The farmers' alliance. (Lincoln, Nebraska) 1889-1892, December 28, 1889, Image 1

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NO. 28.
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Notice to Subscribers.
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lyinfT subneritiers of the date or their expira
tions we will inark this notice with a. Mue or
Ted pencil, on the date at which their sub
scription expires. We will send the paper
two weeks alter expiration. If not renewed
by that time it will be discontinued.
The Alliance!
Uagniflcent Premiums !
TnK Allian'Ce lias been started as
the oflioial organ of the Nebraska State
Farmers' Alliance. It lias already
taken r, high place among the papers
of the country, and is gaining patron
age wl i ieh promises to make it a bril
liant success.
It will be conducted SOLELY IX
its Editor, is Chairman of the Ex
ecutive Committee of the Farm
ers' State Alliance. He has had long
experience in newspaper work. He
will bring to his aid able men in differ
ent spheres of thought, and will make
The Alliaxce one of the ablest pa
pers in the west.
MR, THOMPSON, the Associate Ed
itor, is Secretary of the Nebraska State
The Alliance will be absolutely
in the discussion of all public ques
tions. Its publishers will accept no
patronage from corporations that will
embarrass their free expression of
opinion upon all topics. NO MONEY
TIIE ALLIANCE will be found in
the front ranks of the opposition to all
trusts and combinations to throttle com
petition, and extort from the producers
jind laborers the lion's share of the fruits
of their toil.
We shall advocate the free coinage
of silver the same as gold, and its re
storation to its old time place in our
The issue of all paper money direct
to the people on land security, and an
increase of its volume proportioned to
' increased production ana population:
Government ownership of railroads;
The U. S. postal telegraph;
The restriction of land ownership to
the users of land, and its reasonable
The exclusion of alien landlords:
The election of U. S. Senators by a
direct vote of the people;
And all other reforms which will
inure to the benefit of the Farmers
and Workingmen.
Now Brother Farmers and Working
men, it remains for you to prove that
the often-made assertion that you will
not stand bv your own friends, is false.
We appeal to you for support. Give
us your support and we will give you a
grand paper.
Every member of the Alliance, and
every Farmer, should make the suc
cess of this paper HIS OWN INDI
We want an agent in every Alliance
in the North.
Terms, Single Subscriptions $1.00 per
year, invariably in adyance; or, Five
yearly Subscriptions Four Dollars.
Canvassers wanted.
MIUM OFFER in our advertising
All kinds of Job Work
Promptly and neatly executed at rea
sonable prices. Particular attention
given to Alliance work.
Address, Alliance Pun. Co.,
Lincoln. Neb.
We understand that the U. S. govern
ment declines to take a record of the
mortgages in the country at the coming
What is the excuse'? '
"Because it will cost too much!"
Great God, what a government! It
has spent 3t million dollars the past
few months to accommodate bankers
an actual gift a bonus a "premium
on bonds." But out of the b' million
necessary to take the census it cannot
use one fiftieth of it for the poor man!
And my friend, are you a "party" man
Windom's plan of issuing silver cer
tificates upon the gold value of silver
bullion would be the best bonanza for
gamblers since the gold room of the war
time. By cornering the silver it could
be put tip to ninety or ninety-live or one
dollar, and if the secretary of the treas
ury was in the ring, it could then be un
loaded into the treasury. The secretary
of the treasury might then retire with
$10,000,000 for his share. The silver
market could then be allowed to drop
anil tlie same game ne puvyeu over
again, all of which would demonstrate
again the beauty of tying money to a
fluctuating commodity. Iowa Tribune.
Money? Scarcity of money? Why
bless your soul, during the past three
years you have taken up over 200 mil
lion of undue dollars of obligations, paid
from two to seven years interest on
them for future years, and besides paid
an enormous premium on them. What
for? Why so the banks could loan
money to you at from ten to twenty per
cent, when before you were paying only
4A per cent. These were 4 and 4 per
cent government bonds. The people
paid the interest. Now your Treasurer
gives the Shylocks of Wall street seven
years interest in advance, takes up the
bonds, gives them the money and you
borrow your own principal and your
own interest of the banks at three to
live times the rate. Great West.
To Test Its Merits.
Washington special: One of the
latest gentlemen to appear here to ad
vocate the passage of Senator Mander
son's bills looking to the encourage
ment of the beet sugar interest is M. A.
Oxnard, who has a place in Grand
Island, and iis a member of the big
sugar liouse of Oxnard Bros., of New
York. Mr. Oxnard has been here
several days talking the subject over
with the Nebraska senator, and trying
to get some definite idea as to the
probabilities in regard to the passage
of the -bounty law. ;It is 'his intention
to erect a very expensive beet sugar
plant in Grand Island. Mr. Oxnard
desires, above all things, to have the
house leave "the question of duty on
sugar alone until there shall be some
chance to those, who have invested
their money, or propose to do so, in
the beet sugar industry to demonstrate
their faith that this new product will
prove more profitable to the farmer
than anything else he raises in the
deep, rich soil of Nebraska and other
prairie states.
