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PL.1TTSUOUTH. NEBRASKA. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8. 1894.
Ifift PEH YEAR.
UW IF PAID IN ADVAfiCE.
FUSION 'IS DOWNED.
Republicans Car.-y Cass County By
An Overwhelming Vote.
A BAD DAY TOE DEMOCRACY.
Tefft. Davie. uolry and Orton Go To
the L.eislitu-r. C. S. Folk Win.
the County -Attorneyship and
Out ton Is a Winner.
t. Fusion in Cass county was given a
verritic beating in Tuesday's contest
tfi the polls, the republicans sweeping
the platter clean. An occasional pre-
cinct office Las been secured to tbe
democracy, but all the county offices
have eone to the republicans by good
round majorities, the contest over
the county attorneyship being alone
close. The official canvass, printed
elsewhere in these columns shows that
i the entire republican ticket in this
county is elected by a big majority.
County Attorney Travis is beaten
fer a re-election, his opponent, C. S.
ilVJi, winning by 201 majority. In the
ffaoe of the prospective majority of
nverMC for the head of the republican
iTicket in the county, Mr. Travis is
d SrtTving of great credit. He was
sii PJ rurwning in a bad year for a
denwcrat. Any other time his per
sona popn'arity and excellent official
recoi d wouJd have won.
Mr. Duttou was victorious over Mr.
Falte r in the race fur the county com
missi nrsl iip from thisdistrict. which
comp "ise Plattsujontb city and pre-
cinct. Mr.F aler receiveu iiBiifiiuK
VOte i his borne n j ne preciud, uuu
had t b -democrats ?n this -city "toiea
fair." ims election woobf "ve been se-
cured ter good majority.
on t ae ccmnuissionersnip
-as as fol-
First ward Dutton 82, Falter C9.
Second ward Dutton 141, Falser 121.
Third ward Iutton 176, Falter 106.
Fourth ward Dutton 113, Falter 6.
Fifth ward--Dutton 67, Falter 49.
Plattsmouth precinct Dutton H,
Falter 170. T tal Dutton 660, Falter
601. Majority ior Dutton 59.
Tbe FOle in the Eve wards and
.Plattsmouth precinct as to governor,!
'congressman, members of the legisla
ture and county sittorney. was as fol
lows: First ward Majors 9S. llolcomb 52,
Strode 72, Weir 71, Tefft 84, Allea 61,
Oooley 6S, Davies 93, Livingston 7S,
McCaig 46, Leidigh 56, Orton 76, Polk
77, Travis 78.
Second ward Majors 160, llolcomb
97, Strode 161, Weir 95, Tefft 152,AUen,
168, Cooley 125, Davies 147, Livingston
123, McCaig 8S. Leidifrb 93, Orton 139,
X J-Travis 156, Polk 108.
'", ''Thiid -ward Majors 18S, llolcomb
'.76, Strode 1S1. Weir 90. Tefft 171,
. Allen 92, Cooley 156, Davies 171, Liv
ingston 107, McCaig 81, Orton ICS,
ILeidich 75, Travis 155. Polk 130.
Fourth wivrJ Majors 150, llolcomb
lai Strode 128, Weir 64, Tefft 122, Al-
llei. 66. Cooley 102. Davies 122, Livings-
Uojoy!6, McCaig 61, Orton 116, Leidigh
'6ar2.ravis99, Polk 97.
Fttth ward Majors 84, llolcomb 26,
Strode 72. Weir 31, Tefft 70, Allen 32,
Cooley 63, Davies 75, Livingston
McCain 2G, Orton 73, Leidigh
Travis 39. Polk 55.
Plattsmouth precinct Majors 93,
llolcomb 154. Strode 100. Weir 148,
Tefft 94, Allen 144, Cooley 72. Davies
8S. Livingston 148. McCaig 138,Leidigh
134. Orton 93, Travis 191. Polk 70
Official Can... Completed.
