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THE TAYLORS GUILTY
OF THE MURDER OF THE MEEKS
It Took tbe Jury bat a Short Tim to
Come to m Conclusion Intense Excite
ment in tbe Coart Arguments of tbe
Attorneys for Defense and Prosecution
Very Strong Much Feeling Displayed
by the Taylors.
Jury Says They Are Guilty.
Carrolltox, Mo., Aug. 8. At 2:20
o'clock this afternoon the Taylor jury
returned a verdict of guilty of murder
in the Srst degree, amid the most in
Carrollton, Mo., Aug. 8. "When
court opened this morning1 the room
was crowded to the doors with the
neighbors and friends of Colonel J. H.
Hale, who was booked to make the
first address. The Taylor children
had been left at home, but lined up
before the iury were the two defend
ants, their wives and mothers and old
Colonel Hale began by calling at
tention to the address of Mr. Minnis,
which he characterized as brilliant,
but calculated to inflame the worst
passions of men. 'While he was speak
ing, little Nellie Meeks entered the
court room with her foster mother,
Mrs. Pierce. 'When she saw Grandma
Meeks she climbed into her lap and
then went over to Ben Pierce and sat
on his knee, facing the jury.
The colonel called attention to his
declining years and said that he would
not a&k for an acquittal if he did not
belie ve his clients deserved it. lie en
deavored to show that the Taylors
after the murder showed no evidences
whatever of having handled bloody
bodies. lie said that Nellie Meeks
should have been put on the witness
stand, for no one now known could
tell as much as she about it. "When
Nellie was rescued from her living
grave in the straw stack and went to
tbe Carter house, the Carters under
stood her, and why should not the
jury understand hei? It is clear that
she would tell something that would
not help the case against the Taylors.
He took the evidence relating to the
blood on the wagon and picked it to
pieces, showing that the blood was
simply supposition and that it might
just as welt have been red paint, and
Colonel Hale, referring to the testi
mony relating to the harrowing about
the straw stack, said that the corn was
in good condition for the harrow and
tried to convince the jury that it was a
perfectly natural thing for George
Taylor to do as a farmer, and that the
harrow had been driven to the stack
and then to the house.
The speaker drew certain supposi
tious cases of circumstantial evidence
which authorized conviction, none of
them at all resembling the Taylor
case, in order to make clear to the jury
just what circumstantial evidence was.
He pleaded for mercy for the Taylors
on behalf of tlieir wives, their children
and their hemes, while Bill Taylor
and his wife snd mother wept. "Oh,
God. an awfu thing it is to see the hu
man soul ip'.ce flight!" he said. "What
will be te" fate of these young wives
if you lake the lives of their husband-?
The finger of scorn will be
posited at their children."
In referring to little Nellie Meeks,
the speaker said: "She was the daugh
ter of a convict and her associations
were of the worst. Then her father
was taken away from her and she was
thrown into the hands of Ben Pierce,
who will take good care of her, and
she will grow up into a good woman.
he will not suffer the finger of scorn
because her father was murdered,
rather will she have the sympathy of
all mankind. She does not need ven
geance nor dees she need your sym
pathy." Colonel Hale closed with an earnest
plea for the lives of his clients.
MR. EEESXEHEX S SUMMING UP.
It was 10 o'clock when T. M. Bres
nehen, the leading attorney for the
state, arose to close the case. He said
that he had been taunted for receiving
a fee for prosecuting the Taylors. He
thought it as honorable, to say the
least, as accepting fees for defeating
justice. "I told yor, jentlemen, be
fore this case opened," he went on,
"that if the evidence I should present
did not convict the Taylors I should
not come before you at this time and
ak for their just punishment. I am
here and ask for their convi -tion at
your hards. I will show you the mo
tives that prompted this crime and the
threats against the poor victim of it.
I will show you beyond a reasonable
doubt, by a chain of circumstantial
evidence in which there is not a link
missing, that the Taylor brothers mur
derfd Gus Meeks and his family on
.lenkin lull on the night of May 10 or
the morning of May 11. It was a
butchery, li were flattery to call Jit
simole murder and its details are very
horrible. I will show you that these
men. William and George Taylor, are
the butchers of the Meeks family, and
I demand their punishment."
