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TIIE OMAHA DAILY HUE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, ' 1004.
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Subscribed In my presence and sworn to taioro ma this 1st day of August, A. p. ISOi. (.Seal j I L B. HUNGATE. ' ' Notary Public. That fearful battle at Llao Yangls still imminent. Tbe brisk demand for political straws has aent tbe price of wheat orer tbe dollar mark. v There was a good deal 4nore truth than poetry lu Tom Watson's arraign ment of Wall street. Mr. Gassaway Davis,' is already deny ing charges, and the Rational campaign only three days old Omaha may be sadly- in need of a juvenile court, Jbut It will have to get a Ions withoutone at leaBt until next summer. Venezuela is Just now finding out that if Uncle fianiuel Is to play the guardian uncle, he will insist ou decent behavior from, Ills turbulent wards. General Miles little slice of eloquence bout the "bow of promise and the star of hope" is his only contribution to the Parker campaign that baa been reported In hKS-'-. ; t -r; The CTikago-OfnabA trunk lines are about to ngage In a sugar rate war with an Immediate reduction of B cents pet hundred iVom Chicago to the Missouri river. Now if the railroads would only engage in a coal rate war with a cut of 1 cent rei' hundred, Omaha would make no remonstrance. f.t Louis has managed to monopolize rtiost of the conventions this year, but there Is one national gathering that gave Chicago the preference. The As sociation of American Cemetery Super intendents will convene at Chicago in sad, solemn and melancholy- conclave during the present week. The Wisconsin Postmasters' associa tion hns endorsed the Hubbard stamp certificate syBtem of postal currency and recommended its adoption by the Postofllee department Whether con gress will heed this recommendation is problematical. Postal fractional cur rency would become almost as popular as rural delivery if tbe Hubbard plan is followed out John N. Baldwin, generalissimo of all Unto Paclac dependencies, has re turned from his vacation on the sea shore to assume personal command of tbe forces that are being recruited and conscripted to move on tbe republican primaries la the Second congressional district in the interest of bis "logical candidate." Nothing else could have been expected. Up to the latter end of the present week the military expenditure of Russia in the war is reported to have been $12S,723,000. If these figures are cor rect, war in the Orient Is a very cheap diversion. The little spat between the United States and Spain, that only lasted ninety days, cost Uncle Pam over $250,000,000. but then the Russians only pay their soldiers and sailors about 4 cents a day. It does not always happen that the man who surrenders his scat in a crowded street car to a woman receives bis reward here on earth. It did hap pen, however, in Chicago recently, where, it bus been alleged, people are not always so susceptible to little cour sl s of this kind. In the cullttdon of a trolley tmla and passenger express a woman who oct-ujilwd a front seat In the forward car was killed lu tho. wreck. It was a choice seat, but it hud Un surreudered to the woman Jutt a moment l.fore tho accident by a man who Luuti'd up another place In the rear of t!ie r. The lUUe set of pollteiiens ajiw-.l t!;8 man's l!fn, for he ettipt'd wiitj h f w ttHgtit injuries. Tlx Incident i,!.'. a trt:tlo Icf-min la pollient art, but tt U a f jfvlUe It. -Ma uerthelfa TIKLBIXO TO COMrtTITIOX. The Steel trust has been forced by ctnipetitlon to change Its policy. Since Its orgnnlr.atlon the corporation has fought for stubiUty of prices at a rela tively high level. Created to control the Iron and steel Industry of the United States and to compel tbe public to pay prices high enough to yield dividends on heavily watered securities, the trust now ackpowledges itself 'defeated by a rela tively small but relentlessly aggressive Independent interest. It has surren dered to its competitors and the steel consumlng public. Organized scarcely more than three years ago to monopolize the Iron and steel industry, and having failed In Its purpose to maintain prices necessary for dividends on watered se curities, the corporation has been driven to a point where It must meet prices made by others. A few days ago the management of the Unlfed States Steel corporation, after mature deliberation, decided to meet the existing conditions, which re quires a reversal of the sales policy it has until now sought to maintain. It Is stated that the tniBt in order to bold business against competitor", bas au thorised its sales departments to maka prices that will bring back business that Independent manufacturers have taken by cutting under the trust's fixed fig ures. For some tlma the iron and steel trade has been quiet and It appears that the Independents have been making th( most of the opportunity to undersell the big corporation. It is thought to be probable that a further demoralization of the buslnesa will result but if so there will be some compensatory bene fit to consumers. It Is not questionable that the trust prices have . been too high and -if it shall not be able to pay dividends at a lower range of prices It will simply Incur a penalty that Is In evitable sooner or later to such over capitalized corporations. Nobody who feols any concern for the large amount of labor employed In the iron and steel Industry will wish to "see the Industry demoralized. It contributes very ma terially to the country's prosperity. Yet there are few who will regret that the trust bos been forced to abandon an un justifiable policy and stop bleeding con sumers. 