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I-or RELIABLE war news read THE BEE The Bee Hill have the news first Ibe Bee will hive It RIGHT. ESTAULIHHED JUNE 19, 1871. OMAHA, SATURDAY MOHNINO, APRIL 9, 1904 TWELVE PAGES. SINGLE COPY TIIIJEE CENTS. STATE STORM SV?T Bebnuka Viai.ei by Berere Oombina'.io'-f Wind. Rain and Knnw -. 1 A ArrnUAtnt) BLhlnKU 111 n.rU,L- Wont of Tears in Northern 8ection, Wtere fltook Berionly Suffers. FRUIT NOT FAR ENOUGH TO HURT BAD Weather lloit Seve: for April Known in Many Years, OMAHA HELD TIGHTLY IN THE GRASP Inrlrmril Rlementa lutroduced Tharaday Night by Hala aad Taaa eratare Falla Twealf De frees Before Dit Dawes. 'r) severest atorm of the Beaton, Includ ing the beginning and ending; of winter, estrclay held In ita throea Omaha, Ne braska and In fact the entire Missouri val ley. From before daybreak until fur into the night, It raged with relentless fury, leaving rain, anow, aleet and a terrific wind In Ita wake. It eam from the northwest and extended a far aouth aa Oklahoma and promising no complete abatement, ac cording1 to the weather forecasters, until thla afternoon. Fortunately It came too aoon to ruin the prospect of fruit In Ne braska, at leaat, for the buds are not fur enough advanced to be subject to aeriou Injury. Live stock, however, suffered In aome aectlona of thla and other atatea. No mortality losses were reported In thla sec tion. No atorm of the winter season Juat closed compared with this one, for It combined nearly every disagreeable element, and con tinued with such Incessant severity. Thurs day right In Omaha and generally In Ne braska, a rain began falling. The mercury dropped and soon snow was drifting down In struggling flakes. Wind arose and all night these three elements prevailed. In termittently, save the wind, which seemed to maintain the upper hand. By morning the temperature had fallen 2) degrees, registering 28 above zero. Early In the day aleet set In for a short period, but by t o'clock rain had again gained the leeway and held It Until well Into the morning, when anow once more came Into being and finally triumphed over the rain early In the- afternoon, continuing nearly throughout the remainder of tha day. But the wind was so strong and conetant and the tem perature, which had moderated since morn ing to some extent, too mild, to permit now to He on the ground to any appre ciable depth. : - , Wind r Iftyr'tve Miles an Hour, lu Omaha, which waa not tha atorm cen ter by any means, tne wind attained velocity at 4:06 of ltfty-flv mllea an hour At various stage It had been up to fifty miles. I'p to o clock last night tha total precipitation here amounted to about 80 of an inch. Much more than Mis waa regls te.redria tuer sectHC.gof the' state, thovgtC for down lit the southwest part tha anow was reported ! quite heavy. In most seo- tlona tha anow drifted. Up In the northern part, aa reported from Norfolk, It waa driven by a furious wind, which waa pro nounced the Worat blisxard of the season, Iter stock la said to have undergone con alderable Buffering. Taken as a whole It la quite generally agreed that no April for ' many yeara had anything to compare with thla atorm. , . i Yesterday afternoon Weather. Forecaster Welsh said: "Tha storm Is general over the central valleys, with rain, snow and high winds throughout this state. Rain and anow still continue east of tha lake region. The storm la central over Pee Moines, with a baromatrlo Dresaure of 29:12. Here at Omaha the temperature was 30 at 7 o'clock thla morning and the lowest recorded tem perature during the night was lift, a fall of over tweuty degrees elnce yesterday morn ing at 7 o'clock. Tha probabilities are for cooler over the central valley tonight and continued light anow or rain with heavy winds. The storm cornea from the north west and Is moving eastward. Locally the conditions promise cooler tonight, with high winds, with the probability .of the euirm breaking away tonight, though there is nothing very hopeful for Saturday. It will likely be warmer Sunday. Tha pre cipltatlon up to 7 o'clock thla morning here waa' .24 of an Inch. At Oakdale it waa H inch, at Ttkamah .26 of an Inch. The rain waa a little lighter In other parts of tha state. The highest wind velocity during the night waa thirty-two mllea and at U:20 it reached fifty mllea per hour for few mlnutee." , No Letup Until Afternoon. Last night about ( o'clock he said: . "I think the wind will not entirely sub side until after noon Saturday and the temperature may be a little lower In the morning, though not appreciably so, thau Bow." . Omaha fared very fortunately ao far as serious reeulta from the storm were con cerned. A number of sign boards were -.,. anm. t, a t- 9 u tamt ti n A m , trim. minus on old buildings had about all they could do te cling to their moorings: po dest rlana, of course, were never eure of their equilibrium, but public' services did not suffer materially, except the wires of the Omaha Electric Light and Power com pany, which kept a lurge force of men buy throughout the day. ttyt chief mis chief being In South Omaha. The street Cara managed to pull through without any material interruptions, the telephone and telegraph wires survived and no buildings lave way. The