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PART ONE NEWS SECTION PAGES 1 TO I ADVERTISE IN THE OMAHA DEE BEST IN TlIE WEST VOL. XXXVIII NO. 28! OMAHA, SUNDAY MORNING, DECKMBEIl 27, 1008. FIVE SECTIONS TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES. SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS. LAND PURCHASE BILL SUMMARY OF THE BEE GOMEZ IS A(Tr: A Dress Rehearsal. SanfsaTsnTnTaTsaae'sar a m .I,,,.,-!,,,,.,,..,, ni,nwm m is n The Omaha Sunday, Ptnabrr 3T, 1909. 1908 December 1908 srx ttz. Ufa Tmf r&. - I 2 3 4o5 OrZ 8 0 W 11 12 13 U 15 16 1Z 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 23 26 2Z 23 2930 31 - British Government ii Too Busy end Dropi Measure. IRISH GRIEVANCES OLD STORY Promise Mada to Take Matter Up at Next Seasion. NOT LIKELY TO BE FULFILLED New Executive of J..tuela Recog nized Officially and Unofficially. Clau Spreckels Dies at Home in San Francisco of Pneumonia. FIRSTy BLOODLESS BEV0LUTI0N Complete Change in Government Made Without Loss of Life. CATTLE MONOPOLY IS ABOLISHED ILLNESS OF BTJT FEW DAYS Despite His Eighty Years He Was Active in Conduct of Business. ESTATE OF OVER FORTY MILLIONS i, . . ,v )f ' l '' ' ' .- m I . 1 - : ; I It ill ii. r J Jut Many Anomaliei of the Irith Old Ag-a ' ' Pension Act. ii.MMii.n - imri. frnTAtfOITTjUI' x-rair anil coiner nummy. (urjrXiiuLnis di xuxi wflw.Mflnr.r More Wast Money Thau Cum Mat Ikswi Be RHcMtlo to Re eelv It Faulty Brit . lak Statistics. DUBLIN. Dec. 28. (Special. That hope ful looking measure, the new Irish land purchase bill which It waa thought would speedily brrng about the resumption of the transfer of Irish land from the landlords to the tenant farmers, la dead already. It has perished In the slaughter of the In nocents and Its abandonment forma only nnother argument for tha necessity of an Irish legislature to make lawa for Ireland. It Is, necessary, of course, that at the end of a session of Parliament a certain number of bills must be Jettisoned, becauae there la no time to consider and pass them and It la the practice of every gov ernment to drop those which It considers least Important. , Ireland does not matter to an English government, which Is over burdened with the task of legislating for Kngland, and the Irish land bill, which waa one of the most Important measures for Ireland .brought In for several year, had to go. It It true that Mr. Blrrell, the chief secretary for Ireland promisee that It will be carried over to the next session of Parliament, but the probability Is that there will be no next session for the pres ent government, and even If there Is It will be too busy getting ready for a gen eral election, wtiich must come next year, to pay much attention, to the clalma of Ireland from wfliom It has nothing to gain or lose at the polls. . Old Are Pension. The old age pensions act continues to furnish all sorts of pussies for the admin istrator It now turna out that a total of 191138 persons claiming to be more than . seventy years old have applied for pen sions In Ireland. The official census re turns ahow that there are only 184,000 per- .aons over seventy In Ireland and It Is es timated that 82,000 of these are In receipt .of poor law relief and therefore Ineligible for pensions, so. that on the face of the official figure there should be only 152,000 persona of pensionable age, and. of course, a number of these should be . In circum stances whioh would render a, pension un- necessary. I , The English papers have raised a howl about Irish dishonesty,, but.. the trouble earns to-llaJa JJi JfliULCUrate English sta ttstlc. It Is well known that there waa no provision for the registration of births In Ireland until long after the youngest living septuagenarian was born, and It ' la el no woll known that' .the Irish peasant la very - shy, as a rule, about ttfllng his age. It la 'fair 'to assume that Inaccurate answers have been given by many to the ceroius man, and that the prospect of a pension has Induced many persons to tell their real .age. The difficulties which are being thrown In the way of applicants for pensions, however, are likely to ehut off a good many peraona who are entitled to them,- 1 have Just been looking at a form which the small land holder whose Income la less than 12.60 A week. Is required to fill out. There are no less than thirty-four separate headings under which he or she -Is required to estimate his annual recelpta He Is expected to set forth separately his profits from the sale bf '.cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, buttar, milk, poultry, eggs, honey, ' corn, flax,' hay and straw, pota toes, turf flnh, seaweed and turnips. H Is also required to state the value of the .farm produce which he consumes himself 'In the course of the year, and another form requires the applicant to estimate his earn ings every year from agricultural labor weaving, ' spinning, knitting, needlework, kfcee, crochet and' fishing. Of course All this Is ImpoMlhle,' to an old man or woman who cannot read or write, and there la no doubt that this glaring, piece of red tape will shut out a number of person who are genuinely entitled to pensions. Bl pan Left tho Poor. The village .of Ardsttcw, County Tyrone has Just had a windfall under the will of a Mrs. Knox of Auckland. New Zealand who was born there. 