 16), st each of which places the. dispatcher having had ample time to do It and endeavored to get the op posing trains stopped. DIES OF, A PISTOL" WOUND Self-inflicted by Francis G. Beach, a Prominent Cltlsen of New Havea. NEW HAVEN. Conn., Dec. 30. Francis G. Beach, a prominent citizen of New Haven, died today from a pistol shot, self inflicted, December 4, during a fit of tem porary aberration, resulting from Illness. During the second administration of Pres ident Cleveland he was postmaster here. He was well known In military circles, hav ing been a captain of Connecticut volun teer In the war with Spain. Movement of Ocean Vessels Dec. SO. At Harwich-Arrived: Polam Hall, from Portland via 8t. Vincent. C. V. At St. Vincent, C. v. balled: Norman Isles, from Antwerp, for Portland, Ore. At Liverpool Arrived: Ivernia. from Boston via Queenstown. At Glasgow Arrived: Tauric, from Liverpool. At New York Arrived: Pottsdam, from Rotterdam. Hulled: Cevlc. for Uverpool. At iioiiK Kong Arrived: Empress of China, from Vancouver via Yokohama. At Indon Arrived: Monos. from Ta coina via Valparaiso and Havre. At Yokohama Mailed: Kmprrss of Japan from iiung Kuiig, fur Vancouver. ' BURT TALKS TO MEN President and Vice President of Union Paoifio Confer with Strike Leaden. REACH NO DECISION AND TO MEET AGXiM After Discussing the Situation Adjournment is Taken Urtil Friday. RAILROAD MAN SAYS TROUBLE IS OYER Declares Issues Practically Settled aad Ho Danger of Sympathetic Strike. HARRIMAN STILL DENIES THE CONFERENCE Alt Snch Abortive Attempts of Con reeling Company's Anxiety to Settle Are Defented by Actaal Statements. This telegram was receive yesterday aft ernoon a little too late for publication la the evening paper: NEW yoitK, IVr. .-The Omaha Pee. Omaha: James OTcnnoll, John McNeal. John Hloctim, David O'Donnell, K. K. Ken nedy and Thomus L. Wilson met Mr. Burt and J.idge Cornish this morning: and after two hours" conference It was derided to ad Jo irn till V'rldsy, January 2. for further c.iiwldcratlon. The con fere"nce was very pleasunt and harmony prevails. THOMAS L. WILSON. The gentlemen mentioned tn Mr. Wil son's message arc respectively (he Interna tional presidents of the machinists, bolter makers and blacksmiths, the local presi dents of the helper and bollermnkers, fourth vice president of the International Association of Machinists, president and vice president of the Union Pacific rallroaif. While many conflicting report have been received from New York f nd othera not re ceived have been manufactured In certain quarter here and published In certain newspapers, this dispatch comes Erectly from one of the confereea, th man who de clared the atrlke for the machinists and ha led It for them from tho first. It ought, therefore, to set at rest all other reporta regarding this conference, including those sent out from Union Pacific headquarter In New York to the effect that Mr. Burt, Mr. Harrlman and other official were Ig norant of any conference being held. Ilopefal of Settlement. Mr. Wilson aent a telegram to hi sssocl- tes In Omaha yesterday morning stating that he and othera of the confertnee did not reach New York until Monday night, precluding, therefore, the possibility of a meeting with tho Union Pacific offlclala Monday, as was heralded In an Omaha pa pet. From the latter report of Wilson's It Is believed by the striker here that no ten tative agreement has yet been reached, but that favorable-developments will follow the resumption of -the conference Friday, There I no thought of a final disposition of af fairs at any New York conference, since la' the nature of things the ultimate settlement must be made in Qniaha' through the chan nels of th district lodgej. Whatever ae- -tlon Is reached In the east will, therefore, be tentative and require approval or disap proval of the district lodges. McNeil Talks for Slea. NEW YORK, Doo. i0. (Special Tele gram.) James O'Connell and . Thomas L. Wilson ol the machinists, John McNeil, E. F. Kennedy and Dave O'Donnell, represent ing the boiler makers, and John Slocum of the blacksmiths, of the Omaha delegation, representing the Union Paclfio shopman, thla afternoon, at the office of M. J. Ford, member of the executive board of the In ternational Association of Machinists, Mc Neil acting as spokesman, satd that a con ference was held this morning between .President Burt of the Union Paclfio and representatives of the three striking bodies. "The conference was of a pleasant char acter," said McNeil, "and the questions at issue were thoroughly discussed. No de cision was reached today, however, but an other conference ws arranged to take place on Friday morning." All the men were very secretive about the matter and refuted to answer further questions beyond saying that th confer ence lasted nearly two hours and that the situation waa hopeful. Three men, who looked like prosperoua western mechanics, walked into the main office of the Union Paclfio railroad, at 120 Broadway, this morning and were eon ducted by a company porter to another part of the Union Pacific office. Th ap pearance of the thre men started afresh the rumor that delegates of th striking mechanic had arrived from Omaha to hold their uninvited conference with President Burt of the Union Paclfio or with E. H. Harrlman, president of the Southern Pa cific and actual head of tha Paclfio system. Including those . two rosds and the Oregon Short Line, etc. But Mr. Harrlman' sec retary said when seen later that thing food today Just as they did yesterday, namely, that the officers of the Union Pa cific and Southern Pacific had not had any conference with any labor leader from Omaha and saw no reason why they ahould hold such a conference, as all th place of the striker had been filled. A director, who declined to be quoted, said that matters were practically settled and there would be no fuither strike la sympathy. Scales All Denials. The abortive attempt of Harrlman and other Union Pacific men In New York to deny any knowledge of the intended con ference, a wa reported In the press dis patches, become rather ludicrlous when It Is positively known that President Burt not only knew tbe conference waa to ba held, but helped to arrange for It, and not only was aware that tb strikers from Omaha snd Kansas City were sending dele gate, but saw that those delegate were not prevented from reaching New York, the scene of the conference. "I can think of no reason why Burt and Harrlman would want to assume thla In different attitude, unless it was their scheme to convey the Impression to tb public that the conference waa forced upon them at tbe urgent solicitation of tb striker," said a strike leader. "But If w (bould chose to divulge certain secrets which Mr. Burt has seen fit to repose In us, w would make bim look rather cheap and reflect a similar shadow upon bis big chief, E. H. Harrlman. Th fart I that tbl con ference wa called by tbe Union Paclfio people. Whether Burt or Harrlman Issued the actual order or request I can't say, but I do know this: Some of our men could not see their way clear, on tbe spur of th moment, to get to New York, until a way ws pointed out to them by President Burt. They went then gladly. I know of no reason for holding this conference In tbe east un less it be that Burt and Harrlman tblua they will stand a better chance of bluffing our men into accepting th abort end at