The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, April 29, 1912, Image 6

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Wbo Thsy Are and What Was
Tiislr Offense.
Pastor Ruuell, at Georgia's Capital,
Tells How Angeli One Materialized
and Took to Themselves Wives From
Among the Daughters of Men Fate
of Dead of Titanic Disaster Pointed
Out From Scripture.
Atlanta, Go,
April 2S.-Whlle we
weep with the sur
vivors of the "Ti
tan iv" disaster, let
tm thunk God that a
better understand
ing of tho Bible en
ables us to sorrow
not hopelessly. Not
long ugo, misguid
ed by our creeds of
Mm Dark Ages, we
would have asked,
Were any of the
l.'OO who perished minlitt And assured
that very few of then) would have
claimed to lie Hiilnts, we would huve
concluded that all tho remainder pluiiK
ed &ii to a Catholic purgatory of
terror, or worse, to h Protestant hell
of eternal torture.
Even the Isles of their great gal
lantry and heroism would not have
Altered the decision which would have
hung over the question. Did they con
fess Jesus in word and deed? we
would have nsked. Were they church
members? This Is the same argu
ment used respecting the DO.(XX) heath
en who die every day In tho your,
"going down Into Christies graven,"
the "London Missionary Society" truly
tag, but menus and Is understood to
mean into I'hrlstless eternul torture!
Now, how different! Now wo boo
that n faithful, elect Church Is being
selected during this Age; that in the
next Ago they with Jesus may assist,
bless, uplift all the non-elect to an
earthly salvation to human perfection,
In the new raradlse-Earth.-whleb
Messiah's Kingdom will usher In.
Thus, only the wilfully tricked will
ever be annihilated.
Hut our old errors die hurd; because
we have twisted the Bible to fit them.
For Instance, let us consider St. Pe
ter's words:
"Christ also liiith onco suffered for
sins, the Just for the unjust, that He
might bring us to God, being put to
death in the flesh, but quickened In
the spirit, by which two experiences
death and resurrect Ion J He preach
ed unto the spirits In prison."-1 Pe
ter III. IS, 1!.
This text, said Pastor Itussell. has
been made tho basis for somo peculiar
presentations. From It some have de
duced an Intermediate state lasting
between deatli and the resurrection.
Others hare claimed It as an authority
lor the doctrine of Purgatory. The
difficulty in every case seems to be
tho failure to remember that the Itlble
always and everywhere teaches that
the dead are really dcml, that they
know nothing, and that, therefore, It
would be Impossible, to do any preach
ing to tho dead humans. Undoubted
ly tho theory that people are more
nlivo after they die than when they
were alive Is responsible for nearly all
of tho foolish things which we have
all at some (line professed to believe
Before dismissing the thought that
these "spirits In prison" are human
spirits, let us note the fact that to
say, "human spirits." Is an absurdity
if Itself, because human beings are
not spirits and spirit beings are not
liumans. "Who maketh Ills angels
spirits," bt the Scriptural proposition.
True, we do sometimes speak of hu
mans as possessing a spirit of life, but
by this we merely menu that he pos
sesses the power or energy of life, and
the same would bo equally true of the
lower orders of creation, beasts, Qsh.
fowl, etc.
Again, we sometimes speak of the
Church as spirit beings begotten of
the Holy Spirit. Thus tho Apostle
speaks of the natural man lu contrast
with tho New Creature, a spirit being.
To appreciate (Ids statement we must
remember that the Church class re
ceives the begetting of the Holy Spirit
to tho end that, If faithful, they may
nttaln unto a spirit resurrection and
becomo spirit beings, like unto tho an
gels and like to tho lledeemer. But we
are not spirits yet, except by faith by
hope, nowever, the context shows
that the Apostle had no reference to
tho Church, either: we wore not in
prison; we iwclved tho Message of sal
tation through tho Apostles.
8pirite Ones Disobedient
Tho spirits to whom the mcssagt.
tvtts given had proven themselves dis
obedient, says St. Peter. He even
tells us tho time of their disobedience,
namely, that It was "In the days of
Noah, while the ark was preparing.'