County Clerk Dickson, assisted
ex-Mayor Butler of this city and Bird
Critchneld, of Elmwood, completed
the official canvass on all the state,
-congressional and county candidates
today. The result shows that all can-
didates on tbe republican ticket, ex
cepting county attorney, carry the
- county by pluralities ranging from six
. to eight hundred. Here are the official
E. A. Grrad, prohibition ...105
; Silas A. Holcomb, dem-ind 1884
Thomas J. Majors, republican 2573
. Phelps D.Sturdevant.straight dem.,140
Plurality for Majors 689.
Belle G. Bieelow, prohibition 130
Rodney E. Dunphy, straight dem. .137
James N. Gaftin, dem-ind 1655
Robert E. Moore, republican 2472
Plurality for Moore 817.
SECRETARY OF STATE.
"Francis 1. EUick, democrat 416
IL. Hompes, prohibition 110
II. W. McFadden. independent. . .1373
Joel A. Piper, republican 2526
D. Forest P. Rolfe, straight dem. . .235
Plurality for Piper 1,153.
AUDITOR OF STATK.
Otto Iiauman. straight dem 411
Eugene Moore, republican .2555
Lem J. Smith. prohibition.. 152
John W. Wilson, people ind. .... .1558
Plurality for Moore 997.
Joseph S. Bartley. republican.
Lake Itridentbal, straight dem
Gottlieb A. Luikart, democrat
D. L. Pond, prohibition
John II. Powers, people ind...
Plurality for Bartley 1.208.
8UPERINTENENT OF rCBLIC IXSTR AC
TION. Henry R. Corbett, republican 2604
Milton Doclitte, straight dem 358
Wm. A. Jones, dem. peoples ind.. 1542
F. Bernice Kearney, prohibition 146
Plurality for C orbett 1 ,062.
John II. Ames, straight dem .344
Dan'l B. Carey, dem-peoples ind. .1631
Arthur S. Churchill, republican. . .2573
J. L. Mack, prohibition .125
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC LANDS AND
Jacob Bigler, straight dem 33S
Henry M. Hill, prohibition 130
Sidney J. Kent, dem-peoples ind. .1646
Henry C. Russell, republican 2538
Plurality for Russell 892.
FOR PREFERENCE U. S. 6ENATOR.
C. E. Ben tly. prohibition 494
William J. Bryan, democrat 2103
J no. M.Thurston, republican 143
CONGRESSMAN FIRST DISTRICT.
R. A. Hawley, prohibition 12S
Jesse B. Strode, republican 2617
Austin II. Weir, dem-peoples ind. 1817
Plurality for Strode S00.
B. F. Allen, dem-peoples ind 1895
William Coatman, prohibition 155
Orlando Tefft, republican 2491
Plurality for Tefft 580.
R EPRE3 E ST ATI VES.
Noah demons, prohibition 150
Alfred S. Cooley, republican .2336
John A. Davies, republican. 2493
H. Guy Livingston, dem-ind 1S27
David McCaig, dem-peoples ind. . .1672
W. O. Tucker, prohibition 151
Plurality for Cooley 509.
Plurality for Davies 666.
George W. Leidigh, peoples ind... 1558
Stephen W. Orton, republican 2557
A. P.Seymour, prohibition 106
John Sinclair, democrat 3b9
Plurality for Orton 968.
Qry S. Polk, republican 23. o
II. D. Travis, democrat...::. 2169
Plurality for Polk 201.
S. W. Dutton, republican 660
J. P. Falter, democrat G01
R. L. Propst, independent 13
Plurality for Dutton 59.
Tbe total number of votes cast in
the county was 4SG8 a gain or 449
over last year.
Firn at Bethlehem .
The residence property belonging to
tbe late Charles Ault, over in Bethle
hem, la., was burned to the ground at
11 o'clock Sunday night. The bouse
was old and burned like tinder and the
blaze was easily discemable from this
city. Ault is the man who contracted
small pox several months ago as the
result of burying one of the patients
who died from that dread malady dur
ing its reign on the other side of the
river. He died after an illness of
about two weeks, and several of his
children also contracted the disease,
but the little oneB all recovered. Since
then the house has not been occupied.
