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"THERE IS NOTHING WHICH IS HUMAN THAT IS ALIEN TO M E. " T e n k xce,
LINCOLN. NEBKASKA, SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 1890.
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Life and Death,
ny w. ii. dkch.
O! Why should I envy the man who has riches
Who hungers and tires as easy as I?
"why covet his idols in unscany nitches
While he like myself can but wrinkle and die?
The mould aad the damp of the grave must
soon claim him
While lawyers and kin will fiffht for his gold.
Thus, even in death will his averice shame him
ISy showing us wolves stead of lambs in his
"What joy will men
find in glitter and glory,
When naught is
of worth, sare duty wel
Though iheir names lie on pages till with age
they grow hoary,
What glory can live inwhatoughtto've been
If mankind's so" weak and so few do their duty
Why covet the praise of a weak selfish clan?
They will look for cude Haws, never seeing
Where law had more perfectly formed a
Then give me no baubles to lure and beguile
To live and to poise when my spirit has fled.
Let me live in the smiles of those who sur
rou nd me,
And dry up some tears that in misery are
A Ca-sar's no more than a poor honest peas
Who loved and who fondled his dear ones in
The future's rellected in the past and the pre
And the joys I would win, I must give in
Des Moines, March 5. Senator Allison re
ceived a majority of votes in both houses
today. His opponents were Bestow. (dem.)
and ex-Governor Larrabeo. In the nouse
the vote was: Allison 50, Bestow 41, Larra
bee C. In the senate: Allison 28, Bestow 23,
Republican League Convention.
Nashville, Tenn., March 4. At 12 o'clock
today, when A. I. Wateon, chairman of the
executive committee of the national league
of republican clubs, called rhe convention
to ordtr and made an address of welcome,
there were nearly six hundred delegates
present At least a hundred moro are ex
pected before the convention adjourns.
Clatton, N. M., March 4 News has been
received here of the seizures by TJaited
States officers of three large distilleries do
ing a moonehlne business on No Man's
land, about forty miles from here. The
distilleries did an enormous business, not
rly Hupplying the neutral stiip and nor th
em New Mexico with whisky, but were
Jbo shipping hundrede of barrels into
Cesc.nnati, March 3. One hundred and
sixty-three indictments against saloon
keepers for Belling liquor oa Sunday, con
" trary to an old statute cf the Btate, were
returned today by the grand jury in Cov
ington, Kentucky. This includes all the
Haloou-keepert. in Covington except two.
Murdered For Money.
Oklahoma, L T March 2. News from
'Uhawneetown, thirty miles east of this
city, says the dead bodies of a man named
Holmes, his wifo and two children, were
founi Thursday. They had returned to
their claim, a few miles from this city,
where they were killed, it is eupposed, for
money by the outlaws that infest the
Potto watomie reservation. No clue to the
Guarding Against Inlection.
SpstNGFiLD, IlL, March 2. Governor
IFifer yesterday issued a proclamation, to
go into effect March 15, defining the dis
trict from wLich it shall be unlawful to
ship cattle into Illinois between March 1
and November 1 of each year, except under
the state live stock commissioners' regula
tions, the object being to prevent the intro
duction of splenic or Texas fever in Illi
nois. This prescribed district includes
Indian territory, tnat part of Texas lying
i outh and east of the counties of Palmer,
C astro, Swisser, Briscoe, Hall and Childress,
rnd the states of Arkansas, Lou'siana,
Tennessee. North and South Carolina, MIs-f-isslppi,
Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
7 he proclamation also outlines the charac
ter of the regulations under whicZi cattle
may be imported into the 6tate and the
quarantine period of ninety days under
which they may be retained if brought in
regardless of the terms of the proclama
tion. Saved From Death.
London, March 2. A dispatch from Bris
bane aajB the steamship Qaetta, recently
foundered at sea on her voyage from
Crook town. Queensland, for Lndou, had
on board 80 persons. OI thete 116 were
saved including the captain and several
other officers of the ship.
Smelters Organize a Trust.
Chicago, March 2. The Herald today
says that with the exception of five com
panies all the refining and smelting com
panies of the United States have formed a
trust, with a capital of $25,000,000 of which
alo.OtX'iXX) Is to De common stocic ana tne
aremaining $ 10,000,000 preferred stock. The
-common BtocK is to be used for the pay
rment es the fixed properties that go into
the new organizition and the preferred
tock for the purchase of ore ard such per
scnal property as it may be necessary to
.have. The chief obi ect of theemelters.it
is said, is to place their Interests beyond
the aosolute control of the lead trust.
New Orleans, March 2. The weather
"this morning was the coldest or the season
throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, the
mercury at all points outside of this city
going below S2 and doing great damage to
-cane, corn, vegetables etc.
Chicago, March 2. Engineer 'Carroll,
fireman and a brakeman were probably
fatally injured in a colision f the Mil
waukee & St. Paul fast mail train and i
freight train at Oakwood, Wis., this morn
ing. The loss to the company will exceed
Mexican Cheap Labor.