wind waa sufficiently atrong, how ever, to blow down tha nlnety-flve-foot stack over the Union block. Fifteenth and Karnam streets.. The stack, made of heavy aheet Iron and atoutly wired, came down with such a crash that, all the oc cupants of the building were aroused. In the fall the stack buckled, one half being supported by the wires snd the upper part ' toppling over a broken mass Into the area way below. Except to the stark itself no damage waa caused by Ita fall, which fact waa the occasion for more or less surprise among the tenanta of the build ing.' The . work of repairing the down east amoke aperture wag Immediately atarted after the a client. The Burlington weather report shows snow st all stations on the northern divi sion of the system In Nebraska, On the Alliance and Bheridmn divisions no snow Is reported. This also is true of the western division. On the southern division about half the etetlone report anow. No rata Is reported from any part of the atate. Oae of Heaviest Saows. Deputy Marshal J. O. Moore, who has Just returned from the northern pnrt of the state-, reports It snowing heavily up about L'eoU-ued ea Second FORESTS' EFFECT ON CLIMATE (itrnti Savants Tblak lanaence of Treee Hm Been Over. estimated. BERLIN, Arrll 8. The Influence of the . vVWst on climate was the subject of dls- ,.slon at the annual meetings of the Oer n Meteorological society here yester day. The conclusions reached aaslgned much leaa Influence to the roresta than have been hitherto assumed. Prof. Schu bert of Ooettingen gave a summary of the results of his four years' observations at Prussian forestry stations throughout the extended wooded region of the northwest ern part of Bradcnburg. Two observa- tions were taken dally at numerous points within the forests. In clearings and other I points. The result waa that from tha minimum variations of temperature and humidity In the forests, and at more re- I mote points. It was concluded that the I foreeta had no appreciable Influence upon the rainfall and general climate. It was pointed out in the debate following that the observations In the extended swamp regions of Russia gave similar results. Diagrams and tables Illustrating the above experiments will be sent to the St. Louis exposition. 1M1LI. DISTURBANCE AT BARCELONA Republicans Jeer Minister, Roynlists Cheer Kins; and Gendarmes Act. BARCELONA, April 8. King Alfonso left Barcelona today on a visit to Genoa. He will return to Barcelona Saturday. There was some disturbance here last night. While the king was leaving the theater after the gala performance a party of republicans returning from a meeting attempted to make a demonstration against Premier Maura, hooting and whistling. Tha crowd resented the action of the repub- licana and raised counter cries of "Long live the king!" "Long llva Spain!" and 'Long live Maura." A free fight which followed was ultimately quelled by the gendarmes: OBSERVE DAMMI KING'S BIRTHDAY Father-ln-Luw of Europe's Royal Honaea Celebrates. COPENHAGEN. April 8 King Christian today; celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday In excellent health. United States Minis ter Bwensen conveyed to the king a greet ing and felicitations from President Roose- velt Congratulatory telegrams were re ceived from all the sovereigns. Enormous crowds thronged the vicinity of the palace cheering the old monarch, who. with the king and queen of England, appeared on the balcony of the palace. Telegrams of congratulations were also received from Danes In the United States and there were general festivities through out Denmark. RUMORS OF FEACB IN THB BALKANS I'nennnrmed Telegram Annoaneea Signing of Convention. SOFIA, Bulgaria. April 8. A telegram re- I ceived here from Conetantlnopie announces that a TuYko-Bulgarian convention waa signed today. No details ore given. , s-ormer "...., .... PARIS. April 8 The condition of former I Queen Isabella of ' Bpalu.' is eicRIng sort- 1 ous apprehension owing loner aawa SjLIlU 1 Ilea viiSI jyi- wwsanr m ... . . SKiw? said, but the report Is not confirmed, that Queen Isabella has asked that her grand son. King Alfonso, be summoned, and a telegram to that effect may toe sent to him. , ' Papal Nunciatur for Germany. ROME, April 8. The Meaaaggero con- firms the reports that a papal nunciature will shortly be established In Berlin and adds that the Rev. Boniface Krug, for- merly of St. Vincent arch abbey, Beatty, pa,, and now abbot of the Benedictine abbey of Monte Casslna, province of Ca- serta, Italy, will be appointed papal nuncio at tha German capital. earthquake In Macedonia. VIENNA. April 8. According to a dla patch to the Neue Frel Presse an earth quake April 4 killed twenty-five persons, Injured forty, destroyed 100 houses and caused great distress In the vlllayets of Koesovo and Balonlca, Macedonia. Anstlo-Freneu Treaty ftlgned. PARIS, April 8. The Associated Press learns through private advices from Lon- don that the Anglo-French colonial treaty Including the agreement relative to Mo- rocco, Egypt and New Foundlund has been signed. Swltserlaad Prensi on Anarchy. hktovic Bwtturland. Anrll S.