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Por Rolinblo War Noya you musthavo Tho Boo Pull Scores of Lroaguo Gamos In Tho Boo Only ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871. OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 9, 1904 TEN PAGES. SINGLE COPY THREE CENTS. STRIKE IS CALLF9 OFF -'V, President Donnelly Oflol -J9clam Con test Against Packer End. BUTCHERS WILL RETURN 1 TODAY Employers Bay as llwiy Taken Back as Are Nee '" WILL NOT DISCHARGE N0NUNIONISTS Competent Men Employed During the Strike Will Retain Their Places. FIGHT COST FIVE MILLIONS IN WAGES Loss to Packer l Easiness and Extra Eirn Estimated at T,BOO,OOu Fifty-Three Thonsaad Mea Idle. CHICAGO, Sept. 8. The strike of the butcher workmen which has demoralised the meat packing Industry throughout the country for the, last two months was offi cially declared 'off tonight by President Michael J. Donnelly of the Amalgamated Meat Cuttere and Butcher Workmen of America. This morning Mr. Donnelly tele graphed the members of the national executive committee asking their consent to the announcement of the end of the Strike and tonight, having received favor able, answers from all, he declared that the strike of the members of his organisa tion would end at midnight. The strike of the members of the affili ated unions at the stock yards who quit work In sympathy with the butchers will officially be called off tomorrow morning at a meeting of the conference board of the allied trades. Sympathy gtrikes Bad Today. Thm was decided upon at a meeting of the central body of the allied trades, held tonight. The central body was at first In favor of continuing the strike, but Mr. Donnelly, who was present, announced that the men were defeated and that In order to save his union from being entirely dis rupted he would order his men to return to work in the morning, no matter what course might be taken by other union As the other unions had no grievance, but had gone on strike to aid the butchers, there was nothing left for them but to fol low the lead of Mr. Donnelly, and they, too, decided to call off the strike as far a they were concerned. When the packers were notified tonight that It had been decided to end the strike they announced that they would give places as far as possible to the skilled men, but Jt was stated at the same tlmo that many of these would be unable to secure their Old places, as In many cases the work waa being performed In a aatlsfactory manner by men who bad been secured since the Mnmencenient of .the strike. It Is expected that the majority of unskilled men will be unable to, secure their old places again, i It was a question of wage scale tor this class tf men that brought about the strike, the packers refusing to sign au agreement with any class other than skilled work men.' Loss Five Millions la Wages. During the strike approximately 63,000 per sons have been Involved In the struggle, which -Is estimated to have cost the men about $5,000,000 In wages, as against an esti mated loss of 17,800.000 to the packers in loss of business and in increased expenses. The greatest number of men Idle in Chi cago during the strike was 28,800 and the total in the country, outside of this city, Is estimated to be about the same. The original cause of the strike was a demand by the butchers' union that the packers pay to the unskilled workmen 184 cents an hour. The packers refused to sign an agreement, but offered to arbitrate the question. This was accepted, the strik ers agreeing to return to work pending the decision of the arbitrators. The men, bow ever, were dissatisfied with the manner In which they were being put to work and declared that they would not return unless all of the men were given their old places In one day's time. The packers declared that this waa physloally Impossible, and the men went on strike for the second time. The men now return to work under the conditions that existed before the strike. STRIKERS DISARMED BY SHERIFF Officer Takes Gaaa from Sixty Mlaers at Tabasco, Colo. TRINIDAD, Colo., Sept. $. Sheriff Clark with fifteen deputies went to Tabasco this afternoon In responso to a telephone mes sage that striking coal miners numbering over 100 were marching to Tabasco and Berwind to force nonunion miners out of the mlnea On, the arrival, of the sheriff the strikers Informed him that they had assembled to hold a meeting. Sixty of the strikers carried guns and the sheriff dis armed them. Fifteen miners, who were considered dangerous to peace, were ar rested and plaoed In Jail here. At Starkvllle last night six Italian strikers assaulted coal company guards, who shot Christofe Bhoro, one of the strikers, through the groin, fatally wounding him. Three of the strikers were arrested and placed In Jail, but the others escaped. COTTON COMPANY IN TROUBLE Receivers Are Appointed (or Kew York Coaeera Controlling Maay Plants. NEW YORK, Sept. 8. Char es E. Kimball of Summit, N. J., and C. Dover! ng. Taun ton, Mass., today were appointed receivers for the American Cotton company for the New York district The New Jersey courts several months ago appointed the same men receivers with bonds of $300,000. The difficulties of the American Cotton, com pany, with a capitalisation of $7,0u0,0O are attributed In tne papers of the petlonlng creditor ; and stockholder, Frederick K. Robertson, to a lack of sufficient capital. The com per y owns or controls nearly 3u0 cotton and ginning planta Nearly $2,000, 000 of liabilities will accrue next month and the paper filed say the company Is with out funds te meet them. EQUALIZING CATTLE RATES Trante Officials of Western) Roads Disease Omaha-Kansas City Rates. CHICAGO. Sept. $. Trafflo officials of the western roads were In session here todsy arranging te place Omaha on a parley with Kansas City la regard to through cattle rated MAY GET A DECISION SOON Casr Ssld to Look Kindly t poa Ameri can Contention Regarding Contraband. ST. PETERSBURG, Sept. $.