Omaha Daily Bee from Omaha, Nebraska on February 15, 1892 · 1
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THE OMAHA DAILY EE. TWENTY-FIRST YE AIL OMAHA , MONDAY MOllNlNttrWHHUARY 15 , 1892 NUMBER 2 < ll. ARGUMENTS OF SILVER MEN Majority Report of the Ooinago , Weights and Measures OommittjOi IT IS A STRONG PLEA FOR FREE COINAGE llcnellU to , Itn Drrltnl rriim tlio 1'iixingo of thn lllnnit Hill Other Nntlons Would Follow tlio Load of the United Minion , I Me. WASHINGTON , D. C. , Fob. H. The report ot the majority of tbo committee on coinage , weights and mcasuro ! , recommending tbo oassago of the Bland froojcolnago bill , will be presented to the hojiso tomorrow by Mr. Blorid , nnd , by consent of the minority of thn rommlttco , It has boon made public tonight. The report Is n long nud carefully prepared document , which discusses the various objections made against free coinage , showing where. In the opinion of the majority , there objections are 111 founded and how free coinage of silver would greatly bcnellt this country , and especially the producers. The report begins with an explanation of the provisions of the bill reported. Free coinage-of silver 1 provided for , and It Is required that It bo of standard llnonoss to incot the cost of the alloy used , iho alloy being nil tbo expense now enacted of depositors of gold. Coin no'.cs may ba Issued on the gold or silver deposited , if demanded , instead of waiting for the coin. The commlttoo raised the maximum denominations of thcso notes from $500 to $1,000 , so ns to accommodate dealers in largo transactions and bank ex changes. Those notes are made legal tender , redeemable in coin on demand. Tba bill provides for the conversion of ull gold and silver notes into coin notes , redeemable In coin , thus doing away entirely with all legal dis ' tinctions. It Is believed this will greatly 'tend ' to promote equality In all respects. There will no longer bo Issued gold notes or. silver notes , but bimetallic notes , payable In cither coin at the pleasure of the government. Why Wo Ilxported Sliver Itiilllou. The report says it is contended that the reason wo exported silver bullion whllo our mints were still open to Its free coinage , was tnat our ratio wns such that our coin nnd bullion silver was worth moro , as compared to gold , nt European mints than here , and that the same result would again follow , our ratio remaining at 10 to 1 witti the French mints open to free coinage at 15J..J to 1. This , l t Is Hold , would prevent European nations , especially Franco , from again returning to the bimetallic system. To avoid this the committee provided that our ratio should bo changed to 15J lo 1 HO soon as Franco resumes free silver coinage al inat ratio. The report then , under tbo head , "Tho Dump of Silver , " proceeds lo a discussion of Iho cry that free coinage of silver would make the Unltod States the dumping ground for the silver of the world. The report says : Would rollinv Tholr SlUer. "Tho familiar warning that free coinage would causa ship loads of silver from other countries to bo brought hero and dumped at our mints in exchange for our gold is still urgoa. How can this bo under the ufll or proposed law. . The ship load of silver hrou1it | to our mints by iho foreigner would bo coined into standard dollars and Iboso dollars returned to him , but ho could not go to our treasury and demand gold for Ihem. Nor could ho compel ono of our citizens to swap htm a gold dollar 1'or a silver dollar , that is a voluntary trade that no law ought to Interfere wltb. Should the foreigner take coin notes for hU bullion Instead of coin , tbo same happens. Ho can take the coin note to tbo treasury and demand redemption , but that note is redeemable in coin , and the secretary of , the treasury could baud .bun t&ck the coin struck from his shiploads ol bullion. Tbo foreigner then would ascertain that ho bad committed the blunder i of bringing silver to our mints where it Is worth : < cents on the dollar loss than It was at homo , and that ho loses this , ' ) cants and costof transportation besides. What then will ho do with his money t Ho must either invest in property here , or go homo with It. - Ho could not buy gold witu it , or gold exchange unless gold and silver were nt par ; in tills case there could bo no reason lor preferring the ono metal to tbo othor. If gold , wont to n premium he would have to pay the premium on his oxchuugo , thus entailing on him additional loss on his enterprise of sending us ship loads of silver. If bo invests bis ship load ot , silver money in our property and business on- terprl.'ius ho will at once stimulate industries , awaken enterprises and give us a healthy business and sound currency. Prosperity hero and stagnation in the old countries would force ship loads of their people to this country In scarcli of their lust ship loads of inonoy , The nations of the old world nro aware of ibis. They will sco lo it that no such thing occurs. They know thoudvantnge the free coinage of silver would guarantee us , hence tholr uniform predictions 'that calamity would bo the result Instead ot pros perity. They are not in tbo habit of giving us trustworthy advice as to the course wo should pursue In this matter. " from Secretary Wliiiloiu. The report then quotes from the report of Mr. WIndom , then secretary of tno treasury , for the your 18SU , In which the secretary took tbo position that no danger need be apprehended of n Hood ot European silver. Says tbo secretary ! ' 'Tbcro Is , In fact , no known accumulation of silver bullion unywhero m the world. Germany long slnco disposed of her stock of melted silver coins , partly by sale , partly by recoinago into the now subsidiary coins and partly by use In coinage for Egypt. Only t , recnntly It became necessary to purchase V-llyer for the Egyptian coinage executed nt tno mint at Berlin , It is plain , then , that thuro Is no danger that the silver product of past years will bo poured Into our mints unless now stops bo taken for demonetiza tion , and for this Improbable contingency ninplu safeguards can bo provided. Nor need there bo any serious apprehension that any considerable part of the stock of iho silver coin of Kuropo woula bo shipped to the United States for deposit for treas- Jury notes. There Is much loss reason for shipping coin to this country than bullion , for while ihol cadlng nations of . Kuropo have diseontlnuoj the coinage ot full legal tender silver nieces thov have provided by law for maintaining their existing stock of silver coins nt par. In England , Portugal nnd tbo states of the Scandinavian union , there Is no stock of "liver coin except subsidiary coins , required for change purposes , the nominal