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ERN NEWSPAPER READ THE BEE The Omaha Daily Bee. THE BEE IS THE PREFERRED ADVER TISING MEDIUM IN ITS TERRITORY ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871. OMAHA, TUESDAY MORXINO, MAKCII 21, 1003 TEN" PACJES. SIXC1LE COl'Yv THREE CENTS. I SIXTY DIE IK FIRE Awful Results of an Explosion in Shoe Fac tory at Brockton, Mass. BOILER GOES OUT THROUGH ROOF Big Frame Structure Occupied By r Eomdred Persons Wrecked In Insti r-' MANY INJURED BY JUMPING FROM Wll t V Debris Takes Tire and Many Finionei neath Timbers Boast to Death. FIFTY BODIES HAVE BEEN REC0 D JHiaalnar Kombcr Ortr Fifty and It Is Doubtful If (he Kmart Nam. ber of Victims is Ever Known. BROCKTON, Mass., March 21. 2 a. m. At thla hour the remains of fifty-three persona have been recovered from the ruins of the Grover at Co. factory. Seven bodies have boon Identified, but only three or four positively. Fifty-three persons are known to be still minting, the names of thirty-one of which have been obtained. Many others are reported missing, but It Is considered possible that some of them are at their homes In nearby "towns. At this hour 268 survivors have been ac count! d for. The estimates of the dead range from sixty to eighty and of injured from 60 to 100. i I;KGCKTC.", Mass., March . This city is in mourning tonight for at least three score of her citizens whose lives were blotted out early today by the explosion of a botlnr In a large shoe manufacturing establishment In the Campello district, con ducted by the R. B. Orover company. The explosion was immediately followed by a flash of flams which consumed the factory, a long four story structure, as If It were a house of cards, and incinerated an un 1 known number of men and women who were finable to extricate themselves from a mass of tangled wreckage formed by the terrlfflc upheaval In the boiler room. Mora than a hundred of the employes In the building were maimed, burned or bruised by the time they had reached safe ground. Soma had jumped from the room, lorn from window's and others had been Injured In the mad rush to escape from tbe doomed factory, which from all parts mttted the intense, awful heat of an In ferno, driving back the band of heroic rescuers who in a few brief momenta had performed gallant service. Bight Buildings Destroyed. The fire extended from the factory to aeven other buildings In the Vicinity and .destroyed them. One of these buildings was a three story wooden block owned by Charles F. Dahlborg, the others being col lages ot small value, and a blacksmith hop. The wooden dwellings near the en gine room were practically demolished by ; ,"thfllng boiler, but pone of the occupants .were seriously Injured. The total financial loss ia estimated at a quarter of a million dollars, 200,0iw of which falls on the R, B. Orover company. The monetary losses ara nearly covered by insurance. It may never be known just how many persons perished in the wreckage. No one knows exactly how many persons were In the factory. The number baa been estimated at 400, but Treasurer Charles O. Emerson said tonight ha doubted whether there were so many at work. Two hun dred and fifty survivors have been ac counted for and at midnight the remains of fifty bodies had been recovered from the ruins, the search being continued all night. Fragments of human frames which possibly might belong to bodies other than those enumerated have also been found, few of the remains have been identified. fThe head la nearly every Instance la miss ing and, except in rare Instances, It waa impossible to distinguish the sex. Many Persona Missing. Chief of Police Boyden, at a lata hour tonight, expressed the opinion that some of tha employes had not reached the fac tory at the time of the explosion and that undoubtedly a number of those living In nearby placea were injured and had gone Jaome without reporting their Injuries, lie thought that many of those unaccounted for. upward of 100 In number, were among The disaster was attended by many har rowing scenes and thrilling rescues. For bours hundreds of the relatives of the factory, operatives besieged tha ruins and tha fir and police stations in quest of missing ones. Some in their violent grief and agonising stress of mind, collapsed. Several of the rescuers and searchers fainted aa they beheld the distressing Scene. There was no trace of the body of David W. Rockwell, engineer of the plant, who was not seen after the ex plosion. It is supposed that he perished svt hla post. An Inspection of the wrecked boiler by the state boiler Inspector showed that there waa a sufficient supply of water In It. The causa of the explosion Is at present a mystery. The disaster will be further in vestigated by the stats authorities. Mark of Identifying Dead. The work of identifying those killed pro gressed slowly owing to the generally un recognisable remains of the victims. The list of Identified dead follows: J. K. CALE. HARM H. HALL. JKhUME A. MaVO, aged 50. GEORGE B.M11H. KM MA J4. fHAf. SAMUEL. A. ULEY, foreman stitching room. hlK.NKHT CABOX, 39. former olty coun cilman. NK1.LIK LEARY. MIHH olCRK.VA SHAW BURROWS, M. M AKfON '1 1'fTS. MISB FITZGERALD. JA1IKH N. BKLI. FLORENCH A. DUNHAM, aged 19. At midnight a list of miuMlng was given out st the Campello polio station. There