8he- has left 120.000 ' for the deserving poor of the village and $2,(00 for the Improvement of the Ardstraw Presbyterian church. Her total estate amounted tp about $SoO,ooo, of which 1350 000 goes to various charltsbl and public In . stltutlons, and the balance to relatives who live In or near Ardstraw. - An amusing story of a prisoner who did not want his t'.berty has Juat Coma to me from the north. It terms that two mem tiers of the Royal Irish constabulary were ii .true ted to take' a prisoner from Belfast to Derry. AH went well until, they reached Portadown. which la a great railway junc tion, and at which tliey' had to change trains. They had a few minutes to wait and they went to the refreshment room with their prisoner, but stayed too long and Just emerged on the platform to see ttie Derry train starting to rr.ove. The con stables. Intent on . catching their train trade a rush for It and, Jumped aboard, forgetting all about their prisoner, who waa left st sliding In -amazement on tha platform. The policemen, when they real ised what had happened, saw visions of dismissal, and when the train reached th next station, twenty miles' away, they gof out and hired a horse-and trap and drova back to Portadown. Their tlrel rait of course, waa at the police station, an there to their amazement and relief, they found their prisoner sitting, waiting for them He had derided that It would be unfair to escape from two policemen who had treated him ao well. Anolhur remarkable case of Irish long evity has Just come to light by the death of Bartholomew O'Leary of Berlin, near Bantry. County Cork. He waa bora tn 17V7, and waa therefore 111 years old when l.e died. He worked regularly as a farm laborer until ha was loft years old. and foi the last eleven years he has done a good deal of light farm work. He waa 111 only a week before his death, and this, he de clared, was the first Illness he ever had He never spoke a word of English, al though he understood it when spoken to ' him, and ha frequently declared that he would never apeak any other than his na- jtiTu lougue. s r. X CUIXEN. TMM WIATIIB. FOR OMAHA. COUNCIL BLUFFS AND I "s-- . am ar a a i - for Nebraska -Fair and colder Sun- day, . FOR IOWA Partly cloudy 8unday; colder Bunriay. Temperatures at Omaha yesterday: Hour. Deg. 6 a. m... 6 a. m... 7 a. m... 8 a. m... 9 a. m... 10 a. m... 11 a. m... 12 m 1 p. m... 2 p. m... 8 p. m... 4 p. m... 5 p. m... 6 p. m... 7 p. m... 50 62 t2 . DOMXBTTO. Senator Burkett has conference with War department officials regarding bill for. enlargement of signal corps post at Fort Omaha. Bill has a good chance of becoming a law. - X, lag 1 Claus Spreckles, the- sugar king, died yesterday at San Francisco. X, Page 1 It la believed the special session of congress for revision of the tariff may be called Immediately after the Inaugu ration of President Taft. X, Page 1 President Roosevelt lias Issued a state ment In which he says he cannot now Interfere In tha matter of the sentence of the labor leaders because the case is not through th courts. X, Fag 1 The statement of attorneys for the de fense In the Halna case have revealed that the Hain brothers did not go to Bayside with a view of killing William Annis. . . X, Pag 8y H. W. Poor, doing business as II. W. Poor & Co.,falle d for $3,000,000. x, rag a The Hargls Jury disagreed and was dis charged. X, Pag 1 Admiral George Dewey observed hla 71st birthday yesterday. X, Fag 1 The election court la In progress with the LUley case In hand. X, rag 1 . President-elect Taft took a trolley ride yesterday with John Hays Hammond from Augusta to Aiken, 8. C. X, rag 1 A battle between miners and officers In the Kentucky mining district has probably resulted In a number of fatali ties. X, rag X romxxav. President Castro's ' enemies have been Invited back to Venezuela by Acting President Oomes. " - ' X, rag 1 The chief of the secret police of Mos t-cow wee killed yesterday- In a - battle with revolutionists.1 X, rag a X.OCAX. Thousands -of little ones