Mr. Bresneben next made a teiTible
;:rraignment of the Taylors. As he
lalked Bill sat white and nervous.
ieorcre's face was fiery, and Mrs. Bill
Th y lor t lips trembled and she had
I'ilicr.lTv to kfep from weeping. lie
snowed the absolute certainty of the
('st;nii.Tiy as goinc to shov,- the guilt
f t Ta--lors. The told of the om-7;i-v.-4nt
iiacd of God rai&inc" little
N-il:e a fe living witness. II:s aru
in -t; faf-ecTed trie jury tronrly. ile
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for acquittal, but thought the jury
would be out for one or two days.
Judge Brinkley, for the defense, said
he did not exect acquittal, but rather
T. M. Bresnehan, prosecuting at
torney of Linn county, said: "If that
jury is an honest one. as I truly be
lieve they are, they will convict Will
iam and George Taylor of the murder
of the Meeks family, and that speed
ily." As the Taylors passed down the
court house steps after the trial a re
porter walked with them and asked
-Bill: "Well, what do you think of it
"I have had no reason to change my
mind," was the reply. "If we get
justice we will be acquitted."
George, who walked behind, was
sullen and refused to say anything."
NO DOUBT ABOUT APPLES
The Crop Will Be tbe Largest tn Tears
and of the Very Finest Quality.
Chicago, Aug. 3. At the annual
meeting of the National Apple Ship
pers association, with delegates pres
ent representing all apple growing
states from Maine to Colorado, it was
announced that the July report of the
department of agriculture indicating a
short apple crop is entirely incorrect
and misleading. Local information in
their possession shows that in New
England the crop is one of reasonable
proportions, and in New York, while
light in ome districts, the aggregate
exceeds last year, both in quantity and
quality. West of the Allegheny moun
tains the crop is declared the largest
grown in any recent year and much
larsrer and of better quality than that
of last year, the only section being in
limiteddistriets of Ohio and Michigan
and in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Those in attendance at the meeting
unite in declaring the outlook to be for
the largest aggregate crop of best
quality in recent years.
Will Visit 1'resideut Cleveland
Washington. Aug. 3. Mrs. Hatch
tvill visit Gray Gables to interview the
president in behalf of her son, Clyde
Mattox, who is to be executed at Wich
ita October 11. She is encouraged to
believe that she will secure an audi
ence with the president, by letters she
has received here from personal
friends of Mr. Cleveland's, and it is be
lieved that the president will hear
what she may have to say in behalf of
Taylor's Bondsmen Much Worried.
Sioux Crrr, Iowa, Aug. 3. Reports
from South Dakota are that the sure
ties of W. W. Taylor, the defaulting
ex-state treasurer, are considerably
worried by their principal's delay in
turninir his nrooertv over to them to
J secure them against loss on his bond.
They are threatened with executions
on the judgments against them.
Japan Inclined to Resist.
Washington, Aug. 3. The diplo
matic corps is watching with interest
the settlement of the question of the
evacuation of Port Arthur by the Jap
anese nnder tbe demand of Russia,
France and Germany that the entire
Liao Tung peninsula be evacuated
without reference to China's fulfill
ment of her part of the Shimonoseki
treaty obligations. It is believed that
Japan will not accede without a vig
Coxey Nominated for Governor.
Colt:.mbus, Ohio, Aug. 3. The whole
forenoon to-day in the Populist state
convention was spent in tearing to
pieces the platform reported last night
by the committee on resolutions.
Jacob S. Coxey of Massillon was nom
inated for g-overnor.
Mrs. Frey Stricken Wltb Paralysis.
Sedalla, Mo., Aug. 3. A telegram
was received in this city summoning a
physician to attend Mrs. J. J. Frey of
Topeka, Kan., who had been stricken
with paralysis at Colorado Springs.
Her husband is general manager of
the Santa Fe and is absent in Europe.
NEWS IN BRIEF.
Coinage last month amounted to
53,22o.00 of which nearly $3,0)0,000
Diplomats in Washington are very
much interested in the Port Arthur
Secretary Morton has been informed
that Germany has established a new
form of live stock quarantine.
Permission to see the North Atlantic
squadron's maneuvers has been denied
to officers of foreign governments.
Missouri will sue Iowa to bring
about a legal settlement of the bound
Kansas City primaries chose silver
delegates to the Jackson County con
vention. Thousands of dollars damage has
been done by the Missouri river at
Sioux City. Iowa.
Comptroller of the Currency Eckels
says that free silver sentiment is dying
out in Illinois.
l!en Howell, who is charged with
aiding Cherokee J Jill to escape from
jail, has been arrested.