All Over the State.
Mr. and Mrs. George Nutter of
Peila, celebrated their -sixteenth wed
ding anniversary last week.
O ver ci ghteen hundred, people signed
the pledge at Cedar Falls as a result
of the Murphy -movement.
Villisca is to have a broom factory
employing about fifteen to twenty
men, whieh will start up the first of
the year,
Eagcne Secor of Forest City, has
been elected first vice-president ef the
international bee keepers' association.
B. F- Ward, an ex-base ball player,
who was jailed at Fort Madison for
burglary, escaped and made a home
run the other night.
The second annual meeting of the
blue grass league will be held at Cres
ton June 8. Twenty five towns be
long to the organization.
The organization of the Tri-State
Canning company has been perfected
at Keokuk. The capital H3tock of the
company is $100,000. The company
expects to turn out 50,000 cans a day
and employ 125 men.
Jerome Baker, a traveling salesman
for Sutclif f Bros., of Cedar Ripids,
has disappeared, and his friends fear
he has been foully dealt with. He
was on his trip home, . but nothing has
been heard of him since he was at (Car
roll ten days ago. His child is dying
and his wife is distracted.
. Banner county's commissioners have
decided that the question of bonding
the county in the sum of $10,000 shall
be put to a vote of the people on J anu
ary 21.
Joseph Blahak and John Niesner,
young farmers living near Rising City,
went to a dance the other night and
have not been seen since. As both
were heavily in debt it is believed that
they b ave fled to avoid creditors.
Albert Seydell, a young man living
near Alliance, met with a painful acci
dent last week. In endeavoring to
take down a loaded gun which was
hanging on the wall the piece was dis
charged, the entire load passing
throxtgh his arm below the elbow,
making a very ugly wound.
John Speoring attempted suicide by
deliberately lying down on the Rock
Island track with his head on the rail
at Perry. The engineer of the train
which was coming down the track, saw
him take ofl his hat and lie down, but
could not stop the engine in time to
prevent its striking him. The cow
catcher struck him and threw him off
the track into the ditch, but beyond a
severe scalp wound he escaped injury.
No cause is given for the rash act.
A fire, believed to be of incendiary
origin, destroyed the stable of N. P.
Larsen, of West Point, and two cows
and other property were cremated.
The Hasting prospecting company
proposes to find gas or oil if either
article is within 4,000 feet of the earth's
The proposition to divide Custer in
to four new counties is again being
warmly agitated. Callaway will be a
candidate for one of the new county
seats and Broken Bow is laying plans
to retain the county seat at that place.
Those in favor of division argue that as
the county is now forty-eight miles
wide by fifty-four miles long it is large
enough to make four counties of the
regulation size.
According to Deputy Collector Kerr
Beatrice people have been drinking
liquur not up to the government stand
ard, and they don't know it. Twelve
barrels of whisky found to be below
the standard were condemned.
Mrs. L. Baker was accidentally shot
last week while visiting at the home of
her parents, M . and Mrs. J. A. Wells,
near Endicott. In a scuffle between
the two little sons of Mrs. Baker for
the possession of a, shotgun the weapon
was discharged, the entire load taking
effect in the mother's abdomen, caus
ing a serious and perhaps fatal wound.
The village board of Humphrey neg
lected to pass an ordinance regulating
or providing for the sale of liquor, and
five citizens who were doing bnsiness
without the proper authority have been
arrested, charged with selling liquor
without a license. In every case the
complaining witnesses are ladies.
Will it be a Republic-?
Paris, Dec 25. The agitation in Spain in
favor of a republic continues. It is not so
openly conducted in Madrid as it was a
fortnight ago. The republican leaders are
as active and busy as ever, bat have
turned their attention to the provinces,
where the movement is spreading and
gaining strength. A special despatch from
Madrid this Afternoon reports tht the
efforts of the authorities to keep down the
agitation in the province of Oviedo caused
a iiot ia the town of Gijon, on the north
const. The liberals and republican asssem
bled in large numbers anc ref ust.d to dis
perse. The police were unable to restore
order. The governor general of Oviedo
was sent for and 'appeared on the scene
with two regiments of infantry when the
streets were cleared and quiet restored.
DoriDg the rioting one roan was killed and
two badly wounded. A number of arrests
have been made. There are symtoms of
trouble m other towns. The Spanish re
publicans arc in constant communication
with teir political friends in Portugal.
Senor Caetelar has all in hand. He is act
ing with remarkable moderation and re
serve. He approves of political agitation
within legal bound and deprecates violent
measures on the part of the republicans.
An Indian Territory Battle.