made happy at the Chrlstmaa distribution at the Au " " . dltorlum. Wrecker agrees to pay county for the material In the old Jail and remove It from the ground.' X, rag 5 Merchant without - exception report Christmas trad th largest In the his tory of the city. ' X, rag 4 Douglas county delegation Is lined up for Clark for speaker of the house. I, rag 4 Oosslp of th playhouses, plays and players. XX, rag Doings of Omaha society folks during the last week. XX, rag a oosarxsvoxAX Airs xxrovsTmiAX. t Live stock markets. XX, rag a Other financial and commercial news. XX, rag 8 xA&r-Toira sicnoir. Nebraska City, Its Industries and peo ple, and some views of the old and new city. Present Douglas county court house and Jail, which are soon to give way to more pretentious and convenient struc ture. College .freshmep at the Corn ahow. Steamers which make trips around the African continent Four Fagea OOMXO 8SCTXOIT-. Buster and Tlge convert the bath tub Into a couch for uncle, but It proves In secure. Page of reading for the little folks. Activities of women In the vari ous walks of life. Fluffy Ruffles nun an exciting New Year's experience in Paris. Four Fagea KOTEMIITI OF OOBAaT BTBAIISKXPS. Part. Arrived. slld. NKW YORK Prorl ' LIVERPOOL luonn NAPLES Cratle TROUBLE IN MINING DISTRICT Strikers and Oflleera Have Pitched Battle In Kentneky and Num ber Are Wonaded. LEXINGTON. Ky., Deo. 26.-Excltement In Intense today at Stearns, Whitley county,- where two pitched battlea occurred yesterday between deputy I'nlted States marshals and miners, connected with tha strike there. The posse, whioh was ex pected to go Into the mountains last night to search for the missing and wounded did not go, but will likely go during the day. Officer Ryan, who became aeparsted from his companlona during the fight yesterday la atlll wandering In th mountains. If not already captured and shot to death by the Infuriated atrlkera. Berrv Rlmns.n. who (iwned the hotel in which the fight occurred, j 'ke"- The former president exhibited the and whtch was burned. It was learned ! 8re'lu,t ln'ret In the evolutions, of the today, escaped during the battle Into tha lkat'r' whom h watched for a consder mountalns and la being protected there. It I 'ble U"16, H then Ikd n hour through la thought, by hla friends. He Is alleged th 'oret " returned to the hospital. to have been the leader of th strikers. It Is believed that at leaat five men were burned to death la the hotel, as tha miners FITZGERALD ASKS. DAMAGES Former Teller of Calrago " Bnb ' Treasury Asks Bis Sam for Arrest. CHICAGO. Dec. 2.-Oeorge W. Fitzger ald, former assorting teller of the I'nlted (Mates subtreasury at Chicago today filed suit for $50,000 against William Bolden week." who la In charge of the subtreasury, and Herbert K. Toung. a private defective, Th auit is an outgrowth of the sensational arrest of. Fitzgerald last spring charged with stealing $17J.0iO from the subtreasury vaults. Fitzgerald 's. acquittal promptly fol lowed Mr. Bolden week s refusal, under order from Waahlngtoa to testify, to th case. ' - Freedom of Press is Be-established and Political Prisoners Beleased. EXILES INVITED TO BETUBN Generals Rolando. Alaya and Ampard, Who Have Been Living In New York. Sail on, Steamer Maraealbo. CARACAS, Venezuela, Wednesday, Dec. 28,-tVla Port of Spain, Trinidad, Dec. 26.) The presidency of Juan Vicente Gome has been recognized by the country at large. officially and unofficially, and Venezuela I" through with one of the most popular revolutions In the annals of the renubllo. a ...VUlUblVI, IU H IIIVII IIU, VII. UIVy W - V.UUM was shed. The authority of President Gomea is ac cepted as aupreme. Even General Celestlno Castro, brother of the former president, who was chief of the department of Ta chlra, has turned over to the new military commander of that district all the arms and ammunition in his possession, amount ing to 6.000 rifles and 3.000,000 rounds of ammunition. Crlestlno Castro'a acceptance of the m-w regime Is regarded aa final and conclusive evidence that his brother Is no longer a factor In the present situation. President Gomez Is showing In many ways his desire to propitiate all Interests, pro mote business, both local and foreign, and Improve foreign relations. Clprlano Castro ' Is being sued In the Caracas courts for moneys and property al leged to have been obtained wrongfully. Among others, Madame Crespo, widow of former President Joaquin Crespo, has brought action to recover two years' rental of the Mlraflores palace In Caracas. This beautiful building was erected by her hus band when he was president, and It has been used by Clprlano Castro since his tri