Is reason to believe thut all were killed, aa every effort has been made to locate them. The list follows: Andrew Johnson. John I.uikIdII. Jennie Styles. Almumn Hullett. Miss Georgia Kineraon. Mis Mary FItspairlck. i-irge Bursv. Burnaha l.wis. l'avld W. Rockwell, engineer. Hannah Lindtierg. Sadie Hu key. I. Victor Tui .ier. Arthur Pray Malderman. Qeoriie A. M..nk. Tessie Chandler of Whitman. t. F. Nelson. Bror. LunUll. Samuel Lovetny. Mrs. Stella Kelley. Sirs. Clara Alwood. Hit-hard SiriKli.. Mainlo O'Coniirll, Mjuilt l.eoiiuiu. W It. Armstrong. Kate Kclley. l.ouls 1 iukey. (Cuutluued oi Second Page.) BURT FOR JPANAMA CANAL II amor That Former President of Inlou Pnelfle Mill Have Chartre of Construction of Dig Ditch. WASHINGTON, March 20-The Post to morrow will say: Horace G. Hurt, formerly president of the Union Pacific, will probably be the new head of the Panama Canal commission , In charge of the construction of the great Isthmian waterway. Hs nomination has been seriously considered by Mr. Roose velt for several days and It Is under stood lhat the offer has already been made or will be made, and that It Is a part of the plan of the reorganization which has been under contemplation. A rumor Is current In local railroad and business circles nssocinting the name of Horace G. Hurt, formerly president of the Union Pnclflc Railroad company and now traveling In Europe, with an Important position on the Panama Canal commission. It Is reported that at the Instigation of President Roosevelt, Mr. Burt has been approached several times on the subject, but, according to Inst accounts, appears disinclined to consider the proposition. The position In question carries with It a salary of $l(W,0f per year and would, place the Incumbent over Chief Engineer Wallace of the canal. While a number of Mr. Burt's closest friends In this city admit hearing of ths matter, none are In a position lo confirm the report that- Mr. Burt will take charge of the work at the canal. , A prominent Omaha bank president, who la close to Mr. Burt, aahl: "I have heard Mr. Burt's name being mentioned In the connection referred to and hsve heard sev ers! say he would make one of the best men that could be selected for the place. But whether Mr. Burt would accept the posi tion If tendered or whether President Roosevelt has Mr. Burt's name In mind, I am unable to say. My last letter from Mr. Burt was addressed from Rome, on Febru ary 26. I believe he Is now In Vienna, where he Intended to go from Rome. Ho has not mentioned the Panama matter to me, nor, so far aa I can say, to his other friends whom I know. I am neither In a position to say whether Mr. Burt would be willing to sacra floe ten yea rs of his life at Panama, even for such Inducements aa are aid to have been offered him." With possibly one or two exceptions none of the officials at Union Pacific hendquaf" ters know anything of the matter, and the one or two have only heard of the matter through an Indirect channel. SECOND RESCUE PARTY BUSY Reaches Point Where First Party Waa Overcome by Explo sion in Mine. FIRE CREEK, W. Va., March 20. The second rescuing party, which waa organized yesterday to enter the Rush Run and Red Aah mines to recover the bodies of the twenty-four men who are believed to have been killed by the two explosions Saturday and ystcrday morning, were able to enter the mine today. The first rescuing party which entered the mine early Sunday morning had gone 2.000 feet when overcome by the second ex plosion. -Tha second rescue' party reached this point in the mine today and prepara tions were at once begun for the removal of the bodies. None has yet been recov ered, but It is expected by tonight the eleven men who gave up their lives in a brave attempt to rescue the Imprisoned miners will be brought out of the mine. Seven bodies In all were taken from the Rush run mine today by the rescue party. Among the dead are: CHARLES OW1NN. JAM KB WYNN. THOMAS BANISTER. They were In the rescue party who en tered the mine after the first explosion Saturday night in an effort to locate the eight men who were working almost a mile from the drift mouth when the first explosion occurred. The bodies were lo cated about 1,900 feet from the drift mouth. They were not as badly burned as first expected, but their clothing was torn by the force of the explosion. On account of the dust, which Is from six to eight Inches to two feet deep In tha entry, the rescue party had great difficulty in reaching the bodies. No more bodies will be taken out tonight, as experienced miners are not satisfied with conditions and fear a third explosion. The two large fans are running to full capacity and by morning enough fresh air will be forced into the entries to Insure safety. ROBBERS MAKE RICH HAUL Bandits Get glO.OOO Intended Standard Oil Employes at Port Richmond, Cel. for BERKELEY, Cal., March 20.