value of which Is far In excess qf the bullion value. Germany has in circulation about $100,000OJO In old silver thalors , button years hnvo pissed slnco the sales of bullion , nrislnc under tbo anti-silver legislation of IbTi ) , were discontinued. The states of toe Latin union und Spain , which has u similar monetary svsteni , are the only countries in Europe which buvo any largo stock of sliver coins , and the commercial necessities ol these countries are such that they could not afford , without serious financial distress , to withdraw from circulation silver coins which ore nt par with their gold coins , lo deposit them at our mints on pay mout of their bullion value in not01. Jiilluenco of tbo United Stale * . V'Tbo truth is , " the majority report then .continues , "that tbo conspiracy formed In iho ' old world , planned and successfully carried - inrough there and here , was nluiod to contluo tbo deal-paying mediums of the nations concerned to the single metal gold. For this purpose tbo par of centuries was broken. Gold was decreed to rapidly rlso in valuo. ( bus uddlng 50 percent to tba vuluo of credits , enriching creditors , public and prl- Tate , ut tbo expense of debtors and taxpay- or * : enormously depressing the value ot labor and the products cf labor as compared with notes , bonds and mortgages. Tbo words frco coinage of silver sends a thrill of terror to the promoter ! , of this conspiracy aad tbo bonollclurlcs. They know that when this great government thus throws Us weight in the silver balance the world will again be restored to full faith nnd conlldcnco In tha future safety of silver as the inonoy of the world. The conspiracy would bo exposed nnd defeated. It is this phase ot the issun they fear , not the swapping ot ship loads of silver dollnrj. It is ' .ho ro-Uoration of the bimetallic par. U U the skeleton of defeated fraud and avarice , that lurks In the closet of the gold palace , that wo are called upon to meet In battle upon the free coinage question , The bushwacklng warfare waged against the restoration of silver Is the most potent exhibition of the weakening of the enemy. It Is argued llrst that all our gold will go to n premium and bo hoarded. In the next brrath It is said that the Mlvar minor will be cirrlchod by coining his million , worth > cents. Into n dollar worth 100 cents , not stopping to think that this could not bo so , unless tup free coinage of silver puts It at i\ par with gold , In which case there could bo a premium on gold , and no hoarding for such reasons. Uold Monlil Not I'.o I'lild for Slher. "Tho next slogan Is that the billions of silver coins of other countilos would immediately bo brought hero to bo exchanged for our gold , thus , without .stopping to rolled that today wo have only ? 12,5,01)0,000 ) of gold In the federal treasury , and oven this cannot , by any proposed free coinage law , ba drawn out In payment fur silver dollars or coin notes. ' Again , It Is sala we give the silver minor at our mints $1 for bullion that costs onlv 41 cents , ulthouL hesitating a moment to relleet that the gold minor , ns is often done , extracts - tracts live ounces a day In gold which wo coin into f 100 , when his day's wages is worth only $ ! or M , thus coining his product that costs but $4 into money of $100. Thcro nro no mlnlcg statistics that can oven approximate tbo vast outlay of labor nnd capital , not to say privation and deprivation , wasted absolutely in the search for precious metals , gold und silver. The old adage , that it takes a gold mine to work a silver mine , is an illustration of the costs of such mining ; many thousands waste their lubor und capital In fruitless search for the hludon treasure. As a mining question , It mnv bo fairly H.ild that the polu minor now has a monopoly nt our mints , that equality and equal Justice would give the silver minor the same privilege. It is lugged in to prejudice and to blind the mind. Ultimatum or C.nlil .Moil. "When the utter inconsistencies and fallacies of all the other objections to free coinugo are shown wo nio confronted with tbo ultimatum that our gold will flee from this country at once and contract our currency o the amount of S O.OOJ.OOO. The monthly statement of the secretary of the treasury for Jan. 1 , 1SUJ , shows that wo have In the treasury gold com and bullion to the amount of S278.'J40,730. The last annual report of the comptroller of the currency shows gold In national uanks , SaT.OT , * ! , ! 13 , and In private banks nnd other institutions , * S,8Sy,55 ? , n total in banks of ? ! HllSiS,094 ! , tnaKlnir a total in the treasury and in banks of $3T5,40',55t , "Of all the objections urged against free colnago this. In I ho opinion of ourcommittce , Is the only ono that deserves serious consid eration. That the change proposed In our currency laws , Involving the complete rostor- atlnnoftho bimetallic standard , u return to the coinage of both metals in equal terms , will cause for the moment some apprehension and probably u disposition to hoard gold may bo oxpcctod. Yet any evils that may icsult mubt , In tlio nature of the situation , bo transitory. Yet it will not bo contended that our laws relating to the currency or tariff or other methods of taxation need to bo altered. The ultimate good to bo obtained Is and always has been a sufllclout argument for amendments. Gradually Approached Free Coinage. To restore silver now would not raalce the radical change that was effected In our currency laws by the net demonetizing it. Indeed demonetization took place without a warning nnd at a time when wo were looking to a resumption of coin payments and surely needed all the specie possi ble. Wo have approched free coinage crad- ally.Vo resumed the coinage of standard silver dollars in 18TS with the distinct purpose of putting this country on the gold and silver basis. At no ttino slnco then has there been a cessation on the part of a vast majority of our people in their efforts for its com plcto rehabilitation. AVe have coined over 400,000,000 of silver dollars und wo have besides over $50,000,000 of silver bullionand are now pnrchasing4,500,000 ounces ovnry mouth or r > 4,0)0,000 ( ) ounces annually. Our approach to free coinage ha ; boon steady and persist ent. Wo believe silver should have been restored at once In 1ST8 ; that the longer it is delayed the greater the injustice done to our peoolp. uiotmr.i DrmncriitN of tliut Stain Declare for the ICx-PreHldoiit. ATLANTA , Ga. , Feb. 14. The Journal , through Its special correspondents , has Interviewed 1/-39 prominent democrats in nil parts of Georgia as to their protldontial preference , and the result will bo given in tomorrow's issue. The correspondents took the prominent democrats in each community as they 'came to thorn and their answers uro published as they wora given. The result shows that of 1.S39 well known 'democrats. 