1 j That such is the case Is significant as evidence that not only has competition still a place in our industrial system, but Is a force which even so powerful a combination as the Steel trust has found to be Irresistible. That corpora tion, with vnst capital at Its command, has made a persistent fight to maintain Its policy and gain control of the Iron and steel Industry of the country. It has been compelled to yield to the ag gressive competition of Independent manufacturers and very likely will not again adopt the policy that Is now aban doned. This capitulation of the Steel trust Is a mntter In which tbe general: public can find a good deal of satisfac tion. . " 1 t AXTI-LUPERIAL1ST8 SILENCED. It would seem that the anti-Imperialists, so-called, had concluded that their cause is not an issue in this year's cam- palfn and therefore had decided to ob serve silence. They received some en couragement from the tricky and com promising politicians who controlled the St Louis convention, in the declaration thai the Filipinos should at once be given the promise of independence, but whatever hope this may have raised In the anti-Imperialist bosom must have vanished when tbe position of tbe demo cratic candidate for the presidency was made known and found to differ in no essential respect from the republican attitude. The democratic platform says: "We insist that we ought to do for the Fili pinos what we have already done for the Cubans and it Is our duty to make that promise now." Judge Parker, in his speech of acceptance, made no ref erence to Cuba, perhaps realizing the ab surdity of drawing a parallel between our relations toward that island and to ward the Philippines, nor did be give even qualified approval to the demand of the platform. He said: "The Occi dent of war brought the Philippines into our possession and we ar not at liberty to disregard the responsibility which thus came to us; but, that responsibility will be best subserved by preparing the islands as rapidly as possible for self government and giving them the assur ance that it will come as soon as they are reasonably prepared for it" This la essentially the republican attitude. It Is the position announced by McKIn ley and adopted by his sudcessor. Ia bis speech of acceptance President Roosevelt said: "We are governing the Philippines in the interest of the Philip pine, people themselves. We have already given them a large share in theij government and onr purpose is to licrease this share as rapidly as they give evidence of Increasing fitness for the task. We have established In the islands a government by Ameri cans, assisted by Filipinos. We are steadily striving to transform this into self-government by the Filipinos as sisted by Americans." That is to say, what the democratic candidate for the presidency urges should be done the government is doing "preparing the islands as rapidly as possible for self government.,' and the Filipinos could have no better assurance tharTls con tained lnthls of tbe purpose to give them self government when they ore fitted for it Secretary Taft has recently said that the problem before this government Is how best to educate the Filipinos for solf-Koveriinif ut and that the process of education should b continued long enough under Ainertcttn auspices to in sure its continuance under the auspices of the Filipinos if they should see fit to establish an independent government. No rational bum vill qut-gtlon that lu thla we sro meeting our reeponhtblllt and doing a service of ln"ot!euit.l value ta the I'UUi i Lie ijtlw- service wtJcb a very large mSJorlty of them-have already learned to appreciate. It appears evident thst "iinperlsllsid" cannot be made a live lasue in this year's campalcn and certainly so far as the so-called anti-Imperialists are con cerned their guns have been spiked. They bad undoubtedly expected some en couragement from the democratic presi dential candldnte and it has not been given them. It Is probable they will remain silent throughout the campaign, for they can no longer doubt that the practically unanimous sentiment of the country Is agnlnst them. i THE BALTIC FLEET. It Is stated that the RuHsIan fleet In the Baltic Is ready to sail for the far east but there appears to be a difference of opinion among naval officials at St. Petersburg as to the time when its de parture should be