Purely, If noticing theso particulars
mentioned In the context, no one would
be excusable for misunderstanding this
Scripture and considering it In any
way nppllcablo to humanity of our day
cr to humanity in general. However,
It Is helpful to us to learu the full par
tlculurs of tho matter. What was their
disobedience, and when and how were
they Imprisoned T
Turning to Genesis l, 1-5, we fjud
there the cause of the disobedience of
those angels, who for a time had boon
permitted to see what they could do
for the uplift of humanity, or, rather,
permitted to demonstrate that the
downward tendency of sin Is incurable
except In the manner which God has
already arranged for through Messiah
and Ills glorious reign of a thousand
Instead of those impels helping man
kind out of sin they helped themselves
into sin, and by so doing they Increased
the depravity amongst humanity until
the astounding record Is that "the wick
edness of man was great in the earth,
and that every Imagination of the
thought of bis heart wus only evil con
tinually." The particular sin of those
angels was that when they were grant
ed the privileges of materializing of
taking human bodies for the sake of
helping and Instructing mankind they
misused this power and took to them
selves the daughters of men for wives.
Thus these angels came gradually to
prefer to live ns men amongst men and
to rear earthly families rather thau to
abide in the condition in which they
were created -spirit beings, higher
than huninns. Not only was this
wrong In the sense that It was taking
a course in opposition to the Divine
arrangement, but it was wrong also
because the thing was done for the cul
tivation and gratification of lust, and
It led to their own moral defilement as
well as having a baneful Influence
upon humanity; for we can readily see
that for the angels, of superior powers
and Intelligence, to become lenders In
lustful practices would mean a great
Influence upon mankind toward sin.
Wo are particularly told that the off
spring of this Improper union between
the angels and the daughters of men
were giants, both physlcully and men
tally superior to the fallen human fam
ily "men of renown." And this state
ment, that they were "men of re
nown," wus at a time when manhood's
estate was reached at a hundred years,
and Implies that God did not Interfere
to hinder or stop tho progress of sin
for perhaps several centuries. In the
meantime the race had become so cor
rupt that apparently only Nonh and
his family were uncontamlnnted all
others had mor.e or less come under
the Influence, directly or Indirectly, of
these fallen angels or their giant sons.
Hence, of Noah It was written (not
that ho was a perfect man, but), "Now
Noah was perfect lu bis generation"
(uncontamlnated) and his family appar
ently the same. Hence these alone
were saved In tho ark. while nil the re
mainder, more or less contaminated,
were destroyed by the flood.
"In Chains of Darkness."
It was then and there that God im
prisoned those spirits, angels, who kept
not their first estute, nnd nre therefore
culled fallen angels, devils, demons.
They were not Imprisoned In some far
off world called hell, nor are they en
gaged there In stoking fires for the tor
ture of poor humanity. Following the
leading of the Scriptures we find that
when the flood came they were not de
stroyed because, while their fleshly
bodies which they ussuuied might In
deed perish, yet they would merely de
luuterlullze, or ussuuie their spirit con
ditions again.
The rocord Is that God cust them
down, that He condemned them to an
overthrow that they might not any
longer associate wt'.h the holy angels,
but must bo reserved In tartarux our
earth's atmosphere. Here they were
Imprisoned, not lu a special place, but
In the sense of having their liberties
restrained. "In chains of durkness."
They were no longer permitted to ma
terialize and thus to nssoclate with hu
manity. These things nre distinctly
told us by St. Jude nnd St. Peter
(J tide 0; li Peter 11, 4, fi)-nn explana
tion lu full harmony wllh the Genesis
account of their fall.