Reports from the flooded districts in
the West show that great damage was
done to property.
President Thomp.-on of the National
Lead company says he never saw such
crops in the West.
Judge Taylor of Torre Ilauie, Ind.,
decided that the Nicholson temper
ance law is inoperative.
Sheri3 Tamsen snd ex-keepers of
the Ludlow street jail. New York,
were indicted for allowing three pris
oners to escape,
A London sport offers to back Peter
Jack ot: against Corbett.
Fitzxiraraor.s will do his final train
ing at Oorpn Christi and Corbett at
In vite Un lei States circuit court
acre Caswell decided that judg
ii)fxi svl.t the 'Frisco took priority
c-tt all raortirafe-, and that the r
7 rat;, pay them in fulL
.W u-e.ral Caaa poa has iasnd a proc'a
r.at v abCute!T prohibiting the pb-Ir'..x-
cf m about the war in
.b if it U not cf ofhclal origin.
Th ant j-o.evmT-7rvt law are
J. -"m ;rr. tt. dr-puty fuitel State
: r : mi ! a nrek "hf riff, was aaa-
aajk'el fr: a-i.'.i.Nh hv three Creek
lud.ti ft.r Oktiiu. jcr Crrelc rutli Jn
THE TOWN ENGULFED
SOCORRO. NEW MEXICO. BADLY
WRECKED BY WATER.
Waves From tbe Mountains Wipe Oat
Many Lives Three Feet of Bashing
Water Rons Madly Through the Princi
pal Streets, Carrying Away Fifty
Houses Vivid Lightning, Crashing
Thunder and Blinding Storm.
Clond-Barst In New Mexico.
Socorbo, N. M., Aug. 2. A tremen
dous roaring startled the people of
Socorro Tuesday afternoon about 4
o'clock. Shortly after huge waves of
water came rushing down an arroyo,
which drains the eastern slope of the
Magdalena mountains, and almost en
circles the town. ; At first it was hoped
that the flood would be confined to the
lower -portion of the city, but soon the
water came over above the town and
three feet of water began to rush
through the principal streets. It en
gulfed women and children, mingled
with the crashing of falling houses
and dying wail? of souls swept into
eternity. For two hours the work of
destruction continued, the horror be
ing increased by vivid lightning,crash
ing thunder and blinding rain.
All night long homeless people were
being brought in and cared for. Yes
terday morning a scene of desolation
was presented. The majority of the
business houses escaped heavy damage
or destruction, but hundreds of poor
people lost everj-thing, being home
less and without money, and almost
naked. More -than fifty houses are
known to have been destroyed, while
almost every residence in the city is
damaged. Since the water receded
many adobe houses have fallen and
many others must be abandoned. Two
bodies recovered have been identified as
members of the Duran f amily.several of
whom are missing. Four more bodies
were taken out and identified as those
of the Durans, making six recovered.
Other bodies are reported as being
seen, but owing to the treacherous
nature of the ground they cannot be
reached. The destructive waters
spread over the entire city and carried
death everywhere. Many are missing.
Reports coming from towns north and
south of here tell of heavy losses.
For twelve miles south destruction of
property was terrible, frame houses
and crops being entirely swept away.
The Santa Fe tracks were washed out
botween here and San Antonio m sev
NEW SILVER MOVE.
The Financial Policy of the Present Ad
ministration to Be Attacked.
Chicago, Aug 2. A special to the
Post from Washington says: ''Politics
in the state of Virginia are beginning
to assume a new phase, and the silver
members are all preparing for a form
of campaign which they believe will
have the effect of changing the char
acter of the present controversy be
tween the factions of the party. They
propose partially to abandon free coin
age as the leading issue of the cam
paign and to place the sound money
men upon the defensive by attacking
what they regard as the most
I vulnerable points in the sound
j money doctrine. To do this they
propose to use the president s message
to the last congress upon the financial
question, the report of Secretary Car
lisle upon the same subject and the
bill which Mr. Carlisle prepared and
.submitted to the house, together with
the bill which was afterward sub
stituted for the Carlisle bill by the
banking and currency committee, to
show that the administration and its
followers would retire all of the
greenbacks, the treasury notes, and
ultimately the silver dollars, thus
causing a contraction of the currency
by the withdrawal from circulation of
more than $300,000,000. They will
further attempt to show that the
definition of sound money given by
the advocates of sound finance means
gold coin and national bank notes."