made. Some urge that it should go at once, while others are of the'oplnlon that it should wait for a clearing of the situation at Port Arthur. It is a long voyage from the Baltic to the scene of hostilities and It Is easy to understand the position of those naval officials In Russia who are opposed to delay. On the other hand there Is res son to doubt If It would be wise to send th fleet to the far east This, It appears, is the view of naval experts at Washington. They point out that with the fall of Port Arthur, which Is regarded as certain to come soon, Russia will have no base but Vladivo stok and that place must bo reached by sailing through the Corean straits and the Japan sea, or by going around to the east of Japan and entering through the Tsugarii strait In either case, the whole Japanese fleet in the meantime put Into first-class fighting trim and al most as strong as at the beginning of the war, would be at liberty to oppose the progress of the Baltic fleet After an extremely long sea voyage that fleet would have to engage and defeat the Japanese fleet before reaching a base. or If it should Vlude the Japs it would have to depend In Its operations on an Ice-bound base reached only by tortuous routes. An American naval officer is thus quoted: "The fall of Tort Arthur will mean the destruction of the remain ing available battleships which Russia has in tbe far east, and the fleet which it can send from the Baltic will be no more powerful alone than the Pacific fleet which it had ready for service at the beginning of the war. In the light of recent battles, the Japanese would probably be able to defeat that fleet also, even If It could get Into the radflc In fighting trim, which Is doubtful." The advocates of sending the Baltic fleet to the far east will doubtless pre vail, but It Is evident from the opinion of disinterested experts that It would be a most hazardous expedition, with the chances very Btrongly against the fleet escaping destruction. It seems certain that Japan Is securely In control of the Asiatic waters. It is reported that American consuls In the wine-producing districts of Eu rope are getting themselves into all sorts of trouble through their obedience to the orders of .the State department to make minute reports regarding the wine Shipped to this country. In Germany and France tbe laws against tbe sole of adulterated wlues ore stringent arid manufacturers and dealers have been forced to devote their arts to the liquors Intended for export to this country. It is said that tbe extent of the adul teration and doctoring of foreign ex port wines has never before been appre ciated and naturally the adulterators are worked up to a high pitch of In dignation at this new and unwonted ac tivity on the part of the American con suls. In the operation of the United States antl-adulteration act the for eigners are beginning to see an Inter ruption to a profitable feature olf their export trade which they have worked unmolested for- a long time. No wonder they make wry faces and stren uous objections to this Interference on tbe part of tbe "meddlesome Ameri cans." A message from Washington states that despite the protest of the Christian Endeavor societies of Connecticut tbe traditional bottle of wine wlTl be broken across the bow of the battleship Con necticut when it Is launched next mouth. The objection raised in this in stance Is no different from others raised from time to time, but the rather apt reply of Acting Secretary of the Navy Darling to the petitions will cause a broad smile to sweep across the country, He closed hts reply in these words: Finally, permit ma to sug-geBt that you and the 1,000,000 people you repreaent ought to And comfort In tba thought that wins thua expended can neither Imperil the oul nor contribute to the cup of human sorrow. Mr. Darling Is ntterly devoid of even the suspicion that perhaps it Is the waste of the wine which Is threatening all the distress. The most numerously nominated man In Nebraska Just now Is A. A. Worsley. He is a populist nominee for congress In the Sixth district, was nominated far commissioner of public lands at the re cent fusion state conventions and is, moreover, the candidate of the popu lists for state senator in Boyd county. If any old party is hunting for an all around candidate here Is their man. But one office for one man at one time has been the unwritten law of the land, and the same principle should govern In tbe matter of candidates. This should ap ply to fusion reform parties as well as to pur ties making no professions of re form. Heady Article la Stuck. Chicago Chronicle. "Someone almuld explain why the porta la called tubllme," eaya a. contemporary. That a eaay. liecause of its effrontery. . Itou't Heattata. , Bomervlile Journal. When opportunity Anockk at your door go and open It qulA, and don't atund Still entering at her beenuse aha wasn't up to daie cuoufcb to tfiig the electric bull. AS STK OPE.VEl UX TBE WATER WORKS When R, B. Howell presented himself to the people of