Kansas Cite, Mo., Dec. 25. A dispatch
from Ardmour, L T.,says that yesterday
afternoon Deputy United States Marshal
Tucks and another dei uty attempted to
arrest Lx Brodham and Joe Merritt for
introducing Intoxicating liquors into the
Indian territory. The outlaws resist ?d and
a lively battle ensued, all the combatants
using their revolvers. Brodham wan mort
ally wounded. Neither of the officers were
injured. Merritt was arrested.
Dom Pedro's Allowance Cut Off.
Lisbon, Deo. i (Dom Pedro and the em
press of Blaxil today -started for Coimbra
News of the provisional .-government's
actions in suppressing the allowance of tne
ex-emperor has been withheld from Dom
Pedro by the advice of his physicians.
Bio dk Janeibo, Bee. 22. "Relating to Dom
Pedro, besides suppressing his allowances,
the orders are for the confiscation of his
property and forbids the return of the im
perial family to Brazil for two years.
Tbe Commercial Situation.
New York, Dec 21. Mild weather causes
increasing trouble. Perhaps the coal trade
suffers most. Many colleries in Pennsyl
vania have stopped, throwing over 4,000
men ont of employment, and .great suffer
ing results. The dry goods and boot and
shoe trades are mueh affected, and ha some
quarters even the holiday trade is restrict
ed by the unreasonable weather. The bad
state of the country roads cusoff much
tia-ing and renders many retail dealers
unable to meet their obligations. Collec
tions are slow. At Philadelphia unfortu
nate embarassments in the clothing trade
are feared unless winter weather comes.
In some southern states trade is seriously
affected for the time by the operation of
farmers' alliences, which enlists farmers
in co-operative trading and absorbs money
which mignt otherwise go to settle indebt
edness with merchants. The results, in
some localities, almost paralyze trade. But
the general tenor of reports of to the con
dition of business, except as temporarily
affected by the weather, is by no means un
favorable. The volume of trade continues
larger than a year ago, and though the
comparative inactivityiusual at this sea
son everywhere appears, transactions still
show a fair Increase, especially in the holi
day trade.
The exports in November appear to have
exceeded those of last year by nearly or
quite $ 30,000,000. the increase in values of
cotton, breadstuff, provisions, cattle and
petroleum having been over $150,10,000.
Bat since December 1, the export trade has
Deen a little smaller, snowing tor three
weeks a decrease of 18 1-2 per cent.
Money is still close here, but in sufficient
supply for legitimate business at western
and southern points generally. The treas
ury has mada heavy disbursements and for
eign exchange has advanced an eighth
during the week. The general level of
prices has ecaicely changed. The specu
lative markets .have been comparatively
dull. In the stock market dullness and de
pression have been followed by a stronger
tone, a settlement of difficulties between
roads in which Mr. Gould Is interested, the
declartion of a dividend of Missouri Pacific
and the success of the Atchison reorgani
zation contributing to restore confidence.
Business failures during the last seven
days number: For the United States, 3f 6;
for Canada, 36; total. 342, compared with
290 last week. Fer the corrc sponding week
of last year the figures were 293 failures in
the United States and eighteen in Canada.
Hebrew Working People in Con
veBtion. New Tobk, Dec. 2 A convention was
held here to-night of delegates represent
ing twenty-eight organizations of Hebrew
working people with a total membership of
iu,oou persons. The organizations repre
sented HI In Tl'Uitan Phllariolnfelo ftM-
oago. Providence, Cincinnati, Baltimore
4.1.4- mi.: - I .
uu uiiio vibjr. j. purpose oi me meeting
was to organize a national Hebrew organi
zation. It WH lipnf rii tn fn-rm an
zation under the name of the Hebrew
liSDor urganization or the United States.
Most of tne session was spent in discuss
ing the plans of the organization.
Newsboys Clothed.
Pittsbueo, Pa., Dec. 25. One hundred
and fifty newsboys were presented with
tickets to a Mother Goose performance by
the Times a few days ago and told to be at
the Times office Christmas morning at 10
o'clock. When they arrived to-day they
were divided into squads of four, marched
to clothing stores and each one given a
warm suit of clothes.
A Charitable Editor.
Cincinnati, O., Dec. 25. John R. McL?an,
editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, to-day
distributed $2,000 among the charitable in
stitutions of this city.
Death of a Once Noted Man.
Utica, N. Y., Dec. 22. Hon. Orsamus B.
Mattison died to-day, aged 84. He was a
representative in congress from this dis
trict in the thirty-first, thirty-third, thirty
fourth and thirty-fifth congresses. While
In congress In 1856-57 Mattison was charged
with declaring that a large number of the
members of congress were purchasable.
The affair caused great excitement in con
gress and throughout the country. A reso
lution ordering his expulsion was offered
in the house, but after a long and bitter de
bate it was tabled. Before it could be
called up again Mattison resigned his seat
About this time a number of congressmen
and other prominent persons In the
national hotel were poisoned. It was be
lieved to be a pro-slavery plot to murder
President-elect Buchanan and Vice-President
Breckenridge. Mattison was one of
those poisoned and came very near dying.