819 want Grover Cleveland - land nominated while only U77 declare for Hill. Cleveland is the choice by more than three to one over any other candidate. This proportion will bold good with the democracy of Georgia. Tbo Journal asked : "Will you please Interview twelve of the most prominent democrats In your locality or county as to their preferences for the democratic presidential nomination and mull their replies by Wednesday , February 10 , but later If you cannot cot them oy that timo. Wo do not want any lengthy expressions but a mere announcement of the choice of ouch person Interviewed. " ( i.lMIII.KttS J-'JUIIT. Crcpilr , Colo. , Sporlx i\cliunge : .Many ShoU , hill No One. UKIIril _ | , CiiEi'.m : , Colo. , Fob. ll.-rA sljootlng affray occurred Friday night , tbo particulars of which have been suppressed. As far us can bo learned no ono wus killed , "Louisiana Kid" had boon gambling in "Soapy" Smith's place nnd had lost his money , tie began complaining that ho had' been robbed , when he was promptly knocKOd on the head vtvlth a six-shooter and thrown ovt of doors. The bid , thirsting for revenge , laid In wait outside the saloon , und soon afterwords two of Smith's gang came out. The "Louisiana Kid1' opened IIro on the two men. which they wora not slow to return , The tiring then became general und many bystanders had narrow escapes. The result was that the manager of Smith's place , whoso naino gnunot bo learned , had bath hU thumbs shot off , u slight wound In hU body and nn arm broken , The ' 'Louisiana Kid" received three shots in the neck and two In the body , None of the wounds are fatal , No arrests were made. Killed < m IIU We.ldliiDiiy , UEIIKEI.BV , Cal. , Fub. 14. A peculiarly sad accldunt occurred hero last evening , F. J Uyaps and Cotichlta Ailvent were married at St. Joseph churcn 'and the bridal party proceeded to Posen station to take the local train to tholr future .rcslaence. Whllo standing on the track the overland train , which does not stop nt the station , suddenly dashed around thn curve through a cut Into the party. Byops and Mrs. Sllva , a friend ot the bride , who were In the party were In- btantly killed while a Ilttlo boy was dangerously wounded. Tno bitdo's grief was heart rending. Caught u Singe Jtobbrr. STOCKTON , Cal , , Feb. 14. Constable Hnwos of San Andres last night arrived hero with Felix McClelland , who Is supposed to bo tbo man who on two occasions robbed Mnkc- lumme Hill and tbo Valley Spring stage. The man protests his innocence , but he U bo. loved to bo the rubber , WORK AHEAD FOR CONGRESS What \7ill ba Done in tbo National Legislature This Week , MEASURES THAT WILL BE CONSIDERED Worlc That Ilns Ileen .Mapped Out Tor the Stutenmeii Sitter Men Preparing lor the right in the Mouse .V General I'orecast. WASHIXKTOX , D. C. , Fob. 14. Thcro are Indications that this week will bo notable In congressional annals ns 0110 in which political Issues will bo made up. In the house thcro may bo nn alignment of members on the silver question and It is probable that. In tbascnalo will bo defined the economical policy of the democrats ns u sequence of the program adopted by the majority In the bouso. The bill providing for the public printing and binding , which is the pending business In the senate , will probably bo attacked tn tbo section creating a now oQlco , that of superintendent of the public docu ments. And , Indeed , the democratic senators are disposed to question the statements made by the majority of the committee to the effect that tha ontlro bill is in thu Interests of economy. The debate on tha measure is expected to occupy several days. I'addock'H Pure rood Hill. The Paddock bill , to prevent adulteration and mlsbrandlng of food nnd drugs stands next in order of the measures to bo considered , but It is possible that It may bo antagonized by the Idaho senatorial case of Clacgett vs Dubols. It Is impossible that both of those matters can be pissed this week , but If it should bo otnorwiso Air. will call UP his bill providing for the erection ot public buildings for postolllccs In towns and cities where the receipts exceed W.OOO mutually. Tomorrow is "suspension" day , nnd there are several bills on the calendarwhich their friends bcllovo can sccuro the two-tbitds vote necessary for their passage. Chairman Wlso of the committee on interstate commerce will endeavor , cither by suspension of the rules or by consideration In the morning hour , to pass the bill to permit railways to give special rates to commercial travelers. Indian Appropriations. It Is tlio intention of tha Indian affairs committee tocall up the Indbiu appropriations bill early in the week , and its consideration may operate to postpone all other measures , as the largo reductions made In tba bill irom the act of last conprcss will not bo permitted to go unchallenged , Frldav will bo devoted to private claims , unless the subject of appropriations should interfere with the ordinary procedure. The rules committee has several resolutions before It and the proceedings of this committee will bo of special Interest In view of the fact that ono of the resolutions is that introduced by Mr. Bland. : nakina > the silver bill u special continuing order In the Mouse. The silver men are strlvmc to nave the order reported nt an early day. As soon as this resolution Is reported nn interesting parliamentary struggle will begin , and should there bo more Oelay In the rules committee the light will bo precipitated without awiill- Ing action by the rules committee on the request to make the silver bill a special order. 