Once Disobedient Still Disobedient
We of course cannot know that all
of those I'uUcu angels nre still lu a dis
loyal condition of heart. Ou the con
trary, In harmony with our text, we
may suppose that some of these fallen
angels have since repented of their
wrong course and It would be none
too strong a way to stale the mutter-
that any such repentant ones would
surely huve terrible experiences us a
result To be obliged to bo In close
touch and relationship with the more
evil and malignant ones and to have
knowledge of all their evil designs and
efforts would ho a terrible experience
and, besides this, we may be sure that
tho rebellious would not hesitate to
persecute the repentant ones lu every
coucelvablo manner, us they would be
luwless, regardless of the Divine will.
On the other hand, tho repentant
ones would be obliged to restrain
themselves and to not render evil for
evil, knowing that this would be con
trary to tho Divine will. In other
words, repentant ones amongst those
fallen spirits, Influenced by tho preach
ing of Jesns or otherwise, would have
a kind of purgatorial experience, and
the thought calls forth our sympathy.
When Imprisoned or cut off from the
privilege of luaterlnllintlon, many of
tho fallen spirits, we know not what
proportion, coutluued their active op
position to God, after tho manner of
Satan. Hence they nre spoken of as
his angels, his messengers, his serv
ants and he Is spoken of as Beelzebub,
the Prince of Demons. Satan, who
sinned much earlier than the othors,
and lu a different way, the Scriptures
tell us was an angel of a higher rank,
or a higher nature, and this superiori
ty of his has inado him tho Prince or
ruler over the hosts of fallen spirits.
Fighting Against God.
The fight of Sntau and his fallen an
geli Is against God, against all who are
In harmony with Illm, against all the
regulations of righteousness, and
against all the channels and servants
whom the Lord may uso. St. Paul's
words along this tine are forceful: he
remarks that God's people conteud not
merely "with flesh and blood." but also
and the question arises, "Who is sufil
dent for these tilings?" The reply
that none is sufficient; without the aid
of th Uedeemer His church would be
quite overcome and vanquished by evil.
Likewise, without the Redeemer's aid
through His Kingdom, without the
binding of Satan, without our Lord's
releasing of the world from the bond
age of sin and death, there would be
no hope of the world's recovery from
Us present bondage. But with the
Apostle we exclaim, "If God be for us,
who can be against us?" (Roinuns
vill. 31.)
Through Mediums and Obaessions.
Satan's original plan of attack was to
bring our race. under his Influence by
misrepresentation by putting darkness
for light and light fur darkness for in
stance, the temptation under which
Mother Eve fell. Satan there repre
sented himself ns Eve's friend, giving
her sound advice. lie represented God
as having a selfish motive behind Ills
tominnnd that our first parents should
not eat of tho tree of the knowledge of
good nnd evil. Satan declared that
God had told an untruth when He said
that the penalty for sin would be death.
Sutan declared thut mnn cannot die.
And has he not since kept up the
same line of falsification? And has he
not deceived the whole world upon
this very subject? Do not all peoples
In every land believe that when a man
dies he does not die, but gets more
alive exactly Sutan's lie of the first
Instance? How few have believed
God, even amongst His people who
truly love Him, and who truly desire
to believe the teachings of Ills Word!
We hnve all been under a kind of
"hoodoo." "The god of this world
Satan hath blinded" our minds on
this subject. We ure now coming to
see that death Is the penalty for sin
and that the resurrection Is the salva
tion God promised and will provide.
Sutan has hud powerful allies and
servants lu the fallen angels, and it Is
through their persistence that his lie
has triumphed over the Divine Word
of truth-"Dyiug, thou shnlt die."
These fallen spirits hnve made various
manifestations In every land for cen
turies, nnd thereby have apparently
substantiated the theory that a .dead
man Is more alive than when he was
alive. Kuowlng that mankind would
hove nothing to do with them if their
real personality were known they hide
their personality and represent them
selves us our dead friends wbo desire
to spen k with us, either directly or
through mediums.
A further deslro of these nngels Is to
obsess or to get possession of a human
being. Being chained or restrained
from the privilege of materialization,
the next most desirable thing In their
estimation Is to gain control over u
human being nnd to use his body In
stead of their own. This is styled
obsetsion, und persons so uillicted to
day are sent to an Insane asylum
where, It is estimated, they constitute
at least one half of the entire number.