Omaha as a candidate for state senator two years ago I was dazed at bis sublime audacity, because I did not believe it possible that the citizens of Omaha bad forgotten his dis creditable performances In connectlob with the water works deal only six years previously. Here was a man who had received a splendid education at the expense of the government In tbe United States naval academy, disciplined with the highest Ideals of hohor and integrity, and Above all things Imbued With the sncredness of the word of honor. And yet this man, occupying the office of city engineer, bad so far forgotten the les sons Inculcated at the naval college as to be guilty of deliberate deception and falsification as a public officer. The incident to which I allude has al ready been pointed out editorially and I would not have again referred to It were it not for the attempt of R. B. Howell to once more impose upon the credulity of a large section of this com munity that seems to be oblivious of his unenviable record. A clear conception of the water works problem by which Omaha is now confronted and the dema gogy by which R. B. Howell seeks to curry popular favor by advocating a reduction of water rates to private con sumers requlres'a brief review of water works history. The Omaha water works were con structed In 1880-81 by a syndicate of Omaha business men under a contract by which the water works company obligated Itself to erect works in com pliance with plans and specifications pre viously adopted and the city obligated Itself to pay for not less than 250 fire hydrants at a fixed rental per annum, and Incidentally granted to the company the privilege of supplying water to pri vate xnsumers at a schedule rate em bodied In tbe ordinance granting the charter. Tbe contract with the water company was limited to 'twenty-five years, but the city reserved Itself the privilege tp purchase the works any time after twenty years In tbe following lan guage: The city of Omaha shall have the right at any time after the expiration of twenty years to purchase the city waterworks at an appraised valuation, which ahnll be aa certalned by the eotlmate of three en gineers one to be selected by the city council, one by the waterworks company, and these two to select a third providing; that nothing shall be paid for the unex pired franchise of said company. Although this ordinance was approved June 11, 1880, the official acceptance of the works did not take place until Sep tember 4, 1883. Consequently, the right to purchase the works under the arbitra tion clause did not accrue until Septem ber 4, 1903.. , The original Omaha Water Works company sold out Its plant and franchise rights to the American Water Works company, which was capitalized for $11, 000,0004,000,000 In bonds and $7,000, 000 In stocks. In 1803 the American Water Works company was thrown Into the bands of receivers and in 1800 the water works were bought by a syndicate of eastern capitalists and recapitalized and Incorporated in New Jersey under the name of the "Omaha Water com pany." At this Juncture a contention arose as to whether the new company bad acquired the franchise as well as the plant and proceedings to test that question were instituted by the city in the federal court. While this case was pending the managers of the exposition endeavored to negotiate a compromise by which they would be enabled to se cure water for the lagoon on the exposi tion grounds at a nominal price, and a proposition was submitted to the council by the company to lay the necessary mains at its own expense, supply the water for the lagoon and give the city 150 additional hydrants free of rental on condition that the city would contract to extend its right to purchase the works ten years, or to the year 100T. Now appears tbe Iago in the play In the person of R. B. Howell, then occupy ing the position of. city engineer. At bis Instance a public meeting was called by Mayor Broatch, of which the World Herald of December 15, 1800, made the following report: "One of the largert, most Interesting and exciting 'town' meetings' in. Omaha for many years was held in the council cham ber yesterday afternoon. . From 1:90 until 6 o'clock tho resolution phased by the city council accepting the proposition from the. Omaha Water company for the placing of HO additional fire hydrants by it at a nominal cost, a-nd. the extending of the tlma, on the part of the city', at which the city may purchase the waterworks plant from 1900 to 1807, tha. pending ordinance) to carry out the proposition, and many thing directly and Indirectly connected with litem were discussed, a "E. Rosewater disputed and dlmnlKSed la two sentences, as foolish and not according to law, the contention of the city that the present company has no franchise. Tba question was simply on the acceptance of the proposition, 'which, he eald, was not 1 a good one.' Mr. Rosewater then eald ho wanted to have a little talk with the city engineer, which he began by asking him who had written, for him the report