21ILL Il.tX OXE Kx-Scimtor Jirowii ol ( ioorRln Thinks Cleveland la u Hoodoo. ATLANTA , Ga. , Fob. 14 : Ex-Senator J. E. Brown favors Senator Hill of New York for tbo democratic presidential nomination. Ho has addressed a letter to the editor of the Constitution regretting tbo unfortunate division between ox-Prcsldont Cleveland and Senator Hill as rival candidates for the nom ination. Ho said : "Tho democratic party has victory within its grasp If It makes no unpardonable mis takes. But to muko victory certain it is necessary that wo have a united democracy. It will bo necessary to nominate u candidate who will carry all the southern democratic states and who can carry Now Yorlt , Connecticut , Now Jersey and Indiana. Ex- Prosldont Cleveland carried them In 1SS1 , and was elected. Ho loit them in 18SS and was defeated. We should take the earliest stops possible to ascertain who has the sentiment of Iho states Just mentioned and to nominate that man. Eutortaining this view I do not doubt that it Is essential that the party make the selection of a candidate for president at present , but I would wait until wo hoar from Now York and other states necessary to success , and as both the candidates I Imvo named for the nomination are men ot great ability , either can safely bo trusted with power if he bo tbo most available and when wo find who is likely to bo tbo most available then It Is time for the democracy to niauc ttio selection. You , or some of your readers , may remember a case that deus not occur tome mo at present , but I do not remember ono where the sumo person has boon nominated by either ot the grcal political parties to run three consecutive times for the olllco ol president , whether successful or unsuccessful In the second election , If this bus been the democratic usage , then usage Is unfavorable to the claims of President Cleveland , Ho lias been elected president and served ono term. Hn has been nominated by the democrat ie party for a second term , und with ull the machinery , patronage nud power of the administration In his hands , has been do featcd for a second term. If democratic usage amounts to anything , or democratic : pi-credent Is to bo considered , this Inevitably disposes ot Mr. Cleveland for another term , and it would bo moro in conformity with the usage of the party to nominate Senator Hill or some otnor great man as the democratic candidate. When wo take Into consideration the long and valuable services of Senator Hill as governor of Now Yonc and tbo recent faat tliut by a master st rolto of policy ho secured a democratic majority in tbo log- islaiuru of Now York nnd redeemed ibn state from the rule of the republican party , und has placed It In the control of the democratic party for many years to come , it would seem that no ether democrat has done moro for his party or has moro richly uior- Itcu its honor und emoluments , "Graver Cleveland being out of the way as a candidate for the nomination by tno unbroken usugo of the demcTcratio party Senator Hill , by his wisdom in council and his ability in execution , Is head and shoulders above any other aspirant. His nomination by the democratic convention will bo followed by success at the ballot box , which will cause all the branches of federal government to pass again under tbo control of the democrats. I cannot think that the patrlotlo citizens of the southern section of tha union can afford to tolerate a division In tbo fuco of tbo disaster which would necessarily result. If we stand bad ; as heretofore , and present a solid south , and the democratic convention nominates a candidate who can carry what has been culled the doubtful states already mentioned , wo have a glorious triumph In ra servo for us. Lot us hope that no unwise step will bo taken , no unfortunate division tolerated , but , that every democrat will bo ready to make any and all sacrifices where necessary for the success ot bis partv and to defend tbo great public interest involved , " llt.tllU HIlI'VH/.lV.tXS J/i'KT. Indications That the ntato Will ( lo Tlielr Wuyut tlio l'all Klectlon , NAMJA , Idaha , Fob. 14. [ Special Telegram to Tnc HER. ] Tbo republican leagues of the Btato have been In session at Boise City for the past two days. Tbo state leuguo was organized wltb Edgar Wilson of Boise as presi dent. A rousing meeting was held last night ut Sonnas opera bouso. I ) , C. Lockwood presided. Speeches were made bv Governor Wllley , Attorney General Roberts , W. H. Be-rch and Major Barnes. The state loacuo stnvti out under the most , favorable nu.snlcos nnd assures Id.tha a pluco In tbo republican column In Ib'J- , In Honor of Colonel .J. K , Strums. NOI.M , Idaho , Fob. 14. [ Special Telegram to Tun Biin.J A banquet \vas plvcn last night nt the Interstate hotel by Cn'ptaln J. M. Bernard , the proprietor , tn honor of the fourteenth anniversary of Major John H. Stearns , who Is ulso a member of national commission ot World's fair managers. The representative men of the town were present. Speeches were made by a number of gentlemen and nil spent nn onjrtynblo evening. ttTAXT yuuxrwx mn.nn. Dakota Cltlren llellcvei Ho Itnn Invented Perpetual Alotlon , Pir.iiMONT , S. IX. Fob. 14. jSpeclal to Tun BKE. ] Although this is but n small hamlet in the canons of the Black Hills , It can boast of n citizen who has solved the mystery of perpetual motion. P. C. Mattox has invented n machina that has been seen by responsible parties to run for'fifty-six hours nnd was then stopped. Ho htis combined the Inclined plane weight and lever theories , nnd has no doubt solved the problem of perpetual motion. The model ho now has Is n very crude uffalr , having been mndo by himself , and with but few proper tools. It consists of a beam about twelve foot In length , with a track , made of nn octagon sbnpod Iron , on top , on which runs an Iron ball weighing about 100 pounds. The beam , or wanting beam , as It might bettor bo termed , is hung on an iron shaft In the center , The ball Is started on the track and gains enough speed In running . the first eleven feet lo overcome the grade of about one-fourth Inch in tbo remaining ono foot of the boam. The track is so constructed that tbo Ds.ll now Jumps to another track to return on. Whllo the ball Is making the turn ut.tho and ot Iho beam there nro lovers and weights so constructed that thov overcome its weight nnd elevate this end of Iho bourn , causing tbo boll to run to the opposite onu and return as baforo. The power Is to bo developed nt the shaft In the center of the walking beam , and the speed Is regulated by blocks , raising or lowering it at cither end , making the grade of the track moro or less inclined , thereby causing the ball to run fast or slou'-U de sired. / Tbo machine has boon seen by several sclontlst.s , machinists , etc. , from Lead , Deadwood - wood and Hot Springs , and all pronounce it n wonder. Parties from Dalulwood with unlimited means huvo been negotiating with Mr. Alnttox the past week trying to buy the right or a part interest in it , but Mr. Mat tex hat so much faith In his invention that he does not wish to soil. Ho bos worked on this scheme for tbo past sovontedn.years and has undoubtedly succeeded In o\ery ( sense of the word. His success bus not turned his head , and ho Is a man wiih good'sound Judgment and knows when ho has a good thing. IfORLO .Kl/rt JLITXEUS. That 8-1,000,000 Appropriation ami Handling of \lillltH DlHcu.l'sod. CHIC too , 111. , Fob. 14. President Harri son's special mossairo on the subject of appropriation In aid of tbo World's { alrwill prob- , auly bo sent to congress after tjio members return from Chicago. Yesterday afternoon the members of the natloual boara of control , now In session , sent a