- p. m.-The question of contraband of war as contained In the American and British notes was presented to the emperor yesterday by the commission, which has been considering the subject. Foreign Minister Lamsdorff. who throughout hss been favorable to the American and British contentions, made a strong argument In support of his position and was warmly seconded by M. Muravleff, minister of Justice. An opinion by Prof, do Martens, professor of International law at the University of St. Petersburg, also fatrorable, was presented. No declsljn was reached, but the emperor plainly mani fested his sympathy with Count Lame dorfTs view and at the conclusion of the audience urged the advisability of a prompt decision. In consequence of the emperor's utterances the Foreign office Is greatly en couraged and it la believed that a decision will soon be reached. INNOCENT MAX CONVICTED TWICE Charge of Conspiracy Against London Poller to Re Investigated. LONDON, Sept. 8. Home Secretary Ackers-Douglas hss appointed a commis sion to inquire into the circumstances of the conviction of Adolph Beck, who was convicted In 189, served out the sentence of seven years and who was again ar rested and convicted, but waa granted a "free pardon" when It developed that both his convictions were founded on mistaken Identity. The case has caused a great sensation, especially In view of the re aroused Interest In the Maybrlok case, and the charge against the police, of conspiracy In order to secure the conviction of an Innocent man la freely and openly made. The government has offered Beck as com pensation the sum of $10,000, . which he re fused on the ground that it was not suf ficient. He demanded a full Inquiry, which Is backed up by the public and press. The case is expected to develop a further sen sation reflecting seriously on the police conduct of the case. In both Instances Beck was charged with obtaining money and Jewelry from women under false pre tense, and his convictions were secured on the evidence of women who Identified him. Recently, however, a man giving the name of John Smith waa arrested on the same charge and confessed that he was the man that waa convicted In 1877 on the same charge. When Beck was convicted In 18M It waa stated by the police that Beck was the man Smith who was convicted in 1877. Canard Uie Delays Answer. HAMBURG, . Sept. 8. The Hamburg American line says the Cunard line has not yet replied to the proposition of the allied companies relative to the passenger busi ness, and, consequently the reports of a complete rupture of the peace negotiations and of a resumption of the rate war was Incorrect. American la Finals. LONDON, Sept. $. Marcus L. Hurley, the American amateur champion bicycle rider, won his heat In the semi-final kilometer championship at the Crystal Palace today. He will compete In the finals Saturday against the holder, Reed, and J. 8. Beyon. also an Engtrsbman. - Tr""t. t Kew Delegate and Assistant. ." ROME, Sept. $. It developed today that Father Ambrose Aglus, the new delegate to the' Philippine islands, will not be ac companied to the Philippines by Dr. Lopes, a Spanish Benedictine, but by an Italian secular prleat, who has not yet been chosen. FREMONT OFFICER STABBED Policeman' Coasof la Critical Condi tion as Result of aa Attack. FREMONT, Neb., Sept. $. (Special Tele gram.) Policeman J. F. Connof was stabbed this morning by a couple of trsmps he had arrested as suspicious characters and his condition is critical. Connof gathered In his men near the rail road yards and waa . taking them up D street to Jail. At the corner of Fourth and D streets the men objected to going further and he started to handcuff them together, when one struck him in the left side with a knife. The officer fell to the sidewalk and the men ran away, one going north and the other south. He then fired his gun to bring help and two men who happened to be near came to his assistance. He was able to give a good description of the men. The fire bell was rung to call out the people and In a short time gangs of armed men were scouring the city. The search was continued today and It is thought the chances of getting the men are good. A number of tramps have been ar rested on suspicion. Connof has five severe Wounds In the left side and Just below the heart and la very weak from loss of blood. This morning he was resting quietly and the physicians say he has a good chance of recovering unleas some new complication develops. He has only been on the force about a year, but was considered one of the bravest and moat efficient officers. At $ o'clock this afternoon the men who stabbed Policeman Connor were