-D. J. Daly, an Oakland liveryman, who was anting as a messenger for the Central bank of Oak land, was held up and robbed of $10,000 while on his way to the Standard Oil re finery at Point Richmond today. The robbery took place on the roadway between Btege and Point Richmond. The two highwaymen Jumped out of a clump .of brush at the side of the road and at once covered Daly and former Deputy Sheriff A. L. Roach, who was riding with hlnv 'At the point of revolvers Daly and Roach wero compelled to Jump from the buggy and give up the sack of gold. Then the robbers tied them to a fence and placed gags In their mouths. Daly and Roach freed themselves after much difficulty and proceeded to Stege stntlon. on the Southern Pacltic.. about half a mile away. It had been the custom of the Central bank to send out 110,000 to the Standard Oil plant for the pay of the employes once a month, and the robbers were undoubt edly acquainted witn the fact. CEDRIC HAS STORMY TRIP White Star Liner from Europe En counters Worst Weather of Its Career. NEW YORK. March 30.-More than three and a half days behind Its best record time for the voyage, the big White Star line steamer Cedrlc came Into port today after the most turbulent trip of Its career. From the outset of the voyage the Cedrlo encoun tered heavy weather. The force of the gales was terrific and at times assumed hurricane proportions with tremendous seas. At times the seas broke more than twenty feet higher thun the Cedric's bridge and were estimated to be sixty feet high from the hollow to the crest. Its officers say that although the huge ship rolled and pltchej violently, It b.haved splendidly, in the most violent period of the storm on March It Mrs. Whitney, a steeruge passenger, gave birth to a child. He was named Cedrlc Whitney. Among the panaengers on the Cedrlc were Ja!e White, the Biltth pugilist, and his manager, Clmrles Mitchell. White is matched to light Jimmy Biitt at Sao Francisco. RUSSIANS CONTINUE RETREAT Bear Guard is Now Twenty-SeTen Miles North of Tie fas, JAPANESE, ARMY SLOWLY ADVANCING Slavs Are Destroying Bridges and Roadbed of Railroad as They Retire Troops Miss Konropatkln. GUNSHU PA8S, March 20. Morning. The last two days have been utterly with out Incident except for the removal of the censor at Kudzlhu Pass. The Russian rear guard Is retreating slowly and engaging In occasional skirmishes. It has now reached a position twenty-seven miles north of Tie Pass. The Japanese are slowly advancing without pressing the Russians. In the course of the retreat the Russians are de stroying bridges, the railway roadbed and highways .and carrying off stores and de molishing buildings and everything not portable. Reports of a wide turning movement by the Japanese are no longer being received, There Is Increasing difficulty In securing reliable Information beyond the limit within which scouting parties are active, on account of the defection of many Chi nese to the Japanese side. Troops Miss Konropatkln. The troops parted in sadness with Gen eral Kouropatktn, whose labors In shaping the army are recognized and who was ever attentive to the wants of the soldiers In the matter of food, clothing and shelter, Regardless of the fact that he had been commander In chief General Kouropatkin offered to remain here as a subordinate of General Llnevitch as commander of a COl.i. General Llnevitch, who also enjoys the respect and confidence of the troops as 'a fighter. Is determined to Initiate reform by weeding out the overloaded staff and other administrative departments and is taking other steps which It Is believed will result in economy as well as increasing the ef ficiency of the army. The Red Cross depot under the auspices of Grand Duchess Elizabeth, widow of Grand Duke Serglus, Is doing excellent work In providing officers who lost their effects In the retreat from Mukden with linen and other necessaries. Some officers are now being supplied with outfits who had had no change of linen since Febru ary 23. Retreat Is L'neventful. ST. PETERSBURG. March 21. 1 a. m The latest dispatches from Manchuria in dicate that the retreat of the Russlamarmy Is being conducted uneventfully. The last few days were unmarked by any fighting of a serious nature. Both the Russians and the Japanese at this stage are probably considering that marching is more Impor tant than fighting. The Russians, how ever, are neglecting no precautions to Im pede pursuit and hamper the construction ot permanent Japanese lines of supply. A dispatch received yesterday announc ing that cannonading had been beard south of Tie Pass is apparently ah error as to the location of direction. M. Tuisotr, an Associated Press corre spondent who has been accompanying Gen eral Rennenkampff's division of the eastern army, and whose dispatches suddenly ceased with the beginning of the retreat, has arrived at Gunshu Pass, having been wounded in the early stage of the retire ment and incapacitated from doing hla work. According to an Associated Press dis patch from Gunshu Pass the appointment of General Llnevitch has made a good im pression with the army, the new com mander enjoying the affection and confi dence of the troops almost In the same measure aa General Kouropatkin. Both are fighters and not carpet knights. Emperor Nicholas Is almost In dally con ference with General Dragomlroff, Minis ter of War Sakharoff and others on the situation and the general staff is ener getically at work planning the reorganiza tion of the army and considering the ways and moans. Preparations continue, irre spective of the possibilities of peace, for a demonstration of Russia's ability to prosecute the war, which ia regarded as vital, whether peace negotiations begin or not. The bankers and Finance Minister Kokovsoff have hud a final meeting, at which terms for the new Internal loan were completed. It la expected they will be formally announced in a few days. Possibility of Pence. 