The origin of the fire is unknown, but
tbe general supposition is that some
one purposely kindled the blaze with
tbe express intent of removing a men
ace to the health of that neighborhood.
A Nebraskan Foolly M ordered.
Benjamin Merritt, a wealthy and
prominent merchant in Fillmore
county, Nebraska, with a bullet hole
in his skull and another in his lung,
was found in a buggy Friday morn
ing near the town of Atlantic, Iowa.
Merritt had gone to Iowa to look atter
some business matters with his father
in-law. He alway3 carried consider
able money, and as only a small
amount of silver was found robbery
seems to have been the object. He
was a candidate for the state legisla
lature in Fillmore county, this state,
on the populist ticket. He was about
iorty-hve and leaves a wife and sev
eral children. His brother, living near
Griswold, la., died several years ago
and left considerable property and the
deceased was acting as guardian of tbe
children, but the condition of the es
tate under his management is now
C. S. Polk was elected in spite of the
' eneral belief that be is incompetent
ONE THIN li AND ANOTHER .
Louie Camp, tbe Lincoln bicyclist
who started on a trip to Galveston,
Texas, last week, has returned home,
having gone only as far as Perry, Okla.
About twenty miles this side of Perry
he was held up by two mounted out
laws and robbed of a gold watch and
$46 in cash. And he concluded life
was loo rapid down that way for him.
The Burlington railway has given
notice that it will shortly revise the
schedule of its fast mail train from
Chicago, thus bringing the train into
Nebraska every afternoon at 3:00
o'clock instead of 4;30. The North
western aimed to steal a march on tbe
Burlington, but the latter road, even
though its mail contract with the gov
ernment does not compel it to make
such a change, does not propose to fall
behind any of its rivals.
A dastardly murder was committed
at Whiting, a station on the Rock Is
land near Ilorton, Kas., the other
night. About 11 o'clock that night W.
U. Early,night operator at the station,
was confronted by a fellow who com
manded him to hold up his hands. In
stead of complying Early began firing
at the would-be robber who returned
the fire. Several shots were exchanged,
Early receiving a wound in tbe groin.
from which be died about 5 o'clock
Thursday afternoon. Hi3 murderer
has not ye been captured.
Hugh Murphy, the Omaha paving
contractor, is taking a piece of flag
stone from his quarry in Colorado that
will be one of the largest single blocks
of natural stone in tbe world. It will
be sixty feet long by twenty inches
thick. If the immense stone is suc
cessfully quarried it will be shipped to
Chicaeo where it will be set as a side
walk in front of the establishment of
Marshal Field. The stone will be
shipped on three flat-cars and it is pos
sible that tbe width may have to be
cut to sixteen feet in order to pass the
bridges and overhead constructions.
A letter received by The Journal
from M. O'Connor, of Missouri Valley,
Iowa, brother of Con O'Connor, the
engineer, whose actident in a lexas
railway collision was reported in these
columns last week, states that the
man injured was another O'Connor
and not Con O'Connor. The Journal
received its information from the press
dispatches, and is pleased to learn
that it was only another case of mis
Election Whiskey Ha. a Bud Effect.
Dave Hall and Mat Carth, both of
Ashland, were in South Bend on elec
tion night and proceeded to conrtact
the customary election jag. They en
gaged in a quarrel while in a saloon
and the affair culminated in Hall
whipping out a pocket-knife, with
which he stabbed his companion. Hall
was arrested, but Carth, whose injury
was not serious, refused to prosecute
and the man was accordingly dis
Work For Pnllman Employe.