In fact, his health was affected permanently.
The Senate.
Washington, Dec 20. Mr. Edmunds, ia
presenting the petition for an extension of
the time for making pension applications,
remarked that it was evidently one of the
printed petitions sent around by persons
engaged in getting them. If, ,: genuine (as
he presumed it was) it was deserving of
consideration. j
A communication was presented from the
president transmitting one from the secre
tary of the interior, with a draft of a bill
for the reduction of the Bound Talley In
dian reservation in California, and inviting
the early and careful consideration of con
gress to the subject Referred to the com
mittee on Indian affairs. 1
By Mr. Reagan For the free coinage of
botn gold ana silver; tbe issue of certifi
cates to serve as money, and the retirement
of United States and national hauls, notes of
small denominations.
Mr. Morgan called ud his joint resolution
recognizing the UniU-d States of Brazil as a
free, independent and sovereign state, and
spoke at length on the eur-iect. Morgan
declared the attitude of tne United btates
towards al' the countries of the western
hemisphere was a very distinct one. He
coincided in the declaration of Thomas
Jefferson, that it was the business and
study of the United States to pro-eed to
make, to progress in making' and ulti
mately to consummate the mailing of the
western hemi&pnere the home ot republi
can institutions, and not the home of des
potic institui ions. If the empire of Brazil
were re-established, it would be in spite o
the Monroe doctrine. There was no reason
why congress should hesitate m letting the
world kaow that Brazil had friends
who were ready to ttand by the
principles of republican government.
Mr. Teller advocated the reference of the
resolution. He said: "Whenever the peo
ple of Brazil say they are for a repubhaii
government, then we are tor Brazil Toe
day has passed when the monarchs ef
Europe dared to say to the people of any
country on tie western hemifephere that
they shall not select their own rulers and
their own government in their own way.
Speaking for myself only, I want to say
(and I would be glad to have It said by
every other senator) that if the people of
Brazil are for a republican government,
and If all Europe were against them, I
would put every power, every energy and
every dollar of this government in tbe
scale to see that the people of Brazil had a
republican government If that kind of
declaration bo made by congress there will
be no interference on the part of Germany,
Austria or any other government. Tnere
are no politics in this qutstion. If the sen
ators on the other side are afraid of for
eign intervention or of priestly interfer
ence in Brazil let them say now (as I say
herel that whenever the people of Brazil
signify their desire for a repuolic they shall
have it against the combined powers of
the world.
Edmonds did not think it right to de
clare today that the congress of the United
States recognized a republic which was
kept up by .bayonets.
Plumb said ne bad noticed when the first
accounts of the revolution were received
that among the prime causes alleged for It
were that toe slave holders objected to the
emancipation of the slaves. 'wnioh had jast
been proclaimed by the emperor; in other
words that the republic was an association
of persons who objected to the freedom of
those whose bodies and labors they had
controlled. Ir did not seem to him that
they laid the proper foundation for a re
public. He hoped that was not the reason
for the sympathy of the senator from Ala
bama (Morgan). It might be the people of
Brazil did not desire the restoration of
monarchy; that they wanted something
better, but there was no evidence that they
wanted a republican form of government.
Teller offered an amendment to the reso
lution which he asked to have also referred
to the committee on foreign relations. It
was to the effect that when the people of
Brazil shall signify their intentions to
establish a republican form of government
it will be the duty ef the government of
the United S.ates to furnish material aid
and encouragement to the peopla of Brazil
in the maintenance of such a form of gov
ernment if such government be assailed by
foreign governments on account of its re
publican character. The question was
taken up cn a motion to reier the resolu
tion to the committee on ioreign relatione.
Ail the republicans voted aye, nd all the
democrats except Call voted no. There
was, however, no quorum voting (ayes 2t,
nays IE) and the whole matter went over
without definite action. The senate, after
an executive session, adjourned.
The House.
Washington, Dec. 20. The speaker laid
before the house a message from the pres
ident transmitting a communication from
the secretary of the interior, together with
the draft of a bill providing for the reduc
tion of the Bound Valley Indian reservation
of Colorado. Referred.
The committee on rules reported a res
olution providing for the' creation of the
following committees: A standing com
mittee on expenditures, department of
agriculture, seven members; a select com
mittee on tne irrigation of arid lands, elev
en members; a select committee on immi
gration and naturalization, seven mem
bers. The resolution was agreed to.
By Mr. Ewart of North Carolina A a res
olution reciting that it has been openly ;
and notoriously charged that the civil ser
vice commission refuses to select its clerks
under the provisions of the civil service
laws; that the civil service questions have
been stolen and have baen given out be
fore examination, and directing the com
mittee on civil service reform to investi
gate the charges.
By Mr. E. B. Taylor To establish a uni
form system of bankruptcy.