Washington, March 3. Complaint has
been filed at the treasury department that
greasers" from Mexico are imported un
der contract to work on the Texas Pacific
railroad in Texas. These Mexican laborers,
it is stated, are employed in large numbers
on the Texas Pacific railroad in construc
tion work, and avoid a technical violation
of the alien contract labor law by coming
over under an implied contract, which is
entered into forraally when they arrive.
The treasury department is considering
Burned to Death.
Jobnsonbubg, Pa, March 2. Martin
O'Malley and Peter Falley were burned to
death here last night about 2 o'clock.
O'Malley, who is a laborer, did odd jobs
about town. He lived in a little shanty
which wag located near the railroad track.
The two men mentioned and a third party.
name UEknown, were en a spree last night.
U'Malley and t alley repaired to the shanty
about 9 o'clock in the evening and retirea.
Daring the night one of the men, while yet
under the influence of liquor, must have
turned on more gas. The overpressure set
fire to the building and burneu it to the
ground, together with ita occupants.
The Beatrice Bill.
Washington, Merch The houso com
mittee on public buildings and grounds
had agreed to report favorably upon Mr.
Connell'dbill appropriating $100,100 f er a
public building at Beatrice, The commit
tee, however has redaced the appropria
tion to $69,003. The senate pa sed a bdl
providing for an appropriation of 8100,110,
and es it will agree to tue reduction by the
bouse, the measure will go to a confer
ence. The conference otmmittee will
like ly compromise upon tn appropriation
of ?S0,0t0, in which romi the measure will
become a law. Mr. Connell thinks he can
secure an additional appropriation before
the building is constructed, making the
grand total come up to $100,000.
Hundreds of Cattle Frozen.
St. Louis, March 2. Reports from north
ern Texas say that hundreds of rauge cat
tie have been frozen to death during the
recent cold spell, and that unless the
weat -.er ppsedily moderates the loss of
stock will oe very severe.
On the Reservation.
Chamberlain, 8. D., March 5.-
from tola city and Mitchell today
another town site opposite here
Sioux reservation. It is situated
three miles north of the town from which
the boomers were driven by United States
troops a short time ago. The stage line
from the Missouri river to Ripid City will
have headquarters -at the latest town,
wfiich has been named Lyman. The boom
ers claim many other advantages that will
be sure to make their . town a good one,
but they will probably never secure a rail
road, as the Chicago, Milwaukee & St .Paul
railway will cross three miles below wnere
the first t xn was located Considerable
rivalry will exist between the friends of
the two townp, both claiming that they
will have the beet town. The boomers who
were driven from their town hite are still
negotiating with the Indians for a re
linquishment of the land desired by them
for town site purposes, and claim tney will
yet induce the Indians to vacate. Io may
take several months of bargaining to do it,
but the land will finally be turned over to
German Syndicates In Mexico.
New Yobk, March 5. Don Luis Hueller,
the Mexican Vandeibiit, will sail for Ger
many on Saturday, where he will conclude
negotiations, with the Garnian government
and several big syndicates wtereby im
mense tracts of land in the B'ate of
Chihuahua. Mexico, will be colon'zed by
Germans. In this enterprise the contract
ing parties have the Javor of Bismarck.
Prince Hohenholm is at the head of the
syndicate on the other sloe.
The German government has so much
faith in ra; country," said Huslier vester-
day, "chat it has offered to loan Mexico
.- oOO,WX) t' pay the subsidies eivea the
railroads. Our enterprise has stimulated
other German capitalists to lok up cer
tain industries in the United States and be.
fore long you will be dealing with German
as well as English syndicates. "
A Dual Ijife.
Lou. sville, Mircli 4. William H. Pope,
Her of the Louisville city national bank,
a trusted et plcye and a frequenter of the
best social circles of this city is gone. His
absence from the bank yesterday morning
excited no comment, as it was supposed he
was at his sick sister's bedside or in the
country delayed by the flood. When no
word had been received from him at 10:30
the officers ot the bank became suspicious
and opened the vault. A hasty examina
tion showed that between $10,000 and $60.-
000 in large bills miesing, gold and silver
com Demg leit intact. A careful examina
tion will be required to get at the entire
amount rope tooK with him. It was
learned that Pope left at 7 :5o o'clock Satur
day night for Chicago, where it is sup
posed be 6topped wltn his brother Samuel
over Sunday, leaving in the afternoon for
Canada. Pope was 88 years old and had
been with the btnk since 1831. He had
been leading a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
lite for many years, as many of hia com-
pauions are aware.
Another Brewery Deal.
Chicago, Feb. 28. Negetiations are said
to be in progress here which will undoubt
edly result In the purchase of of the three
breweries in Peoria by an English syndi
cate. Tho breweries are at present owned
by the Gipps Brewing company, the Union
Brewing company and Gus Lisy A Co. As
compared with many prec3ding deals the
Peoria transfer will ! e a smaii Eff air, al
though abt ut $1,000,000 will change hants
The compensation for census enum
erators is, for each name, 2 cents; for
each death within a year, 2 cents; for
each farm 15 cents ; for each es ablish
ment of productive industry, 20 cents;
for each soldier, sailor or marine, or
the widow of any, 5 cents. The cen
sus superintendent may designate per
diem for sparsely settled sub-divisions,
but in no case shall the payment
be less than $2 or more than $5 a day
of ten hours. Each enumerator has a
sub-district of not more than 4,000 in
habitants, according to last census.