umphal entry into Caracas nine years ago. These various actions probably will result in Clprlano losing property to the value of $2,000,000, which he left behind In Venezuela when he sailed for France about a month ago. ' The doors of the country have been opened to all Venezuelans residing abroad, and all former patriots and revolutionary agitators have been urged to return. Cattle Monopoly Abolished. The cattle monopoly maintained for so many years by Clprlano Castro hris been abolished and the press lias been given Its freedom. All the political prisoners in the land, excepting the men who were connected with the recent plHJa assassinate President tiomez, have been freed, and vite president has settled the dispute with hi neighbor on the- west.- the United" States of Colombo. This, difficulty has exlstfd for 'many years and arose over a contested boundary line. ' A risnn. llo.t k. ..!!. .1.... - . v w M J V ,JV , , a 1 1 1 C 11 1 , a 1 It CI to Colombian navigation and restores the frontier customs house at Vlllamlsar. Jose J. J. Paul, who was minister of for eign affairs In the Castro cabinet, received two days ago, a despach from Clprlano Castro at Berlin reading as follows: "Declare the Dutch warships pirates. Sus pend the payments to the powers under the Washington protocols. I am forwarding you solution of the difficulty." This communication has been received here with ridicule. Castro's Enemies Sent For. NEW YORK, Dec. 26.-Cheers and Venez uelan flags speeded the steamer Maraealbo when It awung out from Its pier today bearing General Nicolas Rolando, General Ramon A la a, General Felix Ampard and other exiles of the Castro regime on their way back to Venezuela at the special In vitation of the new head of the republic, Juan Vicente Gomes, to assist In th new order of things governmental following the overthrow of Castro. Qineral Rolando, the central figure of the day. was smiling and calm and full of confidence In the promises of Acting President Gome. He declared no harm wou'd come to himself or his lieutenants. "Ju;n Vicente Gomez," he said, "hap pened to be the man in charge of tha Castro forcea into whose hands I fell a prisoner In a battle between the revolu tionary forcea which I commanded five years ago. We have never known each other personally, but It never has occurred to mo to question his motive in the matter of Inviting me back to Venezuela to take part In the new government he la forming. He baa said his aim la to carry out rs forma for which I, together with others. have fought and again would fight, and believe him to be sincere. Treachery In an affair like thla would not be tolerated by the country." Others In the party were Julia Bolet, brother of Nlcanar Bolet, the treasurer of the revolutionary Junta, which was finan cing General Rolando's proposed expedi tion to overthrow Caatro; J. M. Ortega Martinez, Lino Duarte Level and Alberto- Larasaba. Castro Takes Drive. BERLIN, Dec. 26. &.-nor Castro went out today for th first time since entering Dr. Israel's hospital. He made an excursion to Grunwald, where he witnessed what waa to n,m unique spectacle, a anowstornj and ' thousands of persons skating on the small I oenor (.astro says tnat he feels compara tlvely welt, but will remain under observa tion for some time yet. SUBPOENAS F0R OMAHA MEN District Attorney 81m ' Ha Seat ember of Them to Various Cities. . CHICAGO, Dec. 26. Score of subpoenas from th office of District Attorney 81ms were sent today to St Louis. Kansaa City, 8t. Joseph and Omaha, where they will. It Is aaid, be served on employ of railroads and packing houses, Th federal grand jury in Investigating rebate charges against a certain stock yarda firm, is said to hav unearthed a clew, the development of which ia expected to Illuminate the man ner . In which meat price are aaid to be determined by certain influential pack s'. ..... ,v- - 4 . From Harper's .Weekly. HANDS OF PRESIDENT TIED He Could Not Interfere in Labor Case if He Desired. STATEMENT FROM WHITE HOUSE No Intimation Given as to Position of Kxecntlve, bat He Promises to Give the Matter III Attention. WASHINGTON, Doc. 26. In an official statement Issued at the White House today In regard to the presidential Interference In the cases of President Gompers, Vice President Mitchell and Becretary Morrison of the American Federation of Labor, now under sentence for contempt of court, at tention 1 !a called to the fact that the casea are still before the courts and that no matter what the president's opinion may be as to the Justness of the sentences Imposed, he cannot. take any action look ing to pardon or express any opinion as to the merits bf the case. The