-The state council today unanimously passed a bill m.vin. tha Glorification of anarchism nun- Unable by Imprisonment. ROOT TO REPRESENT J. J. HILL Former Secretory to Oppose Harrl- man's Attempt to Control Northern Pad Sc. NEW YORK, April 8. Announcement hai been made of the engagement of Ellhu Root to represent the Northern Be- rurlllea company in its fight to prevent E. 11. Harriman from obtaining control of the Northern Paclflo railroad as the result of a distribution of the Northern Securities aaseta. Mr. Root will be the second former mem- her of the cabinet to represent tne xxortnern Securities company as special counsel In co-operation with regularly employed at- torneye of the corporation. When the government case was first argued John W. Griggs, attorney general In the first Mc- Klnley cabinet, represented the Northern Pacific railroad merger as special counsel. With John Q. Johnson of Philadelphia he also represented the corporation before the United elates supreme court. The rase in which Mr. Koot will appear is to oe arguea oeiore me in ilea Diatee circuit court In St. Paul next Tuesday. SULLY'S FRIENDS BEATEN Fall la aa Attempt to Secure Imme. dlate Settlement aad Retire Credltore Reject Proposition. NEW YORK. April 8. The creditors of Daniel J. Sully A Co. held a meeting to- tiav, at which Sully's friends were beaten In an attempf to enforce an Immediate settlement and retired from the meeting. Those remaining adopted a resolution con- fnouirin. into Sully's affair.. Inquiring Into Sully It was said after the meetlag that Bully a proportion to pay 40 cent, oa the doll., and give notea for three yeara had been re- jected by a large vote. The Corn Exchange bank has turned over to the receivers the 1.730 bales of cotton held aa surplus collateral and tills the revivers will sell. . COLONIAL TREATY SIGNED Long-Pending- Negotiation Between Eng land and France Oloted. COMPRISES THREE SEPARATE DOCUMENTS laatrumrnts Deul with KaTypt and Morocco, Sewfoandlund and Wast Africa, Slam, Kerr Hebrides ad Madagascar. LONDON, April I. The Anglo-French colonial treaty was signed In the Foreign office In London today. It comprises three separata instruments, the main features of which have been outlined from time to time In the Associate Press dispatches. The first Instrument deals with Egypt and Morocco, the second with Newfoundland land West Africa and the third with 81am, the New Hebrides and Madagascar. By the terms of tha treaty the present political situation In Morocoo and Egypt remains unchanged and a full agreement Is reported regarding Egyptian finances, Great Britain recognlsea the right of France to guard the tranquillity of Mo rocco, while France will not Impede the action of Great Britain In Egypt and Great Britain adheres to the convention of 118 for the neutrality of the Sues canal It Is sgreed that public works and other undertakings In Egypt and Morocoo shall remain In the hands of the respective states. The freedom of trade in Egypt and Mo rocco Is guaranteed for thirty yeara, and if the convention shall not be denounced before the expiration of that period it is to remain In force for four years more. In order to assure tha freedom of the straits of Gibraltar, It Is agreed that no fortification can be erected on the Moroc can coast between Melllla and tha mouth of tha Sebu river. Promise Mutual Assistance. The two governments promise mutual assistance for the execution of these ar rangements. In Newfoundland France foregoes exclusive fishing rights on the French shore, though retaining its right to fish The bait bill of 1886 is modified ao as to give Newfoundlanders the right to sell bait to the French fishermen. Indemnities will be given the owners and employes of the French establishments on the French shore for the abandoned fishing rights France obtains three concessions regard ing territory in West Africa. Under the terms of the first there Is to be a terrl torlal readjustment on the Zambezi, giving Franca access to the portion of the river navigable to ocean-going ships; under the second France secures six Los Islands and under the third there la to be readjust ment of the frontier line between the. river Niger and Lake Tchid, giving France a route through a fertile country. In the case of Slam the two countries confirm tha declaration of 1896, determining Us precise meaning with regard to p re resisting dlfferenoes. With regard to New Hebrides the British and French governments agree to appoint nnmmlalnn whl.k will J A -- ,.........,... wan.. i, .hi ucimuv iniiu dlSDUtea between the Inhabitants. Con. corning . Mad ea sear .groat - JBrl taA.'t " with- Jraw, ,he probata made at various perioda agalnat tha French soonomki regime there. mmmmimm DEPTHS OF OCEAN California, Expedition Flada Bitumen at Bottom of Abyeamal Depths of Sea. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, April 8. William E. Rltter professor of aoology at the University of California, has just returned from a voyage on the steamer Albatross, having been engaged for the last month in collecting specimens of sea life , for scientific research. The entire month was spent in sounding and dredging the ocean off San Diego. Although most of tha work was carried on about Point Lorn a. La Jolla and the Catallna islands soma dredging waa done about MO nllea off Point Conception, thla being' the farthest the steamer sailed from land. Here the I abyssmal depth begins, the soundings ran' I glng anywhere from 10,000 to 14,000 feat. I "It was at these great deptha that we I found the most Interesting spaoimens of life," said Prof. Rltter. "There is sn abundance of life there and It la surprising I the gorgeous oolora tha Inhabitants wear, The range of color Is astonishing. The predominating life at the great depths Is the star fish and the sea urchin. The sea I urchin Is most abundant in Individuals and kinds." Samples of the bottom were taken by tha I expedition at all places and scientists will b- Interested to know that bitumen was "- wuunuuea ai tne great I u"i,l- DISCUSS INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS American Academy of Political and Social Science in Session at Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA, April 8. A convention of naUonal Importance, especially to ln- due trial Interests, began here today, tha occasion being the eighth annual meeting of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Nearly all great corpora' I tlon Interests were represented. Tha chair I was occupied by Frank A. Vanderlip, for mer assistant aecretary of the treasury, I The subject under consideration during tha morning session was "The Govern ment In Its Relation to Industry," which was subdivided snd taken up in detail, The first branch of tha topic was the "Gov ernment Regulation on Banka and Trust Companies," and addresses were delivered I by William Barrett Ridge! y, government I comptroller of the currency, who spoke on The Control of National Banka;" Fred' stick D. Kllburn, New York state superln tendent of banks, "The Control of Trust Companies," and Prof. Frederick A. Cleve jand of the New York university, "The Fnanclal Reports of National Banks as a Means of Publio Control, QUARREL ENDS IN TRAGEDY Barber Out of Employmeat Shoots His Wife and Then Kills Him self at Denver. DENVER. April 8.-D. S. Waycaster. a barber, shut and killed bis wife and then attempted aulclde by shooting himself in the neck. He Is now at the county hos pital and has a chance for recovery. Way reled with hi. wife and mother-in-law s.v. eral days ago and was compelled to leave the apartment ef the latter. Today he re- turned and told his wife that he was penniless and starving and aiked for money to buy food. This waa refused him. A quarrel followed, resulting In ths shooting. The Waycaster s came to Denver froui i AahevUW -t about two year ago, PROF. BROWNE IS NO HERETIC Methodist Miniates la Acquitted of Charges by Committee of Church. NEW TORK. April 8. In the New York eaat conference of the Methodist Episcopal church today the committee to which had been referred the charges of heresy against Frof. Borden P. Browne of Boston univer sity reported that It had found that none of the five specifics tlons In the charge had been substantiated and that It therefore acquitted Mm. This closed the case, aa the action of the committee wne final. Bhortly after the report of the commit tee was read. Rev. C. 8. Wing, presiding elder of the Brooklyn north district, an nounced vthat new charges of a different nature had been lodged with him by Rev. Mr. Cook against Prof. Browne. These accusations were three In number snd In substance were as follows: First That ha waa riilltv nt wrlllnr libelous articles In the Zton Herald in lfc. These articles editorially attacked Kdwln 8. Bchell, I). D., general secretary of the Epworth leagtie, and caused a suit for libel to be instituted against Charles Park- hurst, the editor. Dr. Shell received a verdict for 121.000 and Parkhurst appealed. alleging that he did not write the articles complained of. The case Is In the Massa chiiHetta courts. , Second That he was guilty of making statements to reuorters of the Boston Pa pers defaming the character of others when taiKing anout tne case lust decided. Third That he had stirred dissension In the church. Writlna In the Met horii-it Re view, May, 1898. on "Ethical Legislation In Church." he characterised the methods of some other clergy ss "fussy. The charges were placed in the hands of a committee, which subsequently recom mended that they be not considered and the recommendation was adopted by the conference. HARRIMAN SEEKS CONTROL President Hill Ventures Opinion Rc. atardlngr the Northern ra dge Deal. CHICAGO, April 8. In an interview re latlng to Northern Securities matters the Record-Herald quoted James J. Hill, who was In Chicago today, as follows: Mr. Harriman undoubtedly Is trying to secure control or tna Nortnern racinn. That Is easy enouah for anyone to see. However, tne laws or several or tne states through which the Oregon Short Line and the Northern Pacific run are opposed to such ownership or control aad I presume ne wouia oe prevent en rrom accomplish Ing hie purpose by those laws. Aaked whether Mr. Harriman would se cure control of tha road In event the courts sustain his views regarding the redlstrlbu tlon of Great Northern and Northern Pa. rlflo stock, Mr.