which he had read, or If ha had written it him self. Mr. Howell answered that ha had himself written every sentence of It, moat of It after 9 o'clock at night. Mr. Rose water repeated his first question In dlt- j ferent words, asking whether the Ideaa were original or whether they were In. ! spired and prepared by Interested parties, j "Mr. Howell again answered that he, and he only, had written the report; that ha was solely responsible for It and htid not been Inspired by any one. He detailed his conversation with the mayor when the matter flirt came up, the difficulty In, obtaining tha clroulars, etc., sent out by the bondholders' committee and tha re fusal of the water company to let him aee papers. "Mr. Rosewater fald he tcok the responsi bility of contradicting the statement Just; mad, by the city engineer, and was pre pared to prove his (Roeewater'e) state ments. "Continuing, Mr. Rosewater said, In sub stance, that ha hod it from a reliable' source that the city engineer had gone to an employe of the waterworks com pany and made tha preposition that if the company paid Mr. Solon I... Wiley luO per month there would be no trouble about Ita proposition going through. Mr. Rose, water tmld that ha mid tha statement and would prove lu Mr. YVl;y, ho aUi, had a claim asalnet tha waterworka which ho had been Trying collect for yrar. nd was behind thla movement asalnst It, Mr. Rosewater then, began reading from the city engineer's report "Mr. Howell Interrupted and wanted to get back to Mr. fto-ewater char thst bo 'held up" the waterworks company. Mr. Rosewater snJJ It was not Mr. Hunt but Mr. Blerbower who had told Mm. Mr. Ulerbower was not present" An Investigation by the clTy council followed and the majority ef tha special committee made these findings: "That Mr. R. B. Howell, city engineer, was an applicant for ths position ot gen eral manager of tha waterworks company; that ha did not demand but did suggest that Mr. 8. I Wiley should be appointed a director of tha waterworks company at a nominal salary of $100 or H50 per month, and that It would be to th Interest ef this company to take this action In view of certain legislative matters It would re quire, The testimony fixed tha data of such suggeatlon as c-n or about October , 18SS, and that such request was made to General Manager Blerbower and Su perintendent Hunt. Also at an early date to Treasurer Stockton Heth. "Wi believe from tha testimony that Mr. Howell, city engineer, la entitled to the benefit of the doubt a to the suggestion being a friendly one to Mr. Wiley, and that his action, although under the circum stances Indiscreet, jeas prompted by ths desire to do a friendly thing for Mr. Wiley. "All the meetings of ths committee were public and every witness whose name waa furnished the committee waa summoned to appear and give testimony. V'. "Tour i committee finds and submits to the city council that Mr. R, B. Howell, city englheer, under all the circumstances of his application for the position of gen era! manager while holding tha office of city engineer, made his request for Mr. Wiley's appointment aa director, an act of such indiscretion aa a man cf hla years and experience should have avrldrd, and such actkm on his part placed him In an embarrassing position, so far OS his sub sequent reports and duties were concerned In his official capacity with reference to the waterworks question and tbs city's in terest. Signed W. W. Bingham, Cadet Taylor and Car Axfofd, majority of the com miuee. - Embarrassing position! Indiscreet: Those were mild words of censure for a former United States naval officer who had deliberately been convicted of down right deception and prevarication on "his word of honor." Would he have played the despicable part he did play at that time as pretended champion of Omaha's rights and Interests in contention wltb the water works company if his ambi tion had been gratified and his request granted by the water works company? Howell's latest performance Is in keep ing with the indiscretion that prompted him to Indulge In downright falsification eight years ago. In bis latest screed he has the temerity to assert that he "suc cessfully opposed a proposed extension of the franchise of the Omaha Water company and thus defeated Mr. Rose water's plan to saddle upon the city of Omaha in perpetuity his vastly profit able water works tenant together Avlth Its excessive water rates and" hydrant rentals." Habitual falsifiers ought at least to have good memories. Mr. Howell surely knows that 'there was no s attempt made to . extend tbe franchise of ' the water ! com pany in perpetuity. He certainly knows that It was simply a proposition to postpone the city's right to purchase the water works plant until 1007. He knows that the franchise could not have been extended a single day without a vote of the people, if Mr. Howell had even the smallest element of truthful ness In his makeup he would not have charged me with trying to snddle a plan upon the city of Omaha to extend the franchise, nor would he have claimed credit for the defeat of the proposition In the race of the report of the commit tee of his friends and political associates that censured him. My attitude on the proposition to extend the time of pur chase was embodied lu the .following editorial which appeared In Tha Bee of December 2. 