SWAMPED BY A FRESHET.
Mountain Cloudbursts in Colorado Derail
a Freight Train.
Cripple Creek. Col., Aug. 2. A
freight train on the Florence and
Cripple Creek railroad was caught in a
freshet and derailed near Adelaide.
A succession of cloud-bursts occurred
at the head of Eight Mile creek, about
twelve or fifteen miles north of Adel
aide. Engineer Ben Gove and Fireman
Maurice Lyons saw the water coming
down the creek. Lyons managed to
escape by climbing up the side of the
mountain. Gove is supposed to have
been drowned. Brakeman Dolan is
known to have lost his life in the
water. The flood struck the town of
Adelaide, doing great damage. The
hotel is said to have been swept away,
and Mrs. Carr, Lee Tracey and a man
named Watson drowned.
Six persons are known to have been
drowned at Adelaide, and two others
are reported missing. The railroad
for ten miles near Wilbur has been
washed away. It will be at least a
week before the railway can be re
paired, 'and the damage is estimated at
5100,000. More destruction is reported
at Camp McCourt.
Claim for S25.000 Damages.
IIoxoi.rLr, July 53. James Durrell,
held a prisoner for seven weeks after
ii & - ii i , , , . i ,
j vne ism uuioreaK. nas niea, xnrougn
United States Minister Willis, a claim
for S23,OOo damages for false imprison
ment. Ten Thousand Men Locked Out.
Pittsburg, Pa., Aug. 2. There
were fifty factories represented at the
green glas conference yesterday. It
was dicided to refuse the demand of
the UnitKi Gteen Glass Workers' league
for a restoration of the fourteen per
cent cut made in 1S94, and to declare a
lockout in all union factories, thus
throwing out 10,ioo men.
MrtV.er Urtre Away Non-Union Men.
j Bi vr:rin.TH. W. 'a., Aug. 2. Non
. union men are biug forced to leave
' the cal lieM by the strikers who
threaten personal violence to those
vho won't quit work.
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Meeting and Endorse the
Bancroft, Neb., August 2. At a
meeting at the Omaha agency resolu
tions were adopted and accepted by
the settlers sustaining Captain Beck in
his action and declaring that they have
always found him to be honorable and
just in what dealings they have had
with him. T. R. Ashley of Decatur, a
large leaser of Indian lands, was elect
ed secretary of the meeting. Mr. Tib
bies, chairman of the meeting, then
opened the meeting by an informal
talk and said that the conduct of Cap
tain Beck as agent of the Omahas was
just and honorable. He had never
heard of any complaints in his neigh
borhood by white settlers, and further
remarkedthat the Pender people ac
cuse the renters of Omaha lands of con
spiracy against Pender and its good in
terests, which was false in every res
pect. He said the renters of the Flour
noy lands have been notified time and
time again that they are in the wrong.
Other renters made speeches, after
which the following resolutions were
First, We whose names are hereunto
affixed hold Indian lands upon the
Omaha reservation under leases recom
mended by Captain Beck, United States
Indian agent, and under regulations
prescribed by the Indian department at
Second, That many of us prior to the
enactment of the law under which said
leases are made held private leases with
the individual Indians not approved bv
the Indian agent, and upon receiving
the printed notices which were served
to all renters by Captain Beck to vacate
the premises or take leases through
him under the law of the government
and the rules and regulations of the
department, at once cancelled our in
dividual leases and took leases as di
rected by said notice.
Third That in the procurement of
said leases through Captain Beck we
have each received from him courteous,
fair, just and honorable treatment, and
we can see no reason why the Indians
or leasers can complain at the treat
ment of Captain Beck.
Fourth That so far as our knowl
edge extends we know of no complaint
from persons holding under leases
recommended by Captain Beck, and
that complaint only comes from those
who are unwilling to take leases under
the recommendation of Captain Beck
and the laws of the department.
SHADY BOND DEALS.
Money Used to Secure the Purchase of
Some Kansas Securities.
Topzka, Kan., Aug. 2. Before the
permanent school fund investigation
committee yesterday afternoon, N. D.
