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THE ti Kit ALU, Established ApriUO. t864. ( Consolidated Jan. 1. 1805.
PLATTSMOUTH, NEB., APRIL 17, 1897.
VOL. V. NO. 61.
HURLED OVER A BRIDGE.
THE HUNGATE MASSACRE.
low Man Murdered by Footpads In the Conrad Schlater Relates a Sad Occurence
Town of Omaha. I in Colorado Daring the Early 'SO'.
Thomas Dxnncn of Manquato, la.. At a late celebration at Denver of
was robbed by highwaymen on the the settlement of Colorado a pro-
Douglas street bridge across the Mis- cession was formed and many floats
souri at Omaha Saturday night, and represented the different scenes of
thrown over the railing so that the the early settlement of the Rocky
crime might bo concealed. The body Mountain country.
did not strike the water, but the edge I One float represented the massacre
of the bunK, where he was subse-lof the Hungate family, consisting of
qutuily found. lie died a few hours I Mr. and Mrs. Hungate and their two
later without regaining consciousness. I little children, by Indians of Black
The body fell Eeventy feet.- At 1 Kettle's band of Cheyennes.
o'clock the next morning Watchman I Mrs. Hungate was the daughter of
Peterson of a lumber company heard I Mrs. Rosanua Decker of Cass county1
a man descend the steps that lead land was well known by many of the
from Dougias street to the bridge, old settlers around Louisville. In
Ho heard footsteps on the plank conversation with Mr. and Mrs. John
walk above his head. A moment D. Ferguson who were at that time
later ho heard the cables on the living in Denver, we received . J.be
bridge rattle, as if they were being particulars of the horrible massacre
shaken. Then ho heard a thud, us a of this unfortunate family. Mr. Fer-
heavy body struck the ground not far I gusou of Lousville was one of the
from him, follov ed by the groans of a I party who volunteered to bring the
human beiDg iu great anony. Peter-1 mutilated corpses of the father,
son was alarmed and summoned the I mother and the two children to
assistance of another watchman. The I Denver. Mrs. Ferguson assisted in
two groped about in the darkness un-1 cleaning and dressing the remains for
til they came upon the body of a man. I burial, and describes the scenes at
The police were notified, and the man Denver, when they wore brought
was removed to the police station, and I to town. Strong women and men
later to a hospital, where an hour af- fainted looking at the terrible sight
terward he died. Ilis leg had been before them.
fractured in three places, he had been A sister of the unfortunate Mrs.
badly bruised about the head and face Hungate was present to look at the
and he was internally injured. His I horrible sight.
name was learned by letters in his pes- No wonder Mrs. Hungate was over
session. He was vii-iting in the city, I taken by the devils and outraged by
and had been carrvin? a watch undleach Indian, seven in number. After
considerable money, cone of which accomplishing this crime, each one of
was found on his bod v. It had been them stabbed her, as seven knife
stripped of everything of value. wounds were found on her body
T-: ; rr,. 11 hey next cut both her breasts, split
A crank writes Geo. II. Thummel, hep dead wide Pen aBd walped her.
:ur. tiungaio was louna some a is-
a. m j z.
countet feitiu-gang at Nebraska City, - .Jrom lue DOUSe lace wwaru
which includes all the county officers Wllnm9 DacK spilt open. J. lie writer
He I nappeneu to come to uenvor a
few days after the burial of the un-
work of Black Kettle's band of
It was but a short time ago that the
bones of the membeis of the Hungate
family were taken up and removed
from the old cemetery to Fairmount
for permanent interment. The
tombstone, a red sandstone shaft.
three feet high, staning upon a white
And some have not. Most of us have. If
you are troubled with corns hard or soft
drop in and buy a bottle of our
stone base, bears this simple epitaph, I , sure, he reiief1Uch more A
i : ,.f i i.n : .is i " ....
leuing ui iu iragiu enuing oi me j
fnmi I v: - it
NATHAN W. HUNGATE.
Born June 18, l&U.
ELLEN, his wife.
Born March 3, 1K15.