- Hill replied: "Ha would not, In my opinion." In the Harriman-Plerca petition It la stated that Mr. Harriman received nearly 19,0110.000 together with Northern Securities stock In exchange- for Northern Paclilo stock. When aakad why this sum was given Mr. Harriman, Mr. Hill replied: 'It was part of tha purchase price of the common and preferred Northern Pa clflo etock held by Mr. Harriman. Ha sold his Northern Pacific stock absolutely, and did not exchange It," In speaking of the Pierce suit, Mr. Hill said: 'Mr. Harriman claims that ' It Is friendly suit; that Js, ell I know about It," WILL APPEAL B0TKIN CASE Prosecution Expeots to Issue) Wsr mat, Chnrglnar Prisoner with ' I'.urder of Mrs. Destno. BAN FRANCISCO, , April 8. In view of the notice given by Attorney Knight that an appeal would be taken from the con victlon of Mrs. Cordelia Botkln, who was round guilty of the murder of Mrs. John P. Dunning, District Attorney Byington nas notified the witnesses for the prosecu tion who came from Dover, Del., to remain here temporarily. II Is understood to be the Intention of the district attorney to have a warrant Issued for the arrest of Mrs. Botkln. ohsj-in her with tha murder of Mrs. Dean, a sister of Mrs. Dunning. The evidence' in both cases being virtually the same, this action will permit tha depositions of the Delaware witnesses to be taken while they are In the Jurisdiction of the oourt. It la setlmated that tha cost to the stats of the prosecution of Mrs. Botkln thus far amounts to xu,uw HEARST CONTROLS IN KANSAS Coaat of Delegation Showa Twelve Oat of Twenty Are fur lllm. WICHITA, Kan., April 8.-M. F. Ihmsen Hearst's personal manager, claims a ma jority In the Kansas delegation, which yesterday was claimed by the anti-Hearst element. He gave out today signed Inter views by several of the doubtful delegates who hud been counted against the New York editor. Those delegates, who thus are classed as sure Hearst men, who have expressed themselves for him, are: De legates-. t-Iarge, Sam I. Hale, J. N. Hay maker, J. O. Johnson and III p. Karrelly; district delegates, O. P. Bcearce, C. W Oswald. T. W. Morgan, W. H. L. Pepl perell, A. a Keu.per, W. P. Dlllard, J. M. MoCoun and A. M. Jackson. This gives Hearst at least twelve out of the twenty delegates chosen, and his friends claim even more than that. Hale. Haymaker. Pepperell. Kemper and DUlard were claimed by the opposition. FATAL TORNADO T TEXAS Three Persons Killed aad Several Injured by Wind Storm at Moslco. HOUSTON. Tex.. April 8.-The tornado which passed over the town of Mexla killed three persons and Injured nine others, three of whom. It Is feared, fatally. ine aeaa: JOHN BALLARD. MR8. BALLARD. Four-year-old child of the Ballards. The names of all the Injured are not known, but reports today from Mexlca are that two of them will die. Those known to be Injured are: George Parsons. ' . Grace Livingstone. Lemuel Hobby. Patrick Lucey. The Ballarda were killed outright. Many houses were demolished and much damage was done to growing crops. GENERAL CRONJE ARRIVES Boer Commander and eOO Soldier a Are on Their Wny to the St. Leala Exposition. ST. LOUIS. April I -General Cronje and Commandant Van Dam or Hoer war fame, accompanied by 460 Boer soldiers, arrived here today to participate In the World's fair. After the fair Is ever they will go to Mexico to Uv, WORK ON DIET 1C11 REPORT Senator Piatt Sow . i fa i in Writing lie Find n-s i Com nittee BAXTER'S COMMli-r.N N)W ENROUTE South Dakota Delegation to novo Another Conference with Presi dent Regarding tha Rose bad Bill. (From a Buff Correspondent.) WASHINGTON. April 8 tSpeclal Tele- gram.) Senator Tlatt of Connecticut began writing his report on tha Dietrich case today. While the report hae been die counted In view of the evidence brought out at the trial of the case. Interest, how ever centera In the wording of the docu ment Just how far the committee will go and whether It will call attention to the f illure of Summers to prove by his wit nesses things which he stated that he could prove Is problematical. Unquestion ably tho verdict will relieve Senator Diet rich of responsibility, although occasion may be taken to Indicate the committee's views regarding the making of leases and making of postmasters as well. It Is thought that tho committee will have a meeting early next week to hear Senator Platt'a report. The procedure after the report has been presented to the senate Is the same as any other report, differing only in that It Is not attached to a bill, but reports to the senate findings of faot, which the senate will adopt and the Diet rich case will be a closed Incident. Halter's Commission Mailed. Judge Baxter's commission as United States district attorney for the district of Nebraska was mulled by the attorney gen eral's office to the new appointee last night. Conference on Rosebud Bill. It Is expected that the South Dakota delegation will have another confeience with the president tomorrow on the Rose bud bill. Captain Beth Bullock, scout, ranchman, hunter, first sheriff of Deadwood, S. D., and superintendent of the Black Hills forest reserve, an old-time friend of the president from his ranching days, will in all probability accompany the dele gation and join In urging tha president to sign the bill should It pass. Captain Bul lock believes the president is misled re garding the value of the landa to be opened to settlement In the Rosebud reservation. Should the president, however, still Insist on holding out for a higher prloe, then the delegation will pass ths bill, leaving It with the executive to decide whether the bill shall or shall not beoome a law. Changes la Indian Teachers. Walter P. Squlers, principal teacher at the Winnebago Indian sohool, was today appointed . school Inspector at Standing Rock (N. D.) Indian school. E. L, Bwartslander of the Fort Totten (N. D.) school has been tendered Squlers' place at Winnebago. Myron Thompson has been appointed regular and M. V. Thompson substitute rural carrier at Correctionvllie. Ia. Rural routes established May 16: Ne braska, Courtland, Gage county, one addi tional; area covered, twenty square miles; popakvUou,- 400. South Dakota, v Oeddes, Charles . Mix county, two routes; - area, eighty-one square miles; . population. 