report to the president on tbo subject of the appropriation. Too board Informed President' ' HaVrison thai since the date of the last rqpoft' the- Chicago directors had decided that't'nuy would not nstt congress to lenuHnom 5,000.030 and the whole of ' being subject appropriation ; was' now - ing discussed by tbo two governing bodies of the fair. This stop , was taken that the president might have ofllclal knowledge pf the change tn tbo prograui , and not ask cangrons to do anything that the Chicago directors have decided they do not want done. At n conference yosierdav of the committees appointed to settle the disputed questions of transportation nnd installation President Baker brought up the question of tbo government appropriation. Ho asked the board of control to Join the directors in irylng to got $5,000,000 from con gress. Ho was in favor of an omnibus bill , and inalcated thnt the Chicago cage board ought to have $4,000,000 of money and iho national commission $1,000,000. Mr. Baker's plan was not endorsed by members of iho board of control , who have n plan of their own , by which they expect to pel $4,000,000 , for Iho national coin- mission. The subject will bo discussed again tomorrow. The disputed questions of transportation aad Installation of exhibits at the fair were under consideration , but no conclusion was reached. A statement of tuo6g.sitiou of the national board in tbis matter , will probably bo made ofllcially tomorrow. , ( WK.ITUKU "j-'OUKCflST. Orrice or WIUTIIEII BUKEAU , 1 OMAHA , Fob. 14. ) Tbo present high barometer and cold weather now covers Iho country from 1'oxas northward. The area is central over Da kota. Temperatures below zero extend southward nearly to La Crosss , Yankton , Valentino tine and to Hapid City. Occasional widely scattered light snow has fallen and cloudy weather prevails In the lower Missouri vnl- loy.For For Eastern Nebraska Continued cold but moderating weather , probably with light local snows during Monday. For Omaha and Vicinity Fair weather ; stationary temperature during Monday , WASHINGTON , D. C. , Fob. 14. For Missouri and lowu Continued cold and clear weather , winds becoming variable" ; slightly warmer and fair Tuesday. For Kansas North winds , becoming variable ; clear weather ; fair , and warmer Tuesday. , For Colorado Warmer ; south winds and generally fair woatner. For Nobrasua , North and South Dakota Clear und warmer Monday ; warmer and generally fair Tuesday. j-\iroits .1 irum-ui'KX I'unvr , Authorized liy a City Ordinance MIiuiciipo- lln SulooiiH Will Jtun rfundayu. Mix.NKAi'oi.iH , Minn , , Fab. 11. In an nil- night session tno Minneapolis vlty council ro- pcalod all existing liquor la\vsj a/ad passed anew now ordinance that Is unique. jJQloven democrats combined with flvo ropubilpaus and put the ordinance through. IMs aesgncd ) to permit tbo running of saloons upduy. Under the old ordinance , as fast paTqaloous ware opened Sunday , members of bo Crusaders society made complaint uga/ujt violators of the law and they were talien into , the municipal court and heavily tluqd , Jn the new ordinance a clause distinctly. , states ' that "No prosecution shall bu commenced' for any violation lation of any provision of tbo ordinance- cert upon complaint of a r olollcer. ( " The potlco otllcofH receive Uwk orders from Muvor Winston who Is In favor of the wide- open policy. _ ' } xo S.illorn In Sun I'rauelnco Iiiilijlge in 11 Largo Ml in d ICuif. i * Svx FiiANCibCO , Cal. , Fo.b. 1 The Amor- } can b.ark Colombo loft bora foV Puget Sound today , und thence to South America , Instead of taking a crow from thu Cpast Seamen's ) union fo1 Pucot Sound ana then shipping a deep water crew on the sound , the captain signed a crow for the round 'trip. This was opposed by the seamen's union , and when two of tbo sailors were bolnp taken aboard the vessel nu attack \vas'ja > uio ou thorn and Jehu Curly , u boarding house inun , Tbo tbreo men were beaten unmercifully , and in a few minutes 100 men were lighting. Deputy United States Sheriff StlpphiK"-.G'omls- } slonor Thorwald was roughly handled , and on the arrival of tbo police a number of the crowd showed cms and bruises , No urrous were made. CuliroriUu'H SAN FHANCISCO , Cal , Fob. 14-rTbo California stuto World's fuir commission appointed a committee to make plans and ) > poclUcatIons for the state builulujf at Chicago IT MAY KILL PROHIBITION Senator Yoamaus Una a Bill Which Will Pass the Legislature , REPUBLICANS WILL SUPPORT IT Though Not ns Itnitlrnt nn ttic Democrats Vrcfcr It Will Maillfy the Present ( lovernor Hole * 1'uvors thn I lien , Sioux CITY , In. , Fob. 14. ISpcclat Tclo- gram to TUB Bi'.E.J The premature publication today of a llconso bill prepared by Senator Yoomaus of this county will cause n genuine sensation In democrat In circles throughout Iowa. The bill was prepared some time ago , nnd the Intention was to keep it In the background till It became apparent that the Schmidt bill , or democratic caucus bill , could not pass. It has boon known for some time that the caucus bill could not pass the 'legislature. A strong element ot the democratic party wanted to drop the matter right thoro. The big democratic counties along the Mississippi river ns ns much opposed to very high license ns to outright prohibition. Their Gorman population Is largo ana could with dlfllculty bo brought temporarily to consent to tlio WOO minimum llconso. But Senator Yoonuns represents the other democratic faction which wants to get rid of the prohibitory law on any terms. Ills bill provides for the retention of ttio present prohibitory law ovirywhoro save in cities aoovo 2,000 population , nnd to such there is to bo local option at special elections , upon petition of 200 freeholders. Saloonkeepers nro to glvo bond in the sum of $10,000 nnd there uro stringent restrictions ns to minors , closing and obstructing the view front the stroot. In oacb city tbo license Is to bs nor. loss than $1,000 in advance. The ROV- ornor is to appoint a nonpartisan board of three commissioners to enforce the law. The bill Is really far more obnoxious to nloonkeoDors than the prohibitory law. It is known that it will encounter vigorous opposition in the democratic par y , and It may precipitate a hitter factional light. The sig- nlllcant fact connected with the Yocmmns bill Is that It will have the backing ot Governor Boles , who has spoken very sharply to some democratic leaders who want to drop' the subject with thoSchintdt bill , and tbo equally Important furt Is that Yooman's bill will certainly receive republican votes , both In the senate and the bouso. I' , can bo stated that pledges have boon already mado. The Yoemans bill opens up tbo prospect of a nonparllsan modification of the prohibition law at this session ot the legislature. Thcro is going to be u gonulno effort to secure relief from Iho present Intolerable erable situation , anil It can bo positively stated that republicans as well as democrats will bo in It. Will Have u Nrw Court House. CBIIAU Ktrms , la. , Fob. 14. ( Special Telegram to Tun Bnc.l At Marongo yesterday Judge Preston of this district decided that the special election hold in Iowa county December 21) ) . 