6:65 p. m. The Novoe Vremya, editorially for the first time, today admits the possi bility of peace. It says: After all, the war Is like all others. It must end some time by peace. Remem bering how dearly wo paid for the lac of foresight of our diplomacy during tne negotiations preceding the war, which was largely responsible tor our military and naval unpreparedness. It would be well now for our diplomacy to look ahead for peace. Japs Occupy Kalynan. TOKIO, March 22. 11 a, m. The follow ing official announcement has been made: "Our detachment entered and occupied Kalyuan Sunday morning at 4 o'clock. On the samo day at 10:30 o'clock the enemy's cavalry, about sixty strong, with throe companies of infantry, attempted a counter attack, but was completely repulsed. Toward the northeast the bridges on tha main roads south of Kaiyuan have been burned by the enemy. The railway bridges have been partly destroyed. "The number of guns captured near Mukden Is increasing owing to discoveries of those buried by the enemy before retreating." GOVERNOR MIASORODOFF SHOT. Boy High Attempts to Assassinate Official In Finland. VIBORG, European Russia, March 20. Governor Mlusorodoff waa shot and seri ously wounded today by a Finnish lad named Matti Hjalmar Pernlkke. The as sassin, who was about 15 yours old, ob tained an entrance to the governor's office and tired three times at him, one bullet in flicting .a serious wound and the others slightly wounding the governor's legs. The governor s clerks and secretary were un able to stop the would-be assassin, who reached the street, where, however, he win arrested without a struggle. The gov ernor's condition is critical. INDEPENDENTS ARE TO HELP Schwursschlld A Sulzberger Will Submit Evidence in Packing Case. CHICAGO. March 80. Government Inves tigation of the "Beef trust" began today. Judge J. Otis Humphrey of Springfield ad ministered the oath to the veniremen, whose names hare been kept a profound secret for three Weeks by the officials of the United States district attorney's of fice. The government Is represented by As sistant District Attorney C. B. Morrison, and Assistant Attorney General Oliver It. Pagln. Much Information bearing on spe cific Instances of alleged violation of the Sherman anti-trust law Is said to be In the hnnds of the federal prosecutor. The Independent packers, headed by Sehwarx schlld Sulzberger, have arranged to sub mit evidence of the government tending to show the manner In which the smaller packer has been forced to the dictation of the so-called "big five." Witnesses from Kansas City have been assigned dates for the appearance at the grand Jury session. Several reported to the district attorney's- office today. Of the 800 subpoenas Issued Clerk MacMlllnn of the district court reported that all except four have been properly xc-rved. John 8. Miller, appearing In the case for all the packers, denies that any Witnesses for the government have been spirited away and are on "vacations," as has been reported. Because of the failure to secure sixteen men who are. In the opinion of Judge Humphrey, sufficiently removed in business affairs tfrom the parking Industry, the swearing In of the Jury was delayed until tomorrow. Only fifteen out of the twenty three summoned were accepted for Jury service. Sixteen being required to con stitute a quorum, additional summons were Issued. Eight witnesses have been sub poenaed to appear before the investigators tomorrow. NEW YORK, March 20. The United States district attorney, General H. L. Burnett, has been taking evidence here for a week past In connection with the so-called "Beef trust" Investigation by the federal grand Jury In Chicago. The list of witnesses has not been made public but It is said to include tha names of all the New York representatives of all the nig packing concerns in New York. The taking of testimony began last Monday and continued until Thursday, when an adjournment waa taken until next Thurs day. The witnesses, it Is said, Were ques tioned m regard to the methods of the trust east of Chicago and the "black list in tne credit systems emrdovert hv ih firms. All General Burnett would say was tnat What waa being done was worth while. JEROME ON UQUOR TRAFFIC He Tells Jfevr York Minister. rh.t Saloons Should Be Open On Sunday. NEW YORK, March 20.-D!strlct Attor VIA.. T , . . ..ij ociuihi: in expressing nis opinion as the proper manner of controlling the liquor traffic in New York city before the Metnodlst Preachers' association today, ad vocated opening saloons dnrlng Certain hours on Sundays .but Ud lie waa not dn- pared to maintain that the anJe of liquor on sunaay was the proper way to carry out the divine commandment. He believed It the practical wny of getting the best results under prevailing conditions. Mr. Jerome's position Was vigorously at tacked by Rev. Iglehart. When the dis trict attorney found the laws against gambling Insufficient, he said, prompt and effective action was taken through the leg islature. If It was possible to secure lee- lslatlon against gambling, and enforce It, he saw no reason why the liquor question should not be handled In the same way. He declared it was alt a "matter of poli tics," and reviewed the acts of President Roosevelt when he was commissioner, that It was not possible to enforce the frequent laws. Mr. Jeromes reception by the clergymen was pleasant, although when It was proposed at a ministers' meeting a week ago that he be Invited It was met with vigorous opposition. ASSAULT IN EXPRESS CAR Messenger Says Hohherv Was Motive, While Prisoner Claims It Was Personal Trouble. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., March SO.-Mal Pruett, the Southern Express company's messenger on Southern train No. S5, leav- ng here for Memphis at 8:10 o'clock today. waa assaulted In his car near Lookout sta tion, a few miles out of the city, by Will Thomas, a former messenger. Thomaa claims the assault was the result of a personal difficulty, but Pruett says robbery was the motive. Pruett was struck on the head with a piece of timber and is now In the hospital. He stated that two packages of money and a package of vouch ers were missing. After striking Pruett Thomas applied the emergency brake and jumped from the train. He was captured later and is In Jail here. The sudden stop ping of the train caused much excitement among the passengers, who rushed out of the' cars and aided In the pursuit and cap ture of Thomas. The express company offi cials refuse to make any statement. WIFE MAY DEFEND HERSELF Chicago Judge Takes Case Away from Jury, Exonerating an Alleged Murderess. CHICAGO, March 20 "If a woman Is un- fotunate enough to marry a brute' she has a right to defend herself, even to the point of taking his life," said Judge George W. Keraten in his decision today when he took the case of Mrs. Jessie Hopkins, on trial for the murder of her husband, out of the hands of the Jury. The charge against Mrs. Hopkins was then' summarily dismissed. In deciding the case Juds-n Ker. ten declared that a woman is "not her husband's chattel." He held Mra Hopkins was justified. The woman shot her husband n a qunrrel at their home on New Year's eve. Preceding the quarrel Hopkins had at tacked his wife and threatened to kill her She grabbed a revolver from a table and hot him. ST. PETERSBURG, March 21.-2:17 a. m Upon the quietude of the Manchurtun situation mere nas ourst the news of the i New lone, on cruise. attempted assassination of another lilu-li . At Rotterdam Arrived official in Finland, whose efforts for ih Movements of Ocean Vessels March 2tO. At New York Arrrlved: at. tni em- Southampton: Cedrlc. from Uv i tonia, from Palermo. ' At Constantinople Arrived: Moltke. from Rotter-Ham e. New York. ' At Hun Ilia n t T A - r4 . - . . . ruffitication of the grand duchy have ex- ! Victoria Ixmlse, on cruise. rr,,,,MBln posed them to the vengeance of the young , At Yokohama Bulled: Empress of Japan, Fennon-ens. The reports indicate that ih, revolutlonarylsts have not abandon. U the policy of teriuilsm, but are determined to have more blood and presages other crimes of a like nature. The authorities here are druwing up a program of administrative reforms for Finland with a view to r- Placldes, from establishing order and Uiinliiujhing racial York. for Varcouver. At Hong Kong Arrived: Tacoma. At Palermo Sailed: Pannonta, for New York. At Rremenr-Arrlved: Grosser Kurfurst. from New iork At Dover Arrived; 8 eland, from New York. At Movilte Arrived: Astoria, from New antagonism i- At Gibraltar Arrived: Kiwnlk-e-i I.ulae tgfum New York: KimiMiiln fr..,.. ' ii v. mm V I . fciu., VU. MACOON FOR PANAMA ZONE Nebraskai May Be Aupointed Governor o the Canal Territory, DOES NOT PARTICULARLY DESIRE PLACE Personnel of Commission Will He Made Public ta Short Time and There Will Be Changes. (From a Staff Correspondent.) WASHINGTON, March 20.-(Speclal Tele gram) in all probability Judge Charles E Magoon of Nebraska, law officer of the Tanama commission, will be made gov ernor minister of the canal zone. President Roosevelt, realizing that American people will hold his administration responsible for prosecution of work, is determined to re organize the Panama commission and to appoint men to vacancies who will live in Panama and not draw fat salaries and live In Washington. For several days past there have been rumors that Judge Magoon would be appointed governor of the zone. but matters did not take definite shape until this morning. The president wants Magoon to go, and Is only waiting to de cide upon another man aa one of the com mission before he makes public the com position of the. new commission. It Is understood Wallace will remain, as well as Grunsky and Harrod. It Is also possible that General Davis will not re tain his place on the commission, but will give way to Mngoon as governor of the xone, Davis not being acceptable to Pan amanians. Although a splendid execu tive officer, Davis has failed to appreciate the character of the people of Panama, and as Magoon made a great hit with the people when he was In Panama Just before the meeting of congress, he has been picked out aa the right man for governor. Admiral Wa!ker, chairman of the Isth mian Canal commission: William Barclay Parsons and William H. Burr will probably be succeeded by other men. Magoon has no desire to go to Panama.. He looks upon the appointment with much fear, but if he fs ordered to the place he can do no more than accept or separate himself entirely from the public