McGinley, for a time bond clerk in the
office of the state superintendent of
public instruction during the Republi
can administration which preceded the
Populist rule, and since then agent in
the sale of securities, gave sensational
testimony concerning negotiations for
the sale of bonds of various Western
counties,tothe state school fund com
missioners. He said that he sold Harper,
Hamilton and Wichita county bonds to
the Populist board. Tlie Wichita
county bonds amounted to 35,000, and
it was not until after he had divided
his commission with three Populists
whom he believed were in the con
fidence of the board that he was able
to make the sale. Two of the three
were O. O. Oshorn, son of R. R. Osborn.
secretcry of state (a member of the
board), and Grant Gaines, bond clerk
and a brother of II. N. Gaines, state
superintendent of public instruction
(another member of the board). The
name of the third person he professed
not to know. In all he paid $1,100 to
make the Wichita county sale go
through. He testified, also, that he
paid money to Grant Gaines and O. O.
Osborn to help in the sale of the Ham
ilton county bonds late in 1894, about
which such a scandal was raised at the
Foolish Women Make a Hero of the Pris
oner In San Francisco.
Sax Fraxcisco, Aug. 2. Two addi
tional jurors were secured yesterday
to try Theodore Durrant for the mur
der of Blanche Lamont. The third
panel of seventy-five names having
been exhausted, an order was issued
for a venire of 150 new names. The
additional jurors secured are M. R.
Dempster, a commission merchant.and
Nathan Crocker, contractor. Four
jurors in all have so far been secured.
Counsel for both the prosecution and
defense are pleased at the character of
the men thus far chosen to try the
Instead of being driven, as hereto
fore, from the county jail to the city
hall in the sheriff's private buggy,
Durrant was conveyed in the ordinary
prison van with the less notable pris
oners. He still continues to be the
subject of much hero worship. As he
was leaving the court room a well
dressed and handsome woman rushed
toward him with endearing words,
and attempted to embrace him. The
sheriff protected Durrant from this
admirer, and also refuses to deliver
the quantities of flowers sent to his
cell by strangers.
For Kissing Another Man's Wife,
Wichita, Kan., Aug. 2. John Pul
liam, one of the wealthiest farmers in
this county, was arrested to-day on a
complaint sworn out by a neighbor,
G. W. Wentz, which charges that "on
July 30 defendant disturbed his peace
by kissing his wife, Martha Wentz, in
a loud, boisterous, felonious, malicious
and unseemly manner, against the
peace and dignity of the state and
contrary to the statutes thereof.'
NEWS IN BRIEF.
Mississippi Populists met at Jackson
and nominated a state ticket.
Secretary Carlisle will spend part of
his vacation sailing on the lakes.
Fourteen more negro colonists have
reached Eagle Pass from Mexico.
The operation of the new mineral
law is proving very unsatisfactory.
The agricultural department is going
. to experiment with flax growing,
i Ship registry taxes for lat year
were 55-.,-.,,'34, against J12Mn ihe year
A GREWSOME STORY OF SUI
CIDE AND SWINDLING.
Holmes, tbe Alleged Murderer, Tells of
Pletzel's Death He Relates In Detail
How the Matter Was Worked Up to
Collect the Insurance Money Does
Mot Admit that He Was Responsible
for Pletzel's Death.
The Story Told by Holmes.
Philadelphia., July 31. An entirely
new statement has just been made by
H. H. Holmes, the supposed murderer
of the Pietzel children. In it the man
of many crimes gives in detail his ver
sion of how Pietzel came by his death
last September, and also states his
(Holmes) connection with the tragedy.
Holmes says that on Saturday night
preceding the death of Pietzel the lat
ter came to his house on North
Eleventh street, where he was staying
with "Mrs. Howard." Pietzel told
Holmes a heartrending story of his
pecuniary difficulties and of the sick
ness of his daughter in St. Louis. "I
must have money," he said,
or words to that effect, "to
send to my wife in St. Louis."
Holmes remonstrated with Pietzel as
to his spendthrift habits, and spoke
substantially to him as follows: "Then
you have been a good friend of mine;
I'll admit it. I have made lots of
money through you, but I can not keep
this thing up. Where is that S50 I
gave you the other day? If you don't
quit drinking you and I will have to
This conversation is said to have
been carried on along Eleventh street
the men walking north until Morris
Btreet was reached. When they ar
rived av the corner Pietzel exclaimed:
"I am of no benefit to anyone. I will
soon get rid of my difficulties. Life
has become a nuisance to me."' Holmes
then avers that he jokingly remarked:
"Well, your body is as good as any
other, but I would not advise you to
do anything rash."