text of the statement follows: "Various appeals have been made to the president to Interfere by pardons In the case of Mr. Gompers and his associates. Those making the appeals are unaware of the fact that the matter is still' before th courts. It Is civil suit between private parties and there has been no way by which the government could have inter- 'nd If lt,'d desired to do ao. Whetl'wr the president does or does not think the sentence of Mr. Gompers and his associates exoeaslve Is. not at present of conse quence because he cannot take any action or express any opinions while the case Is pending before the courts. Case Not Yet Concluded. "When . the decision Is made then the president can promptly consider whether the terms of Imprisonment are excessive or Improper. But, it is, of course. Impossible for the president to act while an appeal Is pending, for he has nothing whatever to act about. The courts must finish with the case first and the defendants are at the present moment at liberty on ball. If the defendants see fit to abandon their appeal the matter will then, of course, be brought before the executive. In which case It will receive Immediate and most careful consideration. "But the defendants have a perfect right to prosecute their appeal, and If unsuc cessful in the final court, then ask for a pardon or commutation. But as long ai they are prosecuting an appeal the presi dent has nothing to do with the matter. 'The president has already Instr.irtaJ the Department of Jus Ice to keep lilm fully In formed as to the progress of the case that In the event of Ita becoming p oper for him to act he may have at his disposal all of the facta which will enable him to decide whether there was Justlficat on for the sentence and whether if there was Jurtl-fl.-atlon for such punlshm-nt the sentence lsir Is not altogethor too severe. "But at present the president his n i more to do with the case than with the case of the 9,000,000 flno Imposed by Judge Landls on the Standard Oil company which Is also on appeal and concerning which the president has also been repeatedly asked t interfere by well-meaning perse ns who did not know that he could not interfere While the matter was atlll before the court on appeal." . CHANCE . FOR SIGNAL CORPS Officials, of War Department Give Bnrkett Bill an I'nqoallfled Endorsement. (From' a Staff Correspondent.) WASHINGTON, Dec. 26. (Special Tel egram.) Senator Burkett. today 'had - a long conference with General Allen, chief aignal officer of the army, with reference to his bill, for the enlargement of the signal corps. It haa been recommended favorably by the staff and line officers of the War department, and those who understand it insist - that It la one of the most advanced steps of military leg islation for generations. Under present methods of fighting with long-range guns and high-power explosives It la evident that armies In the future will not only fight at long range, but different por tions of the same army will be widely scattered. It Is .therefore necessary .that algnal corps stations shall be developed to meet th requirements of this new method of warfare. Senator Burkett says tltat If hla bill goes through it will make Fort Omaha the largest signal station In tha world. Rural carrier appointed for Iowa: Mapleton, rout 2, Anton Handen, carrier (reinstated); no substitute. Oxford, route S, Elmer R. Jones, carrier; Harry Hcrvy, substitute. Charles R. Davis was ap pointed , poatmaster at Derby, Lucas county, Iowa, vie W. A. Weatfall, re signed. Webster (Mr Woman Hurt. WEBSTER CITT. Ia.. Dec. 26. (Special Telegram.) Mra R. A. Carrington was probably fatally Injured by a Northwestern passenger train thla noon. She attempted to hurry over a crossing ahead of it and waa struck, the impact hurling her fifty feet Her skull Iv crushed. . ,.' to . 'A, . f '.';' y ' :. ',-:t I s ' mm" X -.- X m.w. FOUR MONTHS ON THE TARIFF Special Keaslon May Be Called by J a dare Taft Immediately After Inaaajroratlon. ' WASHINGTON, Dec. 26. If leaders In congress cf both political parties are able to bring sufficient Influence upon President-elect Taft, the special session to re vise the tariff will be called almost Im mediately after Inauguration. The purpose will be to cut the special session as short as possible and secure an adjournment be fore the extremely hot weather sets in. Several members of congress who have dlrctssd the subject with Mr. Taft be lieve that hla views In regard to an early and short session coincide with the plan suggested. Ordinarily, a special session Is not called intll after some time has elapred after tha adjournment of a regular session. The delay