Born Nov. 3. 1S64.
Born Jan. 18. 1X64.
Killed by Indians,
and many other prominent men
Miys they have their counterfeiting
tools in the cellar under one of the
banks and that they carry ou tho opera
tion at nit:ht.
The writer claims to have been in the
irovcrmuent secret service 'or twenty
ni..eyea.s. He had been watching diana tied to a telegraph pole in the
the Nebraska Citv iransr for a ionu sandhills, west of Fort Jule,burg, who
fortunate family, and excitement ran
very high then.
Talk and read about the noble lied
men? The only noble and peaceable
Indians I ever saw were two dead In-
time, and was just getting ready to cap
ture them when they found he was
watching them. In order to get rid of
him, this dangerous gang had him in
carcerated in jail "for forty-six days
and thirty-four days and eighty days
were killed while attacking a train
by the teamsters.
J. V. Glover, a former merchant of
Louisville, volunteered to avenge the
death of the Hungate family, and,
under the command of Colonel Chlv-
and now has him in the asylum under I iDton. helped to send 750 of the
Dr. Abbott. He uromises to eet out Cheyenne tribe of Indians not to their
moo and come at once to Omaha, halW hunting ground but to h-1.
where ho will aid in rounding UDthe lnis ralsea a &owl of the eastern
Oioc county crowd. lie svs that a friend6 of the Indians, who believed
grud jury will be called and three ia Fennimore Cooper's stories of the
judges of the United States court will noD.le red man, and Colonel Chiving-
l3 prei en t to try
The yellow tiao of the old Missouri,
which like time, goes on and on, and
whose beginning we know not of, is a
sight to behold today. All the low
land on the east side of the river is
covered with water, and the main
ton was court-marshalled. But the
people of Colorado thanked the
colonel and his bovs for bavin?
avenged the death of the Hungate
family. From a slip of a Denver
paper we take the following, which
is a true history of the massacre:
Details of the Massacre.
Along in the early 'CO's, when the
channel rolls and plunges as if it I Queen City of the Plains was but a
were late in getting to the gulf and
special efforts must bo made to reajh
its destination. The wind, blowing
against the current, throws up
great waves which chase each other
with restless energy from bank to
bank", while the swish and roar at tho
river's edge is awe-inspiring and im
pressive of the power hidden in the
surging, boiling waste of waters that
are unfettered by turbine wheels or
plowed by the prow of steam-boats. It
is a grand old stream three months' of
the year, but worthless as an autumn
In June of SI it was seven feet higher
than now and great damage was done.
Some damage has already resulted
from the present high tide farther
down but the damages on either side
up this way are slight. The raise
srnco yesterday registered 2-10 of a
foot and no further
rise is now ex'
Shortly after the massacre of tho
family a legal complication arose over
gome valuable property left to Mrs.
II ungate by the death of her mother.
The dispute was confined to the one
Question: Who was killed first?"
If the wife was killed first then the
property would fall to her husband
and his relatives, of which there woS
a number, would fall heir to the prop
erty. If Huneate was slain first
his heoric end eavor to protect those
so dear to him, then Mrs. Hungate
was his survivor and her heirs would
secure the property.
An interesting legal decision was
fo-estalled by a compromise, dividing
the property equally.
On the float exhibited yesterday was
a cabin of the exact" size of tho Hun
gate home. It was a double cabin
with a boarded roof and doors enter
ing on each side. The origiual cabin
was so constructed that a log hitched
to a horse could be dragged through
the outdoor hall, which separated the
the two little rooms. Out in front of
the cabin was a tiny track of yard and
in one corner lay the body of a man as
if dead. A half dozen Utes prowled
about the cabin and the dead man,
flourishing1 their tomahawks and
knives, making the picture quito
realistic. C. SCHLATER.
satisfactory relief than you can obtain by
the use of a razor, and only
1 5 Cents a Bottle.
GERING & CO.
INFORMATION AMI OPINIONS.
IV e Endorse the Plan.