Holmes accounts for making this re
mark by saying that he and Pietzel
had under consideration the defraud
ing of the Fidelity Mutual Insurance
company. Holmes says Pietzel then
became angry and again vowed that
he would commit suicide. Holmes
then explains that Pietzel left him
with the intention of going home.
Holmes says he gave Pietzel no money
that night, but promised to meet him
at the Callowhill street house the fol
It was about 10 o'clock the follow
ing day (Sunday), Holmes goes on to
say, that he went to visit Pietzel at the
Callowhill street house. When he
reached the place no one apparently
was about. Holmes sat in the kitchen
for almost twenty minutes waiting for
Pietzel to appear. The latter, Holmes
supposed, had gone out for breakfast.
Time wore on, and "Ben" wasnot to be
seen. The conspirator then says that he
became anxious about his friend's
whereabouts and began to search the
house for Pietzel. "As I arose to go
upstairs," says the criminal, "I noticed
a note lying on the counter in the front
part of the house. It was addressed
to me." Then Holmes explains that
he opened the note. It directed him
to go up to the second floor and to
open a closet, in which he would find
a large blue bottle containing another
letter addressed to him. Holmes fol
lowed the directions.
He found the note in the bottle as
described, and was horrified when he
read it. It was from Benjamin Piet
zel, and advised that his dead body
could be found in the house. The let
ter pleaded that Holmes look after
rietzel's children and suggested that
there would be no difficulty in getting
the insurance money from the Fidelity
company now that the dead body of
Pietzel could be produced in evidence.
Holmes then told his friend of the
appearance of the corpse, and said he
sat in the room with the body for over
an hour. He was dazed, and hardly
knew what course to pursue. He final
ly made up his mind that since Pietzel
had taken his life there would be no
harm in destroying any evidence of
suicide, that he might be able to get
the insurance on Pietzel's life without
Holmes has confessed that he there
upon dragged the dead body to the sec
ond floor, laid the corpse on the floor,
pried open the mouth of the dead man
with a pencil, and poured in a quantity
of explosive chemicals. He then, he
says, placed a lighted match to the
man's mouth when the explo
sion which so horribly disfigured
the corpse followed. To give
the more forcible impression that
Pietzel came to his death by an acci
dental explosion, Holmes stated to his
friend that he got a pipe of Pietzel's,
filled it with tobacco, lighted it, and
then blew out the flame after the to
bacco had been partially consumed
and placed the pipe beside the dead
It was nearly 4 o'clock in the after
noon before he left the Callowhill
street house. He put on a hat of
Pietzel's to Dartially conceal his iden
tity and placed his hat, which was a
felt, under his coat. He and his wife.
Holmes alleges, left for Chicago that
A California Legislator Skips.
Saj? Francisco, July 30. H. L.
Langenour, a member of the state
legislature who disappeared from
Woodland last week, after drawing
810,000 from a local bank, is said to
have gone to Chicago with a young
woman of Sacramento. He was elected
to the assembly last fall. - Recenliy he
came into possession of a large for
tune, but unfortunate business invest
ments are said to have involved him.
Lived Over Five Score Tears.
Burling a mk, Kan., July 30. An
drew Franklin, alias Andrew McKee
of this city, died this afternoon, aged
105 years. He was born in Lancaster
county, Pennsylvania, on December
25, 1791. He was in the war of 11?,
Mexican, and 10-64. Mr. Franklin
cast hi first vote for James MadUon
for president, and has voted at every
presidential election since.
A Tlfd VWIts Cripple Creek.
CnirrLK Cr.n k. Col., July 2. This
camp wa visitrd by a flood about 4
o'clock jrterdy afternoon. A sccre
of stores were fltHxied.
They Drive OS a Sheriff and Posse Frm.
Tor-EKA, Kan., July 30. Sheriff Nay
lor of Jackson county arrived here last
evening and reported that he and a
posse of deputies, accompanied by
Indian police, were driven by fifty
armed Pottawatomie Indians from the
reservation when they went there to
arrest red men for refusing to allow
lessees of reservation lands to make
hay. It was reported that the sheriff
would ask the governor for state troops
to aid him in enforcing the law, but . he
left this morning without doing so.
There is a question about the right
of the governor to send state troops to
the reservation, as it is under the
lurisdiction of the federal courts.