They begin work on the first of June.
The whole work is to be completed in
There is a beaver dam within a mile
of -"Madison, and a beaver was trapped
Washington, March 4. The Pan Ameri
can conference has adopted the report of
the connnittee on international law. The
committee on customs union made a ma
jority and minority report today. The ma
jority report says to establish a customs
union as generally understood would re
quire not only a partial sacrifice of nation
al sovereignty of the American nations,
but more radical changes in their respect
ive constituencies than they are willing to
accept. The majority believes the princi
ple of unrestricted reciprocity is accepta
ble and that its adoption would bring
about as favorable results as those ob
tained by free trade among the different
states of the union. A customs union
based on this, however, the majority deems
impracticable as a continental system at
present. Unrestricted reciprocity might
be oDtained gradually. Trie first step is
the negotiation of partial reciprocity treat
ies whereby each nation may agree to re
move or diminish their respective import
duties on soma of the natural or manufac
tured products of one or more nations in
exchange for similar and equivalent advantage-.
It good renult3 shoutd follow as
expected the number of articles might be
enlarged from time to time until they at
tain, through the developments of toe
natural elements of wealth, other sources
of revenue ar the Increase of existing ones
which would allow the contracting nations
to reach unrestricted reciprocity free
trade among soma or all the American
1 he minority, Alfonso of Chili and Pina
of Argentine, state that differences of
opinion in regard to the form of the re
port and recommendations led the minor
ity to reject the whole subject. These del
egates, it is said, felt that as long as the
TJaited States lays a tariff on vool, the
principal articles produced in their coun
tries, reciprocity weuld not bent tic them.
Deceptive Ballot Boxes.
Washington, March 2. Up in the room of
the house committe on elections stands the
ballot box that will figure in the debate on
the Featherstone-Cate election case next
week. The box is made of tin and looks
like an ordinary cheap ballot box. Bat
there is something about it that appears
only upon close inspection. The orifice
wherein the ballots were placed is double,
so that if a ballot is placed on one side it
slips into the be x. If plaed on the other
slue it slips unperceived down into a waste
basket or upon the floor. The contestant,
Featheretone, asserts that twenty-ono of
these boxes were used in one county at an
election in Arkansas and ss the republican
ballots were marked in blue to distinguish
them, it was an easy matter for the demo
cratic election managers to see that they
did not go into the boxes and were not
co anted. The double lip around the orifice
can readily be taken off, leaving the box
absolutely honest in appearance.
Outrageous Proceedings. ' "
Guthbie, L T. , March 4. The reports con
cerning the alleged scheme to colonize
Oklahoma and make it a negro state .have
aroused the settlers to a high pitch of ex
citement. At Downs, twenty-three miles
west of here, a secret organiz ition was
formed and it was decided to drive out the
few negroes and allow no more to become
settlers. A negro named Hawkins was sus
pected of firing prairie grass a short time
ago and the feeling against him became
bitter. Early this morniner a party of ten
marked men broke into Hawkin's house,
took him from bed and severely whipped
him. Daring the whipping Buck, Haw
kins' son, ran and aroused the Burgess
family. Abe Clark and Sam Burgess, armed
with shotguns, returned with youug Haw
kins and hred at the masked party irom
ambush. H. Cnambers rus badiy wounded
and may oie. The negroes were purtued
and captured and promised to leave the
country. A few negro Eettlers in the yicin
ity tf Guthrie became greatly alarmed at
the feeling against the colored people and
are getting leady to go to Kansas.
London, March 4. A dispatch fzem Cal
cutta gives sickening details of the suffer
ings of the British troops engaged in the
Chin Lusai expedition. Notwithstanding
the stringent orders telegraphed from the
India office respecting sanitary precautions
the health of the troops shows no improve
ment. Of 1,000 Puniaub coolies sent from
Calcutta to reinforoe the Chin columa, 800
men were either dead or in the hospital
before the Chin column had been forty
eight hours in the hills. It is charged that
this mortality is due to the cruel action of
the military authorities at Calcutta, who
sent these men to the front without tents
or covering, leaving them exposed to the
An inquiry has been instituted by the
maiquis of Lansdowne, viceroy of India,
who nas also sent a corps of physicians to
the front to see whether the extraordinary
mortality among the troops forming the
Chin field loree is due merely to the malai
ious nature of the clmate or to neglect of
sanitary precautions on the part of the
military authorities. These two causes of
decimation of troops sent to the front as
reinforcements, are in no wav more sicken
ing in detail than that which befell several
smaller bodies of men numbering from 100
to 8j0 each, which were previously sent to
xne mam iorca or trie expedition is now
being so rapidly reduced in numbers by
u mease man tn-re is serious talk of recall
ing the expedition and allowing the
marauders to go unpunisned until more
favorable weaxher beta in. ihe latter
event, however, would greatly increase the
Birengin oi tne rebellious element through
out the whole of the C-nn district and
might lead to eeiiocs cifiiculties as the
natives would look noon a backward move-
4 mantas a defeat of the British and join the
re Deis in large numbers.