1691 , by which It was decided to sell the Iowa nnd Cborouco lands and build a courthouse , to bo legal. Tbo case will bo appealed. Defaulter Located. OTTOMWA , la. , Fob. 14. [ Special Telegram to TIIU Bue. I It nas been ascertained that Lane , the defaulting county treasurer of Apnanoosc county , who. loft Centervlllo so suddenly n few weeks' ago , Is in Central Africa. His bondsmen have made good his peculations from the county. j..t.\i > In tlio Vicinity of Koiirnny Turin Property Is Hold ut a Premium. KuAUNEiVNob. , Fob. 14. | SpecIal to Tun BCB.J The low prlco of farm lands in this county is attracting mucb attention and many new settlers are coming in. Moro land will ho broken this year than ever before. Crop indications are the best at this time of the year than for many sea-sons. Ono experiment of 400 acres In winter wheat is being watched with much interest. \Vork on the Episcopal college will bo renewed - nowod at an early duto and the college will open In the fall. Kearney has bonds voted for $ CO,000 to bo expended in now school buildings which uro needed at onco. E. G. Brabrook , a gentleman who has been In England in the interest of the largo canal , is expected back Ibis week with propositions from an English syndicate. This canal is to bo forty miles long and gives Kearney n water power of about ! )0,000 ) horse power. Preliminary work is all done nnd construction Is likely to begin In the < iprl..g. H. H. Curloy of the Department of Agriculture is in the city to open and take charge of tba weather station at this point. The water wheel at th'o cotton mill has boon connected wltb the canal and will bo tested on Wednesday. The work of setting up machinery is going rapidly forxvard. The manazor of the Kearney Plow works has been delayed by sickness , but the contract for tbo bulluings will be let this week. Already several branch factories Imvo boon located. The Kearney factory will omjloy ; fifty men and bo in operation in the spring. County Donations. BI.AIH , Neb. , Feb. 14. - [ Special tc TUB Biiu.J Hon. K. S. Gavlord of this place has sccurod'two ' car loads of shelled com for tuo Russian sjjfferers to bo snipped as soon as transportation is furnished. This is donated by a few throughout the county. Tlio Blair Dramatic company of this pluco will produce a play about March 1. Tno piocccds will bo used toward helping the needy. This company' bos given over $4UO for the bcuellt of the needy since It was organized and always has it full house when a play Is givon. Lr. H. C. Minor has gone to Asbland , Neb , , \vbero ho is to take the position as physician In ohurgo of n now Institute Just organized for the euro of Inebriates , Tbo young republicans of the county will organize a Youug Men's Republican club in iho near future. They will organize It early enough KO as to bo in good workilig order before iho delegates are elected to attend the national convention nt Minneapolis In June. They will demand a representation of the republicans of this county In that convention. Heretofore iho younc men have bad to take aback seat whenever a delegate wus to bo sent to a state or ether convention , but hereafter tholr demands will bn respected and the spoils divided , and when it comoi to putting up candidates have a llttlu more to bay on the subject or there may bo war , Tboro was a strike among the stuffcrs at tbo collar factory bore r. few days ugo , but Secretary Dennett told thorn ho would telegraph to Chicago for help nnd thny were ull ut work as usuul inside of half an hour. Mouth Cechir County Veterans. KiNUQU'ii , Neb. , Fab , 14. [ Special to TUB BBK.J The llrst reunion of veterans of South Cedar and counties adjoining was held in Boughn's opera nouso Friday night , and was ono of tl'o most cnjoyablo events that bus transpired In iho history of Randolph , Tbcro were present soldiers and citizens to the full capacity of the house. After the banquet tables bad boon cleared away , toasts were responded to by W. H. Cbuppull , liovs. CbilUou and Luce and G. W. Wlltso , with U. E. Curtiss loastuiastor and presiding ofllcflr of tbo meeting. Three vigorous cheers for tbo veterans being given by / . Bought ! , the reunion closed , With tno ultimata object cf organizing a post of tbo Grand Army this meeting was called , and tha outlook lu favorable to Immediate organization with a lurgo charter membership. Gibbon Nuivs Nutvi , GIIIIIO.V , Neb. , Fab. 14. [ Special to TUB HEK. ] Tbo Sons of Veterans gave a supper on Friday evening. There were quite a number of vUltori present , Bad au attempt wns made in connection with It to rcdrgnnl/o the Grand Army of the Republic post , which has been abandoned for some tune. Llnam Carv , the county treasurer , wa In town Saturday. Profs. Fulmar , Paul and Miss FIoiMo Day attended tn business in Konrnoy Friday. Rev , A. B. Carson of Madison spout n few days during the first of last wcoit in town , the guest ot his parents , .N'clintilm Tolmcco ( trotters to Ment. Sciifvi.Eii. Nob. , Fob. II. ( Special to Tun BKB. ) A meeting of the Nebraska Tobacco Growers association will bo holdnt the ofllca of Wells & Niomuii In Schuylor , on Saturday , February 20 , at U p. m. All those Interested in the subject of growing tobacco nro cordially Invited to attend. Tlio Invitation Is extended to all parties throughout the state of Nebraska , 'i'ho object Is a general discussion upon thoMibJect ot tobacco nnd to- brtcco culture. N. W. WII.L : , O. J. Piir.U'ti , President. Secretary. Celebrated Tlielr Weildlni ; Annlternnry. PAI-IM.IOX , Nob. , Feb. 14. [ Special to Tin : BEC. | Over 100 old settlers gathered at the homo of Mr. and MM , Cyrus Latham , four miles south of town , Friday nftornoon to colubrato the thirtieth anniversary of the Latham wedding. A grand feast lasted all the afternoon , and tn tlio evening the young people of the neighborhood took possession , the morrvmakliiEr lasting until n late hour. The priuonts were both numerous and costly. The Lathams were among tha IIrat settlers in this county and have grown wealthy on their line farm , Dr. Summers Itelnstiiteil. WEST POINT , Nob. , Feb. 14. [ Special to Tin : BtaDr. . H. S. Summers of this city loft for Norfolk Friday noon to reassume charge of the hospital for the Insane at that plnco. When