has been to give to members of congress an opportunity to go to their homes and tran sact persona business and return to Wash ington for a long stay. There seems to be a unanimity of protest against a long siege of Washington summers, however, and the usual course Is likely to be altered In Inaugural years the senate Is always In session for ten days or a fortnight In order to confirm nominations under thu new administration, and it has been sug gested that the house could be in session also and utilize the time In considering the tariff bill, aa It will have to be disposed of there before It can . be taken up by the senate. It la expected that the house ways and means committee will have a bill ready to- repeet-'te -the special session on the day It .assembles, and that no time will be lost by committee hearings. Aa soon aa the bill has been drafted It can be taken up by the senate committee n finance, and that committee can bo ready to report. If It works assldlously, a soon as the bill haa been passed by ' the house and mes saged to, the 'senate. If this course Is fol lowed, and it now seems probable that it will be, It Is believed the special tariff re vision can be concluded inside of four months. OKLAHOMANS GROW ANXIOUS Senator Owen, Governor Haskell and Other Want Indian Land Caaes Pushed. WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.-Senator Owen of Oklahoma, who is one of several de fendants In suits brought by the govern ment to clear up titlea to Indian lands In 'that state, is urging president Roose velt to have these cases settled at the earliest rosstble moment by directing At torney General Bonaparte to take them directly to the United States supreme court If possible. Governor Haskell and many other promi nent In Oklahoma are defendants In these suits for which the government has been preparing for two years. Senator Owen says that the slow dragging of the cases of which there are 23,000, is damaging to business and development generally. It Is his contention and that of other defend ants that the federal courts' have no Jurisdiction, this matter belonging entirely to the state courts. Senator Owen be lieves that much unnecessary delay can be avoided by framing up the direct quea tlon as to Jurisdiction and submitting It to the United States supreme court. ' Secrotary Garfield, who ha consulted with Attorney ' General Bonaparte several times as, to the caaes and who saw Sena tor Owen at the White House, said that he would be glad to 'have a test case ar ranged. The question of such a' case, however, lie said, was now before -Attorney General Bonaparte for consideration.' ASSESSORS FIND PROPERTY Large Amount of Personal Character . Subject to Taxation. Under New Law. ' BOSTON, Mass.. Dec. 26. Nearly $30,000, 000 of personal property which heretofore has escaped taxation, has been, It Is be lieved, added to the valuation, by a recent law and the efforts of the local assessors working In conjunction with the tax com missioner of the state. The property Involved Is wholly personal, consisting largely of. shares of stocks In business corporations, and its existence for taxation purposes became known under the law passed by the last legislature requiring the state tax commissioner to place at the disposal of the local assessors such Infor mation as he might secure through the in heritance tax law. . DEWEY OBSERVES BIRTHDAY Hero of - Manila Bay Seventy-One Years of Age Friends Pay Respects. WASHINGTON. Dec. 24 Admiral George Dewey, hero of Manila bay, and ranking officer In the navy, celebrated hla seventy first birthday .today, mora than ten years after th exploit which. mad him world famous. . Still vigorous of mind, th aged admiral Is not enjoying th best of health, having been suffering for tha htat six week with a bad attack of sciatica. He therefor pent th day at hla home, many of hi In timate friend calling to pay their respects and to tender their congratulations. - f .Vti-.cy jjff SfU&a Jln.tr?i CUWLES NAMES HIS STAFF Only One of Present Employes of Land Commissioner Retained. CHANGE FEE COLLECTION SYSTEM Will Refuse to Accept Money for Fee Earned tn Office, but They Must Be Paid Direct to the T renanrer. (From a Staff Correspondent.) LINCOLN, Dec. 26. (Special.) E. B. Cowles, land commissioner, has announced the following office: C. C. Boslow of York county, ex-county clerk, deputy; George E. Emery of Beatrice, ex-county clerk of Gage county, chief clork; Cal. R. Phllllppl. ex county superintendent of Thayer county, lease and contract clerk; Ernes B. Fair field, present state accountant, bookkeeper; Maud Bratney of Adams county, delinquent clerk; Metfa Swain, Otoe county, stenog rapher; Robert Harvey of Howard county, surveyor. Mr. Cowles has an office force of aeven, which takes the place of ten that now con stltute the office force. Robert Harvey is the only reappointment, XI Pnwl.1 will nnt r-nl lr snv fees in v... . 