An Indian Outrage.
Wilcox, Ariz., March ?. A freighter was
murdered by Indians yesterday nine miles
from Fort Thomas. The Indians stole the
Lorses, burned the wagon and cut the tele
graph lines between the military posts. A
carrier brought the news. Troops ara in
Tired of the: .Lion's Supremacy.
New York, March 2, A Montreal special
says: A league has been formed here to
briBg about the independence of Canada
by 1892. All the American powers are to
be asked to exert their moral influence
and, if needs be, their concerted action to
free the country from the last vestige of
European rule en the continent. The
league will have united with it all the lib
eral clubs in the country. The American
universities are to be invited to co-operate,
as well as all political bodies who have for
their object the bringing about of the final
triumph of democratic inetiutions through
out the world. The league will be under
the control of a supreme council, whose
actions will be kept secret This new de
parture, coming after the recent actions
of the liberal ciubs in declaring independ
ence, causes much comment here.
The Senate. ;
Washington, Feb. 27 The fcllowing bills
were taken from the calendar and passed:
For the erection and location of a bronze
statue of Christopher Columbus and the re
moval of the naval monument to the site.
To authoriza the construction of a railroad
bridge across the Misourl river at Marion
county, Iowa, and Burt county, N ebraska.
To amend the timber culture act.
The senate then proceeded to the con
sideration of the bill to declare unlawful
trusts and combinations lit restraint wf
trade or pioduction.
, Sherman, who reported the bill from the
committee on finance, said ) he had been
instructed by the committee to move to
strike out the third section, which fixes
penalties for the offense of entering into
trusts or combinations.
George opposed the bill. both on the
ground of it inefficiency and on the ground
that congress had not constitutional power
to enact It. His argumenia -were mainly
of a legal and technical c aracter, de
signed to prove that it would be impossi
ble ever to get a conviction under the bill,
and as to the civil suits provided for by it,
he Baid few of such events would ever be
instituted and not one would be suc
cessful. . ;h .
Reagan gave notice of an amendment
which he intended to offer to te bill, it
being the bill offered by him in December
last. The bill went over without action.
Washington, Feb. 28. In ttif senate this
morning Senator Ingalls waa elected vice
president pro tern and will officiate during
the absence of Vice-President Morton in
Blair took the floor and said he had re
ceived a letter, one of man such, com
plaining that the Associated press and the
newspapers of the country failed to give
such reports of important matters of de
bate m the senate as would properly in
form the people touching affairs in pro
gress. The letter in question referred to
his educational bill. This,0 said Blair,
"is but a specimen of the general com
plaint throughout the country that the
press, to which the senate xurnisnes privi
leges, ana the Associated press, whose re
porter has the privilege of the floor, fail to
discharge their important duty in connec
tion with ttte legislation. -
Senators Hawjey, Hale and Hoar defend
ed the Associated press.
The matter was then dropped and the
senate then proceeded to the considera
tion of the bill reported from' thi commit
tee on penEions on the 15th of January
granting pensions to ex-soldiers and sail
ors incapacitated for the performance of
manual labor and providing for pensions
to the dependent relatives of deceased
soldiers and sailors.
Davis, chairman of the committee on
pensions, addressed the senate, explaining
the bill. The annual expense under tne
bill will be $35,9C8,000, divided among in
valid persons, increase of existing pen
sions, widows oi unpensionea soldiers,
widows who are pensioner, widows whose
claims are pending or have been rejected,
the children of widows and the children
, Plumb offered a substitute for the second
section, under which no. pensioner would
reeeive less tnan o per icoatuA;
Moody spoke against the substitute and
Vefct opposed the bilL One of its incon
sistencies was that a parent who could not
support himself bv manual labor, but who
might by mental or clerical work earn
$5,000, 10,000, or $ .o,ouo a year, would be
entitled to a pension under it. He also
spoke of the unreliability of the estimates
and said no man could tell within miilioES
and millions cf how much this, bill would
It went over without action.
The house bill for the appointment of
two persons to represent the United States
in the national conference with reference
to Industrial property was passed.
Adjourned till Monday.
Washington, March 3. In the senate to
day Toorhees offered a preamble and con
current resolution reciting that in the
recent lease of the seal islands of Alaska to
the American company certain provisions
of the law were not complied with, and
directing that the eecretary of tho treasury
be restrained from executisg or delivering
the lease to the company until the subject
be inquired into by the senate. Referred
to the finance committee.
The bill fixing the salaries of tho several
jadgjs of the United States district courts
at 5.100 per annum was taken up and
The senate then resumed consideration
of tho Blair educational bill and was ad
dressed by Spoon er. He had voted once in
favor of the bill, not without some mistriv
lngs as to its policy. When it cama again
before the senate he had felt constrained
to vote agalnBt it.