still at large and It Is believed have succeeded In placing several miles between themselves and Fremont. Connor la resting easily and will probably recover. The assault upon Policeman Connor . has revived the exoltement over the Olson as sault and the feeling against all the par ties is bitter. DR. REMSEN GETS A MEDAL President of Johns Hopkins Cnlver- alty Honored by Chemists at ICew York. NEW YORK, Sept. 8 -At the meeting of the Society of Chemical Industry, which today be? an a three days' 'session here, the society's medal, founded In 1896, and awarded by the council once in every two years for conspicuous services rendered to applied chemistry by research, discovery, luventlon or improvements In processes, a as awarded to Ira Remsen, presldsnt of the Johns Hopkins university. Sir William Ramsay, K. C. M. B., called the assemblage to order. William Nicholas of New York was elected president for the ensuing year. Movements of Oeean Vessels gent. H. At New York Sailed: Steamer La Savole from Havre; Bremen from Itremen. Ar rived: N'umidlan from Olasgow. At IJvrrpuul Arrived: teutonic from New York. At Hamburg Arrived: Pretoria from Nw York: Deutaclilttnd from New York. At Plymouth Arrived: Fried rich der Grouse from New York. At QueenMown Hailed: Frlealand for Philadelphia; Oceanic for New York. At London Sailed; Hungarian for Mon treal. At Glaxgow Sailed: Corean for Roston. At Brisbane sailed: Aorangl for Vancouver. VAIL GETS WORD TO STOP Donnelly Wires Him that Strike Has Been Officially Called Off. SOUTH OMAHA BUSINESS MEN WAKE UP Kame Committee to Devise Plaa to Get Union Men Relaatated and Bad the Troable that Has Stagnated Trade. Stephen J. Vail, second vice president of the Butchers' and Packing House Employes' National union, received a telegram from President Donnelly last night about 11 o'clock telling him that the executive com mittee of the union had determined to ac cept the terms of the packers and call the strike off. Mr. Vatt says he does not know what the terms are, nor has any further Information as to the ending of the strike. He expects further Instructions from Chi cago this morning. Thursday afternoon a meeting of busi ness men of South Omaha was held at the Llvo Stock exchange for the purpose of considering what could be done toward bringing about a settlement of the strike In South Omaha. They voted to do all In their power for peace. When the report was received at the exchange that Presi dent Donnelly had resigned it waa decided by the commission men doing business at the yards to make an effort to have Second Vice President Vail declare the strike off as far as South Omaha was concerned. Early In the afternoon members of the ex change called upon business men and re quested them to attend a meeting to be held at the exchange at ( o'clock. A committee of live stock dealers was also appointed to confer with Mr. Vail. v When the hour of meeting arrived the exchange hall held about sixty business men, among them being many prominent members of the Live Stock exchange. With out any unnecessary preliminaries J. B. Watklns was chosen chairman and - J. M. Guild secretary of the meeting. In calling the meeting to order Mr. Watklns stated the object was to request Vice President Vail to take Independent action and allow the union men under him to return to work. W. B. Cheek said word had been received at the exchange that President Donnelly had resigned and the butchers at New York, Fort Worth and Sioux City had taken a vote and had returned to work. He de clared the union men here had, by vote, expressed their desire to return to work and the business men of South Omaha should proceed to show Mr. Vail the best thing for him to do would be to declare South Omaha independent and permit the union men to go back to work. He asked that a committee be appointed to hold a conference with Mr. VaiL ' Concessions from Packers. L. F. Etter said the movement was one In the right direction, but he had his doubts about the union men here going back to work until authorised to do so by the head. officers of the association. "One essential thing," said Mr. Etter. "would be an agreement by the packers to take the unemployed union men back as rapidly as possible,- feay within ten days." John F. Roberts declared the business men should endeavor to induce the packers to take the men back at the old scale of wages. When the packers agreed to this he said It would be of some use to go to Mr. Vail with a proposition and not be fore. He asserted that some concessions from the packers would be necessary. Jay Laverty said the business men and the livestock dealers wanted the men to return to work, but at no less wages than before the strike was ordered. He wanted a committee of five appointed to wait an the packers and ascertain what conces sions the packers were willing to make and what their Intentions were regarding the wages to be paid In case the men re turned. D. 8. Parkhurst said he had secured In formation which would lead him to believe the packers would take back from 60 to 78 per cent of the old men. "But," said Captain Parkhurst, "we must bave some definite proposition from the packers before we can consistently ask for a conference with Mr. Vail." At this Juncture W. B. Cheek, arose and said the packers would not make any con