By Mr. Crane of Texas Declaring it to be
unlawful to drape public buildings in
mourning or to place flags on such Duild
ings at half mast in honor of any deceased
person unless such person at the time of
his death was in the service of the United
States; also making the terms of members
of congress begin and end on December 31,
and changing Inauguration day to April 30;
also to reduce taxation. (This last bill em
bodies the tobacco features of the Mills
bill with the free list of the senate bill.)
Ey Mr. Anderson of Kansas For the crc
ation of a United States commission for the
arbitration of railway strikes.
Washington, Dec. 21. Among the bills
introduced and referred to committees was
one by Mr. Hoar to establish a uniform
system of bankruptcy throughout the
United States.
Mr. Plumb offered a resolution, which
was agreed to, calling on the secretary of
tho Interisr for a statement of the cause of
withholding patents for lands within the
limits of the Union Pacific land grants
which are free from all claims and were
not reserved at the date of definite location
of the road.
On motion of Mr. Hale the bill to amend
the census act by making the maximum
pay oi supervisors $1,000 instead of $500
was taiten up ana a letter irom Mr. Porter,
superintendent, was read to show the in
adequacy of compensation now provided.
Hale made further exDlanation of t.h hui
in the course of which he nrominnd thnf.
eleventh census would not be allowed to
urag aiong as tne tenth had done.
Grady Dead.
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 21 Henry w. Gradv.
the well known editor and author, died at
u wuiia. bum morning or pneumonia.
Damaging Rains.
Los Angeles, CiL, Dee. 25. The heavy
rain of the past few days continued last
night and the levees on the Los Angeles
river have broken through in half a dozen
j places. 8u many railroad brides have
I able to leave or arrive hire to-day. From
j present appearances it will be- several
j Cays before trains on any of the lines will
! be running.
A New Combine.
Albany, N. Y., Dec. 2.3. The latest thirg
in is the establishment of supply
stations in the east, and shipment of cattle
on hoof to be killed at these stations in
stead of being shipped dressed. The orig
inator of the Koema is Win. H. Monroe, a
large cattle dealer of New York state.
Headquarters will be at Marners, near Al
bany, and the cattle will be purchased at
the Union stock yards, Chicago, and
shipped to the east by special rains.
Mid-Winter Thunder Storm.
Buffalo, JN. Y., Dec. 22. This city was
visited by the singular phenomenon of a
mid-winter thunder storm early this morn-
i m?. It started about 3 o'clock and contin
ued an hour, during which the thunder
peals were terrific and the lightning almost
continuous. The etorm was accompanied
by a high wind , which blew at the rate of
sixty miles an hour. Signs were blown
j do n, windows and wires broken and eev
1 era! ems 11 buildings partially collapsed.
rne wnite caps on tne lake were the High
est seen in a long time.
Traces of Silcott.
Montreal, Dec. 22. The big rewards
offered for the capture of Silcott, the de
faulting cashier of the house of represen
tatives, have indnced several Montreal de
tectives to take up the case and one of
them who is working on it claims to have a
clue that will lead to Siloott's apprehen
sion. It is claimed that about a week ago
Hermince Thibault, Silcott's paramour, ar
rived in Montreal on a vidt to a married
sister and prolonged her visit until yester
day, when she suddenly announced that
she was going to Q uebec. The sieter, when
questioned, admitted thwt she had a visitor,
but refused to give further information.
The detectives say that they are positive
that the woman in question is silcott's
companion, and that uorlng her stay here
she was visited by a man, who, it is
claimed, answers. Silcott's description.
Governor Tnayer's Trip.
En Taso, Tex., Dec. 22 Governor Thayer
and party arrived in this city on the 18 :h
inst., and were met at the depot by a dele
gation of prominent citizens and escoited
around the city. Among the places visited
were the celebrated wine cellars of Mexico.
The party left in the evening for the City
of Mexico.
Ciix cf Mexico, Dec. 22. Governor
Thayer of Nebraska and a large number of
American excursionists arrived yesterday
on the rame train with the governor of San
Luia Potosi and General Carlos Diez Gut
tier re z.
A Corner on Wheat.
Chicago, Dec. 23. The Daily News' Win
nipeg special says: The O'Gilvle Milling
company has secured a corner on all the
wheat in the province of Manitobia and
the northwest territories amouuting to
4,000,003 bushels. It is understood the firm
had a "pointer" from the dominion govern
ment that the duty on flour would be in
creased at the pending session from 50
cents to a dollar per barrel.
The White House Christmas.
Washington, Dec. 21. There 1b a Christ
mas tree in the white house, the first that
has been seen there since seven years ago,
when Nellie Arthur invited in a few of her
young friends to spend the holiday with
her. Then tbe tree was placed at the end
of the wide corridor on the second floor in
front of the windows taat look out over
the navy department. Njw it stands in
the blue room, which President Arthur
used to occupy, and which was fixed up
some and repapered and painted last fall.
Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. McKee are engaged
in decorating it today, and the president is
expected to take a hand in the work him
self tonight, for the comfort and happiness
of Baby McKee is much more Important to
him than the wishes of any efficeseeker or
politician. Owing to the recent death of
Jars. Liord, Christmas day will be a quiet
one in the ivbite house, and the onlv dif
ference between that and other days will
be that the president will abstain from of
ficial business and give the entire time to
his family. There is to be an old-fashioned
dinner about 2 o'clock in the afternoon
and an old-fashioned tea at candle-light. at
which Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Dimiek, the
daughters of the late Mrs. Lord, and Mr.
Russell Harrison will be present.
Convicted and Sentenced.
Chicago, Dec. 23. James J. West, ex-
editor of the Times, ex-president of the
Times company, and still a claimant in
civil suits for a controlling Interest in its
management, was convicted tonight of the
crime of overissuing the stock of the com
pany, knowingly, designedly and with in
tent to defraud, and sentenced to pav a
fine of $1 ,000 and to be imprisoned in the
penitentiary for the term of five years.
Charles E. Graham, West's private secre
tary and the secretary of the company, and
his alleged confederate and co-defendant,
was acquitted. When the clerk of the
court read the jury's verdict West betrayed
little emotion. The weight of the crush
ing blow, however, fell heavily on Frank J.
bmith, the only one of his counsel present
whose lips quivered and whose eyes filled
with tears. Mr. Smith took a few moments
to regain command of his feelings and then
entered, a motion for a new trial. The
hearing of arguments on the motion was
set for Thursday and Friday, January 2
and 3, 1893, pending which time Mr. West
was set at liberty on $15,000 bail.
Nominations Acted Upon.
Washingto ; Dec. 23. In the three weeks
ended Saturday the president sent to the
senate 1,429 messages, containing the nom
inations, including army and navy appoint
ments, of about 1,600 persons. When the
senate adjourned Saturday there had been
made public the confirmation pf about
1,000 of these nominations, the great ma
jority of them postmasters. Of the diplo
matic nominations the following have not
been confirmed: George Maney, minister
to Paraguay and the Argentine Republic;
Clark E. Carr, minister to Denmark. Other
important nominations that went over un
til after the recess are those of Rosevelt
and Thompson, for civil service commis
sioners; Taylor, railroad commissioner;
Holliday, commissioner of customs; Bates,
commissioner of navigation; Morgan, com
missioner of Indian affairs, and Dorchester,
superintendent of Indian schools.
The Dakota Sufferers.
Pierbe, S. D. Dec 24. Governor Mellette
today expressed views apropos to the res
olutions adopted at the recent Watertown
convention that no attempt at conceal
ment of the destitution among the peopla
of the state was wise. He stated that the
district where there Is suffering and want
was confined to a very small area of tho
state, comparatively, and that the b alia nee,
or fully 8J per ceoc of the state, was in
easy circumstances and could help the
balance in a measure with what aid was
coming in from the outside. The North
western railway alone bas contributed
over $4,000 already in freights to tbe
drouth sufferors, and is still continuing
its half and free rates on coal and supplies
where the necessity for them is shown.
The governor adds that corporations may
bave no souls, but Messrs. Hallenbeck- and
Husrhitt have shown that they have. From
recent information at hand it seems that
these officials regard the Watertown res
olution as placing their good efforts to help
the needy in a queer iigut before the pub
lic, to say the k-ust.
More fScoentricity.
Sceanton, Pa., Deo. 23 Hon. Edward
Callaghan of Scottdale, who charges Hon.
T. V. Powderly vith conspiracy, has given
another evidence of bis eccentricity.
Judgo Archibald to-day received the fol
lowing telegram:
Scottdale, Po., Deo. 23 Judge Archi
bald, Sranton, Pa. Why should you im
pede Officer Wat-habaugh in the discharge
of his bworn duty? Answer to Pittsburg
f Signed Edwaed Callaghan.
Mr. Cahaghan sent another telegram to
Justice Hand. It reads as follows: "The
charge of conspiracy does specify. Wbv
impede the officer in discharging his duty V"
Justice Hand turned this last dispatch over
to Judge Archibald. Judge Archibald says
that he win take no notice of such imperti
nent and ridiculous communications.
A Mysterious Accident.
Dkweb, Dec. 22. A mysterious accident
befell a party of musicians between Mani
tou and Colorado Springs last night. The
night w&s very dark and the party had got
but a short distance outside of Manitou
when the front carriage was overturned by
something in tbe road and all its occupants
were tbrown out and more or lesj injured,
Mips Alice Barker of Colorado St rings be
ing most seriously hurt An investigation
s.owed that the carriage had been over
turned by a dead man lying in te road,
and the question in dispute now is, was
the man rum down by the carriago or was
he lying dead in the rad when the car
riage was upset bv tho body. The driver,
.who has thy reputation of being a careful
man, insists that he must have been dead.