service. It Is expected that the personnel of the commission will be settled In a few days. I. anger Making Settlement. Joseph J. Langer, former consul at So llngen, Germany, Is In Washington fo close up some matters he still has pending with the State department. Postal Matters. William. II. Jennings has been appointed postmaster at Garden Grove, Decatur county, Iowa, vice Nora II. McNeill, re signed. Rural routes ordered established April 15: Iowa, Haifa, Emmott county, route 1; popu lation, 420; houses, 105. South Dakota, Ethan, Davison county, route 2; popula tion, 506; houses, 101. Rural carriers appointed: Nebraska, York, route 2; James M. Derrick, carrier; Mrs. Hattle N. Derrick, substitute. Route 8, Charles Hlett, carrier: Edna P. Hlctt, substitute. Iowa, Fort Dodge, route S, Thomas . Powers, carrier; Edward P. Powers, substitute. St. Mans, route 1; John H. Homer, carrier; Edward C. Homer, substitute. REACH CRISIS OS FRENCH CLAIM Venensueln notified It Mast Not Pro ceed in Cable Case. WASHINGTON, March 20.-The French cable complications have reached a crisis, and Minister Bowen has Informed the State department that the French minister at Caracas, by Instructions of his govern ment, has notified the Venezuelan govern ment that there must be no further pro ceedings on Jts part toward the cancella tion of the company's franchise or Inter ference with Its property. Further, Mr. Bowen reports that two French warships have" been ordered post haste to Venezuela to act In accordance with the Instructions of the French min ister. These are the Jullen de Gravlerre and the Duplex, now in the Carrlbean st-a. PARIS, March 20. Inquiry at the minis try of marine tonight failed to elicit veri fication of the report cabled here from the United States to the effect that French war ships have been ordered to Venezuela. On the contrary, no movements of that character have yet been ordered. More over, there has been no meeting of the cabinet since Friday, when It was decided not to take final action until the Vene zuelan courts have rendered a final de cision. Tho foreign office said specially that tho stage of sending war ships hnd not yet been reached. NEBRASKA WEATHER FORECAST Fair Tuesday and Warmer in East Portlont Wedacsday Fair. Temperature at Omaha Yesterday! Hour. Deac. A a. m a.1 fl a. m ..... . n:t T a. m 3.1 N a. in :t 3 4 10 a. m ..... . nn 11 a. ra 12 m 37 Hour, 1 p. 2 1. 3 1. 4 p. p. H p. t P 8 p. I p. lie. . . 37 . . 3T . . 3T . . X . . : . . ns . . .Ts . . as . . 3H GREAT FLOOD AT. PITTSBURG Rapid Rlae of Rivers Puta Ten Thousand Men Out of Work Temporarily. PITTSBURG. March 10. Just before mid night tonight or.e of the fiercest flood rampages the Allegheny river has been on for years ended. After remaining on the ground for four months practically the entire winter's snowfall on the river points, In some places amounting to eight feet, was washed out by over an inch of rain which fell during Saturday and Sunday. The torrent caused by this movement reached here today nnd nas left much damage In Its wake. More than a score of Industrial plants are crip pled and at least 10.0X men are tempo rarily forced Into Idleness, costly washouts along the railroads bordering the stream have resulted and hundreds of houses and stores are flooded. Tho monetary damage cannot now be definitely estimated. Fortunately, onlv one life has been reported lost as an incident of the flood. This was the result of a daring attempt of Stanley Hllger, a baker of Coraopolls, to cross the Ohio today In a skiff. The skiff was capsized and Hllger was drowned. At this hour it Is mlnimr here, but no further rise In the rivers Is i looked for. CHARTER COMING ON House Orders Omaha Measure Engrossed for Third Reading. FISHBACK INCLINED TO BLOCK THE WAY United Douglas Delegation Sucoeeds in Carrying It Along. CHANCE YET FOR COMMODITY RATE BILL House Members Inclined to Get Together i On One Measure. TALK OF SIFTING COMMITTEE LAPSES All Senate Files In the House Ara Acted On In Committee of the Whole of That llody Dnrlng Afternoon. WRECK NEAR HOMESTEAD IA. Weat-Round Rocky Mountain Lim ited Derailed Two Trainmen Are Fatally Injured. DES MOINES, IA.. March 21.-The Rockv mountain limited, a fast west-bound pas senger train on the Rock Island, was de railed near Homestead, Iowa county, this morning. Two trainmen were probably fatally Injured. Engineer Hotchkiss was found under his engine terribly scaldr-d He will die. A soft roadbed Is responsible ror tne derailment. The engine, mall car. a composite car and the Denver and Colo rado sleepers left the track. Three hun dred feet of track was torn up. The cars went down a fifteen-foot embank The Injured: Engineer Hotchkiss, probably fatallv scalded. Lew Webber, mail clerk, probably fatally. Van Flank, porter, badly crushed. Fireman, name unknown, badly hurt DES MOINES, Ia., March 20.-The Golden State Limited, the fast Rock Island flyer, was wrecked near Fairfield, Ia., early today. The accident was caused by spread ing rails. No one was seriously hurt. MORGAN'S ' BRIBERY CHARGES Committee Appointed to Investigate Alienations Of Colorado Sena- . tor Examines Wltnraaes. DENVER, March 20.