cessions and that It would be of no use to send committees to the packers here. "The men here," said Mr. Cheek, "never had a wage grievance. They struck out of sympathy for the Chicago packing house employes. The men are breaking away in other cities and why should not some ar rangement be made for the men to return here?" Jay Laverty said Mr. Vail would have to be given some assurance that SO or 75 per cent of the men would be taken back within a certain time. Intermediary Committee. Bruce McCulloch and John Flynn favored the appointment of a committee to see both the packers and Mr. Vail. J. A. Hake made the statement that the packers would not make any concesslona ' The main de sire seemed to be to have the unions here break away from the union In Chicago and return to work, at the same time maintain ing their union here. After some discussion this committee waa finally named: D. S. Parkhurst, John Rus sell. J. B. Watklns, E. U Culver and J. A. Hake It waa then deemed the sense of the meeting that this committee call upon Mr. Vail at once and Invite him to the ex change. Upon being met by the commit tee Mr. Vail consented and was soon es corted into the exchange hall, He was greeted with a hearty round of cheers. When called upon to speak Mr. Vail said: "As you gentlemen know, I have been waited upon by a committee to ascertain If there is any way to settle the present packing house strike. I will say the strike was called by a referendum vote, each union In the country belonging to our as sociation voting on the proposition. Only a few days ago we took another vote to call off the strike and the proposition was defeated . by a large majority. While the men at South Omaha, Sioux City and St Louis voted to return to work the majority was against the proposition and the strike Is still on. I am In receipt of a telegram from President Donnelly, stating that an other proposition Is soon to be submitted to the packers. What this proposition Is I do not know. I am powerless to do any. thing toward a settlement outside of what Is being done In Chicago. I will go further and say that I could not end the strike here If I wanted to." No Independent Aetloa. Brucs McCulloch asked Mr. Vail If there was any hope for a settlement Independent of Chicago. He spoke of butchers In other cities returning to work and ha aaked why South' Omaha was discriminated against, when at other packing centers where the men had returned business was again al- (Continued oa Second Page.) BROWNS ON JHE OFFENSIVE General Bell Wll Try to Force His Way Pwat General Ornt. GAINESVILLE. Va., Sept. 8. General Grant, commanding . the blue army, has taken up a strong position behind Bull Run. This fact has not yet been ascer tained by General Bell, commanding the brown army. General Grant selected the position be hind Bull Run In which to defend Wash ington In order that It might be as easy as possible for his reinforcements,' which are o nthe way, to Join him. His position Is not what Geneinl Bell evidently had calcnlated on In ordering his turning move ment so that the situation to be developed tomorrow Is one of exceeding Interest. The two armies are again the the field. This time the brown army Is the aggressor. It Is to strike the blue army soon, as a preliminary operation against the capital at Washington General Orant has taken up a defensive ppsltlon in the Bull Run valley. His in structions are to hold this position until reinforcements (Imaginary) can reach him from Annandale. These reinforcements, according to the conditions Imposed, can not reach him In much less time than forty-eight hours. General Bell is assumed to have rein forcements at Salem, distant about twelve hours. He Is moving Ms force forward to the defense line with the object of holding Grant, If possible. In bis present position until his reinforcements can reach him, and then overwhelm him before the bluearelnforcements arrive. The delay of the march to position until 9 o'clock today Is a matter of complaint on the part of the' brown troops, as many as 100 prostrations from the heat having been reported among the brown troops, who were compelled to move In the middle o fthe day. These men have been cared for In the hospitals In the camps Nos. S and S, and in the farm houses along the road. TEMPLARS ELECT OFFICERS George M. Moaltoa of Illinois Chosen Grand Master Neat Conclave at Saratoga, W, Y, SAN FRANCISCO. S?p. 8 With the ex. ceptlon of the members o! the graiid en campment, who held two business sessions, the visiting Knights Templar devoted to. day to pleasure. Excursions to nearby points of interest, receptions at the various commanderles, a concert in tho Greek am phitheater at the University of California, a banquet to the victorious Louisville drill corps and a Press club jinks to visiting Journalists were the main features. Saratoga Springs, N. Y., was today chosen as the meeting place of the next conclave of the Knights Templar In July, 1907. The following officers were elected: Grand master, Geor;e M. Moulton of Illinois; deputy grand master, - Henry W. Rugg of Rhode Island; grand generalissimo, Wil liam F. Mellah of Ohio; grand captain-general, Frank H. Thomas of Washington; grand senior warden, Arthur McArthur of New York; grand Junior warden, W. Frank Pierce of California; grand recorder, John A. Gerow of Michigan (re-elected); gran treasurer. H. Wales I tntVof Connecticut (re-elected). : - - The following officers were appointed: Grand warden, Edward W. Wellington; grand standard bearer, W. H. Norrls; grand sword bearer, G. -W. Orr. The earl of Euston and his companions, representing the grand priory of England and Wales, . attended today's session of the grand encampsaent In full uniform. The night program was made up of re ceptions at. . a number of commanderles headquarters. Leo De Mar, member of Boston com mandery No. 322, has been beaten, drugged and robbed of 8660 In cash and a 825 watch and chain by unidentified men, who es caped. SPECIAL GRAND JURY CALLED . i Alabama Judge Orders an Investiga tion of the Lynching; of a - Negro. HUNTS VI LLE, Ala., Sept. S.