The Bradshaw Republican advo
cates a plan for building an asylum
for the accommodation of tho poor
embezzlers. We favor hanging all
embezzlers, but if that cannot bo ic
complished, the next be9t plan wo can
suggest is to have them sent to Cass
county for trial. Judge Ramsey is a
terror to evil doers and he would
come nearer doing justice in the way
of sentencing embezzlers than any
judge wo can call to mind. And yet
we favor hanging grst. Weeping
ItankH Kt epoiiKiMe for .signatures.
The supreme court of Iowa has de
cided that bankers are responsible for
the genuineness of signatures on
check?, drafts, etc. The case is en
titled the German Savings Bank oi
1) t veil port vs. tho Citizens' National
Dank r.f Davenport, appellant, and tho
City National Bank of Clinton, inter
vener, appellant. Tho case involves
$8 ,(). The German Savings loaned
$S,HH) to a Clinton man. 'J he note
and the bank's indorsement were for
geries. The Clinton bank paid the
money and sent it to tho Citizen's for
collection. It was charged to the
plaintiff banlc, which declared the
note to be forged and brought the
suit. I ho defendant bank is held re
sponsible, the fl-st claim being on the
Resolutions of Condolence.
Wiieijkas, It has pleased the Al
mighty to lake unto Himself Mrs. Ves-
tl. the wife of our brother, L. H.
Ve-ial, bo it
R:s.i'vcd; That we as members of
Ca lo dge No. 140, 1. O O. F., extend
to Brother Vestal our heartfelt sym
pathy in this his hour of affliction and
Resolved. Tlmt a copy of these re
solutions be sent to Brother Vestal,
that they be spread upon the minutes
of this If dgo and published in one of
the city papeis. Committer.
mere frontier outpost with less than
2,000 inhabitants, Nathan Hungate
moved from Nebraska to Colorado
with his wife and two children. This
little family did not stop in Denver,
but pushed on to the ranch of I. P.
Van VVormer, which was located in a
desolate spot on Running Creek,
where now is the corner of Douglas,
Elbert and Arapahoe counties. It
was thirty miles from Denver in a
very sparsely settled country.
The latter part of the spring of 18G4
found the family comfortably settled
in their new home. On a June morn
ing in June of that year, the hardy
pioneer with a German hand went
down to Running Creek to look after
a bunch of cattle. Returning a few
hours afterward on the west bank of
the stream the two men discerned a
red blaze coming from the direction in
which the cabin was located.
Hungate knew that his family was
in peril and the two spurred on their
horses to the brow of the little hill
overlooking the ranch. There was
spread before them a scene, which the
German ranch hand, the only survivor,
will never forget to his dying cay.
The cabin was on fire, and the build
ing was surrounded by a band of red
skins. Huneate caused but for a hrief
moment. In another instant he was
riding furiously toward his home and
dear ones. The Geiman had no tie h
to draw him to the scene and be
turned and fled for Denver.
When the posse of Denver citizens,
aroused by the German's story, ar
rived at the ranch they found that a
massacre had occurred. Huugate's
wife, long dead and scalped, the little
girl and baby, with their throats cut,
and Hur gate's mangled body was the
evidence. He bad made a desperate
fight for his life, but the red men
The wiping out of existence of this
family was one of the Indian atroci
ties which led up to the famous Sand
Creek battle, when Col. Chivington,
at the head of the United States
troops, killed 70 Indians.
No definite clue has ever been ob
tained to fasten the Running Creek
murder on any particular tribe of In
dians. Col. Chivington always be
lieved that the bloody deed was the
Were Happily Wedded.
Last evening, at the home of the
bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. T.
Batton, residing on Wintersteen hill,
Mr. Charles Grassman and Miss
Blanche Batton were united in mar
riage by Rev. Campbell of the Metho
dist church. The contracting parties
are both well and favorably known in
the citv, having resided here for
manyyears, Mr. Grassman being em
ployed in tho Burlington shops. The
happy couple will begin housekeeping
at onee in a neat cottage which had
been fitted up by the groom.