-The Joint n. bribery investigating committee appointed to hear charges of attempted bribery pre ferred by Senator Richard W. Morimn against J M. Herbert, vice, president and general manager of the Colorado A South. ern railroad, and Daniel Sullivan, postmas ter or Tipple creek. In connection with mo guDernaionai contest, resumed lt hearing today behind closed doors. Seventeen witnesses were on the stand. most of them for the purpose of testifying in regard to the character of Senator Mor. gan. Mr. Herbert and Mr. Sullivan refused to testify because charges growing out of tne same complaint are pending against them in the district court. Former Gov ernor Alva Adams testified that Morgan of his own accord called on him ami pledged himself to vote in Adams' favor on the contest question. This was before the sensational exposure In the Joint as sembly of the alleged attempt at bribing mm. HABEAS C'ORPl'S WRIT IS DEMEI) JUDGE PARKERJS TO SPEAK Former Candidate for Prraldent Con sents to Address Ken- York Democratic Banquetters. Supreme Cnnrt Decides Not to Inter fere In Colorado Election Cnae. WASHINGTON, March 20.-The supreme court of the United States today denied the motion for writs of habeas corpus In the cases of Peter Miller and Thomas Shep herdson, two of the Denver election officials who were sentenced to terms of Imprison ment by the supreme court of Colorado on charges of violating the orders of the court In connection with the November election. No written opinion was handed down In the cases of Peter Miller and Shomas Shep- ASHES OF WOLCOTT ARRIVE Remains of Former Senator from Colorado Reach Kew York on Way Home. NEW YORK, March 20.-The ashes of former Senator Edward O. Wolcott of Col orado, who died at Monte Carlo, March 1, were brought here by the American line steamer St. Louts, which arrived todav from Southampton. Funeral services over the body were held in Parish March 6 In the presence of Ambassador Porter. Henry Wolcott and some Intimate friends. The body subsequently was cremated and the ashes were brought to the United Stau-s for Interment. The St. Louis was two days late, having been delayed by almost continuous westerly gates, witn neavy seas. Fire Department Matters. At a meeting of the Roan! of P-ir- Police Commissioners last evening ten days' leave of absence was granted to George W. Tanne and to Frank W. Oreenmaii both of hook and ladder No. I. ' Chief, of the Fire Department Salter re ported that he had transferred engine company No. 1 from the fire station at 1317 Harney street to the now fire station at Eleventh and Jackson streets, and that the old station house would be vacant on and after March 25. Itanahaa is IH. , PEORIA. 111.. March X.-Thm health of John A. Haiiahaii, grand inai-r of the Brotherhood of IioniKiiive Firemen, it such as to necessitate bis temporary re. tlrement from the affairs of hla office. After r two days' viwt In Chicago be will Ko to Hot dprings. Ark., for an indefinite stay, la tUe hope that his health may tie recovered. Mr. Hawaiian is suffering from an smeuvaud attack of ilieuinallu trouble. former democratic candidate for president of the United States, Is to be one of the principal speakers at the Jefferson day din ner of the Democratic club of this city, which will be held on April 13. Mr. Park.r had previously declined an Invitation to at tend the dinner nnd deliver a speech. A few days ago, however, a friend of Mr. Parker afked President Fox of the Democratic club If William J. Bryan and former President Cleveland were going to be present at the dinner. Ho was Informed that both had sent regrets; Mr. Bryan in order to speak In Chicago on that date and Mr. Cleveland to go bird shooting. Mr. Parker then made a formal request for per mission to withdraw his letter of regrets and accept the invitation. His request was granted. (From a Staff Correspondent.) LINCOLN. March 20. (Special Telegram.) The Omaha charter bill, H. R. SS, which bears the name of Representative Ander sen ns author, was ordered engrossed for a third reading In the home at 8 p. m. today, the amendments offered In the com mittee on cities and towns being adopted. Flshbnck of Clay, when Andersen made the motion, stubbornly objected to advancing this bill, saying . "they opposed the best bill the farmers had before this house and we ought to oppose thelr'a now." He had reference Jo his Independent telephone bill which he sought to have jumped up on general file ahead of other bills. , Lee of Douglas took Flshback severely to task for placing the matter upon such personal grounds and urged the Andersen motion, which carried without any diffi culty. Tho Omnha members are agreed on the various provisions of the charter bill, at least they have determined to work unit edly for the passage of the bill as It now stands and hope there will be no opposi tion from Omaha. They assert that If opposition la once started the bill will never get through and it la the final pas sage of the measure which has received so much hard work, that they are working for. Railroad Rate Bill. Every possible effort will be exerted by the anti-railroad members to- secure the passage of one of- the rate bills and In all probability this will be the commodity rate bill Instead of the Caldwell maximum freight rate measure. A united movement Is on for this purpose. Caldwell himself agrees that if the commodity rate bill can be satisfactorily amended he will submit to the withdrawal of his measure. This probably will have to