1S9C: . . The proposition to extend tbe water works contract for a period of seven years calls for careful consideration before final action ahall bs taken by 'the mayor Snd council. The public interest should ba guarded at avery point and no loopholes left for further misunderstanding and con tention. If an extension of tha contract Is to be made, let It be on conditions that will give the taxpayers the full equivalent o fthe value of the benefits conferred on i the company. e The vital question to the taxpayera is, "Are the condition under which It Is pro posed 'to extend ths water works contract such as ths city has a right to expectf Doea the city need 100 more hydrantAT If he company Insists on Its present hydrant rental, why should not some concession be made to private consumers, which were originally fixed on the basis of a town of 80,000 population t Bhould not the practice of requiring a royalty put In operation in' the last gas franchise be also applied to the water company T . i On December 4. 1800, The Bee pub llshed an open letter over 'the name of John D. Howe, protesting against the proposed e;rt?nsion of the contract, from which the following pointed extract is1 quoted: , The right ef the city to purchase the water worka In 1900 shourd not be postponed at all not even aa long as It took to run that electric light contract through, to wit, alxteen minutes. If Omaha noVer does another thing, It should own these worka. It should lay the foundation for' It at once. . On December f, the next day, nn open letter appeared in The Bee over tbe name of W. 8. Poppleton, embodying the following extracts: The proposition to postpone until 1907 tha city's right to purchase the water worka plant Is, Indeed, one that should be most carefully coneldered before final action la taken. The concessions which would be an adequate return for the benefits yielded to the water company and which the city government should demand are, (1) a royalty on the gross receipts of tha company to be paid into the city treas ury; and. 3 a substantial reduction In the ratea to private consumers. The. meanest and most contemptible part of Mr. Howell's screed is" Ms Inti mation that my course In the discussion of the water works problem Is purely selfish and inspired by my anxiety to keep tbe company as one of the tenants In Tbe Bee building. It Is scarcely necetisnry for ine to declare that the policy of The Bee on any public question has never been shaped by the business omee or Its effect on the rental Income. Tbe original lease for the quarters occu pied by the water company was made while tbe building was In course of con struction. . Mr. Underwood, then its president. Insisted upon a ten-year lease, though I only wanted to give a flve-yenr lease. At the expiration of that period, on August 27, 18S0, a new lease was drawn up by Mr. James M. Woolworth. the attomey of the company, and exe cuted by Theodore 8. Woodbury, presi dent of the water company, and W Stevens, its secretary, but that lease was never executed by Tho Bee Build Ing company. I declined to sign the lease because I did not want to be placed In a position that would enable Just such disreputables as Howell to charge me with being worked when the water works purchase came up for final action. The water works company has had no lease of Its quarters In Tbe Bee build lng for these five years, and is at liberty to move out any day. Whenever It docs move I expect to be able to survive the shock as I did when the army head quarters were moved from The Bee-I building. It was current talk among personal and political enemies that the rental exacted from the government for Its army headquarters $3,000 a year- was outrageously excessive. Last year the rental collected for the premises oc cupied by the government amounted to $8,400 and this year they will exceed $8,500. . R. B. Howell's appearance lU) the role of Iago in the fourth act of the water jvofks melodrama took place two years ago. The owners of the water works had become apprehensive that the city under pressure of public opinion would attempt to acquire their property by "eminent domain" condemnation process. This would have given the city the right to appoint all of tbe appraisers and taka possession of the water works at the ap praised value If satisfactory, leaving tha company to appeal to the courts for any excess that it might claim above the appraisement This was a serious situa tion and an Ingenious stratagem was therefore resorted to by which the city vns forced to avail Itself of the arbitra tion clause In the water works contract that gives the water cduapany an extra ordinary advantage. With this end In view tbe services of former President Underwood were en listed In conjunction with those of the father of R. B. Howell, a lawyer, form erly from Detroit, now associated with Underwood In New York. Incidentally, the president of the Omaha street rail way, in which the owners of the water works have several very large blocks, was also enrolled to help the movement for municipal ownership. In order to elucidate my points I will venture to ' propound a few pertinent questions: 1. At .whose instance did Mr. Under wood, former president of the water company, come to Omaha two years ago to confer with R. B. Howell 1 , 2. At whose Instance was the Howell compulsory water works purchase bill framed and In whose Interest wag It rail roaded through the legislature? 