In the days of our Lord these were not
mistakenly supposed to be Insane, but
rightly declared to bo obsessed. All re
member the New Testument account
that our Savior nnd Ills Apostles cast
out legions of fallen spirits.
How Jesus Preaohed In Death.
Here nrises another question: If Je-,
sus wus really dead, as tho Scriptures
declare. If "He poured out Ills soul
unto death," nnd "made His soul nn
offering for sin." nnd His soul was not
raised from the dead until the third
day after Ills crucifixion, how could
He In the meantime preach to Rplrlts
In prison, or to anybody else? We
reply that He could preach In the
same way that the Apostle refers to.
saying, "lie. bel: g dead, yet speak
eth" i Hebrews xl, -li; and again, in the
same way that t lie blood of Abel Is
suld to have cried to God figuratively.
Of one tiling we are sure, namely, that
Jesus gave no oral address while lie
was dead. Ho preached In the way
we sometimes refer to when we say,
"Actions speak louder than words."
It was tho great object lesson which
the fallen nngels saw that constituted
to them the great sermon that, gave
them a ground for hope. On several
occasions the fallen spirits, when com
manded to come out of human beings,
declared that they knew Jesus. In the
long ago they hud known Illm, when.
us the Only Begotten of the Father.
and His Representative, He had cre
ated them and all tblugs that are
made, nud was also the mouthpiece for
all Divine orders nnd regulations.
They realized that He bad come Into
the world to bo its Redeemer; they per
ceived the great stoop that He had
made from Ills lofty position on the
heavenly piano to the servant position
on the human plane. They admired
Ills loyalty nnd faithfulness to God,
but doubtless believed Illm to be fool
ish; they never expected Illm to arise
from the dead. But when they per
ceived Ills resurrection on the third
day to glory, honor and Immortality,
"far above angels, principalities and
powers and every name that Is nam
ed." Ills sermou to them was complete,
namely, that "tho wages of sin Is
death," but that "tho gift of God is
eternal life." (Roman vl, 23.) And ns
they realized thus tho Tower of God
and the Love of God for nis human
creatures, the Apostle's words Imply
that this constituted to them a mes
soge of hope. Perhaps If they would
show full contrition God eventually
would have mercy upon them, even as
He bnd had mercy and hnd provided
for humanity.
The lesson Is one for all. God's pow
er Is Infinite, so Is His love, Ills mer
cy, His goodnoss. Nevertheless, every
wilful sin will have Its punishment, a
just recompense of reward, and only
the willing and obedient shall have the
Dlvluo favor and everlasting life. Let
each apply the lesson to himself.
"with wicked spirits in high positions,'
Disastrous Tornado Sweeps Tei-!
as Panhandle aid Oklahoma.
I financial head, was again inducted In-
I to office. Ho is a native of Dubuque.
Sreat Devastation Follows Terrific President Taft sent an autograph let
Blast of Wind Dozen Towns Suffer , ter felicitating Dr. Steffens on the suc-
Damage Fifteen Persons Are Killed
at Lugert, Okla.
Oklahoma City, April 29. Forty
ne persons are reported to have been
tilled by a tornado that swept south
western Oklahoma and the southeust
tru coniT of the Texas Panhandle. A
lozen towns were struck and farming
omitiunitiies suffered. The Injured
list will run into the hundreds.
The biggest loss of life reported is
Bt Lugert, where fifteen persons were
killed. A special train, sent from Al
ius with physicians and nurses when
It 'was reported a passenger train
had been blown from the rails, picked
up ten injured persons and started
back for Altus. Two of these, Mrs.
Lee Stanaland and Miss Eva Stana
land, died on the train.
The tornado started just across the
Texas border and first killed seven
persons at Kirkland, Tex., demolished
thirty buildings and blew a Rock Isl
and worktrain off the track.