-Judge Speake today ordered a special grand Jury to convene at once to Investigate the lynch ing of the negro Maples last night. , There is no truth In the report that sev eral militiamen were shot during the ex citing events which culminated In the lynching of the negro. Captain Hay, In charge of the militia, deniea that his men gave way before the mob. He says the negro sprang out of a window and ran right into the hands of the mob. There was then no use In guarding the Jail fur ther. MONTGOMERY. Ala.. Sept. S.-Acting Governor Cunningham has called on Sher iff Rogers for a full report of the lynching at Huntsville and written Captain R. L. Hay, In charge of the militia, asking him to explain why the mob was not deterred from Its purpose and from whom Captain Hay got his orders and to what extent he exercised the authority vested In him. MRS. SARAH STEVENS IS DEAD Actress Who Played Before Lincoln Night He Was Assassinated Dies at St. Pant. ST. PAUL. Minn., Sept. 8. Mrs. Sarah Stevens, a member of the "Way Down East" company, playing at a local theater here, died suddenly at the city hospital today of uraemia. Mrs. Stevens was about 70 years old and her stage career, which waa a notable one, datil from October 27, 1856. She was a member of the Iaura Keene company that presented "Our American Cousin," the comedy Lincoln waa witnessing when as sassinated at Ford's theater In Washington Besides Miss Keene that cast included Jo seph Jefferson and the elder Sothern. Mrs. Stevens waa the widow of John C. Heenan. the noted English pugilist After her marriage she retired for fourteen yeara On the death of her husband she returned to the . 'American stage. . Mra Stevens' home was in Oakland, Cel., but message sent to relatives there failed to reach them. BURGLARS INJURE A WOMAN Housebreakers Throw Carbolic Acid la the Pace of Oaa Who Finds Them. 'CHICAGO. Sept. I.-Mlss Mabel Mc pherson, 1218 Bheridan road, discovered two burglars In her room early today. They threw the contents of a bottle con taining ca.rtx.Uo acid upon her, burning her face and neck. Mlsa McPherson la' a slster ln-iaw of Benjamin F. Crawford, president of the National Biscuit company, and Is visiting at his horns on Sheridan road. Miss lie. Phsrson will recover, but shs will be scarred for life! The burglars secured a quantity of silverware and Jewelry and es caped. .. BATTLE BEFORE LIAO YANG Oraphio Description of the Great Artillery Dnel by an Eye-Witness. FIGHT LASTS FROM DAWN TILL DARK Over Three Hnndred Gnns Engaged on Each Side and Their Fire Is Unerasing and Rapid. GENERAL KUROKI'8 HEADQUAR TERS IN THE FIELD, Aug. 10. (via Fu san, Corea), Sept. 8.-The artillery battle which thundered before Llao Tang today from early morning until darkness hid foe from foe was certainly one of the most stupendous and spectacular of history. The combined armies of Japan, with the excep tion of a port of the force under General Kurokl, concentrated their batteries against the Russian lines under General Kouropat kin, and several hundred guns, probably not less than 900 upon each side, were worked Incessantly for twelve hours. Even after nightfall, and In the driving storm of wind and rain that swept over the field of battle, the conflict did not cease en tirely, for Russian shells are tonight burst ing over the hills before the Japanese po sitions. Not alone the number of guns In action, but their unceasing and rapid fire, made the conflict of today remarkable. For several hours the cannonading averaged sixty shots a minute, and the rate seldom fell below twenty shots a minute. From a high mountain almost over the nearest Russian batteries the foreign at taches and newspaper correspondents with General Kurokl's army had a view of fight ing which probably never will be surpassed. Llao Tang, a small Chinese walled city, with a gray pagoda towering from its cen ter, stands on the southern bank of the Taitse river. The observers noted the yel low roofs of military storehouses on the outskirts of the city. From the city the river sweeps in n broad course to the southeast road and then takes a turn to the north. To the northwest of Llao Tang there extends a great plain, while to the east and south range upon range are the mountains through which the Japanese ar mies advanced to the theater of one of the decisive battles of this struggle. Alignment of Batteries. Some of the Russian guns were aligned In aa almost unbroken horseshoe around the plain to the south and east of Llao Yang; others were posted about five miles