No. 92, the Missouri Pacific's south
bound forenoon passenger tram, due
here at 10:06 was two hours late
Monday. The train was held at Om
aha for the purpose of taking on board
a car-load of mechanics who came
from Pullman, Ills., and were enroutw
to Hiawatha, Kansas. A new stock
company has been foimed for the con
struction of passenger cars and coaches
in Hiawatha, the plant being a sort of
co-operative concern, the employes
sharing in the profits. All of the men
who passed through here today were
former employes of the Pullman Car
company, luey wiu be touowea in a
short time by another company of Pull
man mechanics and bv next summer
it is expected that the Hiawatha con
cern will have in its employ over five
hundred of tbe Pullman company's
The vote for assessors in the various
wards of the city, Plattsmouth pre
cinct included, shows the election of
First ward Homer McKay, repub
lican. Second ward P. E. Ruffner, demo
crat. Third ward C. S. Twiss, republican.
Fourth ward W. S. Purdy, repub
lican. Fifth ward C. Aley,rppublican.
Plattsmouth precinct Will Adams,
It is now evident that Grover is not
as big a man as be thought he was.
A HOLCOMB YIGTORY
Almost Complete Beturns Make His
SOUTH OMAHA'S BIG BLAZE.
Loss to the Hammond Paokln" Company
Will Ran np Into the Haodndi of
Thousands Work. Will be
Kebnllt Other Note.
Holcomb'. Election a CertaJnty,
Omaha, Neb., Nov. 8, 4 p. m.
Special to The Journal Official
returns from all the counties in .Ne
braska, except fifteen, and partial re
turns from the latter, including con
servative estimates tn the unreported
precincts place Holcomb's plurality at
2,871. Olficial canvass will doubtless
6how an increase over the above figure.
Holcomb's election is now a certainty.
South Omaha1. Hlg Fire.
The burning of the Hammond pack
ing house at South Omaha was one of
the biggest blazes in the history of the
state. Tbe fire started in the beef
packing house and this mammoth
structure was completely destroyed.
The flames were then communicated
to the hog packing house, and one
half of that structure is now in ruins.
At one time Saturday over thirty
streams of water were playing on the
flames, but low pressure prevented the
firemen from doing good work. The
loss is variously estimated at from
$300,000 to 400,000. The total amount
of insurance upon the property des
troyed or damaged is 8670,000. The
origin of the fire is unknown. It is
quite likely that one of the workmen
dropped a lighted match or sparks fell
from his pipe, while chanzinc his
clothing in this room. This is the'
theory that is most generally believed :
by the men who are interested. The ,
Hammond company paid out annually
in wages in South Omaha about $300,
000 and employed over 300 men. The
annual capacity was about 125,000
hogs, 170.000 cattle, and 10,000 sheep.
There was a great improvement made
in tbe houses and tbe machinery, and
it was known as one of the best, as
well as one of the largest establish
ments of its kind in America. The
total amount of insurance carried by
the firm is $1,500,000.
AnotheT attempt was made Sunday
night to Bet fire to what is left of the
Hammond packing house in South
Omaha. Tbe fire was set at the back
of the box factory, in the midst of a
mass of dry pine shavings and had the
whole room ablaze in less than five
minutes. The night watchman
turned in an alarm and the depart
ment put out tbe fire with small dam
age. It was discovered that the place
had been set on "fire and that kerosene
and gasoline had been poured over the
place where the fire started. This
was in a building in the center of the
packing plant. Tbe police are inves
tigating the affair.
A night-watchman named Caulson
has confessed to setting fire to the
second blaze at the Hammond pack
ing hou'de in South Omaha the other
night. Caulson said he started tbe
fire ir. order to turn in a quick alarm
and thus prove his trustworthiness to
bis employers. It is not thought that
the man was responsible for tbe first
fire which resulted so damagingly.
The Cannon Blew Up.
Meager particulars come frm Glen-
wood, Iowa, of abad accident. A party
of republicans were enthusing last
night over the election and were
siiooting off a small cannon. Tbe
piece of ordnance was old and
an extra heavy charge blew the
cannon into pieces. Several of the
fragments are said to have struck- one
of tbe party, which gave him injuries
from which he has since died.