1, u. rfi enii.et I .... ... ,."- . any fees, "All fee. earned by my office, said Mr. Cowles, "will hav to be paid Into '.the state treasury. It understand it has been the custom for fees to be collected In the office and usually they are paid to the deputy, but I shall change that Fees due the office will have to be paid to the state state treasurer direct." Increase In Telephone Rates. Tho Home Telephone company, which operates at Gretna, Papilllon and Spring field, has been given permission by tho railway commission to Increase Its rates as follows: Residence telephones, from $1 to $1.25; rural telephones, from $1.15 to $1.50; business telephones, from $1.50 to $2 a month. The decision was rendered by Chairman Wlnnett and Member Williams. Mr, Clarke waa not sitting because a rela tive of his is president of the company. Morrill County Official Vote. The official vote of Morrill county, the recently organized county, has been re ceived by the secretary of state. For county seat Bridgeport received 575, Bayard 27t, Northport S, Irvington 2, Angora S and Cleman J Thirty votes were not cast on this question. The following officers were elected: Frank Irving, treasurer; C. D. Casper, clerk; J. H. Steutevllle, judge; John Beldon, sheriff; F. B. Williams, at torney; T. O. Burke, assessor; C. R, Ed wards, surveyor; Mary E. Walford, super intendent; Fred R. Lindberg, H. a Smith, W. T. McKelvey, commissioners. Application for Pardons, Governor Sheldon heard two applications for pardons today, L. J. Hosaman of Dour las county, sent up for eight years for burglary, and M. F. Kalrn of Gago county, serving two and a half years for obtaining, money under false pretensea Hossman lias served almost four years, wl.lle Kalrn has served about one year. Hotsman Is a young man and with a gang ctmmltted several daylight burglaries, going Into ' houses during the absence of the people from home. He with other stole a quantity of women' 'wearing ap parel,' which was recovered. ' Health Inspector Report. ." Dr. W. H. Wilson, Inspector for the State Board of Health, haa filed an annual re port for the year ending November 24, 1S. containing an Itemized list of expen ditures and trips made to various parts of the state. He made sixty-three trips, some of them to the extreme northwestern and western part of the state. He spent $-'K0.30 for railroad fare. Tho total expense, Including his salary of $1,800 a year, waa $2,174.38. An appropriation of $10,000 was made by the last legislature for the State Board of Health. Of that amount $6,400 waa ap portioned by the board for the expense of collecting vital statistics, office furniture and traveling expenses of one Inspector. In addition to the'alxty-three trip made, a large number of contagious disease dis putes were settled by telephone and by letter. in his report Dr. Wilson says: Many calls hav come In from over the stare ror assistance In the matter of Im proving sanitary conditions. Impure water, etc. Most of such calls had to be de. cimea rrom lack of funds for traveling expenses, also from lack of jurisdiction in such cases. However, advisory letters wera sent out In each Instance and In thla way frequently Improved tha situa tion.. In my opinion. If the powers of the board were enlarged and th expense fund more liberal, the Inspector might ma terially assist In bettering th sanitary and health conditions of the stale. Dr. Wilson believes th Stat Board of Health ought to have jurisdiction In mat ters which are now apparently under the control of local boards of health. Forty- four of the sixty-three rails were for tha Investigation of smallpox cases. Congressman R. C. llavey. NEW ORLEANS, Deo. 21 -Congressman Robert C. Pavy of Louisiana died her to day after an Illness of several months. Large Interests in California and the Hawaiian Islands. WILL TO BE OPENED MONDAY Radolph and t'. A. prerkels Appointed A dm In Intra tors, i Certain Matters Required Attention at Onet, Are SAN FRANCISCO. Cal. Dec. J6. Claus Spreckels, 'widely known as the "sugar king" of the Pacific coast, died at 4:30 o'clock today at his home In this city in his eightieth year. The Immediate cause of death was an attack of pneumonkt, which developed with alarming symptoms during the last few days. His condition last night told his physicians the end was near and relatives remained at his bed sldo until the hour of his death. Rudolph Spreckels, who returned