from the city; still other detached batter ies were facing the west from a group of hills on the extreme Russian right, while another range of hills behind the city facing the east bank of the river furnished posi tions for the Russian batteries protecting tho railroad and the rear of the army. The Japanese guns In the mountains formed an irregular line twenty miles or more In length. The above description roughly outlines the artillery position of the two armies and the statement of defense and attack. While the landscape viewed from the ele. vatlon where the correspondents and for eign attache had taken their positions. Ap peared to be modeled on broad lines, In reality the country Is Irregular, with many hills and ravines and much rolling plain, all of which affected the strategic dlspoat tion of the contending forces. Looking down upon so vast a scene of operations with so many batteries par ticipating, it was often impossible to dis cern the details of position or what units were opposed to each other. ' In some places the Russian guns appeared to be arranged in tiers, two or three batteries being placed one above the other. The whole Russian front was bordered with the twinkling lights, this being the flashes from the guns. Much of the artil lery was In skillfully covered positions and absolutely smokeless powder was used. . Clusters of white smoke broke out fit fully around the Japanese position in the mountains and roiled slowly away, show ing that often two or three batteries upon either side were pitted against one an other. Honors Abont Even. The nearer ridges of the mountains and the edge of the plain were constantly dotted with sudden flashes of white smoke from exploding shells and the sound that came to the ears of the observer was aa a continuuos rumble of thunder, varied by successions of sharp peals as two or three batteries united and fired together. Throughout the day the positions of the opposing forces were but little changed and at nightfall the honors appeared to be even. The Japanese Infantry, which was massed behind the hills, was often under severe Are, especially when the ' Russians dis cerned regiments advancing from one point to another. There was some infantry fight ing on the hills bordering the plain. Bodies Of Russian troops could be seen inarching aboiit Llao Tang with the ap pearance of great activity, and one Rus sian column composed of several regiments of cavalry moved out to the left of the Russian rear as though to protect the re treat of the main body. ' Trains could be seen steaming out of Llao Yang to the northward every half hour during the day. NEW LINE TO PACIFIC COAST Ramor that Rockefeller Interests Will Constrnrt Another Transcon tinental Railroad. ST. PAUL. Minn.. Sept. 8. The Dispatch today says: " i "Reports received In St. Paul today, com ing from a thoroughly . reliable source, state that L. R. Manning of Tacoma has Informed railway officials at that point that he is the personal representative of John T. Woodward, president of the Hanover National bank of New York, a Rockefeller Institution, and that deeds to all the Seattle and Tacoma property which he has ac quired during the past six months are In President Woodward's hands. "President Woodward. Mr. Manning now states. Is acting for a new transcontinental route, to be pushed through to the Pacific ooast within a ahort time. "Mr. Manning refuses to name the rail way, but Intimates that the reports that the recent heavy purchases of terminals were In the Interest of the Harriman corn combine were far from the truth." FIRE RECORD. Residence at Bestrlce. BEATRICE. Neb., Sept. (.-(Special.) Fire last night at 11 o'clock destroyed the residence of Martin Ford located In Glen over, a suburb of Beatrice, with all its content. The family was In attendance at the carnival and upon 'returning home discovered their home on fire. The loss will aggregate U.SuO, with but little insurance. The origin of the fire la unknown NEBRASKA WEATHER FORECAST Fair Friday and Warmer la Eastern Portion. Baturduy Tartly t'londyi Probably showers and Cooler In Northwestern Portion. Temperatnre at Omaha Yesterd Hoar. Dear. Honr. S n. m A 1 p. m a. m Aft a p. m T a. tu AO .1 . m 8 n. m et a . m. . . . , O n. m 04 A p. m Ill t, m Oi B p. m It a. m T.I T p. m Deer. . Ttt . "1 . 8a . K . M . T!) . 7tf 13 m TH Hp T4 73 RUSSIANS MARCH IN THE MUD St. Petersbartr Hns Had No News from the Front for Two Days. ST. PETERSBURG. Sept. 8. 1:30 p. m. The lack of news from the front, either official or newspaper dispatches. Is very trying to the public. In spite of the as surances that General Kouropatkln's army is out of danger, no word fron riouropatkin has been given out for thirty-six hours and not a single new.ipipjr dispatch later than Soptember S has botn received. Ihe emperor has received coma additional de tails showing the tromomlous difllcullies nrnuntered in accomDllshlna- the retreat over the Mandartu road to Mukden, from which it Is easy to Imagine the hor.lble picture of the army and the hegi&ii-i und transport trains floundering northward over a road converted by torrents of rain Into a river of mud. An tnsUnoe Is given where the wheels of a gun drawn by six horses sank in the mud up to t!u breach. Four additional horses were harnessed t the piece, but the