be done in order to get the first bill through. The com modity rate bill Is pow near the top ot the general file, while the Caldwell meas ure Is down about seventy notches. The Idea Is that when the house In committee of the whole takes up the commodity rate measure the whole question of railroad regulation will be dlecussed and opportu nity given for the amendment of tha bill bo as to carry all the provisions which will be considered wise, and meet the ap proval of Caldwell and those who preferred his bill. The house and senate today convened for the week at 2:30 p. m., and tha hou&e. . where the railroad bills are, put In the entire afternoon on senate files, disposing of twenty-five of those measures, recom mending all but tTVO for passage, those two for Indefinite postponement. Move for Cltt'.ijc Couimlttee. Whatever Intention or effort there was from certain sources to secure the appoint ment or election of a sifting committee In the house seems to have gone glimmering, for at the rate the house went today It is going to be hard to offer an excuse for Hiich a committee. It waa known for a while that the railroads and certain other powers were very anxious to have a sifting committee put to work, despite the avowed opposition of the speaker, which was made known by Mr. Rouse at the outset. But now there appears to be llttlo reason why the railroads and their allies should want a sifting committee and less why they should have one. Nevertheless many members assert the belief that a sifting committee will yet be necessary to get rid of scores of bills which the house cannot handle in the regular course of action. The- sifting committee appointed soma time ago (or rather elected) In the senate, has as yet done nothing, but the chances are it will be put to work In a day or two. The demand for It Is strong. Petitions for Railroad Legislation. NEW YORK,' March 20. Alton B. Parker, These are troublous days for Represen- TRAIN CHILD IS BORN ON A California Woman Becomes Mother While on Way to Mother la Ohio. MEXICO, Mo., March 20.-A child was born this morning on board tho sleeping car Pazorla, Which was attached to the Oilcago & Alton "Hummer," speeding from Kansas City to Chicago. The mother, Mrs. W. H. Shlnabar of No. :z'j2 Golden Gate avenue, Ban Francisco, had arrived In Kansas City over the Chicago, Rock Island A. Pacific road and had tuken the Chicago Alton train for Chicago on her way to Toledo, O., where her mother, Mrs. II. M. Jones, resides. After Mrs. Shinabar's Illness had been discovered the trainmen telegraphed to Sluter, Mo., for Dr. Howard. At Louisiana, Mo.. Dr. II. Crutcher of Chicago took charge of the case nnd on arrival of the train la Chicago the patient was taken immediately to Grace hospital. Old Landmark Disappears. BTURGIS, 8 D., March 20. (Special.) The old landmark known as the 9tar A Bullock building, right in the heart of the city, Is now being torn down and will at once be supplanted by a beautiful two-story brick building by James O'Neill. This old landmark was built in 1877, one of the very first put up in Bturgls, und may properly be railed the Jloneer business house of ths town. tatlve Bacon of Dawson county. Mr. Ba con does not conceul his strong railroad proclivities and In the last few days he has received a petition from hla constitu ents as long as a coll of rope urging him to Work and vote for the commodity rate bill. The petition Is signed by hundreds of good citizens In Mr. Bacon's district. Mr. Bacon does not mince words In declar ing that petition or no petition he will never vote fur that or any bill like it. Mr. Bacon, however, is not the only mem ber who Is being urged by constituents to vote for this sort of legislation. Petitions are coming to others who are known to be ordinarily on the other side ot the fence. Junkln's antitrust bill Is Imminently threatened In the senate. It passed the house without much difficulty, but tha chances are it will never get through the senate. There the powers opposed to this measure are centering their power to de feat It. SENATE PITS IN ill SY AFTERNOON Many Bills Passed and Others Rec ommended for Passage. (From a Staff (x.rreipondent.) LINCOLN, March 2u. (Special.) The sen ate spent nearly the entire afternoon past ing bills. On nearly all of the ballots ten members were absent, but the measures of thene members, as well aa those bills car rying the emergency cluase,, with the ex ception of one or two, were passed over until the full membertihlp could be pres ent. Theso bills were passed: , fct. F. 2( To compel county ssseasors to furnish a copy of asshHmeiit to party as sesud, which sl.all be a notice to appear before the Board of Equalization. S. F. 257 Compelling the enforcement of the scavenger law. S. F. Fees to, be paid for protests filed with the Hoard of Equalization. K. F. 232 To prevent the deseeruuon of Memorial day. 8. F. 2-"7 Agents of corporations to makv out nssesnient when asked to by the as sessor. K. F. i: Providing for a board of con trol to buy supplies for state Institu tions 8. F. 217 A bar to actions In any other state, will be operative in this state. 8. F. 2H0 Action usalnst an Insurance company can begin In County where causa arlae. 8. F. 277 To prevent If sun nee of special benefit life Insurance policies , . F. 24 Consolidating cUicta of city.