Train I&obber. On the B. & M.
The westbound passenger train on
the Black Hills line of the B.&M. rail
road was stopped Tuesday evening
one mile east of Hyannis by two high
waymen. The would be train robbers
had secreted themselves on the blind
baggage and climbing over the tender,
revolvers in hand, demanded the en
gineer to stop tbe train. The high
waymen were masked and evidently
had confederates who were expected
to be at that point, but who failed to
show up. The robbers jumped off the
tra'.n and ordered the engineer to pul
out. No clue to them has been ob
tained up to this time.
AROUND THE COURT ROOMS.
Judge Chapman was holding district
court Wednesday and beard motions
in various matters. Tbe term will
come to an end in a short time.
In the divorce suit of Margaret
Leuchtweis vs. Jos. Leuchtweis, Judge
Chapman Wednesday gave the plain
tiff a judgment by default.
License to wed was issued in county
court Monday to Mr. J aman Smith and
Miss Carrie E. Tapper, both of the vi
cinity of Weeping Water.
JUSTICE AHCIIER'6 COURT.
Jim Stewart, in the language of the
court, was like unto a "biled" owl
Saturday night and Monday morning
Police Judge Archer decreed that Jas.
should visit with Jailer Denson for a
period of some seven days.
Jacob II. Denson has commenced
replevin proceeding in JusticeArcher's
eairt to get possession of a plush-covered
couch, the same now being in the
han&s of Alex Graves. Denson claims
that tbe couch is his property, Wm.
Wagner having sold it to Graves with
out hm, Denson's, consent. Denson
ia Wagner's brother-in-law, but he
threatens to make the latter stand
trial for BteaJing the couch.
COURT ROOM NOTES.
The county commissioners met in
regular session at the court house
Wednesday and were grinding away
on the usual allotment of bills.
The Louisville bridge case, with the
county commissioners of ttiis county
on one side and the citizens of Louis
ville on the other, was argued and
submitted before the supreme .caurt
yesterday. The case has been ad
vanced on the docket and an early
decision is expected.
Oscar Thompson was taken before
tbe insane commission Monday ana
adjudged insane. Thompson created a
disturbance on the streets Saturday
night by making indecent proposals to
two girls, and the officers housed him
in jail over Sunday, where it was dis
covered that the young man bad be
come lacking in his upper-story.
That Elmwood Elevator Case.
In reference to the somewhat
famous case wherein the farmers alli
ance of Elmwood, thi3 county, sued to
enforce the Missouri Pacific railway to
provide the alliance with ground ad
jacent to the tracks for the building of
i elevator; the Lincoln Journal -has
tbe following to say:
Att'y Gen. Hastings has received no-
tire that the Elmwood elevator case
will come up for final hearing in tbe
Uaited States supreme court Decem
ber 3, and as the representative of the
state he will go there to appear in be
half of the board of transportation,
which is defendant in the suit, tbe
Missouri Pacific Railway company be
ing the plaintiff. General Hastings is
now preparing a brief to submit to the
The case started before the Nebraska
board of transportation on complaint
of a lodge of the farmer's alliance.
which demanded an elevator Bite at
Elmwood. The board ordered the road
to grant a site, which order was not
obeyed, and the board instituted man
damus proceedings to compel compli
ance. The Nebraska supreme court
sustained the order of the board, and
the road took the case up to the United
States court. A brief prepared by
Judge John F. Dillon, Winslow b.
Pierce of New York and Harry Hub
bard has been served on General
Hastings on behalf of the road.
The argument of the railway com
pany, in substance, is that the land
taken is the private property of the
railway, purchased and owned by it,
and like any other private property,
cannot be taken except by due pro
cess of law; that the legislation of tbe
state of Nebraska, as construed by the
judgment or decree of the supreme
court, took the land of the railway
company for private use, contrary to
the fourteenth amendment of tbe
United States; that private property
cannot be taken under tbe pretense of
"regulating" the affairs of railroads,
except (as other property) for a public
use, and on just compensation ascer
tained by due process of law.