Tearing on northward, the storm
Btruck El Dorado, killing four; Calu
met, killing three, and Lugert, where
half the town is in ruins; Yukon, War
ren, Martha, Blair and Lone Wolf. At
each of these places many persons
were hurt. What is believed to be the
worst of the storm destroyed several
buildings at Mulhall, fifty miles north
of Okluhoma City, but there were no
casualties there.
P. B. Thompson and his wife were
caught under the falling timbers of
t'ifir hi.-me at Calumet and crushed to
death. Several other buildings at Cal
umet were demolished and two per
sons were killed.
Aledo, a village in Dewey county, is
reported to be in ruins.
Every Methodist Mission Represented
by Piece of Wood.
Nashville. Tenn., April 29. The
bishops" table which will bo used by
the Methodist Episcopal bhinop next
Wednesday in Minneapolis U declared
to be a unique article of furniture.
A college nt Morrlstown, East Ten
r.esske, will furnish the Ub!e. and
every Methodist conference and m!a
fc'on In the world Is represented by a
piece of wood. The center of the
mosaic top of the table Is a piece of
wood from Wesley's pulpit and
grouped about It are ple-es of wood
from the rsin? loft. John Street
church, New York, and the Straw
bridge meeting hotiso, Baltimore. Other
pieces of wood are from the United
States ship Constitution, the Hancock
house, the first Asbury church west of
the Allegherlrs, and St. George's
church, Philadelphia, the oldest Meth'
odlst Episcopal church In the world
In which services have been held con
Minnesota Court Gives Chance for Liq
uor Sales In Prohibition Districts.
St. Paul. April 29. A decision hand
ed down by Chief Justice Start of the
Minnesota supreme court has dealt a
severe blow to the cause of prohi
bition In this state, according to W.
C. Calderwood. secretary of the state
Prohibition party.
While the retail sale of liquor, ac
cording to Judge Start's decision, In
dry" territory Is Illegal, there Is noth
ing to prevent any one from establish
ing warehouses In prohibition districts
and peddling Intoxicating liquor In five
gallon quantities. Municipalities
have no authority to control the whole
sale traffic.
Prohibition party leaders announce
that they will endeavor to have the
law changed at the next session of
the legislature.
First Appeal for Aid.
San Francisco, April 29. The first
specific appeal to the transport Bu
ford for help on Its trip for west coast
Mexican ports, beginning today, was
received here from Paul P. Carpenter
of Los Angeles. He asks that a search
ing party be sent for George Carpen
ter, an American civil engineer In
charge of irrigation works at Topolo
bampa, who wast heard from three
weeks ago at Ouasave, twenty miles
Inland from Topolohampo.
Civil War In Paraguay.
Buenos Aires. April 29. Civil war
has again broken out In Paraguay.
Telegrams from Asuncion state that
our government warships bombarded
the revolutionists, who are command
ed by former President Jara at Villa
Eucarnaclon. Tho fire returned by the
revolutionists was so well directed
that the warships were compelled to
retire In a damaged condition.
Court Refuses to Conduct Saloon,
Chicago, April 29. United Sttaes
District Judge Carpenter refused to
conduct a saloon under the jurlsdlc
tion of the bankruptcy court. The de
cision came In the adjudication of the
bankruptcy petition of W. H. Schlmp
ferman company when counsel asked
authority to ohtaiu a renewal of the
city liquor license.
Dubuque Institution Observe
Its Six-
tieth Annive.jry.
Dubuque, la., April 2'J. Last week
concluded an uiijor-juit event in the
history of the Cermta Prebf!i-tn
Seminary of the ivjr;twst. Tb it-
cently the organizat'c-n hus completed,
I and is now occupying one of the finest
j buildings devoted to colltg" purposes
I in the state and it is now i n a sub
I stantial financial basis,
i Dr. C. M. Steffens, president and
cess of the seminary.