He asserted his belief that since the bill
was introduced in 188'J there had come over
tho country a great change of feeling as to
its expediency. One strong evidence of
thai was the attitude or tne newspaper
Iress of the country durmg tne discussion
n the northwest several leading republl
can papers bitterly opposed the measure.
Several of the southern states opposed to
it through their senators. Tne leading
papers ol the south were no longer in favor
of it. Adjourned.
Washington, Feb. 27. In the house the
contested election case of Atkinson vs.
Pendleton was called up ard the floor was
accorded to Contestee Pendleton.
A vote waa then taken ou the minority
resolution declaring Pendleton entitled to
the seat ana it was deieated by a strict
The vote then recurred on the majority
resolution Beating AtKmson. The demo
crats refrained from voting, their object
being to have the contestant seated by less
than a qaoruoo, so that the question of the
right oi the speaker to couat a quorum
may De taken beiore tne courts. Tne vote
resulted yeas 162, nays nothing, the speak
er counting th quorum.
O'Ferrall of Yiiginia raised the point of
no quorum, but the speaker ignored him
and the newly elected member appeared
at the bar of the house and took the oath
cs office amid applause on the republican
The house then proceeded, in committee
of the whole, to the consideration of the
urgent deficiency bill, and after some dis
cu-.8ion adjourned without action.
Washington, Feb. 2& After the reading
of the Journal Henderson of Iowa asovftd
that the house go into committee of the
whole on the urgency appropriation- bill.
After three hours and a he If consumed
in the discussion of points of order the
committee rose and the bill passed. It ap
proprlates $23,850, 00, the largest item be
ing the appropriation of $il,600, 00 for the
payment of pensioners of the war of 181 2!
and the Mexican war. The remainder of
the afternoon was devoted to tne consider
ation of the private calendar, but no bills
were passed. The house then took a recess
before the evening session for the consid
eratlon of private pension bills.
The house at its evening session pasped
forty-five private pension bills and at 10:30
aujourned until tomorrow.
Washington, March L After the passage
; of a few private pension bills the senate
bill providing for an assistant secretary of
v ar was passed Teas 126, nays 100.
Mr. Houk of Tennessee called up the con
tested election case of Featherstone re.
Cate from the First district of Arkansas.
Mr. Crisp raised the question of consider
ation. The house decided yeas 1S3, nays
122 to consider the case.
The opening speech in favor of the
claims of the contestant was made by Mr.
Haugen of Wisconsin.
At the conclusion of Mr. Haugen's speech
Mr. Oathwaite of Ohio took the floor, but
in view of the small attendance moved an
adjournment, wfcioh motion was agreed to
yeas 114, nays 107.
Washington, March 3. O'Donnell of
Michigan, at the reqae?t of the Seventh
Day Adventists of the United States, pre
sented a petition bearing 253,000 names
protesting against the passage of any bill
in regard to the observance of the Sabbath.
The joint resolution was passed author
izing the appoincment of thirty additional
medical examiners for the pension bureau.
Perkins moved to suspend the rules and
put upon its passage the senate bill for the
organization of the territory of Oklahoma,
with the house substitute. The motion
was lost yeas 156, nays 96; not the neces
sary two-tnirds in the afflrm-itive.
Houk called up the contested election
cafe of Featherstone vs. Cate.
Oathwaite advocated the case of the con
testee. Pending further debate the house ad
journed. Washington, March 4. In the house this
morning a resolution requesting the presi
dent to send to the house copies of all the
eorrespondence between the United States
and Mexico relating to the seizure at Tam
pico of the schooner Rebecca in February,
1884, was referred.
The following committee appointments
were announced by the speaker: Messrs.
Tarsney of Missorri and Reybura of Penn
sylvania on claims; Brickner of Wisconsin
on Mississippi river levees, and Caeadle of
Indiana on post-offices and post-roads.
Consideration of the Arkansas contested
election case of Featherstone vs. Cate v, as
then resumed and Dalzsll of Pennsylvania
took the floor.
Springer thought the case bad not been
thoroughly investigated and favored a res
olution, which, he said he would offer at
the proper time, appropriating $lC0,i-00 to
enable a sub-committee on elections to
proceed to the First district of Arkansas
and investigate the election.
Grosvenor said he would move to amend
this resolution by doubling the appropria
tion and by having the investigation
tended to other Arkansas distriots.
Springer I accept that.
Pending further debate the house
A Blow at Bucket Shops.
Chicago, March 2. A new blow
struck at the bucket shops today by the
board of trade. The directors of the board
this afternoon at a meeting decided to
abolish the gathering and dissemination of
quotations. The destruction of the elabor
ate system now in vogue is to begin March
31. What, if anything, will be done for a
substitute can only be surmised. Most
people believe the cassation will be only
temporary and that after having broken
up the advantages now enjoyed by the
benefit shops by reason of various injunc
tions the board will resume the service.
Shell Out Gentlemen.