General Hastings will maintain that
an elevator site is a facility that must
be furnished under the charter of tbe
road to shippers tbe Bame as platforms
or depots; that it is not confiscation,
inasmuch as the road does not abso
lutely own the right of way, but holds
ft merely under franchise, and when a
ite is furnished to one it must be
granted to other applicants.
MOST BE ENFORCED,
Supreme Court Decides That Harry
Hill Shall Hang.
DATE OF EXECUTION IS FIXED.
The Conrt Decree. That the Prisoner Shall
Give rp Hi. Life On the Gallows On
the First Day of March, 1898.
Harry Hill Will Hans;.
Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 9 rSpecial to
The Journal The supreme court
of the state passed upon tbe appeal
case of Murderer Harry Hill late yes
terday afternoon and affirmed the de
cision of the lower court, which called
for Hill's execution. Tbe court fixed
tbe hanging to occur at the Cass county
jail on March 1, 1S95.
The news of the action of the supreme
court reached this city last night and
little else has been talked of since its
reception. The prisoner and his coun
sal, Matthew Gering, have been hope
ful all along that that the verdict re
turned by the jury last December
calling for Hill's execution would be
either reversed or commuted to life
imprisonment, but tbe general public
did not anticipate any such result. As
a matter of fact there is no grave doubt
as to whether the people of Cass
county would have tolerated any judg
ment by the higher court other than
the one given.
The murder of Matt Akeson, for.
which Hill was sentenced to be exe
cuted, was committed some sixteen
miles southwest of this city on the
evening of Nov. 1, 1893. He and his
accomplice, Benwell, were captured
three day's later in Lincoln. Public
sentiment, it will be remembered, was
strongly against the prisoners, and the
authorities confined them in the Doug
las county jail at Omaha until Decem
ber 11, when trial was commenced in
this city before district Judge Chap
man, the proceedings ending in Hill
being sentenced to death and Benwell
to the penitentiary for life. Since that
date Hill has been kept in close con
finement at the county jail. He em
braced the Catholic faith shortly after
his trial and his action in that regard
has doubtless had the effect of lessen
ing the awful suspense attendant to
tbe tedious prosecution of the appeal
to the supreme court which has just
been decided adversely to the prisoner.
Hill was not informed of the action
ot the supreme court until this morn
ing, and the authorities were careful
to search his cell and remove all im
plements which might assist the man
in suiciding, before tbe information
was given him. It was the lot of his
counsel, Matthew Gering, to convey
the news to the prisoner. Hill re
ceived it without any outward signs of
emotion. He has continually expected
the supreme court to bold against him
and the decision occasioned him little
surprise. His vindictiveness is still
apparent, and to the authorities abont
tbe jail this morning he refused to say
anything in regard to his now certain
Sheriff Eikenbary went before the
county board this morning with a re
quest that an extra guard be stationed
at the jail until March 1st, when it
will become his unpleasant duty to ex
ecute the man. The board granted tbe
request, and from now until the date
of hanging Hill will be kept under
close watch both day and night.
Nebraska is the one gieen spot in
this entire republican desert. Hurrah
The Hortc.ce Record.
Cass county's morteatre record for
October is as follows: Farm property
filed, $25,050; released. $23,040.85;
town property filed, $9,153.91; re
leased, $7,482.09. Chattel mortgages
filed, $9,312.54; released, $4,027.95.
ABBistant U. S. District Attorney
Smith of Omaha was in the city today
taking depositions on behalf of the
government in the matter of the Indian
depredation claims filed against the
government by J. R.Porter, W. B. Por
ter, J. C. Gilmore, Moses Dodge and
Wm. Wettenkamp. The claims
amount to some $53,000, the claimants
alleging that the Indians made away
with property in that amount while
they were driving cattle across the
plains in 1867. The matter is In the
hands of the proper officials at Wash
ington and an early adjustment seems
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