The German Presbyterian Seminary
of tho Northwest was organized sixty
years ago by Andrianus Van Vliet, a
Hollander, with two students. Dr. Mc
Clellan, a blind man, but one of re
markable learning and force, succeed
ed to the presidency, he being fol
lowed by Dr. Steffens, Sr., who in
turn was succeeded by his non, the
present Dr. StcfTcns.
Each Parly Will Select Candi
dates forState 01 ices June 3.
Des Moines, April 29. The state
primary cnmpalgn is now the only
thing of general political interest
ahead In Iowa, and the filings for the
state offices and legislative positions
have all been completed. The primary
campaign has just five weeks to run,
as the date for the election is June 3.
All signs are that the campaign will
be very much less strenuous than
some of those that have preceded it,
that there will be no great amount of
speaking and that the newspaper dis
cussion will be keyed to a very mod
erate pitch. There Is nothing In either
party to arouse much feeling. The
candidacies are largely personal rath
er than factional, and while most of
those among the Republicans who
aspire to office are men who have not
hesitated to stand firmly for one thing
or another In state affairs, yet the gen
eral disposition Is to overlook past
differences and vote for men on their
merits. Because of this fact the prim
cry campaign will not be as exciting
as some of the others.
Estate of McCaskill Victim Goes to
. His Ten Children.
Waterloo, la., April 29. The will of
Henry Phillips, for whose death In
Poyner township last November, Jef
ferson T McCaskill was recently con
victed of manslaughter, has been filed
in the probate court. The widow,
Anna Phillips, Is to receive the In from the estate, which amounts
to upwards of $20,000. Final distribu
tion is to he made among the children
as follows: 115,000, in equal shares,
is to be divided among the six sons.
und $3,000 among four daughters.
McCaskill Is still confined In the
county Jail awaiting the hearing on a
motion for a new trial. If the motion
Is overruled by Judge Piatt, he will
be flpplen'-ed. Then nn appeal will be
taken to the supreme court and ball
will be asked. Mr. McCaskill's rela
tives are well-to do and can furnish
any reasonable sum for an appearance
bond, It Is said.
Fourth Attempt to Release Thaw.
New Rochelle, N. Y., April 29. A
fourth attempt through the agency of
the law to llbernte Harry K. Thaw
from the Matteawan state hospital,
where ho has been Imprisoned for the
slaying of St nford White six years
riEO "because of Insanity," was made
before Justice Keogh of the supreme
court In New Rochelle. Thaw wis
brought down from Matteawan. An
adjournment for several weeks In or
der that counsel for the state may go
aver tho voluminous records In pre
vious proceedings was granted.
Wheat Killed by Chlrl After Thaw.
Omaha. April 29. H. Dahlstrom of
Ccresco, Neb., reports winter wheat
In the South Plate country In poor
condition, especially In the western
part of the state. He Bays many farm
ers are plowing land sown In wheat
last fall and plan to plant corn and
other (Train In Its stead. It appears
that a hard crust formed after the
ground was left bare of snow early
this spring and the cold weather fol
lowing the thaw killed the seed under
neath In large patches.
Engineers' Cispute to Be Arbitrated.
New York. April 29. Relief that the
threatened strike of 28,ono locomotive
engineers employed by the railroads
east of the Mississippi river has been
averted through the efforts at media
tion of Judge Knapp of the court of
rommerce and Charles P. Nelll. com
missioner of labor, was expressed by
participants In the conferences. The
question of arbitration tins now been
agreed to by Doth sides.
Took the Wronq Drink.
Correctlonvllle, la., April 29. A. R.
Goucher, forty years old, died here
from drinking liniment purchased, as
he declared, fcr cppllcatlon on a lame
'eg. Three physicians were unable to
revive him. It Is thought that an un
controllable desire for a stimulant
was the cause o( his taking the drink.
Eleven Institutions Are Ahead
of Appropriations.
Commandant HMIyard of Soldiers'
Home at Milford Said to Be Contem
plating Return to His Farm Ross
Runs a Great Race.