Washington, March 2. The supervising
architect of the treasury says it will likely
be necessary for the citizens of Omaha to
go down in their pockets and make good a
deficiency amounting to between $2,000
and $3,000 on account of the purchase for
the site for the new publio building at
Omaha. It is found that the awards under
the appraisement aggregate $390,281. Be
sides there are many expenses Incurred in
the way of special agents, interest on the
ap Orangemen t once the awards were made.
etc The appropriation lor the purchase
of the Bite was $400 0). The officials at
the treasury and the department of justice
believe tnat tne ag?regaua to De paid for
the site will amount to somewhere in the
neighborhood of $400 and $3,000 or $3,000.
The supervising architect will not proceed
with hia plans until this deficit is made
good, the title vested in the government
and everything is clear.
The Commercial Situation.
NewYobk, Feb. 28. The unreasonable
weather and the growing doubts about the
monetary future do not help business, and
reports this week are less encouraging.
Yet it must be remembered that the re
ports of dealers everywhere are liable to
be much Influenced by the disappointment
of past hopes, so that they consider trade
unsatisfactory because it is not up to their
expectations, because distribution docs
not suffice to clear away the stocks pur
chased, though the amount of transaction
may be larger than a year ago. To the
trader who bought 20 per cent more than
any previous season, but nas only sold 5
per cent more, business Is unsatisfactory.
The enormous traffic during the latter part
gi last year snowed tnat exceptionally
heavy purchases were made and the clear
lngs indicate tnat settlements are In a
larger amount than a year tgo, last week
showing an Increase or 4 per cent at New
York, 5 per cent at Boston, Philadelphia
and Chicago and 10 per cent at ali other
places. But the prevailing tone just now
is one of discouragement.
The movement of breadstuff! is still
heavy: and exports both of wheat and corn
greatly exceed last year's. After a droi of
about a cent in each, wheat recovered to
an eighth above last week's price, and corn
to five-eighths above, with fair transactions
In the stock market the tendency has
been toward further depression as is na
tural with money working more closely,
and the average has declined 81 cents per
share for the week, not including trust or
industrial stocks which have been espe
The desired monetary reiiel through
largt-r treasury disbursements has not
come, and the government receipts ex
ceed its payments for the week by $2,900,
tm the other nana foreign marxets are
relieved. The Bank of England has again
ealned largely. Exchange on London has
tailed from $4- 89 to $1.75 for actual busi
The Interior monev markets also are
rather easier on the whole and are well
supplied with generally firm rates,, but
with no indication of a large available sur
plus for shipment hither.
Until April the New York market is liable
to work more closely, with an opportunity
The business failures occurring through
out the country were 2 1 as compared with
a total or an last weex.
A Bold Bank Robbery.
Vaxxet FAUiS. Kan.. March 2. A bold
bank robbery occurred here this evening.
Masked men entered Hicks & Gebhart'a
bank about 5 o'clock, held up the cashier
with two revolvers and robbed the bank.
President Gebbart is absent. The robbers
escaped, though the town turned out five
minutes alter in parsuiu
Will Last Till August.
Washington, March a "Yes I know it is
the ambition of Speaker Reed to see this
session of congress adjourn before the
middle of July and he has had a thought at
times that the season might elose by the
end of June, but I do not expect to get
away, nor o the majoritg of the leading
committees, before the end of July or
early in August," said Mr. McComas of
Maryland tonight. Mr. McComas is one of
the oldest members of the house commit
tee on appropriations and one of the lead
ers on the republican side. He continued:
"Here we are in March already. We Lave
made a splendid record so far, but see what
we have to do. We started out with seven
teen contested elections, at least fourteen
of which must be judicially heard and dis
posed of in the house as rell as in com
mittee. Three are determined; the eleven
remaining will consume ;over three weeks
of time in debate, say twenty-five legisla
tive days.uThe appropriations are well ad
vanced, the District of Columbia and two
deficiency bills having baen passed and th
pensions placed upon the calendar. Bat
fifty days more will be consumed by tha
appropriations on original consideration
atter they eome from the senate and also
from conferences. Fifty days will be con
sumed with the tariff rill. Three bills, you
see, will take up 125 legislative days, or
twenty-one weeks. These alone would
take us to August 1. Then there will be
pensions, publio buildings, shipping immi
gration and many other bills wAioa must
be considered and adopted before we can
adjourn. Night sessions and long hours of
work will of course help us out, but I do
not see how we oan hope to get away un
der the early days of August"
Irrigation of Arid Lands,
Washington, March 4 "While I do not
expect to see a general appropriation
made for the purpose of beginning the
Irrigation of the arid plains, I am confident
that besides an appropriation for the pur
pose of making surveys and final plans to
begin irrigation that an appropriation of
about $150,000 will be made to locate the
artesian basins in North and South Dako
ta," said Representative Hansbrough of
North Dakota to your correspondent to
day. "Irrigation is very important to the
people in the great northwest. I am sure
in my mind that we can easily and cheaply
secure all the irrigation we want by simply
boring artesian wells and that the appro
priation of $15J,000 will be for actual wells
to be used in irrigation wnicn win De prac
tical experiments and not theoretical in
vestigation. Major Powell of the geologi
cal survey believes that the soiree of our
artesian power lies in the Black Hills, but I
think that it is the Missouri river as that
stream is six or seven hundred feet above
the sub-humid bslt of the Dakotas,
Leavenworth Looses the Head
Leavenwobth, Kan., March 4. It is defin
itely announced here that orders have been
received from Washington that the head
quarters of the department of the Missouri
are to be removed from Fort Leavenworth.