The coroner thinks otherwise, as there are
no marks on the body except those, caused
by the horses hoots, which were sufficient
to cause death. The dead man's name was
Thomas Leary, a stonemason by trade.
Miss Barker's condition is reported critical
A Town Swept Away.
Pittsbubg, Dec. 22. A Special to tho
Times from Butler, Pa., says: The little
town of . Petrolia, fifteen miles north, of
here, once the scene of the liveliest oil
happenings in the country, was desolate-?
by a fire which started at S o'clock this
morning and raged fiercely, helped by a
high wind, until the entire business por
tion of the town was destroyed, a blow
from which the place will doubtless never
recover, and its seven hundred inhabitants
will seek a new place to live in some other
oil town. The fire originated in Klingen
Smith's store and swept up Main street,
consuming the frame buildings on both
sides and reaching to the side streets,
making a clean sweep of ruin emong the
stores, dwellings and hotels. The town
bas a fire department which responded
promptly, but the water pipes were cloeged
np and refused to do f5eir service and the
flames had it all t'aeir own way until they
(tied out for want of something to burn.
The buildings were all frame affairs, two
tories, the lower floors used for business,
while the upper were used for dwelling,
and of tbe whole business community there
are now left but two stores, a bank and a
hote'. Owing to the inflammable material
in the buildings the rate of insurance io
high and the owners in but an instance or
two had any insurance, so that the loss,
which 11 reach between $S",000 and
$10-,000, is a total one, and the majority of
the sufferers lose their all. Nw lives were
lost nor any injuries are reported. Forty
buildings were destroyed.
Millions in a Mirror.
New Yoek, Dec. 23. Charles Roll of
Newark accidentally broke an old mirror
four weeks ago. It had been given to him
years ago by his grandfather. The glass
was shivered to atoms and an old, age-yellowed
piece of parchment was dieclosed to
view for the first time in a century and
more, as was proved by the nature of the
document For seventy-five years Roll
and his relatives have been endeavoring to
gain additional evidence with which they
could lay claim to a wide stretch of land in
the Mohawk valley along the banks of the
Mohawk river. Roll knew perfectly well
that his Holland-Dutch ancestor, Jacob
Roll, had owned a lar?e tract of land there
which had been abandoned during the
French and Indian wars, but he never
found any papers by which he could find
the position of the land. The. document
which dropped from the mirror back four
weeks eg was an important missing proof
that the heirs of Jacob Rail, of whom there
are 15 , have long been seeking. Having
found it they will press their claim to the
property near Schenectaay, N. Y. , valued
at $(5,000,000. The piece of folded parch
ment was a deed from the Indians to Roll,
giving Roil a clear title to the tract of land
tour miles in length along tho Mohawk
river, beginning in the city of Schenectady
aud ruaning back from the river nine
miles. The whole town of Amsterdam is
believed to be included in the Indian deed,
as are also valuable properties of the New
York Central railroad.
Christmas at Washington.
Washington, Dec. 25. This was the mild
est Christmas day seen in this vicinity for
years. The air was warm and moist. The
day passed off uneventfully. The presi
dent spent the day at home and did not at
tend church. He had a few of Mrs. Har
rison's relatives to dinner and part of the
day was spent with the children around
the White House Christmas tree. The
other members of official Bociety remained
at home in general. Most of the Georgians
in Washington gathered at the Metropoli
tan hotel in the afternoon and passed reso
lutions eulogistio of the late Henry Grady.
The Grand Army men in the city gladdened
the hearts of the families of about 240 of
the poor members of the order by the gen
erous distribution of provisions and other
articles. The following letter was re
ceived from President Harrisen:
J. R. Brown, Esq., Chairman, etc My
Dear Sir: Will you allow me to have a
small part in the provision of Christmas
gifts to our less fortunate comrades. Very
sincerely youra Benjamin F. Harrison.
The House Committees.
Washington, Dec. 21. The speaker today
announced the chairmen of committee att
Judlcinry Ezra B. Taylor of Ohio.
Banking and currency Dorsey cf Ne
braska. Coinage, wcijhts and iufat.rcs Congee,
of lows.
Commerce Baker of Now York.
Rivers and harbors llendei son of Ill
inois. Merchant, marine and fisheriee? I-ir-quhsr
of New York.
Agriculture Funston ol K art as.
Foreign affairs Ultt cf Illinois.
Military affairs Cutcheoa of Mississ
ippi. Naval affairs Boutelle cf Moluc,
Pofitofiices and post-roads Bingham cf
Public land? raypon of Illinois.
Indian affair" IVrkin ot Kansus.
Territories Struble of Iowa.
Railways and caucle McConnick oi
Mins and tain inr Carter of Montana.
Pacino railroads- DaJze.'l cf 1't.nuHlva -
Leveen ard improvements of Misisslr jl
river Burrows of Michigan.
Military Henderson of lows.
Pensions Delano of New York.
. War claims Thomas of Wisconsin.