Lincoln, April 29. April 1 was the
beginning of a now fiscal year for all
the state institutions. The appropria
tions are made for a two-year period
and the auditor's books show that
eleven of the eighteen institutions
have used up more than half the mon
ey appropriated for their maintenance
for two years. In the case of the
school for the feeble minded at Beat
eric the typhoid epidemic, which ne
cessitated the reconstruction of the
piumbing and the sinking of new
wells, was the cause for the overlap,
and the penitentiary has also over
drawn as a result of recent events
which required the expenditure of con
siderable money not anticipated by
the legislature.
All four of the normal schools have
used up more than half the two-year
appropriations, Chadron having made
the largest Inroads Into its cash, and
the extra expense Incident to the re
pairs to the foundation, which settled,
will make another draft for the sec
ond year of the hiennlum. The other
institutions which have overdrawn
are the deaf and dumb school at Oma
ha, the industrial school for boys and
girls at Geneva, the orthopedic hos
pital at Lincoln and the soldiers' and
sailors' home at Milford.
New Board Member.
Governor Aldrich announces the ap
pointment of A. L. Caviness, now a
member of the board of examiners, as
a member of the state normal board,
taking the place of B. L. Shellhorn,
whose term expires In May. No ap
pointment has been announced to suc
ceed Caviness as a member of the ex
amining board.
It Is announced on seemingly good
authority that. Commandant Hillyard
cf the soldiers' home at Milford will
soon tender bis resignation. It is said
Mr. Hillyard desires to devote his time
to his farm near Superior.
Ross Rung a Great Race.
Charles Ross, the Lexington livery
man, who has the unique distinction
of running for president on both the
Republican and Democratic tickets, re
ceived 1,225 votes In the sixty-four
counties which have reported to the
office of the secretary of state. O
these 38G were cast by Republicans
and 839 by Democrats. His high vote
on both, tickets was In Saline county,
where he received 17 as a Republican
and 103 as a Democrat. At the ratio
he has maintained up to date It ap
pears likely he will reach a grand to
tal of 1,500 when the returns are all In.
Manning Kills Himself.
Joseph Manning, aged twenty-four
years, an employee of the Burlington
freight office, killed himself by slash
ing his throat with a razor. He sev
eied both the jugular vein and the
carotid artery. He had been In poor
health "for some t-me nnd had b'jen
melancholy and unable to sleep. Ills
sister and brother were sitting in the
adjoining room when he slashed him
self. B'shops Finish Work.
After nn executive session of five
days the Methodist bishops completed
the draft of the episcopal address to
be submitted to the general confer
ence In Minneapolis In May. The vis
iting bishops have left the city.
Vast Amount of Material Dumped Into
Missouri at Folsom.
Omaha, Arrll 29. After cutting and
throwing over the rapidly molting
bank all of the apple trees from the
large orchard on the farm of Eustlce
Williams and adding 100 cars of brush
und forest trees, all tangled in mazes
of barbed wire, fifty old boxcars filled
with stone and 500 cars of stone, the
Burlington Railway company has suc
ceeded In checking the onslaught ot
the Missouri river at Folsom, twelve
miles south of Council Bluffs, but not
until the river had undermined and
carried out several hundred yards ot
its track.
Jjttle wror ot ?J& rtffn has been
working day and night during tho
last week In the desperate combat.
Benkeln'sn Man Dies From Rifle Shot.
Benkeininn. Neb., April 29 The
body of Frank Banning, who died In
a Kansas City hospital, was brought
to.Benkc.dmnn and Interred In the cem
etery here. Mr. Bunnlng was one of
the prosperous young farmers resid
ing five miles north of Benkolman.
On Jan. 2, while taking a' rifle from
his wagon, the weapon was discharged,
the ball lodging in his lung.
Live Stock Nearly All Sold Out.
Omaha, April 29. J. W. Fitch ot
Columbus, In Omaha with a load of
live stock, said he believed that an
other car of cattle could not be found
In his county. Because of the scarcity
of corn and the present high prices
obtained for live stock, central Ne
braska Is being cleaned rapidly of
both cattle and hogs.