from Honolulu yesterday on board the steamer Nippon Maru, was one of the number. John D. Spreckels, proprietor of the San Francisco Call and head of the Oceanic Steamship company, was also in attendance at his father's bedside, as were Mrs. Harry Hol brook end Mrs. W. Alexander Hamilton, the daughters of Mr. John D. Spreckels. Despite hla advanced age, Mr. Spreckels had devoted a large share of attention to the various enterprises In which he was Interested, and It Is not more than a month since he appeared before the ways and means committee of the house In Washing ton as authority on the subject of sugar duties. Two years ago he was attacked by a severe illness, but his vigorous con stitution enabled him to withstand his sick ness and he was, after a time, restored to his usual health. ' Spreckels Family Prominent. Apart from tho Importance which at tached to Claus Spreckels as the pioneer sugar refiner of the Paclflo coast, and an Investor of millions In California and the Hawaiian Islands, the Spreckels family has for many years been one of the most prominent In the state. John D. Sprecklea, his eldest son, tin been for years a directing Influence In ori ental trade, apart from hla other Interests, and Rudolph, president of the Flrat Na tional bank of thla city has been a sup porter of tho graft prosecution In San Francisco to the extent of thousands of dollars 1n addition to his active participa tion. Superior Judge Graham today appointed Rudolph Sprecklos and C. A. Sprecklea cxe ... . . , .... ... , I IT , " , " " r """" v,"u which was furnished. In applying for let ters of administration It was stated that some matters connected with the estat noedod immediate attention. The will Is In the possesion of the widow, Mrs. Anna Spreckles, and will be opened on Monday. It Is said that all of th dead capitalist' children are mentioned In the will and each given a share of th estate. the value of which I variously estimated at from $40,000,000 to $50,000,000. It waa stated that tho Income from the estat exceeded $250,000 a year. Eighty Year Old. Claus Spreckles was born in Lamstadt, Germany, in 1828 and cam to the United States in 1846. After being employed for some time in Charleston, S. C, and New York, he cams to San Francisco, reaching this city In 1856. He established a store here and later conducted a brewery. In 1868 he built tho Bay Sugar refinery and began the Importation of raw material from Hawaii. Prospering tn this business, he estab lished other refineries and promoted th beet sugar industry by establishing refin eries and engaging In the farming of beets on a large scale. II also built a refinery at Philadelphia, Invested largely In the Oceanic Steamship company and many other enterprises,, including the building of the San Joaqln Valley rail way. Many of his Interests in Hawaii are reported to have been disposed of by his son Rudolph by the latter's recent trip to the islands. They Included the banking house of Claus Spreckles & Co. and some real estate. MONOPOLY NOT AGAINST LAW Circuit Court Rules Out Prosecution of St. Louis Mht and Power Company. ST. LOUIS, Dec. 26 Judge Taylor In the St. Louis circuit court today sustained th demurrer of the Union Electric Light and Power company to the anti-trust suit filed by Circuit , Attorney Sager to annul the charter of the company. The capital and bonded Indebtedness of the ' company I $25,000,000. In his petition the circuit attorney had stated that the company had a monopoly of selling electricity In St Louis, Judge Taylor said the Missouri anti-trust law does not forbid the consolidation of two or more corporations engaged Ip th same business. ' "Tho more enjoyment of a monopoly," continued the court, "is not ground for th forfeiture of a corporate franchise." DALZELL OUT OF THE RACE "" Pennsylvania House Leader Throw His Support to Plttsborg Publlsher. PITTSBURG, Dec. M.-Congreesman John Dalsell of this city, who last week at Washington announced his candidacy for election by the next Pennsylvania legis lature to succeed Senator Knox, tooUy withdrew and tendered his support to George T. Oliver, a newspaper publisher of Pittsburg. Mr. Dalzell's decision to with-, draw was made known in a letter to Mr. Oliver. WORK FOR NEW COMMISSION New York Produe and Cotton Exchanges Will Be First One ' Investigated. NEW YORK. Iec.-26.-The New York Produe and the New York Cotton ex changes will be the first ones Investigated by the commission appointed by Governor Hughes to Inquire iruo th conduct of the New York exchange. The commis sioners decided to defray all expenses out of their own personal ' funds and trust to th state to reimburse them later.