James E. Boyd first took his seat as governor of Nebraska Dr. Summers was appointed to this position. Dnmaseiis Council Instituted. Sfi-nuioit , Nob. , Fob. -Special [ to TUB Bni ! . ] Frank II. Young1 , most Illustrious grand master Royal and select Masons , instituted Damascus council 14 In this city last nlBhl' T4.tiryins TIIIXK IT LKO.IK. Plan to Combine Kantcrn Coal Companies Will He Carried Through. NEW YOIIK , Fob. II. The Olcott plan for reorganizing the 'Richmond & West Point Railway and Terminal Warehouse company will bo announced early next week. The following details were whispered In Wall street yesterday : In all tburo will bo $500,000- UOO in securities of the now company issued. Those will bo divided ns follows : There will be $ ' 312,500,000 now 4 per cent llrst mortgage bonds , 64)2,500,000 of Income bonds , $75,000,000 of preferred stock nnd 8150,000,000 of common btock. Tlu'so securities will roplnco every existing security outstanding on the present 8,800 miles of railway mid nearly ! J,000 miles of water lines. They will bo listed on the Now York , London nnd Amsterdam stock exchanges. The details ol the rates in wbicU the present securities of the Terminal and its controlled rojds nro to be exchanged into those of the now company will ba made public when the Olcolt plan is linully announced. When the above details wore submitted to General Thomas he said tnero was no plan yet and no decision would DO reached for n wee it. Mr. Sloan said : "This road simply cooperates - operates 'with the other roads in the move- mcnt and there. is nothing illegal in tbatnny' more than there would ba in any democrat co-oporatiug with Mr. Stout In some political movoipont. I do not uttucu any Importance to the .charge of illegality in the arrange ment. I have no doubt that before the arrangement \\"as consummated the very best counsel available were consulted in tbo matter. Personally I have no doubt ns to the legality of the transaction. There Is u point in this question which bus not , I think , been considered. Tlio maximum of product on nnd tlio maximum of consumption are now so close together that of itself would tend in u great mousuro to steady the price. If there were an oxcesslvo demand for coal now in the anthracite - cite region , I do not think It could bo sup plied. Why } For the lack of labor for ono thing. Labor In Iho anthracite coal leglou has been getting loss und loss because the miners have not bau full work. The num have not boon fullv omplovcd they have only averaged halt u da.v's work all the year round and mining labor has boon roducad very much because of the curtailments from time to time of the mining companies. The men have gone west. The result ot this now agreement will bo that work will bo mora uniform throughout the year and both labor and capital will bo better remunerated while tbo consumer will not bo required to pay anymore than in the past. " J. Rogers Maxwell , president of the Central Railroad of Now Jersey , said : "Pornon- ally I have no doubt as to the legality of the transaction. I dp not bcllovo tbo price of coal will bo any htuhor to the consumer than it was last , year , but the prices will bo steadier and the miner will bo moro steadily employed. The present excitement will bo allayed In a few days and then things will move along quietly. " IT ILL UOtiT . .VfO.VS. . Itullronil Companies Not Inclined to iio- vato Their TnieliK In Chicago. CillGAdo , III. , Fob. 14. The Times says a revolutionary movement Is contemplated by the various roads entering Chicago. The Chicago & North .western estimates that to elevate the 100 miles of surface tracks which It owns In the city will cost 385,000,000. , ' There are nearly 1COO miles of surface tracks In Chicago proper und on this basis tha cost of complete elevation would run Into Jlgurus somewhere between frliO,000OJO ( ) nnd f'.K)0- ) 000,000 , or nearly twlco the amount it would cost to duplicate the Atclilson system , which , with its 10,001) ) miles of main lines , is the greatest railroad In the world. Under the proposed plan the Chicago As North west ern's passengers will gotoff at WcsiElehtletu street and passengers would ba obliged to use cable cnrs , L road trains or other means of local transportation to roach tbo city. In the cuso of n passenger arriving ut Chicago on the Northwestern nnd bound to sonio point farther east or south , n transfer train on the bolt line would tann him ut once to his proper depot. It is proposed to sell nil rull- road property in the city limits and it Is believed that the amount so realized will build the bolt line , all now depots and pay all expenses attending the change und then leuvo u surplus of moro that (10,000,000 In the aggregate. Behind the scheme are all the Vandurbllt roads. Including tbo Chicago & Northwestern and such companies. The motive for this radical departure Is the agitation resulting from the dully horrors at grade crossings , tbo loss being In the aggregate ap palling. _ JtOl.l ) t > T. J.UUIH ItUHltKHH , They Hold Up 11 Oroeerymiiu mid IIU Customers. ST. LODIB , Mo , , Fob. 14 , About 11 o'clock tonight flvo masked men entered tbo grocery and saloon of John IClauss , at Fourteenth and Carr streets , and after attracting tbo proprietor's attention fcr a moment by snaking dice , und pretending that thov hud Just come from a inasltod ball , covered him with revolvers and backing him out of sight of passersoy on the street , went through his clothes and money drawer , getting In all ? o5. In the meantime Klauss1 wife and two customers baa entered the store. They also wrro ordered to hold their hands UP whllo tha robbery was going on. Tbo blghwuyrnun then backed lo the door and dashed In different directions , The police Imvo made four arrests , but it Is not believed they have the right men. , Found Dead In the Htreeti. CINCINNATI , O. , Fob. 14. Joseph Flynn was found dead tonlzht on East street , near the Southern railroad bridge , wltb a bullet uolo through his head. It if supposed tbut ho was inurdcrotU SOCIALISM'S ' DARK SHADOW Spreads Like a Pall Over Kaiser Wilhohn'u Dream oftJniorinl Qroatuoss. ANXIOUS TO ITS GROWTH Xo Dellnlto PolleyI Adopted , lint lee clulnii Mny lie ' jt unmeet ! Soon Ite- ttilt of tin ! $ Vthn Oreut Set res Pot lory Uorlis. I'Aiii ? , Fob. 14. | Now York Herald Cable Special to Tar. Bnn.J I learn fiom nn absolutely tiuRtworthy source tliut the Gorman government Is becoming more niul inoro uneasy over tlio growth of socialism. The ompsror would Jllto to employ more enorgotlo mcnsuros for Its suppression. A uollinto policy has not yet been adopted , out wo must oxpsot soon a decision to tukosurlous notion This evening nil Paris was talking or the burning of the Sevres