3. Who Inspired Representative Gil bert, engineer of the Omaha Street Rail way company, to introduce the same bill, word for- word, In the house on the same day on which Howell Introduced his water works purchase bill In the senate? 4. If the water wortts company was opposed to the compulsory purehnse bill why did they not lay a straw in the way of its passage through the legisla ture? 5. Was the water works company, or any other public utility corporation, ever known to allow any bill, charter or ordi nance to go through the legislature or city council that was inimical to its in terest or objectionable to Its managers to. go through without strenuous opposi tion? . . 0. If the Howell compulsory purchase bill was objectionable to the water works company why did no lawyer or lobbyist representing that corporation appear to protest against Its enactment before the legislature or against Its ap proval by the governor? 7. If It Is true that eminent attorneys, lrcludlng the lawyers of the water com pany In Omaha and New York, regard the compulsory purchase bill as full of boles as a skimmer why is it that they have not made the slightest effort to set it aside, and why, on the contrary, have they complied with all Its provlslous? P. It Is a matter of notoriety that tha water works company has always had a sufficient lnfluonee in Omaha ctty coun cils to Btall anything It did not want even when it could not push through everything that It did want How did it come, therefore, thst the council nifched through without discussion the ordinance declaring tt.at the city would avail itself of the three arbitrators clause of the contract and asking the wster company to name Its appraiser? 9. Last, but not least, It Is a matter of notoriety that the water works board SBjsnAaa a-fsw r-"n Jj A If. t-ZZZZ., ; .S -" ---"r Is not unfriendly to tbe water company an1 would take no action thst waa serV"' onsly objectionable to It How did It come thst the water board 'tccted Howell to fill the vacancy created by Guy Barton's resignation? Is it not patent to all men tb.t Mr. R. B. Howell Is only a "stool" plrwon playing bis part for the water worn owners, who have been anxious to sell the works at their own price? Is It not patent that Howell Is only throwing dust In the eyes of the Oninhs tax pay ers and water consumers In order to be In position to make,blmself useful and take advantage In case the city should acqrlre the works? It Is a deplorable fact, but nobody can truthfully lay the blame at my door that the wnter works company under the manipulation of Howell and his pals has the city by the throat and its own ers can afford to laugh at Howell'a grandstand play, asking for a reduction of water rates, to private consumers. They know that if tbe appraisement of the works, which will be completed within the next two or three weeks, runs up to $(,.,000,000 or $7,000,000. the people will In their resentment vote down the water bond proposition and the defeat of the bond proposition will be followed by a proceeding In the fed eral court asking Judgment against tha I city for the amount awarded by the ap praisers. As soon as that Judgment Is granted the company will simply say to Omaha "You must either pay this Judgment or give irs an exrension or our contract on our terms." Mr. Howell will, of course, shed crocodile tears and prate about Dennlson and the machine, but down In his heart he knows that he Is playing the most despicable part in a community that once honored and trusted him. E. ROSEAVATEtt. SERMONS BOILED DOWN. Prayer Is the parent of perseverance. No man Is so rich he can afford to lose a friend. It is easy to mistake gas worka for good worka Sacrifice determines the value of any service. Only those who face their sins find their forgiveness. The religion that makes good will make people good. The pessimist always bites the spots on ths apple first We are all willing to admit the depravity of our neighbors. God's lovs was not meant as a cushion for oar laziness. The Master never dwells In the same heart with malice. Tto Man who expect to die like doga are likely to live like hogs. The man who trlea to cash flattery al waya finds it a forgery. It la hard to be popular with pigs and to keep out of tho trough. 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