The trouble has arisen over a sec
tion of reservation land which a partyof
white men claim to have leased from
the Indian agent. Last Saturday the
white men began making hay and an
Indian named Matarashan and several
others drove them away. Warrants
were put in the hands of the Indian
police to be served and Sheriff Nay lor
and a posse accompanied them. When
the party reached the reservation they
were met by Matarashan and about
fifty followers all heavily armed.
They refused to be arrested and the
sheriff and party were oblighed to
END OF THE SILVER TALK,
Messers. Hon and Harvey Wind Vp
Their Long Debate.
Chicago, July 31. The last day of
the Harvey-Horr silver siege opened
yesterday afternoon. The day's at
tacks were directed at the question of
the feasibility of independent action
by the United States on the remone
tization of silver and its free and un
limited coinage at a ratio of J6 to 1
with gold, regardless of the action of
other nations. Mr. Harvey argued for
such action, Mr. Horr against it.
The debate closed by Mr. Horr
prestnting Mr. Harvey with two coins
of two different metals because Mr.
Harvey was a bimetallist. The debat
ers then thanked each other for the
courteous treatment shown by both
and the debate came to an end.
It should be said that the attendance
at the session of the discussion was by
card only and was limited to the ca
pacity of the hall, which was about
200. The space was ; generally fully
A WOMAN PUNISHED.
s7b.e Recreant Wife of a New Yorker
Mobbed on Her Return Home.
Watebtowx, N. Y., July 20. Mrs.
Hattie Covey, wife of Bert Covey of
JayviHe, eloped June 22 with John
Kirch, superintendent of a sawmill
leaving one child. Saturday night Mrs.
Covey returned home. She was told to
leave town by the first train Monday
morning, and did so, but went to Har
risonville for legal advice.
Armed with a peace warrant the wo
man returned to Jayville where her
parents live, and was met at the door
by a crowd of men, women and boys,
who stripped her of her clothing and
beat her so badly that she may die. No
arrests have been made. Jayville is a
small backwoods village, consisting
mostly of huts.
Mrs. Wilhelmine Ganz, an aged
widow, committed suicide by hanging
herself near SS. Peter and Paul's cem
etery, St. Louis.
The copper output of the United
States for 1894 is estimated at 193,000,
Ex-Congressman DeForest says with
the financial issue before the people
the sound money men can have but
one candidate for the presidency
The department of justice had its
dignity shocked by numerous applica
tions for the place of the late United
States Marshal Stowe of the Indian
Territory, who died Saturday.
Four horses were killed by lightning
at Smithton, Mo.
Durrant had the production of a
play based on the Emanuel church
The courts have given the Topeka
Daily Press a chance to settle its diffi
culties before appointing a receiver.
It comes out now that Stambuloff
predicted his death months ago.
General Alfaro has fortified the
height of Guaranda, Ecuador, and a
battle is expected soon.
The warehouse of the Bonded SDirit
Company at Hamburg was burned,
causing a loss of i, 000,000 marks.
Citizens of Xevada, Mo., have re
fused to grant a bonus to the El Dorado
Governor Culberson's edict, adverse
to pugilistic encounters in the state of
Texas, does not seem to have had
much effect on the sports, who take a
deep interest in pugilism. They all
believe implicity in Dan Stuart's
ability to bring" off the big fight at
The Chickamauga Park association
has received notice of the contemplated
attendance of twenty governors of
states with their staffs at the dedica
tion, September 18, 19 and 20.
J. AV. Wills of Centralia. Mo., was
fined $350 and costs for forcing Editor
Rodemire of that town to sign a re
traction of an article attacking Wills
and a Mrs. Sadler.
A new bank has been organized at
Ilarwood, Vernon county. Ma, with a
paid up capital stock of 810,000. The
stockholders are some of the most in
fluential men of the county.
Susie Kiley, an unmarried white
woman, was arrested at South McAl
ester. In L Ter., for cutting the throti
of and burying her new born infant in
a cot n field.
The free silver Democrats of Aud
rain, Buchanan. Clinton and Salice
counties, elected delegate to the t'ate
convention. Resolutions for free sil
ver coinage wr adopted.
Ten thousand peop'e at Seattle.
Wiih., vrittie"l tb? inauguration! of
work on ti-e Lake Wahiu?loa cansL
j Goveruo Mc irw, ex 4 remor Nerap e
j and othr- nok. The wirk wi'i t
M''w)aDJ will le ia prufcrt six,
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