As the selection of the new location is left
with Oeneral Wesley Merrttt, commanding
me department;, mac omeer nas selected
St. Louis. This is a matter in whljh the
utmost secrecy is maintained until all ar
rangements have been made, but this an
nouncement is authentic. Several cities
have been anxious to Becure the depart
A School Boook Trust.
New Yoke, March 3. The report that an
English syndicate representing $25,000,000
is making a effort to form a school book
trust in this country is of peculiar interest.
The syndicate has been given the option
of the purchase of six of tho largest snhool
book publishing nouses in America. The
firms which offer to dispose of their estab
lishments are Ivison, Blakeman & Co. , D.
Appleton & Co., A. S. Barnes & Co., of Now
York; Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. of Cincin
natl. and two other firms which are be
lieved to be Cowperthwait & Co. of Phila
delphia, and Talnter uros. & (Jo. oi xsew
York. These firms are said to have put the
Belling price oi their plants at irom 6 J to
50 per cant above their value at present
rates of profit and expense, it is expected
that prices can be increased and expenses
greatly decreased should one firm control
the entire market.
The English capitalists hesitate about
closing the bargain for two reasons. One
is that Harper Bros, cannot be bought and
that firm threatens to be to the school dook
trust hat Spreckles is to t'-.e sugar trust.
The other reason is that the educators all
over the country look with dismay upon
the possibility of one concern controlling
the publication or school books, Decause
thev consider that active competition in
the publication of Bchool books helped ma
terially in bringing the educational system
up to Its present standard, as the best
brains of the country are sought by differ
ent nouses, who muBt nold or increase
their business by putting on the market
better and more thorough books than
those sold by competitors.
Sunk At Sea.
London, March 2. A dispatch received
here this morning states that the British
steamei, Qaetta, 2,254 tons burden, which
sailed from Australian ports for London,
nas been lost at sea. Tne numoer oi per
sons drowned is not definitely known, but
the dispatch states shat a laro number
perished. The Qaetta had twenty-seven
first-clacs passengers and a crew number
ing 112. She also had the mails for Eng
land. The managers of the line to which
the steamer belonged say they do not be
lieve the report that the steamer ie lost.
Later the loss was confirmed at .Lloyds.
Advices received there state that 200 lives
were lost. The steamer struck a rock, not
Bhown in the chart, near somerset in Ter
res straights at the northern extremity of
Australia and sunk In three' minutes.
Trouble Among Cattlemen,
Chicago, Feb. 8. A war has broken out
at the stock yards between the shippers
and producers of cattle on the one hand
and the commission men on the other.
which culminated this afternoon in the
shippers, represented by the American
live stock commission company r suing out
an Injunction before Judge Tuley against
the commission merchants, represented by
tne Chicago live stook exchange. The ex
change had adopted a by-law which denies
membership to aay corporation which
pays dividends- or rebates or makes dis
crimination in rates to stockholders or cus
tomers. It is charged that this is directed
at the Shippers' association and Is pur
poselydone to exclude it from the ex
change and ail members thereof are to be
prohibited from buying Etook irom the
shippers' association after March 4 under
pt-nalty of suspension and expulsion.- The
complainant says that its business will be
ruined by the acts of the exchange unless
the injunction is issued. A temporary
restraining oraer was maaeDy juag
Compound Lard Protect. ( 1
Washington, Feb. 28. The house oonw
mittee on agriculture gave a hearing thin
morning to the opponents of the Conger
and Butterworth lard compound bills
which was very interesting and important.
N. K, Fairbanks & Co. were represented by
J. M. Oliver of Chicago, W J. Curtis of New
York and D. E. Fox ef Washington. Thee
gentlemen directed attention to the fact
that the lard compounders were distinctly
branding their product as "lard compound"
and there was no Uecoptlon of the publics
in their brands or labels. The Conger bill
would simply require them to reverse the
words they now adopt and brand their
goods "compound lard." They further
claimed the goods were healthful, and ia
support of this proposition presented the
reports of the state boards of health of
New York and New Hampuhlro commend
ing lard compounds aad cotton aeed
oil as good and nutritious edible fata A
further objection to the legislation was the
great injury caused to our foreign oouu.
meroe by unfavorable agitation. The re
sult has been to stimulate lard refining ia
foreign countries, the growth of this busi
ness in Hamburg alone beai;? at least 4J
per oent in the last three vea.ii. Letters
and statements were read from merohants,
manufacturers and experters pretesting
against the proposed laws on these
ground. It was claimed by the opponent
of the bills that the present advocates ot
the measures outside of congress were
seeking a trade advantage and were urging
these bills to stifle competition; that if any
measure should be passed it should be a
general pure food or a general lard bill
compelling packers and refiners as well as
lard compounders to brand their product
so that the consumer will know what part
of the hog he is eating in his lard. No
good argument has yet been presented
showing why but one food article Bhould
be selected from a thousand for legislation.