factory , news of which I cabled to the Herald last night. U lock place at the hour when the masked ball nt the opera wns beginning , und It was A Docullnr spcctRola to sco the stream of 11 ro engines going through the streets at lull gallop among many muiquarftdcrs In iimny 'It huh of blzntro costumes. It was S o'cloclt In tbo morning before It was learned that the llromon had the Humes under control. By almost u mlr.iclo the ground floor wlicra the museum was lucatoil , was not touched by the lire. The thrco upper floors wore destroyi-d , ns wus ulso the work in process of construction , but the old and pieces that uro a p\rt : of th glogy of Franco urn intact. Parisians wora really dcltghtod to hoar this news thH morn- Ing. The lira broke out in the burnishing depart moil t. The loss , which wilt amount to only 300,000 francs , SilU.OJD , might have boon incalculable , as the Sovros museum contains many unique single pieces valued at inoro than 1,000,000 , francs each. JACOIIII , : ST. Cr.iins. TO BUILD UP NEBRASKA. l.'HtalillhhmcMt nl mi liiimlKi'iitlou Iturvita SiiKKi"ded ax u Momm. OMAHA , Fob. ! . To the Editor of TUB BEK : I read a lottcr in Saturday's Bun from u gcntlunian in South Omaha , In which ho struck the It oy no to when ho suggested the idea of establishing a freight or trnnsporta- tiou bureau. The Haul Ennto exchange , Board of Trade , Nebraska ( stuto Business Men's association and the Manufacturers and Consumers association can and nra doing a great deal of good , but they do not cover the ilejd. I have beau thinning of this matter for weeks , and am confident that a great rlcal of good can bo accomplished both for Omalut and the entire state by an enterprise of this Kind. la my judgment , however , It would bo bettor to irodify the plan suggested by the South Omaha gentleman and make it an "immigration bureau , " or a ' transportation ana immigration uuroau"tha purpose of which would bo , not only to look utter freight mutters , but to advorliso Nebraska and sccuro as much as possible of the largo Immigration that is sura to coma 'from the east to the \wstorn states. I have it from u very reliable source that 300 families in one county in Illinois alone will locate either In Nebraska or Uauotn this next spring. Wo uro nil looking for u larger Immigration during the next twelve months than wo hava had any ono season for years. | And yet , what are wo doing to secure it for NoDrasltaf It is Important that wo have manufactories , but it Is also or great iin-j portanca that the broad prairies ot Nebraska be settled. Whllo every ether Held Is voryi well represented , no special effort is being vut forth In this direction. Some of our or. Animations have accomplished a deal of good' , yeon a whole 1 do not think the people gen- onitU- are entirely satlslled with the amount , ofoocl that has been done , and I1 think iho trouble lies in the fact that the members of those organisations nro not willing to work wboro they see no direct returns coming in as u compensation foe their labor , and as the gentleman stated In reference to tbo different organizations , "what is everybody's business is nobody's business. " It Is u fact that organizations of this kind novordo bring the results expected ; there being no compensation everybody looks to thn other follow to do the work ; If a committee Is appointed to do u certain thing1 , nlno times out of ton it is not done , and If It Is It is but half done , and by only ono or two of the committee at that. Such tilings uro never dune as ourofully and thoroughly us would matters pertaining to tholr own business. For Uioso reasons I bcllcvo U would bo a good plan to organi/.o an "Immi gration bureau , " having for Its members ono or two enterprising real estate men la every town In the state , and It wouM bo the dutv'of each member to' use every opportunity to put Nebraska to the front , secure. immigration , luduco the railroads to run excursions for liomeseokors , and If necessary go cast and "work up" thcso excursion ! . Thn bureau could take listings of farms ana through Its ngcnts sell thorn , the profits derived from sales of all lands made through tbo bureau to bo paid Into the treasury , nut of which dividends could bo paid to tha members. This , J think , would bo an Incentive to work and if such an organization had the support und sympathy of the bnlsncss men throughout the state , the work would bo comparatively easy and success , not only In the amount ot good the fituto would receive , but in prollls to Its members would bo as sured. The bureau could make It u part of Its business to sccuro enterprises lor the different towns In tlio stato. If ihorols a chance of being pala for Its labur , mora goodwill DO accomplished than Is being done by the various organizations wo havo. 1'copla us a general rule object to dolnir all tbo work nug paying ull the expenses nnd lot others reap a part of the bonolltH. If this untcrprlso could bo atoned It should recolvo thn support of every business man In the stuto. At nil wnulu rccelvosomabona- lit , they would certainly bo wllllng o contribute a small amount to bo used in advertising the btuto and securlne Immigration , Let us hear from ether enterprising men In regard to this matter. IJUTV. w > Working tn S.i vi ! Murderer Iliirrlx , New Yoiiic , Feb. 14. W. Traverse Jororne , attorney for Curly lo Harris , under KCtitonco of death for poisoning liU wife , today received a letter from Chicago , sent to him by the young man who sayb Harris' wife was In the habit of taking morphine. In his loiter ha Incloses some powder , which ho says U part of that used by Mrs. Harris nt Anbury Park , N , J. Tno real mime of the writer of the letter , it now appears , Is Carl Hun man. though In Chicago ho is known as Carl Peter- 6on , and when ho llrst wrote ho signed his nama Peterson. Mr. Jerome will huvo the powder analyzed , Ho would not divulge the contents of the letter , In C'lmrK" "f I' ' " ' Hhnrim HBI.KXA , Mont. , Fob. H. Tno sheriff took forcible possession last evening of the slora of Groenhood , Bohm & Co. , who assigned early In the day. This action was the result of an attachment obtained by the Merchants National bunk. Thcro is yet no ofllclal statement of tbo assets and ( labilities. It Is now believed that the liabilities will reach $ . ' 100,000. _ _ _ i lilitlui Itcpubllcaus. | BOISE Cixr , Idaho , Fob. 14. The State ! ! publican league of Idaho was organized today. The league endorsed President Hnr- rUou's administration , reciprocity and pro tection. The credentials * ? the Mormon Ite- imbllcan club of Paris , Idaho , were rojccutj by tbo league , _ _ for a box o ( Uocuain P11U wjrtu culuea.

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