The News extends congratulations
and best wishes.
Our New Tariff.
The American Protective Tariff
League issued an official print of the
new Dingley Tariff within a few hours
of the time it was passed by the House
of Representatives at Washington, on
March 31. This broad comprehensive
interpretation of the republican plat
form should be studied by every voter.
Any of our readers can obtain a copy,
without charge, by sending a postal
card request as follows:
"Send me a copy of No. 379." Ad
dress, W. F. Wakeman, Sec,
135 West 23 sL, N. V.
The Holt county man who recently
sent $40 to Governor Holcomb as a
contribution to the "conscience fund"
has been suggested as a candidate for
state treasurer. We advise great
caution. It may be this is the reason
he made the contribution. Peradven-
tuie ho is working the public for
suckers. Let's take no more Holt
county men for treasurer until Joe
Hartley, thief, of Atkinson, Holt
county, pays up his little deficiency of
3538,000. Fremont Tribune.
Nebraska is getting squared around
again and the old time sunshine is
This is the way a girl of the senior
class parses kiss. "Kiss is a noun,
though generally used as a conjunc
tion. It is more common than proper.
It is not very singular; isgenerally
used in the plural number; is hardly
ever in the objective case and agrees
A Hoar Gains Its Freedom.
Council Bluffs, la., April 15.
The bear ai Fairmont park dug a hole
under one side of his cage today and
gained his freedom. Sever U men and
boys who assayed to assist in his cap
ture were run to a tree. Ctunty Re
corder Shepherd and Fred Lntnb,
owners of the beast, were notified cf
the escape some little time rfter it oc
curred, and when they arrived on the
ground they found nine men and boys
perched in trees and the bear sitting
beneath licking its chops hungrily.
Occasionally the beast would make a
start up a tree, but would retreat be
fore reaching its prey. Three of the
men had ropes and straps with which
they were trying to lasso the bear,
which invariably caught the lino in
Seeing Shepherd and Lamb ap
proach the bear started for them and
they took to climbing with an agility
they never dreamed they possessed.
At last one man got a noose of line
strap about the bear s neck and
hauled him off the ground, while the
others closed in with the purpose of
securing him. As they approached
the bear swung in toward the tree and
climbed high enough to reach Will
Kisscll's leg from tho knee down,
viciously stripping it of clothing and a
rood deal of flesh. When at lat
other ropes and straps were made fast
and the bear was lowered to the
ground it was found to have been
safely choaked to death.
We offer Obe Hundred Dollars Reward for
any "case of Catarrh that cannot tie cured by
Hall's Catarrh Cure.
F. S. CHENEY & CO., Props., Toledo. O.
We the undersigned, have known F. J.
Cheney for the last l. years, and believe
biin perfectly honorable in all business
transactions and financially able to carry
out any obligations made by their firm.
West & Truax, Wholesale Uruslsts, To
Waluino, Kinnan & Haiisis, Wholesale
Drusuists. Toledo. O.
Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken Internally
acting directly upon the blood and mucous
surfaces of the system. 1' rice 7.c. per bot
tle. Soid by all Druggists. Testimonials
Woman Is Kicked by a Horse.
Weeping Water, Neb., Apiil 13.
Mrs. Mary Wolf, a widow, met with
a serious accident. While in her barn
holding a lantern while her son was
getting out his horso she was kicked
by another horse in the face. Several
teeth were knockdd out and she was
rendered unconscious for some time.
DeWitt's Colic & Cholera Cure.
Pleasant, quick results, safe t ase.
List of Letters.
Remaining uncalled for at the post
office at Plattsmouth, April 14, 1S!)7:
Bennett, Mrs Maggie Dunvan. R M
Johnson. Geo I.ecch, J
Major, liilly firknian, Jacob
When calling for any of the above
letters please say "advertised."
W. K. Fox, P. M.
Something: Extra Nice.
YVm. Neville & Co., has just re
ceived from Pabst Browing Co., Mil
waukee Wisconsin, a new brand of
beer called, "Doppelbraue" (double
strength) always on draught. Call
and try it It speaks for itself.