Private land claims Caswell ol Vtiauou
fin. Expenditures in department of ogrionl
ture LaFolette of Kp York.
Alcoholic liquor trsffio Taylor of Ohio.
Reform in civil service Welbach of New
Irrigation of arid lands Vandevere of
Immigration and naturalization Owea
of Indiana.
In addition to the above are the follow
ing irevtously announced; Selections.
Rowell ot Illinois; ways and means, Mo
Klnley of Ohio; appropriations. Cannon ot
Illinois; mauulactures, Kelly of Pennsyl
vania. -
Action Reversed
Washington, Deo. 23 Assistant Secre
tary Bussey has reversed the ac tion of tho
commissioner of pensions in the case of
Sarah C. Corson, widow of Joshua Corson
of the Twenty fourth New Jersey volun
teers, whose olai'n tor a pension was re
jected on tbe ground that the oiigin of
hernia, the death cause, was not accupteii
as due to the wound for which he was p;a
sioncd, and was not shown to bo duo to the
service. In considering the merits of thU
claim, General BufS?y fayc: "The theory
appears to have been advanced that no
matter what the medical testimony may
have been as to the origin of the death
cause the unqualified and unsupported
opinion of tbe medical referee must be
final. It is eminently proper in consider
ing all strictly medical questions, involv
ing a technicality requiring the i kill of an
expert to deter lm, that the opinion
of the medical referee should
have great weight, and ordinarily such nu
opinion should be final. But, while jiving
due weight to the opinion of that officer,
justice demands that proper consideration
should also be given to competent medical
testimony emanating from those wbo.
having the patient under daily observation
and treatment, are presumably in a poai
tioa to know the radical effects and re
sults of a disease." The assistant secretary
find that the testimony in this care estab
lishes the applicant's right to a peusion.
and directs tbe commissioner to plaoi hec
name on the pension rollp.
Took Sale and All.
Bridgepobt, Conn., Dec. 21 One of th
most daring robberies ever perpetrated in
tbe city came to light this morning. The
Village Store comi any's store cn the cor
ner of East Main and WcteiH s'reet wat
broken into and a email nfe, weighing
about 500 pounds, wai taken out and
dragged by a rope through various streets
to the north end of town, over a mile I tem
the store. When it was dipccvercrl that the
store had been broken Into, clllcera iol
lowed the tracks cf tbe fni until they
found it in the cellar cf a hous occupio-I
by Patrick R'ce. Two croo!ti John Cou
neJiy and Edward Burns were leutui
&tleep In the bouse. Each hd a loaded re
volver clasped in his hand and there wera
a number of dynamite cartridges in their
pockets. They were arretted, together
with Rice and his wife. Tbe safe wai not
broken open.
The police for some time patt have been
satisfied that Connelly and Burns wrre
among the gang which has bsfn commit
ting numerous burglaries recently, but un
til now tney were unable to get uny evi
dence against them.
The Lincoln county agricultural
society ia $400 in the hole.
Dakota's Prohibition.
Bismabk, N. D., Dec. 25. Attorney Gen
eral Goodwin holds that all persons en
gaged in the sale of intoxicating liquors
are doing so in violation of the law and an
liable to arrest and punishment therefore,
and have been since the admission cf the
state to the union. All licenses and license
laws in force after the adoption of the con
stitution being repugnant to prohibition,
the article became ipso facto null and void,
and since that time there has been so
authority in the state lor the granting of
licenses for the sale of intoxicating liuuorK.
All persons since the adoption of the con
stitution and proclamation of the presi
dent who have.made any sales of iutcxi
catlng liquors or who do go hereafter are
liable to arrest and punishment. The
passage of the prohibition bill by the pres
ent legislature has no bearing whatever
upon pa6t or future offenses until it goea
into affect July 1, 1890.
Lincoln, Neb.
CATTLE Butchers' steers. .$2 50 V
Cows l 50 (itl Oj
HOGS Fut 3 ISO (d:i Mi
Stockers 8 00 (&i j
SHEEP a 00 Qt: 0
WHEAT No. 2 spring. 00 5
OATS No. 2 10 fd k,
RYE No. 2 25 $
CORN No. if, new IS ( lv
FLAXSEED 1 02 In 04
POTATOES 18 d 20
APPLES perbbi 175 (,2 25
HAY Prairie, balk. 5 00 3 00
r k rrvTTT" T, Oil A HA, NEB.
CATTLE $3 20 (?4 43
Cows ; 1 80 02 tX
HOGS Fair to heavy 3 M) u)
Mixed S 90 (&i 00
Chicago, Trj
CATTLE Prime steers $3 50 QH 85
Stockers and f eedera 2 00 (r2 00
HOGS Packing 3 90 ((4 05
SHEEP Natives "3 50 5 00
Kansas Crrx, Mo.
CATTLE Corn fed $2 90 (4 33
Feeders , 1 00 (ftS 15
HOGS Good to choice S SO (H 1
Mixed 3 bO (41U)