Such a b11 has been introduced by Mr. Mo.
Clammy of North Carolina The committee
also have before them several pure food
bills. Further hearings will be given and
much time is likely to be occupied la thn
consideration of the subject of pure food
as well as lard and "lard compound."
Abandoned Military Lands.
Washington, Feb. 28. The secretary of
the interior, in response to the senate resol
ution of December 19, transmitted to tho
senate today a list of abandoned military
reservations relinquished to the interior
deartment by the war department, to-,
gether with a statement of area, improve
ments upon them, eta As to the reason
ask "why the lands in such reservation
are not surveyed, sub-divided, appraised
aNd sold, and what appropriation id needed
to survey said lands, that the same may be
disposed of aa provided by law," tho com
missioner of the general land office writes
to the secretary that the only reason why
these lands have not been surveyed, etc ,
a lack of funds. Tho commissioner
thinks it advisable to make an appropria
tion of $20,000 for this purpose.
AUauo With Fire.
Ogdkn, Utah, Feb. 28. There was an
nterestlng and exciting race on the Cen
tral Pacific this morning near Blue Creek,
west of Ogden twenty-five miles. It was a
race against time with a burning train and
the goal ahead was tho water tank. It waa
a race the trainmen and passengers will
long remember, while the excitement
tself lost much of its attraction on ac
count of the impending danger that
threatened. When tho west-bound fast
mall reached a point six miles east of Blue
Creek, the engineer discovered that a mail
car filled with through mall was on fire.
An effort was mode to put it out, but there
being no water near the engineer threw
open the throttle and resolved the reach
the water tank if possible in time to save
his valuable cargo. Each minute the burn
ing train was a mile nearer the promised
rescue. In six minutes he landed the
chariot of fire under the spout of tho water
tan it, out it was too late. The interior waa
a mass of flames and 158 sacks of throngh
mall were almost totally consumed. Word
soon spread though the coaches that the
train was on nre. The greatest excitement
prevailed. Only the lightning speed pre
vented the ladles from lamping from the
train. As tho flames had not made their
way thiough the sides of the coach no
danger threatened the other cars. Thomas
Oronard. ohlef clerk of the railway mail
service at Ogden was on the train. He says
that he Is unable to give even a theory of
the firing of the train, as it seems impossi
ble that it should have caught from nylne
A Great Big Bluff.
Washington, March 4. For five hours
this afternoon behind closed doors tho
senate discussed the subject of executive
Dolph, from the special committee, sub
mitted a series of resolutions directing tho
committee to again question A. J. Halford
and Q. Q. Bain, representatives of the
press associations, and Guthrie cf the New
York Herald, Seekendoif of the Tribune.
and Depuy of the Times, as to their source
of information, and upon a second refusal
to answer to proceed against them for con
tempt, xne resolution wan supiorted by
D jlph, Wilson of Iowa and Harris, who ar-
gued it was Incumbent upon the Benate to
vindicate its authority and dignity by this
Moody, Pettlgrew.and others took etronsr
grounds aeainsD the resolution.
Teller offered M a substitute his resolu
tion proposed last spring for the considera
tion of executive nominations in open ses
sion. In this ho was 'supported br Piatt.
No conclusion was reached. The dmcumdon
will be resumed tomorrow. In the course
of the debate it was developed that somo
supporters of tho resolution? hold the
opinion that reoaloitrant witnesses were
guilty of sedition in defying one branch of
the legislative department of tha govern,
THE MAKKKTS. .
CATTLE Butchers' steers.... $2 00 a S 00
Cows 1 50 a 1 75
HOGS Fat 3 00 a 3 25
Stackers 3 00 a 8 25
SHEEP 3 00 a 3 05
WHEAT No. 2 spring 60 a 65
OATS Nt. 2 12 a 1ft
RYE No. 2 25 a 27
CORN No. 2, new 17 a 18
FLAXSEED 1 00 a 1 03
POTATOES 18 a iM
APPLES Per bbl 1 75 a 3 IS
HAY Pratrio, bulk 3 50 a 4 50
CATTLE $3 20 a 4 40
Cows 1 50 a 3
HOGS Far to heavy 8 50 a
Mixed........... 3 25a
. Chicago, uu
CATTLE Prime steers $3 SO a 4 80
Stockers and feeders... 1 DO a 3 15
HOOtt Packing 1 50 a 3 75
SHEEP Natives., 3 60 a 5
Canvas Cm, Mo.
CATTLE Corn fed! $2 SO a 3 00
Feeders 1 60 a 3 SC
HOGS-Oood to choice 65 a 3 75
Mixed S 55 a 00
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