ten horses were unable to budge It. The Russian rear guard Is considerably above Yental, but there is no exact infor mation in regard to the location ot Gen eral Kurokl's main army, the left wlrg of which has been engaged In a more cr lets continual duel with the Russian battc-ties which are covering the retreat, and no par ticulars have been received of the extent or character of this fighting. The general staff, however, Is of tne Opinion that Kurokl's troops must tie experiencing al most as great difficulties as tho Hustlans and that they are too exhausud to create a serious menace at present. While the public impression Is that Gen eral Kouropntkln's army is continuing north of Mukden, no official admission to this effect is obtainable. The general staff, while declaring that It has no specific Information on this point, does not deny the possibility that owing to the difficulties of the retreat some trans ports and some guns may have been aban doned. RUSSIANS EXPLODE LAND MINE Severn! Hnndred Japanese Slain Near Port Arthur. CHE FOO, Sept. 10:80 a. m. A Japanese column, numbering approximately 700 men, while marching along at night on a road in the valley between Long Hill and Divi sion Hill, met a frightful disaster through the explosion of an electric land mine Sep tember 1. The mine was carefully laid by the Russians three weeks ago. It cov ered nearly a mile of available nurchlng space. ,Theexploelve ' was placed at the bottom. Rocks were placed next and on top of these clay' waa packed so carefully .hat the ground gave the Impression of not having been disturbed. The indications of Japanese activity in this vicinity put the Russians on guard. Near midnight the outposts rushed in and reported that the Japanese were approaching. The Russian withheld their fire for some time. Suddenly they threw a searchlight up the valley. The Japanese opened with a rifle fire. The Russians waited until apparently the whole Japanese column was In the danger sons; then the mine wss exploded. The force of the explosion knocked a number of Rus sians down, and the sight of Japanese rifles, water bottles, legs and arms hurtling through the lighted space made by a searchlight was an awful spectacle. Some rocks landed Inside the Rurslan lines. There was one appalling moment, during which the garrison Itself was stunned; then a death-like silence. The searchlight coldly lighted up the road and hillsides, strewn with deed. The following day the Russians burled the dead, but owing to their dismembered and mutilated condition the Russians were unable to accurately estimate the number of killed. A few Japanese escaped, how ever. The foregoing Information Is con tained In a small sheet insued September 3 by the Port Arthur Novekral, a breakage In the press having made It impossible to issue a full edition. A Chinese arriving here at midnight con firms the above to the extent of raying that he heard a report that many Japanese had been killed by a mine, but he did not learn the details. On the nights of August 26 and 27 a similar disaster befell the Japa nese near Beboul No. 2. It Is reported, but no details have been ascertained. REORGANIZING THE RUSSIAN ARMY General Kooropatkln Will Probably Be Commander-in-Chief. ST. PETERSBURG, Sept. 9.-2:15 a ra. Beside the formation of two fresh army corps as the first answer to the Japanese success at Llao Yang, the Russian srmy at the front will be reorganised, probably In the form of two armies, in command of General Llnevltch and General Baron Kaulbars, respectively, with General Kou opatkln aa commander-in-chief. General Kaulbers will go out with the two army corps now organising In the governments of Kasan, Odessa, Vllna and Kleff. Oen eral Llnevltch has been ordered by tele graph from Vladivostok to Mukden. This decision Is due in part doubtless to the growing unwleldiness of the big force un der General Kouropatkln's commsnd and which will be largely increased by constant reinforcements. j General Kouropatkln heretofore hns handled every detail of the vast organisa tion. The work Is too much for one man and he Is now almost broken down under the strain. It Is known that tho emperor Is personally one of Kouropatkln's strong supporters and It Is thought ths general will In all probability retain chief command of the two armies. Kouropatkln, howter. has been seriously criticized by some of the emperor's close military advisers and It la possible that he may eventually be superceeded. ''here is little Information from the front tonight. A dispatch from Mukden, bearing Thursday s date, repeats the story of baa roads which have hampered the transports and intimates that there Is an "Interesting movement toward Tlellng." but the nature of thta movement la not disclosed. It Is understood thst the emperor's in spection of the Baltic fleet at OrorMadt today Is the last he will make and that the fleet when It leaves Llheau will pro ceed to the far fast. tear Goes to Cronatndt. ST. PETERSBURG. 8ept. I. -Emperor Nicholas left St. Petersburg for Cronstadt today to Inspect the Baltic fWU RUSSIA IS WAKING UP Dawns Upon the Country at Last that They Have Been Thoroughly Whipped. REFUSES" TO SWALLOW OFFICIAL STORIES Japanese Cannot Be Beaten by Sacrificing Men, Gum and Positions. CALLING LOUDLY FOR REINFORCEMENTS No Beal News of Beoent Happenings at the Front Given Out. KOUROPATKIN'S ARMY IS HARD PRESSED General Staff of Opinion Another GreaA Battle May Soon Be Fonght In 1h Vicinity of Mnkdea. ' (Copyright by New York Herald Co.. 19M. ST. PETERSBURG, Sept .