417. Montrose, McCook county, two routes; area, ninety -live square miles; population. 1,090. Parkston, Hutchinson oounty. one ad ditional route; area, seventy-three square miles; population, 412. Frank L. Johnson has been appointed postmaster at Norwich, Page county, la., vice j. M. Johnson, resigned. SECRETARY TAFT'S HUMOR Thinks Toklo Clubs Are as Close American Officers Will Get to the War. CHICAGO, April 8.-Secretary of War Wllilam H. Tat arrived in the city tonight from Cincinnati. He will remain here over tomorrow, when he Is to speak at the Ap potoraax day banquet, given under the aus pices of the Hamilton club. Secretary Taft aaid tonight: . early in the campaign now In progress In mo tBsi i nni rrigaoier uenerai Allen, chief of th Phllinnina cnn.tAhniurv en,,.. to Manchuria, hoping to have him stay and observe the operations of the Japanese as a military attache. They Informed him that he was not wanted. He returned as far as oeoui ana caniea me. l ordered him to re turn to Manila. He sot closer to the fleM of operations than any one else from this government. The four offioere sent to Russia have oeen stalled ever since at Bt. Petersburg, and the four sent aa attaches of the Jbds. nese army are now gracing the cluba of -loKio. inat is pronaidy as near as they wne get ij hid seat ok wax. BANDIT'S SWEETHEART DEAD Girl Who Refused the Hand of James Youneer Bxplrca at Oklahoma from Coasumptlon. ST. PAUL, April .-Word has been re ceived In thle city of the death In Okla homa of Miss Alice J. Muller, a well known newspaper writer and author. Miss Mil Her was 29 years of age and had suffered from consumption for some time. At the time of the suicide of James Younger, the former bandit.' It waa stated that one of the causes leading to the act was his Inability to marry Miss Muller. She at one time conducted a weekly paper In Loa Angeles and was later on the staff of a Bait Lake City newspaper. Ska was ths author of several books. SWINDLER HEAVILY FINED I'ses Malls to Further Fraudulent Ad vertlatng Scheme aad la Convicted. CHICAGO, April 8. Pleading guilty to using the malls to further a scheme by which newspapers all over the country ward swindled out of a large sum, John H. Dal ton was today fined 11,500 by Judge Humph rey In the United States circuit court. Dalton escaped the penitentiary on the same charge two years ago because the United States circuit court of sppeals re versed the sentence of the lower court. He was charged wjth organising an advertis ing agency, through which he Is aald to have swindled 7,000 newspapers. PROTEST AGAINST CHANGE Northern New York Methodist Church Coafereaee Hemalna Firm on Amusement Uaesllon. LITTLE FALLS. N. Y.. April 8 -Lay delegatea were elected today from the Northern Now York Methodist Episcopal church conference to the general confer ence at Los Angeles, and resolutions were sdopted asking restoration of tinis limit snd , protesting against a change In the book of discipline a the amusement ques tion, ' NEBRASKA WEATHER FORECAST Fslr Saturday anil 'Warmer In North east Portion) Sunday Knlr. Temperature at Omaha Yeaterilayt Hour. De. Hoar. Dear. ft a. m SW 1 P. H U a. m , 11 n. tn 7 a. m t :. H a. ni aa 4 . m a. in :4 ! P. :' io a. :?; n It a. na T l. m "- In m SIT P- " a3 O p. m 34 SUMMARY 0FTHE WAR NEWS Russians Believed to Be Setting Trap for Jnpanese Alon tho Ynlu. (Copyright by New York Herald Co.. UH NEW YORK. April 8. (New Yolk Herald Service Special Telegram to The Bee.) All dlsnntches from tho far eaft Indicate the near upprouch of a decisive battle. Experts believe that the withdrawal of the Russians to strongholds on the right bank of the Yolu means an attempt on the part of the Russian strategists to draw the enemy into a trap, as, so far, the Japanese have shown a desire to occupy all the iints from which tho Russians have withdrawn, being now masters of the Corean bnnk of the river. Newspuper correspondents have again been halted, thla time there being an ob jection to some lundlng at Cliemulpo, while one who desired to proceed from there was debarred from embarking on a steamer which called at that port. Reports reached St. Petersburg to the effect that Japanese officials were passing through the war tone toward tSenernl Ma's headquarters, disguised as Chinese. Rua- ala again protested to the celestial foreign office against the engagement of Japanese military instructors for the troopa In north China. Once more cam.e the reports that the Russians fully expert