A No. 1 alfalfa seed for sale cheap
at A. H. Weckbach's grocery store.
LIVER and KIDNEY o
Is the remedy you nerd, of equal service in mild or chronic O
cases. It relierves promptly and works a permanent cure.
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akd imm BAH,
Housekeepers, attention: We
are closing out below cost our
stock of Brussels Carpets. A
Special for the month of April:
We will make and lay in your
home the best bodv Brussels for
85 cents, or the best Tapestry
Brussels for 75 cents a yard.
Former prices on these goods,
$1.25 and $1.35.
We have a larger line of Mat
tings than ever before from 10c
a yd up. Brussels Rugs, 1 1-2
yds long, 99c.
Window shades, srood ooaaue
cloth, fringed and spring roller,
See our Spring Dress Goods
a V .
in cnecKs ana ail the new mix
Wash goods, Organdies, Dim
ities, Lawns and the new Lappet
Stripes, Jaconats, etc.; 36 inch
Percales, 10c and 12 l-2c.
Wrappers from 79 cents up.
Shirt Waists all new we have
not one of last season's Shirt
Waists in stock.
This department has been en
larged to meet the demand of
our largely increased trade.
Ladies' Chocolate; lace Shoes,
Child's Black Shoes
5 to 8 at 68c.
8 1-2 to II at 88c.
11 1-2 to 2 at 98c.
We are agents for the cele
brated "Gage Down" Corsets
and we just received another in
voice of dress form Corsets.
Regular price, 75c.
Our price, 50c.
All departments are now com
Lace Curtains from $1 a pair.
Swisses and all the new ma
terials for curtain goods.
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The well known specialist
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618 MAIN STREET,
STILL IN BUSINESS.
EST ria for Weldings, Fuaerala or Pleaauro Parties, etc,
attended to Dromutlv. Terms reasonable. Cash preferred
jjrates. Telephone 76.
B. W. D. Jones , auctlor.eei all kinds of aoocls end farm
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ot New York is now at
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FKCW CHRONIC DISEASES
of the Liver, Kidneys, Skin, Rheumatism and
.Neuraleia. Hart. iServe and Stomach troubles.
Malaria, Chilis and Fever. Catarrh. Bronchitis,
Asthma and I.une affection. Diseases of Women
and Children, Nervous prostration, etc.
KI1EUMATISM. TIIKOAT AND IXXO
DISEASES A PARTICULAR
CONSULTATION AND EXAMINATION
All cordially invited and welcome whether they
take treatment or not. Treatment moderate in
cost and iully gtiuranteed to be satisfactory. Dr.
I'ollett has had wentv-eteht years ot experience
as a specialist in all chronic diseases, meeting
witn universal success. iauy cases are inciiraox
1 he doctor taki-s no case to treat except tie teels
confident he can cure or materially benefit the
Pat'ent- . . . , . .
iis maae at your residence in town wiuioui
iiee where treatment is civen. Notice of calls
though the postottice or at hotel. I'arlor en
hance east side on 1 aird street.
Oitice hours I to 9 p. m. Ail medicine purely
vegetable. Outside calls made during (orenoc-u.
McLain Bros. & Co.,
RECEIVERS AND SHIPPERS
211 Rialto Building, Chicago.
Grain and Provisions bought and sold for
cash or for future delivery on margins.
Orders for Wheat executed m lots ot l,(JW
bushels and upwards
Correspondence invited. Consignments of
Grain. Seeds and Hav solicited
When visiting Chicago call and see us.
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Best Si Per Day House in the State
Tho-oughly cleaned and refurnished. A nice table and pleasaDt
rooms. Bar in hotel stocked with pure Liquors and
Cigars. Corner Third and Main -fits.
Also White Lead, Linseed Oil, Brushes, Var
nishes, Glass and Putty.
F. G Fricke & Co., Druggists.
JAMES W. SAGE,
! The best of rigs furnished at all hours and hi
prices are aia;3
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Our stock Is. complete In all lines and we
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