-(New York Herald Cablegram Special Telegram to The Bee.) Quite the most striking feature ot the moment is the entire refusal of the in telligent section of the community to be persuaded any longer that the Russian army, perpetually being " dislodged, con stantly retiring and being pursued by the Japanese, can be In any way Interpreted aa being In a satisfactory condition. Lively sentiments of alarm and Indignation are heard. The Novoe Vremya echoes popular feeling when It says; "We are far frem saying that there Is anything normal In constant retreats to the north, and by such opera tions and the sacrifice of stores we are re ceding from Port Arthur and losing pres tige with the Chinese. We earnestly hope reinforcements will be hurried, In order that our commander may become a real commander. Only under such conditions can these melancholy retreats come to an end and the object of the war be reached." The Buss says: "What we must realise Is that we have a most serious task be fore us. We must make extraordinary ef forts. Mere strength Is not sufficient. In Kurokl and his brave followers we are face to face with a new factor of strength which we havt not begun to realise. The battle field of Llao Yang, soaked with Russian blood. Is crying out to Russia, r.ussla will listen." Mukden has been hastily evacuated. Tho absence of official news on the Russian aide, especially of details of losses, is caus ing much alarm. ' ' Bis; Battle Expected. ST. PETERSBURG, Sept. dispatch from General Kouropatkln, timed 6:30 o'clock yesterday evening, was received late In the day. He reported that Gen eral Kurokl's army was a-joul twenty seven miles eastward of the railroad and that General Oku's army waa twenty miles west of the railroad. The general staff expects that a big battle wUl fought. Two Japanese cruisers bombarded Kor sakovsk. Island of Sakhalin, yesterday and fired torpedoes at the sunken Russian cruiser Novik. No attempt was made to land. Korsakovsk Is defended by coast batteries. Kouropatkln May Defend Mnkden. 8:25 p. m. General Kouropatkln's official report sent from Mukden during tho even ing of yesterday announcing that the whoU of his army had arrived at Mukden and waa taking up position around the city and adding that the army had not loat a gun during the retreat, relieved the publio anxiety and put an end to the many alarm ing reports which had been Current here. From the general's report it sems evident that Kouropotkln is tentatively preparing to meet the Japanese again should Field Marshal Oyama continue to press north ward. Nothing more Important than rear guard actions marked the march to Muk den. The region south of that city Is now clear of Russians. It Is evident that Kouropatkln Is taking precautions to pre. vent the Japanese from creeping around his flanks as he reports that the Japaneae cavalry is actively scouting wide on, his flanks. The Japanese are reported to be moving up about thirty miles on either side of the railroad with the view to surround ing Mukden but whether Kouropatkln will accept an engagement or continue north, ward will probably depend at the decisive moment upon the temper and condition of hla troops, who doubtless have been much, shaken by the long fight end hardships at tendant upon the retreatv'. Among the reports telegraphed by some of the Russian' warships is one to the ef fect that during a certain night below Llao Yang a regiment of Japanese infantry charged ono of the trenches, bayoneting a, number of Jiipanese before the mistake was discovered. May, Be Forced to Mongrolla. ST. PETERSBURG. Sept. S.-Ths brief Mukden despatch received today from one of the Associated Press Russian corre spondents, dated September 7, im the latest word from the front. - It waa probably all the censor vi; allow to be. sent and offers no solution of the question whether Gen eral Kouropatkln Is continuing his march northward. But It seems to Indicate that such a course Is contingent upon the ability of Field Marshal Oyama to try to repeat at Mukden the enveloping movement which failed at Llao Yang. The only thing cer tain seems to be that for the moment everything Is quiet. If the armies continue to race northward to Tie pass, forty mile north of Mukden, In ths opinion of the best military critics it, will become of supreme importance to Kouropatkln If the door of his retreat is closed there. In the event of defeat ha would be forced westward Into Mongolia. It is intimated that In order to protect his army against such a possible catas trophe the Russian troops from Harbin) have taken possession of this pass. Experts News of Fight. MUKDEN, Wednesdsy, Sept. T.-Naws of a Unlit at some point between Shakhe (eleven miles mirth west of Llao Yang) and Mukden is hourly expected. (i Arr.ona the reports current here Is one to tho effect tliitt Gencrul Kurokl has bseu killed and that two Japanese generals have been made prisoners; but no one seems to know where the reports originated and no confirmation la obtainable. Last night It waa reported that the flghU liij had vsased and tue Russian traaspor