to be attacked at Port Arthur during the holidays attendant on the Easter season, It being added that the fleet and forts will be fully prepared to meet such a bombardment If Vice Ad miral Togo should ree fit to open action. RISSIA'S lli:i.P DIHIKU CIVIL. WAR Incident of America's Internecine Strife Recalled nt St. Petersburg. ST. PETERSBURG, April 8, 6:16 p. m. The Novoo Vremya today prints proml nently an article from an American nows- paper describing on Interview between Em peror Alexander II and Wharton Parker, the Philadelphia financier, foimerly finan cial agent of the Russian government in the United States, on the occasion of the review of the Russlun fleet at Constradt in 1878, during which the emperor told Mr. Barker of his determination to consider Great Britain's recognition of the confed eracy as a casus belli, and for that reason sent the Russian fleets to New York and San Francisco. The Novoe Vremya re marks: Russia has not forgotten to honor the flag raised In 1M3 by Russian squadrons at Mew yora anq nan r rancisco. rne Ameri cans who were at Cronstadt that dav know now to appreciate tne nuesmns rrienaship lor snwriu uuiing mv mvii wnr. The Novoetl epprnves of the government's policy of i6trenchmenr lrrtirder not to In flict additional burdens on the people, but foresees that more important measures are necessary to provide for the war expend! ture. JAPANESE TO DRILL THIS CHINESE Ruasln Flics Protest Against Their Kngragrenient. (Copyright by New York Herald Co., 1904.) PEKING, April 8. (New York Herald t blegram Special Telegram to The Ilea.)- Since March 15 at leaat nine Japanese! officials dressed as Chinese, with a full staff of Chinese servants, have passed north through Kupelnko, Jehoe and Ping Tsuln toward Chao Yang, General Ma's headquarters. There are about 25,000 for eign drilled troops at Chao Yang. Russia has protested to the ministry of foreign affairs about the Chinese govern ment engaging additional Japanese military Instructors for the troopa in north China, STRIKE BECOMES GENERAL Miners In Pennsylvania' Drawn from Their Work by Strikers and a brass Band. LATROBE, Pa.. April 8. Headed by a brass band, striking miners of the Loyal Hanna Coal and Coke company marched to the plants about Latrobe today and succeeded In making the strike Inaugurated on Monday general. It Is estimated that 1,500 rrten sn out tonight. All but three miners of theSaxman Interests are Idle and the working forces of the other have been . crippled. Bo aggressive have the strikers become In their efforts to Induce men to quit work that Sheriff John Trecher was today appealed te. MORMONS AT KIRTLAND Draft Resolutions ' Raconrmendlug Conarreaa Be Petitioned to Legis late Agalnat Utah Church. KIRTLAND, O., April 8-It was decided at today's general conference of the Reor ganised Church of Latter Day faints that the next meeting shall bo held at I-amonI, la.. In 1906. The Missouri district report recommended that congress he petitioned to legislate against the Utah Mormons and that they be disfranchised for violation of the state and national law. The report waj regarded as too radical and another will be drafted and "reported tomorrow. Would Reorganise Skip Company. B08TON, April 8. A plan for the re. organisation of the Fore River Ship and Engine company has been agreed upon by the bondholders' committee, appointed for the purpose. It Is proposed to Nsue H.SOU.'vO In stock, equally divld.-d between the common ana preferred rimes, and to raise 1.2o.() or new money tiv nssessln the bondholders 40 per cent and the ul nreferrcd stock ft!)1, tier cent. Of the new money tWO.orio will be Mnert to Improve the plant. tA"O.0no to pay off the company's floating debt and l&o.ono as a working capital. New Bond for California. BAN FRANCISCO. April (.-Articles of incorporation of ths Murysville & Stistin- vllle najiwuy company, union nave been riled in the county clerk's office, urovlcii- for a railroad from MarvsvillH to a mini In Honey Lake valley, at or near Busnn- ville, the route oeiween tnese mo places crossing the Hlerra Nevada mountains, and from Suaanvllle to a point on ton boundary linn between California and Ncvsda, tbe estimated length of thla line being o miles. The capita' stock of the company has been fixed st 17,000.000. Discuss Women in Baaiaraa. CHICAGO, April S. Chanfjes that have taken place since women Invuded bualpess life Is the subject matter o! u sympo ftum that opened here today. lr', mini lit l luh women from various parts of U a country are In attendance and a number lMiticl pa ted in the dlacusalons which had for u a.,,-,, ral test the topic "Woiutn :, Mo-kra AioduMlrlaUam." SEA FIGHT REPORTED Rnmored Admiral fc'auroff Engages Jap aces EqnaJroo Near Port Arthur. SIGNALS ENEMY'S FlElT IN THE OFFING Concern iag the 0a oome cf lb Battle Nothing is Offiiipllj Known. BLOCKADE AT PORT ARTHUR NOT STRONG Presumed that Condition of Channel Protects ths Harbor. JAPANESE LOOKING f OR NEW LANDING lp to the Preaeut 'lime No Trans ports, It Is Believed, Have En tered the Port of Fe Chi I.I. FAR18. April The Bt. Petersburg cot- respondent of The Echo de Parta saj s that Admiral Makaroff went out from Port Arthur thla morning, a Japanese squadron having been signalled aa In the offing. It la rumored, the correspondent says, that a sea tight took place, but' nothing concerning It Is officially known. Looking; for New l.anctlaa,. LONDON, April 9. A correspondent of the Times ut Wei Hal Wei oabltng under yesterday's date says that the result of a week's rrulr.e loads me to believe that the Japanewe fleet is engaged In covering arrangements for a new landing of the troops recently mobilised. A rlcse block ade of Port Arthur Is not maintained, pre sumably because of Information regarding the state of the channel. Certainly up to the present no Japanese transports have entered the gulf of Pe Chi Li. Correspondents Held I p. SEOUL, April 8. The steamer S'jmlhoye Maru culled in at Chemulpo today to take on board 900 men belonging to tne First di vision. The newspaper correspondents on board the Sumlnoye Maru were t.ot per mitted to lund and a corrcsponornt who was hvre waiting to go forward with the Japanese troop was refused pni'.lon to emburk en the steamer. A dispatch from Toklo, dated April 1. said the first party of oorreapedents consisting of sixteen men, mostly British and Ameri cana, had left Tokio that day for l be front, and that they would sail from MtJI, Japan, ou April for an unknown destination. While the departure of these newspaper men from Mojl hus not been reported, pos sibly because of the Japanese censorship. It is porslble that the correspondents re ferred to In the above dispatch are those who were to have left Mojl lust Wednesday. Chemulpo Is about a two days' run from Mojl. It has been said also that corirspondents who attempted to go forward contrary to lue wishes of tho Japum-sc authorities would not be afforded the facilities given to writers who waited until the uuttiorltlre wra ready to have- them move, (tCssIAXS OlEKVHU04iy FRIDAY Gather In Churches to Commemorate Tragedy of Golgotha. ST. PETERSBURG, April 8. One hun dred millions of the emperor's subjocts today revived the tragedy of Golgotha". The Russian capital seemed plunged In giicf. The busy hum of the metropolis was gone. The streets were deserted. All night and morning the church bells tolled mournfully, reminding the faithful of the betrayal of Gethsemnne, Peter's denial, the trial before Pilate, the burden of the croea and finally ths cri'clllxlon. The scourging and mock ing of (ho Saviour were Impressively re- enacted at the Alexander Nevensky rathe- , dral, Antonlus, the metropolitan of. St. Fltersburg, officiating. This sftwnoon at Bt. Isaac's cathedral as held the eolemn ceremony of com memorating the three hours' agony, ac companied by a beautiful' service ef song. The Interior of the great cathedral pre rented a wonderful scene when at last a silver cross, on which was painted a pic ture of Christ crucified, was borne out through the Inner golden gates on the shoulders of the black-garbed clergy to a magnificent sarcophagus erected In the cen ter of the church. The vast congregation, consisting of over lfl.OCX) persons, was on Its knees, each person holding a lighted candle. Thrice the officiating bishops find fleurons circled the bier nnd then all the llr,hts were extinguished, snd for hours throngs of people psssed before the catafalque, most of them sobbing end weeping. HONORS FOR RtSKlANS IN AMERICA Csar Confera Dceoratlona on Repre sentative aa Easter Favors. BT. PETERSBURG. April 8. Among the Easter honors conferred by the emperor, which will be annugnced tomotcw, are forty decorations of persons In ths diplo matic service, three of which go to Amer. lea. Nicholas Lodygensky, Russian con. sul general at New York Is aade a com ir.ander of the order of St. Vladimir. Albert CchUppenbach, consul at Chicago, Is made a conductor of the order of Bt. Anne and Consul Struwe at Montreal a commander o the order of Bt. Btanlslsus. The order conferred upon Consul Goneral Ixdygensky Is a very high one, given only for distinguished services and carrying with it heriilltury nobility. It Is t.mclally announced that In conse quence of the departure of Russian repre sentatives from Coreu the portion of Rus sian Interests In t!int country have tem porarily Intrusted to the French diploma Uo and consular reprioentatlvcs. A dispatch describing the burial cf Ru slnn seamen slain In the naval battle at Chemulpo says that a detachment of sailors from the United States' g nr. bout Vlcksburg as well us those from other foreign war ships followed the bodies to the grave. Hl N HI1HIANS OX COHEAS SIUH Jspanese Cavalry Enter WIJu I aop posed un April l. (Oopyrieht by New York Hurald Co., IBM.) SElU'L, April 8. (New York Herald Ca blegramSpecial Telegrum to The Boe.) Th Jupanese advance cavalry reached Wllu on April 6. There were no Russians' there nor on the Corran bank of the Yslu, Russia Will Helesse Itefnaees. ST. FKTEItaHl RO. April 7.-Through the United (States government Russia h.,, uguin. been requested by Japan to allow the Japanese refugees on Sakhiln Island to be transported to Japun. Tho Foreign of fice bus already returned u favorable re sponse to this request, b it delay In the completion of arrangements Is due to the nectuMlty of consulting tho inliltury author ities of the Island, The United B tales government probably will nd a neutral ship to take tue refugees oil the island.